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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
14.09.2020

From lawyer for pro-Russia Medvedchuk party to running Maidan cases. Disturbing new top appointment in Ukraine

The appointment of a person associated with notorious pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk as Deputy Prosecutor General and reports that is to be in charge of Maidan cases seem another slap in the face to the families of slain Maidan victims, one of many over the last year. | detail

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01.09.2020

FSB abductions and a chilling new weapon of repression used in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Russian FSB finally released Crimean Solidarity and Grani.ru journalist Aider Kadyrov in the early hours of 1 September, almost 18 hours after they first took him and three other Crimean Tatars from their homes | detail

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17.08.2020

Ukrainian justice based on false police reports: From Maidan to former Kremlin political prisoner

After five years as a political prisoner in Russia, Oleksandr Kolchenko has been sentenced by a Ukrainian court to 40 hours of community work on the basis of false police protocols which the judge chose to believe | detail

Visits 829
07.08.2020

Top post in Zelensky administration given to Yanukovych era police official implicated in Maidan crimes

Maidan lawyers and civic organizations have reacted with outrage to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s appointment of Oleh Tatarov as Deputy Head of the Office of the President | detail

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15.07.2020

Crimean Tatar rights activist takes Russian prosecutor to court over ‘warnings against extremism’

Lutfiye Zudiyeva, one of the coordinators of the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative and a civic journalist, has lodged important legal challenges against ‘warning’ she was issued by the Russian-controlled prosecutor and police against supposed ‘extremist activities’ | detail

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11.06.2020

Questions to Zelensky if ex-President Poroshenko really is remanded in custody

With at least 17 criminal investigations announced against former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko since Volodymyr Zelensky took office, it is no easy task to concentrate on any specific charges, however the stakes this time appear to be very high | detail

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02.06.2020

Zelensky’s proposed ‘reform’ of the Security Service fails badly on both reform and human rights

The two latest draft bills on reform of Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU], including one from President Volodymyr Zelensky, “give virtually unlimited and uncontrolled powers to the SBU which are not typical for democratic countries” and that is just one of their failings | detail

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01.06.2020

Top Ukraine Police post for ‘investigator’ involved in fatal persecution of prominent human rights defender

Instead of answering for his part in the politically-motivated prosecution of Dima Groysman, a well-known human rights activist, Oleksandr Soldatov continued his police career and has now been appointed to the highest police post in the Vinnytsa oblast. | detail

Visits 1370
01.05.2020

Russia’s most toxic ‘Odesa Massacre’ lie and the help Ukraine is giving it

Six years have passed since the tragic disturbances and fire in Odesa on 2 May 2014 that Russia immediately tried to turn into an ‘Odesa Massacre’ | detail

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28.04.2020

Handziuk murder: Ukraine’s Prosecutor General sabotages case against high-ranking suspect

Fears that the new Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova was jeopardizing the investigation into the savage killing of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk appear to have been justified | detail

Visits 1853
15.04.2020

Charges against Tetyana Chornovol play to Yanukovych and Russian lies about Maidan

The claim by Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations that its charges against Tetyana Chornovol are not political might have seemed a little more convincing had they not closely followed the argument used by ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s defence lawyers | detail

Visits 2007
11.04.2020

Ukrainian journalist savagely beaten during Euromaidan faced with dubious Maidan “murder” charges

Ukraine’s increasingly controversial State Bureau of Investigations has informed Tetyana Chornovol, a former MP, journalist and victim of a near-fatal attack during Euromaidan that she is under suspicion of murder. | detail

Visits 4789
08.04.2020

Odesa activist who survived three murder attempts could face prosecution “for defending himself”

One of several high-profile criminal investigations that could be in danger after the new Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova removed top prosecutor Viktor Trepak is that of three attacks on Odesa activist Serhiy Sternenko | detail

Visits 2095
30.03.2020

Chief prosecutor in Handziuk murder investigation removed just as progress reached

Ukraine’s new Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has removed Viktor Trepak, the only head of the investigation into the savage killing of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk under whom real progress was made | detail

Visits 2081
30.03.2020

Ukraine’s new Prosecutor General moves to reverse progress on solving Maidan crimes

There are various explanations suggested as to why Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has forced Viktor Trepak from his role in charge of the department investigating crimes against Maidan activists, just not the success and efficiency of Maidan investigations | detail

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26.03.2020

An end to high-level protection for the killers of Ukrainian activist Katya Handziuk?

Ukrainian prosecutors tried twice to capture Oleksiy Levin, a key suspect in the savage murder of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk, after the first attempt was thwarted by a mole within the enforcement agencies who tipped Levin off. | detail

Visits 1522
31.01.2020

Yanukovych’s lawyer reportedly knew in advance he would get top job in State body investigating Maidan crimes

There are grounds for suspecting that Oleksandr Babikov was not appointed First Deputy Head of the State Bureau of Investigations as the result of a fair competition, with this only compounding the concerns over a conflict of interests given Babikov’s recent role in representing fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych | detail

Visits 1496
21.01.2020

Outrage in Ukraine as Yanukovych lawyer appointed first deputy head of body investigating Maidan crimes

The appointment of Oleksandr Babikov to the second highest post in the State Bureau of Investigations is deeply disturbing given the clear conflict of interest that his recent defence of former President Yanukovych presents | detail

Visits 3494
06.01.2020

New head of Maidan investigations implicated in judicial corruption scandal

The families of slain Maidan activists and their lawyers have called on the acting head of the State Bureau of Investigations to cancel the appointment of Oleksandr Buryak as head of the department on investigating crimes against Maidan protesters | detail

Visits 1654
18.12.2019

Russia deploys ‘Cossacks’ as thugs and ‘witnesses’ in politically-motivated prosecutions in occupied Crimea

So-called ‘Cossacks’ were used, together with other armed paramilitaries, in 2014 to provide the violence and brutality that Russia did not want attributed to its soldiers, and there are strong grounds for fearing that a similar role is planned now | detail

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