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20.02.2014

Titushki and Bercut riot police on the attack

The regime’s deployment of “titushki” urgently needs to be clearly recorded and communicated to the international community as demonstration that calls for “all parties” to show restraint are missing the point and manifestly not enough | detail

Visits 4632
18.02.2014

Berkut snipers aimed at protesters

The first reports that Berkut riot police were positioned on roofs and aiming rubber bullets and grenades at protesters came early on Tuesday, with two of the injured women simply taking part in the procession | detail

Visits 6087
15.02.2014

Waiting for more bloodshed?

The only charges brought against officials over the brutal dispersing of peaceful protesters on Nov 30 last year have been dropped, turning exchanges of assurances and demands for accountability into a dangerously empty ritual. | detail

Visits 4767
13.02.2014

Kirovohrad AutoMaidan activist stripped of his license for 6 months

On Feb 12 judge Iryna Zahreba from the Kirovsk District Court in Kirovohrad prohibited AutoMaidan activst Vitaly Koval from driving for half a year in the latest of a number of template rulings throughout the country against peaceful protesters and civic activists | detail

Visits 1945
07.02.2014

UMDPL: Сherkasy police infringed all regulations

Volodymyr Batchaev from the Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors of Law Enforcement can see no grounds for most of the detentions in Cherkasy and is scathing in his assessment of police behaviour | detail

Visits 1392
04.02.2014

SBU finds plans to “seize power” in opposition party’s server

Both the police and security service [SBU] have effectively accused the opposition Batkivshchyna of planning the Kyiv protests in advance [as per the Interior Ministry] or, in the SBU rendition “carrying out actions aimed at seizing state power” | detail

Visits 1366
04.02.2014

Strasbourg gives priority consideration to EuroMaidan protester’s application

Igor Sirenko asserts that he was beaten up by special police units during a violent dispersal of protesters and then unlawfully detained on 30 November 2013 | detail

Visits 2174
03.02.2014

Uncompromising commitment to police state tactics

Western reports of major concessions from Yanukovych are misleading. It is excellent that the Jan 16 anti-protest laws were revoked, however repressive police measures had already been slipped in through ministerial or Cabinet of Ministers decrees, and the president then played a key role in hijacking the adoption of a real amnesty law | detail

Visits 2076
29.01.2014

New Order on Berkut riot police powers comes into force

None of the powers now formalized in an order registered with the Justice Ministry has not been used over the last months, however any legitimacy for a unit which has so compromised itself seems at best inappropriate | detail

Visits 2481
28.01.2014

Reports of plans for massive increase in Berkut riot police numbers

Dzerkalo Tyzhnya reports that according to its information the numbers in special force Grifon and Berkut units are to be increased to 30 thousand men, and the powers of special force units within the Interior Ministry extended. | detail

Visits 2174
25.01.2014

Ukrainian Police Counter-Offensive

A day after the shocking video footage above of police ill-treatment of a captive protester and in the wake of other damning reports, the police are alleging attacks on their officers and pointing the finger at EuroMaidan activists | detail

Visits 2804
24.01.2014

AutoMaidan activists ambushed, leader still missing

More AutoMaidan activists have been found in Kyiv police stations following the events of Wednesday night which singer Ruslana has called “brazen and unconcealed terror on the streets of Kyiv.” Chillingly it is now well over 24 hours since any contact with Dmytro Bulatov, one of the leaders of the AutoMaidan movement. | detail

Visits 3188
23.01.2014

Berkut undress and beat activist in freezing temperatures

A video posted on YouTube shows Berkut riot police and other officers in black Interior Forces uniform undressing and humilating a man detained on Hrushevsky St. Caught on video, the police have "apologised" | detail

Visits 5247
06.01.2014

Vradiyivka: All the promises prove empty

The investigations initiated after the events in Vradiyivka shook the country and scared the authorities in July have been terminated | detail

Visits 931
24.12.2013

Police told to show the orders to use force against peaceful protesters

In a positive move, the District Administrative Court has agreed that the Interior Ministry must show orders and other documentation regarding the use of Berkut riot police. On a more negative note it has rejected equally legitimate demands for information from others including the Prosecutor General and the ambulance service. | detail

Visits 1369
22.12.2013

Full-Frontal Offensive against Road Control

A Road Control activist has been shot and injured, and his car set alight in the latest attack on people from this civic watchdog which monitors the work of the traffic police. | detail

Visits 3575
16.12.2013

Dangerous anonymity

OZON, the civic initiative monitoring freedom of peaceful assembly has observed small groups of men apparently in police uniform but with only the word police itself, with no way of identifying either the unit that the person is from or the person’s name and rank | detail

Visits 1739
06.12.2013

Road Control journalist detained

In a move which is either badly mistimed or deliberately chosen to spark trouble, the police have detained Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya and an MP’s assistant and are refusing to allow lawyers or MPs in to see them raising fears that the men may have been beaten | detail

Visits 2774
26.11.2013

Berkut riot police beat up Lviv EuroMaidan supporters

Seven students from Lviv who were returning from the Kyiv EuroMaidan rally in support of European integration allege that they were assaulted by Berkut riot police officers | detail

Visits 1976
12.11.2013

Sentences for Show?

Yury Shershen reports that at virtually the same time the Kharkiv and Kharkiv regional prosecutors have reported sentences handed down on police officers allegedly guilty of crimes. He notes however that the crimes they have been convicted of are those which take place on a day-to-day basis in the police | detail

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