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20.11.2017

Belarus arrests Ukrainian Radio journalist probing abduction to Russia of 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb

Belarus’s KGB (security service) has detained Pavlo Sharoiko, Ukrainian Radio’s correspondent in Minsk, reportedly accusing him of ‘spying’.  Virtually no information is available about the arrest which comes in the wake of tension in relations between Ukraine and Belarus following the Russian FSB’s abduction from Belarus of Pavlo Hryb, a 19-year-old Ukrainian student. | detail

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16.11.2017

Russian Justice Ministry Warns RFE/RL As Duma Passes New Media Restrictions

Russia’s lower house of parliament has unanimously approved legislation that would authorize the government to designate media outlets receiving funding from abroad as "foreign agents." | detail

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15.11.2017

Russian children sing of their readiness to die if called upon by Putin

A ruling party MP in Russia has produced a video clip in which children enthusiastically sing of their willingness to ‘fight the final battle” for ‘Uncle Vova’, otherwise known as President Vladimir Putin. They also promise not only to hold on to Crimea which Russia has illegally annexed, but also to reclaim Alaska | detail

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15.11.2017

Russians face imprisonment as ’mercenaries’ for fighting for Ukraine

One Russian has been jailed for over three years, and another, extradited from Tajikistan, is about to be put on trial in Russia for taking part in the fighting in Donbas on the side of Ukraine.  The FSB and Russian courts treat anybody supporting Ukraine as a ‘mercenary’, while notorious mercenary Arseny Pavlov [‘Motorola’] and other Russians who died fighting against the Ukrainian government are considered as ‘heroes of Donbas’ and even get their own official monument. | detail

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14.11.2017

Sentsov thrown into punishment cell & sent to the Far North because of protests demanding his release

Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov has spent several terms in a punishment cell over recent months, including a two-week punishment as soon as he arrived at the harsh ‘White Bear’ prison colony north of the Arctic Circle. Both the penalties and the transfer to this most isolated of all prisons are linked with the mounting protest in his defence in Yakutia. | detail

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13.11.2017

Russia is placing tortured Ukrainian political prisoner’s life in danger

Having driven Ukrainian historian Stanyslav Klykh close to insanity through torture, psychotropic drugs and a Kafkaesque ‘trial’, Russia is now placing the 43-year-old’s life in danger.  His mother reports that, instead of providing her son with proper diagnosis and treatment, they injected him with some unidentified medication which left him virtually in a coma for six days. | detail

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07.11.2017

Desperate plea from Crimean prisoner who attempted suicide rather than be taken to Russia

Andriy Lugin, one of at least two Crimean prisoners who have slashed their throats in protest at being taken against their will to Russia, has addressed an open appeal to the Ukrainian government and international community on behalf of all Ukrainian prisoners whom Russia is illegally foisting its citizenship upon. | detail

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06.11.2017

Sakharov Prize for Courage Awarded to Jailed Russian Writer of banned “Crimea is Ukraine” text

Boris Stomakhin, a Russian writer serving a six-year prison sentence in Russia for supposed ‘extremism’ has been honoured ‘For Courage’ by the Andrei Sakharov Committee on Journalism as an Act of Courage.  The Committee, posted Stomakhin’s 2014 article ‘Crimea is Ukraine’ in full. | detail

Visits 2294
02.11.2017

Russia gives suspected Euromaidan killers asylum, imprisons Maidan activists

Russia has given almost half the Berkut officers suspected of involvement in the gunning down of protesters citizenship, and at least two men wanted for Maidan crimes jobs crushing protest in Russia. This is while at least two Ukrainians are illegally held on insane charges related to Maidan over which Russia has no jurisdiction | detail

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26.10.2017

Russian television is not about Russia

EU vs. Disinfo weekly summary of the main topics on Russia’s most watched TV news channels. | detail

Visits 558
24.10.2017

Report: Russia Implicates Browder In Magnitsky ’Murder’ Probe, Citing Widely Mocked MI6 ’Expose’

Russia, which says Magnitsky’s death was a tragedy but denies allegations that he was abused while in custody, has undertaken an aggressive, multipronged effort in recent years aimed at discrediting Browder and the narrative underpinning the U.S. Magnitsky Act. | detail

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20.10.2017

Number of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea rises sharply

There are now at least 60 Ukrainians whom Russia is imprisoning on politically motivated charges or for their faith in Russia or in occupied Crimea | detail

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20.10.2017

Abducted Ukrainian’s medical condition “grave”, Russian charges deeply suspect

While 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb’s doctor warns of potentially grave consequences if Russia continues to refuse the young Ukrainian proper medical treatment, the FSB is concentrating on circulating misleading information about the young man and the charges against him. Details are scant but quite sufficient to expose the serious flaws in the claims made. | detail

Visits 2055
19.10.2017

Ukrainian arrested in Russia for going to political meetings in Ukraine

Russia’s Investigative Committee and FSB have arrested yet another Ukrainian on surreal charges linked with the Ukrainian nationalist organization ‘Right Sector’.  Roman Terkovsky is accused of attending entirely legal Right Sector events in Ukraine and of promoting the organization on Facebook.  | detail

Visits 1770
18.10.2017

Russia erects memorial to Donbas mercenaries Ukraine wanted to see tried for war crimes

Vladislav Surkov, advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin took part on October 16 in the ceremonial opening in Rostov (Russia) of a memorial to Russian or pro-Russian fighters who died in Donbas.  The event was timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of Russian mercenary Arseny Pavlov [‘Motorola’’], whom Ukraine had hoped to see on trial for war crimes, but whom Russia treats as a hero | detail

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16.10.2017

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov sent to brutal prison north of the Arctic Circle

It seems very likely that the Kremlin’s most famous Ukrainian political prisoner, Oleg Sentsov, has been taken to the ‘White Bear’ Prison Colony ‘north of the Arctic Circle’. The place could not be more remote and unsuited for a Ukrainian accustomed to the warm climate of Crimea, and the prison has a reputation for brutality towards prisoners | detail

Visits 17166
13.10.2017

Russia flouts European Court, refuses to allow doctors to see abducted Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb

In direct breach of a request from the European Court of Human Rights, Russia has prevented Ukrainian doctors from visiting Pavlo Hryb in a Krasnodar SIZO [remand prison]. It seems likely that Russia is using Pavlo’s medical condition to put pressure on him and international attention is critically needed | detail

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11.10.2017

Strasbourg demands answers from Russia about treatment of abducted Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb

The European Court of Human Rights has still not received information about the medical treatment that 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb urgently needs, and has invited Ukrainian doctors to visit him. Meanwhile, it appears that the ‘terrorism charges’ which the FSB has kidnapped Pavlo to face are based solely on private correspondence on abstract subjects between two adolescents . | detail

Visits 3105
09.10.2017

Russia abducts activist from Ukraine, charges him with involvement in Ukrainian organization

Oleksandr Shumkov has become the latest Ukrainian to be abducted to Russia and imprisoned.  There is a major question mark over how the 28-year-old civic activist came to be in Russia, but it would be difficult to dispute the surreal nature of the charges.  The Ukrainian is accused of involvement in a Ukrainian organization that only Russia calls ‘extremist’, and that is entirely legal in Ukraine | detail

Visits 2660
03.10.2017

Russia honours founders of the Soviet Terror, jails historian who uncovered their victims

A museum was ceremoniously opened in Russia recently to Felix Dzherzhinsky, the founder of the notorious Soviet secret police, with the event attended by MPs and members of the FSB, Russia’s modern-day security service.  The week also saw an important development in the latest closed court hearing in the widely condemned trial of Yury Dmitriev, a 61-year-old historian who has devoted most of his life to uncovering the mass graves of the victims of the Soviet secret police and identifying the perpetrators.  | detail

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