Russian state TV caught using fake ‘disillusioned Ukrainian Maidan activist’

Russia’s Pyervy Kanal has been caught using a Belarusian fake for a propaganda program aimed at proving that Euromaidan brought only hardship and suffering to Ukraine, and that Kyiv is trying to attribute its problems to “Russia’s mythical aggression”. | detail

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Tortured and jailed for 10 years as Kremlin’s revenge for Euromaidan in Ukraine

The Euromaidan protests that overthrew Viktor Yanukovych’s regime are known as Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity.  Except in Russia, whose leaders are still fuming at Ukrainians’ refusal to accept a Moscow-controlled puppet, and venting spleen by imprisoning Maidan activists | detail

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77-year-old Russian human rights defender jailed for Facebook repost in support of political prisoners

Lev Ponomaryov has been jailed for 25 days for reposting a message about a protest in support of young political prisoners whom Russia is claiming were members of ‘extremist groups’ | detail

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Russia sentences Ukrainian soldier to 4 years for political engagement in Ukraine

In court, Oleksandr Shumkov noted that by bringing criminal charges based on the assertion that such activities “threatened Russia’s interests”, “the Russian Federation is acknowledging its presence on Ukrainian territory | detail

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Russia imprisons wheelchair-bound man with severe muscular dystrophy on ‘terrorism’ charges

46-year-old Amir Gilyazov has suffered from a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy since childhood, and by now cannot get from his bed to the wheelchair or eat without assistance. This did not stop the FSB from bursting into his home on 23 October and arresting him on charges almost certainly linked solely with a video about the release of a political prisoner posted seven years ago on YouTube | detail

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Russia uses fake charges for “slow death” sentence against human rights activist Sergei Mokhnatkin

Russia has brought grotesque new criminal charges against Russian rights activist Sergei Mokhnatkin, just three days before the 64-year-old was due to be released after serving the latest of several politically-motivated sentences | detail

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FSB ‘plot’ in trial of Ukrainian teenager abducted to Russia hits unexpected obstacle

The best friend of the FSB’s chief witness in its ‘trial’ of 20-year-old Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb has testified in the young Ukrainian’s favour and has stated in court that she did not make the incriminating assertions claimed by the prosecution . | detail

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Russian INTERPOL sought arrest of Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister using ‘confessions’ from tortured political prisoners

The appointment of Alexander Prokopchuk as Head of INTERPOL would have shown terrifying disregard by member states for the horrific torture used to fabricate the show trials of Ukrainian political prisoners, like Mykola Karpyuk and Stanyslav Klykh | detail

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Russian human rights NGO systematically crushed for defending political prisoners

The prominent Russian NGO ‘For Human Rights’ may be forced to cease its work after being denied a presidential grant, one of the chief forms of funding since the so-called law on ‘foreign agents’ made it near impossible to function through grants from abroad | detail

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Russian prison staff ‘lose’ medicine for abducted Ukrainian political prisoner with life-threatening medical condition

Only a month after the Russian prison authorities finally allowed Pavlo Hryb to receive the medication that he needs for a potentially life-threatening medical condition, the medicines have disappeared while the 20-year-old was being moved between remand prison | detail

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Huge increase in number of political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea

Russia’s renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has once again marked Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression on 30 October by publishing new lists of political prisoners currently held in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea.  | detail

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Win a smartphone in Russia by denouncing neighbours for ‘extremism’

Anonymous denunciations of neighbours or workmates are no longer a bad memory from the Stalin era, but encouraged by the Putin regime in Russia, and in occupied Crimea | detail

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Imprisoned Memorial activist Oyub Titiev awarded Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

Oyub Titiev, a renowned human rights defender and head of the Memorial Human Rights Centre Grozny Office in Chechnya, has become the sixth laureate of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Václav Havel Human Rights Prize | detail

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Ukrainian gets prison sentence in Russia for peaceful protest in Ukraine

Roman Ternovsky has been declared a political prisoner after being jailed by Russian courts for taking part in peaceful protests in Ukraine as a member of a legal Ukrainian organization | detail

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Russia arrests second historian of Stalin’s Terror

It is becoming dangerous in Russia to investigate the crimes of Stalinism.  A second Karelian historian, Sergei Koltyrin has been arrested and is facing charges almost identical to those now brought against political prisoner, Yuri Dmitriev | detail

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Chilling twist in Russia’s claim that Ukraine helped Islamic State fighter try to kill Donetsk militant leader

Two Russian citizens were forced to return to Russia from Ukraine in February 2018. One was almost certainly tortured to death, the other – seized and tortured into ‘confessing’ to fighting for ISIS, with the help of Ukraine’s Security Service and ‘Right Sector’. _ | detail

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Russia’s trial of abducted Ukrainian turns ever more surreal

Russia uses a deserter facing criminal charges in Ukraine, highly dubious ‘secret witnesses’ and Google to prove what Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Shumkov has no need to deny | detail

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Journalist resigns from pro-Russian over overt attempt to slur Oleg Sentsov

Valeriya Ivashkina, the journalist whose name was on a cynical attempt to defame Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, has announced her resignation from, expressing regret that she took part in the efforts to slur Sentsov’s name | detail

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Russian lawyer abducted, beaten, jailed and now charged with attacking the police

A Russian lawyer defending victims of repression is facing a potentially long prison sentence on openly fabricated criminal charges, with this setting a terrifying precedent for other lawyers both in Russia and in occupied Crimea | detail

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Russia moves to silence soldiers and hide evidence of its military aggression against Ukraine

The new legislative initiative is doubtless linked with the amount of proof of Russia’s direct part in the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 and of its military involvement in Ukraine and Syria, revealed by soldiers on their social media pages | detail

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