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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
24.05.2019

Russia confirms return to Soviet persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including in occupied Crimea & Donbas

A Russian court has upheld the six-year prison sentence imposed on Dennis Christensen for being a Jehovah’s Witness, with the ruling feared likely to intensify the already mounting persecution of believers in Russia and in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 551
21.05.2019

Savage torture and 5 years of a 22 year sentence in Russia for being Ukrainian

Mykola Karpyuk turned 55 on 21 May, 2019, with this his sixth birthday in Russian captivity. Karpyuk was the first of the political prisoners seized after Russia’s invasion of Crimea essentially only because they were Ukrainian | detail

Visits 1263
07.05.2019

Russia’s FSB given carte blanche to silence allegations of torture

With virtually no allegations made by Ukrainian political prisoners of FSB torture having ever been properly investigated, the prospect of newspapers being prevented from even reporting such accusations is terrifying | detail

Visits 530
06.05.2019

Ukrainian political prisoner beaten by prison staff in Russia for Maidan

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Shumkov is, as feared, facing physical violence and unwarranted punishment from Russian prison staff, both his lawyer and a lawyer from the Russian NGO Public Verdict have reported | detail

Visits 1206
23.04.2019

Bus driver from Vinnytsa imprisoned in Russia because he’s Ukrainian

A Ukrainian bus driver has been sentenced to 3.8 years’ imprisonment in Russia on bizarre charges in the latest of many suspect prosecutions since Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea’ | detail

Visits 1549
18.04.2019

In Russia level of support for murderous dictator Stalin reaches record high

71% of Russians have a positive attitude to Joseph Stalin’s role in their country’s history, with just over half the population saying that they view a dictator responsible for the death of millions “with respect”.  | detail

Visits 1481
15.04.2019

New Russian law could cut Crimea off from Ukrainian and global Internet

Russian-occupied Crimea could find itself totally cut off from the global Internet according to a bill which was adopted in its second reading on 11 April and has every chance of coming into force this year | detail

Visits 883
12.04.2019

Russia to seek ‘compensation’ from Ukraine as poverty hits dramatic level

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given support to a parliamentary committee on assessing the alleged ‘losses’ which Crimea incurred as part of Ukraine, i.e. before Russia’s 2014 invasion and annexation | detail

Visits 2854
10.04.2019

Russia guilty of ‘international armed conflict’ in Azov Sea & 24 Ukrainian POWs recognized as political prisoners

The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has issued an important statement in which it both confirms that the 24 Ukrainians seized by Russia on 25 November 2018 are prisoners of war and declares all of them political prisoners | detail

Visits 797
26.03.2019

Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb goes on hunger strike in Russia following effective death sentence

Pavlo Hryb, the Ukrainian student whom Russia abducted from Belarus, has been moved to a solitary ward with 24-hour surveillance and medical supervision after formally declaring a hunger strike.  | detail

Visits 1267
22.03.2019

Russia abducts gravely ill Ukrainian student Pavlo Hryb & sentences him to 6 years on fabricated charges

The Northern Caucasus Military Court in Rostov-on-Don has taken just minutes to pass a six-year sentence on Pavlo Hryb, Russia’s youngest Ukrainian political prisoner | detail

Visits 2187
22.03.2019

Russian Defence Ministry wants a million children in ‘Youth Army’ by 2020

Russia’s Defence Ministry is reportedly seeking the creation of ‘Yunarmia’ [‘Youth Army’] units at all defence industry enterprises in its drive to get one million children and young people ‘enlisted’ by 2020 in a structure that has been compared to the Nazi Hitlerjugend | detail

Visits 2048
19.03.2019

Russia: Jailing of Chechen human rights defender Oyub Titiev leaves justice in the gutter

Amnesty International: The four-year prison sentence slapped on Oyub Tititev is an affront to human rights, reason, and justice | detail

Visits 244
18.03.2019

Russia: Court to decide on sham case against Chechnya’s leading human rights defender Oyub Titiev

If Oyub Titiev is sent to prison, it will demonstrate the Russian authorities’ total disregard for human rights and the rule of law in Chechnya - Natalia Prilutskaya, Amnesty International’s Russia Researcher | detail

Visits 187
12.03.2019

Putin signs law to stop soldiers divulging proof for the Hague about Russia’s war against Ukraine

Had the law now passed been in force in July 2014, crucial information about the secret transportation to Ukraine of a Russian BUK missile carrier and its use in downing  Malaysian Airliner MH17 would have never come to light | detail

Visits 1232
12.03.2019

Russia rewards Berkut officers who tried to crush Euromaidan, while revenging itself on Maidan political prisoner Kolomiyets

While ex-Berkut officers, involved in trying to crush Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests, have been given awards in Russian-occupied Sevastopol ‘for courage and heroism’, Russia has ensured the harshest of prison conditions for Ukrainian political prisoner Andriy Kolomiyets, sentenced by a Russian-controlled court to 10 years’ imprisonment for being on Maidan in 2014 | detail

Visits 832
06.03.2019

Detained in Putin’s Russia for shouting that Stalin should burn in hell

Two Russian activists were detained, one very roughly, in Moscow on 5 March for marking the 56th anniversary of the death of Joseph Stalin by hurling broken flowers at his tomb near the Kremlin wall, with one shouting that the “executioner” should “burn in hell” | detail

Visits 1795
19.02.2019

Crucial hearing in Russia cancelled to block gravely ill Ukrainian student Hryb’s doctor testifying

The latest ‘court hearing’ in Russia’s trial of Pavlo Hryb lasted all of two minutes on 18 February.  Neither the prosecutor nor the interpreter had turned up in what was clearly a planned move to prevent Hryb’s doctor publicly spelling out how Russia is placing the young man’s life in jeopardy | detail

Visits 1236
18.02.2019

Russian could face terrorism charges for defending Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov

Since the internationally condemned charges concocted against Sentsov and three other Ukrainians were of ‘terrorism’, Viktor Kotov, a municipal council deputy and activist, could face criminal prosecution for supposed ‘justification of terrorism’. | detail

Visits 787
15.02.2019

Ukrainian human rights observers seized in Kazakhstan

Two Ukrainian human rights activists have disappeared in Astana while on a mission investigating cases suspected of being politically motivated | detail

Visits 1083
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