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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
14.06.2017

Health Concerns for Ukrainian Serving Insane Sentence as Russia’s Revenge for Maidan

Andriy Kolomiyets, one of the two Ukrainians whom Russia has imprisoned on fabricated charges linked with Euromaidan, has reported worrying symptoms and asked for medical tests. There are grounds for concern as the other Ukrainian Oleksandr Kostenko has been persistently denied treatment for a serious injury inflicted by the FSB after his arrest. | detail

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14.06.2017

Second ex-Berkut officer wanted for Maidan crimes found crushing protest in Russia

Photos from the violent suppression of peaceful protests in Russia on June 12 have exposed a man now in Russian OMON riot police gear, but wanted by Ukraine for his leading role in the bloody dispersal of Maidan activists on November 30, 2013. Serhiy Kusyuk is the second key suspect who appears to now be helping the regime under Russian President Vladimir Putin to crush protest. | detail

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13.06.2017

Navalny Jailed, More Than 1,100 Detained At Protests In Russia

Protesters were detained by Russian riot police at rallies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Blagoveshchensk, and Kazan on June 12. | detail

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09.06.2017

Russia puts Historian of the Soviet Terror on Trial

The closed trial has begun in Russia of Yury Dmitriev, a 61-year-old historian and head of the Karelia Memorial Society who has devoted his life to ensuring that the truth is known about the Soviet Terror and that the mass graves of its victims are found | detail

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09.06.2017

A Manhunt, A Typo, And Alleged Torture: Russian MMA Fighter Battles Chechnya’s Grip

Murad Amriyev, a 32-year-old MMA fighter from the southern Russian region ruled by Kremlin-backed strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, was facing deportation from Belarus on June 8, a transfer that rights activists say would place his life and well-being at risk. | detail

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06.06.2017

Russia convicts Ukrainian library director of ‘anti-Russian extremism’

Natalya Sharina, a 59-year-old librarian has received a 4-year suspended sentence with a 4-year probation period, for supposed ‘extremism’ linked with material in the Ukrainian Literature Library, and on a far-fetched charge of squandering public money. | detail

Visits 8282
31.05.2017

Detention Of Bard-Loving Boy In Moscow Sparks Outrage

The boy’s father said his son has a speech defect and that his therapist advised him to recite literature in public, which is why he was reading Shakespeare on the street. | detail

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30.05.2017

Unexpected sentence asked for Ukrainian library director on trial in Russia for ‘anti-Russian extremism’

You can hardly call the proposed 5-year suspended sentence and massive fine on librarian Natalya Sharina for supposed ‘incitement’ over the content of material in her library good news, but it could have been much worse.. | detail

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23.05.2017

Think of the children: Russian officials fret over youthful protesters

Substantial youth participation in nationwide anticorruption protests organized by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny in March jolted Russia’s political landscape, leaving officials wringing their hands over how to effectively court a demographic that, a new study suggests, is deeply distrustful of the ruling class | detail

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22.05.2017

The pro-Kremlin narrative about migrants

Pro-Kremlin outlets share an often-repeated narrative about migrants in the EU Member States. It combines elements of misinformation with a factual background of refugees arriving in Europe in large numbers | detail

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18.05.2017

Russian prison staff jailed for torturing 16-year-old Ukrainian to death

18 months after Vitaly Pop, who was just 16, died of appalling injuries on his first night in a Russian ‘corrective’ colony, two prison officers have received 11-year sentences, with eight others sentenced to terms from two and a half to five years | detail

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12.05.2017

Russia’s youngest Ukrainian prisoner is on total hunger strike demanding to be returned to Ukraine

Artur Panov, who is from the Luhansk oblast, has been in Russian custody since his arrest on 5 December 2015, two months before his seventeenth birthday. Although Panov himself, now 19, has admitted to some of the charges against him, there remain major reasons for concern, not least because of his age and certain doubts about his mental health. | detail

Visits 15240
10.05.2017

Challenge Putin’s Lies about imprisoned Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

It is exactly three years since Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker and single father, was arrested in Simferopol, shortly after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. His trial and 20-year-sentence have been condemned by the entire international community, yet Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps repeating the same narrative, that Sentsov was tried and convicted of ‘terrorism’ | detail

Visits 5064
10.05.2017

20 years for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea is worse than Soviet – Please Help #FreeSentsov!

It is three years since Oleg Sentsov’s two children saw their father, and could be another 17 years if Russian President Vladimir Putin has his way. There are levers to put pressure on Putin and on those Russians who collaborate in torturing and imprisoning innocent Ukrainians and your help is vital! | detail

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10.05.2017

Donbas war criminals glorified in Russia on Victory Day

Victory Day in Russia was marked this year by state-controlled television appearing to treat Donetsk as a Russian city and photos at the Immortal Regiment march of a notorious Russian mercenary and Ukrainian militant whom Ukraine had wanted to see tried for war crimes in Donbas | detail

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02.05.2017

Navalny attacker led 2014 attempt to repeat Donbas seizure of power in Kharkiv

The man believed responsible for a chemical attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was almost certainly a leader of the aborted attempt in 2014 to seize control in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and form a so-called ‘Kharkiv people’s republic’, like the Kremlin-backed formations in Donbas. | detail

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02.05.2017

10 years for a Molotov cocktail in protest at Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Oleksandr Kolchenko was in his second year at the Tavrida National University in 2014 when he was arrested in the same politically motivated case as filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and two other opponents of Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. His university, now based in Kyiv, has just formally reinstated him, and students and lecturers have begun a campaign to seek his release. | detail

Visits 3930
28.04.2017

Russian Girlfriend Handed Ukrainian Political Prisoner to FSB Torturers

Why would Russia hold a Ukrainian in secret detention for 10 months if there were real grounds for his arrest? Why is it now refusing to allow an independent psychiatric examination which a renowned British psychiatric institute has recognized the need for and even offered to provide? | detail

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28.04.2017

Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘abducting’ arrested fighters, Britain tries one for terrorism

Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal investigation into what it claims was Ukraine’s ‘abduction’ of Russian ‘volunteers’. Ukraine’s position in trying the men for involvement in terrorism is shared by the United Kingdom which is currently prosecuting a Briton on terrorism charges for his believed role in the fighting in Donbas. | detail

Visits 6338
26.04.2017

Oleg Sentsov sends Moving Response to PEN America Freedom to Write Award

PEN America’s honouring of Ukrainian filmmaker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov at its 2017 PEN Literary Gala would have been a very special event under any circumstances. It was made particularly poignant by the letter from Oleg that was heard for the first time, together with a powerful address from his cousin Natalya Kaplan who accepted the award on his behalf. | detail

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