Putin’s cynical lies about Oleg Sentsov debunked by International Criminal Court

President Putin’s claim that Russia is a law-based country and that Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years for ‘terrorism’ clash with the findings of the International Criminal Court on Russia’s invasion and ongoing occupation of Crimea | detail

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6 Months Solitary Confinement & new charges for reporting torture in Russian prison

Since recounting how he had been subjected to torture, Russian civic activist and prisoner of conscience Ildar Dadin has been threatened with criminal proceedings, a ‘defamation’ suit and has been placed in solitary confinement for 6 months | detail

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Oleksandr Kolchenko is spending a 3rd birthday in Russian prison for opposing annexation of Crimea

Ukrainian civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko is turning 27 on Nov 26, his third birthday in Russian captivity. The need for letters of support and also public attention is now even more urgent with Russia having just prevented real human rights activists from visiting him, Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners. | detail

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Russia finally releases Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son

Khaiser will have been forced to serve every day of a sentence Russia had no right to pass, but at least the decision to hold him under close surveillance for three years has been cancelled | detail

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Cynical 2nd sentence passed on Ukrainian political prisoner whom Russia is driving insane

The sentence passed on Nov 21 adds only a month to Russia’s 20-year sentence against Ukrainian Stanislav Klykh, but its cynicism is of extraordinary brutality | detail

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Ukrainians Tortured & Imprisoned in Russia’s Revenge for Maidan

How large a role the Kremlin played in trying to crush Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests still needs to be established, but Russia’s politically motivated prosecutions of Ukrainians who took part in Maidan certainly suggest an element of revenge. On this 3rd anniversary of Euromaidan, spare a thought for the Maidan activists now serving grotesque sentences in Russia. | detail

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Russian prosecuted for defending Ukraine against Kremlin-backed militants

Russia’s Investigative Committee has announced criminal proceedings against a Russian national alleged to have fought on Ukraine’s side in the military conflict in Donbas. There have been no criminal cases brought against those paid to fight on the side of the Kremlin-backed militants | detail

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Russia awards Ukrainian political prisoner $15 ’compensation’ for torture & wrongful imprisonment

Abducted from hospital, tortured and held in Russian detention for 10 months on totally fictitious ‘war crimes charges’, Serhiy Lytvynov has been awarded ‘compensation’ - about 15 US dollars worth | detail

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Russian activist first savagely beaten by police, then fined for picket in memory of Anna Politkovskaya

It seems that breaking the arm of a young disabled Russian activist was not enough, with Viktor Kapitonov now also fined for a fictitious ‘repeat infringement of the rules for holding a picket. | detail

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Russia holds Ukrainian hostages thousands of kilometers from their families

Russia is holding Sasha Kolchenko, Oleg Sentsov and many other Ukrainian political prisoners thousands of kilometres away from their families. Helping Larisa Kolchenko visit Sasha is just one of the tasks of a wonderful initiative by Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan on his Zhadan and Dogs rock tour | detail

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Imprisoned Ukrainian Journalist Sushchenko ‘denounced’ by family friend in Russia

Paris-based Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko has now been in Russian custody for a month. He is accused of ‘spying’, with Russia avoiding accountability for the surreal implausibility of such charges by making all information secret. | detail

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Russia Tries Ukrainian Library Director for ’Extremism’ & ’Denigrating Russians’

The trial has begun in Moscow of Natalya Sharina, Director of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow. She is charged with ‘incitement to enmity’ over supposed ‘extremist’ material allegedly found in the library and could face a 5-year prison sentence. Much later the prosecutors also came up with other charges on which she could be jailed for 10 years | detail

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Imprisoned Russian activist describes torture and death threats from prison commander

Ildar Dadin, the first Russian to be serving a 3-year prison sentence for totally peaceful protests has managed to get a letter to his wife describing the torture he was subjected to soon after being moved to a new prison and almost immediately after being placed in a punishment isolation cell | detail

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Warning: A trip to Russian-occupied Crimea could get you jailed for 11 years

If the Russian FSB really had grounds for charging Valentin Vyhivsky with spying, why did they first abduct him and hold him incommunicado for 8 months, and why does he still bear the scars of the methods of ‘persuasion’ they used to get him to ‘confess’? | detail

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Kremlin-Financed Group Targets ’Destructive, Antistate Ideas’ At Russian Universities

A group that has received financing from the Kremlin is under fire over a report that it has been secretly assessing the "protest potential" of students and staff at Russian universities and making its findings available to the authorities | detail

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Russian Supreme Court rules that alibis and historic fact don’t count

In modern Russia, like in Stalin’s time, ‘confessions’ can override anything, including unbreakable alibis and undeniable historical fact. Russia’s Supreme Court on Oct 26 rejected the appeal against manifestly unjust sentences passed on Ukrainian political prisoners Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh | detail

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New reprisals against Russian activist & friend of Ukraine jailed for peaceful protest

Ildar Dadin, the first Russian to be serving a 3-year prison sentence for totally peaceful protests has been placed in a punishment isolation cell and will from now on be held in harsher conditions | detail

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Permanently on wanted list for warning Russians that Crimea is Ukrainian

Warning Russians that they can face legal consequences for visiting Russian-occupied Crimea has had consequences for Mikhail Anshakov. He has just learned that he has again been placed on Russia’s wanted list over absurd charges lodged two weeks after he and his organization used the dirty words ‘Russian occupation’. | detail

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Russia’s new offensive against civil society has grave implications for Ukrainian political prisoners

Russia has removed almost all independent rights activists from the Civic Monitoring Committees [ONK] which are allowed to visit remand and convicted prisoners. The move is disastrous, not least for Ukrainian political prisoners, whose very whereabouts have often been revealed by rights activists with access to prisons | detail

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Punitive Russification as Russia’s new excuse for not releasing Ukrainians Sentsov & Kolchenko

The Russian prison authorities in Yakutia have placed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov in a punishment cell for 15 days. This follows the news that Russia has refused to return Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to Ukraine, claiming falsely that the two men are Russian citizens | detail

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