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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
21.04.2017

Russia reinstates darkest Soviet days by banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia’s Supreme Court has ignored the country’s Constitution and the decades of religious persecution under Soviet rule and banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses, labelling them ‘extremist’. It has thus placed 175 thousand believers in the Russian Federation in danger of criminal prosecution for their faith. | detail

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20.04.2017

Russia refuses to investigate torture of Ukrainian it jailed in revenge for Euromaidan

Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected two cassation appeals against the overtly lawless imprisonment in Russia of a Ukrainian convicted of an unprovable ‘offence’ allegedly committed in the capital of Ukraine during Euromaidan | detail

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20.04.2017

Russian Journalist, Putin Critic Dies After Severe Beating

A prominent Russian journalist known for articles criticizing Russia’s government and President Vladimir Putin has died at a hospital in St. Petersburg after being severely beaten by unknown assailants | detail

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14.04.2017

Russia found in violation of the right to life over Beslan School attack

The European Court of Human Rights [ECHR] has found multiple violations of the right to life over Russia’s failure to take preventive measures against the terrorist attack on a school in Beslan in 2004 and over the subsequent storming in which over 330 people, including 185 children lost their lives | detail

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12.04.2017

Putin’s National Guard Cracks Down On Opposition Activists In Irkutsk

Although the official mission of the National Guard is to combat terrorism, many in Russia believe its true purpose is to protect Vladimir Putin and the government. | detail

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06.04.2017

Mass persecution inevitable if Russia bans the Jehovah’s Witnesses as ’extremist’

Russia’s Supreme Court appears to be on the verge of banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses after a Justice Ministry application which claimed that this world faith is ‘extremist’ | detail

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03.04.2017

Rights Groups Says Police Detain 59 At Opposition Protest In Moscow

The arrests come a week after more than 1,000 were arrested during a demonstration organized by leading Kremlin critic and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny. | detail

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30.03.2017

Ukrainian is serving 12 years in Russia for photograph of deserted aerodrome

On March 10 Viktor Shur spent his 60th birthday in a Russian maximum security prison, far from his family in Ukraine. He has been imprisoned in Russia since Dec 9, 2014, with his alleged ‘espionage’ seemingly based solely on a photo of an abandoned aerodrome in Bryansk on which cattle now graze | detail

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30.03.2017

PEN America honors Oleg Sentsov with 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award

PEN America announced on March 29 that it will honor imprisoned Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov with the 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award at its annual Literary Gala on April 25 | detail

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29.03.2017

Continuing crackdown and police violence in Belarus

The Civic Solidarity movement condemns mass detentions and police violence against peaceful demonstrators, calls for a strong reaction by the international community | detail

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28.03.2017

New Kids on the Block: A Younger Generation Invigorates Anti-Kremlin Protests

In spontaneity and sprawl, the weekend protests across Russia were reminiscent of large anti-Kremlin rallies in 2011-2012 that were followed by a steady tightening of government control over the political landscape. But one thing sets the two apart: the striking preponderance of young protesters in their late teens and early twenties | detail

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27.03.2017

Russian state TV in absurd denial over thousand-strong protests, mass arrests

State-controlled media in Russia proved considerably easier to control than the tens of thousands of citizens on March 26 who joined anti-corruption protests called by Alexei Navalny, despite the likelihood of arrests and gratuitous violence from OMON riot police and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s own ‘National Guard’ personal army | detail

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26.03.2017

EU must reinstate sanctions after Belarusian dictator’s violent crushing of Freedom Day protests

If the Belarusian authorities hoped to prevent their crushing of Freedom Day protests being monitored by detaining 57 international observers, they should have used less gratuitous violence against both the monitors and hundreds of other peaceful protesters | detail

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23.03.2017

Open Letter to the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka

We, 48 undersigned organizations from 24 countries, strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus. | detail

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22.03.2017

Ukrainian journalists detained in Moscow with student beaten for Ukrainian flag

Two Ukrainian journalists were held in a Moscow police station for around 3 hours on Tuesday evening, together with the Russian postgraduate student beaten by the FSB for waving a Ukrainian flag during state-organized festivities marking the anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea | detail

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20.03.2017

Belarus crackdown: more than 200 arrested or detained in two weeks

One year after the EU lifted sanctions against Belarus, the government is resorting to harsh and violent repression to break the most massive protests seen since December 2010 | detail

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15.03.2017

Russian historian of the Terror jailed after Soviet-style denunciation faces new charges

There is no real evidence to substantiate the dubious charges against Yury Dmitriev and a recent slanderous attack on state-controlled television has only compounded the suspicion that the prosecution is part of a mounted attack on Memorial and its work exposing perpetrators of the Terror. | detail

Visits 10271
07.03.2017

Russian teacher jailed for repost exposing child abuse freed, no let-up in persecution for Crimea protest

Yevgenia Chudnovets was released from a Sverdlovsk region prison on March 6, shortly after her conviction for supposed ‘circulation of child pornography’ was revoked. Many other political prisoners remain imprisoned, often for criticizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military involvement in Ukraine | detail

Visits 5514
06.03.2017

Blogger fined for saying the USSR invaded Poland in 1939 takes Russia to Court in Strasbourg

Russian blogger Vladimir Luzgin has asked the Court in Strasbourg to defend his right to state quite correctly that both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939. He was left no alternative after Russia’s Supreme Court agreed that this unpalatable truth constituted ‘rehabilitation of Nazism’. | detail

Visits 80370
02.03.2017

43% of Russians feel proud of Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Russians are united only in pride at the Soviet Union’s victory in the Second World War over 70 years ago, according to a survey by the renowned Levada Centre. The survey is, however, telling also in what it does not ask and in the framing of the questions, with this particularly applying to the one question about Crimea. | detail

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