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

Beatings and Arson Attacks: Is Online Dissidence Becoming Dangerous in Russia?

There have been a string of assaults and arson attacks targeting Russians who have openly criticized their government on social-networking sites. | detail

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Russia flouts its own Supreme Court to revenge Ukrainian Maidan activist

A Kirov court on June 16 ignored not only the fact that Russia is illegally holding Oleksandr Kostenko in prison, but the Russian Supreme Court’s guidelines on parole. Nothing, it seems, matters if the order has come to convict a person and then make sure he serves the sentence to the end. | detail

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Grave concerns for tortured Ukrainian hostage as Russia concocts new charges

The 10 months in which Ukrainian Stanislav Klykh was illegally held and tortured by Russian investigators, with no access to lawyers or to his family, have left deep psychological, as well as physical scars on the 42-year-old historian. It is his clearly disturbed state which makes the new ‘investigation’ against him particularly cynical. | detail

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Freed Ukrainian Political Prisoner: Sanctions Against Russia Must Continue to Free Others

74-year-old Yury Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasyev (26) are finally home and enormously grateful for the support they received. They both spoke of the need to return all prisoners held by Russia, and the role in this that sanctions play | detail

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A ‘Crimean Four’ Political Prisoner Placed in Notorious Serbsky Institute

Oleksiy Chyrniy, a Crimean tried illegally in the same case as Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko has been brought from a Russian prison in Magadan and placed in the Moscow Serbsky Institute. The move could possibly be a step towards his release. There is still no sign that the Kremlin plans to free Sentsov and Kolchenko | detail

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Russian lawyers face reprisals for defending tortured Ukrainian prisoners

Russia’s contempt for the law demonstrated in the trial of Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh who were illegally imprisoned, tortured and sentenced to over 20 years on trumped-up charges has now extended to the lawyers defending them. . | detail

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Pavlensky says he will not pay fine after his unexpected release

A Moscow court on June 8 rather unexpectedly released Pyotr Pavlensky from custody, after finding him guilty and fining him for damaging what was referred to as a ‘site of cultural heritage’, namely a door to the FSB building on Lubyanka Square | detail

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Tortured Ukrainian demands formal apology from Russia for insane prosecution

Serhiy Lytvynov, the Luhansk oblast resident abducted in Russia and tortured into confessing to war crimes that never happened, is demanding a formal apology for his unlawful prosecution. This he has the right to by law, and his lawyer Viktor Parshutkin plans to take the matter to court if Russia’s Prosecutor General fails to react. | detail

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Repression in Belarus has increased since EU sanctions removed

Human rights activists warn that the significantly increased use of fines against peaceful protesters and the increasing use of the death penalty shows that the EU’s softening attitude to Alexander Lukashenko’s regime is misguided. | detail

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Russian expert in Ukrainian Library Director case finds ’extremism’ in children’s magazine

The Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow was, it transpires, a hotbed of ‘extremism’. That’s according to Yevgeny Tarasov who was commissioned to carry out a ‘psycholinguistic’ assessment of books from the library as part of the criminal proceedings against Natalya Sharina, director of the library and recognized political prisoner | detail

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Russia rejects appeal against Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov’s 20-year sentence

Russia’s Supreme Court has refused to even consider the cassation appeal lodged against the sentences passed on world-renowned filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. The move was predictable, yet still profoundly disturbing given the lack of any grounds for the charges and “Stalinist” nature of the trial. | detail

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Forget Minsk: Ukrainians get 22 & 20 years for Invented Crimes in Chechnya

One day after releasing Nadiya Savchenko, Russia has sentenced two other Ukrainians to virtually identical terms of imprisonment on even more insane charges. The indictment flew in the face of historical fact, and both Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh can prove that they were in Ukraine at the time of the alleged crimes in Chechnya | detail

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Russian Monument to Stalin’s Victims Highlights Fate Of Executioner

One of the few monuments in Russia devoted to "the victims of political repressions during the 1930s." has a single line noting that fact, then dedicates 12 lines to honoring one particular victim of Stalin’s Terror: Valter Vand, the former head of the local branch of the NKVD | detail

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Russian poet detained for ripping down portrait of Stalin

Sergei Gandlevsky was detained on May 23 by police officers at the Lubyanka Metro station in Moscow after he ripped down a portrait of the bloody dictator Joseph Stalin stuck on a wall | detail

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Not Forgotten! Solidarity Campaign for ‘Crimean Four’ imprisoned in Russia

Russia has hidden Crimean political prisoners: renowned filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko; Gennady Afanasyev and Oleksiy Chirniy as far from their families, the media and western diplomats as could be achieved, which in Russia is far. Join Ukrainian civic organizations in proving that it’s not far enough! | detail

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Russia’s “most monstrously falsified trial” of Ukrainians ends as commissioned

It is Mykola Karpyuk’s birthday on May 21. Please write to him and to Stanislav Klykh! The two recognized political prisoners have been, as expected, convicted of supposed crimes in Chechnya despite all historical evidence and alibis | detail

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Russian Protest Artist Pavlensky Alleges Police Brutality

Best known for such protest actions as nailing his scrotum to Red Square or cutting off a piece of his ear, Russian political-protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky continues to put his body on the line | detail

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Facts & alibis pitched against torture as Russia’s trial of Karpyuk & Klykh ends

The verdict is imminent in the trial of two Ukrainians whom Russia has accused of killing Russian soldiers in Chechnya 20 years ago. If ‘confessions’ extracted through torture, evidence of alibis and of glaring historical inaccuracies have become standard in Russia’s trials of imprisoned Ukrainians, on this occasion there is one crucial difference. | detail

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Drop unfounded charges against Russian rights activist Valentina Cherevatenko

Representatives of Russian and international NGOs are appalled by a new and alarming development in the campaign of pressure against Russian civil society, namely the possible first criminal proceedings linked with the law on NGOs as so-called ‘foreign agents’ | detail

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Ukrainian taken hostage & tortured for Russian propaganda

The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has declared Ukrainian Serhiy Lytvynov a political prisoner and demanded his immediate release. It calls the cowherd from a Luhansk village near the border with Russia a victim of “the Russian-Ukrainian conflict”, who was used for propaganda purposes | detail

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