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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 668

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 1973

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

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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

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Economics textbook rejected in Russia for not fostering “love for the Motherland”

The author of a series of Russian school textbooks on economics has had one of the books rejected for lack of material fostering patriotism and for questions that might give rise to ’negative, unconstructive discussion’ | detail

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Dennis Christensen gets 6 years in first Russian sentence of a Jehovah’s Witness since Soviet times

A Russian court in Oryol has sentenced Dennis Christensen to six years’ imprisonment for practising his faith | detail

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Russia makes its law retroactive in order to jail abducted Ukrainian soldier

Three Russian judges have confirmed the four-year sentence passed on Oleksandr Shumkov, ignoring not only compelling evidence that he was abducted to Russia, but also at least two basic legal principle | detail

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Russian court orders investigation into Ukrainian student Hryb’s account of torture

A Russian court has ordered a check to be carried out into Pavlo Hryb’s allegations of torture after viewing a video showing injuries which the 20-year-old Ukrainian student says were caused by having his hands bound for a long time in fishing line. | detail

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ECHR puts off examination of Sentsov & Kolchenko vs. Russia essentially for political reasons

Earlier reports that the European Court of Human Rights had restored the ‘priority status’ assigned to the case of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko were, as suspected, premature.  One mistake was rectified, yet the Court is still refusing to consider the men’s applications until it has examined Ukraine’s intergovernmental case against Russia over Crimea.  | detail

Visits 1953

Telling the truth about Stalin and the Great Terror gets historians arrested in Russia

Although Yuri Dmitriev and Sergei Koltyrin are purportedly facing ‘non-political’ charges, it was no accident that, after Koltyrin’s arrest, a public discussion on the subject both men were involved in, was cancelled. Documenting the crimes and the perpetrators of Stalin’s Terror has become dangerous in Putin’s Russia . | detail

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‘Open Russia’ activist could face 6-year sentence in first criminal prosecution for membership of ‘undesirable NGO’

Although the arrest of Anastasia Shevchenko appears part of a general attack on Mikhail Khodorkovsy’s Open Russia NGO, it presents a dangerous precedent with ramifications for other NGOs defending human rights in Russia and occupied Crimea    | detail

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Abducted Ukrainian hostage was likely tricked by Russian FSB pretending to be his Internet ‘girlfriend’

Pavlo Hryb was just 19 when he was abducted by the FSB from Belarus after going there, he thought, to meet a young woman he had met, and fallen in love with, on the Internet. | detail

Visits 1731

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