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

Russian prison staff ‘lose’ medicine for abducted Ukrainian political prisoner with life-threatening medical condition

Only a month after the Russian prison authorities finally allowed Pavlo Hryb to receive the medication that he needs for a potentially life-threatening medical condition, the medicines have disappeared while the 20-year-old was being moved between remand prison | detail

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Huge increase in number of political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea

Russia’s renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has once again marked Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression on 30 October by publishing new lists of political prisoners currently held in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea.  | detail

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Win a smartphone in Russia by denouncing neighbours for ‘extremism’

Anonymous denunciations of neighbours or workmates are no longer a bad memory from the Stalin era, but encouraged by the Putin regime in Russia, and in occupied Crimea | detail

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Imprisoned Memorial activist Oyub Titiev awarded Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

Oyub Titiev, a renowned human rights defender and head of the Memorial Human Rights Centre Grozny Office in Chechnya, has become the sixth laureate of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Václav Havel Human Rights Prize | detail

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Ukrainian gets prison sentence in Russia for peaceful protest in Ukraine

Roman Ternovsky has been declared a political prisoner after being jailed by Russian courts for taking part in peaceful protests in Ukraine as a member of a legal Ukrainian organization | detail

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Russia arrests second historian of Stalin’s Terror

It is becoming dangerous in Russia to investigate the crimes of Stalinism.  A second Karelian historian, Sergei Koltyrin has been arrested and is facing charges almost identical to those now brought against political prisoner, Yuri Dmitriev | detail

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Chilling twist in Russia’s claim that Ukraine helped Islamic State fighter try to kill Donetsk militant leader

Two Russian citizens were forced to return to Russia from Ukraine in February 2018. One was almost certainly tortured to death, the other – seized and tortured into ‘confessing’ to fighting for ISIS, with the help of Ukraine’s Security Service and ‘Right Sector’. _ | detail

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Russia’s trial of abducted Ukrainian turns ever more surreal

Russia uses a deserter facing criminal charges in Ukraine, highly dubious ‘secret witnesses’ and Google to prove what Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Shumkov has no need to deny | detail

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Journalist resigns from pro-Russian over overt attempt to slur Oleg Sentsov

Valeriya Ivashkina, the journalist whose name was on a cynical attempt to defame Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, has announced her resignation from, expressing regret that she took part in the efforts to slur Sentsov’s name | detail

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Russian lawyer abducted, beaten, jailed and now charged with attacking the police

A Russian lawyer defending victims of repression is facing a potentially long prison sentence on openly fabricated criminal charges, with this setting a terrifying precedent for other lawyers both in Russia and in occupied Crimea | detail

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Russia moves to silence soldiers and hide evidence of its military aggression against Ukraine

The new legislative initiative is doubtless linked with the amount of proof of Russia’s direct part in the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 and of its military involvement in Ukraine and Syria, revealed by soldiers on their social media pages | detail

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Russia confirms 12-year sentence against Roman Sushchenko for being Ukrainian and a journalist

Russia’s Supreme Court has, as feared, upheld the internationally condemned 12-year maximum security prison sentence against Ukrainian journalist and Ukrinform Paris correspondent Roman Sushchenko | detail

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Russian lawyer abducted, beaten & jailed for trying to defend arrested protesters

While images of Russian children, elderly pensioners and other protesters being detained, many violently, in Russian cities on 9 September rightly hit world headlines, there was a lot of police brutality and thuggery that went on away from the cameras.  It included the abduction of Mikhail Benyash, a 41-year-old lawyer from Sochi, who had been planning  to defend those detained for peacefully trying to take part in protests against pension reform | detail

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Hundreds Detained As Kremlin Opponents Protest Pension-Reform Plan On Election Day

The Russian news portal OVD-Info, which tracks the arrest of protesters, said more than 830 demonstrators were detained on September 9 at protests in 33 towns and cities across Russia | detail

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14 years of pain and of lies about the siege and storming of School No. 1 in Beslan

It is 14 years today since the storming of School No. 1 in Beslan (Russia) at the end of a three-day siege resulted in the deaths of over 330 people, 185 of them children | detail

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Strasbourg demands Russia account for health of Ukrainian political prisoners

The European Court of Human Rights has responded swiftly to Ukraine’s request for urgent measures under Rule 39 regarding the state of health of four Ukrainian political prisoners: Volodymyr Balukh; Stanislav Klykh; human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku and Serhiy Lytvynov.  The move is very welcome, however the number of political prisoners, especially in occupied Crimea, whose very life Russia is jeopardizing is much higher. | detail

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Russia turns to politically-motivated excavations to rewrite history of Soviet Terror after jailing one of its main historians

A new attempt to rewrite history about the Great Terror appears to be underway in Russia with this new offensive ominously linked with the arrest and imprisonment on fabricated charges of Yuri Dmitriev, a world-renowned historian and the head of the Karelia branch of the Memorial Society .  | detail

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First Russian since Soviet times faces imprisonment for a political anecdote

Edward Nikitin has gone on trial in St. Petersburg, accused of ‘extremism’ for reposting on social media a political cartoon and anecdote which points out, in the context of elections in Russia, that putting “a couple of cherries on a pile of shit” will not turn the latter into a cake.  | detail

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100th day on hunger strike: The West has levers it could use to make Russia free Oleg Sentsov

"I will try not to let you all down, to not give up and to not die. Though I guess of those three wishes, I will only be able to fulfil at most two" - from a letter from Oleg Sentsov to all those supporting and writing to him. He has now been on hunger strike for 100 days, and has stopped believing in his release | detail

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29 Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses declared political prisoners amid mounting persecution in Russia & occupied Crimea

Russia’s authoritative Memorial Human Rights Centre has recognized as political prisoners 29 Jehovah’s Witnesses, imprisoned for their faith.  It warns that the number of people already facing persecution is higher and rising rapidly | detail

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