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

Kremlin uses blatant lies as excuse to not free Oleg Sentsov

The Kremlin has rejected the plea from Oleg Sentsov’s mother that President Putin ‘pardon’ her son.  It claims that the request must come from Sentsov although this was not the case when Putin issued decrees ‘pardoning’ three other Ukrainian political prisoners.  It also claims, equally falsely, that Sentsov is a Russian citizen.  | detail

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Belarusian Lockdown: Independent Journalists Decry Draconian Repression

Major crackdown on independent media in Belarus | detail

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“The end is near”: Grave Fears for the Life of Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov

Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov is dangerously weak after 87 days on hunger strike. His cousin reports that the situation is "catastrophically bad" and that when Oleg speaks of the end being near, it is not release that he is referring to | detail

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FSB infiltrator creates an ‘extremist’ group to jail teenagers critical of the Putin regime in Russia

It is not only in occupied Crimea that Russia’s FSB uses provocateurs in politically-motivated prosecutions. Several young Russians, including two teenage girls, have been in custody since March 2018, and are facing long sentences for supposedly ‘organizing an extremist organization’ effectively created by a person working for the FSB | detail

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Ukrainian political prisoner freed after Russia takes full revenge for Maidan

Oleksandr Kostenko has been released from a Russian prison after being forced to serve a legally absurd sentence to the end.  He is one of two Ukrainians, together with Andriy Kolomiyets, sentenced under Russian legislation on charges related to Euromaidan in Ukraine, over which Russia can have no jurisdiction. | detail

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Journalists & Filmmaker murdered while probing Russia’s Wagner ‘mercenaries’

Journalist Orkhan Dzhemal was one of the few Russian citizens unafraid of exposing the truth about Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and, especially, its treatment of the Crimean Tatars. He was murdered on 30 July in the Central African Republic, together with Russian filmmaker Alexander Rastorguev and cameraman Kirill Radchenko | detail

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Russia forced to retract insane charges against tortured Ukrainian, yet jailed him for 8.5 years anyway

35-year-old Serhiy Lytvynov remains imprisoned in Russia four years after a fateful tooth inflammation led to him becoming one of the first and unlikeliest of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners.  Following the tragically premature death of his lawyer Viktor Parshutkin in March 2017, he has also become the most abandoned of all political prisoners.  | detail

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Russian asylum seeker whom Ukraine helped send back to Russia convicted of ‘extremism’ for criticizing Putin

Although it was Belarus that extradited Russian opposition activist Vladimir Yegorov to Russia, this was only because Ukraine’s Security Service had first flouted both Ukrainian and international law by simply dumping Yegorov, who had applied for asylum in Ukraine, on the border, leaving him no choice but to cross into Belarus. | detail

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Russia extends its torture of abducted & gravely ill Ukrainian student

Russia’s ‘trial’ of Pavlo Hryb, a Ukrainian student abducted by the FSB from Belarus, began in Rostov on 23 July 2018, only to be adjourned for the prosecutor to correct a critical mistake in the indictment.  Hryb’s detention was extended to 22 October, despite the 20-year-old’s life-threatening blood circulation illness, which could lead to fatal haemorrhaging at any time | detail

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Ukrainian gets jail sentence in Russia for involvement in a legal organization in Ukraine

Roman Ternovsky has been sentenced by a Russian court to 2.5 years’ imprisonment for taking part in what Russia calls ‘extremist activities’.  The charges, incredibly, pertain to Ternovsky’s involvement in his native Ukraine in Right Sector, an organization that is legal in Ukraine | detail

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Oleg Sentsov’s Last Birthday in Russian captivity and 61st day on hunger strike

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is turning 42 on 13 July.  It will be his fourth birthday in a Russian prison, and must be his last. The Kremlin’s most famous Ukrainian hostage has been on hunger strike since 14 May and has made it clear that he will not give up until Russia releases him and other Ukrainian political prisoners | detail

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Ukrainian who went to Russia to get medicine for his child jailed on ‘spying’ charges

Ihor Kiyashko has been in Russian custody since 9 April 2018, with it likely that the FSB are using torture or other illegal methods to extract ‘confessions’ to ‘spying’.  It is difficult otherwise to explain why the far more serious espionage should have appeared only two months after his arrest, and why Kiyashko has been prevented from having an independent lawyer   | detail

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Sentsov considers his solo release would be a “total failure” & calls for greater attention to Kremlin’s other political prisoners

If Oleg Sentsov, Emir-Usein Kuku and Oleksandr Shumkov are on hunger strike for the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners, ignoring their demand helps only Russia (INFORMATION HERE about the other prisoners) | detail

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Russia Fines Radio Svoboda (RFE/RL) Over Alleged ’Foreign-Agent’ Violations

A Moscow court has fined Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) after ruling that it had failed to comply with a Russian law regulating media outlets branded by the government as "foreign agents." | detail

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Russia to pay large compensation for torturing 16-year-old Ukrainian to death

A court in Krasnodar has ordered Russia’s Finance Ministry to pay 4.5 million roubles in compensation for torturing five adolescents in a ‘corrective institution’, with two million of that sum awarded to the mother of 16-year-old Ukrainian, Vitaly Pop, who was savagely beaten to death | detail

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Russia takes revenge for Euromaidan by imprisoning and tormenting Ukrainian Maidan activists

It has long been assumed that the persecution of Oleksandr Kostenko and Andriy Kolomiyets was in revenge for Moscow’s failure to prevent Euromaidan, with this only confirmed by the measures taken to make Kostenko’s last weeks in prison as hellish as possible. | detail

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Russia pushes lies and defamation while hiding Sentsov who is reportedly very weak

With Russian lies failing to silence mounting international calls for the release of Oleg Sentsov and all Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners, deception has been used to block access to Sentsov, and a provocateur deployed in an inept attempt to discredit the renowned Ukrainian filmmaker. | detail

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Russia blocks medication for abducted Ukrainian student with life-threatening illness

Russia’s FSB are preventing imprisoned Ukrainian student Pavlo Hryb from receiving vital medication, despite being fully informed of the rare blood circulation disease which the young man suffers from and the grave risk to his life posed by lack of proper medical care | detail

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Russia brings new fabricated charges against historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev

Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated new and serious criminal proceedings against Yuri Dmitriev after its first trial of the world-renowned historian and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial failed abysmally | detail

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Ukrainian abducted, tortured & imprisoned in Russia after responding to a ‘friend’s’ plea for help

Valentin Vyhivsky has been in Russian captivity since September 2014 because he responded to an acquaintance’s plea for money, purportedly needed for a relative’s cancer treatment.  The timing and manner in which Vyhivsky simply vanished after arriving in occupied Simferopol suggest that he may have been the victim of an FSB set-up, one of many such Ukrainian victims since Russia’s invasion of Crimea | detail

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