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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
30.04.2018

Ukrainian-Belarusian journalist seized in Belarus could face 6-year sentence

38-year-old Dzmitry Halko was arrested on 22 April on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border and is facing charges of ‘attacking a police officer’, with many assuming the arrest to be in fact linked with his role in Belarusian Partisan and other independent Belarusian publications. | detail

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25.04.2018

Russian state TV uses old film footage to ‘prove’ chemical attack in Syria was faked

Two Russian state-controlled channels have used shots from a 2016 feature film as part of ‘evidence’ to back Moscow’s claim that the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma was staged | detail

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25.04.2018

Lawyer defending Ukrainian journalist accused by Russia of ‘spying’ stripped of his status

Mark Feygin, the well-known Russian lawyer representing imprisoned Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, has been stripped of his lawyer’s status. Feygin asserts that the decision was politically-motivated and links it with his defence of Sushchenko | detail

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12.04.2018

Russia falsifies medical records endangering the life of abducted Ukrainian teenager Pavlo Hryb

It is seven months since Russia’s FSB abducted Ukrainian student Pavlo Hryb from Belarus and since the 19-year-old, who has an extremely serious medical condition, saw the Ukrainian specialists treating him.  Russia has refused to allow Ukrainian doctors to examine him and is producing suspiciously ‘healthy’ test results to try to justify their refusal to provide him with proper medical care. | detail

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10.04.2018

Plundering & Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia & occupied Crimea

A year after Russia outlawed the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a first believer is on trial, facing a ten-year prison sentence and repressive measures are gaining pace.  These include armed searches and arrests, as well as the state theft of Jehovah’s Witness land and property.  It seems only a matter of time before Jehovah’s Witnesses join the ever-rising number of Ukrainians illegally imprisoned in occupied Crimea. | detail

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10.04.2018

Ukrainian sentenced to 12 years for a snapshot of cows at a disused aerodrome

After concocting a ‘trial’ on truly surreal ‘spying’ charges to imprison Ukrainian Viktor Shur, Russia has since deployed any means to prevent him having contact with the Ukrainian consul and lawyers | detail

Visits 1731
09.04.2018

Russian poet convicted of ‘incitement’ for poem in support of Ukraine

Alexander Byvshev has been convicted of ‘incitement to enmity’ and sentenced to 330 hours community service for a poem entitled ‘On Ukraine’s Independence’.   | detail

Visits 2358
06.04.2018

Russian Historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev acquitted of main charges

In a step back from the brink, a court in Russia has acquitted renowned historian Yuri Dmitriev of manifestly absurd charges for which the prosecutor had demanded a nine-year maximum security prison sentence.  | detail

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30.03.2018

Russian historian faces 9-year sentence for exposing the victims and perpetrators of Stalin’s Terror

Verdict is due on 5 April in the trial of Yuri Dmitriev, a world-renowned Russian historian and head of the Karelia branch of the Memorial Society. The prosecution has demanded a 9-year sentence, despite even the expert assessments ordered by the court dismissing the charges | detail

Visits 3378
26.03.2018

Ukrainian pensioner seized by Kremlin-backed militants in Ukraine, tortured & jailed for 12 years in Russia

61-year-old Oleksiy Sizonovych from Krasnodon in the Luhansk oblast was, as feared, brutally tortured before ending up sentenced by a  Russian ‘court’ to 12 years’ imprisonment.  Neither the surreal nature of the charges against him, nor the use of torture are, unfortunately anything new, however this case does stand out because of Sizonovych’s age and the fact that he was first seized by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] before being illegally abducted to Russia where the torture took place | detail

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26.03.2018

Dozens Arrested In Belarus As Opposition Marks ’Freedom Day’

Dozens of people have been arrested in Belarus as opposition activists attempted to hold an unsanctioned rally in the capital, Minsk | detail

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19.03.2018

Shameful Putin ‘Election’ Farce Legitimized by the OSCE

What will the OSCE say at their 19 March press conference in Moscow after agreeing to observe a ‘presidential election’ in which the main opposition candidate had been prevented from running, and which was being illegally held in occupied Crimea?. | detail

Visits 2060
14.03.2018

Dead Souls for Putin: Even Death Statistics are Fiddled in Russia

There has been a significant fall in the number of deaths from cardio-vascular illness, tuberculosis and cancer in Russia.  That’s if you believe the Potemkin statistics, and don’t ask too many questions about the increase in deaths from a number of other illnesses, as well as from ‘unknown causes’ since one of Putin’s ‘May decrees’ back in 2012.  | detail

Visits 1926
06.03.2018

Stalin’s Legacy: Son Of An ’Enemy Of The People’ Vows He’ll Never Forget

Every Wednesday, Aleksei Nesterenko stands outside building No. 23 on Moscow’s Nikolskaya Street, in which his father was executed during the Terror, with a sign calling for it to be turned into a branch of the city’s GULAG museum | detail

Visits 1018
01.03.2018

Serbsky Institute dismisses insane charges in Russia’s trial of historian of the Terror Yury Dmitriev

Russia’s Serbsky Institute has rejected any grounds for the charges against Yury Dmitriev, renowned historian and Head of the Karelia branch of the Memorial Society. Even an institute notorious for its use of punitive psychiatry in Soviet times was not willing to take part in the politically motivated attempt to imprison Dmitriev for up to 15 years and stated clearly that the historian “is not a paedophile”.  | detail

Visits 1676
27.02.2018

How I Remember Boris Nemtsov

Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated on February 27, 2015, in Moscow, Russia. Below his friend and fellow activist Vladimir Kara-Murza remembers the slain leader. | detail

Visits 1092
26.02.2018

Russia cracks down on soldiers’ social media pages that expose Russian war crimes in Ukraine

Russia’s Defence Ministry has taken steps to stop soldiers divulging inconvenient information about their deployment in eastern Ukraine and other countries, which Moscow claims to have no involvement in | detail

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26.02.2018

Peaceful Rallies Held For Slain Kremlin Critic Boris Nemtsov

Demonstrators marched in Russian cities on February 25 to commemorate slain Kremlin critic and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov. | detail

Visits 981
12.02.2018

Russian Historian Accused Of ’Religious Hatred’ Over Account Of Solovki Gulag

Historian Yury Brodsky sees the far northern Solovki Archipelago as a kaleidoscopic microcosm of Russia. That diversity, Brodsky says, is now in danger from the Russian Orthodox Church, supported by the state, which is trying to transform it into a monoculture, literally and figuratively whitewashing the islands and their significance. | detail

Visits 1105
02.02.2018

Yury Dmitriev: My Work Is To Restore Memory

Yury Dmitriev, historian of Stalin’s Terror and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial, has been released from custody after being held for over a year on clearly absurd charges.  While excellent that he is no longer imprisoned, the ’trial’ is not yet over Excerpts from an interview after his release | detail

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