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01.03.2017

A Loss for Ukraine and One Tortured Ukrainian Political Prisoner

Viktor Parshutkin, a Russian lawyer who became well-known in Ukraine for forcing Russia to withdraw falsified charges against Ukrainian political prisoner Serhiy Lytvynov has died suddenly in Moscow at the age of 57. | detail

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27.01.2017

A World That Didn’t React and Isn’t Now

This 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau feels frighteningly different from previous years. Developments over the last year have meant that for the first time very many people are confronting the possibility of a rise in totalitarianism, with the question “how could it happen?” no longer something for enlightened history teachers to discuss with their students. | detail

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22.01.2017

The First Maidan Victims

It is three years since Maidan activists Serhiy Nihoyan and Mikhail Zhyznevsky were killed on Hrushevsky St in Kyiv. 21-year-old Serhiy Nihoyan died first, killed by sniper bullets to the head and chest. An hour later it was learned that 25-year-old Mikail Zhyznevsky had also been shot and killed | detail

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16.10.2016

In Memory of Petro Grigorenko whose voice in defence of Crimean Tatars is again desperately needed

It is the 109th anniversary today of the birth of Petro Grigorenko, Soviet General, Soviet dissident, victim of punitive psychiatry and defender of the Crimean Tatar people. His friend Mustafa Dzhemiliev is now again in exile, and the Crimean Tatars facing persecution in their homeland under Russian occupation | detail

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29.09.2016

Babyn Yar: "Did the sun really not pale at the sight of that horror? "

It is 75 years since the Nazi massacre of almost 34 thousand Ukrainian Jews in Babyn Yar, and 25 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and its lies about the Victims of Babyn Yar and about the Holocaust | detail

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25.09.2016

Roma Victims Remembered at Babyn Yar

As the 75th anniversary approaches of the massacre of 33 thousand Ukrainian Jews at Babyn Yar, Ukraine’s religious leaders have joined in a memorial service for the Nazis’ Roma victims killed at what was then a ravine on the outskirts of Kyiv | detail

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30.08.2016

Remembering the Victims of Putin’s Ilovaisk Treachery

On August 29, Ukrainians honoured the memory of all those soldiers killed exactly two years ago in the Ilovaisk Battle in which Russian President Vladimir Putin played a major – and treacherous - role. | detail

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20.02.2016

Remembering 20 February 2014

On this day I first understood that you can have no fear. None at all. When there is something that is much more important than your fear, inability, illness, tiredness. When next to you young men, only a little older than your granddaughter, are bleeding. When they die in your arms and you don’t even howl from impotence, but do what is needed so that the next person does not die. | detail

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27.01.2016

“Not one country reacted”: 71 years since the Liberation of Auschwitz

“Graves force any normal human being to stop and think. Yet here there are no graves. That means that on the place where an unthinkable crime was perpetrated, reflection must be transformed into particular responsibility, into enduring remembrance of what happened" - Władysław Bartoszewski | detail

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23.01.2016

In Memory of the First Maidan Victims

We remember Serhiy Nihoyan, Mikhail Zhyznevsky, Roman Senyk and Yury Verbytsky - the first of the Nebesna Sotnya, those killed on Maidan. It has become a bitter refrain that nobody has been brought to answer for their murders. | detail

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19.01.2016

Remembering Stas Markelov & Nastya Baburova

It is seven years today since human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and 25-year-old beginning journalist Anastasia Baburova, from Sevastopol in Crimea, were gunned down in Moscow by members of a neo-Nazi Russian nationalist organization | detail

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29.09.2015

Babyn Yar and Remembrance beyond the Anniversary

Flowers will be laid at the Menorah at Babyn Yar on Sept 29 in memory of the nearly 34 thousand Jewish men, women and children murdered in 1941. In honour of those same victims, it is surely time that the authorities take proper measures to safeguard this poignant memorial from foul attack. | detail

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03.09.2015

Remembering Vasyl Stus, a voice raised against tyranny

On September 4, 2015 it will be 30 years since the death in the Perm-36 labour camp of Vasyl Stus, Ukrainian poet and human rights defender. The anniversary and Stus’ refusal to remain silent whatever the price are of especial poignancy in the face of Russia’s mounting repression, including with respect to the Ukrainians it is holding prisoner | detail

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02.09.2015

Death of Vasyl Stus

Vasyl Stus – a human rights activist and a poet – died on the night from September 3 to 4 of 1985, in the solitary confinement of the «Institution ВС-389/36» in Kuchino village of Perm Region. At that time I was in the 20th cell of the “institution”, that’s why I consider it my civil and human duty to testify on the circumstances and causes of his death. | detail

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20.08.2015

In Memory: Hryhory Prykhodko

Hryhory Prykhodko, founder of the Ukrainian National Party and twice a political prisoner died on Aug 15, 2015. He was 78. | detail

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19.08.2015

In Memory: Anatoly Shevchuk

The writer and former political prisoner Anatoly Shevchuk died on Aug 12 in his native Zhytomyr, aged 78 | detail

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04.06.2015

In Memory: Leonid Plyushch

Leonid Plyushch, an active member of the Soviet human rights movement and victim of punitive psychiatry has died in France. He was 76, and had lived in France since being exiled from the Soviet Union in 1976 following a major campaign for his release from incarceration in a KGB psychiatric ‘hospital’. Although concentrating mainly on literary issues in recent years, Leonid Ivanovych followed events in Ukraine and always responded when voices were needed against injustice. | detail

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25.04.2015

Władysław Bartoszewski: A Life as Testimony to the Truth

“There was one choice: either I accept what I regard as evil, or I refuse to accept it. No other”. Władysław Bartoszewski, Polish historian and public figure, one of the Righteous of the Nations bore testimony to the truth in his works and in his life and his passing is a great loss not only for Poland> | detail

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07.04.2015

In Memory of Boris Nemtsov – Minute of NON-Silence

It is 40 days since Boris Nemtsov, fierce opponent of Moscow’s war against Ukraine and against its own people, was gunned down near the Kremlin. Please join in a Moment of NON-Silence in Boris Nemtsov’s memory and in defiance of those who want him forgotten. | detail

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07.03.2015

The Anti-Semitic Coding in Putin’s Telegram to Boris Nemtsov’s Mother

Putin’s telegram had another message for the wider Russian audience, one with a bad Soviet smell to it. It was addressed to Dina Yakovlevna Eidman, although Nemtsov’s mother has not used her maiden name since she married 63 years ago, and the Kremlin had every reason to know this | detail

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