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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boris Nemtsov: Yes, I’m afraid that Putin will kill me

Boris Nemtsov was murdered 2 weeks after he told a Russian newspaper that, like his mother, he was afraid that Vladimir Putin would have him killed. His was one of the few public voices of sanity in Russia, unafraid to speak out and even make a film about the war Putin has launched against Ukraine. | detail

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Arrests in Moscow for those honouring Maidan’s slain heroes

While thousands gathered on Maidan in Kyiv in memory of over 100 EuroMaidan protesters gunned down by police snipers a year ago, eight Muscovites were detained by police while trying to lay flowers outside the Ukrainian embassy | detail

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Maidan, one year on: Pride, pain and determination

On the first anniversary of the bloodiest day of the EuroMaidan protests, civic activists, lawyers and others will be gathering on Maidan with a clear message to Ukraine’s President Poroshenko and parliamentarians. If you want us to believe that the authorities will never gun down peaceful protesters again, then ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court! | detail

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In Memory: Mykola Plakhotnyuk

The death has been announced of Mykola Plakhotnyuk, former political prisoner, victim of punitive psychiatry and member of the important 1960s ‘Club for Creative Young People’. In later years Mykola Plakhotnyuk played a major role in creating a museum about the 1960s movement in Ukraine | detail

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70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: “Politicization of this place is unthinkable”

On this 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, it will be survivors who are heard, not politicians. Around 300 former prisoners are expected to attend, and the ceremony this year centres around them. No ‘snubs’, no political scandals, simply recognition of a day when politicians should fall silent. | detail

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Day of Ukrainian Unity and Remembrance for the First Maidan Victims

One year ago today two Maidan activists - Serhiy Nihoyan and Mikhail Zhyznevsky - were shot and killed on Hrushevsky St in Kyiv. On that same January 22 - Ukrainian Unity Day - Roman Senyk received fatal injuries, dying several days later, and Yury Verbytsky was left to die in a forest after being subjected to horrific torture. Nobody has been held to answer for any of these deaths. | detail

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Against Real Fascists: Remembering Stas Markelov & Nastya Baburova

Well-known human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and 25-year-old Anastasia Baburova who was finishing journalism studies and working for Novaya Gazeta were gunned down in Moscow on January 19, 2009. | detail

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In Memory: Father Gleb Yakunin

Gleb Yakunin, priest, defender of freedom of conscience and other human rights, former Soviet dissident and political prisoner, has died in Moscow. He was 80 | detail

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In Memoriam: Stefaniya Shabatura

Stefaniya Shabatura, artist, former member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group and political prisoner has died after a long illness. She was 76 | detail

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In Memory: Yevhen Sverstyuk 1928 – 2014

We mourn together with family and friends the passing of Yevhen Sverstvyuk, Ukrainian writer, thinker and civic figure, a man who spent years in the Soviet labour camps for his commitment to truth and to Ukraine and who became a moral beacon for very many in Ukraine and beyond. | detail

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In Memory of the Victims of Holodomor

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Mustafa Dzhemiliev: The sacrifice was not in vain

"The Heavenly Hundred through their deaths prevented the death of many other people. And Ukraine took a step forward. Thanks to such acts society consolidate and a nation emerges. Please note how we have united, regardless of origin or faith. We all say that we are Ukrainians" | detail

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In Ukraine, Grief, Pride, and Anger as Families remember Euromaidan Dead

Millions of Ukrainians will be honouring the more than 110 EuroMaidan activists who lost their lives in the protests that began a year ago this week | detail

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