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22.11.2017

Four years on and only one real sentence for crimes against Maidan

On the fourth anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, or Euromaidan, only one person is serving an actual prison sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and President Petro Poroshenko seems poised to sign a disastrous bill which could force the termination of most Maidan investigations. | detail

Visits 1017
09.10.2017

Prosecution of key Maidan suspects sabotaged by Interior Ministry & Police management

The Special Investigations Department has named four men, including a general holding a high post in Ukraine’s National Guard whom it suspects of having coordinated the Berkut storming of Maidan on 18-19 February, 2014 | detail

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05.10.2017

Poroshenko must veto law that will terminate most investigations into Maidan crimes & corruption

If Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs a law just passed by the Verkhovna Rada, the Special Investigations Department will be forced to terminate all investigations into unsolved crimes committed during Euromaidan, however serious.  The adopted amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code [CPC] would have similar consequences for corruption and other criminal investigations, including that hanging over Andriy Lozovy, the MP who proposed the amendment.  | detail

Visits 3145
27.09.2017

Sentence to silence Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov on trial for words he didn’t utter

Russia’s trial on openly falsified charges of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has reached its squalid end, with the real aim likely to be reflected in a ban on public activities, accompanying the demanded suspended sentence. No reversion to rule of law is anticipated, although the verdict is due a day after a UN monitoring report expressed exactly the same position on Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukrainian Crimea as that for which Russia has put 60-year-old Umerov on trial. | detail

Visits 3623
14.08.2017

Prosecutor ‘loses’ critical evidence regarding Khmelnytsky Maidan killings

Three and a half years after shots fired from inside the Khmelnytsky SBU [Security Service] office killed 73-year-old Ludmila Sheremet and seriously injured other Maidan activists, the investigation into the shooting appears to have been deliberately sabotaged | detail

Visits 2776
14.06.2017

Second ex-Berkut officer wanted for Maidan crimes found crushing protest in Russia

Photos from the violent suppression of peaceful protests in Russia on June 12 have exposed a man now in Russian OMON riot police gear, but wanted by Ukraine for his leading role in the bloody dispersal of Maidan activists on November 30, 2013. Serhiy Kusyuk is the second key suspect who appears to now be helping the regime under Russian President Vladimir Putin to crush protest. | detail

Visits 9290
16.05.2017

No penalty against Ukrainian judge who ordered Berkut to disperse Maidan

The High Council of Justice has decided that there are no grounds for dismissing Yevhen Ablov, the Kyiv judge who ordered Berkut riot police to forcibly disperse Euromaidan activists in December 2013. | detail

Visits 4583
03.05.2017

Maidan suspect accused of issuing police machine guns to paid thugs also freed to flee to Russia?

Two weeks after 4 suspects, one accused of murder, fled to Russia, another person has been released despite objections from the prosecutor. Euromaidan SOS has spoken of a coordinated system for escaping justice and believes that it could not exist without the direct connivance of those in power. | detail

Visits 3545
15.04.2017

Suspected Maidan Killer & Three Other Ex-Berkut Officers Flee to Russia

In a move which was easily to be predicted and averted, a former Berkut officer suspected of direct involvement in the killing of Maidan activists has been allowed to escape justice. Vitaly Honcharenko was released from custody on April 6 and on April 13 crossed, unimpeded, into Russia, together with three former Kharkiv Berkut colleagues. | detail

Visits 10579
13.04.2017

Accomplice to Maidan journalist killing has ’magic’ effect on Ukrainian judges

Yury Krysin admits taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan and has been convicted of numerous other violent crimes. Yet “Ukrainian judges have only to see him and they’re seized by a burning desire to release him from custody” | detail

Visits 3275
23.03.2017

Parliament pass law that could help Yanukovych avoid justice while hurting Ukrainians

It is unlikely that President Petro Poroshenko will veto a law that he has himself lobbied for, but that is precisely what civic activists are demanding. Draft law No. 5610, passed by the Verkhovna Rada on March 16, will not help bring ex-president Viktor Yanukovych to justice, while seriously narrowing Ukrainian citizens’ rights, they warn | detail

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02.03.2017

Not the Right Way to Bring Yanukovych to Trial

The Kremlin is well known for pulling former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych out of hiding for its own purposes. Now Ukraine’s leaders have been accused of using Yanukovych as an excuse to push legislation that may have dangerous repercussions for Ukraine’s justice system—while not necessarily bringing Yanukovych and his cronies any closer to justice | detail

Visits 3495
21.02.2017

New Laws in Ukraine Obstruct Prosecution for Crimes against Maidan Activists

Laws passed since Maidan are actively blocking the chances of holding those guilty of crimes against Maidan activists to answer. Most worryingly, the law on trial in absentia, essentially tailored around former President Viktor Yanukovych could result in European Court of Human Rights judgements against Ukraine. | detail

Visits 3922
06.02.2017

Police & prosecutors accused of protecting Maidan murder suspect from justice

A journalist investigation has highlighted disturbing police and prosecutor links which may explain the baffling downgrading in the charges against Yury Krysin, who took part in the killing of journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during the bloodiest days of Euromaidan in February 2014. | detail

Visits 1344
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

Visits 1596
18.01.2017

Over half the Berkut officers suspected of Maidan killings given shelter by Russia

12 of 23 ex-Berkut officers suspected of gunning down protesters in the last bloody days of Euromaidan have now received Russian citizenship or leave to remain as ‘refugees’. It appears now that 3 other officers on trial over the deaths have been added to the list of people to be handed over in exchange for Ukrainian hostages. | detail

Visits 4377
26.12.2016

Key Maidan journalist murder suspect released to flee or to commit more crimes

A man who has admitted taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy in February 2014 has once again been released from custody. This is despite legitimate grounds for believing that if Yury Krysin does not simply go into hiding, he will continue his criminal activities | detail

Visits 2703
30.11.2016

Half the Berkut officers deployed against EuroMaidan activists remain police officers

Three years after the savage dispersal on Nov 30, 2013 of young students on Maidan, none of the Berkut officers directly involved have been convicted, and some are continuing to work in the police. The reason in many cases for the lack of progress lies not in the investigators, but in sabotage by the courts | detail

Visits 2010
29.11.2016

Yanukovych ‘doesn’t remember’ the bloodiest day of Maidan killings

Ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has finally testified as defence witness in the trial of five former Berkut officers charged with killing activists in February 2014. He claimed to ‘not know’ or ‘not remember’ most vital details about the events during Euromaidan, and even how he came to flee to Russia | detail

Visits 3799
25.10.2016

Sharp Reversal by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General on Investigating Maidan & Yanukovych Crimes

Ukraine’s recently appointed Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko looks set to destroy an investigative body which has finally made progress on investigating crimes linked with Euromaidan, and the families of Maidan victims and lawyers representing them are outraged. | detail

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