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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
13.08.2019

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General accused of crushing only effective Maidan crimes investigative body

Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko has closed part of the Special Investigations Department responsible for the only progress made to date on prosecutions for crimes against Maidan activists | detail

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05.08.2019

Ex-Berkut officer wanted for Maidan crimes seen helping Putin savagely crush protest in Russia

One of the ex-Berkut officers whom Ukraine wants to prosecute for his leading role in the savage attack on Maidan activists on 30 November 2013 has been spotted among the commanders of an equally vicious attack on protesters in Moscow | detail

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17.07.2019

Ex-Berkut officer accused of mass Maidan killing released from detention

The Svyatoshynsky District Court in Kyiv has released under 24-hour house arrest Serhiy Tamtur, one of the five men accused of mass killing during the bloodiest day of Euromaidan | detail

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14.03.2019

Ukrainian National Guard general accused of coordinating bloody Maidan dispersal

Volodymyr Hrynyak is suspected of involvement in organizing the deliberate killing of Maidan protests on 18 February, 2014, making it baffling that he continues to hold high office | detail

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26.02.2019

227 judges who persecuted Maidan activists remain in their posts

If post-Maidan hopes of a full overhaul of Ukraine’s judiciary always seemed dangerously optimistic, there was an expectation that judges who had taken part in persecuting Maidan activists would not be able to continue as though nothing had happened | detail

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20.02.2019

Ukraine to answer to ECHR for five years’ sabotage of Maidan investigations

Five years after the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, the families of the slain [Nebesna Sotnya] are planning to seek justice at the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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20.12.2018

Former top Security Service official charged over Khmelnytsky Maidan killings

Viktor Kraitor, the former head of the SBU [Security Service] in Khmelnytsky has again avoided detention, although he is facing serious charges over his role in the fatal shooting of local Maidan activists on 19 February 2014 | detail

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22.11.2018

33 Maidan crime suspects still work in law enforcement bodies, 10 in high positions

Five years after the Euromaidan protests began in Ukraine, ten men suspected of crimes against Maidan activists hold managerial posts in the enforcement bodies, while a further 23 are low-ranking officers.  The number of convictions remains fairly small (52), with only nine people sentenced to periods of imprisonment. | detail

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08.10.2018

Key evidence against Maidan killers in danger of being destroyed

The Kyiv authorities have done nothing to enable vital investigative experiments to be carried out in order to establish exactly where the shots that killed Maidan activists were fired form and within a month it could be too late as major construction work is planned. | detail

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22.08.2018

Judge heavily implicated in persecuting Maidan activists chosen for trial of ex-President Yanukovych

The presiding judge in the trial by absentia of fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych gained notoriety during Euromaidan for knowingly unwarranted rulings against peaceful activists.  Most worryingly, this is probably no oversight, but a quite deliberate choice of judge.    | detail

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26.06.2018

Why is Lutsenko trying to destroy the only department truly investigating Maidan crimes?

Lawyers representing the families of slain Euromaidan activists have warned that current and future investigations into crimes against Maidan activists are in jeopardy with the danger, most frustratingly, coming from Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko. | detail

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31.05.2018

Judge who let ringleader of Maidan journalist’s savage murder go free resigns to avoid dismissal

Oleh Linnyk, the judge who passed a suspended sentence on Yuri Krysin for his direct role in the savage beating and murder of journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan, has ceased to be a judge of the Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv, after resigning ahead of a High Council of Justice session where a call for his dismissal was scheduled to be heard. | detail

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04.04.2018

Maidan activist arrested on suspicion of killing Berkut police on the bloodiest day of protests

Ivan Bubenchyk, the Maidan activist and veteran of the war in Donbas who was reported to have told a journalist in 2016 that he had shot and killed two Berkut special purpose police officers during Euromaidan has been arrested on suspicion of two murders and one attempted murder. | detail

Visits 1586
02.04.2018

Thug leader who got suspended sentence for savage killing of Maidan journalist detained on new charges

Yuri Krysin, the head of the ‘titushky’, or hired thugs involved in killings, abductions and attacks on Euromaidan activists, has been remanded in custody on charges which could carry a 10-year sentence.  The development comes three months after Krysin’s extraordinarily light four-year suspended sentence for his part in the savage beating and murder of Vesti journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy on 19 February, 2014 aroused outrage both in Ukraine and abroad | detail

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09.03.2018

Russia protects suspected Maidan killers “for reasons of national security” while abducting Maidan activists

Russia is continuing to deny any involvement in events in Ukraine from Euromaidan to the war in Donbas. Yet it cites concern about “national security” as its reason for rejecting requests to extradite or even just interrogate former Ukrainian Berkut officers, some of whom are suspected of having taken part in the gunning down of unarmed Maidan activists | detail

Visits 2054
02.03.2018

All judges dismissed for persecution of Maidan activists likely to be reinstated

Ukraine’s Supreme Court has begun reinstating judges who were dismissed for breach of oath in connection with their politically motivated rulings against Euromaidan activists.  The number of such judges to have ever faced these or other disciplinary measures was always low, and it now appears that all 19 of those dismissed will probably win their appeals. | detail

Visits 1265
20.02.2018

Bitter questions as Ukraine’s leaders wax rhetorical about Maidan

On this fourth anniversary of the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, only one person is serving a real sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and virtually all of the investigations are facing sabotage.  Euromaidan SOS founder, Oleksandra Matviychuk is not alone in finding the breast-beating pathos and empty promises from Ukraine’s leaders obscene.  | detail

Visits 1650
19.02.2018

Real danger that Yanukovych would win against Ukraine in European Court over trial for Maidan killings

The chief investigator into Euromaidan-related crimes has warned that failings in legislation on in absentia trials could result in any convictions against former President Viktor Yanukovych being quashed.   Such warnings have been made since the law was passed and Serhiy Horbatyuk is not alone in suspecting that there are some who find it convenient to retain doubts about the legitimacy of any trial and conviction.  | detail

Visits 1829
03.01.2018

From persecuting Maidan activists to letting their killers go free

Public anger remains high over the extraordinarily light sentence passed on Yury Krysin for his role in the savage killing of Maidan journalist Viacheslav Veremiy. Details about the judge’s role in persecuting Maidan activists and an apparent attempt to keep the ruling secret have only compounded suspicions that Krysin has protectors within the law enforcement system | detail

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23.12.2017

Suspended sentence for the savage murder of Maidan journalist Viacheslav Veremiy

The first and only trial so far over the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan has ended in a four-year suspended sentence with a two-year probation period passed on Yury Krysin for his undisputed part in the killing.  Judge Oleh Linnyk from the Shevchenkivsk Court in Kyiv, ignored the prosecutor’s call for a six-year prison sentence, and found him guilty only of ‘hooliganism’, with his alleged repentance and two underage children given as mitigating circumstances. | detail

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