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21.12.2013

Kalush: criminal investigation over the burning of Yanukovych portrait

Three young men who burned a portrait of the presidentat a meeting of the Kalush City Council have been summoned for questioning. For the moment, they are considered witnesses, however this status is often fluid in Ukraine, as is the concept of what constitutes criminal behaviour | detail

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20.12.2013

Court refuses to release Dzyndzya and Smaliy

Two ominous court rulings on Friday cast in question any willingness by those in power to renounce repressive measures against peaceful protesters, journalists and lawyers representing them | detail

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20.12.2013

Whose amnesty?

On Dec 19 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a draft bill which apparently provides an amnesty for those who took part in the EuroMaidan protests while not protecting those guilty of beating up peaceful protesters. How much it will achieve this is, unfortunately, not so clear. | detail

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20.12.2013

Analysis of Berkut treatment of peaceful protesters on Nov 30 and Dec 1

The Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement [UMDPL] have prepared a legal analysis of the actions taken by law enforcement officers during the dispersing of peaceful protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti on Nov 30 and during the Dec 1 confrontation on Bankova St. | detail

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20.12.2013

Steep rise in number of attacks on Ukrainian journalists

Unlike in Russia and Belarus where censorship and legal methods are used for putting pressure on journalists, “in Ukraine physical violence is practised” | detail

Visits 922
20.12.2013

3-year suspended sentence for activist who complained

On Dec 19 the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv found Oleh Matiash guilty of assaulting a police officer during the scuffles outside the Cabinet of Ministers building on Nov 24 | detail

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19.12.2013

Vicious attack on Road Control journalist

Svitlana Malytska, journalist and photographer for traffic police watchdog Road Control was brutally assaulted in the lift to her flat on the evening of Dec 16, less than 2 weeks after two colleagues were remanded in custody on highly questionable charges | detail

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19.12.2013

No prosecution possible for "denigrating" Yanukovych’s portrait

Mykola Khavronyuk from the Centre for Political and Legal Reform stresses that Maya Moskvych and others now facing criminal proceedings cannot be accused of “denigrating” the president’s portrait which is not an offence in Ukrainian legislation | detail

Visits 1708
18.12.2013

House arrest for protest involving Yanukovych portraits

Criminal charges have been laid against Maya Moskvych and five other people, including Volyn deputies, over a protest action during which three portraits of the president were taken out of the Volyn Regional Council building and carried, upside down, to the centre of the city. | detail

Visits 1993
18.12.2013

Oleh Panas released

On Dec 17 the Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv released Lviv photographer and EuroMaidan activist, Oleh Panas, effectively in exchange for a plea of „guilty” | detail

Visits 1115
17.12.2013

Volodymyr Kadura, Another Unlikely Rabble-rouser (updated)

A Kyiv court has rejected the appeal lodged by Kadura, a businessman and activist of the AutoMaidan protests, against his two month detention. Kadura was arrested together with well-known Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya on charges which arouse deep scepticism. | detail

Visits 1814
16.12.2013

Panas, Dzyndzya, Smaliy: Message Received. What now?

Three men still in detention include a journalist and photographer arrested over alleged and disputed involvement in disturbances on Dec 1 and the lawyer of one of the men. Ombudsperson Valeria Lutkovska’s public statement ignores grave doubts about all three cases | detail

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15.12.2013

So what are Crimean anti-terrorist officers doing in central Kyiv?

In further corroboration of reports that police officers, highly trained in combat fighting, are being brought into Kyiv and paid considerable amounts of money, members of the elite Lavanda unit have been seen near parliament | detail

Visits 1517
14.12.2013

High-Price Pro-Government Provocation

With Ukraine’s present economic difficulties, it is legitimate to ask who is paying for the pro-president demonstration and other preparations underway for this weekend – and why. Not only are public sector workers and miners being transported to Kyiv in large numbers, but also police officers recruited for their brawn, boxing skills etc. There are disturbing indications that titushki, or hired thugs, are also arriving in force. | detail

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13.12.2013

Bankova Prisoners release from custody - welcome but insufficient (updated)

8 of the 9 “Bankova Prisoners” have been freed from custody, however in most cases the criminal proceedings are continuing, while the detention and prosecutions of Andriy Dzyndzya, Viktor Smaliy and Oleh Panas arouse equal concern | detail

Visits 3385
13.12.2013

UCU students face prosecution for peaceful protest

The Lviv regional police are determined to prosecute Ukrainian Catholic University students who blocked the road from Kyiv to Chop on Nov 26. As reported, the students did this in protest when the traffic police blocked coaches with peaceful protesters who were heading for Kyiv /> | detail

Visits 1774
13.12.2013

Lviv activists under pressure

Active participants in the protests in Lviv are being called in for questioning to the prosecutor’s office. Other EuroMaidan activists have been picketing the prosecutor’s office in response. | detail

Visits 1898
11.12.2013

The Real Roundtable Agenda

Trust is inconceivable after Tuesday night’s mass deployment of police against peaceful protesters however negotiations are vital, and real demands which must include an end to the use of the law enforcement bodies and courts as weapons against protesters. | detail

Visits 3043
11.12.2013

Maidan: "I came because I couldn’t not come"

Several thousand Berkut or Interior Ministry troops stormed the barricades in the centre, with people singing the national anthem, chanting “Police with the People” and “Together to the end”. People have been arriving through the night to defend Maidan | detail

Visits 1532
10.12.2013

Repression gaining pace

The latest apparent victim of efforts to stifle anti-government protest is a lawyer – Viktor Smaliy, who was defending Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya. In present circumstances, the charge should send a shiver down the spine of many a lawyer. This, presumably, is the desired effect. | detail

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