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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 1704
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

Visits 4670
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 3679
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 1971
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 2125
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 3357
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 1624
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

Visits 3875
10.12.2013

Three opposition media come under attack

Reporters without Borders has condemned Monday’s raid on three “opposition media by unidentified armed individuals dressed like members of Ukraine’s Special Forces | detail

Visits 1399
09.12.2013

10 Dec - Bankova Prisoner appeal hearings begin

On Human Rights Day, Dec 10, the Kyiv Court of Appeal will be examining cases with direct significance for human rights and rule of law in Ukraine. A search carried out the day before with serious procedural infringements only fuels concern. | detail

Visits 2105
08.12.2013

Release the Bankova Prisoners!

Please endorse this petition in defence of peaceful protesters and two journalists brutally beaten by Berkut riot police and now in custody on absurd charges. | detail

Visits 2032
08.12.2013

Bankova Prisoners: Anyone will do?

It is sinister that the first 9 people arrested and remanded in custody for 2 months have nothing in common with the young masked louts who can be seen on videos outside the president’s administration on Bankova St. | detail

Visits 4638
08.12.2013

Bankova Prisoner: Oleksandr Ostashchenko

Oleksandr is a 32-year-old design engineer He was remanded in custody for 2 months despite having a small daughter, and showing clear signs of the beating he received from Berkut officers while lying on the ground and showing no resistance | detail

Visits 2483
08.12.2013

Bankova Prisoner: Valery Garagutz

45-year-old Valery Garagutz is a journalist and the founder of the Dnipropetrovsk newspaper “Litsa”. Most importantly he was present on Bankova St in his capacity as a journalist, which did not stop law enforcement officers from using their truncheons on him. | detail

Visits 2560
08.12.2013

Bankova Prisoner: Yehor Previr

27-year-old Yehor Previr was at the demonstration on Dec 1 together with his father and sister. They were separated after the disturbances had already begun, and all contact was lost with Yehor. They only learned that he was in hospital the next evening, and the police and doctors have refused to provide information about the head injuries and concussion almost certainly inflicted after Yehor’s detention | detail

Visits 2674
08.12.2013

Bankova Prisoner: Yaroslav Prytulenko

21-year-old Yaroslav Prytulenko was detained in custody for 2 months despite the fact that the allegations against him are based on statements for police officers who were not named and did not appear in court | detail

Visits 2311
08.12.2013

Bankova Prisoner: Serhiy Nuzhnenko

31-year-old Serhiy Nuzhnenko works in retail and is an avid photographer. Over a number of years he has worked on a voluntary basis taking photos of the children in different children’s homes | detail

Visits 2246
08.12.2013

Bankova Prisoners: Yury Bolotov

40-year-old Yury Bolotov is a private businessman, and the former director of the rock group Okean Elza. He is married with two children. His wife and friends stress that he is very much a family man and not engaged in politics | detail

Visits 2465
08.12.2013

Bankova Prisoner: Vladislav Zahorovko

38-year-old driver Vladislav Zahorovko [or Zagorovko] is married with three children, the youngest an infant. He is the only breadwinner of the family. Amnesty Internaitonal in Ukraine reports that he urgently requires an operation following injuries seemingly inflicted by the riot police on Dec 1 | detail

Visits 2369
08.12.2013

Bankova Prisoner: Mykola Lazarevsky

23-year-old Mykola Lazarevsky is an architectural student and an artist. There is video footage showing him being beaten by Berkut riot police and absolutely no evidence of any involvement in the disturbances | detail

Visits 2344
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