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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
06.07.2018

Crimean jailed for a Ukrainian flag sentenced to three more years for refusing to be broken

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh to an extra three years’ imprisonment on charges as overtly fabricated as those used to originally arrest him, | detail

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04.07.2018

Jailed Crimean Tatar Human Rights Activist on Hunger Strike in Russian World Cup city

Emir-Usein Kuku has been on hunger strike since 26 June in Rostov.  Nothing is known of the human rights activist’s condition, with the Russian state-controlled media generally avoiding mention of the 11 Ukrainian political prisoners, most of them Crimean Tatar, currently ‘on trial’ in this World Cup hosting city | detail

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03.07.2018

Extra 4-year sentence demanded for Ukrainian political prisoner on 106th day of hunger strike in occupied Crimea

A ‘prosecutor’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded an extra four-year sentence against Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh for something termed ‘disorganizing the work of the detention unit’, with this to be added in full to the remaining two years of his current sentence.   Balukh is looking frail and gaunt after 106 days of either partial or, now, total hunger strike in protest at what has been internationally condemned as persecution for his pro-Ukrainian position – and the Ukrainian flag over his home.  | detail

Visits 1589
02.07.2018

Russia takes revenge for Euromaidan by imprisoning and tormenting Ukrainian Maidan activists

It has long been assumed that the persecution of Oleksandr Kostenko and Andriy Kolomiyets was in revenge for Moscow’s failure to prevent Euromaidan, with this only confirmed by the measures taken to make Kostenko’s last weeks in prison as hellish as possible. | detail

Visits 1764
29.06.2018

Russia pushes lies and defamation while hiding Sentsov who is reportedly very weak

With Russian lies failing to silence mounting international calls for the release of Oleg Sentsov and all Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners, deception has been used to block access to Sentsov, and a provocateur deployed in an inept attempt to discredit the renowned Ukrainian filmmaker. | detail

Visits 3835
27.06.2018

Ukrainian activist remains imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea despite court order

Sevastopol activist Ihor Movenko, prosecuted for a pro-Ukrainian comment on a social media, has not been released despite a new court ruling early on 26 June overturning any grounds for his detention. | detail

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24.06.2018

In Memory: Server Karametov, Veteran Crimean Tatar Activist and Political Prisoner in Occupied Crimea

Server Karametov, veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, unwavering defender of all victims of political persecution under Russian occupation and himself a prisoner of conscience, has died in hospital after being hit by a car in Stary Krym.   | detail

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23.06.2018

Dangerously weak Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh steps up life-threatening hunger strike in occupied Crimea

Volodymyr Balukh announced in ’court’ on 23 June that he will now be refusing absolutely all food in protest at his ongoing persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea.  47-year-old Balukh, who is looking gaunt and frail, has long complained of chest pains and there are very serious grounds for fearing for his life | detail

Visits 2711
22.06.2018

On 40th day of Sentsov hunger strike, doctors say crisis imminent, refuting lies from Russia’s Ombudsman

40 days after beginning an indefinite hunger strike, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is experiencing heart and kidney problems.  His lawyer Dmitry Dinze has just visited him in the Arctic Circle prison where Russia is illegally holding him, and says that the doctors are warning that a crisis is imminent .  | detail

Visits 5989
22.06.2018

Ukrainians deported from occupied Crimea for rejecting Russian citizenship

Four years after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, over two thousand Ukrainians have been prosecuted for not having Russian documents, with 366 people actually deported.  Many of them had lived in Crimea all their lives, and 40 were people who also had family ties with Crimea or where in a civil marriage | detail

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21.06.2018

Mother of Crimean Tatar political prisoner declares hunger strike

68-year-old Rayme Ceyityaya (Primova) has gone on a hunger strike, demanding the release of her son, Nuri Primov, one of Russia’s first Crimean political prisoners.  Her own state of health makes any hunger strike of immediate danger, however she has resisted all attempts to dissuade her, saying she has no other way to help save her son | detail

Visits 1671
20.06.2018

Sentences passed in Russia’s most openly lawless anti-Crimean Tatar ‘trial’

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed suspended sentences against five Crimean Tatars accused, as had been Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz, of taking part in a perfectly legal pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia had no jurisdiction | detail

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20.06.2018

Russian jailed for defence of Sentsov, Balukh and other political prisoners during World Cup

Even according to Russia’s repressive legislation, Dmitry Kalinychev’s solitary pickets are legal, however the Kremlin has clearly ordered a crackdown on any protest during the World Cup, together with the removal of down-and-outs and slaughter of hundreds of stray dogs | detail

Visits 2332
18.06.2018

Russia refuses access to Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov & Mykola Karpyuk

Russia has prevented Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudsman Ludmila Denisova from visiting two recognized political prisoners, first Oleg Sentsov, and then Mykola Karpyuk.  The excuse given in Sentsov’s case is particularly cynical and of major concern since the renowned Ukrainian filmmaker has now been on hunger strike for well over a month | detail

Visits 2258
18.06.2018

The FSB just can’t get the plot right for its Crimean academic ‘saboteur’ trials

The ‘trial’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of two men arrested 18 months ago in the FSB’s second ‘Ukrainian saboteur’ plot has been delayed because of fatal contradictions between the indictment and evidence | detail

Visits 1109
15.06.2018

Jailed Crimean Tatar human rights activist says that FSB prove that Russia has changed little since Stalin era

In a recent appeal, Emir-Usein Kuku notes that Russia’s FSB are not in the slightest bothered by the absurdity of the charges they have brought against him and five other Crimean Muslims. "They falsify supposed ‘evidence of guilt’ in the darkest tradition of the NKVD, demonstrating that in modern Russia little has changed since Stalin’s times" | detail

Visits 1504
15.06.2018

European Parliament demands Russia Free Oleg Sentsov & 70 other Ukrainian political prisoners

There are countless reasons why the 2018 World Cup should not provide its host country Russia with an image success, but one is extremely urgent.  Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has now been on hunger strike for over a month and has made it clear he will not give up until all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia and occupied Crimea are released .  | detail

Visits 1536
13.06.2018

Ukrainian MP helps Russian disinformation campaign against Oleg Sentsov

Classic disinformation tactics aimed at suggesting, falsely, that “not all is clear” about Russia’s ‘trial’ and imprisonment of Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko have, frustratingly been used by Ukrainian MP Yevhen Muraev, his channel and at least one other | detail

Visits 2409
11.06.2018

Russian FSB remove incriminating videos of the arrest and death of Crimean Tatar veteran Vedzhie Kashka

Vital CCTV footage showing the extraordinary FSB arrest of 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka that caused her death  has vanished, almost certainly because it would show excessive violence used against the world-renowned veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement.  | detail

Visits 2380
07.06.2018

Russia steps up fight against Crimean Tatars, not terrorism before the World Cup

Any football fans believing that Russia’s security service is out there in the run-up to the World Cup working to ensure their safety should think again.  There are much easier ways for Russia’s FSB to enhance their ‘anti-terrorism’ statistics, while also demonstrating loyalty to the Kremlin and thus improving their chances of promotion. | detail

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