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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
18.12.2018

‘Friend of the Crimean Tatar people’ banned from Russia for 55 years

Just like in Soviet times, reporting on Russian persecution of Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians can make you a persona non grata for Moscow. In Oliver Loode’s case, the ban is until he’s 99! | detail

Visits 898
17.12.2018

Russia may take revenge for independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church on believers in occupied Crimea

Moscow’s rage at the granting of autocephaly or independent status to a united Ukrainian Orthodox Church is likely to find an outlet in occupied Crimea where the Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has been under pressure since Russia’s annexation | detail

Visits 1058
17.12.2018

Russia sentences Crimean to 14 years for ‘revealing state secrets’ to Ukraine’ 15 years ago

Leonid Parkhomenko, a retired Black Sea Fleet captain from Sevastopol, has been convicted by the Russian military court in Rostov of ‘treason’ and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment.  Parkhomenko denied the charges, which date back to 2003-2005, and there are strong grounds for suspecting the methods used to obtain the conviction. | detail

Visits 800
14.12.2018

Seized Ukrainian naval commander refuses to give any testimony until Russia releases his men & recognizes them all as POWs

Russia’s attempt to justify its seizure of 24 Ukrainian prisoners of war on 25 November by bringing criminal charges against the men has hit major hurdles, however Russian President Vladimir Putin is scarcely concealing his unwillingness to release any political prisoners or POWs for fear of helping President Petro Poroshenko in the coming elections | detail

Visits 3939
13.12.2018

’Sentsov Has Won,’ Cousin Tells Sakharov Prize Ceremony

The European Parliament has awarded imprisoned Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov its 2018 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. | detail

Visits 266
10.12.2018

Russia invents ‘Donbas link’ to justify its Azov Sea attack on Ukraine & seizure of 24 POWs

Russia’s FSB has come up with an absurdly irrelevant allegation against one of the 24 Ukrainian POWs seized on 25 November, with the story virtually identical to that used in 2014 against Nadiya Savchenko | detail

Visits 1457
10.12.2018

Crimean Solidarity rights activist added to Russia’s List of ‘terrorists & extremists’ for a Facebook repost

21-year-old Gulsum Alieva, an activist from the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative and daughter of political prisoner Muslim Aliev, has become the latest – and youngest – Crimean victim of persecution to be added to Russia’s huge List of Terrorists and Extremists | detail

Visits 1037
07.12.2018

Russia jails prominent Crimean Tatar lawyer defending Ukrainian POWs TWICE for a video posted in 2013

Emil Kurbedinov has been sentenced to five days’ imprisonment for an entirely innocuous video posted a year before Russia’s annexation of Crimea. He links his detention to his defence of one of the Ukrainian prisoners of war whom Russia seized in the Azov Sea on 25 November. | detail

Visits 1209
07.12.2018

Russia brings Soviet-style repression to occupied Crimea

The number of Russia’s Ukrainian prisoners of war and political prisoners has almost reached 100, and that is without counting well over 100 POWs and civilian hostages in occupied Donbas whose release is directly dependent on Moscow .   | detail

Visits 1313
06.12.2018

Tortured and jailed for 10 years as Kremlin’s revenge for Euromaidan in Ukraine

The Euromaidan protests that overthrew Viktor Yanukovych’s regime are known as Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity.  Except in Russia, whose leaders are still fuming at Ukrainians’ refusal to accept a Moscow-controlled puppet, and venting spleen by imprisoning Maidan activists | detail

Visits 1227
03.12.2018

Russia’s Azov Sea attack on Ukraine planned in advance?

A Bellingcat probe has found that Russia fired on at least one Ukrainian naval boat in neutral waters, and aimed to hit the Ukrainian seamen, not their boats. It also looks likely that none of this act of war was in any way spontaneous | detail

Visits 2705
30.11.2018

24 Ukrainian POWs moved from Crimea as European Court of Human Rights demands answers from Russia

The European Court of Human Rights has reacted swiftly to an application from Ukraine in defence of 24 Ukrainians whom Russia seized after attacking Ukrainian naval boats on November 25. | detail

Visits 2114
29.11.2018

While the world watches Russia’s new offensive against Ukraine, it’s repression as usual in occupied Crimea

World headlines remain focused on Moscow’s aggressive lies about its attack on Ukrainian naval boats on 25 November and seizure of 24 naval officers. Repressive measures and hate speech against Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians appear to be much too ‘ordinary’ to get a mention | detail

Visits 1253
29.11.2018

Crimeans rally to help 24 Ukrainian POWs seized in Russia’s Azov Sea attack

There has been a huge outpouring of help, including from many Ukrainians in occupied Crimea who normally try to keep a low profile, for the 24 Ukrainian sailors whom Russia opened fire on and seized on 25 November, and who are now being held prisoner far from their families and home | detail

Visits 3423
28.11.2018

More than ‘deep concern’ needed as Russia illegally imprisons 24 more Ukrainians after flagrant act of war

The number of Ukrainians whom Moscow is holding illegally in occupied Crimea and Russia has risen to nearly 100, with the last 24 men seized after an open act of warfare on 25 November | detail

Visits 2068
27.11.2018

Russia takes Ukrainian prisoners of war after Azov Sea attack & gets the FSB to extract ‘confessions’

24 Ukrainians taken prisoner on 25 November after Russia attacked and seized three Ukrainian naval boats are to be ‘put on trial’, with the FSB using the same forced and televised ‘confessions’ that it regularly extracts from Ukrainian political prisoners | detail

Visits 2687
27.11.2018

No end to brutal torment of Ukrainian journalist sentenced for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea

Although Russia stopped short of actually imprisoning 68-year-old Mykola Semena for expressing his opposition to Russian occupation, the two-and-a-half year suspended sentence imposed still means that he is effectively imprisoned in Crimea and prevented from receiving urgently needed specialist medical treatment | detail

Visits 868
26.11.2018

Russia attacks & seizes Ukrainian naval boats near Crimea, & western media repeat FSB claims of ‘provocation by Ukraine’

On 25 November, a Russian boat rammed a Ukrainian naval vessel near the Kerch Strait and later fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels. | detail

Visits 3694
26.11.2018

Russia bans Ukrainian journalist reporting on political prisoners from entering occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB has banned Alyona Savchuk from entering occupied Crimea for 10 years, claiming that the young freelance journalist poses a threat to Russia’s defence capability, security or public order | detail

Visits 1519
23.11.2018

Russia used ex-Berkut traitors for FSB operation that killed 83-year-old Crimean Tatar veteran Vedzhie Kashka

It is exactly a year since Russia staged a gratuitously violent ‘special operation’ in occupied Crimea that caused the death of world-renowned veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Vedzhie Kashka | detail

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