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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
09.01.2019

The FSB fabricates pathetic ‘Crimean saboteur’ plot you wouldn’t find in the shoddiest detective novel

Biological traces in the wrong place and a plot you wouldn’t find in the shoddiest detective novel.  These are just some of the weak links in Russia’s latest trial of two Ukrainians from Sevastopol: academic Oleksiy Bessarabov and retired naval captain Volodymyr Dudka | detail

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09.01.2019

Russia bulldozes vast amounts of food while tens of millions live below the poverty line

It is three and a half years since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the destruction of food products ‘smuggled’ into Russia despite Moscow’s ban on such imports in retaliation for western sanctions. Despite widespread outrage over the move when tens of millions are living below the poverty line, the barbaric destruction has continued unabated. . | detail

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08.01.2019

Ukrainian political prisoner jailed for fictitious ‘attack on Crimea’ disappears in Russia

It is three weeks since Yevhen Panov’s family received any information about the recognized political prisoner’s whereabouts | detail

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03.01.2019

Crimean Tatar activist who took aid to Ukrainian POWs viciously attacked & told this is his “last warning”

Risa Asanov has played a major role in supporting political prisoners and their families since returning to Crimea in 2017, and he is certain that the attack was linked with his strong civic position. | detail

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02.01.2019

Russia ‘decriminalizes’ pro-Ukraine social media reposts in occupied Crimea. But only the first

Amendments have been made to one of Russia’s notorious ‘extremism’ charges used in many political prosecutions in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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31.12.2018

Russia’s plans foiled as all 24 imprisoned Ukrainian sailors declare themselves POWs

Although the men’s POW status, according to international law, was never seriously in question, all have been under immense pressure from the FSB to ‘confess’ to non-existent crimes | detail

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24.12.2018

Four Crimean Tatar political prisoners get horrifically long sentences for not ‘confessing’ to fake terrorism charges

Two days after the UN General Assembly condemned Russia for violations of human rights in Crimea, a Russian court has sentenced four recognized Crimean Tatar political prisoners to terms of imprisonment from 9 to 17 years | detail

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21.12.2018

‘Expert’ who helped jail Crimean Tatar lawyer for Facebook post called for “rabid Ukrainians to be killed”

The ‘experts’ whom Russia’s FSB uses for political trials in occupied Crimea are notoriously lacking in any specialist knowledge and / or incompetent.  Andrei Nikiforov is, however, in a category of his own. | detail

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20.12.2018

Russian prosecutor demands huge sentences “on fantasy charges” for 4 Crimean Tatars

Russia’s second ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir trial’ of Crimean Tatars is drawing to an end with heavy sentences likely despite absurd charges and proof only that all four recognized political prisoners are devout Muslims | detail

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19.12.2018

Gravely ill Crimean Tatar activist jailed for a crime he physically couldn’t have committed

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has jailed Edem Bekirov for two months despite a heart condition, diabetes and an amputation that make imprisonment a direct threat to his life and the charges against him nonsensical.   | detail

Visits 772
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 976
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

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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

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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

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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

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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 1594
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 1157
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 1284
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 1387
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

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