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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
02.05.2018

The day Russia lost Odesa and launched a lethal propaganda lie used to kill in Donbas

Those who find only humour in the mention by Donald Trump’s adviser of a ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ that never happened should think again. It is dangerously easy to then convince people it did happen, and there is nothing funny about stories of an invented ‘massacre’ used to send young men to die or to kill others. That is precisely what Russia launched exactly four years ago | detail

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01.05.2018

Dangerously ill political prisoner gets limited treatment. Torture in Crimean prison continues

After concerted efforts in Crimea and publicity beyond, Crimean Tatar political prisoner Uzeir Abdullaev was moved to the SIZO [remand prison] medical unit on Monday afternoon. Initial relief that the immediate danger to Abdullaev’s life had been averted is not shared by Abdullaev’s mother. Dilyara Abdullaeva, who is herself a doctor | detail

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30.04.2018

Critically ill Crimean Tatar political prisoner denied hospitalization

Without immediate hospitalization, Uzair Abdullaev’s life is in danger, yet the Russian-controlled SIZO prison staff in Simferopol are simply injecting him with antibiotics that only fleetingly reduce his temperature | detail

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20.04.2018

Four violent deaths in Crimean prison where Russia is holding political prisoners

As of 19 April, there have been four unnatural deaths in the Simferopol SIZO [remand prison] in Russian-occupied Crimea.  This SIZO has become notorious over the past four years for the ever-increasing number of political prisoners held there in appalling conditions, | detail

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04.04.2018

Maidan activist arrested on suspicion of killing Berkut police on the bloodiest day of protests

Ivan Bubenchyk, the Maidan activist and veteran of the war in Donbas who was reported to have told a journalist in 2016 that he had shot and killed two Berkut special purpose police officers during Euromaidan has been arrested on suspicion of two murders and one attempted murder. | detail

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02.04.2018

Thug leader who got suspended sentence for savage killing of Maidan journalist detained on new charges

Yuri Krysin, the head of the ‘titushky’, or hired thugs involved in killings, abductions and attacks on Euromaidan activists, has been remanded in custody on charges which could carry a 10-year sentence.  The development comes three months after Krysin’s extraordinarily light four-year suspended sentence for his part in the savage beating and murder of Vesti journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy on 19 February, 2014 aroused outrage both in Ukraine and abroad | detail

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27.03.2018

Russia refuses to investigate the abduction of prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov

The supposed investigation into the abduction of Ervin Ibragimov, Crimean Tatar activist and member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Executive Committee was abandoned in Russian-occupied Crimea without ever really being started.  Given the video footage from May 24, 2016, showing Ibragimov being dragged away by men in uniform, the lies told and resistance to any real investigation look damning.  | detail

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14.03.2018

Death brought to Donetsk under a Russian Flag

Ukrainians gathered in Kyiv on March 13 to remember the first victim of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine in Donbas, and all other civilians killed during the senseless conflict.  Many of those present had themselves been forced into exile or fled for their lives after Russian and Russian-backed militants seized control in March – April 2014.    | detail

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20.02.2018

Bitter questions as Ukraine’s leaders wax rhetorical about Maidan

On this fourth anniversary of the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, only one person is serving a real sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and virtually all of the investigations are facing sabotage.  Euromaidan SOS founder, Oleksandra Matviychuk is not alone in finding the breast-beating pathos and empty promises from Ukraine’s leaders obscene.  | detail

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16.02.2018

Life sentence in absentia upheld of Russia-protected ‘separatist’ torturer and killer of Ukrainian schoolboy

The Donetsk Regional Court of Appeal has rejected former Donbas militant Vadim Pogodin’s appeal against his life sentence for the brutal torture and killing in 2014 of 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko.  The ruling is important, although justice remains very far off.  The original sentence was passed in absentia, after Russia demonstrated that it would protect even a child-killer and refused to hand Pogodin over for trial. | detail

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12.02.2018

Independent probe into arrest & death of 83-year-old Crimean Tatar veteran amid persecution of men who were helping her

When a case that began with the arrest and death of an 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement seems to have hit rock bottom, Russia’s FSB proves it can sink even lower. | detail

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19.01.2018

Russia’s imprisonment of gravely ill Crimean Tatar veteran activists amounts to torture

The Russian occupation authorities in Crimea have made no attempt to investigate the death of 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Vedzhie Kashka, minutes after the FSB’s extraordinary attempt to arrest her.  Instead the very lives of two of the four men arrested in the same ‘case’ are being placed in danger as part of a cynical and futile attempt to discredit Crimean Tatars.  | detail

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12.01.2018

Police killer of journalist Georgy Gongadze could be freed amid silence about those who ordered the crime

A court in Ukraine has effectively doubled the number of years which former Police General Oleksy Pukach is considered to have served of his prison sentence for the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. It has been suggested that a deal may be underway to give Pukach his freedom if he stops “pointing the finger at” former President Leonid Kuchma | detail

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11.01.2018

Do they want the killers of lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska to go unpunished?

There are increasing concerns that the haste to make an arrest over the high-profile murder of lawyer and rights activist Iryna Nozdrovska will result in the person now in custody simply being acquitted when the case gets to court.  This is hopefully not the intention, but there were already serious doubts about the prosecution’s assertion that the case was solved, and the new information from Nozdrovska’s  daughter and her lawyers are only compounding them.  | detail

Visits 1642
03.01.2018

From persecuting Maidan activists to letting their killers go free

Public anger remains high over the extraordinarily light sentence passed on Yury Krysin for his role in the savage killing of Maidan journalist Viacheslav Veremiy. Details about the judge’s role in persecuting Maidan activists and an apparent attempt to keep the ruling secret have only compounded suspicions that Krysin has protectors within the law enforcement system | detail

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01.01.2018

Ukrainian lawyer murdered after seeking justice in high-profile manslaughter trial

Lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska has been murdered just days after helping to prevent the release from imprisonment of the man who caused the death of her sister.  Nozdrovska had spent the last two years seeking a real sentence for Dmytro Rossoshansky, the nephew of a Kyiv oblast judge, and had constantly received threats.  | detail

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23.12.2017

Suspended sentence for the savage murder of Maidan journalist Viacheslav Veremiy

The first and only trial so far over the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan has ended in a four-year suspended sentence with a two-year probation period passed on Yury Krysin for his undisputed part in the killing.  Judge Oleh Linnyk from the Shevchenkivsk Court in Kyiv, ignored the prosecutor’s call for a six-year prison sentence, and found him guilty only of ‘hooliganism’, with his alleged repentance and two underage children given as mitigating circumstances. | detail

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15.12.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner Bekir Degermendzhy is dangerously ill

After causing the death of 83-year-old veteran Crimean Tatar activist Vedzhie Kashka, Russia is endangering the life of 57-year-old Bekir Degermendzhy, arrested as part of a particularly cynical FSB attempt to discredit the Crimean Tatar Mejlis. | detail

Visits 2703
06.12.2017

‘Natural death’ claimed for 25-year-old Ukrainian detainee with horrific injuries

The family of 25-year-old Dmytro Lystovnychy have disputed the claim that his death in SIZO [remand prison] was of ‘natural causes’, and have shown harrowing photos suggesting that the young man had been severely beaten.  | detail

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24.11.2017

Russia causes the death of revered veteran of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, then tries to hide it

83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka, victim of the 1944 Deportation and veteran of the non-violent struggle of the Crimean Tatar people for their rights, died on November 23 after Russian FSB officers burst into a restaurant where she had been sitting and tried to detain her. | detail

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