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

Russia secretly imprisons Ukrainian footballer for 9 months, then charges him with ‘spying’ for Ukraine

News only emerged of the arrest of 53-year-old former footballer Vasyl Vasylenko on 6 July 2020, nine months after he was arrested in Moscow | detail

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Ukrainian partisan seized for the third time by Russian-controlled Donbas militants

Much remains unclear about how 29-year-old Hryhory Sinchenko managed to escape from his militant captors in May this year.  What, unfortunately, cannot be doubted is that the young Ukrainian’s life in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] is in danger, and publicity is urgently needed. | detail

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Donetsk militants seize passionately pro-Ukrainian young man with a serious heart condition

20-year-old Bohdan Maksymenko has been imprisoned by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for two and a half months, almost certainly for his pro-Ukrainian views that he expressed openly on social media | detail

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Tortured and sentenced to 14 years in Russian-controlled Donbas ‘republic’ for pro-Ukraine Twitter posts

31-year-old Pavlo Podvezko was accused by the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ of communicating on Twitter with a blogger who provides important information about Russian military and militant losses, military technology, etc | detail

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Miners protesting over pay arrears arrested and tortured in Russian-controlled Luhansk ‘republic’

At least 14 people are reported to have been seized by Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ militants over a strike by miners demanding pay arrears | detail

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Russia arrests 20-year-old and five others with pro-Ukrainian views in occupied Crimea

There are grounds for fearing this to be the latest FSB offensive against Crimeans whose ‘extremism’ probably consists of agreeing with all democratic countries that Crimea is Ukrainian territory. | detail

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Ukrainian living in Spain taken prisoner by Donbas militants for removing a Russian flag

Yevhenia Yepes-Vinuesa, a Ukrainian living in Spain, has been taken prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR], probably in response to her removing the Russian flag which the militants had hung from the balcony of her private apartment. | detail

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Armed search as terrorization of elderly Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB knew very well that Rustem Asanov is not living in Crimea and their armed search of his mother’s home on 2 June 2020 had no purpose except to terrorize | detail

Visits 899

Torture and 15-year ‘sentence’ for insulting tweets about Russian-controlled Donbas militants

Marina Yurchak is a 40-year-old environmental chemist, who has been held hostage in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for two and a half years | detail

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Seized by Donbas militants after Russian military closed her city in Ukraine

Olena Fedoruk is from Kalmiuske, a city in Donetsk oblast whose proximity to the Russian border made it a convenient location for the Russian military whose involvement in the war in Donbas Russia is continuing to deny | detail

Visits 1509

Fears for safety of tortured Ukrainian hostage after Donbas militants claim he is in hiding

29-year-old Hryhory Sinchenko has been placed on the ‘wanted’ list by the same Russian-controlled Donbas militants who took him prisoner in October 2019 | detail

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Ukrainian researcher tortured & sentenced to 13 years for ‘treason’ against a fake Russian proxy republic

Olena Pyekh never concealed her pro-Ukrainian position and is paying a huge price for it | detail

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Donbas militants sentence doctor to 13 years for pro-Ukraine Twitter posts

The Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] has ‘sentenced’ a 55-year-old neuropathologist to 13 years’ maximum security imprisonment for posts on Twitter which were claimed to “destabilize the situation” in the unrecognized ‘republic’ | detail

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POWs tortured for defending Ukraine in Donbas and for Russian propaganda

Despite considerable hype from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and his administration, the last exchange of prisoners in April appears to have been a win for the Russian-controlled Donbas militants | detail

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Ukrainian sports champion seized by Russian-controlled Donbas militants for ‘spying’ or for his car

Oleh Shevandin, a well-known Wushu and KungFu champion, was taken prisoner by militants from the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] five years ago | detail

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10 months of torture in Donetsk secret prison for supporting Ukraine

The Russian-controlled militants in Donbas are refusing to release 55-year-old Valery Matyushenko who almost certainly needs medical care after 10 months “being savagely and inhumanly tortured” in the notorious Izolyatsia secret prison in Donetsk | detail

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Defender of Ukraine seized and tortured for Russian and Donbas militant propaganda

Ihor Myronchuk was taken prisoner in February 2019, and clearly tortured into repeating Moscow’s line about the war for the Russian and Russian-controlled militant propaganda media. | detail

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Donbas militants refuse to release Ukrainian imprisoned since 2016 as a ‘child saboteur’

21-year-old Bohdan Kovalchuk has been imprisoned in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] since he was 17 and seized together with lads even younger and forced to give videoed ‘confessions’ of having carried out tasks for Ukraine’s SBU | detail

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Prisoner exchange leaves most Donbas hostages in captivity and makes journalists suspicious

None of the exchanges has ever come close to fulfilling the Minsk Agreement demand for a release of “all for all” but this latest exchange was particularly worrying | detail

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Suspected Maidan killer released, as notorious judge places activist & ex-MP under house arrest

A judge who gained notoriety under President Viktor Yanukovych for his role in political persecution has placed ex-MP, investigative journalist and Maidan activist Tetyana Chornovol under 24-hour house arrest | detail

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