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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
19.06.2019

#FreeAseev: Statement of the Executive Board of the Ukrainian PEN Centre of PEN International

Over two years ago, in June 2017, a Ukrainian writer and journalist Stanislav Aseev was abducted in Donetsk on the temporarily occupied territory. Abductors – the so-called Ministry of State Security of the DPR – denied their involvement in this case, having admitted only after a month and a half that the journalist has been imprisoned on espionage charges. | detail

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06.06.2019

Crimean Tatar sentenced to 4 years in Russia’s new attack on legal Ukrainian organization

The Kirovsky District Court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Edem Kadyrov to four years’ imprisonment and a further year’s restricted liberty for allegedly belonging to the Asker (or Noman Çelebicihan) volunteer battalion | detail

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27.05.2019

Secret ‘spying’ trial in Russian-occupied Crimea based solely on a televised ‘confession’

The trial of 32-year-old Kostyantin Davydenko is taking place behind closed doors before a ’judge’ who has already sentenced political prisoner Yevhen Panov to 8 years’ imprisonment despite the lack of any evidence to back extremely implausible charges | detail

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23.05.2019

If Zelensky is serious about freeing the Kremlin’s hostages, he must show it now

On 21 April, then President-Elect Volodymyr Zelensky called the release of all political prisoners and PoWs his priority.  He now has every opportunity to make that a reality and the relatives of the prisoners and human rights groups have given him a road map on where to begin | detail

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17.05.2019

Tortured Crimean Tatar jailed for over 10 years without a crime

The de facto High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld a 10.5 year sentence against a young Crimean Tatar,  Fevzi Sahandzhy despite the latter’s allegations of torture and the lack of any criminal behaviour in the charges | detail

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03.05.2019

Ukrainian rights activist held prisoner in Russian proxy Donbas ‘republic’ receives international award

Ukrainian rights activist Andrey Yarovoi (Andriy Yarovyi] has become the laureate of the 2019 Carol and Travis Jenkins Award for his outstanding contribution to reducing drug-related harm, although he is imprisoned in the so-called ’Luhansk people’s republic’ and could not receive it himself. | detail

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05.04.2019

Two Ukrainians get 14-year sentences for refusing to cooperate with Russian FSB

Oleksiy Bessarabov and Volodymyr Dudka have been sentenced by a Russian-controlled Sevastopol court to 14 years’ imprisonment on entirely fabricated ‘sabotage’ charges | detail

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04.04.2019

Russia applies punitive psychiatry against the 24 Ukrainian POWs seized after Sea of Azov aggression

At least four of the 24 Ukrainian prisoners of war whom Russia seized on 25 November 2018 have been taken to the Serbsky Institute for supposed psychiatric assessment.  All the men are likely to be subjected to what, in the given situation, amounts to punitive psychiatry | detail

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02.04.2019

First Ukrainian political prisoner seized within days of Russia’s invasion of Crimea

Russia had seized its first Ukrainian political prisoner even before completing its illegal annexation.   Mykola Shyptur has now been imprisoned for over five years serving a 9-year sentence on a surreal charge of attempting to murder men who were trying to abduct, and probably kill, him | detail

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13.03.2019

In an important first, UN spells out that Russia is holding 24 Ukrainian Prisoners of War

In its first quarterly report since Russia’s attack on three Ukrainian naval ships near Crimea, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has clearly stated that Russia is in breach of international humanitarian law and that the 24 Ukrainians seized on 25 November 2018 are prisoners of war | detail

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05.03.2019

Still only ‘pinprick sanctions’ 100 days after Russia’s Azov Sea attack & seizure of 24 Ukrainian POWs

Russia’s attack on Ukrainian naval vessels and seizure of 24 POWs were condemned by the international community but the sanctions thus far have been “like a pinprick to an elephant”, according to Nikolai Polozov, the coordinator of the lawyers representing the 24 Ukrainians | detail

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14.02.2019

Ukrainian could face 3-year sentence for daubing paint on monument to Russian invaders of Crimea

Maxim Sokurenko has been remanded in custody in occupied Crimea and could face a three-year prison sentence for hurling a bit of paint at a monument to the Russian soldiers without insignia who seized control of Crimea five years ago | detail

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28.01.2019

Russia sentences Crimean Tatar to 10 years for alleged involvement in ‘Ukrainian battalion’

It is indicative of the questionable nature of all such prosecutions that Russian-controlled reports of this sentence used identical video footage to that shown in reporting another alleged arrest of a ‘battalion member’ on that very same day. | detail

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25.01.2019

Russia ordered to comply with the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War in treatment of 24 imprisoned Ukrainians

PACE has called on Russia to release all 24 Ukrainian servicemen seized on 25 November 2018, and has insisted that their treatment must be in accordance with the Geneva Conventions, one of which regulates treatment of prisoners of war.  | detail

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24.01.2019

Russia stages mystery arrest for new propaganda about ‘Crimean Tatar battalion’

After claiming that Edem Bekirov, an amputee who has a serious heart condition, is an Asker Battalion fighter, the Russian FSB is now hiding the face of another Crimean Tatar arrested on similar charges, and carrying out armed searches of the parents of activists living in mainland Ukraine | detail

Visits 1130
24.01.2019

10-year ‘sentence’ for Ukrainian hostage who openly rejected Russian ‘defence’ of Donbas

The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ has ‘sentenced’ Stanislav Pechonkin to 10 years’ imprisonment, after taking the young man hostage while he was visiting Horlivka, which is under the Russian-controlled ‘republic’s’ control.  | detail

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15.01.2019

Russia tries to impose secrecy on its illegal seizure of 24 Ukrainian POWs

If Russia has nothing to hide in its ‘prosecution’ of 24 Ukrainian POWs, why is the FSB asking for their detention court hearings to be held behind closed doors?   | detail

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15.01.2019

Russian proxy ‘Luhansk republic’ seizes another woman hostage

Olena Sorokina disappeared on 30 October 2018, but as with many hostages seized in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR], details have taken months to emerge | detail

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10.01.2019

Russia’s imprisonment of disabled Crimean Tatar activist is a death sentence without a crime or trial

Even the media reports that showed Bekirov having difficulty walking with a crutch still posted headlines claiming that he was a member of a military formation who’d been seized with 11 kilograms of explosives. | 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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