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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
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 984
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

Visits 1070
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

Visits 1055
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

Visits 996
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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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 860
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 4116
13.12.2018

Russia jails disabled Crimean Tatar activist on grotesquely absurd charges

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has remanded 58-year-old Edem Bekirov in custody for two months, after he was seized by the FSB on 12 December when he tried to cross into Crimea to visit his elderly mother’ | detail

Visits 1831
12.12.2018

Huge crowd greets released Crimean Tatar lawyer Emil Kurbedinov

The Crimean Tatar people have become more united by repression, Kurbedinov stressed as he was released after a second imprisonment for the same pre-annexation social media post used as a pretext for ongoing pressure on lawyers defending political prisoners in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 939
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 1590
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

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