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

14-year sentences because Russia needed a Ukrainian saboteur show trial to justify annexing Crimea

The whereabouts have finally been learned of 55-year-old Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov (43) given horrifically long sentences for refusing to ‘confess’ to an implausible ‘sabotage plot’ in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 985

Russia seizes Ukrainian on ‘treason’ charges for pro-Ukraine position in occupied Crimea

41-year-old Ivan Yatskin was taken prisoner by the Russian FSB in October 2019, and taken to the notorious Lefortovo Prison in Moscow | detail

Visits 869

Russian proxy Donbas ‘republic’ jails 23-year-old Ukrainian student for social media ‘likes’ and pro Ukraine views

One of the many hostages held by the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ who was not freed on 29 December 2019 was 23-year-old Serhiy Rusinov | detail

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Russian-controlled Donbas militants finally free severely disabled pensioner but not her invalid son

71-year-old Zinaida Maltseva spent 19 months imprisoned in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ despite the lack of any grounds and her severe disability, which makes it impossible for her to walk without a wheelchair or crutches | detail

Visits 718

Blogger spent 2 years in captivity for calling Russian-controlled Donbas occupied territory & writing the truth about MH17

Oleh Halaziuk, one of the two Ukrainian bloggers released in the prisoner exchange on 29 December 2019, has given details of his imprisonment in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ | detail

Visits 2640

Russian-controlled Donbas militants seize pensioner and his family

68-year-old Vitaly Atamanchuk remains imprisoned in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ almost 18 months after he, his 70-year-old wife and their son were seized by the militants | detail

Visits 768

Russian invaders jail Ukrainian woman from occupied Crimea on ‘treason’ charges

Since Russia is in violation of international law by applying its legislation on occupied territory, and 64-year-old Halyna Dovhopola is charged with gathering information for Ukraine, there seems every reason to consider her the latest of Russia’s many Ukrainian political prisoners.. | detail

Visits 1383

Ukraine tortured and handed a probably innocent 69-year-old prisoner over to Russian-controlled Donbas ‘republic’

Among the ‘terrorists’ mentioned by many Ukrainian media as having been handed over to the Russian proxy Donbas ’republics’ was 69-year-old Mykola Ruban who had spent almost five years in a Ukrainian prison for a crime he probably did not commit and that very likely never happened | detail

Visits 1448

Russia jails Ukrainian activist for opposing annexation of Crimea & denies him even religious rights

Oleh Prykhodko is not only illegally held prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea on highly implausible ‘terrorism’ charges, but is also being prevented from seeing a Ukrainian priest. According to his lawyer, Nazim Sheikhmambet, Prykhodko has twice been stopped from having such visits. | detail

Visits 1551

Russia’s ‘all for all’ exchange: those who were not returned to Ukraine

There is joy for the released POWs and hostages on this day, but also awareness of how many others have not been released and of the problems that Ukraine faces given the huge and highly divisive ransoms that Russia and its proxy ‘republics’ demand | detail

Visits 2017

Russia and their puppet Donbas ‘republics’ obstruct new exchange of Ukrainian hostages

By the exchange “of all for all” mentioned at the Normandy Summit, Putin meant only those ‘confirmed’. Now even the exchange of those 77 of 250 hostages held by the Donbas militants may be in danger | detail

Visits 1238

Ukrainian seized in occupied Crimea and likely tortured for new ‘saboteur trial’

40-year-old Denis Kashuk set off for work in a Simferopol advertising agency on 17 December and vanished | detail

Visits 1063

Ukrainian seized and tortured by Russian-controlled Donbas militants for the second time

Nothing has been heard of 28-year-old Hryhoriy Sinchenko since militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] brought him, covered in blood, to his grandmother’s home and carried out a search | detail

Visits 1983

Donetsk militants and Russian FSB collaborate in torture and abduction of Ukrainian political prisoner

It is almost a year since Oleksandr Marchenko was seized by the so-called ‘security service’ of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ and subjected to horrific levels of torture before being illegally handed over to the Russian FSB | detail

Visits 1189

Russian occupiers detain veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Ayshe Seitmuratova

(82-year-old Ayshe Seitmuratova, veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Soviet dissident and historian, was detained on Friday evening on the administrative border between Russian-occupied Crimea and mainland Ukraine )Updated) | detail

Visits 1662

Russian-controlled Donbas militants torture Valery Matyushenko, tell his wife she’ll be next

54-year-old Valery Matyushenko has been imprisoned in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ since 15 July 2017. He and his family had never concealed their pro-Ukrainian views | detail

Visits 1403

Russia uses standard falsification for new persecution of pro-Ukraine activist in occupied Crimea

The scenario of planted explosives, daubed with illegally obtained DNA traces, which is unfolding in the prosecution of Ukrainian activist Oleh Prykhodko, has already been used against at least three Ukrainian political prisoners whom Russia designated as ‘saboteurs’ | detail

Visits 1175

Pensioner jailed for 12 years in Russia on charges of telling Ukraine about military activities near the border

72-year-old Vladimir Morgunov was accused, among other things, of informing Ukraine about the deployment of military technology and men near the border with Ukraine | detail

Visits 1293

Nurse ‘sentenced’ to 11 years in Russian proxy ‘Donetsk republic’ for remaining to care for her elderly mother

The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DPR’] has sentenced 48-year-old nurse Marina Chuikova to 11 years’ imprisonment on supposed ‘spying’ charges | detail

Visits 2035

Ukrainian activist imprisoned in Crimea on ‘terrorist’ charges after opposing Russian occupation

“Why should I leave? I am on my land”, 61-year-old Ukrainian activist Oleh Prykhodko asked after the Russian FSB’s last search of his home in Crimea, over which the Ukrainian flag flies. The FSB have now returned and arrested him | detail

Visits 1524

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