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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
04.12.2019

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 643
08.11.2019

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 1293
01.11.2019

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 1128
31.10.2019

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 925
21.10.2019

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 1152
15.10.2019

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 1802
11.10.2019

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 1248
10.10.2019

Ukrainian soldier captured by Russian-controlled Donbas militants given 30-year ‘sentence’

21-year-old Volodymyr Voskoboinyk has been ‘sentenced’ to 30 years’ imprisonment essentially for his military training and activities | detail

Visits 1072
07.10.2019

Russian proxy Donbas ‘republic’ sentences POW to 18 years in open contempt for international law

Almost five years after Russian ‘Cossacks’ fighting in Donbas took Ukrainian tank commander Bohdan Pantyushenko prisoner, the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] has sentenced him to 18 years’ imprisonment | detail

Visits 1068
01.10.2019

Russian proxy Donbas ‘republic’ sentences Ukrainian hostage to 14 years after not getting huge ransom

Oleksandr Timofeyev has been ‘sentenced’ by the self-proclaimed and Russian-controlled ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] to 14 years’ imprisonment on charges as fluid as the amount of ransom demanded of his wife | detail

Visits 968
15.08.2019

Student imprisoned for ‘liking’ pro-Ukrainian social media posts in occupied Luhansk

Serhiy Rusinov, a young student from Luhansk, has been imprisoned for over a year in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’, with the charges against him and his ‘sentence’ probably due to his pro-Ukrainian views | detail

Visits 958
15.07.2019

Russia calls OSCE order to free 24 Ukrainian POWs ‘anti-Russian rhetoric’

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has issued a hard-hitting resolution * on Russia’s illegal occupation and militarization of Crimea, in which it clearly states that the 24 Ukrainian seamen whom Russia seized in November 2018 are prisoners of war | detail

Visits 1676
05.07.2019

Russian-controlled militants are still holding Ukrainian POWs seized after Putin’s Debaltseve deceit

It is over four years since three Ukrainian military men were taken prisoner in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ with two of the men seized during one of the battles which Russia deployed significant forces to win | detail

Visits 1054
28.06.2019

Russian-controlled Donbas militants to release four hostages as election boost for Putin friend Medvedchuk

It has long been assumed that a hostage release might be arranged in advance of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections as a boost to Viktor Medvedchuk, a highly controversial Ukrainian politician and friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The release is, however, frustratingly limited | detail

Visits 1118
26.06.2019

Russia refuses to free 24 Ukrainian POWS despite an International Tribunal order it must obey

A month after Russia was ordered by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea [ITLOS] to release 24 Ukrainian servicemen it is holding prisoner | detail

Visits 2608
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

Visits 495
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

Visits 730
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

Visits 776
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

Visits 1148
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

Visits 942
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