Famous accordion-player sentenced to 13 years

Ihor Zavadsky has been convicted of sexual crimes against minors and sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. The trial was behind close doors which is regrettable given concerns over the case following his arrest in March 2012 | detail

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The Savchenko Case shows Russia in tandem with militants

Should anybody have doubted the close ties between the Russian authorities and pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine, Nadiya Savchenko, a military officer taken prisoner and paraded as a ‘trophy’ by militants three weeks ago is now facing prosecution on dubious charges in Russia | detail

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Oleg Sentsov’s detention extended again

Despite absolutely no evidence to substantiate terrorism charges against Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, a court in Moscow has ordered that he remain in detention till October 11. | detail

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Nikita Mikhalkov also calls for Oleg Sentsov’s release

The charges against 38-year-old Oleg Sentsov, a renowned Ukrainian film director from the Crimea and solo father of two, are preposterous. So too, however, are the charges against three other Crimeans, all known for their peaceful opposition to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea. Attention to this apparent attempt at a Crimean ’terrorist’ show trial is vital | detail

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High Court finds dismissal of Yanukovych’s Constitutional Court head unlawful

On Wednesday the High Administrative Court allowed the suit brought by Viacheslav Ovcharenko against his dismissal in February by a parliamentary resolution | detail

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Scandalous release of ex-MP convicted murderer could accelerate court reform

A day after it was learned that Viktor Lozinsky, the former MP sentenced only 3 years ago to 15 years for murder had been released early, President Poroshenko has called the release “a diagnosis of the critical state of the judicial system” and ordered that a working group consider speeding up reforms | detail

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Ex-MP Lozinsky released from murder sentence ‘on health grounds’

The murder and Lozinsky’s trial received huge publicity at the time, and the announcement of his release on Wednesday also received wide coverage. Early release on health grounds is provided for by legislation, but relatively seldom granted | detail

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Prominent film directors express concern over FSB prosecution of Oleg Sentsov

A number of prominent film directors including Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Ken Loach and others have endorsed a letter from the European Film Academy in defence of Oleg Sentsov | detail

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Sentsov: My country, for whose freedom I fought, will not abandon me”.

Dmitry Dinze, lawyer representing Oleg Sentsov, the well-known Ukrainian film director, AutoMaidan activist and staunch opponent of Russian occupation, has said that Russia’s FSB used torture to extract testimony from his client. | detail

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Russia’s FSB launches first Crimean show trial

Five days after Ukraine’s presidential elections gave the lie to Moscow’s claims of a far right ‘junta’ in which the nationalist Right Sector is lead villain, four Crimean opponents of Russian annexation, one a prominent film director, have been accused of a Right Sector ‘terrorist conspiracy’ | detail

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Forget judicial overhaul: for court presidents it’s business as usual

For a number of reasons, including serious pressure on the judge corps, the new law aimed at restoring confidence in the judiciary has resulted in the majority of cases in the same court presidents being re-elected | detail

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’Terrorism’ trials for Crimean film director and other opponents of annexation

Russia’s FSB has arrested renowned Crimean film director, Oleg Sentsov, and two young men - Gennady Afanasyev and Alexander Kolchenko, apparently on terrorism charges. All three are known for their strong civic position and opposition to Russia’s occupation | detail

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Human rights groups oppose current draft bill on amnesty for separatists

A number of NGOs are proposing important amendments to the current draft law aimed at ensuring, among other things, that criminal investigations are carried out and issues of compensation for victims resolved, before liability is waived. | detail

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Young student activist arrested in Crimea

On May 16 Alexander Kolchenko, student and environmental activist was arrested in broad daylight by men in plain clothes, believed to be FSB officers. | detail

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Ukrainian film producer facing Russian ‘terrorism’ charges

Filmmakers have come out in defence of Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian film producer and EuroMaidan activist who, as reported, was arrested in Simferopol on May 11 and is understood to be accused of .planning a terrorist act’. | detail

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Amnesty Law: Geneva’s endorsement of impunity

“Likening militants armed with Kalashnikov rifles to the Maidan protesters is hypocrisy and a flagrant insult to the memory of those who died on Maidan, and misleads the public.” – EuroMaidan SOS about the “amnesty bill” | detail

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Odessa EuroMaidan blocks attempt to sabotage law on cleaning up judiciary

On Wednesday EuroMaidan activists blocked all entrances to the Odessa Law Academy where they had reason to believe a secret congress of law institutes had been called by Serhiy Kivalov to surreptitiously vote in their members to the High Council of Justice | detail

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Crucial law on judicial overhaul passed

A victory was achieved on Tuesday with the adoption by parliament of draft Law No. 4378-1 which, among other things, will lead to a totally new makeup of judicial administrative bodies which were gravely compromised under the Yanukovych regime | detail

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Ivashchenko “cleared” by the same judges who convicted him

On April 4 former Acting Defence Minister Valeriy Ivashchenko’s convictions were quashed by the same judges - Serhiy Vovk; Oksana Tsarevych; and Volodymyr Karavan – who sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment in 2012 | detail

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Maidan activists stop questionable congress of judges

Civic activists succeeded on Monday in preventing an extraordinary congress of judges which was almost certainly planning to vote in new members in advance of the law aimed at cleaning up Ukraine’s seriously compromised judiciary | detail

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