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24.02.2017

Jailed for proving that Crimea did not ask for annexation

A massive demonstration, organized by the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, outside Crimea’s parliament on February 26, 2014 prevented Russia from claiming Crimea had voluntarily chosen to be annexed. This is not just information for historians since the demonstration has been used as pretext for one of the most lawless of Russia’s trials in occupied Crimea – and for revenge against Crimean Tatars | detail

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21.02.2017

New Laws in Ukraine Obstruct Prosecution for Crimes against Maidan Activists

Laws passed since Maidan are actively blocking the chances of holding those guilty of crimes against Maidan activists to answer. Most worryingly, the law on trial in absentia, essentially tailored around former President Viktor Yanukovych could result in European Court of Human Rights judgements against Ukraine. | detail

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15.02.2017

Defence denied Crimean Tatar leader on trial for saying Russia must leave Crimea

In a move as unexpected as it is lawless, Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has been deprived of his defence lawyer Nikolai Polozov. The Crimean Supreme Court under Russian occupation rejected Polozov’s appeal against a ruling allowing Polozov to be interrogated as a ‘witness’ in Umerov’s case. A | detail

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06.02.2017

Russian Human Rights Ombudsperson thinks jailing Crimean rights lawyer Kurbedinov & seizing his clients’ records is OK

Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has been freed after 10 days’ unwarranted imprisonment but the FSB are still holding computers seized during armed searches. This is an obvious violation – recognized by everybody except Russia’s Ombudsperson – of both Kurbedinov’s rights and the rights of the many victims of persecution he is defending | detail

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01.02.2017

Kremlin-Installed Crimean Leader Admits Preparations for Armed Uprising

De facto Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov’s testimony on Jan 31 against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz clashed with hard evidence, but it did reveal some interesting details.  | detail

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23.01.2017

Top Ukraine court posts for super-rich judges & defender of Yanukovych’s dictatorship laws?

Among the candidates for posts in the Supreme Court [SCU] are the former President of the Court who justified Viktor Yanukovych’s draconian ‘dictatorship’ laws and judges involved in politically motivated prosecutions. The CHESNO civic movement has sounded the alarm to ensure that purportedly fair competition does not re-establish the heavily tarnished status quo. | detail

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18.01.2017

Over half the Berkut officers suspected of Maidan killings given shelter by Russia

12 of 23 ex-Berkut officers suspected of gunning down protesters in the last bloody days of Euromaidan have now received Russian citizenship or leave to remain as ‘refugees’. It appears now that 3 other officers on trial over the deaths have been added to the list of people to be handed over in exchange for Ukrainian hostages. | detail

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26.12.2016

Key Maidan journalist murder suspect released to flee or to commit more crimes

A man who has admitted taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy in February 2014 has once again been released from custody. This is despite legitimate grounds for believing that if Yury Krysin does not simply go into hiding, he will continue his criminal activities | detail

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15.12.2016

Closed ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea moves to strip Crimean Tatar leader of his lawyer

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has ordered that Nikolai Polozov be interrogated as a witness in the prosecution of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov, giving the FSB grounds to demand his removal from the case. | detail

Visits 2367
08.12.2016

Far-right activist who ripped up Poroshenko portrait has sentence quashed

The Vinnytsa Regional Court of Appeal has quashed a 4.5 year sentence against activist Yury Pavlenko [Khort] which gained publicity, perhaps unwarrantedly, over the activist’s ripping up of a portrait of President Petro Poroshenko  | detail

Visits 1656
31.10.2016

Russia upholds its savage revenge on young Ukrainian Maidan activist

Having failed to prevent Euromaidan, Russia is avenging itself on individual activists, including through surreal court trials in Russian-occupied Crimea for alleged actions over which it can have no jurisdiction. The 10-year sentence just upheld against 23-year-old Andriy Kolomiyets has demonstrated that any Ukrainian who took part in Maidan is not safe in occupied Crimea or Russia. | detail

Visits 3363
21.10.2016

Tortured & Almost Certainly Innocent Ukrainian Life Prisoner Dies Without Justice

Oleksandr Rafalsky has died in a Ukrainian prison, let down to the end by Ukraine’s justice system and by the leaders who came to power following Euromaidan. He had spent 15 years in prison despite the lack of any evidence or motive to justify his life sentence and serious grounds for believing that any confessions in the case had been extracted through torture. | detail

Visits 4082
04.10.2016

Why Ukraine acquits 10 times less often than in Stalin’s Soviet Union

It had seemed like an indictment of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency when in 2012 the number of acquittals by Ukrainian courts came perilously close to zero. The statistics for 2015 are not that much better, with part of the problem lying in idiotic rules and methods of measuring police and judges’ achievement | detail

Visits 2465
22.09.2016

Russia jails Ukrainian for Maidan, denies right of appeal

The court in Russian-occupied Crimea which handed down a surreal 10-year sentence against Andriy Kolomiyets over an alleged event during Euromaidan is blocking an appeal against the sentence. The 23-year-old Ukrainian is being held in appalling conditions, with his family unable to visit him. | detail

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15.08.2016

Post-Maidan Disgrace as Freed Ukrainian Political Prisoners Again ’Retried’

A trial which highlighted the total degradation of the justice system under former President Viktor Yanukovych has re-emerged in post-Maidan Ukraine, and thus far the authorities have failed the challenge it poses | detail

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11.08.2016

Defendant & Defence Excluded from ‘Trial’ of Crimean Tatar Leader

The court currently preventing Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz from attending his own ‘trial’ has now refused to allow prominent Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov to defend him. Nikolai Polozov, a Russian lawyer who is also representing Chiygoz, calls what he is seeing in Crimea “total lawlessness”. | detail

Visits 3280
05.08.2016

Sinister Russian FSB attack on lawyers defending Crimean political prisoners

Russia has long demonstrated that journalists, civic activists and all those who express independent views are at risk in Russian-occupied Crimea. On Thursday, there was a disturbing indication that the lawyers representing political prisoners may also be in danger. | detail

Visits 3667
29.07.2016

Chillingly secret Crimean ‘Azov fighter’ trial ends in 6-year sentence

A very young Ukrainian just sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment remains as chillingly anonymous as when his arrest in Russian-occupied Crimea was announced in May 2015. Russia claims that Maxim Filatov was a fighter in the Ukrainian Azov Battalion, though this remains in serious question as does everything else about the case. | detail

Visits 2688
25.07.2016

Russia moves to silence imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader

Russia’s most openly lawless prosecution since occupying Crimea has descended to a new low with the refusal to allow Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to even attend his own court hearings and the unfounded decision to separate the proceedings into two trials. | detail

Visits 3780
20.07.2016

Russian revenge for Maidan extends to Crimean political prisoner’s brother

Yevhen Kostenko has been fined for showing disrespect to the judge who handed down a knowingly unjust sentence against his brother and Maidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko on May 15, 2015. The latter was sentenced to over 4 years’ imprisonment for an unproven offence during Euromaidan in Kyiv over which a court under Russian law had no jurisdiction | detail

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