Ukrainian Gets 10-Year Sentence in Russia’s Revenge for Maidan

A Crimean court under Russian occupation has sent a chilling message to all Ukrainians in Crimea, as well as any in Russia by sentencing 22-year-old Ukrainian Andriy Kolomiyets to 10 years over an alleged offence that that almost certainly never happened, but over which no Russian court could have any jurisdiction | detail

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Another Ukrainian charged with ‘terrorism’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

Another ’terrorism’ trial is about to begin of a Ukrainian arrested in occupied Crimea and held in custody for over a year. Maxim Filatov, who may be as young as 21, is alleged to be a fighter from the Azov Battalion. though this appears as questionable as everything else about the case. | detail

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Don’t Celebrate Ukraine’s New Judicial Changes Yet

Ukraine’s parliament has ignored warnings from human rights organizations and the Reanimation Package of Reforms and passed constitutional amendments and a bill on the judicial system which retain the old ways of exerting influence on judges | detail

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20 Years for Pro-Ukrainian Views in Russian-occupied Crimea

More evidence has emerged confirming that one of the charges brought by Russia against Ukrainian Maidan activist Andriy Kolomiyets is based on rigged evidence. The charge of ‘attempted murder’ by allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail and inflicting ‘physical pain’ on two Ukrainian Berkut officers in the capital of Ukraine in January 2014 remains too surreal to be either proven or disproven | detail

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Tortured Ukrainian ‘Sentenced’ by Kremlin-backed militants to 30 years

A Ukrainian volunteer fighter from Makiyivka who is on Ukraine’s list for exchange has been ‘sentenced’ to 30 years in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR]. The Kremlin-backed militants have ‘convicted’ Yevhen Chudnetsov of “an attempt to violently seize power on the republic’s territory”. | detail

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Why are Putin’s Enemies held in Ukrainian Prisons?

If Ukraine’s SBU has evidence that Olga Sheveleva, Anastasia Leonova and Pavel Pyatakov were working for Russia’s FSB, they have not revealed it. Yet they are being held in detention on the ludicrous grounds that they could flee to Russia, where each can expect arrest for their opposition to the Putin regime and support for Ukraine | detail

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Kyiv court quashes famous accordionist’s rigged sentence yet refuses to release him

After 4 years imprisoned on fabricated sex-crime charges, Ihor Zavadsky should have been released after the court finally threw out a gravely flawed conviction and 13-year-sentence | detail

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Russian spetsnaz officers caught in Ukraine sentenced to 14 years

Two Russians who initially admitted to being military intelligence officers after an attack on a Ukrainian military unit in the Luhansk oblast have been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with confiscation of property. | detail

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Arrested in Ukraine for being Russian?

It is 4 months since Anastasia Leonova was arrested in Kyiv and concern is mounting that the 33-year-old Kremlin critic is in detention on ‘terrorism’ charges because Ukraine’s SBU needed a Russian. Not just one, with the grounds for detaining 2 other Russians also questionable. | detail

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Not jailed for ripping up portrait of Poroshenko!

It is clear why the Russian media joined the defendant and his far-right friends in claiming that his 4.5 year sentence had been for destroying a portrait of the President, but why did the Ukrainian media so happily repeat the nonsense? | detail

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Maidan activist tortured for confession to insane charges in Russian-occupied Crimea

Andriy Kolomiyets, the 23-year-old Ukrainian facing trial in Russian-occupied Crimea for alleged actions during Euromaidan in Kyiv before annexation has given harrowing details of the torture used to extract a ‘confession’ | detail

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Russian-occupied Crimea prosecutor promises revenge for Euromaidan

As reward for ignoring their oath to serve Ukraine and collaboration with an occupying nation, Natalya Poklonskaya has designated ex-Berkut officers who took part in attempts to crush Euromaidan as ‘injured party’ in prosecutions over which Russian-occupied Crimea has absolutely no jurisdiction | detail

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Surreal calls for ‘fair trial’ in Russia’s lawless terror against Crimean Tatars

A UN body’s recent call for a ‘fair trial’ in a prosecution which defies fundamental principles of law and jurisdiction is just one of the indications that the West doesn’t know what to do about Russia’s Crimean political prisoners and is doing next to nothing. | detail

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Prominent Crimean Azov Civic Corps Leader Arrested, Tortured & Accused of Working for Russia

Ukraine’s Security Service have arrested Stanislav Krasnov, close friend of Crimean political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko and himself wanted on politically motivated charges in Russian-occupied Crimea. The SBU accuse the former commander of the volunteer Krym Battalion and now leader of the Azov Crimea Civil Corps of spying for Russia’s FSB. | detail

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Journalist named Ukraine’s First Prisoner of Conscience in 5 years

Amnesty International has named Ukrainian freelance journalist and blogger Ruslan Kotsaba a prisoner of conscience in its latest report. The NGO’s coverage of events in Donbas and Crimea can be disputed, but its assessment of Kotsaba’s ongoing imprisonment over contentious utterances but on even more dubious charges seems depressingly fair | detail

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Russia’s Crimean Tatar show trial proves too shoddy even for the court

In a surprise move on Feb 15, the Supreme Court in Russian-occupied Crimea sent the case against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and 5 other Crimean Tatars back for ‘further investigation’. This came on the same day that the Memorial Human Rights Centre condemned the trial and recognized Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy as political prisoners. | detail

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Kremlin-backed Donbas militants threaten to execute Ukrainian prisoners

A spokesperson for the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’[‘DNR’] has claimed that the militants are not holding any civilians nor anybody illegally. All those in custody, Darya Morozova asserts, are ‘under investigation’, and could be sentenced to death. | detail

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Ukrainian sentenced for civic stand after farcical trial in Russian-occupied Crimea

Volodymyr Balukh has been convicted of ‘insulting a police officer’ after a prosecution and trial that were at once comically inept, and a clear message to any Crimeans taking a civic position – and displaying a Ukrainian flag | detail

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On attempts to destroy accordionist Igor Zavadsky, or four years in prison on false charges

Full text of the interview with Andriy Bryhida for the newspaper "Evening Poltava" | detail

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A Crimean Kafkaesque Trial Hidden from Council of Europe Eyes

The Jan 27 hearing in the trial in Russian-occupied Crimea of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and other Crimean Tatars ended within minutes on Wednesday, with the presence in the peninsula of a Council of Europe fact-finding delegation suggested as a likely reason. There certainly is a lot the Russian occupation regime has reason to conceal. | detail

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