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23.10.2015

Ukraine’s only trial over Maidan killings under threat

The only trial so far underway of Berkut officers accused of gunning down Maidan protesters in February 2014 is in danger of ending in mistrial, while other investigations are being obstructed in part because the same people responsible for violations during Euromaidan are still now in positions of authority. | detail

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16.10.2015

Imprisoned Euromaidan activist disappears

Legal nihilism continues in the treatment of Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko, sentenced to almost four years imprisonment in Russian-occupied Crimea on absurd charges pertaining to an alleged and unprovable offence in Kyiv before annexation | detail

Visits 3889
09.10.2015

Judicial Review demanded for Life Prisoners Tortured into ‘Confessing’ to Anything

Civic activists are calling on Ukraine’s legislators to rectify an anomaly that prevents life prisoners having their sentences reviewed. Even in countries with a well-developed judicial system, miscarriages of justice are possible. In Ukraine there are serious grounds for concern about a number of cases making the lack of possibility of judicial review scandalous. | detail

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29.09.2015

Sinister new trial of Maidan activist in Russian-occupied Crimea

Natalya Poklonskaya, de facto prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea believes the 20- and 10-year sentences passed on political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko should have been “much tougher” and informs of three other cynically lawless trials about to begin | detail

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18.09.2015

Ukrainian lawyer stripped of licence for expressing critical views

Andriy Vyshnevsky, Director of the Justice Ministry’s Legal Aid Coordination Centre has been stripped of his licence to practise as an attorney following critical comments about Ukraine’s National Bar Association. There is particular irony in the fact that his criticism was given - and not well received - during a conference on judicial reform. | detail

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09.09.2015

Another person charged with Euromaidan crimes allowed to escape?

A second person accused of grave crimes against Euromaidan activists has gone missing after a controversial decision to free him pending trial. Tavakkul Ragimov, a CURRENT police officer, was released from custody in July this year despite objections from the prosecutor and victims’ lawyers | detail

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28.08.2015

Crimean Euromaidan political prisoner’s sentence ‘reduced’

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld the legally absurd conviction against Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko, but reduced his sentence from 4 years 2 months to 3 years and 11 months. | detail

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26.08.2015

Euromaidan activist tortured with impunity in Russian-occupied Crimea

Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko has been held in detention since Feb 2015 and has been convicted of surreal charges pertaining to an alleged and unprovable offence that Russian-occupied Crimea has no jurisdiction over | detail

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20.08.2015

Sexual charges against renowned accordion-player slammed as fabricated

Human rights activists, musicians and former students have come out in support of well-known accordion-player Ihor Zavadsky who was sentenced to 13 years on charges of sexual abuse of minors which they believe were fabricated | detail

Visits 2042
06.08.2015

Chillingly Stalinist: ‘Confessions’ in Crimea & Russia to back any charges

Russia and its puppet prosecutor in Crimea are increasingly using torture and threats to force ’cooperation’ with the prosecution in trials of Ukrainian nationals, Poklonskaya has now said that such ’cooperation’ may involve "providing information about other crimes, new circumstances or episodes." | detail

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06.08.2015

Ex-Aidar human rights activist Yury Hukov to be released

The court of appeal allowed the application made by Hukov’s lawyer Viktor Deineka and endorsed by the Head of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group Yevhen Zakharov to release Hukov on his guarantee. | detail

Visits 1396
05.08.2015

Why persecute those trying to help Ukraine?

Yury Hukov, a well-known journalist, human rights activist working for the Kharkiv Human Rights Group was arrested on June 22 and remains in detention despite protest from colleagues over both the spurious charge against him and the lack of any grounds for his detention. | detail

Visits 3128
05.08.2015

Scandalous acquittal revoked – no ‘self-defence’ in beating up a woman

On July 29, the Luhansk Regional Court of Appeal revoked the scandalous acquittal of Roman Landik, a former Party of the Regions deputy from Luhansk who was captured on video beating up a woman. | detail

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23.07.2015

Imprisoned Maidan activist’s family under attack in Russian-occupied Crimea

A criminal investigation has been launched against the younger brother of Crimean political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko over allegedly ‘insulting’ a judge. There is still no sign of Oleksandr’s father who disappeared after returning to Crimea from a press conference in Kyiv on his son’s arrest | detail

Visits 2790
16.07.2015

“10% of Aidar Battalion volunteers joined for ulterior motives, not to fight”

The trial is about to begin of Yury Hukov, journalist (writing as Yury Aseyev), one of the first members of the Aidar volunteer battalion who was briefly imprisoned by the now disgraced Aidar commander Serhiy Melnychuk and has since then worked for the Kharkiv Human Rights Group | detail

Visits 2750
16.07.2015

Ukrainian lawyer under attack for criticism of legal system

In a move worryingly reminiscent of the repressive measures taken under the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, the Director of the Legal Aid Coordination Centre Andriy Vyshnevsky is facing disciplinary measures including possible loss of his licence for criticizing the National Bar Association | detail

Visits 2005
07.07.2015

Far-right activists suspected of controversial journalist’s murder to remain in detention

A court on Monday upheld the detention of Andriy Medvedko, a well-known far-right activist accused of the murder of journalist Oles Buzyna. At the hearing the defence presented two witnesses who claimed the men were not similar to those they’d seen | detail

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30.06.2015

Maidan activist appeals legally absurd 4 year sentence

The appeal hearing has been postponed and is now due on July 8 against the first prison sentenced passed in Russian-occupied Crimea against Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko, which the authoritative Memorial society calls part of a campaign against pro-Ukrainian activists in Crimea | detail

Visits 2067
29.06.2015

High-ranking Berkut officer charged over Euromaidan killings

A police lieutenant colonel, working in the police force until his arrest this month, has been remanded in custody in what lawyers representing Euromaidan victims or their families call the most significant arrest so far | detail

Visits 5618
24.06.2015

The Law and Crimean Tatars held hostage in Russian-occupied Crimea

Ali Asanov has not seen his fourth child who was born in June, two months after Asanov was remanded in custody in Crimea on unprovable charges linked with a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction | detail

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