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19.06.2015

Disturbing allegations over arrests of far-right suspects in Oles Buzyna killing

A day after Interior Minister Arsen Avakov blithely ignored the presumption of innocence and claimed that the murderers of controversial journalist Oles Buzyna had been caught, allegations have been made by Ihor Lutsenko, a well-known journalist and MP about a ‘war’ between the Interior Ministry management and one of the two far-right suspects. | detail

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10.06.2015

More Crimean Tatars to be prosecuted over meeting with Mustafa Dzhemiliev

The Investigative Committee in Russian-occupied Crimea is planning to prosecute three more Crimean Tatars on dubious charges connected with the peaceful protest on May 3 2014 against Russia’s ban on 71-year-old veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev entering his homeland. | detail

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04.06.2015

Crimean prosecutor threatens reprisals against 50 Euromaidan activists

Natalya Poklonskaya, prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea, has initiated yet more criminal proceedings over pre-annexation events, once again targeting Euromaidan activists. The message is clear: all Crimeans who supported Euromaidan should leave the peninsula, or face prison sentences on legally absurd charges | detail

Visits 3673
03.06.2015

Not Guilty! Russian jury rejects murder charges against Khaiser Dzhemiliev

A jury in Krasnodar has unanimously acquitted Khaiser Dzhemiliev of murder and found the son of veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev guilty only of illegal possession of a weapon and of manslaughter. As his lawyer, Nikolai Polozov notes, the jury’s verdict is virtually identical to that of the Ukrainian court which Russia’s prosecutor and court had chosen to ignore | detail

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02.06.2015

Crimean Tatar gets 4-year suspended sentence in notorious ‘May 3 case’

24-year-old Musa Abkerimov is the first person to be tried on dubious and belated charges in connection with the meeting on May 3, 2014 when up to 5 thousand Crimean Tatars travelled to the Armyansk border crossing to meet Mustafa Dzhemiliev, the veteran Crimean Tatar leader whom Russia has banned from his native land | detail

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28.05.2015

Russian ’trial’ of Putin’s hostage to continue despite Ukrainian court verdict

A Russian court has refused to terminate the trial of veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s son Khaiser, despite a verdict and sentence having been passed on the 33-year-old Ukrainian national by a Ukrainian court and his extradition requested. The judge’s ‘argument’ was that there had been no verdict from a Russian court. | detail

Visits 2775
26.05.2015

Movement at last on Odesa 2 May investigation

A year after the tragic riots and fire in Odesa on May 2, 2014, a top police official is facing charges and civic investigators have upheld their right to information which is of clear public importance. A draft bill has also been tabled which could waive charges for people accused only of participation in riots, increasing the chances of finding the organizers and initiators | detail

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15.05.2015

EuroMaidan activist sentenced to 4 years on surreal charges

The trial in Russian-occupied Crimea of Oleksandr Kostenko is one of unprecedented cynicism and of critical importance, sending a message to any Crimean, or Ukrainian national who appears in Crimea that they can face trumped-up charges over which courts in Crimea can have no jurisdiction, yet still find themselves behind bars. | detail

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14.05.2015

Maidan activist: trial by anonymous witness and scandalous blogger

The latest court hearing in the trial of young Maidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko was full of features as absurd as the charges against him, with the court accepting the ‘testimony’ of an anonymous witness for the prosecution and the inclusion in the file material of a totally unsubstantiated claim made by a blogger. | detail

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07.05.2015

Imprisoned Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader on hunger strike

Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis or Crimean Tatar representative assembly has gone on hunger strike in protest at being placed in a solitary confinement punishment cell. There are fears that the occupation regime may be planning a show trial of a leader of the Crimean Tatar national movement on the eve of the anniversary of the Deportation. | detail

Visits 3058
30.04.2015

Odesa May 2 Investigation: A Failed Test for Ukrainian Justice

While visiting Odesa on April 10, President Petro Poroshenko called ensuring an objective investigation of the events in Odesa on May 2, 2014 “a test of justice for Ukraine’s law enforcement bodies”. It is a test that unfortunately they have thus far failed. This is especially galling given the need to counter Russia’s intensive propaganda campaign which presents the disturbances and fire as a ‘massacre’. | detail

Visits 5285
21.04.2015

Court ACQUITS Roman Landik: he attacked a young woman ’in self-defence’

Four years after Ukraine was rocked by video images of Party of the Regions deputy Roman Landik beating up a young woman in a restaurant, a Luhansk court has decided that Landik was ‘defending himself’ and totally acquitted him. | detail

Visits 2679
20.04.2015

Crimean Show Trial of Kyiv Maidan Activist Begins

The trial is beginning in Russian-occupied Crimea of a Ukrainian citizen accused of slightly injuring another Ukrainian citizen during the EuroMaidan protests in Ukraine’s capital city before Russia annexed Crimea. The ‘investigators’ even used Olexandr Kostenko’s Ukrainian citizenship as the pretext for holding him in custody. | detail

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15.04.2015

Putin’s Hostage: Russia tries Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s Son

The trial has begun in Russia of Khaiser Dzhemiliev after Moscow flouted an order from the European Court of Human Rights to release Khaiser from custody. The charges are much more serious now demonstrating the real motive, being to put pressure on veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev. | detail

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11.04.2015

Crimean police now target imprisoned Maidan activist’s family

For the second evening in a row, Crimean police have carried out searches of the homes, first of imprisoned Maidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko’s common-law wife, then of her brother while his wife and small child were alone | detail

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06.04.2015

Detention extended of Maidan activist accused of injuring Crimean Berkut officer

The preliminary hearing was held on April 3 in the trial of Alexander Kostenko, the EuroMaidan activist facing surreal charges in Russian-occupied Crimea. Other trials, no less grotesque, are likely to follow | detail

Visits 2776
03.04.2015

All convictions revoked in notorious Zaporizhya Church bomb case

There is, however, no sign of any of the police; prosecutors or judges facing any kind of penalty or dismissal for their part in a case which human rights lawyer Oleh Levytsky once called the most shameful since Ukraine gained independence. Quite the contrary – some of the people have even been promoted. | detail

Visits 1719
27.03.2015

Russian-occupied Crimea: Maidan activist on trial, Berkut riot officers - the ‘victims’

Crimea’s puppet ‘prosecutor’ Natalya Poklonskay has announced that the ‘case’ against EuroMaidan activist Alexander Kostenko over alleged actions in Kyiv before Russia annexed Crimea has been passed to the court. Poklonskaya herself will be representing the prosecution in a trial which even by occupation regime standards reflects a mafia-like attitude to the law. | detail

Visits 2751
26.03.2015

Long sentence for murderous ’anti-paedophile’ thuggery in Odessa

7-year sentence for 19-year-old ringleader of a group of supposed ‘paedophile’ persecutors who inflicted fatal injuries on one of their victims. The vigilante group was analogous to the notorious “Okkupai-pedofilyai” gangs first organized by Russian neo-Nazi former skinhead Maxim Martsinkevich. | detail

Visits 1734
11.03.2015

Still the President’s Judges?

The new law just passed into force on judicial reform has been called a significant improvement on the 2010 law, but it still retains the options for political pressure on the courts and judges which enabled ex-President Viktor Yanukovych to usurp power | detail

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