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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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