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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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06.03.2015

New Crimean Political Prisoner Complains of Torture

Alexander Kostenko was arrested and remanded in custody in early February on charges relating not only to events that took place before Russian soldiers and tanks imposed Russian legislation on Crimea, but not even in Crimea | detail

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05.03.2015

Arrest allowed of 3 high-profile judges

Parliament has removed immunity from three Pechersky District Court judges, all well-known for their role in at least one high-profile case during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych. Serhiy Vovk and OksanaTsarevych were both involved in the 4-year- politically motivated sentence passed on former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko | detail

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03.03.2015

Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son to be tried by jury in Russia

A Krasnodar court has allowed an application from Khaiser Dzhemiliev’s lawyers and appointed trial by jury, with the preliminary hearing scheduled for March 3. While it was difficult to expect justice from an ordinary Russian court, Khaiser is held illegally in Russian detention, and should not be tried there at all | detail

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20.02.2015

Odessa May 2 trial turns into farce as Russia continues ‘massacre’ propaganda

Whatever the reasons for delays and flaws in investigating and prosecuting crimes related to the disturbances, fire and deaths on May 2, 2014 in Odessa, procrastination serves only the interests of Russian propaganda’s ‘massacre’ claims | detail

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09.02.2015

Activist arrested in Crimea accused of hurting Berkut officer during Kyiv’s EuroMaidan

Alexander Kostenko has been remanded in custody for two months by a Crimean court on charges linked with EuroMaidan protests in Kyiv last February before Russia’s invasion of Crimea. His is the first such arrest, but judging by the Russian-installed ‘prosecutor’s’ website, unlikely to be the last | detail

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30.01.2015

Trial in Russia imminent of Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son

Russia is continuing to flout the European Court of Human Rights by not releasing the son of veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev | detail

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14.01.2015

“We don’t need a second Yanukovych!”

Concern is high over a bill proposed by the President’s Administration which critics believe would in fact give Ukraine’s president even more power than that assumed by Viktor Yanukovych during his four years as head of state | detail

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31.12.2014

Ukraine’s ‘Spying Trial’: the Good, the Bad and the Totally Surreal

The good news is excellent, the bad – simply surreal. While the two engineers in detention for over two years on bizarre spying charges have finally been released, the professor whose book sparked off the whole ‘case’ is still charged with spying. He is accused of disclosing ’state secrets’ in a textbook where all the relevant information was taken from the Internet. | detail

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29.12.2014

Russian secret trial to convict opponents of Crimean annexation

More details have emerged of the secrecy behind the closed trial of Gennady Afanasyev whose testimony is the only ‘evidence’ in the ‘Crimean terrorist plot’ case and may be used to get renowned Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and left-wing activist Oleksandr Kolchenko 20 year sentences | detail

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12.12.2014

Crimean political prisoner forced to defend Ukrainian citizenship in court

The lawyer of Oleksandr Kolchenko, Crimean left-wing civic activist and opponent of Russian annexation, is trying to uphold her client’s right to retain his Ukrainian citizenship via the courts. Rights activists point out that no Crimean is obliged to prove to the court that s/he is remains a Ukrainian national. | detail

Visits 3666
05.12.2014

Where are 13 mysterious Berkut sniper suspects?

Despite claims from the head of Ukraine’s Security Service, only two former Berkut officers are in detention on suspicion of involvement in the gunning down of protesters on Feb 20. A third, Dmytro Sadovnik, was released from custody and disappeared while another 13 remain unnamed and unaccounted for | detail

Visits 4277
04.12.2014

Bad Start to Crucial Odessa May 2 Trials

48 deaths as well as the active attempts by the Russian propaganda machine to present the events as a ‘massacre’ have placed the investigation and all resulting prosecutions in the limelight. The first results could have been much better | detail

Visits 5429
30.11.2014

Who (hasn’t) answered for crimes against Maidan?

It is a year since the savage beating in early Nov 30 of students on Maidan and there is understandable frustration at the lack of convictions over the repression, violence and killings during the following months, with even the judges who issued overtly wrongful rulings still in their jobs. | detail

Visits 4254
24.11.2014

Execution for ‘Spying’, ‘Desertion’ or for a Ukrainian Flag?

With rule already based on denunciations, violence, and intimidation, and with social unrest mounting, the military ‘three-man courts’ with the power to impose death sentences are another chilling reminder of the worst Soviet methods and clearly aimed at terrorising the population | detail

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