Our indicators of the legal assistance for July-December 2020:

Public reception office of KHPG provided 1212 consultations, worked on 62 proceedings in the courts, including 15 new proceedings, completed 18 cases, won 10. Prepared 5 applications to the European Court under Article 6 para.1 of the Convention.

Strategic Litigations Center of KHPG worked on 136 cases in the domestic courts, including 61 new cases, won 13 cases. It worked on 34 cases in the European Court, including 22 new cases. 7 cases were won, 3 communications with the Court, 1 communication with Committee of Ministers of CoE, 22 new applications to the Court and 1 application under the Rule 39 of the Rules of Court were carried out


Russia scales back troops, not its escalation of repression in occupied Crimea

News that Russia is withdrawing its troops coincided with the seizure of another supposed Ukrainian ‘spy’, as well as an armed ‘operation’ against a Crimean Tatar, also allegedly in connection with the ‘search for terrorists’.

Imprisoned historian of Soviet Terror deprived of proper defence at critical hearing

After two acquittals and a sentence much shorter than that demanded, new measures were taken in Russia to secure a long sentence against world-renowned historian of the Soviet Terror, Yury Dmitriev

Crimean Tatar Editor sentenced for publishing UN report on human rights in Russian-occupied Crimea

. The sentence was passed on a member of the indigenous people of Crimea, in the language and in a newspaper of that indigenous people, at the beginning of the 20th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Ukraine is illegally deporting activist to Belarus tp face persecution

Oleksiy Bolenkov [Belarusian: Alyaksei Balyankou] is in imminent danger of being forcibly returned to Belarus where the young Belarusian anarchist almost certainly faces torture and imprisonment.

Russia’s remake trial of Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader provides evidence for international courts

The ‘trial’ is ending in Russian-occupied Crimea of Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis, or representative assembly, of the Crimean Tatar people

Terrorism charges in Russia – for a social media repost and for supporting Ukraine

There are strong grounds for believing that Darya Polyudova is imprisoned because of her unwavering support for Ukraine, opposition to Russian aggression and her defence of the Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners

Crimean Tatars face 20-year sentences for opposing seizure of their mosque

The four recognized Crimean Tatar political prisoners from Alushta whose trial at the notorious Southern District Military Court in Rostov (Russia) is now ending include the head of the ‘Alushta’ religious community and one of its members

Frustrating sentence over savage torture and killing of Maidan activist Yury Verbytsky

Oleksandr Volkov was sentenced to 9 years for organizing the abduction and savage torture of Yury Verbytsky, but was not convicted of organizing his murder

Russian military chief claims Ukraine is planning ‘provocation’ for military attack on occupied Crimea

Patrushev’s words about Ukraine’s supposed plans for ‘terrorist attacks’ will almost certainly translate into yet more armed searches and arrests of Crimean Tatars and others Ukrainians on fabricated charges

Mothers of Crimean Tatar political prisoners prosecuted for affirming their sons’ innocence

The mothers of three Crimean Tatar political prisoners are facing administrative prosecution for silent single-person pickets in defence of their sons


The only achievement is that the shootings stopped

The decision on the deprivation of citizenship of the citizens who were subjected to sanctions under the decision of NSDC, is arbitrary and unlawful.

So what will “New SBU” be?

Last week VRU adopted in the first reading the bill “On amending the Law of Ukraine “On the Security Service of Ukraine“ concerning the improvement for the organizational and legal grounds of activity of the Security Service of Ukraine”. Let us try to figure it out, examining the individual blocks of questions about how the “New SBU” is imagined.

What is wrong with the bill on SBU?

Essentially the bill No.3196-d legalizes its transformation into the Soviet KGB under the applause of the people who congratulate us with the long-awaited reform of the special service. Have the deputies of the Parliament read what they voted for?

PACE finalizes capitulation to Russia, while listing all reasons why this is appeasement

The vote wiping Russia’s slate clean came after a report acknowledging Russia’s moves in 2020 to further entrench its occupation of Crimea, its use of nerve gas against a political opponent and then imprisonment when Navalny survived, and much more

Crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed during the armed conflict in the eastern Ukraine – webinar of KHPG

We invite you to the webinar of Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) “Results of 2020 research of KHPG concerning the crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed during the armed conflict in the eastern Ukraine in 2014-2020” – Zoom conference on 29 January between 11.00 an 13.00.

Application practice of Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine

It can be concluded that the courts corrected the total cruelty of SBU shown during the pre-trial investigation. In general, the case law was humane, if one is to be certain that the defendants sentenced to probation were not used forcibly for the exchange, meaning that the release was not caused by that very need.

Application practice of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine

Given the case law it could be said that the statements about the mass political persecutions of the supporters of federalization, division of Ukraine and self-proclaimed “people’s republics” are groundless, although in some individual cases the criminal prosecution can be reasonably called a political one.

2020: There was no worse year in the realm of human rights after the Revolution of Dignity

I came to such regrettable conclusion analyzing the course of events of the year that has just passed. In my opinion, starting with 2015, the situation with human rights worsened year after year. It was the main reason (not yet realized!) for the devastating defeat of the ruling political forces in 2019. However, it turned out for worse – due to the winners" complete lack of understanding of the need to observe and respect human rights.

Bandera. An Invitation to a Calmer Conversation

At the moment Bandera is probably the most recognizable name in Ukrainian history. You would be hard-pressed to find a better illustration of the gap between history and myth.

Investigation of individual terrorist crimes

In 2013 there were only 4 criminal cases in the SSU proceedings concerning the terrorist acts. In 2014-2019 the investigators from SSU most often used Article 258 of the CC of Ukraine (terrorist act) and Article 258-3 of the CC of Ukraine (the creation of a terrorist group or a terrorist organization) for qualification of terrorist crimes.