‘Open Russia’ activist could face 6-year sentence in first criminal prosecution for membership of ‘undesirable NGO’

Although the arrest of Anastasia Shevchenko appears part of a general attack on Mikhail Khodorkovsy’s Open Russia NGO, it presents a dangerous precedent with ramifications for other NGOs defending human rights in Russia and occupied Crimea    | детальніше

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Abducted Ukrainian hostage was likely tricked by Russian FSB pretending to be his Internet ‘girlfriend’

Pavlo Hryb was just 19 when he was abducted by the FSB from Belarus after going there, he thought, to meet a young woman he had met, and fallen in love with, on the Internet. | детальніше

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Putin’s billionaire crony under sanctions for Crimea gets huge grant ‘to fight corruption’

A business owned by Russian oligarch Arkadiy Rotenberg has ‘won a tender’ worth 46 million roubles for holding ‘anti-corruption measures’ in 20 regions of Russia | детальніше

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Russia bulldozes vast amounts of food while tens of millions live below the poverty line

It is three and a half years since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the destruction of food products ‘smuggled’ into Russia despite Moscow’s ban on such imports in retaliation for western sanctions. Despite widespread outrage over the move when tens of millions are living below the poverty line, the barbaric destruction has continued unabated. . | детальніше

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Ukrainian political prisoner jailed for fictitious ‘attack on Crimea’ disappears in Russia

It is three weeks since Yevhen Panov’s family received any information about the recognized political prisoner’s whereabouts | детальніше

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Russia has been taking Ukrainians hostage since 2014. Now they’ve seized an American

Little is known about the arrest in Moscow of US citizen Paul Whelan. Enough, however, to see disturbing similarities with Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko in 2016 | детальніше

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Unending solitary confinement for Ukrainian hostage seized in Crimea & tortured in Russia

Ukrainian political prisoner Valentin Vyhivsky has been held in a Russian punishment cell for the last 10 months in appalling conditions and without any telephone contact with his family | детальніше

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Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners ordered to pay a million in ‘compensation’ for invented crimes

This is just the latest grotesque twist to what has been called Russia’s “most monstrously falsified trial of Ukrainians”.  It comes at a time when concerns about Klykh’s mental health after the torture he endured are compounded by worries that he may be suffering from cancer. | детальніше

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Ukrainian lawyer who went to Russia to get medicine for his child sentenced to 8 years for ‘spying’

A court in Nizhny Novgorod has sentenced Ihor Kiyashko to  eight years’ maximum security imprisonment for supposed ‘spying’ and military contraband, all allegedly for Ukraine’s Security Service. | детальніше

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Court in Russia allows FSB Chief to whitewash Stalin’s Terror

A Russian court has rejected a suit brought against Alexander Bortnikov over his claim, as Head of Russia’s FSB [security service], that mass executions during Stalin’s Terror were “local excesses”. | детальніше

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Critic of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine gets 3.5 year jail sentence

A court in Moscow has sentenced 37-year-old Denis Bakholdin to three and a half years’ imprisonment for allegedly belonging to the legal Ukrainian organization Right Sector while in Ukraine.  The prosecution had claimed that Bakholdin had gone to Ukraine to take part in the war in Donbas “to harm the interests of the Russian Federation”. | детальніше

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Russian Ombudsperson claims “public demand” for law jailing for ‘disrespect of authorities’ on Internet

At least one of the recent legislative initiatives, which could jail for expressing ‘open disrespect of the authorities’ on the Internet, has received public approval from Putin and been described as in response to ‘public demand’ by Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsperson | детальніше

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Doctor warns Russia is placing abducted Ukrainian student’s life in immediate danger

The doctor who has treated Pavlo Hryb since childhood warns that his condition is worsening and there is a real danger to his life in Russian captivity | детальніше

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Russian state TV caught using fake ‘disillusioned Ukrainian Maidan activist’

Russia’s Pyervy Kanal has been caught using a Belarusian fake for a propaganda program aimed at proving that Euromaidan brought only hardship and suffering to Ukraine, and that Kyiv is trying to attribute its problems to “Russia’s mythical aggression”. | детальніше

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Tortured and jailed for 10 years as Kremlin’s revenge for Euromaidan in Ukraine

The Euromaidan protests that overthrew Viktor Yanukovych’s regime are known as Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity.  Except in Russia, whose leaders are still fuming at Ukrainians’ refusal to accept a Moscow-controlled puppet, and venting spleen by imprisoning Maidan activists | детальніше

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77-year-old Russian human rights defender jailed for Facebook repost in support of political prisoners

Lev Ponomaryov has been jailed for 25 days for reposting a message about a protest in support of young political prisoners whom Russia is claiming were members of ‘extremist groups’ | детальніше

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Russia sentences Ukrainian soldier to 4 years for political engagement in Ukraine

In court, Oleksandr Shumkov noted that by bringing criminal charges based on the assertion that such activities “threatened Russia’s interests”, “the Russian Federation is acknowledging its presence on Ukrainian territory | детальніше

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Russia imprisons wheelchair-bound man with severe muscular dystrophy on ‘terrorism’ charges

46-year-old Amir Gilyazov has suffered from a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy since childhood, and by now cannot get from his bed to the wheelchair or eat without assistance. This did not stop the FSB from bursting into his home on 23 October and arresting him on charges almost certainly linked solely with a video about the release of a political prisoner posted seven years ago on YouTube | детальніше

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Russia uses fake charges for “slow death” sentence against human rights activist Sergei Mokhnatkin

Russia has brought grotesque new criminal charges against Russian rights activist Sergei Mokhnatkin, just three days before the 64-year-old was due to be released after serving the latest of several politically-motivated sentences | детальніше

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FSB ‘plot’ in trial of Ukrainian teenager abducted to Russia hits unexpected obstacle

The best friend of the FSB’s chief witness in its ‘trial’ of 20-year-old Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb has testified in the young Ukrainian’s favour and has stated in court that she did not make the incriminating assertions claimed by the prosecution . | детальніше

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