Unexpected sentence asked for Ukrainian library director on trial in Russia for ‘anti-Russian extremism’

You can hardly call the proposed 5-year suspended sentence and massive fine on librarian Natalya Sharina for supposed ‘incitement’ over the content of material in her library good news, but it could have been much worse.. | детальніше

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Think of the children: Russian officials fret over youthful protesters

Substantial youth participation in nationwide anticorruption protests organized by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny in March jolted Russia’s political landscape, leaving officials wringing their hands over how to effectively court a demographic that, a new study suggests, is deeply distrustful of the ruling class | детальніше

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The pro-Kremlin narrative about migrants

Pro-Kremlin outlets share an often-repeated narrative about migrants in the EU Member States. It combines elements of misinformation with a factual background of refugees arriving in Europe in large numbers | детальніше

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Russian prison staff jailed for torturing 16-year-old Ukrainian to death

18 months after Vitaly Pop, who was just 16, died of appalling injuries on his first night in a Russian ‘corrective’ colony, two prison officers have received 11-year sentences, with eight others sentenced to terms from two and a half to five years | детальніше

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Russia’s youngest Ukrainian prisoner is on total hunger strike demanding to be returned to Ukraine

Artur Panov, who is from the Luhansk oblast, has been in Russian custody since his arrest on 5 December 2015, two months before his seventeenth birthday. Although Panov himself, now 19, has admitted to some of the charges against him, there remain major reasons for concern, not least because of his age and certain doubts about his mental health. | детальніше

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Challenge Putin’s Lies about imprisoned Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

It is exactly three years since Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker and single father, was arrested in Simferopol, shortly after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. His trial and 20-year-sentence have been condemned by the entire international community, yet Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps repeating the same narrative, that Sentsov was tried and convicted of ‘terrorism’ | детальніше

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20 years for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea is worse than Soviet – Please Help #FreeSentsov!

It is three years since Oleg Sentsov’s two children saw their father, and could be another 17 years if Russian President Vladimir Putin has his way. There are levers to put pressure on Putin and on those Russians who collaborate in torturing and imprisoning innocent Ukrainians and your help is vital! | детальніше

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Donbas war criminals glorified in Russia on Victory Day

Victory Day in Russia was marked this year by state-controlled television appearing to treat Donetsk as a Russian city and photos at the Immortal Regiment march of a notorious Russian mercenary and Ukrainian militant whom Ukraine had wanted to see tried for war crimes in Donbas | детальніше

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Navalny attacker led 2014 attempt to repeat Donbas seizure of power in Kharkiv

The man believed responsible for a chemical attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was almost certainly a leader of the aborted attempt in 2014 to seize control in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and form a so-called ‘Kharkiv people’s republic’, like the Kremlin-backed formations in Donbas. | детальніше

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10 years for a Molotov cocktail in protest at Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Oleksandr Kolchenko was in his second year at the Tavrida National University in 2014 when he was arrested in the same politically motivated case as filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and two other opponents of Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. His university, now based in Kyiv, has just formally reinstated him, and students and lecturers have begun a campaign to seek his release. | детальніше

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Russian Girlfriend Handed Ukrainian Political Prisoner to FSB Torturers

Why would Russia hold a Ukrainian in secret detention for 10 months if there were real grounds for his arrest? Why is it now refusing to allow an independent psychiatric examination which a renowned British psychiatric institute has recognized the need for and even offered to provide? | детальніше

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Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘abducting’ arrested fighters, Britain tries one for terrorism

Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal investigation into what it claims was Ukraine’s ‘abduction’ of Russian ‘volunteers’. Ukraine’s position in trying the men for involvement in terrorism is shared by the United Kingdom which is currently prosecuting a Briton on terrorism charges for his believed role in the fighting in Donbas. | детальніше

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Oleg Sentsov sends Moving Response to PEN America Freedom to Write Award

PEN America’s honouring of Ukrainian filmmaker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov at its 2017 PEN Literary Gala would have been a very special event under any circumstances. It was made particularly poignant by the letter from Oleg that was heard for the first time, together with a powerful address from his cousin Natalya Kaplan who accepted the award on his behalf. | детальніше

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Why Russian writer Boris Stomakhin is in prison, Zhirinovsky & Kadyrov in power

Boris Stomakhin, Andrei Bubeev and Rafis Kashapov are all serving prison sentences in Russia for articles or posts / reposts, criticising the Putin regime and Russia’s invasion of Crimea. In each case, the charges could just as well be laid against Russian MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Alexander Dugin, the fascist ideologue with friends in high places, and Putin’s protégé and leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. | детальніше

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Russia arrests Ukrainian ‘spy’ accused of looking for Russian soldiers in Donbas

Russia’s FSB has detained yet another Ukrainian on bizarre charges of ‘spying’ for the Ukrainian Defence Ministry – in both militant-occupied areas of Ukraine and in Russia, where the implication is clearly that Kyiv is organizing acts of terrorism | детальніше

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Russia reinstates darkest Soviet days by banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia’s Supreme Court has ignored the country’s Constitution and the decades of religious persecution under Soviet rule and banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses, labelling them ‘extremist’. It has thus placed 175 thousand believers in the Russian Federation in danger of criminal prosecution for their faith. | детальніше

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Russia refuses to investigate torture of Ukrainian it jailed in revenge for Euromaidan

Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected two cassation appeals against the overtly lawless imprisonment in Russia of a Ukrainian convicted of an unprovable ‘offence’ allegedly committed in the capital of Ukraine during Euromaidan | детальніше

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Russian Journalist, Putin Critic Dies After Severe Beating

A prominent Russian journalist known for articles criticizing Russia’s government and President Vladimir Putin has died at a hospital in St. Petersburg after being severely beaten by unknown assailants | детальніше

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Russia found in violation of the right to life over Beslan School attack

The European Court of Human Rights [ECHR] has found multiple violations of the right to life over Russia’s failure to take preventive measures against the terrorist attack on a school in Beslan in 2004 and over the subsequent storming in which over 330 people, including 185 children lost their lives | детальніше

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Putin’s National Guard Cracks Down On Opposition Activists In Irkutsk

Although the official mission of the National Guard is to combat terrorism, many in Russia believe its true purpose is to protect Vladimir Putin and the government. | детальніше

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