Maidan: "I came because I couldn’t not come"
Several thousand Berkut or Interior Ministry troops stormed the barricades in the centre, with people singing the national anthem, chanting “Police with the People” and “Together to the end”. People have been arriving through the night to defend Maidan
Repression gaining pace
The latest apparent victim of efforts to stifle anti-government protest is a lawyer – Viktor Smaliy, who was defending Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya. In present circumstances, the charge should send a shiver down the spine of many a lawyer. This, presumably, is the desired effect.
Three opposition media come under attack
Reporters without Borders has condemned Monday’s raid on three “opposition media by unidentified armed individuals dressed like members of Ukraine’s Special Forces
10 Dec - Bankova Prisoner appeal hearings begin
On Human Rights Day, Dec 10, the Kyiv Court of Appeal will be examining cases with direct significance for human rights and rule of law in Ukraine. A search carried out the day before with serious procedural infringements only fuels concern.
Release the Bankova Prisoners!
Please endorse this petition in defence of peaceful protesters and two journalists brutally beaten by Berkut riot police and now in custody on absurd charges.
Bankova Prisoners: Anyone will do?
It is sinister that the first 9 people arrested and remanded in custody for 2 months have nothing in common with the young masked louts who can be seen on videos outside the president’s administration on Bankova St.
Bankova Prisoner: Oleksandr Ostashchenko
Oleksandr is a 32-year-old design engineer He was remanded in custody for 2 months despite having a small daughter, and showing clear signs of the beating he received from Berkut officers while lying on the ground and showing no resistance
Bankova Prisoner: Valery Garagutz
45-year-old Valery Garagutz is a journalist and the founder of the Dnipropetrovsk newspaper “Litsa”. Most importantly he was present on Bankova St in his capacity as a journalist, which did not stop law enforcement officers from using their truncheons on him.
Bankova Prisoner: Yehor Previr
27-year-old Yehor Previr was at the demonstration on Dec 1 together with his father and sister. They were separated after the disturbances had already begun, and all contact was lost with Yehor. They only learned that he was in hospital the next evening, and the police and doctors have refused to provide information about the head injuries and concussion almost certainly inflicted after Yehor’s detention
Bankova Prisoner: Yaroslav Prytulenko
21-year-old Yaroslav Prytulenko was detained in custody for 2 months despite the fact that the allegations against him are based on statements for police officers who were not named and did not appear in court
Bankova Prisoner: Serhiy Nuzhnenko
31-year-old Serhiy Nuzhnenko works in retail and is an avid photographer. Over a number of years he has worked on a voluntary basis taking photos of the children in different children’s homes
Bankova Prisoners: Yury Bolotov
40-year-old Yury Bolotov is a private businessman, and the former director of the rock group Okean Elza. He is married with two children. His wife and friends stress that he is very much a family man and not engaged in politics
Bankova Prisoner: Vladislav Zahorovko
38-year-old driver Vladislav Zahorovko [or Zagorovko] is married with three children, the youngest an infant. He is the only breadwinner of the family. Amnesty Internaitonal in Ukraine reports that he urgently requires an operation following injuries seemingly inflicted by the riot police on Dec 1
Bankova Prisoner: Mykola Lazarevsky
23-year-old Mykola Lazarevsky is an architectural student and an artist. There is video footage showing him being beaten by Berkut riot police and absolutely no evidence of any involvement in the disturbances
Bankova Prisoner: Gennady Cherevko
41-year-old Gennady Cherevko is from Lubny (Poltava oblast), and little is known about him except that he is married, with two children and not involved in politics at all. And that he was badly beaten by the Berkut riot police and then remanded in custody for 2 months. No evidence was provided to justify this
Road Control journalist becomes latest "Bankova Prisoner"
On Dec 6, Road Control [Dorozhny Kontrol] journalist Amdriy Dzyndzya was remanded in custody for 2 months accused of involvement in the disturbances on Bankova St on Dec 1. He becomes the latest of at least 10 people whose detention raises very serious concerns
Road Control journalist detained
In a move which is either badly mistimed or deliberately chosen to spark trouble, the police have detained Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya and an MP’s assistant and are refusing to allow lawyers or MPs in to see them raising fears that the men may have been beaten
While attention has deservedly been paid to the excessive use of force which the Berkut riot police have applied against peaceful protesters, other measures, including the worrying detention and criminal charges against 9 demonstraters are also aimed at crushing the protest and are equally unacceptable.
Hundreds Injured in Kiev as Riot Police Crack Down
“Ukraine is going through serious civil unrest,” saidRachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “No matter how difficult the situation becomes, police shouldn’t be beating people who pose no threat.”
A dangerous stunt acted out by provocateurs and the Berkut riot police on Sunday outside the president’s administration on Bankova St has taken a sinister turn. On Dec. 3, 9 men, five of them still in hospital after being badly beaten by the riot police, were remanded in custody for 2 months