Four Crimean Tatar political prisoners released under house arrest
Bitter questions must, however, remain as none of the men should even have been imprisoned in the first place, and not only because of the absurd charges
Belated ‘progress’ or more sabotage in hunt for killers of Ukrainian activist Katya Handziuk?
The suspected organizer of the savage killing in Kherson of Ukrainian civic activist Kateryna (Katya) Handziuk has been placed on the wanted list many months after baffling delay enabled him to flee the country
Russia caused one death to try to discredit Crimean Tatars and is now risking new fatalities
Russia began its most sordid persecution of Crimean Tatars by causing the death of 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka and now appears intent on breaking its record of deaths
Ukrainian court releases suspected Khmelnytsky Maidan killer fuelling allegations of sabotage
Almost five years after 72-year-old pensioner and Maidan activist Lyudmila Sheremet was gunned down outside the Security Service building in Khmelnytsky, the suspected killer has been released from house arrest after less than two weeks
Crimean Tatar activist who took aid to Ukrainian POWs viciously attacked & told this is his “last warning”
Risa Asanov has played a major role in supporting political prisoners and their families since returning to Crimea in 2017, and he is certain that the attack was linked with his strong civic position.
Nobody believes Ukrainian environmental activist’s death was suicide, so why was the investigation terminated?
Police in the Kharkiv oblast have quietly terminated their investigation into the suspicious death of 23-year-old Mykola Bychko, a local environmental activist, in June 2018. The role of investigators has from the outset elicited concern among both local residents and human rights activists who reject the claims of suicide
Gravely ill Crimean Tatar activist jailed for a crime he physically couldn’t have committed
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has jailed Edem Bekirov for two months despite a heart condition, diabetes and an amputation that make imprisonment a direct threat to his life and the charges against him nonsensical.
Russia used ex-Berkut traitors for FSB operation that killed 83-year-old Crimean Tatar veteran Vedzhie Kashka
It is exactly a year since Russia staged a gratuitously violent ‘special operation’ in occupied Crimea that caused the death of world-renowned veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Vedzhie Kashka
33 Maidan crime suspects still work in law enforcement bodies, 10 in high positions
Five years after the Euromaidan protests began in Ukraine, ten men suspected of crimes against Maidan activists hold managerial posts in the enforcement bodies, while a further 23 are low-ranking officers. The number of convictions remains fairly small (52), with only nine people sentenced to periods of imprisonment.
Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk dies after savage acid attack
Kateryna Handziuk, Kherson civic activist, adviser to the Mayor of Kherson and a bitter critic of the Kherson police has died three months after a savage attack in which she was sprayed with a litre of sulphuric acid. There has been no progress on finding those who ordered this crime
Crimean Tatar political prisoner released under house arrest after likely stroke
65-year-old Asan Chapukh has finally been released from the notorious Simferopol SIZO [remand prison] although only under house arrest, with symptoms that independent doctors believe indicate a stroke
Key evidence against Maidan killers in danger of being destroyed
The Kyiv authorities have done nothing to enable vital investigative experiments to be carried out in order to establish exactly where the shots that killed Maidan activists were fired form and within a month it could be too late as major construction work is planned.
55 unsolved attacks on Ukrainian civic activists. Prosecutor General says it’s their fault
Protests under the banner ‘Silence kills’ have been taking place in many Ukrainian cities over the mounting number of attacks on civic activists and journalists. The protests began on 27 September just hours after Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko said that civic activists bear part of the blame
Shooting of Odesa civic activist prompts warnings of danger to Ukraine’s national security
This is reportedly the fourteenth attack since the summer of 2017 on Odesa activists and journalists known both for their pro-Ukrainian position, and for their opposition to corruption by local officials
Russia refuses medical care to hunger striking Ukrainian political prisoner despite clear danger to life
Volodymyr Balukh is suffering severe pain in the liver area, and after almost six months on total or nearly total hunger strike is evidently in need of urgent medical care
Police suspected of protecting culprits behind the attempted murder of civic activist Kateryna Handziuk
The initial suspect of this horrific crime has been released, and five other men remanded in custody or put under house arrest.
Remember Ukrainians jailed by Russia, tortured & murdered for Ukraine’s National Flag
On Ukrainian National Flag Day Volodymyr Balukh remains imprisoned in occupied Crimea for that flag and in danger after almost 160 days on total or near-total hunger strike. We remember also Volodymyr Rybak who was horrifically tortured to death in 2014 for defending the flag and Ukraine against Russian-led fighters
One death, four political prisoners in Russia’s war against the Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Russia’s National Guard, involved, in the ‘special operation’ that caused the death of Vedzhie Kashka, 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, has refused to release any information, citing ‘the fight against terrorism’. The pretext is nonsensical, and, combined with the disappearance of all video footage of the attempted detention, can only strengthen the suspicion that she died because of excessive and disproportionate use of force by the officers carrying out the arrest.
Investigation sabotaged into savage acid attack on civic activist who exposed police corruption
New and very disturbing details have emerged regarding the police investigation into the savage acid attack on Kateryna Handziuk, an adviser to the Mayor of Kherson and a civic activist known for her hard-hitting criticism of the police
Police suspected of involvement in horrific acid attack on Ukrainian civic activist Kateryna Handziuk
Handziuk, a well-known civic activist and assistant to the Mayor of Kherson, remains in the Kyiv hospital to which she was airlifted a day after sulphuric acid was hurled at her on July 31, leaving her with second and third degree burns over 30% of her upper body