Russia refuses to investigate the abduction of prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov
The supposed investigation into the abduction of Ervin Ibragimov, Crimean Tatar activist and member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Executive Committee was abandoned in Russian-occupied Crimea without ever really being started. Given the video footage from May 24, 2016, showing Ibragimov being dragged away by men in uniform, the lies told and resistance to any real investigation look damning.
Death brought to Donetsk under a Russian Flag
Ukrainians gathered in Kyiv on March 13 to remember the first victim of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine in Donbas, and all other civilians killed during the senseless conflict. Many of those present had themselves been forced into exile or fled for their lives after Russian and Russian-backed militants seized control in March – April 2014.
Bitter questions as Ukraine’s leaders wax rhetorical about Maidan
On this fourth anniversary of the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, only one person is serving a real sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and virtually all of the investigations are facing sabotage. Euromaidan SOS founder, Oleksandra Matviychuk is not alone in finding the breast-beating pathos and empty promises from Ukraine’s leaders obscene.
Life sentence in absentia upheld of Russia-protected ‘separatist’ torturer and killer of Ukrainian schoolboy
The Donetsk Regional Court of Appeal has rejected former Donbas militant Vadim Pogodin’s appeal against his life sentence for the brutal torture and killing in 2014 of 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko. The ruling is important, although justice remains very far off. The original sentence was passed in absentia, after Russia demonstrated that it would protect even a child-killer and refused to hand Pogodin over for trial.
Independent probe into arrest & death of 83-year-old Crimean Tatar veteran amid persecution of men who were helping her
When a case that began with the arrest and death of an 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement seems to have hit rock bottom, Russia’s FSB proves it can sink even lower.
Russia’s imprisonment of gravely ill Crimean Tatar veteran activists amounts to torture
The Russian occupation authorities in Crimea have made no attempt to investigate the death of 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Vedzhie Kashka, minutes after the FSB’s extraordinary attempt to arrest her. Instead the very lives of two of the four men arrested in the same ‘case’ are being placed in danger as part of a cynical and futile attempt to discredit Crimean Tatars.
Police killer of journalist Georgy Gongadze could be freed amid silence about those who ordered the crime
A court in Ukraine has effectively doubled the number of years which former Police General Oleksy Pukach is considered to have served of his prison sentence for the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. It has been suggested that a deal may be underway to give Pukach his freedom if he stops “pointing the finger at” former President Leonid Kuchma
Do they want the killers of lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska to go unpunished?
There are increasing concerns that the haste to make an arrest over the high-profile murder of lawyer and rights activist Iryna Nozdrovska will result in the person now in custody simply being acquitted when the case gets to court. This is hopefully not the intention, but there were already serious doubts about the prosecution’s assertion that the case was solved, and the new information from Nozdrovska’s daughter and her lawyers are only compounding them.
From persecuting Maidan activists to letting their killers go free
Public anger remains high over the extraordinarily light sentence passed on Yury Krysin for his role in the savage killing of Maidan journalist Viacheslav Veremiy. Details about the judge’s role in persecuting Maidan activists and an apparent attempt to keep the ruling secret have only compounded suspicions that Krysin has protectors within the law enforcement system
Ukrainian lawyer murdered after seeking justice in high-profile manslaughter trial
Lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska has been murdered just days after helping to prevent the release from imprisonment of the man who caused the death of her sister. Nozdrovska had spent the last two years seeking a real sentence for Dmytro Rossoshansky, the nephew of a Kyiv oblast judge, and had constantly received threats.
Suspended sentence for the savage murder of Maidan journalist Viacheslav Veremiy
The first and only trial so far over the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan has ended in a four-year suspended sentence with a two-year probation period passed on Yury Krysin for his undisputed part in the killing. Judge Oleh Linnyk from the Shevchenkivsk Court in Kyiv, ignored the prosecutor’s call for a six-year prison sentence, and found him guilty only of ‘hooliganism’, with his alleged repentance and two underage children given as mitigating circumstances.
Crimean Tatar political prisoner Bekir Degermendzhy is dangerously ill
After causing the death of 83-year-old veteran Crimean Tatar activist Vedzhie Kashka, Russia is endangering the life of 57-year-old Bekir Degermendzhy, arrested as part of a particularly cynical FSB attempt to discredit the Crimean Tatar Mejlis.
‘Natural death’ claimed for 25-year-old Ukrainian detainee with horrific injuries
The family of 25-year-old Dmytro Lystovnychy have disputed the claim that his death in SIZO [remand prison] was of ‘natural causes’, and have shown harrowing photos suggesting that the young man had been severely beaten.
Russia causes the death of revered veteran of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, then tries to hide it
83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka, victim of the 1944 Deportation and veteran of the non-violent struggle of the Crimean Tatar people for their rights, died on November 23 after Russian FSB officers burst into a restaurant where she had been sitting and tried to detain her.
Four years on and only one real sentence for crimes against Maidan
On the fourth anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, or Euromaidan, only one person is serving an actual prison sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and President Petro Poroshenko seems poised to sign a disastrous bill which could force the termination of most Maidan investigations.
Russia-protected torturer-killers of 16-year-old pro-Ukrainian schoolboy sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment
Three men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the savage torture and killing in 2014 of 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko. Without a regime change in Russia, there is little chance that the three former Donbas fighters – Vadim Pogodin, leader of the so-called ‘Kerch battalion’, and two subordinates - Mikhail Sukhomlinov and Yury Moskalev - will serve the sentences, which are the first in absentia ever passed by a Ukrainian court. Ukraine was left with no choice since Russia is openly protecting the three men, despite the prosecutor’s office of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] having itself established the men’s direct role in the killing
Sinister disappearances and killings in Kremlin-backed ‘Luhansk republic’
The body of one of four taxi drivers to have disappeared in militant-controlled Luhansk over the past year has been discovered, ten months after his family reported his disappearance
Ukraine ordered to pay massive damages over police killing and cover up
The European Court of Human Rights has found Ukraine in violation of the right to life over the death of Volodymyr Kutsenko from police torture and lack of medical care, and then over the failure to carry out an effective information.
Abducted Crimean Tatar beaten, tortured and abandoned after ‘voluntarily’ entering FSB office
It took the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea over 24 hours to admit that Renat Paralamov had been in their offices, and then they came up with the surreal claim that he had ‘voluntarily’ returned there after being released on Wednesday afternoon. They have given no explanation for the brutal torture, including beatings and electric shocks, that he was subjected to
Horrifically tortured and murdered, or imprisoned in Crimea and Donbas for the Ukrainian Flag
Ukraine marked National Flag Day on August 23, remembering Volodymyr Rybak who was tortured and murdered for his defence of the Flag, and with at least three Ukrainians imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea or by the Russian-backed militants in Donbas for the same reason