Ukrainian ATO fighter given suspended sentence for violent rape of schoolgirl
The Ivankiv District Court in Kyiv oblast court on June 10, 2016 convicted a 24-year-old man of violently raping a 16-year-old girl but decided that the fact of his military service in Donbas constituted an extenuating circumstance. The news came on the same day as an Aidar volunteer battalion fighter, facing very grave charges, was released from custody on the security of a number of MPs
Defending a national hero or dangerous extrajudicial methods?
The events on July 2 around the detention of former Aidar commander Valentyn Lykholit elicited widely divergent reactions and some worrying assumptions about what need not be considered in fighting ‘separatists’.
Forced to hunger strike in search of justice for their sons
Oleksandr Rafalsky has spent 15 years in Ukrainian prisons and faces dying there unless Ukraine finally acknowledges that a grave miscarriage of justice has been committed. In desperation, his mother, together with the relatives of other life prisoners, are planning a hunger strike vigil outside parliament.
Maxim Orlov - zero evidence but sentenced to life for good statistics
A young man is serving a life sentence, another 12 years for a crime that almost certainly neither had anything to do with. The police and prosecutor needed to find somebody to be able to say they’d ‘solved’ the crime, and the younger proved ‘malleable’
Ukraine’s MPs block last chance of justice for tortured Ukrainian prisoners
Long prison sentences based solely on ‘confessions’ tortured out of people. Prosecutors who demand long sentences and judges who oblige despite all evidence pointing to the defendant’s innocence. If this sounds familiar, it should, but not only because of Russia’s treatment of its Ukrainian hostages over the last two years.
Ukrainian (in)justice: Panasenko serving a life sentence as they needed to convict somebody
Volodymyr Panasenko is serving a life sentence for a crime quite literally nobody believes he committed. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on the testimony of one man’s third and fourth ‘confessions’ which were totally retracted in court
Sentenced twice for pro-Ukrainian position in Russian-occupied Crimea
The good news that a court in Russian-occupied Crimea had revoked a politically motivated sentence against Volodymyr Balukh was short-lived. The pro-Ukrainian activist has been tried on exactly the same absurd charges and received an identical sentence.
Ukrainian musician finally freed after 4 years imprisonment on rigged charges
The Podilsky District Court in Kyiv has finally released world-renowned accordionist Ihor Zavadsky from custody almost two months after a rigged sentence was revoked over 4 years after he was first arrested
Ihor Zavadsky as a mirror of the Ukrainian justice system
On June 13, a new court examination begins in the Podilsky District Court of the charges against virtuoso accordionist Ihor Zavadsky. The issue will be determined of whether he remains in custody
Ukrainian Gets 10-Year Sentence in Russia’s Revenge for Maidan
A Crimean court under Russian occupation has sent a chilling message to all Ukrainians in Crimea, as well as any in Russia by sentencing 22-year-old Ukrainian Andriy Kolomiyets to 10 years over an alleged offence that that almost certainly never happened, but over which no Russian court could have any jurisdiction
Another Ukrainian charged with ‘terrorism’ in Russian-occupied Crimea
Another ’terrorism’ trial is about to begin of a Ukrainian arrested in occupied Crimea and held in custody for over a year. Maxim Filatov, who may be as young as 21, is alleged to be a fighter from the Azov Battalion. though this appears as questionable as everything else about the case.
Don’t Celebrate Ukraine’s New Judicial Changes Yet
Ukraine’s parliament has ignored warnings from human rights organizations and the Reanimation Package of Reforms and passed constitutional amendments and a bill on the judicial system which retain the old ways of exerting influence on judges
20 Years for Pro-Ukrainian Views in Russian-occupied Crimea
More evidence has emerged confirming that one of the charges brought by Russia against Ukrainian Maidan activist Andriy Kolomiyets is based on rigged evidence. The charge of ‘attempted murder’ by allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail and inflicting ‘physical pain’ on two Ukrainian Berkut officers in the capital of Ukraine in January 2014 remains too surreal to be either proven or disproven
Tortured Ukrainian ‘Sentenced’ by Kremlin-backed militants to 30 years
A Ukrainian volunteer fighter from Makiyivka who is on Ukraine’s list for exchange has been ‘sentenced’ to 30 years in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR]. The Kremlin-backed militants have ‘convicted’ Yevhen Chudnetsov of “an attempt to violently seize power on the republic’s territory”.
Why are Putin’s Enemies held in Ukrainian Prisons?
If Ukraine’s SBU has evidence that Olga Sheveleva, Anastasia Leonova and Pavel Pyatakov were working for Russia’s FSB, they have not revealed it. Yet they are being held in detention on the ludicrous grounds that they could flee to Russia, where each can expect arrest for their opposition to the Putin regime and support for Ukraine
Kyiv court quashes famous accordionist’s rigged sentence yet refuses to release him
After 4 years imprisoned on fabricated sex-crime charges, Ihor Zavadsky should have been released after the court finally threw out a gravely flawed conviction and 13-year-sentence
Russian spetsnaz officers caught in Ukraine sentenced to 14 years
Two Russians who initially admitted to being military intelligence officers after an attack on a Ukrainian military unit in the Luhansk oblast have been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with confiscation of property.
Arrested in Ukraine for being Russian?
It is 4 months since Anastasia Leonova was arrested in Kyiv and concern is mounting that the 33-year-old Kremlin critic is in detention on ‘terrorism’ charges because Ukraine’s SBU needed a Russian. Not just one, with the grounds for detaining 2 other Russians also questionable.
Not jailed for ripping up portrait of Poroshenko!
It is clear why the Russian media joined the defendant and his far-right friends in claiming that his 4.5 year sentence had been for destroying a portrait of the President, but why did the Ukrainian media so happily repeat the nonsense?
Maidan activist tortured for confession to insane charges in Russian-occupied Crimea
Andriy Kolomiyets, the 23-year-old Ukrainian facing trial in Russian-occupied Crimea for alleged actions during Euromaidan in Kyiv before annexation has given harrowing details of the torture used to extract a ‘confession’