Balukh describes torture in Russia and attempt to foist Russian citizenship
Volodymyr Balukh has finally been able to publicly reveal details about the torture and ill-treatment he was subjected to while in Russian captivity for the Ukrainian flag he had refused to remove from his home and his open opposition to Russian occupation
Russia’s ‘persuasion’ of Ukrainian hostage: Mock executions, torture & five years of solitary confinement
One of the men who did not step off the plane from Moscow on 7 September was 36-year-old Valentin Vyhivsky, whom Russia has held in total isolation for five years after abducting him from Crimea and brutally torturing him
Russia treats imprisoned Crimean Tatar activists like victims of the 1944 Deportation
Two of the Crimean Solidarity activists whom Russia arrested on 27 March and quickly moved out of occupied Crimea have been brought back to Simferopol, and are being held in conditions that amount to torture
Photographing a disused aerodrome can get you jailed for 12 years in Russia if you’re Ukrainian
The oldest of the Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners is now 62 and will be 70 before he is released if Russia has its way. Viktor Shur has been imprisoned since December 2014, after being held without access to a lawyer or his family until he had ‘confessed’ to spying charges
Freed Ukrainian POWs collect money for Russian activist Konstantin Kotov who helped them & is now jailed himself
For the 24 Ukrainian POWs who spent nine long months imprisoned in Moscow, the support they received from Konstantin Kotov was of enormous importance. On their release, the men learned that Kotov himself has now been imprisoned and their response was immediate
No ‘normalization’ while Russia is still holding at least 87 Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners
While 7 September was certainly a day for rejoicing at the return to Ukraine of 35 Ukrainian political prisoners (including 24 PoWs), there was also huge sadness for the families who are still waiting the release of their fathers or sons
Home at last! 24 POWs and 11 political prisoners, including Oleg Sentsov arrive in Kyiv
The exchange has finally happened!
Russia defends its ‘historic right’ to abduct Ukrainian political prisoners
Exactly five years ago, Alexander Bastrykin, head of Russia’s ‘Investigative Committee’ threatened to “come and get" all those Ukrainians it wanted to put on trial and claimed it has “the right history gives us to carry out a criminal investigation.”
Tortured Ukrainian political prisoner looks years older, yet remains unbroken
Yevhen Panov is only 42, but he looks ten years older after the torture he was subjected to and almost three years in Russian captivity.
Ukrainian political prisoner tortured into confessing to fictitious ‘war crimes’ returned from Russia to prison in Ukraine
Serhiy Lytvynov, one of the Ukrainians most savagely tortured in 2014 for Russian propaganda, is safely back in Ukraine, though for the moment he remains imprisoned
Balukh is refusing food or water in protest at relentless reprisals in Russian prison
The Ukrainian political prisoner, jailed by Russia for the Ukrainian flag he refused to renounce, is virtually permanently being held in a cold and dark punishment cell without warm clothing, and with even his psalm book having been taken from him. >
Russia denies that political prisoner Balukh has Ukrainian citizenship after jailing him for not betraying Ukraine
The Russian prison service is treating Volodymyr Balukh as a Russian citizen and refusing to let him see the Ukrainian consul. Balukh is imprisoned for his peaceful opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and was subjected to farcical ‘trials’ as a Ukrainian, so the move now to deny him his citizenship is especially lawless
Russia claims torture used to imprison Sentsov is none of the European Court’s business
It is five years today since Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was seized by Russian FSB and tortured in occupied Crimea. If the allegations of torture were untrue, why is Russia lying about when he was arrested?
Russia flouts its own law to increase Crimean political prisoner Balukh’s prison sentence for the Ukrainian flag
A Russian-controlled ‘court’ in Crimea has illegally increased the period that Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh will be forced to spend in Russian captivity
New arrests add 55 children to the victims of Russia’s war against Crimean Tatars
No child can be prepared for the trauma of seeing masked men waving machine guns burst into their home and force their father to the ground. That was the experience for 55 children on 27 March, many of whom watched in terror as the men took their fathers away in handcuffs
Russia holds 100 Ukrainian political prisoners & POWs, but accuses Ukraine of persecuting Crimeans
Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsperson’s complaint that Ukraine is persecuting Crimeans comes as around 80 Ukrainians are illegally deprived of their liberty in occupied Crimea or Russia, as well as 24 POWs Unlike Moskalkova, we can name the victims of persecution
Russia abducts one Ukrainian political prisoner, now INTERPOL is helping to arrest his friend
INTERPOL has added a 20-year-old Ukrainian to the international wanted list despite ample grounds for suspecting Russia’s motives in seeking to prosecute him. Stefan Kapinos shared the same social media account as Pavlo Hryb, the Ukrainian student whom Russia illegally kidnapped from Belarus in August 2017 and has held prisoner ever since.
Russia brings Soviet-style repression to occupied Crimea
The number of Russia’s Ukrainian prisoners of war and political prisoners has almost reached 100, and that is without counting well over 100 POWs and civilian hostages in occupied Donbas whose release is directly dependent on Moscow .
Russian INTERPOL sought arrest of Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister using ‘confessions’ from tortured political prisoners
The appointment of Alexander Prokopchuk as Head of INTERPOL would have shown terrifying disregard by member states for the horrific torture used to fabricate the show trials of Ukrainian political prisoners, like Mykola Karpyuk and Stanyslav Klykh
Worrying secrecy around allocation of aid to Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea
NGOs directly involved in helping the prisoners and their families have reacted with indignation to attempts to exclude them from the proceedings and point out that secrecy where public funding is concerned is unacceptable and carries the risk of corruption.