Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners ordered to pay a million in ‘compensation’ for invented crimes
This is just the latest grotesque twist to what has been called Russia’s “most monstrously falsified trial of Ukrainians”. It comes at a time when concerns about Klykh’s mental health after the torture he endured are compounded by worries that he may be suffering from cancer.
Ukrainian lawyer who went to Russia to get medicine for his child sentenced to 8 years for ‘spying’
A court in Nizhny Novgorod has sentenced Ihor Kiyashko to eight years’ maximum security imprisonment for supposed ‘spying’ and military contraband, all allegedly for Ukraine’s Security Service.
Court in Russia allows FSB Chief to whitewash Stalin’s Terror
A Russian court has rejected a suit brought against Alexander Bortnikov over his claim, as Head of Russia’s FSB [security service], that mass executions during Stalin’s Terror were “local excesses”.
Critic of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine gets 3.5 year jail sentence
A court in Moscow has sentenced 37-year-old Denis Bakholdin to three and a half years’ imprisonment for allegedly belonging to the legal Ukrainian organization Right Sector while in Ukraine. The prosecution had claimed that Bakholdin had gone to Ukraine to take part in the war in Donbas “to harm the interests of the Russian Federation”.
Russian Ombudsperson claims “public demand” for law jailing for ‘disrespect of authorities’ on Internet
At least one of the recent legislative initiatives, which could jail for expressing ‘open disrespect of the authorities’ on the Internet, has received public approval from Putin and been described as in response to ‘public demand’ by Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsperson
Doctor warns Russia is placing abducted Ukrainian student’s life in immediate danger
The doctor who has treated Pavlo Hryb since childhood warns that his condition is worsening and there is a real danger to his life in Russian captivity
Russian state TV caught using fake ‘disillusioned Ukrainian Maidan activist’
Russia’s Pyervy Kanal has been caught using a Belarusian fake for a propaganda program aimed at proving that Euromaidan brought only hardship and suffering to Ukraine, and that Kyiv is trying to attribute its problems to “Russia’s mythical aggression”.
Tortured and jailed for 10 years as Kremlin’s revenge for Euromaidan in Ukraine
The Euromaidan protests that overthrew Viktor Yanukovych’s regime are known as Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity. Except in Russia, whose leaders are still fuming at Ukrainians’ refusal to accept a Moscow-controlled puppet, and venting spleen by imprisoning Maidan activists
77-year-old Russian human rights defender jailed for Facebook repost in support of political prisoners
Lev Ponomaryov has been jailed for 25 days for reposting a message about a protest in support of young political prisoners whom Russia is claiming were members of ‘extremist groups’
Russia sentences Ukrainian soldier to 4 years for political engagement in Ukraine
In court, Oleksandr Shumkov noted that by bringing criminal charges based on the assertion that such activities “threatened Russia’s interests”, “the Russian Federation is acknowledging its presence on Ukrainian territory
Russia imprisons wheelchair-bound man with severe muscular dystrophy on ‘terrorism’ charges
46-year-old Amir Gilyazov has suffered from a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy since childhood, and by now cannot get from his bed to the wheelchair or eat without assistance. This did not stop the FSB from bursting into his home on 23 October and arresting him on charges almost certainly linked solely with a video about the release of a political prisoner posted seven years ago on YouTube
Russia uses fake charges for “slow death” sentence against human rights activist Sergei Mokhnatkin
Russia has brought grotesque new criminal charges against Russian rights activist Sergei Mokhnatkin, just three days before the 64-year-old was due to be released after serving the latest of several politically-motivated sentences
FSB ‘plot’ in trial of Ukrainian teenager abducted to Russia hits unexpected obstacle
The best friend of the FSB’s chief witness in its ‘trial’ of 20-year-old Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb has testified in the young Ukrainian’s favour and has stated in court that she did not make the incriminating assertions claimed by the prosecution .
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
Russian human rights NGO systematically crushed for defending political prisoners
The prominent Russian NGO ‘For Human Rights’ may be forced to cease its work after being denied a presidential grant, one of the chief forms of funding since the so-called law on ‘foreign agents’ made it near impossible to function through grants from abroad
Russian prison staff ‘lose’ medicine for abducted Ukrainian political prisoner with life-threatening medical condition
Only a month after the Russian prison authorities finally allowed Pavlo Hryb to receive the medication that he needs for a potentially life-threatening medical condition, the medicines have disappeared while the 20-year-old was being moved between remand prison
Huge increase in number of political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea
Russia’s renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has once again marked Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression on 30 October by publishing new lists of political prisoners currently held in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea.
Win a smartphone in Russia by denouncing neighbours for ‘extremism’
Anonymous denunciations of neighbours or workmates are no longer a bad memory from the Stalin era, but encouraged by the Putin regime in Russia, and in occupied Crimea
Imprisoned Memorial activist Oyub Titiev awarded Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
Oyub Titiev, a renowned human rights defender and head of the Memorial Human Rights Centre Grozny Office in Chechnya, has become the sixth laureate of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Václav Havel Human Rights Prize