Ukrainian sentenced to 12 years for a snapshot of cows at a disused aerodrome
After concocting a ‘trial’ on truly surreal ‘spying’ charges to imprison Ukrainian Viktor Shur, Russia has since deployed any means to prevent him having contact with the Ukrainian consul and lawyers
Russian poet convicted of ‘incitement’ for poem in support of Ukraine
Alexander Byvshev has been convicted of ‘incitement to enmity’ and sentenced to 330 hours community service for a poem entitled ‘On Ukraine’s Independence’.
Russian Historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev acquitted of main charges
In a step back from the brink, a court in Russia has acquitted renowned historian Yuri Dmitriev of manifestly absurd charges for which the prosecutor had demanded a nine-year maximum security prison sentence.
Russian historian faces 9-year sentence for exposing the victims and perpetrators of Stalin’s Terror
Verdict is due on 5 April in the trial of Yuri Dmitriev, a world-renowned Russian historian and head of the Karelia branch of the Memorial Society. The prosecution has demanded a 9-year sentence, despite even the expert assessments ordered by the court dismissing the charges
Ukrainian pensioner seized by Kremlin-backed militants in Ukraine, tortured & jailed for 12 years in Russia
61-year-old Oleksiy Sizonovych from Krasnodon in the Luhansk oblast was, as feared, brutally tortured before ending up sentenced by a Russian ‘court’ to 12 years’ imprisonment. Neither the surreal nature of the charges against him, nor the use of torture are, unfortunately anything new, however this case does stand out because of Sizonovych’s age and the fact that he was first seized by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] before being illegally abducted to Russia where the torture took place
Dozens Arrested In Belarus As Opposition Marks ’Freedom Day’
Dozens of people have been arrested in Belarus as opposition activists attempted to hold an unsanctioned rally in the capital, Minsk
Shameful Putin ‘Election’ Farce Legitimized by the OSCE
What will the OSCE say at their 19 March press conference in Moscow after agreeing to observe a ‘presidential election’ in which the main opposition candidate had been prevented from running, and which was being illegally held in occupied Crimea?.
Dead Souls for Putin: Even Death Statistics are Fiddled in Russia
There has been a significant fall in the number of deaths from cardio-vascular illness, tuberculosis and cancer in Russia. That’s if you believe the Potemkin statistics, and don’t ask too many questions about the increase in deaths from a number of other illnesses, as well as from ‘unknown causes’ since one of Putin’s ‘May decrees’ back in 2012.
Stalin’s Legacy: Son Of An ’Enemy Of The People’ Vows He’ll Never Forget
Every Wednesday, Aleksei Nesterenko stands outside building No. 23 on Moscow’s Nikolskaya Street, in which his father was executed during the Terror, with a sign calling for it to be turned into a branch of the city’s GULAG museum
Serbsky Institute dismisses insane charges in Russia’s trial of historian of the Terror Yury Dmitriev
Russia’s Serbsky Institute has rejected any grounds for the charges against Yury Dmitriev, renowned historian and Head of the Karelia branch of the Memorial Society. Even an institute notorious for its use of punitive psychiatry in Soviet times was not willing to take part in the politically motivated attempt to imprison Dmitriev for up to 15 years and stated clearly that the historian “is not a paedophile”.
How I Remember Boris Nemtsov
Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated on February 27, 2015, in Moscow, Russia. Below his friend and fellow activist Vladimir Kara-Murza remembers the slain leader.
Russia cracks down on soldiers’ social media pages that expose Russian war crimes in Ukraine
Russia’s Defence Ministry has taken steps to stop soldiers divulging inconvenient information about their deployment in eastern Ukraine and other countries, which Moscow claims to have no involvement in
Peaceful Rallies Held For Slain Kremlin Critic Boris Nemtsov
Demonstrators marched in Russian cities on February 25 to commemorate slain Kremlin critic and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov.
Russian Historian Accused Of ’Religious Hatred’ Over Account Of Solovki Gulag
Historian Yury Brodsky sees the far northern Solovki Archipelago as a kaleidoscopic microcosm of Russia. That diversity, Brodsky says, is now in danger from the Russian Orthodox Church, supported by the state, which is trying to transform it into a monoculture, literally and figuratively whitewashing the islands and their significance.
Yury Dmitriev: My Work Is To Restore Memory
Yury Dmitriev, historian of Stalin’s Terror and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial, has been released from custody after being held for over a year on clearly absurd charges. While excellent that he is no longer imprisoned, the ’trial’ is not yet over Excerpts from an interview after his release
Strasbourg demands answers from Russia about Tatar activist jailed for criticizing invasion of Crimea
The European Court of Human Rights has sent the Russian government questions regarding the prosecution and imprisonment of Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov for six posts on the VKontakte social network. The move is of major importance given the number of other people whom Russia is prosecuting or has already jailed for similar criticism of its occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
New offensive against human rights defender in Chechnya
Oyub Titiev, head of the Grozny office of the renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre, has been arrested, with the devoutly religious 60-year-old lawyer accused of possession of narcotics.
Russia refuses to let family and doctors see abducted Ukrainian teenager
It is over four months since 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb was abducted from Belarus to Russia, and his captors are still blocking access to both Pavlo’s relatives and to the Ukrainian doctors familiar with his serious medical condition.
Russia turns to punitive psychiatry as its trial of jailed historian of the Terror collapses
A second expert assessment has effectively overturned the entire case against Yury Dmitriev, renowned Russian historian and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial. There is no immediate sign that this judicial travesty is ending, however the court has refused to extend Dmitriev’s detention beyond 28 January 2018
Our letters help keep Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners out of danger
Moscow is holding over 60 Ukrainian political prisoners in occupied Crimea and Russia, with many. like Oleg Sentsov and Ruslan Zeytullaev, held thousands of kilometres from their children. Every letter sent to them is “a breath of freedom”, civic activists stress. It is also an important message to the Kremlin that the men are not forgotten, with this having very direct impact on their treatment.