Russia’s youngest Ukrainian prisoner sentenced to 8 years, a political prisoner to 10 years for writing to him
While 19-year-old Artur Panov does not deny at least some of the charges, he was just 16 when arrested and there are grounds for doubting the seriousness of the grandiose plans he appears to have discussed. 35-year-old Maxim Smyshlyaev, who received a 10-year sentence, has long been recognized as a political prisoner by the renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre.
Pussy Riot Members Detained for demanding that Russia #FreeSentsov
Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are facing administrative prosecution for a totally peaceful protest calling for the release of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov whom Russia arrested shortly after its invasion and annexation of Crimea.
Ukraine helps Russia imprison an opposition activist for criticizing Putin
There are very many unanswered questions as to how Russian opposition activist Vladimir Yegorov came to be taken by Ukrainian officials to the border and told he had been refused asylum in Ukraine. The questions need answers since Yegorov has now been remanded in custody back in Russia, almost certainly for his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin and opposition activities.
Jailed historian of Stalin’s Terror declared a political prisoner in Putin’s Russia
Everything about the arrest, ongoing detention and ’trial’ of Yury Dmitriev, the Russian historian who has dedicated his life to ensuring that the truth about the crimes committed is known and the victims honoured is of concern, and the Memorial Human Rights Centre is not alone in seeing the prosecution as politically motivated
Russia’s Ukrainian Hostage abducted, tortured & now held in solitary confinement
Russia’s FSB may well consider the ‘trial’ and 11-year prison sentence passed on Ukrainian aviation enthusiast Valentyn Vyhivsky to be one of their successes. Other Ukrainians have also provided ‘confessions’ while held for long periods incommunicado, but they have later had real lawyers and a chance to expose the lack of any evidence and use of torture.
Russia sentences Ukrainian pensioner captured by Donbas militants to 12 years for ’sabotage’
A military court in Rostov has sentenced 61-year-old Oleksiy Sizonovych to 12 years in a maximum security prison on charges of planning acts of sabotage and terrorist both in Russia and in the militant-controlled Luhansk oblast of Ukraine
Russian Terrorism Suspects Allege Torture At Secret FSB Site
Lawyers for two Kyrgyz-born brothers charged in a deadly bombing on a St. Petersburg subway train in April have asked Russian authorities to investigate their clients claims that they were tortured at a "secret jail" outside Moscow.
The Moneyed Professor: Putin’s Dissertation Adviser Reportedly Now A Billionaire
Add another name to the list of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s associates who have reportedly become billionaires under his reign
Why Congress Should Pass the Russia Sanctions Bill
New sanctions legislation with teeth is direly needed—not least because of the dozens of Ukrainian political prisoners who continue to languish in Russian prisons.
Russian activist jailed for comparing Putin with Hitler (Both invaded Ukraine)
Anti-corruption activist Viktoria Lobova was jailed for three days in Vladimir on July 14 for reposting a picture where Russian President Vladimir Putin is in a Nazi uniform, and is likened to Adolf Hitler.
Fight Kremlin Lies with Facts about Imprisoned Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov
Oleg Sentsov’s trial and 20-year sentence in August 2015 were condemned as ‘ideologically motivated terror”, and his release has been demanded from the outset by all international organizations and democratic states. The Kremlin’s repeated claim that Sentsov was given a fair trial and justly convicted of ‘terrorism’ are in stark conflict with the facts.
Russia weaponizes citizenship against Oleg Sentsov & other Crimean political prisoners
After invading Crimea and faking a ‘referendum’ on ‘joining’ Russia, Moscow is applying strictly selective Russification in its persecution of Ukrainians
Navalny to debate with Russian Crimea & Donbas war criminal for nationalist votes
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has agreed to a ‘debate’ with Igor Girkin, the ex-Russian military intelligence officer who played a crucial role in Russia’s invasion of Crimea and military aggression in Donbas
Russias last Yukos Victim Aleksei Pichugin has spent 14 Years Behind Bars without a Fair Trial
The fact that former Yukos employee Aleksei Pichugin is serving life imprisonment without lawful grounds has now been shown by two judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
Russians name Stalin, then Putin "the most outstanding figures" of all times
Nothing should surprise us when Putin has warned against ‘excessively demonizing’ a dictator responsible for the death of millions, and that same dictator is named ‘the most outstanding figure of all ages by a terrifying 38% of Russians polled. Yet the news that the Moscow Law Academy has erected a monument to this mass murderer is still profoundly shocking. .
Putin critic living in Ukraine seized, tortured and jailed in Russia
Denis Bakholdin, a Moscow activist and opponent of Russia’s war against Ukraine has been found in a Russian SIZO, or remand prison, three months after he disappeared in Kyiv. Little is known about how he came to be there, with this and the apparent use of torture chillingly reminiscent of stories of how Ukrainians have come to be in Russian detention .
Russian convicted of ‘incitement’ for reposting criticism of Russia’s war against Ukraine
A court in Russia has found Roman Grishin guilty of ‘inciting enmity’ by reposting a musical video clip critical of Russia’s military engagement in eastern Ukraine. This was not the first time that repressive measures have been used for merely reposting the video’s hard-hitting attack on the excuses Russia uses for its aggression, but it is the first criminal prosecution.
Russian sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment for defending Ukraine
Russia’s Investigative Committee and courts have developed their own, specific, definition of mercenary, and it is only very loosely connected with money. Artem Shirobokov is the first Russian to have been convicted of ‘taking part in an armed conflict as a mercenary’ and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.
18 months forced psychiatric treatment for opposing Russia’s war against Ukraine
Alexei Moroshkin has been released after being held against his will in a psychiatric clinic since November 2015, almost certainly for his civic opposition activities and for his criticism of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine
Health Concerns for Ukrainian Serving Insane Sentence as Russia’s Revenge for Maidan
Andriy Kolomiyets, one of the two Ukrainians whom Russia has imprisoned on fabricated charges linked with Euromaidan, has reported worrying symptoms and asked for medical tests. There are grounds for concern as the other Ukrainian Oleksandr Kostenko has been persistently denied treatment for a serious injury inflicted by the FSB after his arrest.