Desperate plea from Crimean prisoner who attempted suicide rather than be taken to Russia
Andriy Lugin, one of at least two Crimean prisoners who have slashed their throats in protest at being taken against their will to Russia, has addressed an open appeal to the Ukrainian government and international community on behalf of all Ukrainian prisoners whom Russia is illegally foisting its citizenship upon.
Sakharov Prize for Courage Awarded to Jailed Russian Writer of banned “Crimea is Ukraine” text
Boris Stomakhin, a Russian writer serving a six-year prison sentence in Russia for supposed ‘extremism’ has been honoured ‘For Courage’ by the Andrei Sakharov Committee on Journalism as an Act of Courage. The Committee, posted Stomakhin’s 2014 article ‘Crimea is Ukraine’ in full.
Russia gives suspected Euromaidan killers asylum, imprisons Maidan activists
Russia has given almost half the Berkut officers suspected of involvement in the gunning down of protesters citizenship, and at least two men wanted for Maidan crimes jobs crushing protest in Russia. This is while at least two Ukrainians are illegally held on insane charges related to Maidan over which Russia has no jurisdiction
Russian television is not about Russia
EU vs. Disinfo weekly summary of the main topics on Russia’s most watched TV news channels.
Report: Russia Implicates Browder In Magnitsky ’Murder’ Probe, Citing Widely Mocked MI6 ’Expose’
Russia, which says Magnitsky’s death was a tragedy but denies allegations that he was abused while in custody, has undertaken an aggressive, multipronged effort in recent years aimed at discrediting Browder and the narrative underpinning the U.S. Magnitsky Act.
Number of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea rises sharply
There are now at least 60 Ukrainians whom Russia is imprisoning on politically motivated charges or for their faith in Russia or in occupied Crimea
Abducted Ukrainian’s medical condition “grave”, Russian charges deeply suspect
While 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb’s doctor warns of potentially grave consequences if Russia continues to refuse the young Ukrainian proper medical treatment, the FSB is concentrating on circulating misleading information about the young man and the charges against him. Details are scant but quite sufficient to expose the serious flaws in the claims made.
Ukrainian arrested in Russia for going to political meetings in Ukraine
Russia’s Investigative Committee and FSB have arrested yet another Ukrainian on surreal charges linked with the Ukrainian nationalist organization ‘Right Sector’. Roman Ternovsky is accused of attending entirely legal Right Sector events in Ukraine and of promoting the organization on Facebook.
Russia erects memorial to Donbas mercenaries Ukraine wanted to see tried for war crimes
Vladislav Surkov, advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin took part on October 16 in the ceremonial opening in Rostov (Russia) of a memorial to Russian or pro-Russian fighters who died in Donbas. The event was timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of Russian mercenary Arseny Pavlov [‘Motorola’’], whom Ukraine had hoped to see on trial for war crimes, but whom Russia treats as a hero
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov sent to brutal prison north of the Arctic Circle
It seems very likely that the Kremlin’s most famous Ukrainian political prisoner, Oleg Sentsov, has been taken to the ‘White Bear’ Prison Colony ‘north of the Arctic Circle’. The place could not be more remote and unsuited for a Ukrainian accustomed to the warm climate of Crimea, and the prison has a reputation for brutality towards prisoners
Russia flouts European Court, refuses to allow doctors to see abducted Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb
In direct breach of a request from the European Court of Human Rights, Russia has prevented Ukrainian doctors from visiting Pavlo Hryb in a Krasnodar SIZO [remand prison]. It seems likely that Russia is using Pavlo’s medical condition to put pressure on him and international attention is critically needed
Strasbourg demands answers from Russia about treatment of abducted Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb
The European Court of Human Rights has still not received information about the medical treatment that 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb urgently needs, and has invited Ukrainian doctors to visit him. Meanwhile, it appears that the ‘terrorism charges’ which the FSB has kidnapped Pavlo to face are based solely on private correspondence on abstract subjects between two adolescents .
Russia abducts activist from Ukraine, charges him with involvement in Ukrainian organization
Oleksandr Shumkov has become the latest Ukrainian to be abducted to Russia and imprisoned. There is a major question mark over how the 28-year-old civic activist came to be in Russia, but it would be difficult to dispute the surreal nature of the charges. The Ukrainian is accused of involvement in a Ukrainian organization that only Russia calls ‘extremist’, and that is entirely legal in Ukraine
Russia honours founders of the Soviet Terror, jails historian who uncovered their victims
A museum was ceremoniously opened in Russia recently to Felix Dzherzhinsky, the founder of the notorious Soviet secret police, with the event attended by MPs and members of the FSB, Russia’s modern-day security service. The week also saw an important development in the latest closed court hearing in the widely condemned trial of Yury Dmitriev, a 61-year-old historian who has devoted most of his life to uncovering the mass graves of the victims of the Soviet secret police and identifying the perpetrators.
Ukraine betrays 61-year-old Ukrainian jailed in Russia on “fantasy novel” charges
It is highly likely that Oleksiy Sizonovych, a Ukrainian pensioner, was taken to Russia by force after being captured by Russian-backed militants in the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR], with the methods used, and subsequent ‘trial’ as cynical as those against former Ukrainian military pilot and MP, Nadiya Savchenko.
European Court of Human Rights intervenes over Russia’s abduction of 19-year-old Ukrainian
The European Court of Human Rights has given Russia until September 25 to provide medical documents for Pavlo Hryb [or Gryb], the young Ukrainian whom Russia is believed to have forcibly taken from Belarus and imprisoned
SOVA Center Accused of Violating Law on ‘Undesirable’ Organizations
SOVA Center is known for its research on nationalism, religious freedoms, and political radicalism, and has been monitoring the Russian authorities’ abuse of vague and overly broad anti-extremism legislation. Human Rights Watch has demanded that the Russian authorities drop the charges
Russia admits to abducting 19-year-old Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb
13 days after 19-year-old Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb vanished after entering Belarus, Russia’s FSB [Security Service] has admitted that he is in Russian custody in a Krasnodar SIZO [remand prison]
Tortured and sentenced to 20 years in Russia for being Ukrainian
If Mykola Karpyuk’s involvement in two nationalist organizations made him an obvious target for Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine, Klykh’s link to any nationalist group was fleeting and far in the past. He was, however, Ukrainian and no more proved needed for a breathtakingly cynical ‘trial’ which disregarded not only alibis and evidence of torture, but even historical fact.