Donbas war criminals glorified in Russia on Victory Day
Victory Day in Russia was marked this year by state-controlled television appearing to treat Donetsk as a Russian city and photos at the Immortal Regiment march of a notorious Russian mercenary and Ukrainian militant whom Ukraine had wanted to see tried for war crimes in Donbas
Navalny attacker led 2014 attempt to repeat Donbas seizure of power in Kharkiv
The man believed responsible for a chemical attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was almost certainly a leader of the aborted attempt in 2014 to seize control in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and form a so-called ‘Kharkiv people’s republic’, like the Kremlin-backed formations in Donbas.
10 years for a Molotov cocktail in protest at Russia’s annexation of Crimea
Oleksandr Kolchenko was in his second year at the Tavrida National University in 2014 when he was arrested in the same politically motivated case as filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and two other opponents of Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. His university, now based in Kyiv, has just formally reinstated him, and students and lecturers have begun a campaign to seek his release.
Russian Girlfriend Handed Ukrainian Political Prisoner to FSB Torturers
Why would Russia hold a Ukrainian in secret detention for 10 months if there were real grounds for his arrest? Why is it now refusing to allow an independent psychiatric examination which a renowned British psychiatric institute has recognized the need for and even offered to provide?
Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘abducting’ arrested fighters, Britain tries one for terrorism
Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal investigation into what it claims was Ukraine’s ‘abduction’ of Russian ‘volunteers’. Ukraine’s position in trying the men for involvement in terrorism is shared by the United Kingdom which is currently prosecuting a Briton on terrorism charges for his believed role in the fighting in Donbas.
Oleg Sentsov sends Moving Response to PEN America Freedom to Write Award
PEN America’s honouring of Ukrainian filmmaker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov at its 2017 PEN Literary Gala would have been a very special event under any circumstances. It was made particularly poignant by the letter from Oleg that was heard for the first time, together with a powerful address from his cousin Natalya Kaplan who accepted the award on his behalf.
Why Russian writer Boris Stomakhin is in prison, Zhirinovsky & Kadyrov in power
Boris Stomakhin, Andrei Bubeev and Rafis Kashapov are all serving prison sentences in Russia for articles or posts / reposts, criticising the Putin regime and Russia’s invasion of Crimea. In each case, the charges could just as well be laid against Russian MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Alexander Dugin, the fascist ideologue with friends in high places, and Putin’s protégé and leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.
Russia arrests Ukrainian ‘spy’ accused of looking for Russian soldiers in Donbas
Russia’s FSB has detained yet another Ukrainian on bizarre charges of ‘spying’ for the Ukrainian Defence Ministry – in both militant-occupied areas of Ukraine and in Russia, where the implication is clearly that Kyiv is organizing acts of terrorism
Russia reinstates darkest Soviet days by banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses
Russia’s Supreme Court has ignored the country’s Constitution and the decades of religious persecution under Soviet rule and banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses, labelling them ‘extremist’. It has thus placed 175 thousand believers in the Russian Federation in danger of criminal prosecution for their faith.
Russia refuses to investigate torture of Ukrainian it jailed in revenge for Euromaidan
Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected two cassation appeals against the overtly lawless imprisonment in Russia of a Ukrainian convicted of an unprovable ‘offence’ allegedly committed in the capital of Ukraine during Euromaidan
Russian Journalist, Putin Critic Dies After Severe Beating
A prominent Russian journalist known for articles criticizing Russia’s government and President Vladimir Putin has died at a hospital in St. Petersburg after being severely beaten by unknown assailants
Russia found in violation of the right to life over Beslan School attack
The European Court of Human Rights [ECHR] has found multiple violations of the right to life over Russia’s failure to take preventive measures against the terrorist attack on a school in Beslan in 2004 and over the subsequent storming in which over 330 people, including 185 children lost their lives
Putin’s National Guard Cracks Down On Opposition Activists In Irkutsk
Although the official mission of the National Guard is to combat terrorism, many in Russia believe its true purpose is to protect Vladimir Putin and the government.
Mass persecution inevitable if Russia bans the Jehovah’s Witnesses as ’extremist’
Russia’s Supreme Court appears to be on the verge of banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses after a Justice Ministry application which claimed that this world faith is ‘extremist’
Rights Groups Says Police Detain 59 At Opposition Protest In Moscow
The arrests come a week after more than 1,000 were arrested during a demonstration organized by leading Kremlin critic and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny.
Ukrainian is serving 12 years in Russia for photograph of deserted aerodrome
On March 10 Viktor Shur spent his 60th birthday in a Russian maximum security prison, far from his family in Ukraine. He has been imprisoned in Russia since Dec 9, 2014, with his alleged ‘espionage’ seemingly based solely on a photo of an abandoned aerodrome in Bryansk on which cattle now graze
PEN America honors Oleg Sentsov with 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award
PEN America announced on March 29 that it will honor imprisoned Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov with the 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award at its annual Literary Gala on April 25
Continuing crackdown and police violence in Belarus
The Civic Solidarity movement condemns mass detentions and police violence against peaceful demonstrators, calls for a strong reaction by the international community
New Kids on the Block: A Younger Generation Invigorates Anti-Kremlin Protests
In spontaneity and sprawl, the weekend protests across Russia were reminiscent of large anti-Kremlin rallies in 2011-2012 that were followed by a steady tightening of government control over the political landscape. But one thing sets the two apart: the striking preponderance of young protesters in their late teens and early twenties
Russian state TV in absurd denial over thousand-strong protests, mass arrests
State-controlled media in Russia proved considerably easier to control than the tens of thousands of citizens on March 26 who joined anti-corruption protests called by Alexei Navalny, despite the likelihood of arrests and gratuitous violence from OMON riot police and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s own ‘National Guard’ personal army