Russia awards Ukrainian political prisoner $15 ’compensation’ for torture & wrongful imprisonment
Abducted from hospital, tortured and held in Russian detention for 10 months on totally fictitious ‘war crimes charges’, Serhiy Lytvynov has been awarded ‘compensation’ - about 15 US dollars worth
Russian activist first savagely beaten by police, then fined for picket in memory of Anna Politkovskaya
It seems that breaking the arm of a young disabled Russian activist was not enough, with Viktor Kapitonov now also fined for a fictitious ‘repeat infringement of the rules for holding a picket.
Russia holds Ukrainian hostages thousands of kilometers from their families
Russia is holding Sasha Kolchenko, Oleg Sentsov and many other Ukrainian political prisoners thousands of kilometres away from their families. Helping Larisa Kolchenko visit Sasha is just one of the tasks of a wonderful initiative by Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan on his Zhadan and Dogs rock tour
Imprisoned Ukrainian Journalist Sushchenko ‘denounced’ by family friend in Russia
Paris-based Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko has now been in Russian custody for a month. He is accused of ‘spying’, with Russia avoiding accountability for the surreal implausibility of such charges by making all information secret.
Russia Tries Ukrainian Library Director for ’Extremism’ & ’Denigrating Russians’
The trial has begun in Moscow of Natalya Sharina, Director of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow. She is charged with ‘incitement to enmity’ over supposed ‘extremist’ material allegedly found in the library and could face a 5-year prison sentence. Much later the prosecutors also came up with other charges on which she could be jailed for 10 years
Imprisoned Russian activist describes torture and death threats from prison commander
Ildar Dadin, the first Russian to be serving a 3-year prison sentence for totally peaceful protests has managed to get a letter to his wife describing the torture he was subjected to soon after being moved to a new prison and almost immediately after being placed in a punishment isolation cell
Warning: A trip to Russian-occupied Crimea could get you jailed for 11 years
If the Russian FSB really had grounds for charging Valentin Vyhivsky with spying, why did they first abduct him and hold him incommunicado for 8 months, and why does he still bear the scars of the methods of ‘persuasion’ they used to get him to ‘confess’?
Kremlin-Financed Group Targets ’Destructive, Antistate Ideas’ At Russian Universities
A group that has received financing from the Kremlin is under fire over a report that it has been secretly assessing the "protest potential" of students and staff at Russian universities and making its findings available to the authorities
Russian Supreme Court rules that alibis and historic fact don’t count
In modern Russia, like in Stalin’s time, ‘confessions’ can override anything, including unbreakable alibis and undeniable historical fact. Russia’s Supreme Court on Oct 26 rejected the appeal against manifestly unjust sentences passed on Ukrainian political prisoners Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh
New reprisals against Russian activist & friend of Ukraine jailed for peaceful protest
Ildar Dadin, the first Russian to be serving a 3-year prison sentence for totally peaceful protests has been placed in a punishment isolation cell and will from now on be held in harsher conditions
Permanently on wanted list for warning Russians that Crimea is Ukrainian
Warning Russians that they can face legal consequences for visiting Russian-occupied Crimea has had consequences for Mikhail Anshakov. He has just learned that he has again been placed on Russia’s wanted list over absurd charges lodged two weeks after he and his organization used the dirty words ‘Russian occupation’.
Russias new offensive against civil society has grave implications for Ukrainian political prisoners
Russia has removed almost all independent rights activists from the Civic Monitoring Committees [ONK] which are allowed to visit remand and convicted prisoners. The move is disastrous, not least for Ukrainian political prisoners, whose very whereabouts have often been revealed by rights activists with access to prisons
Punitive Russification as Russia’s new excuse for not releasing Ukrainians Sentsov & Kolchenko
The Russian prison authorities in Yakutia have placed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov in a punishment cell for 15 days. This follows the news that Russia has refused to return Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to Ukraine, claiming falsely that the two men are Russian citizens
Russian Soldiers Sent to Ukraine Tracked by Hypermarkets and Unmarked Graves
Moscow’s continued denial of direct military aggression in Ukraine convinces nobody, it seems, with the latest confirmation coming from an unexpected, if sadly typical, source
Russia is systematically driving tortured Ukrainian political prisoner insane
Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoner Stanislav Klykh’s rejection of his lawyer on Oct 17 and request for a singer to replace her is almost certainly linked with his psychologically disturbed state after 10 months of torture and psychotropic drugs, yet Russia is continuing to deny him a proper psychiatric assessment
Sentsov’s lawyer to defend Russia’s new tortured ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ hostage
2 and a half years after Russia’s FSB first seized Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and 3 other opponents of Russia’s annexation, and charged them with a non-existent ‘terrorist plot’, the same scenario is being followed with (at least) two other Ukrainians. Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zakhtei have been illegally taken to Moscow with the move immediately following confirmation that Panov had been tortured
Russian declared dangerously insane for supporting Ukraine & denying he’s a political prisoner
Alexei Moroshkin has been declared a danger to society after he refused to reject the Memorial Human Rights Centre’s recognition of him as a political prisoner. A psychiatrist was recently taken off his case for saying he shouldn’t be in hospital and there is every reason to see Moroshkin is a victim of punitive psychiatry because of his support for Ukraine.
New Russian attempt to imprison Ukrainian Library Director for ‘Extremism’
The Moscow Prosecutor has proven undaunted by previous failures and is once again seeking the imprisonment of Natalya Sharina, Director of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow for so-called ‘incitement to enmity’.
Russian activist detained & savagely beaten for picket in memory of Anna Politkovskaya
Viktor Kapitonov was violently detained on Oct 7, when he tried to hold a legal solitary picket in memory of Anna Politkovskaya. The 20-year-old, who is disabled, was so badly injured that he is now in hospital with a broken arm, and may need an operation
10 Years without Anna Politkovskaya
Anna Politkovskaya’s voice would certainly have been heard, as was Boris Nemtsov’s, over Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. It is sorely needed now also in occupied Crimea, with Russia increasingly using the same methods that it has applied for so long in Chechnya and Ingushetia