Russian Journalists Sent to Be Killed
Russia’s use of the death of two journalists for its high-profile trial in Russia of Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian military pilot captured in Ukraine seems particularly cynical given the total silence over the deaths of other Russian journalists, including one who was almost certainly deliberately sent to his death.
Amnesty International’s call for Savchenko ’retrial’ is worse than silence
If Amnesty International has understood how flawed the trial in Russia of Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko is, it must surely understand how extraordinary its demand for only a ’retrial’ is. A retrial in which country? AI’s silence on the problem here is, unfortunately, not new.
Where is Russia hiding Crimean political prisoner Oleg Sentsov?
Russian rights activists have called on colleagues, particularly in the Far East of Russia, to try to locate Crimean filmmaker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov whose whereabouts have been unknown for over two weeks
Crimean political prisoner told ’extremism’ is not liking the regime
Crimean civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko has been placed on the Russian prison ‘prophylactic register’ as a person “with a tendency for circulating extremist ideology”. Kolchenko’ attempts to get an explanation of what this ’extremism’ was about were not successful, although the officials clearly viewed disapproval of the current regime as being dead extremist
Putin’s Death Sentence for Russia’s Oldest Ukrainian Hostage
Yury Soloshenko, the 73-year-old Ukrainian pensioner, sentenced to 6 years in Russia on mystery ‘spying’ charges has cancer. This is the latest blow for the elderly Ukrainian who has not seen his grandchildren since August 2014
Ukraine Lists Individuals It Wants EU To Blacklist Over Savchenko Trial
Ukraine has identified nearly 50 people it considers responsible for the "illegal detention and falsified trial" of Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko and has urged the European Union to impose sanctions against them.
Chechnya turns into terror zone as another Russian human rights defender attacked
The attack on Igor Kalyapin, head of the Committee against Torture comes just a week after a savage attack on members of his committee and journalists. The chilling message it sends is particularly disastrous given the urgent need for publicity for Russia’s show trial in Grozny of Ukrainian political prisoners Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh
Russia is continuing its torture of Sentsov, Kolchenko & Afanasiev
Being thrown into punishment cells or getting disciplinary penalties for nothing, and not getting medical treatment when needed – these are the sort of measures Russia is using to try to break the Crimean political prisoners
Refusal to recognize Boris Nemtsov’s murder as political assassination upheld
On March 14, the Moscow City Court rejected an appeal against the refusal to reclassify the murder of former Russian Prime Minister and fierce Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as an attempt on the life of a government or public figure (a more serious charge). The need for an international investigation is clear and urgent.
Russian court overrules historical facts in show trial of two Ukrainians
Hearings scheduled for March 14 and 15 have been adjourned after family members arrived in Russia, almost certainly with compelling evidence that neither Mykola Karpyuk nor Stanislav Klykh was ever in Chechnya. As compelling as that provided by the Memorial Human Rights Centre that the impugned crimes never happened
’They Took Everything Away’: Russia’s Disabled Hit Hard By New Rules
Although he relies on a daily cocktail of drugs to survive, 5-year-old Daniil was struck off the disability register in October, leaving his family to fend for itself. Daniil is one of hundreds of thousands of patients who were denied disability benefits in 2015 under new measures that health advocates say are hurting many of Russia’s most vulnerable citizens.
Russian Lawyer demands Russia investigate Kremlin-backed militant leader’s war crimes in Donbas
Following the public admission by Igor Girkin [Strelkov] that he ordered extrajudicial killings during his period as military leader of the Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas, a St Petersburg lawyer has demanded that Russia initiates criminal proceedings against Girkin for committing what are undoubtedly war crimes in eastern Ukraine.
Russian court orders Crimean political prisoner Afanasyev to be sent closer home
A Russian court in the far northern Komi Republic has accepted that holding Gennady Afanasyev in a prison 2,700 kilometres from his family violates his rights under the European Convention. . This unexpectedly positive move comes as fellow Crimean political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko are being moved as far east as Moscow can send them
Hostage to the End. Russia refuses to release Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s Son
Russia is refusing to allow the Ukrainian consul to see Khaiser Dzhemiliev, the 33-year-old son of veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev. It recently turned down his application for parole and clearly plans to hold him imprisoned as long as it can.
The Show Trial Must Go On
The script changes, but it always follows the same template: Patently ridiculous charges are presented and debated as if they were actually plausible, followed by the faux suspense of a verdict that everybody knows is a foregone conclusion.
Oleg Sentsov hurriedly moved as calls mount for release of all Ukrainian hostages
The Kremlin is unable to avoid international condemnation of its treatment of Nadiya Savchenko, but is clearly trying to remove other political prisoners like Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to minimize contact from their lawyers and the media
Russian Savchenko Trial Farce Ends. Bring on the Sanctions
If you think that Russia’s leaders can’t plummet lower, think again. Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister has explained that they reneged on the agreement to allow Ukrainian doctors to examine Savchenko because of her “defiant behaviour” in court and “her insulting pronouncements addressed at the court”
Russians detained for supporting Nadiya Savchenko
So far Moscow police have detained 39 Russians, most women marking International Women’s Day by demanding the release of imprisoned Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko. The Russian enforcement officers have, in turn, been marking International Women’s Day by detaining them all, though not as roughly as those taken away while demanding the release of Savchenko, Sentsov, Kolchenko and others, and an end to the persecution of Crimean Tatars
Maria Savchenko: Help Save My Daughter
The Kremlin remains silent as calls mount throughout the world for imprisoned Ukrainian former pilot and MP, Nadiya Savchenko’s release. Nadiya Savchenko has been on total dry hunger strike since Friday, and her lawyer believes that she may be too weak by Wednesday to be taken to court
Nadiya Savchenko declares total hunger strike, prohibits any forced feeding or tests
Nadiya Savchenko has issued a statement formally declaring a dry hunger strike from 04.03.2016 “until my return to Ukraine, alive or dead” A separate letter in Ukrainian is very brief. She writes that “Freedom has no price”, that she is not afraid and that this is her final word