Russia is killing 73-year-old Ukrainian hostage Yury Soloshenko
Yury Soloshenko is not Russia’s only Ukrainian hostage, tried and convicted on absurd charges, but he is the only one who has been issued a death sentenc
Russian prosecutor demands 3 years for 75-year-old Kremlin critic
Although a suspended sentence is meant, Vladimir Ionov would not comply with unlawful restriction. Therefore, if the court goes along with the prosecutor, Russia could soon reach a new low by imprisoning a dignified 75-year-old pensioner as first victim of a draconian law overtly aimed at crushing peaceful protest.
Russia moves to legislate impunity from international law
Russia’s parliament has moved closer to allowing the Constitutional Court to decide that international court rulings can be flouted if they are deemed to contradict Russia’s Constitution. Since the very law is in breach of this same Constitution, there seems every reason to suspect that the law will be invoked whenever Moscow does not wish to comply with international law.
Russia forced to withdraw insane charges against Ukrainian hostage
Serhiy Litvinov, one of the Ukrainians held in Russian detention for well over a year could soon be free, after the lurid ‘war crimes’ Russia’s Investigative Committee had charged him with were proven to have never happened
Russia speeds through law to criminalize trucker protests
The State Duma is rushing through a draft bill very obviously aimed at crushing the lorry drivers’ protests underway throughout the country. The bill likes vehicle processions to demonstrations, and tent camps to pickets.
Russia Declares Open Society ‘Undesirable’: Vital Soros NGOs outlawed
Russia’s Prosecutor General has declared the renowned civic organization Open Society and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation ‘undesirable’ foreign NGOs on Russian territory.
Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son punished in Russian captivity
Unable to touch Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev, Russia is imposing inhuman conditions on his 33-year-old son Khaiser whom it continues to hold hostage, in an Astrakhan prison.
Russian court refuses to reveal testimony from Nadiya Savchenko’s militant captor
A week after allowing Kremlin-backed militant leader Igor Plotnytsky to testify in the trial of Nadiya Savchenko behind closed doors, the court has now refused to make his testimony public. It also rejected the defence’s application to have the prosecutors removed for threats of criminal proceedings against them
Wish Crimean Political Prisoner Sasha Kolchenko Happy Birthday!
It is Oleksandr Kolchenko’s BIRTHDAY on Nov 26. It is bleak spending your birthday in Russian captivity facing a monstrous sentence on trumped up charges. Please send him birthday greetings and sign the petition demanding his release and that of Oleg Sentsov and Gennady Afanasyev!
Sentsov & Kolchenko Appeal Rejected in Predictably Farcical Court Hearing
A military panel of Russia’s Supreme Court has taken just hours to ‘examine’ and reject the appeal lodged by Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. Sentsov is facing a 20-year sentence, Kolchenko 10 years after a trial described as “absolutely Stalinist” and “ideologically motivated state terror”
Nadiya Savchenko’s book confiscated on border as ‘suspicious literature’
Vera Savchenko has reported that Russian customs officials removed 24 copies of Nadiya Savchenko’s book ‘It’s a Strong Name, Hope’. The officials initially reacted that the books were ‘extremist’ literature, then opted for ‘suspicious’.
Russia’s Ideologically Motivated State Terror and Its Ukrainian Victims
Russia’s Supreme Court is due on Nov 24 to hear appeals against the 20- and 10-year sentences passed on two Ukrainians – renowned filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. The same court has already refused to reconsider the 7-year sentence passed on Gennady Afanasyev, the third of four Ukrainians who opposed Russia’s annexation of Crimea and were tried as ‘terrorists’
Memorial exposes Russia’s cynical con in trial of ‘Ukrainian nationalists’
Having obtained harrowing confessions from Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh of horrific acts of torture and murder of Russian soldiers, Russia’s investigators did not charge them with these crimes. Not because they forgot them. Quite the contrary: the alleged crimes are described in horrific detail numerous times in the indictment, will be read out in court, yet do not form part of the charges.
Ludmila Alekseeva calls the accusations against Memorial Human Rights Centre madness
Memorial does the work that Russia’s post-Soviet authorities should, but do not, do. I’m talking about the preservation of the memory of the real, tragic history of the Soviet period, about the millions of people who were shot to death and suffered in the camps, those who died as a result of the repressions and injustice
Savchenko’s Kremlin-backed militant captor allowed to give testimony in secret
Militant leader Igor Plotnytsky has given testimony in Russia’s imitation trial of Nadiya Savchenko, but what he said was allowed to be top secret, and the defence have been threatened with criminal prosecution for tweeting a few details and photo
3-year sentence for critic of Putin & Crimean annexation upheld
Condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea really can get you a lengthy term of imprisonment. A Russian Federation court has confirmed the 3-year sentence passed on Rafis Kashapov for material posted on the social network VKontakte in which he criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s annexation of Crimea
Parsing Putin: Russia Sends Signals To The West In Statement On Jet Attack
Putin’s tough but tightly scripted talk was meant to warn militants worldwide and reassure Russians that they are being protected, but his statement also contained several messages to the West -- some coded, some clear as a bell. The main message: Fight terror together, on our terms, or step aside.
Imitating a Trial: Lies & Selective Testimony in the Savchenko Hearings
As one of numerous examples, the judge has refused to call a ‘witness’ whose testimony is being used to undermine Nadiya Savchenko’s alibi, despite strong evidence that the man is a fraud
Memorial declares Director of Ukrainian Library in Moscow a political prisoner
The authoritative Memorial Human Rights Centre considers Natalya Sharina, Director of the Ukrainian Literature Library a political prisoner and calls for her immediate release and for termination of the criminal charges against her. Her lawyers have also pointed to quite staggering irregularities in her arrest