Russian filmmakers join calls in defence of Oleg Sentsov
A number of Russian filmmakers have spoken out over the trial of their Ukrainian colleague Oleg Sentsov who is facing a sentence of up to 23 years charged with non-existent ‘terrorism’. Some are notable for their continued silence
Savchenko to be tried in obscure ’military zone’ city 150 km from prison
As expected, the ’court’ has refused to move the trial of Ukrainian MP and former military pilot Nadiya Savchenko to Moscow. It is to continue in Russian Donetsk, a small city without proper court facilities and meaning that Savchenko will spend 3 hours a day being transported to and from the nearest prison
Russia’s Sentsov – Kolchenko case - "an absolutely Stalinist trial"
The prosecutor has demanded 23 years for Sentsov, 12 for Kolchenko in a case with no crime and where all evidence was obtained through torture. Russian human rights activist Zoya Svetova likens this to Stalinist repression, not a court trial
Meet Putin’s Hostages
Three hostages: Estonian police officer Eston Kohver, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, and Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko. Three people illegally abducted from their homelands and unjustly incarcerated by a rogue foreign power -- their lives uprooted and disrupted, their futures in doubt.
Hennadiy Afanasiev declared a political prisoner, with Sentsov & Kolchenko
The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has recognized Hennadiy Afanasiev as a political prisoner and warned that he is in danger following his retraction of testimony against Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko.
Oleg Sentsov’s Final Statement: ’The Greatest Sin Is Cowardice’
In his remarks, he challenged the legitimacy of an occupied Crimea "governed by criminals" and he spurned a path of "cowardice" that might accommodate or excuse Moscow’s actions in Ukraine
Moscow lets Kremlin-backed militants attack independent Russian journalists
Russia’s Investigative Committee is proving predictably selective about which Russian journalists’ treatment prompts vociferous protest and criminal proceedings, and which cases are simply ignored.
Russians Tried Over Pro-Ukraine Skyscraper Stunt
The trial has begun in a Moscow court of five Russians charged with hate crimes over a stunt in which a Soviet star atop a Stalin-era skyscraper was painted in the yellow-and-blue colours of the Ukrainian flag.
Russia’s Supreme Court allows Putin to hide Russian military losses in Ukraine
Putin’s decree classifying information about military losses in peacetime as ‘state secret’ is widely seen as linked with Russia’s undeclared military engagement in Ukraine and can be used as a weapon against those trying to provide truthful information about the conflict, including details of Russian soldiers killed in the fighting
Afanasyev beaten after retracting testimony in Russia’s show trial of Oleg Sentsov
Gennady Afanasyev, one of the four opponents of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, arrested by the FSB on terrorism charges was almost certainly beaten by an FSB officer after he retracted his evidence against renowned Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko
85% of Russians against destruction of food, far less prepared to criticize Putin’s decree
Russia’s destruction of sanctioned food items has rightly been called “a propaganda disaster” and aroused horror and outrage. The destruction is continuing unabated, however within days of Putin’s decree on Aug 6, pro-Kremlin media began trying to minimize the fallout
Russia’s Crimean Show Trial: “No illusions” about Sentsov & Kolchenko acquittal
All evidence has now been presented Russia’s trial of renowned Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. There is nothing against the defendants, plenty that incriminates the FSB and its methods, yet an acquittal is not expected.
Kursk Anniversary: Submarine Disaster Was Putin’s ’First Lie’
Public anger over the botched operation to rescue the crew of the sunken submarine Kursk was a nasty wake-up call for Vladimir Putin in 2000, the first year of his presidency. But 15 years later, Russians are far less critical of the government’s response -- a change a leading pollster says reflects the power of state TV.
Worse than the Cold War: Russia’s FSB torments elderly Ukrainian hostage
Nobody has any idea what, if anything, 73-year-old Ukrainian from Poltava Yury Soloshenko is charged with since the material is classified, and the FSB investigators illegally prevented him from even seeing the lawyer of his choice
Blood on their Hands: Servicing Russia’s TV Propaganda Machine
A day after the bloody carnage on Maidan, journalist Lidia Pankiv used a live TV show to tell her colleagues that they had blood on their hands. 18 months later the same must be said of those working for Russia’s TV propaganda machine, and, judging by interviews taken by Colta.ru correspondents, some of them know it.
A Rotten Plot: Oleg Sentsov refuses to take part in Russian ‘terrorism trial’ farce
Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov and anti-fascist activist Oleksandr Kolchenko both gave testimony on Thursday, but refused to take any further part in the proceedings which Sentsov openly calls a “concert”, not a court trial. Both men’s account of FSB tactics, including torture to obtain ‘confessions’ coincided with that given by Gennady Afanasyev who last week retracted his earlier testimony as having been given under torture
’Crazy, Stupid, Mean’: Russia Slammed For Destroying Food Rather Than Feeding Poor
The Kremlin is steamrolling over criticism of its decision to destroy banned Western food imports, literally.
Tortured for testimony against Sentsov-Kolchenko in Russia’s ‘Crimean terrorist plot’ trial
Gennady Afanasyev has told his lawyer of the torture he faced after being arrested in Crimea on May 9, 2014, about the pressure and threats immediately prior to his appearance in court last Friday, and that he has faced since he retracted the testimony he signed under torture.
Sentsov & Kolchenko declared political prisoners as rot exposed in Russia’s Crimean ‘terrorist’ trial
’Memorial’ has declared both Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and antifascist activist Oleksandr Kolchenko political prisoners. Its statement was issued on the same day that secret ‘witnesses’ made entirely unprovable allegations against Sentsov in court and main prosecution witness Gennady Afanasyev confirmed that his ‘confession’ had been extracted through torture