Kremlin Ukrainian hostage denied critical medication, then punished as health deteriorates
Russian prison authorities are preventing Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Marchenko from regularly receiving thyroid hormone medication, needed to compensate for a removed thyroid and to prevent the cancer he once survived from returning
Comparing Stalin to Hitler could soon get you prosecuted in Russia, saying they both invaded Poland already has
Prominent Russian legislators have tabled a bill which would ban any public statements likening the roles played by the USSR and Nazi Germany in World War II.
Prominent Russian human rights lawyer arrested for doing his job
The Russian FSB burst into Ivan Pavlov’s hotel room in Moscow early on 30 April, carried out a search and detained the well-known lawyer and head of the legal and journalist initiative Team 29.
23-year sentence for social media posts about religious persecution and for faith in Russia
As has been the case in all analogous trials involving Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses from occupied Crimea, the ‘indictment’ against Rayis Mavliutov pointed only to legal activities normal for any devout believer
Terrorism charges in Russia – for a social media repost and for supporting Ukraine
There are strong grounds for believing that Darya Polyudova is imprisoned because of her unwavering support for Ukraine, opposition to Russian aggression and her defence of the Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners
Court in Russia ignores torture in Donbas, abduction and zero evidence for Ukrainian’s 10-year sentence
The lack of any grounds for the charges the FSB brought against 50-year-old Oleksandr Marchenko also proved no problem
Russia blocks military archives in further effort to distort the truth about World War II
Russia’s Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu has issued orders which effectively block almost all access to Russian military archives from the period of the Second World War
Ukrainian tortured in Donetsk concentration camp, then sentenced to 10 years in Russia
A first appeal hearing has taken place in the Russian city of Krasnodar in a case that is likely to prove most incriminating for Moscow when it reaches the European Court of Human Rights, not to mention the International Criminal Court
Belarus KGB arrest journalist who identified the Ukrainian Berkut helping Lukashenka regime
Dzianis Ivashin has been placed in detention after exposing the deployment of Russian fighters, involved in Russia’s invasion of Crimea and war in Donbas, as well as ex-Berkut officers, in propping up the regime of Aleksandr Lukashenka
Russia destroys major human rights NGO with new ‘foreign agent’ restrictions
Moscow has finally achieved its end and brought about the dissolution of one of the country’s most renowned human rights NGOs: ‘For Human Rights’, defending the ever-mounting numbers of political prisoners in Russia and occupied Crimea
Russia exploits war veterans for offensive against opposition activists and historical truth
The recent use of a World War II veteran for Russia’s politically motivated persecution of opposition leader Alexei Navalny has whetted the appetite of those Russian ruling party politicians responsible for legislating repression
Threats against Crimean political prisoner sentenced to 14 years for pleading innocent
Russian prison authorities are effectively threatening reprisals against Oleksiy Bessarabov because he is refusing to hand over the Ukrainian government’s grant to him as a political prisoner in order to pay a preposterous fine
First sentence in Russia against activist from an ‘undesirable organization’
41-year-old Anastasia Shevchenko, who has spent over 2 years under house arrest, was the first person to face criminal charges for peaceful activism as a member of Open Russia
Russia reverts to worst Soviet times in reprisal sentence against historian of the Terror Yury Dmitriev
A Russian cassation court has ignored glaring infringements of the right to a fair trial and upheld a 13-year sentence against world-renowned historian and head of the Karelia Memorial Society, Yury Dmitriev.
Exposing the ‘experts" who secretly help to imprison Crimean and Russian political prisoners
An important new initiative has begun exposing those academics providing the dodgy ‘expert assessments’ most often used to convict Crimean or Russian political prisoners on fabricated charges
Russia threatens criminal prosecution over calls to impose sanctions
Over the past year, Russia has already introduced criminal liability and very steep sentences against those seeking an end to Russia’s occupation of Crimea. The proposed new legislation would add yet another weapon to the arsenal.
Not just Navalny. EU sanctions needed over 18-year sentences against Crimean political prisoners
Why is the EU confining itself to deep concern when Russia is sentencing Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners to 18 years, and when new laws are set to still further crush any freedom in occupied Crimea and Russia?.
New Russian offensive to deprive imprisoned Russian Historian of the Terror Yury Dmitriev of his lawyer
The Supreme Court in Karelia has upheld reprisals against a lawyer who rightly refused to take part in depriving Russian historian and political prisoner, Yury Dmitriev, of his lawyer
Russia sentences mathematician to six years for refusing to plead guilty
Russia’s persecution of Azat Miftakhov iis almost certainly linked with his anarchist views, however the 6-year sentence handed down on 18 January also looks like punishment for refusing to admit to something he did not do