Kremlin-funded Sputnik Int. claims West criticizes Stalin to weaken Russia & its leadership
An article on Russian state-funded Sputnik International asserts that criticism of the Soviet past, including Joseph Stalin, is part of a US and NATO attack on “today’s Russia and its leadership that is unwilling to bow before the West.”
Russian court reduces illegal sentence passed on Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s son
The sentence against Khaiser Dzhemiliev has been reduced from 5 to 3.5 years but the 33-year-old was taken to Russia illegally and should be handed over to Ukraine.
Remembering Vasyl Stus, a voice raised against tyranny
On September 4, 2015 it will be 30 years since the death in the Perm-36 labour camp of Vasyl Stus, Ukrainian poet and human rights defender. The anniversary and Stus’ refusal to remain silent whatever the price are of especial poignancy in the face of Russia’s mounting repression, including with respect to the Ukrainians it is holding prisoner
Beslan: 11 years without answers
It is 11 years since Russian federal troops stormed School No. 1 in Beslan where over 1100 children, teachers, parents and grandparents of children had been held hostage since the morning of Sep 1. 186 children and 145 adults were killed, most during the storming, in which tanks and heavy artillery were deployed
Russia pays UK law firm for ‘help’ in inquiry over murder of Kremlin critic
The Russian taxpayer is to foot the bill for legal services in the UK regarding the murder of Kremlin whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko which the British police is convinced was carried out with the involvement of the Russian state
Baku Court Jails Journalist Ismayilova For 7 1/2 Years, Sentence Condemned
An Azerbaijani court has sentenced investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to 7 1/2 years in prison after convicting her on charges that rights groups have called retribution for her reports on corruption involving senior government officials
New offensive against Russian poet convicted over poem in support of Ukraine
Russia’s ‘anti-extremism squad’ has again descended on Alexander Byvshev, the poet and former school teacher who was convicted in July of ‘inciting enmity’ over a poem in which he expressed his opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
In Putin’s next show trial, Ukrainians are cast as Chechnya separatist fighters
The problem with Russia’s imminent trial of another two Ukrainian hostages is not only the lack of any evidence, but the fact that Russia is in all seriousness accusing the men of alleged support for separatists in the Russian Federation while heavily manning, arming and funding militant proxies in eastern Ukraine.
Breastfeeding mother ‘legally’ jailed for reporting Russian soldiers in Ukraine?
Russia’s Prosecutor General has found no violations in the criminal prosecution and detention of mother of 7, Svetlana Davydova who was arrested in January 2015 on charges of ‘state treason’ over a telephone call to the Ukrainian embassy about Russian soldiers being sent to Donbas
Make Russia’s Sentsov & Kolchenko Trial a Warning to the Perpetrators
Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and Gennady Afanasyev’s courage and defiance have marred Moscow’s attempt at a Crimean show trial. It is now for Ukraine and western countries to demonstrate commitment to rule of law by ensuring proper penalties against all those who take part in Russia’s farcical prosecutions and trials of Ukrainian or other nationals
International protest over Russia’s Stalinist-era style show trial of Sentsov and Kolchenko
“Any testimony gained through torture and other ill-treatment must be thrown out, the ‘terrorism’ charges must be withdrawn, and Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko should either be released or face a fair trial in a civilian court.”
Sentsov and Kolchenko sing Ukrainian anthem as Russian ‘court’ passes expected sentences
A Russian court has sentenced Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov to 20 years harsh regime prison camp, and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to 10 years. The conviction and the sentences were anticipated, despite the lack of any crime to warrant them.
First Russian prisoner dies on hunger strike
Russia has reinstated yet another Soviet tradition with the death of a prisoner on hunger strike. Sergei Kaziyev died on Aug 21, 2015 in the Nalchik SIZO, or pre-trial detention unit after three months on hunger strike
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