Savchenko Trial: ‘Fort Knox’ Security and 300 kilometres on the road
The lack of a remand prison in Russian Donetsk and need for Nadiya Savchenko to travel 300 kilometres every day were known from the outset, yet it required the grotesque performance on Thursday for the court to allow the defence’s application to have the place of trial reconsidered
Sentsov-Kolchenko Trial: “Tanks don’t make distinctions about whom they crush"
In day 3 of the trial of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and left-wing civic activist Aleksandr Kolchenko, the court heard a ‘key witness’ who spoke about his collaboration with the FSB in connection with the activities of Oleksy Chirniy, but said nothing that could be incriminating against the two defendants
Russia Names US. NGO ’Undesirable’
Russian prosecutors have formally determined the activities of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to be "undesirable," paving the way for the nonprofit organization, funded by the U.S. Congress, to be outlawed on Russian territory.
Up to 10-year sentences proposed for ‘anti-Russian propaganda’
According to one Russian legislator, the proposed criminal liability would cover “statements form some Russian human rights activists who openly speak of our soldiers being present in Donbas.” ’.
Sentsov-Kolchenko Trial. Day 2: Still looking for Right Sector
Two Russian activists holding a Novorossiya flag and a sign demanding that “the fascist scum be held to answer” set the tone for the second day of the trial of Ukrainian left-wing anti-fascist activist Oleksandr Kolchenko and film director Oleg Sentsov. The witnesses for the prosecution demonstrated similar confusion as to the meaning of words like ‘Right Sector’, ‘fascist’ and ‘Nazi’ though they used them constantly.
“Crimea was always ours!”
Forget hurtful words like ‘annexation’ and ‘invasion’. A new Russian legislative initiative has been proposed which would ‘remind’ people that Russia had been entitled to Crimea from the time of Catherine the Great.
‘Perm-36’ fined for not registering as ‘foreign agent’
‘Perm-36’, the NGO recently forced to give up running a vital museum about the Soviet Gulag has not only been forcibly registered as a ‘foreign agent’, but also fined steeply for not registering itself.
Sentsov & Kolchenko face 20-year sentences for non-existent ’terrorism’
All possible illusions about the trial of well-known Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and left-wing activist Oleksandr Kolchenko have been dispelled. Sentsov really is facing a likely 20-year, or even life sentence on charges of ‘masterminding’ a ‘Right Sector’ plot in which fire bombs were thrown at two buildings housing pro-Russian organizations and a plan was afoot to blow up a statue of Lenin
Trial of Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko: First Day
Details from the hearing in Rostov on the Don into the ‘terrorist plot’ charges against film director Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko
About Recent Events in Yerevan
In the framework of the monitoring mission, which was proposed and organised by the Human Rights House Network, a representative of a Human Rights organisation from Kharkiv, one of the co-organisers and an active member of the Human Rights House in Ukraine, and a Belarusian human rights defender Nasta Loiko (organisation “Viasna”) were invited for three days to Yerevan for monitoring of situation, investigation of violations human rights during the peaceful protest on Bagramyan Avenue and collecting information of the events that took place in the Armenian capital on 23 June 2015.
Russian censor takes aim against courageous Novaya Gazeta
Russia’s Roskomnadzor has issued the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta with a warning over bad language cited in a literary text. As the second warning in less than a year, it could be used as pretext to strip the publication of its licence.
New attempt to keep Nadiya Savchenko trial secret
Russia is insisting on holding the trial of captured ex-pilot Nadiya Savchenko in a Russian city bordering the area of Ukraine under Kremlin-backed militant control. There are no legitimate grounds for this move which will seriously hinder access to the trial, and could, Savchenko believes, put her mother and sister in danger
Moscow’s Kafkaesque ’Ukrainian Spy’ Cases
Two Ukrainian nationals, one elderly and in poor health, have been held in Russian detention now for almost a year on mystery spying charges. The degree of secrecy, intimidation and insistence that both men only see lawyers provided by the investigators arouse serious concern that the men’s nationality is the main ‘incriminating’ factor.
Leader of “Kremlin project” found guilty of ultranationalist BORN murders
A jury in Moscow has found Ilya Goryachev guilty of ordering the killing of anti-fascist lawyer Stanislav Markelov and four other victims of the neo-Nazi organization BORN [Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists].
Russian High Court Says European Court’s Rulings Can Be Ignored
Russia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that officials can ignore judgments by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if they are found to contravene the Russian Constitution.
Russian poet sentenced over poem in support of Ukraine
A Russian court has convicted poet and teacher Alexander Byvshev of ‘inciting enmity’ and sentenced him to 300 hours community service, confiscated his computer and prohibited him from working as a school teacher for two years. His ‘crime’ – the poem ‘To Ukrainian Patriots’ in which he expresses his opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea
Wish Oleg Sentsov Freedom on his Birthday!
Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is turning 39 on July 13 in Russian detention. No need to wish him strength of will and determination, since his demonstration of both these last 14 months has only highlighted Russia’s shame but letters of moral support are important (addresses below).
Russian soldiers face prison for refusing to fight in Ukraine
Several dozen Russian contract soldiers could face up to 10 year prison sentences for having left a military unit in the Rostov oblast, fearing that they would be sent to fight in Ukraine. Soldiers allege that were offered up to 8 thousand roubles a day for ‘volunteering’ to go to Ukraine, and effectively held there until they agreed.
Sentsov-Kolchenko trial, Crimea and what Russia has to hide
As the trial begins of Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko on absurd ‘terrorism’ charges, journalist Maria Tomak probes one of the ‘offices’ in Crimea which figure in the charges and finds not only a place of torture and imprisonment, but also a military base with people who later played a prominent role in the war in Donbas.
Wikipedia censors poet on trial for poem against Russian annexation of Crimea
Alexander Byvshev, the Russian poet dismissed from his teaching job and on trial for a poem against Russia’s annexation of Crimea says that he would repeat every word despite all of the persecution. WIKIPEDIA, in contrast, has removed its entry on the poet in Russian and muffles this censorship on its English page