Documenting war crimes in Ukraine.
The Tribunal for Putin (T4P) global initiative was set up in response to the all-out war launched by Russia against Ukraine in February 2022.

Similar articles

Detention Unit film and its possible ramificationsShocking statistics in Ukrainian penal institutionsDeath of Dnipropetrovsk remand prisoner to be reinvestigatedIhor Zavadsky remains in custody despite health concerns and doubts about the caseOne of the people in the journalist programme “Lukyanivka. Prison No. 1 beaten upUkrainian civic journalist faces 8-year sentence for exposing healthcare lies in occupied Crimea No end to Russia’s brutal reprisals against imprisoned 66-year-old historian of the Soviet Terror Russian court willing to kill 60-year-old Crimean Tatar political prisoner, heart attack or not Ukraine’s penitentiary institutions and the warRussian FSB ‘find’ explosives because they couldn’t force abducted Ukrainian civic journalist to ‘confess’ to treasonAbducted and tortured Ukrainian naval captain declares hunger strike in Russian captivity Russia uses Kherson ‘evacuation’ for enforced disappearance of more Ukrainian hostages and POWs Silence abets Russia in torturing and risking the lives of Ukrainian hostages and POWs in occupied DonbasCrimean Tatar political prisoner sentenced to 11 years for "kitchen conversation" about religion and politics “He lay on the sidewalk, naming towns and cities in Ukraine”. A digest of anti-war activities in Russia, 23-29 JulyRussian FSB threaten and beat imprisoned Crimean journalist and human rights defender Iryna DanilovychRussian prisoners offered big money and ‘amnesty’ to kill for Russia in Ukraine “Let’s Fight the Propaganda Together” Anti-war Activities in Russia, 9-16 July 2022Effective death sentence against veteran Crimean Tatar activist for opposing repression in Russian-occupied Crimea Medics taken prisoner by Russian invaders for treating defenders of Ukraine in Mariupol

Selective criminal investigation initiated over “Lukyanivka. Prison No. 1 programme


A film on TVi by Kostyantin Usov  that exposed corruption and abuse in Ukraine’s most prominent detention centre – Lukyanivsk SIZO has prompted one criminal investigation.  Typically it is over the fact that renowned accordionist Igor Zavadsky, who is being held in a case arousing concern had a mobile telephone by which he spoke with the journalist.  The Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office has initiated a criminal investigation under Article 367 § 1 of the Criminal Code over alleged professional negligence.  The statement says that since one of the purposes of remand in custody is to prevent the detained person from preventing the truth being established, mobile phones are not allowed.

The case of Zavadsky, a prize-winning accordion-player has given rise to sensational headlines, but also concern.  TVi, for example, has presented a documentary suggesting that the young man may have been set up by a rival. Ihor Zavadsky is suspected of corrupting minors and rape.

As reported, the programme “Lukyanivka. Prison No. 1 shows the SIZO in detail: the walls covered with dangerous mould; food gone off;  the negligent attitude of doctors as the conditions of life in a place where most people are being held without having been convicted of any crime.

Usov shows how the only way of improving your conditions is through illegal means. For 400 UAH a remand prisoner can get a phone brought in; for 300 dollars – a prostitute. For a much larger amount you can get moved to better conditions.

There would seem to be a lot that the authorities should be responding to, and it is worrying that they have focused specifically on one remand prisoner’s mobile phone. 

 Share this