Four reasons for vetoing the Law ‘On Cleaning up the Authorities”
No good aim justifies appalling means of achieving them when excessive force, threats and degradation of opponents are applied. Throwing people into rubbish banks cannot be called anything but a fascist action.
Road Control lawyer Viktor Smaliy finally released
The charges against Viktor Smaliy were absurd and seemed both part of a general offensive against the civic watchdog Road Control and a lesson to other lawyers to watch their step..
Viktor Smaliy remains in detention on farcical charges
Road Control lawyer,Viktor Smaliy has not been released under the so-called ’amnesty laws’ although the charges against him seem deliberately aimed at sending a message to lawyers defending peaceful protesters, as well as part of a general campaign against the civic watchdog Road Control
Maidan Self-Defense activists prosecuted for catching a thief
Four members of the Maidan Self-Defense force are facing criminal charges over an incident which appears to have been orchestrated with police connivance
Open threats and covert plans as ‘hostage law’ deadline nears
Repressive measures and overt blackmail as the deadline for compliance with a so-called ‘amnesty law’ approaches have coincided with ominous reports of plans for extending police powers to curtail peaceful protest if the conditions are not met.
Hrushevsky Prisoners Poltavets and Tsilytsky to remain in custody
Both men, like the Bankova Prisoners, were seriously beaten up and are now facing charges of organizing mass riots, with these based solely on the testimony of the police officers who detained them.
Kyiv judge who didn’t remand 4 student protesters loses her post
Iryna Mamontova, head of the Obolon District Court in Kyiv imposed house arrest on four students of the Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television who were charged without any evidence with involvement in the Jan 19 disturbances on Hrushevsky St
Ruling majority takes hostages through new “amnesty law”
According to the version proposed by the president’s representative in parliament, EuroMaidan protesters must first vacate government buildings, roads etc, and only then will people in detention over the protests be released. If they don’t vacate them within 15 days, the deal is off.
AutoMaidan leader remanded in custody for 2 months
Khadzhynov was detained on Jan 27 in Cherkasy. 7 AutoMaidan cars which came to Cherkasy from Kyiv were also set upon.
Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya freed
The preposterous charges linked to the Bankova St disturbances have been dropped in accordance with the controversially amended amnesty law, though he is now suspected of having “injured” a traffic police inspector by spitting on him…
Extremist! Jailed for transporting tyres
Dmytro Yurchenko has just been remanded in custody for 30 days for alleged “extremist activities”, otherwise known as transporting tyres in his car. Volodymyr Karahyaur and two others have been jailed for 2 months for buying petrol
72-year-old detained for «attacking Berkut riot police”
Mykola Pasichnyk, a 72-year-old pensioner has been remanded in custody for 2 months on suspicion of attacking Berkut officers. This is the most shocking but not the only indication that detention is part of an attempt to use hostages in negotiations with the EuroMaidan protesters
Two Bankova Prisoners released
While excellent that Yaroslav Prytulenko and Volodymyr Kadura have been freed, Dzyndzya and Smaliy remain in custody, and the number of Hrushevsky St Prisoners is increasing. Those cases are no less dubious
First “Hrushevsky Prisoners”
Three EuroMaidan activists – musician and film festival organizer Dmytro Moskalets, poet Yukhim Dyshkant and economic researcher Artur Kovalchuk have been remanded in custody for 2 months in court hearings bearing an ominous resemblance to those concerning the Bankova Prisoners
Courts strip AutoMaidan activists of their licences without any grounds
AutoMaidan activists warn of their intention to apply to the European Court of Human Rights if courts continue to strip them of their driving licences for taking part in the car procession to the president’s residence at Mezhyhirya on Jan 29.
Donbas farmers complain of pressure over their support of EuroMaidan
Farmers from Donetsk who have sent money and food for the Kyiv EuroMaidan have faced questioning from the tax police and accuse the authorities of pressure
6 year sentences in surreal Vasylkiv “terrorist trial”
A Kyiv court has convicted three men of plotting to blow up a Lenin monument which had already been removed. Reports suggest that Berkut riot police have used a gratuitous level of force against all protesters and journalists outside the court, with many injured
Court refuses to release Bankova prisoner Volodymyr Kadura
By leaving AutoMaidan activist Volodymyr Kadura in detention, another Kyiv court has refused to apply the amnesty law passed by a constitutional majority and in force since Dec 25.
Weird new charge against Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya
The new charge against the Road Control journalist who remains in detention despite the amnesty law being in force is comical and old, relating to an incident from January last year.