Human Rights in Ukraine in 2015: Key Trends
This overview of the human rights situation is the first section of the Ukrainian human rights organizations’ Report ‘Human Rights in Ukraine – 2015’ which is published each year by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
Well-known Russian actor fights for right to stay in Ukraine
Sergei Anisiforov, 45, gave up a successful career as a TV and film actor in Russia to participate in Ukraine’s Maidan. Now he is part of the Odessa Maidan self-defence forces, but he is also battling the Ukrainian Migration Service for the right to remain in the country legally
Un réalisateur français met en forme le message de Poutine sur les « hordes fascistes » pour le public français
Si vous doutiez encore à quel point il est facile de tromper les téléspectateurs, le film « Les masques de la Révolution » de Paul M. Moreira en est une illustration bienvenue
Ukrainian farmer persecuted for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea
The trial is ending in Russian-occupied Crimea of a Ukrainian farmer accused of ‘publicly insulting a police officer’. The circumstances of this case, and previous run-ins over recent months give serious grounds for believing that Volodymyr Balukh is facing systematic persecution for taking an openly pro-Ukrainian stand
Seeking Asylum In Ukraine, Russian Dissidents Get Cold Shoulder
Amid a deepening Kremlin crackdown on dissent, more than 200 Russians who have fallen afoul of the authorities in their country have fled to Ukraine since the beginning of 2014, according to the Ukrainian State Migration Service.
Russia refuses to extradite Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son
33-year-old Khaiser Dzhemiliev’s lawyer Nikolai Polozov reports that Russia has now formally rejected Ukraine’s application for Khaiser’s extradition, despite all legal grounds under bilateral agreements for returning the young man to Ukraine
Putin’s Crimean ‘Genocide’
The Crimean parliament in Russian-occupied Crimea has accused Ukraine of ‘genocide’ over the electricity blockade, ignoring the fact that it is Vladimir Putin who has ensured that Crimeans will long suffer critical shortages
Poland’s rightwing government plans sweeping powers for own party Prosecutor General
Poland’s new government has just passed a highly contentious law on police surveillance and is set to give the current Justice Minister powers never before held in democratic Poland
Winter On Fire Blazes Oscar Trail With Gripping Account Of Ukraine’s Maidan Moment
Twelve-year-old Roma Saveliyev is one of the most captivating interviewees in Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, which has just been nominated for an Oscar.
‘Clear Signs of Sabotage’ in Odesa 2 May Investigation
20 months after the deadly disturbances and fire in Odesa on May 2, 2014, Ukraine’s law enforcement bodies have not only failed to properly investigate the events and find those responsible, but are effectively sabotaging the investigation.
Free the Kremlin’s 20 Ukrainian Hostages Now
In the last two years, campaigns persecuting Ukrainians have become an entirely normalized and systemized form of Russian military aggression.
Solidarity & asylum needed as Russians face persecution for opposing aggression against Ukraine
There is strong evidence that the draconian sentence against Ildar Dadin was in part because of his support for Ukraine, while Rafis Kashapov is serving a 3-year sentence for opposing Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The list of those facing persecution in Russia for a pro-Ukrainian stand is rapidly increasing, and there can be no excuse for Ukraine’s authorities to send activists back.
Russian Blogger gets 5 years for ’extremist’ criticism of authorities & war in Donbas
35-year-old Vadim Tyumentsev from Tomsk is the latest Russian to receive a serious prison sentence for calls to peaceful protest and critical comments on the Internet regarding Russian military aggression in Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists
Disturbing Circus over Detention of UKROP Party Leader Hennady Korban
The grotesque 30-hour hearing of a man taken by force from hospital raises serious rights concerns and questions about the motives, which are only exacerbated by the events coinciding with the release from all restrictions of Yanukovych’s justice minister Olena Lukash
FSB use electric shock torture against Crimean Tatar
The FSB, or Russian Security Service, in Russian-occupied Crimea have tried to force a Crimean Tatar to collaborate with them using not only threats against the man’s wife and children, but also physical torture.
Ukraine’s leaders continue to stall on International Criminal Court
Unlike Russia, Ukraine is not denying Ukraine’s obligations under international law. Its leaders, however, would gain credibility if they stopped offering half-measures as though they had something to fear.
Russian Investigators: Ignore Bad News, Bad News Kills
Vladimir Markin from the powerful federal Investigative Committee has appealed to Russians to "ignore" bad news about their country in the media, asserting that negative headlines can have a psychosomatic effect and increase the death rate.
New Zaporizhya paid ‘separatist’ stunt linked with close Putin associate
The reports of plans to declare a so-called ‘Zaporizhya people’s republic’ and demands for ‘special status’ are disturbing both because of the obvious analogy with the Kremlin-backed ‘republics’ in Donbas, and due to the reported link with Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin
Open Lawlessness as Terror against Crimean Tatars
All of Russia’s Crimean victims have had to confront varying forms of lawlessness, but none demonstrates contempt for the law quite so flagrantly as the criminal proceedings against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and other Crimean Tatars.
Torture and Legal Thuggery against Maidan Activist
In the trial and imprisonment in Russia of Maidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko, Russia has tried a person for an alleged offence it couldn’t prove, and over which it had no jurisdiction, while ignoring clear evidence that he had been tortured