Shevelyov Memorial Plaque smashed to pieces
Half an hour after the Kharkiv City Council voted to remove a plaque in memory of the renowned Ukrainian Slavist Yury Shevelyov, three “unidentified individuals” arrived with hammers and axes, and simply smashed the memorial plaque.
No Heroes: From skinheads to “anti-paedophile” thugs
The dubious tactics of «anti-paedophile» – often anti-gay - vigilantes from an organization with neo-Nazi links have finally been noticed - and actually condemned - by the police. Less cheeringly, this attention coincides with calls by certain MPs and the Human Rights Ombudsperson for the EU to waive its demand that Ukraine prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Pavlichenko Junior makes protest suicide attempt
Serhiy Pavlichenko and his father recently had their appeals rejected against highly controversial convictions on charges of killing a Kyiv judge Serhiy Zubkov
Kharkiv Eparchy bans «Art of Tolerance” concert
The musicians taking part in the concert have already played in a synagogue, a Catholic cathedral, a Dominican cathedral without any problems arising. Yet the Orthodox Church doesn’t want to hear of a jazz concert
A Cloak and Dagger Farce in Ukraine
In Ukraine a professor is facing a possible 15-year-sentence for treason and spying for China, charged over information posted on the Internet. Forget Snowden, Manning or Assange, this is Ukraine where even spying gets turned on its head
Nechiporuk, Motsny and their torturers
Yury Lukanov has investigated a notorious case in which one man – Ivan Nechiporuk - was released after 8 years only after the case when to the European Court of Human Rights and where his supposed accomplice remains in prison
Crimean Tatars demand recognition as indigenous people
Ukraine’s Constitution mentions indigenous peoples several times, but there is no legal definition for the term nor is it stated which peoples can be considered indigenous
New „jury” trial in Ukraine – first assessments
The system introduced by the revised Criminal Procedure Code is very far removed from a normal jury system and any advantages still to be seen
Pressure or diversion tactics in flawed Reva Trial
The car of Dmytro Reva’s lawyer and sister, Oksana Tomchuk, was broken into during the early hours of Friday morning. The car window was smashed, and documents pertaining to the defence’s case stolen.
Ukrainian PEN Club Centre Statement
The Ukrainian PEN Centre has issued a statement expressing outrage over the attempts by the Kharkiv local authorities to disrupt the uncovering in Kharkiv of a plaque in memory of the renowned Slavist Yury Shevelyov.
Dnipropetrovsk Trial: Still Missing a Crime
The text below has been sent to EU officials, MEPs and others regarding a case where the prosecutor’s claims cannot conceal the lack of evidence, and with respect to one defendant, the lack of any elements of a crime in the charges
Ever fewer Ukrainians believe they have any influence
Interestingly while less and less people believe that demonstrations and rallies can help or that they personally can have impact on the authorities,, more are pinning their hopes on civic organizations.
Important report highlights serious concerns in the Crimea
The Conclusions posted below to a report commissioned by the High Commissioner on National Minorities demonstrate the urgency of the issues presently facing the Crimea.
One Year After Pussy Riot Verdict, Children Still Coming To Grips With Mothers’ Jailing
It’s been a tough year for Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina and for their children, forcibly parted from their mothers
Reva Trial: Dodgier by the Day
Not only has the case against Dmytro Reva involved fabricated evidence and a defamatory film on State-controlled television, but it now transpires that vital evidence in the Dnipropetrovsk bomb trial has “disappeared”
Express Newspaper accuses tax authorities of pressure
The largest Ukrainian-language newspaper in Ukraine (according to its own website), Express, alleges that the tax authorities have been blocking its work since Tuesday afternoon, and that the work of six enterprises involved in publication are paralyzed
The Prosecutor’s ever more dubious role in the Reva Case
The Prosecutor’s Office is showing reluctance to allow witnesses to be called. Dmytro Reva’s lawyers believe that the prosecution is worried that the witnesses will expose the shocking gaps in the case, in particular deception aimed at concealing the lack of any evidence whatsoever
Dima Groysman: ”Acquitted for want of a crime”
Almost exactly a week after Dmytro (Dima) Groysman died of a heart attack, aged only 41, a court in Vinnytsa has found no elements of a crime in the last remnant of a criminal prosecution which had been hanging over him for almost 3 years
In Memory: Dmytro Groysman
Over nearly three years Dima Groysman had faced 72 court hearings, had had to defend himself against idiotic charges and live in constant stress given the total unpredictability of the judicial system and of those with ways of influencing it.