Kremlin’s anti-Semitic proxies in Donbas turn on each other
It was bad enough for Vladimir Putin’s narrative about ‘anti-Semitic hordes’ seizing power in Kyiv when the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas dismissed Ukraine’s leaders as “pathetic Jews”. Now foul anti-Semitic attacks are being used as part of an internal struggle for power between various militant leaders.
“10% of Aidar Battalion volunteers joined for ulterior motives, not to fight”
The trial is about to begin of Yury Hukov, journalist (writing as Yury Aseyev), one of the first members of the Aidar volunteer battalion who was briefly imprisoned by the now disgraced Aidar commander Serhiy Melnychuk and has since then worked for the Kharkiv Human Rights Group
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.
Crimean Tatar leader angrily rejects President’s Constitutional proposals
Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis or Crimean Tatar representative assembly and Ukrainian MP, will not vote for amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution that do not recognize the right to the Crimean Tatar people to self-determination on their historical territory.
Over 1.3 million people forced from Donbas and Crimea need a decent law
Ukrainian human rights organizations have addressed an appeal to the country’s legislators to enable swift passage of a bill urgently needed to help people forced from their homes by Russia’s invasion of Crimea and military conflict in Donbas.
High-ranking Berkut officer charged over Euromaidan killings
A police lieutenant colonel, working in the police force until his arrest this month, has been remanded in custody in what lawyers representing Euromaidan victims or their families call the most significant arrest so far
"Not yours anyway!" Russia claims transfer of Crimea to Ukraine was ‘unconstitutional’
As well as seeking a Russian NGO’s prosecution for warning Russian tourists that Crimea is Ukrainian territory under Russian occupation, Russia’s Prosecutor General has asserted that the 1954 decision which formally made Crimea part of Ukraine was illegitimate. This is not the first such attempt to rewrite geopolitical history
“Jewish pogroms in Ukraine” that we all missed
Russia’s Foreign Ministry is again aware of ‘pogroms’ that experienced researchers of anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Ukraine and human rights groups would seem to have not noticed. Its keeping the details to itself however
Politics vs. the law in Ukraine, which holds precedence? Prosecution of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court
Press release of the press conference given by Yevhen Zakharov and Vsevolod Rechytsky on June 22
Russian NGO in trouble for warning tourists about risks of visiting occupied Crimea
‘Public Control’, a Russian consumer rights society, has aroused anger in Moscow and could face prosecution over its entirely accurate description of Crimea as ‘occupied territory’ and its warnings of the legal ramifications of any trips undertaken without Ukrainian permission.
Disturbing allegations over arrests of far-right suspects in Oles Buzyna killing
A day after Interior Minister Arsen Avakov blithely ignored the presumption of innocence and claimed that the murderers of controversial journalist Oles Buzyna had been caught, allegations have been made by Ihor Lutsenko, a well-known journalist and MP about a ‘war’ between the Interior Ministry management and one of the two far-right suspects.
“Stop using us as shields!” Donetsk protests against Kremlin-backed militants
On Monday around 500 Donetsk residents accused the leaders of the self-proclaimed ’Donetsk people’s republic’ of deploying rocket launchers within crowded city districts and of thus provoking return fire from the Ukrainian army
Rigged and Secretive Fight against Corruption?
Scandal does not go away by being muffled, and how else can you view the refusal to allow anti-corruption investigative journalists into the first meeting of an anti-corruption commission?
Another Ukrainian prisoner tortured for Russian TV
A young Ukrainian soldier taken captive by Kremlin-backed militants during the attack on Marinka was almost certainly tortured into giving a version of events suspiciously close to that provided by Russian and militant propaganda, while clashing totally with the report issued by OSCE monitors
Call for Action to Free Luhansk Journalist held Hostage for 5 Months
Maria Varfolomeyeva had remained in Luhansk after the Kremlin-backed militants seized control in order to care for her grandmother who was ill. The 30-year-old journalist was taken prisoner in early January and has now been held hostage longer than any journalist so far, and her captors keep changing the conditions for her release
Moscow prevents captured Russian POWs from contacting their families
A member of Russia’s own Human Rights Council has visited the two Russian spetsnaz officers captured in Ukraine on May 16. Both deny Russia’s claim that they were no longer in military service and ask for help in contacting their families as all phone numbers that they have are either blocked or don’t answer.
In Memory: Leonid Plyushch
Leonid Plyushch, an active member of the Soviet human rights movement and victim of punitive psychiatry has died in France. He was 76, and had lived in France since being exiled from the Soviet Union in 1976 following a major campaign for his release from incarceration in a KGB psychiatric ‘hospital’. Although concentrating mainly on literary issues in recent years, Leonid Ivanovych followed events in Ukraine and always responded when voices were needed against injustice.
Ukraine: Overwhelming new evidence of prisoners being tortured and killed amid conflict
Overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes, including torture and summary killings of prisoners, serve as a stark reminder of the brutal practices being committed on a near-daily basis in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Amnesty International says in a new report