Russia seeks sentences incompatible with life against gravely ill Crimean Tatar political prisoners
Without a recognizable crime, huge sentences have been demanded that at least two of the men have essentially no chance of surviving.
ECHR slams Ukraine over detention which triggered anti-Roma riots in Odesa oblast
The European Court of Human Rights has found that Ukraine violated the rights of Myhailo Chebotar, a young man who has been in detention for over six years despite serious concerns about the charges against him
Russians imprisoned 14-year-old boy and girls in Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts
14-year-old Vitalik was held prisoner by the Russians for ten days. He was cold, hungry and, doubtless, very frightened, with the invaders of his Kherson oblast village threatening to take him to Russia ‘for trial’
Russia destroys the centre of Mariupol to conceal its war crimes while leaving residents to die of the cold
New Maxar satellite images show more graves in occupied Mariupol, and confirm that the Russians are destroying buildings, while building a military compound
Two Ukrainian believers sentenced to six years in Russian-occupied Crimea for a Zoom conversation about the Bible
The Russian-controlled Armiansk city ‘court’ in occupied Crimea has sentenced 62-year-old Oleksandr Lytvyniuk and Oleksandr Dubovenko (49) to six years’ imprisonment purely for practising their faith
Russians deliberately beat Ukrainian haemophiliac, threaten to rape his 17-year-old sister in front of her father
The more Oleh Dyhalo from Kozacha Lopan pleaded with the invaders to not touch his son, as any bleeding could be fatal, the more the Russians beat the young man
Children trained to be ‘Putin’s faithful soldiers’ in Russian-occupied Crimea
Russia began trying to get Ukrainian children to want to kill Ukrainians and defend the aggressor state from soon after its invasion of Crimea, but this is the first time that military training will be added to the ordinary school curriculum.
Russia sentences Crimean Solidarity activist to 17 years for defending political prisoners
A Russian court has sentenced Marlen Mustafayev to 17 years’ imprisonment on preposterous charges copy-pasted from another political trial initiated over three years ago.
Evangelical deacon and his son found murdered near Nova Kakhovka after being abducted by the Russians
The bodies have been found in a forest near Nova Kakhovka of Anatoliy Prokopchuk, an evangelical deacon and his son, Oleksandr.
Ukrainian poet and writer Volodymyr Vakulenko killed after being seized by Russian invaders
A DNA test has confirmed that the body buried as ‘No. 319’ at the Izium mass burial site is that of Volodymyr Vakulenko
‘There was nothing left of the neighbor, only shoes...’
A resident of the Moshchun village in the Kyiv region tells about the horrors of the first war days.
‘Sashko and Vasyl Vasylovych were killed during shelling, and Slavko and Mykola were shot by the Russians’
Mykola Andriiovych Kostenko lives in the village of Moshchun on Lesnaya Street. In March, there was absolute hell in these parts.
‘At the plant in Volchansk, the Russians tortured even the priest with an electric shock’
We spoke with the deputy director of the aggregate plant, which used to be called the ‘concentration camp’ of Russians.
‘Grandchildren cried and said they didn’t want to die’
Kharkiv resident Nadezhda Bratashevskaya recalls living with her husband in the basement for two months: “As you go for humanitarian aid, you keep praying to God. Then, you press against the wall until the shell flies by or explodes.”
‘I was afraid they would cripple me’
Sveilana Holovata’s house in Moshchun was destroyed. Everything burned down: the beds, wardrobes, all wooden furniture, and TV. She said she felt like there was nothing there before.
‘My mom wanted to take poison, but she learned from a letter that we were alive.’ The story of a doctor from Mariupol, part 2
“After leaving Mariupol, we listened for 10 minutes to the birds singing and the grass rustling, and then we cried for a long time,” recalls children"s doctor Hanna Shevchyk.
She found out she was pregnant the day Russia invaded
Previously, we published and translated into English an account of the everyday life of a doctor in a bomb shelter. But in fact, the story of doctor Hanna Shevchyk is larger. After the start of the war in Mariupol, her family moved to a bomb shelter under a candy factory. Soon Russians arrived.
Ukraine’s penitentiary institutions and the war
With the onset of Russia’s all-out war against Ukraine some of the country’s most vulnerable institutions, its detention centres and corrective colonies, found themselves in a precarious position. This article examines the past and present situation of Ukraine’s penitentiary system and recommends legal and practical measures for its greater safety.
‘There was a human being, and the body was torn apart in an instant’ — a Mariupol graduate who went through hell
She had to finish 11th grade, pass exams, and dance at graduation. But instead, she went through hell. A seventeen-year-old resident of Mariupol tells how she and her family ended up in a blockade and later went through the horrors of a filtration camp.
‘Stand up for your convictions, even if you stand alone!’ Anti-war activities in Russia, 3-9 October
After Monday 3 October, as the reality of partial mobilisation and the reaction of the authorities sank in, protests in Russia entered another quiet phase. A great many women who went out on the streets to protest were still being held in police stations across the country and in its detention centres.