Contents tagged with political prisoners

  • Russia sentences Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature to four years’ probation

    On Monday, the Meshchansky Court in Moscow sentenced Natalia Sharina, the former Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature.

    She was found guilty in a criminal case of extremism and embezzlement and sentenced to a four-year suspended prison sentence, reported Russia’s Interfax news agency.

    The prosecutor demanded a 5 year suspended prison sentence for Sharina, who was accused under two articles: 282 of the Russian Criminal Code (incitement of hatred or enmity) and 160 of the Criminal …

  • Media: Ukrainian political prisoner dies in Russian jail

    Fontanka website reports that Ukrainian citizen Artur Panov, who was accused by the Russian authorities of preparing a terrorist act in Russia, has died of heart failure at a detention center in Rostov.

    On February 14, a trial on the case of Arthur Panov began in the North Caucasus Military District Court of Rostov-on-Don. A Rostov student who was charged with assisting with the Ukrainian’s criminal activities also appeared with Panov in the dock.

    Panov was detained in early December 2015 in …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister threatened Belarus with sanctions if they take new political prisoners

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius intimated that Western countries could impose new sanctions against Belarus if political prisoners appear there again. This was his comment on the suppression of protests in Minsk which took place on Saturday, Delfi news portal reports.

    According to Linkevičius, such actions would be detrimental to Belarus’s standing in the international community. "This will in fact affect not only internal policy where it might destabilize the situation. It will …

  • European Parliament was urged to increase pressure on Moscow to end repression in Crimea

    On March 13, human rights activists and relatives of Ukrainian prisoners in Russia urged the European Parliament to increase international pressure on Moscow.

    “In authoritarian Russia, getting justice is impossible. The only chance for our relatives to return home and put a stop to the increasing political repression in the annexed Crimea is to increase international pressure on Moscow, which deliberately disregards the principles of international law,” the statement said.

    Human rights …

  • The Kremlin confirms that Putin and Poroshenko conducted phone conversations

    According to Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, have talked on the phone, but have not discussed the question of the a cease-fire in Avdiivka, as reported by Russia's TASS news agency.

    "It is a fact that the cease-fire in Avdiivka was not discussed. What took place was an exchange of views and expression of mutual concerns at the escalation of the tension, " said Peskov.

    Earlier on Thursday the media, citing …

  • Ariev: In January’s PACE session, Ukraine will demand the release of illegally detained Ukrainians

    Volodymyr Ariev, the Ukrainian chairman of the permanent delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said that the discussion topics in this January’s PACE session in Strasbourg would be the illegal detention of Ukrainians (journalist Roman Sushchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov) in the Russian Federation and the persecution in the occupied Crimea of the journalist Nikolai Semena and the Crimean Tatar media.

    January’s PACE session in Strasbourg will take place from …

  • Russian blogger was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for a post about Syria

    A court in the city of Tyumen found the blogger, Alexei Kungurov, guilty for public "justification of terrorism" for a blog post he wrote on the LiveJournal social networking service, dedicated to the Russian campaign in Syria, reported Russia's Novaya Gazeta daily. He was sentenced to two and a half years in a penal colony settlement.

    Earlier, a family friend, Maxim Karpikov, told Novaya Gazeta about the verdict.

    Kungurov is a known political activist in the Tyumen region, who also …

  • Kyiv to include Russian officials on sanctions list for their role in incarcerating Ukrainian political prisoners

    Kyiv is preparing to expand the list of Russian citizens and officials who are subject to sanctions for their role in the incarceration of Ukrainian political prisoners, as stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, RIA Novosti reported.

    "We will try to adapt this list to the extent that we receive clear information about who is involved in [incarcerating Ukrainian] political prisoners. To put the person on the sanctions list, we need real proof,” Klimkin stated.

    The Foreign Minister …

  • Ukrainian MP: CoE's Human Rights Commission is obstructed by Russia

    Huge obstacles for the work of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Nils Muižnieks, have been created in the Russian Federation. This was stated by the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights of Ukraine, Valeriya Lutkovska, while on the air with the ZIK TV channel.

    The Ukrainian Ombudsman emphasized that the interference in Muižnieks’ work in Russia began after his last report on the annexed Crimea. “He even had to cancel his last visit because of the conditions he …

  • Herashchenko: 113 Ukrainian prisoners are held by separatists in the Donbas

    Both servicemen and civilians are being held captive

    On the 6th of June, the First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko, reported that 113 Ukrainian citizens are still held captive by separatists supported by Russia in the Donbas, Radio Svoboda reports.

    "There are both servicemen and civilians. Separatists are trying to exchange the release of hostages for amnesty and are demanding that their leaders are pardoned.  They have not provided any information as to where the …