Political Persecutions

Russia’s aggression against Ukrainians

Nov 1st, 2015 | By

This was not the first time over the last few years that the subject library had been assailed by the Russian authorities. In fact over the last decade Russia under then Prime Minister and now President Vladimir Putin has not only attacked the territory of its neighbor Ukraine but has persecuted its own citizens of Ukrainian ethnicity.

An Appeal for the Release of Ukrainian Journalists

Sep 15th, 2014 | By

An Appeal for the Release of Ukrainian Journalists Second Ukrainian-Polish Forum Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, September 13-14, 2014 We – representatives of the Association of Polish Journalists (APJ), the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU), participanting in the Second Ukrainian-Polish Forum, held in the city of Kazimierz…

The Russian Federal Security Services (FSB) is lying about the affiliation of the Crimean activists with the organization “Right Sector” and terrorist groups.

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

The Crimean civil society activists arrested by FSB in May 2014 were engaged in peaceful public activity and are not involved with the organization “Right Sector”. The Committee on Aid to the Crimean Political Prisoners made a statement that the accusations of FSB against Crimean activists are absurd and affront to common sense. They also consider that “the real reason for their arrest is Russia’s reaction to their participation in the campaigns against the annexation of Crimea as well as the wish to intimidate all Crimean residents who don’t support separatists having seized the power on the peninsula”.

Statement by President Barroso on Ukraine

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

It was with shock and utter dismay that we have been watching developments over the last 24 hours in Ukraine. There are no circumstances that can legitimise or justify such scenes. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. We condemn in the strongest terms the use of violence as a way to solve a political and institutional crisis.

Lesya Orobetz. The rubicon is crossed.

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

According to the official information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs the number of detaines on January, 20th evening was 31 person. Most of them are incriminated “participation in riots”, which will “costs” up to 15 years of jail according to new legislation. More than 40 activists are now in the hospitals – their body condition is critical. To avoid any accusals the ones whose body condition is better are recommended not to remain in hospitals as doctors should obligatory report to police about such “dangerous” patients.

In Ukraine Protests Over New Laws, Sticks and Stones Are Met With Tear Gas

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

By ANDREW E. KRAMER JAN. 19, 2014 MOSCOW — A large rally in Kiev, Ukraine, that was called in part to protest a new set of laws cracking down on public protests turned violent on Sunday when men in balaclavas attacked the police with sticks and threw firecrackers and cobblestones at them. The police responded…

Government Agents Attempt to Intimidate Euromaidan Coordinator in Kharkiv by Accusing Him of Distributing Pornography

Jan 4th, 2014 | By
Olexander Chyzhov. The sign says "I choose the EU"

When I came home and connected to the Internet, it looked that my page on the Vkontakte social network had been hacked and I have no access. Password recovery feature does not work either.

Ukraine’s leaders are silencing the independent media

Dec 31st, 2013 | By

By Sergii Leshchenko, Published: December 30 Sergii Leshchenko is the National Endowment for Democracy’s Reagan-Fascell Fellow and deputy editor-in-chief of Ukrainska Pravda. In 2013, there were more than 100 acts of violence against journalists in Ukraine, and nearly half of these occurred in December as riot police unleashed a wave of violence during the ongoing…

Ukraine: Stop Intimidating Police Victims

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

Investigate Mistreatment by Security Forces December 23, 2013 (Moscow) – Ukrainian authorities have tried to pressure and intimidate people who alleged being beaten by police during recent protests in Kiev, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general. In some beating cases the authorities failed to move investigations forward. On November…

Ukraine President Should Resign; Sanctions Warranted if More Violence Against Protesters, Press

Dec 10th, 2013 | By

Washington December 9, 2013 Further use of force by Ukrainian authorities should lead to the immediate imposition of targeted sanctions by the United States and European Union against Ukrainian officials responsible for such actions, Freedom House said today. Freedom House also calls on President Viktor Yanukovych to offer his resignation as a way to trigger…