Freedom of Speech

13.09.2018Why We Must Speak Out about Oleg Sentsov Now

Natalia Arno

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned by Russian forces in 2014, is on the verge of death. More than one hundred days ago, … читати далі

31.08.2018Russian FSB comes for Ukrainian Cultural Centre activist in occupied Crimea

Halya Coynash

Olena Popova, Olha Pavlenko, Meryev Zeytullaeva (wife of political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev). Photo – Anton Naumlyuk
Olha Pavlenko has become the latest activist from the Ukrainian Cultural Centre to come under attack in Russian-occupied Crimea.  … читати далі

30.08.2018Ominous new twist in Russia’s conveyor belt trial of six Ukrainian political prisoners

Halya Coynash

Enver Bekirov (left – family photo; right – in court)
A Russian court hearing the ‘trial’ of six recognized Ukrainian political prisoners has returned the case to the prosecutor, … читати далі

23.08.2018Crimean Tatar Accused Of Restoring ‘Nazism’ For Antiwar Poem

Tony Wesolowsky, Ilya Tarasov, Oleh Trokhimovich

Aliye Kenzhalieva is convinced Victory Day in Russia to mark the end of World War II has become more a celebration of the military than a solemn remembrance of those who perished in the conflict. … читати далі

20.08.2018Crimean Tatar poet under criminal investigation in Russian-occupied Crimea for anti-war verse

Halya Coynash

Crimean Tatar poet Aliye Kenzhalieva is facing possible criminal charges over poems about the tragedy of war, which the Russian-controlled Investigative Committee is trying to claim falls under the article of Russia’s criminal code on ‘rehabilitation of Nazism’. … читати далі

19.08.2018Prisoners of undeclared war. Summarized information on Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia

The Monitor of Political Persecutions OVD-Info has collected and summarized all available information about 88 people, associated with Ukraine and persecuted by the Russian authorities. … читати далі

18.08.2018Imprisoned Donetsk journalist Aseyev tortured for Russian propaganda TV ‘confession’

Halya Coynash

Stanislav Aseyev, screenshot from the propaganda video
Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev has been shown on a Russian state-controlled television channel ‘confessing’ to working for Ukrainian military intelligence.  … читати далі

15.08.2018Kremlin uses blatant lies as excuse to not free Oleg Sentsov

Halya Coynash

The Kremlin has rejected the plea from Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov’s mother that Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘pardon’ her son. It claims that the request must come from Sentsov although this was not the case when Putin issued decrees ‘pardoning’ three other Ukrainian political prisoners. … читати далі

13.08.2018Mothers helpless as Russia risks the life of three Ukrainian political prisoners on hunger strike

Three Ukrainian mothers are watching, totally powerless, as their sons, imprisoned illegally in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea, become dangerously weak on hunger strike.  The world knows mainly of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, … читати далі

10.08.2018U.S. Lawmakers Call On Russia-Backed Separatists To Free Ukrainian Journalist

A bipartisan U.S. congressional caucus has called for the immediate release of a Ukrainian journalist and blogger said to have been imprisoned on spying charges for more than a year in eastern Ukraine. … читати далі

10.08.2018Ukrainian Ombudswoman Says ‘Rapid Actions Needed’ To Save Sentsov

Ukrainian Ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova says “rapid actions” are needed to save the life of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who has been on a hunger strike in a Russian prison for nearly three months. … читати далі

07.08.2018Bangladesh: authorities must immediately and unconditionally release writer and photographer Shahidul Alam


The arrest of award-winning writer, photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam, on 5 August 2018 shines a light on the dangerous escalation of the government’s crackdown on dissenting voices, … читати далі