Freedom of Speech

16.10.2018Ukraine’s neo-Nazi problem

Josh Cohen

National Militia’s march in Kyiv, January 28, 2018. Photo: National Militia’s official website.
 
As Ukraine’s struggle against Russia and its proxies continues, … read more

19.09.2018Russia is cracking down on minority languages – but a resistance movement is growing

Guzel Yusupova

Russia has spent the last several years aggressively advocating for the rights of Russian minorities abroad, and in particular for the “protection” of the Russian language. … read more

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, … read more

05.09.2018Outrage after Ukrainian court orders disclosure of prominent anti-corruption journalist’s mobile telephone data

Halya Coynash

Natalya Sedletska
 
A court warrant allowing Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office access to the mobile telephone data of a journalist who has exposed the authorities’ corruption has elicited outrage and succeeded only in placing Ukraine’s respect for press freedom in question.  … read more

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.  … read more

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, … read more

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. … read more

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’. … read more

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. … read more

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.  … read more

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. … read more

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, … read more