Tag Archives: arbitrariness

Ukraine | Unidentified cat spy or farce style criminal persecution

Ukrainian media reported that in the criminal case of opposition journalist Vasily Muravitsky, who was arrested on charges of high treason, scandalous details were revealed. Andrei Gozhyy, Muravitsky’s lawyer, said that the special services accuse him of contacting a secret Russian agent called Pampukh. But in fact, Pampukh is not a man, but a cat that lives with his relatives.
Julia Maltseva, the owner of the cat, confirmed the statement and placed a Facebook post describing her cat. According to Maltseva, Pampuh is a very respectful cat and could be “not just an agent, but also a curator”, but the presence of paws hinders it to play that role.
The owner makes her own guess, why the Ukrainian special services turned the cat Pampukh into a secret agent. She says that keeps company with Muravitsky, so they periodically called up and communicated:
“Last winter we decided to go to Vasya (diminutive from Vasily – edit.) for a few days to visit and take the cat with us. At that time, SBU obviously listened to Muravitsky’s telephone conversations for a long time, therefore, his promise to take Pampukh to the highest rank it took into account and thought that Pampukh is a very serious person, since we always name it only by nickname.”
Although the case of Muravitsky more and more resembles a farce, the Ukrainian special services intend to resolutely bring it to the end, and then it will not be funny, but sad. Opposition journalist Muravitsky was arrested by special services in Zhytomyr on August 1, 2017. He is suspected of state treason, encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, violation of the equality of citizens and the establishment of a terrorist organization. According to the SBU, his articles were published on “websites that were administered from the Russian Federation and temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.” The prosecutor’s office said that the journalist faces up to 15 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property.

Turkey | Seventeen Turkish lawyers are in detention in different parts of the country; sixteen of them for several weeks

On the 8th of November 2017, Selcuk Kozagacli, President of the ÇHD, a progressive association of lawyers and a member of the AED, was arrested with great violence and detained in Istanbul. The accusations against our colleague justifying his detention by the Turkish authorities consist of complicity in terrorism.

Ukraine | Night arbitrariness in Odessa

On the night of 18 to 19 September the struggle continued in the case of the May massacre in Odessa. Three supporters of federalization became victims of new arbitrariness.

After acquittal, one of federalism supporters was attacked by the fascists. Ukrainian fascists were going to lynch supporters of federalization acquitted by the court. Therefore, the police took 15 people from the courtroom by bus and released them outside the city. One of the released was not lucky. He somehow fell to the fascists’ eyes: they attacked him and smashed his head with a metal object. The victim was hospitalized.
The same night the fate of Russian citizen Yevgeniy Mefyodov was decided. The court arrested him for 60 days on charges of separatism. At the same time Mefyodov was unable to use the services of his lawyer: he was defended by a free public defender. Mefyodov claimed that his right to defense was violated, but the court rejected these applications.
On a similar charge a Ukrainian citizen Oleg Dolzhenkov was arrested, but he managed to resort to the services of his permanent lawyer. The lawyer easily managed to prove that the demands of the investigative bodies are absurd. Nevertheless, the court ruled to arrest Dolzhenkov, turning the meeting into a farce.
First of all, according to the investigation, Dolzhenkov demonstrated an evil intent against the Ukrainian state when on March 28, 2014 he organized an auto rally devoted to the anniversary of Nikolayev city liberation from the Nazi invaders. Thus, the celebration of such events according to the version of the Kiev regime is equal to a crime.
Secondly, the investigation and the prosecutor considered the slogans “Forward, Slavs, Russian, forward!” and “Glory to heroes-Olshantsy!” as separatist appeals. Olshantsy means members of the detachment of Senior Lieutenant Olshansky, who landed in March 1944 in the port of Nikolayev and began an operation to liberate the city. Thus, the investigation believes that the glorification of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War is equal to an attempt on the Ukrainian statehood.
Dolzhenkov’s lawyer asked not to place her client in custody. In particular, she noted that Dolzhenkov was illegally detained by members of the Security Service and the prosecutor’s office, who had not the appropriate authority. Investigative bodies actually kidnapped Dolzhenkov without informing her about the client’s location. She found out about him by accident. The lawyer noted that the event her client accused of occurred in March 2014, while criminal proceedings were opened only in January 2015. Moreover, the investigative actions began only in November 2016, and for all this time the investigation find no significant evidence of the guilt of Dolzhenkov. Moreover Dolzhenkov and Mefyodov were only witnesses in the case.
The decisive argument for the court was the threat of fascists, who were in the courtroom. They said that if Dolzhenkov was released, they would “try him by Lynch’s court”, and the responsibility for that would lie with the judge. The lawyer of the accused only accidentally found out about the location of his client, while several dozen fascists without any problems came to the right place. This testifies to the conspiracy of the prosecutor’s office and the Ukrainian fascists in the fight against the freedom-loving people of Odessa.

Ukraine | Chief Editor of Ukraine’s Vesti Links Searches to Media Holding’s Publications

On July 14, earlier in the day, Ukrainian newspaper Vesti said that special services were conducting searches in its office in the Gulliver trade center in Kiev, and the work of the editorial office was blocked. Later, Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatolii Matios said that law enforcers were conducting more than 180 searches in the premises located in the Gulliver, owned by former Revenues and Duties Minister Oleksandr Klymenko, including the editorial office of Radio Vesti.

Ukraine | Neue Repressionen gegen ukrainische Medien

Das regierungskritische Internet-Portal strana.ua wurde in der vergangenen Nacht von Ermittlern durchsucht. Chefredakteur Igor Guschwa wurde verhaftet.

Am Donnerstag um 22:30 Uhr brachen 15 Beamte des ukrainischen Geheimdienstes SBU und der Nationalen Polizei der Ukraine die Tür zur Redaktion des regierungskritischen Internetportals strana.ua in Kiew auf. Die Beamten verhinderten zunächst, dass eine Anwältin einer Durchsuchung der Redaktionsräume beiwohnen konnte. Gegenüber den zehn Mitarbeitern der Redaktion und einer später zugelassenen Anwältin weigerten sich die Beamten ihre Namen zu nennen.