Tag Archives: political repression in Ukraine

Ukraine | One more arrested: Ukrainian state security has been hunting for journalists

On September 28, Ukrainian special services detained journalist Pavel Volkov in Zaporozhe, who did not agree with the policy of nationalism and neo-Nazism pursued by Kiev.
As reported in the Security Service, the detainee in 2014-2016 allegedly worked in the Donetsk people republic’s social communications committee, “where he prepared and then placed on the separatist Internet resources, various illegal materials.” Thus, according to the special service, Volkov called for a change in the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukrainian borders and “provoked incitement to ethnic hatred.” At the same time, the state security emphasizes that this agitator received “assignments” and coordinated his work with curators from the Russian Federation who financed these sites.

Ukraine | New victims of political repression in Ukraine

The Berdichev court condemned two Ukrainian journalists for nine years of imprisonment.
In 2015, journalists of Channel 17 Dmitry Vasilets and Yevgeny Timonin were detained on charges of separatism. In particular, the investigation accused them of creating the channel “Novorossiya TV”. More precisely, being in Kiev, they, according to the investigation, created a corresponding page on the Youtube service. In addition, journalists made a trip to the Donbas in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
As the journalists themselves claimed, they do not have any relation to the TV channel and are not involved in either its formation, or in the creation and dissemination of information on this television channel.
Nevertheless, the court found Dmitry Vasilets and Yevgeny Timonin guilty of assisting a terrorist organization and sentenced both to nine years in prison.
The court read out the verdict in the absence of the defendants. Vasilets began to criticize the court decision during the announcement of the verdict. He was withdrawn from the courtroom on the orders of the judge. And Evgeny Timonin left the courtroom himself.

Greece | MEP from Greece supports Ukrainian worker activist

Communist party of Greece questions the European Parliament on the arrest and detention of Ukrainian worker activist.

The MEP of the KKE, Kostas Papadakis, made the following specific reference in his question:

“On June 21 2017 the counter-intelligence agency of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arrested Yevgeny Tichonovic Gavrilov, cadre of the organization “Workers’ Front” in the village of Orlifka (territorial district of Pokrovski, region of Donietsk) on the accusation of “terrorist activity”.This accusation was based on the reasoning that there were various books in his house, chiefly of a historical nature. On August 15 2017 the detention of Y. Gavrilov was extended for two months.

Ukraine | The accused in the May 2 case are acquitted

Today, on September 18, the city court of Illichyovsk announced the verdict in the May 2 case. In the year of 2014 the Kiev regime accused their political opponents of organizing the riots in Odessa accompanied by the death of civilians. 19 people were under investigation for three years. Five of them spent all this time in pre-trial detention.
Today the court announced the verdict. Contrary to forecasts, the verdict was voiced in one day. In content, it became a verdict for the prosecutor’s office and investigators. The court consistently disassembled the prosecution’s arguments and showed its monstrous non-professionalism, political bias and irresponsibility.
First of all, the testimony of witnesses could not confirm the involvement of supporters of federalization in the organization of mass riots. Judges concluded that the key witness of the prosecution was dependent on the investigation. Therefore, he could stipulate the defendants, and his testimony may be unreliable.
Some of the evidence was found inadmissible. For example, it was the recognition of the accused Dolzhenkov on the part of the witness Posmichenko. During the identification, the investigator suggested that Pozmichenko point to the allegedly seen man among four photographs. On one of them was depicted Dolzhenkov, on the other two – famous Hollywood actors, and on the fourth – football player David Beckham. The court found this identification biased.
The court also found doubtful photo and video, shown as evidence. First, despite numerous demands, the prosecutor’s office did not provide the originals of the video, but only their edited versions. Secondly, on many videos one can not distinguish the faces of the persons depicted, and the prosecutor’s office could not prove that they were the accused men.
The protocols for the inspection of the incident scene are also recognized as inadmissible evidence, since they were drawn up by officials who did not have the authority to do so.
Further, the court noted that the examination of the bodies of the deceased was not carried out on the basis of the bodies examination results, but on certain medical documents drawn up by someone incomprehensible and on what grounds. Also, the court did not provide the results of the ballistic examination. No weapons were installed, from which the dead were fatally wounded, representatives of football fans were not questioned in court, law enforcement officers, although many of them were injured, were not represented as witnesses too. According to the judges, the investigation was not careful in the collection of evidence, so some of them could be lost.
Finally, the court found that the pretrial investigation was biased and dependent on the persons involved in the events. In particular, the judges point to the fact that supporter of the Kiev regime Khodiyak, who was accused of murdering supporters of federalization, stayed behind bars for two days, while supporters of federalization have been there for more than three years.
The court decision says of federalists: “There is not a single piece of evidence to support the prosecution. Moreover, the prosecution did not even try to prove the guilt.”
The court acquitted the accused due to lack of evidence of the charges and decided to release them in the courtroom.
However, the triumph of justice lasted no more than three minutes. Immediately after the announcement of the verdict, representatives of the prosecutor’s office and special services entered the courtroom. They expelled journalists and spectators from the courtroom. With closed doors, Dolzhenkov and Mefyodov were accused of separatism. They were again arrested.

Ukraine | SBU Conducts Mass Arrests For “Separatist” Posts on VKontakte

During August the Security Service of Ukraine arrested several alleged administrators of pro-Russian groups on VKontakte and “Odnoklassniki”. This was reported by the press service of the SBU.

“It is established that a resident of the city of Vatutino in the Cherkassky region disseminated anti-Ukrainian material on their own pages on social networks. The propagandist was detained at the Kiev railway station whilst returning from Moscow with their latest instructions.