Tag Archives: political repression in Ukraine

Ukraine | The Communist Party of Ukraine is attacked from all sides

On May 12, Ukrainian special services conducted 24 searches of Pyotr Simonenko, the leader of the Communist Party banned in Ukraine. In the course of the searches the SBU seized printing products with communist content, an automatic Stechkin pistol and 120 rounds. The special services accuse the head of the banned party under Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (actions aimed at violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or the seizure of state power).

Ukraine | Unnoticed searches in Ukraine: a month later

On March 12 a number of Ukrainian opposition activists were searched by state security of Kiev regime. Witnesses state that political police conducted them in unusually correct manner, policemen threw up evidences only in one case in Kharkov. But it was a large nationally coordinated wave of searches organized for a first time after half and year pause. We have published some data, but generally news agencies ignored the event, like nothing happened in Ukraine. It is true everybody is tired with Ukraine – supporters of a local reactionary regime, as well as its opponents round the world. Even nationally led persecution campaign looks like routine news. But we must remember struggle against reaction needs everyday attention. Any reactionary step could not be left and missed if we want to change a world for better.

Ukraine | Many opposition journalists searched in Ukraine

On Monday, March 12, Ukrainian special services conducted searches of 25 people in different regions of Ukraine. Special services suspect searched people “in carrying out anti-Ukrainian actions.” The propagandists of the Kiev regime usually understand under these actions the opposition activity, which is directed against the official Russophobic ideology. According to available information, searches were conducted in Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Lviv, Kharkov and Odessa.
Despite a wide geography, at the moment the names of only two searched journalists are known. This is the head of the Lviv humanitarian group of the “Ukrainian Choice” movement Inna Ivanochko and the Kiev journalist Yuri Lukashin. According to Ivanochko and Lukashin, special services seized telephones, computers, flash drives, business cards. They demonstrated increased interest in archives as well. However, they did not bring any charges.
Meanwhile, the state security spokeswoman said that in the course of the searches, propaganda materials, weapons, and explosives were confiscated.
Opposition journalists are restrainedly commenting on this information. They believe that the special services were not going to conduct mass arrests and acted solely for the purpose of intimidation.

Ukraine | Senseless court sentence in journalists’ case overturned in Ukraine

On February 21 Kiev court of appeal overturned the sentence for two Ukrainian opposition journalists and political prisoners – Dmitriy Vasilets and Evgeny Timonin. They were released from custody in the court room and placed under house arrest. The case was forwarded to the first instance for further consideration.
Previously, Ukrainian court sentenced them to 9 years in jail for alleged ‘aiding separatism and terrorism’ (actually, the media work of these Kiev journalists was interpreted this way). Both journalists insisted they are jailed only for a criticism to Kiev regime and its politics.
As their supportes have written ukrainian opposition journalists are thankful to the lawyers’ team and international campaigners who actually made it possible.

Ukraine | Odessa: new wave of arrests

Ukrainian political police continue its usual work and arrests every possible opponent to the Kiev regime. Its activity is high in the regions with disloyal population. Odessa region is one of them. During last month SBU (Ukrainian name of state security) arrested three persons accused of propaganda in social networks and fake spying against Ukraine.