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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.

Ukraine | Political repression in Ukraine: summary statistics

In response to a request from Ukrainian journalists, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) reported that 1505 people were arrested for crimes against national security between 2014 and 30 November 2017. This information was published by the agency “Ukrainian National News” in December 2017.
“Investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine since February 2014 till November 30 this year investigated (investigate) 15 236 criminal productions about crimes against the bases of national security and defense of Ukraine, encroachment on its territorial integrity and inviolability, terrorism, other serious crimes by 3603 people, 1505 of whom were arrested,” – the reply to the inquiry tells.
Also SBU reported that the courts sent indictments against 1888 people who are participants of terrorist organizations and illegal paramilitary groups, traitors, accomplices of terrorists and committed others crimes against Ukraine.
It is also noted that 640 people were found guilty of committing crimes against the state and people of Ukraine, they are sentenced to different terms of imprisonment.
Also, the agency “Ukrainian National News” reports that in Ukraine, in the first half of the year 2017, 51 people were convicted of undermining national security. This information was provided to the agency by the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine.
On charges of committing crimes against the bases of national security of Ukraine, only three people received an acquittal.
Totally in the first half of 2017, there were 264 productions in the Ukrainian courts under these articles against 435 persons. During this period a total of 71 cases were examined.

Ukraine | Resident of Odessa region arrested on accusation of separatism

Employees of the SBU detained a resident of Berezovka in the Odessa region who spread anti-Ukrainian materials on Russian social networks. This was reported by the press center of the department.

“Law enforcement bodies recorded that the man regularly posted on his personal pages anti-Ukrainian materials with calls to change the borders and the constitutional system of Ukraine, and popularized the terrorist organizations DPR/LPR. The operatives of the special service documented that the agitator obtained information from the curator of the territories that are temporarily occupied by militants and spread it for a fee,” it is said in the statement of the SBU.