On 21 November human rights organizations presented a report on political persecution in 2011. The event was organized by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and the Kharkiv Human Rights Group


On 24 November President Viktor Yanukovych was nominated for the Thistle of the Year awarded to the worst violators of human rights, including for political persecution.



On 1 January an appeal was initiated demanding that the President put an end to political persecution. It was endorsed by over 250 organizations and individuals.


On 2 January activist Maxim Kytsyuk was detained in Sevastopol after he removed an umbrella with political advertising for the Party of the Regions from a toy Santa Claus (Grandfather Frost) near the city New Year Tree.  An investigation is continuing under a charge of petty hooliganism.


On 11 January the Police CID announced that four criminal investigations had been initiated over damage to billboards with pictures of President Yanukovych in various regions of Ukraine. In the Volyn oblast a 73-year-old pensioner was detained for daubing with pain a billboard with New Year greetings from Viktor Yanukovych.


On 23 January the poet Yury Vynnychuk who had written a rather scandalous poem against the present regime entitled “Kill the bugger” [the noun is given with letters omitted in Ukrainian – translator] was brought a summons to appear at the police station. The investigation was undertaken following an application from a Communist Party MP accusing the poet of pornography.


On 26 January the Ukrainian media reported that a criminal case had been initiated against the former Governor of the Kharkiv oblast and head of the regional branch of the Batkivshchyna Party, Artem Avakov. The criminal investigation is on charges of exceeding power and official authority leading to grave consequences (Article 365 § 3 of the Criminal Code).


On 26 January the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on Ukraine which expressed concern over criminal prosecutions of members of the opposition and called for the charges against former members of Yulia Tymoshenko’s government to be withdrawn.


On 2 February in Brovary Pavlo Rizanenko, an opposition deputy of the Brovary City Council and his driver were brutally beaten. Pavlo Rizanenko is known for his struggle against illegal machinations with land plots.


On 3 February the Head of the Public Liaison Department of the Interior Ministry spokeof the possibility that a criminal case would be initiated against the “hackers” who attack the official websites over the closure of the file sharing website EX.UA.


On 3 February the hearing took place into the appeal lodged by the Prosecutor’s Office against the cancellation of the criminal proceedings against civic activists Serhiy Zuyev, Lilia Bondarenko and Svitlana Tarabanova, members of the civic organization Klas in the city of Alchevsk.


On 9 February human rights activists addressed an open letter to Interpol regarding the prosecution of Artem Avakov stating that they believe the prosecution to be politically motivated.


On 10 February the head of the miners’ union at the Nikanor Nova Mine was questioned by an investigator over having allegedly “called for a picket in February 2012 of the President’s Administration demanding the overthrow of the constitutional order”.

On 14 February a court ordered the temporary closure of the website Dorozhny Kontrol [Road Control] which defends the rights of drivers and also posts photos and videos of violations of the law.  The court order was issued in connection with a defamation suit brought by a traffic police officer.


On 24 February activists were detained for handing out condoms with a picture of President Yanukovych on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square]. An administrative protocol was drawn up and the condoms confiscated. Four activists were sentenced to 15 days administrative arrest.


On 27 February the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv found former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko guilty of the charges against him.


On 27 February human rights organizations issued an open statement declaring that the sentence against Lutsenko was a serious step towards the dismantling of rule of law in Ukraine.


On 2 March two students from the Kherson National Technical University were detained for pasting up “anti-President leaflets” on city streets. A criminal case was initiated under a charge of group hooliganism. They were also made to sign an undertaking not to leave the city. Later the case was downgraded to an administrative offence.


On 5 March an OSCE delegation was not allowed to visit Yulia Tymoshenko in the prison colony


On 6 March the head of the Sumy branch of the Youth Narodny Rukh, Andriy Rybalka was detained.  Rybalka had held a protest action to mark the second anniversary of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency. During it, in order to prevent the spread of “political prostitution”, contraceptives were handed out to those present in the foyer of the small meeting hall of the Sumy Regional Council.


On 13 March the presentation took place of the report Human Rights in Ukraine 2011 which devotes a chapter to political persecution.


On 13 March the State TV and Radio Broadcasting Committee confirmed that it was demanding that State television channels promote President Yanukovych’s “social initiatives” and inform “of the results of the work carried out”.


On 14 March the Deputy Director of the Institute of Sociology Yevhen Holovakha as well as the entire Academic Council of the Institute were summoned for questioning by the SBU [Security Service].


On 14 March an open appeal was issued over the unlawful pressure by the Prosecutor’s Office on the Editor of the newspaper Litsa [Faces]. Olena Harahuts.  The Prosecutor was demanding that she divulge the sources of information used by authors in preparing newspaper material.


On 21 March the Verkhovna Rada passed in its first reading a resolution on implementation of the PACE Resolution without the key provisions. The document does not, for example, contain items relating to the PACE’s key demands regarding the decriminalization of Articles 364 and 365 of the Criminal Code under which Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko were convicted, nor on making it possible for them to take part in the next parliamentary elections.


On 22 March the police broke up a peaceful protest entitled “Prepare a tent in spring”/ Berkut riot officers tried to detain activists and pull them into a police van.


On 24 March the head of the organization Dorozhny Kontrol, Rostyslav Shaposhnikov was abducted and brutally beaten up.


On 25 March a Coalition of Civic Organizations presented a report on basic rights for the Universal Periodic Review in which a separate chapter was devoted to political persecution in Ukraine.


On 27 March the police in Donetsk detained three students for pasting “anti-President” leaflets.


On 27 March after a public statement from the Association of Ukrainian Banks regarding the unprofessional policy of the management of the National Bank of Ukraine the Association came under pressure from the tax authorities. As a result of a check the tax authorities drew up an infringement protocol and imposed a fine. The Association lodged a court appeal..


On 28 March the collective security system for young people MAMA issued an appeal in support of students, calling the accusations against them of “offending the President’s dignity” and “discrediting the present government” absurd.


It was learned on 28 March that one of the participants in the Tax Code protests in November-December 2010, Serhiy Kostyakov against whom trumped-up charges had been laid had been forced to flee abroad.


On 31 March Berkut riot police used force to remove tents from activists of the Democratic Alliance during an attempt to organize a picket in the form of a tent camp outside the Naftohaz building.


On 31 March a police lieutenant issued an order to use weapons against picketers protesting against illegal tree-felling in the Svyatoshynsk Forest. During the incident one journalist was beaten up.


On 1 April during the Odessa Humour Competititon police officers beat up an activist carrying a placard with a picture of President Yanukovych and the sign reading “Life has improved”. On the back of the placard there was another photo of Yanukovych, this one saying  “April Fool!”


On 2 April the Foreign Affairs Minister on twitter when asked whether the PACE recommendations would be implemented, replied “There is an obvious difference here between an obligation and a recommendation, isn’t  there?” “All obligations will be implemented”.


On 2 April Dorozhny Kontrol journalist Vitaly Kosenko was deliberately driven into while videoing illegal actions by traffic police officers.


On 3 April a court summons was received by the editorial office of the newspaper the Kremenchug Telegraph. Without providing any evidence the claimant asserted that he was “the author of the works of private ad newspaper “Privatna gazeta” and the information newspaper “Telegraph”, and the founder of these publications is the private enterprise which I registered”. That is the claimant was trying to defend his “authorial right” to the newspapers. In the material of the civil case there is an application to ensure implementation of the suit by banning issue of the newspapers whose names include “Privatna Gazeta” and “Telegraph”.


On 5 April the President of Freedom House David Kramer gave an interview to Komersant Ukraine in which he assessed the situation with democracy in Ukraine and noted that the current regime is persecuting members of the opposition.


On 10 April there was a court hearing against the head of the civic organization Salvation Union of Donbas Dmytro Verzilov who is charged with resisting police officers during a rally of pensioners and former Chornobyl clean-up workers for their right to benefits.


On 11 April unidentified individuals in black used force to stop a protest action in which condoms with President Yanukovych’s image were being handed out. The activists lodged complaints against the police officers who did not intervene. The organizers’ office was broken into and messed about.


On 13 April the General Director of TVi Mykola Knyazhytsky declared that the tax authorities were putting pressure on the channel and asked the police and Tax Administration to deal with what he called persecution.


On 19 April the head of the Zvenihorod Civic Organization “Sokil” Yehor Kravchuk turned to the Public Council attached to the Cherkasy Regional Administration. He asserted that Sokil was being harassed because of its civic activity in monitoring the housing and communal services structures.


On 23 April two cars in Kremenchug were set alight, one of them belonging to the Editor of the local newspaper – Visnyk Kremenchuka, Mykola Feldman.

On 26 April the police detained participants in a protest against the film “Match” being shown in a Kyiv cinema. A criminal case was initiated against the participants under hooliganism.


On 27 April Yulia Tymoshenko began a hunger strike in protest at what was happening in the country and what was happening with her in prison.


On 8 May five Presidents of European countries – Romania, Albania, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Montenegro refused to take part in the Yalta Summit and stated directly that they did not wish to come to Ukraine because of the case of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The President of Germany refrained from hard-hitting words, however the German Foreign Ministry refused to take part in the summit.,


On 9 May there was an attack on the head of the Donetsk regional organization – the Congress of Azerbaijanis Igbal Makhmudov. A motorcyclist caught up with the car in which Mr Makhmudov was driving and fired several shots.


On 10 May journalists picketed the Ministry of the Interior demanding that a criminal investigation be launched over the assault on their colleague Vitaly Lazebnyk. While carrying out his professional duties he was hit several times with a metal pipe and yet the police officers refused to detain the assailant.


On 12 May the home of the environmental activist Artem Maximov in Odessa was searched over a criminal investigation initiated over alleged incitement to inter-ethnic and ethnic enmity.


On 14 May officers from the State Guard banned a journalist from News of Donbas from photographing Yanukovych’s cortege.  The reason turned out to be the right of the President’s guards to open fire at civilians in the event of a possible danger to the President and this could include the flash of a camera.


On 15 May the Chief Editor of the information agency UNIAN Oleksandr Kharchenko was illegally dismissed. Before this, on 5 May, the Deputy Chief Editor ordered the removal of a publication under the heading “Is the Party of the Regions sharpening its fangs against Poroshenko?” claiming that it was commissioned. It was only after heated discussion with Mr Kharchenko and the demand that he sign that it was not commissioned that Hannytsky agreed to return it to the site.

On 17 May two officers from the Kamianets-Podilsk District Department for Fighting Organized Crime in the Khmelnytski oblast arrived at the central office of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions in order to remove documents belonging to the union “Defence of Justice”. They did not produce anything but ID.!-viimka-dokumentiv-u-konfederacii-vilnikh-profspilok-ukr


On 21 May a person holding a one-person picket Anatoly Ilchenko was detained by police near the President’s Administration. He was taken from the police station to a psychiatric clinic. The doctor doubted the need to hospitalize him and called the person in charge. The police officer on duty at the Pechersky District Police Station denied that Ilchenko had been detained, but said that he had been taken to the police in order to call for psychiatric help since the police believed he needed treatment.


On 23 May Ihor Koliushko, Head of the Board of the Centre for Political and Legal Reform reported that he had learned of fake letters in which he had supposedly asked for an enterprise owned by Poroshenko to be checked out with this having been done by 13 controlling bodies. }


On 24 May the court issued a detention order on activist from the Tax Code protests Rimma Bilotserkivska over a criminal case going back five years. During an attempt to stop unlawful construction work, criminal charges of hooliganism h brought against Ms Bilotserkivska.


On 24 May while they were handing in a collective appeal to the President’s Administration against a controversial language law the activists were assaulted by people in uniform in full view of the police.


On 24 May students from the Taras Shevchenko National University stated that they were being forced to give money for the buffet for lectures after the defence of their degrees. One of the initiators of the protest was not able, after this incident was made public, to defend her degree and was forced to give up her studies.


On 30 May the Head of the Tatarbunarsk District Service on Juvenile Affairs Nadia Fomina sent her own son Oleksy who holds opposition views to a psychiatric hospital. He learned in the hospital that he was on the psychiatrist’s books.


On 5 June during a protest against the language law outside the Verkhovna Rada the police used force and special means against peaceful protesters.


On 6 June the Director of Kyiv’s Zhytniy Market assaulted former law adviser and the head of the trade union “Defence of Labour”, Yury Nikitin who was trying to help Olena Polyakova, the last of the members of the union not yet dismissed whom they were trying to fire. The police officers who appeared at the scene of the event demanded that the union activist did not go to hospital.


On 8 June journalist Anatoly Shariy received political asylum in Lithuania over harassment by the Ukrainian law enforcement bodies.

The journalist links the initiating of criminal cases against him with his journalist activities, specifically with publication of material critical of police activities.


On 12 June the youth NGO Youth Nationalist Congress stated that they had been prevented from holding a children’s patriotic camp “Kolovrat” by the Deputy Governor of Sumy who had organized pressure from various bodies on the organizers of the camp.


On 16 June the police and members of the Donetsk City Council tried to prevent the photo exhibition Human Rights Offside. According to the organizer of the exhibition, Victoria Babia, they were prevented from breaking up the peaceful action by the arrival at the exhibition of a large number of Dutch fans.


On 19 June a court hearing was held in the examination of administrative proceedings against O. Ratnykova von Zasse, one of the organizers of an animal defence protest. The court found Ms Ratnykova von Zasse guilty of infringing the procedure for holding peaceful gatherings.


On 20 June Donetsk journalist Maxim Kasyanov said that he had been attacked by unidentified individuals in plain clothes who, he believes, were security guards for the Head of the Donetsk Regional Administration. The incident took place when as a journalist for the website “Kordon info” he videoed how the head of the Administration’s car went onto the parking area.


On 20 June an Ukrainska Pravda journalist was detained by SBU [Security Service] officers in Dnipropetrovsk while carrying out a journalist investigation into the explosions in the city. With no legal grounds whatsoever a search was carried out of his personal things.


On 23 June in Ladyzhyn (Vinnytsa oblast) an activist from the NGO Zemlyaki, Nina Burlachenko was detained by three police officers. She had been collecting signatures on the square in front of the City Executive against further reform of healthcare in the Vinnytsa oblast. The officers took her to the police station and effectively forced her to testify that during the process of gathering signatures, there had been slogans against public order in the country.

On 26 June the Zaporizhya authorities banned civic activists from holding a peaceful protest against the use of torture. The officials refused to register the notification of the planned action and said that this needed to be submitted 10 days before the event. When the activists tried to hold the picket without notification, they came up against three cars with Berkut riot police and a conversation with police management who tried for an hour to explain to the organizers that the accusations against the police of torture were defamatory.


On 27 June the Internet publication Levy Bereg published information about an application from Party of the Regions MP Volodymyr Landik to the Prosecutor demanding that a criminal case be initiated against journalist Sonya Koshkina who had published photographs of his text messages. From these it transpires that Landik had approached political technologists for positive coverage of the situation when his son assaulted a young woman.


On 27 June the media published information about demands to pay for things which students of college No. 15 had sewn. This fact was confirmed by the Prosecutor’s Office. After this the students came under pressure from the Administration, for example, Anya Sabatyn received a threat that they would smash her head in with a brick.


On 27 June the High Specialized Court postponed until 12 July examination of the cassation appeal lodged by Yulia Tymoshenko against the sentence over the gas accords. The former Prime Minister’s defence counsel, Serhiy Vlasenko said that he was convinced the aim of dragging all the criminal prosecutions against Tymoshenko out was to remove her from Ukrainian political life and from participation in the 2012 parliamentary elections.,,16050796,00.html?maca=ukr-standard_feed-ukr-9874-xml


On 29 June protester Ihor Panchenko who came to court to demand the release of convicted prisoner Vitaly Zaporozhets and three other protesters were dragged into a car by Berkut riot police and beaten.


On 29 June journalists who are investigating the case of the “Nizhnynsk Robin Hoods” published information to the effect that Mykola Urbansky who had been collecting signatures in support of the “Robin Hoods” had been severely beaten by police officers and had head injuries.


On 1 July the police used force to obstruct the final part of the travelling exhibition Human Rights Offside. One of the organizers, Nazar Boyarsky was taken to the police station where he was held in the courtyard for almost an hour and not registered in the journal recording detentions. Nor was the lawyer he came to the police station straight after his detention allowed to see Nazar. The case has been passed to the court.


On 2 July in Mykolaiv the police detained six people for pasting up leaflets against the Party of the Regions as part of the civic campaign “Revenge for Dividing Ukraine”. Mykolaiv residents Oleksandr Soloveiko, Denis Pukhlyak and Viktoria Platonova were taken to the Zaporizhya Police Station while protocols were drawn up against three other members of the civic movement and they were also sent to the police station.


On 3 July in Sevastopol activists handing out leaflets against the Party of the Regions and its MP Vadim Kolesnichenko as part of the campaign “Revenge for Dividing Ukraine”. were detained.  According to one of the activists, Katya Chepura “two cars came up, one a police car, the other civilian. 8 or 9 men got out, grabbed our arms and pushed us into the car. They shouted that they were taking us to establish our identify yet when we arrived here we were accused of unlawful circulation of election campaigning”.


On 3 July Berkut riot police used force and special means against participants in a protest against the adoption of the language law and tried to disperse the peaceful protest.


On 3 July the arrest and pre-trial detention of former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko was found unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights.


On 4 July court bailiffs read out the court order based on an application from the Kyiv City State Administration banning peaceful gatherings in the centre of the capital. The court banned all members of the public from gathering in the centre of Kyiv for 5 days.


On 5 July police officers came up to civic activists after the latter had stopped distributing leaflets as part of the civic campaign “Revenge for Dividing Ukraine” explaining why (the latter asserted) they should not vote for the Party of the Regions and its candidate for the single-mandate electoral district No. 1 Vitalina Dzoz. The police first sent them to a control point and then to the Central Police Station in Simferopol.


On 5 July two female students were detained for handing out leaflets about pressure on the Zaporizhya newspaper “Subota plus”. Printing presses in the city had prior to this refused to print the latest issue of the newspaper.


On 7 July unidentified individuals in the uniform of communal service cleaners, accompanied by Berkut riot police, removed the tent camp on the central square in Cherkasy which had been erected on 4 July by the United Opposition in defence of the Ukrainian language. Before this the Berkut riot police beat protesters, dispersed people and also detained the organizers.


On 8 July the Donetsk police detained activists from the organization Vidsich who as part of the civic campaign “Revenge for Dividing Ukraine” were handing out leaflets calling on people not to vote for the Party of the Regions and its candidate – Yukhim Zvyahilsky. Asked by the activists on what grounds they were being detained, the police replied that they were not detaining them, but taking them to the police station for a conversation.  When an activist tried to leave (since according to the police she hadn’t been detained and had the right to not go to the police station), officers grabbed her causing pain. Six activists were put into the car and taken to the Kyivsky District Police Station.


On 8 July a group of Kyiv students were detained for holding a peaceful protest. The protesters posted on the building of the President’s Administration a leaflet with the words: “Dear Viktor Fedorovych, you do everything correctly. Let the darkness be with you!”  [the words about doing everything correctly are Russian transliterated into Ukrainian – translator).


On 8 July the OSCE General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions during its annual meeting discussed the case of the illegally imprisoned former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko. It urged the Ukrainian authorities without any prior conditions to safeguard the health and guarantee medical care for former government officials now in prison - Yury Lutsenko, Valery Ivashchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko, and if necessary to allow them to be treated by independent doctors outside the prison.


On 10 July in Odess a police inspector together with two assistants obstructed journalists in covering a flash mob to mark the President’s birthday. Near the Regional Administration people sang songs, ate Kyivsky torte, drank fizzy drinks (“children’s champagne”) and  from a distance presented Yanukovych with a card with a bear and a huge fur hat. The police inspector wrenched the video recorder from a journalist’s hands and threw it on the pavement, while his companions threatened the participants and journalists with being taken by force to the police station, demanding that they stop videoing the flash mob.


On 11 July the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE called on Ukraine to review Articles 364 and 365 of the Criminal Code, guarantee medical treatment for Yulia Tymoshenko, Yury Lutsenko and Valery Ivashchenko, and also allow them to take part in the 2012 elections.


On 12 July environmental activist Yevhen Solovyov and another Zeleny Front activist who were filming illegal tree-felling in Kharkiv’s Gorky Park were beaten up.


On 12 July tax police arrived at the TVi channel to remove documents. The State Tax Administration in Kyiv stated that the unscheduled tax check of TVi was being carried out at the request of the investigator from the Kyiv Police.


On 13 July the State-owned Krym [Crimea] TV and Radio Broadcasting Company’s management decided to prohibit the broadcasting of the 13 July Ukrainian language radio programme “Two Colours” which spoke about the banned protest by members of the Crimean community in defence of the Ukrainian language. The author of the programme, a distinguished cultural figure Anna Petrova in protest handed in her resignation.


On 18 July the Pechersky District Prosecutor’s Office initiated a criminal case over alleged violation of MP Volodymyr Landik’s privacy of correspondence following a check of the MP’s submission on 21 June. According to the Chief Editor of Levy Bereg or, the aim of the criminal case was to destroy, its creative team, the heads of the publication.


On 19 July journalists picketed the Prosecutor General’s Office against the pressure on and TVi.


On 20 July the US Representative at the OSCE Ian Kelly stated that the prosecution of former members of the Ukrainian government were arousing serious concern in the OSCE.

"The politically-motivated prosecutions of Mr. [former Interior Minister Yuriy] Lutsenko, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and other former government officials, raise serious concerns about the Government of Ukraine's commitment to democracy and rule of law,"


On 20 July ARTICLE 19, Freedom House, Reporters without Borders and the Open Society Foundation sent members of the Ukrainian government an open letter urging them to stop the harassment of the independent TV channel TVi.


On 24 July the Editor and members of the editorial office of the Simferopol newspaper “Raionnaya Gazeta” stated that they were experiencing pressure from the local authorities. The TV and Radio Broadcasting Company Chornomorska stated that it was being subjected to pressure from the authorities, including the State Tax Administration.  Despite an official ban on carrying out checks of the media shortly before the parliamentary elections, Chornomorska had since May had unscheduled checks from the tax authorities.


On 30 July the journalist Mustafa Nayem was assaulted when he tried to establish the owner of the car which cut in front of Nayem’s motorbike near the exhibition centre where the congress of the Party of the Regions was taking place.


On 1 August journalists Natalya Sokolenko and Tetyana Chornovil were detained by police outside the residence of President Yanukovych at Mezhyhirya. Tetyana Chornovil was accused of hooliganism while Ms Sokolenko was classified as a witness over a peaceful protest against the language law.]


On 4 August the environmental activist and Head of the NGO “For Citizens’ Right to Environmental Safety”, Volodymyr Honcharenko died of injuries sustained during a brutal attack on 1 August. This came four days after a press conference at which he warned of a chemical time bomb in Dnipropetrovsk due to 180 tonnes of chemically contaminated scrap metal in a district of Kryvy Rih.


On 3 August the Prosecutor’s Office terminated the criminal investigation against the website


On 7 August the hosting company refused in unilateral fashion to continue to work with the site “You have the right to know”. For security the resource was forced to move outside Ukraine


On 9 August activists from the movement Prostir svobody who posted up leaflets protesting against the “law” On the Principles of State Language Policy were detained by police on Bankova St outside the President’s Administration at 19.30 and held there till 22.30.


On 14 August it was announced that Maxim Holosny had been placed on the national police wanted list. Holosny ordered the widely publicized billboard with an elderly woman and cat where the words read: “I found out that my grandson had voted for the Party of the Regions and have left my home to the cat”.


On 15 August Vidsich activists in Kyiv circulated leaflets calling on people not to vote for the Party of the Regions or their candidate in the single-mandate electoral district No. 222 in Kyiv, Maxim Lutsky. Three activists (Kateryna Chepura; Myron Hordiychuk and Vasyl Tytarenko) were detained and taken by force to the police station where protocols were drawn up for alleged persistent resistance of the police. During the detention, they were dragged along asphalt, with their things being ripped).


On 16 August two members of the campaign “Revenge for Dividing Ukraine” who handed out leaflets in Khmelnytski for the longest amount of time were detained by more than ten police officers. Rodion Rachynsky and Volodymyr Kulyk were taken to the police station, telephone contact with both of them disappeared and during the last occasion when they informed of their detention, you could hear a people officer shouting “put down the receiver” and trying to take the phone away from one of them.


On 19 August MEP Charles Tannock from the Group of European Conservators and Reformists stated that the fact that the parliamentary elections were being held without the leaders of the opposition - Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko was a shameful blot against the Ukrainian regime.


On 21 August three people attacked the Deputy Head of the UDAR campaign team and candidate for that district, Oleksandr Voskolovych.


On 22 August in Komsomolsk the police detained an adolescent who was painting on the monument to Lenin. He painted two pictures in the form of a flower and water melon in red paint. The criminal case was initiated under Article 296 § 1 of the Criminal Code with this carrying a possible sentence of up to five years restriction of liberty. The monument is not a historical monument or architectural, and is on the account books of the Komsomolsk City Council.


On 22 August MEP from the German Greens Rebecca Harms stated that pressure needed to be put on the Ukrainian regime over persecution of the opposition.


On 23 August human rights activists, journalists and others issued an appeal to the Ministers of the Interior and Environment, as well as to the media.  In it they call for proper investigation into the murder of environmentalist and civic activist Volodymyr Honcharenko, as well as into the allegations regarding dangerous chemical contamination in Kryvy Rih which Volodymyr Honcharenko made at a press conference just four days before the fatal attack on him. They stress the importance of media and public attention to the case.


On 27 August a violent attack was carried out on opposition party activist Taras Dyachenko. He received medium severity injuries – concussion, a tooth knocked out, cuts around the temple, a broken finger and broken ligaments.


It was learned on28 August that the coordinator of the local civic initiative in support of fair elections, Andriy Kachora was threatened with imprisonment over a commentary to the TV channel TVi. The Brovary Civic Campaign “Nastup” during the night from 21 to 22 “carpeted” Brovary with leaflets reading “Brovary in the power of a criminal clan”. The second day after publication of a video clip about the action, the police issued a protocol and court summons charging him with hooliganism.


On 31 January there was a court hearing in the case against a former Bars Special Unit officer who refused to back lies told by police officers. The case involved the period when Andriy Dmytrenko served in Bars and refused to give false testimony regarding supposed removal by police officers of non-existent narcotics.


On 11 September a court hearing took place into the criminal case brought against Luhansk civic activist Yury Kosaryev who was beaten by police officers in May 2011 for providing active legal help to staff of the joint stock company Uspensky Karyer.


On 13 September TVi stated that the tax inspectorate was trying by any means to carry out the latest “unscheduled” check of the TV channel despite the moratorium in place. The TVi press service informed that on 10 September the channel had received the latest letter from the tax inspectorate of the Solomyansk District in Kyiv. It yet again asked for documents “which have been checked by them on a number of occasions, taken away during removal of documents, as well as received in the form of copies from our channel many times”.


On 14 September civic activists from the village of Fontanka in the Komintern district of the Odessa oblast were ordered by the local district court to pay a fine of 15 thousand UAH for moral damages supposedly sustained by the private building firm Makenli. The respondents had criticized it on forums as an illegal developer building in their village.


On 26 September the leader of the Udar Party stated that a member of his party in the Zaporizhya oblast, Vadim Kryvokhatko was being subjected to pressure. Klitschko noted that representatives of the government had for a long time been holding negotiations with Kryvokhatko, who has over 40% support in the No. 82 single-mandate electoral district, trying to get him to withdraw his candidacy. Kryvokhatko has refused and has therefore experienced severe pressure, with four criminal investigations initiated over trumped up pretexts, searches constantly carried out of his offices and members of staff intimidated. “The latest thing that the authorities have done is to declare our candidate on the wanted list. And all to prevent him from taking part in the elections”, Klitschko said.


On 20 September the head of the information and analysis section of the TV STB news programme Vikna-novyny, Iryna Fedoriv who is known for her coverage of abuse in distribution of land plots of the “Bilichansk Forest” near the settle of Kotsyubynske in the Kyiv oblast was telephoned by a man she didn’t know who proceeded to threaten her and her family, saying that the journalist “is standing in the way of a multi-million case and it would be better for her to stop”.

On 22 September the US Senate passed a resolution calling for Yulia Tymoshenko’s release and for sanctions against those implicated in her imprisonment.


On 25 September the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs issued a statement in which they outlined cases of pressure on parliamentary candidate for the No. 167 single-mandate electoral district in the Ternopil oblast, Vasyl Chubak. For example, unidentified individuals had forced their way into his enterprise and without presenting any documents, threatened to close the enterprise and seize the company’s documents. Previously a criminal case had been initiated against Chubak’s son Volodymyr supposedly for possession of drugs. Volodymyr’s detention and other details to do with the investigation were accompanied by grave infringements of criminal procedure legislation. After numerous threats his lawyer refused to defend the lad. The exit from the building where the Chubak family lives has been illegally blocked for several days by cars with the State number plates VK 7598 AI and VK 5627 VA.


On 27 September the journal Ukrainsky Tyzhden stated that the journal was being pushed out of the market by blocking its access to readers and linked this with its criticism of the government. This, it said, had become noticeable after a critical article timed to coincide with the World Newspaper Forum in Kyiv. The article spoke of the problem of monopolization of the printed press and manipulations linked with this which distort the Ukrainian media and make it impossible for market mechanisms to function.  It was after this article, the journal says, that the Boryspil International Airport prohibited the journal and its English-language version – the Ukrainian Week - from being circulated on its territory


On 29 September the opposition published a video address by Yulia Tymoshenko which “calls on people at the elections to remove the mafia which is ruling Ukraine and ignoring human rights”.


On 30 September after Tymoshenko’s video address from hospital, the Penitentiary Service issued a statement saying that Yulia Tymoshenko might be moved from the hospital to the prison colony. The opposition called this statement revenge for the video address that was inconvenient for the government.


On 2 October on the 80th birthday of Natalya Petrivna Korolitska who had distributed leaflets calling on people not to vote for the Party of the Regions, police officers turned up at her place. They told her that she must not distribute the leaflets. During the conversation they said that they had received a phone call about the leaflets directly from the Kyiv Department of the SBU [Security Service].


On 3 October a court banned publication of the newspaper Nash Vybir [Our Choice] in Luhansk until the end of the elections. It considered that the publication had infringed electoral legislation by not giving the name of the agency which carried out a public opinion survey in full.  By this it meant that instead of simply writing the SocioLab Agency, they should have written “the civic organization SocioLab”.


On 3 October the First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin addressed an open letter to the US Congress in which he claimed that Yulia Tymoshenko is implicated in 4 murders.


On 8 October PACE Co-Rapporteur on Ukraine Mailis Reps explained that at present they do not call Tymoshenko and Lutsenko political prisoners, but say that the charges against them are politically motivated and pointed to the use of selective justice in both cases.  It was also clear from Ms Reps’ words that PACE could take around three years to decide whether Tymoshenko and Lutsenko are political prisoners.,_chi_e_timoshenko_i_lutsenko_politvyaznyami-109992.html   



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