Critic of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine gets 3.5 year jail sentence

25.12.2018 | Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

A court in Moscow has sentenced 37-year-old Denis Bakholdin to three and a half years’ imprisonment for allegedly belonging to the legal Ukrainian organization Right Sector while in Ukraine.  The prosecution had claimed that Bakholdin had gone to Ukraine to take part in the war in Donbas “to harm the interests of the Russian Federation”.

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10 Names Russia Hopes You’ll Never Know

BY VITALII RYBAK, http://www.atlanticcouncil.org

Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Moscow and its proxies have put dozens of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar political prisoners behind bars. However, there are many other people in Russian prisons who have been incarcerated for their unwillingness to bow down to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

The fabrication of these cases has been refined in Russia’s courts. There a court does not need real evidence, just an order from above. The evidence and all other case-related elements can be carelessly thrown together, as the details don’t matter. Moreover, Russians can hold people in pre-trial detention centers for years without trial.

The number of political prisoners in Russia has been growing in recent years, and this is unlikely to change. More interference and pressure from the international community is necessary, as this has proven to be the only factor which secures the rare and occasional release of political prisoners.

Below are ten political prisoners—Ukrainian, Tatar, Russian, and Danish—whose cases should be followed. This, of course, does not mean that the 140 others should be forgotten. A full list of Russian political prisoners is available at the Let My People Go and Memorial Human Rights Protection Centre websites.

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Der Fall Denis Bacholdin

Martina Steis, Berlin

Seit 2012 hatte sich der Moskauer Wirtschaftswissenschaftler und Psychologe u.a. bei Straßenprotesten engagiert. Was im Ausland wenig wahrgenommen wurde: bis 2014 gab es in Moskau nicht wenige Aktivisten, die beständig und zu den unterschiedlichsten Themen auf die Straße gingen. Dafür nahm man das im Kreml sehr wohl wahr, genau diese Unermüdlichen wollte man mit dem Straftatbestand “Mehrfacher Verstoß gegen das Versammlungsrecht”, der im Juli 2014 in Kraft trat, bekämpfen. Dass dieser Paragraph anerkannten Rechtsgrundsätzen, russischem Recht bis hin zur Verfassung und internationalem Recht widerspricht, war von Anfang an offensichtlich. Nur ist das in Russland noch lange kein Grund, dass so etwas nicht in Kraft tritt. In der Maxime “Es braucht nur einen Menschen, ein Gesetz gegen ihn findet sich” kommt ja auch nicht vor, dass das juristisch sauber laufen muss. Continue reading “Der Fall Denis Bacholdin”

Putin critic faces 6-year sentence for actively opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

In October 2014, Bakholdin, “while on Russian Federation territory, supporting the idea of fighting the political system of the Russian Federation and pro-Russian supporters on Ukrainian territory” set off for Ukraine to join an organization fighting the said “pro-Russian supporters on Ukrainian territory”

Russia’s Investigative Committee has formally charged 36-year-old Denis Bakholdin with taking part, while living in Ukraine, in a Ukrainian organization “fighting pro-Russian supporters on Ukrainian territory”. The fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine could face up to six years’ imprisonment in this latest demonstration by Russia of its clear engagement on one side in the military conflict in Donbas.

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Ukrainian arrested in Russia for going to political meetings in Ukraine

36-year-old Denis Bakholdin is a Russian activist and critic of Russia’s war against Ukraine.  He had been living Ukraine since 2014, but when his mother fell ill in March this year, he tried to visit her and was detained in the Bryansk oblast, and remanded in custody, on the same charges of involvement in Right Sector.

Russia’s Investigative Committee and FSB have arrested yet another Ukrainian on surreal charges linked with the Ukrainian nationalist organization ‘Right Sector’.  Roman Terkovsky is accused of attending entirely legal Right Sector events in Ukraine and of promoting the organization on Facebook.  Very little is currently known about him, besides his arrest on such extraordinary charges which brings the number of Ukrainians held by Russia on politically-motivated charges to over 60. Continue reading “Ukrainian arrested in Russia for going to political meetings in Ukraine”

Putin critic living in Ukraine seized, tortured and jailed in Russia

We can stop this war, I demand withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine

Denis Bakholdin, a Moscow activist and opponent of Russia’s war against Ukraine has been found in a Russian SIZO, or remand prison, three months after he disappeared in Kyiv.  Little is known about how he came to be there, with this and the apparent use of torture chillingly reminiscent of stories of how Ukrainians have come to be in Russian detention. Continue reading “Putin critic living in Ukraine seized, tortured and jailed in Russia”

HOW PUTIN TRIED AND FAILED TO CRUSH DISSENT IN RUSSIA

“Wake up Russia!” read a flyer at a demonstration in Moscow in early 2012, and, for many, those unprecedented protests were life-changing events, transforming thousands of once-apathetic Russians into active opponents of Putin’s rule. They are people like Denis Bakholdin

BY ON 2/26/16 AT 7:16 AM (fragment)

Kremlin has been unable to entirely crush dissent. “Wake up Russia!” read a flyer at a demonstration in Moscow in early 2012, and, for many, those unprecedented protests were life-changing events, transforming thousands of once-apathetic Russians into active opponents of Putin’s rule. Backing down when the going got tough was simply not an option Continue reading “HOW PUTIN TRIED AND FAILED TO CRUSH DISSENT IN RUSSIA”