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”