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    February 20, 2015

    "One-way ticket to Russia"--"Free" Ukraine's political prisoners


    Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

    During the February 18 session of the government, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk promised to deport all opponents of the “Wall” (or the “European Frontier”, as Yatsenyuk prefers to call it) on the Russo-Ukrainian border.

    “Anyone who is against fortifying the border and the security line will get a one-way ticket to that side of the border. This applies to pro-Russian political forces which have raised their heads within the walls of the parliament, and the pro-Russian and anti-Ukrainian forces which are trying to create chaos in the country,” said Yatsenyuk.

    Incidentally, deportation of Ukrainian citizens is expressly forbidden by the Constitution. Nevertheless, judging by what’s happening, it’s not an obstacle to the government. While during the summer the Prime Minister “merely” called the participants in socio-economic protests “FSB agents,” today anyone who is unhappy with or opposed to the official propaganda faces hard time in prison.

    [A summary of individual cases follows]

    --A 23-year-old inhabitant of Zaporozhhye posted leaflets criticizing high prices, the war, and the Maidan. He was arrested on suspicion of creating a terrorist organization. His sister is active within DPR. He was placed under arrest, he faces 8-15 years in prison if convicted.

    --A National Guard soldier was sentenced to 9 years for treason. His “crime was to attempt to receive a Russian citizenship. He was accused of contacting Russian secret services through social networks, although no proof was shown in court.

    --Ruslan Kotsaba, a journalist, was arrested for airing a statement against mobilization without introducing martial law first, and faces treason charges. According to Poroshenko, additional 19 people have been arrested for the same “crime.” The SBU has started four thousand (!) similar cases. In 78 cases, the individuals being investigated stand accused of treason.

    --An inhabitant of Zaporozhye made a cash transfer to a DPR account in June 2014. In February 2015 the prosecutor’s office launched an investigation, accusing the individual of aiding and abetting terrorism.

    --SBU investigators are accusing a college instructor of interfering with military operations. His “crime” consists of a few Facebook posts critical of military operations, for which he faces 5-8 years in prison. There are more cases of people being arrested for activity on social networks with every day.  
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