News of the Week

Week-ending 21 June 2024

Russia’s War against Ukraine

Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Andriy Kostin said on June 18 that Russian troops beheaded a Ukrainian soldier in the eastern Donetsk region. Kostin said the Ukrainian military spotted the soldier’s head on a damaged armored car during aerial reconnaissance. (RFE/RL, 18/6/24)

Ilya Yashin, serving 8 1/2 years for condemning Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, was transferred to a punitive cell unit (PKT) in a prison in Smolensk region. (RFE/RL, 18/6/24; The Moscow Times, 20/6/24)

A military court in Moscow sentenced Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko in absentia to 10 years in prison on charges of justifying terrorism, inciting hatred with the threat of violence, and distribution of false information about Russia’s military. (RFE/RL, 18/6/24)

Interior Ministry officials said an investigation was launched last month against TV journalist Tatyana Lazareva on a charge of justifying terrorism based on her report about Ukrainian drones attacking Russian sites. (RFE/RL, 18/6/24)

Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate said it has identified five Russian military officers – Colonel Yury Abayev, Captain Dmitry Nagorny, and Lieutenants Temirlan Abutalimov, Zaur Bekov, and Yusup Imagazaliyev – suspected of being involved in the execution of four Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in May in Zaporizhzhya region. (RFE/RL, 20/6/24)

Ksenia Karelina, a Russian American ballerina who lives and works in Los Angeles, has gone on trial for treason over an alleged donation of $50 to a pro-Ukrainian charity. She was in Russia to visit her family in Ekaterinburg. (The Guardian, 20/6/24)

Ten Ukrainian children and their families have been returned to territory controlled by Ukraine’s armed forces after living under Russian occupation, authorities in Kyiv said Thursday. (The Moscow Times, 20/6/24)

Russia added Prague-basedjournalist Farida Kurbangaleyeva to the list of wanted persons and the registry of terrorists and extremists on unspecified charges. The journalist said the move was most likely a reaction to her criticism of Russia’s war against Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 20/6/24)

Other prosecutions

The jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich will be tried behind closed doors by a Russian court later this month in a high-profile prosecution that his employer and the US government have decried as a sham. (The Guardian, 17/6/24)

Imprisoned Vladimir Kara-Murza has been transferred to a cell-type facility — one of Russia’s strictest prison regimes — for six months. (RFE/RL, 20/6/24)

A Moscow court extended pretrial detention for journalist Nadezhda Kevorkova, arrested last month on a charge of “justifying terrorism.” until at least August 6. (RFE/RL, 18/6/24)

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan has rejected an appeal by RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva against a decision to extend her pretrial detention. (RFE/RL, 18/6/24)

A court in Sakha-Yakutia fined blogger Pyotr Shepelev 10,000 rubles ($117) on June 21 for taking part in an unsanctioned rally in January. Shepelev was detained three days earlier, hours before a visit to the regional capital, Yakutsk, by President Vladimir Putin. (RFE/RL, 21/6/24)

Russia’s Interior Ministry has issued an arrest warrant for Roman Anin, editor-in-chief of the investigative news outlet IStories. (The Moscow Times, 17/6/24)

A court in Vladivostok sentenced Gordon Black, an American soldier, to three years and nine months in prison for making death threats and theft. (The Moscow Times, 19/6/24)

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