Ukraine: Ruslan Kotsaba's next hearing

Ruslan Kotsaba after a previous trial

UPDATE 20 February 2018:

The court sent the charges to the public prosecutor in Ivano-Frankivsk on application of Ruslan's lawyer. The indictment has not yet met the rules of the code of criminal procedure, so we await the continuance of the proceedings.

Ruslan Kotsaba is still free and awaiting the upcoming proceedings. He is thankful for the international support.We will keep you updated.


From Connection e.V.

(12.02.2018) Journalist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kotsaba stands trial again in Dolyna on 19 February 2018. He is known for his pacifist appeals against the war in Eastern Ukraine. He also called for a boycott of illegal mobilisation for the so called 'anti-terrorist operation' in Ukraine.

Ruslan Kotsaba was arrested in February 2015 and was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment for obstruction of the Ukrainian armed forces. After only 524 days of pretrial detention he was released by the court of appeal in July 2016.

The country's High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases decided on 1 June 2017 that the case would have to be reopened. The first court in charge in Bohorodchany declared itself to be biased, probably because of international pressure. Now the court in Dolyna is in charge of the case.

Take action

  • With this form you can send a protest fax to the court in Ukraine. Please demand that the court immediately confirm Ruslan Kotsaba's initial acquittal. We are going to forward your fax in Ukrainian language. You also could send the fax directly to the judge, Mr Shishko Oleg Anatoliyovych (fax no: +38-34 772 7577).
  • With this form you can send as well a solidarity postcard to Ruslan Kotsaba.You may also change our text proposal or add something. Please demonstrate Ruslan Kotsaba that he is not alone. We will send the postcard to him.