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Bilotserkivska is the head of a Severodonetsk human rights organization, Pravovy Prostir [Legal Realm]. The criminal proceedings against her were initiated five years ago when she led a group of residents of an apartment block protesting against the destruction of a green area outside their homes.

The authorities ignored them, and when the construction workers arrived and showed equally little interest in the residents’ objections. Bilotserkivska saw no alternative but to climb up to stop the digging work. The charges are of obstructing cranes.

With a case like that, it is not surprising that first one judge washed his hands of it by sending it back for further investigation. Six judges then proceeded to withdraw themselves from the case, presumably unable to treat obstruction of cranes with the impartiality required.

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