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The Russian Invasion and Deaths Putin didn’t mention

29.08.14 | Halya Coynash
Why should Russia be in no doubt of ‘serious consequences’ when even with evidence pouring in of direct involvement by Russian forces using Russian tanks and sophisticated arms on Ukrainian territory, western leaders largely continued to rehash old warnings?
Politics and human rights

Mariupol: Putin get out!

29.08.14
In Mariupol around three thousand people held a demonstration on Thursday, protesting against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Politics and human rights

Russian ’Resolution’ of a Russian-manufactured Crisis

28.08.14 | Halya Coynash
A plan described by Finland’s foreign ministry as “secret talks between the US and Russia” will create a frozen conflict in eastern Ukraine. Just what the Kremlin wants to hear. And there’s more
The right to a fair trial

Nadiya Savchenko: Yanukovych fell, so will Putin

28.08.14
Ukrainian officer Nadiya Savchenko has stated clearly that she is being subjected to a psychiatric examination in the notorious Serbsky Institute illegally and will be refusing to speak to staff, answer questions or in any way cooperate
Politics and human rights, News from the CIS countries

Russian NGO has list of 400 killed or wounded Russian soldiers

28.08.14
It looks extremely likely that at least some of the considerable number of men from the Caucuses long known to be fighting on the side of the Kremlin-backed militants in eastern Ukraine are or died as soldiers of the Russian Army.
Freedom of conscience and religion

Muslim school head fined for ‘extremist literature’ in Crimea

28.08.14
The Crimean prosecutor under Russian occupation has fined the director of a Dzhanoye district madrasa or religious school for possession of what it considers ‘extremist’ material
Politics and human rights, News from the CIS countries

If Russia is not at war, then who is in those freshly-dug graves?

27.08.14 | Halya Coynash
Russians are also now asking hard-hitting questions as macabre efforts continue in Pskov and other parts of Russia to conceal the death or injury of a large number of soldiers sent to fight Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine
Social and economic rights

Veto Crimea bill or shame Ukraine

27.08.14
Ukraine’s parliament has adopted a bizarrely inappropriate bill on a ‘free economic zone’ in the Crimea which would seriously infringe the rights of Crimean Ukrainians and, by effectively recognizing Russian occupation, cast serious doubts over Ukraine’s position on Crimea.
News from the CIS countries

Single Voices Defending Russia against the ‘TeleJunta’

27.08.14
Prominent Russian lawyer Henry Reznik has held a one-man picket in Russia against the latest Russian media production purporting to ‘expose’ famous musicians and others who have criticized Moscow’s policy on Ukraine
Politics and human rights, News from the CIS countries

Macabre Convoy: Cargo 200 from Ukraine to Russia

26.08.14 | Halya Coynash
There is more and more evidence that Russian soldiers are fighting – and dying – on Ukrainian territory, and that the so-called ‘humanitarian convoy’ may have been used to take the dead back to Russia
Deported peoples

Mejlis calls for boycott of Crimean elections

26.08.14
The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People has issued a statement in which it points to the widespread rights violations seen in recent months in the Crimea, including violations of the rights of the Crimean Tatars and calls on all Crimeans to boycott the elections
Terrorism

Shameful march of prisoners in Kremlin’s dirty war

24.08.14
As feared, the Kremlin-backed militants demonstrated their contempt for human dignity and international law on Ukraine’s Independence Day by forcing around 50 captured soldiers to walk through a corridor of armed militants
Freedom of expression

FSB holds ‘prophylactic talks’ on eve of Ukraine’s Independence Day

24.08.14
Since Aug 22 the FSB in Crimea has been holding ‘prophylactic talks’ with pro-Ukrainian activists who had posted or shared postings about Ukraine’s Independence Day on Facebook
Chronicle

Support for independence at record high

24.08.14
The percentage of Ukrainians supporting independence has risen from 83% to a record 90%.
Politics and human rights, News from the CIS countries

Invasion by any other name

23.08.14 | Halya Coynash
The suspicion that Russia’s ‘humanitarian convoy’ was being used to divert attention from other activities was probably confirmed on Aug 23. Western leaders concentrated only on that undoubted violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty while ignoring NATO reports of direct Russian military incursions

  

Articles

If Russia is not at war, then who is in those freshly-dug graves?

Halya Coynash
Russians are also now asking hard-hitting questions as macabre efforts continue in Pskov and other parts of Russia to conceal the death or injury of a large number of soldiers sent to fight Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine

Invasion by any other name

Halya Coynash
The suspicion that Russia’s ‘humanitarian convoy’ was being used to divert attention from other activities was probably confirmed on Aug 23. Western leaders concentrated only on that undoubted violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty while ignoring NATO reports of direct Russian military incursions

Serious failings seen in new ‘lustration’ bill

Volodymyr Yavorsky, lawyer and human rights specialist, has subjected the latest draft law on lustration to close analysis and his verdict is not good. Instead of defending democracy, lustration as per this bill would be more likely to turn into a mechanism of selective political persecution of officials and would destroy independent institutions.

Odessa "Massacre" Propaganda vs. the Facts

Halya Coynash
The tragic events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, are rapidly being transformed into a propaganda campaign for Moscow. The facts are now available and need to be widely known. By allowing outrageous claims of a fascist ‘massacre’ to go unrefuted, we risk proving yet again how very little human beings learn from history.

Whose war?

Halya Coynash
The shooting down of MH17 has led to harsh words used about Moscow’s very major role in providing the arms and military technology, men and training for artificially manufactured unrest (and bitterly real bloodshed), but left terminology, like ‘civil war’ and ‘separatist’ largely intact

Russia resurrects Soviet ways in treatment of the Crimean Tatars

Halya Coynash
Enforced exile is always a personal tragedy. In this case, however, a ban has been imposed on Refat Chubarov, head of the Crimean Tatars’ representative body and this is an affront to all Crimean Tatars. It is also a test and challenge to western countries who claim commitment to rule of law and human rights while wanting business as usual with Russia

The EU’s Opaque Dealings with Ukraine

Halya Coynash
The decision to extend a ceasefire which one side was not respecting was doubtless taken under pressure from the EU, and not widely understood at home. Trust in the president, and in the EU, will be undermined if the latter fails to make good its threats of sanctions this time. The same applies if negotiation arrangements lack transparency