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Entire Pskov paratrooper regiment killed in Ukraine?

03.09.14
A transcript published by the newspaper Pskovskaya Guberniya appears to confirm that from 70 to as many as 140 Russian paratroopers from a Pskov division were killed fighting Russia’s undeclared war in Ukraine
News from the CIS countries

Mothers of Beslan seek answers through Strasbourg

03.09.14
If independent expert Yury Saveliev is right, federal troops used grenades against a school with over 1100 hostages. 334 people died, including 186 children, almost all because of the explosions and resulting fire, or shot when the troops stormed
News from the CIS countries

Russian enthusiasm falls for paying the cost of Crimean annexation

03.09.14
73% of Russians continue to believe the Crimea “should be part of the Russian Federation”, however the percentage of those willing to pay the price for this has dropped from 59 to 50%
Deported peoples

Latest vandal attack on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis headquarters

03.09.14
A Mejlis spokesperson believes the vandalism to be the latest in a series of provocations and linked with the coming elections which the Mejlis has called on all Crimeans concerned about the violation of Crimean Tatar rights to boycott
Politics and human rights

Russia’s Ilovaisk Treachery

02.09.14
Two Russian soldiers taken prisoner in Ilovaisk say they understood that they weren’t on a training exercise when they came under fire. At least 100 Ukrainian soldiers were mercilessly gunned down after trusting the Russian ‘human corridor’ proposed by Vladimir Putin
News from the CIS countries

More Russian conscripts forced to fight in Ukraine

02.09.14
It is frustrating that the BBC and other media which insist on speaking of “Ukrainian claims” that Russian forces are fighting in Ukraine ignore not only the clear evidence from NATO, the USA and Polish media, but also the reports from the mothers of Russian conscripts emerging despite the authorities efforts to silence them.
Freedom of expression, The right to liberty and security

Journalist covering siege of Ilovaisk taken prisoner

02.09.14 | comments: 1
Yehor Vorobyov, journalist from TV Espreso has been taken prisoner while covering the siege of Ilovaisk in the Donetsk oblast. Cameraman Taras Chkan and Road Control journalist Rostislav Shaposhnikov are hopefully safe
Terrorism

Irina Dovgan tells of public abuse at hands of pro-Moscow separatists

02.09.14 | comments: 1
Interview given by Donetsk resident Irina Dovgan whose photo was published by New York Times tied to a post being attacked and abused by supporters of the Kremlin-backed militants
Politics and human rights

Russian fascist ideologue Dugin: Why stop with Donetsk and Luhansk?

01.09.14 | Halya Coynash | comments: 1
On Vladimir Putin’s ‘Novorossiya’, the Russian fascist ideologue and organizations active in eastern Ukraine, and a surreal ‘antifascist’ conference in Yalta attended by the Kremlin’s fascist, sometimes neo-Nazi supporters from European countries
The right to a fair trial

Russia’s Geopolitical Prisoners

01.09.14 | Halya Coynash | comments: 1
If the four Crimeans facing absurd ‘terrorist charges following peaceful protest against Russian occupation fall within traditional definitions of political prisoner, and Ukrainian officer Nadiya Savchenko is a prisoner of Russia’s undeclared war, Yury Yatsenko is in Russian detention because he is Ukrainian
News from the CIS countries

Remember Beslan

01.09.14 | comments: 1
10 years have passed since the seizure by terrorists of a school in Beslan, North Ossetia and the subsequent storming of the school with the use of tanks and heavy artillery. 331 people were killed, including 15-year-old Oksana Kokova
News from the CIS countries

Shenderovich: “The war against Ukraine is a disgrace and a crime”

01.09.14 | comments: 1
On Sunday prominent Russian writer and journalist Viktor Shenderovich held a one-man picket in protest at Russia’s undeclared but ever more aggressive war against Ukraine. Six others who lit candles in protest were detained for some time by the police.
Politics and human rights

Mariupol residents form human chain against Russian aggression

31.08.14 | comments: 1
More than a thousand residents of the port city of Mariupol joined arms on Saturday in a human chain at a checkpoint outside the city in the direction of Novoazovsk, Large trenches have also been dug to defend the city from invasion by Russian troops or Kremlin-backed militants
Politics and human rights, News from the CIS countries

Attacked for asking why Russian paratroopers died fighting in Ukraine

30.08.14 | Halya Coynash | comments: 1
Lev Shlosberg, an opposition politician and journalist in Pskov was seriously attacked late on Friday evening, days after he divulged information about the Pskov paratroopers whose death in Ukraine Russia has been trying to conceal.
News from the CIS countries

Russian NGO branded as “foreign agent” after reporting on Russian military action in Ukraine

30.08.14 | comments: 1
On 28 August, the Russian Ministry of Justice added the NGO “Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg” to its official list of “foreign agents” under the 2012 law.

  

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