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Politics and human rights, Deported peoples

Jemiliev: Russian FSB snooping even in Crimean mosques

Mustafa Jemiliev, MP and former head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People has spoken of repressive measures against the Crimean Tatars since Russia’s invasion of his homeland.
The right to liberty and security

Donbas: abductions continue as Horlivka politician found murdered

The body of Volodymyr Rybak, a Horlivka City Council deputy abducted on April 17 by pro-Russian militants was discovered on Tuesday in Slovyansk

Holocaust memorial desecrated in Sevastopol

A five-pointed star, some strange letters and what is probably an attempted hammer and sickle over the Russian letters for USSR were daubed in red paint
Politics and human rights, Deported peoples

Russian Annexation – Crimean Tatar Tragedy

22.04.14 | Halya Coynash
In the latest move demonstrating how well-founded Crimean Tatar concerns were about Russian rule, Mustafa Jemiliev has been informed of a ban on his entering the Crimea for 5 years
Interethnic relations

Pro-Russian separatists start their own anti-Semitic TV channel

22.04.14 | Halya Coynash
The anti-Semitic pronouncements and far-right credentials of a large number of the pro-Russian militants who have seized control in various east Ukrainian cities are making Russia’s unconditional support look highly questionable.
Politics and human rights, Deported peoples

Attack on Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Three women were injured during the forced removal of the Ukrainian flag over the premises of the Mejlis on Monday
Freedom of expression, The right to liberty and security

Two journalists still held captive by Slovyansk militants

Irma Krat and Serhiy Lefter are still being held by the armed militants in Slovyansk. Three foreign journalists, two Italian, and one Belarussian who were filming in the city had their papers, equipment and money taken away when seized on Monday morning, but they were later released
Politics and human rights

Russian advance video footage of Slovyansk shootout

21.04.14 | Halya Coynash
The shootout in the early hours of Sunday morning at a militant checkpoint near Bylbasivka on the outskirts of Slovyansk received swift and extensive coverage on Russian television. So swift in fact that the video of the event may have been made in advance
Interethnic relations, Politics and human rights

Pro-Russian, anti-Roma, anti-Semitic and hunting out Ukrainian speakers

20.04.14 | Halya Coynash
The Ukrainian authorities may have suspended anti-terrorist operations over Easter, but there is no let-up in violence and aggression from the pro-Russian militants in east Ukraine, especially Slovyansk with its motley "people’s mayor"
Deported peoples

Mustafa Jemiliev: Crimean Tatars full of foreboding about the future

Mustafa Jemiliev, MP, former political prisoner and champion of Crimean Tatar rights, and Refat Chubarov, head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people were detained for an hour on the border of the Kherson region and the Crimea on Saturday before the six armed men finally "let them" enter
Interethnic relations

Arson attempt on Mykolaiv Synagogue

An attempt to set light to a synagogue in the central district of Mykolaiv was thwarted by the swift hands-on reaction of a passer-by. The attack comes at a time when many in Mykolaiv and throughout Ukraine are concerned about possible acts of provocation
Interethnic relations

The Donetsk anti-Semitic leaflets – what should not be overlooked

18.04.14 | Halya Coynash
A real information war is raging and the very fact that the Jewish card is being used is extremely dangerous especially given the methods applied in recent weeks to manufacture "civil war"
Politics and human rights

East Ukraine crisis and the ’fascist’ matrix

18.04.14 | Halya Coynash
Who wants to collaborate with fascists? On the Kremlin’s blossoming links with far-right European parties, support for Donbas “separatists” with neo-Nazi leanings and western "deep concern”
Politics and human rights

Russia’s FSB demand personal data about EuroMaidan activists

Pavel Durov, co-founder of the social network VKontakte reports that the Russian Security Service demanded information about a large number of EuroMaidan groups
Politics and human rights

Not so very “separatist” at all

A survey just carried out has indicated a relatively low level of support for separatism even in the Donetsk region, and a lot more that refutes the ongoing line pushed by Russia’s propaganda machine



Defence ministry can’t even provide Ukrainian soldiers with bread and water

Ukraine’s military have been brought into the Kherson oblast without even the most basic supplies. On the Kherson Coordination Centre and ordinary citizens providing for them, and the help still needed

Kremlin-orchestrated "federalist" protest and western inaction

Halya Coynash
Western signatories to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum have already breached their commitment to Ukraine once. Are they also going to pretend that Sunday’s pro-Russian disturbances are not being deliberately orchestrated to justify the Kremlin’s demands for Ukraine’s “federalization”?

Ukraine’s faiths unite in response to Russian military aggression

Halya Coynash
Ukraine’s three main churches are working together in providing spiritual and moral support to Ukraine’s soldiers, while pressure on the Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has prompted the Crimean Tatars to offer their mosques for church services

Crimean Tatars left no space for illusion

Halya Coynash
Asked why the Crimean Tatars do not trust the assurances given them by Russia, the head of the Mejlis, Refat Chubarov answered with a question: I’d like to ask you: would it be better that they discussed how you will live together BEFORE they broke into your flat, or AFTERWARDS?

Concept framework for a law on lustration

Yevhen Zakharov, Volodymyr Yavorsky
A concept framework for a lustration law is provided, together with an explanatory note

Urgent Appeal from residents of the Crimea

The following appeal is addressed to Ukraine’s leaders and Ombudsperson. Given Russia’s military intervention which is in breach of the Budapest Memorandum and international law, the demands need to also be addressed to western countries

Russian troops already deployed in mainland Ukraine

Halya Coynash
Those EU countries believing that stern words and symbolic sanctions will suffice in the present crisis should think again. Russian troops have set up camp and have laid mines in the neighbouring Kherson oblast