Initiator of Afghan War veterans’ protest “advised” to leave the country
Oleksandr Kovalyov who initiated the memorable protest on 15 February when around 200 Afghanistan War veterans deliberately snubbed President Yanukovych and other public officials by demonstratively turning their back on them alleges that pressure is being placed on him
Parliament weakens protection of property rights
By seriously reducing the time limits within which people can apply to the court to have dubious court rulings or contracts revoked, guarantees of people’s rights, especially with regard to ownership, have also been reduced
Afghanistan War Veterans turn their back on the President - literally
On 15 February, the 23rd anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet soldiers from Afghanistan, around 200 veterans deliberately snubbed President Yanukovych and other public officials by demonstratively turning their back on them.
Donbas Miners: Neither decent working conditions, nor a normal burial
Civic activists believe that the authorities, including the Mayor and Luhansk Regional Governor, Prystyuk are positively hampering any efforts to bring out the bodies of two miners killed in the latest tragedy at an illegal mine. Each body is more "trouble" for them, more undesirable evidence
Cold weather deaths shed light on plight of Ukraine’s Homeless
Official statistics put the number of homeless in Ukraine at just 15,000, although civic organizations say the actual figure is closer to 600,000-800,000.
Black Gold mixed with Blood
The illegal mines in the Donbas region which the authorities pretend have been eradicated or somehow made “legal” continue to claim lives with men often simply left to die when accidents occur
Criminal investigation over alleged forged Chornobyl documents declared unlawful
On 3 February 2012 the Kyivsky District Court in Kharkiv overturned the decision to initiate a criminal investigation over alleged forging of documents confirming the status of former Chornobyl clean-up workers
Chornobyl clean-up workers protest against CCU judgement on social payments
They call the recent Constitutional Court judgement on social payments a violation of human rights. The Court stated that cases involving social payments can refer not only to Ukraine’s social legislation, but also to Cabinet of Ministers normative acts regulating the amounts of these payments
Former Chornobyl clean-up workers resume protest in Kharkiv
On 25 January up to 100 former Chornobyl clean-up workers began an indefinite protest in Kharkiv’s Freedom Square demanding implementation of the Law on the Status and Social Protection of People who suffered as a result of the Chornobyl Disaster.
Which public officials receive concessions on luxury homes is classified information
The President’s Administration has refused to provide Ukrainska Pravda with information regarding which residents of the government residential areas “Koncha-Zaspa” and “Pushcha-Volchytsa” receive concessions for communal services
Residences of Azarov, Lytvyn and Yushchenko to cost the taxpayer 50 million UAH
Maintenance of the residential areas “Koncha-Zaspa” and “Pushcha-Volchytsa” which contains the residences of Ukrainian public officials will eat up 50 million UAH from the 2012
Government comes up with new form of pressure on Chornobyl clean-up workers.
The Health Ministry wants to introduce new ways of “reviewing” the status of former Chornobyl clean-up workers. There are fears that this will be used against those unwilling to buckle under and abandon their protests
Ukraine’s last among European countries with respect to economic freedom
The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom cites "fragile" economic foundations as the main problem in the country speaking of "poor protection of property rights and widespread corruption", weak rule of law while "the judicial system remains susceptible to substantial political interference."
President’s Administration calls Yanukovych billboards social advertising
The Administration did not have information about the number of external advertising sites with Yanukovych’s New Year and Christmas greetings “due to the lack of need for this information”.
Lviv former Chornobyl clean-up workers resume protests
A warning protest action is planned for 11 January by Lviv former Chornobyl clean-up workers and small business owners. They will be demanding that the authorities keep their promises
Chornobyl clean-up workers: reduction of disability status for social protest?
An apparent attempt to forcibly subject active members of the former Chornobyl clean-up workers movement to medical examination, and possibly reduce their disability status, is yet another of the worrying means used against those asserting their rights
Can you really achieve nothing by protesting?
The Centre for Society Research has noted some of the victories over recent months achieved by protesters. Some concessions over social payments must however be set against worrying uses of, for example, criminal investigations and the police
War against Corruption lost from the outset
Oleh Yeltso examines the new State anti-corruption programme which allocates less than 100 million EUR for all effots against corruption over 4 years, and allocates almost all the money to one ministry for an at very least non-transparent purpose
About-face by Constitutional Court on social payments
Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has declared it constitutional for the Cabinet of Ministers to be allowed to determine the size of social payments depending on the financial resources available.
Analyst: New Law will assist illegal seizures and Yanukovych with Mezhyhirya
Roman Kuybida, Deputy Head of the Centre for Political and Legal Reform, believes that Law No. 9635, just adopted, on Procedure for Court Proceedings makes it possible to ensure possession of property received through dubious court rulings