Tax protesters not satisfied with government promises of concessions
Besides the President’s veto of the Tax Code, the protesters are demanding the dissolution of parliament, dismissal of the Prime Minister and several government figures, in particular, the Minister of Internal Affairs
MIA puts pressure on drivers for criminal proceedings against tax code protesters
Drivers report that traffic police officers have been stopping cars and asking the drivers to sign statements that they witnessed the blocking of the street by small business owners during the 22 November protest
Traffic Police again used against demonstrators
The number of transport firms with non-roadworthy vehicles trying to leave Cherkasy, Lviv and many other cities to reach the demonstration in Kyiv would be frightening were it not so entirely improbable.
Criminal investigation initiated against peaceful Tax Code protesters
The Shevchenkivsk District Police Department in Kyiv has initiated a criminal investigation over the blocking of the road part of two central streets by demonstrators protesting on 22 November against the Tax Code
Demonstration against Tax Code continues despite ban
An indefinite demonstration by business people is continuing on Kyiv’s Independence Square. The protesters’ demands remain unchanged: re-election of the Verkhovna Rada, the dismissal of the Cabinet of Ministers and the President’s veto on the Tax Code passed last week
Court bans peaceful demonstration while Ukraine speaks of democratic commitment in Brussels
On 22 November the District Administrative Court in Kyiv allowed the Kyiv City Administration’s application and effectively banned the protests against the new Tax Code in the centre of Kyiv from 22 to 26 November
Scuffles between police and protesters on Independence Square
Demonstrators, protesting against the Tax Code, blocked traffic along the main street in Kyiv, Khreshchatyk. Police tried in vain to stop them, and there were some scuffles
Tax Code passed despite mass protests
Analysts criticize the haste with which measures have been taken without consideration of the likely consequences, including a considerable increase in unemployment.
UHHRU demands that parliamentarians reinstate Ukrainians right to a pension
Due to lack of action by National Deputies, Ukrainians who have gone abroad are having their right to a pension infringed
Police detain one of the organizers of the rally against the Tax Code
Police officers have detained one of the organizers of the mass protest outside the Verkhovna Rada. Serhiy Melnychenko says he is charged with infringing the rules for holding mass protest actions
Thousands protest in Ukraine over the proposed Tax Code
Several thousand Ukrainian market traders and other small business owners have surrounded parliament in a demonstration against a proposed tax code they say will damage their livelihood.
Translators appalled by draft Tax Code
Almost 80 freelance translators have signed a letter to Ukraine’s government. They fear that the new Tax Code will destroy their profession. Freelance journalists share their concerns
Ukraine must stop harassment of trade union activist
Amnesty International has urged the Ukraine authorities to stop the harassment of a trade union activist who remains in hiding after a court ordered him to undergo a forced psychiatric examination last week
Proposed Tax Code kills Freedom
The proposed changes flagrantly violate the right of millions to work. People engaged in enterprise will lose freedom of choice of type of work and conditions and will effectively not be able to freely choose their way of life
Transparency International scathing over government commissioned “audit of Tymoshenko’s government
According to Nicholaus Marshall from Transparency International, the “Washington audit” only discredits the fight against corruption in Ukraine, has serious flaws and in his view was not independent.
GRECO unimpressed by Ukraine’s efforts against corruption
President of GRECO (the Group of States against Corruption), Drago Kos says that his organization sees no improvement in Ukraine’s efforts to fight corruption and that Ukraine has not taken into account or implemented GRECO’s previous recommendations
ArcelorMittal fears over Ukraine
ArcelorMittal, the biggest foreign investor in Ukraine, is crying foul over a legal case brought by prosecutors which it fears could be an attempt to strip it of its investment. Analysts warn that the case could seriously damage Ukraine’s reputation
UHHRU: At the beginning of the XXI century Ukraine has become a feudal state
Volodymyr Yavorsky believes it not out of the question that under the pressure of western economic partners Ukrainian politicians closely linked with big business will be forced to reduce pressure on society.
Tax “Special Forces” for Ukrainians
The authorities claim that the creation of specially trained units of the tax police will make it possible to counter organized economic crime. The opposition sees it as a strengthening of repressive levers of influence on business
Kyiv court prohibits trade union protest against Ferrexpo
The Kyiv District Administrative Court has banned a peaceful protest action by the Ukrainian Trade Union “People’s Solidarity” against the actions of Ferrexpo plc which is planning to take pension privileges away from employees of the Ferrexpo Poltava Mining Iron Ore Expansion