Nostalgia for the Soviet Union is rising in Russia, falling in Ukraine
66% of Russians regret that the Soviet Union collapsed, two percent less than the number of Ukrainians who express no regret
Ukraine risks paying billions in compensation for new extension of land moratorium
Ukraine’s lawmakers have extended a controversial ban on sale of agricultural land for another year, despite a European Court of Human Rights judgement which found this moratorium to be in violation of Ukrainians’ property rights
Ukraine ‘forgets’ to sanction Putin cronies & Russian firms involved in building illegal Crimea bridge
Ukraine lacks legislative mechanisms to punish individuals and businesses who violate sanctions linked with Russia’s annexation of Crimea. This, however, is only part of the problem, since there are a suspicious number of individuals or legal entities, sanctioned by the USA over Crimea, who are eluding inclusion in Ukraine’s list of offenders.
Vital rulings could end humiliating discrimination against Ukrainians displaced by Russian aggression
Ukrainians forced to flee their homes in Crimea or Donbas have until recently had to endure ‘verification checks’ before they could receive the pensions to which they were entitled. That will hopefully now end thanks to both a Supreme Court ruling and a successful legal challenge brought by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
Will Ukraine’s New Anticorruption Court Make a Difference?
On June 7, Ukraine’s parliament finally adopted a long-awaited law that paves the way for the establishment of an anticorruption court. Members of parliament had only one hour to evaluate the draft before voting, and the final text was released on June 13
Why Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Drive Is Failing
After the victory of the Euromaidan, the demand for combating corruption drastically increased, and new institutions were established to fight high-level corruption. However, there is an ongoing conflict between two of the newly established agencies that greatly diminishes their ability to fight corruption
Ukraine washes its hands of civilian victims of Russian-sponsored war in Donbas
Legislation naming Russia as aggressor and stipulating its full liability for the death and suffering inflicted on Donbas may seem an important affirmation of truth amid all the lies and propaganda. It will not help the thousands of Ukrainians whose lives have been devastated and who need assistance now.
Ukraine Should Remove "Stringent" Disclosure Law on Civil Society
Civil society in Ukraine and the international community must continue to emphasize that the current law and the pending legislation could directly undermine freedom of association and ultimately Ukrainian democracy.
‘Provocateur’ used in prosecution of prominent Ukrainian anti-corruption activist?
Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko has acknowledged that blogger Vsevolod Filimonenko is a ‘provocateur’, yet rejects any suggestion that the prosecution of Vitaliy Shabunin over an incident involving Filimonenko constitutes persecution of Shabunin, a well-known anti-corruption activist. His view was not shared from the outset by many civic and media organizations in Ukraine and western observers, and the first court hearing on February 9 only heightened deep scepticism over this prosecution.
Ukrainians get no compensation for destroyed homes in Russia-backed Donbas ’republics’
Through the so-called ‘reintegration law’ recently adopted, Ukraine’s leaders have effectively distanced themselves from the urgent need to compensate people in Donbas whose homes have been destroyed. Russia may well bear full moral and financial liability for the devastation caused in Donbas, and the fact that so many Crimeans were forced to leave their homes, but the chances of forcing it to provide compensation are next to nil, and Ukrainian citizens need help now.
Poroshenko accused of creating a weapon against critical NGOs, like in Russia & Kazakhstan
Ukrainian civic activists have expressed anger over public claims made by the President’s spokesperson that two contentious bills imposing extensive reporting requirements on NGOs, though not, for example, political parties, have been agreed with civic organizations
Fake defence of ‘journalist’ used for politically motivated charges against Ukrainian anti-corruption activist
Ukrainian media watchdogs and human rights NGOs have reacted with anger to the new charge laid against anti-corruption activist Vitaly Shabunin. They accuse the authorities of using legislation intended to protect journalists’ rights against those who get in their way, while failing to properly investigate real cases of violence against or obstruction of journalists.
Why Poroshenko’s Anti-Corruption Court Is a Sham Proposal
Ukrainians want corrupt public officials to go to jail. It didn’t happen in 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017.
President’s anti-corruption court law condemned as enabling appointment of ‘favoured’ judges
Ukraine’s main anti-corruption NGOs have given a damning assessment of President Petro Poroshenko’s draft Law on a High Anti-Corruption Court and called for its withdrawal and reworking to take the Council of Europe Venice Commission’s recommendations into account.
Ominous attempt to prosecute Ukrainian miners for a protest over pay & conditions
94 miners from the Ingulska uranium mine (Kirovohrad oblast) have been taken to court by the mine administration after they stayed underground at the end of their shift in protest over pay and conditions. The men themselves, and the Ukrainian Independent Trade Union of Mineworkers (NGPU) believe that the move is aimed at crushing those willing to speak out now and frightening others from trying such protests in the future.
Nine Things Ukraine Should Do in 2018
As Ukraine enters 2018, a year which precedes the presidential and parliamentary elections, it is important to examine the results of 2017 and identify the areas where the international community can help Ukraine’s reformers secure tangible progress. We have identified nine priority areas.
Second eyebrow-raising acquittal on corruption charges for former Ukrainian Tax Academy Head
A court in the Kyiv oblast has acquitted Petro Melnyk, the former Head of Ukraine’s National Tax Service University, finding “no proof of a crime” in Melnyk’s sale of four buildings belonging to the university to a company founded by his wife, son and father-in-law. This is the second time that Melnyk has been acquitted on separate corruption charges, though the first acquittal was later revoked by another court.
Ukrainian Reform Activists Derail Effort To ’Destroy’ Anticorruption Body
Ukrainian activists and reformist lawmakers worked tirelessly overnight to remove a bill from parliamentary consideration that they say would "destroy"the country’s only independent investigative body by dismissing its chief.
New law proposing to give politicians control over anti-corruption agencies withdrawn after protest?
A bill just tabled in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada but hopefully withdrawn after international outrage proposed to allow parliament to dismiss the heads of independent anti-corruption agencies, whose scope includes investigating corruption by those same politicians.
Lack of jobs, money for rent, add to woes in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, says UN agency
According to a survey conducted by the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 70 per cent of the returnees said that they were going back to their homes because they do not have to pay rent there as have to elsewhere