‘Russian World’ and Religious Persecution in Donbas
A recent report highlights widespread and systematic persecution of all religious groups except believers linked to the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Donbas, and the role of Russia and its armed criminal ‘crusaders’ in mounting crimes against humanity in the region.
Slain Kremlin whistle-blower’s book banned in Russia as ‘extremist’
Russia has placed a book written by former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko on its list of extremist materials and forced an Internet library to remove it. This comes 3 months after Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded a state honour to the man suspected of killing London-based Litvinenko with radioactive polonium
Fighting Corruption the Ukrainian Way
The article looks at the specific features of corruption in Ukraine, and the process for appointing the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau
Evidence mounts that Russia supplied Buk missiles to Ukraine separatists
More and more evidence is emerging that seems to document a large Russian military convoy that travelled to eastern Ukraine in June 2014 and brought Buk antiaircraft systems to Russia-backed separatists fighting against Kyiv.
Nemtsov report exposes Kremlin lies and western pretence on Donbas
Every word of the report that Boris Nemtsov was gunned down before he could write is damning of Vladimir Putin and his regime, but relatively little is new Much of it is equally an indictment on the West’s continued insistence on a diplomatic solution in which the Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas are treated as negotiating partners
Odesa May 2 Investigation: A Failed Test for Ukrainian Justice
While visiting Odesa on April 10, President Petro Poroshenko called ensuring an objective investigation of the events in Odesa on May 2, 2014 “a test of justice for Ukraine’s law enforcement bodies”. It is a test that unfortunately they have thus far failed. This is especially galling given the need to counter Russia’s intensive propaganda campaign which presents the disturbances and fire as a ‘massacre’.
Nemtsov Allies Press U.S. To Punish Russian ’Propagandists’
Allies of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov are asking the United States to impose sanctions on Russian television "propagandists" they accuse of leading a media vilification campaign that helped lead to his killing.
’Men Return Completely Changed’: Ukraine Conflict Fuelling Surge In Domestic Violence
The International Women’s Rights Center La Strada, which helps victims of domestic abuse, says the conflict in eastern Ukraine has led to a dramatic upsurge in violence against women across the country.
Being Ukrainian is not a crime: Free Yury Yatsenko!
A Russian court is due to hear the appeal on Monday against the two-year sentence passed on 25-year-old Yury Yatsenko. The young law student was first detained just before Crimean political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko, and was almost certainly sentenced to 2 years in a low security prison colony because he’s Ukrainian.
’Cutthroats And Bandits’: Volunteer’s Stint With Ukraine Rebels Turns To Nightmare
When he joined the separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine, Russian businessman Bondo Dorovskikh thought he would be fighting hordes of fascists bent on victimizing the local population. The reality on the ground turned out to be quite different
Cameraman for silenced Crimean Tatar channel jailed over coverage of pre-annexation protest
The arrest of TV ATR cameraman Eskender Nebiyev is the latest in a ‘case’, breaching both Russian and international law, where the occupation regime is clearly targeting Crimean Tatars, including Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly.
Speech on receiving the Lev Kopelev Award ‘For Freedom and Human Rights’
On April 19 in Cologne the 2015 Lev Kopelev Award “For Freedom and Human Rights” was received by Ukraine’s Ruslana Lyzhychko and Yevhen Zakharov, and Russia’s Andrei Makarevich and Edward Uspensky.
Odesa minorities cry foul as new ‘people’s council’ report their persecution
Claims by a newly-formed ‘People’s Council of Bessarabia’ – and the Russian media – of ‘alarming’ arrests and persecution have been rejected by Odesa’s national minorities who challenge the members of this ‘Council’ to identify themselves and explain why they’re seeking a repetition of the scenario in eastern Ukraine.
“Our brothers are dying in the East”, yet environmental protection efforts must continue
“Not only are our brothers dying in the East, but a series of environment threats have emerged related to environmental pollution and destruction of nature reserves. State parks are seriously suffering – 33 different sites in the protected areas of Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkiv oblasts were damaged during the ATO ..."
More Evidence against Incendiary Lies about Odesa 2 May
Important findings about the fire in the Trade Union Building on May 2, 2014 demonstrate yet again the full cynicism of the Russian propaganda machine in its deliberate attempts to stir up hatred and desire for revenge through lies about a massacre that day.
Bad News for Moscow on the Language Front
A recent Russian news broadcast added an entirely fictitious phrase supposedly spoken by Ukraine’s President in the latest of countless attempts to push the Kremlin line about alleged discrimination of Russian-speakers. Fiction is needed since reality is not on Moscow’s side. A survey, for example, has found only 19% support for Russian becoming a State language. .
Dramatic increase in number of Russians who justify Stalin
One wonders how the world would react if Germany were to come up with 45 % justifying Hitler’s crimes. Surely worth considering when this sharp increase in willingness to justify horrific crimes comes at a time when Russia has annexed part of neighbouring Ukraine and is showing no intention of stopping.
Fake Odessa ‘mass riots’ staged for Russian TV
With attempts to cause real disturbances in Odessa having encountered stubborn resistance, orchestrated versions are being staged, with their participants paid for shouting about ‘repression’, overturning cars, etc. There is a fine line, however, between stunts and serious provocation with conceivably tragic consequences
Elected to Crimean Tatar Mejlis – expect repression under Russian occupation
Less than a week after being elected First Deputy Head of the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly, Nariman Dzhelyal has been subjected to a five-hour interrogation and a search of his home.
Kaliningrad ’flag prisoners’ charged with insulting the veterans Moscow rejects
While 3 Russian nationals, facing 7-year-sentences for raising a flag, are charged with having offended veterans of the Second World War, Moscow is taking measures to ensure that elderly veterans who helped win that War will not be allowed near the parade on Red Square marking the seventieth anniversary of Victory Day.