Vladimir Andreev, Russian Federation Consul General in Simferopol, has apparently resigned following widespread anger over thoroughly offensive and defamatory statements about the Crimean Tatars, and acknowledgement from the Russian Foreign Ministry that the comments were inappropriate
There are a lot of questions unanswered regarding the trial of four men over bomb blasts just before Euro 2012, however the case of Dmitry Reva is extraordinary even by Ukrainian standards. There is no motive, no proof and the impugned offence involves behaviour which would have been manifestly pointless
The District Administrative Court in Kyiv banned the march on application from the Kyiv City State Administration. The ban officially covers all but official events on 25 May, though clearly the target was the March for Equality.
The government can’t get anything right. On Wednesday Prime Minister Azarov threw out women journalists trying through a totally peaceful protest to remind him that it could be his wife or daughter who gets attracked with the police watching on and doing nothing, as happened with their colleague Olha Snitsarchuk
The Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine has issued a statement regarding attempts by the Kyiv City State Administration [KCSA] to secure a court ban on any events in the centre of Kyiv on 25 May 2013
With journalist Olha Snitsarchuk able to identify her assailant on Saturday and explain exactly how the police simply watched, despite repeated calls for help, Interior Minister Zakharchenko could not come out looking good. He did not need to make himself and the police look even worse.
The State is not capable of ensuring proper education; socialization and rehabilitation for children in institutions and therefore many of those leaving school orphanages cannot adapt in society and quite often end up in adult institutions.
“Any further delay in investigating the attackers, at least some of whom are apparently known to the authorities, is an abandonment of the authorities’ responsibility to ensure the safe and unhindered work of journalists and contributes to impunity of those who attack them.”
Over 150 journalists held a protest on Monday following the attack on Olha Snitsarchuk and Vladyslav Sodel on Saturday by so-called antifascists öðøñð took place in full view of police officers who did not intervene despite being asked for help (and clearly needing it).
Unlike administrative resource, thugs and cynical "antifascist" rhetoric, imagination was in short supply at the 18 May “antifascist demonstration” in Kyiv. While VO Svoboda ideological consistency does not make its bigoted views any more palatable, the Party of the Regions was still stupendously uncovincing
Ukrainian advocates have become the latest targets in a concentrated drive over the last three years to create a malleable and dependent judiciary. The measures being applied to remove dissident voices and intimidate others bear stark resemblance to those which have already succeeded in Belarus
In full view of the police Olha Snitsarchuk from TV Channel 5 and Vladyslav Sodel a Kommersant Ukraine photographer were beaten by unidentified louts. The police did not intervene despite being asked for protection several times by the journalists.
On the 69th anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars from their homeland, we join Crimean Tatars in remembering the Victims of a terrible crime. This year, however, the cynical actions of the authorities make vigilance and attention from beyond the Crimea vital.