‘Ukrainian regional news site’ linked with Putin Chef’s Internet troll factory

An apparently ‘Ukrainian’ website often quoted in the Russian media has a St. Petersburg address and is probably one of the ‘troll factory’ enterprises owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a millionaire often referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favourite chef. | detail

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‘Patriotic but Questionable” Language Laws Help Moscow, not Ukrainian Unity

Three draft language laws tabled in Ukraine’s parliament have elicited mixed reactions in Ukraine and a predictable stream of fake news stories and deliberate misinformation from Russian and pro-Russian media | detail

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Russian FSB stage abduction to deprive Crimean Tatar leader of his lawyer

Instead of abandoning the extraordinary ‘separatism’ charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov for rightly saying that Russia should stop occupying Crimea, Russia’s FSB are resorting to illegal measures aimed at preventing a well-known Russian lawyer from representing Umerov. | detail

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Journalist faces mandatory 5-year sentence for saying Russia should leave Crimea

Any lingering doubt that Russia would genuinely convict a journalist for expressing the same position as the United National and all democratic countries has now been quashed. On Jan 20, Mykola Semena and his lawyer were presented with an indictment that is both eerily Soviet and openly surreal | detail

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International NGOs should get the facts right re Ukraine’s ‘Ban’ on Russian TV Dozhd

Ukraine’s removal of the independent Russian Dozhd TV from cable networks elicited angry responses and accusations of ’censorship’ from at least two international NGOs, neither of whom fully addressed the reason for the restrictions imposed, or what they did not entail.. | detail

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FSB detains Ukrainian Cultural Centre activist & his wife in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB is preparing ‘extremism’ charges against yet another pro-Ukrainian Crimean, a young mother of two small children, with the pretext this time being a post on the social network VKontakte. | detail

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Crimean Tatar leader added to Russian List of ‘Terrorists & Extremists’ for Opposing Annexation

Russia has added Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov to its notoriously long list of so-called ‘Terrorists and Extremists’ for saying, as do all democratic states, that Russia should be made to leave Crimea. With its customary contempt for presumption of innocence, it has also added all 19 Crimean Muslims whom it is holding in custody and charging with unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. | detail

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Russia prepares new criminal charges as Crimean Tatar leader refuses to be silenced

Russia appears to be concocting yet another criminal prosecution against 59-year-old Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov over statements expressing the same position on Russia’s occupation of Crimea as that set out in resolutions from the UN General Assembly, Council of Europe and all democratic countries | detail

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Misleading OSCE Media report ignores Russia’s annexation of Crimea

An OSCE representative should certainly treat Crimea and areas under the control of Kremlin-backed militants as Ukraine, but ignoring Russia’s culpability for flagrant rights violations leads to serious distortion of the facts. This is just one of the concerns about the report by Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Media Freedom. | detail

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Ukraine bans import of ’anti-Ukrainian’ books from Russia

Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law aimed at checking books from an aggressor state for ‘anti-Ukrainian content’ and, where such content is found, banning them. While the ongoing abundance on the Ukrainian market of material full of toxic lies and propaganda is of concern, doubts arise about the law’s efficacy, as well as over the mechanisms for achieving its stated purpose. | detail

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Russia accused of mechanisms of political repression in Crimea unprecedented since Stalin & Hitler

From political prisoners & punitive psychiatry to dissident writers being prevented from travelling abroad, the Soviet echoes in Russian-occupied Crimea are becoming increasingly pronounced. On Nov 28, Mykola Semena was not able to personally receive the Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award 2016 at a ceremony in Brussels | detail

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Kremlin-backed militants arrest dissident Luhansk blogger

Militants from the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ have ’arrested’ a Luhansk Internet blogger Edward Nedelyaev, who spoke openly with a Bild correspondent this summer. They claim that he circulated ‘extremist material’ & accuse him of ’state treason’ | detail

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‘Donbas militants’ with Russian accent detain & expel independent Dozhd TV journalists

The Kremlin-backed militants of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR] have banned two journalists from one of Russia’s only independent media from entering militant-controlled territory after claiming that the men ‘defamed’ them | detail

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Crimean Tatars deported again under Russian occupation of Crimea

57-year-old Nedim Khalilov has declared a hunger strike after Russia ‘deported’ him from illegally annexed Crimea. He says that he will risk his life to fight for his right to live in his homeland as a Crimean Tatar, and not be deported as though a foreign citizen | detail

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New Russian Supreme Court Directive Amid Massive Increase in Prosecutions for ’Extremism’

Russia’s Supreme Court has issued important amendments regarding prosecution for social network activities which in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea can be deemed ‘crimes of a terrorist or extremist nature’. | detail

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Crimean Activist Jailed for ‘Extremist’ Call to Boycott Illegal Elections

Serhiy Vasylchenko, an anarchist from Yevpatoria has been jailed for 10 days, purportedly for ‘circulating material of an extremist nature’. While it is nowhere indicated what the ‘extremist’ material was, the young activist’s troubles began after he joined calls to boycott the illegitimate September elections | detail

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Vital Reform to End Oligarch-dictated Media in Ukraine in Danger

Journalists and media specialists have accused the government of sabotaging public broadcasting in Ukraine, due to be launched on Jan1, 2017. Their strong-worded appeal was launched after the resignation in frustration of Zurab Alasania from his post as General Director of Ukraine’s National Television Company [NTU]. | detail

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Another Crimean Tatar faces 5-year sentence for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea

Russia is literally accusing Suleyman Kadyrov, as it has Ilmi Umerov and journalist Mykola Semena, of ‘separatism’ for opposing Russian occupation of their homeland, with the article of the criminal code – 280.1 carrying a possible 5-year term of imprisonment | detail

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Ukrainian journalist’s arrest a chilling warning to stay away from Russia

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has echoed earlier warnings from human rights groups and advised Ukrainian nationals to not visit Russia. The advice came three days after journalist Roman Sushchenko became the latest Ukrainian to be seized, held incommunicado and accused of mystery ‘spying’. | detail

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Ukrainian journalist seized in Russia on mystery ‘spying’ charges

Ukrinform has reacted with outrage to the detention in Moscow of its journalist Roman Sushchenko, and to the fact that his whereabouts and the supposed ‘spying charges’ were learned about from the Russian media. It believes this to be the latest act of deliberate provocation by Russia against Ukrainians | detail

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