Police draw up protocols against Chernobyl Clearup veterans’ peaceful protesters

The following information was translated only hours before the police, counter to assurances, stormed a peaceful protest as a result of which one man died and at least two others were hospitalized | detail

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No money to pay teachers’ salaries – because of Euro 2012?

There are reports from various regions that schools and universities are forcing educational staff to take unpaid leave. The teachers largely avoid giving their names through fear of being dismissed | detail

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Tax Code Protests and Prosecution of Peaceful Protesters

It is a year since the mass protests against the new Tax Code, which led among other things to a number of prosecutions on very dubious grounds of those exercising their constitutional right to freedom of assembly and expression | detail

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Chernobyl Clean-up Workers will defy court ban

The District Administrative Court in Donetsk has banned the protest actions by Chernobyl Clean-up Workers who are incensed over plans by the government to cut benefits. The City Council claims this is over "threats of a terrorist act" | detail

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Most demanding Chernobyl Clean-up Workers could face criminal prosecution

According to the Head of the Regions Party faction in parliament, Oleksandr Yefremov, Chernobyl Disaster Clean-up Workers who seek through the courts to have pension and benefit arrears awarded, could have criminal investigations initiated against them. | detail

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Apparent pressure being put on Chernobyl Rescue Workers in Kharkiv

KHPG has grounds for suspecting that the authorities are trying to exercise unlawful pressure on people asserting their right to legally fixed benefits. | detail

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Government thinks up new way out of enforcing court rulings on benefits

The Cabinet of Ministers has registered a draft law which will revoke payment in full without delay of pensions and compensation in accordance with court rulings | detail

Visits 955

Protests throughout Ukraine: riot police clash with demonstrators in Kyiv

Two thousand took part in a demonstration calling for parliament’s dissolution on 3 November. In Donetsk there were 3 thousand, the largest demonstration in recent times | detail

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Yet more miners die in Ukraine’s mines

On 31 October two miners died of gas poisoning in the former mine Stozhovska-2 in the Donetsk region. Every year men die in Ukrainian mines and each time government officials make empty promises about moves to heighten safety | detail

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Afghanistan War Veteran Leader’s Flat searched

On Wednesday a search was carried out of the flat owned by Alexander Kovalyov, leader of the Afghanistan War Veteran NGO “Nobody Except Us”. The search comes less than a month after major protests in Kyiv and an attempt by the war veterans to storm parliament over plans to cut benefits | detail

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New Draft Bill on Enforcement of Court Rulings, Same Old Problems

The proposed changes, and mainly the powers the bill would give the Cabinet of Ministers to determine the size and scope of benefits at their own discretion, remain as unconstitutional and therefore unacceptable now as back in January | detail

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Tear gas used against protesting war veterans

A large crowd made up mainly of Afghanistan War veterans gathered outside parliament to protest against a draft law which will legalize reductions in benefits due war veterans, rescue workers whose health was seriously damaged at the site of the Chernobyl Disaster and pensioners | detail

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Chernobyl victims on hunger strike outside President’s Administration

The Chernobyl victims’ demands include: providing housing; raising pensions; proper medical security and being attached to a military hospital. | detail

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New bill would oblige deputes to come clean on income and spending

Opposition Deputy, Ruslan Knyazevych has proposed that the Verkhovna Rada clarify the list of officials whose income declarations are not treated as information on limited access. National Deputies would also have to publish their income declaration in official media outlets | detail

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Kharkiv civic organizations evicted from rented premises

Police were out in force on Friday to implement an eviction order on a number of Ukrainian civic organizations from the Kharkiv Economic Court. They ignored a judgment from the High Economic Court suspending same eviction order | detail

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Ukraine’s Mines remain deadly

The death rate at Ukrainian mines is one of the worst in the world. Each year Ukraine extracts 70 millions tonnes of coal. Each million costs the lives of two miners. | detail

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Ukraine: Reality vs. Façade

Oleksandr Stepanenko from Helsinki Initiative XXI writes about the opportunity Independence Day gave residents of the town of Chortkiv in the Ternopil region to clearly observe the divide between the reality of their lives and the façade presented by officialdom | detail

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In 20 years of independence Ukraine’s population has fallen by 6 million

The State Statistics Service has published population figures which show that as of 1 July this year the population stood at 45 million 675 thousand, this being 6.27 million less than 20 years ago | detail

Visits 579

State Tax Service: More than 95% of Ukrainian employers infringe labour laws

Recent checks found also that one in five pays wages below the subsistence minimum, while an even greater figure pay wages "in envelopes", i.e. bypassing the tax authorities | detail

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Ukrainian rural women’s life close to slavery

An international conference in Lviv last week heard that the life of village women in Ukraine borders on the level of slavery. 27 percent of rural inhabitants live below the povery line | detail

Visits 702

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