Poland’s new right-wing government takes a hatchet to rule of law & democracy

It is hopefully not possible to destroy democracy and rule of law in Poland overnight, but the country’s new President and ruling party certainly seem to be trying very hard. On Tuesday evening the ruling Prawo i Sprawiedliwość party [PiS, ‘Law & Justice’] pushed through a law which effectively paralyzes the Constitutional Tribunal | detail

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Ukraine’s leaders continue to stall on International Criminal Court

Unlike Russia, Ukraine is not denying Ukraine’s obligations under international law. Its leaders, however, would gain credibility if they stopped offering half-measures as though they had something to fear. | detail

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New Zaporizhya paid ‘separatist’ stunt linked with close Putin associate

The reports of plans to declare a so-called ‘Zaporizhya people’s republic’ and demands for ‘special status’ are disturbing both because of the obvious analogy with the Kremlin-backed ‘republics’ in Donbas, and due to the reported link with Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin | detail

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Russia’s crimes in Crimea, not ending sanctions, should be on the West’s agenda,

There are certainly other parts of the world where rights are violated on a far greater scale. None, however, in a country which 21 years ago was given binding guarantees of security from Russia, the USA and Great Britain. The West has levers against Russian lawlessness and should use them | detail

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Right-wing Racist Polish MEP sings Russia’s praise in illegal trip to Crimea

Janusz Korwin-Mikke is notorious at home and in the European Parliament for views on migrants as ‘human trash”, overtly racist language and much more, but he is a welcome - and officially invited - guest for Russia and its occupation regime who can always be relied on for unwavering support of the Kremlin and all its policies | detail

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UN reports reduction in hostilities, but continuing grave human rights concerns

The report also reveals that serious human rights abuses against people in the territories controlled by the self-proclaimed “Donetsk people’s republic” and “Luhansk people’s republic” continued, including killings, torture, ill-treatment, illegal detention and forced labour, lack of freedom of movement, assembly and expression. Local residents continue to remain without effective protection of their rights | detail

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’The Day I Killed The Soviet Union’

December 1 is the happiest day of my life. On this day I killed the Soviet Union. I am not a violent person. But on December 1, 1991, I voted in a referendum on the independence of Ukraine, along with more than 90 percent of Ukrainians. | detail

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Repressive measures intensify as Crimean blackout bites

There have been inadequate and mostly repressive reactions from the occupation authorities to the ongoing blackout in Crimea, but also a frustrating failure from the western media to probe the legitimate human rights demands that Mustafa Dzhemiliev and other leaders have put forward | detail

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More evidence that captured Russians were military intelligence officers

The court hearing on Nov 23 in the trial of two Russians captured in May 2015 in eastern Ukraine demonstrated yet again what an uphill battle the men’s defence lawyers will have to convince anybody that their clients, Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov, were not active Russian military intelligence officers [GRU]. | detail

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A German – Russian Donbas ‘Humanitarian’ Con

The ‘social disorientation’ which the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas claimed they were seeking to prevent by expelling western aid organizations recently is clearly ideological. It is Russia, and German MPs faithfully parroting Kremlin propaganda, that are presented as tackling the mounting humanitarian crisis caused by Russia’s hybrid warfare. | detail

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Ukraine Suspends Cargo Traffic To Crimea Amid Blackout

Ukraine has temporarily suspended cargo traffic to the Crimean Peninsula as the territory illegally annexed by Russia continues to deal with a power blackout after electricity pylons were destroyed by explosions over the weekend. | detail

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Dzhemiliev: Free Political Prisoners & Restore Rights if You Want Power Back

Russia must free Crimean political prisoners, if it wants electricity supplies from mainland Ukraine restored, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev has stated, listing other demands linked with rights violations since Russian invaded and occupied Crimea | detail

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Crimea without Power: Where Now?

As of early Sunday morning Crimea appears to be without power after explosions destroyed previously damaged electricity pylons. The development comes after a day of confrontation between activists and the National Guard, and raises some very worrying questions | detail

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On Russia’s selective ’retribution’ for acts of terrorism

Andrei Lugovoi, Russian State Duma Deputy and the UK’s chief suspect in the killing through radioactive polonium of Kremlin whistle-blower Alexander Litvinenko has promised “inevitable retribution” for the terrorists who blew up Russian A321 and blamed “European tolerance” allowing “a flow of migrants” into Europe for the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov 13. | detail

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Dutch referendum puts Ukraine in spotlight

GeenStijl, the Dutch online group promoting a referendum on ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement seems to want to exploit this agreement to push its Eurosceptic agenda. The author warns that “Ukraine’s aspirations, for which so many have died, could fall victim to Europe’s own identity crisis” | detail

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Russia: "Do Not Terrorize My People, My Family with Machine Guns!"

So if the Crimean Blockade is ineffectual, why the armed searches against yet another of its organizers? Why did FSB men in masks, brandishing machine guns, turn up at the home of Lilya Budzhurova, former director of the silenced Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR, terrifying her 83-year-old mother and 8-year-old granddaughter? | detail

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Kremlin-faked Polish-Ukrainian relations

According to Russian and Kremlin-backed militant media, relations between Ukraine and Poland could not be more volatile. Poland’s President Andrzej Duda is alleged to have called for parts of Ukraine, including Lviv, to be ‘returned to Poland’, and Poles are about to inundate Ukraine with crippling compensation claims over property owned in Western Ukraine when it was under Poland | detail

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Russia backtracks over Ukrainian citizenship in Crimea

It seems that Crimeans were not in a hurry to renounce their Ukrainian citizenship. Faced with the prospect of embarrassing queues from Jan 1, 2016 when Crimeans will have 60 days to inform of dual citizenship or face criminal liability, Russia has made a complete turnaround | detail

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Russia issues arrest warrant on Crimean Tatar leader for ‘encroaching on its territory’

After invading and annexing Crimea and banning Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov from his homeland, Russia now wants to remand him in custody – after ‘extraditing’ him, of course. It accuses him of – wait for it – “encroaching on Russia’s territorial integrity” by insisting that Crimea is Ukraine. . | detail

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Russian military intelligence officers captured in eastern Ukraine change story

One of the two Russian spetsnaz officers captured in Donbas is now denying that he was a serving Russian officer, and the other has just been persuaded to change his lawyer and may be planning to do the same. Claims that they had been pressured into giving certain evidence cannot explain why they repeated the same story to OSCE representatives, a Russian journalist and a member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Human Rights Council. | detail

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