Back To The Future: Echoes Of Soviet Past In Modern Russia
To mark Back to the Future day on October 21, RFE/RL takes a look at seven aspects of the Soviet era that have reappeared since Russian President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000.
Russian Neo-Nazi Sadist trains future Donbas militant fighters
A suspiciously well-funded Russian organization is holding camps and training fighters in the Moscow region, with their instructors including Alexei Milchakov, a neo-Nazi sadist who moved from decapitating puppies and persecuting down-and-outs in Russia to torturing Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas & his neo-Nazi fellow fighter
Russian solo mother on trial for social network reposts in support of Ukraine
The trial has begun in Yekaterinburg of Yekaterina Vologzheninova who is accused of ‘inciting inter-ethnic enmity’, otherwise known as reposting material on the social network VKontakte critical of Russia’s policy with respect to Ukraine.
The Russian People Saw A Strikingly Different Picture Of MH17 Findings
On their front pages and Internet sites, Russian media moved headlines that seemed aimed at absolving Moscow of any of the blame for the downing of Malasyia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on July 17, 2014, on territory held by Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine
Imprisoned Euromaidan activist disappears
Legal nihilism continues in the treatment of Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko, sentenced to almost four years imprisonment in Russian-occupied Crimea on absurd charges pertaining to an alleged and unprovable offence in Kyiv before annexation
How Dutch Investigators Rebuffed Russia’s Alternative MH17 Theories
Dutch investigators repeatedly rebuffed Russian efforts to insert alternative theories into an authoritative report about the July 2014 downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over eastern Ukraine
Mystery ’Trial’ begins of Russia’s Elderly Ukrainian Hostage
The preliminary court hearing took place on Oct 5 in the Kafkaesque trial of 73-year-old Yury Soloshenko, a pensioner from Poltava in Ukraine. He is facing charges of ‘spying on behalf of Ukraine’, but this is effectively all that is known.
What is meant by amnesty for the separatists?
Full amnesty for people who have killed or tortured is simply impossible
Odesa 2 May Suspect: We were financed by Moscow
Serhiy Rudyk, one of the men facing charges over the May 2, 2014 disturbances in Odesa, is in no doubt that the anti-Maidan protests on Kulikovo Pole in the Spring of 2014 were paid for “by Moscow”*. Rudyk, who cannot be suspected of anti-Russian bias, names the specific amounts paid for living at the anti-Maidan camp, and mentions rumours that Moscow paid 2 million dollars for the entire ‘Kulikovo Pole project’.
Evangelical pastor taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants
Taras Sen, Pastor of the Church of the Christian Evangelical Faith in Sverdlovsk, was seized by militants from the so-called Luhansk people’s republic on Sept 27
Why are the Kremlin’s Proxies in Donbas provoking a Humanitarian Catastrophe?
The militants’ current anti-Western line and their decision to drive international organizations out of militant-controlled areas will certainly reduce interference in the pseudo-elections that both so-called ‘people’s republics’ have announced. Such behaviour must, however, make it even less likely that western countries would accept ‘elections’ which are so flagrantly in breach of the Minsk Accord.
Russia targets Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son in revenge for Crimea Blockade
Khaiser Dzhemiliev, the son of exiled Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev, has been moved to a distant prison colony in the Astrakhan region of Russia
Russia Threatens to Ban Crimean Tatar Mejlis as extremist while claiming ‘it doesn’t exist’
The Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly could face a ban, making it illegal in the Russian Federation and Russian-occupied Crimea. The threat comes just days after the media in Crimea was informed that the Mejlis does not legally exist and “strongly advised” not to give it any coverage. And after an attempt to have a prominent Crimean Tatar figure taken into custody on spurious charges.
More needed than 8-man ‘task force’ against lethal Russian state propaganda
The West has done next to nothing to counter Russia’s state-controlled propaganda machine with its vicious warmongering and lies. Zhanna Nemtsova’s call for sanctions against those whose incitement to hatred and violence led to her father’s murder outside the Kremlin were heard, reported - and ignored.
“Those who survived the hell”
It is the ground that “never again” over 8,000 killed and over 18,000 wounded per one year in actual conflict that is real war “never again” of Boeing 777 with the flight MH 370 will be captured. Unpunished evil creates new evil.
’A Politician Can’t Be Afraid’: Russian Lawmaker Loses Seat After Taking On Governor, Kremlin
Lev Shlosberg, a lawmaker in Russia’s north-western Pskov region known for his relentless criticism of the Kremlin has been expelled from the local legislature, a move denounced by the opposition as politically motivated.
Russia’s opposition rallies in Moscow following much criticized elections
Thousands of Russian opposition activists and their supporters rallied in Moscow, in the wake of regional elections that saw the ruling party trouncing opposition candidates in voting criticized as rigged
Ukraine shoots itself in the foot with unexplained sanctions
Ukraine’s fiasco over its seemingly arbitrary sanctions on journalists is especially frustrating as it has effectively blurred legitimate objections to the role of media workers, mostly from Russia, whose coverage of events in Donbas, for example, has nothing to do with journalism.
Journalist held hostage by Kremlin-backed militants for 9 months
Earlier threats against Maria Varfolomeyeva of a ’trial’ similar to that which Russia is orchestrating against Nadiya Savchenko, seem to have subsided, but there is still no progress on obtaining her release, with the negotiations having been disrupted for a tragic reason earlier this year.
Vital Probe of Odesa May 2 Tragedy stymied because of questions answered?
Despite the clear importance of a proper investigation into the deadly disturbances and fire in Odesa on May 2, 2014, and the mileage gained by Russia’s propaganda machine from any delay, the number of investigators has been drastically reduced, just when they seemed to be making headway