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.
The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine [Vaad] and the Congress of National Communities have issued a joint statement regarding the supposed ďanti-fascistĒ demonstration planned for 18 May.
Two years after adoption of the Public Information Act, Roman Kabachiy from the Institute of Mass Information writes that officials either donít know their duties or know them enough to write formal fob-off responses. There remain also areas of great importance which the public are prevented from knowing about.
Following months of protest from civic organizations over a thoroughly inadequate anti-discrimination bill, the same document has aroused indignation and seriously inflated claims from groups claiming to be protecting family values etc and see the law as ďdefendingĒ homosexuality.
During 2012 the Presidentís Administration paid 100 thousand UAH to Tantalit - a firm believed to have links with the Yanukovych family - for renting an office for Viktor Yanukovych in the latterís sumptuous residence at Mezhyhirya.
On the 69th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars from their homeland, we remember all those who died during the years of exile. They were victims of hunger, disease, cruel separation from families and unjust governmental policies
Nigerian student Olaolu Femi learned to his cost about the strange ways of Ukraineís law enforcement and justice system. His present difficulties in reinstating himself at the Luhansk University are minor in comparison, but also disturbingly catch-22 like.
With only days remaining, and tension high, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People is urging members and observers of all diplomatic missions in Ukraine to come to Simferopol on 18 May, the 69th anniversary of the Deportation
Oleksy Khmara from Transparency International in Ukraine believes the Presidentís "royalties" for non-existent publicaitons, as well as the entire business of Yanukovychís elder son may be about trying to legalize income
The Mejlis is angered over the decision of the Crimean Parliament to to boycott the traditional celebration of Khydyrlez and organize their own festivities falling right on the days marking the 69th anniversary of the signing by Stalin of the decree ordering the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars