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Brexit a gift to Putin, the far right & Trump, a blow to democracy

24.06.16 | Halya Coynash
Britain’s parliament is not legally obliged to heed this referendum. It probably will, but should not claim that this is “the voice of the people” when those who will suffer most and the longest had no voice and certain politicians and media misinformed their readers about the critical facts

Russian propaganda claims soldiers who invaded Crimea were “peacekeeping mission”

24.06.16 | Halya Coynash
A monument to the victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars is to appear in Crimea, sculpted by the same artist responsible for the monument to the Russian soldiers used by Moscow to invade and annex Crimea and now referred to as ’peacekeepers’.

New ’anti-terrorist’ law to unleash terror on Russia and Occupied Crimea

24.06.16 | Halya Coynash
Two and a half years after Ukraine’s Maidan forced the withdrawal of a law introducing sweeping dictatorial powers, Russia has passed a law which seems aimed at terrorizing and silencing civil society with direct impact for Ukrainians in Crimea under Russian occupation.

New Russian Fake ‘Ukrainian Separatism’ Season Gets Underway

23.06.16 | Halya Coynash
A fictitious ‘Assembly of Romanians of Bukovyna’ is for the second year running reported to be demanding greater autonomy for ethnic Romanians and complaining that the rights of minorities are violated in Ukraine

Sentenced twice for pro-Ukrainian position in Russian-occupied Crimea

23.06.16 | Halya Coynash
The good news that a court in Russian-occupied Crimea had revoked a politically motivated sentence against Volodymyr Balukh was short-lived. The pro-Ukrainian activist has been tried on exactly the same absurd charges and received an identical sentence.

Beatings and Arson Attacks: Is Online Dissidence Becoming Dangerous in Russia?

23.06.16 | Dmitry Treshchanin, Aleksandr Gorokhov, Claire Bigg
There have been a string of assaults and arson attacks targeting Russians who have openly criticized their government on social-networking sites.

Crimean Tatar Arrested for Refusal to be FSB Informer?

22.06.16 | Halya Coynash
Arsen Dzhepparov, one of the two youngest Crimean Tatars facing invented ‘terrorism’ charges in Russian-occupied Crimea may well have been arrested as revenge for his refusal to secretly collaborate with the local FSB. The lack of any grounds for the accusations is of no concern to the courts and both Dzhepparov and Refat Alimov have been remanded in custody for a further 3 months

Kremlin-backed militants refuse to release hostages of Putin’s Minsk II deceit

22.06.16 | Halya Coynash
Any talk about easing sanctions against Russia for partial compliance must seem particularly insulting to the wives of two Ukrainian military officers - Oleksandr Korinkov and Serhiy Glondar - taken prisoner during the siege of Debaltseve in February 2015, four days after a supposed ceasefire agreed by Vladimir Putin in Minsk

How can Ukraine turn away friends fleeing persecution in Russia?

21.06.16 | Halya Coynash
While Ukraine’s leaders actively protest against Russia’s political trials of Ukrainians, politically motivated charges against Russian nationals are cited as reasons for rejecting asylum requests

Russia flouts its own Supreme Court to revenge Ukrainian Maidan activist

21.06.16 | Halya Coynash
A Kirov court on June 16 ignored not only the fact that Russia is illegally holding Oleksandr Kostenko in prison, but the Russian Supreme Court’s guidelines on parole. Nothing, it seems, matters if the order has come to convict a person and then make sure he serves the sentence to the end.

Ukraine’s Grassroots Transformation of Education

21.06.16 | Yuriy Didula, Nadiya Mykhalevych
The Center for Innovative Education, better known as or Pro.Svit, works to provide Ukraine’s teachers with tools for professional and personal growth

Grave concerns for tortured Ukrainian hostage as Russia concocts new charges

20.06.16 | Halya Coynash
The 10 months in which Ukrainian Stanislav Klykh was illegally held and tortured by Russian investigators, with no access to lawyers or to his family, have left deep psychological, as well as physical scars on the 42-year-old historian. It is his clearly disturbed state which makes the new ‘investigation’ against him particularly cynical.

Donetsk University Finally Named After Great Ukrainian Poet Vasyl Stus

20.06.16 | Halya Coynash
Vasyl Stus, the great poet, human rights defender and Ukrainian patriot who died in the notorious Perm-36 labour camp in September 1985 has finally been properly honoured by his university. Poignantly, it took the university’s own exile to make this possible.

Relentless Terror against Crimean Tatars. Where is Ervin Ibragimov? Who will be the next victim?

19.06.16 | Halya Coynash
Crimean Tatars gathered on Sunday evening in prayer for the young Crimean Tatar activist abducted on May 24. The occupation authorities did not, at least, obstruct the gathering, but they have also done nothing to find this latest victim of forced disappearances since Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Interpol refuses to search for Russian militant suspected of war crimes in Donbas

17.06.16 | Halya Coynash
It is an undoubted war crime to murder a prisoner of war in cold blood, and the murder of Donetsk Airport defender Ihor Branovytsky is only one of the crimes which Russian national Arseny Pavlov, otherwise known as Motorola, is suspected of having committed in eastern Ukraine, yet Interpol has decided that Ukraine has ’political motives’ in wanting him caught

Pressure on Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Occupied Crimea Intensifies

17.06.16 | Halya Coynash
While not daring to provoke international protest by openly banning the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate, the occupation regime has from the outset done everything to drive its clergy and believers away, including the latest eviction and attacks on churches. Archbishop Kliment says that the pressure is mounting and he has received threats.

Chief Editor of Last Independent Crimean Publication Arrested

17.06.16 | Halya Coynash
Details have emerged, but very little clarity, regarding the arrest on June 14 of Alexei Salov, Chief Editor of the Internet publication Argumenty Nedeli – Krym – the last reasonably independent media source remaining in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Russia Uses Suspect ‘Secret Witness’ for Concocted Crimean ‘Terrorism’ Trial

16.06.16 | Halya Coynash
Ruslan Zeitullayev is spending his second birthday in custody, facing absurd charges. Please help inform the press and your governments of this case - pressure is needed to force Russia to put an end to this terror and help Ruslan and the others return home to their families

Kremlin Propaganda in Czech Republic plays long game to sow distrust in EU

16.06.16 | Tony Wesolowsky
Sowing distrust and disbelief in Europe and its institutions is the main aim of Russian propaganda in the Czech Republic, according to a new study.

Freed Ukrainian Political Prisoner: Sanctions Against Russia Must Continue to Free Others

15.06.16 | Halya Coynash
74-year-old Yury Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasyev (26) are finally home and enormously grateful for the support they received. They both spoke of the need to return all prisoners held by Russia, and the role in this that sanctions play