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Russian Media hype over ban on parliamentary communist faction [Updated]

24.07.14 | Halya Coynash
Russia’s LifeNews has found a new crusader “for the truth” against the “nationalist-fascist regime in Kyiv” in the figure of Petro Symonenko’s whose communist party faction in parliament dissolved on Thursday.

Donetsk journalist Anton Skyba abducted by Kremlin-backed militants

On Tuesday evening, July 22, Kremlin-backed militants abducted a freelance journalist working for CNN. He was taken to the SBU building which the militants have seized

Nadya Savchenko appeal hearing due on July 25

It is likely that Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko will not be allowed to attend the hearing, perhaps to avoid her describing how she was forced into Russia after being captured by Kremlin-backed militants

No Sanctions Game Changer?

23.07.14 | Halya Coynash
Tough words and stern warnings from EU leaders after the shooting down of MH17 resulted in yet more tough words and imprecise warnings at Tuesday’s EU meeting. This is despite unequivocal US reports suggesting that the blame lies fully with Kremlin-backed and Russian-armed militants and signs that vital evidence has been tampered with

Whereabouts of four Crimean civic activists still unknown

Four civic activists known for their opposition to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea have not been seen since they disappeared back in May. Friends and colleagues are convinced that they were seized by the Russian security services

Nigerian student among latest to be abducted by militants

Adighibenma Wayne, a Nigerian student studying at the Luhansk Medical University, is one of 5 people from African countries to have been abducted by Kremlin-backed militants in the last week. Judging by one Russian report, the militants are using the men they abduct for forced labour.

Putin signs law allowing 5 years imprisonment for protest ‘infringements’

Among the bills signed by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on July 22 was one which seriously toughens penalties for “infringement of order” in holding or organizing public events. A person who has incurred administrative penalties more than twice in six months could face imprisonment for up to 5 years if charged with the same ‘offence’. Otherwise they face large fines.

Yalta man could face year imprisonment for flying a Ukrainian flag

Russia, together with its occupation regime in the Crimea, clearly defends only the “right” of Kremlin-backed militants to raise Russian flags. In other cases, as with a peaceful protest in Yalta involving a Ukrainian flag, the full repressive weight of Russian law is invoked.

10 foreign journalists detained by armed militants near Donetsk morgue

The journalists, now released, had been trying to establish whether the bodies of those killed in the Malaysian MH17 disaster had been brought to the morgue. The militants are believed to have shot down the plane and are now seriously hampering the investigation and recovery of bodies

Four murdered members of a Slovyansk evangelical church laid to rest

The funeral has taken place of four members, two deacons and the sons of the Pastor of he Slovyansk evangelical Church of the Transformation tortured and killed by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Will the West sleep through this final wake-up call?

21.07.14 | Halya Coynash
The black boxes from the MH17 disaster are in Kremlin-backed militants’ hands, the man able to change this, Vladimir Putin has done nothing. Noises have been made by EU countries about ‘considering new sanctions’, yet France’s sale of Mistral war ships to Russia has not been cancelled, and no other specific measures indicated

Transport blockade can help return Crimea to Ukraine

Several foreign sea and aircraft are still coming to the Crimea despite the ban and threat of sanctions following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea. A project entitled ‘Blacklist’ has been initiated as a response with online publication of a list of all those vessels and aircraft illegally getting to the peninsula’s ports.

President vetoes flawed displaced persons law

President Poroshenko has vetoed the law on dealing with the ever-increasing number of people forced from their homes since Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, While this apparently heeds calls from human rights groups and activists working directly with displaced people, the recommended amendments will still leave many of the failings of the bill intact

Russian court recognizes ‘Donetsk & Luhansk People’s Republics’

The Russian court order for Ukrainian pilot Nadya Savchenko’s arrest refers to the Donbas region of Ukraine as the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic. This is only one of the staggering demonstrations of contempt for domestic and international law in the case involving the abduction and ‘trial’ of a Ukrainian officer

Journalist covering the Nadya Savchenko case detained in Russia

Yevhen Aharkov, journalist for TV 2+2’s Special Correspondent programme was detained by Russian Federal Migration in his hotel in Rostov where Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda [Nadya] Savchenko is being held in detention. The migration authorities accuse him of something they call “illegal journalist activities”

Russian LifeNews inadvertently told the truth about downed Malaysian airline

18.07.14 | Halya Coynash
Since Russian pro-Kremlin media are already suggesting that Ukraine brought down the Malaysian airliner, the following is a reminder of the first, damning, reports which came from the Kremlin-backed militants and Russian TV LifeNews

Providers broadcasting certain Russian channels could lose their licence

Ukraine’s TV and Radio Broadcasting Council has warned that it will seek to have providers’ licences revoked via the courts if they continue to broadcast certain Russian channels known for their extremely biased and often untruthful coverage of events in Ukraine

Court case thrown out over clear signs that police planted evidence

A positive precedent has been created in Kharkiv with a case thrown out after the lawyer demonstrated that the police had fabricated the evidence. Over 15 thousand people end up in prison each year because the police, wanting good ‘statistics’, go for people over possession of tiny amounts of narcotics or plant the drugs themselves

ECHR orders release from custody of Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s son

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to release from custody Khaiser Dzhemiliev, son of the Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP, Mustafa Dzhemiliev. Khaiser is being held in detention in the Crimea despite two rulings from Ukrainian courts ordering his release

Nadya Savchenko confirms she was taken to Russia by force (updated)

Russia is using its standard tactics including attempts to foist its lawyer onto the case of Nadya Savchenko and put pressure on her family. Meanwhile the European Court of Human Rights has given the case priority status and asked Russia questions regarding how the Ukrainian pilot taken prisoner by militants in Ukraine came to be in Russian detention