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New Wave of Repression Feared after Crimean Tatar Mejlis Ban Comes into Force

23.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Ukrainian parliamentarians and international organizations have been urged to keep Russian-occupied Crimea on the agenda and warned that a new escalation in repression against Crimean Tatars is probable once the ban on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis or representative assembly comes into effect

No Mercy for Crimean Journalist Facing 5-Year Sentence for Opposing Russian Occupation

23.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Mykola Semena, a 66-year-old Crimean journalist has been refused permission to travel to Kyiv for an urgently needed operation following a spinal injury. Without the operation, Semena could face irreparable damage to his health, making him an invalid.

Pro-Russian propagandist Graham Phillips should be delighted by the calls to take away his passport

23.09.16 | Halya Coynash
However reprehensible pro-Russian propagandist Graham Phillips’ behaviour is, the calls to strip him of his travel documents seem misguided, which is probably why Russian propaganda media are eagerly reporting them. It is authoritarian states who restrict their own citizens from travelling abroad

Russia jails Ukrainian for Maidan, denies right of appeal

22.09.16 | Halya Coynash
The court in Russian-occupied Crimea which handed down a surreal 10-year sentence against Andriy Kolomiyets over an alleged event during Euromaidan is blocking an appeal against the sentence. The 23-year-old Ukrainian is being held in appalling conditions, with his family unable to visit him.

Crimean activist fined for ‘extremist post’ 4 YEARS before Russian annexation

22.09.16 | Halya Coynash
It seems any pretext will do in Russian-occupied Crimea to prosecute civic activists. A court on Sept. 20 fined Alexei Shestakovych 1, 000 roubles for a video he reposted 4 years before Russia invaded and occupied Crimea. Another court rejected his appeal against a 20-thousand rouble fine for a totally peaceful picket in defence of political prisoners

Numbers Don’t Lie: Statistics Point To Massive Fraud In Russia’s Duma Vote

22.09.16 | Valentin Baryshnikov, Robert Coalson
According to one estimate, " the scope of the falsification in favor of United Russia in these elections amounted to approximately 12 million votes"

Not in Our Name: Journalist NGOs Should Condemn Propagandist Graham Phillips’ Torture Stunt

21.09.16 | Halya Coynash
At a human level, it is impossible to understand somebody accosting a person maimed and blinded and telling him that he’s useless, a zombie whom nobody needs. When that individual, Briton Graham Phillips, claims to be acting as a ‘journalist’, such behaviour needs a clear response from the journalist community.

Ukrainian citizens are now a group at risk in Russian-occupied Crimea

21.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Gury Kornilyev, a young botanist from Yalta, recently lost his job after two years of harassment over his rejection of Russian citizenship. He knows of two other colleagues who were dismissed or demoted for their pro-Ukrainian position, and they are only some of the many Ukrainian nationals who are now a group at risk in occupied Crimea

Odesa Smoking Gun Leads Directly to Moscow

20.09.16 | Halya Coynash
A new film has exposed direct links between Moscow and the disturbances in Odesa from late February to the tragic events of 2 May 2014. The film ‘2 May. Moscow Trail’ is based solely on Russian and pro-Russian sources, and adds weight to recently published tapes on which Sergei Glazyev, Vladimir Putin’s adviser and others discuss the organization of disturbances in Odesa and other Ukrainian cities

Separatists of the world unite in Moscow while Russia steps up repression of Crimean Tatars

20.09.16 | Halya Coynash
The Kremlin is funding a second separatist jamboree in Moscow on Sept 25. The event which purports to unite “parties and movements advocating for self-determination”, and which Russian embassies tout as in defence of minorities, will be held 4 days before the Supreme Court appeal against Russia’s criminalization of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, the self-governing body of the main indigenous people of Crimea..

KGB 2.0? Report says Kremlin plan afoot for major Security-Service Shakeup

20.09.16 | Tom Balmforth
Russia plans to create a super security agency called the Ministry of State Security (MGB), the name once given to Josef Stalin’s Soviet spy apparatus before it was renamed the KGB after his death, Kommersant newspaper reports.

Crimean Tatars boycott Russia’s illegitimate elections in occupied Crimea

19.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Most Crimean Tatars appear to have boycotted the elections which Russia illegally held in occupied Crimea. How many other Ukrainians also refused to take part is as yet unclear, but it seems likely that despite threats and coercion, the turnout was low. Judging by previous experience since Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the boycott could lead to an escalation in repression.

What Breaking News? Mass Vote Rigging As Expected in Russian Parliamentary Elections

19.09.16 | Halya Coynash
The ‘breaking news’ headlines on the BBC, Sky News and others would have been comical, were they not so misleading. These were not ‘elections’ which President Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party was ever going to lose, and if you want even exit polls to be credible, you don’t effectively outlaw the Levada Centre, the main independent pollster, two weeks before voting day

Maimed Ukrainian Hostage Finally Exchanged by Kremlin-Backed Militants

17.09.16 | Halya Coynash
After several promised exchanges fell through, Volodymyr Zhemchugov, who has been held for almost a year, blinded, maimed and in a terrible state, has finally been released as part of an exchange of two hostages for four supporters of the Donbas militants held by Ukraine’s SBU

Putin & Stalin both invaded to ‘protect ethnic minorities’

17.09.16 | Halya Coynash
It is 77 years since the Soviet Union invaded what was then Poland, and two and a half years since Russian troops seized control of Ukrainian Crimea. Both Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Russian President Vladimir Putin presented their invasions as ‘protecting ethnic minorities’.

Sinister Methods Suspected for Obtaining Verdict in Russia’s Ukrainian Show Trial in Chechnya

16.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Details have emerged which cast some light on how a jury in Chechnya could have found two Ukrainians guilty despite overwhelming evidence that neither man had been in Chechnya at the time and that most of the alleged crimes had never happened.

In Memory of Georgy Gongadze, Pavel Sheremet and All Slain Journalists

Traditional remembrance events on the anniversary of journalist Georgy Gongadze’s abduction and subsequent murder are especially poignant this year as they come just two months after the killing in Kyiv of Pavel Sheremet, the renowned Belarusian journalist and former prisoner of conscience.

Why the West Ignores Russia’s Wars

16.09.16 | Andrew Kornbluth | www.atlanticcouncil.org
While hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in major cities across Western Europe and the United States to protest the American invasion of Iraq and, more recently, the invasion by America’s ally Israel of the Gaza Strip in 2014, Russia’s wars of choice in Syria and Ukraine have failed to excite a single public demonstration of any significance anywhere in the Western world

Russia openly collaborates with Donbas militants on ‘teenage saboteur’ arrests

15.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Two days after Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas released disturbing video footage of 7 young lads allegedly ‘arrested’ for acts of SBU-orchestrated sabotage, Russia’s Investigative Committee has become involved, but not, as you might have hoped, by calling on the Moscow-controlled militants to stop tormenting kids as young as 15

Important victory for religious freedom (and common sense) in Ukraine

15.09.16 | Halya Coynash
Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional the demand that permission be received from the local authorities for holding public religious events. The requirement was discriminatory and illogical since Ukraine’s Constitution requires only that people notify of plans to hold a peaceful gathering