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Why are Germans asked if they support annexation?

27.11.14 | Halya Coynash
In a recent ‘opinion poll’ 39% of Germans proved ready to recognize Russia’s demonstration of contempt for international law in annexing the Crimea, and ignorant or indifferent to the flagrant violations of human rights committed since Russia’s invasion.

One in Five Ukrainians took part in EuroMaidan

If overall throughout the country 37.9% of respondents viewed Euromaidan as a conscious struggle by citizens who had united to defend their rights, this was as high as 70% in the West of Ukraine, and only 3.2% in Donbas

Lustration law to face Constitutional Court scrutiny

Supporters of the recent lustration law have slammed the decision by Ukraine’s Supreme Court to seek judgment on the law’s constitutionality. Their suspicions as to the motives of those courts which oppose the law may be shared, however so too are concerns about the law in question

Putin’s Media Cocoon, Spun with German Help

18.11.14 | Halya Coynash
Vladimir Putin’s early departure from G20 probably made sense. At home both his press service and the media have ensured that most Russians learn nothing of his humiliation in Brisbane. They hear plenty, however, of a German TV interview that provided exactly the gentle uncritical questions Putin has come to expect.


14.11.14 | Halya Coynash
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia on Nov 15. Please encourage journalists to ask Putin questions that pack a punch, but that only foreigners can ask without risking being hit literally!

G20 Putin Pack: Moscow’s specific funding for the Donbas ’elections’

14.11.14 | Halya Coynash
On why Russia organized and paid for the ‘observers’ of the ‘elections’ in Donbas it is now only ‘respecting’, not ‘recognizing’ and why for both its Crimean ‘referendum’ and for the Donbas ‘elections’ its ‘observer missions’ were made up of far-right, neo-Nazi or Stalinist politicians

G20 Putin Pack: Russian Offensive against the Crimean Tatars

14.11.14 | Halya Coynash
Who else could achieve a return to the worst forms of Soviet repression in less than 9 months? Why is Vladimir Putin’s only response to the disappearances and abductions of Crimean Tatars a claim that it’s all news to him?

G20 Putin Pack: Russia’s Crimean Political Prisoners

14.11.14 | Halya Coynash
How do you formulate questions about a ‘terrorist plot’ trial with no terrorist acts and absurdly miscast suspects? Why would Oleg Sentsov, a world-known film director and solo father become the master-mind behind a right-wing terrorist plot, and recruit Oleksandr Kolchenko, a left-wing activist who couldn’t stand the Right Sector’s views?

G20 Putin Pack: Captured by Militants in Ukraine, Tried in Russia

14.11.14 | Halya Coynash
How can a Ukrainian military pilot be abducted to Russia after being taken prisoner by militants in Ukraine? Why have the investigators tried to prevent inclusion of testimony that proves Nadiya Savchenko innocent and will they serious charge her with ‘illegally crossing the border’?

G20 Putin Pack: Russia’s Fascist ‘Anti-Fascist’ Crusade

14.11.14 | Halya Coynash
Why, if Russia claims to be opposing ‘fascists’ in Ukraine, do so many of the militants it supports in eastern Ukraine have links to far-right or neo-Nazi parties? Why is it specifically far-right or Stalinist parties in Europe that support Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and a purported ‘fight against fascism in eastern Ukraine?

Memorial human rights activist refused entry to Ukraine

Vitaly Ponomarev, board member of the renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre, was prevented from entering Ukraine on Tuesday and sent back to Moscow. No reason was given for this baffling and clearly unlawful ban

Transparency International solutions for coalition accord

Transparency International in Ukraine suggests introducing comprehensive amendments to legislation on the funding of political parties and election campaigns as a major step to reducing political corruption

Crime And Crimea: Criminals As Allies And Agents

04.11.14 | Mark Galleotti
As up to $4.5 billion of federal funds flow in, thanks to the Kremlin’s determination to make a Potemkin peninsula into a symbol of the value of becoming part of the Russian Federation, there is ample scope for kickbacks, sweetheart deals, and simple "attrition" of construction materials.

Human rights groups appeal to parties regarding coalition agreement

Human rights values should form the foundation of any systemic reform and every specific legislative initiative

An ’Election’ amid Kalashnikovs, cabbages and Moscow’s fascist fans

03.11.14 | Halya Coynash
As in Soviet times, all that mattered in Sunday’s pseudo-elections was the turnout. That was provided for by coercion of public sector workers and enticement with food and near free vegetables. Russia and its faithful far-right and Stalinist ‘observers’ did the rest

Fear, Farce and Fraudulent ‘Observers’ at the Donbas ‘Potato’ Elections

02.11.14 | Halya Coynash
The pseudo-elections called by Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas began as expected with massive queues for ‘social cards’ and Russian ‘humanitarian aid’ , unimpeded opportunities for multiple voting and the same motley bunch of far-right and Stalinist observers who find it all exemplary

Kharkiv’s authorities find themselves in no need of lustration

The Kharkiv City Council has reported that it carried out a ‘check of personnel’ in according with the Law on Cleaning up the Government and found not one single person who fell under the force of the law

A Lustration Law for the Record – and the Elections

22.10.14 | Halya Coynash
The farcical nature of Ukraine’s new Law on Cleaning up the Government was seen within hours of the law coming into force. The list made public of the first 36 heads to roll was like a modern public execution – of suspected witches rather than of known criminals.

Legislating murder, abduction and land-grabs in the Crimea

21.10.14 | Halya Coynash
Russia may soon adopt a law which would waive any liability by the armed paramilitaries in the Crimea who have murdered, abducted and beaten up opponents of Russian occupation, as well as seizing land and assets. Or who will, since the impunity would be till Jan 2015

Whose Revanche? Key suspects in the Oct 14 disturbances

17.10.14 | Halya Coynash
Nobody is admitting liability for the disturbances on Oct 14 when certain masked protesters tried to storm parliament and attack police. A marginal group hankering for a military junta to take control seems the likeliest candidate, though multiple questions remain.