On Friday, May 25, secondary schools throughout Ukraine, including Crimea, were holding ceremonies marking the official end of the school year. Students graduating from the Lesya Ukrainka Gymnasium No. 5 in Sevastopol, along with their teachers, wore vyshyvankas (Ukrainian embroidered shirts) to school as a sign of protest against Russian occupation of the peninsula.
[EuromaidanPR note: The following story is reprinted from the Facebook page of Roman Torgovitsky, Moscow-born and raised graduate of Harvard University and anti-Putin activist, who was arrested last Sunday, May 11, for his protest during the concert of famous Russian conductor and violinist, Vladimir Spivakov, at Harvard University. Mr. Torgovitsky was charged with “disorderly conduct” (this was later dismissed by the court), as well as given a verbal “no trespass” order by the Harvard University police, which prohibits him from entering the University property and does not have any time limitations on it.]
Let’s play a game of “what if.” It’s 1942, Germany is occupying half of Europe and exterminating ethnic minorities, and your childhood hero – a famous Austrian conductor Herbert Von Karajan, now allegedly a member of Nazi party, is coming to Harvard to give a concert.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reports that Luhansk oblast prosecution offices are conducting investigation in connection with a criminal proceeding over the violent murder of a married couple in front of their underage daughter. Information on this criminal event has been filed with the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations, with charges under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (intentional homicide of two or more persons perpetrated by a group acting in prior conspiracy).
Ukraine’s Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov reported that former chief of Odessa oblast police Dmytro Fuchedzhi has been placed on a wanted list.
“Mr Fuchedzhi crossed the state border of Ukraine at 5 am this morning and is now a fugitive from justice; he has been placed on a wanted list”, said Avakov to journalists gathered at Kharkiv airport on Wednesday, May 7.
“Candidates for vacancy must be of Slavic nationality.” Announcements such as this have become an everyday sight in the occupied Crimea. Just recently, a number of my acquaintances have lost their jobs at local government bodies (village and town councils), because they don’t pass muster based on ethnic origin. No, this has nothing to do with personnel optimization. They were told to their faces that they are being fired on the basis of national origin.
Russia’s Central Bank has terminated the operation of branch offices of four Ukrainian banks – PrivatBank, All-Ukrainian Stock Bank, Kyivan Rus Bank, and ImexBank – on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol. A press release issued by the Central Bank cites the banks’ failure to meet their obligations before account holders as the reason behind this action. Previously, the Russian Central Bank has threatened the Crimea-based Ukrainian banks with conservatorship over failure to meet their obligations.
According to an announcement posted on the official website of Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science, Crimean residents who wish to
have the validity of their diplomas recognized will need to go through a recognition procedure, sending an application with a package of documents confirming their completion of education to the Service for Educational Supervision. This requirement applies only to those residents who received their diplomas in 1992-2000.
A 92-year old World War II veteran, Mykola Ostashevsky, came to the National Defense Headquarters for Dnipropetrovsk oblast to enlist as a new conscript. Continue reading
The Cabinet of Ministers has dismissed Andriy Holovach, head of the tax police, due to liquidation of this agency: Order of the Cabinet of Ministers #285 of April 1. It is anticipated that a Financial Investigations Service (so called financial police) will be created in its place. In addition to the tax police, the new agency will absorb economic crime units of the Ministry of Interior and the State Security Service. Holovach has chaired the tax police from 2010.
Plans to establish a financial police were first discussed about a year ago, under the Yanukovych presidency; however, the idea was rejected at that time.
Translated by Olga Ruda
State Financial Monitoring Service has blocked personal accounts of Oleksandr Yefremov, chair of the Party of Regions faction in Rada and head of the Luhansk oblast organization of the Party of Regions. Yefremov reported this during a press conference today, “Luhansk.Commentaries” informs. Continue reading