Monica Macovei: The EU has to be harsher in its sanctions against Russia 

Member of the EU Parliament Monica Macovei called to enforce the sanctions of the European Union against Russia because of Moscow’s support of pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine, and also called the EU to confidently get rid of fuel dependence on Moscow. Monica Macovei who held the post of Minister of Justice in the Romanian government before the country joined the EU in 2007, says that the period of meeting the demands to join the EU and the NATO is the best for eliminating corruption in post-communist states. 
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Misinformation of the day: “Ukraine was the one who annexed Crimea” 

Speaker of the Russian State Duma states that it is not his country, but Ukraine, who annexed Crimea in 1991. The leading Russian official is citing the results of the referendum of doubtful legitimacy, which took place on the peninsula back then. So when and who really did annex the peninsula? 

Speaker of the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, Sergey Naryshkin was completely serious when he stated the following from the Parliament booth on Wednesday: “Essentially, 23 years ago the annex of Crimea was conducted.” It was conducted, according to him, by Ukraine – “thanks to the irresponsibility of a number of Russian politicians.”  Continue reading

100 days of the “Goblin Government”: nothing to celebrate

Simferopol – In the end of February 2014, the former Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea, already having held a session at gunpoint of the “green men,” appointed Sergey Aksionov, the leader of the now banned and disbanded (in Ukraine) party “Russian Unity,” head of the Council of Ministers of Crimea. Since that day, 100 days have passed, but this fact is being modestly kept quiet in Crimea – no commentary or mention. Only ITAR-TASS “celebrated” the historical date with a verbose interview with the “birthday boy.”  Continue reading

It is both simple and impossible to stop the war – Crimean director

Kyiv-Cherkasy – The premier of a play staged by Simferopol director Anton Romanov, who left Crimea after the Russia’s occupation, took place in Cherkasy. He dedicated his first performance in the Cherkasy Drama Theatre, an absurd comedy “Breakfast with the Enemy,” to the latest events in Ukraine and his colleagues Oleg Sentsov, who is currently under arrest in Moscow, and Pavlo Yurov, who is being held hostage in Slovyansk. Radio Svoboda spoke with the director about Crimea, the war and about what the people on opposite sides of the barricades have in common. 
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The suspension of the hryvnia is landing blows to the nerves and pockets of Crimeans

Kerch – In annexed Kerch, shopkeepers and customers are having difficulties with the suspension of the hryvnia. They cannot give Ukrainian coins as change in shops and supermarkets any longer, and there is still no supply of Russian change on the peninsula.

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Why Putin is in a hurry to cleanse Crimea of the Hryvnia

What awaits the citizens and businesses on the peninsula, and why does the Russian Central Bank need the Ukrainian national currency? 

Starting the beginning of the summer, the Hryvnia will become a foreign currency in Crimea. Earlier the occupational government had planned its circulation in parallel with the Russian rouble until January 1st, 2016; yet according to the amendments to the law regarding Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation this term has been shortened by 1,5 years.

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