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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Ukrainian oligarchs who are detested by Moscow

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Ihor Kolomoysky

Espreso TV has rated the top five oligarchs who have ended up in Russia’s disfavor over recent events in Ukraine

Ihor Kolomoysky — for offending the Kremlin

Ihor Kolomoysky took first place in the rankings. Kolomoysky began the series of activities disliked by the northern neighbor as soon as he moved into the governor’s chair. At first he organized the hunt for the weapons and terrorists so cherished by Russia. He promised cash rewards: US $1,000 for a gun, US $ 1,500 for a machine gun, US $10,000 for each captured “green man.” Continue reading

Activists missing in Crimea

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Ivan Bodnarets

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Valeriy Vashchuk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Euromaidan SOS organization has not been able to locate several people detained in Crimea, reports Ukrainska Pravda, March 29.

Specifically, the whereabouts of frontier guard Ivan Nikolus are unknown. Also missing are three activists. Abu Yusuf (Serhiy Selentsov) is believed to be in prison, although his lawyer has been prevented from seeing him. Similarly unknown are the fates of two men from Rivne: Ivan Bondarets, b.1990, and Valeriy Bashchuk, b.1985, who have been missing since March 7, when they first arrived in Simferopol.

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