Immunity to censure 

Vitaliy Dudin, for the competition “Stop censure! Citizens for free states”

When shots are heard, the provision of human rights is always problematic. And the rights such as freedom of speech in our country are not considered rights at all. This is especially noticeable today, when perception only knows the difference between black and white.

Are Ukrainian mass media free? Their economical dependence on private owners seems critical. Oligarchs control up to 80% of the media market. Is there anything bad in this? I doubt that any national mass medium would even allow to begin a discussion on this topic. Continue reading

Russia seizes oligarch assets in Crimea

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On April 11, the so-called parliament of the Crimean Republic created the state enterprise “Krymenergo,” which will manage the energy assets of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, reports Espreso.TV. Since the pseudo government of Crimea has been adopting decisions recently that are not based on any legal framework but are more in line with “hostile takeovers,” this development can hardly be considered sensational.

In this case, however, there is one detail that points to a move to the next stage of the Ukrainian-Crimean “relationship.” Now Crimean officials are switching from raiding government property to raiding private property.

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The Battle for Donetsk is on March 16. Why is Akhmetov Doing THIS?

The eyes of the whole world are on Crimea, where on March 16th the Russians are conducting a referendum. But it would be better if those eyes would turn to another corner of Ukraine – to Donetsk. Let’s review briefly what’s going on in the eastern capital, according to what local residents are saying. Throughout Saturday March 15th it was virtually impossible to reach mobile phone subscribers. Mobile signals are being blocked. A full-scale radio war is happening. Crowds of people streamed into the city center, asking passersby the same question: “Where is Lenin Square?” This means that they were out-of-towners, but with a clear instruction, to go to the center. Many of these people looked peculiar, scaring Donetsk residents who fearfully pressed their backs into walls. The city is full of people who look like criminals and thugs. They say in Donetsk that on Sunday, March 16th, around 50 thousand provocateurs will stage mass unrests with certainty of casualties.

‘Rise, Donbas! We will tear to pieces the bandera scum!’

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Ukrainian oligarchs and businessmen speak in support of Ukrainian unity as Russia commences invasion of Crimea

As Euromaidan sent Yanukovych fleeing into Russia, and Russian troops de-facto began a military intervention in Crimea, Ukrainian oligarchs have begun speaking out in support of a united Ukraine and its territorial integrity, and against military conflict.

Henadiy Korban, a partner of Ihor Kolomoisky, believes that the oligarchs are ready to wage a war with Russia and only a united Ukraine can secure their prosperity.

That was Korban’s statement to Espreso.TV. “That’s true, policies established by the new government will shatter the economic positions of the oligarchs in Russia, and they will lose some benefits, but all this is only in a short-term perspective. I will tell you more – I have talked to Akhmetov, Kolomoisky, Novinsky – these people are no longer interested to multiply their money. They want to have a place in history. In the long run, only a united Ukraine will ensure them prosperity in a long run”, Korban says. Continue reading

Firtash discusses Ukraine with British Foreign Affairs Ministry

Dmytro Firtash, head of the Employers Federation of Ukraine (FRU), met with senior representatives of Britain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reported a statement released by FRU’s press service. The meeting, which took place on February 24, in London, focused on support for Ukraine. 
“During the meeting all parties discussed the most recent events in Ukraine as well as Britain’s possible political and economic support of Ukraine after the formation of the new Ukrainian government,” the statement said.
Firtash called the meetings “very useful and constructive.” Britain “has expressed a willingness in principle to support Ukrainian business and to promote stability and growth of Ukrainian industry,” he said.
It is well known that Firtash was one of the oligarchs closest to Yanukovych’s regime.
In particular, he was involved in gas schemes between the regimes of Putin and Yanukovych.
Together with the head of Yanukovych’s administration Serhiy Lovochkin, Firtash was co-owner of the TV channel “Inter,” where journalists last week complained about censorship and pressure from the administration.
Ukrainska Pravda
http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2014/02/25/7016253/