Russia is blackmailing with my son’s life – Dzhemilev

The leader of the Crimean Tatar nation Mustafa Dzhemilev intends to plead with the European Human Rights court should the occupational government of Crimea fail to free him from jail.

Dzhemilev stated this at a press conference in Dnipropetrovsk when answering the journalists’ questions, reports censor.NET citing UNIAN.  Continue reading

Cyberwar between Ukraine and Russia

Ukrainian IT specialists uncover and block the assets and accounts of the separatist leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk

The Anti-Terrorist operation continues not only in the east of Ukraine, and not only in the real world. Civil activists in other Ukrainian regions are trying to make their investment into the fight against separatists, including specialists in computer technologies.

The activists have created several online groups which engage in discovering and blocking electronic accounts of the leaders of the so-called “people’s republics” in Donbas and even blocking their cell phone numbers.  Continue reading

Crimean Tatars Banned from Celebrating Flag Day

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Crimean Tatars have been banned from celebrating their national Flag Day in downtown Simferopol. Dilyaver Akiyev, Head of the Council of Medjlis, reported this on Wednesday [18 June].

According to him, on 26 June the Crimean Tatars had planned to hold a number of public cultural  events, with kids’ contests and exhibitions. They filed relevant applications with City Hall. However the authorities refused the applications, alleging that the Tatars will prevent tourists from relaxing. Instead, the occupation authorities proposed that the Tatars hold the festival in another park, located in the outskirts of Simferopol. The Majlis turned down this option; and the Tatars will file another application to hold the event on Simferopol’s central square.

As reported earlier, in May the Crimean Tatars were banned from commemorating their Day of  Mourning on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Tatar deportation from Crimea. Continue reading

Ukrainian Film Director Under Threat of 20 Years Imprisonment in Russian Federation

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Oleh Sentsov, the Ukrainian film director who is being accused of preparing a terrorist attack in Crimea, might face 20 years imprisonment in Russia, as his lawyer Dmytro Dinze informed, who also noted that official charges have been brought against Sentsov only on June 11, Deutsche Welle reports.

“It is already possible to consider twenty years of imprisonment under the Russian anti-terrorism law,” Dinze says. Before being granted access to the documents of Sentsov’s case, the attorney had to sign a confidentiality statement.  Continue reading

Saakashvili: Putin’s style does not change, in 2005 the gas pipeline from Russia to Georgia was blown up. 

As a result of sabotage Russia received the opposite result – Georgia reconstructed its energy system and practically stopped being dependent on supplies from the Russian Federation, stated former President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili. 

Former President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili compared the explosion on the gas pipeline in Poltava oblast with the events in Georgia in 2005. He writes about this on his Facebook page. Continue reading

Russian journalists intend to de-mask Kremlin propaganda together with the Ukrainian media

Russian journalists have expressed their support for Ukrainian colleagues and stated their solidarity in monitoring the propagandist lies of Kremlin mass media.

This is said in a statement signed by 15 Russian journalists, reports “Yezhednevniy Zhurnal.”  Continue reading

The unsinkable member of the “Ozero” cooperative

The head of the Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin will remain on his post for three more years. 

The head of the JSC “Russian Railways” Vladimir Yakunin will remain on his post for three more years. The term of Yakunin’s contract has run out earlier, however, according to mass media, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev intends to extend it. Vladimir Yakunin’s figure has been recently under a lot of discussion by the press thanks to the anti-corruption investigations by opposition activists. The most well-know are “The Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics” by Boris Nemtsov and Leonid Martyniuk and the investigation of Alexey Navalniy’s Anti-Corruption Fund, which directly deal with Yakunin’s revenues and property.  Continue reading

Depends on Putin 

New sanctions may await Russia if the Kremlin does not stop supporting separatists in the east of Ukraine.

The Unites States and their allies are working on a new sanction package, stated the assistant to the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who accused Moscow of supplying the separatists with tanks and missile systems, on Monday. Meanwhile Russia has introduced yet another resolution project to the UN Security Council, which contains the call to a ceasefire in the east of Ukraine, dialogue with the involvement of all sides and humanitarian aid to the population which has suffered from the results of military action. 

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“Closeness to the Kremlin is a source of wealth.” 

The hard luck of the book about Vladimir Putin’s regime: the university publishing house fears plaints on part of the Russian government. 

The Cambridge University publishing house refused to publish the book of its long-term author Karen Dawisha called “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Whom Does Russia Belong To?” The publishers do not doubt the reliability of the investigator, however they fear possible court plaints on part of the Russian government.  Continue reading

Arseniy Yatseniuk: The gas Bacchanalia is part of Russia’s plan to eliminate Ukraine, but I will not go down without a fight.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk stated that the government intends to fight for a market price on Russian gas. 

Prime Ministers Arseniy Yatseniuk claims that the “gas Bacchanalia” is part of Russia’s plan to destroy Ukrainian sovereignty. He stated this on Tuesday, June 17th, from the Parliamentary booth, reports the website of the government.

“This is part of the plan which prescribes a whole number of means to destroy Ukrainian independence and sovereignty. It began with the annex of Crimea, destabilisation of the situation in Donbas and Luhansk, financing terrorists, sending bandits to Donbas territory, transit of weapons, equipment… Now gas pressure is being put on Ukrainian consumers, an economical blockade… This is Russia’s plan,” said Yatseniuk.

To his mind, all of this is happening because Russia cannot grasp the fact that Ukraine is an independent state. He emphasised that it is not a coincidence that the gas conflict arose on the even of the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

“But it is not up to Russia to decide where we are to go. And we are headed towards the European Union,” said Yatseniuk.

He also stated that the Ukrainian government offered the Russian side to establish a gas price consisting of two components: during the so-called “low season” – $300 per thousand cubic metres, during central heating season – $385. But Russia refused this offer.

“I will not go down without a fight. We will fight for the price which is on the market, honest and fair,” emphasised the Ukrainian Prime Minister.

Source: Gordonua

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina