Radio Svoboda continues to survey how Russian media and individual social media users manipulate the public opinion by pretending that photographs and footage from various places all over the globe come from the Ukrainian events. The compilation was prepared by Ihor Losyk. Continue reading →
In her interview with Le Monde the writer Liudmila Ulitskaya said that the Russian mass media are manipulating the Russians’ mass consciousness and have already beaten the world record in lying. In particular, the writer claims, TV channels broadcast footage from Syria and Venezuela under the guise of the events in Donetsk. The Russian intelligentsia cannot do anything as, according to her, freedom of speech in Russia is being oppressed.
This speech, by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, is a “watershed” moment between the world after Helsinki in 1975 and the world post-2014. Therefore, we believe it should be noted on our blog:
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
New York, NY
March 15, 2014
The United States deeply appreciates the support from our colleagues around this table and from the many states who have called for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine.
This is, however, a sad and remarkable moment.
This is the seventh time that the UN Security Council has convened to discuss the urgent crisis in Ukraine. The Security Council is meeting on Ukraine because it is the job of this body to stand up for peace and to defend those in danger.
We have heard a lot each time the Security Council has met…
European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
DG II – Directorate of Human Rights and Anti-discrimination
Agora Building, 1 quai Jacoutot
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France
Dear Committee Members,
Using this opportunity, please, let us avail ourselves.
We are writing to you based on Article 16(2) of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (the “Charter”). The following is to bring your attention to adoption by the Ukrainian Parliament of the Law of Ukraine “On the Basis of the State Policy on Languages” dated3 July 2012 (the “Law on Languages”). According to the explanatory note to the Law on Languages, its purpose was to ensure implementation of this law in Ukraine. However, it appears that the real purpose behind the Law on Languages is to return to practice of imposing the Russian language usage throughout Ukraine. Continue reading →
Representatives of Russian culture centers in Ukraine held a press conference on March 5 to express their opposition to the aggressive policy of the Kremlin to “defend” the Russian population, reports Espreso.TV.
The press conference was attended by Yuriy Vakulenko, CEO of the National Museum of Russian Art, Ludmyla Hubianuri, director of the Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, Natalia Tyshayeva, director of the Pushkin Museum, Mykhaylo Reznikovych, general and artistic director of the L. Ukrayinka National Theatre of Russian Drama, and others, reports Espreso. TV.
Lutkovska visited Crimea and observed no violations of the rights of Russian speakers. She thinks one of the reasons behind Crimean conflict is the repeal of language law.
Ukrainian Ombudsman Valeriya Lutkovska stated that she has not received a single complaint recently alleging the violations of the rights of Russian speakers in Crimea.
“During this period, there have been no appeals that could suggest the violation of the rights of Russian speakers in Crimea”, said Lutkovska during a March 4 briefing following her visit to Crimea. Continue reading →
Vladimir Putin is attempting to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine by claiming that he is rushing to the rescue of the country’s oppressed Russian-speaking minority. However, it is becoming increasingly clear than many members of this supposedly oppressed minority neither welcome nor support Putin’s military intervention.
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine unfolds, more and more Russian-speaking Ukrainians are taking to social media and joining public protests in a bid to declare their opposition to the Russian aggression and express their contempt for the distortions being promoted by the Kremlin in order to justify Putin’s military aggression. This increasingly strident and vocal opposition from Russian-speaking Ukrainians undermines Moscow’s publicly stated justification for war, and poses serious questions about the true motives behind Putin’s invasion of…
Media stories about “Russian minorities who fear for their language rights and that they fear persecution under Ukraine” continue to circulate following the Kyiv Revolution. On 3/1/2014, Christiane Amanpour casually mentioned on CNN that the new Ukrainian government had “banned” the Russian language. Banned?… Nothing could be further from the truth.
Fact versus myth:
1. Ukraine is not ‘divided’ by language.
Russian is used and understood by almost all citizens in Ukraine. Most YouTube posts from Maidan were in Russian and many activists spoke in Russian to reporters. Most of the ‘Comments’ supporting Maidan posted to TV and newspaper websites were also in Russian. Continue reading →
The Russian State Duma fears that the Verkhovna Rada’s abolition of the law conferring regional language status on the Russian language could complicate relations between the Russian Federation and the new government of Ukraine.
Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the Duma Committee for CIS matters, Eurasian integration, and relations with Russian nationals, announced his objections to the language law to journalists in Moscow, reports news channel UNIAN. “I hope this negative step will not complicate our dialogue with the future coalition government in Ukraine,” Slutsky said. “Undoubtedly, this dialogue will be conducted in Russian,” he concluded.