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  • 02 Sep 2015 11:50 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Russia's Supreme Court has cut the prison term for the son of leading Crimean Tatar figure Mustafa Dzhemilev. Khaiser Dzhemilev was arrested in May 2013 by Ukrainian authorities in connection with the shooting death of a friend. He said he shot his friend by accident. After Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the Moscow-backed authorities took over the case and transferred him to the Krasnodar region in southern Russia.   Read More

  • 02 Sep 2015 11:48 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The European Union is set to roll over until March 15 sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to maintain pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk ceasefire terms by the end of the year, diplomats said.   WSJ.   Read More

  • 02 Sep 2015 11:45 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The U.S. and Ukraine formally kicked off almost two weeks of naval exercises on Monday in and around the Black Sea as part of the latest iteration of Sea Breeze. The Russian military has pledged to keep close tabs on the 11 nation drills and has dispatched the Krivak-class guided missile frigate Ladny to shadow U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) since the destroyer crossed into the Black Sea last week, according to a report from the Russian news agency Interfax.   USNI News.   Read More

  • 02 Sep 2015 11:31 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Special Briefing

    Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United NationsWashington, DC Read More

  • 02 Sep 2015 11:27 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Without any sign of dissent, the Supreme Court on Monday evening passed up its first chance to act decisively on the rising religious freedom protest against same-sex marriage.  In a one-sentence order, the Court refused a Kentucky county clerk’s plea for protection from having to issue marriage licenses, including licenses for same-sex partners, to which she objects as a matter of faith.   SCOTUS Blog. Read More

  • 02 Sep 2015 11:24 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Two years ago, an Alabama county succeeded in persuading the Supreme Court to strike down a major part of the federal Voting Rights Act, easing that county’s legal duties considerably, but a federal appeals court has now decided that — in one sense —  it did not actually win. That is, the outcome in Shelby County v. Holder in 2013 did not justify giving Shelby County a right to have its attorneys’ fees paid by the federal government — the losing side, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday.   SCOTUS Blog.   Read More


  • 02 Sep 2015 11:14 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, gave Friday, August 14 morning's lecture to end the weeks theme of "Redefining Europe." Snyder is the author of eight books and his ninth is set for publication in September. "Ukraine is only place in Europe where people are risking their lives for the value of political unity," said Snyder. the goal of his lecture was to tie together the themes of Ukraine, the European Union and Russia in the future.   Click to watch video


  • 02 Sep 2015 11:12 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Tax reforms are still under construction in Ukraine. As planned, they should come to fruition with the institution of a fundamentally new tax system starting January 1, 2016. Prior to that, the planned reforms will also have to get a green light from the Verkhovna Rada, which is supposed to get the necessary bill to debate and vote on by the end of autumn. At this time, key elements of this new system are being discussed in expert circles. And although the press is receiving precious little information about the changes to the tax system, tax specialists have already worked up quite a few elements. From them, we can begin to piece together an outline of Ukraine’s future tax system.   The Ukrainian Week.   Read More


  • 02 Sep 2015 10:54 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a new Military Doctrine of Ukraine. For the first time in the history of independence, the draft doctrine clearly defined enemy and aggressor, which is the Russian Federation. As the press service of the Government noted, this was stated by the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Tuesday, September 1, in Odessa, where he attended the opening of the multinational naval exercises “Sea Breeze-2015″.   Ukraine Under Attack.   Read More


  • 02 Sep 2015 10:51 AM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    A top Russian security official was very clear about the dangers Crimea is facing. "Terrorism and corruption threaten Crimea," Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Security Council and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reportedly said in the southern city of Sevastopol in early August, during a meeting with local officials. The first threat, "terrorism", was an obvious reference to the unrelenting international demands to return the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine last year, an action the UN and Western countries do not recognise.    Al Jazeera.   Read More


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