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  • 17 Jan 2015 4:52 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Interpol has put Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's former president, on its list of internationally wanted persons. An online version of Interpol red notice list says Yanukovych is wanted for "misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by malversation" committed in an "especially gross amount, or by an organized group."   RFE/RL.   Read More

  • 17 Jan 2015 4:49 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    At the warehouse of Modnakasta, one of Ukraine's largest online retailers, the air hums with the lively chatter of workers and sound of hundreds of boxes being packed and sealed. It sounds like success: clothing, footwear, household goods and bathroom items are all being loaded and then shipped throughout the country. And indeed the company's owner, Andriy Logvin, says business has rocketed since it began four years ago. But because of Ukraine's deteriorating economy, he says that right now the company is just managing to keep its head above water. Business has doubled in the past year, but because of the drop in value of the national currency, the hryvnia, he is barely breaking even.   BBC News.   Read More

  • 17 Jan 2015 4:43 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Soviet propaganda continues to shape the beliefs of Russians about the Russian and Soviet past and continues to infect public consciousness in the West.  The Kremlin’s ongoing denial that Ukrainians were subject to a genocidal famine in 1932-33 under Stalin is a clear example.  Russian historiography on the subject contorts the truth to promote the goals of the state, fueled by the legacy of the USSR and its state-decreed “truth.”  Unlike post WWII Germany which went through a de-nazification program, Russia has not gone through a de-Sovietization process since the collapse of the USSR.    Euromaidan Press.   Read More

  • 17 Jan 2015 4:39 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Please sign and share this petition to PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the
    Council of Europe) in support of Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot and member
    of parliament, who was kidnapped and is being held illegally in a Russian
    prison. Time is of the essence, as she has been on a hunger strike for some weeks, and
    her health is deteriorating. (PACE is an Assembly which brings together 318
    parliamentarians from 47 European countries, representing 820 million people
  • 17 Jan 2015 4:37 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    January 13 marks one month since Nadia Savchenko, the Ukrainian military pilot held in Russia, began her hunger strike. Savchenko says she is determined to starve to death in pretrial detention if Russian authorities do not release her.   RFE/RL.   Read More

  • 17 Jan 2015 4:35 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and Europe for its interventions in Ukraine have worked much faster and inflicted much more damage on the Russian economy than anybody could have expected. The sanctions sought to deny Russian banks and companies access to the international capital markets. The increased damage is largely due to a sharp decline in the price of oil, without which the sanctions would have been much less effective. Russia needs oil prices to be around $100 a barrel in order to balance its budget. (It is now around $55 a barrel.) The combination of lower oil prices and sanctions has pushed Russia into a financial crisis that is by some measures already comparable to the one in 1998.   The New York Review of Books.   Read More

  • 17 Jan 2015 4:33 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Observers outside Germany may be surprised to learn that a frequent condemnation in German political debates is that a certain action, person or organization is linked to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This reproving label is popular among startlingly many Germans although West Germany has been a member of NATO since 1955 while East Germany joined NATO in 1990 via German reunification.   Geopolitika.   Read More

  • 17 Jan 2015 4:29 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    After more than four hours of discussion in Berlin late last night, the foreign affairs ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany decided to postpone a key peace summit planned for Jan. 15 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The diplomats had aimed to prepare a comprehensive peace plan for resolving the conflict in Donbas for their respective heads of state to agree at the summit.   Kyivpost.  Read More

  • 17 Jan 2015 4:28 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Ukraine reached an agreement to recover Hr 3.7 billion, or $234 million, of National Bank's cash kept in Russia-annexed Crimea, said President Petro Poroshenko on Jan. 16.  Kyivpost.  Read More

  • 17 Jan 2015 4:26 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Fighting around Donetsk intensified over the weekend with heavy shelling on both sides as a series of peace talks planned for Berlin and Astana this week were overshadowed by increasingly combative rhetoric. A gas pipeline caught fire after it was hit by a shell and Ukraine sealed off a number roads into separatist-held areas in response to the fierce fighting.   Kyivpost.   Read More

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