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  • 04 Jul 2015 7:28 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Many languages in the Russian Federation are “disappearing,” something that won’t be reversed simply by articulating a new language policy, according to Mikhail Todyshev, the Moscow representative of the Chukotka Autonomous District. Instead, it will require specialists from all aspects of life and the rewriting of 26 federal laws. Todyshev’s statement to a meeting of the All-Russian Seminar Conference on Language Policy in the Sphere of Education is a reminder of why agencies for nationality policy like the new one Vladimir Putin has created seldom achieve much because they lack the power and authority to change all the policies that affect the issues they are concerned with.    Window on Eurasia.   Read More

  • 26 Jun 2015 1:36 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Including “Communist” in the name of a political party, selling a Soviet-flag souvenir or even singing the Soviet hymn would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, according to a new law passed by Ukraine’s parliament. The law “on the condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and ban on the propaganda of their symbols” is ostensibly supposed to prevent the recurrence of Soviet-style repressions, but critics say it would limit free speech and marginalize the already embattled left. Although President Petro Poroshenko has yet to sign the law against communist propaganda, the bill received 254 votes and was sponsored by members of his own party, among others.   The Nation.   Read More

  • 26 Jun 2015 1:32 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The Ukrainian parliament has approved a motion to allow commanders in the armed forces to fire at army deserters or those being insubordinate, and to arrest servicemen for "negligence" or "drinking alcohol" while on duty. The motion was discussed in a session yesterday afternoon, with 260 MPs passing it out of a total 320, according to Ukrainian news agency Unian - surpassing the necessary 226 votes needed to pass the bill. It will now be added as an amendment to the current Ukrainian legislation on the regulations imposed on commanders' actions toward their charges.   Newsweek.   Read More

  • 26 Jun 2015 1:24 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Kremlin officials reacted furiously Monday to the European Union’s extension of sanctions on Russia through January, calling the measure self-defeating and accusing the West of crass anti-Russian bias by timing the decision to the nation’s commemoration of the Soviet victims of World War II.   NYT.   Read More

     

  • 26 Jun 2015 1:20 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    By its Resolution No. 354, effective as of 4 June 2015, the National Bank of Ukraine (the "NBU") extended the term of the prohibition of early repayment of loans provided by non-resident lenders until 3 September 2015 (inclusive). According to Resolution No. 354, the NBU shall not register amendments to loan agreements with non-resident lenders reducing the term of fulfillment of the resident borrowers' obligations under such loan agreements or providing for early fulfillment of obligations thereunder.   Asters Newsletter.   Read More

  • 26 Jun 2015 1:14 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) stood just off the House floor Thursday, minutes after the Supreme Court had rejected the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and gathered his thoughts. “Just a shocker,” he said, echoing the reaction of many fellow conservative lawmakers who believed that the case decided Thursday would finally unravel the law they have long campaigned to repeal. “How the brightest legal minds could come to that conclusion is beyond me.”   Washington Post.   Read More

     

  • 26 Jun 2015 1:11 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Texas can deny applications for specialty license plates featuring the Confederate flag — plates that at least nine other states currently offer. The court ruled that Texas’s refusal to provide the special plates constituted government speech. “As a general matter, when the government speaks it is entitled to promote a program, to espouse a policy, or to take a position. In doing so, it represents its citizens and it carries out its duties on their behalf,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the majority opinion.   Washington Post.   Read More

     

  • 26 Jun 2015 12:11 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     The Supreme Court on Friday delivered a historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5 to 4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples. The court’s action marks the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation’s jurisprudence. Advocates called it the most pressing civil rights issue of modern times, while critics said the courts had sent the country into uncharted territory by changing the traditional definition of marriage.   Washington Post.   Read More

     

  • 25 Jun 2015 9:38 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Andriy J. Semotiuk: Roman Kupchinsky's lessons for Ukraine today

    There is a saying that good friends are difficult to find, more difficult to leave and impossible to forget. No truer words were spoken about Roman Kupchinsky (1944-2010) for those who knew him.
         Many may die in the course of one’s lifetime, but few deaths like his, mark the passing of an era.  
         Today, as we stand shoulder to shoulder with those who seek to defend Ukraine in the face of the naked aggression on her border, we still find it hard to fill the deep cavity that Roman’s passing left behind in our ranks.  

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  • 23 Jun 2015 9:40 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Belgium Seizes Russian State Assets In Yukos Lawsuit

    Russian media reports say Belgian authorities have made moved to seize Russian government assets in connection with a $1.8 billion lawsuit filed by former shareholders of the now-defunct Russian oil firm Yukos.

    Belgian court bailiffs notified dozens of companies and nongovernmental organizations on June 17 that the government was freezing any Russian state assets in their possession, as well as any debts they may owe to the Russian government. RFERL

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