Yevhen Zakharov: Definition of categories pertaining to political persecution

In our opinion, the criminal cases initiated against the participants of the Tax Code Protest, the members of the organizations Tryzub and VO Svoboda, as well as former high-ranking officials – Yury Lutsenko and Yevhen Korniychuk – should be considered political persecution.

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UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS SENDS LETTER TO OSCE HIGH COMMISSIONER ON NATIONAL MINORITIES REGARDING HIS ASSESSMENT OF THE DRAFT

“The Ukrainian World Congress reminds Ukrainian authorities that Article 10 of the Constitution of Ukraine clearly stipulates that the Ukrainian language is the only State language in Ukraine and urges them to refrain from considering the Draft Law “On Languages in Ukraine”, which degrades the Ukrainian language,”

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UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS IS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT RECENT ACTIONS OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UKRAINE

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is deeply concerned over these actions by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine which have been initiated at a time when pressure is being exerted by Russian authorities on two prominent Ukrainian organizations in Russia, the Federal National Cultural Autonomy of Ukrainians in Russia and the Union of Ukrainians in Russia, who are preparing to defend the right to continue their activities before the Russian Federation Supreme Court.

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THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION v. THE UKRAINIAN MINORITY IN RUSSIA

Over the last few years a pattern has emerged in the RF – an unrelenting war against perceived enemies of the state, including ethnic communities not kowtowing to govern- pressure and the executive branch exploiting the legislative and judicial to implement its policies. Ukrainians in Russia have felt this pressure. Murders of Ukrainian activists remain unsolved. A Ukrainian language class at a Moscow public lyceum has been discontinued and very recently a Moscow library of Ukrainian literature was ransacked, shut, reopened, then ransacked and its head librarian assaulted.

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Police search young blogger’s home for more than six hours

“We deplore the way that Bilozerska has again been treated as a suspect when all she did was inform the public as a journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the Ukrainian police to respect the law and return her professional equipment to her. Their actions pose a serious threat to media freedom and seem designed to intimidate journalists and encourage them to censor themselves.”

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How Hitler’s Shadow Is Turning into the KGB’s Shadow

The US National Archives’ sensational new report on the CIA’s complicity in protecting Nazi war criminals during the Cold War, including alleged Ukrainian war criminals, is shockingly similar to something that the Soviet KGB could have cooked up.
The authors of the report, the American historians Richard Breitman and Norman J. W. Goda, have performed a great service in revealing the CIA’s cooperation with the Nazis.

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Open Appeal: Selective criminal prosecutions are the hallmark of an undemocratic regime

The President constantly asserts that his aim is to build a European-style democratic State. The best proof of this would be to stop the prosecution of the political opposition under the guise of fighting misuse of power.

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Court revokes results of election for Donetsk University Rector

In the latest twist to what should have been a straightforward democratic process, the Kyiv District Administrative Court has revoked the results of the election for Rector of the Donetsk National University. This was at the application of Oleksandr Korystin who claims that he also put forward his candidacy but was not added to the list.

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Belarus urged to stop clampdown on opposition

Amnesty International has condemned the violent dispersal of a mainly peaceful demonstration in the aftermath of Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus which was marred by irregularities.

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Belarusian Opposition Website Staff taken to the KGB

At 5 a.m. on 20 December Spetsnaz [Special Forces ] officers burst into the office of the Belarusian opposition Internet site Charter 97 and took away all those present, including the Chief Editor Nataliya Radina and volunteers

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