Category Archives: Crimea

What Rhymes with RIA?

The first weeks of a new year are usually slow and lazy in Russia. With seven public holidays in the first two weeks of January, Russian workplaces cannot be expected to be very productive. However, when it comes to one particular topic, state-controlled Russian media outlets rarely take time to relax: Crimea. A search on the website of the state-controlled

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Russia Bans Ukrainian Journalist From Entering Russian-Occupied Crimea Until 2054

Russia’s Border Guard Service, a branch of the Federal Security Service (FSB), has banned Ukrainian journalist Taras Ibrahimov from entering Russia and the Russian-occupied Ukrainian region of Crimea until the middle of 2054. Ibrahimov, who works with the Crimea Desk of RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service, told RFE/RL on January 18 that he had been handed the order in person without explanation.

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Church can act as mediator in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine – Advisor to National Security and Defense Council Secretary

16:07, 7 January 2020 Serhiy Syvokho is confident that “peace comes when those who have previously fanned the war are silent” Advisor to the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Serhiy Syvokho believes that the Church can act as a mediator in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He stated this on the “Christmas. People instead of war. Children of Donbas”

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Bildt calls Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement on Crimea ‘rubbish’

Former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt has called the recent statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding Crimea “rubbish”. “Rubbish. There was certainly no armed coup in Kyiv – just the collapse of a failed and thoroughly corrupt president. And Putin himself has talked about how he sent his troops to take over Crimea. That was obviously in blatant violation

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Sentsov: Whenever you think of friendship with Putin and Russia, remember the 13,000 Ukrainians killed and hundreds imprisoned

Oleg Sentsov drew a standing ovation from members of the European Parliament on 26 November with a speech in which he warned Europe to distrust Russian President Vladimir Putin and stressed the need to keep fighting for the release of about 100 Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners whom Russia is illegally imprisoning. At a separate briefing, he stressed

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“Visited Crimea and supported Putin” – Russian jazzmans concert in Boston canceled

The Boston jazz club RegattaBar canceled the performance of the Russian jazz quintet of Igor Butman, scheduled for February 12, due to the musician’s support for policies of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and aggression against Ukraine. Activist Dmitry Smelyansky informed about the incident, as cited by Radio Liberty. Thus, the concert disappeared from the calendar of the jazz venue after

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U.S. Embassy condemns railway traffic at Kerch Bridge

17:01, 26 December 2019 The Embassy noted that Russia’s latest move demonstrates blatant disrespect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The U.S. Embassy to Ukraine condemned the launch of the railway traffic between Russia and annexed Crimea through the bridge over Kerch Strait as the diplomatic mission of America reported on Twitter. “We join Ukrainian and other European partners in condemning Russia’s launch

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Russia closes Kerch Strait for four days over "temporary works"

The move is allegedly related with Putin’s visit to open a railway service with annexed Crimea. Russia’s Transport Ministry has closed navigation across the Kerch Strait for four days over “temporary works.” “Between 00:00 December 21, 2019, to 23:59 December 24, 2019, vessels are not recommended to enter the water area of the Crimean bridge over temporary works,” the ministry

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Human rights activist: 88 political prisoners still behind bars in Russia-occupied Crimea

23:59, 21 December 2019 Twelve people were released, but 40 new were arrested in 2019. Head of the Crimean human rights group Olha Skrypnyk says that 88 political prisoners are still behind bars in Russia-occupied Crimea. “The situation has not improved. Now 88 people are in jail in Crimean cases,” she told Hromadske Radio on  December 21. In 2019, twelve

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General Assembly of UN Adopts Resolution on Human Rights Situation in Crimea

The vote is a win for Ukraine in its fight to return the illegally annex peninsula The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution on December 18, 2019 seeking the protection of human rights in occupied Crimea. 65 representatives voted in favor, with 23 against and 75 abstentions. The document enters force after voting. The draft of the

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‘The Sea Turned Into Jelly’: Jellyfish Invade Crimea's Black Sea Coast

The shores of Balaklava Bay in Russian-annexed Crimea became unexpectedly swarmed with aurelia jellyfish this month, photos posted online show. News of the jelly invasion quickly spread across the internet, with photos gaining thousands of likes on Instagram. Social media users said that the bay has turned into a “kissel coast,” comparing the waters to a traditional Russian fruit-based drink

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UN General Assembly to consider draft resolution on human rights in occupied Crimea

The document condemns mass detentions of human rights activists, urges the Russian government of Crimea to stop poitical persecutions and condemns the practice of forced military draft to Russia’s Armed Forces The UN General Assembly will consider a draft resolution on protection of human rights in the occupied Crimea. The bill was pre-approved on November 14.  This is mentioned in

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EU Report: Human Rights Situation in Crimea Deteriorates, Reforms make Swift Advance

” … Ukraine’s attachment to the democratic principles and values it shares with the EU occupied much of the time and energy of the country’s political leaders and institutions” The European Commission issued its 2019 report on the country’s implementation of commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, citing six key areas, including political dialogue, governance, and strengthening institutions; security; and

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Venice Commission believes PACE not obliged to deny credentials to Russian delegation over Crimea annexation

The report says other options could be applied to the delegation. The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) says the illegal annexation of Crimea does not oblige the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to deny credentials to the Russian delegation to the Assembly. That’s according to the Venice Commission’s report on the implications of inclusion

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