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Russia Must Recognize Ukraine Rebels’ Human Rights Abuses

Author(s): Ole Solvang During a news conference in Moscow last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized laws-of-war violations by Ukrainian government forces, referring to a Human Rights Watch report I wrote about the government’s unlawful use of unguided rockets in populated areas. Since Lavrov is concerned about laws-of-war violations, there are other issues he should be […]

Power Player: The Reign of Vladimir Putin

by Vladimir Schlapentokh From the beginning of his rule, Vladimir V. Putin has assumed that his ability to govern Russia was highly dependent on the strength of the ideological justification of his power. Indeed, he was never elected according to even elementary democratic standards. For this reason, the state’s ideology was of primary importance in […]

World leaders demand answers after airliner downed over Ukraine with 298 dead

by Anton Zverev (Reuters) – World leaders called for a rapid investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine and justice for nearly 300 deaths that could mark a pivotal moment in deteriorating relations between Russia and the West. As Ukraine sought to rally international support against Russia, two U.S. officials […]

In Crimea, churches say Russia is placing new restrictions on them

by Peter Kenny Russian officials who seized control of Crimea from Ukraine are placing new restrictions on churches and Islamic institutions there, a Scandinavian news service in freedom of religion and belief reports. Since March, when Russian annexed Crimea places of worship and individuals of some faiths (including followers of Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the […]

Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture

Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months. A new briefing, Abductions and Torture in Eastern Ukraine, details the findings of a research trip to Kyiv and south-eastern Ukraine in recent weeks. It documents allegations […]

Kiev Is Full of Hope — Yes, Even for Jews

by David E. Fishman On a recent Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Kiev, I noticed a few peculiarities — due certainly to the undeclared state of war between Russia and Ukraine for the past three months. The check-in agent at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport called security to report that an American named Fishman was flying to […]

Ukraine signs historic EU trade pact sparking Russia ire

by Tom Parfitt Ukraine signed a landmark economic trade pact with the European Union on Friday prompting a furious response from the Kremlin, even as talks were extended over a peace plan to stop violence in the country’s eastern regions. Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, signed the accord at a ceremony in Brussels, calling […]

ECHR finds rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses violated in Russia

MOSCOW, June 26 (RAPSI, Oleg Panfilov) - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held Thursday that Russia violated the rights of members of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Moscow during armed police raid in 2006. The court found that Russia has violated Article 5 (Rights to liberty and security) and 9 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion) […]

RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims face up to six years’ imprisonment

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Four of the 16 Jehovah’s Witnesses on criminal trial in Taganrog and both the Muslim women whose criminal trial in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk is imminent face up to six years’ imprisonment each if convicted. All have been accused of organising an “extremist” religious community banned by […]

Kyiv Greek Catholic archbishop tells “Orthodox brothers” not to believe propaganda, look at the truth

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, tensions are getting worse between local Catholics and the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, which continues to denounce the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine for its alleged involvement with Western policy vis-à-vis Russia. In making an appeal for reconciliation through AsiaNews, the Major Archbishop of Kyiv, Sviatoslav […]