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  • 23 Aug 2015 2:08 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Timothy Snyder- Ukraine: The End of Europe? VIDEO LECTURE

    Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, gave Friday, August 14 morning's lecture to end the weeks theme of "Redefining Europe." Snyder is the author of eight books and his ninth is set for publication in September. "Ukraine is only place in Europe where people are risking their lives for the value of political unity," said Snyder. the goal of his lecture was to tie together the themes of Ukraine, the European Union and Russia in the future.  Детальніше-Read More

  • 20 Aug 2015 2:57 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Mark Feygin: Russia is using jailed Ukrainian pilot as a pawn in its game with the west

    Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko was captured by separatists in the east of the country in June last year. The Moscow-backed militia battalion Zarya handed her over to Russian special services, to use her as a propaganda tool against the new government in Kiev. 
    Savchenko will appear in court this week for a preliminary hearing on fabricatedcharges of killing two journalists, Anton Voloshin and Igor Korneliuk, from Russian state television. Yet the pair died from artillery shelling two hours afterSavchenko’s capture.

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  • 20 Aug 2015 10:29 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    PAUL R. GREGORY: Putin in the Dock

    STANFORD – To read the international press, one would think that the last two years have been good ones for Russian President Vladimir Putin. His campaign in Ukraine has largely achieved its main goals; Russia has wrested control of Crimea and destabilized large portions of the rest of the country. Plunging oil prices may have wreaked havoc on Russia’s finances, but so far Putin’s popularity seems unaffected.

    But a long stream of little-remarked-upon legal defeats could have a dramatic impact on Putin’s fortunes. In 2014, for example, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) delivered 129 judgments against Russia, and in January, the Council of Europe deprived Russia of its voting rights for its violations of international law. As the rulings pile up, they are starting to pose a threat to Russia’s international standing, its financial health, and Putin himself.

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  • 10 Aug 2015 9:15 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    LAST month, Judge Bobby Shepherd of the eighth circuit court in Missouri wrote an opinion reading more like a novice high-school debate speech than a ruling by a federal appellate judge. The topic was abortion—specifically, North Dakota’s highly restrictive law banning the procedure at the first sign of a fetal heartbeat. Since a heartbeat can be heard as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and the Supreme Court has said that women have a right to an abortion up to the point of viability (ie, when the fetus is capable of surviving outside the womb, around 24 weeks), Judge Shepherd held, along with two colleagues, that the law is unconstitutional.   The Economist.   Read More

  • 10 Aug 2015 8:59 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Russia's veto of a UN Security Council resolution to establish a criminal court for Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has blocked the best chance the international community has of forcing states to cooperate in finding who was responsible for the downing.   RFE/RL.  Read More

  • 10 Aug 2015 8:47 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Ukraine on August 8 named 13 pro-Russian actors and singers who work would be banned from television and radio broadcasts and from cinemas – including France’s Gerard Depardieu. The blacklist issued by Ukraine’s Culture Ministry described the 13 as "a threat to national security” for support Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and his support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.   RFL/RE.   Read More

  • 10 Aug 2015 8:43 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Horsham, Pa.—Sunday, August 23, 12:00 – 8:00 PM. The 24th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival will be held at the Ukrainian American Sport Center -- Tryzub (www.tryzub.org), County Line and Lower State Roads, Horsham, PA.    BRAMA.   Read More

  • 10 Aug 2015 8:40 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    Business journalism pioneer Forbes Media has taken further steps to deny fugitive Serhiy Kurchenko and his Ukraine Media Holding publishing rights to the local edition of Forbes Ukraine, according to an emailed message that Forbes’ corporate communications head Mia Carbonell wrote to Liga news on Aug. 6.   KyivPost.   Read More

  • 10 Aug 2015 8:33 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Vladimir Putin may be tightening the screws on much of Russian society, but he is easing them on yet another group on which he would have to rely in the event of a serious political crisis: the Russian military, where the government has now proposed softening punishments for uniformed personnel found guilty of corruption.   Window on Eurasia.   Read More

  • 10 Aug 2015 8:31 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Acting one day before the fiftieth anniversary of the nation’s most important voting rights law, a federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that Texas will be barred from enforcing at least part of its four-year-old law that requires a photo ID before a voter can go to the polls.   SCOTUS.   Read More

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