Another police interrogation of a journalist over Yanukovych billboards

While the police deny putting any pressure on journalists who reported damage to billboards with President Yanukovych expressing New Year and Christmas greetings, another journalist has reported such police attention.


21-year-old dies in Kyiv Remand Prison, supposedly electrocuted

Following a report on his Facebook page by TVi journalist Konstyantin Usov, the State Penitentiary Service has issued a statement on its website regarding the death of a young man last night, 24 January. As can be seen below this diverges considerably from the journalist’s report.


Lutsenko trial: new speed record in questioning witnesses

On Thursday the court heard up to the 74th witness in the trial of former Minister of Internal Affairs, Yury Lutsenko, this making half of the witnesses in total.


Anti-Stalin billboards in Zaporizhya

A second anti-Stalin billboard has appeared in Zaporizhya. The 3 by 6 metre board has an image of the dictator with a sign in Russian reading: “I KILLED MILLIONS OF UKRAINIANS! And what will they put up a monument to you for?”


Ex-ua on why it blocked spoof on Yanukovych

The file exchange resource Ex.ua blocked a clip from TV Channel TVi showing a spoof on Viktor Yanukovych’s New Year greetings because it did not want, it says, to fuel political discord


Only 8% believe foreign policy meets Ukraine’s interests

In a public opinion survey carried out by the Razumkov Centre, 46.5% said that Ukraine’s present foreign policy is not in line with the country’s national interests. 46.5% of the respondents believe that Ukraine does not form its foreign policy autonomously, while only 10.1% had the opposite view. 32.8% said that it was not fully autonomous, and 12.8% didn’t know.


Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Ukraine

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Ukraine from 29 November to 6 December 2011.


Donetsk Authorities make offers to some to stop protests

Some of the former Chernobyl clean-up workers in Donetsk who have been on hunger strike in protest at the cutting of their pensions have decided to suspend their protest in return for two months pension.


Regions Party Deputy accused of distorting recommendations on Register of Court Rulings

Markus Zimmer, founding President of the International Association for Court Administration,has expressed concern that National Deputy from the Party of the Regions, Iryna Berezhna distorted the substance of his recommendations on amendments to legislation on a Single Register of Court Rulings.


EU concerned over obstruction of peaceful protest in Ukraine

UNIAN reports that the EU Commissioner of European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle has expressed concern over reports that people demonstrations have been obstructed with indications that excessive force was used by police. They cite a press release (not yet present on the Commissioner’s site – translator) which stress the need for the authorities to safeguard conditions for freedom of assembly and expression.


Surreal criminal case against Dementiy Bily has been terminated

Dementiy Bily, journalist and human rights activist has confirmed that following public appeals to the Prosecutor regarding the absurdity of initiating criminal proceedings against him, the case was dropped. There had been reports a week ago that the case had been reinstated.


Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Ukraine

Strasbourg, 23.11.2011 – The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its periodic visit to Ukraine in September 2009, together with the response of the Ukrainian Government. Both documents have been made public with the agreement of the Ukrainian authorities.


State TV and Radio Broadcasting Committee also against Morality Draft Bill

The State TV and Radio Broadcasting Committee has posted a statement on its website saying that it does not support the proposed amendments to the Law on the Protection of Public Morality [Morality Act].


Court bans Orange Revolution Anniversary gathering

On 18 November the Kyiv District Administrative Court allowed an application by Oleksandr Popov, the Head of the Kyiv City State Administration to ban meetings planned on Maidan Nezalezhnosti [Independence Square] to mark the seventh anniversary of the Orange Revolution on 22 November.


Changes in judge corps in the court where Tymoshenko appeal to be heard

The judges of the Kyiv Court of Appeal who in summer released from custody Anatoly Makarenko and Taras Shepitko, held in connection with the “gas case”, may be dismissed for infringement of their oath. Ukrainska Pravda has published a response from the High Council of Justice to its information request from 27 October.

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