Analyst: “…we expect no changes in the way the Presidential Administration conducts itself, particularly in working with oligarchs and cobbling together majorities for parliamentary votes.”
Photo: Ihor Rainin (l) and Borys Lozhkin
“Three of the five recently released detainees interviewed said they want those responsible for their disappearances to be held to account and are eager to cooperate with an investigation. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch shared their contact details with the military prosecutor, along with their case summaries.”
Photo: Alleged secret detention facility
“…if the Orthodox Church in Belarus, now part of and subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate, does achieve such status, that will have the effect not only of making Ukrainian Orthodox autocephaly more likely but also making Belarus more independent from the Kremlin and its ‘Russian world.’”
Photo: Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Minsk, Belarus
Poroshenko said that what is happening with Umerov is “not a problem exclusively of Ukraine; it is a problem of the entire world. And the US as the world’s leader, stand together with us and must stand in defense of global security,” especially as the Umerov case is not unique and hundreds of Ukrainians are now held hostage by the Russian occupiers.
Unidentified soldiers overran Crimea in March 2014. Russia reclaimed the territory from Ukraine, and President Vladimir V. Putin later admitted that the troops were Russian special forces. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times
The European Union remains committed to fully implementing its policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
Photo: Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people
In a merciless, and somewhat exaggerated, book, The Man without a Face, asha Gessen has written of Putin as a gangster, vulgar, cruel, emotionless figure who imprisoned opponents and is guilty of or involved in murder of critics, including Alexander Litvinenko in London and Anna Politkovskaya, Sergei Magnitsky, and Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. Gessen also accuses Putin of amassing personal wealth, almost a kleptomaniac, greedily involved in embezzling state funds as the godfather of a Mafia clan ruling the country.