Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sentsov & Kolchenko face 20-year sentences for non-existent ’terrorism’

Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group All possible illusions about the trial of well-known Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and left-wing activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were dispelled by around midday on July 21, three hours into the first hearing.  Sentsov really is facing a likely 20-year, or even life sentence on charges of ‘masterminding’ a […]

INTERNATIONAL TUC CALLS FOR HALT TO ANTI-UNION LAW IN UKRAINE

The International Trade Union Confederationwhich is represents millions of workers organised in union federations, has written to the Ukrainian government to oppose the new anti-union Labour Code. ITUC calls on the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to postpone any discussions about bill №2983 Dear Mr Chairman, Draft Law No. 2983 “On State Registration of […]

Ukrainian Unions Appeal to ILO over Repressive Labour Code

The Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine is continuing its campaign against the new Labour Code with a appeal to the International Labour Organisation. Guy Ryder, ILO Director General Geneva, Switzerland                                               […]

RUSSIA AND UKRAINE, TOLERANCE AND HOMOPHOBIA TESTED

Recently  ChebuRussia TV published video, which recorded the reaction of citizens to the two men walking around Moscow holding hands. It recorded an array of homophobic abuse by passers-by: A similar experiment was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine by Bird in Flight to see what the reaction would be on the streets of Kyiv: The trade union […]

NUJ JOINS CALLS FOR RELEASE OF SERGEI ILCHENKO

Radical Journalist Arrested by Russian Authorities in Transdniestr Sergei Ilchenko is a trade unionist and socialist, freelance journalist working for Ukrainian, Russian and Moldovian internet media. He has defended the democratic movement in Ukraine around EuroMaidan.   He is now under detention by the Russian authorities and is appealing for solidarity. Michelle Stanistreet General Secretary of the  National Union […]

Kremlin’s anti-Semitic proxies in Donbas turn on each other

It was bad enough for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s narrative about ‘anti-Semitic hordes’ seizing power in Kyiv when the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas dismissed Ukraine’s leaders as “pathetic Jews”.  Now foul anti-Semitic attacks are being used as part of an internal struggle for power between various militant leaders. Viacheslav Likhachev, researcher on anti-Semitism and xenophobia, […]

Trial begins of Sentsov and Kolchenko – Demand their release

The preliminary hearing is due on July 9 in the trial of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko whom Russia is holding illegally and accusing of ‘terrorism’.  The two Crimeans were specifically named, together with Nadiya Savchenko and  “all other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens” in the Organization of Security and Cooperation […]