Sunday, November 23, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Ukraine Marks Holodomor

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has compared the Holodomor of 1932-33 with the current war in eastern Ukraine, saying the war is a continuation of imperial genocide against the Ukrainian people.
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'They Want To Frighten People' -- Donetsk Native Recalls Captivity In Rebel-Held City

Donetsk native Svitlana Matushko spent seven days in the basement of the former Ukrainian secret services building in the eastern Ukrainian city. She tells how the separatist authorities there are using terror to push out all those who oppose their agenda.
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Serbia To Revoke Businessman's Citizenship

Serbia says it will revoke its citizenship granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, sanctioned by the European Union and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges.
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Russian Duma Paves Way For Kyrgyzstan's 'Eurasian' Integration

Russia's lower parliament house on November 21 ratified an agreement governing economic cooperation with Kyrgyzstan as it integrates with "Eurasian" structures that President Vladimir Putin is using to tighten Moscow's ties with other former Soviet republics.
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Belarusian Activist Held Over Leaflets

Belarusian opposition activist Andrey Haydukou has been detained in his native town of Navapolatsak in the country's north.
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Gorbachev To Discuss Merkel's Views With Putin

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says he will relay a conversation he had with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Ukrainian Pilot Held In Russia To Represent Parliament In PACE

Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko says Nadiya Savchenko, an air force pilot who is in Russian custody, will represent her country's parliament in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
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New Ukraine Coalition Agreed

Ukraine's newly agreed five-party ruling coalition has reportedly set the country's membership of NATO as its major goal.
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Video Biden Chastises Russia In Kyiv

Speaking in Kyiv, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that "it is unacceptable in the 21st century for countries to attempt to redraw borders by force in Europe or intervene militarily because they don't like a decision their neighbors have made."
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Kyiv Remembers Start of Euromaidan Protests With New Holiday

Ukrainians are marking a new national holiday on November 21 -- the anniversary of the start of Kyiv’s Euromaidan protests that led to the ouster of the country’s former pro-Kremlin regime.
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