Saturday, April 19, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Another Convict Reportedly Executed In Belarus

Minsk-based Vyasna (Spring) human rights center says that another convict has been executed in Belarus.
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​Russia Accuses OSCE's ODIHR Of Bias

The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of being biased for failing to criticize Ukraine's ban on most Russian men from entering the country.
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​White House Calls Anti-Semitic Flyer In Ukraine 'Utterly Sickening'

The White House says reports of an anti-Semitic flyer distributed in eastern Ukraine are “utterly sickening” and that U.S. President Barack Obama was disgusted by the leaflet, whose origins remain murky.
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​Kremlin Spokesman Admits Troops Stationed At Ukraine Border

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that Russia does have troops near the Ukrainian border and that some of those forces are stationed there "on a permanent basis."
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Geneva Accords Not A Hit On The Maidan

Activists occupying Kyiv's Independence Square are not thrilled with the agreement reached in Geneva this week to defuse Ukraine's ongoing crisis.
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Ukraine's PM Outlines Plans For Constitutional Reforms

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and acting President Oleksandr Turchynov have spoken about constitutional reform in a joint television address.
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Video Jews Dragged Into Ukraine's Political Battle

A debate about an anti-Semitic flyer allegedly distributed at a synagogue in Donetsk is just the latest example of Jews being used as unwilling proxies in the battle for the moral high ground in Ukraine.
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Minsk Allows Belarus Opposition To Hold Chornobyl March

City authorities say they will allow Belarusian opposition groups to hold a "Chornobyl Path" march on April 26.
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The Geneva Agreement -- On Paper And On the Ground

Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union have reached an agreement in Geneva on a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine. We take a look at the key points in the agreement and the steps taken -- or not taken -- thus far to implement them.
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Moldova Awaits Russian Reaction To Transdniester's Appeal

Moldova's government says it is still waiting for a "very clear" Russian reaction to a recent appeal by lawmakers in the breakaway region of Transdniester for recognition.
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