April 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a report Tuesday finding rights violations leading up to and stemming from widespread protests that began last November. The report indicates that corruption remains one of the chief problems in Ukraine, generating much of the ...[read more]
April 14, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN Security Council convened Sunday to address violence occurring in the Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russia militias. Ukrainian special forces reportedly exchanged gunfire with the militias early Sunday, resulting in at least one death and several injuries. Sources indicate that ...[read more]
April 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday criticized a law passed by the Ukrainian parliament , saying that it violates judicial independence and should be struck down. The law, On Restoring Confidence in the Judiciary, sets forth circumstances under which a judge could be put through judicial review ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, both ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An inquiry by the interim Ukrainian government on Wednesday implicated members of the special Berkut riot police in the deaths of 76 anti-government protesters in Kiev in February. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov presented initial findings before reporters indicating twelve members of the elite ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Both the US Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday approved nearly identical bills that would send a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine and place new sanctions on Russia. The bill passed by a vote of 98-2 in the Senate and 399-19 in the House. Despite the overwhelming support of the ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN General Assembly approved a resolution on Thursday declaring the Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine invalid. The resolution calls upon all UN states, international organizations and specialty agencies not to recognize any change in status of the Crimean region despite the referendum ...[read more]
March 27, 2014
by Emily Osgood
JURIST Guest Columnist Pavlo Malyuta, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Class of 2016, comments on the passage of new Ukrainian laws that restrict fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and assembly ... On January 16, 2014 the Supreme Council of Ukraine adopted a number of ...[read more]
March 25, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The Ukrainian Crisis The Ukrainian government under President Viktor Yanukovych announced on November 21, 2013, that it had suspended preparation for a trade deal with the European Union. The decision purportedly came about as a result of intense pressure from the Russian Federation to reject ...[read more]
March 25, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Ukraine is an independent nation in Eastern Europe and a former republic of the Soviet Union. In 1954, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev transferred Crimea from Russia to Ukraine. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, the region remained under Ukrainian control. Ethnic Russians have continued to ...[read more]

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