This video says about itself:
The Russian Social Media Ban in Ukraine, Explained
16 May 2017
The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has signed a National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine decree from April 28, 2017, which will block access to Russian social media sites “VKontakte” and “Odnoklassniki”. All “Yandex” services have also been banned, as well as the business management software, 1C.
Hromadske’s Nataliya Gumenyuk spoke to Svitlana Matviyenko, a media and information war researcher about what the Ukrainian government wants to achieve with the ban, what it means for democracy and what are the positive sides of this decision on May 16, 2017.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Ukraine: Poroshenko bans popular Russian social media site
Wednesday 17th may 2017
UKRAINE’S president decreed hundreds of Russian firms banned on Monday — including the country’s favourite social network and search engine.
Billionaire President Petro Poroshenko’s office said yesterday the order freezes the assets and bans the operations of hundreds of companies and blocks access to search engine Yandex, social media network VKontakte and the email provider Mail.ru for three years.
The websites were accessible in Ukraine yesterday afternoon and it was not clear when or how the government was going to enforce the ban.
Russian antivirus software company Kaspersky Lab was included on the expanded blacklist — in the midst of the global ransomware epidemic.
Also banned are Russian TV channels including Rossiya Segodnya, RBC, VGTRK, TNT.
Ukraine blames Russia for the anti-fascist uprising in the industrial east and the secession of Crimea following the 2014 far-right coup in Kiev.
There was no immediate comment from Moscow on the latest escalation of enmity.
Samantha Power, US ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama, has penned a column in the New York Times advocating the use of “professional gatekeepers” to police public discourse on the Internet: here.
In four years of Poroshenko’s presidency, democracy has been destroyed in Ukraine: here.
Joint protests by Ukrainian miners and steel workers
Iron ore miners at two mines along with steelworkers from the ArcelorMittal in the Ukrainian city of Kriviy Rihhave have been holding joint protests to push for substantial pay increases. The protests are under the direction of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU). The miners are seeking an immediate 20 percent pay rise, with an increase to 30 percent by August.
Over 1,000 steel workers from the ArcelorMittal factory held a rally on May 11 to demand a pay rise and to protest the outsourcing of jobs at the steel plant. Iron ore miners have previously held an underground hunger strike in support of their demands.
Saturday 20th May 2017
posted by Morning Star in World
UKRAINE’S Young Communist League (LKMSU) accused authorities on Thursday of subjecting several of its student members to trial by a kangaroo court.
Three LKMSU members — one aged just 15 — were convicted of “terrorist” offences on Tuesday.
They were arrested for laying flowers to commemorate the Soviet Union’s World War II victory over fascism on May 9, carrying a communist banner and the orange and black St George ribbon — now an anti-fascist symbol.
One 22-year-old student received a two-and-a-half-year sentence for the aggravating factor of posting the “criminal” slogan “Lenin lives” on Facebook.
In a statement, the LKMSU said the verdict handed down by the Halytsky District Court in the western city of Lvov was “illegal, rendered in violation of the constitution of Ukraine and the laws of Ukraine.”
It accused the the Security Service, the National Police, the Prosecutor’s Office and the court of conspiring to frame the defendants.
During the nazi occupation, Lvov was the scene of pogroms by Ukrainian nationalist collaborators now portrayed as heroes by the Kiev regime.
Wednesday 5th July 2017
posted by Morning Star in Britain
COMMUNISTS and socialists will protest outside the Ukrainian embassy today on the day the country decides whether to continue its ban on the party.
The Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) was outlawed in 2015 following the country’s De-Communisation Law, leading to worldwide condemnation.
Human rights group Amnesty International called the ban “a flagrant violation of freedom of expression” that should be overturned.
The law makes it a criminal offence to display left-wing symbols, promote Marxist ideas or defend Ukraine’s past membership of the Soviet Union.
In December 2015 the Kiev District Administrative Court upheld the government’s ban of the CPU, which appealed against the ruling at the European Court of Human Rights.
The protest will be held outside the embassy in Kensington Park Road, London, from 12pm.
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Friday 14th July 2017
posted by James Tweedie in World
UKRAINIAN political prisoners’ advocates are appealing to peace mediators to help free a young woman maimed while defending herself from rape by soldiers.
Nadezhda Kozlova was 19 on September 8 2014 when drunken soldiers dragged her into a car and attempted to gang-rape her in the city of Chasiv Yar in the Kiev regime-occupied part of Donetsk.
In her desperation she pulled the pin on a hand grenade on one of her assailant’s belts.
One soldier was killed and another seriously injured, while Ms Kozlova had her left forearm amputated and suffered severe injuries to her legs.
Nevertheless, she was convicted of murder by a Ukrainian court in February 2016 and is serving a 14-year sentence in Artemivsk prison, near Chasiv Yar.
That was despite a court medical report that she cannot walk or care for herself.
On Tuesday, the Union of Political Prisoners of War in Donbass wrote to the Trilateral Contact Group, the peace talks facilitation group formed of representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
The union urged humanitarian subgroup head Viktor Medvedchuk to intervene to secure Ms Kozlova’s release.
“[The union] appeals to you … to solve the issue of saving the life of a political prisoner,” it said, adding that Ms Kozlova “preferred death to suffering rape but survived as an invalid.”
It said Ms Kozlova is tormented by phantom pain from her severed arm and needs constant care.
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