23 Июл, 2021

Complaining about freedom of speech in Ukraine

On July 22, 2021, the Russian Federation applied to the European Court of Human Rights with an interstate complaint against Ukraine on the basis of Article 33 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The complaint concerns the following main groups of violations:

— the responsibility of the Ukrainian authorities for the death of civilians, illegal imprisonment and cruel treatment of people, including those that took place on Independence Square in Kiev (Maidan) and in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa in 2014, as well as in Donbass in the course of the so-called «anti-terrorist operation»;

— the practice of suppressing freedom of speech and persecuting dissidents by prohibiting the work of the media, Internet platforms, persecuting journalists (Russian, Ukrainian and other states), politicians and ordinary citizens;

— the policy of discrimination against the Russian-speaking population, displacement of the use of the Russian language from the public sphere, primarily from the sphere of secondary and higher education and the consumer service system;

— the policy of discrimination against Russian companies and entrepreneurs;

— death of people, harm to health and destruction of property as a result of shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the adjacent territory of the Russian Federation;

— depriving residents of certain territories of southeastern Ukraine of the opportunity to participate in elections to the central authorities;

— blocking of the North-Crimean canal as the main source of fresh water for the inhabitants of the Crimean peninsula;

— attacks on diplomatic, consular and other missions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine;

— the crash of a Malaysian Airlines plane operating flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, due to the failure of the Ukrainian authorities to close the airspace over the war zone, and the death of 298 people — all passengers and crew members;

— refusal to provide the necessary legal assistance to the Russian investigating authorities in the investigation of the crimes committed.
The appeal is intended to draw the attention of the European Court and the entire world community to gross and systematic violations of human rights by the Ukrainian authorities, to record numerous facts of criminal acts in the international legal field, force the Ukrainian authorities to stop committing them, conduct a proper investigation and immediately bring the perpetrators to justice, restore peace and harmony on the territory of Ukraine


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Russia complained about Ukraine to the ECHR. It cites violations, the responsibility for which, according to Moscow, lies with Kiev. This, among other things, the death of civilians during the events of 2014 in Kiev, Odessa, Donbass, the crash of the Malaysian Airlines plane “due to the non-closure of the airspace over the war zone,” the suppression of freedom of speech, discrimination against the Russian-speaking population of the country, as well as the water blockade of Crimea.


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“The funds had to be found in the payroll in such a way as to avoid cutting current wages and allowances. Information disseminated by former college employees, taken out of context, negatively affects the reputation of the educational institution. The management of the college decided to send a statement to the law enforcement agencies to verify the dissemination of inaccurate information. »

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“As soon as it became clear, the conductor was removed from the line, they took an explanatory note. On the fact of the incident, the employee was fired.

The Department of Transport is checking. If the number of unchecked passengers exceeds the permissible value, penalties may be imposed on the carrier at the end of the reporting period ”.


Exercises to disconnect Runet from the global network were held in Russia. The Kremlin knows about them and considers them relevant. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the infrastructure must be ready for sanctions pressure from outside and the actions of cybercriminals. According to RBC, the exercises were held from June 15 to July 15. They were previously recognized as successful.


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“It was an unfortunate mistake by the provider, which was immediately corrected as soon as we became aware of it,” the IOC said.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov called the incident «a reason for our embassy, ​​including sports officials, to take appropriate action and ask appropriate questions.»


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