Today I have launched a site which collects evidences for the lustration in Ukraine –lustrationukraine.org. The site primarily features speeches of Party of Regions politicians, those who defended riot police, rejected European integration or violated the laws by voting for other deputies in the Parliament. Such Party of Regions members as Olena Bondarenko, Oleg Tsarov, Sergey Efremov, Myhail Dobkin, Gennadiy Kernes, Mihail Chechetov have to be banned from taking any government posts in the future due to their unethical behavior, lie and corruption.
Everyone can join the resource by sending me the links on video to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesya Orobets, Ukrainian MP, described Yanukovych’s dirty game towards protesters on Feb 18, 2014. Bellow the full text:
All the so-called peaceful negotiations were a well-planned trap. They were aimed to delay time and to prepare power operations against protesters. Yanukovych did not plan to make any concessions from the beginning. All those ‘dances’ around the political process, backroom negotiations on amendments to the Constitution – were intended only to lure protesters in trap.
Today’s day was a well-planned and directed by at least a week ago. Right now Kyiv subway doesn’t work, and all entrances to Kyiv are locked. In Kyiv, at least in some places (for example, hostel KPI) the internet is off. A state of emergency will be imposed in Kyiv in a few hours and do not tell me that all this was done without any preparation, plan and investigation. Continue reading
On Thursday, Jan 16, 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament has illegally adopted amendments to the Criminal Code and they have been immediately signed by the President of Ukraine. The initiative targets civil society and participants of #euromaidan by imposing sanctions for peaceful protests and activities of non-government organizations. Government also protects police. According to the amendments (translation by Iryna Lysenko):
– participants of peaceful protests and demonstrations that took place without the permission of police can be arrested for up to 15 days;
– blocking of state buildings is punished by up to 5 years of imprisonment;
– cars which move in a convoy of more than 5 vehicles can be confistaced from their owners;
– collecting personal information about policemen, judges and other state agents – such as facts from their biography where they lied under oath, accepted bribes, beat up or killed (yes, we do have murderers who are still judges) – can lead to arrest for up to 6 months;
– NGOs that receive grants from any foreign state/fund/organization/individual and that take part in ANY kind of political activity in Ukraine are now considered “foreign agents”, must register as such, are taken away their non-profit status and taxed by new, complicated procedure.
The graphics, prepared by Chesno, summarize the threats for the civil society in Ukraine:
On Wednesday, Dec 18, Ukrainian community in London will held another rally in front of house of Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, located in One Hyde Park. 100 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7JL. The first rally in London took place on Dec 8, 2013.
Protesters will address Rinat Ahmetov to withdraw his support to President of Ukraine Yanukovych taking into consideration the violence, government used to protesters on Nov 30 in Kyiv. The rally is one of the methods of nonviolent resistance against the political regime of Yanukovych. According to Ukrainska Pravda, Ahmetov controls up to 50 members of Ukrainian Parliament making a decisive role in legislation process. On the other hand, Ahmetov’s reputation as an economical mogul is very sensitive in the eyes of international community. His backing of corrupted government brings question to Ahmetov business partners globally.
Two weeks ago, Ukrainian investigative journalists have published the corruption schemes of Yanukovych’s family. Journalists’s findings argue, that Ukrainian economy looses from $5 Billion to $10 Billion annually due to Yanukovych’s corruption.
Viktor Yanukovych did not stop to answer the questions of Ukrainian and international journalists regarding political crisis in Ukraine and responsibility for forceful dispersal of protesters in Kyiv on Nov 30.
After negotiations between opposition leaders and government during round table that took place on Dec 13, the President left the venue through rear exit not willing to talk to journalists. Dozens journalists were following Yanukovych, shouting questions and requests to answer them. Presidents’ bodyguards approached journalists to prevent them from asking questions.
The round table was not productive at all. Vitaliy Klychko, a leader of oppositional Udar party, said “The government did not accept any of your demands.”
Participants of anti-government protests in Ukraine have explored visuals to mock key politicians, including President Yanukovych, Prime Minister Azarov and Minister of Internal Affairs Zaharchenko #євромайдан #euromaidan.
Since the first days of protests people draw posters and slogans in support of European perspectives for Ukraine. Their attitude was rather positive. Protesters called government to sign EU Association Agreement in Vilnius on Nov 28-29. On the other hand, some posters attacked Putin, whose pressure on Ukraine had been witnessed for months. Since the government of Ukraine had denounced signature of the agreement on Nov 29, protesters have changed their tone accusing the government of failure and “stealing Ukraine’s dream of Europe”.
After the police has stormed unarmed protestors in Kyiv in the early hours of Saturday, Nov 30, anger has widely spread among millions of Ukrainian citizens. The tone of posters grew from peaceful to active, calling to bring to justice the key politicians, responsible for violence against citizens. Protesters have created visuals, publishing them online and asking people to print them out and carry them to the streets.
User mrpetrruccia has published three key posters. Each of them calls: “Remember! His hands are in blood”
User larsvontrier published in Facebook two anti-police posters:
A poster from another user shows a screenshot from official site of President of Ukraine. It depicts a news in which President of Ukraine appeals to Ukrainian people, but instead of Yanukovych’s photo, a photo of Hitler posted: