FIDH: The Mejlis ban may lead to a wave of persecution of Crimean Tatars

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Ukrainian Helsinki Union for Human Rights condemn the persecution of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People in Crimea.  This was stated in an official statement on the International Federation for Human Rights website on Wednesday, March 2, as reported by Krym.Realii.  The report also reviewed the actions of the Russian authorities in Crimea and the case scheduled for the 3rd of March in court, which aims to prohibit the Mejlis on the …


Former Pentagon adviser: The US should have given anti-tank missiles to Ukraine two years ago

According to Evelyn Farkas, the former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, if Ukraine had received Javelin anti-tank missiles two years ago, the country would not be experiencing the current conflict. 

As the former Pentagon adviser explained to Golos Ameriki, the US could still provide Ukraine with these ani-tank missiles, which would help to change the balance of power in the region, as well as send a clear message to Moscow that if the current conflict …


Ukraine to hold discussion on human rights on March 22nd

The Head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavlo Klimkin, said there will be a discussion on human rights in Ukraine on the 22nd of March.  He invited foreign delegations to join the conversation.

"I invite all interested delegations to participate in the interactive dialogue to discuss challenges in the field of human rights in my country which will be held on the 22nd of March, 2016," Pavlo Klimkin said during his speech at the 1st session of the UN Council on Human Rights in Geneva.

The …


Dzhemilev: Putin has no choice but to return Crimea to Ukraine

“Putin's plan to put the puppet government in Kiev has fallen. Crimea will have to return”, the leader of the Crimean Tatar People, Mustafa Dzhemilev, said during an open lecture at the Kyiv Institute of International Relations.   

Dzhemilev recalled that during the annexation of the peninsula, Putin asked for support from the Crimean Tatars, promising them a bright future.

"In conversation with Putin on the 12th of March, 2014, he told us how happy we will be living in the Russian Federation …


Average salary of Russian federal officials increased by 2 percent last year amid economic crisis

According to Rosstat, the average monthly salary of civil servants in federal government agencies in Russia had increased by 2% in 2015.  The average is now almost 111,300 rubles.

The salaries of civil servants within the legislature division rose by 35.2%, which equates to approximately 150,000 rubles.  This amount does not take into account any social payments.  The salaries of employees of the Federation Council increased by 42%, and the salaries of the State Duma employees increased by 30%. …