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Ukraine News in brief. Thursday 19 October. [Ukrainian sources]

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:09 am
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TODAY'S HEADLINES:
Russian "factory of trolls" organized protests in the USA.  Ukrainian-held fungus in Russia is accused of "preparing a terrorist attack in school".  Deadly car accident in Kharkiv that killed six, wounded five people. VIDEO from surveillance cameras.  SBU has detained anti-Ukrainian Internet agitator in the Odessa region.  EU Court recognized the freezing of assets of Yanukovych.  Czech MEPs called on Zeman to apologize to Ukraine: "Russia's aggression is continuing and is a safety risk for the whole of Europe". Kremlin finances American amateur fight clubs in the United States. Putin's goal - to get rid of sanctions and not to return the Crimea. Canadian "Magnitsky Act" came into force, Russia responded with criticism.

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Russian "factory of trolls" organized protests in the USA

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:25 am
Russian "factory of trolls" organized protests in the USA

The Russian "troll factory" (Olgin, St.Petersburg) hired American activists to arrange protests and organized self defense courses in "black" communities as attempts to sow discord in the US community before the 2016 presidential election, and in 2017.

BuzzFeed writes about i.

In particular, according to four people contacted by the "American Department" of "troll factories", they did not suspect that they were agents of foreign recruitment.

One of the sites that was associated with the "troll factory" is BlackMattersUS, which relates mainly to racial discrimination in the United States. The audience of the site is about 200 thousand people.

So, one of the Occupy Wall Street organizers, Mika White, "Micah White," said that in May 2016, he was called by someone Yan Big Davis (Yan Big Davis), who presented himself as a freelance journalist. Davis invited White to write an article for BlackMattersUS. After publishing this article on BlackMattersUS, Davis repeatedly contacted Whit to ask for participation and promote some of the actions related to the discrimination of African Americans in the United States, but he declined. Jan Big Davis, as later found out by journalists, was in fact one of the employees of the "troll factory".

It was just one example of how the Russian "troll factory" tried to recruit activists in the United States.

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Ukrainian-held teenager, Grib in Russia is accused of "preparing a terrorist attack in school"

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:30 am
Ukrainian-held teenager, Grib in Russia is accused of "preparing a terrorist attack in school"



Russian authorities accuse Ukrainians Paul Griba, who is in the Krasnodar detention facility, in "preparing a terrorist attack in school."

According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant , Tsensor.NET reports.

The publication states that the investigation period in the case of Pavlo Mushroom was prolonged until January 2018, in connection with which the investigative representative appealed to the court with a request to extend the arrest until January 4, 2018.

"In substantiating his request, the investigation representative explained that Pavlo Mushroom is a supporter of the radical nationalist views of the UNA-UNSO and is accused of inciting his famous resident of the Krasnodar Territory to undermine the improvised explosive device on the graduation line at secondary school №26 in the city of Sochi," - writes the publication.

Yesterday it became known that the Zhovtnevy District Court of Krasnodar (RF) continued the detention of Pavlo Mushroom until January 4, 2018.

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine expressed resentment on such a decision by the Russian court. The department was reminded that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed its protest, since "the unwarranted detention of Paul Mushroom in the prison in Krasnodar for fabricated allegations is another testimony to the political nature of the case."

"The State Border Service, like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, also demands the immediate release of Pavlo Mushroom and calls on the international community and human rights organizations to condemn the brutal treatment of the Russian side with the illegally detained Ukrainian and to exacerbate pressure on the Russian Federation to release him," the statement reads.

Recall Ukrainian Reserve Officer Igor Grib told about the kidnapping of his son's son in Belarus by special services of the Russian Federation : "The FSB drove Paul to Gomel under the guise of meeting with a girl and detained." Igor Grib told that his son Pavlo Grib on August 24 went to a meeting with a girl, whom he had previously only communicated through social networks, to Belarus. And then disappeared. When Igor arrived in Belarus, he was informed that his son was wanted by the initiative of the FSB of the Russian Federation. Paul's father is sure that the Russian intelligence services carried out this operation in order to lure his son into Belarus and "put on him handcuffs there for posts in social networks." Meanwhile, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine officially confirmed the crossing of Paul Globe border with Belarus.

On August 30, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on European Integration Olena Zerkal stated that "Belarus behaves as a partner in words, but in reality it works in a completely different way . "This statement sounded against the backdrop of a scandal surrounding the disappearance of Ukrainians Paul Mushroom in Belarus.
September 7, Director of the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Kirillich said that 19-year-old Ukrainian citizens Pavlo Grib, who disappeared in the Belarusian city of Gomel, is in the administration of the FSB of Russia in Krasnodar.

On October 12, the father P. Gryba I. Grib informed that the Russian side refused Ukrainian doctors to enter his son. "All attempts to get into a SIZO-5 m. Krasnodar was rejected without a response from the Russian side," he said.

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Deadly car accident in Kharkiv that killed six, wounded five people. VIDEO from surveillance cameras

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:35 am
Deadly car accident in Kharkiv that killed six, wounded five people. VIDEO from surveillance cameras

The deadly car accident that occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Sumska Street in Kharkiv has been recorded by surveillance cameras. Please beware of violence and death scenes! 18+!.

The surveillance video was posted by MP Anton Herashchenko on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

The footage shows a Lexus vehicle hitting a group of pedestrians who were waiting for a green light to cross the road.

(Warning. Video may be disturbing)


As reported, at around 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 18, a Lexus crashed into a pedestrian crowd in Kharkiv, killing six and wounding five people. The driver, a 20-year-old woman, has been detained.

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SBU has detained anti-Ukrainian Internet agitator in the Odessa region

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:38 am
SBU has detained anti-Ukrainian Internet agitator in the Odessa region

Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine detained a local resident in Berezivka, Odesa region, who distributed anti-Ukrainian materials through Russian social networks.

According to the press center of the SBU , this is stated in the Censor .NET.

"Law enforcers found that her husband regularly posted anti-Ukrainian materials on personal pages calling for the change of the state border and the constitutional system of Ukraine and popularized the terrorist organizations of the DNR / LNR. Operators of the special services documented that the agitator received information from the curator from the territories temporarily occupied by militants and distributed for "royalties". - said in a message.



During a search at the place of work and residence of the intruder, the security services removed the computer and mobile equipment with evidence of illegal activities.

Criminal proceedings were opened under Part 2 of Art. 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The issue of announcing the agitator about suspicion of committing a crime is resolved.

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EU Court recognized the freezing of assets of Yanukovych

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:41 am
EU Court recognized the freezing of assets of Yanukovych



The European Court found the freezing of assets of the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr.

The EU Court's ruling was promulgated on Thursday in Luxembourg, Censor reports. NET with reference to Ukrinform.

"The Justice Court (EC Court of Appeal, ed.) Confirmed the legality of the freezing of assets of Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr from March 6, 2015 to March 6, 2016," the EU Court reported.

This is a lawsuit against the Yanukovych family, which she appealed against the EU court's decision a year ago. On September 15, the European Court of General Jurisdiction (General Court) ruled on two sanctions waves imposed by the EU Council against the ex-president and his son. Then, in Luxembourg, "backdating" canceled the sanctions dated 2014, but confirmed the validity of the newer sanctions that are in force from 2015.

Victor and Alexander Yanukovych appealed against the decision of the European Court of Justice (European Court of Justice), which is reviewing appeals for decisions, passed in the first instance of the European Court of Justice.

The High Court of the EU Court fully reaffirmed the original decision, recognizing the legitimate European sanctions against Yanukovych in the form of freezing assets.

The court also considers that the plaintiffs have not provided any evidence that could cast doubt on the validity of the allegations made against them in Ukraine.

The judgment of the European Court concerns only one wave of sanctions, which operated from March 2015 to March 2016, and, accordingly, has expired its limitation period. However, it shows that attempts by the Yanukovych family to sue such waves of sanctions against them (in particular, imposed in 2016 and 2017) are also likely to be unsuccessful, the report said.

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Czech MEPs called on Zeman to apologize to Ukraine: "Russia's aggression is continuing and is a safety risk for the whole of Europe"

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:44 am
Czech MEPs called on Zeman to apologize to Ukraine: "Russia's aggression is continuing and is a safety risk for the whole of Europe"

A group of European Parliament deputies from the Czech Republic sent a letter to President of the country, Milos Zeman, calling "to apologize to Ukraine for their statements, and thus at least partially correct the damage."

The letter also states that with his statement in Strasbourg, Zeeman undermines the credibility of international law when Ukraine became a victim of Russia's aggression, reports Tsensor. NET with reference to Radio Liberty.

"This aggression, which led to the illegal state in the Crimea, is continuing, therefore, it is a security risk for our country and the whole of Europe," the letter reads.

According to Czech parliamentarians, the position of Milos Zeman contradicts international law and the position of the Czech government. "Crimea is a component of Ukraine and its annexation in 2014 was a flagrant violation of the Budapest Treaty of 1994, in which, among other things, Russia undertook to respect Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity," the letter said.

The authors of the appeal believe that Milosean Zeeman can not explain "his mistake" with "personal views." "Before the Council of Europe, you did not act as an individual, but as the head of state. If you are not able to fulfill the role of the president and duly represent the Czech Republic at international meetings, you should at least refrain from any expressions that are contrary to the interests of our country and our allies", - the Czech eu deputies emphasize in the appeal.

The letter to the Czech president was signed by six MEPs, among them Jaromer Steten, Jirga Poppishil, Lyudek Niedermayer.

On October 10, Czech President Milosez Zeman, speaking at a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, said that the annexation of the Crimea by Russia was "faît accompli", that is, a real fact, and, in his personal opinion, "there could be some compensation for the Crimea in financial in form or in kind - oil or gas". In his speech in the PACE he devoted the need to lift EU sanctions against Russia because of its aggression against Ukraine, calling them "ineffective".

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Kremlin finances American amateur fight clubs in the United States

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:50 am
Kremlin finances American amateur fight clubs in the United States

Two organizations of Americans of African descent conduct self-defense courses at the expense of the Russian intelligence agency "Internet Investigations Agency" from St. Petersburg

This is about Black Fist ("Black Fist"), reports CNN.

According to the material, members of both fighting clubs could be used to destabilize the domestic political situation in the United States and, in particular, to organize mass riots and clashes with the police.

The "Black Fist" cells are located in New York, Florida and other parts of the country.

At the same time, according to the ABC, the BlackMattersUS (Black Affairs in the USA) was also involved in similar activities for Russian money.

Russian clients also asked both of the above-mentioned organizations to create hip-hop music videos with propaganda content: policemen, for example, were called "killers", and viewers were encouraged to go out with street protests.

According to journalists, such scenarios are being developed by the "Internet Investigation Agency" from Olgino (St. Petersburg), which is also called the "troll factory".

"The factory" is funded by "personal cook Putin" Yevgeny Prigozhin, and they run them from the special services of Russia.

Recall that during the Cold War, the USSR secret services actively used African-American public organizations in their spy and subversive activities in the United States.

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Putin's goal - to get rid of sanctions and not to return the Crimea, - Gerashchenko

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:53 am
Putin's goal - to get rid of sanctions and not to return the Crimea, - Gerashchenko

Member of the Parliament of Ukraine (People's Front faction), member of the board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko notes that the main task of the president of the Russian Federation, Putin, is to legitimize the occupation of the Crimea and to achieve the withdrawal of sanctions from the West from the Russian Federation.

He shared this opinion in a commentary to the QHA agency, reports Tsensor. NET.

According to Gerashchenko, Putin's "Crimea in exchange for the Donbas" has been going on for several years, but the Russian leadership has already clearly understood the futility of hopes for such an exchange, since Ukrainian society and the authorities are united in their desire to return Crimea. Therefore, Russia tries to work with external partners - in the words of pro-Russian politicians in the West to convince Europe that one way or another with annexation must be reconciled, to restore relations with Russia and lift sanctions.

"Today, Putin clearly understands that the people of Ukraine, the president, the parliament are not going to exchange the Crimea on the Donbass, which is why Russians are now moving in a different way, they want to delay the time and use their influence agents, such as the Czech President, Zeman, to create in the West the idea that the Crimea for Ukraine is lost, and the West has nothing to do with improving relations with Russia and lifting sanctions, and its aim is to lift sanctions and not return the Crimea, "Gerashchenko said.

Speaking about the need for action by Ukraine, Gerashchenko said that Ukraine should put forward its counterarguments, emphasizing that the world should not accept the annexation of Crimea and withdraw sanctions from Russia, because it would mean the final destruction of the civilized world order.

"Our task is to explain to the world community that reconciliation with the annexation of the Crimea and the lifting of sanctions against Russia is an end to the civilized world order, and in this case, the world forces are encouraged to act on the principle" I have power, I can seize everything I want"- said the People's Deputy.

Recall that on October 10, Czech President Miloš Zeman, speaking at a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, stated that the annexation of the Crimea by Russia is "faît accompli" , that is, a real fact, and a direct dialogue between Ukraine and Russia on the occupied Crimea is required, which, in his "personal opinion", could "lead to compensation for Ukraine" "in financial form, oil and gas." He also once again opposed the EU's current sanctions against Russia because of its aggression against Ukraine, calling them "ineffective".

Czech Prime Minister Bogusław Sobotka said that Mr Zemen's speech at the PACE session contradicts the foreign policy of the Czech government: "The speech of Zeman at the Council of Europe is in sharp contradiction to our foreign policy and the president did not have a mandate from the Czech government."

Zeeman is known for his pro-Russian stance and his commitment to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has repeatedly argued that Russia's occupation of the Ukrainian Crimea was unlawful, justifying the seizure of the peninsula by Moscow, and urged Ukraine and the world to accept this, and opposed sanctions against Russia.

On October 12, the upper chamber of the Senate of the Czech Republic adopted a resolution disagreeing with the words of the president of the country about the annexation of the Crimea by Russia and urged him to adhere to the policy of the state.

As stated in the resolution, the speech of the President in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on October 10, in which he stated the completion of the fact of the annexation of the Crimea and urged Ukraine to accept compensation for the peninsula, is contrary to the foreign policy of the Czech Republic.

The majority of the senators voted for the resolution - 38 out of 47 present at the meeting.

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Canadian "Magnitsky Act" came into force, Russia responded with criticism

on Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:08 pm
Canadian "Magnitsky Act" came into force, Russia responded with criticism



In Canada, the "law on the victims of corrupt foreign officials" came into force, which is also referred to as the "Magnitsky Act". Previously, the document was approved by both houses of parliament of the country.
This was announced on October 19 by Radio Liberty, reports Censor. NET.

The law foresees, in particular, the freezing of assets and the ban on entry into the country of persons whom the Canadian authorities consider involved in violations of human rights and corruption. During a hearing in the Canadian Parliament, it was said that the "Magnitsky Act" would primarily affect officials from Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Vietnam and Myanmar.

In the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, this decision was called "an irrational act".

Also, Moscow earlier stated that it would not leave unanimous approval of the "Magnitskiy Act" and expand the sanction lists of Canadians.

Recall that the United States adopted a law known as the "Magnitsky Act" in 2012 to punish officials involved in the death of a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, in a detention facility, as well as other gross violations of human rights in Russia.

On December 24, 2016, President Barack Obama signed a bill on military spending in 2017, which gives the global status of the "Magnit Law." This will allow the inclusion in the sanction lists of citizens of any country suspected of violating civil rights by the American authorities: they are guilty of extrajudicial killings, torture or other massive violations of internationally recognized human rights, involved in corruption, theft and other offenses.

The UK has also passed a law that provides for similar sanctions.

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