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Old 1st October 2014, 17:02
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Following is an interesting aside:

Lenin's brain was sliced up and examined for physical signs of greatness.
What did they find?
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Old 2nd October 2014, 22:25
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Expert: “Ukraine is not active enough today in matters of international lawsuits against Russia.Some steps are taken, but...” ”
2 October, 2014 - 11:13 By Ivan KAPSAMUN, Dmytro KRYVTSUN, The Day

The routine of Russian propaganda: the Kremlin blames Ukrainians for what it is usually doing. Everything is according to Orwell.

The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case on the “genocide” of Russian-speaking population of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine. Russian investigators allegedly found out that starting from April 12, unidentified representatives of the Ukrainian government, National Guard, and Right Sector movement leaders supposedly ordered their inferiors to kill Russian-speaking citizens who live in eastern Ukraine. The murders allegedly were performed by firing Grad and Uragan missile launchers, air-to-surface unguided missiles which have cassette bomb dispensers, Tochka-U tactical missiles, and other kinds of heavy “non-selective target” weapons.

Moscow is on the offensive: Crimea, Donbas, economic and information wars... The question is how the Ukrainian side will respond. Indeed, the Prosecutor General’s Office opens criminal cases against Russian officials and military. For example, the last case of such kind was opened against the officials of the Investigative Committee of Russia. But often such steps are a reaction in response, but not preemptive actions, let alone the international aspect.

We have often heard from the government’s spokespersons that Kyiv is preparing lawsuits against the Kremlin’s criminal actions to be submitted to international courts, for example, to the Hague Tribunal. We know about the lawsuit on gas issues at the Stockholm Court of Arbitration, but what about the rest?

Instead, big business is taking action. Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration Ihor Kolomoisky said he would start a lawsuit on the compensation of assets in Crimea and Russia at the Hague Tribunal. He does not intend to defend the rights to the existing assets in Crimea and Russia, but he will file a suit on compensation at the Hague Tribunal. As of today, one suit concerning the Belbek Airport has already been prepared. Kolomoisky plans to receive two billion dollars of compensation.

Why does the state delay initiating lawsuits at the international institutions?

“Except for the lawsuit at the European Court on Human Rights (ECtHR), there are no suits filed by Ukraine today,” comments the spokesperson of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine to The Day. “But this does not mean work in this area is not carried out. If we study any conventions closely, we can see that the period of ‘pre-trial settlement of disputes’ is obligatory, and lawsuits are not filed before this period runs out because this is a mandatory procedure. There is a decree of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 1371 adopted in 2002. According to it, central executive bodies are responsible for cooperation with each of the international organizations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the first body responsible for the cooperation with the International Court of Justice, and the Ministry of Justice is the second one.

“THE STATE, JOINTLY WITH THE COMMUNITY, MUST RECORD EACH AND EVERY FACT OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION IN UKRAINE, WHICH IS A RESULT OF EXTERNAL AGGRESSION,” SAYS MYKOLA SIRY. SIGN READS: “DANGER, MINES” / Photo by Serhii KHARCHENKO

“If we take a look at any legal mechanisms, the international court considers only lawsuits regarding the countries’ violations of their international legal obligations, agreements or conventions. Each one of these conventions stipulates that the parties have to try to settle the dispute before the trial ‘during a reasonable period of time,’ which traditionally equals to about six months. If we look at the key case ‘Georgia against the Russian Federation’ at the International Court of Justice, Georgia was turned down because the court declared that there had been no proper attempt at a pre-trial settlement by Georgia.

“In general, this is confidential information. Considering its legal peculiarities, Russia provided a warning in almost all basic conventions on its immunity from jurisdiction in the majority of international institutions. There is a very small number of conventions in which Russia did not give such a warning. And if it does exist, it is very hard to try a state in these circumstances.”
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Old 3rd October 2014, 02:32
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Associated Press: UN says migrants crossing to Europe in record numbers
Oct. 2, 2014, 9:48 p.m. | Associated Press

ROME (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says a record number of migrants this year have made the sometimes deadly crossing of the Mediterranean to Europe and calls the increase "alarming."

A statement on Thursday said 165,000 people have made the crossing this year, compared to 60,000 for all of last year.

Concerns have soared as migrants largely from Africa and the Middle East risk their lives in growing numbers. The refugee agency says at least 3,000 people have died so far this year.

UNHCR says more people are fleeing war or persecution, with people from Syria and Eritrea making up almost half of the crossings since July 1.

It demands more help for rescues at sea, saying, "If Europe fails in these efforts, many more lives will continue to be lost."

UN: Migrants crossing to Europe in record numbers - Yahoo News
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Old 3rd October 2014, 03:49
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I can only say you need to explain all this to the Russians, not to me.
Why would that need to be explained to Russians? Ukrainian's are tearing down Lenin statues in Ukraine. Good for them.
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Old 5th October 2014, 02:06
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Sunday, October 05, 2014 Radio Free Europe
Russia Moscow Links Suspension Of Student Exchanges To Gay U.S. Couple

Russia's child-protection ombudsman has linked Moscow's decision to suspend participation in the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) to a gay American couple that established guardianship over a Russian high-school student who was in the United States for the program.

Pavel Astakhov said on Twitter on October 1 that Washington had violated its obligation to return Russian students to their country when "a Russian teen stayed behind in the United States."

He also told Russia's TASS state news agency that "a U.S. homosexual couple" had illegally established "guardianship" over a boy whose mother is in Russia.

Astakhov said the incident was one reason for Russia's decision to scrap its involvement in the 21-year-old student-exchange program with the United States.

But the U.S. administrator of the program said the events described by Astakhov occurred after the child had completed the exchange program and that the student's host family in FLEX was not a same-sex couple, as Russian officials have implied.

The Washington-based American Councils for International Education (ACIE), which administers the FLEX program for the U.S. State Department, confirmed to RFE/RL that a participant in the 2012-13 program did not return on schedule to Russia upon completing the exchange program.

But David Patton, executive vice president of ACIE, told RFE/RL that the child was not taken into custody by the host family and that the host family was not a same-sex couple.

Patton says the child completed the program without incident and went "off program" after he had completed his involvement in FLEX.

"It really wasn't a direct result of the FLEX program," Patton said. "It was a post-program issue, in which case we kind of lose jurisdiction."

The student was placed in a "traditional" family setting, Patton said. He added that it "was our understanding" that the child befriended a same-sex couple while participating in the program.

The U.S. State Department says more than 8,000 Russians have taken part since the launch of the program, which also involves Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Patton said FLEX participants are placed in a variety of family settings in the United States but a child and his or her parents can decline to be placed in a "nontraditional" American family.

"The students are placed in essentially a wide variety of families reflective, really, of the American family landscape, as it were," he said. "And that does include single parents and occasionally even same-sex couples. Having said that, any nontraditional placement is approved both by the participant and the participant's natural parents."

On September 30, U.S. Ambassador John Tefft expressed regret over Russia's decision to withdraw from next year's FLEX program.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families in 2012, as tension with Washington mounted in his third term. Moscow Links Suspension Of Student Exchanges To Gay U.S. Couple
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Old 6th October 2014, 17:27
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BBC: 'Putin' toilet roll causes a stir in Crimea
Oct. 6, 2014, 7:06 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by BBC

A brand of toilet paper is causing a stir in Crimea because its name has the same initials as Russia's president, it's been reported.

The "V.V." brand toilet paper has been criticised by customers in Simferopol because it alludes to "Vladimir Vladimirovich", the first two names of Russian President Putin, Radio Free Europe says. Russia caused international anger earlier this year by annexing Crimea after Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from power. Crimea's Russian majority are fiercely loyal to Moscow, and customers found the perceived link to Putin's name difficult to take, RFE reported.

The Sevastopol News newspaper said that one user was "outraged" at the fact that the maker of the product - the Simferopol Paper Mill - had included an outline of the Crimean peninsula on the roll, the implication being that the map would be put to a potentially disrespectful purpose. However, the toilet roll may just be the result of local patriotism - the packing also says "Buy Crimean!" in large letters.

BBC News - Crimea: 'Putin' toilet roll causes a stir
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