Daily Archives: February 8, 2018

Ukraine | Ukraine’s media are threaten again

On February 8, in Kiev, employees of the military prosecutor’s office, police and state agency for the search and management of assets seized the premises in the Gulliver office center, where the media holding ‘Vesti’ was located. “Vesti” has a newspaper and radio emission, which adheres to a moderate opposition line.
Around 6:00 several dozens of power services employees in masks broke into the editorial offices. Having seized control over them, they refused to let the employees of the holding company at working place, as well as the company’s lawyers.
The operation was conducted by the investigator of the military prosecutor Vitaly Opanasenko and the lawyer of the ASMA Andrei Potemkin. Following power services employees, representatives of a private security firm entered the premises and blocked access to the premises. They claim to represent a new tenant of the area.
Before this law-enforcers for some time carried out from the editorial office of “Vesti” certain things.
During the blockade of ‘Vesti’ editorial office in the office center tear gas was used against journalists.
Before the current attack, the power services employees had already rehearsed. On February 3, employees of the National Agency for the search and management of assets visited the office of Vesti Media Holding. However, they came on a Sunday, when the entire office center was closed. After their visit ‘Vesti’ announced preparations for the forcible seizure of its office.

Sahara Rise, International conference on civil resistance

After 42 years of occupation, the Saharawi people are facing a possible momentum in their call for freedom. The eventual transformation of this conflict of international dimensions depends on the collaboration of Saharawi organizations, groups and activists through a joint vision. These actors can also through international outreach get support from political and social actors devoted to human rights, justice and dignity. This joint vision and collaboration will lead to a nonviolent strategy that shows in common campaigns and actions.

Russia | Russia: Caucasus region officials arrested for alleged fraud

Several top officials in the province of Dagestan in Russia’s North Caucasus were arrested on embezzlement charges Monday, part of the Kremlin’s efforts to strengthen control over the volatile region.

The Investigative Committee said acting regional Cabinet head Abdusamad Gamidov was arrested along with two of his deputies and several other senior officials. They were accused of embezzlement and fraud.