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Ukraine | Unidentified cat spy or farce style criminal persecution

Ukrainian media reported that in the criminal case of opposition journalist Vasily Muravitsky, who was arrested on charges of high treason, scandalous details were revealed. Andrei Gozhyy, Muravitsky’s lawyer, said that the special services accuse him of contacting a secret Russian agent called Pampukh. But in fact, Pampukh is not a man, but a cat that lives with his relatives.
Julia Maltseva, the owner of the cat, confirmed the statement and placed a Facebook post describing her cat. According to Maltseva, Pampuh is a very respectful cat and could be “not just an agent, but also a curator”, but the presence of paws hinders it to play that role.
The owner makes her own guess, why the Ukrainian special services turned the cat Pampukh into a secret agent. She says that keeps company with Muravitsky, so they periodically called up and communicated:
“Last winter we decided to go to Vasya (diminutive from Vasily – edit.) for a few days to visit and take the cat with us. At that time, SBU obviously listened to Muravitsky’s telephone conversations for a long time, therefore, his promise to take Pampukh to the highest rank it took into account and thought that Pampukh is a very serious person, since we always name it only by nickname.”
Although the case of Muravitsky more and more resembles a farce, the Ukrainian special services intend to resolutely bring it to the end, and then it will not be funny, but sad. Opposition journalist Muravitsky was arrested by special services in Zhytomyr on August 1, 2017. He is suspected of state treason, encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, violation of the equality of citizens and the establishment of a terrorist organization. According to the SBU, his articles were published on “websites that were administered from the Russian Federation and temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.” The prosecutor’s office said that the journalist faces up to 15 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property.

Ukraine | Ukraine’s New Education Law Undermines Minorities’ Rights – PACE Resolution

 

On Thursday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on the new Ukrainian law on education. This controversial law has already attracted harsh criticism from Ukraine’s neighboring states.

Ukraine | Ruslan Kotsaba Spoke in European Parliament About the Kiev Regime’s Repressive Apparatus

Ruslan Kotsaba and Tatyana Montyan told Ukraina.ru about what they spoke with European Parliament deputies, political scientists, and representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora in Belgium at the roundtable devoted to the restriction of freedom of speech and repression against dissidents…

Ukraine | Ukraine: Woman Detained, Held Incommunicado, Tortured

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) arbitrarily detained a Ukrainian woman, held her incommunicado, and tortured her, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities charged the woman, Daria Mastikasheva, with treason, and a court in Dnipro has ordered her pretrial detention pending investigation.

Ukraine | Kiev regime bans teaching in Russian language in Ukraine

As Ukrainian Strana.ua reports, Ukrainian MPs announced the start of educational reform. They adopted a law during the first plenary session of the Parliament that will launch the reform. President Poroshenko has already approved the law, having remarked that new Ukrainian school is opening its door to the new generation of Ukrainians – competent, patriotic and opened to the world.
The implementation of the larger part of this reform is scheduled for September 1st, 2018. Website Strana.ua reviewed the innovations that Ukrainian education system is facing.
It appears that millions of Ukrainian citizens will be unable to provide schooling in their native tongue to their children.
Until now many schools with Russian language of teaching existed in Ukraine, as well as schools teaching in other minority languages, such as Hungarian, Romanian and others.
The presence of Russian-language schooling (although the number of schools went down gradually) was one of the main arguments in favour of the claim that Ukraine respects the rights of its Russian-speaking population, perceiving them as proper citizens.
This is history now.
The law introduces a virtual ban on teaching in any language apart from the Ukrainian.
The following provision of the law was adopted in the second reading: beginning with 2018 only the junior school will retain the grades, in which the teaching will be carried out in minority languages. Teaching in these languages will stop in the 5th grade, from that time in the children will be taught in Ukrainian only. This provision will last till 2020 only. Beginning with 2020 the education will be in Ukrainian only.
The law provides small favors for the representatives of “the indigenous people’s” (they will be allowed to study in separate grades), as well as for English and the languages of the European Union, in which teaching of several subjects can be conducted (perhaps, this must pacify the Hungarians and Romanians). Education in Russian will be eliminated totally.