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Saturday, 7 March 2015

The Ukraine Issues Bizarro World “Warning” About Travel to Russia

00 odessa profsoyuz 01, 05.09.14


On Thursday, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a bizarre statement on its website urging Ukrainians to beware the “risks” and “dangers” associated with travelling to Russia. It stated, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that Ukrainian citizens planning trips to the Russian Federation realistically assess the risks and dangers and carefully weigh the need for such travel. Cases of unjustified detention of Ukrainian citizens and a lack of humane treatment toward Ukrainians by Russian law enforcement agencies have become the norm. This includes behaviour incompatible with human dignity, including the use of unacceptable methods of physical and psychological pressure, including torture, on Ukrainians”. Independent Russian newspaper Vzglyad noted that this statement may have come about due to last week’s detention by Moscow police of Odessa Oblsoviet* head Aleksei Goncharenko during a march commemorating the death of Boris Nemtsov. Police detained Goncharenko for several hours before releasing him. Goncharenko later left Russia. Many think that he organised and actively participated in the Dom Profsoyuzov arson in Odessa on 2 May 2014, which killed dozens of anti-Maidan activists, including a Russian citizen. Konstantin Dolgov, RF MID Commissioner of Human Rights and organiser of the “White Book” on politically motivated crime and violence in the post-Maidan Ukraine, called for Goncharenko’s arrest and trial for his alleged involvement in the Dom Profsoyuzov arson.

Following the Maidan coup and the junta’s aggression against Novorossiya, thousands of Ukrainians fled east to neighbouring Russia in search of safety. Today, there are an estimated 906,000 refugees from war-torn Novorossiya in Russia. In total, the RF Federal Migration Service estimated that 2.5 million Ukrainians live and work in Russia, amongst them over 1.27 million men of draft age.

  • Oblsoviet: Oblast Soviet, state council of an oblast

6 March 2015

Sputnik International



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