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Friday, 4 September 2015

4 September 2015. Bernie on Election Day

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Monday, 31 August 2015

Leshchenko sez DNR Sent Invitation to OSCE to Monitor DNR Local Elections

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Today, Maksim Leshchenko, Head of Administration for the DNR Chairman of the Government, told us:

By order of DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko, we sent an official invitation this morning to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights to send observers to monitor our local elections [on 18 October 2015]. Zakharchenko signed the request on Saturday, 29 August. We expressed our confidence that we’d soon get a positive response to our proposal. We have no intention to hide and hold closed elections in the region. Despite the difficult situation in the DNR, we’re committed to the Minsk Agreement and are ready to comply with it, even unilaterally. We’ll do everything possible to see to it that our local elections are fair and open. To show that everything is transparent and complies with the letter of the law, we hope that the OSCE would help us. We guarantee security for any [OSCE] mission and we’d see to the prerequisites for its fruitful work. Provocations are possible, but they’d be even more probable if the OSCE refused our invitation. We’ve never confirmed any case of cessation of attacks just because the OSCE mission came to a town intensively shelled on the previous day.

31 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Sunday, 30 August 2015

OFFICIAL DNR Government Statement on Local Elections in the Donbass

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On Monday, DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko will address the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Today, he signed an official invitation to this them, requesting that they come to the Republic to monitor the DNR local elections. These elections shall occur on 18 October 2015, pursuant to the Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014 and the Set of Measures of 12 February 2015. The Elections will follow the DNR Constitution of the NPT and its laws, as well as the provisions of the Law on the Special Status of the Donbass. We hope for a positive response from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. We guarantee the safety of the mission members; we’d provide every means for their effective work.

Maksim Leshchenko

Head of Administration for the DNR Chairman of the Government

29 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Friday, 7 August 2015

DNR Peoples Soviet Passed Law “On the Police” Modelled on Russian Federation Usage

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Today, the DNR Peoples Soviet passed a law “On the Police”, supported unanimously by all 74 Deputies. Dmitri Grishin (Donetsk Republic faction), a member of the Committee on Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Law, told us, “We based 90 percent of the new law on Russian Federation usage. In contrast to Ukrainian law, the new DNR norms spell out the rights and duties of police officers in detail. Everything is specifically noted, all the powers. This way, we can ensure order in the country and protect our citizens”. The DNR Council of Ministers will set the size of the police after consulting with the DNR MVD. The first reading of the bill was in April. However, in the spring, the Peoples Soviet sent back the bill for revision. There was disagreement between over the subordination of private security firms operating in the DNR

7 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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