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Thursday, 13 August 2015

13 August 2015. Friends… And a Thought on Those Who Steal Innocence

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Childhood innocence… the most precious thing in the world… that’s why child abusers are low-life scummers. That’s that… it’s doubly evil when the abuser is a clergyman. Do note how loud sorts continue to defend such scumbags even after they’re convicted in court… I know that we live in a fallen world, but must it be SO evil and perverted (that is, the defence of perverts simply because they’re clergy)?


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Nazi Book Burning Redux! Last Words? The Ukraine Bans Dozens of Russian Books

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The Ukrainian State Committee of Television and Radio (Goskomteleradio) announced that it’s banned 38 books by Russian authors, prohibiting their import onto Ukrainian territory. Goskomteleradio deputy head Bogdan Chervak did his best to explain the decision, stating that it was “dictated by the need to prevent the Russian Federation from using methods of information warfare and disinformation against the citizens of Ukraine to spread the ideologies of hate, fascism, xenophobia, and separatism”. The list of banned books includes several works by Donetsk-born science fiction writer F D Berzin {he’s also an officer in the patriot army opposing the fascist Uniate junta: editor}, as well as Tom Clancy-style works of fiction predicting the Ukrainian civil war by Ukrainian-born author G L Bobrov {he’ a decorated hero of the Afghan War: editor} and by Georgi Savitsky. The ban also targets books in the areas of political science and social science by Russian scholar A G Dugin, radical political dissident E V Limonov, Russian academic and presidential advisor S Yu Glazyev, and renowned Russian economist Valentin Katasonov. Most of the banned books have some relation to the Ukraine; many of them appeared over the past two years in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis.

Goskomteleradio warned that they’re likely to expand their list of banned Russian books, citing Article 28 of the Publishing Act, which prohibits distributing published works that one could use to threaten Ukraine’s independence, change the constitutional order by force, or violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state. The agency launched its initiative early last month, referring to the country’s State Fiscal Service with a request to include Russian books in the list of goods prohibited from import into the Ukraine from Russia. They didn’t clarify what’d happen to those who violated the ban on the import of the banned literature, but noted that they’d confiscate and destroy the books themselves.

Russian authors and social scientists reacted to the ban. Russian pop historian N V Starikov, whose book The Ukraine: Chaos and Revolution: The Weapon of the Dollar made the list, argued that Kiev’s move is an attempt to hide some basic truths. Starikov pointed up that his book had “neither hate, nor a call to separatism, nor fascist ideas… in other words] none of the things listed by the Ukrainian authorities”, adding that by banning his work, the Ukrainian side was trying to hide a simply truth, that “the Ukraine witnessed an unconstitutional seizure of power… [and] come under the external control of the USA”.

Popular Russian radio journalist S L Dorenko, one of whose books also made the list, noted, “In the age of the internet, it’s simply funny for the Ukrainians to try to ban something”. Dorenko referred to the fact that since the internet appeared in countries like the Ukraine and Russia, books are often available on the internet, free, even before being publication and release in bookstores. With e-readers and tablets, the trend has become so pervasive that many authors, especially academics, deliberately release their works online, free, to get a wider readership. In such a situation, it’s questionable how much effect, if any, a ban on physical copies of books would actually have.

The latest ban on Russian media is part of a growing trend. Over the past year, the Ukraine has created and diligently expanded its list of banned Russian media, prohibiting nearly 400 Russian films and television series, issuing a blacklist of Russian artists said to be ”threatening the Ukraine’s national security”, and banning the broadcast of over a dozen Russian television channels on Ukrainian territory for their alleged contravention of Ukrainian legislation. With the pervasiveness of internet and satellite television technology, experts doubt the practical effectiveness of Kiev’s initiatives.

11 August 2015

Sputnik International


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


DNR Peoples Soviet Adopted Amendments to the Law on Local Elections

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Today, the DNR Peoples Soviet adopted a law, “On Amendments to the Law of 24 December 2014 № 01-INS On Local Elections”, with 73 Deputies voting in favour and one abstaining. The document’s explanatory forward explained that the measure aims to implement measures in the protocols of Minsk Accord of 12 February 2015 and the Minsk protocol of 5 September 2014, providing for the holding of local elections, taking into account the Donbass’ special status. The Deputies passed nine amendments to the previous law. One explicitly prohibits Ukrainian media interference in the DNR electoral process, “The [Ukrainian] media foments civil strife and spreads incitement to violence or deliberately false information about the situation in the DNR, so, we prohibit its participation in the electoral process”.

The amendments gave particular attention to requirements for those standing for election, “Candidates in local elections must be proven DNR citizens and have reached the age of 18-years by the day of the election”. Later, DNR Peoples Soviet Vice-Chairman D V Pushilin explained that all candidates must have lived in the DNR for at least one year. Previously, DNR Peoples Soviet Chairman A E Purgin told us that such requirements are common international practise, “Residence requirements are often used in local elections throughout the world… America, France, England, and many other countries have such standards. This allows you to better defend the interests of the real inhabitants of the region”. In contrast, in the Verkhovnaya Rada election of 26 October 2014, most of the candidates for the occupied territories were actually from Lvov and other places in the Western Ukraine.

The amendments identify a special position for foreign election observers, “the electoral process also takes into account the guidelines for elections laid down by the OSCE”. They directly stipulate that such observers may include members of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Earlier, Chairman of the DNR Government A V Zakharchenko officially announced the date of local elections in the DNR; they’re taking place on 18 October. The elections will follow the fundamental provisions of the proposed all-Ukrainian legislation on elections developed by the DNR and LNR and brought up at the Minsk Contact Group within the “Dialogue on the Modalities of Local Elections”.

7 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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