Voices from Russia

Thursday, 1 October 2015

LNR Will Refuse to Extend Accreditation to NGOs that Commit “Gross Violations”



Today, Acting Deputy Chairman of the LNR Council of Ministers Vasili Nikitin, head of the Commission on Accreditation of Foreign Humanitarian Organisations, said that the LNR government intends to refuse accreditation to those international NGOs that grossly violate their mandate. This was in reply to a statement by European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, who noted that the LNR government decision to deny accreditation to the ten humanitarian organisations “would have a very negative impact in humanitarian terms on the civilian population and lead to the suspension of humanitarian operations”. In addition, Stylianides threatened, “All those who have influence should allow these groups to immediately resume much-needed humanitarian operations in Lugansk Oblast (sic), to fulfil their obligations under international humanitarian law”. Nikitin observed:

We only denied accreditation to those organisations that violated the rules and conditions of their mandate in the LNR. Primarily, flagrant abuses by medical groups led us to deny international NGOs accreditation. For instance, take “Doctors without Borders”. We allowed the Red Cross to resume operations after granting them accreditation. As for other NGOs, many of them don’t even operate in our jurisdiction; in fact, they’ve rendered little, if any assistance. A case in point is the Norwegian Union of Refugees; for all the time that they spent here, they didn’t provide us with a single nail or a single kilo of food. However, if we deny accreditation to a group, it needn’t be permanent. According to our regulations, they can reapply for accreditation in three months. We’d cooperate with any international organisation, but only if they comply with the rules and requirements of our Republic, according to our laws, stipulations; they have to consider this… this applies to all institutions, without exception.

Earlier, Nikitin noted that the LNR rejected 10 of 11 applications filed by foreign NGOs for accreditation. The only foreign non-profit NGO that received LNR accreditation was the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In addition, the Commission on Accreditation, together with the LNR MGB and other law enforcement bodies conducted inspections of foreign non-profit NGOs that uncovered significant violations.

28 September 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre



Wednesday, 15 July 2015

DNR Government Banned Foreign NGOs from Political and Commercial Activities in the Republic

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Today, the DNR Government sent us a copy of the regulations of the Interagency Committee on Accreditation of Humanitarian Missions. The DNR authorities banned foreign humanitarian missions from engaging in political and commercial activities in the Republic. The regulations state, “Accredited individuals aren’t allowed to use humanitarian missions to engage in commercial or other activities to generate income, to conduct espionage or intelligence, as well as collecting information and data beyond their announced targeted humanitarian mission in the DNR. … We ban propaganda activities, advocacy, and dissemination of information contrary to the purpose specified in the application, if it doesn’t directly apply to the activities of the humanitarian mission. … We prohibit humanitarian missions from participating in or organising large-scale sociopolitical events (rallies, protests, pickets, demonstrations, marches), and that they shall not conduct training, education, and awareness activities (seminars, lectures, meetings) not directly related to its directly targeted humanitarian mission. … Any such offence may result in a warning about cancellation of accreditation, the immediate withdrawal of accreditation, and/or the seizure of the mission’s goods. Violators can also face other sanctions under current DNR law, followed by a total ban of conducting humanitarian activities in the DNR”.

Earlier, on 11 July, the government announced that Deputy Chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet D V Pushilin would head an Interagency Committee on Accreditation of Humanitarian Missions in the DNR. DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko approved the regulations worked up by the Committee prohibiting activities of humanitarian missions without proper accreditation. The Committee will function as a temporary independent body until new laws defining the legal relations of bodies engaged in humanitarian aid come into force.

The full text of the official decree is here

14 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Thursday, 30 April 2015

American “International Rescue Committee” Expelled from the DNR for Spying

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DNR MGB stated that the IRC mission didn’t provide humanitarian aid… it collected intel for the junta on the forces on the contact line

The DNR MGB expelled seven members of the American “International Rescue Committee” (IRC) from the Republic for spying on patriot forces. According to our forces, these people worked in several localities in the DNR near the contact line, where they spied on the DNR forces. A DNR MGB source said, “They claimed that they aid women and girls who have suffer from any kind of violence and experience post-traumatic stress. However, this assistance is purely emotional… conducting group sessions, individual consultations, and meetings of interest, workshops, etc., they reduced their aid to questions from the audience about their moods and stirred up opposition to the DNR authorities. They also took down personal details from people’s passports, as we found a large number of completed forms from DNR residents”. The MGB told us that these foreign employees of the IRC tried to establish many contacts with DNR government employees, to weasel out information from them. In addition, our specialists detected these people trying to eavesdrop.

We learned in late February to early March that six members of the IRC, led by humanitarian operations manager Bruce Perry arrived in the DNR under the pretext of providing humanitarian assistance, and immediately went to the contact line. The MGB believes that the main duty of the mission staff was intel collection, not humanitarian aid. Despite all the scepticism directed at the IRC mission, Perry alleged that their mission was to help people. Perry said that all funds for this IRC activity came from the Swedish, Irish, and German governments. Perry claimed that the IRC mission arrived in Dnepropetrovsk because the UN Invited them there. Perry rejected the charges of espionage, arguing that the outside parties gave them lists of the neediest areas for assistance, which coincided with the line of contact. Perry asserted, “We were supposed to begin our work and start our programme of assistance. The local administration gave us lists of the neediest residents of the local administration, so, we started working in the area. We also talked to people to find out which areas most needed our help, it turned out that most of these were [in the contact zone]”. The DNR MGB decided to expel all IRC employees from the Republic. Our troops issued them the formal order of deportation, along with subsequent prohibition of re-entry to the Republic, took them to a checkpoint on the Zaporozhe motorway, and put them on an autobus bound for Kiev.

29 April 2015




The current president and CEO of the IRC is David Miliband, formerly British Foreign Secretary. The IRC has some high-profile people among its overseers, including Madeleine AlbrightKofi AnnanTom BrokawHenry KissingerColin PowellLiv Ullmann and Elie Wiesel. I need add nothing more… look at the list of “overseers”… Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger… those two alone queer the whole deck! Western intel operations have used this organisation before. This is what normally happens when the locals find NGOs doing what they shouldn’t. They get the boot. The West is getting desperate. However, the Novorossiyans know that if they don’t win, the chances of them dying are very high. That tends to concentrate the mind wonderfully… it shure do…


Saturday, 18 January 2014

Yanukovich Signs Purposeful Anti-Protest Legislation to Suppress Neo-Orangies

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Look at these illustrations from the Orange era. Chilling, ain’t it? These are the sort of people on the Maidan… they aren’t good, they aren’t on the up and square, and they’re catspaws of foreign powers and elements, so, we have to keep them in check by whatever means necessary.


Editor’s Note:

Viktor Fyodorovich has only one possible rejoinder to Western critics:


The USA and the EU (that is, Germany) are staging provocations, ergo, the Ukrainian government is correct in squashing them. They attempted another Orange coup, and Viktor Fyodorovich caught them at it. It HAS had unintended consequences (from the Western POV)… the coalition between the Party of Regions and the KPU is stronger than ever, and it’s hardened the resolve of Russophone Ukrainians (the silent majority) to deal harshly with the loudmouthed Galician Uniate minority (less than 10 percent of the population). The West overreached in South Ossetia (Colonel General Novogitsyn testified that the war was “Made in the USA”)… now, Kiev is “a bridge too far”. The Eurasian Union Express is taking on steam and getting ready to leave the station… the West can deal with that or not as it will… but it will steam out of the station, on time, and on track to its destination.

As for negotiations with the opposition, you don’t negotiate with terrorists who hold a knife to your throat… you suppress them, as quickly as you can, as thoroughly as you can.



On Friday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich signed anti-protest legislation that one opponent dubbed a “charter for oppression”. The Rada passed the legislation on Thursday; however, many Western politicians and observers called it “undemocratic”. Apparently, the laws target those joining anti-government protests in Kiev, initially ignited in November by Yanukovich’s rejection of closer economic and political ties with the EU. Protesters blocking entrances to government buildings now face prison time, whilst the new law provides for 15-days detention for participants in unapproved demonstrations, even if peaceful. The same stricture applies to demonstrators covering their faces with masks or helmets, and to those erecting tents, stages, or other makeshift structures without municipal government approval. All those conditions describe activities typical of events on the Maidan, the focus of anti-government agitation in Kiev. The new legislation also provides up to a year at hard labour in prison for those convicted of libel, including on the internet.

Opponents warned of a chilling effect on freedom, and the likely curtailing of open criticism of the authorities. The new law also includes new restrictions on Ukrainian NGOs modelled on similar legislation passed by Russia earlier this year, restrictions on the internet, and harsher punishments for extremism. Amnesty International called the legislation, approved almost without discussion by the ruling coalition in the Rada, a “charter for oppression”. In a statement, Amnesty International spokesman Heather McGill said, “In passing this law the government is halting any progress the Ukraine has made over the past twenty years towards full compliance with its international human rights obligations. It promises a grim future for the entire nation”. McGill said that the government’s approach suggested that it isn’t interested in negotiating an end to the political stalemate in the economically struggling country and that it intends instead to provoke an escalation in tensions, saying, “The government is clearly not interested in dialogue, or ready to hear criticism, but is paving the way for head-on confrontation with a large part of the population of the country” {she’s wrong in that… the pro-EU fanatics are loud, but they’re a minority: editor}.

EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said that the way the law passed deeply concerned her, saying “Changes to the judicial code which impose worrying restrictions on the rights of assembly and on the freedom of speech and media, and are contrary to the Ukraine’s international obligations”. US Secretary of State John Kerry echoed those sentiments, criticising the lack of transparency and accountability shown by the Rada in passing the legislation {much like the lack of transparency and accountability shown by the USA about black sites, Gitmo, PRISM and South Ossetia. Methinks the maiden protesteth too much: editor}. He said “The steps that were taken … are anti-democratic, they’re wrong {just like Citizens United and the US Electoral College… people in glass houses…: editor}, they are taking from the people of Ukraine their choice and their opportunity for the future. This kind of anti-democratic manoeuvre is extremely disturbing and should be a concern to every nation that wants to see the people of the Ukraine be able to not only express their wish but see it executed through the political process” {they did express their wishes, Kerry… the Regions/KPU coalition is the choice of the majority. What a self-serving maroon: editor}.

17 January 2014



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