Tuesday, 21. November 2017

Ukraine's Young Communist League (LKMSU) accused authorities on Thursday of subjecting several of its student members to trial by a kangaroo court.
Three LKMSU members — one aged just 15 — were convicted of “terrorist” offences on Tuesday. They were arrested for laying flowers to commemorate the Soviet Union’s World War II victory over fascism on May 9, carrying a communist banner and the orange and black St George ribbon — now an anti-fascist symbol.

UkraineIn response to the increasing political repression in the city of Odessa, Ukraine, by that country’s federal government, the U.S.-based Odessa Solidarity Campaign has called for an International Day of Solidarity with the People of Odessa, to take place on April 10, the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Odessa from fascist occupation. The day will include activities in 19 cities in 12 countries.

At the end of November this year, according to the provisions of the current Constitution, citizens Petro Symonenko, Vasiliy Sirenko and Georgy Kryuchkov appealed to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine for compliance of the Law of Ukraine "On conviction and national-communist socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of their propaganda symbols" of April 9, 2015 № 317-VIII (decommunization Law) with the Constitution of Ukraine (constitutionality).

Communist Party of UkraineThe Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) informed about the recent anticommunist law passed by Ukrainian parliament. The law targets media contents including »communist propaganda« or a positive image of the Soviet bodies. According to the statement by the CPU, »on amendments to some laws of Ukraine to restrict access to the Ukrainian market of foreign printed materials with the content of anti-Ukrainian content«, mainly targets the media broadcast form Russia and unilaterally independent Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts, containing communist »propaganda« or promotion of Soviet State bodies.

People's Republic of Donetsk.People's Republic of Donetsk. Image: Elevatorrailfan - CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia CommonsThe heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics have issued a statement on a unilateral ceasefire starting at 12 am on September 15, under which all people’s militia units in Donetsk and Lugansk are prohibited from responding to fire from the Ukrainian army and the National Guard.

Communist PartyThe Russian Communist Workers' Party (RCWP) released a statement on the decision that took the powers of two communist deputies in the legislative organ of the self proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the People's Soviet. The RCWP stated that the decision of Donetsk People's Republic authorities which disqualifies communist deputies in the People's Soviet has no difference than the Kiev regime's anti-communist laws and attacks. In the statement, the RCWP underlined that with this decision the DPR authorities try to prevent communists from participating in the People's Soviet elections in the first place.

Symonenko speaking at Gamma TV. Screenshot: YoutubeSymonenko speaking at Gamma TV. Screenshot: YoutubeThe Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) released a statement denouncing the recent attack on the Ukrainian opposition media. KPU stated that the Ukrainian government has started a procedure to ban the TV channel »Gamma« after the broadcast of the speech of KPU leader Petro Symonenko on the Victory Day.

Ekaterina Popova. Foto: Red Star over DonbassEkaterina Popova. Foto: Red Star over DonbassOn April 6, a referendum was held in the Netherlands on the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. The agreement would increase political, economic and military ties, as a step toward Ukrainian membership in the EU. The Association Agreement was rejected by 61 percent of Dutch voters.

For Ukrainian politicians, it was a surprise that the referendum in the Netherlands might be beyond their influence. This opinion was expressed by the Secretary of the Lugansk Regional Committee of the Communist Party, Ekaterina Popova. »Obviously, some Ukrainian politicians were surprised that the referendum could not only make a change in the government's position, but also cause a country such as the Netherlands to, in the words of Ukrainian Ambassador Dmitry Kuleba, ›stand up and say, you know, we've had a referendum, I'm sorry, you have to go back to negotiations‹,« the communist commented on the reaction of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative to the results of the Dutch referendum.

Communist Party of UkraineThe Communist Party of Ukraine notes that in a number of settlements of our country radical criminal nationalists, encouraged by the ruling Nationalistic-oligarchic regime that came to power after the unconstitutional coup in February 2014, started a war against monuments to a Soviet Soldiers, Partisans and Underground Fighters killed during World War II. This is contrary to the UN resolutions that condemn desecration of monuments to the fighters against fascism, contrary to the Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe, signed by most European countries, it is ignoring the dominant public opinion, attitudes of our citizens.

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