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August 2, 2017

Zhytomyr-based blogger-journalist Vasily Muravitsky, who wrote for the Russian media, faces 15 years in prison.

In Zhytomyr region, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that Muravitsky is suspected of high treason, as he allegedly published anti-Ukrainian materials at the direction of Russian curators. The Security Service of Ukraine believes that he [Vasily Muravitsky] acted to the detriment of the information security of Ukraine.

Among other things, Muravitsky has been the editor-in-chief of a Komsomol newspaper Novaya Volna (“New Wave”).



July 11, 2017

A school librarian fired for using textbooks published in the Soviet Union

An employee of a school library in the village of Utkonosovka of the Izmail district, Odessa region, was fired for issuing textbooks in Russian language, published in 1990, to schoolchildren.

In addition to the Ukrainian and Moldovan languages, at the choice of parents, children also learn Russian. However, Ukraine does not publish textbooks of Russian language for Moldovan schools and classes and so they do not supply them to schools.

A teacher decided to use the textbooks of a 1990 edition, printed in the times of the Ukrainian SSR. These books, written off already in 2004, were kept in the back room of the school library, and that’s where schoolchildren got them from.

One of the parents noticed that his child is taught Russian language according to a textbook that contains, among other things, forbidden communist symbols – for example, an image of the flag of the Ukrainian SSR. He published theseImages of sedition in social networks, which gave rise to a loud scandal, which had already reached the Izmail district education department.

The librarian, who gave ideologically harmful books to schoolchildren, was fired, while the principal and the teacher of the Russian language were reprimanded, all the seditious textbooks were confiscated and thrown out.




A student from Lviv is sentenced to 2,5 years in prison for posting Lenin’s quotes on Facebook

The Halytsky District Court of the city of Lviv sentenced a 22-year-old Komsomol member to two and a half years in prison – according to the materials of the criminal case and the verdict – for laying flowers at the grave of Soviet soldiers on May 9. The fact that the member of the Komsomol of Ukraine posted on his Facebook page a “criminal” slogan calling, in the court’s opinion, to terrorist actions: “Lenin lived. Lenin is alive. Lenin will live” served as an aggravating circumstance. Among the material evidence is the volume of Karl Marx’s Capital. There are two more Komsomol members in this case, one of whom is only 15 (!) years old.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the 22-year-old student, committed a criminal offense under article 436-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (producing, dissemination of communist, Nazi symbols and propaganda of communist and national-socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes). According to the verdict, which is posted on the website of the Single State Register of Judicial Decisions, on May 4, 2017, the Galitsky District Court of Lviv presided over by Judge Strelbitsky, with the participation of the prosecutor Matlakh, recognized a native of Lviv, a third-year student of Lviv National University as guilty of committing a crime under part 1 of article 436-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

According to the storyline of this case, from May 2015 till April 2016, the student made publications from his home – using his own portable laptop, with a Facebook account under a pseudonym – that were recognized by the linguistic expertise as propaganda of elements of communist ideology, that is, deliberate spreading of tendentious information aimed at idealizing and popularizing communist ideology as well as public use of products with symbols of the communist regime. The student did it realizing that his page was open to public and could be accessed by an unlimited number of users of the social network Facebook. Publications included among others statements dedicated to Lenin, a person who held a leading position in the highest authorities in the USSR, his philosophical and political quotations, as well as generally known Communist slogans. The publications are not published openly in the verdict. However, according to sources of the online publication Strana.ua in the prosecutor’s office, the quotations published by the student are the following: “Lenin lived, Lenin is alive, Lenin will live,” “The plan is the law, fulfillment is duty, overfulfilment is honor!” and the like. Under the terms of the agreement, the accused, during the pre-trial investigation, fully acknowledged his guilt for the crimes envisaged in part 1 of article 436-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, and he pledged to admit it unconditionally in the whole amount of the charges in the judicial proceedings. The parties to the agreement immediately agreed on the punishment in the form of two years and six months of imprisonment without confiscation of property with exemption from serving the sentence under the condition of a probation period of one year.