Ukrainian Martial Law Bill Could Pave the Way for Internment Camps to Detain “Anti-Ukrainians”

The article originally appeared at RT Deutsch. Translated for RI by Kristina Aleshnikova


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has spoken in parliament (Verkhovna Rada) in favor of Bill 2451 “On the Legal Regime of Martial Law.” This paves the way for comprehensive curfews as well as the construction of internment camps for “citizens whose native country threatens or is already actively participating in aggression against Ukraine.”

The Ukrainian head of state submitted the document regarding an update to the legal regulation of martial law to parliament on April 3.

The draft, faithful to the Western orientation of its responsible legislative body, stipulates among other things the establishment of internment camps for those “citizens” living in Ukraine whose country of origin threatens or is already actively participating in “aggression against Ukraine.”

A further point that would be covered by the revised martial law would be the introduction of mandatory community service for all able-bodied persons.

In addition, martial law would include expropriation of private or communal property for the needs of the state in defense operations.

Even peaceful gatherings, rallies, marches, and demonstrations could be banned under the reformed martial law.

The bill is also directed against political parties and social organizations that are focused on the “destruction of the independence of Ukraine, the change of the constitutional order by force,” or that “violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, undermine its security, and endanger public health.”

The law also allows for an extension of the curfew and restrictions on entry to and exit from Ukraine as well as a restriction on the right of temporary and permanent residence.

The confiscation of private housing, removal of heads of companies for “dereliction of duty,” and special rules for the manufacture and sale of certain medicines would also be possible if the bill becomes law.




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Russia-Hating John McCain Disappointed that Germany Wants Cooperation with Moscow

The article originally appeared at RT Deutsch. Translated for RI by Anita Zalaldinova.

Washington needs Europe to bring distress to Russia on the Eurasian Continent. According to US Senator John McCain, the EU is desperately looking for a way to relax the sanctions against Russia. Germany also hopes for the restoration of constructive relations with Moscow.

Speaking to the news agency Sputnik, Republican John McCain, who is considered to be a hardliner in foreign policy, said that the countries of the European Union were not really planning to maintain the US sanctions policy. He admitted:

“The EU has never kept to the transatlantic sanctions regime and will never do so as long as Europe remains dependent on Russian energy resources.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, voiced the opinion in Copenhagen follows the sanctions regime in order to respond to the conflict in Ukraine, although, given the difficult economic circumstances, they hope to restore reasonable co-operation with Russia.

The chancellor then acknowledged that the supposedly unanimous decision of Ukraine to seek to join the European community of shared values ​​and to sign the association agreement has been at great cost to the government in Kiev.

So, while Europe still follows the US sanctions regime, it simultaneously tries as hard as it can to reach an agreement with Moscow. Merkel said that it would continuously take steps – unlike the United States, which advocates comprehensive arms supplies to Kiev – to bring about a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine.

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Eurasian Economic Union Growing and Drawing Interest of China, India, and Turkey

The article originally appeared at RT Deutsch. Translated for RI by Anita Zalaldinova

The ex-Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan has joined as a fifth member to the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union. Members of the Union, which is understood as an economic counterpart to the European Union, are currently Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia. At the same time the Eurasian Economic Union signed a Free Trade Agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In this respect negotiations with China are also underway, India and Turkey show their interest.

After years of political and economic agony Kyrgyzstan’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EMU) could be an opportunity for the country to benefit from the the dynamics of strong economic blocs such as Russia or Kazakhstan.

With the 5.5 million Turkic inhabitants and with a GDP of 1,300 US dollars per capita Kyrgyzstan is the poorest republic in Central Asia. But ties with Russia, even more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, are still very strong. Traditionally, many Kyrgyz people work in Russia as migrant workers. Thus there is always a large amount of foreign Russian currency in this former Soviet republic. For other members, who profit from falling trade restrictions, Kyrgyzstan is a welcome and historically known partner as well. A common Free Trade Agreement underlines the already existing trend.

The government website wrote in this regard:

“As a result of the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (SEEC) a number of documents regarding the accession of Kyrgyzstan to the Organization were signed.”

In the meantime, all the members of EMU, including Kyrgyzstan, agreed to establish a common electricity market in the future. In addition, it was reported  that the transportation of goods across the borders would be liberalized.

Subsequently, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Union stated:

“There are decisions on a joint free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Negotiations with China on an equal venture are already underway. “

Meanwhile, Russia assumes that ” more intense trade and investments will continue to strengthen the socio-economic development in the EMU countries. They will also increase the competitiveness of members on the international stage and stimulate the satisfaction of the population in the country. “

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in this regard:

“The Eurasian integration already proved to be effective: The mutual trade between Member States since the creation of the EMU grew by nearly 20 billion US dollars and the trade routes and infrastructure have improved significantly. While trade has increased with knowledge-intensive or industrial products, the traditionally high share of commodity trading has been reduced from 40 to 28.9 percent.”

Showing interest in involving new partners in EMU, during the signing ceremony of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev called for involvement of Turkey in the Eurasian economic area. He stated:

“When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Kazakhstan, he expressed Turkey’s interest in signing a trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union. We also need to talk about it.”

The economic alliance is just a beginning of a great development. “We have established the Eurasian Economic Union, which has grown again today: Armenia was the first member country, now we are welcoming Kyrgyzstan. Despite the fact that trade in the face of numerous crises always lags behind, I am sure that the economic union is promising,” Nazarbayev said on Friday during his meeting with Putin. “Look how many countries would like to participate: China also wants a free trade zone. We signed agreements today with Vietnam. Turkey and India want to be with us. In other words: This Union is now appreciated and highly regarded. “

The self-declared goal of the Eurasian Economic Union is to ensure the free movement of goods, services and capital to pursue a coordinated policy in the fields of agriculture and industry to cooperate in large infrastructure projects and to create a common energy markets for natural gas and oil products.


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