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Kozhara on press freedom: There are reasons for concern in OSCE region

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News / 3 May 2013 | 13:43

Kozhara on press freedom: There are reasons for concern in OSCE region

Kozhara on press freedom: There are reasons for concern in OSCE region

Journalists should work in safe conditions, OSCE chairperson-in-office, foreign minister of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara said on eve of the World Press Freedom Day, the press service of the Foreign Ministry informs.
“Unfortunately, even in the OSCE region there are causes for concern due to improper observance of the rights of journalists, including issues of their safety. Many of the attacks against them remain unsolved, and the artists and customers remain not punished. This state of affairs is unacceptable. All journalists and media workers should perform their professional duties without fear in a safe environment. Crimes against them cannot be left unpunished,” Kozhara stated.
“Theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day reflects the daily work of the OSCE. Our representative on freedom of the media supports the OSCE participating states in finding ways to secure safety of journalists and combat impunity,” the acting chairman said, recalling that the issue of media freedom is among the key priorities of the Ukrainian presidency.
“Creation of an appropriate legal framework to ensure the freedom of the media will contribute to strengthening the OSCE commitments in this area,” he added.
This year OSCE will hold a workshop on legislative support of media freedom.

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44 drunken drivers detained in Kyiv over twenty-four hours

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News / 3 May 2013 | 13:22

44 drunken drivers detained in Kyiv over twenty-four hours

44 drunken drivers detained in Kyiv over twenty-four hours

Over last twenty-four hours, Kyiv traffic police officers arrested 44 drivers, who were driving a car in a state of alcoholic intoxication, press office of the Kyiv traffic police department informs.
On May 2, traffic police recorded 748 traffic violations in Kyiv. One of the most common violations was speeding – 452 cases.
Over the past day, three road accidents, injuring three people, were registered in the capital.

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Iran to launch first NPP

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News / 3 May 2013 | 12:52

Iran to launch first NPP

Iran to launch first NPP

Preparatory works for the launch of Bushehr NPP are in the final stage, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereydoon Abbasi told economic conference, ForUm correspondent reports. According to him, Russia passes station to Iranian specialists.
“We will launch the plant only when we are fully confident in its preparedness and absence of technical problems. However, Russian experts used the most advanced technologies in the construction,” the official stressed.
He recalled that this is the first nuclear power plant, not only in Iran but also in the Middle East. “Construction began in 1974 by the German concern Kraftwerk Union AG (Siemens / KWU), but then paused. In 1992, an agreement on the continuation of the construction was concluded with the Russian Federation, and in 1995 it was renewed. The physical plant startup began under the control of the IAEA in August 2010. In May 2011, works on bringing nuclear steam supply system at the minimum controllable power level were performed,” the nuclear scientist noted.
Abbasi informed that Iran offered several countries to invest in new nuclear power plant in the Iranian territory and then sell the electricity. Pointing to the successful joint experience with Russia in the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the expert added that Iran is interested in being an investor of such facilities in other countries to accumulate more experience in the nuclear industry.

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EU Commissioner: Reverse gas supplies from Europe to Ukraine legitimate

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News / 3 May 2013 | 12:16

EU Commissioner: Reverse gas supplies from Europe to Ukraine legitimate

EU Commissioner: Reverse gas supplies from Europe to Ukraine legitimate

EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger declares reverse gas supplies from the European Union to Ukraine to be fully legitimate.
Commenting on the accusations, laid by “Gazprom” against Ukraine on the illegality of such supplies, the European Commissioner said: “From the point of view of European legislation, gas can flow freely within the framework of the EU and the Energy Community. Nothing prevents the Member States from establishing the physical bi-directional capacities with the non-EU countries and selling gas outside the EU”.
According to Commissioner Oettinger, virtual reverse flows are entirely consistent with the rules of the EU and the Energy Community. “They are one of the ways to optimize the supply and trade of gas within the internal market of the EU (and that of the Energy Community), and can be implemented as swaps between different buyers,” he explained.
In this context, the European commissioner cited the example of how similar 

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Rescuers inspect Kyiv temples on eve of Easter

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News / 3 May 2013 | 11:48

Rescuers inspect Kyiv temples on eve of Easter

Rescuers inspect Kyiv temples on eve of Easter

On the eve of the Easter and May holidays, the staff of the State Emergency service Kyiv department inspected the churches and temples, which will celebrate the divine offices.
As the press office of the State Emergency Service informs, special attention during the checks was paid on condition of wiring system, a required number of fire fighting equipment (fire extinguishers), as well as on conditions of emergency exits.
“Inspections of churches and temples are carried out to prevent fires and other emergencies during the festive divine offices. It’s not just about the safety of buildings, but also about that of the visitors to the temples,” the Emergency Service notes.
Inspectors raised awareness of staff of places of worship about  security measures when using an open flame.
Duties of rescuers will be organized directly at the temples during the easter night.

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Sanctions not prevent Iran from increasing trade turnover with U.S.

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News / 3 May 2013 | 11:27

Sanctions not prevent Iran from increasing trade turnover with U.S.

Sanctions not prevent Iran from increasing trade turnover with U.S.

Trade turnover between Iran and the United States in 2012 increased by 506% up to 137.2 thousand tons, director of the department of trade with Europe and America of the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran Abdolhamid Asadiyan said in exclusive comments to ForUm correspondent. He specified that, in value terms, bilateral trade increased by 32% to $ 133.8 million.
According to official, imports from the U.S. increased by 511% up to 136.7 thousand tons worth $ 132.4 million. “The main Iranian products coming to the U.S. include raisins, handmade carpets, books and other printed publications. In turn, Iran imports from U.S. seeds of durum wheat, packed butter, wood pulp, food and drug additives, as well as medical instruments, equipment and prostheses,” he said.
Asadiyan added that the growth of mutual trade turnover occurred at a time when the U.S. imposed new sanctions against Iran. “There are no direct trade relations between Iran and the United States, trade takes place through the third countries,” the economist noted.

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Orthodox Christians mark Great Friday

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News / 3 May 2013 | 11:12

Orthodox Christians mark Great Friday

Orthodox Christians mark Great Friday

Today, May 3, the Orthodox Christians mark Great Friday – the most sorrowful day of the church calendar, when the suffering on the cross and earthly death of the Savior are commemorated.
On this day of the Holy Week the fast is particularly severe: according to church canons, a believer is supposed to eat nothing but bread and water.
Traditionally, people in churches worship the Shroud, brought to the middle of the church, surrounded by white flowers.
Veneration of the Holy Shroud lasts for two days – until late Saturday evening.
At morning prayer, 12 passages from the Gospels, which tell about the suffering of Jesus, are read. During this worship, believers are holding lighted candles, which symbolize the greatness of the Savior in suffering and spiritual wakefulness of the Christians.
It is not accepted to have fun on Great Friday. It is believed that a person, who has fun on Great Friday, will cry all the year. However, despite this day is sad, it is already preparing the faithful for the upcoming holiday of Christ’s Resurrection.

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Prosecutor General: ECHR decision not leads to Tymoshenko’s release

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News / 3 May 2013 | 10:54

Prosecutor General: ECHR decision not leads to Tymoshenko's release

Prosecutor General: ECHR decision not leads to Tymoshenko’s release

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka explains that the decision of the European Court of Human Rights does not require the release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko as the Court did not discern politically motives.
“European Court found that the mere fact that Tymoshenko was a political figure did not prove political persecution, that is, the court pointed out that there is no politics in the Tymoshenko’s case,” Prosecutor General said in interview with Inter TV-channel.
Pshonka stressed: “The conclusion and explanation is the following: the decision of the European Court does not lead to release of Tymoshenko, it does not require her release”.
According to the Viktor Pshonka, the ECHR did not confirm improper conditions of Tymoshenko’s detention, video surveillance, lack of medical care. “Moreover, in this part, the court acknowledged that no violation occurred and that Tymoshenko has received and is receiving medical care at a higher level than the average person does,” the Prosecutor General noted.
He explained that, after examining the complaint, the ECHR found a violation of the rights of ex-prime minister only in terms of arrest and detention, but it does not concern itself sentence.
“The entire process of criminal trial of Tymoshenko was conducted under norms of the old Code of Criminal Procedure. Today, a new Code of Criminal Procedure is in force, and it prescribes the measures of restraint, which the old Code of Criminal Procedure lacked,” Pshonka added.
According to him, Ukraine actively eliminates the remarks, made by the European Court, at the legislative level.
As for the possibility of Tymoshenko’s release based on the ECHR’s decision, according to Pshonka, the ECHR did not consider the issue of release and unlawful judgment. He also informed that Ukraine has three months to appeal against this decision. 

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