Russian lawmaker says MH17 tribunal aimed at blaming Moscow alone for crash
Turkey to distribute gas from Azerbaijan and Iran in Europe — expert
French lawmakers convinced that Crimea avoided war and anarchy — Valleurs Actuelles
Russia, China to conduct naval drills in Sea of Japan Aug 20-28 — Chinese defense official
Politician: problem of MH17 tribunal to be put up for voting at UN General Assembly
Russia wins 2 golds at Day 6 of FINA World Championships, but still 2nd after ChinaSports July 31, 2:11
Politician: problem of MH17 tribunal to be put up for voting at UN General AssemblyWorld July 31, 0:17
Embassy source accuses Britain of complicating Russian diplomats’ workWorld July 30, 21:35
Russia's Ishchenko wins 19th synchronized swimming gold at world championshipsSports July 30, 21:15
Ukraine initiates criminal proceedings against Russian investigators — officialWorld July 30, 21:05
Georgia has no plans to join all anti-Russian sanctions — diplomatWorld July 30, 20:41
Over 100 miners saved from burning mine in east Ukraine — Russian ministryWorld July 30, 20:33
Russia stops manufacturing of Glonass-M navigation satellitesNon-political July 30, 20:32
Kremlin says desperate farmer writing letter to Putin had huge debtRussia July 30, 20:17
“Naturally, we are continuing to demand their immediate release and are waiting for this,” Peskov said.
The Russian embassy in Ukraine still has no official information from the Kiev authorities on the fate of LifeNews journalists Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko detained on May 18 near the east Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk, Russia’s diplomatic mission in Ukraine told ITAR-TASS.
“We’re trying to find out where they are being held,” the Russian diplomatic mission said. “According to some data, they were questioned the other day.”
Under existing consular rules, the Ukrainian authorities are required to inform Russian diplomats about the fate of Russian nationals within three days after they are detained, the Russian diplomatic mission said.
This is not the first case when Russian journalists were detained by Ukrainian security forces. On April 16, a camera crew from Russia’s VGTRK State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company was detained by the Ukrainian army and on April 23 journalist Stepan Chirich from Russia’s NTV television channel was rudely detained and beaten near the town of Pervomaisk in the Dnepropetrovsk Region in central Ukraine.
The Russian embassy in Ukraine demanded that such actions should be ceased immediately.
“Arbitrariness and repressions against journalists and mass media actually mean an attack on the freedom of the press,” the Russian diplomatic mission said.
The faction of the ruling United Russia party in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, believes that LifeNews journalists detained in Ukraine became victims of a provocation and has demanded their immediate release.
The Russian lawmakers have demanded from the Ukrainian authorities “to immediately release the captured journalists and hold responsible those who are guilty of violating the journalists’ rights to fulfill their professional duties.”
The MPs from the United Russia party have urged the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to “raise its voice in defense of the freedom of speech in Ukraine.” They also expect OSCE Media Envoy Dunja Mijatovic “to take all efforts within her mandate to ensure that such cases are not repeated again.”
Ukraine National Security Council Deputy Secretary Viktoria Syumar earlier accused the LifeNews journalists detained in Ukraine of assistance in “terrorism,” alleging that they were “a part of terrorist groups.