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On June 23, 2022, in a “historic moment” for Kyiv, Ukraine was granted candidate status by the European Union (EU) in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Apart from being a geopolitical step, this move manifests the fact that the West has rallied behind Ukraine against the invasion by Russian forces. Moldova also officially [...]

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The UK government Wednesday unveiled new sanctions on members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle in response to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Among those sanctioned are Russia’s second richest man, Vladimir Potanin, and the president of a prominent Russian Coal mining company, Anna Tsivileva. Vladimir Potanin owns the conglomerate Interros, which operates in industries [...]

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Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine has sparked a strong international reaction, with most states referring to the actions of the Russian army as war crimes. A number of parliaments and heads of states have recognized that yet another international crime—genocide—is being committed by the occupant’s troops. Poland’s parliament—the Sejm—was the first to pass a resolution [...]

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“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” — Dante Alighieri The world came together almost as one on February 24, 2022, when the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine. This was a unique moment where the world order, based on the rule of law, rallied around [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Tuesday ruled that Russia’s “foreign agent” legislation violates the rights of the groups designated as foreign agents. The designation has allegedly been used to dissolve NGOs, shut down human rights group’s Russia offices and punish political activists. The ruling affects 73 groups designated as foreign agents and entitles them [...]

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The Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the DC Bar Friday announced ethics charges against former US President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani has already been temporarily suspended from the DC Bar and permanently suspended from the New York Bar.  The charges stem from Giuliani’s repeated claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent, specifically focusing on [...]

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Kazakh voters approved major constitutional reforms in a landslide referendum Monday. These reforms include provisions to curb nepotism and remove the last vestiges of Former President Nursultan Nazarbayev‘s power. Under Kazakhstan’s current constitution, Nazarbayev retains the title First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, or Elbasy, giving him significant power despite his removal in 2019. Nazarbayev’s [...]

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The European Union (EU) Friday adopted a sixth round of sanctions against Russia, this time targeting government supporters and top military leaders. Among the individuals listed are two commanders accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Bucha and Mariupol in Ukraine, Azatbek Omurbekov and Mikhail Mizintsev. Omurbekov in particular has been accused of being an “executioner, [...]

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