Mounting concern about Ukrainian journalist held by separatists

first_imgNews When Aseyev went missing at the start of June 2017, the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) at first said nothing and then finally recognized that it was holding him. One of the few independent journalists to stay in Donetsk after the separatists took control, he reported for various Ukrainian newspapers and for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s local service under the pseudonym of Stanislav Vasin. RSF_en RSF_EECA Organisation According to former fellow detainees, he is being held in the former “Izoliatsiya” factory, which the separatists are using as one of their jails. The “DNR” is refusing for the time being to include him in a prisoner exchange with the Ukrainian government in Kiev. At the start of July, Firsov said Aseyev had begun a hunger strike in protest against the “DNR”’s refusal to give him medical care. Follow the news on Ukraine September 7, 2020 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more The annual “Donbass Media Forum” opened in the city of Kharkiv on 6 July with the adoption of a declaration calling on the “Normandy contact group” (Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France) to intercede to obtain Aseyev’s release. After holding Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev arbitrarily for more than a year, the separatists controlling the eastern city of Donetsk are apparently preparing to try him on a charge of spying. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for his immediate release.It seems that the self-proclaimed “authorities” in Donetsk want to provide Aseyev’s detention with a semblance of legality. Although he has not yet been formally charged, the separatists began in mid-July to publish what they claim to be extracts from his diary in order to give credence to the idea that he was a spy.Few people have been convinced by these “revelations” and a friend of Aseyev, Yegor Firsov, says he has Aseyev’s real diary and has posted photos of it on social networks. He also says that the separatists are trying to extract a confession from Aseyev by threatening to arrest his mother. In Donetsk, spying is punishable by 20 years in prison, or death in war-time. Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News The rest of Ukraine is ranked 101st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information center_img News UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImprisonedHostages to go further Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News March 26, 2021 Find out more “The little news of Stanislav Aseyev that reaches us is increasingly disturbing,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The separatists seem bent on persecuting this journalist, who dared to defy their news blockade and tell the rest of the country what was happening in Donetsk. We call on all parties to redouble efforts to obtain his swift release.” Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media The “DNR” and the “People’s Republic of Luhansk” (LNR) have become news and information black holes ever since Russian-backed separatists seized power in the Donbass (Donetsk and Luhansk regions) in the spring of 2014. The few remaining critical journalists have to operate clandestinely and visits by foreign observers are increasingly infrequent. Crimea has also been purged of its critical journalists and media since annexation by Russia in 2014. Receive email alerts UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImprisonedHostages July 25, 2018 Mounting concern about Ukrainian journalist held by separatistslast_img read more

UVM Alumni House project receives funding for ‘Newton Library’

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,A number of new entries in the lexicon of University of Vermont people and places will be made when the naming opportunities in the Alumni House renovation project have all been spoken for.Among the first is the “Newton Library,” an elegant oak-paneled enclave in the expansive Queen Anne mansion at 61 Summit Street slated to become the focal point for UVM alumni activities in the coming decades.Named in recognition of a $250,000 gift from School of Business Administration alumnus Jeffrey Newton ’79 of Concord, MA and his wife Sarah, the Newton Library is expected to be a central gathering and relaxation spot for visiting alums when they arrive on campus.Newton remembers the room as an important part of his experience as one of the brothers of the Delta Psi fraternity, which owned the house from 1924 until its purchase by the university in 2007. “The library in particular brings back a lot of good memories for me,” he says. “It was a central location for many social gatherings of the fraternity brothers, so I spent a lot of time in that room. It has wonderful architectural details, and I know it’s going to be a showpiece when it’s done.”The Alumni House renovation project is the top fundraising priority for the UVM Alumni Association and is the first such project in UVM history that will be financed entirely by private giving. The site, combined with that of the adjacent Grasse Mount facility, will create a significant four-acre presence for alumni on the west side of campus. Alumni House will be a place that alumni can use as a headquarters for annual events like Reunion and Homecoming and Family Weekend, as a meeting place for Alumni Association committees and boards, and for meetings of the student class councils.Alumni leaders have championed the need for an alumni center on campus for years.  Newton shared that view. “I have always thought that UVM should have an alumni center as a hub for returning alums, and I was thrilled to hear about the plan to renovate Delta Psi for that purpose,” he said. “The Delta Psi house is a perfect choice. It is beautiful, has an interesting history, and is in a great location. I can’t imagine a better meeting spot for visiting alums.”As donors, the project drew the Newtons’ support because the impact of their gift was clear. “The fact that we could see some direct impact was very appealing to us,” Newton said. “Just like the Davis center has improved the experience of UVM students, the Alumni House will greatly improve the experience of alums.”The Alumni House project has secured more than $2 million in commitments toward its $13.5 million goal to date.last_img read more