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Russia; Ukraine: Legislature Adopts Law on Dissolution of Black Sea Fleet Treaties

(Apr. 3, 2014) On April 1, 2014, following the adoption of legislation that denounces a set of treaties signed by the State Duma (parliament) between Russia and Ukraine, the Federation Council, which is the upper chamber of the Russian legislature, gave its consent to termination of the treaties. (Press Release, Extraordinary Meeting of the Federation […]

European Court of Human Rights; Russia; Ukraine: Ukraine Files an Inter-State Application Against Russia

(Mar. 28, 2014) On March 14, 2014, following the intervention of Russia in Crimea, Ukraine filed an inter-state application against the Russian Federation with the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR), which is located in Strasbourg. (Press Release, Council of Europe, Interim Measure Granted in Inter-State Case Brought by Ukraine Against Russia (Mar. 14, 2014), […]

Ukraine: New Measures to Save Government Spending

(Mar. 21, 2014) On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, 2014 on Saving State Funds and Prevention of Further Expenditures [in Ukrainian], Cabinet of Ministers website (click on […]

European Court of Human Rights; Russia; Ukraine: Ukraine Files an Inter-State Application Against Russia

(Mar. 20, 2014) On March 14, 2014, following the intervention of Russia in Crimea and the ensuing crisis, Ukraine filed an inter-state application against the Russian Federation with the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR), which is located in Strasbourg. (Press Release, Council of Europe, Interim Measures Granted in Inter-State Case Brought by Ukraine Against […]

Ukraine: Tax Service Will Use “Lie Detectors”

(Nov. 13, 2013) The Ukrainian Ministry of Revenue and Duties recently passed guidelines that provide the Ministry with the legitimate grounds to use computer polygraphs in its work. (Ministry of Revenue and Duties, Decree No. 329 of August 8, 2013 on the Use of Polygraphs in the Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine and […]

Ukraine: Legislation Introduced on Criminalization of Holocaust Denial

(Sept. 27, 2013) On September 3, 2013, legislation aimed at amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine and criminalizing the denial of the Holocaust was introduced in the Ukrainian legislature, the Verkhovna Rada. (Bill No. 3165 on Amending Article 442 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine Concerning Increased Protection Against Genocide [in Ukrainian], Sept. 3, 2013, […]

Ukraine: New “Pregnancy Tax” Introduced for Women and Their Employers

(Aug. 2, 2013) On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding and Indexation of Pension [in Ukrainian], No. 231-VII [hereinafter Law No. 231-VII] (May 14, 2013),Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine’s […]

Ukraine: Criminal Responsibility for Legal Entities Introduced

(June 24, 2013) On May 23, 2013, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed the Law on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine. (Law No. 2990 [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine website (last visited June 19, 2013).) This Law was adopted pursuant to the European Union–Ukraine Visa Dialogue, which required the reform of […]

Ukraine: Financial Pyramids Will Be Outlawed

(Oct. 3, 2012) On August 23, 2012, the Ukrainian Commission on Financial Markets Regulation approved draft legislation banning financial pyramids in <?Ukraine and forwarded it to the legislature. The draft is published on the Commission's website. (Proposal on Banning Financial Pyramids in Ukraine [in Ukrainian] (last visited Oct. 1, 2012).) According to the proposed law, people […]

Ukraine: Minority Languages May Become Official in Parts of the Country

(Aug. 13, 2012) On August 8, 2012, the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, signed into law the Principles of State Language Policy Act adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament on July 3. (Yanukovich Signed into Law the Act on Status of Russian in Ukraine [in Russian], ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (Aug. 8, 2012).) The Act was initiated by […]