Forthcoming: "The BHHRG Effect" and "The Silski Visti Affair Revisited"
As regular readers of Trans-Int will know, Silski Visti is a pro-"Orange" Ukrainian newspaper that was ordered closed by a Ukrainian court (though the order has never been implemented) on charges of incitement after publishing what can, I think, safely and uncontroversially be described as blatantly anti-Semitic material. (Extracts are cited in the following link, in case anyone doubts this description.) Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Timochenko came to the defense of Silski Visti, publishing along with their colleague Oleksandr Moroz a statement titled "Dirty Hands Off Silski Visti". In an earlier post on the Silski Visti affair, I wrote the following:
Yushchenko's initial reaction to the January court decision - "The government will get more and more upset with truthful information in mass media..." - suggests something other than just a content-neutral defense of principle. Perhaps a complete English translation of the "Hands off" statement would help to clarify this matter.
Thanks to the good offices of Dominique Arel and the Ukraine List, I now have such a translation at my disposal. With their kind permission, I will be publishing it here on Trans-Int.
As indicated, I will also be sharing some new information on the history of Andriy Shkil's UNA-UNSO (Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian National Self-Defense). If Viktor Yushchenko is sometime soon confirmed as the new Ukrainian president, it will be interesting to see if the other components of the "Orange" finally take their distance from the Shkil organization.
New material should be up tomorrow by noon EST/5 PM GMT.