Russian court postpones ruling on whether to label Mariupol regiment as terrorists
Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed for the second time a hearing on whether to designate Ukraine's Azov Regiment, which defied besieging Russian forces for weeks in Mariupol, as a terrorist entity.
Russia said in May that 2,439 Ukrainian defenders had surrendered after staging a desperate last stand in the bunkers and tunnels of the Azovstal steelworks in the southern port city, scene of some of the worst devastation of the war.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com
RegisterThey included members of the Azov Regiment, whose fighters are revered as heroes in Ukraine but have frequently been characterised by Moscow as Russian-hating neo-Nazis.The unit was formed in 2014 as an extreme right-wing volunteer militia to fight Russian-backed separatists, but was subsequently folded into the Ukrainian National Guard. Ukraine says it has been reformed away from its radical nationalist origins and is now apolitical.
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A court official said the hearing, first set for May 26, had now been rescheduled for Aug.(CNN) The moves are the latest in response to Russia's months-long war in Ukraine and were taken after G7 leaders in Germany agreed to steps, including the gold import ban, meant to weaken Moscow.Email Basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives Monday at a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow.Russia's ruble is the strongest currency in the world this year "It looks like the banks have complied with international sanctions and have withheld payment," said Chris Weafer, a veteran Russian economy analyst at consulting firm Macro-Advisory.
2. No reason was given.The Treasury Department re-designated the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) -- two pro-Russian separatist regions of Ukraine recognized as independent by Moscow -- and sanctioned Vitaliy Pavlovich Khotsenko, who is"the newly appointed chairperson of the so-called government of the DNR," and six individuals who"are or have been high level officials in the so-called DNR and LNR governments. Russia said in May that 2,439 Ukrainian defenders had surrendered after staging a desperate last stand in the bunkers and tunnels of the Azovstal steelworks in the southern port city, scene of some of the worst devastation of the war. In a short court proceeding, a judge ordered Griner to be detained for the length of her trial, Griner's legal team told NPR. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters. Read More"Included in the State Department's action is the designation of Russian Federation military units and the redesignation of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), which have been credibly implicated in human rights abuses or violations of international humanitarian law in Ukraine," the Treasury statement said.com Register They included members of the Azov Regiment, whose fighters are revered as heroes in Ukraine but have frequently been characterised by Moscow as Russian-hating neo-Nazis." 04:25 Russia said it has the money to pay its debts but Western sanctions created"artificial obstacles" by freezing its foreign currency reserves held abroad.
The unit was formed in 2014 as an extreme right-wing volunteer militia to fight Russian-backed separatists, but was subsequently folded into the Ukrainian National Guard.The West's withering set of sanctions on Russia has taken a dramatic toll -- on Monday, the country defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the Bolshevik revolution more than a century ago. The news emerged from a preliminary court session that was closed to the public — but journalists did get a rare glimpse of Griner as the WNBA center walked through a hallway in the courthouse. Ukraine says it has been reformed away from its radical nationalist origins and is now apolitical. It has been a special focus of Russian hatred in a war that President Vladimir Putin has cast as a "special military operation" to demilitarise and "denazify" Ukraine - a justification dismissed by Kyiv and the West as a baseless pretext for invasion. At the same time, the sanctions have inflicted pain on Americans through higher gas prices, an effect of global bans on importing Russian energy. Relatives of the Ukrainian fighters have appealed for their rights to be protected under the 1949 Geneva Conventions on the conduct of war, and Ukraine says it expects them to be exchanged for Russian prisoners-of-war. Olympic team star was bracketed by four security officers and a dog as she was led down a stairwell to a courtroom for Monday's hearing — a process that was repeated in reverse less than an hour later, as Griner was returned to detention. But if the Supreme Court designates the Azov Regiment as a terrorist entity, it could pave the way for some of the men to face trial, as members of the Russian parliament have demanded. And the complexities of going after one of the world's largest producers have been borne out in the following months." Here's what to know about a Russian default on its sovereign debt.
Organising terrorist activity is punishable with life imprisonment in Russia. Participating in a terrorist organisation carries a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years.A plan from US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen seeks to reverse that. Griner has been detained for 130 days Griner, 31, has now been held in Russian custody for 130 days — an ordeal that began one week before Russia invaded Ukraine. The whereabouts of the surrendered Mariupol defenders is unclear. Russian state news agency Tass said on June 7 that more than 1,000 of the men had been transferred to Russia for investigation.Leaders agreed to the idea at the summit this week. Russia's justice ministry, prison service and Investigative Committee did not immediately reply to requests for information about the men's location and legal status.S. Russia has effectively been in default for months in the eyes of bond investors, said Liam Peach, an economist specializing in emerging European markets at Capital Economics.
Under the third Geneva Convention, prisoners of war should be humanely treated and be released and repatriated without delay after the cessation of active hostilities. Officials said they were confident Western nations wield enough leverage through their transportation and distribution networks to enforce the caps. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; editing by John Stonestreet Our Standards: ..S.