KYIV -- What's black, blue, and red all over Amazon Marketplace? All the kitsch that supporters of Russia-backed fighters in the separatist-controlled, eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk could want. That's the answer from Kyiv, anyway. And some Ukrainians, led by the country's health minister, are livid at the availability of what they see as "terrorist" swag on one of the world's biggest shopping sites. They want a ban, preferably in time for Christmas. "Amazon profits from promoting terrorism," Health Minister Ulana Suprun charged in a bilingual Facebook post alongside images of the products on offer on November 19. She called for "a flash mob on social networks" and via e-mail to demand that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos "take the products off of Amazon's site." The post has been shared more than 1,500 times and liked by over 3,600 people.RFE/RL has reached out to Amazon and will update this story with any response. The "Donetsk People's Republic" and its equivalent in Ukraine's … [Read more...] about Ukrainians Urge Amazon To Drop Separatist Kitsch From ‘Marketplace’
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A mother's intuition that something is wrong with her daughter living in Los Angeles led police to a house of horrors. Inside, they found Iana Kasian, 30, brutally murdered. Where the trail of blood led them could easily be the subject of big-screen movie script or a novel. Olga Kasian was concerned when she hadn't heard from her daughter, who was living with Blake Leibel in West Hollywood. Leibel, the son of a wealthy Canadian real estate family, moved in his 20s to Hollywood to make it big. Living a trust-fund dream life, he directed an offbeat film and was the co-author of a graphic novel about a vicious murder. "I had this feeling that something was wrong," Olga Kasian tells "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher. Kasian called police, who eventually gained access to the home. Police found Iana, who recently gave birth to a daughter with Leibel, dead. "In my almost 30 years, I've never been involved in a more heinous crime than this," says Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department … [Read more...] about Was Hollywood producer’s graphic novel a blueprint for murder?
‘When I saw Malvina I knew that little girl was going to be my daughter... it’s been a journey of blood, sweat and tears, but worth every bit of it’ BelfastTelegraph.co.uk It took Nina Noddings two gruelling years to adopt her beautiful daughter, Malvina, from Russia and just five months to capture the highs and lows of the painstaking journey in an inspirational new book. In what is a must read for anyone considering adopting a child from overseas, Malvina The Special Little Girl Who Stole Our Hearts is a touching, yet practical, story of one couple's determination to become new parents. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/when-i-saw-malvina-i-knew-that-little-girl-was-going-to-be-my-daughter-its-been-a-journey-of-blood-sweat-and-tears-but-worth-every-bit-of-it-37147391.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37147383.ece/f2e01/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-07-24_lif_42721443_I1.JPG Email It took Nina Noddings two gruelling years to … [Read more...] about ‘When I saw Malvina I knew that little girl was going to be my daughter… it’s been a journey of blood, sweat and tears, but worth every bit of it’
The 9th annual Odesa International Film Festival has concluded after granting awards to the winners during the closing ceremony on July 21. The festival presented the Golden Duke statuettes to the best works in the international and national competition programs and also announced the winner of the Grand Prix. The festival was held on July 13-21 and screened over 100 movies from over 40 countries. The program also included a series of workshops and public talks. During his speech at the ceremony, Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk described the Odesa International Film Festival as a major film and cultural event. “It’s the evidence that we are part of the European and world cinematography context. That we are growing and developing,” Nyshchuk said. The festival presented the Grand Prix to Belarusian director Darya Zhuk for her film “Crystal Swan,” which tells the story of a woman living in Belarus and dreaming of moving to the United States. The Grand Prix … [Read more...] about Odesa International Film Festival screens over 100 movies, names winners (PHOTOS)
The announcement by international investigators that they have uncovered evidence of Kremlin culpability in the shooting down of flight MH17 is a development of significance, and comes at a time when relations between Russia and the West are in one of the worst states since the days of the Cold War. The Joint Investigation Team which had been examining the downing of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukraine July 2014, killing 298 people, hold they have “legal and convincing evidence which will stand in a courtroom”. Not only had the BUK missile system come from across the Russian border, they say, but it has been narrowed down to the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade based in Kursk. The inquiry had been carried out by crash experts, police and prosecutors from the Netherlands, where the flight took off, Ukraine and Malaysia. Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch member of the investigation team told a press conference “all the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missiles were part of … [Read more...] about ‘Increasing aggression’ from Russia, as investigators blame Moscow for shooting down of MH17