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Ukraine Dispatch: How volunteers are helping Ukrainian soldiers in the field become ‘invisible’ – JURIST

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Law students and young lawyers in Ukraine run for JURIST about developments and issues emerging as the country defends itself against Russian invasion. Here JURIST Ukraine Chief Correspondent Anna Tymoshenko, a law student at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, talks about the work that volunteers in Poltava, including herself, have been doing to provide camouflage netting for Ukrainian troops in the countryside. During the war, the volunteer movement in Ukraine has gained enormous traction; we are as strong in the rear as we are in the front lines. It is hard to put into words how much pride fills one’s heart as a result of the unity of our nation and the courage of all involved. Here I would like to lift the lid on one of the types of assistance we have offered in Poltava to increase the security of our soldiers at critical points. We weave camouflage nets to protect the military from the eyes of the enemy. They are mainly used to protect checkpoints, trenches, ammunition and equipment. Essentially, pieces of fabric are placed on the net so that the color blends with the surroundings. In practice, they are made from improvised materials. As an example, we use soccer gate nets, fishing nets, etc. as a base, and then we cut cloth from old clothes donated by locals to cover the net. With the arrival of spring, the demand for individual camouflage products has increased, so most of our resources are now focused on developing camouflage suits (mainly for scouts and snipers), which are colloquially known as “kikimory” ( which can be translated into English). such as “frights” or “water witches”). The military literally “orders” nets and suits based on their requirements: color and materials vary by activity and location. We had to quickly adapt to the weather conditions in February and March: snow requires white, dirt after rain – brown and black. Green shades are now popular for hiding in the forest, but a sandy yellow suit is required for dry steppe or sandy terrain. Also, because the costumes are made to fit different heights and sizes, they are truly unique. Orders are coming in from all over the country. However, first the fighters in our region were provided with our networks, and then they were sent to others. Currently, most of the products are shipped to Kherson and Mykolayiv. The volunteer center is open every day, with no breaks or days off, and people come when they can, before or after work and on weekends. Some people get the opportunity to work on camouflage netting all the time. If there are enough hands, making a camouflage net and a camouflage suit takes about a day. As a result, providing enough products for all soldiers is a difficult task. Most of the volunteers here are women, but men are also coordinators and helpers. It is difficult to determine the proportions by age because everyone is involved, from schoolchildren to retirees, with different motivations. Young people are captivated by the spirit of patriotism and the desire to contribute, while older generations use such work to distract themselves from the bad news and constant bad experiences that Ukrainians face, particularly their relatives. It is also worth noting that our volunteer headquarters used to be the office of one of Ukraine’s political parties, but nothing remains of the party’s activities or political ideology from the beginning of the war. Even the fiercest opponents of this party come here, because the idea and unity are now more important than the political vicissitudes of peacetime. Refugees from Kharkiv, Sumy and other affected areas have also arrived to help. Once, the Kharkiv musicians decided to add some joy to the atmosphere by organizing a small concert right between the nets. Seeing this juxtaposition of art and war, life and death is both heartbreaking and moving. However, the sense of belonging to such an amazing nation prevents anyone from giving up.

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Trump Affiliated Businessman Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Political Donation Crimes – JURIST

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The Justice Department said Wednesday that Lev Parnas, a businessman involved in the Trump-Ukraine affair, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on multiple counts related to soliciting donations from a foreign national. Parnas was convicted on charges of “conspiring to make political contributions of a foreign national in conjunction with soliciting and aiding and abetting the making thereof, conspiracy to make fictitious donations, participation in a wire fraud conspiracy, and making false statements and falsifying records. Parnas will also pay more than $2 million in restitution. The charges of making political contributions by a foreign national stem from events that occurred in March 2018. Parnas and other associates wanted to launch a business to obtain retail marijuana licenses in the US. The group turned over hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions before the 2018 election to curry favor with anyone who could help Parnas and his associates obtain these licenses. Parnas and an associate made a donation of $325,000 and falsely claimed that the donation was from Global Power Producers (GEP). Parnas also lied about the fact that he was receiving bogus donations and the contributions were not his own money. The fraud guarantee charges are from between 2012 and 2019. Parnas planned to defraud several people by convincing them to invest in his company. He said the contributions would be used solely for his business. Instead, the payments were withdrawn in cash, placed in personal bank accounts, and used for personal expenses. Damian Williams, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, stated: “Parnas also defrauded the American public by pumping Russian money into US elections and lying about the origin of funds for political contributions. My office will continue to aggressively prosecute those who put their personal and financial benefit above their country and their investors.” The office’s Public Corruption Unit is handling the Parnas case.

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Indonesian parliament passes law to create more provinces in Papua amid fears of government crackdown – JURIST

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The Indonesian People’s Representative Council on Thursday approved legislation to establish three new provinces in the Papua region. The decision was made during the 26th plenary session when all members unanimously agreed to pass three bills that established the new provinces. Currently, the easternmost region of Indonesia is divided into two regions, Papua and West Papua. However, it will now be divided into five provinces. The three new provinces have been named, South Papua Province with Merauke as its capital, Central Papua Province with Nabire as its capital, and Papua Mountains Province with Jaya wijaya as its capital. Ahmad Doli Kurnia Tandjung, Chairperson of the Council Commission, stated that: The purpose of partitioning Papua is to speed up equitable development, speed up the improvement of public services, speed up community welfare and uplift the dignity of the indigenous people of Papua. Papua. Taking into account political, administrative and legal aspects, socio-cultural unity, human resource preparation, basic infrastructure, economic capacity, future developments and aspirations of the Papuan people. Veronica Koman of Amnesty International Australia expressed concern about how the legislation would affect Papuans. She said that by “cutting and dividing Papua into smaller administrative units, [the Indonesian government] hopes to divide and conquer Papuan identity and resistance.”

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German court sentences 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to 5 years in prison – JURIST

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Germany’s Neuruppin Regional Court in Brandenburg on Tuesday convicted a 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard of 3,518 counts of accessory to murder and sentenced him to five years in prison. Former SS guard Josef Schuetz was indicted for his involvement in the “execution by firing squad of Soviet prisoners of war in 1942” and for operating the gas chambers at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Josef denied all the alleged charges and claimed that he worked as a farm laborer near Pasewalk in northeast Germany. However, the court began the trial last year in October. Judge Udo Lechtermann noted that the defendant “voluntarily supported mass extermination” in his role. He further said: The court is satisfied that you worked as a guard in the concentration camp for about three years, despite your claims to the contrary. You saw how deported people were cruelly tortured and killed there every day for three years. Sachsenhausen saw 200,000 people imprisoned, with at least 30,000 deaths. Joseph is considered the oldest person to be convicted of Holocaust crimes. Previously, a 93-year-old former guard was convicted of 5,232 murders and a 95-year-old former field secretary was charged with 10,000 counts of accessory to murder, rulings pending. Joseph can appeal his sentence to the Federal Court of Justice within a week.

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