April 23, 2014

caution in discussion of violence amidst propaganda, provocation and fear

Because of local community choices, I have been reluctant to discuss violence against the cultural property of minority communities in Ukraine.
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April 22, 2014

the Memorial to Victims of the Holocaust in Sevastopol has been desecrated again

The Memorial to Victims of the Holocaust (памятник Жертвам холокоста) in Sevastopol has been desecrated again (опять). Vandals painted out the word “victims” (and related grammar) so that its name read “Monument to the Holocaust”.
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April 22, 2014

Ukrainian law on transfer of cultural property for safety

Ukraine is continuing preparations for the protection of its cultural heritage. Its Cabinet of Ministers has empowered its Ministry of Culture to keep cultural property abroad, when it would otherwise be at risk of loss or destruction (знищення) – for example, when it would be in occupied territory or endangered areas (such as the Crimean peninsula or the south-eastern mainland).
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April 22, 2014

Ukraine-Belarus cross-border crime and security

Belarus and Ukraine are working on Strengthening Surveillance and Bilateral Coordination Capacity along the Common Border between Belarus and Ukraine (SURCAP Phase II), funded by the European Union (EU), supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

Hopefully, it will ‘enhance their common border security’ (since it has not been significantly policed in the past, and its natural terrain is difficult to police), and ‘minimize illicit transnational activity such as smuggling and irregular migration’ (through improved planning, training, equipment and cooperation).

(I heard about this via ENPI’s report on the “new border project to help Ukraine and Belarus crack down on cross-border crime“.)

April 18, 2014

Unknown gunmen attacked Chersonesos dig team, rejected Ukrainian excavation licence

Unrelenting bad news: ‘in Sevastopol, near Fiolenta [Bay], unknown persons shot at archaeologists, [who were] leading official excavations [В Севастополе в районе Фиолента неизвестные обстреляли археологов, ведущих официальные раскопки]‘. No-one was injured in the incident, which lasted half an hour(?), but the police investigation will not be able to reach a reassuring conclusion.
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April 18, 2014

‘No newspaper published this’: organised antiquities crime in Cyprus

Solicitor Christiana O’Connell-Schizas has reported on an Antiquities Bust in Aphrodite’s City (Pafos in Cyprus).
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April 17, 2014

Russian separatists have demanded that Ukrainian Jews register themselves and their property

The Russian separatist administration of Donetsk, or elements within that administration, have ordered Jewish Ukrainians to register themselves, their families and all of their property and other assets.
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April 16, 2014

Ukrainian law on protection of cultural heritage in occupied territory

Obviously, I’m working via machine translation (and back-and-forth machine translation of documents), and the Ukrainian parliament’s website has been dysfunctional, but I believe that I’ve understood the details of Ukraine’s law on the protection of cultural heritage in its occupied territory.
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April 15, 2014

Are Russian ultranationalists attacking Ukrainian cultural property abroad?

On the 5th of April, St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton, Canada, burned down. ‘When asked if anyone in the congregation may be worried the blaze was related to the conflict in Ukraine, [Pastor Roman] Galadza said, “Absolutely not. No, no, no, no, no, no, no.“‘(1) Unfortunately, a set of incidents in Canada and the United States suggest that Russian ultranationalists are active.
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April 15, 2014

How might Ukrainian archaeologists protect cultural heritage in annexed Crimea?

This is a simple English summary of Excavation under Annexation: Archaeological Work in Crimea. I want to help archaeologists to think about how to protect cultural property in annexed Ukraine. If I can help anyone, please contact me.
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