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first_imgThe 4 men were detained by the Russian authorities for expressing opposition to the illegal annexation of Crimea, and given lengthy jail sentences following trials which appeared to fall well short of international standards. These cases, including over 70 others against Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, underline the Russian Federation’s systematic persecution of those who voice their opposition to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: For journalists Email [email protected] We are deeply concerned about the welfare of the four Ukrainian nationals held by Russia, who are on hunger strike in protest against Russia’s continued detention of Ukrainian political prisoners. Their imprisonment, and that of many more Ukrainians who have been jailed by Russia, appears politically motivated. We call on the Russian authorities to release them immediately. Russia’s control over Crimea remains illegal and illegitimate, and is a flagrant violation of a number of Russia’s international commitments. Further information Media enquiries Oleg Sentsov Oleksandr Kolchenko Oleksandr Shumkov Volodymyr Balukh BackgroundThe 4 Ukrainian nationals who are on hunger strike while being detained by the Russian authorities are: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedInlast_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michael MuckianThe digital age has arrived at the $18 billion Pentagon Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, Va. The institution on Wednesday reported that more than three-quarters of all member transactions involved online or mobile devices during 2014.Specifically, 80% of member interactions—including logons, balance checks and transactions with PenFed —involved a web or mobile device. Comparatively, 15% took place via phone, and 5% involved branch visits, according to PenFed President/CEO James Schenck. continue reading »last_img read more