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The Sunday Show 09/04/2017: LGBTI in Chechnya, Untold Abkhazia, Identity Of St. Petersburg's Bomber
9 April, 2017

Tonight on the Sunday Show, we discuss the persecution of LGBTI people in Chechnya, the crucial reform on public broadcasting in Ukraine, the possibility of an armed OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine and the geopolitical storm in Abkhazia & Russia.

✅ DEMOCRACY SHIFTS IN EASTERN EUROPE

The new head of the European Parliament group that oversees the countries of the Eastern Partnership on the assault on civil society in Ukraine, state pressure on the justice system in Georgia and the failure of the EU’s approach towards Moldova.

Featuring guest:  REBECCA HARMS, Member of The EU Parliament

✅ LGBTI EXECUTIONS IN RUSSIA'S CHECHNYA

Information about the mass detentions in Russian region of Chechnya, including cases of murder, emerged after LGBTI activists filed a series of applications for LGBTI pride events in several regions of the North Caucasus in Russia.

Featuring guest: SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA - Russian LGBT Network

✅ ZANNIER: "Unarmed OSCE in Ukraine is More Effective"

One aspect of OSCE’s involvement in the area that is still uncertain is whether or not the introduction of an armed presence, namely the International Police, would improve with mission in eastern Ukraine. Hromadske spoke to OSCE Chief about having an armed OSCE mission in Ukraine and the work of the OSCE in Donbas.

Featuring guest: LAMBERTO ZANNIER - Secretary General of the OSCE

✅  UNTOLD ABKHAZIA, BREAKING MYTHS

It has been 25 years since the beginning of the Georgian-Abkhaz war of 1992-1993. This conflict has been frozen for almost a quarter of a century now, but to the people who live there, it seems as though nothing has really changed.  Hromadske’s correspondent travelled to the boundary line between Abkhazia and the other part of Georgia to find out what is happening in the ‘frozen zone’.

✅ BREAKAWAY SOUTH OSSETIA ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT

Today, April 9th, presidential elections and a referendum on the renaming of the republic the “State of South Ossetia-Alania” are being held simultaneously in South Ossetia.

✅ UKRAINE FIGHTS FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTER

A decisive shift in the fate of public broadcasting in Ukraine is unfolding. On April 10th, 2017 a new head for the “National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine” (UA:PBC) will be elected. The fate of the country's key reform depends on this, in that Ukrainian society still has limited access to independent and balanced journalism.

✅ ATTACK ON ST. PETERSBURG

An explosion occured on the St. Petersburg metro on April, 3d, killing 14 and injuring 50 people. According to the Investigative Committee of Russia, the attack was committed by a suicide bomber. Hromadske will provide follow-up and analysis on what this attack could mean.