✅ Russia Set To Re-Elect Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to win a fourth term in power as voting commences across the country today. The controversial election will also be illegally held in Crimea today on the anniversary of the peninsula's annexation (March 18). We’re going to you live from Moscow to provide the latest on the presidential election. Our journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk has also interviewed Mikhail Fishman, a Russian journalist and an anchor on TV Rain, to discuss the election, as well as the escalating diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West.
Russian journalist, Anchor on TV Rain
✅ Protests in Slovakia, Explained
Anti-governments protests are sweeping Slovakia with citizens demanding snap elections in a bid to fight against deep-seated corruption. The uprising follows the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak, who was investigating government links to the Italian mafia, and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova, last month. While the protests have forced Prime Minister Robert Fico to resign, demonstrators say this is not enough to stamp out widespread government corruption. Hromadske speaks with Strategic and Security Studies Group expert Olexia Basarab about this development in the central European nation.
expert, Strategic and Security Studies Group
✅ Did Ukraine’s Security Service Secretly Detain People?
In July 2016, two international human rights organizations published a report entitled “You Don’t Exist.” According to the report, Ukraine’s Security Service set up secret detention facilities where they kept numerous people, believed to have pro-Russian views, between 2014 and 2016. The SBU denies this. However, Hromadske has gathered evidence that confirms the existence of these detention facilities. We also spoke with Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine Alexander Hug and Hromadske’s editor-in-chief Angelina Kariakina about the investigation.
Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine
✅ Canada’s Support Mission to Ukraine
Canada is a long-time friend and ally of Ukraine. Since Russia instigated a war in the Ukrainian east, the Northern American country has offered invaluable help in training the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of the Joint Task Force Ukraine program. Hromadske interviewed four Canadian militants who have just finished training Ukrainian soldiers to learn about their experience in the country.