The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest will be held in Moscow at Rossiya Segodnya’s initiative. The contest was named after a Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist, Andrei Stenin, who died in eastern Ukraine in August 2014. Andrei was awarded the Order of Courage (posthumously) for bravery and heroism in the performance of his professional duties. The contest is a way to remember Andrei Stenin as a wonderful professional and human being. From December 22, 2014, to June 3, 2015, experts of the photography community around the world will have a chance to bring to light new names, support and promote high standards in photojournalism and enhance quality standards in documentary photography.

THE ANDREI STENIN
INTERNATIONAL PRESS PHOTO CONTEST
The entry deadline is
11:59 pm Moscow Time on April 15, 2015.

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Expert: New EU Sanctions Against Russia to Be Purely ‘Symbolic’

The new sanctions that the European Union may impose on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis are expected to be purely "symbolic," the acting director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

The new sanctions that the European Union may impose on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis are expected to be purely “symbolic,” the acting director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

 

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – The new sanctions that the European Union may impose on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis are expected to be purely “symbolic,” the acting director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said Thursday.

“Even if the new sanctions are introduced, it looks like these will be vain and more symbolic than substantive decisions,” Aleksei Gromyko said during a video-linkup organized by the International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya.

“One can only hope that common sense prevails and the EU countries understand that the time for sanctions has passed and all countries should [concentrate on] rescuing one of the largest countries in Europe, Ukraine,” he said.

Ukraine is currently facing “a catastrophic scenario” this winter and may not survive by the end of the year,” Gromyko said. “Only joint efforts can save the country,” he added.

Earlier this month, the European Union agreed on expanding the so-called sectoral sanctions against Russia. The imposition of the new sanctions has been postponed pending an assessment of the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the peace plan in Ukraine.

The Committee of the Permanent Representatives (Coreper) failed to agree on the imposition of new sanctions on Wednesday. The discussion is expected to resume on Thursday.

The European Union and the United States have already imposed several rounds of economic sanctions over Moscow’s alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict. The Russian side reacted by introducing a year-long ban on certain food imports from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway.

At the EU Summit held in Brussels on August 30, European leaders urged the European Commission to create proposals for more sanctions against Russia within a week. However, the EU member states remained divided and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico called on Brussels to put off imposing new sanctions against Russia.

 

 

 

Militia Says No Evidence of Missing Russian Journalist Found Dead in Ukraine

Missing Rossiya Segodnya journalist Andrei Stenin

Missing Rossiya Segodnya journalist Andrei Stenin

 

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DONETSK / MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) – There is no evidence that a body found in one of the burned-out cars in eastern Ukraine may belong to a missing Rossiya Segodnya journalist, Deputy Interior Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Nikolai Kryuchenko told RIA Novosti.

“A car has been found with the bodies of three people inside. The remains were collected by criminologists today. A DNA testing will be commissioned,” Kryuchenko said.

On Friday, the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said, citing DPR Deputy Interior Minister, that the missing Russian journalist Andrei Stenin might be among the dead. In the press release, the organization stressed that there was no evidence of this.

Several journalists have been reported missing in the southeastern Ukraine, where Kiev security forces are carrying out a special operation against independence supporters. Among them is the Rossiya Segodnya photographer Andrei Stenin.

“The investigation has no evidence that this is Stenin” Kryuchenko explained.

In turn, Director General of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency said that all versions associated with Stenin’s disappearance are being verified and so far not a single one of them has been confirmed.

“We are carefully checking all the versions associated with the disappearance of our photojournalist. Until now, none of them has been confirmed,” Kiselyov said.

Andrei Stenin was working in eastern Ukraine and has been unreachable beginning August 5. On August 12, an aide to the Ukrainian interior minister, Anton Herashchenko, said Ukrainian Security Service had arrested Stenin on charges of assisting terrorists, adding later that he did not really have information on the case and was misinterpreted.

Moscow has asked Kiev to comment on Herashchenko’s statement, but Stenin’s location still remains unknown. The photographer is said to be now on the Ukrainian militia’s missing persons list.

Please support Andrei Stenin’s release by sharing the hashtag #FreeAndrew in social networks. Andrei is a professional war photographer reporting from the most dangerous war zones in the world. You can view Andrei’s pictures from Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Libya here and his most recent shots from eastern Ukraine here.