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Latest update : 2014-02-27

Analysing the documents found in Yanukovych's estate

In this edition: Ukrainian journalists analyze the documents found on Viktor Yanukovych’s estate; online reactions to Uganda`s anti-gay bill; and an animated tribute to the world of movies.

ANALYSING THE DOCUMENTS FOUND IN YANUKOVYCH’S ESTATE 

When the gates of the estate belonging to ousted president Viktor Yanukovych were thrown open this weekend, opposition demonstrators retrieved hundreds of pages of documents that he and his entourage had tried to get rid of before he fled. And now a group of Ukrainian journalists have begun the painstaking task of drying them out, sorting through them and analyzing their content. At the beginning of the week they began archiving and publishing the files on Twitter and “Yanukovych Leaks” a WikiLeaks inspired platform set up by journalists to share their findings with the public. 

They say they have found evidence of government corruption and the former head of state`s lavish life style: it seems he spent over 30 million euros to deck out his mansion in gold chandeliers and close to 1,700,000 euros on wooden furniture for a tea room. A great animal lover, Yanukovych is also said to have paid 66,000 euros for a wild boar statue to put in his garden… 

While the majority of documents found on Yanukovych`s estate illustrate the fallen president`s excessive extravagant spending, they also uncover a range of other shameful scandals. This document suggests the former Ukrainian strongman paid around 4 million euros at the end of 2010 for monitoring mass media. And this other file apparently contains photos of journalist Tetiana Tchornovil along with a list of cars she might have used, she was violently attacked on the highway back in December and these findings suggest the authorities could have had something to do with it.

 

WEB USERS REACT TO UGANDA ANTI-GAY LAW 

Uganda signed an anti-gay bill into law on Monday, sparking lively reaction on social networks, from Ugandan gay rights activists in particular. They have spoken out against the new legislation; saying just being open about their sexuality makes them criminals, and exposes them to harsh penalties. 

The bill, ratified by the president Yoweri Museveni, toughens the existing strict laws on homosexuality, and includes life sentences in some cases. This infographic was put together by the “All Out” organization with the stated aim of convincing Ugandan and international leaders to take action to protect homosexual people in Uganda.

The anti-gay bill has also been condemned by human rights groups. Amnesty International for example says the law constitutes a significant step backwards for the gay community. Human Rights Watch has posted a statement urging international donors to Uganda and the United States in particular to exert pressure on the African country to repeal the law. 

Web users in the US are backing this request and have launched an online petition calling on the White house to withdraw all financial aid to Uganda until the controversial bill has been revoked, something, which (as countless Twitter users have been pleased to report), Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark have already done.

 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS 

Web users in Nigeria have been posting under the #WhereIsOurMoney hashtag, demanding answers from the government following claims about missing billions of dollars from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the NNPC. The online movement began after this week`s news the president Goodluck Jonathan had suspended Nigeria`s central bank governor Lamido Sanusi, who began making allegations of high level fraud within the country`s oil sector some months ago.

 

SELFIECITY: COMPARING SELFIES TAKEN AROUND THE WORLD 

Whether it`s taken in Bangkok, Moscow, New York City or Sao Paulo, a selfie is a selfie … a group of NYC based researchers are behind the “Selfiecity” project, and have used 650,000 Instagram pictures for their analysis of the phenomenon. And they`ve found that residents of Sao Paulo tend to tilt their head, that in Moscow, women are four times as likely as men to pose for one, and the smiliest selfies are from Bangkok.

 

STATS OF THE DAY 

This infographic was put together by a British tour operator and looks at the various Disney theme parks across the globe, from the United States, to France, to the park currently under construction in Shanghai, China. We learn for example that Disney World Florida has the most attractions with 129 rides, well ahead of Disneyland Paris opened in 1992, which has just 60. And did you know that Disney World also has the largest work force, with some 66,000 employees at the Florida resort.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

In this video, Brazilian designer and animator Pier Paolo pays tribute to the world of movies, with a minimalist take on some legendary film scenes. The clip is called “Cinematics” and is available to view on sharing platform Vimeo.

By Electron Libre

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