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With President Viktor Yanukovych’s foreign policy wrecking chances for integration with the European Union and Russia, Ukraine risks isolation as its economy and people suffer. Meanwhile, the domestic actions are inspiring yet more groups to take up protest.

Regime angers Internet communities

On Jan. 31. the government attempted to take a stance on Internet piracy by shutting down the popular file-sharing website EX.ua on accusations of copyright infringement a militia raid was used to seize the company’s servers; as well some of their records and documents. The Ministry of Interior alleges that the case was initiated by a group of software developers, headed by Microsoft Ukraine, who accuse EX.ua of illegally distributing their software. Oddly the Ministry of Interior chose to pursue EX.ua for piracy, despite having previously openly admitted that 50% of the software used inside the Ministry itself is unlicensed).

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