Hopes fade for auto activists – Gas Station for the Soul

Last updated 20:00 GMT.

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HOPES FADE FOR AUTO ACTIVISTS.

Missing since 22 January along with 26 others.

Dmitry Bulatov, Automaidan spokesman. Missing since 22 January along with 26 others.

Dmitry Bulatov, Automaidan spokesman.

UKRAINE: A week after his disappearance, hopes of finding Automaidan spokesman Dmitry Bulatov alive are fading despite a $100,000 reward being offered for information.

Bulatov hasn’t been seen since the evening of 22 January when many members of the Automaidan group – the highly effective, mobile wing of the anti-government Maidan movement – were simultaneously targeted. Read the background here.

Another 26 members of the organisation are similarly unaccounted for.

According to reports today, police have not even begun an investigation into Bulatov’s disappearance.

Meanwhile, Andriy Dzyndzya, a high profile activist with Automaidan’s precursor Road Control, which fights corruption among traffic police, has been released from prison. He was jailed for two months in December after being convicted of commandeering a dumper truck and driving it at police in Kiev. The charges against him were dropped.

Also, anti-protest laws hastily adopted by parliament last week – which included a ban on more than five cars in convoy – were repealed this week but have yet to be signed off by President Yanukovych.

There are also reports from Moldova that Ukraine is now demanding a $500 bond from travellers crossing into the country. However it’s not clear yet if that applies to travellers from all countries.

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Gas station for the soul: a futuristic new Autobahn church has been nominated for a top architecture prize. It builds on the peculiarly German tradition of having non-denominational religious buildings alongside major highways, open 24 hours for travellers to rest and reflect. Across the country there are now around fifty. Autobahnkirche Siegerland is on the A45 between Frankfurt and Dortmund (Cologne). The abstract looking exterior was actually inspired by the simple road sign for a church. The vaulted interior is in unlined chipboard. Appropriately the architect’s name is Michael Schumacher. See www.autobahnkirche.de for more on the churches, www.schneider-schumacher.de for more on the architects or www.dam-online.de for more on the competition. The winner is announced Friday.

Gas station for the soul: a futuristic new Autobahn church has been nominated for a top architecture prize. It builds on the peculiarly German tradition of having non-denominational religious buildings alongside major highways, open 24 hours for travellers to rest and reflect. Across the country there are now around fifty. Autobahnkirche Siegerland is on the A45 between Frankfurt and Dortmund (Cologne). The abstract looking exterior was actually inspired by the simple road sign for a church. The vaulted interior is in unlined chipboard. Appropriately the architect’s name is Michael Schumacher. See www.autobahnkirche.de for more on the churches, www.schneider-schumacher.de for more on the architects or www.dam-online.de for more on the competition. The winner is announced Friday.

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