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Archive for July 16th, 2009

East Europeans nervous as US courts Russia

Posted by Info on 16/07/2009

A group of prominent former Eastern European leaders wrote to President Barack Obama today that their region is gripped by anxiety that his efforts to reach out to Russia could lead him to forget their interests.

The 22 former leaders warned U.S. credibility would be damaged if Washington abandons plans for a missile shield, saying they still feel bullied by their giant neighbor and former master. They claimed Russia continues to challenge their sovereignty 20 years after the Cold War’s end.

The Bush administration reached agreements last year to station interceptor missiles at a base in Poland and a linked radar base in the Czech Republic. Russia vehemently opposes the plan and Obama is skeptical of it and is undertaking a thorough review.

“Abandoning the program entirely or involving Russia too deeply in it without consulting Poland or the Czech Republic can undermine the credibility of the United States across the whole region,” according to the letter signed by ex-leaders from countries once in the Soviet-controlled communist bloc but now NATO and EU members.

The signatories include former presidents Lech Walesa and Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland, Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic, Emil Constantinescu of Romania and Vaira Vike-Freiberga of Latvia. They describe themselves as U.S. allies who remain deeply indebted to America for helping bring down the Iron Curtain.

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Azerbaijani Activists Denied Release Before Trial

Posted by Info on 16/07/2009

Two youth activists, Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizada, have been ordered in a closed court hearing to be held in detention for two months until the next hearing in their trial, RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service reports.

Judge Rauf Ahmedov on July 10 also dismissed an appeal to allow journalists, human rights activists, and foreign diplomats to attend the trial, “in violation of international conventions,” according to their lawyer, Isakhan Ashurov.

The two were charged with hooliganism after police said they “beat up and caused severe injuries” to Babak Huseynov and Vusal Mammadov, who “tried to restore order in a restaurant,” where Milli, Hajizada, and five other activists were dining on July 8.

All seven activists said they had been talking about politics when one of the two men sitting at the next table approached them and hit Milli. Both Milli and Hajizada were injured, but were denied proper medical examination in the police station, lawyers said.

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Freedom House Denounces Kazakhstani Internet Law

Posted by Info on 16/07/2009

Freedom House urges participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to make clear that the decision of Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev to sign a repressive new internet law does not bode well for the success of Kazakhstan’s upcoming chairmanship of the OSCE. The bill has been sharply criticized by domestic media organizations, civil society groups and the international community.

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Журналист Ташиев умер в больнице Киргизии после побоев

Posted by Info on 16/07/2009

Киргизский независимый журналист Алмаз Ташиев скончался от полученных ранее травм в больнице города Ош (юг страны), сообщили в понедельник в общественном республиканском объединении «Журналисты».

Ташиев был независимым журналистам и сотрудничал с несколькими изданиями. Он был госпитализирован в Ошскую больницу с тяжелыми травмами в начале июля.

Между тем ряд СМИ Киргизии со ссылкой на родственников Ташиева, сообщил, что журналист в начале июля был избит сотрудниками правоохранительных органов одного из районов Ошской области, и скончался в больнице после операции.

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Some 3,000 troops deployed for Russian-Chinese anti-terror drills

Posted by Info on 16/07/2009

About 3,000 troops, 300 armored vehicles and over 40 aircraft and helicopters have arrived for joint Russian-Chinese antiterrorism exercises. The Peace Mission 2009 antiterrorism drills will take place in Russia and China on July 22-26.

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Правозащитники и омбудсмен РФ провели в Москве пресс-конференцию в связи с убийством Натальи Эстемировой

Posted by Info on 16/07/2009

Правозащитники и омбудсмен РФ провели в Москве пресс-конференцию в связи с убийством Натальи Эстемировой Представители правозащитного сообщества и уполномоченный по правам человека в РФ Владимир Лукин провели сегодня, 16 июля, в Москве экстренную пресс-конференцию в связи с убийством чеченской правозащитницы и журналистки Натальи Эстемировой. “Вчера убили настоящего чеченского мужчину, каких мало, – заявил член совета правозащитного общества “МемориалАлександр Черкасов. – Теперь их стало еще меньше”. Он подчеркнул, что за последние годы в Чечне было совершено около 3 тысяч похищений и внесудебных казней, подобных тому, жертвой которого стала Наталья Эстемирова. Виновные, напомнил член совета “Мемориала”, были найдены и наказаны только в одном случае – по так называемому “делу Лапина (Кадета)”. “Кто добился наказания виновных по этому делу? Анна Политковская, Станислав Маркелов и Наташа Эстемирова. Эти три человека убиты”, – констатировал Черкасов.

Председатель центра “Мемориал” Олег Орлов возложил ответственность за произошедшее на президента Чеченской Республики Рамзана Кадырова:”Он виноват в том, что в Чечне созданы условия, которые позволяют совершаться убийствам и похищениям”.

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“Who’s Next?” = “I know who is guilty of Natalia’s murder. His name is Ramzan Kadyrov.”

Posted by Info on 16/07/2009

Farewell ceremony held for slain Chechen human rights activist

GROZNY, July 16 – A farewell ceremony was held in the Chechen capital of Grozny on Thursday for murdered human rights activist Natalya Estemirova.

Estemirova, who had been investigating kidnappings and disappearances in Chechnya for the Russian human rights group Memorial, was kidnapped on Wednesday morning in Grozny. Her body was found with bullet wounds later in the day in neighboring Ingushetia. She was 50.

No speeches were delivered at the ceremony, which was attended by about 100 people. Estemirova’s photo was posted at a monument to killed journalists and a banner reading “Who’s Next?” was put up.

“I know who is guilty of Natalia’s murder. His name is Ramzan Kadyrov,”

Human rights activists today accused Chechnya‘s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, of personally threatening Natalia Estemirova, the Russian human rights campaigner who was abducted and shot dead in Chechnya yesterday.

Oleg Orlov, the director of the human rights organisation Memorial claimed:

Kadyrov made the threat during a meeting just months before her death. He said the president’s aides had explicitly warned her to stop her work in Chechnya.

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