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Archive for August 26th, 2009

Illegal smuggling on rise in Estonia to EU

Posted by Info on 26/08/2009

The Baltic Times: Citizens of Afghanistan are prepared to pay 5,000 – 6,000 U.S. dollars to be able to escape the war in their home country and move to the European Union. Estonian border guards have caught citizens of Afghanistan who do not have the right to enter Estonia on the Koidula border crossing point.

The General Vladimir Pronitshev chief of the Russian Border Guard has stated that both illegal immigration and the smuggling of drugs and alcohol have increased into Estonia.

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Role of Russian Orthodox Church in North Caucasus – successfull manipulation

Posted by Info on 26/08/2009

J.Foundation: Each of the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church has a special duty – serving the Russian army in the conflict zones, blessing the new recruits before they go to war.

After the first war in Chechnya, public opinion in Russia was critical of the government’s action in the republic. Not only because of solidarity with the people of Chechnya, but also due to the loss of many young soldiers during the first war.

Why did public opinion in Russia turn from strong protest to ignorance? It appears that the Russian Orthodox Church has successfully fed this campaign by manipulating popular perceptions of the conflict. Moscow the main goal has never changed -to defeat, colonize, assimilate and control the populace, while the indigenous population focus on survival or liberation.

The crosses around the North Caucasus are symbolic of the union between the Church and the State in an effort to strengthen Velikaya Rus (Great Russia), regardless of the costs involved – be it the lives of thousands of civilians labeled as separatists, terrorists, religious extremists, or western spies, or Russian soldiers who die unknown and unreported, and in many cases even uncounted. Those deaths have been justified by the Russian Orthodox Church.

In the view of the local people, these crosses  are considered as memorials erected by murderers by those who killed and continue killing their sons, brothers, husbands, daughters, wives, sisters.  It is similar like refusal of  Natalia Estemirova  to walk on the central street in Grozny, after the street was renamed by Kadyrov as Putin’s boulevard (www.guardian.co.uk, July 23).

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More Russian Troops Headed to Ingushetia /Merkel’s remarks- Medvedev’s explanations

Posted by Info on 26/08/2009

Jamestown Foundation: According to independent sources, several additional Russian army units are headed to the special-operations zone where the insurgency in Ingushetia has mounted relentless strikes. These troops arrive in the area with five Grad missile launchers and several armored personnel carriers.

On August 13 (Black Thursday) in the North Caucasus a total of eight policemen were killed and 16 wounded in Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan. Civilian losses included eight dead and two wounded. (Ekho Moskvy, RIA Novosti, http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru, August 14). These figures clearly indicate escalating tensions in the region in stark contrast with official government propaganda, calling for more investment into this hyper-militarized region.

In the neighboring republic of Chechnya, which according to President Ramzan Kadyrov is “the most peaceful region in Russia,”  where anyone who happens to publicly disagree with or disapprove of Ramzan Kadyrov’s policies is considered an enemy and an insurgent (www.ingushetia.org, August 14), it takes very little effort to find someone to kill a human rights activist in the name of the president.

In response to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s remarks about the disturbing events in the North Caucasus, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said that murders of the human rights defenders in Chechnya should be blamed on groups funded by foreign sources. As Medvedev said in his interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station on August 14, those allegedly providing funding are unhappy with Russia’s development.

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Северный Кавказ глазами блоггеров

Posted by Info on 26/08/2009

BBC: Сообщения СМИ из республик Северного Кавказа все больше напоминают сводки с линии фронта. Как живут люди в Чечне, Ингушетии и Дагестане? Что сейчас происходит в Северной Осетии, вернулась ли жизнь в Беслан после захвата школы пять лет назад? “Северный Кавказ глазами блоггеров” .совместный проект Русской службы Би-би-си и Нажать интернет-СМИ “Кавказский узел”.

“Когда читаешь прессу, то складывается ощущение, что эти вопросы волнуют весь мир, за исключением Чеченской Республики, ” Мурад Магомадов из Грозного.

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Putin visits Chechnya in show of support

Posted by Info on 26/08/2009

The Washington Post: The Kremlin sees Kadyrov, like his father , as crucial to its efforts to maintain control over the province, which was devastated by two bloody separatist wars since 1994.

Putin traveled to Chechnya just hours before activists in Moscow staged a demonstration commemorating human rights activist Natalya Estemirova, who was abducted last month in Chechnya and murdered after spending years exposing abuses in the region.

Colleagues have blamed Kadyrov for Estemirova’s death, saying he rules over a province where widespread abductions and killings go unpunished. They also have said Putin must share responsibility because of his support for Kadyrov.

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Двойной позор Беслана – 1 сентября -5 лет

Posted by Info on 26/08/2009

Ino Pressa: Через 5 лет после драмы с захватом заложников в Беслане государство бросило на произвол судьбы оставшихся в живых и родственников погибших в той трагедии. Регулярные осмотры не проводятся, и нуждающимся в помощи буквально некуда податься.

1 сентября 2004 года, напоминает издание, террористы, среди которых были ингуши и чеченцы, захватили бесланскую школу номер 1 – в заложниках оказались 1127 учеников, учителей и родителей. Российские власти, неготовые к такого рода происшествиям, долгих переговоров с преступниками не вели, а отдали приказ о начале операции по освобождению, обернувшейся кровавым хаосом.

Еще никогда, пишет Маттиас Шепп, операция по освобождению заложников не осуществлялась ценой такого количества детских жизней: из 334 погибших 186 были учениками школы или их сестрами и братьями. 17 детей остались круглыми сиротами, 72 ребенка стали инвалидами.

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Новый теракт в Чечне

Posted by Info on 26/08/2009

News: Во вторник в селении Мескер-Юрт Шалинского района Чеченской республики произошел новый теракт, жертвами которого стали 5 милиционеров. Четверо из них погибли. Также пострадали двое прохожих.

Смогут ли местные власти и правоохранительные органы положить предел насилию, и как это можно сделать? С таким вопросом Русская служба «Голоса Америки» обратилась к руководителю департамента общественной комиссии по борьбе с коррупцией, известному российскому правозащитнику, отстаивающему права незаконно осужденных, Михаилу Трепашкину. Полковник КГБ-ФСБ, Трепашкин имеет правительственные награды за предотвращение террористических актов на Кавказе.

«Поток  подобных терактов на Северном Кавказе еще долго не иссякнет, – с сожалением, констатирует Михаил Трепашкин, – и я считаю, что это следствие той неправильной политики, которая ведется в регионе».

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Astrakhan: Woman sentenced for criticizing Governor Zhilkin and prezident

Posted by Info on 26/08/2009

Kavkaz Uzel: A judge  has recognized local resident Nadiya Fokina guilty of hooliganism and sentenced her to a fine of 500 roubles. She criticized Alexander Zhilkin, Governor of the Astrakhan Region, in the presence of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, when the former demonstrated a repaired embankment to the latter.

The “Kommersant” writes that UVD officials managed to prove at the court that the woman had swore hard in the presence of the head of the state, thus, breaking the public order. The witnesses assert that they heard the defendant swearing hard at the President of the Russian Federation.

Nadiya Fokina denies the accusations: “I shouted addressing the Governor: ‘Why do you show the embankment? Better show Bakinskaya and Plescheeva’ (streets of the city with plenty of shabby houses).”

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Georgia grants refugee status to Russian deserters

Posted by Info on 26/08/2009

Ria Novosti: Georgia’s minister for refugees and accommodation has granted refugee status  on August 4 to a Russian soldier who deserted on July 1, a senior official said on Tuesday. The UN Refugee Agency’s office would provide initial financial support to Artemyev to enable him to find a job and accommodation in Georgia.

Dmitry Artemyev left his post at a Russian base in the South-Ossetian controlled village of Perevi near the Georgian town of Sachkhere after claiming he was “treated badly.”

This is the second time since January that a Russian soldier has deserted his unit in South Ossetia, a former Georgian republic, and requested asylum in Tbilisi. Jr. Sgt. Alexander Glukhov was given refugee status and a job in Georgia in late June.A Georgian coast guard officer, Lt. Alik Bzhaniya, who crossed into Abkhazia in May, requested political asylum citing political reasons in June.

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