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Archive for December 22nd, 2009

Kyrgyz Journalist Dies In Kazakh Hospital After Attack

Posted by Info on 22/12/2009

Kyrgyz journalist Gennady Pavlyuk has died in an Almaty hospital nearly a week after police say he was thrown out of a high-rise building in Kazakhstan with his hands and feet bound.

Pavlyuk wrote for several newspapers, including “Argumenty i fakty” and “Komsomolskaya Pravda v Kirgizii.” Pavlyuk’s supporters have described the incident as an attack on press freedom.

A Kazakh police spokesman said the death is being investigated as a murder.Pavlyuk is the third ethnic Russian journalist from Kyrgyzstan to have been attacked or seriously injured in the past two weeks.

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Kadyrov: West Using Rebels To Destroy Russia

Posted by Info on 22/12/2009

Russia needs a military strategy to resist the United States and other Western powers which are stoking disorder in the North Caucasus to destroy Russia, the president of Chechnya  told in an interview. Ramzan Kadyrov, a 33-year-old former rebel turned Kremlin loyalist, said last year’s attack by U.S. ally Georgia on the pro-Russian rebel region of South Ossetia was part of a Western plot to seize the whole Caucasus region.

“If they get control of the Caucasus, you could say they’ll get control of virtually all of Russia, because the Caucasus is our backbone. The Russian government needs to work out a strategy, it needs to attack….Georgia, South Ossetia, Ukraine, all this will go on and on. It’s Russia’s private affliction. Why should we always suffer if we can eradicate this for good? We are a great power, we have everything — an army, technology. We need to attack.” Said  Kadyrov.

Human rights groups have linked him to the murders of campaigning journalist Anna Politkovskaya, activist Natalya Estemirova, opposition Chechen exiles in Austria and Turkey and rival Chechen clan chiefs shot dead in Moscow and Dubai.

Kadyrov said:  “I don’t want to kill. Who did I fight? I fought terrorists. … They accuse me of killing women and children. It’s not true. Today there are very few (rebels) left. This year we destroyed a great many terrorists in (the neighbouring Russian republics of) Ingushetia, Dagestan and Chechnya.”If I knew how many and where, I would have destroyed them a long time ago.”

Kadyrov said the remaining rebels were kept going by Western money and guns. “The West is financing them. I officially declare this: those who destroyed the Soviet Union, those who want to destroy the Russian Federation, they stand behind them.”

U.S. President Barack Obama has offered to “reset” relations with Russia after a tense period during the presidency of George W. Bush, and Kadyrov said it would be good for Washington if the United States followed more friendly policies towards Russia.

“And if not,we have a very strong politician of global stature, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. There is no one like him on the world stage.”

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Кризис Научил Россиян Ценить Свои Права

Posted by Info on 22/12/2009

За последние несколько лет россияне стали больше ценить свои конституционные права. Социологи связывают эти изменения общественного мнения с кризисом и деятельностью Дмитрия Медведева.

Важнейшим правом для россиян является закрепленное в Конституции право на жизнь. На протяжении последних восьми лет право на жизнь стабильно возглавляет список ВЦИОМа, однако за этот период изменился процент граждан, которые считают его самым важным. Так, в 2003 году самым важным назвали право на жизнь 45% респондентов, через год — уже 49%, а в 2005-м – 58%.

Первостепенное значение россияне также придают праву на свободу и личную неприкосновенность (54%), на труд (51%) и на охрану здоровья (51%).

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Lithuania’s Intelligence Agency Helped CIA To Set Up 2 Secret Prisons

Posted by Info on 22/12/2009

The report by the Lithuanian legislature’s National Security Committee based on testimony of top politicians and national security officials confirmed that the State Security Department provided two facilities to the CIA.

One was a small cell set up in 2002 that could only house one suspect. The other was set up in 2004 and was big enough to hold eight suspects, the panel said.  Aircraft involved in transporting prisoners had entered Lithuanian airspace and landed in Vilnius, the country’s capital, on several occasions in 2002-2005.

“Those airplanes were not checked by border police and customs, (and) persons travelling and cargo were never identified.”

The panel didn’t give details on the two alleged detention.  An ABC report last month identified the second facility as a former horseback riding school in Antaviliai, a village 12 miles (20 kilometres) northeast of Vilnius. It was privately owned until 2004 when it was sold to Elite L.L.C., a company that no longer exists.  The State Security Department bought it in 2007 and used it as a training center. The facility has no address and uses a post office box number in the village.

There was no evidence that the State Security Department had informed the president, prime minister or other political leaders of its cooperation with the CIA. The panel also did not found any evidence that any suspects were interrogated in Lithuania.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has demanded that the former director of the State Security Department, Mecys Laurinkus, immediately leave his post as ambassador to Georgia.

In a 2007 probe conducted on behalf of the Council of Europe, Swiss politician Dick Marty accused 14 European governments of permitting the CIA to run detention centers or carry out rendition flights between 2002 and 2005.

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