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White House Consider Housing International Terrorism Suspects At Bagram Air Base Instead Of GTM

Posted by Info on 22/03/2010

The White House is considering whether to detain international terrorism suspects at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, an option that would lead to another prison with the same purpose as Guantanamo Bay, which it has promised to close.

That the option of detaining suspects captured outside Afghanistan at Bagram is being contemplated reflects a recognition by the Obama administration that it has few other places to hold and interrogate foreign prisoners without giving them access to the U.S. court system.

Without a location outside the United States for sending prisoners, the administration must resort to turning the suspects over to foreign governments, bringing them to the U.S. or even killing them.

In one case last year, U.S. special operations forces killed an Al Qaeda-linked suspect named Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in a helicopter attack in southern Somalia rather than trying to capture him, a U.S. official said.

Officials had debated trying to take him alive but decided against doing so in part because of uncertainty over where to hold him, the official added.

U.S. officials find such options unappealing for handling suspects they want to question but lack the evidence to prosecute. …No one particularly likes any of the choices before us right now, but Bagram may be the least bad among them, a senior Defense official said.

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Докладчик ПАСЕ по Северному Кавказу Представит Доклад В Июне

Posted by Info on 22/03/2010

Докладчик ПАСЕ по правам человека на Северном Кавказе Дик Марти: “Я рассчитываю, что в мае я представлю на заседании комиссии, а в июне – на сессии. Может быть, уже представлю там”.

Марти будет находится в регионе с 22 по 28 марта, в ходе визита он посетит Ингушетию, Дагестан, Чечню.

Нынешний визит Марти – ознакомительный. Он первый раз прибывает в регион для составления доклада.
Дик Марти был назначен докладчиком по правам человека на Северном Кавказе несколько лет назад. Ранее он получил известность как автор скандального доклада о секретных тюрьмах ЦРУ.
B ходе пребывания в регионе докладчик ПАСЕ встретится “с президентами всех трех республик”. Кроме того, докладчик Ассамблеи также проведет встречи с омбудсменами, представителями НПО, а также с представителями правоохранительных структур.

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European Commission Concerned About Fake Terrorist Act

Posted by Info on 22/03/2010

Jose Manuel Barroso, chairman of the European Commission, has expressed his concern to the Georgian Prime-Minister Nike Ghilauri in connection with the report of the “Imedi” TV channel broadcast on March 13 about the alleged invasion of Russian troops.

On March 13, the Georgian TV channel “Imedi” broadcast a compiled report, according to which a terrorist act had been committed in Tskhinvali against leader of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity, following which the Russian troops encroached upon Georgia. …. The program lasted half an hour, and after the reports on “terrible bombing of airports and sea ports of Georgia” the TV Company reported that this was “a special report on the possible development of events”.

“Imedi” boss accuses Russian special services of faking his telephone conversation
. Mr Arveladze said in the evening on March 15 on air of the Georgian TV Company “Rustavi-2” in his comment on the record that “it was provocation backed up by Russian special agencies.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Russian Federation has treated the report about simulated Russian invasion into Georgia put on air by the “Imedi” TV Company as irresponsible and immoral.

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Putin Accused Of Corruption In Early Post Soviet Days – She Fears For Life

Posted by Info on 22/03/2010

Marina Salye, 75, says she encountered the Russian leader years ago when they held posts in St. Petersburg. She accuses him of corruption at the time, and fears for her life.

A St. Petersburg legislator in the early post-Soviet days, Salye investigated Putin and boldly accused him of corruption. Then, soon after Putin ascended to the presidency, she dropped out of view. Putin was reelected, and she didn’t say a word. Putin began to curtail local elections, rein in independent television stations and consolidate power,and she stayed silent. She had been threatened by Putin, people said. She was afraid for her life.

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Counter-Terrorism Operation Regime Imposed In Dagestan’s Capital

Posted by Info on 22/03/2010

A counter-terrorism operation regime was imposed early on Monday in a street in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan. The special operation began as police trapped suspected militants in an apartment.

Russia’s mainly Muslim North Caucasus republics, especially Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, have seen an upsurge of militant violence lately, with frequent attacks on police and officials.
The Kremlin has pledged to wage “a ruthless fight” against militant groups but also acknowledged a need to tackle unemployment, organized crime, clan rivalry and corruption as causes of the ongoing violence.

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Russia And Future? Putin-Medvedev Tandem To Rule After 2012

Posted by Info on 22/03/2010

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will continue ruling Russia in a tandem after 2012, when Medvedev’s first presidential term expires, State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov said Friday:
There can’t be any contradictions in the Medvedev-Putin tandem by default. That is why they will work in this tandem after 2012.”

Gryzlov was responding to some of the more than 3,000 angry questions and caustic remarks about himself and United Russia that had been submitted by readers over the course of a week. Gryzlov dismissed suggestions that bureaucrats had forced citizens to vote for United Russia or had bought their votes during regional elections on March 14.

Gryzlov praised United Russia — which is routinely accused of stifling any dissent — for “creating real powers” out of the Communist, Liberal Democratic and Just Russia parties — the only parties other than United Russia that have seats in the Duma.

We live in a beautiful state,”
Gryzlov said as he concluded the interview.

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Dagestan: Police Fear For Life – Change Into Civilian Clothes – Need Their Job

Posted by Info on 22/03/2010

When snipers on rooftops began picking off police officers, Col. Mukhtar Mukhtarov’s wife blocked the door with her body and refused to let him leave home in his uniform. He quietly went back to his bedroom to change into civilian clothes.

In the Russian region of Dagestan, in the North Caucasus fifty-eight police officers were killed in attacks here last year, many of them while running errands or standing at their posts. Last month alone, according to press reports, 13 officers were killed in bombings and gangland-style shootings.

The gunmen — some combination of Islamist militants, alienated young people, ordinary criminals and foot soldiers in private armies — just melt back into the city, to be described in the next day’s news reports as “persons unknown.”

As the number of attacks doubled, to 201 last year from 100 in 2008. The blue stripes were removed from most police cars and officers were told they no longer had to wear uniforms on the way to work. In a weird touch, every traffic officer in Makhachkala is now backed up by a riot policeman in camouflage, Kalashnikov assault rifle at the ready.

Lt. Col. Mark V. Tolchinsky, lead spokesman for the republic’s Interior Ministry, said attacks on the police rose last year in response to aggressive antiterrorism raids. He was not particularly hopeful about the new safety measures, but said violence had not made it any harder to recruit or retain officers.
“There is no work in Dagestan, if only for that reason. If one of them left us, how would he feed his children? Would he steal? Or would he go into the forest,” where militant groups are headquartered?

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