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Archive for April 4th, 2010

Germany Trains 35 Uzbek Military Despite EU Sanctions

Posted by Info on 04/04/2010

The German Defence Ministry trained 35 Uzbek servicemen to operate tanks and armoured personnel carriers between 2005 and 2009 despite EU sanctions against Uzbekistan for the Andijan killings in May 2005.

The sanctions banned EU member states from supplying arms and offering military or technical assistance, including training and advice, to the country.
Germany trained Uzbek officers of elite troops in the tactical control of armed forces and operation of tanks and Marder armoured personnel carriers.

The spokesperson said that Germany had provided no technical assistances to Uzbekistan and training programmes had been thoroughly checked because the training courses aimed to democratise Uzbek armed forces.
The Uzbek government sent elite troops to crush a rally in Andijan in May 2005 and killed hundreds of civilians.

Holly Cartner, Human Rights Watch’s executive director for Europe and Central Asia, said that Germany had violated the EU sanctions as soon as they were imposed in November 2005.
Cartner said that training Uzbek military to operate weapons that could be used for internal repressions was the violation of the EU sanctions and called on the EU and the German government to investigate this case.

Germany’s desire to act in its own interests and against the common interests of the EU has often invited criticism, but Berlin’s cooperation with Tashkent has never drawn proper attention from other EU countries.

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Teenage Widow ‘Was Moscow Metro Bomber’

Posted by Info on 04/04/2010

Russian authorities say they are almost certain that one of the suicide bombers who attacked the Moscow Metro on Monday was a 17-year-old girl from Dagestan.
The girl, Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova born in 1992, is believed to be the widow of a senior Caucasus militant Umalat Magomedov killed by Russian security forces late last year.
The identity of the second bomber has not been confirmed., but she may have been the widow of another Chechen militant killed last year.

“We must deal sharp dagger blows to the terrorists; destroy them and their lairs,” Mr Medvedev said. “The list of measures to fight terrorism must be widened. They must not only be effective but tough, severe and preventative. We need to punish.”

HOW! To continue the same way?

The attacks came almost a year after Mr Medvedev declared an end to Russia’s “counter-terrorism operations” in Chechnya, in a bid to “further normalise the situation” after 15 years of conflict that claimed more than 100,000 lives and left it in ruins.

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Dagestan: Police Kill Each Other In Routine Car Check

Posted by Info on 04/04/2010

Two policemen died on Saturday in a shootout in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan when officers stopped a car for a routine check that another policeman was driving, but an argument between the driver and the police led to shots being fired.

“During the shooting, one policeman and the driver of the stopped car, who also turned out to be a law enforcement officer, were killed. Another policeman was wounded,” the source said.

The circumstances of the incident are being clarified, but it proves that police is in panic following Wednesday’s double bombing in Dagestan, which killed 12 people, most of them police.

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Uzbekistan + Russia Partners In Anti -Terror Cooperation

Posted by Info on 04/04/2010

“Uzbek and Russian security forces are working jointly to combat terrorism as they have mutual understanding of terrorism” was said at the opening session of the Russian-Uzbek intergovernmental commission, referring to joint security work

“We know that Uzbekistan also encountered similar [terrorism] problems in the past. The Russian and Uzbek peoples understand well the deadly threat of terrorism,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov said on March 31.

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