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Archive for April 7th, 2010

New Anti-terror Steps in North Caucasus- soup or wash clothes are crimes

Posted by Info on 07/04/2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a range of new measures to improve Russia’s fight against terrorism. He ordered the creation of a special anti-terrorism task force in the North Caucasus Federal District.
Medvedev also ordered officials to prepare by the end of the month a proposal on a new program to combat crime and terrorist acts in the North Caucasus.

The Kremlin also said that Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, Security Council chief Alexander Bastrykin and the head of Kremlin administration, Sergei Naryshkin, had been given until May 15 to submit proposals to toughen punishments for accomplices of terrorists.??? Medvedev called last week for a crackdown on people who provide any form of assistance to terrorists. How dangerous!

“When we are talking about such crimes, there cannot be any leniency depending on the role played,” the president said on Friday. “It is not important what they do – make soup or wash their clothes – these are still crimes.”

The Kremlin statement said that the president’s orders stemmed the necessity of taking into account the specifics of law enforcement in the North Caucasus when planning and implementing measures to optimize the Interior Ministry’s activity.

They follow an emergency meeting in Dagestan last week convened by Medvedev in response to terrorist attacks in Moscow and Dagestan that killed more than 50 people.

On March 29, two deadly blasts occurred in two Moscow subway stations, claiming some 40 lives and injuring dozens of people. The attackers struck the Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations during the morning rush hour.

Officials say the suicide bombers were from Dagestan. The restive southern Russian republic was itself hit by terrorists two days later, when two explosions in the town of Kizlyar, near the border with Chechnya, killed 12 people and left 29 injured.

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Protests Appeared To Overthrow Government of Kyrgyzstan

Posted by Info on 07/04/2010

Large-scale protests appeared to overthrow the government of Kyrgyzstan today and its president. At least 41 people had been killed in fighting between riot police officers and demonstrators.

While the opposition declared that it was forming its own government, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, left Bishkek in the presidential plane, though it was not clear whether he was leaving the country or heading to another Kyrgyz city. Earlier in the day, the police used live ammunition, tear gas and stun grenades against a crowd of thousands that massed in front of the presidential office in Bishkek, according to witness accounts.

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