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Archive for June 29th, 2010

Moscow Metro Gets First Chemical Anti-Terrorist Sensors

Posted by Info on 29/06/2010

Commuters using Belorusskaya’s circle line station in Moscow will be the first to get themselves scanned by a new detectors designed to pick up traces of explosives or poisons as the capital steps up its anti-terror efforts. The scanners had already been installed and were being tested.

At the station there are already working sensors for chlorine, carbon dioxide, chemical warfare agents and radiation.
Central safety control: The plan means that anyone bringing TNT onto the station will be detected immediately. That information will go to a control centre which can make an instant decision about how to respond.:

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10 Illegal Russian Agents In NY -= “The Tip Of The Iceberg”

Posted by Info on 29/06/2010

On Monday in federal court in Manhattan, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz called the allegations “the tip of the iceberg” of a conspiracy of Russia’s intelligence service.

Each of the 10 was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. attorney general, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison upon conviction. Nine of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum 20 years in prison upon conviction.

The FBI said it intercepted a message from SVR’s headquarters, Moscow Center, to two of the 10 defendants describing their main mission as “to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US.”
Intercepted messages showed they were asked to learn about a wide range of topics, including nuclear weapons, U.S. arms control positions, Iran, White House rumors, CIA leadership turnover, the last presidential election, Congress and the political parties, prosecutors said..

The agents sometimes worked in pairs and pretended to be married so they could blend into American society as the couple next door. Aside from fake identities, they used Cold War spycraft — invisible ink, coded radio transmissions, encrypted data — to avoid detection.

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Why Medvedev Unexpectedly Criticized Kyrgyz Government Reform Vote

Posted by Info on 29/06/2010

The referendum passed Sunday with 91 percent of voters backing the government’s reform plan.

International observers, led by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, praised the polling. Others in the international community have expressed hope that the referendum, to be followed by parliamentary elections in October, would help Kyrgyzstan recover and rebuild after devastating ethnic riots killed around 2,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the country’s volatile south earlier this month.

At the G-20 meeting in Toronto, President Dmitry Medvedev poured cold water on the referendum’s goal of changing Kyrgyzstan’s Constitution from a president-dominated system into one in which a popularly-elected parliament holds the big share of power. He also warned that the tiny central Asian country faced the “threat of breaking up” and being overrun by “extremists.”

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