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Archive for July 20th, 2010

In Moscow 1 Or 6 Alleged Would-Be Suicide Bombers ?

Posted by Info on 20/07/2010

Russian news:

One of the women arrested on July 12 in Dagestan had planned to set off a suicide bomb in a crowd somewhere in Moscow….

Six women aged between 15 and 29 have been arrested for allegedly planning a series of terrorist attacks in Russia.
Police reported that they had farewell letters to their families on them.

The source said that security agents pinpointed the suspected bombers with the help of wiretaps on gang members’ telephones.

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Medvedev: “Anyone Who Assists [A Terrorist], Regardless Of What He Does: Makes Soup Or Washes Clothes, Commits Crime”

Posted by Info on 20/07/2010

Medvedev had stated : “In my opinion, for the crime of terrorism, the following model should be created – anyone who assists [a terrorist], regardless of what he does: makes soup or washes clothes, commits a component of a crime,” . He proposed the deputies think about how “legislation could be amended” in order to “reform the objective and subjective sides of such crimes as terrorism”. And, without waiting for the results of the deputies’ considerations, introduced his own bill.

Dmitry Medvedev added a special explanatory note to Art 205.1, which specifies that the term “accomplice” to terrorism should be interpreted as someone “providing assistance with advice, instructions, provision of information, funds or weapons for committing an offence, or by eliminating obstacles in the way of the offense, as well as promising to conceal the offender, funds or weapons used for committing the crime”. Moreover, a citizen, who promised a terrorist to “conceal items, acquired by criminal means, or promised to buy or sell such items” will also be considered a terrorist accomplice.

The president left the legal definition of “public justification of terrorism” unchanged: “a public statement acknowledging the ideology and practices of terrorism as being correct, and their need to be supported and emulated”.

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UN: Uzbeks Subject to Torture, Detention in Kyrgyzstan

Posted by Info on 20/07/2010

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay had received information suggesting that local authorities are routinely ignoring abuses, such as illegal arrests, and torture and ill-treatment of detainees, leading to forced confessions.
The reports indicated that detainees were burned by cigarettes, had fingernails removed, or beaten with rifle butts and batons, among other abuses. At least one detainee died reportedly as a result of the mistreatment.

Pillay said such actions violated domestic and international laws and threatened the tenuous peace in the south, where tensions remain high one month after an estimated 2,000 people were killed in clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. And than 1,000 people have been detained in the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad since June.

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Russian President Medvedev Visits Finland-Will Russians Go to EU Without Visa?

Posted by Info on 20/07/2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pays a two-day working visit to Finland. He just arrived at the invitation of Finnish President Tarja Halonen in Turku.

The Barents cooperation and movements towards visa-free rules are two of the themes that will be high on the agenda.

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Medvedev’s Anti-Terrorism Bill Might Be Applied To Those Who Had No Intention Of Aiding In Terrorism

Posted by Info on 20/07/2010

Medvedev proposed imposing harsher punishments for terrorism and has submitted a bill to Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, outlining amendments to the criminal code.
It stipulates increasing the length of sentences for those found guilty of terrorism, or the promotion or public incitement of terrorist activities.

Kommersant said the bill sparked fears that if it is adopted without amendments, then among “backers” who deserve a prison term may be those who had neither intent nor an idea of helping to commit a terrorist act.

The bill does not outline such term as “intent,” which seems to him to be wrong. He said a person might be declared to be an accomplice of terrorists only if it is proven in a court that the person helped with intent to commit a terrorist act.

Currently, the Russian law says that abetting a crime is a deliberate joint participation of two or more persons in committing an intentional crime.

The term “aiding terrorists” could be misconstrued to mean giving accommodations to or feeding, or washing the clothes of individuals who the purveyor of those particular services had no idea were terrorists at the time.

Russian Human Rights Institute director Valentin Gefter :.. anyone would be tried for anything under backing terrorism as he explains under new amendments there will not be a need to prove intent.

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Russian Police Resist Change Despite Growing Public Distrust

Posted by Info on 20/07/2010

The state-run VTsIOM pollster released a survey that indicated 82 percent of Russians believe that police officers are ready to break the law.

About 32 percent of the 1,600 respondents of the latest poll said police officers commit crimes on a regular basis, while 20 percent criticized police for harboring negative attitudes toward citizens.

The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points, was released as a police station in the city of Oryol was attacked in what analysts called possible signs of growing public anger over police corruption.

Moscow policemen, who are often hired from other Russian regions, are especially aggressive because they feel indifferent toward residents. “For them, they have no face — unlike in the regions where people are connected to one another,” sociologist Volkov said.

Only 8 percent of cases of suspected police torture are investigated effectively
… The study was based on 156 cases of abuse.

“It is hard to expect prosecutors, who are supposed to monitor the police, to properly investigate abuses because they are a part of the same system. Police reforms should not be singled out. The reforms should also concern prosecutors and investigators,” said Public Verdict president Natalya Taubina.

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