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Archive for August 26th, 2010

Russian Policeman Charged For Beating Protesters

Posted by Info on 26/08/2010

Russian opposition movements hold rallies on the last day of each month with 31 days in honor of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of assembly and the right to demonstrate. The rallies are always “unsanctioned” as the local authorities deny the opposition permission to hold the protests.

Police routinely break up unsanctioned opposition rallies across the country, but the July 31 crackdown in St. Petersburg was particularly heavy-handed, with dozens injured and hauled away in police buses. Moscow police detained up to 170 people.

Russian human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin urged a thorough inquiry into “savage and inappropriate” crackdown on an opposition rally in Moscow.
Lukin, who was at the rally, said police actions were “a serious step backwards” in the implementation of the constitutional right for peaceful assembly. “The interior ministry should carry out a thorough investigation into what had happened. The Moscow and federal authorities must initiate this investigation.”

The officer, whose name is not known but is called “Pearly” on the Internet and in the media due to the pearl beads on his wrist, addressed the protesters with the words: “Hey ferrets, who wants some more?” – a salutation that was met with booing and cries of “Fascist!”
St. Petersburg investigators said, adding that if found guilty, the officer could face up to 10 years in prison.

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Moldova: Two Former Interior Ministry Officials Smuggle Uranium

Posted by Info on 26/08/2010

Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest nations, making it prone to smuggling of all kinds, including Uranium.

Moldova has seized almost two kilograms of the radioactive substance uranium-238 from a suspected group of traffickers, including former Interior Ministry officials. The persons linked to the operation wanted to sell it for €9 million ($12.8 million).

It was not clear from where the substance was obtained. Moldova is not a producer of uranium. Police are investigating whether the smugglers were attempting to sell the uranium in the breakaway region of Transnistria.

Experts have repeatedly expressed fears over traffickers obtaining nuclear materials from the former Soviet Union with the aim of selling them on to rogue groups in the hope of making a so-called dirty bomb.

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Russian Mafia Buying Jobs In Police And Judiciary

Posted by Info on 26/08/2010

Russian law enforcement structures were increasingly intertwined with the country’s organised crime scene.
It cost the equivalent of £32,000 pounds to “buy” a traffic cop’s job, it disclosed. Anyone with enough money to buy themself such a post is likely to recoup their money rapidly though.

Traffic policemen are loathed by ordinary Russians for their love of systematically extorting bribes or “fines” from motorists for turning a blind eye to real or imagined traffic infractions.
Jobs in the state prosecutors’ service were also for sale, the report added, with the price tag for the relatively junior position of an aide to a district prosecutor “costing” the equivalent of 6,500 pounds.

The report, issued by an anti-graft group called Clean Hands, warned that the cost of bribes was spiralling. …

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Российские Судьи Попросили Защиты

Posted by Info on 26/08/2010

Судебный департамент при Верховном суде РФ направил главе МВД Рашиду Нургалиеву письмо, в котором приводится статистика преступлений, жертвами которых становились служащие судебных органов.

…угрозы в адрес судей или давление на них широко распространены в России. В ряде случаев участники процессов, недовольные тем или иным решением судьи, прибегают к более радикальным способам, вплоть до покушений и убийств.

Из последних подобных случаев стоит отметить убийство судьи Мосгорсуда Эдуарда Чувашова, застреленного в Москве 12 апреля. По основной версии, причиной убийства Чувашова, рассматривавшего дела бывшего генерала Госнаркоконтроля Александра Бульбова, предполагаемого члена террористической группировки “Реввоенсовет” Владимира Белашева, а также дела скинхедов из группировок Рыно и Скачевского и “Белые волки”, стала его профессиональная деятельность.

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