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Archive for September 4th, 2010

Russia: In Dagestan Car Bomb Wounds Government Minister

Posted by Info on 04/09/2010

A car bomb in the Russian republic of Dagestan killed a driver and injured a government official and his two bodyguards today.
Bekmurza Bekmurzayev — Dagestan’s minister of national policy, Information and external relations — received minor injuries.

The victims were headed to work in two cars from the minister’s apartment in Makhachkala, when a device at the bottom of one of the vehicles exploded seconds later and caused a fire. Similar attacks in 2003 and 2005 killed his two predecessors.

In recent years, Dagestan has faced ethnic friction, spillover from the discord in neighboring Chechnya and attacks on government officials by Islamists. Moscow kpeet targeting terrorism in those regions of the Caucasus.

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Cancellation of Broadcast Licenses in Ukraine

Posted by Info on 04/09/2010

A Ukrainian court ruling from August 30 cancel broadcast licenses for TVi and 5 Kanal, two of the few remaining independent televisions stations in Ukraine. Executives from the television stations, as well as those involved in awarding the licenses, could face criminal charges, including possible jail time.

The deterioration of press freedom in Ukraine under President Yanukovych is especially worrisome as it portrays a retreat away from the significant gains experienced since the Orange Revolution,” said Paula Schriefer, director of advocacy at Freedom House.

Over the past several months, there has been a rise in attacks on journalists, accompanied by a climate of impunity. Most notably, chief editor and reporter for Novyi Stil, Vasyl Klymentyev has been missing since August 11 and is feared dead. An unidentified witness in his case has also disappeared. Press censorship has also increased, including the banning of reports critical of the government and the restricting of editorial control.

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