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CSTO And It’s List Of Terrorist Organisations

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) has its list of terrorist and extremist organisations whose members will be prosecuted in member countries. Added to the list of forbidden organisations in 2009 were the following seven groups: Dzhamiat-e-Tablig, Dzhamaat Mujahedin Central Asia, Islamic Jihad-Dzhamaat Mujahedin, Nurdzhular, Salafia, Al-Qaeda in Islamic Magrib countries, and Tajikistan Ozod.
Vyacheslav Volokh, a representative of the CSTO secretariat, said the list increase the effectiveness of interaction and the exchange of information between national special forces and law-enforcement agencies in the CSTO member countries.

Under CSTO guidelines an organisation is considered terrorist if one of the member countries has presented it as such to the CSTO Permanent Council. The decision must then be confirmed by the member countries. The new list has already been discussed by the council and has been submitted to member countries. If approved in 2009, the list would include a total of 29 terrorist and extremist organisations.

The CSTO includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The latter was active in founding the organisation. Tashkent recommended that the Hizb ut-Takhrir party and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan be included on the list of terrorist organisations. Tashkent suspended its CSTO membership in 1998, saying it gained nothing from being a member. It returned to the organisation in 2006. The catalyst for the change of heart, according to experts, was Russia’s support of President Karimov following the events in Andizhan in May 2005. Alexei Malashenko, a member of the Moscow Carnegie Centre research council, said the CSTO as a security structure is very important to Uzbekistan and Tashkent has no intention of leaving the organisation again.

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EU Foreign Affairs Chief Ashton Concerns About Jailing of Azerbaijani Bloggers.

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

The two bloggers were arrested in July 2009 shortly after satirising the government and what they saw as the country’s docile press by posting an Internet video that showed a donkey giving a press conference.
The authorities have insisted the charges were unrelated to the bloggers’ criticism of the government, but to a scuffle in a restaurant. Hajizade, 27, was sentenced to two years in prison and Milli, 30, to two-and-a-half years. Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court last month rejected an appeal of their convictions.

Relatives of two jailed bloggers appealed to US President Barack Obama Thursday to push for their release in talks with Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev.

Media freedom groups and foreign diplomats, including EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have already raised concerns about the jailing of the bloggers. Despite concerns over a lack of democratic freedoms, Washington has pursued close ties with oil-rich Azerbaijan, a key energy supplier to the West and a transit country for US forces in Afghanistan.

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Five Suspects Killed In Tajik Ambush Special Operation

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

The operation against militant leaders as well as their supporters, took place in eastern Tajikistan on Wednesday afternoon.
Police did not reveal the identities of the five dead, citing the ongoing investigation, but isaid that none of the three leaders was among those killed.

According to police information, the militants planned to use the explosive devices for a terrorist attack on the capital Dushanbe.

At least 23 servicemen were killed and 14 seriously injured on Sunday afternoon when they were ambushed in a remote Tajik valley. Two people later succumbed to their injuries in hospital.

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Bill Clinton: “Russian Israelis” Key Obstacle To Peace

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

During the annual Clinton Global Initiative conference on Tuesday, the former US President Bill Clinton reportedly said that Israel is “different” now due to high influx of new Russian-Jewish immigrants and settlers who will not want to surrender their homes in the event that a peace deal with the Palestinians is reached.
Such a change in Israel’s demographics may make it more difficult for the goverment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remove Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.

“An increasing number of the young people in the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] are the children of Russians and settlers, the hardest-core people against a division of the land. This presents a staggering problem. It’s a different Israel. Sixteen percent of Israelis speak Russian.”

The US Secretary of State, is currently mediating Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the most pro-peace Israeli citizens are the native-born individuals who can trace their family roots back for centuries.

There may be some truth in Clinton’s words, the daily noted. “Many Russian-speaking Israelis actually hold extreme far-right opinions and support settlement movement on the territory of the Palestinian Autonomy,” it said. “According to statistics, two thirds of them constantly vote for right-wing or ultra-right parties.”

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Abkhazia Vice President Wounded In Mortar Attack

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

Vice President Alexander Ankvab of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia was wounded in a mortar attack on his house overnight. He suffered shrapnel wounds. It was unclear who was to blame.

Abkhazia was recognized as an independent country by Moscow in 2008 after a five-day war between Russia and Georgia over the rebel Georgian region of South Ossetia.
It is heavily dependent on Russia for its security but residents complain of continued lawlessness.

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Неправомерное Применение Антиэкстремистского Законодательства В 2010 Г.

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

Центр «СОВА» впервые представляет доклад по этой теме не за целый год. Ранее тематика «неправомерного антиэкстремизма» включалась в квартальные доклады.
Федеральный список и проблема доступа к информации : Федеральный список и ограничения свободы совест
Преследование политической оппозиции и общественных активистов : Антиэкстремистские преследования СМИ : Абсурдное применение антиэкстремистского законодательства

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US Court Convicts Charity Founder – Supported Fighters In Chechnya?

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

A US court has convicted Pete Seda, cofounder of the Riyadh-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Oregon, while another US court has dismissed the foundation’s co-director Soliman AlButhi in the 9/11 terror-funding casefiled by the families of victims of the attacks.
“What this verdict shows is that Pete Seda associated himself with those extreme fringe elements and sought to launder money through a so-called charity to arm Mujahadeen fighters in various wars.” He tried to legitimise $150,000 received from his accomplice on US territory in order to transfer the money to militants in Chechnya via a bank in Saudi Arabia. He was found guilty but only on charges of conspiring with the aim of causing damage to the USA and tax evasion.

Seda claimed the money was intended as a tithe that his accountant failed to disclose on a tax return for the US chapter of the Al-Haramain Foundation in Ashland, Oregon.
AlButhi called on the US and Saudi officials to ensure justice for all. “The US is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and we expect a fair trial and justice.”

The “al-Haramain” foundation was banned in the USA in 2004, but the Pete Seda case proves that the organisation continues its activities. Seda was not accused of terrorism, though there were ample grounds for this.”

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Impunity Poses Serious Threat To Press Freedom In Post-Soviet States

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

Last Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of the kidnapping, torture and beheading of the Ukrainian internet journalist Gyorgy Gongadze. A delegation from the NUJ visited the Ukrainian embassy in London to demand a full investigation into his death and an end to “impunity” the persistent failure to pursue those guilty of crimes against media workers in the country.

On 11 August Vasily Klymentyev, ukrainian journalist disappeared and is suspected to be killed . Klymentev, the editor of the Kharkiv-based newspaper Novyi Stil, was well known for reporting on corruption amongst local officials.

There are parallels with the Gongadze case. Klymentyev’s history of criticising local prosecutors, those now responsible for finding his killers, has raised concerns that the investigation may not be taken seriously. Furthermore, current and former law enforcement officials are suspected of involvement, according to the internal affairs minister, Vasily Mogilev.

But Russia, Ukraine is to far not the only post-Soviet states where impunity is posing a serious threat to press freedom. In 2005, the murder of the outspoken journalist Elmar Huseynov was described as Azerbaijan‘s “own Gongadze”. Index on Censorship participated in a delegation last week demanding the prosecution of those responsible for his death.

More recently, the Belarusian journalist Oleg Bebenin was found dead just hours before he was due to meet Index on Censorship in Minsk. The authorities there have dismissed the death as suicide.

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Закон Зеркального Применения Милиция Бьет Граждан И Сразу Же Жалуется

Posted by Info on 23/09/2010

Владимир Титов был задержан милиционерами после того, как надел черную пластмассовую каску, на которой был изображен значок с перечеркнутой милицейской дубинкой. Титов ничего не скандировал, прокламациями не кидался — просто стоял молча, но в крамольном головном уборе. PHOTO
…правоохранители расценили это то ли как личное оскорбление.

В ходе задержания Титов получил-таки от правоохранителей по голове, и поэтому потребовал вызвать ему «скорую помощь». Вместо медиков к пострадавшему вышел капитан 2-го оперативного полка….спросил у своих подчиненных, кто будет писать заявление об избиении на Титова для возбуждения уголовного дела по ст. 318 УК РФ (применение насилия в отношении представителя власти). «Потерпевшим» был назначен боец 2-го ОПМ Максим Счастлов, которого в момент задержания Титова видели вообще в другом месте….

В настоящий момент дело находится в стадии доследственной проверки, которую проводит Тверское ОВД. В случае если Титова признают виновным, ему грозит до 5 лет лишения свободы.

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