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Archive for September 28th, 2010

Provocative, Irresponsible Statements By Romania About Moldova

Posted by Info on 28/09/2010

Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc hopes that his country’s border with Moldova will disappear into thin air.

Prospects for Moldova’s merging with Romania split the Moldovans in two back in the early 1990s, and provoked the 1992 Trans-Dniester armed conflict, which remains unsettled to this day!!
By now the edge has been taken off the conflict situation owing to the active efforts of Russia as the guarantor of a Trans-Dniester conflict settlement.
But irresponsible statements By Romanian Prime Minister can sow more seeds of enmity in Moldovan society. What’s more, the Romanian leaders’ statements run counter to the principle of border inviolability, as set down in the 1975 Helsinki Final Act.

The statement, made amid a political crisis in Moldova, as well as amid an involved economic situation in Romania, has stirred up Moldovan society, and has called attention of politicians in other countries.

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Россия – Дагестан: Ошибочная Религиозная Политика Власти

Posted by Info on 28/09/2010

Военные столкновения в Дагестане происходят ежедневно. Общественная комиссия по Северному Кавказу при президенте России в сентябре выпустила доклад, в котором назвала положение критическим и неконтролируемым.
Однако даже в регионе, раздираемом насилием, некоторые события выпадают из разряда типовых и позволяют экспертам утверждать, что Дагестан на пороге гражданской войны.

А.Кибедов считает, что причина проблем в Дагестане – ошибочная религиозная политика власти, он уверен, что разделение на «плохих салафитов» и «хороших суфиев» порочно. Применение этих терминов служит расколу в обществе: «Государство выбрало неправильную политику по отношению к религии. У нас тем, кто называет себя суфиями, покровительствуют, и они имеют все. Те, кого государство называет ваххабитами или салафитами, стали изгоями – их преследуют и уничтожают. Эта политика расколола общество и поставила на грани катастрофы. Мы в состоянии войны».

Существование в Дагестане довольно активного исламского вооруженного подполья, провозгласившего своей целью отказ от норм светского государства и установление шариата, руководителю ассоциации «Ахль аль Сунна» не кажется неразрешимой проблемой.

«Как мусульманин, я не могу быть довольным никакими другими законами кроме исламских. Но это не значит, что нужно воевать. Даже то, что эта молодежь там пишет, что воюет за ислам, не означает, что причины войны именно в этом – мне ислам запрещает поднимать оружие против тех, кто не препятствует мне свободно исповедывать мою религию. А власть, преследуя и подавляя их, формально делает их борьбу справедливой с точки зрения ислама».
Единственный выход, легализация подполья «Постепенный вывод из леса тех, кто еще не безнадежен. А там таких много».

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Russian President Fires Moscow’s Mayor Because Of Corruption?

Posted by Info on 28/09/2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has fired the mayor of Moscow, saying he has lost confidence in his ability to run the city.
Yuri Luzhkov has run the sprawling metropolis for almost two decades. His removal was effective immediately, the Kremlin said, and his first deputy, Vladimir Resin, was appointed acting mayor.

The most serious accusation is of corruption: One news report detailed ways in which Luzhkov allegedly channeled funds and lucrative deals to his property-developer wife, now Russia’s richest woman.

He was also criticized for failing to curb Moscow’s notoriously bad traffic jams, and for going on a vacation during the forest fires and choking smog over the summer. The mayor has been at odds with Medvedev, most recently over the Kremlin’s decision to suspend work on a controversial highway project through a Moscow forest.

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Узбекистан: Возобновится Суд По Делу Журналиста В.Березовского

Posted by Info on 28/09/2010

28 сентября в Яккасарайском суде по уголовным делам города Ташкента возобновится суд над корреспондентом российской «Парламентской газеты» по странам Средней Азии, главным редактором сайта Vesti.uz Владимиром Березовским.

В.Березовскому инкриминируются две статьи уголовного кодекса Республики Узбекистан: 139 ч.2 «Клевета» и 140 ч.2 «Оскорбление».

В защиту журналиста выступил ряд международных и российских общественных организаций, дело находится на контроле российского МИДа. В частности, «дело Березовского» обсуждалось в Москве на встрече замминистра Российской Федерации Григория Карасина с послом Узбекистана в Москве Зиядуллой Пулатходжаевым. С письмом в адрес министра иностранных дел Узбекистана Владимира Норова обратилась представитель Организации по безопасности и сотрудничеству в Европе (ОБСЕ) по свободе СМИ Дуня Миятович.

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SOS = Call For Help Or Punishable Offense? Jail In Kyrgyzstan!

Posted by Info on 28/09/2010

A court in southern Kyrgyzstan has sentenced two ethnic Uzbeks to three years in prison for writing “SOS” on the gate of a private home during June’s deadly clashes between the region’s Uzbeks and Kyrgyz.

The Kara-Suu District Court ruled that Uktomjan Ahmatjanov and Islamjan Husanov had incited interethnic conflict by spreading rumors that troops from neighboring Uzbekistan would come to the aid of local Uzbeks and by painting the SOS sign to help these forces – actions the court deemed to have turned Uzbeks against Kyrgyz.
The men were accused of committing their crime on June 12, when many Uzbek neighborhoods had already barricaded themselves against armed mobs.

The latest court case is not the first time that the SOS signs, still visible in some Uzbek neighborhoods in the south, have been cited as incriminating evidence.

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Russia – Chechnya: Deteriorating Women’s Rights Under Ramzan A. Kadyrov

Posted by Info on 28/09/2010

The Human Rights Watch said hat women’s rights were being violated by efforts to impose an Islamic dress code. It said women without headscarves or in immodest dress had been attacked with paintball guns in Grozny. (Islamists would like women to dress: in long loose coats and full head scarf.)

Last week, Russia’s human rights ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, asked the federal prosecutor general’s office to investigate the paintball incidents.

Tanya Lokshina from Human Rights Watch’s Moscow office travels regularly to Chechnya. She said:
“Instructions were given that girls can’t go to school without scarves, or young women to university, and that it’s impossible to work without a scarf. Pressure grew, through television programs and declarations, to control the morals of women.”

In March 2008 Mr. Kadyrov was infuriated that Ms. Estemirova, a Chechen human rights campaigner who was murdered last year, had said women were being forced to wear headscarves.

“In this case we’re talking about a real violation of women’s right to privacy, or freedom of conscience. The Kremlin closes its eyes on everything that Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov does, giving him total carte blanche on actions that are against the law.”

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Continuing Harassment Of Journalists In Uzbekistan

Posted by Info on 28/09/2010

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic sent a letter to Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov. She expressed her concern over the fate of two prosecuted journalists: Abdumalik Boboyev, a freelance reporter for the U.S.-funded broadcaster Voice of America; and Vladimir Berezovsky, the chief editor of the Russian-language Vesti.uz information website and Central Asia correspondent for Russia’s Parlamentskaya gazeta newspaper.
Boboyev is awaiting trial on multiple charges that include libel, insult, violating border regulations, and producing and distributing materials that represent a threat to public security and order. Berezovsky, a Russian citizen, is on trial on accusations of defamation.

In her letter to Minister Norov, Mijatovic also addressed once again the cases of three journalists who are serving jail sentences of between six and 12.5 years. They are:
* Dilmurod Saiid, an independent news writer;
* Solijon Abdurahmanov, a former reporter for the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcaster and the uznews.net information website;
* Hairullo Khamidov, the deputy chief editor of Champion sports newspaper.

“Non state-media in Uzbekistan continue to be the target of unrelenting judicial harassment and this is a matter of serious concern to me. It is my duty to remind the Uzbek authorities that journalists should be free to pursue their professional activities without hindrance in line with OSCE media freedom commitments and principles.”

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