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Archive for October 21st, 2010

Kremlin’s “Circus” = Putin Gives High State Award To Failed Spies And Sang Patriotic Song With Them

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who some believe may run in the 2012 presidential election, sang a patriotic song from his favorite World War II spy movie with Chapman and her secret-agent comrades in July.
“They needed to master a foreign tongue as their own. an admiring Putin said. “Think, speak in it, fulfill the goals of the mission in the interests of their motherland in the course of many years, not counting on diplomatic protection.”

There was the closed-door awards session hosted by Medvedev.Top state awards were presented to the intelligence agents who worked in the United States and returned to Russia in July.

Not everyone, however, is bowled over by the ongoing publicity blitz for a spy who was, after all, caught in the act.

“The Kremlin now wants to present a huge failure of our foreign undercover operations as a tremendous success … singing praise to the spies and bestowing awards on them trying to make the public believe it was a great achievement,” Alexei Kondaurov, a retired KGB general said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“When you have nothing positive to show to your people, you start showing them your muscles, fly planes and sing songs in the company of good-for-nothing spies.”</strong>

“I don’t know what feat of glory or bravery Anna Chapman committed on a mission abroad to be worthy of a high state award, but posing semi-naked on a glossy magazine cover is truly something unique in the history of our intelligence service but very much in line with the new ways of the Kremlin, which turns everything into a circus,” Kondaurov said. “I am deeply ashamed and hurt by what they have done to the image of the profession I devoted most of my life to.”

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Moscow Court Bans U.-Left Opposition Movement As ‘Extremist’

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

The movement, created a decade ago, calls for constitutional amendments giving voters more control over the actions of their politicians. Their goal is to establish a system under which the president and the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, are “directly responsible to the people” by being given state awards for good deeds and prison sentences for failures.

The Moscow City Court has ruled that AVN’s ideology includes unlawful calls for forced changes to the Russian constitution.

AVN leader Yury Mukhin previously received a two-year conditional sentence for inciting extremist activities. Mukhin has dismissed the ruling, saying that the AVN’s only goal is the holding of a referendum on the constitutional amendments.

AVN representatives said they would appeal against the decision in the Russian Supreme Court.

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Freedom Of Speech Situation Worsens In Uzbekistan

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

There are 11 journalists languishing in Uzbek jails now.

The first victim since the publication of the previous report was Hayrullo Hamidov, who was jailed for six years on the charges of religious extremism.

The second victim was photographer and documentary filmmaker Umida Ahmedova, who was tried for insulting and slandering the Uzbek people and convicted in February 2010, but she was pardoned in courtroom.

Several months later, charges were brought against the editor of the vesti.uz website and a correspondent of Russia’s Parlamentskaya Gazeta, Vladimir Berezovskiy. He was found guilty in October; like Ahmedova he was also pardoned.

An Uzbek court sentenced Abdumalik Boboyev to a fine of $8,200.

Other journalists were also under pressure: on 7 January the Tashkent city prosecutor’s office summoned six journalists – Said Abdurahimov (Sid Yanyshev), Abdumalik Boboyev, Aleksey Volosevich, Husnitdin Kutbetdinov, Marina Kozlova and Vasiliy Markov – to write explanations about their activities.

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В Госдуму Законопроект О Дактилоскопии Для Беженцев И Лиц Без Гражданства

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

Глава Комитета по конституционному законодательству Владимир Плигин, отпечатки пальцев следует брать также у членов семей лиц без гражданства, начиная с 6-летнего возраста. Депутат считает, что это сделает статус этих людей более определенным.
Они смогут без каких-либо препятствий перемещаться как по территории России, так и выезжать за границу.
В настоящее время на территории России проживают 800 человек, имеющих статус беженца, и около 17 тысяч лиц без гражданства.

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British Ambassador To Uzbekistan Should Be Deeply Ashamed Of Himself

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Rupert Joy should not have taken part in Gulnara Karimova’s fashion week for the following reason: he should avoid everything that is linked to the Uzbek cotton industry and that glorifies the Uzbek dictatorial regime.
“Rupert Joy should be deeply ashamed of himself,” the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, said when he learnt about Joy’s participation in fashion week., organised by Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s eldest daughter Gulnara.
British ambassadors – Rupert Joy and Director of the British Council Uzbekistan Steve McNulty took part in the style.uz fashion week in Tashkent between 9 and 14 October and gave a news conference jointly with Gulnara Karimova as organisers and guests of the fashion week.
Craig Murray, who was British ambassador to Uzbekistan between 2002 and 2004 said:

“One should be careful in Uzbekistan with everything linked to
the COTTON INDUSTRY BECAUSE IT RELIES ON FORCED ADULT LABOUR AND ON CHILD SLAVERY
. Cotton trade is enormously profitable for the Uzbek elite.This is because they use almost no capital equipment and a huge slave labour force. The margin from the farm price to the world price is 3,000%.

“GULNARA IS AT THE TOP TABLE OF THOSE WHO GAIN FROM THIS (CHILDN AND FORCE LABOUR) EXPLOITATION.”

Gulnara Karimova, the 38-year-old daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, lives in Geneva, where she serves as Uzbekistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN. Bilan magazine, named her as one of Switzerland’s 10 richest women, estimating her fortune at around $600m in December 2009.

Human Rights groups accuse Uzbek authorities of systematic torture, forced and child labour in its cotton industry, and repression of political opposition. Most prominent groups, such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have long been expelled from the country.

“Unfortunately the British government does not care at all about the condition of the people of Uzbekistan or about the child labour exploited in the fields,” he said. “Their only priority is the use of Uzbekistan for road transport to supply NATO troops in Afghanistan.”

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Rébellion Humilie Kadyrov= L’incapacité De Moscou À Pacifier La Région

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

Quatre combattants tchétchènes ont mené une opération contre le parlement en plein centre de Grozny, tuant trois personnes avant d’être abattus. Cette surprenante attaque montre l’incapacité de Moscou à pacifier la région.

C’est un énorme camouflet pour le président tchétchène Ramzan Kadyrov. Après avoir lancé l’assaut contre le village natal – pourtant bien gardé – de ce dernier en août dernier, les rebelles tchétchènes ont attaqué mardi en début de matinée le parlement tchétchène, en plein cœur de la capitale Grozny, pourtant, là encore, quadrillée par les forces de l’ordre.

Suprême ironie: l’assaut a eu lieu au moment de la visite en Tchétchénie du ministre russe de l’Intérieur, Rachid Nourgaliev, venu constater de visu les efforts de stabilisation de la république. Tout comme lors de l’attaque contre son village natal de Tsentoroï, le président Kadyrov a pris personnellement le commandement de la contre-attaque des forces de l’ordre. L’affaire a été rondement menée: en vingt minutes, les quatre membres du commando ont été tués. Trois personnes auraient également été tuées et 17 blessées, selon le dernier bilan.

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Таджикистан: “Комитет 29 Сентября” По Защите Прав Журналистов

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

Главные редактора ряда негосударственных СМИ Таджикистана, а также руководители основных медиа-ассоциаций и юридических правозащитных организаций создали в четверг “Комитет 29 сентября” по защите профессиональных прав журналистов республики. с целью выработки стратегии действий медиа-сообщества по восстановлении ущемленных прав на свободу творческой деятельности, прежнего уровня свободы слова и координации своих действий и усилий по стабилизации ситуации в сфере СМИ”.

Целью работы Комитета должно стать восстановление недавнего уровня свободы слова, которого добилось медиа-сообщество страны и обеспечение беспроблемной работы интернет-СМИ Таджикистана, свободной печати газет в типографиях и прекращения судебного и административного давления на прессу. На днях свою обеспокоенность ухудшающейся ситуацией со свободой слова в Таджикистане высказали некоторые дипломатов и представители международных организаций.

По словам главы представительства Евросоюза в Таджикистане Эдуарда Ауэра,“борьба против экстремистских явлений не должна затрагивать права человека и свободу слова”.

Тем временем, Таджикистан в ежегодном рейтинге свободы прессы, составляемом международной организацией “Репортеры без границ”, опустился по сравнению с
2009 годом на 2 пункта, заняв 115 место среди 178 стран мира.

Из стран СНГ наиболее высокие позиции занимают Молдова (75 место), Армения (101). Украина занимает 131 место, Россия – 140, Азербайджан – 152, Белоруссия – 154, Кыргызстан – на 159, Казахстан на 162, Узбекистан – на 163, а Туркменистан расположился на 176-ое месте в рейтинге.

Posted in Азербайджан, Армения, Белоруссия, Казахстан, Киргизия, Молдова, Россия, Таджикистан, Туркменистан, Узбекистан, Украинa | Leave a Comment »

Chechnya = State Of Crisis Since Fall Of Soviet Union

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

The CHECHEN PARLIAMENT WAS ATTACKED Tuesday. Six people were killed and 17 others injured when a small group of militants stormed parliament. VIDEO

Tuesday’s dramatic raid on the Chechen parliament was a blow to Russian claims that Chechnya has been pacified. Commentators believe that only a change of policy can end the long years of violence and unrest.

As always, they (the militants) failed,” Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said. The minister, by coincidence on a trip to Grozny, said the Chechen gunmen were intercepted by interior ministry troops, and that the operation by the security forces to free the deputies was a success. He then claimed Chechnya was “stable and safe.”

But since Russia officially ended its “counter-terror” operation in the province in April 2009, there have been plenty of signs that Chechnya is far from pacified. The double bombings carried out by two suicide bombers on the Moscow metro in March, which killed 40 and wounded more than 100, showed that separatist violence has the power to reach the Russian capital.

Russia should rethink its strategy in the northern Caucasus. Development strategies that focus on social and economic problems are also necessary, and Halbach believes the European Union should support such initiatives and actively encourage Russia to seek alternatives to military action.
It is not just Russia‘s ‘internal foreign country,’ not just a crisis region on Russia’s periphery, it is also a region on the edge of Europe, and it is certainly in Europe’s interests to know whether we can expect a further escalation in violence there, or whether it will be possible to limit it.

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UN Criticizes Estonia: National Minorities / Language Inquisition

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has levelled criticism at the situation around Estonia’s national minorities, above all as regards the language policy.

The UN Committee has advised Estonia to cut down on its language requirements when granting citizenship, especially with regard to seniors; to revise the functions of the Language Inspection, known locally as “language inquisition”; and to provide easier access to free language courses.

The UN experts feel that Estonia’s national minorities are little involved in the country’s political life and poorly represented in the national parliament.
Russian-speakers account for some 30% of the Estonian population.

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