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Putin = Ruler Of Deeply Corrupt State Dominated By Its Security Forces

Posted by Info on 30/11/2010

WikiLeaks: Russia’s Vladimir Putin emerges from the biggest ever leak of U.S. diplomatic documents as the “alpha-dog” ruler of a deeply corrupt state dominated by its security forces.

The 58-year-old prime minister Putin is presented by U.S. diplomats as Russia’s most powerful politician, holding the keys to everything from energy deals to Moscow’s Iran policy.
By contrast, President Dmitry Medvedev “plays Robin to Putin’s Batman”, is pale and hesitant and has to get his decisions approved by Putin, according to the cables.

But correspondence from the elite of the U.S. diplomatic corps also casts Putin as a leader plagued by an unmanageable bureaucracy and grappling with ruling a “virtual mafia state” dominated by corrupt businessmen and the security forces.

A cable from the U.S. Embassy in Paris said U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates observed on Feb. 8, 2010, that “Russian democracy has disappeared and the government is an oligarchy run by the security services”.

Gates told his French counterpart that “President Medvedev has a more pragmatic vision for Russia than PM Putin, but there has been little real change”.

But correspondence from the elite of the U.S. diplomatic corps also casts Putin as a leader plagued by an unmanageable bureaucracy and grappling with ruling a “virtual mafia state” dominated by corrupt businessmen and the security forces.

A cable from the U.S. Embassy in Paris said U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates observed on Feb. 8, 2010, that “Russian democracy has disappeared and the government is an oligarchy run by the security services”.

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Медведев Подписал Закон О Передаче Имущества Религиозным Организациям

Posted by Info on 30/11/2010

Президент РФ Дмитрий Медведев подписал закон о возвращении имущества религиозного назначения религиозным организациям. Об этом глава государства сообщил патриарху Кириллу в церкви Рождества Богородицы в Большом Кремлевском дворце, которая, согласно закону, должна быть передана РПЦ.

Президент отметил, что закон принят в оптимальной редакции. По его словам, закон позволяет решать целый ряд насущных проблем, стоящих перед РПЦ и религиозными конфессиями.

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Putin To Give Interview To CNN’s Larry King On December 2 on You Tube

Posted by Info on 30/11/2010

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is to give an interview of about 40 minutes to record-breaking U.S. talk show host Larry King on Tuesday.

“The interview will be recorded today and will be broadcast at 05:00 a.m. Moscow time [02:00 GMT] on December 2,”
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

When asked what had happened to the nuclear-powered Kursk submarine during his interview with King in 2000, Putin, five months into his first presidential term, simply replied: “It sank.” ( on You Tube)
In August 2000, an explosion onboard the submarine left 118 dead in one of the greatest tragedies in Russian naval history.

King, 76, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records earlier this year for the longest-running television show hosted by the same person – since 1985.

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OSCE Chairmanship Kazakhstan Promised Human Rights Reforms

Posted by Info on 30/11/2010

The disappointing paradox is that Kazakhstan has been very active as OSCE chair but took few if any meaningful steps to improve its own human rights record.
In anticipation of its OSCE chairmanship Kazakhstan had promised human rights reforms, particularly in the area of media freedoms. But throughout its chairmanship year, the government maintained restrictive new amendments to media and Internet laws. It also has blocked a number of websites and weblogs, though the popular Russian-language blogging platform Livejournal was unblocked several weeks ago.

Independent journalists who criticize government policies and practices face threats and harassment. During Kazakhstan’s chairmanship year excessively harsh penalties for civil defamation were imposed on journalists. According to the media watchdog International Foundation of Speech Freedom Protection (Adil Soz), at least five journalists have been accused of criminal libel and five others were physically attacked by unknown persons. Proposals to decriminalize defamation have not advanced in the parliament.

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ОБСЕ Призывает Отменить Законы Об Ответственности За Клевету

Posted by Info on 29/11/2010

Спецпредставитель Организации по безопасности и сотрудничеству в Европе (ОБСЕ) по вопросам свободы СМИ Дунья Миятович призвала страны-участницы отменить законы об уголовной ответственности за клевету.
B столице Казахстана Астане в воскресенье, 28 ноября, Миятович указала, что законы об уголовной ответственности за клевету и диффамацию часто используются для наказания журналистов, в том числе для заключения их под стражу.

Из 56 стран-членов ОБСЕ лишь 11 отменили законы об уголовной ответственности за клевету.

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Some Facts About WikiLeaks

Posted by Info on 29/11/2010

* WikiLeaks says it is a nonprofit organization funded by human rights campaigners, journalists and the general public. Launched in 2006, it promotes the leaking of information to fight government and corporate corruption.

* In October, WikiLeaks released 400,000 secret U.S. files on the Iraq war. The documents involved sensitive subjects including abuse of Iraqi prisoners in U.S. custody, Iraqi rights violations and civilian deaths.

* In July, it released tens of thousands of secret U.S. military documents about the war in Afghanistan, offering them first to The New York Times, Britain’s Guardian newspaper and Germany’s Der Spiegel.

* The Pentagon said the Afghan war documents leak — one of the largest in U.S. military history — had put U.S. troops and Afghan informers at risk.

* Under the heading “Afghan War Diary,” the 91,000 documents collected from across the U.S. military in Afghanistan cover the war from 2004 to 2010, WikiLeaks said in a summary.

* Although founder Julian Assange has given few interviews recently, a website, http://www.wikileaks.org, and a Twitter feed, http://www.twitter.com/wikileaks, occasionally release material.

* Sweden’s media laws are among the world’s most protective for journalists. In addition, Sweden’s Pirate Party, which advocates reform of copyright law, has agreed to host WikiLeaks’ servers, giving it additional legal protection.

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Despite Majority Won At Moldovan Polls President Cannot Be Elected

Posted by Info on 29/11/2010

In last Sunday’s elections a majority vote won by the parties belonging to the Alliance for European Integration has proved not enough to elect the president. Like in the previous election the majority will have to come to terms with the opposition party of communists.

After 95.4 percent of votes were counted, the Moldovan Communist party leads in the election with 40.5 percent of votes in its support. It is followed by the Liberal Democratic Party which collected 28.7 percent of votes, the Democratic Party with 12.9 percent of votes and the Liberal party which collected 9.3 percent of votes, the Central Election Commission said.

The rest of the parties which contested parliamentary seats failed to pass the necessary four-percent election barrier. The votes won by these parties will be equally divided between the winners.

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WikiLeaks: Washington Calls For Intelligence On Top UN Officials

Posted by Info on 29/11/2010

THE STATE DEPARTMENT ASKS US DIPLOMATS AROUND THE WORLD AND AT UN HEADQUARTERS TO PROVIDE DETAILED TECHNICAL INFORMATION, INCLUDING PASSWORDS AND PERSONAL ENCRYPTION KEYS FOR COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS USED BY UN OFFICIALS. It also wants to know about …any corruption in the UN.

Friday, 31 July 2009, 20:24
S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 24 STATE 080163
SUBJECT: (S) REPORTING AND COLLECTION NEEDS: THE UNITED NATIONS
Classified By: MICHAEL OWENS, ACTING DIR, INR/OPS. REASON: 1.4(C).

B. (S/NF) Reporting officers should include as much of the following information as possible when they have information relating to persons linked to : office and STATE 00080163 002 OF 024
organizational titles; names, position titles and other information on business cards; numbers of telephones, cell phones, pagers and faxes; compendia of contact information, such as telephone directories (in compact disc or electronic format if available) and e-mail listings; internet and intranet “handles”, internet e-mail addresses, web site identification-URLs; credit card account numbers; frequent flyer account numbers; work schedules, and other relevant biographical information.
………..

4) Human Rights and War Crimes (HRWC-3). — Plans and policies of UN leaders, member states, and foreign NGOs to promote human rights. — Plans and intentions of member states toward the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and other UN-related courts and tribunals dealing with human rights issues. — Plans and intentions of UNHRC members to support or oppose US policies in the UNHRC.

Member state support for/opposition to objectives of human rights, refugee, development, and emergency relief agencies. — Plans and intentions of member states or UN Special Rapporteurs to press for resolutions or investigations into US counterterrorism strategies and treatment of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan or Guantanamo. — Degree of coordination by and among human rights agencies, especially between the UN Human Rights Council, the OHCHR,

Details of UNHRC and OHCHR budget shortfalls.
Countries: Austria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Chad, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, France, Georgia, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, North Korea, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe International Organizations: AU, EU, Human Rights Entities and War Crimes Courts, ICC, OIC, UN

etc. the full document here in Guardian

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I Confessed Of Preparing Terror Act In Exchange For Friends Lives

Posted by Info on 27/11/2010

Egle Kusaite, 21-year-old Lithuanian woman, accused of creating a group for committing a terror act on some military object in Russia, said that she had given confessional evidences in exchange for promises that her friends from near Moscow – Chechen Aishat and Apti Magmadov – would be left alive.

Ms Kusaite is suspected of preparing terror acts on the military base in Russia. In Lithuania, she was detained in the end of last year. She asserts that Lithuanian and Russian law enforcement officers beat her during detention. The woman claims that some psychotropic drugs were injected into her veins. At the trial she refused from her earlier words about planned attacks. In August, Egle was released. Currently, the Lithuanian General Prosecutor’s Office should clarify whether the suspect of terrorists Egle Kusaite was exposed psychological and physical pressure. This was decided on October 5 by the Vilnius Regional Court.

“I was arrested on October 24, 2009 when I was going by bus to my girlfriend Aishat. Four state security agents entered the bus…They confiscated the gifts that I was carrying and I was placed into an isolation facility for 13 days. A state advocate was appointed to me. On the first day, October 24, 2009, state security officers came into my cell. I thought that they were people from our Muslim community, since I recognized one of them. He participated in prayer meetings and visited our prayer house.” One of them gave Egle two Kinder Penguin candies; and she ate one of them. “On that night I began vomiting with blood and felt very bad; I thought that I’d dieThey tried to poison me; I didn’t eat the second candy – probably, this saved me.”

“In the morning on October 25, 2009, agents from the KGB (State Security Committee) of Lithuania were surprised to see me alive. Then, they asked me to sign some confession. Otherwise, as they said, the information at their disposal will be transferred to Russia; and Apti and Aishat Magmadov would be tortured or even killed. Initially they demanded that I confess that I was going to blow up civilians. When I refused to admit it, they started demanding that I confess that I was going to blow up militaries.”….

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TV Correspondents Were No Longer Journalists, But Bureaucrats Serving State

Posted by Info on 26/11/2010

One of Russia’s most respected journalists, Leonid Parfyonov, has attacked the state of television news in his country.
He said that what news bulletins on Russian TV were broadcasting today was not news – it was PR for the authorities.

“The correspondent is… not a journalist but a bureaucrat, following the service and logic of obedience.”
He pointed to the absence of critical, sceptical or ironic commentary on TV about the prime minister or president.

Mr Parfyonov said TV news bulletins had become reminiscent of Soviet times – when instead of proper news reports, there was footage of the country’s leaders meeting ministers, governors and foreign leaders.

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Russia Expresses Anger Over E.U. Visa Restrictions

Posted by Info on 25/11/2010

Russian officials responded angrily on Thursday to a proposal that would deny European visas to a list of 60 officials who have been implicated in the death of Sergei L. Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in pretrial detention in Moscow last year.

Konstantin I. Kosachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the State Duma, condemned the proposed ban as “Bolshevik tactics” and said Russia might be forced to “very harshly retaliate” if the proposal went forward.

The comments were in response to action by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, which unanimously approved language recommending that European Union countries deny visas to 60 officials in the Russian Interior Ministry, prosecutorial Investigative Committee and prison administration, as well as to 12 judges.

The language, part of the Parliament’s annual report on human rights, will go to the full body for approval in December. But European Union countries would not be bound by its language.

Mr. Magnitsky died on Nov. 16, 2009, after being held for more than 11 months on suspicion of tax fraud. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Magnitsky was working as outside counsel for Hermitage Capital Management, an international investment fund whose founder, William F. Browder, was involved in a bitter feud with the Russian authorities.

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Strasbourg Court fines Russia in Chechen killings in 2000

Posted by Info on 25/11/2010

The European Court of Human Rights has fined Russia 240,000 euros (about $319,000) for the shooting of four residents of the volatile North Caucasus republic of Chechnya in 2000.

Adam, Turpal and Aslambek Israilov, as well as Aslanbek Dzhabrailov were allegedly shot by Russian servicemen in February 2000.
An investigation was opened only five months after the incident and then closed shortly afterwards since the murderers had not been revealed. The case was repeatedly opened and closed, but the culprits remained unknown.

The court said the Russian government had failed to provide it with requested investigative documents or explain the incident otherwise. The Strasbourg Court believes Russia violated a range of articles in the Convention on Human Rights, including the right to life and the right for an effective remedy.
The court ordered the Russian government to pay the relatives of the deceased 240,000 euros (about $319,000) in moral damage and 2,200 euros (about $3,000) for court expenses.

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“Дядю сразу арестуют, город будет весь спасен” = ФСБ Волгограда Покажет Антитеррористические Мультфильмы

Posted by Info on 25/11/2010

Сотрудники УФСБ по Волгоградской области решили прибегнуть к необычному способу агитации в целях противодействия террористической угрозе. Их новый проект нацелен на самую юную аудиторию. С помощью коллег из других регионов они сняли серию антитеррористических мультфильмов, в которых в увлекательной и доходчивой форме объясняется, почему нельзя трогать оставленные в транспорте или на улице чужие вещи, и что делать при встрече на улице с вооруженным человеком.

«В создании этих мультфильмов не принимал участие ни один профессиональный аниматор – все сделано руками сотрудников ФСБ. – Им же принадлежат и идеи, которые легли в основу сценария».

Мультфильмы на тему «Как противостоять терроризму» планируется демонстрировать на волгоградских телеканалах, в сетевых магазинах, на уличных больших экранах и в оборудованном видеопанелями общественном транспорте. Кроме того, УФСБ по Волгоградской области планирует объявить конкурс на лучший агитационный ролик, четверостишье и восьмистишье на тему профилактики терроризма. Лучшие образцы народного творчества получат шанс на общественное признание, стихотворные слоганы могут быть размещены на городских билбордах или использованы при создании новой партии мультпропаганды.

“Дядю сразу арестуют, город будет весь спасен”“Кроха-сын к отцу пришел, и спросила кроха: “Что такое хорошо, а что такое плохо?” Если мальчик знает дядю, что оружие хранит, этот мальчик должен сразу маме с папой сообщить. Папа с мамой знают важный, самый главный телефон: дядю сразу арестуют, город будет весь спасен”,— говорится в одном из роликов.

Мультфильмы 5x ВИДЕО

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From FBS To Children Anti-Terrorism Animation + Advice How to Deal With Granddad With Gun

Posted by Info on 25/11/2010

The first anti-terrorism animation for children appeared a few years ago and was ordered by Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee for the children’s section of the web site Antiterror.ru.

Volgograd law enforcement agencies have created a series of short cartoons teaching children to be vigilant about gun-toting men and to obey police at rallies.

Eight 20-second cartoons all star a child named simply “Little Boy” and are accompanied by rhymes recited by the narrator.
The videos are to be aired on Volgograd television, as well as in the city’s local retail chains, public transportation and on street video screens.

One video shows the boy discovering a box of explosives on the street and taking it with him, and it ends with the narrator saying, “We won’t show what happened to the boy.” In another, the child decides in the same situation to call the police and guard the box until the bomb squad arrives. The child receives a medal.

Still other cartoons (all of them here) ask children to report to police if they find firearms in someone’s attic or basement and warn that fake bomb calls to school can land the trickster in jail for three years.

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Ethnic Uzbeks Jailed For Life For Kyrgyzstan Clashes After Forced Confession

Posted by Info on 25/11/2010

Nearly 400 people died in the clashes in June between Kyrgyz and minority Uzbeks – a majority of the casualties are thought to have been Uzbeks.The riots followed weeks of political turmoil after the ousting of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in a mass uprising in April.

Human rights activists accuse the Kyrgyz authorities of singling out ethnic Uzbeks for prosecution.While some ethnic Kyrgyz have also been tried in cases related to the June violence, human rights organisations say that ethnic Uzbek defendants outnumber the Kyrgyz.
Since the violence the new authorities, led by President Roza Otunbayeva, have created the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia. She denied any ethnic bias in the trials.

Several lawyers who have been working on cases related to the June violence have told the BBC that they have been threatened by relatives of the victims and unknown groups of people who attend court hearings and behave aggressively. A lawyer who represented four of the defendants said the judge’s decision was politically motivated and that her clients’ guilt had never been proven. Her clients were forced to confess under duress and that during the court hearings they denied their earlier statements.

Still 17 ethnic Uzbeks have been jailed for life.

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