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Archive for November 5th, 2010

Belarus: “Last Dictator Of Europe” Does Not Have Moscow Support

Posted by Info on 05/11/2010

On October 13 Presidential Chief delivered a clear message from Kremlin – that Russia might not recognize the results of the Belarusian presidential elections next month if they are not held in full compliance with Belarusian laws and international criteria for free and fair elections.
Moscow has a problem only with Lukashenko personally, and were that problem to be somehow removed (were Lukashenko to retire from the scene or suddenly come to his senses), wants to return to normal relations with Belarus.

Lukashenko, who is running for his fourth five-year term, responded to the Russian threats of not recognizing the legitimacy of his likely reelection by threatening to pull Belarus out of all integration projects with Russia and the CIS bodies. He also made the bad move of holding a meeting with Russian regional media on October 1, where he permitted himself some very humiliating and disparaging comments about president Medvedev personally and about his recent firing of ex-Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, crossing the line by meddling in Russia’s internal affairs.

The quarrel between the Kremlin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has been going on since the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s first presidential term, when the latter bluntly told Lukashenko to give up his country’s sovereignty and join Russia.
The quarrel reached a head during the energy conflict at the beginning of 2007, when Moscow raised the gas prices for Belarus and introduced import tariffs for Russian oil.
The current militant rhetoric is a culmination of the worsening relations between both countries. Dmitry Medvedev used the same methods to attack former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko for the latter’s anti-Russian stance in the summer of 2009.

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Russian FSB Maintain Alliance With Unofficial Hackers -Those With USA

Posted by Info on 05/11/2010

Investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov details in his new book THE NEW NOBILITY how the Russian FSB “maintain a sophisticated alliance with unofficial hackers, such as those who carry out cyber attacks on the Web sites of enemies of the state,” drawing attention to hacker forums such as

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has already amassed “kompromat” on the Russian “government” and “businessmen,” two days after his site published almost 400,000 classified U.S. military field reports from Iraq.

Both the British and the American governments have urged the whistleblower to stop publishing reams of classified documents because they claim it is undermining the war effort and putting the lives of civilians and soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan at risk.

Assange and his assistant Kristin Hrafnsson said the whistleblower Web site plans to publish 15,000 more documents on the war on Afghanistan, and then turn its full attention to Russia and China. According to Assange, “the despotic regimes of Russia, China and Central Asia” were the original focus of his project when he was pitching it to potential investors four years ago. “I think the Russian readers will find out a lot of new things about their country.”

Language barrier – While Assange did admit that there are problems with obtaining intelligence in foreign countries, his professed collaboration with the “Americans” will likely worry the Russian security establishment. “The fact that the majority of your sites post information only in Russian limits our capabilities. However, the Americans are helping us, they are giving us a lot of material on Russia,”
…“Clearly the WikiLeaks about the U.S. armed forces are genuine. They come from someone within the armed forces, from someone who had access to them,” said Anatol Lieven But Russian secrets, on the other hand, leaked and then passed to WikiLeaks through the United States..

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Российская Журналистка Удостоена Премии За Мужество

Posted by Info on 05/11/2010

Сотрудница “Новой газеты” Елена Милашина удостоена премии имени Элисон де Форж правозащитной организации Human Rights Watch за профессиональное мужество при расследовании коррупции и нарушений прав человека в России.

Елена Милашина раскрывает правду о нарушениях прав человека и широко распространенной коррупции в российском правительстве. Несмотря на попытки российских властей заставить критиков замолчать и скрыть нарушения прав человека, Милашина сохраняет откровенность, привлекая международное внимание к наступлению на гражданское общество и массовые нарушения прав человека на Северном Кавказе.

HRW констатирует, что журнализм – опасная профессия в России: за последние 10 лет в этой стране были убиты пятеро журналистов. При этом ни один из преступников не был привлечен к ответу. “Нападения на независимых журналистов и активистов показывают, насколько опасно в России раскрывать правду”, – отметила Татьяна Локшина, добавив, что Елена Милашина в атмосфере страха удержала дух независимого журнализма на высоком уровне и тем самым доказала свое беспримерное мужество.

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