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Archive for November 25th, 2010

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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Inmates Go On Hunger Strike In Uzbekistan’s Worst Prison

Posted by Info on 25/11/2010

Inmates serving terms for anticonstitutional activity and religious extremism in the Jaslyk prison in northern Karakalpakstan are continuing their hunger strike to protest against the violation of their right to practise religion.
The Initiative Group of Independent Human Rights Activists of Uzbekistan has learnt from relatives of inmates that meetings with them had been suspended for the past 18 days because several prisoners had gone on hunger strike.“Some relatives believe that the suspension of meetings may be linked to the death of inmates or torturing them.”

Inmates who were convicted for political and religious motives – attempting to overthrow the country’s constitutional system, membership of a banned religious extremist organisation or distributing materials threatening public security – are taking part in the strike.
About 20 relatives of the hunger strikers remain in the prison’s hotel and demand the prison administration allow them to meet the inmates.

The prison authorities in Uzbekistan prevent inmates from practising religion and ban prayers, fasts and religious holidays in jails. However, many inmates insist on their right to practise religion and often face torture and punishment for this.

The Jaslyk prison, which opened in 1999, is home to about 600 inmates, mostly political and religious convicts.

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