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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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