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Archive for December 22nd, 2010

Russian Newspaper Joins Forces With WikiLeaks

Posted by Info on 22/12/2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said his organization has damning materials about Russia, and now Novaya Gazeta, perhaps the dominant independent Russian newspaper, has unfettered access to them.

Novaya Gazeta, which is controlled by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and billionaire Alexander Lebedev, said on its website that it agreed to join forces with WikiLeaks to expose corruption in Russia.
Novaya Gazeta has agreed to become the primary vehicle for publishing WikiLeaks materials on Russia, much like The New York Times did for WikiLeaks’ stolen U.S. diplomatic cables.

“Assange said that Russians will soon find out a lot about their country and he wasn’t bluffing. Our collaboration will expose corruption at the top tiers of political power. No one is protected from the truth.”

WikiLeaks’ database reportedly includes documents about Politkovskaya’s murder as well as information about Russian politicians’ ties to organized crime, Nadezhda Prusenkova, a Novaya Gazeta spokeswoman, said by phone from Moscow, Bloomberg reports. The newspaper will start releasing materials next month.

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Belarusian Opposition Candidates Face Up To 15 Years In Jail Over Protests

Posted by Info on 22/12/2010

Seventeen people, including six Belarusian presidential candidates, are facing lengthy jail terms for spearheading protests against the re-election of long-standing President Alexander Lukashenko. The list includes opposition candidates Vladimir Neklyayev, Andrei Sannikov, Grigory Kostusev, Alexei Mikhalevich, Vitaly Rymashevsky and Nikolai Statkevich, and also Sannikov’s wife, journalist Irina Khalip.

The seventeen detainees are being probed over the “mass disturbances” and face charges carrying a maximum of 15 years in jail.

More than 600 people were sentenced from five to 15 days in jail for their involvement in a demonstration of over 10,000 people in central Minsk on Sunday. The unrest came as news emerged that Lukashenko, dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by the West, had won 79.7 percent of the vote on Sunday.
Dozens were injured as a number of demonstrators tried to storm parliament.

US CALLS BELARUS ELECTION RESULTS ILLEGITIMATE, CONDEMNS CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS

“The United States concurs with the assessment of the OSCE. We cannot consider the election results yesterday as legitimate. We call for the immediate release of all presidential candidates and the hundreds of protesters who were detained on December 19 and 20.” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said.

At the White House, President Barack Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs also said the results of the polls could not be seen as legitimate or free and fair.

“The United States strongly condemns the actions that the government of Belarus has taken to undermine the democratic process and (the use of) disproportionate force against political activists, civil society representatives and journalists.”

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Uzbek Lawyers Refuse To Defend Human Rights Activists In Court

Posted by Info on 22/12/2010

Abdullo Tojiboy-ugli, Viktoriya Bazhenova and Dmitriy Tikhonov, Uzbek human rights activists who have been sentenced to huge fines for staging a rally in the centre of Tashkent on 6 December, found out today that no lawyer wanted to represent their interests in a court of appeal.
Another activist Vladimir Husainov was also fined for watching the rally.

All four activists appealed against their fines, but none of them managed to hire a lawyer.“All lawyers have refused to defend us after reading a court ruling,” Husainov said.

He said that a Tashkent-based well-known lawyer had also refused to sign a contract after days of thinking.The lawyer said that he was convinced that that their prosecution was politically motivated and had been ordered from on high.He thinks that Tojiboy-ugli’s case is most complicated, as he took part in a meeting to set up the People’s Interest social democratic party on 27 November.

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