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Archive for January 26th, 2011

UN Human Rights Committee at its 100th Session

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

Final decisions are provided in the original languages. All other versions should soon be posted on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in English, French and Spanish , and available through the Treaty body document search to be found at the following url :

Views with finding(s) of violation : (complaint v. Belarus) (complaint v. Belarus) (complaint v. Belarus) (complaint v. Uzbekistan) (complaint v. Turkmenistan) (complaint v. Latvia) (complaint v. Azerbaijan)

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Moscow Bomb: Medvedev Says Russia Safe For Investors

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is to address world leaders at the Davos economic forum in Switzerland, just 48 hours after the Moscow bomb attack at Domodedovo airport which killed 35 people and left more than 100 wounded.

Mr Medvedev will aim to reassure the foreign business community that Russia is still a safe place to invest.

Both President Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin continue to promote the use of violence to counter the violence of the extremists.

Mr Putin has warned that “retribution is inevitable” for the airport bombing, while the president has said that if any “bandits” involved in the attack try to resist arrest, they should be “dealt with without ceremony, they must be destroyed there and then”.
This may provide instant reassurance to voters that something is being done in response to the attacks, but in the long term it is counter-productive.

“After every attack, the Kremlin tried to direct the security services to kill and eliminate terrorists, but it doesn’t help,”
says Andrei Soldatov, a security expert and author of a recent book on Russia’s main intelligence agency, the FSB.
“For example 2010 was the most successful year for the security services. They killed a number of high profile ring-leaders of the militants. But we see it doesn’t help us prevent these terrorist attacks.”
On the streets of the capital there is a cynical and fatalistic mood, with people telling the BBC that the extra security measures called for in the immediate aftermath of Monday’s bombing will soon be forgotten and the same thing will happen again.

There is even some sympathy for the militants assumed to be behind the attacks. One man told me he could understand their desperation.
“They have their loved ones killed or in prison and the authorities are not listening to their appeals. But they should understand that they only make things worse, there is no need for bloodshed.”

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Russian Bloggers Accuse Leaders Of Blast At Domodedovo Airport in Moscow

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

With nationally-watched television channels under tight state control and only a handful of newspapers daring to criticise the Kremlin, the Internet has become one of the few outlets for public dissent in Russia. Some bloggers even alleged the authorities staged the Domodedovo airport blast that killed 35 to bolster their support early in a crucial year ahead of 2012 presidential elections.

“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! Of course we will elect you for a new term, just don’t blow us up any more, please!”
blogger addressed Prime Minister Putin on his Twitter account.

“This was a ordinary start to a pre-election year,” wrote one of Russia’s most popular Twitter blogs kept in first-person voice as parody.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich and Dmitry Anatolyevich, resign… you obviously are not meeting your responsibilities…this is shameful for you,”
signed Givenchyru.

Many Russian bloggers recalled the Moscow apartment building blasts in 1999, when Putin issued one of his most famous quotes: “We will chase terrorists everywhere… catch them in the toilet and wipe them out in the outhouse.”

“Putin received practically unlimited power,”
wrote blogger Mikhail Maglov, “he limited media freedoms… he took our right to vote for governors… But here is the result: from 2000 to 2009 the number of acts of terror increased sixfold.”

Bloggers also said the blast conveniently redirected people’s attention from the recent clashes in Moscow involving nationalists and football fans, and the sentencing of former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky to another six years behind bars.

As soon as society begins to worry, an act of terror happens in Russia, erasing people’s memories,”
wrote blogger “I see a trend here.”

Many people said the blasts proved an absolute failure of the main Russian media to deliver crisis coverage.

Twitter feeds burst with messages tagged ‘domodedovo’, with many bloggers ridiculing Medvedev, an active user of the tool, for “finding out from Twitter about what is going on in Domodedovo.”

“Why is (Interior Minister Rashid) Nurgaliyev still minister? There has not been one dismissal of a senior official in the FSB security service or the interior ministry in the past 10 years.”

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In Caucasus 1710 victims in 2010 BUT Russia Plans 5 Ski Resorts There

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

An ambitious consortium of developers is hoping to lure Russian and European skiers to a new winter playground – far from the softly twinkling lights of traditional Alpine villages. They are to construct a cluster of five ski resorts in the war-torn North Caucasus. Supporters of the project say that the beauty of the region and the quality of its snow is undisputed, and believe its ski slopes could rival those of the Alps.
In Davos Russian President Dmitry Medvedev planed formally unveil the plan for the network of ski resorts, named Peak 5642 after Mt Elbrus, the highest mountain in the Caucasus at 18,442ft (5,642 metres).

No less than 1710 people became victims of smouldering armed confrontation in Northern Caucasus in 2010. 754 people were killed and 956 more got wounded. 349 persons declared members of armed underground, 225 employees of law enforcement bodies and 180 peaceful residents are among those murdered.

74 % out of the total number of victims of armed confrontation between enforcement agencies and extremist underground fall on Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan. The collision in these regions has victimized all in all no less than 639 lives and 622 persons were wounded which makes in total 1261 victims.

The worse is Dagestan where the total number of victims of the conflict came to 685 people, 378 of them were killed and 307 wounded.
The second place is occupied by Ingushetia with its 326 victims including 134 killed and 192 wounded; the third goes Chechnya numbering 250 victims of an armed conflict between enforcement agencies and the underground, 127 killed and 123 wounded among them.
Next is North Osetia (195 victims: 24 killed and 171 wounded), Kabardino-Balkaria (161 victims: 79 killed and 82 wounded), Stavropol region (89 victims: 10 killed and 79 wounded), Karachaevo-Cherkesia (with 4 victims: two killed and two wounded).

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Belarus: General Prosecutor Lied – Lawyers Had No Access To Clients

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

Today the General Prosecutor’s office of Belarus has made a statement that examination of incarceration conditions of the accused in the so-called “mass riot case” has established that: “custodial pattern meets requirements of regulatory documents, their health status is satisfactory.”

The General Prosecutor’s office has also stated that prisoners had been guaranteed access of lawyers and relatives in accordance with the established procedure; receiving parcels, cash remittances and letters has been organized.

Meanwhile, many lawyers have not seen their clients since late December – for 27 days. Nothing is known about Andrei Sannikov, Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu, Mikalai Statkevich, Zmitser Bandarenka, Iryna Khalip, Alyaksandr Atroshchankau and other political prisoners.

Tamara Sidarenka, a lawyer of the presidential candidate Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu, today visited the KGB prison again. Once again she tried to meet with Nyaklyaeu. “In the morning I was the third in the queue, and the first after the lunch break. However, other lawyers who are not related to the mass riot case in Minsk on December 19 last year, entered before me. As far as I know, other lawyers had analogous situation. I have not seen Nyaklyaeu since December 29 last year.”

Relatives of the accused refute statements of the Prosecutor General’s office.

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Terrorism is Main Threat To Russia – Could Kremlin Stop Attacks Before Olympic Games In 2014?

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

Some officials and analysts questioned whether the Kremlin could stop the attacks.

“We can’t handle these first of all because we are a country that’s corrupt—everything can be bought and sold,” said Gennady Gudkov, a senior legislator from the pro-Kremlin Just Russia party.

President Dmitry Medvedev said terrorism is “the main threat” that Russia faces and vowed to find and eliminate those responsible for Monday’s deadly suicide bombing at the country’s busiest international airport. There was still no claim of responsibility for Monday’s attack. Mr. Medvedev said airport officials and police responsible for what he called lax security at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport would be punished. But airport officials rejected the criticism, saying security in the public zone outside international arrivals where the bombing took place was the responsibility of the police.
The chief of the transport police division at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and two officers were fired Wednesday by Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev.

Medvedev warned that extremist groups would be targeting major international events Russia is scheduled to host in the coming years, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Russian President Criticizes Judicial System

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized the country’s judicial system, in particular harsh punishments for economic crimes.
“It would be wrong to narrow the situation in the sphere of justice down to the issue of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev alone. We need to look at the practice of using criminal legislation on economic crimes, … there are businessmen in Russia who committed minor crimes but were imprisoned for 10-15 years.

Medvedev called for a wider use of fines as punishment for crimes not related to violence. He also said that judges should not perceive the maximum possible punishment for crimes as the only option.

In April 2010, Medvedev signed into law amendments to legislation on economic crimes intended to increase the use of bail for suspects awaiting trial and halt the abuse of the system, where officials attempt to pressure suspects by keeping them in pretrial detention for extended periods.
Judges should be treated with respect but not be completely immune from any control of their activity.

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