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Archive for January 29th, 2011

Belarus Released 7 Detainees, Including Former Candidate For Presidency

Posted by Info on 29/01/2011

Belarus’s KGB state security police said in a statement that Vladimir Neklyayev, 64, and six other people, including the wife of another jailed presidential candidate, were being provisionally released because of good behavior.

Neklyayev, a poet who heads the “Tell the Truth” movement, and Irina Khalip, who is married to Andrei Sannikov of the “For a European Belarus” movement, would be kept under house arrest.
Neklyayev himself was beaten by state security police on December 19 while he was on his way to join a protest march in the city center and was spirited away from his hospital bed to jail by KGB state security officials while recovering.

Western governments have grown increasingly concerned over human rights violations in Belarus and have pressed Lukashenko to free the scores of protesters held after the December 19 vote, which the opposition and international monitors say was rigged.
EU foreign ministers are expected to agree on Monday in Brussels to reimpose visa bans that were suspended by the EU in 2008 to encourage reforms in the ex-Soviet republic.

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Russian Duma Passes New Law on Police Despite “NO” From Opposition

Posted by Info on 29/01/2011

The law introduces a number of significant changes to the work of Russia’s law enforcement agency.
The document clearly defines police officers’ rights and duties, and sets some new limits to their authority. At the same time, though, the agency gets more rights when it comes to providing security in places that could potentially be targets of terrorist attacks. In addition, it gives it a new name – “politsiya” – as opposed to “militsiya”, which it inherited from the Soviet Era.In addition, the staff of the Russian police will be reduced by 20 % by January 1 2012.

BUT the law leaves space for different interpretations which could be used to violate citizens’ rights.

Before being finally passed, the law went through several stages, both on the level of legislators’ debates and on the internet – by ordinary citizens. For the first ever time, on Medvedev’s initiative, the draft was published online for the public to express their opinion. Some of the proposals Russians made during the nationwide discussion were later added as amendments to the bill.

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Belarus: Lukashenko’s sons + 158 More In New Visa Ban

Posted by Info on 29/01/2011

The new names are to join an old list, bringing the total to 158.
Viktor Lukashenko, a presidential aid on defence matters and a member of the country’s security council, is to be branded persona non grata in the EU.
To an attack on the Lukashenko family, Dmitry Lukashenko, a political nobody who runs the Presidential Sports Club, is also to be barred from entering the Union.

The 117 new names also include: Yury Zhadobin (minister of defence); Leonid Maltsev (the secretary of the security council); Vadim Zaytsev (the head of the secret police, the KGB); Vladimir Makey (Mr Lukashenko’s chief foreign policy advisor); Grigory Vasilevich (the prosecutor general); and Vladimir Andreychenko (the head of the lower chamber of parliament).
The new list also comprises: the 24 heads of the regional and central election committees; 30 lawyers; and 10 journalists, dubbed “Lukashenko propagandists” by one EU diplomat.
The pre-existing register, numbering 41 names, including Mr Lukashenko himself, was suspended in 2008 but is to be re-instated.

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Interview With Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Posted by Info on 29/01/2011

BLOOMBERG TELEVISION: Mr. President, thank you very much for joining us. You want to turn Russia into a modern country. You’ve got McDonalds. You’ve got shopping malls. You’ve got sushi. What’s missing?

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: What’s missing? More common things like infrastructure, business infrastructure, and legislation to properly regulate that business activity are missing. The official establishment, the bureaucracy, lack proper legal consciousness. And a well-developed judicial system is missing. Once we have all that, and provided there is no corruption, it would mean that Russia is ready to steam ahead along its modernisation track. …as regards compliance with legislation in our country, the situation here is as follows: our businessmen often try to strike a bargain with public officials, civil servants and among themselves in order to get around our legislation, which is not underdeveloped in my opinion, and try to close deals that are contrary to laws….last year alone several thousand private entrepreneurs and employees of major business entities were sent to prison for tax crimes.

… our judicial system as well as any attempts to bring pressure, including on me as the President, are totally destructive in this context because they make everyone else think that the judicial and legal system in Russia is so imperfect..more HERE

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