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Archive for February 2nd, 2011

RuLeaks: Перхеентуп: “Путин Не Знает, Что Делать”

Posted by Info on 02/02/2011

Последняя встреча президента Финляндии Тарьи Халонен с Владимиром Путиным оставила у финской стороны четкое впечатление, что президент России расстроен и встревожен….

Глава департамента «Россия» МФ Перхеентупа заявил нам, что споры, подобные спору о российском статусе ВСП будут неизбежно оказывать влияние на любые торговые отношения. Однако у него сложилось впечатление, что «Путин находится в состоянии, когда он не знает, что делать. Он ездит с одного саммита на другой, реагируя на внешнеполитические события, но не реализуя никакой стратегии или сложившегося подхода».

Чечня: Путин заявил о том, что у него уже нет больше сил выслушивать поучения насчет необходимости политического решения конфликта. Он подробнейшим образом перечислил шаги, которые предпринимала Россия с целью достижения такого политического решения, а также сказал, что если бы нашелся хотя бы один человек, с которым он мог бы заключить соглашение – кто-нибудь, кто согласился бы с постулатом неотделимости Чечни от России – он бы обязательно такое соглашение заключил….

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500,000 Russians in Latvia and Estonia Deprived Of Political, Social Rights

Posted by Info on 02/02/2011

Some 500,000 Russians living in Latvia and Estonia have been deprived of political and social rights as they have no citizenship, a statement by Russia’s Foreign Ministry says.

According to the paper the situation is exacerbated by a lack of involvement from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Moscow expressed its bewilderment with the Agency’s report which focuses on the forthcoming Estonian elections saying nothing about Russian-speaking residents who have no right to vote.

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Memorial And WikiLeaks Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by Info on 02/02/2011

A Norwegian lawmaker Valen has nominated WikiLeaks for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, saying that its disclosures of classified documents promote world peace by holding governments accountable for their actions.

<em>”I think it is important to raise a debate about freedom of expression and that truth is always the first casualty in war. WikiLeaks wants to make governments accountable for their actions and that contributes to peace.”
WikiLeaks had advanced the struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom of speech, just like last year’s winner, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
Valen cited disclosures of nepotism and corruption in Tunisia’s presidential family, saying WikiLeaks “made a small contribution to bringing down” that regime.

Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva, Afghan human rights advocate Sima Samar, and several rights groups including U.S.-based Wings of Hope and Cuban opposition movement Damas de Blanco are also on the list. His own top guess is Russian rights group Memorial, followed by activists Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Ory Okolloh of Kenya.
The committee will announce the winner in October.

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Russia Against EU, US And “counter-productive” Sanctions For Belarus

Posted by Info on 02/02/2011

Russian observers published a report recognizing the election as legitimate, although they did point out some “minor” violations, which, in their opinion, did not affect the outcome. The EU and the US have more than once stated that the election in the republic was falsified.

On January 31, the European Union banned Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, his two elder sons, and a group of 158 state officials from entering EU territory and also froze their European bank accounts.
Washington, which has closely coordinated its moves with Europe, announced that its list of unwelcome Belarusian officials will be extended. As for economic sanctions, the US has recalled licenses for deals with the largest Belarusian chemical company.

BUT Moscow has criticized sanctions against Belarus introduced by the EU and the US.
“Certainly, each country gives its own assessment of events in Minsk on December 19, 2010, and later….Russia’s consistent position is that Belarus, as a sovereign European state, should be involved in international cooperation. In this strategic context, applying sanctions against Belarus for political reasons aiming at undermining social and economic stability in the country will be counter-productive.”

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