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North Caucasus-based Caucasus Emirate on terrorist group list

Posted by Info on 26/05/2011

The U.S. Department of State has put North Caucasus-based Caucasus Emirate (Imarat Kavkaz, IK) on its official list of terrorist groups under Presidential Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists, terrorist organizations or acts of terrorism,” the statement reads.
“This action will help stem the flow of financial and other assistance to the group. Imarat Kavkaz uses bombings, shootings and attempted assassinations to provoke a revolution and expel the Russian government from the North Caucasus region,the statement continues.

The US added Russia’s most wanted terrorist Doku Umarov to the Rewards for Justice program, offering $5 million for information on his where abouts. Umarov has claimed responsibility for all the main terror attacks in Russia in recent years, including the bombing at Domodedovo Airport in January that killed 37 people and last March’s twin suicide attacks on the Moscow subway in which 40 people died.

During the G8 summit in Deauville, France, Russia and the United States also issued a joint statement in which they agreed to further cooperate in fighting al Qaeda. The sides said they will address the issue of fighting terrorism within various multilateral forums, including the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism and another multinational anti-terrorism forum to be established in the near future, as well as during UN and G8 meetings.
The countries also agreed to cooperate in strengthening air passenger security.

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Belarus Leader May Trade Rivals’ Freedom for Financial Aid To Get From Economic Crisis

Posted by Info on 26/05/2011

The president, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, indicated that he might free his imprisoned political rivals, a signal that he could be ready to strike a deal with Western governments in exchange for financial support.
Belarussian ruble was devalued by an additional 36 percent this week, and many economists say it could plunge further.

Until now, Mr. Lukashenko has openly mocked demands from the United States and the European Union to release about two dozen opposition figures who were jailed for participating in a large protest over the president’s victory in fraud-riddled elections last year.

A large foreign bailout is imperative, economists say, but a $3 billion loan tentatively offered by Russia has been slow in coming, and might not be enough in any case.

“They are still screaming, ‘Free the political prisoners,’ Mr. Lukashenko said Wednesday, referring to Western officials. “We’ll free them probably. No need to blow government money on prisons, eating up bread.”
“This is a signal that our government is now open to a deal,” said Sergei Chaly, an independent economist.

Both the United States and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions against top officials in Belarus, including the president, contingent on the release of the prisoners.The police brutally dispersed tens of thousands of people who converged last December on a large square in Minsk to contest the presidential elections. Hundreds were arrested, and opposition leaders have since been sentenced to up to five years in prison for organizing the rally.

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Shostakovich Promoting “United Russia” Party / Family Is Angry: ” We do not want to have any relation to this party”

Posted by Info on 26/05/2011

The Russia’s ruling United Russia party will apologize for a controversial poster campaign which placed historic residents of the city beside the party logo.
Poet Alexander Bloc, rock musician Viktor Tsoi and composer Dmitry Shostakovich were among the faces chosen to endorse the United Russia Party. The campaign sparked outrage among relatives and fans of those cultural icons, who said it constituted a desecration of the memories of the deceased.
“This campaign is an absolute idiocy, I have no other words to describe it!” Russian writer Alexander Arkhangelsky said.
St Petersburg resident Oleg Barantsev, 35: “They [United Russia] have long been living in a dream world. The fact that their popularity ratings are dropping does not seem to bother them.”
Under Russian law, a person’s image can only be used with their permission, or with permission from their relatives if they have died. Shostakovich’s granddaughter Anastasia Chukovskaya said no one in her family was consulted about the poster campaign.
“We are extremely angry. These posters mean that Shostakovich is promoting United Russia. This does not correspond to our family’s interests. We do not want to have any relation to this party.”

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