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Dozens Of Arrested Protesters Remain Missing In Georgia

Posted by Info on 06/06/2011

President Saakashvilli speaks of bringing a Western-style democracy to Georgia, but his police used extreme force against largely peaceful protestors. In the aftermath there have been tales of aggression behind bars, of people going missing causing deep concerns amongst their friends and their relatives.

Giuli’s son was a member of an opposition group. He was arrested as part of the crackdown on opposition three days before the protests took place. She has not seen or heard from him since and has no idea where he is now.
“I was told he was at one police station, so I went there. But they said he had been moved to a police station in another region. When I went to that one they said he was not there either. So now he is missing. I do not know why,” says the mother of the missing opposition member.

In the days leading up to the protests, during and after them, many people have been arrested. Finding all these people is proving extremely difficult.
Inconsistencies in official information are even more troubling when it comes to some of the deaths surrounding the protests.

Days after the demonstration, Niko Kvindradze’s body was found on a roof near the protest area. He was last seen photographed amongst those being detained. The circumstances of his death remain extremely unclear.

“There are lots of questions about these bodies because we were receiving a lot of information from inside, when people were just leaving police – beaten people, demonstrators – that people were being beaten so terribly that there were cases of death,”
said Georgian opposition leader Nino Burdzanadze.
“The isolators, the police, the Ministry of Interior they did not give us a response about where these people were, so they did not give out any information about where these people were detained and so on, so it was a huge mess.”

The Georgian government used force to disrupt opposition protests in the capital Tbilisi after midnight on May 26 in order to clear the streets for the Independence Day parade. The demonstrators refused to leave the streets after four days of protests vowing to oust President Saakashvili.

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Молдова: Центризбирком задерживает Oбъявление Pезультатов Bыборов

Posted by Info on 06/06/2011

Центральная избирательная комиссия и Кишиневский окружной избирательный совет противоречат друг другу в данных и отказываются представлять данные по местным выборам в молдавской столице.

Центризбирком отказался объявлять результаты выборов после того, как ближе к утру был зафиксирован стабильный тренд, указывающий на возможную победу кандидата от Партии коммунистов уже в первом туре выборов на пост примара Кишинева. Отказ последовал еще и после того, как рано утром окружной избирательный совет объявил, что по результатам подсчета 99 процентов бюллетеней кандидат от ПКРМ Игорь Додон набрал 52 процента голосов.??

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More Than 2,000 Disappearances in North Caucasus Remain Unsolved

Posted by Info on 06/06/2011

Russia’s Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights held a conference on June 1 – 2 in Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkal:
The head of the department for the North Caucasus said that 75,000 crimes were committed in the district in 2010, a third of them serious crimes, and that the number of murders rose sharply. She did say that thanks to an anti-kidnapping program developed in 2007, the number of disappearances had dropped two-fold. Still, she said more than 2,000 disappearances remain unsolved in the district.

Russia’s human rights ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin said that the testimony put forward during the conference indicated that the quality of life in Dagestan was very low, adding that law-enforcement personnel are committing “serious crimes,” abducting people “without investigation, on the slightest suspicion.”

Svetlana Gannushkina: “The methods of fighting crime are worse than the crimes themselves.”

Zaur Gaziev, chief editor of the newspaper Respublika, stated: “The cost of human life in Dagestan is incommensurably lower than in the rest of Russia. We easily kill one another, thinking that this can solve all of our problems. Dagestani society is on the edge of a civil war that could be triggered by what he called “flagrant” instances of violence on the part of the republic’s law-enforcement bodies.

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Putin Moves Russia From Authoritarianism to Totalitarianism – Preparation for Elections

Posted by Info on 06/06/2011

A group of 14 acclaimed Russian intellectuals, including human rights activists, artists, film directors, writers have published an open statement condemning the present regime for “completely destroying the institution of democratic elections in Russia.”

Election results are shamelessly falsified by the authorities, while opposition parties and activists are “unconstitutionally” denied registration to run in elections under cooked up pretexts.

So called “vertical of power”—a system of personalized authoritarian rule the prime minister and leader of the ruling United Russia Vladimir Putin has been building since 1999. This “vertical of power” has created a rubberstamp misrepresentative parliament, a “paralyzed Dmitry Medvedev presidency” and dysfunctional regional and municipal authorities.

If the coming Duma elections next December and the presidential elections in March 2012 are again not free or fair, the legitimacy of the entire Russian state will be called into question.

Medvedev has publicly demanded that Putin’s government rescind the drastic hike in payroll taxes that was introduced from January 2011 to fund increases in payouts to pensioners, introduced in the last two years to boost Putin’s popularity. The payroll tax increase has angered business, especially small and medium sized companies. The drastic growth of spending on defense and pension payouts has created a budget deficit that high oil prices cannot cover.

Putin announced the formation of an All-Russia people’s front (ONF, or Obzherossiysky Narodni Front)—an amalgamation of masses of different regional and national public organizations around the ruling United Russia party. This week, Putin’s press service announced: “About 16 All-Russian organizations, 429 regional, interregional and local groups have joined the ONF and more are welcome”
Russian election rules allow only registered parties to field candidates in elections and forbid election blocks. The ONF will run in Duma elections next December under the mantle of United Russia—up to 15 percent of the party election list are allowed to be nonparty members.
Trade and professional unions are joining the ONF, as well as entire municipalities..the entire population of Khabarovsk—a large city of over half a million on the border with China in the Russian Far East—has joined the ONF…thousands of groups large and small the declared “equality of all” will in effect mean they all unequivocally endorse Putin – the great leader and sole decision maker.

During the Cold War Putin served in East Germany as a KGB resident. Unlike the former USSR, which was a strictly one-party state, the former GDR, as well as communist-ruled Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia where so-called “peoples democracies”—ruled by people’s fronts—fictitious multiparty organizations in which the communists had junior partners intended to give a totalitarian dictatorship a nicer look. With the new ONF, Putin is apparently trying to reproduce the GDR of his younger years in today’s Russia.

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