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Archive for August 20th, 2011

Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya / New York/ Movie = A Bitter Taste of Freedom

Posted by Info on 20/08/2011

The 90-minute feature film entitled A Bitter Taste of Freedom had the creator of the most renown documentary-makers to come out of Russia, Los Angeles-based Marina Goldovskaya, whose credits include 28 award-winning productions.

The film director has known Anna Politkovskaya’s family for three decades, and her film paints an in-depth portrait of a woman who had a heart of gold and felt people’s pain more keenly than her own.

A human rights activist famous for her courageous exposure of abuses during the Chechen conflict, the 48-year-old was brutally murdered on her doorstep as she was returning home from work. The crime remains unsolved.

Goldovskaya learned of Politkovskaya’s death from news bulletins, after which she received a phone call from Anna’s children who wondered if her close friend would make a film about their mother.

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Violence Remains ‘Chronic Problem’ in Russia’s North Caucasus

Posted by Info on 20/08/2011

The U.S. Department of State in its annual report on global terrorism threats:
“Terrorist attacks in Russia continued to emanate from the ongoing unrest in the North Caucasus,” the report, released on Thursday, said. “Radical militants calling for a Caliphate within the Caucasus continued to constitute the main terrorist threat.”
A total of 529 terrorist attacks, which killed 218 people and injured 536 others, were registered in Russia as of mid-December last year.
The bloodiest of the attacks were carried out in Russian capital on March 29, when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Moscow’s busy metro during morning rush hour, killing 40 people and injuring some 100 others. Other major terrorist attacks occurred in the volatile North Caucasus region, particularly in the republics of Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Chechnya, and Kabardino-Balkaria.
“While these attacks were designed to cause mass civilian casualties, far more numerous were attacks targeting security forces and government facilities in the region.”

Last year Dmitry Medvedev signed amendments to the country’s Criminal Code increasing punishment for perpetrating a terrorist attack and promoting terrorist activities. In July, Russia amended its anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing regulations as part of the government’s fight against terrorism.

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Russia/Latvia: Ruling on Kononov Hurts Prestige of Strasbourg Court

Posted by Info on 20/08/2011

The Grand Chamber of the European Court for Human Rights cancelled the original verdict against Great Patriotic War veteran Vassili Kononov. This is a dangerous precedent that can be used by those who wish to re-write history and destroy the post-war system based on the decisions by the Nuremburg Tribunal.
Russia believes that the verdict in favour of Latvia is extremely politicized.

89-year-old Vassili Kononov died late March pending the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights. In the early 2000s, Latvia accused the veteran of committing war crimes and killing civilians on its territory during the Great Patriotic War when he was a commander of a partisan unit. A court in Riga sentenced the retired man to 6 years and later, to 12 years in prison. However, in 2008, the European Court of Human Rights overturned the Latvian court ruling and obliged the Latvian authorities to pay 30 thousand Euros as moral compensation. However, Latvia lodged an appeal against the judgment at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

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