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Archive for September 6th, 2011

Denmark Supports Ending EU-Russia Visas + Russian Proposal Also To US

Posted by Info on 06/09/2011

Denmark, which will take over the EU presidency next year, said they will support Moscow’s bid to cancel visa requirements between Russia and the European Union.

“This issue has been discussed by the Russian Federation and the European Union,” Russian Transportation Minister Igor Levitin: “This decision will be made by the European Commission after consultations with EU countries.”

Russian officials have been calling for visa-free travel with European states over the past year, but last week marked the first time that the issue was raised at high-level talks with Washington.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev endorsed also the visa-free idea with US, with his top foreign policy adviser, Sergei Prikhodko who said: “The idea to introduce visa-free travel with the United States is contained in a message to President Barack Obama sent to Washington a couple of days ago”.

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Russian Professors Accused Of Spying For China

Posted by Info on 06/09/2011

Russian prosecutors accused two Russian professors of selling state secrets to China.
Lawyers for Russia’s national intelligence agency, the FSB, handed over to a St Petersburg city court formal accusations alleging Evgeny Afanasiev and Sviatoslav Bobyshev transferred secret military information during a two-month visit to China in 2009. Afanasiev and Bobyshev were arrested by FSB agents in March 2010 and have been in government custody since then. They face 20 years in prison if convicted of spying.

The professors’ employer, the Baltic State Technical University, specialises in aerospace and rocketry. Its alumni include top designers in Russia’s space programme, and cosmonauts.

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