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Archive for October 22nd, 2011

Russia Bans Entry To U.S. Officials

Posted by Info on 22/10/2011

Russia has banned entry to dozens of U.S. officials allegedly involved in human rights violations in response to Washington’s blacklisting of Russian officials involved in the prison death of Sergei Magnitsky.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it was blacklisting unspecified U.S. officials it claims were involved in the abductions of alleged terrorism suspects, the torture of inmates at Guantanamo prison, the killings of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, and abductions or abuse of Russians in the United States.

In July, the U.S. State Department banned entry to dozens of unidentified Russian officials allegedly involved in the death of Magnitsky. Magnitsky, an attorney who was jailed after accusing Interior Ministry officials of involvement in a massive corruption scandal, died in pretrial detention in 2009 after suffering abuse and medical neglect.

The Russian Foreign Ministry today said the U.S. move was a “political provocation”. It said Russia will expand the list of banned U.S.officials if the United States keeps pushing for the prosecution of those involved in Magnitsky’s death.

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Will Presidential Election In November Help for 2 Years Paralyzed Moldova?

Posted by Info on 22/10/2011

Moldova has set November 18 as the date for a presidential election in a fresh bid to end a leadership crisis which has paralyzed reform in one of Europe’s poorest countries for more than two years.
The election of a president is made by parliament, not by direct popular vote, and requires the support of at least 61 deputies.

Previousc attempts to elect a head of state was close with theruling Alliance which has only 59 seats, while the ommunist opposition, which has 42 seats.

The country has been without a full-time president since communist leader Vladimir Voronin stepped down in September 2009 after two consecutive terms in office.

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