Russia & Eastern Europe

Russian President Putin Dismisses Head of Russia’s Troubled Southern Dagestan Province

January 28, 2013

Putin appointed Magomedsalam Magomedov to a role in the presidential administration, the Kremlin statement said, removing him from the post of provincial head that he had held since being appointed in 2010.”

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Russian Foreign Minister: Iran and Western Powers Must “Stop Behaving Like Little Children”

January 28, 2013

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Iran and the West should stop behaving “like little children” and agree on where to hold talks on Tehran’s nuclear program that were supposed to take place this month.”

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Azerbaijan Police Disperse Protesters Demanding a Regional Leader’s Resignation

January 25, 2013

“Nizami Alekperov, Ismailli regional governor, rejected protesters’ demands, but complaints about wages, unemployment and oppressive government in the oil-producing country may send a worrying signal to President Ilham Aliyev in an election year.”

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Ukraine Signs $10 Billion Gas Shale Deal With Royal Dutch Shell

January 25, 2013

“Ukraine has signed a major shale gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell – a move seen as an attempt by Kiev to reduce its dependency on Russian gas imports.”

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Minor Traffic Accident in Azerbaijan Sparks Massive Riot

January 24, 2013

“Police in Azerbaijan says a mob in a central town torched a hotel and several cars in a rampage provoked by a minor vehicle collision.”

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2 Wanted Islamist Rebels Among 13 People Killed in a Shootout with Russian Police in Chechnya

January 24, 2013

“Brothers Khuseyn and Muslim Gakayev have been accused of organizing several high-profile attacks, most recently a suicide bomb attack on an interior ministry vehicle that killed four last August.”

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Russia’s Lower House Supports Bill Allowing President Vladimir Putin to Select Regional Candidates

January 24, 2013

“Putin scrapped popular elections of regional governors as part of a drive to tighten his grip on the political system in his initial 2000-2008 presidency. The elections were reintroduced last year amid a wave of opposition protests.”

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Russia: Mali Rebels Are The Same Militants That Western Countries Armed in Libya

January 24, 2013

“An Islamist alliance of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM and home-grown Malian groups captured northern Mali last year, armed with weapons seized from Libya after the fall of Gaddafi.”

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Russia Sends Two Planes to Lebanon to Rescue up to 150 Russians That Fled From Syria

January 22, 2013

“A Russian diplomat told the AFP news agency: “This is not an evacuation. There is no pressure at all on Russians in Syria to leave the country, because there are many areas in Damascus which are completely safe and free from violence or any clashes.”"

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Russia Considers Banning “Homosexual Propaganda”

January 22, 2013

“The bill is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values as opposed to Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and church see as corrupting Russian youth.”

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Russia Strongly Condemns the Algerian Hostage Terrorist Incident

January 22, 2013

“The Russian Foreign Ministry also offers condolences to the near and dear of the killed hostages and Algerian law enforcement body officers.”

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Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko Named a Suspect in a 1996 Murder Case

January 19, 2013

“The prosecutor’s announcement comes as the European Court of Human Rights is expected to rule that Tymoshenko’s current imprisonment is illegal.”

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Russia Denied Entry to U.S. Naval Officer in Retaliation Against the Magnitsky Act

January 19, 2013

“Russian media reported last year that entry was denied to Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harbeson, former commander at the Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base in Cuba who now oversees Europe, NATO and Russia affairs at the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

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Dutch Justice Ministry: Russian Opposition Activist Found Dead After Being Refused Political Asylum

January 18, 2013

“Dolmatov was found dead in a Dutch detention centre early on Thursday morning after being sent there the previous evening following the failure of his asylum application.”

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Russia Criticizes America’s $50,000 Fine for Refusing to Surrender Books Stolen During World War II

January 17, 2013

“The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday called the ruling “an absolutely unlawful and provocative decision” and threatened a tough response if U.S authorities try to seize Russian property in an attempt to get the fine.”

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