Russia [ex-Soviet Union/USSR]
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 28, 2015 Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov
QUOTE: About two weeks before he was shot and killed in the highest-profile political assassination in Russia in a decade, Boris Y. Nemtsov met with an old friend to discuss his latest research into what he said was dissembling and misdeeds in the Kremlin... he wanted to publish the research in a pamphlet to be called “Putin and the War,” about President Vladimir V. Putin and Russian involvement in the Ukraine conflict
New York Times May 31, 2014 In Ukraine War, Kremlin Leaves No Fingerprints
QUOTE: The Cold War-style standoff over Ukraine may have subsided for now. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has drawn his troops back from the border and has promised to work with Ukraine’s new government. But the shifting reality here in eastern Ukraine suggests the crisis has simply entered a new phase. In contrast to Crimea, which was seized by Russian troops in unmarked uniforms this spring, eastern Ukraine is evolving into a subtle game in which Russian freelancers shape events and the Kremlin plausibly denies involvement.
New York Times Sep 30, 2013 Snowden says his “sole intention” was to prompt national security debate: Whistleblower advocate reads statement on Snowden's behalf before EU committee.
QUOTE: “I thank the European Parliament and the LIBE [Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs] Committee for taking up the challenge of mass surveillance,” said Jesselyn Radack, who read the statement for Snowden.
Ars Technica Sep 20, 2013 Fukushima Forever
QUOTE: Fukushima is just the latest episode in a dangerous dance with radiation that has been going on for 68 years. Since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 we have repeatedly let loose plutonium and other radioactive substances on our planet, and authorities have repeatedly denied or trivialized their dangers. The authorities include national governments (the U.S., Japan, the Soviet Union/ Russia, England, France and Germany); the worldwide nuclear power industry; and some scientists both in and outside of these governments and the nuclear power industry. Denials and trivialization have continued with Fukushima.
Huffington Post Apr 07, 2013 The Slow Death of the American Author
QUOTE: The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers....Many people would say such changes are simply in the nature of markets, and see no problem if authors are left to write purely for the love of the game. But what sort of society would that be?
New York Times Aug 17, 2012 Anti-Putin Stunt Earns Punk Band Two Years in Jail
QUOTE: Three young women who staged an anti-Putin stunt in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral, and whose jailing became a cause célèbre championed by artists around the world, were convicted of hooliganism on Friday and sentenced to two years in a penal colony. In the most high-profile rights case here in years, the imprisonment and trial of the women, members of a punk band called Pussy Riot, drew worldwide condemnation of constraints on political speech in Russia.
New York Times Nov 09, 2011 Iran's nuclear program alarms world powers
QUOTE: no evidence that Iran has decided to actually build a bomb. But its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known....Iranian officials slammed the nuclear watchdog agency's report as a fabrication aimed at satisfying U.S. allegations about Iran's nuclear program.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 31, 2011 ‘Frozen Conflict’ Between Azerbaijan and Armenia Begins to Boil
QUOTE: Since the early 1990s, Azerbaijan has been trying to regain control of Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly ethnic Armenian enclave within its borders, and secure the return of ethnic Azeris who were forced from their homes by war. A cease-fire has held since 1994...
New York Times May 23, 2011 Russian Justice (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: ...Russia wants the world to believe that it abides by the rule of law. “It has a Constitution, courts, judges and established procedures,” said Pavel Ivlev, one of Khodorkovsky’s lawyers. But, Ivlev adds, “You also have the reality that everything is controlled by Putin and his friends.”
New York Times May 21, 2011 Was It Something I Wrote?
QUOTE: In Russia today, journalists are murdered like Anna Politkovskaya, beaten like Oleg Kashin and intimidated like me... The real problem is that journalists are ignored.
New York Times Dec 27, 2010 Former Russian Tycoon Is Again Convicted
QUOTE: Seven years ago, Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, Russia’s richest man, was jailed after challenging the authority of Vladimir V. Putin, who wanted the country’s post-Soviet tycoons to stop meddling in politics. On Monday, Mr. Khodorkovsky, still behind bars, was convicted on new charges of embezzlement in a case that has been widely viewed as an indicator of whether Russia will take even modest steps toward establishing a real rule of law.
New York Times Nov 28, 2010 Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy
QUOTE: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.
New York Times Jun 15, 2010 Evidence of Plans for Kyrgyz Violence
QUOTE: Violence ebbed on Tuesday and people began emerging from their barricaded homes in Kyrgyzstan’s ethnically torn south, as evidence mounted that days of brutal bloodletting had been deliberately organized to ignite long-running tensions between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks.
New York Times Jun 03, 2010 The Holocaust in Lithuania: One man's crusade to bring justice
QUOTE: Within five months of Nazi Germany's invasion in the summer of 1941, most of Lithuania's 200,000 to 220,000 Jews were dead....The pace of the mass murder of Lithuania's Jews -- and the active participation of the local population -- are meticulously recorded in two of the most infamous documents of Holocaust history.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 03, 2010 Russia Turns a Deaf Ear as Killing Cries for Justice
QUOTE: Magomed Yevloyev was openly feuding with the region’s leader, Murat M. Zyazikov, when the two men happened to board the same flight from Moscow. Barely half an hour after the police escorted Mr. Yevloyev, 36, off the plane, he was dropped off at a hospital with an execution-style wound....Almost two years later, the case serves as a lesson in how the legal process can be strangled.
New York Times May 17, 2010 Russian Journalists, Fighting Graft, Pay in Blood
QUOTE: the violence was an omen, beginning a wave of unsolved attacks and official harassment against journalists, human rights activists and opposition politicians around the region, which includes the Moscow suburbs, but not the city itself. Rarely, if ever, is anyone held responsible.
New York Times Oct 24, 2009 Why Russians Ignore Ballot Fraud
QUOTE: The apparent brazenness of the fraud and the absence of a spirited reaction says a lot about the deep apathy in Russia, where people grew disillusioned with politics under Communism and have seen little reason to alter their view.
New York Times Oct 19, 2009 Investment firm dares to cry corruption in Russia: British company outlines tax fraud's many accomplices
QUOTE: Hermitage Capital Management, once the largest foreign investor in the Russian stock market, is escalating its campaign to force the Kremlin to punish officials suspected of stealing $230 million from the government last year...
Washington Post Sep 04, 2009 GQ’s Provocative Article on Russia Will Be Hard to Find in Russia
QUOTE: Condé Nast, publisher of GQ, decided not to send copies of the magazine to Russia, to post the article [that criticizes the Russian government] on GQ’s Web site or to include a translated version of it in any of the four magazines it owns in Russia...
New York Times Jul 07, 2009 Legally Lawless Russia (Remembering Paul Klebnikov)
QUOTE: Out of the 250 journalists who have died in Russia since the end of communism, 150 were murdered covering normal, peacetime stories.
Forbes Jun 27, 2009 Cyberwar: U.S. and Russia Differ on a Treaty for Cyberspace
QUOTE: Any agreement on cyberspace presents special difficulties because the matter touches on issues like censorship of the Internet, sovereignty and rogue actors who might not be subject to a treaty. United States officials say the disagreement over approach has hindered international law enforcement cooperation, particularly given that a significant proportion of the attacks against American government targets are coming from China and Russia.
New York Times Apr 24, 2009 In Olympic City, an Uneven Playing Field for Vote
QUOTE: opposition candidates [for the office of mayor of Moscow] and many citizens complain that the local administration — in what is by now a familiar pattern in Russia — has used heavy-handed tactics to strangle the competition and promote the candidacy of the acting mayor, Anatoly Pakhomov, of the Kremlin-backed party United Russia.
New York Times Jan 02, 2009 Countries in tug-of-war over Arctic resources
QUOTE: One of the planet's most fragile and pristine ecosystems sits atop a bounty of untapped fossil fuels...And the fight over who owns those resources may turn out to be the most important territorial dispute of this century. Russia, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland all have a stake in the Arctic's icy real estate.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 01, 2009 Gazprom cuts off Ukraine's gas supply
QUOTE: Russian energy monopoly Gazprom said Thursday it had cut off supplies of natural gas to Ukraine after a payment deadline expired. Gazprom had been threatening the move, saying months of negotiations with Ukraine had failed to resolve the issue of outstanding payments.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 26, 2008 Nationalism of Putin’s Era Veils Sins of Stalin’s (Kremlin Rules)
QUOTE: The Kremlin in the Putin era has often sought to maintain as much sway over the portrayal of history as over the governing of the country. In seeking to restore Russia’s standing, Mr. Putin and other officials have stoked a nationalism that glorifies Soviet triumphs while playing down or even whitewashing the system’s horrors. As a result, across Russia, many archives detailing killings, persecution and other such acts committed by the Soviet authorities have become increasingly off limits.
New York Times Nov 01, 2008 Nuclear Deterrence in the Age of Nuclear Terrorism An attack on one of the great cities of the world is almost inevitable. But with better detection technologies, a new international alliance could st
QUOTE: Given current policies and practices, a nuclear terrorist attack that devastates one of the great cities of the world is inevitable. In my judgment, if governments do no more and no less than they are doing today, the odds of such an event within a decade are more than 50 percent.
Technology Review Oct 31, 2008 Virtual Heist Nets 500,000+ Bank, Credit Accounts
QUOTE: A single cyber crime group has stolen more than a half million bank, credit and debit card accounts over the past two-and-a-half years using one of the most advanced strains of computer spyware in existence
Washington Post Oct 23, 2008 Loose Lips Lead to Trouble for British Tories
QUOTE: Did George Osborne, the Conservative’s brash spokesman for economic affairs, solicit an $80,000 donation from the fabulously rich Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska?...that basic question has been buried under a mille-feuille of issues, including old-school ties, big foreign money, gossipy Westminster politics and the proper etiquette for dealing with indiscreet confidences gleaned while enjoying someone else’s hospitality.
New York Times Aug 20, 2008 NATO, Russia in war of words over Georgia
QUOTE: NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Tuesday that Russian forces were still inside Georgia, despite a European Union-brokered cease-fire agreement to withdraw -- and despite Moscow's saying it had begun pulling out Monday.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 04, 2008 Lawyers Press Russian Case Against a U.S. Bank
QUOTE: A team of American trial lawyers sharpened their arguments Thursday that the Bank of New York Mellon should be held civilly liable for $22.5 billion in damages under United States law for a money-laundering scandal in the late 1990s that helped undermine the Russian economy.
New York Times May 28, 2008 111 Nations, Minus the U.S., Agree to Cluster-Bomb Ban
QUOTE: More than 100 countries reached agreement Wednesday to ban cluster bombs, controversial weapons that human rights groups deplore but that the United States, which did not join the ban, calls an integral, legitimate part of its arsenal.
Washington Post May 27, 2008 U.N. Blames Russia for Downed Drone
QUOTE: The United Nations report noted that the use of force by any third party, such as a fighter plane scrambled from Russia, is “fundamentally inconsistent” with Russia’s role as a peacekeeper and “undercuts the cease-fire and separation of forces regime.” It also raised “possible considerations under international law.”
New York Times Apr 08, 2008 Moscow Killings Blamed on Racism: Non-Slavs Targeted, Rights Groups Say
QUOTE: The killing of [a Moscow man], which remains under investigation, is part of a wave of racially motivated murders in Moscow that has put the city's migrant communities on edge, particularly people from Central Asia, according to human rights groups. Easily singled out because of their non-Slavic appearance, Central Asian workers have borne the brunt of the attacks by skinheads and neo-Nazis.
Washington Post Nov 11, 2007 The World: As It Rises, Russia Stirs Baltic Fears
QUOTE: The tensions over the riots come as the Baltic countries are trying to challenge Russia’s energy monopoly. All three are resisting an ambitious Russian-German plan to build a pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would send gas directly from Russia to Western Europe — bypassing the Baltics and cutting them out of transit fees and access to the flow. Estonia has led this opposition, with a challenge on environmental grounds.
New York Times Nov 06, 2007 Deadly Fires Expose Disorder in Putin’s Russia
QUOTE: Respect for law, safety and public health, and the Russian government’s ability to govern, still lag far behind the Kremlin’s restored sense of self, as evidenced by the scale at which Russia’s population suffers from fires.
New York Times Oct 22, 2007 Rights Activist Tells of Detention In Russian Psychiatric Institutions
QUOTE: Activists say Arap was only one of countless Russian citizens who have been wrongly spirited into mental facilities. The tactics echo those used during Soviet times, when a whole class of professionals, doctors, judges and low-level officials cooperated with government officials to silence critics.
Washington Post Oct 21, 2007 Scam Czars: What’s Russian for ‘Hacker’?
QUOTE: The security firms have not received much assistance from the Russian government, which seems to show little interest in a crackdown, as if officials privately take some pleasure in knowing that their compatriots are tormenting millions of people in the West.
New York Times Oct 14, 2007 With Tight Grip on Ballot, Putin Is Forcing Foes Out
QUOTE: Strict new election rules adopted under Mr. Putin, combined with the Kremlin’s dominance over the news media and government agencies, are expected to propel the party that he created, United Russia, to a parliamentary majority even more overwhelming than its current one.
New York Times Oct 01, 2007 Many Czechs Love U.S., but Say ‘Hold the Radar’
QUOTE: Many Czechs say that far from protecting them, the radar would make their country a target, and this time they do not want to keep quiet and do America’s bidding. Russia has been vocal in its opposition to the plan, and in February its missile commander threatened to target countries in Eastern Europe that became part of the missile shield.
New York Times Sep 11, 2007 Russian Authorities Won't Renew Visa of U.S. Labor Organizer: Move Seen as Part of Crackdown On Western-Funded Civic Activism
QUOTE: Russian authorities have refused to renew the visa of an American labor activist working with a dockworkers union in Kaliningrad, the latest in a series of visa denials targeting Western trade unionists, business people, journalists and lawyers whose activities attracted the suspicion of state officials.
Washington Post Sep 09, 2007 Israel Arrests Suspects in Neo-Nazi Attacks
QUOTE: Russia has a problem with neo-Nazi groups, and the phenomenon arrived in Israel with relatives of Jews who came here from the former Soviet Union but who are not themselves Jewish. Some Russian immigrants have had difficulty adjusting to Israeli life.
New York Times Aug 23, 2007 Estonia Accuses Ex-Official of Genocide
QUOTE: The authorities in Estonia on Wednesday said that they had charged a cousin of a former president with genocide in connection with his role as a Communist bureaucrat involved in the deportation of civilians to Siberia in 1949.
New York Times Aug 02, 2007 Russian Firm May Cut Gas Supply to Belarus
QUOTE: Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly, said Wednesday it will cut off nearly half of its shipments to Belarus within two days… [but] will keep the gas flowing if Belarus offers an acceptable settlement by Friday morning
Washington Post Jul 20, 2007 New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools
QUOTE: [Two new Russian high school] books reflect the themes dominating official political discourse here: that Putin restored Russian strength and built what the Kremlin calls a "sovereign democracy" despite American efforts to isolate the country .... But critics say the term is a self-serving veil for unchecked executive power...
Washington Post Jul 01, 2007 A Death in Moscow
QUOTE: [Anna Politkovskaya’s] writing made her more than a reporter; when she died, she was a crisis mediator and Russia’s most prominent human rights advocate .... Politkovskaya fought for the victims — of the state, of terror and of that Russian catchall, fate. Then she joined them.
New York Times May 19, 2007 Cyber Assaults on Estonia Typify a New Battle Tactic
QUOTE: [Estonia] has been subject in recent weeks to massive and coordinated cyber attacks on Web sites of the government, banks, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers and news organizations
Washington Post May 11, 2007 Serbia's new human-rights role questioned: Serbia takes the lead of a European rights council Friday, even as ultranationalism deepens.
QUOTE: The ironies of Serbia taking a symbolic leadership role in the council are compounded by mounting worry in Washington and Europe about a rightward shift in Serbian politics following the election this week of a pro-Russian ultranationalist as parliament speaker.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 19, 2007 Orphanages brim, but Russia thwarts foreign adoption: This week, the last of 89 foreign-based adoption agencies failed to get reaccreditation.
QUOTE: Defenders of the government crackdown say it's about improving accountability and providing safeguards for Russian children who are adopted abroad. They cite claims that at least 14 Russian kids adopted in the US and Canada have died over the past decade, victims of parental abuse.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 18, 2007 Memo From Paris: U.S. Missile Deals Bypass, and Annoy, European Union
QUOTE: The European Union is upset because Washington is negotiating bilaterally with Poland and the Czech Republic about something that affects Europe as a whole. The union has been trying for years to patch together a coherent European security and defense policy independent of NATO, and it doesn’t help when member states start cutting deals with Washington on their own.
New York Times Apr 09, 2007 Chinese Fakes: Tough to Police: The country is being told to crack down on piracy of products and intellectual property, but the problem is a global one that will be tough to stamp out
QUOTE: Chinese authorities have made honest efforts in recent years to improve enforcement ... But counterfeiters are growing more sophisticated about how they manufacture and distribute knockoffs, especially exploiting extensive global supply networks. There's also evidence that as China clamps down, production of the knockoffs is shifting to India and Russia.
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