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Jan 26, 2007 Kosovo Wins Support For Split From Serbia: U.S., European Allies Agree to Secession With Ongoing International Supervision

QUOTE: Nearly eight years after NATO warplanes intervened in a bitter ethnic conflict between Serbs and rebellious Kosovo Albanians in the former Yugoslavia, the United States and its European allies have agreed to support Kosovo's permanent secession from Serbia under continuing international supervision, according to senior U.S. and European officials. The decision is likely to lead, possibly as early as this summer, to the formal creation of a new Connecticut-size country in southeastern Europe with membership in the United Nations and, eventually, its own army

Washington Post
Jan 09, 2007 Russia Halts Oil Flow To Belarus in Dispute: Quarrel Reignites Worries in Europe Over Reliability of Key Energy Supplier

QUOTE: Russia on Monday shut off crude oil supplies that flow by pipeline across Belarus to Germany, Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe, charging that Belarus was illegally siphoning off oil meant for the other countries. The dispute between two erstwhile allies will have little immediate effect because the end-customer countries have strategic reserves for at least two months. But it is rekindling discussion in Europe about the reliability of Russia as a supplier of energy.

Washington Post
Dec 13, 2006 Poisoned-spy case tests Europe's cross-border cooperation: As Germany and Interpol join the Litvinenko investigation, clues – and agendas – are often at odds.

QUOTE: [British, Russian, and Interpol detectives are--Ed.] all pursuing clues - and, perhaps, very different agendas - in last month's fatal poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. But as the international probe expands, the players - and clues - are often at odds, complicating a case that demands considerable cross- border cooperation.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 01, 2006 British Find Radiation at 12 Locations

QUOTE: The trail of radiation found in London expanded to 12 sites Thursday, and British authorities turned their attention to two Russian aircraft in their efforts to track the poison that killed a former Russian intelligence officer...

Washington Post
Oct 27, 2006 Deportation Of Uzbek By Russia Is Criticized: European Court Had Ordered Stay

QUOTE: ussia has deported an Uzbek man to his home country despite a last-minute order by the European Court of Human Rights that the deportation be stayed pending a review...."Our greatest concern is for Muminov's protection from torture or other ill treatment,"...

Washington Post
Oct 20, 2006 Russia Halts Activities of Many Groups From Abroad

QUOTE: Russia on Thursday suspended the activities of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Republican Institute and more than 90 other foreign nongovernmental organizations, saying they failed to meet the registration requirements of a controversial new law designed to bring activists here under much closer government scrutiny.

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2006 Outspoken Putin critic shot dead in Moscow

QUOTE: Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist whose byline defined the fading craft of investigative and crusading reporting in President Vladimir Putin's Russia, was fatally gunned down...renowned for her probes of the brutality of Russia's military campaign in Chechnya as well as the banality of corruption permeating Russian life, from the remote provinces to the bright lights of Moscow.

Washington Post
Sep 30, 2006 In Russia, Psychiatry Is Again a Tool Against Dissent

QUOTE: Soviet-style forced psychiatry has reemerged in Russia as a weapon to intimidate or discredit citizens who tangle with the authorities, according to human rights activists and some mental health professionals. Despite major reforms in the early 1990s, some officials are again employing this form of repression.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2006 In Chechen's Humiliation, Questions on Rule of Law

QUOTE: Chechen security forces’ brutish acts, such as the torture of a woman accused of adultery, have gone unpunished...Mr. Kadyrov said that his units were being professionalized and that the armed men under his command integrated into formal government structures.

New York Times
Aug 09, 2006 Russian Physicist Given Suspended Prison Term

QUOTE: A Russian scientist was given a six-year suspended sentence Tuesday for the export to South Korea of technology that prosecutors contended could be used to manufacture missiles...Scientists and human rights activists argue that the evidence in these weak or nonexistent.

Washington Post
May 24, 2006 School Caught in Oil Tycoon's Misfortune: Russia Freezes Assets of Khodorkovsky-Funded Home Serving Orphans of Conflict

QUOTE: ...a state that has already seized billions of dollars worth of property from Yukos is now targeting a school that is helping children scarred by some of the country's worst tragedies.

Washington Post
Feb 05, 2006 Iran To Face Security Council: Iran To Face Security Council

QUOTE: As a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has the right to develop nuclear technology and to enrich uranium. But it became enmeshed in controversy in 2002 when Iranian dissidents disclosed that the country had concealed its nuclear programs for almost two decades. Iran suspended the most controversial parts of its activities, and European diplomats agreed not to pursue Security Council action while they conducted intensive negotiations to ensure that Iran's program was and would remain peaceful.

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2006 Iran on IAEA Agenda, but Next Step Concerns U.S.

QUOTE: [International Atomic Energy Agency--Ed.] board members will consider a new assessment from the IAEA's investigation of Iran. The two-page report depicts a country that remains under suspicion and continues to conceal information from inspectors, and it says Iran is preparing to begin pilot-scale enrichment.

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2006 Russia Revisits Issue of Conscript Abuse

QUOTE: A horrific case of hazing at a Russian military academy has catapulted the issue of the brutal treatment of conscripts back into the public eye and led to demands that the Defense Ministry finally deal with a problem it has been accused of ignoring for years.

Washington Post
Jan 31, 2006 U.S., Allies Set Terms for Palestinian Aid

QUOTE: The United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia agreed Monday that financial assistance to the new Palestinian government, which will be led by the radical Islamic group Hamas, would be contingent on the government's recognition of Israel and renunciation of violence.

Washington Post
Jan 16, 2006 Russian Case Shows No Holds Barred in Business and Politics

QUOTE: The controversy opens a window on an enduring feature of life across Russia: the high-stakes battles between clans of politicians and business leaders. Elections, the courts, the bureaucracy and the news media all become weapons in these bitter contests.

Washington Post
Jan 10, 2006 Iran Delays Threatened Resumption of Nuclear Work

QUOTE: France, Britain and Germany have negotiated with Iran over the last three years, seeking a deal by which it would permanently shut down parts of its nuclear program in return for diplomatic and trade incentives. Iran has tentatively shuttered certain nuclear operations, such as the enrichment facility, but has also repeatedly broken or altered various interim agreements.

Washington Post
Jan 06, 2006 Gas Dispute Leaves Cloud Over Russia's Chairmanship of G-8: Putin's Moves Upset U.S., Europe

QUOTE: ...the business rationale Gazprom cited for its decision was a thin disguise for political action, punishing a new Ukrainian government for its policy of pursuing membership in the E.U. and NATO. Russia's membership in the G-8 has been controversial since its entry in the late 1990s. Recently, the issue has come back to the fore with the government's legal assault on the oil giant Yukos and a new measure that would bring grass-roots activism under greater government control.

Washington Post
Jan 03, 2006 Russia Reverses Itself on Gas Cuts: Supply Largely Restored After Move Against Ukraine Is Felt Across Europe

QUOTE: Russia retreated abruptly Monday from its confrontation with Ukraine over natural gas prices, after an uproar in West European capitals over dead-of-winter cuts in gas supplies threatened to undermine Russia's ambition to expand its highly profitable role as a strategic energy partner of the European Union.

Washington Post
Jan 02, 2006 Russia Cuts Off Gas to Ukraine In Controversy Over Pricing: Move Raises Concerns About Energy Supply for Other European Countries

QUOTE: The state-controlled Russian energy giant Gazprom cut off the supply of natural gas to Ukraine...the standoff has a fraught political backdrop and could also have potentially far-reaching implications for Europe, which is increasingly dependent on Russia for natural gas.

Washington Post
Jan 02, 2006 Major Russian TV Station Is Accused of Censorship

QUOTE: Last July, RTL Group, the broadcasting arm of the Bertelsmann Group, agreed to buy a 30 percent stake in REN-TV from Irena Lesnevskaya, who founded and ran the channel with her son, Dmitry Lesnevsky. Some journalists are criticizing RTL for not intervening in what they say are moves to restrict the station's coverage

New York Times
Dec 22, 2005 Revised Russian Bill Governing NGOs Fails to Mollify Critics

QUOTE: The Russian parliament on Wednesday passed a revised version of a controversial bill governing grass-roots activity in the country. Nongovernmental organizations welcomed a few of the amendments but reiterated their concern that the measure will authorize strict government supervision and allow the shutting down of some groups.

Washington Post
Nov 27, 2005 Chechens Head to Polls Voicing Mistrust: Many See Putin Loyalist Dictating Outcome of Elections for Local Parliament

QUOTE: Voters go to the polls in Chechnya on Sunday to choose a new local parliament, an election that the Kremlin hopes will further a policy of "normalization" in the conflict-torn republic. But many Chechens and analysts predict little effect on the violence and corruption that has exhausted and alienated a population desperate for peace.

Washington Post
Nov 24, 2005 Grass-Roots Activism Faces Setback in Russia: Legislators Endorse Tough Restrictions

QUOTE: ...force local organizations, from medical charities to human rights groups, to re-register with a state body that would examine their activities and decide if they could continue their operations. The law would also restrict the ability of Russian nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs, to accept foreign grants or employ foreigners.

Washington Post
Nov 18, 2005 Revival of Cossacks Casts Muslim Group Out of Russia to U.S.

QUOTE: Thousands of Muslims from a small ethnic group known as the Meskhetian Turks are fleeing this Black Sea region for the United States. The exodus is caused by what human rights groups call a campaign of persecution sanctioned by local authorities and spearheaded by the Cossacks, a Russian militia that fought for the czars and is being revived.

Washington Post
Oct 11, 2005 Militia Violence Escalating In Darfur, U.N. Envoy Says

QUOTE: Khartoum has not abided by a long-standing Security Council order to establish a "plan to disarm" the Sudanese-backed Arab militiamen, who stand accused of driving more than 2 million tribal Africans from their homes since 2003.

Washington Post
Oct 03, 2005 Russian Former Minister to Be Extradited Over Embezzlement Charges

QUOTE: Switzerland has agreed to extradite Russia's former atomic energy minister to the United States, where he faces charges that he embezzled at least $9 million....The case has rankled Russian officials...

Washington Post
Oct 02, 2005 Russia's 1-Step Program: Scaring Alcoholics Dry

QUOTE: ...a Russian method of treating alcoholism that essentially involves scaring the living daylights out of the alcoholic... it involves the manipulation of the alcoholic's psyche to create the belief that alcohol equals death.

Washington Post
Sep 24, 2005 Chernobyl Report Reignites Debate: Those Affected Doubt Findings

QUOTE: Uncertainty about the long-term health consequences of the catastrophe at Chernobyl has generated an angry debate here [Ukraine and Belarus--Ed.].

Washington Post
Jul 22, 2005 Who's To Blame for Beslan?

ABSTRACT: The families of Russian children in Beslan killed in attacks by Chechen separatists want answers about how the attack came to be; they want the surviving perpetrator given immunity so he will be motivated to provide those answers. They believe that Russian officials, from bribed local police who let the militants pass checkpoints all the way up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, share responsibility for the tragedy.

Jun 01, 2005 Russian Tycoon Gets Nine Years: Moscow Newly Criticized at Home and Abroad for Failure to Uphold Rule of Law

QUOTE: Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison on fraud, embezzlement and tax evasion charges following a 10-month trial shadowed by claims that the Kremlin orchestrated the case to crush a potentially dangerous political opponent.

Washington Post
May 31, 2005 Russian Troops To Leave Georgia: Deal Struck on Pullout by 2008

QUOTE: Russia agreed Monday to a timetable for the withdrawal of its forces from two military bases in Georgia

Washington Post
May 10, 2005 Know Thy Allies: What Bush got wrong about Yalta.

QUOTE: Along with the myth of FDR's treachery in leading America into war, the "stab in the back" interpretation of Yalta became a cudgel with which the old right and their McCarthyite heirs tried to discredit a president they had long despised.

Mar 28, 2005 Saving Nonproliferation

QUOTE: While claiming to be protecting the world from proliferation threats in Iraq, Libya, Iran and North Korea, American leaders not only have abandoned existing treaty restraints but also have asserted plans to test and develop new weapons...abandoned past pledges and now threaten first use of nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states.

Washington Post
Feb 11, 2005 "Dresden Bombing Is To Be Regretted Enormously"

QUOTE: The Feb. 13, 1945 bombing of Dresden by the British Royal Air Force has become a symbol for excessive, gratuitous violence on the part of the Allies during World War II. But with the 60th anniversary of the bombing on Sunday, a new book by British historian Frederick Taylor argues that this view may not be quite accurate.

Der Spiegel
Nov 25, 2004 Arctic Countries Agree on Perils of Climate Change but Not Solution

QUOTE: The United States and the seven other countries with Arctic territory jointly expressed concern yesterday about profound changes in the Arctic climate and said they would consider new scientific findings concluding that heat-trapping emissions were the main cause.

New York Times
Oct 19, 2004 'New Stage' of Fear For Chechen Women: Russian Forces Suspected in Abductions

QUOTE: Chechen guerrillas increasingly recruit female suicide bombers... Russian forces are sweeping through Chechnya abducting women from their homes as well...

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2004 Many Helped Iraq Evade U.N. Sanctions On Weapons

QUOTE: As part of its stealth effort to evade U.N. sanctions and rebuild its military, the Iraqi government under President Saddam Hussein found that it had no shortage of people around the world who were willing to help.

Washington Post
Sep 06, 2004 Russia Admits It Lied On Crisis

QUOTE: The Russian government admitted Sunday that it lied to its people about the scale of the hostage crisis that ended with more than 300 children, parents and teachers dead...

Washington Post
Apr 30, 2004 Study Finds 25 Nations Hindered by Corruption

QUOTE: A survey of government accountability and openness in 25 countries around the globe has found that each one is challenged by corruption and lacks sufficient protections against electoral abuses, including developed democracies such as the United States, Germany and Japan.

Washington Post
Apr 11, 2004 Poisons From Afar Threaten Arctic Mothers, Traditions: Toxins, Coming North by Air and Water, Enter Inuit Food Chain

QUOTE: Scientists say the Arctic, once considered pristine and unspoiled, has become a sinkhole for pollutants. The contaminants -- including heavy metals, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, DDT and other pesticides -- come north by air and water.

Washington Post
Mar 29, 2004 Follow-Up To Kofigate

QUOTE: At least $5 billion in kickbacks went from corrupt contractors — mainly French and Russian — into the pockets of Saddam and his thugs. Some went to pay off his protectors in foreign governments and media, and we may soon see how much stuck to the fingers of U.N. bureaucrats as well.

New York Times
Mar 23, 2004 Oil for Food: Annan Seeks to Blunt Allegations

QUOTE: Secretary General Kofi Annan is pressing reluctant members of the Security Council to help investigate charges of corruption in the oil-for-food program that it ran in Iraq...

New York Times
Jan 28, 2004 Siberians Tell Moscow: Like It or Not, It's Home

QUOTE: will be one of the largest mass migrations of Russians since the Soviet Union began forcibly populating the region at the height of Stalin's terror in the 1930's. But the experience so far shows the difficulty of undoing by persuasion what was accomplished by decree.

New York Times
Jan 04, 2004 Moscow Paper Opens New Era

QUOTE: Newspapers have not been targeted for government-orchestrated takeovers the way television has... But some Russian journalists say the Kremlin nonetheless manages to intimidate many newspapers into muting their criticism and investigative journalism.

Washington Post
Dec 25, 2003 Treason Trial for Russian Researcher Delayed Indefinitely

QUOTE: A Russian court has suspended the espionage trial of arms control scholar Igor Sutyagin indefinitely, leaving him in limbo again after four years in prison and outraging human rights groups that consider it another violation of judicial due process.

Washington Post
Oct 23, 2003 Historian Urges Revocation of 1932 Pulitzer

QUOTE: A Columbia University historian retained by the New York Times said Wednesday that he had recommended that the Pulitzer Prize awarded in 1932 to the newspaper's Moscow correspondent be revoked.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 13, 2003 85 Indicted in Insurance Scam

QUOTE: ...indictment of 85 people involved in a massive scheme to collect millions of dollars in insurance awards for staged car accidents and fraudulent injuries.

Jul 14, 2003 Chechnya's forgotten refugees

QUOTE: "When young women in the prime of life blow themselves up, it's terrible. But they've been driven to desperation.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Jun 06, 2003 Attack Kills at Least 17 Near Chechnya

QUOTE: Female Suicide Bomber Tried to Board Bus Carrying Military Personnel to Base

Washington Post

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