Russia [ex-Soviet Union/USSR]
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: 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 cases...is 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.
Slate 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.
Slate 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: ...as 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: ...it 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.
Newsday 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 Feb 24, 2003 Russia's Irksome Bioweapons Stock
QUOTE: The former Soviet Union had the most successful bioweapons program in the world -- and those in charge of what remains of the program would like to keep it that way.
Wired Jan 23, 2003 Personal Data Is Pirated From Russian Phone Files
QUOTE: ...Mobile Telesystems, a Russian mobile phone company...suffered a huge security breach that led to pirated CD's, purportedly containing its entire database of five million customers
New York Times Feb 12, 2002 Business Versus Biznes
QUOTE: ...the term "biznesmen" (pronounced "beeznessmen") refers to the class of sudden new rich who emerged after the fall of Communism — and who generally got rich by using their connections to strip away the assets of public enterprises.
New York Times Dec 29, 2001 Cleaning Up Russia's Culture of Corruption: Putin Targeting All Who 'Feed Off' Small Business
QUOTE: As part of his campaign to reform Russia's economy, President Vladimir Putin has declared that corrupt and overlapping bureaucracy is choking the growth of small businesses, which breathed life into other post-communist economies.
Washington Post Dec 09, 2001 War On Terror Casts Chechen Conflict in a New Light
QUOTE: ...that [Russia's] two- year-old war in Chechnya is a battle against international terrorism, not a brutal suppression of domestic separatists. It is also the sort of story that Americans and other Westerners shrugged off until the attacks of Sept. 11...
New York Times Oct 06, 2001 The 40-Year War
QUOTE: That decent 1990's impulse to do good in Bosnia and Kosovo, even at the price of alienating Russia and China, was already, before Sept. 11, giving way to a foreign policy based on an unsentimental notion of our national interest.
New York Times Aug 22, 2001 U.S. Sets Deadline for Settlement of ABM Argument
QUOTE: ...the United States had given Russia an unofficial deadline of November to agree to changes in the Antiballistic Missile Treaty or face a unilateral American withdrawal from the arms control accord.
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