Monday, June 17, 2013

Norway & Russia: new oil best friends

Norway & Russia: new oil best friends 

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Norway and Russia are become new best friends over oil. Norway’s Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe has decided to award Russian oil companies rights to explore on the Norwegian continental shelf for the first time. Rosneft and LUKoil were among the 29 companies that won licences in Norway’s latest bidding round.

Vladimir Putin defends the U.S. on spying programs, drones and Occupy Wall Street 

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President Vladimir Putin called the massive US surveillance programmes “generally practicable” and “the way a civilised society should go about fighting terrorism.” Putin also mentioned Occupy Wall Street, comparing it to the Russian political opposition and apparently drawing parallels between the New York City police who cleared “Occupy” protesters from Zucotti Park and Russia’s own crackdown on the opposition.

Putin Critics Urge Fresh US Support for NGOs in Russia

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Critics of President Vladimir Putin told a US Senate panel that US should find new ways to support independent pollsters and election monitors and other NGOs that face growing hurdles in Russia. The panel included Stephen Sestanovich, an academic and former US ambassador, Boris Nemtsov, former Deputy Prime Minister and current opposition figure, Ariel Cohen and Leon Aron, conservative think-tank researchers and Frank Jannuzi of Amnesty International. Answering questions from Senators, Sestanovich said public opinion polling organisations and independent election monitoring groups were in an especially precarious situation under the new Russian law.

Putin slams EU for ‘dependency mentality’ 

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Here is published an article referring to President Vladimir Putin’s comments ahead of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. Putin blamed Europe for what he calls its “dependency mentality” which contributed to the current Eurocrisis. He went on to say that many of the EU’s welfare programmes make it possible for citizens to live in a “welfare dependency state”. Putin also made a reference to cooperation on tax issues and curbing the outflow of capital to offshore zones, saying: “Russia proposes to conclude bilateral agreements with offshore and low-tax jurisdictions”.

Former Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, admitted to hospital for tests

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Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of the Soviet Union, has been admitted to the Kremlin hospital in Moscow for tests, amid growing concern over his health.

Russia’s Duma waves through anti-gay law – by 436 votes to 0

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Gay activists were attacked and then arrested outside Russia’s parliament as lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill that will ban “gay propaganda” aimed at under-18s. The Duma passed the bill, which outlaws the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”, by 436 votes to zero, with one abstention.
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'Who you sleep with is a personal choice': Oligarch Mikhai Prokhorov criticises Russia's 'gay propaganda' law

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Mikhai Prokhorov, the oligarch and politician often referred to as “Russia’s most eligible bachelor”, has criticised the controversial “gay propaganda” law passed overwhelmingly by Russia’s parliament earlier this week.

Russian police investigate £1.8m Boshoi Theatre theft

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Police have launched a criminal investigation into the embezzlement of 90m roubles (£1.8m) of state funds during the refurbishment of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.

Forget Russia’s problems – it’s France that’s almost Bolshevik, says Gérard Depardieu

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The actor Gérard Depardieu described France today as an “almost Bolshevik” country and rejected Western criticism of his adopted homelands Russia and Chechnya.

Sergei Polonsky 'wanted by Moscow in connection with £120m fraud case'

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The controversial property tycoon Sergei Polonsky, key witness in an ongoing trial against fellow Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev, is now wanted by Russian authorities over a massive alleged fraud. Mr Polonsky, who earlier this year skipped bail in Cambodia, where he was awaiting trial for assaulting local sailors, is now also on Russia’s wanted list.

Germany ‘Very Worried’ by Russian Bill on Gay ‘Propaganda’

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Germany has condemned a new Russian law banning homosexual “propaganda”, with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle saying that attempts to stigmatise same-sex relationships had no place in a democracy. The strong words from Berlin reflect growing unease with Moscow’s record on human rights and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s willingness to openly criticise it, despite Russia’s vital importance as an energy exporter.

Judge accepts Batman cinema shooter James Holmes's plea of not guilty by ... - ABC Online

Friday, June 7, 2013

PUERTO RICO NEWS: "It's time for the whole country to divorce him......

PUERTO RICO NEWS: "It's time for the whole country to divorce him......: “Divorce Putin-Style,” spoofing the 2006 American romantic comedy, The Break-Up.  Anonymous image circulated widely on the Internet....

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Russia's New Anti-Americanism - Carnegie Europe

Russia's New Anti-Americanism - Carnegie Europe

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Russia's New Anti-Americanism
Carnegie Europe
The recent spy scandal in Moscow has added to the ongoing discussion of Russian official anti-Americanism. The decision to widely publicize the capture of a CIA operative trying to recruit an FSB officer has been linked to the mounting pressure on ...

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Carnegie Europe

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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Another element of Russia's anti-Americanism is linked to the construction of an official version of Russian patriotism, which Putin has undertaken to build. Such an approach is backward-looking and clearly disappointing, even though Russia is hardly ...

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Russia's new anti-Americanism at work, as oldest rights group fights 

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A Moscow court today rejected two appeals by one of Russia's oldest human rights groups over prosecutors' raids on its offices during a widespread Kremlin crackdown on civil society groups in March. “Memorial, which has ...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

US diplomat accused of spy recruitment - CNN· Published on May 18, 2013

Published on May 18, 2013
Russian authorities detained a US diplomat accused of attempting to recruit a Russian intelligence officer into the CIA .

US diplomat accused of spy recruitment

Friday, May 17, 2013

Международный день борьбы с гомофобией в Тбилиси ФОТО - Рустем Адагамов shared a link

Международный день борьбы с гомофобией в Тбилиси ФОТО

17.05.2013, Грузия | Против сегодняшней акции ЛГБТ сообщества в Тбилиси, посвященной Международному дню борьбы с гомофобией, вышли несколько десятков тысяч человек. Накануне к властям Тбилиси с просьбой запретить акцию обратился грузинский патриарх Илия Второй. В мэрии Тбилиси на это заявили, что не выдают разрешения на публичные акции, поскольку это является конституционным правом граждан, а лишь принимают к сведению подобные сообщения. Когда участники акции развернули радужные флаги, толпа прорвала полицейское оцепление и устроила потасовку на площади. ЛГБТ-активисты из организации «Идентичность» укрылись в автобусах, которые были предоставлены полицией. За теми, кто не успел сесть в автобусы, гонялись по улицам. В драке пострадали несколько десятков человек, в том числе и полицейские. Полиции, как пишут, пришлось применить слезоточивый газ, чтобы разогнать дерущихся. Сейчас ситуация в Тбилиси остается напряженной — участники акции ЛГБТ, которых вывезли из центра города вернулись к Тбилисской филармонии. Там же группируются их противники.