Farming expert shot dead in Ingushetia

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 6/10/2006 7:55 PM
Jun 9 2006 8:25PM
Farming expert shot dead in Ingushetia

NAZRAN. June 9 (Interfax-South) – A man’s body with bullet wounds has been found in a village in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, the Ingush Interior Ministry press service told Interfax.

The victim has been identified as the chief agricultural expert of a local farm.

The corpse was found in Troitskaya village, Sunzha district, the press service said.

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Window On Eurasia: Civil Society In The Driver’s Seat? Protests By Russia’s Car Owners Become Increasingly Political

Monday, January 12, 2009


Window on Eurasia: Civil Society in the Driver’s Seat? Protests by Russia’s Car Owners Become Increasingly Political

Paul Goble

Vienna, January 12 – Protests by Russian drivers in the Far East are not only spreading to other parts of the country but are advancing ever broader political demands, the result of Moscow’s failure to respond to demonstrators’ demands and the efforts of some to exploit such popular anger either to promote civil society or their own narrower political agendas.
And as the demonstrations have grown and become more political – some participants are calling for a general strike against the regime on January 31 if Moscow does not lift the new tariffs on cars as of today – a new group has emerged on the political landscape, one that some see as a manifestation of civil society while others fear is a provocation or worse.
Calling itself TIGR (from the first letters of the Russian words for Comradeship of Activist Citizens of Russia) and using the Siberian tiger on its shield to “symbolize the freedom-loving quality and beauty of that Far Eastern animal,” the group which appeared only last week has set up a web forum ( and put forward 16 major demands.
Those demands include three closely related to the automobile owners’ interests – reduction of import duties, no ban on right-side driving wheels, and a reduction in price for gas – and four more economic ones – no increase in price for communal services, higher pay for workers, higher pensions, and an end to mass dismissals from work.
But nine demands – and all are listed at — are political: the dismissal of the government, freedom speech, an end to limitations on protests, a reversal on limitations on jury trials and the definition of treason, a defense of the Constitution, a reduction in the size of the bureaucracy, the adoption of serious anti-corruption measures, the restoration of the “against all” provision on ballots, and the election of governors.
Because so little is known about the new group and those who may be behind it, surveyed human rights experts and analysts as to whether this group represents a genuine expression of civil society or whether it is either a stalking horse for some political party or a provocation organized by the government to justify a crackdown.
Not surprisingly, those surveyed were divided in their assessment of this group and of what it is likely to mean for the future of society and politics in the Russian Federation (
Oleg Kozlovsky, the coordinator of the Defense Movement, said that as far as he could tell, “this movement is beginning from below,” for which he said he was “glad” and could only “welcome,” although he acknowledged that it was possible that “someone is helping” the drivers and perhaps attempting to use them.
Ilya Yashin of the Solidarity Movement shared that view, arguing that the increasingly political demands of the drivers reflect their understanding of their own interests and of the sad reality that the current Russian government is completely uninterested in responding to their interests or to those of anyone but itself.
Political scientist Dmitry Oreshkin, on the other hand, was more skeptical. He said that the movement was both “artificial:” and “provocative,” the first because there is “no serious demand” in society for political change – people are angry without focus – and the second because the advancement of such demands could be used by the regime to justify repression.
Most of the others queried were unwilling to come down on one side or the other, but Anna Karetnikova, the coordinate of the Union of Solidarity with Political Prisoners, told the portal that she had been giving legal advice to the movement over the last week and was impressed with it.
The skepticism about the genuineness of this new movement reflects longstanding Russian experience – the driver’s initiative could prove to be the latest reincarnation of the pre-1917 Zubatov union – and is of course one of the reasons many Russians will be reluctant to link up their fate with it.
But as January 31st approaches and if the Communist Party goes ahead with its plans for an all-Russian strike drawing on the demands of TIGR as “Novyye izvestiya” suggests is likely (, then the real nature of this Siberian tiger should become evident: a small drive toward civil society or a longer one in the opposite direction.


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Adygeanatpress: European Union Will Open Representation In Northern Caucasus

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 1/21/2006 4:08 AM
European Union will open representation in Northern Caucasus

The European Union in the nearest future will open its representation in Northern Caucasus. Presumably, in Vladikavkaz, as declared the commissioner on external communications Benita Ferrero-Waldner. As she said, the European Union allocated 20 million euro for aid programs in Northern Caucasus. First of all, on financing of public health services, education and forming of workplaces, including Chechen Republic, informed “Echo of Moscow”.

In Alexander Cherkasov’s opinion (representative of the legal expert society “Memorial”) the EU assistance to Northern Caucasus, and first of all Chechen Republic, certainly, was necessary. But it should include two aspects: financial help and help in the form of close watch over the situation in the region. The help in the form of pressure upon Russia is necessary for Caucasus in order to force Kremlin to observe the international obligations it had taken on.

Alexander Cherkasov was convinced that material aid of the EU would be effective only in the case when Russia behaved in the civilized way. If Russian Federation accepted significant financial assets all over again, and after then all questions it replied in style “And you in America lynch Negroes”, any assistance of the EU will appear absolutely unproductive.

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الجزيرة: مساع أوروبية لتسوية خلاف الغاز الروسي الأوكراني

الأربعاء 17/1/1430 هـ – الموافق14/1/2009 م (آخر تحديث) الساعة 16:46 (مكة المكرمة)، 13:46 (غرينتش)

مساع أوروبية لتسوية خلاف الغاز الروسي الأوكراني    

المفوضية الأوروبية نصحت بمقاضاة شركات روسية وأوكرانية لقطع الإمدادات

تتواصل الجهود الأوروبية لتسوية الخلاف الروسي الأوكرانية بشأن أسعار الغاز الذي أدى لقطع الإمدادات عن أوروبا. وقالت المفوضية الأوروبية إنها ستنصح شركة الطاقة بمقاضاة شركات الغاز الروسية والأوكرانية ما لم تستأنف إمدادات الغاز سريعا.

ورغم إعلان روسيا استئناف ضخها الغاز إلى أوروبا عبر أوكرانيا أمس بعد التوصل لاتفاق بشأن وضع مراقبين أوروبيين على خطوط أنابيب مرور الغاز عبر أوكرانيا يقول الاتحاد الأوروبي إن الطاقة لا تصل إطلاقا أو تصل بكميات ضئيلة لدول أوروبية تعاني من نقص الطاقة.

وقالت المفوضية الأوروبية إنها ستنصح شركات الاتحاد الأوروبي برفع دعوى في المحكمة ضد شركات الطاقة في روسيا وأوكرانيا جراء قطع الإمدادات عن أوروبا ما لم تستأنف توريد الغاز سريعا.

واستمر النزاع بين أوكرانيا وروسيا بشأن أسعار الغاز في حين بدأت دولتان في الاتحاد الأوروبي مساع دبلوماسية لإنهاء النزاع الذي حرم اقتصادات دول أوروبية من الغاز الروسي منذ أسبوع.

توبولانك يدعو الاتحاد الأوروبي لإعادة النظر في خطط لتوفير احتياطيات من الغاز والنفط تكفي لمدة 120 يوما والبحث عن مصادر طاقة بديلة

وحث رئيس الوزراء التشيكي ميرك توبولانك الاتحاد الأوروبي الذي يضم 27 دولة في عضويته على إعادة النظر في خطط لتوفير احتياطيات من الغاز والنفط تكفي لمدة 120 يوما داعيا للبحث عن مصادر طاقة بديلة.

وقال إن على الاتحاد الأوروبي ضمان أمن الطاقة في وقت يعمل فيه تصاعد الخلاف بين أوكرانيا وروسيا على استمرار قطع الإمدادات عن أوروبا.

وتقول روسيا إن أوكرانيا تمنع وصول الغاز إلى أوروبا إلا أن كييف توضح عدم وجود ضغط كاف في شبكة خطوط الأنابيب يتيح عملية الضخ.

وتسببت الأزمة بين موسكو وكييف في قطع إمدادات الغاز عن 18 دولة في ذروة موسم الشتاء وتوقفت عشرات المصانع في جنوب شرق أوروبا عن العمل لعدم توفر الغاز.

وأوفدت بلغاريا وسلوفاكيا وهما من أكثر الدول تضررا في الاتحاد الأوروبي رئيسي وزراء الدولتين إلى موسكو وكييف سعيا لاستئناف إمدادات الغاز.

أوفدت بلغاريا وسلوفاكيا وهما من أكثر الدول تضررا في الاتحاد الأوروبي رئيسي وزراء الدولتين إلى موسكو وكييف سعيا لاستئناف إمدادات الغاز 

وقال رئيس الوزراء السلوفاكي روبرت فيكو الذي يزور كييف الأربعاء ليبحث مع رئيسة الوزراء الأوكرانية يوليا تيموشينكو مشكلة عدم وجود احتياطيات من الغاز في بلاده إلا ما يكفي لمدة 11 يوما.

ويزور فيكو موسكو في وقت لاحق اليوم للقاء رئيس الوزراء الروسي فلاديمير بوتين مع رئيس وزراء بلغاريا سيرغي ستانشيف ورئيس وزراء مولدوفا زينايدا غريسيناي.

وتريد شركة الطاقة الروسية الحكومية الكبرى من أوكرانيا تسديد 614 مليون دولار مستحقة ودفع 450 دولارا مقابل كل ألف متر مكعب من الغاز بدل سعر العام الماضي البالغ 179.5 دولارا.

ويرى محللون أنه ليس بإمكان أوكرانيا دفع هذا السعر لمعاناتها من الديون وتباطؤ الاقتصاد العالمي.

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Polish journalists summoned after terror threat – official

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 6/3/2005 12:37 AM
Jun 2 2005 6:13PM
Polish journalists summoned after terror threat – official

MOSCOW. June 2 (Interfax) – Three Polish journalists were summoned and released by the Ingush police following a threat suggesting that foreign citizens would be taken hostage, a source in the Ingush Interior Ministry told Interfax on Thursday evening.

“Taking into account the difficult situation in the region, information about the plans of illegal armed groups active in the republic to take foreign citizens hostage are constantly coming in to law enforcement agencies,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Murad Zurabov.

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From: Eagle_wng


By John C.k. Daly

The press has recently focused on Russia’s relations with the European Union over natural gas issues. But Moscow has been playing diplomatic hardball with former Warsaw Pact member Poland over meat imports. In response, since late 2006 Poland has blocked the initiation of talks on a new Stability and Cooperation Pact between the EU and Russia, and there is no resolution to the impasse in sight. The Polish opposition is the first occasion that one of the ten new states that joined the EU in 2004 has blocked such an important EU agreement. The trade issues underlying the dispute are significant, as the EU supplies Russia with up to a third of its meat.

Russia’s envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizov said, “The Poles are still linking their veto on talks with the meat imports issue. The subject will be addressed this week. If they (the experts) are satisfied (with Polish measures), we will take all necessary steps to resume imports of meat and meat products from Poland” (RIA-Novosti, January 15).

In November 2005 Russia banned Polish meat imports, alleging that Polish shipments violated Russian veterinary regulations amid health concerns. A year later Russian President Vladimir Putin said that while Moscow had problems with Polish meat imports per se, it was concerned about third party meat imports transshipped through Poland to Russia. Warsaw sees the Russian action as thinly disguised retaliation for its supports of neighboring Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution, which replaced the pro-Moscow government of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych with the Western-oriented administration of Viktor Yushchenko.

Russia has also harshly negotiated with the European Commission over a proposed trade memorandum concerning EU meat, dairy, and fish exports to Russian by threatening to ban EU imports because of concerns over animal health in Bulgaria and Romania. Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU on January 1. European Union health and consumer protection commissioner Markos Kyprianou placated Moscow by agreeing in the interim to exclude Bulgarian and Romanian meat products from EU exports to Russia. The stakes are substantial, as EU-Russian trade in 2006 reached $2.2 billion.

On January 15, following a meeting with Polish Agriculture Minister Andrzej Lepper, Kyprianou told journalists, “We have to be realistic. It’s a complex issue and there is a possibility that it cannot be resolved at just one meeting”(RFE/RL, January 17). The EU currently provides Russia with almost 80% of its beef imports and 50% of its pork imports (BBC, June 7, 2004).

Russia has not hesitated to use agricultural bans in the past. In 2002 U.S. exports of chicken to Russian, which supplied 635,000 tons of poultry, or 67% of the Russian market, was temporarily halted because of purported concerns over salmonella contamination and concerns that the United States used too many antibiotics in its chicken processing (RIA-Novosti, January 4). At the time U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said, “I am more worried about chickens going back and forth than missiles going back and forth ”(Jamestown Monitor, May 20, 2002). Russia was the world’s largest importer of American chickens, buying $800 million annually. Analysts noted that the unilateral Russian action might have been prompted by Washington’s considerations of tariffs of up to 30% against Russian steel imports. Poultry consisted of 20% of all U.S. exports to Russia and were popularly known as “Bush legs” after the then-president, George H.W. Bush. Sounding a note of protectionism, the head of the State Duma foreign affairs committee, Dmitry Rogozin, said, “It is well known that the massive import of U.S. chicken meat which has been farmed using who knows what has killed off Russian poultry farming” (AFP, March 10, 2002).

The tactics could rebound on Russia if the EU decides to begin examining its own agricultural imports from Russia. In 2006 Russia was forced to begin the mass vaccination of millions of poultry in southern Russia to try to stop the spread of the lethal H5N1 bird flu virus, which was blamed for nearly a million poultry deaths after first appearing in Siberia in August 2005 (BBC, March 10, 2006). Liberal Democratic Duma member Alexei Mitrofanov claimed that avian bird flu was invented by Americans, telling parliamentarians, “There is no such thing as bird flu, just as there is no AIDS, tulip or mad cow disease. It is a provocation by Americans. They want to eliminate all chickens in Europe so that we have to import ‘Bush’s legs’”(Rosbalt, October 21, 2005).

In a sign of potential movement on the disagreement, on January 17 the European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, Russian, and Polish experts began meetings in Warsaw to discuss measures taken by Poland to correct the alleged veterinary violations. Another possible resolution to the issue could occur when German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country currently holds the six-month rotating EU presidency, meets with Putin on January 21.

Russia’s recalcitrance carries high stakes and could extend well beyond the agricultural sector, as Poland’s obstinacy over the new Russia-EU new Stability and Cooperation Pact could force Moscow to accede to ratifying the Energy Charter and a transit protocol to the Charter, which would force Russia to liberalize its oil and gas sector. All things considered, it is in the Kremlin’s interest to quell the dispute as quickly as possible.

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The Other Russia: Day Of Protest Marked Around Russia

Day of Protest Marked Around Russia

Thousands of opposition demonstrators took to the streets across Russia Saturday, in a series of protests dubbed a “Day of Dissent.”  In Moscow, preliminary reports from the Sobkor®ru news agency said that around 50 people had been arrested.

Protestors in the capital braved freezing temperatures, carried placards, and railed against the Russian government’s response to the economic crisis.  Demonstrators called on the government to resign.

Small pickets took place around Moscow, starting in South-eastern part of the city.  Early in the day, members of the banned National Bolshevik party lit flares and waved flags near the Vykhino metro station, close to where a 20-year-old activist, Anton Stradymov, had been beaten to death on January 14th.

Later in the day, National Bolshevik leader Eduard Limonov was arrested in the central Triumfalnaya Ploschad (Triumph square).  Limonov had walked into the square carrying a copy of the Russian constitution, referring to it to its guarantee to freedom of assembly.  The opposition leader, who was surrounded by guards and supporters, was then pulled from the square and arrested by OMON riot police.  A number of Limonov’s supporters, who chanted “We need another Russia,” and “Russia without Putin,” were also detained.

Around 250 members of Garry Kasparov’s United Civil Front (UCF) and the Solidarity opposition movement rallied on Ulitsa Bolshaya.  Masked men with metal rods came from behind the demonstrators and attacked the group, grabbing at banners and injuring several of the protestors.  The attackers, who were untouched by police, then drove away in waiting cars.  UCF activist Aleksei Kazakov, who had a bloodied face and nose, continued marching and eventually called for an ambulance.  Fellow demonstrators waiting with Kazakov were subsequently arrested by police.  The protestors suspect the attackers were members of a pro-Kremlin youth movement, Young Russia.

A separate protest put on by the Russian communist party brought out around 1000 participants in Moscow, who called for a return of the centrally planned Soviet economy.

Several thousand pro-Kremlin youth rallied in a different part of the city in an effort to back the government’s anti-crisis measures.

In other parts of Russia, people also took to the streets to protest rising prices and what they call a poor government response to a rapidly slowing economy.  Demonstrations took place in St. Petersburg, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Blagoveshchensk, Omsk, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Penza, Voronezh, Tomsk and Orel.

In the far-eastern city of Vladivostok, over 2000 people marched over 5 km (3.1miles) in protest of higher import duties on foreign used cars.  Imports of foreign autos from Japan and Asia have dropped by 95 percent since the new duties took effect.  The demonstrators called for the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Throughout the day, the United Civil Front, the online opposition newspaper and other human rights groups reported that their telephone lines were under attack.  Reaching rights lawyers and reporting what was happening was impossible, the groups said.

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