CAUCASIAN KNOT: Kremlin Is Behind Politkovskaya’s Murder, Politicians State

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Kremlin is behind Politkovskaya’s murder, politicians state

In the opinion of a number of Russian politicians, the Kremlin servants are behind the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, a “Novaya Gazeta” observer. Besides, after the murder of the journalist, the “Commersant” writes, they have started talking in political circles about a certain “black list,” comprising, in particular, also the names of the journalists who are criticizing the existing ruling powers.

“I’ll not disclose the names of journalists – their lives are precious for me. Having read particular names, any wacko may put them against the gunpoint,” Boris Nemtsov, member of the Political Board of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (“SPS”) told the “Caucasian Knot.” “And how should I live on with that? Despite the fact that in Putin’s Russia there is a ban on independent politics and independent journalism, it doesn’t mean a ban on life. I knew Anna Politkovskaya as a selfless and fearless person. She would have never bargained with her conscience. But now in Russia such people don’t live long. Only toadies and hypocrites do.”

Valeria Novodvorskaya, leader of the Democratic Union (“Demsoyuz”) Party, said that “the list is already done.” “And I’d like to know my number in it. The customer is well-known – the “Kremlin&Lubyanka and Co.” I wouldn’t link Politkovskaya’s murder with Kadyrov: he hasn’t yet ventured too far to act outside Chechnya. Ramzan, for sure, will be happy with her death, but this is not a present for his birthday,” the politician believed.

“There are still many radical journalists left, who draw the fire upon themselves. The “Moskovskiy Komsomolets” (“MK”) has insolent Maria Ozerova and Mark Deutch; however, many are chinning there. But I’ve never sued a journalist, to say nothing of ordering murders. I didn’t know Politkovskaya personally. The problems she wrote about are universally known. To me it is not clear why one should write so toughly and provoke exacerbation,” Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), noted, in his turn.

Alexander Osovtsov, member of the Federal Board of the “United Civil Front,” is also sure that journalists’ murders will go on in Russia. “I’d not call names, not to set up these people. I’d be glad to get mistaken, but I fear that Politkovskaya’s murder is just a start. A certain group of Kremlin servants, having devised a series of murders, not of journalist only, are willing to discredit Putin in the eyes of the West, accusing him of having suppressed the media freedom on the vine in Russia,” Osovtsov claimed.

“I’d fear for Dima Sokolov-Mitrich and Yulia Latynina,” Eugene Roizman, a State Duma deputy said.” “Dima may let himself write whatever he thinks, and Yulia would write and say this. I didn’t agree with Politkovskaya on all the points, but I never saw any meanness or lucre in her.”

Stanislav Terekhov, leader of the Officers’ Union, marked, in his turn, that “he doesn’t know any hero-journalist capable to hamper anybody.” “The matter is not in the law on extremism, due to which my words may be interpreted as a call up thereto: now journalists are no obstacle to security officials. The “Novaya Gazeta” has been hard-hitting them for ten years, and Politkovskaya was killed only now. Her murder is linked with commercial projects, not with journalism,” he thinks.

However, in the opinion of Franz Klintsevich, deputy head of the “Yedinaya Rossia” (United Russia) Duma fraction and Chairman of the Afghanistan Veterans’ Union, Politkovskaya’s murder is related exclusively to her journalist activities. “There still remain investigators, prosecutors and journalists taking up serious topics. I knew Anna personally, she was a fearless person, and her murder is to do with her professional activities. She wrote about clever people, clever enough to understand – the times of lawlessness are coming to an end; soon a tough order will be set in. I’m sure both the customers and performers of the murder will be found and punished,” Klintsevich asserts.

We remind you that in the last in Anna Politkovskaya’s life interview, which she gave by phone to the correspondent of the “Caucasian Knot” one and a half hours before the tragedy, the journalist was speaking about the carrier perspective of Ramzan Kadyrov, Prime Minister of Chechnya.

See earlier reports: “Politkovskaya’s murder has shocked people in Kabardino-Balkaria.” “Anna Politkovskaya: Kadyrov will never be president of Chechnya”.

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Caucasian Knot: Rally In memory Of Markelov And Baburova In Moscow: “They’d Stop Assassinating Us Only When Thousands Flood Streets”

Rally in memory of Markelov and Baburova in Moscow: “They’d stop assassinating us only when thousands flood streets”

feb 02 2009, 22:00


Holding portraitsSeveral speakers to the rally in memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasiya Baburova, held on February 1 in Chistye Prudy in Moscow, called Russians to mass protests against the ruling regime and revelry of neo-Nazis. Despite the frost, four hundred persons came to take part.

The action started with listening to the audio record of Markelov’s speech at the rally on November 30, 2008, which was held in the same place. It was then held in response to a series of attacks on public activists – Carine Clement, Director of the “Collective Action” Institute, Mikhail Beketov, editor-in-chief of the “Khimki Pravda” newspaper and others, murder of anti-fascist Fyodor Filatov and Magomed Evloev, owner of the website “Ingushetia.Ru”

“I’m sick and tired of seeing names of my friends in criminal chronicles. It’s no longer our work; it’s the issue of survival. We need protection against Nazis, protection against mafia of the authorities, even against law enforcers, who very often are mafia’s servants. And we perfectly understand that nobody will give us this protection but for ourselves,” Stanislav Markelov, a lawyer, human rights activist and supporter of the left-wing movement, said in his speech on November 30.

Anna Karetnikova's speech“Russia has no civil society. The authorities have done it so that murders are profitable. Should we have civil society, dozens would have come instead of one perished. <…> I call you out to the streets. By doing so, we not only bring the city back to us, we save people’s lives,” said Anna Karetnikova, coordinator of the Anti-War Club.

Historian Yaroslav Leontiev, a member of the Society “Memorial”, gave examples from Russian and Italian history and called all the left-wing and liberal forces to unite in their fight against fascists and arbitrariness of the authorities.

Irina Bergalieva spoke to the rally on behalf of the Movement of Moscow Hostels of (MMH). She told about Stanislav Markelov’s and Nastya Baburova’s participation in the struggle against eviction by the Federal Service of Punishment Enforcement of tenants of the hostel at 19 Yasny Proezd of Moscow out of their rooms. The “
Caucasian Knot” wrote then that the most vulnerable category of tenants – families of refugees from Azerbaijan and Abkhazia – were ousted in the first turn.

No!Alexander Cherkasov, member of the Board of the HRC “
Memorial“, told about Markelov’s work in defence of war crime victims in Chechnya. His colleague Olga Trusevich told how advocate Markelov defended the victims of the poisonous gas used by power agents during the storm of the Dubrovka Theatrical Centre seized by terrorists.

Andrei Demidov, leader of the event and employee of the “Collective Action” Institute, has informed the audience that actions in memory of Markelov and Baburova were already held in 15 cities of Russia, as well as in Kiev, Helsinki, Berlin, and added that at the same time with rally in Moscow, demonstrations in memory of the casualties and against political murders in Russia were held in Paris and Rome.

See earlier reports: “Medvedev explains his silence on murders of Markelov and Baburova,” “Finland commemorates Markelov, Baburova and Stradymov.”

Автор: Vyacheslav Feraposhkin; источник: CK correspondent

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Adygeanatpres: Ustinov Left Post Of Public Prosecutor; Kozak May Replace Him

Ustinov left post of public prosecutor; Kozak can replace him

The application about preschedule resignation, signed by the public prosecutor Vladimir Ustinov, was considered on Friday before the beginning of the session at the sitting of the Council of the upper chamber specially called for it. For his resignation 140 senators voted, two refrained. In his application Ustinov asked to consider the question on his resignation at his absence; simultaneously with the application corresponding representation of the head of the state about preschedule resignation of the public prosecutor was presented.

The post of the public prosecutor of retired Vladimir Ustinov can be occupied by the present plenipotentiary of the president in the SFD Dmitry Kozak. That referring to informed circles in Moscow Interfax informed. Besides according to a source, the plenipotentiary of the president in the Volga federal district Alexander Konovalov – the former public prosecutor of Bashkiria can be appointed the first assistant to the public prosecutor.

Vladimir Ustinov can be offered to work as the representative of Russian Federation in the European Union. He had the post of the general public prosecutor of Russian Federation since 2000.

“This resignation externally looks unexpected, but, probably, there should be very serious reasons for that the president made that step”, – declared the first vice-speaker of the State Duma Lubov Sliska. As she said, not knowing true motives of that personnel decision, it would be difficult to do any conclusions for now; however it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that quite recently Ustinov made “terrible statements” concerned the struggle against corruption and some expected within the limits of that struggle criminal investigation.

Caucasus Times

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New York Times: Russia: Poll Finds Worry on Economy

Russia: Poll Finds Worry on Economy

Published: February 3, 2009


Russians’ complaints about their government increasingly focus on economic problems rather than crime or foreign affairs, according to a poll of 1,600 citizens released Monday by the Moscow-based Levada Center. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said their biggest grievance was that leaders “can’t deal with the economic problems in the country,” and 17 percent faulted the Kremlin for not having a “well-considered plan of action.” Only 4 percent blamed leaders for “not being able to solve problems in the Caucasus,” compared with 18 percent in 2003.


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Russia Today Channel Goes Live

Created: 10.12.2005 19:29 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 19:29 MSK > document.write(get_ago(1134232146)); </SCRIPT> , 17 hours 49 minutes ago

A 24-hour, English-language, state-funded television channel went live from its Moscow studios on Saturday, designed to broadcast news from a Russian perspective around the globe, the Reuters news agency reported.

At 4 p.m. Moscow time the countdown clock and swirling orange graphics melted away and the anchor welcomed viewers to Russia Today — “from Russia to the world.” The launch comes amid growing Western criticism of Moscow’s attitude to democracy and the rule of law, while Kremlin officials complain the foreign media misrepresent Russia.

The first bulletin led on a health scandal close to home — an investigation into how blood supplies in the southern Russian city Voronezh became contaminated with the HIV virus.

Bird flu in Ukraine and the fate of four Western hostages being held in Iraq followed before the channel ran teasers for some of its feature programs, including a German artist who lives on the ruins of a Soviet collective farm.

The channel also looked at how some former Soviet countries were rewriting children’s history books now they are independent from Moscow.

“We will mainly have Russian news, but we will also show international events and express them from our point of view here,” Margarita Simonyan, Russia Today’s editor-in-chief, told the Interfax news agency.

Russia’s image abroad deteriorated after what many foreigners saw as the politically-motivated arrest and trial of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. More recently a draft law that would tighten state control over charities and pro-democracy groups operating in Russia caused consternation.

Russian media have debated how far the new channel will stray from the Kremlin’s line on sensitive issues such as the simmering violence in Chechnya.

Simonyan has said Russia Today will offer “objective and interesting” reporting. The channel has offices in London, Washington, Paris and Jerusalem and plans to open more soon, said Simonyan, a former Kremlin correspondent for state TV channel Rossiya.

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The Other Russia: Russian Press Conference

Russian Press Conference



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Putin Hedges His Bets In German Campaign

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Putin Hedges His Bets in German Campaign
Friday, September 9, 2005
By Anatoly Medetsky
Staff Writer

Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters

Schroeder welcoming Putin on his arrival at the chancellory in Berlin on Thursday. Putin later met with Angela Merkel.

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday broke new ground in Russian foreign policy by meeting not only with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, but with his likely replacement, opposition leader Angela Merkel.

Putin and Schroeder attended the signing of a landmark agreement in Berlin between Gazprom and Germany’s E.ON and BASF to build a $5 billion gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea.

Putin met with Merkel, leader of the opposition Christian Democratic Union, at the Russian Embassy in Berlin.

The meetings came ahead of Germany’s Sept. 18 parliamentary elections, which look set to make Merkel the country’s next chancellor, either at the head of a conservative government or as the leader of the largest party in a grand coalition with Schr?der’s Social Democrats. The latest opinion poll, conducted this week, gave Merkel’s CDU a lead of 8 percentage points.

During the election campaign, Merkel has promised to take a more conservative stance in relations with Russia compared to Schroeder, who is a firm ally of Putin. Schroeder and Putin have met a total of 32 times since Putin came to power in 2000.

Merkel, an East German, has said she would pay more attention to Poland and Ukraine, and would not overlook their interests when dealing with Russia.

Putin’s evenhanded treatment of Schroeder and Merkel stands in contrast to his stance during foreign elections last year, when he openly backed the incumbents and their allies in the Ukrainian and U.S. presidential elections.

The different approach looks to be aimed at pre-empting a possible chill in relations with Berlin in the event of a Merkel victory — and to ensure that the Baltic pipeline goes ahead, regardless of which party or parties form the next German government. Under a Merkel-led coalition government, Schroeder could still play a key role in policy, particularly in shaping relations with Russia.

At their meeting, Putin and Merkel both said they saw Russian-German relations developing positively.

“Regardless of internal political processes in Germany, this desire to positively develop our relations is intact,” Putin said, Interfax reported.

Merkel said she was also keen on cooperation. “If I manage to come to power, we will develop a strategic partnership,” she said, according to a Russian translation of her remarks carried by Interfax. “I adhere to the traditions of Chancellor [Konrad] Adenauer.”

Herbert Knosowski / AP

Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel and Putin smiling ahead of talks Thursday at the Russian Embassy in Berlin.
Speaking earlier at a joint news conference with Schröder, Putin said that a Merkel victory would not affect bilateral relations. “Germany and Russia have always had good relations. It’s good if they are supported by good personal relations, but … relations between Russia and Germany should exist and develop regardless of whether there is such a friendship,” he said.

Putin said he hoped to remain friends with Schröder after the elections.

When Putin was asked if he was supporting Schröder’s campaign by meeting with him ahead of the elections, he replied, “You know that I have a planned meeting with Angela Merkel. Why don’t you ask if I support her?”

Putin said last week that his visit was not aimed at backing Schröder.

“We don’t meddle. … Also, it is pointless and silly to stop all contacts just because they have elections,” Putin said.

At his meeting with Merkel, Putin noted that his Sept. 8 visit came just five days before the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and West Germany. He said that former chancellors Adenauer and Helmut Kohl, both from Merkel’s CDU, had favored good relations with Russia.

Merkel replied by saying that she would have visited Russia to celebrate the anniversary if it had not coincided with the German election campaign.

It was Merkel who proposed the meeting, Putin aide Sergei Prikhodko said, RIA-Novosti reported Thursday.

Roland Goetz, a Russia analyst at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, said that Putin’s visit could qualify as a campaign intervention, as it gave Schröder the chance to “make a show for the media.” But it would have “no big effect” on German voters, he said by telephone from Berlin.

Last year, Putin made a series of statements in favor of President George W. Bush during the United States’ closely fought election campaign. Putin also made public appearances with the Kremlin’s favored candidate in Ukraine’s disputed presidential elections, Viktor Yanukovych, but not with his successful rival, Viktor Yushchenko.

Putin broke new ground by meeting with Merkel, said Boris Shmelyov, head of the Center for Comparative Political Research at the Russian Academy of Sciences. “It’s the first such step in Russian foreign policy. In previous years, there were no cases when the head of state met the leaders of the opposition in other countries,” he said.

By meeting Merkel, Putin was following the example of Western leaders, in part because he does not want Merkel to block the pipeline deal if she should become chancellor, Shmelyov said.

The importance for the Kremlin of Germany, Russia’s largest trading partner and creditor, extends far beyond the gas pipeline deal. Germany has advocated Russia’s interests in the European Union and NATO, Shmelyov said.

In 2003, Russia, Germany and France opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Some of the sheen could be taken off the countries’ friendship if Merkel were to win the election, Shmelyov and Goetz said, as she has criticized Schröder for sacrificing ties with Germany’s eastern neighbors in cozying up to Moscow and has promised to pursue a more evenhanded approach. “Merkel is more skeptical about Russia and is closer to the United States,” Shmelyov said.

Germany could review its Iraq policy, and listen more to Poland and the Baltic states in their relations with Russia, Shmelyov said. A Merkel-led Germany could also express more criticism over Chechnya and democracy issues, he said.

Merkel won’t likely repeat Schröder’s description of Putin as a “democrat through and through,” Goetz said.

Germany’s energy needs and economic interests, however, will always prevent it from drifting too far away from Russia, Shmelyov said.

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