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Apr 19, 2015

Economic victory fails to deliver popularity boost for Hungary’s Orban

BUDAPEST/WARSAW (Reuters) – What should have been Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s finest hour may be becoming his darkest.

Investors are turning positive again on Hungarian assets, vindicating Orban after years when the International Monetary Fund, Brussels, and international financiers lined up to warn that he was going to destroy Hungary’s economy.

Apr 2, 2015

Exclusive: Lithuania prosecutors restart investigation into CIA jail

VILNIUS/WARSAW (Reuters) – Lithuania has restarted a criminal investigation into allegations that state security officials helped the CIA operate a secret jail in the Baltic state, the prosecutor-general’s office said on Thursday.

Prosecutors dropped the investigation four years ago, but decided to re-open it after the U.S. Senate last year published details of a secret CIA facility — without giving its location — which matched reports about a site in Lithuania, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said.

Apr 1, 2015

Poland risks breaching court ruling on CIA jail: lawyer

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland must de-classify details of an investigation into a secret CIA jail on its soil, or it will be in breach of a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling, a lawyer for a former inmate at the secret jail said.

The court ruled in February Poland had violated human rights law by allowing the CIA to detain al Qaeda suspects at a facility in a Polish forest where they were tortured, and by not conducting an effective investigation into what happened.

Mar 31, 2015

Poland seeks U.S. assurances over Guantanamo inmate

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s government has sent an official note to U.S. authorities seeking diplomatic assurances that an inmate at the U.S. military jail in Guantanamo Bay will not be subject to the death penalty, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled earlier this year that the Guantanamo inmate, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, had been held illegally in a CIA jail on Polish soil and later transferred into U.S. jurisdiction without due process.

Mar 31, 2015

Poland seeks U.S. assurances over Guantanamo inmate

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s government has sent an official note to U.S. authorities seeking diplomatic assurances that an inmate at the U.S. military jail in Guantanamo Bay will not be subject to the death penalty, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled earlier this year that the Guantanamo inmate, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, had been held illegally in a CIA jail on Polish soil and later transferred into U.S. jurisdiction without due process.

Mar 12, 2015

Nemtsov killing exposes cracks in Kremlin unity

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The killing of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov within sight of the Kremlin has exposed rarely seen tensions between different camps inside President Vladimir Putin’s system of rule.

No outsiders can know with any certainty what is happening behind the red-brick walls of the Kremlin, but some of Nemtsov’s associates say his shooting is being used by one faction to send Putin a message that they are unhappy and need to be reckoned with.

Mar 9, 2015

Colleagues say Islamist motive for killing Nemtsov is nonsense

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Suggestions that Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was killed by Chechen Islamists are nonsense designed to deflect suspicion from President Vladimir Putin, associates of the slain opposition figure said on Monday.

Investigators have charged two men, including a former Chechen police official, over the shooting of Nemtsov within sight of the Kremlin walls on Feb. 27. Three more men have been arrested, and another blew himself up late on Saturday as police in Chechnya tried to detain him, Russian media said.

Mar 9, 2015

Friend says Islamist motive for killing Nemtsov is nonsense

MOSCOW, March 9 (Reuters) – Suggestions that Russian
politician Boris Nemtsov was killed by Chechen Islamists are
nonsense designed to deflect suspicion from President Vladimir
Putin, a colleague of the slain opposition figure said on
Monday.

Investigators have charged two men including a former
Chechen police official over the shooting of Nemtsov on Feb. 27,
the most high-profile killing of a political figure since Putin
took power in 2000. Three others have been arrested.

Mar 9, 2015

Nemtsov friend says Islamist motive for Moscow killing is nonsensical

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A colleague of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition figure shot dead near Moscow’s Red Square, said suggestions he was killed by Islamists were nonsensical and useful for the Kremlin because they deflected accusations that officials were involved.

Speculation about an Islamist link strengthened after investigators charged a man from the Muslim Chechnya region over the killing, and his former boss said the suspect had been angered by publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Mar 8, 2015

One of Nemtsov killing suspects served in police: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of the men detained on suspicion of killing Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov served in a police unit in the Russian region of Chechnya, Russian news agencies quoted a law enforcement official as saying.

Nemtsov was shot dead on the night of Feb. 27 within sight of the Kremlin walls, in the most high-profile killing of an opposition figure in the 15 years that President Vladimir Putin has been in office.