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.
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
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.
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.
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.
MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia barred entry to two European Union politicians who had planned to attend a funeral on Tuesday of murdered opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, prompting accusations the Kremlin was using the killing to score petty political points.
Moscow did not give explanations for refusing entry into Russia to the two officials, but said some Europeans were on a blacklist drawn up in retaliation for Western travel restrictions imposed on Russians close to the Kremlin.
WARSAW (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights refused on Tuesday to reconsider its ruling that Poland hosted a secret CIA jail, a decision that will now oblige Warsaw to swiftly hold to account Polish officials who allowed the jail to operate.
The court’s decision will add to pressure on other European countries to end years of secrecy about their involvement in the CIA’s global programme of secret detention after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
WARSAW, Jan 31 (Reuters) – U.S. energy major Chevron Corp
said it will stop exploring for shale gas in Poland, a
sector that has failed to live up to its early promise of
transforming eastern Europe’s energy supplies.
Chevron’s Polish unit “has decided to discontinue shale gas
operations in Poland as the opportunities here no longer compete
favourably with other opportunities in Chevron’s global
portfolio”, the company said in a statement.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Next month’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp is a reminder, at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise again, of what happens when the world stays silent about persecution, the president of the World Jewish Congress said.
Ronald S. Lauder told Reuters in an interview anti-Semitism had reached levels not seen since World War Two, driven by Islamist extremists using hatred of Jews as a way to attack Israel, and by far-right nationalists in Europe.
WARSAW (Reuters) – This month’s acknowledgment by Poland’s former president that he allowed the CIA to operate a secret interrogation center throws the Polish government’s appeal against a European court ruling on the jail into disarray.
In July, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that two inmates of the U.S military prison at Guantanamo Bay were held in a CIA jail run in a Polish forest in 2002 and 2003, had been subject to torture, and that Poland failed in its duty under human rights law to prevent that happening or investigate.
BUCHAREST/WARSAW (Reuters) – The lawyer for a man tortured by the CIA said Romania’s authorities should acknowledge the role they played after a U.S. Senate report pointed to Romania as the site of the secret CIA jail where the man was interrogated.
The report did not name countries that hosted CIA jails, but it gave details of prisoners being transferred to and from “detention center BLACK” which matched air traffic records of CIA-chartered planes passing through Romanian airports between 2003 and 2005. Some of these records were independently reviewed by Reuters while others were cited in court documents.