BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan votes in a crucial election on Sunday which interim leaders hope will help unite the country but opponents fear could trigger more violence and leave the south vulnerable to ethnic extremists and militant Islamists.
Kyrgyzstan’s election on October 10 is intended to create Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy, where the prime minister will have more power than the president.
ALMATY (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan is highly volatile after June’s ethnic clashes and there are widespread fears of new violence before a crucial election next weekend, Europe’s leading vote monitoring group has said.
The interim government of Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet nation hosting U.S. and Russian military air bases, has struggled to control southern parts of the country since assuming power after a bloody revolt on Apr. 7 that toppled the president.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Police officers and prosecutors top the black market list of jobs that can be bought freely in Russia where crime and law enforcement have become increasingly entangled, a human rights group has said in a report.
President Dmitry Medvedev, half-way through his four-year term, has made eradicating corruption, building a law-abiding society and reforming the police force his top priorities.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow police were on heightened alert on Wednesday after two bomb blasts hit Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, causing dozens of casualties and renewing fears of insurgent attacks in the heartland of Russia.
A decade after Russian forces defeated separatists who controlled Chechnya, the North Caucasus is plagued by an Islamist insurgency stoked by corruption, poverty and the ideology of global jihad.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Several thousand Muscovites are thought to have died in July alone from this year’s unprecedented heatwave and August could add more fatalities to the grim statistics, a Russian scientist said on Tuesday.
Moscow, a metropolis of over 10 million people, suffered from intense heat since late June, with day temperatures sometimes nearing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Some Kyrgyz government troops took part in mob attacks against Uzbeks during an explosion of ethnic unrest in June, and a brutal official probe into the violence is making matters worse, a rights group said Monday.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said some men in uniform cleared away self-defense barricades with armored vehicles to unleash mobs of looters on Uzbek neighborhoods. Other men in uniform fired on civilians in the street.
MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Russia, the top
market for U.S. chicken, will lift a ban on U.S. poultry
imports starting Aug. 16, the Interfax news agency quoted
Russian Agriculture Ministry spokesperson Oleg Aksyonov as
saying on Friday.
Russia, where U.S. poultry has been banned since January,
will allow poultry imports from 68 U.S. plants out of a total
of 87 proposed by the U.S. side, Aksyonov said.
MOSCOW, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it had
deployed high-precision air defence missiles in the breakaway
Georgian region of Abkhazia, sending a defiant signal to
Tbilisi and the West two years after a war with Georgia.
The S-300 missile system bolstered Moscow’s military
presence in the disputed territory and drew an angry response
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said Wednesday it had deployed high-precision air defense missiles in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, sending a defiant signal to Tblisi and the West two years after a war with Georgia.
The formidable S-300 missile system bolstered Moscow’s military presence in the disputed territory and drew an angry response from Georgia.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The decision by Russia’s most wanted rebel to step down as leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus is unlikely to give Moscow a breather in its efforts to pacify its volatile southern flank.
Doku Umarov, who is also listed as a terrorist by the United States, announced on Sunday he had appointed Aslambek Vadalov as his successor to fight Moscow’s rule over the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.