KIEV, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovich’s decision to walk away from a deal that would have
aligned his former Soviet republic more closely with the
European Union sparked both anger and applause on the streets of
Kiev on Friday.
A sea of blue and gold, the colours of both the EU and
Ukrainian flags, swept through the capital as people joined
rival protests – one to celebrate closer ties with Russia,
another to lament what they saw as a lost chance.
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said the European Union should stop meddling in the fate of his rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and that her imprisonment should not hinder Kiev’s integration with Europe.
Pouring scorn on the woman who helped engineer the 2004-5 Orange Revolution that thwarted his first bid at the presidency, Yanukovich said she was part of a ring of criminals and that her fate should lie in the hands of Ukrainian judges.
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said the European Union should stop meddling in the fate of his rival former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and said her imprisonment should not hinder Kiev’s integration with Europe.
Pouring scorn on the woman who helped engineer the 2004 Orange Revolution that thwarted his first bid at the presidency, Yanukovich said she was part of a ring of criminals and that her fate should lie in the hands of Ukrainian judges.
KIEV, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Student Taras Zagorbenskyy jumped
on a bus from western Ukraine as soon as he saw on a social
networking site that others were gathering in Kiev to protest
President Viktor Yanukovich’s walking away from a landmark deal
with the European Union.
He is among several thousand protesters, many of them
students, drinking tea and keeping warm around fires in oil
barrels in the capital’s main square.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A prominent former Bolshoi Ballet principal told a Russian court on Monday that the victim of an acid attack had denied roles to the main suspect in the crime, a younger dancer he said could have had a “brilliant career” at the renowned theatre.
Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who lost his job at the Bolshoi in the aftermath of the attack on the ballet company’s artistic director Sergei Filin, testified in the trial of dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, who faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
MOSCOW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A dancer accused of plotting an
acid attack on the Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director said on
Friday that his former boss acted like a tsar and treated his
troupe like puppets.
Pavel Dmitrichenko, who gained fame on the Bolshoi stage
playing villains, was testifying in court on the events leading
up to the attack in January that nearly blinded Sergei Filin.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A leading European human rights body urged President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to overhaul Russia’s creaking judicial system, long criticized as vulnerable to political meddling and as an obstacle to business.
The appeal by the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe follows international criticism of Putin over the conviction of a number of his opponents, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny and members of the Pussy Riot protest group.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police harassed and detained two Norwegian journalists on their way to Sochi, venue of the 2014 winter Olympics, a rights group and their television station said on Tuesday.
Human Rights Watch said in a statement the International Olympic Committee (IOC) must demand an explanation from authorities and insist that no further incidents of this kind occurred.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of Russian nationalists rallied across the country on National Unity Day on Monday, in a sign of the growing strength of far-right political forces galvanized by an anti-immigrant agenda.
Hard-line nationalists have adopted the holiday, which commemorates the liberation of Moscow from Polish invaders in 1612, as an occasion to hold annual “Russian Marches”.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Intent on supplying his government with arms, oil and food, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has turned to Russian banks to access world markets, and the lenders could open more doors to him, despite a risk of isolation from the U.S. banking system.
U.S. sanctions aimed at forcing Assad to end the violence in Syria’s two-and-a-half-year civil war forbid its own banks from dealing with Syria’s central bank and the Commercial Bank of Syria. They do not cut off other countries’ banks that deal with the two blacklisted institutions from the U.S. banking sector, though there are calls for tougher action.