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.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police detained a migrant worker suspected of killing an ethnic Russia and stepped up security in Moscow on Tuesday to try prevent a repeat of the race riots that were unleashed by the man’s death.
Advocacy groups warned migrants from ex-Soviet states of Central Asia and the Caucasus of a high risk of violence as crowds of Muslims celebrated the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, and a heavy police presence was seen in the capital.
BAKU (Reuters) – Police beat and detained demonstrators in the capital of Azerbaijan on Saturday after a protest against a disputed presidential vote that gave President Ilham Aliyev a third consecutive term in the oil-producing former Soviet republic.
Reuters witnesses saw police kick and thump protesters as scuffles broke out following the rally, which drew thousands in protest at the election dismissed by international monitors and government critics as unfair.
BAKU (Reuters) – Ilham Aliyev won a third term as president of the oil-producing ex-Soviet republic of Azerbaijan on Wednesday in an election the opposition said was marred by voting violations.
Aliyev’s control over most levers of power and media outlets made his victory a foregone conclusion for many in the nation of 9 million, even though the fractious opposition united for the first time in a presidential poll behind a single candidate.
BAKU (Reuters) – Azeri President Ilham Aliyev appears certain to extend his rule in the oil-producing former Soviet republic for a third straight term in an election on Wednesday that opponents said has already been skewed in his favor.
In a decade since Aliyev succeeded his father, Azerbaijan has been through a boom that has raised living standards and has courted Western states drawn by its strategic location and status as a producer and transporter of oil and gas.
MOSCOW, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Russia evacuated embassy staff and
their families from Libya on Thursday after gunmen tried to
storm its diplomatic mission in Tripoli.
The attackers, who dispersed when embassy security guards
opened fire, had planned to avenge the murder of a Libyan
military officer by a Russian woman living in Tripoli, the
foreign ministry said in a statement.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia sought on Thursday to portray an attack on its embassy in Libya as a settling of a personal score, and not as a blow to diplomatic and business ties with Tripoli.
Diplomatic sources in Libya said security guards fired shots to disperse a group of about 60 people who tried to storm the embassy on Wednesday. Russian agencies said the gunmen arrived in two vehicles before opening fire.
MOSCOW/, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Russia’s embassy in the Libyan
capital of Tripoli came under fire on Wednesday and a group of
people tried to force their way into the compound, the Russian
Foreign Ministry said.
A diplomatic source in Libya said security guards fired
shots to disperse about 60 people that had approached the
embassy. The compound was quickly secured by guards and
according to the Foreign Ministry no diplomats were wounded in
MOSCOW/ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – Environmental activists who protested at an offshore oil platform in the Russian Arctic last week will be prosecuted, possibly for piracy which is punishable by up to 15 years’ jail, Russian investigators said on Tuesday.
They said the “attack”, in which Greenpeace activists tried scaling the Gazprom-owned Prirazlomnaya platform, Russia’s first offshore Arctic oil platform, had violated Russian sovereignty.
MOSCOW, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Environmental activists who
protested at a Russian Arctic offshore oil platform last week
will be prosecuted and could face piracy charges punishable by
up to 15 years in prison, Russian investigators said on Tuesday.
They said the “attack”, in which Greenpeace activists tried
scaling the Gazprom-owned Prirazlomnaya platform,
Russia’s first offshore Arctic oil platform, violated Russian