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Nov 23, 2012

Russian lawmakers introduce law on “foreign agent” media

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian lawmakers introduced a bill to the state Duma, or lower house of parliament, on Friday which would force foreign-funded media to register as ‘foreign agents’, adding to a raft of bills that critics say is aimed at cracking down on dissent.

The law would complement another piece of legislation that forces non-government organizations that engage in “political activities” and receive money from abroad to register themselves using the same term, which is steeped in Cold-War era hostility.

Nov 16, 2012

Russia warns U.S. over human rights bill

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia increased pressure on the U.S. Congress on Friday not to pass legislation that would punish Russian officials for human rights violations, warning Washington that it had prepared tough retaliatory measures.

Congress was due to vote on a bill named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky later on Friday, the third anniversary of his death in detention. The bill is designed to deny visas for officials involved in his imprisonment, abuse or death.

Nov 16, 2012

Russia charges nine with membership of banned Islamist group

MOSCOW, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday nine
suspected militants were charged with belonging to outlawed
Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which police said had
planned bomb attacks on civilian targets in Moscow.

Police said they found firearms, explosives and counterfeit
currency worth $1 million and 2 million euros during a raid on
the apartments of Russian and Tajik citizens earlier this month.

Nov 15, 2012

Putin extends Russian defence ministry reshuffle

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin fired two defence ministry deputies on Thursday, broadening a reshuffle after the sacking of the defence minister last week over a fraud investigation.

Putin dismissed deputy minister Yelena Kozlova, who oversaw finances, and Dmitry Chushkin, who was in charge of communications technologies, naming two associates of the new Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as their replacements.

Nov 8, 2012

Russian defense chief crossed Putin’s political “family”

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Viktor Zubkov was the friend Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to when he wanted help blowing out his birthday candles 12 years ago.

At the time, Zubkov was an obscure tax man but had already forged the close relationship with Putin on which the political career of Russia’s defense minister may have foundered this week in a tale of alleged corruption, adultery and Kremlin rivalries.

Nov 6, 2012

Putin dismisses Russian defence minister after scandal

MOSCOW, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin
publicly dismissed his defence minister on Tuesday after a
multi-million dollar corruption scandal and appointed a longtime
ally to oversee military reforms.

Putin announced on television that he had fired Anatoly
Serdyukov, who had become a liability due to an investigation
into the sale of ministry assets at suspiciously low prices.

Oct 30, 2012

Gunmen kill religious leader in Russia’s Dagestan

MOSCOW, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Gunmen shot dead a Muslim
religious leader in Russia’s Dagestan region on Tuesday in an
attack likely to worsen a spiral of militant violence that
threatens Moscow’s hold on the restive North Caucasus.

Karimulla Ibragimov was at least the fifth Muslim leader
killed this year in Dagestan following a rise in tension between
moderate and more radical Muslims in the southern Russian
republic.

Oct 29, 2012

U.N.-Arab League envoy regrets Syria truce crumbled

MOSCOW (Reuters) – International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi expressed regret on Monday at the failure of a four-day truce in Syria that he had arranged between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebel forces.

Brahimi also said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow that there was no immediate plan to send U.N. peacekeepers to the Middle Eastern country.

Oct 29, 2012

Arab League envoy regrets Syria truce not successful

MOSCOW, Oct 29 (Reuters) – International envoy Lakhdar
Brahimi expressed regret on Monday at the failure of a four-day
truce in Syria that he had arranged between President Bashar
al-Assad’s government and rebel forces.

Brahimi also said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov in Moscow that there was no immediate plan to send
U.N. peacekeepers to the Middle Eastern country.

Oct 22, 2012

Russia condemns United States for human rights record

MOSCOW, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Russia accused the United States
on Monday of double standards on human rights, criticising its
failure to close Guantanamo Bay prison and its use of the death
penalty while the U.S. Congress considers a law which could
punish Moscow for alleged abuses.

Russia and the United States attempted to “reset” their
relations when President Barack Obama entered the White House in
2009, but ties have turned decidedly cooler since Vladimir Putin
declared last year he planned to return to the presidency.

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