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May 16, 2012

Assad warns against sowing chaos in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Countries that “sow chaos” in Syria could find the tables turned, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a state-run Russian television station in comments aired on Wednesday.

Assad gave one of the few interviews he has conducted during a 14-month crackdown on anti-government protests to a station from Russia, which has supported him with arms supplies and vetoes in the U.N. Security Council.

May 2, 2012

Russian rights advisers balk at serving under Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Several members of Russia’s presidential human rights council said on Wednesday they planned to leave the advisory council, reflecting doubts that President-elect Vladimir Putin was dedicated to improving human rights.

During Dmitry Medvedev’s presidency, the rights council has drawn attention to reported abuses including in the case of Sergei Magnitsky, whose 2009 prison death has drawn widespread condemnation and strained Russian-U.S. ties.

Apr 26, 2012

Russia accuses Syrian rebels of using “tactics of terror”

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused Syrian rebels on Thursday of using terror tactics and suggested they were more to blame for ceasefire violations than President Bashar al-Assad’s troops.

The remarks by the foreign ministry differed from assessments by Western states which have been calling on government forces to end attacks and withdraw from cities and towns under a U.N.-backed truce.

Apr 25, 2012

Pro-Putin activists boost hacking attacks – report

MOSCOW, April 25 (Reuters) – Pro-Kremlin activists are
increasingly using underground hacker networks to suppress the
political opposition and independent media which they believe
pose a danger to Vladimir Putin’s hold on power in Russia, a
report said on Wednesday.

Cyber attacks on websites of independent-minded news outlets
such as Ekho Moskvy radio and cable and Internet TV channel
Dozhd around the time of a December parliamentary and election
have raised concerns about a crackdown on dissent.

Apr 10, 2012

Russia urges Syria, Annan to step up peace effort

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia urged the Syrian government on Tuesday to act “more decisively” to implement international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan but said the opposition must also comply and called on other nations to use their influence to promote a ceasefire.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking after talks with his Syrian counterpart, balanced a message of pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government with pointed words for his foes and for Western and Arab states.

Apr 10, 2012

Russia talks frankly, urges Syria step up peace plan

MOSCOW, April 10 (Reuters) – Russia urged the Syrian
government on Tuesday to act “more decisively” to implement
international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan but said the
opposition must also comply and called on other nations to use
their influence to promote a ceasefire.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking after talks
with his Syrian counterpart, balanced a message of pressure on
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government with pointed words
for his foes and for Western and Arab states.

Mar 26, 2012

Annan says Syria crisis cannot drag on indefinitely

MOSCOW, March 26 (Reuters) – U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi
Annan said on Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s
government could not resist the “winds of transformation” but
said it was too early to introduce a timeline for a peaceful
solution.

Annan spoke at a Moscow airport before departing for Beijing
on the second leg of a trip designed to shore up support for his
peace mission from the two nations that have been Assad’s
strongest backers in a year of bloodshed.

Mar 22, 2012
via FaithWorld

Russian court rejects call to ban Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita

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(A child dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna poses with a miniature 'Bhagavad-Gita', a scared scripture of Hinduism, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh May 1, 2009. REUTERS/Ajay Verma)

A Russian court has rejected a call from prosecutors to ban one of Hinduism’s holiest books, avoiding a diplomatic tussle days before President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to India.

Mar 21, 2012

Russian court rejects call to ban translated Bhagavad Gita

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court rejected a call from prosecutors on Wednesday to ban one of Hinduism’s holiest books, avoiding a diplomatic tussle days before President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to India.

Indian lawmakers had criticised the case strongly. Russia and India have vibrant trade ties dating back to the Soviet era and New Delhi is Moscow’s top arms customer, buying several billion dollars in weapons every year.

Mar 21, 2012

Russian court rejects call to ban Hindu holy book

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court rejected a call from prosecutors on Wednesday to ban one of Hinduism’s holiest books, avoiding a diplomatic tussle days before President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to India.

Indian lawmakers had criticized the case strongly. Russia and India have vibrant trade ties dating back to the Soviet era and New Delhi is Moscow’s top arms customer, buying several billion dollars in weapons every year.

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