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Nov 25, 2013

Bolshoi dancer met alleged acid attacker after assault

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.

Nov 22, 2013

Accused dancer says Bolshoi director treated troupe like puppets

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.

Nov 12, 2013

European rights body urges Russia to reform judiciary

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.

Nov 5, 2013

Russian police harassed Norwegian journalists reporting on Sochi: rights 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.

Nov 4, 2013

Thousands of Russian nationalists rally in anti-immigrant protests

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”.

Oct 31, 2013

Exclusive: Russian banks strengthen ties with blacklisted Syrian lenders

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.

Oct 31, 2013

Russian banks strengthen ties with blacklisted Syrian lenders

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.

Oct 15, 2013

Russian police detain killing suspect after race riot

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.

Oct 12, 2013

Azeri police beat, detain demonstrators after vote protest rally

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.

Oct 9, 2013

Aliyev wins third term as president of Azerbaijan

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.

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