Thursday, October 2, 2014

Putin says no capital controls in Russia, as currency hits record lows - RT

Putin says no capital controls in Russia, as currency hits record lows - RT

1 Share

RT

Putin says no capital controls in Russia, as currency hits record lows
RT
The Central Bank of Russia issued a similar statement on Tuesday after media sources reported the bank was considering capital controls as the ruble continues to hit new record lows. Capital controls are a monetary tool used by governments to fight a ...
Capital controls to push Russia many years back — Central Bank chiefITAR-TASS
Bank of Russia Intervened to Slow Ruble Slide, Nabiullina SaysBloomberg
Russia pledges not to control capital flowsThe Australian
The Moscow Times -RIA Novosti
all 26 news articles »

Ходорковский: Режим в РФ подвел мир к черте Третьей мировой войны - ЛІГА.net

1 Share

ЛІГА.net

Ходорковский: Режим в РФ подвел мир к черте Третьей мировой войны
ЛІГА.net
Михаил Ходорковский считает, что из-за военной агрессии российского режима, Россия и мир подошли к черте Третьей мировой войны. Об этом он заявил, выступая в штаб-квартире международной правозащитной организации Freedom House в Вашингтоне. "Выясняется, что режим ...
Ходорковский: Путин украл 10 лет у меня и у РоссииRT на русском
Ходорковский: «Без подвига Россию сегодня уже не спасти»Актуальные новости Санкт-Петербурга и мира - Информационное агентство <<Телеграф>>
Ходорковский предлагает России "5 тезисов" вместо ПутинаДень
CA-News: центральноазиатская -МВ -Последние новости в мире
Все похожие статьи: 17 »

U.S. Green Card Lottery Scam Group Nabbed In Ukraine

1 Share
Ukrainian investigators in cooperation with American authorities have nabbed a group involved in the U.S. Green Card Lottery scam.

Ukraine Liveblog Day 227: Fighting Rages On Around Donetsk Airport 

1 Share
Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.
Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs.

View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map
For links to individual updates click on the timestamps.
For the latest summary of evidence surrounding the shooting down of flight MH17 see our separate article: Evidence Review: Who Shot Down MH17?
Below we will be making regular updates so check back often.


 
Read the whole story
 
· ·

ДНР: Из-за обстрелов Донецка может сорваться встреча в Минске - Российская Газета

1 Share

Российская Газета

ДНР: Из-за обстрелов Донецка может сорваться встреча в Минске
Российская Газета
Из-за непрекращающихся даже во время перемирия обстрелов Донецка, ситуация в городе настолько напряженная, что премьер-министр ДНР Александр Захарченко поставил под сомнение продолжение минских встреч. "Обмен пленными продолжится, а минские встречи вряд ли", ...
Захарченко: Разногласия с Украиной только усугубляютсяВзгляд
Александр Захарченко баллотируется на пост главы ДНР, Андрей Пургин — в парламентКоммерсантъ
Захарченко может уже в субботу подать документы для участия в выборах главы ДНРInterfax Russia
Эксперт центр -Аргументы и факты
Все похожие статьи: 122 »

Explainer: Can Russia Disconnect From The Internet?

1 Share
It's every dictator's dream to shut off the Internet at will. But can it actually be done?

Next Page of Stories
Loading...
Page 2

Аэропорт Донецка конвертируется в санкции против России - Коммерсантъ

1 Share

Коммерсантъ

Аэропорт Донецка конвертируется в санкции против России
Коммерсантъ
Bloomberg, ссылаясь на неназванный источник, знакомый с политикой германского правительства, сообщило условия, при которых ЕС может расширить санкции против России. По данным агентства, дополнительный пакет ограничительных мер может быть одобрен, если ополченцы ...
ЕС введет против России новые санкции в случае захвата аэропорта в ДонецкеBFM.Ru
ЕС может ввести новые санкции в случае захвата донецкого аэропорта ополченцамиИнтернет-журнал Рабкор.ру
ЕС введет новые санкции против РФ в случае захвата аэропорта в Донецке — СМИАгентство Бизнес Новостей
Gorod48 -Вести.Ru
Все похожие статьи: 215 »

Сейм Латвии поддержал запрет на выдачу россиянам вида на жительство из-за Украины - Московский комсомолец

1 Share

Московский комсомолец

Сейм Латвии поддержал запрет на выдачу россиянам вида на жительство из-за Украины
Московский комсомолец
Сейм Латвии сегодня поддержал предложение ультраправого Нацобъединения временно остановить выдачу гражданам России видов на жительство в обмен на инвестиции. По мнению авторов законопроекта, россияне могут повлиять на политические и социальные процессы в стране ...
Сейм Латвии поддержал запрет на выдачу вида на жительство богатым россиянамПолит.ру
В Латвии хотят запретить богатым россиянам получать вид на жительство в странеКомсомольская правда
Сейм Латвии в итоге поддержал приостановку выдачи россиянам ВНЖNEWSru.com
Общественное телевидение России -Молнет.ру -Российская Газета
Все похожие статьи: 41 »

China ready to grab business after EU-Russia showdown - MSN Money

1 Share

China ready to grab business after EU-Russia showdown
MSN Money
BERLIN - China is ready to seize any business opportunities in Russia resulting from Moscow's diplomatic showdown with Europe over Ukraine, Beijing's ambassador to Berlin said ahead of a meeting of German and Chinese leaders next week.

and more »

Москва будет развивать отношения с Киевом - Дни.Ру

1 Share

Дни.Ру

Москва будет развивать отношения с Киевом
Дни.Ру
15:26 / 02.10.2014 Путин, Россия, УкраинаПрезидент России Владимир Путин рассказал о том, каким образом будут развиваться российско-украинские отношения. Он отметил, что сохранить единство Украины возможно только при уважении прав собственных граждан. < Рогозин: ...
Путин: Украинский народ останется самым близким для РоссииРоссийская Газета
На фоне боев в Донбассе Путин назвал украинцев "братским народом"ЛІГА.net
Путин назвал украинский народ самым близким для РоссииГазета.Ru
Московский комсомолец -Обещания.Ru -Новая газета в Южном Федеральном
Все похожие статьи: 28 »

Window on Eurasia: Russian Military has More Problems with Regional Loyalties than Ethnic Ones, Duma Military Advisor Says 

1 Share

Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, October 2 – Draftees who maintain attachments on the basis of where they are are a greater source of violations of military discipline than are those who identify as members of a particular nationality, according to a retired Russian colonel who served as deputy commander of the unified Russian forces in the North Caucasus and now gives advice to the Duma.

 

            And while there is some overlap between the two – people from a particular place are often members of the same nationality – it is far from absolute, and the regional dimension is more significant than the ethnic one, Boris Podoprigora told the Federal News Agency yesterday (riafan.ru/101914-armii-ne-nuzhnyi-zemlyachestva-i-svyashhenniki/).

 

            The issue of ethnicity and “dedovshchina” – the Russian word for “unstandard military behavior” – has resurfaced this week given Moscow’s decision to extend the military draft to Chechnya, something it has not done for 20 years, and the fears this has sparked among some about the impact of doing so on unit cohesion.

 

            Podoprigora said he wouldn’t overemphasis the danger and that he personally has “always called for drafting all citizens of Russia without exception when they reach the corresponding age.” Moreover, he continued, he “does not see any particular link between the nationality of a soldier and his inclination to violations” of military discipline.

 

            According to the veteran and now military advisor to the Russian parliament, “already in Soviet times, dedovshchina originated as a rule from among soldiers who formed the majority in a given unit.” Tyically, such majorities were made up of men from a particular region or city rather than of a given nationality.

 

            The retired colonel said that he remembers serving in a unit “dominated by men from Tashkent.” “You can believe me or not,” he continued, but among them was not a single Uzbek: these were ethnic Russians and Koreans. Nevertheless, they introduced significant dissonance in the actions of commanders.”

 

            When people say that men from the North Caucasus will do so regardless of how many of them there are in a particular unit or the strategy commanders adopt, Podoprigora said, “I don’t believe it because what is involved is not nationality” but rather the failure of military commissariats to assign men so that there won’t be too many from any one place.

 

            Ethnicity matters much less than the propensity of soldiers to group themselves on the basis of where they are from, he argue.  For example, he said, “if in a company of 100 men, there are 40 draftees from Vladivostok, I assure you that they after six months will dominate all the others.”

 

            In other comments, the military advisor said that sergeants should play a key role in maintaining discipline, that he “does not see the need” for a chaplaincy corps, and that he thinks the religious needs of soldiers should be satisfied off-base and not on a daily basis on it. Otherwise, religious activities could affect military readiness.

 

            Podiprigora’s comments may strike some as an indication that Moscow has fewer problems with draftees than they had thought, but in fact, his remarks suggest that the Russian command has even more than many had imagined, if regional attachments can be the basis for violations of indiscipline as much or more than ethnic ones.

 

            And that in turn calls attention to something else that most Russian commentators and many Western analysts are reluctant to consider: the national identity of ethnic Russians is in this case as in others much less strong than are regional attachments, something that makes building a “Russian world” and even maintaining a single Russian state that much more difficult.
Read the whole story
 
· · · ·

Евгений Ясин: идет борьба двух курсов 

1 Share
Последние экономические решения правительства и дисскусии экспертов комментирует профессор Евгений Ясин,...
Views: 0
    
ratings
Time: 00:00More in News & Politics
Next Page of Stories
Loading...
Page 3

Putin Seeks To Calm Investors' Worries Over Sanctions

1 Share
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told potential investors in Moscow that "unwarranted" Western sanctions won't stop the economy from developing

Window on Eurasia: Demise of Regional Ministry has Destroyed ‘Fragile Balance’ between Moscow and Regions, Urals Officials Says 

1 Share

Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, October 2 – Moscow appears to be acting on the principle that if there is no ministry, there is no problem, officials in the Urals say, but in fact, by destroying the regional affairs ministry, the Kremlin has not only destroyed “the fragile balance” between the center and the provinces but convinced many that the provinces need to “unite against the capital.”

 

            Many regional officials did not appreciate the role that the regional affairs ministry had been playing until it was destroyed, Ivan Nekrasov writes in a commentary on Ura.ru, but now they are very aware of what it did because of what they see they have lost: a lobbyist for regional interests in the capital (ura.ru/content/svrd/30-09-2014/articles/1036263083.html).

 

            Indeed, over the last year, many officials had been dismissive about that ministry, feeling that whatever plans it announced would be killed either by the finance ministry or the economics ministry, but now with its closure, these same officials are having to reckon with a new situation, one in which there will be no one in Moscow to represent their interests.

 

            The program of greatest interest to the Urals region which is most likely to die as a result of the demise of the regional affairs ministry involves for the development of agglomerations in Chelyabinsk, Perm and Yekaterinburg, something in which leaders there had placed great hopes as a driver of economic development in the future.

 

            It took the regional leaders seven years to convince the regional affairs ministry that this would be a good idea, but they do not have major backers elsewhere and so expect that the whole notion ideas will now die. “The liquidation of the regional affairs ministry,” one of their number said anonymously, “will result in the destruction within the government of the very idea of the development of the territories.”

 

            Indeed, this official said, those who had been behind it when they were in the regional affairs ministry are now worried about how to save their jobs and their offices rather than about any particular policies. And even when they do know where they will be working, they will be dispersed and have less influence.

 

            But analysts in the region say that the regions now must recognize that they can count “only on themselves.” Some of their issues will in fact drop off the center’s agenda, but others can be kept there if regional officials singly or even better jointly lobby on their behalf. As one analyst put it, “all the telephone numbers, addresses and places are quite well-known.”

 

            “There is the State Construction Committee, there is the finance ministry and the economics ministry to which the authority of the regional affairs ministry has been transferred,” the analyst continued. If people in the regions sit and to not run to immediately establish contact with them, he said, the regions are conceding defeat before the battle begins.
Read the whole story
 
· · ·

Putin isn’t Mad, He’s Evil and Thus Responsible for His Crimes, Guzman Says 

1 Share
Staunton, October 1 – A dangerous but entirely predictable trend is occurring in both Russia and the West: Many who see what Vladimir Putin is doing in Ukraine as a crime are saying he is mad or insane, an approach that simultaneously makes him less responsible for what he has done and leaves others less responsible for bringing him to justice.
Semyon Guzman, a psychiatrist who is also a member of the Ukrainian Presidential Humanitarian Council, notes that “in the media and on social networks, one every more frequently encounters the formulation: ‘Putin is ill’”.
“Many really consider that he suffers from definite psychological illnesses,” the psychiatrist says, “but this is only a convenient explanation in the existing situation. Unfortunately, it is not correct.” Neither Putin himself nor those around him from psychological illnesses, and they should not be evaluated or excused in that way.
Instead, Guzman says, “all their characteristics, like those of a murderer, thief or other good for nothing, are not psychiatric phenomena but rather objects of the subjects of moral philosophy.” Like Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Husseyn and their ilk, Putin and his entourage are “absolutely responsible – and in the event of a trial could be held” to be such.
Guzman’s comments on Putin’s sanity come in the course of his discussion of the ways in which Putin is restoring the use to which psychiatry was put in Soviet times, as “a weapon against dissenters,” as Moscow is doing now in the case of the illegally detained Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko.
By so doing, he says, Putin and his regime “want to frighten not only her but also all the residents of the Russian Federation who are fighting for her liberation.”
The Ukrainian psychiatrist notes that when he co-authored a study in 2008 with Dutch scholar Robert van Voren of Moscow’s use of psychiatry against dissent, he wanted to soften the title On Dissidents and Insanity: From the Soviet Union of Leonid Brezhnev to the Soviet Union of Vladimir Putin.” Van Voren didn’t agree to that, Guzman says, and he was right.
The Dutch scholar was able to see even then where Putin is heading, Guzman continues. “One of Putin’s goals is the return of the distant past into the present, [and] he is attempting to return not just to the Brezhnev era but to the Stalinist one” in this sector as apparently in many others as well.
Guzman notes that several months before her death, Anna Politkovskaya telephoned him to ask if he would provide a medical evaluation of Russian Colonel Yuri Budanov who was seeking to avoid criminal responsibility for the rape and murder of a Chechen girl by claiming to have been temporarily insane.
Guzman says he turned her down but recommended two Moscow colleagues who might be able to help. “As it turned out,” he continues, “each of them had refused to help Politkovskaya earlier explaining their refusal by their fears of reprisals from the [Russian] authorities.”
Politkovskaya was later murdered as was Budanov after he was freed from incarceration, Guzman says, adding that this is the way things are in Putin’s Russia.
“Putin needs psychiatry,” Guzman says, “in order to sow fear among those who disagree. That was the practice in the USSR. Those were not in agreement with the ideas of the totalitarian ideological machine were sent for an indeterminate time to the beds of psychiatric prisons for ‘treatment.’”
Tragically, that is happening again as in the case of Savchenko. Equally tragically, some are applying a similar logic and thus intentionally or not excusing Putin’s crimes and in some cases justifying their own failure to act against him.
Read the whole story
 
· ·

Russia's economy is being hit hard by sanctions

1 Share
Institute of International Finance Chief Economist Lubomir Mitov discusses the effect of western sanctions on Russia and what President Putin can do to revive the economy






Moscow Will ‘Do Everything Possible’ to Defend Compatriots in Baltic Countries, Russian Diplomat Says 

1 Share
Staunton, October 1 – Anatoly Makarov, the head of the Russian foreign ministry department for work with compatriots, says Moscow is doing everything it can to make “our multi-million strong diaspora a reliable partner of Russia, from which we have the read to expect deep internal moral support and understanding of our foreign policy initiatives.”
To that end, he told Rubaltic.ru’s Elizaveta Boldova, “we are carrying out a line so that Russian compatriots regardless of where they live are guaranteed all rights and freedoms in conformity with international standards, are not restricted in the right to use their native language, and have the opportunity to preserve the culture and traditions of their historical Motherland.”
With respect to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Makarov said, “we will do everything possible to defend the rights and interests” of what he said were “more than 1.3 million Russians” living in those countries.
At present, the Russian diplomat said, “the situation of [Russia’s] compatriots in Ukraine is generating particular concern.” Not only do the approximately six million Russian “compatriots” there form the largest community of Russians abroad, but, he said, “a real threat hangs over their lives and human rights.”
But Makarov said, Moscow’s approach to compatriots abroad is based “on common principles” and seeks “to avoid any regional or local specifics in the countries of the Baltic and in Ukraine.” Indeed, he said, “it is not distinguished at the level of principle from work with compatriots say in the US, France, or Kyrgyzstan.”
Moscow’s policies in this regard, he continued, are defined by the Russian Government Commission for the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad, which develops long-term and annual plans and coordinates efforts among the foreign ministry and other Russian government agencies. At present, that body is working on plans for 2015-2017.
Makarov said that “an important place” in this activity is expanding information channels for Russian compatriots abroad. Recently, it launched a portal for the commission itself and continues to publish specialized journals like Russky VekBaltiyskiy Mir for the Baltic countries, Yedinstvo v raznoobrazii for Central Asia, and Shire Krug for Europe.
Asked about the appearance of books attacking Moscow’s cooperation with its compatriots, such as Oleg Samorodny’s Compatriots of the Kremlin which was recently published in Estonia, Makarov said that he didn’t consider them significant because it should be clear to everyone that they had been ordered up by those who oppose Russia.
The Russian diplomat added that “it is well known to us that among a narrow circle of emigres,” there are people who are quite prepared to “spread filth” on those “who want to strengthen ties with their historical Motherland, who seek to preserve the Russian language…and popularize the achievements of Russian culture and science where they live.”
But Makarov said he was confident that such people would not succeed, especially because “Moscow will do everything possible” to defend those who are being attacked only because they want to be part of the Russian world.
Read the whole story
 
· ·

Russia's budget and Siluanovs odd assumptions

1 Share
On Tuesday Russia presented its 2015-2017 budget. It is a rather austere affair, with one noticeable exception: defence spending. Overall, the assumptions behind Finance Minister Anton Siluanovs numbers seem odd when compared to World Bank projections
On Tuesday Russia presented its 2015-2017 budget. It is a rather austere affair, with one noticeable exception: defence, earmarked with a 20% rise as part of a long-term plan to modernise the countrys military. According to some estimates, defence spending will increase by 85% between 2012 and 2017.
Finance Minister Anton Siluanovs numbers have some odd assumptions.
Continue reading...
Next Page of Stories
Loading...
Page 4

‘In Putin’s Russia, It’s Hard for Independent Media. For Crimea, It’s Even Harder.’

1 Share
The head of RFE/RL's Crimea desk provides a vivid portrait of the 'new Russian reality' on the peninsula, where political pressure, banking restrictions, legal uncertainty, and a sense of menace put independent media at risk.

ДНР: Из-за обстрелов Донецка может сорваться встреча в Минске - Российская Газета

1 Share

Российская Газета

ДНР: Из-за обстрелов Донецка может сорваться встреча в Минске
Российская Газета
Из-за непрекращающихся даже во время перемирия обстрелов Донецка, ситуация в городе настолько напряженная, что премьер-министр ДНР Александр Захарченко поставил под сомнение продолжение минских встреч. "Обмен пленными продолжится, а минские встречи вряд ли", ...
В Донецке загорелся аэропортПолит.ру
Захарченко: обострение ситуации в Донецке рискует помешать переговорамРИА Новости
Захарченко: ДНР готова продолжать обмен пленными с КиевомMail.Ru

Все похожие статьи: 214 »

Window on Eurasia: Duma Deputies Want to Block Media Outlets from Doing Stories Outside Their Stated Purpose

1 Share

Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, October 2 – There are many ways to destroy media freedom, but members of the Russian Duma have come up with a new one that may prove far more insidious than anyone may now imagine: They are calling for legislation that would preclude media outlets from carrying stories about subjects not defined as part of their focus.

 

            If this measure were to be adopted, sports magazines couldn’t cover political issues, and religious magazines couldn’t have stories about anything but religion, bans that would seriously restrict coverage of many issues and render a large number of Russian media outlets distinctly less interesting than they are now.

 

            When media outlets are given their licenses, Vadim Dengin, an LDPR deputy says, they define the focus of their coverage, but many of them then cover whatever they want to. As a result, he says, Russian media law should be amended so that they cannot do so (znak.com/moscow/articles/01-10-20-33/103023.htmland slon.ru/fast/russia/v-gosdume-predlozhili-zapretit-smi-osveshchat-neprofilnye-temy-1165563.xhtml).

 

            Dengin said that he “considers it abnormal in an era of information war when a massed information attack on the country is going on that people who specialize on entertainment media” don’t keep to their stated purpose but act as social-political media are supposed to do and cover broader topics.

 

            Not surprisingly, journalists said that such an approach would not work very well because no media outlet can define with exactitude what it will cover. One of them with whom Znak.com spoke, Oleg Kashin, said he assumes that any such law, if adopted, would be applied in a highly selective and repressive manner.

 

            Thus, Kashin suggested, the authorities would use it only if they didn’t like a particular article. For example, he said, if “Esquire” were to publish something critical of the powers that be, then “the government would remember that this is a journal about male fashion and not a social-political one.”

 

            In speaking about his proposal, the LDPR deputy made reference to Hearst Shkulev Media, which publishes “Elle,” “Maxim,” “Psychologies,” “Schastlivyye roditeli,” and “Woman’s Day,” likely because its head had given an interview to Slon.ru in which he criticized Dengin himself (slon.ru/russia/viktor_shkulev-1161348.xhtml).

 

            Lest anyone think that the Russian parliament will ignore such a proposal, it is worth pointing out that Deputy Dengin was one of the co-authors of the law prohibiting foreigners from owning more than 20 percent of the capital of Russian media, a law that was adopted by the Duma on third reading on September 26.

 
Read the whole story
 
· · ·

NATO's Stoltenberg Takes Softer Tone on Russia

1 Share
Jens Stoltenberg, taking office Wednesday as the new chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, took a relatively conciliatory tone toward Russia Wednesday in his first comments on the Ukraine crisis.

New NATO leader offers olive branch to Russia - Reuters

1 Share

Reuters

New NATO leader offers olive branch to Russia
Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO's new leader offered an olive branch to Russia on Wednesday, saying he saw no contradiction between a strong alliance and building a constructive relationship with Moscow. Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, ...

and more »

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels clash over Donetsk airport 

1 Share
At least 10 people are killed in exchanges of artillery fire, undermining truce struck last month
Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia rebel militias for control of Donetsk airport left more civilians dead on Wednesday, with reports of a school near the airport coming under shell fire as heavy artillery exchanges continued, further undermining a ceasefire in the region.
A ceasefire deal last month essentially froze the conflict that has killed more than 3,000 people, with parts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions left under control of Russia-backed militias. While in many places the ceasefire has held, the rebels have been attempting to push Ukrainian forces from Donetsk airport, their biggest position within firing range of the city.
Continue reading...
Next Page of Stories
Loading...
Page 5

Ex-NATO chief Rasmussen opens consultancy advising governments, companies - Reuters

1 Share

Ex-NATO chief Rasmussen opens consultancy advising governments, companies
Reuters
BRUSSELS Oct 1 (Reuters) - Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who stepped down as leader of NATO on Tuesday, announced on Wednesday he was setting up a consultancy offering strategic advice to governments and corporations on security and diplomatic ...

and more »

Russian Court Chief Raises Eyebrows With Praise For Serfdom

1 Share
The head of Russia's Constitutional Court has penned an article calling serfdom "the staple" that held the Russian nation together, and that its abolition unleashed revolutionary forces that rocked the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Secret service director resigns after series of White House security lapses 

1 Share
Julia Pierson bows to pressure to quit after House hearing revealed devastating evidence chronicling secret service failures
The director of the US secret service has resigned amid mounting criticism of her handling of security breaches at the White
House and allegations of misleading public statements.Hours after an
unconvincing appearance before the House of Representatives government oversight committee, Julia Pierson tendered her resignation to the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the elite agency.Continue reading...

Putins view of power was formed watching East Germany collapse 

1 Share
25 years ago Russias president was a KGB officer in the chaos of Dresden. This explains the hardliner he is today
Twenty-five years ago this week tumultuous scenes were unfolding in the East German city of Dresden: inside the central station, tens of thousands of people clashed violently with police, army and Stasi forces. And the chances are high that a 36-year-old KGB officer named Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin would have followed the chaos with his own eyes.
The story of what happened in Dresden on 4 October was soon overshadowed by the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall a month later. Yet understanding what Putin the KGB officer may have seen that day could hold the key to understanding how the Russian president sees the crisis in eastern Europe today. For someone who believed deeply in the cold war order, it was most likely an excruciating experience. It is clear that he returned home soon afterwards in disgust, full of bitterness that lingers to this day, with dramatic consequences. Thanks to surviving evidence from police, Stasi, and party files, as well as interviews, it is possible to trace Dresdens descent into chaos over the course of 1989.
Continue reading...

US Ebola case grounds airline stocks; Dow falls 237 points - Christian Science Monitor

1 Share

Christian Science Monitor

US Ebola case grounds airline stocks; Dow falls 237 points
Christian Science Monitor
The news of the first Ebola case in the US sent airline stocks plummeting Wednesday, dragging the Dow down 237 points. Even domestic airlines with no presence in Ebola-stricken regions saw their stocks fall drastically.
Airline stocks slump after first US Ebola case confirmedLos Angeles Times
Wall St drops on Ebola concerns; small caps stumbleReuters
Ebola Virus Hammers Airline Stocks, Boosts Pharma StocksABC News
Fort Worth Star Telegram -Fox Business -Dallas Morning News (blog)
all 167 news articles »

Hagel orders steps to improve US military healthcare system - Reuters

1 Share

Kansas City Star

Hagel orders steps to improve US military healthcare system
Reuters
WASHINGTON Oct 1 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took steps on Wednesday to improve the U.S. military healthcare system after a review concluded that some patients had to wait too long to see a doctor and others received care that was ...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Calls Military Health Care System AverageHuffington Post
Portsmouth naval hospital flagged in DoD reviewThe Virginian-Pilot
Report Identifies Best Practices and Plans For Military Health CareDepartment of Defense
Albany Times Union
all 44 news articles »
Next Page of Stories
Loading...
Page 6

Turkey to approve a bigger military role in Iraq and Syria — but not on American terms 

1 Share
MURSITPINAR, Turkey — Turkey’s president on Wednesday criticized American air strikes against Iraq and Syria as offering only a “temporary” solution to the problem of terrorism, tempering expectations that Turkish military participation in the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State could be imminent.
Read full article >>






Putin Backs Plan to Isolate Russian Internet as Security Measure 

1 Share
Mr. Putin said a plan to isolate the Russian Internet was only intended as a backup security system to keep Russian domains online in a national emergency.

Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border

1 Share
MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria.
  

Foreign doctors, military guards: Bespoke care for North Korea's Kims

1 Share
SEOUL (Reuters) - In 1993, French neurosurgeon Francois-Xavier Roux received a phone call in Paris from an unidentified North Korean official. The then leader-in-waiting, Kim Jong Il, had suffered a head injury from a horse-riding accident and they wanted his advice.






  

Merkel tells Putin Moscow has duty to temper separatists in Ukraine

1 Share
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Wednesday that Moscow had a duty to temper pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, a spokesman for the German government said.






  

Romney's in demand as Republicans' future unclear - Killeen Daily Herald

1 Share

Killeen Daily Herald

Romney's in demand as Republicans' future unclear
Killeen Daily Herald
The twice-defeated White House contender is campaigning across seven states in five days this week to raise money and energy for Republican midterm candidates. Romney insists he's not running for president again. But top GOP strategists suggest his ...

and more »
Next Page of Stories
Loading...
Page 7

UN report: Islamic State committing 'staggering' violations in Iraq - Jerusalem Post

1 Share

MiamiHerald.com

UN report: Islamic State committing 'staggering' violations in Iraq
Jerusalem Post
GENEVA - Islamic State militants in Iraq have carried out mass executions, abducted women and girls as sex slaves, and used children as fighters, in systematic violations that may amount to war crimes, the United Nations said on Thursday. In a report based ...
IS committing 'staggering' violations in Iraq - UNRTE.ie
France sends more fighter jets to fight IsisThe Local.fr
Paris Strengthens Its Military Participation in IraqLatin American Herald Tribune
Businessweek
all 97 news articles »

Pro-Russian Separatists Push To Seize Donetsk Airport

1 Share
Rebel forces in eastern Ukraine are pushing to capture the government-held airport in the city of Donetsk.

If Russia is thinking capital controls, it means sanctions are working - MarketWatch (blog)

1 Share

MarketWatch (blog)

If Russia is thinking capital controls, it means sanctions are working
MarketWatch (blog)
The Russian ruble fell apart Tuesday after Bloomberg, citing two unnamed officials, reported the country's central bank is thinking about imposing temporary capital controls in order to stop money from leaving the country. The dollar ...
Russia weighs capital controls as rouble hits new lowCNBC
Russian Central Bank rejects capital controls as ruble hits lowest level since ...RT 
Russia Weighs Capital Controls in Case Net Outflows IntensifyBloomberg
Telegraph.co.uk-Fortune
 -MSN Money
 
all 119
 
Fortune
all 116 news articles »

Russia Turns to Reuters and Bloomberg As Clampdown on Media Gains Force 

1 Share
Reuters and Bloomberg may soon have to register with the Russian government as "operators of critical infrastructure" on account of their widely used financial information systems, TASS reported Wednesday.

Лавров: Москва рассчитывает, что западные СМИ не будут замалчивать факты массовых захоронений под Донецком - Маяк

1 Share

Лавров: Москва рассчитывает, что западные СМИ не будут замалчивать факты массовых захоронений под Донецком
Маяк
Москва рассчитывает, что западные СМИ не будут замалчивать вопиющие факты массовых захоронений под Донецком. Об этом заявил сегодня глава МИДа России Сергей Лавров. Он отметил, что массовые расстрелы под Донецком произошли во время нахождения там украинских ...

и другие »

Ukraine Liveblog Day 226: Shells Strike Donetsk Bus And School, Killing At Least 10 Civilians 

1 Share
Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.
Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs.

View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map
For links to individual updates click on the timestamps.
For the latest summary of evidence surrounding the shooting down of flight MH17 see our separate article: Evidence Review: Who Shot Down MH17?
Below we will be making regular updates so check back often.


 
Read the whole story
 
· ·
Next Page of Stories
Loading...
Page 8

Путин: Россия не будет ограничивать доступ в Интернет - Росбалт.RU

1 Share

РИА Новости

Путин: Россия не будет ограничивать доступ в Интернет
Росбалт.RU
МОСКВА, 1 октября. Президент РФ Владимир Путин, выступая на заседании Совета Безопасности, заявил, что Россия не планирует ограничивать доступ в Интернет и ставить его под контроль. "Хотел бы подчеркнуть, что мы не намерены ограничивать доступ в сеть, ставить ее под ...
Заседание Совбеза РФ по проблеме информационной безопасностиРИА Новости
Путин оценил отключение России от интернетаДни.Ру
Путин потребовал защитить РунетВести.Ru
Интерфакс -НТВ.ru
Все похожие статьи: 158 »

Fighting intensifies in Ukraine as pro-Russian rebels move on Donetsk airport 

1 Share
MOSCOW — Fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday despite a fragile cease-fire, as pro-Russian rebels appeared to be close to capturing the strategically important Donetsk airport.
The fighting was some of the worst since a Sept. 5 cease-fire calmed the conflict, although shelling and casualties have continued throughout the nearly four weeks since the agreement was reached. Ukraine’s military and rebel forces said the fighting worsened Wednesday, as rebels vowed to seize the airport, a key facility that has remained in government hands for almost all of the six-month-long conflict.
Read full article >>






Чеченские призывники – снова в строю? 

1 Share
Первый за 20 лет набор чеченских юношей в ряды Российской армии обсуждаем в день начала осеннего призыва....
Views: 0
    
4
ratings
Time: 00:00More in News & Politics

Правосудие. Избиения и пытки в Новосибирском СИЗО № 1 - 01 октября, 2014 

1 Share
Избиения и пытки в Новосибирском СИЗО № 1 Врачи Новосибирской ГКБ №1 борются за жизнь подследственного Кенана Джалилова, которого с переломами черепа и многочисленными травмами доставили сюда из следственного изолятора № 1 . Правозащитники заявляют, что располагают информацией о том, что Джалилов был избит с ведома и по приказу администрации изолятора, а следствие не торопится установить виновных в случившемся. В студии: руководитель проекта Гулагу.нет Владимир Осечкин, жена избитого заключенного Ирина Джалилова, на связи с актуальной информацией корреспондент РС в Новосибирске Елена Аникина



Download audio: http://realaudio.rferl.org/RU/2014/10/01/20141001-140000-RU-program.mp3

Window on Eurasia: Moscow Will 'Do Everything Possible' to Defend Compatriots in Baltic Countries, Russian Diplomat Says

1 Share

Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, October 1 –Anatoly Makarov, the head of the Russian foreign ministry department for work with compatriots, says Moscow is doing everything it can to make “our multi-million strong diaspora a reliable partner of Russia, from which we have the read to expect deep internal moral support and understanding of our foreign policy initiatives.”

 

            To that end, he told Rubaltic.ru’s Elizaveta Boldova, “we are carrying out a line so that Russian compatriots regardless of where they live are guaranteed all rights and freedoms in conformity with international standards, are not restricted in the right to use their native language, and have the opportunity to preserve the culture and traditions of their historical Motherland.”

 

            With respect to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Makarov said, “we will do everything possible to defend the rights and interests” of what he said were “more than 1.3 million Russians” living in those countries (rubaltic.ru/article/kultura-i-istoriya/01082014-sootechestvenniki/).

 

            At present, the Russian diplomat said, “the situation of [Russia’s] compatriots in Ukraine is generating particular concern.” Not only do the approximately six million Russian “compatriots” there form the largest community of Russians abroad, but, he said, “a real threat hangs over their lives and human rights.”

 

            But Makarov said, Moscow’s approach to compatriots abroad is based “on common principles” and seeks “to avoid any regional or local specifics in the countries of the Baltic and in Ukraine.” Indeed, he said, “it is not distinguished at the level of principle from work with compatriots say in the US, France, or Kyrgyzstan.”

 

            Moscow’s policies in this regard, he continued, are defined by the Russian Government Commission for the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad, which develops long-term and annual plans and coordinates efforts among the foreign ministry and other Russian government agencies. At present, that body is working on plans for 2015-2017.

 

            Makarov said that “an important place” in this activity is expanding information channels for Russian compatriots abroad. Recently, it launched a portal for the commission itself and continues to publish specialized journals like “Russky vek,”  “Baltiyskiy mir” for the Baltic countries, “Yedinstvo v raznoobrazii” for Central Asia, and “Shire krug” for Europe.

 

            Asked about the appearance of books attacking Moscow’s cooperation with its compatriots, such as Oleg Samorodny’s “Compatriots of the Kremlin” which was recently published in Estonia, Makarov said that he didn’t consider them significant because it should be clear to everyone that they had been ordered up by those who oppose Russia.

 

            The Russian diplomat added that “it is well known to us that among a narrow circle of emigres,” there are people who are quite prepared to “spread filth” on those “who want to strengthen ties with their historical Motherland, who seek to preserve the Russian language … and popularize the achievements of Russian culture and science where they live.”

 

            But Makarov said he was confident that such people would not succeed, especially because “Moscow will do everything possible” to defend those who are being attacked only because they want to be part of the Russian world.

           

 
Read the whole story
 
· · · ·

"Криминальный приговор" в СИЗО Новосибирска

1 Share
Врачи Новосибирской ГКБ №1 борются за жизнь подследственного Кенана Джалилова, которого с переломами чере...
Views:
11 
  
ratings
Time: 53:24More in News & Politics