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  • Russia Considering Restoring Soviet-Era Law on Psychiatry, Opening Door to Political Abuse

    11/13/2012 11:02:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    Russian psychiatrists are pressing the Duma to return the Soviet-era law on psychiatric assistance that allowed doctors at Moscow’s Serbsky Institute and elsewhere to indefinitely detain and treat people whose only “symptoms” were opposition to Soviet leaders and their policies. For more than 40 years, the Communist Party used the provisions of this law against a wide range of dissidents. That tragic history sparked protests by psychiatrists, human rights activists and governments around the world and ultimately prompted Russian parliamentarians to replace that legislation with laws more in conformity with international practice. On Monday (November 12), the Nakanune.ru news portal...
  • Russia promises retaliation if weapons deployed in space

    09/27/2007 8:55:56 PM PDT · by traumer · 31 replies · 76+ views
    MOSCOW, September 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is ready to take appropriate measures if weapons are deployed in space, the commander of the Russian Space Forces said Thursday. "Should any country deploy weapons in space, then the laws of armed warfare are such that retaliatory weapons are certain to appear," Col. Gen. Vladimir Popovkin said. He said Russia and China have drafted an international declaration on the non-deployment of weapons in space and sent it to the UN. "It is necessary to establish the rules of the game in space," he said, adding that the deployment of weapons in space...
  • BBC Russian Service transmissions go quiet [Putin pulls plug]

    08/17/2007 11:18:43 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 10 replies · 637+ views
    upi via email, no url | 8/17/7
    MOSCOW, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- In a sign of increasingly strained British-Russian relationships, Moscow authorities pulled the plug on the local transmission of the BBC Russian Service. The FM station in Moscow announced, effective Friday, it was taking off air all BBC Russian Service transmissions, the Times of London reported. The action was taken by Russia's Federal Service for the Supervision of Mass Media, Communication and Protection of Cultural Heritage. It was seen as the latest punitive measure initiated in Moscow in the controversy between Britain and Russia over the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB officer who was...
  • Kremlin is fastest-growing part of economy

    01/23/2006 4:48:48 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies · 606+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Jan. 22, 2006 | ALEX RODRIGUEZ
    MOSCOW - Russia's newest, most powerful corporate enterprise doesn't have a logo or a balance sheet. It doesn't hold shareholder meetings and isn't bound by any charter. Observers say it doesn't need one because it makes its own rules, and changes them as it sees fit. It doesn't even have a name, though the brand several critics have suggested - Kremlin Inc. - is as good as any. In 2005 its CEO, Vladimir Putin, put into full swing Kremlin Inc.'s corporate strategy: reassert state influence over Russia's economy and use energy to muscle its way back onto the world's top...
  • Battle Resumes Over FBI Fishing Expeditions Into Gun Records - Contact your Rep. and Senators

    12/07/2005 11:29:04 AM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 2,005+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | December 6, 2005 | NA
    www.gunowners.orgDec 2005 Battle Resumes Over FBI Fishing Expeditions Into Gun Records -- Please contact your Rep. and Senators immediately Gun Owners of America 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 (703)321-8585 Tuesday, December 6, 2005 House and Senate negotiators are reportedly close to hammering out differences on legislation that could greatly impact gun owners. You will remember that before the Thanksgiving break, legislators were trying to ram PATRIOT Act revisions through the Congress and onto the Presidents desk. Some of these revisions would improve the PATRIOT Act... some would not. Of greatest concern to gun owners is a provision...
  • Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine to create single customs zone

    09/08/2003 10:04:29 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 38 replies · 309+ views
    Russian Journal ^ | September 08, 2003
    MOSCOW - The Russian government has approved a draft agreement on the creation of the single economic space linking Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. According to the Government Information Department, a corresponding decree was signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. The draft agreement was submitted to the government by the Russian Economy Ministry; it was coordinated with the Russian Interior Ministry and other concerned federal executive agencies. Preliminary discussions on the agreement were held with Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. According to the draft agreement, the customs territories of the countries-members of the single economic space will be united. The...
  • Home is no place for school - Homeschool Alert

    09/03/2003 8:29:31 AM PDT · by Damocles · 258 replies · 1,657+ views
    USA Today Op Ed ^ | September 3, 2003 | Dennis Evans
    Home is no place for schoolWed Sep 3, 6:49 AM ET By Dennis L. Evans  The popularity of home schooling, while not significant in terms of the number of children involved, is attracting growing attention from the media, which create the impression that a "movement" is underway. Movement or not, there are compelling reasons to oppose home teaching both for the sake of the children involved and for society. Home schooling is an extension of the misguided notion that "anyone can teach." That notion is simply wrong. Recently, some of our best and brightest college graduates, responding to the altruistic...