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  • Russian Bomber Crashes in 6th Military Aircraft Loss in One Month

    08/20/2015 1:16:29 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 22 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 14 2015
    A Russian Tu-95 “Bear” strategic bomber crashed during routine training in Russia's Far East on Tuesday, news agency RIA Novosti reported, marking the second loss of a Tu-95 bomber and the sixth loss of a Russian military aircraft in a little over a month. Russia's aging aircraft fleet has been called into heavy service over the past 18 months as relations with the West deteriorated over the crisis in Ukraine. The NATO military alliance has said it intercepted 400 Russian aircraft near its borders last year — a 50 percent increase over 2013. The increased flight rate is taking a...
  • Russian Lawmaker Proposes Mailing Putin Sperm to Impregnate Russian Women

    11/07/2014 9:19:52 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 61 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | 11/06/14 | By Kevin B. Sanders
    'Each female citizen of Russia will be able to receive by mail the genetic material of the President' “The essence of my proposition is simple”, says the Chairwoman Of Parliamentary Commission on Women’s affairs, Children and Family, Yelena Borisovna Mizoulina. “Each female citizen of Russia will be able to receive by mail the genetic material of the President, get pregnant from him and have a baby. These mothers will be receiving special allowances from the government.” “And after the birth of the child, he will have to be given to be raised into the special institutions that resemble Souvorov Schools...
  • Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine: Russian rights activists

    08/28/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Christian Lowe
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts of eye-witness and relatives of the dead. Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council, said around 300 people were also injured in the violence on Aug. 13 near the town of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province, when a column of trucks full of ammunition they were driving was hit by a sustained volley of Grad missiles. "A column of...
  • Poland Puts on Biggest Military Parade in Years

    08/15/2014 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 67 replies
    ABC ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | By VANESSA GERA
    Poland put on its biggest military parade in years Friday to mark its annual armed forces holiday, with the president saying the violence in Ukraine shows that conflict is still a "brutal reality" in Eastern Europe and Poland must be able to defend itself. Fighter jets and military helicopters flew over Warsaw as tanks rolled through the capital. More than 1,000 Polish soldiers marched, joined by dozens of U.S. and Canadian troops who are in Poland for NATO exercises. The parade came on the Aug. 15 holiday that honors a stunning Polish victory against Russian Bolsheviks in 1920.
  • Thousands march in pro-invasion rally in Moscow

    03/22/2014 11:10:50 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 6 replies
    AP ^ | Mar. 2, 2014
    MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands marched freely through Moscow on Sunday in support of Russia using military force in neighboring Ukraine, while at an anti-invasion protest nearby dozens were detained. Russian state television ratcheted up its pro-invasion rhetoric over the weekend and showed what it claimed were buses full of refugees pouring across the Ukrainian border, fleeing what anchors call the "fascist thugs" who took power after Russia-leaning President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country last week after months of protest. At least 10,000 people waving Russian flags rallied in central Moscow. Some dressed in Soviet military uniforms and shouted slogans like...
  • How Vladimir Putin Stashed Away A Secret $70 Billion Personal Fortune

    03/16/2014 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 59 replies
    celebritynetworth ^ | February 7, 2014 | By Brian Warner
    In order to prevent corruption and conflicts of interest within government, many major countries around the world require that their highest level leaders release annual reports disclosing their most recent income, tax returns, salary and personal net worth. For example, Barack Obama's, tax return last year showed that he and Michelle grossed $608,611 for the calendar year 2012 (his 2013 tax forms should be released soon). Most of that income came from Barack's book royalties and $400,000 Presidential salary. Believe it or not, Russia actually has the same requirement for its leaders. Including current President, Vladimir Putin. Last April, Putin...
  • Russia Blocks Access to Major Independent News Sites

    03/15/2014 2:15:33 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 37 replies
    EFF ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Eva Galperin and Danny O'Brien
    Russia's government has escalated its use of its Internet censorship law to target news sites, bloggers, and politicians under the slimmest excuse of preventing unauthorized protests and enforcing house arrest regulations. Today, the country's ISPs have received orders to block a list of major news sites and system administrators have been instructed to take the servers providing the content offline. The banned sites include the online newspaper Grani, Garry Kasparov's opposition information site, the livejournal of popular anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, and even the web pages of Ekho Moskvy, a radio station which is majority owned by the state-run...
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of fomenting violence in east

    03/15/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 27, 2014 | By Lina Kushch
    (Reuters) - The new governor of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk on Friday said Russians were behind violent clashes between rival demonstrators in which one man was killed, and accused Moscow of distorting the truth in its account of what happened. Russia warned it could move in to protect compatriots - a similar justification as used in last week's military takeover of Crimea. And Ukraine's acting president raised the alarm over a Russian troop build-up on the eastern border that has fuelled fears in Kiev of a broader invasion by its former Soviet ruler. "Sadly, we note that there...
  • Russia’s information warriors are on the march – we must respond

    03/08/2014 11:17:40 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07 Mar 2014 | By Anne Applebaum
    A robust campaign to tell the truth about Crimea is needed to counter Moscow’s lies 'Russian television news is reporting…” Nowadays, when I hear those words pronounced on the BBC or ITN, I can’t help but wince. Over the past 10 days, Russian television news has reported, among other things, that 675,000 Ukrainian refugees have flooded over the Russian border; that extremists and neo-Nazi militants have illegally taken over the Ukrainian government in Kiev; and that Crimean “self-defence forces” or “pro-Russian forces” have spontaneously gathered in front of the Crimean parliament in order to defend it from those same Nazis....
  • Russia launches media war to win support for Ukraine action: AFP

    03/02/2014 10:28:40 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 40 replies
    FOCUS News Agency ^ | 2 March 2014
    Moscow. Russian state media and ruling party officials on Sunday warned of armed marauders in Ukraine and urged the public to stand firmly behind President Vladimir Putin on possible military action, AFP reported. State media controlled by the Kremlin launched a full-scale propaganda operation with footage aimed at discrediting the new Kiev authorities and rousing anger at alleged outrages perpetrated against the Russian-speaking population. Fanning suspicions of international involvement in the Kiev protests, news channel Russia 24 aired an apparent confession from a young Russian who claimed he was paid to serve as a sniper with opposition forces. "There are...
  • Chechens ready to keep peace in Crimea - Kadyrov

    03/01/2014 11:33:13 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 42 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | February 27, 2014
    Head of Russia's internal republic of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov is ready to protect the rights of the Russian-speaking people in Crimea that sees disturbances over the change in authorities. "Ukraine and Russia are fraternal peoples. I have many Ukrainian friends, and like them all and regret what has recently been happening there The majority of people living today in Crimea are Russians, Cossacks. We are always with them and if necessary are ready to come to the rescue. We will stand up for Russians, Cossacks and Chechens no matter where they live," Kadyrov told journalists on Wednesday. Chechens are "a...
  • Death toll rising with at least 35 people killed, most by gunshots (Ukraine, live Feb. 20 updates)

    02/20/2014 2:18:40 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 136 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Feb. 20, 2014
    Feb. 20, 10:59 a.m. -- A Kyiv Post journalist counted the bodies of 10 slain protesters in Ukraine Hotel on Kyiv's Independence Square, while another Kyiv Post journalist counted the bodies of three slain protesters on Khreshchatyk Street and was heading to Kozatsky Hotel on the northern side of the main square, where at least 15 more bodies were taken. Medical personnel at Kozatsky Hotel said another seven bodies would be delivered soon.
  • Ukraine votes in election key to foreign relations

    01/17/2010 9:25:28 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 272+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 17 | By Yuri Kulikov and Natalya Zinets
    KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine voted for a president on Sunday in an election marked by widespread disillusionment as an economic crisis grips, but one which is crucial to its relations with Russia and the European mainstream. It is the first presidential election in the former Soviet republic of 46 million people since the "Orange Revolution" mass street protests in 2004 broke the grip on power of a sleazy post-Soviet leadership. In an ironic twist, the frontrunner in Sunday's vote is opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich, once seen as a pro-Moscow stooge, whose rigged election in 2004 sparked those protests. Opinion polls...
  • Police: Auschwitz 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign stolen

    12/18/2009 12:04:59 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 34 replies · 1,091+ views
    AP ^ | 2009/12/18
    WARSAW, Poland – Polish police say the infamous iron sign over the gate to the Auschwitz memorial site with the cynical phrase "Arbeit Macht Frei" — German for "Work Sets You Free" — has been stolen. Police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo said police believe it was stolen between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday, when museum guards noticed that it was missing and alerted police. She says police have launched an intensive search. She says there are currently no suspects but police are pursuing several theories.
  • US lawmakers press Poland, Lithuania, on Holocaust assets

    06/25/2009 3:50:53 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 366+ views
    AFP ^ | Wed Jun 24
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A group of 25 US lawmakers urged Lithuania and Poland in letters released Wednesday to enact laws this year to address restituting property the Nazis stole during the Holocaust. Democratic Representative Robert Wexler and 24 colleagues wrote to prime ministers Donald Tusk of Poland and Andrius Kubilius of Lithuania to push for action on the legislation during a June 26-30 conference on Holocaust-era assets to be held in Prague. "We believe that the Prague Conference may represent the last and best opportunity to resolve outstanding Holocaust-era issues during the lifetime of Holocaust survivors," wrote Wexler. He urged...
  • Poland and Ukraine resist restitution of heirless Holocaust property

    06/03/2009 10:20:35 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 4 replies · 319+ views
    HAARETZ ^ | 03/06/2009 | By Cnaan Liphshiz
    Just three weeks before an international conference on Holocaust assets, Jewish and Eastern European delegates are still debating whether countries like Poland and Ukraine should give back heirless property that belonged to murdered Jews. While those countries have opposed restitution of property whose owners left behind no heirs, Jewish representatives of the Holocaust Era Assets Conference, scheduled to open in Prague on June 26, say such property should go to Jewish organizations in lieu of heirs. "Until now, certain countries have resisted restitution for lost heirless property, citing laws that state that such property should go to their treasuries," said...
  • Hungary economy to drop 5-6 percent

    04/03/2009 1:26:26 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 1 replies · 247+ views
    UPI ^ | April 3, 2009
    BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 3 (UPI) -- The Hungarian government expressed fears its economy would shrink by 5-6 percent this year, nearly twice as much as earlier projections suggested. Hungarian Deputy Finance Minister Laszlo Keller said economic experts were certain the decline will be deeper than the government's original prognosis of an annual drop of 3.5 percent in 2009, the Budapest Times online newspaper reported Friday. The government of Prime Minister-nominee Gordon Bajnai, taking into consideration the new prognosis of up to 6 percent recession, should work out a new state budget for 2009, Keller said. Bajnai already planned public spending...
  • Czech leaders hope to talk Obama into radar

    04/03/2009 1:20:44 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 10 replies · 1,134+ views
    AFP ^ | April 3, 2009
    PRAGUE (AFP) – The Czech Republic's prime minister hopes to persuade US President Barack Obama not to abandon a controversial missile shield project in Eastern Europe when he visits Prague this weekend. "I will tell him that we, unlike him, are complying with the ratification" of diplomatic and military contracts on the missile shield signed in 2008, outgoing Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said recently on the Czech Radio. Washington's new policy of dialogue with Moscow has increased anxiety among Prague and Warsaw leaders who support a radar base on Czech soil and anti-missile interceptors in Poland despite loud protests from...
  • Baltic economic picture gets even grimmer

    04/03/2009 1:01:12 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 2 replies · 396+ views
    DPA ^ | Tue, 31 Mar 2009
    Riga - The economic gloom afflicting the Baltic states got several shades darker Tuesday with a fresh forecasts revising expectations downwards. Until mid-2007 the so-called 'Baltic Tigers' of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia recorded Europe's fastest growth rates, but their economies have stalled spectacularly in the wake of the global downturn. According to a spring forecast from the Estonian Ministry of Finance, the economy in the smallest of the Baltic states will contract by 8.5 percent in 2009. "Estonia is undoubtedly at a difficult time. At the same time this gives us a real opportunity to use the downturn to create...
  • Poland plans to send more troops to Afghanistan

    03/21/2009 7:36:30 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 10 replies · 558+ views
    Xinhua ^ | March 19, 2009
    The Polish government plans to strengthen Poland's military contingent in Afghanistan this spring, Defense Minister Bogdan Klich said on Wednesday. "We have already started work on a related motion to the president," the minister was quoted as saying by Polish news agency PAP. An additional 400 soldiers will be deployed in Afghanistan, where Poland commands the province of Ghazni, reported daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Poland currently has 1,600 soldiers in that country. According to the defense minister, the increase could be possible at the turn of May and June when the 5th shift of Polish soldiers would leave for Afghanistan....
  • Rabbi Aviner: Visiting Nazi death camps forbidden

    02/25/2009 9:59:46 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 24 replies · 865+ views
    YNET ^ | 02.23.09 | Kobi Nahshoni
    Rabbi Aviner: Visiting Nazi death camps forbidden Prominent Zionist rabbi says leaving Land of Israel not for sake of mitzvah banned, as is helping Poles – who collaborated with Nazis – make living out of death camps Educational school trips to the Nazi death camps in Poland have become common among most Jewish sectors in Israel, but prominent Zionist Rabbi Shlomo Aviner recently claimed that they are in fact forbidden for halachic reasons, and urged schools to cancel them. Answering a reader's question on the subject in the religious "Ma'ayaney Hayeshua" journal, Aviner stated that trips to Poland were "not...
  • National Bank estimate: Ukraine GDP down 20 (!) percent in January

    02/21/2009 10:48:47 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 467+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | 17 February
    Ukraine's GDP declined 20 percent in January year-on-year, the head of the group of advisors to the chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine, Valeriy Lytvytsky, told Interfax. "The decline in GDP in January was about 20 percent according to my reckoning. It's the biggest drop ever. It's a bad start," he said. The construction sector and industry have been the hardest hit by the economic crisis, he said. "Industry has declined for the sixth month in a row. The 16.1 percent decline in January compared to December 2008 was the biggest decrease since January 1994, when there was an...
  • Eastern Europe's economic pain is set to worsen

    01/30/2009 2:48:25 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 8 replies · 995+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Jan. 30, 2009 | By Polya Lesova
    Once a hot spot, region could be heading financial crisis similar to Asia's NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Once a booming investment destination, Eastern Europe is now in serious trouble, and some fear it's poised to suffer its own version of Asia's financial crisis. Within the emerging-markets universe, the region stands out as particularly vulnerable to sharp macroeconomic contraction, further currency depreciation, and even risks of sovereign default. In Eastern Europe's predicament, some observers see clear parallels to what Asian economies experienced in the late 1990s. "You can compare Central and Eastern Europe to Asia in 1997 in the sense of...
  • Latvian anti-government protest turns into riot

    01/14/2009 9:57:05 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 15 replies · 585+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jan 13 | By Patrick Lannin and Jorgen Johansson
    RIGA (Reuters) – Hundreds of youths destroyed police vehicles, smashed windows and looted stores in Latvia's capital Tuesday when an anti-government protest turned into a riot. The violence, after a peaceful protest by thousands calling for early elections in a country which last year had to seek a multi-billion economic rescue deal, was the worst seen since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991. Hundreds of protesters marched on the parliament of the EU and NATO nation. Some tried to storm the building but were dispersed by riot police using teargas and truncheons.
  • Ukraine Nov GDP posts worst fall in over a decade

    12/17/2008 10:56:38 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue, Dec 16 2008 | Editing by Stephen Nisbet
    KIEV, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Ukraine's economy shrank 14.4 percent year-on-year in November, the sharpest drop in over a decade, the State Statistics Committee said on Tuesday. The abrupt turnaround in Ukraine's economy -- which has averaged 7 percent annual growth since 2000 -- came in October when industrial output slumped because global demand and prices for Ukraine's key steel chemical sectors fell. The government now expects year-end growth at 3.5-4 percent -- lowering its previous forecast of 6.8 percent -- against 7.6 percent last year. Next year, it expects a fall of 5 percent. President Viktor Yushchenko said the...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy attacks Czech refusal to fly EU flag

    12/17/2008 10:53:40 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 20 replies · 1,931+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 16 Dec 2008 | By Bruno Waterfield in Brussels
    Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked a diplomatic row by attacking the 'wounding and outrageous' refusal of the Czech president to fly a European Union flag from Prague Castle. The French president sided with federalist Euro-MPs who are engaged in a bitter feud with Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president and a Eurosceptic. Senior MEPs, including the president of the European Parliament, Hans Gert Poettering, caused a diplomatic incident ten days ago after demanding that Mr Klaus hoist the European flag over his residence during bad tempered talks in Prague. "It was a wound, it was an outrage to see that flags had...
  • Russian military retakes border village: Georgia

    12/13/2008 6:07:22 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 48 replies · 3,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 13 | Reporting by Margarita Antidze and Matt Robinson; editing by Elizabeth Piper
    TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia said on Saturday hundreds of Russian soldiers had moved into a disputed Georgian village near breakaway South Ossetia and had pushed out Georgian police, fuelling fears of confrontation. A regional police official and an interior ministry spokesman said between 500 and 600 Russian soldiers were in the village of Perevi, close to the de facto border with the region.
  • Kyiv disappointed by Medvedev's position on Stalin-era famine

    11/23/2008 7:14:21 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 20 replies · 696+ views
    Unian ^ | 19.11.2008
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev`s statement on the Stalin-era famine provoked disappointment in Ukraine, the country`s ambassador to Russia said on Tuesday, RIA Novosti reported. In a letter to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko released by the Kremlin on Friday, the Russian president accused Kyiv of using the Stalin-era famine, known as the Holodomor, to drive a wedge between Ukraine and Russia, and urged efforts to forge a common position on the tragedy. In the letter, Medvedev said Ukraine`s attempts to declare the Holodomor an act of genocide by the Soviet authorities meant he could not attend commemoration events in Kyiv. "Of...
  • Belarus election flawed, European monitor says

    09/29/2008 11:08:20 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 2 replies · 211+ views
    Inetrnational Herald Tribune ^ | September 29, 2008
    MINSK, Belarus: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Monday that despite "minor improvements" Belarus's parliamentary election "ultimately fell short of OSCE commitments for democratic elections." A report by organization monitors said the vote was "generally well conducted, but the process deteriorated considerably during the vote count" as monitors were hindered from seeing the counting in 35 percent of cases. The report said "several cases of deliberate falsification of results were observed." Opposition activists had called for the group to reject the election results, which showed a total sweep by supporters of President Aleksandr Lukashenko. State election officials...
  • Pirates seize Ukrainian ship off Somalia coast: official

    09/25/2008 1:39:41 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 18 replies · 790+ views
    AFP ^ | 25 September 2008 | by Otto Bakano
    NAIROBI (AFP) - Pirates on Thursday seized a Ukrainian cargo ship off the coast of Somalia while it was en route to the Kenyan port of Mombasa, a maritime official told AFP. The hijackers commandeered the Belize-flagged Faina to a yet unknown location, said Andrew Mwngura who runs the Kenya chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme. "It was sailing from the Baltics and was expected in Mombasa on September 27," he added. "As usual, the pirates were armed on a speedboat when they seized the ship, but we do not know where they have taken it." Somali pirates often take...
  • Russia defence spending to grow 27 percent in '09: Putin

    09/16/2008 8:52:05 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 13 replies · 348+ views
    Reuters ^ | 16 September 2008 | Writing by Oleg Shchedrov; Editing by Christian Lowe
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defence spending will grow by 27 percent in 2009, Interfax news agency quoted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as saying on Tuesday. "Nearly 2.4 trillion roubles ($94.12 billion) will be allocated for the needs of national defence and security (in 2009)," Interfax quoted Putin as saying. "This is an increase of 27 percent."
  • Russia halts trading after 17% drop

    09/16/2008 8:46:27 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 74 replies · 332+ views
    Financial Times ^ | September 16 2008 | By Rachel Morarjee
    Russia authorities halted trading on the country’s stock exchange on Tuesday after it plunged 17 per cent in a broad-based sell-off. At 1700 local time, the rouble-denominated Micex index had fallen 17.5 per cent to 881.17 and the RTS index dropped 12 per cent to 1,131.120 as the falling oil price, margin calls on local investors and a broader sell-off in emerging markets stocks drove shares down. “This is a good old-fashioned panic”, said Steven Dashevsky, head of research at Unicredit in Moscow. “It doesn’t feel like there is anyone domestically that can put the brakes on.” Oil stocks tracked...
  • Polish foreign minister on surprise visit to Belarus

    09/13/2008 10:32:56 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 7 replies · 302+ views
    EUbusiness ^ | 13 September 2008
    (MINSK) - Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Friday paid a surprise flash visit to Belarus to discuss relations between Minsk and the European Union, the Belarussian foreign ministry said. Sikorski and his Belarussian counterpart Sergei Martynov "examined in detail the state and perspectives of bilateral cooperation in the economic and consular spheres," the ministry said in a statement. The two ministers also spoke of "issues of developing the legal base for ties between the two states, within the framework of the dialogue between Belarus and the European Union," the statement added. Before the visit, the Polish foreign ministry said...
  • Georgia official: Train on fire after hitting mine

    08/24/2008 3:51:45 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 10 replies · 171+ views
    TBILISI, Georgia - A train carrying oil products hit a land mine near Georgia's strategic central city of Gori on Sunday, causing at least two tanker cars to burst into flames, a government official said. A television report however said 10 tanker cars were on fire about 6 miles east of Gori. Television footage showed large clouds of black smoke billowing from the site. There were no immediate reports casualties, though a television report said two houses were damaged and windows were blown out. Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili blamed Russia for the blast.
  • 40th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia

    08/21/2008 3:14:25 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 6 replies · 226+ views
    Radio Praha ^ | 21-08-2008
    This August 21st marks 40 years since the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops, an invasion meticulously planned by the Soviet Union to crush the period of economic and political reforms known as the Prague Spring. Within hours of late August 20th and early August 21st some 2,000 tanks as well as an estimated 200,000 troops had poured in. It was the beginning of the occupation which changed the course of Czechoslovak history. Marta Hubscherová – a former radio reporter - witnessed the arrival of the first tanks in northern Bohemia; in an interview for Radio Prague in 2004...
  • Georgia to become NATO member: Merkel

    08/17/2008 8:18:58 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 59 replies · 258+ views
    AFP ^ | 17 Aug 2008
    TBILISI (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday in the Georgian capital that the ex-Soviet republic, currently mired in conflict with Russia, will join NATO. "Georgia will become a member of NATO if it wants to -- and it does want to," she said before talks with President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi. It was one of the strongest statements yet of support for Georgia's NATO membership bid, which is fiercely opposed by Russia.
  • Is Ukraine Next? Georgian War Exacerbates Russia-Ukraine Relations

    08/15/2008 10:20:11 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 11 replies · 56+ views
    WorldPoliticsReview ^ | 15 Aug 2008 | Richard Weitz
    The War in Georgia has seriously exacerbated relations between Russia and Ukraine's pro-Western government. On Aug. 12, Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko joined the leaders of four other former Soviet states in Tbilisi to show solidarity with Georgia and its embattled president, Mikheil Saakashvili. Yushchenko told the crowd that had assembled in Tbilisi's central square: "You will never be left alone! . . . We have come to reaffirm your sovereignty, your independence, your territorial integrity. These are our values. Independent Georgia is and independent Georgia will always be!" The following day, President Yushchenko boldly imposed severe restrictions on the movement...
  • Poland, US reach missile shield deal: Polish PM

    08/14/2008 11:05:43 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 34 replies · 180+ views
    AFP ^ | 14 August 2008
    WARSAW (AFP) - Warsaw and Washington have reached a preliminary deal on basing a controversial US missile shield in Poland, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced Thursday.
  • Russia: Forget Georgian territorial integrity

    08/14/2008 5:19:15 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 34 replies · 110+ views
    AP ^ | 14 August 2008
    MOSCOW - Russia's foreign minister says the question of Georgia's territorial integrity is a dead issue, a sign that Moscow could absorb two separatist regions in the wake of recent fighting. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the statement Thursday simultaneously with the announcement that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was meeting in the Kremlin with the separatist regions' leaders.
  • Ukraine Offers Peacekeepers to Georgia

    08/13/2008 7:30:09 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 10 replies · 54+ views
    kommersant ^ | 13 August 2008
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko declared that Ukraine is ready to send the peacekeepers contingent to Georgia under the international mandate for conflict settlement in South Ossetia. Yushchenko said he doesn’t doubt that the states like Ukraine are ready to send their peacekeepers’ contingents under the international mandate to guarantee execution of commitments that will be taken in the nearest future. But Yushchenko didn’t specify which commitments could be taken and what countries would take them. Humanitarian catastrophe broke out in South Ossetia after Georgia launched assault on its breakaway republic the night of August 7-8, shelling Tskhinvali from Grad systems...
  • Leaders of ex-Soviet republics support Georgia at rally

    08/13/2008 1:58:43 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 15 replies · 318+ views
    CNN ^ | 12 August 2008
    TBILISI, Georgia (CNN) -- The leaders of a former Eastern Bloc nation and four former Soviet republics showed support for Georgia in its conflict with Russia at a massive rally in Georgia's capital Tuesday night. The presidents' appearances came shortly before France's leader announced that Georgia had accepted a Russian-French plan to end the conflict. Thousands cheered as the presidents of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia stood with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at a rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, late Tuesday.
  • Sarkozy: Moscow's Defense Of Russian-Speaking People Normal

    08/12/2008 6:13:53 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 28 replies · 113+ views
    AFP ^ | 12 August 2008
    MOSCOW (AFP)--French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday it was "normal" for Moscow to defend Russian-speaking people beyond its borders, but added that Georgia's territorial integrity had to be respected. "It's perfectly normal that Russia would want to defend the interests both of Russians in Russia and Russian speakers outside Russia," Sarkozy said.
  • Poland: Presidents Of 5 Ex-Communist Countries Head To Georgia

    08/11/2008 12:17:44 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 147 replies · 1,247+ views
    AFP ^ | 11 August 2008
    WARSAW (AFP)--The presidents of five ex-communist countries will travel to Georgia to back Georgia in its war with Russia, a senior aide to Poland's President Lech Kaczynski told AFP Monday.
  • Russia Warns Baltics, Poland To Pay For Georgia Stance-Report

    08/11/2008 6:17:22 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 102 replies · 393+ views
    AFP ^ | 11 August 2008
    RIGA, Latvia (AFP)--Russia's ambassador to Latvia Monday warned the Baltic states and Poland that they would pay for their criticism of the Kremlin over the conflict in Georgia, the Baltic news agency BNS reported. "One must not hurry on such serious issues, as serious mistakes can be made that have to be paid for a long time afterwards," Alexander Veshnyakov was quoted as saying by BNS. Contacted by AFP, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Riga confirmed the ambassador's comments but declined to elaborate. Veshnyakov's remarks followed a joint statement Saturday by Latvia's President Valdis Zatlers and his counterparts...
  • U.S. suggests Russia wants "regime change" in Georgia

    08/10/2008 1:28:02 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 128 replies · 290+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10 August 2008 | By Louis Charbonneau
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States suggested on Sunday that Russia was interested in "regime change" in Georgia after Moscow rejected Tbilisi's offer of a cease-fire in the separatist region of South Ossetia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the president of Georgia "must go," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, told the Security Council. Khalilzad then looked straight at Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin and asked if Moscow was looking for "regime change."
  • Georgia offers ceasefire as Russian blitz intensifies

    08/10/2008 10:13:51 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 46+ views
    AFP ^ | 10 August 2008 | by Adam Plowright
    TBILISI (AFP) - Georgia said Sunday it had ordered its forces, pushed back by superior Russian firepower, to cease fighting in the breakaway province of South Ossetia, and offered Moscow talks to end the conflict. Shortly after the statement was issued, however, bombs fell on the outskirts of the Georgian capital Tbilisi targeting a military air force facility located close to the international airport, an AFP reporter witnessed. Russian planes also dropped a bomb 200 metres (650 feet) from the runway at Tbilisi International Airport, interior ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili told AFP.
  • German minister says Georgia ‘breaking international law'

    08/09/2008 3:40:08 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 48 replies · 440+ views
    AFP ^ | 9 August 2008
    BERLIN - The number two at the German foreign ministry on Saturday said Georgia is breaking international law by launching military action to reclaim South Ossetia. Gernot Erler said Tbilisi had breached a 1992 ceasefire agreement struck with Russia over the renegade Caucasus enclave, monitored essentially by Russian peacekeepers. "In this sense, it is also a question of a violation of international law as soon as you start to go down the road of military action," Erler told German radio station NDR Info. Erler acknowledged prior provocation of the Georgian leadership from Russian-backed South Ossetia's separatists, but said he understood...
  • Russian jets bomb Georgian airbase - Tbilisi

    08/08/2008 6:41:18 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 136 replies · 2,668+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08 Aug 2008 | Reporting by Matt Robinson, editing by Tim Pearce
    TBILISI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Russian jets bombed the Vaziani military airbase outside the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday, a senior Georgian security official told Reuters. "No one was wounded but some buildings have been destroyed," said Kakha Lamaia. The airbase is some 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Tbilisi. "They have declared war against us," said Lamaia.
  • Czech express train crash kills six

    08/08/2008 5:55:31 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 192+ views
    AFP ^ | 8/8/08
    PRAGUE (AFP) - An express train crashed into a collapsed road bridge in the Czech Republic on Friday killing at least six people and injuring 31, rescue services said. The train was travelling at about 140 kilometers (85 miles) an hour when it hit debris and derailed near Studenka in the northwest of the country, said a Czech railways spokesman. The locomotive and six passenger carriages came off the tracks and were left a mass of twisted metal. There were about 400 people on the train at the time, including a large group heading for a music festival in the...
  • Two waves of immigration, Poles apart

    08/03/2008 11:18:21 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 18 replies · 481+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | July 26, 2008 | Giles Coren
    My great-grandfather didn't leave his home in the hope of finding a better life - just a life On Tuesday we buried my great-uncle Gus. Most of the service was in Hebrew and I spent it, as I always do at these occasions, glancing at the prayerbooks of the men around me, trying to guess... (...) Twenty-three years later, standing at the funeral of his last surviving son, the women on one side, men on the other, Gus in a box in front of us with a cloth over it bearing the Star of David, I thought how interesting it...