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  • Eisler's "The Detachment" source note: NATO's Secret Armies Operation Gladio

    02/24/2012 10:36:04 PM PST · by dickmc · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Source note in Barry Eisler's The Detachment, a John Rain thriller ^ | Circa 2000 | BBC2 and Daniele Ganser PhD dissertation pdf
    Eisler's new book which is a counter-terrorism plot set in the U.S. is quite good. He has a series of sources in the back in the form of www links which make interesting reading and background. Two of these links are about operation Gladio, which I had never heard of since I don't live in Italy or read Italian newspapers. It relates to a 1950's NATO 'leave behind' pre-positioned tools and structures for organized country-by-country active resistance in the event the Soviets overran Europe. The 'Gladio' portion operated in Italy from 1950 to 1990 and reportedly had counter parts in...
  • India, Russia, China foreign ministers to meet to boost trilateral cooperation

    02/14/2007 1:10:07 AM PST · by twinself · 10 replies · 622+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | February 14, 2007
    The foreign ministers of India, Russia and China were meeting Wednesday in the Indian capital in a bid to strengthen relations and to explore cooperation on issues such as counterterrorism and energy security, Indian officials said. The meeting between India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and their Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing is part of efforts by the three countries to forge a trilateral forum to work more closely on regional security issues, the officials said. "This will be the second stand-alone meeting of its kind," said Navtej Sarna, external affairs ministry spokesman. The foreign ministers...
  • The Lessons of 1956

    10/26/2006 2:58:49 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 2 replies · 351+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | Oct. 23, 2006 | Andrei Kolesnikov
    MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Kolesnikov) - Public unrest recently swept through Hungary. Triggering it were revelations by Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, which revealed that the Cabinet had been lying to the nation about the economic situation. As often happens with public action, Hungarians chanted diverse, and often mutually exclusive, mottoes. The activists were also a motley crew, including hoodlums. The figure "1956" loomed behind the drama. Hungary possesses a dynamic civil society, which exploded with indignation at the revelation that the government was telling it fairly tales-an instance of politics shrugging off morals. The public thirst for the...
  • Ukraine Puts a Price Tag on the Country

    10/25/2006 3:28:30 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 34 replies · 714+ views
    Kommersant ^ | Oct 25, 2006 | Pyotr Netreba and Oleg Gavrish
    Ukraine will be paying Russia $130 per 1,000 cu. meters of gas in 2007, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said in Kiev on Tuesday. The parties did not comment reports that Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich managed to secure moderate gas prices for his country in exchange for political trade-offs. In any case, successful talks with the Russian premier helped Viktor Yanukovich show his abilities in putting relations with Russia back on track.
  • Energy: Russia Can Boost Security Through Transparency

    10/25/2006 2:58:14 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 1 replies · 269+ views
    RFERL ^ | 10-24-2006 | Keith Smith
    Russia is correct to argue that energy security is a two-way street, former U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Keith Smith told the Prague Energy Forum today. However, he noted, many in the Kremlin seek not merely security, but control. Below, RFE/RL presents the complete text of Smith's remarks to the forum.Keith Smith: The prominent attention given energy issues at the EU-Russia "summit" in Lehti, Finland, on October 20 was quite illustrative. The summit demonstrated that there is a converging perception in Western and Central Europe regarding the risks of energy dependency on Russia. This may or may not be fair,...
  • World: Fukuyama Says Ideas On Liberal Democracy 'Misunderstood'

    10/17/2006 2:39:56 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 19 replies · 625+ views
    RFERL ^ | October 14, 2006 | Francis Fukuyama (Interview to RFERL)
    KYIV, October 13, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Professor Francis Fukuyama is best known for his idea that the world settled on liberal democracy after the ideological struggle of the Cold War. After giving a lecture at the 10th Anniversary of the Economic Education and Research Consortium in Kyiv, he spoke to RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondent Marianna Dratch about the unrealistic expectations of the Orange Revolution, the development of civil society in Ukraine, and how his ideas on liberal democracy have been misunderstood and misused.
  • Voice of Hope

    10/05/2006 2:22:02 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 411+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | October 6, 2006 | Alexander Bratersky
    Fans remember Anna German, a Polish singer who became a star in the Soviet Union while keeping quiet about her tragic past. For millions of Soviet citizens, she was a Polish star who sang about love in melodic, accented Russian at a time when others were singing odes to communist glory. But she was actually born in a remote part of Uzbekistan, and only later did her mother take her to Poland, fearing for her life amid Stalin's purges. She was Anna German, a singer who moved fluidly between Russian, Polish and Italian, and won fame for romantic songs...
  • Kazakhstan: Foreign Minister Seeks EU Energy Links

    10/05/2006 1:57:21 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 306+ views
    RFERL ^ | October 4, 2006 | Ahto Lobjakas
    Kazakh Foreign Minister Qasymzhomart Toqaev called for closer energy links between Kazakhstan and the EU in an address to the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on October 3. Toqaev is on a two-day visit to EU and NATO headquarters in Brussels. Toqaev also lobbied for EU support to Kazakhstan's bid to chair the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) in 2009, promising democratic reforms and arguing that the OSCE -- which he described as a "Eurasian" body -- could benefit from some Central Asian leadership. Brussels, October 4, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakh Foreign Minister Toqaev's visit to Brussels...
  • Poles and Russia try to mend ties

    10/05/2006 9:25:08 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 4 replies · 274+ views
    BBC ^ | BBC
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has arrived in Poland on a one-day visit aimed at improving relations between the two countries.
  • Latvia: Still Haunted By Soviet Past

    08/17/2006 10:32:02 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 15 replies · 607+ views
    RFERL ^ | August 16, 2006 | Claire Bigg
    RIGA, August 16, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- August 21 marks the 15th anniversary of Latvia declaring full independence from the Soviet Union, after the failed coup attempt in Moscow a few days earlier. Since then Latvia has gone from strength to strength, joining the European Union and NATO in 2004. "June 17, 1940, the Soviets came in, and in 1941, the Germans came in and pushed back the Soviets," says Oskars Gruzins, a young guide at the Museum of Occupation in the heart of old Riga, as he shows tourists a large map of Latvia. "After the Germans were defeated, the...
  • Russia's move to cut oil to Lithuania may be political - Fitch

    08/14/2006 3:26:01 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 284+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 08-14-2006 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) - International rating agency Fitch said Monday that Russia's move to cut oil supplies to a major Lithuanian refinery could be political. After an accident on the Druzhba pipeline in western Russia in July, crude supplies to Mazeikiu Nafta were interrupted, and have not been fully resumed. "If supplies of Russian crude oil by pipeline to MN are not resumed within the next few weeks, this could lead one to conclude that political rather than technical reasons are to blame for the supply disruption, as the Lithuanian refinery was recently acquired by Polish PKN and...
  • Cossacks Express Support for Israel at Meeting

    08/11/2006 4:49:33 AM PDT · by Alouette · 44 replies · 838+ views
    FJC.ru ^ | Aug. 11, 2006
    KIEV, Ukraine – Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Azriel Chaikin and the Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Naomi Ben-Ami met with the leader of the Ukrainian Cossacks Anatoliy Schevchenko and the General Judge of Cossacks Igor Kozlovsky. At this meeting, the Cossack leaders assured the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and the Israeli Ambassador of their support of Israel as it combats terrorism. As a dean of a local higher-education institution, Mr. Schevchenko said his teaching staff was doing everything possible to explain to their students the importance of supporting Israel as well as the need to fight against anti-Semitism and national and...
  • Georgia Wins Energy Independence from Russia

    08/04/2006 3:27:09 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 12 replies · 352+ views
    Kommersant ^ | August 04, 2006 | Kommersant
    Georgia stopped Thursday the electric energy import from Russia and will need no our energy even in the abstract starting from March 2007. As to the gas dependency, it will end even sooner, in late 2006. It was Georgian Deputy Energy Minister Achil Nikolaishvili that told Interfax about stopping import deliveries of electric energy via Kavkasioni power line August 2. Kavkasioni delivers no more than 100MW to Georgia in summer. After rebuilding Ingur Hydroelectric Power Station and putting in operation its three units, the power grid of the country got additional 600 MW in generating capacity, said officials of Georgian...
  • YUKOS BANKRUPTCY: THE BIG PICTURE

    08/04/2006 2:01:49 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 5 replies · 373+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 08-04-2006 | Igor Torbakov
    A court decision declaring Yukos -- once Russia’s largest oil company -- bankrupt has finally brought to an end the sad story of confrontation between private business and a powerful state. But the ruling also highlighted the unhealthy nature of the country’s raw-materials-based socio-economic system. On August 1, the Moscow Arbitration Court ordered the bankruptcy and liquidation of Yukos, a decision that various commentators gloomily described as either a “death sentence” for the company or as its “funeral.” As was widely expected, the court upheld a vote one week earlier by Yukos’s creditors. The latter, led by Russia’s Federal Tax...
  • Lithuania Pipe Dry, Belarus Gets Oil Supplies

    08/04/2006 10:44:15 AM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 448+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | Friday, August 4, 2006 | Andrei Makhovsky and Darius James Ross
    Lithuania Pipe Dry, Belarus Gets Oil Supplies By Andrei Makhovsky and Darius James Ross Reuters MINSK -- Russia is keeping Belarus well supplied with crude oil even though it shares a pipeline with Lithuania, which Moscow has cut off, after citing a leak, officials in Belarus said Thursday. Their comments may add to speculation that Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft used this weekend's minor leak as a pretext to cut flows to Lithuania as punishment for choosing a Polish buyer for its Mazeikiu refinery over Russian bidders. Mazeikiu was bought in May by Poland's PKN Orlen. Oil officials in Belarus said...
  • Ukraine: Yanukovych Confirmed As Prime Minister

    08/04/2006 1:40:17 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 5 replies · 329+ views
    RFERL ^ | 08-04-2006 | RFERL
    After four months in deep freeze, Ukraine has a new government. But some fear the new government will deal a fatal blow to the spirit of the Orange Revolution. KYIV, August 4, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Lawmakers in the Ukrainian parliament have finally put an end to Ukraine's four-month political impasse, voting to approve Viktor Yanukovych as prime minister. Speaking just before the vote, Yanukovych -- who has experienced a remarkable political comeback since his defeat to pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko in the 2004 Orange Revolution -- vowed to work to unite a Ukraine riven by discord: "I am confident that this...
  • Kazakhstan Eyes Latvia as Gateway to European Oil Markets

    07/28/2006 1:17:42 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 19 replies · 418+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor (Jamestown Foundation) ^ | July 28, 2006 | Marat Yermukanov
    When Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Riga on July 18, the overriding topic of discussion was how best to send Kazakh oil to energy-hungry markets in Europe and Scandinavian via Latvia. Nazarbayev did his best to give the impression of a pragmatic leader unburdened by the political strains caused by the long-standing disputes between his closest ally -- Moscow -- and West European powers over energy issues. His time in Riga provided an impressive display of his multi-vector approach to interstate relations. Answering questions from Latvian journalists, Nazarbayev stressed that Kazakhstan has no intention of constructing a transportation route to...
  • Russia: A New Gas Strategy Emerges

    07/28/2006 12:43:30 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 5 replies · 408+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | July 28, 2006 | Roman Kupchinsky
    PRAGUE, July 28, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- A Gazprom subsidiary recently issued a report recommending a dramatic change of strategy for the Russian gas industry. It determined that Russia should decrease exports of natural gas to European markets and concentrate instead on developing new gas fields to keep up with domestic demand. The Research Institute for the Economics of the Gas Industry, NIIGazekonomika, determined in its late 2005 report that domestic consumption of natural gas is increasing at a faster pace than projected in Russia's two-year-old Energy Strategy The company, a fully owned subsidiary of Gazprom responsible for researching economic and...
  • Georgia: Tbilisi Launches Political Assault In Abhazia

    07/28/2006 11:13:33 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 7 replies · 382+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | July 28, 2006 | Robert Parsons
    PRAGUE, July 28, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has ordered the Abkhaz government in exile to move from Tbilisi to the Kodori Gorge. The move is a bold step toward restoring central control over the breakaway province. The Kodori Gorge, a remote mountain valley in the northeast of Abkhazia, is the only part of the province still controlled by the Georgian authorities. Most of Abkhazia has been ruled independently of Tbilisi since achieving de facto independence in 1993.
  • Georgia: Troops Deployed To Rein In Militia

    07/26/2006 3:59:27 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 9 replies · 502+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | July 26, 2006 | Liz Fuller
    PRAGUE, July 26, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Early on July 25, Georgia deployed up to 1,000 troops to the lower reaches of the Kodori Gorge, which straddles Georgia and Abkhazia, in a bid to rein in an armed Svan militia commanded by the region's former governor, Emzar Kvitsiani. The Svans are an ethnic group closely related to the Georgians, and their traditional home is in the high mountains of northwest Georgia. The military situation, and Kvitsiani's whereabouts, remain unclear. The Georgian television station Rustavi-2 reported on July 26 that at least four people, including two police officers, were hospitalized after fighting...
  • Tensions Rise In Georgian Region Bordering Abkhazia

    07/25/2006 2:48:27 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 19 replies · 352+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | July 25, 2006 | RFERL
    July 25, 2006 -- Tensions are rising on the Georgian border amid claims that Georgia is deploying soldiers in a bid to disarm a militia leader. Georgia's Imedi television channel says 500 Georgian troops headed to the Kodori Gorge early on July 25, lending credence to claims by authorities in the breakaway republic of Abkhazia that Georgia is building up its military presence near its border. News agencies report Russian peacekeepers as saying they have stopped a dozen soldiers and two armored vehicles at a checkpoint on the way to the Kodori Gorge. The Kodori Gorge district is the only...
  • Putin urges negotiated solutions (on Iran and N. Korea in BBC Webcast)

    07/06/2006 3:18:09 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 14 replies · 324+ views
    BBC ^ | July 6, 2006 | BBC
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the international community must resolve its problems with Iran and North Korea through negotiation. In a BBC webcast, he said it would be a mistake to impose sanctions on Iran. He said he would prefer the Iran nuclear problem to be dealt with by the International Atomic Energy Agency rather than the UN Security Council. He was answering some of the thousands of questions sent in by readers to the BBC and Russia's Yandex website.
  • Gazprom Sees Action on Eastern Front

    07/01/2006 11:29:36 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 18 replies · 340+ views
    Kommersant ^ | June 30, 2006 | Natalia Grib
    Relations between Gazprom and Turkmenistan have come to an open conflict over natural gas. Yesterday they annulled their agreements on gas supplies to Russia for this year and next. Gazprom's monopoly on Central Asian gas is thus broken. The conflict is to the advantage of Ukraine, which can now obtain 17 billion cubic meters of gas, more than half of its import needs for the second half of the year. It also strengthens Ukraine's position in negotiations with Gazprom that are to take place on July 1.
  • Turkmenistan: The Achilles' Heel Of European Energy Security

    06/30/2006 3:40:45 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 1,012+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | June 30, 2006 | Daniel Kimmage
    In the wake of the "gas war" between Russia and Ukraine in early 2006, and the brief interruption it caused in supplies to Europe, the world awoke to the increasing importance of Central Asian natural gas for European energy security. After all, the bulk of the natural gas that Ukraine imports through Russia comes from Turkmenistan. Now, with international ratings agency Fitch warning that the elements are in place for a "perfect storm" of an energy crisis, news comes on July 30 that talks between Turkmenistan and Ukraine over an independent agreement for gas supplies in the fourth quarter of...
  • Turkmenistan Threatens Gas Cutoff To Russia After Talks Collapse

    06/29/2006 2:32:36 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 6 replies · 469+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | June 29, 2006 | RFERL
    PRAGUE, June 29, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry warned in a statement today after a suspension of talks on gas deliveries to Russia that supplies will be cut off in September if Moscow and Ashgabat fail to reach a new import deal. Russian gas giant Gazprom said today that it has been unable to reach agreement on price in a new import deal with Turkmenistan and that negotiations have been suspended. The announcement of the negotiations' collapse came after a meeting between Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov and Gazprom chief Aleksei Miller. Turkmenistan wants to raise the price of its...
  • Risky Russky Business (Analysis of Putin's Russia Politics and Business)

    06/28/2006 2:15:09 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 24 replies · 628+ views
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | June 28, 2006 | Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen
    The West’s need for Russia’s energy and cooperation regarding Iran, Iraq, China, and the “War on Terrorism” will likely lower the standard demanded for a full membership in the G8 group, to allow Moscow’s ascendance to the rich nations’ club, at the St. Petersburg meeting in July. “In the six years since he pledged to uphold democracy as a 'dictatorship of law,' President Vladimir Putin has increased the role of the police and security services in governing Russia and wielded the power of the courts for political ends,” says the Director of the London based Foreign Policy Centre, Stephen Twig....
  • Tymoshenko Seeks Gas Deal Review

    06/23/2006 9:00:47 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 9 replies · 267+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | June 23, 2006 | Simon Saradzhyan
    While she is not yet Ukraine's prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko on Thursday began outlining what she wanted to do once in office, beginning with revisiting a Russian gas deal forged after supplies were halted in January. "I think all issues on gas supplies to Ukraine now require further deep revision and review," Tymoshenko told the parliament in Kiev. Tymoshenko stressed that "all new relations with Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan should be built on a friendly basis." But sources close to the Kremlin immediately homed in on Tymoshenko's remarks, warning of a wider energy conflict. "It is another wake-up call...
  • A New OPEC in the Making?

    06/21/2006 3:29:49 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 2 replies · 342+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | June 22, 2006 | Stephen Boykewich
    December 2009: After weeks of rioting in Turkmenistan, President Saparmurat Niyazov flees. Moscow accuses Washington of fomenting a coup, and Russian and Iranian troops seize control of the capital, Ashgabat, to secure the country's gas supplies. The U.S. president, furious that U.S. protests have been ignored, mobilizes troops based in nearby Azerbaijan. At a crisis meeting in Moscow, Gas OPEC member nations Russia, Iran, Algeria, Libya, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan agree to cut all gas supplies to Western Europe in response. On Jan. 1, 2010, the lights go out. However unlikely such a nightmare scenario may seem, it's precisely the sort...
  • Furious Villagers Take on Moscow City Hall (Russian Protests against Property Confiscations)

    06/20/2006 2:28:26 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 21 replies · 569+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | June 21, 2006 | Nabi Abdullaev
    A ramshackle plywood house on a plot worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the edge of Moscow is at the center of a fierce battle that is pitting its residents and several federal officials against the seemingly omnipotent Moscow government. The outcome promises to show how far and for how long politicians are ready to support a real grassroots protest. The case could also help raise the status of the Public Chamber as a defender of public interests. "This is the barbaric persecution of us here. My mom had to be treated by doctors and is now resting at...
  • Russia/Georgia: Tensions Reach Record High

    02/24/2006 8:08:34 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 28 replies · 759+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | Feb 23, 2006 | Jean-Christophe Peuch
    Tensions between Tbilisi and Moscow rose further this week with the latter saying it would indefinitely stop issuing entry visas for Georgian nationals and requesting that Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli postpone a planned working visit to Russia. The new escalation comes days after Georgian lawmakers called for a review of the 1992 peace agreement that put an end to the war with South Ossetia and voted Russian peacekeepers out of the separatist republic.
  • Belarus: Supporters Of Opposition Presidential Candidates Face Harassment, Abuse

    01/13/2006 8:27:12 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 5 replies · 177+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | Friday, 13 January 2006 | By Robert Parsons
    Presidential candidates in Belarus have two weeks left to collect 100,000 voter signatures needed to official add their names to the ballot. Three of the seven candidates have already crossed the threshold, including united opposition figure Alyaksandr Milinkevich. But signature collectors for Milinkevich and other opposition candidates say they have been routinely stopped and harassed by the authorities, and have sometimes had their signatures seized. PRAGUE, 13 January 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Belarus goes to the polls to elect a president on 19 March, but this is an election with a difference. As many as seven candidates will be vying for...
  • PUTIN'S GAS BLUNDER

    01/12/2006 7:57:12 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 119 replies · 1,263+ views
    Center for Defense Information ^ | Jan 11, 2006 | Peter Rutland
    The abortive interruption of Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine on January 1 was a humiliating diplomatic blunder. It was an unnecessary crisis, and one that Russia clumsily lost in the court of world public opinion. While Ukraine was threatened with a gas blockade, Russia was voluntarily submitting itself to a two-week information blockade. The entire country was given a holiday from January 1 to 10, with even the newspapers shuttered. The political class fled to their holidays in the sun, and none of the usual Kremlin spin-doctors were deployed to staunch the flood of Western criticism. The Russian case...
  • Russia Restores Gas Deliveries To Europe

    01/03/2006 7:41:39 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 10 replies · 374+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | January 3, 2006 | Radio Free Europe
    3 January 2006 -- Russian authorities say gas supplies to European countries have been fully restored after a disruption caused by a row with Ukraine over gas prices, while representatives of the Russian and Ukrainian monopoly gas monopolies are scheduled to meet today to discuss the standoff. Russia's state-run natural-gas monopoly Gazprom announced earlier today that it was increasing the amount of gas shipped through pipelines in Ukraine to assure full deliveries to customers in European countries. Gazprom has since said that supplies to European customers were back to normal. Austria and Hungary, which had suffered supply cuts of up...
  • Dispute Fuels Anti-Russian Sentiment

    12/18/2005 2:25:48 PM PST · by lizol · 37 replies · 472+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | December 19, 2005
    Dispute Fuels Anti-Russian Sentiment The Associated Press KIEV -- Russia's hard-line stance against Ukraine in their natural gas price dispute could backfire and provoke a surge of pro-Western sentiment. "Russia just doesn't get it -- to win influence ... don't apply pressure and make threats," said analyst Serhiy Taran of the International Institute of Democracy. "It creates problems for all the pro-Russian parties because Russia doesn't have a very good image right now." A planned protest Friday in support of cooperation with Russia attracted only eight people in downtown Kiev. Former presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych's Party of the Regions, which...
  • Putin agrees with Yushchenko's appeal not politicize gas issue

    12/16/2005 9:12:29 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 7 replies · 419+ views
    Interfax ^ | December 16, 2005 | Interfax
    SOCHI. Dec. 16 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Friday that he had just talked with Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko over the phone. "We have agreed that we will not politicize the gas issue," he said. Yushchenko said "this issue should not be politicized and I agree with him," Putin said. "There is the market and all our partners outside should be on equal terms. Business and economics is one thing and politics another," he said. "All sensible people in Ukraine understand that there were no problems with Crimea proceeding from Russia and there will be none...
  • Polish Police Accused Of Beating Chechen Refugees

    12/15/2005 9:43:33 AM PST · by lizol · 43 replies · 571+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 13 December 2005
    Polish Police Accused Of Beating Chechen Refugees 13 December 2005 -- Chechen pro-independence media today slammed Polish law enforcement agencies for allegedly raiding a reception center for Chechen asylum seekers in the eastern city of Lublin. The Western-based Kavkaz-Tsenter and Daymokh information websites said the incident occurred on 11 December. They claim Polish special police forces beat up asylum seekers after cordoning off the premises. When they eventually left, the security forces allegedly hauled away three men. The websites quote eyewitnesses as saying police claimed they were looking for explosives intended for terrorist attacks in Poland. Polish authorities have not...
  • A year after Orange Revolution, Ukraine sees grayer days

    11/20/2005 1:54:51 PM PST · by lizol · 14 replies · 387+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 20, 2005 | Mara D. Bellaby
    Year after Orange Revolution, Ukraine sees grayer days Unmet promises, corruption leave country divided By Mara D. Bellaby, Associated Press | November 20, 2005 KIEV -- One cold day this fall, Inna Grigoryeva stepped out in her orange scarf, hoping it would add a bit of cheer, and she was overwhelmed by the smiles and affectionate looks from passersby. A year after Ukraine's color-coded Orange Revolution, the excitement and ideals that brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to the capital's main square are already the stuff of orange-tinged nostalgia. Reality has taken on a darker hue, muddied by unfulfilled promises...
  • US and Romania close to deal on Black Sea bases

    10/23/2005 3:58:39 PM PDT · by Panerai · 17 replies · 699+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/23/2005 | Radu Marinas
    BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The United States and new NATO member Romania are very close to reaching an agreement to establish American military bases on the Black Sea, U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said on Sunday. Romania has been promoting its airfields and bases as a possible hub for U.S. forces as Washington pulls 70,000 troops out of central Europe and Asia in the next decade to smaller bases closer to potential hot spots such as the Middle East. "There's an issue of finalizing the relevant agreement and then signing it. The framework basically allows access to facilities so as...
  • Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili: Time for a Return to Yalta

    05/10/2005 1:03:01 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 531+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2005 | President Mikheil Saakashvili
    TBILISI, Georgia -- For 60 years the word "Yalta" has meant betrayal and abandonment. The diplomatic accord reached between Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States in that sleepy Black Sea resort relegated millions of people to a ruthless tyranny. As President Bush said last week in Latvia: "The agreement at Yalta followed in the unjust tradition of Munich and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable." Thankfully, the division of Europe created at Yalta, and the Iron Curtain that marked its boundary, are ghosts in our past. The...