Sunday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

ITAR-TASS: “Ukraine does not intend to join any military alliance, particularly NATO, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko said.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “Moscow has defended President Dmitry Medvedev’s right to visit the disputed Kurile Islands despite Japan’s warnings that doing so could hurt ties between the two countries.”

RIA Novosti: “Vietnam is considering creating a free trade zone with the post-Soviet customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet said on Sunday.”

Би-би-си: “Президент Афганистана Хамид Карзай гневно отреагировал на первую совместную операцию американских и российских полицейских, в рамках которой было ликвидировано несколько крупных лабораторий по производству наркотиков”.

Газета.ru: “Лидер нацболов и оппозиционной коалиции «Другая Россия» Эдурд Лимонов отказал бывшим соратникам в просьбе не проводить альтернативный митинг в воскресенье на Триумфальной площади”. “Марш привидений, оборотней, ведьм и других мистических персонажей прошел в Новосибирске в воскресенье в честь праздника Хэллоуин, передает корреспондент агентства ‘Интерфакс'”.

Saturday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

International Herald Tribune: “The Georgian police detained 20 people suspected of spying for Russia, Georgian security personnel said Friday.” Rustavi 2 reports that the “Russian Foreign Ministry is unaware of details of the scandal regarding exposing a spy network in Georgia, Sergei Lavrov told Interfax news agency during his official visit in Vietnam.”

ITAR-TASS: “The leaders attending the Russia-ASEAN forum have adopted a joint statement, in which they recorded common approaches to problems of security and economic development in the Asia-Pacific Region, as well as to the deepening of dialogue partnership. President Dmitry Medvedev took part in the summit.” The Voice of America notes that “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined the meeting as observers and were invited to join as members in 2011.”

Reuters India: “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will sign agreements to help build Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant and a hydroelectric power station during a visit to the Soviet-era ally starting on Saturday, Kremlin sources said.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “Russian human rights activists have commemorated the victims of Stalin-era political repressions in the Soviet Union, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.”

RIA Novosti: “The Kremlin’s envoy to the North Caucasus has been made a member of a group of fearsome warrior horsemen who defended Russia’s borders for the tsars in the days of yore.”

Russia Today: “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is slamming kickbacks and promising tough punishment for officials caught stealing from the state.”

Газета.ru: “В калининградском парке Южный в субботу проходит митинг простив коррупции во властных структурах. По данным правоохранительных органов, в мероприятии принимают участие порядка 500 человек”.

Лента.ru: “На Камчатке вулкан Шивелуч выбросил столбы пепла на высоту до 10 километров над уровнем моря, сообщает в субботу ИТАР-ТАСС”.

Новая газета: “По сообщению пресс-службы городской администрации, в субботу утром прошел митинг у памятника жертвам политических репрессий на Троицкой площади, передает «Интерфакс», собравшиеся возложили цветы к монументу”.

Эхо Москвы: “Выставка памяти Александра Солженицына открылась в День памяти жертв политических репрессий в Перми”.

Friday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

BBC: “Russian and US agents have taken part in a joint operation to destroy drug laboratories in Afghanistan, the head of Russia’s drug control agency says.”

Deutsche Welle: “Cyber crime in Russia is booming. The number of attacks directed against Europe, the US and Russia itself is on the rise. But so far the police are no match for the hackers.”

Interfax: “Russia is not planning on holding talks with Vietnam on the restoration of the military base in Cam Ranh Bay, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin.”

RBC: “Russia and Ukraine have initialed a five-year agreement on oil transit, Russia’s Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko told journalists in Kiev. He indicated that the agreement was of a general nature, while the actual amount of oil to be transited via Ukraine would be specified later.”

RFE/Radio Liberty: “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama will hold talks on the sidelines of an APEC summit in Japan next month.”

RIA Novosti: “Platon Lebedev said on Friday that investigators involved in bringing new charges against him and his former business partner, ex-Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, had fabricated the evidence.”

Russia Today: “What was fast beginning to overshadow both countries’ World Cup 2018 campaigns now looks to have been defused. England stood down their complaint after Russia’s most senior sporting figure apologized for any misunderstanding over comments made by his compatriots in recent weeks.”

Би-би-си: “Рейтинг одобрения деятельности президента Дмитрия Медведева в октябре практически сравнялся с рейтингом премьер-министра Владимира Путина“.

Коммерсантъ: “Представители ряда международных правозащитных организаций 29 октября обратились к президенту России Дмитрию Медведеву с письмом, в котором попросили освобождения из-под стражи Михаила Ходорковского и Платона Лебедева”.

Лента.ru: “Бывший глава МФО ‘Менатеп’ Платон Лебедев в ходе прений в Хамовническом суде Москвы потребовал возбудить уголовное дело в отношении следственной группы, занимавшейся делом ‘ЮКОСа’. Об этом сообщает РИА Новости”.

Полит.ru: “Обязательный дубляж фильмов для проката на украинский язык отменен, передает ТСН.ua заявление министра культуры и туризма Украины Михаила Кулиняки. Министр не уточнил, когда именно был отменен указ об обязательном дублировании”.

Эхо Москвы: “Государственные учреждения Москвы с понедельника начнут работать на час раньше – с 08:00 часов. Об этом РИА сообщил источник в городской администрации”.

Thursday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

BBC: “The ex-Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed to swap prisoners captured during fighting in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The deal was agreed at a meeting hosted by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the city of Astrakhan.”

Interfax: “Russia has test-fired an RS-12M Topol mobile intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk space center in the Arkhangelsk region, Col. Vadim Koval, a spokesman for the RVSN, told Interfax.”

ITAR-TASS: “A cross-country vehicle along with five people got lost in the Chukchi Peninsula: they left the city of Bilibino with spares for a weather station on October 18, but did not appear there.”

JTA: “The Russian census under way will show a Jewish decline of as much as 25 percent, a specialist on Russian Jewish demography predicts.”

RFE/Rado Liberty: “Environmentalists in the southeastern Russian city of Irkutsk plan to hold a demonstration on November 6 to support efforts to preserve the Khimki Forest near Moscow, the Utrish Forest on Russia’s Black Sea coast, and Lake Baikal, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.”

RIA Novosti: “A guilty verdict for former Yukos oil major CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev in a second case may blemish the entire Russian judicial system, Khodorkovsky’s lawyer said on Thursday.”

Russia Today: “Russian football fans are bracing themselves in for a frantic finale to the Russian Premier League season. That’s after top of the table Zenit suffered their first defeat of the year away to Spartak Moscow.”

Би-би-си: “Московский ‘Спартак’ нанес ‘Зениту’ первое поражение в чемпионате России и сохранил интригу в борьбе за золото”.

Коммерсантъ: “Мэр Москвы Сергей Собянин 28 октября пообещал, что в 2011 году будут увеличены городские доплаты для ветеранов, семей с детьми и других категорий граждан“. “Возникшие между организаторами акций ‘Стратегия-31’ разногласия привели к тому, что 31 октября на Триумфальной площади столицы состоятся два отдельных митинга в защиту 31-й статьи Конституции“.

Wednesday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl

ITAR-TASS: “The lawyers of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and former MENATEP director Platon Lebedev will present their arguments at Moscow’s Khamovniki court on Wednesday within the second criminal case against their clients.”

RBC: “As Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov announced at a cabinet meeting today, the 10-year natural gas supplies contract between Naftogaz of Ukraine and Gazprom dating back to January 2009 does not comply with Ukrainian legislation.”

Reuters India: “Russia has opened a criminal case against a man accused of involvement in a major spamming operation flooding the Internet with advertisements for the anti-impotence drug Viagra, a top Russian daily reported on Wednesday.” The International Herald Tribune noted yesterday that “since late last month, the world supply of Viagra ads and other e-mail spam has dropped by an estimated one-fifth.”

RIA Novosti: “Russia’s Federation Council voted on Wednesday to approve amendments to the law on public gatherings that would curb protests by outraged motorists.”

Лента.ru: “Оппозиционеры заблокировали ворота, ведущие на стройплощадку на Триумфальной площади в Москве. Об этом ‘Интерфакс’ сообщил лидер движения ‘Левый фронт’ Сергей Удальцов”. “Экс-глава ЮКОСа Михаил Ходорковский в среду ответил в суде на предъявленные ему обвинения и прокомментировал требование прокуратуры приговорить его к 14 годам лишения свободы”.

Эхо Москвы: “Постоянный представитель России при НАТО Дмитрий Рогозин опровергает информацию о возможной отправке российских солдат в Афганистан“.