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Monday Russian News Items

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

Interfax: “The Russian military’s presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia will be discussed at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe summit in Astana, OSCE Secretary-General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut has said.” Russia Today, meanwhile, reports that “Moldova’s acting president Mihai Ghimpu relies on NATO’s support on the issue of the withdrawal of Russian troops from the breakaway Transdniester region.”

ITAR-TASS: “Sappers of the Federal Security Service Department have rendered harmless a powerful explosive in Makhachkala on Monday.” Meanwhile, RFE/Radio Liberty reports that “Russian police say three militants were killed in a shoot-out in the country’s volatile republic of Daghestan.”

Reuters India: “Hundreds of Zenit St Petersburg supporters clashed overnight with riot police and smashed bus stops in the centre of Russia’s second city after their team won the domestic league.”

RIA Novosti: “Russian journalist Oleg Kashin, who was brutally attacked on November 6, was removed from a respirator after his condition improved, a hospital source said on Monday.”

Газета.ru: “Грузинские беспилотники имеют право летать надо всей территорией Грузии, в том числе и над Южной Осетией, заявила заместитель министра иностранных дел Грузии Нино Каландадзе на брифинге в понедельник”.

Лента.ru: “Корреспондент ‘Коммерсанта’ Олег Кашин пришел в сознание и смог говорить, сообщает Life News”.

Полит.ru: “После того как ‘Зенит’ в воскресенье одержал досрочную победу в чемпионате России, в Петербурге произошли массовые беспорядки и столкновения фанатов команды с милицией“.

Sunday Russian News Items

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

ITAR-TASS: “A warlord of an armed gang and the mastermind of a terror act at the military proving ground in Buinaksk on September 5 was killed in a special operation in Dagestan.”

RIA Novosti: “Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Moscow on Sunday to demand that police find those behind last week’s brutal attack on Kremlin critic Oleg Kashin. Kashin, a reporter with the respected Kommersant daily, was brutally beaten outside his home last Saturday.”

RIA Novosti: “The FBI has taken under its protection Russian Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR) colonel who has allegedly betrayed Russian spy ring in the United States, the NBC reported on Sunday.”

Russia Today: “There will be no three-in-a-row celebrations for Rubin’s footballers this season. That’s after the Kazan men could only draw with Dynamo Moscow on Saturday putting them out of the title equation.”

Voice of America: “President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had met at the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea focusing on the global economy. But they expanded their talks at the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Yokohama, Japan, which provided an additional opportunity to delve into important bilateral issues.”

Газета.ru: “Стабильно тяжелым остается состояние пришедшего в сознание журналиста газеты «Коммерсантъ» Олега Кашина, что не позволяет ему встретиться со следователями”.

Лента.ru: “Питерский ‘Зенит’ за два тура до окончания чемпионата России по футболу завоевал золотые медали первенства. ‘Зенит’ гарантировал себе первое место по итогам матча с ‘Ростовом’, завершившегося разгромной победой питерцев 5:0″. “Полковник СВР Щербаков, как считается, выдавший американцам российскую шпионскую сеть в США, взят под защиту ФБР. Как сообщает телекомпания NBC, американцы опасаются возмездия в адрес Щербакова со стороны России.”

Радио Свобода: “14 ноября в Москве около трехсот человек пришли на акцию протеста против нападений на журналистов и гражданских активистов. Митинг, организованный защитниками Химкинского леса, был приурочен к двухлетней годовщине со дня нападения на журналиста Михаила Бекетова”.

Saturday Russian News Items

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

Bloomberg: “Relations between Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Russia have deteriorated so far that the Kremlin is seeking to oust him, a Belarusian opposition leader said.”

Interfax: “During a meeting in Yokohama on Friday, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed their intention to develop bilateral relations in all areas and agreed to look for a mutually acceptable solution to the territorial issue.”

ITAR-TASS: “A group of hermits spotted by rescuers in the highlands on the territory of Tuva on Friday will be evacuated by a Mi-8 helicopter of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, a source from Buryatia’s branch of the Ministry for Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Saturday.”

RIA Novosti: “Russian historian and Stalin apologist Igor Pykhalov has been beaten outside his St. Petersburg home by two unidentified attackers, Russian media report.”

Би-би-си: “Российский президент Дмитрий Медведев и премьер-министр Японии Наото Кан, встретившиеся в Йокогаме, где проходит саммит стран Азиатско-тихоокеанского экономического сотрудничества (АТЭС), договорились развивать доверительный диалог между двумя странами“.

Газета.ru: “В городе Буйнакске республики Дагестан блокированы от трех до пяти боевиков, оказывающих в настоящий момент вооруженное сопротивление бойцам спецназа, сообщает «Интерфакс»”.

Friday Russian News Items

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

ITAR-TASS: “The delayed signing of a Russian-Japanese economic protocol planned on Friday is not linked with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the South Kuriles, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku told a news conference here on Friday.” RFE/Radio Liberty reports that “A spokeswoman for Dmitry Medvedev says the Russian president intends to meet with Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum this weekend.”

Reuters Africa: “The wife of a Russian journalist who was savagely beaten by unidentified attackers said Friday he had regained consciousness after lying in a medically-induced coma for almost a week.”

RIA Novosti: “Belarus will cut its oil supplies from Russia will next year and look for alternative sources of gas, President Alexander Lukashenko was quoted as saying on Friday.”

Би-би-си “В центре Москвы на Пушкинской площади прошла акция в поддержку избитого журналиста газеты ‘Коммерсант’ Олега Кашина“.

Эхо Москвы: “Журналист Олег Кашин находится практически в полном сознании, однако пока еще не может общаться со следователями”.

Thursday Russian News Items

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

ITAR-TASS: “Three suspected killers of 12 people, including four children, in the settlement of Kushchevskaya, the Krasnodar Territory, have been detained, spokesman for the Investigation Committee (SK) Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Thursday.”

RIA Novosti: “Muslim leaders in the southern Russian city of Voronezh have been asked by police to provide information on practicing Muslims in the region, a local Islamic group told RIA Novosti on Thursday.”

RIA Novosti: “Russian journalist Oleg Kashin, who was brutally attacked last week, regained consciousness on Thursday and may be removed from an artificial breathing apparatus, a hospital source said.”

Газета.ru: “Следствие по делу о массовом убийстве 12 человек в станице Кущевская задержало четвертого подозреваемого, сообщил официальный представитель Следственного комитета РФ Владимир Маркин”.

Полит.ru: “Вчера в деле о покушении на журналиста ‘Ъ’ Олега Кашина в третий раз за четыре дня с момента его возбуждения сменилась следственная бригада. Теперь по приказу председателя СКП Александра Бастрыкина его отправили на самый верх — в главное следственное управление этого ведомства”.