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Saturday, 5 July 2008

5 July 2008. Out and About…

President Medvedev puts the defence of Russian national interests at the top of his political agenda

President Dmitri Medvedev (1965- )

President Medvedev puts the defence of Russian national interests at the top of his political agenda. Russia is building its relations with the outside world on the basis of pragmatism, mutual benefit, and regard for each other’s interests. Briefing international media on Thursday, Mr Medvedev criticised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who advocates replacing UN peacekeepers in Kosovo with an EU mission. On the Iranian nuclear issue, he urged world nations to speak to Tehran in the language of “positive incentives”. Mr Medvedev emphasised the need for a multi-currency global economic system. Speaking about Russia, Medvedev said it would remain a presidential republic, and that nothing, including the state itself, should be above the law.

3 July 2008


Russian government submitted a draft law for a new form of punishment

electronic ankle bracelet to track convicted criminals

The Russian government submitted a draft law that stipulates a new method of punishment, limitation of freedom, to the RF Gosduma. Those convicted of minor offences will serve out their sentence without leaving home. They will be controlled by electronic bracelets, which are impossible to remove or reprogram. The new method of punishment paves the way to reduce the number of convicts in prisons.

3 July 2008


War-crimes conviction of ex-commander of Bosnian Muslim forces quashed by the UN tribunal in The Hague

Naser Oric (1967- ), Bosnian thug guilty of murdering countless Christians “acquitted” by the ICTY under American pressure

The war-crimes conviction of the ex-commander of Bosnian Muslim forces in Srebrenica was quashed by the UN tribunal in The Hague. Naser Oric was earlier convicted of failing to prevent men under his command from killing and mistreating Bosnian Serb prisoners in 1992 and 1993. The prosecution insists that Oric commanded Bosnian Muslim troops who destroyed 156 Serb villages and killed nearly 1,300 people, including old men, women, and children. The verdict set off a wave of angry protests in Serbia where people described it as a mockery of justice.

3 July 2008


Polish government holds hectic consultations about hosting American interceptor silos

Next Wednesday or Thursday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be in Warsaw to sign an agreement for ten American interceptor silos on Polish territory. Poland demands huge sums in defence aid in return. Last Thursday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk discussed the matter at a meeting with the American Ambassador Victor Ash and in a telephone conversation with Vice President Dick Cheney. On Friday, the issue was before a session of his inner security Cabinet. The Americans also seek a permission to build anti-missile radar site in the Czech Republic. The say they need missile defences in Eastern Europe for warding off missile threats from Iran. Russia sees threats to its security instead.

4 July 2008


Editor’s Note:

Would it not make more sense to have ABM silos in Turkey, Bahrain, or Pakistan if one was actually countering Iran? Russia is right on this one. Bush and his running-dog-lackey Ms Rice are actually trying to threaten Russia. America has truly fallen in the world. We have become amoral thugs. God help us.


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