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Russian jets carry out strikes in Syria

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Russian jets stationed reportedly in the Syrian city of Latakia have been carrying out air strikes since yesterday, in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, having notified the United States an hour before.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the strikes against Islamist militants who “if they succeed in Syria […] will come to Russia, too”, and clarified he would not be sending ground troops to participate in the Syrian Civil War. He called on Assad to engage in dialogue with “healthy” opposition groups.

The ITAR-Tass news agency reported earlier yesterday Putin had been given the green light for the air raids by the upper chamber of Russia’s legislature. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said Russia responded after Assad had sent a letter seeking assistance from Putin. SANA also reported the strikes were carried out in conjunction with the Syrian Air Force and had focussed on ISIS facilities in a number of locations.

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—Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister

The US State Department said US aircraft would continue to operate throughout the region. An agreement to hold military talks was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Lavrov said it was necessary to “establish channels of communications to avoid any unintended incidents”. However, US officials questioned the purpose of the Russian strikes, stating the targeted areas were unlikely to be under ISIS control.

Syrian opposition groups claimed there have been civilian casualties as a direct consequence of the strikes. The Syrian National Coalition said several children were amongst 36 people who died after planes struck several towns, whilst the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed there had been 28 deaths.



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April 27, 2010

Smoke bomb thrown in Ukrainian parliament during naval base debate

Smoke bomb thrown in Ukrainian parliament during naval base debate

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Chaos broke out in the Ukrainian parliament as several smoke bombs were thrown during a debate about the extended lease on a Russian naval base in Ukraine. Members of parliament were seen fighting on the chamber floor while opposition MPs threw eggs at the speaker of the house, Volodymyr Lytvyn.

It is not clear who threw the smoke bombs, although opposition MPs were thought to be responsible, but the debate continued despite the lingering smoke and chaos. The speaker had to be protected by two aides holding umbrellas and politicians held handkerchiefs to their mouths.

Along with the brawling MPs, thousands of people waited outside the parliament building protesting the extended lease.

The clashes began as members of parliament were debating extending the lease on the Sevastopol naval base. The Russians currently have a lease on the base until 2017. The Russians have offered Ukraine cheaper supplies of Russian natural gas in exchange for a further 25 years on the lease.

After the chaos had calmed down, MPs voted on the agreement and the deal extending the lease was backed 236 to 214. The deal was then put forward in the Russian lower house of parliament, where all 410 Russian MPs voted in favour of the deal.



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December 10, 2007

Putin backs Medvedev as United Russia party\’s candidate

Putin backs Medvedev as United Russia party’s candidate

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Today, Dmitry Medvedev was named the candidate for President of Russia by the ruling party United Russia, which holds majority in the newly-elected State Duma, the lower parliament of Russia.

Medvedev, who is the current deputy prime minister of the Russian government and the chairman in the board of directors of Gazprom, was also backed by three other parties and by the current president Vladimir Putin. This means the highly anticipated decision about the supposed successor has been announced.

“I have known him for more than 17 years, I have worked with him very closely all these years, and I fully and completely support this candidacy,” Putin said. “We have the chance to form a stable government after the elections in March 2008. And not just a stable government, but one that will carry out the course that has brought results for all of the past eight years.”

The declaration was unofficial: the formal nomination is expected on December 17, during United Russia’s party conference.

The Russian presidential election is scheduled to be held on March 2, 2008.



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December 2, 2007

Russians vote in parliamentary election

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Voters across Russia are choosing a new parliament in an election nearly certain to be won by President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.

Polls opened in Moscow and other western cities Sunday, hours after voting began in frigid weather in Russia’s far east.

More than 100 million people are eligible to vote for legislators in the 450-seat State Duma — the lower house of parliament.

The vote ends Sunday evening at 18:00 UTC, when polls close in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, the farthest west of Russia’s 11 time zones.

Mr. Putin cast his own vote in Moscow Sunday, then encouraged voters to choose candidates they can trust.

After opposition leader Garry Kasparov cast his vote, he accused the ruling party of, in his words, “not just rigging the vote, but raping the whole electoral system.”

The former chess champion was freed Thursday after completing a five-day jail sentence imposed on him and others who took part in an anti-Putin demonstration in Moscow.

In an interview broadcast on German radio Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the elections, noting the limited number of international observers.

A Russian state-run news agency, Interfax, quotes the elections commission chairman saying 299 foreign observers have been accredited so far, and the number will increase during the day.

Opposition leaders accuse the Kremlin of stifling debate during the campaign leading up to the elections through pressure tactics and media controls.

The constitution prohibits Mr. Putin from running for a third consecutive term as president in March. His name is at the head of United Russia’s candidate list, indicating he might become prime minister in the next government, retaining much of his power.




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September 16, 2007

Litvinenko murder suspect running for MP

Litvinenko murder suspect running for MP

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Andrei Lugovoi, one of the main suspects in the murder case of Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko, is to run as a MP in the Russian elections on 2 December. If he is elected, Lugovoi will be immune from prosecution. This is worrying for the British government, who want to arrest Lugovoi.

Lugovoi is to be a candidate for the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia. The LDPR currently has 35 of the 446 in the Duma, the lower house in the Russian parliament. The leader of the LDPR, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said, “I head the list (for the December 2 parliamentary elections), the fraction’s leader will be third… Our second will be Andrei Lugovoi – he has suffered, been targeted by British special services.”

Lugovoi is wanted by the British, as he is the main suspect in the Litvinenko case. A critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Litvinenko had taken refuge in Britain and was murdered after he was fed the radioactive substance polonium-210. Lugovoi, a former KGB agent, met Litvinenko on November 1, 2006. The British want Lugovoi extradited but the Russians refuse, denying Lugovoi has had anything to do with murdering Litvinenko.



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June 27, 2005

Russia probing Jewish law as \”incitement\”

Russia probing Jewish law as “incitement”

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Monday, June 27, 2005

The Moscow District Prosecutor’s Office has dropped its investigation of Russian Jewry on charges of racist incitement and distribution of anti-Russian material for having published an abridged translation of a 16th Century Hebrew text on Jewish law. Jewish leaders were summoned for questioning about the Kitzur Shulkhan Arukh as the apparent first step of a probe into whether all Jewish organizations should be banned in Russia.

Disbanding all Jewish organizations in Russia was requested in a January 13, 2005 letter to the State Prosecutor General signed by 20 members of the Russian State Duma. The letter was expanded into a petition signed by 500 well-known public figures, church officials and army generals in March. After being published in a St. Petersburg newspaper, the petition gleaned 5,000 signatures. It called the Jewish religion anti-Christian and inhumane, and even practicing ritual murder of Christian children [1] Excerpts in English].

Although the Russian Foreign Ministry had condemned the letter, the St. Petersburg District Prosecutor’s Office declared that it was not anti-Semitic and declined to file incitement charges against Rus Pravoslavnaya, the newspaper that published it.

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