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Old August 20th, 2012 #41
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Bomber kills 7 Russian policemen at funeral


Associated Press/Mikhail Metzel - Thousand of Russian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayers that mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan outside the main Mosque in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012



ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up as policemen in southern Russia gathered Sunday for the funeral of a slain colleague, killing at least seven of the policemen and badly wounding 12 other people, investigators said.

The funeral was held at the home of an officer who had been shot dead the night before by militants in Ingushetia, one of the predominantly Muslim republics in Russia's restive North Caucasus region.

In the nearby republic of Dagestan, two masked gunmen burst into a Shiite mosque during Saturday evening prayers and opened fire, wounding eight people, police said.

Shiites are a minority in Dagestan and throughout the North Caucasus, where an Islamic insurgency has raged for years.

The latest attacks took place as Muslims in Russia and around the world prepared for the feast that celebrates the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Police investigating the shooting at the mosque in the city of Khasavyurt found a large homemade bomb and were able to defuse it Sunday morning, Dagestan police spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said. Militants have often rigged explosives to go off as police respond to a shooting or other attack.

In Ingushetia, Gov. Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said the militants had killed the police officer in the town of Malgobek to set up the suicide attack at the funeral the next day.

In Chechnya, where the Islamic insurgency began during separatist wars in the 1990s, four policemen were killed late Friday when their vehicle was attacked by gunmen firing Kalashnikov automatic weapons.

The insurgency in Chechnya has been largely suppressed by a Kremlin-backed local strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov, although attacks on law enforcement officers still occur periodically.

In Moscow, an estimated 170,000 to 190,000 Muslims gathered to celebrate Eid al-Adha, known in Russia as Kurban-Bairam. This included 90,000 who knelt shoulder to shoulder outside the city's main mosque near the Olympic stadium. At least 2 million Muslims, most of them labor migrants from the North Caucasus and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, live in the Russian capital, which has a population of 11.5 million.

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Putin says Romney comment justifies Russia’s opposition to US missile defense plans

By Associated Press, Wednesday, September 12, 4:57 AMAP


MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that a comment made by U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney has made Russia feel justified in opposing America’s missile defense plans in Europe.

The Republican challenger to President Barack Obama has branded Russia the “No. 1 geopolitical foe” of the United States.

Putin said that statement shows Russia is right to criticize the U.S.-led NATO plan to place land- and sea-based radars and interceptors in several European locations. Washington says the shield is intended against a possible missile attack from Iran, but Moscow sees it as a threat to its security, saying it may eventually grow powerful enough to undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrent.

Putin said in remarks carried by Russian news wires that Romney’s statement has “strengthened Russia’s positions in talks on this important and sensitive subject,” but added that he would work with Romney if he’s elected.

“I’m grateful to him for formulating his stance so clearly, because he has once again proven the correctness of our approach to missile defense problems,” Putin said of Romney. “The most important thing for us is that even if he doesn’t win now, he or a person with similar views may come to power in four years. We must take that into consideration while dealing with security
issues for a long perspective.”

NATO has offered to cooperate with Russia on the missile shield, but the alliance has rejected Russia’s proposal to run the shield jointly.

Without a NATO-Russia cooperation deal, the Kremlin has sought guarantees from the U.S. that any future shield is not aimed at Russia and threatened to aim missiles at the U.S. shield if no agreement is reached.

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European Council accumulates complaints


Oct 6, 2012 16:30 Moscow Time



Russia became the main topic at the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

European MPs criticized the political situation in Russia. Even though the final resolution does not contain all criticisms, the Russian delegation still considers the document unacceptable. Fortunately, Moscow and Strasbourg have managed to avoid the worsening of relations.

The current PACE session discussed a roundup report on the situation in Russia for the first time in the last seven years. Strasbourg had a lot of complaints about Russia’s meeting its obligations to the Council of Europe. European MPs wrote them down in the final resolution and Moscow considered the document unfair. Still, deputy head of the Russian delegation Leonid Slutsky called the adopted resolution the best since Russia’s accession to the Council of Europe.

“Compared with the resolution adopted seven years ago, the new one is much more progressive. Of course, there are some negative features, like the Magnitsky case, Pussy Riot, Gudkov and criticism of the Russian law. Still, the most unacceptable parts of the resolution for us were crossed out with our participation before the session began. But even in the current condition the resolution does not suit us. There is a paragraph that we should renounce the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.”

The PACE mentioned positive changes in Russia’s social and political life over the last seven years, such as easier registration of political parties, the reestablishment of direct elections of governors, the separation of the Investigative Committee from the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Still, complaints outnumbered the achievements. The MPs are concerned about the laws on criminal prosecution for slander, the black list of forbidden Internet websites and the introduction of the status of ‘foreign agents’ for non-commercial organisations. The resolution also reads that Russia has not met the PACE resolution on the 2008 conflict in the Caucasus and has not withdrawn its troops from Moldova.

Moscow is not going to sulk about the PACE recommendations. On the other hand, it is not going to follow them either, the Russian President’s press-secretary Dmitry Peskov said. The PACE does not separate Russia’s commitments and Europe’s claims to it, Russian MP Dmitry Vyatkin believes.

“What is written in the resolution has nothing in common with the commitments that Russia adopted acceding to the Council of Europe. This resolution is an attempt at political pressure.”

The Russian delegation pointed out that they were prepared for a tough discussion but not a conflict with the PACE. Moscow has listened to different opinions and come to the conclusion that European MPs have not given up the practice of imposing their opinions on Russia, Vice Speaker of the State Duma Sergey Zhelezniak has told The Voice of Russia.

“The resolution has shown obvious double standards. Limitations, bans and legal norms that exist in Europe have no right to exist in Russia, according to the PACE. For some reason, in Russia there should be no punishment for hooliganism, no ban of combining parliamentary functions and business, which takes place in all European countries and all civilized counties in the world.”

The resolution was adopted by the majority of votes. The Russian delegation did not support the resolution but the main Moscow’s complaint was about another PACE initiative to step up control over Russia’s meeting its obligations to the Council of Europe. A special committee of the Parliamentary Assembly monitors all 47 member-states of the Council. The session discussed versions of tougher control over Russia by the leadership of the Council of Europe, the Committee of Ministers. The Russian delegation saw this as interference in the country’s internal affairs and an attempt to turn the Committee of Ministers into an instrument of political pressure. In the future, such a decision could touch upon other member-states of the Council of Europe. The Russian MPs’ arguments were taken into consideration and the initiative was declined.

Speaking on the results of the Strasbourg discussions, the members of the Russian delegation point out that both sides strove for cooperation. Now Moscow and Strasbourg are facing the development of cooperation programmes for the next two years.

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Russia no longer wants U.S. aid on nuclear arms security

By Will Englund, Updated: Thursday, October 11, 9:03 AM

MOSCOW — Russia has told the United States that it will not extend the Nunn-Lugar weapons reduction and security agreement after it expires at the end of May, saying it no longer needs to receive foreign aid and is concerned about leaks of nuclear security information.

The 21-year-old cooperative program was designed to help secure the nuclear and chemical weapons arsenal of the Soviet Union after the bloc’s collapse. At a cost of about $500 million a year, it has ensured the shipment of nuclear weapons out of Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus, deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads, destroyed 902 intercontinental ballistic missiles and 33 submarines and secured 24 nuclear weapons storage sites.

Russia has become increasingly uncomfortable in the role of a nation that receives outside assistance, and conservatives in the United States have pointed out that the program frees up Russian money that can be spent on new armaments.

The Foreign Ministry indicated that Russia is not abandoning efforts to secure weapons of mass destruction, saying in a statement issued Wednesday evening that the country wants to create a new framework for nuclear security.

“We have received an offer from the American side for the next renewal of the 1992 agreement,” the statement said. “Our American partners know that their proposal is not consistent with our ideas about what forms and on what basis further cooperation should be built. To this end, in particular, we need another, more modern legal framework.”

The move comes just a few weeks after Russia announced it was expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development, the American foreign-aid program. Earlier this week, UNICEF also announced that it will wind up its operations in Russia by the end of the year. On Wednesday evening, Interfax quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying there was no connection between the shutdown of the aid programs and the end of the weapons agreement.

But the Kremlin has been hewing to a distinctly anti-American tone as it attempts to portray its domestic opponents as agents of the United States. which they mostly are At the same time, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has called Russia America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), one of two sponsors of the 1991 bill that created what is formally called the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, was defeated by a conservative Republican in this year’s Indiana Senate primary, thus removing its principal advocate from office.

His co-sponsor, former senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), issued a statement Wednesday noting how much had been accomplished under the pact and adding: “I hope and expect that the U.S.-Russian partnership will be strengthened by any changes to the program.”

The Nunn-Lugar program also targets chemical weapons and has established monitoring facilities for the detection of biological weapons. Russia says it has no biological arms.

In the past decade, the program was expanded beyond the former Soviet Union and was put to use in aiding Albania to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons.


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December 7, 2012 | 13:57

Russia to retaliate against U.S. over visa, banking bans

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MOSCOW -- Russia will ban Americans who violated human rights from entering Russia, as a response to the U.S. Senate’s decision to approve the "Magnitsky Act”.


The U.S. Senate decided to impose visa and banking bans on Russian officials suspected of involvement in human rights violations.

“After (last night’s) meeting with (U.S. Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton in Dublin, I confirmed that we will also close entry to Americans who are guilty of human rights violations," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed the Magnitsky Act that envisages visa and banking bans on Russian officials suspected of involvement in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. The adoption of the bill enraged Moscow that promised it would respond adequately.

A Russian parliament official has stated that sanctions could be imposed on U.S. officials suspected of violating human rights in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places around the world.

37-year-old Magnitsky died in prison on November 16, 2009. According to official medical reports, the cause of death was heart failure.

The Human Rights Council has however released that the lawyer was beaten to death.

Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of tax evasion and fraud worth USD 230mn. Certain Russian NGOs say that Magnitsky agreed to reveal the whole network of corrupt bankers, tax administration employees and state officials to investigators.

According to the Magnitsky Act, which is yet to be approved by U.S. President Barack Obama, individuals involved in the lawyer’s death and those responsible for violation of human rights in Russia will not be able to get U.S. visas and their assets can be frozen.

Clinton warned in Dublin on Thursday of new attempts of repressive governments to “re-Sovietize" much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia taking particular aim at Russia for its crackdown on democracy and human rights groups just hours ahead of critical talks with Lavrov.

Speaking to a group of lawyers and civil society advocates on the sidelines of an international human rights conference, Clinton took aim at what she described as a “new wave of repressive tactics and laws aimed at criminalizing U.S. outreach efforts in the field of human rights”.

“The trends are indicative of a larger reversal of freedoms for citizens of Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan and other countries that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union two decades ago,” she said.

"We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it," Clinton added.

In her speech at the OSCE ministerial conference, Clinton expressed concern over a new Russian bill requesting foreign-funded organizations and journalists to be registered as “foreign agents”.

The U.S. believes that the law is aimed at preventing criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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January 18, 2013 | 18:33

Ex-Ukraine PM Tymoshenko could be looking at life in prison

Source: Tanjug

KIEV -- Ukraine's state prosecution has accused Yulia Tymoshenko of organizing the murder of a deputy in the national assembly in 1996.



If found guilty, the former prime minister could be sentenced to life in prison.

The prosecution informed her that it she is now formally a suspect in the case concerning the murder of Yevhen Scherban.

The AFP news agency is reporting that this was announced on Friday in Kiev at a briefing for reporters organized by State Prosecutor Viktor Pshonka.

Tymoshenko is currently serving a seven-year sentence for after being found guilty of crimes related to abuse of office.
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Большинство людей мало волнуют заявленные проблемы как вообще, так и в язычестве: слишком небольшой процент человечества имеет такое не стандартное сексуальное поведение. Мало ли чудаков на свете. Я считаю, что интерес к этой проблеме раздувается СМИ искусственно, уводя от решения более важных проблем.


Но меня спросили, и я отвечаю.

В древних волшебных (мифических) сказках (отличай от быличек!), мы не встречаем положительной оценки такого сексуального поведения. Например, существует устойчивый блок, вставляемый в различные сказки, о девице, которая, находясь в «лесном большом доме» под опекой ватаги молодцов (по Проппу опека эта явно сексуальна), в их отсутствие подвергается лесбийскому нападению ведьмы: Только братья ушли, притащилась ведьма старая, страшная и стала сосать у Марьюшки груди белые. От этого девица чахнет. И так продолжается довольно долго. Почему- то девица каждый раз впускает злодейку, и не жалуется братьям, наоборот, она скрывает сей факт. Но всё открывается, и ведьму убивают.


Ясно, что старушка зачастила не молочком подкрепиться (у не рожавших девиц нет ещё молока в груди). Она явно подпитывалась юной жизненной силой, видимо предварительно, внушением обезволив несчастную.


В сказке осуждается и наказывается магический сексуальный акт, совершенный насильно. С другой стороны, мы видим, что такие акты, инициируемые магически подкованными дамами, имели место в сказочной действительности, которая в некоторой степени отражала реальность.


Совершив экскурс в античность, мы обнаружим, что однополые сексуальные акты практиковались не только жрицами. Достоверно известно - в римской армии юниоры «набирались силы» у старших товарищей именно таким способом.


Но следует помнить, о том, что в прошлом можно найти ЛЮБЫЕ примеры, потому что ничто человеческое древним было не чуждо. Я предлагаю в этом вопросе ограничиться кругом славянской традиции. И очень показательно, то, что в славянском фольклоре эта тема не муссируется.
Однако из письменных источников мы знаем, что у некоторых русских князей были любимчики с говорящим названием «хоти», А в войсках случался «блуд с младыми юношами» (Послание к царскому войску в Свияжск Митрополита Макария 1522 г.). Только вот были ли эти деяния ритуальными? Вряд ли. Иначе бы они оставили следы в фольклоре, а их нет. (Справедливости ради замечу, что в славянском фольклоре имеются многочисленные следы другого нестандартного, с современной точки зрения, сексуального ритуального поведения, но оно не входит в рамки рассматриваемой здесь темы).


СИЛУ можно черпать и отдавать в любом акте взаимодействия (в том числе и сексуально- однополом) с Богами, природой, духами, людьми. Лично я считаю, что однополый секс лежит скорее в сфере психологии и физиологии, а не магии. Это вопрос личной склонности, иметь которую могут люди с самым разным мировоззрением, в том числе и языческим. Главное, что бы эту «склонность» нам не навязывали, подводя под её основание исторический, магический и другие базисы.
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Russia Mulls Foreign Same-Sex Couple Adoption Ban


04/27/13 10:27 AM ET EDT


MOSCOW — The head of a Russian parliamentary committee says the legislature is ready to prevent adoptions by foreign same-sex couples.

In the wake of France's legalization of same-sex marriage this week, President Vladimir Putin said he supported moves to block such couples from adopting Russian children.

Elena Mizulina, the family committee chairwoman in the lower house of parliament, was quoted as saying Saturday by the Interfax news agency that "we support the president on this matter and are ready to carry out the relevant changes in the law."

Russia last year banned adoptions by Americans, a retaliatory move for a U.S. law imposing sanctions on Russians deemed human-rights violators. The measure sailed through parliament with only a handful of dissenting votes.


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The hermit who decided she was a people person: Woman who has lived alone for 26 years in Siberia appeals for someone to live with her as she's lonely

Agafya Lykova is the sole survivor of the Lykov family who decided to cut themselves off from civilisation in 1936
She has wrote to a Siberian newspaper begging for another Christian to come and live with her
Her parents decided to cut themselves off from civilisation in 1936 to escape persecution faced under Stalin

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The head of Russia’s Investigative Committee has asked MPs to consider the return of capital punishment in Russian law, but noted he wasn’t seeking actual executions, but the psychological effect that such a threat could have on potential criminals.

“The topic of execution is currently a taboo in our country,” Aleksandr Bastrykin told a group of MPs he had invited for a conference in his office. “I am not suggesting to restore the actual death penalty, but I think that it must be present in our legislation as the hypothetical possibility of such an outcome can stop a potential criminal,” he added.

The death penalty is currently present in the Russian Criminal Code, but legislators introduced a moratorium on it in 1997, when the country signed the Convention on Human Rights and Freedoms, a necessary step for entering the Council of Europe.

However, some politicians and law enforcers have repeatedly called for the return of capital punishment, especially in response to heinous crimes and large-scale terrorist attacks. In February last year, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that it would be “society’s normal reaction” as he was commenting on the brutal murders of two small girls. The top Russian policeman stressed that this was his personal opinion.

Kolokoltsev’s words prompted comments from top officials, who assured the public that there were no plans to reintroduce the death penalty. Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said the president’s position on the issue is established, fixed and consistent, adding that in his view Putin was more in favor of a total abolition of the death penalty.

Lower House Speaker Sergey Naryshkin told reporters that he was against the return of capital punishment and the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office noted that Russia had obligations to the Council of Europe and therefore the moratorium would remain.

According to a poll conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation in September 2013, 68 percent of Russians thought that death sentences were acceptable in principle, while 24 percent answered that the measure was totally inadmissible. According to the same poll, 91 percent of citizens described suicide as completely unacceptable, and 34 percent said the same about medically-assisted euthanasia.

The head of the International Institute of Political Expertize think tank, Yevgeniy Minchenko, told the Kommersant daily this week that he considered the return of the death penalty was a possibility, as the moratorium was introduced in order to please Europe and today most Russians no longer want to heed European opinion.

The government representative in the Supreme, Constitutional and the Supreme Arbitration Courts, Mikhail Barshevskiy, told the RBC news agency that as a lawyer he could not understand Bastrykin’s position. “If he wants it to be applied, this is impossible because of the Constitutional Court ruling, if he wants it to be present in the criminal code – it is there already,” the agency quoted the lawyer as saying.


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The strategy lists as primary threats “expansion from foreign territory of radical Muslim movements, non-traditional for Russia,” domestic highly-organized nationalist groups, football hooligans, illegal immigrants and certain foreign NGOs and religious groups.
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A lawmaker from the populist nationalist party LDPR has prepared a motion to change Russia’s current white, blue and red state flag to the black, yellow and white flag adopted by Russian emperors in the late 19th century.

MP Mikhail Degtyaryov has said in a press interview that the imperial flag was much more appropriate for the important events taking place in Russia. These landmark occasions include Crimea’s accession into the Russian Federation, the start of the Russia-led economic bloc the Customs Union, and the rise of patriotism in general, he said.

A similar “victorious epoch of Russian history” was the period of the Russian Empire, Izvestia daily quoted the MP as saying.

In the explanations to the draft, Degtyaryov also wrote that when the Russian state was using the black, yellow and white flag its territory increased greatly and included Alaska, the Caucasus, Crimea, Eastern Prussia, Poland, the Baltics, Central Asian states and Finland.

“We were achieving brilliant victories when we used the imperial flag and today it is still capable of uniting all Russian citizens. The modern tri-color, returned by Boris Yeltsin in a rush, has never been discussed with the people, no research has been made. In early 1990s all decisions in our country were dictated by US advisers… We need people to think more about the flag that is flying over Russia. We must return the state flag that matches the resurrecting glory of our nation,” Degtyaryov told the newspaper.

He estimated the price of the nationwide transition to the new flag at 15.5 million rubles (about US$443 000).

Most Russian historians claim that the current white, blue and red flag was first introduced by Peter the Great in the late 17th century. The Tsar supposedly borrowed the design from the Netherlands, where he studied shipbuilding and other modern trades of his era.



The black, yellow and white flag was approved as a national symbol by Emperor Alexander II in 1858 and remained as such till 1896. According to the official explanation the flag borrowed the colors from the imperial coat of arms – the Byzantium eagle was black, the Byzantium banner was gold, and the horse of St George, also pictured on the Moscow city emblem, was white. However, the black, yellow and white scheme was also used by German Kaiser of the same period and back then Russia allied with Prussia and other German states.

Various combination of the imperial standard and the white-blue-red tricolor were used between the 1896 and 1917.

Modern Russia approved the white, blue and red tricolor in 1991. It was the flag used by supporters of Boris Yeltsin during the 1991 coup attempt and was modeled on the flag of the Russian Republic – the state that existed between the Tsar’s abdication in February 1917 and the October Revolution. The official explanation of the tricolor colors was the claim that it symbolizes the principles of Russian statehood.

However the fringe nationalists opposing Yeltsin and his pro-Western policies continued to use the imperial standard, claiming that it was the only ‘true Russian’ flag. It was flown regularly at the ‘Russian March’ rallies and other similar events and is still used by some radical groups. Representatives of these movements have not so far commented on Degtyaryov’s plan.

However, the draft drew comment from the founder of Russia’s Monarchist Party. Anton Bakovtold the URA news agency that such suggestions were discrediting the very idea of monarchy.

“How can Russia use the Romanov dynasty flag before the descendants of the emperors return to their homeland? The Tsars got the Kremlin stolen from them, and the Hermitage Palace. Now the LDPR deputy wants to steal their flag,” Bakov told reporters.

MP Vyacheslav Lysakov of the parliamentary majority United Russia party told Izvestia that the change of state flag in Russia was not very likely.

“We have a state flag already, there is nothing controversial about it. We have had such suggestions before, they never ended in anything but empty words,” Lysakov said.

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If these people are ethnic Russian I am Chinese

Where did they find them? In Moscow's immigrant quarters? They look nothing like ethnic Russians.

Mixed civic nationalists and empire dreamers lol

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A senior spokesperson for Russia’s Council of Muftis has urged Moscow authorities to build more mosques in the city, saying this would prevent the overcrowding of city streets on major holidays.

“Believers deserve more mosques in Moscow. We are suggesting ten mosques for the whole of Moscow, one for each administrative district. It would be easier, and no one would have to stop the traffic if the mosques were evenly distributed throughout the city,” Gulnur Gaziyeva was quoted as saying by RSN radio on Monday.

The suggestion was made on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday of breaking the fast, which is known as Uraza Bairam in Russia. As in previous years the celebrations attract thousands of people to the two mosques in central Moscow, prompting the authorities to close several major streets to traffic, and putting an additional load on public transport.



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If even George Soros is getting concerned and writing Op-Eds, then Putin must be truly winning.

Here are the highlights from what the Open Society founder has to say about the "existential" Russian threat in a just released Op-Ed:

Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it. I attribute this mainly to the fact that the European Union in general and the eurozone in particular lost their way after the financial crisis of 2008.
Getting warmer:

[Europe] fails to recognize that the Russian attack on Ukraine is indirectly an attack on the European Union and its principles of governance. It ought to be evident that it is inappropriate for a country, or association of countries, at war to pursue a policy of fiscal austerity as the European Union continues to do.
Even warmer:

All available resources ought to be put to work in the war effort even if that involves running up budget deficits
And hot, hot, hot:

[IMF] should provide an immediate cash injection of at least $20 billion, with a promise of more when needed. Ukraine’s partners should provide additional financing conditional on implementation of the IMF-supported program, at their own risk, in line with standard practice.
And there it is: the Russian "existential" war threat is, to Soros, nothing but an excuse to end the whole (f)austerity experiment (just don't show Soros Europe's latest record high debt load), and to return to its drunken sailor spending ways.

Ironically, this is precisely what we said would happen, only the globalist neo-cons were hoping the Ukraine civil war would become an all out war between Russia and Ukraine, thus unleashing the "spend your way to prosperity" Soroses of the world. For now, this plan has failed which is why ISIS was brought into the picture.

But it never hurts to try, eh George. And the one thing that is not mentioned is that the people who would gain the most from this latest IMF spending spree would be, you guessed it, billionaires like George Soros of course.
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First they spat angry words at Remy Bazie. Then they struck him in the face with an iron bar, knocking him unconscious.

The men who jumped the Ivory Coast migrant at a crowded Moscow train station last November did not rob him. But they damaged his jaw to the degree that doctors had to install a metal plate to hold it in place. It took Bazie four months to raise the $3,600 to undergo surgery.

"Most of the time I'm harassed, but this was the worst experience," Bazie, 28, said recently as he sat at a parish community center in Moscow where African migrants often seek refuge.

His story is not uncommon, Russian civil and human rights leaders say. African migrants face widespread hostility and racism that usually go unpunished.

According to the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, a Moscow-based advocacy group and think tank, 177 acts of violence against blacks have been reported in Russia since 2010.

But rights advocates said interviews with Africans living in the capital, as well as anecdotal evidence, indicate that a far higher number have been victims of racial attacks and experienced race-based harassment. Most, however, never report the assaults, the advocates said.

"Living here in Russia is like living in hell on Earth," said Osman Kamara, 35, a Liberian who fled civil conflict in his homeland 10 years ago, only to fall victim to a skinhead attack in Moscow. "They don't like our color. Going out is a problem. Maybe if you go out, you might not return."

Some Africans say that after arriving here, they heard the Russian word "obezyana" directed at them so often that they initially thought it meant "black person." It means "monkey."

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Popular Russian taxi company GetTaxi has provoked the ire of a Kremlin-backed human rights watchdog and its own customers for Russifying the names of its drivers with Asian or Caucasus roots.

"This shows a lack of respect for the ethnic groups that live on the territory of the Russian Federation and neighboring countries," Alexander Brod, а member of the Presidential Human Rights Council, said in comments carried by the Govorit Moskva radio station on Saturday, adding that the practice was "unethical."

A recent Facebook post by Moscow State University ethnologist Dmitry Oparin drew attention to the company's controversial practice.

"I'd like to know who is behind GetTaxi's recent initiative of changing the Asian or Caucasus names of their drivers," Oparin wrote on Friday. "Who decided that Damir would be Daniil, and Yerdzhanik — Yevgeny? The drivers themselves don't even know their own nicknames. This is worse than a taxi company advertising that all its drivers are Slavs."

In an interview published on the website of the Open Russia foundation, a representative of the company admitted that it modifies names that are "difficult to read." He also added that GetTaxi would reverse its automatic Russification of drivers' names if a certain driver objects to his name being changed.

The company's founder, Shakhar Vaiser, told news site The Village on Saturday that the initiative had been an "experiment" to see whether Russified names improved clients' perception of the taxi service's quality. Vaiser also said the company would consider whether to abandon or maintain the practice.

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