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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is a private, non-profit information service funded by the U.S. Congress, broadcasting to the countries of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Middle East and Russia.

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The Saratov public is excited by the: the judges will now find justice! The head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin recently asked the Supreme qualification Collegium of judges of the permission to initiate proceedings against the judge from Saratov. If consent is given (and it is likely to be given), the judge, Alexander Nikitin can be prosecuted and even, what the hell, to sit in the dock – as regards 1 article 264 of the criminal code (“Violation of traffic rules and operation of vehicles, entailed on imprudence causing of heavy harm to health”). Nice, what the hell blindfolded Themis allows it to be impartial so that even the judge, if guilty, will be able to answer under the law! However, it is in theory. According to the statistics of...

The Parliament of the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia on January 13 accepted the resignation of President Raul Khajimba. The day before he announced resignation after mass protests of the local opposition and a visit to Sukhumi by high-ranking representatives of the Russian authorities. The duties of the President will fulfill Prime Minister Valery Bganba. New presidential elections should pass on March 22. On Monday it became known that Raul Khajimba to participate in them will not. Sunday, January 12, in Sukhumi was visited by Putin aide Vladislav Surkov. Since last Friday was Deputy Secretary of the Russian security Council Rashid Nurgaliyev. Earlier, amid protests against the last presidential elections, the winner of which was declared khadjimba, the...

Large-Scale Russia's support of the government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela will not remain unanswered, said on Monday, Elliott Abrams, the special representative of the White house in the Affairs of Venezuela. According to Abrams, the United States is seriously "underestimated" the level of support provided to the government of Maduro by the Kremlin. Last year, Russia increased its economic influence in Venezuela. In terms of the American embargo on the export of Venezuelan oil through a Russian company held 70 percent of the oil produced in Venezuela. Without the help from Russia and Cuba, which has sent to Venezuela 2500 of agents occupying key positions in the Venezuelan security services and the army, "the regime of Maduro would not be in power...

Vladimir Putin, answering journalists ' questions, again "given". And at a press conference in Paris when, after the speech of Vladimir Zelensky in his manner he spoke about the inviolability of the Minsk agreement: what in General should be so, as he says, not someone else. Now he is that "living in the Donbass proud people". In the Caucasus he is likely to "live proud", and now in the Donbass. About Crimea he didn't say anything, but they simply pressed a piece of land, there's not "a proud people" was. And then, you see, stood for "proud". I donbasstsev know firsthand. At least I know the type of people harnessed Putin because he is the same as ingenious. Such people after the war went to the North, not on virgin soil, not even in St...

US President Donald trump on Friday signed a bill that provides for sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the pipeline "Nord stream – 2". Key contractor said that he would suspend pipe-laying. Sanctions provides for the denial of U.S. visas and freezing U.S. assets of foreign citizens and firms related to the projects "Nord stream – 2" and "Turkish stream". They are part of the bill on defence spending. U.S. officials have repeatedly called the gas pipeline through which Russian natural gas will be exported to Germany, the threat to energy security of Europe. The bill is called the "instrument of coercion". Us sanctions sharply criticized Germany. Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Mass said that "sanctions are an intervention in...

European Commission, Ukraine and the Russian Federation on 20 December reached agreement on the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory to European consumers. As reported by the Office of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, agreement was reached regarding the settlement of mutual claims. The details of the agreements were not disclosed, it is expected that it will be done soon. The signing of a five-year contract for Russian gas transit via Ukraine is expected before the new year, said "RIA Novosti" Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak.

During the shooting incident in Moscow, which occurred on December 19 at the main building of FSB on Lubyanka square, in all probability, it was fired after the assailant was shot dead. The publication of "Medusa" reported the results of its investigation. The day of the incident, the FSB reported on the killing of the attacker, at about 19:08, and the last shots, according to the correspondent of "Medusa", was made around 19:15. In one of the videos has footage of the murder of the man who was running across the Parking lot near the FSB building, where the shooter was standing. Comparing different video footage, sound tracks and the sound of gunfire on them, the journalists of "Medusa" we suggested that the security services did not know about the exact...

The Russian foreign Ministry this week told the Czech Republic. In comments posted on the website of the Russian diplomatic Agency, expressed "disappointment" that the Czech authorities adopted a law which assigns the status of "memorial day" August 21 – anniversary of the invasion in 1968 in the then Czechoslovakia, troops of the Warsaw Pact led by the USSR. In this way, the Soviet leadership was afflicting him through with the liberal reforms of the Prague spring. The foreign Ministry says that the Czech Republic does not want "to turn this page of history, which darkens the atmosphere of Russian-Czech relations". It should be noted that the events of 1968 did not give rest not only to the Czechs. Even in 2015, according to Russian television has shown a...

Of Course, all ratings are something subjective, but nonetheless, they sometimes give a reason to think. And sometimes even encouraged to make conclusions. Here is the ranking of countries by their reputation. Only it included 55 countries – those that are more or less at the hearing. What is reputation, I think, more or less clear to everyone. Surveyed residents of the "Big seven" and Russia, not the whole world. So here is the reputation of States in descending order. The top three – Sweden, Switzerland, Norway. Closes the top three (end) – Iraq, Iran, Pakistan. Well, that is always of concern to Russians, is it, my dear Russia. And she damn America. The US in 36th place (so them!) but Russia at the 51st place out of 55. What can I say? The first thing...

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the increase this year by 4.6 percent of military expenditures of the European allies and Canada. The increase in military spending continues for the fifth year in a row. Stoltenberg made on November 29, the eve of the NATO summit, which will be held in the UK next week. Meanwhile, the US continues to exert pressure on NATO allies to achieve growth in defense spending. Western media noted that this comes against the backdrop of disagreements between participants of the Alliance on the issue of relations with Iran, Russia and Syria. At a meeting with journalists in Brussels, Stoltenberg said that the amount allocated from 2016 until the end of 2020, the European countries and Canada on defense, will total $ 130...

In Belarus and Russia this year celebrates 110 years since the birth of Andrei Gromyko, Minister of foreign Affairs of the USSR for 28 years. His political career began under Stalin, and the last increase he received under Gorbachev. For complex post-war period this is a rare persistence of the Kremlin summit. The name Gromyko is inextricably linked with the policy of Moscow towards the West during the cold war. Anniversary Gromyko noted even in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, where the opening was attended by APPA Sherpa Tenzing, the record for number of ascents on Everest. Gromyko, Belarusian nationality, is a key figure in creating the United Nations. The tone and direction of Soviet foreign policy in the 1940s, of course, determined only by Stalin, but the...

21 November at Drouot auction house in Paris held an unusual sale. Up for bid is the family archive of Admiral Alexander Kolchak, Supreme ruler of Russia from November 1918 to January 1920. Even for the experts preparing these trades, this task was far from simple, including moral and ethical point of view. This is one of the most difficult auctions in his practice, says Ivan Birr, a French expert in the field of Russian archival documents and paintings. According to him, in France there was no auction of this scale, connected with Russian history: "Sometimes the individual documents associated with the leaders of the White movement, such as letters of generals Miller, Krasnov, Wrangel, Yudenich, Denikin. But it's two, three, four, five documents. And a...

In Russia there was a new movement in support of political prisoners. Its creators are relatives of the accused and convicts in criminal cases, which have been recognized as human rights defenders, fabricated and politically motivated. "Mothers against political repressions" – the so-called movement, whose members hope to show the public the scale of political repressions in modern Russia. The article is prepared on materials of the program "Man has the right". The new movement includes the parents and relatives of the accused in the case "New grandeur", banned in Russia organization “Network”, at "Rostov" and "Moscow" cases, the participants banned in Russia as a religious organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir". November 4 uniting parents held a solitary pickets...

In recent years, the temptation to write an obituary politics of European Union enlargement experienced by many. Agreeing with the arguments, I always resisted this temptation, but two developments in recent weeks in Brussels, made me change my mind. Yes, the policy of expanding the European Union really seems to be lifeless and will likely remain so for a long time. The main theme of the meeting of heads of state and government of the European Union in Brussels on 17-18 October there was a new agreement Brucite that morning on the eve of the summit signed British and European negotiators, and which EU leaders willingly endorsed the same day by evening. A second main theme was the categorical refusal by France to give the green light to start negotiations...

The HRC Member Tamara Morshchakova told RBC that wrote a statement of withdrawal from the Board on human rights and sent it to the General mailing list of the HRC. Earlier Morshchakova spoke out against the resignation from the post of Chairman of the Council Mikhail Fedotov, who headed the HRC in 2010. She did not support the decision to remove him due to reaching the age limit of stay on civil service. "70 years is not an obstacle to the implementation of its activities on the merits," she said. Leaving from Council Tatyana Morshchakova from 1991 to 1995 he was a judge of the constitutional court, in 1995, she became Deputy Chairman of the constitutional court and remained in that post until 2002. She participated in drafting the Russian Constitution and...