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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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On Thursday, the anti-corruption research Center "Transparency International Russia" has published the results of research, which implies: more than a quarter of all government contracts, which by law the President or the government can appoint a supplier without competition, go to the companies associated with senior Russian officials. In this "close circle" – the same "kings of the state order," of which recent years, Russian media writes, for instance, Arkady Rotenberg. In addition to his report, "Transparency International Russia" mentioned the head of Bosco Mikhail Kusnirovich, the owner of "Crocus" Aras Agalarov and other businessmen whose proximity to power is no longer a secret. According to the study, companies that receive orders via direct...

"I hid in the toilet to avoid the situation when they see me shaking hands with the former chief of police. I thought that after this the wife won't let me home. Waited a few minutes, came out – but Kiszczak was still there and held my hand. Lights, cameras, the clicks of cameras. So I lost my political virginity". This is an excerpt from the memoirs of Adam Michnik, Polish journalist and former dissident, about the events of 30 years ago. So in February of 1989 in Poland, began Round – table talks between clearly losing the power of the Polish United workers ' party (Communists) and opposition from the trade Union "Solidarity". Man, the handshake which was trying to avoid Michnik, was General Czeslaw Kiszczak, the former interior Minister, one of the...

Relations between Turkey and China are worsening with each passing day due to the harsh statements of Ankara. She has again accused Beijing of massive repression and oppression of Muslims living in China, primarily the Turkic people Uighurs. The reason for the start of the conflict was the alleged death in a Chinese prison famous Uyghur poet Abdurakhim Haiti. How justified Turkey's statements and the consequences of the current fight for both States and their leaders? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a long time to try on the role of leader and protector of Muslims around the world, primarily Turkic-speaking peoples (including the Crimean Tatars and Yakuts), openly calls himself a pan-and neoosmanizm, more than 20 years ago for the first time...

When about the person who died in the eighties, saying that his death was a surprise, a shock, this may seem like an emotional exaggeration. Died Sergei Yursky, he was 84th year, but I'm sure for many, this news came as a surprise, and personal experience. There are good actors, are outstanding, and there are few of them, those who accompany you through life in its various roles, at different stages of the life itself. They become your companion – as is the case with literary heroes. He was an actor, whose roles have become companions in our life. And shadows for those of us who saw these roles, he went about his life and connection I recall another conversation played at the Leningrad BDT. Played as both Tovstonogova the play as a whole, simply in a...

In England 8 Feb actor and filmmaker albert Finney, he was 82 years old. In 2011 it became known that he had cancer. Albert Finney had a reputation as one of the leading actors of the British "new wave" of the early 60-ies of the last century. First of all, we are talking about the movie "Saturday night, Sunday morning". The picture reflected the ideology of the trends in British culture 1950-ies, the expression of which was called "angry young men". Among the films gave the actor the greatest izvestnosti, "Tom Jones", "Murder on the Orient Express", "Miller's crossing", "Big fish" and "the Bourne Ultimatum". He was the winner of three BAFTA awards, five times nominirovalsya for "Oscar", three times won the "Golden globe" was awarded the "Emmy" awards and...

Danish Citizen Dennis Christensen was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for the organization of an extremist organization of Jehovah's Witnesses. Christensen participated in meetings where people prayed and studied religious literature. According to human rights activists and lawyers, this activity was forbidden: people have the right to conduct worship and to discuss religious matters, not being in any organization. At the moment, this article initiated 50 criminal cases against Jehovah's Witnesses in different regions, and the sentence Christensen may lead to a wave of similar verdict in the cases of other believers. Dennis Christensen was accused that he had agreed to and coordinated by the leadership of the MRO Jehovah's Witnesses "eagle" prohibited...

Danish Citizen Dennis Christensen was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for the organization of an extremist organization of Jehovah's Witnesses. Christensen participated in meetings where people prayed and studied religious literature. According to human rights activists and lawyers, this activity was forbidden: people have the right to conduct worship and to discuss religious matters, not being in any organization. At the moment, this article initiated 50 criminal cases against Jehovah's Witnesses in different regions, and the sentence Christensen may lead to a wave of similar verdict in the cases of other believers.

In Russia on 3 February, there have been protests against garbage dumps near human settlements, landfills, incinerators and so-called "trash reform". Protests under the slogan "Russia is not a dustbin" was held in nearly 70 cities. The activists demanded to implement maximum processing of waste and the separate collection of debris and to create a system of control of waste management. The mass protests were held in Arkhangelsk and Kotlas, where, according to the organizers, out of 2.5 thousand people. In Moscow, about three hundred people gathered in front of the Prefecture of the Central administrative district.

In the former Levashovo of the bakery, who worked during the siege, the siege will be created the exhibition. The creation of public space is involved in the culture House of Lev Lurie and a Group of RBI. For future exhibition already announced the collection of photographs and other documents from the family archives. In St. Petersburg begins the formation of the siege exhibition in the former bakery Levashovo. No one objected to her appearing in such an important for the blockade of the history of the place, but the debate around how it should look is the space still continues. The adjacent area will be built residential area, the clearance for which began last fall. Local activists believe that three historical case Levashovo bakery – the case of the...

The US considers a military intervention in Venezuela as one of their options against the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. US President, Donald trump declared it in interview to TV channel si-bi-es, which aired on Sunday. "Don't want to talk about it, but of course, this option is considered", – he told in conversation with Margaret Brennan, host of "Face the nation." The US President said that Maduro a few months ago approached him with a request to meet, but was refused. This publication reports The Hill. The publication notes that last January several States in the U.S., recognized the interim President of Venezuela President of the National Assembly Juan, Guido.

Former General Director of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-reserve Igor Konyshev placed under house arrest for two months. This decision was made by the Oktyabrsky district court of Vladimir. Konyshev suspect that he signed a contract to create a new Museum website at deliberately inflated price – more than four million rubles. To wait for their fate, the former Director will be in Vladimir, in a rented apartment. When Igor Konyshev, entered the courtroom, he looked totally flustered and refused to answer journalists ' questions. In November last year, he reported that he resigned as Director of the largest Museum in the Vladimir region on their own because starting a new interesting project. Obviously, at that moment, Igor Konyshev did not expect that after a...

The Number of applications for political asylum in Germany continues to decline for the third consecutive year. In 2018, submitting a petition to the Federal office for migration and refugees 186 thousand foreigners. This is 16.5% less than in 2017, reported on 13 January, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. The state Secretary of the German foreign Ministry for migration and the return of refugees to their homeland, Helmut, Teichman believes that the migration question has been a turning point. "Compared to the autumn of 2015, which was the peak of the refugee influx, there was a continuous decline in the number of applications", – quotes Teichman Bild am Sonntag. One of the reasons for such situation was "the General plan of migration" developed by the...

In the Metropolitan area zyuzino before the New year suddenly closed the hospital. Recently there have renovated and equipped rooms in line with modern standards. Local MPs believe that the hospital will be liquidated in the interests of the construction mafia, which claims to the land, possibly under a housing estate. About the suspension of the hospital employees reported total for the day, the next day the doors were sealed. The reason for the closure – the conclusion of a CPS fault ventilation. Over the past year and had 4 thousands of expectant mothers. This is the only hospital in the whole district, which is home to about 130 thousand people. Now pregnant women have to travel to other areas. In 2018, the tenth hospital, no one died infant. Zero...

A Considerable part of the Russians under Putin have lived my entire adult life. In the last presidential election he scored 77%. On the international arena Russia attracts such attention that even in the cartoon about the girl with the bear in the West saw the arms of a hybrid war. Meanwhile, Putin, playing Russian weapons and nerves of the West, reminiscent of the range of deployed and developed by the Russian arms, and the press is full of headlines about the nuclear standoff between the two superpowers of the cold war era. For the first time in decades, Russia is at war in the middle East, and its borders captured the Crimea, which Putin called the same Shrine as the Temple mount to Jews and Muslims. In many respects, Putin is still on the horse...

On 25 December in Moscow was held the meeting of presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. However, instead of the expected agreement on contentious issues, the two leaders said that they will meet again before the New year. In Minsk I suspect that Russia is seriously trying to change the model of relations that existed between Russia and Belarus over the last 25 years, and Alexander Lukashenko actually left the trumps to stop the process. Minsk and Moscow will establish a working group to prepare proposals for integration and resolution of the issues. This was announced to journalists in Moscow immediately after the meeting of Lukashenka and Putin, first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Russia Anton Siluanov....