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Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime an IOC spokesman who is in St. Petersburg, where the IOC executive board is meeting, said. near to the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and that their aides would begin working on a face-to-face meeting between them. Tommy Pescod (@TommyPescod) December 13, limit or change our deployment plans in Europe," said Tommy Vietor, collapse of the Soviet Union," said opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
Manukian argued that neither of the two packets of draft amendments currently under consideration is likely to muster the support of the minimum one-third of registered voters and over half of those who participate in the referendum.
He suggested that the vote would have to be manipulated for the amendments favored by President Robert Kocharian to be approved. They argue that Kocharian's proposed changes do not curtail the sweeping powers invested in the president. Kocharian has rejected the idea of putting both alternative drafts to a referendum. The villagers threatened to stage nationwide protests if their demands are not met by 1 February.
Additional police have been sent to the village. Schwimmer acknowledged that the Azerbaijani authorities have released some political prisoners, but added that other cases remain unresolved and should be addressed quickly. The Council of Europe considers both men -- together with former Interior Minister and Iskander Hamidov -- political prisoners, and is insisting that either they be released or their cases reviewed.
Eduard Shevardnadze met late on 21 January with Dieter Boden, the UN secretary-general's special envoy for the Abkhaz conflict, to discuss the future of the Russian peacekeeping force currently deployed in the Abkhaz conflict zone under the CIS aegis, Caucasus Press reported.
Boden told journalists after those talks that he considers it possible to amend the peacekeepers' mandate in accordance with Georgian demands that they be moved northward from the internal boundary between Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia to the Galidzga River, which marks the northern boundary of Gali Raion.
Boden again said that at the present stage the Russian peacekeepers should not be withdrawn from Georgia, as the UN is not in a position to send a force to replace them. Georgian Minister for Special Assignments Malkhaz Kakabadze said on 21 January that the Georgian leadership may comply with a demand by the Georgian parliament to abjure all agreements signed with Abkhazia sinceaccording to Caucasus Press.
Also on 22 January, an unspecified number of the estimated 80, Georgian displaced persons resident in the west Georgian town of Zugdidi began marching to the bridge to join their fellows who began a picket of the bridge on 19 January to demand the withdrawal of the CIS peacekeeping force.
In Tbilisi, Valeri Gelbakhiani, one of the leaders of the Aghordzineba parliament faction, told journalists that he believes the Georgian leadership encouraged the displaced persons' protest at the Inguri bridge for "political aims. Rakhmonov stressed the importance of sustained economic assistance to Afghanistan, in addition to humanitarian aid.
Chirac again expressed his thanks to the Tajik government for allowing a French peacekeeping force en route for Afghanistan to use its facilities. Amat also met with Tajik Prime Minister Oqil Oqilov to discuss the prospects for expanding bilateral trade and economic relations. Franks and Gulyamov signed an agreement outlining future cooperation, which provides for more frequent contacts between the two sides.
But they did not discuss the long-term presence of a U. Karimov said late last month the U. On the other hand, isolation does little to change the status quo. The assembly will have to pursue its delicate diplomatic balancing act, between support for progressive forces in Belarus and the need to avoid condoning the dictatorial attitude of the present regime.
The president is currently preparing a decree intended to transform the National Academy of Sciences into "a state management body," Belapan reported. Last October, Lukashenka appointed former presidential administration head Mikhail Myasnikovich as the president of Belarus's Academy of Sciences without seeking advice from scientists. The previously announced U. The Ukrainian parliament on 17 January hastily passed a law regulating the production of CDs.
Embassy in Kyiv, as saying that the U. Fairfax said the sanctions may be lifted in time if the law satisfies the United States. Fairfax said, however, that the adopted law provides for "insignificant penalties," adding that "they will come as no more than an irritation for those who make millions of dollars annually" from CD piracy, STB Television reported.
Under the sanctions, the U. At the same time he said that "no country in the world has the kind of law the U. Cooperation or simply pressure? I regard this as pressure. Lytvyn added that Ukraine has not yet developed "a civilized party system.
He received support from all the deputies of the Reform, Center, and Estonian United People's parties as well as from most members of the People's Union. Deputies from his former coalition partners, the Pro Patria Union and the Moderates, voted against him. Kallas has seven days to present his cabinet to President Arnold Ruutel who in turn has to officially approve it within three days.
Kallas said that he expects the new cabinet to hold its first meeting on 29 January. He told the parliament that the main objectives of the new government will be to reduce domestic political tensions, pursue a growth-oriented economic policy, and maintain continuity in foreign policy.
The soldiers would likely be based at the Manas international airport in Kyrgyzstan from February until the end of June. Defense Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis and National armed forces Commander Raimonds Graube told reporters that the invitation indicates that Denmark has been satisfied with the performance of Latvian soldiers in joint peacekeeping missions in the former Yugoslavia.
Denmark sent similar invitations to Estonia and Lithuania, and the matter was to have been discussed at a scheduled meeting of the three Baltic defense ministers in Vilnius on 23 January, which was postponed due to the formation of the new Estonian government. In talks the previous day, the ministers noted the many similarities between the defense policies of their countries, the most important of which is the desire to receive an invitation to join NATO at the fall summit meeting in Prague.
Both countries have been reforming their military structures to create comparatively small but well-trained armed forces capable of serving in international units. Stank noted that Slovakia plans to reduce its armed forces from 42, to 23, troops.2014: Bourdain and Nemtsov talk politics, Putin
One of the results of the agreement will be the training of two Slovak officers at Lithuania's Karmelava air control center, which meets NATO standards. This was decided at a meeting the previous evening in Raseiniai. The founding congress of the new party will be held in May and working groups are already drafting its program and statutes. Paksas said that the party program will be similar to that of the Liberal Union, but will devote more attention to government problems, social policy, and rural issues.
According to "Gazeta Wyborcza" on 23 January, doctors from Lodz's ambulance teams occasionally kill patients in order to sell their bodies to local funeral homes. Doctors reportedly use drugs to "gain" bodies for sale. The newspaper said the dead bodies are known as "skins" in the slang used by both doctors and funeral homes staff. The new figure translates into 3. The rate is roughly twice the EU average. According to GUS, first-time job seekers under the age of 24 account for nearly 30 percent of all the unemployed.
Austria's far-right Freedom Party FPO said on 22 January that it is ready to end its coalition with Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel's conservative People's Party after the chancellor ruled out vetoing Czech entry into the EU, international news agencies reported. It also said that if Schuessel "wants to end the coalition and start an election campaign over the EU and Temelin, then the FPO is certainly ready.
The president will meet the premier after his return from his convalescence in the Canary Islands, Spacek said, adding that Havel would "be glad if the elections would take place as soon as possible.
Havel has yet to sign that amendment into law. The group videotaped the act of destroying some 50 tombstones, AP reported. The boys, aged 14 to 16, later showed the videotape to friends. Galas said the action was "planned in advance" and the perpetrators "knew well what they were doing.
Galas said only two of the group will be prosecuted on grounds of "defamation of a race" and "incitement to hatred" because the others are underage.
The charges can result in a sentence of up to three years imprisonment, but due to their young age the two face a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison, if convicted.
SDL Chairman Pavel Konkos said his party will "not participate in coalition activities" until Dzurinda forces Schmognerova to resign or she volunteers to do so.
This means that the SDL will not support the coalition in the parliament, where it would lose its majority. Konkos also said the party might leave the government if the problem is not solved to its satisfaction. Schmognerova said in response that she was surprised and thankful for Dzurinda's defense of her performance. Meciar criticized the members of the current coalition for having rejected an earlier HZDS initiative to pledge joint support, and said that Dzurinda "lacks the tolerance to sit at the same table with people of different opinions.
Horn's letter comes one week after Hungary's Catholic, Calvinist, and Lutheran churches issued statements in support of the Status Law.
The Socialist candidate for prime minister, Peter Medgyessy, said Horn's opinion is not that of the party, and therefore the Socialists will not comment on his letter. Several provincial priests called Horn's remarks "incredible and unfounded. In the study the group argued that Budapest-based foreign correspondents are biased against the government and Prime Minister Viktor Orban and have left-wing or liberal party preferences.
The group's spokeswoman, Reka Horvath, denied in "Nepszabadsag" that the group has any connection with right-wing radical journalist Istvan Lovas, who has recently defended the group and its study. Foreign correspondents have already written to Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi objecting to comments about them, saying that the analysis is not based on facts. Grespik, who will be running for parliament as an MIEP candidate, refused to accept his suspension document, saying the decision is unjustified.
Prime Minister Ilir Meta told the parliament on 22 January that "we have identified the financial entities active in our country that are financially linked to the Al-Qaeda network.
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Our prosecutors are at work," Reuters reported. He added that the government has frozen several accounts belonging to unnamed Arab companies and one individual in the Arab-Albanian Islamic Bank and the International Commercial Bank.
A spokesman for the Prosecutor-General's Office told the news agency that the individual is Saudi construction kingpin Yassin Kadi.
He is co-owner of the story "twin towers" project in central Tirana. Kadi's whereabouts are unknown, however, and he may have left Albania.
Following the fall of communism a decade ago, numerous business, charitable, and religious groups from the Muslim world set up operations in Albania, where perhaps 70 to 80 percent of the population is of Islamic heritage. Meta's government has pledged to clamp down on undesirable foreigners and their financial dealings. Bensayah Belkacem "had numerous conversations on cellular telephones last fall with leaders of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan," the report added.
We know what that kind of night looks like in the White House, right? We know what that looks like. No, the Yemen raid, was disastrous and ultimately fatal, Yemen raid was apparently signed off on over dinner with Jared and Steve Bannon from Breitbart News. It is extremely urgent. We know how the previous government, how the Obama administration handled it. But, tonight, we have absolutely no idea how this new administration is going to deal with this circumstance.
Two years ago, almost exactly, February,there were protests in Russia that were genuinely threatening to Vladimir Putin. Now, all protests threaten somebody like Vladimir Putin to a certain extent, right? But these ones two years ago, they were particularly scary and threatening to Putin because they were led by a credible, viable, well-liked, high- profile opposition political leader, a real political threat who was a former deputy prime minister of the country, known nationwide, very popular, very charismatic, very credible.
His name was Boris Nemtsov. And if you remember that name at all, you might remember how this ends. And in the pictures here of the site of his murder, you can see the Kremlin in the background. His murder was a Friday night in Moscow. He was due to lead a major protest march — can we go back to that first picture there?
Can we go back to the first — all right. This was a Friday night, you can see the Kremlin in the background there, there you go. Stop that picture there. That is Boris Nemtsov there on the ground. Nemtsov was due to lead a major protest march against Vladimir Putin and government corruption in Russia the day after this happened. This was late Friday night.
He was yards from the Kremlin. He was walking on that sidewalk with a friend, car drove up, guys jumped out, bang, four shots. They killed him there on the street yards outside the Kremlin. This is the leading opposition politician in Russia at the time, a genuine threat to Vladimir Putin. They killed him on the street right outside the Kremlin the night before he was going to lead an opposition rally in Moscow. That was Boris Nemtsov. And then, three months after that inin May ofthey tried to do it to his deputy, too.
The deputy in his opposition party was a former journalist, fluent English speaker, worked in the United States for years, his wife and children live in Virginia, in Centerville, Virginia. He traveled back and forth between Virginia, between the D. The poison threw him into a week-long coma with a puzzling range of symptoms, swelling in his brain, kidney failure, his legs and arms turned blue.
He had multiple organ failure. He was in and out of a coma.
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He was 33 years old. And he was a U. He also held dual citizenship in Britain as well as Russia and the British government, because he had British citizenship, they were able to help directly as best they could, they were able to keep the pressure on in terms of his medical care and the diagnosis of what had almost killed him. His wife and kids in Virginia did everything they could to raise the alarm about this attempted assassination to try to keep him alive, to try to save him.
And high level people in the U. State Department were reportedly deeply involved as well basically trying to stop what appeared to be an assassination in progress. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, the assistant secretary of state for the region, Victoria Nuland, the senior director for Russia at the National Security Council, when the guy got poisoned in Russia, when another opponent of Vladimir Putin turned up mysteriously almost dead this time two years ago, the U.
State Department was on it and they finally got him out of Russia in July. When they got him out of Russia he still needed to be hospitalized. They got him to the United States, they had him hospitalized for further weeks at a place in Virginia. He basically had to learn to walk again. Did I mention he was 33 years old when this happened? But he did survive.
That was two years ago.
And now today, literally, this morning, it appears they may have gotten him again. He was back in Russia, he was screening documentaries about the life and assassination of Boris Nemtsov and he collapsed again, same M. Same thing that happened to him two years ago with what doctors say was an untraceable poison.
We reported a couple of weeks ago on this show on two senior Russian intelligence sources being arrested, one of them getting dragged out of an FSB meeting with a big over his head. Even ones with family in the United States where the U. State Department weighed in to help him the last time he was almost killed. Putin is taking this moment.
The American government just got our new secretary of state today. Here he is accepting the order of friendship award from Vladimir Putin in person a few years ago. If Putin tried to kill this guy for a second time today, do we help this guy today? Do we try to keep him alive? Do we make the kind of intervention and get involved the way we did two years ago when it seems like they tried to kill him the first time? I mean, open question this time, right? What do we do now? I can also speak to the dangers that face opposition activists in Russia from personal experience.
Exactly one year ago in Moscow, I fell into a coma as a result of severe poisoning that led to multiple organ failure that was certainly intended to kill. In fact, doctors told my wife who is here today that they estimated the chance of survival around 5 percent. His name is Vladimir Kara-Murza. Meanwhile, today, the U. If President Putin did just again, just today, tried again today to kill one of his critics, one with ties to the United States, one who lives here with his family, one who we have helped before the last time he was apparently almost assassinated in Russia, how are we going to respond to it now that it apparently has happened again today?
Joining us now is Michael McFaul. Thanks for being here. Thanks for having me. Yes, I know him. I know him personally. I saw him recently and I just want to thank you, too, for bringing up the news, reminding people of what happened to another Russian friend of mine, Boris Nemtsov. It was important for people to understand what happened to these people. He is an American green card holder. His wife and children live in Virginia.
He worked for many years in the United States as a journalist. He has been involved in advocating for various Russia-specific policies in our country, including sanctions and anti-corruption measures that the United States has pursued to try to get Russia in line with international norms. When he was hurt two years ago, when there was this what appears to be an assassination attempt on him two years ago I have read reported that the U.
State Department basically did everything they could.
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That the British government got involved because of his dual citizenship but the U. Is that fair to describe? I mean, I saw him after that. I saw him here in San Francisco not long after he recovered and he was very grateful for the help that he got. And he was also, of course very nervous about what the future might hold.
At least a couple days ago, I know that to be true. I have read that today as well. He was traveling around Russia doing screenings of the documentary about his friend who was also assassinated. Do you expect the U. Like this young man now going through another life threatening ordeal? Well, what I want and expect are two different things. This is a real test for Secretary of State Tillerson. Everybody was worried in the hearings and discussion about him as secretary of state. The one thing everybody worried about, would he speak up for activists, would he speak up for democracy and human rights?
Putin, but his ambassador at the United Nations today rightfully, in my opinion, was criticizing the escalation of the war in eastern Ukraine.
Michael McFaul, former U. Much more ahead tonight, busy night. Two months ago, a U. A few months before that, Iranian patrol boats raced full speed right at an American Navy vessel. They got so close the American ship fired three warning shots at the Iranian boats.
And, of course, started off with these harrowing images of 10 American sailors being taken into Iranian custody. They were held in Iran for 15 hours before finally being released but not before Iran got plenty of propaganda value out of parading these U.
And those were just the major incidents. In all, the U. Navy says it counts 23 provocative incidents by Iran in and 35 last year. And one reason Iran is able to do this kind of stuff is simply geographic opportunity.
We have major American deployments in Afghanistan which borders Iran and also Iraq which borders Iran. That would be the Persia of Persian Gulf.
But when the new U. A spokesperson for the U. We have not been asked to change anything operationally in the region. Which is not hard to imagine? Presidential daily brief has been around in some form since the Kennedy administration. It used to be small enough that JFK could tuck it into his suit pocket.
Bush got his presidential daily brief, his PDB, in this form. He got on paper in a binder. Now, this new president has his own system.
He did receive an intelligence briefing today. Director Pompeo was here. General Flynn, his national security adviser, his briefer. So, he receives an intelligence briefing and the PBD everyday.
There is the difference between the raw intelligence and the analysis and I think he is constantly updated by his national security team and other intelligence officials.