August 30, 2010 — Contents


(1) EDITORIAL:  The Incredible Shrinking Country

(2) EDITORIAL:  “Salt” in Russia’s Wounds

(3)  Medvedev recreates the USSR

(4)  Journalists under attack Across Putin’s Russia

(5)  Bono and Shevchuk in Moscow

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3 responses to “August 30, 2010 — Contents

  1. Well, funnily enough the “real” president of Russia is smacking down his sock puppet Medvedev.

    Putin Insists Moscow-St. Petersburg Highway Must Be Built

    August 27, 2010
    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said Russia must go ahead with plans to build a Moscow-St. Petersburg highway.

    But Putin did not specify whether he would support the highway’s controversial proposed route through the Khimki forest outside of the capital.

    “We need a new highway to connect Russia’s two largest cities, St. Petersburg and Moscow. That is absolutely clear, it is important for the economy and for common citizens,” Putin said.

    “The question is what route this road is going to take, and that is, of course, a serious question.”

    Putin’s remarks come a day after President Dmitry Medvedev suspended the project, which environmentalists have protested for years.

    On August 22, some 2,000 people attended an unsanctioned concert in Moscow protesting plans to build the highway through the Khimki forest.

    Putin’s ruling United Russia party this week called for construction to be halted pending further studies.

  2. Forteen militants, two policeman killed in Russia

    Today at 18:27 | Associated Press

    NALCHIK, Russia — At least 14 suspected militants and two police officers were killed during security raids in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, police said Saturday.

    Nine suspected militants were killed in two separate shootouts with police in the Kabardino-Balkariya republic late Friday, a police spokesman Roman Golubev told The Associated Press.

    Separately, five suspected militants and two police officers were killed in another shootout Friday in the nearby republic of Dagestan, local police spokesman Magomed Tagirov said.

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  3. The deputy head of Russia’s military intelligence agency has died mysteriously in a swimming accident several days ago, the Russian state media reports.

    “Several days ago, General Yuri Ivanov died while swimming,” Russia’s official news agency RIA Novosti quoted a military source as saying on Saturday.

    Details regarding the death of the 52-year-old official, who was deputy head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU), have not yet been released.

    During the Soviet era, the GRU was considered a rival to the KGB, the Russian secret service.

    The GRU is still a very important part of the Russian Federation’s intelligence services.

    The KGB was dissolved after aiding a failed coup in 1991 against the then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. It has since been divided into the SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service) and the FSB (Federal Security Service).

    In 1997, the GRU deployed six times as many agents in foreign countries as the SVR. It also commanded 25,000 Spetsnaz troops, the Russian special forces.

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