Tuesday 27 January 2004
January 26, 2004
Russia: Powell In Moscow For What Some See As Frank Talks
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Moscow today for talks with top Russian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin. The visit comes at a time of some strain in the countries' bilateral relationship over disagreements in Iraq and other issues. In comments after the talks, both Putin and Powell affirmed that relations remain strong. RFE/RL Moscow correspondent Sophie Lambroschini looks at what tensions might lie below the surface.
January 23, 2004
Chechnya: Moscow Scraps Human-Rights Post
Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday abolished the special post of human rights envoy to Chechnya, handing full responsibility for the issue to the republic's Moscow-backed leader, Akhmed-hadjii Kadyrov. Rights observers are blasting the move, saying Kadyrov has done more to violate human rights than protect them.
January 21, 2004
Russia: Relations Cooling With Other OSCE States
Diplomats at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe say relations have cooled between Russia and several other member states because of differences over how to resolve several international problems. RFE/RL correspondent Roland Eggleston reports from the OSCE's headquarters in Vienna.
January 21, 2004
Chechnya: Pro-Moscow Government Gets Official Welcome In Saudi Arabia
Akhmed-hadjii Kadyrov, the pro-Moscow president of Chechnya, received an official welcome in Riyadh during a visit last week to Saudi Arabia. The trip has served to boost Kadyrov's standing in the Muslim world and has likely pleased the Kremlin as well. In addition to holding talks on building up Chechnya's oil sector and hosting an Islamic conference in Moscow, Kadyrov reportedly secured a pledge from Riyadh to sever a suspected financial link between Saudi charitable groups and rebel fighters in Chechnya.
January 14, 2004
Russia: Chechen Refugees Face Ejection From Camps In Ingushetia
The Chechen administration has ordered Chechen refugees living in neighboring Ingushetia to return to Chechnya or find shelter in other places. The Chechen pro-Russian government wants the camps to be closed by the beginning of March. RFE/RL reports, however, that violence in Chechnya continues and most refugees are too frightened to return.
January 08, 2004
Western Press Review: Not-So-Liberal Democracies, And South Asian Economic Secularism
Prague, 8 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Commentary and analysis in the press today takes a look at some of the world's newest democracies, liberal and otherwise; South Asia's growing wealth and secularist trends; a new report warning of the severe effects of global warming; and building a more democratic civil society in Iran, among other issues.
January 07, 2004
Western Press Review: Democracy's Dilemmas, Serbian Reform, And The New U.S. Fingerprinting Policy
Prague, 7 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Among the topics up for debate in the press today are the intricacies and contradictions of fostering democracy around the world, encouraging reform in Serbia, Georgia's presidential elections, and the controversial new U.S. policy on fingerprinting and photographing visiting foreigners.
January 05, 2004
Georgia: Moscow Watches Warily As Saakashvili Comes To Power
Moscow is reputed to be wary of Georgia's new president, Mikheil Saakashvili, a U.S.-educated lawyer who is openly pro-Western in his views. Since Eduard Shevardnadze's forced resignation in November, Tbilisi's relations with its powerful neighbor have gone on a roller-coaster ride of mutual accusations and promises to cooperate. How will Saakashvili's presidency affect Moscow's long-term ambitions in the region?