Wednesday 19 January 2005
January 17, 2005
Four Bodies Recovered After Daghestan Shoot-Out
17 January 2005 -- A local official in Daghestan said today the bodies of four gunmen killed in an hours-long firefight with Russian security forces in the Caucasus republic have been recovered from the ruins of a house destroyed in the assault.
January 14, 2005
Analysis: The Warlord And The Commissar
Ramzan Kadyrov (center) at his father's funeral in May Since the death of his father, Akhmad-hadji Kadyrov, in a terrorist bombing on 9 May, 28-year-old Chechen First Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov has emerged as the most powerful and the most feared man in Chechnya despite his lack of formal education and the alleged involvement of his security force in the systematic abduction, torture, and execution of Chechen civilians.
January 13, 2005
World: Human Rights Watch -- Group Calls On U.S. To Change Policy On Interrogations, Appoint Prosecutor (Part 1)
More damage from Abu Ghurayb (file photo) Human Rights Watch says the U.S. policy of "coercive interrogations" of terrorism suspects and international inaction on the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region pose major threats to the global human rights system. In its annual report, the human rights watchdog calls for the Bush administration to appoint a special prosecutor to determine responsibility for the abuses in Iraq's Abu Ghurayb prison. But a defender of the administration says the rights group has exaggerated U.S. treatment of detainees and ignored the circumstances under which new interrogation policies were conceived. (Click here --> /featuresarticle/2005/01/e8a02914-5d5f-429c-bcea-62ed36d63042.html to see Part 2 of RFE/RL's report on the Human Rights Watch report.)
January 05, 2005
Report: 14 Russian Soldiers Killed In Chechnya
5 January 2005 -- An official with the pro-Moscow Chechen administration was cited today as reporting that 14 Russian soldiers and at least three local Chechen troops have been killed in a series of incidents in Chechnya over the last two days.
December 23, 2004
Russia: Putin Defends Reforms, Condemns 'Revolutions'
Putin aired his views on a number of topics (file photo) Prague, 23 December 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today used his annual Kremlin press conference to address many of the issues that made headlines in Russia and abroad in 2004.
December 21, 2004
Russia: Freedom House Downgrades Country To 'Not Free' Status
A U.S.-based organization that tracks the progress of political rights and civil liberties across the world says Russia has fallen to the status of "not free." Freedom House points to a growing trend under President Vladimir Putin to "concentrate political authorities, harass and intimidate the media, and politicize the country's law-enforcement system." Elsewhere, Belarus, Armenia, and Romania also saw setbacks, while the organization found encouraging democratic gains in Georgia and Ukraine. Turkmenistan rated among the most repressive countries.
December 17, 2004
Russia: Moscow Seeks Changes In Monitoring On Russian-Georgian Border
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo) A challenge by Russia has led to a crisis at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Russia said it might veto next year's budget unless other members agree to modify the OSCE's monitoring operation on the Russian-Georgian border. OSCE officials told RFE/RL that a compromise is not yet in sight.