News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 5 May 2013

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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the arrest and imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine was a violation of her human rights. A separate case will determine whether the verdict of abuse of power for which she is currently serving a seven-year term was legal.

Source: BBC

A US government agency has named Ukraine the worst country for the protection of intellectual property. The issue has not featured prominently in dialogue between the EU and Ukraine over the stalled Association Agreement but in the short term, the report allows America to impose WTO sanctions.

Source: BBC

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has visited Moscow in an attempt to solve a long-running dispute over an archipelago incorporated into Russia’s territory after the Second World War.

Source: The Moscow Times

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has hinted at a softening of Russia’s policy towards Syria, stating that he was ready to talk to all elements of the opposition. Russia has been concerned about a possible intervention removing a bulwark against Islamic extremism but US President, Barack Obama, has been under increased pressure after UK newspapers revealed evidence of chemical weaponry being used in Syria.

Source: The Moscow Times

Russia was accused of bullying the government of Ireland after a letter warned of a negative impact on adoption processes between the two countries if the latter adopted a ‘Magnitsky List’. Despite strong evidence, Russia denied that it made an explicit link between the two.

Source: RIA Novosti

Ahead of Orthodox Easter, Patriarch Kirill has criticised the interpretation of freedom as permissiveness. The Orthodox Church traditionally places a high importance on introspection and even suffering as a means of achieving salvation, but the Patriarch’s comments had the potential to be interpreted as a political statement.

Source: RIA Novosti 

A US military plane has crashed in Kyrgyzstan on a refuelling mission. The US runs air bases in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The cause of the crash is unknown.

Source: USA Today

Despite growing fears that Slovenia would have to be bailed out by the EU, the country was able to execute a successful bond sale.

Source: Financial Times

Several Eastern European teams will be hoping for success in the Ice Hockey World Cup, taking place in Finland and Sweden. Slovakia got off to a winning start, overcoming France 6-2.

Source: RIA Novosti

A new theatre space, dubbed Mariinsky II for its proximity to the theatre where Tchaikovsky’s ballets were first performed, has been opened in St Petersburg. Costing $700m, construction began in 2008 after a series of delays. While reactions to the architecture have been mixed, the gala performance attracted positive reviews.

Source: The Moscow Times

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