News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 14 July.

Photo sourced from DBDuophotography

Photo sourced from DBDuophotography 

The late Sergey Magnitsky has been found guilty of tax fraud. Magnitsky, a lawyer for Bill Browder’s Hermitage Fund, died in prison in 2009 after having been arrested for accusing Russian officials of the same crime. His death and the ensuing posthumous trial have been a source of diplomatic friction between the Russian Federation and the United States for quite some time.

Source: BBC News

Ukraine’s state oil and gas company Naftogaz has announced the discovery of a substantial new oil field on Ukrainian territory. According to the company, the field is one of the largest discovered in the past 15 years.

Source: RFE/RL

UN judges have reinstated the accusation of genocide against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić on the eighteenth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. Karadzic had been acquitted of one of the two genocide charges in 2012, a decision that was overturned with last week’s decision.

Source: Guardian

The new government of Czech Republic has been inaugurated following the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Necas. The conservative Necas had to step back after becoming embroiled in a corruption and spying scandal.

Source: BBC

A critical journalist in Russia’s region of Dagestan has been shot dead in his car. Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev had worked for a local weekly newspaper and had been notable for his criticism of the ongoing violence and corruption in the region.

Source: RFE/RL

The fatal stabbing of a Russian paratrooper in Pugachev by a Chechen teenager has sparked inter-ethnic violence and demands by the predominantly Russian population to remove the Chechen inhabitants of the provincial town in Southern Russia. Even days after the incident, tensions have not fully abated.

Source: RFE/RL

Kyrgyzstan has cancelled a long-standing agreement with the US over use of an air base on its territory. The government’s reasons for doing so have not been made clear, however, experts have speculated that it may be a result of Russo-American competition in the region, or a negotiating tactic designed to obtain greater amounts in US foreign aid.

Source: Centre for Eastern Studies

The European Parliament is due to vote shortly on proposals to liberalise ties with Belarus, in an effort to tempt the country away from Russia’s sphere of influence and encourage political reform through closer links with Europe.

Source: EU Observer 

A meeting between former CIA-employee Edward Snowden and Russian lawyers and human rights activists has been scheduled at Moscow’s state-owned Sheremetyevo airport where Snowden has reportedly spend the past weeks. The Russian authorities had refused to extradite Snowden to the United States where he is wanted for espionage and property theft.

Source: RIA Novosti

The recurring problem of sensitive material leaking online and being made available to international audiences has had a curious outgrowth. According to the information of BBC News, the Kremlin security agency (FSO) has responded by investing in typewriters. The agency itself has not commented on the reasons behind this decision to go ‘back to the future’.

Source: BBC News


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