The news to 4 August 2013
Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum. The alleged leaker has now left the Moscow airport where he has been staying for five weeks. The White House indicated that President Obama may boycott a bilateral meeting with President Putin scheduled to take place in September as a response to Russia’s decision.
Source: The Guardian
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart in Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmon, signed an agreement extending Russia’s lease of a military base in the country for another 30 years. In return, Russia has agreed to ease visa restrictions for Tajik migrants seeking work in the Russian Federation.
Azerbaijan’s opposition returned from a strategy session in Tbilisi disappointed as Rustam Ibragimbekov, widely seen as the main potential challenger to the Aliyev dynasty, decided to remain in exile for fear of arrest should he return to Azerbaijan.
Kazakh oligarch and dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov is in custody in France after Ukraine issued a warrant for his arrest. Ablyazov is wanted for allegedly embezzling billions, but he maintains that the allegations against him are politically-motivated.