News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 6 October 2013

Photo sourced from DBDuophotography

Photo sourced from DBDuophotography

Russia is planning to monitor ‘all communications’ during the Sochi Olympics next year, according to a report by Andrei Soldatov and Irena Borogan. In a panel discussion earlier in the year, the pair admitted that Russia would like to have more access to Facebook’s servers than it currently does.

Source: The Guardian

The 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award was won by Malala Yousafzai. The award, given to recognise a contribution to women’s rights in a conflict zone, is organised by UK charity, RAW in War. Today marks the seventh anniversary of Politkovskaya’s death.

Source: Huffington Post

Belarus’ President, Alexander Lukashenko, indicated that his country would maintain ties with Ukraine if the latter signed an Association Agreement. Russia has tended to be hostile to the prospect of Ukraine deepening its ties with Europe.

Source: Belta

Serbia is facing its own government shutdown, according to Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander Vucic. The politician said that the government would adopt spending cuts that could affect between 300,000 and half a million people.

Source: B92

Protests have been held for 30 Greenpeace activists arrested in Siberia. The BBC has a video report from the oil rig targeted by the environmental campaigners.

Source: RFE/RL, BBC

Meanwhile, the Olympic flame has arrived in Russia.

Source: BBC





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