The news to 13 October 2013
Race riots broke out last night in Moscow, following rumours that an ethnic Russian has been killed by a Central Asian immigrant. More than a thousand people were reportedly detained by the authorities following the violence. Presidential hopeful and oppositionist, Alexei Navalny used the occasion to blame Vladimir Putin for his open immigration policies.
Ilham Aliev was re-elected for a third five-year presidential term in Azerbaijan. Opposition parties disputed the results, claiming that large-scale violations took place. About 4,000 people rallied in Baku on Saturday to protest the results.
A diplomatic row broke out between Russia and the Netherlands when police briefly detained a Russian diplomat on charges of child abuse. The Dutch government ultimately apologized for the incident. Relations between the two countries have been strained since Russian authorities arrested the crew of a Dutch Greenpeace vessel.
Source: Washington Post
Tajik opposition candidate Oinihol Bobonazarova was forced to withdraw her name from consideration for the upcoming presidential elections because her campaign failed to collect the required number of signatures to register. Bobonazarova accused Tajikistan’s government of interfering to prevent her supporters from obtaining the necessary signatures.
Russia banned dairy imports from Lithuania, increasing tensions between the two countries ahead of the Vilnius summit in November, when Ukraine is expected to sign an association agreement with the EU. Lithuania is currently in the rotating presidency of the EU.
Novaya Gazeta deputy editor Sergei Sokolov was beaten while walking home on October 12. His laptop and hard disk were stolen. Novaya Gazeta’s journalists have been the targets of threats and physical intimidation in the past.