TODAY: New WikiLeaks on Litvinenko, Bout, high-level corruption, Georgia, and Putin’s wealth. Putin will not attend Russia’s World Cup bid; Larry King interview transcript; Fedotov outlines aims; AIDS protesters detained.
Vladimir Putin is dominating the headlines today. Putin is blaming his decision not to attend Russia’s World Cup bid
in Zurich on a ‘dirty campaign
‘ against FIFA executives, after the BBC accused some of the FIFA voters of accepting illicit payments decades ago. Putin said he would stay away ‘so that they can make their decision in peace and without any outside pressure
‘, but analysts suggest that his attack is designed to draw attention away from a weak Russian bid
. Sergei Lavrov however has expressed confidence
about Russia’s chances. Putin’s strongly-worded interview with Larry King is still drawing attention, partly for its various threats and partly for its entertaining references
to Putin’s attempts to learn English. Here’s a transcript
of the interview, and CNN has some video snippets
In an interview on his new post, the presidential advisor on human rights, Mikhail Fedotov, outlines some of his key aims
, including the end of police violence against protesters, and ‘de-Stalinising the public consciousness
‘. Ten HIV-positive demonstrators were detained for marching to mark World AIDS Day, reports RFE/RL
. The Other Russia is running a translation of Oleg Kashin’s first article
since his attack.
PHOTO: Policemen detain activists during an unsanctioned rally to mark World AIDS Day in Moscow, December 01, 2010. RFE/RL/Yuri Timofeyev