Russia will make public a number of documents pertaining to Poland’s foreign and domestic policies between 1935 and 1945. Stalin’s grandson is seeking $299,000 from the Novaya Gazeta over an article which said that the dictator ordered murders of citizens.
NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has expressed an ‘open mind’ regarding plans to tighten up security through a Russian-led defense alliance to defuse tensions between Russia and the West. Time magazine wonders if the Arctic Sea was carrying weapons to Iran:a theory supported by the European Union’s rapporteur on piracy,Admiral Tarmo Kouts. Dmitry Rogozin has vociferously denied theseclaims.
The Other Russia coalition group says it intends to stage a March of Dissent rally in Moscow today. Opposition leader Eduard Limonov has been detained for his part in organizing the event. The Moscow Times reports that almost 60% of black and African people living in Moscow have been beaten in racist attacks. Many live in sequestered conditions for fear of assault, says the BBC. Medvedev hits youtube.
Another somber memory for today: Russia also commemorates the five-year anniversary of the Beslan school siege in which 344 people were killed.
PHOTO: The grave of a Polish officer, Henryk Sucharski, killed at the start of the Second World War, near Gdansk, August 31, 2009. (REUTERS)