An op-ed piece in the Moscow Timeslooks realistically at the obstacles to improving NATO-Russiarelations. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has apparently said that he believes a rising tide of popular support will see the country join NATO.
‘Today you’re sitting next to the prime minister, and tomorrow you’re sitting next to a prison toilet’. According to Yulia Laytnina, ‘it is just such little pleasantries that make up daily life in Russia’. Apparently a new charge of organizing a criminal group may be brought against exiled billionaire Boris Berezovsky. Moscow’s Khamovnichesky court may pronounce a sentence in the second case opened against the ex-Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky and business partner Platon Lebedev in spring 2010. Former KGB agent Mikhail Lennikov, who gained notoriety for living in a Vancouver church to avoid deportation, has lost what could be his last legal battle to stay in Canada.
The head of Russia’s airborne troops is under investigation for allegedly using Special Force soldiers for his own personal needs. The Moscow City Court has sentenced a gang of ultranationalist youths to prison terms for three attempted murders and other crimes motivated by ethnic hatred.
The chessmasters return! ‘Kasparov is determined to checkmate Putin, even if it costs his life’, says an op-ed piece in the Times. Backstage at the Bolshoi is no less exciting than on stage reports Reuters. How will ‘Art Moscow’ fair with collectors tightening their purse strings?
PHOTO: Russia’s President DimitryMedvedev shows an original Swiss Army Knife in Brunnen during a two daystate visit to Switzerland, September 22, 2009. (REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini)