According to the Moscow Times, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has told the United Nations that breakaway Abkazia will be ‘the most wonderful part of Georgia’ again in the future. A Der Spiegel article suggesting that an EU-backed independent committee of experts will release a report apportioning most of the blame for last year’s Russia-Georgia war to Tbilisi, has been rejected by European diplomats, RFE/RL reports. Moldova’s new pro-Western government apparently plans to ask Russia to remove its soldiers from the breakaway Transdnestr region. Kyrgyz officials have urged for the reinstalling of the death penalty.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov says he has chosen his potential successor. He has also said that he is currently engaged in mountain skirmishes with British and American intelligence agents. For the first time in the history of relations between the two countries, Russian military officials will attend exercises of Japan’s ground self-defense forces.
From 2010 all Russia police will have to declare their incomes in an attempt to polish their somewhat besmirched image. Recreation time: ‘unpatriotic’ is how a sports committee member has described Mikhail Prokhorov’s leap into American basketball.
PHOTO: Putin attending a meeting in Salekhard on September 24, 2009 on the development of gas deposits on Yamal Peninsula. (Alexei Druzhinin / RIA-Novosti / AP)