December 2010: "If the judge issues a short or suspended sentence, it might be considered a victory for President Dmitri A. Medvedev, a former law professor who is thought of by many Russians as less of a hard-liner. Mr. Medvedev has been promoting policies to modernize Russia, and analysts said the Khodorkovsky case was an obstacle toward convincing foreigners that the legal system was fair."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/world/europe/28russia.html
June 2010: "Death is often murky in the violent borderland of the Russian north Caucasus, but this one seemed different. Protests broke out in Ingushetia, and Western leaders pressed Moscow to punish those responsible. Even the Kremlin appeared to feel the political pressure: within two months, President Dmitri A. Medvedev removed both Mr. Zyazikov and his interior minister."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/04/world/europe/04impunity.html
June 2009: "In China, the Communist Party's propaganda machine has worked furiously to portray the protests in Iran -- already being dubbed the Green Revolution, after the Rose and Orange revolutions earlier this decade in Georgia and Ukraine -- as orchestrated by the United States and other Western powers, not a grass-roots movement. Unlike Western leaders, who have avoided acknowledging Ahmadinejad's claims of victory, President Hu Jintao joined Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev in meeting with and congratulating the Iranian president."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062604343.html
June 2008: '"This is an issue we did not talk about at all for a long time," President Dmitry Medvedev said last month at a meeting with government ministers and advocates for the disabled. "We have the . . . task of providing disabled people with comfortable living conditions and creating a developed rehabilitation system so that they can take a full part in life."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/25/AR2008062502887.html
April 2008: 'a wave of racially motivated murders in Moscow that has put the city's migrant communities on edge, particularly people from Central Asia, according to human rights groups. Easily singled out because of their non-Slavic appearance, Central Asian workers have borne the brunt of the attacks by skinheads and neo-Nazis....Local and federal officials, including President-elect Dmitry Medvedev, have begun to express alarm about the rising violence. "Law enforcement bodies should take a tough stand, should not keep silent or retreat into the bushes," Medvedev said recently. "They must act and enforce legislation."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/07/AR2008040702718.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Subordinate of (past or present) Successor to Vladimir Putin Person Apr 10, 2008 Supervisor of (past or present) Murat M. Zyazikov Person Jun 7, 2010
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 21, 2011 Was It Something I Wrote?
QUOTE: In Russia today, journalists are murdered like Anna Politkovskaya, beaten like Oleg Kashin and intimidated like me... The real problem is that journalists are ignored.
New York Times Dec 27, 2010 Former Russian Tycoon Is Again Convicted
QUOTE: Seven years ago, Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, Russia’s richest man, was jailed after challenging the authority of Vladimir V. Putin, who wanted the country’s post-Soviet tycoons to stop meddling in politics. On Monday, Mr. Khodorkovsky, still behind bars, was convicted on new charges of embezzlement in a case that has been widely viewed as an indicator of whether Russia will take even modest steps toward establishing a real rule of law.
New York Times Jun 03, 2010 Russia Turns a Deaf Ear as Killing Cries for Justice
QUOTE: Magomed Yevloyev was openly feuding with the region’s leader, Murat M. Zyazikov, when the two men happened to board the same flight from Moscow. Barely half an hour after the police escorted Mr. Yevloyev, 36, off the plane, he was dropped off at a hospital with an execution-style wound....Almost two years later, the case serves as a lesson in how the legal process can be strangled.
New York Times Jul 16, 2009 Chechen Rights Activist Is Slain: U.S. Urges Russia to Bring Estemirova's Killers to Justice
QUOTE: Chechnya's most outspoken human rights activist was found shot to death hours after being kidnapped Wednesday, provoking international outrage and calls for renewed scrutiny of Russia's violent policies in the Caucasus.
Washington Post Jul 07, 2009 Legally Lawless Russia (Remembering Paul Klebnikov)
QUOTE: Out of the 250 journalists who have died in Russia since the end of communism, 150 were murdered covering normal, peacetime stories.
Forbes Jun 27, 2009 Authoritarian Regimes Censor News From Iran
QUOTE: pro-democracy protests that appeared to inspire and energize one another broke out in Eastern Europe, Burma, China and elsewhere. Not all evolved into full-fledged revolutions, but communist regimes fell in a broad swath of countries, and the global balance of power shifted. A similar infectiousness has shown up in subtle acts of defiance by democracy advocates around the world this week.
Washington Post Apr 24, 2009 In Olympic City, an Uneven Playing Field for Vote
QUOTE: opposition candidates [for the office of mayor of Moscow] and many citizens complain that the local administration — in what is by now a familiar pattern in Russia — has used heavy-handed tactics to strangle the competition and promote the candidacy of the acting mayor, Anatoly Pakhomov, of the Kremlin-backed party United Russia.
New York Times Jun 26, 2008 Russia Looks for Ways to End Isolation, Invisibility of Disabled
QUOTE: "This is an issue we did not talk about at all for a long time," President Dmitry Medvedev said last month at a meeting with government ministers and advocates for the disabled. "We have the . . . task of providing disabled people with comfortable living conditions and creating a developed rehabilitation system so that they can take a full part in life."
Washington Post Apr 08, 2008 Moscow Killings Blamed on Racism: Non-Slavs Targeted, Rights Groups Say
QUOTE: The killing of [a Moscow man], which remains under investigation, is part of a wave of racially motivated murders in Moscow that has put the city's migrant communities on edge, particularly people from Central Asia, according to human rights groups. Easily singled out because of their non-Slavic appearance, Central Asian workers have borne the brunt of the attacks by skinheads and neo-Nazis.
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