Saturday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl
Interfax: “Moscow police detained several people from the Caucasus and confiscated non-lethal guns and other banned objects for them on Saturday.” RIA Novosti reports that “St. Petersburg police is ready for new public disturbances, expected to occur in the Russian northern city on Saturday, December 18, RosBusinessConsulting (RBC) news service said on its website citing local police.” The same source notes that “New wave of race-related riots may be held in Moscow on Saturday.”
ITAR-TASS: “The observation of rights of Russian Latvians will be a priority of Moscow negotiations of Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Valdis Zatlers. Latvian President Valdis Zatlers will pay an official visit to Russia on December 19-22 at the invitation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.”
RFE/Radio Liberty: “Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov says he and his colleagues plan to sue Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.”
RFE/Radio Liberty: “Dozens of prominent writers, actors, artists, and human rights activists in St. Petersburg sent an open letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev today urging him to protect former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.”
RIA Novosti: “Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin did not rule out he could lead in pro-Kremlin United Russia party list in State Duma elections, the premier said in Vesti on Saturday TV program.”
Газета.ru: “Премьер-министр России Владимир Путин сказал, что не исключает возможности возглавить списки партии «Единая Россия» на выборах в Госдуму“. “Московская милиция не оставила без внимания распространившиеся в Интернете сведения о возможных новых несанкционированных выступлениях националистов“.
Полит.ru: “Около 50 жителей Владивостока вышли на митинг против инициативы сокращения временной разницы с Москвой с семи до шести часов“.
Росбалт: “В Петербурге представители интеллигенции направили президенту России Дмитрию Медведеву письмо в защиту экс-совладельцев ЮКОСа Михаила Ходорковского и Платона Лебедева“.

Friday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl
Bloomberg: “A Moscow court delayed the verdict phase of former Yukos Oil Co. billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s trial on oil-theft charges that may keep him behind bars until 2017, according to his lawyers.” Deutsche Welle reports that “Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has held his yearly live TV question-and-answer session, delivering damning comments on jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.”
Interfax: “Chechen investigators have launched a new probe into the death of 85 Pskov paratroopers near the village of Ulus-Kert in the republic’s Shato district in 2000, a spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee’s office in the region told Interfax on Thursday.”
International Herald Tribune: “The Senate engaged in a sharp clash on Thursday over the nature of national security in the modern age as lawmakers debated whether a new arms control treaty with Russia would enhance nuclear stability or dangerously undercut American defenses.”
ITAR-TASS: “Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s facing-the-nation televised show continued 4 hours 25 minutes Wednesday, in the course of which he managed to answer 88 questions.” Russia Today notes that “While touching on a number of diverse issues, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave special attention to the question of guaranteeing security in the country – for Russians and non-Russians alike.”
RFE/Radio Liberty: “Police in the Russian city of Samara have detained more than 100 young people as part of a sweep in several cities aimed at preventing ethnic clashes, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.” Meanwhile, RIA Novosti reports that “Just days after thousands of nationalists and football hooligans clashed with police in central Moscow, a spate of race-hate attacks and reports of more clashes to come have left the Russian capital on edge.”
RIA Novosti: “Plans for a new mosque in southeast Moscow have been scrapped, despite a pledge by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to build a fifth mosque for the capital’s 2 million Muslims, a prefect for the administrative district said on Friday.”
Би-би-си: “Лидеры российской оппозиционной партии заявили, что то, в чем обвинил их премьер-министр Владимир Путин во время ‘прямой линии’ общения с народом, можно адресовать ему самому“.
Лента.ru: “Проект отчета о катастрофе президентского самолета под Смоленском, переданный Польше Межгосударственным авиационным комитетом (МАК), является неприемлемым. Об этом, как сообщает польский телеканал TVN24, заявил премьер-министр страны Дональд Туск”. “В Московском регионе растет волна межнационального насилия: новые жертвы, в том числе в школе”.
Радио Свобода: “Премьер-министр России Владимир Путин провел 16 декабря очередную, уже девятую прямую линию общения с россиянами“.

Thursday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl
RIA Novosti: “Police arrested over 1,700 people on Wednesday in a bid to prevent unauthorized riots in ten Russian regions, First Deputy Interior Minister Mikhail Sukhodolsky said.”
РИА Новости: “Сотрудники милиции задержали в среду в Москве более 1,3 тысячи человек, изъяли 16 травматических пистолетов, более 200 ножей, молотки и бейсбольные биты, сообщил РИА Новости в четверг источник в правоохранительных органах столицы”.

Wednesday Update 1900 GMT

Interfax: “Police will ‘strictly suppress any provocative behavior and violence,’ Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Wednesday evening.”
RIA Novosti: “At least 800 people were arrested in central Moscow on Wednesday evening as police held a massive operation to prevent new race-hate riots. Police also said that 30 people were injured as officers sealed off areas of the city around the Kievsky train station.”
Би-би-си: “Мэр Москвы Сергей Собянин заявил, что московская милиция будет подавлять все провокации и попытки устроить беспорядки в столице“.

Wednesday Update

RIA Novosti: “Around 700 people, some armed with stun guns and knives, were arrested in central Moscow on Wednesday evening as police mounted a massive operation to prevent new race-hate disorder, police said.” In the Russian-language story from the same source linked below, which was posted at 2040 Moscow time (1740 GMT), the number of arrests is reported as 1,207.
РИА Новости: “Милиция задержала в среду в различных районах Москвы, в том числе в метро, за правонарушения 1 тысячу 207 человек, сообщил РИА Новости источник в МВД РФ”.

Wednesday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl
Interfax: “Dagestani leader Magomedsalam Magomedov said in his speech at the Congress of Dagestan Peoples that the forum delegates should ask the Russian President to offer amnesty to militants.”
RIA Novosti: “Moscow police are on high alert following rumors that migrants from Russia’s North Caucasus are planning a retaliation to Saturday’s nationalist riots, a local police source said.”
Лента.ru: “Хамовнический суд Москвы отложил начало оглашения приговора по так называемому второму делу руководителей компаний ‘ЮКОС’ и ‘МЕНАТЕП’ Михаила Ходорковского и Платона Лебедева до 27 декабря, сообщает ‘Интерфакс'”.
Эхо Москвы: “Националисты утверждают, что в Москве произошло несколько стычек между радикально настроенной молодежью и представителями кавказских диаспор“.

Tuesday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl
Chicago Sun Times: “The Obama White House has the votes to ratify the new START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, with the Senate preparing for a vote this week, the Sun-Times has learned.”
Interfax: “The section of the Moscow-St. Petersburg motorway crossing the Khimki forest will be built before the end of 2013, Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin said on Tuesday.” RIA Novosti reports that “A much-debated new road through a forest near Moscow will go ahead as initially planned, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov announced on Tuesday.”
International Herald Tribune: “Mikhail D. Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire who owns the New Jersey Nets basketball team, rolled out another pet project on Monday: Russia’s first gas-electric hybrid car.”
RIA Novosti: “A criminal case has been opened into the use of violence towards police during a nationalist riot in downtown Moscow on Saturday, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.”
Би-би-си: “Российский вице-премьер Сергей Иванов заявил, что правительственная комиссия приняла решение проложить дорогу на Санкт-Петербург через Химкинский лес по первоначальному плану“.
Газета.ru: “В блогосфере появились призывы к радикальным националистам прийти в среду к станции метро «Киевская», чтобы «вернуть себе Москву»”.
Лента.ru: “На территории Ингушетии действуют около 30 членов незаконных вооруженных формирований. Об этом заявил в интервью газете ‘Комсомольская правда’ президент республики Юнус-Бек Евкуров”.
Полит.ru: “В Интернете появилось информация о готовящемся в Петербурге столкновение между скинхедами и кавказцами, сообщает BaltInfo”.

Monday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl
Interfax: “Several Kyrgyz citizens were attacked in Moscow after the Saturday riots on Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square, Abdygany Shakirov, chairman of the association of public organizations Union of Kyrgyz People, told Interfax on Monday.” RFE/Radio Liberty reports that “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to take action against ultranationalists and anyone else involved in rioting in the center of Moscow during a weekend protest by soccer fans.” Meanwhile, RIA Novosti adds, “Police confirmed on Monday 80 people were detained in downtown St. Petersburg over the weekend as they attempted to block a road in protest against the killing of a football fan in Moscow.”
ITAR-TASS: “President Medvedev attended a concert given by Sir Elton John in Moscow on Sunday. I have been to a concert by Elton John,’ Medvedev said in his Twitter blog. ‘It was a very serious work of high quality – almost three hours of live music,’ Medvedev said, sharing his impressions of the concert.”
Russia Today: “KHL side Avangard promise do everything in their power to see a criminal case opened against Vityaz’s tough-guys, responsible for injuring their players in a mass brawl during the clubs’ meeting last Friday.”
Грани.ру: “До десяти тысяч кавказцев готовы выйти на улицы Москвы в знак протеста против беспорядков, происшедших в минувшую субботу на Манежной площади”. “Президент РФ Дмитрий Медведев в понедельник на заседании Совета безопасности в Москве дал поручение генеральному прокурору Юрию Чайке и главе Следственного комитета Александру Бастрыкину привлечь к ответственности виновных в организации погромов на Манежной площади в минувшую субботу“.
Полит.ru: “Внук Иосифа Сталина Евгений Джугашвили подал в суд иск на 100 млн рублей против Госдумы, сообщил сайт КПРФ. Поводом стало принятое 26 ноября депутатами заявление ‘О Катынской трагедии и ее жертвах’, которое возлагает ответственность за это преступление на Сталина и его соратников”.

Sunday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl
Interfax: “Head of the synodal department for church-society relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin has urged representatives of the authorities, expatriate communities and the local population to hold a dialogue on common rules of behavior in Russian cities.” ITAR-TASS reports that “All detained participants in rioting in Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square were released, Itar-Tass learnt from a source at the Moscow police department.” RIA Novosti adds that “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has approved of actions taken by police to cut short riots staged by radical nationalist groups in Moscow and St. Petersburg on Saturday, the Kremlin press office said on Sunday.”
RFE/Radio Liberty: “Russian officials say security forces killed two militants and one man during a raid in the North Caucasus’s volatile Daghestan region.”
Газета.ru: “Несколько десятков агрессивно настроенных молодых людей движутся в сторону на Болотной площади в центре Москвы, сообщает РИА «Новости»”.
Лента.ru: “Шесть человек задержаны в Москве за избиение приезжего из Узбекистана. Об этом сообщает агентство ‘Интерфакс’ со ссылкой на источник в правоохранительных органах”. “По уточненным данным, двое участников незаконных вооруженных формирований и один их пособник ликвидированы в воскресенье в ходе спецоперации в селе Буглен Буйнакского района Дагестана, их личности установлены, сообщили ‘Интерфаксу’ в информационном центре (ИЦ) Национального антитеррористического комитета (НАК)”.
Эхо Москвы: “В Ростове-на-Дону более пятисот участников акции в память о погибшем студенте перекрыли движение по одной из главных улиц“.

Saturday Russian News Items

Russian news items posted to Russian Notes by Dr. Bruce Holl
Deutsche Welle: “Russia is a land of hope, at least for the 12 million migrant workers who arrive each year from poor countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.”
Interfax: “OMON riot police have started pushing off football fans who are rioting on central Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square toward Okhotny Ryad Street, an Interfax correspondent reported from the site of the event.” RIA Novosti reports that “Three people from Russia’s North Caucasus region were seriously injured after being attacked by football hooligans in an area around Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday afternoon.”
International Herald Tribune: Clifford J. Levy notes that “Elections in Siberia Show Russia’s Drift to Single Party.”
ITAR-TASS: “North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui-Chun will discuss in Russia further development of bilateral, including economic, relations and regional problems.”
Reuters India: “Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has named his new male puppy Buffy, picking a name suggested by a five-year old boy in a nationwide competition.”
RFE/Radio Liberty: “Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin says there is a political aspect to former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s case, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.”
RFE/Radio Liberty: “A handful of supporters of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, have picketed the Chinese Consulate building in St. Petersburg, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.”
Би-би-си: “[Владислав ] Сурков призвал ‘Наших’ тренировать мускулы к выборам […] Выборы должны выиграть Медведев, Путин и ‘Единая Россия’, – заявил Сурков”. “Группа футбольных фанатов, собравшаяся на массовую несанкционированную акцию на Манежной площади, устроила драку с выходцами с Кавказа, сообщает ИТАР-ТАСС”.
Полит.ru: “В Петропавловске-Камчатском прошел митинг против сокращения разницы во времени между Камчаткой и Москвой до семи часов. В акции приняли участие около трех тысяч человек”.
Эхо Москвы: “Организаторы «Дня гнева» Сергей Удальцов и Константин Косякин задержаны после митинга на Патриарших прудах”.