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Weekly News #12

A ‘President’ is killed in Chechnya, Communists win elections in Moldova, anti-government protests are held in both Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan, and two Baltic Presidents thumb their noses at Russia.  Plus all the latest about pornographic opera at the Bolshoi.

Domestic

CIS

Foreign Affairs

  • The US has announced that it supports Russia’s desire to continue basing its Black Sea Fleet out of Sevastopol, Ukraine.
  • NATO and Russia are to conduct a Joint Theatre Missile Defence Exercise.  They will be testing something technological which involves lots of acronyms.
  • Russia has praised Syria for deciding to withdraw its troops from Lebanon.
  • A Seoul newspaper has claimed that South Korea plans to lease a Russian military base near the North Korean border for training exercises involving large numbers of troops and artillery.  Russia has denied the claim.
  • China and Russia have postponed plans for talks on joint military exercises in 2005.  Technical reasons were stated.
  • The EU has allocated 870,000 euros (approx $1 million) to human rights projects in Russia.

And finally…

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