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Russia raids human rights groups in crackdown on 'foreign agents'

 Russia raids human rights groups in crackdown on 'foreign agents'

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are among foreign NGOs targeted * Miriam Elder in Moscow * guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 27 March 2013 19.27 GMT

Germany and France summoned Russian diplomats in Berlin and Paris on Wednesday, after Russia launched a series of raids on international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the country amid a wider crackdown on critics of the Kremlin.

Moscow's Cyprus Defeat

 Moscow's Cyprus Defeat

Ariel Cohen, Ben Tigay

March 27, 2013

*Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., is senior research fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at the Heritage Foundation.

BRICS: a dynamic group dominated by China

 BRICS: a dynamic group dominated by China

by Staff Writers Durban, South Africa (AFP) March 26, 2013

As the leaders of BRICS five emerging nations meet in Durban for a summit on Tuesday, economic data shows that the grouping of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa now account for 25 percent of global GDP and 40 percent of the world's population.

Germany Irate over Russian NGO Raids

 Germany Irate over Russian NGO Raids

Spiegel Online

With reporting by Severin Weiland

26 March 2013

Russian authorities have targeted German non-profit organizations as part of a crackdown on "foreign agents." Officials are not happy, with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle's office saying that interfering in their work could create "a sustained effect on bilateral relations."

EU Caught Playing Dirty and it’s All About Russia

EU Caught Playing Dirty and it’s All About Russia

 

Greetings from London.
Oil and gas, that’s all it’s ever been about …

There was a lot going on this week, but it’s all being overshadowed by the fascinating geopolitical game over Cyprus. This is a stage on which a country’s pending financial collapse hinges explicitly on its hydrocarbons potential, and whoever turns up with aid will win access to exploration blocks.

Europe, Russia, and the Mess in Cyprus

Europe, Russia, and the Mess in Cyprus

Jacob Heilbrunn

March 19, 2013

If you were a stolid burgher living in prosperous Bavaria who had conscientiously salted away his savings over the past several decades, would you really want to hand them over to Greece, Portugal, and even Cyprus?

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