Friday, April 30, 2010
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Thousands of protesters gathered outside parliament to protest the deal, which extends the Russian navy's use of the Sevastopol port for 25 more years after the existing lease expires in 2017. Fights broke out and smoke billowed through parliament after at least two smoke bombs went off inside the chamber. Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn had to duck behind an umbrella as opponents hurled eggs at him, but the vote passed by a norrow margin after order was restored. Guards shield parliamentary Speaker Volodymr Lytvyn with an umbrella as opposition groups toss eggs. (Efrem Lukatsky/Associated Press) Sevastopol, on the Crimean Peninsula that extends from mainland Ukraine into the Black Sea, is more than 300 kilometres from the nearest Russian territory. The extension passed with 236 votes in the 450-member parliament, but opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko said the deal wouldn't last.
"Parliament ratified this agreement on a treacherous path. We will change it as soon as we return to power," she said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.
The two countries' presidents agreed last week to extend the lease. The measure was also ratified by Russia's parliament Tuesday.
As part of the arrangement, Russia agreed to discount natural gas exported to Ukraine.
The deal is the most concrete sign of Russia's renewed influence in Ukraine since Viktor Yanukovych became president in February. Yanukovych, a former electrician and factory manager, replaced Viktor Yushchenko, who pushed to move Ukraine out of Moscow's shadow and integrate more closely with Western Europe.
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Chaos has erupted in the Ukrainian parliament during a debate over the extension of the lease on a Russian naval base in Ukraine.
The deal, which came amid rapidly improving ties between Russia and Ukraine following the election of Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February, has been bitterly opposed by Ukrainian pro-Western opposition politicians. The clashes in parliament broke out as MPs debated ratification of the agreement, which was made by Mr Yanukovych and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last month. Opposition MPs hurled eggs at the speaker, Volodymyr Lytvyn, who had to be protected by two aides holding black umbrellas. Deputies were seen throwing punches on the floor of the chamber, and covering their faces with handkerchiefs to protect themselves from the smoke. Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the building.
Despite the chaotic scenes, the debate continued and the deal was backed by 236 out of 450 members of the chamber.
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Monday, April 26, 2010
"It's a bilateral agreement and it will have no impact on our relationship either with Russia or with Ukraine," he said.
Rasmussen said that Ukraine would become a NATO member only if the necessary criteria were fulfilled. The NATO secretary general said earlier that the presidential election in Ukraine had not changed the alliance's attitude towards the country. NATO spokesman James Appathurai said that the signing of the agreement extending the lease on the Russian naval base in Sevastopol had been a bilateral affair of Ukraine and Russia. As UKRINFORM reported, Ukrainian and Russian Presidents Viktor Yanukovych and Dmitry Medvedev on April 21 signed an agreement on the extension of the Russian Black Sea Fleet's presence on Ukrainian soil by 25 years with the right to prolong it for five more years if one of the sides expresses such a desire.
Under the current agreement and in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine, the presence of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine is limited to 2017. The new agreement should be ratified by the parliaments of the two countries.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010
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Saturday, April 24, 2010
According to an UNIAN correspondent, leader of the united democratic opposition Yulia Tymoshenko said this at the press conference today.
“In order to convoke an extraordinary session we invite all lawmakers of all factions to come tomorrow’s morning to collect signatures for convocation of the extraordinary session”, said Yu. Tymoshenko.
She believes that an agreement on prolongation of stay of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in Ukraine is “anti constitutional” and she also expressed a confidence that this factor should unite all oppositional forces.
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Friday, April 23, 2010
Poland's chief prosecutor Andrzej Seremet said Polish prosecutors will postpone revealing the black box contents until they obtain other necessary information from Russia. The final decision on whether to disclose flight details is expected in two weeks. "As soon as they [flight recorders] are analyzed in Poland, we would probably decide to make their content public," he said.
Seremet also said that he would "not oppose revealing the contents unless they are of private nature." Polish investigator Zbigniew Rzepa said experts are currently trying to synchronize records obtained from the flight data and voice recorders. Russian investigators, experts and Polish specialists are jointly investigating the causes of the deadly crash. Polish military proscutors, howver, have opened their own investigation nto the accident. Russian air traffic controllers earlier said the crew "did not listen" to recomendation to divert to another airport and landed without permission.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 09:32
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The extension of a Russian naval lease in Sevastopol, once effective, would be a defeat for NATO strategists, who since the mid 1990s have lobbied a series of Ukrainian government to push Russian naval and air forces out of the Crimean peninsula.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Swedish delegation from Kristianstad visited Poltava in 2009 to mark 300th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava. On the picture below you can see a delegation from Kristianstad on the exhibition of Alf Lannerbäck’s drawings dedicated to the Great Northern war.
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Monday, April 19, 2010
The last year's fair was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of writer Nikolai Gogol. Taking part in it were 1,500 participants and over half a million visitors. The present fair will be held under the auspices of celebrating the 65th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 (World War II). Presently, organizers are working over a cultural-artistic program of the fair, new projects and presentation events are planned, building up of the ethnographic zone of the fair continues, and the masters' town is being arranged.
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The rammer (2) was a wooden cylinder about the same diameter as a ball fixed on a long handle. It was used by gunner to push home powder cartridge, the wad, and the ball. To avoid double loading there were a mark on the handle showing whether the charge is properly loaded.
The wormer (3) was a double screw fixed on a long handle. It was used to seize and draw out wads and remains of powder cartridge that stuck in the gun after firing.
The sponge (4) was a bristle brush the same diameter as the ball fixed on a long handle. It was used to make sure that no sparks left in the bore after firing.
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Sunday, April 18, 2010
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Friday, April 16, 2010
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Since that time the monument has never been reconstructed. The Poltava City Council has taken a decision to reconstruct the monument and adjoining square. All repair-and-renewal operations must be completed on the eve of the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of Victory Day that Ukraine has decided to celebrate together with Russia and Belarus on May 9th 2010.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 21:00
Monday, April 12, 2010
The summit comes after the signing on Thursday of a new Treaty Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms. The new document replaces the 1991 Soviet-U.S. START-I agreement, which expired on December 5, 2009, 15 years after its entry into force, and the May 2002 Russian-U.S. Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT). The media has already reported that the treaty stipulates 1,550 warheads on deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), on deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), and nuclear warheads counted for deployed heavy bombers.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
The death of Kaczynski, who with his twin brother was a dominant force in Polish politics, brings political uncertainty. A presidential election had been due in October but now must be held within two months, according to the constitution.
The president's wife and several other high-ranking government officials also were aboard the aged Tupolev Tu-154, which plunged into a forest about two km (1.3 miles) from the airport in the western Russian city of Smolensk. Pilot error was a possible reason for the crash, said Andrei Yevseyenkov, spokesman for the Smolensk local government. Local officials said the plane had clipped treetops on its way down. Thousands of mourners gathered outside the presidential palace, laying flowers, lighting candles and saying prayers. Church services in the predominantly Catholic country were hastily arranged.
Kaczynski, 60, was a one-time ally of Solidarity hero Lech Walesa and a co-founder of the rightist Law and Justice party with his brother. He resigned from the party when he became president in 2005 but continued to support it. A party official told Reuters the president's twin, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, had left for Smolensk.
Kaczynski's death, along with that of many senior members of Law and Justice who also were on board, at a stroke changes the Polish political scene by wiping out much of the opposition. "The political consequences will be long term and possibly will change the entire future landscape of Polish politics," said Jacek Wasilewski, professor at the Higher School of Social Psychology in Warsaw.
While the president's role is largely symbolic, the holder can veto government legislation. Lech Kaczynski infuriated Tusk's government several times by blocking legislation including health sector reform. The speaker of the lower house of parliament, Bronislaw Komorowski, has been named acting president, as the constitution stipulates. Komorowski is also Tusk's presidential candidate in the centrist Civic Platform party.
Russian television showed the smoldering fuselage and fragments of the plane scattered in a forest. A Reuters reporter saw a broken wing some distance from the rest of the aircraft. The plane was one of two Tu-154s in the government fleet, both about 20 years old. Government officials had complained about the age of Poland's official fleet.
Polish Justice Minister Krzysztof Kwiatkowski planned an inquiry into the crash. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Russian investigators would cooperate with the Polish side.
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Friday, April 9, 2010
The health ministry said 40 people had died and more than 400 were injured in the clashes.
One doctor in Bishkek, Akylbek Yeukebayev, told Reuters there were "dozens of dead bodies, all with gunshot wounds".
Kyrgyzstan, a strategically important Central Asian state, houses a key US military base that supplies forces in Afghanistan. Russia also has a base there.
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Thursday, April 8, 2010
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
In return for cheaper gas, Ukraine wants to offer Russia a stake in its gas transportation system, which currently accounts for about 80% of Russian natural gas exports to Europe. Putin said after talks with Azarov Russia is positive about the idea of creating a consortium with Ukraine to modernize its gas transportation system and that it is ready to invest funds into the project. However, he said Russia and Ukraine would not directly link a reduction in prices with Russia's stake in the gas consortium. Last year, Russia reduced its gas price for Ukraine by 20%, but in 2010 the market price, which fluctuates depending on oil prices, was introduced. In the first quarter of this year, Ukraine will pay $305 per 1,000 cubic meters of Russian gas. The price will grow to $320 in the second quarter due to rising oil prices. Media reports have said Kiev would like gas prices to be nearly halved to $170 per 1,000 cu m. Meanwhile, the 2010 budget plan being prepared by the Ukrainian government stipulates the gas price of $334 per 1,000 cubic meters. The Ukrainian prime minister earlier discussed cooperation in the gas sphere with Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, who visited Kiev in late March.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
During Monday's meeting in Gorki, Medvedev's residence outside Moscow, the Russian president took his Ukrainian counterpart for a drive in his white Soviet-era Pobeda car. The two leaders also visited a chapel, as the meeting took place amid Easter celebrations. The Russian president's press secretary, Natalia Timakova, told RIA Novosti Medvedev and Yanukovych were expected to discuss issues of bilateral relations during an informal dinner. Earlier on Monday, Yanukovych met with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and visited the grave of cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy in the Novodevichye cemetery. Yanukovych's press secretary earlier said the president was going to honor "the memory of a man who played a significant role" in his life. During his election campaign, Yanukovych had to defend himself from critics over his two Soviet-era convictions on assault charges. In the 1970s, Beregovoy, then a deputy of the U.S.S.R. Supreme Soviet, successfully pushed for Yanukovych's convictions to be formally erased from the records.
Pobeda (vilket betyder seger på ryska), eller GAZ-M20 var en sovjetisk personbil som åren 1946-58 serietillverkades av GAZ i en komplett fabrik för tillverkning av Opel Kapitän som beslagtagits av tyskarna som krigsskadestånd. Pobedan fanns även i en fyrhjulsdriven terrängversion (GAZ-M72). GAZ, Gorkovskij Awtomobilnyj Zavod startades 1929 som ett samarbete mellan Ford och Sovjetunionen. I början gjorde de Ford modell A och AA, senare gjorde de egna modeller som Pobeda, ZIM, Volga och lyxbilen Tjajka (Mås).
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Sunday, April 4, 2010
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Friday, April 2, 2010
The meeting with United Russia Chairman and State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov, Fair Russia leader and Federation Council speaker Sergei Mironov, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, and LDPR chief Vladimir Zhrinovsky was initially scheduled for Thursday, but was postponed as the president traveled to Makhachkala following a major terrorist act in Dagestan.
A high-ranking United Russia official told Tass Gryzlov will call to unite efforts in the fight against terrorism.
However Zyuganov will call to dismiss the government, which he said “is incapable of coping with any task”. “We shall never end corruption and terrorist acts if we do not have professionals on all levels,” Zyuganov said and called to revise “crazy and mediocre” army and police reform.
Fair Russia Party will warn against infringements on civil liberties in the fight against terrorism. “We shall urge that any actions of law enforcers do not affect civil freedoms,” leader of the party faction in the State Duma Nikolai Levichev said. He warned the political modernization announced by the president may stall and even backtrack because of calls to toughen and mount control in the country.
Besides, all parties except for the ruling United Russia will complain of unfair elections.
Zyuganov said several improvements have been made, however the latest election in March showed the system continues to favor the ruling party.
Mironov said he would submit a report to the president “with all the facts of unfair competition” at the March election.
Zhirinovsky will propose to hold regional elections once a year instead of current two times. He also wants to hold Duma elections in March 2011 instead of December to expand the break between parliamentary and presidential elections to one year. “It will help hold the presidential campaign in 2012 more efficiently and in a quieter regime,” he said.
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