#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW- September 23 – Any Russian is now free to demonstrate his or her indignation against Western sanctions by simply wearing a designer T-shirt with a patriotic print.
© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Metzel
A campaign of swapping T-shirts with slogans on foreign languages for the ones with patriotic prints free of charge was kicked off in Moscow’s central Pushkin Square on Tuesday.
‘ Putin and Crimea Sanctions ‘
Various T-shirts were set out on a stall with a samovar in front of the Pushkin monument. The T-shirts displayed featured funny and provocative texts in Russian. Some read “Sanctions?
Don’t make my Iskanders laugh” and featured pictures of these mobile ballistic missile systems.
Some had the text of the Russian anthem on the background of St. Basil’s Cathedral /on Red Square/.
“All are trendy, nice and funny. Our action is called ‘Fashion’s Answer to the Sanctions is No!’,” designer Anastasia Zadorina, whose company had manufactured 30,000 such T-shirts, told ITAR-TASS.
#AceNewsServices – BOSTON – April 16 – (RFRL) – Russia has reportedly declined to provide the FBI with information about one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects two years before the 2013 attack.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a native of Russia’s Chechnya region, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 others when he and his brother planted two homemade bombs along the course of the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev’s brother Tamerlan was killed by police after the attack.
Citing an unpublished U.S. government review, “The New York Times” quoted on April 9 a senior U.S. official as saying, “They found that the Russians did not provide all the information that they had on [Dzhokhar] back then, and based on everything that was available, the FBI did all that it could.”
The paper said U.S. lawmakers are to be briefed on April 10 on the report, authored by the inspector-general of the Office of the Intelligence Community.
Based on reporting by: The New York Times.
WASHINGTON – April 09 – (NYT) – The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years before the attack, according to an inspector general’s report.
Russian officials had told the F.B.I. in 2011 that the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer” and that Mr. Tsarnaev “had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/us/russia-failed-to-share-details-on-boston-marathon-bombing-suspect.html
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – 30 March – The Pentagon on Monday took strong exception to the President Hamid Karzai’s recent remarks in support of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a former Ukrainian province.
What I can tell you is it is clearly not helpful,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at a news conference in Washington.
At a meeting with a partisan US parliamentary delegation in Kabul over the weekend, President Karzai said Afghanistan “respects the free will of the people of Crimea to decide about their own future.
” Kirby said while Karzai was certainly entitled to his opinion, the US believed Russia was absolutely in violation of international obligations and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
“And we continue to call for them (Russians) to remove their troops from Crimea,” the Pentagon spokesman added.
The Fox News said Karzai’s statement was yet another indication of how far his administration had drifted away from the US as the Afghanistan war draws to a close, despite Washington’s past support for his presidency.
#AceSecurityNews – The Safe Internet League, Russia’s largest and most reputable organization fighting dangerous web content, considers it necessary to attract highly skilled psychologists and psychiatrists as the popular Google-owned video hosting and sharing service YouTube is developing a special version for kids, Safe Internet League CEO Denis Davydov was quoted as saying by the organization’s press service on Thursday.
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“Leading psychologists and psychiatrists should participate in developing requirements for video content hosted on the so-called child-friendly version of YouTube in order to eliminate the risk of ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’,” Davydov said. “Far from all videos that may seem harmless to us are necessarily suitable for children. And specialists’ opinion is essential in this regard.”
Davydov said the Safe Internet League hailed Google’s decision to create a version of its video site aimed specifically at children aged ten and under.
As envisioned by project developers, the site would only show videos deemed safe for this age group, and parents will control access to it. The site would also filter out comments that contain explicit language, or other references to adult content.
“It is very laudable that Google has started demonstrating its willingness to work in Russia, showing respect for the rights of our citizens and taking care of the younger generation of Russians,” Davydov said.
Last September, the Safe Internet League published the results of a full-scale investigation by the League into Google’s activities in Russia. The organization accused Google of “ignoring Russian legal requirements” and “deliberately trying to influence Russian domestic policy in order to promote its services among Russian citizens and officials, in order to undermine digital sovereignty”.
According to reports, YouTube has already approached video producers asking to create suitable content and videos, and it is thought this content would be available exclusively on the site.
The Safe Internet League is a non-commercial organization launched by several major internet providers and a Christian charity.
The declared aim of the group is ridding the Internet of dangerous content through self-regulation in order to prevent government censorship.
Russian Media Sources
#AceWorldNews says that Russia’s Khanty-Mansi autonomous area in Western Siberia has simplified re-settlement procedures for ethnic Russians living abroad, the measure targeting first of all Ukrainian Russians, the press service of the regional governor reports on Friday.
“This decision was prompted by dramatic events in Ukraine. We must create all conditions to accept fellow Russians from Ukraine in case of necessity,” governor’s first deputy Gennady Bukhtin said on Friday, adding that he implied job placement and shorter time-frame for processing applications to move to the autonomous region.
He said not only higher professional education would be taken into consideration, but also programs of additional professional training were planned, first of all regarding blue-collar occupations in demand for the region’s economy. “In a set, these measures are to help solve two tasks – help the fraternal people and strengthen the economic potential” of the region, he noted.
As of Friday, the regional department for labour and employment had received 13 applications from ethnic Russians living in Ukraine.
Courtesy of TYUMEN, March 07. /ITAR-TASS/.
#AceNewsServices says that an increase in `Ukrainians requesting Asylum in Russia in two weeks, increases to 143,000 – Reports
“Tragic events in Ukraine have caused a sharp spike in requests coming from this country seeking asylum in Russia,” said chief of citizenship desk Valentina Kazakova. “We monitor figures daily and they are far from comforting. Over the last two weeks of February, some 143,000 people applied.”
Kazakova said most requests come from the bordering areas and especially from Ukraine’s south.
“People are lost, scared and depressed,” she said. “There are many requests from law enforcement services, state officials as they are wary of possible lynching on behalf of radicalized armed groups.”
Relatives residing within Russia have urged officials to process the requests in the shortest possible time. Officials say that though each request will be treated individually, all such addresses will be handled as soon as possible.
The situation in Ukraine, simmering since ousted President Viktor Yanukovich wrapped up the EU integration course in November, escalated dramatically two weeks ago when violent clashes between rioters and police forces in the capital saw opposition leaders proclaim themselves rulers of the country.
Yanukovich, though not properly impeached, fled the capital, while thousands in Ukraine’s south-east came out to protests the new authorities.
The protests were aggravated by the fact that the revamped parliament did away with Yanukovich’s law on minority languages virtually forbidding use of Russian as the second official language.
Out of 45 million people living in Ukraine, according to 2013 census, some 7.6 million are ethnic Russians.
#AceWorldNews says that according to a latest survey conducted that `Seventy Three Percent’ of Russians believe Moscow should not interfere in the conflict in Ukraine, according to a survey conducted by VTsIOM in 42 regions.
Only 15 percent of those polled think this is possible, Interfax reported. Ninety four percent of respondents do not want the Ukrainian scenario to be repeated in Russia.
The survey was conducted at the beginning of February among 1600 respondents.