Moscow is betting on the candidate, and the instability in Ukraine

Katerina KobernikWhen in 2004, a close ally of Viktor Yushchenko, the son of the Ukrainian dissident Vyacheslav Chornovil, Taras moved to the side of the government candidate Viktor Yanukovych and became a member of its parliamentary faction, Parliament gasped. And not only because mentor Yanukovych, Leonid Kuchma, many believed involved in the death of his father. But also because at the time of joining Chornovil to regionals losing to Yanukovych was predictable. Despite this, in the new party's recent opposition lingered for a long time. Becoming one of its leaders, he was even able to get into the top three of the party list in the parliamentary elections of 2007. At regionals in the native resident was laying several duties. Читать полностью -->

The exchange of blows

Tymoshenko repents for independence, Yushchenko urged the Prime Minister to answer, and Lytvyn predicts Ukraine's loss of statehoodAnton VasetskyUkrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko exchanged harsh words, accusing each other in the deterioration of the economic situation in the country. Not for the first time, of course, but such a harsh intonations do not remember anybody. So, Tymoshenko stated the need for the President's resignation, repented for the "orange revolution" and admitted that she was embarrassed to say the name of Yushchenko. Himself Yushchenko called on Tymoshenko to answer for everything and explained where dwelt the crisis."Tymoshenko will be responsible for everything". This statement was made by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, sending it to the head of the Ukrainian government. According to him, precisely because of the policy of Tymoshenko over the past year, Ukraine was in a state of deep crisis."Who will be responsible for the inflation of 22%? External crisis? The crisis we are sitting on the street Grushevskogo, on the seventh floor, in the office of the Prime Minister" "I am sure the Prime Minister today cannot adequately assess the economic and social processes. Читать полностью -->

Medvedev entered into a clinch with the Duma anti-corruption laws should enter into force immediately

President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev spoke against the postponement of the entry into force of the proposed anti-corruption measures. We will remind, by results of presidential training package for the second reading the state Duma Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction has decided that provisions of the pending bills will only apply from 1 January 2010.Dmitry Medvedev signed an anti-corruption plan 31 July 2008. Presidential anti-corruption package consists of four draft laws, "On combating corruption" - provides increased control over the civil servants, in particular the mandatory Declaration of officials and their family members, their income and assets. In the first reading the package was approved by Parliament on 7 November .In the second reading the state Duma will consider anti-corruption bills on Wednesday."Nezavisimaya Gazeta" writes that Medvedev is clearly not expected that the deputies will decide to postpone the entry into force of the proposed measures. At a meeting in the Kremlin on Tuesday, he stressed that insists on the immediate entry into force of the anti-corruption package.The President noted that some standards will begin to act immediately, others after some time because of the need to bring legislation into line. "But in any case, all these standards are enforceable from the date of entry into force of the law" - quoted Medvedev newspaper "Time of news".As for the positions of deputies, the decision to delay sources in the state Duma explain the crisis, which allegedly may prevent large-scale anti-corruption campaign.Experts believe the conflict between deputies and the head of state reflected the rebellion of the regions, as well as the desire of officials to stay longer under the Golden rain crisis of injections into the economy, writes "the Independent".At the same time Dmitry Medvedev called a correct rejection of the norms on the responsibilities of state and municipal employees "to inform on colleagues." Note that this provision has caused controversy in Parliament and the Committee of the state Duma proposed to delete it from the project. Читать полностью -->

Premier HQ

New head of Ukrainian government Mykola Azarov and his Cabinet in the first place plan to clean up the flaws of their predecessorsGenerated on Thursday, the coalition in the Verkhovna Rada supported the proposed regionals candidacy for the post of Prime Minister of the country. As expected, to head the Cabinet of Ministers will have the head of the campaign headquarters of the President of Ukraine Mykola Azarov. Newly minted Prime Minister, whose government has also received the approval of MPs, promises in the first place, to give the country the budget for the current year and rebuild it.Appeared in Ukraine a few hours earlier, the parliamentary coalition was baptized by unanimous approval of the new Prime Minister of the country."The country looted the state's Treasury is empty, the economic downturn continues, the national debt has increased three times". . . . Читать полностью -->

Dictatorship sluggish development

SVETLANA BOCHAROVA"Development dictatorship" is the most probable scenario of development of the political situation in Russia in the next two years. This is the conclusion of the group of experts, whose report on Monday will release the Fund INDEM.Recently the presentation of the work "Scenarios for Russia 2008-2009". Possible scenarios of transformation of the political regime in Russia has described numerous group of experts, composed of journalist and political scientist Yevgenia Albats, economist Alexander Auzan, political scientist Emil pain, economist Leonid Smirnyagin, and also the President of the INDEM Foundation Georgy Satarov. This short-term forecast, which we must understand so that we can represent the images of the future in relation to their acts or omissions, which can change something," explained Satarov, who presented the project.According to Satarov, five scenarios of possible transformations of the political regime in Russia were named in 2005.Last brainstorming, during which it was estimated the probability of realization in Russia of one of the scenarios, the experts held on 18 October, in the context of the global financial crisis.In total, the experts identified five possible scenarios for Russia in the next two years:- inertial "Sluggish Russia",- quasiprojective "development Dictatorship",- "Security dictatorship", implying a tightening of the regime in order to self-preservation,- "Revolution" whose chief characteristic is illegitimate change of power, and, finally,script Smart Russia (Smart Russia"), which provides for urgent liberalization and movement on the Western way.Assessing the chances of the possibility of those or other rotary event, experts have identified as one of the key - the emergence of new influential political force. Such political force, according to their opinion, now is not, and soon her appearance is not expected. However, if such force and will, experts say, is not on the right political flank, and on the left.In General in the coming years, experts expect either to maintain the status quo in the political field, either, with the amendment to the financial crisis, a slight rise of conflict.If the experts are wrong and the crisis in Russia will be tough, the likely implementation scenarios "Security dictatorship, when the government will be forced to defend themselves, or "Revolution". Читать полностью -->

Medvedev is silent about spy scandal, expecting some kind of reaction Obama

Dmitry Medvedev will not react to the arrest of Russian spies in the USA until the direct reaction of Barack Obama, according to the Russian media. A couple of years ago Moscow reacted would be noisy, but now came the command from the highest authority: guys, calm down," said the magazine "Russian Newsweek" a former intelligence officer.Russian TV channels are now given the command to talk about the scandal emphasized restraint and even irony, notes close to the Kremlin source: in the sense that "what they are spies, if they are even accused of espionage is not". Both Moscow and Washington seek to reduce the pathos of history, using the fact that the arrested accused only of money laundering. Nevertheless, in the Russian Federation just in case options hard response - through the Duma, the TV, the newspaper claims.So far, however, Russia and the U.S. is not going to inflate scandal. "Until we see a course on discharge and do not intend to abandon this course," says the source. Читать полностью -->

Christianity continues to play an important role in the lives of Europeans, according to a survey

Almost two thirds of Europeans believe that Christian values are still important to modern life and support the Church's efforts at promoting these values. To such conclusion sociologists of the Institute of public opinion of France (IFOP), who conducted a survey for the Catholic newspaper La Croix, according to "Blagovest-info" referring to Ecumenical News International (ENI)."Regardless of whether they are themselves practicing Christians, the majority of Europeans recognise the special place that religion, in its Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox forms, - the newspaper writes. Ideas of Christianity, there are still modern for two thirds, but another one-third is not covered. Christianity is a characteristic element of the culture of the Old world, but it has lost its uniqueness".The study was conducted in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. 57% of respondents believe the presence of Christians in society, "visible", 28% are "not visible" and 15% "too visible".61% of Europeans believe that "ideas and values" of Christianity in our time is relevant. But only in Italy the majority of respondents believe that the Church's work effectively, preaching these values among the youth. Читать полностью -->

Due to the unprecedented heat wave in Russia raging forest and dry the river

Extremely hot and dry weather prevails in the Central regions of Russia. In some regions of broken temperature records. Drought and scorching sun caused numerous forest fires. From the stupefying heat affects people and animals, crops are dying, and in some places even dry up the river.Another temperature record was broken yesterday in Voronezh, Belgorod and Lipetsk regions, the temperatures climbed to 37 degrees above zero. According to weather forecasts, abnormally high temperature will hold for another few days, "Vesti".In the Saratov region no rain for over two months. Steppe tornadoes have become commonplace here. Читать полностью -->

Harmful profession

HOPE KRASILOV, MARYAM MAGOMEDOVA, ALEXANDER KOLESNICHENKOThe politics can cause serious diseases, to push them to divorce and even bring to the graveIn the elections this winter and spring policy will try to draw thousand of newcomers who are convinced that they will be able in this way to fulfill your potential and to solve the country's problems or their own. Meanwhile, the profession of politics is not only power, honor, and for someone a lot of money. Decided to go on elections need to be prepared to stress, invasion of privacy and even attempted it. As a result, the profession of politics holds a leading place in the list of the most dangerous activities, next to the miners, policemen and journalists.Entrepreneur Yuri Mishin from Moscow city Pushkino wanted to become a member of the district Council. The election campaign was in full swing when one of the local Newspapers, there's a detailed story about how an entrepreneur in the Soviet era was in jail. A lawsuit and refuted in another newspaper has not helped – election of Mr. Читать полностью -->

How to avoid depression and temptations?

The Archbishop of Paris cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois has lectured on the gospel in a secular societyRussia was visited by the Archbishop of Paris, the successor and ally of cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois. The cardinal believes this visit pilgrimage dedicated to the Russian new martyrs, so familiarity with Russia began with the Solovetsky Islands, which became a place of martyrdom not only Orthodox, but also Catholic Confessors. During the visit, cardinal Vingt-Trois met with the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Alexy II, Metropolitan of Krutitsa and Kolomna Yuvenaly, and October 29, delivered an open lecture on the theme of the proclamation of the gospel in secular society.His performance was distinguished by clarity and pronounced casinosthe stated thoughts. Started with cardinal analysis of secularism. In his judgment, secularism as a phenomenon has three dimensions: political, cultural, philosophical and socio-economic. Political secularism appeared in France since the revolution of 1789 and ended in 1905 final separation of Church and state. Читать полностью -->

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