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Russian Minister Laundered Millions in Finland?

Leonid Reiman

Leonid Reiman, Russia’s former communications minister.

Finnish authorities were investigating the money transfers of Russia’s former long-time communications minister, Leonid Reiman

Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has opened a criminal investigation into suspected money laundering by the bankrupt Finnish company, Sekom Group, Finland’s leading daily, Helsingin Sanomat, reported. The suspicion stemmed from the alleged crimes of Russia’s former communications minister and Vladimir Putin’s advisor, Leonid Reiman.

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European Parliament Ignores Rights Abuses in Russia

Gaz

The European Parliament (EP) has taken a much more favourable attitude toward Russia at the same time as the human rights situation in Russia has continued to deteriorate. This is revealed in a February 2013 research paper by the Italian political scientist, Stefano Braghiroli, for the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu.

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Seminar: Russia in Asian-European Context

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Russia is geographically, culturally, and politically situated in-between Europe and Asia — sometimes being included in Europe, sometimes counted as part of Asia. What challenges does this bring for Russia’s participation in civil society activities within the Asia-Europe context? What is the space in Russia for civil society movements and their participation in international NGO work?

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Finnish Lawyer Arrested in Moscow

Kari Silvennoinen

The Finnish lawyer, Kari Silvennoinen, was arrested on his arrival at Moscow airport on 27 September 2013. The Russian authorities gave no reason for his arrest. Mr Silvennoinen has been held without food and drink over night.

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Russia Accuses FINROSFORUM Vice-Chairman of Terrorism

"Activist Terrorist"Russian media reported that the Russian Foreign Ministry had asked the UN Security Council’s so-called Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee to add Mikael Storsjö, Vice-Chairman of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM), on its list of international terrorists. According to the Russian statement, Britain, France, and Luxembourg blocked Moscow’s request, however.

Russia justified its request by referring to Mikael Storsjö’s activities in support of the Swedish-registered Islamic news agency, Kavkaz Center. Moscow contends that Kavkaz Center is part of the so-called Caucasus Emirate organisation, which is a party to the armed conflict in the North Caucasus. Swedish authorities have found no illegalities in Kavkaz Center’s activities.

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Still No Justice for Victims of Beslan

Ella Kesayeva, leader of the non-registered association of the victims of the Beslan school siege, Voice of Beslan, posted these disturbing photos on 1 September 2013, nine years after the tragedy. The photos have never been published before. All the people in the photos died on 3 September 2004.

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Finland: Call to Arrest Putin

Genocide

A group of Finnish civic activists has today filed a report to the police, calling for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and for an investigation into his actions during the war in Chechnya.

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