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Monday, January 14, 2008

January 14, 2008 -- Contents


(1) Another Original LR Translation: Illarionov on Bhutto

(2) VTsIOM Falls to the Kremlin Axe

(3) Milestones: Visit #200,000!

(4) Annals of Russian Barbarity in Georgia

(5) Will Kasyanov Make the Ballot?

(6) Inflation Ravages Russia

NOTE: As we report on Publius Pundit, Vladimir Putin is prosecuting the parents of the children who lost their lives in the Beslan attack for trying to find out what happened to their children. That's right. Prosecuting them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Roosha is after Serbia, in case anyone had any doubt.

And Roosha is still seriously peeved that NATO took out its murdering, genocidal "Slavic brother," Slobo Milosevic.

(excerpt from article pasted in below)

Litmus test for Serbia’s tenacity
17:00 Fri 11 Jan 2008 - Elena Koinova

The past few months have proven challenging for Serbia. The Kosovo issue is seemly spinning out of control, presidential elections, of which no one is sure of the outcome, take place on January 20 and its staunch ally Russia is offering a political backing-for-economic assets swap.

Seemingly pressed up against the wall, Serbia is battling hard on Kosovo. The West has acquiesced in Kosovo’s plans to unilaterally declare independence in the next few months. (The European Union, the US and the UN have seen the Kosovo conflict in its present form as unsustainable and likely to incite violence and want Kosovo’s independence as soon as possible.)

Serbia, though, has not remained passive. It responded with a declaration, adopted by parliament in late 2007, which deemed all international decisions on the issue as “threatening its territorial integrity”. A broader interpretation of the document indicates that Serbia is prepared to delay its EU prospects if it has to trade them for agreeing to Kosovo’s independence. Serbia and the EU were scheduled to ratify the country’s stabilisation and association agreement in late January.

Within this situation, which threatened Serbia with diplomatic isolation, Russia came up with an offer that served as a litmus test for Serbia’s tenacity – political and diplomatic – to stand by its cause.

Right at the time when Serbia announced its declaration, Vecernije Novosti and Dnevnik, Serbian daily newspapers, circulated news that Gazprom, Russia’s gas giant, had reportedly submitted a confidential offer for Naftna Industrie Srbie (NIS), Serbia’s oil and gas monopoly. Gazprom is said to have offered 400 million euro for a 51 per cent stake in Serbia’s much-praised national asset and a further 500 million euro in investments. It also requested exclusivity for its offer, which would mean there would be no prospect of a competitive procedure or putting the stake out to tender.