Under the new law just signed by Putin, all damages – including moral damage – should be compensated “at the expense of the means of the person committing the terrorist act and also at the expense of the means of his [or her] family, relatives and close people.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that forces relatives of terrorists to pay for damages caused by their attacks. It also boosts penalties for launching, participating, or financing militant or terrorist groups.
A handout photo provided on October 21, 2013 by the Russian Emergencies Ministry shows a bus damaged by explosion in the city of Volgograd (RIA Novosti-Press-service of Russian Emergen)
Under the law, all damages – including moral damage – should be compensated “at the expense of the means of the person committing the terrorist act and also at the expense of the means of his [or her] family, relatives and close people.” Continue Reading »
Putin commits Russian troops just a day after Vienna announced it would recall its forces from the UN monitoring force, due to worsening fighting in Syria.
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia is ready to send peacekeepers to the Golan Heights to replace Austrian forces after Vienna said it would recall its troops from a UN monitoring force due to worsening fighting in Syria.
Clashes at Quneitra on the Israel-Syria border caused brush fire that crossed into Israel. – Photo: Gil Eliyahu
“We could replace the leaving Austrian contingent in this region on the border between Israeli troops and the Syrian army,” Putin told the RIA Novosti news agency. Continue Reading »
Russian jet manufacturer Sergei Korotkov says his company signed contract to deliver MiG fighters to Damascus. Meanwhile, Russian news affiliates refute Assad’s assertions that he’s already received shipment.
Russian arms manufacturer says it is signing a contract to deliver at least 10 fighter jets to Syria.
Russian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29M-2 – Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Sergei Korotkov, general director of the MiG company that makes the jets, told Russian news agencies Friday that a Syrian delegation was in Moscow to discuss terms and deadlines of a new contract supplying MiG-29 M/M2 fighters to Syria.
Korotkov did not say how many MiGs Syria were buying, but says it would be “more than 10.” Continue Reading »
Top Russian official says Russia will commence with sale of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Assad’s army.
Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon says that if advanced weapon systems reach Syria, Israel will respond.
A top Russian diplomat confirmed that Moscow will provide Syria with state-of-the art air defense missiles to prevent foreign intervention in the country
A Russian S-300 in Moscow. – Photo: AP
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov wouldn’t say whether Russia has shipped any of the long-range S-300 air defense missile systems, but added that Moscow isn’t going to abandon the deal despite strong Western and Israeli criticism. Continue Reading »
Vladimir Putin says Russia will not comply to a U.S. District Court verdict by returning a disputed 18th Century Jewish archive to the U.S., saying doing so, would “open a Pandora’s box”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he refused to return a historic but disputed Jewish archive to the United States because doing so would “open a Pandora’s box”, AFP reports.
Putin spoke after a U.S. judge slapped a daily fine of $50,000 on Moscow last month for its failure to comply with a 2010 order to return the sacred texts.
Putin’s international cultural cooperation representative Mikhail Shvydko said at the time that the ruling “doomed” the chances of the archive ever being sent to the United States. Continue Reading »
Russian official criticized the ruling by a U.S. District Judge to fine Moscow $50,000 a day for failing to return a historic Jewish library seized in Poland, to the Chabad-Lubavitch.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has criticized a ruling by a United States judge to fine Moscow $50,000 a day for its failure to return a historic but disputed Jewish library to the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish group.
Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court ruled Wednesday that Russia should pay the fine until it complies with the 2010 order to return the collection of tens of thousands of religious books and manuscripts, some hundreds of years old, to the Chabad-Lubavitch group based in Brooklyn, New York. Continue Reading »
Russia resists saying it does not recognize the authority of the U.S. court, and insists the collection is part of the country’s heritage.
The Chabad-Lubavitch movement asked a U.S. judge to fine Russia for refusing to hand over confiscated Jewish scriptures, but the U.S. Justice Department opposed the move.
According to the Associated Press, Chabad lawyer Seth Gerber last week asked Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington to fine Russia for not transferring tens of thousands of religious books and manuscripts about the group’s core teachings from its state library and military archive. Continue Reading »
After the alliance’s decision to station defensive missile system to protect Turkey from spillover, Russia accuses NATO of embroiling itself into Syrian affairs.
BRUSSELS – Russia accused NATO on Friday of moving towards involvement in the Syrian conflict, three days after the alliance decided to station Patriot missiles to protect Turkey from spillover from the violence.
Patriot anti-missile battery site – Photo: Reuters
The charge came from Russia’s new ambassador to NATO, and came in spite of NATO assurances that the Patriots, which will be placed near Turkey’s border with Syria, are intended purely for defensive purposes.
“This is not a threat to us, but this is an indication that NATO is moving towards engagement and that’s it,” Alexander Grushko told reporters. Continue Reading »