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First tourists arrested under Russia?s ban on ?gay propaganda?

His adoption restrictions have received some attention, but it has been largely limited to people involved in international adoptions. But Fierstein sees the Winter Olympics in Sochi as a unique opportunity to apply pressure to Putin: This must change. With Russia about to hold theWinter Games in Sochi, the country is open to pressure. American and world leaders must speak out against Mr. Putins attacks and the violence they foster. The Olympic Committee must blog url demand the retraction of these laws under threat of boycott.
More: http://www.salon.com/2013/07/22/first_tourists_arrested_under_russias_ban_on_gay_propaganda/

Islamic militants from Russia?s Caucasus flock to join Syrian rebels, official says

The ruble tumbled the most in two weeks and Russian stocks, already the cheapest among 21 emerging markets tracked by Bloomberg, dropped the most in a month on July 18, when a court sentenced Navalny to five years in prison for embezzlement. The verdict sowed doubts about the rule of law in Russia, with U.S. President Barack Obamas spokesman, Jay Carney, denouncing the conviction as part of a disturbing trend in Russia. Foreign investors see the political situation in Russia as a black box, which is a big risk to the countrys future, Ogeday Topcular, a fund manager at Ram Capital SA in Geneva, which has $300 million of assets, said in an e-mail on July 19. How much this risk is priced in is another question. Guilty Verdict The yield on Russias benchmark http://axhangetoo07.livejournal.com/1949.html February 2027 bonds jumped six basis points, or 0.06 percentage point, to 7.6 percent on July 18 before declining two basis points on the following day. That compares with a two-day increase of five basis points in the yield of Mexicos 2027 security, whose yield stood at 6.11 percent on July 19.
More: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-07-22/navalny-highlights-investors-black-box-conundrum-russia-credit

Navalny Highlights Investors? Black-Box Conundrum: Russia Credit

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Islamists battling Kurdish fighters in the northern town of Tal Abyad freed 300 Kurdish civilians they were holding prisoner in exchange for a rebel chief.AFP/File Next Slide Previous Slide DAMASCUS (AFP) Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil was to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow Monday, seeking ways of ending the 28-month Syrian conflict after clashes with rebels left dozens dead. Deadly violence raged across Syria on Sunday as regime shelling killed at least 18 civilians in the northwest while 28 rebels died in Damascus battling government forces, a monitoring group said. Jamil was headed http://www.savingsdaily.com/post/outfits-to-match-your-couch-luxury-furniture-chain-restoration-hardware-to-debut-artisan-clothing-collection to Moscow for talks due to start at 0700 GMT. The move comes as Russia and the United States seek to convene an international conference on Syria but amid differences over its parameters. The Syrian government has expressed its willingness to participate in such a meeting as it seeks to subdue the rebels.
More: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/22/syrian-deputy-pm-set-for-russia-talks/

Syrian deputy PM set for Russia talks

These twitter people go there and they will come back tomorrow with the backing of international extremist and terrorist organizations, Abdulatipov said during a meeting with local officials Friday. Andrei Konin, the head of the regional branch of Russias Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency, told the meeting that about 200 residents of Dagestan are currently in Syria, and some of them are fighting alongside rebels. Konin said many people from Dagestan go to Syria for studies but end up in rebel ranks to join what they consider a jihad or holy war. Russia has been the key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, protecting him from the United Nations sanctions and providing him with weapons in the civil war, which has killed more than 93,000 people since March 2011. Some observers have voiced concern that militants from the Caucasus who joined the Syrian rebels could try to take revenge against Russia for its support of Assad and try to strike 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Russian officials have pledged to make the games the safest Olympics in history, but security experts warn that the Islamist insurgency that has spread across Russias North Caucasus after two separatist wars in Chechnya could threaten Sochi, located about 500 kilometers (300 miles) west of Dagestan. Earlier this month, a top Chechen rebel warlord called on militants to disrupt the Sochi Games, which he described as satanic dances on the bones of our ancestors. Dagestan has become the epicenter of the Caucasus insurgency, with rebels mounting nearly daily attacks on police and other officials.
More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/islamic-militants-from-russias-caucasus-flock-to-join-syrian-rebels-official-says/2013/07/21/91f33dd6-f1f4-11e2-8464-57e57af86290_story.html

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