Soccer-Russia says FIFA investigator Garcia unwelcome
Loiko This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. October 3, 2013, 10:36 a.m. MOSCOW Russia evacuated its diplomatic community from Libya on Thursday following an attack on its embassy in Tripoli, and said it was relocating its Libyan mission to Tunisia until conditions were safe. On Oct. 3, all the employees of the Russian Embassy and their family members safely crossed the border with Tunisia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in an official statement. Until the security issues related to the work of our mission in Tripoli are resolved, a group of senior diplomats of the Russian Embassy in Libya will temporarily remain in Tunisia. Lukashevich said the others will be flown to Moscow on Friday. He urged Russian citizens to avoid travel to Libya, a volatile country that, for decades, has been a Soviet and Russian ally in the Middle East. No Russian personnel were hurt when a group of gunmen attacked the embassy Wednesday night with hand grenades and machine guns. An embassy car was burned and some property damaged before embassy guards and Libyan security forces repelled the attack. One of the assailants was killed and four were injured, the Russia-24 television news network reported.
Since early last month, Russian officials have rounded up the workers for alleged violations of migration or employment rules, the New York-based human rights group said today in an e-mailed statement. Many have been kept in arbitrary and inhuman conditions and some expelled from Russia, it said. Its outrageous for the migrant workers who helped to build Sochis shiny new Olympic venues to be herded into detention and deported, said Jane Buchanan, associate director for Europe and Central Asia. Ilya Djous, a spokesman for Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, whos in charge of Olympic preparations, said by phone that there havent been any mass violations of labor or migration rules. Russia stages the competition in February and has spent about $50 billion, making these the most expensive Winter Games . The project has included road building and a train service to connect the coastal hub to be used for the opening ceremony and ice skating events and the mountains that will host the skiing and downhill competitions. Construction workers are being exploited and cheated out of their wages, Human Rights Watch said in February. Some employers demanded 12-hour shifts with few days off, withheld passports and work permits and refused to pay promised salaries, the group said. President Vladimir Putin has sought to attract large international events, including the 2018 soccer World Cup and last years Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. To contact the reporters on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at firstname.lastname@example.org ; Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow at email@example.com To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at firstname.lastname@example.org More News:
He plans to visit every country directly involved in the voting for the finals awarded to Russia for 2018 and Qatar for 2022. But Garcia, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, is on a blacklist Moscow issued in June after Washington named 18 Russians barred from the United States for alleged involvement in lawyer Sergei Magnitsky’s death or other gross rights abuses. Garcia is barred from Russia because of his role in the prosecution of Viktor Bout, a Russian who was long wanted by U.S. authorities on suspicion of arms trafficking and is now serving a 25-year prison term in the United States. Russia’s “Guantanamo List” includes Americans it accuses of involved in torture at prisons and those involved in what it says have been the unfair, politically motivated arrests of Bout and other Russians by U.S. authorities. “Let there be no doubt: We intend to react firmly to unfriendly attacks and unceremonious infringements on the rights of Russian citizens,” the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. “Anyone who is involved in such things should think hard.” The ministry said the United States would be to blame for any consequences of Garcia’s inability to enter Russia. “Questions arising in connection with visa blacklists should be addressed to the initiators and executors of the extraterritorial and discriminatory ‘Magnitsky Act’, which contradicts norms of international law,” it said. (Editing by Greg Stutchbury) BEIJING (AP) — Rafael Nadal kept alive his hopes of wresting the top ranking from Novak Djokovic by rallying for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Fabio Fognini of Italy in the quarterfinals of the China Open on Friday.
Russia charges 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy
Piracy by an organised group carries a punishment of between 10 and 15 years. A spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee declined to provide details, saying only that the activists from the group’s Arctic Sunrise icebreaker, placed in pre-trial detention for two months, were being charged. The rest of the activists are expected to be charged Thursday. Greenpeace called the accusations “extreme and disproportionate.” “This is an outrage and represents nothing less than an assault on the very principle of peaceful protest,” Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said. “Any claim that these activists are pirates is as absurd as it is abominable. It is utterly irrational, it is designed to intimidate and silence us, but we will not be cowed.” He said the charges represented the “most serious threat” to environmental activism since the group’s ship Rainbow Warrior was bombed by French special services in New Zealand in 1985. The charges of piracy came despite President Vladimir Putin’s last week statement that the activists “of course are not pirates.” He however said that they had broken the law by protesting close to an oil rig. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP on Wednesday that Putin had expressed his personal opinion. “He is not an investigator, nor a prosecutor, judge or defence lawyer.” Among those already charged were a British freelance videographer and a Finnish activist, who was one of the climbers who attempted to scale a Russian oil platform. Greenpeace says it will appeal and turn to the European Court of Human Rights. ‘Charges make mockery of justice’ Russian investigators opened a probe into piracy after several of the activists tried to scale state giant Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Barents Sea last month. The group has denied the charges and accused Russia of illegally boarding its ship in international waters. The 30 activists from 18 countries are being held in detention centres in the cities of Murmansk and Apatity, which are nearly 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) north of Moscow and above the Arctic Circle. The crew members are “close to shock” over their conditions in their jails, an activist said.