Obama’s Call with Russian President Medvedev

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Phone Call with Russian President Medvedev President Obama spoke with Russian President Medvedev today to congratulate him on the World Trade Organization’s decision to extend a formal invitation to Russia to
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Kazakhstan Independence Day: Clashes & Blood

At least 11 dead and more than 70 injured in the western Kazakh town of  Zhanaozen a day after clashes between striking oil workers and police on Friday. The town square has been occupied by oil workers for more than six months in a dispute over better (more...)

State’s Gordon at Senate Hearing on U.S. Policy in Russia

U.S. Department of State Testimony by Philip H. Gordon Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Statement before the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC December 14, 2011 The State of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Russia: U.S. Policy Options Chairman Shaheen, Ranking Member Barrasso (more...)

Heroes & Losers of Russian Internet: Weekly Review

​The whole world now knows that the situation in Russia after December 4th elections to State Duma is unstable. And if during Soviet times, people were gathering in their kitchens to discuss political themes, now, in the era of the Internet, Russians go online. One of the heroes of this week (more...)

White House About Russian Government Harassment of Golos

Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Russian Government Harassment of Golos The Obama administration is concerned with today’s decision by a Moscow court regarding the election monitoring NGO Golos, as well as what appears to be a pattern of harassment directed against this organization. We have communicated (more...)

U.S., Global Partners Pledge Continued Afghanistan Support

By MacKenzie C. Babb Staff Writer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has pledged continued U.S. support for Afghanistan, joining nearly 100 nations in doing so at an international conference in Bonn, Germany, as Afghanistan works toward increasing self-sustainability. “We want to send a very clear message to the people (more...)

Arab Spring Russian Style

Yesterday, on December 5th, approximately 7-10 thousand of Russian citizens gathered in Moscow to protest against voter fraud that took place when the country was choosing parties for State Duma. The results of voting show that Putin’s party United Russia got almost 50% of the vote, despite huge public despise. (more...)

20 Years of Independence for South Caucasus

U.S. Department of State Remarks by Eric Rubin Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Conference “The South Caucasus: 20 Years of Independence” Washington, DC November 28, 2011 South Caucasus on the Silk Road to Europe Thank you very much, Tom. I’m very glad to be here. Thank (more...)

Elections In Russia: Protesters Were Arrested

CNN reported: " While Russian police arrested 170 opposition protesters in two cities, voters in the country's parliamentary election appeared to eat away at Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's support in Sunday's elections, slimming down his party's parliamentary majority". Around 100 opposition protesters were arrested in Moscow according to (more...)

U.S. Pressure and Sanctions Against Iran

White House Fact Sheet: " As part of our ongoing efforts to increase the cost of Iran’s failure to live up to its international obligations regarding its nuclear program, today the United States announced the imposition of new sanctions against Iran.  These measures build upon the framework that (more...)

Condoleezza Rice:Putin & “A Mockery Of Democracy”

If Putin is elected in March, there is a chance, probability, that he may try to limit dissent and centralize power more than he had during his earlier incarnation as president, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said about Vladimir Putin’s decision to (more...)

Anniversary of Russian Lawyer Magnitskiy’s Death

STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON Statement on the Anniversary of the Death of Sergei Magnitskiy Today we honor the memory of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitskiy, who died of abuse and neglect two years ago in a Moscow prison after bringing corruption allegations against senior officials. Despite widely-publicized credible (more...)

USTR Kirk Applauds Progress on Russia’s WTO Accession

“I congratulate Minister of Economic Development [Elvira] Nabiullina and Russia’s entire WTO negotiating team on the conclusion of years of negotiations paving the way for Russia to join the World Trade Organization,” United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk said in a statement released by the (more...)

Who Can Serve in Washington?

There is a saying in America that anyone can grow up to be president. That is not exactly true. The U.S. Constitution sets qualifications for high federal offices, but those requirements can be met by the vast majority of the nation’s citizens. THE PRESIDENT Article II, Section 1 of (more...)

New Arms-Reduction Treaty Builds U.S., Russian Confidence

By MacKenzie C. Babb Staff Writer The New START arms-reduction treaty, an agreement between the United States and Russia to reduce each nation’s nuclear arsenals to their lowest levels in more than a half century, has been “a great success” since its February implementation, according to a senior U.S. (more...)

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