Russia Charges 16 More In Greenpeace Protest

14 Greenpeace activists charged with piracy in Russia

It was Yeltsin, after all, who had appointed Nemtsov, barely in his 30s, as governor of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast two years earlier. “Personally, I agree with the president that there need to be early parliamentary and presidential elections,” a 33-year-old Nemtsov told reporters , before offering his caveats. “It does bother me that the president has not set a date for presidential elections…. And if you approach this from a legal perspective, unfortunately I must say that the way this was done fell outside the boundaries of the law.” Nemtsov wasn’t alone in backing Yeltsin’s move, albeit with grave reservations — even when the conflict turned violent and he ordered the army to shell and storm the parliament. Many at the time viewed his heavy-handed and extraconstitutional move as an example of when it is necessary to use illiberal means to achieve liberal ends. The parliament was dominated by nationalists and communists, after all. At the urging of Vice President Aleksandr Rutskoi, violent armed mobs had assaulted the Ostankino broadcast center and the Moscow Mayor’s Office. Parliamentary speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov had even encouraged them to storm the Kremlin. So after vanquishing the retrograde legislature so decisively, the argument went, Yeltsin and his team could finally get on with the business of setting up a working democracy and functional market economy. Except that it didn’t quite work out that way. On the contrary, the violent resolution of Russia’s 1993 constitutional crisis set a series of precedents that continue to plague Russia to this day.

4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nshglx/russia_b2c ) has announced the addition of the “Russia B2C E-Commerce and Online Payment Report 2013” report to their offering. In Russia, B2C E-Commerce is booming, driven by the emergence of new online shoppers The recent “”Russia B2C E-Commerce and Online Payment Report 2013″” provides information about B2C ECommerce and the movement toward online and mobile purchase transactions in Russia. In Russia, a country with the largest Internet audience in Europe, B2C E-Commerce is booming, driven by the emergence of new online shoppers. The competition on the market intensifies, as more online shops enter the scene on a daily basis. Many foreign companies and investors have also entered the Russian E-Commerce market in recent years, but mass merchant Ozon.ru and food and drug online retailer Utkonos.ru were the leading players in terms of online sales. The share of online sales on total retail sales remains a low single-digit percentage, showing a room for more growth. Cash was still the main payment method in B2C E-Commerce in 2012, but online payments gained in both awareness and usage. Online payment already reaches a double-digit share of the largest Internet audience in Europe. Around a third of Internet users in the large Russian cities pay online. By far the most popular among online payment methods in the beginning of 2013 was bank card, followed by E-Money and online banking. Moreover, electronic payment systems show a strong growth nation-wide.

Russia Stops Adoptions To Sweden, Seeks Agreement Barring Gay Couples From Adopting

(Dmitri Sharamov / Greenpeace / October 3, 2013) Also By Sergei L. Loiko October 3, 2013, 1:05 p.m. MOSCOW — An additional 16 people were charged by Russia with piracy Thursday for their role in a foiled Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic, a Russian television network reported. Among the new defendants are Greenpeace activists, crew members of the environmental organization’s Arctic Sunrise icebreaker and Moscow-based freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov, Rossiya-24 reported. They join 14 others who were charged with piracy the day before. The 30 defendants, who are being held in the Russian Far East port of Murmansk, include nationals of 18 countries, including the United States and Russia. Sinyakov, who is Russian, was covering the protest on assignment for Lenta.ru, a popular Russian online publication. All have been remanded to custody until Nov. 24 pending an investigation. If convicted, each defendant could face up to 15 years in prison. Greenpeace International announced plans for a protest against the arrests, which it has characterized as an extreme overreaction. The activists were rebuffed on Sept. 18 while attempting to raise a protest banner on an oil drilling rig in Russia’s exclusive economic zone in the Barents Sea.

Russia B2C E-Commerce and Online Payment Report 2013

The gay adoption ban, signed into law by President Vladimir Putin in July, aims to guarantee a “harmonious and full upbringing for children in adoptive families,” the Kremlin said in statement released at the time. However, the ban instead feeds into Russia’s recent push for anti-gay legislation. Last month, a Russian lawmaker proposed a law that would deny gay parents in Russia custody of their children. The draft bill follows Russia’s highly publicized ban on gay propaganda that may affect athletes and spectators during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Netherlands The Netherlands was the first country to recognize gay marriage in 2001. Pictured: Jan van Breda and Thijs Timmermans. Belgium Belgium legalized same-sex marriages in 2003. Pictured: Marion Huibrecht and Christel Verswyvelen. Spain Spain legalized gay marriage in 2005. Canada Canada followed Spain and approved gay marriage in 2005. South Africa South Africa legalized same sex marriage in 2006. Pictured: Vernon Gibbs and Tony Hall. Norway Norway followed suit in 2009. Norwegian finance minister and chairwoman of the Socialist Left party Kristin Halvorsen (L) stands next to wedding figurines outside the House of Parliament in Oslo on June 11, 2008, where she celebrated the passing of a new law awarding equal rights to same sex partnerships as those enjoyed by heterosexual marriages. (Getty) Sweden Sweden recognized same sex marriage in 2009. Pictured: Johan Lundqvist (L) and Alf Karlsson. Portugal Portugal recognized gay marriage in 2010. Pictured: Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao. Iceland Iceland legalized gay marriage in 2010. Argentina Argentina legalized same sex-marriage in 2010. It was the only Latin American country to do so. Pictured: Giorgio Nocentino (L) and Jaime Zapata. New Zealand New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific nation (and the 13th in the world) to legalize same-sex marriage.