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  • Alexei Navalny convicted: The fates of Putin’s enemies

Russian opposition leader and blogger Alexei Navalny (C, front),  and supporters Russian opposition leader and blogger Alexei Navalny (C, front) and his wife Yulia (R, front)

Russian anti-corruption blogger and opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been jailed for five years for fraud, after a trial he says was politically motivated.

Mr Navalny could now be barred from running in the Moscow mayoral election set for September. He also joins a growing list of opponents of President Vladimir Putin who have ended up on the wrong side of the law or in exile, or have met their deaths in suspicious circumstances.


When Mr Putin first became president in 2000, he immediately set about curbing the power of the oligarchs – the group of billionaires who exerted huge influence over Russia’s political system and media.

His first victim was media magnate, Vladimir Gusinsky, the owner of NTV, a station that at the time was highly critical of……


See Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23265632

An F-16 fighter jet. File image

US officials say Washington will deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the next few weeks.

They are part of an already agreed bigger order of 20 planes – eight of which were sent to Egypt in January. The final eight are expected to be shipped later this year.

Is this wise considering Egypt has just had an uprising and they have yet to have new elections – no one knows who might rule next…


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