Eastern Europe

Russian Parliament Backs Breakaway Republics ‘Independence’

Russia’s parliament drives another nail in Georgia’s coffin. MOSCOW (AP) – The Russian parliament is asking the president to recognize Georgia’s two breakaway regions as independent. The unanimous vote by the parliament’s lower chamber follows a similar vote by the upper house earlier Monday. The vote to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent from …

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Russia Starts Pullout From Georgia….Maybe

Pullout? Don’t hold your breath. GORI, Georgia, Aug. 22 — Russia pulled troops and armored vehicles out of vast swaths of seized territory and ended its 10-day occupation of this Georgian city Friday, but Georgian and foreign officials disputed Russia’s claim that it had complied with the terms of a recent cease-fire agreement. ……But the …

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Government’s Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Helping to Expedite Soviet-Style Censorship

Ten days before Russian tanks and infantry invaded the democratic and pro-Western Republic of Georgia, the federal government’s Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) terminated all Voice of America (VoA) radio broadcasts to Russia, The Washington Examiner has learned. This means that throughout the still unfolding international crisis, a key communications tool that helped win the …

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Here We Go: Serbs Go Ape Shit, Set U.S. Embassy on Fire

Bubba Clinton’s Balkans abortion has come back to haunt us. BELGRADE (Reuters) – Scores of protesters broke into the U.S. embassy in Belgrade on Thursday and set rooms on fire in protest at Kosovo’s independence, before riot police moved in and dispersed the crowd. Police had earlier been nowhere to be seen at the building …

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Kosovo Declares Independence (Update)

Didn’t have to wait long for the reactions: BREAKING NEWS: Kosovo — An explosion rocked a U.N. building in northern Kosovo, causing slight damage but no injuries, just hours after ethnic Albanian leaders in Pristina proclaimed Kosovo’s independence. The blast — apparently caused by a hurled hand grenade — damaged a concrete wall of the …

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