NOVO-OGARYOVO, September 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russian officials must respond to “baseless accusations” voiced by Western media and human rights organizations about the North Caucasus, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.
He said that some countries – without naming them specifically – see the North Caucasus as a “foothold” in their attempts to destabilize Russia.
“We also face destructive anti-Russian activities by certain foreign countries and non-governmental and international organizations under their control that still see the North Caucasus as a foothold for their attempts to destabilize all of Russia, to damage our economy, to undermine Russia’s influence and to limit our activities on the international arena,” Putin told Russia’s Security Council.
He emphasized that the country should “deal with such attempts more harshly, to give an adequate response – always.”
“We shouldn’t ignore accusations by certain Western media and reports by international organizations about the so-called widespread abuse of citizens’ rights in the North Caucasus,” Putin said. But “they should look at themselves first. They also commit plenty of violations.”
According to Putin, the North Caucasus still faces security threats, economic problems and widespread corruption despite positive changes, and the region’s main economic indicators are well below average Russian figures. The region has the highest unemployment rate in Russia.
“Despite clear positive changes, the situation in the North Caucasus is improving too slowly. The terrorist threat, security threats have not been eliminated completely,” Putin said.
The Russian president said that more than 1,600 corruption-related crimes, or a dozen of crimes daily, were uncovered in the region from January through June. This year, he said, regional officials have embezzled about 6.5 billion rubles (almost $200 million) from the federal budget.
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- gunshipdemocracyof course the aim US policy is to destabilize Russia18:39, 09/09/2013Clinton was not really hiding this on her speeches. Brzezinski is also blatantly confirming his Russiphobic strategy. BTW anybody who touched history a bit history is aware that the first nation responsible for Holocaust (20mlns Indians) and building concentration camps was actually the USA
- arsanlupin(no title)21:32, 10/09/2013You’re reading your “history” from the same tabloid newspapers that insist they have proof that space aliens run every government on the planet. For starters, Brzezinski has been out of public service for over 3 decades, and is currently a schoolteacher. The most political he’s been lately is that he publicly criticized G.W. Bush’s foreign policy – particularly his hostility towards Russia. Also, your numbers on Native Americans is off by at least 3 decimal points, and about 90% of the actual deaths were caused by diseases. The Spaniards nad infected the natives over 500 years ago, and they had no immunity for them. THeir numbers were decimated centuries before the name United States of America were ever imagined.
You must be confusing it with the number of his fellow citizens that charming fellow Iosif Dzhugashvili had killed from paranoia, gross mismanagement, or total indifferent to wholesale slaughter. Holodonor memorials dot the Ukrainian landscape for a reason, and Ukraine wasn't the only victims. Your other pathetic attempts to mud-sling a country and a people you know nothing about are equally the nonsensical braying of a colicky ass.
Putin's speech is meant mostly to stoke the fires of Russian nationalism, decrying the imminent threat of a faceless (Western) bogeyman who threatens (United) Russia’s way of life. Opposition politicians, people exposing United Russia’s own corruption, and protesters of election fraud on such a breath-taking scale are all threats to The State of United Russia’s offshore bank accounts! How dare they criticize United Russia’s using the Russian Constitution only when it suits them – and ignores it most of the time! So what if we invent more false charges for more imaginary crimes for these scoundrels as soon as their previous sentences are almost over! And if we’re too busy to file the phony charges and hold the phony court, we’ll just send some thugs to beat them to death! These must be protected from criticism from all threats – foreign and domestic! There were 6.5 billion rubles embezzled by regional officials (almost all United Russia) in six months? SLACKERS!!! They need to get off their fat asses and do better than that! I expect 20 billion for the second half of the year, or they’ll learn that the GULAG’s are still alive and well!
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