Russia’s access to sophisticated military technology and electronics from the West suggests that the time for CoCom II may have arrived. The Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls, dismantled in 1994, was set up by Western powers to restrict arms transfers to the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies.
The OSCE pronounced Ukraine’s local elections as democratic, but a complicated legal framework, the outsized influence of oligarchs on politics and the media, and widespread political intimidation indicate the need for further reforms. (In Ukrainian)
The proposal came as a reaction to the beating of Dynamo Kyiv fans who appeared to be of African or Middle Eastern origin, who are often referred to locally as “black,” at a Champions League match with England’s Chelsea on October 20 in Kyiv. (Current Time TV)
Russia Targets 'IS' Militants In Wave Of Arrests
Russia appears to be cracking down on Muslims and labor migrants in response to what it says are domestic terror threats from the extremist group Islamic State (IS) following the start of its air campaign in Syria on September 30.
In advance of National Unity Day on November 4, state-media megolith Rossia Segodnya asked its audience on social networks to post geo-located photos with the hashtag #itisgoodhere (#здесьхорошо) and a comment about why life in Russia is good -- with mixed results.
The country’s Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism said the new accord will be effective as of November 27. (In Belarusian)