- - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

RUSSIA

Putin killed democracy, opposition leader says

STRASBOURG, France | Prime Minister Vladimir Putin killed democracy in Russia and replaced it with a mafia state, opposition leader Boris Nemtsov charged on Wednesday.

Mr. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister of Russia, compared Mr. Putin to a younger version of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president ousted last week after three decades in power.


Putin looks like a young Mubarak. He believes that his future will be better than Mubarak’s future. I don’t think so,” said Mr. Nemtsov, who was speaking at a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Putin killed the democratic state in Russia. He built a corrupted mafia state, but he killed the democratic state,” added Mr. Nemtsov, who served as deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin.

NORWAY

Shipping magnate: Kill the pirates

OSLO | A Norwegian shipping magnate has raised a storm by suggesting that pirates captured off the Horn of Africa should be sunk with their boats or executed on the spot.

In a newspaper Op-Ed column, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, founder of the Stolt-Nielsen shipping group, argued that modern navies should follow Roman military commander Pompey’s gloves-off approach to pirates.

“Not arrest them and say, ‘Naughty, naughty, shame on you,’ and release them again, but sink their boats with all hands,” he wrote.

Jacqueline Smith, president of the Norwegian Seafarers Union, on Wednesday said killing pirates could prompt revenge against the hostages.

ITALY

Pro-Berlusconi paper gets bullet

MILAN | A newspaper close to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday it received an envelope containing a bullet and a leaflet bearing the symbol of a 1970s left-wing guerrilla group.

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