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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - boris nemtsov
If there was an Olympic gold medal in embezzlement, would Russia win? During a recent radio interview, A Swiss member of the International Olympic Committee said that roughly a third of the $55 billion spent on the Sochi Olympics having disappeared due to corruption.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending billions of taxpayers' rubles on 20 luxurious residences, 43 jets and four yachts, a top opposition leader claimed Tuesday.
Tens of thousands of Russians flooded Moscow's tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first massive protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule since his inauguration in May — a rally that came even as police interrogated key opposition leaders.
Several thousand people protested Monday night against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his party, which won the largest share of a parliamentary election that observers said was rigged.
Putin killed democracy, opposition leader says
About 500 people demonstrated in a central Moscow square on Monday to demand the ouster of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his "rule of thieves."
Greece's unionized intelligence service is such a failure that it is "dangerous to national security," and police know the identities of domestic terrorists but cannot arrest them because of legal barriers, a former U.S. ambassador in Athens said after private talks with the country's former minister for public safety.
The new Congress was sworn in just last week, but events far away - in Russia - already are causing members to vent their ire. For one, Russian police detained Boris Nemtsov, one of the leaders of the Russian opposition, during a rally in defense of the freedom of assembly, on Triumfalnaya Square in Moscow on the last day of 2010.
Russian authorities detained one of the country's leading opposition figures less than two weeks after the U.S. Senate ratified a key arms-control treaty that the White House promised would help reset ties with Moscow.
An attack on a Russian opposition leader who testified before Congress last week has refocused attention on a bill to impose a U.S. travel ban on dozens of Russian officials suspected of complicity in the death of a Russian human rights lawyer in a Moscow prison last year.
A key leader of Russia's democratic opposition said this week that Russians are unsure of President Obama's position on support for democracy and human rights in Russia.
Russian opposition leaders form coalition
"This law is targeted against the opposition. . . . It's a draconian law which is unprecedented in the world and is reminiscent of our repressive past," Boris Nemtsov, a leader of the opposition Solidarity movement, was quoted as saying by the news agency Interfax.
"The flag is a symbol of freedom and democracy, only not for Putin," Mr. Nemtsov said by telephone from a city police precinct.