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from The Wall Street Journal.. April 3, 2014 By Juris Kaza Media Watchdog Cites Alleged 'War Propaganda' RIGA, Latvia—Latvia's media watchdog suspended the broadcast rights of a Russian-language state television station for three months, citing alleged "war propaganda," and is considering taking action against another Russian-language station. The moves by Latvia's National Electronic Mass Media Council come as public officials in the former Soviet state are increasingly cracking down on supporters of Russia President Vladimir Putin. A
from The Wall Street Journal.. April 3, 2014 By Sean Carney Contract Extension Could Also Lessen Reliance of Other Former Communist States on Russia A U.S.-based energy company and Ukraine are on the verge of signing a deal that would lessen Russia's influence and give the West greater leverage on the former Soviet republic. Westinghouse Electric Co. of Pennsylvania said on Thursday it is in negotiations to extend its contract with Ukraine energy operator Energoatom
from The Economist.. March 29, 2014 | FREETOWN | From the print edition A campaign that may start to work A TATTERED poster tacked to a wall in a stuffy courtroom in Freetown, the Sierra Leonean capital, reads, “Rape is a Crime: Destroys Your Future”. Below it, a row of handcuffed men sit on a wooden bench staring submissively toward the ground. One is crying into his lawyer’s ear, pleading with him. A handwritten police report says he raped a
from the Financial Times.. April 2, 2014 By Kathrin Hille in Moscow, Neil Buckley in Kiev and Jack Farchy in Lausanne Russia has renounced the lease contracts with Ukraine for its Black Sea Fleet base in Sevastopol in a step that could exacerbate the backlash against Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Wednesday cancelling three agreements with Ukraine signed in 1997 governing the fleet’s basing in Sevastopol until 2017 and another one signed