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Russia's Interior Ministry and the Investigative Committee have presented Dmitry Medvedev with an interim report on violations committed during campaigning and voting in the December 4 State Duma elections.
The document shows Moscow leading the field on the number of registered violations.
"The largest number of violations was recorded in Moscow (462), the Stavropol territory (96), the Samara region (88), the Sverdlovsk region (80), and the Novosibirsk region (64),” the Kremlin website reports.
All in all, the police drew up 2,091 administrative reports during the recent election campaign. So far, 53 criminal cases have been launched in 27 Russian constituencies.
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Putin eyes total anti-fraud webcam surveillance of polling stations15 December, 2011, 12:29Published:Putin eyes total public surveillance of polling stations (RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kryazhev)TRENDS: Election 2012In response to opposition allegations that parliamentary elections were rigged, Prime Minister Putin says all polling stations in Russia should be fitted with constantly-streaming webcams. It will make the process absolutely transparent for everyone.“I suggest and request that the Central Election Commission set up web cameras in all polling stations – we have more than 90,000 of those – and let them work round the clock. Let the country watch it all on the internet,” he said.Last week Moscow saw the largest opposition rally in Russia’s modern history, with tens of thousands of people attending. The demonstrators said the election results, which gave about half of the seats in the Russian parliament to the ruling United Russia party, were rigged. They demanded an investigation of alleged fraud and a new, fair election.
Seychelles invites China to set up anti-piracy presenceVICTORIA — The Seychelles on Friday invited Beijing to set up a military presence on the archipelago to beef up the fight against piracy there, Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Paul Adam said.The declaration came as Liang Guanglie is making the first-ever visit by a Chinese defence minister to the Indian Ocean island state."We have invited the Chinese government to set up a military presence on Mahe to fight the pirate attacks that the Seychelles face on a regular basis," Adam said."For the time being China is studying this possibility because she has economic interests in the region and Beijing is also involved in the fight against piracy," he explained.General Liang, who arrived in Victoria on Thursday with a 40-strong delegation, had been invited in October by Seychelles President James Michel, when he was on a visit to China."Together, we need to increase our surveillance capacity in the Indian Ocean... as Seychelles has a strategic position between Asia and Africa," Michel said in a statement, adding that China had given its army two light aircraft.The two countries signed a military cooperation agreement in 2004 that has enabled some 50 Seychelles soldiers to be trained in China. They renewed their agreement Friday, with China to provide further training and equipment.....
17:07 GMT, December 2, 2011 The President of the Republic of Seychelles, James Michel, has met with the Chinese Minister for National Defence and State councillor, General Liang Guanglie and a high-level military delegation at State House this morning.
The meeting was also attended by the Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs, Environment, Transport and Energy, Joel Morgan, the Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Paul Adam, the Chinese Ambassador to Seychelles, Shi Zhongjun, and the Secretary of State for President’s Office, Ambassador Barry Faure.
The visit of the Chinese Minister for Defence follows the discussions held by President Michel with the Chinese Vice-President Xi Jiling in October in Beijing, which, among other cooperation issues, also concerned the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean.
Seychelles invites Chinese army presenceThe Seychelles has invited Beijing to set up a military presence on the archipelago to beef up the fight against piracy there, Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Paul Adam said.The declaration came as Liang Guanglie made the first-ever visit by a Chinese defence minister to the Indian Ocean island state.'We have invited the Chinese government to set up a military presence on Mahe to fight the pirate attacks that the Seychelles face on a regular basis,' Adam said.'For the time being China is studying this possibility because she has economic interests in the region and Beijing is also involved in the fight against piracy,' he explained.General Liang, who arrived in Victoria on Thursday with a 40-strong delegation, had been invited in October by Seychelles President James Michel, when he was on a visit to China.
Defence contractor jailed for bribing army captain
SINGAPORE - For bribing an army captain with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), businessman Yow Wah alias Richard was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment.
The 59-year-old managing director of Certified Aerospace Singapore admitted in court today to two counts of giving cash loans of $28,000 and $12,400 to Phua Poh Sim, 32, on May 3 and June 28, 2008, respectively.
The cash bribes were in exchange for confidential information relating to SAF military projects, which Yow believed would help him secure business opportunities.
According to The Straits Times (ST), Yow met Phua through a colleague in 2008 and after a few KTV sessions, Phua told Yow that he was in need of a loan of $28,000 to pay off his debts.
After consideration, Yow agreed to loan Phua the sum of money.On two occasions, Phua went to Yow's home and was handed the two sums of money in 2008. In return, Phua handed Yow a set of documents containing confidential information relating to certain potential SAF tender projects.
However, defence counsel SS Dhillon said his client did not benefit from his association with Phua and neither did he place a single tender for any military project, reported ST.
Yow, who had three other charges considered, could have been fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed for up to five years on each charge.
Phua, who was a SAF scholer, has been dealt with.