Russian MP calls Syrian chemical weapons use a fabrication
A Russian lawmaker who heads the foreign policy committee in the lower chamber of the Russian parliament has called the U.S. allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria a fabrication.
Vladislav Surkov, Putin’s Domestic Policy Aide, Is Ousted
The adviser, Vladislav Y. Surkov, had coined the phrase “sovereign democracy” to describe the new Russian system, with popular but closely manipulated elections.
Putin Reportedly Comments On T-Platform Supercomputer Flap
Nerval's Lobster writes "In March, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security added T-Platforms' businesses in Germany, Russia and Taiwan to the 'Entity List,' which includes those believed to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. Commerce felt, according to the notice, that T-Platforms may be illegally assisting the Russian military and/or its nuclear program. In the meantime, Russian president Vladimir Putin has reportedly weighed in on the T-Platforms question. 'That's right. The use of political levers for unfair competition,' Putin said, according to RBTH.ru. 'Our European colleagues are independent people and they claim they want to work with us in certain spheres, yet they act as though they are absolutely dependent and unable to make their own decision. Is that so?' It's odd that Putin was quoted talking about 'European colleagues' when the Americans were responsible for cutting T-Platforms off."
Facebook Brings Down The Hammer Again: Cuts Off MessageMe's Access To Its Social Graph
MessageMe, an app that launched last week and raced up the charts to the #2 spot in social networking in the U.S., is confronting Facebook’s touchiness around access to its social graph. The app’s integration with Facebook stopped functioning earlier today (see left), the result of the company’s decision to cut MessageMe off from its “Find Friends” functionality, according to sources familiar with decision. MessageMe CEO Arjun Sethi declined to comment in this story and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The move resembles Facebook’s decision last month to shut off Voxer’s access to the graph, even though Voxer connected to Facebook for well over a year. Voxer is another communications app that supports calling and voice chat. Facebook cut the app off around the same time that it launched competing functionality with free voice calling to other users. In that decision, Facebook cited Section 10 of its platform policy (which is the same one it’s ...
New Russian Bank Chief Seen as Pro-Market
Elvira Nabiullina, who is set to take over an expanded central bank in June, is seen as a compromise between those pushing for more action to stimulate flagging growth and those arguing that an easier monetary policy would fuel inflation.