Russia Looks To Reassert Itself In Asia By Engaging Vietnam

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Russia: Greenpeace activists posed ‘real threat’ AP 10:37 a.m. EDT September 30, 2013 Protesters and activists demonstrate to support the 30 activists arrested in Russia in front of the Russian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (Photo: Peter Klaunzer, AP) Russian officials say activists threaten security of personnel on Arctic offshore drilling platform. Thirty people on Greenpeace ship have been jailed for two months. Russian officials say charges will be filed soon against the activists. SHARECONNECT 29 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE MOSCOW (AP) Russia’s main investigative agency on Monday accused Greenpeace activists of posing a “real threat” to the security of personnel on an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic, another indication that Moscow plans to prosecute the jailed environmentalists for their protest. All 30 people who were on a Greenpeace ship, including two journalists, have been jailed for two months pending an investigation into their Sept. 18 protest at the platform owned by state-controlled energy giant Gazprom. The Investigative Committee said charges would be filed soon, but did not specify whether it was still considering charging the activists with piracy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The investigators said the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, had violated the 500-meter security zone around the platform and that it was carrying equipment whose purpose was still unclear. In a statement, the investigators said they had seized some equipment and documents from the ship as part of their ongoing search.

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After Vietnam and China came to blows in 1979, the Soviet Union stepped in as Vietnams largest benefactor. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, relations between Russia and Vietnam remained strong, although military cooperation dropped off considerably as Russia withdrew from the world stage. Russia/Vietnam relationship Russia is now looking to build up its relationship with Vietnam , much to the angst of China. Vietnam has long been a thorn in the side of Chinas back. China and Vietnam actually fought a war in 1979, and while China won easily, the Vietnamese have remained among the most vocal critics of Beijing. While China and Russia have been cooperating in their opposition to American influence, they are increasingly becoming rivals in other political arenas. Vietnam has become one of the largest customers of Russian-made weapons, and the Vietnamese arent simply buying assault rifles and grenadesthey have been purchasing planes, submarines, and other advanced pieces of equipment. The Russians have also been helping Vietnam build up its military infrastructure, including submarine docks. These moves have infuriated Beijing, while the United States has largely remained quiet. Most likely, American military planners see strong Vietnamese-Russian relations as a way to isolate China. United States reducing global military footprint These developments suggest that predictions of a multi-polar world are slowly coming true. Despite its abilities to make headlines in recent weeks, the United States has actually been looking to slowly reduce its global military footprint and involvement in numerous local situations.

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Russia has offered its first ever state-backed support for renewable energy , offering subsidies for 39 clean power ventures with a combined capacity of 504 MW. Solar power won the day, with 399 MW secured, while the wind power sector won just one-tenth of the 1,100 MW of wind capacity offered in the auction . By contrast, solar developers bid for nearly 1,000 MW, winning 32 projects to be built between 2014 and 2017. “The tender has been quite successful for solar energy, showing that the Russian market can attract developers,” the head of the Russian Solar Industry Association, Anton Usachev, told Bloomberg. Because developers are required to use at least 50% of materials sourced from local contractors, the wind power sector may have been reluctant to invest, he believes. Solar bidders, on the other hand, were evidently confident in their ability to satisfy local content requirements. Russias president Vladimir Putin ratified the subsidy program, which is intended to wean the country off its reliance on fossil fuels. As the largest producer of oil in the world, Russias renewable energy sector produces just 0.8% of power. By 2020, Putin wants that share to increase to 2.5%. The winning bids were those that pledged the lowest capital costs, with final solar bids coming in at around $3,451 per KW. Avelar Energy Ltd. a unit of Russian holding company Renova Group won the majority of the bids. RusEnergoInvest also secured a number of projects.

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The administration of the prison could not immediately be reached for comment, and prison service employees in the remote Mordovia region declined to comment. Tolokonnikova, 23, announced on Monday that she was starting a hunger strike to protest against “slave labour” at Corrective Colony No. 14, where she is serving her sentence, and that she had received a death threat from a senior prison official. She said inmates were forced to work up to 17 hours a day, deprived of sleep and subjected to collective punishment and violence from senior inmates enforcing order in a system reminiscent of the Soviet-era Gulag forced labour camps. Prison authorities dismissed her accusations that the jail is run in violation of Russian law and human rights standards. ABUSE CLAIM Earlier on Friday, Verzilov gave out a statement from Tolokonnikova in which she said prison guards had taken drinking water away from her isolation cell and one had roughly grabbed her and held her in place by her shoulders. The Mordovia branch of the prison service said the drinking water had been replaced by warm boiled water in accordance with doctor’s orders and that Tolokonnikova had refused to let medics check her body for bruises. Tolokonnikova and two other band members were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for a February 2012 protest in which they burst into Christ the Saviour Cathedral and prayed to the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin. Kremlin critics say their trial was part of a crackdown on dissent since Putin started a third term at the Kremlin in May 2012. Pussy Riot and other Kremlin critics accuse Putin of fostering too close ties with the resurgent Russian Orthodox Church and discriminating against sexual minorities as part of the wider crackdown. Tolokonnikova is due for release in March. Another jailed Putin critic, former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, praised her on Friday for speaking out about prison conditions and said she should not lose sight of her imminent freedom. “I know that you’ve got family and friends waiting for you on the outside.