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The program was broadcast on the channel of the Federation Council "TOGETHER-RF" on Friday, October 17th.

Chairman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko.

 1. Today the conditions do not exist for any

Results confirm that the last year’s presidential elections on October 5th were the most controversial in the current democratic Brazil: the PT candidate Dilma Rousseff, with her 41,5% of votes, has failed to avoid a

A delegation of Russian senators led by Federation Council chairwoman Valentina Ivanovna Matvienko visited Laos and China on September 19-23 in a tour launched in the framework of Moscow's intensifying multifaceted dialog with Asian partners. Asia Pacific naturally ranks high on the

Contours of the multipolar world and its transformed governance structures driven by collective decision-making and sustained international agreements, of a world where all parties involved enjoy equal rights and the interests of every side are taken into account, have been growing

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The international community’s attention in the Arctic is directed to energy resources and legal disputes, excluding a key factor of these issues: the human dimension of the region.

In the Arctic Circle, the area in which the average temperature of the warmest month (July) does not exceed 10 degrees Celsius, live about 4 million people. They are all represented in the Arctic Council, where they sit as permanent members, from 6 associations.

Indigenous people are the most vulnerable to climate change than anyone else in the world. They inhabit regions of the Earth where the impact of climate change is greater and, most important, they depend on the environment around them for their livelihood and their culture. To simplify the discussion, I will refer to three main groups: the Evenki and Nenets in Russia, the Sami in Scandinavia and the Inuit (that many people mistakenly call Eskimos) in North America.

Following the advent of NATO forces (KFOR) to Kosovo in the summer of 1999, the province evolved into a gangster paradise, a territory used by the European mafia as a base for organized crime and a gigantic drug-trafficking hub. Most of the criminal activities in Kosovo play out within the local family clans who control the area. Every clan being essentially a community of relatives, stays insulated from the outside world. According to competent Serbian sources, Kosovo is divided into three criminal zones.

The events in Ukraine are not covered properly by Western media.

First and foremost, Western media avoid mentioning the fact that many members of Ukrainian ultranationalist organizations now have positions in the official power system, as well as in the army and police. This fusion of Ukrainian nationalists, the military, and pro-governmental paramilitary groups is not spontaneous but a deliberate plan.

During the so-called Orange Revolution in 2004, the pro-Western candidate and Ukrainian nationalist Victor Yushchenko won the presidency against then-Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich. Yushchenko was swept into power by a wave of people`s dissatisfaction with problems in the the socio-economic situation in the country. However, the dissatisfaction was sophisticatedly whipped up and directed by foreign strategists, resulting in a political and economical rupture between two potential economic partners – Ukraine and Russia.

With this speech I would like to draw the attention of the public on a matter that is very close to us, as Italians and Europeans, although less known among the majority of the people and often wrongly covered with exoticism.

I want to deal with the case of the so called “non-citizens” in two European Baltic States: Estonia and Latvia.

Ministerial Meeting on Mega Events for Sustainable Tourism Development, a forum dedicated to the impact of major events on the sector of economy, convened in Sochi  recently. No doubt, there were serious, in some regards, symbolic reasons behind nominating the city as a site for