Russia has no political prisoners, Ilya Klebanov, the president's representative to the Northwest Region, said Thursday in answering a foreign reporter who asked why Russia arrests, in violation of all democratic norms, people whom the authorities find troublesome. 'If you are talking about the YUKOS situation, that is not about politics,' Klebanov insisted. 'Like any other government, Russia must crack down on any non-payment of taxes by representatives of business; otherwise we will never build a strong society.' Russian laws, Klebanov added, are in most cases more liberal than similar laws in the West.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine may face new problems over the upgraded Russian unmanned aerial vehicle Lancet. Kyiv will now need to use airfields far from the line of combat contact and look for new ways to protect its aircraft