Russia: Emails expose watchdog's dollar deals





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From: Russia Today
Emails expose watchdog's dollar deals
Published: 09 December, 2011, 01:28
Edited: 09 December, 2011, 13:49
Russian news website Life News has published emails it claims show correspondence between the US State Dept. and the Russian election watchdog Golos discussing payments for work done to discredit the results of Russia's parliamentary vote.

­Life News says it has come into the possession of 60 megabytes of Golos' private online correspondence. According to Life News, they are letters sent and received by Golos Executive Chief Lilya Shibanova and her deputy Grigory Melkonyants. Judging by the documents published on the site, the group which claimed to be independent was actually funded in order to defend the interests of US State Department.

In one of the letters Yulia Kostkina, a financial analyst for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sends Melkonyants a list of remarks and guidelines considering Golos' activities. She also writes:

"The list of the lacking documents we are expecting from you:
Policy and procedures of applying currency rates to Golos accountance and finance reporting;
Procurement activities;
Procedures of property management considering the procedures, existing in USAID,"

with several more similar paragraphs in that letter.
Vladimir Putin nuclear arms warning to the U.S. as he blames Hillary Clinton for inciting protests in Moscow

By Will Stewart

Last updated at 7:42 AM on 9th December 2011

Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin boasted yesterday: 'We are the largest nuclear power.'

The comment came as Mr Putin blamed Hillary Clinton for encouraging a wave of protests over his country's parliamentary elections.

He took aim after the U.S. secretary of state said voters 'deserve a full investigation of electoral fraud and manipulation'.

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