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(Through mid-2013: 500,000 records; 375,000 fulltext records.) The Eurasia Atlantic Database is a bibliographic and fulltext database that provides intensive area coverage (especially for economic development, investment, trade and technological industries) for Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and lesser coverage to Western Europe. The database provides unusual historical depth for Soviet and WWII history, including diplomatic/historical documentation such as diplomatic papers and the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in fulltext. All Reference databases are designed to provide easy bibliographic and fulltext access to journals, newspapers, conference proceedings, press releases, books, manuals, magazines, and ephemera.

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Northern Eurasia: Russia, the USSR, Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Chechnya, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, and the worldwide European diaspora.

Central Asia-Inner Asia-South Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Chechnya, Daghestan, Georgia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tibet, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Xinjiang.

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Eurasia Atlantic Database Sample Abstract 1

Kishkovsky, Sophia

"Impact Report Clears Russian Oil Project", in New York Times, October 9, 2007. p. C2.

An environmental impact statement prepared on the Sakhalin II oil and gas development project in the Russian Far East gives overall approval to the project. The report will be formally released on Thursday (10/11/2007). The report was prepared by AEA Technology Inc. for the potential lenders: Export Credits Guarantee Department (UK), Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and the US Export-Import Bank. The report does have critical comments about possible erosion, wetland crossings, damage to bird-nesting zones, and protection of the western gray whale. The environmental review is important because it allows a series of multibillion dollar loans to be exercised.

Ian Craig, CEO of Sakhalin Energy Investments Co., at a meeting in Moscow Mnday where he presented the report observed: "The key for me in this report is that it notes the high level of compliance with the requirements in the area of health, safety, environment and social that was achieved. It also lists a number of best practices in the Sakhalin II Project".

In 2006, Royal Dutch/Shell and two Japanese partners sold their stakes to Gazprom after persistent accusations that the pipelines required by the project would damage salmon fisheries. NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund remain critical of the project. Alex Turkeltaub, managing director/lobbyist of the obscure Frontier Strategy Group, denounces the report (without having seen the report) as a fraud perpetrated by the Russian government. However, Sakhalin II is seen as important to the energy future of northeastern Asia and important to underpin the development of Sakhalin Island.

Geographic Descriptors: Japan, Russia, Russian Far East, Sakhalin Island, UK, USA

Subject Descriptors: Birds, EIS, Environmental Planning, Erosion, Export Credits, FIRUSSIA, Financing, Fisheries, Lobbying, NGO, Oil, Pipelines, Regional Development, Wetlands, Whales

Corporate Descriptors: Sakhalin II Project, Gazprom, Royal Dutch/Shell PLC, AEA Technology Inc. for the potential lenders: Export Credits Guarantee Department, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, US Export-Import Bank, Frontier Strategy Group, Sakhalin Energy Investments Co.

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Eurasia Atlantic Database Sample Abstract 2

"Berezovsky Wants 'Orange Revolution' Money Back From Ukraine", in RIA Novosti, September 3, 2007.

Boris Berezovsky, the fugitive [Israeli]-Russian oligarch, is suing Ukrainian politicians for nearly $23 million he says he provided to fund the country's 2004 "orange revolution," Ukrainian justice authorities said Monday. The London-based Oligarch, who has a British passport, has filed a suit against Oleksandr Tretyakov and David Zhvaniya, parliamentarians from the pro-presidential Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense bloc, with the High Court of England and Wales, the Ukrainian Justice Ministry said. Berezovsky, 61, accused the two politicians, who have been summoned to court September 5 to receive subpoenas, of misusing the money he allocated for what he called the development of democracy.

The "orange revolution" was a popular bloodless uprising in Ukraine that brought pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko to power following a controversial run-off election November 21, 2004, that declared pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych the victor. Tretyakov is a former presidential aide, and Zhvaniya was emergencies minister in 2005. Berezovsky, who is wanted in Russia on charges of fraud and a coup attempt, said he transferred the money to the accounts of Yushchenko's relatives, who have denied the allegations. Berezovsky said he would sue them as well.

Geographic Descriptors: Israel, Russia, UK, Ukraine

Subject Descriptors: Bribery, Elections, Lawsuits, Oligarchs, Political Parties

Corporate Descriptors: Orange Revolution, Our Ukraine, Peoples Self-Defense Bloc, Ministry of Justice (Ukraine)

Named persons: Berezovsky, Boris [Israel]; Berezovsky, Boris [Russia]; Yanukovych, Viktor [Ukraine]; Yushchenko, Viktor [Ukraine]; Zhvaniya, David [Ukraine]; Tretyakov, Oleksandr [Ukraine]

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Eurasia Atlantic Database Sample Primary Document

Cimoszewicz, Wlodzimierz

Statement by Mr. Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Poland, at the 11th Ministerial Session of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, 5-6 March 2002) Stockholm: CBSS Secretariat (, March 2002.

Mister Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, We have just marked the 10th anniversary of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Over the past decade, co-operation between our countries has developed in almost all areas. We have created a rich network of institutional links between governments, parliaments, regions and towns, as well as non-governmental organisations. The development of that cooperation was also a key component of the integration of Europe, which will soon encompass most of the region.

I wish to declare that Poland will continue making its contribution to the cooperation in the framework of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. We shall accelerate the construction of highways, including Via Baltica, modernisation of North-South and East-West road and rail links (including Rail Baltica). We are planning the construction of new gas pipelines. We support the undertakings in the framework of VASAB (Visions and Strategies around the Baltic Sea), designed to ensure balanced spatial development of the Baltic Sea region. We shall continue fostering concrete collaboration between towns and sub-regions, and also in the framework of Euroregions, which - beside tangible benefits - brings closer relations between our societies.

I commend the operation of the Task Force on combating organised crime, the creation of which we proposed a few years ago. Now, after the events of September 11, the mandate of that group should be extended to include the combating of international terrorism. We support the relevant proposals submitted by Denmark - the chair of the Task Force - addressing such pathological phenomena as money laundering and corruption.

It is also essential to undertake new measures upgrading our collaboration in civil security - including those enhancing navigation safety, counteracting oil and chemical spills, implementation of the EUROBALTIC project, combating of drugs addiction and trafficking, as well as other negative phenomena. Poland, as the lead country in this area, will spare no effort to give that co-operation greater momentum.

I am glad that our regional cooperation is developing in close association with the European Union, including the European Commission -- and with its backing. The Council is already fulfilling various tasks in the framework of the Union's Northern Dimension Action Plan.

The accession of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to the European Union - which we expect in 2004 -- will be one of the major events in the region in the coming years. I take this opportunity to thank EU member states for their support for our bid to join the Union. The population of the Union will grow by almost fifty million people with the membership of those four countries. That will be an important historic event for our countries. The expansion of the European Union eastwards will significantly enhance stability in the region and on the whole continent. It will be yet another sign that the divisions of Europe -- often dating back to distant history -- are being eradicated. We believe that this will help overcome the differences in economic development and thus enhance co-operation in the region.

While removing old divisions, we do not want to create new ones. Hence, the priority we attach to co-operation with Russia, and particularly -- with Kaliningrad Oblast.

Today, our trade turnover with Kaliningrad totals some 300 million dollars a year. That is far below what is possible. Some four hundred Polish companies are active in the Oblast. The Polish government supports various other forms of co-operation between the Oblast and the neighbouring Polish Pomorskie and Warmilsko-Mazurskie Voivodships. Several days ago yet another agreement was concluded between the Pomorskie Voivodship and the Administration of Kaliningrad Oblast. It envisages broad collaboration in the fields of industry, agriculture, transport, environment protection, spatial planning, health protection and social assistance, culture, education, science, tourism and development of civil society. By 2005, we will modernise the road from Elblig to Kaliningrad and open a new border crossing. We are considering lending an international character to the route from Elblig to the Baltic Sea through the Russian part of the Vistula basin (through the Pilava Strait) by admitting vessels under the flags of third countries, which would invigorate the economy of that Polish-Russian region. We also intend to co-operate with Kaliningrad in upgrading navigational markings and jointly conducting ice-breaking operations.

We shall continue implementation of the common initiative of Poland, Russia and Lithuania -- under auspices of the Council - concerning the training of self-government activists, representatives of small- and medium-sized businesses, and staff of the border services. We are satisfied with the first seminar connected with the initiative, held in Bartoszyce last autumn. We are also planning implementation of a trilateral program of combating contagious diseases.

As a future member of the EU, Poland will be obliged to introduce the visa requirement for the citizens of Russia and our other eastern neighbours. That will happen on July 1st , 2003. I wish to assure the representatives of Russia that we shall do everything possible to ensure that the new regulation does not hinder collaboration between our countries and does not create a sense of isolation among the citizens of Kaliningrad. Still, much depends on the federal authorities of Russia and the authorities of the Oblast, who will decide if legal and administrative conditions are created to facilitate broad co-operation.

We are highly supportive of the European Commission's program of co-operation with the Oblast. We welcome the creation of a working group, which will consider the establishment of a common economic area of the EU and Russia. The establishment of such an area would be beneficial for all concerned -- particularly countries bordering directly on the Russian Federation. Kaliningrad Oblast can and should become a zone of intensive co-operation of Russia with the EU and Poland - as part of the Union community.

I have pointed out just a few tasks facing the Council of the Baltic Sea States. I am confident that we can fulfil them. The ability to deal with new challenges has always been strength of the Council. Such challenges still face us. The best way of coping with them is to act together.

Thank you for your attention.

Geographic Descriptors: Baltic Sea, Estonia, Kaliningrad, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Vistula River Basin

Subject Descriptors: Border Security, Corruption, Diplomatic Relations, Economic Development, Environmental Planning, Infrastructure, International Organizations, Money-Laundering, Narcotics, Organized Crime, Regional Development, Terrorism, Trade Policy

Corporate Descriptors: Council of Baltic Sea States, CBSS Secretariat, Northern Dimension Action Plan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUROBALTIC Project, Rail Baltica

Named persons: Cimoszewicz, Wlodzimierz [Poland]

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