Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Belarus: Europe’s Last Executioner

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Belarus is the last country in Europe to have the death penalty. Since 1991, about 300 death sentences have been carried out in the country. The condemned prisoners are shot in the head. The body is not given to the family and the place of burial remains a state secret.

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Unable to Absorb Belarus, Putin will Try to Make Russia a Formally Unitary State, Slosberg Says

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Paul Goble
            Staunton, April 7 – Vladimir Putin and his entourage would like to absorb Belarus and thus open the way for the Kremlin leader to remain in power over a “new” country, Lev Shlosberg says. But the Belarusians won’t accept that arrangement and so the Kremlin will change the constitution to make Russia formally a unitary rather than a federal state.
            In an interview with the Kazan Reporter on the occasion of his first-ever visit to Tatarstan, the Pskov opposition politician says that Putin is a man of the Soviet past with no vision of the future other than that past (kazanreporter.ru/post/3598_lev-slosberg-putin-nesovremennyj-celovek-emu-skucno-na-dolznosti-prezidenta-rossii).
            “Our country has completed the period of post-Soviet modernization,” Shlosberg says. “And it has completely failed. Our country, unfortunately, has not been able to shift from the Soviet state system to a contemporary one.” And that is leading to “an objective contradiction” between the state and the needs of the population.
            As a result, “we are on the eve of major social and political changes,” the Pskov deputy says.
            “After Putin’s election,” he says, the Kremlin wanted to change Russia’s state system. But because of the regime’s “illiteracy and incompetence,” it struck out first with the pension reform and lost much of its former support.  That this happened, of course, reflects the nature of Putin himself.
            “Putin is a man of the 20thcentury and of ‘the cold war,’” Shlosberg says. “He is so raised that this is his worldview and it has only intensified over the course of his rule.”  His entourage, of course, wants to extend this as long as possible; and it would like to create a new union state with Belarus that he could head.
            But that won’t be easy or perhaps even possible. “Belarusians have a very high level of national identity … They won’t give up Belarus to Russia.”  Consequently, to remain in power, Putin will change the Russian constitution and “make it officially a unitary state.”  From his perspective, “the name ‘Russian Federation’ has one excess word.”
            Putin is “an absolute supporter that the center of power on the entire territory of Russia must be one. He can divide authority but categorically does not intend to divide power. This is his idee fixe. Therefore, the destruction of the federal bases of the state is not a mistake but intentional work.”
                That involves the destruction of non-Russian languages and non-Russian institutions. Putin may allow some to remain as decoration but without content.  You want to call yourself a president, fine; but just don’t expect that to mean anything, Shlosberg says is Putin’s thinking. 
            Shlosberg says that he would favor making all the heads of the federal subjects presidents and giving both them and the subjects real authority and power.  But unfortunately, he continues, at present, “no one takes political decisions besides ‘the consolidated Putin.’”
            “Putin after all is not one man but a definite group of people. They keep for themselves the right to make decisions; everyone else is merely an executor.  This is a completely dead-end model,” Shlosberg continues.  But that is the direction the Kremlin has been and will continue to move under this “Putin.”
             “This is a very dangerous policy,” he says. One can’t rule a country as large and diverse as the Russian Federation is for long in this way. “It won’t work”

Window on Eurasia — New Series


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Новости – Настоящее Время: В Петербурге суд арестовал на 7 суток активистку, которая принесла мусор в офис “Единой России”

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Октябрьский районный суд Петербурга 10 апреля вынес решения по делам активистов “Ленинского комсомола” (молодежного крыла КПРФ). 8 апреля они принесли коробки с мусором в офис партии “Единая Россия”. На трех коробках с мусором было написано “За вашу работу”, “Подарки, которые вы заслужили” и “Денег нет, но вы держитесь”. По словам самих активистов, так они выразили протест против повышения тарифов на вывоз мусора и против инициативы, согласно которой бытовые отходы из столичных регионов будут вывозиться на утилизацию на север России, где специально для этого будут открыты новые полигоны.

Работники приемной отказались принять коробки и вызвали сотрудников полиции, четверо участников акции были задержаны и доставлены в полицию. 

Викторию Северину суд 10 апреля признал виновной в проведении публичного мероприятия без подачи уведомления (ч. 2 ст. 20.2 КоАП) и арестовал ее на семь суток. 

Еще один активист, Феликс Петров, признан виновным по той же административной статье и получил 40 часов обязательных работ. 

Административное дело третьего активиста, Владислава Карлова, суд еще не рассмотрел.

Новости – Настоящее Время


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“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: RFE/RL: Russian court rules transgender woman was fired illegally | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice – Kyiv Post

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RFE/RL: Russian court rules transgender woman was fired illegally | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice  Kyiv Post

Members of the South African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community wave rainbow-coloured flags as they take part in the …

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SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos: Росгвардия выселяет омоновцев на улицу. Leon Kremer #49

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From: SvobodaRadio
Duration: 04:51

Сегодня мы поговорим о выселении бывших сотрудников ОМОНа из служебных квартир. Они записали видеообращение к Путину, Золотову и Колокольцеву с просьбой оставить им жилье. Несмотря на то, что власть абсолютно предательски поступила по отношению к этим сотрудникам ОМОНа, использовав и выкинув как расходный материал, простые граждане не пожалели бывших сотрудников. Всему виной их участие в разгоне мирных протестных акций. В этом ролике обсудим обращение тех самым омоновцев, которые последние десять лет стояли против собственного народа.

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“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: Cabinet expands list of banned goods from Russia | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice – Kyiv Post

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Cabinet expands list of banned goods from Russia | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice  Kyiv Post

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has expanded a list of goods from the Russian Federation on which embargo is imposed, including glass canning jars, …

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“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: Inflation in Ukraine slows to 8.6% in March yoy – news economics – UNIAN

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Inflation in Ukraine slows to 8.6% in March yoy – news economics  UNIAN

Inflation in Ukraine in March 2019 was estimated at 8.6% year-over-year (y-o-y) against 8.8% recorded in February 2019 y-o-y. The prices rose by 0.9% in March …

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Since Putin Came to Power, Russia has Become Absolutely and Relatively Weaker than Its Geopolitical Competitors, Inozemtsev Says

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Paul Goble
            Staunton, April 9 – Since Vladimir Putin came to power, Russia has become both absolutely and relatively weaker than its potential international opponents, not only because the world has changed and military force is less important than it was but also because Moscow has overseen the destruction of many branches of the Russian economy, Vladislav Inozemtsev says.
            Yezhednevny zhurnal has published yet another chapter from the economist’s new book, An Uncontemporary Country, in which he documents this argument, showing that Russia’s economy is now less important than it was compared to others and its military strength while sufficient to defend the country can do little to expand it beyond its immediate neighborhood. 
            That reality, Inozemtsev says, Putin has tried to compensate for by spending more on the Russian military than ever before and engaging in regular sabre rattling; but it holds only two “cards” internationally – its nuclear arsenal and its seat in the UN Security Council – and neither is as significant as it wants to believe (ej.ru/?a=note&id=33642).
            On the one hand, its nuclear arsenal provides protection but can’t be readily used to expand the country’s position. There are simply too many other ways the West and China can restrict Moscow’s possibilities. And on the other, world powers can work around the Security Council to make decisions and often do so, rendering Moscow’s seat less valuable than it seems. 
            Under these conditions, the economist continues, Russia’s “most rational choice” would be to form a close relationship with the European Union or China; but instead, under Putin, Russia has tried to act as if it can go it alone, something that will guarantee its further degradation and isolation.
            And Moscow’s actions are such that Russia can expand relations with China or restore ties with the West only on the conditions set by the others, something it seems constitutionally incapable of doing.  And that inevitably calls attention to three unfortunate characteristics of Russian foreign policy under Putin.
            First, that policy is “practically completely” without values that could attract others. Second, Russia is acting as if military force alone can compensate for shortcomings in everything else. And third, the Kremlin has made foreign policy “anomalously” central to Russians, thus avoiding the choices about domestic affairs needed.
            As a result, Inozemtsev says, Moscow has thrown away the real possibilities it had two decades ago to become a partner of the EU, one in which it could gradually be integrated into the West, in pursuit of the false and fatal goal of being a super power standing alone, something it no longer is capable of being in the world as it is.
            Russia can cause trouble everywhere. It can commit aggression against its weaker neighbors. But it can’t attract support and it doesn’t have the economic base or ideological position that will attract others and allow it to be what Putin appears to want.  And that, the economist suggests, is going to become ever more obvious – and dangerous – to Russia in the first instance but to the world as well. 

Window on Eurasia — New Series


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SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos: Мёртвые души Чертанова

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From: SvobodaRadio
Duration: 02:42

Активисты района Чертаново Южное в Москве обвиняют власти в фальсификации результатов общественных слушаний по проекту реконструкции дорожной сети. В итоговом протоколе обнаружились фамилии умерших людей и жителей, которые не принимали участия в голосовании.
Ссылка на источник – https://www.svoboda.org/a/29870979.html

#РадиоСвобода #Москва #фальсификации

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Весь эфир – Радио Свобода: Радио Свобода на этой неделе 20 лет назад. Арест отца – 10 Апрель, 2019

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Самое интересное из нашего общего прошлого.
Незавершенная история. Незажитые раны. Все еще живые надежды.
Могла ли Россия пойти другим путем?
Радио Свобода на этой неделе 20 лет назад. Архивный проект.
Иван Толстой выбирает из нашего эфира по-прежнему актуальное и оказавшееся вечным.

Download audio: https://audio.rferl.org/RU/2019/04/10/20190410-090500-RU081-program_hq.mp3

Весь эфир – Радио Свобода


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Global Voices: Hungarian state media are attacking a high school student who criticized government

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Media have called Nagy a bad student and a “whore”.

Blanka Nagy speaking at a rally in January 2019. Photo by Márk Tremmel, CC BY-NC-SA 2.5.

This story was written by Tamás B. Kovács and translated by Anita Kőműves for the Hungarian investigative journalism non-profit, Atlatszo. This edited version appears here as part of a partnership with Global Voices.

Hungarian pro-government media outlets have launched new attacks against Blanka Nagy, a high school student who has spoken out against the government at several protests since late 2018.

Nagy has endured criticism of her intellect and even sexual harassment, with one outlet calling her a “whore”.

She has already filed and won defamation cases against three pro-government outlets that claimed she was failing in school: Lokál, Ripost, and Origo. However, after Nady won her case against Origo, the outlet launched another attack, publishing her school reports. Nagy told Atlatszo that she is considering suing Origo again over these latest stories.

Blanka Nagy became well-known in Hungary last winter after she gave a speech at an anti-government rally, in which she criticized prominent politicians using foul language. Her harsh words resonated with many social media users and a video of her speech went viral.

About two months after her video became a social media sensation, the pro-government media and pundits such as Zsolt Bayer launched a series of attacks against her. Pro-government outlets claimed that she was failing many of her subjects in school and that she had missed many days of school. They also called her an “untalented wannabe actress” and a “whore”.

Her attorney filed copies of her academic transcript with the court to prove that she is not failing her classes – and thus the school transcripts became available for attorneys of Origo. The outlet decided to publish data from her transcripts, claiming that Nagy almost failed history last term and is on the verge of failing in a few other subjects as well.

“My attorney and I are considering suing the outlet that published my school transcript”, Nagy told Atlatszo in an interview. She says that Origo had no right to publish the transcripts. She and her attorney did not even think that Origo had the right to see the transcripts when they filed them in court.

“And their latest claims are not true either”, she said. “I am not failing my history class, contrary to what they say. I have a much better grade than a 2 (rough equivalent to a C-). What they say is simply false. I would be ashamed if it was true because I have a history teacher among my ancestors”, she said.

“I think all this verbal aggression against me is very strange but I am no longer bothered by it. It only proves that I somehow scared the highest ranks of governing party Fidesz. The fact that Zsolt Bayer himself attacked me and the pro-government media is using false pretexts to try and smear me proves that”, she added.

Defamation and disinformation are common weapons of Hungarian pro-government media. Some opposition figures have responded by suing these outlets for character assassination. According to data recently obtained by Atlatszo, the most prominent propaganda outlets have lost dozens of cases, and were mandated by the courts to issue corrections to their stories 109 times during 2018.

Global Voices


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“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: Donbas warzone update: Ukraine reports 13 enemy attacks in past day – UNIAN

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Donbas warzone update: Ukraine reports 13 enemy attacks in past day  UNIAN

Russia-led forces mounted 13 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past 24 hours. There were no Ukrainian army casualties.

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“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: Relatives of Ukrainian political prisoners call on PACE not to lift sanctions from Russia – Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news

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Relatives of Ukrainian political prisoners call on PACE not to lift sanctions from Russia  Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news

The relatives of Ukrainian citizens illegally held in Russia, as well as in occupied territories, have called on PACE delegates not to make changes to the …

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