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Voice of America – English: Nearly 1,500 Reported Arrested at Navalny Rallies in Russia


Police arrested nearly 1,500 people Wednesday during a day of demonstrations throughout Russia calling for freedom for imprisoned opposition leader Alexey Navalny, whose health reportedly is in severe decline after three weeks of hunger striking, according to a group that monitors political detentions.

The largest of the protests took place in Moscow, where thousands marched through the center city. Some of the people arrested were seized before the protests even began, including top Navalny associates in Moscow.

Navalny’s team called for the unsanctioned demonstrations after weekend reports that his health is deteriorating and his life was in danger.

“The situation with Alexey is indeed critical, and so we moved up the day of the mass protests,” Vladimir Ashurkov, a close Navalny ally and executive director of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, told The Associated Press. “Alexey’s health has sharply deteriorated, and he is in a rather critical condition. Doctors are saying that judging by his test (results), he should be admitted into intensive care.”

Navalny’s organization called for the Moscow protesters to assemble on Manezh Square, just outside the Kremlin walls, but police blocked it off. Instead, a large crowd gathered at the nearby Russian State Library and another lined Tverskaya Street, a main avenue that leads to the square. Both groups then moved through the streets.

“How can you not come out if a person is being murdered — and not just him. There are so many political prisoners,” said Nina Skvortsova, a Moscow protester.

In St. Petersburg, police blocked off Palace Square, the vast space outside the State Hermitage Museum, and protesters instead crowded along nearby Nevsky Prospekt.

Turnout, arrest estimates

It was unclear if the demonstrations matched the size and intensity of nationwide protests that broke out in January after Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent, was arrested. Turnout estimates varied widely: Moscow police said 6,000 people demonstrated in the capital, while an observer told Navalny’s YouTube channel that the crowd was about 60,000.

The OVD-Info group, which monitors political arrests and provides legal advice, said at least 1,496 people were arrested in 82 cities — the largest tally being nearly 600 in St. Petersburg.

Navalny’s team called the nationwide protests for the same day that Putin gave his annual state-of-the-nation address. In his speech, he denounced foreign governments’ alleged attempts to impose their will on Russia. Putin, who never publicly uses Navalny’s name, did not specify to whom the denunciation referred, but Western governments have been harshly critical of Navalny’s treatment and have called for his release.

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In Moscow, Navalny spokesperson Kira Yarmysh and Lyubov Sobol, one of his most prominent associates, were detained by police in the morning.

Yarmysh, who was put under house arrest after the January protests, was detained outside her apartment building when she went out during the one hour she is allowed to leave, said her lawyer, Veronika Polyakova. She was taken to a police station and charged with organizing an illegal gathering.

Sobol was removed from a taxi by uniformed police, said her lawyer, Vladimir Voronin.

OVD-Info reported that police searched the offices of Navalny’s organization in Yekaterinburg and detained a Navalny-affiliated journalist in Khabarovsk.

In St. Petersburg, the State University of Aerospace Instrumentation posted a notice warning that students participating in unauthorized demonstrations could be expelled.

The 44-year-old Navalny was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin. Russian officials have rejected the accusation.

Soon after, a court found that Navalny’s long stay in Germany violated the terms of a suspended sentence he was handed for a 2014 embezzlement conviction and ordered him to serve 2 ½ years in prison.

Hunger strike

Navalny began the hunger strike to protest prison officials’ refusal to let his doctors visit when he began experiencing severe back pain and a loss of feeling in his legs. The penitentiary service has said Navalny was getting all the medical help he needs.

Navalny’s physician, Dr. Yaroslav Ashikhmin, said recently that test results he received from Navalny’s family showed sharply elevated levels of potassium, which can bring on cardiac arrest, and heightened creatinine levels that indicate impaired kidneys and that he “could die at any moment.”

On Sunday, Navalny was transferred to a hospital in another prison and given a glucose drip. Prison officials rebuffed attempts by his doctors to visit him there.

Russian authorities have escalated their crackdown on Navalny’s allies and supporters. The Moscow prosecutor’s office asked a court to brand Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption and his network of regional offices as extremist organizations.

Human rights activists say such a move would paralyze the activities of the groups and expose their members and donors to prison sentences of up to 10 years.

Navalny’s allies vowed to continue their work despite the pressure.

“It is, of course, an element of escalation,” Ashurkov told the AP. “But I have to say we were able to regroup and organize our work despite the pressure before. I’m confident that now, too, we will find ways to work. … We have neither the intention nor the possibility to abandon what we’re doing.”

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Voice of America – English: Students Graduate From Earth Day Planting to Environmental Degrees


Fifty-one years ago, young people planted trees for the first Earth Day.   

Today, students are taking part in environmental law, science and other disciplines to heal the planet.  

“You don’t have to be an environmental professional to help the environment,” Briana Allison, an environmental science student at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, wrote to VOA. “Everyone should find a way to get involved in preserving the planet we call home.”

Briana Allison, an environmental science student at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. (Photo courtesy of Briana Allison)

Briana Allison, an environmental science student at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. (Photo courtesy of Briana Allison)

Climate change is a huge issue for younger people. Those under age 30 are so worried about the planet that experts have given their concern a name: eco-anxiety. Stress about climate change affects their daily lives, said nearly half of 2,017 adults polled in 2019 by the Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association

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Allison is specializing in physical geology and what climate change has done to the coasts.   

“It is important to point out that climate change contributes to issues like flooding and coastal erosion,” Allison wrote to VOA. “I personally have acknowledged that climate change is involved, and I make sure I bring it up when sharing my environmental passions with others.”   

She continued, “I completed research over the topics and, in my conclusion, I mentioned the negative effects of climate change regarding flooding and erosion. I am committed to making others aware of it and not ignoring that this issue exists.”  

Bongekile Kuhlase studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where she is earning her master’s degree in plant ecology. In an email to VOA, Kuhlase noted that it is important not to dwell on the past when it comes to today’s environment.

Bongekile Kuhlase studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. (Photo courtesy of Bongekile Kuhlase)

Bongekile Kuhlase studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. (Photo courtesy of Bongekile Kuhlase)

“Mistakes were made, it’s good to acknowledge that, only so that it does not happen again,” she explained. Kuhlase’s studies have allowed her to “effectively plan ways to try restore the ecology that previously used to exist” in an environment.  

“I’m literally living my dream right now doing community-based conservation and land restoration,” she wrote to VOA. “I believe humans aren’t separate from nature and for real change, we need to be part of the solutions, teaching the community as well as learning from them and their native ways.”   

Allison also touched on the idea that the divide on climate change might not always be specifically related to age. While older generations might be “responsible for the issues that are prevalent today,” they did attempt to help the planet.   

“Younger generations seem more likely to engage in environmentally friendly activities and push for new environmental laws and policies. Older generations have put things in place to protect the environment, such as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency,” she wrote.     

The EPA was created after the first Earth Day, organized in spring 1970, united the fight against “oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife,” according to EARTHDAY.ORG, an organization that works to create action on environmental issues across the globe. 

“As time goes on, we are learning better ways to do things so the planet isn’t damaged even more for the next generations to come,” Allison wrote.  

For Natasha Das, a third-year student at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), she found herself making less sustainable choices during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Instead of cooking meals, she ordered takeout, which comes in plastic. She said she was unable to clean her masks as often, causing her to use more single-use masks.    

“For me, I’m really into individual lifestyle choices,” she said. It “makes it feel like we still have some amount of power.”     

Change does not have to be difficult, she said.   

“I’d say being mindful to realize how much plastic is in your day-to-day life or how many things you’re doing is actually unsustainable,” she said. “Because it’s only once you know your actual impact, can you start making changes. And then also realizing it’s not as hard. … So I didn’t think that I could compost in the dorms until I recently thought, ‘What if I just Google it?’”     

Dashka Maslyukova also said that individual choices, when compounded, can create big-scale change. 

“Individual actions, when they’re formed in small groups, can actually be more impactful than just your individual actions,” she said to VOA.  

Maslyukova, a student at George Mason University in Virginia, is president of the Mason Environmental Justice Alliance (MEJA) and has worked with other groups, locally and across the U.S.   

“A lot of our work in the past three to four years has been with the Mountain Valley Pipeline down in southwestern Virginia, and the fight that’s been going on,” Maslyukova said. “So we’ve held rallies on campus, we’ve called and phone-banked, and written postcards to the governor, and collaborated with the Appalachian Youth Climate Coalition.”  

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a natural gas pipeline to run from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia that is “approximately 92% complete,” according to the project’s website. 

MEJA wants to stop the production of the MVP, saying it “will cut through waterways, mountains, indigenous lands, heighten the climate crisis with expanding the use of fossil fuels.”  

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Voice of America – English: Biden Under Pressure to Improve Global Vaccine Equity


Touting the 200 million COVID-19 shots administered since he took office, President Joe Biden said he is looking into sending excess doses abroad. His administration is under pressure to do more to improve global vaccine equity, including supporting a campaign to waive vaccine patents. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has the story.

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