Russia: Reporter’s long jail sentence is “disgraceful,” RSF says

first_imgRussia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Russia urged to free journalist held for 12 months on spurious charge (July 2016) Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption “This sentence is disgraceful,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which has been calling for Sokolov’s release for the past two years. to go further May 21, 2021 Find out more RSF urges as many journalists as possible to be present when the verdict is issued at midday today at Moscow’s Tverskoy district court, Room 20. Follow the news on Russia Russia : Investigative reporter Alexander Sokolov must be acquitted! Читать по-русски в PDF / Read in Russian News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisoned “After two years too many behind bars, Alexander Sokolov must be acquitted and freed,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “This trial has highlighted the urgent need to reform Russia’s anti-extremism legislation to prevent its arbitrary use for repressive purposes.” The indictment does little except criminalize peaceful activities. It makes little reference to Sokolov’s role with the group, which appears to have been very limited. August 10, 2017 Russia: Reporter’s long jail sentence is “disgraceful,” RSF says In the opinion of RSF, which has been campaigning for Sokolov’s release ever since his arrest, the weakness of the prosecution’s case shows that Sokolov’s journalistic activities are the real reason he has been put on trial. In a textbook example of how free speech is crushed in Russia, Sokolov was arrested in July 2015 after exposing a corruption scandal and has been held ever since on unsubstantiated “extremism” charges. In the trial that began nine months ago, the prosecution is seeking a four-year prison sentence. Sokolov had specialized in covering politics and corruption at his job with the independent media group RBC since 2013. His last story was about massive embezzlement of public funds in the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. He has a PhD in economics for which his thesis was about embezzlement by major Russian companies. RSF_en See RSF’s previous press releases on this case:center_img Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Moscow court trying Russian investigative reporter Alexander Sokolov to acquit him when it issues its verdict today. RSF also calls for the immediate release of this journalist, who has been held for the past two years. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisoned Help by sharing this information Russian journalist to appear in court after 15 months in detention (November 2016) Update: A court in Moscow’s Tverskoy district today sentenced Russian investigative reporter Alexander Sokolov to three and a half years in a penal colony for “perpetuating the activities of a banned extremist organization.” Related documents cp_sokolov_ru.pdfPDF – 279.57 KB The official reason for his arrest was his previous activist links. He and three others were accused of “pursuing the activities of a banned extremist organization” by running the website of a group called “For Responsible Government” (ZOV). Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News News Receive email alerts “By persisting with this prosecution despite two years of pre-trial detention, vacillating allegations, no hard evidence and an Orwellian charge, the judicial authorities have just reinforced the impression that Alexander Sokolov is being persecuted because his journalistic activities were a source of irritation.” ZOV was campaigning for a referendum to amend the Russian constitution so that politicians could be held accountable under criminal law. As this could hardly be regarded as a crime, the indictment claims that Sokolov “realized” that the group’s true aims were “destabilization of the government” and “distribution of extremist texts.” News May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Russia: Navy to Receive 12 Su-30SM Fighters

first_imgCorporation Irkut will deliver 40 multirole fighters Su-30SM to Russian defense ministry within the nearest few years, reports Interfax citing the corporation’s president Alexei Fedorov.“State Arms Program plans the deliveries of those airplanes to start in 2013. Perhaps, we’ll hand over a couple of them next year to complete state tests, and hopefully, serial deliveries would start since 2013”, added Fedorov.State Arms Program 2011-2020 provides procurement of 28 fighters Su-30SM for Air Force and 12 same aircrafts for Navy. “We have almost settled all technical aspects with defense ministry”, said Fedorov adding that defense ministry had earlier requested all information regarding the aircraft costs.It was reported late in July 2011 that twelve Su-30SM fighters would join Black Sea Fleet aviation and replace obsolete front-line bombers Su-24 stationed at Gvardeysky air base in Crimea. Irkut plans to sign the aircraft delivery contract with Air Force in 2012. Apart from 28 Su-30SM fighters, that agreement would contain an option for other 12 aircrafts. It is planned to start Su-30SM flight tests late in 2011.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, August 22, 2011; Russia: Navy to Receive 12 Su-30SM Fighters August 22, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Fighters View post tag: News by topiccenter_img Industry news View post tag: Su-30SM View post tag: receive View post tag: Russia View post tag: 12 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Navy to Receive 12 Su-30SM Fighters last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018, Belgium vs England: Who will get the third spot?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Belgium and England will meet for the second time in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 as they compete for third place in Saint Petersburg in the hope of finishing the tournament on a high.Both sides suffered heartbreak in the semi-finals, with Belgium losing 1-0 to France, and England falling to an extra-time winner by Croatia in a 2-1 defeat. By reaching the semi-finals – for the first time since 1986 – the Red Devils have somewhat exceeded expectations this World Cup, and coming into this game have a record in Russia of 5 wins, 1 loss, whilst scoring an impressive 14 goals and conceding just six.England have also had a surprisingly good run this World Cup – their best for 28 years. Their record of 4 wins, 2 defeats (including extra-time and a penalty shootout), with 12 goals scored and six conceded, has been a decent return from such a young and inexperienced squad.Coincidentally, the Three Lions’ only loss during 90 minutes was to Belgium (1-0) during the group stages.England coach Gareth Southgate has dealt with similar feelings before when his and England’s dream were crushed by his penalty miss in the semi-final of Euro 96. In their last seven matches (in all competitions), England have the better Head-to-head record against Belgium (W3, D3, L1), but two of their last three World Cup matches against each other have gone to extra-time (1990 and 1954).Key battle: As long as they are not rested, England’s Harry Kane (six) and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (four) will both be looking to finish the WC with the much-coveted Golden Boot.Stat attack: The last four World Cup third-place play-off matches have ended with 3.0+ goals scored, including 4.0+ goals in three of those four.England have kept just one clean sheet from their six WC matches in Russia.Four of Belgium’s six World Cup matches in Russia have seen over 2.5 goals scored (total).The last two meetings between the sides have both finished 1-0 (one win each).Three out of Belgium’s six Russia 2018 matches and four of England’s six have seen both sides score.This tournament has been a rollercoaster ride for many teams as well as the fans and we could be in store for another one on Saturday. last_img read more