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Päivitetty: 19.10.2018 13:56
  • Jamal Khasshogi's body could be dissolved in highly toxic acid
    Investigators believe that the body of Saudi opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi could be dissolved in acid, Sky News reports. The source of the publication, which is "very close to the investigation," said that, according to one of the versions, Khashoggi's body was destroyed under the influence of a very fast-acting acid.On October 2, a Saudi-born native Jamal Khashoggi went to the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul to receive divorce papers. He left his phone to his girlfriend and entered the building, from where he never returned.
  • Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East
    Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah Khalil Al-Sisi arrived in Sochi. It would seem that his interest is obvious - the resumption of Russian tourist charter flights to Egypt to support the tourist industry in Egypt. However, Russia is no less interested in Egypt. Russia can learn a few lessons from Egypt of how to extricate from a crisis.Following the official visit of the Egyptian president to Russia, the two countries signed an agreement on strategic cooperation. Vladimir Putin said that over the year, the volume of Russian-Egyptian trade increased by 62 percent and amounted to 6.7 billion dollars, while in January-August it grew by another 28 percent. "Russia is a major supplier of grain to the Egyptian market. Our country supports Egypt's desire to conclude an agreement on the free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union," Putin noted.According to him, Russia will take part in the construction of the modern industrial and logistic zone in the Suez Canal area. It goes about instrument-making, woodworking, and pharmaceutical companies. "We plan to attract investments in this zone, about seven billion dollars, to create over 35,000 new jobs. It is assumed that the products manufactured in this zone will go not only to the market of Egypt, but also to markets of the Middle East and African countries," Putin said.It is worthy of note that Russia's federal agency for atomic power, Rosatom, is building the Al Dabaa nuclear power plant in Egypt worth $60 billion. Egypt on the rise Only five years ago, after the victory over Muslim Brotherhood*, Egypt was in decline. The country was plagued with terrorism - suffice it to remember attacks on Coptic churches in 2016, when dozens of people were killed. There was a sharp decline in foreign exchange reserves, and the Egyptian economy was stagnating. Nowadays, the government says that it has solved the security problem. A recent report from the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said that tourist flow to Egypt increased by 55.1 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year.Putin said that the charter communication between Russia and Egypt would be restored after airports are checked for safety to exclude a possibility for the Sinai plane crash to reoccur. The World Bank predicts the growth in Egypt's GDP in 2020 by 5.8 percent. Inflation has declined  from 36 percent in November 2016 to 13.6 percent. Unemployment fell to an unprecedented minimum of 11.3 percent. In August, Moody's upgraded the country's credit rating from "stable" to "positive." Also read: Putin in Egypt: Who's the boss in the Middle East?The Egyptian authorities plan to resettle the entire population from slums. To accomplish this, Egypt is already building 20 new cities across the country. The government intends to restore Egypt's status of a natural gas exporter - not only through the discovery of new fields, but also by liquefying gas that comes from Cyprus. On September 30, the Egyptian government announced the suspension of LNG imports, which will save Egypt about $250 million a month.Today, Egypt is the third largest arms importer. After Washington ceased its arms deliveries to Egypt after the "non-democratic toppling" of Muslim Brotherhood, arms imports have increased by 215 percent. These days, Egypt buys weapons from Russia, France, and Germany. The Egyptian army has had a profound upgrade: it has state-of-the-art military equipment, including landing assault ships.Alexander Vavilov, a professor at the diplomatic academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, told Pravda.Ru that Egypt has recovered greatly after Mursi, who saw Islam as Egypt's main problem. "There is a very good Egyptian joke about this. Mohammed Mursi comes home and says to his wife: "Zulfiya, we won, we toppled the president, everything is fine now." She replies: "My congratulations to you, but we have seven children, and they are all hungry."" 
  • Putin: Russians will go to heaven in case of nuclear war
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons. At the same time, Putin noted, Russia would respond to a nuclear strike. "The aggressor must know that retaliation will be inevitable. We, victims of the aggression, we will go to heaven as martyrs. They will just die, because they won't even have time to repent," the president said.Putin also said that Russia was not afraid of anything. "We are not afraid of anything at all. [When your] country with such a territory, with people ready to give their lives for the Fatherland - nobody can do anything about it," he said.Earlier, during his speech, Putin said that the tragedy in the city of Kerch came as a consequence of globalisation.
  • Putin blames globalisation for Kerch school shooting that claimed 21 lives
    Young people "grab surrogate of heroism instead of genuine heroism," Russian President Putin said noting that the Internet lacks content for the younger generation.Putin believes that the massacre in the Polytechnic College in the city of Kerch, where 21 people were killed during a mass shooting and an explosion, came as a result of globalisation," including social networks.""This, apparently, is a result of globalisation, strange as it may seem. We can see whole communities being created in social networks, on the Internet," Putin said speaking at an annual meeting of Valdai discussion club. Putin also believes that the young man who killed so many people at the Polytechnic College in Kerch was inspired by similar tragedies in the United States. "Young people with unstable psyche create some fake heroes for themselves. All of us, in Russia in particular and in the world, show a bad reaction to the changing environment," he said. "It means that we do not create necessary, interesting and useful content for young people. They grab this surrogate of heroism, and it all leads to tragedies like this one," Putin said. One of the most notorious cases of mass shooting in an educational institution was the massacre in Columbine High School in Colorado, USA, in April 1999, when 13 people were killed and 36 were wounded. The massacre triggered the phenomenon of mass school shootings, when others wanted to be like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the perpetrators of the attack. Also read: Kerch shooter grew up in dysfunctional family
  • Russia receives super long range missile for S-400 anti-aircraft systems
    The Russian army receives the missile that has the longest range. A source at the Russian military-industrial complex said that the S-400 Triumf SAM system would be armed with a 40N6 long-range anti-aircraft missile."The long-range missile 40N6 [40N6E is the export version] was put into service, all necessary documents were signed in September, after which the Ministry of Defence proceeded to purchasing these missiles," the source said.Within the scope of the state armament program before 2027, over 1,000 40N6 missiles are to be purchased for  S-400 regiments of the Aerospace Forces. The program stipulates for the establishment of 56 divisions of S-400. In July of this year, a source close to the Russian defence industry said that the state trials of the 40N6 missile were successful.The 40N6 is an anti-aircraft guided missile (SAM) of super-long range of over 400 km. The missile can intercept targets in near space for S-400/S-500 air defence systems. The 40N6 is designed to destroy air command posts, strategic bombers, hypersonic cruise and ballistic missiles with a maximum speed of more than 4800 m/s. The missile is capable of destroying targets beyond the visibility of ground radars.According to official information, the destruction range of the missile makes up nearly 380 km for aerodynamic purposes and up to 15 km for ballistic ones with an altitude from ten meters to 35 kilometres. The average flight speed is 1190 m/s. Owing to the new homing head, the missile can destroy aircraft outside radio visibility of ground-based radars.In addition, the 40N6 missile is capable of finding and striking targets on its own, after losing communication with ground systems.Previous anti-aircraft missiles of the S-400 complex (9M96, 48N6, 48N6DM) that were in service with the army of the Russian Federation, ensured the destruction of targets at a distance of up to 250 km.The US anti-aircraft missile system Patriot PAC-3 is capable of hitting targets at a maximum distance of up to 80-100 km.
  • Russia will not let NATO warships into Sea of Azov
    Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov.Member-countries of the North Atlantic Alliance intend to hold naval drills in the Sea of Azov. Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, excluded such a possibility and said that NATO countries would need to obtain Russia's consent for such an event. Needless of say that Moscow will never give its permission for NATO drills near Russian borders. Lavrov said that it was Ukraine that was trying to invite Western countries to the Sea of Azov. However, Russia keeps her eye on the ball. According to Lavrov, Russia is well aware of Ukraine's efforts to build up its military presence on the border with Russia. It is also obvious, Lavrov added, that Europe was remaking its transport system so that Western countries could approach Russia's borders as quickly as possible.
  • Soyuz MS-10 booster crashed because of assembly flaw - experts
    The recent accident during the launch of the Soyuz MS-10 booster to the International Space Station on October 11 occurred because of a technical error.Having studied the circumstances of the accident, specialists believe that the accident occurred as a result of a design flaw made during the assembly of the spacecraft in the assembly unit of Baikonur cosmodrome.Experts examined the fragments of the first and second stages of the Soyuz-FG booster. The fragments were delivered to Samara launch vehicle delivered to Samara from the crash site .On October 11, the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome. Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague were on board (Hague was flying into space for the first time). However, during the 119th second of the flight, the carrier crashed, and the crew was evacuated. The participants of the failed mission to the ISS landed safely in a descent capsule in the territory of southern Kazakhstan.
  • Kerch college shooter grew up in dysfunctional family
    The death toll from the massacre at the Kerch Polytechnic College has climbed to 21, officials with the Russian Ministry of Health said. The authorities consider the attacker, 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, to be one of the victims. All the dead have been identified by their relatives.More than 40 people were wounded in the slaughter. Doctors managed to help many of the teenagers, who were hospitalised with gunshot wounds after the shooting and the explosion at the college. Earlier, it was reported that by the Wednesday evening, ten children had been staying  in intensive care, five of them were in a coma. They all received surgery. Five others remain in serious condition.Three people from the number of those who received most severe wounds during the explosion regained consciousness. Those children, among others, are being transferred to Moscow for further treatment. Some others will be transferred to hospitals in Krasnodar and Simferopol. The list of the Kerch Polytechnical College massacre includes 15 students, of whom six are minors, another five are college employees.A source close to the investigation told TASS that Vladislav Roslyakov - the shooter, who committed suicide - would be assigned to psychological and psychiatric examination posthumously as specialists need to establish his psychological characteristics, as well as the motives that prompted him to commit such a terrible crime. Representatives of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation confirmed this information.It was reported that Roslyakov could arrange the bloody massacre because of the conflicts that he may have had with teachers. Investigators are looking into his possible participation in extremist youth groups, although no confirmation to this has been found yet. Vladislav Roslyakov was wearing a white T-shirt with the word "HATRED" printed on it as he was killing people inside the building. It also became known that Roslyakov was a member of a shooting club and had interest in weapons. The young man legally received permission to acquire and possess firearms. In early October, he bought about 150 cartridges. Another bomb was found near his body after Roslyakov committed suicide.The father of Vladislav Roslyakov said that it was difficult to communicate with his son. He was leading a secluded lifestyle, did not have any friends. A former neighbour of the Kerch shooter told investigators that Vladislav would strange cats in his childhood. Investigators are looking for possible accomplices of the attacker. Roslyakov's father noted that he knew about his passion for computer games and weapons, but stressed that his son was a well-behaved and non-aggressive man. Vladislav Roslyakov was not growing in a well-to-do family: his father is disabled and lives separately from his son, while his mother is a member of Jehovah's Witnesses sect that was banned in Russia a few years ago.Roslyakov's classmates previously called him a calm and quiet young man. He had no visible reasons for committing the massacre, his acquaintances believe.
  • Russia sees first mass school shooting organised by 18-year-old student
    The young man, who arranged the mass shooting and the explosion in the Kerch college, could have an accomplice.  The shooter has been killed and identified. Eighteen people were killed and 50 injured in the tragedy that shocked Russia on October 17. The college director compared the tragedy to what happened in Beslan in 2004. The shooter was identified as Vladislav Roslyakov; he was 18 years old, official representative of the Russian Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko said. The young man was found dead on the second floor of the college. It is believed that he committed suicide. The attacker was captured on CCTV cameras inside the building. Roslyakov entered the Polytechnic College in 2015. On September 8, he received permission for a 12-caliber rifle. Several day ago, the young man purchased 150 cartridges for it. Experts believe that the tragedy that the man had organised was not a spontaneous massacre, but a very well thought-out terrorist attack. Roslyakov may have had an accomplice who could detonate the bomb remotely, because the scale of the tragedy excludes the participation of only one attacker. It is believed that one of the students, supposedly an accomplice, had left a backpack in the canteen shortly before the explosion. Most of the victims of the tragedy died of gunshot wounds, forensic experts said. Vladislav Roslyakov entered the school at about 11:43 a.m., went up to the second floor and started shooting everyone he could see there. At 11:45 he ran out of cartridges and went downstairs, where he exploded his bomb. Below is the list of past violent incidents at Russian schools. Moscow, February 3, 2014: a tenth-grader named as Sergei Gordeev, armed with a carbine and rifle, came to School N263, where he shot a geography teacher and took classmates hostage. Then he opened fire on the policemen who arrived at the scene, killing a security officer. On March 3, 2015, the court sent the teenager to compulsory psychiatric treatment.Bryansk, December 15, 2014. A 15-year-old student wounded a classmate from an air pistol in the changing room of the school gym. According to officials, a conflict sparked between the students, during which the teenager pulled out a pistol and fired several shots in the walls and in the floor. One of the bullets ricocheted into the foot of the girl who was standing nearby.Nizhnekamsk, February 11, 2017. A 14-year-old student fired a pneumatic pistol into his neighbor's eye during a class at School N1. On February 17, the victim died of the wound at hospital.Komi Republic, on May 12, 2017. In the town of Usinsk, a student opened fire from an air pistol at other children outside School N2 wounding a girl in the eye.Ivanteevka, Moscow region, September 5, 2017. A 9th-grader, armed with a kitchen hatchet and a traumatic gun, came to school, where he attacked a teacher and started blow up self-made firecrackers in the classroom. The attacker was promptly detained. The teacher, who suffered a cranial injury, was hospitalised in serious condition. Three students who jumped out of a class window to safety suffered injuries. Vysokovsk, Moscow region, November 28, 2017. A teenager brought a knife and inflicted a stab wound to his classmate's neck. The two boys had had a quarrel before. Irkutsk, December 18, 2017. A quarrel broke out between minors in one of the schools of the city. One of the students stabbed the opponent. The wounded 15-year-old teenager died. The 16-year-old attacker had been previously prosecuted.Komsomolsk-on-Amur, December 22, 2017. A ninth grade student started shooting a gun on the territory of the school. The teenager went to the school porch and fired a pistol that outwardly looked like a pneumatic one. Several bullets ricocheted into three seventh-graders, one of them suffered hematomas.Perm, January 15, 2018. Two 16-year-olds came to school wielding knives. Upon entering the classroom where children of one of the lower grades were studying, the attackers inflicted multiple stab wounds on the students and the teacher. The attackers also stabbed each other and were hospitalised. The attacked ended with 15 hospitalised individuals, among them fourth-grade students and their teacher. Ulan-Ude, January 19, 2018. A ninth-grader attacked seventh grade students at School N5 with an ax, and set fire to the class by throwing a Molotov cocktail into the room. Seven people, including a teacher and six children, suffered injuries. The attacker himself was hospitalised as well, after he tired to inflict stab wounds to himself before jumping out of the window.
  • Crimea terrorist attack: Young man shoots students, then blows up his bomb
    The man who organised the terrorist attack on the Polytechnical College in the city of Kerch in the Crimea committed suicide. The man was 22 years old, he was a fourth-year student of the college, the head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksenov said, adding that the student was a resident of Kerch. Eyewitnesses say that there was a shooting inside the college building before the explosion occurred there. The explosion took place on the first floor, and someone was shooting at those who were on the second floor, reports say. The building of the college was damaged as a result of the explosion. Rescue services say that some may still remain under the rubble. As many as 15 people are believed to be missing. "I looked out of the classroom and saw a guy with a rifle shooting everyone. I closed the door in a hope that he will not find me. The police came in about ten minutes. I don't know what happened to the shooter. When they started evacuating people, I left too. All windows in the corridor, where the explosion occurred, were smashed. Bodies were everyone on the floor," an eyewitness said. Three days of mourning were declared in the Crimea in connection with the terrorist attack. All schools and kindergartens in the city of Kerch were closed. It was reported that the shooter exploded his bomb after he ran out of cartridges. The number of hospitalised individuals has increased to 40. 
  • Saudi Arabia knows how to dismember journalists and get away with it
    The authorities of Saudi Arabia will show a tough response to the United States in the event Washington imposes sanctions on the kingdom. Riyadh will not make contradictory statements, nor will it ask for explanations, as Moscow does in the case of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. A number of harsh statements have been made, and not only the American, but also the Russian delegation have departed to Saudi capital Riyadh.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on October 16 to hold a meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman Al Saud, and discuss the situation with the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Consulate Office of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. A delegation of Russian officials headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin and Special Envoy of the President for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev arrived in Riyadh as well. Like their American colleagues, Russian officials want to get first-hand information.Meanwhile, King Salman ordered to launch an internal investigation into the disappearance of the journalist. US intelligence services suggest that the order to kill the journalist came from Mohammad bin Salman, a son of the king and a Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, whom the murdered journalist had criticised in his articles for The Washington Post. Do they kill for writing critical articles?US senators demanded the president should impose tough sanctions against Saudi Arabia. "Just because they are an ally in an important mission, which is containing Iranian expansion in the region, cannot allow us to overlook or walk away from that. It undermines our ability to stand for morality and human rights all over the world. How can we criticise Putin for killing journalists if we allow an ally to do the same?" Senator Mark Rubio said. If the United States puts pressure on Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder of the opposition journalist, the kingdom will respond with cutting oil outputs. Saudi Arabia may also pull out from arms deals with the United States and turn to Russia instead. Vyacheslav Matusov, president of the Society for Friendship and Business Cooperation with Arab countries, told Pravda.Ru that the CIA is not interested in making a scandal out of the story.  According to him, Khashoggi was not a simple journalist. "He worked as an advisor to the former chief of all secret services of Saudi Arabia, Turki bin Faisal. Jamal Khashoggi had access to confidential information about the creation of Al-Qaeda* and the formation of the Mujahideen movement in Afghanistan. "He was a Saudi citizen who worked for the CIA at the same time," the expert told Pravda.Ru. According to him, Khashoggi was aware of the operations that the CIA was conducting in the Middle East, where the kingdom had held the Arab Spring. "The Arab Spring had swept away all Arab regimes and destabilised Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Tunisia during eight years," the expert said. Vyacheslav Matusov also said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that the CIA continues its work in the region and plays a certain role in the development of the conflict between monarchies of the Persian Gulf - Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The Islamic State* is also the work of the CIA. Donald Trump said during his pre-election campaign that it was Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama who founded ISIS*. He said that in the heat of the struggle for presidency, but "he lifted the veil of secrecy over dark affairs of the CIA, the expert noted. Jamal Khashoggi knew too much and became a very dangerous person. One cannot blame anyone specifically for his murder, because Khashoggi could have received his divorce papers in any consulate office of Saudi Arabia in the United States. However, the CIA recommended he should go to Turkey," Vyacheslav Matusov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.Saudi Arabia, like Russia, has fallen a victim to internal clashes in the United States, the expert believes. Russia made a mistake in the case of Sergei Skripal when the Russian administration started making excuses about it. There is tough political struggle going on, and no one can prove anything to anyone in it. One needs to make a strong and tough position. Such a behaviour would bring success, but contradictory statements cause damage to Russia," Vyacheslav Matusov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. *terrorist organisations, banned in Russia
  • Deputy head of the Crimea arrested in Moscow
    Deputy head of the Crimea, ex-chairman of the committee on economic, fiscal and tax policies, Vitaly Nakhlupin, was arrested in Moscow on charges of bribery. It was said that Nakhlupin was in charge of road construction, where he was responsible for the implementation of a federal road construction program. On Wednesday, October 17, officers of the Federal Security Bureau withdrew documents from the Competition Policy Committee of the Crimea, and the service supervising the construction of roads in the Crimea.Sergei Aksyonov, the head of the Crimea, who returned to the peninsula after a visit to Syria, confirmed the arrest of his deputy and ensuing searches in the above-mentioned departments. According to him, the authorities of the Crimea provide all necessary assistance to law enforcement agencies in the investigation.
  • Explosion rips through school in Crimea, 10 killed
    An explosion ripped through the Polytechnic College in the city of Kerch in the Crimea. The explosion, which is believed to be a natural gas blast, has killed at least ten people and injured 50 others, KrymInfo news agency reports with reference to local EMERCOM services. "We were standing outside, when the explosion occurred. Windows on two floors of the building blew up," an eyewitness said. "Many people were injured, paramedics load them into ER vehicles, four of five vehicles have already left, and more are coming one after another. There's shattered glass everywhere," another person said. "Something happened in the dining room. There are people with machine guns there," say local residents. It was later said that there were not enough ER vehicles in the city to transport all the injured. Public transport was involved in the operation to rescue the victims of the blast. The cause of the explosion is yet to be established.
  • Russia will not be de-dollarized
    The Russian economy will not be de-dollarized, because those responsible for the process are not happy with it, expert Valentin Katasonov told Pravda.Ru. Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev said that the Russian government developed a plan to de-dollarize the economy. The plan is to be approved by the end of the year, the official said. However, the project causes technical disagreements between the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Central Bank and will not be published after approval as the document is for official use only. The plan does not prohibit the use of the US dollar in the Russian federation, but includes measures to expand the use of the national currency, the Russian ruble, in foreign trade settlements.Valentin Katasonov, the chief of the Russian Economic Community, said that sometimes documents can be classified to conceal the stupidity of those officials who wrote them. "There is no de-dollarization and one does not have to expect it to happen. By and large, this is a political, rather than an economic question. The Russian government expresses the interests of Russian oligarchs, who are not interested in de-dollarization. Russian oligarchs get increasingly wealthy due to exports, but exports want the ruble to be weak. If the ruble is weak, how can you make others use the ruble?" the economist said."Legal entities and individuals tend to use a strong currency, but the Ministry of Finance is interested in the weak currency, because it is easier to implement the budget. The main beneficiary of the dollar's circulation is the master, because if the ruble is strong, then everyone will abandon it.""We follow the ruble rate every day, because we are zombified by the media. In order to change this trend, one requires a politician, who can think about real, rather than speculative economy. Those in power in Russia will not do it," Valentin Katasonov told Pravda.Ru.
  • What's China going to do to Interpol president?
    Why did China arrest the head of Interpol Meng Hongwey? What will China choose - a cozy place in the global dollar economy or a multi-currency world? How does China react to dissidents? Pravda.Ru asked these questions to Alexey Maslov, the head of the School of Oriental Studies of the National Research University, president of the Shaolin Martial Arts Federation."Is the story with the arrest of the head of Interpol in Beijing serious or is it an insignificant problem that is going to be resolved soon?""This is a very serious matter. In fact, the news of his arrest came as a continuation of the policy that Xi Jinping began to pursue back in 2013, right after he took office. Of course, there are plenty of rumours that we cannot confirm, but there are several interesting peculiarities about this whole case. First and foremost, the Chinese authorities arrested an official of international level, whom China had been promoting to his position. In general, it is customary for China to put its people on high-ranking positions around the world to gain more influence in global scale. "One can already see Chinese officials taking major leading positions in many international organisations, such as the International Monetary Fund, the Olympic Committee, and others, including international banks headed by Chinese nationals. China wants to control the world, and Interpol is a very important organisation for China. China wants to see where its money goes. As many as 10,000 former Chinese officials were returned to their homeland from abroad on charges of corruption through Interpol, or at least with its support. Interpol was also important because it was the first time, probably in the entire history, when a Chinese official headed an international police organisation. It was a very surprising achievement indeed, because many countries accuse China of human rights violations. When Meng Hongwey became the head of Interpol, many assumed that China would watch dissidents in Europe and the USA. However, China is primarily interested in corrupt officials rather than dissidents, because they cause real harm rather than moral damage. Hongwey's arrest means that the Chinese authorities will intensify the pursuit of Chinese officials abroad. "In 2006, Hongwey became Deputy Minister of Public Security - the organisation that oversees all civilian special services in China. Military intelligence is another story. The organisation deals with many issues: from spying on citizens to ensuring security in terms of stopping terrorism, extremism, nationalism, and so on. He was a deputy minister and was responsible for China's connection with international organisations. He had established good contacts with Interpol, began working on the exchange of terrorist databases. In 2010, he started working at various Interpol organisations, and became its president in 2016. All of a sudden, he was recalled to China. He promised his wife that he would call, but instead he sent her a message with an image of a knife in it. This is old Chinese symbolism which means death. "He was arrested after he crossed the border with China. First of all, everyone wants to know why he was arrested. Did China have to shoot itself in the foot? One may only wonder why Meng Hongwey returned to China. He has decades of experience, he knew what was going to happen. The answer to the second question is simple. China is his home, where his family lives. His wife was in Paris with him, but his relatives were in China, they were like hostages. He had to come back."
  • World Cup brings one trillion rubles to Russian economy
    The Russian economy has received 952 billion rubles during five years of preparations for the World Cup that Russia hosted in the summer of 2018. In the next five years, the positive influence of the championship is expected to bring another trillion rubles. The total effect that the World Cup 2018 has shown on Russia's GDP for 2013-2018 was evaluated at 952 billion rubles (about 1% of GDP), a study conducted by the organising committee of the 2018 World Cup said. More than half of the total profit fell for 2017-2018, while GDP growth reached 0.4%.The report indicates that Russia spent 688 billion rubles to organise and conduct the tournament. At the same time, 79% of the total effect (751 billion rubles) was received owing to the influence of investments and operating expenses.The increase in GDP due to preparations for the World Cup in 2013-2018 created up to 315,000 jobs and increased tax revenues of the budget by 164 billion rubles.Experts indicate that the aftermath of the 2018 World Cup is to bring about 150-200 billion rubles. annually during the period of five years. The 2018 World Cup was held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. France won the tournament in the match vs. Croatia with the score 4:2. After the end of the championship, the Russian national team climbed 24 positions up in FIFA rankings and took the 46th position.
  • Russia and Germany develop anti-Polish collusion
    The construction of the new Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany is strangling Poland, Antoni Macierewicz, Poland's former defence minister said. According to Macierewicz, Poland needs to develop an alliance with the United States of America, because it is only the USA that can help Poland survive. American army bases and no Nord Stream 2  - this is what Poland needs, the official said. Having built the North Stream-2 gas pipeline system, Russia and Germany will get stronger and make not only Poland, but literally the whole of Europe dependent on them, Macierewicz summed up.Nord Stream 2 still remains a stumbling block among Western countries. Many countries believe that the new gas pipeline is being built as part of Russia's aggression in Europe. Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Hungary and Denmark are opposed to the project. The list of supporters includes Germany and Russia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Austria, France, the Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland, Malta, Slovakia and Norway. Most of these countries simply want to get rid of the unnecessary payments to transit countries and gain access to inexpensive fuel.
  • Orthodox unity splits as Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople
    The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, which gathered for a meeting in Minsk, decided to break the Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.A statement published on the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church says: "Assigning to oneself the authority to withdraw judicial and other decisions of other Local Orthodox Churches is  one of the manifestations of the new false teaching proclaimed today by the Constantinople Church and attributing the law of the first without equal (primus sine paribus) to the Patriarch of Constantinople with universal jurisdiction."Such a vision of its rights and powers by the Constantinople Patriarchate comes into irresistible contradiction with the centuries-old canonical tradition, upon which the existence of the Russian Orthodox Church and other Local Churches is based," the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church warned in 2008 in defining the "Unity of the Church." The Russian Orthodox church had repeatedly urged the Church of Constantinople to exercise caution and refrain from steps that could undermine the unity of Orthodox believers.The Russian Orthodox Church made the decision to break the Eucharistic communion after the Patriarchate of Constantinople, single-handedly removed anathemas and accepted dissenter and "patriarch" Philaret (Denisenko), into the communion. The Russian Church had deprived Philaret of all ranks and titles and anathematized him. Additionally, the Ecumenical Patriarchate penetrated into the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is an inalienable part of the Russian Orthodox Church. The invasion was carried out under the pretext of "granting autocephaly", i.e. independence to the Ukrainian Church on the Russian Orthodox Church. However, the Ukrainian Church did not ask for this either from Moscow or from the Ecumenical Patriarchate.In general, the issue of Constantinople's interference goes far beyond the limits of Ukraine. In fact, Patriarch Bartholomew and his hierarchs strike a blow to the canonical structure of Orthodoxy and Orthodox unity on a global scale.Serbian bishop Irinej (Bulowic) stated that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has provided autocephaly to dissenters. A few days ago, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece refused to meet with Patriarch Bartholomew.In principle, the termination of Eucharistic communion between the Russian Church and the Patriarchate of Constantinople had occurred in the late 1990s, but only for a few weeks. The reason was the same: Constantinople interfered into the canonical territories of the Russian Church - in Estonia. Yet, Patriarch Bartholomew peddled back and the problem was solved peacefully. Yet, judging by latest statements from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, they are not going to stop.
  • Center and peripheries in Europe - Portugal, a case of peripheral disaster
    Center and peripheries in Europe (2) - Portugal, a case of peripheral disaster Within the context of some narrowing of Europe's inequalities, Portugal is a country with evident relative impoverishment.  We have recently carried on a synthetic explanation of the inequalities in the EU, which are the consequence of a process that has taken place over the past 45 years. And we used the word synthetic because we have privileged an indicator - demographic evolution - which clearly reflects the evolution of the position of each European region in the hierarchy built by the current neoliberal capitalism. 
  • AIDS came to USSR as deadly disease of Western decay
    In Western countries, they started talking about AIDS in 1989. In the USSR, AIDS was declared a disease of the degrading Western world. According to Soviet specialists, the appearance of such a disease in the Soviet society - a society of high morality - was out of the question. However, glasnost and perestroika did their work, and AIDS set foot on the Soviet land in 1988. The exposure of children in the town of Elista is considered to be the first contraction of the disease in the Soviet Union.The news about the appearance of the terrifying deadly disease started rumours about the intentional infection of people through infected needles. However, it turned out that AIDS had gotten into the Soviet Union long before 1988, but the information had been kept hidden from the public eye. But it turned out that AIDS was already known in the Union. But the information is carefully classified.Back in 1985, a citizen of the Central African Republic came to Moscow for treatment. He was diagnosed with AIDS at once. Doctors checked the people whom he had been in contact with and found two other cases of the infection. However, when all African students were examined, it became known that as many as 200 individuals staying on the territory of the USSR had AIDS.In 1987, AIDS was diagnosed in a Soviet interpreter, who had infected several of his partners, and those in turn had infected another 24 people.However, the Soviet authorities were trying to convince the population that normal Soviet citizens could not have the disease as AIDS was common only among drug addicts, prostitutes and homosexuals. The government started changing its mind after several children were infected with AIDS during blood transfusion. In 1988, Soviet newspapers wrote that 81 citizens of the USSR and 300 foreign nationals living in the country had AIDS. The complicated economic situation contributed to the rapid spread of the disease. In Soviet hospitals, doctors commonly used reusable tools. Such practices led to hundreds of cases of the disease in the country. By 1990, as many as 270 children had been infected with the deadly disease. After the information was made public, the Soviet Union was gripped with panic. Many would refuse to receive any hospital treatment, special AIDS centres would be set up, all incidents would be investigated, AIDS patients would be persecuted and demonized. In 1990, a law was adopted about anonymous testing and the prohibition of discrimination against patients.Soon the collapse of the USSR, the AIDS epidemic started spreading across the former Soviet Union by leaps and bounds. Today, there are more than 900,000 HIV-positive individuals in Russia. 
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