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Russian reporters receive threats after investigating secret military group: editorThere is such an impression that representatives of certain agencies in Washington have been making desperate attempts, using mass media and NGOs, to discredit Russia’s policy in Africa," Zakharova stressed. This comes right in the run-up to the summit, she highlighted.
According to the diplomat, these gross attempts of manipulating public opinion clearly signal Washington’s fears that the Russia-Africa Summit would strengthen trade and economic, political and diplomatic ties between Moscow and these countries, including with those, which Washington considers as its "backyard" and does not think that they can choose partners themselves.
"It’s time to recognize that neo-colonial approaches and attempts to impose one’s will on sovereign states are rejected by the absolute majority of the world community’s members," Zakharova stressed. "African states call for a multipolar system of international relations and can define their future themselves," she noted.
Russia is convinced that such fake news cannot shatter the solid foundation of Russian-African cooperation, which is mutually beneficial and built on the basis of international law and with respect for each other, Zakharova underscored.
There are several references to the Wagner group of mercenaries in the Forum:Badanin said he could not prove who was behind the harassment campaign, which he said peaked last month when Proekt ran an investigation into Wagner’s apparent activities in Libya.
Proekt did not complain to the police over the incidents, he said, saying he had instead decided to speak out publicly to draw attention to the threats.
People with ties to the Wagner group have previously told Reuters that it has carried out clandestine combat missions on the Kremlin’s behalf in Ukraine and Syria. Russian authorities deny Wagner contractors carry out their orders. The Wagner group was thrust into the spotlight last year when three Russian journalists were killed in Central African Republic while investigating there.
Russian private military contractors use a defense ministry base in southern Russia containing barracks that were built by a company linked to businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, Reuters reported in April.
The United States imposed sanctions on Prigozhin after it accused him of trying meddle in its 2016 presidential election and the 2018 U.S. congressional elections.
Prigozhin has denied any links to Wagner and has declined to comment on the U.S. allegations, calling them a “private matter” for the U.S. Treasury. When asked if it was behind Proekt’s troubles, Concord Management and Consulting, Prigozhin’s main business, said by email:
“If journalists are being persecuted or threatened they should phone 02,” a reference to the police emergency number in Russia.
Russia is regularly criticized by media freedom watchdogs who say attacks on journalists often go unpunished. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says 28 journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000.
Four bodies pulled from Congo plane crash wreckageThe details remain scant. Last Thursday, the plane crashed 59 minutes after taking off from the eastern city of Goma bound for the capital Kinshasa. None of the eight people on board survived, officials said.
The passengers were identified as the personal chauffeur of Felix Tshisekedi, Congo’s president, and three of his bodyguards. An armoured vehicle used by the president was also on board.
A more troubling disclosure followed when two of the four-strong crew were identified. Vitaly Shumkov and Vladimir Sadovnichy, the plane’s pilots, were not only Russian nationals, they both appeared to have a background in gun running.
The plane, too, has a murky past. EK-72903 was once owned by an Armenian company whose proprietor has been linked to arms smuggling elsewhere in Africa.
Whether the crew were somehow furthering Kremlin interests remains unknown. However, there is no secret that Russia hopes to regain the influence the Soviet Union once wielded in Africa by wooing its leaders with arms sales, private security and “political technologists” adept at winning elections.
Such attempts have often been linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Vladimir Putin who has been accused of masterminding attempts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.
Mr Prigozhin allegedly had Congo in his sights after Russia announced in May that it was sending a team of army specialists to the country.
Some Russia media outlets speculated that Mr Prigozhin, was on board the plane ahead of a meeting with President Tshisekedi. That is almost certainly untrue.
Slumming it on an Antonov is generally not Mr Progozhin’s style. “He wouldn’t get into a plane like that,” a Congolese government official said. “This gentleman is an oligarch and if he travels then he travels on his own plane.”
The official said that while Mr Prigozhin had not been scheduled to meet President Tshisekedi, other Russian government representatives had requested a meeting to discuss the upcoming summit.
It is unclear if any were on board. At least two people described as being “of eastern European origin” were also on the plane. They have not yet been identified, adding to the intrigue surrounding the flight.
For the moment, whoever else was on board the plane remains unknown. With some sources saying there may have been 11 people rather than eight on board, UN officials were attempting to identify the remains of the dead — some of whom had been hastily buried — last night.
Even that might not put an end to the intrigue of what happened aboard EK-72903. Congo rarely gives up its mysteries. In 1961, a plane departing the country with then UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld on board crashed.
Three inquiries failed to determined the cause of the crash and Hammarskjöld’s death remains a mystery to this day.
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We are waiting for a weather window this afternoon. Boa Heimdal, Far Sigma and K / V Bergen are on their way, should the situation change. Rescue helicopter returned to Florø.TASS, October 22. An unnamed Russian icebreaker gave an SOS signal off the west coast of Norway. This was announced on Tuesday by the Norwegian Central Rescue Services on Twitter.
"The Russian icebreaker gave a Mayday signal west of Aalesund. The engine stopped. 33 people are on board. There is a storm in this zone," the report said.
A rescue helicopter flew around the ship, now rescue boats are moving forward. The crew managed to partially start the engines.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at the plenary session of the Artificial Intelligence Journey conference. Russian President says we shouldn't be developing technology "for the sake of technology"
Artificial Intelligence Journey, the largest forum in Eastern Europe, was held in Moscow for the first time on November 8–9, 2019.
It was attended by over 5,000 participants, including leading international and Russian experts in AI and data analysis, as well representatives of over 1,000 companies – leaders in developing and applying AI technologies in business processes.
This is absolutely shocking, what a bunch of moronic lunatics run this world!!Russia has been handed a four-year ban from major sporting events, including the Olympics and football World Cup, after the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved sanctions on Monday.
The manipulations were made between November 2015 and June 2016 – when the database was switched off from the internet. They came from an account called olegmigachev, which had an IP-address registered in California, the report said.
According to the experts, the version of the LIMS stolen by Rodchenkov from the Moscow laboratory, wasn’t used in routine mode in the US, but kept on a data storage device, which opened it up for use by interested parties in attempts to back their “high-profile doping revelations.”
"Russian technical experts are unanimous in the opinion that even a shorter period of time is enough to alter any version of LIMS not used in routine fashion (as well as any other software) without leaving any evidence (traces of interference)."
Also five members of Islamic States were caught in Moscow along with weapons and explosives.This is a video we received shortly before the broadcast from St. Petersburg. Burns a huge hangar. Inside parts and, most importantly, all chemicals. MOE in place to monitor the quality of air. They say everything is normal. It was reported that the area of the fire four and a half thousand square meters. Then that more than two thousands collapsed the roof. Extinguish 170 40 cars and a fire train.
And in Moscow it took two helicopters to strengthen to the burning warehouse. Fabric for furniture, other such materials — and in the fire of seven thousand square meters. A column of black smoke was visible from afar.
In both capitals, nobody has suffered.
On Stalker Zone there wasNow the footage published today by the Federal security service.Moscow street in the new year decoration and lightning capture.
Five militants of the banned ISIS was planning terrorist attacks in the capital. Pistol, rifle, ammunition and a pipe bomb. Everything according to instructions from abroad, which the operatives of the FSB and the interior Ministry also found.
It is hard not to suspect some kind of a low level conflict going on. Probably it is unavoidable in todays world.On November 21st it became known that the head of the regional headquarters of A. Navalny in St. Petersburg was a former municipal deputy candidate for the Smolninsky municipality Irina Fatyanova. But special attention to Fatyanova is attracted not even because of her attempt to be elected as a deputy, but by the substantial experience of working for a foreign state structure – the Israeli Cultural Center at the Embassy of Israel in the Russian Federation. By the way, this organisation is structurally subordinate to the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel.
Putin opens Russian rail route to annexed CrimeaLIGHTNING: Vladimir Putin opens the railway part of the Crimean bridge
At this moment, Russian President Vladimir Putin solemnly opens the movement of trains on the railway part of the Crimean bridge.