The Board of the “Petersburg Dialogue” in Germany suspended contacts with Ross

The reason was that the Prosecutor General’s Office recognized three German non-governmental organizations that are participants of the forum as undesirable. The German side suspended bilateral contacts until the “critical issues” are resolved

The Board of the St. Petersburg Dialogue in Germany has suspended contacts with Ross

Ronald Pofalla

The Board of the public forum “St. Petersburg Dialogue” on the German side decided to suspend all bilateral events and meetings of working Russian-German groups. This is reported on the forum’s website.

“We cannot agree that some of our member organizations in Russia cannot perform their work, because they are officially considered undesirable and in case of violation they face heavy fines,” said Ronald Pofalla, co-chairman of the forum from Germany.

He added that the Russian partners of “undesirable foreign organizations” can also be held accountable because of the cooperation. “Restrictions for organizations associated with inclusion in the list [undesirable on the territory of Russia] are a serious obstacle to dialogue with civil society in our countries and for this reason are unacceptable for us,” Pofalla believes.

He suggested that the Russian side hold a joint meeting of the management Board in early September to exchange views on topical issues on the agenda.

The German board of the forum, as noted in the message, believes that bilateral meetings and the main event of the St. Petersburg Dialogue this year can take place only if all organizations can participate without restrictions. “The bilateral activities of the St. Petersburg Dialogue will be suspended until critical issues related to the remaining restrictions for interested organizations are resolved,” the forum’s website says.

On May 26, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office recognized three German non-governmental organizations as undesirable in Russia. It was about the “Forum of Russian-speaking Europeans”, the Center of liberal Modernity “German-Russian exchange”. In this regard, Pofalla said that the joint meeting of the board, scheduled for June 8–9, will be canceled. He specified that all three organizations are participants of the “St. Petersburg Dialogue”.

At that time, the German board announced that the 19th St. Petersburg Dialogue, which is scheduled to take place on October 14 and 15 in Kaliningrad, will take place only if the above-mentioned organizations will be able to participate in it without hindrance.

The St. Petersburg Dialogue was established in 2001 on the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to deepen mutual understanding between the countries, as well as to deepen bilateral ties. A conference is held within the framework of the forum, and in parallel-intergovernmental consultations.

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The CEC registered the list of “Rodina” for the State Duma elections without Bulykin

Ethe cs-striker of the Russian national football team was excluded from the list due to the possession of bonds of foreign companies. Also, four more candidates were excluded from the list, who were found to have criminal records and foreign citizenship

 The CEC has registered the list of

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered the federal list of candidates for deputies of the State Duma, nominated by the Rodina party. This is reported in the Telegram channel of the Central Election Commission.

The federal list of candidates for deputies of the State Duma nominated by the Rodina party has been registered. There are 280 people on the list, ” the message says.

The chairman of the party and State Duma deputy Alexey Zhuravlev said that there were some unpleasant surprises when registering the list. “The CEC, for very controversial and dubious reasons, decided to exclude our friend, the master of sports of Russia in football Dmitry Bulykin from the list. We strongly disagree with this decision and will seek its cancellation in court, ” he said.

As explained by a member of the CEC Yevgeny Shevchenko, Bulykin had information about the ownership of bonds of eight foreign companies at the time after he signed an obligation to alienate such instruments. Thus, as Shevchenko noted, the candidate did not fulfill the obligation prescribed by law on the alienation of foreign financial instruments.

“It is not without difficulty that we make this decision, not without discussion. But in this case, consideration in court will allow you to present all the documents that can be presented and that the commission cannot accept outside the deadline. I hope that the legal service will present them in court, and Dmitry Olegovich [Bulykin] will take part in the campaign, ” said Deputy Chairman of the CEC Nikolay Bulaev (quoted by TASS).

In addition to Bulykin, the Central Election Commission excluded four more candidates from the list. We are talking about Mikhail Nazarov (Altai Republic), Mikhail Nasyrov (Volgograd Region) and Alexander Margolin (Perm Region). «[They] had criminal records, information about which they did not indicate in their statements of consent to run, ” the message says.

In addition, Rita Grigoryan (Republic of Adygea), who has Georgian citizenship, was excluded from the list.

Fedor Biryukov, a member of the bureau of the presidium of the political council of the Rodina party, told RBC that he considers the grounds for excluding Dmitry Bulykin from the list to be far-fetched, dubious and absolutely abstract. “We will seek to cancel the decision and restore Dmitry Bulykin as a candidate, we will fight for him,” Biryukov said. He added that the decision to exclude Bulykin will be appealed in court. Biryukov refused to comment on the exclusion of three more candidates due to their criminal record, information about which they did not specify.

The Central Election Commission previously certified the federal list of candidates of the “Motherland” and the list of candidates for single-mandate districts. The federal part of the list includes ten candidates. The list was headed by the party leader Alexey Zhuravlev, the top five also included Andrey Bogatov, Tatyana Bulanova, Oleg Pakholkov and Dmitry Bulykin.

Voting in the State Duma elections and in regional elections of various levels will be held from September 17 to 19. Within three days, the State Duma of the eighth convocation (225 deputies on lists and 225 on single-mandate districts), the heads of nine regions (three more will be elected by regional parliaments), as well as deputies of legislative authorities in 39 subjects of the country will be elected.

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For the accused of fraud, the ex-deputy head of the Rosgvardiya requested 8 le

Lieutenant-General Sergei Mileyko is accused of fraud in obtaining an apartment in Balashikha, where his wife opened a barber shop. He is also accused of fraud in the procurement of uniforms for the Rosgvardiya

 For the ex-deputy head of the Rosgvardiya accused of fraud, they requested 8 le

Sergey Mileyko (right)

The military prosecutor’s office asked the Reutovsky garrison Military Court to sentence the former deputy director of the Rosgvardiya, Lieutenant General Sergei Mileyko, who is accused of fraud, to eight years in a penal colony. This is reported by TASS with reference to his lawyer Elena Kapchinskaya.

“During the debate of the parties, the military Prosecutor’s Office asked & lt;…”to find our client Sergei Mileyko guilty and appoint him eight years of imprisonment in a general regime colony,” she said.

According to the lawyer, the verdict will be announced on July 30. The court session will begin at 11: 00 Moscow time.

RBC sent a request to the Main Military Prosecutor’s Office, as well as to the Reutovsky garrison Military Court.

The fact that Mileyko, who was in charge of logistical issues, was dismissed by the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, became known in July 2019. In October 2020, the general was detained in Moscow. As Kommersant wrote, the reason for the investigation against Mileyko was the results of an inspection of the military prosecutor’s office, which was initiated by the leadership of the Rosgvardiya. The attention of the department was attracted by non-residential premises in the house inBalashikha near Moscow, which has been owned by Mileyko’s wife since 2012. The house was built for the families of servicemen of a separate operational division named after him. Dzerzhinsk, but later a barber shop opened in it “For you”. According to investigators, with the help of forged documents, the premises were issued to an elderly relative of the officer, Galina Piskunova, and then they were resold to his wife at a reduced cost of 908 thousand rubles.

The investigation believed that the property was illegally re-registered through the ex-head of the apartment and maintenance department of the division named after him. Dzerzhinsk Major Kirill Prokudin, who is also being held in this case. As the Kommersant wrote, he wrote a confession and concluded a pre-trial cooperation agreement, but later terminated it,since he agreed with the accusation of abuse of official authority (part 1 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code), but not in a selfish serious crime. The defense of Prokudin insisted that there was no evidence in the case materials, since the premises of the future barber shop did not belong to the Rosgvardiya, as well as the house that became municipal property. Mileyko pleaded not guilty.

Also, “Kommersant” reported that Mileyko was suspected of involvement in embezzlement of budget funds and abuse in the procurement of uniforms for the needs of the Rosgvardiya from a single supplier, the company “Spetsshweysnab”. Later, Mileyko was charged with organizing fraud on a particularly large scale (part 3 of Article 33, part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code). He denied his involvement.

According to Kapchinskaya, for Prokudin, who is under house arrest, the supervisory authority asked for four years in a penal colony.

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The court in Kuban demanded to block the website of the publication about thieves in law

The judge of the Krasnodar Regional Court demanded that Roskomnadzor block the Prime Edge website within a month. In his opinion, the information of the publication is able to form an attractive image of criminal behavior among citizens

 The court in Kuban demanded to block the website of the publication about thieves in law

Krasnodar Regional Court

The Krasnodar Regional Court demanded that Roskomnadzor (RCN) block the online publication about thieves in law “Prime Edge”, according to the court’s website.

Based on the results of the consideration of the criminal case against the accused David Dzhangidze, the court decided that it was necessary to pay attention to the “numerous facts of abuse of freedom of the media” by the administrators of the “Prime Edge” website.

So, in a private decision, the judge of the Krasnodar Regional Court Vasily Loboda called “Prime Edge” a site about the socio-cultural values of the criminal world,which “promotes and popularizes” hellip in every possible way and consistently;> criminal power of persons occupying the highest position in the criminal hierarchy.

According to the judge, the information contained there may pose a real threat to the life and health of citizens, society and the state, since it is aimed at creating the attractiveness of everyday criminal behavior. The court demanded that Roskomnadzor take the necessary measures within a month.

The publication “Prime Time” told RBC that they consider the court’s decision “insufficiently balanced”, since the site does not disseminate “socio-cultural values of the criminal world”. “This is a purely historical project with a serious, scientific immersion in archival annals, exploring the thieves’ world as a phenomenon, ” they explained there.

The website “Prime Edge” states that the media has been collecting and summarizing information about the history of the thieves ‘ world for 20 years. “Our goal is to restore the true picture of the past, and to reflect the processes taking place today objectively and impartially,” the description says.

As previously reported by RBC Krasnodar, on July 26, the Krasnodar Regional Court sentenced David Dzhangidze to eight years in a high-security colony under Article 210.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia (“Occupying the highest position in the criminal hierarchy”). According to the indictment, Dzhangidze acquired the status of a “thief in law” in the period from June 2 to June 9, 2013 at a “thieves’ meeting ” in Rome.

In February 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma a draft amendment to the Criminal Code, toughening the punishment for creating an organized criminal community (OPS) to 20 years in prison. The President also proposed to increase the maximum amount of the fine for participation in the OP from 1 to 5 million rubles. In addition, Putin proposed to increase the punishment for participating in the creation of an OPS from five years in prisonfreedom until seven. An exception is provided for participants of such meetings who did not have time to commit another crime, voluntarily leave the OPS or report it to law enforcement agencies. The State Duma deputies adopted the law in mid-March, the document was approved by the Federation Council on March 27. On August 1, 2019, the law was signed by the President.

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Two-thirds of residents of the east of Ukraine supported Putin’s thesis about one nar

In in the whole country, 41% of respondents supported Putin’s thesis, 55% opposed it. The votes when answering this question were very different depending on the geographical location, but the difference in age was only a few percent

 Two-thirds of residents of the east of Ukraine supported Putin's thesis about one nar

In Ukraine, the thesis of Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russians and Ukrainians are one people was most actively supported by residents of the east of the country, where 65% of respondents considered it correct. The study was conducted by the sociological group “Rating”, its results are published on the organization’s website.

The question was as follows: “Recently, Russian President Putin said that” Russians and Ukrainians are one people who belong to the same historical and spiritual space.” Do you agree with this?»

Results by regions of Ukraine:

  • East: yes & mdash; 65%, no & mdash; 30%, don’t know & mdash; 5%;
  • South: yes & mdash; 56%, no & mdash; 40%, don’t know & mdash; 4%;
  • Center: yes & mdash; 36%, no & mdash; 60%, don’t know & mdash; 4%;
  • West: yes & mdash; 22%, no & mdash; 75%, don’t know & mdash; 3%;

In total, 41% of respondents supported this idea of the Russian president across the country, 55% opposed it.

It is noteworthy that the share of Russians and Ukrainians who supported the unity remained approximately the same in all age groups: the value fluctuated in the corridor of 39-44%. Moreover, the largest shares of supporters of unity were in the opposite age groups: over 60 years (42%) and at the age of 18 & ndash;24 years (44%).

The largest number of those who supported Putin turned out to be among the parishioners of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (66%), as well as among “just believers” (52%). Among atheists, 43% turned out to be such, supporters of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine-33%, and among Greek Catholics, 10% share the thesis of the Russian president.


Putin has repeatedly expressed the thesis that Russians and Ukrainians are one people. Russian Russian and Ukrainian languages were the last time he did this in an article “On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians”, which was published on July 12 in Russian and Ukrainian. In it, the President analyzed the history of the two peoples and assessed the current state of affairs. In particular, Putin called modern Ukraine “entirely the brainchild of the Soviet era”.

The President noted that even before the Crimea became part of Russia, the Western powers “step by step” dragged Ukraine into a dangerous geopolitical game, controlling the process of cultivating the image of an internal and external enemy. “Inevitably, the time has come when the concept of “Ukraine” is not Russia ” is no longerarranged it. It took & laquo;anti-Russia», & mdash; Putin said. However, millions of residents of Ukraine, according to him, rejected such a project: in particular, “the Crimeans and Sevastopol residents made their historical choice,” and the residents of Donbass ” took up arms to protect their home, language, their lives.”

Putin ended his article by saying that Russia has never been and will never be “anti-Ukraine”. According to him, “the true sovereignty of Ukraine is possible precisely in partnership with Russia,” since Russians and Ukrainians are “one people”.

Putin’s article was also published in Ukrainian. President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky, commenting on the publication, said that ” if the President of the Russian Federation has already started writing in Ukrainian, it means that we are working in the right direction.” He said that the heads of state could discuss some points from the articlePutin at a personal meeting, and noted that the Russian president clearly “spent a lot of time” on collecting information and preparing material. “One can only envy that the president of such a great power can have time for such a detailed work,” Zelensky said.

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Wildberries accused Kiev of double standards after the sanctions

In Wildberries was assured that the introduction of Kiev sanctions will not have any negative impact on the company’s activities, the company’s sales volumes in Ukraine are 0.01%

 Wildberries accused Kiev of double standards after sanctions

The introduction of sanctions by the Ukrainian authorities only against Wildberries, although other companies also sell goods on the territory of the country, testifies to the policy of “double standards” pursued by Kiev. This is stated in the Wildberries statement received by RBC. The company called the imposition of sanctions an act of discrimination against its business.

Wildberries assured that the introduction of Kiev sanctions will not have any negative impact on the company’s activities, only consumers and businessmen in Ukraine will suffer.

“Despite the rapid growth of the company’s popularity in Ukraine, sales volumes in this country account for 0.01% of the current turnover of Wildberries. Thus, according to the company, the sanctions imposed can only harm Ukrainian entrepreneurs and buyers who will lose a wide range of goods at affordable prices, ” the report says.

According to Wildberries ‘ calculations, over the past 12 months alone, Ukrainian-made goods (cosmetics, toys, tableware, clothing, shoes, etc.) were sold through the company’s online platform in the amount of more than 1.1 billion rubles.

On July 23, the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, by his decree approved the entry into force of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on the introduction of sanctions against Wildberries units in Ukraine, as well as in Russia, Poland, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Later, the Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, Alexander Tkachenko, explained that the sanctions were imposed because of the sale of Wildberries to Russian military uniforms and goods used for “Russian propaganda”.

“This is another step in the struggle to clear the Ukrainian information space from Russian expansion,” the minister said.

The sanctions against Wildberries involve blocking assets, a complete ban on the transit of resources through the territory of Ukraine, preventing the withdrawal of capital from the territory of Ukraine, suspending the fulfillment of economic and financial obligations, stopping the provision of telecommunications services, banning the transfer of technologies and intellectual property rights.

At the same time, the founder of Wildberries and the richest woman in Russia, Tatyana Bakalchuk ($13.1 billion according to Forbes), her husband Vladislav, the director of information technology development of Wildberries, Andrey Revyashko, and the head of the Wildberries Books department, Alexey Kuzmenko, fell under personal sanctions of Ukraine. Their assets in Ukraine are also subject to blocking.

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The website and social networks of the Belsat TV channel were recognized as extremist in Belarus

The TV channel, broadcasting by satellite and via the Internet from Warsaw, but at the same time positioning itself as the first independent Belarusian channel, was blocked back in August 2020. Now his website and social networks have been recognized as extremist

 The website and social networks of the Belsat TV channel have been recognized as extremist in Belarus

The court of the Zheleznodorozhny district of Gomel recognized all the information resources of the Polish TV channel “Belsat” as extremist. This was reported by the press secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus Olga Suitcase in Telegram.

“The basis for this was the materials of the inspection of the GUBOPiK department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Gomel region,” the report says.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs did not specify what the audit of the Department for combating organized Crime and corruption was related to.

Facebook instantiated a document with a court decision, which states that the TV channel’s website, as well as its pages on social networks VKontakte, Instagram, Facebook and Telegram, were recognized as extremist.

Alexey Dikovitsky, the vice-director of the TV channel, told RBC that the TV channel does not consider this court decision legitimate and will certainly not “engage in any legal procedures like appealing”.

“This is absurd. We continue to work in any way. Fortunately, we live in the XXI century, and not 30 years ago, when there was no Internet and it was difficult to get information from the place, broadcasting abroad. But we can do it. Of course, it is unpleasant, because there may be consequences for people who, for example, repost our materials. However, we continue to work, and no court will forbid us to do this, ” he said.

User’s facebook account BELSAT.TV

In May, “Belsat”, which positions itself as the first independent TV channel in Belarus, reported on the visit of security forces to the studio of the program “Each of us”. “We are aware of the detention of technical employees,” the message said. The editorial office of the TV channel then told RBC that the visit of the security forces could be connected with the release of a program with the participation of former security forces, after the broadcast of which two guests of the program were detained and placed in a temporary detention center on Akrestin in Minsk.

In mid-July, according to and Nexta, about ten employees of Belsat and several freelance journalists were subjected to searches. Investigative actions were carried out in Minsk, Gomel, Pinsk and Grodno. The security forces also searched a human rights activist, a member of the board of the “Legal Initiative” Alina Ustinova, and journalists of “Radio Liberty” Valentina Zhdanko and Inna Studzinskaya.

“Belsat” broadcasts via satellite and via the Internet from Warsaw. It was created in 2007 under an agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and Polish Television “as a structural unit of Polish television”, according to the website of the TV channel. The agreement provides for long-term cooperation and financing of the Belsat TV channel.

In February, a court in Minsk found Belsat journalists Daria Chultsova and Ekaterina Andreeva guilty of organizing protests for streaming from the rally. They committed a crime “by voicing information”, the prosecutor said at the trial. They were sentenced to two years in a penal colony.

More than 70 media outlets were blocked in Belarus in August last year amid protests that occurred after the presidential election (Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, won). Then Belsat was also blocked.Instagram Live broadcasts and instant news on our Instagram


Switzerland closed the Magnitsky case after 10 years of investigation

Swiss prosecutors, after ten years of checking information about money laundering from Russia, according to the statement of Hermitage Capital Management, did not find any reasons to bring charges against anyone in Switzerland and closed the case

 Switzerland has closed the Magnitsky case after 10 years of investigation

Sergei Magnitsky Memorial Evening at the Sakharov Center

The Swiss Prosecutor General’s Office has closed criminal proceedings on the claim of the Hermitage Capital Management company William Browder, which was filed in March 2011. This is stated in a message published on the agency’s website. The reason for the claim was information about fraud with VAT refunds and embezzlement from the Russian budget, which was published by lawyer and auditor Sergei Magnitsky, who died in 2009 in the pre-trial detention center “Matrosskaya Tishina”.

“The suspicions related to money laundering allegedly committed in Switzerland between 2008 and 2010 after fraud committed in Russia to the detriment of the Russian tax authorities at the end of 2007, which led to unjustified tax refunds totaling the equivalent of $ 230 million. These funds were allegedly laundered first in Russia, and then in a number of other countries and partly in Switzerland, ” the prosecutor’s office said.

“The circumstances related to the death of Sergei Magnitsky in Russia and its political consequences, including the Magnitsky lists, are not the subject of this investigation,” the Prosecutor General’s Office noted.

The investigators received information about a large number of bank accounts in Switzerland, sent many requests for mutual assistance abroad, including to the authorities of Moldova, Lithuania, Russia, Cyprus, the United States, and also interviewed a significant number of people in Switzerland and abroad.

An analysis of the data obtained led to the conclusion that during the investigation no evidence was found on the basis of which it was possible to charge anyone in Switzerland, so the prosecutors decided to close the case.

However, during the investigation, some assets frozen in Switzerland were found to be connected with a violation committed in Russia. As a result, the prosecutor’s office ordered to confiscate more than 4 million Swiss francs (about 322 million rubles).

Lawyer and auditor Sergei Magnitsky was arrested in Russia in 2008 in the case of evasion of the Hermitage Capital fund from paying taxes. He died in 2009 in the pre-trial detention center “Matrosskaya Tishina”. In 2013, he was posthumously found guilty. According to the head of Hermitage Capital, William Browder, Magnitsky was killed in a pre-trial detention center, and his prosecution was due to the fact that the auditor revealed a corrupt scheme for withdrawing $230 million from the Russian budget.

Magnitsky’s death and Browder’s statements became the reason for the so-called “Magnitsky Act”, adopted in the United States, according to which sanctions were imposed against individual Russian citizens. Later, the European Union, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries joined these sanctions. Over the past ten years, Browder has initiated a number of investigations into possible money laundering by Russians in Sweden, Estonia, Austria and other countries.

In Russia, criminal cases were initiated against Browder for non-payment of taxes. In 2013, he was sentenced in absentia to nine years in a general regime colony. In 2018, a new criminal case was opened against him-the Prosecutor General’s Office said that the head of the fund created a transnational criminal community to evade taxes and related fraudulent schemes.

In 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) granted the complaint of Sergei Magnitsky, his wife Natalia Zharikova and mother Natalia Magnitskaya. Magnitsky filed a complaint with the ECHR on his behalf on July 11, 2009, four months before his death. Magnitsky’s widow joined the complaint in March 2010; the auditor’s mother went to court in August 2012.

The court found that the Russian authorities had violated the right to life, the prohibition of torture in terms of conditions of detention and treatment by the prison authorities in relation to Magnitsky. The ECHR also agreed that Russia violated the provisions on a reasonable period of detention and the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time in relation to Magnitsky. The judges awarded the applicants & euro;34 thousand for two.

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Public opinion in Europe is inclined in favor of “sanitary passes”

InFollowing France, similar documents can be introduced in Germany and Italy In France, a law has been approved introducing restrictions for those not vaccinated against COVID-19. Such a measure is being discussed in Germany, and in Italy, doctors were obliged to get vaccinated. According to opinion polls, Europeans support restrictions for the unvaccinated

 Public opinion in Europe has tilted in favor of

What anti-weed restrictions are legally introduced in France

On the night of Sunday to Monday, July 26, the French National Assembly approved in the third reading a bill on additional measures to combat COVID-19. The law extends the validity of “health passes” – paper or electronic certificates containing information about the vaccination of their owner, as well as about the presence of antibodiesor a negative test for coronavirus. Those who have been vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines approved by the European regulator (EMA), as well as those who have recently been ill or received a negative PCR test result, can receive the document. The Government also plans to separately determine which foreign vaccination certificates will be taken into account.

The pass will become mandatory in France from the beginning of August, it will be checked at the entrance to the premises of cafes, restaurants and when boarding public transport-train, bus and plane. Since July 21, the system of applying sanitary passes has already started working when passing to concerts, festivals, sports and other events in which people take partmore than 50 people participated. The new law approved by the Parliament also introduces mandatory vaccination for health care workers, as well as for the guardians of patients. The law specifies that specialists who refuse vaccination will not be dismissed, but will be temporarily suspended from work with the deprivation of wages.

The discussion of the bill took the French parliamentarians 60 hours. “We have two options: to introduce health passes in the very near future, or to be exposed to the threat of [the spread of COVID-19], which may lead to the need to re-introduce a lockdown in the country,” Health Minister Olivier Veran said shortly before the voting day. As a result, the bill was supported by 195 members of the upper house of the Senate (129 against), and 156 deputies of the National Assembly (60 against). Now the bill approved by both chambers is sent for consideration to the Constitutional Council.

Chairman of the National Assembly, member of the party ” Forward, Republic!”Richard Ferrand praised the deputies for a responsible decision. “We have an awareness of the serious danger that our country is in, we are facing an outbreak of COVID for the fourth time,” said the senator of the center-right party “Republicans” Philippe Ba.

At first, passes will be checked only for adults, but from September 30, teenagers from 12 years old will also be subject to verification. It is planned that the new rules will be in effect until November 15, but the deadlines may be shifted depending on the epidemiological situation. The extension of this regime is possible only with the approval of the Parliament.

Earlier, the French parliament discussed a stricter version of the bill: it was supposed, in particular, to use passes for access to the summer verandas of cafes and restaurants. It was also planned that the document would be required to attend events where the conditions theoretically allow accepting more than 50 people. The final version does not contain these restrictions.

As of July 25, 16,167 people have fallen ill in France over the past day, six have died. For the entire time of the epidemic, 5.99 million cases were identified, 111644 people died. The share of French people who received at least one dose of the vaccine is 57.8%, according to the statistical portal Our World in Data. The France24 TV channel reports that, according to the Doctolib website, through which the French sign up for vaccination, since the announcement in July of new restrictions for the unvaccinated, more than 2 million citizens have applied for vaccination.

Where else in the European Union are they discussing mandatory vaccination

France has become the first major European country to introduce large-scale restrictions on the unvaccinated. The rule of mandatory vaccination of medical workers is still in force in Italy, but the list of measures to tighten restrictions for the unvaccinated, including access to public places, is still under discussion.

In Germany, there are also discussions about the introduction of restrictions for the unvaccinated. The possibility of such a measure was announced by the head of the Office of the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Minister for Special Assignments Helge Braun. It can be implemented in case of an increase in the number of infected COVID-19. Unvaccinated people may be banned from visiting restaurants, cinemas and stadiums. But the head of the ruling Christian Democratic Union party and the candidate for the post of Chancellor of Germany from the CDU/CSU union, Armin Laschet, opposed the introduction of restrictions.

In the United Kingdom, it was recently decided to lift all restrictions in most regions. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes that summer is the most profitable season for lifting restrictions, because in autumn and winter people are more likely to contact indoors. “We are opening up, and this is the right decision. If we don’t do it now, we will open the doors in the fall or winter, when the virus has advantages in the form of cold weather, ” Johnson said.

How much do Europeans support restrictions

French President Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to tighten measures to combat COVID-19 on July 12, and five days later 114 thousand people took part in mass actions against mandatory vaccination. The protesters accused Macron of abuse of power and a coup d’etat. Among the organizers of the protests were the “yellow vests”, who became famous for the mass riots in 2018. On July 25, 161 thousand French people took to the streets across the country, the number of protesters in Paris was 11 thousand. Macron on thishe said that every Frenchman has the right to disagree with the opinions of others, including the government. “However, there is no such freedom when I am in no way bound by duties towards others,” he continued, recalling that the refusal to vaccinate one person may endanger many others, including his relatives. “I don’t want to call it [refusal of vaccination and protests] a choice in favor of freedom. I call it irresponsibility and selfishness, ” Macron summed up.

The majority of French people support the decision of the authorities to introduce “health passes” and mandatory vaccination. According to a survey by the Elabe Research Center published on July 13, 76% of respondents supported the decision on mandatory vaccination of health workers. The share of supporters of the measure on checking “health passports” when boarding transport also amounted to 76%. Demonstrations against these measures, as follows from the survey of the Ifop organization, are supported by 35% of citizens, 49% treat them negatively, the rest are indifferent.

A study by the Italian company Swg, the results of which were presented on July 21, showed that six out of ten respondents in the country agree with the need to introduce “health passports” in transport and public places located indoors. 49% of Italians have a positive attitude to the use of such documents, 21%they support their introduction when the number of diseases increases, but 19% are completely against the introduction of a throughput system. A study published on July 15 by the Italian service Euromedia Research shows that 68.4% of respondents have a positive attitude to the mandatory use of a pass when visiting restaurants, hotels, cinemas, trains and planes, against 25.5%.

In the UK, 61% of respondents are positive about the idea of “health passports”, according to an April survey by YouGov, 29% are against it, the rest are undecided. In Germany, health passports are also supported by more than half of citizens-60%, a YouGov poll published in February showed.

Similar indicators were revealed by an April study by Ipsos, commissioned by the World Economic Forum (21 thousand people in 28 countries were interviewed). According to this study, 68% of respondents agreed that such certificates should be checked before attending major events, and 55% support the introduction of such checks in restaurants and bars.

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The Ministry of Defense revealed the scale of the exercises near the Tajik-Afghan border

About 1 thousand Russian military personnel will take part in the maneuvers. They will be held in three stages: the servicemen of Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will work out the elimination of militants in the areas bordering with Afghanistan

 The Ministry of Defense has revealed the scale of the exercises near the Tajik-Afghan border

About 1 thousand Russian servicemen will take part in the trilateral tactical exercises in the south of Tajikistan, Interfax reports, citing the press service of the Central Military District.

The exercises “Harb-Maydon” will be held from August 5 to 10 near the border with Afghanistan, and military personnel from Uzbekistan will also take part in them. The maneuvers will take place in three stages. At the first stage, the combined group of troops of the three countries will prepare for an operation to destroy terrorists.

At the second stage, the elimination of militants who have crossed the border will be worked out, at the third-the destruction of a conditional enemy when crossing the border.

The Russian military contingent will be based on units of the 201st military base stationed in Tajikistan, including mountain motorized rifle, tank, artillery units, as well as special forces groups, radiation, chemical and biological protection specialists and mobile electronic warfare groups.


The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the upcoming exercises at the “Harb-Maydon” training ground 20 km from the Afghan border on July 19. The joint development of military operations will take place against the background of the aggravation of the conflict in Afghanistan: after the withdrawal of US troops and their allies, the militants of the Taliban movement (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) launched a large-scale offensive and captured almost half of the country’s territory.

After fighting with the Taliban, Afghan government forces began to retreat to the territory of neighboring Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan. The flows of refugees also went there. Because of this, States had to strengthen their borders.

The militants now control the border region of Badakhshan in northern Afghanistan and a 900-kilometer section of the border with Tajikistan. In this regard, Moscow has strengthened its contingent at the 201st base.

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