The EU authorities have proposed to open entry for those vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines

If the proposal is approved, then entry to the EU may open for those who are vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine. For those vaccinated with Sputnik V, the EU will open the borders after the drug is approved by the WHO

EU authorities have proposed to open entry for vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines

The European Commission has prepared amendments to the recommendations on travel to the European Union, now it proposes to open the borders for those who are vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines. These amendments must be approved by the EU Council for entry into force, in which case they should work from January 10.

Now tourists can cross the border of the European Union with a certificate of vaccination with a drug that is approved by the European medical Regulator (EMA). If the EU Council allows the entry of tourists who have also been vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines, they will be able to do so if they have a PCR test in addition to the vaccination certificate. The vaccination itself must be done no later than nine months before crossing the border.

Russians vaccinated with the V Satellite will not be affected by this innovation. The Russian vaccine has not yet received WHO approval. Currently, vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are registered in the European Union. The Chinese vaccine Sinopharm is not on this list either, but it received approval from WHO in May, which, if amendments to the recommendation are adopted, will close the entry of vaccinated with this drug into the European Union.

The EU Council also proposes to allow entry into the European Union on covid certificates issued in countries outside the Union, if they correspond to the format of the European electronic certificate (EU Digital COVID Certificate). For example, the EU already has agreements on mutual recognition of covid certificates with Ukraine and Turkey.

“With respect to visitors from countries where there is no such equivalent, EU member states can continue to accept evidence of testing and vaccination issued by non-EU countries in accordance with their national legislation, taking into account the need to be able to verify their authenticity and validity,” the message says. According to the rules for the use of covid certificates in force in the European Union since the beginning of July, European countries can independently decide at the national level whether to admit or not vaccinated with vaccines not recognized in the EU.

In addition, as stated in the new version of the recommendations, children aged 6 to 17 years should be able to cross EU borders with a negative PCR test done before leaving, even if they are not vaccinated.

The European Commission proposed to open the borders for vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines back in May, before the launch of the pan-European system of covid certificates, but this proposal did not work at the level of the entire union.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) submitted an application to WHO for accelerated registration of the V Satellite in October 2020. The chief researcher of the organization, Sumiya Swaminathan, admitted that the drug could be approved by the end of 2021. The process of approval of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V” in the WHO is still ongoing, it was resumed on October 20 after a break.

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Merkel threatened Russia with new sanctions

According to the outgoing Chancellor, the EU should unite in connection with the situation on the border of Poland and Belarus, as well as around Ukraine

Merkel threatened Russia with new sanctions

Angela Merkel

The EU should impose new sanctions against Russia in the event of an escalation of the situation in Ukraine. As reported by Reuters, this was stated by Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

According to Merkel, the EU should show unity on the issue of attitude towards Belarus, which, as she believes, provides support to refugees storming the Polish border, as well as towards Russia, which has deployed its military units on the Ukrainian border.

“Any aggression that threatens the sovereignty of Ukraine will be costly,” Merkel said.

The outgoing Chancellor also expressed confidence that Poland will be able to prevent further escalation on the border with Belarus. According to her, Russian President Vladimir Putin must convince Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko that people cannot be used for their own purposes.


On the eve it became known that three parties in the Bundestag agreed to form a coalition. This means that a new chancellor will be sworn in after December 6. He will be the representative of the Social Democratic Party of Germany Olaf Scholz.

In recent weeks, Western media have repeatedly reported that Russia has increased its military grouping on the border with Ukraine, pulling tanks there, among other things. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov replied that Russia was not going to attack anyone and that it was wrong to make such conclusions based on the movement of troops across the country.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the Ukrainian authorities of escalating tensions in the Donbas, and the Ukrainian army is leading an offensive in some areas.

This week, the plenipotentiary representative of Russia in the contact group for the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine, Boris Gryzlov, said that the Ukrainian side had refused any work to coordinate with the Donbass “roadmap” for a political settlement. According to him, the Ukrainian authorities ignored the remark of the self-proclaimed republics that Kiev does not want to conduct the dialogue prescribed by the package of measures since March 2015 on the parameters of the special status.

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How prosecutors tried to achieve the liquidation of Memorial in the Supreme Court

GThe Prosecutor General’s Office accused Memorial of violating the law on foreign agents. The organization was defended by academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as Nobel laureates Mikhail Gorbachev and Dmitry Muratov. The hearing is adjourned until December 14

How prosecutors tried in the Supreme Court to achieve the liquidation of the Memorial

The Supreme Court of Russia has begun to consider the claim of the Prosecutor General’s Office on the liquidation of the international public organization “Memorial” (recognized in Russia as an NGO-foreign agent). At the hearing on Thursday, November 25, representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Justice, as well as managers and lawyers of Memorial spoke. Judge Anna Nazarova announced a break in the consideration of the case until December 14.

In court, Memorial is represented by lawyers Henry Reznik, Mikhail Biryukov and Maria Eismont, as well as representatives of the organization: Chairman of the board Jan Rachinsky and executive Director Elena Zhemkova, they brought several boxes of documents to the hearing.

The representative of the Prosecutor’s office stated that the organization “poses a public threat” and should be closed in order to “protect the rights and freedoms of other people, including the right to access reliable information”. The measure in the form of liquidation in relation to the Memorial was called proportionate by the plaintiff’s representatives. According to them, “Memorial” repeatedly and repeatedly violated Russian laws, in particular the requirements for labeling information materials.

According to the prosecutor, fines totaling 2.9 million rubles were imposed on the organization for violations, which can serve as confirmation of malicious evasion from compliance with the laws. Also, according to the plaintiff, in 2013–2016 «Memorial» participated in political activities, received foreign funding and hid it.

The lawyer of the Memorial, Tatiana Glushkova, said in court that she considers the liquidation measure disproportionate, according to her, they want to liquidate the organization for untimely labeling on websites. The lawyer noted that, according to the practice of the ECHR, the decision on liquidation should be made taking into account the proportionality of the deed.

NGO lawyer Grigory Vaypan did not agree with the prosecutor’s office’s statements that the organization had committed repeated violations, since more than a year had passed since most of them were committed, and, according to the lawyer, they cannot be mentioned in the lawsuit and considered repeated.

The lawyer of the Memorial, Maria Eismont, noted that no violation protocol has been drawn up for the organization over the past year. “We are honest and law-abiding,” she stressed, speaking in court.

The editor-in-chief of the Echo of Moscow, Alexey Venediktov, wrote in Telegram that the first deputy editor-in-chief of the radio station, Sergey Buntman, was summoned to court as a witness on the part of the defense. Buntman himself explained that he was acting as a witness in the matter of the “historical activity” of the Memorial.

The meeting was observed by foreign diplomats, including from the United States, Great Britain.

Dozens of people gathered at the courthouse before the meeting to support the staff of the Memorial, the correspondent of RBC reports. According to TASS, the police detained two picketers, including a woman who stood outside the courthouse with a poster criticizing the intention to liquidate the organization.

The Memorial was established in 1992 in Moscow. It was preceded by the Moscow public group “Memorial”, which emerged in 1987 and gave rise to a number of regional organizations and groups. In 1989, they all merged into the All-Union Historical and Educational Society “Memorial” (registered in 1990). One of the organizers and the first honoraryThe chairman of the Memorial was Academician Andrei Sakharov. The main task of the organization was initially the study of political repression in the USSR. Now the Memorial is a community of dozens of organizations in Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Italy, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, and Ukraine that conduct research, human rights and educational work.

In 1989, the year of the actual creation of the Memorial, the future first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin became a member of the organization. Later he joined the public council of the Memorial.

“Memorial” was one of the first to be included in the register of NGOs-foreign agents, it was added there back in 2014. The list includes several legal entities of Memorial: interregional public organization Memorial Information and Educational Center (Yekaterinburg), scientific and information center Memorial and the International Historical and Educational Society Memorial.

The Prosecutor General’s Office filed a lawsuit for the liquidation of the Memorial on November 11, the reason for it was systematic violations of the law on foreign agents, the organization did not label the materials posted. The Prosecutor General’s Office described the violations of the Memorial as “gross and repeated”.

Another lawsuit against the human rights center “Memorial” (also recognized in Russia as an NGO-foreign agent)The Moscow Prosecutor’s office filed a complaint with the Moscow City Court. Earlier on November 23, the court postponed the start of the preliminary hearings on the liquidation of the center to November 29 due to the fact that the defendant’s side did not submit all the necessary documents.

After the filing of the lawsuit, Memorial stated that they did not see any legal grounds for the liquidation of the organization, and called the actions of the Prosecutor General’s Office a political decision to destroy society, and the law on foreign agents a tool for reprisals against independent organizations.

The Presidential Human Rights Council (HRC) expressed concern about the situation around the organization on November 12. They noted that they consider the liquidation of the oldest public organization in Russia an extraordinary measure, and pointed out that over the past 14 months, the control authorities have not detected violations at the Memorial, and only two small violations have been registered at the human rights center of the Memorial.

However, the Kremlin noted that there have been problems with the Memorial for a long time in terms of compliance with the norms of Russian legislation. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that the head of state considers it important for any NGOs to comply with existing laws.

62 academicians and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences supported the organization. “The destruction of the Memorial is an attempt to deprive the nation of memory, which we must not allow in order to avoid a repetition of the era of monstrous repression,” the open letter of the members of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

Supported the Memorial and the Yeltsin Center. A statement on the center’s website expresses the hope that the organization will continue to work.

Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mikhail Gorbachev and Dmitry Muratov stood up for the Memorial. They called on the Prosecutor General’s Office to withdraw the claim and settle the case out of court. Gorbachev and Muratov stated that the activities of the Memorial meet the interests of society and the state.

In protest against the attempts of the Prosecutor General’s Office to liquidate the organization, the writer and playwright Lyudmila Petrushevskaya refused the title of laureate of the State Prize.

In the United States, the Prosecutor General’s Office’s lawsuit against the organization was called another attack on freedom of speech in Russia. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Twitter called on the Russian authorities to “stop the lawsuits and stop abusing the law on foreign agents.”

As of the middle of the day on November 25, more than 105 thousand people signed a petition in support of the organization on the website

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The State Duma deprived Rashkin of parliamentary immunity

TThis decision was made at a meeting of the State Duma. Prosecutor General Krasnov, who came to him, called the deputy’s behavior “without exaggeration a disgrace.” The head of the Moscow City Committee of the Communist Party is known for supporting Navalny and sharply criticizing the authorities

The State Duma deprived Rashkin of parliamentary immunity

Valery Rashkin

“Clumsy attempts”

During the plenary session of the State Duma, the deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Valery Rashkin, was decided to deprive him of parliamentary immunity. This makes it possible to open a criminal case against him, initiate administrative proceedings, and conduct investigative actions. 343 deputies voted for, 55 against, two abstained.

Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, who came to the meeting, in his speech called Rashkin’s behavior “clumsy attempts to mislead law enforcement officers”. “Thanks to the media, this disgrace has become known without exaggeration,” he said.”I have an extremely negative attitude to such manifestations of insincerity: a man who has taken up arms should continue to behave like a man, and not try to cause pity.”

The Prosecutor General recalled that Rashkin initially refused to cooperate with the investigation, “gave false testimony, he had signs of alcoholic intoxication.” “This behavior of Rashkin looks cynical and immoral!— Krasnov is sure.”I ask you to give your consent to the initiation of a criminal case against Deputy Rashkin.”

In response, the deputy said that he considers his persecution political. “No artiodactyl has ever been devoted to so much pathos on television. In my memory, only the Kennedy assassination was talked about more. I have not observed such a fuss about poachers, from whom the FSB seized hundreds of kilograms of bear paws and moose lips,” he noted. Rashkin is convinced that the realthe reason for the recent events is his “organized struggle for fair elections, which causes great displeasure and heartburn in the entire vertical of power.” He stressed that he did not know about the lack of hunting permits from his comrades who organized the trip, and called the scale of his persecution unprecedented.


Rashkin’s list and the unknown moose

The question of depriving the deputy of immunity caused a heated discussion among parliamentarians. Rashkin’s colleague in the faction, Georgy Kamnev, called the measure of restraint proposed for him— the prohibition of certain actions— too harsh and suggested replacing it with a milder punishment.

The fair-minded deputy Oleg Nilov predicted the appearance of “Rashkin’s list”, where other parliamentarians who were previously accused of poaching, but who were not punished, can get to. In turn, the head of the Fair Russia faction, Sergei Mironov, in his telegram channel, proposed to abolish the institute of immunity for deputies of all levels altogether. LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky accused the Communists of terror: “Your hands are covered in blood not only of this unfortunate moose in Saratov, we don’t know him. The whole planet is in blood!». After that, he left the State Duma meeting room.

At the end of October, in the Lysogorsky district of the Saratov region, the police detained Rashkin with an elk carcass in the trunk of a car. In addition, an axe and two knives with traces of blood were found in the car. Since then, Rashkin has been a suspect in the case of illegal hunting, investigated by the central apparatus of the Investigative Committee. Under the article on illegal hunting, a sentence of imprisonment for up to two years may be threatened.

Later, the deputy confessed to killing the moose, although he had previously claimed to have found the carcass of the animal. He considers himself a victim of a combination of circumstances, which he stated in the appeal. “I was misled by information about the availability of legal and executed documents for hunting,” Rashkin explained.And as a result, people unknown to me took advantage of it, who, apparently, participated in the provocation against me.

The Prosecutor General’s Office asked the State Duma for consent to conduct investigative actions with Rashkin. The agency also intends to achieve the election of a preventive measure against the parliamentarian related to the prohibition of certain actions. The damage from the actions of the deputy in the Prosecutor General’s Office was estimated at 80 thousand rubles.

After that, the State Duma commission on mandatory issues recommended removing immunity from the Communist deputy. In turn, the first deputy head of the Communist Party faction in the Duma, Nikolai Kolomeitsev, told RBC that the faction would be against the removal of immunity from Rashkin, and called what was happening an act of intimidation of communists.

Depriving deputies of immunity is not uncommon, they are much less often deprived of their mandates. Before Rashkin, 11 deputies were deprived of immunity due to accusations of various crimes, in particular, Ilya Ponomarev, Alexey Mitrofanov, Nikolai Parshin, Oleg Mikheev and others. At the same time, at least ten times since 1994, the State Duma has refused to lift immunity.

Who is Rashkin

Deprived of immunity, the deputy was a deputy of the State Duma of five convocations. He is 66 years old, he joined the Communist Party in 1983. He has been trying to get elected to the lower house since its first convocation. During the presidential elections in 1996, he was a confidant of the head of the Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov, then worked as his assistant in the State Duma. In 2000, Rashkin, then a deputy, ran for the post of governor of the Saratov region, but was not allowed to participate in the elections. He has been the head of the Moscow branch of the Communist Party since 2010. Rashkin was repeatedly called a potential replacement for Zyuganov as head of the party, although he himself denied such a possibility.

Rashkin is known for opposition statements and scandalous parliamentary inquiries. So, in 2006, together with the ex-Minister of Roads of the Saratov region Gevorg Dzhlavyan, he accused Vyacheslav Volodin (also a native of the Saratov region) of corruption. The charges were not confirmed as a result of a check by the prosecutor’s office. The current speaker of the State Duma also sued a communist deputy who, at a rally in 2009, accused him of “crimes against the people, before the Russian nation.” In turn, Rashkin was able to sue 7.5 thousand euros by contacting the ECHR about this.

The deputy has repeatedly accused other deputies and politicians of corruption and talked about the so-called “Rashkin lists”, where he included such people. Rashkin spoke sharply negatively about Euromaidan and supported the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014. In 2015, he was included in the sanctions lists of the European Union.

In the summer and autumn, the Moscow branch of the Communist Party, headed by Rashkin, organized protests against mandatory vaccination against coronavirus. After the elections to the State Duma, several actions took place at which the Communists demanded a revision of the voting results due to disagreement with the electronic voting data. Also, the deputy has repeatedly expressed support for the convicted oppositionist Alexei Navalny.

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The Prosecutor General said about Rashkin’s “clumsy attempts” to deceive the police

GProsecutor General Igor Krasnov, speaking to deputies, not only described the actions of Valery Rashkin on illegal hunting, but also expressed a personal attitude to his actions, advising him to behave “like a man”

The Prosecutor General said about

Valery Rashkin

The State Duma is holding hearings on the deprivation of immunity of the Communist Party deputy Valery Rashkin for illegal moose hunting. Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov addressed the deputies of the lower house. He called Rashkin’s attempts to avoid responsibility “clumsy”.

“I will not dwell in detail on the circumstances of Rashkin’s detention and his clumsy attempts to mislead law enforcement officers, and not only them. <...Thanks to the media, this, without exaggeration, shame has become well-known. Moreover, today Rashkin has already publicly acknowledged his involvement in the incriminated act twice. Although he did not give up hope of avoiding responsibility," Krasnov said.

“I have an extremely negative attitude to such manifestations of insincerity: a man who has taken up arms should continue to behave like a man, and not try to cause pity,” the prosecutor General continued.

He asked the State Duma to give consent to the initiation of criminal and administrative cases against Rashkin, as well as to searches and the election of a preventive measure in the form of a ban on certain actions.

“A lie from the mouth of an official of this level undermines the authority of public authority, therefore it is unacceptable,” Krasnov told the deputies. He also expressed a personal attitude to Rashkin’s act: “A man who has taken up arms should continue to behave like a man. To take responsibility for all the consequences of their actions, not to try to mislead the public, to cause pity by exposing themselves as a victim of circumstances.

On the eve of the State Duma Commission on mandate issues recommended removing immunity from Rashkin.

The police detained Valery Rashkin with an elk carcass in the trunk of a car in the Lysogorsky district of the Saratov region on October 29. As reported in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, an axe and two knives were also found in the car in blood, and a gun with a night vision sight, cartridges, a tripod and a hunting ticket were found at the place of butchering the carcass. Since then, Rashkin has been a suspect in the case of illegal hunting, which is being investigated by the central office of the Investigative Committee.

The deputy said that he found the carcass in the forest and was going to take it to the police. He also stated that the investigation “turns everything upside down”.

Later, on November 18, Rashkin changed his version of what happened. He admitted that in conditions of poor visibility he confused an elk with a wild boar and shot the animal twice with a carbine, after which he butchered the carcass and put it in the car with the help of a friend. Rashkin also stated that he was ready to buy a live moose in return and release it in the hunting area.

The Prosecutor General’s Office said that it would ask the State Duma to agree to conduct investigative actions with Rashkin and to achieve the election of a preventive measure against the parliamentarian related to the prohibition of certain actions.

According to the representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Sergei Bochkarev, Rashkin “did not cooperate with the investigation, gave false and confusing testimony to law enforcement agencies, misled the public, did not give samples at the crime scene for comparative research and, moreover, concealed the weapon of the crime.” In addition, according to the representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the deputy knows the witnesses well and has the opportunity to influence them.

According to Bochkarev, the damage from Rashkin’s actions amounted to 80 thousand rubles. The representative of the department pointed out that the deputy did not apply to the regional authorities for permission, in addition, a quota for hunting could not be issued in this farm in the Saratov region due to the difficult situation of the animal world.

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Five congressmen urged not to appoint a native of the USSR to the US Treasury

BIn September, Aiden nominated Professor Saule Omarova, who was born in Kazakhstan, for the post of head of the currency control Department. Republicans also criticized Omarova earlier because of her views on the banking system

Five congressmen urged not to appoint a native of the USSR to the US Treasury


Five Democratic senators told the administration of President Joe Biden that they would not support the candidacy of a native of Kazakhstan, Saule Omarova, for the post of head of the Office of Currency Control (part of the structure of the US Treasury). This was reported by the Axios portal.

The US presidential administration is aware of the senators’ position. According to the interlocutor of Axios, the White House continues to fully support the historical nomination of the contender, despite her low chances. The official noted that Omarova has the necessary qualifications to take the position, and she is treated unfairly.

At a hearing in the Senate of the US Congress last week, Omarova was criticized by Republicans. Politico writes that lawmakers did not agree with her opinion on the need to increase the role of the government in the financial sphere. One of the Republicans, John Kennedy, reminded Omarova that she was a member of the Komsomol during her life in the USSR and asked if he should not address her as a “comrade”. Omarova herself stated that she does not share communist views: “I am not a communist, I did not subscribe to this ideology. I couldn’t choose where I was born.”

According to Axios, Republicans claim that Omarova, judging by her research papers, supports the nationalization of the banking sector. And some Democrats were not satisfied that she spoke out against their bill, which involves easing restrictions on banks.

As Politico clarifies, throughout the history of the Office of currency control, it has been headed by white men. Omarova suggested that one of the reasons for objections to her candidacy is racism. If she is still appointed, she will control the activities of national banks and will become the first woman in this post.

Biden nominated Omarova in September.

Saule Omarova is an American scientist of Kazakh origin, Doctor of political Science, professor of law at Cornell University. Before moving to the USA, she graduated from Moscow State University. In 2006 and 2007, Omarova already worked in the Ministry of Finance as an adviser to the deputy head of the Department for Internal Finance, according to a White House press release.

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Putin dismissed the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service amid the torture scandal in the colonies

The new director of the FSIN was the Deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Colonel-General Arkady Gostev. This may mean the transfer of actual control over the prison system in Russia from the FSB to the Interior Ministry, sources say RBC

Putin fired the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service amid the torture scandal in the colonies

Alexander Kalashnikov

Lieutenant General Alexander Kalashnikov has been dismissed from the post of head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), it follows from the decree of President Vladimir Putin. Deputy Interior Minister Arkady Gostev has been appointed as the new head of the department.

Two RBC sources close to the FSIN reported that the appointment of Deputy Interior Minister Arkady Gostev to the post of head of the service could mean the transfer of actual control over the prison system in Russia from the FSB to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Kalashnikov has been the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service since October 2019. Prior to that, he served in the state security agencies of the USSR and Russia, including the head of the FSB offices in Komi and the Krasnoyarsk Territory.

According to the source, Arkady Gostev is part of the inner circle of Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Another interlocutor of RBC reported that Kalashnikov, from the moment of his appointment to the post of director of the FSIN, was considered a creature of high-ranking FSB officers.

In 2018, RBC reported that the state legal department of the presidential administration discussed a draft reform of the service, suggesting its division into two departments – civil and law enforcement. It was planned that the federal agency under the Ministry of Justice would deal with the re-education, re-socialization and economy of prisoners,and the protection of prisons together with the special forces of the FSIN will go to Rosgvardiya. The FSIN, as a subject of operational investigative activity, which includes operational departments engaged in recruiting agents, wiretapping telephone conversations and searching for escaped prisoners, it was assumed that they would transfer to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Torture videos

Human rights defenders from In October, they reported that they had received an archive with 40 GB of torture videos. The first videos were released in early October. The archive was collected by a former prisoner Sergei Saveliev, who was serving time under the article on the transfer of drugs. According to him, during his imprisonment, he came across recordings of video recorders with torture, which he archived and hid. After his release , Saveliev transmitted a video . The website of the human rights center has been blocked since July by Roskomnadzor based on the decision of the Moscow City Court.

At the end of October, lawyer Snezhana Muntyan reported that more than 400 prisoners of Saratov colony No. 13 complained about the use of violence, bullying and torture against them.

On November 10, the FSIN announced the dismissal of 18 employees of the Saratov department of the service. The reason for the decision was a series of videos published by the human rights project . The video captured the torture and abuse of prisoners in the tuberculosis hospital No. 1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Saratov region.

Human rights activists wrote that the torture of prisoners was committed by other convicts acting on the instructions of the FSIN and law enforcement agencies, and the victims of torture were those who did not want to cooperate with the administration.

The UK, the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Federal Penitentiary Service have begun to conduct checks on information about torture. Later, Kalashnikov dismissed Pavel Gatsenko from the post of head of the prison hospital in Saratov and dismissed several other employees of the medical institution.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the situation, said that law enforcement agencies will deal with the torture video.

Corruption scandals in the Federal Penitentiary Service

The FSIN has been constantly shaken by scandals in recent years.In March last year, the head of state dismissed Deputy head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Valery Maksimenko, who was engaged in economic issues, organization of construction, reconstruction and repair. In November 2020, Maksimenko was detained and arrested on charges of abuse of official authority (Part 3 of Article 285 of the Criminal Code). According to the investigation, in 2018, he illegally organized the conclusion of state contracts for the construction and repair of facilities between the territorial administrations of the Federal Penitentiary Service and its construction department in the North Caucasus Federal District.

As a result, the target program was not executed in the amount of more than 2.1 billion rubles, and 14 facilities were not put into operation.

In 2019, the deputy director of the FSIN Oleg Korshunov, who was responsible for the economy in the FSIN, was sentenced to seven years in prison for a scam with the production of shoes for the needs of the FSIN. Officially, the service ordered shoes from the departmental Production and Industrial House (PPD), but in reality the production was organized by a private company “DATSE Group”, and cheaper materials were used for the manufacture of shoes than the contract documentation provided. A year later, Korshunov was sentenced to nine years for fraud in the purchase of fuel and sugar.

Before Kalashnikov, Gennady Kornienko held the post of head of the FSIN for seven years. Putin signed a decree on his dismissal in October 2019. RBC wrote that the formal reason for Kornienko’s resignation was the achievement of the age limit for being in the civil service, he turned 65. In July 2018, Novaya Gazeta published a video of the beating of a convict in Yaroslavl colony No. 1. The publication received a wide public response. Employees of the colony became defendants in criminal cases.

Kornienko’s predecessor Alexander Reimer was arrested in 2015, three years after his resignation, on charges of fraud for 3 billion rubles. when purchasing electronic bracelets for those under house arrest.His deputy Nikolay Krivolapov, Director of the Center for Information Technology and Communications (CYTOS) of the Federal Penitentiary Service Viktor Definenov and general director of a commercial organization Nikolay Martynov were also accused of fraud.

According to investigators, from 2010 to 2012, the accused fraudulently stole about 2.7 billion rubles allocated from the budget to provide the department with electronic control systems. Stationary control device worth 19 thousand rubles. it was purchased for 108 thousand, and a mobile control device instead of 19 thousand at a price of 128 thousand rubles.

In 2017, the Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow sentenced Reimer to eight years in a general regime colony and a fine of 800 thousand rubles.

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In Poland, a suspect in espionage for Russia was detained

According to the intelligence services, the detention is connected with the case of a Pole who confessed to spying for Russia in May 2021

A suspect in espionage for Russia was detained in Poland

The Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) has detained a citizen of the country who is suspected of working for the Russian special services. This, as reported by Polsatnews, was told by the press secretary of the minister-coordinator of the special services of Poland Stanislav Zharin.

“The evidence materials and the procedural actions carried out by the investigation indicate that the detained 66-year-old Polish citizen is suspected of initiating espionage activities in favor of Russia. The detained 66-year-old man carried out espionage activities in favor of Russia and acted to the detriment of the interests of the Polish Republic,” Zharin said.

He clarified that the detainee did not admit his guilt. He was detained on November 21 in the territory of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. The court has already arrested him for three months. During the search of the detainee’s apartment, “things and documents were seized that complement the extensive evidentiary material,” the spokesman added.

The suspect’s activities were connected with a man whom ABW detained in May on suspicion of espionage, he has already admitted his guilt.

Polish special services regularly report the detention of people on charges of espionage in favor of Russia. In May 2021, a 43-year-old man was detained there, who passed information and materials on military structures and Polish citizens to the Russian special services, “necessary for Russia’s damaging activities on the territory of Poland.” The detainee admitted his guilt.

In June, another man was detained and arrested on suspicion of espionage in favor of Russia. “During the investigation, the prosecutor found that the suspect acted in favor of Russia, stepping up his activities after his accomplice was previously detained on suspicion of espionage,” the Polish Prosecutor General’s Office said at the time. The detainee, on the instructions of Russian intelligence officers, tried to establish contact with Polish and foreign politicians, including those who work in the European Parliament, the department noted.

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Rostec revealed the timing of the creation of a special squadron on behalf of Putin

FThe fire-fighting squadron, formed on behalf of the President, will receive the first aircraft in 2023. In total, it will include 22 cars, including those equipped with Ukrainian engines. The cost of the project will exceed 50 billion rubles, RBC learned

«Rostec» revealed the timing of the creation of a special squadron on behalf of Putin

When will the firefighting squadron start working

A special squadron of Rostec for extinguishing forest fires, formed on behalf of Vladimir Putin, will receive the first aircraft in 2023. This was announced to RBC by Viktor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy of the state corporation, on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow, which was held in the United Arab Emirates in mid-November.

First, the squadron will begin receiving new Ka-32 and Mi-26 helicopters (from 2023), then Be-200 amphibious aircraft (from 2024), Kladov said. “It is planned to build 10 aircraft for the squadron with the start of deliveries in 2024,” he said. In total, the special fire squadron will include 22 aircraft and helicopters: These are ten Be-200ChS amphibious aircraft, ten Ka-32A11M helicopters and two Mi-26T helicopters.

The implementation of the project has already begun, Kladov stressed. According to him, the basic parameters of the necessary financing have already been determined. However, he did not name the figures, noting that the funds are supposed to be spent on equipping the production and production of a series of aircraft, the formation of an after-sales service system and a spare parts warehouse, as well as the creation of a training center for pilot training. A special squadron was instructed to create at the expense of the National Welfare Fund, to maintain it at the expense of Rostec, the press service of the state corporation told RBC earlier.

A source of RBC in government agencies reported that “preliminary costs for the purchase of 22 [aircraft] and the creation of infrastructure, including a training complex for training pilots, are estimated at 50 55 billion rubles.” But there are no final calculations yet, now everything is under discussion, he added. At the end of 2020The manufacturer of the Be-200 – Taganrog Aviation Scientific and Technical Complex named after Beriev (part of the UAC) has signed a contract with the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the supply of two amphibious aircraft worth 2.85 billion rubles each. That is, the cost of the Be-200 for the squadron can be estimated at more than 28 billion rubles.

Why do we need a special squadron

Sergey Chemezov, the head of Rostec, proposed to create a squadron to extinguish fires in Russia and abroad in October 2020. According to him, Russia will be able to provide equipment to other countries on a seasonal basis without prejudice to extinguishing fires on its territory, and the creation of an air squadron will become an “international humanitarian project”. In October of this year, it became known that Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to create a squadron at the expense of the National Welfare Fund, it will be maintained by Rostec.

Various options for organizing the work of the squadron are under discussion. “This is both the creation of a new legal entity and the formation of a squadron on the basis of existing organizations,” the press service of Rostec said earlier. The Ministry of Emergency Situations of RBC reported that the agency does not participate in the development of the project.

Kladov stressed that today the Russian Be-200 aircraft is the most effective fire extinguishing machine, which has undeniable advantages in terms of the speed of water delivery to the source of ignition, can be operated in a complex landscape. Over the past two seasons, Be-200 aircraft have extinguished more than 2,300 fires, he said. “You can all imagine the damage not only to the economy, but also to the ecology of our planet caused by forest fires. Therefore, the demand for our aircraft will only grow,” concluded Kladov.

What are the risks of project implementation

The squadron will be equipped with new aircraft, Rostec emphasizes. At the same time, the Kumertau Aviation Enterprise (Bashkiria; part of the Russian Helicopters holding) has started flight tests of the new Ka-32A11M helicopter. It plans to receive machines in this modificationsquadron— only on November 15th. “We plan to finish certification of the Ka-32A11M in 2023. After that, the machine with the latest electronics and fire extinguishing system will be available to Russian and foreign customers,” the CEO of Russian Helicopters noted (part of Rostec). Andrey Boginsky.

Thus, the Mi-26T can become the first aircraft in the squadron being created. These super-heavy helicopters have been produced since 1980 by Rostvertol (part of Russian Helicopters).By 2021, more than 340 cars of several modifications have been built. In what modification the Mi-26 squadron will receive, the representative of Rostec does not specify. But the Mi-26, unlike the Ka-32, are equipped not with Russian, but with Ukrainian D-136 engines produced by “Motor Sich” (Zaporozhye).

Against the background of the deterioration of Russian-Ukrainian relations, operators of Ukrainian equipment are experiencing difficulties, so back in 2018 Boginsky announced the remotorization of the Mi-26 with Russian engines (for example, PD-12V) after 2022. Representative of the United Engine Corporation (UEC; part of Rostec) does not comment on this project.

RBC sent a request to the press service of “Russian Helicopters”.

The Be-200 aircraft has been produced since 2002, since 2016 in Taganrog. By the summer of 2021, a total of 16 production cars were produced (seven in Irkutsk, nine in Taganrog). That is, the rate of assembly of the Be-200 by TANTK specialists does not exceed two aircraft per year. In 2017, the Ministry of Defense sued the plant for 6.7 billion rubles due to non-delivery of aircraft. Modernization and preparation of production in Taganrog are underway indue to the planned increase in the volume of production of Be-200ChS aircraft, including for the squadron, a representative of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC; part of Rostec) told RBC. “There is potential for expanding the production base. Taking into account the contribution of the existing cooperation, the company is able to meet the growing demand for the Be-200 aircraft,” he emphasizes.

But the supply of the Be-200 may be affected by a problem with the engines. Now these aircraft are equipped with D-436 engines manufactured by Motor-Sich. The UEC has been dealing with this problem since 2018: first, the Be-200 variant with French-Russian SaM146 engines (installed on Superjet) was considered, then with the promising Russian PD-8 engine. “The PD-8 engine, which can be used to remotorize the Be-200, is in the process of manufacturing prototypes and engineering tests,” mdash;UEC press secretary Elena Mokrova told RBC. According to her, the work is going “in a forced mode, in accordance with the approved plans”. Obtaining a type certificate for the PD-8 engine is scheduled for 2023, the press service of Rostec reported in July of this year. The representative of the UAC does not say when the tests of the re-motorized Be-200 will begin.

RBC has sent requests to the press service of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and “Motor Sich”.

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Poland has not recognized part of the European Convention on Human Rights

The provisions enshrine the right of the ECHR to verify the independence of judges of the Constitutional Court. In this court, however, it was considered that the status of the court and judges is determined by the Constitution and they do not fall under the jurisdiction of the ECHR

Poland has not recognized part of the European Convention on Human Rights

The Constitutional Court of Poland has concluded that part of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights does not comply with the Basic Law of the country and, therefore, is unconstitutional, the newspaper Wiadomosci reports.

We are talking about the part of the convention that states that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has the right to verify the independence of judges of the Constitutional Court and the legality of their appointment.

“The Constitutional Court considers that the ECHR has no grounds for verifying the independence of judges of the Constitutional Court, since its sources are the Constitution and statutes. <..."Judicial independence is always evaluated in relation to a specific case pending before the court," Judge Wojciech Sych, who announced the decision, said.

He also stressed that the status of the Constitutional Court and its judges, including the rules for their appointment, are specified only in the Constitution and do not fall under the jurisdiction of the ECHR.

At the same time, Sych noted that the Constitutional Court does not question the judicial practice of the ECHR and the role it plays in the development and improvement of standards in the field of human rights protection.

The proceedings concerning the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights took place after the corresponding petition was filed in July by Prosecutor General Zbigniew Zebro. He, in turn, referred to the precedent – the case of Xero Flor against the Polish authorities.

The company tried to challenge the amount of compensation awarded to it by the court, and eventually reached the proceedings in the Constitutional Court. However, this instance decided to terminate the case. Then Xero Flor appealed to the ECHR, which agreed with her arguments and concluded that the company’s right to a fair trial in a Polish court had been violated. The European Court decided that the judge of the Constitutional Court, who signed the decision to dismiss the case, had no right to do so.

Warsaw is already in a difficult relationship with Brussels because of the reform of its judicial system, which began in 2017. So, in October, the Constitutional Court of Poland decided that four provisions of the Treaty on the European Union contradict the Constitution of the country and should not prevail over it. These provisions speak about freedom, democracy,the rule of law and equality. The decision was widely criticized in the EU.

At the end of October, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ordered the Polish government to pay a fine until it brings national legislation into line with EU standards. The penalties amounted to €1 million per day.

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