The host of the Belarusian TV channel STV, Grigory Azarenok, made harsh statements to European politicians in his author’s program.
“You are weak, weak-willed, old, flabby, childless,” the TV presenter said. “Your hands are shaking.”
According to him, Western politicians hear “nonsense” from the “gurgling mouth”, and in their arsenal they have “only a transgender weightlifter and Tikhanovskaya’s stupid cow eyes.”
“Degraders and mutants,” Azarenok also said.
The presenter called Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” the “bible” of Western civilization, and she herself – “a decaying half-corpse”. Separately, Lithuania got it – Azarenok called it an incapable “evil fascist dwarf”.
Photo: A frame from the video
Europe, it follows from the presenter’s speech, is a “five-hundred-year-old impotent predator” who “wants to die comfortably”, taking the rest with him.
At the end of his speech, the presenter called President Alexander Lukashenko a great man who carries a “sunny, ardent, deep and powerful” truth. Earlier, Lukashenka himself accused Western countries that Hitler’s book is allegedly still relevant for them.
The founder of the Telegram channel Nexta, recognized as extremist in Belarus, Roman Protasevich commented on the activities of the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko.
According to Protasevich, ” if a person could withstand such a huge pressure, then it probably says a lot”. “From the point of view of a person, as a person, yes, his steadfastness is respected,” he admitted in the story of the Belarusian channel STV.
Foreign Minister of the Republic Vladimir Makei also spoke about the work of the President. According to him, he has worked with Lukashenka for more than 20 years. He stressed that “I have never met such a person who would love his country so much”.
Earlier, Protasevich told about how he learned about the planning of a coup in the republic. According to him, the team of the former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has nothing to do with it. At the same time, Protasevich himself admitted that he knew many people who spoke about the attempted violent coup. In other words, they were conspirators.
In an interview with Lithuanian opposition politician Algirdas Paleckis, Protasevich noted that Tikhanovskaya was scared when she heard about such a proposal and decided not to do anything in this direction.
Protasevich was detained at the Minsk airport after the forced landing of a Ryanair plane en route from Athens to Vilnius in May 2021. In Belarus, he was accused of organizing mass riots after the presidential election in August 2020. Later, he agreed to cooperate with the investigation. Shortly after that, he was transferred from the pre-trial detention center to house arrest.
Ella Pamfilova explained why it was necessary to change the scheme of access to video surveillance at the elections
On Thursday, August 5, the Central Election Commission held an online meeting dedicated to a new scheme for organizing video surveillance of voting in the autumn Duma elections. All regional election commissions, representatives of 14 parties, the Public Chamber, public election observation centers in the regions, the Ministry of Finance, Rostelecom PJSC and the media took part in the event, mainly via videoconference.
Photo: Natalia Muschinkina
The obvious purpose of the event was to explain to the general public and the media the decisions on the organization of video surveillance that the CEC adopted in mid-July. Ella Pamfilova, her deputies and representatives of departments and organizations involved in the new scheme, explained to all doubters why it was necessary to change everything, and how the new scheme provides access to video surveillance for everyone who needs it.
The chairman of the CEC was clearly convinced by herself that there were enough incredulous people who met innovations: her speech contained many quotes from media speeches in which the purpose of innovations was somehow announced to restrict access to broadcast channels. However, Ella Pamfilova found worthy answers to all the theses of critics.
First of all, defending the chosen option of organizing access to broadcasts, Ella Pamfilova drew the audience’s attention to the fact that the CEC funds under the relevant article were allocated long before the pandemic and other unforeseen events, and no one assumed that the voting would take three days. As a result, the agency was forced to solve a dilemma: to provide a broadcast of the last day of voting on the previousthe scheme, or all three according to some new one, including the corresponding financial capabilities. We decided to support the second option, including in order to avoid subsequent accusations that “you did everything in two days, cleaned up, and on the third you show us a picture.” The broadcast will go on continuously for about 72 hours (at least 90, the representative of the Ministry of Finance corrected, because it will begin in technical mode on September 16).
According to the chairman of the CEC, this year video surveillance in terms of coverage of polling stations and voting voters will surpass not only the last Duma elections of 2016 (polling stations where 35% of voters vote), but also the “reference” presidential elections of 2018 from this point of view (95% of voters) – coverage this time will be even higher, about 98%.
The most important innovation that the CEC proposed in July is that now, in order to get access to the video broadcast, you will need to get access to a special service portal of the CEC. This access will be mandatory for the structures of the Central Election Commission system, parties with their regional branches, monitoring centers, public chambers,the candidates are single-mandate candidates. According to Ella Pamfilova, in the time remaining before the vote, at the request of election participants, the quotas of accounts can be increased, for this it is necessary to submit a reasoned application. For self-representing observers, access to broadcasts is not closed – it can be obtained through the “access points” of public observation centers and public chambers.
According to Ella Pamfilova, the reasons why videos from polling stations and commissions will no longer be simply sent to the Internet are practical, among other things: according to the CEC, only a few real complaints are received from observers “contemplating from the sofa”, so the new system is tailored for professional election participants. The deputy chairman of the CEC, Nikolai Bulaev, added that the new scheme implies not only some restriction of access to video, but also the creation of a system of “mass professional expertise”, when the observer’s request is immediatelyyou can send it to the headquarters of the corresponding party, the TEC or the monitoring center and get a prompt response to it. At the same time, a new option will be available to all observers with the new organization of the broadcast – “rewind the recording back” for a more careful study of it. The recordings themselves will be stored in the operational archive for three months after the election, so that it is easy for election participants to use them to compile appeals, while the entire array of recordings from all cameras (among them there will be just registrattrs who do not broadcast) will be preserved for a year.
The representatives of the parties participating in the meeting as a whole did not express any objections to the new scheme. The only exception was the representative of Yabloko, who proposed to increase the rank of parties in the hierarchy of structures that issue accounts for working with the service portal. To this end, he received assurances from the leadership of the observation centers that in case of a lack of access for the party or its individual observer, they can promptly provide it.
Vladimir Putin instructed the government to investigate what is happening with permafrost: 15 million Russians live on its territory, and no systematic control is currently being conducted. “At the same time, the growth of the average annual temperature in Russia is 2.8 times faster than in global terms,” the president said. To monitor permafrost, it is planned to drill 140 wells, modernize and increase the number of weather stations in the Arctic zone and launch the ice-resistant drifting platform “North Pole”.
One of the main problems of this summer were fires and floods, the fight against which began in May and is still not even approaching completion. Vladimir Putin said that all this is due to climate change: The average annual temperature in Russia is rising much faster than the average on the globe. At the same time, in our country there are not only burning forests and rivers overflowing the banks, but also permafrost, about the state ofwhich no one really knows anything about. “Many settlements were built there in Soviet times, and there is still no unified monitoring system,” the president complained. He recalled the agreement to develop a separate federal law on permafrost and monitoring its condition. “What’s going on there? It is necessary to develop and submit it as soon as possible,” Putin addressed the Minister of Natural Resources.
The North Pole drifting platform, which has been under construction at the shipyards of St. Petersburg since 2018, will provide scientific support to the permafrost monitoring system. It can freeze into the ice and will drift autonomously for two years together with 16 research laboratories, Kozlov told Putin. The platform’s readiness is currently 84%. The commissioning is scheduled for 2022. “There are no analogues in the world,” the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources assured.
Kozlov also drew Putin’s attention to the accuracy of the predictions of Roshydromet, which, according to him, have “justifiability indicators at the world level.” So, forecasters can reliably report about the approach of hail in 3 hours, about avalanches-in 72 hours, about floods and fires – “within a week”. The President nodded with satisfaction, but warned that a big conversation about fires, floods, their consequences and causes is expected on Friday, August 6. As previously reported by MK, the president will go to the fire-affected areas of the Chelyabinsk region.
According to the expert, Russia’s refusal to accept a delegation of” doc-like ” size was used by the OSCE as an excuse not to recognize the legitimacy of the Duma elections in advance
Director of the OSCE/ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) The day before, Matteo Mecacci announced the refusal of this organization to send an observer mission to the Duma elections in Russia. As the reason for the refusal, he cited the fact that the Russian authorities wanted to limit the number of observers sent by this organization “in the absence of any clear restrictions related to the pandemic.” At the same time, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) also reported on the refusal to send observers.
Photo: Natalia Muschinkina
Meanwhile, according to representatives of the Central Election Commission, which sent a letter to the OSCE in June, the invitation stated that the order of work in the elections is determined “taking into account the current sanitary and epidemiological situation”. In response, the OSCE sent a request for the accreditation of 500 observers. The proposal of the Russian side to reduce this number to 60 people caused a demarcheEuropeans. It is very characteristic that during the pandemic, the OSCE previously adjusted the scale of its representation in elections held in different countries of the world in terms of area and population, and the number of delegation proposed by Russia was precisely focused on new norms: for example, in the same USA, the OSCE was limited to 30 observers in the recent presidential elections.
The strange development of the process of agreeing on the number of the European delegation could not but raise doubts about the attitude of the goals that the OSCE set for itself when entering into the dialogue. Therefore, the question that we asked political scientist Boris Mezhuyev was formulated as follows: can the refusal to approve the “doc-like” number of the delegation be considered the real reason for the OSCE’s refusal to observe the elections in the Russian Federation?”Here is the expert’s answer:
“Of course not. There is probably another reason: the general climate of Russian-European relations, the general attitude of this organization to Russia and the processes that take place in it. Because epidemiological norms are quite strict everywhere, and they often relate, including political things. They relate to the number of fans who are located onstadium stands during matches or Olympic events. And in this regard, I would not perceive these measures to limit the number of observers as exceptionally tough. The general context here is negative, I think it is the unwillingness to legitimize the Russian Duma elections. That is, it is a desire to show that these elections are not recognized by the OSCE as legitimate.
I think that there is no desire to provoke any clashes, this is not serious, the situation is completely different now, but there is a desire to have some fig in your pocket in relation to Russia. Moreover, there is a desire for certain forces to get closer to the United States on the basis of a certain alliance of democracies, to push the ideological agenda strongly. And organizations like the OSCE are lobbying for such an agenda, and apparently they want to preserve this “critical” attitude and not participate in the legitimization of the Russian elections.
Ex-lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK, an extremist organization banned in Russia, recognized as a foreign agent) Lyubov Sobol flew away from the Russian Federation. This happened five days after she was sentenced to 1.5 years of restriction of freedom.
Interestingly, she had no right to leave Moscow and the Moscow region. However, according to REN, Sobol flew to Istanbul from Vnukovo Airport. This allegedly happened on the evening of August 7. In Turkey, she will make a transfer, and then go to another country. It is not yet known which one.
Earlier, the Preobrazhensky Court of Moscow found Sobol guilty of inciting a violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules during the action on January 23, 2021. For this, she was restricted for a year and six months.
According to the court’s decision, she was not allowed to leave the house from 22.00 to 6 am, and was also forbidden to change her permanent place of residence without notifying the authorities. She is also not allowed to travel outside of Moscow and the Moscow region without the permission of law enforcement agencies.
Sobol’s lawyer, Vladimir Voronin, promised to appeal the verdict. The lawyer herself categorically does not recognize herself guilty and considers the arguments of the prosecution unfounded and untenable.
Japanese infantry crossing the Khalkhin-Gol river, 1939 Photo: ru.wikipedia.org For the first time, the FSB has published archival materials that indicate that since 1938, Japan has been preparing for war with the USSR.
Among the documents published by the special service is order No. 70 of August 9, 1938 to the units of the 3rd Army. The order was given during the military conflict at Lake Hassan.
Also, the data on Tokyo’s plans is confirmed by the interrogation of the last commander-in-chief of the Kwantung Army, Otozo Yamada, who was appointed commander of the 3rd Army in Manchuria, in 1944 he headed the Kwantung Army. The interrogation was conducted in December 1949 in preparation for the Khabarovsk trial of war criminals. As follows from the protocol, Yamada admitted that in January 1938 he “gave an order to the units of the 3rd Army” about combat readiness in the event of military operations with the Soviet Union.
“The troops of the Kwantung Army … they are being moved to concentrate in the area of the eastern border, ” the order says.
Yamada received a division, two field anti-aircraft artillery detachments, and a temporary auto detachment. Also, an air regiment was deployed in the village of Tuanshanzi, and a squadron was deployed in the Taipinglin area. Their tasks included covering the transfer of two divisions and destroying enemy aircraft.
According to experts, at the end of the 30s, the Japanese military conducted a large-scale “combat reconnaissance”, assessing the combat capability of the Soviet troops.
In Soviet times, there was one well-known euphemism. When our valiant pilots or peveoshniki shot down a foreign plane that violated the border, it was not openly mentioned in the press. Instead, the wording was used: someone else’s plane “went towards the sea”. The informal championship organized by Lithuania and Belarus on the transfer of illegal migrants from third world countries across their common border gave a new breath to this very unkind tradition. And at the same time, he very clearly highlighted the moral and political “physiognomies” of all the participants in the conflict, who are so fond of speculating about morality and high values.
As for “all participants”, however, I was overreacting. The moral and political face of Alexander Lukashenko has been highlighted for so long and so well that you will not find anything new there-no matter how hard you try. Instead, the current “spotlight beam” highlighted such forgotten qualities of the Father, as his ability to find the most vulnerable place of the enemy and deliver an asymmetric, but very painful blow there.
A brief history of the issue. For some reason, the small and proud country of Lithuania has suddenly decided in recent years that it is a political superpower, obliged to contribute in every possible way to the change of power among its “backward neighbors” such as Russia and Belarus. Holding numerous emigrant “Forums of free Russia” and providing Svetlana Tikhanovskaya with a platform for her activities as the “legitimately elected president of Belarus” are just the brightest of the cute political pranks of Vilnius.
Moscow-apparently, for lack of other alternatives — mostly ignored these pranks. But the hot guy Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko decided to show a creative approach. The country, which is de facto mono-ethnic (86.4% of its population, according to official statistics, are Lithuanians), suddenly crowds of illegal migrants fromFrom Africa and the Middle East. And Lukashenka answered all the questions and complaints and answers in the style: I don’t know anything, you invited them to yourself! And then something happened that the inexorable logic of the development of events had been pushing for a long time: an Iraqi citizen who was shot during his “walk” through the border strip became a victim of “hot to the deadly Lithuanian hospitality”.
This tragic event has become the reason for a new powerful information war. The Belarusian state news agency “Belta”: “The shocking murder of an Iraqi who was returning from Lithuania was immediately reported to the President of Belarus… The reaction was immediate. The Investigative Committee, under the supervision of the Prosecutor’s Office, was instructed to immediately begin an investigation. To interview, among other things, local residents (they were the ones who reported about a beaten man who died in the arms of border guards)… The investigation of the situation as a whole is under the control of the head of state.”
The thesis about the “Iraqi who was returning from Lithuania” sounds, you must agree, somewhat ambiguous. But everything else is very touching. We have always suspected that human rights are everything for Lukashenka. And now we are finally convinced of this.
The reaction to the incident of the top leaders in Vilnius was also very interesting. I quote the Lithuanian information portal Delfi: “Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrid Shimonite said:” I am not aware of any excesses that have occurred on the border of Lithuania and Belarus. The Belarusian authorities are responsible for what is happening in Belarus.” She added that earlier ” the Minsk regime spread various false stories to compromise Lithuanian officials.” I can’t help but quote the Minister of Internal Affairs of Lithuania Agne Bilolaite: “This is nonsense, fairy tales of the brothers Grimm!”
Harsh women now rule the Lithuanian state, nothing can be said. They don’t say directly that there was no dead Iraqi. Only hints are made to this, which are then very easy to refuse. And no ritual words of regret, no condolences, no promises to investigate. Only one nakedstatement: they say, even if there was a dead Iraqi, this is a problem exclusively for Belarus. However, even more than the reaction of the Lithuanian authorities, I was struck by the reaction of the “mouthpiece of progressive humanity”, which I diligently read daily in the form of the British newspaper “Guardian”. A reaction that was reduced to the absence of any reaction.
The Guardian presented the recent episode with the runner Kristina Timanovskaya as the main news of the day. But about this news — complete silence. I will not risk reproaching the immaculately politically correct journalists of this media with a biased attitude towards the citizens of third world countries. So, it’s all about their unwillingness to play along with such a “bad guy” as Alexander Lukashenko. In short, everything is as old as the world: there are “friends” — good guys who, by definition, cannot do anything bad — and “strangers” — bad guys whose arguments and statements are obviously information garbage.
Everything is clear and logical, and it is also very sad-especially for those citizens of Africa and the Middle East who will continue to try to get to hospitable Lithuania through even more hospitable Belarus. What is the moral? Probably because this is how big politics is done. Woe to those who failed to jump out of her way in time, and a warning to everyone else.
Kiev has introduced new epidemiological rules of entry
There are new rules on the Ukrainian-Russian border: since August 5, the entry into the territory of Ukraine of all those who have stayed in Russia for more than 7 days has become sharply more complicated. All of them must go to a strict two-week self-isolation. Because neither Russian vaccination certificates nor certificates of PCR obtained in Russia are recognized in the Non-Monetary one. The same strict rules apply to residents of the DPR and LPR: I did not make a “Ukrainian” certificate – for isolation.
Photo: Derzhavna prikordonna service of Ukraine.
Such conclusions can be drawn from the resolution of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers and the explanations of the new chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine Igor Kuzin. In short – only those who are vaccinated with vaccines included in the WHO list of those allowed for use in emergency situations can safely enter. Russian vaccines are not included in this WHO list and are not recognized by Ukraine. And even PCR tests will not help. Ukraine now does not recognize certificates issued in Russia, India and … LDNR.
And here the main border issue is the residents of the self-proclaimed republics. Pensioners, in order to receive the payments due to them, travel by thousands every day in stuffy minibuses and buses through Russia to the border crossings in Hoptovka-Nehoteyevka between Belgorod and Kharkiv and Chertkovo-Melov between the Luhansk region of Ukraine andBryansk region. They definitely do not spend “more than 7 days” in Russia, they travel on average for a day on the territory of the Russian Federation, but how will they need to prove this? And won’t such “evidence” be a reason for a fine already for an administrative violation? As you know, the Verkhovna Rada has not yet canceled fines for “illegal border crossing”.
The correspondent of” MK ” called one of the public hotlines in Kiev and asked for advice for his relatives allegedly traveling from Donetsk to Kiev through Russia. “No one knows yet what the practice of applying this decree will be,” says the girl Oksana. – And no one understands how thousands of people will suddenly begin to prove their recent illegal crossingan uncontrolled section of the Russian-Ukrainian border, for example, in the same Donetsk region? One thing is clear: the Ukrainian border guards will not accept as proof any certificate or any other document with a seal with a double-headed eagle! Your relatives are lucky: they are going next week – the first fined people will appear, the first scandals, courts, and at least something will become clear.”
In the DPR and LPR, all seals and all state bodies are strictly marked with a double-headed eagle. Ukraine does not recognize any documents of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass, even if it is a certificate of a PCR test or vaccination.
Most likely, everything will depend on the size of the bribe. “Last week, my mother-in-law returned to Ukraine from Donetsk through Russia. I crossed the border at the Hoptovka customs checkpoint near Kharkiv. So they collected 500 hryvnias from everyone who was traveling in the minibus, “so that there would be no problems with the covid, “says the interlocutor of MK Vladimir.
In turn, Russian travelers who crossed the Ukrainian border in July 2021 say that a coronavirus test can be done at the Ukrainian border guards (they cost about 2 thousand rubles there), but the Russian ones do not have such an opportunity. Until August, Russian border guards asked for a coronavirus test in the first place, and their Ukrainian colleagues were interested in tests at the very last moment. Ukrainians were much more interested in whether the newcomer had insurance in case of infection with covid.
At the same time, Ukrainians are released from Russia to their homeland without any problems, but there is a clear list of reasons for Russians. Among them – a trip to a relative, study and treatment. In this case, treatment in a sanatorium will not work: we need a referral to the hospital.
“We came across a Russian border guard who proudly stated that not a single person got to Ukraine through him for a year. Moreover, they are all very determined there and do not take any bribes. According to local truckers, they are well paid, so there is no desire to take risks because of a couple of thousand rubles, “Svetlana, who went to visit relatives on the coast of the Sea of Azov in June, told MK.
The situation is quite different with the Ukrainian border guards, the traveler admitted. “As soon as we arrived at the Ukrainian cordon, we were told:” Oh, you are in a Porsche, you probably have violations – you will be charged 5 thousand rubles.” We bargained for three thousand, but then his partners had to pay more, and in the end it turned out to be 6.5 thousand rubles. No one is afraid of anything there at all, but, like the Russian border guards, they motivate their actions with measures to combat the coronavirus, ” says Svetlana.