The BBC analyzed archives of air temperature data around the world and I came to conclusionthat the number of days per year when temperatures reached + 50 ° C has doubled since the 1980s. But people are busy with something completely different:
- Rostelecom proposed to ban public DNS servers Google, Cloudflare and the DoH protocol – this will restrict access to prohibited resources.
- “Important Stories” told about the wealth of an inconspicuous employee of the Russian Foreign Ministry, who has “very close” relations with Minister Lavrov.
- The owners of the saltpeter that exploded in the port of Beirut a year ago were Ukrainian businessmen.
- Putin announced that he went into self-isolation due to contact with a patient with COVID-19.
Premonition of the end of the Internet in Russia
Rostelecom proposed to ban public DNS servers Google, Cloudflare and the DoH protocol – this makes it possible to restrict access to prohibited resources. Instead of these servers and DoH, it is proposed to use DNS servers under Rostelecom’s own control or IP addresses of the National Domain Name System. Central Bank of Russia already informed to market participants about “unstable work of personal accounts” on September 13-14. According to the lawyer of Roskomsvoboda Sarkis Darbinyan, during the elections, the authorities will try to isolate the Runet from the Internet in certain regions, and after the elections, blocking and slowing down social networks will become a routine. On the eve of Facebook, Twitter and Telegram, they were fined another 35 million rubles for unreleased posts.
For the future of the Ministry of Digital proposes disconnect subscribers from the network during emergencies in order to give priority to the military and security forces – then it will not work just to call.
Latest pre-election campaigns
While the internet is still working, independent Russian media and Navalny’s team are publishing investigations about the politicians:
- “Important Stories” tells the story of a Foreign Ministry employee who has a long and very close relationship with Minister Lavrov. It is impossible to find out what position in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the unknown Svetlana Polyakova holds, but she has a super-elite apartment on Prechistenka and many very expensive cars, and her daughter at the age of 21 bought an apartment in London for almost half a billion rubles. Here is an interview with the author of the investigation.
- Navalny’s team researched property in Moscow and the Moscow region registered with the closest relatives of the head of the Bashkortostan President’s administration Alexander Sidyakin was counted at 420 million rubles. Sidyakin participated in the development of laws on “foreign agents” and criminal punishment for repeated violations of the rules for holding rallies – the so-called “Dada article”. In these elections in the regional list of “United Russia”, he comes in second place.
- The Insider claims that the founder of Yabloko, Grigory Yavlinsky, during the 2018 presidential elections received 30 million rubles from a law firm “closely associated with the government.” This probably allowed him to buy a mansion worth 55 million rubles in the Odintsovo district of the Moscow region.
The authors of all these investigations have long been declared by the Russian authorities to be “foreign agents” (launched petition to repeal this law), but there are other methods of pressure:
- Moscow municipal deputy Ketevan Kharaidze, accused of fraud, extended house arrest for two months. A criminal case was opened against her as soon as she announced her plans to run for the State Duma.
- In Russian regions, on the eve of the elections, the houses and cars of opposition activists began to burn suspiciously often – here is a selection of such cases, impressive.
- Another method of dealing with activists is to squeeze them abroad. Here are conversations with the former main Pskov headquarters of Navalny Alexey Dorozhkin (he left Russia two weeks ago, leaving everything behind) and with a volunteer from the campaign headquarters of Andrei Pivovarov Saidanvarom Sulaymonov (he was banned from entering Russia for 40 years, where his wife remained).
But gingerbread is also in use: “United Russia” three days before the elections submitted to the State Duma a bill on the abolition of mandatory technical inspection for personal vehicles.
How the State Duma of the seventh convocation will be remembered – from raising the retirement age and zeroing Putin to the law against the FBK – is described here.
- Kuban activist Daria Polyudova, sentenced to six years in prison on charges of “justifying terrorism and extremism” for posting on Facebook, went on a hunger strike due to the conditions of detention in the Moscow SIZO No. 6 (he is waiting there for the consideration of his appeal).
- The Ministry of Justice of Russia saw an outrage over the Russian coat of arms in the logo of “Sitting Russia” – a two-headed eagle with shackles and a club in its paws, dressed simultaneously in a prison uniform and a warden’s uniform. If the organization does not abandon this logo, “measures will be taken up to liquidation”. (The FSIN also uses the logo, representing a modified Russian coat of arms).
- Anna Rivina, head of the Center for Violence.net, was fined 400,000 rubles for violating the law on “foreign agents.” The center is engaged in helping victims of domestic violence, the Russian Ministry of Justice considers this to be political activity.
- The Ministry of Emergency Situations demands to open a criminal case under the article on the spread of fakes against the chief editor of the “Pskov province” Denis Kamalyagin, who was previously entered in the register of “natural persons performing the functions of a media-foreign agent.” The reason was the news of a chemical accident, written on the basis of a fake press release from the Prosecutor General’s Office received by the editors and has already been refuted.
- The woman who brought her sister’s coffin to the administration of Balashikha near Moscow to protect herself from extortion from funeral agencies, summoned for two interrogations at once: in SK Balashikha and Lubyanka.
- The Krasnoyarsk activists, who organized a school lesson on the vacant lot, where the school should be located in 2017, as a flash mob, have not yet been summoned for interrogation, but the school did not appear on the vacant lot. Here they talk about their (so far) fruitless struggle.
- Another piece of evidence about the structure of Chechnya: story by Ibragim Selimkhanov, who twice managed to escape from relatives who threatened him with murder for being gay.
News from Strasbourg
- The ECHR ordered Russia to pay 7.5 thousand euros in compensation to the victim of cyberbullying, which Russian law enforcement agencies refused to protect in any way. Earlier, the same applicant had obtained compensation from the ECHR for the refusal of the Russian authorities to initiate criminal proceedings against her former partner, who systematically beat her. She now lives outside Russia under a different name.
- The ECHR recognized the liquidation of the National Bolshevik Party of Eduard Limonov as illegal and awarded the applicants 10 thousand euros in compensation.
- Group of MEPs put forward Navalny for the Sakharov Prize.
Belarus, Ukraine and Russia around them
- A resident of the Brest region was sentenced to one and a half years in prison for a Telegram photo of Lukashenka with the caption “slanderous fabrications and insults” (the court qualified this as “slander and public insult” of Lukashenka).
- Lukashenko has appointed the former president of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation Dmitry Baskov, who was disqualified by the International Ice Hockey Federation in connection with his possible involvement in the murder of Roman Bondarenko, as a senator.
- British American Tobacco has ended its cooperation with the Belarusian tobacco factory Neman, citing sanctions and human rights violations.
- Here, Nikolai Beleskov, an analyst of the military policy department of the Ukrainian Institute for Strategic Studies, says that Russia and Belarus showed at the West-2021 exercises and how this could threaten Ukraine.
- Crimean Tatar Asan Akhmetov, arrested by the Russian authorities in Simferopol in the case of “sabotage” on a gas pipeline, statedthat immediately after the arrest he was tortured with electric current.
- How Ukrainian law enforcement agencies are investigating the case of Belarusian Vitaly Shishov, who was found hanged in Kiev, is described here (so far, not even the body is given for burial).
- A team of journalists from the Center for Organized Crime and Corruption Research (OCCRP) managed to confirmthat the owners of the saltpeter, which exploded more than a year ago in the port of Beirut, were Ukrainian businessmen Vladimir Vernobol and his father-in-law, construction magnate Nikolai Aliseenko. They began to hide their trade in saltpeter even before any explosion.
Around the world
- Senior Taliban sources told the BBC that Taliban leaders arose serious conflict. About the history of the Afghan resistance in Panjer and its chances for continued existence described here.
- Apple has announced a fix for a vulnerability that allowed Pegasus spyware to hack iPhones.
- According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook has white lists of users who are allowed to violate community norms, with nearly six million users on these lists.
Chronicles of a pandemic
According to the operational headquarters on Tuesday morning, the daily increase in new cases of COVID-19 in Russia fell up to 17 837. The official number of infected in the country since the beginning of the pandemic – 7 million 176 thousand; the official death toll reached 194,249 by Tuesday morning (+781 per day).
Putin announced that he was leaving for self-isolation – he allegedly “talked all day” with the person who was found to have COVID-19 (who, of course, Putin did not say who it was, but on the Kremlin website there was a messagethat, among others, he communicated with the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, who flew to Moscow on an unannounced visit).
There is no official coronavirus in Turkmenistan, but Ashgabat is reporting an “unprecedented” rise in deaths.
In the United States, federal employees prescribed be vaccinated before November 22.
- Deep people. Humanities of different profiles explain, which makes Russians yearn for the USSR. Or fragment from the book “Patriotism from Below” by Karin Clement (publishing house “UFO”) – about state patriotism.
- Theatre. Story about Mikhail Bulgakov’s uneasy relationship with the theater. Or talk with the creators of the Safe Theater on why to play performances in churches and restaurants and invite everyone to participate in them.
- Arts. Excerpt from the book by Georgy Sokolov “The Unofficial Art of Leningrad. Circle of Freedom ”(publishing house“ Slovo ”) – about the Leningrad landscape tradition. Or talk with the famous NFT collector from Estonia Edgar Aronov, from which it becomes clearer why collect tokens.
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