June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 5, 2021 Find out more News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Russia Receive email alerts to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information News News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Reporters Without Borders today condemned as “repugnant” a defamation conviction handed down by a Moscow court to the independent weekly The New Times for a report into police corruption and abuse. The verdict, obtained through false testimony, nullified the newspaper’s solid, truthful investigation headlined “OMON slaves” – in reference to the OMON riot police – published in February this year, the worldwide press freedom organisation said, calling for it to be acquitted. The New Times was also ordered to refute some of the information in the report and to pay a fine of 4,330 roubles (more than 100 euros) for moral injury.The organisation reaffirmed its backing for the newspaper, which has distinguished itself by its serious investigative reporting on sensitive issues that are in the public interest. The paper’s deputy editor, Ilya Barabanov, was in August 2010 awarded the Peter Mackler prize for Courageous and Ethical Journalism for the “OMON slaves” report.In the report, Barabanov exposed abuse of power within the OMON, which comes under the control of the interior ministry. He described how OMON police officers were encouraged to violently put down demonstrations, exploit illegal immigrants and to make prostitutes pay for their protection. The story was produced from a series of interviews with former officers. Moscow’s General Directorate of Internal Affairs (GUVD) sued The New Times claiming that Barabanov’s report was an attack on its dignity and reputation and was based on unchecked sources. The head of the GUVD on 2 September obtained an order from the Moscow court to search the newspaper’s offices to identify the sources of the report.. Finally, the officers were pressured to give false testimony in the court case against the newspaper. Most of those who had been interviewed withdrew their comments soon after the article was published, claiming they had been distorted. At a hearing on 19 November, former OMON officer, Sergey Taran, said that he could not recall the subjects raised by the journalist. Barabanov told Reporters Without Borders that the reason for the U-turn was that the had been threatened and bribed by the GUVD. The officer had been re-hired by a GUVD service, shortly before the hearing. The New Times condemned this pressure in a new report, headlined “How to break the OMON soldiers”.These reactions confirm the serious dysfunction and abuses within this body that were exposed by Ilya Barabanov’s investigation, the organisation said. In condemning The New Times, the Moscow court discourages quality investigative journalism that aims to expose and inform the public about serious social problems such as abuses on the part of the Russian police services, it added. November 25, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Repugnant conviction of prominent weekly The New Times Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown
During the past two decades, the subantarctic diatom flora has been the subject of several detailed taxonomic revisions, resulting in the description of a large number of new species. During a survey of the freshwater diatom flora of Macquarie Island (southern Pacific Ocean), an unknown Navicula species was observed showing resemblance to Navicula gottlandica. Populations of similar diatoms (previously reported as N. gottlandica) from Tasmania were also investigated. We here present a detailed morphological analysis of these diatoms, and compare it with the type material of N. gottlandica.
Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo aka “Dean Ween” and keyboardist Glenn McClelland have released a cover of the classic Parliament track “Liquid Sunshine” in honor of the recently passed Bernie Worrell, who wrote the track for the group’s 1978 Motor Booty Affair album. The famed keyboardist, who finally succumbed to his battle with cancer late last month, was the architect of many of P-Funk’s biggest hits.Bernie Worrell Passes Away After Lengthy Battle With CancerMelchiondo and McClelland had this to say about the cover: “A tribute to the funkiest keyboard player to ever grace this planet, or anywhere in the known universe. I’m not even sure he was from this planet actually, a once in a lifetime master along the lines of Jimi, or Ravi Shankar.This was always my favorite Bernie track—the whole Motor Booty affair record actually. I consider it his P-Funk masterpiece, the whole damn album is the best P-Funk keyboard record to my ears. Rest in P Doctor Woo. Glenn McClelland and Deaner.”
South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is moving forward with its plans to modernize fleet and has set sights on adding seven ships with options for five more.Specifically, HMM will acquire two large container vessels at a 10% lower price than the current market price as it eyes to bolster its fleet competitiveness.Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction based in the Philippines has been hired for the job of building the ships.The price tag for the boxship pair totals USD 162 million.The company said that the two vessels are scheduled for delivery in May 2018 and are expected to be deployed on East Coast South America trade.“HMM bolsters its competitiveness through the early acquisition of fuel efficient & eco-friendly large container vessels at a lower price than the current market price,” a company spokesperson commented.What is more, HMM said that the company’s board of directors has finalized the plans to build five 300,000 DWT very large crude carriers (VLCC) at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).Under the letter of intent (LOI) HMM inked with DSME in April 2017, the order for the five VLCCs contains options for five more ships.HMM further noted that it will invest KRW 470 billion (USD 418.9 million) in new facilities for the construction of the crude carriers.As informed earlier, HMM will tap into the government’s financing program dubbed the New Shipbuilding Program to secure funds for the ship construction. The South Korean government announced the financing scheme worth KRW 2.6 trillion (USD 2.28 billion) in October last year with the aim of helping the country’s shipping industry.The company said the investment in crude carriers has been prompted by low newbuilding prices which have fallen to the lowest level since 2003.“However, multi-country market research companies forecast a rebound in VLCC newbuilding price after 2019 as to the improvement of supply & demand in accordance with the deployment of fewer newbuildings, combined with increasing scrapping activity,” the company concluded.The VLCCs are set for sequential delivery in the first half of 2019.
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea has backed Nick Easter to continue playing for some time after the veteran number eight inspired a 24-18 Champions Cup victory over Leinster. “I’ve always said he can still play for England because he can cover a few positions and is an old head. Sometimes when you’re in those sorts of games you need those old people around,” O’Shea said. “We’ve a lot of youngsters who are learning on the hoof, but when Nick plays like that he’s a very special player. I’m very fortunate that he’s been at the club in the time I’ve been here. “He’s at the tail end of his career, but he’s still got a few more years left in him. (Leinster lock) Brad Thorn is playing aged 40, so he can keep on going.” Wing Aseli Tikoirotuma crossed for the game’s only other try, Nick Evans slotted a penalty before limping off with a groin injury, replacement fly-half Tim Swiel kicked eight points and Danny Care landed an opportunist late drop-goal. Quins, who dominated the scrum to atone for their set-piece horror show at Bath last weekend, have a 100 per cent record in Pool Two ahead of Saturday’s return match in Dublin. Victory avenged the infamous ‘Bloodgate’ defeat by Leinster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup five and a half years ago and O’Shea was delighted by the display. “We’ve had a tough couple of weeks and not the greatest start to the season, but sometimes you have to show some fight and we did,” he said. “Our scrum has been outstanding and then last weekend happened. That was a great reaction from the pack. Press Association Easter was named man of the match after carrying the fight to the three-times European champions and scoring the momentum-shifting opening try that broke the 9-9 half-time deadlock. O’Shea believes the 36-year-old’s experience could still be an asset for England – he has not played for the Red Rose since the 2011 World Cup – and predicts retirement is still some time away. “When you have your backs to the walls, we have the catchphrase ‘one shot, one kill, and we don’t want to die wondering’. “We now Leinster will come firing back, but our belief will grow from this. It will be an unbelievable contest for us next week.” Evans is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to the Aviva Stadium, but England prop Joe Marler is expected to be fit after sustaining a shoulder injury. Leinster finished with a losing bonus point and head coach Matt O’Connor lamented his team’s shortcomings at the scrum. “That was as good as Nick Easter has played in the last 25 years! Full credit to Quins, I thought they played very, very well,” O’Connor said. “We didn’t control set piece and with a French referee away from home that’s massive. “We thought it would be a lot closer contest up front and the beauty of sport is that we have a week to fix it.”