May Day marches return to Europe

Thousands of French in the street to celebrate May Day, despite the rain and the pandemic.

In Lyon, about 3,000 people have marched, in a march not without violence. Five protesters have been arrested.

In the more than 300 marches organized throughout the French territory, jobs, better salaries, good management of the COVID-19 crisis by the Government and the end of restrictions on freedoms have been requested.

The Secretary General of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, recalled that last year there were “a lot of frustration”, with a May Day confined, happy to retake the “good manners”.

Martinez has asked that the funds allocated to the companies be used for public services and employment:

“Regardless, they must go to the citizens, public services, hospitals, to increase wages and to maintain jobs in our country.”

Spain

The International Workers’ Day marches have also returned to Spain this year, with a limited number of participants and an unusual presence of government representatives.

In addition to the usual demands, the request for protection of workers’ rights in times of pandemic is added.

“At the health level, in general, all essential services, which have been considered essential, are currently very overloaded. So, this is something that the employer should take into account”, says Vanesa Díaz, laboratory technician.

Russia

In Russia, mass celebrations were banned for the second year in a row, to avoid health risks. Most unions and parties held virtual rallies. However, the Communists gathered at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.

Turkey

In Turkey, Labor Day demonstrations had been banned due to lockdown.

In Istanbul, dozens of left-wing protesters who defied the ban were arrested.

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Russian sanctions against the EU: who made the list

In response to EU sanctions, Russia has blacklisted a number of European officials.

According to the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the head of the European Parliament David Maria Sassoli and seven other people got into it.

Who was included in the sanctions list of the Russian Federation:

  • the President of the European Parliament David Maria Sassoli;
  • the head of the prosecutor’s office in Berlin, Jörg Raupach;
  • Vera Yurova, Deputy Chairperson of the European Commission for Values ​​and Transparency;
  • Osa Scott, head of the laboratory for chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear safety at the Swedish Total Defense Research Institute;
  • Jacques Maire, member of the French delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;
  • Ivars Abolins, Chairman of the Latvian National Council for Electronic Media;
  • Director of the Center for the State Language of Latvia, Maris Baltins;
  • head of the Estonian language department Ilmar Tomusk.

They were barred from entering the territory of Russia.

Sanctions against Russia

In March 2021, the EU imposed sanctions against Russia.

The reason is violation of human rights.

More about sanctions against the Russian Federation read on ICTV Facts.

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Has the third wave of coronavirus started in Russia?

“Having rallied, we were able to work ahead of the curve, create conditions that reduce the risks of infection, provide medical workers and citizens with protective equipment. The coronavirus has not yet been completely defeated, it remains a direct threat, ” – said Vladimir Putin during his address to the Federal Assembly on April 21.

“The situation with coronavirus infection in Russia has remained stable for several weeks in a row. But we see how it is developing in a number of countries in America, Europe and Asia. The start of the third wave of coronavirus has already been announced, ” – said Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on April 6.

Officially, for the Russian authorities, who managed to defeat the coronavirus in the summer, autumn, and early spring, the third wave of the epidemic still exists only in Europe. Correspondents of state channels abroad report: hospitals are overcrowded, there is not enough vaccines.

Meanwhile, the President of Russia, where there has never been quarantine, but only a non-working day regime, even in the fall, on the rise of the second wave of coronavirus, made it clear: we do not want to introduce a new quarantine.

“Just look at what is happening in some countries: they are again introducing severe restrictions, shutting down production and so on. We really have a better situation. But it is better only because we take the necessary measures in a timely and effective manner, ” – Putin said in September.

Over the past two months, restrictions have been lifted in Russia, on the contrary. Official statistics show: the peak of the epidemic in most regions took place in December-January. At the same time, in the country as a whole, a plateau has been holding for a month: 8-9 thousand cases per day.

“A characteristic manifestation of the fact that the virus circulates sufficiently in the population is that during the month the number of patients does not decrease, but remains at a certain level. This situation is explosive. If some conditions coincide, a sharp outbreak and an increase in the incidence may occur, ” – explains Mikhail Kagan, Honored Doctor of Russia, leading scientific editor of the Vrachu.ru service.

The Bloomberg edition wrote that the allegedly unofficial statistics informs about the beginning of the third wave in Russia.

New strains of coronavirus that are spreading outside the countries of origin are one of the driving forces behind the epidemic. But the lifting of restrictions partly provokes a surge.

Graph of open data analyst Alexander Dragan based on data from the Moscow headquarters

From the graph compiled by open data analyst Alexander Dragan, it follows that recently the number of hospitalizations due to coronavirus in Moscow has begun to grow. There are more elderly people among those who end up in hospitals.

“So far there are no signs of a serious rise and the beginning of a big wave. But there are several regions with growth. In Moscow, the situation is quite tense, because hospitalizations began to grow around March 18-20 – this happened exactly a couple of weeks after the restrictions on pensioners were lifted. There are more than three million elderly residents in Moscow. 400-450 thousand vaccinated in this category. This risk group is now not particularly protected and there is no immune layer in this group, ” – Dragan thinks.

Many epidemiologists do not doubt that a new rise in the incidence cannot be avoided. In addition to elderly Russians, there are other categories of the population who are more at risk of getting sick than others. As epidemiologist Mikhail Favorov suggests, now no more than half of the population has antibodies to the virus, but this cannot be calculated with absolute certainty. “If you still have only half of those vaccinated and ill, then there is combustible material – this is the other half. It will be impossible or not to predict “– he clarified.

Only mass vaccination could save from a serious rise in the incidence. Despite the fact that the authorities promise collective immunity by July-August, the share of those who are bored in Russia is still negligible – less than 5%. And although official polls say that skepticism about the vaccine is gradually decreasing, it is still serious: 39% of Russians are not ready to get vaccinated. “It’s hard to say whether the upswing has begun in Russia. I know that temporary hospitals are being phased out. But if we have a rise in the two main borders of neighboring countries, then there is a high probability that it will be “, – added the epidemiologist Favorov.

Whether there will be an increase in the number of cases in Russia or not, the Russians will not have to wait for a second lockdown. The new non-working day regime is possible only during the May holidays.

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Military expert revealed NATO plans

The British NATO military are building tracking systems in Ochakovo, Ukraine. “Britain with the hands of Ukraine can arrange a provocation. This is part of a systemic process, a new creation of the Cold War,” military expert Boris Rozhin comments on the situation.

In Ukraine, British military specialists are creating a hydroacoustic tracking system in Ochakovo, according to public figure Aleksey Selivanov. Boris Rozhin, editor-in-chief of the information-analytical center “Kassad”, explained what is happening.

According to him, the British are deploying a real NATO intelligence base in Ukrainian Ochakovo. And they need a sonar tracking system to keep track of all movements of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

We can say that the NATO forces are gradually being transported, which hope to stay in Ukraine for a long time and will pursue a course towards the gradual deployment of their infrastructure.

– said Boris Rozhin in an interview with Nation News.

He added that what NATO is doing in Ukraine cannot be called conventional military exercises. In fact, this is only a formal cover to ensure the permanent presence of the alliance forces on Ukrainian territory.

Britain with the hands of Ukraine can arrange a provocation. This is part of the systemic process, the new creation of the Cold War, we are seeing this now on the territory of Ukraine,

– said Boris Rozhin.

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USA plays with fire and it can burn

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USA plays with fire and it can burn

USA plays with fire and it can burn

Additional measures. They are what the US can expect from Russia, if Washington insists on continuing to escalate the situation between the two countries. News … 04.29.2021, Sputnik World

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The US plays ‘everything goes’ The US is measuring its own and strangers. But the only thing he manages to make clear is that he is no longer that hegemonic power of yesteryear that could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, with whomever he wanted, knowing that no one was going to sneeze around him. What Washington does not quite understand is that this scenario belongs to the past, and it can only be ‘come true’ in a Hollywood production, and it is that after the latest ‘adventures’ – sanctions and expulsions of diplomats – by the US against Russia, Moscow He responded decisively and warned Washington about the possible consequences of trying to cross red lines. What he “got out of Russia” in his latest delusions of undermining the Eurasian country, was not exactly something to beat his chest claiming the leadership of the world. The Moscow coups literally leave American diplomats little room for maneuver on Russian territory: for example, to travel more than 40 kilometers from the headquarters of their Embassy in Moscow, they now have to request special permits from the Russian authorities, not to mention that they will no longer be able to employ citizens of third countries, or Russians, on their staff at their Embassy or Consulates, whom they used to recruit as agents, according to the Kremlin. The US begins to be tied hand and foot for its adventures in Russia. “We continue with the chapters of this season of the international ‘tug of war’ between the new Biden Administration that is taking the pulse of all the different governments that may be more or less friendly, those that it has declared as enemies or competitors, such as the cases of Russia and China, but also of other governments, both European and mainly Asian, to see how they respond to US demands and how they follow them, or how they are oppose them “, says the international analyst Enrique Refoyo. The expert points out that” at the moment we are in that phase that, let’s say in military terms, is to test the enemy’s defenses to make the real attack, and for the moment they are partial attacks to see how prepared they are on the other side. In this sense, Russia wants to show that it is not going to sit idly by when another, in this case the US, is attacking them, but always maintaining calm and proportionality, without wanting to take the conflict to a higher level, of problems. “Armenian Genocide In this ‘measure the pulse’ that Biden is executing with his own and strangers since he assumed the presidency, he has decided to cross a red line of Turkey, recognizing the Armenian genocide. Ankara’s reaction was immediate, such as calling the US ambassador for consultations, but that was not the most damaging thing for Uncle Sam: Turkey announced that it has prohibited the US Air Force from using its military bases and has given 15 days to the North American country to leave its territory, and it is that crossing a red line from Turkey is something that precisely the US could never allow itself, and much less in the current context after the conflict that Biden has just fueled in eastern Ukraine , which includes putting pressure on Russia by sending warships to the Black Sea, whose access precisely Turkey must approve. “Here the US has the Kurdish trick, which we have to see how it is going to play it, because Turkey’s great fear was the existence of an independent Kurdistan in Iraq and Syria, and that that could be united and that it would be like a mirror beyond its borders of Kurdistan in Turkey and that it would lead to a campaign of cross-border terrorism that could devastate large areas of the interior of the country, and that this could lead to more conflicts, “Enrique Refoyo observes in this regard.

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Additional measures. They are what the US can expect from Russia, if Washington insists on continuing to escalate the situation between the two countries. News that is not good at all for the North American country that also managed to unleash the wrath of Turkey by recognizing the Armenian genocide.

USA plays ‘anything goes’

The US is measuring its own and strangers. But the only thing he manages to make clear is that he is no longer that hegemonic power of yesteryear that could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, with whomever he wanted, knowing that no one was going to sneeze around him. What Washington does not quite understand is that this scenario belongs to the past, and can only be ‘made a reality’ in a Hollywood production.

And it is that after the last “adventures” – sanctions and expulsions of diplomats – of the US against Russia, Moscow responded decisively and warned Washington about possible consequences of trying to cross red lines.
What he “got out of Russia” in his latest delusions of undermining the Eurasian country, was not exactly something to beat his chest claiming the leadership of the world. The Moscow coups literally leave American diplomats little room for maneuver on Russian territory: for example, to travel more than 40 kilometers from the headquarters of their Embassy in Moscow, they now have to request special permits from the Russian authorities.

That, not to mention that they will no longer be able to employ third-country citizens, or Russians, on their staff at their Embassy or Consulates, whom they used to recruit as agents, according to the Kremlin. The US begins to be tied hand and foot for its adventures in Russia.

“We continue with the chapters of this season of the international ‘tug of war’ between the new Biden Administration that is taking the pulse of all the different Governments that may be more or less friendly, those that it has declared as enemies or competitors, as they are the cases of Russia and China, but also of other governments, both European and Asian mainly, to see how they respond to US demands and how they follow them, or how they oppose them, “says international analyst Enrique Refoyo.

The expert points out that “at the moment we are in that phase that, let’s say in military terms, is to test the enemy’s defenses to make the true attack, and for now they are partial attacks to see how prepared they are on the other side. In this sense Russia wants to show that it is not going to sit idly by when another, in this case the US, is attacking them, but always maintaining calm and proportionality, without wanting to take the conflict to a higher level, of problems “.

Armenian Genocide

In this ‘measure the pulse’ that Biden has been executing with locals and strangers since he assumed the presidency, he has decided to cross a red line in Turkey, recognizing the Armenian genocide. Ankara’s reaction was immediate, such as calling the US ambassador for consultations.

But that was not the most damaging thing for Uncle Sam: Turkey announced that it has prohibited the US Air Force from using its military bases and has given the North American country 15 days to leave its territory.

And it is that crossing a red line from Turkey is something that precisely the United States could never allow itself, and much less in the current context after the conflict that Biden has just fueled in eastern Ukraine, which includes putting pressure on Russia by sending ships. of war to the Black Sea, whose access must be approved precisely by Turkey.

“Here the US has the Kurdish trump card, we have to see how it is going to play it, because Turkey’s great fear was the existence of an independent Kurdistan in Iraq and Syria, and that this could be united and that it would be like another mirror. beyond its borders of Kurdistan in Turkey and that it would lead to a campaign of cross-border terrorism that could devastate large areas of the interior of the country, and that could lead to more conflicts “, Enrique Refoyo observes in this regard.

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Barcelona caresses the Final Four | Euroleague

Barcelona of Spain managed to beat Zenit of Saint Petersburg at the Sibur Arena by defeating them 78-70 in the third game of the series. He reversed the score and now leads 2-1 in the quarter-final bracket. With one more victory, reach your place in the Final Four.

Barcelona took him out on the outside shot in the first half, making six of his nine three-point attempts to take the first half 34-33. Counter the poor 29% in doubles.

The foreigners gave the team offensive freedom. For one thing, Kyle Kuric was sharp from the triple with 3-3 on his shooting sheet. Brandon Davies also added nine points and edge Cory Higgins added five as did Greek Nick Calathes.

On the other side there was also a greater degree of effectiveness in the outside shot and bad percentages from medium and close range. Alex Poythress, with 10 points, and KC Rivers, with eight points, were the best of Zenit.

In the third period there was a successful start for Davies, by far the best of the Catalan cast. He scored seven units to reach 16 points and be the best of the team, which closed 55-51 up on the scoreboard. Kyle Kuric and Nikola Mirotic were his escorts with four units each.

On the Russians’ side, Billy Baron managed to close his performance with a sprint of seven consecutive points, including a triple on the buzzer to bring his team closer. Former NBA Tarik Black, with four goals, was also of great value.

In the last quarter he was just as fierce as in the whole game. Baron and Will Thomas made Barsa hesitate, who came out firmly from the difficult situation. To do this, he needed Davies, with six points, the American Cory Higgins, with eight points, and Mirotic, with five more, to win the set 23-19 and close the victory 78-70.

Brandon Davies finished as the team’s gunner with 22 points. (7-12 in doubles, 2-2 in triples and 2-4 in singles), eight rebounds and two blocks. It was also necessary Higgins with 16 points (2-3 in triples), Kuric at the beginning with 13 units (3-4 at distance) and the experience of Mirotic (11).

Argentine Leandro Bolmaro was on the court for seven minutes where he missed his two two-point shots, committed two personal fouls and lost two balls.

Baron was the best of Zenit St. Petersburg with 19 points thanks to a sharp 4-6 in doubles and a 3-5 in triples. Poythress followed with 14 units.

The next game between the two will take place on Friday from 2:00 p.m. again at the Sibur Arena, where the Spanish team seek to get their ticket to the Final Four.

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Deepfake. They deceive European parliamentarians by video calls

A few hackers from Russia they would have deceived European parliamentarians getting a meeting with these after posing as one of the allies of Alexei Navalni, opponent of Vladimir Putin, using his face through an application of deepfakeThis has been made known by the people involved and by various media.

Rihards Kols, who is responsible for the Latvian foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the UK foreign affairs committee, and other representatives from Estonia and Lithuania, are among those affected who believed they would arrange a meeting with Leonid Volkov.

It was Kols himself who denounced the incident through his social networks, stating that they were contacted on March 16 for a meeting, which took place on March 23. The politician shared two photographs: the original Leonid Volkov and the capture of the video call where an image of him was used.

“The conversation took place in the format of a videoconference, in which this fake Volkov thanked Latvia for its support and firm position on the sanctions problems of the European Union, he stressed that international pressure to release Navalni and other political prisoners was important, “said Kols, who also added that they dealt with issues such as Russia’s occupation of the Crimean peninsula.

He also added that “the talk it was pretty blunt and short, and that was probably the only unusual thing about this meeting. Nothing made us think we were talking to a fake Volkov, someone who was trying to ‘joke’. “

The Latvian representative also stated that he was subsequently advised by his peers in Ukraine, with whom he would have had a behavior “completely different, overtly provocative and unusual, which also allowed colleagues to understand that ‘something was not right there.

For its part, Leonid Volkov, the original, said on his social media that “pranksters” are known as’Lexus’ and ‘Vovan’, which would be backed by the Kremlin.

The Nalvalni ally maintained that the hackers “managed to speak with the presidencies of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Baltic States Parliaments, as well as with their British counterpart Tom Tugendhat.”

“The most awesome is ‘my’ face on conference call with the parliamentarians of the Baltic. It looks like my real face, but how did they manage to put it on Zoom’s call? Welcome to the era of deepfakes. “

Kols has said that “It is clear that the so-called era of the decadence of truth or post-truth and post-facts has the potential to seriously threaten security and stability of the countries, governments and local and international societies “.

The situation has already intensified the alerts that were once established by the European police, as well as the same Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States (FBI, for its acronym in English), even though there are technologies that allow to identify deepfakes.

Leonid Volkov has been making several video presentations after these events, where he has even been demonstrating common techniques such as touching his face, passing his hands over it and even stretching the contours of his face a bit, to exemplify that he is originally the one who is interacting.

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The United Kingdom deploys the largest concentration of naval war power to Asia

A fleet of British warships and military aircraft heralded as the ‘largest concentration of sea and air power to leave the UK in a generation’, will depart next month for visit India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, in a sample of the british ambition to have a much stronger presence in Asia. The mission will be led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the flagship of the British Navy.

The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the most powerful surface ship in the history of the Royal Navy, will set sail next month for Asia with eight RAF F35 stealth fighter jets on board. The € 3.4 billion vessel will be accompanied by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, 14 naval helicopters and a Royal Marines company.

The Secretary of Defense, Ben Wallace, said Monday that the mission aims to show that the UK “is not regressing, but navigating to play an active role in shaping the international system.” A part of the carrier group will go to the Black Sea to assist in the mission of the OTAN to contain Russia in its expansionist ambitions.

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Britain and the US warn Putin about Ukraine

London and Washington some time ago warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would “pay a high price” if Russian troops launched an invasion of Ukraine. This was stated in interview with the Sunday Times the director of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, known as the Mi-6, Richard Moore.

Western countries have repeatedly expressed concern about the build-up of Russian military forces near the border with Ukraine and in the annexed Crimea. Last week, Moscow announced the end of military exercises and the withdrawal of some of its troops.

Moore said Russia’s “irresponsible” actions are deeply troubling, but in the long term, Russia is a weakening power “in terms of economics and demographics.” According to the head of Mi-6, Russia is facing many difficulties, and the latest protests over the arrest of Alexei Navalny have shown that part of its population is unhappy with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The head of Mi-6, who recently headed the service (previously he was a diplomat, in particular, holding the post of ambassador to Turkey), also said that he still feels anger over the use of chemical weapons in Salisbury – we are talking about the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, in whom Russian military intelligence officers are believed to be involved. According to him, the number of victims could have been large (one British citizen died from poisoning by Novichok). He also mentioned that the Czech special services suspect the same Russian agents of organizing the explosion in the Czech Republic in 2014.

All of these, like Russia’s actions in Ukraine, according to Moore, are signs of Russia’s irresponsible behavior. According to the head of the Mi-6, the communication channels between London, Washington and Moscow are open and the Russian authorities know how the Western allies assess Russia’s actions. Moore stressed that Britain would like to have a different, better relationship with Russia, but “this choice was not made by us.”

The leaders of the Mi-6, which is engaged in foreign intelligence, give interviews extremely rarely, and the director of the service is still the only person officially recognized as belonging to it, reminds The Times. Until 1994, the very existence of the service was not officially confirmed at the government level.

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Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin may meet in Europe after NATO and G7 summits

According to the White House, US President Joe Biden in the summer will commit his first foreign visits. He will take part in the G7 (Big Seven) summit in Cornwall, UK, from 11-13 June. And then he will go to Brussels, where he will take part in the NATO summit, scheduled for June 14. Expert of the analytical center Democracy House Anatoly Oktisyuk appreciated for “Telegraph” the choice of the first foreign visits of the 46th head of the White House.

Anatoly Oktisyuk recalled that Britain is a traditional ally of the United States. One of the main European allies of the United States. Including – regarding the containment of the Russian Federation.

“Great Britain is the leader in curbing Russian influence in Europe. Anyway, this entire Anglo-Saxon coalition – the United States, Britain, Canada – actively supports Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression. As well as the countries of Eastern Europe (Poland, Baltic), partly – Scandinavia. There are many questions about Russia and not only, which, I think, will be worked out at the G7 and NATO summits. It is quite logical that Joe Biden chose the events, which take place one after another, for his first trips abroad, ”explains Anatoly Oktisyuk.

He doubts that within the framework of these visits by Biden to Europe, he will meet with Putin. After all, Russia is not a member of the Big Seven (which was previously the G8, but Russia was expelled from the “club” in 2014 – after the annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbass) or NATO. And its representatives at these events definitely have nothing to do. However, as an option, it is possible for Biden to meet with Putin after these summits – on “neutral territory”, as the head of the White House had previously suggested.

“If Ukraine is not given the MAP at the NATO summit, it will be necessary to work out a format for granting our country the status of a US ally outside NATO,” Anatoly Oktisyuk believes. – I do not predict any breakthrough decisions based on the results of these two major events. As a rule, such summits end with declarative language. But given the recent aggravations between the West and Russia, the Kremlin may be in for more trouble. “

On April 6, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in a conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, emphasized the importance of the issue of Ukraine’s entry into the North Atlantic Alliance, noting that it is possible to end the war in Donbass this way.

Later, the White House said that the topic of Ukraine’s accession to NATO was raised during a conversation between Zelensky and US President Joe Biden. After that, Russia threatened that in the event of Ukraine joining NATO, the situation in Donbass would only worsen.

At the same time, the political strategist Taras Berezovets recalled how George Bush had promised to provide Ukraine with the NATO MAP.

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