Truth still elusive as another Politkovskaya trial ends

first_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Russia December 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Truth still elusive as another Politkovskaya trial ends Help by sharing this information News May 21, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 5, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia center_img Paris, 1 p.m.: A Moscow court today sentenced retired Moscow police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov to 11 years in prison for his role in Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya’s murder in 2006. The court also ordered him to pay the victim’s family 3 million roubles (74,500 euros) in compensation.“This rapid trial’s disappointing outcome has failed to reveal the full truth,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Pavlyuchenkov manipulated the trial or the judicial system let it be manipulated. A guilty person has been punished but the verdict does not reflect the real role that this former police officer played in Politkovskaya’s murder.”“Key questions remain unanswered, including the mastermind’s identity, which Pavlyuchenkov had promised to reveal, and the part played by his former Moscow police colleagues, especially in the elaborate tailing of Politkovskaya before her murder. We hope the appeal hearings will be conducted in a more satisfactory manner, or else the judicial system will give the clear impression of covering up those responsible.”—-Paris, 10 a.m.: After just two days of hearings, judges are due to issue a verdict today in the trial of retired Moscow police lieutenant colonel Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, one of the leading suspects in Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya’s 2006 murder. Because Pavlyuchenkov cooperated with the prosecutors, the trial has been conducted in a very unusual manner – no witnesses have testified, no evidence has been examined and journalists have been barred from most of the hearings.“We are outraged by way this trial is being held,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Six years have passed since Anna Politkovskaya’s murder but it continues to have a major impact on freedom of information in Russia. Pavlyuchenkov’s arrest was seen as a major advance in the investigation but hopes have been dashed by this guilty-plea deal and the decision to stick to it at all cost. The sudden trial with no witnesses and with the press mostly excluded casts doubt on the existence of any desire to establish the truth and identify all of the perpetrators and instigators.”Charged under criminal code articles 105 (murder) and 222 (illegal carriage of a firearm), Pavlyuchenkov has admitted to arranging for Politkovskaya to be followed and providing the hitman with the murder weapon. The prosecutor has requested a sentence of 12 years in a prison camp, while the defence has requested a suspended sentence. Anna Stavitskaya, who represents the Politkovskaya family, has said she will appeal against the verdict if Pavlyuchenkov is not given the maximum sentence.Pavlyuchenkov was arrested on 23 August 2011 on suspicion of having organized the murder. Under a deal reached in May between Pavlyuchenkov and deputy prosecutor-general Viktor Grin, his case was isolated from the rest of the investigation and given special treatment, including an understanding that he would get no more than two-thirds of the maximum sentence. In return, Pavlyuchenkov agreed to plead guilty, testify against the other defendants and, above all, name the person who masterminded the murder.But, as the victim’s children, Vera Politkovskaya and Ilya Politkovsky, insist, Pavlyuchenkov “has not kept his side of the bargain.” On 8 October, they petitioned the Federal Committee of Investigation and the prosecutor-general’s office calling for the deal with Pavlyuchenkov to be rescinded. They said they have testimony proving that he has been minimizing his role in the murder and that in fact he played a key role. His various reported claims that the London-based oligarch Boris Berezovsky or the Chechen separatist leader Ahmed Zakayev were the mastermind were “politically motivated,” they said.The deal has also been challenged by the lawyer who represents one of the other suspects, former interior ministry official Sergey Khadzhikurbanov. He said “Pavlyuchenkov’s testimony constitutes the basis of the charges against the other defendants.” The presiding judge has rejected these petitions.In a Moscow news conference on the eve of the trial, Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov said there was still a “political taboo” about the real mastermind’s identity. “Six years have gone by – it is time to ask difficult questions,” he said. Aside from Pavlyuchenkov and Khadzhikurbanov, four other people are accused in connection with the murder: Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, a Chechen organized crime leader who allegedly recruited Pavlyuchenkov, Rustam Makhmudov, the alleged hitman, and Makhmudov’s two brothers. According to the investigation, Gaitukayev received orders to murder Politkovskaya from an unknown mastermind and passed the job on to Khadzhikurbanov after being arrested in connection with another case.Politkovskaya, who was well known in both Russia and abroad for her outspoken coverage of the Caucasus and her criticism of the Kremlin, was gunned down in her Lesnaya Street apartment building in Moscow on 7 October 2006. Organisation to go further Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Newslast_img read more

The competition

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSoils in Argentina and Brazil can grow good crops with little fertilizer. Both countries have fewer pest and disease problems. Farm laborers work cheap, and chemical costs are low. Brazil’s growing season, too, is much longer than Georgia’s.”I’m scared,” said Donald Wood, a farmer from Rochelle, Ga., on a study trip to the South American countries. “These guys have a lot of things going for them. It’s going to be tough for us (to compete).”Wood and 14 other Georgia farmers traveled with four University of Georgia experts to study agriculture in the two countries in January. Georgia Farm Bureau co-sponsored the trip.”Agriculture in Brazil and Argentina has made great strides in recent years,” said Gale Buchanan, former dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “These countries are already serious agricultural producers.”Brazilian and Argentine farmers could become global competitors for U.S. farmers, said Nathan Smith, an economist with the UGA Extension Service. “This area could become the breadbasket of the world.”Brazil is about as big as the continental United States. Argentina is nearly a third of the size of Brazil.Soybeans are the major crop in the area, Smith said. Farmers there also grow corn, cotton and peanuts, all major Georgia commodities. Cooperatives there add value to commodities and save on costs, too.The group toured the state of Paranà in Brazil and the provinces of Chaco and Cordoba in Argentina. “These are especially intense agricultural regions,” Buchanan said.They spoke with farmers, agribusiness people and university and government officials. They visited farms, research stations and farmer-owned cooperatives in both countries.They found that U.S. and Georgia farmers have advantages, too. The transportation infrastructure is much better in the United States, Smith said. Farmers have easier access to capital for growth. Interest rates are lower, and markets are better and more established.Both countries have national agriculture departments. But the U.S. and Georgia agricultural research and extension services are much more developed, Buchanan said.Brazilian and Argentine agricultural officials and farmers often take U.S. research and apply it to farms there, Smith said. Or they come to the United States to learn it.This type of sharing goes both ways. U.S. scientists now are taking trips to Brazil, for instance, to learn how to handle an aggressive and deadly soybean disease called Asiatic soybean rust.Government support of certain commodities through legislative farm bills is a plus for U.S. farmers, too, Buchanan said.(In 2002, Brazil filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization that claimed certain U.S. cotton subsidies violated WTO regulations. WTO ruled in favor of Brazil in 2004. The United States filed an appeal. It was reported today that the WTO ruled against that appeal.)Despite the differences, Wood said, there was something universally familiar about both countries.”The people we talked to were very eager to share their information with us … and ask us questions about what we’re doing,” Wood said. “That’s the case with farmers wherever they are.”Ed Kanemasu, director of the UGA office of international agriculture, helped organize the trip. Miguel Cabrera, a CAES crop and soil scientist and Uruguay native fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, coordinated the tours and acted as translator.last_img read more

Spurs shed ‘soft touch’ image as Pochettino leaves his mark

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham have been derided as a soft touch for decades, but the sight of Eden Hazard being hounded into submission showed Mauricio Pochettino’s side are finally shedding their nice-guy image.The perception of Tottenham as entertaining but ultimately flawed under-achievers has haunted a succession of managers at the north London club.But Pochettino has worked tirelessly to imbue his squad with a more ruthless streak and Tuesday’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final first leg suggested his efforts have not been in vain.Tangible evidence of Tottenham’s new-found steely side could be seen in the way Hazard trudged wearily down the Wembley tunnel at full-time.In a bid to subdue Chelsea’s influential playmaker, Hazard was subjected to 90 minutes of intense tackling from Tottenham, who fouled the Belgian seven times — more than any other team this season.While Tottenham were aggressive in their approach, it was hardly the work of a group of hatchet men intent on kicking an opponent into submission.Pochettino wanted Hazard to realise nothing would come easily for him, that Tottenham players would be hassling him at every turn.It was the kind of shrewd game-plan that teams from Pochettino’s native Argentina have often used successfully and it worked to perfection against Chelsea.Hazard, already hampered by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s decision to use him as a centre forward, found it difficult to find the space to flourish as Tottenham crowded him out time and again.The Spurs boss would not go into detail when asked about his team’s treatment of Hazard, but he did acknowledge he was the man to stop. “He has unbelievable quality. He was involved in the game a lot,” Pochettino said.“It is so difficult to stop him. We are talking about a player on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”– Glory game –Such a smart yet cynical approach would, in the past, have been anathema to a club raised on the legendary Danny Blanchflower’s famous claim that “the game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish”.Yet Pochettino has no qualms about his desire to make Tottenham more streetwise.“If you think about how we can improve our squad, it’s not only about adding quality players, but sometimes you need to be a little bit naughty,” Pochettino said this week.“We are so nice and in that game we showed that we can be a little naughty.”While Harry Kane, whose penalty winner made him Tottenham’s fourth highest all-time scorer, remains Pochettino’s most valuable asset, it was the tenacity of a well-drilled defence that emerged as the key to victory against Chelsea.With Tottenham searching for their first trophy since 2008, maintaining that hard-nosed style will be essential if Pochettino is at last to win the first silverware of his managerial career.There have been too many moments in Pochettino’s reign when Tottenham have shrunk in the spotlight.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

World Champ Cheptegei says Kipchoge is ‘Greatest of All Time’

first_img3000 m7:20.67Daniel Komen KEN1 Sep 1996Rieti MeetingRieti 400 m43.03Wayde van Niekerk RSA14 Aug 2016Olympic GamesRio de Janeiro Kipchoge seconds before he broke the marathon record. PHOTO @INEOS159Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Newly crowned World Athletics 10,000m Champion Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda has hailed Eliud Kipchoge for being the first man to run the marathon under two hours on Saturday, describing him as ‘the G.O.A.T’ (Greatest of All time).“Today history was made. A huge congratulations to the goat @EliudKipchoge upon inspiring humanity. For sure #NoHumanIsLimited,” Cheptegei said on twitter, soon after the race in Vienna.“You can do whatever your dream is only if you believe, 1:59:40 is absolutely phenomenal and will go down in history,” said Cheptegei, who also holds a world record time in another race, the 15km road race.Cheptegei is only the second Ugandan after John Akii-Bua to hold a world best time, and has himself had an amazing year, in which he won golds in the World Cross Country, the Doha World Championship 10,000m  plus winning the  Diamond League 5000m final.“What an amazing year it is,” he tweeted earlier. ” I finally become a world champion. Thanks to the people who have been part of this amazing journey right @Aarhus2019 to @IAAFDoha2019Special thanks to my family, wife, training partners, #Teamug2019 @GlobalSportsCom.” 10,000 m (track)26:17.53Kenenisa Bekele ETH26 Aug 2005Memorial Van DammeBrussels Kenya’s Kipchoge on Saturday made history, smashing the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon in the “best moment” of his life on a specially prepared course in a vast Vienna park.With a time of 1hr 59min 40.2sec, the Olympic champion became the first ever to run a marathon in under two hours in the Prater park with the course readied to make it as even as possible.“I’m the happiest man today. The message that no human is limited is now in everybody’s mind,” an elated Kipchoge told reporters after the run, adding he expected more athletes to match his feat in the futureSix Ugandan pacemakersJacob Kiplimo Ronald Musagala Abdallah Mande Thomas Ayeko Mande Bushendich Timothy Toroitich Also exciting for many Ugandans, was that a team of six of their runners were among the pace setters as Kipchoge from Kenya set the new mark.The were led by World Cross Country silver medalist Jacob Kiplimo, Ronald Musagala and Abdallah Mande, fresh from the World Athletics Championships.The others were long distance aces Thomas Ayeko, Mande Bushendich and Timothy Toroitich, in a 41 team of pace setters.Kipchoge with his 40 plus pacesetters. There are six Ugandans. PHOTO VIA @INEOS159Gold medallist Uganda’s Joshua CheptegeiFastest human over 15kmCheptegei became only the second Ugandan athlete after legend Akii-Bua to set a world best time, with his stunning run last November at the 15km NN Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Race) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 15 km (road)41:05Joshua Cheptegei UGA18 Nov 2018ZevenheuvelenloopNijmegen 100 m9.58Usain Bolt JAM16 Aug 2009World ChampionshipsBerlin Share on: WhatsApp 10 km (road)26:44Leonard Patrick Komon KEN26 Sep 2010SingelloopUtrecht 200 m19.19Usain Bolt JAM20 Aug 2009World ChampionshipsBerlin Mile3:43.13Hicham El Guerrouj MAR7 Jul 1999Golden GalaRome EventPerf.Athlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocationcenter_img 58:18Abraham Kiptum KEN28 Oct 2018Valencia Half MarathonValencia 20 km (road)55:21Zersenay Tadese ERI21 Mar 2010Lisbon Half MarathonLisbon 2000 m4:44.79Hicham El Guerrouj MAR7 Sep 1999ISTAFBerlin 1000 m2:11.96Noah Ngeny KEN5 Sep 1999Rieti MeetingRieti 5000 m12:37.35Kenenisa Bekele ETH31 May 2004Fanny Blankers-Koen GamesHengelo 20,000 m (track)56:25.98Haile Gebrselassie ETH27 Jun 2007Golden Spike OstravaOstrava He clocked the world’s fastest 15k in 41.05 minutes, taking 8 seconds off the previous mark set in 2010.The Nijmegen race is a favourite for Cheptegei, who as a nineteen, twenty and 21-year-old, won the 32nd, 33rd and 34 editions before in 42.39, 42.12 and 41.13.The Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop is considered the fastest course in the world, and the best time held before Sunday was by Leonard Komon of Kenya who ran a time of 41:13 in 2010.In the foot-steps of Akii BuaCheptegei’s feat Sunday puts him in the league of world beaters, first achieved by Uganda’s most famous athlete, hurdler John Akii-Bua in 1972. Interestingly, like Akii-Bua, Cheptegei runs for Police.Akii-Bua’s feat will live in memory. Not only did he brake the world record, he also became the first man ever to run under 48 seconds in what is considered a highly technical discipline, the 400m hurdles. (video Bottom)He clocked 47.82 in that Munich Olympics final in Germany to take a phenomenal 0.3 seconds off the record set by the then greatest hurdler David Hemery four years earlier. More remarkable, was he run that final from the inside lane – considered the least favorite position in the one lap race.In winning, Akii Bua, then 23, became the first East African athlete ever to set a world record either in the Olympics or in any other international athletics meet and the second African to do so after Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia at the 1964 Tokyo Games. Bikila won the Tokyo Marathon in 2 hours 12 minutes.Akii-Bua in action. He was the first man to run the high hurdles under 48 seconds as he won Uganda’s first Olympic Gold medal in 1972. The only other Olympic gold has been from Stephen Kiprotich, in the marathon in 2012. FILE PHOTO via David Isabirye | Kawowo SportsHe missed the 1976 Olympics and a showdown with United States rival Edwin Moses because of the boycott by Uganda and other African nations. Edwin Moses went on to set a new world record in 1976 and to reign until Kevin Young became the first man to run under 47 seconds in 1992.“While other runners were gasping for breath at the end of the race, the 6′ 2″ Ugandan skipped, jogged, jumped round the track – even leaped over a few more hurdles – on his victory lap. He is recognised as the inventor of the victory lap.”He returned home to a jubilant nation. Then President Idi Amin Dada promoted him in police, for which he was running, named a street after him in the city, and gave him a car and house as prizes.Because of international politics, with Africa pushing for the liberation of South Africa, he missed the 1976 Olympics and a showdown with United States rival Edwin Moses because of the boycott by Uganda and other African nations. Edwin Moses went on to set a new world record in 1976 and to reign until Kevin Young became the first man to run under 47 seconds in 1992.Selected word records Half marathon58:23Zersenay Tadese ERI21 Mar 2010Lisbon Half MarathonLisbon 1500 m3:26.00Hicham El Guerrouj MAR14 Jul 1998Golden GalaRome 800 m1:40.91David Rudisha KEN9 Aug 2012Olympic GamesLondonlast_img read more

Fatal crash involving a semi closes all I-95 southbound lanes in Boynton Beach

first_imgFHP currently on scene of a fatal crash southbound on I-95 north of Woolbright Rd. All southbound lanes are blocked at this time. Please use caution and seek alternate route.— FHP West Palm Beach (@FHPPalmBeach) March 4, 2020 A fatal car crash involving a semi truck caused all southbound lanes on I-95 to be blocked Wednesday afternoon in Boynton Beach.The Florida Department of Transportation said the wreck occurred just after 1:30 p.m. north of the Woolbright Road exit. It is not known if any other vehicles were involved in the crash.As of 2:24 p.m., all southbound lanes are blocked.Southbound delays are occurring back to the Lantana Road exit.The Florida Highway Patrol and multiple fire rescue trucks are at the scene.last_img