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Peskov spoke about the refusal of Petrushevskaya from the State Prize due to the persecution of Memorial

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The Kremlin is aware of Lyudmila Petrushevskaya's refusal of the State Prize laureate due to the persecution of Memorial (recognized in the Russian Federation foreign agent).

Dmitry Peskov told reporters that information about Lyudmila Petrushevskaya's refusal of the State Prize laureate in connection with the Memorial case was included in the digests that are being prepared for the president.

However, since no court decisions have yet been taken against this organization, the Kremlin, according to Peskov, considers it premature to comment.

When asked how Vladimir Putin generally treats to the activities of Memorial, its spokesman said: “It is important for the president that any NGOs act within the framework of Russian legislation.” “There have long been problems with Memorial in terms of compliance with the laws of the Russian Federation,” he said.

The writer and playwright Lyudmila Petrushevskaya renounced the title of laureate of the State Prize in protest against the attempts of the Prosecutor General's Office to liquidate the human rights center Memorial “(Recognized as a foreign agent in Russia). She announced this via the social network Facebook.

“Memorial is being taken away from me, the memory of those convicted and executed, of those thrown under a truck and starving to death, of those frozen in trucks on the way from camp to camp , about those tortured by torture in the Lubyanka and Kolyma, about those recently slaughtered in the streets, in wagons and in the police. About those imprisoned on trumped-up, fake cases. About thousands of such prisoners, dangerous for the authorities, ”the writer explained her decision.

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Ukrainian Defense Ministry: West warned Kiev about Russian military threat

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The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced a high probability of aggression from Russia this winter. According to the deputy head of the department Anna Malyar, Kiev was warned about this by the Western special services.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the Deputy Minister noted that according to Western partners, Russia is likely to attempt a military invasion of Ukraine.

The painter said that fears are confirmed not only by the concentration of Russian military near the Ukrainian borders, but also by some secret data.

the likelihood of destabilization of the situation in Ukraine this winter, “- said the representative of the Ministry of Defense.

On the eve of actions of Russia on the Ukrainian border.

See also: Frosts drove migrants to storm the Polish checkpoint: Lukashenka made a statement

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The Ministry of Defense will prepare a list of information related to official secrets

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The Russian Ministry of Defense will prepare and approve from February 1, 2022 a list of information about the Armed Forces related to official secrets in the field of defense. The corresponding order is published on the portal of legal information.

The document notes that information related to official secrets does not constitute a state secret and is not publicly available.

The list contains 16 sections and more than 800 items … It begins with information that discloses the results of daily monitoring of the world military-political situation and short-term forecasts of the emergence of threats to the country's security.

legal regulation in the field of defense and information on the construction and training of the Russian Armed Forces.

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Expectations from Biden-Xi Jinping talks announced

US and Chinese leaders decided to hold a virtual summit in a difficult situation

US and Chinese leaders Joe Biden and Xi Jinping decided to hold a virtual summit on Monday amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing. The talks have been called the most informative in US-China relations since the current President of the United States took office, even before they began.

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Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will hold a virtual summit on Monday designed to stop or at least slow down the downward spiral in US-China relations, writes The Guardian.

As the British newspaper reminds, the leaders of the two countries spoke twice on phone since Biden took office in January, but this videoconference should be their most significant discussion to date.

The virtual summit is being held just days after the US and China surprised analysts by agreeing to expand their climate cooperation in Glasgow. But negotiations are also taking place at a time of growing tensions over Taiwan, the most dangerous potential flashpoint between the two powers. On Tuesday, the People's Liberation Army held the latest in a series of combat readiness exercises off the Taiwanese coast, and on Saturday, the country's top diplomats exchanged warnings about the situation around the island in a telephone conversation.

Reuters reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that any show of support for Taiwan's independence was a “ boomerang '' will turn out to be for the USA. Blinken, in turn, expressed concern about the growing “ military, diplomatic and economic pressure '' China to the island.

US accusations of repeated cyberattacks by China, deep human rights divisions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet, and protracted trade disputes have also contributed to the relentless deterioration of relations between Washington and Beijing.

The United States is disappointed that China is hampering a multilateral investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and outraged by Chinese government pressure on US companies to lobby in Congress to waive legislation that Beijing does not like, Reuters reported Friday.

The stakes have risen due to the rapid expansion of China's military capabilities, including its nuclear arsenal, The Guardian notes. According to US data, Beijing has tested a new weapon – a hypersonic glider with a nuclear charge launched from orbit, and China is reportedly building at least 250 new silos for long-range missiles.

Expectations for the summit are rather low. The Guardian. A joint statement is unlikely to be made at the end of the meeting, and the White House indicated that Biden will not answer questions from the press after the conclusion of the talks.

“ In general, both in Washington and in Beijing, expectations of a rapprochement of positions are practically dead. Instead, the relationship has become more business-like, ”says Scott Moore, director of China programs and strategic initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. – & nbsp; Biden is facing political problems at home with the midterm elections coming up (next year). Therefore, he is likely to face political constraints in taking any action that might be perceived or characterized as significant concessions to China. For Xi, the biggest vulnerability is the economic front. This is why Beijing is demonstrating its interest in making progress in trade. Recent comments from Biden administration officials indicate interest in addressing these issues, but again, serious political constraints are likely to arise. ''

Both leaders will seek to limit the danger of the rivalry spiraling out of control, The Guardian notes.

In a message to the National Committee on US-China Relations, Xi Jinping said that bilateral relations are at a “ critical historical juncture. '' “ Both countries will benefit from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Collaboration is the only right choice, '' Xi said in a statement.

In his message at the committee's celebratory event on November 9, Biden also pointed to a “ watershed moment in history '': “ From the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic to the elimination of the real threat of the climate crisis, the relationship between the United States and China is of global importance. ''

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said Biden would be “ clear and straightforward '' voice Washington's concerns, but will look for ways to “ manage competition responsibly '' between the world's two largest economies, and will strive to “ work together where our interests coincide. ''

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday's summit could be a turning point in efforts to improve the trajectory of bilateral relations: “ Both sides must meet halfway … to ensure a smooth and successful meeting and put China-US relations back on the path of healthy and stable development. ''

Xi Jinping will seek to prevent steps to boycott the Winter Olympics in China this year, and is expected to invite Biden to the games as a conciliatory gesture as well.

But Taiwan is likely to be Xi's focus. especially after a series of steps taken by the Biden administration to raise Taiwan's status, which China sees as a break with Washington's long-standing “ one China policy '' recognizing the People's Republic of China & nbsp; as China's sole sovereign government.

“ The increasingly provocative actions of the United States continue to add uncertainty. The Taiwan issue will be addressed, and a warning from China will follow at the highest level not to bring the Taiwan issue to the brink of confrontation, '' Lü Xiang, Research Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

Bonnie Glazer, director of the German Marshall Fund's Asia Program in the United States, said Beijing is worried about whether the Biden administration is actually pursuing its policy of one China. “They want to hear more reassurances about what the US will and will not do with Taiwan,” she said.

The American side will insist on more regular contacts between defense and diplomatic agencies, but Xi Jinping, is likely to resist any action that, in its opinion, normalizes the role of the United States in the immediate vicinity of China.

On nuclear arms control, Beijing has so far resisted any approach to entering into bilateral negotiations and rejected Donald Trump's attempts to start trilateral negotiations with Russia.

“ Unfortunately, I don't think this will be the main topic of the meeting. The United States has not offered anything that China can talk about, and China does not like to negotiate outside the UN, predicts Gregory Kulacki, head of the Chinese project for the Union of Concerned Scientists. – & nbsp; They could make some vague statement about the desire to stop the nuclear arms race, but something concrete coming out of this seems unlikely. ''

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Iraq decided to evacuate its citizens from the Belarusian-Polish border

Baghdad may start evacuating people as early as Thursday

The Iraqi authorities plan to start an operation to evacuate their citizens from the Belarusian-Polish border, where there are currently several thousand immigrants from the Middle East … This is reported by the Middle East media with reference to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry.

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Representative of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry Ahmad al-Sahhaf said that 571 Iraqi citizens were found in temporary camps on the territory of Belarus, but their exact number is still being specified

At the same time, the evacuation of Iraqis from the territory of Belarus may begin as early as Thursday, October 18.

Today the Belarusian national carrier “BelaAvia” announced that it would not put citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria on Dubai-Minsk flights. The corresponding decision was made by the authorities of the United Arab Emirates.

Previously, similar actions were taken in relation to flights from Turkey to Belarus, which also do not accept citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Migration crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border began a week ago after a group of several thousand migrants tried to break into Poland. The ultimate goal of most foreigners is Germany.

The authorities of Poland and Lithuania, in response, strengthened border security and introduced a state of emergency in the border areas.

In turn, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said today, that migrants who have accumulated at the border do not want to return to their countries. At the same time, the head of the republic proposed to take people to Munich by Belavia planes.

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Slabunova called the decree on the territories of the Far North “absurd” without explanation

The deputy hopes that the northern allowances in Karelia will remain in effect

By his decree, Russian President Vladimir Putin excluded certain territories of Karelia from the regions of the Far North and equivalent areas. Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Karelia from Yabloko Emilia Slabunova told us that there is no clarity about the consequences of this step yet, but in the worst case the local population will lose up to 80% of their income.

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In 1993, the first president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, signed a decree, thanks to which the Belomorsky, Kaleval'sky, Kemsky and Loukhsky districts of Karelia were attributed to the regions of the Far North. In addition, the areas equated to the regions of the Far North are the territories of Kondopoga, Lakhdenpohsky, Medvezhyegorsky, Muezersky, Olonetsky, Pitkyarantsky, Prionezhsky, Pryazhinsky, Pudozhsky, Segezhsky, Suoyarvsky districts; the cities of Kostomuksha, Petrozavodsk and Sortavala.

The state employees of the Far North regions in Russia are entitled to the so-called northern allowances – from 30 to 100%.

“First of all, it should be noted that we do not yet know for sure what the consequences of Putin’s decree will be. Some of my colleagues believe that nothing terrible will happen at all, because our allowances are enshrined in other documents, including the Strategy for the Development of the Arctic Zone. But the problem is that the Strategy is not a law, ”Slabunova told MK.

The deputy wants to believe that we are dealing with a simple failure of bureaucratic decisions, otherwise the republic will face difficult times. “Depending on the region of Karelia a person lives in, he will lose from 65 to 80% of his income, which is formed as northern allowances. The republic will fundamentally fail in tax collection. At the same time, the salaries of our teachers and doctors were already low. Many of them prefer to find a job in St. Petersburg, where, without any allowances, it is higher than ours. The outflow of the population is so great that in a year less than 600 thousand people will live in Karelia, ”says Slabunova.

The deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Karelia believes that in this case the decision of the federal center will be absurd. However, Slabunova believes that officials could not fail to understand this, so she is waiting for 14:00, when clarifications should be received.

At the same time, the ex-chairman of the Yabloko party emphasized that so far the allowances have been paid not from the federal, but from the republican budget. Slabunova believes that it would be correct not to abolish them, but to shift them from the regional authorities to the federal ones. Since this is not done, the local business is forced to pay increased taxes, which affects the competitiveness of Karelian goods and services.

Meanwhile, State Duma deputy from Karelia Valentina Pivnenko claims that the northern surcharges will not be canceled – this is most likely , will be explained in a detailed government decree that follows the presidential decree. At the same time, Pivnenko called the decree “unexpected”.

Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov promised journalists to clarify the story with the Karelian northern allowances, suggesting that the changes are just a kind of “technical moment”.

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Migrants used light weapons against Polish border guards

Lasers disable special optics

Tensions remain on the border between Poland and Belarus. Thousands of migrants are waiting for permission to enter the European Union, living in temporary camps near the border fence. Local media report that clashes between migrants and security forces continue every night at the border. On the Belarusian side, lasers and light installations are used against Polish border guards, which disable video equipment.

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Several thousand people continue to besiege the Polish border in the hope of getting into the territory of the European Union. The migrants, most of whom are natives of Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, arrived at the border in October and have regularly clashed with Polish security forces since then. According to the Polish authorities, the migrants receive assistance from the Belarusian security forces. According to the official position of the European Union, Minsk uses the “migration crisis” as a method of political pressure.

As MK previously reported, some migrants said that the Belarusian side provided them with tools to break through the Polish fences. And on Friday, November 12, Polish border guards reported that they were constantly exposed to a laser from the Belarusian side.

Later, footage made by the Polish media in the border area appeared on the Internet. They filmed a real “light show”, allegedly staged from the Belarusian side of the border. Flashing lights and lasers are directed towards the positions of the Polish security forces, which, according to officials, can blind border guards.

For the first time, lasers were used by protesters as a means of fighting law enforcement during the protests in Hong Kong in the summer of 2019. As it turns out, commercially available lasers can burn through plastic, seriously harm the human eye and destroy the optics of police cameras. Subsequently, this “weapon” was adopted not only by demonstrators, but also by police structures around the world.

According to the English-language classification, means of this kind are called “directed energy weapons.” Some light-shock laser devices have the ability to temporarily deprive a person of sight, some can lead to complete blindness.

There is no exact data on who uses lasers from the side of the Belarusian border. It is only known that the Belarusian border guards are armed with similar Chinese-made installations.

As the military expert Aleksey Valyuzhenich told MK, the “light show” of the Belarusian border guards can be used as a cover for groups of migrants trying to cross the border .

– Not so long ago there was an incident when a Chinese destroyer irradiated an American reconnaissance aircraft. In general, the Chinese are known for putting lasers on military equipment, which are designed to blind the enemy. For example, an operator of an anti-tank complex. Figuratively speaking, a person peers into an optical sight, a laser hits the sight, and the result is that the person is blinded in one eye. Such weapons are prohibited by a number of international conventions. But lasers of lower power are quite used by police and army structures around the world. It seems to me that the Belarusians do not use anything deadly against the Polish border guards. Rather, they are standard police tools. But the precedent is curious, of course.

– At least play on your nerves, intimidate, disorientate. Maybe they are hiding some manipulations that take place on their territory. Or maybe they cover up the attempts of migrants to once again break through to the fence and damage it. This is still the demonstrators in Hong Kong tested. When the police began to move on them, they hit them in the eye with lasers. Regular pointers. As a result, the police could not act, so to speak, in full force, and retreated. It is unlikely that migrants have such devices, so, most likely, these are the equipment of the Belarusian security forces. Perhaps it was issued to one of these comrades at the border. In order to say if something happens: we are not in business here. And yet – such a light show negates the work of video cameras. They cannot properly record what is happening in the border zone and subsequently these footage cannot be used in the media.

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LPR veteran commented on the supply of ammunition to Ukraine from the USA: they are preparing an operation

“Arsenals are being accumulated”

The US has delivered another 80 tons of ammunition to Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba appreciated the gesture from the United States and called it a “signal” for Russia. Veteran of the People's Militia of the LPR Andrey Marochko expressed his opinion to MK on why America needs such “charity”.

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As the US Embassy in Kiev reported on Twitter, “Ukraine received approximately 80 tons of ammunition from the United States.” “ This was the fourth delivery of $ 60 million in additional security assistance that President Biden made available to Ukraine in August, demonstrating America's support for a stable, democratic and free Ukraine, '' it said.

– You can look at the supply of ammunition from the United States to Ukraine from different angles. The United States is already openly showing its interest in aggravating the conflict in Donbass and in the instability of the situation in southeastern Ukraine. Washington has its own political goals. The Americans are pumping up arms and ammunition to one of the conflicting sides, which undoubtedly gives reason for this side to feel more confident and undertake any provocations on the line of contact. This is not the first or second delivery, but the fourth, as we all know. There is an accumulation of arsenals, which is quite normal practice when preparing for any operations. First, a stock of food, medical kits, ammunition is created, and when everything is ready, some provocations are undertaken.

– I can say with confidence that the People's Militia does not experience a shortage of either weapons or ammunition. We have a sufficient number of forces and means to resist local clashes initiated by the armed formations of Ukraine. But in the event that they launch a massive attack along the entire line of contact with the use of the latest technologies, as well as with the use of NATO forces, then we will have a hard time. And you can't do without the help of the Russian Federation. & Nbsp;

– These include unmanned aerial vehicles. At the height they are neither heard nor seen. They can drop ammunition that does not emit the characteristic sound of a shot. Indeed, on the line of contact, all residents are some kind of experts and can determine what ammunition is being used by the armed formations of Ukraine. But there are new low-noise types of ammunition, and they are really very dangerous. These are drones, as I said, rocket ammunition for 60 caliber mortars. There are still some types of weapons that are difficult to hear when applied and to determine where the projectile is flying. The peculiarity of mortar ammunition is that literally a few seconds pass from the moment the projectile exits to the rupture. A person simply does not have time to hide or orient himself. In other words, the shot itself can be heard, but there is not enough time to be saved. Now in Ukraine, anti-tank strike missiles are being developed, which spend very little time from exit to explosion. & Nbsp; There are devices for silent shooting, which & nbsp; often began to be used on the line of contact.

– First of all, & nbsp; they supply Ukraine with ammunition for NATO-style weapons, since Soviet reserves are already running out. We all know that a large number of American weapons have already been delivered, for which ammunition is needed. For example, ammunition for a 60 caliber mortar. They are just among the dangerous ones. I think a lot has not yet been announced, but I fully admit that the Americans are bringing devices for drones.

Until recently, they used handicraft ammunition to drop from drones. I think the United States could now supply industrial devices as well. Therefore, it cannot be ruled out that such dangerous supplies are now going to Ukraine.

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Frosts drove migrants to storm the Polish checkpoint: Lukashenka made a statement

Iraq and Belarus are ready to return refugees to their homeland, but they prefer to make a breakthrough

Iraq has planned to send the first special export flight to Minsk to return Iraqi migrants. Preliminary, it will take place on November 18. The Belarusian airline Belavia is also ready to join the process of returning refugees. Lukashenko said the following: “We are ready, as we usually did, to put everyone on planes, including Belavia, which will take them back home.”

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However, he also noticed that there is one problem & mdash; migrants do not want to return back. To a large extent also because they heard & mdash; Munich and several other German cities are ready to accept them …

“ I want you to understand: there is a very active work in that direction to persuade people & nbsp; & mdash; please go home. But no one wants to return '', & mdash; Lukashenka said. So the situation on the border with Poland remains explosive. According to the Polish side, last night another fifty migrants broke into its territory through broken fences. And this is surprising, given the tight cordon of the Polish border guards on the other side. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

As the correspondents of local media report, the refugees began to fold the camp. But not at all to go home to Iraq. They crowd in towards the Bruzgi border crossing into Poland. Now several thousand people have already accumulated at the checkpoint. According to them, they are ready to die or go to the territory of the European Union. In Kurdistan, as they say, there is no life for them. And staying in the camp is no longer possible either: the night frosts have become life-threatening. The Belarusian authorities, however, set up heated tents on the border strip, and the Grodno forestry began purposefully delivering already sawn firewood so that migrants would not destroy the local forest. But we must understand that the natives of Iraq & mdash; not Belarusian partisans and are not used to local weather conditions. The approach of winter drove them to the Polish checkpoints.

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Libya prepares for Gaddafi’s return to power

The son of the leader of the Jamahiriya is going to run in the presidential elections

The son of the ousted leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Seif al-Islam, has registered his candidacy for the presidency of the country. The presidential elections scheduled for December are intended to end the chaos and internecine conflicts that have lasted for a decade on Libyan soil.

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On the video footage made at the election commission in the city of Sebha, the 49-year-old gray-bearded son of Gaddafi appeared in an unusual form for him. Instead of the European costume familiar in previous years, he was wearing a traditional Libyan cape, and on his head – and ndash; turban.

Safe-al-Islam Gaddafi & ndash; one of the most controversial figures expected to run for president of Libya, Reuters notes. This list also includes Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeiba and Speaker of Parliament Aguila Saleh.

Although the name of Gaddafi Jr. & ndash; one of the most famous in Libya, and although he once played an important role in shaping politics before the events of 2011, which, with NATO backing, overthrew his father's rule, he was hardly seen for ten years.

Fluent in English and educated at the London School of Economics, Seif al-Islam, and fluent in English, was once viewed abroad as an acceptable, Western-friendly figure and a possible heir to Muammar Gaddafi. In the past, the BBC reminds, he entered the closest circle of his father, mainly engaged in public relations and diplomacy. At the same time, Seif al-Islam publicly rejected the offer from Gaddafi Sr. to take an official post, although he actually performed the functions of prime minister.

Seif al-Islam expressed the hope that he could unite Libya. While Gaddafi's son is likely to play on nostalgia for a peaceful and stable era of the Jamahiriya, analysts say he may not be among the leaders in the vote.

Many Libyans perceive the era of Muammar Gaddafi as an era of harsh autocracy, Reuters notes, while Seif al-Islam has been out of power for so long that it may be difficult for him to mobilize the same support as his main rivals.

Recall that at one time Gaddafi Jr. was seized by militants from the mountainous region of Zintan when he tried to escape from Libya to Niger. It happened a few days after his father Muammar Gaddafi was captured by armed opposition militants near his hometown of Sirte in October 2011 and brutally killed without trial. & Nbsp;

Seif al-Islam on for several years was out of the public eye. Earlier this year, he gave an interview to the New York Times, but has not yet spoken publicly, addressing directly to Libyans.

Complicating Gaddafi Jr.'s presidential ambitions is the fact that he appeared before the Tripoli court in absentia in 2015 (himself he appeared via video link from Zintana), who sentenced him to death for war crimes, including killing protesters during the 2011 uprising. As noted by Reuters, the son of Gaddafi faces arrest or other danger if he appears publicly in the capital of Tripoli, although the death sentence was later overturned. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Despite public support from most Libyan factions and foreign powers for the December 24 elections, the vote remains in question as rival forces argue over its rules and timetable.

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Britain accused France of a wild flow of migrants

The efficiency of the French border guards is no more than 8%

While the eyes of the whole world are focused on the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, an equally large-scale migration crisis has flared up in Great Britain long ago. In just one day, November 11, nearly 1,200 people entered the United Kingdom through the English Channel illegally. For insufficient containment of illegal migrants, British Prime Minister Johnson has already scolded France. The expert assessed the seriousness of the situation.

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On Thursday, November 11, 1,185 migrants crossed the Channel, a record daily figure, according to the UK Home Office. The total number of refugees who have reached the British shores by sea this year is approaching 25 thousand.

It is also striking that earlier, with the onset of cold weather in Britain, migration flows were noticeably reduced. This year, for some reason, this did not happen. Traditionally, the peaks of these indicators are in the summer and early fall. As winter approaches, they decrease sharply.

The record month for the arrival of migrants in the UK this year was September, when almost 5,000 people entered the country illegally. During the same period in 2020, about 2 thousand refugees arrived. And now, unexpectedly for many, November breaks all records. In the first 11 days of this month alone, 3.8 thousand refugees entered Britain by sea.

Every year there are reports of the deaths of illegal travelers trying to get from the continent to the English coast. As the migrants themselves told The Sun in September, in their opinion, the risk of dying while trying to cross the English Channel in a fragile boat is worth their goal – to be in the UK, which some call “paradise.” Many are fleeing in search of a better life from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Eritrea. Participants in schemes for transporting illegal refugees often charge thousands of euros for a seat in a boat. After crossing the strait, 98 percent of people entering Britain, according to statistics, apply for asylum. True, not everyone is given it – those whom the authorities consider “economic migrants” are not given the right to stay on British soil.

In almost all of these cases, illegal immigrants arrive on ferries, boats, boats and other watercraft to the United Kingdom from France, which, in turn, must control its borders and prevent such a huge number of violations.

Meanwhile, the British themselves are confident that the French border guards are performing their duties in an extremely bad faith. And this, of course, there is statistical evidence: according to the British Ministry of the Interior, on that record Thursday, when the daily number of migrants who crossed the English Channel more than a thousand people, French border officials stopped only 99 illegal immigrants on seven boats … Thus, the efficiency of their work was no more than 8%.

Against this background, the head of the British government Boris Johnson criticized Paris for being irresponsible. He said that the French are not actively fighting the influx of migrants.

“We have a problem,” Johnson said during his visit to Kent, England. “Migrants are coming from France, and in the end the French authorities will not be able to control these movements.”

According to the British Prime Minister, this behavior leads to the fact that more and more illegal immigrants enter France from the south. “I would tell our French friends: if you close the door at the far end of the corridor, then people will stop entering it from the other end. Do you understand what I'm talking about?” – said Johnson.

At the same time, the head of Downing Street admitted that when illegal immigrants find themselves in the English Channel, it is very difficult for the authorities to send them back to the sea. “We want to do it in a safe and humane way, but it's extremely difficult,” he added.

A British government source told The Daily Telegraph that Paris's response to the migration crisis was “disappointing” – especially in light of promises by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen to increase the interception rate of illegal immigrants to 100% in exchange for tens of millions of pounds received from London. p>

However, the French Ministry of Internal Affairs calls the accusations from London “unacceptable”. The ministry stressed that this year the level of interception of migrants in the country as a whole has grown from 56% to 60%, and local law enforcement agencies “have to save lives every day.”

Britain could face the arrival of up to 100,000 migrants every year if no agreement is reached with France, former head of the United Kingdom's border troops, Tony Smith, warned the other day. According to him, the number of people arriving in the country may reach an “epidemic” level.

Meanwhile, representatives of the British border service warn of an impending “humanitarian crisis” at the migration center in Dover, England. There is only one employee for every 40 refugees.

“Migrants have been told that our country is a promised land, but when they arrive, they have to sit on the concrete floor, ask permission to go out to smoke, and they don't get hot food,” Immigration Services Union employee Lucy Morton told the British press. – This creates a pretext for exacerbating the situation. There is a constant risk of riots, and there is a noticeable lack of personnel. “described the situation with migrants in the UK as “permanent”. According to him, the figure of 25 thousand refugees per year for the UK is insignificant. The British faced a flow of illegal immigrants of 100-200 thousand people. Therefore, this is actually not such a serious problem for them.

“Many migrants who came to France at one time wanted to move to the United Kingdom,” the expert continues. – There are higher social benefits and higher salaries. At the same time, everything that happens is not of some kind of organized nature. Illegals themselves use opportunities to get to Britain.

At the same time, the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border is systemic. Never before have there been migrants in this territory. And suddenly they appeared, and even in such a large number. Therefore, there is a slightly different background here.

The leader of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (instead of stopping this crisis) began to say that this is a response to the hybrid war that the European Union unleashed against the republic. However, in this situation, the boomerang law worked. The Europeans intend to introduce a moratorium on flights to the Minsk airport. In fact, any plane that flies there could be subject to EU sanctions. And these are actually very serious things.

Besides, migrants are still cunning. They say: “You will let us through, we will not stay in Poland. We will take a bus and go straight to Germany. The Germans, of course, are not happy with this option. In addition, according to the Dublin Regulation, if suddenly Warsaw decides to admit refugees, it will be she who will have to accept them: take legal responsibility for the preparation of all the necessary documents, provide them with food, housing, etc.

Now the situation is such that the Belarusians should be responsible for migrants at the border. They flew to them, so let them send them back. But it won't be so easy to do it. So far, only the Iraqi government has expressed its willingness to provide aircraft for its citizens. But charter airlines, for fear of falling under EU sanctions, do not risk transporting migrants. ”

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Cooks, favorites and pictures painted with breasts threaten Saakashvili with a new term

How the funds of the state security of Georgia were spent

Saakashvili is again on trial. On Monday, November 15, a hearing was held in the Tbilisi City Court on the case of embezzlement of money from the budget in the amount of more than $ 2.7 million. The Ministry of Justice of Georgia again refused to bring the accused to court, citing considerations of his safety. “MK” has repeatedly written about this case, which is popularly called “jacket”. In addition to his jackets, President Saakashvili spent public funds on watches, botox, health resorts, training his sons, his wife's travels, etc. etc.

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In addition to Saakashvili, the case involves the former head of his security, MP Teimuraz Janashia. The fact is that funds from the fund of the Special State Security Service were spent on the personal whims of the president, his family and entourage. The expenses of this fund were classified, which was justified by reasons of state security.

Among the supporters of the Georgian opposition, it is customary to make fun of this case. Just think, the president bought himself several jackets for the state account. But, first of all, we are talking not only about jackets, and the amount eventually accumulates impressive. By the way, earlier in the statements of the Georgian prosecutor's office a different figure sounded – not $ 2.7, but $ 5 million. Secondly, the representation expenses of the head of state have already been included in the budget. During the same period, from 2009 to 2012, the State Support Service quite legally spent $ 11 million on Saakashvili.

The ex-president was charged with embezzlement of funds from the fund of the Special State Security Service on August 13, 2014, a year after the Georgian prosecutor's office removed the “secret” stamp from the documents. From the declassified accounts, it became clear that it was from the budget of this power structure that Saakashvili spent large sums on personal needs: renting hotels, paying for the services of masseuses, purchasing expensive gifts for women. In particular, he paid for the services of the Spanish chef Sergio Calderon Latas and his translator, for which 191 thousand 643 lari (about $ 110 thousand) were spent. 75 thousand 181 lari (about $ 43.4 thousand) went to the stylist of Mikhail Saakashvili Ali Kamal. For weight loss courses in Innsbruck for the former mayor of Tbilisi Georgy Ugulava – 26 388 GEL (15 thousand dollars), for rent for Saakashvili and Ugulava in Austria cars “Porsche”, “Mercedes” and “Audi” – 58 876 GEL (34 thousand dollars) , to rent an aircraft for Saakashvili – 503 383 lari (293 thousand dollars).

In Great Britain, Saakashvili bought 7 jackets and a cashmere sports coat at the expense of the state. This cost the treasury about $ 28.6 thousand. Acquisition of ten watches in the same place cost the budget $ 30.7 thousand. In the Phuket resort in Thailand, Saakashvili, former speaker David Bakradze and Levan Varshalomidze spent 127 thousand 858 lari (about $ 73.9 thousand) in two days.

Saakashvili paid for the education of his sons in America and travel his wife, Botox injections in an American clinic, gifts for women. In particular, gold jewelry was purchased for the Russian journalist Ksenia Sokolova and the young deputy of the Georgian parliament Mariam Sajaya.

The same Sajaya, as well as a former employee of the presidential administration (and, according to rumors, a former favorite) Alana Gagloeva, were paid for a hotel in the United Arab Emirates. Other spicy expenses were the purchase of a painting by the artist Meredith Ostrom, painting with her breasts, as well as several tens of thousands of dollars spent on the procedures of the masseuse Dorothy Stein, who was specially invited to Georgia in 2009 for this. At the same time, it did not officially cross the borders of Georgia. Her visit became known only from publications on her blog, where she posted photos with the president.

For all this love for the beautiful Saakashvili, now 11 years of imprisonment threatens. The next hearing on the case will take place on December 2. It should be reminded that at present he is also being accused in the case of dispersing an opposition rally and routing the Imedi TV company. And he has already been convicted in the cases of the murder of a bank employee Sandro Girgvliani and the beating of parliamentary deputy Valery Gelashvili. In total, he has received 6 years so far.

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Polish police have named the reason for the detention of the film crew of RT France

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The police of the Podlaskie Voivodeship of Poland explained that they detained the RT France film crew on the border with Belarus for allegedly illegal presence in the emergency zone, RIA Novosti writes.

According to representatives of the department, today In the morning, the police detained a film crew of two men, who said they were going to make a report, but they did not have permission to stay in the state of emergency.

Several thousand migrants have been on the border between Belarus and Poland in recent weeks. hope to get to the EU countries. The Polish authorities have strengthened their security, the military has been pulled up to the borders.

At the same time, the country blames Belarus for the migration crisis. Minsk denies the accusations and claims that Poland is forcibly expelling migrants to Belarusian territory.

Earlier it was reported that Poland plans to finish building a fence on the border with Belarus by mid-2022. Construction of the fence starts in early December.

It was also reported that in Poland two Russians were accused of aiding illegal migration. In addition, a citizen of Ukraine is involved in the case.

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Space debris flew past the ISS for the second time

A piece of space debris flew past the ISS for the second time, the crew of the Russian Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft did not notice any signs of a collision, RIA Novosti reports.

At the moment, the cosmonauts are preparing to open hatches between the Russian and American segments. The staff of the American MCC instructed astronaut Mark Vanda Huy to begin opening the transfer hatches. Experts also told cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov to bring the Soyuz spacecraft back to the original.

Earlier it was reported that a satellite fragment is approaching the ISS. It was possible that the crew would have to take refuge in the Soyuz spacecraft. Experts at the Houston Mission Control Center also advised astronauts on the American segment to close the hatches. It was clarified that space debris threatening the ISS will approach the station at 10.06 Moscow time.

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Armenian President replaces Defense Minister

At the suggestion of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian fired Defense Minister Arshak Karapetyan and appointed Deputy Prime Minister Suren Papikyan to this post, the press service of the presidential administration reported.

Papikyan is one of Pashinyan's closest associates and chairman of the Civil Contract party in power.

Karapetyan was appointed Minister of Defense of Armenia in early August.

As reported by TASS, citing the press service of the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers, Pashinyan called the situation on the border with Azerbaijan the reason for Karapetyan's dismissal.

“ This decision was made as a result of an analysis of the events unfolding since yesterday. At the moment, the situation led me to the decision that there should be a change of minister '', & ndash; Pashinyan said at a meeting of the Republic's Security Council.

Yesterday in Nagorno-Karabakh, an unknown person threw a grenade at an Azerbaijani checkpoint. He was detained by Russian peacekeepers. Three people were injured. A criminal case has been initiated.

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