first_imgNews to go further Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia RSF_en News March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Russia After the takeover by the Kremlin of the audiovisual media early in the Putin era, the Internet became the freest space for discussion and information-sharing in Russia. Yet its dependence is threatened by blogger arrests and prosecutions, and the blocking of independent websites labeled as “extremist.” The Web has also become a first-rate sphere of activity for government propaganda and could become a political control mechanism.Web access has spread extensively in the last few years, and with government support. The project to create a Russian Silicon Valley was launched by President Dimitri Medvedev’s decree of December 31, 2009. This plan unveils the country’s technological ambitions.The Internet is regulated by the Federal Service for Communications Supervision, whose Director is appointed by the Prime Minister. The government secured the means to carry out Web surveillance from the very start. In 2000, all Internet service providers were required to install “Sorm-2” software, “SORM” being the Russian acronym for “System for Operative Investigative Activities.” It enables the police and Federal Security Service (FSB) to have access to user surfing activity and email traffic. A 2007 law authorized the government to intercept Web data without a prior court order. Social networks such as Vkontakte and the blog platform Livejournal were bought out by oligarchs with close ties to the regime.“Troubling” websites blocked, prosecuted or hackedThe Internet is not subject to an automatic filtering system, but independent sites and those with close ties to the opposition have been rendered inaccessible in the last few months. In 2008, the website was blocked by several Internet service providers prior to the presidential elections, and later unblocked. In December 2009, Garry Kasparov’s websites ( and and, the National Bolshevik Party’s website, were blocked for Yota service provider users. Yota denied the allegations, citing technical problems, and the websites were finally unblocked. The management of the Skartel operator, which owns Yota, admitted that this company blocks websites that the Ministry of Justice classifies as “extremist.” The list of “extremist” content, issued by the Attorney General, includes nearly 500 terms and is constantly being updated under the watchful eye of the “e-Centers” responsible for eliminating extremism. Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code defines “extremism” as “xenophobia and incitement to hatred by means of a social group.” These are the justifications given for shutting down the website, the only news portal in the Ingush language. The website was then created. In the same context, in February 2010, Russian police opened an investigation into the portal, a platform for independent journalists and human rights activists. The same treatment was reserved for and The Moscow Post website, which had reported a violent dispute between intoxicated senior police officials.Often a call from authorities is all it takes to obtain permission to delete content, or to block a website. Aleksandr Ovchinnikov, Director of the Web hosting company Masterhost, admitted that this practice exists.Cyber-attacks are commonplace. In January 2010, the website was hacked just after it posted the last interview granted by Natalia Estemirova, the human rights activist murdered in July 2009. The same thing happened to the website of the Chechen magazine Dosh, just a few days after it was awarded the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Prize in December 2009. As for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper’s website, it was rendered inaccessible for more than a week at the end of January following a “highly organized and powerful” cyber-attack.”Propaganda and intimidationsVladimir Putin stated in January 2010 that “50% of Internet content is pornographic. Why, then, should we bother?” He denied Internet-relayed accusations that the October 2010 regional election results were falsified. Nonetheless, the government is omnipresent on the Web, and makes optimal use of the terrain. One of the star bloggers of RuNet – the Russian version of the Internet – is none other than President Dmitri Medvedev. In March 2008, local Ingush authorities created an Internet site with an address almost identical to that of the news site in order to present a different version of the news that it was delivering.Government supporters are quick to react to criticisms posted online, “drowning” the latter in a sea of positive comments. The most virulent among them formed a group called the “Brigade,” of which some of them are paid members. They notably infiltrate discussion forums and sometimes discuss matters very harshly, not even hesitating to use insults and threats. In June 2009, economist Evgeni Gontmakher disclosed in The Moscow Times that he had been the target of “massive attacks” by bloggers paid by the government, after he criticized Vladislav Surkov, the First Deputy Chief of the Presidential Staff. In his opinion, “The modern Russian propaganda machine permeates nearly every major media outlet and even extends to the blogosphere.”Bloggers increasingly persecutedIn July 2008, blogger Savva Terentyev was charged with “belittling the human dignity of a social group” (in this instance, the police) and given a one-year probation. Irek Murtazin got a 21-month prison term for “defamation and incitement to hatred” for having posted a message implying that Mintimer Shaimiev, who was Tatarstan’s chief executive at the time, had died. The case was appealed to the Russian Supreme Court.Blogger Dimitri Soloviev was investigated for having “inciting hatred against the police and the FSB.” Charges were dropped in January 2010 after two years of legal proceedings. On September 1, 2009, the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Khakassia (in southwest Siberia) dropped the charges against Mikhail Afanasyev, editor of the Novy Focus website, who was accused of spreading “false rumors.” He had published news about the fatal explosion of a turbine at the Sayano-Shushenskaya power plant, which led to the death of 73 employees, and relayed criticisms of the manner in which the authorities had handled this tragedy.In December 2009, blogger Ivan Peregorodiev was arrested and indicted for “disseminating false information related to an act of terrorism” because he had discussed rumors on his blog, according to which victims of the A (H1N1) virus had actually died of the plague. Blogger Dmitri Kirilin, on the other hand, was charged with calling for “the overthrow of the existing political order, and making disrespectful comments about incumbent officials, notably Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.Aleksey Dymovsky, a police officer who denounced police corruption in a video message distributed over the Internet, became the subject of a criminal investigation in December 2009 for “abuse of power and fraud,” according to the public prosecutor’s office. He faces up to six years in prison.Vadim Charushev – The creator of Vkontakte, one of the country’s most popular social networks – was confined against his will in a psychiatric hospital in March 2009.Online journalist killedMagomed Yevloyev, one of the creators and the owner of the Ingush news website,, was killed in August 2008 while detained by the Ministry of the Interior’s security agents. The journalist had been arrested at the Nazran airport shortly after landing there. The airplane he had flown was also carrying the then-President of the Republic of Ingushetia, Murat Zyazikov. A few hours later, Magomed Yevloyev, who had been shot in the head, was admitted to the hospital where he later died on the operating table. This murder remains unpunished.A dynamic blogosphereIn November 2009, bloggers Oleg Kozyrev and Viktor Korb launched a “bloggers’ union” to protect netizens’ rights and freedoms. They have also conducted campaigns on behalf of imprisoned or prosecuted bloggers.Sometimes the Internet can fill the void left by traditional media outlets. In 2008, a report on the demolition of historic Moscow buildings whose residents were displaced to make room for new offices and business centers was partially censored by the authorities, and confidentially broadcast on the NTV channel. The video, on the other hand, was posted on RuTube (a YouTube clone), where it became a huge success, receiving over 200,000 hits in just a few days.The Internet is also a space for political mobilization. Roman Dobrokhotov, leader of the young Russian democrats movement “My” (“We”), an opposition party, stated that all of his activities are performed over the Internet via a Google group. It is easier to mobilize people online than it is in the street.The Internet has become a space in which people can denounce the corruption of Russian officials. Marina Litvinovitch, one of the leaders of the Civic United Front (CUF), an opposition party, posted on her blog an article objecting to the impunity enjoyed by a civil servant’s daughter in the Irkutsk region. She had caused a fatal car accident in December 2009, but had been treated as if she were only a witness in the case. Marina Litvinovitch launched an appeal to other bloggers, asking them to distribute that information by creating a link to her article or by reposting it, which many Internet users agreed to do. This initiative had the merit of making the public aware of this tragedy, and the blogger believes that the courts will no longer be able to avoid taking this matter seriously.For the moment, the impact of these online mobilizations, blogs and new media on Russian society is still relatively limited. The authorities’ attitude in the months to come will determine if the acts of censorship or intimidation and arrests are, or are not, indicative of a deliberate attempt to gain complete control of the new media. The introduction of Internet censorship in Russia would be that much more harmful in that it would spread throughout the region, with negative consequences on the right to inform and be informed in the Caucasus as well as in Central Asia, where censored netizens sometimes have access to the Russian Internet.Russian version: Organisation News Related documents Chapter_Russia_2010PDF – 72.84 KB Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Russia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

ECB to release 35.7 million pounds to help counties, clubs hit by COVID

first_img(REUTERS) – The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday approved an additional financial package of 35.7 million pounds ($44.71 million) to support the professional and recreational game which have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.Cricket has been suspended since March and the ECB had initially announced a 61 million-pound aid package to help the game withstand the financial impact of the shutdown which has delayed the start of the English season.The ECB said 30.2 million pounds would be made available to First-Class Counties (FCCs) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in August while 5.5 million pounds will go to County Cricket Boards (CCBs) for the recreational game.The funds were due to be paid to counties for the inaugural season of The Hundred competition, which was pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak.“It is the ECB’s responsibility to protect the whole game’s future during the financial uncertainty we face as a sport,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said in a statement.“It remains our priority to get cricket started again this summer… and we will continue to work with government to try and do in a way that keeps people safe but that limits the ongoing impact of this crisis on our game.”England are scheduled to play West Indies in a three-test series from July 8 with all matches to be held behind closed doors.last_img read more

Nelson City Soccer prepares for summer hiatus

first_imgThe Innkeepers and Dirty Dozen were declared first half regular season winners as Nelson City Soccer begins its month-long summer hiatus. Innkeepers, defending league champion, hold a commanding 10-point advantage over West Kootenay United in the Leo’s Men’s Open League as teams head into its final games prior to the break.The Innkeepers meet third-place The Action while West Kootenay United play Kootenay Co-op.Wednesday, Kootenay Co-op is up against The Action.Kootenay Co-op and The Action are tied for third spot, each with 12 points beginning the week.Meanwhile in the Finley’s Ladies Rec League Dirty Dozen concluded the first half with only one blemish on the record to claim the title with 27 points.Lily Whites finished second with Red Dog third.Defending champion Finley’s Jiggers finished in fourth spot, one point ahead of Selkirk Eyecare.Both leagues resume play following the Labour Day Weekend.Jackson’s, Bia Boro deadlocked heading into final gamesJackson’s Hole and defending league champ Bia Boro are tied heading into the final games of the first half of the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League.The teams have identical 9-1-1 records, 13 points in front of third place Club Inter.In the final games Thursday before the summer break, Jackson’s Hole meets fourth-place Real Nelson while Bia Boro is up against Club Inter.In the other game on the schedule, Ted Allen’s plays Red Dog.Jackson’s Hole was the first-half winner in 2010.The Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters league resumes Thursday, September 1 with a full slate of [email protected]last_img read more

The Who’s outlast Scoregasms to capture Jackson’s Hole Christmas Indoor Tournament

first_imgJordan Michaux scored four times to lead The Who’s to a hard fought 5-4 victory over Multi Scoregasms Sunday in the final of Jackson’s Hole Christmas Tournament Competitive Division at the Soccer Quest Indoor Facility.The event is an annual event that allows soccer grads from the area to play in tournament during the Christmas Holiday season.The final matched the two undefeated squads in the Competitive Division — the Who’s winners of the B pool against Multiple Scoregasms, tops in the A pool.Multiple Scoregasms opened the scoring when Ryan Lewis neatly found his way through The Who’s defence before drilling a shot past keeper Shelby Tett. Two quick goals by Michaux put The Who’s into the lead before Heather Stewart was the recipient of a great pass before drilling a shot past Scoregasms goalie Mitch Melanson.In the second half Titouan Chopin, an attacking midfielder with Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency program annd  brother Jules, who plays university ball for Simon Fraser Clan, tied the game before Michaux went to work, scoring the winner and insurance marker to march The Who’s to victory.Melanson, on a goalie rush, scored the final goal for Multiple Scoregasms.In the Recreation Division, Abacus defeated Red Dog 5-1.Abacus won the round robin draw with 35 points.Red Dog edged out Missile Toe in round robin play by a single point to advance into the final.last_img read more

A proud Jamaican – Mayhew satisfied following history-making Youth Olympics bobsled run

first_img “Overall, I am satisfied with my performance here. I have gained a lot of experience now, and I hope that I can continue with bobsled along with the other things that I want to do,” added the aspiring pilot. Mayhew, a student of Charlemont High in St Catherine, had a decent push-off in his first run, registering a start time of 5.67 seconds. He was solid throughout, even if he did not generate the speeds he would have liked, topping off at 106.2 km/h (the slowest among the competitors) and having a brush with Turn 13 before crossing the line in 58.85 seconds. This was 1.92 seconds slower than Ivanov, who was the leader at that stage of the competition. His second run was slightly better as he again got a good push-off time 5.67 seconds (10th best) and improved his top speed to 107.5 km/h to end the course in 58.62 seconds. “I know I can do better I have done better before, so I know I can. So, hopefully, I can continue in the sport and improve and always represent my country and make everyone proud,” Mayhew added. The Jamaican has been a hit with the crowd and the international media in Norway since his arrival and it was no different on the course yesterday. “I am glad that I got the opportunity to compete here. I received a lot of support from everyone here. Everyone was cheering for me and it was an extraordinary feeling. I think it was a factor which helped me to get my fastest push time,” he shared. “The competition was close, especially for the top guys. It was good for me. I did my best push time today, so it was a good feeling that I improved that. My overall track time wasn’t a personal best or the best that I could have done, but it was enough to cross the finish line and finish 13th, so I am satisfied,” Mayhew said. His coach, Harry Nelson, is the man behind his development from a teenager who had little interest in competing in sport, to one of the best young Monobob athletes on the planet after a year of training. Nelson was overwhelmed with the youngster’s efforts. “It’s an overwhelming feeling,” Nelson told The Sunday Gleaner. “Seeing the support we as Jamaicans got and that even though we didn’t get the best time of the series, I am very proud of him. It was a proud moment to see him complete the track,” Nelson said. “And to get his personal best start time of 5.67 seconds is also a very good accomplishment for him. The pair will return to the island on Wednesday. Jamaican youngster Daniel Mayhew says he is extremely proud following his 13th-place finish in the Monobob competition at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway yesterday. The 17-year-old, who is the first Jamaican participant at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, registered times of 58.85 and 58.62 seconds in his two runs for a combined time of 1:57.47 which placed him 13th in the 15-man field taking part in the event. The gold medal was won by Germany’s Jonas Jannusch, who recorded a time of 1:54.29, with the silver medal going to Russia’s Maksim Ivanov, 1:54.22, Norway’s Kristian Olsen (1:54.53) took the bronze medal. Speaking to The Sunday Gleaner shortly after his run yesterday, Mayhew, who was remarkably only introduced to the bobsleigh event just under a year ago, said he would have loved to finish in the top three, but is very proud to have represented his country so well and against the odds. “I am a little sad that I didn’t get a medal, but I really feel good in myself and proud that I was able to come here and compete at the Youth Olympics and make everyone proud,” said Mayhew. SATISFIEDlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea set their price for Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi

first_imgChelsea set their price for Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are demanding big money from Bayern Munich to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi.The Mirror says Chelsea have told Bayern to stump up £40million if they want to sign Hudson-Odoi.The German giants are believed to have had a bid of £20m rejected after being impressed by the 18-year-old.The Stamford Bridge club appear ready to sell the teenager – but not on the cheap.Hudson-Odoi was promised first team opportunities this season but has found playing time limited under Maurizio Sarri. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoAgent says Atlanta beat Barcelona, Real Madrid to Gonzalo Martínez deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent says Atlanta beat Barcelona, Real Madrid to Gonzalo Martínez dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Atlanta United’s latest signing, Gonzalo Martínez, has revealed interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.Martinez impressed for River Plate in the recent Copa Libertadores final.”Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested [in Martínez] but he and his agents saw the potential in the MLS,” agent Guido Albers told De Volkskrant.Martínez, 25, joins Atlanta in a deal worth 15 million euros after starring for River Plate last year. last_img

9 months agoChelsea ace Hazard: Messi is best ever. I regret my Barcelona performance

first_imgChelsea ace Hazard: Messi is best ever. I regret my Barcelona performanceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard says Barcelona star Leo Messi stands alone as the best player in the world.Hazard insists Messi is superior to be he and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.”Not a chance. There is only one that is the best ever. It’s him, Lionel Messi,” Hazard told HLN.”The two games against Barcelona were not my best memories from 2018. “I was happy to play against Barcelona and Messi, but I did not deliver.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

CBS Reportedly Snagging ESPN Announcer To Eventually Replace Verne Lundquist On Top CFB Broadcast

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)CBS reportedly has its replacement in place for Verne Lundquist on its top SEC game broadcast. According to Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, long-time ESPN announcer Brad Nessler will be leaving the network for CBS. He’ll call NFL games until Lundquist retires, when he’ll then become the play-by-play man for CBS’ top SEC game each week. Lundquist has called SEC games since 2000. Told Brad Nessler will leave ESPN and do NFL for CBS, until he takes over SEC for Uncle Verne.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 25, 2016Nessler has been calling college football games for ESPN since 1997. He’s been with the network since 1992.last_img read more