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Белый дом призывает Россию оказать давление на Северную Корею

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About Kislyak are not supposed to ask

Почему МИД не ответил на вопросы журналистов, а суд отклонил их иск о нарушении закона о СМИ

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What happened?

11 APR Presnensky court rejected claim of the publication of “the Media” to the Russian foreign Ministry filed April 7, after the failure of the Ministry to provide the requested information. The claim about “illegal omission” was a reaction to the publication on the refusal to provide information about the meetings of the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak with Senator Jeff Sissom and Advisor to the President of Donald trump Jared Kushner. In addition to the “Media” was interested in who the Russians contacted the former head of the electoral headquarters of the trump by Paul Manafort.

The court justified its decision on the claim from the editor-in-chief of the edition Sergey Smirnov fact that it was filed in the administrative proceeding, and this case belongs in the civil, not the same thing.

what is the essence of the claim to the Ministry of foreign Affairs?

March 3 “the Media” addressed to the Director of the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova to confirm or refute the fact of the meeting Sergei Kislyak and Jeff and Roman sessions.

Sergei Kislyak
Sergey Kislyak

As previously reported, The Washington Post, us Senator, now occupying the post of US attorney General, before the entry into this post twice met with the Russian Ambassador. Then, sessions hid this information, having declared at the hearings in the Senate that did not meet Kislyak as a representative of the team trump. Journalists interested in however, “what issues were discussed during contact”, and the status of performed sessions.

After the first treatment of the foreign Ministry left the questions of Russian media attention, so “the Media” on 18 March sent a second request. On March 27, the Ministry did respond to him, saying that the information about the contacts of Russian diplomats will not be granted.

has Been violated media law?

Edition of “the Media” have considered the refusal of the Ministry of foreign Affairs illegal as according to media law a journalist has the right to access any information unless it contains “information constituting a state, commercial or other specially protected by law secret”.

Sergey Smirnov
Sergey Smirnov

As notes the editor-in-chief Sergey Smirnov, authorities often leave journalists ‘ requests without attention. In his claim, “the Media” asked the court to oblige the Ministry to provide the necessary information and pay the state duty in the amount of 300 rubles.

Maria Zakharova
Maria Zakharova

Maria Zakharova, commenting on the situation, said “People are sitting and PR. Let them tell you how many times and in what form the foreign Ministry sent them.”

Sergey Smirnov commented on Twitter the court’s decision:

Comments Sergey Smirnov








Alexey GoloshchapovAlexey Goloshchapov, PhD, associate Professor, faculty of law, HSE, Department of theory and history of law:

– Non-public information means a state, commercial or other specially protected by the law secret. The state is not obliged to disclose the reason for their actions, that are accepted by various conventions and agreements.

For example, in the “Vienna Convention on the law of treaties” governed by a political tact, diplomacy and legal etiquette. I think that it is the court planned to refer the Ministry of foreign Affairs, and his opponent — the law “On mass media”, which is based on the General regulations and may be limited to other international agreements.

Moreover, there are many unspoken rules of communication between countries for which some information should not be divulged to any of the parties. I’m not surprised that the court rejected the prosecution, and the reason is not confusion with administrative and civil claims, and that there is no real mechanism that could force the authorities to answer all the questions or hold them accountable for refusing to provide information.

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Альфа-банк покидает Ассоциацию российских банков из-за несогласия с её критикой в адрес ЦБ

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Маловато будет!

Из российского бюджета на борьбу с допингом выделено 1,67 млрд рублей на три года

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Stood up for the honor

Вячеслав Володин выступил за принятие закона о защите чести главы государства

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What happened?

Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin supported the idea of a law that would protect the President from insults. The proposal on 13 February in Kazan was made by one of the students of Innopolis University. According to Volodina now this issue is not urgent, however, requires consideration, because the institution of the presidency “we need to protect.”

What caused the idea?

According to student Alexander Dolgoborodov, in the press felt the “information reel” on Vladimir Putin, so the question of the punishment of insults to the head of state is becoming increasingly important. The speaker of the State Duma agreed with this statement, and said that such laws have been adopted in many countries. Russia, according to Volodina, the country “more democratic, more open”.

Reaction of the Kremlin
Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov
Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov

statement press Secretary of President Dmitry Peskov, the question of the introduction of the law “requires study” and study of “international experience”. Open insults to the President’s press Secretary believes to be invalid, but “to a balanced and intelligent criticism of” the President, according to Peskov, is “quite constructive”.

The Experience of other countries

Speaking of “international experience,” Vyacheslav Volodin referred in the USA, where a “simple sayings” to the former President Barack Obama’s “four people received serious sentences — two and a half years of prison”.

Laws to protect the honor of heads of countries and in several European countries. For example, in Poland for insulting remarks about the President can land you in jail for up to 3 years. In Germany and Holland harsher the punishment – from 3 months to 5 years. Denmark is also practised, but in this country the punishment depends on who is offended: for example, if it is a woman, the punishment would be more severe.

However, the most susceptible to insults against heads of state are the Eastern countries. In Turkey you can not offend not only the current leader of the country, but also the first President Kemal Ataturk. But if Turkey violators a maximum will be imprisoned in Iran, who insulted the head of state, could be sentenced to 74 lashes.

As it is now protected by the Russian President?

The criminal code includes article 319, “insulting a representative of authority”, violation of which provides “the penalty to 40 000 roubles,” or up to 1 year of correctional labor. Vladimir Putin, these articles do not blame anyone. However, in may 2006 the Ivanovo Prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case against the chief editor of the Internet publication Kursiv, found in the article “Putin as phallic symbol of Russia” insults to the head of state. As a result, the newspaper was closed, condemned an international organization “reporters without borders”.

Article in "Moscow correspondent"
an article in the “Moscow correspondent”

In 2008, the heads of the newspaper “Moscow correspondent” announced the suspension of the publication. Officially the newspaper was closed because of the loss, however, many doubt the veracity of this version, since the closure of the newspaper took place immediately after the publication of the article about the upcoming wedding of Vladimir Putin and gymnast Alina Kabaeva. The head of the holding “national media company” Alexander Lebedev has called the speculation of journalists “nonsense”, however, the employee of the newspaper Lev Ryzhkov so described the events of that day: “To the editor included some in civilian clothes. Great big big redneck… the time of the withdrawal of our editor-in-chief, I watched with my own eyes… and Then the editor came back… was quite scared.”

In January 2015, a resident of St. Petersburg Alexander Sursis tried to sue the protesters, who shouted obscene insults at the President. Representatives of the Ministry of interior have not found this behavior “nothing illegal“, so the statement of St Petersburg was rejected.

Expert’s opinion

The head of the Council on human rights Mikhail Fedotov he said that it is ready to support the idea, but with one condition – the case is to be initiated “only at the request of the victim”, otherwise it would be contrary to the Constitution, which proclaims the equality of citizens.

According to member of the Communist party Sergei Obukhov, first you need to “perform legal practice.” He also noted that, following this logic, it is necessary to adopt the law “on protection of honor of the Deputy of the state Duma”.

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Sect: the inside story

Иван Ширяев 11 лет был "свидетелем Иеговы"

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Ivan is from Kamyshin city, Volgograd region. While studying at school he knew that one of his classmates was a member of the organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses”. The girl was reserved, estrangement from others and had rather secretive way of life. Ivan and his friend made fun of her but one day the young man went to a meeting of the organization “for fun”… and became its regular member for 11 years.

Ivan says that he spent much of his time on prayers, attending meetings and, of course, sermons. Witnesses preached that after Armageddon only 144 thousand of people would be in heaven, while the rest would stay on earth. And the purpose was to send this message. Of course, witnesses had to face with rudeness and even aggression, especially from priests. Therefore they spoke mostly to those who were really interested in their teaching.

Ivan marks that the members of the organization constantly felt the sense of guilt mixed with depression. The question “could you do more?” often appeared in mind. To do more means going up the “career” ladder. Turns out, sectaries have it as well. You can be a pioneer and preach less than 70 hours per month or a deacon who gives a speech in front of the audience and distribute regions among preachers. Ivan Shiryaev was able to take a crack at both roles.

There were its own forms of rewards and punishments in the religious organization. The principle  reward was a career growth. The fact that you can hold a solid position, confidently speak at a meeting and thus influence people’s minds, which means wield some power induced people like Ivan to join the sect “Jehovah’s Witnesses”. It is important that they found understanding, love of others and a sense of self-worth there – everything people lacked for in their real life. Obviously, the punishment was the loss of all these privileges and the worst thing was the exclusion from the sect.  It was forbidden to communicate with those who were rejected by witnesses for various reasons.

Ivan is a traveller with the long standing
Ivan is a traveller with the long standing

But the logical question arises: why did the young and active guy need all of these meetings and stories about Armageddon?                                                           Ivan admits that he always asked this question, but there was no time to think about it – he was constantly busy with the affairs of the organization. And really few witnesses thought about it. According to Ivan, many witnesses kept on reporting about sermons even after disappointment in the teaching.

Ivan Shiryaev who initially was the zealous follower of the teaching was disillusioned after reading a book “The crisis of conscience” by Raymond Franz. Kindness and humor with which the author conveys the idea that the religious organization is not divine but human strongly influenced the young man and made him doubt of the correctness of the chosen path.

360 cities are not limit for him
360 cities are not limit for him

And after much doubt Ivan finally decided to leave the sect. He considers the date October 27, 2012 as the beginning of a new way – on that day he left home and began to hitchhike. According to his calculations, he will spend at least five years on his journey called “From Korea to the Republic of Karelia” (one of the songs of the music band “Picnic”). Having been in all regions of Ukraine and Belarus, as well as in 360 cities in Russia, the young man is not going to stop. Because the trip allows him to escape from prosiness and feel truly free.

From Korea to the Republic of Karelia
From Korea to the Republic of Karelia