Russia: Media co-founder’s poisoning must be properly investigated, RSF says

first_img Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Verzilov, who participated in a Pussy Riot protest during the World Cup final in Moscow in July, was hospitalized on 11 September after suddenly losing his sight, the ability to speak and control over his movements. Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a full and impartial investigation into the poisoning of Pyotr Verzilov, a well-known activist and co-founder of the Mediazona news website, who was trying to shed light on the murders of three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic when he was hospitalized in Moscow last week. Organisation September 20, 2018 – Updated on September 21, 2018 Russia: Media co-founder’s poisoning must be properly investigated, RSF says May 21, 2021 Find out more His ex-wife, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, yesterday confirmed reports in various independent Russian media outlets that he had been investigating the murders of the three Russian journalists. He had received a report about their deaths the day before he became very ill, she said. Pussy Riot says it is convinced that Verzilov was deliberately poisoned. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsCouncil of EuropeInternetViolence News He and the three other Pussy Riot members briefly interrupted the final by invading the pitch to draw attention to their demands, which included the release of Russian political prisoners. They were sentenced to 15 days in prison. “Given Pyotr Verzilov’s sensitive activities, a full and impartial investigation into this strange case of poisoning is indispensable,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “All possible light should be shone on this affair, as it should be on the murders of the three Russian journalists that he was investigating.”The three journalists – documentary filmmaker Alexander Rastorguyev, war reporter Orkhan Dzhemal and cameraman Kirill Radchenko – were investigating the presence of Russian mercenaries and mining companies in the Central African Republic when they were murdered there in late July. June 2, 2021 Find out more News News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown center_img They said his symptoms made it “highly plausible” that he was poisoned by a nerve agent. Certain recreational drugs could have had this effect but only in such a volume that they would have to have been taken with suicidal intent, and there was no indication of this in Verzilov’s case, the doctors said. Help by sharing this information After four days, he was transferred to a hospital in Germany where doctors say his life is no longer in danger and that the damage to his body and nervous system should be reversible. Follow the news on Russia Related documents russie_verzilov_ru.pdfPDF – 65.26 KB No suspects have so far been arrested and several groups of journalists and activists are investigating their deaths. Verzilov, who was a friend of Rastorguyev, has also raised funding for an on-the-spot investigation. RSF_en RSF_EECA May 5, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Mediazona, the news site that Verzilov co-founded, is a leading source of information about police and judicial abuses in Russia. But it was his participation in the Pussy Riot protest at the World Cup final that attracted the media’s attention this summer. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsCouncil of EuropeInternetViolence News Credit: Vasily Maximov / AFP last_img read more

Over $2,000 donated to two local groups thanks to ‘Battle of the Badges’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich — Two local organizations received a nice monetary boost thanks to an annual hockey matchup featuring Alpena’s police and fire departments.Over $2,000 dollars was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena and the Victim’s Advocate Group that works with the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office. The Boys & Girls Club received $1,000. The Victim’s Advocate Group received $1,300.“We do continuing education every year, usually out of town, and new advocates do need to be educated and have so many hours of training before they become an advocate, so it will help with that,” said Coordinator of Victim’s Advocate Group Diane Sims. “It also helps with uniforms and things like that.”Local police officers and firefighters helped raise money through their annual ‘Battle of the Badges Charity Game’ which is held at the Northern Lights Arena.“Money like this really helps us to better meet the needs of the kids that we have, that attend our facility, and, in turn, better fulfill the obligation that we have in the community by providing these specialized activities for the kids ,” said Boys & Girls Club of Alpena Executive Director Bradley Somers.Both organizations were very happy to be receiving vital funding to help continue their work in the community.Battle of the Badges started back in 2002 in Alpena. Since then, the event has helped raise well over $25,000 dollars for local nonprofits and groups.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Sheriff’s Office, Alpena Fire Department, Alpena Police Department, Battle of the Badges, Boys & Girls Club, Charity Game, Hockey, Northern Lights Arena, Victim’s Advocate GroupContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Tuesday, January 15Next What’s Trending for January 15last_img read more