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On May 26, jailed opposition politician Alexey Navalny took part in a preliminary court hearing on his lawsuit against… Read more
On May 26, jailed opposition politician Alexey Navalny took part in a preliminary court hearing on his lawsuit against the Vladimir region’s Penal Colony No. 2 (IK-2). Appearing via video link, Navalny complained about articles being cut out of the newspapers he’s been receiving in prison. According to the Russian state news agency TASS, Navalny said he’s prepared to drop the claim if the prison administration stops censoring the newspapers he receives. A spokesperson for the prison rejected Navalny’s complaints, maintaining that the “newspapers were handed over in good condition.” The lawsuit discussed during the hearing today is one of four claims that Navalny has filed against Russian prison officials since April.
After a Ryanair flight was forced to divert to Minsk on May 23 and the Belarusian authorities arrested two of the plane… Read more
After a Ryanair flight was forced to divert to Minsk on May 23 and the Belarusian authorities arrested two of the plane’s passengers — Belarusian opposition journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega (a Russian national) — a number of airlines began changing their routes in order to bypass Belarus altogether. The European Union highest political body, the European Council, issued an appeal urging EU-based carriers to avoid Belarusian airspace. In addition, the council has proposed banning Belarusian airlines from flying over the EU. France and the UK have instituted similar bans already, and Lithuania has refused to accept or dispatch flights that pass over Belarus. You can read more about the forced landing of the plane here.