PRICE OF LOVE RUNS HIGH FOR ST VALENTINE WITH heart-strewn cards and lavish bouquets lining the shelves of the City’s shops, it seems even the most business-focused of postcodes can’t escape the romantic distractions of St Valentine’s Day. So it’s lucky that bonus season is in full flow, as the VAT hike and inflation combine to push the expected Valentine spend up from £550 to £595 this year. But it appears that rising prices can’t dissuade romantic Brits from splashing out, with long-haul destinations New York and Las Vegas reappearing on the top five Valentine’s 2011 destinations, according to travel website Expedia. For those more focused on purse string than heart strings though, the ever-prudent Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, which has been busy adding up the cost or the romantic day, has a few suggestions for how to cut the cost of romance. Unfortunately The Capitalist can’t imagine many bankers’ wives will be overly impressed with a frozen ready meal and second-hand jewellery – both of which are included in a list of VAT-free tips from the industry body.OWN GOALA record afternoon of scoring in the English premier league usually comes with few repercussions beyond some particularly painful heads come Sunday morning. But for Sporting Index this Saturday’s tally of 41 goals in eight games meant a rather higher price as it notched up a £500m payout. The problem wasn’t so much the volume of goals but the early scoring by top teams – both Arsenal and Manchester City had goal-heavy first halves that left Sporting Index turning out its pockets after 45 minutes. “We knew the writing was on the wall at half-time,” said a spokesman for the firm. If only Arsene Wenger had such foresight…LIFE BEGINS AT 50There were doubtless a few tired souls in the City yesterday in the aftermath of the 50th birthday celebrations of Bob Wigley (right), the former Merrill Lynch banker who chairs Yell, among other posts.Wigley took over the luxury Limewood Hotel in Hampshire, owned by Ineos owner Jim Ratcliffe (a client of his from his Merrill days), and entertained guests including Lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman, “dragon” Peter Jones and Greg Barker, the minister from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The Capitalist is reliably informed that all ages were catered for at the weekend-long festivities, with singer James Morrison of ‘You Give Me Something’ fame (pictured above) performing on Saturday night, and the English Chamber Orchestra providing musical accompaniment. The orchestra even played a Wigley-composed tune, which The Capitalist can’t help hoping might pop up on iTunes.A SHOT AT ROMANCEFor singles in the City, how better to spend the money you’ve saved on chocolates and flowers over the year than by investing it in the search for everlasting love? On Saturday, lonely hearts can enjoy an open bar and a chance of romance at London’s first pre-matched singles ball at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham. To avoid the usual awkward moments, organisers Antipodate are putting attendees in touch with a compatible ‘date’ before the evening. 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National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) 2013 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileNational Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON) manufactures and markets a range of edible salt for industrial use and iodine-fortified kitchen salt for domestic use in Nigeria. By-products from the salt refining process include fine (butter) salt used to make biscuits and confectionary products; and granulated kitchen salt and industrial salt. The company has factories located in Oregun, Apapa and Port Harcourt and installed capacity of 400 000 tonnes per annum for 25-50 kilogram bags of salt and 100 000 tonnes per annum for salt sachets. Salt products for domestic use are marketed under the brand name Annapurna and Dangote. Annapurna is a brand name owned by West Africa Popular Foods (WAPF) as a joint venture between the former NASCON and Unilever Nigeria Plc. The company was established in 1973 and formerly known as National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. National Salt Company Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) 2014 annual report.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Botswana is a leading financial services company in Botswana; operating in the retail, corporate and institutional banking sector. The first branch was opened in 1897 which makes it the oldest financial institution in Botswana. Standard Chartered operates a network of 17 branches and agencies located in the major towns and cities of Botswana, and supported by a Loan Centre and Customer Call Centre. The retail banking division offers a range of transactional products and services, as well as solutions for wealth management and SME banking and lending. The Corporate and Institutional banking division caters for local businesses as well as multi-national corporations; with a product portfolio that includes cash management, trade services, syndications and lending, treasury services, foreign exchange, currency options, government bonds, high-yield deposits and liquidity management products. Standard Chartered Bank is highly respected for its adherence to corporate government standards and its commitment to uplift communities in Botswana through a dedicated community programme.
Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc (DANGSU.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc (DANGSU.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc (DANGSU.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc (DANGSU.ng) 2019 abridged results.Company ProfileDangote Sugar Refineries Plc cultivates and mills sugarcane in Nigeria and produces fortified and non-fortified granulated sugar for household consumption and use in pharmaceutical and food and beverage manufacturing. The fortified product is a fine high quality Vitamin A fortified white granulated sugar which is an all-purpose sugar used for baking and sweetening beverages and food stuff. It is sold under the brand name Dangote Sugar in 50kg, 1kg, 500g and 250g packages. The unfortified product is a specially-processed sugar grade used by pharmaceuticals and food and beverage manufacturing companies. Dangote Sugar Refineries’ subsidiary company, Savannah Sugar Company Limited, cultivates sugarcane for the group and is responsible for the milling process. Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Manika Premsingh | Friday, 27th November, 2020 | More on: INDV “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Why the Indivior share price crashed 30% today. And what I’d do now Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. FTSE 250 pharmaceuticals company Indivior (LSE: INDV) saw a dramatic 30% dip in share price today. This was triggered by news that FTSE 100 company Reckitt Benckiser had filed an over £1bn claim against it. RB was INDV’s parent company before INDV was de-merged in 2014. According to news reports, the claim is linked to this de-merger. While today’s fall has been quite sharp, the Indivior share price has fallen through much of this past week as well, albeit slowly. If the decline had remained muted, it would have been chalked up to market moods. But the claim has clearly added to INDV’s existing woes. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Painful past issues The company, which manufactures drugs for treating opioid usage and mental illnesses like schizophrenia, saw its former CEO, Shaun Thaxter, imprisoned last month for six months. Indivior was charged by US courts of illegally increasing prescriptions for Suboxone Film, which is used to treat addictions. It also has to pay over $600mn in penalties.Interestingly though, despite the embarrassment of the event, Indivior’s share price had been climbing up since the last week of October. It was up 30% from then to start of this week, though all gains have been lost now.Can the Indivior share price continue to rise? The key question now is whether the Indivior share price get past its present challenges and turn out to be a good investment. On the whole, 2020 has been a good year for the company, share price wise. Until January, it was hovering at sub-40p levels. It started rising in February in fits and starts, but by March it was trading firmly above 40p. By the end of July, INDV’s share price had risen 3.5 times. It corrected from there, but still remained above 100p. Until now.I’m not sure how the claim situation will turn out. I’m guessing this story will develop only over time. In the meantime, the company’s fortunes on the stock markets should be determined more by its own performance than anything else. On this count, its third-quarter results released late last month disappointed, with a fall in both revenue and earnings. Moreover, the impetus to defensive shares, like healthcare and pharmaceuticals, provided by the investor rush towards safer stocks now appears to be lost as the market rallies. The upsideNot all is gloomy with INDV, however. The company expects to see some profitability during the year in its guidance. Moreover, with the Covid-19 vaccine development now firmly underway, all companies should see increased demand for their products and services. I don’t think INDV is an exception to that.The takeawayOn balance though, I think its current funk is a tough one to get over. The only other listed company I can think of that has seen some serious charges against the top boss is the luxury brand Ted Baker. 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Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Collierville, TN Tags Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Archbishop of Canterbury Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Archbishop of Canterbury’s message for World Malaria Day Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA [Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, urges governments to continue to invest in malaria programmes in his message for World Malaria Day 2012: “We have already come so far, let’s not lose momentum now.”Dr Williams praises the significant progress that local churches and grassroots organisations have made in the fight against malaria, but cautions that “we cannot afford to let success make us complacent in our efforts to challenge this deadly disease.”The message also highlights the perils of a lack of global funding, which “threatens to undo many of the hard won gains and risks allowing malaria to regain a hold on communities who are close to elimination.”The Archbishop’s full message is below:“The fight against malaria has made significant progress in the last few years. Within the last decade malaria death rates in Africa alone have dropped by one-third with some countries, like Morocco, successfully eliminating the disease altogether.Local churches and other grassroots organisations have been key partners in enabling this progress, alongside a concerted effort from the international community through mechanisms such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.These gains are encouraging, but fragile. Zambia, a country I visited last year, was celebrated as a beacon of success on World Malaria Day in 2009, thanks to its incredible progress in reducing malaria deaths by over 50%. However, the following year, malaria was discovered to be on the rise again in two provinces, a rise linked to a lack of available mosquito nets. Whilst efforts are underway to redress this rise, it serves to underline the fact that that we cannot afford to let success make us complacent in our efforts to challenge this deadly disease.The current gap in global funding needed to fight malaria threatens to undo many of the hard won gains and risks allowing malaria to regain a hold on communities who are close to elimination.On this World Malaria Day I urge governments to continue to invest in malaria programmes to prevent the unnecessary death of millions of vulnerable people. 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Substantial finds of oil and natural gas resources have been under development along the Indian Ocean coast in East Africa in recent years.British exploration corporation Tullow Oil and its Canadian partner, Africa Oil, have “discovered” over 600 million barrels of oil in Kenya. Since 2012, at least eight exploitable and viable oil sources have been recorded.In neighboring Uganda, 6.5 billion barrels of oil deposits have been found since 2008. Tanzania, another East African Community member, harbors about 50.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas resources.The southern African state of Mozambique — not an EAC member — has also discovered natural gas, with reserves estimated at around 200 billion cubic feet. The combined natural gas resources in Tanzania and Mozambique are among the most lucrative in the world.Yet today’s overproduction of oil and natural gas resources has driven down prices on the international market. As a result, states which rely on these strategic energy sources have fallen into economic decline. Although some countries in Africa and other regions are described as being in recession, considering the precipitous drop in currency values and debt accumulation, “depression” may be a more accurate description.In Mozambique, financial speculation centered on these natural resource projects has drawn the attention of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Allegations of impropriety involving financial institutions are providing an opening for further interference in the country’s internal affairs. Mozambique won its independence through a popular revolutionary armed struggle led by the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) against NATO member Portugal in 1975.The Wall Street Journal reported on Dec. 28: “The [SEC] is investigating the sale of $850 million in bonds issued by Mozambique. … The move inserts the U.S. into a widening global investigation of Mozambique’s debt deals, which involved undisclosed loans and military purchases facilitated by [international] banks.”These developments are taking place amid a recrudescence in the counterrevolutionary war waged by the so-called Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO). This organization grew out of the Portuguese intelligence agency’s counterinsurgency operations aimed at undermining the national liberation struggle which was committed to socialist development in Mozambique. RENAMO was funded and trained by the then settler-colonial regime of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). After Ian Smith’s Rhodesia fell in 1980, South Africa’s apartheid regime took over RENAMO’s operations. The group sought to destroy Mozambique’s newly liberated state led by the late President Samora Machel.FRELIMO leader Machel was killed in a plane crash in 1986. Reports suggested the plane was brought down during South African military operations against the encroaching liberation movement of the African National Congress.RENAMO claims it is fighting for a greater say in Mozambique’s political structures, yet it has operated as a political party since a ceasefire was signed with the FRELIMO government in the early 1990s. The renewed hostilities raise concerns about the future economic and social well-being of the country, a leading member of the regional Southern African Development Community.Angola: Which way out of the oil crisis? The Republic of Angola, another former Portuguese colony, won its independence through armed struggle from 1961 to 1975. Its independence was threatened by interventions by the U.S. and the apartheid regime’s South African Defense Forces from 1975 to 1988. Hundreds of thousands of Cuban internationalist volunteers secured the country’s liberation by 1989. This led to freedom for Namibia, a former German colony, and later the downfall of the settler-colonial regime in South Africa.Angola has been impacted by the petroleum crisis as its revenue largely depends on oil exports. The country has been the first- or second-largest oil producer in Africa. The ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola remains the dominant political force there.A Jan. 2 Wall Street Journal article emphasizes the impact of the drop in oil prices on Angola. During this decade’s early years, economic growth was so vibrant that the government even loaned money to its former colonial master, staving off a potential collapse in Portugal. The Journal said gated communities built for a middle class “that never materialized” are mostly empty, and the foreign elite left when the oil-price boom went bust in 2014. Stores “struggle to stock their shelves, as a free-falling local currency and dollar shortages batter imports.”This report discusses the Angolan government’s travails in seeking a way out of this crisis: “The International Monetary Fund expects that Angola’s economy will have zero growth in 2016 … a disaster for a country whose population of 26 million is growing by 3.2% annually. [The IMF estimates] government debt has jumped to 78% of gross domestic product, from just 41% when oil prices plummeted in 2014.”Analysts warn about its ability to repay its debts. Since the government abandoned bailout negotiations with the IMF in July, “the central bank has used 18% of its foreign-currency reserves to keep some imports flowing into the country.” Investors warn reserves will run out “if spending continues at this pace.”Pan-Africanism, socialism and the global crisisAlthough there appeared to be a renaissance in African political economy during a supposed “recovery” from the Great Recession in the imperialist states of Western Europe and North America from 2007 to 2010, this growth in regional business activity is proving to be unsustainable. From Egypt and Nigeria to South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the postcolonial nation-states are at a crossroads.The prospects for foreign direct investment in natural resource development markets have reached a breaking point due to overproduction of oil and gas. The U.S. has pursued a concerted strategy to curtail imports of oil and natural gas — and to utilize domestic production through hydraulic fracking, shale technology and offshore drilling. The ostensible “recovery” in the U.S. has been mostly untenable since it is largely based on stock market speculation, tax cuts for the super-rich and the normalization of low-wage employment.There is a dire need in Africa for continental integration based on socialist planning. The merging of economic projects and political unity provides the only real solution for the perpetual ebbs and flows of global capitalist economic viability.With the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, the Pentagon and intelligence apparatus are mounting pressure to continue the renewed Cold War against the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. Such a policy will have profoundly negative consequences for the African continent.Fostering socialist development in Africa would require the mass mobilization and organization of the youth, workers and farmers. It would necessitate the disruption of dependence on foreign direct investment as the primary mode of economic growth. The emphasis must be placed on political education with the objective of creating a unified continent under socialist relations of production.Moreover, the collaboration between the imperialist states and the U.S. Africa Command should be halted. These military joint ventures have further destabilized the continent in Mali, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and elsewhere.A continental military force should be independent of the imperialist states. As Dr. Kwame Nkrumah said over 50 years ago, the creation of an All-African High Command would serve as a defense against neocolonialist intervention — and not a gateway for its proliferation.2017 will be an important year for the African continent. It is up to youth, workers, popular movements and governmental leaders to decide on the correct path to revolutionary liberation and unification.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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Follow the news on Maldives RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates April 23, 2018 Find out more News News News Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage today at Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s action in cutting the entire country off from the Internet in the wake of demonstrations against his regime over the past two days.”This grave and irresponsible step is unprecedented anywhere in the world and President Gayoom has embarked on a spiral of repression that is extremely worrying,” it said, calling on the international community to urgently press for a halt to the crackdown and for the release of three detained journalists of the e-mailed newsletter Sandhaanu who have vanished since the protests. The British-owned telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless, which handles local Internet access, confirmed the government had cut off all Internet connections. About 90 people, including members of parliament, are thought to have been arrested after the demonstration.______________________________13.08.2004 – Police attack protesters calling for release of jailed cyber-dissidentsReporters Without Borders expressed disgust at today’s violent break-up by Maldives police of a demonstration by several thousand people calling for the release of political prisoners, including three cyber-dissidents of the e-mailed newsletter Sandhaanu. “Crushing this demonstration contravenes all the promises made by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom since June to set up a democratic and transparent political system,” it said. “We demand that the government ends such repression at once, does not prosecute any of the protesters and frees opposition figure Naushad Waheed and the Sandhaanu cyber-dissidents.”Police attacked the protesters with truncheons and iron bars after President Gayoom announced that the organisers had been identified and would be punished. Many demonstrators were arrested, a state of emergency declared and a curfew imposed. Waheed and the cyber-dissidents then disappeared.The protest had begun late on 12 August in the capital, Male, in response to the arrest in the previous days of five political dissidents, the best-known of whom, Mohamed “Fulu” Yusuf , was released soon after the demonstration started.Some of the protesters went to the homes of Waheed (detained in December 2001) and the three cyber-dissidents – Mohamed Zaki, Ahmad Didi and Fathimath Nisreen – who were picked up in January 2002. All four, who were released into house arrest several months ago, went to the demonstration, which was staged in front of the National Security Service headquarters, and addressed the crowd.A leaflet was handed out criticising the lack of press freedom in the country and quoting Reporters Without Borders, which has put President Gayoom on its worldwide list of “predators of press freedom.” The protesters also called on Gayoom to resign.The British-based human rights group Friends of Maldives said state security agents had gone to the offices of the state-owned TV Maldives and the radio station Voice of Maldives to supervise reporting of the events. MaldivesAsia – Pacific RSF_en Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage today at Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s action in cutting the entire country off from the Internet in the wake of demonstrations against his regime over the past two days. “This grave and irresponsible step is unprecedented anywhere in the world and President Gayoom has embarked on a spiral of repression that is extremely worrying,” it said News Receive email alerts Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist July 15, 2020 Find out more September 12, 2018 Find out more to go further August 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Gayoom cuts off Internet links with outside world Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers MaldivesAsia – Pacific
RSF_en Citing the examination of “classified” material evidence, the presiding judge barred the press and public from yesterday’s hearing in the trial of four men for journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder. The Moscow military court also heard evidence from a witness who is under police protection.The Ria Novosti news agency quoted Politkovskaya family lawyer Anna Stavitskaya as saying the witness testified that one of the accused, former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, had told him that he had gathered information about Politkovskaya.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the repeated closed-door sessions in this case. “Judge Yevgeni Zubov’s decision to continue the trial behind closed doors has increased our concern about transparency. It prevents journalists and public from being able to evaluate the arguments, testimony and evidence presented in court.”On 17 November, the judge had ruled in favour of allowing the press and public to attend the trial. But they were excluded two days later, only to be allowed back in again when the trial finally resumed on 25 November.Today’s hearing also began behind closed doors, but the press and public were allowed back into the courtroom in the afternoon, when Sergei Sokolov, the editor of Politkovskaya’s newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, testified. He said one of the four defendants, Dzhabrail Makhmudov, was a Federal Security Service agent.The next hearing has been set for 9 November. Receive email alerts Yevgeni Zubov, the presiding judge at the Moscow trial of four men accused of journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, today dismissed one of the jurors for repeated absences, replacing her with a substitute juror. She is the second juror to be removed, following Yevgeni Kolesov who was replaced at his own request last month. The jury now consists of 12 full members and six substitutes.Judge Zubov ordered the press and public barred from today’s hearing on the grounds that several of the witnesses due to testify were members of the security forces, including the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB. The first witness, Vadim Zubov, was a colleague of one of the defendants, Pavel Ryaguzov, an FSB lieutenant colonel who is alleged to have given Politkovskaya’s address to the hit-men who shot her. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Organisation Help by sharing this information Since 19 November, it’s the third time that the trial of four men for journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder is closed to the press. This time, one of the juror has been dismissed, because of her repeated absences. BelarusEurope – Central Asia December 18, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge bars press from Politkovskaya murder trial, replaces juror Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more News ————————————————————–05.12.08Politkovskaya murder trial resumes behind closed doors, then press and public allowed back in to go further News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out more News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 27, 2021 Find out more