Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Belarus The journalist’s body has still not been found and serious doubts remainabout the case, despite the conviction this year of several members of theinterior ministry’s special police force. to go further Receive email alerts July 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New enquiry urged on 2nd anniversary of journalist Dmitri Zavadski’s disappearance News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network called today for a new investigation into the disappearance of a young Belarus cameraman, Dmitri Zavadski, in Minsk on 7 July 2000. They noted that his body has still not been found and that serious doubts remained about the case despite the conviction this year of several members of the interior ministry’s Almaz special police, which guards the president.They said they would support all efforts by his family to establish who was responsible for the kidnapping and probable murder of the journalist and repeated their demand for an independent enquiry and the intervention of the Council of Europe.Zavadski was formerly the personal cameraman of President Alexander Lukashenko until 1996, when he resigned from the government-controlled TV station without the agreement of the authorities and joined the Russian station ORT. He was imprisoned for two months with an ORT colleague in 1997 after they reported on gaps in Belarus security along the country’s border with Lithuania.In 2000, they revealed that a former member of the Belarus interior ministry special police, Valery Ignatovitch, was working with independence fighters in Chechnya. Ignatovitch and two other members of the special police were convicted on 14 March this year of murdering five people and being responsible for the journalist’s disappearance. The Belarus authorities said Ignatovitch had killed Zavadski because he had reported his presence in Chechnya.Despite the plausibility of the suspected killer’s motive, many questions remain. A blanket of silence has fallen over the case since September 2000, when Vladimir Naumov, who set up the special police, was named interior minister. The court in Minsk curiously made no effort to look for the journalist’s body or establish the circumstances of his kidnapping and probable murder. No journalist has been able to meet those involved in the case or attend the court hearings. The Zavadski family were only occasionally summoned to give evidence in court. In a statement on 11 June last year, two former Belarus prosecution officials who had fled abroad – including Dmitri Petrushkevitch, who was in charge of the Zavadski case – accused the general prosecutor, Viktor Shayman, and the deputy head of the presidential office, Yuri Sivakov, of setting up a “death squad” in 1996, while they were respectively secretary of the national security council and minister of the interior. They said the squad was first told to eliminate underworld figures and then received more “political” missions. These accusations have never been investigated.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Carolee Carmello will fly second to the right and straight on to Broadway! The Tony nominee will join the previously reported Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and Laura Michelle Kelly in Finding Neverland. She takes on the role of Madame du Maurier, reprising her performance from the American Repertory Theater production earlier this year. The new musical, directed by Diane Paulus, features music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham. Performances begin on March 15, 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Carmello earned Tony nominations for her performances in Parade, Lestat and Scandalous. Her additional Broadway credits include Sister Act, The Addams Family, Mamma Mia!, Urinetown and Kiss Me, Kate. She will also appear in the world premiere of Tuck Everlasting, beginning January 21 at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre.Based on the 2004 film written by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie (Morrison) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kelly). Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. Opening night for Finding Neverland is set for April 15. Laura Michelle Kelly Finding Neverland View Comments Related Shows Star Files
Topics : South Korea’s capital Seoul on Monday mandated the wearing of face masks in both indoor and outdoor public places for the first time, as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases centered in the densely populated city region.In May, Seoul’s government had ordered that face masks be worn on public transport and taxis, but the latest spike in cases has health officials worried that the country may need to impose its highest level of social distancing.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 266 new cases as of midnight on Sunday, a drop from the 397 new infections reported a day earlier but a continuation of more than a week of triple-digit daily increases. In Seoul, people will now be required to wear face masks in public indoor places, as well as crowded outdoor areas, except while eating or drinking, the city announced on Sunday.The national government also extended second-tier social-distancing rules which had been in place in Seoul to other areas of the country, banning in-person church meetings and closing nightclubs, buffets and cyber cafes.Officials say that South Korea is on the brink of a nationwide pandemic as the number of new cases is increasing in all 17 regions across the country.Health authorities say they are considering imposing the toughest stage 3 social-distancing rules, where schools and business are urged to close, if the spread of new cases does not slow soon.