Leaked Audio Reveals Alleged Secret Session to Rig Russia Election Results – Novaya Gazeta

A leaked audio recording published by the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Thursday has revealed alleged efforts to coordinate “falsification” of votes in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday announced it has launched a rapid-response inquiry into the recording. According to Novaya Gazeta, the recording was made by an unnamed participant in a trainingContinue reading “Leaked Audio Reveals Alleged Secret Session to Rig Russia Election Results – Novaya Gazeta”

Russia to send arms, ‘maybe even S-400s’, to Belarus: Lukashenko

The authoritarian leader’s comments come before large joint military exercises later this month. Russia will soon deliver a huge military hardware consignment to Belarus, including aircraft, helicopters and air defence systems, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the Belta state news agency. The delivery is likely to be interpreted asContinue reading “Russia to send arms, ‘maybe even S-400s’, to Belarus: Lukashenko”

Texas House speaker Dade Phelan bans word ‘racism’ during debate over elections bill

Outbursts and questions about racism along with claims of voter suppression filled the Texas House chamber Thursday as lawmakers debated the controversial election integrity bill. DEBATE AND VOTING RETURNS TO THE TEXAS HOUSE FLOOR In mid-July, several House Democratic members broke quorum and left Texas. Enough members returned last week to allow for a quorum.Continue reading “Texas House speaker Dade Phelan bans word ‘racism’ during debate over elections bill”

Texas GOP Say Don’t Call Them Racist As They Pass Voter Suppression Bill

The bill, which would add new restrictions to voting in Texas, is on the verge of becoming law. Texas Republicans asked their Democratic colleagues to please not call them racist on Thursday—then pushed forward a voting suppression bill aimed squarely at making it harder for Black and Hispanic urban voters to cast their ballots. “TheContinue reading “Texas GOP Say Don’t Call Them Racist As They Pass Voter Suppression Bill”

Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime

Pilfered data includes lists of alleged police informants and information on government spies. Opponents of the Belarus government said they have pulled off an audacious hack that has compromised dozens of police and interior ministry databases as part of a broad effort to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. The Belarusian Cyber Partisans, as the hackers call themselves,Continue reading “Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime”

EU condemns Belarus for ‘direct attack’ using migrants

The European Union on Wednesday condemned what it called Belarus’s “aggressive behavior” in organizing illegal border crossings with migrants into Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with the aim of destabilizing the 27-nation bloc. So far this year, more than 4,100 asylum-seekers, most of them from Iraq, have illegally crossed from Belarus into Lithuania. That’s 50 timesContinue reading “EU condemns Belarus for ‘direct attack’ using migrants”

Russia: Kremlin calls independent vote monitor ‘foreign agent’

The election monitoring group Golos has been added to a list of organizations with foreign backers. The move comes a month before Russia’s parliamentary vote. Russia’s justice ministry placed the independent election monitoring group Golos on a list of “foreign agents” on Wednesday, a month before Russians head to the polls. The decision is likelyContinue reading “Russia: Kremlin calls independent vote monitor ‘foreign agent’”

Belarus regime steps up ‘purge’ of activists and media

Alexander Lukashenko leading ‘vicious operation to eviscerate critical voices’ and civil society, rights groups warn Aleysa Ivanova wakes up each morning wondering when the knock on her door will come. “You understand you can be next. Every day I wake up, I think ‘maybe it’ll be tomorrow, maybe today. Maybe they’ll come for me thisContinue reading “Belarus regime steps up ‘purge’ of activists and media”

Republicans weigh ‘cracking’ cities to doom Democrats

GOP officials from D.C. and the states are debating how aggressively to break up red-state cities to maximize the party’s advantage in redistricting. Kentucky’s GOP congressional delegation entered the redistricting cycle with an unusual request for their state legislative counterparts: leave Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth alone. The group, which includes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,Continue reading “Republicans weigh ‘cracking’ cities to doom Democrats”

EU agrees on increased sanctions against Belarus

EU foreign ministers gathering in Luxembourg have approved a set of tougher sanctions targeting sectors that will impact the Belarusian regime, according to diplomats. European Union foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday increased the pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko by approving tougher sanctions on entities supporting his regime, diplomats said. The agreement, struck at a meeting in Luxembourg,Continue reading “EU agrees on increased sanctions against Belarus”

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