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Stalin’s Doctor’s Plot: The Paranoid Conspiracy against the Soviet Jews – The Cold War

Our historical documentary series on the history of the Cold War continues with an animated video on the Doctor’s Plot – as the Soviet leader Stalin suddenly decides that there is a plot of Jewish Doctors against him and starts persecuting them.

Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps

A YouTube video of Xinjiang detention facilities has rekindled concern over China’s crackdown on ethnic minorities. Researchers say the videos offer new evidence, but many fear for the vlogger’s safety. A 20-minute video featuring more than a dozen detention facilities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has offered fresh evidence and renewed the discussion around China’s large-scaleContinue reading “Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps”

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BBC journalists walk out of press conference in Belarus after detained blogger brought out

Two BBC correspondents walked out of a Belarusian press conference Monday after officials produced detained journalist Roman Protasevich to discuss last month’s forced landing of the commercial airliner he was on. “We have just walked out,” tweeted BBC Ukrainian correspondent Jonah Fisher. “Not taking part when he is clearly there under duress.” “We have walked out fromContinue reading “BBC journalists walk out of press conference in Belarus after detained blogger brought out”

Belarusian opposition activist slits throat in court, citing threats to family

Stepan Latypov was facing trial for organising opposition to Alexander Lukashenko A court was readying itself for another display of dubious justice, Belarusian style, when defendant and opposition activist Stepan Latypov rose from the dock, took off his mask, drew a sharp object – apparently a pen – and buried it deep into his throat. In the moments beforehand, MrContinue reading “Belarusian opposition activist slits throat in court, citing threats to family”

‘Bomb Threat’ That Justified Belarus Hijacking Came 24 Minutes After

An exclusively obtained record shows that the Ryanair ‘Hamas bomb’ email—which the Belarus president said prompted the jet landing—was sent after the crew was told of a ‘threat.’ The Daily Beast, in collaboration with the Dossier Center, has exclusively obtained the original bomb threat email Alexander Lukashenko now claims was sent by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, allegedlyContinue reading “‘Bomb Threat’ That Justified Belarus Hijacking Came 24 Minutes After”

Girlfriend of Belarusian blogger ‘confesses’ in video, opposition cries foul

The girlfriend of a Belarusian blogger detained with him on Sunday after a plane they were travelling on was forced to land in Belarus appeared in a video on Tuesday evening in which she made a confession that the opposition said looked forced. Speaking fast and looking uncomfortable, Sofia Sapega, a Russian citizen and theContinue reading “Girlfriend of Belarusian blogger ‘confesses’ in video, opposition cries foul”