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breaking news here in our state of on the leading russian opposition figure is convicted of embezzlement a court finds the anti-corruption campaign are guilty of a scheme to defraud a state company of half a million dollars. exploiting the chaos of conflict al qaida is said to be drawing up plans for its own islam a state carved out of the ruins of war torn syria's north with control over oil revenue and arms routes. and a competition is launched in britain for the best roadmap to leave the european union following the government's promise to wholly a referendum on whether the u.k. should remain a member. of
the russian capital you're watching r t i'm marina joshie welcome to the program well first our breaking news story this hour a court and the russian city of kirov has found the scene of ali best known for his campaign against official corruption guilty on embezzlement charges the sentence has yet to be announced but prosecutors have been pushing for a six year jail term arches renegotiate those outside the courthouse there and joins us now for more obviates what is the latest from the courthouse what more can you tell us. well the judge is still reading the verdict so far we know that. along with one other person that if instead of have been found guilty of the best lamenting based on testimony from the witnesses they are accused of embezzling more than or around half a million dollars worth of timber from from the state. they are looking at a six year prison term as long as well as
a million rubel fine that's roughly three hundred thousand dollars but we still haven't heard the end of the verdict they could get a suspended or they could get a suspended sentence or they could be actually given a prison term and now in the finally is a rather well known blogger in russia he's made a name for himself by exposing several large scale corruption scandals so the irony of course is that he himself is now being accused of corruption as well he is also running for the post of moscow mayor. but there are some dos santos who believe that this at this this case this trial could actually put a stop to his ambitions through his political ambitions but it doesn't look like that actually because of the russian electoral law which does permit me to take to take part in the maryland actions which are to take place in september his lawyers have already said that they are going to appeal the verdict they have ten days to
officially do that the elections are going to take place in september so you probably will have plenty of time to actually run his campaign and he could possibly be elected also there is still a chance for him to go even further that there is no ruling out the fact that he could eventually at some point run for even for the presidential pose should he choose to do so as it stands right now never only a prominent blogger a prominent blogger he's also the poster boy for the russian opposition who have tried to to i. unite around some sort of a figurehead divided he has served in one way or another as such but he is definitely not the only leader of the opposition whichever means rather disunited he is here with several with the with a group of supporters they are camping out by the court house at the very moment of course their their endeavors have been somewhat hampered by the tarantula downpour
that we've had and curable throughout the night and in the early morning hours but we're still waiting of course for the verdict off the judge everything depends on the final sentence ruling which is yet to be heard the verdict itself is more than one hundred pages long so it could take up to several hours for the judge to finish reading it or i will read it as you just mentioned the sentences being read out at this point and you really briefly mentioned what his defense could possibly do but what other options lie on the table for an evolving there. well he can't i mean he even though he did arrive to court with a large duffel bag today there is still there are still those who believe that he will not be arrested right in the courthouse and probably will walk away a free man from here at the moment again we're still we have to understand what the final sentencing will be that is the mean kaviak at this moment and like i said he can still run for the for the post of moscow off the moscow mayor because of the
peals process could take up to several months for it to be processed and actually could be up filled by the judge so he will be the entire the entire case against them on the included be discarded asked to after a certain period of time so really the outlook isn't that dismal for alexina vilely he definitely has a really good chance of running in the elections that he is on the ballot and there is no way that anybody could take him off the ballots. and whether or not he. actually will serve the prison term remains of course to be seen in the future right for now though we are waiting for the sentence to be read out and think you so much for this obviates even outside the court house in. well stephen cohen professor of russian and slavic studies at new york university explained why in a volley case was always bound to be perceived as political and he is popular
because he has been presented in russia and in the american media as perhaps the major leader. of the bush and political opposition to president bush and because the united states or the american stablish is so empty and has so demonized. that anyone in or even if the americans don't know anything about him would be popular in that he's a highly visible political figure and any trial in the valley in russia is going to be perceived in the west as a political trial that's a reality now we'll be bringing you more opinion of course an analysis on the volley verdict throughout the day here on our team and we also get live updates from the courthouse on our web site which is r t dot com plus don't forget our twitter feed for all the latest on this developing story. right from the
street. first street. and i would think that you're. on our reporters with their. instruments. now syria faces the prospect of terrorist forces gaining overwhelming control over the country's north sources in the free syrian army and leading armed opposition group at the moment claim the international terrorist network al qaida plans to take control over transit routes on the border with turkey the rebel movement was until recently believed to be cooperating closely with al-qaeda but that relationship has been rapidly deteriorating or just going to count investigates.
you imagine okai hiding in some caves in remote mountains not anymore they want their own country they found the land for that it's the part of syria which is on the rebels control we're talking about the northern part of the country so that borders turkey according to an influential arabic newspaper off charcol outside which cite the source of the free syrian army a card if you made it militants intend to accidently assert their control over the territory immediately after ramadan ramadan ends around the ninth of august according to the source of a kite is about to announce an islamic state in syria they were in full control over the weapons coming from turkey and the money coming from oil smuggling in syria's eastern province of their olives or for example a network of tribes and smugglers has exploited the chaos of war to create an illicit oil trade with the reports that the al qaeda link the loose threads which the understanding with the tribes over the division of spoils the all nusra front
has of course used this profits to buy more weapons and pates fighters now apparently they want more they feel powerful enough to want war it takes some of the rebels nervous of course many rebels ordinator their efforts with the all new threat but those who refuse to do that risked their lives recently the all new threat have killed several members of the free syrian army including one member of the western backed supreme military council the territory is controlled by the rebels now all the signs of becoming the all quite a land and in this new on the land you have things like checkpoints where the militants check whether people are fasting more or not locals from near aleppo say they check their songs to keep their fasting and if they are not the militants beat them many syrians are of course deeply saddened by what's becoming of their country . a recap of breaking news story right now for you here in. involving a leading opposition figure and and take blogger has been found guilty of investment by a court in the city of kia off the man's best known for use curse aid. danse
corruption was him self charged with defrauding a state owned timber company half a million dollars when acting as an unpaid adviser to the local governor the sentence is yet to be announced but prosecutors have been pushing for a six year jail term and a million rubles fine the volley became well known in russia and in the west during a wave of anti-government protests in two thousand and eleven two thousand and twelve is currently campaigning for office as moscow mayors and earlier voiced his presidential ambitions. well so i have for you here on r.t. civil rights activists are up in arms over the acquittal of a man accused of murdering an unarmed black teenager in florida later this hour we'll take a look at whether the rolling indicates a rise in racial profiling and. unionist parades in northern ireland open up old wounds as belfast braces for more violent clashes
between catholics and protestants after the break. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear sees some other part of it and realize everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm charged welcome to the big picture. do we speak your language i mean some of the will not advance. news programs and documentaries and spanish more matters to you breaking news a little turn to angle those kids stories. for you here.
in troy spanish to find out more visit. welcome back you what. from moscow a british thing to the institute of economic affairs has promised a large cash prize for who average comes up with the best roadmap for leaving the european union prime minister david cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on britain's future in europe if his party is reelected boy who has a story. picture the scene is the year twenty seventeen and britons have just voted
in favor of exiting the beleaguered european union so the government now needs to implement a road map for how to leave that's what the u.k.'s institute for economic affairs think tank is also going economists to imagine in order to come up with the best to do print for britain's potential exit from the european union it's a competition and the winner who comes up with the best proposal will be awarded one hundred thousand euros want to talk about the challenge i'm joined by dr richard wellings from the institute for economic affairs dr weddings why don't want to the competition now it's four years until the referendum and even so britain's might vote to stay in the european union at that point that's true better mean it is such an important issue that is important that economists start thinking about the consequences of britain potentially leaving the given that there is such a large amount of your sketch system in most british public it is quite plausible that in a few years time britain will be leaving so having him is absolutely essential that
we have some idea of where she's going to go next with a winning strategy be put forward to the government to use in case of a euro exit yes i mean where we're going to publish the winning strategy along with some of the other better entries as well said to be plenty of ideas there for the government to look at and hopefully come out with a very very sound plan now the prize is aimed at looking at the least disruptive way to leave the euro but there are those that say that leaving the euro zone will be detrimental to the case economy no matter how you do it was difficult so obviously i mean there were major upside potentially because the u.k. can then get rid of all this very burdensome e.u. regulation on jobs and climate change and so on all the red tape is suffocating business but obviously this is where we retain very strong free trade links with the rest of europe that's absolutely essential they have great free trade links with europe and the rest of the world will be the key to the u.k. success in the future dump. thank you very much for telling us about the competition now the prize is going to be judged by
a panel that includes former chancellor nigel lawson who recently claimed that the british economy would be better off if britain were outside the european union. london and while britain and the rest of the e.u. feel the grip of stereotyping some well connected individuals are making more money than ever are just financial guru max keiser says a new financial apartheid is a fury with insiders able to cash in while outsiders pay all the costs what's the full show here on r.t. . so basically the bank of england is loaning itself money that actually is called the asset purchase facility lending it money at point five percent interest and then lending it to the government at a higher interest with their guilt but then capturing that spread and giving it to the government to reduce their deficit so. you know if you borrow money from longer
which is a payday lender shop here in the u.k. they charge annual analyze rates of interest of five thousand percent if you're one of these bankers dealing with the bank of england mark carney's new shop then the rate of interest is negative in other words they pay you to take out a loan at one go they charge me five thousand percent at the bank of england they pay me two percent they pay me to borrow money that's the difference though then you have to stop wires or there's a huge wealth and income gap in the u.k. and around the world well because if you're on the inside you get paid to borrow money if you're on the outside of the interest rate apartheid wall then you get charged five thousand percent to borrow money and then you go on the b.b.c. and say when we are going to fred well let me put mckinnon both of them i'm of the got to look at the do the do the dictator things efficient markets here you know i've got that by your post i mean do you think it's a right that would. it's fraud f o r a you do the frog.
now and it's a blower and the word snowden could be looking to settle in russia at least in the medium term the man who exposed america's global surveillance network said he does not rule out applying for a citizenship shortly after filing an official request for temporary asylum president vladimir putin a said he considers russia's relations with the u.s. to be far more important than the snowden case but also stressed that moscow won't cave in to any pressure me while we were in the united states or a dozen organizations have filed a lawsuit against the n.s.a. or its controversial snooping practices are to talk to cynic on legal director for the oh trying frontier foundation one of the groups that initiated the complaint who told us what's standing in the way of justice being served what they've been
able to slow us down with is the argument that it's just all too secret and can't be decided by the courts because of national security and state secrets well not only did they lose in the courts with that argument but now they've admitted the central facts of the program we're talking about so we're hopeful that that will help us move forward with the cases a little more quickly i would point out that trying to change things through the u.s. congress is also a slow process so you know while it's frustrating for those of us who want change neither the courts nor the congress move to take your lovely quickly i think there are many members of congress who are in a situation in which they basically signed off on this and now maybe perhaps feel that they need to defend it rather than taking the steps that i think the american people want which is to stop it. and at our website right now water cannons and tear gas to the point of blindness human rights watch accuses turkey of unlawful use of force against protesters while dispersing mass rallies of gezi park in
a sample more details at r.t. dot com. president obama reinstates the right for police to detain citizens without trial over terrorism charges in the face of harsh criticism online we'll tell you about the campaign to block the ruling. the u.s. government is facing domestic pressure over a controversial court ruling that sparked mass protests will use officer george zimmerman and face second degree murder charges over the killing of unarmed black teenager trayvon martin last year but was found guilty for fassero. from the university of minnesota believes the man's acquittal reflects a deep racial bias within the u.s.
legal system. all the. justice system in this country is racial from the moment of impact police arrest more people. are convicted in greater numbers they serve sentences that are longer and there are greater numbers of people who are in prisons in the united states or given in terms of their population so you already have all that data and this we see as a continuation of. this man has been acquitted so now is the time for our government to hear our voices that's why i live in minneapolis the state of minnesota we will have thousands of people in downtown minnesota in front of a court to share our concerns about these issues now is a look at some other stories from around the world the greek parliament has narrowly and grooved a public sector reform bill to secure at nine billion euros in financial aid
international landers the ruling which will see thousands lose their jobs comes despite large scale and hysterically protests throughout the country the german finance minister is scheduled to visit greece on thursday to discuss a one hundred million euro zone. in egypt thousands of supporters of the ousted president mohamed morsi have taken to the streets of cairo demonstrators denounce the newly formed cabinet branding it illegitimate as it emerged in the wake of a military coup a new government has entirely excluded members of morsi as muslim brotherhood movement the rally follows the visit of a european union's top foreign policy official who urged both sides to cooperate and political process. in northern ireland humanists are planning yet another parade in belfast despite a recent series of street riots the orange order has applied for permission to hold
a march this weekend artists have further reports. well the full no u.s. government peace envoy to northern ireland richard haas bank installment yesterday party moves in ireland tools now first minister peter robinson has said that all party group has been set up with the purpose of seeking an alternative to the parades commission never quit school say going to be looking to bring food a set of recommendations by the end of the year on parades and protests flags and symbols a hugely important issue to new zealand seen blackall with and will be seen by many as the only result parts of the peace process now. often we see days cultural elements really a motivator for the sectarian flare up over the sort that we've seen following on from last friday's july twelfth parade now after that we saw the trade commission's controversial ruling in force by police that then led to very serious writing by
the loyalist marches in moved belfast and there's been really a period of sustained well i think i know the orange order had yesterday applied to the parades commission to have another parade on saturday this coming saturday very near to that contested area now that's been seen by many to be quite a provocative me move some people speaking out say to the orange order hasn't learned any lessons from the violence we see of recent days already moving seventy three stocks is injured more than sixty people arrested more than one hundred homes traded everyone paying that which it has being here these party talks now getting underway can bring an end to violence. well recap the breaking news story here in our. leading opposition figure and blogger has been found guilty of
embezzlement by a court in the city of care of the man best known for his crusade against corruption was himself charged with defrauding a state owned timber company of almost half a million dollars when acting as an unpaid adviser to the local governor the sentence has yet to be announced but prosecutors have been pushing for a six year jail term and a million rubles fine on the volley became well known in russia and in the west during a wave of anti-government protests in a twenty seven twenty twelve and he's currently campaigning for office as moscow's mayor and earlier voiced his presidential ambitions well right now we have a correspondent on standby who is outside the courthouse and she can bring us the latest what have you got for us at this point. the judge is still reading the verdict he can take him up to several hours to finish reading as he gets of course the violin he has been found guilty along with the one other men put it that
said if they are looking at a prison sentence of six years six years in jail plus a fine of about one million rubles that's around three hundred thousand dollars course the sentence is yet to be announced could be suspended or one. again not by any insists he is not guilty the entire case to the. to the verdict or the the guilty verdict so far has been based on the testimonies from a do witnesses violent of course is a very prominent figure in the russian blogosphere a man who is extremely adept at using social media to his advantage a blogger who is named and who has made a name for himself as a person who has exposed several large scale corruption scandals is also one of the leaders of the opposition a very well known in moscow st petersburg other large cities and of course by those who are perusing the internet we have twitter a live journal but studies show that although dividing the violin is
a very popular figure in the large cities he is not so well known in the regions for example people here in care of didn't even hear about the violin till his child has commenced here several months ago that is that is the situation surrounding this entire case of course we do not know exactly what news going to be facing in terms of punishment he is a man who is running for the post of the moscow mayor and he is still going to run for the post he is not going to be taken off the ballot and his lawyers have already said they're going to appeal the verdict they have ten days to do that ah but how long it's going to process the appeal of course is not yet known but there's a very high chance that actually there is one hundred percent chance that there will be one of the contenders for the mayoral post of the russian capital and in fact. he is not altogether kept from from running for any other political post in the future. having said that having said that of course it doesn't mean that he's
going to be running for president in the upcoming elections and time soon. to get to the although the case could be damaging to him a political politically why is this is of course not subtracting anything from his that you can say no to right and russia so. so yes still a lot of still waiting for his verdict and of course once we get it will bring you the latest from absolutely right here i think we're marking up from outside the courthouse yes thanks very much indeed for the subject and as you just said we are closely monitoring this case will be back at the top of the hour was more of dates and the very latest from outside the courthouse and right now though coming up abby martin with the latest edition of breaking the set go away.
if you want to hear something truly baffling the u.s. supreme court has ruled that generic drug makers cannot be sued for bad reactions to their products only the original brand of creators of the drugs can the court's decision was five to four overturning a multimillion dollar award for a woman who was horribly wounded by taking a medication which gave her toxic epidermal necrosis which is basically the equivalent of getting third degree burns all over her body and of course after winning the case of mutual pharmaceutical company is demanding their millions of dollars back from the woman who they naturally blame for having side effects from the medicine they made themselves remember this is not just a ruling about one drug but a ruling about all generic drugs which are eighty percent of the u.s. market all of them will not have any accountability i cannot wrap my head around the logic of only punishing the creator of a product and granting immunity to anyone that later reproduces said product i mean would any sane person say that if you shoot a person with a colt forty five pistol that is a crime but if you use
a copycat call made in mexico to blow your neighbors off well that's ok because it's a generic copy no no sane person would allow generic drug producers to have no liability for their product but that's just my opinion. to live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i sent her i had because you know how fabulous i don't. i mean. that i. really miss. him very closely you. were. quite sick of it. and. what. did you ever seen anything like this until.