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why you should. only. half a million dollars worth of fraud and embezzlement sees russian anti-corruption blogger alex in a ball may get five years behind bars but an appeal is expected imminently. exploiting the conflict chaos reportedly announces plans to create its own state in syria using land captured by the opposition and seizing its money and weapons. and there's money to be made up by getting britain out of the e.u. we report on how one thing tank plans a roadmap award ahead of a proposed referendum. thanks for tuning in this evening i'm here watching. well and our top story now
russian anti-corruption blogger alex a not only has been handed five years in jail for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a standard rise now he was immediately arrested after the verdict and led from the dock in handcuffs. in central moscow with reaction to the ruling. let us know what are you hearing from the volley supporters who certainly has a large following at least here in moscow what are we expecting in terms of how they'll respond to the verdict. or the news about no one is verdict exploded. people are posting. supporters are calling for. going on with twenty other cities and when they did the same in his twitter account the rallies not been authorized by officials but they are scheduled around one of them is supposed to be held in central moscow on mine yours. square where we are now right next to the kremlin
right now obviously there's heavy security here right now lots of journalists but no clearly seen supporters if not wildly at the mormons mostly just spectators and tourists walking by so far the situation is. while nothing is happening right now in terms of any protest but already up to all over ten thousand people confirmed in groups in various social media that they are planning to take to the streets later tonight so we'll see how the events are going to develop and of course we'll bring you the latest details and these are certainly a controversial case can you give us some more details about how this whole trial played out and what led to the guilty verdict. alexina why only initially is known for his online anti corruption projects and now he was found guilty of organizing a criminal scheme to steal around half a million dollars' worth of timber from
a seed company back from the times when he was a volunteer aides to the governor of cuba frege and this is the biggest irony in this whole story throughout the whole the whole court process and especially during the time that it took for the judge to read the verdict and he seemed to be. comfortable sort of he did say before that it wouldn't come to him as a surprise if you was found guilty and if he would receive a real jail sentence as he did the five years behind bars and actually he even made some humorous tweets about the judge and how the court process went on while the verdict was still being read out he himself denies all the accusations saying that the case is purely political and because of the interruption activities and criticism off the authorities she is expected to file an appeal against the judge judge's decision and his lawyers have ten days to do so. well i know you mentioned
that he is expected to file an appeal but do we have any more details on what's expected next for him and his defense team. right. now. what do we expect in terms of what else has his defense team might be doing next. well first of all the main goal for them now is to appeal the verdict because he was planning to take part in the upcoming election in moscow before that he didn't hide his ambitions and possibly even running for president when the time comes but if they're not going to be able to successfully appeal the verdict then basically it's going to put a cross on his future political career and he's a very controversial figure already like i said he did gain his first supporters from his online anticorruption projects but he gained even more popularity during the wave of mass protests which started two years ago following the parliamentary
election and. even though there is no unified opposition force she is surely considered to be one of the leaders of the movement but if general will look at and his popularity on the scale of the whole country of roughly one hundred forty million russian citizens then according to a recent poll conducted by a center his popularity is much much lower than the online community and consists of maybe one or two percent since around ten percent of their response even full discriminant case but still he is quite popular among the online community and like i said over ten thousand people confirm that they're planning to take part in this rally due to state due to start in around an hour on where and of course we'll be checking back with you to see how that online proport will translate our weather well into actual street protests keeping us up today from the national pleasure thank you for that. social researcher marks the voter from moscow state university
says the foreign press rarely mentions mr nepalis hardline nationalist past. i think that russia are actually paying attention to some of the particulars of the case and they are familiar with and of all me is a political figure in quite a different way than he has conceived of in the west and the west and of all the is is presented as a poster boy for a liberal opposition. and he's commonly referred to as the most popular leader of the liberal opposition and a potential threat to president for the facts on the ground really don't lay this out russians really aren't that interested in in the hype the brand of politics that he's selling them and that's because what is often on presented in the west is not only holds what could be considered in the west as quite extreme ethnic nationalist racist xeno phobic views of what is could be considered an extreme
rights including gun rights advocacy and the like. meanwhile political analyst eric mcdowell believes that it is important for mr nepali to do whatever it takes to continue his political activities even while behind bars if and of all these to remain effective as a martyr in prison he's going to need some way to keep organizing people to communicating to his movement otherwise it will wither on the vine this is been ever since the killer for this case was brought against them is that if you want to come to hard and you put him in prison he becomes a martyr but if he manages to beat the system and remain on the streets then he's a hero so it's a question of you know which of these two options do you want to deal with which is less threatening. well earlier i spoke with r.t. contributor offshore tongues he has been gauging the reaction to the sentencing outside of russia. the b.b.c. that is the state run british broadcasting corporation calls it russia's mandela
and they've been running stories all day just previously you know bill keller the executive editor of the new york times used to this man you know novell me you already outlined his nationalist views here in this country we have laws against incitement to actually sell it as an incitement to near knox ism which of course this man has flirted with repeatedly weiqi leaks they say of a document not to be declassified till two thousand and eighteen that receipt of only was actively talking with american diplomatic officials off the record and giving information to them over here if someone was running for the mayor of london that would be the big story but certainly the wider international media and the media here in britain presents this as the greatest russian the greatest leader world leader since nelson mandela. of course will bring in more opinion as well as analysis on the case throughout the day and there's also more developments about
the protests dot com as well as on our twitter feeds to do log on to check that out . right street. first street. and i would think that you're. on the record with. northern syria could be facing the prospect of becoming a terrorist state within a state now sources within the free syrian army which is the major rebel group claims that al qaeda plans to declare islamic rule over territory near the border with turkey until recently the opposition was believed to be cooperating with extremist groups in its fight against president bashar al assad but there are now signs that that relationship could be souring more now from our teams going to japan. you imagine all kinds of hiding in some remote mountains not
anymore they want their own country they found the land it's the part of syria which is under the rebels control we're talking about the northern part of the country that borders turkey according to an influential arabic newspaper off charcol outside which cite the source of the free syrian army a kind of feel limited militants intent to accidently assert their control over the territory immediately after ramadan ramadan and around the ninth of august according to the source of a kind is about to announce an islamic state in syria they want 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 has reached an understanding with the tribes over the division of spoils the almost has of course used those profits to buy more weapons and pates fighters now apparently they want
more they feel powerful enough to want more it makes some of the rebels nervous of course many rebels ordinator their efforts with the all new threat but those who refuse to do that risk their lives recently they all nusra have killed several members of the free syrian army including one member of the western backed supreme military council the territories controlled by the rebels now all the signs of becoming the old the land and in this new all 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. many syrians are of course deeply saddened by what's becoming of their country. earlier i interviewed free syrian army spokesman for three on the situation he believes that part of a foreign backed plot to weaken and separate the country. dividing syria into parts is now being spoken about a lot lately by many sides there's
a hezbollah presence in croisset and holmes which is also trying to separate syria and the announcement of the islamic state in the middle east to be a stablish talked around it will only help the syrian regime going to try and take attention away from the coming of damascus and the other factors the region is limited to terrorists and whatever supported by some regional states and to do nation building in the world. we're asking one military and financial support in the future. of the free syrian army doesn't get the ol what is an international will to make syria weak serious unity is on the right. riot police try to get the upper hand over protesters in northern ireland their arrests continue as politicians put their heads together to try to find ways to head off parade season violence next year of the details on this story in just a few minutes also coming up for you in the most starcraft last against the obama government's surveillance program congress warns that it may entirely will evoke
the president's power to spy on all sail on american citizens do stay with us for more details on that story. some of these traditional chili lines they've been bred into bill passed down from generation. this is a total destruction of the culture of mexico by telling them i mean this is not going to impact asylum in mexico whatever happens here. we're eating out about it in the in the. you know ordinance that works. why do you think this country is full of obese and sick people because we have a crappy food system.
right simply first trip. and i think you're. on the record with. a large cash prizes awaiting anyone who can come up with a winning blueprint for britain's exit from the european union the u.k. think tank behind the offer plans on pitch against the government should britain hold a referendum on his playboy call takes up the story. picture of the scene is the year twenty seventeen and britons have just very to in favor of exiting the beleaguered european union said 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 economists who imagine in order to come up with the best blueprint 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 well to talk about the challenge i'm joined by dr richard wellings from the institute for economic affairs dr weddings why i don't want to the competition now it's four years until the referendum and even so britain is might vote to stay in the european union at that point that's true but i 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's such a large amount of your skepticism of most british public it is quite plausible that in a few years time which you will be leaving so i mean is absolutely essential that we have some idea of where britain is going to go with the 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's low cards 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 economy no matter how you do it 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 the key to this is whether we retain very strong free trade links with the rest of europe that's absolutely essential that we have great free trade links with europe and the rest of the world will be the key to success in the future dr welling's thank you very. as for telling us about the competition now the prize is going to be judged by a panel that includes four much. who recently claimed that the british economy would be better off if britain were outside the european union. london
well prime minister cameron's motives for proposing a referendum closely tied to political success have certainly drawn questions from the onset on our website you can log on and tell us what you think had led the tories to call for the votes let's check out how the numbers have broken down so far as you can see right here nearly half of you this is up from the previous hour believe that britain is trying to get out before the e.u. essentially collapses on itself a slightly smaller percentage in the purple believe that the referendum is simply being used to distract the public here in the orange the u.k. wants freedom from tired of all that pressure from brussels and a slightly smaller percentage in the green think that this is simply all for the benefit of the british economy so it's not too late to log onto our web site r t dot com cast a ballot and have your say all right meanwhile for the average european citizen the forecast is more austerity of unemployment and belt tightening but of course it is
an entirely different story for the banks now at sixteen thirty g.m.t. max kaiser well explained that unlike you and i they get paid to take out loans you know if you borrow money from wonga which is a payday lender shop here in the u.k. they charge annual analyze rates of interest of five 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 another word they pay you to take out a loan if i go to the bank of england and i was one of these banks and i borrowed a million dollars i borrowed a million dollars it wouldn't cost me any interest rate of all at all 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 does any aspect of wires or those huge wall think of 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 this interest rate apartheid wall then you get
charged five thousand percent to borrow money is it any wonder the entire world is up rising. the u.s. congress has given the intelligence community and ultimatum scale back the mass surveillance or lose power entirely if this happened at a house judiciary committee hearing or across party lawmakers have demanded a greater accountability although some doubt that they will make good on that threat among those is cindy coaches the legal director for the electronic frontier foundation which is one of the groups challenging the n.s.a. surveillance program. 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 secret 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 moved 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 did to defend it rather than taking the steps that i think the american people want which is to stop it just by getting some fierce flak for his global surveillance president obama is bringing back some bush era intensity in the white house is reinstating the right for police to detain citizens but out trial over terrorism charges despite harsh criticism online we'll tell you what's next for those trying to block that ruling. and while you're on our web site you can also find striking images over rolling at mass protests in egypt by supporters of the deposed president mohamed morsi and their online for you r.t.
dot com. authorities in northern ireland are set to rule on whether loyalists can march through the nationalist area of belfast where riots first broke out six nights ago now the major political players there will now have to meet to thrash out how the recurring violence can be stemmed in the future artists are further has more details. well the former u.s. government peace envoy to northern ireland richard haas bank installment yesterday party move 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 for also you going to be looking to bring forward a set of recommendations by the end of the year on parades and protests flags and symbols a hugely important issue in northern ireland blackall with and really seen by many as the only result parts of the peace process now all too 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 parade commission's controversial ruling in full by police that then led to very serious rioting 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 saying to the orange order haven't learned any lessons from the violence we see of recent days already moving seventy police officers injured more than sixty people arrested more than one hundred bombs
thrown at everyone playing that which it has being here these party talks now getting underway can bring an end to the violence christian science monitor our own correspondent jason walsh says that despite a relative lull in the violence local authorities weren't prepared for just how long it would go on for. if you. were. what i think we were. we're. going on. a bit of a little. book we were. going through i think you are. richard prince the brits. it's your order surely don't read more some of.
the. story we. want more people want to know who you are more. right folks time for a quick world update and we begin in greece where the greek parliament has now really approve a public sector reform bill that will force thousands of people out of work the ruling is despite a large scale anti-static protest to out the country but it is needed to secure a nine billion euro zone financial aid for international lenders the german finance minister is scheduled to visit greece on thursday to discuss deep financial woes. in afghanistan eight people have been shot dead on their way to work at a us military base in a province just south of kabul now the men aged between fifteen and twenty five were forced out of the van that they were traveling in before being executed it is unknown who carried out the attack but local authorities suspect the taliban is to blame. schools across south africa have celebrated the ninety
fifth birthday of nelson mandela the country's first democratically elected president has now been in the hospital for almost six weeks fighting along infection although his condition is said to be steadily improving the iconic leaders health has left the nation anxious. well we're all taught not to play with our food but not everyone's taken that advice stay with us we have some stories coming up right ahead of. 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 branded 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 neutral 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 per store that is a crime but if you use a copycat call made in mexico to blow your neighbor's it 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. controlling the seeds is not some abstraction whoever provides the world seeds controls the world's food supply arlington steel vanity fair. for the first time corporations are patenting products that are self replicating uncontrollable and irretrievable. genetically engineered pollen carried by wind insects bacteria viruses and humans
has inadvertently traveled the globe. scientists in laboratories and corporate spokespeople would have americans believe that pollen from flowering plants in the open environment can be controlled farmers hay fever sufferers and anyone who observes the chaotic natural world would disagree tonight a look into the world of genetically modified organisms through the lens of new mexico's iconic chili peppers. at the plant genetic engineering laboratory on the campus of new mexico state university in los crucis scientists are developing a genetically engineered chili pepper. genetically engineering the new mexico chili pepper has stirred controversy because it is a cultural heirloom and defines new mexican cuisine this is what the mexico is known for and this is what makes this unique i mean this is this is threatening
this is very threatening to our stars there are. well. the seeds are sacred some of these traditional chili lines they've been bred and developed and passed down from generations here in new mexico or where we interface with nature we interface with traditional culture we have a different experience and a lot of it is reverence all of the social and economic and marketing ramifications impacts on the environment impacts on potential use of herbicides. impacts on the farmers in the southern part of the state the organic farmers as well as farmers in the northern part of the state i think all those questions should be investigated before we embark on spending a lot of money developing this plant new mexican cuisine from internationally recognized restaurants to the lowliest taco truck is defined by chile the only important.