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balancing on the brink of a breakdown cyprus again weighs a levy on large bank deposits as it struggles to satisfy the e.u. to get a rescue package out of monday's deadline. british police investigate the death of russian oligarch boris berezovsky who was found dead it is home after reportedly losing much of his money in recent years. no trial no food the guantanamo hunger strike enters its forty seventh day with lawyers reason for answers that they're denied access to their inmates says prison as prison officials play down the scale of the protests. and among the week's main news when beijing's seal a powerful partnership agreement to double loyal supplies to china as the new president visits russia on his first official overseas engagement.
eight am in moscow i'm at treasure bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news here on our t.v. that clock is ticking for cyprus it's only until monday to gather the monied to secure a vital bailout and in your magic turnabout the government decided it will try and dip into people's bank accounts those with deposits of more than one hundred thousand euros in the island's biggest bank the controversial move has still to be signed off by parliament and the troika of creditors as are the steps are silly reports the mood in cyprus is one of panic and frustration. a week ago d u a group of the i.m.f. in brussels hammered out a bailout plan for psychoses the banking sector ten billion euros was the offer on
one condition cyprus puts up five point eight billion euros how by imposing a one time levy of up to nine point nine percent on all bank deposits if not the day you will see a limit as to why some protesters just outside the parliament simply of politicians voted a resounding no effective say no to the troika found to ten billion euros the island quickly turned to moscow it's believed that in russian businesses and wealthy individuals account for most of the foreign money is invested country but russia said it would not help cyprus out before it makes a deal. in the end cypriot officials made a u. turn and are now bending over backwards trying to seal that original bailout from want to put together a package pleasing enough to the point they've agreed on imposing a twenty percent levy on deposits above one hundred thousand euros in the back of cyprus and four percent for big deposits and other banks while also passing bills
to impose capital controls on banks creating a solidarity fund and restructure its the banks of this produced a fresh wave of anger spilling over to the streets. all during that week of dramatic political and economic maneuvering citizens were already on an emotional rollercoaster panic cypriots rushed to a.t.m. sick trying to get their money out of the bank and some left empty handed as machines run out of cash. recipients stick to the streets shocked at work the last felt was really a particular u. turn trying to rethink the site of the year in. protesters condemned the so-called troika the european central bank you commission and the i.m.f. for the first time to be hers and strew with the. demands a red line have the next one these are all lying about this particular instance is that the european union the euro zone have taken a step forward beyond their previous policy where they always said individuals will
not be harmed we will not take money out of the most of pensioners and actually they've done that but what we see is that if you are a big member then you will be left alone and you will be bailouts and if you are a small member you will be bullied and arrest to further complicate matters banks of the country will remain closed until next week and the european central bank had given an ultimatum if there's no deal with the troika by monday the twenty fifth emergency liquidity funding will be cut off causing another round of panic as citizens fear the worst trying to get hold of whatever cash they could frustration mounts most conversations now are about nothing else but the predicament they're countries in is quote spoke of the time. what are you going to go with more of. your way to support from you but there are reasons. to be able to.
say you. know do you still there are you know what everybody has for company next cup and now they will be a little before people see your cupboards and whatever they could they don't think twice about joining the crowd. over time is associated with the to close. with the people you see page turning into one city i think those are. all over the past few days maybe cypriots have been telling me that they've seen or read about the impact of the economic crisis on the people of maine for increase but it's not a really felt feel to them well not until the past week or so. cyprus is president and treasury chief who will be in brussels on sunday to meet the euro group and the i.m.f. to see if the numbers add up so they can get final approval for their plan european parliament member nigel farage says the e.u. leaders are pushing to raid people's bank deposits is unprecedented theft from
those desperate to keep the euro float no matter what. cyprus is now the fifth country out of seventeen that's needed to be bailed out and that is why the germans extracted the terms that they did but i must say even in my diaries predictions in this parliament over the years about the way the e.u. bosses were behaving never did i think that they would in a completely unprecedented manner resort to stealing money from people's bank accounts and they know that once one country goes the whole deck of cards will come tumbling down and countries like germany will realize absolutely vast losses possibly as much as one trillion euros so so they are prepared now to do anything literally anything to try to keep the euro afloat and that is why they've now resorted as i say to what can only be described as theft and now they've done it in
one country they're quite capable of doing it in italy spain portugal or anywhere else but the message that sends to people who've got savings in banks in those countries certainly if i was there is get your money out don't invest in the eurozone do not invest anywhere in the euro zone you've got to be mad to do so because it's now run by people who don't respect democracy they are propping up a euro zone which in the end is going to collapse in disastrous failure are they are prepared to do anything to do so i think that this decision this german dominated and led decision is the worst decision we've seen so far in this whole eurozone crisis. so finance minister was in moscow this week in search of a rescue deal but returned home empty handed as russian investors showed no interest. in is ready to help the island reach consensus with the e.u. as a reporter. told our teams bildad earlier russia is now looking to bring its offshore money home. well you know there's
a certain stereotype in the west about the russian mafia keeping their money in cyprus offshore accounts well of course to some extent there is some illegal money there but definitely fundamentally it's all about the big businesses because almost just about every big business in russia has an asset an offshore account in cyprus and the biggest concern which is now there and we stopped about by the by the president by the highest officials in the country does not concern the big businesses in the sense that russia has been striving to have the offshore money returns to the country the government believes it's now more stable to provide healthy environment to keep the money inside the country so this is not the concern here especially with the. but once the money to be returned earlier we spoke to the spokesperson of the russian president and here he had to say about recall mr president for. russian economy.
was made during his annual address the russian parliament this year and here still to talk to this idea that we really have to make environment and russian economy more comfortable for those that got to invest their money. and to keep the money here on russian soil the biggest concern in the biggest and the fairness which president putin talked about here concern small businesses private who have the money in cyprus and we're talking here at least around forty thousand people who have their money in the offshore accounts they will suffer and this is something of course which is now being seriously condemned by moscow but then of course cyprus is in a very difficult position either it risks losing the bailout funds which of course will keep the country buoyant if it goes ahead with that then of course it loses its foreign investment investment so you know what does it do the reason feeling that cyprus may be shooting itself in the leg in the sense that it's been living off the offshore money for many years now and russians have already started
withdrawing their money from the cyprus accounts they may be soon followed by the japanese the chinese also have loads of money in cyprus accounts and the world is a big place they're always find another country to have their money there berlin's insisting cyprus revamp its banking system and stop being a tax haven germany's taking the toughest stance on the cyprus rescue deal slamming the kosi his decision to create a solidarity fund made up of pensions property and future gas earnings here and german economist terry bean says britain's got its own agenda the looming general election. but don't forget that we are heading for elections in germany rescue packages that we have gone through in the past have been totally unpopular with the german taxpayer and going ahead now with a simple solution to what we've had in the past you just cannot sell it to the german taxpayer i guess that's an issue as well also you don't you shouldn't forget
that those negotiations go she asians with cyprus are very complicated every party has to keep up its bargaining power and so we like game theory you know you have to be on guard you have to bluff and god knows what will happen and the us germans we're not saying that we shouldn't help cyprus but the germans told that at the end of the dying day the money the little ones the guarantees whatever you want to call it does not support the people in cyprus it's supporting the banks that's supporting the bank owners it's hoarding wall street it's warning them the big one people and that's the whole issue here. british police are now looking into the death of a set of exiled russian tycoon and kremlin critic boris berezovsky chemical and radiological experts are now at the home near london where he was found dead saturday they say it's a poor caution the sixty seven year old is thought to have lost much of his fortune in recent years from deaths resulting from expensive court defeats it's also
reported in britain that he was diagnosed with depression more from r t sarah for. first broken by boris berezovsky son in law on a social networking site now it's thought he died at his home in ascot and. police haven't confirmed the name yet but they have said that they've launched an investigation into the death of a sixty seven year old man and that death is being treated as unexplained now is spoken to. the police and they told me that they usually have to wait for the formal i.d. before they can confirm the name but that confirmation is expected. today and i also asked about the speculation around the body having been found in the bar to a lot of people reporting that they didn't confirm or deny it but they did tell me that that information didn't come from them of course a huge amount of. surrounding this boris berezovsky the.
larger than life character there's been talk of health problems of the speculation about suicide and we can actually listen now to some information from a very prominent russian lawyer. two people called me resolved he had died one told me it was a suicide and the second person said he might have died of a heart attack i previously heard from people. that he was practically broken orderly depressed person i know called me and. even asked to borrow five thousand dollars for a ticket he was also serious. as he said there is a heat amount of speculation at this time surrounding the death right now the circumstances of the death the remain unclear made his food scene after the break up of the savior then we saw him have self-imposed exile and he sort of sighed and
in person in two thousand in the last couple of years he's had a very high profile court cases a month which is the spectacular falling out he had with russian oligarch roman abramovich called cases very interesting to listen to paul's from people who were there in the courthouse when boris berezovsky was told that he had lost that case against him in a brother that the shock that he had so certainly that was a massive blow. seems both personally but also financially as well of course and it does seem that the fall in on somewhat harder times over the last couple of years with these court cases now the russian president's press attash a. school of has said that the president was sent a letter by boris berezovsky in which he asked her to give this and see her so that's certainly an interesting twist on that but as we said it's been
a tough few years and it does seem that there have been a lot of financial problems but of course this is all speculation what we do know right now is that the thames valley police have launched that investigation they've cordoned off the area around his home while that investigation is ongoing no confirmation of the name yet but of course we'll stay of the story and bring you the updates as and when we have. yes we are indeed following developments following the death of boris berezovsky with updates for you online at r.t. dot com. we're. back in two thousand he became one of the kremlin's fiercest critics earlier on our team my colleague kevin oh what a nice and now we discuss some of the ups and downs of the tycoons relations with moscow on his recent appeal to return home he's a convicted criminal here in russia to put it simply not so much a controversial figure in the sense of of scandal surrounding him but controversal because it's flat out he does not get along with the kremlin sarah touched on this
a little bit it was no secret he was an outspoken critic of the kremlin about the system in russia and i think that britain gave him safe but didn't go well in russia rather to it didn't it and it hampered british russian relationship so it went straight to the top it's very unclear to russia to this day why the u.k. so protective peters of ski lots of talk in past years that it had to do with his investments with his money which makes it even more interesting because it's swaying that this is most likely had something to do with his debts with owing lots of money high profile cases the most recent one of course with the promoter which he was ripped apart by the judge was made a little wasn't his character he was indeed and this is been going on for some time so it's been it's been happening slowly this letter two months ago according to the two. main press men demetrius called that the result he was asking for forgiveness this is interesting asking for forgiveness for these convicted of crimes money
laundering he's also involved with some shady people at least as a scene in russia in london. also in exile connected at least in russia convicted of being involved in terror acts he's a former chechen militants so it's a very intricate. circle of people. andre can drop out of a row to do at wrote and directed to documentary about the late oligarch says the relationship with the russian leaders had to tear aided because of the legal deals in the country. you can use larry. even if he did suffer a heart attack than it was after realizing that the genius method he invented and which brought him his fortune has broken down there is no way his relationship with the russian government could be calm because it is after putin came to power and pairs of ski schemes of making money came under the authorities close attention for example the case with aeroflot when the company's multi-million dollar income was simply transferred into an offshore companies in switzerland as
a result of the investigation he had to face trial this means the oligarch was running from criminal prosecution not state prosecution as he claimed only one but it is putin's philosophy of not letting all the guards and politics of that immobilized schemes of earning money by being close with those in power so that's why he couldn't sustain a friendly relationship with the kremlin most of his latest projects were planned against moscow including fun in the russian opposition even trying to push his own candidates to power in ukraine by helping former president yushchenko and former prime minister to go and masterminding the revolution and create a stand that most of these political activity was in one way or the other aimed against the russian government that some say this was petty revenge but i say he was taking vengeance for being pushed away from the country's big money. well ahead energizing old allies. china's new leader uses first overage overseas trip to seal
energy deals with a russian call for the two to work toward balancing world influence that's still to come. plus a legacy of liberation how the tenth anniversary of the u.s. led invasion of iraq was marked by deadly violence in the country that remains far from secure. but first the hunger strike in guantanamo has crossed forty seven days as critical point when serious health repercussions could occur prisoners' lawyers are sounding the alarm but are struggling to draw attention to a protest that they describe as unprecedented in scope duration and determination officials assesses only a handful of detainees who are involved as art has gotten shaky on explains it's getting harder to verify any information. despair among guantanamo detainees is growing as now even their lawyers are being denied direct access to them attorneys say they had a visit scheduled for early next week with one of the prisoners who's been on strike since the beginning of february lawyers have been informed by saudis that
the only flight to the prison the u.s. military flight was cancelled we are. told there are no other options there is no. why. not only are the turney struggling to find out the true extent of what's happening in guantanamo now but we journalists or as well this friday captain robert zubrin the spokesman for guantanamo responded to our inquiry he wrote us quote we have twenty six hunger strikers with eight receiving and total feeds meaning they get nutrition through a feeding tube last friday robert to rand wrote us there were fourteen people refusing all food although defense attorneys had been saying there were many more we cannot independently verify any of this at this point we're just relying on what the officials and detainees lawyers tell us we're certainly in touch with their attorneys and will continue to press the officials for answers in addition to the inquiries that we made with the defense department we also asked the department of
justice for their perspective on what's happening and they basically told us that it's none of their business that the military oversees the facility and referred as back to the department of defense defense attorneys are telling us that these sorties have created conditions which make it nearly impossible for them to do their job and defend their clients so frustrating there is nothing that we can do we have sent e-mails to the department to the commander. asking them. to talk to us about. her response we have been told by the department of justice that they will not talk to us they were. part of the. in the meantime in washington the officials tried to downplay the hunger strike but they seem to have a good idea of why these men resorted to such a desperate move and yet they have no solution to offer they had great optimism
that guantanamo would be closed they were devastated when the president did you know backed off at least their perception of closing the facility that has caused them to become frustrated and they want to get this i think turn the heat up get it back in the media but it was not on the status of the detainees that general john kelly who's command oversees guantanamo came to discuss in congress he was there asking for money to renovate the prison the upgrade of the camp is estimated to cost taxpayers almost two hundred million dollars as washington schedules renovations at guantanamo the international community continues to call on president obama to comply with his own promises and to shut down the infamous prison we have no right to hold people indefinitely without charges without a trial and without people having access to a justice system that's against every principle of law which exists in the world the u.n. commissioner for human rights responded to our request for comment and said they have quote repeatedly regretted that the u.s. government has not closed guantanamo bay four years ago president obama ordered to
stop tortured guantanamo but the u.n. says indefinite detention itself is a form of torture british resident shocker armor was cleared for release six years ago yet he's still being held captive here's what he writes please to me in the old way here they destroy people mentally and physically without leaving marks half of the men now in guantanamo have been cleared for release many others never formally accused of a crime three months ago the state department closed the office in charge of closing the prison there's a growing sense among the detainees there that the only way out of guantanamo for them is in a coffin in washington i'm going to check out. our team spoke with one man who was freed from the detention camp says he was held at guantanamo as an enemy combatant for five years he told us he was subjected to he was subjected he was among many subjected to torture and never saw actual evidence against him. things that happen
there's a beginning is there's a systematic torture where everyone goes through where they are a. stripped out of their clothes for example and they're sometimes sexually abused physically abused like myself and others we were physically beaten up until as you can see my right eye has been the sight in my right eye has been lost they tried to gods both in my eyes we never even were told what. a lead allegations against azhar we were questioned for hundreds of times and we were interrogated many many times and then we have the release without any conviction we were never convicted we never had the chance to see the evidence against us the generals have set up. cheney and all the other officials the lawyers who legalized torture and they justified the methods of torture and they spoken publicly and defending this kind
of torture i think of course we hold all these people responsible now obama and the all the other officials that taking over there the people there were serious crimes of committed inside montana most people don't realize their people were killed inside one town and more than nine people were killed. people that i know inmates were sexually abused there were people who have lost arms and lost limbs in amputated like of the desire some people were paralyzed throughout their lives and people lost their eyes these are serious problems these are serious war crimes or crimes against captive people and these people have to come to justice if we lead these people at large what will happen is that more across these like this would take place and they are examples of criminals committing crimes and just not paying back for their crimes. human rights groups around the world of long campaign to get guantanamo closed but the international condemnation still hasn't resonated in
washington this despite barack obama's pledge to shut down the prison four years ago our. takes a look at why the president struggling to make good on his pledge. the story around the closure of guantanamo bay prison has stuck to president obama ever since he promised to shut it down and here are some of the key dates on the way first in january two thousand and nine and when obama was inaugurated he ordered the prison to be shut down within a year and banned some of the interrogation methods after the u.s. government admitted torturing some of the detainees was kools another exactly since in may the same year the u.s. senate refused to fund the closure of the jail until the president provided more details as to what to do with the detainees then in a text or would appear the situation that changed when the congress approved. allowed to some of the detainees to be moved to the u.s. for prosecution but then it all you turned again at the end of two thousand and ten when the same congress approved the defense spending bill which prevented us trials
for guantanamo detainees in january two thousand and eleven despite his campaign promise to close that obama signed the defense of the relation plan which ruled out shutting guantanamo bay down and prevented the transfer of prisoners from the camp in march obama also signed an executive order resuming military trials for detainees and we've seen by many as a complete reversal of his former policies in december two thousand and eleven the president feel to veto the national defense bill being the way for prisoners to be held indefinitely and without charge and extending the ban on moving them from the camp and finally in july last year the pentagon voiced its plans to leave a forty million dollar fiberoptic cable from the u.s. mainland to guantanamo not exactly a sign washington responding to wrap up its operations in the controversial center it's claimed that one reason the base is still operating is down to the silent
approval of other countries u.k. m.p. george galloway says british citizens held there of horribly god in any support from their own country. in fact none of the british detainees were ever given the help that they deserved in some cases the british intelligence services were complicit colluding collaborating with these jailers on guantanamo bay and giving questions feeding question as to the american intelligence officers. these people who have been illegally held now the main thing though that sticks out here is that nobody else is talking about this subject because it's an american crime they're allowed to get away with it because the people who control the so-called mainstream media are fully on side with the agenda of the obama administration more expert analysis and opinion on what's going on at guantanamo what are t. dot com also there behind the scenes ties between the cia and syrian rebels we
report on claims about the role american intelligence is playing in the civil war. and the florey on the front lines how ukraine's military has been mobilized to keep the capital moving on after a surprise invasion of snow. china stepping up its energy security with russia's help moscow agreed this week to increase oil supplies to beijing along with other multi-billion dollar deals the country's leaders also pledge to work toward a more fair world order they say or he's arena go followed xi jinping his first overseas trip some of the major points that think the chinese leader has also made of course lies about the cooperation between russia and china among other things that the two countries also agree on is the fact that it it is about time to leave the old stereotypes behind he said that we're living in the twenty first century and therefore the cold.