Press review of the week from 11 to 18 April
Alexei Navalny, the 44-year-old known for being the main political opponent of President Vladimir Putin, is locked up in a penal colony 150 kilometers from Moscow: he has severe back pain and cannot use a leg, but is only treated with anti-inflammatories. "I demand that my husband be released immediately»Says Yulia Navalnaya.
He ended up in prison for his anti-corruption campaigns, last August he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok and ended up in intensive care. After unmasking his poisoners, he returned to Russia and was kidnapped by the airport authorities.
Alexey Navalny is subjected to a very harsh regime that has no motivation other than to undermine his mental and physical health. For some time he has had severe back pain, he can hardly use a leg anymore and, so far, in prison they have only given him anti-inflammatories by mouth. He then underwent a CT scan but the results are not known.
Alexey Navalny will be transferred to the hospital ward of the IK-3 penal colony of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) in the Vladimir region, which specializes in medical observation of detainees. This was announced by the press service of the FSIN. According to the FSIN, Navalny "is seen every day by a general practitioner" and "with the patient's consent, he has been prescribed vitamin therapy".
In the meantime, the European Union is asking Russia for the "immediate and unconditional" release of the Russian opponent who is at imminent risk of death due to the hunger strike in prison he is supporting.
This was announced by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, who asks Moscow for the possibility that the detainee can access trusted doctors. Immediately after Vladimir Putin's speech to the nation, supporters of Alexei Navalny organized protests across Russia on Wednesday 21 April.
"It is time for action, this is not just about Navalny's freedom, but about his life," Leonid Volkov, the head of the Navalny office network, wrote in a post on Facebook. Joe Biden also says that the situation of Russian opponent Alexiei Navalny is “totally unfair.
Luciano Scibilia has been arrested, the Italian fugitive included in the Europol list of the 19 most dangerous pedophiles in the world. The arrest took place on Friday 16 April at the end of a long investigation conducted by the Rome Public Prosecutor's Office. As reported by the Corriere della Sera.
The local authorities have given the green light to extradition and in the next few hours the man is expected in Italy to be arrested and serve a sentence of 5 years and 2 months of imprisonment for the crime of sexual violence against minors.
The government "will begin today to verify the conditions for the recognition of Italian citizenship to Patrick Zaki”Said the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Benedetto Della Vedova, interviewed by Rainews24, following the agenda approved by Parliament.
Patrick George Zaki, an Egyptian student at the University of Bologna, has been in prison in Egypt for over a year, as reported by Ansa.
"That of Zaki follows the tragic story of Regeni and therefore attention from Italy is a must. The Parliament 's agenda engaged the government, which, moreover, had expressed itself favorably on the same agenda", Says Undersecretary Della Vedova"We look forward to these checks“, Comments Riccardo Noury, spokesperson for Amnesty International in Italy.
India is the country with the highest rate of contagion growth, behind only the United States considering the total numbers since the start of the pandemic.
The newspaper The Hindustan writes that Mahant Hari Giriil, general secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad, one of the three "rebel" congregations said that the Khumba Mela will not be interrupted: "We will continue to follow the rites prescribed by the calendar as per tradition, until April 30th. However, given the dangerous leap of the pandemic from Covid-19, our religious groups are committed to respecting the precautionary rules".
The Khumba Mela, the traditional festival that sees thousands of devotees immerse themselves in the Ganges, has diagnosed over a thousand new infections in a single day and at least three priests have died.
Security officials in the sacred city of Haridwar, where the pilgrimage takes place, are alarmed, but the leaders of three minor Hindu congregations do not accept the suspension of the event decided by the authorities last week to stem the infections. Boris Johnson has decided to cancel his trip to India scheduled for next week.
The second pandemic wave that is hitting the country has prompted the British Prime Minister to postpone his business trip.
Authorities in the Tillabéri region in the west of the country said that on 18 April at least 19 people lost their lives in an attack carried out by gunmen, riding motorcycles, in the village of Gaigorou. As reported by the International newspaper, the attack was not claimed, but various jihadist militias linked to Al Qaeda or the Islamic State group are active in the area.