SUNDAY APRIL 24 2022, 4:30 pm
- Dean Obeidallah: Russia has opened a criminal case against Vladimir Kara-Murza, a pro-democracy advocate, for spreading “false information” about the war in Ukraine.
- Khodorkovsky: Kara-Murza is being held in pre-trial detention for two months.
- Bill Browder: Kara Murza was the “most effective advocate for Magnitsky sanctions of any individual in the world.” Every “judge, prosecutor and police officer involved should be Magnitsky sanctioned.”
- “Kara-Murza is a Russian dissident- a writer, political activist, and spokesman for Russia’s beleaguered democrats. He was a close associate of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader whom the regime murdered near the Kremlin in 2015. Twice Kara-Murza was poisoned by the regime, nearly killing him.”
- Kara Murza is a politician, author and historian.
- Served as deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party.
- He played a kay role in the adoption of targeted Magnitsky sanctions on Russian human rights violators.
- He was poisoned in 2015 and 2017 and left in a coma.
- Officers of Russia’s Federal Security Services were behind the poisonings.
- He hosts a weekly show on Echo of Moscow Radio
- Directed three documentary films, “They Chose Freedom, Nemtsov and My Duty to Not Stay Silent.”
THE KYIV INDEPENDENT
- Russian Orthodox Church helps relocated illegally deported Ukrainians.
- An investigative report by Slidstvo.info says about 600,000 civilians were deported to Russia.
- Russian forces fail to advance in Kharkiv.
- About two dozen Russian ships and submarines remain in the Black Sea.
- Rusian troops in the occupied areas of Kherson and Mykolayiv shell civilians to “discredit Ukraine.” They are shelling under Ukrainian flags.
- Helena Kennedy, UK human rights lawyer: “Russian troops have been given tacit permission to rape civilians during their invasion…”
- Austria opposes Ukraine membership in EU.
- Belgium blocks export of 8,000 luxury cars to Russia.
- The Russian Defense Ministry reports that since the start of the invasion, Russia has deported 951,000 Ukrainians to Russia. This includes 174,689 children.
- West Virginia to send armored personnel carriers to Ukraine.
- Russia blocks economic data, hiding effect of sanctions. They have stopped reporting data on government debt, trade statistics and oil production.
- Russia has parked short-range ballistic missiles 60 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
- Zelensky: Russia fired seven missiles at Odesa on April 23. Two were intercepted.
- On April 23, Russia’s Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of planning to use ammonia as a chemical weapon as part of a “provocation” at Odesa. This is being interpreted as a threat to attack Odesa with chemical weapons.
- For the first time, a majority of Swedish citizens are in favor of joining NATO.
- Estonia and Latvia adopt statements saying Russia is committing genocide against Ukraine.
- “Russian World: The heresy driving Putin’s war.” Article Euromaidan Press.
- The doctrine of Russian World is “an ideology that is theological at its core.” It pits “Holy Russia” against the “godless West.”
- World-renowned theologians have condemned the Russia World as heresy.
- Cyril Hovorum, Stockhold School of Theology, interviewed by Euromaidan Press.
- The doctrine was developed under the auspices of the Russian Orthodox Church.
- This doctrine frames the war in Ukraine.
- Putin has supplied the guns and the church has supplied the ideas.
- The “core of the aggression is ideological: it’s a distorted theology..”
- The idea was developed by the Church and taken over by the Kremlin.
- Putin referenced ideas from this doctrine in the speech on the eve of the war.
- “It is a form of exceptionalism, nationalism.” “a form of exceptionalism that means that belonging to a tribe makes you different and exceptional.”
- Russia is believed to have a special mission from God to save the world from itself.
- “That’s why it’s important to take into consideration religion when we try to understand this war.”
- The Russian belief is that the West has been corrupted by liberal ideas and values which are dangerous. The “traditional values” they support are conservative and anti-liberal.
CNN, 2:00 pm
- Most people in Belarus do not want Belarus to participate in the war against Ukraine.