#Sochi : ” IOC asks `Russian Organisers’ for more details for the`Reason to Jail’ of Yevgeny Vitishko”

#AceWorldNews says `IOC Seeking Further Clarification after `Russian Environmental Campaigner Yevgeny Vitishko’ was Jailed’

The International Olympic Committee asked the Russian organizers of the Sochi Winter Games on Thursday for more details about the jailing of an environmental campaigner, Reuters said. Yevgeny Vitishko has protested against harm done to the environment by Olympic construction work.

Deutsch: Logo des IOC

Deutsch: Logo des IOC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He lost an appeal against his three-year penal colony sentence on Wednesday on charges of damaging the property of the local Krasnodar region‘s governor.

“We have asked Sochi for further clarification,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. Vitishko has denied the charges, saying that the governor’s residence was in a national forest where construction was not supposed to be permitted.

 

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#AceStoryNews: `Student Gunman Who Killed a Policeman and Teacher’

#AceNewsServices says `Student Gunman Kills Policeman and Teacher in Hostage Takeover of Class of 20 Students in School near Moscow

This was a story that l have taken from the `Daily Mail‘ of a few weeks ago and this link ACE is a previous post, just click, to read the latest news?

Though reading this article led me to believe that being unable to get grades

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`Fellow students said he accused the teacher of giving him low marks so threatening his chance to get a ‘gold medal’ for academic performance’ 

Well your opinion and comments welcome, of course it does not make it right, but maybe society has a part to play!

  • Pupil held students and a teacher hostage in a biology classroom
  • He was detained after killing a policeman and teacher
  • The hostage-taker named as Sergey Gordeev, believed to be 16
  • Believed the pupil and teacher previously had a conflict over his marks

By WILL STEWART and TARA BRADY

PUBLISHED: 09:14, 3 February 2014 | UPDATED: 18:52, 3 February 2014

Sergey Gordeev was a straight A pupil but shot dead his teacher and a police officer at his school

Sergey Gordeev was a straight A pupil but shot dead his teacher and a police officer at his school

A student gunman has killed a policeman and teacher after holding more than 20 students hostage in a school near Moscow.

The ‘straight-A’ 16 year old Sergey Gordeev sparked a nationwide security alert amid initial fears his attack at his school near Moscow was a terrorist incident linked to the Winter Olympics which open on Friday.

He held 24 pupils hostage for almost an hour, and gunned down his teacher Andrei Kirillov, a married father with two small children, apparently in revenge for unusually poor marks in geography or biology.

He also shot and killed married policeman Sergei Bushuev, 38, as he fired a volley of 11 shots at officers surrounding the school.

Special forces troops were used to detain him after his father urged him to put down his weapon.

The armed pupil and teacher previously had a conflict over his marks.

This could have prevented the boy leaving school with a ‘gold’ medal, say sources at the school.

A dramatic text message from a girl in Gordeev’s class to her mother during the terrifying siege read: ‘A machine gun. We are at school. He is shooting.

‘Mama, aaaa-aa-aa. Save me! It’s not a joke. Mama. Its awful. He’s gone mad. We are hostages on floor 1, room 2.’

Gordeev earlier brandished two rifles to as he overpowered the security man at School Number 263 on the outskirts of Moscow in what was initially seen as a terrorist attack.

Soon it became clear it was a disgruntled pupil who had seized his father’s guns to gain revenge on his mild-mannered teacher.

The rest of the school was evacuated as police ordered the boy’s father to call him on his mobile and demand he spares his classmates’ lives.

One teenage girl said: ‘He shot the teacher in the stomach. Then he wanted to make sure that he was dead, so he fired another ‘insurance’ shot to the head.’

The father – believed to be a law enforcement officer – then donned a bullet-proof jacket and negotiated with his son the lay down the guns and surrender.

The move was seen as saving Russia from a school massacre.

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Terrified: A girl is hugged by her relative as she is evacuated from her school north of Moscow

Terrified: A girl is hugged by her relative as she is evacuated from her school north of Moscow

Evacuated: Pupils are escorted by a policeman out of their school north of Moscow

Evacuated: Pupils are escorted by a policeman out of their school north of Moscow

Children are evacuated out of the school north of Moscow where a student gunman opened fire

Children are evacuated out of the school north of Moscow where a student gunman opened fire

Andrei Polipchuk, police spokesman, said: ‘All the students are alive, nobody is injured. The attacker is arrested, he is identified.

‘He is a student of this very school.’

Reports say the boy’s father was involved in persuading him to give himself up and prevent a school massacre.

‘The father of the boy immediately came to the school,’ said a local official.

 
Students flee in terror as gunman kills two at Russian school

A man stands near a window with bullet holes at a high school in Russia where a student killed a police officer and a teacher

A man stands near a window with bullet holes at a high school in Russia where a student killed a police officer and a teacher

A security service member uses a metal detector near the building of a high school where a student shot his teacher and police officer

A security service member uses a metal detector near the building of a high school where a student shot his teacher and police officer

A man films on a camera as he stands near a window with bullet holes at the school north of Moscow

A man films on a camera as he stands near a window with bullet holes at the school north of Moscow

Pupils leave their school after a fellow student shot a policeman and teacher dead this morning

Pupils leave their school after a fellow student shot a policeman and teacher dead this morning

Safe: Pupils are led out of the school where a 16-year-old boy shot dead a policeman and teacher

Safe: Pupils are led out of the school where a 16-year-old boy shot dead a policeman and teacher

Police gather outside the school north of Moscow where a student went on the rampage with a rifle shooting dead a policeman and teacher

Police gather outside the school north of Moscow where a student went on the rampage with a rifle shooting dead a policeman and teacher

Pictured: The hostage-taker has been named as Sergey Gordeev (pictured) who was a student at the school

Pictured: The hostage-taker has been named as Sergey Gordeev (pictured) who was a student at the school

A gunman is believed to have shot and killed a police officer and teacher at this school in Moscow

A gunman is believed to have shot and killed a police officer and teacher at this school in Moscow

Police outside the school in Moscow where a gunman took a class of children hostage

Police outside the school in Moscow where a gunman took a class of children hostage

‘Sergei Gordeyev was a straight-A student,’ said a spokesman for the Investigative Committee, equivalent of the FBI.

‘It appears that he had an emotional breakdown.’

Fellow students said he accused the teacher of giving him low marks so threatening his chance to get a ‘gold medal’ for academic performance.

‘He persuaded the boy to put down his arms and to let the children go.’

Psychologists are now working with the released children.

The dead policeman was named as Sergei Bushuev.

He died in an ambulance at the scene. A second wounded officer was rushed to Sklifosovsky hospital in Moscow.

Ambulances and police are waiting outside the school on the outskirts of Moscow

Ambulances and police are waiting outside the school on the outskirts of Moscow

Another policeman was shot and injured.

‘The person who took 20 people and a teacher hostage is a student in the upper classes at the same school.

‘He has been neutralised and all the students have been freed,’ Interior Ministry spokesman Andrei Pilipchuk said on state TV.

‘One policeman was fatally wounded during the operation and died in hospital and a teacher at School No. 263 was also killed,’ he said.

The shooting sent dozens of students scurrying out the school while a police helicopter landed in a snow-covered field outside.

It came with Russia in the global spotlight four days before it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

A woman and child walk outside the school where a teacher and police officer were shot by an armed student

A woman and child walk outside the school where a teacher and police officer were shot by an armed student

Police officers enter a Moscow school with a teacher where two people were killed by a student this morning

Police officers enter a Moscow school with a teacher where two people were killed by a student this morning

Courtesy of: DM

 

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“Russia to Support Beijing bid for 2022 Winter Olympics”

#AceNewsServices says `Russia to support Beijing bid for 2022 Winter Olympics – minister’

Close up of the Olympic flame

Close up of the Olympic flame (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China has a good chance of winning a bid for 2022 Winter Olympics, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said. He added that Moscow is ready to support Beijing’s bid. If selected, the Chinese capital will be the first city to organize both summer and winter versions of the Games.

The bid was formally announced by Chinese officials at Sochi in Russia, where the Winter Games are currently being held. Four other cities will compete to host the 2022 Olympics, including Almaty in Kazakhstan, Poland’s Krakow, Ukraine’s Lviv and Norway’s Oslo.

 

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#Sochi : ” UN Condemns Attacks on LGBT Community ahead of Olympics”

#AceWorldNews says UN chief condemns attacks on the LGBT community ahead of Olympics
The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has used a speech ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi to condemn attacks on the LGBT community, the Guardian reported.

Addressing the IOC, the UN secretary-general highlighted the fact that the theme of the UN’s human rights day last December was “sport comes out against homophobia.” Speaking to reporters after his address, Ban said he appreciated the assurances of President Vladimir Putin that “there will be no discrimination and that people with different sexual orientation are welcome to compete and enjoy this Olympic Games.”

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#Sochi : “Russia admits it cannot `Guarantee the Safety of People’ at the Games”

#AceWorldNews says Russia can guarantee Sochi Olympics safety – deputy PM
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Thursday that the Russian government can guarantee safety at the Winter Olympics.

He stressed that the level of danger in Sochi is no greater than in many other cities and is “like in Boston, in London,” RIA Novosti reported.

The Russian security services are working with colleagues from Europe and North America, Kozak told reporters in Sochi on the eve of the Games’ start. Russia can guarantee the safety of people during any mass event “as well as any other government,” he said.

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#Sochi : ” Russia Calls on `Participants of Armed Conflicts’ to Declare `Olympic Truce ‘ for Games”

#AceWorldNews says Russia calls on participants in all armed conflicts to declare ‘Olympic truce’
Russia, as organizer and host of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, has called on participants in all in armed conflicts “to proclaim an Olympic truce” for this period, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, as cited by Interfax. “

Our message is primarily addressed to the sides in Syria’s bloody conflict, which is exerting a serious destabilizing impact both on the situation in that country and the region as a whole,” the ministry said.

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#Sochi : Warnings have been Issued about `How Toothpaste Tubes ‘ could be used to hide Explosives”

#AceWorldNews says Days ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the US Department of Homeland Security has warned airlines with direct flights to Russia that explosives hidden in toothpaste tubes could be smuggled on board.

An anonymous law enforcement official told AP the explosives could be assembled in flight or upon arrival in Russia.

The department said in a statement that it “is not aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time,” and that the department “regularly shares information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics.”
Delta Airlines is the only US carrier with direct flights to Moscow from the US; Russian airlines Aeroflot and Transaero also have non-stop flights from the US.

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Russia: ” Vladimir Putin Wishes All the Volunteers of the XX11 Olympic and Xl Paralympic Winter Games in #Sochi

#AceWorldNews says President Vladimir Putin wished success to volunteers of the XXII Olympic and XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. He met with a group of volunteers on Friday and said they are expected to “create an atmosphere” of the Games. Some 25,000 volunteers will work in Sochi, which makes up 35 percent of the service personnel at the Olympics. The volunteer team for Sochi 2014 includes representatives from all Russian regions and 60 foreign countries, Itar-Tass said.

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“Russian Police Repeatedly Harassed Two Norwegian TV Journalists”

Sochi (Krasnodar krai), coat of arms

Sochi (Krasnodar krai), coat of arms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWorldNews  says  Reporters Without Borders is Shocked by the Way the Russian Police Repeatedly harassed two Norwegian TV journalists , Reporter Oystein Bogen and Cameraman Aage Aune , while They Were Visiting the Sochi Region from 31 October to 2 November to cover problems related to preparations for next February’s Winter Olympics .

Bogen and Aune, WHO work for Norway’s Privately-owned TV2 Channel, Say the Police Stopped Them six times in the space of Three days, interrogated Them in Detail About Their work and Their local contacts and, at one Point, even took Them into custody for several hours.

“Arbitrary arrest, violation of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, seizure of journalistic material – this string of breaches of freedom of information suggests a strategy of all-out harassment,” Reporters Without Borders said.

Sochi / RU, 2007

Sochi / RU, 2007 (Photo credit: william veerbeek)

“The ordeal That These two journalists underwent bodes ill for the drastic Security Measures That Will be Applied in the Run-up to the games . Combatting terrorist threats is obviously necessary but it does not justify such excesses. We hope the Norwegian authorities will quickly obtain the explanations they have requested from their Russian counterparts. ”

“The international media must not be intimidated by this episode. There is nothing criminal about covering the preparations for the Winter Olympics or meeting local journalists and activists. We reiterate our appeal to foreign reporters to take advantage of the spotlight on Sochi to look beyond the Olympic facade and to meet local civil society representatives.

“At the Same time, we Urge Visiting journalists to Take the Necessary Precautions to protect the confidentiality of sources and Their to avoid Surveillance of Their Communications . To this end, we have Made A ‘Digital Survival kit’ available to Them. ”

Bogen and Aune had proper accreditation and used a rental car to travel around Krasnodar, the region where Sochi is located, and to visit the neighbouring autonomous Republic of Adygea.

They were first questioned about their plans and the people they were interviewing on 31 October.They were questioned again, twice, on 1 November in Maykop, Adygea’s capital. At the end of the second session on 1 November, other police officer suddenly arrived, accused Bogen of taking drugs and made him accompany them to a nearby clinic for a drug test. This episode ended after an hour and a half, when a person identifying himself as the local police chief released the two journalists and apologised for the “mistake.”

The next day, they were stopped again and interrogated for an hour between Maykop and Sochi. And they were questioned again in the early evening near Tuapse, a town in the Krasnodar region. This time they were taken into custody without any explanation and were put in a cell with other suspects.

Their equipment was temporarily confiscated and their repeated requests to be allowed to call their embassy were ignored. They were freed at around 10 pm but, as they reached the outskirts of Sochi, they were stopped again.

After searches and a security check, they were taken to the nearest police checkpoint, where an officer questioned Bogen about his private life and his work, going so far as to ask him for a list of the people he planned to meet in Sochi and the places where he planned to film. After being forced to sign a statement without being given a copy, they were finally allowed to continue their way at around 1 am

The Russian foreign ministry gave the two journalists a formal apology yesterday for the “series of unwarranted actions” and said the police responsible would be punished for “abusing their authority.”

Reporters Without Borders Published an in-depth Report in early October About the State of freedom of information in the Sochi Region .

(Photos: TV2 / Oystein Bogen, Aage Aune)


Foreign journalists must not retreat in the face of intimidation

Reporters Without Borders shocked intrusive actions by the police, who were subjected to two Norwegian journalists in Sochi region during from October 31 to November 2, 2013 Reporter private channel TV2 Heist Bogen and operator Ogge Eyun came to the region for reporting problems, related to the organization of the Winter Olympic Games, which begin in February 2014 According to the journalists they were detained by law enforcement officials six times in three days.During the detention of journalists questioned in detail about their professional and local contacts and even placed under arrest without explanation.

“Arbitrary detention, secret neglect of journalistic sources, the confiscation of professional equipment … This set of violations of freedom of information shows determination to expose harassment of two journalists. Their painful stay in the region does not bode well against tough security measures that will be taken in anticipation of the Olympics, starting in January of next year. Combating the threat of terrorism is certainly necessary, but it does not justify such action. We hope that the Norwegian authorities very soon receive an explanation from the Russian leadership, “- said Reporters Without Borders.

“The international media should not allow themselves to be intimidated by this incident. There is nothing criminal to carry reports on the preparation of the Olympic Games and to meet with local journalists and activists. We again appeal to foreign correspondents calling a wide press coverage of Sochi to not be limited to the Olympic theme and meet with civil society. At the same time, we urge to take all necessary precautions to protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources of information and to avoid total control of their communications: for this purpose we have available for journalists’ digital survival kit ‘. ”

Heist Bogen and Ogge Eyun – duly accredited journalists. They rented a car for journeys in the Krasnodar region, which is located in Sochi, as well as the neighboring autonomous republic of Adygea. Answering questions for the first time on October 31 about the plans and the persons from whom they interviewed journalists were again a series of interviews on November 1 in Maikop (Adygea). At the end of the second interview arrived at the scene other Interior Ministry officials, accusing Heist Bogen in the use of drugs and forcibly took him to the nearest clinic for a series of tests. Journalists detained after half an hour and then released after a man arrived who introduced himself as the local police chief, and brought them to apologize for making a “mistake.”

Nevertheless, the next day journalists were detained and interrogated again an hour between Maikop and Sochi. Then again, in the late afternoon, near Tuapse (Krasnodar region). But this time the journalists detained without explanation in a cell with other suspects, temporarily withdrawing their equipment. Their repeated requests to contact the embassy were not taken into account. Finally, in the area 22 hours journalists released from custody. However, when reporters finally got to Sochi, they once again detained. After the search and security control procedures, they were taken to a nearby checkpoint where police officer questioned Heist Bogen detail about his personal and professional life, asking to provide a list of persons with whom the latter was planning to meet in Sochi, as well as places that he was going to shoot film. Journalists have not received any copies of their statements, which were forced to sign. They finally were allowed to continue their journey in the morning.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented a formal apology to two journalists on November 6 for “a number of unreasonable actions” that they have experienced. The ministry said that law enforcement officials, “exceeded its authority” will be punished.

Reporters Without Borders published in early October, a report on the status of the investigation in relation to freedom of information in the region of Sochi.

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