Special report: The arrest of 33 Russians in Minsk turns out to have been a provocation by the Ukrainian secret services | The Vineyard of the Saker

17-08-20 08:20:00,

source: https://www.penza.kp.ru/daily/217165/4266019/gain/

translated by Engländer, corrected by Eugenia, for the Saker Blog

Komsomolskaya Pravda has become aware of sensation details about how Ukrainian spies tried to sow discord between Belarus and Russia.

Investigation by Alesandr Kots

On the 29th July 33 Russians were detained in Minsk. They were all dubbed members of a unit of the “Wagner” PMC (private military company), accused of “preparing to take part in mass unrest” and tied to the case of the local opposition leaders Sergei Tikhanovskiy and Nikolai Statkevich, who had been detained earlier. Most of this group had fought in Donbass for a militia, and Kiev had already requested their extradition. Meanwhile a thorough examination of Russian law-enforcement agencies shows that the men, who had decided to earn some money working abroad as guards, had without knowing it been used.

So, this is how these “33 warriors” ended up in Minsk.

//When the Belarussian secret services detained the Russians, they didn’t even suspect that it was for pictures like this that the men had been lured to Minsk. Frame from a video-capture.///

RECRUITMENT

According to the information of our source in the Russian secret services, the group’s recruitment began with a call from Syria. A certain “Sergei Petrovich” was ringing around former (and that’s important) soldiers of the so-called “Wagner” private military company with a tempting offer to work as guards on oil installations in Syria.

The number that showed up on the soldiers’ cellphones did indeed contain the dialling code of the Arab Republic (+963-931-42-562), however, as became clear later, it was a virtual number. It’s not registered in any cellular communication networks, and determining its location is impossible; only its outgoing calls are accessible.

“Sergei Petrovich” spared no effort in calling around the “soldiers of fortune” and enquiring about their military past. He pretended that had to show a certain level of their experience and preparation. Like a sophisticated psychologist, he practically conducted reconnaissance interviews, flaunting his knowledge of events and facts such that one could conclude that this definitely was one of the bosses of the “Wagner” PMC, or even a high-ranking official at the Ministry of Defence. A colonel, at minimum!

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Special Needs Teen Thrown in Jail For Failing to Do Homework During Lockdown – Activist Post

18-07-20 07:19:00,

By Matt Agorist

In the land of the free, failing to do your online homework during a pandemic can and will lead to your incarceration — even if you are a special needs 15-year-old girl. After a scathing report out of ProPublica this week, protests are being held demanding the child — known as Grace — be released from juvenile detention after being incarcerated for failing to do her homework.

For not completing her online homework during the coronavirus lockdown, Grace has been imprisoned since May. The young girl was reportedly on probation which was revoked by a judge for her “failure to submit to any schoolwork and getting up for school” during the coronavirus pandemic, ProPublica reported this week.

In mid-April, Grace was placed on probation and part of the requirements of that probation was doing her homework as schools went online. Her mother told ProPublica how big of a challenge this was as her daughter had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and had already been struggling with behavioral issues.

“Who can even be a good student right now?” Ricky Watson Jr., executive director of the National Juvenile Justice Network, told ProPublica. “Unless there is an urgent need, I don’t understand why you would be sending a kid to any facility right now and taking them away from their families with all that we are dealing with right now.”

We agree.

Grace’s behavioral issues are what landed her in trouble with the law in the first place after she bit her mom’s finger over a dispute last November. She was also caught stealing and later returned another student’s cellphone.

She had arguably learned her lesson and has not been in trouble since then — until May, when she failed to finish her online homework. Instead of realizing the severity of the situation in the country right now due to the pandemic, the judge found no sympathy and took the child from her family and threw her in a jail for children.

Showing just how ridiculous the judge’s decision was to incarcerate this child is the fact that she called her a “threat” for not doing her homework.

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22-03-20 11:16:00,

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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to Address “No Touch Torture” – Or Will He? – Activist Post

18-11-19 06:45:00,

By Janet Phelan

Dr. Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, recently published a call out for submissions on “Psychological Torture and Ill Treatment.”  In the call out, he refers also to the phenomenon of “no touch torture,” which has been defined as including the use of electronic weapons, such as those which recently were reported as being used to attack diplomats in Cuba and elsewhere.

Dr. Melzer was interviewed multiple times recently concerning the plight of Julian Assange, who is being held in Belmarsh Prison and faces potential extradition to the US, where he is charged with such crimes against humanity as publishing documents indicating that the US has engaged in war crimes. In an article published on June 26, Melzer has stated that “What may look like mere «mudslinging» in public debate, quickly becomes “mobbing” when used against the defenseless, and even “persecution” once the State is involved. Now just add purposefulness and severe suffering, and what you get is full-fledged psychological torture.”

After visiting Assange in prison, the UN reported that

The Special Rapporteur and his medical team visited the imprisoned Wikileaks founder in May and reported that he showed “all the symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture” and demanded immediate measures for the protection of his health and dignity.

Melzer’s subsequent request for submissions on Psychological Torture and Ill Treatment may very well reflect his growing knowledge that Assange is not alone in suffering state sponsored psychological abuse. Others have been forced to take refuge in foreign countries due to the targeting that has been inflicted upon them by the surveillance state. Edward Snowden, Suzie Dawson and other people whose names are not in the common vernacular have sought protection abroad due to the phenomenon of surveillance abuse and targeting.

And this is where things get muddy. In the Concept Notes attached to his call out, Melzer refers to “no touch torture” as an aspect of psychological abuse. In fact, no touch torture has been defined as including the use of unconventional weapons, such as electronics. In a 2015 article in Global Research,

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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Warns Julian Assange Could Die in Prison – Global Research

07-06-19 07:04:00,

In a June 1 interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warned that Julian Assange could die in prison if his persecution is not stopped immediately.

Last week, Melzer issued a scathing denunciation of Assange’s persecution, calling it “psychological torture.”

Reporter Philip Williams asked Melzer, “If your calls are ignored, do you fear that he could actually die in prison?” Melzer replied,

“Absolutely, yes. That’s a fear that I think is very real … the cumulative effects of that constant pressure, it will become unpredictable how this will end. What we see is that his health condition is currently deteriorating to the point that he cannot even appear at a court hearing. This is not prosecution; this is persecution and it has to stop here and it has to stop now.”

The full radio interview with Melzer can heard here. WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail on May 1 by a British court in a vindictive show trial on fabricated charges of “skipping bail.” Following his eviction from the Ecuadorian embassy on April 11, where Assange had sought asylum and was effectively detained for seven years, he was arrested by British authorities and is now held in Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh in southeast London.

Melzer’s comment about Assange’s dire condition follows a statement he issued on May 31 demanding an immediate end to the “collective persecution” by the United States and its allies.

The UN torture expert visited Assange in Belmarsh on May 9 along with a medical doctor and psychologist in order to evaluate the condition of the heroic journalist. Melzer issued his statement just one week after the US Justice Department announced 17 counts on charges of violating the Espionage Act—which carry up to 170 years in prison if convicted—and renewed the demand that the WikiLeaks publisher be extradited to the US for prosecution.

Melzer warned that the nine-year “persistent and progressively severe abuse” of Assange by US, British and Ecuadorian authorities and the threat of his being extradited to the US would pose “a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression,

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