Credit : BlogSochi.ru A court in southwestern Russia has upheld Sochi-based blogger Alexander Valov’s extremely harsh six-year jail sentence, which means that he will have to spend another four years in prison. News Valov, who has been detained since January 2018, was initially allowed to participate in this hearing by videoconferencing from Armavir provisional detention centre but the court’s judges disconnected him on the grounds that he was defending himself in an overly aggressive manner. Organisation Despite a lack of material evidence and the repeated procedural irregularities, Valov was convicted in December 2018 of extorting money from Yury Napso, a Sochi representative in the Russian parliament. Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedJudicial harassment May 21, 2021 Find out more Related documents rsf_AlexandreValov_02.09.2019PDF – 219.39 KB Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Accusing the Krasnodar regional authorities of clearly wanting to silence a blogger who is well-known for criticizing prominent local figures, RSF had called in vain for Valov’s appeal to be heard in a different region. As a result, the editor of the Blog Sochi news website was prevented from taking part in the rest of the six-hour hearing and from having a final word. His lawyers say they plan to refer the case to a court of cassation. After many postponements, the Krasnodar regional court finally decided on 30 August to confirm the jail term and fine of 700,000 roubles (9,000 euros) that a court in the city of Sochi imposed on Valov in December 2018 on a charge of extorting money from a local parliamentarian. Sochi is part of the Krasnodar region. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RSF_en Follow the news on Russia to go further RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedJudicial harassment читать на русском / read in Russian September 3, 2019 – Updated on December 19, 2019 Russian court upholds six-year sentence for Sochi blogger May 5, 2021 Find out more News News “Upholding this harsh sentence and depriving Alexander Valov of the right to speak at his own appeal showed yet again that he is the victim of persecution,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. When a court of cassation hears this case, the judges must finally take account of the many procedural violations.” Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out more
Derp.Your outdoor news bulletin for April 24, the day Jane Fonda released her first workout video in 1982, sending housewives, and teenage boys everywhere, into a VHS buying frenzy:Armstrong: Tour de U.S. GovernmentThe Justice Department revealed yesterday their plan to take back the millions of dollars the government spent sponsoring confessed doper Lance Armstrong. From 1998 to 2004 the U.S. Postal Service paid Armstrong $17 million, almost half of the $40 million it spent on its cycling team. The filing says that Armstrong was “unjustly enriched” and call for triple damages assessed by the jury. Armstrong and his team of lawyers plan to fight the lawsuit. His defense only has to prove that his doping did not damage the USPS, while the Justice Department will base its case on the illegal status of performance-enhancing drugs in the competitive cycling and Armstrong’s cover-up of his doping habits.Breathe Deep that Clean AirThank the Blue Ridge for our clean mountain air and enjoy a lungful. The American Lung Association released their annual State of the Air report today, and only Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Cincinnati metropolitan area, which extends into Kentucky, made the list in our neck of the woods. Those two were ranked ten and eight on the list of dirty-air cities. The other eight cities were all located in the golden state of California. The rankings were based on which cities have the worst year-round particle pollution, which comes from vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, and other sources.Safe Route Development in Development in Shenandoah ValleyWalking or biking to school has obvious benefits for everyone: exercise and independence for the kids, less toxins in the air, and the parents don’t have to schlep their offspring around anymoI WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND! Schools and communities in the Shenandoah Valley are planning projects to make that happen through the federally funded Safe Routes to School Program. The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted a workshop in Fishersville, Va. to help school administrators and county planners tap into the $4.2 million the program will grant in the next year to make neighborhoods near schools more pedestrian friendly. VDOT is currently supporting 60 ongoing projects statewide. See, the transportation department isn’t all bad, right?
Published on May 11, 2019 at 5:30 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ BALTIMORE — Before the first faceoff, the matchup was clear. Syracuse’s Nick Mellen would be stationed next to Loyola’s Pat Spencer on the edge of SU’s defensive zone. The officials and faceoff specialists readied and Mellen held his long-stick across Spencer’s chest. They had both been there before, facing another team’s best player. Now it was a matter of seeing who was better. For the better part of the last two years, Mellen has simplified SU’s defensive gameplan: No matter the size or skillset of a top-attack, Mellen wouldn’t be unmatched. For the last four years, Loyola deployed Spencer the same way, just on offense. Saturday’s biggest matchup boiled the game down to its core: one-on-one. Spencer hunted for shots and assists. Mellen did anything possible to stop, or at least limit, Spencer’s stardom. In the end, after their greatness linked them together for 60 minutes, Spencer had overpowered Mellen in Loyola’s (12-4, 7-1 Patriot League) 15-13 win over Syracuse (9-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) at the Ridley Athletic Complex. From the sidelines, SU coaches, who spent two weeks planning for Spencer, could just watch. He posted nine points (three goals, six assists), scored when needed and found grey jerseys at crucial moments to lead a Greyhound comeback after facing a four-goal deficit. Spencer’s afternoon — one in which he matched and set numerous NCAA records — ultimately carried Loyola to the second round of the NCAA tournament and ended Syracuse’s season. “He’s a load, number one,” Mellen said of guarding Spencer. “He’s a big guy, too. His vision is tremendous. He’s able to find the open guy even with a lot of pressure on him — by me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKaci Wasilewski | Senior Staff WriterLast week, Mellen downplayed his matchup with Spencer. The redshirt-junior that had locked down Cornell’s Jeff Teat and Hobart’s Eric Holden, among others, saw their clash as another matchup. During film review sessions, coaches would show SU players clips of an opponent’s top-performers. Spencer led off the Loyola highlights. While no Orange coach explicitly said that Mellen would defend Spencer, the defense knew that Mellen would draw the challenge, goalie Drake Porter said. When they went on the practice field to run through sets, Mellen jogged over to freshman attack Mikey Berkman, SU’s scout-team version of Spencer. “We were a little back and forth on things,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said of stopping Spencer. “I didn’t think we helped out like we could’ve. We wanted to see how the game was gonna go, how many opportunities he was gonna have.” In their first in-game battle, Mellen jabbed at Spencer’s stick 30-yards away from the goal. Loyola’s top attack charged left while Mellen side-shuffled. Approaching the crease, Spencer swung the ball to sophomore Aidan Olmstead, who then found senior John Duffy for a score. On fields with no hash marks, Mellen said he relied on other SU defenders to let him know how far he was from the cage since the Orange usually plays on football fields. Against Spencer, however, it didn’t matter. Other Orange jerseys rotated toward Spencer and opened a hole in the zone. Greyhounds head coach Charley Toomey said that his team wanted to attack SU from the goal line. At first, they inverted midfielders to set up big-little matchups. Then, they rolled Spencer behind and let him operate. Desko said that SU was prepared for the strategy. Again, it didn’t matter. The senior attack utilized his 6-foot-3, 205-pound-frame to pound the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Mellen through the zone. Spencer even dotted the midfield to scoop ground balls at times. In the first quarter, while backing Mellen down, Spencer lowered his shoulder and generated space. Facing Porter’s left, Spencer wrapped his stick around his shoulder and slipped one near post. Porter turned and watched the replay. Spencer stared at the net, his work causing those in attendance to gasp loudly. From the sidelines, Desko rubbed his hands together and shook his head. For Mellen, it was the first goal he allowed to his assignment in a month-and-a-half.Kaci Wasilewski | Senior Staff WriterSU committed bodies inside and forced Spencer into four turnovers. Mellen covered his size disadvantage in spurts, consistently watching Spencer’s hips and smacking him with plastic. In one midfield scrum, three SU players collided into Spencer when Brett Kennedy ran in and sent Spencer tumbling.“Sometimes the going gets tight and I feel like I need to make a play and I need to get this team rolling,” Spencer said. “Sometimes I do. But, other times, they’re gonna slide quick and I gotta trust the guys to make the plays.” Down four goals late in the third quarter, Spencer said the offense didn’t rush — they knew they’d have a chance to come back. Standing at the top of the offense, staring back at an Orange zone man-down defense, Spencer picked out Olmstead for a strike. Then, Spencer clogged space and Olmstead found freshman Chase Scanlan for another score. Two back-to-back penalties later, SU had jump-started a Loyola run it couldn’t stop. With 1:11 left in the game, Spencer capped off the victory with a goal that bounced into an open net. Behind him, Mellen walked with hands on his hips. Spencer turned to the Loyola bench while his teammates rushed. Before they reached him, Spencer held his arms out one more time.He was the best player on the field on Saturday. He’d been there before. “I felt like I had (Mellen) from the start,” Spencer said. “He’s a good player. I just think there are spots I was able to get to on the field.” Comments