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Tue Dec 31, 2019, 08:53 AM

5 Stories from Europe You May Have Missed

With it being New Year's Eve, I thought I'd ring out the old year with one more thread

1. Russian Priest Sidelined For Five Years After Signing Open Letter In Defense Of Moscow Protesters

A Russian Orthodox Church court in the Yaroslavl eparchy has issued a five-year work suspension for a priest who in September signed an open letter with dozens of other clergymen urging the authorities to reduce their clampdown and free activists sentenced to prison for attending protests.

The eparchy said the ban's aim is to care for Father Aleksandr Parfyonov, describing it as a "therapeutic church measure, which should bring a person back in the right state of mind so that he continues to serve in the future."


However, the press secretary for the eparchy, Aleksandr Samosky, told Russian media that the church court's ruling wasn't linked to this summer's protests. He didn't specify a reason for Parfyonov's suspension.


Citing passages from the bible and tenets of Christian teaching, the letter signed by the priests condemned the use of force by riot police and appealed to Russia's judges and members of law enforcement.


2. Chinese tourist vandalises cross at Lithuania's top tourist site

A Chinese tourist vandalised Lithuania’s top religious heritage site by removing a wooden cross that expressed support for Hong Kong’s protest movement.


After throwing the cross, she says: “We have done a good thing today. Our motherland is great.”

Another photo posted online shows graffiti on another cross dated later in November that reads “Hope all cockroaches soon rest in peace. Hope HK can return to peace.”


Police have launched an investigation into both incidents at the site in northern Lithuania, which has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries.


3. Bulgarian Poison Probe Focuses On Russian Spy Chief Suspected In Novichok Attack On Skripals

Bulgarian officials say an investigation into the attempted assassination of an arms maker is focusing on five suspected Russian agents -- including a Russian military intelligence general alleged to have commanded a team accused in the 2018 Novichok attack in Britain against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

Authorities in Sofia also confirmed that they are working with the FBI and British medical experts to investigate the two suspected Russian poison attacks in 2015 in Bulgaria against Emiliyan Gebrev, owner of the weapons manufacturer EMCO Ltd.

Evidence about Denis Sergeyev, the purported operational commander behind the March 4, 2018 poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia, was uncovered earlier this year by the British-based open-source investigative group Bellingcat.


4. Greek activists warn of surge in police brutality and rights violations

Greece has seen an alarming rise in police violence, amid reports of unprovoked attacks by officers that have seen protesters beaten with batons and people strip-searched in broad daylight.

Human rights groups, commentators and the country’s leftist opposition have deplored what is increasingly being viewed as the deployment of excessive force by the authorities. Despite a widespread ban in Europe, the use of plastic bullets has also rais


Incidents of police brutality, captured on video and uploaded on social media, have increased markedly since the centre-right New Democracy party led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis ousted Alexis Tsipras’s leftist Syriza in July.

Elected on a tough law-and-order platform with promises to take on radical leftwing and refugee-occupied squats in anarchist enclaves such as Exarchia in central Athens, Mitsotakis’s government appears to have given free reign to security forces.


5. Romania Definitively Acquits Gang Of Alleged Roma Child Traffickers

An appeals court in Romania this week issued a verdict that upheld an acquittal for 25 men accused of trafficking dozens of Roma children across Europe while controlling their families through debt bondage.

The December 23 ruling in the nearly decade-long case, which is final and cannot be appealed, was widely seen as a test of Romania’s commitment to combating modern-day slavery.


Balkan Insight reported that delays characterized the initial trial, which started in 2010, during which lawyers for the defendants were changed, and witnesses either could not be found or their testimony had changed.


Lead British investigator in the case, Bernie Gravett, told the BBC that he had personally seen "truckloads" of evidence being given to Romanian officials in 2010.


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Tue Dec 31, 2019, 09:16 AM

1. Thank you. Would never had any sense that something like the Bulgarian poison

probe of putin spy chief was possible. Heartening.

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Tue Dec 31, 2019, 10:44 AM

3. That Roma story

brought none other than colludy-rudy to mind. He mentioned some workings in Romania in one of those butt-dialed calls. He is wrapped up really tight in the Epstein business workings. Epstein could not have functioned in NYC for so long w/o rudy's help. Human trafficking is the name of the international game going on with the currently impeached one, as long as that secret is kept, everything else is going to continue... stolen elections, money laundering, oiligarchy, most international corruption.

So the Romanian government is a marketing venture, that's sad. As long as people are poor, those who control the resources will exploit them.

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Tue Dec 31, 2019, 10:46 AM

4. +1, Russians & child abuse surrounds Trump and his cronies

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Tue Dec 31, 2019, 10:58 AM

5. Russians have a very strange approach to children and childhood.

When I was in college I was in a seminar with a woman who had lived in Moscow while setting up adoption channels fro Russian children to come to the US for adoption, a legit program. She said that children were normally consigned to communal living institutions where doctors and medical staff raised them while their parents lived in apartments and worked. Thes kids only saw their parents if they came to visit. All the clothing came from a closet that everyone used, They had nothing of their own, not toys or personal items. The facilities were sparce, including appliances for laundry and kitchens, etc.. This was in the 1990s. She gave us a presentation of her work and the photos of the places she visited were stunning in how stark everything looked.

The thought of the vast network of human trafficking hadn't really occurred to me until shortly afterward when discussing the topic relative to the Balkan war of them time with my friend from along the Aegean Sea. I have been suspicious of many organizations who move children about the planet. Slavery is evil whether it's within a family or trafficked humans from elsewhere.

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