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Adviser to Roscosmos' chief arrested on suspicion of passing information to NATO intelligence

Adviser to Roscosmos' chief arrested on suspicion of passing information to NATO intelligence

By Jonny Tickle




The adviser to the head of Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of treason. 

Formerly a journalist, Ivan Safronov was working at Roscosmos for two months. According to Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, Safronov is accused of working for a foreign intelligence agency, and passing secret information about military technology and the Russian defense industry to an unspecified NATO country. 


His arrest does not concern his current work with Roscosmos.

Earlier, media speculation linked his arrest to his previous reporting on the military-industrial complex, in particular, a story on an aircraft sale to Egypt, published in Russian newspaper Kommersant.

If charged and found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Born in Moscow in 1990, Safronov worked as a journalist for well-respected newspapers Kommersant and Vedomosti. In May, he was appointed adviser to Dmitry Rogozin, the director-general of Roscosmos.

Speaking to news agency TASS, Rogozin explained that Safronov “did not have access to classified information,” but said that he has known the ex-journalist for several years, and never doubted his “high professionalism and personal decency.”

Safronov left Kommersant in 2019 following a scandal, after writing an article about the possible resignation of Valentina Matviyenko, the head of Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council. A spokesman for the Federation Council called the piece a rumor. Following complaints by the paper’s ownership, Safronov resigned from the politics department, along with more than 10 other journalists.

“Whether I like it or not, it doesn’t matter: the publishing house has an owner, he has the right to determine who will work in his asset – Vanya Safronov or someone else,” he wrote.


(RT)
By Jonny Tickle




The adviser to the head of Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of treason. 

Formerly a journalist, Ivan Safronov was working at Roscosmos for two months. According to Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, Safronov is accused of working for a foreign intelligence agency, and passing secret information about military technology and the Russian defense industry to an unspecified NATO country. 


His arrest does not concern his current work with Roscosmos.

Earlier, media speculation linked his arrest to his previous reporting on the military-industrial complex, in particular, a story on an aircraft sale to Egypt, published in Russian newspaper Kommersant.

If charged and found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Born in Moscow in 1990, Safronov worked as a journalist for well-respected newspapers Kommersant and Vedomosti. In May, he was appointed adviser to Dmitry Rogozin, the director-general of Roscosmos.

Speaking to news agency TASS, Rogozin explained that Safronov “did not have access to classified information,” but said that he has known the ex-journalist for several years, and never doubted his “high professionalism and personal decency.”

Safronov left Kommersant in 2019 following a scandal, after writing an article about the possible resignation of Valentina Matviyenko, the head of Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council. A spokesman for the Federation Council called the piece a rumor. Following complaints by the paper’s ownership, Safronov resigned from the politics department, along with more than 10 other journalists.

“Whether I like it or not, it doesn’t matter: the publishing house has an owner, he has the right to determine who will work in his asset – Vanya Safronov or someone else,” he wrote.


(RT)

SERAP asks fair trial for Magu over alleged infractions

SERAP asks fair trial for Magu over alleged infractions

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A non governmental organisation "Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project" (SERAP) has expressed “concerns about reports that the apparently arbitrary arrest of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, may be ‘the outcome of power-play’ at the highest levels of government.”

SERAP called on authorities to afford acting Chairman of the EFCC his constitutionally and internationally guaranteed fair trial rights in the ongoing probe over alleged infractions on duty.

According to SERAP, Mr Magu is reportedly still being detained in police custody on the orders of a presidential panel probing alleged infractions against him, adding that a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) has reportedly stated that Magu’s arrest may be due to “an outcome of power-play by power blocs in the corridors of power that is not really interested in, or in support of, President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.”


In a statement today by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “The reported statement by a member of PACAC seems to suggest that Magu’s arrest may be politically motivated and aim to undermine the independence and freedom of action of the EFCC. If true, this would make a mockery of Buhari’s oft-repeated commitment to fight grand corruption and the impunity of perpetrators, which is fuelling widespread and systemic corruption in the country.”

The statement, read in part: “SERAP urges the authorities to afford Magu his constitutionally and internationally guaranteed fair trial rights. Magu must either be charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released immediately and allowed to do his job without fear of reprisals.”

“Nigerian authorities cannot continue to keep Magu in detention under suspicious circumstances without bringing any legitimate charges against him in violation of national and international law.”

“Nigerian authorities must support the independence and freedom of action of anti-corruption agencies and institutions if they are to be able to genuinely fight grand corruption, which has for many years turned public service for many into a kind of criminal enterprise.”

“Nigerian authorities should focus on addressing the impact of corruption such as political violence, and denial of access for millions of Nigerians to even the most basic health and education services, as well as other patterns of human rights violations.”

“Improving the independence of anti-corruption agencies and institutions is the most promising way to make tangible progress in the fight against corruption now and in the near future.”

“Article 9(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Nigeria is a state party guarantee to everyone the right to liberty and security of person, and that no one should be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention.”

“Similarly, Section 35(1) of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) guarantees to every person the right to personal liberty and that no person should be arbitrarily deprived of such liberty.”
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A non governmental organisation "Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project" (SERAP) has expressed “concerns about reports that the apparently arbitrary arrest of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, may be ‘the outcome of power-play’ at the highest levels of government.”

SERAP called on authorities to afford acting Chairman of the EFCC his constitutionally and internationally guaranteed fair trial rights in the ongoing probe over alleged infractions on duty.

According to SERAP, Mr Magu is reportedly still being detained in police custody on the orders of a presidential panel probing alleged infractions against him, adding that a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) has reportedly stated that Magu’s arrest may be due to “an outcome of power-play by power blocs in the corridors of power that is not really interested in, or in support of, President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.”


In a statement today by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “The reported statement by a member of PACAC seems to suggest that Magu’s arrest may be politically motivated and aim to undermine the independence and freedom of action of the EFCC. If true, this would make a mockery of Buhari’s oft-repeated commitment to fight grand corruption and the impunity of perpetrators, which is fuelling widespread and systemic corruption in the country.”

The statement, read in part: “SERAP urges the authorities to afford Magu his constitutionally and internationally guaranteed fair trial rights. Magu must either be charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released immediately and allowed to do his job without fear of reprisals.”

“Nigerian authorities cannot continue to keep Magu in detention under suspicious circumstances without bringing any legitimate charges against him in violation of national and international law.”

“Nigerian authorities must support the independence and freedom of action of anti-corruption agencies and institutions if they are to be able to genuinely fight grand corruption, which has for many years turned public service for many into a kind of criminal enterprise.”

“Nigerian authorities should focus on addressing the impact of corruption such as political violence, and denial of access for millions of Nigerians to even the most basic health and education services, as well as other patterns of human rights violations.”

“Improving the independence of anti-corruption agencies and institutions is the most promising way to make tangible progress in the fight against corruption now and in the near future.”

“Article 9(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Nigeria is a state party guarantee to everyone the right to liberty and security of person, and that no one should be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention.”

“Similarly, Section 35(1) of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) guarantees to every person the right to personal liberty and that no person should be arbitrarily deprived of such liberty.”

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY 2020 : PRAYERS FOR YOUR NATION

OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY 2020 : PRAYERS FOR YOUR NATION

THEME: PRAYERS FOR YOUR NATION (DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)

MEMORY VERSE: 1 Timothy 2:2

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

BIBLE READING: 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4

1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.



READ:

Open Heaven Daily Devotional For Tuesday 7th July 2020 – We Are Going Higher: Worship

#MESSAGE







PRAYERS

1. Praise God for your nation. Bless Him for all the natural and human resources that He has given your nation.

2. Father, please have mercy on my nation for all the sins that have been committed on our land. Lord, please have mercy.

3. Father, cause a great revival to break forth in my nation like in the days of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

4. Father, hear the cry of the poor, oppressed and needy in my nation.

5. Father, arise and let the enemies of my nation scatter.

6. Father, give the leaders of my nation wisdom to govern us correctly in the mighty name of Jesus.

7. Lord, destroy every disease the devil is using to take the lives of people in my nation.

8. Father, make my nation great spiritually, economically, technologically, and in all other positive ways.

9. Father, put an end to terrorism, wars, crime and disunity in my nation.

10. Father, let all the lawmakers and government officials in my nation carry out their duties according to Your leading.

11. Father, breathe into the educational sector of my nation so that crime and disunity in my nation.

12. Special prayer request for your nation.
I join my faith with yours and pray that the Lord will grant all your requests for your nation, in the mighty name of Jesus.


KEY POINT


Never join others to curse your nation; rather, pray always for the good of your nation.




HYMNAL

IN CHRIST ALONE


1. In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All

2. In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ live.

3. There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine

4. No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home





BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 1:1-31 - 4:1-6


THEME: PRAYERS FOR YOUR NATION (DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE)

MEMORY VERSE: 1 Timothy 2:2

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

BIBLE READING: 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4

1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.



READ:

Open Heaven Daily Devotional For Tuesday 7th July 2020 – We Are Going Higher: Worship

#MESSAGE







PRAYERS

1. Praise God for your nation. Bless Him for all the natural and human resources that He has given your nation.

2. Father, please have mercy on my nation for all the sins that have been committed on our land. Lord, please have mercy.

3. Father, cause a great revival to break forth in my nation like in the days of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

4. Father, hear the cry of the poor, oppressed and needy in my nation.

5. Father, arise and let the enemies of my nation scatter.

6. Father, give the leaders of my nation wisdom to govern us correctly in the mighty name of Jesus.

7. Lord, destroy every disease the devil is using to take the lives of people in my nation.

8. Father, make my nation great spiritually, economically, technologically, and in all other positive ways.

9. Father, put an end to terrorism, wars, crime and disunity in my nation.

10. Father, let all the lawmakers and government officials in my nation carry out their duties according to Your leading.

11. Father, breathe into the educational sector of my nation so that crime and disunity in my nation.

12. Special prayer request for your nation.
I join my faith with yours and pray that the Lord will grant all your requests for your nation, in the mighty name of Jesus.


KEY POINT


Never join others to curse your nation; rather, pray always for the good of your nation.




HYMNAL

IN CHRIST ALONE


1. In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All

2. In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ live.

3. There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine

4. No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home





BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 1:1-31 - 4:1-6


Strange War Plane Bombs Turkish-Backed Forces In Northern Syria

Strange War Plane Bombs Turkish-Backed Forces In Northern Syria

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An unknown war plane on Monday carried out a raid on the positions of the Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria.

Reports from northern Syria as cited by AMN stated that an unidentified aircraft, possibly belonging to the U.S. Coalition, bombed the sites belonging to the Turkish-backed forces in the Al-Raqqa Governorate.

The outskirts of Hammam Al-Turkman in the countryside of Tal Abyad, which is controlled by forces loyal to Turkey was said to have been targeted by the first airstrike while the second airstrike targeted a neighbouring area, but it caused limited damage and no casualties.

According to the report, the third raid targeted the village of Abu Shakhat near Al-Mabrouka in the Ras al-Ain countryside. No casualties were reported.

Since the bombings, the Turkish-backed militants have been high alert, especially after their forces were targeted in a number of areas where they have launched attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Russian-backed Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

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An unknown war plane on Monday carried out a raid on the positions of the Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria.

Reports from northern Syria as cited by AMN stated that an unidentified aircraft, possibly belonging to the U.S. Coalition, bombed the sites belonging to the Turkish-backed forces in the Al-Raqqa Governorate.

The outskirts of Hammam Al-Turkman in the countryside of Tal Abyad, which is controlled by forces loyal to Turkey was said to have been targeted by the first airstrike while the second airstrike targeted a neighbouring area, but it caused limited damage and no casualties.

According to the report, the third raid targeted the village of Abu Shakhat near Al-Mabrouka in the Ras al-Ain countryside. No casualties were reported.

Since the bombings, the Turkish-backed militants have been high alert, especially after their forces were targeted in a number of areas where they have launched attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Russian-backed Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

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