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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO and Swedish fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian intelligence-gathering plane that briefly entered Estonian airspace on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday. The Estonian Foreign Ministry called the Russian ambassador to the ministry and gave him a protest note over the incursion, the Estonian defense forces said. Fighters from Denmark as well as …

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Editor’s note: James Stavridis is dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and former supreme allied commander at NATO. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author

(CNN) — Recent developments off the coast of Sweden raise many questions, and we do not as yet have answers.

Last week, Swedish media reported that the country’s military was searching for an underwater vessel, possibly a Russian submarine, after an emergency radio transmission allegedly made in Russian (although Russia has denied it has any vessels in Swedish waters).

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Now, as the Swedish Navy continues to search for the unidentified undersea vessel that may have penetrated the country’s territorial waters, it’s worth keeping in mind some key facts to help place the issue in perspective.

For a start, anti-submarine warfare is complex and very difficult to execute properly. Especially in the close confines of territorial waters, the advantages tend to accrue to the submarine. The rocky floor of an inland sea like the Baltic can mask acoustic signatures that give watching ships, helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft the ability to track and identify a subsurface contact.

Second, this is happening against the backdrop of the Swedish Navy and Air Force having suffered significant budget cuts over the past decades. As a general proposition, the Swedes have a capable and professional force. But since the end of the Cold War, they have not invested heavily in anti-submarine warfare capability.

They are not alone in this regard — many of the other European nations have likewise cut back in this area given a sense that anti-submarine warfare was something they would have needed against the USSR during the Cold War but less so during pre-Ukrainian crisis days with Russia.

And although Sweden is not a NATO member, meaning this operation is a national effort, it is a very strong partner to NATO and has been involved deeply in positive ways in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Libya and other operations. Yet the fact remains that there is no treaty obligation on the part of NATO to be involved. If the Swedes ask for help, it is likely that NATO would respond, but to date they have not done so.

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PanARMENIAN.Net – NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing, the Associated Press reports.

Lt. Col. Robert Gericke said the Russian aircraft were flying in international airspace and had not violated the territory of alliance members.

Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said.

“Once identification was successful, the intercept mission was completed and the two Hornets returned to their base,” a NATO statement said.

Earlier, the Latvian military tweeted that NATO F-16 jets were dispatched on Tuesday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft over the Baltic Sea. Gericke confirmed that NATO jets had also intercepted a Russian aircraft that day, but could not immediately provide more details.

NATO, which has 16 fighter jets in the region monitoring Baltic airspace, said it regularly launches jets to identify “unknown or potentially hostile aircraft” in the proximity of national airspace.

There were two similar incidents in the region on Oct 7 and Sept 11, but on neither occasion did the Russian aircraft constitute a threat to NATO forces, the alliance said.

In the past five days, the Swedish Navy has been combing the Stockholm archipelago for signs of a foreign submarine that officials suspect entered its territorial waters illegally. It hasn’t officially linked Russia to the suspected intrusion.

The Finnish military says that Russian military aircraft have violated the small Nordic country’s airspace five times this year, and the Environment Institute said Russian military ships had twice intercepted one of its research vessels in international waters.

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NATO scrambled fighter jets to intercept Russian aircraft in the proximity of allied airspace over the Baltic Sea on two separate occasions this week, the organization confirmed Tuesday. The incidents occurred amid concern that the Russian military has increased activity in the region in recent days.

Two Canadian F-18 Hornet fighters intercepted a Russian surveillance plane on Monday, the Associated Press reports. The NATO aircraft followed the surveillance plane for about 15 minutes and determined that it didn’t constitute a threat to allied forces.Once identification was successful, the intercept mission was completed and the two Hornets returned to their base [in Lithuania], NATO said in a statement. The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace throughout the encounter and never crossed into sovereign territory, Lt. Col. Robert Gericke said.

In a separate incident, the Latvian military said that NATO fighter jets were deployed on Tuesday to intercept a Russian surveillance aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea. Gericke confirmed the incident, but additional details on the encounter weren’t immediately available.NATO said Tuesday that it regularly scrambles fighter jets to assess potential threats to the airspace of member nations. The alliance maintains a force of 16 fighter jets to defend the Baltic region.

The interception of the Russian surveillance plane occurred just days after Sweden released a photo of what was believed to be a foreign submarine operating less than 30 miles from the countrys capital in Stockholm, Reuters reported. Three separate sightings confirmed the presence of a submerged vessel.

The Swedish military began its hunt for the vessel after it intercepted a radio transmission in Russian on an emergency frequency, sources told local newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. However, the Russian Defense Ministry has denied involvement in the incident.

Russian Navy ships and submarines are fulfilling their duties in the world ocean waters in accordance with the plan, a defense ministry official said, according to Interfax news agency. There are no extraordinary, let alone emergency, situations involving Russian warships.

Coupled with its actions in Ukraine, Russias increased military activity over the Baltic Sea has led to increased tensions between Moscow and NATO. Finnish military officials claim that Russia has violated Finlands airspace five times in 2014, while NATO has intercepted Russian aircraft on at least two other occasions since September.

Russia is modernizing its military equipment and testing it, but there are also more military exercises, former Swedish defense minister Karin Enstrm told Newsweek. Its a sign of Russia increasing its military capabilities, both when it comes to equipment and fighting abilities. These developments in combination with the war in Ukraine are very serious and alarming. Ukraine is impacting on our part of the world very negatively.

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Russian Military Activity Increasing? NATO Intercepts Surveillance Aircrafts Over Baltic Sea

NATOscrambled fighterjetstwice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

Lt.-Col. Robert Gericke said the Russian aircraft were flying in international airspace and had not violated the territory of alliance members.

Two Canadian CF-18 Hornetjetswere scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATOsaid.

“Once identification was successful, the intercept mission was completed and the two Hornets returned to their base,” aNATOstatement said.

Earlier, the Latvian military tweeted thatNATOF-16jetswere dispatched on Tuesday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft over the Baltic Sea. Gericke confirmed thatNATOjets had also intercepted a Russian aircraft that day, but could not immediately provide more details.

NATO, which has 16 fighterjetsin the region monitoring Baltic airspace, said it regularly launchesjetsto identify “unknown or potentially hostile aircraft” in the proximity of national airspace.

There were two similar incidents in the region on Oct. 7 and Sept. 11, but on neither occasion did the Russian aircraft constitute a threat toNATOforces, the alliance said.

In the past five days, the Swedish navy has been combing the Stockholm archipelago for signs of a foreign submarine that officials suspect entered its territorial waters illegally. It hasn’t officially linked Russia to the suspected intrusion.

The Finnish military says that Russian military aircraft have violated the small Nordic country’s airspace five times this year, and the Environment Institute said Russian military ships had twice intercepted one of its research vessels in international waters.

On Sept. 5, an Estonian security service officer was detained on the Russian border Estonia and Russia disagree on which side of it and is still in custody in Moscow.

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NATO scrambled fighter jets including two Canadian F-18s twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Gericke said the Russian aircraft were flying in international airspace and had not violated the territory of alliance members.

Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said.

Once identification was successful, the intercept mission was completed and the two Hornets returned to their base, a NATO statement said.

Earlier, the Latvian military tweeted that NATO F-16 jets were dispatched on Tuesday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft over the Baltic Sea. Gericke confirmed that NATO jets had also intercepted a Russian aircraft that day, but could not immediately provide more details.

NATO, which has 16 fighter jets in the region monitoring Baltic airspace, said it regularly launches jets to identify unknown or potentially hostile aircraft in the proximity of national airspace.

There were two similar incidents in the region on Oct. 7 and Sept. 11, but on neither occasion did the Russian aircraft constitute a threat to NATO forces, the alliance said.

In the past five days, the Swedish Navy has been combing the Stockholm archipelago for signs of a foreign submarine that officials suspect entered its territorial waters illegally. It hasnt officially linked Russia to the suspected intrusion.

The Finnish military says that Russian military aircraft have violated the small Nordic countrys airspace five times this year, and the Environment Institute said Russian military ships had twice intercepted one of its research vessels in international waters.

On Sept. 5 an Estonian security service officer was detained on the Russian border Estonia and Russia disagree on which side of it and is still in custody in Moscow.

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Looking to cram this weekend for the upcoming Coachella festival? The below records by artists playing at the annual festival, which begins April 11, are worthy of pre-festival focus:

The Knife, Shaking the Habitual (Rabid Records)

Swedish avant-pop duo the Knife have been releasing records for 15 years, confounding expectations, drawing followers, crafting a strange, visually impressive project of which music is the most prominent of many disciplines. Their videos are a trip, and their performances are legendary. Their most recent album, Shaking the Habitual, came out in 2013 and landed on many best-of-the-year lists. If you missed it, catch up quick.

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A strange, oddly affecting record with skewed rhythms, extended ambient meditations and epic workouts, and the curious singing of lead vocalist Karin Dreijer Andersson and brother-producer-backing vocalist Olof Dreijer, Shaking is a tough first (and second, and third) listen. But after adjusting to their musical dialect, the work blossoms.

Future Islands, Singles (4AD)

Last year I had dinner with an operative at 4AD Records who enthusiastically said that the tastemaking indie had just signed Baltimore synthpop trio Future Islands. Before then, the band had teetered on the brink. Charismatic vocalist Samuel T. Herring had other creative opportunities but resolved to fully commit to Future Islands. Id long been a fan of the bands thrilling live shows, so the 4AD signing was a good portent, one that has paid off with their breakout album sparked by a great performance of Seasons (Waiting for You) on Late Show With David Letterman.

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Despite its name, Singles isnt a greatest hits collection at least yet. But among its 10 tracks are a few that pack as much potential as Seasons. The best, Back in the Tall Grass and closer A Dream of You and Me, contain a similar channeling of emotion, one whose lyrics are as confident and borderline cheesy as the glorious Ive been waiting on you! refrain of Seasons.

Motrhead, Aftershock (UDR)

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The islands around Prague are still too ravaged by the aftermath of the floods, but that doesn’t mean the long-running United Islands festival will be a washout. The festival – celebrating its 10th anniversary and now with the elongated name United Islands by esk spoitelna – has landed at Ladronka.

Some 195 artists are set to perform across two days on seven open-air stages, including a jazz stage at Portheimka. The jazz stage was originally set for the bar Jazz Dock but had to be moved since the bar, actually built on a dock, suffered damage and is closed for repairs.

United Islands by esk spoitelna When: June 21-22; Fri. 3-10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Where: Ladronka, Prague 6; Portheimka, Prague 5 Tickets: Free

The most anticipated artist was the headliner, long kept a secret: Aloe Blacc, the American soul-pop singer behind the international hit song “I Need a Dollar,” will play Saturday, June 22, at 8:45 p.m. on the main stage. This will be his first show in the Czech Republic. His music can be described as a catchy mix of mainstream pop and blues, with Latin and jazz influences.

Elsewhere, UK-based indie pop band Citizens! will also play Saturday on the main stage at 5:45 p.m. The band’s light and melodious pop rock is produced by Alex Kapranos, lead singer of popular Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand.

The festival is also celebrating what would have been the 80th birthday of Vclav Havel’s first wife, Olga Havlov, a prominent Czech dissident who committed her life to fostering a civic society. The Plastic People of the Universe, which has long roots in the underground culture scene of 1970s Czechoslovakia, will play on the Garage Stage Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m. There will also be theater performances and a collection of photographs related to Havlov life and legacy.

Other notable performers Friday include: Acollective from Israel, Princess Chelsea from New Zealand, Aly Keita and Kareyce Fotso from Mali and Cameroon, and Prago Union from the Czech Republic. Worthwhile performers to see Saturday are Swedish band Slagsmlsklubben, We Were Evergreen from France and John Primer from the United States. Each night after the open-air day events have finished, DJs and after-parties will continue at local clubs.

A program of the whole weekend’s events can be found on Unitedislands.cz.

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Stockholm Internet Forum Promotes Freedom and Openness
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By Malou Mangahas, PCIJ

STOCKHOLM, Sweden Freedom for all, and all stakeholders speaking out with equal voice, on how to govern the Internet. Internet Freedom. Internet for Freedom.

These issues drive the two-day Stockholm Internet Forum 2013 (SIF13) that opens today, May 22 in this country that ranks top in the world for leveraging the potentials of the Internet, according to the latest Web Index.

The forum focuses on two themes Internet Freedom and Security, and Internet Freedom and Development. Policymakers, netizens, techies, activists, and business and civil society representatives from 93 countries are participants.

(The PCIJ is attending the conference on invitation of the forum organizers, namely, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, .Se or The Internet Infrastructure Foundation of Sweden, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency or SIDA.)

At the reception for delegates on Tuesday, Fadi Chehade, president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), called the Internet a free gift for all the people. It would thus be wrong for any one party, organization, or government to propose to control or govern it by itself, he said.

While some countries like the United States have played a big part in developing it, Chehade notes that even the US acknowledges that there is need everywhere for this great resource.

No one organization, no one country, no one government, no one, period, can control the Internet, he said. And we must respect it and govern it like that.

However, across nations and regions of the world, he noted that some parties have done a pretty miserable job of managing the Internet.

The conundrum that confronts governments, civil society, academia, and business is precisely how to manage this resources that spans the planet and crosses borders.

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Mitt Romney's Tax Returns: What Else is He Hiding?
Share this: OFA.BO Tweet this: OFA.BO Mitt Romney finally released a second year of tax returns. And with it, some troubling new information: -From his 2010 release: Romney has a Swiss bank account and owns a corporation in Bermuda -This year's tax returns are 813 pages. More than 65% of them deal with his overseas investments. -His overseas investments include huge investments in a Chinese oil company. -Dozens of foreign accounts. -Millions of dollars of Romney's money are stashed away in notorious tax havens. -Stocks in the Russian oil giant Gazprom. -And he's betting against the dollar by investing in the Norwegian krone, the Australian dollar, the Swedish krona, and the Canadian dollar. This is only the tip of the iceberg mdash;Romney has only released two years of tax returns, both from after he started running for President. He's still failing to match the precedent set by other Presidential candidates. Why won't Mitt Romney match other Presidential candidates, including his father? Why won't he come clean with the American people? What else is he hiding?From:MyObama24Views:0 0ratingsTime:01:41More inNews Politics

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Ansari School in Egypt Raided by National Security of Egypt
On the second of Muharram 1435 Hijri in the Gregorian year of 2012 On Friday, during the Friday prayer, the private residence and gathering place of the Ansar of Imam Al Mahdi as in Egypt was raided by the Egyptian National Security, They entered the residence and asked for the passports of the individuals and they found 6 individuals with expired Visas and they sent them back to their home country, one of whom was mentally challenged, They left the rest of the Ansar, since they had not committed any crime. We are not a terrorist group, we have pregnant women and children with us, The nationalities of the Ansar are American, British, Egyptian, French, Trinidadian, Algerian, Pakistani, Serbian, Turkish, German, Swedish and many more. They were in Egypt legally and would always go to renew their VISAs and the ones whose visas were expired were only expired recently and there is a window of 15 days which the government allows to renew the VISA Nonetheless After the incident and after the national security left us after we had contacted our embassies, the Egyptian press which is known for its lies and deceit and the Egyptian press which is influenced by the Wahabbi regime and school of thought of Saudi Arabia printed lies about us in order to push the Egyptian extremists to harm us. The Egyptian press along with its associate websites, newspapers and news channels said about us that we were terrorists and under investigation for terrorism, they said we were responsible for …From:diewahrheitistdaViews:1 0ratingsTime:12:39More inNews Politics

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TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Oct 29, 2012) – Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp. (TSX VENTURE: SSS) (“the Company”), a life sciences development company for stem cell-based medicines, today reported its admission to the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine”s (CCRM) industry consortium.

“We are the only public Canadian company to be part of CCRM”s twenty-member consortium of international leaders in the regenerative medicine arena, a consortium designed to bridge business and scientific expertise to translate stem cell-based and regenerative medicine discoveries into commercial products and therapies,” said David Allan, Executive Chairman of Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp. “Participating in this consortium links us to one of the key hubs in Canada for the commercialization of this country”s extraordinary output in stem cell-based science.”

The corporate objectives for repositioning the Company include the now-announced involvement with CCRM, the identification and acquisition of additional technologies that will serve to attract capital to revitalize our organization, and striving to extract value from the important patented approaches for the stimulation of endogenous stem cells from Dr. Sam Weiss on which this Company was founded. Stem Cell is pleased to announce this involvement with CCRM as well as the receipt of US$175,000 of a $250,000 arrangement with NeuroNova AB, a Swedish private company developing new therapeutics for ALS and Parkinson”s. The full payment will settle a patent interference case initiated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office under which Stem Cell has withdrawn certain pending and issued patents to treat Parkinson”s disease.

The Company further advises that two additional patient have now been enrolled in its ongoing trial in Traumatic Brain Injury at Calgary”s Foothills Hospital. These patients bring the trial to the midpoint of enrollment, restoring the prospect of the trial to meet the original timelines anticipated by the investigators after enduring a slow initial recruitment period. The Company continues to concentrate its efforts on the conclusion of its remaining objectives.

About Stem Cell Therapeutics:

Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp. (TSX VENTURE:SSS) is a Canadian commercialization receptor company in the business of developing stem cell-based therapeutics through partnerships with research institutions or technology transfer organizations. The Company”s corporate objectives include the analysis and acquisition of additional stem cell-related development opportunities and securing capital for the advancement of the licensed or acquired products. SCT has extensive expertise and experience in the stem cell biotechnology sector based on the intellectual property of Dr. Samuel Weiss in stem cell research. SCT proposes to build upon this existing pipeline of stem cell technologies by acquiring new early-stage clinical or late-stage preclinical candidates. SCT”s Traumatic Brain Injury product, NTx-428, is currently in a Phase II clinical trial. For more information, visit: http://www.stemcellthera.com

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information:

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian provincial securities legislation (collectively, the “forward-looking statements”). These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, SCT”s objectives, goals, targets, strategies, intentions, plans, beliefs, estimates and outlook, and can, in some cases, be identified by the use of words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “may” and other similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management”s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these expectations include, among other things: uncertainties and risks related to, the availability of capital, changes in capital markets, uncertainties related to clinical trials and product development, rapid technological change, uncertainties related to forecasts, competition, potential product liability, unproven markets for technologies in development, the cost and supply of raw materials, management of growth, effects of payers”” willingness to pay for products, risks related to regulatory matters and risks related to intellectual property matters. Additional information about these factors and about the material factors or assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements may be found in the body of this news release, as well as under the heading “Risk Factors” contained in SCT”s 2010 annual information form. SCT cautions that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive.

When relying on SCT”s forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to SCT, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of estimates and assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, assumptions regarding the availability of financing for research and development companies in addition to general business and economic conditions. These risks and uncertainties should be considered carefully and investors and others should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, SCT cannot provide assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. SCT undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

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Wealthy Swedes stashing away fortunes in tax havens are increasingly being caught thanks to information exchange agreements between Sweden and countries like Switzerland and Luxembourg.

In 2011 the net inflow of private capital to Sweden grew five-fold, from two to 10 billion kronor ($300 million – $1.5 billion), according to figures from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

Over six billion kronor have come in from Switzerland and Luxembourg alone.

“In 2011 there was a heavy net inflow of capital for individuals, and that net inflow comes specifically from the countries with which we have established information exchange agreements”, Margaretha Nystrm of the Swedish Tax Agency told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

In October 2010, the Swedish government signed a deal with Luxembourg giving Swedish authorities the right to demand that banks in Luxembourg hand over information about their customers’ assets.

Such deals are part of the reason behind the large inflow of capital into Sweden. Another explanation is that Swedes with money hidden abroad are now allowed to move that money home to without receiving tax penalties.

The individual concerned must then register a correction and pay taxes for the past five years.

“There are corrections where the capital for a single individual has reached up to 100 million kronor,” said Margaretha Nystrm.

“One should be aware that these people have paid tax on the capital in the country where it has been kept. They have the right to claim deductions in the foreign state. Sometimes it concerns inherited money that was placed abroad as far back as the Second World War, and that has now been brought home.”

Nystrm added that tax dodgers are aware that the authorities in Sweden are now able to get more information about their assets.

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Prisoner of Conscience Represents ‘Further Nail in the Coffin’ for Freedom of Speech in Belarus

Contact: Sharon Singh, ssingh@aiusa.org, 202-675-8579, @spksingh

(Washington, D.C.) Amnesty International today urged Belarusian authorities to immediately release a journalism student who faces up to seven years in prison, stemming from a picture he posted of a stunt involving teddy bears.

Photographer Anton Suryapin, 20, was charged after a Swedish advertising company, Studio Total, dropped hundreds of teddy bears carrying placards in support of free speech over north-western Belarus on the July 4. Suryapin was detained on July 13 after posting photographs of the stunt on the website Belarusian News Photos.

Suryapin had no connections with Studio Total and merely posted the pictures as part of his journalistic activities. Studio Total’s Tomas Mazetti said the agency had no contact with Anton Suryapin and denounced the arrest.

“The charges against Anton Suryapin represent a further nail in the coffin of freedom of expression and association in Belarus,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty Internationals director for Europe and Central Asia. “Spurious charges are frequently used in the country in an attempt to silence those working to defend human rights.”

Belarus authorities charged Suryapin on July 13 under suspicion of having illegally assisted an organized group cross the border of Belarus. According to Belarusian law, he should have been charged or released before July 23. He was not released on Monday and Amnesty International assumes therefore that he was charged.

Studio Total says the teddy-bear stunt was carried out to highlight the clampdown on freedom of expression in Belarus. Video footage released by the agency on July 5 shows two people wearing teddy bear masks throwing toy bears out of the airplane. Though police in Ivyanets quickly gathered up the teddy bears, eyewitnesses interviewed by Radio Free Europe and Belarusian independent media confirmed that they had seen the teddy bears fall from the aircraft.

Syarhei Basharimau, who works for a rental agency, reportedly rented a flat to the two Swedes connected to the airplane stunt and was detained on July 10. He was charged under the same article under which Suryapin is being held, and could also face up to seven years in prison.

Amnesty International considers Suryapin to be a prisoner of conscience, charged solely for the non-violent expression of his conscientiously held beliefs. The human rights organization demands that the charges against both men be dropped and for them to be released.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –Swedish Skin Care’s RAZOR BURN FREEDOM for Women has been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors (ICMAD) seventh annual Cosmetic Innovators of the Year (CITY) Awards.

Swedish Skin Care’s RAZOR BURN FREEDOM for Women was one of three finalists under the Members’ Choice: Bath, Body & Hair category. A total of 35 beauty brands were selected by a panel of industry experts, who voted on finalists based on innovative products, packaging, and advertising/marketing concepts from 2011. There are 14 award categories.

The ICMAD CITY Awards Ceremony takes place at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York, NY on June 20.

“Making the list of finalists is a huge honor for our product and company,” explained Swedish Skin Care CEO Bengt Johansson. “Our goal was to create a product specifically for women that not only was highly effective for all post hair-removal skin symptoms, but also provided exceptional hydration, a healthy-looking glow and ease of use. We are thrilled to have succeeded.”

About RAZOR BURN FREEDOM for Women

Doctor developed in Sweden, this patented, triple-action formula is (the company believes) the first treatment of its kind formulated exclusively for women and their specific post hair-removal skin needs. Boosted with rejuvenating vitamin C, soothing chamomile and deeply calming Gorgonian Extract from the Caribbean Sea, the product is not limited to razor burn symptoms. It works well after waxing, electrolysis, threading, tweezing and laser hair removal on both face and body.

RAZOR BURN FREEDOM for Women is paraben and fragrance free. It is offered in a 3.38 fl oz / 100 ml pump spray bottle with a suggested retail price of $30 and is available at http://www.SwedishSkinCare.com. The company includes a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. For more information contact Swedish Skin Care at info@SwedishSkinCare.com or call 888.658.7546 (SKIN).

Media Contact: Bengt Johansson, 888.658.7546, info@SwedishSkinCare.com

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