Basketball “new York Knicks” suspended for 20 games for doping

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French center of the NBA “new York Knicks” Joakim Noah suspended for 20 games for violating anti-doping rules

The doping sample of the Frenchman Joakim Noah, playing in the NBA, “new York Knicks” at the center position and gave a positive result on a dietary Supplement, which is prohibited under the current collective agreement, according to Yahoo! Sports. 32-year-old basketball player suspended for 20 games. 10 he will miss games this season, with 10 in the next.

Noah spends in the tenth NBA season. In 2007, he was chosen “Chicago” on the draft beginners under the ninth common room. While playing in the “bulls” French center participated twice in the all-star game. In 2014, he was named the best defensive player in the NBA.

In 2016, the basketball player on the free agent moved to the “new York Knicks”, with the club writing for a four-year contract for $72 million In February 2017, he received a hip injury and since then did not go into the Playground. He later underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Joakim Noah is the son of the winner “Rolan Garros”-1983 Yannick Noah. Tennis is the only Frenchman in the entire Open era, winning the men’s singles at the tournament “Grand slam”. In 80-e years it was the first racket of the world in a pair and the third number of the ATP ranking in singles. In 1982, Yannick Noah won in the Davis Cup team of France together with Henri Leconte.

Boronenkov was guarded by the officer of special troops of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine

Denis Boronenkov to 5 star Kiev hotel “Premier Palace” the day before yesterday was accompanied by the officer of the Main intelligence Directorate of the defense Ministry of Ukraine Oleg Petrov. This information was published in the social network, chief editor of “Censor. no” Yury Butusov.


Voronkov in a black suit texting, next to the white jacket on his guard.

“Security Boronenkov was carried out by the Main intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of defence”, – Butusov wrote, saying that the soldier got a heavy in the side. He also called the behavior of the guard, who managed to grab the gun and open fire on fleeing criminals, heroic.

“At the same time, I hope there will be an investigation of circumstances of attempt, reasons Boronenkov held meetings in a public place where security is necessary to attract a large force, and why his car was not drove into the underground garage of the hotel, what would be the most safe”, – Butusov wrote.

At yesterday’s briefing, the Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko called the secret service, charged with securing Denis Boronenkov and Mary Maksakova. Because of this with a light hand, Ukrainian journalists fell “bumps” on the SBU and UDO (Management of sovereign protection, which takes care of the personal protection of public figures). Advisers to the heads of these secret services for Thursday and patiently was justified in front of the perturbed public. Say, some “flaws” behavior personal bodyguard Boronenkov – not on our conscience.

People’s Deputy of Ukraine and a freelance adviser to the Minister of internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko is convinced that commando DIU Oleg Petrov should be presented to the state award, because despite the injury managed to stop the killer “and gave the opportunity to solve the crime in hot pursuit” (?? – ed.).

“The wounded bodyguard must be submitted to the state award for what all the same stopped the killer and gave the opportunity to solve a crime without delay”, – stated in the message Gerashchenko on his page in Facebook.

However, the state of Petrov, who had surgery the day before yesterday in the Main military-medical clinical red Star order center, remains heavy. With the introduction of the officer in a drug-induced sleep state some Kiev media theorize on the possible loss and guard Boronenkov.

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“Novaya Gazeta” found out about the “Chinese massacre” in the village of Naur

The edition “the New newspaper” questioned the official version of the death of the attacked part of the national guard in Chechnya. According to the newspaper, they don’t die during the attack and was shot

After analyzing the photos of corpses of the attackers on the part of the National guard in the Naur district of Chechnya, Novaya Gazeta came to the conclusion that they were executed and not killed during the clashes. About this newspaper writes in the article “Chinese massacre” in the village of Naur”.

“The disposal of “Novaya Gazeta” was niezarejestrowana pictures of Chechens, allegedly killed during “clashes”. These photos were taken at the scene of one of the members of the investigative team. In the photos it is clearly visible that all “attackers” are killed almost the same way — shot in the head”, — the newspaper writes.

The interviewed forensic scientists, criminalists and ballistics confirmed that all the people in the photographs similar injuries: the entrance bullet hole is in the area of the ear.

“Experts confirmed that the people in the photographs were shot practically in an emphasis”, — stated in the article.

In the words of one former law enforcement officials, judging by the photos, there were the typical “Chinese execution” — so, according to him, called the execution of prisoners of war both fought in Chechnya sides of the conflict.

The Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky has responded to an article in “MK”

In number “MK” of March 25, under the heading “topic of the day” published the article “Barrator and kicker with the Taganka become experts of the Ministry of culture” – about the new approved composition of the expert Commission of the Public Council of Department Vladimir Medinsky. This composition not only angered the observer of the “MK” – all the sane people came in indignation: in fact, as the Commission on Affairs of the theatre can enter those who are today except for endless years of litigation have nothing to show – that’s where their main achievements. As the Commission for the theatre can lead the film Director, the theater does not work and is not going to work. The fact of bias, selection of such candidates (who have committed who have agreed upon and what was your reasoning?) obvious and there is nothing to argue. And hysteria also makes no sense.

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Vladimir Medinsky.

It is necessary to correct the situation. Here it is and fix it. The Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky, after reading this article, agreed with its reasoning. Here is the official comment from the press Secretary of Department Irina Kaznacheeva: “Expert Commission under the Public Council is formed not of the Ministry of culture and the Public chamber of the Russian Federation. We highly appreciate Nikolay Petrovich burljaeva as Director, outstanding actor, active public figure, but it should be noted that the theatrical business and the issues of the theatre has its own specifics, so the work of the Commission is important part of influential people of the theatre, such as Basilashvili, Furmanov, CROC, Fokin, Dodin, people who have dedicated theatrics life and know everything that happens “in the theatre” from the inside. Therefore the Ministry of culture for its part hopes that there will be some rotation, and will apply to the Commission included first of all the theatre professionals. And, of course, such a Commission is no place for brawlers and troublemakers. We are working in this direction.”

What can I say – well done Minister, correctly and promptly responded. And we’ll continue to monitor this situation.

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Gianluigi Buffon has set a European record in the qualifying match of the 2018 world Cup


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The goalkeeper of the national team of Italy Gianluigi Buffon broke the record for the number of matches for the national team among European players

Home team Italy beat Albania in the qualifying match of the 2018 world Cup with the score 2:0. In the first half penalty converted by midfielder “Roma” Daniele De Rossi, after a break advantage of the hosts doubled forward Roman “Latium” Ciro Immobile.

The goalkeeper of the national team of Italy Gianluigi Buffon held a 168-th match for the national team, setting a record among European players. 39-year-old goalkeeper walked around the Spaniard Iker Casillas and Latvian Vitaly Astafev, which in 167 appearances for the national team.

The list of players who played highest number of matches for the national team, headed by two Egyptian Ahmed Hassan (184) and Hossam Hassan (178). The Mexican Claudio Suarez — 177 games for the national team, Mohamed Al-Daya from Saudi Arabia — 172. The Ecuadorian Ivan Hurtado, as Buffon has played for the national team, 168 matches.

The match against national team of Albania was for Buffon jubilee, the 1,000 th in his career. 612 games he has played for the Turin “Juventus”, 220 for “Parma”, in which he began his professional career 168 — for the Italian national team. My first match Buffon held 19 November 1995. Then 17-year-old took part in the championship match of Italy against Milan, leaving the gate “Parma” intact (0:0).


In the second half of the match between Italy and Albania Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic decided to suspend the match because of the riots organized by Albanian fans. Fans lit fires on the guest sector and throwing them on the field. The game resumed after the Albanian players approached the podium and addressed his fans.

“The Albanians during the match, created chances, and we had to overcome difficulties. Fortunately, we coped with the task. Break due to flares is a real shame. These people really wanted to attract attention. They do not want a fair game” — quoted Buffon Football Italia.

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In the other match of group G of the Spaniards in his field defeated Israel with a score of 4:1. In their structure the goal was scored by midfielder “Manchester city” David Silva, a winger for Sevilla’s Vitolo, Chelsea forward Diego Costa and midfielder of real Madrid ISCO.

In the standings, Spain and Italy scored 13 points, losing points only in the match to each other (1:1). The Spaniards have an advantage over the Italians at the expense of the best difference of scored and missed goals. The match between these teams in the second round will take place on 2 September in Spain. The winner of the group will get a direct ticket to the world Cup. Eight of the nine teams that will take the second places in their groups will take part in the play-offs.

Qualifying for the 2018 world Cup

Group D. 5-th round

Georgia — Serbia 1:3

Goals: Kacharava, 6 — Tadic, 45 (penalty), Mitrovic, 64, Gacinovic, 86

Austria — Moldova 2:0

Goals: Sabitzer, 75, Harnik, 90

Ireland — The Wales 0:0

Position in group D after five games: Serbia — 11 points, Ireland 11, Wales — 7 Austria — 7, Georgia 2, Moldova — 1

Group G. 5-th round

Spain — Israel 4:1

Goals: Silva, 13, Vitolo, 45+1, Diego Costa, 51, ISCO, 88 — Refaelov, 76

Italy — Albania 2:0

Goals: De Rossi, 12 (penalty), Immobile, 71

Liechtenstein — Macedonia 0:3

Goals: Nikolov, 43, Nestorovski, 68, 73

Position in group G after five games: Spain — 13 points, Italy — 13, Israel — 9, Albania — 6, Macedonia — 3, Liechtenstein 0

Group I. 5-th round

Turkey — Finland 2:0

Goals: Tosun, 9, 13

Croatia — Ukraine 1:0

Goals: Kalinic, 38

Kosovo — Iceland 1:2

Goals: Nuhiu, 53 — Sigurdarson, 25, G. Sigurdsson, 35 (penalty)

Position in group I after five games: Croatia — 13 points, Iceland — 10, Ukraine — 8, Turkey — 8, Finland — 1, Kosovo — 1

What happened to the leaders of the countries after the “Arab spring”

On March 24, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released after leaving the military hospital Maadi, where he was detained since 2012. He was one of the Arab leaders who were forced to leave their posts in the midst of the revolutions of 2011 and the ensuing demonstrations and protests. What happened to the leaders of other countries affected by “Arab spring” — a review of RBC

Protesters burn a policeman’s cap in the center of Tunis. January 2011

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Egypt — Hosni Mubarak

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak addresses the nation on Egyptian State TV in this still image taken from video, February 1, 2011. Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not run for the presidency again and would work in the last months of his term to allow the transfer of power. REUTERS/Egyptian State TV (EGYPT – Tags: POLITICS)

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Hosni Mubarak was President of Egypt for 30 years since 1981. When the “Arab spring” reached Egypt, after 18 days of mass protests and popular unrest, Mubarak resigned. 11 Feb 2011 it was finally handed over presidential powers to the Supreme Council of the armed forces headed by field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

A few days after the resignation of Mubarak was placed under house arrest at the residence of his family in Sharm El-Sheikh. In April of the same year he was taken into custody on charges of corruption, of involvement in the deaths of 239 demonstrators and delivery of vehicles and weapons to disperse protesters clashes. In June 2012 the former President was sentenced to life imprisonment, but due to the deterioration of health transferred to the military hospital Maadi. In March 2017 Mubarak was acquitted on charges in the deaths of demonstrators, in connection with the Prosecutor’s office of Egypt ordered his release from custody. By the time the due period of three years for the theft of $17 million, was allocated to renovate the presidential Palace, he departed. 24 Mar Hosni Mubarak was released.

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Tunisia — Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali

In this image made from Channel 7 Tunisia TV Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is seen making a speech in Tunis, on Thursday Jan. 13 2011. Violent anti-government protests drove Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power Friday Jan. 14 2011 after 23 years of iron-fisted rule, as anger over soaring unemployment and corruption spilled into the streets. (AP Photo / Channel 7 Tunisia)

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14 January 2011 revolution which ousted President of Tunisia Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. He fled with his family to Saudi Arabia, ending his 24-year rule of the country.

Six months later, the court of first instance of Tunis sentenced Ben Ali and his wife to 35 years in prison and fined $65 million on charges of embezzlement of public funds. According to investigators, beginning in 1992, Ben Ali, illegally increased his salary without publishing of official decrees, and thereby appropriated about €8.2 million In June 2012, the military Tribunal in Tunis sentenced former President to life imprisonment for involvement in killing protesters during the 2011 uprising. At the moment Ben Ali was charged under articles 18 and 93 episodes, many of which he faces the death penalty.

Libya — Muammar Gaddafi

02 March, 2011
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi waves in Tripoli before making a speech which he sought to defuse tensions after more than 10 days of anti-government protests in Libya, March 2, 2011. Gaddafi, orchestrating a populist response to rebels threatening his rule, blamed al Qaeda on Wednesday for creating turmoil and told applauding supporters there was a conspiracy to control Libya and its oil. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (LIBYA – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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The leader of the Libyan revolution Muammar Gaddafi came to power by overthrowing the king of Libya Idris I in 1969. From the moment he actually started to lead the country and the beginning of the outbreak of the revolution in Libya rules for more than 40 years. In February 2011 the country held protests to demand the resignation of Gaddafi, the armed uprising lasted for almost ten months. On 20 October of the same year, as a result of military operations of the Libyan leader was ousted and killed by rebels near his hometown of Sirte. There was killed by his fifth son Mutassim bill Gaddafi. About four days the body of Muammar Gaddafi was put on display, later he along with his son they buried in the desert, the place of burial is kept secret.

Yemen — Ali Abdullah Saleh

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a media conference in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Yemen”s president rejected demands that he step down and said Monday that the widespread demonstrations against his regime were ending acts of provocation, though he renewed calls for talks with the protesters. After a week and a half of marches that have left nine dead, President Ali Abdullah Saleh told a news conference that he ordered the army to fire at demonstrators “only in case of self-defense.”

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“I will go only in one case: if defeated in the elections,” said Saleh during a press conference on 21 February 2011, stressing that none of the opposition’s demands will not force him to resign. A year later amid mass protests of the “Arab spring” the Yemeni President left his post and handed over power to the new President-elect ahead of schedule. Ali Abdullah Saleh has led Yemen since 1978.

In January 2012, the Parliament of Yemen Saleh has granted political and legal immunity, which protects from prosecution. In his speech, the former head of state asked forgiveness “for any violations that took place during the <…> of tenure”.

During the riots of his intention to resign was announced a few leaders. So, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir stated that he would not seek re-election in 2015. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to re-election upon expiry of term of office — the country held more demonstrations demanding his immediate resignation. In the course of protests in Jordan in February 2011, king Abdullah II sacked the government.

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In one of the private farms in the Irkutsk region registered a case of African swine fever, according to a statement on the website of the government of the region.

The veterinary service was contacted by the owner of the farm where occurred the death of animals.

“Selected specialists of the veterinary service at the place of death of the animals samples were tested in the Irkutsk interregional veterinary laboratory subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor. In addition to the Toxicological studies, tests for ASF, which yielded positive results,” the statement reads.

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Maksakova for the first time commented on the murder Boronenkov

Maria Maksakova for the first time after the murder on March 23 in Kyiv former Deputy of the state Duma Denis Boronenkov told about how her husband was, what she thinks about the incident. She also commented on the words of his mother, who called Boronenkov a traitor.


Opera singer Maria Maksakova told the portal “Medusa”, which valued every day spent with her husband Denis by Voronenkova, which was a “good, deep, intelligent, affectionate”. Maksakova admitted that without hesitation would have been instead of her husband on the streets of Kiev, where he was shot by the killer, as life without him – “it’s worse”.

“Of course, I Branemark. I, of course, strong. But I didn’t know that it can be so painful,” says the artist.

Maksakova stated that he is not going to build any versions about what happened. “I won’t even think, who did it, who ordered it and fulfilled”, – quotes the edition of its word. The singer stressed that this issue will be addressed by law enforcement agencies, and now she will devote her life to children.

The singer said that talking with his mother and does not know “that there is a blurted out mom.” Recall that mother-in-law Boronenkov said in an interview: “Well, thank you, Lord, what about him? Praise the Lord that in the end the man who was so meanly, he’s military, his treason would be shot”.

Maksakova admitted that now, after the murder of her husband, guarding her “all lights out” and carry an armored car. According to her, her husband Denis’s security was not like it is now. “If it so were, everything would be all right,” says the singer.

At the end of his monologue Maksakova told me that she had asked her husband to promise her that she will die in his hands, but he never this she promised.

We will remind that eks-the Deputy of the state Duma Denis Voronenkov, who received Ukrainian citizenship, was killed March 23 in Kiev at the entrance to the hotel “Premier Palace” when I went to a meeting with another former Russian MP Ilya Ponomarev.

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The Libyan army has explained the invitation of the Russian PMCs

Cement plant in Benghazi, Libya. April 2016

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Russian private company “RSB Group” cleared one of the largest cement plants in Libya at the request of his owners and not at the request of the government. This was confirmed by RBC in the “RSB group” and the Libyan army. The contract was worth about $10 million, said RBC close to the management of plant source

Who asked

Private owners Libyan cement company LCC has asked experts from the Russian private company “RSB Group” to defuse the cement plant in Benghazi, as Russian engineers have requested a smaller amount than the other players in the market. About it RBC said the head of “RSB Group”, the former FSB officer Oleg Krinitsyn. The company, he argues, participated in demining at the request of the owners of the plant, not on the “official handling of Libya” as earlier wrote about this Reuters. This was confirmed by the RBC and media Advisor from the environment of the commander of the national army of Libya Khalifa the Haftarot — mohhamad Guniem.

What is LCC

The company Libyan Cement Company (LCC) is one of the largest private companies in the production of cement in the region. In LCC six production lines at three plants in the East of the country, two of which are located in the city of Benghazi in the area of El-Hawari, another plant is located 20 km from the city of Derna. It employed about 2.3 million people. The annual production of cement per year at three plants was about 2.2 million tons, which met a third of the local market demand of cement.

LCC itself is the name of the company that worked on the clearance of the plant, was not disclosed. The company says only that on 22 August 2016 “a group of European experts specialising in the disposal of ammunition of all kinds”, visited a cement plant in Benghazi and developed in conjunction with the demining unit of the Libyan army plan for the demining of the territory of the plant. However, the company website has photos of the walls of the plant, which appear in the record, warning about the presence of mines on the object, and the name of the company “RSB-group”.

The Krinitsyn presented RBC pictures confirming that his company was engaged in the work.

The Libyans failed

Libya cement necessary to rebuild the terrorist infrastructure. It imported from Tunisia, which, according to local residents, is very expensive and worse in quality.

In April 2016, the national army of Libya drove the extremists of ISIL (banned in Russia) from the district South of Benghazi, where the property is located industrial facilities of cement plant. After that, the engineers of the Libyan army began mine clearance. However, they have not coped with the task due to the lack of modern equipment, told RBC Guniem. To buy equipment the Libyans, he said, can not due to the imposition of sanctions by Western countries against the Libyan army, which supports the unrecognized, the UN government in Tobruk.

Some Libyan deminers were blown up at mine clearing, reported Libyan media Advisor and Krinitsyn. Therefore, the insurance company LCC and insisted on the involvement of foreign experts, concluded Guniem.

Initially mine wanted to do a British company, declaring the cost of the work $50 per sq m, said the Krinitsyn. However, he said, Libyans, this price was not satisfied and they appealed to the Russian specialists. “Our price was, of course, less, several times. In addition, the British long. But as it was necessary to do the job — came to us with this proposal,” — said the head of “RSB group”.

The total area of cleared land 750 thousand square meters, says a source with the Libyan side. That is the price tag for the British demining throughout the territory amounted to $37.5 million Russians have asked from $10 to $15 per square meter of clearance and the total cost of the contract ranges from $7.5 to $11.2 million, says close to the leadership of the plant to the source of RBC.

What are the “RSB Group”

Occurred six years ago, “RSB Group” has positioned itself as a company providing consulting services to the military in areas of combat operations. In particular, according to its founder, the experts do not take part in hostilities, and engaged in mine clearance, support vessels, and security.

The organization of two part: a constant (managers, lawyers, accountants) and AC. The last group of ex-military aged between 25 to 45 years, with a good physical preparation and knowledge of a foreign language. The permanent training base of the team is not. “Variable structure” does not exceed 20 persons and collected in those cases when you receive the order. According to krinitsyna, the company is not interested in former employees of the interior Ministry and the emergencies Ministry. Working “in the field” composition is made up of former guards of the FSB and special forces as well as veterans of “alpha”, “Vympel” and the officers of the Ryazan airborne school.

“RSB Group” working with countries with high criminal and terrorist activity. In particular, we are talking about Egypt, Colombia, China and Libya.

The Krinitsyn did not disclose the salary of its employees, but noted that the monthly salary of one person is more than 250 thousand rubles. Marine outfitting one soldier costs about 50 thousand rubles, equipment for ground operations for a few thousand more.

The only office is located in Moscow.

The amount involved in the clearance bengaziyskoy plant Krinitsyn refused to clarify. Usually, depending on the task involved in the work of 10-15 people, he said.

Such activities by a foreign company could be possible only in coordination with the interior Ministry, said RBC Guniem. All legal issues and security issues was assumed by customers, said the Krinitsyn. Due to Russian legislative restrictions on the purchase of weapons in Russia and its export abroad, the staff of “RSB Group” “legitimately get the” already in the country where the work is carried out, said the Krinitsyn.

“You need to make contact with the local authorities, who will issue a license or permit. It is in Russia can write in two months arms and expect to be asked some recompense. There are places where everything is solved within days,” he explained.

But specifically in Libya arms to “purchase” did not have continued the Krinitsyn: “We accidentally found that the militants had left — we found.”

During the operation in Libya from the experts RSB also have full European coverage. “It included the fact that Russian companies do not provide: in the event of loss provided the removal of the body,” — said the Krinitsyn. He added that in Benghazi the employees of his company still has to work: “We made it to the end, there is a large volume.”

In the States, which the army cannot provide security throughout the country, often seek the services of private military structures, said RBC a military expert Alexander Khramchikhin. Despite the high cost of services of private traders, working with them is comfortable as they have the necessary experience, and the loss of the mine and performing other tasks are considered “draws”, the expert concluded.

Who owns LCC

To 2015 Libyan Cement Company (LCC) belonged to the Austrian group Asamer Industrials that went bankrupt and became the property of the company in the holding company QuadraCir. In April 2015, the investment group Libya Holdings Group (LHG) with headquarters in Tripoli, announced the acquisition of a controlling stake in LCC. The transaction was financed by the investment group LHG, together with 15 investors from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, whose names were not disclosed. Reported by Ahmed Ben Halim, the Executive Director of the investment and the founder of the group LHG.

The sum of transaction, according to Ben Halima, was several tens of millions of dollars. “We have a long-term strategic plan: Libya will restore its infrastructure, and a key element of this will be to cement,” commented Ben Halim, his decision to invest in the company, are located in areas in which continued at that time fighting against the Islamists. Ahmed Ben Halim, the son of former Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Ben Halim, said that the deal was working before broke out a second round of civil war in Libya in may 2014. The company’s new owners planned to invest more than $50 million and increase production capacity, including in Benghazi, to achieve the cement production volume of 3 million tons per year.


The leaders of the March truckers promised to bring the protests 10 thousand people

The truckers ‘ strike against the system “Platon” in Ryazan. February 2016

Photo: Alexander Ryumin / TASS

In the March truckers March 27, will take part from 10 to 20 thousand people, told RBK in the Union of carriers of Russia. However, most drivers of heavy vehicles will take part in “passive” strike — just leave the car along the road


At least 10 thousand truckers only from the Association of carriers of Ukraine (ODA) will participate in “passive” strike on Monday, March 27, told RBC representatives of ODA Bautin Andrei and Mikhail Kurbatov. Another source in the Association said that the total number of participants will reach 20 thousand

The participants of the “passive” action will hold a column of heavy trucks along the roads, said they. “The main objective of the strike is to stop the traffic, that is, stop the carriage and, starting Monday, to build pillars along roads in the cities,” explained Bautin.

Active supporters of the protests among the participants of the strike in times less, said Kurbatov. They will take part in the meetings, but the exact number of participants in the protest will be determined in General meeting, to be held March 25. “It is clear that people are intimidated, they are afraid to protest,” added the member of the ODA. Form of active protests, according to him, the participants of the strike will also discuss at the meeting.

Truckers are demanding the abolition or reduction of tariffs system “Platon”, introduced in November 2015. According to regulations, truck owners or firms-carriers who have a machine heavier than 12 tonnes, to compensate for inflicted heavy damage to roads.


In groups of ODA and other supporters of the protest in social networks the brand “needlebooks” — the participants of the meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on March 23. With the head of the government met the heads of six transport companies, told RBC one of them, the head of the movement “12 tons” Sergei Sapronov. According to him, they all agreed with the point of view of Medvedev and opposed the strike.

Sapronov called the protesters provocateurs. He reminded about the famous movie, filmed by activist Alexander Rastorguev (Kurbatov RBC reported that their organization has nothing to do). It Rastorguev reports that on 27 March “expected storms, rockfalls, and all sorts of unusual natural conditions” and urged opponents of the strikes, which are called strike-breakers, “not to travel to this day on the line”.

According to Sapronova, he and other representatives of the “peaceful” truckers repeatedly received threats due to his refusal to participate in the strike. “In Dagestan, there was a case: the car was loaded, and they recorded their numbers in a network threw out. Is it fair?” — he said RBC. According to the activist, to active protest will be joined by no more than 50 drivers.

Kurbatov, in turn, said that the leadership of the ODA “will never threatened and did not arrange provocations”. “These people, Sapronov and [President of the Association “Gruzavtotrans” Vladimir] Mutagen — needlebite, they appeared when you took the Kremlin the participants of the meetings with the authorities, he said. — Matahina even transport its not”.

Protest by truckers in Saint-Petersburg. February 2016

Photo: Evgeny Stepanov / inter / TASS

“Spring drying”

Annually on roads of Russia introduced the spring constraints for heavy vehicles because of the flooding. This is a period that lasts about a month, during which truck drivers are road closures for “spring drying”.

Indefinite action truckers can be tied specifically to this period, told RBC, the coordinator of the Association “trucker” Valery Voitko. “Because of the serious penalties people will just stand, but its standing without work they would call a strike. That is, any parked on the side of a Peterbilt, it will be possible to point the finger and say that strikers”, — he explained.

As Sapronov, Boiko believes that the protesters will be joined by “a negligible part of the truckers of the total, within statistical error”.

Member of the ODA Kurbatov in a conversation with RBC refuted this assumption. “Terms “drying” in each region is different, we scheduled the campaign before they begin, at the end of March, that such allusions were not” — he explained. According to the portal “Dorinfo”, which gathered information on the timing of spring constraints in 2017, with a period of “drying” action of the truckers will match in 14 of the 61 taken into account in the selection regions.

The meeting with Medvedev

On March 22, six representatives of different movements truckers met with members of “United Russia”, and the next day with the head of the party, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He was impressed by the arguments of the parties the truckers, told RBC were present at the meeting with Prime Minister Mutagen.

At the end of the grace period 15 April 2017 tariff “Plato” should grow twice — from 1.53 to 3.06 RUB RUB. per kilometer. However, on March 24, Dmitry Medvedev took the decision to increase the tariff, but only to 1.91 RUB Thus, it is an increase of 25%.

Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, who also participated in the meeting, said that the decision to raise tariffs placed on “an indefinite period”. The source of RBC in the “United Russia” was told that one of the reasons the government’s attention to the problems truckers could be just the planned national strike on March 27.

After the introduction of “Plato” in 2015, the authorities are already faced with Russian protests of truckers, in the capital, trucks were blocked MKAD. The government then decided to reduce the growth rates. At the end of 2015, the protests of drivers of trucks supported by 70% of Muscovites were counted at the Levada center.