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agnimitra can i. on r.t. tonight crowds fill streets in central moscow to protest against a five year jail sentence for russian anti corruption blogger alexina valmy has been found guilty of investment. aiding the enemy sticks as a military judge sift through whistleblower bradley manning's charges which could potentially condemn the private life behind bars with no parole. exploiting the conflict chaos al qaida reportedly announces plans to create its own state in syria using land captured by the opposition and seizing its money and weapons. and the money to be made by getting britain out of the e.u. we report to this hour on how one think tank plans a road map reward ahead of a proposed referendum.
just after ten pm now here in moscow when it was kevin zero in ok our top story then russian anti corruption blogger election of ali's been hunted five years in jail today for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a state enterprise he was a mediately arrested after the verdict and led from the dock in handcuffs our correspondents are across there so we're hoping to go to cure for a bit later a co-sponsor is there that's where the the hearing was held but right now let's go first of all to central moscow you've been covering what's been happening there hi again from the looks of it less people to see in that shot but less people than right on the streets a little bit earlier on what is the scene. improvised still very much going teenie weenie scores of people are still here in the city center right next to the speech right next to the kremlin around the intersection
of the mean streets of the city to get a sky. and there are still chanting and clapping and demanding the release off opposition blogger i like seeing the violin now the reason why all of them are standing in these groups around the intersection is that the rally was not authorized by the authorities and earlier in an attempt to prevent it from taking place the blocks the money isn't a square that's where over ten thousand off on the money supporters in various social networks said would gather in the evening but as a result of the soul ended up in them being basically on the sidewalks here in this district now the numbers on the amount of many people are here are different police say it's three thousand people opposition says it's up to seven thousand people but we know that around fifty people or sixty people have been arrested but judging by the general numbers off those who took to the street here today this is not such a big amount knowing that the so rally was not authorized now for more about what's
happening inside that crowd here's a report by my colleague money official the notion. that he was he was he said. he has heard this a bunch of you think if you think it wasn't i don't think he was it was you think some of the things why he had that he needs to speak he said he. thinks about it first it. was he was it was he was thinking he was thinking maybe you have to think that i think he was he didn't think it was
that i think that it was. these influential opposition think i know what you think you will. think i think. by their. friends their anger towards. me. but it's just a moment. with me taking place today i really have been following developments out of the court more about this case and what the bloggers reaction was to it there was a lot of reaction immediately it was. absolutely well. his former boss had been found guilty of embezzle meant the court ruled that. time was working with. said i forgot four years in prison that the money would if it's enough to set up an intermediary firm and then convince the head of the state oh
and i could have listed for a company to sign contracts with that for him on favorable terms which resulted in damages of about sixteen million rubles that's roughly half a million dollars now. the judge has said that the verdict on the entire trial was not politically motivated it took him more than three hours to read the verdict which was more than one hundred pages long immediately after that. were handcuffed and taken to preliminary confinement of course the supporters that were here outside the courthouse have gathered by the gates and they have actually walked behind the vehicle that was taking to. detention they were shouting slogans in support of the violence they were walking some of them have even been detained but then just hours afterwards news broke that the original prosecutor's office of the region was actually appealed to court asking that they release the on condition
that he does not leave the country until his verdict comes into force and that hasn't happened. adds in facts and abiding his lawyers have ten days to make an appeal and they have actually expressed their desire to do so should be guilty and if the lawyers appeal is successful then the file even stands a chance at running for the for the close off the moscow mayor in the upcoming election he is actually on his way to do that by the head of the election committee for nonviolent has said they have agreed before hand that if the verdict will be guilty one then not by me well withdraw his candidacy from the ballots but of course the last word remains with the filing of we haven't heard from him yet as he is still in detention was we're being told that he could be released from the detention as early as friday arena thanks for that ok. you've painted a picture for us what's happening behind you and elsewhere in the city but does
develop the joe enjoy the same support for the rest russia as well. as well i'm just let me tell you a bit about why the himself he is one of the most well known and controversial political figures in russia had the moment he began gaining his supporters even before the. two years ago following the parliamentary elections to his online anti corruption project the other controversial aspect about him is open sympathy to the nationalists and he's very popular with well to the online internet community but if you look at russia all together on the roughly one hundred forty million people scale then his popularity is much much lower compared to the. online followers since supporting to up poll conducted by about a center recently only around ten percent of their respondents even fall into the
criminal case around him so. it's a very small percentage of followers from. all population but still clearly he does have lots of supporters in moscow and in the northern capital as well is what could really see what's a by what's happening here right now and what also is important to add here is that even though this rally was not authorized and there's so much of various types of police the interior troops riot police ordinary officers so far that what have you been focused on is preventing people from blocking traffic and getting on the streets while allowing them to take part in this rally already go thanks for. the reaction has been coming in to the sentencing it's been global near instantaneous the e.u. seems to think the prosecution did a poor job with block spokesman questioning the validity of the evidence against me to the u.s. ambassador to russia went further saying he sees politics driving the conviction
let's talk to american radio host ne even lender now i stephen out of here go there saying support in russia moscow generally has been falling off over the last year or two but he gets a lot of coverage doesn't he abroad hardly surprising i guess what are your thoughts on that over here it's pretty. well you know he's at least three some others involved with i'm talking about memes themselves recast rather worse i'm sorry boris nemtsov here he carries roger and around here us imperial tools you supported by the state. baker. by the state department. and then in two thousand i don't know whether. probably he had a personal meeting with. this because they you know what's wrong with he doesn't go well do you have he's independent he believes that imperial war
is washington. war on syria. russia refuses to. people like. the and the others they go along with these things you will create for. corruption campaign convicted of corruption i'm not surprised. whether you believe it or not it's your own personal opinion i'm talking about not you're talking about people around the world and the valley is implicated in a serious crime here what i wanted to know is it often how reported is it in the american media that it did he was barred from the party for his racist views is that picked up or is that talked about so they talk about you know maybe that the bigger picture going on here very often because you are doing it today i quickly check us out and i went right to the new york times because of the new york times
during this during which they do so often and they should hear about an hour ago or you can just imagine what's coming from where the rest of the u.s. media what i call the scoundrel media he quote the usual anti american and sort of the usual role american. being up on this decision one sided almost nobody reporting the other side of the story and this is the way the new york times. and was this is just the first article that will be more i mean at the brady but all of this and being so it's politics at play oh politicians play absolutely i mean i mean if i only could be a serial killer confirmed by d.n.a. or d.n.a. evidence and it could save his conviction. that yes the way you will really be easy the same thing is that. you can expect if you continue to like folks who
thought stephen a stephen lemon an american radio host thank you social research marks the border from moscow state university give us some thoughts to says the foreign press rarely mentions whiston of ali's hardline nationalist past. i think that russia are actually paying attention to some of the particulars of the case and they are familiar with and of all the as a political figure in quite a different way than he has conceived of in the west and the west of all the is is presented as a poster boy for a liberal opposition and he's a commonly referred to as the most popular leader of the liberal opposition and a potential threat to president putin the facts on the ground really don't lay this out russians really aren't that interested in in the type of the brand of politics that he's selling them and that's because what is often an presented in the west is not only holds what could be considered in the west as quite extreme ethnic nationalist racist zina phobic views of what is could be considered an extreme
rights including gun rights advocacy and the like well we've got much more opinion and analysis about that ivana case throughout the evening here in the next couple of days more developments at r.t.l. call twenty four seven our team across that for you and of course on our twitter feed to. write the scene. first street. and i think you're. on our reporters there. in. the in the. a military judge has refused to drop the most serious charge facing will supply bradley manning that of aiding the enemy so if found guilty the former private
accused of leaking classified information to wiki leaks could face life in jail without parole andrew blake has more on the ruling. bening as you know is charged with around twenty different aiding the enemy is the most significant of these if convicted he would receive a maximum of life in prison it's actually a conviction that could come with capital punishment but the government is already elected to pursue that charge anyways manning could still be convicted under aiding the enemy after today because the presiding military judge said that the government actually did provide enough evidence so that they can actually go on and properly proceed with the case now david croom is the civilian defense attorney representing private manning he had argued after the prosecution rested earlier this month that the government could not provide adequate enough evidence that would necessitate to the judge having to rule either that private manning did or did not aid the enemy now government prosecutors on the other hand they insist that when manning leaked intelligence the website wiki leaks that material because it was eventually ending
up in the hands of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula the indirectly aided al qaeda and therefore should go to jail forever so the significance of today is that while manning earlier faced a maximum of only twenty years in prison if the judge wanted to drop this charge going back to facing a possible life sentence if convicted of aiding the enemy purchase of and here for three years already it was over one thousand one hundred days before private manning's court martial officially restarted back in early june and at this point there is there is demonstrators holding vigils outside of fort meade at the military base in maryland where the court martial is being held every single week there is a vigil held outside the gate and there's demonstrations being planned all over the world on a weekly basis i know there's one going to be in d.c. this week and more around the globe as the trial. continues and it's scheduled to wrap up next month and for. you all just a couple minutes away from the u.s. president barack obama mulling the use of force in syria more international news
two seventeen moscow time now the obama administration is the saudi whether to use force in syria that was revealed during the senate testimony of america's top military man who told the senators that he has presented the president with options for a military intervention is going to teach us more washington correspondent. i got what exactly did the general have to say the. well kevin this thursday members of the senate armed services committee were very eager to hear about what options the
u.s. has in order to remove bashar assad from power and u.s. army general martin dempsey the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said he provided president obama with the options for the use of force in syria he said the u.s. is considering what he termed as kinetic strikes in syria but he did not go into further details we see that the war talk is escalating and not just on this side of the atlantic british generals basically echo what the u.s. says but in even stronger terms we heard from the outgoing head of the british army that invading syria is the only way to topple assad so we see that generals are doing what they do best they are planning war now it's up to the politicians to decide which way to go and the politicians here seem to think that once you get rid of assad everything in syria will be just great perhaps not taking into into account the complexity of social fabric there just like they didn't take it into account the in iraq when the u.s. removed saddam from power if in fact so complicated that the u.s. and the elyse may think that they're helping one group of people in syria but they
end up helping others we spoke with a member of the free syrian army who says all those weapons that are being smuggled into syria go past them they're not getting to them so who's getting them take a listen is limits to terrorists who want to have been supported by some regional states and major nations in the world and we're asking one military and financial support is reaching those extremists and the free syrian army doesn't get the arms . in the meantime groups sort of feeling more and more comfortable in syria so comfortable that according to a source in the free syrian army they're going to announce an islamic state in syria they're waiting for the end of ramadan to do that that's around august the ninth we're talking about the northern part of the country that is controlled by the rebels that borders turkey they apparently want to gain full control over the weapons coming from turkey and the money coming from oil smuggling it makes some
some other rebels nervous of course many rebels coordinate their efforts with the all nusra front but those who refused to do that risked their lives and recently have killed several members of the free syrian army including one member of the western backed supreme military council so the territory is controlled by the rebels now have all the signs of becoming a country and in this new all quite a country you have things like checkpoints where the militants check whether people are fasting or not locals from nero aleppo say they check their tongs to see if they're fasting and if they're not the milk and. many syrians are of course deeply saddened by what's becoming of their country. thanks very much for explaining what was required to get a picture isn't it thank you what a first journalist and a would be blogger real kluck believes the syrian opposition will use the al qaeda threat to desperately try and secure western intervention. it's interesting isn't
it when president assad was warning about al-qaeda in syria from twenty eleven or was he was dismissed by the west it was scaremongering etc he was saying that al qaeda was coming to her in syria and now we're hearing this from the f.s.a. so it's interesting isn't it that those of those who didn't want this would have were dismissed as the apologist for a sad ologist the syrian government now the west has got to wake up to what's really going on and that i think having said that it's very important to understand the f.s.a. strategy of people free syrian army is very keen to get western intervention i think they're now change their strategy look al qaeda going to take unless we do that and help us the f.s.a. if lost or and i think now they're lost and say look you've got to help us out and to try to pitch the trends of the good guys the moderate rebels but i'm not sure i've committed some terrible crimes it's terrible terrorist atrocities so it's i think it's a kind of faux division to say that there are bad rebels and good rebels the fact is elections are due in syria next year twenty forty and there's no excuse for anybody to be using violence now to achieve political change in syria democratic elections are available to people so i think the f.s.a.
this is a sort of desperate last chance that really a large cash prize is awaiting anyone who can come up with a winning blueprint for britain's exit from the european union the u.k. think tank behind the offer plans on pitching into the government should britain hold a referendum bali boy has got the story. picture the scene is the year twenty seventeen and britons have just voted in favor of exiting the beleaguered european union so the government now needs to implement a road map for how to leave that's what the u.k.'s institute for economic affairs think tank is also economists who imagine in order to come up with the best blueprint for britain's potential exit from the european union it's a competition and the winner who comes up with the best proposal will be awarded one hundred thousand year as well to talk about the challenge i'm joined by dr richard wellings from the institute for economic affairs dr weddings why launch the competition now it's four years until the referendum and even so britain's might
vote to stay in the european union at that point that's true but i mean it is such an important issue that is important that economists start thinking about the consequences of britain potentially leaving the you given that there's such a large amount of your skepticism of most british public it is quite plausible that in a few years time britain will be leaving so i mean is absolutely essential that we have some idea of where britain is going to go with the winning strategy be put forward to the government to use in case of a euro exit yes i mean where we're going to publish the winning strategy along with some of the other better entries as well said to be plenty of ideas there for the government's low cards and hopefully come out with a very very sound plan now the prize is aimed at looking at the least disruptive way to leave the euro but there are those that say that leaving the euro zone will be detrimental to the case economy no matter how you do it so obviously i mean there were major upside potentially because the u.k. can then get rid of all this very burdensome e.u. regulation on jobs and climate change and so on all the red tape is suffocating
business but obviously key to this is whether we retain very strong free trade links with the rest of europe that's absolutely essential they have great free trade links with europe and the rest of the world will be the key to success in the future dr welling's thank you very. thanks for telling us about the competition now the prize is going to be judged by a panel that includes former chancellor nigel lawson he recently claimed that the british economy would be better off if britain were outside the european union. i see london or probably cameron's motives for proposing a referendum tied to his political success of questions from the onset on our website we will know what you think about it what you think drove the tories to call the exit vote frank you for voting if you have a slight change the percentage of last hour is the view that the referendum is being used to distract the british public for for more important issues second place thirty eight percent now the belief that britain is trying to get out before
the caves in on itself slowly up thirteen last hour just over a tenth of you they say it's about the issue of sovereignty and that london is tired of brussels pressure the minority eight percent think it's off the benefit of the british khana me plenty of time to have your say it's always good to hear from you at r.t. dot com the u.s. congress has given the intelligence community an ultimatum scaled back mass surveillance or lose the power entirely now it happened at a house judiciary committee hearing where cross party lawmakers demanded greater accountability but some doubt they'll make good on that threat among them is cindy code she's legal director for the electronic frontier foundation one of the organizations challenging the n.s.a. surveillance program. what they've been able to slow us down with is the argument that it's just all too secret and can't be decided by the courts because of national security and state secrets well not only did they lose in the courts with that argument but now they've admitted the central facts of the program we're talking about so we're hopeful that that will help us move forward with the cases
a little more quickly i would point out that trying to change things through the u.s. congress is also a slow process so you know while it's frustrating for those of us who want change neither the courts nor the congress move particularly quickly i think there are many members of congress who are in a situation in which they basically signed off on this and now maybe perhaps feel that they need to defend it rather than taking the steps that i think the american people want which is to stop it. from san francisco over to washington for the right for the numbers that matter the financial show prime interest on the i just couple of minutes that.
you want to hear something truly baffling the u.s. supreme court has ruled that generic drug makers cannot be sued for bad reactions to their products only the original branded creators of the drugs can the court's decision was five to four overturning a multimillion dollar award for a woman who was horribly wounded by taking a medication which gave her toxic epidermal necrosis which is basically the equivalent of getting third degree burns all over her body and of course after winning the case mutual pharmaceutical company is demanding their millions of dollars back from the woman who they naturally blame for having side effects from the medicine they made themselves remember this is not just a ruling about one drug but a ruling about all generic drugs which are eighty percent of the u.s. market all of them will not have any accountability i cannot wrap my head around the logic of only punishing the creator of a product and granting immunity to anyone that later reproduces said product i mean would any sane person say that if you shoot a person with a colt forty five pistol that is a crime but if you use
a copycat made in mexico to blow your neighbors off well that's ok because it's a generic copy no no sane person would allow generic drug producers to have no liability for their product but that's just my opinion. that afternoon and welcome to prime interests i'm harry i'm boring and i'm bob inglis and here is what they knew i had. i say. well mr bernanke goes to washington ok he's no mr smith he was right here and he testified in front of the house today something he does twice a year after all the tapering talk it turns out his key unemployment mandate doesn't even matter that's right since december it's bad policy it says that once an employment gets the six point five percent it's now at seven point six the fed will take its foot off the monetary gas pedal but today i need told congress that
unemployment could fall because people simply drop out of the job market which is something that we've been hammering on for weeks do you think the fed been watching dr interest i really do think he does and speaking of the fed the consumer financial protection bureau finally might have an official leader this is after elizabeth warren the head of the agency in an interim basis before becoming a sutter and oh but a connection to be falls under the aegis of the federal reserve i mean its budget comes from the interest on all the securities it buys as part of q.e. and it also means the agency does not have to report to congress every and boring profiles there's agency later in the show finally and still are talking up the fad you're out of reviewing some burn named mark carney at the newly installed head of the bank of england said and no more bond buying in other words and no word for england u.k. central bank voted unanimously.