The U.S. has not ruled out new measures against Russia for “human rights violations,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. “We actively talk about Russia’s terrible human rights record … We will continue to do so, whether it’s in Russia or in another country where human rights are threatened by regimes that oppose those principles,” Price said in a briefing. “We’re also looking very closely at the human rights abuses that I mentioned, and I suspect that you’ll hear more news regarding appropriate policy responses to abuses … that we’ve seen coming from Moscow and occurring on Russian soil,” he stressed.
A complaint against the decision to close the only Russian school in the Estonian town of Keila was turned down by Tallinn District Court. ERR portal reported about it on February 12. According to its information, the Tallinn circle court turned down appeals of parents of the pupils and upheld the decision of the Tallinn administrative court to close the school made last August. In August Tallinn Administrative Court upheld the decision of Keila Town Council to close the only Russian school in this Estonian town.
It is almost impossible to fulfill the Minsk agreements in the wording they were signed. This statement was made by the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andrei Yermak in an interview with the TV channel “Ukraine”. At the same time, official Kyiv, according to Yermak, will make every effort to ensure that the principles laid down in these agreements are implemented by the Ukrainian side. The head of the Office of Vladimir Zelenski also noted that there is progress in the negotiations on the Donbas, but the dialogue is progressing slowly. He stressed that in the six years since the signing of the Minsk agreements there have been no tangible results.
The Ukrainian TV channels 112 Ukraine and NewsOne, which are under sanctions, plan to file lawsuits with the country’s Supreme Court next week to challenge Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s decree imposing restrictions on them. This is stated in a message on the website of the TV channel “112 Ukraine”. It is also reported that on 12 February, the ZIK TV channel filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court to recognize as illegal and invalid the presidential decree on the application of sanctions against the TV channel. The appeal was the first from the restricted channels. In early February, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenski enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) to impose restrictions on the TV and radio company “112 Ukraine”, its regional channels “Ariadna TV”, “TV Choice”, “Novy Format”, “Partner TV” and “Leader TV” as well as the company “News 24 Hours” (TV channel NewsOne). Zelensky explained his decision by saying that Kyiv is struggling with “propaganda.”
The Chinese authorities have not allowed the World Health Organization (WHO) to study the raw data on the first cases of coronavirus. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal newspaper on Friday, February 12, citing microbiologist and WHO expert Dominique Dwyer. According to the newspaper, the Chinese side showed only a couple of examples, but did not provide all the data, which is considered “standard for an epidemiological investigation,” the scientist complained. According to Dwyer, the interpretation of such data becomes more limited, although “the other side may think that’s not a bad thing.” He also added that requests for data involved 174 cases of the disease identified in Wuhan back in 2019, all of which were denied. A heated debate erupted between WHO experts and their Chinese counterparts in this regard.
The next rise in the incidence of Covid-19 in Russia will be due to temperatures crossing zero and thaws, said Ancha Baranova, a professor at George Mason University’s School of Systems Biology. “In Russia, the incidence of the disease has gone down, but I’m afraid this is a temporary phenomenon. As soon as the weather changes, everything can go back… Now the weather is steadily cold, and as soon as the temperature goes over zero, thaws begin, the number of infections will increase,” Baranova told RIA Novosti. At the same time, the biologist expressed hope that the downward trend in the incidence of the disease will be supported by the vaccination of the population against Covid-19. “Now is a good period, people can have a little break from the virus,” she added.