Follow the news on Russia Читать на русском / Read in RussianThe investigation into a violent attack on a group of journalists and human rights defenders near the border between Ingushetia and Chechnya, in the Russian Caucasus, exactly three years ago, has stalled. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to keep their promise to identify those responsible.Will impunity prevail yet again? No suspect has yet been identified although it was one of the most shocking attacks on journalists in recent years in Russia. The Ingush investigators’ refusal to allow Andrei Sabinin, one of the victims’ lawyers, to have access to the case file was ruled legal by an Ingush court last month.The attack occurred against a backdrop of intimidation by the Chechen authorities, but no Chechen official has been questioned. Although the investigation’s complete closure was narrowly avoided in 2017, it has ground to a complete halt.The attack on a minibus carrying journalists and human rights activists on 9 March 2016 caused an outcry in Russia. The victims included Swedish journalist Maria Persson Löfgren, Norwegian journalist Øystein Windstad, and four Russian journalists – Egor Skovoroda, Alexandra Elagina, Anton Prusakov and Mikhail Solunin.They were on a tour of the Russian Caucasus organized by the Committee to Prevent Torture, a Russian NGO, and had just crossed from Chechnya into the neighbouring Russian republic of Ingushetia when around 20 masked men blocked their way, beat them up and set fire to the minibus.Several of the journalists had to be treated in a local hospital. Their equipment was destroyed in the fire. A few hours after the attack, masked gunmen ransacked the Committee to Prevent Torture’s local office in Ingushetia.In response to the ensuing outcry, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, described the attack on the minibus as “intolerable” and said everything would be done to solve it. “We count on the security forces to take the most active measures to look for and find the perpetrators,” he said. But Chechen presidential spokesman Alvi Karimov criticized RSF for emphasizing the climate of impunity and intimidation prevailing in the region.“Allowing such a shocking attack to go unpunished would send another disastrous signal to journalists investigating human rights violations in the Russian Caucasus,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The federal and local authorities have a duty to honour the promises made at the highest government level and Russia’s international obligations with regard to the safety of journalists.”RSF points out that governments are required by many UN resolutions to conduct “impartial, speedy, thorough, independent and effective” investigations into acts of violence against journalists.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The situation is worsening steadily in Chechnya, which is a news and information “black hole” within Russia. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further March 8, 2019 Three years after attack on journalists in Ingushetia, investigation is stalled News News Help by sharing this information Related documents cp_napadenie_na_zhurnalistov_v_ingushetii.pdfPDF – 110.45 KB Organisation RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expression Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en Credit : Denis Siniakov / Mediazona RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expression News News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out more
However, tenants come with a vision of their own (pun fully intended). Site plans submitted to the city earlier this month state the new credit union branch would be built at 410 Elmira Road, on what is currently a vacant lot fronting the Elmira Road Shopping Plaza, which houses Home Depot, Kohl’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Widewaters Group, the Syracuse-based firm who owns the plaza, has quietly had the outparcel space on the market since at least last year, envisioning a restaurant or similar small-scale establishment would one day occupy the site, along with a sizable amount of parking. Here, Visions Federal Credit Union is proposing to build a 3,320 square-foot branch office with a parking lot containing 20 spaces and drive-up ATMs. More interestingly, the majority of the lot would be fenced in from the adjacent roadways and turned into an outdoor amphitheater. A 940 square-foot stage structure would be built at the southeast corner of the property, and the lawn would be maintained for use as an outdoor event and entertainment venue. The remainder of the property would be fitted out with stormwater retention areas, landscaping improvements, a small amount of sidewalk, electric vehicle charging stations, a pet-friendly outdoor waiting area next to the building and bike racks. Tagged: southwest Ithaca, visions federal credit union According to the Site Plan Review (SPR) document, the $1.25 million project is aiming for an October 2019 to May 2020 construction period. The number of jobs that would be created is not stated in the filing, but a bank/credit union branch office of this size typically employs eight to 10 people. Design/build firm PWCampbell of Pittsburgh is listed as the project designer, with Rochester-based Costich Engineering serving as the engineering consultant. Founded in 1966, Visions Federal Credit Union is headquartered in the Binghamton suburb of Endwell (where it recently doubled the size of its headquarters) and currently hosts 51 branch offices across three states. The not-for-profit financial institution boasts over 199,000 members, $4.1 billion in assets and 600 employees. Currently, the closest location to Tompkins County is the branch office in Spencer. Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandall Brian Crandall ITHACA, N.Y. — A new entrant is preparing to step foot into the banking and financial market of Tompkins County. Visions Federal Credit Union is seeking to open its first Ithaca-area branch on the southwest side of the city.
MORE: Here are the facts of the Bubba Wallace noose case”NASCAR conducted a thorough sweep of all the garage areas across the tracks where we race,” Phelps said Thursday in his explanation of NASCAR’s investigation. “So across those 29 tracks, and 1,684 garage stalls, we found only 11 total that had a pull-down rope tied into a knot.”And only one noose — the one discovered Sunday in Bubba Wallace’s garage.”Wallace, 26 and the only Black driver in NASCAR’s three national series, has been taking heat for what was a misunderstanding on the part of his own Richard Petty Motorsports race team and NASCAR. The presence of a noose in his Talladega garage stall Sunday was investigated by both FBI and NASCAR, who determined that no hate crime was committed against Wallace.The noose, formed at the bottom of a pull rope attached to the garage door, had been in place since as early as last fall, the FBI investigation revealed.”We further determined that the noose was not in place in when the October 2019 race weekend began,” Phelps said, “but was created at some point during that weekend. Given that timing and the garage access policies and procedures at the time, we were unfortunately unable to determine with any certainty who tied this rope in this manner or why it was done.”MORE: NASCAR’s complete explanation of noose investigationWallace on a CNN interview Tuesday night said both NASCAR and the FBI were clear in their explanation of what had been found in his garage. He eventually was shown the noose once it was cut from the garage door pull rope. A few photos of the noose a Richard Petty Motorsports team member found in Bubba Wallace’s car garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday have been shared on social media, but none as clear as the picture NASCAR released Thursday.NASCAR president Steve Phelps said Thursday the photo was captured by NASCAR security as part of its investigation. “I’ve been racing all my life,” Wallace said Tuesday night. “We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. So people that want to call it a garage pull and put out all the videos and photos of knots being their evidence, go ahead. The FBI has stated it was a noose over and over again. NASCAR leadership has stated that it was a noose. I can confirm that I actually got evidence of what was hanging in my garage over my car, around my pit crew guys, to confirm that it was a noose. Never seen anything like it.”I talked to my crew chief about it. I wanted to make sure we weren’t jumping the gun. I said, ‘This isn’t a knot, this isn’t just a regular old whatchacallit.’ He’s like, ‘Bubba, this isn’t something that can be done within a second of just tying a knot and being on the way. This is something that took time.'”Added Phelps regarding NASCAR’s decision to contact the FBI: “To be clear, we would do this again. Of the evidence that we had, it was clear that we needed to look into this.”
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