24 May, 2021

The happiest countries in the world

According to the calculations of the latest World Happiness Report, the list of the happiest countries in the world this year, traditionally, topped the Scandinavian countries: Finland, Iceland and Denmark. Sweden in 6th place, Norway in 8.The top 5 also includes Switzerland and the Netherlands, and the first non-European country in the ranking is New Zealand in 9th place

Russia this year took 60th place – between Nigeria (it is 59th – yes, the Nigerians were happier than the Russians …) and El Salvador (it is 61st)

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The main thing about the detention of Roman Protasevich in Minsk:

On the afternoon of May 23, the Belarusian authorities forcibly landed in Minsk the plane of the Irish airline Ryanair, which was en route from Athens to Vilnius. The reason was an allegedly planted bomb on board, the presence of which was ultimately not confirmed.

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The State Duma of Russia considered the actions of the Belarusian authorities to be lawful and correct, forcibly landing the plane in order to arrest the journalist Protasevich. Leonid Kalashnikov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, told Open Media that the lower house of parliament will not give an official assessment of the actions of another country, but there is nothing outrageous in them. And Kalashnikov’s colleague United Russia member Vyacheslav Lysakov called the operation of the Belarusian special services brilliant

By order of Lukashenka, the Belarusian authorities raised a military fighter to “escort” a passenger plane to Minsk.

The “mined” Ryanair aircraft was deployed on the border with Lithuania. At the same time, it was closer to him to fly to Vilnius airport than to Minsk. The Belarusian side insists that the crew turned to her for help, and the authorities decided to meet halfway. After the incident in Minsk, a criminal case was opened on false reports of mining.

By an incredible coincidence, on board Ryanair was Roman Protasevich, co-founder of the opposition channel Nexta and editor of the telegram channel Belarus Brain.

It turned out that the Belarusian security forces detained Roman together with his girlfriend Sofya Sapega. Sophia is studying at a European university, but she is a citizen of Russia. On what basis she was removed from the flight, it is not known. The Russian Foreign Ministry does not comment on the situation.

The head of the leading faction of the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, called the incident an act of state terrorism. Representatives of the EU countries should gather at the summit and think about the reaction to the actions of Belarus.

The Latvian airline airBaltic has already announced the suspension of flights over the Belarusian territory.

The President’s Telegram channel “Pool of the First” reported that the Belarusian authorities received a request to accept the liner from the Ryanair crew. Later it turned out that the pilots learned about the threat on board from the Belarusian air traffic controllers. They also gave instructions to redirect the plane to Minsk.

On May 24, the head of Ryanair said that there were probably KGB officers on board. He called the incident “state hijacking” and “air piracy.”

Lithuania opened a criminal case into the hijacking of the aircraft.

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It is necessary to conduct an international investigation into the events in Minsk, where the plane was urgently landed with Roman Protasevich, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the NEXTA Telegram channel, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“This is a serious and dangerous incident requiring an international investigation,” he said.

The Secretary General noted that the North Atlantic Alliance is closely monitoring the situation. He added that Minsk must ensure the safe return of the plane’s crew and all passengers.

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Poland has asked the European Council to impose sanctions against the government of Belarus because of the Ryanair plane, which was urgently landed in Minsk after the announcement of mining, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced.

“The hijacking of a civilian aircraft is an unprecedented act of state terrorism that cannot go unpunished,” the message says.

Moravetsky called for an item on immediate sanctions against the regime of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to be included in the agenda of tomorrow’s meeting of the Council of Europe. Moravetsky clarified that the sanctions should include a ban on flights of Belarusian airlines.

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Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said he would not comment on the situation with the forced landing of the Ryanair plane in Minsk.

“I will not comment on the Ryanair aircraft. There are certain international aviation rules, and it is the international aviation authorities that should evaluate here in terms of compliance or non-compliance with these international standards, and I cannot comment on anything in this situation.

Someone is demanding sanctions, someone is talking about compliance with international rules and norms. There are many conflicting statements and we would not want to participate in this race, race to condemn or support someone. “

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Countries that initiated a complete ban on civil flights in the airspace of Belarus:

  • USA
  • Great Britain
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Czech Republic
  • Ireland

These countries qualified the threat of the use of air-to-air missiles against Flight FR4978 as an act of state terrorism.

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The United States strongly condemns the Ryanair incident and demands an international investigation of the situation and the immediate release of Roman Protasevich, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said.

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Lukashenka signed laws prohibiting journalists from participating in uncoordinated rallies and collecting donations to pay fines. Now Belarusian journalists will not be able, in particular, to cover uncoordinated actions in real time. Also, in the performance of their duties, journalists are prohibited from acting as organizers or participants in mass events.

The media were also banned from publishing the results of public opinion polls related to the socio-political situation, conducted without obtaining the necessary accreditation. And not only.

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