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Navalny says prison has designated him as a terrorist

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Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says a prison commission had designated him an extremist and a terrorist – but he’s no longer considered a flight risk

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday (October 11) that a prison commission has designated him an extremist and a terrorist – but that he’s no longer considered a flight risk.

Posting on Instagram, the 45-year-old said he has been summoned before a panel which voted unanimously in favor of the status change.

The decision marks a further escalation of pressure against President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest domestic critic.

Navalny is currently serving 2-and-a-half years in prison for parole violations he says were fabricated to thwart his political ambitions.

He made light of the announcement, saying that he was glad he was no longer considered prone to escape, and would therefore be subjected to less frequent and stringent night time checks by guards.

“It’s just that there is now a sign over my bunk that I am a terrorist, ” said Navalny in the Instagram post, which was published with the help of his lawyers.

There was no immediate confirmation from Russian authorities of the change in Navalny’s status.

The Federal Penitentiary Service did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Navalny’s movement suffered a fresh blow back in June when a court ruled its activities to be extremist.

Last month, Russia opened a new criminal case against him that could keep him in jail for a further decade.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes

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A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”, which happened on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan in Iran’s northwest.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, May 19, 2024. Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA via REUTERS

State TV quoted an official as saying at least one passenger and one crew member had been in contact with rescuers. It also said the helicopter had been found, though Iran’s Red Crescent denied this report.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear programme, sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs. #iran #trending

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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