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Putin jails his fiercest rival for another 19 years



Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to an additional 19 years in a maximum security penal colony.

This sentence was added to his previous jail term, which already totaled 11 and a half years on fraud and other charges that he claims are politically motivated and baseless. Navalny’s political movement has been outlawed and labeled as “extremist” by the authorities.

The charges for which Navalny received this extended sentence include inciting and financing extremist activity, as well as creating an extremist organization, all related to his role in his now defunct movement inside Russia.

The authorities accused his movement of attempting to foment a revolution by destabilizing the socio-political situation.

Navalny, who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent domestic critic, released a statement through his lawyers and supporters, asserting that he believes he is effectively serving a life sentence.

He accused the authorities of using such harsh sentences to intimidate the Russian people into political submission.

International anger

The verdict has drawn international condemnation from Western countries. The U.S. State Department called it an “unjust conclusion to an unjust trial,” while the European Union decried it as another politically motivated ruling and called for Navalny’s immediate release.

Navalny’s supporters view him as a symbol of resistance against the current Russian regime. He was detained in January 2021 upon returning to Russia from Germany, where he had received treatment for poisoning by a Soviet-era nerve agent.

The Kremlin denies involvement in his poisoning and claims that his case is purely a matter for the courts.

Navalny’s spokeswoman mentioned that he remains cheerful and optimistic despite the lengthy sentence, and there are concerns that he might be transferred to another penal colony with even harsher conditions.

He also faces another criminal case on terrorism charges, which could further prolong his time in prison.

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How to make your money work for you over the next decade



With high interest rates, persistent inflation, and a tight labor market—the next decade is expected to be very different from the last 10 years.

Companies and households around the world are still trying to get back to pre-pandemic economic outputs and lifestyles.

So, how can people successfully invest and better manage their personal finances?

James Faris, an Investing Reporter with Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #money #finance #economy #investing

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Parents buying houses for their adult children



Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns

A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.

Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.

The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.

There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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