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President Vladimir Putin on Thursday sacked two senior police officers over the arrest of investigative reporter Ivan Golunov on trumped up drugs charges.
The journalist's arrest last week was widely seen as punishment for his investigative work and sparked an unprecedented campaign of solidarity in Russian society.
On Tuesday, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said he had requested Putin dismiss the officers after lifting the charges against Golunov on the basis of a lack of evidence.
On Thursday, Putin signed a decree to dismiss the police chief for western Moscow, Major General Andrei Puchkov, and the head of the Moscow police department for narcotics control, Major General Yury Devyatkin.
Golunov is a reporter for Meduza news site, which is based in EU member Latvia. He walked free from a Moscow police building on Tuesday evening after his house arrest was lifted.
Moscow police had charged him with attempted drug dealing, saying that officers found him in possession of drugs including cocaine.
But as the details of the case attracted public outrage, they later admitted that they had posted photographs of drugs paraphernalia that were not taken in his flat.
Golunov's supporters, including many influential journalists, mounted a public campaign in his defence, holding protests outside Moscow police headquarters.
The case has prompted wide-reaching questions about how Russian police operate, with Golunov's supporters and lawyers saying that police planted drugs on him.
Kolokoltsev said the police who worked on the case have been suspended pending an investigation.
On Wednesday, a few thousand protesters took to the streets of Moscow for an unsanctioned march calling for broad reform of the law enforcement and justice systems.
Police violently broke up the march and arrested more than 500 people, according to OVD INFO, a monitor that tracks detentions.
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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Screen Capture)
(<a href="http://CNSNews.com" rel="nofollow">CNSNews.com</a>) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a speech Wednesday berated President Donald Trump for withdrawing from the nuclear deal, but said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will be standing strong long after Trump’s corpse is “worm food.”
Khamenei said of Trump: "You will go to hell with your failures."
“A few days ago, Trump wrote a letter to the leaders of some Persian Gulf countries, to which we have access," Khamenei said in a speech addressing staff and students at a teacher-training university in Tehran. "In the letter, he indicated that he spent $7 trillion on these countries, so they must adhere to his orders. Well, Trump, you have spent all this money to dominate Syria and Iraq, but you couldn't do it; you will go to hell with your failures.”
“The same behavior existed in previous U.S. presidents. Yet, Iranian nation is persistent while former U.S. presidents passed away & IRI is still standing. This man’s corpse will also be worm food while IRI stands strong.”
Khamenei said Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) had included “shallow and lewd remarks” as well as “several lies.”
“He threatened the Iranian government and people,” he said. “I answer him, as a representative of the Iranian population: ‘Donald Trump, you cannot lift one finger against us.’” (One translation of his remarks rendered the phrase as ‘Like hell you will!”)
Elsewhere in the speech the ayatollah revealed that he had wanted Iranian negotiators to secure President Obama’s signature on the 2015 nuclear deal, but they failed to do so.
He had warned all along that the Americans could not be trusted, he said. “Now you can see for yourselves that my prediction is now a reality.”
Similarly, Khamenei said Iran could not trust the three European Union members – Britain, France and Germany – which remain partners in the JCPOA, along with Russia and China.
He said if the Rouhani administration wants to reach an agreement with the E.U. trio to save the nuclear deal, it must come with guarantees – otherwise the Europeans would likely follow the U.S. and walk away.
And without guarantees, he pledged, “we won’t stick to the nuclear agreement.”
Khamenei dedicated the bulk of his speech, a translation of which was posted on an official website, to the United States.
“From day one, I said several times that the United States is not to be trusted. I said it publicly and privately,” he said. “I said if you want to sign an agreement, first make sure that necessary guarantees are made.”
“One of the conditions I mentioned was that the president of the United States has to sign it. Those in charge of the negotiations tried hard, but couldn’t satisfy this condition.”
(The JCPOA was not a treaty, and was not formally signed. The negotiating principals, including Secretary of State John Kerry, left souvenir signatures on the cover page.)
“We agreed on the nuclear agreement, but the animosities against Iran did not cease,” Khamenei said. “Today, their concerns are about our presence in our own region and our missile program. Even if we agree to their terms, conflicts will not be resolved; they will start up with another issue.”
The real reason for America’s animosity, he said, was because before the 1979 Islamic revolution “had complete dominance over our country.”
As a result of the revolution, however, the U.S. “hands were severed.”
Khamenei said the Americans want to dominate the region and favor rulers “who dish out money to them and comply with their orders.” He made clear he was referring in this instance to some countries in the Persian Gulf, whose leaders were being treated “like submissive slaves of the U.S.”
The JCPOA offered Iran sanctions relief in return for significant restrictions – some of them with expiration dates – on its nuclear program.
Trump identified as major flaws the “sunset” clauses, under which key provisions expire after 10-15 years, inadequate inspection and verification measures, and the fact Iran’s ballistic missile programs and other troubling behavior were not addressed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed two high-ranking police generals involved in the case against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov.
Major General Yuri Devyatkin, the head of the Interior Ministry’s drug trafficking department, and Major General Andrei Puchkov, head of the Interior Ministry's Moscow department, were dismissed Thursday, according to a Kremlin decree.
Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev had requested that Putin dismiss the two generals after announcing that charges against Golunov had been dropped on Tuesday.
Golunov, an anti-corruption reporter with the Meduza news website, was detained and charged last week for large-scale drug trafficking in a case that drew mass outrage, with his defenders saying he had been targeted for his investigations through fabricated charges.
On Tuesday, the Interior Ministry dropped the case after a slew of evidence showed that the drugs could not have been Golunov’s. Kolokoltsev said he had suspended the police officers involved pending an investigation, in addition to asking Putin to fire Devyatkin and Puchkov.
Elton John is not a nostalgist. Neither is his songwriting partner of more than 50 years, Bernie Taupin, who supplies the lyrics that inspire John’s melodies. “I think one of the keys that has driven us all these years, it’s the fact that we never look back,” Taupin said.
But now the world can witness their history, thanks to “Rocketman,” the musical fantasy that traces John’s transformation from the piano prodigy Reginald Dwight, born in a hamlet outside London, to the over-the-top showman (played by Taron Egerton) with a slew of global hits. He met Taupin (Jamie Bell onscreen) by chance after both answered an ad in a British music magazine.
The film, directed by Dexter Fletcher and co-produced by David Furnish, John’s husband, is unflinching about John’s rise, his childhood trauma and subsequent addictions. “I’ve never been a half-measured person, and you can see that got me into a lot of trouble,” John said. (He’s been sober since 1990.)
The depiction of his life as a gay man has — to his dismay — led to the film’s censorship in Russia and Samoa. But, he said, “I didn’t want to leave any of the sex scenes out, because that’s very important — that’s why we went for an R film. It’s not ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’” also directed in part by Fletcher. “My life is not a PG life.”
At 72, John remains artistically engaged — in the midst of a farewell tour, and still composing for films and theater (the “Lion King” remake; a musical version of “The Devil Wears Prada”). He splits his time among multiple homes with Furnish and their sons, ages 8 and 6. The oldest is a soccer fiend, the youngest wants to be a singer: “He knows all the words to ‘Old Town Road’ — both remixes.”
In separate phone interviews — Taupin, 69, from his home in California, and John from a tour stop in Copenhagen — the pair discussed putting their lives on film. These are edited excerpts from the conversations.
Is the movie hard for you to sit through?
ELTON JOHN The first time I saw it was in January or February, a very rough copy, and that was when I got the most emotional, because I just didn’t know what to expect. It certainly had a huge impact on me, especially the family stuff and the Bernie stuff. It makes me happy and it makes me sad. I think the film eventually is about redemption, and how anyone can get redemption, if they try.
When did you first get wind of the project?
BERNIE TAUPIN I guess you have to go back at least five years, but as time and space are not real friends of mine, it’s a little hard to say. They sent me an initial script, and to be brutally honest, I wasn’t very happy with it. There were certain profanities that made me uncomfortable — I’m not somebody who uses profanity. They were very amenable to my suggestions. I wanted my character to align with reality as much as possible. I was slightly uncomfortable with the [nonchronological] order of songs. I wasn’t 100 percent sure of what they were actually doing. The word “fantasy” kept being brought up.
When did you get on board with their vision?
TAUPIN When I saw the end product.
Elton, you spent your early career hiding your identity and your demons. Was it cathartic in a way to dramatize it so openly?
JOHN Of course. Even though it’s hard to watch what you’re going through and what you did to yourself, I find it cathartic. I’ve always tried to be as honest as I can, since I got sober. I think there’s no point in sugarcoating anything — this is what happened, this is how I behaved, this is a real sad story of someone who was trying to get to grips with his past, but was extremely famous — onstage is where I felt at home, and offstage, I didn’t.
The film could’ve started with your self-invention as an artist. Why include the most painful parts of your childhood?
JOHN My childhood really shaped the way I became as an artist, because I was determined to prove myself to my father, that I could be successful and I could do it my way. It shaped me into the performer that I am. I didn’t need to prove anything to myself; I just wanted to prove something to him.
I grew up in a very, very hostile environment between my parents. Basically — I’ve had years to reflect on this — they should never have married each other. They were unsuited and had miserable times together, and as a result I suffered from it, because they argued about me. It was the ’50s — divorce was deemed to be scandalous, and so I was stuck in the middle of two very unhappy people. As I look back on it now, I don’t blame either of them. I mean, they both lived a loveless marriage, and the nice thing about it is, when they did remarry, they both had very happy marriages. And I’m very happy about that for them.
John Reid, Elton’s early manager and boyfriend, is portrayed (by Richard Madden) as a sly manipulator. Bernie, did you trust him from the beginning?
TAUPIN I had no reason not to. John was a smooth operator. I didn’t dislike him; I was never particularly close to him, but over the years I did acquire a certain revulsion for him in the way he acted with people. He was sort of the polar opposite of what I felt Elton needed. In the beginning, he may have done some things for Elton. Ultimately, the devil on your shoulder whispers in your ear and says, “You can have more if you want,” and I think that’s what happened. When your manager is living higher on the hog than you are, you know something’s rotten in Denmark. [In 1998, John sued Reid for allegedly stealing tens of millions from him; Reid later paid John several million pounds in a settlement.]
Has John Reid seen the movie?
JOHN I think John has. I don’t know what he thought of it. It’s pretty hard-hitting, but that’s what our relationship became.
You’ve grown close with Taron. Were you involved in the casting of Matthew Illesley and Kit Connor,who played you as a child and adolescent?
JOHN I was not involved in any of the casting whatsoever. Both young Reggies were brilliant — little Matthew looks like me as well. When I see Kit with the Elvis Presley hairdo, I think: yes, if only I could have had that! But I would never have been allowed to. When I first saw [a picture of] Elvis Presley, I thought he was from outer space. And he changed my life forever. I wanted a pair of Winklepicker shoes and I wanted drainpipe trousers. But unfortunately I didn’t get any of them.
Where are your costumes now?
JOHN They’re in a warehouse in London. Some of them I’ve sold or given to museums, but most are still in storage, including the Donald Duck outfit [worn in a 1980 performance in Central Park], in an archive.
Do you ever go there?
JOHN Absolutely not. [Laughs] I can’t think of anything worse — oh my God, oh no.
It’s very strange because I very rarely look back on my life, and of course I had to, to watch this movie. I look at it and I think, oh my God, what a life I had there, for 20 years — only 20 years of my life! — what an incredible joy ride, and what a near disaster it was. And now, I don’t have to do that anymore. I don’t have to live that life. And I survived it.
Do you think you can be a great artist without experiencing, or overcoming, early trauma?
TAUPIN I would’ve had to have done it to know. We both had tremendous trauma in our lives, to be quite honest. I can’t think of any real major artists that probably hasn’t. I had addictions of my own — I wasn’t any fairy-tale prince. Sadly some of us don’t come through it. Certainly Elton was extraordinarily lucky to nip it in the bud in the right time.
JOHN My career mushroomed so quickly, from 1973 onward — I made two albums a year, different singles, B-sides, I toured, I did radio. I was on a high, but it wasn’t a drug high; I was on adrenaline, and sooner or later you crash and burn, and unfortunately the drugs helped me crash and burn. You know, two days before I was at Dodger Stadium [in sold-out concerts in 1975], I was having my stomach pumped.
How did you keep going onstage, and into the studio, rising to the creative moments during your addiction?
JOHN That’s what kept me alive. During the hard times, I still kept myself busy. I didn’t shut myself away and just do drugs, which a lot of people do and they disappear for two or three years. You can say that, initially, music saved me — the most incredible part of my childhood was the music. And then when I came to the difficult part of my fame, the music still saved me, because I still worked, and I still made records. And if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be talking to you right now.
Bernie, when Elton went to rehab in 1990, did you think it would stick?
TAUPIN I really did, because the thing about Elton is, it’s all or nothing, all the time. When he sets his mind to something, nothing can break that change. That scene in the film when I visit him [in rehab], and he’s mopping the floor, I remember how much he enjoyed doing his own laundry, mopping the floor, scrubbing the toilet. Once he was in that situation, he adhered to it 100 percent, he totally embraced it. That shows his character.
What kind of notes did you give to get the Elton-Bernie relationship right on screen?
JOHN I think the portrayal is pretty accurate. [After becoming successful] we lived our lives separately, and I think that’s what kept us together. Because he was the Brando cowboy and I was the guy who liked buying porcelain. The thing that really touched me in the film is that — God, I love him, and what a story, what a ridiculous story, of kismet, serendipity. Of all the envelopes [of lyricists’ work] to be given, I got his envelope. It’s very eerie and it’s wonderful, and the way we write songs is very eerie as well. We’re not in the same room. I don’t have a melody — I’m inspired by him. I never wanted to change that. And so I just look at it as a gift, from God or whatever.
TAUPIN I don’t need to try to figure out why it works. We never question that. We just continue.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that intelligence reviewed by American officials showed that Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a critical waterway for the transit of much of the world’s petroleum.
Mr. Pompeo did not present any evidence of Iran’s involvement when announcing the findings at a news conference in Washington. The assertion is certain to fuel tensions between the Trump administration and Iranian leaders that have increased since early May, when the White House announced military movements in response to what American officials have said is a heightened threat from Iran.
Mr. Pompeo said the sabotage against the two tankers was only the latest in a series of recent violent acts by Iran.
“Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security,” he said.
The rapid escalation of tensions in early May between the United States and Iran took place around the time that four tankers were damaged by explosions at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, near the Strait of Hormuz. The violence that occurred in the same area early Thursday morning, which forced crews to abandon ship and left one vessel ablaze, was similar to the incidents from May.
Mr. Pompeo and John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, both said in late May that Iran was responsible for those attacks, though neither have presented evidence. On May 30, Mr. Pompeo told reporters that he had seen evidence of Iranian involvement and asserted “these were efforts by the Iranians to raise the price of crude oil throughout the world.”
Details of the incidents on Thursday have remained murky, as they have for the explosions in May.
Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Bolton have led the Trump administration in taking a hard stand on Iran. In May 2018, President Trump withdrew from a nuclear containment deal that the Obama administration and world powers reached with Iran in 2015. The United States reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran last November.
European allies have stayed in the nuclear deal and have urged Iran to do so, but President Hassan Rouhani said last month that Iran would start leaving parts of it, even though international agencies said Tehran had been abiding by all the terms until now.
Mr. Trump has said in recent weeks that he was open to negotiations with Iran, though he has made no real effort to start talks. He has also said he could take military action. In late May, he announced he was sending an additional 1,500 troops to the Middle East, though that was far less than what some top administration officials had requested.
Mr. Pompeo has made 12 demands of Iran that go far beyond the nuclear issues. In his talks, he has stressed the need to roll back Iran’s “expansionist foreign policy” and tamp down the influence of the political and military groups in Arab nations that are supported by Iran. From his perspective, that includes Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthi rebels in Yemen and a constellation of armed groups in Iraq.
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