"We are particularly appalled by the designation of top officials of the Prosecutor General's office and the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, as well as judges," the diplomats said. "In Russia, investigation, prosecution and the judiciary operate on the basis of independence from the executive and are guided exclusively by law." … [Read more...] about UK sanctions Russians, Saudis, and their ‘blood money’ under Magnitsky Act
Saudi officials declined to respond to the announcement. One adviser said the kingdom “would not be happy”. Another said the UK move had been expected and that bilateral ties would recover after several months. “Britain sells lots of military equipment to Riyadh, and that won’t change because of this,” the adviser said. “But it’s perhaps not the best way to treat your allies.” … [Read more...] about ‘Magnitsky sanctions’: who are those being targeted by UK?
What are sanctions and why do countries use them? Dead Russian lawyer wins 10-year rights battle UK draws up post-Brexit sanctions plan It will target individuals or organisations accused of human rights violations around the world, as well as those who profit financially from those abuses. … [Read more...] about UK sanctions regime to target human rights abusers
Paris reawakens — these sights can be visited again The Eiffel Tower Put on your face mask and off you go! If you want to go up the Parisian landmark, you need to be fit: The elevators aren't running, so the 765 steps to the second-floor viewing platform have to be climbed on foot. The top of the Eiffel Tower including the restaurant will be closed for the time being. Tickets must be bought online. According to the operator, most reservations are made by Germans. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus latest: India overtakes Russia in COVID-19 cases
'Buyers are saying to us, as soon as they can fly again they want to come out, meet the lawyers and get things done. There are bargains to be had and we're definitely seeing high levels of demand. … [Read more...] about We’re searching in Ibiza – to buy on the island! Number of Britons virtual home hunting on the party hotspot up 174% thanks to TV show White Lines and ‘dual-screening’