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Scandalous news about European politicians, world celebrity and businessman: scandals, exposures, and compromising evidence, high-profile investigations

Telegram may be blocked in Germany

Telegram in Germany faces a fine of $55 million and a ban on the general background of ignoring the messenger requests of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior. This is written by the German publication Der Spiegel.

The author of the material notes that Telegram is “probably the most dangerous” messenger in the world since it is popular with criminals and terrorists and is practically not regulated by the authorities of states.

In particular, in Germany, it attracts “covid-dissidents”, right-wing extremists, drug dealers, and scammers, the magazine writes. Attention is drawn to the fact that “you do not need to search much to find a ‘firing list’ with the names of members of the German Parliament”.

“Crimes are openly and explicitly planned and committed in Telegram. The app has become the equivalent of the darknet in your pocket, “ the article says.

In this regard, according to the publication, the German Ministry of Justice requires that the platform become available to the authorities, immediately remove criminal content and actively transfer user data to investigators.

In addition, the agency intends to fine Telegram 55 million for the fact that it did not specify a contact person for the authorities and did not offer a procedure for filing complaints of criminal offenses, as required by German law.

The Federal Department of Justice allegedly sent two letters to Dubai, where the creator of Telegram, Pavel Durov, is now located, ordering a hearing on this issue.

If the company refuses to cooperate, it is possible to block the application in Germany, an official of the Ministry of Internal Affairs told the publication.

It is noted that Telegram has been installed on 570 million smartphones, and since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the application has become more popular than ever.

Latvian MP arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia

The court of the Vidzeme suburb of Riga has arrested a member of the Latvian Seimas, Janis Adamsons, on suspicion of spying for Russia.

The meeting lasted about two hours. The politician was escorted into and out of the courtroom by State Security officers. Adamson and his lawyer declined to comment. The decision can be challenged in the Riga District Court within seven days.

On June 10, the Latvian Seimas almost unanimously supported the search and detention of the deputy. The Prosecutor General’s Office requested that his parliamentary immunity be revoked. According to her, Adamson may be involved in the transfer of classified information to Russia.

The deputy himself does not admit his guilt. He called the criminal case “a counterattack of mafia structures.”

The Mayor’s Office of Lisbon handed over to the Russian Embassy the data of the organizers of the rally against Putin

The mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, publicly apologized after it became known that the city authorities handed over the personal data of the participants of the rally in support of Alexei Navalny to the Russian Embassy in Portugal.

This is reported by Publico.

According to local law, the organizers of a rally in Lisbon must submit to the Mayor’s office the contact details of at least three organizers. This data is then passed on to the police.

Three organizers of the protest (with dual citizenship, Russian and Portuguese) appealed to the city council with a request to hold a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy in Lisbon. They provided various personal details, including name, address, identification number, and phone number.

Subsequently, the Portuguese media learned that the municipality sent this data to the Russian authorities.

“A sad mistake in all respects, which should not have happened: personal data was transferred to the embassy,” the mayor said.

Medina said that he had personally spoken to the organizers of the demonstration, justifying the incident by saying that this information was transmitted in a bureaucratic way: first to the Public Security Police (PSP), and then to the organization where the demonstration was planned. In this case, the Russian Embassy.

“It was a bureaucratic mistake. In this case, this information could not and should not have been transmitted, “ he said, adding that the municipality had changed procedures to prevent such situations from happening again.

The mayor also spoke about concerns about the safety of citizens, information about which is now at the disposal of the Russian government. “I hope that everything will go its own way. Some of them are Portuguese citizens under the protection of the Portuguese authorities, “ he said.

The French discuss the slap to Macron

French politicians and netizens reacted to the slap in the face of French President Emmanuel Macron.

On Tuesday, June 8, during a visit to the Drome region, an unknown man attacked the French president and hit him in the face.

According to France 24, Emmanuel Macron has never been subjected to an attempted attack since he took office as head of the republic. The president was booed and hurled insults, but never tried to use physical force.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex condemned the aggression against the president.

“Through the President of the republic, a blow is aimed at democracy… Democracy is a debate, it is a dialogue, it is a clash of ideas, it is a legitimate expression of disagreement, of course. But in no case can it be violence, verbal aggression, and even more so physical aggression, “ the politician said.
The head of the opposition National Union party, Marine Le Pen, expressed a similar opinion.

“If democratic debates can be violent, they will never tolerate physical violence. I strongly condemn the unacceptable physical aggression against the President of the Republic,” Le Pen wrote on Twitter.

The opinions of ordinary French people about the attack on the president were divided.

A number of readers of Le Figaro were in solidarity with the politicians and declared the unacceptability of physical aggression against the head of state.

“You may not like Macron, but such an act is absolutely unforgivable. In some ways, this is an aggression against all the French, “Amazing and deplorable. You may not like Macron, but you can’t just slap him in the face, just like any other citizen. Such widespread violence will end badly, “ the French wrote in comments to the news about the slap in the face of Macron.

Others found the attacker’s action justified.

Read more: Macron was slapped during a visit to the Drome department

“I could have given him another one. It would be good for him,” “Macron discovers the realities of insecurity in France,” “This is what modern France looks like, Mr. Macron,” readers said.

Merkel stands up for health ministry head, around whom a “mask scandal” has erupted

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Minister of Health Jens Spahn, who has been called upon to resign after reports of his intent to sell masks to unprotected citizens that allegedly did not meet quality standards.

This was reported by Spiegel, citing its sources among the participants of the meeting of the Presidium of the Christian Democratic Union.

According to them, Angela Merkel began to defend Spahn, noting that the accusations against him were not supported by facts.

Other fellow party members, such as North Rhine-Westphalia Labor Minister Karl-Josef Laumann, also spoke in his defense.

Jens Spahn rejected claims that the masks in question did not meet the proper quality standards. Before that, he also criticized the rebukes against him from the SPD, the coalition partner of the CDU, whose co-chairs have hinted that he should resign.

The Ministry of Labor, which is headed by an SPD representative, believes that the masks made in China N95 do not meet the necessary quality standards. Spahn denies this and says that although the masks have not been certified by the EU, they meet the necessary criteria.

The Ministry of Health confirmed that the masks did not pass the temperature test, as recommended by the European Commission, and which was highlighted by journalists of Spiegel. At the same time, the department explains that it is important when masks are used in production under specific conditions, but not for protection against infection, as in everyday life such temperature regimes are not possible.

According to Spiegel, the masks also failed a test simulation of use. The Ministry of Health explained that, in their opinion, this procedure was not necessary in order to test the protective function of the mask.

Recall that a couple of months ago, several CDU MPs found themselves in the midst of a scandal over accusations of lobbying for contracts to buy medical masks and left the party.

The scandals could hit the CDU-CSU ratings in the upcoming federal elections in September 2021, in which, for the first time in years, Angela Merkel will not be their candidate for chancellor.