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In Europe called for a probe into Gazprom’s involvement in gas price hikes

A group of MEPs from various political groups in the European Parliament called on the European Commission to investigate Gazprom’s role in the natural gas price hike, saying they suspect market manipulation.

This was reported by Bloomberg.

More than 40 MEPs sent a letter to the European Commission saying that recent actions by the state-controlled Russian gas exporter raise suspicions of deliberate attempts to use energy prices to put political pressure on Europe.

“We call on the European Commission to urgently launch an investigation into possible deliberate market manipulation by Gazprom and potential violations of EU competition rules,” lawmakers said in the letter.

Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov said the company “needs to consult with its lawyers” about the MEPs’ claims.

In separate comments at an online meeting of the International Business Congress on Friday, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Europe is facing the start of the winter heating season with underfilled gas storage facilities.

“Because of this, we see that prices in Europe have already broken every possible record, and perhaps even those that have already been achieved will be broken in the near future,” he said.

Supply disruptions have pushed European energy prices to record highs, slashing the profits of some of the continent’s industrial giants and threatening to undermine the region’s economic recovery. According to the International Energy Agency, gas prices have more than tripled this year and may continue to rise in the coming weeks.

The lack of exports from Russia, which is replenishing its own depleted storage facilities, is one reason European gas storage facilities are less full than usual at this time of year. Deliveries to the continent have also been limited by field service in Norway, while the availability of liquefied natural gas cargoes has been limited by plant shutdowns in the United States due to hurricanes.

EU lawmakers cited Gazprom’s shutdown of some production facilities, its inability to secure transportation capacity through existing pipelines, and its refusal to guarantee additional summer supplies to fill European storage facilities as grounds for their accusations.

The European Commission confirmed on Friday that it had received the letter, but refrained from commenting on any possible action.

Recall that Gazprom announced the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on September 10.

The process of obtaining permission to launch Nord Stream 2 may take about four months, which means it will last until early 2022.

Trial begins in Germany in the case of “Dieselgate” — the biggest scandal in the auto industry

Six years after the scandal with fraudulent data on the emissions of Volkswagen cars, four former managers and engineers of the concern were on trial in the German city of Braunschweig for their involvement in the global fraud.

About this report’s DPA.

Among other things, the defendants are accused of commercial fraud and tax evasion for installing counterfeit software on millions of cars. This is the first criminal case against VW executives in Germany.

The scandal, known as “Dieselgate,” has become the largest in the modern automobile industry. It erupted after it became known that VW cars emitted emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides many times higher than allowed, but in laboratory tests, the data were better than those of other manufacturers. The automaker illegally embedded software in the controls of diesel engines.

Prosecutors said at the first hearing that not only the top engineers but also middle managers and former board members knew about the attempted cheating by authorities in the United States, where the fraud first came to light in September 2015.

The defendants alleged that the defendants had agreed to conceal the existence of the devices from U.S. environmental regulators.

Volkswagen has since paid billions of dollars in compensation to VW diesel engine owners around the world who say the company lied to them about the environmental impact of their vehicles.

Shortly before the trial began, a Brunswick court ruled that the case against former CEO Martin Winterkorn would be the subject of a “separate hearing and decision.”

Winterkorn, 74, had been suffering from health problems since the operation. The prosecutor’s office has filed an appeal to separate the proceedings. Winterkorn stepped down from his position shortly after the scandal erupted.

Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, a lengthy trial is expected. The trial is currently scheduled for 133 days, which means that it will last until the summer of 2023.

If convicted, the defendants face prison sentences ranging from 6 months to 10 years.

What connects the fraudster Alessandro Rinchi and Roc Agency in Monaco

The deceived Italian investors, with the help of hired detectives, found out where the swindler Alessandro Rinchi is and works at the moment.

It became known that the fraudster Alessandro Rinchi lives in the Principality of Monaco and cooperates with the owner of Roc Agency Jean-Yves Lorenzi under an assumed name (Ricci instead of Rinchi).

Investigators are trying to sort out the business relationship between Jean-Yves Lorenzi and the corrupt swindler Alessandro Rinchi.

We previously reported that between 1994 and 2002, real estate agent and former financial promoter Alessandro Rinchi ran an investment fraud scheme in the Italian province of Imperia.

The victims of Rinchi’s Ponzi scheme were small investors who entrusted their savings to a scammer.

As a result of falsification of personal files and misconduct to collect savings, Alessandro Rinchi fraudulently received about 17 million euros from unsuspecting depositors.

Investors hope that the money stolen by the fraudster will be returned to its rightful owners.

We will keep you informed of the investigation

McGregor made a scandal with a famous musician at a show in Brooklyn

Former UFC two-weight champion Conor McGregor attacked American rapper Machine Gun Kelly on the red carpet of the Brooklyn show.

As the journalist Mark Raimondi reports on Twitter, McGregor threw a glass with a drink at the musician. After that, security intervened in the situation.

The reasons for the quarrel were not disclosed.

Recall that in the last fight, McGregor lost by technical knockout to American Dustin Perrier. The Irishman broke his leg and the fight was stopped by a doctor.

Ex-head of the French Ministry of Health will be tried because of statements about COVID-19

This is one of the first cases in the world where a minister is facing legal liability for her response to a pandemic.

French prosecutors are investigating former Health Minister Agnes Buzyn for “endangering the lives of others” during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This was reported by the BBC.

Buzyn left her post in February 2020 to run for mayor of Paris, saying the coronavirus posed a low risk, and she later spoke of an approaching “tsunami.”

This is one of the first times in the world that a minister is facing legal liability for her response to a pandemic.

A special court, created in France in 1993 to investigate government ministers accused of misconduct, will decide whether to hold her criminally responsible.

At a court hearing on Friday, Buzyn said she welcomed the opportunity to explain herself and “establish the truth.” She added that she would not allow the government’s actions or her own to be discredited “when we have done so much to prepare our country for the global health crisis.”

Buzyn took over as France’s health minister in May 2017 and resigned just weeks after the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in France.

Last year, she lost the election for mayor of Paris to Anne Hidalgo. In January 2021, Buzyn joined the cabinet of Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO).