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former russian tycoon mikhail khodorkovsky is getting ready to meet the press after finally being reunited with his family in the early following his surprise release from prison. also this week eighty civilians are executed by islamist rebels in syria while western nations coming peace talks might not just add removal after all . and a big deal for ukraine russia agrees to buy fifteen billion dollars of its debt and slash the price of gas which kiev hails as its rescue from bankruptcy. and i welcome you watching the weekly here on r.t.
international. now in a few hours may hear what it called ski set to give his first press conference since he was released from jail after ten years behind bars the man who was russia's most high profile prisoner is now in berlin where he was reunited with his parents and son on saturday artie's peter oliver is following events later on sunday he's going to be holding a press conference where he'll meet the world's media and outline perhaps what he's going to be doing next we're all looking forward to seeing what he has to say it is a paid press conference will be taking place at the berlin wall museum here in the german capital on saturday though one of those groups of people that were allowed in to see him and did get in to see him work his family his son powerful and made the flight from new york in order to to be at his father's side and a little later on saturday afternoon we saw his mother and father his father boris and his mother. coming here to be with their son now it what must have been
a motional reunion it's such a shock to me. i still can't believe i'm going to see him now i feel like it's one of my regular visits. here and there with you today because there is free. my family is fine we go with it and we're very very. very it's really been a whirlwind of a story from starting on thursday after a long press briefing from putin he. as he was leaving the auditorium said yes he confirmed that among those that would be receiving presidential pardons was mikhail khodorkovsky this set coke's in motion but we didn't know where he was going to go it then it all came out that he was flying here to lynn the former foreign minister of germany. has been instrumental in that decision to bring in the people the codes in motion to allow them to come here to germany put on the private jet which flew
him to germany also it seems helped with pushing through a visa but we also saw comments from the german government praising the work that the the german government are done behind the scenes in order to get him to get him to come to germany but in terms of his status as a citizen we heard from. from the spokesperson for blood in me a putin that mikhail khodorkovsky remains a russian citizen and that he's welcome in free to live in russia return to russia whenever he would choose to and in a one of the few interviews he has given me khodorkovsky has hinted that he would and could possibly return to russia. well political analyst and expert on russian jim relations alexander was one of the first to greet me a hoarder called ski on german soil is what he told us. his face didn't change in the past ten years i haven't seen him for ten years. i think he didn't lose his
humor he's still in a very strong mood alexander was invited by the former german foreign minister hans dietrich genscher to consult him in his push to release horticulture ski magnate said he's not planning to involve himself in politics in the future or in a phase and this martin shift says they were after ten years of imprisonment horticulture skee has no chance of becoming as powerful as he was in the one nine hundred ninety s. . what is not going to happen is that khodorkovsky is going to be a credible figure in russia he will significant the one nine hundred ninety s. the beginning of the twenty first century for two reasons first of all because of his vast financial wealth and political clout from putting together you coast in the first place and he doesn't have the yukos conglomerates. babysitting more so that's cool and secondly he was a figure from the one nine hundred ninety s. he was able to amass so much wealth so far as the all the guards in the chaotic
yeltsin era right after the collapse of communism this is no engine history in russia so it has been a roller coaster life for her to call of ski from one of russia's richest men to high profile criminal so let's have a look back at how all this happened. well back in february one thousand nine hundred seventy became chairman and c.e.o. of the private corporation you cost which produced a fifth of russia's all will be became one of the country's richest men about six and a half years later he was arrested on fraud charges around that same time linked to the privatization of state assets he was eventually found guilty in may two thousand and five and was given nine years in prison. paled and had one year taken off that sentence then in december two thousand and six there was a second case against the former tycoon he was charged with embezzling three
hundred fifty million tonnes of oil those proceedings also ended with a guilty verdict and a fourteen year sentence but the court counted time already served towards that new prison term but it will call mr eric margolis believes it may be a mandela moment forward after his release one wonders he might be a little traces by his lip and mouth started rants against google groups for a while what little you know after ten years of prison will be mandela or will he turn out and really start a lasting good groundwork. trapped in a brilliant man. he really. was and he simply i don't think that russia is certainly not in the whereas. no none of the saudis are going to barter there was little. love lost the russian oligarchs once people still do should have been
there my heart. so he's lovely really if you have got away with some money and do a would not longer jail sentence. well we can hold a press conference will be held at twelve g.m.t. in berlin of course we will be covering it live on air and online as well at r.t. dot com. a car blast near an elementary school in. as homs province has reportedly killed five students into the school's employees earlier this week at least eighty seven eons including women and children were slaughtered in the town of vadra north of damascus after it was raided by radical islamists some reports put the number of those killed as high as two hundred artie's arabic channel went there to talk to eyewitnesses of the bloodshed the terror still fills the hearts of those who witnessed the militants entering the town about drugs they saw panicked disoriented people running for their lives and they ran themselves they will never forget the despair in the eyes of those who were forced to stay behind we have no
reliable way to communicate with the people trapped inside but officials are saying the atrocities against the civilian population are continuing our people are being butchered and even burned alive and every bit of news coming out of the town is doing a new blow to those whose families are still being held by the militants everyone working for the local authorities was to be killed regardless of their religion organon in a sion they were all taken to be killed they took everyone even those who supported neither the government nor the rebels they were all either tortured killed or used as human shields the things being done in the drawer unthinkable they're slaughtering children and throwing them out of windows and no one's doing anything about it because the syrian authorities say they have evidence confirming that massacres have taken place and i addressed sadat taqiyya and many other areas which remain under the control of the armed opposition the situation in syria has now deteriorated to the point that international norms of combat are no longer being
observed. he's an industrial town with a lot of the president's working both in the private sector and for government agencies horrifying crying must have been committed in this town houses who are set on fire with people trapped inside and. the syrian army which is a position just outside the town that continues to carry out surgical strikes as part of their effort to liberate address which is now the only hope of the families waiting for news of their loved ones inside the town. r.t. meanwhile western powers have indicated next month's peace talks in geneva may no longer call for a sad removal that amid phase extremists will take control of the country should his government for the u.s. says it's willing to meet with members of the needy from the islamic front group which is also said to have been involved in the bloodshed in ad for we spoke to
a geo political analyst who believes there's no peace looming as long as the u.s. continues to support the zionists in recent weeks there's been an important shift in the relationship between the united states government on the one hand and what is now being presented as the new islamic front and we see that the united states is in fact goes to. establishing a dialogue with the leaders of these terrorist organizations i should say that in this particular case the people who have dialogue with the terrorists they have blood on their hands they have provided funding most of the military and logistical financial aid has been china holds to these al qaeda affiliated organizations and that's what we have to address there can be no peace as long as the west military alliance supports the terrorists. still to come on the program
extending reach of the n.s.a. around the globe i will be looking at what nations get to hope to get in return for spying for america. president putin how it is daniel marathon q. and a session this week which lasted for more than four hours bombarded by dozens of questions he shared his thoughts on intelligence leaks the controversial greenpeace case and tensions in ukraine piece going off was there they'd never met personally but his revelations surely made an impact on the world answering a question about edward snowden the president didn't reveal his exact whereabouts but he couldn't resist humoring his all relationship with barack obama and you are surveillance tactics. you want to know how my feel about mr obama after snowden's leaks i feel jealous i feel jealous because he can do these things and get off scot
free still there is nothing to be happy about but on the other hand there's no reason to be frustrated however tough the criticism against the us may be all these measures have always been aimed at tackling terrorism but there must be some clear rules and certain agreements including those of ethics. ukraine was also discussed it actually said it rough in the last few weeks with mass protest of all in favor of against moving closer with the e.u. moscow is giving kiev a fifteen billion dollar loan to help of course with severe economic problems and according to putin integration is not the core reason behind the wave of unrest. those who are pushing forward the idea of signing an association agreement with the european union these people were governing ukraine not so long ago. was a foreign minister also headed the parliament to machinegun is a former prime minister who was ukraine's president why didn't they sign these papers when they were in power no one was standing in their way they could have
gone ahead and sign them and there'd be no problem today i have legitimate downs that the current protests are about moving closer to the e.u. it's an internal political struggle and signing or not signing this document is just a pretext like the current amnesty which should affect up to twenty five thousand people coincides with the twentieth anniversary of russia scots dushan members of pussy riot and greenpeace activists from the so-called arctic thirty are expected to benefit so obviously this issue was also mentioned including the president steps on the organization itself. through their ship it entered our exclusive economic zone was not responding and they tried to scale the platform after an attempt to stop them the second boat started ramming our border guards is that a civil discussion about protecting the environment. it's just self p.r. or an attempt at blackmail racketeering or someone's order to disturb our work on developing resources that will happen should serve as
a lesson and unite us along with greenpeace in joint efforts to minimize environmental risks instead of just making a fuss but. of course these are only a few topics touched upon which also talked about recent diplomatic breakthroughs like the syrian chemical arms deal and the iranian nuclear program the conference was attended by over thirteen hundred journalists and lasted over four hours you've been off r.t.e. moscow. while the opposition in ukraine may chance. but what they welcome should the u.s. gratian a place coming up we look at the more extreme side of the ukrainian opposition.
largest consumer of the season i take with me in the country is the federal government to simply say the property of the united states government. this the united states somebody mentioned it was going to public has to realize it can't just by. you know just throw it away there's a problem for instance belongs to the united states environmental protection agency and i found this on a dump site here this year in some ways and the producers of these little i have to should be able to collect these i believe that this should be responsible for their products from criminal to agree. to mexico department of mental health property will sell to murder incorporated it also belongs to the washington metro area transit authority to the properties of a dentist aids patient and trademarks also.
hello again now ukraine could still sign a trade deal with the next year although on better conditions that was the announcement this week from the country's prime minister meanwhile the opposition has accused president yeah nicole richie of pulling the country's assets to win concessions from russia artie's election ski takes a closer look at who's leading the opposition movement in ukraine. an offer of support for ukraine z. u.s. gratian it was not enough to persuade one of the country's opposition leaders elected new book drop shoulders with the german foreign minister during his surprise appearance at the protests in kiev mr westerly is openly gay and they have to book sponsors for border has made its position on homosexuals quite clear attacking gay parades the most but we want to build the country based on harmony and social justice issues were being dragged into homosexuals values by the western
states and we will not allow advance but homosexuals and people of different races are clearly not only books biggest foes. of any treaty with russia is not worth the paper it was signed. did he looks forward cannot make up the core of the protest movement but there are clearly it's loudest voices and it's actions as well as words and the salt of the city hall and scuffles around it told the lengths that you do you have an event described as the full of the tyrant by the party and reckless vandalism by men you know there's this is a crack in the pavement where the toppled lenin monument literally lost its head and if you walk around the pedestal of what used to be the monument to the former soviet leader we can see some graffiti over here first one here says which your next and the one at the bottom says glory to the insurgent army of the 1940's in ukraine which some in this country believe to be freedom fighters who fought for independence while many others described as nazi collaborators on top of that and
no militant field commanders believe were spotted at my down a man who fought as a mercenary in creation and south of setia in all cases against the russians. until the end of my days i will kill russians jews that got me this british reporter brian flynn had a first hand glance at the militarized right wing forces in ukraine ahead of the euro twenty twelve football championship he went undercover into their training camp these are people very serious about what they do they train physically to back it up with violence and i watched while they they followed live weapons in the presence of such people among the broadcasting crowd seems to cause no concern among european officials walking on the same square. which is rather extraordinary isn't it to see somebody that the united states has banned from entering the country on the same platform for mccain to see somebody who's been by and by that i
say francis mistake statements for denying the holocaust who supporters actually in the streets of kiev still do make anti-semitic as well as anti russian. gestures and slogans it does signify that the west and politicians are quite happy to use nationalist forces when it suits them that lack of reaction is particularly bewildering given many european statements about ukraine's right wing factions in the past and the burning over ukrainian football ground for now it's slogans in this stance so if you create does make it into the view some day it will be interesting to see how people with such different values sit at the same negotiating table. let's hear a shot ski r.t. forty from t. of ukraine. now do have a look at our website when you've got a moment of this plenty of interesting things on may including breaking radioactive raechel the huge amounts of data re-imaging substances are discovered at the crippled fukushima power plant in japan on line we weigh the risks of toxic leaks
into the ocean. and whistleblowers will never feel alone if somebody is always following them they learned early in based journalist an ally of edward snowden says he is being spied on and he. has been raided and feel so that it's more than paranoia over an article called. the mile the net of america's spies across the globe is extending the latest leak from edward snowden has revealed norway's role in america's global surveillance operations the arctic nation joins canada as one of the n.s.a.'s known accomplices. c.n.n. investigates what they'll be hoping for in return. we knew that canadian and u.s. intelligence services were close edward snowden's latest revelation speaks to just how close he gave the canadian media a top secret four page memo a recent one dated april twenty third team by the way that says canada has set up
covert spying posts around the world and conducted espionage against trading partners at the request of the us national security agency edward snowden has also revealed that although the canadian intelligence agency employs twenty times less people than the n.s.a. it has done a lot of work for the n.s.a. apparently including spying on foreign politicians and diplomats during the g. eight and g. twenty summits this document says the see as e.c. which stands for the communications security establishment canada shares with me and i say their unique geographic access to areas unavailable to the u.s. now force it does not give details on what those areas are that could be the spying poles that canada holds toward the n.s.a. around the globe that could be about the ork to the exploration progress which is interesting to a number of stakeholders due to the region's energy resources the fact is that those agencies are so secretive that there is no way of knowing where that information goes and how it's used do you have all these corporate people working
inside. it so they've got access like working for booz allen he had access to all this information to. so i mean certainly the corporations themselves with the people that they have working in these positions could look at that data and gain. leverage for example if they were if they were bidding on a certain contract for or against other competitors around the world that's certainly possible now william binney was an n.s.a. official twelve years ago that's when he blew the whistle on what he saw as the agency's indiscriminate data collection over the years the data collection has grown dramatically and with it grew the list of intelligence services cooperating in addition to the traditional five by where you have five english speaking countries spying together on the rest of the world from edward snowden we learned about nine more eyes in europe helping the n.s.a.
some more than others there are many questions like what are they getting in return but when we learn about spying on trading partners it's becoming clear that it's not just about chasing terrorists in washington i'm going to check on r.t. . meanwhile a federal judge in america has made it clear he thinks the n.s.a. secret gathering of personal data was unconstitutional the government can now either repeal or delete all the data gathered on the five plaintiffs he filed the case chris could see as a secure online messaging service and move his company to avoid the prying eyes of u.s. intelligence he thinks there's absolutely no reason for such blanket surveillance it's not a strong argument compared to the right of people to have privacy in their papers from unwarranted searches so what's what's basically happening the argument the government's making is that the metal data that they're collecting which is all the information about the phone calls who called who at what time how long the call was
all that information they think that's fair game that they should be able to grab as much of that as possible most people who who look at this from a situation like. normal person would say it's just like wiretapping the reality is this they don't need to do a dragnet on everybody if they really care about terrorists i mean most people would say yeah if there is a suspicion or a reason for people to be surveilled like this go to a judge get a warrant we'll cooperate everybody i know in this business would cooperate with a legal warranted search but when you go on a fishing expedition to catch every fish in the ocean and then throw ninety nine point nine nine nine percent of them back in the water that's that's not good some other news stories now making headlines this hour a suicide car bombing at an army base in eastern libya has left at least six people dead and injured more than fifteen it's reported that all those killed in the explosion were soldiers no group has yet claimed responsibility we'll bring you
more on the story as we get it in germany. reports say over a hundred policemen have been injured as they clashed with protesters thousands took to the streets to oppose the massive of a spot in hamburg objects were hurled at police who responded with water cannons the building has been occupied for more than twenty years but authorities claim it is at risk of collapsing. in sudan rebel troops and see the key oil producing states ideally to take control of much of the country sudan vice president but he has been accused of leading the group and attempting a coup meanwhile four people were injured when rebels opened fire on a u.s. mission to evacuate american citizens from the region at least five hundred people have been killed since the fighting began as the. hold on to the capital. and occupy romania to is have clashed with police in front of the caressed university it had started as
a peaceful rally calling for the resignation of the president and the ban on fracking remaining has been engulfed in a wave of anger against the anything giant chevron which is planning to drill for natural gas across the country. up next the toxic technology terra blight film explores the hazardous legacy of competing with the rubbish. the parliament of yemen has put forward a motion to ban drone attacks in the country the motion is now waiting approval by the president and it's probably impossible to enforce unless they could build a really big net or something isn't it strange that now after years of drone strikes in their country the parliament just wakes up to the fact their systems are getting blown up from the sky to be fair yemen doesn't have
a ton of cash and i could see how having the well equipped and funded us military to take care of the al qaeda problem for them for free could be really entice and i mean it must be scary to be a politician with lots of power hungry terrorists about this would be the first time in history that a stronger foreign power fought a weaker states battles for them but the problem is that according to the huffington post a former u.s. state department official in yemen says that every year drone attacks create eight from forty to sixty new terrorists why they create terrorists because according to the human rights watch seventy percent of the people killed by drones in yemen are civilians you know if the yemeni government is really free from washington's grasp and really wants to deal with their al qaeda problem they'll have better luck doing it themselves with the good old rifles and bayonets pointed at the right targets but that's just my opinion. it does require us to think seriously as to how home in the future.
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