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Human Rights Activist Evdokia Romanova Facing Charges in Russia for Pro-LGBTQ Posts on Social Media

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Human Rights Activist Evdokia Romanova Facing Charges in Russia for Pro-LGBTQ Posts on Social Media

In countries around the world, summer is known as the time to celebrate Pride and shine the spotlight on LGBTQ equality and rights. Pride is not only celebrated outside, but also online, particularly across social media. People share posts with their experiences taking part in Pride marches and events, voice their support for the LGBTQ community, and update their profile photos with colourful Pride-themed frames.

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Although it has come with years of struggle, today, many of us can support the LGBTQ civil rights movement, freely and without government interference. And yet, many around the world still cannot.

On July 26, human rights activist Evdokia Romanova, a staff member at the Samara Regional Public LGBT Movement and a member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, was summoned by the Russian government and notified that she was under police investigation for an administrative penalty of $1,750. This so-called “administrative penalty” was for “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships in front of minors.”

Her actual crime? Sharing pro-LGBTQ links on Facebook.

Since then, Evdokia’s identity has gone public and she faces daily harassment — even death threats — all for supporting a cause she believes in, and exercising her right to freedom of expression online.

We caught up with her to learn more about what happened, how she’s doing now, and what her hopes are for the future.

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Evdokia, can you describe to us the nature of what you shared on Facebook and the events that unfolded?

I believe that the main accusation is based on web content from the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, a human rights organization that advocates for the sexual and reproductive rights of young people worldwide. 

Let me start from the beginning. On July 26th, I was invited to submit witness testimony (at least that’s what I was told on the phone by the police officer) by the local police station. When I arrived, they charged me with Propaganda of Nontraditional Sexual relationships in front of minors (Administrative penalty Part 2 Code 6.21).

This accusation was a total shock. I declined giving the government authorities a testimony, aware that due to the nature of my human rights work, it would not be wise for me to talk to them without a lawyer.

While they were writing down the protocol, I called my lawyer on the phone and she told me to be very careful about signing any documents. She also asked me to take pictures of the case materials. However, the police officer refused to provide me with any access to the case materials, and only after they spoke with my lawyer, was I able to take a look.

The case materials contained some of my Facebook posts from the 2015-2016, when I was doing reposts from the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights’ Facebook page. For example, one of the posts was a repost from the Guardian, with an article that focused on the legalization of gay marriage.

Unfortunately, I was unable to take a closer look at the case materials, because an unidentified person in the police department took them away and started yelling at the police officer who gave them to me. Then, this same person started asking me about an Austrian man in Samara residing in my apartment. They mentioned that perhaps they would check his documents and see if there were any problems with his visa. I was in complete shock because this person is my partner, and I have no idea how the authorities received such personal information regarding my private life.

After I signed the protocol, I was able to leave the station. Since then, although my lawyer has tried repeatedly, I’ve not received any case materials, only a letter stating the date of my court hearing on September 18th.

You are well-known for your sexual and SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights) activism. When did you begin to fight for this cause and what inspired you to get involved?

It started at a local NGO in my home city Samara. We were doing a theater project to educate young people on the topic of healthy sexual behavior, in an effort to promote HIV prevention. Later, I became a staff member of that NGO.

At first, I was more inspired by the theater component of the project, but later, I was drawn to the human rights aspect of sexuality education and promoting the rights of people living with HIV. Today, I conduct my activism on a global scale, and I’m inspired by the stories of the people who are struggling in my country and beyond.

Russia has a long history with online censorship, and even recently banned VPNs. What are your thoughts on the importance of online expression, and what do you believe the government’s actions mean for Russian society?

Online expression is extremely important, especially in a country like Russia, where it is so difficult to organize street protests to express our opposition to the authorities’ actions. I am very sad to see that many human rights activists are forced to leave the country, and most NGO’s get shut down or labeled as “international agents”.

Online platforms remain one of the few means of speaking our mind and voicing our disagreement with the human rights violations.

If the government’s policies continue this way, civil society will eventually be totally silent. There will be no human rights violations – because there will be no one talking about them. This deeply saddens me as I think about the fact that every government in this world violates human rights in one way or another, and we need to bring these issues to light.

What can people around the world do to support your case, your cause, and brave activists, like yourself?

How can people support me? It’s a difficult question. Perhaps sharing this information and talking about this case with others can help…

Truthfully, I don’t feel brave. I feel very scared and frustrated, and very, very tired.

I have to wonder why it’s not permissible for me to repost an article from the Guardian, but why people are allowed to post comments on social networks, under my picture, describing the ways I should be murdered?

I really hope I can win this case in the court. If so, I hope it will serve as an exemplary case for others in this situation. Most of all, I hope that our government will rethink Administrative Penalty Part 2 6.2, and ultimately cancel this discriminatory legislation.

 

If you would like to support Evdokia Romanova, please send an e-mail to the Police Department in the Samara Region (gumvd63@mvd.ru) to tell them that you disagree with the accusations against her, based on Part 2 6.21 Code of Administrative Penalty (rus. ч. 2 ст. 6.21 Кодекса об административных правонарушениях). You can also participate in Amnesty International’s call for Urgent Action.

Want to join us in the fight for freedom of online expression? Get involved with the cause at Unblock The Web.

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Egypt To Open A Giant Black Mystery Sarcophagus Despite Warnings

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Not long ago, Egyptian Archaeologists discovered a huge 2,000-year-old sealed coffin, and as you’d imagine, they want to open it to see who or what is inside.

The sarcophagus was discovered in a tomb deep under the Egyptian city of Alexandria earlier this month (July 2018). It’s believed to be the largest sarcophagus ever discovered in Alexandria. It’s 9ft long, 5ft wide and 6ft deep, according to Mostafa Waziri, the general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

This has sparked quite the storm on the internet, as people point to the well known “curse of the pharaohs”, a term used to refer to a supposed curse believed to be thrown upon anyone who disturbs an ancient Egyptian mummy.

CTV News, who also picked up the story, explains,

In the 10 years that followed the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, 11 people who had at least visited the site died under sometimes myserious curcumstances, including lead researcher Howard Carter and several members of his team. Cureses involving ancient Egyptian tombs and artificats have also been the source of several Hollywood movies. Despite being on the verge of a supposed curse, other social media users are too intruiged to worry about the apparent risks.

A lot of mainstream media outlets present the idea of some sort of ‘curse’ as predominately mythological. The human mind definitely does, today that is, have trouble even comprehending how something like that could actually be real. Perhaps it invokes so much fear in one that we simply choose to ignore it, laugh it off and convince ourselves that such things may not exist.

It’s also interesting to note that the sarcophagus is covered in a thick layer of mortar, suggesting it has not been opened since the Ptolemaic period, which dates back between 305BC and 30BC. So, whatever is inside, it will still be intact…

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Should It Be Opened?

Personally, I can understand the caution. If these coffins are to be left undisturbed by humanity, as instructed by the ancients, I believe these rules should be followed, and that’s probably because I am convinced in the validity of the concepts discussed in the Encyclopedia of Esoteric Studies, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, written by Manly P. Hall. In it, he describes how ancient rituals, practices, and magic were used by the ancients of different time periods, and this type of magic actually dominated in Egypt, which came to them from Atlantis.

“The masses, deprived of their birthright of understanding and grovelling in ignorance, eventually became the abject slaves of the spiritual impostors. Superstition universally prevailed and the black magicians completely dominated national affairs, with the result that humanity still suffers from the sophistries of the priestcrafts of Atlantis and Egypt.” 

It seems to be that such a curse could only derive from black magic, because it is associated with punishment and death, in this example, an Egyptian curse.  Why should we take the description of Egyptian culture from those who wrote about it so seriously, for example, societal structure, food practices and more, but when it comes to their description of magic, for example, we instantly place it into the theoretical and mythical realm, without even considering the possibility that it could be real? Have we become that closed minded?

You can read a little bit more about the above-mentioned topics in the article linked below.

A Detailed Description of the Lost Land of Atlantis & The Real Reason For Their Downfall

How Some of the World’s Elite Uses Black Magic Rituals To Conjure Up Entities For More Power & Control

The sarcophagus wasn’t the only thing discovered in the tomb, there was also an alabaster head of a man who some believe could represent the person who is buried within the coffin.

RT news points out,

Most ancient tombs discovered in Egypt were looted in one era or another, often leaving archaeologists with a limited understanding of the person inside. This untouched artifact gives the eager team a rare opportunity to uncover the mummy for themselves….Some people suggested the sarcophagus coupled with the recent discovery of a Neolithic henge in Ireland is either a sign of an impending apocalypse… or a very extravagant marketing scheme for a new Indiana Jones movie.

It’s important to close on the note that, not all which has been discovered is presented to us. We live in a world of secrecy, millions of pages of documents are classified every single year, for anybody to study the true history of, let’s say America, it would truly be impossible because it’s incredibly difficult to get something that actually reflects the truth.

I like to use the United States as an example, specifically, the National Security Agency (NSA) which was founded in 1952, its existence was hidden until the mid 60’s. Even more secretive is the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which was founded in 1960 but remained completely secret for 30 years.

What about archaeological discoveries, have they been kept from us? What about the Naszca mummies that were discovered in Peru? And all of the other discoveries within the realms of archaeology, like giants, completely left out of the historical record?

Historial and archaeological discoveries have the power to completely change what we know about human history and the origins of humanity. It wouldn’t be surprising that any artifact or physical traces of past life that don’t fit within the frame of accepted knowledge, or within the theory of evolution, to be completely unknown to humanity. This is one of many ways the global elite contain their control over humanity, and over the story of humanities origins.

Definitely, something to think about…

As far as the coffin goes, it looks they’re going to open it for sure…

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The “Unmasking Antifa Act Of 2018”: The Nonsense Never Ends

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  • The Facts:

    A bill has recently been submitted to Congress that specifically targets groups of people wearing masks who are preventing others from exercising their constitutional rights.

  • Reflect On:

    Can we see how much of what the government is doing with regards to violent protests and counter-protests is complicit with the way these protests are being used to prevent us from dealing effectively with the real issues?

Last year, in an attempt to condemn the ‘violence and domestic terrorism’ that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Senate tabled the ‘Charlottesville Resolution’ whose main purpose was ‘rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President’s Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups.’

Wow. Those Senators are really earning their salaries, aren’t they? Bravo–they’ve given the government more power to suppress the narrative of a certain segment of the population.

Unmasking Antifa

Now this year, in an attempt to stem the rising violence perpetrated by the group called Antifa, Congress introduced Bill H. R. 6054:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018’’.

SEC. 2. INTERFERENCE WITH PROTECTED RIGHTS WHILE IN DISGUISE.

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(a) IN GENERAL.—Chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 249 the following:

‘‘§ 250. Interference with protected rights while in  disguise

‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.

Wow. They’re really getting to the heart of the matter here, aren’t they?–the masks. Granted, threatening the ‘free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to <any person> by the Constitution’ was already a punishable crime, even without a mask, but let’s not let that get in the way. The government should be congratulated for their accomplishment here, which again is doing nothing except giving themselves more power to suppress the narrative of a certain segment of the population.

Who Supports These Groups?

I personally don’t know of anyone who supports White Nationalists, White Supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, or other hate groups. I also don’t know anyone who supports Antifa.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure if many of the people that go out to protest and counter-protest in public are necessarily ardent supporters of their respective group’s fundamental ideologies. I believe many are paid mercenaries. Others may be looking for an opportunity to vent their own suppressed anger.

Can We Ignore Them?

Ideally, we should be completely ignoring violent groups with such extremist ideologies. But there is a reason we have a hard time doing so. It is because it is these groups that get to star in the mainstream media circus and in the political discourse, at the exclusion of the vast majority of citizens who are moderate, reasonable, and have legitimate grievances. Isn’t it farcical that we are still talking about the Ku Klux Klan? That they still exist?

There is a reason that groups like the KKK seem to be getting recycled from the dustbin of history, at the same time newer extremist movements like Antifa are being well-funded and supported: their violent confrontations continue to be used by the financial elite as a smoke screen to grab our attention and fill the headlines, all while discouraging the moderate and reasonable majority from actually speaking up in public about the real issues that face us today, about the real and obvious tyranny the financial elite continue to perpetuate.

Embers Of Fear Dying Out

For the financial elite, the agenda itself is irrelevant; as long as violence, chaos, and polarization are created, they are able to keep their game going and hold on to power. But it’s getting harder and harder for them to stoke the fires of fear and violence, as they need to infuse more energy and resources than ever to bring these events together.

As we awaken and evolve, more and more of the population is turning away from angry and violent opposition as a way of dealing with issues. It’s important that we remain conscious and avoid the temptation to participate in the false left/right dichotomy that is constantly on display in the political arena and in the mainstream media. As we see these violent confrontations fundamentally as staged events, and stop giving our emotional energy to one side or other of the polarity, these techniques will no longer have their intended effect, and we can look forward to the day that they will have eventually petered out.

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Newly Discovered Crop Circle Has A Message For Humanity (July 2018)

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    A new crop circle was recently discovered in the UK on July 8th, 2018. It was the exact depiction of the chemical weapons warning symbol.

  • Reflect On:

    Does this serve as a message for us to put down the chemical and nuclear weapons for good? Do we need to be using these weapons? This may also cause us to consider the poisoning of our planet in other ways.

A new crop circle was recently discovered on July 8th in Coneybury Hill, Nr Stonehenge, Wiltshire. This circle is the exact same as the chemical weapons warning symbol.

Interestingly this crop circle was found shortly after the death of Dawn Sturgess who had come into contact with a deadly nerve agent.

While we can’t know for sure, this crop circle certainly appears to be a message to humanity about the dangers of chemical weapons and the catastrophic damage they can cause, regardless of who you believe made it. Perhaps this circle symbolizes the fact that these weapons have no place in our world, and it’s time we got rid of them, for good.

Check out some amazing drone footage of this newly discovered crop circle below.

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ET Intervention?

It is not all that surprising to see this message show up in a crop circle, as in the past we have seen deliberate ET intervention when nuclear weapons would have otherwise been used. We have covered this topic before, and the following is an excerpt from an older article,

One of many previously classified reports -out of the thousands in existence -that is now available in the public domain is the intrusion at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, on August 24, 1966. Air Force personnel were concerned about a light in the sky. A team went to check it out and confirmed the object, then saw a second white object while doing so. The object was tracked on radar and moved vertical several times; each time it descended, an air force officer in charge of a missile crew found his radio transmission interrupted by static. The object eventually descended to ground level, and the Air Force sent a team to check it out. They saw the object either on the ground or hovering very low. According to the official report:

“When the team was about ten miles from the landing site, static disrupted radio contact with them. Five to eight minutes later, the glow diminished, and the UFO took off. Another UFO was visually sighted and confirmed by radar. The one that was first sighted passed beneath the second. Radar also confirmed this. The first made for altitude toward the north, and the second seemed to disappear with the glow of red.”

Here are a couple of more articles that go into greater detail regarding the connections between UFO’s and nuclear missiles:

“The United States Tried To Detonate A Nuclear Weapon On The Moon & Somebody Responded When We Did”

“Strong Evidence Shows Extraterrestrials Have Been Shutting Down Nuclear Missiles Worldwide For Decades, But Why”

Why Are They Stopping Nukes?

It seems that these extraterrestrials know just how damaging nuclear weapons can be to our planet, and possibly to our entire solar system. There is information that says that UFO’s have been deactivating nuclear weapons since we created them and started to show up a lot more often when we were testing the atomic bomb. Thankfully, someone or something has our back and is helping to stop us, humanity from making a huge mistake.

As Far As Crop Circles Go, You May Be Interested In These Detailed Articles That Go A Little Deeper Into The Phenomenon

Some Scientific Facts About Crop Circles That Nobody Really Knows About

Who Could Make A Face Like This & Include A Binary Code Message In The Middle Of The Night?

44 Years Ago Sagan & NASA Sent A Message Into Space – 27 Years Later We Got This Response

An ‘Eclipse Like’ Crop Circle That Showed Up Three Days Before The Solar Eclipse

Stunningly Complex New Crop Circle Appears In Cley Hill, Warminster July 18, 2017

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