The leader of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party announced Monday he had ended his relationship after his girlfriend reportedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle. ... over his decision to end his marriage and start dating Marney. He has resisted widespread calls to resign as UKIP's third elected leader since Nigel Farage stepped...
Putin tells Black US reporter he would ‘prevent’ Black Lives Matter in Russia after she asks what he’s ‘afraid of’
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared rattled by a Black American woman reporter after she asked him why he is jailing and murdering political opponents. Ultimately Putin equated the Black Lives Matter movement – created to protest police killings of mostly unarmed Black men – with the January 6 insurrection, and telling her he would "prevent" the Black Lives Matter movement were it to come to Russia.
"The list of your political opponents who are dead, imprisoned or jailed is long," ABC News' Rachel Scott told the Russian President and former KGB official, "and you have now prevented anyone who supports [Alexey Navalny] to run for office."
"So my question is, Mr. President: what are you so afraid of?"
After Putin rambled for a few minutes, he brought up Black Lives Matter.
"America, quite recently, had to deal with terrible events after the murder of, the killing of the African American, and Black Lives Matter ensued," Putin said. "I don't want to make any judgment about that but what we saw, mass violations of the law and so on so forth. We sympathize with the Americans but we do not wish that this kind of thing could happen on our territory and we will do our utmost to prevent tension," he said, referring to BLM.
He concluded by saying he didn't even want to address the "afraid of" part, calling it, "irrelevant."
"So you didn't answer my question sir, if all of your political opponents are dead, in prison, poisoned, doesn't that send a message that you do not want a fair political fight?" Scott replied.
Putin then falsely claimed the thousands of people who attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempted coup on January 6 were merely Americans with "political demands," which is false.
"We sympathize with what's happening in the States, but we do not wish that to happen in Russia," Putin concluded, equating the BLM movement with the January 6 insurrection, two extremely different and unrelated events.
.@ABC News' @rachelvscott to Russian Pres. Putin: "The list of your political opponents who are dead, imprisoned or jailed is long...and you have now prevented anyone who supports [Alexey Navalny] to run for office.
"So my question is, Mr. President: what are you so afraid of?" pic.twitter.com/EMNnaRLLbO — ABC News (@ABC) June 16, 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday deflected criticism over the jailing of political rival Alexei Navalny by pointing out that many Trump supporters who rioted at the United States Capitol building on January 6th were also facing jail time.
MSNBC's Kasie Hunt responded incredulously to Putin's effort to draw equivalency between the Russian government and the American government by saying that jailing political opponents is the same as jailing rioters who violently disrupted the certification of the 2020 election in Congress.
"The January 6th answer was in response to a question about him jailing his political rivals, jailing them, killing them, trying to poison them," she said. "And he turns around and says, 'Well the police shot someone at the U.S. Capitol who is trying to express political beliefs.'"
Ashli Babbitt, the protester in question, was fatally shot by Capitol police as she was trying to force her way into the congressional chamber where lawmakers were sheltering.
"Putin has created his own version of reality and is throwing it out there," Hunt concluded.
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French police on Wednesday arrested a leading figure in conspiracy circles over the kidnapping of an eight-year-old girl in April, as he returned to the country on a flight from Singapore.
Remy Daillet, who was travelling with his pregnant partner and three children, was detained on arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, the public prosecutor in the eastern city of Nancy, Francois Perain, said.
The kidnapped girl, identified only by her first name Mia, was taken in mid-April from the home in eastern France of her grandmother, her legal guardian, by several men employed by Mia's mother.
She was found a few days later in a squat in Switzerland, in the care of her mother who had lost custody of her, and returned to her grandmother.
Investigators believe the abduction may have been organised by extremists led by Daillet who believe that children in care are unfairly taken from their parents.
Shortly after his arrival in Paris he was transferred to Nancy for questioning by an investigating magistrate.
Daillet, 54, and his family were arrested at the end of May on the Malaysian holiday island of Langkawi after their visas expired. Kuala Lumpur then began the process of deporting them to France.
But the process was delayed Sunday during a stop off in Singapore where Daillet's partner, Leonie Bardet, was hospitalised. His lawyers argued that she was unfit to travel.
Ten individuals, including Mia's mother who was no longer allowed to see her daughter alone, have been charged over the child's abduction.
Seven of them are already in preventive custody.
Daillet is known to police as a proponent of extremist conspiracy theories and of a populist takeover of the state.
After the abduction, Daillet posted a video in which he said that his organisation "returns children kidnapped by the state to parents, at their request. There was absolutely no kidnapping".
In earlier videos, he has supported the idea of a coup d'etat and voiced opposition to taxes, vaccines, and 5G and masks.
French prosecutors in April issued an international arrest warrant for Daillet, who had been living in Malaysia for several years. His detention over his residency status accelerated the deportation process.
Daillet was a regional leader of France's centrist MoDem party before being dismissed from the party in 2010.
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