(Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree cutting the state-backed mortgage rate and extending the programme, part of wider measures aimed at stimulating economic growth. Russia is grappling with the fallout from Western sanctions over what Moscow calls a special military operation in Ukraine to demilitarise its neighbour and rid it of extreme anti-Russian nationalism. The state-backed mortgage scheme that has helped support a construction boom in Russia had been due to expire on July 1. It will now run through the end of 2022 and the rate will be cut to 9% from 12%,...
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On Friday, Rolling Stone reported that under Elon Musk's new Twitter policies, one of the world's most notorious neo-Nazi activists has had his account restored to the platform: Andrew Anglin, the founder of the infamous website Stormfront.
"Anglin has publicly indicated that the goal of his operation and adherence to white nationalist ideology is to 'ethnically cleanse White nations of non-Whites and establish an authoritarian government. Many people also believe that the Jews should be exterminated,'" reported Nikki McCann Ramirez. "Anglin is a staunch supporter of Nazi ideology and regularly espouses Holocaust denial. In 2018, Anglin wrote that he '[hates] women. I think they deserve to be beaten, raped and locked in cages.'" IN addition, Anglin, who claims to reside somewhere outside the U.S., "was named as a defendant in a lawsuit against several extremists accused of planning the deadly 2017 Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville," although he entered a default judgment.
"The return of an avowed neo-Nazi to Twitter under Musk’s guarantee to reinstate banned accounts reinforces the concerns brought forth by civil society groups and advertisers over his handling of content standards on the platform. Under Musk, prominent white nationalists including Patrick Casey and Richard Spencer have reportedly been reinstated or been able to verify their accounts through Twitter’s recently launched pay-for-verification scheme," said the report.
This comes in spite of Musk's promise to advertisers that, despite his frequent concurrence with far-right activists that Twitter's content moderation practices were too censorious, the site would not become a "free-for-all hellscape."
According to the report, "Almost immediately upon having his account reinstated, Anglin tweeted a response to rapper Ye praising Hitler and denying the Holocaust on Alex Jones’ show. 'Saying you love Hitler is not even a big deal,' Anglin wrote, 'no one cares about that. The man died 80 years ago.' Anglin also endorsed Ye in his presidential run."
Ironically, Ye himself was just banned from Twitter, with Musk's full approval, after he posted an image of a swastika combined with a Star of David.
A Mississippi man bit another man’s nose off over an argument during a round of golf, the New York Post reports.
Mark Wells, 51, fled the scene after he bit into the man's nose in a casino parking lot on Monday night. He turned himself into police two days later.
Police say that the two continued to argue about the game throughout the day until Wells met up with the man at the casino later that evening. The two began to argue before things got physical.
Wells was charged with felony mayhem and could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
On Friday, Rolling Stone reported that a Manhattan prosecutor told the jury in the Trump Organization criminal case that former President Donald Trump was "explicitly sanctioning tax fraud" and directly in on the scheme to keep two sets of books, defrauding state tax agencies by undervaluing his assets.
"Joshua Steinglass made the accusation during the second day of his closing argument in the criminal tax-fraud trial against several of Trump’s companies. Steinglass referred jurors to a 2012 document autographed by the former president himself, where he approved a $72,000 salary reduction for Trump Organization chief operating officer Matthew Calamari," reported Victoria Bekiempis. "The prosecution has contended that Trump and his companies were well aware that Calamari, former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, and chief financial officer Jeffrey McConney were engaging in practices to secure untaxed income for executives vis-a-vis benefits such as gratis pads."
However, Trump himself is not on trial in the case; his companies are, and Steinglass said that ultimately, prosecutors do not need to prove the Trump family was aware of the schemes.
"Steinglass’ first day of closings went into similar territory, with him telling jurors Thursday: 'The Trump organization … cultivated a culture of fraud and deception. It’s not that the folks at the Trump Organization didn’t know what they were doing was illegal — it’s just that they didn’t care,' Steinglass also said," the report continued. "This line of argument hearkened to prosecutor Susan Hoffinger’s opening, which closely linked Trump to an alleged illegal compensation scheme that purportedly lined the pockets of Weisselberg, his longtime moneyman, and other company honchos."
Trump Organization attorneys have sought to pin the whole scheme on Weisselberg, who cooperated with prosecutors in exchange for a lesser sentence.
However, Weisselberg made a number of damning allegations on the stand, including that Trump "authorized" the tax scheme and that the company only pretended to fire Weisselberg as CFO to try to limit its legal exposure.