Literally a week before Africa Day (May 25), NTV aired the premiere of the Tourist film, which caused enthusiastic responses from the viewers. The film was made very professionally, and the actors did their best. But, in my opinion, its value lies somewhere else.

This is almost a documentary film about a team of Russian military advisers who found themselves at the epicentre of an attempted coup in the Central African Republic. But the film is not an action thriller as such, although there are enough battle scenes in it. This is a story about how Russian soldiers oppose an attempt to destroy another country under the pretext of "democratization". It is the essence of the film for me. And the fact that the action takes place in Africa only adds to its relevance.
I noticed that some critics have already started to repeat the old mantra: “Well, why should we be there in the first place?” They have been trying to poison our society with similar questions for a long time. Yes, our country is always aiding states and peoples, protecting them from destruction by ill-wishers. But Africa is a special story.

According to the New York Times, the Pentagon examined the evidence of UFOs and did not find any alien footprint in these phenomena. The Pentagon report will be presented to the public on June 25. However, it will not apparently have any effect on public opinion: both those who believe in aliens and those who do not will hold to their belief. The reason is that these phenomena are observed throughout the history of humankind. Legendary BBC journalist Seva Novgorodtsev writes about this in his blog:

“From time to time we witness unexplained phenomena. This does not mean that the inexplicable should be rejected just because it cannot be reproduced in the laboratory.

I remember how I had to interview a naval sailor, captain of the first rank, commander of the nuclear submarine base of the Northern Fleet. He wrote reports to his superiors about the UFOs, which distracted the personnel and generally prevented it from fulfilling its duty and obligation to defend the homeland.

“How can you”, I said to the captain, “a man with a higher education and great military experience believe such nonsense?” "And what shall I believe," he answered, "if they really fly!"

I remember another interview with the former President of Kalmykia and the head of the FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who spoke about his meeting with the inhabitants of a flying saucer. He recalls it as a dream, or maybe not quite a dream, but there are witnesses that for some time Ilyumzhinov disappeared from a locked Moscow apartment on the 7th floor.

Today marks 35 years since the Chernobyl disaster. On April 26, 1986, an explosion took place in reactor No 4. The world was enveloped in a cloud of radiation. The true causes of the tragic events at the station have not yet been finally determined.
The world is faced with a catastrophe that the history of mankind has not yet known. On the map of radiation pollution of Europe, 13 countries fell into the zone. In Ukraine, two cities were particularly hard hit by radiation, Chernobyl and Pripyat. About 80 villages and surrounding forests were infected. About1,856 square kilometres were contaminated with radioactive cesium. Nobody knew how other dangerous products - strontium, plutonium - will behave. ...
People heroically fought against sudden disaster. To eliminate the consequences of the explosion, 210 military units - about 340 thousand soldiers and officers - were sent. The first 32 liquidators received 1000 roentgens each while a dose of 800 is considered lethal.
The specialists sent to carry out work on the emergency unit and around it. Military units, both regular and composed of urgently called up reservists, were later called “liquidators''. Among them was our compatriot, an officer of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Elista, warrant officer of the police Savr Ulyumdzhiev.

In September 2020, at the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Report on the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on the realization of citizens' rights was presented.

Professor of the Belarusian State University Elena Dovgan noted that “countries that apply targeted sanctions, as a rule, do so without any judicial procedure to establish that the persons or organizations subjected to the sanctions actually committed the crimes for which they were punished. In addition to the violation of their human rights because of the imposition of sanctions, the very decision to impose sanctions violates their rights to “due process”, such as the right to a fair trial, the right to a defence and the right to be presumed innocent until guilt proven."
This is very important. We will return to it later. After all, this is an act of blatant injustice, which the United States - a seemingly quite normal state - is allowing in the 21st century, when authorities are so fond of talking about human rights and adherence to democratic values!


In my opinion, it has become some kind of sophisticated fashion to lie in the media, to refute this lie and come up with a new one. Professional propagandists know that it is more difficult to refute a lie than to invent ten new ones. Propagation of distorted, if not outright false information has always been a problem for any government in any country since the time of the Babylonian kingdom. And, perhaps, since the same time, governments have been using their favourite tool to fight lies -repression.

Favourite tool, as it turned out, was completely ineffective. No matter how hard they tried in the Soviet Union to jam foreign radio stations, no matter how many distributors of "samizdat" were sent to camps, all this only led to the fact that people in the USSR stopped believing in state propaganda, but they trusted all negative rumours.

I never tire of being amazed at how carefree humanity is. Let's ask ourselves: could we imagine, raising our glasses at the festive table a year ago, that 2020 would turn out to be the year that we wouldn't even want to remember later?

Yes, two thousand and twenty year fully confirmed the notoriety of leap years. Still, epidemics and catastrophes happen in ordinary years. And all we could do to face the new challenge was to set the quarantine invented by the Venetians six centuries ago.


At the end of the autumn, I had the opportunity to participate in Maxim Galkin's Tonight show on Channel One. We, participants, were warned that the topic of the show would be the unusual and difficult to explain incidents that happened to us before. Well, so many unusual things happened in my life that it was most difficult for me to choose what to tell about.

When it was my turn, Maxim asked me about a meeting with aliens in the autumn of 1997. This story is well known, I am often asked to tell about it. In short: one evening, in my Moscow apartment, after watching TV and reading a little, I was about to go to bed, when suddenly something alerted me. Looking out into the corridor, I saw that a real flying saucer was hanging outside the kitchen window and a wide pipe was extending from it into the apartment. Immediately, I went through the pipe into the alien spacecraft.


It’s evening. All business meetings are over; the documents requiring attention have been sorted out. It remains to answer only a few letters, after which you can go home to rest. Why is there no peace of mind after a busy and fruitful day?

The answer is simple: I once again plunge into the world of news. But not only related to business. Stock prices, resignations and appointments, presentations and statements - all these help to run a business. But while browsing social networks, I suddenly came across a completely unexpected text. I will not provide you with a link, but quote it in full.


At the very beginning of November, scrolling through friends’ feeds on social networks, I suddenly came across a message that scientists of Indonesia had discovered a new virus that could kill a person in just a few hours. “That’s the last thing we need!” I was alarmed and decided to look for details. Fortunately, in just a couple of clicks it turned out that it was just a prank from a well-known satirical online website specializing in fictional news.

Unfortunately, I was prematurely happy. Just a few days later, a very serious news agency issued a warning to scientists about the danger of an invasion of the Nipah virus. This zoonotic disease, causing meningitis with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, is spread by bats (who else ?!) and was previously known mainly in India and Bangladesh. Now, scientists say, it is spreading fast. What's really happening?


On October 29, a criminal attacked the parishioners of the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice. On the same day, the police detained a man, suspected of shooting at a Greek church in Lyon. A man with a knife tried to wound a police officer In Avignon. A guard of the French consulate in Saudi Arabia was wounded. On October 30, two police officers were attacked in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

A wave of violence began on October 16 after the murder of Samuel Paty, a French middle-school teacher, in a suburb of Paris. He had shown controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his students. showed his students cartoons as an example of expressing freedom of speech.
Emmanuel Macron declared his commitment to freedom of speech, as well as his readiness to create an organization in France that would establish “enlightened Islam” in the country.


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