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Russia accuses leading Arctic researchers of spying on China



Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg on April 9, 2019.

Investigators alleged that Valery Mitko, president of the Arctic Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, giving documents containing state secrets to Chinese intelligence in early 2018 at China Maritime University, China, where he was a visiting professor, his lawyer Ivan Pavlov told CNN.

According to Pavlov, the document in question is related to hydroacoustics, the study of sound in water that is commonly applied in underwater navigation, communication and monitoring of submarine activities, among others.

Mitko, 78, denies making a mistake. His lawyer stated that all information brought by scientists from Russia to China for his studies was openly available. The press service of the Federal Security Service did not respond to requests for comment.

Mitko was charged with treason and was put under house arrest in February this year, but details of the case only appear now, after Pavlov’s defense team, Komanda29, which specializes in state security and espionage cases, took it to attract public attention. .

Analysts at Russia-China relations believe that spying charges against an Arctic researcher could highlight growing competition between the two countries in the region. Moscow and Beijing have built strategic partnerships in the North Pole amid rising tensions with the West, but Russia has been cautious about military cooperation in the field, said Alexander Gabuev, Russia’s chairman of the Carnegie Moscow Center Asia-Pacific Program.

“China really shows that it has military ambitions by the way its intelligence sees these things,” Gabuev said. “Submarines operate in neutral waters and we might see a new frontline in developing China’s global navy. And submarines that can operate in the Arctic are part of that.”

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Some Russian academics have been accused or convicted of giving state secrets to foreign governments in recent years. In 2018, a Moscow court charged Viktor Kudryavtsev, an aerospace engineer, with treason for allegedly sharing a report containing information about Russian hypersonic weapons with a Belgian institution after a joint research program, the state-run agency TASS reported.

Kudryavtsev, who is in his late 70s, spent more than a year in a detention center but was transferred to house arrest due to poor health. His case is still under pre-trial investigation. Two other employees from the same institution where Kudryavtsev worked since his arrest were accused of treason, according to the state-owned news agency TASS.

Another space researcher, 79-year-old Vladimir Lapygin, was released from prison last week with initial parole, following the 2016 conviction for continuing technical details about the Russian spaceship to China, according to TASS.

All scientists have denied making mistakes, saying that the information they accused was not classified.

Pavlov, the lawyer, has suggested that the case is a paranoia product in Russian special services. Court statistics show that the total number of cases related to state security skyrocketed after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, which resulted in “militaristic sentiment” in law enforcement, he said.

According to data published by the Russian Supreme Court, from 2009 to 2013, a total of 25 people were found guilty of treason, and in 2014 alone there were 15 sentences. Between 2014 and 2019, 51 people were convicted of treason.

“There is a group of people who are at risk of having sensitive information or gathering such information, and first of all these are scientists but can also be journalists or civic activists,” the lawyer added. “[The special services] monitors that have international relations and foreign contacts, so the red light blinks a little once they go abroad … and the mentality of our agent says if a scientist goes abroad, he of course goes there to sell secrets. “

Since China declared itself a “country near the North Pole,” the country has significantly increased efforts to increase its presence there, often with Russian assistance and bypassing other coastal states allied with the US and NATO. Russia, on the other hand, has made priority of revamping its territory in the Arctic circle, which was largely abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In March, President Vladimir Putin launched an ambitious Arctic 2035 plan with hopes of returning jobs to the region, by developing large energy projects that were heavily invested by China, and Russia wanted to export oil and gas when the North Sea Route became increasingly free. ice.

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Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.



Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (KTM) qualified this Saturday in eighth position at the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix, 16th of 20 races of the season, despite a last-minute crash.

The Portuguese from the Austrian brand set his best lap of 1.55.895 minutes, finishing 0.681 seconds behind fastest Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda). France’s Johann Zarco (Ducati) was second with 0.208 seconds and South African Brad Binder (KTM) was third with 0.323 seconds.

“I had good speed and potential in the second quarter and on this particular lap. [a última], but I was on the floor in the ninth turn. It was a shame, but I have confidence in tomorrow (Sunday),” commented the Portuguese rider in statements released by the KTM team. “It was difficult to prepare for the race, but we’ll see.” [o que vai acontecer]”- concluded Miguel Oliveira.

The Portuguese left the third row of the grid after falling just three minutes before the end of the session, marred by rain that caused a delay of more than an hour and had already forced the cancellation of the third free game. training session, at night. The fall of the Portuguese rider occurred in the third sector of the track, at a time when his results were improving. When 15 minutes of this second qualifying stage (Q2) ended, Oliveira finished in fourth place.

However, several riders were still halfway to the last lap and the Almada rider ended up being overtaken by Spaniards Jorge Martin (Ducati), Brad Binder and Aprilia Spaniards Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.

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Pole position was won by Marc Marquez 1,071 days after he was the fastest in qualifying for the MotoGP World Championship, namely the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

“I am very pleased with the pole position. This morning I felt very strong on the wet track and decided to give it a try. This is very important for us and for the future. Tomorrow, on a dry surface, everything will be different. history,” said the Spanish rider, who has already become world champion eight times.

The rain that hit the Motegi track became a headache for the riders and the organization, which was forced to interrupt the Moto2 qualifying nine minutes before the end and cancel the third free practice in MotoGP.

Traffic on the track only resumed after more than an hour, and the wet track was the cause of several accidents, including that of a Portuguese KTM rider who slid off the pavement without physical consequences.

Johann Zarco’s Ducati was the fastest today, reaching 302 kilometers per hour, while Oliveira’s KTM lost 30 kilometers per hour in a straight line (the maximum speed achieved by the Portuguese was 270 kilometers per hour). Luca Marini’s Ducati was the slowest, reaching 255.9 kilometers per hour, leaving the Italian in 10th place.

Champion and championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) of France finished ninth behind Miguel Oliveira, while World Cup runner-up Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) of Italy finished 12th and last in the second quarter, bringing together the top 10 fastest in free practice and the top two in the first quarter.

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Already the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati), the winner of the previous stage in Aragon, remained in Q1, where he fell without physical consequences.

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Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: “You learn and laugh” | alagoas



Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: "You learn and laugh" |  alagoas

“You learn and you laugh” is how Erivaldo Amancio defines the Portuguese language content he offers online. Born in Arapiraque, Alagoas, he humorously gives advice and answers questions about the Portuguese language.

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Erivaldo has 767k followers on Instagram and over 17.5k followers on YouTube. It all started a year and a half ago when he got scolded in a comment on social media.

Because the swearing contained several grammatical errors, Erivaldo responded by posting a video teaching a “lesson” to the hater.

“It happened more than once. Some of these videos were posted on humorous Instagram profiles. It made me stand out,” he said.

A literature student at the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal), Erivaldo wants to prepare even more for face-to-face classes when he is near the end of the course. He says the purpose of the profile is to encourage followers to seek out more knowledge.

“Tips on the web are just a seed, the fruit of which can be curiosity about objects,” he explained.

Through social media, Erivaldo responds to his followers’ doubts about the Portuguese language.

Erivaldo’s profile is also in demand by contestants and students preparing for Enem.

“[Os seguidores] it is said to be a very interesting way of learning. Many regret not learning from teachers who use humor in the classroom,” he said.

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Who is the Portuguese that FIFA 23 has included in the list of potential stars?



Who is the Portuguese that FIFA 23 has included in the list of potential stars?

FIFA 23 is available September 30th, and EA Sports is starting to shed some light on some of the game’s oddities.

If you like to develop talent in Career Mode, you should have a list of young people at hand: these are the 20 players with the most growth potential, that is, those who can improve their general. Among them is a Portuguese.

Diogo Monteiro is one of the “hidden gems” of FIFA 23 for EA Sports. The 17-year-old centre-back who plays for Servette has general 54, but with a potential of 24 points, he could at best go up to 78.

Who is this young Portuguese? Despite his young age – born in 2005 – he already has some experience. Moreover, this season he played three matches for Servette with a total duration of 17 minutes, divided between the championship and the Swiss Cup.

Diogo Monteiro, the son of Portuguese, was born on Swiss soil and started training at Etoile Carouge, but arrived in Servette to play for the under-15 team. In the 2020/21 season, he made his debut in the first team at the age of 16 years and 37 days, having the status of the youngest representative of the Geneva club.

The central defender has made 33 appearances for the Portuguese youth teams, which he has represented since his youth. He is the captain of the 2005 generation, and it was with this status that he reached the European U-17 Championship played this year, in which Portugal reached the semi-finals, having been eliminated from France. Diogo Monteiro, by the way, worked every minute of the competition.

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He was recently called up by Rui Bento to the under-19 team.

Check out the respective gallery to see which players have the most growth potential in FIFA 23.

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