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Airport workers in Germany refuse to service Lukashenko's plane
Airport workers in Germany refuse to service Lukashenko's plane
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Airport service workers from Lufthansa Technik have refused to service a Boing 737 plane that belongs to the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. They stated that "We, Lufthansa Technik’s activists, do not forget the long tradition of international solidarity and stand side by side with Belarusian workers" and added that "the same Lukashenko that gave the order to shoot at demonstrators in Belarus".

Regional News • Europe
Lukashenko has been sworn in as Belarusian president
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Modification: Added background Credit: Serge Serebro, Vitebsk Popular News / Wikimedia Commons

Without previous announcement Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in as president of Belarus for a sixth term.

Thousands of people have moved to protest the move and people have been detained by Belarusian security forces. In addition water cannons have been used in order to disperse the protesting crowds.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
The German government denies recent call between Merkel-Lukashenko happened
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko Credit: Serge Serebro, Vitebsk Popular News (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Reuters report that a spokesman for the German government denied that any phone call had taken place between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belarus's Alexander Lukashenko since the August 9 election.

Earlier Monday Interfax news agency reported Alexander Lukashenko said he received a phone call on Sunday from the German Chancellor.

Technology • Internet & Web
New Zealand Police have frozen $90m from Russian IT expert

New Zealand Police has frozen $90 million from a New Zealand based company belonging to Alexander Vinnik who had been arrested in July 2017 while on a family vacation in Greece. The Russian IT expert has an open extradition warrant from the United States and France where the authorities accuse him of money laundering, identity theft, drug trafficking and computer hacking. The authorities also accuse him that he has operated BTC-e, a cryptocurrency exchange that allegedly enabled money-laundering. The Greek legal team of Vinnik denies that he ran the exchange and says he was an employee.