In the city, which the whole world has been looking at since the New Year, eerily calm reigns on Wednesday.
Russian soldiers patrol „Republic Square” in Almaty with Kazakh security forces. Immediately behind them: the administration of the completely destroyed city, a burning building. The president’s home, which is headquartered in the capital, Nur-Sultan, was also attacked.
The silence in the square was interrupted only by loudspeaker announcements: „Curfew from 11pm!” Almaty remains in a state of emergency, even if it looks as if the security forces are back in control.
But at what cost? And above all: how did all this happen in Almaty?
On the city streets, there is often talk of several people who have disappeared. It is said that it was more than 10,000 in a few days, 1,700 in Almaty alone. He said in the Kazakh media on Wednesday, citing the city administration in the capital, that he was around thieves and other criminals.
But human rights activists fear that among them are young protesters who have taken to the streets for freedom.
Parents in Almaty are looking for their children in prisons. But there are also actual violent criminals who suddenly came with weapons, but no one here in Almaty could identify them. However, they were not among the peaceful protesters.
Blogger Alexander has been an observer of the protests from the start, and has been curious who is demonstrating there and why. He himself is not a political activist. “To me, the young people who attended the protests in particular seemed to want political change, but they were peaceful. It’s about having an opinion.”
How could he suddenly become so violent, hundreds died and thousands were wounded – Alexander has no answer for that either. “The fact that those people were there all of a sudden definitely seemed organized.”
► But by whom and why?
Experts believe that President Tokayev also used the crisis to oust his predecessor, the influential long-time president Nursultan Nazarbayev.
This is also the main topic for many people here in Almaty. Many fear that from now on every peaceful protest against dictatorial structures and corruption can be suppressed under the pretext that they are „bandits” and „terrorists”.
Meanwhile, a political debate is raging over the Russian forces in the country.
The United States insists on an early withdrawal of Russian-led forces from Kazakhstan. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in Washington that Washington welcomes the announcement by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev that the CSTO military alliance operation in his country has ended. The US government calls on allied soldiers to comply with Tokayev’s request to „leave Kazakhstan immediately”.
Tokayev announced on Tuesday that the gradual withdrawal of peacekeeping forces from the Collective Security Treaty Organization will begin on Thursday. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), in which four other former Soviet republics are allied in addition to Russia and Kazakhstan, sent more than 2,000 soldiers to Kazakhstan at Tokayev’s request after mass protests last week.
In light of the troop deployment, the US government has warned that it will be difficult for Kazakhstan to fend off Russian influence.
In Sweden, drones are a mystery to the police: flying objects have been reported in several locations – even where they are not allowed. This also has an effect on air traffic.
After several sightings of drones in sensitive locations in Sweden According to a media report traffic Diverted course at Stockholm Airport. As the newspaper „Aftonbladet” reported on Tuesday evening, I headed to police Reports of four large-winged UAVs in Naka in the Greater Region Stockholm One.
Air traffic at Bromma Airport, north of Stockholm, was redirected in the evening. The Forsmark nuclear power plant, located 100 kilometers north of the Swedish capital, is also being expanded Drones I searched.
In the past few days, there have been reports of drones popping up in various places in the country where they are in fact not allowed to fly. Since then, these sightings have puzzled the Swedes: it is unclear who or what is behind them. So far, police have only confirmed that drones have been spotted over the Forsmark and Oskarshamn nuclear power stations, about 350 kilometers to the south. Investigations began and were partly handed over to the Swedish intelligence service Sabo.
Because, in fact, the threat of war has increased significantly since last week. Indeed, the diplomatic marathon with talks in Geneva (US and Russia), Brussels (NATO and Russia) and Vienna (OSCE) should at least bring something closer together. This did not happen.
The Kremlin realized what it should have known in advance: the West is not under any circumstances ready to comply with Moscow’s demand for „security guarantees”, that is, to stop NATO activities on the alliance’s eastern borders, promises to end NATO – to give expansion and refrain from deploying nuclear weapons in Europe.
Is Moscow just looking for an excuse to invade with its unfulfilled demand for „security guarantees”? „We are at the end of our patience,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at least over the weekend.
“The drums of war are beating loudly,” said Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). French geopolitical expert Francois Heisbourg of the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) also warned that „the risks of war are high”.
What is Moscow doing now to increase pressure on the Americans and NATO?
First, Foreign Minister Lavrov demands that the West respond „quickly” and in writing to Moscow’s demands. Secondly, according to unconfirmed information from the US government, Moscow has planted agents in Ukraine to foment „false flag” unrest in the east of the country. Third: More than 10,000 soldiers have started maneuvers in more than 20 training areas in southern Russia as of Wednesday.
In addition, it seems that Moscow has begun to deploy military helicopters and ground attack aircraft, which should play an important role in the offensive. In total, Russia concentrated about 100,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border.
Fourth: According to the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), Russia moves Iskander missile systems from the east of the country to the west – and from there, the control centers of the Ukrainian army can then be quickly attacked.
What is the strategy followed by the West?
NATO and the Americans continue to focus on dialogue. The West aims for a longer „process” of talks and wants to begin by discussing some contentious issues such as arms control and transparency in military exercises. Apparently, Moscow has not yet wanted to get involved in this matter.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine
On the other hand, the West rejects the required „security guarantees”, strongly demands the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from the Ukrainian border and threatens to impose „harsh” economic sanctions in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine.
Will Putin be affected by the threat of sanctions?
Better not. Putin knows that it will be very difficult for the EU to unanimously agree to „hard” sanctions because they can sometimes have serious economic disadvantages for different European countries.
In addition, the exclusion of Russia from the international banking communications network Swift will impede international foreign exchange payments by Russian energy suppliers in the import-export business, but it will also severely harm Western banks.
In addition, Moscow has massive reserves of gold and dollars, and has built its own payment platform (SPFS) in recent years, although it is not as efficient as Swift.
In addition, Russian President Putin knows he has enough tools to respond to Western sanctions: if Moscow temporarily turns off the gas tap or damages pipes in Ukraine, many German families could face major problems after a week of cold weather. In addition, gas prices will rise in world markets.
And Moscow cannot harass Europe with regard to energy policy. Putin could also escalate the situation in Syria and Libya to the point that Europe is threatened by new flows of refugees in the spring.
How strong is the Ukrainian army?
One thing is clear: No NATO soldier will intervene in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine because the country is not part of the alliance. Ukraine’s soldiers are now better trained and equipped than they were when Crimea was annexed in 2014. But the air force and navy are shortfalls, and Kiev is clearly inferior to Moscow when it comes to artillery and battle tanks.
So the Americans supplied radar systems, all-terrain vehicles and hundreds of Javelin anti-tank missiles. It is alleged that Kiev also ordered from Washington Patriot anti-aircraft missiles. It would also be useful to get a few thousand helmets and flak jackets from Germany, but in the end nothing more than a symbolic act of solidarity.
Russian Federations are now on three sides across Ukraine. The NATO military considers a false attack on all three fronts conceivable – in this case, the Ukrainian army will have no chance within a very short time.
Corona: Study – the fourth vaccination does not protect against Omicron
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The new variant of the Corona virus by and large bypasses protection from vaccination. The data from Israel also offers little hope. All information in the blog.
According to an Israeli study, the fourth vaccination against corona does not provide sufficient protection against Omicron
In Saxony, hundreds of people protested against Corona deniers
Lauterbach sees no reason to give all the clarity
RKI reported another record occurrence for Germany on Monday
The German Nursing Council expects to lay off many workers in clinics and medical practices due to the duty to vaccinate
Berlin. the number of Corona New infections continue to rise. Report this on Monday Robert Koch Institute (RKI) 528.2 Occurrence – New record value. For many, there is only one way out of the epidemic and that is coronaCompulsory vaccination. But it remains to be seen if this will happen.
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Karl Lauterbach Given the Corona situation, I still don’t see any reason to give everything clear. „I beware not to underestimate Omicron,” the health minister said on Monday at a press conference with Mecklenburg-West Pomerania State Premier Manuela Schwesig in Schwerin. Most of the beds available for intensive care for corona patients are already full with patients coming in contact with alternate delta may get infected.
Corona news, starting Monday, January 17, 2022: a paper by a former constitutional judge questions the legitimacy of a general obligation to vaccinate
11 pm: The former President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Hans-Jürgen Paper, expressed serious doubts about the constitutionality of the general obligation to vaccination. „In my opinion, based on the present state of knowledge and knowledge, one cannot convincingly justify that a general legal obligation to immunize Principles of proportionality will match,” Papier writes in one evaluation, which was quoted by our editors. The issue is not currently ready for a decision. You can read more about paper logic here.
The Board of Nursing anticipates terminations in the event of facility-related vaccination requirements
10:50 PM: The German Nursing Council assumes that the vaccination requirements related to the facility will lead to layoffs in the industry from mid-March. This affects the nursing staff less, but Supporting Activities Like care assistants, Nursing Council President Kristen Folger told our editorial team. The same applies to „kitchen or utility cleaners”. In these occupational groups there is a „fairly low vaccination rate”. Vogler said that some of those employees were considering „changing their jobs if vaccination becomes mandatory in their workplace.”
In the Nursing staff In clinics as well as in the inpatient and outpatient area, the association fears „reducing layoffs of professionals who give up their jobs because of vaccination requirements. And the vaccination rate is high there,” Folger said. This generally applies to health professions „but there is also a small percentage who definitely do not want to be vaccinated”.
Health ministers want to ease medical practices in Omicron موجة wave
10:38 PM: Due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, the health ministers of the federal states are committed to Outpatient medical care to support and relieve. As a result of the Omikron wave, more patients with milder courses of the disease are expected to be cared for in the doctor’s office, said the chair of the Conference of Health Ministers, head of the Saxony-Anhalt department. Petra Grimm-Benny (SPD), after switching the video on Monday night.
the Health Ministers Conference So you want to ask the Federal Ministry of Health to examine, among other things, the regulations for telephone sickness reports for respiratory diseases and in hours of video consultation. According to the information provided, the committee is also committed to reintroducing the rescue package of practices from 2020 to protect the infrastructure of the contracted physician, especially in the event of a large number of staff shortages or if non-acute treatments are postponed.
Once again, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets against Corona’s measures
9:53 pm: As on previous Mondays, thousands of people across Germany have taken action against the Corona measures and the possibility of it happening in the evening Compulsory vaccination proof. The protests were from someone big police force In many places it is accompanied by counter-demonstrations. At first there were only a few accidents. Meetings were broken up several times because the police could not find a leader or because the duty to protect the mouth and nose had been violated.
According to the police, thousands of people protested the Corona measures in Berlin. One of the largest demonstrations moved from Alexanderplatz in the direction of the Brandenburg Gate, where, according to the sign, “vaccinated and unvaccinated against compulsory vaccination” took place. Few people were wearing masks. A car’s loudspeaker rang out: „Merkel, Spahn, Steinmeier, Drosten to prison.” Before ZDF Capital Studio The train stopped on an intermediate march. One of the speakers insulted the „German media” which was „compatible” as in 1933, and also spoke of the „false press”.
An Israeli study: the fourth vaccination is not enough
8:38 pm: fourth Corona vaccination It does not provide sufficient protection against the omicron variant, according to an Israeli study. Professor Gili Regev of Sheba Hospital near Tel Aviv said infection was also observed in people who had been vaccinated four times. Two weeks after the fourth dose of preparation Biontech/Pfizer, a 'gentle increase’ in antibodies could be observed.
Their number is slightly higher than after the third vaccination. „But this nice value is not enough for an omicron.” Regev emphasized that these are interim results of the study, so she does not want to give more accurate numbers.
About 150 study participants received a fourth dose of the vaccine from Biontech-Pfizer two weeks ago. A week earlier, another 120 participants had received their i.v. vaccination after three doses of Biontech/Pfizer modern.
Regev said it is the world’s first attempt at a fourth vaccination with combination vaccines. The results for the two groups after a week are very similar. „We don’t see much difference.”
National handball team: Five other positive players
8:34 pm: Before the final match of the preliminary round of German handball players in the European Championship against Poland, the result of the test of five players came positive. This means that a total of seven players will miss the match on Tuesday.
Protests in Saxony against Corona deniers
8:23 pm: in several Saxon cities Hundreds of people took to the streets Against Corona deniersProtest against vaccination of opponents and conspiracy theorists. In Leipzig, it gathers between 400 and 500 people, including nursing staff and medical students, under the motto „Situation Presentation”. They have campaigned for collective action and shown solidarity with medical students in Dresden, who symbolically stood around the university clinic there on Thursday. Due to the large number of participants, they were fined. There were also demonstrations in Chemnitz, Dresden and Zwickau against the ongoing protests against the Corona policy.
The far-right Frey Sachssen party had called for protests in more than 150 locations in the Free State. Hundreds of opponents of the state’s measures against Corona and opponents of vaccination took to the streets again. According to police, about 650 people gathered in downtown Bautzen, among other places. Among them were nurses who protested against compulsory vaccination at work. According to observers, up to 1,000 opponents of Corona gathered in Freiberg.