Voices from Russia

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Engaged Couple Imprisoned in Abu Dhabi for Sex Outside Marriage… Trump Loves the UAE and Refuses to Put Them on His Ban List

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Editor:

Note well that Trump does NOT put the KSA and its Gulf stooges on the ban list, but they’re the ones ramming Islamic law down people’s throats the hardest. As for me, I don’t care what people do behind their closed doors, so long as they don’t hurt anyone else or involve children in their fancies. If you want to fuck a duck, go ahead… as long as it’s OK with the duck. Reflect well on this… Evangelicals want to criminalise abortion and all other sorts of things that they don’t like. It seems to me that Evangelicals and Islamists are brothers under the skin. Mike Pence is a fanatical Evangelical who tossed a woman in prison for a miscarriage. He’s no different from these Gulf State yahoos. Pray for Trump’s health… for the alternative is Pence… a truly feral and evil man, an American Wahhabist if there ever was such…

Yes… there are “Christians” who resemble the Wahhabis… and they’re “nice” and “sincere” and “moral”. Excuse me, I need to find a corner to be sick in…

BMD

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A relative said that the authorities arrested a South African man and his Ukrainian fiancée in Abu Dhabi after a doctor discovered that the woman was pregnant. They arrested Emlyn Culverwell, 29, and Irina Nogai, 27 for unlawful sex outside of marriage. The arrests came after Nogai, who was suffering from stomach cramps, went to Medeor Medical Centre in Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, where a doctor told her she was pregnant. Having sex outside of marriage is illegal in the UAE, and those convicted of it can face long jail sentences. Reportedly, the couple was in detention since 29 January, but details of their arrests are just emerging.

Police arrested Culverwell and Nogai at the hospital for not being able to provide marriage certificates. They took them first to the Yas Police Station, and then later brought them to al-Wathba Prison. However, they didn’t yet charge them because the authorities are still investigating the child’s paternity, how long the couple was sexually active, and are testing Nogai’s HIV status. The couple became engaged just two days before their arrest, on 27 January. Culverwell worked in the UAE for the past five years as a water rescue operative at Yas Waterworld. He started dating Nogai, who worked as an administration officer, in mid-2014.

The South African Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation said that it couldn’t help the couple because it is an issue with domestic UAE law, according to News24, and suggested that they seek legal help. Times Live reported that legal representation for Culverwell and Nogai could cost up to 118‚000 South African rands ($8‚000) per person. Culverwell’s mother, Linda, said that Nogai was still in the early stages of her pregnancy, and suggested that the cramps could be a sign of a miscarriage. She pleaded for their release, saying, “The only thing they did wrong was fall in love”. Linda described her son as a health fanatic who didn’t smoke, take drugs, or drink alcohol. She told News24 that her family is “trying to get messages to the two to say we love them and they shouldn’t be worried”. Linda said that since the couple’s arrest, family members and friends have been unable to contact them. She said that the only people who can visit the couple are family members who share the same last name, and relatives are currently calculating the costs of making a trip to Abu Dhabi with lawyers.

According to Herald Live, since their arrest, a Christian Church in Yas Island in the UAE offered to marry the couple for a lofty price, but a judge refused to allow it. Nogai is guilty of Zina, the Islamic legal term referring to unlawful sexual intercourse, which the UAE has criminalised. The UAE authorities either deport women and couples found guilty of Zina or imprison them in the country for at least a year. They imprison hundreds of women each year for the crime, including pregnant women and rape victims.

8 March 2017

Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4294774/Couple-detained-UAE-sex-outside-marriage.html?ito=social-facebook

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

27 April 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. What Causes Earthquakes?

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. What Causes Earthquakes. 2013

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On 16 April, in south-eastern Iran, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred. The event happened at 14.44 MSK (20.44 AEDT 11.44 UTC 06.44 EDT 03.44 PDT), with a radius of approximately 82 kilometres (51 miles). There are no accurate figures on victims and survivors yet. For more information on why earthquakes happen, see the Infographic. The tremors of the powerful earthquake in Iran were also felt in various parts of Pakistan, especially, north of the capital of Islamabad, Karachi in the south, Lahore near the Indian border, and in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan (a province bordering Iran). As far away as the Persian Gulf states, people felt seismic tremors. As a precaution, offices and living quarters in the UAE’s capital of Abu Dhabi and Dubai were evacuated; earthquake alarms in skyscrapers went off, warning of disaster. At present, thousands of people are on the streets waiting for permission to return to offices and homes. No damage was reported. Earlier, the Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, Mohammad Ahmadian, said that the design specifications of the Bushehr nuclear facility stipulate that the site can withstand up to magnitude 9 earthquakes.

16 April 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20130416/180672874/What-causes-earthquakes.html

http://ria.ru/infografika/20130416/927117380.html

Thursday, 3 November 2011

FM Lavrov Thanked the UAE for its Assistance in Helping Build the First Russian Orthodox Church in the Arabian Peninsula

St Philip the Apostle Russian Orthodox Church complex. Sharjah (Emirate of Sharjah) UAE

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On Tuesday, at a press conference in Abu Dhabi at the end of a strategic dialogue between Russia and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia expressed its gratitude to the authorities of the United Arab Emirates for their assistance in the construction of the first Russian Orthodox church in the Arabian Peninsula. He said, “We thank the UAE government for its assistance in the construction of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sharjah, which was the first in the Arabian Peninsula”. In September 2007, when Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev was the Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, and head of the MP Department for External Church Relations, he consecrated the cornerstone of the church.

1 November 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=42873

Saturday, 13 November 2010

A Photo Essay. Domes: Ancient and Modern

Dome of the Reichstag

Berlin (Bundesland Berlin) GERMANY

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Dome of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo di Firenze)

Firenze (Province of Firenze. Toscana Region) ITALY

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Dome of the Hungarian Parliament Building

Budapest (Budapest County. Central Hungary Region) HUNGARY

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Domes of the St Basil Cathedral (technically, the Cathedral of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God on the Moat)

Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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Ceiling Dome of the Emirates Palace Hotel

Abu Dhabi (Emirate of Abu DhabiUAE

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Dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Sacred Heart)

Paris (Département de Paris. Région Île-de-France) FRANCE

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Stained Glass Dome of Galeries Lafayette

Paris (Département de Paris. Région Île-de-France) FRANCE

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Dome of the Church of San Diego

Guanajuato (Guanajuato) MEXICO

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Glass Dome in Breuninger Shopping Mall

Stuttgart (Regierungsbezirk Stuttgart. Bundesland Baden-Württemberg) GERMANY

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Dome of the Village Church

Oia on Santorini (Thira Peripheral Unit. South Aegean Periphery) GREECE

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Dome in the Fox Theatre

St Louis MO USA

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Dome of the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Campostela (Province of La Coruña. Autonomous Community of Galicia) SPAIN

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Dome as seen in the Reflecting Pool at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto (MART).

Rovereto (Trentino Province. Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol Region) ITALY

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Dome of Cathedral of St Sava 

Belgrade (City of Belgrade) SERBIA

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Dome of the San Jose City Hall

San Jose CA USA

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Dome of the village church

Mosta MALTA

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