June 14, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for Ruslan’s Sharipov’s immediate release October 15, 2020 Find out more News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of journalist and human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov, who has just completed a third of his sentence of a little more than three years in prison. Receive email alerts to go further More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Reporters Without Borders today urged Uzbekistan’s authorities to take advantage of legal provisions to amnesty and immediately release journalist Ruslan Sharipov now that he has served a third of the prison sentence he received last year.The call was issued after the government commission responsible for applying sentences met on 12 June to consider the possibility of commuting his sentence under article 164 of the criminal code.”Known for his criticism of the government and his human rights work, Ruslan Sharipov is a symbol of the oppression of journalists in Uzbekistan today, and the aim of the charges against him was just to silence a dissident voice,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Releasing him would help restore the country’s image, which has been tarnished by so many press freedom violations,” the organisation added.Sharipov, 25, was sentenced on appeal on 25 September 2003 to four years in prison for homosexuality (under article 120 of the criminal code) and for allegedly having sex with a minor (article 128). This sentence was reduced to just over three years by a general amnesty in December 2003. The authorities had said then that he could be freed in June 2004.A former president of the Union of Independent Journalists of Uzbekistan (UIJU) and correspondent for the Russian news agency Prima, Sharipov was arrested on 26 May 2003.Under duress, he pleaded guilty on 8 August 2003, asked President Karimov to be forgiven for all his critical articles, and waived his right to legal defence. In a letter to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan on 5 September, he said he had been forced to plead guilty after undergoing physical and psychological torture.Sharipov has never denied his bisexuality but he claims he had never met the adolescents who were alleged to have been his victims. They were detained on 26 May and held for three or four days. Sharipov’s lawyer said they were beaten and threatened by police to get them to testify against Sharipov in court. In fact, the trial had to be adjourned several times because they failed to turn up.For several years, Sharipov had been the target of harassment aimed at getting him to give up his human rights activities and articles criticising the authorities. Follow the news on Uzbekistan UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News May 11, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Organisation News
Collen Winebarger swept Covid-19 special and George Steitz Memorial features at Antioch Speedway, then took the checkers on night two of the High Desert Classic at Winnemucca Regional Raceway. All-Star candidates now include: Dereck Rhoden, Kyle Rohleder, Anthony Roth, Joel Rust, Cory Sample, Jim Sandusky, Robby Sawyer, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Chris Simpson, Brandon Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Tyler Stevens and Andy Strait. Tyler Stevens led the way to the finish line at Legit Speedway’s Scrappin’ 40. Chris Simpson, Chris Abelson and Johnny Whitman all won rich weekly shows, at Benton County Speedway, Clay County Fair Speedway and 141 Speedway, respectively. Drivers already on the ballot who won qualifying events were Austin Arneson, Cayden Carter, Daniel Gottschalk, Ryan McDaniel, Zach Madrid, Clay Money and Jesse Sobbing. Jordan Grabouski, Kevin Green, Richie Gustin, Clay Hale, Bobby Hogge IV, Philip Houston, Wyatt Howard, Mitchell Hunt, Bricen James, Aaron Johnson, Austin Kiefer, Cody Laney, Jeff Larson, Josh Long and Ryan McDaniel. Josh McGaha, Zach Madrid, Wade Manning, Hunter Marriott, Chris Mills, Clay Money, Bob Moore, Rodney Morgan, Josh Most, Chris Nieman, Jason Noll, Jay Noteboom, Jake O’Neil, Brad Pounds and Tom Quint. Cory Davis, Zane DeVilbiss, Ethan Dotson, P.J. Egbert, Chris Elliott, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Junior Flores, Kelsie Foley, Troy Foulger, Jeremy Frenier, John Gober, David Goode Jr., Josh Goodwin, Daniel Gottschalk and William Gould. VINTON, Iowa – Another eight IMCA Modified drivers have raced their way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot by winning special or weekly features paying $1,000 or more. Chris Abelson, Jeff Aikey, Ricky Alvarado, Drew Armstrong, Austin Arneson, Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca Jr., Eric Barnes, Brandon Beckendorf, Tom Berry Jr., Tanner Black, Steven Bowers Jr., Chris Carroll, Cayden Carter, Kellen Chadwick and Cory Craver. Ricky Alvarado and Tanner Black both won Rudy Yeager Memorial features at Sweetwater Speedway. Jim Thies topped Park Jefferson Speedway’s Memorial Duel. And Shawn Strand, Matt Szecsodi, Jeff Taylor, Jim Thies, Ricky Thornton Jr., Eric Tomlinson, Marcus Tomlinson, Nick Trenchard, Rob VanMil, Jon White Jr., Justin Whitehead, Johnny Whitman, R.C. Whitwell, Collen Winebarger and Jason Wolla
Press Association Crystal Palace are bottom of the payment to agents ranking – hardly surprising given their promotion from the Championship in the summer. Newcastle were another club to see a big increase on expenditure to agents, handling transfers and other dealings with players. The Tyneside club spent £7,294,018 in the last 12 months – more than doubling from £3,485,503 in the period prior to that. Manager Alan Pardew was busy in the transfer market in January and across the summer, while Joe Kinnear also returned to the north-east club as director of football. Arsenal have shown minimal change between the two years, spending roughly £5.5m in both time periods. Tottenham spent more than £3m extra on paying agents this year than last, with their bill totalling £9,787,676 – an increase from £6,595,905. Spurs used the cash from the world-record transfer fee sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid to rejuvenate their squad and offset the loss of the Wales forward. Arrivals like Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen will account for some of that increase, as manager Andre Villas-Boas bolstered the squad considerably. Southampton’s outlay jumped from £646,106 to £2,184,412, which would take in the change of manager from Nigel Adkins to Mauricio Pochettino and the players the new boss has brought in. Sunderland’s spending jumped from £2,173,762 to £4,640,227, accounting for the raft of signings Paolo Di Canio made in his abortive spell on Wearside. The Premier League agreed in June 2008 that every club would publish the total amount paid to agents once a year. The figures also include any payments made by clubs to agents on behalf of their players. The return of manager Jose Mourinho will have contributed to Chelsea’s increase in outlay, with the Portuguese boss bringing in a raft of new signings. Captures like Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o and Brazilian playmaker Willian are bound to have had an effect on such a large hike. Manchester City had topped the agents spending charts for the previous two years, and now sit second in the big-spenders list when it comes to paying agents. City shelled out £11,179,817, to account for the arrival of new manager Manuel Pellegrini and another set of expensive summer captures. Their spending has increased from £10,537,982 the year before. Of the total of around £96m spent by Premier League clubs on agents in the 12-month period just elapsed, Liverpool contributed £9,400,973. Despite bringing in David Moyes as manager and signing the likes of Marouane Fellaini from Everton, Manchester United sit at the low end of the spending. The Old Trafford club only forked out a comparatively modest £4,317,690, though that does incorporate a rise of nearly £700,000. Figures released by the Premier League show clubs paid £19m more to players’ representatives than in the previous 12 months. Chelsea spent a total £13,721,721 between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, as opposed to £6,490,382 a year earlier. Premier League clubs paid £96million to agents in fees in the last year, with Chelsea’s outlay more than doubling to over £13million.