The law strips the 200-year-old Hungarian Academy of Sciences of its network of 15 research bodies and hands them over to a committee. The committee’s chairman will be appointed by Hungarian PM Viktor Orban and half of its members will be selected by the government. Source: independent.co.uk
Smoking in Swedish bars and restaurants has been banned since 2005. Now the Scandinavian nation has introduced new laws limiting smoking in public places. From July 1, Swedes are not permitted to smoke in playgrounds, railway stations, and in outdoor sections of restaurants and bars.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered the Russian state to pay 75,000 euros ($84,900) to nine activists detained at protest rallies in 2006, 2007, and 2010. The court's July 2 ruling said that in all nine cases the Russian authorities violated Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights that guarantees freedom of peaceful assembly.
66% of respondents think that planting drugs by police and falsification of criminal cases have become a regular practice in today’s Russia. This is revealed in a survey by Levada Centre conducted in connection with the case of Ivan Golunov.
Earlier the Russian Ministry of Justice announced that the ECtHR received only six such complaints for the period from 2010 to 2018. The Ministry's announcement was related to the European Court’s decision on the case of Valeria Volodina, who on 9 July 2019 was awarded 25,000 euro compensation for the police inaction and harassment from a former partner.
Westminster government has said it will honour both results despite ministerial doubts.
Moscow’s vice-mayor Maksim Liksutov said that the municipality in Moscow develops a surveillance system based on the residents’ complaints, the data obtained from the legal taxi companies, photo- and video cameras, “Troika” public transport card and the data received from the mobile operators.
According to the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), Romania had only fully complied with just over a quarter of the recommendations issued in two previous reports of GRECO, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body.