Week in pictures: ‘Canned Putin’, Lukashenka and Cardinal, year after annexation of Crimea

Belsat TV has chosen the most important events of the past week.

Zaur Dadayev is the main suspect of the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Firstly Dadayev confessed to the crime, but then said that he had incriminated himself. Human rights activists state that Dadaev was being severely beaten and tortured during interrogations. Ilya Ponomarev, a Russian MP, said in an exclusive interview with Belsat that the assassination of Nemtsov was the result of the clan rivalry in the Kremlin.

‘Canned Putin’. On March 13 TV channel ‘Russia-24’ reported on the meeting of Vladimir Putin and Kyrgyz leader Atambayev. Curiously, these negotiations were scheduled for Monday, March 16. Moreover, Vladimir Putin has not appeared in public since March 6. ‘Cans’ [konservy] is Russian journalists’ slang word for news stories about top officials that are made in advance, sometimes weeks before a planned event.

Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin arrived in Belarus and met with Alyaksandr Lukashenka. It is the second time over the history of contamporary Belarus a representative of the Pope has visited Belarus. In 2008 Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See, came to Belarus. Vatican is ready to receive a visit of the Belarusian leader.

A Russian soldier carries an air-to-ground missile against the background of fighter jets. It has recently become known that Russia ceased to fulfill the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, although it did not pull out of it.

A girl with a Russian flag painted on her face during performance ‘For you, Russia’ devoted to the first anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Russians boast of their turning the peninsula into an ‘unassailable fortress’. Meanwhile, Olga Dukhnich, a Ukrainian journalist, claims that Russia might have deployed nuclear weapons in Crimea.

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