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Published video of Tikhanovskaya’s first conversation with her husband in four months

The TV channel “360” published a fragment of a conversation between ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and her husband Sergei, who is under arrest. RIA Novosti, 10.10.2020

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MOSCOW, October 10 – RIA Novosti. TV channel “360” published a fragment of the conversation of the ex-presidential candidate Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya with her husband Sergei, who is under arrest. Tikhanovsky, in turn, asked his wife about the support from the President France Emmanuel Macron and the Chancellor FRG Angela Merkel . “Good people, support us. & Lt; … & gt; They believe in our victory,” Svetlana replied. Sergei Tikhanovsky planned to run for President of Belarus, but could not sign the necessary documents, as he was serving an administrative arrest. As a result, the opposition nominated his wife Svetlana to run in the elections. The Investigative Committee of Belarus opened a case against Tikhanovsky about organizing mass riots and calling for violence against police officers. According to the “Viasna” human rights center, which is not registered by the authorities, a criminal case was also opened against Sergei about obstruction of the elections. Tikhanovsky is being held in a pre-trial detention center in the city of Zhodino. The situation in Belarus Mass protests in Belarus began after the presidential elections, which took place on August 9. According to the Central Election Commission, Alyaksandr Lukashenka won them for the sixth time: he gained 80.1% of the votes. The second place was taken by Tikhanovskaya, the opposition did not agree with the election results. After that, on the initiative of Tikhanovskaya, the country created a Coordination Council (CC) for the transit of power in the republic. In this regard, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus opened a criminal case on calls to seize power. Now six out of seven members of the Constitutional Court Presidium are arrested or are abroad. Tikhanovskaya herself left for Lithuania for security reasons. Subsequently, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs also included Tikhanovskaya in the database of wanted persons Read all news from Belarus on the website Sputnik Belarus & gt; & gt;

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Tikhanovsky, in turn, asked his wife about support from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Unknown person posed as Tikhanovskaya at a meeting of the Danish parliament

Sergei Tikhanovsky planned to run for president of Belarus, but was unable to sign the necessary documents, as he was serving an administrative arrest. As a result, the opposition nominated his wife Svetlana to run in the elections.

The Investigative Committee of Belarus opened a case against Tikhanovsky for organizing riots and calls for violence against police officers. According to the “Viasna” human rights center, which is not registered by the authorities, a criminal case was also opened against Sergei about obstruction of the elections. Tikhanovsky is being held in a pre-trial detention center in Zhodino.

The situation in Belarus

Mass protests in Belarus began after the presidential elections, which took place on August 9. According to the Central Election Commission, Alyaksandr Lukashenka won them for the sixth time: he gained 80.1% of the votes. The second place was taken by Tikhanovskaya, the opposition did not agree with the results of the elections.

After that, on the initiative of Tikhanovskaya, a Coordination Council (CC) was created in the country for the transit of power in the republic. In this regard, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus opened a criminal case on calls to seize power. Now six out of seven members of the Constitutional Court Presidium are arrested or are abroad. Tikhanovskaya herself left for Lithuania for security reasons.

Subsequently, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs also included Tikhanovskaya in the database of wanted persons.

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In Lithuania, Emmanuel Macron maintains his call to work with Moscow

The French president urged his counterpart in Vilnius to “dispassionate” issues related to the neighborhood.

Tuesday, in Rukla, Lithuania, Emmanuel Macron, and his Lithuanian counterpart, Gitanas Nauseda, review a French battalion of the Reinforced Advanced Force (eFP) deployed by NATO, since 2016, in the three Baltic Republics.
Tuesday, in Rukla, Lithuania, Emmanuel Macron, and his Lithuanian counterpart, Gitanas Nauseda, review a French battalion of the Reinforced Advanced Force (eFP) deployed by NATO, since 2016, in the three Baltic Republics. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP

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Emmanuel Macron understands “The aspiration to freedom, peace and security” of the Baltic Republics after forty-five years under Soviet rule. “Your country, he summed up Monday evening during his press conference with President Gitanas Nauseda, did not have the same XXe century than mine “ and “The post-WWII period lasted a long time there.” However, on the first evening of his visit to Lithuania and Latvia, the French president reaffirmed his wish to “Work with Russia”. A year ago, the three Baltic republics gave a cold reception to his plan to establish a “Strategic dialogue” with the Kremlin. But the French president, who came to report to his hosts on this so far unsuccessful approach, does not intend to give it up. “The other, he told them, can always improve. “

This visit, the first by a French president since that of Jacques Chirac in 2001, takes place in an atmosphere un

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Vilnius, Belarusian opposition rear base

INVESTIGATION – Around Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a figure in the opposition to President Lukashenko, more than 250 Belarusians who fled police repression are today in Lithuania, where they are campaigning for the establishment of democracy in Minsk.

The Belarusian opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, exiled in Lithuania, when she arrived on August 31 at the Lithuanian national television studio in Vilnius.
The Belarusian opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, exiled in Lithuania, when she arrived on August 31 at the Lithuanian national television studio in Vilnius. Arturas Morozovas/Getty Images/AFP

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The Neris River, far from its Belarusian source, ripples peacefully under the autumn sun. Perched on the fifth floor of a brand-new office building in the heart of Vilnius, the headquarters of exiled opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya offers panoramic views of its silvery waters. The twenty or so volunteers who work on the start-up-like set hardly have time to take advantage of it. Screwed to their chairs, they juggle between computer keyboard and mobile phone while their boss, white blouse, brown hair carefully pulled back, discreet make-up and heather gray pants, flutters from one room to another.

Just back from a meeting with Dutch diplomats, she continues interviews with foreign media. Then it will be a “political meeting”. The small troop of young graduates surrounding him is not left out. “At the height of the repression carried out by the authorities in Minsk, I

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Lukashenko will close the border with Poland and Lithuania

During an intervention yesterday at the Minsk-Arena stadium in the Belarusian capital, the president, Alexander Lukashenko, announced before the so-called “Women’s Forum for Belarus” that he has ordered to close the country’s border with Poland and Lithuania and to reinforce controls in the section corresponding to Ukraine.

Referring to the troop deployment carried out in recent weeks to deal with an alleged NATO threat from the west, especially in the city of Grodno, Lukashenko said yesterday that “we closed our border with the West, mainly with Lithuania and Poland. . We are also forced with the greatest regret to strengthen security on the border with our fraternal Ukraine.

Lukashenko assured the audience that he had agreed with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, “to build a common defense system for the State of the Union.” He also insisted that there was no fraud in the elections on August 9. “It is impossible to falsify 80% of the votes I obtained,” he declared before the forum of supporters of his regime, an event that aims to oppose the women’s opposition marches every Saturday.

The member of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition, Maria Kolésnikova, who together with Svetlana Tijanóvskaya and Verónica Tsepkalo, led the electoral campaign against the Belarusian dictator Lukashenko, was questioned yesterday by the Belarusian Instruction Committee after she was indicted on Wednesday for “attacking national security.”

His lawyer, Liudmila Kazak, reported this in statements to Echo Moscow radio. In her words, Kolésnikova is accused of “making public calls to take power violently”, a crime that could cost her five years in prison. But all that the opposition leader has done has been to participate in the protest demonstrations and ask the power to dialogue with the opposition, after elections that they consider manipulated

Kolésnikova was abducted in Minsk by masked men on 7 September and the next day they tried to deport her from the country, as they did with Tijanóvskaya in August. But, already at the checkpoint on the border with Ukraine, the activist tore her passport and ended up being arrested.

“He has absolutely no regrets about staying in Belarus in this not-so-trivial way, after having broken his passport. Of course, she understands what she is facing, but for the sake of the objective she is pursuing, she is willing to endure and continue her fight, ”said her lawyer yesterday. For now and until the trial is held, Kolésnikova will remain in preventive detention.

The entire opposition Coordination Council is being investigated in the criminal case opened for attempting to seize power. The members of his presidium are imprisoned or deported to other countries. The only component of this structure created by the opposition to establish a line of negotiation with the authorities that is still at large in Belarusian territory is the Nobel Prize winner for literature Svetlana Alexievich.

On the other hand, 17 member countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) yesterday promoted a mechanism to carry out an international investigation of human rights abuses in Belarus, including the falsification of the results of the elections and the violent repression of protest demonstrations that are being peaceful.

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister meets with Tihanovskaya

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister meets with Tihanovskaya

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said that he met on Sunday with ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and confirmed his support … RIA Novosti, 20.09.

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MOSCOW, September 20 – RIA Novosti. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius < / a> stated that he met on Sunday with the ex-presidential candidate of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya < / a> and confirmed the support of Belarusians by Vilnius. “Today, on the World Day of Solidarity with Belarus, I met with the national leader of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. I confirmed that Lithuania supports Belarusians in their desire to freely and democratically decide the future of their country without being persecuted and oppressed, “Linkevičius wrote on Twitter. Mass opposition protests began across Belarus August 9, after the presidential elections, which won Alexander Lukashenko – according to the Central Election Commission, he received 80.1% of the votes. The opposition believes that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won the election. After the elections, she left for Lithuania for security reasons. In the first days, the actions were suppressed by the security forces, and against the protesters who did not agree with the results, they used tear gas, flash-noise grenades, rubber bullets. According to official data, over 6,700 people were detained in the first days. As the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic reported at the time, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, among them over 130 law enforcement officers. Currently, protest actions continue in various cities of Belarus, and rallies of Lukashenka’s supporters are also taking place.

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Sailing trip from Flensburg to Lithuania: With the sailboat through the forest

Vor André Benedict (51) has his on-board diary. Lovingly designed 55 double pages in which the sailor meticulously noted every place, every stretch of beach and every port that he visited on the tour with his small touring dinghy along the Baltic coast. He kept a diary in meticulous handwriting, describing the route he took, who he met along the way, what was the best experience of the day. There is also an extra field for a brief, concise daily assessment. Among other things, Benedict noted: “Adventure day. Please not too often. ”Or“ Super nice. Until cell phone gone. “And” Lock battle lost, beautiful harbor found. “

There are also postcards, stamps from the guest ports, business cards from new friends. The names of the individual places lead the viewer further and further away from areas that are familiar to northern Germans. Well-known names along the German Baltic Sea coast have been replaced by Polish ones, the last pages are filled with stickers from Lithuanian sailing clubs.

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Benedict kept his ship’s diary for around two months. Not only out of nautical responsibility, but above all to document his unique voyage. A journey that cannot be repeated and that marks the end of his sabbatical with Airbus as an employer for the Rostock-born sailor, who has lived in Hamburg for 20 years. The journey from Flensburg to Hamburg’s twin city St. Petersburg was actually supposed to take him. In the winter months he was already preparing his boat, studying maps and organizing the necessary visas and documents.

He did not want to undertake the trip with a conventional yacht, but with his Ixylon dinghy “Hasty”. The “Ixys”, first built in the GDR in 1970 as a boat for a broader section of the population, are traveling dinghies, made for a weekend trip to an island. The boats are around five meters long and equipped with two folding swords, so you can still sail to a depth of 30 centimeters. They are pulled to the beach by inflatable rollers and are transformed into a tent with a boat hull in just a few simple steps. Two adults can comfortably stretch out lengthways in the boat; a tarpaulin protects against wind, weather and sun.

Wherever the beaches are sandy or the embankment slopes gently into the water, the Ixys are in their element. “I’m not so flexible with any other boat,” enthuses Benedict. “I don’t need a port and I don’t have a keel to keep me away from the most beautiful beaches.” And along these beaches he wanted to continue sailing eastwards this summer. Always during the day, with a view of the coast. “The only things that prevent me from sailing are calm or too much wind, fog, darkness, thunderstorms or military exercises,” he says. “I’m never far out at sea, from the water I can see what’s going on on land. And if I like it, I just sail to the beach. “

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But his travel preparations were suddenly interrupted by the corona pandemic. In particular, the temporary closures between the northern federal states made the implementation of the entire trip questionable. “On May 19th, one day after we were allowed to drive back to Schleswig-Holstein, my wife took me to Harrislee with the Ixy on the trailer, and that’s where I started,” says Benedict. “My ship normally weighs 160 kilograms, but with the many spare parts that I took with me to be on the safe side due to the uncertain corona situation, and the provisions, it was around 60 kilograms more.”

In addition to a second oar, the sleeping bag, sleeping mat and tarpaulin took up a lot of space in the front compartments. In addition, there was some long-life food, clothing and of course nautical charts, electronic devices, handheld GPS, handheld radio, cell phones and signal ammunition in the waterproof compartment in the stern.

So the ship becomes a tent.  Two adults can comfortably stretch out in the boat, a tarpaulin protects against wind, weather and sun

So the ship becomes a tent. Two adults can comfortably stretch out in the boat, a tarpaulin protects against wind, weather and sun

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From the Flensburg Fjord it was only possible under sail – for weight reasons Benedict did without an outboard motor
– further and further east. From May 25th, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania opened its state borders again, so that he could change the state. After a long stopover on Benedict’s favorite island of Hiddensee, we headed towards the Polish border via familiar bays and small towns. “There Corona slowed me down a second time, the border wasn’t open yet,” remembers Benedict. “I had to take a compulsory break and so I once again sailed very intensively and got to know the area around Usedom, Anklam and the Stettiner Haff.”

Complete strangers helped him

True to the advice of his wife, “Problems have to be spread widely”, he always spoke to total strangers on his entire trip when he needed help. Regardless of whether it was just a matter of dragging the boat to the beach, inquiring about the shortest route to the supermarket or getting the urgently needed power for your cell phones in the nearest harbor bar. “Electricity is actually the only thing that I really depend on on board,” he says. “Otherwise I can provide for myself very well with my camping gas stove.”

Whenever possible, he tried to walk to a nearby restaurant or beach bar in the evening – not just to avoid cooking and recharging his devices, but above all to meet people. The man, who fulfilled a dream with his break alone under sail along the German, Polish and Lithuanian Baltic coast, longed for communication and people in the evening.

Wherever he camped on the beach with his boat, he immediately attracted great attention. And apart from one unpleasant incident with Polish border guards, who took their duty particularly seriously in times of Corona, everyone received a friendly welcome. “If it’s not a restricted military area, I can go anywhere with my boat on the beach and spend the night there,” he says. “But it’s not as idyllic and quiet as you always think on the beaches at night either. The further east I got, the warmer it got, and partying teenagers made me sleepless. “

I’ve never dragged a dinghy through the forest with the sail up.

NATO maneuvers off the Polish Hel peninsula north of Gdansk also turned out to be an obstacle. Again Benedict was thwarted and could not continue the tour. Annoyed, he decided to take the unconventional route and pulled his boat on the inflatable rollers through the forest of the peninsula to the other side. “I’ve never dragged a dinghy through the forest with the sail up,” says Benedict. “But there was no telling when the shooting would finally stop.”

Benedict then found peace in the tributaries of the Vistula, which he compares with the Amazon with its high reed-lined banks, countless water lilies and many water birds. “And everything is completely mosquito-free,” he enthuses. “I discovered landscapes that were previously completely unknown to me. Above all, the imposing shifting dunes of Nida, which I could get very close to from the water, left a deep impression on me. “

Stamp for the diary

One of the greatest difficulties on his journey was circumnavigating the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. But again Benedict sought help. With a few Polish greetings, his Russian, which was somewhat rusty from his school days, in English and German. And in Tolkmicko met Arek, who offered to transport his ship on a trailer over 500 kilometers to Minija in Lithuania. “We started together at half past five in the morning, and I had to force the fuel money for the tour on him,” says Benedict. “But I was able to persuade him to take his girlfriend with me and invite them both to a hotel for a weekend.”

The further east he got, the more intense was the hospitality with which the new acquaintances met the sailor from Hamburg. “Everyone always wanted to give me something or invite me to dinner. I didn’t have to pay harbor dues and got t-shirts and other souvenirs, ”explains Benedict. “But the most important thing to me was always stamps, brochures or even flyers from the places where I was for my ship’s diary.”

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The tour ended unplanned in the Lithuanian capital. Not only because the original travel destination St. Petersburg has become inaccessible due to the current entry restrictions. But also because the wind kept blowing from the wrong direction. “Due to the prevailing westerly wind and the corresponding waves, I was unable to sail from Klaipeda to the northeast,” explains Benedict. “But according to my weather information there should be a pure westerly wind blowing for at least a week, I didn’t want to wait that long.” So he organized another boat trailer and took the ferry back to Kiel. The right decision, as it turned out later, because the wind did not turn in the desired wind direction for a total of three weeks.

“I was most impressed on the tour, during which I only had the most beautiful summer weather apart from four days of rain, the beauty of the Polish Baltic Sea coast with its miles of white beaches and the honest friendliness of the people I met,” says Benedict . But he had only made half of the originally planned route. That’s why he wants to go on tour again with his “Hasty” – then from Klaipeda to St. Petersburg.

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NATO’s eastward expansion has always found willing help in the Baltic republics over the past almost 30 years. The government staff there initially often came directly from the United States and immediately transferred Cold War anti-communism to mostly hysterical Russophobic politics. Special laws apply to the Russian-speaking minorities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which themselves have little to do with the rules of the Western “community of values”. Foreign policy often seemed to be enacted in Washington, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. Since 2014, since the Crimea was secession and the referendum to join the Russian Federation, anti-Russian agitation has increased because Russia is said to be preparing a war against the Baltic States. Nationalists and fascists became cabinet members, and honoring the memory of local Nazi collaborators is a tradition in the region. Although German soldiers are stationed in Lithuania, the Federal Republic and the EU, on which one is economically dependent, are classified as unsafe cantonists in their behavior towards Moscow. That seems to be changing at the moment – Heiko Maas makes it possible.

In any case, after meeting their German counterpart in Tallinn on Monday, the foreign ministers of the three countries emphasized that more than fewer US troops in Europe are needed to deter Russia. They responded to the announcement by US President Donald Trump to reduce troops in Germany from the current 34,500 to 25,000 soldiers. The Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said there: “It’s not a big secret: We definitely lack some skills.” They rely on the help of the Allies and would also like to see more US soldiers in the Baltic States – but not at the expense of being stationed in Germany. “In any case, we definitely need greater American commitment in Europe,” said Linkevicius. His colleagues from Estonia and Latvia, Urmas Reinsalu and Edgars Rinkevics made similar comments.

Trump had justified the announced withdrawal of troops from the Federal Republic, among other things, with what he considered to be too little German armament expenditure. The reference to this always met with a positive response from the Northeast Europeans. Your war expenditure is at the required value of two percent of the gross domestic product. Trump wants to bring some of the soldiers back to the United States, but some are also to be relocated within Europe – including Poland. If the Baltic States went away empty-handed, it would be bad wages for three decades of unconditional loyalty. The announcement of the details is expected shortly.

Russian President Vladimir Putin unintentionally responded to Heiko Maas’ almost reconquest of the Baltic States on the same day. He visited the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea to keel new warships and attended a ceremony at a shipyard in Kerch. He announced the construction of six warships, including two large attack cruisers, nuclear submarines and frigates. They would be equipped with modern weapon systems, Putin said, while two other shipyards in the country were connected via video. The new warships ensured a strategic balance and stability in the world. By 2027, 70 percent of the fleet should be renewed.

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Secret services lured IRA members into a trap (neues-deutschland.de)

The decision of the Dublin Court of Justice marks the end of an almost twelve-year legal dispute between Lithuania, Great Britain and Ireland: Irish Republican Liam Campbell, 58 years old, is to be extradited from Ireland to Lithuania. In the European arrest warrant, the Lithuanian authorities accused Campbell of “international arms smuggling for a terrorist organization that calls itself the IRA and Real IRA.”

Liam Campbell is said to have come into contact with Russian arms dealers in 2006 and 2007 with his brother Michael. Michael was in Lithuania several times until his arrest in Vilnius in 2008; However, Liam never went to the Baltic country. The Campbell brothers did not know that the people they met were not arms dealers at all. In international cooperation, Russian, Lithuanian and British secret services set a trap for them. The alleged arms dealers were all agents. The footage shows Michael handing over money to one of the intelligence officers. The latter then asks him who he is working for. Michael replies: “IRA.” When asked who the weapons were to be used against, he said: “British.” Michael spent two years in Lithuanian detention. Like his brother Liam, he was a founding member of the Real IRA.

In the 1980s, Liam was a Republican prisoner in the Maze maximum security prison, in the infamous H-Blocks. After the Real IRA was founded, he was a member of her leadership. In January 2009, Lithuania requested Liam’s extradition for the first time. He was arrested in Northern Ireland and initially released on parole. He was arrested again four months later on the basis of a second application and taken to the Maghaberry maximum security prison, some 30 kilometers west of Belfast. He spent four years in solitary confinement without charge. In March 2013, the London Supreme Court released him. The prosecutor appealed, but failed again at the Supreme Court in August 2013. At the same time, a third European arrest warrant was issued by Lithuania, but Liam’s lawyers were not informed. It was only more than three years later, on December 2, 2016, that Ireland’s authorities struck and arrested Liam in his home in Dundalk.

Campbell’s defense attorney Ramsey Farrell criticizes that his client, far from his family and in a foreign country whose language he does not speak, is not safe. Human rights organizations keep complaining about the situation in Lithuanian prisons. Inmates are regularly subjected to sexual violence and torture by guards and criminal gangs. The hygienic and sanitary conditions are poor.

Several socialist and republican groups launched a campaign against extradition. Eight councilors from Northern Ireland issued a declaration of solidarity. Last Wednesday, the County Council of Fermanagh / Tyrone issued an appeal not to extradite Campbell due to the human rights situation in Lithuanian prisons. The request was made by independent Republican Bernice Swift and Sinn Féin representative Sheamus Greene. It was adopted with the votes of the Social Democratic SDLP, Sinn Féin and independent MPs. All Unionist MPs voted against. Pro-British conservative UUP’s Chris Smyth said he felt sick reading the application. The SDLP chairman Colum Eastwood has now decidedly distanced himself from the decision of her councilor.

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