Councillor Giulio Gandolfi thanked Say No to Drugs volunteers in Milano
Councillor Giulio Gandolfi thanked Say No to Drugs volunteers in Milano

The Drug-Free World volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano reach out to youth with the Truth About Drugs campaign.

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano teamed up with Milan Transportation Association (ATM) to promote the value of an active, drug-free lifestyle. 

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano bring the truth about drugs to their city.
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano bring the truth about drugs to their city.

ATM’s BikeMi, the city’s bike-sharing program, offered these Drug-Free World volunteers the use of bicycles free of charge to promote their Truth About Drugs initiative.

The day’s activities launched from the Church courtyard at Viale Fulvio Testi, 327. Councillor Giulio Gandolfi thanked the volunteers for bringing this important message to the community and signed their “Say No to Drugs” Honor Roll in support of the initiative.

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In the courtyard of the Church of Scientology Milano, Councillor Giulio Gandolfi signed the “Say No to Drugs” Honor Roll.

Twenty volunteers took off from the Church by bicycle, wearing their signature teal Truth About Drugs T-shirts and caps. They rode through the city, handing out Truth About Drugs booklets in high-traffic areas in support of this year’s UN Office on Drugs and Crime theme for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: “Share Facts on Drugs: Save Lives.” 

Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. The Foundation’s Truth About Drugs campaign consists of drug education materials and activities that popularize drug-free living.

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The drug prevention bike tour ended at Castello Sforzesco, a popular destination for tourists and residents, where volunteers handed out Truth About Drugs booklets.

Scientology Churches provide drug education specialist training, sponsor chapters of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, and work with local educators, police, churches and nonprofits to reach youth on this vital subject. 

To make these materials available to anyone wishing to tackle the drug crisis, the Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles, California, produces and ships out Truth About Drugs booklets, DVDs and education packages free of charge to parents, educators, law enforcement, community groups and nonprofits for their drug prevention activities.

The Church of Scientology Milano is an Ideal Scientology Church, dedicated in 2015 by Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. In addition to providing ideal facilities to service Scientologists on their ascent to higher states of spiritual awareness and freedom, the Church sponsors humanitarian programs and serves as a home for the community and a meeting place of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.


Dozens of Macedonians once again lined up for Bulgarian passports
Dozens of Macedonians once again lined up for Bulgarian passports

Mineral water and books by authors such as Simeon Radev and the Miladinovi brothers were distributed by Viktor Stoyanov from the Macedonia Foundation to those waiting in front of the Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate in Sofia, Trud newspaper reported.

The queue of applicants to submit documents curled up again in front of the service of the Ministry of Justice on Aksakov Street, as due to covid restrictions the institution did not accept documents of applicants for a long time.

Most of the people in the queue are citizens of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, who with authentic documents certify that they are of Bulgarian origin and wish to obtain our passport and citizenship.

Vasil Garvanliev who represented Northern Macedonia received over 400 threats because of the Bulgarian flag in his song for “Eurovision”.

Vasil Garvanliev stirred the spirits in his homeland after the Bulgarian flag appeared in his video for Eurovision, Nova TV reports.

The situation became even more heated when he admitted his Bulgarian roots and dual citizenship. And yet he proudly calls Northern Macedonia his homeland and never hides where he came from.

“For me, the most important thing is the music. I sing for the people. I didn’t expect it to be a problem that the Bulgarian flag is present in my video,” Garvanliev said.

He shared that he has been involved in music since he was a child.

The singer revealed that he has received over 400 threats due to the appearance of the Bulgarian flag in his song.

Serbia is accumulating Russian tanks near its border with Bulgaria
Serbia is accumulating Russian tanks near its border with Bulgaria

At an official ceremony 170km from Sofia, in the Serbian city of Nis, Russia handed over to Serbia a batch of T-72MS tanks and BRDM-2MS armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicles as part of military-technical assistance. The Interfax news agency reported this with reference to the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexander Fomin.

The handover ceremony took place in the city of Nis on the territory of the 3rd Mechanized Brigade of the Serbian Land Forces.

“The combat force of the Serbian Armed Forces was replenished with modernized T-72MS tanks and BRDM-2M armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicles made in Russia,” Fomin said during the event.

He added that the delivered equipment will strengthen the combat potential of the Serbian army, will contribute to the fulfillment of the tasks for the protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. The Deputy Minister noted that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation plans to further develop and strengthen bilateral relations by providing assistance in the modernization of the Serbian Armed Forces.

Earlier, it was reported that Russian-Serbian anti-terrorist exercises had begun in Serbia.

Joint Russian-Serbian anti-terrorist tactical exercises in Serbia lasted until May 25th. This was announced by the Russian Ministry of Defense, quoted by TASS. “Special forces of both countries will take part in the exercise, which will last until May 25, 2021. In the course of the event it is planned to practice landing of parachute systems Arbalet, moving to the site of illegal armed formation, its blocking and destruction,” the message says. The ministry noted that demonstration performances and small arms shooting classes would also be held.

About 200 servicemen and 11 pieces of equipment from the special units of the Western Military District took part in the exercises on the Russian side. “During the opening ceremony of the exercise, the parties noted the importance of joint combat training activities for the development of co-operation between the special forces of the Serbian and Russian armed forces in the field of counter-terrorism,” the Russian military stressed.