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Russia / Strategy Media Update (332) – 11 October 2017

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

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Zapad 2017 debate continues, as does UN Donbass peacekeeper debate. Russia’s ban on social media cited as reaction to effectiveness of OSINT.

FA essay on Putin losing control of nationalists should have been written 3 years ago. Russian Senate names nine main threats to Russia – every single one is provably self-inflicted. Gudkov and Pastukhov on reversion to the Soviet, while Russia promotes bitcoin in Transnistria, it aims to ban it in Russia. More essays on the dive into the abyss.

Fedyk on Russian Zapad 2017 play to assume control of Belarus military. EP seeks to draw Moldova closer, while Putin earns a COCW.

Poroshenko attends PACE summit in Strasbourg and presents an excellent speech. Czech President Zeman gets a COCW for his effort at PACE. Voronenkov widow says her ex Tyurin was not motivated strongly to kill her husband, putting focus on FSB. New HQ scheme to be introduced. Donbass fires continue, another Russian infiltration team waxed at  Svitlodarska Duha bulge (Debaltsevo). DEFMIN Poltorak briefs on new acquisitions. Ukraine grabs limelight at AUSA in debut presentation. Multiple IMINT from Kyiv Arms & Security 2017 show – Yastreb FAB-250 LGB kit, Karasyuk 122mm Precision Guided Artillery Projectile, inertially guided 152mm Kvitnik PGAP variant, 80K6T AESA, Arsenal’s ZSU-23-4М upgrade with a solid state “Digital Antenna Array” and thermal imager.

Iranian opposition briefs on covert nuke weps effort in Iran. Hezbollah as domestic terrorism risk in US. Col. Igor Girkin of Slavyansk fame tells media of heavy Russian body count in Syria. Turkey and AFG reports.

POTUS to visit RoK in November? DPRK hack report disputed by US. B-1Bs fly near DPRK. LRM promotes female friend to key propaganda role, trial of clueless assassins continues.

Catalan anti-climax?

Dickinson on Russia propaganda in history. ATACMS replacement.

Kaspersky backdoor discovered by Israelis during penetration of Russian sites.

Some most interesting US domestic reports.

Russia / Russophone Reports

The Zapad Hangover

The emperor sees the relationship as imperial. But the gamer views it as transactional. The emperor expects unconditional loyalty. The gamer takes his money, professes fealty, but then does prett…

Ex-NATO Chief Says Putin’s UN Peacekeeper Proposal For Ukraine Needs ‘Reshaping’

BRUSSELS — Former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Russia's proposal to send UN peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine is &quot;a Trojan horse,&quot; but it would be worth trying to &quo…

Special Envoy of Russia to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas Boris Gryzlov called the approach of Ukraine to the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas unacceptable –

Russia excludes Ukrainian approach on UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas

UAWire – American Patriot anti-missile systems stationed in Poland will also protect Lithuanian skies

Patriot anti-missile defense complexes that Poland plans to buy in the US will also protect Lithuanian airspace, as stated by the head of the …

Time for a Cyber NATO?

Beyond elections, cyberwarfare has made traditional rules governing armed conflict irrelevant. Just this week, it has emerged that Russia has targeted NATO soldiers’ smartphones in order to gain information about troop activity and to intimidate soldiers. Such instances beg the question: What is “deterrence” in the digital world? What is a “proportional response” when a ship’s navigation system is hacked or a power plant shut down? What happens when it takes months to track down who was responsible for a debilitating attack on the financial system? The response to these cybercrimes must be international and must be broad-based, ranging from regulating social media to guarding our electrical grid and electoral systems. Building a collective defense in this new code war is at least as great a challenge as staving off the territorial or regional threats of the Cold War, when NATO was established in order to respond to threats in Europe…. Can the wider West establish a global “cyber NATO?” It would be difficult but so too was the founding of NATO itself, which was called into being only after successive communist coups in Eastern Europe. When it comes to digital threats, the liberal democratic West has been subjected to enough wake-up calls….

Russia’s Soldier Selfie Ban Fights Open-Source Research

A law drafted by Russia’s ministry of defense, which would ban its soldiers’ use of social media, serves to confirm the work of open-source researchers reporting on the illicit presence of Russian troops in Ukraine and Syria, according to Atlantic Council analysts. “The Russian authorities and media have repeatedly tried to undermine open source researchers by arguing that they ‘only’ used social media,” said Ben Nimmo, an information defense fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab). “This shows Russia knows the researchers were right.” The ban, which serves to corroborate reports of Russian troops’ activity denied by the Kremlin, “confirms the value, and the power, of open-source research,” according to Nimmo. “It’s a validation of the work that they’re particularly nervous about it,” said Graham Brookie, deputy director of the DFRLab, adding: “As this work gains notoriety, [the Kremlin’s] public posture against it increases.” As first reported by the BBC, the initial draft of the law, set to go into effect in January 2018, would prohibit Russian professional military personnel, not conscripts, from uploading to the internet photos, videos, or other material which could reveal details about Russia’s military activity. The Kremlin “knows this is a problem that they face, and they’re grasping at how to deal with it,” said Brookie. “It’s interesting that the Ministry of Defense drafted a law to codify this ban on soldier selfies rather than issuing a military order to stop the behavior,” he added. “It’s a censorship law, essentially,” Brookie said. “On a tactical basis, they will have difficulty enforcing the ban,” he added. Nimmo described how, in the past, the private posts of Russian soldiers have made public the details of troop movements in Ukraine and Syria. “Social media posts have provided crucial evidence of Russian military operations in Ukraine and Syria, including operations the Russian government denied conducting,” he said. Open-source research organizations such as the DFRLab and Bellingcat leveraged the publicly available information to reveal a cohesive picture of Russian military activity abroad and implicate the Kremlin. According to Nimmo, “it looks like the Kremlin wants to get better at covering its tracks.” When Russian President Vladimir Putin denied reports of Russian military involvement in the invasion of Ukraine in 2014, as well as the ongoing fighting in the eastern part of that country, an Atlantic Council report by the DFRLab, Hiding in Plain Sight, presented evidence to the contrary. The report accumulated open-source research, largely consisting of information available on the social media platforms of Russian soldiers, to confirm the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine.

Russia 1917: Countdown to Revolution review – the echoes from history are deafening | Television & radio | The Guardian

Fake news, a complacent elite … the similarities with 2017 weren’t far from the surface in this exciting account of the Russian Revolution. Plus Celebrity Hunted and the return of Our Girl

Is Putin Losing Control of Russia’s Conservative Nationalists? | Foreign Affairs

The fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t stopped the anti-Matilda campaign reveals a paradox at the heart of his authoritarian rule.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Federation Council Committee Identifies Nine Threats to Russia

Paul Goble Staunton, October 10 – Russia’s Federation Council Committee for the Defense of State Sovereignty has identified what its members say are the nine main threats to the Russian Federation emanating from abroad that Moscow must now take action to block ( The nine are:

  • “Exacerbation of inter-ethnic contradictions and conflicts and the encouragement of protest actions on an ethnic basis in the republics of the North Caucasus, the Volga region, and Crimea,
  • “Creation and support of NGOs to take part in politics in the interests of foreign states.”
  • “Financing of educational programs for control of this sphere.”
  • “Use of media and social networks to discredit the country and the powers.”
  • “Exacerbation of inter-religious tensions.”
  • “Stimulation of protest agendas and the involvement of young people in protest actions.”
  • “Interference in elections.”
  • “All types of anti-Russian sanctions”
  • “The denigration on the world arena of Russian political and economic life.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russians are Returning to the State They were In at the End of Soviet Times, Gudkov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, October 10 – “Apathy and alienation from politics are the basis of the present-day political system in the Russian Federation, non-participation in it, demonstrative approval of the powers together with a very great indifference or eve extremely critical attitude toward it,” according to Lev Gudkov. Thus, Russians are like what they were in the last years of Soviet power and the high rating they give Putin “is not love, not sympathy, not even particular respect for the president but rather an expression of the weakness or ineffectiveness of all institution,” the Levada Center director says ( Russians understand that there is no drama involved in the March 2018 vote just as there was no drama in the recent regional and local elections, Gudkov says. “But the difference is that [these actions] are conceived not as elections but as plebiscites, as a way of expressing approval … a certain ritual, a state ceremony, which requires people to come and vote for those in power. Approximately 54 percent of Russians say they are prepared to take part in the March 2018 vote, and two-thirds of those say they plan to support Putin, both because they don’t see any alternative to him and because they hope that somehow he will lead Russia out of the current crisis. In addition, after the Crimean Anschluss, Russians view Putin as someone who “returned to Russia the status of a great power;” but they are quite critical of his actions in all other spheres, the sociologist says. Such negative attitudes have a limited impact because they remember how bad the 1990s were and how good the early years of this century were as well. At the same time, Gudkov continues, the sense that the future is anything but clear has intensified and that Russians face many horrific personal problems. But “the elections of the president do not touch these very much; they do not influence the daily life” of Russians. And thus Russians don’t view the vote as being about those outcomes. “They do not see any social force which could produce changes for the better,” he says; and thus what they want to avoid is any move that will make them worse. Stability is the best card Putin has. Only about one Russian in six really wants fundamental institutional change, but the rest simply want things to stay as they are but get better. If Navalny were allowed to run, that would generate more interest in the vote. “He wouldn’t win but he would receive quite significant support. But everyone understands that they won’t let him run,” the pollster says. “We of course are returning to Soviet times, to Soviet practices to a very great extent. The motives are different.” Young people may be different but they don’t vote in large numbers while older people who do and especially those who live outside the capitals are simply slipping back into passively going along with what is required. According to Gudkov, “people consider that they give a great deal more to the state than they get from it, and consequently, this frees them from responsibility. They suppose that the state is totally corrupt and that the authorities are concerned only about themselves.” At the same time, they are “really proud that Putin has restored the status of a great power.” Tragically, he continues, “the opposition is oriented as a rule on a quite thin stratum, conventionally called the middle class … but this small group in a certain sense finds that is interests are defended better by the powers than by the opposition” and are not that willing to back the opposition as a result. Moreover, Gudkov concludes, “the enormous mass of social dissatisfaction is not represented at all. Therefore,there is no support or representation of these groups of the population and no resources for that organization which could unite various groups of protesters and represent them as a political movement.” And as a result, “the demagogy of the authorities, which promises citizens to solve even their local problems, is thus effective.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Serebrennikov Case Marks a Fundamental and Frightening Change in Kremlin’s Approach to Intelligentsia, Pastukhov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, October 11 – Moscow’s case against theater director Kirill Serebrennikov is not the sideshow many assume, Vladimir Pastukhov says. Instead, it marks a fundamental and even dangerous change in the Kremlin’s approach to the intelligentsia and the very possibility of any kind of aesthetic freedom in Russia. In a 2600-word commentary this week, the UK-based Russian historian says that there are many lessons members of the Russian intelligentsia and indeed all who care about the future of that country should draw from the Serebrennikov case, all of which are extremely disturbing ( First of all, he suggests, the case and others like it show that a third question has now been added to the classical inquiries of the Russian intelligentsia: “who is to blame?” and “what is to be done?” Now, Pastukhov argues, the question “why is something being done?” of equal or even greater moment. Unlike the first two, this question is “not abstract but very concrete” and requires a consideration of the motives of particular individuals in particular government agencies. What is most striking about the Serebrennikov case, he says, is “not so much its ruthlessness as its senselessness.” Many people believe that Serebrennikov is guilty as charged, that he violated some law and is now being brought to justice, Pastukhov says; but his case in fact is “a classic example of the legal arbitrariness of the Putin era” and one that says more about where the Kremlin is heading than many acknowledge. More evidence may come out in the trial, but it is already obvious that the charges brought against the director reflect a distortion of the law itself, a perversion of what the statutes actually say, in order that the powers that be can send a message to the intelligentsia and society as a whole. This is not a case of some “abstract confict of the spirit and the letter of the law” but rather a conscious use of a law that is not at all appropriate. Serebrennikov may be guilty of many things, including misuse of funds or not paying his taxes, but there is no possibility that he engaged in fraud. And consequently, this case “perhaps even better than all preceding political trials shows that accusations in theft have become an instrument of political repressions and that Article 159 (fraud) … now occupies the very same place which three quarters of a century ago was given to the infamous Article 58 of the 1922 RSFSR Criminal Code” which punished people for “counter-revolutionary activity.” To the extent that is true, the Russian historian says, “Serebrennikov is a thief just as Meyerhold was a counter-revolutionary.” There is of course “one essential difference between Stalin’s and Putin’s repressions.” In Stalin’s time, officials invented the charges and forced people to confess to them but t the same time “formal legality was undeviatingly observed.” In Putin’s, confessions aren’t needed because what is fabricated are not the facts of the case but its “legal basis.” Although the current version of terror is less bloody, he continues, “in long-term historical perspective, it is more dangerous than the ante-diluvian Stalinist model. Today, the very fabric of law is being destroyed,” and that in turn means that it will be even more difficult to climb out of this whole than it was from the collapse of the Great Terror. But the most important lesson of the Serebrennikov case, Pastukhov argues, is to be found in another place. “Serebrennikov and the powers are hardly elements alien to one another.” They are part of one system, deeply interconnected, and “therefore to describe their relations in terms of hostility and devotion is unjust.” Both are deeply “anti-capitalistic” in their attitudes, he argues, and thus the main lesson that the Russian intelligentsia should be drawing from the Serebrennikov case is “the simple truth that the loss of political freedom sooner or later leads to the loss of aesthetic and creative freedoms as well.” In reality, the historian says, Serebrennikov is “suffering not for the law or for politics but for aesthetics. At a certain instance, his non-traditional art became aesthetically alien to the powers that be,” and he and it had to be suppressed via the use of the criminal code. For a long time, the Putin regime “wasn’t interested in aesthetics.” It demanded loyalty from those artists it supported but did not dictate the content of the work. But “over the course of the three years since the beginning of the second Crimean war, the powers that be have essentially changed.” They “have ceased to be aesthetically neutral but rather have acquired a cearly expressed prophile, primarily Black Hundreds in its nature.” That is because, he argues, having gained support from “the most marginal and reactionary elements of Russian society, they were forced to stylize their worldview” according to the tastes of these groups. It is thus the old, old story: “First you use someone for your own political goals and then this ‘someone’ begins to use you.” But the powers that be “haven’t noticed that hey have become a hostage of those with whose help they ecuredd the reunification of Crimea and built Novorossia. [And] consequently, they changed their demands to the artist.” Under these new conditions, the powers weren’t prepared anymore to allow an artist to do what he or she wanted at least on government money. That might have been possible under “the gray Medynsky,” but it is hardly possible given the power of “’the black Poklonskaya.’” And hence the case. Thus, this case reflects two negative trends in Russian society: “the degeneration of the repressive apparatus into a terrorist machine, which works autonomous and without selectively strikes out for various goals” and “the secondary ideologization of the powers that be.” In short, Serebrennikov didn’t become different: the authorities have. By means of this case, Pastukhov concludes, “the government has sent a signal that it will no longer be indifferent” about what is on stage. And thus the relative freedom of the first two “post-communist decades is coming to an end. The Serebrennikov case is not an accident: it is the beginning of a new era.” Whatever happens next, the historian suggests, “relations between the post-communist powers that be and the post-communist intelligentsia have changed forever.” And at least in the next months and years, they will unfortunately ever more resemble “the ideological and aesthetic standards” many will remember from Soviet times.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kremlin had Its Reasons for Not Cracking Down Harder on Latest Protests, Commentators Say

Paul Goble Staunton, October 10 – The relative paucity of detentions in Moscow during the anti-Putin Navalny demonstrations last weekend, despite the much larger and more brutal actions of the authorities beyond the ring road, has generated a lively discussion as to why the Kremlin didn’t come down harder. Two commentators, Yekatarina Vinokurova of Znak ( and Dmitry Travin of St. Petersburg’s European University (, provide some interesting suggestions. Vinokurova suggests that the answer may have been as simple as timing: the Kremlin didn’t want to spoil Putin’s birthday – the foreign media undoubtedly would have linked those two events together — or appear repressive when it was criticizing the Spanish police for their crackdown in Catalonia. She then queries five Moscow analysts for their reaction. Political scientist Abbas Gallyamov says that the authorities may have reacted as they did because they saw that the latest demonstrations attracted far fewer people than earlier and thus felt that they were “winners” and could afford to be generous. Aleksey Chesnyakov of the Center for Political Conjuncture agrees. This wasn’t a change in tactics. Rather it was specific to this day. What is disturbing, he continues, is that the authorities have such a limited number of instruments for reacting to any public manifestation, repression or non-repression. Yevgeny Minchenko, head of the International Institute for Political Expertise, agrees that the Kremlin’s response reflected the smaller number of protests as well as problems within Navalny’s own command. Aleksey Makarkin of the center for Political Technologies suggests that it was all a game: first the authorities threatened to come down hard and then they didn’t, leaving their opponents off balance. The fact that there was so much variance in the ways officials reacted shows that no common approach was planned in the Kremlin. And Konstantin Kalachev of the Political Expertise Group said that the softer approach reflected an appreciation within the Kremlin that harsh measures would only lead to further radicalization and the growth of the opposition. Moreover, the calm response of the center reflected its “strength and confidence.” Dmitry Travin puts the absence of a crackdown into a broader context. He says that if the authorities were really afraid of a challenge, they would have acted exactly the opposite to the way that they did, taking a hard line in Moscow and a softer one elsewhere. But the Kremlin showed its confidence that everything is under control. Clearly, Putin doesn’t see Navalny as a competitor or a threat, Travin continues. One cannot understand what happened, he suggests, unless one recognizes that the Kremlin is not a single thing but a collection of competing groups who make use of whatever they can to advance their interests. Navalny can be used by some because he threatens others or at least can be made to look that way, the economist says. The Kremlin population is united in only one way: “the problem of personal enrichment is primary, and the problem of support for the regime is secondary.” Given that Navalny has only minimal impact on that goal, he can be allowed to function especially since he has proven incapable of mobilizing the population for something rather than just against corruption. If it were otherwise, he would not have been sentenced to 20 days but perhaps to 20 years. But in the absence of specific goals, his protest will peter out just as others have over the last two decades. And one can conclude, Travin says, that Navalny’s position has been weakened by what occurred last Saturday. “This doesn’t mean,” Travin says, “that meetings are senseless,” but they are meaningful more in an ethical than a political sense, as an affirmation of one’s right to take a position and to act. At some point that may grow into a political movement but not immediately, the commentator suggests.

A Bernie Sanders campaign veteran advises a surging opposition movement in Russia – The Washington Post

Vitali Shkliarov campaigned for Obama and Sanders. His ideas helped boost liberals in Moscow elections last month.

Putin Hosts CIS And Eurasian Economic Union Summits In Sochi

Leaders of several former Soviet republics gathered in the Russian city of Sochi on October 11 for summits of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EES). …

Putin, Russian central bank come down hard against bitcoin – MarketWatch

Bitcoin investors were hit Tuesday by a double whammy of worrisome news from Russia, where President Vladimir Putin denounced the cryptocurrency as risky and used by criminals, and the country’s central bank said it would support moves to block websites dealing in bitcoin and other virtual currencies.

Putin Warns Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin Carry ‘Serious Risks’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, saying they carry &quot;serious risks.&quot; &quot;Cryptocurrencies are issued by an unlimited numbe…

Russia’s Putin sounds alarm over risks of cryptocurrencies

Russian president Vladimir Putin warned about the risks of cryptocurrencies on Tuesday and indicated regulators in Moscow were ready to crack down on the boom.

Exclusive: Despite sanctions, Russian organizations acquire Microsoft software

Software produced by Microsoft Corp has been acquired by state organizations and firms in Russia and Crimea despite sanctions barring U.S-based companies from doing business with them, official documents show.

Russia turns to new friends from China and the Middle East

Hit by US and EU sanctions, Moscow has welcomed energy investment

Modernization Funds Slashed For Russia’s Notoriously Rickety Aircraft Carrier – The Drive

The carrier’s long delayed deep refit and modernization program has had its budget slashed in half putting in question the carrier’s future relevance.

Russia’s ‘Star Wars’ combat suit is reportedly getting a nuclear-resistant watch | Business Insider

Russia’s new Star Wars-like combat suit is…

Russia Military’s Future War Gear Gets a New Nuclear-Resistant Upgrade

The Ratnik-3 is a future infantry combat suit with a built-in exoskeleton, state-of-the-art reconnaissance and weaponry and, now, a nuclear-resistant watch.

5 Cents Per Kilo: Why Uzbek Government Still Forces People To Pick Cotton

Can you imagine living in a place where every year the government forces you to pick 50 kilos of cotton, every day, for 12 straight days, for just 5 cents a kilo? That’s the reality in Uzbekistan.

Belarus Reports

Russia is training to take control of Belarus’ military in case war breaks out with the West | Business Insider

Russia used the recent Zapad 2017 military…

Igor Fedyk | Zapad 2017: A Test for the West – Jamestown

The joint strategic Russian-Belarusian military exercise Zapad 2017 (“West” 2017), which took place on September 14–20, is worth studying in detail because of what it reveals about Moscow’s likely military operations in the westward direction in the event of a regional crisis. At the same time, the Zapad drills had important political and informational overtones aimed directly at the West. Generally speaking, the military tasks accomplished within the scope of Zapad 2017 were typical for maneuvers of such scale. But at the same time, the exercise had some distinctive features. In particular, the Russian military top brass was using the joint drills to check the readiness of the Belarusian army to act under the command of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. The exercise also included an assessment of the Belarusian Armed Forces’ compliance with Russian military standards in order to ensure their full compatibility in joint operations (Regnum, September 19). In this context, it should be noted that the same compatibility and chain-of-command checks were carried out during the joint Russian-Belarusian operational exercise Union Shield 2015. In assessing those maneuvers, the commander of the Western Military District, Anatoly Sidorov, noted at the time that one of its central features included the subordination of the military forces of another state and their command during joint training tasks (RIA Novosti, October 21, 2015). In other words, within the framework of Zapad 2017—and Union Shield 2015 before it— the Russian side specifically sought to evaluate how smoothly the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation could bypass various pre-existing layers of command and control, including the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus, in order to take direct command of Belarusian units. Russia’s ongoing focus on this issue is telling. It highlights the thinking in Moscow that, in the event of an offensive operation in the western strategic direction, the Russian General Staff would need to be certain that all its orders will be carried without question by Belarusian soldiers. Russian commanders also want to be sure they will not encounter any obstacles or push back from individual patriotically-minded (to their homeland) Belarusian military leaders.

Transnistria / Moldova Reports

European Parliament Pressing For Ways To Bring Georgia, Ukraine, And Moldova Closer

BRUSSELS — The European Parliament's foreign affairs committee is calling for tighter sanctions on Russia and a mechanism for bringing Eastern Partnership countries such as Georgia, Moldova, an…

Putin Grateful to Moldovan President for Improving Moscow-Chisinau Relations – Sputnik International

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed on Tuesday his gratitude toward his Moldovan counterpart Igor Dodon for the latter’s efforts to boost relations between the two countries.

Ukraine Reports

Ukraine’s Poroshenko: ‘Russia’s Main Goal is to Destroy Democracy’ – YouTube

The return of Russia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is possible only if Russia will show the progress in the fulfillment of undertaken commitments. –

There is no grounds for Russia to return to work in PACE, – Poroshenko

President met with newly elected PACE President Stella Kyriakides – – Ukraine’s President Poroshenko met with newly elected PACE President Kyriakides –

The Head of Ukrainecongratulated Stella Kyriakides on having been elected to this important post

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed that Ukraine does not intend to return nuclear arsenal – Poroshenko –

Ukraine does not intend to return nuclear arsenal, – Poroshenko

Ukraine passes law on status of occupied Donbas, expects that Russia will live up to its commitments within Minsk agreements –

Ukraine passes law on status of occupied Donbas, expects that Russia will live up to its commitments within Minsk agreements, – Poroshenko speaking at PACE session in Strasbourg

Poroshenko at PACE: I strongly reject ‘fait accompli’ as regards Crimea

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he strongly disagrees with Czech President Milos Zeman's statement that the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea by Russia is a 'fait accompli.' News 11 October from UNIAN.

Maksakova: Tyurin’s personal motive was not enough to kill Voronenkov – 112 International

Ex-deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, opera singer and widow of Denis Voronenkov Maria Maksakova on muder of her husband and Russian FSB

Exiled Putin critic’s murder in Kyiv work of FSB, Ukraine’s top prosecutor says -Euromaidan Press |

Alya Shandra Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has presented the results of an investigation into the murder of former Russian State Duma MP Denis Voronenkov who was shot down in central Kyiv in March. Speaking at a briefing on 9 October, he said that the murder was ordered by FSB-controlled criminal leader Vladimir Tyurin, the former common-law husband of Maria Maksakova. This announcement came as a breakthrough in the probe into the murder of the MP who defected to Ukraine and became a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Voronenkov was gunned down in broad daylight on 23 March 2017 in central Kyiv. Voronenko’s bodyguard injured the assailant who was shooting a TT gun at the two men as they were exiting the Premier Palace hotel, Crimean-born Ukrainian national Pavlo Parshov, who died in the hospital. Ukrainian officials blamed Russia from the outset, with Lutsenko then describing the murder as “a demonstrative execution of a witness.” The assassinated Russian ex-MP was one of the key witnesses in Yanukovych case, who agreed to testify in Victor Yanukovych’s case on state treason in Ukrainian court. His testimony, which he did not live to give, reportedly supplemented the one given by Ilya Ponomarev, another former Duma member who had to flee to Ukraine due to his vote against Crimea annexation. As well, Ponomaryov claimed that Voronenkov was “a very dangerous person for the Russian corrupt law enforcement agencies, which made real investigations, had a lot of information about the smuggling business in Russia.”

SBU prooflessly persecutes software developers for alleged working for ‘Russian curators’ – 112 International 

Ukraine’s Security Service conducted searches in the offices of Dragon Capital and Ukrgazvydobuvannya for using Stakhanovets software, bought through Prozorro public procurement system

Poroshenko enacted NSDC ruling on General Headquarters

11.10.17 10:07 – Poroshenko enacted NSDC ruling on General Headquarters President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to enact the ruling by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) dated Sept. 13, 2017 On General Headquarters. View news.

Since morning October 10, Russian mercenaries have attacked Ukrainian army’s emplacements in Donbas 15 times –

Since morning October 10, Russian mercenaries have attacked Ukrainian army’s emplacements in Donbas 15 times

Ukraine reports 15 enemy attacks, 4 WIA’s in last day | UNIAN

Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 15 times in the past 24 hours, as a result of which four Ukrainian soldiers were reported wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 11 October from UNIAN.

Ukrainian volunteer: Enemy reconnaissance group destroyed at Svitlodarska Duha bulge

Ukrainian civil volunteer and activist Yuriy Mysyagin claims that an enemy reconnaissance group has been destroyed at the Svitlodarska Duha bulge in Donbas. News 11 October from UNIAN.

NSDC secretary: Latest samples of weapons to be used on the front line soon – 11.10.2017 09:13 — Ukrinform News

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has said that the latest samples of weapons and military equipment will soon be used on the front line.

National Defence University demonstrates its scientific research laboratory at XIV International specialized exhibition ‘Arms and Security – 2017’ | Міністерство оборони України

Kyiv hosts the XIV International specialized exhibition ‘Arms and Security – 2017’ in Kyiv. National Ivan Cherniakhovskyi Defence University demonstrates its scientific research laboratory of arms and special protective materials that studies the problems of increase of effectiveness of individual and collective protective gear. In 2014 – 2017, the laboratory specialists have carried out more than 400 ballistic tests of armour materials and protective gear. The tests showed that a half of items failed to meet the requirements for protection classes. It permitted to avoid supply of bad items for the Armed Forces and other security institutions of Ukraine. This year, the university laboratory can become the single laboratory in Ukraine issuing the quality certificates under NATO standards to defence industry manufacturers.

Ukraine to buy modernized BTR-4E armored personnel carriers – Def. minister Poltorak

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has announced the ministry plans to increase financial resources for modernization and purchase of brand new equipment, in&nbsp;particular&nbsp;BTR-4E&nbsp;armored&nbsp;personnel carriers (APCs). News 11 October from UNIAN.

UAWire – Member of Russia’s Presidential Council for Human Rights admits that Russia has annexed the Donbas and is unwilling to withdraw its forces

Ilya Shablinskiy, a member of Russia’s Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, admitted that Russia has effectively annexed and …

Stepan Poltorak: This year we have amended the state defence order and we are planning to increase the order of antitank guided missiles Stuhna and Korsar | Міністерство оборони України

General Poltorak said about it at the XIV International specialized exhibition ‘Arms and Security – 2017’. “It is time-consuming to put equipment into service and make it more effective. If we compare first Ukrainian anti-tank systems Stuhna and Korsar and their current versions, we’ll see the difference. That’s why the acquisition volumes are being increased,” the Minister said, “This year we have amended the state defence order and plan to increase the order of antitank guided missiles Stuhna and Korsar”. He also mentioned, ‘If we compare current tasks and capabilities, now we have the equipment permitting us to accomplish combat tasks’. “But we understand that equipment should undergo modifications and modernizations. Our priorities for the next year are air defence equipment, anti-tank equipment, electronic warfare equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles, other spheres which will boost combat capabilities of our Armed Forces,” the Minister informed.

Ukrainian aviation plant, Rockwell Collins sign strategic cooperation agreement – 11.10.2017 10:48 — Ukrinform News

State Enterprise Plant 410 Civil Aviation and the leading American Rockwell Collins Company, specializing in manufacture and development of digital and electronic systems for aviation, as well as other avionics, signed a memorandum of cooperation.

National Police to purchase communication systems from Turkey’s Aselsan – 11.10.2017 09:50 — Ukrinform News

The National Police of Ukraine will purchase professional communication systems from Turkey's leading defense company Aselsan.

Following ECHR request, Ukraine to send doctors to Pavlo Hryb held in Russia’s Krasnodar

At the request of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Ukraine is sending to Krasnodar a group of doctors to check on the health condition of an illegally detained 19-year-old Pavol Hryb, despite Russia not having issued a relevant permission, that&rsquo;s according to a comment to UNIAN by director of the consular service department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Serhiy Pohoreltsev. News 10 October from UNIAN.

Russian court arrested in absentia Ukrainian MP Parasiuk – news portal

Russian court arrested in absentia Ukrainian MP Parasiuk. Four Ukrainians allegedly put on international wanted list. Main – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Russia arrests four Ukrainian citizens in absentia for attacking diplomatic missions – media

Four Ukrainian nationals, including member of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Parasiuk, have been arrested in absentia in Russia for attacking Russian diplomatic missions in 2014-2016 and put on the international wanted list, according to Russian news agency TASS. News 11 October from UNIAN.

Singapore, U.S. investors to inject $300 mln in construction of vegetable oil refineries in Odesa region

Investors from Singapore and the United States plan to invest about US$300 million in the construction of two vegetable oil extraction plants, a grain terminal, and&nbsp;transshipment&nbsp;facilities in Odesa region's Lyman district, according to Odesa Regional State Administration. News 11 October from UNIAN.

Initiative of the Hungarian government to revise the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will be denied by the EU Council, – RFE/RL reporter Rikard Jozwiak

Initiative of the Hungarian government to revise the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will be denied by the EU Council, – RFE/RL reporter Rikard Jozwiak

SAP detained Lieutenant General Ihor Pavlovskyi

11.10.17 15:30 – SAP detained Lieutenant General Ihor Pavlovskyi The name of the deputy defense minister of Ukraine who was detained by Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) has been made public. View news.

Trial of Yanukovych: hearing lasted for two minutes as attorney did not show up

11.10.17 13:29 – Trial of Yanukovych: hearing lasted for two minutes as attorney did not show up On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv held 14th hearing in the case of high treason against fugitive former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. View news.

FSB accused the Crimean Tatars detained in Bakhchysarai, Crimea on October 11 of the membership in the entity ‘Khizb ut-Takhrir’ that is considered to be a terrorist entity in Russia –

FSB accuses Crimean Tatars detain in Bakhchysarai of membership in terrorist entity

Ukraine makes successful debut at AUSA 2017 in USA | Defence Blog

The Ukroboronprom State Concern has made a successful debut at the AUSA 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition (the Association of the United States Army). The Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting is the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America. Taking place over three days, the Annual Meeting is designed to deliver the Army’s message by highlighting the capabilities of Army organizations and presenting a wide range of industry products and services. AUSA accomplishes this task throughout the entire event by providing informative and relevant presentations on the state of the Army, panel discussions and seminars on pertinent military and national security subjects, and a variety of valuable networking events available to all that attend. The military experts and visitors of the Ukrainian stand at the AUSA 2017 saw promising Ukrainian armored vehicles, including BTR-4 8×8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) and updated Phantom-2 unmanned tactical multipurpose vehicle, promising precise aircraft weapon, new radar systems, new small weapons and artillery armament. A total of 20 Ukroboronprom’s members exhibit their products at the AUSA 2017, including Malyshev Plant, Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, Kyiv and Zhytomyr Armor Plants, Artem Machine-Building Firm, Radar Kyiv Plant, Mykolaiv Aircraft Repair Plant, Konotop-based Aviakon aircraft repair plant, Artillery Armament Design Bureau, Iskra Scientific and Production Complex, Mayak Plant, Ukrspecexport state-owned enterprise and its subsidiaries: Spectechnoexport, Promoboronexport, Progress, Ukroboronservice and Ukrinmash.

Ukrainian Weapons in U.S. – 10.10.2017 20:00 — Ukrinform News

The Ukrainian military industry is increasingly getting integrated into the Western model, and all the equipment has been tested in combat conditions. Several dozen types of innovative developments of the Ukrainian defense sector, including armored vehicles, small arms, aviation, missile systems and other new products, were showcased for the first time in the United States at the prestigious international exhibition AUSA 2017 (the Association of the United States Army). A three-day exhibition, attended by about 600 companies from all over the world, began in central Washington on Monday, October 9. Domestic machinery and weapons are officially represented by the Ukroboronprom State Concern.

Ukraine unveils new Phantom-2 unmanned tactical multipurpose vehicle at AUSA 2017 | Defence Blog

The SFTE “SpetsTechnoExport”, part of UkrOboronProm, has unveiled its new Phantom-2 unmanned tactical multipurpose vehicle at the AUSA 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition (the Association of the United States Army in Washington. The improved version of the new Phantom-2 (also called Fantom-2) unmanned tactical multipurpose vehicle provides more firepower and a stand-off capability to detect and confirm the presence of, identify the disposition of, and counter hazards by carrying various platform payloads in support of current and future missions. The “Phantom-2 based on 8×8 wheeled chassis and is designed to support tactical level operations on the battlefield. This modification allows for bigger payloads and, correspondingly, for more powerful weapons on top of the carrier. One of the key features of the Phantom is its anti-tank missile system, called Barrier, and its new rocket launcher turret for RS-80 rockets. Also, the “Phantom-2 is equipped with a remote weapon station (RWS) that can carry a weapon fit as per an operator’s requirements – one such configuration features an armed with a 30mm cannon. The UGV is intended to perform a variety of tasks in complex urban environments. Its mission capabilities include combat, reconnaissance, ammunition transportation to forward operating bases, and evacuation of wounded soldiers from the battlefield.

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Ukraine to unveil new BTR-4MV1 during Arms and Security exhibition | Defence Blog

Ukrainian state defence manufacturer UkrOboronProm has taken the opportunity at the Arms and Security exhibition being held from 10 to 13 October to unveil a prototype wheeled armoured fighting vehicle that is presently known as the BTR-4MV1. The new BTR-4MV1 is the latest generation of 8×8 APC armoured personnel carrier designed, developed and produced by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, part of UkrOboronProm. The BTR-4MV1 is designed in accordance with NATO standards. The vehicle is based on the BTR-4 but with many new improvements. It differs from the previous versions mostly in a modified configuration of the vehicle’s hull, which makes it possible to install additional types of protection (including the ceramic plates and explosive reactive armour) to reach the fourth and fifth protection levels in accordance with the NATO standards. Apart from that, the hull rear is fitted with a ramp that not only enables troopers to enter and leave the vehicle much quicker, but also enables the armoured personnel carrier to transport various large-size cargoes, including additional ammunition, spare parts, etc.

Russia / Iran / Syria / Iraq / OEF Reports

Iran’s secret sites linked to nuclear weapons development revealed | Fox News

President Donald Trump is expected this week to “decertify” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known simply as the Iran deal, declaring that the agreement reached in 2015 by the U.S. and five other international powers is not in America’s national interest.

Ending the Iran Deal is An Invitation to War – Defense One

Two former Pentagon officials game out the dangerous consequences of de-certifying the agreement.

US officials warn of Hezbollah threat to US homeland – CNNPolitics

As the Trump administration prepares to take a tougher line on Iran, senior US officials previewed a new offensive against Iranian-backed Hezbollah, claiming the group aspires to conduct attacks against the US homeland.

U.S. Denies Russian Claim It’s Not Fighting IS

The Pentagon has dismissed as &quot;absolutely false&quot; Kremlin accusations that the United States is &quot;pretending&quot; to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq, in the lates…

About 20 Russian “official military” killed in Syria in two weeks, – terrorist Girkin

11.10.17 10:50 – About 20 Russian official military killed in Syria in two weeks, – terrorist Girkin Over the past two weeks, about 20 Russian official military were killed in Syria, and three times more non-official fighters from private military companies. View news.

UAWire – Russia taking heavy losses as it gets drawn into the ground operation in Syria

Former Donbas separatist commander Igor Strelkov, with reference to his own sources, reported the loss of numerous Russian soldiers in Syria. …

Turkish Lira Slides as WSJ Reporter Sentenced to Prison – Bloomberg

The lira erased gains against the dollar after the White House backed its ambassador’s decision to suspend visas from the country and a Turkish court convicted in absentia a journalist from The Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street Journal Veteran Reporter Wrongly Convicted of Criminal Terrorism Charges in Turkey

Journal Stands With Ayla Albayrak and Continues to Support Her Work, Calls the Prosecution ‘An Affront to All Who Are Committed to Furthering a Free and Robust Press’

UAWire – Ankara: Turkey may cancel purchase of S-400 missile systems if Russia does not agree to joint production

Ankara may cancel the purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia if the countries fail to achieve an agreement on joint production of …

The US Air War in Afghanistan Is Nearing Surge-Era Intensity – Defense One

The latest figures from Air Force Central Command show that more bombs are being dropped than have been in nearly seven years.


As tensions escalate with Kim Jong Un and North Korea, we must unite around Trump

North Korea will, without a doubt, define Trump’s presidency.

Trump expected to visit South Korea to send a ‘significant’ message to North Korea | Business Insider

In November, President Donald Trump will make…

Pentagon says operational plans secure amid report of NK hack

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Tuesday it is aware of reports that North Korea stole wartime operational plans of the United States and South Korea but assured the information is secure.A South Korean ruling party lawmaker claimed North Korean hackers stole a large amount of classified military documents last year, including the allies’ operational plan to “decapitate” the North Korean leadership.”I can assure you t…

North Korean Hackers Stole U.S.-South Korean Military Plans, Lawmaker Says – The New York Times

Among the data stolen in a hack last year was a plan to remove the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, referred to as the “decapitation” plan.

Two B-1B bombers hold nighttime drill against N. Korea

Two B-1B strategic bombers of the US Air Force trained with South Korea’s fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula earlier this week in yet another show of force against North Korea, the allies said Wednesday.The bombers from Guam entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone at around 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.They staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with …

US bombers fly over Sea of Japan in show of force to North Korea – ABC News

US bombers fly over Sea of Japan in show of force to North Korea

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Promotes Ex-Girlfriend to Top Government Job

Hyon Song-wol, who was once falsely rumored to have been executed for starring in a pornographic video, is the leader of the all-female music group Moranbong Band.

Witness: Accused caught smearing days earlier – Nation | The Star Online

SHAH ALAM: The second accused in the murder trial of Kim Chol did “something” to a random member of the public at the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2) two days before the incident in February, the High Court heard.

Foreign Policy Reports

Czech President, PM Clash Over Russia Sanctions For Crimea Annexation

The Czech Republic's top two officials have clashed over the country&rsquo;s support for European Union sanctions against Russia. In an address to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembl…

Czech president sees Russian compensation for Crimea annexation as way to avoid European war

President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman has shared his personal view with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that Ukraine's loss of Crimea is fait accompli and Russia can pay Ukraine compensation for the annexation of the peninsula to avoid European war, according to footage posted on the PACE's website. News 10 October from UNIAN.

Announcement of Milos Zeman about Crimea, which he voiced out during the PACE session, is not in line with foreign policy of the Czech government – Zeman’s statement on Crimea contradicts foreign policy of Czech government, – Sobotka –

announcement of Milos Zeman about Crimea, which he voiced out during the PACE session, is not in line with foreign policy of the Czech government

How To Make Everybody Angry – Czech President Zeman – To Inform is to Influence

Here is the title of the RT article, Russia could ‘compensate’ Ukraine for Crimea with money or oil – Czech president Here are the three key paragraphs: Ukraine’s representatives staged a walkout after Czech president Milos Zeman told European parliamentarians the stand-off over Crimea could be resolved by Moscow paying compensation to Kiev. Russia also…

Siemens CEO’s cheap excuses for Crimea sanctions breach VS the facts -Euromaidan Press |

On 23 September 2017, Siemens‘ CEO Joe Kaeser gave an interview with the German outlet Spiegel in which he said that, despite Siemens’ 160-year “relationship of trust” with Russia being “burdened” with Siemens gas turbines ending up in two power plants under construction in occupied Crimea in July 2017, a “whole country with its loyal and reliable” customers can’t be blamed for violating EU sanctions and helping Russia secure its occupation of the peninsula, and the German techno giant shouldn’t “overreact.” He said this answering a question whether he felt he had been deceived by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, according to the German newspaper WirtschaftsWoche, had promised the German Foreign Minister that the turbines, produced on factory jointly owned by Siemens and the Russian company Power Machines that the turbines would not end up in Crimea, which before being occupied by Russia in 2014 was energy reliant upon mainland Ukraine. After the turbines finally ended up in Crimea, Siemens’ claimed it was innocent, had been duped by its Russian partner OAO Technopromexport, and was confident until the very end that the turbines are being produced for a power station in the Taman peninsula. In this interview, Joe Kaeser repeated that claim. We decided to fact-check his statements with the help of our open-source investigation How Siemens chose to ignore the obvious. An investigation into the Crimean sanctions break.

Spain asks Catalonia: Did you declare independence or not? – The Washington Post

Far more murkiness than clarify after Catalonia’s leader spoke of new republic but also raised prospect of delay for dialogue with Spain.

Catalan president stops short of declaring independence, calls for further dialogue with Spain – The Washington Post

While he reasserted the region’s right to independence, his decision will do much to delay a looming constitutional crisis as well as to calm European nerves.

Strategy / History / Capability Publications

Peter Dickinson | History as a weapon in Russia’s war on Ukraine -Euromaidan Press |

The international media will embrace all things Bolshevik this autumn as the world marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Audiences can expect everything from gushing feature articles about early Soviet cinematography to edgy op-eds on the place of propaganda posters in twentieth-century art. Amid this deluge of Communist kitsch, we are unlikely to see a serious analysis of Ukraine’s 1917–21 statehood bid and its considerable relevance to the geopolitical tensions of today.

Raytheon To Flight Test DeepStrike Missile In 2019 | Defense content from Aviation Week

Raytheon Missile Systems has presented its offering for the U.S. Army’s Long-Range Precision Fires program, a precision-guided missile aptly named DeepStrike. Raytheon Missile Systems has presented its offering for the U.S. Army’s Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) program, a precision-guided missile aptly named DeepStrike. The weapon is competing against an alternative by Lockheed Martin to succeed Lockheed’s MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (Atacms), developed in the 1980s. Raytheon and Lockheed were awarded contracts in May to develop competing prototypes under a 34-month LRPF technology maturation and risk-reduction phase. Raytheon presented a mockup of the DeepStrike missile at the Association of the U.S. Army exposition in Washington this week, standing alongside the company’s proposed land-based Standard Missile-3 and SkyCeptor interceptors. Ryan Braden of Raytheon’s advanced land warfare systems group said during an Oct. 9 interview that DeepStrike has passed through an initial design review and the prototype is now being developed for first flight in 2019. “The objective is to get this to the Army as quickly as possible,” Braden says. “The whole purpose of the TMRR phase is to have an engineering and manufacturing development-ready missile at the end, so we can roll into development and start low-rate production.” The goal of the LRPF program is to field a smaller, longer range Atacms successor. The TMRR phase of the program will culminate in a live-fire test of one prototype missile, probably at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Going 360 degrees: Patriot radar concept awards due by October’s end

The Army is planning to award up to four efforts to generate concepts for a missile defense radar capable of seeing 360 degrees within weeks, according to Barry Pike, the Army’s program executive officer for missiles and space.

IW/IO/Cyber Reports

Israeli spies found Russians using Kaspersky software for hacks: media

Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software that is also used by 400 million people globally, including U.S. government agencies, according to media reports on Tuesday.

Israel hacked Kaspersky, then tipped the NSA that its tools had been breached – The Washington Post

The Russian cybersecurity firm is in the spotlight because of suspicions its products facilitate espionage.

The confrontation that fueled the fallout between Kaspersky and the U.S. government – To Inform is to Influence

We have tiptoed around this beast known as Kaspersky for years.  Once again, the Russian tactic defaults to “prove it”.  As in almost every Russian action where they are caught and respond with “prove it”, this means they are guilty and are challenging the West to come up with proof of their nefarious ways.  The…

US Domestic Policy Reports

Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military – NBC News

President Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal in a meeting with military leaders this summer.

Thomas L. Friedman | From Russia With Poison – The New York Times

We’re all connected online, but no one’s in charge to prevent abuses.

Russia Again Threatens To Demand Further U.S. Diplomatic Staff Cuts

Moscow has repeated a threat to demand further cuts in the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia. The head of the Foreign Ministry's North America department, Grigory Borisenko…

Carter Page: I’ll plead Fifth to Senate Russia probe – CNNPolitics

Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page told CNN Monday he is going to plead the Fifth Amendment to keep from turning over a “vast array” of documents the Senate Intelligence committee requested, which he said is “beyond the charter” of the inquiry.

Inside Donald Trump’s Head

An Exclusive Interview With the President, And The Single Theory That Explains Everything

Donald Trump willing to compare IQ tests with Rex Tillerson

The president is apparently still smarting from reports that secretary of State called him a “moron.”

Senate Democrats worry Russia could jeopardize reelection bids – POLITICO

A warning from the Senate Intelligence Committee has vulnerable lawmakers fretting about election security

Navy fires two officers over USS McCain collision, says deadly accident was ‘preventable’ – The Washington Post

Ten sailors died as a result of the accident.