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Russia’s self-flagellation campaign escalates, it appears Muscovy is determined to make Russia into a global media joke – whether this is enough to flip the previous self-typecasting as the fourth member of the “New Axis of Evil” remains to be seen (COCWs apply!). On a more serious note, more on Lavrov’s observations about the previously reported intent to export the Patriot-like S-300PS/PM/PM2 SA-10/20 GRUMBLE/GARGOYLE to Syria, a cause for serious concern in Israel, yet dismissed as junk by the Washington Examiner, who appear to have difficulty telling the difference between 1970’s tech SA-3 and SA-5, and post 2010 tech SA-20 and SA-21 variants – lazy media in the West are Russia’s biggest enabler. Russia launches a truly absurd campaign of vilifying the UK, as predicted weeks ago, following the pattern employed in Ukraine and the Baltics, where real history is replaced by Russian created alternate realities. While Dmitry Kiselyov is Russia’s answer to Julius Streicher and only taken seriously inside Russia, Maria Zakharovawho holds a PhD in a history related discipline should know better than to destroy what little public credibility she has left.

The inept Russian effort to shut down the Telegram messaging service by blocking IP addresses has proven to be a debacle, with reports that collateral damage included the disabling of the website of Roskomnadzor (RKN), the agency that initiated the ban on Telegram – when Russia decides to self-flagellate, it does so very thoroughly – Medusa reports that stats indicate that Telegram traffic in Russia has gone up since the ban, and downloads of the Telegram app for smartphones have also gone up. Moryev compares the regime to the Bourbons, while Pastukhov explains the debacle as one of many, resulting from the Kremlin losing any instinct for self-preservation, and apty commenting on Russia’s medieval mindset: Russia is a country whose mentality has not overcome mythological consciousness … Unfortunately, we have not passed that serious school of positivist thinking which Europe beginning with the 19th century did when fact and imagination came to be viewed as separate and distinct things.” RT’s Youtube offspring ICYMI is under the spotlight, curiously its presenter, the charming Polly Boiko (Oksana Boyko), appears to be an ethnic Ukrainian by descent.

In the UK, multiple reports on the Russian Twitter offensive over Salisbury and Syria, more reports on the CW agent cleanup in Salisbury, and a very nice Beeb interview with Novichok chemist Vladimir Uglev – his observations on Russian behaviour are priceless.

Sen. Cory Gardner asks “Is Russia Sponsoring Terrorism?” in an NYT OpEd, while Poroshenko lists some stats on Russian terrorist attacks inside Ukraine. OSD briefs on Syria. Good commentary by Kurtz. Mnuchin on sanctions. NatSecAdv Bolton spells out some ground truths for the Russian Amb in DC, Antonov. Other miscellaneous reports on Syria.


Lavrov Says After Western Strikes, No ‘Moral Obligation’ To Deny Assad S-300 Missiles

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has suggested that Moscow might supply high-precision S-300 air-defense missiles to its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of Western air strikes. In an interview with state news agency RIA published on April 20, Lavrov said that Russia had refrained from supplying Assad’s government with S-300s in the past because Western countries had urged it not to do so. “We had a moral obligation, we promised [not to supply S-300 missiles to Assad] about 10 years ago,” Lavrov said. “Although they are used purely for defense, we met the requests. Now we no longer have this moral obligation.” The United States, Britain, and France fired more than 100 missiles at Syrian facilities on April 14 in response to what Western officials say was a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in the town of Douma, outside Damascus. In the interview, Lavrov also said that Russia had told U.S. officials ahead of the strikes which parts of Syria were “red lines” for Moscow, and that the strikes did not cross those lines. U.S. officials have said they used military communication lines with Russia to clear airspace before the strikes, but did not inform Moscow of the targets in advance. Lavrov also said that he was confident that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump would not allow an armed confrontation between their two countries.

Russia’s ‘moral obligation’ not to sell air defense to Syria is over — Lavrov | The Times of Israel

Russian foreign minister blames US attack on Syria for changing rules. Ex-head of Israeli military intelligence: ‘If Syria gets the S-300 system, Israel will blow it up’

Russia: U.S. strikes remove moral hurdles for S-300 missiles for Assad – RIA

U.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state news agency.

No reason not to supply S-300 missiles to Assad, Russian FM Lavrov says – Daily Sabah

U.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Bashar…

Jamie McIntyre | US to Turkey: You can buy Russian air defenses, but they really suck | Washington Examiner

The Pentagon says one takeaway from last weekend’s missile strike in Syria is that Russian-made air defenses operated by Syrian crews were completely useless. And Turkey, which plans to buy the system from Russia, should take note.

S-300PS SA-10B Grumble B long range surface-to-air missile technical data sheet information | S-300PS SA-10B Grumble B systems vehicles UK | Russia Russian army military equipment vehicles UK

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S-300PM1 SA-20A Gargoyle A surface to air defense missile system technical data sheet UK | S-300PM1 S-300PMU1 SA-20A Gargoyle A systems UK | Russia Russian army military equipment vehicles UK

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Kremlin-backed fake news targets Britain – Anglichanka strikes again | The Economist

IT WAS Britain, not Russia, that poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter, to stoke Russophobia. Or perhaps Ukraine targeted the former spy, to frame Russia. Then again, maybe the Skripals were accidentally exposed to a British nerve-agent, produced at Porton Down laboratory.

Kremlin-backed fake news targets Britain – To Inform is to Influence

“Mischievous Englishwomen” are blamed for everything from the Skripal poisoning to 17th-century famines Apr 19th 2018| MOSCOW IT WAS Britain, not Russia, that poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter, to stoke Russophobia. Or perhaps Ukraine targeted the former spy, to frame Russia. Then again, maybe the Skripals were accidentally exposed to a British nerve-agent, produced…

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Foreign Ministry Says London Behind Murders of Rasputin in 1916 and Paul I in 1801

Paul Goble Staunton, April 19 – The difference between outrageous satire and simple reality is rapidly breaking down in Vladimir Putin’s Russia: Today, Maria Zakharova, the official spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry not only accused the United Kingdom of being “the world record holder” as far as genocide is concerned but of being complicit in the murders of Rasputin and Paul I. These accusations about murders that occurred in 1916 and 1801 are on the official site of the Russian ministry (mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/3178301) and have already attracted attention (svobodaradio.livejournal.com/3477116.html and newsru.com/russia/19apr2018/zakharova.html). In Soviet times, communist propagandists sometimes made outrageous claims such as that “Popov invented baseball,” but these were quickly dismissed for the absurdities they surely were. Tragically, as the line between truth and falsehood is obliterated in many countries and as the media rewards the most outrageous suggestions, that is less likely in this case. But it says something profoundly disturbing that the official spokesperson for the foreign ministry of a nuclear power should engage in such outrageous and baseless suggestions and ever expect to be taken seriously again. The histories of these two murders, one a hundred years ago and the other more than two hundred, are well-documented. Unfortunately, there are people in Russia and the West who will say that this is one version of what happened and that it must be put alongside all the others instead of being rejected for what it is, an outrageous lie about the past to weaponize those events for a current political struggle. And it highlights something else: the Western media in some sense has brought this on itself by confusing balance with objectivity, insisting on reporting all sides of stories as if they were equally worthy of attention rather than approaching claims with some measures of the truth they contain or not. There are limits to this, of course. Few would suggest that Nazis should be given equal time when people are talking about the Holocaust; but tragically, one can be certain that many in Russia and some in the West will now insist that Zakharova’s outrageous claims be treated as one among many.

Maria Zakharova, PhD – Wikipedia

OPCW does not state that nerve agent in Skripal case produced in Russia, – Nebenzya – 112.international

Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s Permanent Representative to UN claimed that the report of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) does not state that the nerve agent was produced in Russia during the UN Security Council session on the case of the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripals. ‘There is nothing in the OPCW report that would help the British side to ground its false version on the involvement of Russia in the Salisbury incident. The most important that there are no conclusions that the nerve agent used in Salisbury was produced in Russia’, he said.

Syria Only Got Off Two Missiles While Coalition Strikes Hit, Despite Russian Claims That 71 Were Intercepted

Syrian air defense systems only managed to fire two missiles while the coalition’s 105 guided missiles struck targets on April 14. Both of those missed.

Russia Dismisses Chemical Watchdog’s Spy Poisoning Probe as ‘Strange’

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed skepticism towards an international chemical watchdog’s investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain that London blames on Moscow. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed last week that a Swiss lab report had revealed that a nerve agent called BZ, which was not produced in Russia or the Soviet Union, may have been used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. The head of the designated OPCW lab said that the nerve agent mentioned by Lavrov was in its control sample and had “nothing to do with the samples collected” at the site of the Skripals’ poisoning.

Syrian boy given food to act as gas victim, says Russia TV | World | The Times

Russia plans to confront the UN security council with a television interview featuring a Syrian boy allegedly paid with food to pose as a victim of a chemical weapons attack in Douma.The attack on April 7 has fuelled an escalating information war between the Kremlin and the West. International inspe

Russia: Chlorine Gas From Germany Found in Syria’s Ghouta | News | teleSUR English

Zakharova argued that the U.S.-led strikes were done with the intention to &ldquo;let the extremists catch their breath.&quot;

FACT CHECK: Proof the White Helmets ‘Staged’ a Chemical Attack in Syria?

Images purportedly proving that the White Helmets staged a chemical attack in Syria are actually stills from a movie set.

Russia ISN’T blocking UN inspectors from site of Syria chemical attack claims Labour’s Emily Thornberry – Mirror Online

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry declared she didn’t “accept” claims Russia was holding up the investigation

Russia says hard to know if Syria’s borders will remain as they are – Al Arabiya English

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday Russia did not know how the situation in Syria would evolve in terms of the country maintaining

Russia prepared to defend itself against US sanctions, minister says

Russia stands ready to retaliate against the latest round of U.S. sanctions, the country’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told CNBC.

A view on the US sanctions on Russia by someone who worked in the British embassy in Moscow | The Independent

The public spat this week, between the White House and Nikki Haley, US permanent representative to the UN, has thrown America’s sanctions policy into confusion. But this should not cloud a more significant moment. Earlier this month America imposed its most far-reaching sanctions yet on Russia. These mark a turning point in US-Russia relations – the moment when America took the offensive in a long struggle for influence waged with economic means.

Putin & Trump will not allow armed confrontation between Russia, US – Lavrov — RT World News

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will absolutely not allow armed confrontation between Russia and the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told RIA Novosti in an interview.

Russia: We told US where in Syria they could not bomb

Moscow claims it outlined its “red lines” to US officials before the strikes were launched last weekend.

Russia says Trump invited Putin to U.S. during phone call

U.S. President Donald Trump invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to the United States during a phone call, and said he would be glad to see Putin in the White House, RIA Novosti reported on Friday, citing the Russian Foreign Ministry. The news agency quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as

Russia Accidentally Sabotages Its Internet

It’s the latest Kremlin attempt to clamp down on Russians’ online activity. And it blocked almost 16 million IP addresses belonging to Amazon and Google.

Russia’s game of Telegram whack-a-mole grows to 19M blocked IPs, hitting Twitch, Spotify and more | TechCrunch

As the messaging app Telegram continues to try to evade Russian authorities by switching up its IP addresses, Russia’s regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) has continued its game of whack-a-mole to try to lock it down by knocking out complete swathes of IP address. The resulting chase how now ballooned to nearly 19 million IP addresses at the time of writing, as tracked by unofficial RKN observer RKNSHOWTIME (updated on a Telegram channel with stats accessible on the web via Phil Kulin’s site). As a result, there have been a number of high-profile services also knocked out in the crossfire, with people in Russia reporting dozens of sites affected including Twitch, Slack, Soundcloud, Viber, Spotify, Fifa, Nintendo, as well as Amazon and Google. (A full list of nearly forty addresses is listed below.) What’s notable is that Google and Amazon themselves seem still not to be buckling under pressure. As we reported earlier this week, a similar — but far smaller — instance happened in the case of Zello, which had also devised a technique to hop around IP addresses when its own IP addresses were shut down by Russian regulators. Zello’s circumventing lasted for nearly a year, until it seemed the regulator started to use a more blanket approach of blocking entire subnets — a move that ultimately led to Google and Amazon asking Zello to cease its activities.

The Russian government just managed to hack itself – The Washington Post

The Kremlin’s botched attempt to ban Telegram shows that it’s too globalized to become a pariah.

Four days of blocking Telegram in Russia and here we are — Meduza

According to data gathered by TGStat.ru, which collects information about tens of thousands of Russian-language Telegram channels, traffic on the instant messenger is going bananas this week, despite the government’s attempts to cut off access to the app.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Attack on Telegram Shows Kremlin Leaders are the Bourbons of Today

Paul Goble Staunton, April 19 – The Kremlin has made a serious mistake in going after Telegram, Russian journalist Gleb Moryev says, because what they have shown is that they are very much the Bourbons of today. That is, like the Bourbons in Talleyrand’s immortal observation, they have learned nothing and forgotten nothing from the Soviet past out of which they came. In a comment for the Rosbalt news agency today, Moryev says that the Kremlin leaders should have recognized that “the best and the most far-sighted strategy for the chekists of all times is to do nothing” because taking the kind of steps such policeman like has unintended and unwarranted consequences (rosbalt.ru/posts/2018/04/19/1697846.html). If those with roots in the special services paid attention only to the post-Stalin era in Russia, they would quickly recognize that in almost every case, their attacks on those they deemed dangerous enemies only increased the threat such people posed to the system and to their own positions, Moryev says. “If the KGB had not looked for and found Sinyavsky and Daniel and not tried to convict and sentence them,” he argues, “the formation of the human rights movement in the USSR would have occurred at a completely different speed and in completely different forms: the process almost certainly would have been less intensive and less massive.” Moreover, if the KGB hadn’t searched a Moscow apartment in 1965 and seized Solzhenitsyn’s archive, “his social career would have had an entirely different character, and his clash with the Soviet system would have been much less personalized.” Indeed, even publication of his novels would not have represented the threat to the system the attacks on him did. And if the Soviet organs hadn’t seized so many copies of Solzhenitsyn’s GULAG Archipelago, he wouldn’t have seen the need to publish it in the West and it wouldn’t have attracted so much attention there and back in the Soviet Union as well. But thanks to the organs, the Soviet system was discredited, and Ronald Reagan declared the USSR “the evil empire.” Thus, it would have been much wiser, Moryev suggests, “not to have touched Durov.” But “as we will be told five or ten years from now, there simply weren’t any attentive people capable of understanding this” in the Kremlin in 2018.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Telegram Case Shows Kremlin Losing Its Sense of Self-Preservation, Pastukhov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, April 19 – Efforts by Moscow to block the Telegram messenger system may very well succeed technically, Vladimir Pastukhov says; but they highlight a more serious political problem: the Kremlin, by attacking something that millions use instead of going after a small group of liberal opponents, is making enemies for itself it doesn’t need. And that suggests, he said yesterday on the Personally Yours program of Ekho Moskvy, that the Kremlin for all its much-ballyhooed calculations is beginning to lose the sense of what it must do to preserve its power and control and, what is especially important to it, its source of wealth (echo.msk.ru/programs/personalnovash/2186042-echo/). Putin and his regime are “really trying to construct their ideal Russia, one cut off from the entire world, something like China,” Pastukhov says. But they are trying to do that in a country “without Chinese discipline and without Chinese consciousness.” As a result, their chances are less and they will make far more people angry. But the London-based Russian historian says that he is a pessimist and thinks the Kremlin may be able to get away with this despite the anger doing so will cause. “In the final analysis, despite everything, the state will win if it wants to. It may retreat politically,” he says; but the Chinese model shows what is possible. To succeed, Pastukhov continues, it will have to decide on “the complete destruction of the Runet, its reformatting, and n general, its conversion into an analogue of the Chinese internet,” something that will cost the regime and the country a lot. But those in power may view it as a way of keeping power and that is more important than anything else. However, if one considers this move politically, one comes to a very distressing conclusion, he says. He offers the old Soviet anecdote about two killers who wait for their target to show up. When he is late, one of them says, “Listen, I’m beginning to get nervous – something may have happened to him.” Pastukhov says that now he too is “beginning to get nervous” because “the Kremlin is losing a little of its instinct for self-preservation … it has gotten carried away. Before this, its repressive machine focused on a quite small stratum of Europeanized Russians” who small number and interests meant that the powers could easily ignore them. But “now these actions with Telegram are important because they are beginning to touch the vital interests of a large mass of people. And for this reason, such actions will have serious consequences. Not freedom [of course] but the dissatisfaction of millions.” And in any political system that matters even if all it does is increase demands for repression. In the course of a long interview, Pastukhov makes a number of other observations. Among the most important are these:

  • “Betting on Trump was one of the most serious foreign policy mistakes of the Kremlin,although he says he is “not inclined to overrate the contribution of the Kremlin in this case: Trump won for domestic reasons,” and if the Kremlin did help, then it didn’t determine the outcome.
  • All political systems have to have a division of powers lest the person on top become controlled by his creation. That division, of course, “need not exist in a democratic form.” It can take the form of dividing up quite frequently the security agencies so that no one of them will trap the leader.
  • “Russia is a country whose mentality has not overcome mythological consciousness … Unfortunately, we have not passed that serious school of positivist thinking which Europe beginning with the 19th century did when fact and imagination came to be viewed as separate” and distinct things.
  • “From the point of view of the West, Russia really looks like an international spoiler of all legal institutions. But this still does not touch the fundamental interests of the elites which rule in Russia.” The West’s actions against Rusal show what could be done, but “it is possible that this will remain only a demonstration” of the West’s abilities, not a new policy direction.

On resisting mythological consciousness – On Line Opinion – 25/6/2015

The function of these narratives is not to diffuse the alienation between humanity and nature, but to carry theological weight. We are used to calling something that is not true a myth. This often indicates a judgement coming from a positivist standpoint. For example, it is commonly thought that the creation narratives at the beginning of the bible are myth in that they do not give a true account of the beginning of the cosmos. Myth, in this case, means “not true”. However, there is a more nuanced understanding of what mythology is that comes from studies in anthropology, particularly as regards native religion that outlines what may be called a mythical consciousness. Such cultures understand the world and their place in it via narratives in which nature and culture are intertwined. Rather than understanding our relationship to nature as I-It they understand it as I-Thou, i.e. nature is understood to contain mind. The I-Thou relationship produces a continuum of Being by producing a seamless connection between culture and nature. This is why, for example, tribes in South America believe that the leopard gave fire to the people and why many of the Egyptian gods have the heads of animals. In the mythological imagination animals become gods and gods become animals. Humanity and the cosmos are continuous. A reading of Ovid’s Metamorphosis is instructive here.

Russia’s Telegram ban is a big, convoluted mess – The Verge

Telegram has been blocked in Russia using a brute method that blocks Google and Amazon web services, which in turn has affected many major online services in the country.

Russian Regulator Orders Internet Providers To Block Telegram App

State communications regulator Roskomnadzor has begun blocking access to Telegram, seeking to bar Russians from using the popular app whose self-exiled CEO has defied demands to let the Federal Security Service (FSB) read users’ messages.

Here’s how many IP addresses Russia has blocked to cut access to Telegram — Meduza

On the morning of April 16, Russia’s federal censor ordered Russian ISPs to start blocking access to the instant messenger Telegram. At first, Roskomnadzor ordered Internet providers to cut service only to Telegram’s own IP addresses. Soon, however, the government also banned hundreds of thousands of IP addresses belonging to Amazon’s cloud service, which Telegram was using to circumvent Russia’s block. Roskomnadzor later blocked more than a million IP addresses in Google’s cloud service, as well. Now there’s even a special website dedicated to tracking how many IP addresses Roskomnadzor blocks in its battle with proxy servers.

Russia blocks Google, Amazon IP addresses in bid to ban Telegram

Russia’s state communications regulator on Tuesday said it had blocked IP addresses owned by Google and Amazon, saying they were being used by the Telegram messaging service which Moscow moved to ban this week.

Pussy Riot’s Alyokhina Sentenced To Community Service For Pro-Telegram Protest

A Moscow court has ordered Maria Alyokhina, a leading member of the punk protest band Pussy Riot, to perform 100 hours of community service for a protest against Russia’s ban on the messaging app Telegram.

Russia Punishes Activist For Throwing Paper Airplanes – To Inform is to Influence

Activists in Russia are protesting Russia’s blocking of Telegram messaging app by throwing paper airplanes.  Maria Alyokhina,  It’s about the FSB making everyone understand that there will be more censorship. There is no First Amendment in Russia, there is no freedom of speech, and Russia goes to extraordinary lengths to make sure their secret security…

The Week In Russia: Poison Gas, Paper Airplanes

Russia sought to shut down Telegram, stood by as Western air strikes targeted its Syrian ally, and avoided a fresh volley of U.S. sanctions — for now — while holding off on its own retaliation to…

Russian propaganda evades YouTube’s flagging system with BuzzFeed-style knockoffs

A new digital media startup looks and sounds like a BuzzFeed-style clone, but ICYMI [Ed: In Case You Missed It] has connections to Russia’s English-language media operations.

Russian propaganda getting smarter, evading flagging, targeting youth | UNIAN

On most days, ICYMI, a millennial-focused channel on YouTube, looks like a standard, BuzzFeed-style digital media knockoff. There is, however, one distinct difference between ICYMI’s videos and any other two-minute news blast on YouTube: Host Polly Boiko’s monologues are part of RT, the English-language media company backed by the Russian government. It starts looking and sounding like the kind of online news millennials love — with a heavy dose of talking points pushed by Russia.

ICYMI – YouTube – YouTube

#ICYMI takes a sideways glance at the details you missed lurking in the crevices of the week’s big stories.

Polly Boiko (@Polly_Boiko) | Twitter

Polly Boiko | The day I almost lost my job: diary of an RT reporter | Coffee House

The day I almost lost my job: diary of an RT reporter on Coffee House | My name’s Polly and I work for RT (yes, so shoot me). I’m a reporter in the London…

Boyko (Ukrainian surname) – Wikipedia

‘I Feel Free’: Russian Students In U.K. Unmoved By Kremlin’s Call To Come Home – To Inform is to Influence

April 19, 2018 15:14 GMT Natalya Kondrashova Aleksandr Valiyev Robert Coalson Russian students studying in the United Kingdom have expressed skepticism about a recently unveiled initiative from Moscow aimed at luring them home. “This project might be attractive for those who feel some sort of pressure or discrimination because of their origin and regret that…

Russia spread fake news via Twitter bots after Salisbury poisoning – analysis | World news | The Guardian

Propaganda from Russian-operated accounts grew by 4,000% in aftermath of attack, Whitehall says

Russian bots behind ‘4,000% rise’ in spread of lies after Salisbury and Syria attacks – Govt analysis

Theresa May says “Kremlin inspired” accounts posting lies are “part of a wider effort to undermine the international system”.

Politics: Theresa May reveals 4,000 per cent improve in unfold of lies despatched out by Russian cyber bots since chemical weapon assaults in Salisbury and Syria

THERESA Could has revealed a unprecedented 4,000 per cent improve within the unfold of lies despatched out by Russian cyber bots for the reason that chemical weapon assaults in Salisbury and Syria. The brand new evaluation by Whitehall officers lays naked the alarming extent of the Kremlin’s soiled propaganda warfare. The PM HAS revealed a 4,000 per cent improve within the unfold of lies despatched out by Russian cyber bots Authorities social media consultants have documented greater than 45,000 posts spreading false tales in regards to the chemical weapons assault that killed at the very least 75 within the Syrian city of Douma a fortnight in the past. The automated bots have a attain of round 20 million social media customers. They mislead and misinform customers with articles supporting greater than 30 false explanations which have been provided by Kremlin spokespeople and government-controlled media.

#PutinAtWar: Trolls on Twitter – DFRLab – Medium

Since the British government accused Russia of an “illegal use of force” against the United Kingdom by attempting to poison former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of…

Russian infowar: Twitter battles rage over Salisbury case | UNIAN

Since the British government accused Russia of an “illegal use of force” against the United Kingdom by attempting to poison former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury, Twitter has become a battleground. Trolls manipulate an online opinion poll on Russian involvement in an ex-spy poisoning.

Russia steps up information war with UK — but Ofcom’s fight against RT misses the point | The Independent

The week in Moscow has unfolded as a tale of two government watchdogs.

Salisbury attack: Cleanup begins after Skripal poisoning – CNN

Work is beginning in Salisbury, England, to decontaminate potentially toxic “hot spots” after the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter.

Skripal poisoning: Salisbury residents told area is safe – BBC News

Officials insist the city is safe after a warning to residents there may still be toxic hotspots of Novichok.

Salisbury is safe despite likely novichok ‘hotspots’, officials say | UK news | The Guardian

Government says military personnel will be back in the city soon to begin decontamination process

Salisbury spy attack: Toxic nerve agent ‘hotspots’ could still be in the city, Government warns

Toxic levels of the nerve agent used to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter could still be present at &quot;hot spots&quot; around Salisbury, Government scientists have warned.

Salisbury nerve agent could still be at ‘toxic’ levels in places, residents told – ITV News

Read Salisbury nerve agent could still be at ‘toxic’ levels in places, residents told latest on ITV News. All the news

SALISBURY STILL TOXIC Novichok nerve agent used on Russian spy Sergei Skripal may still be at toxic levels at nine ‘hotspots’ around Salisbury, Government warns

Work is to beginning to decontaminate nine locations across the city where experts think the substance could still be present

Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’ – BBC News

Scientist Vladimir Uglev has no doubt the agent that poisoned the Skripals was made in Russia.

The man who made Novichok – BBC News

The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg speaks to a retired Russian scientist who says he made nerve agents. The British government says a military-grade Novichok nerve agent of a type developed by Russia was used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Moscow denies any involvement. But a retired Russian scientist, Vladimir Uglev, says he manufactured a Novichok nerve agent which could have been the same one used on the Skripals. He spoke to the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg.

Russian spy: What happened to Sergei and Yulia Skripal? – BBC News

Timeline of events leading up to the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

Sen. Cory Gardner | Is Russia Sponsoring Terrorism? – The New York Times

From poison to cyberattacks, Moscow has violated countless norms of warfare and sovereignty.

Poroshenko: Ukraine’s security service prevents over 400 terrorist attacks in 3.5 years | UNIAN

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine prevented more than 400 acts of terrorism in different regions of Ukraine in the past 3.5 years. Many terrorists were trained in camps in Russian territory. The SBU Security Service of Ukraine prevented more than 400 acts of terrorism in different regions of Ukraine in the past 3.5 years. “Russia has been waging a subversive war against Ukraine on all fronts. The SBU prevented more than 400 attempts of terrorist attacks in different regions of Ukraine in the last 3.5 years,” President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

US has ‘credible evidence’ Russia, Syria sanitizing alleged chemical attack site: State Department – ABC News

The U.S. made the accusation almost a week after last Friday’s bombing.

Russia, Syria trying to ‘sanitize’ chemical attack site: U.S. State Department

The United States has credible information that Russia and Syria are trying to “sanitize” the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria while also attempting to delay access by inspectors from the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, a State Department spokeswoman

Russia, Syria Trying To ‘Sanitize’ Chemical Attack Site, U.S. Says

The United States has accused Russia and Syria of trying to “sanitize” the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma, while delaying access by experts from the global …

Pentagon: Sarin likely at Syria sites, but questions remain

The Pentagon said Thursday a “preponderance of the evidence” indicates there were chemical weapons, including “elements” of sarin nerve gas, at the three Syrian sites bombed by the U.S. and its allies last week. Any definitive conclusion probably will remain an open question for some time.

Missile Strikes Are Unlikely to Stop Syria’s Chemical Attacks, Pentagon Says – The New York Times

A military intelligence report found that the Syrian government is expected to resume its chemical weapons program, despite President Trump saying “mission accomplished.” Here’s how the strike unfolded.

Assad still has ‘limited’ chemical capability, Pentagon says | The Times of Israel

After strikes, Syrian government forces contemplating using chemical weapons again ‘have to look over their shoulder and be worried that we are looking at them’

Pentagon: Syria still has capability for chemical attacks | TheHill

A Pentagon official on Thursday said the Syrian government still has limited ability to launch a future chemical weapons attack, even after the U.S.

Trump Says ‘Many People Died’ In Fight Between U.S. And Russia Troops In Syria

“There has been nobody tougher on Russia than President Donald Trump,” said President Donald Trump.

U.S. strikes on Syria prove Trump is no Mr. Nice Guy – Washington Times

This was the week when America was being praised around the world for punishing Syria’s evil, despotic, regime that killed scores of men, women and children with its arsenal of lethal chemical weapons.

Howard Kurtz | Trump blames media ‘narrative’ for the belief that he’s soft on Russia | Fox News

President Trump just came out and said it.

Mnuchin: U.S. sanctions against Russian oligarchs had impact Washington sought | UNIAN

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says U.S. sanctions on Russian oligarchs that sent the ruble tumbling and roiled metals markets had the effect the Trump administration wanted. He didn’t rule out additional financial penalties. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says U.S. sanctions on Russian oligarchs that sent the ruble tumbling and roiled metals markets had the effect the Trump administration wanted. Speaking in an interview broadcast Thursday on Fox Business, he said that the sanctions against tycoons close to the Russian government had the “necessary impact,” Bloomberg wrote. However, he didn’t rule out additional financial penalties, saying the administration “is not afraid to use these tools – we will use these tools – but we’re not going to broadcast to the world our exact thinking.”

Bolton meets with Russian ambassador at White House to discuss ties with Russia | TheHill

President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton met with Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov.

John Bolton meets Russia’s Anatoly Antonov on election meddling, Syria fight – Washington Times

New White House national security adviser John Bolton held a surprise meeting with Russia’s ambassador at the White House Thursday amid high tensions between the two nations, telling Moscow’s diplomat that relations won’t improve until the Kremlin addresses Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and other crises.

U.S. tells Russia to address election concerns, chemical weapons

White House national security adviser John Bolton told Russia’s ambassador on Thursday that better relations between the two countries required addressing U.S. concerns on election meddling, a chemical attack in Britain, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria, the White House said.

U.S. National Security Aide Tells Russia Conditions For Better Ties

The new U.S. national security adviser has told Russia’s U.S. ambassador that Moscow must address U.S. concerns on election meddling, the “reckless” nerve-agent attack in Britain, and the situati…

Russia Must Stop Restricting Freedom Of Expression, U.S. Urges

The United States has expressed its “deep concern” about what it called the “continued trend of restricted freedom of expression” in Russia, after Russian authorities limited access to the …

U.S. Calls For Probe Into ‘Mysterious’ Death Of Russian Journalist

The United States has joined media watchdogs in calling on Russian authorities to thoroughly investigate the death of Russian investigative journalist Maksim Borodin last week.

How imagery satellites captured the missile strikes in Syria

The latest images from the American satellite industry following the air strikes in Syria.

Interview: Defence Stocks Soar After Trump’s Airstrikes in Syria – The Wire

The recent missile strike in Syria at the command of US President Trump has caused stock prices of defence stocks such as those of Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, and Boeing to soar.

Rare glimpse of Assad family ties to Russia in kids’ stay at seaside camp

News that Russia hosted the teenage children of Bashar al-Assad at a lavishly-rebuilt Black Sea summer camp in Crimea last year has given a rare glimpse into the personal lives of the Syrian president’s family and his close relationship to Moscow.

Iraq Bombs ISIS ‘Terrorist Death Machine’ in Syria, Siding With U.S. Foes Russia and Iran

The U.S. gained an ally in Baghdad after overthrowing Saddam Hussein in 2003, but an alliance of Iran, Iraq, Russia and Syria is growing stronger.

Israel is ‘on the verge’ of war with Iran, says Cory Gardner

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., told the Washington Examiner he believes the conflict in Syria has potential to spill over into other parts of the Middle East.

Why Israel is Keeping Its Warplanes Close to Home

Israel’s decision to stop an elite fighter squadron from attending the prestigious Red Flag air exercise in Alaska could signal an impending move against Iran in Syria. What to watch for as events develop.

IDF highlights Iranian presence in Syria | Jane’s 360

Jeremy Binnie, London and Yaakov Lappin, Tel Aviv – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly Key Points The IDF has identified five locations in Syria where Iran has a military presence. It has also accused the Iranians of carrying out their first direct attack on Israel. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has revealed details of Iran’s military presence in Syria in what appears to be.

Hundreds Of European MPs Urge U.S. To Support Iran Nuclear Deal

Hundreds of lawmakers from Germany, France, and Britain have called on their counterparts in the U.S. Congress to support the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, calling it a “ma…

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