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Russia’s self-flagellation campaign continues, it appears they aim to add on the record at least two new instalments of self-evident nonsense daily – this is coherent with Pastukhov’s observation on Russia’s medieval “mythological consciousness”, whereby fact and fiction are indistinguishable and carry equal weight. Tyundeshev’s recent work support’s Pastukhov’s proposition that Russia is mired in the medieval mindset – whether that feudal era thinking is rooted in the West or Asia is less important than the deeper reality that within the Russian state, fact and fiction are equally important, as long as they serve the agendas of the Khan/Tsar/Vozhd/Chairman/President-Vozhd.
In the UK media reporting that the Police have identified suspects in the Salisbury attack – one of the drawbacks of playing the urban terrorist game in the West now is that after almost two decades of Islamist terrorism, law enforcement and legislation has adapted, and in a digital world it is very difficult for an urban terrorist to be invisible. UK legislators form group to study Russia’s ‘Malign Influence’. Multiple reports related to the attack and Russia.
On Syria, Amb Haley points out some ground truths to Russia, while State Dept’s annual report on human rights observes that “The governments of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, for example, daily violate human rights within their borders and as a result are forces of instability” (very very Toffler), and France lambasts Russian mendacity. OPCW apparently given access to Douma, outcome yet to be seen. Russian Navy deploys two rustbuckets to Syria. Much on Russia’s intent to supply S-300P variants to Syria (to be funded by Iran) and the impacts of this – while the Russians are presenting the S-300P as invincible, the system is not, but equally so, the system immensely increases the cost and risk of penetrating Syrian airspace – it is definitely a game changer in the region. Report showing the Russians using smoke generators in Tartus to obscure offloading of materiel from transport ships. Other reports on regional capabilities.
Russia suspects that British secret services may have injected Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent before blood tests were taken for analysis, its ambassador to London said today. An analysis of the blood samples by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
The ambassador claimed a mysterious, unnamed third party poisoned the Skripals in hospital just before international experts arrived.
Nerve agent Novichok, which was used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, was explored in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and at least one more western country, reports the German newspaper Der Spiegel. The publication emphasizes that these countries could have studied Novichok only to develop an antidote for it. In 2006, the U.S. Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) assured the Allies that his country would not develop Novichok and create a weapon based on it, the newspaper writes. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a park bench in the city of Salisbury in southern Britain on March 4. Later, British investigators found that they had been poisoned with the “Novichok” nerve agent that was developed in Russia. On March 14, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of poisoning Skripal and his daughter and announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats. The measure was supported by the US President’s administration. The President of France also expressed support for Britain’s actions. On March 17, Russia announced the expulsion of 23 British diplomats, canceled the opening of the Consulate-General of Great Britain in St. Petersburg, and announced the cessation of the British Council activities.
A Russian entrepreneur has capitalized on the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain by releasing a brand of cooking oil named after the nerve agent that was allegedly used in the attempted assassination. London blames Moscow for poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last month with a Novichok-class nerve agent believed to have been developed in the Soviet Union. Russia denies responsibility and has accused Britain of whipping-up anti-Russian hysteria.
A farmer in Russia has introduced a sunflower oil named for the military-grade nerve agent used to poison a Russian former spy and his daughter in Britain.
A Russian business is bringing out a new line of “Novichok” cooking oil, in a cheeky reference to the Soviet-era nerve gas blamed for poisoning an ex-Russian spy living in England last month.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday denied allegations that Russia is working with the Syrian government to keep international inspectors away from the chemical weapons attack site in Douma so the evidence can be destroyed.
In one single press conference, the Kremlin has disputed almost every basic detail about the American, British, and French operation.
An obscure San Diego cable channel got access to the site of a suspected chlorine gas attack in Syria before chemical weapons inspectors did.
Journalists and experts says a widely-shared report about Syria from The Independent bolsters talking points for the Assad regime and the Kremlin.
MOSCOW: Russia said Thursday it would screen at the United Nations an interview with a child who it claims was made to pose as a victim of chemical weapons in Syria.Moscow said the video supports…
Russia’s deliveries of the S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria will contribute to the political stability of the Syrian government, Samer Shiha, a member of the Syrian People’s Assembly, told Sputnik on Friday. “Of course, S-300 deliveries will contribute to the government’s political stability,” Shiha said on
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.
Russian specialists are studying two cruise missiles which failed to detonate during the missile strike on Syria on April 14,RIA Novosti reported with reference to Viktor Murakhovsky, a member of the expert council of the Military and Industrial Commission. According to Murakhovsky, specialists will be able to learn about the latest developments in the missiles, and improve the Russian anti-missile defense and electronic warfare systems accordingly. “These findings could be very helpful for our country. The Russian specialists will not copy the western weapon models, since we have our own lines of development, but it will be interesting for them to familiarize themselves with the latest western developments in this area. Some of the missiles used in the strike on Syria were not new, but others were used for the first time,” Murakhovsky noted. According to him, France and Britain used “fairly new” missiles in the strike on April 14. Russia is also interested in the American Tomahawk Block IV and the JASSM-ER that was used for the first time. Earlier a TASS source in the Syrian military department said that Syria has given Russia two cruise missiles which failed to detonate. According to the source, the Russian soldiers received both missiles “in fairly good condition” on April 17. The missiles were sent to Russia the following day. The US, France and Britain carried out a missile attack against facilities in Syria on April 14. The action was motivated by the chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma. US President Donald Trump said that a decision had been made to use new “smart” missiles in the attack.
Instead of Trump getting ‘tough’ on Russia, the Kremlin claims it dictated the perimeters of the U.S. missile strikes in Syria.
Russia’s foreign minister said that the U.S. sought out Moscow’s positions in Syria when it launched air strikes last week.
In an interview with Russian media on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow warned U.S. forces not to bomb certain areas.
Pentagon warns Syrian president about his country’s chemical weapons program
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told CNBC Friday that U.S. sanctions are an excuse to gain economic advantage.
Why this Russian investment vehicle might eke out a 25% gain before the year is out.
Paul Goble Staunton, April 20 – Many analysts and commentators have suggested that the Russian state was shaped in profound ways by the rule over large parts of it nearly a millennium ago by the Golden Horde; but now Kharmoos Tyundeshev, a Khakass historian, has gone a step further. He says Putin’s system is a near-perfect continuation of Golden Horde rule. That is, the author of The Great Khan Baty – the Founder of Russian Statehood (in Russian) argues, Putin rules a Horde-style federation, has established a totally subservient Duma like the Horde’s kurultai, and acts in his capacity of president just as the khans of the Golden Horde did (svoboda.org/a/29172315.html). In his book, Tyundeshev agues that “the state established by Khan Baty exists up to now,” with the only difference being that “its state language is Russian, itself a mixture of Slavic and Turkic.” The contemporary Russian state thus “was formed not on the basis of Kievan Rus” and “not in competition with the Horde forces.” Instead, he continues, “Russia arose on a completely new Muscovite basis, which was an organic part of the Golden Horde state system. It grew out of the competition of Muscovy with the khanates which had earlier been included in the Golden Horde for the population of a great state that was in the process of disintegrating.” For a long time, “the Golden Horde was for the Russian [rulers] the most importance source of legitimacy and prestige of their power. Close ties with the khan’s court, where customs completely different from ancient Russian ones dominated, customs based on harsh and often blind subordination could not fail to be reflected in [their] consciousness and behavior. Thus, one must conclude, Tyundeshev says, “Khan Baty was the founder of Russian statehood. All the state system in Rus created by him was part of the Golden Horde. Now [Russia] would be called its ‘federal subject’ … [As the horde declined,] the center of administration of the state gradually was transferred to Rus.” “By its mentality,” the historian argues, “Russia is an Asiatic country. There is a small part of the population which prefers a European one. But the grater part, although it belongs to the European race, has an Asiatic mentality. This is connected with traditional ethics, the force of habit and ancestors, and the authority of political leaders.” Not surprisingly, “it is very difficult to learn to be free.” “When serfdom was outlawed in 1861, a large portion of the serfs didn’t know what to do. Then there was a totalitarian regime, in fact, a form of slavery. Of course, an Asiatic mentality has been preserved. This is show in the elections, including the presidential ones: I think there wasn’t any falsification. This is the same mentality. You can’t change it quickly.” In the Golden Horde and in Putin’s system, there is everywhere “a power vertical.” And that means that often “a presidential decree is higher than the Constitution, as for example, that about the creation of federal districts, something that itself traces its origins to the depths of Turkic-Mongol statehood.” “From the Golden Horde has been preserved the tradition of life-long or at least lengthy time in office” of rulers and “voluntarism” in their decisions. But that has serious flaws: “Even if the leader has outstanding abilities and exceptional morality, in the final analysis, the state decays and the regime looks for enemies foreign and domestic.” “In Western Europe,” Tyundeshev says, “there exists a clear division of powers. [Russians however] have a super-presidential republic where the institution of the presidency is above the other branches of power, and the Duma is not like the parliaments in Western Europe. Here there is no system of checks and balances. The Duma always votes as the president says.” That means that “the president is the khan of today.” He gives the following example: In Yoshkar-Ola last summer, Putin declared that “the languages of the national republics must not be imposed on non-indigenous residents.” And immediately officials began enforcing not a law, not a decree, but a presidential declaration and started banning the required study of non-Russian languages. “But we have a multi-national federation; and in the constitutions of the national republics there is a requirement that the second state language is the language of the indigenous population of the republic and all children living in this republic must study it.” An Asiatic khan could overrule this; a European president wouldn’t.
Russia has decided to block Durov’s messenger Telegram in response to founder Pavel Durov’s plans to launch his own cryptocurrency, reports RBC news agency,citing an internal letter of the Federal Security Servicen (FSB). “The story is not about terrorism. Pasha Durov decided to become a new Sergei Mavrodi [a Russian financial fraudster],” the letter reads. “After such cryptocurrency is laucnhed in Russia, we would have a completely uncontrolled financial system. It is not Bitcoin for a marginal group—it will be simple, reliable and uncontrolled. This is a threat to the security of the country. Activity such as drug and organ trafficking will be done through Pasha’s cryptocurrency and he will say: ‘I have nothing to do with it.’” Reports aboiut Durov’s plans to launch his own cryptocurrency appeared in the end of 2017. The Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) threatened to block Telegram after it tried to obtain the encryption keys forTelegram messenger for half a year.
Police and intelligence agencies have identified key suspects in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, The Telegraph understands.
Investigators identified the suspects by scanning flight manifests for passengers entering and exiting Britain, The Daily Telegraph reported. The police would not confirm the report.
British investigators have reportedly identified suspects in the Sergei Skripal poisoning case. The “persons of Russia” are now reportedly in Russia, which has been accused of being behind the attack. Authorities believe a deadly Russian-developed nerve agent was smeared on the ex-spy’s door handle.
UK counter-terrorism police said to be building a case against key ‘persons of interest’ who are now back in Russia
KEY suspects in the shock attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia have finally been identified by police in a major breakthrough, according to reports.
Those probing the high-profile poison attack are now reportedly building a case against a hit squad which is believed to have fled to Russia
British law enforcers suggest that the suspects were able to return to Russia. Scotland Yard has identified key suspects in the attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, as reported by The Telegraph referring to its sources. According to the publication, the investigation has made a major breakthrough establishing the people suspected of poisoning and believes they had returned to Russia. This was made possible after searches on the list of air passengers was performed both in the UK and abroad. In addition, the police had studied numerous video surveillance footage in Salisbury, namely car license plates seen on security cameras. “However, counter-terrorism police will hit a diplomatic brick wall in trying to interview – let alone prosecute – the suspects,” The Telegraph reports. The newspaper’s sources admit that it will be very difficult for the British police to bring charges against suspects, and any demands of the British authorities to grant access to ‘persons of interest’ for the investigation will only exacerbate tensions between Britain and Russia. In early April, The Daily Mail citing its sources in intelligence reported that the British intelligence agencies took interest in the Russian, who was on the same plane to London as Yulia Skripal on March 3. The fact that this Russian returned to Moscow after only a few hours caused suspicion, the newspaper wrote. Sergei Skripal, former GRU officer working for British intelligence, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious lying on a bench in the British city of Salisbury on March 4. Both were hospitalized in critical condition. The British authorities later announced that the Skripals had been poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok and attributed responsibility to Russia. Moscow denies its involvement.
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers set up a special group Friday to focus on Russian election interference and disinformation campaigns, saying more must be done to understand the extent of Moscow’s “malign influence.” Moscow, meanwhile, accused the U.K. of planning an unprovoked cyberattack on Russia. Britain has accused Russia of using disinformation campaigns to undermine Western democracies. The diplomatic rift between the two countries widened after former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury last month. Britain’s new Russia Coordination Group unites leaders of several influential parliamentary committees, including those overseeing foreign affairs and defense. “As unease about Russian malign influence grows, it is essential that we understand the extent of Putin’s activity,” Conservative lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, the group’s chairman, said. Britain should follow the United States in imposing sanctions on oligarchs and government officials with links to President Vladimir Putin, Tugendhat said. Russia’s ambassador to London, Alexander Yakovenko, accused Britain of using “offensive cyber capabilities against Russia.” Yakovenko told reporters that Russia suspected the U.K. was preparing a “massive cyberattack.” He also accused Britain of “destroying all possible evidence” in the Skripal case.
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers set up a special group Friday to focus on Russian election interference and disinformation campaigns, saying more must be done to understand the extent of Moscow’s “malign influence.”
A pub and restaurant visited by a Russian spy and his daughter who were poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury will form part of a clean-up effort that …
POISONING victim Yulia Skripal left no traces of toxin as she travelled across Moscow on her way to visit her father in Britain, Russia said yesterday. The 33-year-old was shown arriving at the city’s Sheremetyevo airport in CCTV released by the Kremlin’s investigative committee. It came as Britain’s representative to the UN said the government… <a class=”view-article” href=“https://www.metro.news/poison-victim-left-no-toxic-traces-on-trip-from-russia/1023177/”>View Article</a>
Ukrainian separatists or former Soviet soldiers may be responsible for the botched assassination attempt. Russia has so far come up with more than 30 narratives for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. It is a classic demonstration of the Stalinist disinformation technique known as maskirovka, or “little masquerade”, which is designed to sow confusion and uncertainty. The British narrative, by contrast, remains fairly simple: Russia was behind the attack, which was carried out using high-grade, pure novichok, the Russian-made nerve agent. “Only Russia has the technical means, operational experience and motive for the attack on the Skripals . . . it is highly likely that the Russian state was responsible,” wrote Sir Mark Sedwill, Britain’s national security adviser, in a letter to Nato. But behind the logical assertion of overall Russian guilt lie a host of possibilities and unanswered questions:…
Since the Skripal poisoning, their adopted home is less welcoming.
American law enforcement agencies are more than capable of protecting the double agent and his daughter, who barely survived a poisoning attempt.
Former Soviet chemical-weapons engineer Vladimir Uglyov, who helped develop Novichok, discusses the poison used in the attack in England on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.
“I will not engage in an argument over self-evident facts,” Haley told the U.N. Security Council during a Wednesday afternoon meeting.
International experts from the global agency for the monitoring of chemical weapons have arrived at the site of a suspected April 7 gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, Russia’s Foreign Minist…
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it "will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma"
Russia is spreading contradictory statements on the chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, said the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs in a statement published on the Ministry’s website. These statements contradict the facts gathered by Paris, French diplomats stated. French officials stated that the experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) still do not have access to the place where the chemical attack took place. According to the French Foreign Ministry, this may be an attempt [ by Russia] to hide evidence of the use of chemical weapons. “Full, immediate, and unhindered access must therefore be granted to the OPCW team, as we have always demanded,” the statement said. The Ministry noted that while OPCW experts have no access to the place of attack, Russian authorities are spreading “contradictory” stories about what happened. “One day, it didn’t take place; the next day, it was carried out by armed groups; the day after that, it was staged by the West. There’s no concern for consistency or truth, because it’s all about sowing doubt and confusion,” the statement said. The French government remains convinced of the Syrian government’s involvement in the chemical attack, due to the evidence collected by French experts. France was convinced of the authenticity of the photos and video footage of the attack and of eyewitness testimonies. In addition, the use of chemical weapons was recorded by numerous non-governmental humanitarian organizations. At the end of the statement, the Ministry provided a link to the report prepared by French experts that contains the evidence of the involvement of Moscow and Damascus in the chemical attack.
A new U.S. State Department report has labeled the governments of Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea as “morally reprehensible” with human rights violations on a daily basis, making them “forces …
The US State Department accused the governments of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea of violating human rights. This is stated in the published annual report of the United States on the state of human rights in the world. “The governments of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, for example, daily violate human rights within their borders and as a result are forces of instability,” the text of the document says. US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley believes that human rights are most often infringed in China, North Korea, Iran, Syria and Venezuela, the statement of the United States’ Permanent Representation Office says. “Protecting and upholding human rights is the heart of American values, and we will continue to challenge countries that are more infringing on human rights – Iran, China, Syria, Venezuela and North Korea. The publication of the statement serves as a warning to inhuman states that the US is monitoring them and is a reminder that we will continue to stand on the side of victims of human rights violations, “Haley said.
The day before US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley went on national television saying that new sanctions would be announced against Russia, the White House sent out a list of talking points to surrogates advocating such a move. But the day after she announced sanctions would be coming, the White House contradicted itself, abruptly saying it would not be following through with the sanctions.
Two guided-missiles warships of the Russian Black Sea fleet are on their way to Syria to reinforce the flotilla based at Syria’s port city of Latakia, as reported by the observers monitoring the ship traffic in the Bosphorus Strait. The two Russian warships have been identified as the 868 Pytilvy Krivak-class frigate and the 870 Smetlivy Kashin-class destroyer. The 868 Pytily specializes is an anti-ship and anti-submarine frigate. The 870 Smetlivyy is a an assault ship capable of carrying out land, air and sea strikes. Both ships passed the Bosphorus Strait from the Black Sea into the eastern Mediterranean. They are expected to reach Syrian shores within a week.
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The Cold War is playing to sell-out crowds again. Putin’s audacious campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was just the trailer.
Syrian’s air defense system failed to defend against the U.S.-led strike on chemical weapons facilities last week, highlighting how far the regime’s military has declined.
So far, evidence of the shipment is scarce, but the Kremlin has been sending more military gear into the country following a U.S.-led missile strike.
Russia may arm the Assad regime with S-300 missile systems, a prospect that makes Israel nervous.
Following the joint U.S., French and British missile attack against the Assad regime in Syria, Russia said it might consider supplying S-300 missile…
Analysis: Moscow’s announcement that it will consider selling Assad long range surface-to-air missile systems should be taken seriously, but Americas and Israels knowledge of the system’s features has made it possible for Western countries to develop ways of disrupting and neutralizing its abilities.
The Israeli Air Force is keeping the jets at home as it appears to step up operations in Syria against Iranian forces and their partners.
The unique signals intelligence aircraft now has an elongated nose and other features more reminiscent of U.S. Air Force RC-135s.
The apparent surge in electronic warfare attacks is just the latest example of the Kremlin’s hybrid campaign against US troops in the country.
A senior US diplomat has threatened to use the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme as a retaliatory tool against Turkey for acquiring a sophisticated air defence system from Russia. Assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell’s remarks during 18 April hearing in Congress escalated a simmering confrontation with a NATO ally and combat partner against ISIS, which agreed to acquire the Almaz-Antey S-400 Triumf system even as it plans to take delivery of its first F-35A later this year. Breaking from a string of ambiguous statements by the Trump Administration, Mitchell’s testimony made specific threats of potential retaliation if the Turkish government follows through on the acquisition of the S-400 system. “Ankara claims to have agreed to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system, which could potentially lead to sanctions under section 231 of [countering America’s adversaries through sanctions act] and adversely impact Turkey’s participation in the F-35 programme,” Mitchell says.