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Putin’s statement, “We found them”, rings untrue. If they are not GRU, why didn’t he name them, tell us their jobs, and provide pictures right away? Why wasn’t there a detailed alibi regarding their whereabouts provided – right away? I know, I know, the propagandists need to throw together a story. My take is that if the accused in the Skripal assassination attempt weren’t GRU agents, there would have been an almost immediate identification and explanation. This lag indicates minds are churning, working, to figure out an alternate reality.
I expect we are going to see at least 20 witnesses testify to their being a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker, ‘they’re good boys’, ‘they spent that weekend with me’.
The following paragraph is complete horse ca-ca throughout.
The Russian president noted that the “suspects” were civilians. “I hope that they will show up and tell everything themselves. There is nothing particularly criminal there, I assure you,” he said. Putin also urged the two individuals to talk to media.
“I hope” they show up and tell us who they really are? “Urged”? This just sounds like the Russian version of the American television game show, “To Tell The Truth“.
Perhaps the two suspects need to memorize and rehearse their lines?
Let the Russian games begin.
The Vozhd’s comments to media on the Salisbury GRU suspects go viral – commentators making direct comparisons to Russia’s public comments on the Litvinenko assassins, both of whom were handsomely rewarded for their operation. Media report that Russia is now the leading suspect in the Cuba embassy attacks, citing SIGINT. Russian analyst Golts states that in the Vostok-2018 EX “the number of military personnel taking part will not be 300,000 but perhaps fewer than half as many, and the amount and kinds of military hardware will be less as well”, suggesting yet another Potemkin village, likely to impress the Western media and the Chinese. Russia’s actual foreign debt reported being fives times larger than usually stated. Gen Zolotov, Commander of the Russian NG, challenges Navalny to a duel in the ring and says he will “make mincemeat” of Navalny – lethal duels with swords or firearms were the bane of the Tsarist era, with Russia’s elites killing each other over whatever was deemed an appropriate cause. Multiple reports on Russia’s little helpers in the West.
UK media dominated by Salisbury traffic.
Amb Haley warns Russia and Iran over Idlib. Rogan in the WashEx elaborates on how Putin played Erdoğan, whom he now labels as “Putin’s useful idiot” – politically Erdoğan now has nowhere to go, as Rogan points out. US warns Iran over proxy attacks on US personnel in Iraq – Iran is highly exposed (i.e. the proverbial sitting duck) with its expeditionary force in Syria so attacking US assets in Iraq is not very smart.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged two persons suspected by London of being involved in the Skripal case to appear and talk with media.
The head of center-left opposition party Fair Russia says Moscow should sever diplomatic relations with London over recent unfounded accusations regarding the Skripal case – as he believes there is no scope to settle the dispute.
Explosive Skripal allegations will probably blow up in Syria’s Idlib where the US/UK axis is cocked, ready to fire. The UK media lost their collective mind over Russia but their masters have not. There is method in their madness.
The embassy noted that a series of official statements was made lately to the effect that the UK should use its «massive retaliatory capabilities» to counter Russia’s «aggression»
Russian President Vladimir Putin take another thinly veiled swipe at Trump’s economic policies at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, Russia.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has accused Syrian rebels of planning a chemical attack on their own people in Idlib province.
National Security Analyst Morgan Ortagus said Tuesday on “The Daily Briefing” that alleged attacks on U.S. diplomats in Cuba and China has taken harassment to “incredibly scary” levels.
But intel officials say they do not yet have enough evidence to formally blame Moscow.
The U.S. is not ready to formally assign blame to Moscow for incidents causing brain injuries to U.S. diplomats that started in 2016 and have continued in 2018.
Cuba could face more sanctions, if Russia is confirmed as perpetrator of attacks in Havana.
NBC News Published on Sep 11, 2018 U.S. officials tell NBC News the suspicion is backed by highly-secret communication intercepts collected during a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the FBI, CIA and other agencies.
Paul Goble Staunton, September 11 – In an article for New Times today, independent Russian military analyst Aleksandr Golts says that the ongoing military maneuvers that Moscow is called Vostok 2018 are neither as large or significant as the Russian government claims but that there is a real danger that Vladimir Putin actually believes the falsehoods his generals are giving him. For Russian rulers, it has long been “good tone” to frighten the rest of the world with their country’s “military might,” Golts says. Putin is no exception, but the size and even intentions of the military maneuvers taking place now under his watch do not stand up to close scrutiny (newtimes.ru/articles/detail/169616). The Russian defense ministry says that the current maneuvers to be held in the Asiatic part of Russia will involve “approximately 300,000 soldiers and more than 36,000 pieces of all kinds of military equipment” and as such will be the largest Moscow has organized since Brezhnev’s Zapad-1981 37 years ago, notions that have indeed intimidated some. But it is clear that both the size of the current maneuvers and their purposes should not be compared with the Brezhnev-era exercise, Golts says. In 1981, Moscow had a five-million-man strong army and deployed only 100 to 120,000 men in these maneuvers, two to three percent of the total. Now Moscow “promises to use a third of the entire complement of the army and navy.” Thirty-seven years ago, military planners talked about using mass armies and nuclear weapons. “Today, however, “when the probability of using millions of soldiers in combat is close to zero, no one conducts maneuvers of this size” – including the Americans, the British and the Chinese, the Moscow analyst says. In 1981, Moscow used the maneuvers to send a political message to Poland where Solidarity and the communist rulers were locked in conflict. And consequently, the exercise was held in the European portion of the USSR. Now, “no sudden crises in the east are on the horizon, and Russian-American conflict is growing in an entirely different part of the planet.” Moscow does in fact continue to use maneuvers to send political messages. Just last month, it staged a fleet maneuver in the eastern Mediterranean to let Washington know that there would be consequences of the US attacked Bashar Asad. Moscow put 26 ships into this maneuver, almost all the ships it had that could make it to that theater. But the Vostok-2018 exercises are on the other side of the world and could only be used to send a message to China. But 3,000 Chinese soldiers are participating in the maneuvers so they can hardly be the focus of any military messaging from Moscow, Golts continues. And that is more likely because the exercise is to have 16 sub-exercises rather than one overriding task. “The biggest mystery of the maneuvers,” the analyst suggests, is “why such large maneuvers are being conducted in the eastern part of the country.” That mystery can be dissolved “very simply.” In Asiatic Russia, Moscow can lie to the world about what it is doing without anyone likely to find out, while in European Russia, its actions would be subject to scrutiny. It is certain, Golts argues, that the number of military personnel taking part will not be 300,000 but perhaps fewer than half as many, and the amount and kinds of military hardware will be less as well. And despite talk that reservists will be involved, there have been no callups announced in the Russian media. Besides serving to intimidate others, the only obvious purpose of holding such maneuvers in the East is to improve Moscow’s ability to move forces from one place to another, Golts says. That has been something the defense ministry has been working on for some time. But almost everything else about Vostok-2018 seems either false or inflated. The real danger from that is not to others, at least not directly, but rather to President Putin who may actually “seriously believe” that the Russian military can perform in the ways that his subordinates tell him, the independent analyst says. That could easily become a new source for mistaken calculations and decisions.
It said 300,000 troops and 36,000 tanks would participate.
Troops from the missile unit of the 41st Combined Arms Army of Russia’s Central Military District, which is stationed in the Sverdlovsk region, …
The event, known as Vostok 2018, was condemned by Nato as preparation for a “large-scale conflict”. The Russian defence ministry yesterday released footage of planes, helicopters, ships and military vehicles involved in the huge exercise. It is thought to be the largest Russian military drill sinc…
Russia today launched its largest ever war games involving hundreds of thousands of battle-ready troops alongside their Chinese comrades in arms.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping cooked up some traditional Russian pancakes at an economic forum in the far eastern port of…
Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have no intention of inviting other world leaders to join him in attending the Vostok 2018 military …
One of the two newly created Russian offshore companies on Oktyabrsky Island, cannot be realized, since the island does not exist as a …
The Russian government’s nominally low foreign debt of $50 billion, at 3.6% of the GDP, is only the tip of the iceberg with respect to the government’s lending to western creditors, finanz.ru reports. If one takes into account the loans of the state banks and the state corporations and structures which are more than 50% owned by the government, the total foreign debt of the government sector exceeds the official figure by a factor of five, at $255 billion. These were the figures cited by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in the September edition of the “Monitoring the Economic Situation” report. Government debt in the expanded sense which includes government-controlled companies accounts for nearly half of all the Russian economy’s foreign debt ($520 billion). State banks account for 69% of the banking sector’s foreign debt at $72 billion, current accounts and deposits accounting for 90% of this figure. State corporations in the non-financial sector have borrowed $107 billion, which equates to nearly a third of the country’s corporate debt to foreign creditors ($338 billion). “Despite the nominally insignificant government foreign debt, the debt of companies for which the government’s share exceeds 50% of the capital constitutes a significant amount,” states Pavel Trunin, director of RANEPA’s Center for the Study of Central Bank Issues. He adds that “this debt structure must be taken into account when analyzing the stability of the government debt policy”. The state sector’s debt in the expanded sense is equal to 55% of Russia’s international reserves ($460 billion) and two thirds of this amount, if only its foreign currency portion is taken into account ($373 billion). Of the total foreign debt, roughly 17% ($89 billion) is short-term, needing to be repaid or refinanced in the next year. Another $51 billion must be repaid in the next two years, and $28 billion has “on demand” status.
Concerns are growing in Poland about potential Russian involvement in a dramatic wiretapping scandal that rocked Polish politics in 2014, after reports emerged that the businessman convicted of organising the operation owed tens of millions of dollars to a Russian coal business. Marek Falenta, a Polish businessman with interests in the coal industry, was convicted in 2016 of organising the operation, which involved recording 700 hours of conversations over the course of more than 80 meetings between senior politicians and officials at two Warsaw restaurants. The people recorded included the interior minister, the finance minister, the foreign minister and the transport minister, all from Poland’s pro-European Civic Platform party, and the heads of the national bank, the supreme audit office, the government protection bureau and the central anti-corruption bureau. Two waiters were also convicted for their part in the affair. The publication of the edited transcripts by Wprost, a Polish weekly, in June 2014 caused a sensation after it emerged that Radosław Sikorski, the then foreign minister, had described Polish defence ties with the US as “worthless”, and the head of the national bank had appeared to suggest to the interior minister that Jan-Vincent Rostowski, the then finance minister, be removed in exchange for the bank’s support for government policy. The revelation of Falenta’s debts raises the prospect of Russian involvement in a scandal that observers say was a major factor in the collapse of public support for Civic Platform, ahead of elections in 2015 and the subsequent coming to power of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS).
Just when you thought you had seen and heard it all, this pops up. Putin’s Ex-Bodyguard Challenges Navalny to a ‘Duel’ The Moscow Times Viktor Zolotov, Putin’s former bodyguard is now the head of Russia’s National Guard, Putin’s personal 500,000 man Praetorian Guard. These two paragraphs from The Moscow Times says it all. With humor, I might…
The director of Russia’s National Guard has responded to corruption allegations by challenging government critic Aleksei Navalny to “a duel.”
In an extraordinary public outburst, President Vladimir Putin’s former bodyguard and chief of the National Guard on Tuesday challenged opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a duel.
The head of Russia’s National Guard has thrown down the gauntlet to opposition leader Alexey Navalny by challenging him to a duel.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Toronto– The Central and Eastern European Council in Canada, representing the interests of nearly 4 million Canadians of Central and Eastern Euopean heritage, demands that Walmart, Amazon and eBay, immediately cease all sales of items on their online stores that glorify The Soviet Union, Soviet repression, Josef Stalin and the institutions used…
Over one million people died in the infamous worker camps in the Communist Soviet Union, while other critics of the regime were imprisoned there for years and forced to work to exhaustion.
Paul Goble Staunton, September 11 – Western governments, worried about Russia’s propaganda war against the West, often talk about blocking messages from the Kremlin; but they seldom focus on the extent to which people in countries targeted by the Kremlin turn into “willing participants” of this effort and do much of the work, according to Imbi Paju. The Estonian writer and filmmaker’s observation, based on Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen’s remark that “Russia’ information warfare works because its targets are often willing participants,” draws on the way in which Soviet actions via local people intimidated others (project-syndicate.org/commentary/russian-propaganda-has-western-accomplices-by-imbi-paju-2018-09). That phenomenon was called “’Finlandization,’” but in fact it was both more widespread than in that country and continues to this day in others where local elites oppose any criticism of Putin and his actions and thus chill local conversations more effectively than Russian propaganda alone. “This type of indirect pressure continues to claim victims today,” Paju says. The distinguished Estonian writer says that she is personally “aware of how dangerous it can be to run afoul of Russian interests. In 2009, I edited a series of essays with Oksanen documenting official practices in Estonia when it was part of the Soviet Union. Our book, Fear was behind Everything, detailed the terror that gripped Estonia under the Soviet system.” “For a half-century, any book that was critical of the communist regime was banned in the Baltic states and was not published in Finland, either. Our volume marked a turning point. Or so we thought.” But unfortunately, that has not proved to be the case. When she published a book about the Bronze soldier incident in Tallinn, a Finnish writer attacked it. “His publisher was an Estonian-born journalist and former KGB officer, Vladimir Ilyasevich, who had worked in Finland and in other Nordic countries during the Cold War. Bäckman then trained his pro-Russian vitriol on me. First, he attacked a book I had written about my mother’s trauma in a Soviet gulag, and then organized protests against the release of Fear was Behind Everything.” “Because of these threats, we requested armed police protection on the day of the book’s launch in 2009. And, while [the Finnish author] has since left his teaching job and directs most of his attention to spouting other pro-Putin falsehoods, the Russian-backed propaganda war he helped wage continues to affect my sense of security.” “Simply put,” Paju says, “the old Soviet system of fear continues to wreak havoc on the truth and punish those who defend it on the page.” And this highlights something else: “While Russia’s propaganda efforts may be aimed at influencing governments, it is individuals who suffer the consequences.” “As the chief executive of the Estonian International Center for Defense and Security, Dmitri Teperik, recently argued, information wars are most dangerous for “civil activists” – like journalists, writers, and authors – because we are the ones on the front lines” (icds.ee/countering-disinformation-the-danger-of-hypeand-ignorance/). “Nearly three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Russia maintains its Soviet-era proclivity to prey on peoples’ fears and insecurities. Its operatives are happiest when their opponents cease their activities – when writers stop writing, or publishers stop publishing. Unfortunately, Russia succeeds more than it fails because it is easy to misinform.” Like its Soviet predecessor, the current Russian regime is exploiting one of the features of Western societies against them: the commitment of the latter to freedom of speech. And that together with the willingness of all too many to collaborate with Moscow’s nefarious information campaigns makes fighting Moscow difficult. But it is a fight that must be won – and the most important task now is to recognize how Moscow is achieving its victories, not just by its own efforts but by those who are all too prepared to work with it within their own societies. Such people often have far more influence than Moscow would on its own, and their lies need to be exposed first.
A spokesperson for the SBU Security Service of Ukraine says a statement by Russia’s FSB Federal Security Service on links between the Ukrainian intelligence services and Islamic State (ISIS) is a complete fabrication. The SBU said the report was fake.
The Sun Published on Sep 12, 2018 VLADIMIR Putin claims Russia has found the two men suspected of the Salisbury Novoichok poisoning – but insists they’ve done nothing wrong. Sticking two fingers up at Britain and our allies, the Russian president said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are “civilians” who had nothing to do with the brazen poisoning that left Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia fighting for life. The men are believed to be officers of Russia’s military intelligence service – the GRU – and are understood to have returned to Russia. But Putin insists they are simply “civilians” and encouraged them to come forward and tell their story. He added: “We have checked what kind of people they are… I hope they will turn up themselves and tell everything. There is nothing criminal in it.” Putin’s comments set him up for yet another showdown with the West after countries – including the US-backed Theresa May’s statement that Petrov and Boshirov were assassins sent by the Russian state. Putin appears to be playing from his own well-worn playbook, with a very similar reaction displayed in 2006 following the assassination of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko.
President Putin said today that Russia had identified the two men accused by Britain of carrying out the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, and insisted that they were innocent of the charges against them.“We of course checked who these people are. We know who they are, we have found them,” Mr Putin s
The project is oriented towards the revelation of corrupted officials, organized crime representatives, who are tied to the law enforcement and ruling establishments.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia has identified the two men Britain suspects of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent, claiming they are…
Vladimir Putin says there’s “nothing special” about the men and suggests they will tell their story soon.
Vladimir Putin said the two Russians accused by the U.K. of poisoning a former spy were civilians and indicated they would tell their version of events that led to the largest-ever collective expulsion of Russian diplomats from the West.
President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia knew the real identity of two men accused by British prosecutors of trying to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain.
Britain last week charged two alleged agents of Russia’s military intelligence agency in absentia with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal…
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has taunted British authorities by saying he knows the real names of the two men identified last week as being responsible for the novichok poisonings of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, while declaring them to be “civilians” and urging them to come forward to proclaim their innocence.
Russian president says Moscow knows identity of the two men accused by UK of attempting to murder former double agent.
Russian journalists have been refused accommodation at the London hotel where the two Novichok suspects stayed before allegedly poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
Miss Skripal, 33, had sold her father’s former Moscow apartment and bought a two-bedroom flat on the sixth-floor of a high-rise block in the west of the Russian capital.
It’s time to follow Washington’s example in the wake of Salisbury
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned Russia and Iran of “dire consequences” if they continue airstrikes against the last rebel-held area in Syria and said the US would respond to any use of chemical weapons.
US AMBASSADOR to the United Nations Nikki Haley has sent a stark warning to the Assad regime and its allies Russia and Iran, claiming there will be “dire consequences” if they continue to launch airstrikes within the Idlib province.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has a pathetic op-ed in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal.
Turkey has called for international backing for a cease-fire in the last rebel stronghold in Syria, telling the UN Security Council that an all-out assault on Idlib Province will result in a “major…
Turkish leader urges world to stop Syrian army attacks on Idlib, as UN says 30,000 have been already displaced there.
Fears of a refugee crisis and ‘killbox’ as rebels prepare for likely last stand against Assad
Editorial: An imminent assault on the last redoubt against Bashar al-Assad’s regime spells disaster for civilians there, and poses broader dangers
U.S.-backed forces in Syria have begun targeting the last pockets of Islamic State fighters in the country.
U.S. officials are anticipating a tough fight for the small pocket of territory in eastern Syria where the last ISIS holdouts are holed up
Iranian Christians in legal limbo await a decision on their fate this week. They’ve been stuck in Vienna for nearly two years, awaiting entry to the U.S.
The White House said Iranian-backed militias in Iraq had carried out “life-threatening attacks” against the U.S. consulate in Basra and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and warned Washington would hold Tehran responsible if there are future assaults.
The United States warned Iran on Tuesday it will “respond swiftly and decisively” to any attacks by Tehran’s allies in Iraq that result in injury to Americans or damage to U.S. facilities.
The White House on Tuesday blamed Iran for recent attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities in Iraq, warning that it will hold Tehran accountable if U.S. personnel are injured.
THE WHITE House has warned Iran that it will “respond swiftly and decisively” should Iranian allies kill or injure Americans in Iraq, as tensions rise following attacks on US diplomatic compounds.
Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday that President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal puts him “on the loser’s side,”
Iran’s nuclear chief hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not.