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Russian propaganda has been decidedly flat over the last few days, possibly they might be struggling to keep up with the cascade of bad press, all self-inflicted, landing upon the Motherland. Zhirinovsky bragging about an “S-700”. Zhirinovsky for President? The claim that Israelis are training in Ukraine to beat the S-300PM emerges again. LtGen Deptula on hypersonics (must read). Russians blame Ukraine for Soyuz failures, Ukrainians point out that the parts that caused the repeat Russian booster failures were Russian made replacements for the Ukrainian parts embargoed since 2014. CNN on Putin. Snob’s ten anecdotes on Russia i.e. “Putin Wants to Destroy the US so He’s Been Practicing on Russia”. WSJ on the risk of another Russian Krymnash-style invasion to overcome collapsing poll numbers. Another team of Russians arrested for cyber attacks, this time in Prague. InfoShum propaganda – white noise to create confusion. Panarin, head of the Russian Information Special Forces Association, and vocal enemy of all things British, predicts the immiment disintegration of the US.
Update on Salisbury – no major developments.
Updates on Syria, esp. Idlib. Multiple Iran reports, including capture of 14 IRGC by Baluchi militants, likely as payback for the repeated public executions by Iran of ethnic Baluchis deemed to be subversive. Turkey / Saudi updates.
Russia 09:47 15.10.2018Get short URL 261223 It emerged earlier this month that Moscow had supplied S-300 air defense systems to Syria, raising concerns in Israel and the United States. The move followed the accidental downing of a Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft on September 20. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a Russian MP who has lead the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) since the 1990s, has let slip that Russia allegedly had “S-600” and “S-700” air defense systems. The earth-shattering “revelation” came when the flamboyant 72-year-old legislator was commenting on the recent delivery of the S-300 missile defense systems to Syria.
The Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Deputy of the State Duma Vladimir Zhirinovsky stated on the “Evening with Vladimir …
he deployment of S-300 air defense systems will help make the situation across the Middle East a lot safer, the diplomat stressed
TEHRAN – If the S 300 high-level missile is delivered to Syria, Could limit air superiority Israel.
Russian and Syrian outlets say the teams received instruction from their Ukrainian counterparts on the capabilities of the advanced missile defense system
Israel and the US sent a secret military delegation to Ukraine to test the Russian-made S-300 missile defense system, which Moscow recently provided to Syria, Hadashot TV news reported October 15, citing Syrian and Russian news outlets.
Paul Goble Staunton, October 15 – “The fact that Putin has Jews among his friends does not mean that he isn’t an anti-Semitie, Leonid Nevzlin says. “Stalin had Kaganovich as a friend, but the two of them exterminated Jews.” At the very least, Putin is prepared to use anti-Semitism for his own purposes just like any other anti-Semitic leader. The co-owner of YUKOS, himself a Jew by nationality, says he draws these conclusions on the basis of several recent events, including the threats Jews have received after the downing of the Russian aircraft in Syria and the attacks on Russian nationalists whom he knows to be anything but anti-Semitic (t.me/nevzlin/31, reposted atecho.msk.ru/blog/nevzlin/2296416-echo/). The first, he says, as an obvious provocation, a direct continuation of the tactics of Stalin and the NKVD who viewed threatening Jews as a good way to divert anger at themselves and thus remain in power. The second reflects a widespread misunderstanding that all Russian nationalists are by definition anti-Semites. This simply isn’t true. Nevzlin says that he knows several of those nationalists whom the Putin regime has gone after; and “among them, there are no anti-Semites. A Russian nationalist isn’t necessarily an anti-Semite. He is a nationalist in the same way a Jew is a Jewish nationalist: He puts the interests of his people at a high place after the interests of his family and has a clear national self-identification.” That allows him, the businessman says, “to respect other peoples while loving his own people and being concerned about it.” He adds that he is “a Jewish nationalist and a Russophile. I grew up in Russia; I am part of Russian culture.” Just as all Russian nationalists are not anti-Semites, so too not all Jews are Russophobes. “We nationalists have our disagreements, but they are as nothing in comparison with our problems with the common enemy which wants to destroy all of us and which in fact has established in Russia a regime which we can call Nazi-like.” Consequently, it is irrelevant and wrong to claim that Putin is not an anti-Semite. Jewish nationalists like genuine Russian nationalists know a provocation when they see one, and both groups are prepared to complain very loudly in order to prevent the situation from getting worse, Nevzlin says. Indeed, they expect such provocations and want to expose the perpetrators. Those propagandists who represent the criminal regime and call themselves Jews are “traitors to both the Jewish and Russian people.” The Kremlin may hope that Russians will accept what such “scum” say, “but I think that the Russian people is sufficiently wise not to fall for provocations and not to go along the path proposed by the powers that be.” “Citizens, comrades, friends,” the YUKOS co-owner concludes, “be vigilant.”
President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree approving Russia’s updated nuclear and radiation safety policy, running through to 2025 and beyond. It will be implemented within three months.
When a new facet of military technology gains operational capability, sometimes it changes the rules of the game. Hypersonic weapons could do that, potentially traveling over five times the speed of sound, making them difficult to detect and harder to intercept. Russia and China are making progress.
Kremlin-sponsored media outlet alleges the reason for the recent failure on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft may be “sabotage”. “The Soyuz rocket, which flight was aborted minutes after it took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, was equipped with a Ukrainian-made control system, the media found out. Sources also report that sabotage is not ruled out,” Russian NTV channel tweeted on Monday, Censor.NET reports. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3091517
A few days after the crash of the Russian Soyuz-FG space rocket launcher, the Russian media started spinning reports claiming that the launcher’s control system was developed and manufactured by the Ukrainian companies – a Kharkiv-based Polisvit design bureau and a Kommunar research and production enterprise – directly or indirectly accusing them of the incident. This is no surprise as it has long been noticed that Moscow prefers to cover up their mishaps and incidents with “Right Sector sabotage” and versions alike, according to the Information Resistance OSINT group At the same time, the group says a number of members of the Russian State Commission to investigate the causes of the Soyuz crash of October 11 of this year believe that at the time of the separation of the launcher booster, a valve failed to open, responsible for the separation. This led to the strap-on boosters failing to properly separate and nicking the core stage. Commission members believe that the failure of this drainage-safety valve to open was due to the failure of the squibs. The version originally flashed in some media reports until it was overshadowed by the “Ukrainian trace” thing, so traditional for Russian propaganda. According to Russian experts involved in the investigation of the incident, the cause of the incident was the ground team’s failure to perform the full ground test routine of the Soyuz launcher before it set off from the Baikonur cosmodrome. This regulation provides, in particular, the supply of low voltage to the fuses of the rocket squibs to test the operation of the electrical circuit. The deviations from the test schedule, for which the head of the Baikonur branch of the CSKB-Progress rocket and space center (Samara) Vladimir V. Serdyuk is responsible, was a result of his team being convinced in the reliability of the squibs that have been in operation for decades. The following is known about the Soyuz launcher’s control system. It was manufactured in Ukraine in line with the design documentation, which was transferred in the 1970s-1980s by the Moscow Research Institute of Automation and Instrument Engineering to Kharkiv-based enterprises in the framework of inter-Republican cooperation. In 2011-2012, Roscosmos enterprises purchased in Ukraine more than 30 sets of these control systems for the Soyuz launch vehicle, with an annual demand of only seven sets. However, according to the IR group, during the implementation of the Russian import substitution program, the Soyuz launch vehicle control system was repeatedly upgraded by CSKB-Progress and Yekaterinburg-based NPO Avtomatiki named after Semikhatov. In addition, according to the investigative commission, the Soyuz control system, which malfunctioned, was equipped with electrical connectors, including to blow up the squibs, manufactured by Kazan-based Zavod Elecon OJSC instead of the Ukrainian ones. It should be noted that the work on the modernization of the of launchers’ control systems by Roscosmos specialists yielded no positive results, and Russian-made squibs used in rocket and space technology fails to meet the design requirements. At the same time, this might meet mercantile interests of Russian officials pocketing billions on import substitution and modernization programs, and who are now desperately looking for scapegoats. The situation is also confirmed by the Proton-M launcher case and the failed test of the Bulava ICBM.
A U.S. astronaut who was on board an aborted launch of a Soyuz rocket into space last week said he still trusts the Russian technology and is ready to go back into space on another Soyuz mission.
Author Ben Judah reveals little known facts about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘Putin Wants to Destroy the US so He’s Been Practicing on Russia’ — and 10 Other Putin Anecdotes Paul Goble Staunton, October 15 – Russians have always told jokes about their leaders and sometimes even survived after doing so. Dmitry Verrner, the founder of Anekdot.ru, has collected more than 4000 of them, and Snob’s Igor Zalyubovich provides a selection that tells the story of the Putin years (snob.ru/entry/166941). In addition to the above, here are 10 more of the best of them:
- Mosfilm announces the release of a remake of “The Spy’s Achievement.” Vladimir Putin stars and over the four years of his first presidential term doesn’t reveal his plans.
- Putin is asked if he will run for a third term. No, he says. Then he is asked, “But for a fourth?”
- Putin says that in 2008, the country will be run by “another man.” His aide explains that “in the unanimous opinion of the West, over the course of his eight years in office, Putin has become “an entirely different man.”
- Putin tells the Duma that Russia doesn’t need experiments based on untried liberalism. Instead, it will follow the tried and true course of dictatorship.
- A fortuneteller tells Putin he will rule for only one more summer. Putin responds that then there won’t be any more of those.”
- Russians say that the man who parodies Putin at the Comedy Club is already old. “But Vladimir Vladimirovich isn’t.”
- “Do you have a ticket for Putin’s inauguration?” a Muscovite is asked. “No, I’m here on a season pass.”
- Putin hears that there are food shortages. He goes in disguise to several stores only to find that there is a surplus of everything. He asks whether he has to use ration cards. No, says one shop owner. Take what you want. They say Putin is going though the shops, and tomorrow there won’t be anything at all.
- Putin announces that it is too early for him to go on a pension, and consequently, he isn’t going to give anyone else a pension either.
- Putin will run for president in 2024 under the slogan “I ask you to treat this with understanding.”
The Snob portal asked Dmitry Bykov for his observations on Russian anecdotes. The Russian commentator’s remarks are as worthy of attention as are the anecdotes themselves (snob.ru/entry/166942):
- Brezhnev-era humor could compete with reality in terms of absurdity and sometimes even exceed it; but now that is completely impossible.
- Soviet dissident writer Andrey Sinyavsky was right: Russia has given the world two things in the 20th century: prison songs and anecdotes.
- Anecdotes are the response of slaves: Russians employ them because they distrust from the outside any idea and want somehow to stand up against any totalitarianism.
- “Formally, fascism in Russia is impossible because for full-blown fascism one needs fanatics, and in Russia any government innovation gives rise first to anecdotes and then to dozens of pieces of advice on how to get around what the government wants.”
- Everything and everyone in the Russian government today is funny, and that keeps us from becoming fanatics. “But when an anecdotal figure [like Dmitry Rogozin] becomes head of Roskosmos, the cosmos is transformed into chaos.”
- “In Russia there is an anecdote for all occasions just as for believers there is a citation from the Bible.” Such stories reflect and increase the lack of motivation among Russians, “one of the most unmotivated peoples in the world; and to motivate it to do anything, nothing except laughter works.”
Recent regional elections in Russia, which led to several defeats for the ruling United Russia party, indicate that growing economic pressure and unpopular pension reforms are increasingly undermining United Russia’s standing. The elections could mark the beginning of a gradual decline of the party’s dominance at the regional level, as pro-Kremlin opposition parties such as the Communists and the Liberal Democrats appear to be on the rise. The elections could also have implications at the national level, as an alliance between pro-Kremlin opposition parties could mark a shift in Russia’s political structures.
Putin raises the retirement age, inflaming the street. Will he find an external enemy to shore up support?
When disgruntled Russian voters decided to express their anger at a five-year increase in the retirement age, they handed victory in key polls to a nationalist party whose leader routinely urges the Kremlin to carry out nuclear strikes against Moscow’s foes. Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) crushed President Putin’s ruling United Russia at last month’s elections for the governor’s seat in Khabarovsk, 4,000 miles from Moscow, taking 70 per cent of the vote. It also scored a resounding win in a run-off election for governor of the Vladimir region in central Russia. Along with the Communist Party, which also made electoral gains at United Russia’s expense, the LDPR has been a vocal critic of the government’s pension reforms, which have sent Mr…
In the Czech Republic, a group of Russians was detained as it is accused of the cyber attack on the computer system of Czech Foreign Ministry and interference in the permanent residency issuance system as BBC reported. “On September 8, eight people were detained, including the citizens of Russia and Vietnam. The number of the detained Russians is not specified,” the message said.
By EU vs Disinfo There is truth and there is post-truth. There is information and there is disinformation. But in the grey zone between these categories, there is infoshum – Russian for “info-noise”. The word recently gained traction in Russia after columnist Oleg Kashin published an article in the magazine Republic headlined: “State Duma to *Deal with Masturbation: Where Does the…
Professor, Doctor of Political Sciences, member of the Academy of Military Sciences, head of the Information Special Forces Association Igor Panarin gave an interview to the Federal News Agency. The backbone of the structure of a special information assignment managed by him is made up of scientists. At the same time, the name and logo on which the bat of the UN GRU emblem is surrounded by olive branches of the United Nations, refer to military-political terminology. A political analyst told FAN about the specifics of information weapons and offensive operations, about allies and opponents on the fronts of the hybrid war, which, he said, is in full swing. The expert shared his plans for conducting a hybrid war for schoolchildren, spoke about a possible civil war in the United States and about the prospects for Eurasian integration. “Identify fakie we never teach” The “Information Special Forces” will be engaged in scientific and public work, preparing public reports and conferences on hybrid war technologies, combining traditional methods of warfare with information propaganda technologies and psychological influence in the media and social networks. Another direction of the association, according to its founder, will be training programs. “We have plans to organize courses, conditionally,“ advanced training ”in this field. Three levels are important: high schools, universities, and employees of state institutions or structures that deal with information and international relations in the business sector. These are not only press workers, but also departments of international cooperation, communications with government agencies, ”said Igor Panarin. Learning technologies of hybrid war, in the opinion of the scientist, can be in some sense compared to computer literacy courses, but instead of primitive viruses and malfunctions, students will have to master methods of detecting and neutralizing complex, often hidden, information attacks, “stuffing” false facts and information campaigns. “A virus in a computer is easier to detect than fakes. The latter is not taught anywhere, there is no school. We want to actually do universal education in a good sense of the word. We want to show that there are rules in this area, there is an attacking side, what it wants, what models and methods of protection exist. When I gave a report in Minsk, the head of a very serious Belarusian structure approached me and told me: “After your speech, I began to look at things differently, I didn’t even pay attention to some moments”. Although the person was of a mature age, ”shared the expert.
After a brief celebrity, the spies face jail time or disappear into obscurity.
A journalist who investigated the UK’s relationship with Russia following the Skripal poisoning believes that British spies have hacked their military databases.
A BRADFORD University professor, who used a face-ageing technique he designed to confirm the true identify of the two Russian Novichok suspects, has…
He did it for the money and still loved mother Russia … a fascinating book based on conversations with Sergei Skripal
Moscow’s spooks left footprints everywhere, resulting in exposure not only by Western spy agencies, but by investigative websites and domestic media. “More Johnny English than James Bond,” was how British Security Minister Ben Wallace branded the failed assassination of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal on British soil last March, for which UK authorities blame Russia’s military intelligence service the GRU, pronounced “Groo.” Given that even Russian media as partisan as Sputnik are now conceding that the two suspects fingered by London are, indeed, GRU officers, the Skripal saga is starting to make the feared spy agency look farcical.
Some Russians find humor in reports of bumbling behavior by the country’s premier intelligence agency. But President Vladimir Putin’s not laughing.
Old colleagues say they worked alongside Alexander Mishkin at the ‘Garcon Garcon’ restaurant in St Petersburg while he was training to become a military doctor.
«It is known that many Western countries worked on that, but our partners continue to pretend that they do not have anything,» Russian Envoy to OPCW Alexander Shulgin said
Local estate agents say buyer interest from outside city has collapsed since poisonings
A Boots pharmacy that has been shut since the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 6 July 2018 has now re-opened after it was declared safe following extensive testing by specialist teams.
Russia has accused the US of developing a chemical and biological weapons programme along its borders. The claims came Thursday at the same time as the UK and the Netherlands were accusing Russian spies of being behind an attempted attack on the OPCW in the Hague.
If you forget for a minute that the GRU doesn’t actually exist – it was reformed and renamed several years ago – you’d conclude that no three letter acronym has caused so much alarm in the West since the days of the KGB.
Ecuadorean documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate Assange.
A friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is important for Israel’s safety, stated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
SYRIA has declared the delivery of new, modern missiles from Russia as a new means to not only secure Syria but the entire Middle East as Assad aims to increase his regional allies.
Militants in Syria’s Idlib province failed to meet an October 15 deadline for vacating a buffer zone created under a Russian-Turkish cease-fire deal, prompting a threat from the Syrian government t…
Patrolling the demilitarized zone in the Syrian province of Idlib scheduled for October 15th was temporarily put on hold due to a request by the …
On Tuesday October 16, Russian Prime Minister of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov intends to invite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to visit the annexed peninsula during the fifth Yalta International Economic Forum which will be held in April 2019. Aksyonov revealed his intention during a session of the Syria-Crimea bilateral cooperation commission, TASS reports. “We have already had the opportunity to invite your colleagues from the government to the fifth Yalta International Economic Forum. We hope that tomorrow at the meeting with Mr. President [Assad] we will be able to pass on the invitation to him too. The rest depends on a political decision,” Aksyonov said. Earlier Aksyonov spoke about the negotiations with the Syrian Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade concerning possible collaboration. He said that he could not disclose any details of the negotiations due to sanctions. A delegation of members of the Russian government of Crimea arrived in Syria on October 15. They plan to sign an agreement on trade, economic, scientific and humanitarian cooperation between Crimea and the Syrian province of Latakia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, are set to sign a comprehensive strategic partnership treaty that would further boost Russian-Egyptian ties, Put…
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wrote in his article for the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram that Russia started working on establishing of …
The security threat from violent extremist groups has not been eliminated despite a recent shift in Washington’s focus to what it sees as growing threats from China, Russia, and Iran, the top U.S. …
The strategy would not entail the U.S. directly targeting and killing Iranian soldiers or Iran’s proxies, however, since that would violate current law.
New Trump administration strategy will deny reconstruction aid to areas hosting Tehran’s forces, sanction Russian and Iranian companies delivering aid, TV report says
According to an NBC report, President Trump is expected to introduce a strategy which will include imposing economic sanction on Iran, its allies and proxies as well as stopping aid to areas in Syria with Iranian or Russian presence; US official adds Syrian President Assad will remain in power according to the plan.
Trump administration reportedly developing new strategy for Syria that would focus more on pushing out Iran and its proxies.
If the Trump administration’s containment strategy fails, it could embolden Tehran while miring U.S. troops indefinitely.
Russia will help Iran to create a mechanism that would help Iran to evade United States sanctions, stated an article published on the portal …
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday they had killed the “mastermind” behind an attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz last month which left 25 people dead, nearly half of them members of the Guards.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has called on Pakistan to tackle suspected militants who kidnapped 14 members of Iranian security forces on October 16 on their shared border.
A group linked to al-Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibility for the brazen attack, as the Revolutionary Guard blamed an act of treason by ‘infiltrators’
Revolutionary Guards officers among those kidnapped in attack claimed by al-Qaeda-linked group on southeastern border.
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced new sanctions on a Middle East power — Iran. With much of the world’s f
Treasury says measures target businesses financing Iran’s Basij Resistance Force, which allegedly uses child soldiers.
An Iranian-American group rebuked GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) after he said it would be “terrible” if a DNA test showed he had Iranian ancestry.
The senator told “Fox & Friends” he’d take a DNA test after Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed her results on Monday.
Teachers in more than a dozen Iranian cities have staged sit-ins to protest low wages.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia sparred over the scope of Ankara’s probe into the suspected killing of Jamal Khashoggi, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the kingdom.
After hearing fresh denials from Saudi royals, top U.S. diplomat in Ankara, where pressure is still mounting over Jamal Khashoggi's alleged murder
President Donald Trump sent Pompeo to Saudi Arabia where he will also meet and dine with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s putative leader.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to President Donald Trump, on Tuesday accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and called him a “rogue crown prince” who is jeopardizing relations with the United States.
Fox News Published on Oct 16, 2018 Republican lawmaker from South Carolina rips the crown prince as a ‘wrecking ball.’ Sen. Graham sounds off on ‘Fox News @ Night.’
The fingers of the missing Saudi Arabian journalist were pulled off as he was being tortured and his body was dismembered over a seven -minute period, pro-Turkish government newspapers claimed today. The new details emerged as the global row intensified over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who had been critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the effective leader of the kingdom. Khashoggi has been missing since October 2 when he visited the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. The fresh leaks in the Turkish press this morning provide the strongest hints yet that Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered inside the consulate. Sabah, a newspaper which is owned by the brother of President Erdogan’s son-in-law, reported today that samples of six different…
The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, according to sources.
After a call with the Saudi king, Trump says “rogue killers” might have played a role in journalist’s disappearance.
The United Kingdom, France and Germany on Sunday called for a “credible investigation” into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The family of missing activist Jamal Khashoggi said Monday they’re “sadly and anxiously” following along with the news of the writer, who disappeared in Saudi Arabia on Oct. 2.
Saudi Arabia dissident Jamal Khashoggi has accomplished what the war in Yemen could not: Get Americans to care about Saudi cruelty.
When it comes to blocking U.S. arms sales to foreign countries, Congress has a mixed track record.
Even if the storm largely blows over, U.S. law means some aspects will never be the same.
President Trump reportedly advocated for a plan to pull all U.S. diplomats from Turkey due to his frustration with the country’s refusal to release American pastor Andrew Brunson.
Trump’s order came amid a tense dispute over an American detained in Turkey