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While Western media remain in awe of Russian Wunderwaffe, their actual production and delivery rates are sliding downward. More aerial baiting. More on GPS spoofing. NATO debate continues. Estonia may emulate Ukrainian language law. CSIS on past Russian meddling. Frohnmaier collusion debate continues. More on Russia’s descent – 13 reports on the absurd. Russian fakery on Gallup emigration poll.

Salisbury fallout – Rowley visits the Russian Embassy in London and is given 90 minutes of propaganda to digest, and some distasteful comments.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves a resolution calling for increased defense assistance to Ukraine. Black Sea / Crimea update. Donbas update. More on Neptun ASCM and Vilkha GMLRS. Ukrainian Coast Guard refurbishing four Soviet-era patrol boats, one Pauk class, and three Stenka class ASW patrol vessels. The Pauk class are derivatives of the Tarantul class missile corvettes, and the Stenka class a derivative of the ubiquitous Osa missile boat – it is not known whether the Coast Guard will retrofit these boats with Neptun ASCMs.

Election news is again dominated by Western rather than local coverage – The Independent article on Russian coverage is very good. Zelenskiy team release anti-corruption policy that does not appear very well considered, given the intractable parliament in Kyiv.

ROC gets a ruling in a district court against legislation to change the name of the church. In Russia, ROC luminary Chaplin is interviewed, and his comments reviewed by Harding, making some apt observations (the interview is highly recommended for anybody seeking to truly understand contemporary Russian thinking and values).


Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin Threatens World with Super Weapons but Last Year Russia Built 13.5 Percent Fewer Rockets and Planes

Paul Goble Staunton, April 6 – After five years of increasing production of civilian and military planes, intercontinental ballistic missiles and space probes, Russian firms produced 13.5 percent fewer in 2018; and the decline has accelerated: In the first two months of 2019, it produced 48 percent fewer than in the same period a year earlier, according to Rosstat figures. One of the reasons for this significant change is the US has blocked the delivery of many dual use technologies that Russia needs to produce these systems, according to the RBC news agency in reporting the official Russian government numbers today (rbc.ru/economics/06/04/2019/5ca72bfa9a7947fcb5c578f2). Another reason behind this decline, Russian experts tell RBC, is that the government isn’t ordering such equipment at the same rate as it did only a year or two ago. Several years ago, the defense ministry purchased up to 100 military planes annually, but today that figure has fallen to between 50 and 60. A similar decline has occurred in helicopter purchases. Defense experts with whom RBC journalist spoke add that they expect further declines in government orders and thus purchases in the next few years, and they point out that reversing this decline will not be easy as in many cases it takes several years to get production of any system up and running. All these figures, assuming they are more or less accurate and with Rosstat in recent months that is a major assumption, do not mean that Moscow may not be producing better but fewer weapons. But it is certainly an indication that the assumptions of some in Russia and the West that the Putin juggernaut is getting bigger and bigger almost certainly are overstated.

UAWire – Japan scrambles fighters to intercept Russian IL-38 anti-submarine aircraft

Japanese fighters scrambled to intercept the Russian Il-38 patrol jet over the Sea of Japan, stated the report of the Japanese Defense Ministry. The document presents a photograph of the Il-38 and a map with the route of the jet. The photograph shows that that the Russian jet did not violate the Japanese border. The IL-38 is an anti-submarine medium-range aircraft developed on the basis of the IL-18V passenger jet. It is intended for independent or joint search with anti-submarine ships for the search and destruction of enemy submarines, naval reconnaissance, search and rescue operations, as well as the establishment of minefields.

 

Report: GPS Attacks – Above Us Only Stars – To Inform is to Influence

Expert quote: This is C/A civil code spoofing, not P-code spoofing as they cannot bust the crypto. The new M-code will be even harder to spoof. This is curious that they are doing this as it simply compels everybody to go for anti-jam and anti-spoofing countermeasures. </end editorial> Executive Summary GPS and other Global Navigation…

David A. Wemer | ‘It is Good to Have Friends,’ NATO Secretary General Tells Congress

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg used his address to a joint meeting of the US Congress in Washington on April 3 to play down differences with US President Donald J. Trump and play up the virtues of the military alliance that turns seventy this year. NATO “has not lasted for seventy years out of a sense of nostalgia or of sentiment,” but rather “because it is in the national interest of each and every one of our nations,” Stoltenberg told lawmakers. The combined strength of twenty-nine member states means that “when we stand together, we are stronger than any potential challenger, economically, politically, and militarily,” Stoltenberg argued. Stoltenberg was invited to address Congress by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) one day before the Alliance celebrates its seventieth anniversary with a meeting of foreign ministers in Washington. Stoltenberg was the first NATO secretary general to address the US Congress. The meeting in Washington comes after a contentious NATO summit in Brussels in July 2018, when US President Donald J. Trump pushed allies to spend more on their own defense. Stoltenberg praised the efforts of Trump saying his “message is having a real impact.” At a joint appearance in the Oval Office with Trump on April 2, Stoltenberg thanked the US president for his “strong commitment to NATO, to our Alliance, to our transatlantic bond, and especially for your very strong leadership on burden sharing.”

NATO Crisis: Trump’s Words Need to Match U.S. Actions – Bloomberg

The administration has done great things to support the trans-Atlantic alliance. If only the president’s rhetoric reflected that.

Diplomat worries Russian arms deal could lead to Turkey-NATO divorce

A public clash over Turkey’s insistence on purchasing a Russian anti-aircraft missile defense system threatens to fracture NATO, says a top diplomat from the alliance.

UAWire – Estonian President: Russian-language schools are dangerous

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has said once again that Russian-language schools pose a threat to Estonian language and culture. RIA Novosti reports on the matter. The president alleged that Estonia has its own state language which should be taught to children in kindergartens and schools so that, upon graduation, everyone could speak Estonian. She also emphasized that a poor knowledge of the Estonian language has isolated members of the Russian community in large cities. Moreover, there are still no schools and kindergartens in Estonia that offer an exclusively Estonian-language education. In February 2019, Kaljulaid had already expressed her opinion on the importance of de-Russifying schools in order to eradicate the division of the country’s inhabitants “into two communities”. At present, half of the subjects in Russian schools is conducted in Estonian as facilitated by the 2010 Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act. The rate of Estonian and Russian language use is 60% and 40% respectively. Currently there are 74 schools in Estonia that operate partly in Russian. A significant number of members from the Russian community live in Estonia. However, the percentage of Estonian citizens among Russians is lower than the number of inhabitants in the country. This is due to the fact that in the 1990s, only citizens of the pre-war Republic of Estonia and their descendants were recognized.

COUGH UP! Trump calls on Germany to pays its ‘FAIR SHARE’ and boost NATO coffers | World | News | Express.co.uk

DONALD Trump has accused Germany of short-changing NATO after Berlin once again failed to meet its two percent defence spending target.

Poland’s Place in NATO and the European Union | The National Interest

Warsaw sees the alliance as the embodiment of its transatlantic bond and an irreplaceable system of security.

Love me today, love me tomorrow? Millennials and NATO

When examined in context of Millennial foreign policy priorities, questions emerge as to NATO’s role vis-a-vis the issues that motivate them—and, therefore, long-term support and resourcing for the alliance.

Former President Obama on the importance of NATO, says smaller countries hold the larger ones accountable – CNNPolitics

Former President Barack Obama spoke Saturday on the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during a town hall in Berlin with emerging European leaders.

Russian Meddling in the United States: The Historical Context of the Mueller Report | Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Issue One of the most significant—and most disturbing—aspects of the Mueller report is the confirmation that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election, based on the Special Counsel’s exhaustive collection and review of intelligence. This campaign by a foreign adversary represents a serious threat to U.S. national security and is reminiscent of Moscow’s actions during the Cold War. As this CSIS Brief highlights, Moscow has long conducted an “active measures” campaign against the United States, including trying to manipulate U.S. domestic politics. U.S. policymakers now need a forceful response to Russia’s intelligence campaign.

UAWire – Media: Kremlin assisted German far-right candidate in the parliamentary elections

The Russian State Duma and the Russian Presidential Administration took part in developing a strategy for the candidate of Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD), Markus Frohnmaier, in order to win German parliamentary elections. BBC, ZDF, Der Spiegel and La Repubblica came to this conclusion after conducting an investigation based on the information of the Dossier Center, a non-commercial project project of the exiled Russian businessman, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, reported MBH-Media website. On April 3, 2017, six months before the election, Peter Premyak, the assistant of the United Russia deputy to the State Duma Viktor Schrader, wrote a letter to two high-ranking officials of the Russian Presidential Administration, in which he described election practices in Germany. This letter was sent to the head of the foreign policy department of the Russian Federation Administration, Alexander Manzhoshin, and the head of the presidential office foreign policy department, Sergey Sokolov. The letter had an attachment called “Team’s Foreign Policy Activities, which explained “the organization of rallies, pickets and other protest actions in EU countries aimed at discrediting events or persons opposing foreign policy trends of the Russian Federation.” In the last section of the document, it was mentioned that Markus Frohnmaier, the member of the ultra-right party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD), should be supported in the parliamentary elections. “There will be an absolutely controllable deputy in the Bundestag,” said the document. As a result, the AfD party came in a third place with 12.6% of the votes in the elections, which allowed it to create a faction of 94 deputies in the parliament. In Ukraine, Frohnmaier is known for his assistant’s involvement in hiring Polish nationals to attack the Society of Hungarian Culture building in Uzhhorod.

Activist or spy? The curious case of a Cold War nuclear scientist – CNN

The two police officers trailed the university professor as he left his home in the southwest London suburbs and walked to the local railway station.

UAWire – Moscow court fines Twitter for refusing to provide information about Russian users

On Friday, April 5, the Moscow Magistrates’ Court examined  administrative offense complain made by the Russian Federal Service for Supervision …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin Backers Not Homogeneous or Fully Convinced Putin is Handling the Situation Well, Kirillova Says

Paul Goble Staunton, April 6 – The focus on the declines in the percentage of Russians who support Vladimir Putin and his policies has obscured the important reality that there are two major groups and several smaller ones who form his backers, whatever the percentages Russian pollsters report, Kseniya Kirillova says. The US-based Russian journalist says the two most important of these subgroups are “ordinary Russians” and “active consumers of propaganda.” Those in the first group are disposed to believe Putin because they want to maintain the illusion of a calm life not because they approve his aggressive foreign policy” (svoboda.org/a/29842598.html). Were they to declare that they did not support the Kremlin leader, such people would view their world as falling apart because that would “destroy the myth about eternal peace and stability.” That means that they are supporting him not because they agree with him but because their own view of life requires them to believe that he must be doing the right thing. The second large group, Kirillova continues, consists of those who accept the regime’s propaganda and believe it “’with all their souls.’” Such acceptance gives them a ssense of hteir own importance; and they are thus the target audience for the Kremlin’s “militaristic hysteria’ and the supposed plots of numerous foreign and domestic enemies. In addition, there are other groups of Putin supporters; but they are much smaller including the committed imperialists who really dream of restoring the USSR and see Putin’s views as favoring that outcome. To be sure, these people are “relatively small in number” and they are the kind of people who will “change their position if the powers that be change.” The two major groups of Putin supporters thus support him for different reasons: “militaristic rhetoric impresses the second, but the first are forced to live with it, fearing that otherwise things may become still worse.” And it is to this group that the Kremlin is directing its propaganda about the supremacy of Russian weapons which will keep enemies from attacking. At least some who want to be reassured are not by the militarist rhetoric that works with those who don’t need to be. Several Moscow commentators have correctly noted, Kirillov continues, that “the majority of Russians are tired of the unending flow of virtual aggression and are disappointed in the policies of the authorities.” But at the same time, “’the active consumers of propaganda’ also are not completely satisfied with the Kremlin: even the most horrific virtual images seem pale in comparison with the wretched everyday life around them. They want more an ideal they can rally around in order to be ready to fight the enemies in the West. As a result, Russian propaganda is focusing ever more often on “an idealized image of the Soviet Union,” something that works for both of the two largest groups of Putin supporters although it contains within it a threat to the support that they have been giving him up to the present. That is because the Soviet image has another side, one that “is firmly connected int eh consciousness of Russians with the idea of social justice and the rejection of oligarchy and corruption. Consequently, the more nostalgic for the USSR people become, the more they will begin to demand ‘real socialism,’” with real social guarantees. A large part of the support Russians give to Putin is simply because they are afraid not to say they support him, but there are many who even now “consider the actions of the authorities on the whole to be correct from the point of view of the tasks the regime has set,” the US-based Russian journalist says. But “in both the one and the other groups are appearing ever more people who consider that Vladimir Putin personally at the present moment is not dealing well with this task.” The first group is upset with the declining standard of living and the growth of militarism, an indication for them that “the powers cannot effective protect the country from ‘foreign aggression.’” At the same time, “the more aggressive consumers of propaganda” can see that “even if it is successfully standing up to the hated West, Russia today is quit far from the Soviet ideal. And therefore, while still formally approving the actions of the powers that be, ever more Russians are beginning to openly express distrust in them.”

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Absurdity the New Shared Value for Russians – 13 ‘Only in Russia Stories’ This Week

Paul Goble Staunton, April 6 – Anyone who follows the Russian news now cannot escape the conclusion, commentator Oleg Savvin says, that the powers that be have apparently decided that the absurd is the new shared value which can bind Russians together. Indeed, in the case of many stories one is prompted to ask “is this serious?” (region.expert/homlins). Savvin provides his own list drawn from the last few months. Below are 13 “only in Russia” stories that have come to the attention of the author of these lines in the last week alone:

  1. Museum Based on Trash Opens in Irkutsk. An activist has opened a museum in Irkutsk in which all the exhibits are made out of discarded materials, one more way to call attention to an issue that is ever more heated in Russia outside of Moscow, the disposal of garbage (sibreal.org/a/29837723.html).
  2. Despite Russia’s Oil and Gas Reserves, One-Third of Population Gets Its Heat from Wood and Coal. Moscow talks constantly about the gasification of residences, but despite that, one third of the country’s population has heat based on burning wood or coal (novayagazeta.ru/articles/2019/04/04/80077-uglevodorodina-spetsproekt).
  3. Before Medvedev Visit, Perm Hospital Patients Given Toilet Paper for First Time. Russians used to welcome foreign visitors to their cities because it meant that at least the side of their residences facing the parade route would be painted. Now, in an update of this tradition, hospital patients in Perm have been issued with toilet paper for the first time in case Dmitry Medvedev visits (newsland.com/community/8211/content/v-permskoi-bolnitse-k-vizitu-dmitriia-medvedeva-poiavilas-tualetnaia-bumaga/6703238). That is hardly a uniquely bad situation: a Krasnoyarsk hospital has banned photographs of the rooms by visitors to its patients lest conditions be documented (sibreal.org/a/29861792.html).
  4. Russian has Sex Change Operation to Retire Earlier. Because Russian women are allowed to retire five years earlier than men, an enterprising Russian has undergone a sex change operation so that he/she can qualify to get a pension early (uralpress.ru/news/obshchestvo/kopeychanin-stavshiy-zhenshchinoy-uydet-na-pensiyu-na-pyat-let-ranshe). Few may copy his/her enterprising action, but now that Russian draft boards have suggested that facial tattoos are evidence of psychological problems and a basis for medical deferments, it is possible that young Russian men may decide that is an easy way to avoid military service (versia.ru/voenkomat-razglyadel-v-tatuirovkax-face-priznaki-psixicheskogo-rasstrojstva).
  5. Chaplin Says Stalin ‘Underrated’ and Killed Many who Deserved to Die. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin who often speaks for the Moscow Patriarchate says that Stalin remains an “underrated” Russian leader and that everyone needs to recognize that he killed many people who deserved to die (rtvi.com/na-troikh/vsevolod-chaplin/).
  6. Moscow Patriarchate Doesn’t Want to Absorb Costs of Providing Security at Churches. The Russian Orthodox Church says that the state, not the church, should pay for the security churches need, an indication that threats against them may be increasing and/or that the church is having financial problems (ng.ru/ng_religii/2019-04-02/9_462_supervision.html).
  7. Moscow Leads Russia in Another Way: It is the Most Criminal Place in the Country. New statistics show that Moscow has the highest crime rates of any federal subject (spektr.press/news/2019/04/03/nazvany-samye-kriminalnye-regiony-rossii/).
  8. Censorship ‘Officially” Returns to Russia. Despite the ban on censorship in the constitution, Russia has now “officially” restored that form of government control by giving the Putin regime the legal sanction to rule on specific publications (newsland.com/community/4765/content/v-rossiiu-ofitsialno-vozvrashchaetsia-tsenzura/6703267andduma.gov.ru/news/30211/.)
  9. Some Making Millions by Illegal Sale of Soviet Medals. Russian law prohibits the buying and selling of Soviet medals and decorations, but despite that, some Russians are making fortunes selling them (fresher.ru/2019/03/16/medali-sssr-kotorye-mogut-sdelat-vladelcev-millionerami/). Who is buying them is an even more important question than who is selling such memorabilia.
  10. Woman Who Complained of Ice on Walks in January Told in April There isn’t a Problem. Sometimes if a problem can be ignored long enough, the problem goes away. A Russian woman complained to officials about ice on the sidewalk near her home. Her complaint remained unanswered until this week when officials told her that there wasn’t any ice left (maximonline.ru/guide/maximir/_article/jenschina-pojalovalas-na-led-na-ostanovke-v-yanva/).
  11. Labor Ministry Solves Poverty Problem by Changing Its Statistics. The Russian government’s labor ministry announced that there are now four million fewer Russians in poverty, the result not of any change in the actual situation but rather in the way in which the ministry chooses to release the data (iz.ru/860736/anna-ivushkina/bednost-za-porog-kak-v-rossii-budut-sokrashchat-protcent-maloimushchikh).
  12. Russian Defendant Says Judge in His Case Too Sexy to Allow Him to Make an Adequate Defense. A Russian defendant has come up with an original legal argument: he says that the judge before whom he has to plead is case is too overtly sexual to allow him to present his case in a compelling way (mk.ru/social/2019/04/05/rossiyanin-obvinil-sudyu-v-izlishney-seksualnosti-tolko-pletki-ne-khvatalo.html).
  13. Pskov Girl Who Appealed to Putin Forced to Flee Her Village. A young girl in Pskov who wrote directly to Putin about the problems her mother faced and who was subject to attacks anonymous and official has been forced to leave her village to avoid further criticism and discrimination (eadaily.com/ru/news/2019/04/03/semya-devochki-napisavshey-putinu-vynuzhdenno-uehala-iz-svoey-derevni).

UAWire – Russia sets record for number of people willing to permanently leave the country

The proportion of Russians who want to emigrate has reached a new record since 2007. As the Gallup poll conducted at the end of last year shows, …

Putin’s press secretary claimed a “far greater” portion of Americans than Russians want to emigrate from their home country. He’s wrong. — Meduza

On April 5, Russia’s presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov was asked to comment on a Gallup report that showed one in five adult Russians would like to emigrate elsewhere. The figure was the highest recorded since 2007. Peskov responded as follows:

UAWire – Russia leads by number of unfulfilled decisions of European Court of Human Rights

Russia continues to be the leader in noncompliance with judgments ruled by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Moreover, most of the …

Steve Gutterman’s Week In Russia – April 5, 2019 – To Inform is to Influence

If you’re interested in Russia, you’ll love Steve Gutterman’s Week In Russia. RFE/RL’s news editor dissects some of the key developments over the previous week and offers some of the takeaways going forward. Every Friday, direct to your in-box. Click here to subscribe View this e-mail in your browser right here! or share this content via The…

All Would Have Died If Russia Was Behind Salisbury Attack, U.K. Novichok Victim Told

“I didn’t really get any answers. I just got Russian propaganda,” Charlie Rowley said of his meeting with the Russian Ambassador to Britain. A British man whose partner died after being exposed to nerve agent Novichok was told by Russia’s ambassador that Moscow could not have been behind the attacks because they would have “killed everyone,” he told the Sunday Mirror newspaper. Charlie Rowley, who was also exposed to Novichok after coming across a perfume bottle contaminated with the nerve agent last year, met Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko on Saturday to ask him why Moscow had killed his girlfriend. A British man whose partner died after being exposed to nerve agent Novichok was told by Russia’s ambassador that Moscow could not have been behind the attacks because they would have “killed everyone,” he told the Sunday Mirror newspaper. Charlie Rowley, who was also exposed to Novichok after coming across a perfume bottle contaminated with the nerve agent last year, met Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko on Saturday to ask him why Moscow had killed his girlfriend.

Russian ambassador tells victim it wasn’t his nation’s Novichok because ‘it would have killed everyone’

The Russian ambassador to the UK has claimed the Novichok used in the Salisbury attack last year could not have come from Russia because it &ldquo;would have killed everyone&rdquo;.

Novichok victim meets Russian ambassador: Why did your country kill my girlfriend? | UK News | Sky News

The two men met for 90 minutes but Alexander Yakovenko showed no signs of deviating from Russia’s denial of any involvement.

Novichok victim confronts Russian ambassador about Salisbury attack: ‘Why did your country kill my girlfriend?’ | The Independent

A British victim of the Salisbury novichok attack said he was fed “propaganda” when he questioned Russia’s ambassador about the death of his partner.

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley asks Putin’s man ‘did you kill my girlfriend?’ – Mirror Online

EXCLUSIVE: Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley struggles to believe waffle from Russian ambassador in London

Novichok poisoning victim confronts Putin rep: ‘Why did you kill my girlfriend?’ | Daily Star

A NOVICHOK poisoning survivor has confronted Russia’s Ambassador in London and asked: “Why did you kill by girlfriend?”.

′Why did you kill my girlfriend?′ — UK nerve agent survivor meets Russia envoy | News | DW | 07.04.2019

Charlie Rowley’s partner Dawn Sturgess was killed after being exposed to the Novichok nerve agent, which was used to attack ex-Russia spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury on March 4, 2018.

‘Why did your country kill my girlfriend?’: Novichok victim Charlie Rowley comes face to face with Russian ambassador, but says he was just fed propaganda during 90-minute meeting | Daily Mail Online

Charlie Rowley said he ‘didn’t get any answers’ after meeting with Russia’s ambassador in London to question him about the death of his partner Dawn Sturgess.

Novichok Survivor Gets ‘Propaganda’ In Meeting With Russian Ambassador To U.K.

A survivor of a Novichok poisoning in England last year has met with the Russian ambassador to Britain to ask questions about Russia’s involvement in the string of poisonings that killed one and le…

Novichok Survivor Meets With Russian Ambassador in London – The New York Times

A British man whose girlfriend died after they were both poisoned by a nerve agent thought to have been discarded by Russian agents met with Russia’s ambassador to London. But the meeting left more questions than answers.

Man poisoned after novichok attack meets Russian ambassador | UK news | The Guardian

Charlie Rowley says he views Russia as responsible and some of what diplomat said was ‘ridiculous’

Spire FM – News – Amesbury Novichok victim meets Russian ambassador

Charlie Rowley has met Russia’s ambassador to the UK in his search for answers.

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley questions Russian ambassador over partner’s death – ITV News

Read Novichok victim Charlie Rowley questions Russian ambassador over partner’s death latest on ITV News. All the World news

Voice of the Mirror: All Novichok victim Charlie Rowley wants is the truth – Voice of the Mirror – Mirror Online

We salute Charlie Rowley’s bravery in meeting Russian Ambassador to the UK Alxander Yakovenko

Conspiracy mania marks one-year anniversary of the Skripal poisoning

Skripal anniversary This week marks a year since two GRU-linked Russian assassins travelled to the English town of Salisbury, posing as hapless tourists keen to view the 123-metre spire of Salisbury Cathedral, and smeared a deadly, military-grade nerve agent on the handle of ex-spy Sergei Skripal’s front door in a botched attempt to fatally poison him. The operation not only failed to kill Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, but its mishandling and public aftermath reaped spectacular humiliation for the Kremlin and the Russian intelligence services. Naturally, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine has pursued frenetic damage control since news of the attack first broke, churning out all manner of denials, fabrications, and feverish conspiracy theories to obscure Russia’s responsibility for the poisoning, cast doubt on the findings of the British investigation, and find a scapegoat (or fifty) to blame for the attack. Here’s a look back at the (d)evolution of the pro-Kremlin media’s mendacious coverage of the Skripal case over the last year. What happened to the Skripals? 150+ alternatives to choose from! Since last March, EUvsDisinfo has compiled 151 disinformation cases about the poisoning that have been tailored to both international audiences and the domestic Russian public. The narratives can be roughly divided into seven categories:

As NATO turns 70, alliance increases aid to Ukraine to confront Russia | PBS NewsHour

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization turned 70 years old Thursday. As the the foreign ministers of its member nations gathered in Washington, one their actions was to endorse a support package for Ukraine, now in the fifth year of a war with Russia. Nick Schifrin sits down with Kurt Volker, special envoy to Ukraine and former ambassador to NATO, to discuss how best to engage with Russia.

Embassy of Ukraine in the USA / Посольство України в США – Posts

Embassy of Ukraine in the USA / Посольство України в США, Washington, DC. 33K likes. US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved and recommended approval of a resolution calling for increased defense assistance to Ukraine and supports the abandonment of the North Stream 2 pipeline In a document co-sponsored by about ten dozen senators from the Democratic and Republican parties, legislators urge the US President to take advantage of the provisions of the law on the US budget for national defense needs to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and provide additional security support through our respective programs of the State Department and the Pentagon. in particular, to strengthen Ukraine’s maritime capabilities to prevent and counter further Russian aggression. Senators urge the US president to urgently conduct a joint operation with the US allies to provide freedom of navigation in the Black Sea to demonstrate support for internationally recognized borders, bilateral agreements and the principle of safe passage by the Kerch Strait and the Azov Sea. Legislators also appeal to NATO to strengthen the presence and capacity of the Alliance in the Black Sea, including monitoring of the situation on the sea and coastal defense. Separately, the senators urge allies and partners in Europe to refuse the ships of the Russian Navy to enter their ports for refueling and refueling. The document stresses that sanctions against the Russian Federation, which are a direct consequence of the actions of the authorities of this country, will remain valid and strengthened until Russian behavior changes properly. Also, the senators congratulate and support the resolution of the European Parliament of December 12, 2018, which condemns Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait and calls for the abolition of the North Stream-2 because of its threat to the energy security of Europe.

UAWire – US Senate Committee approves resolution to counter ‘Russian aggression in the Black Sea’

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has approved and recommended for approval a resolution calling for increased defense …

G7 foreign ministers call on Russia to release Ukrainian sailors – news politics | UNIAN

The G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union have called on Russia to release the 24 Ukrainian Navy sailors seized along with their three naval vessels last year near the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel, the G7 foreign ministers said.

European Parliament says OSCE cut critical remark about Russia from Ukraine vote statement – news politics | UNIAN

The European Parliament has accused the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) of whitewashing a press release about the Ukrainian presidential election by watering down critical wording about Russia, according to a sternly worded letter seen by RFE/RL. ODIHR’s press service urged the head of the European Parliament’s delegation to the election to tone down the delegation’s contribution to a joint press release by removing wording about “the ongoing Russia-waged war against Ukraine” and replacing it with a reference to “the ongoing conflict in the east.”

UAWire – Ukrainian President presents awards to the sailors detained by Russia in the Kerch Strait

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko presented awards to the families of sailors detained by Russian border guards in the Kerch Strait. This …

Ukraine, NATO will strengthen military presence in Black Sea, conduct exercises independently of Russia’s opinion – Klimkin

Ukraine and NATO will carry out joint actions to strengthen the military presence in the Black Sea region, as well as monitor freedom of navigation through the Kerch Strait, regardless of the opinion of the Russian Federation, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.

Russian warships conduct live fire drills in Black Sea off Crimea coast – media – news politics | UNIAN

A group of warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet returned to its base in Sevastopol after conducting missile fire drills in the Black Sea, Radio Liberty reports. After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has been holding regular military exercises on the peninsula.

Russian rocket ships conduct military exercises in Black Sea

The Russian Navy marine detachment of the Black Sea Fleet conducted missile firing in the Black Sea and returned to the basing station in occupied Sevastopol, reports Radio Liberty. In addition to the rocket boats “Ivanovets” and “R-60”, which directly carried out rocket shooting, 14 ships and support vessels of the Black Sea Fleet returned to the points of permanent deployment. They participated in the closure of the marine test site to ensure the safety of civilian shipping. The press service of the Black Sea Fleet does not officially announce the exercises. We recall that after the annexation of the Crimea in 2014, Russia conducts regular military exercises on the peninsula, which are illegal according to representatives of the General Staff of Ukraine.

Twelve Ukrainian websites completely blocked in occupied Crimea – news politics | UNIAN

Occupation authorities in the illegally annexed Crimea are massively blocking Ukrainian websites, among them 12 news outlets and two social networks, say monitoring data compiled by Crimean Human Rights Group. Rights activists checked the availability of 34 Ukrainian sites from 10 different Crimean providers in nine settlements across the peninsula.

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donbas in past day – news war | UNIAN

Russia’s hybrid military forces in the past 24 hours mounted 14 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action. Three invaders were killed and another one was wounded on Saturday, intelligence reports say.

Occupants shell village in Luhansk with grenade launcher, damages spotted

The accident is added classified as a terrorist act

Invaders mortar Ukraine positions seven times on Saturday – Ukraine’s JFO HQ – news war | UNIAN

Donbas invaders on April 6 fired at the positions of the Ukrainian troops seven times, including twice with the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, according to the Joint Forces Operation HQ. Also, Russian-occupation forces carried out armed provocations with the use of grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns in the area of Shyrokyne, Starohnativka, and Opytne.

Ukrainian border guard wounded amid shelling of Marynka checkpoint; JFO commander introduces “red” regime; checkpoint isn’t working now

An enemy sniper fired on the Maryinka entry/exit checkpoint on Friday afternoon, and the Ukrainian border guard was wounded. Currently the checkpoint temporarily isn’t working, commander of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Serhiy Nayev introduced the “red” regime.

Another saboteur detained in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

A soldier of the 100th separate motorized rifle brigade of the Russian occupation forces was detained in Donbas as he was attempting to carry out his mission to commit acts of sabotage in the rear of the Ukrainian forces defending the lines in Kurakhivsky direction, the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters reported. Ukrainian troops spotted the militant’s “ridiculous attempts” to bypass Ukrainian positions from the flank.

Curator of “DPR”/”LPR” to lead Kremlin’s “Directorate on Ukraine” – news politics | UNIAN

Alexey Filatov, the Kremlin’s curator of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” (“DPR” and “LPR”) will be appointed acting head of Russia’s Presidential Directorate for Cross-Border Cooperation following the resignation of Oleg Govorun. Meanwhile, Surkov’s longtime associate is stepping down from the Kremlin post of ‘Ukraine curator’. Alexey Filatov, the Kremlin’s curator of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” (“DPR” and “LPR”) will be appointed acting head of Russia’s Presidential Directorate for Cross-Border Cooperation following the resignation of Oleg Govorun. Govorun has submitted a letter of resignation, the Russian news agency RBC reported on April 4, referring to its three sources close to the Directorate. However, he is still noted as its head on the Kremlin’s website. Prior to Filatov, the Kremlin’s relations with the occupied Donbas (“DPR”/”LPR”) was supervised by Govorun’s deputy, Maxim Polyakov. According to the sources, Denis Travin (oversees the economic issues of interaction with the unrecognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia) is another Govorun’s deputy.

OSCE coordinator in Donetsk managed to visit only one third of Ukrainian hostages

Occupation authorities in Donetsk provided an opportunity for Coordinator of the Humanitarian Working Group at the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), OSCE Ambassador Toni Frisch, to visit only one third of Ukrainian hostages, whose names were included on the list with a request to visit them — Ukrinform.

Soldiers from U.S. 101st Airborne set to deploy to Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will case their colors and deploy to Ukraine within days. Their mission will be to advise and assist Ukrainian armed forces in developing the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in the western part of the country.

UAWire – Poroshenko promises to equip Ukrainian Army with Neptune cruise missiles very soon

During the tests of the Neptune cruise missiles, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised to equip the Ukrainian Navy and Land Forces with these missile systems “within extremely short timeframes”. “Today we are ready to complete the tests. And I gave the order, to put the system into service and arm the units of the Navy and the Land Forces within extremely short timeframes ,” said Poroshenko. Neptune missiles are designed to destroy enemy ships with a displacement of up to 5 thousand tons, as well as ground targets. Their development in Ukraine has been conducted by State Design Bureau Luch since 2013. The systems were developed on the basis of the Soviet Kh-35 missile. The last series of the Neptune missile tests was held at the Ukrainian Armed Forces testing ground in the Odessa region. Poroshenko praised the increase of the missile range which was achieved by the manufacturer of the missiles, the Luch design Bureau. Previous tests of Neptune missiles were held in the Odessa region in August and December last year.

The “Neptun” ASCM was shown at the test range

Today, April 5, in the Odessa region, the first public shootings of the newest Ukrainian coastal complex of cruise missiles (PKR) “Neptune” took place. The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, who was present at the shooting, congratulated everyone on successful trials of the new Neptune cruise missile, which will be supplied to the Armed Forces, in particular, the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Recall that in February of this year IDEX-2019 for the first time presented the model of launching ground complex of anti-ship missiles “Neptune”, and today in the metal the whole complex, which carried out military firing for educational purposes, was demonstrated. Martial arsenal of the coastal complex of anti-ship cruise missiles Neptune “The complex includes a universal self-propelled launching unit, a transport vehicle for the transport of missiles, a transport-charging machine and a command-and-staff module”, – said Alexander Turchinov present at the shooting, adding that all components of the complex, as well as the high-precision cruise missile R- 360, have never been manufactured in Ukraine before, “therefore these tests are of fundamental importance for strengthening the defense potential of our state”. firing the coastal complex anti-ship cruise missiles Neptune firing coastal complex anti-ship cruise missiles Neptune firing coastal complex anti-ship cruise missiles Neptune firing coastal complex anti-ship cruise missiles Neptune firing coastal complex anti-ship cruise missiles Neptune firing coastal complex anti-ship cruise missiles Neptune firing coastal complex of anti-ship cruise missiles Tong firing complex coastal anti-ship cruise missiles Neptune photo:facebook.com/yuri.biriukov The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine informed that during the tests, the work of all components of the missile complex and flight characteristics of the rocket were checked. “The cruise missile fulfilled the unique complexity of the flight task: flying over 100 km in the direction of the sea, made a 180-degree turn, and on the way back, it struck the target accurately. The flight and maneuvering of the rocket were fixed by technical means of observation both on the coastline and on the

The upgraded “Vilkha-M” strikes targets at 130 km

04/04/19The upgraded missile system Vilkha-M launches to 130 km Today, a test of the modernized missile system “Vilkha-M”, whose missiles are capable of striking a target at almost twice the distance, as those in the arsenal, has been tested.This was reported by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchinov after the completion of the tests at the military training ground in the Odessa region.The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine reminded that last year the mass production of a new powerful high-precision missile complex “Vilkha”, adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, began to be launched, “the missiles of which exactly hit the target at a distance of 70 km.””But our designers and manufacturers continued their persistent work on the further development of missile technology, and today there have been very important tests of the modernized Vylma-M complex, whose new missiles strike at a distance of 130 km. According to Oleksandr Turchinov, during the tests, the use of new missiles for the purpose of destroying the maximum range, as well as the accuracy and efficiency of the destruction of the target were tested. “Also checked the work of the new control system, the effectiveness of new navigation equipment, and the quality of the new start-up control system,” he said. Turchinov said that in the near future, it is expected to complete the development of a new generation of missiles of this class, capable of striking targets at distances of more than 200 kilometers.

KrAZ made for a military truck with a crane

PJSC “AvtoKrAZ” manufactured custom-made military truck with crane-mounted manipulator installed behind the cabin, the regular Army model KrAZ-6322 was used as a base. According to the press service of PJSC “AvtoKrAZ”. Cross-country vehicle has standard equipment. The purpose of the car is to load the platform and transport the aggregates and equipment, as well as tow trailers. The cabin provides space for the attachment of personal weapons, a tire pressure control system is installed to control the car in difficult conditions of impassability. The crane-manipulator of Palfinger, installed behind the cabin, has a cargo torque of 11.3 tm, a maximum boom of 8.2 m and a load of 6680 kg. KrAZ made for a military truck with a manipulator KrAZ made for a military truck with a manipulator KrAZ made for a military truck with a manipulator KrAZ made for a military truck with a manipulator Similar special vehicles KrAZ designed and manufactured for the post-war revival of Iraq almost 15 years ago. Recall that in 2004, AvtoKrAZ in a heavy competition with Western European companies won a tender announced by the US in the post-war revival of this country for the supply of a large batch of KrAZ cars of different models. During 2004-2006, more than 2200 trucks were sent to Iraq on the basis of KrAZ-6322, including nearly two hundred car repair shops of KrAZ-6322 PARM.

Four Coast Guard ships will undergo dock refits

04/03/19 Coast guard ship BG50 Gregory Kuropyatnikov will undergo a dock refits Odessa detachment of marine security of the SBGS announced a tender for the upkeep of three pilot ships of the 205P project (Tarantul code) and the ship of the 1241.2 Molniya-2 project. The guards will pass the guardship (corvette) BG50 “Grigory Kuropyatnikov” (pr. 1241.2, 1984, headquarters number 510), and three “Tarantuls” – BG57 “Mykolaiv” (1988 builder, head number. 210), BG62 “Podillya” (in 1983, the head of the department number 190) and BG63 “Pavel Derzhavin” (in 1987, the engineer, head number 208).Expected cost of works is 27 786 000 UAH, the deadline for submission of the proposal on April 14. On ships, it is planned to perform cleaning and repair of the underwater and overhead part of the body with metal replacement, painting, repair of shaftwires, propellers, steering gear, dock and offshore fittings, etc.The repair is supposed to be carried out in four stages: Project ship 1241.2 before 01.07.2019 One ship of the 205P project until 30.08.2019, 14.10.2019 and 01.12.2019. It is possible to combine 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th stages in agreement with the customer.The preliminary repair of the ship “Grigory Kuropyatnikov” and “Podillya” took place in 2015, Nikolayev in 2016, and Pavlo Derzhavin in 2017. Recall that according to other tenders of the Odessa detachment of marine protection, already started repairs of ships (artillery boats) of Project 1204 “Shmel” and the ship “Ametyst” (a former poaching fisherman’s schooner).

Ukrainian Sea Guard – Wikipedia

Stenka-class patrol boat – Wikipedia

The Stenka class is the NATO reporting name for a class of patrol boats built for the Soviet Navy and Soviet Allies. The Soviet designation was Project 205P Tarantul (not to be confused with the Tarantul-class corvette). The boats are an anti-submarine (ASW) patrol boat version of the Osa-class missile boat.

Osa-class missile boat – Wikipedia

The Project 205 Moskit[1] (mosquito) more commonly known by their NATO reporting name Osa, are a class of missile boats developed for the Soviet Navy in the late 1950s. Until 1962 this was classified as a large torpedo boat. The Osa class is probably the most numerous class of missile boats ever built, with over 400 vessels constructed between 1960–1973 for both the Soviet Navy and for export to allied countries. “Osa” means “wasp” in Russian, but it is not an official name. The boats were designated as “large missile cutters” in the Soviet Navy.

Pauk-class corvette – Wikipedia

The Pauk class is the NATO reporting name for a class of small patrol corvettes built for the Soviet Navy and export customers between 1977 and 1989. The Russian designation is Project 1241.2 Molniya-2. These ships are designed for coastal patrol and inshore anti-submarine warfare. The design is the patrol version of the Tarantul class which is designated Project 1241.1, but is slightly longer and has diesel engines. The ships are fitted with a dipping sonar which is also used in Soviet helicopters.

Tarantul-class corvette – Wikipedia

The Project 1241 are a class of Soviet missile corvettes. They have the NATO reporting name Tarantul (not to be confused with the Stenka-class patrol boat, whose official Soviet name is also “Tarantul”). These ships were designed to replace the Project 205 Tsunami (NATO: “Osa”) missile boats.

Shmel (class) / Project 1204 Armored Artillery Gunboat / Patrol Boat – Soviet Union

This page details the development and operational history of the Shmel (class) / Project 1204 Armored Artillery Gunboat / Patrol Boat including technical specifications and pictures.

Russia wins landmark WTO ‘national security’ case against Ukraine | Russia News | Al Jazeera

The ruling opens the door for more countries to cite national security to seek an exemption from global trade rules.

UAWire – WTO rejects Kyiv’s complaint regarding Russian ban on Ukrainian goods transit

The World Trade Organization (WTO) for the first time stated its position on the governments’ rights to challenge trade restrictions imposed by …

President Poroshenko meets with Yalta European Strategy Board

President Petro Poroshenko has stated that the current presidential elections are extremely important for Ukraine, because it is about independence and sovereignty of the state. — Ukrinform.

Poroshenko invited to Yalta European Strategy conference in September

Yalta European Strategy (YES) Supervisory Board congratulated President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on holding democratic presidential elections

Hungary’s MFA summons Ukraine envoy over entry ban to head of Alliance of Hungarians in Romania – news politics | UNIAN

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has summoned Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary Liubov Nepop over the ban on entry to Ukraine to head of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) Hunor Kelemen. According to Kelemen, he was denied entry “without any clear explanation.”

CEC announces official results of first round of presidential elections in Ukraine (Video) – news politics | UNIAN

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has announced official results of the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine. Ukrainian TV Channel 5 broadcast the CEC’s meeting.

Carl Bildt on Twitter: “Very good day of discussions in Kiev with both President Petro Poroshenko and his strong challenger in the decisive 2nd round Volodymyr Zelensky. And both talked strongly about Ukraine’s European reform direction.… https://t.co/uu966SPlI1”

Zelensky’s team presents anti-corruption program – news politics | UNIAN

The team of Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky has presented an anti-corruption program, which it intends to follow if Zelensky is elected as the president. For old politicians, corruption is the same as water for fish, the team said. The team of Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky has presented an anti-corruption program, which it intends to follow if Zelensky is elected as the president. “We emphasize there is no need to reinvent the wheel in this area. It has long been known what should be done. It’s just there has never been political will. It is a mistake to hope that a thoroughly corrupt state system will have a desire to deprive itself of a food base. For old politicians, corruption is the same as water for fish. The old political elite against corruption is the same as bees against honey,” the team wrote on Telegram channel. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10507587-zelensky-s-team-presents-anti-corruption-program.html

Telegram: Contact @ze_team2019

Zelensky’s team One of the points of the election program of Vladimir Zelensky is the analysis of the anti-corruption system: punishment for corruption must exceed all possible benefits from it! We emphasize that there is no need to invent a bicycle in this area. It has long been known – what should be done. There has never been a political will. It is false to hope that through a corrupt state system there will be a desire to rid itself of the food base. For old politicians, corruption is the same as water for fish. The old “political elite” against corruption is the same as honey bee. We tell how the Zelensky team sees an anti-corruption system! – Ensure the real independence of all levels of anti-corruption bodies, namely: anti-corruption bodies must be formed through independent international competition commissions; – cancel the inviolability; – Ensure fair and just legal proceedings through the creation of an international Supreme Economic Court, the removal of judges from office in the event of the adoption of unlawful decisions; – To eliminate the power structures of non-specific functions (initiation of cases and investigation of economic and financial crimes) and to form them exclusively through an independent international competition commission; – To decriminalize economic activity to the maximum, namely to punish economic and administrative economic violations, to punish officials who make artificial claims to business; – Increase the severity of punishment for civil servants by signing an agreement on voluntary deprivation of service and by imposing additional punishment in the form of confiscation of all property and a lifetime ban on holding state or local positions, imposing a ban on judges’ decisions on bail; – To transfer the “state to the smartphone” through the implementation of the maximum number of business services in electronic form; – Involve citizens as much as possible in exposing corruption through rewards; – Initiate an appeal to Western law enforcement agencies to initiate anticorruption investigations against those Ukrainian corrupt officials established by Ukrainian anti-corruption authorities. What is your vision of this topic? Leave comments, send this message to friends. This is important, because only we will do it together! # done at a time

No policies, no problem: Ukrainian comedian’s election success is latest warning for politicians

Campaigning on little more than his charisma and a desire for change, Volodymyr Zelenskiy appears set to follow in Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron’s footsteps.

Ukraine’s Zelensky, the Comic Leading Presidential Polls, Really Could Win

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, star of a sitcom, is on track to become president of the country at the epicenter of the New Cold War.

A comic is the favorite for Ukraine’s next president. There’s some good news in that. – The Washington Post

The candidate offers voters the option of an untainted outsider — a choice Russians can only dream of.

Poroshenko said he made conclusions after first round of elections

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he had made conclusions after the first round of presidential elections and “heard everyone.” He stated this in a video message posted in Telegram. “Many people speak out against me on social networks and on television and at the ballot boxes. I heard everyone. Those who voted for me and those who supported other candidates. I made conclusions!”, Poroshenko said. President noted that Ukraine is a free country of free people, and should remain like this. “To do this, we need a strong president and supreme commander. We can quickly move to a strong Europe, but even faster we can roll back under imperial Russia. There is such a threat. I am glad that the number of people who want to help has increased these days. The choice of April 21 is – Europe or Russia “, Poroshenko summed up. The head of state also called on citizens who support the course of Ukraine to the European Union to consolidate and register on the specially created website www.euua.org. “Register. Call. Bring new allies. There should be more of us. Your support is needed right now,” said Poroshenko.

Ukraine elections: As comedian Zelensky takes the lead, it’s no longer a joke in Russia either | The Independent

There have been many low points in Petro Poroshenko’s painful re-election campaign, but it’s highly unlikely he ever imagined being reduced to doing a public drugs test and participating in a “stadium debate” with a comedian candidate better known for genital humour.

Drug tests & stadium debate: How Ukraine presidential duel has turned into a reality TV SHOW — RT World News

The three weeks leading up to Ukraine’s presidential run-off are set to become an all-out spectacle, as the two contenders – incumbent Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky – stop at nothing in their absurd duel.

Ukraine President takes drug test before debating comedian in 70,000-seater stadium – CNN

Ukraine’s sensational presidential election campaign took another surreal twist on Friday, as the incumbent and his comedian challenger, Volodymr Zelensky, both underwent blood tests on live television ahead of a debate.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kremlin has Created a New Anthropological Type – ‘the Putin Liberal,’ Yakovenko Says

Paul Goble Staunton, April 6 – The Kremlin has created a new subspecies of “the useful idiot” – “the Putin liberal,” whose task is to discredit liberalism as such by making those who identify as its followers laughable in the eyes of the Russian population and thus to “deprive them of any hope for public support,” Igor Yakovenko says. The Putin regime has taken this step because liberalism is “the most dangerous” thing as far as it is concerned, the Russian commentator argues; and so it has to be undermined by using those prepared to cooperate with the regime against liberal ideas (obozrevatel.com/russia/21121-poleznyie-idiotyi-russkogo-mira.htm). The strategy the Russian state media use to achieve this end is well illustrated by the case of “’Putin liberal’ Boris Nadezhdin,” Yakovenko says. Earlier this week, on the “60 Minutes” program, Nadezhdin said that “’now we need to think what to do so that the entire world will recognize that Crimea is ours!’” Such “Putin liberals,” the Russian commentator continues, have an “amazing” ability to offend “at one and the same time both Putin’s supporters and his opponents.” In this case, Nadezhdin offended the former by suggesting such an effort was necessary and the latter by suggesting that a liberal would want to make it. In this way, Nadezhdin like others similarly situated who allow themselves to be used in this way became “an antibody” in the bloodstream of Russian life and thus “strengthening the immunity of the Putin regime to real liberalism. One could cite numerous examples of this kind of “useful idiot” within Russia and beyond its borders. Another subcategory of such “useful idiots” are Ukrainian “hawks” whose views, marginal in Ukraine, can be presented to Russian viewers as examples of what most Ukrainians think, be it hatred of the Russian language or hostility to one or another candidate there because of how they talk about such people. Two of the most cited Ukrainian commentators on Russian television after the first round of the Ukrainian presidential election have been Irina Farion and Dmitry Korchinsky. Fario was quoted as saying that Zelensky should be put in jail, and Korchinsky was cited as believing that Zelensky’s money came from “satan.” Moscow hosts implied that these two represented mainstream views in Ukraine. In fact, they are very marginal figures and their views have little resonance among Ukrainians. It helps the Kremlin for Russians to think otherwise and that there can be no reasoning by Moscow with such people – and that force and violence are the only appropriate responses.

Kyiv court finds involuntary renaming of canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be unlawful

The Kyiv District Administrative Court has ruled to find unlawful Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy’s actions regarding the adoption of legislation obliging the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name, parliamentarian Vadym Novynsky said on Facebook. The Kyiv District Administrative Court has ruled to find unlawful Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy’s actions regarding the adoption of legislation obliging the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name, parliamentarian Vadym Novynsky said on Facebook. “A momentous event has happened in Ukraine’s modern history: a court has taken the side of the community for the first time by finding the authorities’ attempts to fight the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be unlawful,” Novynsky said.

Pure Russian Mind Mush – To Inform is to Influence

This morning I had a combination of a nightmare and a daydream. Every time I woke up I forced myself to continue the dream in order to find out how it ended. Then a friend sent me a link to an article which may or not be just as convoluted, crazy, mixed up, and downright disturbing. Here was his introduction: Try this for alternate reality – not sure I found a single item that was not quite bizarre – this individual was the spokesman for the ROC until he annoyed Putin Vsevolod Chaplin: Kiev, Stalin and debauchery Hell, I just started reading about the guy and already he annoys me. A quote about Chaplin: Chaplin has been an advocate for every one of these groups at various times – he exemplifies their collective madness Russia, the Kremlin, Putin, the ROC… all are based on unreality, but, instead, they call it “alternate reality”. Read. Enjoy.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Chaplin Says Stalin ‘Underrated’ and Killed Many who Deserved to Die.

Chaplin Says Stalin ‘Underrated’ and Killed Many who Deserved to Die. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin who often speaks for the Moscow Patriarchate says that Stalin remains an “underrated” Russian leader and that everyone needs to recognize that he killed many people who deserved to die (http://rtvi.com/na-troikh/vsevolod-chaplin/).

Vsevolod Chaplin: Kiev, Stalin and debauchery – RTVi

The priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin gave a great interview to Alexey Pivovarov and Tikhon Dzyadko in the program “For three”. Vsevolod Chaplin told: Why is he sure that President Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew need to be anathema What makes him think that Stalin is an “undervalued” historical figure Who, in his opinion, knocks President Putin off from the right course of governing the country What is common between the body of Lenin in the Mausoleum and the holy relics Is it worth it to make an article about insulting priests in the law on insulting the authorities? Why does he agree with those who criticized the Russian teacher for a photograph in a bathing suit Alexey Pivovarov Let’s start with the current topics. On Sunday, the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine. Official Moscow officially declares that it does not support any of the candidates. You recently wrote that “Petro Poroshenko needs to be cursed,” because he is “absolute evil.” Does this mean that your candidate is Zelensky? Vsevolod chaplin I do not remember which account we are talking about. There is a fake account where something is written on my behalf. But I am sure that Poroshenko needs to be anathematized, just like, I think, the former Patriarch Bartholomew, as well as all the schismatics who were legalized by Poroshenko and Philaret. Alexey Pivovarov Does this mean that your candidate Zelensky? Vsevolod chaplin No, of course, but Poroshenko is worse. Image00016.jpg The photo: Ivan Krasnov / RTVI Tikhon dzyadko Why? Vsevolod chaplin Because this is a man who did everything to tear Ukraine away from Russia, including at the church level: at the level of prayer, worship, chants. So he is doing everything to ensure that Ukraine becomes the eternal enemy of Russia. Zelensky, we still know little. It is clear that the West is studying it now, perhaps, it will support it, but behind it stands Kolomoisky, to whom the West has confidence, apparently, no. Obviously, Poroshenko is closer to the West. Maybe the West will try now at all costs to tighten the 15% that Poroshenko needs. But I am not optimistic. You know, in political Moscow, in my opinion, they were amusing themselves with certain hopes even at the time Poroshenko came. He was a completely negotiable person. He even once defended the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra from the seizure by ultra-radical groups shortly after Maidan. That is, it seems that he was his own man, and some hopes were pinned on him. Then hopes were pinned on Boyko. Now hopes can be placed on Zelensky. It is obvious that in general in the Kremlin they suggest not so much to do something, as some strange hopes to feed. Everything is bad, in fact. Tikhon dzyadko Concerning hopes, again. We do not know whether this account is fake or not, but in the same post that Alexey quoted, you write: “In exchange for support, Zelensky must give written guarantees that the persecution of the canonical church will cease.” Vsevolod chaplin You can’t believe here, of course. Even a written guarantee may not be enough. Alexey Pivovarov About the written guarantee is clear. It is clear that no one will give them, it is a figure of speech. Do not you think that in general this whole topic with persecution and schism has passed? What has been done, done, can not be undone back? Vsevolod chaplin Slightly getting smaller. Messages becomes less than three times, four. Even that week, reports of persecution, the seizure of temples were two or three every day. Today, maybe one day. Tikhon dzyadko What do you call the “seizure of temples”? Image00010.jpg The photo: Ivan Krasnov / RTVI Vsevolod chaplin When people make a certain rural move, they say that they are a religious community. Although the religious community is parishioners, and not the entire population of a particular village. Cut locks in the absence of participation or even the support of the local police and administration – this is the real persecution, it is a seizure. So, now it has become less. Either we get another wild surge before the elections, or, if Poroshenko is “written off,” the whole process will slow down for a while. Alexey Pivovarov Do not you think that the fact of the split, the organization of the Ukrainian church has already taken place, and you need to think what to do next? Vsevolod chaplin It took five percent. With all political support. Alexey Pivovarov But nothing can be played back. Vsevolod chaplin It is possible to play everything. Lenin returned Kiev for the year. Why Putin can not? This is the center of our country! This is the center of my country! Russia can not be without Kiev! Russia without Kiev is not Russia! Tikhon dzyadko Now we will talk about Kiev, but for now we are talking about the church. See, this new church has appeared. There are a number of truly power situations. The number of parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which have been transferred to the new church, is negligible compared to the predictions that were made. So what’s the problem then? Vsevolod chaplin That the basic principle is violated, which is more important than everything else in the world. The principle of canonical truth. Those who are not bishops and priests, the so-called former Constantinople Patriarchate declared as such. Alexey Pivovarov Constantinople Patriarchate with anyone in your world system? He is with Washington, he is with Poroshenko, with whom is he? Vsevolod chaplin Well, his main money is Washington. Naturally, he and Poroshenko, because Washington Poroshenko. So, look: the same thing is done, as if I had just arrived in the United States and would have said that I was the president there, and would begin [to implement] some of my ideas for establishing my own authorities there. Bartholomew did the same thing together with Poroshenko in the church sense in Kiev and throughout Ukraine. Image00002.jpg The photo: Ivan Krasnov / RTVI Alexey Pivovarov I am purely physically interested. That is, in Washington there is some kind of pipe that can be removed, call the Patriarch of Constantinople and give instructions? Vsevolod chaplin Of course have! Alexey Pivovarov So this is how it happens, in your opinion? Vsevolod chaplin If one of the patriarchs was appointed and brought on Truman’s personal plane to Istanbul, then so.