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<http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8189/social-media-censorship>

European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech

Soeren Kern | June 3, 2016

The European Union (EU), in partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and
Microsoft, has unveiled a "code of conduct" to combat the spread of "illegal
hate speech" online in Europe. ..
Some Members of the European Parliament have characterized the EU's code of
online conduct - which requires "offensive" material to be removed from the
Internet within 24 hours, and replaced with "counter-narratives" - as
"Orwellian." ..

...

Those from the Facebook, can migrate to the Russian VK network.

It's somewhat similar to the Facebook, and operates under Russian legislation
where the fuzzy 'hate speech' concept is not used, but the kinds of abuse are
listed more specifically, as well as in the VK's terms <http://vk.com/terms>.

Moderation policy of the VK administration allows great freedom of expression
and often tolerates content that may be considered offensive by some. Despite
the fact it's owned by a Russian company, it doesn't discriminate users that
post content that is unwelcome in Russia. For example, a lot of the Ukrainian
nationalists and Russia haters have their accounts and communities in VK.

In what case may you be banned? VK itself can ban you - for violation of their
terms. If VK doesn't find your content bannable then you still may be banned
by request of national authorities. In such a case, if your content is illegal
under Russian law then your page(s) will not be available in Russia but still
may be available elsewhere. If your content is acceptable by VK but illegal
under law of some another country then their ban policy depends on what the VK
administration has agreed with authorities / regulators of that country.

What they say.

<http://tinyurl.com/jnf4v34>

So, for now VK - is the best social network and the largest in the Europe ..
It has the best functionality, UI and the fastest performance: it works from
the USA much faster than all other SNSes do. ..

<http://tinyurl.com/hpp3fvf>

What is VK?
Put very simply, VK is a much larger and more efficient version of Facebook.
..

<http://tinyurl.com/zloxo93>

One thing you will quickly notice with VK is that the platform is incredibly
smooth running and very quick in responsiveness. You won't find any dreaded
lag here and all of the features work amazing precision. ..
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-05 03:18:44 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/z7f5778> japantimes.co.jp

NSA whistleblower Snowden says U.S. government carrying out mass surveillance
in Japan

SHUSUKE MURAI | JUN 4, 2016

Edward Snowden, a fugitive and former U.S. National Security Agency contractor
who leaked information from the agency in 2013, warned Saturday that all
people in Japan are subjected to mass surveillance initiated by the U.S.
government.

Snowden lived in Japan from 2009 to 2011. At the time, he was an employee with
computer giant Dell Inc. contracted out to the NSA, where he worked on a
surveillance program at the U.S.'s Yokota airbase in Fussa, Tokyo.

"They know your ... religious faith. They know whom you love. They know whom
you care about ... This was our job to establish the pattern of life of any
individuals," he said.

Snowden made the comments via video conferencing from Russia,where he resides
to avoid U.S. criminal prosecution, during a symposium Saturday in Tokyo on
surveillance in contemporary society.

More than 200 people, including lawyers, journalists, and others, attended the
discussion held in an auditorium on the University of Tokyo campus. Snowden,
32, said all the information that people input via cellphones or computers can
be legally collected by the U.S. intelligence agency for analysis.

Serious issues facing Japan are its lack of citizen engagement on privacy
controls and weak civil controls over the government, he said. ..

To counter the government surveillance and control of information, Snowden
called for solidarity in the media.

"The purpose of a free press in open society is not to simply write down what
the government wants to say," but to actively challenge its authority, he
said. ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/z7f5778>
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U.S. government carrying out mass surveillance
Russkie WW3 provocation:


http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-fighter-conducts-dangerous-intercept-of-u-s-recon-jet/

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/america-responds-to-russian-provocation-in-baltic-sea-with-subdued-carefully-worded-statement/news-story/5a179d3685e87428767d4916b9162ecf

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/15/kerry-says-us-navy-destroyer-couldve-shot-down-russian-warplanes.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/politics/us-russian-bombers-july-4-intercept/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/world/us-russia-bombers-intentions/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/full-list-of-incidents-involving-russian-military-and-nato-since-march-2014-9851309.html


Russian military strategy causing dangerous encounters
Russian-su27.jpg

The Russian su-27 fighter jet photographed next to a Swedish
intelligence plane.

A full list of 39 incidents since March 2014

As classified by the European Leadership Network

High Risk Incidents

On 3 March 2014 a close encounter occurred between a SAS passenger plane
taking off from Copenhagen and a Russian reconnaissance aircraft which
did not transmit its position 50 miles south east of Malmo. A collision
was apparently avoided thanks only to good visibility and the alertness
of the passenger plane pilots. The SAS 737 plane was carrying 132
passengers to Rome.
On 5 September 2014 an Estonian security service operative, Eston
Kohver, was abducted by Russian agents from an Estonian border post, on
Estonian, and therefore NATO, territory. He was later taken to Moscow
and accused of espionage. The incident itself involved communications
jamming and the use of smoke grenades, and took place immediately after
President Obama’s visit to the region and his repetition of security
assurances to the Baltic States.
Between 17-27 October, 2014 a major submarine hunt by Swedish
authorities was prompted by credible intelligence reports of “underwater
activity” in the Stockholm archipelago in Swedish territorial waters.
Supreme Commander General Sverker Göranson underlined that Sweden was
ready to use “armed force” to bring the vessel to the surface if
necessary. Russia issued denials and attempted to ridicule Swedish
concerns. The major search operation stopped on Oct. 24.
Serious Incidents with Escalation Risk

On 12 April 2014 an unarmed Russian fighter aircraft made 12 passes of
the American warship the USS Cook in the Black Sea. Such aggressive
behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the
ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence.
On April 23 2014 an armed Russian fighter undertook very threatening
manoeuvres in the vicinity of an American reconnaissance aircraft in the
Sea of Okhotsk. These manoeuvres involved demonstrating that the fighter
was armed. Such behaviour is far removed from what would be expected in
a relatively routine encounter.
In June 2014 armed Russian aircraft approached the heavily populated
Danish island of Bornholm before breaking off in what appears to have
been a simulated attack. The Danish intelligence service described the
incident as “of a more offensive character than observed in recent years.”
On 16 July 2014 an armed Russian aircraft intercepted a Swedish
surveillance plane conducting operations between Gotland and Latvia in
international airspace, and flew within 10 metres of the plane. This
indicated a far more aggressive approach to intercepting aircraft than
in previous encounters.
On 18 July 2014 an American surveillance plane conducting operations
near Kaliningrad was chased into Swedish air-space after being
approached by Russian fighters. This evasive action took place without
Sweden’s prior approval that the US aircraft could enter Swedish airspace.
In early September, 2014 Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea
near Canada practiced cruise missile strikes on the United States. The
Russian aircraft stayed outside of Canada’s ADIZ but this was still a
provocative move in light of the NATO summit ongoing at the time. Cruise
missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York,
Washington, Chicago, and the Norfolk Naval Base in range.
On 7 September 2014 HMCS Toronto (a frigate) was buzzed by a Russian
aircraft in the Black Sea, with the plane coming within 300 metres of
the warship. HMCS Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took
no further action as the aircraft was not armed. This incident coincided
with larger Russian naval combat training activities near Sevastopol.
Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have
resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of
self-defence.
On 17 September 2014 two Russian military aircraft crossed into Swedish
air-space south of the island of Oland. The Russian Su-24 bombers
intentionally violated Swedish airspace possibly to test the
capabilities of the air defence system strengthened after previous
incidents. The Swedish Foreign Minister described the incident as the
‘most serious aerial incursion’ in years.
On 19 September 2014 Russian officers detained a Lithuanian shipping
vessel in international waters in the Barents Sea, subsequently towing
it to Murmansk. This represented a clear escalation in Russian attempts
at the provocation and intimidation of the Baltic States.
On 3 October 2014 a Russian fighter flew “within metres” of Swedish
surveillance aircraft in the Baltic in an incident deemed “unusually
provocative”. A collision between the aircraft would have had serious
repercussions for bilateral relations and increased military tensions
across the entire Baltic area.
From 28-30 October 2014, Russia conducted a major air exercise in the
North Sea, Atlantic, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. In a series of
developments, aircraft from NATO states and partners tracked Russian
long-range bombers conducting missions across this entire area,
including a large formation of Russian fighters and bombers conducting
missions over the Baltic Sea. All missions were conducted in
international airspace but their scale and use of different kinds of
aircraft and different zones of operation has added significantly to
increased tensions between NATO and Russia.
Near Routine Incidents

On 10 April 2014 two Russian Navy vessels involved in live missile
firing exercises entered Lithuania’s Baltic maritime economic zone,
causing serious disruption to shipping.
On 20 April 2014 a Russian recon aircraft observed Swedish military
installations. Unclear if there was a Swedish response.
On 23 April 2014 a Russian aircraft entered Dutch airspace before being
intercepted by Dutch fighter aircraft.
On 24 April 2014 RAF fighters intercepted and shadowed Russian aircraft
in international airspace over the North Sea.
On 28 April 2014, fighters with the Nato Baltic Air Policing force
scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft in international airspace.
On 9 May 2014 Russian aircraft approached to within 50 miles of the
Californian coast, the closest such Russian military flight since the
Cold War.
On 18 May 2014 RAF fighters intercepted a Russian helicopter and
shadowed it back to its parent corvette in the Baltic Sea; the fighters
later performed several passes of the Russian warship.
In late May, early June 2014 Russian aircraft carried out several
incursions into the US and Canadian Air Defence Identification Zones in
the Arctic.
On 12 June 2014, Nato fighters intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace near Latvia.
On 17 June 2014, RAF fighters intercepted a Russian air formation in
international airspace.
On 19 June 2014; HMS Montrose, a British frigate, was sent to
investigate a Russian corvette in international waters near Denmark’s
Baltic coast. HMS Montrose was subsequently circled by Russian maritime
patrol aircraft.
From 21 May to 13 August 2014, a series of short airspace violations by
Russian aircraft were reported over the Estonian island of Vaindloo.
On 1 August, Polish fighters of the Nato Baltic air-policing mission
intercepted Russian aircraft flying near Estonia airspace.
In early August 2014 several Russian air incursions were reported into
the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.
On 7 August 2014 anti-submarine forces of Russia’s Northern Fleet
reportedly expelled an American submarine from the Barents Sea. The US
denied its submarines were operating in the area.
On 28 August 2014, there was an air incident involving an unknown Nato
country and Russia. No details beyond aircraft type except that incident
took place over the Baltic.
In August/September 2014, Russian naval and air units interfered with
the operations of a Finnish research vessel on two separate occasions.
In late August, 2014, multiple breaches of Finnish air-space by Russian
state aircraft were reported. In response, Finland has already indicated
that it will react more firmly to violations of its airspace in future.
On 11 September 2014, Canadian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace.
Between the 17 and 18 September 2014, Russian jets entered the ADIZ off
the coast of Alaska (officials say such incidents happen around 10 times
a year) on two separate occasions, once on the evening of Wednesday 17th
Sep (USA ADIZ) and once on the morning of Thursday 18th Sep (Canadian
ADIZ, Beaufort Sea). The Russian planes were intercepted by American and
Canadian fighters. These incidents coincide with Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s visits to Ottawa and Washington.
On 19 September 2014, RAF jets shadowed Russian aircraft in
international airspace above the north sea.
On 29 September 2014, Latvian forces observed a Russian warship
operating 14 miles from Latvian territorial waters; article observes
that Russian jets and warships have been detected 173 times near
Latvia’s borders as of September.
On 20 October 2014, planes from the Baltic Air Policing mission
intercepted Russian surveillance Il-20 aircraft in international airspace
On 21 October 2014 Baltic Air Policing planes (Portuguese F-16s)
intercepted Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft which entered Estonian
airspace next to the island of Saarema for about a minute.
On 31 October 2014, RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian aircraft
approaching UK airspace.
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-05 15:30:59 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/zwzrbaf> oilprice.com

Russia Almost Doubles Gas Exports to the U.K.

Gazprom has dramatically increased its exports to the United Kingdom during
the first five months of 2016, nearly doubling shipments.

The 91.5-percent increase in natural gas exports to the UK -- which equates to
3.85 billion cubic meters -- was reported by the company's CEO Alexei Miller
on Wednesday.

Other countries in the European Union .. have also begun importing more energy
supplies from Russia.

Gazprom's business with Poland jumped by 35.6 percent from January to May
2016, while Germany (10.4 percent), France (35 percent), Austria (21.3
percent), Greece (85.8 percent), the Netherlands (103.8 percent) and Denmark
(139.3 percent) also upped their orders by significant amounts. ..

...

Every time when you use the gas, you send a message of love to Russia & Putin.

Let it be a new fetishist cult.
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NSA whistleblower Snowden says U.S. government carrying out mass
surveillance in Japan
Encroyable!
2016-06-06 14:14:37 UTC
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Let it be a new fetishist cult.
Russkie WW3 provocation:


http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-fighter-conducts-dangerous-intercept-of-u-s-recon-jet/

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/america-responds-to-russian-provocation-in-baltic-sea-with-subdued-carefully-worded-statement/news-story/5a179d3685e87428767d4916b9162ecf

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/15/kerry-says-us-navy-destroyer-couldve-shot-down-russian-warplanes.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/politics/us-russian-bombers-july-4-intercept/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/world/us-russia-bombers-intentions/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/full-list-of-incidents-involving-russian-military-and-nato-since-march-2014-9851309.html


Russian military strategy causing dangerous encounters
Russian-su27.jpg

The Russian su-27 fighter jet photographed next to a Swedish
intelligence plane.

A full list of 39 incidents since March 2014

As classified by the European Leadership Network

High Risk Incidents

On 3 March 2014 a close encounter occurred between a SAS passenger plane
taking off from Copenhagen and a Russian reconnaissance aircraft which
did not transmit its position 50 miles south east of Malmo. A collision
was apparently avoided thanks only to good visibility and the alertness
of the passenger plane pilots. The SAS 737 plane was carrying 132
passengers to Rome.
On 5 September 2014 an Estonian security service operative, Eston
Kohver, was abducted by Russian agents from an Estonian border post, on
Estonian, and therefore NATO, territory. He was later taken to Moscow
and accused of espionage. The incident itself involved communications
jamming and the use of smoke grenades, and took place immediately after
President Obama’s visit to the region and his repetition of security
assurances to the Baltic States.
Between 17-27 October, 2014 a major submarine hunt by Swedish
authorities was prompted by credible intelligence reports of “underwater
activity” in the Stockholm archipelago in Swedish territorial waters.
Supreme Commander General Sverker Göranson underlined that Sweden was
ready to use “armed force” to bring the vessel to the surface if
necessary. Russia issued denials and attempted to ridicule Swedish
concerns. The major search operation stopped on Oct. 24.
Serious Incidents with Escalation Risk

On 12 April 2014 an unarmed Russian fighter aircraft made 12 passes of
the American warship the USS Cook in the Black Sea. Such aggressive
behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the
ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence.
On April 23 2014 an armed Russian fighter undertook very threatening
manoeuvres in the vicinity of an American reconnaissance aircraft in the
Sea of Okhotsk. These manoeuvres involved demonstrating that the fighter
was armed. Such behaviour is far removed from what would be expected in
a relatively routine encounter.
In June 2014 armed Russian aircraft approached the heavily populated
Danish island of Bornholm before breaking off in what appears to have
been a simulated attack. The Danish intelligence service described the
incident as “of a more offensive character than observed in recent years.”
On 16 July 2014 an armed Russian aircraft intercepted a Swedish
surveillance plane conducting operations between Gotland and Latvia in
international airspace, and flew within 10 metres of the plane. This
indicated a far more aggressive approach to intercepting aircraft than
in previous encounters.
On 18 July 2014 an American surveillance plane conducting operations
near Kaliningrad was chased into Swedish air-space after being
approached by Russian fighters. This evasive action took place without
Sweden’s prior approval that the US aircraft could enter Swedish airspace.
In early September, 2014 Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea
near Canada practiced cruise missile strikes on the United States. The
Russian aircraft stayed outside of Canada’s ADIZ but this was still a
provocative move in light of the NATO summit ongoing at the time. Cruise
missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York,
Washington, Chicago, and the Norfolk Naval Base in range.
On 7 September 2014 HMCS Toronto (a frigate) was buzzed by a Russian
aircraft in the Black Sea, with the plane coming within 300 metres of
the warship. HMCS Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took
no further action as the aircraft was not armed. This incident coincided
with larger Russian naval combat training activities near Sevastopol.
Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have
resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of
self-defence.
On 17 September 2014 two Russian military aircraft crossed into Swedish
air-space south of the island of Oland. The Russian Su-24 bombers
intentionally violated Swedish airspace possibly to test the
capabilities of the air defence system strengthened after previous
incidents. The Swedish Foreign Minister described the incident as the
‘most serious aerial incursion’ in years.
On 19 September 2014 Russian officers detained a Lithuanian shipping
vessel in international waters in the Barents Sea, subsequently towing
it to Murmansk. This represented a clear escalation in Russian attempts
at the provocation and intimidation of the Baltic States.
On 3 October 2014 a Russian fighter flew “within metres” of Swedish
surveillance aircraft in the Baltic in an incident deemed “unusually
provocative”. A collision between the aircraft would have had serious
repercussions for bilateral relations and increased military tensions
across the entire Baltic area.
From 28-30 October 2014, Russia conducted a major air exercise in the
North Sea, Atlantic, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. In a series of
developments, aircraft from NATO states and partners tracked Russian
long-range bombers conducting missions across this entire area,
including a large formation of Russian fighters and bombers conducting
missions over the Baltic Sea. All missions were conducted in
international airspace but their scale and use of different kinds of
aircraft and different zones of operation has added significantly to
increased tensions between NATO and Russia.
Near Routine Incidents

On 10 April 2014 two Russian Navy vessels involved in live missile
firing exercises entered Lithuania’s Baltic maritime economic zone,
causing serious disruption to shipping.
On 20 April 2014 a Russian recon aircraft observed Swedish military
installations. Unclear if there was a Swedish response.
On 23 April 2014 a Russian aircraft entered Dutch airspace before being
intercepted by Dutch fighter aircraft.
On 24 April 2014 RAF fighters intercepted and shadowed Russian aircraft
in international airspace over the North Sea.
On 28 April 2014, fighters with the Nato Baltic Air Policing force
scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft in international airspace.
On 9 May 2014 Russian aircraft approached to within 50 miles of the
Californian coast, the closest such Russian military flight since the
Cold War.
On 18 May 2014 RAF fighters intercepted a Russian helicopter and
shadowed it back to its parent corvette in the Baltic Sea; the fighters
later performed several passes of the Russian warship.
In late May, early June 2014 Russian aircraft carried out several
incursions into the US and Canadian Air Defence Identification Zones in
the Arctic.
On 12 June 2014, Nato fighters intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace near Latvia.
On 17 June 2014, RAF fighters intercepted a Russian air formation in
international airspace.
On 19 June 2014; HMS Montrose, a British frigate, was sent to
investigate a Russian corvette in international waters near Denmark’s
Baltic coast. HMS Montrose was subsequently circled by Russian maritime
patrol aircraft.
From 21 May to 13 August 2014, a series of short airspace violations by
Russian aircraft were reported over the Estonian island of Vaindloo.
On 1 August, Polish fighters of the Nato Baltic air-policing mission
intercepted Russian aircraft flying near Estonia airspace.
In early August 2014 several Russian air incursions were reported into
the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.
On 7 August 2014 anti-submarine forces of Russia’s Northern Fleet
reportedly expelled an American submarine from the Barents Sea. The US
denied its submarines were operating in the area.
On 28 August 2014, there was an air incident involving an unknown Nato
country and Russia. No details beyond aircraft type except that incident
took place over the Baltic.
In August/September 2014, Russian naval and air units interfered with
the operations of a Finnish research vessel on two separate occasions.
In late August, 2014, multiple breaches of Finnish air-space by Russian
state aircraft were reported. In response, Finland has already indicated
that it will react more firmly to violations of its airspace in future.
On 11 September 2014, Canadian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace.
Between the 17 and 18 September 2014, Russian jets entered the ADIZ off
the coast of Alaska (officials say such incidents happen around 10 times
a year) on two separate occasions, once on the evening of Wednesday 17th
Sep (USA ADIZ) and once on the morning of Thursday 18th Sep (Canadian
ADIZ, Beaufort Sea). The Russian planes were intercepted by American and
Canadian fighters. These incidents coincide with Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s visits to Ottawa and Washington.
On 19 September 2014, RAF jets shadowed Russian aircraft in
international airspace above the north sea.
On 29 September 2014, Latvian forces observed a Russian warship
operating 14 miles from Latvian territorial waters; article observes
that Russian jets and warships have been detected 173 times near
Latvia’s borders as of September.
On 20 October 2014, planes from the Baltic Air Policing mission
intercepted Russian surveillance Il-20 aircraft in international airspace
On 21 October 2014 Baltic Air Policing planes (Portuguese F-16s)
intercepted Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft which entered Estonian
airspace next to the island of Saarema for about a minute.
On 31 October 2014, RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian aircraft
approaching UK airspace.
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-07 11:29:06 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/htyvl3t> jpost.com

Netanyahu: Deepening ties with Russia important for Israel's security

The deepening ties between Israel and Russia are important for the country's
security, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday as he addressed a
Jerusalem Day ceremony .. Russia today is a world power and its relation to
Israel is only growing stronger and deeper, Netanyahu said. / These ties are
important "for our national security ..

Israel has worked to strengthen its ties with Moscow ..

Despite the fact that Moscow is working closely with the Iran-led axis, which
includes Israel's most bitter, formidable enemy in the region - Hezbollah -
Russia's presence has proven to be a moderating, restraining influence ..
During the visit the Israeli delegation will look to increase cooperation with
Russia with regard to the economy, trade and culture. ..

...

One of the Russia's objectives in the region, as I myself understand it, is
to decrease the mutual obsession between Israel and Iran, and here's a Western
interest too, excluding those who were accustomed to devotedly demonize Iran.
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Russia Almost Doubles Gas Exports to the U.K.
Siri Cruise
2016-06-07 12:06:17 UTC
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Israel has worked to strengthen its ties with Moscow ..
One hopes. Then Israel can concentrate on killing its new Russian friends and
give old American friends a respite.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
One of the Russia's objectives in the region, as I myself understand it, is
to decrease the mutual obsession between Israel and Iran, and here's a Western
It will be fun balancing old bestest friend Syria and new bestest friend Israel.
--
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'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
If you assume the final scene is a dying delusion as Tom Cruise drowns below
the Louvre, then Edge of Tomorrow has a happy ending. Kill Tom repeat..
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2016-06-07 16:59:16 UTC
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Netanyahu: Deepening ties with Russia
Pffft!

Russkie WW3 provocation:


http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/world/us-russia-bombers-intentions/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/full-list-of-incidents-involving-russian-military-and-nato-since-march-2014-9851309.html


Russian military strategy causing dangerous encounters
Russian-su27.jpg

The Russian su-27 fighter jet photographed next to a Swedish
intelligence plane.

A full list of 39 incidents since March 2014

As classified by the European Leadership Network

High Risk Incidents

On 3 March 2014 a close encounter occurred between a SAS passenger plane
taking off from Copenhagen and a Russian reconnaissance aircraft which
did not transmit its position 50 miles south east of Malmo. A collision
was apparently avoided thanks only to good visibility and the alertness
of the passenger plane pilots. The SAS 737 plane was carrying 132
passengers to Rome.
On 5 September 2014 an Estonian security service operative, Eston
Kohver, was abducted by Russian agents from an Estonian border post, on
Estonian, and therefore NATO, territory. He was later taken to Moscow
and accused of espionage. The incident itself involved communications
jamming and the use of smoke grenades, and took place immediately after
President Obama’s visit to the region and his repetition of security
assurances to the Baltic States.
Between 17-27 October, 2014 a major submarine hunt by Swedish
authorities was prompted by credible intelligence reports of “underwater
activity” in the Stockholm archipelago in Swedish territorial waters.
Supreme Commander General Sverker Göranson underlined that Sweden was
ready to use “armed force” to bring the vessel to the surface if
necessary. Russia issued denials and attempted to ridicule Swedish
concerns. The major search operation stopped on Oct. 24.
Serious Incidents with Escalation Risk

On 12 April 2014 an unarmed Russian fighter aircraft made 12 passes of
the American warship the USS Cook in the Black Sea. Such aggressive
behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the
ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence.
On April 23 2014 an armed Russian fighter undertook very threatening
manoeuvres in the vicinity of an American reconnaissance aircraft in the
Sea of Okhotsk. These manoeuvres involved demonstrating that the fighter
was armed. Such behaviour is far removed from what would be expected in
a relatively routine encounter.
In June 2014 armed Russian aircraft approached the heavily populated
Danish island of Bornholm before breaking off in what appears to have
been a simulated attack. The Danish intelligence service described the
incident as “of a more offensive character than observed in recent years.”
On 16 July 2014 an armed Russian aircraft intercepted a Swedish
surveillance plane conducting operations between Gotland and Latvia in
international airspace, and flew within 10 metres of the plane. This
indicated a far more aggressive approach to intercepting aircraft than
in previous encounters.
On 18 July 2014 an American surveillance plane conducting operations
near Kaliningrad was chased into Swedish air-space after being
approached by Russian fighters. This evasive action took place without
Sweden’s prior approval that the US aircraft could enter Swedish airspace.
In early September, 2014 Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea
near Canada practiced cruise missile strikes on the United States. The
Russian aircraft stayed outside of Canada’s ADIZ but this was still a
provocative move in light of the NATO summit ongoing at the time. Cruise
missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York,
Washington, Chicago, and the Norfolk Naval Base in range.
On 7 September 2014 HMCS Toronto (a frigate) was buzzed by a Russian
aircraft in the Black Sea, with the plane coming within 300 metres of
the warship. HMCS Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took
no further action as the aircraft was not armed. This incident coincided
with larger Russian naval combat training activities near Sevastopol.
Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have
resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of
self-defence.
On 17 September 2014 two Russian military aircraft crossed into Swedish
air-space south of the island of Oland. The Russian Su-24 bombers
intentionally violated Swedish airspace possibly to test the
capabilities of the air defence system strengthened after previous
incidents. The Swedish Foreign Minister described the incident as the
‘most serious aerial incursion’ in years.
On 19 September 2014 Russian officers detained a Lithuanian shipping
vessel in international waters in the Barents Sea, subsequently towing
it to Murmansk. This represented a clear escalation in Russian attempts
at the provocation and intimidation of the Baltic States.
On 3 October 2014 a Russian fighter flew “within metres” of Swedish
surveillance aircraft in the Baltic in an incident deemed “unusually
provocative”. A collision between the aircraft would have had serious
repercussions for bilateral relations and increased military tensions
across the entire Baltic area.
From 28-30 October 2014, Russia conducted a major air exercise in the
North Sea, Atlantic, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. In a series of
developments, aircraft from NATO states and partners tracked Russian
long-range bombers conducting missions across this entire area,
including a large formation of Russian fighters and bombers conducting
missions over the Baltic Sea. All missions were conducted in
international airspace but their scale and use of different kinds of
aircraft and different zones of operation has added significantly to
increased tensions between NATO and Russia.
Near Routine Incidents

On 10 April 2014 two Russian Navy vessels involved in live missile
firing exercises entered Lithuania’s Baltic maritime economic zone,
causing serious disruption to shipping.
On 20 April 2014 a Russian recon aircraft observed Swedish military
installations. Unclear if there was a Swedish response.
On 23 April 2014 a Russian aircraft entered Dutch airspace before being
intercepted by Dutch fighter aircraft.
On 24 April 2014 RAF fighters intercepted and shadowed Russian aircraft
in international airspace over the North Sea.
On 28 April 2014, fighters with the Nato Baltic Air Policing force
scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft in international airspace.
On 9 May 2014 Russian aircraft approached to within 50 miles of the
Californian coast, the closest such Russian military flight since the
Cold War.
On 18 May 2014 RAF fighters intercepted a Russian helicopter and
shadowed it back to its parent corvette in the Baltic Sea; the fighters
later performed several passes of the Russian warship.
In late May, early June 2014 Russian aircraft carried out several
incursions into the US and Canadian Air Defence Identification Zones in
the Arctic.
On 12 June 2014, Nato fighters intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace near Latvia.
On 17 June 2014, RAF fighters intercepted a Russian air formation in
international airspace.
On 19 June 2014; HMS Montrose, a British frigate, was sent to
investigate a Russian corvette in international waters near Denmark’s
Baltic coast. HMS Montrose was subsequently circled by Russian maritime
patrol aircraft.
From 21 May to 13 August 2014, a series of short airspace violations by
Russian aircraft were reported over the Estonian island of Vaindloo.
On 1 August, Polish fighters of the Nato Baltic air-policing mission
intercepted Russian aircraft flying near Estonia airspace.
In early August 2014 several Russian air incursions were reported into
the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.
On 7 August 2014 anti-submarine forces of Russia’s Northern Fleet
reportedly expelled an American submarine from the Barents Sea. The US
denied its submarines were operating in the area.
On 28 August 2014, there was an air incident involving an unknown Nato
country and Russia. No details beyond aircraft type except that incident
took place over the Baltic.
In August/September 2014, Russian naval and air units interfered with
the operations of a Finnish research vessel on two separate occasions.
In late August, 2014, multiple breaches of Finnish air-space by Russian
state aircraft were reported. In response, Finland has already indicated
that it will react more firmly to violations of its airspace in future.
On 11 September 2014, Canadian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace.
Between the 17 and 18 September 2014, Russian jets entered the ADIZ off
the coast of Alaska (officials say such incidents happen around 10 times
a year) on two separate occasions, once on the evening of Wednesday 17th
Sep (USA ADIZ) and once on the morning of Thursday 18th Sep (Canadian
ADIZ, Beaufort Sea). The Russian planes were intercepted by American and
Canadian fighters. These incidents coincide with Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s visits to Ottawa and Washington.
On 19 September 2014, RAF jets shadowed Russian aircraft in
international airspace above the north sea.
On 29 September 2014, Latvian forces observed a Russian warship
operating 14 miles from Latvian territorial waters; article observes
that Russian jets and warships have been detected 173 times near
Latvia’s borders as of September.
On 20 October 2014, planes from the Baltic Air Policing mission
intercepted Russian surveillance Il-20 aircraft in international airspace
On 21 October 2014 Baltic Air Policing planes (Portuguese F-16s)
intercepted Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft which entered Estonian
airspace next to the island of Saarema for about a minute.
On 31 October 2014, RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian aircraft
approaching UK airspace.
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2016-06-07 21:24:18 UTC
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Israel has worked to strengthen its ties with Moscow ..
Never mind that Jonathan Pollard divulged the exact locations of
Soviet/Russian command and control centers, so that Israel could do a
nuclear decap job if necessary...
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2016-06-05 07:17:25 UTC
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European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech
Still irrelevant to US laws.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
The European Union (EU), in partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and
Microsoft, has unveiled a "code of conduct" to combat the spread of "illegal
These aren't public carriers in the US, so they can provide and withdraws at
their own discretion. And it is legal to run a new service to the public that
ignores EU, Russia, and China. You can even make it a business.
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'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
If you assume the final scene is a dying delusion as Tom Cruise drowns below
the Louvre, then Edge of Tomorrow has a happy ending. Kill Tom repeat..
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2016-06-05 14:48:14 UTC
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European Union Declares War on Internet
Russkie WW3 provocation:


http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-fighter-conducts-dangerous-intercept-of-u-s-recon-jet/

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/america-responds-to-russian-provocation-in-baltic-sea-with-subdued-carefully-worded-statement/news-story/5a179d3685e87428767d4916b9162ecf

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/15/kerry-says-us-navy-destroyer-couldve-shot-down-russian-warplanes.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/politics/us-russian-bombers-july-4-intercept/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/world/us-russia-bombers-intentions/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/full-list-of-incidents-involving-russian-military-and-nato-since-march-2014-9851309.html


Russian military strategy causing dangerous encounters
Russian-su27.jpg

The Russian su-27 fighter jet photographed next to a Swedish
intelligence plane.

A full list of 39 incidents since March 2014

As classified by the European Leadership Network

High Risk Incidents

On 3 March 2014 a close encounter occurred between a SAS passenger plane
taking off from Copenhagen and a Russian reconnaissance aircraft which
did not transmit its position 50 miles south east of Malmo. A collision
was apparently avoided thanks only to good visibility and the alertness
of the passenger plane pilots. The SAS 737 plane was carrying 132
passengers to Rome.
On 5 September 2014 an Estonian security service operative, Eston
Kohver, was abducted by Russian agents from an Estonian border post, on
Estonian, and therefore NATO, territory. He was later taken to Moscow
and accused of espionage. The incident itself involved communications
jamming and the use of smoke grenades, and took place immediately after
President Obama’s visit to the region and his repetition of security
assurances to the Baltic States.
Between 17-27 October, 2014 a major submarine hunt by Swedish
authorities was prompted by credible intelligence reports of “underwater
activity” in the Stockholm archipelago in Swedish territorial waters.
Supreme Commander General Sverker Göranson underlined that Sweden was
ready to use “armed force” to bring the vessel to the surface if
necessary. Russia issued denials and attempted to ridicule Swedish
concerns. The major search operation stopped on Oct. 24.
Serious Incidents with Escalation Risk

On 12 April 2014 an unarmed Russian fighter aircraft made 12 passes of
the American warship the USS Cook in the Black Sea. Such aggressive
behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the
ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence.
On April 23 2014 an armed Russian fighter undertook very threatening
manoeuvres in the vicinity of an American reconnaissance aircraft in the
Sea of Okhotsk. These manoeuvres involved demonstrating that the fighter
was armed. Such behaviour is far removed from what would be expected in
a relatively routine encounter.
In June 2014 armed Russian aircraft approached the heavily populated
Danish island of Bornholm before breaking off in what appears to have
been a simulated attack. The Danish intelligence service described the
incident as “of a more offensive character than observed in recent years.”
On 16 July 2014 an armed Russian aircraft intercepted a Swedish
surveillance plane conducting operations between Gotland and Latvia in
international airspace, and flew within 10 metres of the plane. This
indicated a far more aggressive approach to intercepting aircraft than
in previous encounters.
On 18 July 2014 an American surveillance plane conducting operations
near Kaliningrad was chased into Swedish air-space after being
approached by Russian fighters. This evasive action took place without
Sweden’s prior approval that the US aircraft could enter Swedish airspace.
In early September, 2014 Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea
near Canada practiced cruise missile strikes on the United States. The
Russian aircraft stayed outside of Canada’s ADIZ but this was still a
provocative move in light of the NATO summit ongoing at the time. Cruise
missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York,
Washington, Chicago, and the Norfolk Naval Base in range.
On 7 September 2014 HMCS Toronto (a frigate) was buzzed by a Russian
aircraft in the Black Sea, with the plane coming within 300 metres of
the warship. HMCS Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took
no further action as the aircraft was not armed. This incident coincided
with larger Russian naval combat training activities near Sevastopol.
Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have
resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of
self-defence.
On 17 September 2014 two Russian military aircraft crossed into Swedish
air-space south of the island of Oland. The Russian Su-24 bombers
intentionally violated Swedish airspace possibly to test the
capabilities of the air defence system strengthened after previous
incidents. The Swedish Foreign Minister described the incident as the
‘most serious aerial incursion’ in years.
On 19 September 2014 Russian officers detained a Lithuanian shipping
vessel in international waters in the Barents Sea, subsequently towing
it to Murmansk. This represented a clear escalation in Russian attempts
at the provocation and intimidation of the Baltic States.
On 3 October 2014 a Russian fighter flew “within metres” of Swedish
surveillance aircraft in the Baltic in an incident deemed “unusually
provocative”. A collision between the aircraft would have had serious
repercussions for bilateral relations and increased military tensions
across the entire Baltic area.
From 28-30 October 2014, Russia conducted a major air exercise in the
North Sea, Atlantic, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. In a series of
developments, aircraft from NATO states and partners tracked Russian
long-range bombers conducting missions across this entire area,
including a large formation of Russian fighters and bombers conducting
missions over the Baltic Sea. All missions were conducted in
international airspace but their scale and use of different kinds of
aircraft and different zones of operation has added significantly to
increased tensions between NATO and Russia.
Near Routine Incidents

On 10 April 2014 two Russian Navy vessels involved in live missile
firing exercises entered Lithuania’s Baltic maritime economic zone,
causing serious disruption to shipping.
On 20 April 2014 a Russian recon aircraft observed Swedish military
installations. Unclear if there was a Swedish response.
On 23 April 2014 a Russian aircraft entered Dutch airspace before being
intercepted by Dutch fighter aircraft.
On 24 April 2014 RAF fighters intercepted and shadowed Russian aircraft
in international airspace over the North Sea.
On 28 April 2014, fighters with the Nato Baltic Air Policing force
scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft in international airspace.
On 9 May 2014 Russian aircraft approached to within 50 miles of the
Californian coast, the closest such Russian military flight since the
Cold War.
On 18 May 2014 RAF fighters intercepted a Russian helicopter and
shadowed it back to its parent corvette in the Baltic Sea; the fighters
later performed several passes of the Russian warship.
In late May, early June 2014 Russian aircraft carried out several
incursions into the US and Canadian Air Defence Identification Zones in
the Arctic.
On 12 June 2014, Nato fighters intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace near Latvia.
On 17 June 2014, RAF fighters intercepted a Russian air formation in
international airspace.
On 19 June 2014; HMS Montrose, a British frigate, was sent to
investigate a Russian corvette in international waters near Denmark’s
Baltic coast. HMS Montrose was subsequently circled by Russian maritime
patrol aircraft.
From 21 May to 13 August 2014, a series of short airspace violations by
Russian aircraft were reported over the Estonian island of Vaindloo.
On 1 August, Polish fighters of the Nato Baltic air-policing mission
intercepted Russian aircraft flying near Estonia airspace.
In early August 2014 several Russian air incursions were reported into
the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.
On 7 August 2014 anti-submarine forces of Russia’s Northern Fleet
reportedly expelled an American submarine from the Barents Sea. The US
denied its submarines were operating in the area.
On 28 August 2014, there was an air incident involving an unknown Nato
country and Russia. No details beyond aircraft type except that incident
took place over the Baltic.
In August/September 2014, Russian naval and air units interfered with
the operations of a Finnish research vessel on two separate occasions.
In late August, 2014, multiple breaches of Finnish air-space by Russian
state aircraft were reported. In response, Finland has already indicated
that it will react more firmly to violations of its airspace in future.
On 11 September 2014, Canadian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace.
Between the 17 and 18 September 2014, Russian jets entered the ADIZ off
the coast of Alaska (officials say such incidents happen around 10 times
a year) on two separate occasions, once on the evening of Wednesday 17th
Sep (USA ADIZ) and once on the morning of Thursday 18th Sep (Canadian
ADIZ, Beaufort Sea). The Russian planes were intercepted by American and
Canadian fighters. These incidents coincide with Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s visits to Ottawa and Washington.
On 19 September 2014, RAF jets shadowed Russian aircraft in
international airspace above the north sea.
On 29 September 2014, Latvian forces observed a Russian warship
operating 14 miles from Latvian territorial waters; article observes
that Russian jets and warships have been detected 173 times near
Latvia’s borders as of September.
On 20 October 2014, planes from the Baltic Air Policing mission
intercepted Russian surveillance Il-20 aircraft in international airspace
On 21 October 2014 Baltic Air Policing planes (Portuguese F-16s)
intercepted Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft which entered Estonian
airspace next to the island of Saarema for about a minute.
On 31 October 2014, RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian aircraft
approaching UK airspace.
Jonathan
2016-06-05 16:03:41 UTC
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<http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8189/social-media-censorship>
European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech
Soeren Kern | June 3, 2016
The European Union (EU), in partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and
Microsoft, has unveiled a "code of conduct" to combat the spread of "illegal
hate speech" online in Europe. ..
This is an unfortunate, but almost understandable
response, to the recent terror attacks in Europe.

Terror attacks caused by the largest refugee crisis
since WW2 - caused by the massive and indiscriminate
barrel bombing of one Syrian civilian population center
after another by the Assad/Putin team.

Did you see what just happened to your second
airbase in Syria a couple weeks ago?

Wiped out...

https://www.stratfor.com/analysis/discerning-damage-crucial-syrian-air-base


Did you see what happened yesterday to Putin's only
allies he has left, Assad and Iran's Headquarters
in the second largest city in Syria, Aleppo...yesterday.

Guess they shouldn't have placed their combined HQ next
to the ammo dump?


Open Aleppo || The destruction of joint operations between
Assad's forces and the Iranian militias room
video (4:50)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOaLfgFgZck&feature=youtu.be


And now Russia is considering sending in ground troops.
Sounds like things aren't going well since the peace
talks ended. Can you spell quagmire? And remember
how Afghanistan was lost? Can you spell manpads?


Remember Kerry said there would be a Plan B if
talked fell apart?


Russian ground operation in Syria 'under discussion'
Kremlin insider tells Al Jazeera that Moscow is considering sending
special forces to fight against Syrian rebel groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/russian-ground-operation-syria-160602094724997.html



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2016-06-07 12:35:58 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/hqvhfxp> consortiumnews.com

Europe Sleepwalks toward World War III

The West's scary new catch phrase for anything the diabolical Russians do is
"hybrid war," accusing Moscow of spreading propaganda and funding NGOs, pretty
much what the West has been doing for decades, as Gilbert Doctorow explains.

Gilbert Doctorow | June 6, 2016

The momentum into a new Cold War - and possibly toward World War III - is
growing stronger, a process in Europe that has the look of a brain-dead
continent sleepwalking toward the abyss, unwilling or unable to resist the
accumulation of harsh propaganda against Russia.

Indeed, the new buzz word in the West - directed against anyone who challenges
whatever extreme charge is made against Moscow - is that you're part of
Russia's "hybrid war" against the West. In other words, silencing these few
voices of dissent is portrayed as a defensive measure against "Russian
aggression."

Of course, this intimidation of those speaking up against a new Cold War is
reminiscent of the old Cold War when people who urged peaceful coexistence
were smeared as communist stooges. Now, you can expect to be dismissed as a
fifth columnist serving your Kremlin masters as they wage "hybrid war," a
vague concept that suggests that criticizing the West's policies is just one
element of a hostile strategy hatched in Moscow. ..

Yet, the record shows unequivocally that the Kremlin's foreign policy follows
one principle only, Realism, meaning defense of national strategic interests,
and is not subject to Romantic nationalist visions of any kind. ..

While individual countries in Europe have reputations for ingrained
individualism and divergence of opinion, Europe as a whole has a reputation
for consensus or going with the flow, even if the flow is heading over the
cliff. ..

Read the long article in full <http://tinyurl.com/hqvhfxp>
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2016-06-07 13:12:44 UTC
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The momentum into a new Cold War - and possibly toward World War III - is
growing stronger, a process in Europe that has the look of a brain-dead
continent sleepwalking toward the abyss, unwilling or unable to resist the
accumulation of harsh propaganda against Russia.
1 July 2014. en.kremlin.ru.

Give me a call when NATO threatens Russia because NATO countries decide they can
take any means necessary to defend their favourite minority in Russia.
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<http://tinyurl.com/jmgovul> theglobeandmail.com

Former U.S. diplomat criticizes Canada's 'weakness' on Russia

President Barack Obama's former ambassador to Russia says Canada is showing a
"sign of weakness" by not pushing ahead with a promised U.S.-style Magnitsky
Act that would punish Russians deemed to be human-rights violators with visa
bans and asset freezes.

Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. envoy to Moscow from 2012 to 2014 and
before that was Mr. Obama's special White House adviser on Russia, said Canada
should follow the U.S. lead even if it infuriates the Kremlin.

He expressed disappointment with Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion for
rejecting all-party calls for a Canadian version of the Magnitsky Act. ..

<http://tinyurl.com/zw8zt9h> viettimes.vn

In an interview with The POSTIMEES of Estonia, Former US Ambassador Michael
McFaul says Russia should have "concrete response" to Russia's recent
activities. .. "The US needs to restrain Russia in line with the needs and
respond to it," - the diplomat said and added that Russia's actions are said
to have forced NATO "response to threats from Moscow". Also, McFaul said that
the NATO toward Russian borders is legal because she has never heard of the US
promised not to expand NATO eastward. "this promise has not been given, " ..

...

Mr. McFaul proved himself a moron when he served as the US envoy. Likely he
feels some butthurt after his Moscow experience, and perhaps it explains why
he is now persistently telling lies and issues bloodthirsty calls to do
something about Russia. Meanwhile the US vassals likely might notice that the
Obama's silly effort to isolate / ostracize Russia has proven to be a failure.
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<http://tinyurl.com/zlvhgsw> lexingtoninstitute.org

U.S. Security Requires Flexibility On Russian Rocket Engines

Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D | June 8, 2016

.. Without Russian engines, there is a danger U.S. warfighters will not be
able to monitor what is happening in hostile countries - including whether
they are launching nuclear missiles against the American homeland. Lawmakers
should never have allowed America's security to become dependent on the
availability of Russian engines, but that's where we stand today. The danger
would be increased by banning Russian engines before viable alternatives
become available.

...

As soon as Russia is no doubt a hostile country, and moreover - the greatest
existential threat to the US and to the whole civilized world, those greedy
Russians are willing to sell their rocket engines to the helpless Yanks is
order to allow them to monitor what's happening in Russia, - it sounds a bit
surrealistic.
<http://tinyurl.com/jrnmmtl>
Governing Through Lies And Deception
Piss on Putin
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U.S. Security Requires Flexibility On Russian Rocket Engines
Russkie WW3 provocation:


http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-fighter-conducts-dangerous-intercept-of-u-s-recon-jet/

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/america-responds-to-russian-provocation-in-baltic-sea-with-subdued-carefully-worded-statement/news-story/5a179d3685e87428767d4916b9162ecf

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/15/kerry-says-us-navy-destroyer-couldve-shot-down-russian-warplanes.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/politics/us-russian-bombers-july-4-intercept/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/world/us-russia-bombers-intentions/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/full-list-of-incidents-involving-russian-military-and-nato-since-march-2014-9851309.html


Russian military strategy causing dangerous encounters
Russian-su27.jpg

The Russian su-27 fighter jet photographed next to a Swedish
intelligence plane.

A full list of 39 incidents since March 2014

As classified by the European Leadership Network

High Risk Incidents

On 3 March 2014 a close encounter occurred between a SAS passenger plane
taking off from Copenhagen and a Russian reconnaissance aircraft which
did not transmit its position 50 miles south east of Malmo. A collision
was apparently avoided thanks only to good visibility and the alertness
of the passenger plane pilots. The SAS 737 plane was carrying 132
passengers to Rome.
On 5 September 2014 an Estonian security service operative, Eston
Kohver, was abducted by Russian agents from an Estonian border post, on
Estonian, and therefore NATO, territory. He was later taken to Moscow
and accused of espionage. The incident itself involved communications
jamming and the use of smoke grenades, and took place immediately after
President Obama’s visit to the region and his repetition of security
assurances to the Baltic States.
Between 17-27 October, 2014 a major submarine hunt by Swedish
authorities was prompted by credible intelligence reports of “underwater
activity” in the Stockholm archipelago in Swedish territorial waters.
Supreme Commander General Sverker Göranson underlined that Sweden was
ready to use “armed force” to bring the vessel to the surface if
necessary. Russia issued denials and attempted to ridicule Swedish
concerns. The major search operation stopped on Oct. 24.
Serious Incidents with Escalation Risk

On 12 April 2014 an unarmed Russian fighter aircraft made 12 passes of
the American warship the USS Cook in the Black Sea. Such aggressive
behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the
ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence.
On April 23 2014 an armed Russian fighter undertook very threatening
manoeuvres in the vicinity of an American reconnaissance aircraft in the
Sea of Okhotsk. These manoeuvres involved demonstrating that the fighter
was armed. Such behaviour is far removed from what would be expected in
a relatively routine encounter.
In June 2014 armed Russian aircraft approached the heavily populated
Danish island of Bornholm before breaking off in what appears to have
been a simulated attack. The Danish intelligence service described the
incident as “of a more offensive character than observed in recent years.”
On 16 July 2014 an armed Russian aircraft intercepted a Swedish
surveillance plane conducting operations between Gotland and Latvia in
international airspace, and flew within 10 metres of the plane. This
indicated a far more aggressive approach to intercepting aircraft than
in previous encounters.
On 18 July 2014 an American surveillance plane conducting operations
near Kaliningrad was chased into Swedish air-space after being
approached by Russian fighters. This evasive action took place without
Sweden’s prior approval that the US aircraft could enter Swedish airspace.
In early September, 2014 Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea
near Canada practiced cruise missile strikes on the United States. The
Russian aircraft stayed outside of Canada’s ADIZ but this was still a
provocative move in light of the NATO summit ongoing at the time. Cruise
missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York,
Washington, Chicago, and the Norfolk Naval Base in range.
On 7 September 2014 HMCS Toronto (a frigate) was buzzed by a Russian
aircraft in the Black Sea, with the plane coming within 300 metres of
the warship. HMCS Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took
no further action as the aircraft was not armed. This incident coincided
with larger Russian naval combat training activities near Sevastopol.
Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have
resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of
self-defence.
On 17 September 2014 two Russian military aircraft crossed into Swedish
air-space south of the island of Oland. The Russian Su-24 bombers
intentionally violated Swedish airspace possibly to test the
capabilities of the air defence system strengthened after previous
incidents. The Swedish Foreign Minister described the incident as the
‘most serious aerial incursion’ in years.
On 19 September 2014 Russian officers detained a Lithuanian shipping
vessel in international waters in the Barents Sea, subsequently towing
it to Murmansk. This represented a clear escalation in Russian attempts
at the provocation and intimidation of the Baltic States.
On 3 October 2014 a Russian fighter flew “within metres” of Swedish
surveillance aircraft in the Baltic in an incident deemed “unusually
provocative”. A collision between the aircraft would have had serious
repercussions for bilateral relations and increased military tensions
across the entire Baltic area.
From 28-30 October 2014, Russia conducted a major air exercise in the
North Sea, Atlantic, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. In a series of
developments, aircraft from NATO states and partners tracked Russian
long-range bombers conducting missions across this entire area,
including a large formation of Russian fighters and bombers conducting
missions over the Baltic Sea. All missions were conducted in
international airspace but their scale and use of different kinds of
aircraft and different zones of operation has added significantly to
increased tensions between NATO and Russia.
Near Routine Incidents

On 10 April 2014 two Russian Navy vessels involved in live missile
firing exercises entered Lithuania’s Baltic maritime economic zone,
causing serious disruption to shipping.
On 20 April 2014 a Russian recon aircraft observed Swedish military
installations. Unclear if there was a Swedish response.
On 23 April 2014 a Russian aircraft entered Dutch airspace before being
intercepted by Dutch fighter aircraft.
On 24 April 2014 RAF fighters intercepted and shadowed Russian aircraft
in international airspace over the North Sea.
On 28 April 2014, fighters with the Nato Baltic Air Policing force
scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft in international airspace.
On 9 May 2014 Russian aircraft approached to within 50 miles of the
Californian coast, the closest such Russian military flight since the
Cold War.
On 18 May 2014 RAF fighters intercepted a Russian helicopter and
shadowed it back to its parent corvette in the Baltic Sea; the fighters
later performed several passes of the Russian warship.
In late May, early June 2014 Russian aircraft carried out several
incursions into the US and Canadian Air Defence Identification Zones in
the Arctic.
On 12 June 2014, Nato fighters intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace near Latvia.
On 17 June 2014, RAF fighters intercepted a Russian air formation in
international airspace.
On 19 June 2014; HMS Montrose, a British frigate, was sent to
investigate a Russian corvette in international waters near Denmark’s
Baltic coast. HMS Montrose was subsequently circled by Russian maritime
patrol aircraft.
From 21 May to 13 August 2014, a series of short airspace violations by
Russian aircraft were reported over the Estonian island of Vaindloo.
On 1 August, Polish fighters of the Nato Baltic air-policing mission
intercepted Russian aircraft flying near Estonia airspace.
In early August 2014 several Russian air incursions were reported into
the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.
On 7 August 2014 anti-submarine forces of Russia’s Northern Fleet
reportedly expelled an American submarine from the Barents Sea. The US
denied its submarines were operating in the area.
On 28 August 2014, there was an air incident involving an unknown Nato
country and Russia. No details beyond aircraft type except that incident
took place over the Baltic.
In August/September 2014, Russian naval and air units interfered with
the operations of a Finnish research vessel on two separate occasions.
In late August, 2014, multiple breaches of Finnish air-space by Russian
state aircraft were reported. In response, Finland has already indicated
that it will react more firmly to violations of its airspace in future.
On 11 September 2014, Canadian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace.
Between the 17 and 18 September 2014, Russian jets entered the ADIZ off
the coast of Alaska (officials say such incidents happen around 10 times
a year) on two separate occasions, once on the evening of Wednesday 17th
Sep (USA ADIZ) and once on the morning of Thursday 18th Sep (Canadian
ADIZ, Beaufort Sea). The Russian planes were intercepted by American and
Canadian fighters. These incidents coincide with Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s visits to Ottawa and Washington.
On 19 September 2014, RAF jets shadowed Russian aircraft in
international airspace above the north sea.
On 29 September 2014, Latvian forces observed a Russian warship
operating 14 miles from Latvian territorial waters; article observes
that Russian jets and warships have been detected 173 times near
Latvia’s borders as of September.
On 20 October 2014, planes from the Baltic Air Policing mission
intercepted Russian surveillance Il-20 aircraft in international airspace
On 21 October 2014 Baltic Air Policing planes (Portuguese F-16s)
intercepted Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft which entered Estonian
airspace next to the island of Saarema for about a minute.
On 31 October 2014, RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian aircraft
approaching UK airspace.
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Nuland to Congress: We Spend $100 Mil a Year Trying to Destabilize Russia
(Video)

In addition a further $600 million was used to help make Ukraine a failed
state hell hole

Ricky Twisdale

On Tuesday, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations scheduled a two-hour
<http://bit.ly/28ox87K> anti-Russian hate-fest. Lies, misinformation and
jaw-dropping stupidity were on full display. The star witness of course, was
Tricky Vicky Nuland.

These congressional committee meetings crack me up. In theory, they're
supposed to be interviewing witnesses to collect information. In reality it's
a platform for congressmen to make speeches satisfying the special interests
who own them and then they read questions from prepared notes provided to them
by "experts" or lobbyists (or maybe the witnesses themselves). Then they get
the answers they want to hear from the witnesses. It is 100% theater.

Nuland's opening statement was full of scare mongering about the supposed
threat to peaceful civilization from Moscow. She did provide some telling
facts. She said the US had already spent $600 million on "security assistance"
to Ukraine - so on top of other billions in handouts from the IMF, most of
which was stolen by oligarchs <http://bit.ly/1HXo9cN>, that's money going
directly to killing kids <http://bit.ly/1Yd3fm1> in Donbass. (Warning, the
foregoing link is very graphic. And there are many even worse images of Kiev's
terror victims I will not link to.)

Poroshenko was very clear how Kiev intends to win the war. They intend to win
it by blockade and terror shelling <https://youtu.be/aHWHqj8g7Bk> of Donetsk.
Just like Hitler planned to beat Leningrad. So they imagine.

Nuland also said the US had trained 17,000 Ukrainian troops. That's training
going directly to kill kids in Donbass. She said the US had "provided
counter-artillery and counter mortar radars" and "over 3,000 secure radios"
and "other equipment, to help Ukrainian troops successfully resist further
advances." (OS: The pro-Kiev troops are invaders in Donbas, not resistants.)

As if the "Ukrainian army" (if that's what they call neo-Nazi private legions)
and the assistance provided to them would be enough to stop the Russian army
from actually taking over Ukraine, were Moscow so inclined.

No, Vicky, that's equipment going directly to kill kids in Donbass. How's that
for "Russian propaganda?" How am I doing?

Are my fellow Americans satisfied with how their tax money is being spent?

But the United States is not stopping at simply supporting war and economic
destruction in Ukraine. They want to spread the same kind of "freedom" to
Russia.

Here's where Lil' Marco Rubio comes in. He's a tough guy. He'd probably nuke
the world just to prove he's a man. (Well, Hillary will probably do it to
prove she's a man as well.)

Lil' Marco asked Tricky Vicky if the sanctions had changed Putin's "aggressive
behavior." She said yes, they stopped him from continuing his "invasion" of
Ukraine beyond Crimea and Donbass. Then Rubio says he knows they'd hoped
Crimea would bankrupt Russia, any sign that's happening? Vicky says not yet,
but Crimea's really hurting them. Tough Lil' Marco said good we ought to
double up the sanctions. Vicky says they will if they need to, plus even if
they lift the Russia sanctions, sanctions on Crimea will never be lifted until
Crimea returns to Ukraine.

Well Crimea is never returning to Ukraine. So in other words, Crimean
sanctions will stay until hell freezes over.

So they were hoping fixing up Crimea would bankrupt Russia, but they expect us
to believe Putin wanted all Ukraine? Yeah I'm sure he wanted that trillion
dollar black hole.

Next comes in one Sen. Shaheen, who sounds like somebody's clueless
grandmother. She probably cannot find Russia on a map. She keeps glancing at
her notes just to get through her opening statement. She has probably never
even seen RT, though she condemns it on cue.

It was here that Vicky let us know the extent of US efforts to turn Russia
into a smoldering wasteland wrecked by civil war and terror just like they did
to Ukraine starting with Maidan. (But I'm sure all Vicky did was hand out
pastries <http://bit.ly/1XcVsFy>.)

Nuland claims the US is spending $100 million a year producing Russian-
language propaganda in the Baltic states and Ukraine, as well as Russia. They
also operate secret training programs for Russian journalists. She also said
they provide funding to organizations and programs inside Russia but wouldn't
give details. (OS: The folks receiving the funding and the secret training
programs are pretty known in Russia, and when they are contained from the
subversions they were supposed to do, the Atlanticist propaganda is yelling
about a lack of democracy in Russia. These obtrusive subversive US activities
partly undermine Russian native democratic developments.)

Actually, they have access to far more than that, with the total budget of the
Broadcasting Board of Governors, which runs all official US propaganda
directed abroad, being over $700 million <http://1.usa.gov/1KsthsL>. (US
government agencies and departments routinely underestimate the amount they
spend on programs, in an effort to win more funding.) (OS: Despite their huge
funding these US gov't / CIA-controlled agencies of the US propaganda are
extremelly ineffective in Russia, the main reason for which is the fact that
they operate within the bubble of delusions.) Meanwhile, Nuland told a bald
faced lie that the budget of Russia's RT was $400 million. It is closer to
$300 million <http://bit.ly/1UjtYMz>. But it would be difficult to count all
of Vicky's and her companion witness' lies in just this 2 hour time span.

Of all the times the term "Russian" or "Kremlin propaganda" is uttered by the
Western apologists, they consistently fail to give any examples. I suppose
what they really mean by "Kremlin propaganda" is facts given by people who
dare to confront their own politically correct Owellian distortion machine. In
the past decades, the United States and its allies have done plenty to
propagandize against themselves, doing no good for any country and more often
than not leaving conflict and destruction in every country they touch, both
economic and physical.

Does Russia in the last 25 years have anything like a comparable record of
international violence and expansionism? The plain facts speak for themselves,
which does the job of "Kremlin propaganda" on its own without much effort.

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"hello, lenin!" three components of america's misguided foreign policy

Edward Lozansky and Jim Jatras | June 20, 2016

Since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy could almost have been
designed to undermine our national interests. Whether under Republican George
W. Bush or Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, we have seen "regime
changes" and "color revolutions," facilitation of global jihadism while
claiming to combat it, and gratuitous confrontation with post-communist Russia
which was going out of its way to become our reliable ally.

For those familiar with the operational code of the late Soviet Union, the
counterproductive skew of American policy has a familiar ring. The Bolsheviks
sacrificed the interests of the Russian people in pursuit of their
Marxist-Leninist vision. In his famous work, "The Three Sources and Three
Component Parts of Marxism," <http://migre.me/uacoo> Vladimir Lenin, the
founder of the Soviet state, described the roots of his ruling ideology in
19th century German philosophy, British political economy, and French utopian
socialism.

It's time to ask why, under GOP and Democrat administrations alike, American
foreign policy is so dysfunctional. Also, one could notice that this policy
has three components as well.

First, consider the power of money centered in the Washington establishment,
sometimes summarized as the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC). This huge
network of institutions, both public and private, whose bread and butter
depend on global adventurism, today extends well beyond the MIC that outgoing
President Dwight Eisenhower described in 1960. Reportedly, an earlier draft
of the speech used the term "military-industrial-Congressional" complex. Asked
about the omission from the final text, Eisenhower is said to have answered
<http://migre.me/uacsd>: "It was more than enough to take on the military and
private industry. I couldn't take on the Congress as well."

The bipartisan "oligarchy" <http://migre.me/uacwf> (as Senator Jeff Sessions
calls it) or the "deep state" <http://migre.me/uaczt> (as author Mike Lofgren
calls it) includes elements of all three branches of the U.S. government, the
financial industry, government contractors, think tanks, many NGOs, the
political parties and their campaign operatives, lobbyists and PR flacks for
any of the foregoing as well as for foreign interests (think of Saudi
contributions to the Clinton Foundation), and of course the Mainstream Media
that serve as bulletin boards for official information (ask Ben Rhodes
<http://migre.me/uacF5>). Somebody is making a lot of money, but it sure isn't
the ordinary folk in what the elite of both parties concentrated on the coasts
disdain as "Flyover Country." <http://migre.me/uacLN>

Second, it would be a mistake to think this is all just money-grubbing. The
same way as members of the old Soviet nomenklatura depended on Marxism-
Leninism both as a working methodology and as a justification for their
prerogatives and privileges, the entrenched duopoly of Democrat liberal
interventionists and Republican neoconservatives relies upon an ideological
imperative. A 1996 article by William Kristol and Robert Kagan, misleadingly
titled "Toward a Neo-Reaganite Foreign Policy" <http://archive.is/UbyUO>
called for the U.S. to establish and maintain indefinitely "benevolent global
hegemony" <http://migre.me/uacYO> - American world domination for its own
sake. Kristol and Kagan laid down virtually all of the elements that have
guided U.S. foreign policy during the ensuing years, including confronting
Russia and China.

It is no accident that the same folks were enthusiastic supporters of Bill
Clinton's Balkan interventions of 1990s <http://migre.me/uad7C>, under the
guidance of people like then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
<http://migre.me/uadej>, who once opined regarding the sanctions-related
deaths of a half million Iraqi children that "the price is worth it." Few on
either side of the partisan aisle would dissent from Albright's conviction
that a militant United States has a special wisdom: "If we have to use force,
it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall
and we see further than other countries into the future", said Albright, with
Nobel Peace laureate Barack Obama repeating this line over and over again. We
are the midwife of history: Lenin couldn't have said it better.

Third, the bipartisan Washington network and its ideological "software" are an
open invitation to ethnic and foreign lobbies bent on spoiling the historic
opportunity for rapprochement with Russia and making Moscow an ally instead of
an adversary. The first round of NATO expansion (Poland, Czech Republic,
Hungary) was thoughtlessly influenced by the above mentioned MIC and
neocons/neolibs and Bill Clinton's belief that it would help him to win
reelection in 1996 by bolstering his appeal with immigrant communities
<http://migre.me/uadlN>. Today, weak allies like the Baltic States and Poland
that contribute nothing to American security - along with non-allies Ukraine
and Georgia - are happy to behave provocatively towards Russia, the only power
on earth capable of destroying us, because Uncle Sam has their back. How many
Americans would imperil New York for Tallinn, if they even know where that is?
One could say the same for Obama's game of chicken with Beijing in the South
China Sea, risking war to support the claims of Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan,
and Brunei. In Syria, Saudi and Turkish intelligence services support
Wahhabist jihadists with Washington's blessing - and then we're shocked when
terrorists hit us at home.

Donald Trump is right to question the value of these foolish and dangerous
commitments. If he is elected, he needs to take a hard look at the three
components that have ill-served us for so long and should be jettisoned the
same way Russia dumped Marxism-Leninism in 1991. If on the other hand Hillary
Clinton, a Leninist if ever there was one, is elected, we know that she will
continue and even intensify them with potentially catastrophic consequences
<http://migre.me/uadqq>.

Edward Lozansky is president of the American University in Moscow. Jim Jatras
is a former U.S. diplomat and foreign policy adviser to the Senate GOP
leadership. He shortly will release a major study on the media's role as a
transmission belt for "wars of choice."
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Since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy could almost have been
designed to undermine our national interests. Whether under Republican George
W. Bush or Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, we have seen "regime
changes" and "color revolutions," facilitation of global jihadism while
claiming to combat it, and gratuitous confrontation with post-communist Russia
which was going out of its way to become our reliable ally.
*laughs and points*

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The Long History of Rusophobia, Starting With Its Religious Roots

Russia, for one reason or the other, has always been portrayed as a threat by
the West.

Guy Mettan

Originally appeared at Izvestia <http://izvestia.ru/news/615672> - Russian
daily news. Translated by Julia Rakhmetova

The former editor of the Tribune de Genève, [Guy Mettan-RI] visited Moscow and
presented his new book Russia and the West: A Thousand Year War, which reviews
the phenomenon of Russophobia: its roots, historical evolution and modern
incarnations. Izvestia had a chance to interview him.

Q. What inspired you to write about this?

There are two reasons why I began this work. The first is a personal, family
reason. In 1994, my wife and I adopted a Russian girl, who now is now 25. Her
name is Oksana, and she is from the Vladimir region. After we adopted her, I
became interested in learning as much as possible about Russia and becoming
familiar with this large country. In the 1990's, one could obtain Russian
citizenship after adopting a Russian child. So we did that: my wife and I are
citizens of Russia and Switzerland, and Russia became part of our family's
life and history. I am a citizen of Russia, but I pay taxes in Switzerland.

The second reason why I started this work is professional. My trips to Russia
gave me an opportunity to learn what this country was all about. I understood
how big the difference was between the Russia presented in the Western media
and the one I saw myself. I just couldn't bear to watch this situation, and
decided to investigate the reasons.

What made me actually start this project was the events in Ukraine in 2014. I
saw the Western press systematically supporting one side, expressing only one
point of view - that of the government that usurped power in Kiev. And I
decided to figure out why this happened.

It's important to understand that I wasn't trying to answer the question of
who was to blame for the events in Ukraine. I was interested in why the
Western media presented this story in their own way. What was at the root of
such a heightened negative relation to Russia?

Q. Could you tell us a little about the main thrust of your book?

I looked at history and concluded that all this Russophobia started when
Charlemagne created the Western Empire 1,200 years ago, laying the foundation
for the Great Religious Split in 1054. Charlemagne created his empire in
opposition to the existing situation, when the center of the civilized world
was Byzantium.

The most shocking thing I realized was that everything they taught us in
school was wrong. They claimed that the dissidents belonged to the Eastern
Church, who split from Rome. Now I know that what happened was just the
opposite: it was the Western Catholic Church that dissented from the universal
church, while the Eastern Church remained and still is Orthodox.

In order to shift the blame from themselves, Western theologians of that time
launched a campaign to justify putting the onus on the Eastern Church. They
used arguments that returned again and again as part of the confrontation
between the West and Russia. Back then, in the Middle Ages, they began
referring to the Greek world, i.e. Byzantium, as a "territory of tyranny and
barbarism" in order to disavow responsibility for the schism.

After the fall of Constantinople, when Byzantium ended, and Russia took the
place of Byzantium as the Third Rome, all those superstitions, all those lies
about the desacralization of the Hellenic World, were automatically
transferred to Russia.

It's strange to see the notes of Western travelers through Russia starting in
the 15th century: they all describe Russia in the same terms they had used to
describe Byzantium. These fabrications, this criticism considerably increased
after the reforms of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, when Russia
became powerful on the European political scene. And by the end of the 18th
century, it had become Russophobia.

Born in France under Louis XV, it was used for a while by Napoleon to justify
animosity toward Russia, which stood in the way of France's expansionist
policy. The "Will of Peter the Great" was used by Napoleon as a justification
for his Russian campaign.

We can compare this with modern times, when in order to achieve their goals,
Americans invented the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass
destruction. Russophobia existed in France as a political ideology up until
the 19th century, when after losing the Franco-Prussian War, France realized
that its main enemy was no longer Russia but Germany, becoming Russia's ally.

As for England, Russophobia appeared there around 1815, when Great Britain, in
alliance with Russia, beat Napoleon. Once the common enemy defeated, England
reversed course and made Russia its enemy, feeding Russophobia. Since the
1820's, London has used an anti-Russian ideology to mask its expansionist
policies, both in the Mediterranean and in other regions - Egypt, India and
China.

In Germany, the situation didn't change until the end of the 19th century,
when the German Empire was created. It had no colonies, and there was no place
to get any from, since England, France, Spain and Portugal had got a head
start. All the colonies having been allocated without Russia, a political
movement appeared in Germany that sought "'expansion toward the East", i.e.,
modern Ukraine and Russia. This attempt failed during the First World War, and
later, Hitler used the same ideology.

It's no accident that German historians were at the origin of what is known as
"revisionism", the tendency to understate the USSR's contribution to the
victory over the Third Reich, overestimating the contribution of the US and
Britain.

The third type of Russophobia is American, and it began in 1945. As soon as
they defeated Germany through joint efforts with the USSR, at the cost of
millions of Soviet lives, the same story born after the victory over Napoleon
in 1815 was disseminated. The US reversed course and yesterday's ally became
its major enemy. This is how the Cold War started.

The Americans used the same arguments as the English in 1815, claiming that
they "fought against communism, tyranny, expansionism", their arguments hardly
differing, except for the so-called fight against communism. This turned out
to be a gimmick, because when the Soviet Union collapsed, the confrontation
between the West and Russia didn't end.

The nineteenth century story is repeating itself: the US keeps talking about a
"threat" supposedly emanating from Russia, in order to achieve its own goals,
promote its own interests, and pursue its own expansion. Today it demonizes
Russia in order to place NATO missiles in Poland, using the same words and
arguments that Napoleon used 200 years ago.

Q. Once at an international conference in the mid 1990s, I spoke to a
journalist from Denmark. He told me why Europe was so afraid of Russia: "See
how big Russia is, and how small Denmark is. We were always afraid of you. We
are still afraid of your aggression."

If you look at the map, you will see that the territory of Russia dominates
all of Europe. So when Europeans look at the map, they feel anxious and
concerned, because "such a huge country cannot be anything other than a
threat." Besides, European maps deliberately depict Russia as even bigger than
it really is, increasing Russophobia. Its immense size is great for European
cartoonists, who traditionally draw Russia as a huge bear standing over a tiny
Europe. (OS: The usual Western abuse of the 'bear' image, which is supposed to
oppose to 'humanoid' characters - eg. 'Uncle Sam' - is a kind of deliberate
effort to dehumanize Russia.)

Q. Recently, I read the following statement by a French author: "Europe is a
peninsula in Eurasia." What would you say to that?

Today Europe is frustrated. As a colonial power, it dominated the world for
two and a half centuries. Today the situation is totally different, and Europe
is uneasy. It's used to playing a different role. That's why it's anxious. On
the one hand, the European ego finds itself in this uncomfortable situation;
on the other, the European Union has reached the limits of its development and
has internal problems. That's why it's easy to blame Russia for everything.
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Russia surprised UK needs help to track submarines near surface

Wed Jun 8, 2016

Russia has poked fun at the UK's intercept of one of its submarines, saying it
was surprised that the Royal Navy needed NATO's help in tracking a submarine
travelling at slow speeds "in surface position."

Russia's Stary Oskol submarine was first detected in the North Sea by NATO
ships on Tuesday, and was then escorted by Britain's frigate HMS Kent past the
Strait of Dover on Wednesday morning.

Daniel Thomas, the commander of HMS Kent, said that detecting the Russian
submarine "was a combined effort with NATO allies and shadowing such units is
routine activity for the Royal Navy."

Following the incident, Russia's Ministry of Defense issued a statement on
Wednesday, mockingly saying "an up-top sub can't be missed."

"The Russian Defense Ministry is surprised that joint UK-NATO efforts were
required to discover a submarine traveling in a surfaced position at slow
speed, accompanied by a tugboat," the statement read.

"It would have been strange if the Royal Navy together with its NATO allies
failed to notice the submarine, particularly considering the fact that our
sailors have been greeted - according to an old tradition - by passing
merchant vessels from different countries in the Barents, Norwegian and
Northern seas over the past days," it continued.

Meanwhile, British media hailed the move by the Royal Navy, claiming that that
the sub was there on Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal orders prior
to a Euro 2016 football match between the two nations on Saturday.

"Vladimir Putin has sent an attack submarine into the English Channel - just
days before England battle Russia in the Euros," the Sun wrote.

The Daily Mail and Metro echoed the same notion, with the latter writing
"Putin sends submarine into English Channel days before England vs Russia at
Euro 2016."

UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon also praised the Royal Navy in a press
release, saying "This shows that the Navy is maintaining a vigilant watch in
international and territorial waters to keep Britain safe and protect us from
potential threats."

According to Moscow, the Stary Oskol was on a journey from the Northern Fleet
in the Arctic to the Black Sea in order to enter its new home base in
Sevastopol, located on the Crimean peninsula.
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Now the Swedish officials recognize the fact that the whole 2014 hysteria
about the alleged Russian submarine arose out of nowhere. Hardly the
Atlanticist MSM will spread this news as actively as they did spread the
allegations in the 2014. Many will retain their false belief that there was a
Russian submarine but the Swedish military just could not catch it.

<http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=6451552>

The minister of defence, comments on the detection of submarine

Posted on Saturday 11 June, 12.30 pm

Defense minister Peter Hultqvist comments now Echo the data on submarine hunt
in 2014.

That which from the beginning was described as the decisive proof that a
foreign submarine violated Sweden was in fact the sound from a Swedish
objects, reveal the Echo of the day.

- They have also previously reported, in september 2015, it was a change that
took place in their analysis, " says minister for defence Peter Hultqvist.

But they did not say that it was a Swedish sound. And the government has
chosen not to tell you either, then why?

- It is, after all, so this is the armed forces ' responsibilities. And it is
also so that I have a confidentiality that I have to take into account.

But how can it be classified that it was a Swedish sound?

- I want to refer to the armed Forces when it comes to all these issues. I am
not breaking any confidentiality rules or hemligstämplar.

It can not damage the armed forces ' reputation?

- Because it is the armed forces 'responsibility as a public authority as it
is they who have to answer the questions," says minister for defence Peter
Hultqvist.

... another machine translation ...

Defense Minister comments on disclosure of submarine

Saturday, June 11 at 12:30

Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist comments now echo data on submarine hunt in
2014.

What initially was described as crucial evidence that a foreign submarine
violated Sweden was in fact sound from a Swedish objects, revealing echo
today.

- They have also previously reported, in September 2015 there was a change
that occurred in their analysis, says Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist.

But they did not tell me that it was a Swedish sound. And the government has
chosen not to tell either, then why?

- It is the case here that this is the Armed Forces' responsibility. And it is
also true that I have a privacy I have to consider.

But how can it be confidential, that it was a Swedish sound?

- I refer to the Armed Forces when it comes to all these questions. I am not
violating any confidentiality or secret stamps.

Can not hurt the reputation of the Armed Forces?

- Because it is the Armed Forces of responsibility as an authority, it is they
who must answer the questions, says Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist.
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Now the Swedish officials recognize the fact that the whole 2014 hysteria
about the alleged Russian submarine arose out of nowhere. Hardly the
Atlanticist MSM will spread this news as actively as they did spread the
allegations in the 2014. Many will retain their false belief that there was
a Russian submarine but the Swedish military just could not catch it.
Despite the fact of the and absolute complete hoax, the pro-Atlanticist mass
media, as well as [a part of] the Swedish establishment continue to exploit
this subject at full steam without shame.

<http://tinyurl.com/j4vnbcv> thelocal.se
Was there another submarine in Swedish waters this year?
Published: 09 Jun 2016

The Swedish military has said that they suspended naval exercises
off Stockholm earlier this spring because of a possible submarine
incursion, but no evidence was found. ..

Most of the readers nowadays read the headlines only, and the headline is
pretty notable, it suggests there indeed was a submarine, so now there may be
'another' one.

People are being subtly and not so subtly programmed to fear and hate.

Recently I walked through youtube videos, and came across a conversation in
the comments, where a Swedish guy questioned Russian participants "Why do you
hate us the Swedes so much?" The Russians tried to explain him that nobody in
Russia hates the Swedes (and that's true, what you can read in Russia about
Sweden and the Swedish people is mostly in positive or neutral tone). But his
question shows the Swedish mass media deliberately implant hatred and fear in
the mind of their audience.

The promotion of hatred and fear is used by the (pro)Atlanticist propaganda as
a tool to make the public opinion in Sweden more favorable to the idea of NATO
membership.

This way the Atlanticist policy makers try to achieve what they consider their
geopolitical goal: to better separate Europe, to maintain the spirit of hatred
and fear in Europe in order to preserve the American control over Europe.
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The minister of defence, comments on the detection of submarine
Posted on Saturday 11 June, 12.30 pm
Defense minister Peter Hultqvist comments now Echo the data on submarine
hunt in 2014.
That which from the beginning was described as the decisive proof that a
foreign submarine violated Sweden was in fact the sound from a Swedish
objects, reveal the Echo of the day.
- They have also previously reported, in september 2015, it was a change
that took place in their analysis, " says minister for defence Peter
Hultqvist.
But they did not say that it was a Swedish sound. And the government has
chosen not to tell you either, then why?
- It is, after all, so this is the armed forces ' responsibilities. And it
is also so that I have a confidentiality that I have to take into account.
But how can it be classified that it was a Swedish sound?
- I want to refer to the armed Forces when it comes to all these issues. I
am not breaking any confidentiality rules or hemligstämplar.
It can not damage the armed forces ' reputation?
- Because it is the armed forces 'responsibility as a public authority as it
is they who have to answer the questions," says minister for defence Peter
Hultqvist.
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Now the Swedish officials recognize the fact that the whole 2014 hysteria
about the alleged Russian submarine arose out of nowhere. Hardly the
Atlanticist MSM will spread this news as actively as they did spread the
allegations in the 2014. Many will retain their false belief that there was
a Russian submarine but the Swedish military just could not catch it.
Despite the fact of the and absolute complete hoax, the pro-Atlanticist mass
media, as well as [a part of] the Swedish establishment continue to exploit
this subject at full steam without shame.
<http://tinyurl.com/j4vnbcv> thelocal.se
Was there another submarine in Swedish waters this year?
Published: 09 Jun 2016
The Swedish military has said that they suspended naval exercises
off Stockholm earlier this spring because of a possible submarine
incursion, but no evidence was found. ..
Most of the readers nowadays read the headlines only, and the headline is
pretty notable, it suggests there indeed was a submarine, so now there may be
'another' one.
People are being subtly and not so subtly programmed to fear and hate.
Recently I walked through youtube videos, and came across a conversation in
the comments, where a Swedish guy questioned Russian participants "Why do you
hate us the Swedes so much?" The Russians tried to explain him that nobody in
Russia hates the Swedes (and that's true, what you can read in Russia about
Sweden and the Swedish people is mostly in positive or neutral tone). But his
question shows the Swedish mass media deliberately implant hatred and fear in
the mind of their audience.
The promotion of hatred and fear is used by the (pro)Atlanticist propaganda as
a tool to make the public opinion in Sweden more favorable to the idea of NATO
membership.
This way the Atlanticist policy makers try to achieve what they consider their
geopolitical goal: to better separate Europe, to maintain the spirit of hatred
and fear in Europe in order to preserve the American control over Europe.
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<http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=6451552>
The minister of defence, comments on the detection of submarine
Posted on Saturday 11 June, 12.30 pm
Defense minister Peter Hultqvist comments now Echo the data on submarine
hunt in 2014.
That which from the beginning was described as the decisive proof that a
foreign submarine violated Sweden was in fact the sound from a Swedish
objects, reveal the Echo of the day.
- They have also previously reported, in september 2015, it was a change
that took place in their analysis, " says minister for defence Peter
Hultqvist.
But they did not say that it was a Swedish sound. And the government has
chosen not to tell you either, then why?
- It is, after all, so this is the armed forces ' responsibilities. And it
is also so that I have a confidentiality that I have to take into account.
But how can it be classified that it was a Swedish sound?
- I want to refer to the armed Forces when it comes to all these issues. I
am not breaking any confidentiality rules or hemligstämplar.
It can not damage the armed forces ' reputation?
- Because it is the armed forces 'responsibility as a public authority as it
is they who have to answer the questions," says minister for defence Peter
Hultqvist.
I am glad that we here in Sweden have RT.

https://www.rt.com/news/346287-sweden-russian-submarine-hunt/






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<http://tinyurl.com/jbeqwvu> thelocal.de

<http://tinyurl.com/jxxeg5d> spiegel.de

One in 10 Germans wants country to be led by 'Führer'

Published: 15 Jun 2016

A new study by the University of Leipzig ..
One in every ten Germans wants their country to be led by a 'Führer'
(dictator) who applies a firm hand for the common good.

Eleven percent of respondents say that Jews have too much influence
in society. Twelve percent think Germans are by nature superior to
other people.

Four in ten people think Muslims should be prohibited from
immigrating to the country.

These are just some of the more hair-raising findings of the study,
which the University of Leipzig has been carrying out at regular
intervals since 2002. ..

Half of respondents in the most recent survey of 2,240 people also
said they feel like "foreigners in their own country" because there
are too many Muslims. .. three in five Germans saying that most
asylum seekers "are not really at risk of any persecution in their
home country". ..

...

The latter is most likely true, most part of the people that really
need help and asylum just cannot reach Europe because such a trip is
too expensive for them.

There's nothing good in the rise of racism, but what the rags like
'Der Spiegel' and 'The Local' would not tell you is, the 'refugees
welcome' and 'liberal interventionist' policies are two sides of the
same coin, and today you begin to realize that both of them naturally
come to bankruptcy.

It's painful for the current Atlanticist establishment because it
reveals falsehoods contained in the base of ideological constructions
intended to justify the EU and US hegemonist utopias.
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<http://tinyurl.com/j2cfzbm> nationalinterest.org

NATO Must Stop Crowding Russia

Ted Galen Carpenter | June 15, 2016

.. Those officials seem oblivious to the notion that even reasonable Russians,
much less the somewhat paranoid crowd gathered around President Vladimir
Putin, might regard NATO's moves as menacing to Russia's core security
interests.

It is an attitude that Western leaders need to alter drastically before the
current, rather chilly, relationship with Russia escalates into a full-blown
second Cold War. Indeed, the ongoing tensions have the potential to escalate
into an armed conflict with nuclear implications. And unlike the original Cold
War, in which Moscow bore most of the blame for the confrontation, this time
the United States and its allies have that dubious distinction. .. Given
Russia's sizable nuclear arsenal, that would be an act of folly. ..

So why now, when we face a weakened Russia, a country with a declining
population and a host of economic vulnerabilities, does the U.S. and its
allies seem intent on provoking a confrontation? ..

The current policy course is a tragic accident waiting to happen.

...

Given that the US is an aggressive and predatory formation, it's natural 'to
provoke a confrontation' just in the time when Russia seems to be weakened, so
the question 'why now' looks pretty naive.
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Given that the US is an aggressive and predatory formation, it's natural 'to
provoke a confrontation' just in the time when Russia seems to be weakened, so
the question 'why now' looks pretty naive.
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<http://tinyurl.com/h7r7r86> 21stcenturywire.com

Chicago Daycare Opens for ADULTS to Wear Diapers, Act Like Babies

STUART HOOPER | JUNE 17, 2016

It's called - 'Tykables.'

A disturbing number of stories have been emerging of late documenting what can
only be seen as our complete societal collapse.

A top feminist author has described the 'rise of transgender mania'
<http://migre.me/u8bdf> as a symptom of cultural collapse, a robotics
professor has warned that sex robots will 'stop people forming relationships
with normal people' <http://migre.me/u8beF>, and now we bring you news of a
daycare opening in Chicago that is specifically for adults to attend who want
to wear diapers and act like babies.

The need for such a daycare is evidence of both the growing infantilization of
adults and the widespread prevalence of severe psychological problems in
Western populations.

Instead of politically fighting against the ever increasing encroachment on
our freedoms and constant drive to new wars, adults are spending their time
cheering on sports teams and literally sitting around in diapers.

Here is a somewhat disturbing promotional video from Tykables:

<https://youtu.be/YZwnXCk8u-w>

The following is a report from RT on the store: <https://youtu.be/CYxb88WQRkI>
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<http://tinyurl.com/jyml42u> zerohedge.com

Huge Scandal Erupts Inside NATO: Alliance Member Germany Slams NATO
"Warmongering" Against Russia
Jun 18, 2016

.. Throughout all of these escalations, the popular narrative spun by the
"democratic" media was a simple one: it was Russia that was provoking NATO,
not NATO's aggressive military actions on the border with Russia that were the
cause of soaring geopolitical tension. ..

And then everything imploded when none other than the Foreign Minister of NATO
member Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, criticized NATO for having a
bellicose policy towards Russia, describing it as "warmongering", the German
daily Bild reported. And just like that, the entire ficitional narrative of
"innocent" NATO merely reacting to evil Russian provcations has gone up in
flames.

As AFP adds <http://migre.me/u8OOi>, Steinmeier merely highlighted all those
things which rational persons have known about for a long time, namely the
deployment of NATO troops near borders with Russia in the military alliance's
Baltic and east European member states. However, since it comes from a NATO
member, suddenly one can't accuse Russian propaganda. In fact, NATO has
absolutely no planned response to just this contingency.

"What we should avoid today is inflaming the situation by warmongering and
stomping boots," Steinmeier told Bild in an interview to be published Sunday.

"Anyone who thinks you can increase security in the alliance with symbolic
parades of tanks near the eastern borders, is mistaken," Germany's top
diplomat added. ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/jyml42u>
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<http://tinyurl.com/gsxy4tl> mishtalk.com

Juncker Proclaims Himself All-Knowing God Of EU

Michael Shedlock | June 20, 2016

.. Juncker actually stated your vote should be ignored, unless of course
you agree with him. ..

Please consider Prime Ministers Listen Too Much to Voters Complains Juncker
<http://migre.me/uao3R>.

Prime Ministers must stop listening so much to their voters and instead
act as "full time Europeans", according to Jean-Claude Juncker.

"Too many politicians are listening exclusively to their national opinion.
And if you are listening to your national opinion you are not developing
what should be a common European sense and a feeling of the need to put
together efforts. We have too many part-time Europeans."

...

The writing is a pro-Brexit agitation, but my point is not about that. The
Junker's logic and his attitude towards 'national opinion' is in no way
unique, it's actually the mainstream way of thought of the current generation
of politicians that set the tone in the current US and EU establishment.
Previously I once cited another gem of the sort.

<http://tinyurl.com/ho8hzuh> bloombergview.com

If Western governments consider Russian President Vladimir Putin a major
threat, they should do something about their voters, who don't appear
particularly inclined to help allies if they get into trouble. ..

Again, fixation on 'Putin' is secondary here, the primary issue is that the
opinion of the voters is not considered a basis for a legitimate policy.
The voters are considered a sort of workable material against The Agenda.
It's always possible to do something about them, as the writer suggests (via
the mass media, through various manipulative techniques).

Recently, the Dutch leader, Mr. Rutte, publicly complained that the voters
of his country have voted improperly while we're facing bright horizons and
new exciting challenges etc etc - this is the same trend.

Dangers of unbridled populism and 'mod rule' are well known, but currently
one can see clearly the opposite bias: the policymakers are delusional
within a bubble and tend to ignore the voice of sanity from the grassroots.
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Mr Nigel Farage has given an interview to a Russian outlet
("Lenta.ru" is the most relevant and balanced among the popular independent
online news outlets in Russia).

<https://lenta.ru/articles/2016/06/23/nigelspeaking/>

...

Q. They sometimes call you agent of Moscow for your pro-Russia statements.
What do you think, will Russia and Britain ever be able to overcome the old
conflicts, settle quarrels and become friendly countries? Is there a chance?

Well, of course! Hostility towards Moscow is artificially fomented by the EU
and NATO. A sovereign country, like Russia (and like UK should be, too), has
to cope with any attempt of a supranational hegemony. The United Kingdom and
Russia should be good partners in economy and politics, and - if a situation
requires - military allies too.

Q. What do you think about the conflict in eastern Ukraine, its participants
and the actions of Russia in the region?

I spoke many times about that in the hall of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg.
That's the blood on the hands of the EU, not only because of the
destabilization in the Ukraine, but also due to Syria and Libya. The European
Union is playing with fire and with the lives of thousands of the Ukrainians,
financing a corrupt government that relies on the neo-Nazi groups, and they
are ready to massacre a significant part of the population. I do not approve
the Crimea's accession to Russia, perhaps it was done too hastily and thus it
caused the crisis. This step gave the European Union an excuse to talk about
the alleged revival of the Soviet empire and 'territorial appetites' of Putin.
But to his credit, at least, he was able to protect the Crimean people from
the Kiev thugs. A few European leaders will dare to recognize the fact that
it's our expansionism and our desire to expand NATO and the EU, including the
Ukraine case, caused the instability. ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/zy4ad4h> (use a machine translator)

...
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<http://tinyurl.com/hs8fd99> russia-insider.com

Prominent Brits Show Basis of Litvinenko Case Fraudulent

Finally, the jig is up.

William Dunkerle

British former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and prominent Guardian journalist
Luke Harding have offered convincing evidence that the UK's Litvinenko case is
phony. ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/hs8fd99>
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Finally, the jig is up.
Russkie WW3 provocation:


http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-fighter-conducts-dangerous-intercept-of-u-s-recon-jet/

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/america-responds-to-russian-provocation-in-baltic-sea-with-subdued-carefully-worded-statement/news-story/5a179d3685e87428767d4916b9162ecf

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/15/kerry-says-us-navy-destroyer-couldve-shot-down-russian-warplanes.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/politics/us-russian-bombers-july-4-intercept/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/world/us-russia-bombers-intentions/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/full-list-of-incidents-involving-russian-military-and-nato-since-march-2014-9851309.html


Russian military strategy causing dangerous encounters
Russian-su27.jpg

The Russian su-27 fighter jet photographed next to a Swedish
intelligence plane.

A full list of 39 incidents since March 2014

As classified by the European Leadership Network

High Risk Incidents

On 3 March 2014 a close encounter occurred between a SAS passenger plane
taking off from Copenhagen and a Russian reconnaissance aircraft which
did not transmit its position 50 miles south east of Malmo. A collision
was apparently avoided thanks only to good visibility and the alertness
of the passenger plane pilots. The SAS 737 plane was carrying 132
passengers to Rome.
On 5 September 2014 an Estonian security service operative, Eston
Kohver, was abducted by Russian agents from an Estonian border post, on
Estonian, and therefore NATO, territory. He was later taken to Moscow
and accused of espionage. The incident itself involved communications
jamming and the use of smoke grenades, and took place immediately after
President Obama’s visit to the region and his repetition of security
assurances to the Baltic States.
Between 17-27 October, 2014 a major submarine hunt by Swedish
authorities was prompted by credible intelligence reports of “underwater
activity” in the Stockholm archipelago in Swedish territorial waters.
Supreme Commander General Sverker Göranson underlined that Sweden was
ready to use “armed force” to bring the vessel to the surface if
necessary. Russia issued denials and attempted to ridicule Swedish
concerns. The major search operation stopped on Oct. 24.
Serious Incidents with Escalation Risk

On 12 April 2014 an unarmed Russian fighter aircraft made 12 passes of
the American warship the USS Cook in the Black Sea. Such aggressive
behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the
ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence.
On April 23 2014 an armed Russian fighter undertook very threatening
manoeuvres in the vicinity of an American reconnaissance aircraft in the
Sea of Okhotsk. These manoeuvres involved demonstrating that the fighter
was armed. Such behaviour is far removed from what would be expected in
a relatively routine encounter.
In June 2014 armed Russian aircraft approached the heavily populated
Danish island of Bornholm before breaking off in what appears to have
been a simulated attack. The Danish intelligence service described the
incident as “of a more offensive character than observed in recent years.”
On 16 July 2014 an armed Russian aircraft intercepted a Swedish
surveillance plane conducting operations between Gotland and Latvia in
international airspace, and flew within 10 metres of the plane. This
indicated a far more aggressive approach to intercepting aircraft than
in previous encounters.
On 18 July 2014 an American surveillance plane conducting operations
near Kaliningrad was chased into Swedish air-space after being
approached by Russian fighters. This evasive action took place without
Sweden’s prior approval that the US aircraft could enter Swedish airspace.
In early September, 2014 Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea
near Canada practiced cruise missile strikes on the United States. The
Russian aircraft stayed outside of Canada’s ADIZ but this was still a
provocative move in light of the NATO summit ongoing at the time. Cruise
missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York,
Washington, Chicago, and the Norfolk Naval Base in range.
On 7 September 2014 HMCS Toronto (a frigate) was buzzed by a Russian
aircraft in the Black Sea, with the plane coming within 300 metres of
the warship. HMCS Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took
no further action as the aircraft was not armed. This incident coincided
with larger Russian naval combat training activities near Sevastopol.
Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have
resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of
self-defence.
On 17 September 2014 two Russian military aircraft crossed into Swedish
air-space south of the island of Oland. The Russian Su-24 bombers
intentionally violated Swedish airspace possibly to test the
capabilities of the air defence system strengthened after previous
incidents. The Swedish Foreign Minister described the incident as the
‘most serious aerial incursion’ in years.
On 19 September 2014 Russian officers detained a Lithuanian shipping
vessel in international waters in the Barents Sea, subsequently towing
it to Murmansk. This represented a clear escalation in Russian attempts
at the provocation and intimidation of the Baltic States.
On 3 October 2014 a Russian fighter flew “within metres” of Swedish
surveillance aircraft in the Baltic in an incident deemed “unusually
provocative”. A collision between the aircraft would have had serious
repercussions for bilateral relations and increased military tensions
across the entire Baltic area.
From 28-30 October 2014, Russia conducted a major air exercise in the
North Sea, Atlantic, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. In a series of
developments, aircraft from NATO states and partners tracked Russian
long-range bombers conducting missions across this entire area,
including a large formation of Russian fighters and bombers conducting
missions over the Baltic Sea. All missions were conducted in
international airspace but their scale and use of different kinds of
aircraft and different zones of operation has added significantly to
increased tensions between NATO and Russia.
Near Routine Incidents

On 10 April 2014 two Russian Navy vessels involved in live missile
firing exercises entered Lithuania’s Baltic maritime economic zone,
causing serious disruption to shipping.
On 20 April 2014 a Russian recon aircraft observed Swedish military
installations. Unclear if there was a Swedish response.
On 23 April 2014 a Russian aircraft entered Dutch airspace before being
intercepted by Dutch fighter aircraft.
On 24 April 2014 RAF fighters intercepted and shadowed Russian aircraft
in international airspace over the North Sea.
On 28 April 2014, fighters with the Nato Baltic Air Policing force
scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft in international airspace.
On 9 May 2014 Russian aircraft approached to within 50 miles of the
Californian coast, the closest such Russian military flight since the
Cold War.
On 18 May 2014 RAF fighters intercepted a Russian helicopter and
shadowed it back to its parent corvette in the Baltic Sea; the fighters
later performed several passes of the Russian warship.
In late May, early June 2014 Russian aircraft carried out several
incursions into the US and Canadian Air Defence Identification Zones in
the Arctic.
On 12 June 2014, Nato fighters intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace near Latvia.
On 17 June 2014, RAF fighters intercepted a Russian air formation in
international airspace.
On 19 June 2014; HMS Montrose, a British frigate, was sent to
investigate a Russian corvette in international waters near Denmark’s
Baltic coast. HMS Montrose was subsequently circled by Russian maritime
patrol aircraft.
From 21 May to 13 August 2014, a series of short airspace violations by
Russian aircraft were reported over the Estonian island of Vaindloo.
On 1 August, Polish fighters of the Nato Baltic air-policing mission
intercepted Russian aircraft flying near Estonia airspace.
In early August 2014 several Russian air incursions were reported into
the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.
On 7 August 2014 anti-submarine forces of Russia’s Northern Fleet
reportedly expelled an American submarine from the Barents Sea. The US
denied its submarines were operating in the area.
On 28 August 2014, there was an air incident involving an unknown Nato
country and Russia. No details beyond aircraft type except that incident
took place over the Baltic.
In August/September 2014, Russian naval and air units interfered with
the operations of a Finnish research vessel on two separate occasions.
In late August, 2014, multiple breaches of Finnish air-space by Russian
state aircraft were reported. In response, Finland has already indicated
that it will react more firmly to violations of its airspace in future.
On 11 September 2014, Canadian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace.
Between the 17 and 18 September 2014, Russian jets entered the ADIZ off
the coast of Alaska (officials say such incidents happen around 10 times
a year) on two separate occasions, once on the evening of Wednesday 17th
Sep (USA ADIZ) and once on the morning of Thursday 18th Sep (Canadian
ADIZ, Beaufort Sea). The Russian planes were intercepted by American and
Canadian fighters. These incidents coincide with Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s visits to Ottawa and Washington.
On 19 September 2014, RAF jets shadowed Russian aircraft in
international airspace above the north sea.
On 29 September 2014, Latvian forces observed a Russian warship
operating 14 miles from Latvian territorial waters; article observes
that Russian jets and warships have been detected 173 times near
Latvia’s borders as of September.
On 20 October 2014, planes from the Baltic Air Policing mission
intercepted Russian surveillance Il-20 aircraft in international airspace
On 21 October 2014 Baltic Air Policing planes (Portuguese F-16s)
intercepted Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft which entered Estonian
airspace next to the island of Saarema for about a minute.
On 31 October 2014, RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian aircraft
approaching UK airspace.
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'He was not killed, he died': Kremlin critic's Magnitsky movie premiers in US,
exposing Browder
Published time: 14 Jun, 2016

Despite threats of a libel lawsuit, a documentary about the Magnitsky case by
a prominent critic of the Russian government has been shown in Washington. The
film rejects the narrative about the case accepted in the West, on which the
US Magnitsky Act is based.

The film, titled 'The Magnitsky Act - Behind the Scenes', was presented to the
public for the first time on Monday at the Newseum, a private museum dedicated
to the news industry and freedom of speech in Washington, DC. The two-hour
production is part documentary, part dramatization of the events that surround
the death of Russian lawyer Sergey Magnitsky six years ago.

Magnitsky worked as an accountant for US-British investor William F. Browder,
who made millions in Russia during the 1990s, but was later accused of tax
evasion and fled the country. The lawyer was detained by the Russian police as
part of a separate fraud investigation and died in police custody in November
2009.

Browder claimed that Magnitsky had been investigating corrupt police officers
and was thrown into jail and murdered by them. He declared a crusade against
what he called endemic corruption in the Russian government and lobbied across
Europe and the US for punishment of the individuals whom he accused of
involvement in Magnitsky's death.

In 2012 the US passed an act named after the Russian lawyer, which imposed
sanctions against 40 Russian citizens - a move that Moscow saw as blatantly
anti-Russian, and apparently retaliated against by banning the adoption of
Russian orphans by US citizens.

'Story of coming together with lie, selfishness & cynicism'
Director Andrei Nekrasov struggled for months to have his controversial work
shown to the public. Scheduled screenings in three European venues, including
the European Parliament, were canceled because Browder threatened
multimillion-dollar libel lawsuits against producers or would-be broadcasters
of the film.

Browder opposes the film because he believes it to be "a calculated attempt to
harm our campaign and to make people doubt the legacy of Sergey Magnitsky," as
he told euobserver.com back in April.

Newseum was threatened in the same way, but rejected the pressure, saying that
publishing Nekrasov's film was an issue of freedom of speech.

"This is a core issue about getting points of view into the public domain,"
investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, who moderated the event, told the
audience before the screening.

Nekrasov says he wanted to make a docudrama film about Magnitsky ever since he
heard of his story. He received funding for the project from eight European
film foundations and state broadcasters and got in touch with Browder as part
of his work.

But he found inconsistencies in the evidence presented by Browder's campaign
to back his story, saying most of it was circumstantial at best. When he
confronted the businessman about them, he said Browder broke off all contact
and started to oppose the film.

The director believes that the narrative of Magnitsky as the brave
whistleblower killed by corrupt Russian cops, as it was accepted in the West,
is a scam by Browder, who capitalized on the lawyer's death to shield himself
from all past and future accusations from Russian law enforcement, which he
could claim to be politically motivated.

"I believe Magnitsky died," Nekrasov told journalists in response to a
question on whether he believed the lawyer was killed or died. "Questions
remain, but the fact that he was not killed, as Mr Browder says, by the same
people who investigated his case and had a 'motive' to make him silent as a
whistleblower - this is totally certain."

"The story of Magnitsky turned out to be made-up," Nekrasov told journalists
as he commented on revelations he made during the making of his film. "I saw
facts that do not add up, that prove that the story of Magnitsky was faked by
Browder," he added.

Documents show that the evidence presented by Browder as proof that Magnitsky
was a whistleblower was in fact a transcript of Magnitsky's interrogations,
which were conducted before he made his statements, Nekrasov claimed,
stressing that police officers had no motive for killing Magnitsky as he did
not expose them.

"There is no evidence that he [Magnitsky] was killed or even was beaten," the
film director told journalists.

"I am a critic of the Russian authorities . and I continue to be this critic,
but in this particular case, the West made a mistake by adopting the Magnitsky
Act and the Magnitsky resolutions, as they are based on a made-up story,"
Nekrasov said, adding that "it is not in the interests of the US to remain
trammelled by prejudice against Russia."

"I thought I was filming about great the whistleblower Magnitsky. But it
became my story of coming together basically with a lie, and with a lot of
selfishness, and cynicism," Nekrasov told RT in May, when the screening of the
film was cancelled at the last moment in Brussels.

The director's view didn't go well with some of the first viewers of the film,
including Russian opposition politicians and rights activists.

"You have become a foot soldier of the propaganda war," exclaimed Ilya Yashin,
a veteran opposition figure in Russia. "I am ashamed for you, Andrei. You will
have to live with that."

The outcry was perhaps to be expected. Nekrasov himself has been a critic of
the Russian government for years. Some of his earlier works explored alleged
involvement of the Kremlin in very serious issues, including the Chechnya war,
the murder of Aleksandr Litvinenko, corruption in security agencies and
others.

His documentaries, both political and otherwise, were praised by critics and
won a number of awards, including the prestigious German Grimme-Preis award.
Georgia named him person of the year 2009 for a film about the 2008 war
against Russia.

"I am a critic of the Russian regime and still am. I had a sort of political
affiliation to Browder and his friends,"Nekrasov said of his latest film. "It
goes against your ideology and your worldview to say that actually the Russian
cops did not kill Magnitsky, the Russian cops didn't steal the money. Russia
is still a very corrupt country, but in this case it was different."

...

Links to learn more about what it's all about

<http://tinyurl.com/hkqgjna>
<http://huff.to/1TqdzY0>
<http://tinyurl.com/h3lbqzt>

A similar turn - ie. when a staunch critic of the Russia's 'regime' once had
started to speak out against the falsehoods of the Atlanticist propaganda -
occurred previously with Mr. Babitsky <http://tinyurl.com/gv6dmpz>.
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Russia is becoming more European, despite the politics and rhetoric

Mark Adomanis | June 15, 2016

As is being made increasingly clear in the furious debate over Brexit, there
is essentially no agreement over precisely what constitute "European values".
.. There are, of course, no objectively right or wrong answers about what
precisely constitutes "Europe". .. But what isn't up for debate, what is in
fact a readily answerable question, is how Europeans (that is, residents of EU
member states) live their lives. .. Where debates about "values" quickly
become abstract, answers to the above questions are pleasingly concrete. ..

The Russian government loudly and proudly proclaims its distinctiveness from,
and superiority to, Europe, and regularly lambasts the EU for various real and
imagined sins. .. Yet at the same time statistics show that Russians are
leading lives that, in many important respects, are more and more similar to
those of their European counterparts. ..

As I hope the graphs demonstrate, a decade or two ago Russians were living in
a totally different universe. .. However, quietly and with little fanfare
Russia has seen significant improvements, which have not abated since the
start of the economic slowdown at the end of 2014. .. The information above ..
flatly contradicts the idea that .. Russia is somehow in the midst of a
wide-ranging social collapse. ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/zay56k7>

...

What the writer has forgotten to notice is the fact that the Atlanticist
ideologists and policymakers are desperately unhappy to see the Russia's
recovery and developments in her own way, not under the Atlanticist hegemony.
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2016 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum LIVE UPDATES

The 20th International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg has kicked off.
Political and business leaders have come to sign new contracts and agree
deals. RT.com will keep you updated on the main events.

a.. 16 June 2016

19:11 GMT

The Russian economy has finally emerged from recession and is now enjoying
all the conditions necessary for growth, Russian President Vladimir Putin said
at a meeting with investors and members of the Russian Direct Investment Fund
(RDIF) at the SPIEF on Thursday.

"The economy has adapted to the new environment," Putin said.

"Moreover, after introducing a flexible national currency rate, it [economy]
now has competitive advantages," Russia's leader stressed.

b.. 18:39 GMT

Russia's first stretch of high speed transportation system Hyperloop, that
will cost around 30-40 billion rubles ($450-600 million), could be laid from
China to the Russian port of Zarubino, located in the south of Primorsky Krai,
Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov told media.

"By the time of the Eastern Economic Forum that is to take place in
September, we will have prepared a technical and economic plan for the project
and will present it at the forum," Sokolov said. ..

etc etc
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Putin's Reliance on American Commerce Has Never Been Greater

Jake Rudnitsky Rudnit Ilya Arkhipov | June 15, 2016

a.. U.S. becomes Russia's No. 5 partner as trade war hits EU worse
b.. Boeing, Cargill, Yum! lead U.S. companies expanding in Russia

.. While European Union members bear the brunt of the trade war -- sanctions
and counter-sanctions have cut the bloc's bilateral trade with Russia by an
estimated 100 billion euros ($112 billion) -- U.S. companies led by Boeing
Co., Cargill Inc. and Yum! Brands Inc. have been investing for the long-haul
and gaining market share. ..
Boeing, whose design bureau in Moscow is its largest outside the U.S., this
month opened a training and research center at the government-backed Skolkovo
technology park with a ceremony that was attended by Deputy Prime Minister
Arkady Dvorkovich and U.S. Ambassador John Tefft. ..

...

The US in no way seeks to 'isolate' Russia from itself, it seeks to isolate
Europe from Russia (since Europe is subordinate to America, the Euros are not
allowed to make affairs with Russia without American permission).

As I said repeatedly, American goal is to maintain atmosphere of hatred and
fear in Europe - because it helps preserve American control over it. And
the Atlanticist policymakers perform this agenda. And along with the fear-
mongering, the military build-ups in Europe increase likelihood of outbreak
of the WW3 in Europe (the scared Euros are the most stupid in this situation).
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.. Review of Devastating Film About Bill Browder Which He Tried to Suppress

Gilbert Doctorow

Despite all the threats of lawsuits and physical intimidation which William
Browder brought to bear over the past couple of months to ensure that this
film would not be screened anywhere, on Monday, 13 June, it was shown
privately in a museum of journalism in Washington, D.C. ..

The Magnitsky Act. Behind the Scenes is an amazing film which takes us through
the thought processes, the evidence sorting of the well-known independent film
maker Andrei Nekrasov as he approached an assignment that was at the outset
meant to be one more public confirmation of the narrative Browder has sold to
the US Congress and to the American and European political elites.

That story was all about a 36 year old whistleblower "attorney" (actually a
bookkeeper) named Sergei Magnitsky who denounced on Browder's behalf the theft
of Russian taxes to his boss's companies amounting to $230 million and who
was rewarded for his efforts by arrest, torture and murder in detainment by
the officials who perpetrated the theft.

This shocking tale drove legislation that was a major landmark in the descent
of US-Russian relations under President Barack Obama to a level rivaling the
worst days of the Cold War.

At the end of the film we understand that this story was concocted by William
Browder to cover up his own criminal theft of the money in question, that
Magnitsky was not a whistleblower, but on the contrary was likely an assistant
and abettor to the fraud and theft that Browder organized, that he was not
murdered by corrupt Russian police but died in prison from banal neglect of
his medical condition.

The cinematic qualities of the film are evident. Nekrasov is highly
experienced as a maker of documentaries enjoying a Europe-wide reputation.
What sets this work apart from the "trade" is the honesty, the integrity of
the film-maker as he discovers midway into his project that key assumptions of
his script are faulty and begins an independent investigation to get at the
truth.

It is an inconvenient truth that he stumbles upon, because it takes him out of
his familiar milieu of 'creative people' who are instinctively critical of the
Putin regime and of its widely assumed violation of human rights and civil
liberties. We see how well-known names in the European Parliament, in the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in NGOs that are reputed to
be watchdogs, in the team of court investigators in New York have taken on
faith the arguments and documentation (largely in Russian and inaccessible to
them) which they received from William Browder and then rubber-stamped his
story as validated without making any attempt to weigh the evidence.

Their intellectual laziness and complacency is captured fully on film and
requires no commentary by the director. One of those especially skewered by
her own words is German Bundestag deputy (Greens) Marieluise Beck. It is
understandable to me now that I have viewed the film why she was one of the
two individuals whose objections to its showing scuttled the screening in the
European Parliament in April. By the end of The Magnitsky Act, Nekrasov finds
that he has become a dissident in his own subculture within Russia and in
European liberal circles.

Another exceptional and striking characteristic of the filmmaker is his
energetic pursuit of all imaginable leads in his investigative reporting. Some
leads end in "no comment" while others result in exposing whole new ranges of
lies and deception in the Browder narrative. Nekrasov's diligence is
exemplary even as he takes us into the more arcane aspects of the case such as
the course of money flow from the alleged tax fraud. These bits and pieces are
essential to his methodology and justify the length of the movie, which
approaches two hours.

Nekrasov largely allows William Browder to self-destruct under the weight of
his own lies and the contradictions in his story-telling at various times. His
camera is always running, even if his subjects are not thinking about the
consequences of being taped. Browder's supposed lapses of memory, set in the
context of involuntary facial expressions of stress and nervousness, will be
used against him by the viewer even if they would be thrown out by a judge in
a court of law.

At the end of the twists and turns in this expose, the viewer is ready to see
Browder sink through the floor on a direct transfer to hell like Don Giovanni
in the closing scene of Mozart's opera.

Nothing so colorful occurs, but it is hard to see how Browder can survive the
onslaught of this film if and when it gets wide public viewing.
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Here's a retelling about the 'new' findings with more specific details.

<http://archive.is/PtF1s> ft.com
Russia: Magnitsky's bitter legacy / The 'established' story of an accountant
who died in police custody and a fraud is being challenged

Compare it to 'established' story <http://archive.is/c9MVn>

<http://tinyurl.com/grb3nxj> foreignpolicy.com <http://archive.is/pUk3r>

Millionaire Tries to Stop Documentary Claiming to Tell the True Story of
Russia's Missing $230 Million

HENRY JOHNSON | JUNE 10, 2016

.. Next Monday, the Russian-born Nekrasov will finally get his chance to
premiere it at the Newseum, a journalism history museum in Washington.
Nekrasov is showing it to a private audience whose invitees include
congressional staffers, State Department employees, members of the White House
National Security Council, and journalists. Investigative reporter Seymour
Hersh will moderate the screening.

The film centers on Sergei Magnitsky, who human rights activists believe was
murdered in 2009 after accusing the Russian police of stealing an estimated
$230 million from the state treasury.

But according to Nekrasov, that narrative is wrong. By his telling, Russian
authorities were the victims of a massive theft, not the perpetrators. The
film, he told Foreign Policy in a telephone interview, provides strong
circumstantial evidence that Magnitsky's boss, Bill Browder, was possibly
involved in the multimillion dollar theft from Russian taxpayers.

Sonya Gavankar, the Newseum's manager of public relations, told FP in an email
that the museum would screen the film despite a letter from Browder's lawyers
demanding that it be cancelled.

Browder was one of the first Westerners to cash in on the fall of communism in
Russia, starting Hermitage Capital Management in 1996 with just $25 million in
seed capital. Within a few years, he became the largest investor in Russia, at
one point managing $4.5 billion in capital, and staying on Moscow's good side
by vocally supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

His riches-to-super-riches story came to an abrupt end, however, in November
2005, when Russia blacklisted Browder as a threat to national security for
auditing the companies he invested in and leaking details of insider trading
and corruption to the press. A year-and-a-half later, police officers raided
his firm's office in Moscow and confiscated paperwork.

Here's where the accounts diverge: Browder says the police then stole three of
his holding companies and used them to claim a $230 million tax rebate;
Nekrasov, who previously directed films critical of the Kremlin, argues that
authorities were investigating Hermitage Capital over legitimate concerns
about large-scale tax evasion.

"I can prove in court that Browder is not telling the truth," Nekrasov told FP
in an interview from Berlin.

His accusation, stunning if true, has alienated friends, enraged Browder, and
threatens to tarnish the director's well-respected career.

It would also undermine the narrative behind the Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law
passed in 2012 to punish those responsible for the tax lawyer's arrest,
torture, and death in custody. ..

Nekrasov told FP he set out to make a film based on Browder's story that would
be "a docu-drama praising Magnitsky." Instead, he says close to two years of
research led him to conclude that the conventional narrative was false. He
said funding for the film came exclusively from mainstream western European
organizations.

Nekrasov's film documents how he went from trusting Browder's word to
disbelieving it. The director says he began to doubt the hedge fund manager
after reading the actual police reports in Russian. For example, Nekrasov
argues that Magnitsky's first contact with the police was not a voluntary act
of whistleblowing, as Browder maintains, but a record of the police
questioning him as a key witness in a tax evasion investigation.

Among Russian activists, Nekrasov said, Magnitsky is seen as a hero and
Browder as truthsayer. Any revelation that sullies them could be a bitter pill
to swallow.

"The worst criticism comes from my Russian friends," he said. "Most of my
friends are completely pro-Browder, and Putin doesn't have any influence over
them. I became like a traitor."

Browder has thwarted Nekrasov's previous attempts to show the film with
threats of legal action. The first time, he intervened at the last minute to
stop Nekrasov, with Blu-ray disc in hand, from showing it to an audience of
European Union parliamentarians at the their headquarters in Brussels.

Around the time of that planned screening, Magnitsky's mother and widow
denounced Nekrasov's film in a joint letter to the European Parliament.
Browder's lawyers also have sent letters threatening to sue the producers and
venues that have tried to screen the film, according to Nekrasov.

In a phone call with FP, Browder said he would pursue legal action against the
Newseum if he perceived it as backing the movie "in any way."

"They're on record now for knowing the libel," he said, referring to a list of
supporting evidence he gave to the Newseum.

"We've explained to them that this movie is a fraud and that it contains false
information, so if they continue to support it then they're disseminating this
false narrative," Browder said. "They have a choice. They can stop it."

Magnitsky's widow and mother have asked the Newseum to shut down the program.
On Thursday, they sent a letter to the board of trustees urging them to "stop
an evil and vindictive attack on our deceased husband and son."

Browder and Magnitsky's family believe that a Russian implicated in the tax
fraud is funding the screening at the Newseum.

Browder said he has evidence that Denis Katsyv, a Russian national under
investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for taking some of the $230
million, is funding the Potomac Square Group to rent out the room at the
Newseum. The Potomac Square Group, a public relations firm in Washington, is
also representing Nekrasov.

"This has nothing to do with free speech. It has to do with laying out false
information by alleged Russian gangsters who are currently under investigation
and being sued by Department of Justice," Browder said.

In an email to FP, Christopher Cooper, a partner at the Potomac Square Group,
denied Browder's allegation that he was representing Katsyv's company.

Nekrasov also denied knowledge of this arrangement and said he'd "be very
curious to see what this evidence is," though he did admit to knowing Katsyv.

Nekrasov told FP that his experience dealing with Browder "has been a bit
depressing, to be frank."

"What I discovered is how easy it is - if you have a lot of money - to
basically gag somebody," Nekrasov said.
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Global Magnitsky Act, to sanction individuals
responsible for gross violations of human rights worldwide, was approved
as part of the 2017 US defense budget and will likely pass into law this
year, US Senator and bill sponsor Ben Cardin told Sputnik. ..

...

America is a [global] joke.
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WPost's 'Agit-Prop' for the New Cold War

Robert Parry | June 21, 2016

.. The Magnitsky narrative has now become so engrained in Western geopolitical
mythology that the storyline apparently can no longer be questioned or
challenged, which brings us to the current controversy about a new documentary
that turns the case upside-down and again reveals the superficiality, bias and
hypocrisy of the West's politicians and news media.

The West's reaction (OS: Today, in many cases, 'the West' seems to be the far
the lesser relevant term to me, it's rather American / Atlanticist reaction)
has been to block the public airing of the documentary - to any significant
audience - while simultaneously branding it Russian "agit-prop," the attack
line used by The Washington Post in a Monday editorial <http://durl.me/chhjcu>
In other words, the treatment of the film is reminiscent of a totalitarian
society where the public only hears about dissent when the Official Organs of
the State denounce some almost unknown person. ..

Watching the Film

After reading the Post's editorial, I managed to get a password for viewing
the documentary, "The Magnitsky Act. Behind the Scenes," on the Internet and I
was struck by how thoroughly dishonest and "highly selective" the Post's
editors had been in their attack on the film.

For instance, the Post writes, "The film is a piece of agitprop that mixes
fact and fiction to blame Magnitsky for the fraud and absolve Russians of
blame for his death." While it is correct that Nekrasov "mixes fact and
fiction," that is because the documentary is, in part, the story of his
planned docu-drama which was intended to embrace and dramatize Browder's
narrative. Nekrasov begins the project as Browder's friend and ally.

It was during the docu-drama's production that Nekrasov begins to detect
inconsistencies and contradictions in Browder's storyline, including how a
woman executive in one of Browder's shell companies alerted police to the
tax-fraud scam, not Magnitsky, and that Magnitsky as an accountant in the
business was called in for questioning by police. In other words, Magnitsky
comes across as a criminal suspect, not a noble whistleblower.

As the documentary proceeds, Nekrasov struggles with the dilemma as his
scripted docu-drama portraying Magnitsky as a martyr falls apart. When
Nekrasov's questions become more pointed, his friendship with Browder also
painfully unravels.

One of the powerful aspects of the film is that it shows Browder grow petulant
and evasive as his well-received narrative begins to come undone, both in
interviews with Nekrasov and in a videotaped deposition from a related civil
case.

Key points of the deception are revealed not by Kremlin officials but by
Magnitsky's supporters who challenge pieces of Browder's embroidered story,
such as elevating Magnitsky from an accountant to a "lawyer."

Another key piece of Browder's tale - that corrupt police raided his offices
to seize original corporate records and seals to set up shell companies to
perpetrate the tax fraud - crumbles when Nekrasov shows Russian laws that
don't require such records and discovers that the registrations were
accomplished by straw men apparently controlled by Browder and operating under
powers of attorney.

Though I am no expert on the Magnitsky case - and there surely may be flaws in
the documentary - what is clear is that the widely accepted version of the
Magnitsky case, portraying him and his boss as noble do-gooders who become
victims of a convoluted police conspiracy, is no longer tenable or at least
deserves a serious reexamination.

But preventing the Western public from seeing this important film - and then
demonizing it in a Washington Post editorial on the assumption that almost no
one will see it - amount to the behavior of a totalitarian society where
"agit-prop" does rule, except in this case it is anti-Russian agit-prop that
escapes any serious scrutiny.
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I can't know for sure what really happened when Mr.
Magnitsky was in jail, but it's clear to me that he was
not a 'prominent whistleblower', and his boss Mr. Browder
was not saintly in his commercial activities in Russia.
Mr. Browder is a grandson of the General Secretary of the
Communist Party of USA, his grandmother was living in the
USSR, so it's likely that he has some 'special' links in
the modern Russia. In 2005, Browder made a strong effort
to campaign for promotion of Western investments in the
Russian industries. He claimed that there's a favorable
investment climate in Russia, and Putin does all right.
Maybe it may be explained by the fact that by that time
he owned a large stake in the Russian stocks, so he was
interested to raise prices on the Russian stock exchange.
After learning some more details I found that the Browder's business
was already under investigation in Russia in 2004. The fact allows to
suggest that his 2005 enthusiastic efforts to promote investments in
Russia along with his ardent pro-Putin speeches at the time might be
also motivated by logic 'I provide you a promotion, and you forgive
me the tax evasion and other violations'. Maybe he tried to make such
a 'deal' with some of the second-tier officials in Russia.
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-18 17:31:12 UTC
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.. The Cold War is remembered today as a conflict between two ideologies, but
was essentially a conflict between two western perceptions of the road to
justice and peace. Both had their roots in the political struggle in the West
for better society, from the middle of the 19th century was divided into two
main streams. A liberal who weighted freedom, and the less patient communist
who would like through coercion.

The ideological challenge from Russia is now much more basic. As the
Nazi-Fascist threat from the 1930s are now from Putin talk about a complete
rejection of the Western liberal development since the Renaissance. Today, the
reaction is the same as 80 years ago.

Many in the West was then no will to defend the liberal ideals against
anti-democrats who fought to destroy the 'unfashionable' and capitalist
liberal democracies and would replace democracies muddy political and
'inefficient' processes with logical simplicity and hardness.

The spirit of the West requires us in blind faith that peace and democracy are
steadfast natural conditions, forgetting all experience. Welcome to a world
ruled by dementia and mafia bosses with nuclear weapons. ..

...

When someone begins to rant about the Renaissance (and also about the Epoch of
Enlightenment etc) the first thing I immediately recall is the Nazi (obsession
with the Renaissance is a part of the mythology that produced the Nazism).
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Piss on Putin
2016-06-18 17:49:20 UTC
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