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Post by Volkonski » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:00 pm


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Two bullets 'were found in pilot's body' after helicopter crash which killed senior Putin prosecutor linked to lawyer who held Trump Tower meeting’ 🤔

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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:13 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:00 pm
https:// twitter.com/TheRynheart/status/1048992359319572482
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Two bullets 'were found in pilot's body' after helicopter crash which killed senior Putin prosecutor linked to lawyer who held Trump Tower meeting’ 🤔

12:44 PM - 7 Oct 2018
:twisted: Hmmm - a different way of falling out of a high rise window ...



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Re: Russia

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Post by Slim Cognito » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:43 am

RTH10260 wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:13 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:00 pm
https:// twitter.com/TheRynheart/status/1048992359319572482
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Two bullets 'were found in pilot's body' after helicopter crash which killed senior Putin prosecutor linked to lawyer who held Trump Tower meeting’ 🤔

12:44 PM - 7 Oct 2018
:twisted: Hmmm - a different way of falling out of a high rise window ...
Hmmmm, so it was a suicide mission or was he shot from another copter?


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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:27 am

Slim Cognito wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:43 am
RTH10260 wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:13 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:00 pm
https:// twitter.com/TheRynheart/status/1048992359319572482
:twisted: Hmmm - a different way of falling out of a high rise window ...
Hmmmm, so it was a suicide mission or was he shot from another copter?
Quote from the article (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... cutor.html):
But respected Moscow journalist Sergei Dorenko has bluntly accused the investigating authorities of a cover-up in seeking hide two bullet wounds to highly experienced 54-year-old pilot - and gun shot damage to the copter's blade.

Deputy prosecutor-general Saak Karapetyan, 58, had been in charge of the Russian criminal investigation into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK, earlier this year

The claim that Mikhnov was shot immediately before the helicopter crash was made by Dorenko's Govorit Moskva radio station and promptly denied by the Investigative Committee (IC) - in charge of probing serious crime.

Dorenko retorted: 'We have the official version that the pilot mistakenly touched the trees and the helicopter fell to the ground.

'But in fact I suppose that the pilot was good and did not touch any trees.

'He did not take off at all.

'He was shot with two bullets in the back before this.'

This leaves the possibility that someone else was at the controls when the helicopter took off and crashed - or that it was destroyed on the ground, killing all on board.
Or, more likely, that the pilot was shot from the ground during takeoff :think:



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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:37 am

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A Trio of Wealthy Russians Made an Enemy of Putin. Now They’re All Dead.

Nikolai Glushkov, a close associate of the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, was preparing to testify that Aeroflot was a corrupt instrument of Russian intelligence


LONDON—Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian émigré, lived alone in a weather-beaten row house in South London with an aging dog and a cat named Braveheart. It was the waning days of March, and he was readying himself for something big.

The one-time finance director of Russia’s flagship airline, he was preparing for a trial in a London court. He told friends it would prove his innocence of longstanding financial charges by Russian authorities and expose Aeroflot Russian Airlines as a front for Russian security services. The case could also prove embarrassing for President Vladimir Putin, by illuminating a piece of post-Soviet history the Russian government has tried to erase.

After running out of funds to pay his own lawyers, Mr. Glushkov, 68 years old, planned to represent himself, and had amassed tomes on British law and forensic accounting. “This case was his purpose in life,” said Georgy Shuppe, a friend and former business partner. “He was not going to give up.”

On the eve of a preliminary court hearing, Mr. Glushkov stopped answering his phone. When his daughter drove to his house to investigate, she found him inside, strangled to death with a dog leash. Later that night, dozens of antiterror police cordoned off the house and began digging holes in his yard.



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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:28 pm

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Top Corruption Investigator Shot Dead In Moscow Region

A top Russian investigator involved in serious economic crimes and corruption cases has been shot dead in the Moscow region, officials say.

The Investigative Committee's Moscow branch told Russian news agencies that Colonel Yevgenia Shishkina was shot in the neck on October 10 when she was leaving her apartment block in the town of Arkhangelskoye, near the capital.

Committee spokeswoman Olga Vrady said Shishkina had received threats and that her car was burned in an arson attack several months ago.

Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement that its chief, Aleksandr Bastrykin, took the investigation into Shishkina's killing under his personal control and ordered the Main Investigative Directorate to probe the killing.



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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:42 am

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Communist challenger exposes cracks in Putin’s grip on power

An unexpected victory for an opposition candidate has panicked an unpopular government into cancelling the contest altogether


The Communist wunderkind Valentin Konovalov should already be Siberia’s youngest governor, but the elections he’s supposed to win are cancelled every other week.

The virtually unknown 30-year-old rode a wave of protest to win a first-round ballot in Khakassia, a republic in eastern Siberia, last month. The results were an embarrassment for the ruling United Russia party and the Kremlin, which backed the incumbent. But his opponents have found an easy way to keep him from winning the run-off: don’t hold it.

“It’s absurd,” said the candidate, who names Lenin as a political inspiration, over a cup of tea. So far, two of Konovalov’s opponents have dropped out, delaying the vote by two weeks each, and now an elections commission claims he misfiled his paperwork. Konovalov is likely to be disqualified.

“We should have won the elections outright,” he said. “Now they’re trying to keep power illegally.”

With Russia’s ruling party facing a sharp decline in support, local officials have had to scramble in some regions to maintain control. In the far east, another Communist candidate looked set for victory until a suspicious burst of votes for the pro-government candidate. Moscow cancelled the election wholesale for ballot-stuffing, the first time that’s happened since the 1990s
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:56 am


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#Russia's state TV:
Olga Skabeeva: "We love the American President, we have elected him, but it seems we made a mistake: No. 45 imposed the most sanctions against the country that elected him — Russia."
Evgeny Popov: "The biggest quantity of the least effective sanctions." ©️
Trump better beware of Novichok. The Russians might be getting ready to sprinkle a little of it on his cheeseburgers.

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Post by fierceredpanda » Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:50 pm

CNN showing satellite images of the Russian military beefing up a bunch of installations in Kaliningrad, including a nuclear weapons storage site.

The Kaliningrad enclave is surrounded on all sides by NATO member states Poland and Lithuania (a country dear to my heart, as I spent some time there long, long ago). I deeply worry that Putin figures Trump won't lift a finger if he decides to grab the Baltics the same way he grabbed half of Ukraine.


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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:54 pm

I hit the paywall on the Financial Times, but Raw Story has this summary.

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Putin hails the fall of United States as a moral leader around the globe in annual speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin used his annual address to hail the end of the United States’ influence on the world.

According to a write-up from the Financial Times, Putin told his country “luckily this monopoly is disappearing. It’s almost done.”

Putin went on to claim that Russia isn’t creating any problems for anyone and he has done his part to help create a dialogue with President Donald Trump. When Russia annexed Crimea the US began to enact repercussions on the country, but since Trump’s administration, Russia has had more flexibility to begin their own effort to influence the world.

He noted that Trump listens to what he says.

“Empires often think they can make some little mistakes,” Putin said. ”Because they’re so powerful. But when the number of these mistakes keeps growing, it reaches a level they cannot sustain.”

“A country can get the sense from impunity that you can do anything,” he continued in a speech at the annual Valdai Discussion Club at a ski resort near Sochi. “This is the result of the monopoly from a unipolar world . . . Luckily this monopoly is disappearing. It’s almost done.”



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Re: Russia

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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:04 pm

Talking Points Memo
Gorbachev: Trump’s Nuke Treaty Withdrawal ‘Not The Work Of A Great Mind’

Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the original signatories of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty along with former President Ronald Reagan, said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the treaty, which Trump announced Saturday, was “not the work of a great mind.”

In an interview with the Russian outlet Interfax that was flagged and translated by The New York Times and other outlets, Gorbachev, 87, wondered aloud: “Is it really that hard to understand that rejecting these agreements is, as the people say, not the work of a great mind.”

Gorbachev called Trump’s decision “a mistake” and “very strange.”

“Do they really not understand in Washington what this can lead to?” he asked.

“All agreements aimed at nuclear disarmament and limiting nuclear weapons must be preserved, for the sake of preserving life on earth,” he added, per the Times.



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Post by Fortinbras » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:41 pm

Possibly motivated by a need to refute the public impression that he is Putin's bitch, Trump has expressed disbelief in Russian assurances of denuclearization and has abrogated an existing treaty.

Yet he hasn't expressed any similar disbelief in Russian denials of manipulating the US Election campaign - even in the face of unanimous conclusions of the US intelligence agencies.

Nor any disbelief in North Korean assurances of denuclearization, even though dishonesty in that corner has more serious consequences.

Nor any disbelief in highly imaginative, and contradictory, Saudi accounts of the disappearance/death of a Washington Post correspondent.

On the other hand, he continues to express disbelief in Sen. Warren's family story of an Indian ancestor notwithstanding DNA proof.



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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:54 pm

Addie wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:04 pm
Talking Points Memo
Gorbachev: Trump’s Nuke Treaty Withdrawal ‘Not The Work Of A Great Mind’

Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the original signatories of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty along with former President Ronald Reagan, said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the treaty, which Trump announced Saturday, was “not the work of a great mind.”

:snippity: .
Putin will be delighted to be no longer bound by the treaty. It allows him to deploy nukes if he wishes to do so.

But dotus' move it totally brainfarted when looking at the intent of getting N.Korea to agree to some sort of nuclear disarmament.



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Post by RVInit » Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:24 pm

It will take generations to get back to where we were before Cheeto. Or maybe this country will understand the real horror of this administration, come to it's senses and wipe the Rethuglicans completely out of their majority in the e Senate as well as the White House.


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Post by Fortinbras » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:25 am

It has been explained to me.

Trump ws not being tough on Russia by repudiating the missile treaty. On the contrary, he was again being Putin's lapdog.
Putin had been trying to get out of that treaty for years, and during the Obama Administration had been trying to get Obama to agree to end the treaty. Now he has Trump end it by a little play-acting that makes Trump look tough to the audience in the cheap seats.

For Putin, ending the treaty means that Russia can now plant medium-range missiles on its southern border, aimed at China, the Arab states and other potential enemies. It couldn't do this while the treaty was in force - and Russia was reluctant to simply violate the treaty without some US action allowing it. Trump's pit of melodrama gives Putin that allowance. Putin got Trump to do the dirty work of tearing up the treaty, so Trump looks like the villain to most of the world at the same time solidifying himself with (lots of) American voters.

So Trump is not merely not being tough on Russia, he's rolling over and letting Russia aim missiles at US allies in Asia and elsewhere. Trump is still, and more than ever, Putin's bitch.



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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:45 pm

I am afraid that Fortinbas's post is correct.


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Post by Suranis » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:50 pm

yep, agree with it.


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Post by Addie » Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:13 pm

Foreign Policy
Putin Has Finally Reincarnated the KGB

Twenty five years after the end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union’s most infamous spy agency is back in all but name.


This past Sunday, as most of Russia focused its attention on parliamentary elections, the country’s most popular daily, Kommersant, broke news of a story that, if true, could have consequences that last far beyond this latest round of Duma reshuffling.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Kommersant, is planning a major overhaul of the country’s security services. The Russian daily reported that the idea of the reforms is to merge the Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, with the Federal Security Service, or FSB, which keeps an eye on domestic affairs. This new supersized secret service will be given a new name: the Ministry of State Security. If that sounds familiar, it should — this was the name given to the most powerful and feared of Joseph Stalin’s secret services, from 1943 to 1953. And if its combination of foreign espionage and domestic surveillance looks familiar, well, it should: In all but name, we are seeing a resurrection of the Committee for State Security — otherwise known as the KGB.

The KGB, it should be remembered, was not a traditional security service in the Western sense — that is, an agency charged with protecting the interests of a country and its citizens. Its primary task was protecting the regime. Its activities included hunting down spies and dissidents and supervising media, sports, and even the church. It ran operations both inside and outside the country, but in both spheres the main task was always to protect the interests of whoever currently resided in the Kremlin. With this new agency, we’re seeing a return to form — one that’s been a long time in the making.

There was a time, not so long ago, when Russian leaders sought to create a depoliticized security structure. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the reform of the KGB became an immediate, pressing issue. The agency was not reliably under control: The chairman of the KGB at the time, Vladimir Kryuchkov, had helped mastermind the military coup attempt aimed at overthrowing Mikhail Gorbachev that August. But new President Boris Yeltsin had no clear ideas about just how he wanted to reform the KGB, so he simply decided to break it into pieces.

The largest department of the KGB — initially called the Ministry of Security; then, later, the Federal Counterintelligence Service (FSK); then, even later, the FSB — was given responsibility solely for counter-espionage and counterterrorism operations. The KGB’s former foreign intelligence directorate was transformed into a new agency called the Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR. The division of the KGB responsible for electronic eavesdropping and cryptography became the Federal Agency of Government Communications and Information, or FAPSI. A relatively obscure directorate of the KGB that guarded secret underground facilities continued its functions under a new name: the Main Directorate of Special Programs of the President, or GUSP. The KGB branch that had been responsible for protecting Soviet leaders was renamed the Federal Protective Service, or FSO, and the Soviet border guards were transformed into an independent Federal Border Service, or FPS.



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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:49 pm

Bad hair day at the Russian navy
Russia’s only aircraft carrier damaged as its floating dry dock sinks
One worker missing, four injured; Admiral Kuznetsov's hull gashed by crane.
SEAN GALLAGHER - 10/30/2018, 8:28 PM

Russia's one and only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is in the middle of a long-forestalled refit in Murmansk. But its repairs may take a bit longer now that the floating dry dock that was carrying it at Murmansk's Shipyard 82 suddenly sank—causing a giant crane to crash onto the Kuznetsov and gash a 16-foot hole in its hull. One shipyard worker is missing, and four others were hospitalized—two of them in critical condition.

The floating dry dock, the PD-50—one of the largest in the world—apparently sank as the result of a power outage following a power surge at the shipyard, possibly related to damage to power lines caused by ice.

According to the press officer of the Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center, Evgeny Gladyshev, the accident occurred while the Kuznetsov was being floated out of the dock. "When the 82nd Shipyard was launching the Admiral Kuznetsov, an emergency situation occurred," Gladyshev explained to Interfax. "Due to interruptions in the supply of electric power to the PD-50, the floating dock dived out in an off-design mode."


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:45 am

The Admiral Kuznetsov has been a floating joke since it was launched.


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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:04 pm

Newsweek
Cold War Coming Back? Russia 'Assessing' Military Base in Cuba as U.S. Set to Leave Nuclear Missile Deal

A senior Russian official said Wednesday that his country was seriously considering establishing a military base in Cuba, just as the two Cold War-era allies were set to meet for high-level talks and the United States mulled quitting a nuclear missile deal.

Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov, head of the Russian lower house of parliament's defense committee and a former airborne troops commander, became the latest Moscow figure to warn of the historic consequences of the U.S. leaving the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The U.S. and Russia have accused one another of violating the agreement, but President Donald Trump has announced his intention to now end it, paving the way for new nuclear and conventional weapons systems at a time of heightened tensions.

"In order to strengthen our military presence in Cuba, we need at least the consent of the Cuban government. After all, this question is more political than military, and today, it’s probably premature to talk about any specific measures in response to a possible U.S. withdrawal from INF," Shamanov told the Interfax news agency.

"Now the active phase of assessing this scenario is underway and proposals will next be prepared with estimates," he added.



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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:28 pm

Addie wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:04 pm
Newsweek
Cold War Coming Back? Russia 'Assessing' Military Base in Cuba as U.S. Set to Leave Nuclear Missile Deal
:snippity:
"In order to strengthen our military presence in Cuba, we need at least the consent of the Cuban government. After all, this question is more political than military, and today, it’s probably premature to talk about any specific measures in response to a possible U.S. withdrawal from INF," Shamanov told the Interfax news agency.
:snippity:
Considering the fact that dotus blacklisted Cuba again on the international front rather than embracing the opening of the former Castro regime..... :think: :doh:



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Re: Russia

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Post by Jim » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:26 pm

CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS II

55 years later, it rolls back around. Guess I should practice diving under my desk again.



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Post by pipistrelle » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:40 pm

Jim wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:26 pm
CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS II
. . . Electric Boogaloo.



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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:28 am

Who would have thought that.....

Putin has also his version of Air Force One ;)




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