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re: Renova company of Veckselberg

The whole Board of Directors resigned cause lawyers advised them that they were in risk of becoming targets of criminal investigations by the USA on activities by the company. Currently Veckselberg is the only board member.



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Post by Volkonski » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:59 am


NBC News

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Pentagon: “The Russian disinformation campaign has already begun. There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours.”
8:55 AM - Apr 14, 2018


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Post by Volkonski » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:37 am


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Amb. Haley: "We cannot stand by and let Russia trash every international norm that we stand for, and allow the use of chemical weapons to go unanswered."
10:34 AM - Apr 14, 2018
Will Trump agree to more sanctions on Russia? He is never going to get a Trump Tower in Moscow. ;)


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Post by Volkonski » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:13 pm


CNN Breaking News

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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says the US will announce new sanctions Monday against Russia
https://
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11:08 AM - Apr 15, 2018
"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down," said Haley, reiterating what she said earlier on Fox News. "Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn't already."

While insisting the action taken early Saturday morning in Syria was "a very strong attack on the chemical weapons program," Haley hit back on more hawkish critics who argue the US didn't go far enough because it did not change the balance of power in the long-running Syrian civil war.

"Our job was never to take Assad out," Haley said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. She added that the conflict must ultimately be resolved through a UN-led political process. "Our job was never to start a war."
I am surprised that Trump agreed to this. Perhaps his Putin fascination is weakening.


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Post by Volkonski » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:50 pm

:o Does American Airlines know something we don't know?

American Airlines warns pilots some Asia flights could be rerouted amid tensions with Russia

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/14/russia- ... picks=true
Three Asia-bound American Airlines flights that normally fly over Russia have been rerouted, as the airline assesses growing geopolitical tensions, a source familiar with the matter told CNBC on Saturday.

In an internal memorandum sent to pilots on Saturday that was seen by CNBC, the airline warned that some flights into Asia could be rerouted, as relations between Moscow and Washington appear to worsen because of the U.S.-led military intervention in Syria.

"The team at American regularly monitors global geopolitical issues and makes changes to aircraft routings when warranted," said the note to pilots.

The measure could cause delays. American Airlines, which operates more than 6,000 flights a day, said three flights separate flights were affected: Dallas to Hong Kong, Dallas to Beijing, and Chicago to Beijing, according to the document.


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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:16 pm

WaPo: Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost


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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:52 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:16 pm
WaPo: Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost
dotus just doesn't want to listen to his security briefings, far less read them, especially in detail. :brickwallsmall:
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:45 pm


Scott Dworkin

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Twitter outages are targeting the NE US, UK & Japan. Trump’s meeting with Japan and the UK/US attacked Russia in a joint release yesterday saying they were hacking into the Internet world wide... I don’t believe in coincidences. This feels obvious. #TrumpResign #FireHannity
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:38 pm

When it comes to Russia Trump is a wimp. :madguy:

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Pres. Trump has decided to put off decision imposing additional sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Syrian chemical attack, administration officials tell @ABC.
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3:34 PM - Apr 17, 2018


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Post by gupwalla » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:31 pm

Question for discussion:

How much true power does Putin hold in Russia?

Could he fire his Foreign Minister? Could he fire his UN Plenipotentiary? Could he fire his Defense Minister? I'm not talking about whether the constitution allows him to make those staff changes - I'm talking about whether he can, as a practical matter, change the makeup of his official cabinet without fear of a coup. Because if he can't practically change his advisors from the current lot of nuts to somewhat more sane alternatives, then it doesn't matter what his constitution says.

One of the critical human insights of the 20th Century was the private understanding between President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev that neither leader wanted war over Cuba, but both leaders had hardliners at the cabinet table who were advocating for a showdown. If the leaders could choose a softer line, then war could be averted and faces saved on both sides.

So my bottom-line question is: Is Putin the most-worst monster since Hitler, or is he the least-worst monster who could actually hold something like authoritative power in Russia as she exists today?

And as a possibly relevant point, I'll just float PM May's suggestion that perhaps the Russian government merely "lost control" of its chemical daggers. That doesn't make the Skripal incident less of a problem, but it makes it a different problem.


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Post by Fortinbras » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:17 pm

Rachel Maddow came up with the story that Trump sent Putin a message that Nikki Haley's announcement of serious sanctions against Russia could be ignored. So now only did Trump dial back the sanctions, he made a point of assuring Putin about the backing off.

I would think that, by now, the favor of manipulating the election campaign to get Trump into the White House had been repaid by Trump - who's certainly not known for paying - so why the continuing concessions to Putin even in the face of serious political problems?

In the aftermath, it appears that Haley is genuinely upset at having the Prez cut the ground out from under her. She's proclaiming long and loud that she was not "confused", that she articulated the sanctions as Trump had told her, and that Trump pulled the switcheroo. Haley might not be thrown under the bus, she might stomp out on her own initiative (and maybe run for President in the near future).



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Post by RVInit » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:41 pm

Fortinbras wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:17 pm
Rachel Maddow came up with the story that Trump sent Putin a message that Nikki Haley's announcement of serious sanctions against Russia could be ignored. So now only did Trump dial back the sanctions, he made a point of assuring Putin about the backing off.

I would think that, by now, the favor of manipulating the election campaign to get Trump into the White House had been repaid by Trump - who's certainly not known for paying - so why the continuing concessions to Putin even in the face of serious political problems?

In the aftermath, it appears that Haley is genuinely upset at having the Prez cut the ground out from under her. She's proclaiming long and loud that she was not "confused", that she articulated the sanctions as Trump had told her, and that Trump pulled the switcheroo. Haley might not be thrown under the bus, she might stomp out on her own initiative (and maybe run for President in the near future).
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I have no doubt that Haley will run for president at some point.
Trump is afraid of Putin, there just can't be any doubt about that. It is just maddening that he is so absolutely terrified of doing anything that will harm Putin. So, he said some words about Russia not following through regarding Assad's chemical weapons. Big deal. Words mean almost nothing in many cases, in Trump's case words mean absolutely nothing. Actions are what I want to see.


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:29 pm

White House: Bolton meets with Russian ambassador

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/19/politics ... index.html
"Bolton reiterated that it is in the interest of both the United States and Russia to have better relations, but that this will require addressing our concerns regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 election, the reckless use of a chemical weapon in the United Kingdom, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria," the White House statement said.

This was the first meeting between the two in their current roles. Bolton officially stepped into the role of White House national security adviser earlier this month after President Donald Trump announced his appointment in March.

The meeting came amid heightened tensions between the two nations over Syria, the poisoning in the UK of a former Russian spy and the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Last year, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kisylak, who was Russia's ambassador to the US at the time. Russian state media posted photos of that Oval Office meeting.


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:40 pm


Russia in USA

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US special services are trying to enter Russian diplomatic property in Seattle
11:52 AM - Apr 25, 2018
Apparently the Russians didn't vacate the consulate on time. Or if they did leave they left it locked.


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:43 pm

U.S. officials drill out locks at former Russian consul residence in Seattle’s Madison Park

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-ne ... ison-park/
Officials with the U.S. Department of State drilled out the lock on a front gate to the former Russian Consulate residence in Seattle’s Madison Park Wednesday morning.

Hidden behind a blue tarp, a locksmith worked for about 15 minutes to open the gate. Then U.S. officials moved on to the residence’s front door, apparently to gain access to the main residence building. They also worked to open a basement door.

The scene unfolding at 3726 E. Madison St. comes a day after Russian diplomats left the residence after being ordered to vacate it last month by the Trump administration. The consulate office in downtown Seattle closed earlier this month.

A State Department official said Wednesday that the government was conducting an inspection of the residence “to secure and protect the facilities and to confirm the Russian government personnel had vacated the premises.”


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:45 pm

Russian spin doctoring.


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After breaking Russian diplomatic property's gates lock @GK_Seattle , the intruders got inside
1:51 PM - Apr 25, 2018
Hm, "intruders"?


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:15 pm

CNN Breaking News

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Exclusive: Some of the spies expelled last month from the US were tracking Russian defectors and their families
https://
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4:09 PM - Apr 25, 2018


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Post by gupwalla » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:58 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:45 pm
Hm, "intruders"?
More like "the landlord." My understanding is that the US Government owns the mansion.


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Post by Kendra » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:54 pm

gupwalla wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:58 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:45 pm
Hm, "intruders"?
More like "the landlord." My understanding is that the US Government owns the mansion.
http://gismaps.kingcounty.gov/parcelviewer2/

http://blue.kingcounty.com/Assessor/eRe ... 5316100400
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Post by Kendra » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:57 pm

http://info.kingcounty.gov/finance/trea ... 0d1w%3d%3d

A search on the County's Treasurer page gives the same results, taxpayer name is the same. Pretty low property taxes, do they get a break?



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Post by gupwalla » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:33 pm

http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2018/ ... 2067233750
U.S. Dept. of State officials gave diplomats until April 24th to leave the Madison Park property that has been used as the residence for the Russian government’s Consulate General in Seattle since the U.S> Office of Foreign Missions acquired the house in what King County records say was a $1.1 million transaction in April 1994.

...

“The property will be maintained by the Department of State,” an official tells CHS.
But I had not seen this update until just now:
UPDATE 4/25/18: [...] The Seattle Times also reports a clarification of ownership about the house saying A U.S. State Department official told the paper that the Russians own the residence “but that the U.S. government owns the land where the building sits.”


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Post by Mikedunford » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:24 pm

If the Russians own the building, even if they've been ordered to vacate, it's possible that breaking in was a significant breach of the Vienna Convention.

But I don't care enough to do the research right now.


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Post by Addie » Sat May 05, 2018 10:29 am

CNN
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested at anti-Putin protest

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained by police Saturday shortly after arriving at a protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, his official Facebook page said.

Navalny's team, which organized the protest in Moscow and several other cities in Russia, told CNN he was detained shortly after arriving at central Pushkinskaya Square in the Russian capital.

Images showed Navalny, who was arrested for illegal protest organization, being carried through the crowds by police. ...

Protesters chanted "shame" and "Putin is a thief" as they marched through Moscow on Saturday, some carrying placards or Russian flags. When they chanted "we're fed up," one elderly man said, "I was fed up 10 years ago." ...

Navalny has been arrested many times, including in January, when he led anti-Kremlin rallies in which he called for Russians to boycott the presidential election.


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Post by Addie » Sat May 05, 2018 2:42 pm

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Russian police detain more than 1,300 protesting against Putin

MOSCOW — Thousands of people on Saturday marked President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming fourth inauguration with street protests across Russia, defying a heavy police presence that quickly swooped in to detain more than 1,300 demonstrators.

Police dragged the organizer, 41-year-old opposition leader Alexei Navalny, out of the Moscow rally by his arms and ankles minutes after he arrived. Protesters packed Pushkin Square in the center of the city nevertheless, and they were met by columns of riot police who charged into the crowd to try to disperse it.

Across the country, 1,348 people were detained in 21 cities, with about half in the capital, according to the protest-monitoring website OVD-Info.

“They’re even worse than bandits — the people in power have made this country unfit for living,” said Natalia Znaminskaya, 58, editor of a regional journal in the Moscow suburbs. “No one can survive with these salaries, and in this environment.”

Navalny’s team organized 90 protests across the country, dubbing them “He is not our czar,” a reference to Putin, who was first elected president in 2000 and is already Russia’s longest-serving leader since Stalin.


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Sat May 05, 2018 2:54 pm

Trump and his team are probably taking notes.



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