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  • Putin still has his Communist Party card, likes socialist ideals

    01/27/2016 12:39:27 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | January 25, 2016
    Putin still has his Communist Party card, likes socialist ideals Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday revealed he has kept his USSR Communist Party membership card, and still has a soft spot for socialist ideals. "I didn't throw out my party card, I didn't burn it," said Putin, a former KGB agent in East Germany, at a meeting with supporters, quoted by Interfax news agency. "My card is lying round somewhere." To older Russians, holding onto a Soviet Communist party card -- once compulsory for top officials -- shows a degree of nostalgia for the previous regime. "I wasn't a...
  • Yes, Putin may be starting to win Georgia away from the West. Here’s why that matters.

    01/26/2016 12:39:06 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 21 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 25 | Michael Hikari Cecire
    Polling data taken regularly over the last several years shows a clear and steady increase in Georgian support for the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). That roughly tracks with increasing political support for anti-West and pro-Russia political factions within Georgia.
  • Alexander Litvinenko Was Killed ‘for Calling Putin a Pedophile’

    01/22/2016 4:35:15 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 21, 2016 | Nico Hines
    Russia's president destroyed video of himself having sex with children, an ex-KGB spy claimed. Now a British inquiry has found that the Kremlin leader 'probably approved' assassinating him for it. LONDON - A prominent Russian dissident was assassinated in London with a deadly dose of radioactive poison because he had claimed that Vladimir Putin was a pedophile, according to an independent British inquiry. The hit was "probably" carried out on the personal orders of the Russian president. The allegation—that Putin had used his position as head of the Russian intelligence service to destroy video evidence of himself having sex with...
  • UK judge says Putin 'probably approved' poisoning of ex-Russian spy

    01/21/2016 5:11:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 21, 2016
    Russian President Vladimir Putin "probably approved" the killing of a former Russian spy ten years ago, a report by a British judge concluded Thursday. Judge Robert Owen said Thursday that he is certain Alexander Litvinenko was given tea laced with a fatal dose of polonium-210 at a London hotel in November 2006. He died three weeks later of acute radiation syndrome. Owen said there was a "strong probability" that Russia's FSB security service, the successor agency to the notorious KGB, directed the killing. In his 326-page report, Owen also said that based on the evidence he had seen, the operation...
  • Toll in Russia raids on Qaeda-run Syria jail rises to 81: monitor

    01/11/2016 6:16:28 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 21 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 01/10/2016 | AFP
    Toll in Russia raids on Qaeda-run Syria jail rises to 81: monitor AFP 22 hours ago Beirut (AFP) - At least 81 people, including 23 Al-Qaeda fighters, were killed in Russian strikes on a prison complex run by the jihadist group in Syria's northwest, a monitor said Sunday in a new toll. The strikes on Saturday targeted an Al-Nusra Front building near a popular market in northwestern Idlib province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The complex in Maarat Al-Numan housed the group's religious court and a jail. The dead included 23 Al-Nusra fighters and six non-jihadist rebels...
  • From Communist Gold To Kremlin Power: Spanish Prosecutors Outline Russia's Captive State

    12/19/2015 12:18:16 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | December 17, 2015 | Viktor Rezunkov and Robert Coalson
    S T. PETERSBURG -- Suspicions of connections with organized crime have dogged Vladimir Putin since his stint in the St. Petersburg mayor's office in the early 1990s. The accusations have gained new momentum in recent weeks with two important developments. On December 1, opposition politician and anticorruption campaigner Aleksei Navalny released a film expose on Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika and his sons, outlining circumstantial evidence of ties to organized crime and abuse of the prosecutor's office for financial gain. The film has garnered more than 3.5 million views and it is becoming increasingly hard for the Kremlin to ignore, despite the...
  • Two die in clashes between Turkish police and Kurdish protesters

    12/14/2015 10:01:08 AM PST · by McGruff · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | December 14, 2015
    Two protesters have died in the south-eastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir in a clash between police and Kurdish demonstrators over a curfew imposed as part of a security crackdown. Police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters at a march called by the main pro-Kurdish party, the HDP. A number of areas in the south-east have been put under curfew as security forces battle Kurdish militants.
  • Russian destroyer shoots at Turkey vessel to 'avoid collision'

    12/13/2015 9:30:02 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 12 replies
    Yahooooooooo ^ | 37 minutes ago | AFP
    Moscow (AFP) - A Russian destroyer in the Aegean Sea on Sunday used small arms fire to prevent a collision with a Turkish vessel, Moscow said, adding it had summoned Ankara's military attache over the incident. "The crew of the Russian patrol ship Smetlivy which was located 22 kilometres (13.7 miles) from the Greek island of Lemnos in the northern part of the Aegean Sea avoided collision with a Turkish seiner," the defence ministry said, adding that the crew had fired small arms to warn the boat. At 0603 GMT the Russian warship, which was at anchor, spotted a Turkish...
  • The Syrian Turkmen taking flight from Russian bombing (Turks admit working with al-Qaeda)

    12/10/2015 8:01:33 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 4 December 2015 | Nafiseh Kohnavard
    The Syrian Turkmen taking flight from Russian bombing By Nafiseh Kohnavard BBC Persian, on the Turkey-Syria border 4 December 2015 Since Russia began air strikes on the Turkmen mountains in north-west Syria last month, nearly 5,000 people from the country's ethnic Turkmen minority have fled their homes. Many have crossed the border into Turkey's Hatay province, their plight overshadowed by a diplomatic row between Turkey and Russia. Turkey has been open in offering support, with officials referring to the Turkmen brigades as "brothers" and insisting they are moderate. However reports suggest the brigades have close ties to the al-Qaeda-linked jihadist...
  • Killing ISIS on the cheap: Russian attack jets use Walmart grade GPS devices!

    12/02/2015 12:40:44 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 39 replies
    No wonder #Russia's Su-24 got 'lost' in #Turkey, check out the Walmart-Grade GPS system in their attack jets: #Syria pic.twitter.com/xugzx2Gqvs— Silver Surfer (@RobPulseNews) November 24, 2015 2nd pic of a #Russia|n Su-24 fighter jet using consumer grade @Garmin GPS https://t.co/MOc7S7j0v0 @Walmart #Syria pic.twitter.com/xHThKMivXv— Silver Surfer (@RobPulseNews) November 24, 2015
  • Did FSB Bomb Metrojet?

    11/12/2015 2:10:52 PM PST · by lavaroise · 60 replies
    TRT NEWS ^ | Nov 7, 2015 | TRT NEWS
    Moscow, Russia – Suspicions grew over the official government story coming out of the Kremlin as Russian President Vladimir Putin and the FSB attempted to quell growing public anger and distrust in the wake of past false flag attacks. The FSB, a sinister security arm of the Russian regime, has a long history of carrying out shadowy attacks against its’ own citizenry in order to further their own military and geopolitical goals. One such series of attacks was the famed apartment bombings in Buynaksk, Moscow, & Volgodonsk of September 1999, which killed 307 Russian citizens, injured 1700 more, and was...
  • ISIS jihadis MASSING for huge INVASION of central Asia: Russia spies discover terror plan

    10/30/2015 1:32:44 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 22 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | Oct 29, 2015 | NICK GUTTERIDGE
    Huge numbers of Islamist fighters are massing on Afghanistan's northern border ready to march into neighbouring states, Russian intelligence officials have revealed. Moscow's spy chief Alexander Bortnikov warned fighters from the Taliban, many of whom have pledged allegiance to ISIS, were heavily armed and prepared to pass through porous border controls. The jihadi hate group could be trying to open up a new front to the north of its territories after being pegged back in Syria by Russian airstrikes. The invasion would be a swipe at Vladimir Puitin as it would take them into the former Soviet states of Turkmenistan,...
  • Russian missiles 'hit IS in Syria from Caspian'

    10/07/2015 5:15:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 110 replies
    BBC ^ | Oct. 7, 2015
    Russia has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says. Mr Shoigu was quoted by Russian media as saying four warships launched 26 sea-based cruise missiles on 11 targets, destroying them.
  • Litvinenko: A deadly trail of polonium [poisoned by Putin?...case now concluding]

    07/28/2015 8:02:19 AM PDT · by ETL · 24 replies
    BBC - Magazine ^ | July 28, 2015
    "The polonium trail started on 16 October 2006 when Litvinenko met Lugovoi and Kovtun in London. ..." "When Lugovoi and Kovtun's movements were mapped against the sites of polonium contamination, there was an exact match. The evidence of guilt was strong. In May 2007, the then Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald announced that Andrei Lugovoi was to be charged with murder and his extradition would be sought from Russia. Kovtun was charged in 2010. ..." Prof Norman Dombey, a physicist who has a deep knowledge of Russian nuclear sites, gave evidence at the public inquiry. Dombey says there is...
  • The 8 most elite special forces in the world

    05/13/2015 7:45:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/13/2015 | Tomas Hirst
    Elite special forces are some of the best-trained and most formidable units a country can boast. They go where other soldiers fear to tread, scoping out potential threats, taking out strategic targets, and conducting daring rescue missions. These really are the best of the best. Although it's extremely difficult to rank these forces relative to one another, there are some units that rise above the rest in their track record and the fear they instill in their adversaries. These soldiers have been through rigorous training exercises designed to weed out those who can't hit their exacting standards. In a world...
  • American Blogger Offered Money to Publish Russian Propaganda

    03/25/2015 12:19:04 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 18 replies
    Global voices ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Maria Volkova
    An American blogger turned down the offer of a lifetime this past weekend: getting paid to do nothing. The slight catch was that he had to publish articles written by someone else on his blog and claim them as his ownno big deal, right? According to the blogger, David Swanson, after giving a talk at an anti-war event in Washington DC on March 20, he was approached by a young man with a thick Russian accent who introduced himself as Alexsei G. Padalko. This man showed Swanson his business card, which identified him as an air attach assistant for the...
  • Vladimir Putin has been 'neutralised' by a stealthy coup as rumours about his health and well-being

    03/15/2015 2:51:25 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 166 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3/15/2015 | Will Stewart
    Vladimir Putin is 'alive' but 'neutralised' as shadowy security chiefs stage a stealthy coup in Moscow, it was claimed last night. Former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev was behind the plot, claimed chairman of the pro-Kremlin national Islamic Committee, Geydar Dzhemal. Snip... 'I think that Putin is neutralised at the moment, but of course, he is alive,' said Dzhemal, seen as a Kremlin loyalist. 'He is under the control of the power-wielding agencies, who have, in my opinion, organised a coup d'etat.' snip.. 'My information is that Patrushev met Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Pyatigorsk on 11 March and tempted him...
  • MUST READ:Global Bail-In Plan Could Still Leave Taxpayers Holding the Bag

    03/10/2015 6:03:55 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
    American Banker ^ | MAR 4, 2015 10:00am ET | CHRISTOPHER WHALEN
    BEWARE OF THE BAIL_IN The Government tells the banks to grab your assets to fill their coffers when they are insolvent, the way they took GREECE money The Banks are going to call YOUR money UNSECURED DEBT Now, Look at the first paragraph: http://www.americanbanker.com/bankthink/global-bail-in-plan-could-still-leave-taxpayers-holding-the-bag-1073068-1.html
  • Putin Involved in Drug Smuggling Ring, Says Ex-KGB Officer

    03/14/2015 3:04:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    NewsWeek ^ | March 13, 2015 | BY DAMIEN SHARKOV
    Russian president Vladimir Putin and his long-time ally Victor Ivanov, who is currently head of Russias narcotics agency, have been implicated in helping run a drug smuggling and money laundering ring in St Petersburg in the 1990s. The allegations were made by ex-KGB officer Yuri Shvets who spoke at the inquiry into the death Alexander Litvinenko yesterday. Shvets testified in front of Ben Emmerson QC, expanding on a report he had compiled with fellow ex-Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, a few months prior to the latters death from polonium poisoning. According to Shvets sources, which include the late...
  • Russian intelligence services launching study on language localism in the Baltics

    02/25/2015 8:09:22 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting ^ | 2015-02-25 15:04 | news.err.ee Estonian Public Broadcasting
    FSB, the Russian Federal Security Service, is planning to study the Russian-language skills of ethnic Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians and Ukrainians. FSB has published a tender to study the linguistics of Russian regions and the post communist countries. The study will ask ten men to read out texts in Russian, which will be recorded and analyzed. The results will be used to compile an atlas of the modern Russian language.
  • Five Russians Held In France On Suspicion Of Plotting Attack

    01/20/2015 6:53:54 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 36 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | jan 20, 2014 | Staff
    Prosecutors in southern France say five Russians from the Chechnya region have been detained on suspicion of preparing an attack. Local prosecutor Yvon Calvet said the suspects were detained January 19 in the town of Beziers near the Mediterranean coast, around 70 kilometers from Montpellier. French media reports say the five are also suspected of hiding a cache of explosives that was found near a stadium in Beziers
  • Islamic State video claims to show child killing Russia spies

    01/14/2015 5:59:37 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2015 | Adam Taylor
    The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday that appeared to show a child killing two men accused of spying for Russia. In the video, the two men, who said they were from Kazakhstan and Russia, said they had been working with the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian intelligence agency, to infiltrate the extremist organization.
  • FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies...

    09/05/2014 3:08:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/5/2014 | Bill Gertz
    Cubas communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.Cuban intelligence services have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service], the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.Academia has been and remains...
  • FSB wants to evacuate to Crimea its agents from Donbas who are in desperate situation

    08/15/2014 6:13:28 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Friday 15 august, 2014, 11:46 | Zik TV
    Due to the lack of support from local residents and successful operation by the Ukrainian army, the terrorists have realized they are in a desperate position. It follows from a telephone conversation between a FSB agent in Donbas and his boss in Crimea intercepted by Ukraine secret service Aug. 15. The Russians are moving their agents within the terrorist groups in Donbas to Crimea, Ukraine SBU says, Ukrayinska Pravda reports. When I pass some locals they keep telling me Damn you! the FSB agent, alias Trifon, says in the conversation. The terrorists are merely marauders. You open to them the...
  • EU Sanctions Hit Russian Intelligence Officials, Russia Says Anti-Terrorism Weakened

    07/26/2014 11:59:22 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    AP via Epoch Times ^ | July 26, 2014
    BRUSSELS The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed. Among the 15 new people subjected to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban were Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian Federal Security Service, and Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB department that oversees international operations and intelligence activity. Four members of Russias Security Council were also included on the EU list. The new measures, designed to put pressure on Moscow and its allies in Ukraine, were announced in the EUs Official...
  • Britain Announces Inquiry Into Killing of Ex-K.G.B. Officer[Litvinenko]

    07/22/2014 8:58:37 AM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 July 2014 | ALAN COWELL
    Almost eight years after Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer turned whistle-blower, was poisoned in London with a radioactive isotope, the British authorities announced on Tuesday that a public inquiry would be held into his death, permitting investigators to explore whether Russian leaders ordered the killing. At a time when President Vladimir V. Putin faces mounting Western opprobrium for his support of pro-Russia separatists accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, the announcement from Theresa May, the British home secretary, could be seen by Moscow as a further rebuke. It is more than seven years...
  • What Putin is rebuilding

    04/16/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 95 replies
    4-17-14 | Dangus
    No, Putin isn't re-building the third Reich: Chamberlain isn't a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler seized neighboring German-speaking territories. He's a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler blamed Christianity for poisoning Europe with weakness, swore to destroy the Jews, build a master race, set fire to the Reichstag, seized all police powers, built concentration camps and THEN invaded German-speaking lands. No, Putin isn't re-building the Soviet Union: He has implemented a flat, low tax rate, struck the authority of local commissars to impose taxes, decriminalized tax disputes, decentralized agriculture and industry, seen the numbers of...
  • FSB starts living in tomorrow

    04/15/2014 2:12:50 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Pravda.Ru ^ | 27.07.2002 | Pravda.Ru
    It is not ruled out that newly-appointed FSB deputy director Alexander Borodai will seriously take up the apartment bombings in Moscow and Volgodonsk The Russian Federal Security Service (known by the initials FSB) is experiencing a reshuffling. Alexander Borodai was appointed FSB deputy director, responsible for the information policy and special projects; the newly-appointed deputy director will organize the FSBs most delicate operations in the political sphere. [....] It is rather interesting, but, until recently, Alexander Borodai worked in the editorial office of a Russian patriotic newspaper Zavtra, whose editor-in-chief Alexander Prokhanov is famous for his rather complicated relations with...
  • Tapped Calls Show Russian Servicemen Active in Ukraine, Security Service Says

    04/15/2014 1:58:45 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 15 2014 12:14 | Anna Dolgov
    In another of the phone calls, the SBU video cited a Moscow phone number for one of the callers, identified only as "Alexander" in the video. Ukrainska Pravda reported that the number belonged to a pro-Kremlin publicist Alexander Borodai, and cited unidentified sources as saying that the man had been entrusted with the "Crimea question" and now is handling the "Donetsk question" in eastern Ukraine. In February, Borodai published a YouTube video, titled: "How to Divide Ukraine." The SBU said in a statement that Russia had begun "large-scale military aggression" in eastern Ukraine by deploying "subversive groups" of servicemen from...
  • The True Role of the FSB in the Ukrainian Crisis

    04/15/2014 1:16:08 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 15 2014 18:02 | Andrei Soldatov
    The intrigue is growing over the Federal Security Service's involvement in Ukraine. On April 11, Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor General said there was no evidence implicating the FSB in events on Maidan Square. At the same time, it is officially confirmed that FSB generals visited Kiev on Feb. 20 to 21. Recall that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent a note to Moscow on April 4 demanding to know why FSB Colonel General Sergei Beseda visited Kiev on Feb. 20 and 21, and that the very next day Interfax cited a source in Russian intelligence confirming that visit. The answer as to...
  • Moscow KGB headquarters on strike over release of Chechen Kadirov's bodyguards (Google translated).

    03/24/2013 11:59:57 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 1 replies
    Rambler.ru ^ | March 25, 2013
    The officers of the central office of the Federal Security Service said that their department refuses to go to work after release from prison of four Chechen Interior Ministry employees suspected of kidnapping a native of Georgia and extortion. The case investigator Genghis Berikov was fired and his colleagues are ready to leave the service, because now they have no guarantee of personal safety and the safety of their loved ones. "You know, we did not just spit in the soul - our families, exposed" - said security officers, met with journalists of "Novaya Gazeta." - "I wish we took...
  • Expanded meeting of the Federal Security Service board (Putin Speech Today)

    04/07/2014 8:02:11 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Kremlin ^ | 4-7-14 | Kremlin
    Vladimir Putin took part in an expanded meeting of the Federal Security Service board. PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, At this expanded meeting today, we will discuss the Federal Security Services results over the recent period and outline the priorities ahead (SNIP) Russias laws today give us the conditions we need for non-governmental and public organisations to work freely and transparently. But we will never accept for them to be used for destructive purposes. We will not accept a situation such as happened in Ukraine, when in many cases it was through non-governmental organizations that the nationalist and...
  • Report: US Knew About Tsarnaev Brothers Long Before Bombing

    03/26/2014 9:32:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    INN ^ | 3/26/2014, 11:19 AM | Tova Dvorin
    US officials knew about the potential danger of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to a soon-to-be-released Congressional reportbut a spelling error led them to miss his frequent flights out to Dagestan for terror training. [] In March 2011, Russian intelligence agency FSB notified the FBI with concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the Tsarnaev family, which had emigrated to Massachusetts nearly ten years earlier. In the letter, FSB included contact information, with addresses and phone numbers, for many of the members of the Tsarnaev family, including Tamerlan and his mother, and warned that Tamerlan was gaining a reputation for associating...
  • Kremlin Saturating Crimea with Propaganda, Troops, and Shady FSB Agents in Run-up to Succession Vote

    03/11/2014 3:40:39 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    It takes some serious gall for the Kremlin to portray the Ukrainian 'Revolution of Dignity' as some intolerant, divisivefar-right fascist movement simplydue tothe presense ofBanderan nationalists within it... almost element in the country not aligned with the Kremlin had a hand in the EuroMaidan protests that overthrew Viktor Yanukovych... But that's theangle the Russians are going with in Crimea: the new Kiev governmentconsists of'Nazi bandits' out tosupress Russian-speakers and round up dark-skinned Tartars in the east of the country- butit's clearly nottheUkrainians thatTartars live in fear of. Propaganda pumped into the areahas alsobeentelling Crimean residents that...
  • 11 Shocking Revelations From Highest Ranking Soviet Defector KGB Attacking US

    02/11/2014 7:00:11 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    GOP the Daily Dose.com ^ | 2/11/2014 | Rick Wells
    Yesterday TheBlaze published an interview with Romanian Lt. Gen Ion Pacepa, a discussion which arose around the publishing of his work, Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism. Pacepa is a defector to the United States, but not just any run-of-the-mill defector. He is the highest-ranking Soviet intelligence officer to ever defect. He crossed over back in 1978 and was given political asylum by then President Jimmy Carter. He has made a practice since that time to write in defense of freedom while living his life under threat of assassination, hiding out...
  • NSA methods reminiscent of those used in USSR under Stalin Lavrov

    12/18/2013 4:43:05 PM PST · by kronos77 · 9 replies
    Russias Foreign Minister has compared the way NSA obtains permission for its surveillance with the way Soviet people received sentences in Stalin-era courts. Sergey Lavrov said the judicial entities which gave permission for NSA surveillance reminded him of troikas, or extrajudicial bodies that existed in the Soviet Union during the Great Purge of 1937-38. They consisted of only three people who passed sentences very quickly, based on very scanty evidence. "Without any control, they just dropped their signatures on inquiries the NSA representatives brought them, Lavrov said, while speaking Wednesday at Russias upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, Interfax...
  • The Russians Are Shrinking!

    05/04/2013 1:54:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 3, 2013 | OLIVER BULLOUGH
    Vladimir Putin is more than a year into his third term as president of Russia, and he is likely to dominate the country's next decade as he dominated the lastjust as Joseph Stalin and Leonid Brezhnev dominated their own times in the Kremlin. Like Putin or loathe him, he embodies an era. But centuries from now, the history books will barely remember the human rights abuses or oil pipelines in today's coverage of Russia. Mr. Putin will be remembered for one thing only: missing the chance to save his nation from a lingering decline. The United Nations predicts that, by...
  • Putin says Russia had nothing to offer on Tsarnaev brothers

    04/26/2013 12:03:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2013 | Will Englund
    President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that, to our great regret, Russian security services lacked any operative information on the Tsarnaev brothers that they could have shared with their American counterparts. Russian officials had raised concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev with the FBI in 2011 and later that year also with the CIA. But analysts here doubt that Russias Federal Security Service (FSB) was warning the Americans; more likely, they say, it was acting out of worry that Tsarnaev might join an underground group in the strife-torn Russian region of Dagestan during a visit there. The FSB did not respond when the...
  • Tamerlan Tsarnaev got Mass. welfare benefits

    04/23/2013 8:57:15 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 68 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 23, 2013 | Chris Cassidy
    Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned. State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The states Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaevs attorney has claimed Katherine who had converted to Islam was working up to...
  • While Obama Golfs, Vladimir Spies on America

    10/08/2012 8:17:32 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 12 replies
    frontpagemag.com/the-point/ ^ | Oct 8th, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    So much for the Reset Button. Clearly some Russian agents were taking premature advantage of Obamas flexibility. An indictment was unsealed today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging 11 members of a Russian military procurement network operating in the United States and Russia, as well as a Texas-based export company and a Russia-based procurement firm, with illegally exporting high-tech microelectronics from the United States to Russian military and intelligence agencies.The microelectronics allegedly exported to Russia are subject to strict government controls due to their potential use in a wide range of military systems,...
  • Russia marks Putin's 60th birthday

    10/07/2012 1:47:01 PM PDT · by ConradofMontferrat · 7 replies
    Google News ^ | 10/07/2012 | By by Maria Antonova
    MOSCOW Russia's President Vladimir Putin turned 60 on Sunday, the official retirement age in the country he has dominated for the past 12 years, as critics snickered that his image of an energetic, young macho leader no longer corresponds with his age.... ...A survey by independent pollster Levada this week showed that despite his age, Putin was still popular with the ladies, with 20 percent of Russian women saying they would like to marry him.
  • Armed Russian police raid homes of anti-Putin activists 'return to the days of Stalin'

    06/17/2012 12:12:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED:10:15 EST, 11 June 2012 | UPDATED:05:57 EST, 12 June 2012 | Will Stewart
    Armed Russian police raided the homes of anti-Putin activists ahead of a mass demonstration in a major new crackdown on dissent. The fresh wave of arrests was today compared with the days of Stalin by opponents on Russian language Twitter. Hello1937 was trending on the social networking sitereferring to the year 1937, which was seen as the worst for Stalin purges. The coordinated early-morning raids targeted the young politicians who were thought to represent the biggest threat to Putin's 12-year rule. The Investigative Committee said the raids targeted Alexei Navalny as well as Ilya Yashin and Sergei Udaltsov over a...
  • The Empire Is Still Evil

    04/04/2012 4:23:36 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 19 replies
    Standpoint ^ | April 2012 | Daniel Johnson
    Twenty-first century Russia has three famous faces: Anna Chapman, the failed spy, who came in from the cold to become a red hot sex symbol back home; Alexander Litvinenko, the spy-turned-dissident, who was poisoned by a radioactive polonium isotope in London; and Vladimir Putin, the KGB colonel-turned-president, who had himself re-elected for a six-year term last month. It is no accident that all three of these faces belong to former intelligence officers. The point of Deception is to explain how and why Putin's Russia has succeeded in fooling us all, both about its own sinister nexus of espionage, politics and...
  • Russian minister calls for limits on the Internet

    08/03/2011 8:10:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 2, 2011
    Russia's interior minister called on Tuesday for limits on the Internet to prevent a slide in traditional cultural values among young people, raising fears of controls over the vibrant Russian-language web. Many of Russia's 53 million web users fear that hardliners around Prime Minister Vladimir Putin would like to impose Chinese-style limits on the Internet to stave off any potential Arab Spring-style unrest ahead of the presidential election. Russia's iPad-wielding president, Dmitry Medvedev, has ruled out draconian controls while suggesting a discussion of how to deal with clearly illegal content such as child pornography. Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev is the...
  • Russia forms commission to prevent Norway-like attack

    07/29/2011 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    PTI ^ | 7/30/2011
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has formed an inter-departmental commission headed by the country''s Interior Minister to combat home-grown extremism in the backdrop of Norway-like massacre. According to the Kremlin, the commission will develop measures to prevent manifestations of extremism and remove those conditions which fuel it. The commission will also include 16 heads of other ministries and agencies - from the Federal Security Service (FSB), Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to the ministries of Culture and mass communications. The Russian social networking site vKontakte, the home grown copy of Facebook, had to shut its services for some time after it was...
  • Israeli 'spy' and Russia's arms secrets

    05/24/2011 1:12:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    upi.com ^ | May 24, 2011
    TEL AVIV, Israel, May 24 (UPI) -- Russia's recent expulsion of the military attache at the Israeli Embassy in Moscow on charges of spying has been linked to the Jewish state's efforts to impede the sale of Russian weapons systems to Iran, Syria and Arab states. One report from Moscow, quoting an unidentified Russian security official, said the Israeli, Col. Vadim Leiderman, had engaged in "industrial espionage -- or rather his overly active work on behalf of certain Israeli companies on the Russian market." But Russia's Federal Security Service, known as the FSB, said in an official statement that Leiderman,...
  • Heirs to the KGB and czars police

    03/23/2011 5:24:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2011 | Joseph C. Goulden
    THE NEW NOBILITY: THE RESTORATION OF RUSSIA'S SECURITY STATE AND THE ENDURING LEGACY OF THE KGB By Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan PublicAffairs, $26.95, 299 pages No one familiar with the security system of the old USSR expected the KGB to dry up and blow away when communism collapsed in 1991. Further, many of us doubted whatever government replaced the Soviet state would make any changes of substance in its intelligence agencies. Skepticism is proving well-founded. Indeed, the newly constituted security services are more shadowy and powerful than was the KGB at its prime. The Federal Security Service (Federalnaya Sluzhba...
  • Irish Expel Russia Envoy Over ID Theft for Spying [Russians use Id's in the US ]

    02/02/2011 3:13:25 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 1 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb 1 2011 | AP
    Ireland ordered a Russian diplomat expelled Tuesday, after an investigation found that Russias intelligence service used six stolen Irish identities as cover for spies operating in the United States. Ireland opened the investigation after the F.B.I. in June smashed a Russian spy ring involving 10 men and women posing as American suburbanites in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Virginia. Last year, Ireland expelled an Israeli diplomat over the suspected use of Irish passports, by agents of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, to assassinate a top official of Hamas in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Israel has refused to...
  • Russia's biggest spy agencies at war - battle to create intelligence service modelled on Soviet KGB

    12/27/2010 8:40:18 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 26, 2010 | Andrew Osborn
    According to Russian experts, the domestic FSB security service is trying to subsume the SVR foreign intelligence service in order to recreate a latter day KGB in all but name. Supporters of the plan are seeking to capitalise on the SVR's worst post-Soviet failure, the deportation of ten of its sleeper agents from the United States this summer, arguing that the debacle proved that the SVR had lost its way, it is claimed. Pavel Felgenhauer, an intelligence agencies expert, said: "The mass collapse, arrest and subsequent deportation of ten Russian illegal agents from the USA has become a pretext for...
  • WikiLeaks: Is Russia the Next Target?

    11/02/2010 8:48:44 AM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 19 replies
    TIME ^ | 11-02-2010 | SIMON SHUSTER
    Wow it's going to take the Russians so shut this guy's ego down. Watch out for the borscht Mr. Assange!