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  • Top Russian spy defects after betraying U.S. ring

    11/11/2010 6:33:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 11, 2010 | Thomas Grove
    Top Russian spy defects after betraying U.S. ring By Thomas Grove Thomas Grove 21 mins ago MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia's deep cover U.S. spying operations has betrayed the network and defected, a Russian paper said on Thursday, potentially giving the West one of its biggest intelligence coups since the end of the Cold War. The newspaper, Kommersant, named the man as Colonel Shcherbakov, and said he was responsible for unmasking a Russian spy ring in the United States in June whose arrests humiliated Moscow and clouded a "reset" in ties with Washington. The betrayal would make Shcherbakov...
  • Russian spy chief betrayed Anna Chapman, other agents in defection deal

    11/12/2010 6:41:21 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 12, 2010 | ANDY SOLTIS
    Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman's boss was working for us. The head of Russia's spy operations in America defected just before he betrayed Chapman and her nine fellow sleeper agents last summer -- and the Kremlin has ordered a hit team to kill him as revenge, according to a bombshell report yesterday. Senior officials in Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's government said the double agent -- identified only as "Colonel Shcherbakov" -- was a devastating blow to Russia's SVR intelligence agency and touched off a probe.
  • 3,000 “Ebola Martyrs” Warned Ready To Strike America

    08/18/2014 7:30:19 AM PDT · by Ghost of SVR4 · 110 replies
    The Total Collapse ^ | August 16, 2014 | UNK
    A new report released in the Kremlin today by the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is stating that the reason(s) for President Obama’s “mysterious and unscheduled” return to the White House this weekend is due the United States facing an “apocalyptic attack” from an estimated 3,000 “Ebola Martyrs” who are already in America and warned are “ready to strike”. According to this report, SVR intelligence analysts became aware of the attack planned by these “Ebola Martyrs” against the US from their “monitoring” of a Islamic State (IS) [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the...
  • FBI says Russian spies got close to Cabinet [Hillary Clinton]

    11/01/2011 12:33:20 AM PDT · by iowamark · 60 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/31/2011 | Bill Gertz
    The FBI rounded up a network of deep-cover Russian spies last year after the group came close to placing an agent near a Cabinet official in the Obama administration, a senior FBI counterspy said Monday as the bureau released once-secret documents on the case. ...U.S. officials said it was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Figliuzzi said in an interview that the FBI decided to end its more than 10-year-long counterspy investigation of the network because of concerns that the spies were “getting very close to their objective.” “These 10 Russian officers were sent to the U.S. on a...
  • 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...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • You can bet these clowns are no joke

    06/30/2010 3:16:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 30, 2010 | Peter Brookes
    Just when you thought that bumbling Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale had retired for good, the FBI uncovers an 11-person, deep-cover Russian spy ring stretching from Boston to Washington. But while the would-be cloak-and-dagger cabal didn't seem to provide much intelligence booty to their handlers at the Russian SVR (the new KGB) over the past two decades, the spy bust does unearth some troubling issues: 1. The Russian government -- rife with former security officials from the Soviet period, including Prime Minister Vladimir Putin -- still sees us as an important target and competitor, no matter how often Team Obama...
  • Putin's Hydrangeas

    06/29/2010 3:05:04 PM PDT · by jazminerose
    Canada Free Press ^ | 6/29/10 | Joy Tiz
    They couldn’t have been spies, look what she did with the hydrangeas.—Jessie Gugig, age 15 Substituting high tech communications for the now passé Venona cables, the operatives managed to gain access to a government employee working in a nuclear program. Experts are astonished by the length and depth of the penetration. Why the surprise? The combination of our lax immigration enforcement combined with decades of indifference to the threat from Russian operatives makes this sort of thing a certainty. Putin’s people didn’t abandon their goals of conquering the United States—his hydrangea growers just got better at fitting in.
  • DOJ: 10 alleged Russian intel officers arrested

    06/28/2010 1:14:47 PM PDT · by Justaham · 167 replies
    <p>WASHINGTON — Ten Russian intelligence officers have been arrested for allegedly serving as illegal agents of the Russian government in the United States, the Justice Department announced Monday.</p>
  • Putin's Spies in America

    06/19/2009 1:22:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    FRONTPAGE ^ | Friday, June 19, 2009 | Jamie Glazov
    SNIPPET: "Frontpage Interview's guest today is Konstantin Preobrazhenskiy, a former KGB agent who became one of the KGB’s harshest critics. He is the author of seven books about the KGB and Japan. His new book is KGB/FSB's New Trojan Horse: Americans of Russian Descent." SNIPPET: "My work in Tokyo as a spy from 1980-85, was very successful. I was covered as a correspondent of the Soviet TASS Agency. But it was not a cover for me. It was my actual job, because I am a born author. My KGB colleagues in Tokyo called me, with a grin, “An author covered...
  • 'Catastrophic' situation after Estonian unmasked as spy (KGB)

    ECHOES OF the Cold War have returned to Nato headquarters in Brussels after an Estonian general was unmasked as a “sleeper” spy who passed top secret alliance information to Moscow. Herman Simm (61), a retired official in Estonia’s defence ministry, has been arrested along with his wife on suspicion that they were recruited by KGB officers before the collapse of the Soviet Union. After Estonia’s independence in 1991, state prosecutors believe Mr Simm made contact with the KGB’s successor foreign intelligence agency, the SVR. The former police chief was the perfectly placed mole: between 1995 and 2006 he helped set...
  • KGB Letter Outlines Sen. Kennedy's Overtures to Soviets, Prof Says

    10/20/2006 9:18:37 AM PDT · by piytar · 297 replies · 9,614+ views ^ | Oct. 20, 2006 | Kevin Mooney
    In his book, which came out this week, Kengor focuses on a KGB letter written at the height of the Cold War that shows that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) offered to assist Soviet leaders in formulating a public relations strategy to counter President Reagan's foreign policy and to complicate his re-election efforts.
  • Dangerous liaisons: covert "love affair" between Russia and Hezbollah

    01/09/2006 5:20:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 1,191+ views
    AIA ^ | Michel Elbaz
    The relations between Russia and the Shiite's religious leadership in Lebanon started to develop in the beginning of the seventies. The spiritual leader of the Lebanese Shia community, Imam Moussa Al-Sadr, visited Moscow in 1972 and asked Soviet authorities to issue humanitarian aid to his people. At the same time cooperation between the Marxist factions of the PLO that were active in Lebanon and Soviet military intelligence – GRU, intensified greatly. Several soviet officers (speaking fluent Arabic) even visited Palestinian terrorist training camps in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon between 1972-1975. Using their connections in PLO they managed to establish...
  • Alleged Medicare fraud ring busted in LA area

    04/25/2006 9:46:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 611+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | April 25, 2006 | (AP)
    Five members of a Russian-Armenian organized crime ring have been indicted for allegedly bilking Medicare of more than $20 million... The group operated medical clinics and laboratories in Los Angeles, Glendale and Pasadena that paid marketers for patient referrals and billed Medicare for tests that were unnecessary or were not done, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Searby wrote in court papers. Charged with conspiracy, health care fraud, Medicare kickbacks, making false statements to Medicare and money laundering. ...between 1997 and 2005.
  • KGB and GRU former intelligence operators assist Hezbollah to penetrate the US

    04/07/2006 10:36:22 AM PDT · by lizol · 40 replies · 1,382+ views
    AIA ^ | 03.04.2006
    Former CIA undercover agent: KGB and GRU former intelligence operators assist Hezbollah to penetrate the US Hezbollah - the Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist organization - has more American blood on its hands than any Islamic terrorist ring with the sole exception of al-Qaeda, The American Spectator writes. Last week FBI Director Robert Muller announced that though the FBI and Customs had caught others, Hezbollah had succeeded in smuggling some operatives across the Mexican border into the US, he said. "This was an occasion in which Hezbollah operatives were assisting others with some association with Hezbollah in coming to the United States....
  • Putin accused of plagiarising his PhD thesis

    03/25/2006 10:19:43 PM PST · by ncountylee · 40 replies · 1,211+ views
    timesonline ^ | March 26, 2006 | Tony Allen-Mills
    THE career of President Vladimir Putin of Russia was built at least in part on a lie, according to US researchers. A new study of an economics thesis written by Putin in the mid-1990s has revealed that large chunks of it were copied from an American text. Putin was labelled a plagiarist yesterday after a pair of researchers at the Brookings Institution, a Washington DC think tank, established that the Russian president’s academic credentials were based on a dissertation he had lifted in part verbatim from the Russian translation of a management study written by two professors at the University...
  • Belarus opposition attempts to hit back after hundreds of arrests

    03/25/2006 2:48:52 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 7 replies · 308+ views
    AFP ^ | Mar 25
    MINSK (AFP) - Belarus' opposition was to stage a new rally in an attempt to hit back at authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko the day after police arrested several hundred protestors. Opposition supporters -- buoyed by Western governments' decision Thursday to slap sanctions on Lukashenko's government -- were hoping to gather in large numbers on central Minsk's October Square. However, it was unclear how much strength the opposition retains, following a massive crackdown in the wake of Lukashenko's re-election March 19 in what Washington and the European Union said were rigged polls. Top opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich said the rally, taking...
  • Report: Russia Had Sources in U.S. Command

    03/24/2006 12:50:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 92 replies · 2,820+ views
    AP ^ | 7 minutes ago | ROBERT BURNS,
    WASHINGTON - The Russian government had sources inside the American military command as it planned and executed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to Iraqi documents released as part of a Pentagon report. The Russians passed information to Saddam Hussein on U.S. troop movements and plans during the opening days of the war, according to the report Friday. The unclassified report does not assess the value of the information or provide details beyond citing two captured Iraqi documents that say the Russians collected information from sources "inside the American Central Command" and that battlefield intelligence was provided to Saddam...
  • White House Report Alleges Belarus Has Sold Arms To Iran

    03/18/2006 7:10:46 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 726+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-19-2006 | Adrian Blomfield
    White House report alleges Belarus has sold arms to Iran By Adrian Blomfield in Minsk (Filed: 19/03/2006) Belarus moved closer to international isolation yesterday after the White House submitted a largely classified report to Congress accusing the country's president of illegally selling weapons to Iran. The report, prepared on the eve of an election in Belarus widely denounced as a sham, comes amid condemnation of a brutal crackdown on his opponents by President Alexander Lukashenko, labelled Europe's last dictator by the Bush administration. According to United States officials, the report accuses the 51-year-old president of turning himself into "one of...
  • U.S. Report Says Russia Is Not a Reliable Partner

    03/05/2006 12:19:17 PM PST · by lizol · 45 replies · 712+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | March 6, 2006 | George Gedda
    U.S. Report Says Russia Is Not a Reliable Partner By George Gedda The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Russia's emergence as an increasingly authoritarian state could impair U.S.-Russian ability to cooperate on key international security issues, according to an analysis by a major U.S. foreign policy organization released on Sunday. Continuation of Russia's drift away from democratic norms under President Vladimir Putin "will make it harder for the two sides to find common ground and harder to cooperate even when they do," said the report, which was issued by the Council on Foreign Relations. It warned that some critical problems cannot...
  • Russia must begin the training, arming Venezuela's armed forces against US threat of invasion

    02/06/2006 8:06:22 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 37 replies · 1,189+ views (Pravda of Venezuela) ^ | Feb 5, 2006 | Kenneth T. Tellis
    Date: Feb 5, 2006 3:08 PM From: Kenneth T. Tellis To: Subject: The time for Russia to act in defense of its own interests As long as the Russian nation sits back and accepts the world situation as a fait accompli Russia is doomed to medocrity ... but Russia can and must put its own interests before all. Perhaps the Russian families who lost their sons, fathers and youth in Afghanistan, might do well to remember who created that situation for them. It was the US that spent millions of dollars in a proxy war, fought by US-armed,...
  • Putin Touts Russia's Missile Capabilities [Missiles Can Penetrate Any Missile Defense System]

    01/31/2006 8:50:51 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 29 replies · 1,039+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 31, 2006 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV [AP]
    Putin Touts Russia's Missile CapabilitiesPutin Boasts That Russia's Missiles Can Penetrate Any Missile Defense System, News Agencies Report By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press Writer The Associated Press MOSCOW Jan 31, 2006 — President Vladimir Putin boasted Tuesday that Russia has missiles capable of penetrating any missile defense system, Russian news reports said. "Russia … has tested missile systems that no one in the world has," the ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA Novosti news agencies quoted him as saying at a news conference. "These missile systems don't represent a response to a missile defense system, but they are immune to that. They...
  • Venezuelan officers allegedly spied for US

    01/26/2006 7:13:46 PM PST · by Tyche · 21 replies · 465+ views
    AFP ^ | Jan 27, 2006 | AFP
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) - Venezuela's government is investigating members of the armed forces for allegedly passing on state secrets to the US military, officials said yesterday. The probe comes as state-run media reports claimed the US embassy in Caracas was also involved in the affair. "Some low-level officials were sending information to the Pentagon," Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel told the Ultimas Noticias daily. El Universal newspaper quoted Rangel as saying the suspects transmitted "state secrets". The vice-president said the suspects included both active and retired members of the Venezuelan navy. Media reports said some of the officials involved had...
  • Polish Archive Reveals Soviet Attack Plan

    12/02/2005 3:13:32 PM PST · by anymouse · 34 replies · 1,130+ views
    NewsMax/Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005
    WARSAW, Poland -- Poland is risking further strains in relations with Russia by throwing open Cold War-era archives that include a 1979 Soviet retaliation plan that envisaged nuclear strikes on western European cities in the event of a war with NATO. The map foresaw the nuclear annihilation of Poland and was dotted with red mushroom clouds over the German cities of Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart and the site of NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. It was revealed Friday by Polish Defense Minister Radek Sikorski, a staunch anti-communist who went into exile in Britain in the 1980s to oppose Poland's Moscow-backed communist...
  • RUSSIAN GUNS TO ARRIVE SOON IN VENEZUELA (But Russia is our friend.)

    11/11/2005 8:30:32 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 78 replies · 2,094+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/11/2005 | PATRICIA RONDON ESPIN
    CARACAS - Venezuela will receive the first of 100,000 Russian-made assault rifles starting next month in a deal struck earlier this year. Russia will deliver 30,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles and three helicopters to Venezuela by year's end, Russian and Venezuelan officials said during talks Thursday. The first 15,000 rifles will arrive Dec. 15, with an identical shipment to follow on Dec. 30, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov said. They will be the first weapons under a deal for 100,000 Russian-made Kalashnikov AK-103 and AK-104 rifles signed in May by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's government. The remaining 70,000 rifles will...
  • U.S., Europe Agree to Compromise With Iran

    11/10/2005 12:08:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,007+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/10/05 | George Jahn - ap
    VIENNA, Austria - The United States and Europe have agreed on a compromise plan to accept expanded nuclear activities by Iran, but only if the enrichment process — a possible pathway to nuclear arms — is moved to Russia, senior officials and diplomats said Thursday. If accepted by Iran, the proposal could end a tug-of-war over whether to refer the Islamic republic to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions. The officials and diplomats, who demanded anonymity in exchange for discussing the strategy, said the plan would allow Iran to continue converting raw uranium into the gas that is spun...
  • The new Kremlin Alliance

    10/28/2005 9:59:43 AM PDT · by Alex Marko · 2 replies · 371+ views
    Oct 27, 2005 Russia has quietly worked to forge a quasi-alliance of that to rival the US-led NATO, between current and future nuclear powers of Pakistan, China and Iran. This alignment is specifically geared toward confronting the US in a hotly contested market for geopolitical status in the middle east and to dictate economic trends concerning natural resources in the region. Decision by the IAEA to refer Iran to the UN Security Council has also put Russia in a difficult position between choosing its long-term economic ties with the EU and US or short-term ones with Iran. As the world...
  • Venezuela getting ready to confront United States with military training of left-wing groups

    10/23/2005 10:26:20 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 33 replies · 1,352+ views
    India Daily ^ | October 23 2005 | Sonia Joshi
    Oil rich Venezuela scared of the same fate as Iraq, is planning some extreme measures to confront United States in case it is attacked. Venezuela is fast spreading arms, money and military training tactics to left-wing groups in Ecuador and six other Latin American countries. According to some international think tanks, the plan is to rage insurgency from outside Venezuela in case Venezuela is attacked and occupied. According to media sources, left-wing groups in Ecuador and six other Latin American countries have received training in urban guerrilla war tactics from Venezuela this year, The Miami Herald reported Oct. 22, citing...

    08/10/2005 10:19:29 AM PDT · by spetznaz · 30 replies · 1,065+ views
    StrategyPage ^ | Aug 10, 2005
    August 10, 2005: Figuring out who the best intelligence service is can be quite difficult. The very nature of intelligence often means that the successes will not be public knowledge for years (for instance, World War II decryption efforts – the key to the United States winning the battle of Midway in 1942 – were not declassified until the 1970s), whereas failures or controversial operations will be taken to the press. It’s a thankless situation. Still, from what little has emerged, one can have an idea of some of the better intelligence services out there, with the understanding that this...
  • The Return of the Soviet Union

    07/05/2005 9:41:19 AM PDT · by TheBigPicture · 21 replies · 4,050+ views
    Hudson Institute ^ | May 6, 2005 | David Satter
    May 6, 2005 The Return of the Soviet Union by David Satter When President Bush ascends the reviewing stand in Red Square on May 9 for ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, he may find that his presence is being used less to mark a historic anniversary than to rehabilitate the Soviet Union. The anniversary has unleashed a wave of nostalgia for the Soviet Union. A report by the RIA press agency said, "all the veterans agree that the great love that the Soviet people had for their country and their belief in the righteousness...
  • Does Church threaten secular life in Russia?

    06/07/2005 5:08:31 PM PDT · by Destro · 78 replies · 931+ views ^ | 8/06/2005 | Vladimir Simonov
    Does Church threaten secular life in Russia? 8/06/2005 MOSCOW (RIA Novosti political commentator Vladimir Simonov) - For seven decades Russia, a member of the Soviet Union, knew exactly what it was doing. It was building Communism, creating a society where people would contribute their abilities in exchange for the provision of their needs. Many people believe that Communism was what we call a "national idea" for Russian citizens at the time. Despite the horrors of the Stalin regime, the building of the communist utopia inspired millions of Soviet citizens, indeed. At the beginning of the 1990s, the test-tube where the...
  • Russian Orthodox Patriarch Reacts to Election of Benedict XVI

    04/26/2005 10:19:24 AM PDT · by TaxachusettsMan · 429 replies · 4,530+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 25, 2005 | Stacy Meichtry
    "We don't know if that's going to affect (relations) with the Russian Orthodox church. The future will show," Interfax new agency quoted Patriarch Alexy II as saying. Metropolitan Kirill, a senior official in the Russian Orthodox church, attended the meeting with Benedict on Alexy's behalf. Alexy ruled out the possibility of inviting Benedict to Russia in the near future, calling on the new pope to address the proselytizing of Orthodox followers by Catholic missionaries that he alleges went on during John Paul's reign. These accusations led Alexy to block John Paul from visiting Russia in 2004, ending the late pontiff's...
  • US accusations smell rank

    12/07/2003 10:56:24 PM PST · by RussianConservative · 7 replies · 185+ views
    Russian Journal ^ | November 26, 2003
    Not content with exporting "democracy" to Iraq, elements in the U.S. government, in their infinite hypocrisy, self-righteousness and busy-bodyness, have decided to push for "democracy" in Russia. The General Prosecutor's Office's attack on Yukos' now-defrocked CEO is being read on the other side of the Atlantic, apparently, as a heinous attack on "democracy" that must be punished by Russia's being thrown out of the G8. Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Richard "Prince of Darkness" Perle, his democratic credentials well attested-for by his having helped toss hundreds of people into prison sans charge, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Joseph Lieberman...
  • Iraqi Archives Show Russia's Hidden Hand

    05/01/2003 8:32:29 AM PDT · by Jean S · 19 replies · 339+ views
    Insight ^ | 5/1/03 | J. Michael Waller
    The captured archives are starting to show that post-Soviet Russia hadn't stopped its old Soviet ways in Iraq. Among the initial revelations: Russia's SVR foreign-intelligence service recently spied on British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, eavesdropping on their conversations and passing the information to Saddam Hussein's regime. As recently as last fall, Russia was continuing to train the Iraqi secret police. Rooting through an office of the Mukhabarat secret police, Robert Collier of the San Francisco Chronicle discovered documents showing that the SVR trained five Iraqi officers in "phototechnical and optical means" and "acoustic-surveillance means"...
  • Russia now admits training Iraqi spies, But it says intent was to fight crime, terror

    04/17/2003 3:55:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies · 291+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 4-17-03 | Robert Collier, Bill Wallace, Chronicle Staff Writers
    <p>Baghdad -- Russian intelligence officials have confirmed that Iraqi spies received training in specialized counterintelligence techniques in Moscow last fall -- training that appears to violate the United Nations resolution barring military and security assistance to Iraq.</p> <p>A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Boris Labusov, acknowledged that Iraqi secret police agents had been trained by his agency but said the training was for nonmilitary purposes, such as fighting crime and terrorism.</p>