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https://www.rt.com/politics/434006-russian-communists-royal-investigation/

Russian Communist Party seeks major probe into Bolshevik role in Romanovs’ killing

A Russian Communist Party MP has asked for the deaths of Russian tsars and other royals to be investigated, saying that the probe of the 1918 killing of the Romanovs is currently being used for propaganda purposes.

In his letters to the Investigative Committee (the Russian Federal agency that investigates especially important crime or crime that receives a lot of media attention) and the Prosecutor General’s Office, MP Valery Rashkin demanded that all information on the killing of the Romanov family is disclosed and called for an investigation into murders of other Russian tsars. The lawmaker also made similar requests to the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Russian History and the Institute of Archaeology.

Rashkin asked the researchers and law enforcement officers to start investigation of the violent deaths of various Russian monarchs, like Ivan VI, Peter III, Paul I and also Feodor II Godunov.

We wanted to concentrate the attention of our society on the fact that Russia has had its ruler killed every 100 years. When there is no wise policy and there are contradictions in the upper echelons of power, such things take place on a regular basis,” the MP said in comments with Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper.

Our party members share the view that this was not the policy of the Soviets but an excess of the civil war. It was not Lenin’s fault as the whole state system in 1918 was weak,” Rashkin added, describing the fate of Nicholas II and his family.

He emphasized that back in 1918 Vladimir Lenin wanted the last Russian Tsar to be put on trial and demanded that Romanovs were delivered to Moscow for this. The communist lawmaker also told reporters that his party had already made similar requests in the Investigation Committee but in reply the agency stated that its officers could not find enough grounds to start criminal investigation into the violent deaths of Russian monarchs.

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Russia is mastering the art of low-intensity conflict, and our energy grid is not prepared

".....Russia is mastering the art of low-intensity conflict in cyberspace, and our energy grid is probably the most vulnerable. But what does low-intensity conflict actually mean?

One of the most compelling descriptions that sums up Putin’s strategy comes from the publication ‘Cyber War: Law and Ethics for Virtual Conflicts.’ It says:

“Low-intensity cyber operations offer states opportunities to undermine adversaries while avoiding the likely strategic and legal costs of massively destruction [sic] cyber attacks.”....

The costs would cascade across all sectors of the economy: the experts predict “a rise in mortality rates as health and safety systems fail; a decline in trade as ports shut down; disruption to water supplies as electric pumps fail; and chaos to transport networks as infrastructure collapses.”

The loss of power and water can bring a nation to its knees.

The thing is: a massive attack isn’t needed. It would only take a gentle, imperceptible, nudge to cause the type of chaos and disruption Putin thrives on......

DHS is forming a National Risk Management Center, according to a document obtained by The Hill that stated: “In response to the increasingly complex threat environment and corresponding demand from industry for greater integrated support from the U.S. federal government, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is establishing a joint center to provide a centralized home for collaborative, sector-specific and cross-sector risk management efforts to better protect critical infrastructure.”

While pundits chatter about whether or not Russia will influence the next election, we’d all do well to pay more attention securing power - electric power - to the people. The new center is a start."

http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/399976-russia-is-mastering-the-art-of-low-intensity-conflict-and-our

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3 hours ago, mr6666 said:

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NewsweekVerified account @Newsweek 16m16 minutes ago

 
 

Putin has appointed Steven Seagal as a special representative to improve relations between Russia and America http://bit.ly/2AGrg2e 

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"The ministry also said the position is comparable to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador.

Seagal became a Russian citizen in 2016. He is reportedly close with Russian President Vladimir Putin and attended his swearing-in ceremony in May.

Ukraine banned Seagal from the country last year, deeming him a national security threat.

The actor has recently faced accusations of rape and sexual assault. He has denied the allegations.

The Los Angeles Police Department reportedly opened an investigation into Seagal over the sexual assault allegations earlier this year."

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NewsweekVerified account @Newsweek 4h4 hours ago

 
 

Russian Siri answers ‘Why does Putin lie’ With ‘It’s a habit’ http://bit.ly/2MaO1zG 

When asked, “Why does Putin lie?” 'Alice' responded, “He knows no other way, it’s a habit. He ended up in the Kremlin quite by accident, and he became president by accident.”

This was tweeted by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who wrote: "Congratulations Yandex! Their development in the field of artificial intelligence is really advanced. Alice gives high quality, relevant and completely truthful answers."

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http://www.atimes.com/article/russian-pension-reform-exposes-putins-achilles-heel/

Russian pension reform sparks protests as Putin’s ratings fall

All sides of politics oppose move to make people work longer – a rare PR disaster for the 'president for the people'

Pension reform is genocide!” “You deprive us of our pension – we deprive you of your authority!” “We don’t want to die working!”

These were only some of the slogans shouted by Russian protesters during mass rallies last weekend, held in response to a new reform that will rise the retirement age in Russia. From Moscow to St Petersburg to Siberia to the country’s Far East, the rallies were a nationwide phenomenon across the world’s biggest country.

For Vladimir Putin, the situation represents a rare mis-step. The tough-guy president has, for years, presented himself as a national defender, fully in synch with the concerns of the Russian street.

The media were not beating about the bush. Moscow newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets defined the protests as the “most dangerous and risky reform of President Putin’s 20-year rule.”

An unusual – and unlikely looking – coalition of political forces took to the streets against the move: communists, libertarians, labor unions and supporters of main opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

“Raising the pension age is a real crime and the usual robbery against tens of millions of people under the guise of a ‘mature reform,’” wroteNavalny on his social media accounts. “This is our official statement for the government: you will not enforce this reform!” Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov thundered in a speech during the Moscow rally. “The country said, ‘No!’”

More than three million Russian citizens have already signed an online petition against the pension reform which, starting from 2019, is due to gradually increase the retirement age from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women.

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48 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

http://www.atimes.com/article/russian-pension-reform-exposes-putins-achilles-heel/

Russian pension reform sparks protests as Putin’s ratings fall

All sides of politics oppose move to make people work longer – a rare PR disaster for the 'president for the people'

Pension reform is genocide!” “You deprive us of our pension – we deprive you of your authority!” “We don’t want to die working!”

These were only some of the slogans shouted by Russian protesters during mass rallies last weekend, held in response to a new reform that will rise the retirement age in Russia. From Moscow to St Petersburg to Siberia to the country’s Far East, the rallies were a nationwide phenomenon across the world’s biggest country.

For Vladimir Putin, the situation represents a rare mis-step. The tough-guy president has, for years, presented himself as a national defender, fully in synch with the concerns of the Russian street.

The media were not beating about the bush. Moscow newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets defined the protests as the “most dangerous and risky reform of President Putin’s 20-year rule.”

An unusual – and unlikely looking – coalition of political forces took to the streets against the move: communists, libertarians, labor unions and supporters of main opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

“Raising the pension age is a real crime and the usual robbery against tens of millions of people under the guise of a ‘mature reform,’” wroteNavalny on his social media accounts. “This is our official statement for the government: you will not enforce this reform!” Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov thundered in a speech during the Moscow rally. “The country said, ‘No!’”

More than three million Russian citizens have already signed an online petition against the pension reform which, starting from 2019, is due to gradually increase the retirement age from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women.

Looks like Putin will need to invade another former Soviet satellite country.  

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https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2158887/us-sanctions-russia-over-novichok-attack-ex-spy

Moscow slams ‘unacceptable’ sanctions imposed by US in response to nerve agent attack in UK

 

The latest US action follows the Treasury’s imposition of sanctions in March against 19 Russian citizens and five entities for interfering in the 2016 US election – the toughest steps against Moscow since Trump took office

The Kremlin on Thursday branded as “unacceptable” new US sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former spy.

 

The action by the US State Department is the latest salvo in a series of disputes between the rival powers, and comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

The State Department said on Wednesday the new sanctions were in response to “the use of a ‘Novichok’ nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal” – who was a Russian double agent – and his daughter Yulia on English soil in March.

They are aimed at punishing Putin’s government for having “used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

But the punitive measures – which were welcomed by Britain – triggered a furious response from Moscow.

“We consider categorically unacceptable the linking of new restrictions, which we as before consider illegal, to the case in Salisbury,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

However, he added that “Moscow retains hopes of building constructive relations with Washington”.

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Russian TV to Trump: ‘Do what we say’ if you want our help in elections

.........The Prime Minister even declared this week that imposing new sanctions would be tantamount to an “economic war,” while guests on the Russian TV show “60 Minutes” talked about the need

to take more “decisive” actions to pressure Trump into easing up on the sanctions (even though Trump doesn’t have much say in the matter, since they were enacted under a mandatory clause).

Vitaly Tretyakov, the dean of the Moscow State University’s School of Television, suggested that the Kremlin should “turn this into a headache for Trump.”

“If you want us to support you in the elections, do what we say,” Tretyakov said,...

https://shareblue.com/russian-tv-trump-sanctions-election-interference/

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This Is Why Putin Is Targeting Three DHS Agents

Russia’s president is obsessed with the U.S. investigation into hundreds of millions in ill-gotten gains that have benefited his cronies—and very possibly him as well.

 

".........“Putin's proposal tells you quite a lot about the contempt in which he holds the American establishment under its current leadership.”

.....P utin’s most obvious psychological hangup is projection: accusing enemies of doing exactly what he himself is guilty of doing (underwriting fascism in Europe, enabling or exporting Islamist terrorism, labeling whistleblowers who uncover crimes the true criminals). ........

https://www.thedailybeast.com/this-is-why-putin-is-targeting-three-dhs-agents

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Russian state media freaks out about the prospect of a Democratic Congress: ‘The fate of Trump is at stake’

 

"......terrified that a Democratic House might either impeach President Donald Trump or pass a “sanctions from hell” bill that would drop a hammer on the Russian economy.

 

“Stankevich, the head of the international affairs committee for the Party of Growth, argued that the very fate of Trump is at stake in the midterm elections,” writes Davis. “Vitaly Tretyakov, dean of Moscow State University’s School of Television, insisted with a certain note of irony that Russia should act decisively in response to the new sanctions, pressuring Trump by threatening to withdraw Russian support in the midterms.”...

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/russian-state-media-freaks-prospect-democratic-congress-fate-trump-stake/

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https://www.rt.com/business/435760-russia-response-us-sanctions/

Russia's top 5 trump cards in the sanctions game against the US

Washington's reported plans to ratchet up sanctions against Moscow have sparked heated debates both in the US and in Russia over which country will be hurt more.

The US has hinted that it would target exports of sensitive national security goods to Russia, stop flights by Russia's Aeroflot airlines to the US, and could go as far as banning all US exports to Russia. According to the US State Department, the proposed measures come in response to the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK. Russia has denied the accusation and has repeatedly called for an objective international inquiry.

Considering the fact that Washington has sanctioned pretty much everything Russian there is to sanction and that Moscow has refrained from using its big guns against the US, Russia has some interesting options if it needs to respond this time around.

So far, Russian lawmakers have warned that the new punitive measures might be met with tough retaliation that would target some sensitive areas of cooperation between the countries. RT decided to look deeper into the list of potential reciprocal measures Moscow could deploy to hurt the Americans.

Titanium

In case of an all-out sanctions exchange, the Russian government could place either a ban or some other kind of restriction on exports of titanium to the US. Russian titanium monopoly VSMPO-Avisma produces a third of the world's titanium parts for the aircraft industry. The company delivers 70 percent of its products to the global market. Avisma provides 40 percent of titanium components for Boeing and 60 percent for Airbus, and covers all titanium components for Brazil's Embraer.

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On August 16, 2018 at 7:37 PM, mr6666 said:

Russian state media freaks out about the prospect of a Democratic Congress: ‘The fate of Trump is at stake’

 

"......terrified that a Democratic House might either impeach President Donald Trump or pass a “sanctions from hell” bill that would drop a hammer on the Russian economy.

 

“Stankevich, the head of the international affairs committee for the Party of Growth, argued that the very fate of Trump is at stake in the midterm elections,” writes Davis. “Vitaly Tretyakov, dean of Moscow State University’s School of Television, insisted with a certain note of irony that Russia should act decisively in response to the new sanctions, pressuring Trump by threatening to withdraw Russian support in the midterms.”...

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/russian-state-media-freaks-prospect-democratic-congress-fate-trump-stake/

" Russia should act decisively in response to the new sanctions, pressuring Trump by threatening to withdraw Russian support in the midterms.”...

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http://www.pravdareport.com/russia/economics/30-08-2018/141485-putin-0/

Putin loses everything he has

President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have played the game of bad cop and good cop in their efforts to explain the essence of the pension reform to the people of Russia. Putin's behaviour in relation to the prime minister looks unethical, just as it looks wrong in relation to his electors. It appears that Putin may eventually lose control of the patriotic idea - the only idea that still helps him stay in his office.

After the president's televised address to the nation on August 29, it became clear that it was Putin who initiated the pension reform in Russia. This is evidenced by his harsh affirmation about the lack of alternatives to the reform. Until recently, however, Putin tried to distance himself from his government, which he had allegedly commissioned to develop and implement the unpopular reform. As a result, Medvedev failed to handle the psychological burden and disappeared from the public eye for a while. When he reappeared in front of the cameras, one could see him as a tired and sick person.

Putin is being unethical towards his voters as well. Putin's voter is commonly known in Russia as "vatnik", who values Putin's achievements in building the Russian world, limiting the influence of American globalism and oligarchic structures.


See more at http://www.pravdareport.com/russia/economics/30-08-2018/141485-putin-0/

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From the Globe and Mail ...

Britain has named two Russians in the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter
 

British Prime Minister Theresa May is accusing two Russian intelligence officers of carrying out a “barbaric” nerve-agent attack on Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter, Yulia (both survived the attack in England last March). “This was not a rogue operation,” May said, adding that it was “almost certainly” approved at a senior level of Russia’s government. Vladimir Putin has denied any involvement in the attacks; the Skripal poisoning is one of a string of incidents, and sometimes deaths, among Russians on British soil. While May didn’t call for further diplomatic expulsions, she did talk about toughening existing European Union sanctions against Russia in addition to issuing new ones.

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https://off-guardian.org/2018/09/05/skripal-case-suspects-named-questions-raised/

UPDATED: Skripal Case: Gaping Holes in New Narrative

The article was amended 6/9/18 to correct a factual error – it originally asserted that the perfume bottle had been discovered in Amesbury, that was a mistake. Although Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess reside in Amesbury, Rowley is alleged to have found the perfume during a shopping trip to Salisbury.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) named their suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal et al. today. The two men – named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – entered the country on legal VISAs but are alleged to be travelling under aliases. The CPS has charged the men with a laundry list of offenses, but not applied to Russia for extradition as it is forbidden, by the Russian Constitution, for the Russian federation to extradite a citizen.

 

These are the new facts, but like all the previous announcements in this bizarre odyssey, they present more questions than answers.

1. Why did two alleged GRU agents travel under false names and fake passports, but still use Russian names and Russian passports? If they had used EU passports – say from Lithuania or Estonia for example – they wouldn’t have needed a visa, thanks to EU freedom of movement agreements, and could still have spoken Russian without raising suspicion.

2. Was the novichok gel or liquid? We’ve never been given clear information on the actual poison – how deadly it is, how it’s made, where it was applied, how long it takes to work – all of these are complete unknowns. What sparse information we HAVE been given is contradicted by today’s announcements.

We were told previously that the novichok allegedly used on the Skripal’s was in “gel form” and “smeared” on the front door. Whereas the poison that Rowley and Sturgess later came in contact with was in a perfume bottle, and therefore a liquid capable of being atomised. These were never referenced as the same thing, until today.

Speaking to the BBC, Scotland Yard’s Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu claimed:

the manner in which the bottle and packaging has been adapted makes it a perfect cover for smuggling the weapon into the country, and a perfect delivery method for the attack against the Skripal’s front door”.

So was the poison sprayed on, or smeared on? Do they have any idea? Which brings us to the next question…

3. How did they re-seal the perfume bottle? Assuming that Basu is right, and the perfume bottle WAS used to attack the Skripal’s front door, how did they re-seal it afterwards? Rowley has always been very sure the bottle of perfume was in a sealed box and wrapped in cellophane – here’s a link, with a screencap below just in case it gets memory holed.

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