Category: Russia

Is there a place for morality in ‘brothely’ places where US soldiers stay?

Germany to remain Europe's brothel as long as US soldiers stay there
Criticism coming from Russia is somewhat of a joke given the German brothels are filled with Russian girls. German girls certainly aren’t the workforce in Moscow.

Pravda means “Truth” this certainly is a case of people in glass houses throwing stones. Russian girls will go anywhere to work. The mafia run whore houses in Goa were filled with them. International “organized crime” sex trafficking the Russians are the biggest. Indirectly of course it no doubt helped build Putin’s Porno Palace.

How long will Germany remain Europe’s “brothel”? The answer is very simple, but German politicians and news hounds will not like it.

Is there a place for morality in ‘brothely’ places where US soldiers stay?

The rollout of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine was roundly criticised, now more than a billion doses have been ordered around the world – ABC News

A woman looks at a test tube at a lab in Moscow, Russia.

A medical journal reports Russia’s Sputnik vaccine has an efficacy rate of over 91 per cent Felix Light says he found it easy to get vaccinated in Moscow The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is close to 100 per cent effective against the most severe illness from COVID-19, says epidemiologist

The rollout of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine was roundly criticised, now more than a billion doses have been ordered around the world – ABC News

Giuliani Allies Were Part of “Russia-Linked Foreign Influence Network,” US Government Says – Mother Jones

Rudy Giuliani is about to become the first presidential lawyer whose own actions helped lead to his client being impeached twice

Giuliani Allies Were Part of “Russia-Linked Foreign Influence Network,” US Government Says – Mother Jones

Distinguished Russiagate disciple Michael McFaul upset that Putin hasn’t congratulated Biden for presumed election win — RT USA News

Distinguished Russiagate disciple Michael McFaul upset that Putin hasn’t congratulated Biden for presumed election win

US historic allies have all accepted Biden as President Elect however not so it appears either Russia, China or some other countries

Former US envoy to Russia Michael McFaul is unhappy that Moscow hasn’t declared Joe Biden the election winner without official results, apparently tossing aside years of hysteria about Kremlin “meddling” in US internal affairs.

Distinguished Russiagate disciple Michael McFaul upset that Putin hasn’t congratulated Biden for presumed election win — RT USA News

Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has assets frozen by court – ABC News

There are more ways to skin a cat in Russia without Novochok and Putin should know. However can the cat be silenced? (ODT)

A man in a blue polo shirt with scars on his neck from being intubated.

Mr Navalny has a long-running dispute with Moscow Schoolchild catering company The Russian court ordered for damages to be paid over libel Tests in Germany found he was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent but the Kremlin denies involvement

Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has assets frozen by court – ABC News

Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Iran – Stephen Lendman

Russian Embassy, UK on Twitter: "Russia constantly decreases its ...

UNREPORTED FACT AMERICA WON”T HELP

Efforts by Russia for mutual cooperation among all nations to combat COVID-19, including the lifting of illegal US sanctions on targeted countries, failed because the Trump regime rejected the humanitarian gesture.

Moscow continues providing vital aid to Venezuela, Iran, and other countries on request. China and Cuba are doing the same thing.

The Trump regime and Congress are hellbent to replace all sovereign independent governments not controlled by the US with pro-Western puppet rule — even as the world community prioritizes the battle to contain and eliminate COVID-19.

MZ noted efforts by Cuba to help other countries combat the virus.

The UK cruise ship MS Braemar was allowed to dock 40 km from Havana “on March 18-19 with five confirmed COVID-19 cases on board and 52 passengers with symptoms of the illness,” MZ explained.

In response to Italy’s request for medical help, Cuban authorities sent dozens of doctors and other medical workers to the country.

They’re also working in Venezuela, Grenada, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, as well as Suriname, Jamaica, and elsewhere.

On April 1, a Russian cargo plane arrived in New York City with a cargo of protective gear for medical workers on the front lines of treating COVID-19 patients — despite unrelenting US hostility toward Moscow.

Given its hostility toward all sovereign independent countries, it’s unlikely that the Trump regime will return the favor — or extend humanitarian outreach to any nations it wants transformed into vassal states.

MZ explained that Russia is actively aiding Iran combat COVID-19 outbreaks and transmission, over 50,000 Iranians affected.

Days earlier, the foreign ministers of both countries discussed the pressing issue.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry reported the following:

Moscow “inten(ds) to continue the comprehensive development of Russian-Iranian trade and economic ties and investment projects, including assistance in increasing the supply of agricultural products, which our good neighbor, which is, above all, under the pressure of illegal unilateral US sanctions, is in dire need,” adding:

“It has been noted that Russia has previously sent humanitarian aid to Iran.”

Lots more is coming from Moscow to the Islamic Republic and other countries in need — polar opposite how belligerent USA operates, a global menace to humanity even in a time of great need.

via Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Iran – Stephen Lendman

The rise of Russia’s oligarchs — and their bid for legitimacy – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tsarist Aristocrats

The Russian ultra-rich amassed their wealth during the economic and social turmoil following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the introduction of the market economy.

Many had ventured into commerce in the 1980s, unaware they were positioning themselves to benefit unimaginably from one of the fastest redistribution of assets in history.

Russia’s early post-Soviet elite were from modest social backgrounds who had genuinely benefited from the Soviet education system.

Mr Abramovich, for example, grew up in poverty.

Over the course of the 1990s, a group of bankers and tycoons appeared at the top of the new rich stratum by seamlessly turning their political clout into wealth.

“The early Russian oligarchs seemed to have appeared from nowhere and got their hands on the driving wheel of government,” Dr Schimpfossl says.

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During the oil price boom that helped fuel President Vladimir Putin’s resurgence in the 2000s, Moscow regularly topped rankings of cities with the most billionaires.

“A whole new layer joined them getting rich on the back of the high oil price which lasted until 2008,” Dr Schimpfossl says.

“It was almost as important as the first round of privatisation in the ’90s.”

Mr Putin eventually brought economic liberalisation under his personal control and significantly reined in the oligarchs.

“If they didn’t fall out with Vladimir Putin shortly after he came to power, they now prop up his kleptocracy with injections of cash whenever he asks them to,” Dr Schimpfossl says.

via The rise of Russia’s oligarchs — and their bid for legitimacy – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Evil empire 2.0: West conjures up ghost of Soviet past to vilify Russia — RT Op-ed

Evil empire 2.0: West conjures up ghost of Soviet past to vilify Russia

Ironically, the collapse of the Soviet Union – an empire made up of 15 republics encompassing some 12 million square miles – has been far more difficult for­ the West to come to grips with than it has been for the Russian people, who witnessed the decline and fall firsthand. Indeed, many Westerners are ardent believers that the Soviet Union is still alive and kicking.

This apparent paradox was foreseen many years ago by the Soviet political scientist, Georgi Arbatov, when he told a US diplomat shortly after the collapse: “We are going to do the worst thing we can do to you. We are going to take your enemy way from you.”

Thirty years later the West still revisits the grave of its former Soviet nemesis, yearning for its rise from the ashes. Just this week, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham conjured up the spirit of America’s ex arch-enemy when responding to Donald Trump’s suggestion that Russia be readmitted into the G7.

English football fans discover real Russia is different to Oxbridge-dominated media portrayal

 Evil empire 2.0: West conjures up ghost of Soviet past to vilify Russia — RT Op-ed

 

Corbyn challenges May’s ‘evidence’ of Russian ‘culpability’ in ex-spy poisoning — RT UK News

Corbyn challenges May's 'evidence' of Russian ‘culpability’ in ex-spy poisoning

Corbyn’s spokesman Seumas Milne told reporters: “The government has access to information and intelligence on this matter which others don’t. However, there is also a history in relation to weapons of mass destruction and intelligence which is problematic, to put it mildly.”

via Corbyn challenges May’s ‘evidence’ of Russian ‘culpability’ in ex-spy poisoning — RT UK News

Where is the White House pressure on Russia over London poisoning?

Austin, Texas: Deadly poisonings and attacks on Kremlin-linked figures are likely to meet little resistance from the White House, an American defence expert says.

As Cold War-era understandings on permissible spy behaviour unravel, there has been little US pressure to counter Russia’s suspected activities, Georgetown University national security professor Mark Jacobson told Fairfax Media.

“During the Cold War the Soviets were constrained by the threat of a US reaction,” Jacobson said. “Today there is no threat of action by this White House.”

via Where is the White House pressure on Russia over London poisoning?

Poisoned Russian spy linked to Trump dossier author: reports

Head of counter-terrorism policing Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks about the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Steele compiled a dossier containing astonishing allegations against the then presidential candidate, including a claim the Russians had cultivated Mr Trump and traded favours with him for at least five years, and handed him intelligence from the Kremlin on Hillary Clinton and other political rivals.

The Telegraph reported that if the Kremlin believed Skripal helped compile the Trump dossier, it could provide a motive for the assassination attempt in Salisbury.

A former Russian construction magnate told Channel 4 News Skripal was “working in cyber-security and every month going to the [Russian] embassy to meet military intelligence officers”.

The Telegraph said a “hit squad” was dispatched by the Kremlin to assassinate Skripal, to send a message that traitors were not tolerated.

via Poisoned Russian spy linked to Trump dossier author: reports

Whatever Trump is hiding is hurting all of us now

US authorities have indicted 13 Russian individuals for allegedly meddling in elections by organising pro-Trump and anti-Clinton rallies and social media ads.

In sum, Trump is either hiding something so threatening to himself, or he’s criminally incompetent to be commander in chief. It is impossible yet to say which explanation for his behaviour is true, but it seems highly likely that one of these scenarios explains Trump’s refusal to respond to Russia’s direct attack on our system – a quiescence that is simply unprecedented for any US president in history. Russia is not our friend. It has acted in a hostile manner. And Trump keeps ignoring it all.

via Whatever Trump is hiding is hurting all of us now

Log out of Facebook. Delete your Twitter. Sleep with one eye open – the Russians are everywhere — RT Op-Edge

The Russians have been busy. They’ve hijacked the Black Lives Matter movement, hacked the US power grid, targeted US state voter systems, infiltrated Facebook and stoked the NFL anthem debate — all in an effort to destroy the fabric of American society.

Source: Log out of Facebook. Delete your Twitter. Sleep with one eye open – the Russians are everywhere — RT Op-Edge

Michael Flynn invokes Fifth Amendment, declines US Senate subpoena in Russia probe – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Michael Flynn declines to hand over documents sought under subpoena by a Senate panel investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

Source: Michael Flynn invokes Fifth Amendment, declines US Senate subpoena in Russia probe – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Anti-corruption protests sweep Russia, Alexei Navalny among dozens arrested

A wave of unsanctioned rallies swept across Russia on Sunday to protest corruption in the government of President Vladimir Putin, prompting arrests as hundreds of riot officers moved in to break up crowds.

Source: Anti-corruption protests sweep Russia, Alexei Navalny among dozens arrested

‘They say we are traitors’: Putin critic Denis Voronenkov murdered in Kiev

A former Russian member of parliament who defected to Ukraine and began sharply criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Thursday in downtown Kiev in an apparent contract killing.

Source: ‘They say we are traitors’: Putin critic Denis Voronenkov murdered in Kiev

Trump team in close contact with Russian intelligence ahead of US election: US reports – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Phone records show members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials before the US election, US media reports says.

Source: Trump team in close contact with Russian intelligence ahead of US election: US reports – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Russia aimed to influence US election, top spies tell Trump – and rot won’t go away

It was a heart-stopping moment at the intersection of American politics and intelligence – three spy chiefs confronting a Republican President-elect who for months has been mocking them, to tell him that yes, despite all his bluster, Russia had been rooting for him to defeat his Democratic challenger.

Source: Russia aimed to influence US election, top spies tell Trump – and rot won’t go away

Russia Tells Civilians To Check Bomb Shelters And Prepare For War

Tensions between Russia and the US are reaching their highest levels since the Cold War, as it has been reported that both countries are preparing for war. Reports suggest that the CIA are using resources to plan a cyber attack against the Kremlin, whilst the Russian media are broadcasting what to do if war was […]

Source: Russia Tells Civilians To Check Bomb Shelters And Prepare For War

Syria turning point: Russia withdraws to play the most of ‘diplomatic card’ — RT Op-Edge

The announced partial withdrawal from Syria does not mean Russia is backing away from fighting Islamic State, but rather marks a turning point in the process of stabilizing Syria, which could not come at a better moment, believes former CIA officer Larry Johnson.

Source: Syria turning point: Russia withdraws to play the most of ‘diplomatic card’ — RT Op-Edge

Russia to initiate UN Security Council meeting over Turkey’s plans to send troops to northern Syria — RT News

A UN Security Council meeting is to be called at Russia’s request on Friday to discuss Ankara’s plans for a ground operation in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

Source: Russia to initiate UN Security Council meeting over Turkey’s plans to send troops to northern Syria — RT News

Russian fighter jet shot down by Turkish jets near Syrian-Turkish border

In a dangerous escalation in the Syrian conflict, a Russian warplane has been shot down by Turkish fighter jets in Syria near the Turkish border, after it violated the nation’s airspace.

Source: Russian fighter jet shot down by Turkish jets near Syrian-Turkish border

Russian plane crash: Islamic State says ‘soft drink bomb’ used to bring down Sinai plane – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Islamic State’s official propaganda magazine publishes a photo of a bomb it says brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula last month.

Source: Russian plane crash: Islamic State says ‘soft drink bomb’ used to bring down Sinai plane – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Putin’s approval rating hits new historic high of almost 90% — RT Russian politics

The approval rating of President Vladimir Putin is now higher than ever at 89.9 percent and pollsters say the fresh surge in the Russian leader’s popularity is due to the successful anti-terrorist operation in Syria.

Source: Putin’s approval rating hits new historic high of almost 90% — RT Russian politics

Today’s Republican Dilemma: Who Do They Hate More, Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin? Bolt seems to be on Putin’s side.

Here’s the latest from our pal in Russia:

President Vladimir V. Putin on Monday approved the delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, potentially complicating negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program and further straining ties with Washington.

The sale could also undermine the Obama administration’s efforts to sell Congress and foreign allies on the nuclear deal, which Iran and the United States are still struggling to complete. It might also reduce the United States’ leverage in the talks by making it much harder for the United States or Israel to mount airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure if the country ignored such an agreement.

Well, there you have it: Putin is eager to undermine any possibility of a US nuclear deal with Iran. This gives Republicans a choice: they can side with Putin or they can side with Barack Obama.

Decisions, decisions. I wonder what they’ll choose?

Boris Nemtsov murder: Two detained over Russian opposition leader’s death, security chief says

Boris Nemtsov speaks at a rally

Two suspects have been detained over the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin in a brazen assassination that shocked the country, the state security agency says.

The arrests come a week after the longtime critic of president Vladimir Putin was shot four times in the back as he strolled with his girlfriend along a bridge in the heart of the capital, near the presidency and iconic Red Square.

In a video posted on the website of Channel One, a state television station, Federal Security Service chief Alexander Bortnikov said two people had been detained.

“I would like to inform you that the work that has been conducted has resulted in two suspects in this crime being detained today,” he said on Saturday.

“They are a Anzor Gubashev and a Zaur Dadayev.”

No further details were provided about the suspects, but RIA Novosti news agency quoted Mr Bortnikov as saying that both were from the Caucasus.

Mr Bortnikov told Channel One that Russian president Vladimir Putin had been informed of the detention and that the investigation was ongoing.

Many European politicians and diplomats attended Mr Nemtsov’s funeral in Moscow on Tuesday.

Kremlin denies involvement

The latest killing of a high-profile government critic under Mr Putin’s rule prompted an outpouring of international condemnation and stunned members of an opposition who blamed the Kremlin for whipping up hatred against anyone who expresses dissent by referring to them as “traitors”.

The 55-year-old, a renowned anti-corruption crusader who served as Boris Yeltsin’s first deputy prime minister in the 1990s, was shot dead just two days before he was to lead a major anti-government rally.

We hope the arrest … is not an error but the result of good work by security forces, but for now it is hard to say.

Illya Yashin, opposition activist

However the protest march — called to denounce Russia’s alleged role in the Ukraine crisis — instead became a massive memorial for Mr Nemtsov, with tens of thousands swarming the streets of Moscow in the largest opposition gathering since a wave of anti-Kremlin protests in 2011.

The Kremlin denied accusations that it played a role in his death.

Mr Putin, whose rule has seen the steady suppression of independent media and opposition parties, promised an all-out effort to catch those responsible for an act which he called a “provocation”.

Killers were paid hitmen: lawmaker

Theories have proliferated since the killing over why Mr Nemtsov was targeted.

Some suggest he was assassinated for criticising Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict, others for his condemnation of January’s killings at the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly in Paris by Islamist gunmen.

Friends said Mr Nemtsov had been working on a report containing what he described as proof of Russian military involvement in the bloody uprising by pro-Moscow militias in eastern Ukraine.

Meanwhile investigators suggested the killers wanted to destabilise Russia, which is facing its worst standoff with the West since the Cold War over Ukraine, and Mr Putin’s allies hinted at a Western plot.

Following the announcement of the arrests, the former head of the FSB — the successor to the Soviet-era KGB — and now lawmaker Nikolay Kovalev told the RIA Novosti agency that initial information showed the two men were merely paid hitmen.

“The key is to find out who ordered this assassination,” he said.

A fellow opposition activist Ilya Yashin, welcomed the development in the case, but called for more information on the men’s identities.

“We hope the arrest … is not an error but the result of good work by security forces, but for now it is hard to say,” Mr Yashin told Interfax news agency.

“Quite frankly the execution of the investigation had not inspired any optimism, but the fact that there have been arrests inspires some optimism.”

Mr Nemtsov, a charismatic orator who was one of the last outspoken opponents to Mr Putin, was a key speaker at mass opposition rallies against the Russian president’s return to the Kremlin in 2012.

He wrote several reports critical of corruption and misspending under Mr Putin.

In 2013, he said up to $US30 billion of the estimated $US50 billion earmarked for the Olympic Games that Russia was to host in Sochi had gone missing, which the Kremlin denied.

Reuters/AFP