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6:18 AM 12/12/2018 – sundar pichai: a goat or the scapegoat? – Google Search | Google: The New Global Censor or the Greedy Gatekeeper? Or both?

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Opinion | Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O.

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There are many actors in the whole Google/diversity drama, but I’d say the one who’s behaved the worst is the C.E.O., Sundar Pichai.

The first actor is James Damore, who wrote the memo. In it, he was trying to explain why 80 percent of Google’s tech employees are male. He agreed that there are large cultural biases but also pointed to a genetic component. Then he described some of the ways the distribution of qualities differs across male and female populations.

Damore was tapping into the long and contentious debate about genes and behavior. On one side are those who believe that humans come out as blank slates and are formed by social structures. On the other are the evolutionary psychologists who argue that genes interact with environment and play a large role in shaping who we are. In general the evolutionary psychologists have been winning this debate.

When it comes to the genetic differences between male and female brains, I’d say the mainstream view is that male and female abilities are the same across the vast majority of domains — I.Q., the ability to do math, etc. But there are some ways that male and female brains are, on average, different. There seems to be more connectivity between the hemispheres, on average, in female brains. Prenatal exposure to different levels of androgen does seem to produce different effects throughout the life span.

In his memo, Damore cites a series of studies, making the case, for example, that men tend to be more interested in things and women more interested in people. (Interest is not the same as ability.) Several scientists in the field have backed up his summary of the data. “Despite how it’s been portrayed, the memo was fair and factually accurate,” Debra Soh wrote in The Globe and Mail in Toronto.

Geoffrey Miller, a prominent evolutionary psychologist, wrote in Quillette, “For what it’s worth, I think that almost all of the Google memo’s empirical claims are scientifically accurate.”

Damore was especially careful to say this research applies only to populations, not individuals: “Many of these differences are small and there’s significant overlap between men and women, so you can’t say anything about an individual given these population-level distributions.”

That’s the crucial point. But of course we don’t live as populations; we live our individual lives.

We should all have a lot of sympathy for the second group of actors in this drama, the women in tech who felt the memo made their lives harder. Picture yourself in a hostile male-dominated environment, getting interrupted at meetings, being ignored, having your abilities doubted, and along comes some guy arguing that women are on average less status hungry and more vulnerable to stress. Of course you’d object.

What we have is a legitimate tension. Damore is describing a truth on one level; his sensible critics are describing a different truth, one that exists on another level. He is championing scientific research; they are championing gender equality. It takes a little subtlety to harmonize these strands, but it’s doable.

Of course subtlety is in hibernation in modern America. The third player in the drama is Google’s diversity officer, Danielle Brown. She didn’t wrestle with any of the evidence behind Damore’s memo. She just wrote his views “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender.” This is ideology obliterating reason.

The fourth actor is the media. The coverage of the memo has been atrocious.

As Conor Friedersdorf wrote in The Atlantic, “I cannot remember the last time so many outlets and observers mischaracterized so many aspects of a text everyone possessed.” Various reporters and critics apparently decided that Damore opposes all things Enlightened People believe and therefore they don’t have to afford him the basic standards of intellectual fairness.

The mob that hounded Damore was like the mobs we’ve seen on a lot of college campuses. We all have our theories about why these moral crazes are suddenly so common. I’d say that radical uncertainty about morality, meaning and life in general is producing intense anxiety. Some people embrace moral absolutism in a desperate effort to find solid ground. They feel a rare and comforting sense of moral certainty when they are purging an evil person who has violated one of their sacred taboos.

Which brings us to Pichai, the supposed grown-up in the room. He could have wrestled with the tension between population-level research and individual experience. He could have stood up for the free flow of information. Instead he joined the mob. He fired Damore and wrote, “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not O.K.”

That is a blatantly dishonest characterization of the memo. Damore wrote nothing like that about his Google colleagues. Either Pichai is unprepared to understand the research (unlikely), is not capable of handling complex data flows (a bad trait in a C.E.O.) or was simply too afraid to stand up to a mob.

Regardless which weakness applies, this episode suggests he should seek a nonleadership position. We are at a moment when mobs on the left and the right ignore evidence and destroy scapegoats. That’s when we need good leaders most.

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“Either Pichai is unprepared to understand the research (unlikely), is not capable of handling complex data flows (a bad trait in a C.E.O.) or was simply too afraid to stand up to a mob.

Regardless which weakness applies, this episode suggests he should seek a nonleadership position. We are at a moment when mobs on the left and the right ignore evidence and destroy scapegoats. That’s when we need good leaders most.”

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Sundar Pichai confirmed details about Google’s China search project

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai told lawmakers Tuesday that more than 100 employees at Google have been involved in developing a censored search product for users in China, providing important new details about the scope and extent of its controversial effort to reenter the Chinese search market.

Pichai, who sat for several hours of broad questioning by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, was grilled about the company’s China plans. The Google CEO sidestepped many of the questions by repeating that “right now, there are no plans to launch a search service in China.”

But the repeated, and increasingly specific, questions eventually forced Pichai to divulge some details about the internal workings of the censored search project, known as Dragonfly.

“We have explored what search could look like if it were to be launched in a country like China, that’s what we explored,” Pichai said at one point.

“The number of engineers on the project have varied over time. At one point, we had over 100 people working on it is my understanding,” he said in response to questions about the size of the project.

Read more: LIVE: Google CEO Sundar Pichai publicly testifies before Congress for the first time

Internal and external tensions have been high concerning the potential for a censored Google search product in China since details of the effort were reported earlier this year by the online news organization The Intercept. At one point during Tuesday’s hearings, a protester barged in and held up a sign that combined the company name and the Chinese flag.

Google offered a censored search engine in China years ago, but the company shut down the service in 2010, saying that the Chinese government’s censorship requirements had become too onerous and violated the company’s ethics. Dragonfly would represent a major reversal of Google’s stance, positioning the company to tap into the world’s largest internet market.

While Google has acknowledged the existence of the Dragonfly project in the past, it has provided few details about it until now.

Here are some of Pichai’s most important China comments from Tuesday’s hearing:

Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pennsylvania): Did Google create a prototype for a censored search engine in China?

Pichai: We have explored what search could look like if it were to be launched in a country like China, that’s what we explored.

Rothfus: How many months was the project ongoing?

Pichai: We have had the project underway for a while, and there have been other projects underway for a while, and we have never launched them too.

Rothfus: How many people?

Pichai: The number of engineers on the project have varied over time.

Rothfus: Ten?

Pichai: At one point, we had over 100 people working on it is my understanding.

In an earlier exchange with Rep. David Cicilline, Pichai was a bit more evasive in answering questions about the China project:

Rep. David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island):

 Are any employees currently having product meetings on this Chinese project? And if not, when did those end?

Pichai: We have taken on an internal effort, but right now there are no plans to launch a search service in China, as I said earlier.

Cicilline: Are there any current discussions with any member of the Chinese government on launching this app?

Pichai: Currently, we are not in discussions around launching a search project in China.

Cicilline: Are there any current discussions with members of the Chinese government about this?

Pichai: This effort currently is an internal effort. I’m happy to, be transparent to the extent we take steps towards launching a product in China.

Cicilline: And who at Google is leading the Dragonfly effort?

Pichai: Our efforts around building search is undertaken by our search teams, but these are distributed efforts. It’s a limited effort internally currently.

Cicilline: Will you, Mr. Pichai, rule out launching a tool for surveillance and censorship in China while you are CEO of Google?

Pichai: Congressman, I commit to engaging. One of the things that’s important to us as a company, we have a stated mission of providing users with information, and so we always think it’s in our duty to explore possibilities to give users access to information. I have a commitment, but as I’ve said earlier on this we’ll be very thoughtful and we’ll engage wide as we make progress.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers’ grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month.

The 3 1/2-hour hearing Tuesday hit upon familiar themes — online privacy, data protection and the danger of digital monopolies — that are poised to come into even sharper focus next year.

Here are some of the hurdles that Google parent Alphabet Inc., Facebook, Amazon and other tech companies are likely to face when the 116th Congress convenes.

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USER PRIVACY

Looming over the tech industry is the possibility of government regulation intended to protect people’s data. One model for lawmakers may be Europe, where new rules governing data and privacy went into effect this year.

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, tried to pin down Pichai on privacy during Tuesday’s hearing. “I’ve got an iPhone,” Poe said, waving his device. “Can Google track me when I move?” If he moved to the left toward his Democratic colleagues on the panel, would Google know?

“Not by default,” Pichai answered. Poe demanded a yes or no answer, but Pichai indicated it was complicated.

Other lawmakers questioned whether regular people know how much data Google can collect about them and how to stop being tracked. Privacy, of course, is also a huge issue for Facebook, which has spent nearly a year trying to recover from the Cambridge Analytica data mining scandal.

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SEARCHING FOR BIAS

Lawmakers from both parties seem determined to re-examine whether Google rigs its search results to promote its own services and its own political agenda, too. President Donald Trump also has complained about the issue (without evidence ).

European regulators already have concluded Google manipulated its search engine to gain an unfair advantage over other online shopping sites in the lucrative e-commerce market, and fined the company $2.8 billion. Google disputes those findings and is still appealing the decision reached in 2017.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened a similar investigation into Google’s business practices in 2011. That probe concluded 19 months later without finding any serious misconduct and didn’t require any meaningful changes to how the company operates. But internal documents later surfaced that indicated the FTC’s board had brushed off some recommendations of staff lawyers who believed Google was tinkering with its search results in way that stifled competition.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, told Pichai he intended to work with the FTC to draw up a regulatory framework to prevent Google from throttling its rivals through its search engine, which handles two out of every three queries in the U.S.

Numerous lawmakers also asserted that Google uses its search engine as a propaganda machine that highlights news and opinions supporting its own view of how the world should be. The prevailing consensus so far is that the alleged bias most frequently falls on the left-leaning side of most debates, although that pendulum could swing now that Democrats will be the majority party in the House.

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Dismantling Yalta system, or Ukraine as an instrument of destroying the world order

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Following the latest events in and around the Black Sea, two old questions are reappearing. Both are inviting us for a repeated elaboration:

If a Monroe doctrine (about the hemispheric security exclusivity) is recognised at one corner of the globe, do we have a moral right or legal ground to negate it at the other corner? This irrespectively from the fact that Gorbachev-Yeltsin Russia unilaterally renounced the similar doctrine – the Brezhnev doctrine about irreversibility of communist gains.

Clearly, the ‘might-makes-right’ as a conduct in international relations cannot be selectively accepted. Either it is acknowledged to all who can effectively self-prescribe and maintain such a monopoly of coercion, or it is absolutely (revoked and) condemned as contrary to behaviour among the civilised nations.

Next to the first question is a right of pre-emption.

It is apparent that within the Black Sea theatre, Russia acts in an unwilling, pre-emptive and rather defensive mode. That is not a regime change action on the other continent following the rational of extra security demand by exclusive few. Fairly, it is an equalising reactive attempt within the near abroad. For the last 25 years, all the NATO military interventions were outside its membership zone; none of the few Russian interventions over the same period was outside the parameter of former USSR.

Before closing, let us take a closer look on the problem from a larger historical perspective.

Una hysteria Importante

Historically speaking, the process of Christianization of Europe that was used as the justification tool to (either intimidate or corrupt, so to say to) pacify the invading tribes, which demolished the Roman Empire and brought to an end the Antique age, was running parallel on two tracks. The Roman Curia/Vatican conducted one of them by its hammer: the Holy Roman Empire. The second was run by the cluster of Rusophone Slavic Kaganates, who receiving (the orthodox or true/authentic, so-called Eastern version of) Christianity from Byzantium, and past its collapse, have taken over a mission of Christianization, while forming its first state of Kiev Russia (and thereafter, its first historic empire). Thus, to the eastern edge of Europe, Russophones have lived in an intact, nearly a hermetic world of universalism for centuries: one empire, one Tsar, one religion and one language.

Everything in between Central Europe and Russia is Eastern Europe, rather a historic novelty on the political map of Europe. Very formation of the Atlantic Europe’s present shape dates back to 14th–15th century, of Central Europe to the mid-late 19th century, while a contemporary Eastern Europe only started emerging between the end of WWI and the collapse of the Soviet Union – meaning, less than 100 years at best, slightly over two decades in the most cases. No wonder that the dominant political culture of the Eastern Europeans resonates residual fears and reflects deeply insecure small nations. Captive and restive, they are short in territorial depth, in demographic projection, in natural resources and in a direct access to open (warm) seas. After all, these are short in historio-cultural verticals, and in the bigger picture-driven long-term policies. Eastern Europeans are exercising the nationhood and sovereignty from quite a recently, thus, too often uncertain over the side and page of history. Therefore, they are often dismissive, hectic and suspectful, nearly neuralgic and xenophobic, with frequent overtones.

Years of Useful Idiot

The latest loss of Russophone Europe in its geopolitical and ideological confrontation with the West meant colossal changes in Eastern Europe. One may look into geopolitical surrounding of at the-time largest eastern European state, Poland, as an illustration of how dramatic was it.  All three land neighbors of Poland; Eastern Germany (as the only country to join the EU without any accession procedure, but by pure act of Anschluss), Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union have disappeared overnight. At present, Polish border countries are a two-decade-old novelty on the European political map. Further on, if we wish to compare the number of dissolutions of states worldwide over the last 50 years, the Old continent suffered as many as all other continents combined: American continent – none, Asia – one (Indonesia/  East Timor), Africa – two (Sudan/South Sudan and Ethiopia/Eritrea), and Europe – three.

Interestingly, each and every dissolution in Europe was primarily related to Slavs (Slavic peo-ples) living in multiethnic and multi-linguistic (not in the Atlantic Europe’s conscripted pure single-nation) state. Additionally, all three European fragmentations – meaning, every second dissolution in the world – were situated exclusively and only in Eastern Europe. That region has witnessed a total dissolution of Czechoslovakia (western Slavs) and Yugoslavia (southern Slavs, in 3 waves), while one state disappeared from Eastern Europe (DDR) as to strengthen and enlarge the front of Central Europe (Western Germany). Finally, countless centripetal turbulences severely affected Eastern Europe following the dissolution of the Soviet Union (eastern Slavs) on its frontiers.

Irredentism in the UK, Spain, Belgium, France and Italy, or Denmark (over Faroe Islands and Greenland) is far elder, stronger and deeper. However, all dissolutions in Eastern Europe took place irreversibly and overnight, while Atlantic Europe remained intact, with Central Europe even enlarging territorially and expanding economically.

Deindustrialized, incapacitated, demoralized, over-indebted, re-feudalized, rarified and de-Slavicized

Finally, East is sharply aged and depopulated –the worst of its kind ever– which in return will make any future prospect of a full and decisive generational interval simply impossible. Honduras-ization of Eastern Europe is full and complete. Hence, is it safe to say that if the post-WWII Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe was overt and brutal, this one is subtle but subversive and deeply corrosive?

The key (nonintentional) consequence of the Soviet occupation was that the Eastern European states –as a sort of their tacit, firm but low-tempered rebellion – preserved their sense of nationhood. However, they had essential means at disposal to do so: the right to work was highly illuminated in and protected by the national constitutions, so were other socio-economic rights such as the right to culture, language, arts and similar segments of collective nation’s memory. Today’s East, deprived and deceived, silently witnesses the progressive metastasis of its national tissue.

Ergo, euphemisms such as countries in transition or new Europe cannot hide a disconsolate fact that Eastern Europe has been treated for 25 years as defeated belligerent, as spoils of war which the West won in its war against communist Russia.

It concludes that (self-)fragmented, deindustrialized and re-feudalized, rapidly aged rarified and depopulated, (and de-Slavicized) Eastern Europe is probably the least influential region of the world – one of the very few underachievers. Obediently submissive and therefore, rigid in dynamic environment of the promising 21st century, Eastern Europeans are among last remaining passive downloaders and slow-receivers on the otherwise blossoming stage of the world’s creativity, politics and economy. Seems, Europe still despises its own victims…

Terra nullius

Admittedly, by the early 1990s, the ‘security hole’– Eastern Europe, has been approached in multifold fashion: Besides the (pre-Maastricht EC and post-Maastricht) EU and NATO, there was the Council of Europe, the CSCE (after the 1993 Budapest summit, OSCE), the EBRD and EIB. All of them were sending the political, economic, human dimension, commercial signals, assistance and expertise. These moves were making both sides very nervous; Russia becoming assertive (on its former peripheries) and Eastern Europe defiantly dismissive.  Until this very day, each of them is portraying the NATO enterprise as the central security consideration: One as a must-go, and another as a no-go.

No wonder that the absolute pivot of Eastern Europe, and the second largest of all Slavic states – Ukraine, is a grand hostage of that very dilemma: Between the eastern pan-Slavic hegemony and western ‘imperialism of free market’.  Additionally, the country suffers from the consolidated Klepto-corporate takeover as well as the rapid re-Nazification.

For Ukraine, Russia is a geographic, socio-historic, cultural and linguistic reality. Presently, this reality is far less reflected upon than the seducing, but rather distant Euro-Atlantic club. Ukraine for Russia; it represents more than a lame western-flank’ geopolitical pivot, or to say, the first collateral in the infamous policy of containment that the West had continuously pursued against Russia ever since the 18th century.

For Moscow, Kiev is an emotional place – an indispensable bond of historio-civilizational attachment – something that makes and sustains Russia both Christian and European. Putin clearly redlined it: Sudden annexation of Crimea (return to its pre-1954 status) was an unpleasant and humiliating surprise that brought a lot of foreign policy hangover for both the NATO and EU.

Nevertheless, for the Atlantist alarmists (incl. the Partition studies participants and those working for the Hate industry), military lobbyists and other cold-war mentality ‘deep-state’ structures on all sides, this situation offers a perfect raison d’etre.

Thus drifting chopped off and away, a failed state beyond rehabilitation,  Ukraine itself is a prisoner of this domesticated security drama. Yet again, the false dilemma so tragically imploded within this blue state, of a 50:50 polarized and deterritorialized population, over the question where the country belongs – in space, time and side of history. Conclusively, Eastern Europe is further twisting, while gradually combusted between Ukrainization and Pakistanization.  The rest of Europe is already shifting the costs of its own foreign policy journey by ‘fracking’ its households with a considerably (politically) higher energy bills.

Earlier version of the text was published by the Vision & Global Trends

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Strasbourg attack fits previous model of criminal-terror nexus in Europe – International news

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French Gendarmes patrol past wooden barracks shops at the traditional Christkindelsmaerik (Christ Child market) closed the day after a shooting in Strasbourg, France, December 12, 2018.. (photo credit: VINCENT KESSLER/ REUTERS)

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On Tuesday night a man shot at a crowd in central Strasboug. Three were killed and 12 injured in the attack that took place next to a Christmas market. By Wednesday morning security forces were still hunting the suspect, who is known to counter-terrorism services. He initially fled in a taxi from the city of 270,000 which is located near the German border.
According to reports the perpetrator appears to have acted alone. This conjurs up memories of the murder of 12 people in the 2016 Christmas market attack in Berlin. The perpetrator in the Germany attack, who was born in Tunisia in 1992 had been in prison in Italy where he was allegedly “radicalized.” German security services had warned of his terrorist connections in the spring of 2016 and he was supposed to be deported.

According to France 24 the suspect in the Strasbourg shooting was also known to police. He is 29 years old and was born in Strasbourg. He was confronted by soldiers who have been deployed in French cities as part of Operation Sentinelle. These soldiers were deployed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130. The Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has said the suspect “sowed terror” at three places in the city. The reference to “three places” leaves more questions about what happened. It appears that the reference is to the suspect coming into contact twice with security forces and exchanging fire with them.

As with many attacks in Europe over the last several years the suspect was already known to security and police. He had served a sentence and been convicted of unspecified crimes in both France and Germany, according to reports. In 2016 he was “flagged by anti-terrorist services,” France 24 reported. “He had been reported by the General Directorate for Internal Security.” The intelligence agency had even visited him in prison and taken account of his “religious proselytism.” Yet, even with this long rap sheet and being monitored by security forces, he carried out an armed robbery on Tuesday before the attack. During a search of his apartment grenades were found which leads to questions about how a man who was well known for violent proclivities and apparently religious extremism was able to acquire his arsenal.

The attack took place within one kilometer of the European Parliament, which has taken the attack in stride. Antonio Tajani, the president of the parliament, tweeted the parliament would not be intimidated. “Let us move on,” he wrote. But residents and others may want more answers. One man told the BBC that he had attempted to aid a victim of the attack, waiting for 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. “A doctor told us on the phone that it was senseless,” to continue to aid the dead victim. This leads to questions about why medical services took so long to reach the scene.

The attack in Strasbourg is among the most serious incidents this year in Europe, after a spate of ISIS-inspired attacks between 2015 and 2017. However the background of the alleged perpetrator appears to fit a much larger pattern, particularly in France. Mohammed Merah, the perpetrator of the Toulouse and Montaubon attacks, was born in Toulouse. A petty criminal he then went to Afghanistan and Pakistan and was placed under surveillance in 2006 and again in 2009. He went to Egypt and Pakistan and was followed by security service upon his return in 2011. Yet despite all this he was able to acquire weapons and between March 11 and 19 went on a spree of killing, targeting soldiers and then a Jewish school.

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One of the suspects in the November 2015 Paris attacks had a similar long rap sheet. Arrested for armed robbery in 2010, convicted for theft twice, breaking and entering once, and convicted of theft again in 2012. Then the suspect went to Syria, engaged in extremism, and returned to Europe. A second member of the cell that planned the 2015 Paris attack was named Abdelhamid Abaaoud. He too was arrested in 2010 for breaking into a garage, spent time in three prisons, and then went to Syria. He was even convicted of abduction and video in Syria showed him next to “bloody corpses” as he bragged he had loaded trucks with the bodies of “infidels.” Nevertheless he was able to return to Europe via Greece and is alleged to have helped plan four attacks in the spring of 2015 before being tracked down after the Paris attacks.

Similarly the 2016 Brussels terror attack was carried out by men who had a long history of criminal and terrorist activity. Ibrahim EL Bakraoui had been involved in a robbery and gun battle with police in 2010. He was released in 2014 and travelled to Turkey before returning to Belgium. Another perpetrator, named Khalid El Bakraoui had been involved in “several” carjackings and had been caught with numerous illegal AK-47s. He was also convicted of “robbery and kidnapping” in 2009. Yet for all these crimes he received only several years in prison.

Almost every major attack in Europe in the last several years has fit this pattern. The 2017 Stockholm truck attack was also carried out by a perpetrator who had connections to jihadist groups and was involved in other criminal activities prior to the attack. He was also known to security services.

French authorities have not released a motive behind the Strasbourg attack although counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened and investigation. They had also not released the suspect’s name or a photo by Wednesday morning, despite there being a major manhunt. The French deputy interior minister was quoted in Reuters saying it was not clear if the suspect was still in France. This will lead to many questions about how the man was able to obtain weapons and why he was able to elude police throughout the day Tuesday before the attack, despite being wanted for another crime.

The problem for security services in many European countries still appears to be the gap between surveillance of members of the criminal-terrorist extremist nexus, and prosecuting perpetrators for crimes such as acquiring illegal firearms. In almost every incident the perpetrators are known and some have been involved in numerous serious crimes. Yet they have received short sentences and usually been able to go on to commit new crimes while acquiring weapons. There also appears to be a continuing issue involving coordinating between countries. If the suspect in Strasbourg was able to get to Germany, despite clashes with security forces, that will lead to questions about how quickly the Germans were alerted. The suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack also was able to cross numerous borders before being tracked down in Italy. Why police did not release the photo, description or details about the perpetrator more than 12 hours after the incident was also unclear. Eventually these details will be explained, but the incident shows that despite deploying soldiers as part of the wide-ranging Sintinelle operation, there are issues relating to response time and when to interdict suspects during the process of monitoring them.

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New chief of Russian GRU engaged in inciting riots in France – OSINT expert

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The top spy has failed the task, Tymchuk notes, as the world has become aware of Russia’s involvement in radicalizing mass protests.

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Dmytro Tymchuk, the coordinator of the Ukrainian-based Information Resistance OSINT community, has said head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of Russia (formerly known as the GRU), Igor Kostyukov, who was appointed to the post on December 10, had to prove himself by fulfilling a task to destabilize the situation around the protests in France.

The new top spy has failed, Tymchuk notes, as the world has become aware of Russia’s involvement in radicalizing mass actions, TSN reports.

Kostyukov replaced former leader Igor Korobov who had recently died, reportedly of a long illness. He was acting head of the Main Directorate for some time. Under Korobov’s leadership, the agency had been shamed with numerous failures, such as a foiled coup in Montenegro or a Petrov-Boshirov failure in Salisbury. However, the France developments were going rather well for Russia.

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“The sky seemed to be clear for Kostyukov ahead of his appointment: Korobov was appointed a scapegoat for the agency’s old failures and sins, while Putin promised to return the letter ‘R’ [‘razvedyvatelnoye’ – intelligence] to the official name of the structure. In addition, the GRU was successfully riding the wave of French protests – the trolls were reoriented from the American and British directions to the French one, to slam down on Macron, change the protests’ agenda from economic to political issues, and shape up the ‘necessary’ public opinion. The GRU has also deployed scores of its operatives and assets. And, of course, they also attracted all sorts of radical scum, financed by Russian military intelligence, to radicalize protest sentiments and provoke confrontations [with law enforcement],” Tymchuk wrote on Facebook.

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The GRU was already expecting Macron to be forced to step down when a pair of Frenchmen spoiled everything on Saturday, December 8, when they were photographed during Paris protests boasting a flag of the so-called “DPR” and exposed Russia’s involvement in the riots.

“Despite the fact that the Kremlin and its entire propaganda army are now trying to absurdly justify and vindicate themselves, we can be sure that the French intelligence services, which have launched an investigation, will prove that Russian intel meddled in France’s internal affairs, as it did before in Montenegro, the United States, and Britain,” Tymchuk said.

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A look at where the investigations related to President Trump stand

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A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him.

WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?

Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and New York.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in New York, where prosecutors have implicated him in a crime. They say Trump directed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to make illegal hush money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign.

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SO … DID THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN COLLUDE WITH RUSSIA?

There is no smoking gun when it comes to the question of Russia collusion. But the evidence so far shows a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and that several lied about the communication.

There is also evidence that some people in Trump’s orbit were discussing a possible email dump from WikiLeaks before it occurred. American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russia was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential effort.

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OTHER QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

—WHAT ABOUT OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE? That is another unresolved question that Mueller is pursuing. Investigators have examined key episodes such as Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey and his fury over the recusal from the investigation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

—WHAT DOES TRUMP HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS? Trump has repeatedly slammed the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt and insisted there was “NO COLLUSION” with Russia. He also says his now-former lawyer, Cohen, lied to get a lighter sentence in New York.

—WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TODAY? Two former Trump aides pleaded their case to judges Tuesday in hopes of easing the punishment they could face for their crimes.

Lawyers for former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an “uncharacteristic error in judgment.” Flynn has admitted lying to the FBI just days after Trump took office about conversations he had during the transition with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States.

Also Tuesday, lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said they were still deciding whether to dispute allegations that he lied to investigators and breached a plea agreement. Manafort has been convicted in Washington and Virginia of crimes related to years of Ukrainian political consulting work. Although the charges don’t directly touch Trump, Manafort was a central figure during the campaign, which means he could pass along potentially damaging information.

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Friends say Mueller flickers lights on and off to get guests to leave

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TIME magazine named special counsel Robert Mueller near the top of its shortlist for Person of The Year 2018, painting a picture of a dedicated no-nonsense prosecutor keeping his high-profile and fast-moving investigation insulated from the political firestorm surrounding it.

According to those who know him best, Mueller “is the kind of man who flicks the lights off and on at his home to inform guests that it’s time to leave a social gathering,” TIME wrote.

Mueller, a former FBI director of 12 years and seasoned federal prosecutor, was named by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the special counsel in May 2017 to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the campaign of President Donald Trump illegally collaborated with Moscow to tilt the race in Trump’s favor.

Since taking over the probe, Mueller’s team has charged five Americans once affiliated with Trump’s campaign or administration, 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers, three Russian companies, and two other people with crimes.

Read more:Here’s everyone who has been charged and convicted in Mueller’s Russia probe so far

Even as Mueller’s investigation closes in on some of Trump’s top allies, colleagues describe Mueller as fiercely loyal to procedure and duty-driven, qualities they say stem from his early life experience serving in the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War after college.

Mueller is also notoriously tough on his subordinates, known to “chew out” FBI special agents whose work didn’t match his standards and interrupt attorneys at the DOJ by asking “What is the issue?” when they didn’t explain things concisely enough.

But Mueller didn’t fare as well when he interjected with that same question while his wife of 52 years, Ann Mueller (neé Cabell Standish), was telling him about a tough day she had, as he recounted in a 2013 commencement address at the College of William & Mary.

“I am your wife,” Mueller recalled her replying. “I am not one of your attorneys. Do not ever ask me, ‘What is the issue?’ You will sit there and you will listen until I am finished.”

That night, I did learn the importance of listening to those around you—truly listening—before making judgment, before taking action,” Mueller added. “I also learned to use that question sparingly, and never, ever with my wife.”

Ex-official of Defence Ministry detained for data leak, 112.international – Counter-intelligence reveals former Defence Ministry official leaking data to Russia

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Sergiy Lazarev, a former official of the Defence Ministry, who was detained for leaking data about Ukraine’s planes to Russia

Sergiy Lazarev, a former official of the Defence Ministry, stated that he has been leaking data about the Ukrainian planes to Russian Security Service, as TSN reported.

Counterintelligence revealed GRU undercover agent “Sokrat”. He hopes for exchange.

Lazarev was recruited in Russia, where he visited his sister. Russians were interested in the secret information of the Ukrainian military aviation, and Lazarev exchanged military secrets for a residence permit in Russia.

“Sokrat” was leaking information about Ukraine’s planes to Russia for three years in a row. The amount of the information he shared remains unknown. The laptop the Russian intelligence gave him looks like a cheap computer. But the software it has destroys all the traces of the contacts.

“After data transmission, it eliminated the data and the route it followed. We failed to restore its route,” Oleksandr Tkachuk, a cybersecurity expert, says.

“Sokrat” slipped up when he expressed interest in the airbase near Kyiv. His operation failed. Now, “Sokrat” is kept in Lukyanivska prison.

Earlier, it was reported that ex-officer who spied for Russia’s benefit for 20 years was arrested in Austria.

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Ukraine’s service for foreign intelligence began the official procedure of withdrawal from the CIS Agreement on Cooperation of Intelligence and Security Services – Ukraine’s foreign intelligence withdraws from CIS Agreement on Cooperation of Intel Services

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Ukraine’s service for foreign intelligence began the official procedure of withdrawal from the CIS Agreement on Cooperation of Intelligence and Security Services. The press office of the Ukrainian authority reported that on Tuesday evening.

The original agreement was signed in 1992.

‘The part of Ukrainian intelligence in this agreement, standing next to the Russian special services is an absurd thing, taking into account the armed aggression of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which lasts for four years now. The Ukrainian intelligence found out that the Russian special services used a powerful resource to prevent Ukraine’s withdrawal from the Kremlin’s influence orbit. It gets more and more obvious that the respective large-scale operation was conducted by the Russian special services in Ukraine far before the open armed attack on our state in 2014’, the Ukrainian authority states.

Previously, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the decree, which stipulates Ukraine’s withdrawal from all authorities of the CIS. He also added that Ukraine would reconsider the international agreements signed within the CIS, retreating from those, which do not meet the country’s national interests.

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Kelly to remain as White House chief of staff through Jan. 2 or longer, official says

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Everything you should know so far about the Trump-related investigations | Trending

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him.

A look at the nearly three dozen people charged by special counsel Robert Mueller and unanswered questions about what may lie ahead for the president — labeled “Individual-1” in court papers — and his administration:

WHAT’S THE LATEST?

Special counsel Robert Mueller

AP FILE, 2013

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan for the first time connected the president to a federal crime, accusing him of orchestrating hush-money payments during the campaign by his longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, to a porn star and a former Playboy model. Cohen is due to be sentenced this week.

Mueller’s office, meanwhile, detailed lies they say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told them even after he agreed to plead guilty and cooperate.

And prosecutors are preparing for the sentencing hearing next week of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who lied to the FBI about his Russian contacts.

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UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

President Trump

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Did the Trump campaign collude with Russia?

That remains unclear, though there is mounting evidence of direct contact throughout the campaign between Trump associates and Moscow and evidence that individuals in Trump’s orbit were discussing a possible email dump from WikiLeaks before it occurred.

American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russia was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the campaign that damaged Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential effort.

Additional ties between Russians and Trump aides were alleged within the last week. Prosecutors revealed that a Russian contacted Cohen in 2015 and offered “political synergy” between Russia and the Republican campaign. A person familiar with the matter confirmed that that person is a former Russian Olympic athlete named Dmitry Klokov.

Trump and his lawyers have returned a list of written answers on the collusion question to Mueller, but it’s unclear whether investigators will return with more questions.

Former FBI Director James Comey

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Did the president obstruct the investigation?

That is another unresolved question that Mueller is pursuing. Investigators have examined key episodes such as Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey and his fury over the recusal from the investigation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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THE AMERICAN DEFENDANTS

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman

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— Paul Manafort: He has been convicted in Washington and Virginia of crimes related to years of Ukrainian political consulting work, including allegations he concealed his foreign government work from the United States and failed to pay taxes on it. Although the charges don’t directly touch Trump, he’s nonetheless remained a figure of considerable intrigue and enjoys the continued sympathy of the president, who has left open the door for a pardon.

Rick Gates

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— Rick Gates: The longtime associate of Manafort and key Trump campaign aide was indicted last year alongside his mentor but months later split from him by pleading guilty to unregistered foreign lobbying work and agreeing to cooperate with Mueller. No sentencing date has been scheduled for Gates, indicating that his cooperation with investigators is continuing.

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn

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— Michael Flynn: He has admitted lying to the FBI just days after Trump took office by telling agents that he had never discussed sanctions with the-then Russian ambassador to the United States. The White House said Flynn had misled administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the conversation and ousted him weeks later. He’s since become a vital cooperator for Mueller, having met 19 times with investigators. Prosecutors aren’t recommending any prison time when he’s sentenced next week.

Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump

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— Michael Cohen: He’s at the center of not only Mueller’s investigation but also a separate investigation into hush-money payments. In Mueller’s investigation, Cohen has admitted lying to Congress about a proposed real estate development in Moscow. He told lawmakers the negotiations were done in January 2016 when in fact they stretched deep into the campaign. He also pleaded guilty in New York to campaign finance violations stemming from the payments, with prosecutors saying he “acted in coordination and at the direction of Individual-1” — Trump.

George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation

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— George Papadopoulos: The former foreign policy adviser recently finished a 14-day prison sentence after admitting lying to the FBI about a 2016 conversation with a Maltese professor who told him Russia had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of emails.

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25 RUSSIANS

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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— Twelve military intelligence officers were charged in July with hacking the email accounts of Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and then facilitating the release of tens of thousands of private communications. It remains perhaps the most direct example of what American intelligence officials say was a broad conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf.

That indictment did not accuse any Americans of participating in the conspiracy, though it did include an eye-catching detail: The Russian hackers, prosecutors say, made an attempt to break into Clinton’s network just hours after Trump appeared to invite them to do so. In a July 27, 2016, speech, Trump urged Russia to look for emails that Clinton said she had deleted from her tenure as secretary of state.

“Russia, if you’re listening,” Trump said, “I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

— A separate indictment charges 13 Russians with using a covert social media propaganda campaign to sow discord among Americans in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Prosecutors say the scheme was run by a Russia-based troll farm that relied on bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to try to influence the election.

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OTHER DEFENDANTS

— Konstantin Kilimnik: The Ukrainian native, who U.S. authorities say has ties to Russian intelligence, was indicted on obstruction of justice charges involving Manafort. The men are accused of trying to persuade two witnesses to lie about the nature of political consulting and lobbying work they carried out for Ukrainian interests.

— Richard Pinedo: The California man was sentenced in October to six months in prison for unwittingly aiding the Russian troll farm by selling stolen identifications and bank account numbers that were used by Russians to establish PayPal accounts and purchase advertisements on Facebook.

Alex van der Zwaan

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— Alex van der Zwaan: The Dutch attorney became the first person punished with prison in the Mueller investigation when he was given a monthlong sentence for lying to investigators about his contacts with Gates and Kilimnik and about a report prepared by his law firm about the trial of a former Ukrainian prime minister.

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OTHER NAMES YOU MAY HAVE HEARD

Roger Stone

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— Roger Stone: The longtime Trump confidant and self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” of Republican politics has been under investigation for months as prosecutors try to establish what knowledge he may have had about plans by WikiLeaks to release the stolen Democratic emails in the weeks before the election. Although a 2016 Stone tweet — “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel” — appeared to presage the disclosure of hacked emails, Stone has said he had no inside knowledge about the content, source or timing of WikiLeaks’ disclosure.

Jerome Corsi

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— Jerome Corsi: A conspiracy theorist and Stone friend, he’s been under intense pressure from Mueller and even turned down a plea offer that would have required him to admit intentionally lying about a 2016 conversation he had with Stone about WikiLeaks. It’s unclear when or if he will be indicted, but based on draft documents Corsi has released, prosecutors appear to believe that he misled them about email exchanges involving Assange and the purloined emails.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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— Julian Assange: Prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia inadvertently disclosed the existence of a sealed criminal complaint against the WikiLeaks founder, though no details have been publicly announced. Assange, under Justice Department scrutiny for years for WikiLeaks’ role in publishing government secrets, has been an important figure in the Mueller probe as investigators examine how WikiLeaks obtained the stolen emails and whether any Americans were involved in coordinating that effort.

Donald Trump Jr.

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— Donald Trump Jr.: The president’s eldest son has attracted scrutiny for his role in arranging a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 — also attended by Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner — at which he expected to receive damaging information on Clinton. He has said the meeting was a waste of time because he didn’t receive anything interesting from the attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Both he and his father have suggested that anyone in that position would have taken the meeting in hopes of getting dirt on a political opponent. The meeting has been of interest to investigators, who have called multiple participants before the grand jury.

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Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak – The Verge

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Accused Russian spy Maria Butina appears to reach plea deal – CNN

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  2. Accused Russian spy Maria Butina poised to plead guilty to some charges  Fox News
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  4. Documents suggest plea deal may have been reached in case against alleged Russian agent | TheHill  The Hill
  5. Accused Russian agent Maria Butina likely to plead guilty  NBC News
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NYT investigation reveals how apps share your every step – Axios

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  3. Apps You Use Every Day Are Tracking Your Every Move, According to Very Creepy Report  Gizmodo
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How a powerful Russian propaganda machine chips away at Western notions of truth

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Police community support officers outside the Salisbury, England, residence of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, two days after he and his daughter fell ill from the effects of a nerve agent in March. (Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images)

SALISBURY, England

The initial plan was a Cold War classic — brutal yet simple. Two Russian agents would slip onto the property of a turncoat spy in Britain and daub his front door with a rare military-grade poison designed to produce an agonizing and untraceable death.

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But when the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal was botched, the mission quickly shifted. Within hours, according to British and U.S. officials who closely followed the events, a very different kind of intelligence operation was underway, this one involving scores of operatives and accomplices and a scheme straight out of the Kremlin’s 21st-century communications playbook — the construction of an elaborate fog machine to make the initial crime disappear.

Dozens of false narratives and conspiracy theories began popping up almost immediately, the first of 46 bogus story lines put out by Russian-controlled media and Twitter accounts and even by senior Russian officials, according to a tabulation by The Washington Post — all of them sowing doubt about Russia’s involvement in the March 4 assassination attempt. Ranging from the plausible to the fantastical, the stories blamed a toxic spill, Ukrainian activists, the CIA, British Prime Minister Theresa May and even Skripal himself.

The brazenness of the attempt to kill a Russian defector turned British citizen at his home in southwest England outraged Western governments and led to the expulsion of some 150 Russian diplomats by more than two dozen countries, including the United States. Yet, more than eight months later, analysts see a potential for greater harm in the kind of heavily coordinated propaganda barrage Russia launched after the assassination attempt failed.

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After Sergei Skripal was poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent, the Kremlin spin machine went into overdrive, building to a TV interview with the suspects. (Jason Aldag, Joby Warrick/The Washington Post)

Intelligence agencies have tracked at least a half-dozen such distortion campaigns since 2014, each aimed, officials say, at undermining Western and international investigative bodies and making it harder for ordinary citizens to separate fact from falsehood. They say such disinformation operations are now an integral part of Russia’s arsenal — both foreign policy tool and asymmetrical weapon, one that Western institutions and technology companies are struggling to counter.

“Dismissing it as fake news misses the point,” said a Western security official who requested anonymity in discussing ongoing investigations into the Russian campaign. “It’s about undermining key pillars of democracy and the rule of law.”

Variations on the technique existed during the Cold War, when the Soviet Union used propaganda to create alternative realities. In the early years of President Vladi­mir Putin’s rule, Russian officials and state-owned broadcasters promoted false narratives to explain the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian security official who died in 2006 after being exposed to a radioactive toxin in London.

But the disinformation campaigns now emanating from Russia are of a different breed, said intelligence officials and analysts. Engineered for the social media age, they fling up swarms of falsehoods, concocted theories and red herrings, intended not so much to persuade people but to bewilder them.

“The mission seems to be to confuse, to muddy the waters,” said Peter Pomerantsev, a former Russian-television producer and author of “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” a memoir that describes the Kremlin’s efforts to manipulate the news. The ultimate aim, he said, is to foster an environment in which “people begin giving up on the facts.”

A blizzard of falsehoods

After two would-be assassins bungled their attempt to poison Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain, the Kremlin launched a high-powered disinformation campaign to create confusion over what really happened, Western agencies say. Russia media disseminated as many as 46 false stories and conspiracy theories in an attempt to sow doubt about whether Moscow was involved in the crime. Many of the phony tales were spread across social media and repeated by senior politicians.

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March 4, 2018

State-controlled Russian media spring into action with stories pushing back against suggestions that the Kremlin was involved.

March 12, 2018

Russian news outlets and social media rush out dozens of alternative explanations and possible culprits.

Spring and Summer

Senior Russian leaders echo false stories that have been circulating in the press and on social media.

Sept. 5, 2018

Russian media and top officials claim the two men were tourists, say evidence was faked.

Moscow has repeatedly rejected such accusations, while suggesting that Britain is responsible for any confusion over what happened in the Skripal case. “Nine months has passed and so far we have not been presented with any official results of the investigation,” Russia’s London Embassy said in a statement to The Post. “The Embassy still has no access to our Russian citizens,” a reference to Skripal and his Russian daughter, Yulia Skripal, who was also sickened in the attack.

Yet the same tactics that were observed in the wake of the Skripal poisoning have been employed multiple times since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, in each case following roughly the same script. When pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew members, Russian officials and media outlets sought to pin the blame on the Ukrainian government, suggesting at one point that corpses had been trucked to the crash site to make the death toll appear higher.

State-controlled Russian media unleashed a fusillade of falsehoods after the assassination of reformist politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow in 2015 and after at least three deadly chemical weapons attacks against civilians by Syria’s pro-Russian government.

And apart from these concerted campaigns, there is a daily churn of false or distorted reports that seem designed to exploit the divisions in Western society and politics, especially on issues such as race, violence and sexual rights, and that are pushed by droves of operatives posing as ordinary citizens on social media accounts.

While many of the individual stories are easily debunked, the campaigns have had a discernible impact, as measured by opinion polls and, occasionally, public statements by Western politicians casting doubt on the findings of the intelligence agencies of their own governments. In October 2015, months after U.S. and European investigators concluded that Flight 17 had been brought down by a Russian missile fired by separatists, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN that the culprit was “probably Russia” but suggested that the truth was unknowable.

“To be honest with you, you’ll probably never know for sure,” he said.

Results such as these have encouraged what private groups say is a massive and ever-increasing investment by Moscow, which has placed numerous news outlets fully or partly on its payroll and operates at least one troll factory in which scores of employees disseminate pro-Kremlin messages using thousands of fake social media accounts.

The cost of this matrix is about $1.3 billion a year, according to Russian budget documents — a modest sum, considering the benefits, said Jakub Kalensky, until recently an official with the East StratCom Task Force, a rapid-response team created by the European Union to counter Russian disinformation. Unlike the covert operations used by Russia to influence foreign elections, Russia’s distortion campaigns rarely invite retaliation, he said.

“For Russia, they are a cost-effective method for disrupting and undermining us,” Kalensky said. “You can have quite a good result for the money spent.”

A Salisbury housing complex is cordoned off after the death of 44-year-old woman who was exposed to Novichok, the nerve agent that sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

A botched ‘hit’

By any objective measure, the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal was an unalloyed disaster, the kind of intelligence-agency face plant that might have toppled a government if the operation had been carried out by a Western democracy. For the Kremlin, however, the bungled killing was quickly seized on as a public-relations opportunity.

A Russian military intelligence officer who was released to Britain as part of a spy swap in 2010, Skripal was the object of special scorn for Putin, who would publicly deride him as a traitor and a “scumbag.” Skripal had been convicted in Russia in 2006 of treason for spying for Britain and was serving a 13-year sentence at the time of the swap.

British investigators say two operatives from the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, were dispatched to Skripal’s adopted hometown with a perfume bottle filled with Novichok — a deadly nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists in the 1980s — with the aim of quietly poisoning the 67-year-old pensioner.

Almost nothing went according to plan. The operatives came up short in their quest to kill Skripal. He fell gravely ill along with his daughter, but both recovered after being aggressively treated by doctors for exposure to a suspected nerve agent. Moreover, investigators say, the Russian agents compounded their failure with the inadvertent death of a British woman who became ill after her boyfriend stumbled upon a discarded vial of Novichok and gave it to her, thinking it was perfume.

A security-camera image shows the suspect named as Alexander Petrov at London’s Gatwick Airport on March 2. (Metropolitan Police/AP)

The suspect named as Ruslan Boshirov, at Gatwick on March 2. (Metropolitan Police/AP)

A security-camera image shows the suspect named as Alexander Petrov at London’s Gatwick Airport on March 2. (Metropolitan Police/AP) The suspect named as Ruslan Boshirov, at Gatwick on March 2. (Metropolitan Police/AP)

British investigators quickly identified the toxin as a Russian nerve agent and then publicly identified the suspected hit men, who were repeatedly caught on camera as they wandered around in Salisbury on March 4. Their cover story — the two claimed to be tourists visiting the city’s 13th-century cathedral — was riddled with holes. Surveillance camera footage showed the men walking not toward the cathedral but in the opposite direction, toward the residential neighborhood where Skripal lived. The exiled Russian was poisoned the same day.

“They failed to kill their target, and they failed to be covert,” said retired Rear Adm. John Gower, who oversaw nuclear, chemical and biological defense policy for Britain’s Defense Ministry. “Because of those failures, Russia had to pivot really quickly.”

And so, when the real facts became problematic, Gower said, Russia quickly manufactured new ones. Dozens of them.

A parade of false stories

The Kremlin’s propaganda machine swung into action in the immediate aftermath of the assassination attempt. Following a playbook already honed in response to events in Syria and Ukraine, Kremlin-controlled outlets produced a plethora of possible explanations. On March 6, two days after the poisoning, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti was already quoting an anesthesiologist saying that the manner of Skripal’s poisoning suggested he was a drug addict and had overdosed.

On March 8 alone, pro-Kremlin news outlets published five phony narratives about the events in Salisbury, offering explanations for Skripal’s illness that included an attempted suicide by Skripal and his daughter and a chemical-weapons leak at the nearby military laboratory at Porton Down.

Dmitry Kiselyov — the host of the program “Vesti Nedeli” (“News of the Week”) on the Rossiya 1 network and a leading figure in the country’s propaganda hierarchy — picked up the baton on March 11. He said that because Skripal was already “completely wrung out and of little interest” as a source, his poisoning was only advantageous to the British to “nourish their Russophobia” and organize a boycott of the summer’s World Cup soccer tournament in Russia.

Then it was the Skripals’ pets turn in the spotlight — two guinea pigs and a fluffy Persian cat named Nesh Van Drake. The lack of information about their condition, Russian officials said in remarks that were broadcast on state TV, showed the British were surely covering something up.

“Where are these pets now?” Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, asked at a Security Council meeting on April 5. “What has happened to them? Why has nobody said anything about them? Their condition is very important evidence.”

The theories kept coming: Was it someone from the Baltics? Was Skripal poisoned on MI5-sponsored trips to chemical labs in the Czech Republic and Spain? Could it be a British government plot to distract attention from Brexit — or even from a pedophilia scandal in the western English town of Telford?

The Skripal affair, RIA Novosti columnist Ivan Danilov wrote, “will continue as long as the government of Theresa May needs it to resolve its own internal problems.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, at a roundtable for international news agencies on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in May, rejected Britain’s assertion that a military-grade nerve agent sickened the Skripals. (Clive Marshall/Press Association/AP)

Propaganda machine

British officials and experts who studied the events say the false narratives emerged from a Russian information ecosystem in which news outlets and social media networks are increasingly intertwined with the country’s intelligence apparatus and official communications organs. While independent media voices flourished briefly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Putin years have been marked by assassinations of prominent journalists and the silencing or muting of dissent. In recent years, the control over many of the largest news outlets has become nearly absolute, officials and analysts say.

Putin brought Russia’s privately owned, freewheeling TV networks to heel in one of his first major moves as president. The Kremlin now controls all of Russia’s main national television channels — and half of all Russians say television is their most trusted source of news. The channels deliver a strident, conspiratorial, pro-Kremlin message in hours of lavishly produced talk shows and newsmagazine programs every night.

That domestic propaganda machine is backed up by state-owned news agencies, RIA Novosti and Tass, and a stable of pro-Kremlin newspapers and websites. The government expects to spend $303 million on state broadcaster VGTRK and $293 million on RT, the international broadcaster, this year, according to the latest official figures.

Although the Internet in Russia is mostly uncensored and reporting critical of Putin is widely available in print, online and on the radio, the government’s voice is by far the loudest in Russia’s media landscape.

Providing further amplification are social media “troll” factories — including one in St. Petersburg known as the Internet Research Agency, described in a Justice Department indictment earlier this year — where hundreds of workers are paid to disseminate false stories on the Internet, under official direction, U.S. officials said. After a crisis, Russia’s information network lurches into action, promoting stories and theories favored by the Kremlin, often with remarkable creativity, say officials and analysts.

“Different parts of the system echo each other, so the stories build momentum,” said Ben Nimmo, a British-based researcher with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which analyzes government disinformation campaigns.

Russian politicians and diplomats then chime in, often ridiculing any official investigation and denouncing claims of Russian involvement, Nimmo said. Russian diplomats — and on multiple occasions, Putin himself — publicly scoffed at Britain’s claims that Russian operatives were behind the Skripal poisoning. The Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in London echoed several of the false stories from social media, suggesting that Skripal was a British spy and theorizing that British military scientists had synthesized their own batch of Novichok, with help from a Soviet chemist who defected to the West.

“In absence of evidence, we definitely need Poirot in Salisbury,” the embassy tweeted, in an allusion to Hercule Poirot, the fictional detective created by novelist Agatha Christie. Some British officials regard such denials as beyond cynical, as the use of Novichok in the poisoning was widely seen as deliberate — a subtle, unspoken claim of responsibility intended to warn other dissidents not to cross Moscow.

Some of the attempts to reshape the Skripal narrative backfired. After British officials on Sept. 5 released surveillance photographs of a pair of Russians suspected of carrying out the plot, RT aired an interview in which the two men claimed that they had been mere tourists in Britain. Their story began to unravel days later when a report by the investigative news site Bellingcat assembled compelling evidence that both men were GRU officers.

The suspects in the Skripal attack, named as Ruslan Boshirov, left, and Alexander Petrov — identities that British officials said were aliases — were captured by a surveillance camera at the Salisbury train station on March 3. (Metropolitan Police/Getty Images)

The men made no effort in the RT interview to explain the traces of Novichok police discovered in their hotel room and instead made an awkward attempt to explain why they made two quick trips to Salisbury over a wintry March weekend. One of them described a desire to see the Salisbury cathedral’s “123-meter spire” and ancient clock, two features that appear on the cathedral’s Wikipedia entry.

Pro-Kremlin media also started pushing the story line that the two men might be gay — and, by implication, could not possibly be part of Russia’s military intelligence service. The “Vesti” news show ran a segment depicting Salisbury as imbued with a spirit of “modern European tolerance” and full of gay bars. In fact, a local newspaper said the town’s sole gay bar had closed three months before the Skripal poisoning.

Yet, even as the alibi attempt turned into farce, Russia’s Foreign Ministry continued to claim that Britain had concocted evidence to frame the men for a crime they could not possibly have committed. “There is no proof,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote in a Facebook posting on Sept. 26, asserting that Britain was seeking to divert the public’s attention from the real story of “what happened in Salisbury.”

As the false stories began to be picked apart, Russia responded with “a mixture of defiance and desperation,” Nimmo said. “You can see the Russian propaganda machine struggling over what to do.”

And yet by then, it no longer mattered. By multiple measures, Moscow had mostly succeeded in achieving the outcome it wanted most — doubt.

A bewildered public

Last month, an independent pollster set out to measure how ordinary Russians viewed the events in Salisbury. The result: Despite lab reports, surveillance photographs and a detailed criminal complaint by British investigators, Russians overwhelmingly rejected the notion that their government was involved in the attack.

Nearly 3 in 10 of the Russians surveyed said they believed Britain was behind the poisoning, while 56 percent agreed with the comment “It could have been anyone,” according to the Levada Center poll, conducted during the third week of October. Only 3 percent were willing to attribute the assassination attempt to Russia’s intelligence agencies.

Indeed, the Kremlin managed to turn the botched assassination and the ensuing Western uproar to Putin’s political advantage. The Russian presidential election was on March 18, and Putin was looking for high voter turnout to legitimize another six-year term. The Skripal affair allowed the Kremlin to turn the public’s attention away from domestic problems and back to the confrontation between Russia and the West — a winning issue for Putin.

By quickly accusing Russia of being behind the poisoning, Britain’s May gave Putin a “pre-election present,” Gleb Pavlovsky, a former Kremlin adviser turned prominent Putin critic, said at the time. “She angered the voters a little bit and gave him another three to five percentage points of turnout.”

Levada sociologist Denis Volkov said the result showed the compelling nature of the us-vs.-them narrative constructed by the Kremlin and state media over the past two decades. In that reality, the West is bent on stopping Russia from returning to great-power status after it brought the country to its knees in the 1990s. The story line builds on many Russians’ memories of chaos, violence and poverty in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In focus groups, Volkov said, people sometimes acknowledged the likelihood of Russian involvement in the Skripal poisoning after initially rejecting it. After all, the respondents said, Russia was in a new Cold War with the West, and since the United States and its allies were lying, cheating and killing, Russia had to as well.

“They’ll say, ‘Sure, yeah, we might’ve done it,’ ” Volkov said. “ ‘But what’s the problem? Everyone’s doing it. There’s a war going on, even if it’s a cold war, between Russia and the West. So it’s okay to do it. The main thing is to deny everything.’ ”

Russia’s propaganda organs targeting foreign audiences — the television network RT and the web of radio stations and websites called Sputnik — also promote an anti-American narrative. While Russia’s domestic messaging builds on Russians’ bitterness stemming from the instability after the Soviet collapse, Moscow’s foreign propaganda message capitalizes on an aversion to what is seen as U.S. hegemony and hypocrisy in many parts of the world.

Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, at a September meeting of the U.N. Security Council in New York during which Britain announced its latest findings in the Skripal investigation, pointing to two Russian suspects. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

It’s less clear how effective RT and Sputnik are in pushing Russia’s message abroad. In Britain, the Kremlin’s version of the events in Salisbury has been widely debunked by independent news media. But in central and eastern Europe, where Russian channels in multiple languages are part of the standard cable-TV lineup, the contradictory claims have left viewers confused and bewildered — precisely what the designers of the propaganda campaign intended, said Kalensky, the former E.U. investigator.

“The strategy is to spread as many versions of events as possible and don’t worry that they sometimes contradict themselves,” Kalensky said. “It’s not the purpose to persuade someone with one version of events. The goal for Russia is achieve a state in which the average media consumer says, ‘There are too many versions of events, and I’ll never know the truth.’ ”

Even in the West, government agencies fear that Russia’s efforts are contributing to a growing distrust in traditional sources of information and blurring the line between fact and fiction. While RT’s viewership is relatively small in the West, its stories are frequently recycled on right-wing websites and media outlets.

Just as often, the stream flows in the opposite direction. False stories that first appear on obscure conservative news sites become fodder for Russian TV talk shows. Since the start of the Trump era, Russian channels regularly echo the U.S. president’s allegations about an American “deep state” and his depictions of the mainstream media as “fake news.”

The resulting muddle was highlighted by Putin himself, who, while standing next to President Trump during their July summit in Helsinki, seemed to distill the Kremlin’s approach to the news while responding to a question about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“As for who to believe, who you can’t believe, can you believe at all?” Putin mused, before answering his own questions: “You can’t believe anyone.”

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Не ходите к нему, бандерлоги
Там бандиты в кремлёвской берлоге
Раздаётся там жертв его стон
Пожирает их Вова Питон

Натянул он красивую маску
Смазал мёдом змеиное жало
Хочет всех подкупить своей лаской
И всё врёт без конца и начала!

На века он залез в зомбоящик
Держит всех он как в лагерной клетке
Правит всем как Кащей настоящий
И играет страной на рулетке

Он весь мир хочет взять на арапа
Всех и вся озомбировать хочет
Назначает врагов и сатрапов
И злорадно и злобно хохочет

Для него вы все лишь обезьяны
И источник его биллионов
Превратил он всех в стадо баранов
А страну – в свой общак без законов! 

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Drag that guy Putin to the dock! How do you plead, Putin: Guilty  or not? Did  you order to kill that “double, or triple, or n-uple ENGINE” Christopher Steele? Confess! Confess, you Tatar Troglodyte!

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Независимый российский военный журналист-расследователь, бывший журналист “Центра управления расследованиями” Сергей Канев, который после своих публикаций об отравлении экс-агента Сергея Скрипаля и его дочери в британском городе Солсбери вынужден был уехать из страны, анонсировал новый цикл материалов про международную сеть агентов ГРУ.

Об этом он рассказал в эфире телеканала “Еспресо.TV”.

“Я вычислил не только вот этих двоих (ГРУшников Петрова-Мишкина и Боширова-Чепигу – прим.ред.). Я вычислил целую группу людей, которые одновременно с ними приехали в столицу (Москву – прим.ред.), практически одновременно получили новые документы. И сейчас я их обнаружил во многих странах мира – под прикрытием в посольствах (России – прим.ред.), в каких-то торговых представительствах”, – рассказал журналист.

По словам Канева, получать необходимую информацию ему помогают чиновники российской военной разведки ГРУ, с которыми он знаком еще с молодости, потому что не поддерживают режим Путина и его захватнические войны.

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“Что они там делают, в посольствах? Если их учили на диверсантов, а они работают в посольствах. Здесь у меня много вопросов”, – добавил он.

Отдельно журналист рассказал, что перестал чувствовать постоянную опасность, только когда уехал из России. К тому же он проинструктировал родителей, которые остались в стране, как вести себя во время обыска.

“Я утром проснулся – уже неделю был здесь, и как же хорошо мне. Как будто половина меня куда-то ушла. Конечно же, не боятся только отморозки. И если они захотят достать меня за мои публикации (а они еще будут, и они это знают, я этого не скрываю), я, конечно, не сомневаюсь, что они смогут меня здесь достать. Здесь все уже зависит от меня. Я к этому готов”, – резюмировал Канев.

Напомним, правоохранительные органы Великобритании 5 сентября обнародовали фото и имена лиц, подозреваемых в отравлении российского экс-разведчика Сергея Скрипаля и его дочери Юлии в Солсбери – ими оказались Александр Петров и Руслан Боширов.

После этого подозреваемые дали интервью российскому пропагандистскому изданию Russia Today. Во время разговора они рассказали, что якобы занимаются предпринимательством, а в Солсбери ездили “как туристы”, чтобы посмотреть на достопримечательности и “оторваться”.

Совместное расследование The Bellingcat и The Insider предоставило подтверждения того, что подозреваемые в отравлении Скрипачей россияне на самом деле – сотрудники российских спецслужб. Причастность к спецслужбам подтверждает ряд документов, а также прямых и косвенных свидетельств. Также выяснилось, что паспорта обоих имеют практически идентичные номера.

Bellingcat нашел в деятельности ГРУшников из Солсбери и “украинский след”. Они идентифицировали настоящее имя одного из них – Руслан Боширов оказался полковником ГРУ, которого на самом деле зовут Анатолий Чепига. Кроме этого, он воевал в Украине, за что получил звание героя России.

Через месяц журналисты-расследователи установили настоящее имя второго подозреваемого – Александр Петров оказался военным врачом и сотрудником ГРУ Александром Мишкиным. Он также получил в 2014 году звание героя России и также, вероятнее всего, за спецоперацию в Украине.

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A man identified as Alexander Petrov at Gatwick airport in England on March 2. Investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday that he is actually Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU. (Metropolitan Police/AP) One of the most satisfying moments in any spy thriller is when the bad guy — the black-hat operative who has been killing and tormenting his adversaries — does something dumb and gets caught.

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A man identified as Alexander Petrov at Gatwick airport in England on March 2. Investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday that he is actually Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU. (Metropolitan Police/AP)

One of the most satisfying moments in any spy thriller is when the bad guy — the black-hat operative who has been killing and tormenting his adversaries — does something dumb and gets caught. That’s essentially what’s been happening recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pet spy agency, the GRU.

What’s fascinating about the GRU revelations is that they seem to reflect an aggressive pushback after several years in which Putin (chiefly through the GRU) launched recklessly aggressive covert actions against the West. The West is retaliating (at least in part) with public information that blows GRU covers and operating methods and, frankly, makes them look clumsy and incompetent.

These disclosures are the latest in a string of disasters for the GRU, a military spy service known for its panache and daring. Now, we should add sloppiness to that list of operational trademarks. The GRU’s spycraft occasionally looks closer to TV’s Maxwell Smart than John le Carre’s vaunted fictional spymaster, Karla.

The latest exposé of the GRU’s not-so-secret tradecraft came Tuesday, when a British investigative group shredded a layer of the lies surrounding Russia’s attempt to poisonformer agent Sergei Skripal in March. It was the equivalent of the tough guy in the trench coat getting caught with his undershorts around his ankles.

Bellingcat, as the group calls itself, presented photographic evidence showing that a suspect in the Skripal attack, who the Russians had claimed was a tourist named Petrov who worked in the sports nutrition business, is really a GRU doctor named Alexander Mishkin. Last month, Bellingcat had exposed another suspect, whose cover identity was Ruslan Boshirov, as GRU Col. Anatoliy Chepiga.

The most detailed exposures of GRU tradecraft came in a Justice Department indictmentthat was unsealed Oct. 4, in tandem with supporting statements from Britain and the Netherlands. The indictment, which named seven GRU officers, included details about Russian spy operations that could have been collected only by the CIA and National Security Agency and its foreign partners. (Three of the Russians had also been named in July’s indictment of 12 GRU officers for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.)

Last week’s indictment is a treasure trove for spy mavens. One GRU hacking operation sought to sabotage the World Anti-Doping Agency’s effort to punish Russia for systematically drugging its Olympic athletes; a second, chilling GRU hack stole information from Westinghouse about advanced U.S. nuclear-reactor technology. A third targeted two investigations of the Novichok nerve agent used in the Skripal hit, one by an international chemical weapons group in The Hague and another by a chemical laboratory in Switzerland. These were brazen operations, but they were also messy.

The dry pages of the indictment reveal tradecraft secrets that could animate a half-dozen spy novels. The GRU operatives used spoof websites to “spearphish” victims into revealing login information (creating a “westinqhousenuclear.com” site, with the misspelled “q,” for example). They made payments in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. (Weren’t those supposed to be untraceable?) They used malware tools with names such as “Gamefish,” “Chopstick” and “X-tunnel.” They dumped their hacked information by sending direct messages on Twitter to 116 reporters and exchanging emails with 70 journalists.

For the past few years, the CIA, NSA and FBI have watched as hackers and whistleblowers (perhaps with a helping hand from Moscow) revealed the agencies’ hacking techniques. For U.S. intelligence officials, revenge is a dish best eaten cold.

The most astonishing disclosure came from the Dutch, who caught four GRU officers red-handed in The Hague as they were hacking the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. As Dutch intelligence officers intervened, “the conspirators abandoned their equipment,” including a backpack and other gear that revealed techniques and a string of other operations, according to the indictment. The Dutch even found a taxi receipt showing that a member of the team had left the rear entrance of the GRU headquarters in Moscow and headed to the airport.

The implicit message in all of this: If you hit us, one of the ways we will retaliate is by exposing your operatives, sources and methods. There are other reprisals underway, but these public disclosures undermine the GRU’s operational capabilities. And they must make the Russian spy service wonder: What else do the Americans and their allies know? If agent A is blown, then what about his colleagues B, C and D?

The CIA and its foreign allies don’t normally like to divulge secrets like these, because they reveal how much they know about their adversary. The revelations are a public warning to Putin: Knock it off; you’re more vulnerable than you think.

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A third suspected member of the hit squad behind the Salisbury nerve agent attack has been named, according to a respected Russian news website. Sergey Fedotov, 45, reportedly travelled to the UK on the same day as the two suspects already charged over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. He also boarded the same flight home as the suspects whose real names were revealed earli

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salisbury poisoning

Reuters

Russian website names third GRU officer involved in Salisbury poisoning

LONDON (Reuters) – The Russian news website Fontanka named on Wednesday a third GRU military intelligence operative, Sergey Fedotov, as having been involved in trying to kill ex-spy Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury.

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salisbury poisoning – Google News: Russian website names third GRU officer involved in Salisbury poisoning – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – The Russian news website Fontanka named on Wednesday a third GRU military intelligence operative, Sergey Fedotov, as having been involved in trying to kill ex-spy Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury. The website said records show Fedotov visited Britain in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and left the country on March 4 this year, the same day as two other GRU agents who have al

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Боширов и Петров

Сетевое издание m24.ru

СМИ сообщили о возможной слежке Петрова и Боширова за Скрипалем в Чехии

Поделиться в социальных сетях: Фото: Стоп-кадр с видео телеканала RT/ТАСС Обвиняемые Лондоном в отравлении экс-полковника ГРУ Сергея Скрипаля и его дочери Юрии граждане РФ Александр Петров и Руслан Боширов в 2014 году тайно приехали в Чехию, куда в это же время должен был прибыть Скрипаль для встреч с представителями чешских спецслужб. Боширов и Петров уже тогда следили за Скрипалем, сообщает пра

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boshirov AND petrov

Free Malaysia Today

Skripal, suspects visited Czech Republic in 2014

Pictures released by the British Metropolitan Police Service of Ruslan Boshirov (L) and Alexander Petrov, likely aliases for the two men wanted in connection with the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (AFP pic) PRAGUE:

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salisbury poisoning

UrduPoint News

Czech Media Claim Salisbury Poisoning Suspects Spied On Skripal In Czech Republic In 2014

The Prague-based Cesky Rozhlas broadcaster reported on Wednesday, citing Czech intelligence sources, that Russian citizens Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov accused by UK authorities of poisoning the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the town of Salisbury, secretly visited the Czech Republic in October 2014, where Skripal himself was supposed to arrive at the same time to meet with Czech intelligence officers.

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Sergei Skripal – Google News: The Prospect Podcast #54: Who was Sergei Skripal? A conversation with Mark Urban – Prospect

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Salisbury

Gay Star News

Russia blocks song mocking story suggesting Salisbury suspects are gay

Russia has blocked a spoof music video online mocking the country’s attempts to portray the Salisbury nerve agent attack suspects as a gay couple…. Yet after CCTV footage of the two walking through the town of Salisbury – where the attack took place – was released to the public, the pair appeared on the Kremlin-funded RT network.

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novichok

Newsline

Mystery third Russian ‘travelled to UK as same time as two Novichok assassins’

Collect Unknown) Read More Sailsbury Novichok assassin’s grandma DISAPPEARS after she exposes his secret identity Like Petrov and Boshirov, real names Alexander Mishkin and Ruslan Boshirov, he had made a series of previous trips to other European destinations which, for him, included Prague, Kiev, Milan and Geneva.

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Боширов и Петров

ИА InterRight

Петров и Боширов следили за Скрипалем в течение нескольких лет

10 октября 2018 г. Обвиняемые властями Соединенного Королевства в отравлении Скрипалей Петров и Боширов якобы выслеживали бывшего двойного агента несколькими годами ранее в Чехии. Такую информацию передает, ссылаясь на источники в чешской разведке,  Czech Radio. Согласно  информации масс-медиа, российские спецслужбы устраивали слежку за Сергеем Скрипалем задолго до попытки его устранения. Как выя

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fsb passports scandal

Meduza

The money behind South Ossetia, eleven embarrassing facts about GRU agents, and an FSB-FBI connection

Agents change their passports, but not their driver’s licenses…. Agents travel abroad only using their new passports with their fake names.

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СМИ: Петров и Боширов следили за Скрипалем в Чехии в 2014 году

Очередные предположения о якобы имевшей место шпионской истории с участием Александра Петрова и Руслана Боширова обнародовало Чешское радио. В сообщении говорится, что в 2014 году россияне Александр Петров и Руслан Боширов находились в Чехии. Петров якобы находился в Остраве с 13 по 16 октября 2014 года, а затем переместился в Прагу. Боширова в столице Чехии заметили 11 октября. По мнению неназва

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boshirov petrov hacking

The Daily Jeffersonian

Guest view: The Kremlin’s hired guns

Twice in the past week, the swagger and malevolent intent of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have been on display. Investigators have revealed that Russia sent teams of military intelligence officers abroad in efforts to do harm: in one case by assassination, in the other by cyberhacking. This is how Putin bullies and intimidates his perceived enemies. In March, the former Russian military

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boshirov petrov hacking

Meduza

The money behind South Ossetia, eleven embarrassing facts about GRU agents, and an FSB-FBI connection

The British authorities previously fingered Boshirov and Petrov for the nerve-agent attack in Salisbury, warning that these names are likely false.

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boshirov AND petrov

Meduza

The money behind South Ossetia, eleven embarrassing facts about GRU agents, and an FSB-FBI connection

The two spies, Anatoly Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin, supposedly came to Prague using their alleged cover identities, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov…. The British authorities previously fingered Boshirov and Petrov for the nerve-agent attack in Salisbury, warning that these names are likely false.

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Сергей Скрипаль

Общая Газета.РУ

Александра Петрова и Руслана Боширова заподозрили в слежке за Сергеем Скрипалем с 2014 года

Подозреваемые в отравлении экс-полковника ГРУ Сергея Скрипаля Александр Петров (Александр Мишкин) и Руслан Боширов (Анатолий Чепига) осуществляли слежку за бывшим силовиком еще в 2014 году во время его поездки в Чехию. «Чешское радио» со ссылкой на данные разведки сообщает, что в 2014 году Боширов и Петров следили за Скрипалем, который консультировал чешских контрразведчиков по вопросу выявления

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Salisbury Poisoning News Updates – FBI News Review: Сотрудники ГРУ Чепига и Мишкин участвовали в захвате госучреждений на востоке Украины – Recent Tweets Review – 4:15 AM 10/11/2018

Skripal, Yanukovych, Deripaska, Firtash, Mogilevich, Vekselberg, Akhmetov – (Sounds Like a Law Firm… Skripal, Yanukovych, Deripaska, Firtash, Mogilevich, Vekselberg, Akhmetov – (Sounds Like a Law Firm but it ain’t. – M.N.) – Google Search Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks… fbinewsreview.org

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Сотрудники ФСБ и СКР провели обыски у вице-президента Объединенной авиастроительной корпорации

Сотрудники ФСБ России и Следственного комитета провели обыски в рабочем кабинете и по месту жительства вице-президента Объединенной авиастроительной корпорации (ОАК) Сергея Герасимова. Следственные мероприятия также прошли у нескольких  бизнесменов, которые связаны с г-ном Герасимовым. Обыски проводились в рамках расследования уголовного дела о хищениях при выполнении государственных контрактов п

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Сотрудники ГРУ Чепига и Мишкин участвовали в захвате госучреждений на востоке Украины

В так называемом «деле Скрипалей» может появиться третий обвиняемый. По информации «Фонтанки», в скором времени Лондон может назвать новое имя —   Сергея Федотова. Он, как пишет издание, идеально подходит под концепцию «отравителей из   ГРУ». Ранее в среду, 10 октября, Czech Radio со ссылкой на источники в разведке   сообщило, что российские спецслужбы следили за   Сергеем Скрипалем   задолго д

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The Wall Street Journal: соратник Березовского Глушков перед смертью попытался рассказать о связи «Аэрофлота» с ФСБ

Погибший в Лондоне соратник олигарха Бориса Березовского и бывший замглавы «Аэрофлота» Николай Глушков намеревался доказать британским властям сотрудничество авиакомпании с российскими спецслужбами, включая ФСБ. Об этом сообщает The Wall Street Journal cо ссылкой на судебные документы. По сведениям газеты, об этом Глушков рассказывал своим друзьям. Незадолго до рассмотрения дела в суде мужчину на

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анатолий чепига

Znaj.ua

Чепига и Мишкин стоят за созданием самой большой украинской “опухоли”

Офицеры ГРУ Анатолий Чепига и Александр Мишкин, которых подозревают в отравлении экс-коллеги Сергея Скрипаля в британском Солсбери, активно участвовали в захвате украинских государственных учреждений. Как сообщает издание The Independent, об этом после встречи с представителями парламента Британии заявил Христо Гроздев – докладчик исследовательской группы Bellingcat. По его словам, оба спецагента

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Новичок

Слово и дело

Британия хочет внести «Новичок» в Конвенцию о запрещении химоружия

Великобритания призвала Организацию по запрещению химического оружия внести нервно-паралитическое вещество Новичок в Конвенцию о запрещении химоружия. Об этом в среду, 10 октября, сообщило постоянное представительство страны при ОЗХО в Twitter, передает «Слово и Дело». « Сегодня Великобритания поддержала инициативу в ОЗХО, чтобы обновить приложение к Конвенции о химическом оружии и включить в нег

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Владимир Буковский о «Петрове» и «Боширове»: это уровень Зарайского отделения милиции

Буковский считает, что «Петров» и «Боширов» вели себя «как типичные командировочные в Москве». По данным СМИ, настоящие имена «Петрова» и «Боширова» — Александр Мишкин и Анатолий Чепига, предположительно они — действующие сотрудники ГРУ. «Из провинции приезжают люди командировочные, от жены далеко, от начальства далеко — загуляли», — объяснил правозащитник. «И вот они устроили в отеле бардак. При

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WSJ: соратник Березовского перед смертью хотел рассказать о связях «Аэрофлота» с ФСБ

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salisbury poisoning

Reuters India

Russian website names third GRU officer involved in Salisbury poisoning: BBC journalist

LONDON (Reuters) – The Russian news website Fontanka named on Wednesday a third GRU military intelligence operative, Sergey Fedotov, as having been involved in trying to kill ex-spy Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury.

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Anatoliy Chepiga

Express.co.uk

Russian spy chief ‘taken ill’ as Putin carpets him over novichok debacle

His identification came after that of co-accused Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, also 39.

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Сергей Скрипаль

о законе и морали

«Скрипаль» по-саудовски. Андрей Остальский

Группа профессиональных убийц отправляется в чужую страну, чтобы расправиться с «предателем», и по завершении миссии улетает на родину. Однако кадры с видеокамер и данные, полученные в аэропорту, их изобличают. Расследователям удается установить имена убийц и подтвердить: предъявленные при въезде в страну паспорта принадлежат офицерам спецслужб. Один из убийц оказался военным медиком. Звучит знак

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Sergei Skripal

Miami Herald

Report: Poison suspects had followed spy to Czech Republic

Citing unnamed domestic intelligence authorities, the broadcaster says Sergei Skripal visited the country in October 2014 to help the Czechs uncover Russian spies.

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анатолий чепига

EG.RU

Стали известны новые подробности о Чепиге и Мишкине, подозреваемых в отравлении Скрипалей

Сетевое издание Экспресс газета – Online зарегистрировано Роскомнадзором, свидетельство Эл № ФС77- 50167 от 15 июня 2012 года. Учредитель АО «Издательский дом «Комсомольская правда». Редакция ООО «Экспресс газета» Главный редактор Никитин Сергей Львович. eg@eg.ru телефон редакции: (495) ‎789-42-70 127287, г. Москва, Петровско-Разумовский Старый проезд, д. 1/23, стр.1 Исключительные права на матер

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руслан боширов

Курсор

Боширов и Петров следили за Скрипалем в Чехии в 2014 году

Боширов и Петров следили за Скрипалем в Чехии в 2014 году liv 10.10.2018, 13:54 В мире , Все новости 0 Comments Александр Петров и Руслан Боширов Фото: youtube Российские граждане с паспортами на имена Александра Петрова и Руслана Боширова были в Праге одновременно с Сергеем Скрипалем в октябре 2014 года, сообщает Чешское радио. По сообщению Deutsche Welle, предполагаемые сотрудники ГРУ, известны

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фсб паспорта Боширов Петров

Радио Свобода

“Они нарвались, а Россия еще нет”. Соцсети о Кокорине и Мамаеве

Скандал по поводу футболистов Александра Кокорина (“Зенит”) и Павла Мамаева (“Краснодар”), которые после бурно проведенной ночи избили на водителя на стоянке и чиновников в кафе , стал самой обсуждаемой темой в соцсетях после шпионских разоблачений последних недель. Футболистам желали поскорее оказаться за решеткой, и в то же время многие совсем не были уверены в таком исходе дела. Елена Панфилов

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boshirov petrov hacking

Telegraph.co.uk

Revealed: Name of third Russian agent ‘sent by GRU to target Sergei Skripal’

F edotov’s passport number differs by only a few digits. It is of the same ‘64 series’ linked to not only Chepiga and Mishkin but also to other suspected agents such as Col Eduard Shishmakov, who is accused of the failed plot to assassinate the prime minister of Montenegro before its referendum to join Nato. According to Fontaka, Fedotov previously travelled to the UK in March 2016 and March 2017

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Боширов и Петров

Российский Диалог

Петрову и Боширову выдвинули новое обвинение в связи с “делом Скрипаля”: СМИ сообщили подробности от разведки Чехии

​Чехия заявила, что россияне Александр Петров и Руслан Боширов следили за экс-полковником ГРУ Сергеем Скрипалем несколько лет. “Чешское радио” со ссылкой на источники в разведслужбах распространило информацию о том, что в 2014 году Боширов и Петров появились в Чехии в то время, как в Прагу прилетел Скрипаль, передает “Российский Диалог”. Четыре года назад Петров приехал в город Острава, где пр

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salisbury novichok – Google News: Russian Novichok Suspects Shadowed Skripal In Prague, Report Says – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

The two Russian men suspected by British intelligence of poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England in March shadowed the former double agent in Prague in 2014, Czech Radio (CR) has cited sources as saying. In an October 10 report , CR cited unnamed Czech intelligence sources as saying that the Russians — whom cybersleuthing group Bellingcat says it has unmasked as military intel

23h

chemical weapons in Syria

Tehran Times

Iran calls on OPCW not to politicize Syrian issue

TEHRAN – The Iranian ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has called on the organization not to politicize the Syrian issue.

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Czech Media Claim Salisbury Case Suspects Spied on Skripal in Country in 2014

Europe 15:53 10.10.2018 (updated 15:56 10.10.2018) Get short URL PRAGUE (Sputnik) – Cesky Rozhlas media reported Wednesday, citing Czech intel sources, that Russian citizens Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov accused by London of poisoning ex-officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, visited the Czech Republic in October 2014, where Skripal himself was supposed to arrive at the same time.

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Сергей Скрипаль

Snob.ru

СМИ: «Петров» и «Боширов» следили за Скрипалем в Чехии в 2014 году

П о данным радио, россияне побывали в Чехии четыре года назад. Один из них, известный как Петров, жил в отеле города Острава с 13 по 16 октября, после чего поехал в Прагу. Его напарник Боширов посетил Прагу 11 октября, по данным источников. Тогда в Чехии Скрипаль должен был встретиться с сотрудниками чешских спецслужб, согласно информации собеседников радиостанции. Точные даты пребывания экс-сотр

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Новичок

Sputnik Абхазия

Стариков: британцы сами применяли “Новичок”

Радио 20:20 10.10.2018 Получить короткую ссылку 0 0 0 Скорость, с которой в Великобритании определили вещество, которым якобы была отравлена чета Скрипалей, говорит о том, что это вещество не является новостью для британских военных, отметил в интервью Sputnik лидер общественного движения “Патриоты Великого Отечества” Николай Стариков. Заявления о том, что Россия якобы имеет мотивы и возможности

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Лондон попросил ОЗХО внести “Новичок” в Конвенцию о запрещении химоружия

Лондон попросил ОЗХО внести “Новичок” в Конвенцию о запрещении химоружия сегодня в 20:30, просмотров: 71 Постпредство Великобритании при ОЗХО сообщило в своем Твиттере, что выступило за внесение нервно-паралитического вещества “Новичок” в Конвенцию о запрещении химического оружия. В заявлении говорится, что такая мера после атаки в Солсбери поможет “укрепить международную архитектуру” безопасност

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полковник константин бахтин и чепига

The Bell

Bellingcat и The Insider назвали реальное имя Александра Петрова из дела Скрипалей

Новости — 8 октября 2018 общество — 8 октября 2018 Bellingcat и The Insider назвали реальное имя Александра Петрова из дела Скрипалей Фото паспорта Александра Мишкина. Фото The Insider Александр Петров, которого британская полиция подозревает в отравлении Скрипалей, оказался военным врачом из Главного управления Генштаба ВС России (ранее ГРУ), рассказали журналисты издания The Insider и исследова

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полковник константин бахтин

Новости Хабаровска на dvnovosti.ru

Новости к завтраку: «солберецкий» Александр Петров – полковник ГРУ и врач Мишкин

Да, опять про отравителей Скрипалей, новые подробности, мужайтесь; разнос на совещании в Минобороны и «дебилы» — самое доброе из прозвучавшего; рейтинг Президента обвалился за год, впрочем, не только его; ситуация в Ингушетии не близится к разрешению; негативный сценарий для российской экономики представил ЦБ; в Болгарии и Саудовской Аравии убиты журналисты; подвыпившие российские футболисты кида

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boshirov

Mirror.co.uk

Sailsbury poisoning: Mystery third Russian ‘travelled to UK as same time as two Novichok assassins’

Fedotov, 45, flew to London on 2 March, the same day as military intelligence agents ‘Alexander Petrov’ and ‘Ruslan Boshirov’ – but on a different flight…. Collect Unknown) Read More Like Petrov and Boshirov, real names Alexander Mishkin and Ruslan Boshirov, he had made a series of previous trips to other European destinations which, for him, included Prague, Kiev, Milan and Geneva.

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boshirov

Meduza

Russian journalists say Britain is about to name a third Salisbury attack suspect

The Russian news website Fontanka says a third suspect in the Salisbury attack was traveling under the (likely false) identity “Sergey Fedotov.” Without naming its sources, Fontanka claims that the British authorities will soon announce that “Fedotov” was in London in March 2018 on the same days as “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” (the two men already identified as suspects in the poisoning case).

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boshirov petrov hacking

WSAZ-TV

Poisoning suspect honored by Putin in 2014, UK group says

LONDON (AP) — One of the two suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England is a medical doctor in Russian military intelligence who was honored as a Hero of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin in 2014, a group of British investigators said Tuesday. British police say two GRU agents traveling under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov used a Soviet-made ne

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Экс-глава сил спецопераций ВС РФ Алексей Дюмин заявил РИА Новости, что не знает и ни разу не видел Александра Петрова и Руслана Боширова, которых Лондон считает сотрудниками ГРУ и обвиняет в причастности к отравлению Сергея и Юлии Скрипалей. Прокуратура Британии в сентябре предъявила Петрову и Боширову обвинения по четырем статьям, в том числе в покушении на убийство бывшего офицера ГРУ Сер

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Salisbury’s special constables rewarded for work during novichok incident

The Salisbury group has been honoured at the region’s Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteer Awards…. #SWVolunteers #Proud @PCCWiltsSwindon pic.twitter.com/pPC0BgsYVM — Kier Pritchard (@wiltspoliceCC) October 7, 2018 SALISBURY SPECIALS TEAM PICK UP AWARD:

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A shooting was reported outside TJI Fridays at Bell Tower Shops on Tuesday night, October 9, 2018. Amanda Inscore, AINSCORE@NEWS-PRESS.COM

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Hillary Clinton rejected comparisons Monday between the sexual-misconduct allegations facing her husband versus those made against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and President Donald Trump . “There’s a very significant difference,” Mrs. Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview. The former Secretary of State pointed to the years-long investigation by special counsel Ken Starr into Presid

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Сравним два случая. Применим здравый смысл. В апреле в Нидерландах задержали четверых россиян. Их обвинили в том, что они пытались взломать компьютерную систему Организации по запрещению химического оружия (ОЗХО). Они якобы офицеры ГРУ. Хорошо, допустим. Что мы здесь видим? Мужики прибыли под своими настоящими именами. У них были дипломатические паспорта, которые дают дипломатический иммунитет. Т

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В Томской области сотрудники ФСБ пресекли деятельность “спящей” террористической ячейки запрещенной в России организации “Джамаат ат-Таухид валь-Джихад”. Ее участник вербовал людей для участия в боевых действиях в Сирии и совершения терактов в России. В Томской области сотрудники ФСБ, МВД и Росгвардии пресекли деятельность запрещенной в России международной террористической организации “Джамаат а

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Глава ФСБ рассказал о вербовке детей террористами

Международные террористы активно вовлекают в свою преступную деятельность детей. С таким предупреждением выступило сегодня руководство ФСБ. Глава спецслужбы Александр Бортников прибыл в Дагестан. В Махачкале он провел заседание Национального антитеррористического комитета, где отметил, что на Северном Кавказе сохраняется ряд серьезных угроз. Александр Бортников : «Эмиссары международных терро

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The Independent

Second Skripal suspect likely sent to Salisbury to administer novichok antidote, security sources say

Alexander Mishkin, the second man accused of involvement in the Skripal assassination plot, was likely to have been sent on the mission because he was a trained doctor capable of providing an antidote in case the novichok attack went wrong, according to security sources.

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Кто такой Александр Мишкин (он же Петров) и как удалось его найти. Главное

Настоящее имя Александра Петрова — Александр Евгеньевич Мишкин . Он родился 13 июля 1979 года в поселке Лойга в Архангельской области. Мишкин ходил там в детский сад и школу, а через несколько лет его семья переехала в соседний поселок Ломоватка, где его отец работал директором лесоперерабатывающего комбината. В 1995 году Мишкин переехал в Петербург и два года спустя поступил в Военно-медицинскую

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Tampa Bay Times

A look at suspected Russian plots abroad _ and the plotters

The four were arrested, and Dutch authorities revealed last week how they found a car full of hacking equipment near the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

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putin on suspects in Skripal poisoning

The Guardian

Vladimir Putin’s plan to divide Europe is backfiring

In the latest instalment yesterday, Bellingcat, an investigative website, published the name of the second Russian agent involved in the Skripal poisoning.

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Sputnik International

The Skripal Case: Fifteen Facts and Some Logical Conclusions

Here are fifteen facts in relation to the Salisbury poisonings case:

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Сергей Скрипаль

Газета.Ru

Наказать Россию: ОЗХО дадут новые полномочия

В Нидерландах 9 октября открылась 89-я сессия Организации по запрещению химического оружия, которая должна обсудить вопрос расширения своего мандата. Реклама Сессии предлагается наделить ОЗХО возможностью не только заявлять о факте применения химического оружия, но и возлагать ответственность на применившую его страну. В настоящее время, согласно мандату ОЗХО, эта организация после проведения хим

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Anatoliy Chepiga

KOB

Report: UK poison suspect is doctor for Russian intelligence

— but is a decorated Russian agent named Anatoliy Chepiga, Bellingcat reported last month.

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Netherland’s Accusations

On October 4, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld announced during a press conference that the Dutch military intelligence and security services foiled an attack by Russian hackers against the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The Dutch Minister elaborated further that the attempted cyber-attack was made on April 13 amidst reports that the OPCW was then “working to independently verify the UK’s analysis of the chemical used in the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury.” It is noteworthy that the OPCW confirmed that a Novichok nerve agent was used in the Salisbury attack. The OPCW was also due “to conduct analysis of the [April 7] chemical weapons attack in Douma [Syria]”.[1]

Four Russians, believed to be staff members of the Main Directorate of the Russian General Staff (GRU), were suspected of involvement in the cyber-attack. They were expelled from the Netherlands that very day.

The four Russians are Alexei Morenets, Yevgeny Serebryakov, Oleg Sotnikov and Alexei Minin.[2]

According to the Dutch Defense Ministry, the Russian intelligence officers set up specialized equipment in the vicinity of the OPCW offices and were preparing to hack into OPCW networks.[3] [4]Further investigation revealed that Yevgeniy Serebriakov also conducted cyber activities in Malaysia. He was trying to collect information about the investigation into the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 airplane. The operation in which he was involved targeted Malaysian government institutions including the Attorney General’s office and the Royal Malaysian Police.[5]

The Russian Foreign Ministry sent a note to the Dutch Ambassador to Russia Renee Jones-Bos, stating that the expulsion of Russian citizens from the Netherlands in April is a provocation related to Moscow’s position in the OPCW. “The note stresses that the Russian side considers the detainment and expulsion of Russian citizens as a provocation related to Russia’s line in the OPCW, aimed against the politicization of this influential international structure’s activities and the attachment of attributive functions in violation of the CWC [the Chemical Weapons Convention] and the UN Charter,” the ministry stated.[6]

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The UK’s Accusations

On the same day, the UK government accused the GRU of being behind cyber-attacks on international organizations, operating under different names.[7] The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) accused the GRU of orchestrating cyber-attacks against the systems database of the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), transport systems in Ukraine, and businesses.

The UK NCSC assessed with high confidence that the GRU is “almost certainly” responsible for the following cyber-attacks:

  • In October 2017, BadRabbit ransomware encrypted hard drives and rendered IT inoperable. This caused disruption including to the Kyiv metro, Odessa airport, Russia’s central bank and two Russian media outlets (Fontanka.ru and the news agency Interfax).
  • In August 2016, confidential medical files relating to a number of international athletes were released. WADA stated publicly that this data came from a hack of its AntiDoping Administration and Management system.
  • In 2016, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was hacked and documents were subsequently published online.
  • Between July and August 2015 multiple email accounts belonging to a small UKbased TV station, Islam channel, were accessed and the content was stolen.[8]

US Accusations

Later, on the same day, the US Justice Department announced charges against seven Russians, referred as GRU officials, accused of cyber-attacking the database system of WADA and other international organizations.

US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers stated: “We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activities against the United States and its allies…”

The FBI said identified the alleged suspects as Aleksei Morenets, Evgenii Serebriakov, Ivan Yermakov, Artem Malyshev, Dmitriy Badin, Oleg Sotnikov and Alexey Minin.[9]

Canada’s Accusations: The Government of Canada Assesses With High Confidence That The GRU Was Responsible For Cyber Attacks Against International Organizations

On the same day, the Global Affairs Canada stated: “Today, Canada joins its allies in identifying and exposing a series of malicious cyber-operations by the Russian military. These acts form part of a broader pattern of activities by the Russian government that lie well outside the bounds of appropriate behavior, demonstrate a disregard for international law and undermine the rules-based international order. Canada calls on all those who value this order to come together in its defense.

Some of these acts have a connection with Canada. In 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an independent international agency headquartered in Canada, publically disclosed that the cyber-hacker group Fancy Bear/APT28 had released confidential athlete data on its website that it had obtained illegally from WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System. The Government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the Russian military’s intelligence arm, the GRU, was responsible for this incident.

“In 2016, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport was compromised by malware enabling unauthorized access to the Centre’s network. The Government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the GRU was responsible for this compromise.

Earlier today, Canada’s allies disclosed that in April 2018, following the use of a Novichok agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom, the Russian military attempted to use its cyber-capabilities to gain access to official networks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The Government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the GRU was responsible for this attempt. Canada is a member of the OPCW and currently sits on its Executive Council. Canada supports the OPCW’s efforts to rid the world of these abhorrent weapons and global efforts to address the recent illegal use of chemical weapons in Syria and the United Kingdom.

“The incidents identified by Canada and our allies, including the GRU’s attempt to undermine the work of the OPCW, underscore the Russian government’s disregard for the rules-based international order, international law and established norms. The attempt to compromise the networks of the OPCW is consistent with Russia’s broader attacks on the independence and professionalism of the personnel of the OPCW…”[10]

Bellingcat’s Investigation

It is worth noting that after the accusations, the website Bellingcat and its Russian investigative partner, The Insider, ran their own investigation. The investigation’s goal was: “to verify that the identities disclosed by the Dutch authorities were in fact the authentic identities of the persons involved. Comparing data from different databases dated 2002 to 2014, Bellingcat was able to confirm that these identities are indeed real, as opposed to cover personas, which is the case with the two GRU officers involved in the Skripal poisoning case.”

As a result of the quick search in Russian Vehicle and Road Police database, the researchers were able to identify around 300 additional individuals who may serve as GRU agents.[11]

When asked about potential plans to reshuffle Russia’s Defense Ministry or the General Staff following the Dutch accusations, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented that there is no reason to reshuffle the top brass.[12]

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Reactions To The Netherland’s Accusations

MFA: A Russian Citizen With A Mobile Device Is Perceived To Be A Spy Although By The Logic Of Western Politicians, They All Live In ‘Backward Russia’

The following is the reaction by the Russian MFA To the accusations against Russia by the Dutch Defense Ministry:

“We have repeatedly warned the Dutch side, including through diplomatic channels, that the anti-Russian spy mania campaign accompanied by deliberate leaks in the media about the alleged cyber-attacks is causing serious harm to bilateral relations.

“The Netherlands waited for almost six months to report the deportation of four Russian nationals from the country. This may look strange only to those who are not in the know. On October 9, a session of the OPCW opens to discuss the funding of the Attribution Mechanism in the OPCW Technical Secretariat. A number of Western states are persistently seeking the creation of this mechanism for appointing the ‘guilty’ of using chemical weapons, despite the fact that such a mechanism would violate the norms of international law and the prerogatives of the UN Security Council. Obviously, the current bogus story is yet another step towards forming the ‘required’ political background for pushing through this illegal initiative.

It is unclear who is supposed to believe these statements in which Russian citizens are accused of attempted cyber-attacks on the OPCW and a striving to obtain information of the investigation into the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, as if it is necessary to be near the target of an attack to get it.

“Indicatively, against the backdrop of strong paranoia as regards ‘all-powerful Russian spies’ that has been fanned up in the West in the past few years, any Russian citizen with a mobile device is perceived to be a spy although in the logic of Western politicians, they all live in the ‘backward Russia.’

“As for the mention of MH17 crash, it is not at all incidental in this context. The Dutch party seems to have no response to the facts that were presented by the Russian Defense Ministry regarding the origin of the missile that downed the Malaysian airliner and other issues involved in this tragic incident.

“We noted that the news conference of the Dutch Defense Ministry was attended by a representative of Great Britain, which is firmly in the lead in the number of absurd anti-Russian attacks.

“By a strange concurrence of circumstances, all this again coincided with London’s accusations against Russia of perpetrating cyber-attacks against a number of organizations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“Given all of these factors, we can conclude that another staged propaganda campaign against our country is underway.”[13]

Russian FM Lavrov: This Is Another Example Of Megaphone Diplomacy And Neglect Of Legal Mechanisms

During a press conference with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov answered a question about the Netherlands’s accusations of cyber spying.

Lavrov said: “As a brief reminder, there was nothing secret about the trip of Russian specialists to the Hague last April. This was a routine trip and they did not try to hide anything either when registering at the hotel, arriving at the airport or visiting our Embassy. They were detained, not allowed to contact representatives of our Embassy in the Netherlands and asked to leave. Honestly, it all looked like a misunderstanding, all the more so since there were no protests or demarches on behalf of Moscow or the Hague in connection with this incident.

“But half a year later, I believe some three weeks ago in September, it was leaked to the Dutch press that these people were involved in cyber spying. As we were interested in these developments, we invited the Dutch ambassador to the Foreign Ministry and asked him to share with us the details and facts about this leak in the media. We did not receive a sensible answer.

“On October 3, our ambassador was summoned by the Dutch Foreign Ministry and given a note of protest as regards this episode with the accusations that came to your attention through the media. When the ambassador asked where he can find concrete facts and relevant materials, he was told that we will learn about everything at a news conference that will be held by the Defense Ministry. This is the whole story.

“I think this is yet another example of megaphone diplomacy and neglect of legal mechanisms that were established and exist for discussing problems that arise in relations between any countries, including Russia and the Netherlands.

“We are inviting the Dutch ambassador to consider this point of view I’ve just expressed. We will provide additional detailed information.

“Now [let me say] a few words about the session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that opens literally tomorrow. Probably, it will be used by those countries that want to distort the contents of the Chemical Weapons Convention and turn its Technical Secretariat into a kind of punitive body, thereby undermining international law, specifically the prerogatives of the UN Security Council.

“I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that I think a meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of defense ministers was held on the same day as the news conference. So if we are talking about direct or indirect coincidences, we must also bear this in mind. The session of the European Council where heads of state and the EU government will also deal with different issues will take place in the near future. Some politicians may have believed that the April episode in the media exactly at this time would help divert attention from complicated issues now being discussed by the EU and, to a certain extent, NATO, such as aligning the defense capabilities of these two structures.”[14]

Reactions To UK’s Accusations

Russia’s MFA Zakharova: ‘The Rich Imagination Of Our British Colleagues Is Without Boundaries’

Russian MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated:

“We are witnessing the beginning of another anti-Russia campaign in the wake of this decision. As soon as Russia was reinstated to this international sporting organization, Great Britain, a loyal companion-in-arms of the United States, a country that spared no effort to curb Russia’s success, has rushed to support its ally with a flurry of fabricated news, accusations and statements at all levels.

“For example, the other day the British Foreign Office, which now turns out to be also specializing in information and communications security issues, released a whole bunch of mind-boggling ‘highly likely’ statements about the alleged GRU’s complicity in cyber-attacks around the world, including attacks on the WADA’s servers. For several weeks, there was a huge hullabaloo over the GRU in connection with the Skripals, Salisbury and Amesbury and now this hyped-up story can be easily linked to the situation at the WADA…

“Indeed, the rich imagination of our British colleagues is without boundaries. I would like to see the people who are concocting all this. Probably, they are simply basing everything on themselves, and describing what they themselves are engaged in. It is unworthy of a state that claims one of the leading roles in the world.”[15]

Reactions To US Charges Against 7 GRU Officers

Russia’s Deputy FM Ryabkov: The US Authorities Continue To Poison The Atmosphere Of Russian-American Relations

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov commented:

“We are watching with regret how the US authorities continue to poison the atmosphere of Russian-American relations by bringing ever new groundless accusations against Russia, which certain other NATO countries would hurry to repeat at the command from Washington. Again, the Western public is being scared with ‘Russian hackers,

Ignatius: West catching and exposing Russia’s GRU hackers
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By David Ignatius

One of the most satisfying moments in any spy thriller is when the bad guy — the black-hat operative who has been killing and tormenting his adversaries — does something dumb and gets caught. That’s essentially what’s been happening recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pet spy agency, the GRU.

What’s fascinating about the GRU revelations is that they seem to reflect an aggressive pushback after several years in which Putin (chiefly through the GRU) launched recklessly aggressive covert actions against the West. The West is retaliating (at least in part) with public information that blows GRU covers and operating methods and, frankly, makes them look clumsy and incompetent.

These disclosures are the latest in a string of disasters for the GRU, a military spy service known for its panache and daring. Now, we should add sloppiness to that list of operational trademarks. The GRU’s spycraft occasionally looks closer to TV’s Maxwell Smart than John le Carre’s vaunted fictional spymaster, Karla.

The latest expose of the GRU’s not-so-secret tradecraft came Tuesday, when a British investigative group shredded a layer of the lies surrounding Russia’s attempt to poison former agent Sergei Skripal in March. It was the equivalent of the tough guy in the trench coat getting caught with his undershorts around his ankles.

Bellingcat, as the group calls itself, presented photographic evidence showing that a suspect in the Skripal attack, who the Russians had claimed was a tourist named Petrov who worked in the sports nutrition business, is really a GRU doctor named Alexander Mishkin. Last month, Bellingcat had exposed another suspect, whose cover identity was “Ruslan Boshirov,” as GRU Col. Anatoliy Chepiga.

The most detailed exposures of GRU tradecraft came in a Justice Department indictment that was unsealed Oct. 4, in tandem with supporting statements from Britain and the Netherlands. The indictment, which named seven GRU officers, included details about Russian spy operations that could only have been collected by the CIA and National Security Agency and its foreign partners. (Three of the Russians had also been named in July’s indictment of 12 GRU officers for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.)

Last week’s indictment is a treasure trove for spy mavens. One GRU hacking operation sought to sabotage the World Anti-Doping Agency’s effort to punish Russia for systematically drugging its Olympic athletes; a second, chilling GRU hack stole information from Westinghouse about advanced U.S. nuclear-reactor technology. A third targeted two investigations of the Novichok nerve agent used in the Skripal hit, one by an international chemical weapons group in The Hague and another by a chemical laboratory in Switzerland. These were brazen operations; but they were also messy.

The dry pages of the indictment reveal tradecraft secrets that could animate a half-dozen spy novels. The GRU operatives used spoof websites to “spearphish” victims into revealing login information (creating a “westinqhousenuclear.com” site, with the misspelled “q,” for example). They made payments in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. (Weren’t those supposed to be untraceable?) They used malware tools with names like “Gamefish,” “Chopstick” and “X-tunnel.” They dumped their hacked information by sending direct messages on Twitter to 116 reporters and exchanging emails with 70 journalists.

For the last few years, the CIA, NSA and FBI have watched as hackers and whistleblowers (perhaps with a helping hand from Moscow) revealed the agencies’ hacking techniques. For U.S. intelligence officials, revenge is a dish best eaten cold.

The most astonishing disclosure came from the Dutch, who caught four GRU officers red-handed in The Hague as they were hacking the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. As Dutch intelligence officers intervened, “the conspirators abandoned their equipment,” including a backpack and other gear that revealed techniques and a string of other operations, according to the indictment. The Dutch even found a taxi receipt showing that a member of the team had left the rear entrance of the GRU headquarters in Moscow and headed to the airport.

The implicit message in all of this: If you hit us, one of the ways we will retaliate is by exposing your operatives, sources and methods. There are other reprisals underway, but these public disclosures undermine the GRU’s operational capabilities. And they must make the Russian spy service wonder: What else do the Americans and their allies know? If agent A is blown, then what about his colleagues B, C, and D.

The CIA and its foreign allies don’t normally like to reveal secrets like these, because they reveal how much they know about their adversary. The revelations are a public warning to Putin: Knock it off, you’re more vulnerable than you think.

David Ignatius’ email address is <a href=”mailto:davidignatius@washpost.com”>davidignatius@washpost.com</a>.

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Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, pose for a picture at Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury, Wilts

The Postcards from the Skripals: “My glass is half-full, and mine is three quarters full, note that red marker… Und Me takez zi pictzcha… A lot of chiiize but zi mouthz are shut wide.” 

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The pair are fighting for life while a police officer – who was the first cop on site – remains seriously ill following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Wilts, on Sunday.

Counter terror cops are investigating the possibility that Kremlin-linked assassins slipped deadly sarin nerve gas into Sergei’s present as daughter Yulia prepared to fly over from Moscow days earlier.

Another theory being probed is that the gas was sprayed into their faces or slipped into their drinks in Zizzi or the Mill pub.

Sergei and Yulia raise a glass for the camera at Zizzi in a picture believed to have been taken in 2016.

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Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, pose for a picture at Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury, Wilts

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Police swoop on Zizzi following the poison attack in the small Wiltshire city on Sunday:

The pair are fighting for life while a police officer – who was the first cop on site – remains seriously ill following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Wilts, on Sunday.

Counter terror cops are investigating the possibility that Kremlin-linked assassins slipped deadly sarin nerve gas into Sergei’s present as daughter Yulia prepared to fly over from Moscow days earlier.

Another theory being probed is that the gas was sprayed into their faces or slipped into their drinks in Zizzi or the Mill pub.

Sergei and Yulia raise a glass for the camera at Zizzi in a picture believed to have been taken in 2016.

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A FORMER double agent and his daughter pose in the Zizzi restaurant at the centre of a Russian spy poisoning probe.

Sergei Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, are pictured in the same Italian where they had lunch shortly before they were found slumped unconscious on a shopping centre bench.

The pair are fighting for life while a police officer – who was the first cop on site – remains seriously ill following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Wilts, on Sunday.

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Updated: 9th March 2018, 11:50 am

A FORMER double agent and his daughter pose in the Zizzi restaurant at the centre of a Russian spy poisoning probe.

Sergei Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, are pictured in the same Italian where they had lunch shortly before they were found slumped unconscious on a shopping centre bench.

The pair are fighting for life while a police officer – who was the first cop on site – remains seriously ill following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Wilts, on Sunday.

Counter terror cops are investigating the possibility that Kremlin-linked assassins slipped deadly sarin nerve gas into Sergei’s present as daughter Yulia prepared to fly over from Moscow days earlier.

Another theory being probed is that the gas was sprayed into their faces or slipped into their drinks in Zizzi or the Mill pub.

Sergei and Yulia raise a glass for the camera at Zizzi in a picture believed to have been taken in 2016.


What we know so far:


More pictures of the dad and daughter have emerged today.

Meanwhile, dramatic photos show the moment a police officer crouched down next to the shopping centre bench where the pair were found in “catatonic” state.

Yesterday Amber Rudd confirmed that the brave cop’s condition has improved, and he was “engaged and talking.”

But docs fear that former military intelligence officer Skripal is on the brink of death.

A Whitehall source told The Times: “The feeling is that he is not going to make it out of this.

“I think it could be more positive [for Yulia]. They are hopeful that she might be able to pull through.”

The police officer’s condition is thought to be less severe than the other two patients.

The Russian pair were “targeted specifically” when they were dosed by a deadly nerve agent, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley confirmed yesterday.

All the sites involved in the investigation are now secured – but a police presence may stay in Salisbury for at least a couple of days, Mr Rowley added.

Last night security sources told The Sun that the poison could only have been produced in a handful of labs worldwide – including the Russian government’s notorious Yasenevo complex.

Tory MP and ex-Army officer Bob Seely said: “In my mind now, there is now no doubt this was a hit ordered by Putin, and by using something complex they’re effectively showing off.

“We’re now in public execution territory. The Russians are basically saying, they don’t care who knows it was them. It is a very alarming development.”

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, ex-commander of the Army’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear regiment, said: “All the circumstances point in the direction of sarin. It’s very toxic and the symptoms displayed tally with its effects.”

It comes as a fellow Russian exile Valery Morozov claimed that Skripal was not retired – and regularly met with Kremlin officials at the Russian Embassy.

He told Channel 4 News: “If you have a military intelligence officer living after retirement in the UK every month going to the embassy to meet military intelligence officers.

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“For me being political refugee, I thought that this contact might not be very good for me because it can bring some questions from British officials.”

Last night it was claimed that Skripal was close to a security consultant who worked for the company that compiled the explosive “dirty dossier” on Donald Trump.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the unnamed consultant lived near Skripal and knew him for some time.

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The amazing “coincidence:

On March 2, 2018, Friday: Yanukovych Calls For Direct Talks Between Kyiv, Separatists.

The same day March 2, 2018, the “Russian team”: “Boshirov, Petrov, Fedotov”  arrive from Moscow just for 2-3 days. On March 3, Skripal’s daughter arrived. 

It is possible that the team brought the message directly from Yanukovych and/or others confirming that the separatist war in Donbass is over

Hypothetically, Skripal got hysterical and staged his own and his daughters’s poisoning, sending the message back: “YOU POISONED ME!” 

It is very possible that he had secret plans to reunite Russia and Ukraine and to revive the USSR. After his arrest he claimed that he was not bound by any oath because he gave it to the Soviet union, not Russia. 

He probably poisoned himself, and he himself is THE POISON. 

Michael Novakhov

10.10.18

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Sergei Skripal – Google News: The Prospect Podcast #54: Who was Sergei Skripal? A conversation with Mark Urban – Prospect

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Sergei Skripal – Google News: The Prospect Podcast #54: Who was Sergei Skripal? A conversation with Mark Urban – Prospect
salisbury novichok – Google News: Third suspect in Salisbury Novichok attack named by Russian news website – Evening Standard
Global Security News: The amazing “coincidence” on March 2 2018, Friday, “Yanukovych Calls For Direct Talks Between Kyiv and Separatists”, at a press conference. The same day March 2 2018 the “Russian team”: “Boshirov, Petrov, Fedotov”  arrive from Moscow just for 2-3 days. On March 3, Skripal’s daughter arrived. – 7:29 PM 10/10/2018
salisbury poisoning – Google News: Russian website names third man involved in Salisbury poisoning – Cyprus Mail
Skripal – Russia News: M.N.: This intimate knowledge of the Russian Passport system and the names of the operatives could come from Skripal himself and/or his associates and connections. | Russian Lessons: Федот, да не тот! Name of third Russian agent ‘sent by GRU to target Sergei Skripal’: Fedotov’s passport number differs by only a few digits. – 3:44 PM 10/10/2018 | The(-)odor “Odor Test”
Salisbury Poisoning – Russia News: M.N.: This intimate knowledge of the Russian Passport system and the names of the operatives could come from Skripal himself and/or his associates and connections. | Russian Lessons: Федот, да не тот! Name of third Russian agent ‘sent by GRU to target Sergei Skripal’: Fedotov’s passport number differs by only a few digits. – 3:44 PM 10/10/2018 | The(-)odor “Odor Test”
salisbury poisoning – Google News: Reuters: Russian website names third GRU officer involved in Salisbury poisoning – Kyiv Post
Sergei Skripal – Google News: Revealed: Name of third Russian agent ‘sent by GRU to target Sergei Skripal’ – Telegraph.co.uk
Sergei Skripal – Google News: Russian suspect in UK poisoning is hero to his home village – WECT
Sergei Skripal – Google News: Russian Website Names Third Person Allegedly Involved In Skripal Poisoning – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
salisbury poisoning – Google News: Russian suspect in UK poisoning is hero to his home village – WLOX
salisbury poisoning – Google News: Russian website names third GRU officer involved in Salisbury poisoning – Reuters
salisbury poisoning – Google News: Russian website names third GRU officer involved in Salisbury poisoning: BBC journalist – Reuters
salisbury novichok – Google News: Russian spy chief ‘taken ill’ as Putin carpets him over novichok debacle – Express.co.uk
salisbury novichok – Google News: Russian Novichok Suspects Shadowed Skripal In Prague, Report Says – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
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Sergei Skripal – Google News: Poisoning suspects ‘tracked Sergei Skripal in Czech Republic in 2014’ – Independent.ie
Sergei Skripal – Google News: Poisoning suspects `tracked Sergei Skripal in Czech Republic in 2014´ – Daily Mail
Sergey Skripal – FBI News Review: My Hypothesis: “Boshirov-Chepiga – Petrov-Mishkin” were not the poisoners but contacts for Skripal. They picked up and delivered the digital microfilms from the previously arranged dead drops. – 9:06 AM 10/10/2018
Salisbury Poisoning News Updates – FBI News Review: My Hypothesis: “Boshirov-Chepiga – Petrov-Mishkin” were not the poisoners but contacts for Skripal. They picked up and delivered the digital microfilms from the previously arranged dead drops. – 9:06 AM 10/10/2018
Sergei Skripal – Google News: Skripal, suspects visited Czech Republic in 2014 – Guardian (blog)

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The Postcard from Moscow: “Buden(-)ovtsi”!

10.10.18

“The GRU was described in the meeting, MBK said, as “deeply incompetent,” “infinitely careless,” “morons,” and people that “would still wear the budenovka” — a phrase that means being outdated. The budenovka was a military hat worn in the late 1910s and early 1920s, shortly after the Russian tsar was deposed.”

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He Says He’s an Innocent Victim. Robert Mueller Says He’s a Spy.
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 03:42:54 -0400

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The filing was notable for touching on Mr. Gates’s activities during the campaign. He has pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and conspiring to defraud the United States for activities related to his work in Ukraine mostly before joining the Trump campaign, and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

Mr. Gates’s communications with Mr. Kilimnik were revealed in the sentencing documents of a former lawyer for the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Alex van der Zwaan, who pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his interactions with Mr. Kilimnik and with Mr. Gates.

Mr. Kilimnik also played a role in a reported effort by Mr. Manafort to contact a Russian oligarch, Oleg V. Deripaska, during the campaign.

Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik had cooperated on an ultimately unsuccessful business venture financed by Mr. Deripaska, known as the Pericles investment fund.

In July, 2016, while Mr. Manafort was chairman of the Trump campaign, Mr. Manafort emailed Mr. Kilimnik asking him to offer Mr. Deripaska “private briefings” about the campaign in exchange for resolving a multimillion dollar financial dispute related to the business, according to The Washington Post. Mr. Deripaska has said he never received the offer. Mr. Kilimnik, reached by email, declined to comment on this matter and the special counsel’s court filings.

Mr. Kilimnik has surfaced as a fringe figure in other aspects of the Russian investigation.

Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. in June of 2016 where a Russian lawyer had promised to provide negative information on Hillary Clinton, had also worked in Ukraine with Mr. Kilimnik closely enough to know his nickname among Russian-leaning political operatives in Kiev.

At the time, about eight years ago, Mr. Akhmetshin was trying to persuade political advisers of Mr. Yanukovych to buy the rights to a book that cast a domestic political opponent in a negative light, and attended meetings with Mr. Kilimnik.

War in Donbass – Wikipedia
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The War in Donbass is an armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine. From the beginning of March 2014, protests by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, commonly collectively called the “Donbass”, in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidan movement. These demonstrations, which followed the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation (February to March 2014), and which were part of a wider group of concurrent pro-Russian protests across southern and eastern Ukraine, escalated into an armed conflict between the separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and LuhanskPeople’s Republics (DPR and LPR respectively), and the Ukrainian government.[40] In the Donetsk People’s Republic, from May 2014 until a change of the top leadership in August 2014,[41] some of the top leaders were Russian citizens.[42] During the middle of 2014, Russian paramilitaries were reported to make up between 15% to 80% (Ukrainian data) of the combatants.[42] There were an estimated 6,000 Russian troops and 40,000 rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine as of September 2017.[43][44]

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Skripal poisoning suspects’ explanation does not add up
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The explanation offered on Russian television on Thursday by the men known as Ruslan Boshirovand Alexander Petrov for their trip to London and Salisbury throws up as many questions as answers.

The men – leading suspects in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia – say they were so keen to visit Salisbury cathedral that they travelled to the city on two consecutive days.

On Saturday, March 3rd – which the British authorities claim was the date of a reconnaissance mission – they got to Salisbury train station but say they were driven back by snow, even though local newspaper pictures show people going about their business with little difficulty. They were less than a mile from the cathedral – perhaps a 12-minute walk – but say they could not get there that day.

The next day they accept they may have been close to the house of Sergei Skripal at the time his home was sabotaged with nerve agent, although his address is about 3km from the cathedral – their supposed destination in Salisbury and nowhere near other attractions they say they were interested in, including Old Sarum and Stonehenge.

WHY DO BOSHIROV AND PETROV SAY THEY WERE IN THE UK?

They claim they were in the UK for pleasure rather than business. They arrived on Friday, March 2nd, and say the UK was gripped by transport chaos. That is true – Storm Emma had met the so-called Beast from the East, causing a blast of heavy snow. More than 1,900 flights to or from UK and Irish airports were cancelled. In Wiltshire, a major incident was declared.

WHY DO THEY SAY THEY DECIDED TO VISIT SALISBURY?

Petrov said their friends had been suggesting for a while that they visit the “wonderful” city of Salisbury. The pair said the initial plan had been to make a day trip. “One day in Salisbury is enough. There’s not much you can do there,” said Petrov. “It’s a regular city. A regular tourist city,” said Boshirov.

WHAT DO WE KNOW OF THEIR MOVEMENTS ON SATURDAY, MARCH 3RD?

The British authorities have said the pair left their hotel in east London and arrived at Waterloo station in the capital at 11.45am, where they caught a train to Salisbury and arrived at about 2.25pm. They were in Salisbury for just under two hours, leaving at about 4.10pm. Why such a short stay?

Petrov said the pair had planned to visit not only the cathedral but Stonehenge and the ancient settlement of Old Sarum, which is north of the city centre.

“We wanted to walk around the city but since the whole city was covered with snow, we spent only 30 minutes there,” said Petrov. “We were all wet.” He added: “It didn’t work out because of the slush. The whole city was covered with slush.” Petrov said they returned to the station and spent about 40 minutes there drinking coffee in the station cafe. “We were drenched up to our knees,” added Boshirov.

The account makes little sense. The cathedral is only 1.2km from the train station – a walk of about 15 minutes. They could easily have strolled there in the half hour they said they spent there. There was snow on the ground but people were going about their business.

The Salisbury Journal’s live blog showed that by the time the pair were there, the snow on city centre pavements was sparse.

SO WHERE WERE THEY IF THEY COULDN’T MAKE IT TO THE CATHEDRAL?

British counter terrorism police have said they believe the March 3rd visit was a reconnaissance mission. But the police have only released one image from Salisbury on the Saturday – the men at 4.11pm at the railway station, about to return to London. No images or timeline have been issued of the men’s movements around Salisbury that day. The British police have not said if they were seen near the Skripal house.

THEY SEEM WELL-INFORMED ABOUT THE CATHEDRAL?

Petrov takes the lead on his description of the cathedral: “It’s famous throughout Europe and, in fact, throughout the world, I think. It’s famous for its 123m spire. It’s famous for its clock. It’s the oldest working clock in the world.” He later refers to it as the “cathedral of the blessed Virgin Mary”. The phrase is a little clunky and is not commonly used in modern-day Salisbury.

But Wikipedia does use the phrase and gives details about the spire and clock.

WHY DO BOSHIROV AND PETROV SAY THEY RETURNED ON SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH?

They say the snow had melted in London and it was warmer. “We really wanted to see Old Sarum and the cathedral,” said Petrov. They imply that this time they did reach the cathedral and possibly Old Sarum. “The cathedral is very beautiful,” said Boshirov. The pair said they took pictures at the cathedral – and would have been spotted by CCTV cameras there. No images have been released by the counter-terrorism police of them at or near the cathedral. Sources at the cathedral said they have no knowledge of them visiting. They could not have visited Old Sarum – it was closed.

WHERE ELSE DO THEY CLAIM THEY WENT?

They say they visited a park and coffee shop. Mention of a park will prick up the ears of security officials – and Salisbury citizens.

A city centre park, Queen Elizabeth Gardens, was cordoned off and searched after Charlie Rowleyand Dawn Sturgess were poisoned with Novichok. The pair had been in the park the day before they fell ill. Police have said they do not know where the pair dumped the Novichok used in the attack on Sergei Skripal’s home.

DOES THE RUSSIANS’ ACCOUNT TALLY WITH WHAT BRITISH POLICE HAVE SAID?

According to the UK authorities, after arriving in Salisbury at 11.48am on March 4th, the men did not go straight to the city centre or the cathedral. They should have turned right into the city if they were on the tourist trail. Instead they turned left and walked directly to the residential area northwest of the city where Skripal lived. They were caught at 11.58am by a CCTV camera at a Shell petrol station on Wilton Road. On the opposite side of the road is a tree-lined path that leads up to the Skripal house on Christie Miller Road. If they went straight to the house and carried out the attack, they would have been at the Skripal front door shortly after noon.

WHAT DID THEY THEY SAY ABOUT THE SKRIPAL HOME. DID THEY GO CLOSE TO IT?

“Maybe. We don’t know,” said Petrov. “Maybe we passed it, or maybe we didn’t,” said his colleague. There is no reason for them to be anywhere near it – it is 3km northwest of the cathedral.

WHAT DID THE PAIR DO NEXT?

About an hour after the attack, at 1.05pm, they were in the city centre on Fisherton Street, according to the British authorities. The police have not given details of how they got there. At this point they were within a few minutes’ walk of the cathedral. There is a gap of about 40 minutes in the timeline the police have provided between when the pair were seen in Fisherton Street and when CCTV footage picked them up at the station at 1.50pm on their way back to London.

Why spend so little time in Salisbury? Again they say they were put off by the snow. “There was heavy rain with snow . . . so we left early,” said Petrov. If they were so keen to get to Stonehenge, they could have made it. At 9.39am English Heritage was tweeting: “We’re looking forward to giving all our visitors a warm welcome to Stonehenge today. We’re open until 5pm with last tickets at 3pm.” – Guardian

Sergei Skripal – Wikipedia
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On 4 March 2018, Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia, who was visiting from Moscow, were found “slipping in and out of consciousness on a public bench”[49] near a shopping centre in Salisbury by a doctor and nurse who were passing by.[50][51] Paramedics took them to Salisbury District Hospital where medical staff determined that the pair had been poisoned with a nerve agent.[52][53][citation needed] The police declared a major incident as multiple agencies were involved.[54]Following the incident, health authorities checked 21 members of the emergency services and the public for symptoms;[55][56] two police officers were treated for possible minor symptoms, said to be itchy eyes and wheezing, while a third, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who had been sent to Sergei Skripal’s house, was in a serious condition.[57][58] As of 11 March 2018, Bailey remained seriously ill but stable.[59] By 22 March 2018, he had recovered enough to be discharged from the hospital.[60] As of 15 March 2018, Skripal and his daughter remained critically ill.[7] On March 29, Yulia was reported to be out of critical condition, ‘conscious and talking’.[11]

Yanukovych Calls For Direct Talks Between Kyiv, Separatists
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:53:31 -0400

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Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has called for “direct peace talks” between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s east to end a conflict that has killed more than 10,300 people since April 2014.

At a press conference in Moscow on March 2, Yanukovych vowed to ask the European Union, the United States, and Russia to assist in organizing the talks to reintegrate the territories controlled by the separatists into Ukraine.

“There is only one way to stop the war, which is to start peace talks with the mandatory participation of Donbas [separatists] and international observers,” Yanukovych said.

According to Yanukovych, the law on reintegration of the territories under separatist control recently adopted by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada contradicts the Minsk peace agreements and “clearly shows” that Kyiv “has no desire to solve the crisis peacefully.”

Russia-friendly Yanukovych fled Ukraine in February 2014 following months of mass street protests in Ukraine and has been residing in Russia since.

Russia’s subsequent seizure of Crimea and its backing of the separatists in eastern Ukraine have triggered waves of U.S. and EU sanctions targeting Russian officials, companies, and economic sectors.

Yanukovych also said at the press conference that in the note he wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin in February 2014, he never asked Putin to send troops to Ukraine.

“I proposed to hold consultations in accordance with a procedure that is stipulated in the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Ukraine and the Russian Federation,” Yanukovych said.

Answering a question about the investigation of the killings of Euromaidan activists in February 2014 by snipers in downtown Kyiv, Yanukovych placed the blame on the protesters themselves, saying the buildings that the snipers shot the protesters from were under the activists’ control.

Yanukovych has been charged in absentia with high treason, violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and other crimes. His trial is under way in Kyiv.

With reporting by TASS and Interfax
Everyone says Paul Manafort’s case has nothing to do with the Trump campaign. Here’s what they’re forgetting
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:48:17 -0400

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President Donald Trump’s defenders responded to the news of Paul Manafort’s plea deal on Friday with the usual refrain: His case has nothing to do with the Trump campaign or allegations that it colluded with Russia in 2016.

They’re wrong. Why? Because they’re overlooking the blackmail factor.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has painstakingly documented evidence of Manafort’s role in a 10-year scheme involving money laundering, tax evasion and illicit lobbying — crimes that could lead to decades in a prison cell. Given Manafort’s extensive ties to Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, Russian President Vladimir Putin would almost certainly have had detailed knowledge of Manafort’s transgressions. And that means that, when Manafort was promoted to chairman of Trump’s campaign in May 2016, the Kremlin probably had vast amounts of material it could use to blackmail him. When it was revealed in August 2016 that Manafort had received at least $12.7 million in secret payments from the pro-Kremlin party of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s ousted president, that alone was enough to end his nascent return to U.S. politics.

The use of blackmail, or kompromat, in the former Soviet Union is as common as beet dishes. Indeed, Putin has cultivated his system of power around selective use of compromising information, especially evidence of financial malfeasance. And its use is reserved not only for his opponents. As the Russian journalist Yulia Latynina once wrote, “To keep kompromat on enemies is a pleasure. To keep kompromat on friends is a must.” The regime’s use of the tactic is so widespread that one scholar of modern-day Russia has described the country as a “blackmail state.”

The use of blackmail, or kompromat, in the former Soviet Union is as common as beet dishes

The gathering of kompromat is an organic process. Rarely is there a long-term strategy behind it; it often functions as a kind of insurance in business or political dealings. Accordingly, to say that the Russian government would have access to kompromat on Manafort is not necessarily to argue that its procurement was part of a sustained, centrally orchestrated campaign. Instead, it could have been casually generated through Manafort’s dealings with Kremlin-connected oligarchs and politicians, as well as Konstantin Kilimnik, his right-hand man, who Mueller has alleged had active “ties to Russian intelligence” through 2016.

Kilimnik was integral to Manafort’s decadelong scheme to defraud the United States. He was a close confidant, business associate, interpreter and someone Manafort often described as his “Russian brain.” In Kiev, Kilimnik was known as “Manafort’s Manafort,” and he probably helped the American lobbyist to use stolen or false Ukrainian identities to set up offshore shell companies that were used to launder some $30 million. Kilimnik ran Manafort’s office in Ukraine, where investigators found forged invoices, including one that billed a Manafort front company $750,000 for hundreds of nonexistent computers. The intimate relationship between Manafort and Kilimnik is perhaps best captured by Kilimnik’s frustrated attempts to contact witnesses in Europe to ensure they would not disclose Manafort’s secret lobbying in the United States, which violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

When Manafort agreed to work for Trump for no salary, he reportedly owed Deripaska almost $30 million

Kilimnik was also Manafort’s main conduit to Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch within Putin’s inner circle. Kilimnik facilitated Manafort’s failed investments of Deripaska’s money and communicated with Deripaska on Manafort’s behalf when the latter wanted to use his new role as Trump’s campaign chairman to “get whole.” When Manafort agreed to work for Trump for no salary, he reportedly owed Deripaska almost $30 million, including for a $10-million unpaid loan. (It is worth noting that the Justice Department attempted to persuade the oligarch to “give up Manafort” — apparently without success.)

If Kilimnik and Deripaska knew of Manafort’s crimes and crippling financial distress, so did the Kremlin. We can safely assume that Manafort was a compromised man when, on June 9, 2016, he met with a Russian government attorney to, in an ironic twist, receive illicit “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

But Manafort was not the only person on the Trump campaign vulnerable to potential kompromat possessed by the Kremlin. Like his campaign chairman, Trump has been plagued by self-engineered financial distress. He has grown reliant on money from the former Soviet Union, including Russia. He worked closely with politically connected oligarchs and corrupt business partners. His financial empire is shrouded in the secrecy of hundreds of shell companies. And questions about his tax and bank documents abound. The parallels between Trump and Manafort are many, but they do not end there.

Manafort’s cooperation with Mueller could soon reveal how the Kremlin employed kompromat to attack U.S. democracy, because if Putin had compromising information on the campaign chairman of a major party candidate in a U.S. general election, he would probably put it to use. The same applies to the candidate himself.

— Diana Pilipenko is associate director for anti-corruption and illicit finance at the Center for American Progress

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Mr. Manafort’s former client President Viktor F. Yanukovych was … role in a reported effort by Mr. Manafort to contact a Russian oligarch, Oleg V. … chairman of the Trump campaign, Mr. Manafortemailed Mr. Kilimnik … In a court filing last year, Mr. Mueller asserted that Mr. Kilimnik was now based in Russia.

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Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier

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Gates Claims Manafort Did Political Work For Ukraine’s Poroshenko …

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Gates Claims Manafort Did Political Work For Ukraine’s Poroshenko, Who Denies It … Rick Gates, a former campaign official for U.S. President Donald Trump (file photo) … millions in fees, much of which was paid by Ukrainian oligarchs. After Yanukovych was ousted by popular protests in 2014, Manafort’s …
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Manafort trial has Ukraine freshly nervous about Trump – POLITICO

 

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Aug 20, 2018 – Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at the Albert V. … in Ukraine against officials and oligarchs who lavished Manafort with cash. … former Russia-friendly president, Viktor Yanukovych, and his political party, … potentially linking the country’s current leader to Manafort’s dealings as he …

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Apr 6, 2018 – Konstantin V. Kilimnik once worked for Paul Manafort’s political … the Trumpcampaign’s possible collusion with Russia by asserting in … Mr. Manafort’s former client President Viktor F. Yanukovych was … Mr. Kilimnik also played a role in a reported effort by Mr. Manafort to contact a Russian oligarch, Oleg V.

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Netherland’s Accusations

On October 4, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld announced during a press conference that the Dutch military intelligence and security services foiled an attack by Russian hackers against the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The Dutch Minister elaborated further that the attempted cyber-attack was made on April 13 amidst reports that the OPCW was then “working to independently verify the UK’s analysis of the chemical used in the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury.” It is noteworthy that the OPCW confirmed that a Novichok nerve agent was used in the Salisbury attack. The OPCW was also due “to conduct analysis of the [April 7] chemical weapons attack in Douma [Syria]”.[1]

Four Russians, believed to be staff members of the Main Directorate of the Russian General Staff (GRU), were suspected of involvement in the cyber-attack. They were expelled from the Netherlands that very day.

The four Russians are Alexei Morenets, Yevgeny Serebryakov, Oleg Sotnikov and Alexei Minin.[2]

According to the Dutch Defense Ministry, the Russian intelligence officers set up specialized equipment in the vicinity of the OPCW offices and were preparing to hack into OPCW networks.[3] [4]Further investigation revealed that Yevgeniy Serebriakov also conducted cyber activities in Malaysia. He was trying to collect information about the investigation into the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 airplane. The operation in which he was involved targeted Malaysian government institutions including the Attorney General’s office and the Royal Malaysian Police.[5]

The Russian Foreign Ministry sent a note to the Dutch Ambassador to Russia Renee Jones-Bos, stating that the expulsion of Russian citizens from the Netherlands in April is a provocation related to Moscow’s position in the OPCW. “The note stresses that the Russian side considers the detainment and expulsion of Russian citizens as a provocation related to Russia’s line in the OPCW, aimed against the politicization of this influential international structure’s activities and the attachment of attributive functions in violation of the CWC [the Chemical Weapons Convention] and the UN Charter,” the ministry stated.[6]

(Source: Dutch Defense Ministry)

The 4 Russian intelligence officers at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam (Source: Dutch Defense Ministry)

The UK’s Accusations

On the same day, the UK government accused the GRU of being behind cyber-attacks on international organizations, operating under different names.[7] The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) accused the GRU of orchestrating cyber-attacks against the systems database of the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), transport systems in Ukraine, and businesses.

The UK NCSC assessed with high confidence that the GRU is “almost certainly” responsible for the following cyber-attacks:

  • In October 2017, BadRabbit ransomware encrypted hard drives and rendered IT inoperable. This caused disruption including to the Kyiv metro, Odessa airport, Russia’s central bank and two Russian media outlets (Fontanka.ru and the news agency Interfax).
  • In August 2016, confidential medical files relating to a number of international athletes were released. WADA stated publicly that this data came from a hack of its AntiDoping Administration and Management system.
  • In 2016, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was hacked and documents were subsequently published online.
  • Between July and August 2015 multiple email accounts belonging to a small UKbased TV station, Islam channel, were accessed and the content was stolen.[8]

US Accusations

Later, on the same day, the US Justice Department announced charges against seven Russians, referred as GRU officials, accused of cyber-attacking the database system of WADA and other international organizations.

US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers stated: “We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activities against the United States and its allies…”

The FBI said identified the alleged suspects as Aleksei Morenets, Evgenii Serebriakov, Ivan Yermakov, Artem Malyshev, Dmitriy Badin, Oleg Sotnikov and Alexey Minin.[9]

Canada’s Accusations: The Government of Canada Assesses With High Confidence That The GRU Was Responsible For Cyber Attacks Against International Organizations

On the same day, the Global Affairs Canada stated: “Today, Canada joins its allies in identifying and exposing a series of malicious cyber-operations by the Russian military. These acts form part of a broader pattern of activities by the Russian government that lie well outside the bounds of appropriate behavior, demonstrate a disregard for international law and undermine the rules-based international order. Canada calls on all those who value this order to come together in its defense.

Some of these acts have a connection with Canada. In 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an independent international agency headquartered in Canada, publically disclosed that the cyber-hacker group Fancy Bear/APT28 had released confidential athlete data on its website that it had obtained illegally from WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System. The Government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the Russian military’s intelligence arm, the GRU, was responsible for this incident.

“In 2016, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport was compromised by malware enabling unauthorized access to the Centre’s network. The Government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the GRU was responsible for this compromise.

Earlier today, Canada’s allies disclosed that in April 2018, following the use of a Novichok agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom, the Russian military attempted to use its cyber-capabilities to gain access to official networks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The Government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the GRU was responsible for this attempt. Canada is a member of the OPCW and currently sits on its Executive Council. Canada supports the OPCW’s efforts to rid the world of these abhorrent weapons and global efforts to address the recent illegal use of chemical weapons in Syria and the United Kingdom.

“The incidents identified by Canada and our allies, including the GRU’s attempt to undermine the work of the OPCW, underscore the Russian government’s disregard for the rules-based international order, international law and established norms. The attempt to compromise the networks of the OPCW is consistent with Russia’s broader attacks on the independence and professionalism of the personnel of the OPCW…”[10]

Bellingcat’s Investigation

It is worth noting that after the accusations, the website Bellingcat and its Russian investigative partner, The Insider, ran their own investigation. The investigation’s goal was: “to verify that the identities disclosed by the Dutch authorities were in fact the authentic identities of the persons involved. Comparing data from different databases dated 2002 to 2014, Bellingcat was able to confirm that these identities are indeed real, as opposed to cover personas, which is the case with the two GRU officers involved in the Skripal poisoning case.”

As a result of the quick search in Russian Vehicle and Road Police database, the researchers were able to identify around 300 additional individuals who may serve as GRU agents.[11]

When asked about potential plans to reshuffle Russia’s Defense Ministry or the General Staff following the Dutch accusations, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented that there is no reason to reshuffle the top brass.[12]

(Source: Dutch Ministry of Defense)


(Source: Dutch Ministry of Defense)


(Source: Dutch Ministry of Defense)

(Source: Dutch Ministry of Defense)

Reactions To The Netherland’s Accusations

MFA: A Russian Citizen With A Mobile Device Is Perceived To Be A Spy Although By The Logic Of Western Politicians, They All Live In ‘Backward Russia’

The following is the reaction by the Russian MFA To the accusations against Russia by the Dutch Defense Ministry:

“We have repeatedly warned the Dutch side, including through diplomatic channels, that the anti-Russian spy mania campaign accompanied by deliberate leaks in the media about the alleged cyber-attacks is causing serious harm to bilateral relations.

“The Netherlands waited for almost six months to report the deportation of four Russian nationals from the country. This may look strange only to those who are not in the know. On October 9, a session of the OPCW opens to discuss the funding of the Attribution Mechanism in the OPCW Technical Secretariat. A number of Western states are persistently seeking the creation of this mechanism for appointing the ‘guilty’ of using chemical weapons, despite the fact that such a mechanism would violate the norms of international law and the prerogatives of the UN Security Council. Obviously, the current bogus story is yet another step towards forming the ‘required’ political background for pushing through this illegal initiative.

It is unclear who is supposed to believe these statements in which Russian citizens are accused of attempted cyber-attacks on the OPCW and a striving to obtain information of the investigation into the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, as if it is necessary to be near the target of an attack to get it.

“Indicatively, against the backdrop of strong paranoia as regards ‘all-powerful Russian spies’ that has been fanned up in the West in the past few years, any Russian citizen with a mobile device is perceived to be a spy although in the logic of Western politicians, they all live in the ‘backward Russia.’

“As for the mention of MH17 crash, it is not at all incidental in this context. The Dutch party seems to have no response to the facts that were presented by the Russian Defense Ministry regarding the origin of the missile that downed the Malaysian airliner and other issues involved in this tragic incident.

“We noted that the news conference of the Dutch Defense Ministry was attended by a representative of Great Britain, which is firmly in the lead in the number of absurd anti-Russian attacks.

“By a strange concurrence of circumstances, all this again coincided with London’s accusations against Russia of perpetrating cyber-attacks against a number of organizations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“Given all of these factors, we can conclude that another staged propaganda campaign against our country is underway.”[13]

Russian FM Lavrov: This Is Another Example Of Megaphone Diplomacy And Neglect Of Legal Mechanisms

During a press conference with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov answered a question about the Netherlands’s accusations of cyber spying.

Lavrov said: “As a brief reminder, there was nothing secret about the trip of Russian specialists to the Hague last April. This was a routine trip and they did not try to hide anything either when registering at the hotel, arriving at the airport or visiting our Embassy. They were detained, not allowed to contact representatives of our Embassy in the Netherlands and asked to leave. Honestly, it all looked like a misunderstanding, all the more so since there were no protests or demarches on behalf of Moscow or the Hague in connection with this incident.

“But half a year later, I believe some three weeks ago in September, it was leaked to the Dutch press that these people were involved in cyber spying. As we were interested in these developments, we invited the Dutch ambassador to the Foreign Ministry and asked him to share with us the details and facts about this leak in the media. We did not receive a sensible answer.

“On October 3, our ambassador was summoned by the Dutch Foreign Ministry and given a note of protest as regards this episode with the accusations that came to your attention through the media. When the ambassador asked where he can find concrete facts and relevant materials, he was told that we will learn about everything at a news conference that will be held by the Defense Ministry. This is the whole story.

“I think this is yet another example of megaphone diplomacy and neglect of legal mechanisms that were established and exist for discussing problems that arise in relations between any countries, including Russia and the Netherlands.

“We are inviting the Dutch ambassador to consider this point of view I’ve just expressed. We will provide additional detailed information.

“Now [let me say] a few words about the session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that opens literally tomorrow. Probably, it will be used by those countries that want to distort the contents of the Chemical Weapons Convention and turn its Technical Secretariat into a kind of punitive body, thereby undermining international law, specifically the prerogatives of the UN Security Council.

“I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that I think a meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of defense ministers was held on the same day as the news conference. So if we are talking about direct or indirect coincidences, we must also bear this in mind. The session of the European Council where heads of state and the EU government will also deal with different issues will take place in the near future. Some politicians may have believed that the April episode in the media exactly at this time would help divert attention from complicated issues now being discussed by the EU and, to a certain extent, NATO, such as aligning the defense capabilities of these two structures.”[14]

Reactions To UK’s Accusations

Russia’s MFA Zakharova: ‘The Rich Imagination Of Our British Colleagues Is Without Boundaries’

Russian MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated:

“We are witnessing the beginning of another anti-Russia campaign in the wake of this decision. As soon as Russia was reinstated to this international sporting organization, Great Britain, a loyal companion-in-arms of the United States, a country that spared no effort to curb Russia’s success, has rushed to support its ally with a flurry of fabricated news, accusations and statements at all levels.

“For example, the other day the British Foreign Office, which now turns out to be also specializing in information and communications security issues, released a whole bunch of mind-boggling ‘highly likely’ statements about the alleged GRU’s complicity in cyber-attacks around the world, including attacks on the WADA’s servers. For several weeks, there was a huge hullabaloo over the GRU in connection with the Skripals, Salisbury and Amesbury and now this hyped-up story can be easily linked to the situation at the WADA…

“Indeed, the rich imagination of our British colleagues is without boundaries. I would like to see the people who are concocting all this. Probably, they are simply basing everything on themselves, and describing what they themselves are engaged in. It is unworthy of a state that claims one of the leading roles in the world.”[15]

Reactions To US Charges Against 7 GRU Officers

Russia’s Deputy FM Ryabkov: The US Authorities Continue To Poison The Atmosphere Of Russian-American Relations

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov commented:

“We are watching with regret how the US authorities continue to poison the atmosphere of Russian-American relations by bringing ever new groundless accusations against Russia, which certain other NATO countries would hurry to repeat at the command from Washington. Again, the Western public is being scared with ‘Russian hackers,’ ascribing to them the ‘hacking’ of computer networks all over the world.

“Washington is doing its best to prevent the old invention about ‘Russian meddling in the US presidential election in 2016’ from finally falling into pieces. So they are trying to bolster it up with new fakes and continue to deceive their own and the world public so as to create an additional pretext for sanctions and other measures to pressurize Russia.

Russia is used to these US methods but the purposeful fomenting of tensions in relations between nuclear powers and internationally is a dangerous path. Canada and those European countries that are devotedly catering to the US claims to world hegemony should also give thought to this.”[16]

Reactions To Canada’s Accusations

Russian Embassy To Canada: It Is Nothing More Than Cheap Spy Hysteria

The Russian Embassy to Canada told the Russian news agency TASS: “The new round of anti-Russian witch hunt around the far-fetched accusations of some cyber-attacks, which is currently being fuelled by the United States, the United Kingdom and their obedient allies, including Canada, is nothing more than cheap spy hysteria and empty guesses…

“The real aim of this crude propaganda campaign is to brainwash and intimidate own citizens and the international community with the non-existent Russian threat and to divert attention from NATO’s ongoing buildup of its offensive cyber warfare potential.”[17]

Reactions To The Synchronized Accusations By The West

Senator Kosachev: This Is A Massive Campaign Against Russia

Commenting on the synchronized accusations by the West against Russia, the head of Russia’s Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev wrote in his Facebook page:

“A synchronized and unanimous reaction by the West – where in addition to the British Foreign Office, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld and NATO Secretary General Jons Stoltenberg[18] ‘showed up’ at the same time – confirms that what we are seeing is not a mere accident, but an episode in a massive campaign…

“Given the context, the fact that the name of the professional supplier of these ‘required’ fakes is the British ‘independent’ company Bellingcat, confirms the attempt to tie together anything possible into a single dossier of Russia’s fake ‘crimes’ that would justify any, even the most absurd accusations against it, and accordingly, any hostile action against it.”[19]

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the EU Chizhov: What Caused The West To Wait Six Months To Start A Coordinated Campaign Against Russia?

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov stated:

“What caused them [i.e. the Western countries] to wait six months to start this coordinated campaign and to dump it all in one go from different sources?”

He then added: “I would define two points: firstly, the North Atlantic Council session between defense ministers, which has just ended in Brussels. One of the issues that they discussed during [the session] was strengthening the Alliance’s potential in combating cyber threats, as they state it. To put it simply, this is a principal decision to create some sort of cyber forces.”

“Secondly, on October 9, another meeting of the OPCW Executive Council will take place in The Hague. The issue on the agenda is something that Western counties have managed to push through by carefully convincing several countries, including some that are rather far from The Hague and the OPCW. It deals with granting the OPCW, a technical organization, an attributive mechanism, that is, a mechanism of determining those responsible for certain incidents, or, God forbid, for cases of chemical weapon use. Next week, they will discuss the decision on funding this initiative in practical terms.”[20]

Russian Federation Council Speaker Matviyenko: The West’s Logic Can Be Summarized With The Latin Phrase ‘Carthage Must Be Destroyed’

Commenting on the accusations, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko compared them to Nazi propaganda tactics: “If I’m not mistaken it was Goebbels, who said that the bigger the lie the quicker people believe in it. It’s like there is a factory which is specially designed that fabricates this every day.”

She summed up the situation with the Latin phrase “Carthago delenda est” (“Carthage must be destroyed”), which symbolizes the persistent call to fight an enemy.

Matviyenko said:” This phrase might provide an example that the Russian threat must always be present’. Thus on a daily basis it’s necessary to drum a Russian threat into ordinary Western minds. That’s why they continue to fabricate fake news and provocations. We are no longer surprised. We don’t try anymore to analyze all of that, because it’s just impossible to analyze. I keep waiting for them to announce finally that Russia has destroyed Carthage – that would definitely be a final point in their quest.”

She also added that all of that “is no longer funny, it is undignified, and of interest to no one “. “That’s why I think that our Western partners should take a breath and start a normal dialogue.”[21]

MP Shkhagoshev: The West Wants To Prevent Russia’s Development

MP Adalbi Shkhagoshev, a member of the Duma Security Committee, said:

“All those decisions that are currently being adopted against Russia are targeted at impeding the speed of current Russia’s development… It looks like there has been a special organized crime group at the international level created prior to US November elections that is supposed to fill this ‘disinformation balloon’ and to stress and argue the validity of introducing more sanctions against Russia.”[22]

MP Slutsky: This Reminds Me Of The Propaganda During the Cold War

MP Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the Duma international committee, said:

“All the accusations from the Netherlands, Great Britain backed by the US regarding alleged hacking attacks are the latest crap, which can only be construed as a provocation. The one aim [of such a provocation] is to bolster a myth about Russia as an aggressor-state in order to solve some geopolitical and internal challenges. There are no proofs and no one apparently is going to present any proofs. This really reminds me of Cold War propaganda techniques back in the USSR era. This is absolutely a dead-end and a destructive policy.”[23]

MP Zheleznyak: The West Wants To Ruin Russia’s Reputation, Because Of Russia’s Success In Syria

MP Sergey Zheleznyak, member of the Duma International Affairs Committee, said:

“No doubts that this wave of unfounded allegation of cyber-attacks is a pre-planned action, aimed at undermining Russia’s reputation including in the sphere of chemical weapons. Our Western opponents just can’t calm down as they witness our successes in Syria. They are in a constant need to get worked up about the chemical weapons issue in order to cover up their provocations and new possible aggression against Syria.”[24]


[2] <a href=”http://Tass.com” rel=”nofollow”>Tass.com</a>, October 4, 2018.

[3] Government.nl, October 4, 2018.

[6] <a href=”http://Tass.com” rel=”nofollow”>Tass.com</a>, October 8, 2018.

[7] The GRU are associated with the names: APT 28, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Pawnstorm, Sednit, CyberCaliphate, Cyber Berkut, Voodoo Bear, BlackEnergy Actors, STRONTIUM, Tsar Team, Sandworm.

[9]<a href=”http://Sputniknews.com” rel=”nofollow”>Sputniknews.com</a>, October 4, 2018.

[10] Canada.ca, October 4, 2018.

[12] <a href=”http://Tass.com” rel=”nofollow”>Tass.com</a>, October 8, 2018.

[13] Mid.ru, October 4, 2018.

[14] Mid.ru, October 8, 2018.

[15] Mid.ru, October 4, 2018.

[16] Mid.ru, October 4, 2018.

[17] <a href=”http://Tass.com” rel=”nofollow”>Tass.com</a>, October 5, 2018.

[19] <a href=”http://Tass.com” rel=”nofollow”>Tass.com</a>, October 4, 2018.

[20] <a href=”http://Tass.com” rel=”nofollow”>Tass.com</a>, October 5, 2018.

[21] Ria.ru, October 5, 2018.

[22] Ria.ru, October 4, 2018.

[23] Ria.ru, October 4, 2018.

[24] Ria.ru, October 4, 2018.

Ignatius: West catching and exposing Russia’s GRU hackers

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By David Ignatius

One of the most satisfying moments in any spy thriller is when the bad guy — the black-hat operative who has been killing and tormenting his adversaries — does something dumb and gets caught. That’s essentially what’s been happening recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pet spy agency, the GRU.

What’s fascinating about the GRU revelations is that they seem to reflect an aggressive pushback after several years in which Putin (chiefly through the GRU) launched recklessly aggressive covert actions against the West. The West is retaliating (at least in part) with public information that blows GRU covers and operating methods and, frankly, makes them look clumsy and incompetent.

These disclosures are the latest in a string of disasters for the GRU, a military spy service known for its panache and daring. Now, we should add sloppiness to that list of operational trademarks. The GRU’s spycraft occasionally looks closer to TV’s Maxwell Smart than John le Carre’s vaunted fictional spymaster, Karla.

The latest expose of the GRU’s not-so-secret tradecraft came Tuesday, when a British investigative group shredded a layer of the lies surrounding Russia’s attempt to poison former agent Sergei Skripal in March. It was the equivalent of the tough guy in the trench coat getting caught with his undershorts around his ankles.

Bellingcat, as the group calls itself, presented photographic evidence showing that a suspect in the Skripal attack, who the Russians had claimed was a tourist named Petrov who worked in the sports nutrition business, is really a GRU doctor named Alexander Mishkin. Last month, Bellingcat had exposed another suspect, whose cover identity was “Ruslan Boshirov,” as GRU Col. Anatoliy Chepiga.

The most detailed exposures of GRU tradecraft came in a Justice Department indictment that was unsealed Oct. 4, in tandem with supporting statements from Britain and the Netherlands. The indictment, which named seven GRU officers, included details about Russian spy operations that could only have been collected by the CIA and National Security Agency and its foreign partners. (Three of the Russians had also been named in July’s indictment of 12 GRU officers for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.)

Last week’s indictment is a treasure trove for spy mavens. One GRU hacking operation sought to sabotage the World Anti-Doping Agency’s effort to punish Russia for systematically drugging its Olympic athletes; a second, chilling GRU hack stole information from Westinghouse about advanced U.S. nuclear-reactor technology. A third targeted two investigations of the Novichok nerve agent used in the Skripal hit, one by an international chemical weapons group in The Hague and another by a chemical laboratory in Switzerland. These were brazen operations; but they were also messy.

The dry pages of the indictment reveal tradecraft secrets that could animate a half-dozen spy novels. The GRU operatives used spoof websites to “spearphish” victims into revealing login information (creating a “westinqhousenuclear.com” site, with the misspelled “q,” for example). They made payments in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. (Weren’t those supposed to be untraceable?) They used malware tools with names like “Gamefish,” “Chopstick” and “X-tunnel.” They dumped their hacked information by sending direct messages on Twitter to 116 reporters and exchanging emails with 70 journalists.

For the last few years, the CIA, NSA and FBI have watched as hackers and whistleblowers (perhaps with a helping hand from Moscow) revealed the agencies’ hacking techniques. For U.S. intelligence officials, revenge is a dish best eaten cold.

The most astonishing disclosure came from the Dutch, who caught four GRU officers red-handed in The Hague as they were hacking the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. As Dutch intelligence officers intervened, “the conspirators abandoned their equipment,” including a backpack and other gear that revealed techniques and a string of other operations, according to the indictment. The Dutch even found a taxi receipt showing that a member of the team had left the rear entrance of the GRU headquarters in Moscow and headed to the airport.

The implicit message in all of this: If you hit us, one of the ways we will retaliate is by exposing your operatives, sources and methods. There are other reprisals underway, but these public disclosures undermine the GRU’s operational capabilities. And they must make the Russian spy service wonder: What else do the Americans and their allies know? If agent A is blown, then what about his colleagues B, C, and D.

The CIA and its foreign allies don’t normally like to reveal secrets like these, because they reveal how much they know about their adversary. The revelations are a public warning to Putin: Knock it off, you’re more vulnerable than you think.

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The pair are fighting for life while a police officer – who was the first cop on site – remains seriously ill following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Wilts, on Sunday.

Counter terror cops are investigating the possibility that Kremlin-linked assassins slipped deadly sarin nerve gas into Sergei’s present as daughter Yulia prepared to fly over from Moscow days earlier.

Another theory being probed is that the gas was sprayed into their faces or slipped into their drinks in Zizzi or the Mill pub.

Sergei and Yulia raise a glass for the camera at Zizzi in a picture believed to have been taken in 2016.

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Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, pose for a picture at Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury, Wilts

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The pair are fighting for life while a police officer – who was the first cop on site – remains seriously ill following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Wilts, on Sunday.

Counter terror cops are investigating the possibility that Kremlin-linked assassins slipped deadly sarin nerve gas into Sergei’s present as daughter Yulia prepared to fly over from Moscow days earlier.

Another theory being probed is that the gas was sprayed into their faces or slipped into their drinks in Zizzi or the Mill pub.

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A FORMER double agent and his daughter pose in the Zizzi restaurant at the centre of a Russian spy poisoning probe.

Sergei Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, are pictured in the same Italian where they had lunch shortly before they were found slumped unconscious on a shopping centre bench.

The pair are fighting for life while a police officer – who was the first cop on site – remains seriously ill following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Wilts, on Sunday.

Counter terror cops are investigating the possibility that Kremlin-linked assassins slipped deadly sarinnerve gas into Sergei’s present as daughter Yulia prepared to fly over from Moscow days earlier.

Another theory being probed is that the gas was sprayed into their faces or slipped into their drinks in Zizzi or the Mill pub.

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Updated: 9th March 2018, 11:50 am

A FORMER double agent and his daughter pose in the Zizzi restaurant at the centre of a Russian spy poisoning probe.

Sergei Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, are pictured in the same Italian where they had lunch shortly before they were found slumped unconscious on a shopping centre bench.

The pair are fighting for life while a police officer – who was the first cop on site – remains seriously ill following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Wilts, on Sunday.

Counter terror cops are investigating the possibility that Kremlin-linked assassins slipped deadly sarinnerve gas into Sergei’s present as daughter Yulia prepared to fly over from Moscow days earlier.

Another theory being probed is that the gas was sprayed into their faces or slipped into their drinks in Zizzi or the Mill pub.

Sergei and Yulia raise a glass for the camera at Zizzi in a picture believed to have been taken in 2016.


What we know so far:


More pictures of the dad and daughter have emerged today.

Meanwhile, dramatic photos show the moment a police officer crouched down next to the shopping centre bench where the pair were found in “catatonic” state.

Yesterday Amber Rudd confirmed that the brave cop’s condition has improved, and he was “engaged and talking.”

But docs fear that former military intelligence officer Skripal is on the brink of death.

A Whitehall source told The Times: “The feeling is that he is not going to make it out of this.

“I think it could be more positive [for Yulia]. They are hopeful that she might be able to pull through.”

The police officer’s condition is thought to be less severe than the other two patients.

The Russian pair were “targeted specifically” when they were dosed by a deadly nerve agent, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley confirmed yesterday.

All the sites involved in the investigation are now secured – but a police presence may stay in Salisbury for at least a couple of days, Mr Rowley added.

Last night security sources told The Sun that the poison could only have been produced in a handful of labs worldwide – including the Russian government’s notorious Yasenevo complex.

Tory MP and ex-Army officer Bob Seely said: “In my mind now, there is now no doubt this was a hit ordered by Putin, and by using something complex they’re effectively showing off.

“We’re now in public execution territory. The Russians are basically saying, they don’t care who knows it was them. It is a very alarming development.”

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, ex-commander of the Army’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear regiment, said: “All the circumstances point in the direction of sarin. It’s very toxic and the symptoms displayed tally with its effects.”

It comes as a fellow Russian exile Valery Morozov claimed that Skripal was not retired – and regularly met with Kremlin officials at the Russian Embassy.

He told Channel 4 News: “If you have a military intelligence officer living after retirement in the UK every month going to the embassy to meet military intelligence officers.

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“For me being political refugee, I thought that this contact might not be very good for me because it can bring some questions from British officials.”

Last night it was claimed that Skripal was close to a security consultant who worked for the company that compiled the explosive “dirty dossier” on Donald Trump.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the unnamed consultant lived near Skripal and knew him for some time.

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The amazing “coincidence:

On March 2, 2018, Friday: Yanukovych Calls For Direct Talks Between Kyiv, Separatists.

The same day March 2, 2018, the “Russian team”: “Boshirov, Petrov, Fedotov”  arrive from Moscow just for 2-3 days. On March 3, Skripal’s daughter arrived. 

It is possible that the team brought the message directly from Yanukovych and/or others confirming that the separatist war in Donbass is over

Hypothetically, Skripal got hysterical and staged his own and his daughters’s poisoning, sending the message back: “YOU POISONED ME!” 

It is very possible that he had secret plans to reunite Russia and Ukraine and to revive the USSR. After his arrest he claimed that he was not bound by any oath because he gave it to the Soviet union, not Russia. 

He probably poisoned himself, and he himself is THE POISON. 

Michael Novakhov

10.10.18

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salisbury poisoning – Google News: Russian suspect in UK poisoning is hero to his home village – WLOX
salisbury poisoning – Google News: Russian website names third GRU officer involved in Salisbury poisoning – Reuters
salisbury poisoning – Google News: Russian website names third GRU officer involved in Salisbury poisoning: BBC journalist – Reuters
salisbury novichok – Google News: Russian spy chief ‘taken ill’ as Putin carpets him over novichok debacle – Express.co.uk
salisbury novichok – Google News: Russian Novichok Suspects Shadowed Skripal In Prague, Report Says – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Sergei Skripal – Google News: Russian Novichok Suspects Shadowed Skripal In Prague, Report … – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Sergei Skripal – Google News: Poisoning suspects ‘tracked Sergei Skripal in Czech Republic in 2014’ – Independent.ie
Sergei Skripal – Google News: Poisoning suspects `tracked Sergei Skripal in Czech Republic in 2014´ – Daily Mail
Sergey Skripal – FBI News Review: My Hypothesis: “Boshirov-Chepiga – Petrov-Mishkin” were not the poisoners but contacts for Skripal. They picked up and delivered the digital microfilms from the previously arranged dead drops. – 9:06 AM 10/10/2018
Salisbury Poisoning News Updates – FBI News Review: My Hypothesis: “Boshirov-Chepiga – Petrov-Mishkin” were not the poisoners but contacts for Skripal. They picked up and delivered the digital microfilms from the previously arranged dead drops. – 9:06 AM 10/10/2018
Sergei Skripal – Google News: Skripal, suspects visited Czech Republic in 2014 – Guardian (blog)

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“The GRU was described in the meeting, MBK said, as “deeply incompetent,” “infinitely careless,” “morons,” and people that “would still wear the budenovka” — a phrase that means being outdated. The budenovka was a military hat worn in the late 1910s and early 1920s, shortly after the Russian tsar was deposed.”

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He Says He’s an Innocent Victim. Robert Mueller Says He’s a Spy.

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The filing was notable for touching on Mr. Gates’s activities during the campaign. He has pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and conspiring to defraud the United States for activities related to his work in Ukraine mostly before joining the Trump campaign, and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

Mr. Gates’s communications with Mr. Kilimnik were revealed in the sentencing documents of a former lawyer for the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Alex van der Zwaan, who pleaded guiltyto lying to the F.B.I. about his interactions with Mr. Kilimnik and with Mr. Gates.

Mr. Kilimnik also played a role in a reported effort by Mr. Manafort to contact a Russian oligarch, Oleg V. Deripaska, during the campaign.

Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik had cooperated on an ultimately unsuccessful business venture financed by Mr. Deripaska, known as the Pericles investment fund.

In July, 2016, while Mr. Manafort was chairman of the Trump campaign, Mr. Manafort emailed Mr. Kilimnik asking him to offer Mr. Deripaska “private briefings” about the campaign in exchange for resolving a multimillion dollar financial dispute related to the business, according to The Washington Post. Mr. Deripaska has said he never received the offer. Mr. Kilimnik, reached by email, declined to comment on this matter and the special counsel’s court filings.

Mr. Kilimnik has surfaced as a fringe figure in other aspects of the Russian investigation.

Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. in June of 2016 where a Russian lawyer had promised to provide negative information on Hillary Clinton, had also worked in Ukraine with Mr. Kilimnik closely enough to know his nickname among Russian-leaning political operatives in Kiev.

At the time, about eight years ago, Mr. Akhmetshin was trying to persuade political advisers of Mr. Yanukovych to buy the rights to a book that cast a domestic political opponent in a negative light, and attended meetings with Mr. Kilimnik.

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The War in Donbass is an armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine. From the beginning of March 2014, protests by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhanskoblasts of Ukraine, commonly collectively called the “Donbass”, in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidan movement. These demonstrations, which followed the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation (February to March 2014), and which were part of a wider group of concurrent pro-Russian protests across southern and eastern Ukraine, escalated into an armed conflictbetween the separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR respectively), and the Ukrainian government.[40] In the Donetsk People’s Republic, from May 2014 until a change of the top leadership in August 2014,[41] some of the top leaders were Russian citizens.[42]During the middle of 2014, Russian paramilitaries were reported to make up between 15% to 80% (Ukrainian data) of the combatants.[42] There were an estimated 6,000 Russian troops and 40,000 rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine as of September 2017.[43][44]

The Prospect Podcast #54: Who was Sergei Skripal? A conversation with Mark Urban

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