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Are Germany and Russia friends?

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The relationship of the two countries predates that of the two leaders. And when Merkel and Putin sit down for talks on Saturday in the German government’s villa outside Berlin, they will be influenced by a long history of alienation and rapprochements, limiting the expectations — and possibly the results — of the meeting.

Pressed on the nature of the talks, Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, indicated the leaders would focus on finding common ground on acute international issues, such as Syria, Ukraine and energy. But he declined to provide details.

Russia is an international actor without whom it is impossible to imagine finding solutions to various problems” in the world, Seibert told reporters in Berlin.

Many experts expect that the meeting will attempt to put the relationship between Berlin and Moscow on more pragmatic ground, but few expect the session to end with strong resolutions or a new strategic partnership.

Here’s a look at some of the issues that define and influence German-Russian ties.

— Are Germany and Russia friends?

The two countries could be described as the ultimate international “frenemies,” with economic, cultural and intellectual ties reaching back centuries. Since the 18th century, they have cycled through a series of conflicts and reconciliations, most recently World War II and the Cold War.

Throughout the Soviet era, Germany was Moscow’s most important trading partner, and many Germans view the strong, positive ties to Moscow as a key contributor to the end of the Cold War and German unification. When the Berlin Wall fell, Germany reached out to Moscow, partly to help former Soviet bloc countries integrate into the European Union, not only strengthening political and economic ties, but also investing in civil society.

But a break in relations that started with the Russian authorities’ repressive reaction to public protests in 2011 and 2012 worsened in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and supported rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Merkel and Putin have maintained regular contact. In May, she visited Putin at his summer residence in Sochi, Russia.

But Susan Stewart, a senior associate with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, cautioned that the leaders’ meeting in Germany should not be viewed as a fundamental shift in German-Russian relations. Instead, it is an indication of the hope that the two sides will be able to reach a compromise on key points, while maintaining their differences over Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.

“They will be trying a two-pronged approach,” Stewart said. “They will try to cooperate on those points where there is a common interest, but we will not see a return to business as usual.”

— What does Germany want from Russia?

Both Germany and Russia have problems that are tied to Syria.

For Merkel, the issue is domestic, as her decision to allow more than 1 million people — most of them refugees from the war in Syria — to apply for asylum in Germany has met increasing resistance from the public and from her own government. For Putin, it is not being quite able to find a solution to Syria’s civil war despite having declared “mission accomplished” on several occasions.

Both leaders could benefit from finding a way to ensure sufficient political stability in Syria to allow Germany to begin encouraging refugees to return, while Putin is seeking support from Berlin and the European Union to help rebuild the country, said Stefan Meister of the German Council on Foreign Relations.

“It is in the domestic political interest of the German government that Syrian refugees be able to return to a stable Syria,” Meister said.

— What does Russia want from Germany?

Germany’s willingness to throw its full weight behind the United States’ decision to impose sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea, its involvement in the pro-Kremlin insurgency in eastern Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, took the Russians by surprise.

The move made clear to Russian leaders that the special relationship they believed they had shared with Berlin was over. Soon afterward, Germany found itself in the crosshairs of Russian cyberattacks and a campaign in the Russian news media that caused Germany to plunge in Russian public opinion.
“If you look at the image of Germany — and Merkel in particular — in Russian political discourse, you will see that it really has deteriorated tremendously,” said Sabine Fischer, head researcher on Eastern Europe at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

A survey cited on Friday by Vedomosti, a Russian business daily, reflected this trend, showing approval of the German chancellor among Russians plummeting to 15 percent in August 2016 from 60 percent in February 2011.

But to break out of its international isolation, Russia needs Germany’s support. It hopes to persuade the chancellor not to support a fresh round of sanctions President Donald Trump has threatened to impose over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

“There is a need for more pragmatic action at the political level,” Fischer said.

— Is Germany a ‘captive of Russia,’ as Trump says?

Germany imports about 40 percent of its natural gas from Russia, according to government statistics. That is more than any other EU country, but less than the 60 percent to 70 percent Trump cited when he accused Germany of being a “captive” of Russia at a NATO summit last month.

“That comment clearly taps into a stereotype in Washington that because of its economic ties, Germany is ‘weaker’ on Russia,” said Derek Chollet, an adviser on security and defense policy with the German Marshall Fund in Washington.

Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s close relationship to Putin and his decision to join the board of Russia’s state oil company, Rosneft, has only bolstered that notion. But Merkel has shown a willingness to draw a line, with her decisions to support sanctions against Russia in 2015 and to join the coordinated response to the poisoning in Britain this spring.

“My sense is Merkel, who in her own way makes clear that she understands the Russians and Putin as a type as well as anyone, has no illusions about Russia or Putin and their motives,” Chollet said.

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Four MORE Russian suspects are yet to be named in the Salisbury Novichok probe amid claims the attack was carried out by a six strong assassination squad named ‘The Cleaners’

  • Security sources said the hit squad who targeted the Skripals had six members
  • The attempted assassins reportedly had a back-up team to help reconnaissance 
  • Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were accused of carrying out the attack 

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline

Published: 22:49 BST, 8 September 2018 | Updated: 09:33 BST, 9 September 2018

Four more Russians are suspects in the Novichok investigation but have yet to be named, it was claimed tonight.

Security sources have reportedly said the Russian hit squad who targeted former spy Sergei Skripal had six members who were known as The Cleaners.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were accused this week of carrying out the poisoning in Salisbury and were identified as members of the GRU, Russia‘s military intelligence service.

The attempted assassins are said to have had a back-up team who travelled separately and helped with reconnaissance in Salisbury, the Mirror reported.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (pictured)were accused this week of carrying out the poisoning in Salisbury and were identified as members of Russia's military intelligence agency
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A source told the newspaper: ‘Back-up is needed to keep the Skripals under surveillance. Petrov and Boshirov needed to know they wouldn’t turn up while they were spraying the novichok.’

The back-up team were also there in case anything happened to the nerve agent, the source said.

The two alleged assassins are also said to have visited the UK several times, posing as wealthy Russians, so that their trip in March would not attract suspicion.

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It came as work started to decontaminate the home of poisoning victim Mr Skripal, six months after the attack.

A cordon is in place so that police investigations or clean-up work can be carried out safely and will remain in place until the decontamination has been completed.

Counter-terrorism officers believe the house is where Mr Skripal, a former Russian agent, and his daughter Yulia were contaminated with nerve agent on March 4, after a high concentration of the chemical weapon was found on the front door.

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The clean-up is being overseen by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in partnership with Wiltshire Council and carried out by specialist military teams.

Former GRU officer Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the military grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in March.

Detectives believe it is likely the two suspects, thought to be aged around 40, travelled under aliases and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.

Prosecutors deem it futile to apply to Russia for the extradition of the two men, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained and the authorities are also seeking the assistance of Interpol.

Officers have formally linked the attack on the Skripals to events in nearby Amesbury when Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent. Ms Sturgess later died in hospital.

Moscow has continued to deny it was involved in the attack.

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Mr. Grozev, why don’t you publish the “scientific-like” report including the descriptions of the replicable methodology, addressing specifically this point and issue: 

On the basis of what “metrics” or “no-metrics”, quantitatively and qualitatively, “subjectively and objectively”, and by what reasoning, did you come to the conclusion that “Boshirov” is “Chepiga”? 

Mr. Grozev’s arguments are not convincing so far, while the arguments of his opponent (in the second cited article), are detailed, well reasoned, and convincing. 

Links: 

You sound very confident. How do you know this is Colonel Chepiga?

We’ve identified him via many, many objective and subjective metrics. First of all, objectively, we got a hold of his original passport file. So we’ve seen the actual passport database with his date of birth, original photo, taken when he was 17, and another one when he got his first passport, and another one when he was 21.

After we were ready with the report and the identification, we actually contacted sources at the British police and secret services to just get a nod, or not a nod, as to our findings — and we got the nod. So we know for sure that’s the one.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are seen on CCTV at Salisbury Station on Mar. 3, 2018 . (Metropolitan Police/Reuters)

M.N.: This is the amazing photo, as if the pair (and most likely the organizer of course, who had the digital samples of this security camera) knew where to pose for the right angle: the scene looks  like a cemetery with tombstones, more than a train station. It is a threat: “We have some Novichok for you…” 

And the signature is on the bottom of this photo: the colors of Germany’s flag, mixed with the blue and  yellow strips of the Ukrainian flag. 

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How an investigative team ID’d Skripal poisoning suspect as a Russian colonel

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According to an interview on Russia’s RT television, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were two innocent men in the fitness industry, who were traveling Salisbury, England to visit the town’s famous cathedral.

The U.K. government has said the two men were actually there to poison former Russian spy Sergey Skripal, and his daughter Yulia.

And now, an investigative website says it’s been able to track down the real identity of one of the men.

According to Bellingcat’s research, Boshirov is actually a decorated Russian military intelligence officer named Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga. Russia has denied the allegations.

Christo Grozev is a researcher who led Bellingcat’s investigation. As It Happens host Carol Off spoke to Grozev about how they tracked down Chepiga.

Mr. Grozev, when we saw this RT interview, one of the men introduced himself as Ruslan Boshirov. What have you discovered is his real name?

His name is Anatoliy​ Chepiga. He’s off by one year from the personality he presented, in terms of age. And he’s off by many, many other qualities from the personality that we saw on RT.

You sound very confident. How do you know this is Colonel Chepiga?

We’ve identified him via many, many objective and subjective metrics. First of all, objectively, we got a hold of his original passport file. So we’ve seen the actual passport database with his date of birth, original photo, taken when he was 17, and another one when he got his first passport, and another one when he was 21.

After we were ready with the report and the identification, we actually contacted sources at the British police and secret services to just get a nod, or not a nod, as to our findings — and we got the nod. So we know for sure that’s the one.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are seen on CCTV at Salisbury Station on Mar. 3, 2018 . (Metropolitan Police/Reuters)

You also dug into the file of Colonel Chepiga. He’s a much decorated serviceman. He has received Russia’s highest state award. What do you know about him?

He was born in a tiny village, population less than 300 people, in the farthest corner of the Russian Federation. He went to a military school that was only about 30 miles away from his home village that, at that time, in the late ’90s and early ‘2000s, was one of the most elite, or let’s say better-staffed schools, for military education. He got his military education in a special operations unit, training unit, at the school.

Immediately thereafter, he was sent to service in Chechnya, where he amassed a number of awards because, apparently, he was great at what he did as a soldier. And then as a very promising soldier, who had accumulated about 15 awards already, he was sent to GRU school. And GRU school in Moscow is one of the …  it’s called the Academy, the Diplomatic Academy. But, in fact, it’s a spy school and it’s the most elite spy school in Russia.

In this video grab provided by the RT channel Ruslan Boshirov, left, and Alexander Petrov attend their first public appearance in an interview with the RT channel in Moscow, Russia. (RT Channel Video/Associated Press)

It sounds [like] you have a lot of information, mostly from open sources. You didn’t go on the ground to seek this out. You did this from a distance. And this is working for your website Bellingcat, which has been accused by the Russian government of being a front for Western intelligence agencies, that you’re fabricating evidence. Why should we trust your conclusions here?

All of our findings in the past have either been proven right or Russia has stopped trying to rebut them because they have no way to rebut them. What we do is very transparent. Almost anybody with the analytic skills can go and replicate that data. We don’t point people to where they can get leaked Russian databases but they’re out there. They’re on the Internet and they’re in torrents. Anybody who spends a week will be able to get them and replicate our findings.

But a number of things have left people scratching their heads about your conclusion. I think you’re scratching your head as well. Why a colonel? Why somebody of such a high rank, and such a decorated man, be sent on this mission to poison people in Great Britain? And also to be so exposed, because you know that when you’re in Great Britain there are a lot of cameras observing. So why such a high-ranking man?

That’s a mystery. We’ve received opinions from two senior Russian officers. Both of them said literally the same thing: “We would have expected somebody with a rank of major or even captain to have done this.”

The fact that they chose a colonel means that the order came at a very high level. Probably one layer below Putin, not Putin himself. But it’s something they did in order to show to Putin that actually they took all the measures and all the precautions to have the highest expertise on the ground, which apparently they didn’t.

Police officers stand outside the City Stay Hotel in Bow, where Russian military intelligence agents Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov previously stayed after arriving in the U.K. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

This is all around the poisoning of Sergey Skripal and Yulia Skripal — and also, the British citizen Dawn Sturgess. We saw this man who calls himself Ruslan Boshirov and his partner on television in this RT interview. They looked like goofs, didn’t they? You’re laughing, everyone was laughing, including people in Russia. So how is it that somebody of such a high calibre, somebody who is so skilled, would be, first of all, be allowed to be on Russian TV, to be so exposed — and then, to be such a goof?

That’s another mystery. There are at least two hypothesis on this that circulate among informed circles. One is that they were given this order at the last moment, after Putin made that blunder himself, by saying, “Well, we know they’re civilians and I expect them to come and save themselves.”

Bear in mind that people like this are never prepared to go public and to be burned in public. This was a very embarrassing moment for them.

Another hypothesis was that this was punishment for their blunder and their busted job. I don’t believe that’s realistic because whatever they were, they were not traitors. And in the Russian army the only people they punish really are traitors. If anything they would be demoted but not put on purpose to be embarrassed.

Does it appear that this was just a botched operation? I mean, they were successful in reaching these people and poisoning them. But was this a failure?

I think now it has become a failure. Even Russians, the average Russian who believes, if nothing else, Russia is good at spying, now realizes they aren’t good at that either. If you look at Internet memes that spread on the Russian Internet, before they were making fun of the West, of America, of the opposition. Now Russians are making fun of their own intelligence services and that’s unprecedented. I think that is a failure for the regime.

Written by John McGill. Produced by Chris Harbord. Q&A has been edited for length and clarity. 

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Third suspect identified in Novichok poisoning of Skripals in Salisbury

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A THIRD person understood to have helped two Russian men carry out the lethal Salisbury nerve agent poisoning has been identified by counter-terrorism police.

The Telegraph is reporting that the GRU agent helped plan the attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the small English town earlier this year.

It comes after one of the men, who was previously identified as Ruslan Boshirov, was outed earlier this week as decorated Russian intelligence officer Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga.

Chepiga was previously made a Hero of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin.

His accomplice — Alexander Petrov — is understood to have also entered the UK on a fake surname.

The Telegraph is reporting that the third accomplice provided information to the Skripals, whose Novichok nerve agent inadvertently killed local woman Dawn Sturgess and critically injured Colonel Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he believed the Russians tried to kill Colonel Skripal because they thought the attack could be successfully pulled off following the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2005.

“That’s why Theresa May’s reaction this time has been very different,” Mr Hunt told Sky News.

The third person is likely to have told the Skripals about which door their target used at the property and the layout of the cul-de-sac.

Security experts say the intel would have been essential as such an attack would not have been unplanned.

The Telegraph has reported that Sergei Migdal, a security expert and former police and intelligence officer, said, “Someone would have had to carry out a reconnaissance mission beforehand.”

“I understand that it was timed for Yulia’s arrival as they wanted to be sure that their target would be in Salisbury. It would have been too much trouble to watch him all the time and that may have aroused suspicion.”

Colonel Skripal and his daughter survived the attack and are understood to be in hiding.

Former intelligence and security officer Philip Ingram said there was “almost certainly” intelligence on the ground.

“They wouldn’t have turned up at the house and put it on the door handle on a whim.”

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Novichok assassin’s former Russian army chief comes forward to admit he was military trained, but not for spy missions

  • One of the agents accused over Salisbury attack was outed as a GRU colonel
  • Pictures show striking similarities between Anatoly Chepiga and ‘Boshirov’
  • But Kremlin has attempted to spread that assassin is decorated Russian agent
  • Chepiga’s former commander today insisted the soldier wasn’t trained to spy

By Richard Spillett In London and Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline

Published: 16:05 BST, 28 September 2018 | Updated: 23:36 BST, 28 September 2018

The former commander of the Russian assassin accused of carrying out the Salisbury novichok attack has admitted he was military trained, but not for spy missions.

The Kremlin’s media machine has gone into overdrive since investigators revealed one of the two Russians behind the attack is a Colonel Anatoly Chepiga – a high ranking GRU officer who was made a ‘Hero of Russia‘ for missions in Chechnya and Ukraine.

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Third suspect identified in Novichok poisoning of Skripals in Salisbury

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A THIRD person understood to have helped two Russian men carry out the lethal Salisbury nerve agent poisoning has been identified by counter-terrorism police.

The Telegraph is reporting that the GRU agent helped plan the attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the small English town earlier this year.

It comes after one of the men, who was previously identified as Ruslan Boshirov, was outed earlier this week as decorated Russian intelligence officer Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga.

Chepiga was previously made a Hero of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin.

His accomplice — Alexander Petrov — is understood to have also entered the UK on a fake surname.

The Telegraph is reporting that the third accomplice provided information to the Skripals, whose Novichok nerve agent inadvertently killed local woman Dawn Sturgess and critically injured Colonel Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he believed the Russians tried to kill Colonel Skripal because they thought the attack could be successfully pulled off following the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2005.

“That’s why Theresa May’s reaction this time has been very different,” Mr Hunt told Sky News.

The third person is likely to have told the Skripals about which door their target used at the property and the layout of the cul-de-sac.

Security experts say the intel would have been essential as such an attack would not have been unplanned.

The Telegraph has reported that Sergei Migdal, a security expert and former police and intelligence officer, said, “Someone would have had to carry out a reconnaissance mission beforehand.”

“I understand that it was timed for Yulia’s arrival as they wanted to be sure that their target would be in Salisbury. It would have been too much trouble to watch him all the time and that may have aroused suspicion.”

Colonel Skripal and his daughter survived the attack and are understood to be in hiding.

Former intelligence and security officer Philip Ingram said there was “almost certainly” intelligence on the ground.

“They wouldn’t have turned up at the house and put it on the door handle on a whim.”

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Novichok assassin’s former Russian army chief comes forward to admit he was military trained, but not for spy missions

  • One of the agents accused over Salisbury attack was outed as a GRU colonel
  • Pictures show striking similarities between Anatoly Chepiga and ‘Boshirov’
  • But Kremlin has attempted to spread that assassin is decorated Russian agent
  • Chepiga’s former commander today insisted the soldier wasn’t trained to spy

By Richard Spillett In London and Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline

Published: 16:05 BST, 28 September 2018 | Updated: 23:36 BST, 28 September 2018

The former commander of the Russian assassin accused of carrying out the Salisbury novichok attack has admitted he was military trained, but not for spy missions.

The Kremlin’s media machine has gone into overdrive since investigators revealed one of the two Russians behind the attack is a Colonel Anatoly Chepiga – a high ranking GRU officer who was made a ‘Hero of Russia‘ for missions in Chechnya and Ukraine.

Pictures released this week show Chepiga – who used the name ‘Ruslan Boshirov’ during his murder mission to Salisbury – with his military unit and in his younger years.

An online investigations group has published what it says is the real identity of one of the prime suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack. BellThe Salisbury poisoning suspect previously known as Ruslan Boshirov (left) was this week identified as GRU colonel Anatoly Chepiga
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The real identity of one of the two assassins, named by police as Ruslan Boshirov, is reportedly Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga. He is said to appear in this photo (circled) with a group of fellow military graduates in Chechnya
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The Salisbury poisoning suspect previously known as Ruslan Boshirov (left) was this week identified as GRU colonel Anatoly Chepiga (pictured, circled, right, with his military unit)

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‘Boshirov’ previously appeared on TV claiming he and his partner Alexander Petrov were merely nutritional supplement salesmen visiting Salisbury to see the city’s ‘123 -metre’ cathedral spire.

As Putin’s regime continues to refute the claims it was behind the attack, Chepiga’s former commander commented on the case today.

Alexander Borzhko claimed he worked with Chepiga when he was cadet and he wasn’t prepared for overseas assassinations.

He told Russia’s RIA news agency: ‘In 2001, I released a cadet named Chepiga… the military officers were trained in the BTWC [Eastern Military Command College] to carry out combat missions, Chepiga really fought in Chechnya, but he was not prepared for the agency activities.’

He accused the British of ‘schizophrenia’ over the Skripal case, and joked that he would need ‘plastic surgery’ if he was to be added to the suspect list.

His comments came as Putin’s spokesman also attempted to pour cold water on reports of Boshirov’s true identity.

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Peskov compare the likeness between Chepiga and ‘Boshirov’ to Lenin and Stalin impersonators in Red Square (pictured in file photo)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: ‘We don’t know to what extent we can make any formal conclusions about who looks like whom, are they alike, where they lived, where they grew up.

‘On Red Square there are still 10 Stalins and 15 Lenins running around, and they look remarkably like the originals,’ he added, referring to people who dress up as Soviet leaders to pose for photographs with tourists.

UK authorities believe two Russians, using the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, smeared the highly toxic Novichok chemical on a door handle at the Wiltshire home of former GRU officer Mr Skripal on March 4.

The attack left Mr Skripal and his daughter critically ill, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, who was later exposed to the same nerve agent, died in July.

On Wednesday, the investigative group Bellingcat identified one of the suspects as Chepiga.

The man using the name Boshirov and his partner 'Alexander Petrov' were seen on CCTV walking to and from Sergei Skripal's house on the day the former spy was poisoned
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Mr Skipal (left) and his daughter Yulia (centre) survived the attempted assassination. Local mother of three Dawn Sturgess (right) died after coming into contact with the nerve agent

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Bellingcat said it had identified Chepiga, who travelled to the UK with a passport issued in the assumed name of Ruslan Boshirov, by trawling through online records from Russian military academies.

British officials allege the attack on the Skripals received approval ‘at a senior level of the Russian state,’ an accusation Moscow has fiercely denied.

After ‘Boshirov’ and his accomplice, ‘Alexander Petrov’, were charged this month, Putin said they were civilians.

The pair then appeared on Russia’s state-funded RT channel, saying they visited Salisbury as tourists and had nothing to do with the poisoning.

Sergei Skripal’s niece fears she has been the victim of an assassination attempt after a wheel flew off her car on a motorway

The niece of poisoned Sergei Skripal fears she was the subject of an assassination bid when the front left wheel spun off her car as she and her husband drove to Moscow this week.

Viktoria Spripal spoke today of a ‘serious crash’ as she was driving to take part in a TV programme on the two men who allegedly planted nerve agent novichok on her uncle.

Their Chevrolet crashed into the barrier on the highway on Wednesday, she said.

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‘I think it could have been an assassination attempt,’ she told Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

‘My husband checked wheel balancing, wheels and suspension in a service one week ago when I was last going to a TV show in Moscow.

‘After that the car was parked in its usual place, in the yard of our block of flats. There are no cameras around.’

Viktoria claimed the crash could be linked to her criticisms of Western claims that the GRU military intelligence service was behind the poisoning of her uncle, according to Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

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By Jacob Dirnhuber

27th September 2018, 8:30 am

Updated: 27th September 2018, 10:44 am

RUSLAN Boshirov is one of the men suspected of poisoning Sergei Skripal – but what is his real name?

Here we reveal his true identity, what his involvement was, and what his background is.

Who is Salisbury poisoning suspect Ruslan Boshirov?

Ruslan Boshirov is an alleged Russian GRU agent suspected of poisoning Sergei Skripal.

His real name is reportedly Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, a 39-year-old soldier who served in both Chechnya and Ukraine.

A former Russian officer told Bellingcat that Chepiga’s high rank suggested the Novichok hit was ordered “at the highest level”.

Using leaked Russian military databases, the Bellingcat team found a passport application which confirmed his identity.

They were filmed “moments before” the botched hit on March 4 and left the country hours later in a flight out of Heathrow, cops said.

What was his involvement in the Salisbury attack?

Incredible CCTV footage shows Petrov and Boshirov/Chepiga smiling as they stroll through the city on the day of the Sergei Skripal attack.

The breakthrough in the Skripal case came after cops collected 4,000 hours of CCTV and 2,300 exhibits since the near-fatal poisoning of ex-KGB spy Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, in Salisbury in March.

Novichok was smeared on the door handle of the ex-KGB spy.

The nerve agent was later found in a discarded perfume bottle that Charlie Rowley gave to his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess as a present.

UK police found traces of Novichok in the hotel room in which Petrov and Boshirov stayed for two nights.

Sergei and daughter Yulia survived the hit – but Brit mum Dawn died after spraying the discarded bottle on her wrist.

The Russian pair said they were only in Salisbury as tourists to visit the cathedral.

What is the background of the Skripal poisoning hitman?

A former Russian officer who said the men would probably have been trained at the Far Eastern Military Command Academy.

A search for graduates between 2001 and 2003 revealed a photo of seven former students who were bestowed with the Hero of Russia Award in Chechnya and one of them looked very much like Boshirov.

The true identity of his accomplice Petrov remains a mystery but he was understood to be travelling under his real first name, Alexander.

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In 1937, the year of the Great Terror, Stalin decided to celebrate Pushkin as a socialist god in order to build popular support for his regime. While the poet was revered as a literary genius before the Russian Revolution, the Soviets took his reputation to a whole new level, almost deifying him in a sort of cult.

The 100th anniversary of Pushkin's death, Moscow, 1937. Source: Archive PhotoThe 100th anniversary of Pushkin’s death, Moscow, 1937. Source: Archive Photo

A Soviet god

This year we mark not only the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution, but also the 80th anniversary of the Great Terror in 1937. That year Soviet Russia also commemorated, on an unprecedented scale, the 100th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s death. The great poet had hitherto remained in the shadows, but in 1937 he took a central place in the Soviet cultural pantheon.

In place of nationless Marxism that rejected culture, national spirit, traditional statehood, and spirituality, Stalin decided to present the world with an almost classical culture-centric empire that had Pushkin at its heart.

Snatching Pushkin from émigré circles

The decision to celebrate Pushkin as a socialist god belonged to Stalin. To fully appreciate how unconventional his initiative was, it’s worth remembering that in the 19th century Pushkin was a poet known by only the intellectual elite. The reading list for the revolutionary intelligentsia did not include Pushkin because he was considered too distant and removed from the urgent needs of the people.

Stalin, however, was well-versed in classical Russian literature and was fond not only of the revolutionary Chernyshevsky, but also of Dostoevsky and Pushkin.

The decision to celebrate Pushkin was strongly influenced by the fact that starting from the mid-1920s the Russian diaspora abroad, which Soviet Russia was closely watching, developed a strong interest in Pushkin’s works. Stalin himself subscribed to nearly all major publications by Russian émigré circles.

In 1937, the Russian émigré community was planning to hold their own events celebrating Pushkin, which meant that the poet’s legacy could become a dangerous political weapon in their hands. So it was imperative to snatch this tool from the hands of the enemy! Such may have been Stalin’s logic, though historians aren’t sure.

Personality cult

Starting in 1922, annual official memorial services marked the anniversary of Pushkin’s death where he was described as a “Russian spring, Russian morning, Russian Adam,” and also compared to Dante, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Schiller, and Goethe.

Pushkin’s cult was promoted on an unprecedented level. Preparations for the anniversary involved everyone – academics, writers, composers, politicians and public figures, publishing houses, cinema companies, theaters, factories, as well as collective and state farms. Every single person in the country was to know that Pushkin is great! Pushkin is sacred!

New monuments to Pushkin were unveiled in Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, Tbilisi, and Yerevan. New streets, squares, schools, parks, subway stations, train stations, collective and state farms were either renamed after Pushkin or built in his honor. Artists painted giant canvases dedicated to Pushkin, composers wrote music singing his praises, and the leading theaters of Moscow and Leningrad competed in a race to make productions of Pushkin’s works.

Stamps from the series "Alexander Pushkin&squot;s Death Centenary." Designed by artist Vasily Zavyalov. Source: Alexey BushkinStamps from the series “Alexander Pushkin’s Death Centenary.” Designed by artist Vasily Zavyalov. Source: Alexey Bushkin

Pushkin’s name was exclaimed by loudspeakers and gramophones, streets and squares were decorated with his portraits, and posters and postcards were printed. Literally every school, factory, and collective farm throughout the country staged nearly identical exhibitions about Pushkin.

Hordes of fans

The total number of anniversary Pushkin publications exceeded 14 million copies. They were published in practically all languages spoken in the Soviet Union, including Assyrian, Buryat, Greek, Hebrew, Komi-Zyryan and many others.

Factories and collective farms suddenly saw hordes of enthusiastic fans and connoisseurs of the poet’s works, and clubs of Pushkin lovers were formed. Artistic associations and master craftsmen, just like the icon painters of the past who created images of St. Nicholas for the people, flooded the country with hundreds of thousands of Pushkin statues, busts, and other visual reminders of his life.

Soviet poster marking the 100th anniversary of Pushkin's death, 1937. Source: Archive PhotoSoviet poster marking the 100th anniversary of Pushkin’s death, 1937. Source: Archive Photo

On Feb. 10, 1937, the very day of the anniversary, an official gathering was held at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to mark the centenary of the death of Russia’s greatest poet. The entire Communist Party elite, including Stalin, were present.

The event was broadcast to the nation, and at the opening Andrei Bubnov, the People’s Commissar of Education and Chairman of the Pushkin Committee, exclaimed: “Pushkin is ours! It is only in a country of socialist culture that the name of the immortal genius is surrounded with ardent love; it is only in our country that Pushkin’s works have become a treasure for all the people.”

The glorification of Pushkin was complete, and the poet’s cult established. In the words of the philosopher Antonio Gramsci, the cult of Pushkin “cemented the popular forces,” uniting a multi-ethnic country in a common cultural space and thus becoming a most powerful imperial unifying force.

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The three party leaders of Germany’s coalition government agreed late Tuesday to reassign the country’s chief domestic spy after he made controversial remarks about videos from last month’s riots in Chemnitz.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, known by its German acronym BfV, will now become a high-ranking official inside the German interior ministry. The change in roles comes with a higher pay grade, according to German media.

A replacement for his post at the BfV has not been named. “Details to the relative responsibilities within the Ministry for the Interior, Construction and Homeland will be presented by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer [Wednesday],” the government said.

The BfV monitors extremist organizations that threaten Germany’s democratic institutions and Mr. Maassen put himself in the coalition’s crosshairs by calling into question the authenticity of videos from anti-immigrant riots that arose after the fatal stabbing of a man in Chemnitz. He has also reportedly slipped BfV intelligence to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Coalition coalescence

Politicians first met last Thursday to discuss Mr. Maassen’s fate but then delayed their decision until Tuesday. German media presented the tussle as another trial for the country’s governing coalition with the left-leaning Social Democrats, or SPD, demanding his resignation and Interior Minister Seehofer saying he had faith in the official. The SPD is part of the governing coalition and Mr. Seehofer is a member of the Christian Socialist Union, or CSU, a conservative Bavarian party allied with Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats, and also part of the coalition government.

Nobody appeared happy with the compromise. Left-leaning politicians wanted Mr. Maassen to wake up unemployed on Wednesday, whereas more conservative lawmakers insisted he did nothing wrong.

“That is unbelievable deception,” Katrin Göring-Eckardt, head of the Green party, was quoted as saying by local daily, Die Welt. Anyone who rewards instead of punishing someone who “cuddles” up to the AfD has lost all decency. “And the SPD plays along with everything,“ she said.

The head of parliament’s interior committee and a member of the CSU, Andrea Lindholz, defended Mr. Maassen, saying it was “regrettable” he had to leave his position because of what she described as a communication error. “Today I still have complete faith in the head of the BfV, after detailed explanations [about what he said], just as I did before them,” she said.

Andrew Bulkeley is an editor in Berlin for Handelsblatt Global. To contact the author: a.bulkeley@handelsblattgroup.com

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Horst Seehofer has accomplished a number of feats in his long political career, but he could hardly be thought capable of defying the law of gravity. Until now. Mr. Seehofer could not prevent the dismissal of his confidant Hans-Georg Maassen, but he could prevent Mr. Maassen’s fall. The supposed victim skated away from his previous function as president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution to the top levels of the interior ministry. He was spared a hard landing into temporary retirement.

Mr. Seehofer emphasized that Mr. Maassen has rendered considerable service to the country, especially in the fight against terrorism. But you don’t have to question that to maintain that Mr. Maassen has undermined confidence in himself and his authority over the past two weeks. If the head of the domestic intelligence service is unsettling the public with crass speculation, nobody should be surprised if the next terror alert isn’t taken seriously. Mr. Maassen’s behavior after the neo-Nazi riots in Chemnitz was the reason for his dismissal. The reward: promotion to state secretary and 20 percent more salary.

As right as the criticism of Mr. Maassen is, it would be wrong to reduce the so-called Causa Maassen to the person Maassen. Germany’s highest domestic spy may like to put himself into the middle of things with his interviews, but in the end he is a marginal figure. The chancellor has recently pointed out that the coalition “will not break up over the head of a subsidiary agency.” That’s true. At the same time, however, Angela Merkel has covered up what her cabinet could very well break up over: its internal contradictions and unresolved power issues. The grand coalition is made up of a Social Democratic party that is willing to govern only under certain conditions and a center-right alliance that has limited powers to govern. The result: a scary equilibrium with two existential crises in six months.

It is no coincidence that the controversies are taking place in the interior ministry. Under Mr. Seehofer’s leadership, something like an opposition cabinet is being formed there. In his future role as state secretary for security, Mr. Maassen will meet his old friend Dieter Romann, the head of the federal police, with whom he shares a vehement rejection of the chancellor’s refugee policy. Given this lineup, one thing is certain: There won’t be less conflict in Ms. Merkel’s coalition in crisis.

The chancellor’s main problem, however, is Mr. Seehofer, who never intended to go along with her authority to determine refugee policy. When he talks about a reversal in asylum policy, he isn’t only referring to the usual revisions showing the imprint of a new minister over time. He means the humiliation of his rival. Government policy is characterized by a stalemate between Ms. Merkel and Mr. Seehofer. That is their plight. There is a balance of power which is actually a balance of weakness. Mr. Seehofer is badly hit after his party’s losses in last year’s national elections. He lacks the strength to overthrow the chancellor. But Ms. Merkel, too, is no longer strong enough to get rid of her opponent.

Merkel camp counting on CSU losses in Bavaria

The result is a continuation of the ongoing conflict over refugee policy. Ms. Merkel is playing for time. Her camp is counting on the Seehofer problem resolving itself after the state elections in Bavaria. A historical defeat for the CSU is emerging there, and many will blame party leader Mr. Seehofer for it. But what follows from this is completely open. Even if the CSU were to send a new minister to Berlin, the fundamental ideological dispute remains as to whether the two sister parties – Ms. Merkel’s CDU and Mr. Seehofer’s CSU – should remain anchored in the political center or in the conservative spectrum. That is precisely what refugee policy is ultimately about.

Between the CDU/CSU fronts stands the SPD, which actually wanted to position Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz as an alternative to Merkel and suddenly appears as the chancellor’s protective guard. The Social Democrats are absorbing most of the outrage at the leadership shuffle in Mr. Seehofer’s giant ministry. Instead of celebrating the successes of their government work – the law for better daycare centers that has just been passed, or the reduction in contributions to unemployment insurance, for example – the SPD can be worn down as a buffer party. No miracle that the coalition opponents feel confirmed. The discontent of the base can quickly turn into revolt.

It’s been nearly forgotten in the meantime that the coalition agreement carries the heading “A new departure for Europe.” The hope was that a Franco-German tandem would lead Europe through uncertain times. Six months later, hardly anyone in Berlin has noticed that the reform president, Emmanuel Macron, is in serious trouble. While the German government is self-absorbed, a historic opportunity is passing. Europe’s opponents, both internal and external, are gleefully anticipating the worst.

To contact the author: koch@handelsblatt.com


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По окончании заседания Совета глав государств СНГ Владимир Путин кратко побеседовал с Премьер-министром Армении Николом Пашиняном.

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In 1937, the year of the Great Terror, Stalin decided to celebrate Pushkin as a socialist god in order to build popular support for his regime. While the poet was revered as a literary genius before the Russian Revolution, the Soviets took his reputation to a whole new level, almost deifying him in a sort of cult.

The 100th anniversary of Pushkin's death, Moscow, 1937. Source: Archive PhotoThe 100th anniversary of Pushkin’s death, Moscow, 1937. Source: Archive Photo

A Soviet god

This year we mark not only the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution, but also the 80th anniversary of the Great Terror in 1937. That year Soviet Russia also commemorated, on an unprecedented scale, the 100th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s death. The great poet had hitherto remained in the shadows, but in 1937 he took a central place in the Soviet cultural pantheon.

In place of nationless Marxism that rejected culture, national spirit, traditional statehood, and spirituality, Stalin decided to present the world with an almost classical culture-centric empire that had Pushkin at its heart.

Snatching Pushkin from émigré circles

The decision to celebrate Pushkin as a socialist god belonged to Stalin. To fully appreciate how unconventional his initiative was, it’s worth remembering that in the 19th century Pushkin was a poet known by only the intellectual elite. The reading list for the revolutionary intelligentsia did not include Pushkin because he was considered too distant and removed from the urgent needs of the people.

Stalin, however, was well-versed in classical Russian literature and was fond not only of the revolutionary Chernyshevsky, but also of Dostoevsky and Pushkin.

The decision to celebrate Pushkin was strongly influenced by the fact that starting from the mid-1920s the Russian diaspora abroad, which Soviet Russia was closely watching, developed a strong interest in Pushkin’s works. Stalin himself subscribed to nearly all major publications by Russian émigré circles.

In 1937, the Russian émigré community was planning to hold their own events celebrating Pushkin, which meant that the poet’s legacy could become a dangerous political weapon in their hands. So it was imperative to snatch this tool from the hands of the enemy! Such may have been Stalin’s logic, though historians aren’t sure.

Personality cult

Starting in 1922, annual official memorial services marked the anniversary of Pushkin’s death where he was described as a “Russian spring, Russian morning, Russian Adam,” and also compared to Dante, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Schiller, and Goethe.

Pushkin’s cult was promoted on an unprecedented level. Preparations for the anniversary involved everyone – academics, writers, composers, politicians and public figures, publishing houses, cinema companies, theaters, factories, as well as collective and state farms. Every single person in the country was to know that Pushkin is great! Pushkin is sacred!

New monuments to Pushkin were unveiled in Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, Tbilisi, and Yerevan. New streets, squares, schools, parks, subway stations, train stations, collective and state farms were either renamed after Pushkin or built in his honor. Artists painted giant canvases dedicated to Pushkin, composers wrote music singing his praises, and the leading theaters of Moscow and Leningrad competed in a race to make productions of Pushkin’s works.

Stamps from the series "Alexander Pushkin&squot;s Death Centenary." Designed by artist Vasily Zavyalov. Source: Alexey BushkinStamps from the series “Alexander Pushkin’s Death Centenary.” Designed by artist Vasily Zavyalov. Source: Alexey Bushkin

Pushkin’s name was exclaimed by loudspeakers and gramophones, streets and squares were decorated with his portraits, and posters and postcards were printed. Literally every school, factory, and collective farm throughout the country staged nearly identical exhibitions about Pushkin.

Hordes of fans

The total number of anniversary Pushkin publications exceeded 14 million copies. They were published in practically all languages spoken in the Soviet Union, including Assyrian, Buryat, Greek, Hebrew, Komi-Zyryan and many others.

Factories and collective farms suddenly saw hordes of enthusiastic fans and connoisseurs of the poet’s works, and clubs of Pushkin lovers were formed. Artistic associations and master craftsmen, just like the icon painters of the past who created images of St. Nicholas for the people, flooded the country with hundreds of thousands of Pushkin statues, busts, and other visual reminders of his life.

Soviet poster marking the 100th anniversary of Pushkin's death, 1937. Source: Archive PhotoSoviet poster marking the 100th anniversary of Pushkin’s death, 1937. Source: Archive Photo

On Feb. 10, 1937, the very day of the anniversary, an official gathering was held at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to mark the centenary of the death of Russia’s greatest poet. The entire Communist Party elite, including Stalin, were present.

The event was broadcast to the nation, and at the opening Andrei Bubnov, the People’s Commissar of Education and Chairman of the Pushkin Committee, exclaimed: “Pushkin is ours! It is only in a country of socialist culture that the name of the immortal genius is surrounded with ardent love; it is only in our country that Pushkin’s works have become a treasure for all the people.”

The glorification of Pushkin was complete, and the poet’s cult established. In the words of the philosopher Antonio Gramsci, the cult of Pushkin “cemented the popular forces,” uniting a multi-ethnic country in a common cultural space and thus becoming a most powerful imperial unifying force.

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UPDATE: The Kommersant Evidence
Kommersant publishes interviews with people from Chepiga’s home village. The article makes clear he has not been seen there for many years. It states that opinions differ on whether Chepiga is Boshirov. One woman says she recognised Boshirov as Chepiga when he appeared on TV, especially the dark eyes, though she had not seen him since school. Another woman states it is not Chepiga as when she last saw him ten years ago he was already pretty bald, and he has a more open face, although the eyes are similarly brown.

Naturally mainstream media journalists are tweeting and publishing the man’s evidence and leaving out the woman’s evidence.

But the Kommersant article gives them a bigger challenge. Kommersant is owned by close Putin political ally, Putin’s former student flatmate, Chariman of Gazprominvestholdings and the UK’s richest resident, Alisher Usmanov. That Russia’s most authoritative paper, with ownership very close to Putin, is printing such open and honest reporting rather belies the “Russia is a dictatorship” narrative. And unlike the Guardian and BBC websites, on Kommersant website ordinary Russians can post freely their views on the case, and are.

One thing this does stand up is that Chepiga definitely exists.

The evidence mounts that Russia is not telling the truth about “Boshirov” and “Petrov”. If those were real identities, they would have been substantiated in depth by now. As we know of Yulia Skripal’s boyfriend, cat, cousin and grandmother, real depth on the lives and milieu of “Boshirov” and “Petrov” would be got out. It is plainly in the interests of Russia’s state and its oligarchy to establish that they truly exist, and concern for the privacy of individuals would be outweighed by that. The rights of the individual are not prioritised over the state interest in Russia.

But equally the identification of “Boshirov” with “Colonel Chepiga” is a nonsense.

The problem is with Bellingcat’s methodology. They did not start with any prior intelligence that “Chepiga” is “Boshirov”. They rather allegedly searched databases of GRU operatives of about the right age, then trawled photos in yearbooks of them until they found one that looked a bit like “Boshirov”. And guess what? It looks a bit like “Boshirov”. If you ignore the substantially different skull shape and nose.

Only the picture on the left is Chepiga. The two on the right are from “Boshirov’s” Russian passport application file, and the photo of “Boshirov” issued by Scotland Yard.

Like almost the entire internet, I assumed both black and white photos were from Chepiga’s files, and was willing to admit the identification of Chepiga with “Boshirov” as valid. But once you understand is that – as Bellingcat confirm if you read it closely – only the photo on the left is Chepiga, you start to ask questions.

The two guys on the right and the centre are undoubtedly the same person. But is the guy on the left the same, but younger?

<a href=”http://Betaface.com” rel=”nofollow”>Betaface.com</a>, which runs industry standard software, gives the faces an 83% similarity, putting the probability of them being the same person at 2.8%.

By comparison it gives me a 72% identity with Chepiga and a 2.1% chance of being him.

There is a superficial resemblance. But if you take the standard ratios used for facial recognition, you get a very different story. If you draw a line between the centre of the pupils of the two guys centre and right, and then take a perpendicular from that line to the tip of the nose, you get a key ratio. The two on the right both have a ratio of 100:75, which is unsurprising since they are the same person. The one on the left has a ratio of 100:68, which is very different.

To put that more simply, his nose is much shorter, and less certainly his eyes are further apart.

It is possible this could happen in photos but it still be the same person. The head would have to be tilted backward or forward at quite a sharp angle to alter these ratios, which does not seem to be the case. The camera could be positioned substantially above or below the subject, again not apparently the case. And the photo could be resized with height and width ratios changed. That would hard to detect.

But the three white dots across the bottom of the nose are particularly compelling (the middle one largely obscured by a red dot in the Chepiga photo). They illustrate that Chepiga has a snub nose and Boshirov something of a hook. Again, the software is reinforcing what they eye can plainly see.

However, there are also other ratios that are different. Chepiga has a narrower mouth compared to the distance between the pupils than the two photos of “Boshirov”, and that is measured on the same plane. The difference is 100-80 compared to 100-88. It is a ratio that can be changed by facial expression, but this does not seem to be the case here.

Professor Dame Sue Black of the University of Dundee is the world’s leading expert in facial forensic reconstruction. I once spent a fascinating lunch sitting next to her, while I was Rector. I shall contact her for her view on whether the guy on the left is the same person, and if she is kind enough to give me an opinion, I shall pass it on to you unadulterated.

This website is less definitive, but gives a nice clear result, and you can repeat it yourself without having to subscribe (unlike <a href=”http://Betaface.com” rel=”nofollow”>Betaface.com</a>).

Again for comparison, I tried two photos of myself 12 years apart and got “from nearly the same person”.

It is worth repeating that the only evidence that Chepiga is Boshirov offered by Bellingcat is this photo. The rest of their article simply attempts to establish Chepiga’s career.

This is gross hypocrisy by Bellingcat, who have argued that scores of photos of White Helmets being Jihadi fighters are not valid evidence because you cannot safely recognise faces from photographs.

Yet Higgins now claims his facial identification of Chepiga as Boshirov as “definitive” and “conclusive”, despite the absence of moles, scars and blemishes. Higgins stands exposed as a quite disgusting hypocrite. Let me go further. I do not believe that Higgins did not take the elementary step of running facial recognition technology over the photos, and I believe he is hiding the results from you. Is it not also astonishing that the mainstream media have not done this simple test?

The bulk of the Bellingcat article is just trying to prove the reality of the existence of Chepiga. This is hard to evaluate, but as the evidence to link him to “Boshirov” is non-existent, is a different argument. Having set out to find a GRU officer of the same age who looks a bit like “Boshirov”, they trumpet repeatedly the fact that Chepiga is about the same age as evidence, in a crass display of circular argument.

This unofficial website does indeed name Chepiga as a Hero of the Russian Federation and recipient of 20 awards, as Bellingcat claims. But it is impossible to know if it is authentic, and by contrast there is no Chepiga on the official list of Heroes of the Russian Federation, for the stated 2014 or for any other year, which Bellingcat fail to mention. Their other documents and anonymous sources are unverifiable.

The photo of the military school honours arch, with Chepiga added right at the end and not quite in line, looks to me very suspect. My surmise so far would be that most likely Bellingcat’s source of supply is Ukrainian, and trying to tie the Skripal affair into the Ukrainian civil war via Chepiga.

My view of the most likely explanation on presently available evidence is this:

Boshirov is not Boshirov, and the Russian Government are lying.
Boshirov is not Chepiga, and Bellingcat are lying.
The whole Skripal novichok story still does not hang together, and the British government are lying.

I will continue to form my opinions as further evidence becomes available.

UPDATE Incredibly, at 13.15 on 27 September the BBC TV News ran the story showing only the two photos of “Boshirov”, which of course are the same person, and not showing the photo of Chepiga at all!

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По окончании заседания Совета глав государств СНГ Владимир Путин кратко побеседовал с Премьер-министром Армении Николом Пашиняном.

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The untold story: Why Stalin created a cult of Alexander Pushkin

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In 1937, the year of the Great Terror, Stalin decided to celebrate Pushkin as a socialist god in order to build popular support for his regime. While the poet was revered as a literary genius before the Russian Revolution, the Soviets took his reputation to a whole new level, almost deifying him in a sort of cult.

The 100th anniversary of Pushkin's death, Moscow, 1937. Source: Archive PhotoThe 100th anniversary of Pushkin’s death, Moscow, 1937. Source: Archive Photo

A Soviet god

This year we mark not only the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution, but also the 80th anniversary of the Great Terror in 1937. That year Soviet Russia also commemorated, on an unprecedented scale, the 100th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s death. The great poet had hitherto remained in the shadows, but in 1937 he took a central place in the Soviet cultural pantheon.

In place of nationless Marxism that rejected culture, national spirit, traditional statehood, and spirituality, Stalin decided to present the world with an almost classical culture-centric empire that had Pushkin at its heart.

Snatching Pushkin from émigré circles

The decision to celebrate Pushkin as a socialist god belonged to Stalin. To fully appreciate how unconventional his initiative was, it’s worth remembering that in the 19th century Pushkin was a poet known by only the intellectual elite. The reading list for the revolutionary intelligentsia did not include Pushkin because he was considered too distant and removed from the urgent needs of the people.

Stalin, however, was well-versed in classical Russian literature and was fond not only of the revolutionary Chernyshevsky, but also of Dostoevsky and Pushkin.

The decision to celebrate Pushkin was strongly influenced by the fact that starting from the mid-1920s the Russian diaspora abroad, which Soviet Russia was closely watching, developed a strong interest in Pushkin’s works. Stalin himself subscribed to nearly all major publications by Russian émigré circles.

In 1937, the Russian émigré community was planning to hold their own events celebrating Pushkin, which meant that the poet’s legacy could become a dangerous political weapon in their hands. So it was imperative to snatch this tool from the hands of the enemy! Such may have been Stalin’s logic, though historians aren’t sure.

Personality cult

Starting in 1922, annual official memorial services marked the anniversary of Pushkin’s death where he was described as a “Russian spring, Russian morning, Russian Adam,” and also compared to Dante, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Schiller, and Goethe.

Pushkin’s cult was promoted on an unprecedented level. Preparations for the anniversary involved everyone – academics, writers, composers, politicians and public figures, publishing houses, cinema companies, theaters, factories, as well as collective and state farms. Every single person in the country was to know that Pushkin is great! Pushkin is sacred!

New monuments to Pushkin were unveiled in Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, Tbilisi, and Yerevan. New streets, squares, schools, parks, subway stations, train stations, collective and state farms were either renamed after Pushkin or built in his honor. Artists painted giant canvases dedicated to Pushkin, composers wrote music singing his praises, and the leading theaters of Moscow and Leningrad competed in a race to make productions of Pushkin’s works.

Stamps from the series "Alexander Pushkin&squot;s Death Centenary." Designed by artist Vasily Zavyalov. Source: Alexey BushkinStamps from the series “Alexander Pushkin’s Death Centenary.” Designed by artist Vasily Zavyalov. Source: Alexey Bushkin

Pushkin’s name was exclaimed by loudspeakers and gramophones, streets and squares were decorated with his portraits, and posters and postcards were printed. Literally every school, factory, and collective farm throughout the country staged nearly identical exhibitions about Pushkin.

Hordes of fans

The total number of anniversary Pushkin publications exceeded 14 million copies. They were published in practically all languages spoken in the Soviet Union, including Assyrian, Buryat, Greek, Hebrew, Komi-Zyryan and many others.

Factories and collective farms suddenly saw hordes of enthusiastic fans and connoisseurs of the poet’s works, and clubs of Pushkin lovers were formed. Artistic associations and master craftsmen, just like the icon painters of the past who created images of St. Nicholas for the people, flooded the country with hundreds of thousands of Pushkin statues, busts, and other visual reminders of his life.

Soviet poster marking the 100th anniversary of Pushkin's death, 1937. Source: Archive PhotoSoviet poster marking the 100th anniversary of Pushkin’s death, 1937. Source: Archive Photo

On Feb. 10, 1937, the very day of the anniversary, an official gathering was held at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to mark the centenary of the death of Russia’s greatest poet. The entire Communist Party elite, including Stalin, were present.

The event was broadcast to the nation, and at the opening Andrei Bubnov, the People’s Commissar of Education and Chairman of the Pushkin Committee, exclaimed: “Pushkin is ours! It is only in a country of socialist culture that the name of the immortal genius is surrounded with ardent love; it is only in our country that Pushkin’s works have become a treasure for all the people.”

The glorification of Pushkin was complete, and the poet’s cult established. In the words of the philosopher Antonio Gramsci, the cult of Pushkin “cemented the popular forces,” uniting a multi-ethnic country in a common cultural space and thus becoming a most powerful imperial unifying force.

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Domestic spy chief forced into new, higher-ranking role

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The three party leaders of Germany’s coalition government agreed late Tuesday to reassign the country’s chief domestic spy after he made controversial remarks about videos from last month’s riots in Chemnitz.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, known by its German acronym BfV, will now become a high-ranking official inside the German interior ministry. The change in roles comes with a higher pay grade, according to German media.

A replacement for his post at the BfV has not been named. “Details to the relative responsibilities within the Ministry for the Interior, Construction and Homeland will be presented by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer [Wednesday],” the government said.

The BfV monitors extremist organizations that threaten Germany’s democratic institutions and Mr. Maassen put himself in the coalition’s crosshairs by calling into question the authenticity of videos from anti-immigrant riots that arose after the fatal stabbing of a man in Chemnitz. He has also reportedly slipped BfV intelligence to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Coalition coalescence

Politicians first met last Thursday to discuss Mr. Maassen’s fate but then delayed their decision until Tuesday. German media presented the tussle as another trial for the country’s governing coalition with the left-leaning Social Democrats, or SPD, demanding his resignation and Interior Minister Seehofer saying he had faith in the official. The SPD is part of the governing coalition and Mr. Seehofer is a member of the Christian Socialist Union, or CSU, a conservative Bavarian party allied with Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats, and also part of the coalition government.

Nobody appeared happy with the compromise. Left-leaning politicians wanted Mr. Maassen to wake up unemployed on Wednesday, whereas more conservative lawmakers insisted he did nothing wrong.

“That is unbelievable deception,” Katrin Göring-Eckardt, head of the Green party, was quoted as saying by local daily, Die Welt. Anyone who rewards instead of punishing someone who “cuddles” up to the AfD has lost all decency. “And the SPD plays along with everything,“ she said.

The head of parliament’s interior committee and a member of the CSU, Andrea Lindholz, defended Mr. Maassen, saying it was “regrettable” he had to leave his position because of what she described as a communication error. “Today I still have complete faith in the head of the BfV, after detailed explanations [about what he said], just as I did before them,” she said.

Andrew Bulkeley is an editor in Berlin for Handelsblatt Global. To contact the author: a.bulkeley@handelsblattgroup.com

Merkel-Seehofer standoff shows a balance of weakness, not power

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Horst Seehofer has accomplished a number of feats in his long political career, but he could hardly be thought capable of defying the law of gravity. Until now. Mr. Seehofer could not prevent the dismissal of his confidant Hans-Georg Maassen, but he could prevent Mr. Maassen’s fall. The supposed victim skated away from his previous function as president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution to the top levels of the interior ministry. He was spared a hard landing into temporary retirement.

Mr. Seehofer emphasized that Mr. Maassen has rendered considerable service to the country, especially in the fight against terrorism. But you don’t have to question that to maintain that Mr. Maassen has undermined confidence in himself and his authority over the past two weeks. If the head of the domestic intelligence service is unsettling the public with crass speculation, nobody should be surprised if the next terror alert isn’t taken seriously. Mr. Maassen’s behavior after the neo-Nazi riots in Chemnitz was the reason for his dismissal. The reward: promotion to state secretary and 20 percent more salary.

As right as the criticism of Mr. Maassen is, it would be wrong to reduce the so-called Causa Maassen to the person Maassen. Germany’s highest domestic spy may like to put himself into the middle of things with his interviews, but in the end he is a marginal figure. The chancellor has recently pointed out that the coalition “will not break up over the head of a subsidiary agency.” That’s true. At the same time, however, Angela Merkel has covered up what her cabinet could very well break up over: its internal contradictions and unresolved power issues. The grand coalition is made up of a Social Democratic party that is willing to govern only under certain conditions and a center-right alliance that has limited powers to govern. The result: a scary equilibrium with two existential crises in six months.

It is no coincidence that the controversies are taking place in the interior ministry. Under Mr. Seehofer’s leadership, something like an opposition cabinet is being formed there. In his future role as state secretary for security, Mr. Maassen will meet his old friend Dieter Romann, the head of the federal police, with whom he shares a vehement rejection of the chancellor’s refugee policy. Given this lineup, one thing is certain: There won’t be less conflict in Ms. Merkel’s coalition in crisis.

The chancellor’s main problem, however, is Mr. Seehofer, who never intended to go along with her authority to determine refugee policy. When he talks about a reversal in asylum policy, he isn’t only referring to the usual revisions showing the imprint of a new minister over time. He means the humiliation of his rival. Government policy is characterized by a stalemate between Ms. Merkel and Mr. Seehofer. That is their plight. There is a balance of power which is actually a balance of weakness. Mr. Seehofer is badly hit after his party’s losses in last year’s national elections. He lacks the strength to overthrow the chancellor. But Ms. Merkel, too, is no longer strong enough to get rid of her opponent.

Merkel camp counting on CSU losses in Bavaria

The result is a continuation of the ongoing conflict over refugee policy. Ms. Merkel is playing for time. Her camp is counting on the Seehofer problem resolving itself after the state elections in Bavaria. A historical defeat for the CSU is emerging there, and many will blame party leader Mr. Seehofer for it. But what follows from this is completely open. Even if the CSU were to send a new minister to Berlin, the fundamental ideological dispute remains as to whether the two sister parties – Ms. Merkel’s CDU and Mr. Seehofer’s CSU – should remain anchored in the political center or in the conservative spectrum. That is precisely what refugee policy is ultimately about.

Between the CDU/CSU fronts stands the SPD, which actually wanted to position Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz as an alternative to Merkel and suddenly appears as the chancellor’s protective guard. The Social Democrats are absorbing most of the outrage at the leadership shuffle in Mr. Seehofer’s giant ministry. Instead of celebrating the successes of their government work – the law for better daycare centers that has just been passed, or the reduction in contributions to unemployment insurance, for example – the SPD can be worn down as a buffer party. No miracle that the coalition opponents feel confirmed. The discontent of the base can quickly turn into revolt.

It’s been nearly forgotten in the meantime that the coalition agreement carries the heading “A new departure for Europe.” The hope was that a Franco-German tandem would lead Europe through uncertain times. Six months later, hardly anyone in Berlin has noticed that the reform president, Emmanuel Macron, is in serious trouble. While the German government is self-absorbed, a historic opportunity is passing. Europe’s opponents, both internal and external, are gleefully anticipating the worst.

To contact the author: koch@handelsblatt.com

Ralph Brinkhaus’s election: more than an uprising against Merkel

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A lle were surprised. Faction members had counted the ballots and communicated the result with a grim expression first to the long-term MP Manfred reason. He warned Volker Kauder that the one hastily left the parliamentary hall.

Merkel sat down next to the newcomers. More precisely, she had to sit next to him, because the Chancellor always sits next to the fraction leader. The deputies gaped the historic moment like a traffic accident.

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Do not be afraid of populism

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D emokratien the party democracy is in crisis. That’s how it sounds for many months now. And then we look around – and what do we see? For a long time now, politics has been as alive as it is today.

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Or Should not the fall of the CDU chief strategist and confidant Merkel Volker Kauder on the open stage be Described as a success of party democracy? That may not quite have Shakespearean features, but it would be enough for an evening on the studio stage. Have the Umstürzler agreed? Is Ralph Brinkhausthe schemer who plays the naive? Or is there a ringleader behind him? And what this prelude to the overthrow of the Chancellor, for which, of course, the theatrical machines would have to be a real big spectacle of it?

But no, the cancellation of Kauders is a “great moment of democracy,” they all say now, led by the Chancellor. The deselection Kauders should be a moment of glory, while the arrival of the AfD in the Bundestag by the same people is denounced as decay of democracy. Here is measured with two different measures. The vote of no confidence against Merkel’s man at the top of the political group should be a democratic masterpiece. The vote of no confidence of the AfD (and its voters) against the established parties, on the other hand, is regarded as pure populism and is therefore dangerous. We do not complain. Since finally something has been going on in German politics for years. And those who do not like that say that democracy is in trouble. Conversely, a shoe becomes out of it.

Wettbewerb belebt das Geschäft, wissen nicht nur die Handelsleute, die freilich gerade deshalb am liebsten den Handel abschaffen oder protektionistisch beschränken wollen. Offenkundig gibt es Bürger in Deutschland, die der Meinung sind, man habe sie – warum auch immer – politisch vergessen. Und nun findet sich eine Partei, die ihnen eine Stimme gibt, diese aber nicht etwa – oder nicht nur – als außerparlamentarische Opposition auf den Straßen und Plätzen des Landes erhebt, sondern ihre Ziele repräsentativ parlamentarisiert: als Opposition im Deutschen Bundestag mit seinem ganzen schwerfälligen Antrags- und Ausschusswesen. Das wird als Populismus geschmäht, anstatt es als Belebung des Parlamentarismus zu feiern.

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John Stuart Mill, perhaps the greatest liberal thinker of the 19th century, saw two dangers to democracy: he called them the “dictatorship of the majority” and the “dictatorship of habit.” The dictatorship of the majority is today another word for the institutionalization of political alternatives, called the grand coalition. Dictatorship of habit is another word for the stagnation of a state that could at some point stifle its expendable spending. Let’s call the New Myself Populists – but they enliven democracy. It has not been as exciting in the Bundestag for a long time since the AFD was sitting there. Before, it was always said that the democratic discourse had shifted from parliaments to talk shows.

(1) Angela Merkel and the CDU chairmanship: On the slide – Politics

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Angela Merkel wants to become party leader again. Whether this will happen is uncertain: Before the party congress, people will vote in Bavaria and Hesse. This can completely change the situation in the CDU.

Actually everything should be clear now. Angela Merkel has made it clear that she wants to be re-elected CDU chairman at the next congress. In the past, applause would have jump up in the union – the confirmation in office would have been only a formality. But on Friday it remains surprisingly quiet in the CDU . The best word was the conservative union of values. But their boss did not applaud – he demanded the withdrawal of Merkel.

Things have started to slide in the CDU. Only the chancellor left the feeling in the Maaus causality, then in the election of the Union faction leader. Two such mistakes in a row Merkel have not happened in their entire term. The situation has become so critical for the head of the CDU that she was now forced to reaffirm her candidacy. Merkel is thus trying to end the debate on a change of leadership in the party before she really gets going. So far, only a simple Berlin CDU member has announced plans to compete against Merkel. But who knows what the next few weeks would have been if the chairman had not taken a stake as a precautionary measure?

Doch trotz Merkels Ankündigung ist noch nicht sicher, dass sie auf dem Parteitag im Dezember auch tatsächlich antritt. Denn niemand weiß, wie die christdemokratische Welt nach den beiden Landtagswahlen im Oktober aussehen wird.

Klar ist bisher nur, dass das bayerische Ergebnis Merkel in keinem Fall Freude bereiten wird. Entweder erreicht die CSU wider Erwarten doch noch ein akzeptables Ergebnis – dann werden die Christsozialen dermaßen breitbeinig auftreten, dass sogar Uli Hoeneß im Vergleich dazu wie ein Sänftling erscheinen wird. Oder die CSU verliert so deutlich, wie es die Umfragen erwarten lassen. Dann wird die CSU nach Sündenböcken suchen, und dabei auch Angela Merkel finden.

Zwei Wochen nach den Bayern wählen dann auch die Hessen. Die CDU steht in dem Land derzeit zehn Prozentpunkte unter dem Ergebnis der letzten Landtagswahl. Bereits das ist für die CDU ein Fiasko. Wenn Volker Bouffier sogar die Staatskanzlei verlieren sollte, würde das gewaltige Schockwellen auslösen – die vor allem Merkel erschüttern würden.

Kein realistisches Szenario, in dem jemand anderes die Mehrheit im Bundestag hinter sich vereinen kann

Als Kanzlerin ist Merkel zwar immer noch in einer kommoden Lage. Sie kann nur durch ein konstruktives Misstrauensvotum aus dem Amt gehoben werden. Es gibt aber kein realistisches Szenario, in dem jemand anderes die Mehrheit im Bundestag hinter sich vereinen kann. Derlei würde schon die SPD verhindern, die keinem anderen CDU-Politiker vor Neuwahlen zur Kanzlerschaft verhelfen wird.

Als CDU-Chefin wird Merkel jedoch nicht durch Vorgaben des Grundgesetzes geschützt. Wenn die Delegierten Lust auf einen Wechsel verspüren, können sie sich einfach eine neue Führung wählen – so wie es die Unionsfraktion am Dienstag getan hat.

Before the election, Merkel has long been tormented by the question of whether she should continue. For this reason, she will also check very carefully after the state elections whether the CDU will still be wearing her – or whether she would rather present her successor to her party. That would actually be the beginning of the end of the era Merkel.

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Se contradicen funcionarios del FBI en juicio contra Rosa Emilia

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Learning English: Give them the boot … – Selected Posts and Articles – 5:05 AM 9/30/2018 | The News and Times of Puerto Rico

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M.N.: Keep the “TAINO POLICIA” (that’s how I call them, it is the local Puerto Rican Police + the local faction of the local branch of the FBI + the invisible corrupt and criminal structures that are behind them) under the very close, tight, and constant Federal surveillance and control, non-stop, and 24/7. Investigate them and purge these structures without the end, otherwise their cancer will kill the whole body. The continuous process of importation of the good and experienced police and FBI officers from the mainland is the only solution, there are no other, except the continuous  reeducation and acculturation efforts which might take the decades and the generations. 

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Se contradicen funcionarios del FBI en juicio contra Rosa Emilia

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The German Chancellor, now in her third term, had been urged to step down from her role in the CDU amid plunging approval ratings.

The 64-year-old engaged her critics yesterday after saying she would run for re-election at the party congress in December.

Alexander Mitsch, a senior figure on the CDU’s conservative wing, said Mrs Merkel should quit for the sake of the party and country.

He said: “It would be better in the interest of the CDU and Germany if it paves the way for the much-needed renewal of personnel.

“Mrs Merkel should draw the consequences of the mistakes made by her, especially in the asylum policy, and the resulting poor poll numbers.

“This would be an opportunity to re-integrate the party’s conservative and pro-business wing.”

But Ralph Brinkhaus, the head of the CDU and Christian Social Union (CSU) in the German parliament, threw his weight behind Mrs Merkel.

He said: “I assume that she will compete, and I would endorse that, because a head of government also needs the backing of the party.”

Mr Brinkhaus replaced Volker Kauder, a long-standing ally of Angela Merkel, in the post earlier this week after a party vote.

The shock poll dealt a further blow to the Chancellor’s waning authority, as she struggles to unite Germany’s coalition.

Social Democratic politician Thomas Oppermann said the move was an “uprising against Merkel”.

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, from Germany’s Free Democratic Party, said it was “the beginning of the end of the grand coalition”.

Daniel Guenther, the premier of northern state Schleswig Holstein, added: “The vote shows a desire for renewal.

“There was clearly a certain discontent over national politics.”

And a CDU adviser said: “Kauder was the first domino to fall, but there might well be more. This could be just the start.

“I can imagine the entire senior party leadership coming under pressure to resign, and that includes Merkel.”

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In the summer of 2008, Alfred Gusenbauer still drank champagne in Kiev as Chancellor with the then Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. From 2012 he lobbied against her…

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Manafort founded it in 2012 with the aim of “gathering a small group of high-profile, influential European leaders and politically credible friends who can act informally and without any visible relationship with the Ukrainian government.” Secrecy was part of the plan: the “independent experts” would speak for Yanukovych, and talk down the proceedings surrounding the incarcerated Yulia Timoshenko. In the end, the work was unsuccessful – the approach failed, Yanukovich was overthrown after protests at the Maidan in 2014. Altogether should be flowed between Manafort and Yanukovich 60 million euros, by black money and money laundering. Manafort paid two million euros to the Hapsburg Group in 2012 and 2014 through at least four offshore accounts. In order to circumvent the European tax, it was “wrongly stated in the contract with the Hapsburg Group that their activities would not take place in Europe,” states the confession. Gusenbauer is said to have received 30,000 euros per month, Bloomberg reported in June , when an unredigated memo from Mueller was online for a few hours. According to a 2012 Manafort employee reported: “Alfred Gusenbauer is ready to be discreet.” On the phone he had the idea to comment “from the underground”. Gusenbauer replied that he had made speeches in the conviction that an approximation of Ukraine to the EU would be good. He did not question the origin of the money. He assured the platform Addendum to have his fee taxed in Austria.

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The three party leaders of Germany’s coalition government agreed late Tuesday to reassign the country’s chief domestic spy after he made controversial remarks about videos from last month’s riots in Chemnitz.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, known by its German acronym BfV, will now become a high-ranking official inside the German interior ministry. The change in roles comes with a higher pay grade, according to German media.

A replacement for his post at the BfV has not been named. “Details to the relative responsibilities within the Ministry for the Interior, Construction and Homeland will be presented by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer [Wednesday],” the government said.

The BfV monitors extremist organizations that threaten Germany’s democratic institutions and Mr. Maassen put himself in the coalition’s crosshairs by calling into question the authenticity of videos from anti-immigrant riots that arose after the fatal stabbing of a man in Chemnitz. He has also reportedly slipped BfV intelligence to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

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Politicians first met last Thursday to discuss Mr. Maassen’s fate but then delayed their decision until Tuesday. German media presented the tussle as another trial for the country’s governing coalition with the left-leaning Social Democrats, or SPD, demanding his resignation and Interior Minister Seehofer saying he had faith in the official. The SPD is part of the governing coalition and Mr. Seehofer is a member of the Christian Socialist Union, or CSU, a conservative Bavarian party allied with Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats, and also part of the coalition government.

Nobody appeared happy with the compromise. Left-leaning politicians wanted Mr. Maassen to wake up unemployed on Wednesday, whereas more conservative lawmakers insisted he did nothing wrong.

“That is unbelievable deception,” Katrin Göring-Eckardt, head of the Green party, was quoted as saying by local daily, Die Welt. Anyone who rewards instead of punishing someone who “cuddles” up to the AfD has lost all decency. “And the SPD plays along with everything,“ she said.

The head of parliament’s interior committee and a member of the CSU, Andrea Lindholz, defended Mr. Maassen, saying it was “regrettable” he had to leave his position because of what she described as a communication error. “Today I still have complete faith in the head of the BfV, after detailed explanations [about what he said], just as I did before them,” she said.

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Horst Seehofer has accomplished a number of feats in his long political career, but he could hardly be thought capable of defying the law of gravity. Until now. Mr. Seehofer could not prevent the dismissal of his confidant Hans-Georg Maassen, but he could prevent Mr. Maassen’s fall. The supposed victim skated away from his previous function as president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution to the top levels of the interior ministry. He was spared a hard landing into temporary retirement.

Mr. Seehofer emphasized that Mr. Maassen has rendered considerable service to the country, especially in the fight against terrorism. But you don’t have to question that to maintain that Mr. Maassen has undermined confidence in himself and his authority over the past two weeks. If the head of the domestic intelligence service is unsettling the public with crass speculation, nobody should be surprised if the next terror alert isn’t taken seriously. Mr. Maassen’s behavior after the neo-Nazi riots in Chemnitz was the reason for his dismissal. The reward: promotion to state secretary and 20 percent more salary.

As right as the criticism of Mr. Maassen is, it would be wrong to reduce the so-called Causa Maassen to the person Maassen. Germany’s highest domestic spy may like to put himself into the middle of things with his interviews, but in the end he is a marginal figure. The chancellor has recently pointed out that the coalition “will not break up over the head of a subsidiary agency.” That’s true. At the same time, however, Angela Merkel has covered up what her cabinet could very well break up over: its internal contradictions and unresolved power issues. The grand coalition is made up of a Social Democratic party that is willing to govern only under certain conditions and a center-right alliance that has limited powers to govern. The result: a scary equilibrium with two existential crises in six months.

It is no coincidence that the controversies are taking place in the interior ministry. Under Mr. Seehofer’s leadership, something like an opposition cabinet is being formed there. In his future role as state secretary for security, Mr. Maassen will meet his old friend Dieter Romann, the head of the federal police, with whom he shares a vehement rejection of the chancellor’s refugee policy. Given this lineup, one thing is certain: There won’t be less conflict in Ms. Merkel’s coalition in crisis.

The chancellor’s main problem, however, is Mr. Seehofer, who never intended to go along with her authority to determine refugee policy. When he talks about a reversal in asylum policy, he isn’t only referring to the usual revisions showing the imprint of a new minister over time. He means the humiliation of his rival. Government policy is characterized by a stalemate between Ms. Merkel and Mr. Seehofer. That is their plight. There is a balance of power which is actually a balance of weakness. Mr. Seehofer is badly hit after his party’s losses in last year’s national elections. He lacks the strength to overthrow the chancellor. But Ms. Merkel, too, is no longer strong enough to get rid of her opponent.

Merkel camp counting on CSU losses in Bavaria

The result is a continuation of the ongoing conflict over refugee policy. Ms. Merkel is playing for time. Her camp is counting on the Seehofer problem resolving itself after the state elections in Bavaria. A historical defeat for the CSU is emerging there, and many will blame party leader Mr. Seehofer for it. But what follows from this is completely open. Even if the CSU were to send a new minister to Berlin, the fundamental ideological dispute remains as to whether the two sister parties – Ms. Merkel’s CDU and Mr. Seehofer’s CSU – should remain anchored in the political center or in the conservative spectrum. That is precisely what refugee policy is ultimately about.

Between the CDU/CSU fronts stands the SPD, which actually wanted to position Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz as an alternative to Merkel and suddenly appears as the chancellor’s protective guard. The Social Democrats are absorbing most of the outrage at the leadership shuffle in Mr. Seehofer’s giant ministry. Instead of celebrating the successes of their government work – the law for better daycare centers that has just been passed, or the reduction in contributions to unemployment insurance, for example – the SPD can be worn down as a buffer party. No miracle that the coalition opponents feel confirmed. The discontent of the base can quickly turn into revolt.

It’s been nearly forgotten in the meantime that the coalition agreement carries the heading “A new departure for Europe.” The hope was that a Franco-German tandem would lead Europe through uncertain times. Six months later, hardly anyone in Berlin has noticed that the reform president, Emmanuel Macron, is in serious trouble. While the German government is self-absorbed, a historic opportunity is passing. Europe’s opponents, both internal and external, are gleefully anticipating the worst.

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“Boshirov” is probably not “Chepiga”. But he is also not “Boshirov”.
 

UPDATE: The Kommersant Evidence
Kommersant publishes interviews with people from Chepiga’s home village. The article makes clear he has not been seen there for many years. It states that opinions differ on whether Chepiga is Boshirov. One woman says she recognised Boshirov as Chepiga when he appeared on TV, especially the dark eyes, though she had not seen him since school. Another woman states it is not Chepiga as when she last saw him ten years ago he was already pretty bald, and he has a more open face, although the eyes are similarly brown.

Naturally mainstream media journalists are tweeting and publishing the man’s evidence and leaving out the woman’s evidence.

But the Kommersant article gives them a bigger challenge. Kommersant is owned by close Putin political ally, Putin’s former student flatmate, Chariman of Gazprominvestholdings and the UK’s richest resident, Alisher Usmanov. That Russia’s most authoritative paper, with ownership very close to Putin, is printing such open and honest reporting rather belies the “Russia is a dictatorship” narrative. And unlike the Guardian and BBC websites, on Kommersant website ordinary Russians can post freely their views on the case, and are.

One thing this does stand up is that Chepiga definitely exists.

The evidence mounts that Russia is not telling the truth about “Boshirov” and “Petrov”. If those were real identities, they would have been substantiated in depth by now. As we know of Yulia Skripal’s boyfriend, cat, cousin and grandmother, real depth on the lives and milieu of “Boshirov” and “Petrov” would be got out. It is plainly in the interests of Russia’s state and its oligarchy to establish that they truly exist, and concern for the privacy of individuals would be outweighed by that. The rights of the individual are not prioritised over the state interest in Russia.

But equally the identification of “Boshirov” with “Colonel Chepiga” is a nonsense.

The problem is with Bellingcat’s methodology. They did not start with any prior intelligence that “Chepiga” is “Boshirov”. They rather allegedly searched databases of GRU operatives of about the right age, then trawled photos in yearbooks of them until they found one that looked a bit like “Boshirov”. And guess what? It looks a bit like “Boshirov”. If you ignore the substantially different skull shape and nose.

Only the picture on the left is Chepiga. The two on the right are from “Boshirov’s” Russian passport application file, and the photo of “Boshirov” issued by Scotland Yard.

Like almost the entire internet, I assumed both black and white photos were from Chepiga’s files, and was willing to admit the identification of Chepiga with “Boshirov” as valid. But once you understand is that – as Bellingcat confirm if you read it closely – only the photo on the left is Chepiga, you start to ask questions.

The two guys on the right and the centre are undoubtedly the same person. But is the guy on the left the same, but younger?

<a href=”http://Betaface.com” rel=”nofollow”>Betaface.com</a>, which runs industry standard software, gives the faces an 83% similarity, putting the probability of them being the same person at 2.8%.

By comparison it gives me a 72% identity with Chepiga and a 2.1% chance of being him.

There is a superficial resemblance. But if you take the standard ratios used for facial recognition, you get a very different story. If you draw a line between the centre of the pupils of the two guys centre and right, and then take a perpendicular from that line to the tip of the nose, you get a key ratio. The two on the right both have a ratio of 100:75, which is unsurprising since they are the same person. The one on the left has a ratio of 100:68, which is very different.

To put that more simply, his nose is much shorter, and less certainly his eyes are further apart.

It is possible this could happen in photos but it still be the same person. The head would have to be tilted backward or forward at quite a sharp angle to alter these ratios, which does not seem to be the case. The camera could be positioned substantially above or below the subject, again not apparently the case. And the photo could be resized with height and width ratios changed. That would hard to detect.

But the three white dots across the bottom of the nose are particularly compelling (the middle one largely obscured by a red dot in the Chepiga photo). They illustrate that Chepiga has a snub nose and Boshirov something of a hook. Again, the software is reinforcing what they eye can plainly see.

However, there are also other ratios that are different. Chepiga has a narrower mouth compared to the distance between the pupils than the two photos of “Boshirov”, and that is measured on the same plane. The difference is 100-80 compared to 100-88. It is a ratio that can be changed by facial expression, but this does not seem to be the case here.

Professor Dame Sue Black of the University of Dundee is the world’s leading expert in facial forensic reconstruction. I once spent a fascinating lunch sitting next to her, while I was Rector. I shall contact her for her view on whether the guy on the left is the same person, and if she is kind enough to give me an opinion, I shall pass it on to you unadulterated.

This website is less definitive, but gives a nice clear result, and you can repeat it yourself without having to subscribe (unlike <a href=”http://Betaface.com” rel=”nofollow”>Betaface.com</a>).

Again for comparison, I tried two photos of myself 12 years apart and got “from nearly the same person”.

It is worth repeating that the only evidence that Chepiga is Boshirov offered by Bellingcat is this photo. The rest of their article simply attempts to establish Chepiga’s career.

This is gross hypocrisy by Bellingcat, who have argued that scores of photos of White Helmets being Jihadi fighters are not valid evidence because you cannot safely recognise faces from photographs.

Yet Higgins now claims his facial identification of Chepiga as Boshirov as “definitive” and “conclusive”, despite the absence of moles, scars and blemishes. Higgins stands exposed as a quite disgusting hypocrite. Let me go further. I do not believe that Higgins did not take the elementary step of running facial recognition technology over the photos, and I believe he is hiding the results from you. Is it not also astonishing that the mainstream media have not done this simple test?

The bulk of the Bellingcat article is just trying to prove the reality of the existence of Chepiga. This is hard to evaluate, but as the evidence to link him to “Boshirov” is non-existent, is a different argument. Having set out to find a GRU officer of the same age who looks a bit like “Boshirov”, they trumpet repeatedly the fact that Chepiga is about the same age as evidence, in a crass display of circular argument.

This unofficial website does indeed name Chepiga as a Hero of the Russian Federation and recipient of 20 awards, as Bellingcat claims. But it is impossible to know if it is authentic, and by contrast there is no Chepiga on the official list of Heroes of the Russian Federation, for the stated 2014 or for any other year, which Bellingcat fail to mention. Their other documents and anonymous sources are unverifiable.

The photo of the military school honours arch, with Chepiga added right at the end and not quite in line, looks to me very suspect. My surmise so far would be that most likely Bellingcat’s source of supply is Ukrainian, and trying to tie the Skripal affair into the Ukrainian civil war via Chepiga.

My view of the most likely explanation on presently available evidence is this:

Boshirov is not Boshirov, and the Russian Government are lying.
Boshirov is not Chepiga, and Bellingcat are lying.
The whole Skripal novichok story still does not hang together, and the British government are lying.

I will continue to form my opinions as further evidence becomes available.

UPDATE Incredibly, at 13.15 on 27 September the BBC TV News ran the story showing only the two photos of “Boshirov”, which of course are the same person, and not showing the photo of Chepiga at all!

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Third suspect in Salisbury Novichok attack ‘identified by security services’
 

A third suspect has been identified in the Novichok poisonings of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, according to reports.

Investigators believe another Russian military intelligence officer visited the city on a reconnaissance mission prior to the attack in March, the Telegraph reported.

The spotter would have travelled alone to assess the location before Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov brought toxic nerve agent Novichok into the UK in a perfume bottle.

They are suspected of poisoning Russian defector Skripal and his daughter Yulia by smearing Novichok on his front door before heading back to Moscow.

The Skripals both survived, but local woman Dawn Sturgess died after her partner Charlie Rowley found the perfume bottle used to dispense the poison.

It is believed that security chiefs have identified the new suspect who came to Salisbury to scope out the intended target.

Skripal suspect ‘true identity’ revealed as decorated Russian colonel

Philip Ingram, a former intelligence and security officer, told The Telegraph: “There was almost certainly intelligence on the ground before the attack was carried out, it is what is called a pattern of life study.

“They wouldn’t have turned up at the house and put it on the door handle on a whim.”

It follows reports that security services are investigating four other suspects believed to be linked to the attack – and analysis from a former Russian spy who said kill teams would tend to operate in teams of six.

Ex-spy Boris Karpichkov, 59, told the Mirror that eavesdroppers from Russian spy agency the FSB would have monitored Yulia Skripal’s mobile, email, internet and Skype before she travelled to the UK to meet her father.

The team would have formed a  “Special Operations Group”, or SOG, and cloned the passports of prisoners in other EU states to travel without visas – and some members may still be laying low following the attack.

Suspect Ruslan Boshirov has recently been identified by the investigative journalism bureau Bellingcat as a decorated GRU Colonel, Anatoliy Chepiga – despite repeated claims from Kremlin that his picture “means nothing to us”.

Chepiga, 39, served in wars in Chechnya and Ukraine. He was made a Hero of the Russian Federation by decree of President Vladimir Putin in 2014.

Prime Minister Theresa May damned Russia for the attack at an address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

She said: “We have taken appropriate action, with our allies, and we will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure our collective security.

“Russia has only sought to obfuscate through desperate fabrication.”

Moscow continues to deny claims of involvement, as officials called out Mrs May for refusing to present her evidence to them.

The country’s Ambassador to London, Alexander Yakovenko, tweeted yesterday, quoting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: “London arrogantly demands that we take responsibility for the crime just because they have some “evidence” no one has ever seen and they would not present it to the public. Frankly speaking, this is just childish.

“London violates at least three or four treaties and refuses to answer any questions. As for me, it is a clear sign of guilty conscience.”

The Russian embassy said in a statement: “The UK is refusing to provide the Russian investigation with any information or evidence gathered by British Police when working on the Salisbury incident.

“British authorities (earlier) announced that they did not intend to pursue extradition of the “suspects” and made it clear that they were not interested in submitting their own requests for legal assistance, which could be provided by means of interrogation of certain persons, provision of access to documents, etc.”

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “We set out our position clearly this month. The Police and CPS have identified two men as the prime suspects in the attack in Salisbury. We have repeatedly asked Russia to account for what happened in Salisbury in March, and they have replied with obfuscation and lies.

“We want these men to face justice in the UK and have taken steps to ensure that if they ever leave Russia in the future they can be arrested, detained and brought to the UK.”

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On 4 March 2018, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer and double agent for the UK’s intelligence services, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury, England, with a Novichok nerve agent, according to official UK sources[3][4] and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).[5] After three weeks in a critical condition, Yulia regained consciousness and was able to speak. She was discharged on 9 April 2018.[6][7] Sergei was also in a critical condition until he regained consciousness one month after the attack. He was discharged from hospital on 18 May 2018.[8][9]
Salisbury Novichok suspects ‘were detained in Netherlands earlier this year’
 

2010 – Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer jailed for spying for Britain, is released and flown to the UK as part of a swap with Russian agents caught in the United States. He settles in Salisbury.

March 3, 2018 – Yulia Skripal arrives at Heathrow Airport from Russia to visit her father in England.

March 4, 9.15am – Sergei Skripal’s burgundy BMW is seen in suburban Salisbury, near a cemetery, where his wife and son are commemorated.

March 4, 1.30pm – The BMW is seen driving toward central Salisbury.

March 4, 1.40pm – The BMW is parked at a lot in central Salisbury.

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March 4, afternoon – Sergei and Yulia Skripal visit the Bishops Mill pub.

March 4, 2.20pm to 3.35pm – Sergei and Yulia Skripal have lunch at the Zizzi restaurant.

March 4, 4.15pm – Emergency services are called by a passer-by concerned about a man and a woman in Salisbury city centre.

Officers find the Skripals unconscious on a bench. They are taken to Salisbury District Hospital, where they remain in critical condition.

March 5, morning – Police say two people in Salisbury are being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was among the first police officers on the scene and was himself hospitalised
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March 5, afternoon – Wiltshire Police, along with Public Health England, declare a ‘major incident’

March 7 – Police announce that the Skripals were likely poisoned with a nerve agent in a targeted murder attempt.

They disclose that a police officer who responded to the incident is in serious condition in a hospital.

March 8 – Home Secretary Amber Rudd describes the use of a nerve agent on UK soil was a ‘brazen and reckless act’ of attempted murder

March 9 – About 180 troops trained in chemical warfare and decontamination are deployed to Salisbury to help with the police investigation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow might be willing to assist with the investigation but expresses resentment at suggestions the Kremlin was behind the attack.

March 11 – Public health officials tell people who visited the Zizzi restaurant or Bishops Mill pub in Salisbury on the day of the attack or the next day to wash their clothes as a precaution.

March 12, morning- Prime Minister Theresa May tells the House of Commons that the Skripals were poisoned with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

March 12, afternoon – Public Health England ask everyone who visited Salisbury town centre on the day of the attack to wash all of their clothes and belongings.

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March 14 – The PM announces the expulsion of 23 suspected Russian spies from the country’s UK Embassy.

March 22 – Nick Bailey, the police officer injured in the attack, is released from hospital.

March 26 – The United States and 22 other countries join Britain in expelling scores of Russian spies from capitals across the globe.

March 29 – Doctors say Yulia Skripal is ‘improving rapidly’ in hospital.

‘Unknown time in the spring’  – Dutch authorities expelled two suspected Russian spies who tried to hack into a Swiss laboratory

April 3 – The chief of the Porton Down defence laboratory said it could not verify the ‘precise source’ of the nerve agent.

April 5, morning – Yulia Skripal’s cousin Viktoria says she has received a call from Yulia saying she plans to leave hospital soon.

Dawn Sturgess died in hospital on July 8
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April 5, afternoon – A statement on behalf of Yulia is released by Metropolitan Police, in which she says her strength is ‘growing daily’ and that ‘daddy is fine’.

April 9 – Ms Skripal is released from hospital and moved to a secure location.

May 18 – Sergei Skripal is released from hospital 11 weeks after he was poisoned.

June 30 – Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley fall ill at a property in Amesbury, which is eight miles from Salisbury, and are rushed to hospital.

July 4 – Police declare a major incident after Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley are exposed to an ‘unknown substance’, later revealed to be Novichok.

July 5 – Sajid Javid demands an explanation over the two poisonings as he accuses the Russian state of using Britain as a ‘dumping ground for poison’.

July 8 – Mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess, 44, dies in hospital due to coming into contact with Novichok.

July 10 – Mr Rowley regains consciousness at hospital, and later tells his brother that Dawn had sprayed the Novichok onto her wrists.

July 19 – Police are believed to have identified the perpetrators of the attack.

August 20 –  Charlie Rowley is rushed to hospital as he starts to lose his site, but doctors can’t confirm whether it has anything to do with the poisoning.

August 26 – Charlie Rowley admitted to intensive care unit with meningitis

August 28  – Police call in the ‘super recognisers’  in bid to track down the poisoners

September 4 –  Charlie Rowley’s brother says he has ‘lost all hope’ and doesn’t have long to live.

Independent investigators, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, confirm the toxic chemical that killed Ms Sturgess was the same nerve agent as that which poisoned the Skripals.

September 5 – Scotland Yard and CPS announce enough evidence to charge Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for conspiracy to murder over Salisbury nerve agent attack.

September 13 – Britain’s most wanted men speak to RT and claim to be humble tourists

September 26 – The real identity of one of the two assassins, named by police as Ruslan Boshirov, is reported to be Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga.

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The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture. The Scots believe that a strange black cat’s arrival to the home signifies prosperity. In Celtic mythology, a fairy known as the Cat Sìth takes the form of a black cat. Black cats are also considered good luck in the rest of Britain and Japan.[5]Furthermore, it is believed that a lady who owns a black cat will have many suitors.[6] In Western history, black cats have typically been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens, specifically being suspected of being the familiars of witches, or actually shape-shifting witches themselves. Most of Europe considers the black cat a symbol of bad luck, particularly if one walks across the path in front of a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death. In Germany, some believe that black cats crossing a person’s path from right to left, is a bad omen. But from left to right, the cat is granting favorable times.[7] In the United Kingdom it is commonly considered that a black cat crossing a person’s path is a good omen.[8]

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When Sun Is Silent | 10:30 AM 9/29/2018 – “Mi ripigneva là dove ‘l sol tace” – “Salis Bury! No Salir! No Exit!” This reality show is performed in the genre of cabaret, with The Demiurge playing the role of the invisible, omnipotent, omniscient, obsessive-compulsive, meticulous, artistic but talantless, pedantic Master of Ceremonies. | Global Security News
 

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“Salis Bury! No Salir! No Exit!”

Also: “Salus (Health) Bury”!

It looks like The Demiurge was trying to establish the communications with “Yours Truly” for some time, already; I found to some surprise. 

Salis Bury! Phonetically: Solis bury: Bury your sun! 

That’s what he says: Bury your sun, I have a lot of “Novichok” for all of you, including your “Salis Transportation” which replaced the Bout Airlines. (Khe-Khe…) Choke, Noviy (Nova)! Noviy, choke! Novyi choke for you. 

You all will be zi Zalizbury Ztakez. 

Ziz iz zi new movie from Zi Demiurge, Canaris 5 or 6. He likez my poetry, z-z-z… 

Viktor Bout and the Far West Group (just like the more extended circle of the Andropov-Tsvigun’s “Jungers”, read all that pseudo-romantic greedy KGB brood) were probably the clients, fronts, and covers for the Abwehr The Demiurge which confirms the hypothesis of their masterminding of the 9/11. 

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Monday, August 5, 2013 – The Nature of The Beast – Variations on a theme by Dante Alighieri – by Mike Nova

tal mi fece la bestia sanza pace,
che, venendomi ’ncontro, a poco a poco
mi ripigneva là dove ’l sol tace.   60 

and this was I, and ever restless Beast 
did push me back, a step by little step 
to place of darkness: sun dared not to speak. 

и это Я был, потому что Зверь 
меня назад толкал, ступеньку за ступенькой 
пока Я не пришёл туда, где солнце немо. 

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Interpretation: 

Salisbury: “Bury your sun! Choke, Noviy. Noviy, choke!”

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The Demiurge is the owner of the Black Cat  Cabaret (Rodolphe Salis), and they have a lot of black cats in the store, to run to the left, right, and all the other possible directions and to to threaten and to cause all sorts of “bad luck” and other calamities. Here they run the Salis’ black cat between Great Britain and Russia.

This reality show is performed in the genre of cabaret, with The Demiurge playing the role of the invisible, omnipotent, omniscient, obsessive-compulsive, meticulous, artistic but talantless, pedantic Master of Ceremonies. 

I want to see you naked, Demiurge, and in your prison cell, unless you write the real good memoirs for us, you old German geisha. 

See also:

Amesbury Novichok and 

Michael Novakhov on Amesbury Novichok

It looks like  The Demiurge suggests the solution: Bury your Aldrich Ameses. 

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Louis Rodolphe Salis[1] (29 May 1851 – 20 March 1897) was the creator, host and owner of the Le Chat Noir (“The Black Cat”) cabaret (known briefly in 1881 at its beginning as “Cabaret Artistique.”) With this establishment Salis is remembered as the creator of the modern cabaret: a nightclub where the patrons could sit at tables with alcoholic drinks and enjoy variety acts on a stage, introduced by a master of ceremonies who interacted with the audience.

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Most of Europe considers the black cat a symbol of bad luck, particularly if one walks across the path in front of a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death. In Germany, some believe that black cats crossing a person’s path from right to left, is a bad omen.

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The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture. The Scots believe that a strange black cat’s arrival to the home signifies prosperity. In Celtic mythology, a fairy known as the Cat Sìth takes the form of a black cat. Black cats are also considered good luck in the rest of Britain and Japan.[5]Furthermore, it is believed that a lady who owns a black cat will have many suitors.[6] In Western history, black cats have typically been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens, specifically being suspected of being the familiars of witches, or actually shape-shifting witches themselves. Most of Europe considers the black cat a symbol of bad luck, particularly if one walks across the path in front of a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death. In Germany, some believe that black cats crossing a person’s path from right to left, is a bad omen. But from left to right, the cat is granting favorable times.[7] In the United Kingdom it is commonly considered that a black cat crossing a person’s path is a good omen.[8]

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Who will plunge the knife into Angela Merkel, Germany asks | World | The Sunday Times
 

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ANGELA Merkel has sparked anger after vowing to stand for re-election as leader of her Christian Democratic Union party.
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M.N.: Keep the “TAINO POLICIA” (that’s how I call them, it is the local Puerto Rican Police + the local faction of the local branch of the FBI + the invisible corrupt and criminal structures that are behind them) under the very close, tight, and constant Federal surveillance and control, non-stop, and 24/7. Investigate them and purge these structures without the end, otherwise their cancer will kill the whole body. The continuous process of importation of the good and experienced police and FBI officers from the mainland is the only solution, there are no other, except the continuous  reeducation and acculturation efforts which might take the decades and the generations. 

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(1) Angela Merkel and the CDU chairmanship: On the slide – Politics
 

Angela Merkel wants to become party leader again. Whether this will happen is uncertain: Before the party congress, people will vote in Bavaria and Hesse. This can completely change the situation in the CDU.

Actually everything should be clear now. Angela Merkel has made it clear that she wants to be re-elected CDU chairman at the next congress. In the past, applause would have jump up in the union – the confirmation in office would have been only a formality. But on Friday it remains surprisingly quiet in the CDU . The best word was the conservative union of values. But their boss did not applaud – he demanded the withdrawal of Merkel.

Things have started to slide in the CDU. Only the chancellor left the feeling in the Maaus causality, then in the election of the Union faction leader. Two such mistakes in a row Merkel have not happened in their entire term. The situation has become so critical for the head of the CDU that she was now forced to reaffirm her candidacy. Merkel is thus trying to end the debate on a change of leadership in the party before she really gets going. So far, only a simple Berlin CDU member has announced plans to compete against Merkel. But who knows what the next few weeks would have been if the chairman had not taken a stake as a precautionary measure?

Doch trotz Merkels Ankündigung ist noch nicht sicher, dass sie auf dem Parteitag im Dezember auch tatsächlich antritt. Denn niemand weiß, wie die christdemokratische Welt nach den beiden Landtagswahlen im Oktober aussehen wird.

Klar ist bisher nur, dass das bayerische Ergebnis Merkel in keinem Fall Freude bereiten wird. Entweder erreicht die CSU wider Erwarten doch noch ein akzeptables Ergebnis – dann werden die Christsozialen dermaßen breitbeinig auftreten, dass sogar Uli Hoeneß im Vergleich dazu wie ein Sänftling erscheinen wird. Oder die CSU verliert so deutlich, wie es die Umfragen erwarten lassen. Dann wird die CSU nach Sündenböcken suchen, und dabei auch Angela Merkel finden.

Zwei Wochen nach den Bayern wählen dann auch die Hessen. Die CDU steht in dem Land derzeit zehn Prozentpunkte unter dem Ergebnis der letzten Landtagswahl. Bereits das ist für die CDU ein Fiasko. Wenn Volker Bouffier sogar die Staatskanzlei verlieren sollte, würde das gewaltige Schockwellen auslösen – die vor allem Merkel erschüttern würden.

Kein realistisches Szenario, in dem jemand anderes die Mehrheit im Bundestag hinter sich vereinen kann

Als Kanzlerin ist Merkel zwar immer noch in einer kommoden Lage. Sie kann nur durch ein konstruktives Misstrauensvotum aus dem Amt gehoben werden. Es gibt aber kein realistisches Szenario, in dem jemand anderes die Mehrheit im Bundestag hinter sich vereinen kann. Derlei würde schon die SPD verhindern, die keinem anderen CDU-Politiker vor Neuwahlen zur Kanzlerschaft verhelfen wird.

Als CDU-Chefin wird Merkel jedoch nicht durch Vorgaben des Grundgesetzes geschützt. Wenn die Delegierten Lust auf einen Wechsel verspüren, können sie sich einfach eine neue Führung wählen – so wie es die Unionsfraktion am Dienstag getan hat.

Before the election, Merkel has long been tormented by the question of whether she should continue. For this reason, she will also check very carefully after the state elections whether the CDU will still be wearing her – or whether she would rather present her successor to her party. That would actually be the beginning of the end of the era Merkel.

Do not be afraid of populism
 

D emokratien the party democracy is in crisis. That’s how it sounds for many months now. And then we look around – and what do we see? For a long time now, politics has been as alive as it is today.

Rainer Hank

Rainer Hank

Responsible editor for economics and “Money & More” of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Or Should not the fall of the CDU chief strategist and confidant Merkel Volker Kauder on the open stage be Described as a success of party democracy? That may not quite have Shakespearean features, but it would be enough for an evening on the studio stage. Have the Umstürzler agreed? Is Ralph Brinkhausthe schemer who plays the naive? Or is there a ringleader behind him? And what this prelude to the overthrow of the Chancellor, for which, of course, the theatrical machines would have to be a real big spectacle of it?

But no, the cancellation of Kauders is a “great moment of democracy,” they all say now, led by the Chancellor. The deselection Kauders should be a moment of glory, while the arrival of the AfD in the Bundestag by the same people is denounced as decay of democracy. Here is measured with two different measures. The vote of no confidence against Merkel’s man at the top of the political group should be a democratic masterpiece. The vote of no confidence of the AfD (and its voters) against the established parties, on the other hand, is regarded as pure populism and is therefore dangerous. We do not complain. Since finally something has been going on in German politics for years. And those who do not like that say that democracy is in trouble. Conversely, a shoe becomes out of it.

Wettbewerb belebt das Geschäft, wissen nicht nur die Handelsleute, die freilich gerade deshalb am liebsten den Handel abschaffen oder protektionistisch beschränken wollen. Offenkundig gibt es Bürger in Deutschland, die der Meinung sind, man habe sie – warum auch immer – politisch vergessen. Und nun findet sich eine Partei, die ihnen eine Stimme gibt, diese aber nicht etwa – oder nicht nur – als außerparlamentarische Opposition auf den Straßen und Plätzen des Landes erhebt, sondern ihre Ziele repräsentativ parlamentarisiert: als Opposition im Deutschen Bundestag mit seinem ganzen schwerfälligen Antrags- und Ausschusswesen. Das wird als Populismus geschmäht, anstatt es als Belebung des Parlamentarismus zu feiern.

Dank der AfD steigt die Wahlbeteiligung

John Stuart Mill, perhaps the greatest liberal thinker of the 19th century, saw two dangers to democracy: he called them the “dictatorship of the majority” and the “dictatorship of habit.” The dictatorship of the majority is today another word for the institutionalization of political alternatives, called the grand coalition. Dictatorship of habit is another word for the stagnation of a state that could at some point stifle its expendable spending. Let’s call the New Myself Populists – but they enliven democracy. It has not been as exciting in the Bundestag for a long time since the AFD was sitting there. Before, it was always said that the democratic discourse had shifted from parliaments to talk shows.

Merkel-Seehofer standoff shows a balance of weakness, not power
 

Horst Seehofer has accomplished a number of feats in his long political career, but he could hardly be thought capable of defying the law of gravity. Until now. Mr. Seehofer could not prevent the dismissal of his confidant Hans-Georg Maassen, but he could prevent Mr. Maassen’s fall. The supposed victim skated away from his previous function as president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution to the top levels of the interior ministry. He was spared a hard landing into temporary retirement.

Mr. Seehofer emphasized that Mr. Maassen has rendered considerable service to the country, especially in the fight against terrorism. But you don’t have to question that to maintain that Mr. Maassen has undermined confidence in himself and his authority over the past two weeks. If the head of the domestic intelligence service is unsettling the public with crass speculation, nobody should be surprised if the next terror alert isn’t taken seriously. Mr. Maassen’s behavior after the neo-Nazi riots in Chemnitz was the reason for his dismissal. The reward: promotion to state secretary and 20 percent more salary.

As right as the criticism of Mr. Maassen is, it would be wrong to reduce the so-called Causa Maassen to the person Maassen. Germany’s highest domestic spy may like to put himself into the middle of things with his interviews, but in the end he is a marginal figure. The chancellor has recently pointed out that the coalition “will not break up over the head of a subsidiary agency.” That’s true. At the same time, however, Angela Merkel has covered up what her cabinet could very well break up over: its internal contradictions and unresolved power issues. The grand coalition is made up of a Social Democratic party that is willing to govern only under certain conditions and a center-right alliance that has limited powers to govern. The result: a scary equilibrium with two existential crises in six months.

It is no coincidence that the controversies are taking place in the interior ministry. Under Mr. Seehofer’s leadership, something like an opposition cabinet is being formed there. In his future role as state secretary for security, Mr. Maassen will meet his old friend Dieter Romann, the head of the federal police, with whom he shares a vehement rejection of the chancellor’s refugee policy. Given this lineup, one thing is certain: There won’t be less conflict in Ms. Merkel’s coalition in crisis.

The chancellor’s main problem, however, is Mr. Seehofer, who never intended to go along with her authority to determine refugee policy. When he talks about a reversal in asylum policy, he isn’t only referring to the usual revisions showing the imprint of a new minister over time. He means the humiliation of his rival. Government policy is characterized by a stalemate between Ms. Merkel and Mr. Seehofer. That is their plight. There is a balance of power which is actually a balance of weakness. Mr. Seehofer is badly hit after his party’s losses in last year’s national elections. He lacks the strength to overthrow the chancellor. But Ms. Merkel, too, is no longer strong enough to get rid of her opponent.

Merkel camp counting on CSU losses in Bavaria

The result is a continuation of the ongoing conflict over refugee policy. Ms. Merkel is playing for time. Her camp is counting on the Seehofer problem resolving itself after the state elections in Bavaria. A historical defeat for the CSU is emerging there, and many will blame party leader Mr. Seehofer for it. But what follows from this is completely open. Even if the CSU were to send a new minister to Berlin, the fundamental ideological dispute remains as to whether the two sister parties – Ms. Merkel’s CDU and Mr. Seehofer’s CSU – should remain anchored in the political center or in the conservative spectrum. That is precisely what refugee policy is ultimately about.

Between the CDU/CSU fronts stands the SPD, which actually wanted to position Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz as an alternative to Merkel and suddenly appears as the chancellor’s protective guard. The Social Democrats are absorbing most of the outrage at the leadership shuffle in Mr. Seehofer’s giant ministry. Instead of celebrating the successes of their government work – the law for better daycare centers that has just been passed, or the reduction in contributions to unemployment insurance, for example – the SPD can be worn down as a buffer party. No miracle that the coalition opponents feel confirmed. The discontent of the base can quickly turn into revolt.

It’s been nearly forgotten in the meantime that the coalition agreement carries the heading “A new departure for Europe.” The hope was that a Franco-German tandem would lead Europe through uncertain times. Six months later, hardly anyone in Berlin has noticed that the reform president, Emmanuel Macron, is in serious trouble. While the German government is self-absorbed, a historic opportunity is passing. Europe’s opponents, both internal and external, are gleefully anticipating the worst.

To contact the author: koch@handelsblatt.com

Domestic spy chief forced into new, higher-ranking role
 

The three party leaders of Germany’s coalition government agreed late Tuesday to reassign the country’s chief domestic spy after he made controversial remarks about videos from last month’s riots in Chemnitz.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, known by its German acronym BfV, will now become a high-ranking official inside the German interior ministry. The change in roles comes with a higher pay grade, according to German media.

A replacement for his post at the BfV has not been named. “Details to the relative responsibilities within the Ministry for the Interior, Construction and Homeland will be presented by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer [Wednesday],” the government said.

The BfV monitors extremist organizations that threaten Germany’s democratic institutions and Mr. Maassen put himself in the coalition’s crosshairs by calling into question the authenticity of videos from anti-immigrant riots that arose after the fatal stabbing of a man in Chemnitz. He has also reportedly slipped BfV intelligence to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Coalition coalescence

Politicians first met last Thursday to discuss Mr. Maassen’s fate but then delayed their decision until Tuesday. German media presented the tussle as another trial for the country’s governing coalition with the left-leaning Social Democrats, or SPD, demanding his resignation and Interior Minister Seehofer saying he had faith in the official. The SPD is part of the governing coalition and Mr. Seehofer is a member of the Christian Socialist Union, or CSU, a conservative Bavarian party allied with Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats, and also part of the coalition government.

Nobody appeared happy with the compromise. Left-leaning politicians wanted Mr. Maassen to wake up unemployed on Wednesday, whereas more conservative lawmakers insisted he did nothing wrong.

“That is unbelievable deception,” Katrin Göring-Eckardt, head of the Green party, was quoted as saying by local daily, Die Welt. Anyone who rewards instead of punishing someone who “cuddles” up to the AfD has lost all decency. “And the SPD plays along with everything,“ she said.

The head of parliament’s interior committee and a member of the CSU, Andrea Lindholz, defended Mr. Maassen, saying it was “regrettable” he had to leave his position because of what she described as a communication error. “Today I still have complete faith in the head of the BfV, after detailed explanations [about what he said], just as I did before them,” she said.

Andrew Bulkeley is an editor in Berlin for Handelsblatt Global. To contact the author: a.bulkeley@handelsblattgroup.com


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7:24 AM 9/29/2018 – Bill Browder: “This is seriously concerning. House intelligence committee will NOT release transcripts of Dana Rohrabacher’s interview in Russia probe. Given that Rohrabacher was the main anti Magnitsky lobbyist in Washington, the public has a right to know.” – Recent Tweets

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  1. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    Bill Browder

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    This is seriously concerning. House intelligence committee will NOT release transcripts of Dana Rohrabacher’s interview in Russia probe. Given that Rohrabacher was the main anti Magnitsky lobbyist in Washington, the public has a right to know.

  2. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    German city braces for protests as Erdogan opens mega mosque https://www.yahoo.com/news/german-city-braces-protests-erdogan-opens-mega-mosque-014513099.html 

    German city braces for protests as Erdogan opens mega mosque

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to open one of Europe’s largest mosques in Cologne on Saturday as he wraps up a controversial visit to Germany, with police deploying in force amid…

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  3. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Лукашенко и Путин обсудили действия НАТО у белорусских границ http://www.aif.ru/politics/world/lukashenko_i_putin_obsudili_deystviya_nato_u_belorusskih_granic 

    Лукашенко и Путин обсудили действия НАТО у белорусских границ

    Президент Белоруссии назвал вопрос безопасности центральным вопросом саммита стран СНГ

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    Путин и президент Таджикистана прошлись, держась за руки: появилось видео https://www.segodnya.ua/world/russia/putin-i-prezident-tadzhikistana-proshlis-derzhas-za-ruki-poyavilos-video-1174987.html 

    Путин и президент Таджикистана прошлись, держась за руки: появилось видео

    Глава российского государства испытал на себе традиционное таджикское гостеприимство

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    How East Germany became a stronghold of the far right https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/east-germany-stronghold-180914121858728.html 

    How East Germany became a stronghold of the far right

    The lack of serious action against the far right has enabled the current xenophobic surge in East Germany.

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    Russian suspects in poisoning tell unlikely tale: We were in UK as tourists http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-russian-suspects-uk-poisoning-20180913-story.html 

    Russian suspects in poisoning tell unlikely tale: We were in U.K. as tourists

    Two Russian men charged in the U.K. with trying to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with the nerve agent Novichok, claimed to be hapless tourists.

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    Kremlin looks into UK reports naming Salisbury attacker as Russian colonel https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-russia-skripal-kremlin/kremlin-looks-into-uk-reports-naming-salisbury-attacker-as-russian-colonel-idUSKCN1M729D 

    Kremlin on Skripal suspect identification: ‘Many people look alike’

    The Kremlin on Thursday cast doubt on photographs that appeared to show a suspect in the Skripal poisoning case was a Russian intelligence officer, saying that “many people look alike.”

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    ‘Salisbury poisoning’ couple had to be rescued in Wales before falling ill https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/salisbury-poisoning-couple-rescued-wales-15215245 

    ‘Salisbury poisoning’ couple rescued in Wales before falling ill

    Alex King and Anna Shapiro claim to have been targetted by Russian spies

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  10. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Kremlin: Photos don’t prove novichok suspect is Russian intelligence officer https://news.sky.com/story/kremlin-photos-dont-prove-novichok-suspect-is-russian-intelligence-officer-11511220 

    Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga. Pic: Bellingcat

    Kremlin: Photos don’t prove novichok suspect is Russian intelligence officer

    An investigative website has said one of the Salisbury poisoning suspects is a colonel of Russia’s military intelligence agency.

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  11. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Sergei Skripal worked for 4 NATO countries turning in Russian spies https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/sergei-skripal-worked-for-4-nato-countries-turning-in-russian-spies/ 

    Sergei Skripal worked for 4 NATO countries turning in Russian spies

    The former GRU colonel worked for Western intelligence services declassifying information about Russian spies that operated abroad.

    en.crimerussia.com

  12. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Kremlin is tired of talking about the poisoning case in Britain https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Kremlin-is-tired-of-talking-about-the-poisoning-13265987.php 

    Kremlin is tired of talking about the poisoning case in Britain

    Pressed for the second straight day to respond to allegations that one of the men accused of the nerve-agent poisoning in Britain is an officer in Russian military intelligence, Kremlin spokesman…

    sfgate.com

  13. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Kremlin-urges-Britain-to-share-its-poisoning-case-suspicions-494633011.html 

    Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions

    The Kremlin said Friday it expects Britain to say what it knows about the identities of the two suspects in the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy so Russian officials can launch an…

    wsaz.com

  14. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Russia Says Photos Don’t Prove Its Spy Was Linked to Skripal Case https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-09-28/kremlin-says-needs-hard-data-on-skripal-case-to-draw-any-conclusions 

    Russia Says Photos Don’t Prove Its Spy Was Linked to Skripal Case

    usnews.com

  15. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions https://www.wbay.com/content/news/Kremlin-urges-Britain-to-share-its-poisoning-case-suspicions-494633011.html 

    Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions

    The Kremlin said Friday it expects Britain to say what it knows about the identities of the two suspects in the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy so Russian officials can launch an…

    wbay.com

  16. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Third suspect identified in Novichok poisoning of Skripals in Salisbury https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/europe/third-suspect-identified-in-novichok-poisoning-of-skripals-in-salisbury-ng-3a2a29afbcfe6632ce305444bdc86fbe 

    Third Novichok poisoning suspect identified

    A THIRD person understood to have helped two Russian men carry out the lethal Salisbury nerve agent poisoning has been identified by counter-terrorism police.

    perthnow.com.au

  17. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Third Russian Possibly Involved in Salisbury Poisoning https://www.voanews.com/a/third-russian-possibly-involved-in-salisbury-poisoning/4591169.html 

    Third Russian Possibly Involved in Salisbury Poisoning

    British investigators not yet revealing man’s identity but say they suspect him of carrying out reconnaissance for March nerve agent attack

    voanews.com

  18. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Third Salisbury attack suspect believed to have been identified by police https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/national/16909822.third-salisbury-attack-suspect-believed-to-have-been-identified-by-police/ 

    Third Salisbury attack suspect believed to have been identified by police

    The member of Russia’s military intelligence service is said to have carried out a reconnaissance mission ahead of the attack.

    keighleynews.co.uk

  19. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Salisbury Novichok suspects ‘were detained in Netherlands earlier this year’ | Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal – Wikipedia | Third suspect in Salisbury Novichok attack ‘identified by security services’ http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/09/28/salisbury-novichok-suspects-were-detained-in-netherlands-earlier-this-year-poisoning-of-sergei-and-yulia-skripal-wikipedia-third-suspect-in-salisbury-novichok-attack-identified-by-security/ 

    Salisbury Novichok suspects ‘were detained in Netherlands earlier this year’ | Poisoning of Sergei…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Review Salisbury Novichok suspects ‘were detained in Netherlands earlier this year’ Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal – Wikipedia Third suspect in Salisbury Novichok…

    fbinewsreview.org

  20. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Novichok assassin’s former Russian army chief comes forward to admit he was military trained, but not for spy missions https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6219143/Novichok-assassins-former-chief-claims-wasnt-trained-spy-missions.html 

    Novichok assassin’s former chief claims he wasn’t trained for spying

    The Kremlin’s media machine has gone into overdrive since investigators revealed one of the two Russians behind the attack is a Colonel Anatoly Chepiga – a high ranking GRU officer

    dailymail.co.uk

  21. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    US spies see new threats from global rivals, and say it may be Cold War 2.0 https://www.theolympian.com/news/nation-world/world/article219186160.html 

    U.S. spies see new threats from global rivals, and say it may be Cold War 2.0

    For U.S. intelligence veterans, the rising threats from Russia and China evoke deja vu, a sense that a new kind of Cold War is unfolding. Those countries now supplant terror groups on U.S. radar.

    theolympian.com

  22. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions https://www.wcjb.com/content/news/Kremlin-urges-Britain-to-share-its-poisoning-case-suspicions-494633011.html 

    Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions

    The Kremlin said Friday it expects Britain to say what it knows about the identities of the two suspects in the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy so Russian officials can launch an…

    wcjb.com

  23. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    mikenov on Twitter: fsb boshirov passport scandal – Google Search http://google.com.pr/search?q=fsb+b https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1045740340379111427 

  24. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    mikenov on Twitter: boshirov passport affair is attack on fsb – Google Search http://google.com.pr/search?q=boshi https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1045741570237042688 

  25. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    mikenov on Twitter: Third suspect in Salisbury Novichok attack ‘identified’ http://standard.co.uk/news/crime/thi https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1045743321526734848 

  26. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    mikenov on Twitter: Cambridge Analytica from mikenova (4 sites): cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook Network is Breached, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk – New York Times http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&  https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1045746734452944896 

    Google News

    Comprehensive up-to-date news coverage, aggregated from sources all over the world by Google News.

    news.google.com

  27. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Kremlin Denies Putin Involvement in Poisoning of Former Spy Sergei Skripal https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/kremlin-denies-putin-involvement-in-poisoning-of-former-spy-sergei-skripal-1.6479154 

    Kremlin denies Putin involvement in poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal

    haaretz.com

  28. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Jared Kushner Was ‘Paranoid’ About Chris Christie, Orchestrated His Firing https://forward.com/fast-forward/411205/jared-kushner-was-paranoid-about-chris-christie-orchestrated-his-firing/  & mid. east

    Jared Kushner Was ‘Paranoid’ About Chris Christie, Orchestrated His Firing

    “The kid is paranoid about you,” Paul Manafort said, referring to Kushner in a phone call to Christie.

    forward.com

  29. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Global Security News: “Boshirov” is probably not “Chepiga”. But he is also not “Boshirov”. (!) | the identification of “Boshirov” with “Colonel Chepiga” is a nonsense. The problem is with Bellingcat’s methodology…” http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/09/28/boshirov-is-probably-not-chepiga-but-he-is-also-not-boshirov-the-identification-of-boshirov-with-colonel-chepiga-is-a-nonsense-the-problem/  times

    “Boshirov” is probably not “Chepiga”. But he is also not “Boshirov”. (!) | the identification of…

    “But equally the identification of “Boshirov” with “Colonel Chepiga” is a nonsense. The problem is with Bellingcat’s methodology…” “Boshirov” is probably not “Chepiga”. But he is also not “Boshir…

    globalsecuritynews.org

  30. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Hurricane Center: TS Kirk likely to dissipate in Caribbean https://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/texas/hurricane-center-ts-kirk-likely-to-dissipate-in-caribbean/article_2389ead8-ac22-5f6a-8b1a-db13cd3a5a35.html 

    Hurricane Center: TS Kirk likely to dissipate in Caribbean

    MIAMI (AP) — The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Kirk is likely to dissipate after dropping heavy rain and causing flooding in the eastern Caribbean.

    brownsvilleherald.com

  31. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    FBI News Review: Facebook Network is Breached, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk – New York Times http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/09/28/facebook-network-is-breached-putting-50-million-users-data-at-risk-new-york-times/ 

    Facebook Network is Breached, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk – New York Times | FBI News…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks – Page | All Posts – The News And Times All Posts – The News And Times from mikenova (13 sites) mikenov on Twitter: Cambridge Analytica from mikenova (4 sites): cambridge…

    fbinewsreview.org

  32. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    ‘Amateurs’ https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201809281068436566-skripal-uk-russia-suspects/ 

    ‘Saw Amateurs’ in Footage Allegedly Showing Skripal Suspects – Ex MI6 Officer

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Nicholas Anderson, a former MI6 intelligence officer, told Sputnik that when he saw the CCTV footage of the two men whom London believes to be Russian security service agents and…

    sputniknews.com

  33. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Facebook Network is Breached, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk – New York Times http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/09/28/facebook-network-is-breached-putting-50-million-users-data-at-risk-new-york-times/ 

    Facebook Network is Breached, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk – New York Times | FBI News…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks – Page | All Posts – The News And Times All Posts – The News And Times from mikenova (13 sites) mikenov on Twitter: Cambridge Analytica from mikenova (4 sites): cambridge…

    fbinewsreview.org

  34. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    3 wounded in stabbing in southwestern Germany https://wapo.st/2R5ab65?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.7650f0081e6a 

    3 hurt in stabbing in southwestern German town

    Police say three people have been wounded by a man with a knife in a town in southwestern Germany

    washingtonpost.com

  35. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Ravensburg stabbing: Three knifed in horror attack in German square https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1024297/ravensburg-stabbing-germany-knife-attack-marienplatz 

    Ravensburg stabbing: Three knifed in horror attack in German square

    GERMAN police have arrested a man on suspicion of repeatedly stabbing three people in the town of Ravensburg.

    express.co.uk

  36. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Cambridge Analytica from mikenova (4 sites): cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook Network is Breached, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk – New York Times http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNEe5HoyziptrvSeRgkTNoa5JN2_qw&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52780054426092&ei=U2-uW9ibCdas3wHTyYaIAg&url=https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/technology/facebook-hack-data-breach.html 

    One of the challenges for Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is convincing users that the company handles their data responsibly.

    Facebook Security Breach Exposes Accounts of 50 Million Users

    The attack added to the company’s woes as it contends with fallout from its role in a Russian disinformation campaign.

    nytimes.com

  37. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Russia ‘influenced UK embassy into giving Skripal assassins visas’ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6214897/Russias-secret-service-influenced-British-embassy-giving-Skripal-assassins-business-visas.html 

    Russia ‘influenced UK embassy into giving Skripal assassins visas’

    Investigators have evidence the Kremlin ‘manipulated people’ working for the UK’s consulate in Moscow to ensure their assassins were handed UK business visas.

    dailymail.co.uk

  38. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Why Are People Saying French President Emmanuel Macron Is Gay? https://hornet.com/stories/emmanuel-macron-gay/ 

    Gay Rumors Swirl Around French President Emmanuel Macron

    Critics have claimed French President Emmanuel Macron has given special treatment to his bodyguard because the two men are gay lovers.

    hornet.com

  39. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/national/kremlin-urges-britain-to-share-its-poisoning-case-suspicions/article_f6bf96d1-1392-54ec-89af-59c7c64bc3de.html 

    Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday it expects Britain to say what it knows about the identities of the two suspects in the nerve agent poisoning of a former

    ncnewsonline.com

  40. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Former commander of Chepiga calls investigation into Boshirov “schizophrenia” https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/former-commander-of-chepiga-calls-investigation-into-boshirov-schizophrenia/ 

    Former commander of Chepiga calls investigation into Boshirov “schizophrenia”

    According to Borzhko, Chepiga was trained to serve in hot spots, to run combat missions, and not to do agency work.

    en.crimerussia.com

  41. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Former commander of Chepiga calls investigation into Boshirov “schizophrenia” https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/former-commander-of-chepiga-calls-investigation-into-boshirov-schizophrenia/ 

    Former commander of Chepiga calls investigation into Boshirov “schizophrenia”

    According to Borzhko, Chepiga was trained to serve in hot spots, to run combat missions, and not to do agency work.

    en.crimerussia.com

  42. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Photos don’t prove Russian spy’s link to Skripal case, Kremlin says https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2018/09/28/photos-dont-prove-russian-spys-link-to-skripal-case-kremlin-says 

    Photos don't prove Russian spy's link to Skripal case, Kremlin says

    Photos don’t prove Russian spy’s link to Skripal case, Kremlin says

    The Kremlin said on Friday a likeness between a Russian intelligence colonel and a suspect in the Skripal poisoning case does not prove they are the same…

    dailysabah.com

  43. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Trump vs. Macron at the UN https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/trump-vs-macron-at-the-un/ 

    Trump vs. Macron at the UN

    In his latest interview with Radio Sputnik International, Srdja Trifkovic discusses President Donald Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly and contrasts his defense of national sovereignty with…

    chroniclesmagazine.org

  44. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Kremlin angrily rejects GRU link and refuses to identify Skripal poisoning suspects https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/salisbury-novichok-suspects-gru-colonel-kremlin-response-poisoning-denial-a8559206.html 

    Kremlin angrily rejects GRU link and refuses to identify Skripal poisoning suspects

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin has “nothing to add” to reports linking a serving military intelligence colonel to the Salisbury novichok poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and…

    independent.co.uk