“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: UNIAN: Ukraine imposing mirror economic sanctions against Russia | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice – Kyiv Post

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UNIAN: Ukraine imposing mirror economic sanctions against Russia | KyivPost – Ukraine’s Global Voice  Kyiv Post

A pro-Russian supporter waves a Russian flag in front of pro-Russian armed men in military fatigues blocking the base of the Ukrainian frontier guards, …

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: 50 Investigators have Come to Ingushetia from Other Parts of Russia to Fabricate Cases against Protesters, Activists Say

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Paul Goble
            Staunton, May 13 – After Yunus-Bek Yevkurov provoked violence during  the March 27 demonstration, Moscow sent in some 50 investigators from other regions of the Russian Federation to fabricate criminal cases not only against the leaders of the protests but also against ordinary Ingush as well, activists say (fortanga.org/2019/05/tsel-oboznachena/#more-3429).
            The number of people Yevkurov wanted to get out of the way by bringing charges against exceeded the capacity of the republic’s legal system, and so Moscow has sent reinforcements.  As a result, the number of Ingush charged and then incarcerated continues to climb (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/335390/, mbk-news.appspot.com/news/v-ingushetii-zaderzhali/and kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/335429/).
            Those who have been detained, the activists continue, are in jail simply because Yevkurov wants them to be regardless of what they have said and done. And that has angered almost all other Ingush who are concerned that they could be next unless the republic head is ousted and the situation is changed. The regional government has completely discredited itself.
            And what that means is this, the activists say, is that “the regional powers that be are not in a position to promote the interests of the federal center in the republic,” something they insist, “Kremlin officials understand very well” but aren’t moving against Yevkurov lest they appear to be backing down under pressure.
            They also know, the activists say, that the situation in Ingushetia is not stabilizing. Instead, the situation is becoming more dangerous. With the senior leaders under arrest, many younger people are becoming more radical and it would take only the smallest mistake to set the situation aflame. If that happens, it won’t end at Ingushetia’s borders, the activists argue.
            The activists say there is “only one way out.” The republic parliament must take charge of the situation after all the political prisoners are released, steps that can occur only if Moscow intervenes and Yevkurov is either dismissed or clearly on the way out. Then there can be talks about the future.
            Meanwhile, an Ingush court rejected an appeal by Murad Khazbiyev to find against the government for shutting off Internet operations during the protests. The activist says he will appeal to the federal courts and, failing a good judgment there, to other courts as well (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/335419/).
            And in another indication that the Yevkurov regime is in trouble from within as well as from without, investigators reported that the state institutions of the republic haven’t made required insurance payments for almost a year, likely diverting the money into the pockets of senior people or for repressive measures (zamanho.com/?p=7664).

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Взгляд: Шарий рассказал об увольнении писавшего доносы на учительницу «черкасского арийца»

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Медиаэксперт Анатолий Шарий рассказал о том, что фигуранты скандала вокруг украинской учительницы музыки, которая была уволена за то, что ознакомила детей с советскими песнями, остались без работы.

«Роман Ювшин, комментировавший зигование черкассого арийца в Берлине, ушел из компании «по собственному желанию». Осталось добиться евроордера от Германии на самого фигуранта за совершение уголовного преступления и он сможет путешествовать исключительно по Черкасской области. Не надо было травить учительницу. Я думаю, сто раз уже пожалел. Остальные запомнят надолго», – сообщил Шарий в среду в своем Telegram-канале.

Речь идет о скандале в школе Черкасской области Украины, разгоревшегося с подачи местного жителя Евгения Иванцова, программиста из компании Codenvy, который также выступал с лекциями за границей.

«Чтобы материал запомнился лучше, по-русски учитель рассказывает 10-летним детям, что Советский Союз, а точнее Россия, освободила Украину от захватчиков (а то поговаривают, что американцы также для победы много сделали). Не налезает ни на какую голову», – написал он на своей странице в Facebook (в настоящее время страница недоступна).

На эту публикацию обратил внимание Шарий. «По доносу вот этого человека (Иванцова – прим. ВЗГЛЯД) у учительницы случилась проблема, потому что она ставила детям «Синий платочек», «Катюшу» и «Вставай, страна огромная», – подчеркнул блогер, задавшись вопросом о том, запрещены ли на Украине эти песни.

Шарий рассказал, что украинские СМИ преподнесли новость об учительнице как большой скандал. «Вот эти ублюдки, они же на самом деле думают, что «Катюша» – это что-то очень-очень плохое», – подчеркнул он.

Медиаэксперт изучил страницу Иванцова в соцсети до того, как она оказалась недоступна. Там, в частности, были опубликованы фотографии его семейного путешествия по Европе. Иванцов жаловался на «обоссанные улицы и арабов» в Париже, выражал недовольство «москалями и циганвой» в Испании, а также демонстрировал нацистское приветствие в Берлине (10:56 на видео). Шарий подчеркивает, что двояко трактовать продемонстрированный на фото жест нельзя, так как в подписи под его фото с женой и сыном сказано: «Зиганули».

Упомянутый выше Ювшин засветился в комментариях под этой же фотографией. «Sieg heil», – гласит его комментарий.

«Смешная шутка, – иронизирует Шарий. – Особенно на территории Германии, где это запрещено законом, где это уголовное преступление». Блогер сказал, что тоже «ради шутки» направит этот материал депутату Бундестага и «определились, этого человека можно сейчас привлечь или нельзя». Также Шарий пообещал направить скриншоты со страницы Иванцова во все места, где он будет выступать с лекциями.

«Учителя находятся в стрессе, что их уволят. И вот увольняют за песни, в которых нет ничего предосудительного, который приезжает своим тупым рылом в Германию и в Берлине на *** зигует, подписывая: «Зиганули», – вместе со своим выводком», – добавил Шарий.

Позднее Шарий сообщил (00:24), что Иванцов потерял работу. «Компания Codenvy уволила его, причем уволила достаточно резко. (…) Он, зигуя в Германии, позволил себе написать донос на учительницу, которая посмела с учениками петь песню «Синий платочек». (…) Учительница была уволена, ее вынудили уволиться», – сказал он.

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Вести.Ru: Уфимка вышла замуж за покойника ради квадратных метров

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В Уфе 51-летняя женщина купила поддельное свидетельство о заключении брака между ней и скончавшимся мужчиной, после которого осталась недвижимость. Однако когда она “вступала в наследство”, суд выявил фальшивый документ. В отношении злоумышленницы было возбуждено два уголовных дела.

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Вести.Ru: “Пари Сен-Жермен” решил перехватить Гризманна у “Барселоны”

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Французский форвард Антуан Гризманн объявил о своем уходе из мадридского “Атлетико”, но при этом не сообщил куда он собрался перебраться. В гонку за 28-летнего нападающего включился парижский “Пари Сен-Жермен”.

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“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: “Embargo and special duties”: Ukraine slaps new sanctions against Russia – vestnik kavkaza

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“Embargo and special duties”: Ukraine slaps new sanctions against Russia  vestnik kavkaza

Ukraine has imposed new economic sanctions against Russia banning supplies of certain groups of goods and introducing special duties, the country’s Prime …

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“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: Ukraine to impose mirror economic sanctions against Russia – Groysman – UNIAN

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Ukraine to impose mirror economic sanctions against Russia – Groysman  UNIAN

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said the Cabinet of Ministers on May 15 will impose mirror economic sanctions against Russia in response to …

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“Ukraine” – Google News: Ukraine to impose mirror economic sanctions against Russia – Groysman – UNIAN

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Ukraine to impose mirror economic sanctions against Russia – Groysman  UNIAN

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said the Cabinet of Ministers on May 15 will impose mirror economic sanctions against Russia in response to …

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“Putin” – Google News: Erdogan and Putin agree to convene working group on Syria soon: Turkish minister – Reuters

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Erdogan and Putin agree to convene working group on Syria soon: Turkish minister  Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed that a working group on Syria’s northwest should convene as soon …

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euronewsru’s YouTube Videos: Предвыборное путешествие: Брно

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Предвыборное путешествие: Брно – Евросоюз и дороги.…
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euronewsru’s YouTube Videos: Военные и оппозиция в Судане договорились о переходном периоде…

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Переходный период в Судане должен занять три года, а в парламенте на этот период 2/3 мест обещают оппозиционному альянсу “За свободу и перемены”…
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Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (21 sites): The FBI News Review: John Durham: “Nobody in this country is above the law, an FBI agent or otherwise…” – 6:21 AM 5/15/2019

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“Nobody in this country is above the law, an FBI agent or otherwise…” – 6:21 AM 5/15/2019

Because of his limited public comments, it’s difficult to ascertain much about Durham’s prosecutorial philosophy when it comes to public corruption. In 2001, he urged reporters to talk to other people involved in the Boston mob case, not him. In 2002, he issued a brief statement after Connolly’s conviction, saying, “Nobody in this country is above the law, an FBI agent or otherwise, and ultimately the ends do not justify the means.”
But in 2018, he gave a rare speech at the University of St. Joseph. In the process of recounting the Boston mob case, he spoke to the pitfalls and the “two-edged sword” of informants.
“The damage that can be done when law enforcement or prosecutors misuse these tools is difficult to overstate,” he said. “And we unfortunately have seen it in some recent instances.”
Now Durham is charged with figuring out whether that applies here.

John Durham: Barr’s pick to investigate the Mueller probe’s origins has a history of penetrating the FBI

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Barr’s pick to investigate the Mueller probe’s origins has a history of penetrating the FBI 

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Trump, Russia seek to use end of Mueller investigation as pivot point in relationship 

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The issue of Russian election interference has hung over Trump’s entire presidency, clouding his efforts to deal with Moscow.

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Obama’s Other Investigation

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It’s apparent to all but President Trump’s most deranged critics that Obama’s FBI was indeed spying on his campaign. So, it’s worth pointing out that, in addition to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane operation, the Obama administration was running another concurrent higher-level counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian efforts to aid Trump’s campaign that hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention. Details of the second investigation were leaked by high-level Obama administration officials for a June 2017 Washington Post story headlined, “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault”.
The anonymously sourced accounts of meetings only attended by a handful of intelligence bureau chiefs and their inner thoughts and objectives could have only been provided by people in the uppermost echelon of the intelligence community under Obama, like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA director John Brennan, and FBI director James Comey.
CIA Director John Brennan’s “Intelligence Bombshell” 
According to the Post, sometime in the summer of 2016, Brennan received,
a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.
But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.
The Post is cagey about exactly when Brennan received this “intelligence bombshell.” All we know for sure is that it must have been in or before “early August,” since that’s when he sent it to the White House with “instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.”  But Brennan couldn’t have wasted much time before apprising Obama of information deemed so important. So, he must have received the momentous intelligence report in late July or early August.
After consulting Obama, Brennan,
convened a secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI…
They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA, and FBI who took direction from the task force on where to aim their subsequent efforts to collect more intelligence on Russia.
Since Crossfire Hurricane began on July 31, Brennan’s investigation must have begun at around the same time. Even apart from some of his team coming from the FBI, we know that Comey was fully involved in Brennan’s investigation from its inception since, according to the Post, the evidence produced was initially shown only to Comey, Clapper, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch.
Moreover, it appears that Peter Strzok, who according to Lisa Page’s testimony initiated Crossfire Hurricane, may have also been a member of the team working for Brennan! The Post reports that the Obama administration’s January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment alleging that the Russians conducted cyberespionage on Trump’s behalf “was based largely on the work done by” Brennan’s investigators. This is confirmed by Clapper’s testimony to the Senate that the ICA was the product of “two dozen” “hand-picked analysts” from the CIA, FBI and NSA. Apart from the Post using the words “several dozen” instead of “two dozen,” that’s exactly how they describe Brennan’s team.
But, according to Paul Sperry, “[a] source close to the House [of Representatives Intelligence Committee [Russia] investigation” reports that Peter Strzok was “was one of the authors of the ICA “ and “the intermediary between Brennan and Comey.” Independently of Sperry’s source, before he was fired, Strzok led the FBI’s Counterespionage section. So, it makes sense he would be one of the FBI agents Brennan chose and Comey’s representative. And Sperry’s source received confirmation by recently revealed text messages between Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page discussing a meeting between Strzok and Clapper in the weeks before the ICA’s release.
Given that 1) Comey was intimately involved in Brennan’s investigation, 2) Brennan had agents from the FBI on his team, and 3) it appears Peter Strzok numbered among them, contra the recent assertion by Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor, it’s tough to believe that a hard partition existed around the FBI investigation. And the question is raised of exactly what information might have been shared and how much information about Crossfire Hurricane made its way to President Obama.
The Steele Dossier
Evidence has emerged that the Clinton-campaign-funded Steele dossier was used to justify Crossfire Hurricane.  And the fact that Brennan’s task force was responsible for the January 2017 ICA also raises questions about whether portions of it might have also comprised the “intelligence bombshell” used to justify Brennan’s shadow investigation. Paul Sperry also reported that Obama’s National Security Agency director Michael Rogers “stated in a classified letter to Congress” that the Steele dossier played a role in producing the ICA. Indeed, according to Sperry,  Adm. Rogers told congress “a two-page summary of the dossier” appears as an appendix to the classified version. And, as Sperry notes, James Clapper has confirmed that Brennan’s task force used the Steele dossier.
But the Washington Post mentions Adm. Rogers too, reporting that he was “reluctant to view” the intelligence which Brennan used to justify his investigation “with high confidence” because it came from another country. According to a November 2017 story appearing in the Guardian, Brennan received the report used to justify his investigation from none other than British intelligence agency GCHQ’s then head, Robert Hannigan, who “flew to the US to personally brief” him.
The Washington Post tells us that the “intelligence bombshell” Brennan received from Britain came from a highly-placed source within the Russian government who alleged that Putin had instigated a cyberintelligence operation whose aim was to “defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect… Donald Trump.” And, it just so happens that Steele’s first memo, dated June 20, 2016, alleges the existence of a Russian espionage operation to help Trump that was “supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin” based on information from a “former senior [Russian] intelligence officer.” Indeed, Steele’s August 5 memo describes this operation as designed “to aid Trump and,” using the Post’s exact words, “damage Clinton.”
Steele’s July 19th memo also says  that these efforts included “state-sponsored cyber operatives working in Russia.” In short, everything the Post says was included in the report from British intelligence used to justify Brennan’s investigation happens to have been in the memos already produced by ex-British spy Christopher Steele!
Much attention has been paid to Crossfire Hurricane and rightly so. But it’s well past time that more attention was given to Obama’s other higher-level shadow investigation into Russia’s alleged efforts to put Trump in the White House to determine what information was shared, if Brennan’s operation also involved any spying on Trump’s campaign, and whether it was justified by the completely discredited, Clinton-funded Steele dossier.
It’s apparent to all but President Trump’s most deranged critics that Obama’s FBI was indeed spying on his campaign. So, it’s worth pointing out that, in addition to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane operation, the Obama administration was running another concurrent higher-level counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian efforts to aid Trump’s campaign that hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention. Details of the second investigation were leaked by high-level Obama administration officials for a June 2017 Washington Post story headlined, “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault”.
The anonymously sourced accounts of meetings only attended by a handful of intelligence bureau chiefs and their inner thoughts and objectives could have only been provided by people in the uppermost echelon of the intelligence community under Obama, like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA director John Brennan, and FBI director James Comey.
CIA Director John Brennan’s “Intelligence Bombshell” 
According to the Post, sometime in the summer of 2016, Brennan received,
a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.
But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.
The Post is cagey about exactly when Brennan received this “intelligence bombshell.” All we know for sure is that it must have been in or before “early August,” since that’s when he sent it to the White House with “instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.”  But Brennan couldn’t have wasted much time before apprising Obama of information deemed so important. So, he must have received the momentous intelligence report in late July or early August.
After consulting Obama, Brennan,
convened a secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI…
They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA, and FBI who took direction from the task force on where to aim their subsequent efforts to collect more intelligence on Russia.
Since Crossfire Hurricane began on July 31, Brennan’s investigation must have begun at around the same time. Even apart from some of his team coming from the FBI, we know that Comey was fully involved in Brennan’s investigation from its inception since, according to the Post, the evidence produced was initially shown only to Comey, Clapper, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch.
Moreover, it appears that Peter Strzok, who according to Lisa Page’s testimony initiated Crossfire Hurricane, may have also been a member of the team working for Brennan! The Post reports that the Obama administration’s January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment alleging that the Russians conducted cyberespionage on Trump’s behalf “was based largely on the work done by” Brennan’s investigators. This is confirmed by Clapper’s testimony to the Senate that the ICA was the product of “two dozen” “hand-picked analysts” from the CIA, FBI and NSA. Apart from the Post using the words “several dozen” instead of “two dozen,” that’s exactly how they describe Brennan’s team.
But, according to Paul Sperry, “[a] source close to the House [of Representatives Intelligence Committee [Russia] investigation” reports that Peter Strzok was “was one of the authors of the ICA “ and “the intermediary between Brennan and Comey.” Independently of Sperry’s source, before he was fired, Strzok led the FBI’s Counterespionage section. So, it makes sense he would be one of the FBI agents Brennan chose and Comey’s representative. And Sperry’s source received confirmation by recently revealed text messages between Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page discussing a meeting between Strzok and Clapper in the weeks before the ICA’s release.
Given that 1) Comey was intimately involved in Brennan’s investigation, 2) Brennan had agents from the FBI on his team, and 3) it appears Peter Strzok numbered among them, contra the recent assertion by Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor, it’s tough to believe that a hard partition existed around the FBI investigation. And the question is raised of exactly what information might have been shared and how much information about Crossfire Hurricane made its way to President Obama.
The Steele Dossier
Evidence has emerged that the Clinton-campaign-funded Steele dossier was used to justify Crossfire Hurricane.  And the fact that Brennan’s task force was responsible for the January 2017 ICA also raises questions about whether portions of it might have also comprised the “intelligence bombshell” used to justify Brennan’s shadow investigation. Paul Sperry also reported that Obama’s National Security Agency director Michael Rogers “stated in a classified letter to Congress” that the Steele dossier played a role in producing the ICA. Indeed, according to Sperry,  Adm. Rogers told congress “a two-page summary of the dossier” appears as an appendix to the classified version. And, as Sperry notes, James Clapper has confirmed that Brennan’s task force used the Steele dossier.
But the Washington Post mentions Adm. Rogers too, reporting that he was “reluctant to view” the intelligence which Brennan used to justify his investigation “with high confidence” because it came from another country. According to a November 2017 story appearing in the Guardian, Brennan received the report used to justify his investigation from none other than British intelligence agency GCHQ’s then head, Robert Hannigan, who “flew to the US to personally brief” him.
The Washington Post tells us that the “intelligence bombshell” Brennan received from Britain came from a highly-placed source within the Russian government who alleged that Putin had instigated a cyberintelligence operation whose aim was to “defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect… Donald Trump.” And, it just so happens that Steele’s first memo, dated June 20, 2016, alleges the existence of a Russian espionage operation to help Trump that was “supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin” based on information from a “former senior [Russian] intelligence officer.” Indeed, Steele’s August 5 memo describes this operation as designed “to aid Trump and,” using the Post’s exact words, “damage Clinton.”
Steele’s July 19th memo also says  that these efforts included “state-sponsored cyber operatives working in Russia.” In short, everything the Post says was included in the report from British intelligence used to justify Brennan’s investigation happens to have been in the memos already produced by ex-British spy Christopher Steele!
Much attention has been paid to Crossfire Hurricane and rightly so. But it’s well past time that more attention was given to Obama’s other higher-level shadow investigation into Russia’s alleged efforts to put Trump in the White House to determine what information was shared, if Brennan’s operation also involved any spying on Trump’s campaign, and whether it was justified by the completely discredited, Clinton-funded Steele dossier.
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Who is John Bolton, Trump’s new national security adviser? | US news

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John Bolton, the incoming national security adviser, will have the ear of Donald Trump at a perilously fraught moment in world affairs.
A notorious hawk who advocates the unilateral wielding of US might, Bolton is dismissive of international diplomacy, and has called for the bombing of both Iran and North Korea.
The departure of HR McMaster, who was credited by some as being a moderating force on the president, and his replacement by one of the most aggressive thinkers in the world of US foreign policy, will spread fear in diplomatic circles that the Trump administration could be poised to take a dramatic hawkish turn.
The shuffle comes as Washington is already bracing itself for the potential of imminent face-to-face talks between Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over the regime’s development of nuclear weapons.
Bolton, who will leave his post as a senior fellow at the rightwing American Enterprise Institute to join the White House on 9 April, has made clear his preference for how to deal with North Korea – bomb it. Last month he wrote an opinion column for the Wall Street Journal in which he made a legal case for a pre-emptive strike.
“It is perfectly legitimate for the United States to respond to the current ‘necessity’ posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons by striking first,” he wrote.
The former ambassador, whose basic approach to diplomacy is summed up in the title of his book Surrender is Not an Option, has made a similarly combative case for Iran. He was scathing of Barack Obama’s attempt to deal with Tehran’s nuclear program through negotiation, writing in the New York Times in 2015 that only bombing by the US and Israel would take out Iran’s uranium enrichment installations and prevent disaster.
The mustachioed Bolton has had a long, frequently controversial career in government. He held senior positions in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and the elder George Bush, where he led successful US opposition to joining the international criminal court and made a strident attempt to block the introduction of stronger global controls on biological weapons.
He came to prominence as a household name under George W Bush, who appointed him to be the US ambassador to the UN in 2005, when the Iraq war was still blazing. To put Bolton at the heart of the US relationship with the community of nations was contentious, to say the least, as he made little attempt to disguise his deep-seated contempt for the world body.
He once noted if that if the 38-floor UN building in New York “lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference”. His other famous remark was that “there is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that’s the United States, when it suits our interests.”
Bolton’s arrival in the inner sanctum of the Trump presidency has been a long time coming. Michael Wolff revealed in his inside account of the White House, Fire and Fury, that Trump’s former senior counselor Steve Bannon had urged the president to hire Bolton.
So too did the late Fox News executive, Roger Ailes. “He’s a bomb thrower,” Ailes said last year, according to Wolff. “And a strange little fucker. But you need him.”
Trump seems now to have come round to that way of thinking.
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Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (21 sites): The FBI News Review: “fbi and trump” – Google News: Jeff Sessions’s Grave Conflict of Interest | by Murray Waas | NYR Daily – The New York Review of Books

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“fbi and trump” – Google News: Jeff Sessions’s Grave Conflict of Interest | by Murray Waas | NYR Daily – The New York Review of Books
“mueller” – Google News: Mueller Report Elicited Discussion, But So Far No Election Security Bills – NPR
Alerta de Google: fbi counterintelligence: Identity crisis: FBI plays catch-up as cyberthreats escalate
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“fbi and trump” – Google News: Jeff Sessions’s Grave Conflict of Interest | by Murray Waas | NYR Daily – The New York Review of Books

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Alex Wong/Getty ImagesFormer Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe during a news conference at the Justice Department, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2017Last year, in March 2018, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions enlisted his subordinates to lie on his behalf that he did not know he was under federal investigation when he fired then Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe—an investigation initiated by McCabe and overseen by him until it was taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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Sen. James Lankford, R.-Okla., said he worries an opportune moment may pass following the release of the Mueller report without new action to secure U.S. elections. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption
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In the spring of 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was on the cusp of a dramatic overhaul of the agency’s cyber capabilities. The FBI was wrapping up an agency-wide survey, and one option on the table included getting rid of the bureau’s central cyber division altogether and dispersing digital experts throughout its 56 regional offices.
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It’s apparent to all but President Trump’s most deranged critics that Obama’s FBI was indeed spying on his campaign. So, it’s worth pointing out that, in addition to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane operation, the Obama administration was running another concurrent higher-level counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian efforts to aid Trump’s campaign that hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention.
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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kremlin Rates Federal Subject Heads with New Poll, Ingushetia’s Yevkurov in Last Place

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            Staunton, May 13 – The Kremlin has conducted a behind the scenes poll to determine how the heads of federal subjects are viewed by their own people, with all of them ranked according to the difference between those who are supported by them and those who their people would like to see removed, the RBC news agency reports, citing anonymous sources.
            Those where the number of residents wanting a replacement exceeds that of residents  supporting the incumbent was greatest, according to the poll, were Sevastopol in Russian-occupied Crimea, Arkhangelsk oblast, Komi Republic and the Republic of Ingushetia (rbc.ru/politics/13/05/2019/5cd833c69a79473d96e31d96).
            Ingushetia’s Yunus-Bek Yevkurov was at the very bottom of the list: with 62 percent wanting him to be replaced and only 22 percent favoring his retention, a situation not surprising given the protests that have roiled public life there since he gave away 26,000 hectares of Russia’s smallest federal subject (other than cities) to neighboring Chechnya last September. 
            Those governors at the other end of the scale, whose support outnumbered opposition were Sergey Sobyanin in Moscow city (a 59 percent advantage of support over opposition), Aleksey Dyumin of Tula Oblast (57 percent), Aleksandr Tsybulsky of the Nenets Autonomous District (56 percent), and Aleksandr Moor of Tyumen Oblast (55 percent).
            This is at least the second such poll the Kremlin has commissioned because the sources told RBC that some governors had gone up and others down in the rating while others remained “stable” in either positive or negative territory.
            But experts with whom the journalists spoke cautioned against assuming that these poll ratings represent a true surrogate for the elections that no longer occur or matter. Instead, they suggested, the Kremlin will continue to take into account personal relationships and the fact that some federal subjects are more difficult to rule than others. 

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russia’s Muslim Leaders in 1917 Wanted US-Style Liberal Democracy, New Moscow Book Concedes

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            Staunton, May 13 – Soviet and Russian historians, and following them, many in the West, have portrayed the Muslim population of the Russian Empire as inherently and dangerously reactionary, a description that is not only inaccurate but is designed to exculpate the Bolsheviks from their crimes against Muslims.
            In fact, the Muslims of the Russian Empire were some of the most liberal of all Islamic communities, with leaders who served in the Duma, were committed to the creation of a liberal democratic state like that of the United States or Switzerland, and modernist in their views on issues ranging from the status of women to minority rights.
            All this is documented in an impressive new book, The Great Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Muslim Movement (in Russian, compiled by Salavat Iskhakov, Moscow: Institute of Russian History, 2019) and stressed in a new review by Andrey Martynov at regnum.ru/news/innovatio/2627526.html).
                “The final goal” of Muslim activists in Russia n 1917, the book says, “was hardly an Islamic theocratic state but a Western political system along the American or Swiss models.” They thus overwhelmingly supported Alexander Kerensky against the Kornilov putsch and overwhelmingly opposed the Bolshevik seizure of power.
            Because of this opposition, the Bolsheviks portrayed the Muslim leaders as the blackest of blackguards and moved to eliminate them, killing most and driving the remainder into emigration.  The consequence of that action was that what little was left of the Muslim establishment, a microscopic number of imams and mullahs, was in fact deeply conservative.
            That allowed the Soviets to continue to portray the Muslims as reactionaries, a view far too many in the West have accepted without close examination. Now that there is a Russian book urging precisely that, it may be possible that some in both Russia and the West will recognize just how liberal the Islamic community in Russia was – and how the Bolsheviks destroyed it.
            For one extremely detailed study of Muslim leaders at the time of the Russian Revolution and their aspirations, see Shafiqa Daulet’s Moscow and Kazan (Hudson, NH, 2003). In it, she describes the debates at the major Muslim congresses at that time, debates which show how liberal this community was before the Bolsheviks worked to destroy it. 

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Openly Finances Orthodox Church Abroad to Promote Russian Goals

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            Staunton, May 13 – Many in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics regularly accuse the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate of working hand in glove with the Kremlin to promote Russian interests in their countries, an accusation some dismiss as paranoid and unworthy of attention.
            But in fact, the complaints of the non-Russians are fully justified; and in recent months, the Russian government has not bothered to conceal the fact that it is financing projects by the ROC MP in these countries intended to promote Russian interests, actions that have attracted little attention in the West.
            Last month, for example, the Russian culture minister provided 16.8 million rubles (250,000 US dollars) to the ROC MP and allied structures in Kazakhstan to hold a theology congress there, a meeting clearly intended to promote Russian activities and goals (openmedia.io/exclusive/minkultury-potratit-17-mln-rublej-na-meropriyatiya-rpc-v-kazaxstane/).
            Now, the Russian culture ministry has announced that it will provide 22 million rubles (360,000 US dollars) to the ROC MP and allied groups in Belarus to do the same thing in that country before the end of this year (credo.press/224370/).
                Among the conference and exhibit topics Moscow wants to see organized in Belarus are “The Spiritual Foundations of the Fraternal Peoples of Russia and Belarus,” “Dostoyevsky as a Spiritual Guide of the Russian and Belarusian Peoples,” and also “Aleksandr Nevsky, the Symbol of Russia.” 

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kyiv Calls for Defense of Minority Nations in Russia against Moscow Oppression

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            Staunton, May 13 – The supporters of incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are calling on the Verkhovna Rada to adopt an appeal to the UN, PACE, Parliamentary Assembly of NATO, as well as other national parliaments to come to the defense of minority nations in Russia against increasing Moscow oppression of them.
            The draft resolution singles out as at particular risk the peoples of the North Caucasus, Idel-Ural, and Siberia and says that the central Russian government has been stepping up its oppression of them since 2014 when it invaded Ukraine, seized Crimea, and began the war in the Donbass (solydarnist.org/?p=212567).
            In part, this action reflects increasing activism by emigres from these regions who have been forced out of their homelands by Russian abuses; and in part, it is the product of Kyiv’s decision to raise ethnic questions in Russia because Moscow constantly does so with respect to Ukraine (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2018/12/kyiv-to-focus-attention-on-moscows.html).
            But what makes this appeal, scheduled to be voted on this week, so important is that it represents a marker of where Ukrainian policy is and a challenge to the incoming administration of Vladimir Zelensky. On the one hand, he may want to avoid such sharp statements; but on the other, he may see this is a useful political tool against Russian aggression.
            The reaction of Zelensky, deputies loyal to him, and candidates in the upcoming Verkhovna Rada elections will thus say a lot not only about where Kyiv is heading but also about the possibilities of the minority nations inside Russia in the coming months to gain attention and outside support.

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Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: Iran’s Oil Output to Fall to Record-Low Level in May – Intl Energy Agency Report

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Earlier this month, Tehran vowed response if its interests in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are damaged, adding that the organisation itself is damaged by “the unilateralism of some of its members and that it’s possible that the organisation may collapse”.

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Взгляд: В Роснано разъяснили ситуацию с «утечкой личных данных» Чубайса

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Представитель Фонда инфраструктурных и образовательных программ (ФИОП) заявил, что личных данных Анатолия Чубайса и других руководителей фонда нет в открытом доступе на информационном портале Министерства юстиции.

«В разделе «Отчеты НКО» на Информационном портале Минюста в свободном доступе размещены отчеты о деятельности Фонда инфраструктурных и образовательных программ в формате pdf, которые не содержат персональных данных членов органов управления», – сказал официальный представитель ФИОП ТАСС.

Он также добавил: «В соответствии с разъяснениями Минюста, мы не указываем паспортные данные членов органов управления Фонда инфраструктурных и образовательных программ, в том числе Анатолия Борисовича Чубайса».

Представитель ФИОП отметил, что «на практике, если размещаемые отчеты содержат персональные данные, Минюст при обработке и размещении отчетов на Информационном портале такие данные скрывает».

«Если такие данные все же доступны на информационном портале Минюста в иных форматах, то к такой ситуации мы относимся крайне негативно, так как, насколько нам известно, субъекты персональных данных не давали согласия Минюсту на размещения их персональных данных», – заключил он.

Ранее РБК, ссылаясь на исследование председателя Ассоциации участников рынков данных Ивана Бегтина сообщило, что около 360 тыс. записей с персональными данными россиян, среди которых оказались политики и чиновники высшего звена, например, Анатолий Чубайс и Аркадий Дворкович, попали в открытой доступ в информационных системах госорганов.

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Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: Anger as UK Defence Secretary Gives Amnesty to Veterans EXCEPT Northern Ireland

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The deployment of British troops to Northern Ireland started on August 14, 1969 and lasted for 38 years, becoming the longest campaign in British military history. Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans, which has 22,000 members, has called for historical prosecutions to be stopped.

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Lenta.ru : Новости: Отпустившую из СИЗО фигуранток «Нового величия» судью заставили уволиться

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Судья Дорогомиловского районного суда Москвы Ирина Деваева потеряла должность из-за своих обнаженных снимков, хранившихся на взломанном телефоне, и решения отпустить из СИЗО фигуранток дела «Нового величия» Анну Павликову и Марию Дубовик. Ее старшие коллеги считали, что она слишком самостоятельна.

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