Surprise! The New York Times reports, “The Russian government moved on Wednesday to defang efforts to stage antigovernment rallies this weekend by blacklisting the coordinator, Open Russia,” which was founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos Oil who had his assets seized and spent time in a Siberian jail before bing released before the Sochi winter Olympics.   While “the main organization is based in Britain,” the prosecutor general has labeled it “undesirable,” which makes it illegal in Russia. According to The New York Times, “Two other groups linked to Mr. Khodorkovsky were included in the ban. One, the Institute of Modern Russia, is run from the United States by Mr. Khodorkovsky’s son, Pavel, and the other, Open Russia Civic Movement, has headquarters in Britain.” Before his arrest in 2003, Khodorkovsky was Russia’s richest oligarch.

From The New York Times.





That’s the good news, so let’s start there because there is very little such thing these days. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows 56 percent “think Russia tried to influence the election, and 39 percent think the Trump campaign intentionally tried to assist such an effort.” Still that’s kind of pathetic because the evidence of some sort of collusion is apparent because Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, Michael Cohen, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, Carter Page, Boris Ephsteyn, etc. Normally we just don’t have this many friendly and financial connections between our political elite and an enemy state. Now for the grim: it’s totally partisan who is awake and nearly a third think Obama spied on Trump, telling you his pernicious lies and the cable news media blathering away over it has convinced the public of something despite NO evidence. Then there is also the opening line of the ABC News story which Moscow could not have written better itself, “It’s a partisan cold war right here at home,” as it is everything they desire: divide and conquer. Recall active measures are not just deployed against the right but the left too, and polarization and delegitimizing our system is the goal, not Trump. As a man, Trump is as relevant to the Kremlin’s efforts to destroy American democracy as Medevedev was to Russia’s efforts to destroy its own democracy, but Medvedev the man may have been more relevant to those efforts then Trump is to these efforts, amazingly. In the future great state, there could only be more Russian influence which is why we must continue to work on our fellow Americans who remain unconvinced because they are also giving up on freedom without realizing it in doing so.

From ABC News.





The Military Times spoke exclusively with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the same ambassador who got so many of Trump’s men in such trouble from official son-in-law Jared to ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Well now the Russians hope to steer the deconfliction channel the U.S. has maintained with Russia since October 2015, until the Russians cut it recently after Trump sent missiles flying into a Syrian airfield. The deconfliction chanel was used to coordinate air activity over the skies of Syria to prevent some greater accident, to use as leverage for Russia to control the course of the Syrian conflict. Kislyak said, “as long as both countries ‘continue the same fight   and not a different one,’” the channel could reopen. Kislyak also lamented the “deplorable” state of U.S.-Russia relations (great word choice) and said it may be worse than during the Cold War (they never staged a coup here then, so yes). And of course nothing is Russia’s fault ever and customary platitudes about terrorism.

From The Military Times.



Scummy Saint Ivanka has done it again! She will save Syria by telling Daddy and the world “I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening, and we have to come together and we have to solve it,” as she did Wednesday on NBC. Wow, she discovered refugees are people not political pawns? An awakening! Revelation! This follows boos she received in Berlin for defending Daddy’s advocacy for women which as far as we know is tantamount to grabbing them by the pussy. Who knew that sex predator actually did things for women, not merely onto them? The New York Times reports, “two advisers to Mr. Trump, who declined to be identified talking about an internal White House dispute, described the statement as a political misstep,” because they probably love the Führer more than their families and cannot be identified less they incur the wrath of scummy Saint Ivanka. Guess what though? This might all just be part of the front room reality TV show occurring while the military actually runs the show. Supposedly scummy Saint Ivanka’s most mild of awakenings “revealed a simmering private policy debate in the White House that pits Ms. Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, against hard-core nationalists like the president’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, and the policy adviser Stephen Miller, who see the crackdown on immigration from Muslim nations as fulfillment of a core campaign promise to Mr. Trump’s white working-class base.” Does anyone really think these clowns debate policy in the high school hallways of the Whites Only Haus as opposed to spend their days stealing the good china and stuffing whatever else, cash, collectibles into briefcases to be loaded onto the helicopter when the time comes to flee to Rostov-on-Don?

From The New York Times.



The Washington Post has a long open letter to “Dr.” Seb “v.” Gorka, a supposed counterterrorism advisor to the puppet squatting in the White House, by Daniel Drezner, a professor at Tufts and Post columnist. Like your senior TRUMPISTAN WATCH correspondent, e.g. the only correspondent, Drezner too was blocked by the neo-Nazi fake, so hence the public letter! Delicious! In any event, Drezner has a very good question for the fake counter-terror doctor, “what do you do all day”? He does not seem to have either a security clearance nor is he on the official White House website, Drezner notes. Ergo, TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s cards are on “something to do with Russia that is not in the interests for the American people”. But BuzzFeed materializes some more interesting notes from his past in Hungary where he tried and failed to rise as a national security expert, branding himself as an Islamic terrorism expert after September 11. Not just here does he have no security clearance, but “Gorka was rejected for security clearance within weeks by Hungarian counterintelligence, who cited his repeated claims of contact with British intelligence as a security risk, according to a former Hungarian foreign minister and an intelligence agent familiar with his file.” So what of this? “‘The 22 Intelligence was a Cold War-era reservist unit that was developed to recruit people with language skills useful in the Cold War era,’ said the former officer, who requested anonymity as they continue to work with the UK defence ministry.” He also boasted, likely falsely, of having been an MI6 agent in Hungary in the 1990s but some sort of connection would not be surprising given his father’s most curious renown “in Hungarian expat circles after he was convicted for working as a British spy in the 1950s. He was jailed and tortured by Hungary’s Communist regime and eventually immigrated to the UK after the 1956 uprising against the Soviet Union.” If we ever have a party, there will be a party game, imagine charades of active measures…

From The Washington Post and BuzzFeed.


Russians must really love chess as much as they say otherwise they would go straight for the Tsar King, but alas opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s campaign against corruption in the Kremlin are yielding some results. According to the independent Levada Center, 45 percent of Russians think it is time for Dmitry Medvedev to exit the political scene. Medvedev likely has limited objections and can retire to Sochi carefree and with gratitude to his master.   According to The Moscow Times, “Last year, the Russian Justice Ministry blacklisted Levada Center as a ‘foreign agent’ in accordance with a law that applies the label to non-governmental organizations which receive foreign funding and engage in activity deemed ‘political.’ The pollster has always contested the label and dismissed the law as a tool to silence potentially politically sensitive sociological surveys. The poll questioned 1,600 people in 48 Russian regions, between Apr.7 -10.”

From The Moscow Times.



The BBC reports, “A little-known group,” calling itself the Imam Shamil Battalion, “claiming links to al-Qaeda has said it carried out the deadly metro bombing in St Petersburg earlier this month.”   Allegedly Ayman al-Zawahiri ordered the bombing according to Telegram messages distributed and circulating by high-profile Al Qaeda supporters. It has long been known Telegram is infiltrated by the Russian intelligence services, as was noted in the Steele dossier, by the way. Allegedly, “The Imam Shamil Battalion statement said the bombing was revenge for Russian military actions in Muslim countries such as Syria and Libya as well as the Muslim region of Chechnya in Russia’s North Caucasus.” But the BBC notes way down in their story, “The authenticity of the claim has not been independently verified.” Russian authorities are not commenting, presumably allowing for the fear it wishes and needs in its population to hold.

From the BBC.




For some reason, the organization of writers PEN America gave its most prestigious award, the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award, to the Women’s March on Washington. This would not be so curious if not for the fact that the woman who accepted the award, Bob Bland, was also on Russian state-run RT. Why did PEN America do this? Aren’t there plenty of writers jailed and in rough positions all around the world? What does the Women’s March have to do with PEN America? FYI: there were also shenanigans at PEN Russia not so long ago(CORRECTION: Previously this post misstated the award given was the Freedom to Write.) 

From Mashable.





The Eurovision Song Contest was created in the ashes of World War II to unite a continent through kitschy pop music. For TRUMPISTAN WATCH, it is a near holy occasion to attempt a pilgrimage to the host city for a weekend of festivities with the European family of nations. If you are unfamiliar with the song contest, it alternatively goes by the nicknames “gay Christmas,” and the “kitsch Olympics,” both very true. In any event, there are boat loads of controversy this year, so let’s start with the host city, Kiev, and last year’s winner Jamala who brought the contest home (winning nation hosts the following year) with her song “1944” about the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars. While the song contest is technically apolitical with other anti-Russian efforts like Georgia’s 2009 “We Don’t Wanna Put In,” a thinly guised reference to the Russian leader who had invaded Georgia and effectively severed one-fifth of the country’s territory, being blocked Jamala got away with it for some reason. When she won in Stockholm last year, defeating Russia’s much more favored song, it was clear there would be problems. Ukraine barred Yulia Samoilova, the contestant Russia chose for this year’s act, because she had traveled to and performed in Crimea from Russian territory, a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty Kiev argues. In retaliation, Russia has now announced that Samoilova will perform in Crimea on the first day of the Eurovision semifinals, The Calvert Journal reports.

From The Calvert Journal.