Because it helps Russia portray protests in Iran right now as the result of Washington interference, not the sovereign will of the Iranian people, of course! The Moscow Times reports, “Russia’s Embassy in the United States has warned against foreign interference in Iran as anti-government protests there have turned deadly.” External enemies are how Russia survives (also its ally Iran) being such a horrible impoverished place in the eyes of a great many of its people. Recall that over the last few days, “Up to 13 people have reportedly been killed in nationwide demonstrations in the Islamic republic in the biggest unrest since protests against alleged election rigging in 2009,” The Moscow Times notes. Nothing scares Putin more than people in the streets. The Moscow Times adds, “on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump said Iran is ‘failing at every level’ and called for change in the country.” Wait until it is Trump’s turn, he will likely feel differently as protests against him would surely be labeled “fake news”. Recall the baby’s tantrum over the Women’s March compared to the miniscule crowds at his own Inauguration?

From The Moscow Times.



The New York Times reports, “During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.” That young foreign policy advisor has now pleaded guilty to the Feds. The New York Times adds, “About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton”. While Trumpistani elites insist now “that Mr. Papadopoulos was a low-level figure,” the fact is, “spies frequently target peripheral players as a way to gain insight and leverage.” The New York Times also makes clear that “Mr. Papadopoulos was trusted enough to edit the outline of Mr. Trump’s first major foreign policy speech on April 27, an address in which the candidate said it was possible to improve relations with Russia.” As for “The meeting at the bar,” that “came about because of a series of connections, beginning with an Israeli Embassy official who introduced Mr. Papadopoulos to another Australian diplomat in London.” What is less clear is “why, after getting the information in May, the Australian government waited two months to pass it to the F.B.I.,” The New York Times adds. Then, enter Sergei Millian, who “headed an obscure organization called the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, some of whose board members and clients are difficult to confirm.” He contacted Papadopoulos over LinkedIn in the summer of 2016, and the two subsequently “met repeatedly in Manattan.” According to The New York Times, “Mr. Millian proposed that he and Mr. Papadopoulos form an energy-related business that would be financed by Russian billionaires ‘who are not under sanctions’ and would ‘open all doors for us’ at ‘any level all the way to the top.’” This is trouble for Trump country where the key to combatting the investigation as of late has been attacking the Steele dossier.

From The New York Times.



Because he is a man of the people, The Washington Post reports, “This weekend’s gala at Mar-a-Lago, his first since becoming president, will be a little different: The security will be tighter. The crowds will probably be bigger. And the tickets will run $750 a guest, a hike from last year, according to members and guests.” Of course, “Critics said the boost in prices for Sunday’s party and Trump’s regular trips to Trump Organization properties — this is the president’s tenth visit to Mar-a-Lago this year — show how he is using his position to promote his brand,” The Washington Post adds. The festivities include, “Hundreds of guests” for “the red-carpet gala, which begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner typically involves a four-course meal that ends with a signature dessert — the meringue-topped baked Alaska.” However, “This year, the gala decor, which tended to lean toward the more garish side before Trump ran for president — Las Vegas showgirls, ‘Moulin Rouge,’ ’70s disco theme — will be more muted, sophisticated and fitting for a president.” That’s so understated of him. Of course there is always the eternal theme of the Lubyanka shitstain always permeating the very ephemeral Trump presidency. And Melania’s former agent (not her pimp for legal reasons), Paolo Zampolli, now the Ambassador of Dominica to the UN (giving him diplomatic immunity), was just a stone’s throw from the fake president according to his Instagram. Meanwhile, forgotten Trump daughter Tiffany also bowed to the sex industry this New Year’s by showing up for Playboy’s bash in L.A. instead of staying by Daddy’s side at Mar-a-Lago, The Daily Mail reports. As Ron Burgundy would say, “Stay classy!”

From The Washington Post and The Daily Mail.



POLITICO reports, “In a New Year telegram to President Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says a constructive dialogue between the two nations is essential for global stability.” According to the Kremlin, POLITICO reports, “Putin emphasized in his Seasons Greetings to Trump that Russia and the U.S. could develop a ‘pragmatic cooperation aimed at long-term perspective’ on the basis of ‘equality and mutual respect.’” It is hard to have mutual respect for and with a puppet asset. Putin then spent New Year’s Day sipping champagne with his propagandists and boasting how the KGB prepared him for life as president and chief thief of a very impoverished nation that has only grown more so under his stewardship.

From POLITICO and The Moscow Times.



POLITICO reports, “Two Republican senators have called off a planned trip to Russia after the Kremlin denied a visa to a Democratic colleague, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.” Of course Shaheen is “an outspoken backer of a Russia sanctions bill that Congress approved overwhelmingly earlier this year,” which means, “a Shaheen spokesman said the senator believes the Kremlin has placed her under a travel sanction, prohibiting her visit.” Meanwhile, “A spokesman for Russia’s U.S. embassy said in a statement that Shaheen’s visa was the only one denied because she is on a Russian ‘black list’ created in response to U.S. sanctions issued against the country.” Additionally, “Shaheen has been a consistent supporter of measures meant to counter Russian cyber-aggression. In response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, she advocated a ban on the use of Kaspersky Lab software across the federal government, accusing the Russia-based firm of working closely with the Kremlin,” POLITICO notes, adding, “And Shaheen pushed aggressively this year to force RT,” to register as a foreign agent. This inclusion on the black list is a real badge of honor. Congratulations Senator Shaheen on your newest accolade and thank you for your work on behalf of the American people. You are in very esteemed company! The two other senators, Republicans Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming who also did the right, non-death cult thing and cancelled the trip in solidarity, thank you for not going the route of DARKNESS AT NUNES, Rohrabacher and the others that bend like contortionists for Moscow. However, more on Johnson…




Russian state-run Sputnik announces Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and the new Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov “met on December 21 to discuss Russian-US relations,” as the Russians hope to resume what they term “inter-parliamentary contacts,” allegedly. Looks like a way to work around a cancelled Congressional delegation. So much for solidarity over national security concerns.

From Russian state-run Sputnik.



The Daily Beast reports, “A multibillion-dollar Russian sovereign wealth fund has Americans in senior positions, despite being sanctioned by the United States. The Russian Direct Investment Fund drew renewed interest in recent weeks after news surfaced that unofficial Trump envoy Erik Prince met with RDIF’s CEO, Kirill Dmitriev, days before President Trump’s inauguration.” The focus of that meeting was removing sanctions against Russia. The Daily Beast adds, “Americans and people with ties to the U.S. have held some of the top spots at RDIF. For years, the fund’s number two was Sean Glodek, a Stanford alum and Wharton MBA graduate who previously worked at Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. The current deputy co-director for RDIF’s Russia-China investment fund is Oleg Chizh, a Brandeis and Columbia graduate. Other Americans have served in top investor relations and advisory roles.” As “RDIF is a sovereign wealth fund,” it “has more than $10 billion in assets under management”. Even “Dmitriev, the RDIF director who met Prince,” is seems “has strong ties to the United States.” According to The Daily Beast, Dmitriev was “Born in Ukraine,” and “came to the U.S. in the early 1990s and graduated from Stanford in 1996. Like many graduates of elite universities, Dmitriev went on to work in consulting and, a few years later, to Harvard Business School”. The Daily Beast adds, “Though Dmitriev lives in Russia, his immediate family lives in America, where they’d vacationed together and enjoyed water sports, as evidenced in a 2005 civil case about a boat injury his mother suffered the previous year.”

From The Daily Beast.



BBC News reports, “A Russian court has sentenced UK-based financier Bill Browder – a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin – to nine years’ jail in absentia. He was found guilty of fraud and tax evasion. He got a nine-year jail term in 2013 on similar charges in Russia.” Recall, “He accuses officials of involvement in the death of his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, in a Russian jail in 2009. A campaign by Mr Browder led the US to impose sanctions in 2012 on top Russian officials accused of corruption,” and a list named for Magnitsky. Of course, “Interpol has rejected repeated requests from Russian prosecutors to help them arrest Mr Browder. It says the Russian case against him is ‘predominantly political in nature’.”

From BBC News.



Reuters reports, “Transgender people will be allowed for the first time to enlist in the U.S. military starting on Monday as ordered by federal courts, the Pentagon said on Friday, after President Donald Trump’s administration decided not to appeal rulings that blocked his transgender ban.” Reuters adds, “Two federal appeals courts, one in Washington and one in Virginia, last week rejected the administration’s request to put on hold orders by lower court judges requiring the military to begin accepting transgender recruits on Jan. 1. A Justice Department official said the administration will not challenge those rulings.” Recall, “In a move that appealed to his hard-line conservative supporters, Trump announced in July,” on Twitter, without any advance warning given to the Pentagon or military officials, “that he would prohibit transgender people from serving in the military.”

From Reuters.



CNBC reports, “Turkey and Russia on Friday signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries,” meaning, “a deal set to deepen military ties between NATO member Turkey and the Kremlin” has been signed. CNBC notes, “The S-400 deal, reportedly worth some $2.5 billion and in the works for more than a year, has worried the West because the system cannot be integrated into NATO’s military architecture.” CNBC adds, “In a statement late on Friday, Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) said that Moscow would supply the S-400 missile batteries to Ankara in an initial delivery planned for the first quarter of 2020,” and the system will be operated by the Turks, not Russian advisors. As if that is insufficient an up yours, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters while returning from a trip to Africa, “We will not borrow in dollars in this loan, we will borrow in ruble”. Meanwhile, Russian state-run RT, half gloating, half questioning more, whatever the hell that means, usually spinning bullshit off truth, asks in a headline, “Blow to NATO?” Isn’t that the point? They must know that, they are Russia, after all.

From CNBC and Russian state-run RT.



The AP reports, “Russia’s highest court on Saturday upheld a decision barring opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president in March. The Supreme Court turned down Navalny’s appeal against the Central Election Commission, ruling that the commission’s decision to bar him from the race fully conforms to law.” In a tweet, Navalny said, “such judges should face trial themselves,” and he repeated his call for a boycott to the election, which also displeases Putin who needs the most modest veneer of legitimacy that elections provide to continue to steal from the Russian people and state.

From the AP.





NBC News reports, “Rick Gates, who was charged with conspiracy by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, filed a motion requesting permission to leave his home for New Year’s activities with his family,” adding, “Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied it on Friday”. Sad! Nonetheless, compare to the Worst Family’s celebrations.

From NBC News.





The Washington Post reports, DARKNESS AT NUNES “is reasserting the full authority of his position as chairman just as the GOP appears poised to challenge special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation,” which should surprise no TRUMPISTAN WATCHian. News flash on tactics: firing Mueller is not as good as sidelining him, fessing to facts and spinning it as if it is no big deal that our fake Russian president colluded with a foreign power. Here is the playbook, as you should know by now: “The California Republican was cleared in December of allegations he improperly disclosed classified information while accusing the Obama administration of exposing the identities of Trump affiliates on surveillance reports. Since clearing his name,” but not really, “Nunes has stepped up his attacks on Mueller’s team and the law enforcement agencies around it, including convening a group of Intelligence Committee Republicans to draft a likely report on ‘corruption’ among the investigators working for the special counsel.” What allegedly alarms people like Rep. Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy who The Washington Post is unusually keen to take at his word? “Nunes has taken some of these steps without the express blessing of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who has been involved in crafting the GOP’s multipronged approach to examining a string of allegations from Russian election interference to alleged mismanagement at the nation’s top law enforcement agencies,” The Washington Post notes and all enemies of Ryan should note his complicity in the cover up. For whatever reason, The Washington Post says “Democrats say” instead of “common sense” or “in deference to the truth of the facts presented,” that DARKNESS AT NUNES moves are “a coordinated GOP effort to shutter the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe, publicly absolve President Trump of the most serious allegations against him, and refocus the House’s resources against the law enforcement officials, such as Mueller, who continue to investigate Trump.” Remember when this so-called movement was all about “law and order”? The truth is “Nunes never relinquished his sole, unchecked authority to sign off on subpoenas even as he handed the day-to-day operations to Reps. K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.), Gowdy and Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.).” What this means is “Nunes’s effective veto cost Democrats,” and the American people, “dozens of requests for interviews and documents that were never sent out, despite repeated entreaties from the minority side,” and also a chance at The Truth. The list goes on from overbooking witnesses to interfering with the receipt of relevant documents. Meanwhile, he presses on in his liberal use of subpoenas against Fusion GPS, the firm which produced the Steele dossier.

From The Washington Post.





The Daily Beast continues its three part series with a closer on how Russians are recruited worldwide. The Daily Beast notes how “organized crime proliferated with the demise of communism, and its functionaries spread across Europe like spores, from Latvia to London.” Before his death from polonium poisoning, the ex-KGB officer Alexander “Litvinenko had come to believe that mobsters were functioning as quasi-state institutions unto themselves. They could murder and steal with impunity because they were also tasked with doing so by the FSB and SVR, the Russian foreign intelligence operation, which sought to outsource such undertakings to unsavory characters more accustomed to claim credit for them.” As The Daily Beast notes, “national borders ceased to exist for Putin when they attempt to circumscribe the metaphysical orphans of a fallen empire or the traitors to its glorious resurrection.” The Daily Beast adds that “According to John Sipher, the former CIA station chief in Moscow and the former head of the agency’s Russia operations, ‘Putin’s policy has always been: where there are Russians, that is where Russia is.’” Now take note of this as we have seen quite a bit of it as “the cultural organization Rossotrudnichestvo, run by Sergei Lavrov’s Foreign Ministry, has financed any number of European governmental nongovernmental organizations—‘GONGOs’—dealing with this mythical double-headed beast of resurgent Nazism and Russian persecution, from Tallinn to Tbilisi. In some inspired cases, Russian neo-Nazis have stolen across the border to appear as Estonian neo-Nazis, for the purpose of furnishing fresh ‘evidence’ for these GONGOs where little or none may naturally exist.” What is Tim Fitton’s Judicial Watch and who funds it? So it goes that “at the Andropov Red Banner Institute in Moscow,” Putin “was trained as a KGB case officer in the ’70s,” when, “the service’s primary interest in the diaspora was twofold: either recruit them as agents or informants, or ferret them out as agents or informants of the West. Sometimes it was difficult to tell which was which.” The Daily Beast received a third manual from a European intelligence service, “The Use of the Soviet Committee for Cultural Ties with Fellow Countrymen Abroad in the Interests of State Security Agencies,” which outlines “how paranoid” the Russian state is about its citizens abroad.

From The Daily Beast.



Newsweek reports on the Orwellian new definition of “environmentalism” courtesy of fraudulent Scott Pruitt, the shill in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As Newsweek notes, “Since he was sworn in as EPA head in mid-February, he has spoken at length about his views on the environment, saying ‘true environmentalism’ means taking advantage of natural resources, including polluting ones like fossil fuels, rather than prohibiting their use to protect the planet.” In other words, it is not true unless you are raping it. By Trumpistani elite logic, this can be extended to law and order, women, national security, the economy. You name it, if you can’t rape it, it isn’t true.

From Newsweek.



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