MAY FINGERS RUSSIA AS “HIGHLY LIKELY” RESPONSIBLE FOR ACT OF WAR
Reuters reports, “British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday it was ‘highly likely’ that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning in England of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter using a military-grade nerve agent.” Reuters adds, “May told parliament that either the Russian state was directly responsible for the poisoning or it had allowed the nerve agent to get into the hands of others. London has given Russia until the end of Tuesday to explain its use.” Russia will deny any responsibility and then what? The U.K. will do nothing as per standard operating procedure? This is all peculiar given, as Reuters notes, “British officials had identified the substance as being part of the Novichok group of nerve agents which were developed by the Soviet military during the 1970s and 1980s, May said.” Reuters adds, “‘Should there be no credible response, we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom,’ she said, calling the attack a ‘reckless and despicable act’. Russia’s foreign ministry hit back immediately, saying May’s comments were a ‘circus show’ and part of a political information campaign against Russia.”
WHAT IS RUSSIAN NERVE AGENT “NOVICHOK”?
The Washington Post reports in 1993, “The nerve agent was top secret back then, especially sensitive because the Soviet Union, under Mikhail Gorbachev, had renounced the use and production of chemical weapons. Its existence came to light thanks to the scruples of a brave scientist named Vil Mirzayanov, who had worked at the State Union Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology. The institute was described by one of its top officials as ‘the leader in the technology of chemical destruction.’” Novichok is “a nerve agent 10 times more powerful than VX, a powerful chemical weapon”. The Washington Post adds, “research on Novichok had begun in 1987, even as the Soviet Union said it would unilaterally halt all its chemical-weapons programs. It had been developed at the institute and tested in a place called Shikhani, in southeastern Russia, and in the Nukus region of Uzbekistan. I spoke to one scientist, Andrei Zheleznyakov, who had been exposed to a minute amount of Novichok in a lab accident five years prior. He staggered out after the mishap, his vision, as I wrote, ‘seared by brilliant colors and hallucinations.’ Zheleznyakov never fully recovered, and he died shortly after I interviewed him.” Reuters adds Novichok agents “cause a slowing of the heart and restriction of the airways, leading to death by asphyxiation, University of Reading pharmacology professor Gary Stephens said.” Sounds like the Russian state alright as that is also how they govern.
BRITISH POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS SUBSTANCE AT PARLIAMENT
Reuters reports, “Police are investigating a suspicious substance at the British parliament in Westminster, a spokeswoman for parliament said on Monday, adding that cordons were in place but there had been no evacuation.”
WHITES ONLY HAUS RESPONDS TO RUSSIAN AGGRESSION BY NOT
POLITICO reports, “White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday declared the Trump administration’s ‘fullest condemnation’ of the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy in Britain but stopped short of joining Prime Minister Theresa May in blaming the Russian government for the act.” How does that work? POLITICO notes, “while Sanders expressed the White House’s outrage on Monday, she declined to blame Russia as May did earlier in the day.” Someone did this Sarah, and that someone was Russia.
T REX JOINS UK IN CALLING OUT RUSSIA, VOWS RESPONSE (YEAH, RIGHT)
Bloomberg reports, “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson joined the British government in saying the poison used in an attack on a former Russian spy in the U.K. clearly came from Russia, calling the episode an ‘egregious act’ that will trigger a U.S. response.” Really? Because sanctions have not gone into effect yet either, so a response against the Russians from T Rex is as unlikely as from Trump. Bloomberg notes, “Speaking to reporters as he flew back to the U.S. from Africa, Tillerson said it was still unclear whether the Russian government knew about the attack, but suggested there were few other explanations.” Bloomberg quotes Tillerson, “This is a substance that is known to us and does not exist widely,” and, “It is only in the hands of a very, very limited number of parties. And I don’t want to say anything further than that.” Bloomberg continues, “‘This is a really egregious act,’ Tillerson said, adding that he had just gotten off the phone with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and that the U.S. would soon release a statement about the incident. ‘It certainly will trigger a response — I’ll leave it that.’”
COOPERATING WITNESS PAPADOPOULOS: TRUMP WANTED PUTIN SUMMT
Yahoo reports, “George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign and potentially a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, told federal investigators that before the election, Donald Trump personally encouraged him to pursue a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a new book being published Tuesday.” Yahoo notes, “Papadopoulos’s account to Mueller — as reported in “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” by Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff and Mother Jones’ David Corn — contradicts the public accounts of what took place at a critical meeting of Trump’s foreign policy team on March 31, 2016.” Yahoo adds, “Although one of the campaign officials present, J.D. Gordon, has said the idea was shot down by then Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, Papadopoulos told Mueller’s investigators that Trump encouraged him, saying he found the idea ‘interesting,’ according to the book.” According to the book, “Trump looked at Sessions, as if he expected him to follow up with Papadopoulos, and Sessions nodded in response”.
HOUSE INTEL DEATH CULT GOP SELLS OUT AMERICA FOR FAKE POTUS
CNN reports, “Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee reached an opposite conclusion Monday from the intelligence community they oversee, announcing that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not trying to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election.” That is some bullshit. For over a year now on a daily basis TRUMPISTAN WATCH has dutifully documented how and why that cannot be the case citing examples, referring to patterns and noting obvious themes that align with Russian state intelligence doctrine developed during the Cold War, if not earlier in some instances. However, CNN adds, “The Republicans also said they found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and that they are shutting down their yearlong investigation. Their viewpoint — which perfectly aligns with Trump’s view on election meddling — will be met with sharp disagreement by Democrats and is bound to inflame partisan tensions on a committee that’s been beleaguered by partisanship throughout its Russia probe.” Everyone who wanted a future and will not have one now, you can direct your ire at DARKNESS AT NUNES who spearheaded the interference effort. CNN continues, “Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the Russia investigation, said Monday that the committee had concluded its interviews for the Russia investigation, and the Republican staff had prepared a 150-page draft report that they would give to Democrats to review on Tuesday morning.” CNN adds, “Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, slammed the Republican decision to end the investigation.” Schiff said, “By ending its oversight role in the only authorized investigation in the House, the Majority has placed the interests of protecting the President over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly.” Horror. CNN notes, “Donald Trump’s friends on Capitol Hill have delivered. The President is now wielding a powerful new weapon in his war of credibility with America’s spy agencies over their view that Russia helped put him in the White House, after House Republicans suddenly shuttered their probe into election meddling.” Horror. An ecstatic fake Russian president Trump tweeted – in all caps – Monday night, “THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION”. Meanwhile, The Washington Examiner reports, “The Russian embassy in Washington mocked the idea of collusion between the Kremlin and President Trump during the 2016 campaign in a series of tweets Monday. The Washington Examiner adds, “‘All “Russia investigations” (not only in the US) are destined to end as @ConawayTX11 brilliantly concluded: “only Tom Clancy could take this series of inadvertent contacts, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a spy thriller that could go out there,”’ the embassy’s Twitter account posted Monday evening”.
140 HOUSE DEMS SIGN LETTER TO FAKE POTUS TO SANCTION RUSSIA
The Hill reports, “A group of 140 House Democrats on Monday wrote to President Trump to urge him to impose sanctions on Russia in response to its interference campaign in the 2016 election.” The letter states, “Your actions over the last year have shown that you will constantly excuse President [Vladimir] Putin and deny his well established assistance to your campaign in 2016”.
From The Hill.
A BALLER SAYS WHAT
USA Today reports, “Despite unrelenting criticism from the White House on the course of the investigation into Russia’s election interference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Monday offered unqualified support for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.” In an exclusive interview with USA Today, Rosenstein said, “The special counsel is not an unguided missile,” but it is a missile and it is guided. Rosenstein added, “I don’t believe there is any justification at this point for terminating the special counsel.” That is a baller talking.
From USA Today.
FELIX SATER IS A US INTELLIGENCE ASSET
BuzzFeed reports, “In the sprawling Trump-Russia investigation, one name constantly pops up: Felix Sater. In story after story, Sater is described as Donald Trump’s former business partner, a convicted stock swindler who was born in the Soviet Union, worked in Russia, tried to win Trump a deal in Moscow, and even helped broker a Ukrainian peace plan that Vladimir Putin would have loved. Basically, he’s portrayed as something just short of a Russian spy. Effectively, he has been a spy — but for the United States.” BuzzFeed adds, “He worked as an asset for the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency (or DIA) and tracked Osama bin Laden. Then he worked for more than a decade for the FBI, providing intel on everything from the mob to North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons. He still operates as a source for the bureau, according to two current FBI agents.” BuzzFeed adds, “He did some of this work to fend off prison time after he admitted guilt in a stock scam — but he had started helping the US government before then, and he continued to report back to the FBI after the agreement ended. Today, as he is being questioned about Trump’s business deals and ties to Russia, he has built relationships with at least six members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, some going back more than 10 years.” Additionally, “Now BuzzFeed News has obtained the statement Sater gave under oath to House Intelligence Committee investigators at his attorney’s office in December, interviewed him extensively, and corroborated many details of his spy-thriller account through legal documents, emails, letters, and interviews with 10 current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials familiar with his undercover work.” BuzzFeed pins down specific exploits and it is pretty incredible. Among them:
– “He obtained five of the personal satellite telephone numbers for Osama bin Laden before 9/11 and he helped flip the personal secretary to Mullah Omar, then the head of the Taliban and an ally of bin Laden, into a source who provided the location of al-Qaeda training camps and weapons caches.”
– “In 2004, he persuaded a source in Russia’s foreign military intelligence to hand over the name and photographs of a North Korean military operative who was purchasing equipment to build the country’s nuclear arsenal.”
– “He went undercover in Cyprus and Istanbul to catch Russian and Ukrainian cybercriminals around 2005”.
– “One of Sater’s early operations involved the pursuit in 1998 of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles… Sater provided photographs of the missiles — with their serial numbers and a copy of a daily newspaper to prove the photo was current. Two former intelligence officers and an FBI agent confirmed that Sater had provided the photographs, an incident they said bolstered his credibility.”
BuzzFeed notes Sater was not paid for his work and “his code name was ‘The Quarterback.’”
MORE ON THE SEYCHELLES PRINCE-PUTIN EMISSARY CONFAB
The Daily Mail reports, “One of the Arab world’s top spies and a shadowy conduit to Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin were present at a meeting in the Seychelles being probed by Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation”. The Daily Mail adds, “The meeting between Erik Prince, the Trump donor and billionaire Blackwater founder whose sister is education secretary Betsy DeVos, and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian banker close to the Kremlin, was convened by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed, who is the de factor joint ruler of the United Arab Emirates.” The Daily Mail continues, “also present were bin Zayed’s spy chief and a Palestinian seen as the crown prince’s personal conduit to Putin’s Kremlin. The two men – Hamad al Mazroie, the de facto head of the UAE intelligence service, and Mohammed Dahlan, a bin Zayed adviser who is fluent in Russian – were never named by Prince when he testified to the House intelligence committee about the meeting.” The Daily Mail also reveals, “Nader is not just a Lebanese-American businessman but has played a part in brokering a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Russia. Former Iraqi officials told Arab news site Al-Monitor that Nader helped broker a controversial $4.2bn arms deal between Russia and Iraq in 2012.”
From The Daily Mail.
ROGER STONE HAD CONTACT WITH JULIAN ASSWIPE IN 2016
The Washington Post reports, “In the spring of 2016, longtime political operative Roger Stone had a phone conversation that would later seem prophetic, according to the person on the other end of the line. Stone, an informal adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, said he had learned from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that his organization had obtained emails that would torment senior Democrats such as John Podesta, then campaign chairman for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.” The Washington Post adds, “The conversation occurred before it was publicly known that hackers had obtained the emails of Podesta and of the Democratic National Committee, documents which WikiLeaks released in late July and October.” The Washington Post notes, “The person, who spoke to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing federal investigation into Russian campaign interference, is one of two Stone associates who say Stone claimed to have had contact with Assange in 2016. The second, former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg, said in an interview Monday that Stone told him that he had met with Assange”.
From The Washington Post.
FBI TRIED TO CONTACT DERIPASKA’S ESCORT + HER PIMP GURU MAN
CNN reports, “FBI agents have tried to meet a pair of self-styled ‘sex coaches’ detained in a Bangkok jail who claim to have evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election,” citing a Thai official. CNN recalls, “Belarussian citizens Anastasia Vashukevich and Alexander Kirillov sent a handwritten letter last month to the US Embassy in Bangkok asking for help in getting them released in exchange for information on alleged meddling in the US presidential election.” CNN adds, “The FBI agents contacted Thailand’s Immigration bureau last week to try to organize the meeting, the highly placed source in the department said. The request was refused by Thai officials because only legal representatives and family members of the detainees are permitted access to the detainees, added the source, who is not authorized to speak to media.” CNN notes, “Vashukevich, who claims to be the former mistress of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, says she witnessed several meetings in 2016 and 2017 between Deripaska and at least three unnamed Americans. Deripaska — who denies any affair — is a subject of political intrigue in US political circles, owing to his longstanding relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
LOCKHEED DELIVERS THREE RADARS TO LATVIA
UPI reports, “Lockheed Martin has delivered the first of three radars to Latvia, the company said Monday, calling it ‘a major step forward in strengthening [the country’s] national defense.’” According to UPI Lockheed said, “The TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar, purchased for an undisclosed cost in a 2015 contract, recently completed an on-site acceptance test and will increase the Latvian air force’s capacity for low-level flight surveillance and identification”.
RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT VIOLATES ESTONIAN AIR SPACE AGAIN!
Estonian Public Broadcasting reports, “An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft belonging to the Russian Ministry of Defence at midday on Monday entered Estonian airspace without permission near the island of Vaindloo in the Gulf of Finland. The plane spent approximately one minute in Estonian airspace, spokespeople at the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) said. Its transponder was turned on and it had presented a flight plan, however the aircraft had no radio contact with the Estonian Air Navigation Services, however.” Estonian Public Broadcasting adds, “Estonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Russian ambassador to Estonia and presented him with a diplomatic note regarding the matter. This incident marks the first time this year that a Russian aircraft has made an unauthorized incursion into Estonian airspace.” Estonian Public Broadcasting notes, “Russian aircraft violated the Estonian air boundary on two occasions in 2017,” and, “In 2016, Russian aircraft violated the Estonian airspace on seven separate occasions.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty states the incident took place on Monday March 12 and notes, “Vaindloo is near a corridor where Russian military and cargo planes fly to get from the St. Petersburg area to the Russian Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad.” Meanwhile Russian state-run Sputnik writes, “The Russian Defense Ministry denied allegations of the violation of the Estonian airspace by a Russian Il-76 military transport plane on Monday.” Remember to never believe anything until the Russian state denies it.
—–STAGE MANAGED PUTINOCRACY: RUSSIA PRETENDS TO VOTE 2018—–
PUTIN WILL VISIT CRIMEA ON LAST DAY OF FAKE CAMPAIGN
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Crimea on March 14, the last day of his presidential election campaign, in order to attend events linked to the fourth anniversary of the widely rejected referendum Russia staged when it annexed the region from Ukraine.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s Dozhd TV on March 12 about the gathering, which is expected to be attended by thousands of people.”
IF YOU CAN’T SELL PUTIN, SELL SEX
The Sun reports, “A SEXUALISED pop video backing Vladimir Putin in Sunday’s Kremlin presidential election has gone viral on the Russian web. From girl band Fabrika, the weird song appears to be the latest effort to turn the 65-year-old Kremlin strongman into a sex symbol in order to garner votes for another six year term.” Putin as a sex symbol? Only in a country with rampant alcoholism where the men often die well before they can get to 65 is this even possible. The Sun notes, “The song repeatedly uses Vova – the fond short form of the name Vladimir – as the group’s three singers writhe semi-naked in underwear.” The Sun adds, “While the name Putin is not mentioned, he appears in the pop video in a picture topless on horseback, on the front cover of Time magazine, and on a Soviet-era TV screen to leave no doubt about who the video is promoting.” The Sun notes, “The refrain in Russian is: ‘Vova, our boss, beloved Vova / Vova, handsome guy, our beloved boss. / Vova, the boss, beloved Vova, / Vova, only him.’” How sad is that?
From The Sun.
GO LET IT OUT
Courthouse News Service reports, “A federal judge gave President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort more time Monday to make the case for keeping court transcripts secret. Though the hearings in January and February were open to the public, the court used loud static to block attendees from listening to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s bench conferences with attorneys.” Courthouse News Service adds, “Prosecutors moved to unseal transcripts of those conversations, as well as a secret sidebar conversation from the Feb. 14 hearing, on March 1. Though the government said the reason for sealing the bench conferences and sidebar conversation has ‘been mooted,’ Manafort said in a March 9 filing that he had not yet seen or reviewed those portions of the transcript.”
From Courthouse News Service.
BREAK IT DOWN AGAIN
Reuters reports, “The lawyer defending U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort against a Russian oligarch’s allegations of fraud will seek to dismiss the case, he said on Monday. Jeffrey Eilender argued the claims are too old and portrayed the case as an attempt to divert attention from a federal probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.” Reuters notes, “Eilender made the comments to Reuters following a hearing in the case, a civil matter that is separate from criminal charges faced by Manafort, the former head of Trump’s campaign, as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s federal probe. Eilender’s comments marked the first time that Manafort’s lawyers have detailed their planned response to the suit filed in January in New York state court by a Cyprus company tied to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.” Reuters adds, “Eilender said he would seek to dismiss the case on the grounds that it had been more than six years – the statute of limitation for fraud in New York – since the funds at issue changed hands.”
ABC News reports, “Family members of Michael Flynn have a message for a Republican activist who is putting on a fundraiser to benefit the former national security advisor’s legal defense: no thanks. Conservative lobbyist Jack Burkman had announced earlier Monday his intentions to hold a fundraising event to aid in the legal defense efforts for Flynn”. ABC News adds, “Burkman’s event for the ‘Defending American Rights Legal Fund’ says it will send proceeds to benefit Flynn. A similar event was hosted by Burkman to benefit former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates. Flynn’s brother Joe said in a statement, “While we appreciate the support of thousands of people across the country for Lt. General (Ret.) Flynn, we want to make very clear that the only legitimate Legal Defense Fund for him is the one set up by myself and my sister Barbara on behalf of him and his family,” which claims they did not know about Burkman’s efforts. For his part, Burkman told ABC News, “The Flynn Camp approved the April 5th date and then backtracked. Understandably, they fear adverse reaction from the judge,” who added, “Nonetheless, we will push on and plan to raise north of $500,000 for General Flynn. We will not allow any federal judge to take away our first amendment rights.” Meanwhile ABC News notes, “The Flynn family maintains they had no knowledge of Burkman’s efforts and did not authorize the fundraiser.”
From ABC News.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
HATCH ACT HALLELUJAH
The New York Times reports, “President Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino Jr., posted a message on his government Twitter account calling for the defeat of a Republican congressman who had angered the president. His West Wing counselor, Kellyanne Conway, weighed in on the Alabama Senate race during television interviews from the White House lawn. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, used his White House title on a news release for Mr. Trump’s re-election bid.” The New York Times adds, “All had complaints filed against them alleging violations of the Hatch Act, the federal law that since 1939 has barred government officials from using their positions to engage in partisan politics.” The New York Times notes, “Over the past 14 months there have been at least eight complaints against White House officials for potential violations of the statute, according to a review by the agency charged with enforcing it. That number has put the Trump White House on a pace to far surpass the complaints against the staff of his predecessor.”
From The New York Times.
GENTRY BEACH IS ONE SWELL NAME
The AP reports, “Donald Trump Jr. has a previously undisclosed business relationship with a longtime hunting buddy who helped raise millions of dollars for his father’s 2016 presidential campaign and has had special access to top government officials since the election, records obtained by The Associated Press show,” adding, “The president’s eldest son and Texas hedge fund manager Gentry Beach have been involved in business deals together dating back to the mid-2000s and recently formed a company — Future Venture LLC — despite past claims by both men that they were just friends”. Next we are going to find out they held hands on the boardwalk and made out at the drive in. The AP adds, “Beach last year met with top National Security Council officials to push a plan that would curb U.S. sanctions in Venezuela and open up business for U.S. companies in the oil-rich nation.” The AP notes, “Career foreign policy experts were instructed to take the meetings, first reported last April by the website Mic.com, at the direction of the West Wing because Beach and the businessman were friends of Trump Jr.,” however, “inside the NSC lawyers raised red flags about the appropriateness of the meeting.” The AP adds, “The U.S. didn’t act on the pitch, which would have gone against the president’s hard-line stance on the South American nation and its president, Nicolas Maduro.” However, “Seven months after the Venezuela meetings, Beach attended a private lunch in Dallas between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Republican donors, including businessmen with petroleum interests, according to a copy of Zinke’s schedule,” the AP notes, adding, “Beach was an avid fundraiser and campaigner for President Trump, particularly in Texas, where Trump Jr. told donors last March that Beach and another longtime hunting pal, Tom Hicks Jr., raised millions for his father’s campaign, according to the Dallas Morning News.” Sort of makes you wonder if “hunting pal” might be a euphemism for something sinister. The AP reports, “Last October, Beach incorporated a business called Future Venture LLC in Delaware without listing any Trump connection, signing himself as the entity’s agent. But a disclosure report filed with New York City officials and obtained by AP via a public records request shows Trump Jr. is named as the president, secretary and treasurer of the company. The purpose of the limited liability company could not be determined from the filings. The Trump Organization said it was set up to pursue technology investments.” More efficient money laundering? Of note, “Beach’s father, Gary Beach, was convicted last month of federal bankruptcy fraud after a seven-day trial in Dallas.”
From the AP.
SO CHINA ALSO OWNS RUSSIA
Russian state-run RT reports, “Chinese state-controlled Huarong Asset Management has bought a 36.2 percent stake in the unit of CEFC China Energy through which CEFC is acquiring a $9.1 billion stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft. According to CEFC filings seen by Reuters, Huarong has bought the stake in CEFC in two tranches, one in December and one in February. Huarong is controlled by China’s Ministry of Finance.” Russian state-run RT notes, “In September, CEFC Energy announced plans to acquire 14.16 percent of Rosneft shares from Glencore and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).”
From Russian state-run RT.
RUSSIA’S SUPPORT FOR NAZIS TARNISHES THE COUNTRY’S IMAGE
Meduza reports, “The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration recently published a study that says Moscow’s support for right-wing groups in Europe and the U.S. is causing tangible harm to Russia’s image abroad, without producing many meaningful benefits.” Meduza adds, “The report argues that support for groups like Alternative for Germany and the National Front ‘sends the wrong message’ domestically, and it isn’t enough to overcome ‘institutional inertia’ or the preferences of the ‘EU elite.’ This support only aggravates Moscow’s isolation, which Russia could help overcome by absorbing some of the migrants coming to Europe, says the Presidential Academy’s study.” You don’t say? Expect the Kremlin to disregard all of this advice as it is far too sound for the current levels of attainable madness that are en vogue among those who surround the little guy in the Kremlin.
ANNA CHAPMAN DELETES INSTAGRAM POST CALLING SKRIPAL A TRAITOR
The Daily Star reports Anna “Chapman was swapped with the GRU double agent and other spies in a Cold War-style exchange in 2010. Putin’s spy girl, who is based in Moscow, condemned Skripal in an Instagram post on Saturday. Chapman posted a snap of herself posing in a red dress and wrote: ‘Former member of the GRU Sergey Skripal was poisoned in the UK by a nerve agent. ‘As always Russia is guilty by default – despite the fact that traitor Skripal was pardoned by the President, and released.’” The Daily Star adds, “But the Russian beauty has since removed the post from her account. She replaced it with a bizarre post about the disappearance of the Maya civilisation in central America several thousand years ago.”
From The Daily Star.
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