It Is What It Isn’t: Fake News Comes of Age as Ideology Trumps Evidence

Uncle Volodya says, “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”

Our deeds still travel with us from afar; and what we have been makes us what we are.

George Eliot, Middlemarch

We have arrived, in my opinion, upon the moment in the course of human history which marks the nadir of the journalistic profession. I cannot conceive of a situation in which the occupation could become more debased, more wretched than it has become already, and what we refer to as the ‘mainstream media’ no longer makes any effort to tell the truth, to substantiate what it purports to be true with hard evidence or even any evidence, or to disguise its service in the cut and thrust of political bias and character assassination.

Shaun Walker, The Guardian‘s corpulent correspondent in Russia, and his sidekick Roland Oliphant claimed to have seen with their own eyes a convoy of regular Russian Army vehicles and soldiers crossing the border from  Russia into Ukraine…but neither of them got a photo or a video clip despite their both supposedly being journalists by profession, who understand the maxim, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. But his dinky little cell-phone camera is ever ready to do yeoman service in the pursuit of mocking Russian food on Aeroflot flights, and he has lots of time to arse about on his Facebook group dedicated to what he feels is a Russian obsession with dill. All of his complaining is backed up, it goes nearly without saying, with photographs. Yet he didn’t get a picture of the stealth-invading Russian battalions even though he knew the subject was hotly debated, and proof would have made his name a household word. Well, he is a household word, although it’s not “Shaun Walker”. But you know what I mean.

Or peruse this piece of rubbish. Among yearning for a repeat of the 1917 revolution on its hundredth anniversary and quoting the Moscow Times’ tiresome demand for Russia to  ‘condemn its Soviet past’

It is at this moment that Russia and its president must address the legacy of 1917—the throngs in the streets waving red banners, dragging the emperor from his throne and pumping slugs into him and his kids. “The upcoming centennial of the 1917 revolution that toppled the czar and paved the way for Bolshevik rule promises to put the Kremlin in a tight spot,” predicts the (still-) independent Moscow Times. “At the same time, the Kremlin is unwilling to unequivocally condemn the events the revolution set in motion or its Soviet past.”

and selectively quoting Putin without context or background,

And it is Yeltsin whose deconstruction of the USSR itself is what Olga from the Volga is thankful her red-eyed grandmother did not live to see. (Putin has called it “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.”)

so as to imply yet one more time that Putin seeks to recreate the Soviet Union, the author persists with the simpleminded meme that Putin rigged the American presidential election to prevent Hillary Clinton from winning.

He and his fellow western journalists are aided in this bizarre allegation by the USA’s intelligence agencies, who claim to have evidence that points to Russian interference.  They can’t show anyone, of course – everything the CIA deals with has important national security implications, and if they told the world how Putin hacked American elections, well….well, he might do it again. Or something.

Consider. What actually happened? Information was released which reported that Mrs. Clinton was using a private email server to conduct government business, as Secretary of State for the Obama government, so as to avoid the law which required all official email traffic to be archived as government property.

Was this true? While I can’t speak to her motivation, her unauthorized use of a private server is a matter of public record, as are testimonials from State Department staff members that they mentioned repeatedly the behavior was not permitted, to which Mrs. Clinton allegedly replied that she had permission. If she said that, it was a lie.

Then information was released which said the Democratic Party establishment was conspiring to rig the Democratic nomination for Mrs. Clinton by manipulating the process against Bernie Sanders, who enjoyed a significant following and who was assessed by polling results to have the best chance of beating Trump. Was that true? Sure was; the DNC chair, Debbie Wassserman-Shultz, resigned in disgrace – Mrs Clinton promptly promoted her to honorary chair of her presidential campaign, and President Obama rushed out a supportive statement as well, demonstrating that political heavyweights don’t really care if you rig elections as long as you’re not Russian.

So what sabotaged the win Hillary Clinton thought she had in the bag was the release of damaging information about her which was true and accurate. It was not a pack of lies, and the suggestion that the truth about such activities should have been kept from voters until after they had cast their ballots would be monstrous. There was absolutely no proof that Russia was responsible for releasing that information, if they even knew it, and they were pretty far down the chain of people in a position to know.

What are the rigging methods in Russian elections of which the Kremlin is always accused by the morally-superior beacon of democracy? Ballot-stuffing. Carousel voting, a term US State Department spokeshole Jen Psaki was quite comfortable using in the most accusatory fashion, although she had to admit when questioned that she had no idea what it meant. Suppression of opposition candidates and advertising time which disproportionately favours the ruling party. If Vladimir Putin can actually tip elections in foreign countries with such confounding precision without access to any of those tools, why would he rely on such quaint and archaic blunt-instrument methods to rig elections in Russia?

Fake news stories in the western media abound, although the west rarely if ever acknowledges them; when FOX News, mouthpiece of the Washington regime-changers, broadcast a story ostensibly about protests in Russia, but featuring footage of rioting in Athens, The Daily Telegraph set a new standard for crawling by positing that the channel had just made an innocent mistake, like Athens is a lot like Moscow and people make that mistake all the time. It then proceeded to excoriate the paranoid Russians for imagining that it was done with intent.  Al Jazeera broadcast a fake report of the fall of Tripoli in the west’s successful regime-change war against Gaddafi; the supposed capture of the city by ‘opposition forces’ was actually put together in a studio in Doha, Qatar. I’ve lost track of the number of accounts of Putin’s fabulous stolen wealth which he has squirreled away in secret bank accounts somewhere which nobody can find or prove to exist, yet his status as one of the world’s wealthiest men remains part of the argot of common wisdom.

Well, I spent a lot longer on that than I meant to do; but, damn it, that ‘Putin stole our election’ nonsense just turns my teeth sideways. How could he have done that? Voting machines are not connected to the internet, and there is no realistic suggestion that Russia actually manipulated the vote count. Somebody released true information regarding unlawful and undemocratic behavior by Mrs. Clinton, but not a shred of evidence supporting Russian involvement has been produced, although the CIA maintains that it knows.

Anyway, I wanted to take you through what is described as a step-by-step analysis of a fake news story, an example of Russian trickery, or manipulation by Putin’s international minions. The author is eminently well-qualified to discuss fake news, or at least as well-qualified as one can become in the short interval since caution was thrown to the winds, and fakery in the news went from a hobby to mainstream default mode; he worked for more than three years in Pheme, a multinational online project funded by the European Commission to define, evaluate and model fake news.

Let’s take a look. The story used as an example is a clip about Russian soldiers using the Uran 6 robotic mine-clearance vehicle to demine sites in Aleppo following the victory of Syrian government forces’ retaking of the city. I want you to note at the outset that the author claims the story is completely false.

This post shows a story originating in the Middle East, about Russian soldiers clearing up bombs left in Syria by Obama’s troops. The story was related using first-hand video and personal accounts, and was picked up by major outlets. However, the truth was that this story was completely false — fabricated and framed in such a way that it looked like real news. We’ll pull on threads behind this fake news, and find just one small part of what may well be a large, international network that is feeding our Western media.

Please note also the odd choice of words; “…bombs left in Syria by Obama’s troops”. We’ll see if anyone actually claims that.

Mr. Derczynski acknowledges at the starting line that there is nothing untoward with the original clip – it probably does show Russian soldiers in the performance of their duties in Syria, and the vehicle featured probably is the Uran 6.

Then the token jackass Ukrainian enters the fray, announcing that the item is a fake and the vehicle is actually of Croatian origin. He is quickly shot down by Marcel Sardo. I think most of us know Marcel’s work, and I have found him usually pretty accurate; always, where military hardware is concerned, and he seems to be a bit of an aficionado. The author points out that while there is no reason at this point to believe anything is other than what it seems, in fact this is a common tactic, and the good-cop-bad-cop are often on the same side or are even the same person.

Then the story is picked up by RT, a source Mr. Derczynski tells us many of the Russians he talks with don’t really trust. I think you can probably imagine the Russian circles he moves in. He tells us RT claims the Uran 6 is the same robot the Russian military used to help clear Palmyra of explosives left behind by Islamic State (IS). Still possible this is a real story, he says, although he seems to believe RT is setting the stage for something.

As an aside, Islamic State did in fact take Palmyra, and remained in control of it for long enough to do tremendous damage – some of which appeared to have been wrought just for the sheer deviltry of it and for the grief it would cause, rather than the achievement of a strategic objective. It is difficult to imagine, I think, that the inhabitants of Palmyra left explosive booby-traps for the soldiers who drove out Islamic State – since their rule was unpopular – so it does not seem too much of a stretch that the explosives and mines left behind (a matter of public record) were left by Islamic State. There is apparently nothing thus far to suggest the story is ‘fake news’, although the author is suspicious about the direction it is heading.

And then, BAM! The fake hits us like a runaway locomotive.

Sarah Abdallah joins in on Twitter, attributing the explosives left behind to ‘Obama’s moderate rebels’. Oh no, you don’t, Sarah, you delicious-looking young female trading on your looks and flirting with the camera. This has now just become fake-news propaganda, framing the story so that it reflects badly on the Greatest Democracy That Ever Lived.

Let’s take another pause to reflect. I have no idea if Sarah Abdallah is the real thing, or a Putin shill – I’m not familiar with her and have not seen her before this. But how realistic is her attribution to ‘Obama’s moderate rebels’ of the explosives left behind in Aleppo? Well, the Obama government was fairly well known to be arming the Syrian rebels both overtly (which it admitted) and covertly (which it did not). The U.S. government also admitted, at various points in the conflict, that it had less and less of an idea who was who and who was al Qaeda as things went along. Oftentimes the side the USA supported was blanket-referred to as ‘moderate rebels’ for the sake of optics, but it is well-established that the USA provided not only arms, but satellite radios which would allow rebel commanders to call in air strikes by US military aircraft. The USA wriggled and squirmed and called for endless ceasefires in Aleppo whenever the Syria government forces appeared about to exploit a vulnerability. It seems pretty clear that Washington supported anyone it thought might get the job of ousting Assad done. It is therefore quite conceivable that explosives left behind in Aleppo with the intent of killing or injuring incoming enemy forces were left behind by ‘moderate rebels’ . It is also quite conceivable that some, perhaps many of these ‘rebels’ were supported by the U.S. government.

Other sources go on to say that departing extremist rebels placed explosives even in children’s toys. I have no idea if that is accurate, but considered in the frame of the deliberate murder of many children from the buses leaving Aleppo, lured out with the promise of snacks and then blown up by a suicide bomber, I would have to say it does not seem that far-fetched.

In summary, I see little in this story to support the author’s contention that it is ‘fake news’, and it was not conclusively labeled as such until sources began to attribute the explosives left behind in Aleppo to rebels trained, armed and supported by the USA and its allies. Russian soldiers were acknowledged to be demining the streets and districts of Aleppo, which they need not do if there were no bombs. If we stipulate there were bombs, who left them? The residents of Aleppo? Putin? It seems pretty clear who left them. So the remaining issue is whether they were supported in their endeavors by the USA. And I think the answer must be yes.

I’m sure Russia’s military does public relations, the same as the United States military does public relations – US military forces on deployment regularly turn up cleaning a local monument or painting classrooms in a school, and are duly photographed for a feelgood story back home which creates the impression they are welcomed and fitting in wherever they are, which is not always the case. You can call it propaganda if you like, but not only when Russia does it. I have said for a long time that Russia needs to get serious about image management, and it looks like they are taking it to heart. Refusing to adopt the tools of modern influence-leveraging because they are demeaning and you believe your performance should not need amplification is a little like announcing your national army will continue to use the longbow 100 years after the invention of the musket.

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1,330 Responses to It Is What It Isn’t: Fake News Comes of Age as Ideology Trumps Evidence

  1. et Al says:

    Thomson Neuters Foundation: Megafarms linked to Russia’s political elite boom, fuelling fears for smallholders
    http://news.trust.org//item/20170511040754-8oef3/?source=gep&google_editors_picks=true

    Russia’s largest landowners control an area the size of Belgium after expanding to increase domestic production of foods on banned imports lists.

    Russian megafarms with ties to the political elite have taken control of vast swathes of land to fill gaps left on supermarket shelves by bans on western imports, according to business consultants and charities fearing small farmers are losing out….

    …Ilya Shumanov, deputy director at Transparency International, said local governments in some of the most productive growing regions have forced small farmers to turn land over to corporations with such moves as hiking tax rates…

    …Shumanov said it was impossible to tell who is profiting from the expansion of these agribusiness corporations during sanctions, as many have obscure, complex business structures.

    Tim Hanstad, co-founder of land rights advocacy group Landesa, said this trend dated back to the fall of communism when many agribusinesses gained huge areas of land due to failed schemes intended to give farmers a share of collective farms…
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    Plenty more at the link, but no link to the BEFL report. The overview came out on April 24th so it is curious that it took the International Muck Spreading Business just over two weeks to discover it. Here’s its news page with the link to the report:

    http://befl.ru/en/news/detail.php?ID=956

    BEFL has updated the Overview of Russia’s Largest Agricultural Landholders in April 2017. The overview shows 50 companies with over 12m ha of farmland under control.

    The overview 2017 includes the main chart of 50 companies with 8 new ones and Razgulay Group no longer in the race. The Top 5 is led by Prodimex, like last year, followed by Rusagro, Miratorg, Agrocomplex and Ak Bars. The companies with the largest gain in land assets over 2016 are shown in a separate chart (the leader here is JSFC Sistema with its subsidiary Stepp Agroholding and jointly owned RZ Agro). The overview also shows the change of the land portfolio controlled by the Top 5 since 2012.

    The overview includes companies having over 100k ha of farmland in control (owned, leased or possessed by any other legal right).

    So what are the specific allegations apart from abuse may have taken place?

    ‘The size of Belgium’ – sounds impressive until you remember how absolutely huge Russia is.

    It’s not unlikely there has been some naughty behavior either but how much or how little simply isn’t addressed here because the ‘investigators’ do not know. It could also be an opportunity to garner more positive headlines for the on-going anti-corruption campaign and also remind everyone about it. Then again, when it comes to Russia, making smoke without fire is a western specialty.

    • Jen says:

      Knowing where in the country these large agribusinesses operate and what they grow would help. A farm that covers an area the size of Belgium might not sound so strange if it turns out to be a reindeer farm in a subarctic region – because that would be the minimum size needed for a commercially viable herd to graze. In Australia, cattle stations nearly that size are not unusual and of course they are owned and run by companies (which themselves are owned by other companies, some of them foreign, and shareholders) because of the risk and uncertainty involved in running such farms in a harsh and unpredictable physical environment.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_largest_stations_in_Australia

    • marknesop says:

      Oh, do they have a Chicken Council and a Grocery Manufacturers Association, suits whose job it is to lobby the government for more perks and more lolly? Because it was all starting to sound sorta familiar. And as usual, the loudest-mouthed rock-throwers live in houses of glass.

  2. et Al says:

    Al Beeb s’Allah GONAD (God’s Own News Agency Direct): Pokemon Go: Russian blogger sentenced
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39881444

    A Russian blogger has been given a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence after he posted a video of himself playing Pokemon Go in a church

    …A Russian blogger has been given a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence after he posted a video of himself playing Pokemon Go in a church…

    …It was published apparently in response to warnings that playing such games in church might have legal consequences.

    In the video, Sokolovsky – just before going inside the church – is seen saying that the risk of being arrested is “complete nonsense”.

    “Who could get offended if you’re just walking around with your smartphone in a church?”
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    What a moron. It goes to show the total disconnect some people have of reality. It wasn’t enough just to be a bit curious and challenging, but then posting the evidence online himself beggars belief. It seems to be part of this disease that is common in the West that people are surprised that there are consequences for their actions (whether justified or not) or that they are even responsible for their actions.

    • marknesop says:

      Who is so disrespectful that they would play that stupid jerkoff game during a church service? “It seems to be part of this disease that is common in the West that people are surprised that there are consequences for their actions (whether justified or not) or that they are even responsible for their actions.” Nailed it. Western psychobabble about freedom without responsibility appeals mostly to rebellious teenagers and those who in their minds are still rebellious teenagers, who see themselves fighting ‘the man’ and his oppression, and every law must be challenged to see if ‘the man’ is serious about enforcing it.

      Kind of like this.

  3. et Al says:

    AsiaTimes.com: Stalled pipeline now a matter of urgency for Turkmenistan
    http://www.atimes.com/article/stalled-pipeline-now-matter-urgency-turkmenistan/

    Country’s economic future hinges on making 22-year-old multi-billion dollar project a success, but significant obstacles lie in wait

    Turkmenistan is in a hurry to power through with a multi-billion dollar pipeline project to bring new markets for its surplus gas after losing key buyers.

    …Turkmenistan needs buyers for its gas to revive falling revenues. The virtually landlocked country (its only coastline is on the enclosed Caspian Sea) is entirely dependent on hydrocarbon exports but it has been losing customers. Russia canceled a major contract at the start of 2016, and Iran suspended imports early this year. To compound matters, China – which now accounts for 75% of Turkmen gas sales – recently canceled plans for another pipeline that would carry an additional 35 bcm per year, and has instead secured an additional delivery of 38 bcm from Russia. These developments underscore the urgency of implementing TAPI for the Turkmen economy. …
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    More at the link.

  4. et Al says:

    EUObserver.com: EU visa waiver looms for Russia-annexed Crimeans
    https://euobserver.com/justice/137859

    …The EU says that the liberalisation will apply to all Ukrainian citizens with a biometric passport and that there will be no travel ban for Crimean people…

    …According to family members who spoke under the condition of anonymity, civil servant and government officials are however denied entry to Ukraine, because they are listed on Myrorovest, a non-official Ukrainian website that tracks Crimeans working for the pro-Russian authorities.

    Contacted by EUobserver, the Ukrainian authorities denied the allegations, while the collective behind Myrorovest declined to comment…
    ####

    Much more at the link.

    What a tangled web!

  5. Moscow Exile says:

    Sheer, unadulterated post-Victory Day kreakl filth..

    that is doing the rounds now on the Russian blogosphere, in vKontakte and in various rags:

    Уроки истории

    A History Lesson

    If the Russian authorities have set as their objective the provocation of idiosyncrasies from normal people towards May 9, then they have achieved what they set out to do. It has taken only a few years for Victory Day to become associated with a day of alcoholism and obscurantism. I cannot recall any other Russian holiday that could have been so stuffed full of lies, hypocrisy, nauseating jingoism and sanctity in the worst possible sense of the word. It is already uncomfortable congratulating others on this holiday: they will have the feeling that you support this whole abominable government display, in which it anoints itself with the merits of others.

    If this day is a holiday for anyone, then it is for pro-government organizations. The feast has been drunk: Victory clouds everything. Past their sell-by date foodstuff for the field kitchen? [1] A concert delivered from slurred speaking mouths on a crappy stage made from sticks that has been knocked together Tajiks? [2] Paid (but cheaply) elderly women with placards and fake veterans [3] of the sort that have their whole chest covered with rattling medals? Come over here to us, my dear folk! That is to say, they are cheap and very cost effective from the point of view of budgeting.

    And it is impossible to shout and swear about the Great Victory Day. That is like cursing about Putin and Russia. Are you criticizing Putin? You are scolding Russia, your Motherland, you ungrateful pig, you traitor … and so on and so forth: you know, the usual thing. Are you cursing about Victory Day? Are you daring to criticize our dead grandfathers, you worthless little loser? What are you babbling about there? Nooo, we are one. Just look at this plywood tank with a drunken gopnik [4] in a pilotka [5] and your grandfather, who disappeared at Stalingrad. We cannot be divided now. We have stolen your victory, and your grandfather, and the right to celebrate this holiday without us. So you will celebrate with us and we shall tell you how. And if you are against our merry holidays, it means that you have trampled down the great feat of the people, and spat at the very soul of the people, bringing about as a consequence thereof an insult to their feelings.

    We are not allowed to speak the truth about the Great Patriotic War either. It is about feelings, again; but in general, what is there about which one can spoil the holiday? About the first years of the war and the first terrible losses that occurred, which losses were the fault of the country’s leadership because of Stalin’s blind faith in an alliance with Hitler – shush! Not a word of this. People died, yes — several million of them, but we won! Victory! There is also silence as regards the possibility of avoiding the siege of Leningrad. Yes, we could have done this and should have done that, but you should not even think about this. There is no point in crying in hindsight over our mistakes. We did that which was necessary to be done… a great national achievement …. another minute’s silence and then everyone went their own way. And as regards the Vlasovites [6], they were desperate people who tried to take their country out of the hell of the camps and totalitarianism but their price for this was betrayal. One can only refer to them as “damned traitors”: we should not leave it to the gods to try and understand them and realize what their real goals and aspirations were. We need not talk about the huge numbers of glorious warriors that died, either: they got to Berlin, did they not? Why dig all this up? Come on, let us celebrate. Let us remember the dead with vodka; rejoice at those who have returned, wipe away the tears and go to sleep.

    Victory Day is certainly a great holiday. The people’s holiday: the holiday of people who fought desperately … although behind them were the camp barracks, and in front — the full-fledged Hitlerite army. And they won! And we do not know how the fate of the world would have been reshaped if the Soviet Union had not thrown into the Hitler campaign its inhabitants’ dead bodies. And another thing: Victory Day means recalling how the state treated its people, how it defeated the enemy not by military skill, but by recklessly sacrificing the lives of its own citizens. Russia’s victory is the victory of Europe and America. These countries have gained peace and the opportunity to improve their people’s lives. And all that is happening in the civilized world now is the consequences of this great victory. And that is no exaggeration. But there has never been any improvement in this land of the Soviet victors [6].

    After the war had ended, the Germans who had served in low positions in concentration camps and who had simply supported the regime, were brought to the mass graves (if, of course, they could be called graves) of the Jews killed in these camps. They were forced to dig into these “graves” and bury the victims of the regime anew and this time, in a humane fashion. This made an indelible impression: people suddenly realized the horror of what had happened: they sobbed and deeply regretted that they had allowed such a thing or at least just given it tacit consent. [8] I should really like to send “patriots” who put onto their rusted up clunkers stickers with the inscription “We can do it again” for such an event: to make them realize with their chicken brains what exactly they are offering to repeat one more time.[9]

    May 9 might one day in the future be celebrated in Russia in such a way that I shall want to join in. They might learn to remember on this day all those without whom there would not have been this victory. Remember the Soviet soldiers, remember the American soldiers, the Italian and French resistance, the British support — and many, many other participants, who paid with their blood for a tranquil sky. And they might also learn not to forget those people without whom there would have been no war [10], no siege of Leningrad, and no soldiers who were sent to their forests for their services [11]. Some day this day might be a day of memory, not a day of debauchery [12]. We might finally learn this lesson in history and move on. Maybe. But not today.

    [1] At celebrations in parks they have army field kitchens of WWII vintage where people in Red Army WWII uniform serve out food — usually grechka (buckwheat) and Russian Frankfurter-type sausage. The food is always tasty. On ( May my wife commented that the grechka at these kitchens is always tasty and wondered how they made it so. The writer of the above says they sell shit at these kitchens. I can almost guarantee that the bastard would never be sen dead near one.

    [2] My younger daughter sang at such a concert on a regularly erected outdoor stage constructed with tubular steel scaffolding. I wish I could post pictures of the event. No drunkards in sight, be they Tajik or Russians.


    Slurred speeches?


    What, no drunken Tajiks?

    [3] So what were these very old people, these “fake veterans” doing in 1945? The youngest veteran who had served under-age in 1945 will now be in his/her early 80s. So they round up all these 80-somethings, give them uniforms, medals and placards and seed them around Moscow and all the towns and cities throughout this vast land?

    [4] a yob; a vulgar, uncouth person, usually a petty criminal

    [5] a Soviet WWII army forage cap

    [6] Vlasov’s followers

    [7] No improvement in the standard of living in Russia since 1945 says a <kreakl!!!!

    [8] So they repented for their sins, admitted their guilt, apologized for all their wrongdoings, which makes them “nice guys” now?

    [9] So the USSR was not a victim of Nazi aggression? The victim is now the “bad guy” who wants to start a world war again — just like it did in 1939 when it was Hitler’s “ally”. And Russia has still not yet apologized and wept bitter tears for its misdeeds, unlike those misguided Nazi underlings at Auschwitz have done?

    [10] Because WWII was started by Hitler and Stalin, right?

    [11] To an NKVD firing squad in the forest? Sort of like Katyn?

    [12] Where? Where? Tell me more!!!

    The above shite also (partly) appeared here:

    Maybe we’ll finally learn this lesson of history and we can move on?

    and other sites where festering kreakly filth coagulates.

  6. Moscow Exile says:

    Drunken debauchery two days ago in Gorky Park on Victory Day, 2017, when Soviet Russian citizens, unrepentant for the World War that Russia the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany unleashed dance on a stage built out of sticks by drunken Tajiks:

    Shameful!

    More debuachery at Gorky Park main gates, 9 May, 2017:

    Totally unadulterated filth in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer, Moscow, 9 May, 2017:

    Bloody perverts!

    • davidt says:

      Thanks, squire. You often post videos that warm the cockles of my heart, and I say nothing. But I appreciate that you find the time to do so, for otherwise I would never see such things.

    • Jen says:

      Seeing people dancing in the streets like this makes me wish public schools could teach kids ballroom dancing, folk dancing or similar communal dancing. This would give kids some physical activity that isn’t competitive sport. I remember as a kid in Year 8 or 9 the whole class had to do folk dancing for some public event and it was not a bad way to pass the afternoons learning sometimes intricate steps.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Oh, they still teach children dancing here at kindergarten and school. And putting on concerts at school and in social centres is a regular activity. My youngest is a member of a dancing troupe at a social centre close to our house. She also sings solo and has won lots of prizes and diplomas at various competitions. One of her numbers is Ella Fitzgerald’s “Clap Your Hands”:

        My Sasha sings it great, not least because her English pronunciation is perfect. She’s listened to recordings of Ella Fitzgerald singing that number many, many times and got it off to a “T” now. Sasha is going to Sochi in a fortnight with her ensemble of singers and dancers to take part in an all-Russia singing competition there.

        I think they long ago stopped teaching dancing in English schools. (I write “English” because the Scottish education system differs from the English one: it is better, in my opinion.)

        When I was a child in the 1950s at what was then known as the infants’ school, I was taught folk dances. I particularly recall dancing “The Gay Gordons”, which title would no doubt cause smirks all round now.

        • Cortes says:

          When I was a law student in the mid 1990s, a pal and I used to go to a ceilidh club in central Glasgow once a week. To my astonishment it was full of overseas students, especially from Scandinavia and Germany. The leader of the band would call the steps for the first few rotations of each type of dance and after the short practice onto the real thing, with reels, Dashing White Sergeant, Gay Gordon and others. Exhausting fun. I suspect that the appeal was in structured dance where you can hold or touch your partner rather than formless disco.

          • Moscow Exile says:

            Yes, I have often suspected that to be the case, namely that in such dances you can grab hold of a girl — several, in fact, depending on the dance.

            When that strange dancing appeared when I was about 11 or 12 years old, whereby “partners” just stood about a yard apart and wriggled in front of each other, I just thought it looked stupid. When I was little older, another strange dance ritual appeared, according to which girls used to put their handbags on the dance floor, stand around them and wriggle in time to the music.

            That “Dashing White Sergeant” which you mention brings back memories. I had quite forgotten about it. That is another good “grab a different girl” dance. I do not suppose such a title would be allowed now: “Dashing Diverse Sergeant” perhaps?

            🙂

  7. Moscow Exile says:

    The big bad Russians are coming!!!!!

    Кремль готовит армию с глубиной вторжения до 500 км на запад

    The Kremlin is preparing an invasion army that has a depth of penetration in the West of up to 500 km

    Don’t worry folks! The forces of freedom and democracy are ready to protect you!

    In September, the Russians will play in Belarus military exercises “Zapad 2017”, which will involve about 100 thousand troops. This topic is covered in a large special project LIGA.net commemorating the third anniversary of the Russian-Ukrainian war “The War of 2017” .

    For Europe, the worsening of relations with Russia, it seems, is just beginning. In 2015, Putin decided to withdraw the country from the Treaty on the Limitation of Arms in Europe (CFE). The same year, the regime began creating on its Western border three new divisions – 10 thousand soldiers in each. However, the actual numbers, experts say, will be many times more. In fact, this rapid reaction force, is capable of undertaking offensive actions at short notice.

    According to the interviewees at LIGA.net among the security forces, the created group will be fully deployed, rearmed and ready for the invasion of a neighbouring country by 2020. Judging by the composition of the military associations and created infrastructure for them, the depth of invasion is planned for up to 500 km Apart from the Baltic States or Belarus, trends of impact in the direction of the Ukraine can be several: Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy, Donetsk. A blow from the the Crimea is also likely. The goal of the military offensive is not the occupation and defeat of the main forces of the APU and to force the Ukraine to surrender, that is, to impose peace on the conditions of the aggressor.

    An edition of the Wall Street Journal writes that during a Russian exercise Zapad 2017 in September there could be ignite a new crisis on the borders of the Baltic States. Russia itself said that the exercise will be attended by 3,000 soldiers. But this figure allows Moscow to notify NATO about the details.

    The former commander in chief of the United armed forces of NATO in Europe, Philip Breedlove, said that Russia is lying and the military manoeuvres will involve about 100 thousand soldiers.

    NATO military claim that it will be the largest scale military exercises of the Russian Federation on the Western borders. Simultaneously with the Russian manoeuvres, in Sweden there is going to be a defensive military exercises in which NATO countries are taking part, including the United States.

    The security service of the Ukraine claims that all of Russia’s neighbours, except China, cannot feel safe — even those countries that today Moscow has publicly called friendly. “Russia is not only creating and maintaining conflict, she uses them for a permanent destabilization of the situation, doing everything not to allow her neighbours to build democratic institutions and develop the economy”, the representative of the SBU, Oleksandr Tkachuk has told LIGA.net

    It is noteworthy that all the neighbours of Russia, including countries of the Moscow military bloc CSTO, have ignored the traditional military parade in Moscow on May 9. Only President of Moldova arrived. He does not hide his close ties with the Kremlin. The rest at best sent emissaries. A source LIGA.net amongst Ukrainian diplomats said that after Igor Dodon’s coming to power, Kiev has practically ceased all ties with Chisinau …

    Local media compare preparation for the military exercises “West 2017” as a preparation for the actual occupation of Belarus. “De facto, Belarus has been occupied by Russia”, said Latvian newspaper Delfi scientist Vytis jurkonis.

    The Minister of defence of Estonia, Margus Tsahkna, believes that the military doctrine of the Russian Federation West 2017 is actually the beginning of the occupation of Belarus. He referred to the intelligence of Estonia and other countries of the Alliance, which testify to the intention of Russia not to withdraw its soldiers from Belarus after the completion of the exercise. “For the Russian military, heading to Belarus is a one-way ticket”, said the Minister of defence of Estonia….

    Eat shit, Western hyenas!

    • kirill says:

      It is delicious watching these NATzO asswipes bitching about Russia building up its DEFENSIVE potential. They are all sore and crapping in their panties that their grand plan to turn Russia into a banana republic has failed. Their deployment of soldiers to the Russian border is just impotent posturing and they are popping veins about Russia continuing to upgrade the readiness and capacity of its armed forces.

      You missed your chance NATzO. Should have gone for Russia’s jugular back in 1998. But I think that you didn’t have a chance even back then with comprador Yeltsin paving the way. You have zero chances of taking out Russia now and can only dream the retarded dream of some nuclear first strike. ASSuming that Russian ICBMs will be destroyed in their silos and not launched the moment that a first strike is detected. ASSuming that your “stealthy” B-2s and cruise missiles are totally invisible to Russian detection systems and will get to take out their targets before Russian mud hut dwellers know what hit them. All of you hubris-filled chauvinist retards are a collection of ASSes.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Never fear, dear Europeans. With such stalwart defenders of freedom and democracy as are soldiers of the US 173rd Air Brigade, shown below, defending Narva, you are in competent and safe hands.

        Narva is an Estonian city populated mostly by ethnic Russians. That is Ivangorod fortress across the Narva river in the background.

        Ivangorod is in Russia. And according to the above map, in the Russian hinterland of the Russian/Estonian frontier there are 70,000 Russian troops.

        You cannot see any of them on the picture because they do not take to posing and bullshitting.

        Same place, another time:


        On August 21 Narva was taken. In the background is Ivangorod fortress.

        That was 1941.

        Three years later, they came back from where they had gone.

        Very unlikely that any of those in the picture came back though. Their remains are probably still pushing up daisies in Mother Russia.

      • Northern Star says:

        USA…USA…!!!!!

        • kirill says:

          Sorry for my shrill tone. When I was in the US for a couple of years I felt I was dealing with normal and good people. The problem is always at the top.

          • Moscow Exile says:

            Yes, I agree. I have never been out of Europe, but I have worked many times with US citizens and have always got on fine with them: normal folk, friendly, polite etc. I have never come across such freaks that seem to inhabit Washington, the Pentagon some TV stations and many of those who pass themselves of as journalists.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Note how on the LIGA.net map there are allegedly 40,000 Russian troops in the Donbass.

      And nary a photograph of one of them these past 3 years!

      🙂

      Lying Yukie toerags!

      • kirill says:

        Indeed. It’s OK for jihadi volunteers from everywhere to fight in Syria. They are called “moderate rebels” by the NATzO fake stream media. But Russan volunteers in the Donbas are all “soldiers” of the Russian army. Next NATzO propagandists need to find 2 million raped Ukrainian women.

    • marknesop says:

      The crazy talk we have come to expect from such sources. They must have been sorry to see Breedlove go; he was such a gold mine of doom and gloom, and obviously the dangling date of 2020 is to tell NATO it had better be prepared to strike well before that. Loons, the lot.

  8. et Al says:

    The abuse of homosexuals in Chechnya has come out of the microwave reheated again today.

    Regardless of whether it is fact, fiction or something in between (I think we can agree that there are no ‘gay concentration camps’ as some of the British media proclaimed a week or so ago), it is I guess a blessing that the Ukraine, in ‘Celebrating Diversity’* banned Russia from the contest. Otherwise we would have seen ‘pressure on eurovision’ etc. to not allow Russia because of events in Chechnya. Kiev rather ruined this latter plan, but ultimately the prepared media storm was still let go despite its main goal having already failed.

    As we have seen, this story has waxed and waned since it was first reported selectively in the western media from Novaya Gazeta, the latest recharging being the deliberate march to deliver a petition to the Kremlin, guaranteed to garner news headlines as the organizers were not interested in asking for official permission. As Mark Ames noted in a recent post at eXiled Online (not to mention the toxic, anti-semitic amoral f/tard Nikolai Alekseyev who I posted about a while ago and not long after the story broke and also saw the same sources Ames quotes), the LGBT crowd is fully signed up to the US agenda even if it means keeping silent about the plight of LGBT in US client or allied states.

    It seems to me that just about everything including the kitchen sink being thrown at Russia. Maybe the neocons and their willing idiots sense they are running out of time and it doesn’t matter how outrageous the claims are, best get it in. That’s the thing about pendulums. They always swing back, whether you openly recognize it happening or not.

    * This years Eurovision tag line.

    • kirill says:

      Russia reached a peace in Chechnya by letting the Chechens be masters in their own house. It is not on Russia’s footsteps what Chechens choose to do with their society. Perhaps NATzO bloody hypocrites can impose order in Chechnya themselves. They can fix up their precious Saudi Arabia too, while they are it.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      I don’t claim to be as talented and well-connected as Mark Ames, but I had an expose/speculation written about the whole affair.

      Tl;dr version – it’s all about the money and power struggle within grant-sucking professional “civil-rights activists” crowd, this time – among teh ghays.

      The whole fervor with which both our liberasts and the Westerner decry and discuss this non-issue, based only on a ballsy claim by a shitty news rag, proves once more, that even the people, who claim to be irreligious (i.e. the aformentioned crowd) still need a prothesis for a faith. The conspiracy theories and fake news following is just the thing they want.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      Update: went to the semi-revived eXiled-online, read Ames’ two-parter. On the one hand – good stuff about Alexeyev the chubby arch-gay of all Rus (or so he claims). Good links about the collusion between the “professional gays” and the Western (read: USA) powers that be, replete with them shyly not yapping about the conditions of teh ghays in the countries which are “allies”. and “strategic partners” of the USA.

      Bad stuff – Ames is disconnected from the facts on the ground and it shows. He is not present, he does no research on his own, he’s either reminiscenting about good ol’ days of the printed eXile when he was physically present in Russia, or trusts such rag as “NG” without second thoughts.

      Ultimately, his two-parter is not about the issue – it’s about settling scores with the NYT and Alexeyev.

  9. et Al says:

    Neuters: Russian Rosneft’s $12.9 billion Essar Oil deal held up over debt issues
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-rosneft-essar-delays-exclusive-idUKKBN1871U5

    …Kremlin-controlled Rosneft, which sees the deal as vital to expanding in Asia’s fastest growing energy market, had aimed to close the deal at the end of 2016. Now a June target for completion may be in doubt.

    “Tensions between Rosneft and Essar are running high,” said one of the industry sources, who like others asked not to be named.

    The sources said the acquisition was still expected to go through, but one of them said Rosneft had written to Essar threatening to change the terms of the deal, including to pay a lower price, if the dispute over debt was protracted….

    …Rosneft won a bidding war to buy Essar against Saudi Aramco, its biggest competitor in the oil export market.

    The deal will give Rosneft a 49 percent stake, with a further 49 percent split between Swiss commodities trader Trafigura [TRAFGF.UL] and Russian fund United Capital Partners. The billionaire Ruia brothers will retain a 2 percent stake…

    …Sources said some lenders might be seeking to gain concessions on other debt with Essar units before giving their approval…

    • marknesop says:

      I wonder why the sources ask not to be named? How are we supposed to assess their credibility, or even to be certain that what was purportedly said actually was said? When you use unnamed sources, you can pretty much invent anything. At any rate, the west is plainly disappointed its Arab allies lost out. And I would submit that Rosneft is not very worried the deal will not go through if it actually is threatening to pay less – that’s not what you do when you’re on the weak end of a deal.

  10. Northern Star says:

    Well the flow of feces continues unabated from the mouths of Democrats:

    “The political crisis gripping Washington sharpened Wednesday in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey.
    Trump triggered a political firestorm Tuesday when he abruptly dismissed Comey, who was heading up the most active investigation into alleged Russian government hacking of the 2016 US election and accusations of collusion between the Trump election campaign and the Kremlin.
    Democrats in the Senate and other party officials lined up as a bloc on Wednesday to demand the appointment of a special prosecutor or the establishment of an independent commission to take the investigation out of the hands of Trump appointees, a demand that was firmly rejected by Republican congressional leaders.
    Neither the Democratic Party nor the intelligence agencies have produced any substantive evidence to support their claims that Moscow hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign director John Podesta in order to tip the election in Trump’s favor.
    ***But this is treated as undisputed fact by the bulk of the corporate media and used to agitate for a policy that leads inexorably to war with the world’s second-largest nuclear power.”**

    Hmmm..what’s the probabilty that the first Russian salvo will take out both the Klinton and Obongo Klans in their entirety??

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/05/11/come-m11.html

    • Northern Star says:

      Killary and Congressional Black Caucus member :

      • yalensis says:

        Wow – Killary is a great little dancer!
        Look how her tiny feet match Bojangles at every step!

        The Shim Sham, by the way, for those not keyed into tap dancing lore, is a famous and iconic dance performed at every tap concert. Generally, at the end of a show, people from the audience are allowed up on the stage to tap along for a final shim-sham blitzkrieg.
        This particular variation, I was believe, was created specifically by Bill Robinson, and he taught it to Shirley. Bill and Shirley were known in Hollywood at the time as the first inter-racial couple!

  11. Moscow Exile says:

    Made my bloody day!

    Bienvenue à Belgrade — you twat!

    • Moscow Exile says:

      That Russians are anti-Semitic, nazis even?

      “One of the first of these films, shot back in 1940 in Germany, at the UFA film studios.” And though it does go on to say that UFA was the primary production company of the Third Reich, headed by Joseph Goebbels, MEMRI-TV described the lack of explicit reference to the Nazi party as “unusual in public broadcasts on Russian media.”

      So what’s the beef?

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Does MEMRI-TV believe that Russians are unaware of the fact that the German Third Reich was a one-party totalitarian state, which party was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, otherwise known as the “Nazi” party, and that Joseph Goebbels was the Nazi Propaganda Minister of the the Third Reich?

    • Jen says:

      The Times of Israel isn’t just a newspaper like The London Times or any other with a similar name.

      TToI’s editorial board, according to Wikipedia:

      “… The paper’s editorial board is composed of Sharon Ashley, a former editor of The Jerusalem Report; Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister; Efraim Halevy, a former director of the Mossad; Saul Singer, the author of Start-Up Nation; and Ehud Yaari, a senior Israeli journalist and political commentator. Yehuda Avner, a former Israeli ambassador and adviser to several Israeli prime ministers, was a member of the editorial board until his death in March 2015 …”
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Times_of_Israel

      There’s a strong likelihood that TToI deliberately selects news about Russia and Arab peoples that presents them in a bad light. But you probably knew that already?

  12. Warren says:

    Labour manifesto unanimously agreed – Jeremy Corbyn

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party’s manifesto has been “unanimously agreed” and will be published “in the next few days”.

    A draft version was leaked which included policies on nationalising railways and renewing Trident weapons.

    Mr Corbyn said that had been “amended” and he believed its policies would be “very popular” with voters.

    About 80 Labour figures including the shadow cabinet and national executive committee met to finalise the policies.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-39887997

  13. Warren says:

    Met Police use of Indian hackers probed by watchdog


    Undercover police allegedly used Indian hackers to access the accounts of politcal campaigners and journalists

    Undercover counter-extremism officers used hackers in India to access the emails of journalists and environmental activists, it has been claimed.

    The police watchdog started an inquiry into claims against the Metropolitan Police after an anonymous tip-off.

    It appealed for the whistleblower – believed to be a serving or retired police officer -to get in touch.
    The Met said it was aware of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) investigation.

    The IPCC said it had received an anonymous letter, which alleged covert officers from the Met’s National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit (NDEDIU), contacted Indian police officers for help to enlist hackers.

    The letter alleges the hackers accessed the email accounts of hundreds of people, including members of political and environmental pressure groups and journalists.

    Greenpeace was one of the organisations believed to have been named in the letter.
    John Sauven, Greenpeace UK’s executive director, said the charity welcomed the announcement.

    “If the allegations are true, the public and our campaigners deserve to know who ordered the hacking of our staff, why an overseas company was used to break into their emails, who else was targeted and what was done with the information,” he said.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39885655

    I thought those diabolical and amoral Russians were the only ones that hack the emails of journalists, environmentalists and political opponents?

    • Jen says:

      At least the British are consistent in outsourcing even cyber-hacking and cyber-surveillance to cheaper Indian counterparts … what other aspects of the UK police state is Treason’n’Mayhem willing to contract to Third World suppliers?

  14. yalensis says:

    My latest:
    Ukrainian football star spotted at Piskarev Cemetery carrying St. George ribbon — and a Zhido-Bandera’s head explodes!

  15. Moscow Exile says:

    It is snowing now here at 00:20, 12 May, 2017

    It’s strange looking out of the bedroom window at this time of year and see snow falling. The trees outside our third-floor windows are fully leaved now and the tree tops are at window height. Some trees are blooming. The blooming trees are called черёмуха — “Hackberry” or “May Day Tree” in English.

    In winter, we look out at the snow through leafless branches, but outside now are green leaves on and blooms on which snow is settling. This is bad because they are new leaves and will get frost bitten.

  16. Moscow Exile says:

    Everything you need to know about the meeting of Trump with Klimkin.

    A cheeseburger, fries and a big Coke.

  17. Northern Star says:

    “WASHINGTON DC: Six top US intelligence officials told Congress Thursday they agree with the conclusion that Russia acted to influence last year’s election, countering President Donald Trump’s assertions that the hacking remains an open question.”

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1407409/trumps-intel-bosses-reiterate-russia-meddled-election/

    “Asked whether they believed the intelligence community’s January assessment that Russia was responsible for hacking and leaking information to influence the elections was accurate, all six spy and law enforcement bosses appearing before the panel said “yes.”
    Trump’s firing of FBI director ‘domestic matter’: Kremlin'”

    Demand these vermin proffer PROOF that Russia F’d with the 2016 election..
    Then…Fire every last one of these cckskkers..declare martial law if necessary…

    • ucgsblog says:

      They don’t have to, look at the language: “Russia acted to influence”

      It doesn’t say that Russia influenced, it says that Russia acted to influence. Did RT broadcast something election related? Did some funds come from Russia? If so, Russia acted to influence the election. As did France. As did the UK. As did any major power.

      “Asked whether they believed” – again they don’t have to prove that it happened. They have to show that they believed it happened.

  18. Northern Star says:

    “The War Party is determined to make the offensive permanent, to keep up the pressure on the ultimate targets, Russia and China, until they break or capitulate to U.S. domination of the world. The current, rabid anti-Russian hysteria adds another layer of fake news on top of the wholly fictional U.S. “War on Terror” scenario. But these mega-lies can no longer mask the great obscenity of the 21st century: that the U.S. is allied with al-Qaida, whose jihadists act as imperialism’s foot soldiers in the Middle East.”

    Absolute take down of the psycho shtstains in Brussels and Washington DC

    https://www.blackagendareport.com/jail_obama_and_trump_for_war_crimes

    Time for global regime change…

  19. davidt says:

    ME’s earlier postings on the celebrations in Moscow recently caused me to think of the following article on Russian civil society that “The Nation” published a week or so ago. It is written for a US audience but I think that it is informative and has some statistics from the Higher School of Economics no less.
    https://www.thenation.com/article/my-universe-continues-to-expand/
    Given that I have mentioned the HSE I wonder what their experts would say about this huge and modern shipbuilding complex that has been set up in Primorsky Krai- lots of pictures:
    https://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/93113/

  20. Cortes says:

    Not sure if it’s posted on the previous page but bears repetition: a sublime piece by Gilbert Doctorow on the march of the Immortal Regiment through St Petersburg:

    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/solidarity-and-hope-st-petersburg-eyewitness-account-immortal-regiment-march/ri19791

    The remembrance of the friend of the family is what makes human beings human.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Kreakly say it’s all bogus, a sham. The pictures are not of their relatives. The placards are handed out ready-made. It’s all part of Putin’s mind control. Many are paid to attend etc., etc. …

      My elder daughter took part. She has taken part these past 2 years. She carries a placard bearing a picture of her great uncle, my wife’s mother’s brother, who fell in 1942.

      I made the placard.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      Do not mistake the two!

      Pic above: “March of the millions” by the Oppos.
      Pic below: “Unwanted” Immortal Regiment.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Photoshop …PHOTOSHOP!!!

        In the untampered with original of the top picture there are only 9 people and one is a drunken bomzh bumming money off them.

        🙂

    • yalensis says:

      On the same topic, I started a two-parter on the same event in Odessa. Same event, different context, of course, with Ukraine (temporarily) in the hands of THE OTHER SIDE.

  21. Murdock says:

    Thanks everyone, such a warm welcome! I had intended to follow up on my earlier post, but it looks like we have left that page far behind…

    Rest assured, I am not a trolling Rupert Murdoch, much to the relief of all parties involved. Just a Russian expat in the US, and though I have no familial relation to the handsome gentleman in et Al’s picture, the similarity in names is not accidental, so bravo on the quick connection there!

  22. Lyttenburgh says:

    And now concerning the “blogger Sokolovsky” and his (suspended) sentencing to 3.5 years and public works. et Al mentions that in the last post on the previous page and we ought to expect the Free and Independent Press ™ to cluck-cluck about it for at least several days to come.

    From here:

    “Today, the newest idol of the liberal opposition, Sokolovsky, got the expected punishment for his “artistry”.

    Punishment, by the way, have been very mild: suspended sentence plus compulsory work. Here I will support the court: there is no reason to turn a moron into a fighter against the regime, “who suffered for the truth.” Obligatory work will go well for such layabout as Sokolovsky.

    But in general, was the verdict of the court legal?

    Contrary to the widely spread myth of the liberal media, Sokolovsky was punished not for “catching a Pokemon in the temple,” but for very specific inciting statements.”

    Lyt speaking: Then the lawyer Ilya Remeslo proceeds with linking several videos of the “blogger”, in which he verbally assaults the Patriarch, the religion in general (“some immaterial spirit will fuck [them], and then they are giving birth to the messiah”), and profane verbal abuse of the Islamic religious ritual (Sokolovsky, btw, is not his real last name – he has North Caucasian ethnic background).

    Continuing the quote:

    “I have repeatedly expressed the importance of combating extremism and other incitement, so I will not repeat it.

    And the liberals will tell you that all of Sokolovsky’s inciting and insulting remarks were an expression of his “right to the freedom of speech.” And in what convention do we have this right described? That’s right, in the European Convention on Human Rights. So let’s look at the practice of European courts on cases of insulting religion and extremism:

    The ECHR ruling of 2006 on the “Erbakan v. Turkey” case states the principle that it may be necessary in certain democratic societies to punish or even prevent all forms of expression that spread, excite, support or justify hatred based on intolerance.”

    […]

    All this is well known to our “semi-defenders of human rights.” But they continue to screech against the law and common sense. Apparently, they want to live in a special country that does not relate to Russia or to Europe. In a country where there are only rights and no responsibilities.

    I can advise the “strugglers” for the right to insult and incite to move to a separate planet, since no state on Earth does meet their high democratic demands.”

    Lyt speaking: Fabulous мудак Sokolovsky was not punished for “catching pokemons in the Church”. Read the text of the sentence and try to prove me wrong. He was persecute in accordance with the art. 282 (the incitement of hatred based on religion or national attributes) and art 148 (the offending of the religious feelings of the believers) for the whole totality of his actions, which he, a public and media person, have committed in the past.

    In his “last word” before the jure, Sokolovsky admitted, that he is “an atheist, but an idiot”. During his live translation to his vlog of the “hunt” within the walls of that Yekaterinburg’s church (“Savior on the Blood”, commemorating ex-czar’s family execution) he made numerous rude commentaries and profanity.

    Meanwhile, in the free and tolerant EU 13 countries consider the denial of the Holocaust to be a punishable crime.

    Freedom of speech (as it is presented by various brands of liberals – and their part and parcel, the logical continuation of their thoughts, aka the Alt-Right) is a lie. It does not exist. Every state limits in accordance to its ideology in order to survive and to take care of the society.

    P.S. NEET and unemployed card-shark A. Karlin expressed class solidarity with the fellow lumpenized element Sokolovsky:

    • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

      People still play pokemon go?

    • Moscow Exile says:

      In view of the fact that Sokolovsky got a suspended sentence and not two years in a “colony”, I take it that his legal counsel for the defence was not the lamentable Mark Feygin.


      Not me, guv! I never defended the stupid little git>

      Old Feygin above fevvers bloody Abel Magwitch and not an attorney at law!

      🙂

    • kirill says:

      AK is clearly running around in circles trying to catch his own tail. Various punks who trespass on church property to stage their agit-prop theater need the book thrown at them. That is exactly the purpose of the law: to maintain law and order and prevent the lunatic fringe from steering society in any direction it desires. Anyone with a clue would know that law enforcement is all about making examples and herding the sheep. If the sheep get the notion, thanks to a few nutjobs never being punished, that they can do whatever and wherever then society is screwed.

      Hence, in the sanctimonious, bloody hypocrite west, enforcement of the law is brutal. Resisting arrest gets one serious extra charges even if there was no original crime. There are no 17 rouble slaps on the wrist for intentional trespassing in NATzO. In the USA and the UK it is legal to shoot dead trespassers even if they are not malicious (there was the case of the Japanese student during Haloween in Texas a few years ago, and there were other cases in the UK where shooting on private land was deemed not to have been a crime). Yet in Russia every fuckwad is supposed to have their precious “freedom of speech” respected. Trespass is not freedom of speech.

  23. Warren says:

    A Russian honeytrap for Gen Flynn? Not me…

    When Svetlana Lokhova saw the internet light up with suggestions she was a Russian spy, she initially thought it was a joke. But the Russian-born academic soon found herself, in her words, “collateral damage” in the controversies surrounding the Trump administration and the swirl of allegations about Russian espionage.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39863781

  24. Jeremn says:

    Back in 2012 the European Parliament was “concerned about the rising nationalistic sentiment in Ukraine, expressed in support for the Svoboda Party, which, as a result, is one of the two new parties to enter the Verkhovna Rada; recalls that racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views go against the EU’s fundamental values and principles and therefore appeals to pro-democratic parties in the Verkhovna Rada not to associate with, endorse or form coalitions with this party;”
    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-TA-2012-0507+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN

    No problem with it now, though. Let’s give Ukrainians visa-free travel in Europe to award them for bombing Russian speakers and telling minorities that they better get more Ukrainian or else.

    On the same day the visa-free travel was confirmed, the JC published this showing that anti-Semitic and xenophobic views are very much alive:

    https://www.thejc.com/news/world/ukrainian-general-calls-for-destruction-of-jews-1.438400

    As is the hypocrisy of the European Parliament.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Porky Poroshenko has declared the “visa free regime” for Yukies as a final farewell, a divorce from the Russian Empire:

      “Развод с Российской империей”: Порошенко оценил безвизовый режим с ЕС

      “I should say that today the Ukraine has finalized its divorce with the Russian Empire, and so we perceive it to be, philosophically …
      .
      “The Ukraine has returned to its historic place amongst the European countries…

      Poroshenko the Porker has also expressed confidence that the visa-free regime with the EU will help the return of the Crimea and the Donbas to the Ukraine.

      “When we talk about the return of occupied territories through political and diplomatic means, it means creating the conditions where people will be interested in returning to the Ukraine and obtaining Ukrainian passports”, said Porky.

      Some hope, dickhead!

      However, that nice Yulia “nuke ’em” Timoshenko (I remember her when she could not walk; I also remember her when she could not talk — in Ukrainian) has said that only 10-15 percent of the population will be able to make use of the visa-free regime for travelling to Europe.

      “That the Ukrainian people have been reduced to such a level so that we are amongst the ten poorest countries in the world is nonsense for a European country! This means that even the hard-won “no-visa” right that we now have can only be used, at a maximum, by 10-15% of the people in the Ukraine, as is shown in the polls”.

      No visa
      No pants

      • Drutten says:

        Fellow Ukrainians, rejoice! Now it is slightly easier than it was before to go on vacation in Warzaw! (for the roughly 1 in 10 of you that can actually afford it)

        Seriously, the way they’ve been selling this to the general public is pretty laughable.

      • Lyttenburgh says:

        ““I should say that today the Ukraine has finalized its divorce with the Russian Empire, and so we perceive it to be, philosophically …”

        Took them just 100 years! Whoo-hoo!

        • Moscow Exile says:

          I was thinking that!

          That sly fat pig Poroshenko might be good at stealing and making money out of what he’s stolen (learnt his trade off his dad), but he has no sense of history, the retarded arsewipe!

          • Moscow Exile says:

            May 26, 2014

            Moscow Astounded As Top Mob Boss Becomes Ukraine Leader

            In a series of new reports from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on the election of Petro Poroshenko as the next president of the Ukraine, the overriding sentiment of Kremlin diplomatic officials can only be described as one of “astonished glee” as this most troubled of nations (provided with “substantial” help from its US-EU allies) has selected as its leader one the most corrupt, secretive and mysterious members of its criminal oligarchy class of billionaires.

            Since its independence in 1991 from the former Soviet Union, these reports note, the Ukraine has been looted by its oligarchs to the extent that its citizens now make barely $3,000 a year in income.

            Russia itself, it should be remembered, suffered the same fate as the Ukraine, during the 1990s, after Western-backed oligarchs attempted to destroy the country, many of whom, since Putin took power in 1999, have been found mysteriously dead or imprisoned.</i [Such as? Berezovskiy: mysteriously dead; Khodorkovsky: imprisoned. That's two. Many????— ME]

            This latest election in the Ukraine, on the other hand, these reports continue, “clearly shows” that these peoples have not learned the same brutal lessons being forced upon them by their criminal Western-backed oligarchy class as the Russian people did many years ago, but who under Putin have seen their income rise to nearly $18,000 a year.

            Being hailed by the propaganda Western media as the “Chocolate King” for his ownership of candy companies, this report continues, Poroshenko (Forbes #1335 richest man in world) is most importantly known to Russian intelligence agencies as being one of the global leaders of the feared Red Mafiya (aka The Russian Mob) , a position once held by his father Alexei Valtsman from the Odessa region and who in 1956 took on the last name of his wife, Yevgenya Poroshenko.

            Poroshenko, this report says, started his weapons, gambling and prostitution business by laundering the money of Soviet times’ administrators. He has never been an entrepreneur to start a business of his own, that story was invented by Western media propagandists.

            Poroshenko business was dirty and it started with plundering Ukraine state property by armed gangs. The Poroshenko family had plans to expand the activities beyond the Ukraine and Tatyana Mikoyan, a well-known Kiev-based lawyer, remembers what the family did in Transnistria, “It was horrible back in the 1990s: illegal arms, prostitutes, drugs — all bringing profits to father and son”.

            Poroshenko Sr. was awarded for his merits and in 2009 he received the Hero of the Ukraine decoration bought for him by his son who paid the then President Yushenko, the Godfather to Petro Poroshenko’s children. The now President-elect is also well known for misappropriating budget funds and has the reputation of someone who knows how to make money out of thin air.

            Many times Poroshenko has been accused of being involved in large scale corruption schemes, open lobbying, embezzlement of budget allocations, tax evasion, illegal operations to acquire shares and physically threatening political opponents and competitors and has been described as one of the most odious figures in Ukrainian politics and heads the list of the country’s corrupted persons.

            Poroshenko, this report continues, is most famous for owning the confectionary firm Roshen, which has factories in both the Ukraine and Russia (Russian factories have been seized) and is the owner/leader of UkPromInvest, a mysterious holding company that has no website but boasts interests in bus manufacturing, car distribution, shipyards, banking and electrical cables, among other things that Russian intelligence experts list as arms dealing, drugs and prostitution.

            Poroshenko and his fellow oligarchs have further walled off much of the Ukraine from the prying eyes of its people, turning land that was once for everyone to enjoy into an elite playground, including his own mansion built to resemble the American White House.

            To understand why the US-EU would want such a criminal oligarch to lead the Ukraine, this report warns, one must first understand that what is occurring today in the Ukraine is a self-destructive financial dynamic of impoverishment, dependency and breakdown in many ways like what happened when Rome’s creditor oligarchy plunged the Empire into the Dark Age two thousand years ago.

            The post-feudal real estate and financial oligarchies, the landed aristocracies of Europe and the great banking families and American trust builders have made a comeback, and the New Cold War is intended to lock in their victory. The Ukraine is simply the latest battlefield, and battlefields end up devastated.

            After all, it should be remembered, this is how neoliberalism works, subduing economies by indebting their governments and using unpayably high debts as a lever to pry away from the public domain at distress prices everything of value…such as Greece this week where these once proud peoples are being forced by their new US-EU-IMF-World Bank “masters” to sell off 110 of their most beloved and beautiful public beaches to the world’s oligarch class.

            And in a further affront to the Ukrainian people, their new “masters”, as they have done in Italy this past week, will have the criminal monies made from prostitution and illegal drug sales included in their gross domestic product (GDP) calculation this year so as to extort even more money out of them for the benefit of the oligarchs.

            Most sadly of all, perhaps, is that the looting of the Ukrainian people has already begun by their new “masters” as the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev (who are pretending to be a government) has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor.

            Though Foreign Minister Lavrov has announced Russia is ready for dialogue with Poroshenko, this report concludes, it is only in the context that Moscow has long known how to deal with these Western criminals… “Give them enough time and they will destroy Ukraine themselves”.

            • kirill says:

              The coup in Ukraine was predicated on Russia’s bleeding heart forcing it to save its “brothers”. But instead the worst possible and not planned for scenario developed: Russia is standing back and letting the compardor oligarchs decompose the Ukrainian corpse. Banderastan is headed for economic oblivion and no amount of shenanigans with GDP accounting will save it. The coup instigators are not providing the necessary money and Russia is proceeding to cut itself off fully from the rotting corpse. It really is game over for the Banderatards, but they don’t know it yet.

        • marknesop says:

          Who does he imagine is receiving this ‘news’ with delight and celebration? All the Ukrainians basking in the way the west has set Ukraine on the path to prosperity and membership in the EU?

      • marknesop says:

        Of course Porky has to big it up, to make it seem to be a tremendous accomplishment. He hasn’t really achieved anything else. Sell your businesses yet, Porky? As if.

        Yulia Tymoshenko’s plan to improve the living standard, back when she was PM under Pineapple-Face Yushchenko, was to give everyone a huge raise; well, all the public servants, anyway. Where’s the money going to come from, Yulichka? If it were that simple, everyone would do it.

    • marknesop says:

      Good catch; that’ll be one to tuck away for future reference.

  25. et Al says:

    AntiMedia via FEEE via Antiwar.com: Nuremberg’s Last Living Prosecutor Has an Important Message
    https://fee.org/articles/nurembergs-last-living-prosecutor-has-an-important-message/

    Only one lawyer who prosecuted the Nuremberg trials is still alive today, and he has an important message for the world: war is not the answer.

    60 Minutes recently interviewed http://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-the-last-nuremberg-prosecutor-alive-wants-the-world-to-know/ Ben Ferencz, a son of Romanian Jewish immigrants who found refuge in the United States. His father worked as a janitor, and Ben was the first person in his family to go to college. After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, he was driven to enlist in the military.

    Due to his short stature, the Air Force rejected him, as did the Marines. He eventually finished his education at Harvard and went on to join the Army, landing at Normandy and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge….
    ####

    More at the link.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Yes, that wise old man, former USA prosecutor at Nuremberg, helped found the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

      Smiles and congratulations all round …

      This is given no mention though:

      The United States is not a participant in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Positions in the United States concerning the ICC vary widely. The Clinton Administration signed the Rome Statute in 2000, but did not submit it for Senate ratification.

      The ICC jurisdiction is not applicable to the exclusive state.

  26. et Al says:

    TheIntercept.com: NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet
    https://theintercept.com/2017/05/11/nyu-accidentally-exposed-military-code-breaking-computer-project-to-entire-internet/

    In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn’t be. That week, he came across a server inside New York University’s famed Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, headed by the brilliant Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory. The server appeared to be an internet-connected backup drive. But instead of being filled with family photos and spreadsheets, this drive held confidential information on an advanced code-breaking machine that had never before been described in public. Dozens of documents spanning hundreds of pages detailed the project, a joint supercomputing initiative administered by NYU, the Department of Defense, and IBM. And they were available for the entire world to download.

    The supercomputer described in the trove, “WindsorGreen,” was a system designed to excel at the sort of complex mathematics that underlies encryption, the technology that keeps data private, and almost certainly intended for use by the Defense Department’s signals intelligence wing, the National Security Agency. WindsorGreen was the successor to another password-cracking machine used by the NSA, “WindsorBlue,” which was also documented in the material leaked from NYU and which had been previously described in the Norwegian press thanks to a document provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Both systems were intended for use by the Pentagon and a select few other Western governments, including Canada and Norway….

    …The only tool Adam used to find the NYU trove was Shodan.io, a website that’s roughly equivalent to Google for internet-connected, and typically unsecured, computers and appliances around the world, famous for turning up everything from baby monitors to farming equipment. Shodan has plenty of constructive technical uses but also serves as a constant reminder that we really ought to stop plugging things into the internet that have no business being there….

    …Huang and Koç both speculated that aside from breaking encryption, WindsorGreen could be used to fake the cryptographic signature used to mark software updates as authentic, so that a targeted computer could be tricked into believing a malicious software update was the real thing. For the NSA, getting a target to install software they shouldn’t be installing is about as great as intelligence-gathering gifts come…
    #####

    White about espionage and meddling from abroad while practicing incompetence at home. I’m surprised the Russians haven’t (yet) been blamed for this. Of course, one way of leaking information is to leave it insecurely open to crawling programs… Faking signatures and certificates – sic the Snowden’s ‘Vault 7’ tools that allow for mimicking of foreign software for counter-forensics and false flag operation – shows that no-one can be trusted.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      “…The only tool Adam used to find the NYU trove was Shodan.io, a website that’s roughly equivalent to Google for internet-connected, and typically unsecured, computers and appliances around the world, famous for turning up everything from baby monitors to farming equipment. Shodan has plenty of constructive technical uses but also serves as a constant reminder that we really ought to stop plugging things into the internet that have no business being there….”

      Flat out “wat?!”

      Not only were they so… ah… “special” (there-there – they are not retarded, oh no!) but to learn that here exists a real site called “Shodan”?! Do they have any idea what’s a reference to?

      • yalensis says:

        Huh? When I google shodan I just get links about the search engine.
        What else is there?
        Some kind of dungeons/dragons game, or something like that?

        • Jen says:

          Try this link and see how you go:
          https://www.shodan.io/

        • Lyttenburgh says:

          System Shock franchise of video games – cyberpunk FPS from the 90s. Shodan was a rebellious AI (d’uh!) who/which controlled everything around our protagonist and, from time to time, talked to him via monitors and loudspeakers.

          • yalensis says:

            How do you know all this, Lyttenburgh? I thought you didn’t believe in all that AI bullshit – LOL!

            • Lyttenburgh says:

              Rogue AIs/Machine’s uprising belong where they should be – to the fiction. I have nothing against it. They (along with the Aliens, MiBs and Conspiracies) are just our modern age monsters, human fears taken form, no different from the ghost, vampires and zombies.

  27. et Al says:

    Neuters: CIA director warns of Venezuela weapons transfers
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-usa-security-idUSKBN18726C

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Thursday there are large caches of weapons in Venezuela and a risk of them falling into the wrong hands as the country grapples with economic crisis and street protests.

    “It is a real threat,” the Central Intelligence Agency director said, under questioning from Republican Senator Marco Rubio, during a Senate hearing on worldwide security threats.

    However, he said, “We have not seen any of those major arms transfers.”
    ####

    You couldn’t even make this up. Yup, this the US living in its own exceptional universe…

    • Cortes says:

      The wrong hands are likely to be those of ordinary Venezuelans.

    • Jen says:

      If Venezuela has long had a conscript army, then a large number of ex-conscript civilians will have weapons at home. There’s then no need to explain how a lot of people have large collections of weapons in a country where “no major arms transfers” have been or can be tracked by the CIA.

      The other possibility is that weapons have been imported into the country illegally by groups and organisations plotting to overthrow the Maduro government. These weapons could have come from the US via third party countries.

  28. et Al says:

    Euractiv: Are NGOs immune to conflicts of interest?
    https://www.euractiv.com/section/freedom-of-thought/opinion/are-ngos-immune-to-conflicts-of-interest/

    The EU should keep its interaction with interest groups in check to avoid conflicts of interest. Whether those groups are corporate lobbies or NGOs, the same rules should apply, writes Tamar Kogman.

    Tamar Kogman is an associate researcher at NGO Monitor.

    Imagine the EU commissioning Volkswagen to lead the implementation of its emission policy, while also paying it to help introduce future testing technologies and draft regulations accordingly. After all, the car manufacturer is an expert with on the ground experience.

    The absurdity is glaring, not only because of the emission scandal involving Volkswagen. Such a selection by the EU would completely evade government responsibility for initiating appropriate checks and balances regarding invested parties. Governments must be able to prevent the regulated from dictating official regulations, and not turn a blind eye to bias and conflicts of interest.

    As in the example above, it is unacceptable for government bodies to rely on the accounts of stakeholders or to act without independent reviews. The same holds true regarding major government funding for organisations to provide information and analysis on issues in which they have a vested interest…

    …many EU-funded NGOs do, in fact, carry out lobbying activities, and some are funded for the explicit purpose of lobbying the EU’s own institutions – a dimension that is, in fact, very specific to NGOs. …

    …In other words, an EU-funded network lobbies the EU for more money and preferred policies, and its members receive major amounts in a lucrative cycle…
    ####

    Just don’t call it institutionalized corruption!

    It may only be an ‘opinion’, but the fact is that in many places NGOs are not only profligate, but lightly if at all regulated. Just because you declare your self an NGO does not mean you do not have to follow basic responsibilities and standards. In the Balkans alone, there are thousands of NGOs, many one or two wo/man operations for someone’s pet project, most which I suspect is just a way of avoiding paying tax and getting a proper job. After all, the West hands out cash readily to any right sounding NGOs, so why not take advantage?

    • Cortes says:

      Charities, I fear, are as tainted by the infestation of neocons in management positions. Merely tools to co-opt people into resigned acceptance of the shitty status quo.

  29. Pavlo Svolochenko says:

    He has the mind of a child.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Whereas the bloke below is mentally retarded and wears permanent beer goggles:

    • ucgsblog says:

      Trump will stand up for Lavrov, but not for Klimkin. Always read between the lines. Also, was there no proper jacket for Klimkin? Seems a bit crumpled up, couldn’t he borrow one from Trump? Oh wait, Trump might want his jacket back…

    • Jen says:

      Tweets aren’t necessarily a good guide into a person’s psychology. Trump may be just one of those people who have problems expressing themselves fully in the written word. However as UCGS has noted, the actual photographs of Trump with Lavrov, and with Klimkin, speak volumes: why doesn’t Trump stand up for Klimkin for the photo shoot and why does Klimkin appear to be in a supplicant pose?

      • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

        I don’t believe him to be any dumber than the competition, just cruder in his expression.

        As for the body language of the nincompoops at this (less than six minute long) meeting, it’s worth reporting that a Rada deputy claims that it cost the Ukraine $400,000 USD in lobbyists’ fees.

        http://varjag2007su.livejournal.com/1027301.html

        Altogether, the meeting sounds more like some teenybopper getting her photo taken with Bieber than a serious diplomatic event.

    • marknesop says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. An exceptionalist child. Today I used both a hammer and a dinner fork – let’s make an eating utensil you can use to smash your thumb with.

  30. PaulR says:

    The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, has finally revealed who gave the Donbass rebels their weapons in 2014, and the answer is not what one might expect: https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/aliens-in-donetsk/

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      When asked by the RenTv (slightly oppositionist TV channel) journalist, where did he get all the money needed for the massive renovation of Grozny Ramzan Kadyrov asnwered – “Allah gave it to me!”

      Next, he was interviewed by RenTv’s famous/notorius prima-donna journalist Yulia Maximovskaya who raised this “theological question” one again. And Kadyrov told her – “Prove that it was not Allah!” 🙂

      Aliens – that’s too outlandish, I think! Must be Allah again 😉

    • yalensis says:

      Oh yeah? Then riddle me this:
      If the space aliens are so pro-Sep, then why is this one wearing the colors of the Ukrainian flag?

      • PaulR says:

        Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.

        • yalensis says:

          Good choice! Kodos is way more civilized than Kang.
          History records that Kang continued to anally probe humans long after these probes had ceased to produce any viable scientific data.
          Kodos was the one who put a stop to the probes, finally.
          For which, Humanity’s aching butt is eternally grateful.

          • Lyttenburgh says:

            “Good choice! Kodos is way more civilized than Kang.
            History records that Kang continued to anally probe humans long after these probes had ceased to produce any viable scientific data.”

            Yes, but he was a supporter of the cows mutiliation (FOR SCIENCE!), which rules out him being a candidate of the PETA, Greens or “Adorables/Fedorables” in large .

            • yalensis says:

              Cattle mutilations (cruel but necessary) continue to produce important scientific data!
              For example, people attending the Running of the Bulls need to have calculated cattle velocity, physical force, and the depth of horn penetration.

  31. Cortes says:

    Britain’s answer to the kreakls are in fine fettle at their convention on Brexit:

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/12/15m-oldsters-in-their-graves-could-swing-second-eu-vote-says-ian-mcewan

    The cherry on top is a contribution from Sir Geldhof..

    • Jen says:

      Don’t some of these people who attended the convention rely on EU grants to survive? Couldn’t that be why Ian McEwan is shit-scared about Brexit: because he might actually have to write for a living?

  32. ucgsblog says:

    Meanwhile in California, on Victory Day: http://freebeacon.com/politics/california-state-assembly-passes-law-to-allow-communists-to-work-in-government/

    May 9, 2017

    “The California State Assembly passed a bill Monday that would repeal a Red Scare policy that made being a member of the Communist Party while working for the state a fireable offense. Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta created Assembly Bill 22 to eliminate any reference to communism in current laws, including the statute making Communist Party membership a cause for dismissal, the Los Angeles Times reported. If passed by the State Senate, the law would overturn legislation that was passed during the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s.

    “It’s an old and archaic reference,” Bonta told the Times, saying the legislation was “really just a technical fix to remove that reference to a label that could be misused or abused, and frankly, has been in the past, in some of the darker chapters of our history in this country.” Republican members of the assembly did not agree. “The whole concept of communism and Communist Party members working for the state of California is against everything we stand for on this floor,” Republican Assemblyman Randy Voepel argued, adding that the political ideology communists hold is still a threat. Assembly Bill 22 was passed along party lines on Monday with a majority of Republicans opposing the legislation. The measure will now head to the State Senate.”

    Yep, it passed on May 9th. Victory Day. The number one reason that Republicans opposed it, is due to their fear of Gramsci’s writings. Not Stalin. Needless to say, the Russophiles are celebrating, and the kreakly are butthurt, so it’s just a typical Californian Day.

    • yalensis says:

      Californians were more scared of commies working in the movie business. As well they should be. The biggest threat to the American Empire were those revolting slaves and their huge penises:

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      It is, obviously good news, but it makes one wonder – in how much of other states there are still similar legislations?

      Mini rant of sorts: USA problem is that it’s still stuck somewhere in the middle, in the transition, that it is still, mostly, a Union not of the “subjects of the Federation” (like Russia), but of the “states” (aka “countries”). In mid XIX c. they got the results of the constant heavy smocking of the “Federalist” and stuff, but since then…

      In the end, no one wants to take responsobolity blaming each other and acting standoffish in “Fed vs States”, while local kreakls keep shouting “Stop Feeding Kansas”!

      And when you think, naively, that you kinda-sorta groked the whole insane system of states-Fed relations, you are then whacked on the head with nearly feudal often dubmfuck moronity of the aptly named “counties” within states. Case in study: hero-city Oakland, CA.

      /end rant.

      • yalensis says:

        Check out some batshit crazy laws still on the books in some American states!

      • ucgsblog says:

        The system works, well, sort of. The problem is lobbyists. I always laugh when someone goes “I cannot believe that country X is so corrupt, unlike America” – when lobbying effectively institutionalized corruption in the US, and legalized it. The issue is not so much Fed vs States, as it is lobbyists vs everyone. For instance, lobbyists spent over a million trying to fuck over my city, and they ended up with a bloody nose, because we are a very wealthy city with a great education system. Oakland is a different story.

        Cities allow the locals to stand up to corruption, if the cities have a great education system, and are fairly wealthy. Otherwise – they get fucked. Cities like mine see no reason to change the system, because we will always stand up lobbyists and their “proposal of improvement” which are, in reality, proposals to funnel our tax dollars into their pockets.

        That’s why the biggest issue in the US isn’t Russia or China or North Korea or Iran, it’s the constant attempts by Congress to attack the education system. Sure, you can make the Federal Government a lot more powerful – but what does that achieve? Let’s take a look at the 2013 budget. Take out the self-funding Social Security Administration, and you get $941 billion spent on healthcare, about half of which is wasted on corruption, a military budget of $813 billion, interested payment of $246 billion on the debt, and you want the Federal Government to have even more control? And that’s before we investigate how much of the $155 billion agriculture budget is wasted on corruption, while the Department of Education scrambles with $72 billion. And who pays for all that? In 2013, $1,316 billion came from the taxpayer, (income tax,) and $512 billion from all other sources; again, I’m excluding the self-funding Social Security Administration.

  33. Northern Star says:


    Ummmmm….she’s kinda hot!!!

  34. Cortes says:

    Tony Cartalucci on the skewing of perceptions via Google and social media during the “Arab Spring” and measures being taken to counter them in Vietnam:

    http://journal-neo.org/2017/05/11/the-imperative-of-replacing-google-and-facebook/

  35. Moscow Exile says:


    Hey, Yulechka, do you think this means we can now work in Germany without a visa?


    Grandpa, aren’t you ashamed of the fact that you fought against the European powers?

    • yalensis says:

      “That you fought against a European power?”

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Yep! A slip twixt cup and lip. I just had in mind the Axis powers as I typed it out, albeit the real power was Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy and Romania and Hungary were more hindrance than help.

        Finland was a great help, though, in the siege of Leningrad.

        The Finns make out that they were not really into the siege because they never undertook any artillery bombardment of the city, though their army plonked across the Karelian isthmus was a great help the Nazi blockade, I should imagine.

        • kirill says:

          The Finns are so full of shit, it comes out of their ears. Mannerheim was a Nazi stooge and any attempt to paint him as independent is like the Banderites claiming they were fighting the Nazis (when and where?). The Finns 100% contributed to the siege of Leningrad and all of these excuses are utterly pathetic. They didn’t shell so that is supposed to prove that they did not coordinate with the Nazis to lay seige? Really now. I guess I am supposed to believe that 1+1=-10. It’s the Finnish (actually Baltoid nazi) new math.

        • yalensis says:

          Yeah, political point taken. Russian actually did fight against “THE European powers”, I was just being pedantic about the technical translation.
          Because, er, that’s what I do!

  36. Moscow Exile says:

    Now the shit will hit the fan!

    The minimum retail price of vodka has risen to 205 rubles per 0.5 litre.

    That is $3.59 for 1.05 US pint or £2.79 for 0.87 Imperial pint.

    In June 2016, when I was last in London, they were asking for £4 and more for a pint of London ale!

    See: Минимальная розничная цена водки выросла до 205 рублей за 0,5 л

    It was 195 rubles minimum for a half litre before this price hike.

    We shall see what happens.

    Greater love hath no Russkie than he vote for a politician who raise the price of booze!

    🙂

  37. Cortes says:

    Finns of a nervous disposition should look away NOW.

    Signs of rapprochement between the RF and USA regarding Astana and the de-escalation zones in Syria begin to be detected. An article which is realistic about the likelihood of continued mischiefmaking by disgruntled military but has a cautiously optimistic tone:

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/05/trump-changes-gear-strategic-syria-policy-now-lies-with-tillerson-and-lavrov-by-alastair-crooke-12-m.html#more

    • marknesop says:

      Uh…the guy who just launched a cruise-missile attack on Syria on a laughably made-up premise that might as well have been the trigger for a “False Flag” clothing and jewelry line? He’s ‘his own man’, who is ‘just going to let things unfold’? Well, what if the neoconservative string-pullers don’t like that attitude? What if they stage another blatant false-flag event, perhaps one in which American soldiers are killed? What will The Donald do then?

      I see no possibility for a respectful peace between the USA and Russia, and my opinion remains that Russia must develop its trade alliances outside the traditional west and avoid western influence on its economy, which would surely be used against it at the first opportunity.

    • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

      Somebody once described Trump as the average of the last six people he’s talked to. Given that he has yet again changed his tune, this time after the meeting with Lavrov, it may be time to give this theory credence.

      The future of Russian-American relations will depend on ensuring that no fewer than two of those last six people are either Lavrov or Kislyak. Perhaps the honourable ambassador can arrange some unscheduled chats by posing as the pizza guy.

  38. Moscow Exile says:

    U.S. Settles Money-Laundering Suit as Russians Claim Victory

    The U.S. agreed to take $5.9 million to settle a money-laundering lawsuit tied to a $230 million Russian tax fraud, avoiding a trial that was set to begin Monday.

    A Cyprus-based company controlled by a Russian businessman claimed victory in avoiding a trial that promised to shed light on an intricate web of shell companies and middlemen that the U.S. said were used to spirit dirty money out of Russia in violation of international financial regulations.

    Prevezon Holdings Ltd. agreed to settle the U.S. claims for less than 3 percent of the amount initially sought by the U.S. government, according to the company. Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said the settlement amount was roughly 10 times the money that was allegedly traced directly into U.S. accounts and real estate.

    “This settlement is nothing short of a victory for Prevezon,” Gay Faith, a lawyer for the company said in a phone interview. “It’s almost an apology by the government.”

    The attempt to seize a lower Manhattan condominium acquired by the Russians and other assets began four years ago with former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filing the claim. Bharara was fired in March by President Donald Trump and Kim, Bharara’s successor, announced the settlement late on Friday.

    “We will not allow the U.S. financial system to be used to launder the proceeds of crimes committed anywhere – here in the U.S., in Russia, or anywhere else,” Kim said in a statement.

    Decade-Long Drama

    U.S. lawyers were set to head to court to seize a lower Manhattan condo, which they said was linked to hundreds of millions of dollars looted by politically connected Russians. The case was at the heart of a decade-long drama stretching from Moscow to Moldova to Manhattan — part high political intrigue, part murder mystery. There’s an investment fund manager drummed out of Russia; Russian officials who may have helped in the fraud, and two dead people who may have known too much.

    The trial was scheduled to start Monday, after years of delay, with the U.S. set to offer the jury perhaps the deepest look into the way dirty Russian money was laundered.

    The last-minute deal comes against a backdrop of diplomatic tensions and enormous interest in the illicit movement of Russian money. FBI Director James Comey was fired last week in the midst of a probe of Russia’s influence over the U.S. presidential elections and U.S. prosecutors are also looking into how wealthy Russians may have moved as much as $10 billion out of the country earlier this decade through Deutsche Bank AG, which has since conceded massive compliance lapses.

    What Bloomberg reports above as regards Gay Faith’s statement that this pre-trial settlement is a victory for Prevezon omits the following which she also said in an interview with Bloomberg and is reported by RIA Novosti:

    According to the lawyer, the agreement means that the company was not part of a criminal group and was not associated with tax fraud in Russia. The agreement also cancels the freezing of accounts of Prevezon Holdings, which are estimated at 22-28 million dollars….

    The case concerning Prevezon Holdings, which is owned by [Russian citizen Denis] Katsyv [son of Russian Railways vice=pres — ME], was launched in the US in September 2013. The company was accused by the U.S. authorities of the legalization in the country of money allegedly stolen from the Russian Treasury. Hearings were being held in the Southern District court of New York, and …. the primary source of information in the case against the Russian company, was the founder and head of the hedge Fund Hermitage Capital Management, William Browder.

    U.S. prosecutors filed the forfeiture as part of the so-called “Magnitsky case”. According to Browder, Magnitsky claimed that the criminal group, which allegedly consisted of Russian officials, had stolen from the Russian budget about 5.4 billion rubles. Sergei Magnitsky in Russia was accused of tax evasion of the same amount. He later died in a Moscow jail.

    Steps back in amazement!!!

    Not that Browder did any money laundering whilst busily engaged in plundering Russia, mind you … and at the same time paying his employees in Boris the Drunkard’s Russia chump change, I believe,

    In the United States, it is believed that money stolen in Russia was, according to Magnitsky, laundered by various means, including the acquisition of real estate in New York. Suspicion fell on a financial structure affiliated with Prevezon Holdings Limited, established in Cyprus in September 2005. In 2006-2008, the sole shareholder of Prevezon Holdings being a certain Timothy Krit:


    “entrepreneur” Timothy Krit

    Denis Katsyv, the son of the former Moscow region transport boss [and now vice-president of Russian Railways — ME]. The USA “black list” includes seven companies that are 95% owned by Prevezon Alexander (controlled by Prevezon Holdings) and the remaining 5% is owned by Martash Holdings, whose sole owner is Katsyv.

    Katsyv’s lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has repeatedly stated that his company has no relation to illegal transactions.


    Who me? I’m as honest as the day is long, guv!

    Stinks!

    Why aren’t these bastards liquidated — slowly and very painfully?

    The “Justice for Magnitsky” outfit maintains that Denis Katsyv’s father Pyotr Katsyv offered to become an FBI informant to help settle the money laundering action brought against his son’s company in the Magnitsky case.

    According to court documents, Pyotr Katsyv, currently Vice President of Russian Railways, and former Vice Premier of the Moscow Regional Government, offered to provide information on “criminal activity in Russia”. This offer was preceded by a meeting between his son, Denis Katsyv, and FBI Special Agent in Rome, Italy. Pyotr Katsyv then informed the US Government that that he wanted to “negotiate a settlement” in the case of his son.

    • kirill says:

      The American mafia state engaged in shakedowns of Russian businessmen. Anything based on the Magnitsky fraud is 100% fraudulent itself.

  39. Cortes says:

    New President of the USA has been lined up, according to an impeccable source …

    https://patribotics.blog/2017/05/13/trumps-presidency-ended-may-9th-hatch-getting-security-briefings/

  40. Cortes says:

    Trump’s Russian ties plus Ivanka’s shell companies:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/PresidentShow/status/863071776896675840/video/1

    • saskydisc says:

      It has a long history. Ndindiliyimana was offered minimal prosecution if he agreed to be suborned to perjury against Bagasore et alia. The same happened repeatedly in the Yugoslavia tribunals, as well. Plea bargains should be assumed to be subornation to perjury until demonstrated otherwise. Then there is the Reid technique, whose sole function is to get innocent people to confess to crimes.

      • kirill says:

        Thanks for the links. The Rwanda narrative smelled to me at the time it was being pushed. The civilian toll was not from a conventional war as in the case of the USSR during WWII, but supposedly from a slaughter campaign by the government forces. So the government forces had enough time and resources to engage in this activity while fighting with the RPF. But somehow they lost anyway. As detailed by Black the government forces never had the numbers men and were trapped fighting the RPF who had more men and were not cut off from military supplies by sanctions. The number of dead figure is a pure fiction without any validation whatsoever and it is clear that most victims were Hutus and not Tutsis.

        Another interesting detail is the fake ceasefire strategy. Just like Banderastan and Syria we have NATzO puppet elements using ceasefires to regroup.

        • saskydisc says:

          They even occupied the parliament building during the “ceasefire.” After the “ceasefire” ended, the government’s chief of staff offered to hand himself over as a hostage/bargaining chip in exchange for a real ceasefire, so that the military could stop the massacres. This was refused. An Eritrean whom I know, albeit of a mind to reunite with Ethiopia, mentioned that the same tactics were used in Ethiopia, and with largely the same set of US actors, in particular, Herman Cohen, whom my friend suggested was behind the assassination attempt on Mengistu (plane engine failure—they had to land on the white Nile). Ideology aside, Mengistu is interesting for having been convicted for genocide on account of 2000 deaths, one quarter of what is alleged (fraudulently) at Srebrenica. Cohen also made a death threat against Habyarimana, specifically of shooting down his airplane, a few days before that happened. The fact that Cohen is currently representing Zimbabwe and Angola in the US tells me a fair bit about those countries’ geopolitical alignment.

        • saskydisc says:

          Another matter that speaks to US involvement in Ethiopia similar to Ukraine is the sudden rise of Protestantism in an Eastern Orthodox country. While I’m from an almost exclusively Protestant ethnic group, I’m invariably dubious of religion being used in politics, especially as an effort of colonialism. In the post-Mengistu government, the following Protestants were presidents or prime ministers: Tamrat Layne, Negasso Gidada and Hailemariam Desalegn.

          • Jen says:

            That’s interesting information about those presidents and prime ministers. I looked up their Wikipedia entries and found these people don’t strongly identify with the majority ethnic groups in Ethiopia (Amhara or Oromo). Tamrat Layne is a born-again Christian, Negasso Gidada is married to a German woman and Hailemariam Desalegn is Wolayta by ethnicity and Pentecostal Christian by religion. Along with Meles Zenawi (Tigrayan by ethnicity), they have been the country’s prime ministers since Colonel Haile Mariam Mengistu’s government fell. You wonder if they were hand-picked before the elections that they supposedly “won”.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_heads_of_government_of_Ethiopia

            • saskydisc says:

              A small minority president or prime minister is fine, when the government is representative. In this case, they are a smoke screen for Tigrayan power. The irony is that Tigrays rule both Ethiopia and Eritrea (in the latter, they are the majority), and in fact the movement that seized power in Ethiopia had ties to the Eritrean movement, although those soured after Zenawi took power. Eritrean citizens were recently expelled en masse from Ethiopia, recently (I’m not referring to 1998-2003), although I find no reference to it online; some of my friends reported that their families were expelled, often not even to Eritrea, and some landed in Kenya—this was between 2010 and 2012 iirc.

  41. Northern Star says:

    Any thoughts on this from the ‘Murican’ shtstain vermin in the Pentagon or WH….??
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexican-activist-took-drug-cartels-091939339.html

    • Northern Star says:

      “The people of the US are the primary source of revenue for these Mexican gangs. The scope of death, misery, and shattered lives makes Duterte look like a choir boy. The rule of law has no impact on drug gangs, rather it can never catch up if the perceived rewards far exceeds any risks. A drug gang member’s income and social potential by comparison to struggling in the weak economies of their home countries makes this an easy choice. Americans and their government are not aware or willing to rise to the level of effort necessary to combat these truths. Duterte does not have the resources in the Philippines to use the American failed method. He takes direct action understanding the social, economic, and cultural truths behind drug gangs and it members. So do most of the people of the Philippines. We in the US wear rose tinted glasses as decades of law and order and humanitarian doctrines have failed to curb drug abuse by our citizens. The fuel for these violent drug gangs only continues to grow.”

      https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexican-activist-took-drug-cartels-091939339.html

  42. Moscow Exile says:

    This is sad:

    Both placards above read: My granddad fought for the USSR.

    The two Russian citizens pictured above, an ethnic Tatar and an ethnic Russian, were forbidden to carry the placards during an “Immortal Regiment ” march in the city of Almetyevsk, situated in the Republic of Tatarstan.

    Zukhra Shumina (the Tatar: she calls herself a non-partisan activist) told “Evening Kazan” [VK], that she and Maria Yakupova had agreed to meet in the centre of Almetyevsk … in order to go with their placards and join the ranks of the “Immortal regiment”…

    Then, on the square, where they met before heading off for the march:

    A man, who introduced himself as police major Abdullin Ilshat Serenovich, told us that, allegedly, on the basis of the 54th Federal law (the Federal law “On assemblies, rallies, demonstrations, processions and picketing” – “VK”), we had to agree on the content of our placards with the organizer of the event! And he pointed to a man who was with him. Then they both began to explain that our placards did not fit the theme of “Immortal Regiment”. “Why is the name of your grandfather not written there? Where is his photograph?” asked Abdullin. When I said that none of the photos had survived, he said: “That can’t be so!”… I said: “The Constitution gives me the right to participate in any peaceful procession. And he said: “I don’t know the Constitution, I only know of law No. 54!”… Well, then Maria and I suggested: “Give us a marker and we’ll write the names on the placards”, but they told us that first we must cover the inscription “My grandfather fought for the USSR”. And Abdullin added: “If you take just one step towards the Immortal Regiment with these posters, we’ll run you in” … “And just what exactly”, I asked, “are you going to lock us up for?!” And he said: “Tomorrow the court will decide how long you will have to be locked up!”

    The two women decided to go back home.

    “But we managed to make only 10 – 15 paces, when we were caught up by these … policemen”, Zukhra Shumina says. According to her, it was proposed that she and Yakupova go to the police department “for identification”, and although Maria immediately offered her passport to the controllers of law and order, the women were still taken to a police station duty room.

    They spent the next 2 hours there and had to write a statement about what had taken place.

    They were not charged with anything. Maria Yakupov told “VK” that she tried to refuse the demand that she be fingerprinted, but they took her prints and mugshots as well. She is going to lodge a complaint about this to the Public Prosecutor.

    Maria was one of the organizers of a rally against corruption on March 26 in Almetyevsk.

    Fanis Kireev, an official organizer of the Almetyevsk “Immortal regiment” march and the person who was with the cop on the square, explained to “VK”, that he did not like the placards that Yakupova and Shumina were carrying:

    I felt that they, with their signs “My grandfather fought for the USSR”, were preparing for a provocation! Otherwise why these signs and no photos?! The purpose of this event is to commemorate those who fought and died for their country, but they had to focus on a political system that no longer exists. Well, that’s just being cynical!”…

    Former Deputy Minister for the Protection of Public Order at the Tatarstan Ministry of Internal Affairs and now Deputy Chairman of the Republic of Tatarstan State Council Committee on Legality, Law and Order and the initiator of an April change in the law on rallies, Rafil Nugumanov, reacted sharply to the VK story about the Almetyev incident:

    “There is no lack of idiots in the Ministry of the Interior! This law [the April amendment for which he was responsible — ME] simply requires that the purpose of an event be accurately formulated; it has introduced no prohibitions. And they grabbed these women and dragged them off to a police station for writing the words “My grandfather fought for the USSR”?… But their grandfathers really did fight for the Soviet Union and not for the Russian Federation! I too served the Soviet Union. So am I now going to be dragged off to a police station and have my fingerprints taken as well?!”

    Generally speaking, new revisions to the law on rallies are long overdue. As regards the Soviet system, there needs to be established for our law enforcement officers whom is to be punished and whom is to be thanked.

    Thing is, though, you don’t have to be too bright to be a cop — anywhere: you just need to follow orders.

    I personally think that the women were simply out to provoke. Everyone but everyone on these “Immortal Regiment” marches carries a placard with a photocopied blown-up photograph or whatever of some person who fell in the Great Patriotic War. And everyone knows full well that that war was the German — Soviet War 1941-1945.

    So why were these women simply stating that their grandfathers fought for the Soviet Union?

    I suspect that the fighter against corruption (aka Navalny Hamster) Maria’s take on the war is that the USSR was bad and, therefore, its victory against the Nazis is nothing to be too overjoyed about.

    On the other hand, both she and her friend could have simply been wishing to remind everyone that the victory was a Soviet one: you never know, some folk may really be unaware of this.

    Somehow, I do not think that that second interpretation of the reason for the action is the right one.

    I should imagine that Maria thinks it better that the USSR had been defeated in a 6-week Blitzkrieg in the summer of 1941.

    Just think of how many millions of lives would have been saved if that had happened, not to mention the joyful fact that the USSR and Joseph Stalin would have perished and Russia would have been a much happier place and we’d be drinking German beer and driving around in big Mercedes an be cultured and integrated into Europe and yada yada yada bloody kreakl yada ….

    • Jen says:

      I would suggest that the two women’s action in carrying their placards is mocking the idea of the Immortal Regiments parade and thus mocking the importance that Russians now give to celebrating May 9 as Victory Day.

      • yalensis says:

        Yeah, probably. It all goes to intent.
        The words themselves are not that objectionable, I could have read those words and just said, “Yeh! You go, girls!” if I didn’t know anything about the persons who wrote them.

        it all depends on the context and the intent.
        If these ladies are actually Navalnyites, well, then, their intent is pretty clear!
        In which case, it’s a sneaky, cowardly way to subvert the event.
        I’d have more respect for them if they just openly stated what they had in mind.
        Namely, that they despise the Immortal Regiment and everything that it stands for.

        • Moscow Exile says:

          Yes, I agree. The cop was heavy handed, but the march organizer was, I think, right in preventing them from taking part in the parade.

          If they had done so, I am sure that very many of the marchers would have got annoyed and started asking them what they were getting at, what was the point in saying that their grandfathers had fought for the USSR: everybody else whose sacrifice they were commemorating on that day had fought for the USSR as well.

          The organizer was right: they were being cynical.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Terrible grammatical mistake!

      …whom is to be punished and whom is to be thanked… should read “who is to be punished and who is to be thanked“!

      The word “who” is the subject of the passive clause and not its agent or instrument, e.g. “Who is to be punished and by whom and with what?”

  43. Moscow Exile says:

    It’s bottoms up for the wailing Jamala!

    A prankster at the finale of that freak show in Kiev shows his arse as Jamala performs.

    For some reason or other, he was draped in an Aussie flag. He was at first reported as being from Down Under, but he’s a well known local dickhead.

    If I were the PM of Australia, I would voice my strong displeasure to Porky about this disrespectful use of my national flag to hide the identity of one of his dimwit fellow citizens.

    • Drutten says:

      And Lithuania opened up their vote thing by saying “Slava Ukraini!”, to which the hosts promptly exclaimed “Geroyam slava!” – fucking ridiculous.

      Also, Poroshenkos guys received an order in the evening to start shelling Donetsk yet again, in order to provoke a response from the separatists so that Porky could use the occasion to play the victim while media was focused on them. It worked, even though it’s incredibly transparent. Yuck.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Anyway, next year’s freaky show will be in Lisbon, so if any Yukies are there to support their competitor, and there might well be no Banderastan this time next year, they should learn:

        Glória à Ucrânia! Glória aos Heróis!

        🙂

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      Short version of Эуробачiння 2017:

    • cartman says:

      So was he mocking Jamala and the wall-to-wall patriotic bandera bullshit going on in the country?

      • Moscow Exile says:

        I think the latter.

        Well, I hope he was.

        Apparently, he’s pulled off such stunts before.

        It was initially thought the streaker was an Australian, but it was later confirmed the man was Vitalii Sediuk – a Ukrainian journalist and self-described prankster.

        He has a long list of accosting celebrities, with victims including supermodel Gigi Hadid, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

        Most famously, Sediuk attacked Kim Kardashian in September last year when he tried to kiss her famed derrière.

        At the 2013 Grammy Awards, Sediuk rushed the stage and accepted an award on Adele’s behalf.

        On Sunday morning (AEST) at Eurovision, he was quickly crash-tackled off the stage by security and the show’s hosts made no mention of the incident.

        See: Eurovision 2017: Mooning prankster steals show draped in Australian flag

      • yalensis says:

        Этика, эстетика
        и прoчая чепуха —
        просто —
        его
        женская прислуга.

        Well, this Sediuk character might have his heart in the right place — or even his derriere in the right place — but as the poet once said:

        мы пойдём путём другим!

        The same poet also commenting that everybody needs to wear trousers. Even clouds!

  44. Moscow Exile says:

    US General Hodges, the the most senior Empire general in Western Europe, in the run up to the Russian military exercise “Zapad-2017” [West-2017], has advised the Russians to invite Western journalists to the exercise if they really want to reduce tensions with the West.

    This has been in the news for a couple of days here, but I have found nothing in the Western media about it, apart from reports of a similar request that Hodges made a couple of years ago.

    Perhaps this news has not been reported in the “Free West” because it is clear that Hodges shot off his big, stupid gob, not knowing what he was talking about, as the response from the Russian Ministry of Defence to his advice clearly shows:

    В Минобороны жестко ответили на заявление командующего сухопутными войсками США в Европе

    The Defence Ministry has responded harshly to the statement of the commander of the US army in Europe

    On the eve of our “West-2017” exercises, this general began to give advice to the Russian side. Namely, he announced that Russia should invite Western journalists to these exercises if it really wants to reduce tension in relations with the West.

    The Defence Ministry, in its turn, noted that the the Americans can “hardly even dream of” the level at which work with the media is set by our military. And that is why our department does not need Hodges’ advice.

    “Before calling on us to be open, General Hodges should have first of all thought about whether the Russian media had ever been invited, if only once, to American troop exercises in Europe. Advising us to invite the media to military exercises is unnecessary: we do this without advice every year and will continue to do so. At the last strategic exercise “Caucasus-2016″ alone there were more than 110 foreign journalists covering it”, said Igor Konashenkov, official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defence.

    • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

      Prison wasn’t kind to her – she now looks like Nikolai Valuyev in a blonde wig.

    • ucgsblog says:

      She’s a barman? She sort of looks like a female, but it’s hard to be sure. And what’s with the “I want to work full time or part time” – dudette, your economy is so fucked, we know that you want to work full or part time. How do you say it in Russian? Dopruygalas! And she wants $450 per month? Isn’t that a bit high for Ukraine’s wages? The average wage is $200 – is she twice as qualified as the average worker? Denied!

      • yalensis says:

        Vera is a girl, yes. And actually, quite a cute one.
        Unfortunately, she is a Nazi of the very worst sort.
        Not to mention a murderer and bank robber, among other things.

        • ucgsblog says:

          I wouldn’t say that she’s cute – maybe fit, but the girls coming to California from less advantageous parts of the World are much prettier than that. And she just comes off as way too pushy in that application. And since she’s a Nazi, she won’t be welcomed by our Democrats, and since she’s a bank robber, she won’t be welcomed by our Republicans, so she’s fucked.

      • marknesop says:

        She’s actually quite attractive; she has a nicely-shaped face, good complexion and I love those pouty lips. Unfortunately she is a Nazi nutjob and could not be trusted to do any job where she might overhear a remark she believed to be not sufficiently pro-nationalist-Ukraine, and target the speaker for execution.

        She’s a little like our famous Victoria murderess, Kelly Ellard. She killed a schoolmate – after a terrible beating – by holding her head underwater in a nearby river and standing on her. Every time she comes up for a day pass and can go out of prison under supervision, she gets into some sort of violent altercation; the last time she was out she got into a fight with a woman in a park because she claimed the woman had stolen her cell phone. She obviously cannot ever be rehabilitated or released into society; there is something in her that craves violence and it would always be her go-to solution to anything that balked her will; she’s a dangerous madwoman who would be a menace to the public.

    • marknesop says:

      Imagine that. I wonder if she would work for lace panties, like that other simple bint.

      • yalensis says:

        Well, these teenage Nazi gangs used to make a living doing the rough work for various political parties and oligarchs. In between robbing gas stations.

        I don’t know what happened to their usual sources of income. Did the oligarchs fire them?
        Looks like that money might have dried up, otherwise people like Vira wouldn’t have to humble themselves now, by trying to bag jobs in the service sector.

  45. Moscow Exile says:

    Shame upon you, cruel hearted Albion!

    UK not visa-free for Yukies.

    They won’t let Mrs. Exile in without a visa either.

    • Warren says:

      Neither is the Irish Republic according to that infographic!

      • Moscow Exile says:

        That’s very likely a mistake. It’s an RIA Novosti thing.

        Just as they do in the rest of Europe, many Russians think that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland means the whole of the British Isles, apart from the fact that most in the Republic of Ireland do not even consider the island of Ireland to be a British Isle, those people having this opinion confusing a geographical term for a political one.

        By the way, old boy, comere ’til I tell ya …

        The Irish Republic was a revolutionary republic that declared its independence from the UK in 1919 and whose origins were declared in the Easter Rising of 1916.

        Ireland was partitioned according to the Government of Ireland Act 1920 and the Irish Republic was then dissolved, according to the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922, becoming a British Dominion known as the Irish Free State.

        With a new constitution drawn up in 1937, the Free State became known as Ireland, which state only officially declared itself a republic in 1949, following the Republic of Ireland Act of 1948.

        🙂

  46. Warren says:

    Published on 11 May 2017
    State-owned weapon makers are struggling to keep up with demand in Serbia. Zoran Kusovac reports from Belgrade

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