Category Archives: Russia

“It’s Over” – Biggest ‘Russiagate’ Cheerleaders Start Covering Their Tracks

As months turn into nearly two years and no solid evidence emerges to nail Russia for nabbing Election 2016, some big Russiagate cheerleaders are starting to cover their tracks.

The best evidence that Russia-gate is sinking beneath the waves is the way those pushing the pseudo-scandal are now busily covering their tracks.


Fake news crackdown: Refusal to refute false info could carry prison sentences under Russian bill

Several Russian MPs have drafted a bill criminalizing “persistent refusal to execute court orders on refuting false reports” with punishment up to a year behind bars for those who continue to spread fake news.

I suspect this is fake news; I denounce myself for posting it and will be reporting to the gulag in the morning.


Putin’s Bridge to Chechnya Another Example of Russian Plutocracy

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened a $4 billion bridge directly linking Russia to Crimea, giving him a propaganda victory that drew condemnation from the West and served as the latest demonstration of Putin’s personalized system of power.

Putin, clad in jeans and a jacket, walked on the Russian end of the 19-kilometre long, four-lane bridge alongside the business mogul who built it — Arkady Rotenberg, the president’s former judo partner. Then Putin took to the wheels and drove over the Kerch Strait of the Black Sea in an orange Kamaz dump truck — manufactured by a state-owned company headed by Sergey Chemezov, Putin’s KGB colleague in East Germany in the 1980s. Both men are under U.S. sanctions.


Meet Russia’s Machine Gun-Toting Snowmobile

I heard Kathleen is getting everyone in Ontario one of these for Winter Holiday.

One of the Russian Army’s newest ground vehicles is also its smallest. The TTM-1901 “Berkut” snowmobile is designed to support Russian forces operating north of the Arctic Circle. The snowmobile will have a starring role in Russia’s upcoming annual Victory in Europe Day parade as Moscow shows off new cold weather weapons and vehicles.


Putinganda: Russia’s ‘Syria tested’ robotic vehicle shows off its firepower

A test-run of Russia’s cutting-edge Uran-9 Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle has been caught on video. The machine, which has been deployed in Syria, will be among the newcomers in the upcoming V-Day parade in Moscow.

The remote-controlled Uran-9 is seen maneuvering through mud and firing off salvos in the latest video released by Russian Zvezda TV, an official outlet of the defense ministry. The war machine has already been seen at rehearsals for the 2018 V-Day parade, which will take place on May 9 on Red Square.


US re-establishes naval fleet in Atlantic amid increased Russia threat

The Pentagon has announced it is re-establishing a naval fleet that will bolster the US and Nato presence in the Atlantic Ocean, amid rising tensions with Russia.

Outlines of the plan were approved at the February meeting of Nato defence ministers, as part of a broader effort to insure the security of the sea lanes and lines of communication between Europe and North America.

“The return to great power competition and a resurgent Russia demands that Nato refocus on the Atlantic to ensure dedicated reinforcement of the continent and demonstrate a capable and credible deterrence effect,” said Johnny Michael, a Pentagon spokesman. He said the new command “will be the linchpin of trans-Atlantic security.”


Canada proposes sweeping law to block foreign interference in elections

In the wake of allegations of Russian interference in elections in the United States and elsewhere, the Canadian government unveiled sweeping legislation this week to ban foreign entities from spending money to influence elections, require “identifying taglines” on all political advertising and force parties to reveal what voter information they collect.

Laying the groundwork for Wynne and Trudeau’s “unexpected” landslides.


Ukraine: Is Russia Planning A New Invasion?

This April marks the fourth year of the ongoing war in Ukraine between the Ukrainian military and Russian backed separatists in the self-proclaimed Donetskand Lugansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine, also known as the Donbas region. Prior to the beginning of the war in eastern Ukraine in April 2014, Russia annexed Crimea.

Russia’s aggression into Ukraine came in direct violation of its obligations under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. Under the memorandum, in exchange for Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons, Russia reaffirmed its “obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine” and promised that none of its weapons would ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

Now, the question of further Russian or Russian-backed military operations in Ukraine has surfaced.


U.S. Confirms Delivery Of Javelin Antitank Missiles To Ukraine

KYIV — The United States has confirmed to RFE/RL its delivery of American-made, Javelin antitank missile systems to Ukraine in a move that is welcome in Kyiv but will almost certainly enrage Moscow amid a four-year conflict that pits Russia-backed separatists against Ukrainian national troops.

“They have already been delivered,” a U.S. State Department official confirmed on April 30 in response to an RFE/RL query on the handover of Javelins.


Iraq sentences 19 Russian women to life behind bars for joining ISIS

Iraq on Sunday sentenced 19 Russian women to life in prison for joining the Islamic State group, the latest in a series of heavy verdicts against foreign women linked to the jihadists.

The head of Baghdad’s Central Criminal Court, which deals with terrorism cases, said the women were found guilty of ‘joining and supporting IS’, according to an AFP journalist at the hearing.

Six women from Azerbaijan and four from Tajikistan were also condemned to life in prison Sunday on the same charge.


Russian secret services smash ‘ISIS terror cells’ in World Cup cities

Suspected terrorists have been detained by Russian secret services in two cities hosting the FIFA World Cup.

In St Petersburg, close to where the England team will be based for the contest, a police video shows a dramatic raid on seven suspects accused of being in touch with a terrorist recruiter.

Several were wearing just underwear when they were held by a team including a rapid reaction Interior Ministry force and FSB security service agents.


Leader of ISIS cell blows himself up to avoid arrest in Russia

The leader of a terrorist cell, which had connections to the jihadist group Islamic State, has killed himself with an improvised explosive device in order to avoid being arrested, Russian law enforcement said.

The cell was planning bomb and gun attacks in Russia’s Rostov region, but was identified and thwarted before they could act, the Federal Security Service (FSB) reported on Tuesday.