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They have also had ChVK Wagner Group mercenaries deployed there for several months fighting this "secret" proxy war in Libya...

Moscow is painting over the Russian markings on its jet fighters and sending them to fight a proxy war against Turkey in Libya

#Russia #Turkey #Libya #mercenaries #ChVKWagner
 
Quote of note:

"Vladimir Putin dreams of discrediting the American democratic system, and he will never have a more reliable ally than Donald Trump."

Via Putin Is Well on His Way to Stealing the Next Election

#election2020 #Trump #Russia #disinformation #cybersecurity #corruption
 
Yet more fascist corruption.

Trump Fires State Department Watchdog Who Provided Ukraine Documents to Congress

"On Friday night, President Donald Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, replacing him with Ambassador Stephen Akard, an ally of Vice President Mike Pence. The move, which angered Congressional Democrats, is the fourth firing of such an independent watchdog in recent weeks."

"According to Politico, Linick recently launched an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s alleged misuse of a political appointee to perform personal tasks for him and his wife. The ousted official also had a minor role in the US House’s impeachment of Trump late last year, when he agreed to provide relevant documents to congressional investigators against the general wishes of the president."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #Ukraine #conspiracy #corruption
Trump Fires State Department Watchdog Who Provided Ukraine Documents to Congress
 
Shocker.

Republican-Led Review Backs Intelligence Findings on Russian Interference

"American intelligence officials’ determination that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to assist Donald J. Trump’s candidacy was fundamentally sound and untainted by politics, according to a key Republican-led Senate review released on Tuesday. The findings undercut longstanding allegations by Mr. Trump and his allies that the officials were biased against him."

"The Senate Intelligence Committee, which conducted the three-year study, had already given the work of the C.I.A. and the F.B.I. an interim stamp of approval, but the 158-page report on Tuesday presented new detail about the government’s attempts in 2016 and 2017 to make sense of Russia’s attacks. Much of the report’s contents about the so-called Intelligence Community Assessment were considered highly sensitive and blacked out by the Trump administration."

#Trump #Russia #GOP #corruption #conspiracy #impeachment #election2020

The New York Times: Republican-Led Review Backs Intelligence Findings on Russian Interference (By Nicholas Fandos and Julian E. Barnes)

 
$dayjob stuff. I know most of the guys over at Intel 471, they know their stuff and do good work. :-)

Understanding the relationship between Emotet, Ryuk and TrickBot

#cybercrime #Russia #cybersecurity #infosec #ransomware #bankingtrojans
Understanding the relationship between Emotet, Ryuk and TrickBot
 
$dayjob activities...

Suspected Russian operatives tried using forged diplomatic documents, social media to create divisions

"A Russian information operation relied on forged diplomatic emails and planted articles on a number of social media sites in an attempt to undermine multiple governments and impersonate U.S. lawmakers, according to a new analysis of recent social media activity."

"Massachusetts-based Recorded Future on Wednesday published findings detailing how Russian-language operatives spent months using popular internet services to try to interfere in Estonia, the Republic of Georgia and the U.S. The effort appears to be a continuation of a prior Russian campaign, dubbed Operation Secondary Infektion, that utilized Facebook and dozens of online platforms to sow division in the West and discredit political efforts."

"The ongoing covert influence effort revealed Wednesday, known as Operation Pinball, involved activity on discussion sites like Reddit, LiveJournal, an array of self-publishing sites, falsified social media profiles that prioritized strong operational security over reaching a large audience. In one instance, Recorded Future detected a Reddit account involved in distributing leaked documents from trade talks between the U.S. and U.K. in November 2019."

#Russia #cybersecurity #informationwarfare #disinformation #propaganda
Suspected Russian operatives tried using forged diplomatic documents, social media to create divisions
 
Прожить и не услышать хотя бы раз данную музыку будет трагедией. Обязательно к ознакомлению.
#Russia #music #art #lang-ru #lang ru #symphony #opera #ballet #classica #classical
 
Inside a pro-Trump YouTube disinformation network that spans Vietnam to Bosnia

"The operation demonstrates how easy and cheap it is to exploit the opportunities tech platforms offer and hook audiences on videos about hot-button issues. In several cases, the channels amplified content from fringe, right-wing websites, like Patriot Pulse and American Patriot Daily. The channels employed simple yet effective techniques to evade platform safeguards. And though tech giants like Google and Facebook often take the brunt of the blame, this operation makes clear that smaller players in the internet ecosystem, like Fiverr, can be enablers of the process."

#election2020 #disinformation #propaganda #informationwarfare #cybersecurity #Russia #Trump
 

Feds Dropping Case for 2 Russian Companies in Troll Probe


#snopes #factcheck #russia
Feds Dropping Case for 2 Russian Companies in Troll Probe
 

Feds Dropping Case for 2 Russian Companies in Troll Probe


#snopes #factcheck #russia
Feds Dropping Case for 2 Russian Companies in Troll Probe
 
How convenient. I am sure Putin is pleased.

U.S. Justice Dept. abandons prosecution of Russian firm indicted in Mueller election interference probe

"The U.S. Justice Department moved Monday to drop its two-year-long prosecution of a Russian company charged with orchestrating a social media campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election."

"The stunning reversal came weeks before the case — a spin off of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe — was to go to trial."

"Assistants to U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea of Washington D.C., and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers cited an unspecified 'change in the balance of the government’s proof due to a classification determination', according to a nine-page filing accompanied by facts under seal."

"Prosecutors also cited the failure of the company, Concord Management and Consulting, to comply with trial subpoenas and providing a 'misleading' affidavit by Yevgeniy #Prigozhin, a co-defendant and the company’s founder. Prigozhin is a catering magnate and military contractor known as 'Putin’s chef' because of his ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin."

#Trump #Russia #DoJ #GOP #corruption #conspiracy #election2016
 
Russian election meddling is back -- via Ghana and Nigeria -- and in your feeds

"The Russian trolls are back -- and once again trying to poison the political atmosphere in the United States ahead of this year's elections. But this time they are better disguised and more targeted, harder to identify and track. And they have found an unlikely home, far from Russia itself."

"In 2016, much of the trolling aimed at the US election operated from an office block in St. Petersburg, Russia. A months-long CNN investigation has discovered that, in this election cycle, at least part of the campaign has been outsourced -- to trolls in the west African nations of Ghana and Nigeria."

"They have focused almost exclusively on racial issues in the US, promoting black empowerment and often displaying anger towards white Americans. The goal, according to experts who follow Russian disinformation campaigns, is to inflame divisions among Americans and provoke social unrest."

#election2020 #Russia #disinformation #propaganda #informationwarfare #cybersecurity
 
Quote of note:

"Before the day’s briefings, Kashyap Patel, a former White House and congressional aide who moved to Mr. Grenell’s office last month, met with intelligence officials and imposed limits on what they could tell Congress about foreign influence operations, according to two people familiar with the matter."

"Mr. Patel’s comments struck some intelligence officials as an inappropriate politicization of the briefing. Some have been wary of his partisan background since his arrival as a top aide to Mr. Grenell. Mr. Patel was once a top investigator for Representative Devin Nunes, Republican of California and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and played a key role in helping Republicans try to undermine the Russia investigation by writing a memo that accused law enforcement officials of abusing their power."

Via Intelligence Officials Temper Russia Warnings, Prompting Accusations of Political Influence

#GOP #corruption #DNI #intelligence #politics #incompetence #Russia

The New York Times: Intelligence Officials Temper Russia Warnings, Prompting Accusations of Political Influence (By Julian E. Barnes, Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman)

 
Unsurprising, but FYI...

Russia Trying to Stoke U.S. Racial Tensions Before Election, Officials Say

"The Russian government has stepped up efforts to inflame racial tensions in the United States as part of its bid to influence November’s presidential election, including trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups and to stoke anger among African-Americans, according to seven American officials briefed on recent intelligence."

"Russia’s lead intelligence agency, the S.V.R., has apparently gone beyond 2016 methods of interference, when operatives tried to stoke racial animosity by creating fake Black Lives Matter groups and spreading disinformation to depress black voter turnout. Now, Russia is also trying to influence white supremacist groups, the officials said; they gave few details, but one official said federal investigators are examining how at least one neo-Nazi organization with ties to Russia is funded."

#Russia #propaganda #disinformation #informationwarfare #election2020 #cybersecurity #race

The New York Times: Russia Trying to Stoke U.S. Racial Tensions Before Election, Officials Say (By Julian E. Barnes and Adam Goldman)

 
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Europe, China and Russia urge preservation of Iran nuclear deal


Six nations on Wednesday called for adherence to the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — better known as the Iran nuclear deal. The meeting in Brussels cited concerns over the impact of US sanctions imposed on Iran and the 2018 withdrawal from the agreement.

The commission, attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran, was chaired by EU High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles and European Union External Action (EEAS) Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid.

https://www.dw.com/en/europe-china-and-russia-urge-preservation-of-iran-nuclear-deal/a-52544410

#nuclear #Iran #EU #China #Russia #MiddleEast #uranium #weapons #electricity #powerplants
 
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Europe, China and Russia urge preservation of Iran nuclear deal


Six nations on Wednesday called for adherence to the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — better known as the Iran nuclear deal. The meeting in Brussels cited concerns over the impact of US sanctions imposed on Iran and the 2018 withdrawal from the agreement.

The commission, attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran, was chaired by EU High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles and European Union External Action (EEAS) Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid.

https://www.dw.com/en/europe-china-and-russia-urge-preservation-of-iran-nuclear-deal/a-52544410

#nuclear #Iran #EU #China #Russia #MiddleEast #uranium #weapons #electricity #powerplants
 
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Old Arbat - Part 2

Six years ago yesterday, a mission to find a suitable hat in Moscow's Old Arbat...
Along the way I saw this very interesting building, which turns out to be a Georgian restaurant - Genatsvale, known for its khachapuri.

Close by is the shop we visited, with the vintage cameras (of which I posted an image) as well as hats for sale.
Here's another sample of things in the store which I did not swap for my Nikon, despite the offer. (Maybe next time?)




More images of Moscow - city, sights, art & architecture - @ http://www.fenichel.com/moscow

#moscow #oldarbat #arbat #Russia #vintage #myphotos #fenfotos #gplusrefugee #architecture #tchotchkes
 
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Borscht, Anyone?
This image of an ornately trimmed door is from exactly 6 years ago, +/- 12 hours.
Sifting through images on this laptop which I had with me, and finding a great many things I've never posted, or deemed "2nds".

Here's a door I often passed. Not the best image (as it seems to be approaching darkness and overly lit by flash or spotlight) - but it highlights this wonderful traditional art style. I liked it. It's a restaurant entry, near the gate from Revolution Square into Red Square.
I learned to enjoy piping hot borscht here. With a dollop of sour cream. (I know have some images of that too!)

I did see some traditional Russian art, including masterpieces - from giant murals and statues to metal engravings and this 19th Century fireplace, at the State Gallery, Tretyakov.

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Below is the well-known master work, Ivanov's "The Apparition of Christ to the People" More information about this, along with images of other works of art at the Tretyakov, along with city sights around Moscow - all reside at my web dacha @
http://www.fenichel.com/moscow/Tretyakov.shtml





#moscow #russia #redsquare #Tretyakov #art #architecture #myphotos #gplusrefugee #volkh #fireplace #ivanov #myphoto
 
Blatantly politically partisan Republican scumbag. Why? Because he dismisses Russian election interference on behalf of the Orange Shitgibbon, but explicitly mentions Bernie and his trip to the Soviet Union in the eighties as somehow subversive. Another Trump toady.

National security adviser Robert O'Brien disputes Russian meddling to favor Trump's reelection

"White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien is denying new U.S. intelligence reports that Russian actors are interfering to help President Donald Trump win a second term, but he admitted he has not looked at or sought out materials surrounding those reports."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #corruption #election2020
 
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"You want to trade?"


Context: I took this photo exactly 6 years ago today. It's in Arbat, a section of Moscow with many shoppes and activities.
I was brought to this store for an appropriate Russian hat for February. Meanwhile the shop owner took an interest in the camera I had around my neck (which took this photo), and asked that question: Want to trade? Hmm... I liked the tchotchkes and historical figurines as well as the interesting cameras.




So, this was an "interesting" time to be in Moscow - the tail end of the Sochi Winter Olympics, with athletes returning home whom I'd see in Central Moscow doing quick sightseeing between flights. I gave some talks to interesting audiences in interesting places, and then.... the newspaper and local news described a warning by Ukraine to "back off" or else, and soldiers in Red Square to keep things calm, and the U.S. ambassador left the embassy, the day I gave a talk there. (No, not because of me! Just some odd timing!)




And that's my anniversary memories of Feb 2020.... and that day 6 years ago in search of a warm(er) hat, suitable for Moscow's cold.

These photos were part of a large collection on Google+. Many more mages of Moscow, from street scenes to an art museum, to Red Square and St. Basils Cathedral, now in my own Google-proof collection @ http://www.fenichel.com/moscow

#moscow #myphotos #mywork #Stbasil #cathedral #Kazan #Russia #Arbat #cameras #gplusrefugee #myphoto #fenfotos
 
"To close observers of Russian interference, this all sounds wildly familiar."

"...yes, Russia continues to support Sanders—or, more specifically, the narrative that the process is rigged against him. That’s not the same as wanting Sanders in the White House."

#election2020 #Russia #disinformation #propaganda #cybersecurity
 
Sanders condemns Russian interference in 2020 elections

"Bernie Sanders on Friday condemned Russian interference in the 2020 election, telling Russia President Vladimir Putin that 'if elected president, trust me, you are not going to be interfering in American elections'."

"Sanders issued a statement in response to The Washington Post's report that the Vermont senator was briefed by U.S. officials on Russia's attempt to help his campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic election. And in a later gaggle with reporters on Friday afternoon, Sanders confirmed that the briefing happened 'about a month ago'."

#Bernie2020 #election2020 #Russia #disinformation #cybersecurity #informationwarfare
 
#Trump #GOP #Russia #election2020
 
Putin still in it to win it in 2020.

#Trump #GOP #Russia #corruption #election2020
 
Let the Internet meltdown begin...

Donald Trump 'offered Julian Assange a pardon if he denied Russia link to hack'

"Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon if he would say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic party emails, a court in London has been told."

"The extraordinary claim was made at Westminster magistrates court before the opening next week of Assange’s legal battle to block attempts to extradite him to the US."

"Assange’s barrister, Edward Fitzgerald QC, referred to evidence alleging that the former US Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher had been to see Assange, now 48, while he was still in the Ecuadorian embassy in August 2017."

"A statement from Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson shows 'Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange … said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks', Fitzgerald told Westminster magistrates court."




#Trump #Russia #Wikileaks
 
Sounds like Putin wants to know how his efforts to subvert the U.S. Government were discovered...

Justice Dept. Is Investigating C.I.A. Resistance to Sharing Russia Secrets

"Mr. Durham appears to be pursuing a theory that the C.I.A., under its former director John O. Brennan, had a preconceived notion about Russia or was trying to get to a particular result — and was nefariously trying to keep other agencies from seeing the full picture lest they interfere with that goal, the people said."

"But officials from the F.B.I. and the National Security Agency have told Mr. Durham and his investigators that such an interpretation is wrong and based on a misunderstanding of how the intelligence community functions, the people said. National security officials are typically cautious about sharing their most delicate information, like source identities, even with other agencies inside the executive branch."

#Trump #Russia #DoJ #GOP #corruption

The New York Times: Justice Dept. Is Investigating C.I.A. Resistance to Sharing Russia Secrets (By Charlie Savage, Adam Goldman and Julian E. Barnes)

 
"Apple and other big tech companies are increasingly going head-to-head with national governments as they attempt to control the internet within their borders."

#Apple #Putin #Russia #surveillance #privacy #cybersecurity
 
"The Kremlin said on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin had no view on a proposal that would see his job description change to Supreme Ruler from head of state after a government commission said it was considering the idea."

"The title change is one of an array of possible alterations to the Russian constitution put forward by members of a government commission set up after Putin earlier this month said he wanted to change the Russian basic law."




#Russia #Putin #SupremeLeader
 
Quote of note:

"Libya was always looked at (by Moscow) as the perfect passageway to Africa. Russia is interested in any mechanism that allows it to undermine NATO and promote disunity within European bloc… Libya is perfect." -- Jalel Harchaoui, a Libya expert at The Netherlands Institute of International Relations

Via Russian mercenaries, a CIA-linked general and lots of oil: Explaining Libya’s war

#Russia #Libya #Africa #NATO #ForeignPolicy
 
" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lobbed a rare direct rebuke at the rulers of Abu Dhabi over their backing of Khalifa Hifter and the Russian mercenaries fighting on his behalf in Libya."

"Erdogan said that the emirate is bankrolling thousands of Russian fighters who support the forces controlled by the Libyan general, whom he derided as a 'desert lord'. Turkey has responded to the Russian deployment by providing military support to the internationally recognized government in Tripoli."

"The Turkish president’s criticism comes as a truce agreed this month appeared to be under severe strain, with each side accusing the other of violations. A conference convened by Germany days after the cease-fire was struck had sought a cessation of hostilities to pave the way for an end to the civil war in the North African country."

#Turkey #Russia #Libya #mercenaries
 
Quote of note:

"The Russian constitution is dead. What happens next remains to be seen."

Via The Near-Instant Death of Russia’s Constitution

#Russia #Putin #ForeignPolicy
 
"Three weeks after Election Day 2016, the Kremlin officially floated a theory that would ultimately lead to only the third presidential impeachment in U.S. history."

"'Ukraine seriously complicated the work of Trump’s election by planting information' aimed at damaging his campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry told reporters on Nov. 30, 2016, accusing the Ukrainian government of scheming to help elect Hillary Clinton."

"Russian officials offered no evidence—on that day or on any other day—that it was really Kyiv and not Moscow that meddled in the 2016 election. Nor have U.S. intelligence agencies backed off on their collective finding that the Kremlin orchestrated a major effort to help Trump win office."

#Trump #Russia #corruption #disinformation #InformationWarfare #propaganda #cybersecurity #UnintendedConsequences
 

Remarkable Photos of Soviet Village Life Found In Abandoned House | PetaPixel

In the spring of 2016, film student Victor Galusca was exploring a sleepy village in his native Moldova when the 23-year-old noticed some photographic negatives in the rubble of an abandoned house.

The discarded pictures were the life’s work of Zaharia Cusnir, an unknown amateur photographer who died in 1993.
Lots of wonderful old photos.

#photography #Russia #Moldova #discovery
Remarkable Photos of Soviet Village Life Found In Abandoned House
 
Headline of the day:

‘Russia’s Political Transition Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule’

"The exact motives for Wednesday’s decisions remain unclear, though domestic pressures could explain much of it. In his address, Putin focused on such issues as economic growth, tackling rising poverty, and endemic corruption. The Kremlin has struggled to boost Putin’s near-record-low approval ratings, which soared after the 2014 annexation of Crimea. Real incomes have fallen by half in a decade amid a stagnating economy, under pressure from U.S. sanctions over the Crimean annexation as well as relatively low oil prices. The summer of 2019 also saw large street protests in Moscow and deepening disenchantment and malaise with the ruling United Russia party ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections slated for 2021."

"'The succession question has been looming over the public and the elite for some time and Putin is looking to stop that pressure from building up even more', said Andrea Kendall-Taylor, a former senior U.S. intelligence analyst focused on Russia and Eurasia and now a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. 'This is obviously something that has been carefully thought about and orchestrated for some time'."

#Russia #Putin #authoritarianism
‘Russia’s Political Transition Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule’
 
"What do you do when the national security adviser spreads disinformation on live TV?"

#Trump #GOP #Russia #corruption #election2020 #disinformation
This Jaw-Dropping Interview Shows How the Media Still Struggles With Trump’s Lies
 
Oh, hey look! ~~Comrade~~ Big Daddy Barr just made sure that Russia can decide all future U.S. presidential elections!

#Trump #GOP #Russia #corruption #election2020
 
"...interviews with dozens of officials and experts make clear that many of the vulnerabilities exploited by Moscow in 2016 remain. Most political campaigns are unwilling to spend what it takes to set up effective cyberdefenses. Millions of Americans are still primed to swallow fake news. And those charged with protecting American elections face the same central challenge they did four years ago: to spot and head off any attack before it can disrupt voting or sow doubts about the outcome. It is a task made even more difficult by new threats to the election from other American rivals, such as Iran, which has more motive than ever to interfere in 2020 after a drone strike killed its top security and intelligence commander last week in Iraq."

"The Russians were sloppy in 2016 because they could be: They caught Americans off guard. Now hackers and trolls, who have seen their tradecraft splashed across the pages of American intelligence assessments and federal indictments, are working far harder to cover their tracks. They are, as one American intelligence official put it, 'refreshing' their operations."

#election2020 #cybersecurity #Russia #disinformation #propaganda

The New York Times: ‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020 (By Matthew Rosenberg, Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger)

 
"A St. Petersburg clinic that is run and partly owned by people with ties to President Vladimir Putin has provided medical treatment to Russian mercenaries injured abroad, according to three people with knowledge of military contractors being treated, a clinic employee, a reporter’s witness account and company records."

"The previously unreported medical treatment for private military contractors wounded in combat overseas, including in Libya and Syria, shows fighters have received indirect support from the country’s elite even as the Kremlin denies they fight abroad on its behalf."

"Under Russian law, all medical organizations are obliged to report combat injuries to the police for investigation and it’s illegal for a Russian citizen to participate in armed conflict as a mercenary."

"The clinic is owned by large insurance company AO Sogaz, which counts among its senior officials and owners relatives of Putin and others linked to the president, according to the SPARK database, which aggregates data from business registries."

#Russia #mercenaries
 
● NEWS ● #meduza #russia ☞ Investigative journalist searched and detained in case against criminal group that she reported on
 
● NEWS ● #meduza #russia ☞ Investigative journalist searched and detained in case against criminal group that she reported on
 
● NEWS ● #meduza #russia ☞ #VelikyNovgorod editor-in-chief accused of #rape resigns
 
● NEWS ● #meduza #russia ☞ #VelikyNovgorod editor-in-chief accused of #rape resigns
 
● NEWS ● #hrw #russia #ru ☞ Russia: #Police Round Up Migrant Workers
 
● NEWS ● #hrw #russia #ru ☞ Russia: #Police Round Up Migrant Workers
 
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