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#MeanwhileInRussia - shown in images by Mihail Vachaev


When it comes to any country, it can be seen from different sides. Official, touristic... There are natural wonders to be discovered and some great (or little but still amazing) manmade things. And also there is raw life which doesn't get on Instagram or even Google Images. Yet there it is. Some manage to catch glimpses of it with great detail. Like this artist from Yekaterinburg.
"Original style"
Pop fashion can be merciless. Is it trying to stand out? Is it trying to belong? Is it not giving a fuck and just going with the flow?


"Everyday"
There is a lot of security theater in Russia. There are lots of security guards too. Most of them understand the pointlessness of it but it is a job. What else would they do? This subway station is as good place to be as any. Just remember to check some of passengers every once in a while because CCTV watches over you too.


"Black Square"
This one actually gets seen on Instagram. With a bit of luck she won't be needing subway soon. She so doesn't belong in there. She despises it and everyone in it. Soon... She says it to herself again and again as years go by.


"Locomotive"
Vaping really caught on a few years ago. At first it was novel stuff for tech nerds. Then hipsters joined and made it cool. Then lack of regulation, low cost and wide availability together with cool factor brought it to school kids as well. Of course more smoke means more cool. These days vaping seems to be fading again, fewer and fewer people are seen with these things.


"No charity here"
She is probably a kind woman, she even has that Hello Kitty badge and cat ears cap. But this is her tram and this is her moment of power. No, you can't ride just two stops. No, I know it is not your social card you used out there. Wanna show it to me? Pay up or get out!


#Russia #DigitalArt #life
 

#MeanwhileInRussia - shown in images by Mihail Vachaev


When it comes to any country, it can be seen from different sides. Official, touristic... There are natural wonders to be discovered and some great (or little but still amazing) manmade things. And also there is raw life which doesn't get on Instagram or even Google Images. Yet there it is. Some manage to catch glimpses of it with great detail. Like this artist from Yekaterinburg.
"Original style"
Pop fashion can be merciless. Is it trying to stand out? Is it trying to belong? Is it not giving a fuck and just going with the flow?


"Everyday"
There is a lot of security theater in Russia. There are lots of security guards too. Most of them understand the pointlessness of it but it is a job. What else would they do? This subway station is as good place to be as any. Just remember to check some of passengers every once in a while because CCTV watches over you too.


"Black Square"
This one actually gets seen on Instagram. With a bit of luck she won't be needing subway soon. She so doesn't belong in there. She despises it and everyone in it. Soon... She says it to herself again and again as years go by.


"Locomotive"
Vaping really caught on a few years ago. At first it was novel stuff for tech nerds. Then hipsters joined and made it cool. Then lack of regulation, low cost and wide availability together with cool factor brought it to school kids as well. Of course more smoke means more cool. These days vaping seems to be fading again, fewer and fewer people are seen with these things.


"No charity here"
She is probably a kind woman, she even has that Hello Kitty badge and cat ears cap. But this is her tram and this is her moment of power. No, you can't ride just two stops. No, I know it is not your social card you used out there. Wanna show it to me? Pay up or get out!


#Russia #DigitalArt #life
 
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I have no problem with your links @ivan zlax - I'll have to look at it later though
Congratulations. You could make it next time right here:
Image/Photoivan zlax wrote the following post Tue, 18 Jun 2019 01:15:39 +0300

In the metric books of the north of the Volgograd region 225 years ago, the Christian year was recorded without a millennium. For example, in documents relating to 1796cc, the year was written as "796".
В метрических книгах севера Волгоградской области ещё 225 лет назад христианский год записывался без тысячелетия. Например, в документах относящихся к 1796ох, год писался как "796":


(from the metric book of the Astrakhan Diocese, Saratov viceroyalty, Kamyshinsky district/из метрической книги Астраханской Епархии, Саратовского наместничества, Камышинского округа)

Two years later, an additional millennium appeared in the dates of the documents, here is a document from the same archive, here already "1798".
Уже через два года, в датировках документов появилось дополнительное тысячелетие, вот документ из того же архива, здесь уже "1798":


(from the metric book of the Astrakhan Diocese, Saratov Governorate, Kamyshino County/из метрической книги Астраханской Епархии, Саратовской губернии, Камышинского уезда)

It seems that the additional thousand years appeared simultaneously with the transformation of this viceroyalty into governorate.
According to the official history, the transformation of viceroyalties into governorates took place by decree of Pavel Romanov, Earl of Oldenburg, Duke of Holstein-Gotorp, Grand Master of the Order of Malta (Knights Hospitalier). His reign lasted four years, ending with his assassination by conspirators.

Похоже, что дополнительная тысяча лет появилась одновременно с преобразованием наместничества в губернию.
Согласно официальной истории, преобразование наместничеств в губернии произошло по указу Павла Романова, графа Ольденбургского, герцога Гольштейн-Готорпского, великого магистра Мальтийского ордена (рыцари Госпитальеры). Его правление длилось четыре года и закончилось убийством заговорщиками.

#calendar #chronology #documents #germany #holsteingottorp #memory #metaprogramming #oldenburg #past #property #revision #russia #saratov #smom #time
Image/Photoivan zlax wrote the following post Wed, 19 Jun 2019 01:32:25 +0300

In the metric books (orthodox version of parish register) of the Ulyanovsk region 235 years ago, the church year was recorded without a millennium. In the documents relating to 1783cc, the year was written as "783", but the next year the documents were signed as "1784".
В метрических книгах Ульяновской области 235 лет назад церковный год записывался без тысячелетия. В документах относящихся к 1783ох, год писался как "783", но в следующий год документы подписывались как "1784".


(Ascension Church, Urensko-Karlinskaya Sloboda, Simbirsk viceroyalty / Вознесенская церковь, Уренско-Карлинская Слобода, Симбирский заказ)

Other documents of this church with the dates without millenium/Другие документы этой церкви с датами до нововведения:





Taking into account the documents from the previous post, an additional thousand years appeared in different regions in the documents at different times (in Saratov viceroyalty the transition was carried out about 10-15 years later).
According to official history, the transformation took place soon after the formation of the Simbirsk viceroyalty in the territories of the former Kazan province (region with the predominance of Tatar language and Islam) by the decree of Princess Sophia Augusta Frederica of Anhalt-Zerbsta, born in Saxony-Anhalt, who later took the name of Catherine. She came to power as a result of a palace coup that overthrew her husband Peter Romanov, Duke of Holstein-Gothorp.

С учётом документов из предыдущего поста, дополнительная тысяча лет появилась в разных регионах в документах в разное время (в Саратовском наместничестиве переход был осуществлён примерно на 10-15 лет позже).
Согласно официальной истории, преобразование произошло сразу после образования Симбирского заказа на территориях бывшей Казанской провинции (регион с преобладанием татарского языка и ислама) по указу рождённой в Саксонии-Ангальт, принцессы Софии Августы Фредерики Ангальт-Цербстской, позже взявшей себя имя Екатерина. Она пришла к власти в результате дворцового переворота, свергнувшего с престола её мужа Петра Романова, герцога Гольштейн-Готорпского.

#calendar #chronology #documents #germany #holsteingottorp #kazan #memory #metaprogramming #past #property #revision #russia #saxony #simbirsk #stan #time #ulyanovsk
Image/Photoivan zlax wrote the following post Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:30:17 +0300

288 years ago in the Tula province, in the Kashirsky district, in the village of Gorodishche (Four churches) on the land of the Vyatichi, the year was recorded as "732":


288 лет назад в Тульской губернии, в Каширском уезде, в селе Городище (Четырёх церквей) на земле вятичей, год был записан как "732".

A dozen years later in the same county, the year is written as "1744":


Дюжиной лет позже в том же уезде, но уже другим почерком, год пишут как "1744".

Nearly, twenty years later, in the revision of Ievlevo village, in the title a year recorded with thousand, and in the data itself there is no thousand:


Неподалёку, двадцать лет спустя в ревизии села Иевлево, в заголовке год записан с тысячей, а в самих данных без тысячи.

225 years ago, in Revision Tales of the Provincial State Chamber (State Archive of the Tula Region) in the Belevsky district, the year is written in documents in the old way, without a thousand, "789".


225 лет назад, в Ревизских сказках Губернской казенной палаты (Государственный архив Тульской области) в белёвском уезде в документах год пишется по-старому, без тысячи (по материалам комментариев местного генеалогического сообщества одной из популярных социальных сетей).

In the Tula region, the transition to a new recording style took place all the eighth or eighteenth Gregorian-Julian century, according to local documents from the archives. Given the difference in handwriting, it cannot be ruled out that some documents were later rewritten.
Taking into account the proximity of Tula region to the center and admitting the authenticity of the above documents, the transition to a new form of writing was probably started around 1740cc, when according academic history Emperor Ivan Antonovich formally reigned the first year of his life, under regency of German duke Ernst Johann von Biron. The baby emperor was overthrown by Elizaveta Petrovna, spent almost his entire life in solitary confinement, and already in the reign of Catherine II was killed by the guards at 23 years old when indigenous people of the region tryed to release him.

В тульских краях переход на новый стиль записи календаря проходил всё восьмое или восемнадцатое григорианско-юлианское столетие, согласно местным документам из архивов. Учитывая разницу почерка нельзя исключать, что некоторые документы были позже переписаны.
Учитывая близость Тульского края к центру и допуская достоверность приведённых документов, вероятно, здесь переход на новую форму записи был начат примерно в 1740ох, когда, согласно академической истории, формально царствовал первый год своей жизни император Иоанн Антонович при регентстве немецкого герцога Эрнст Иоганн вон Бирона. Император-младенец был свергнут Елизаветой Петровной, провёл почти всю жизнь в одиночном заключении и уже в царствование Екатерины II был убит охраной в 23-летнем возрасте, когда коренные жители региона пытались его освободить.

#belev #calendar #colonialism #chronology #documents #germany #history #kashira #memory #metaprogramming #past #property #revision #russia #time #tula #vyatichi
(i think this is very useful feature of hubzilla)
 
This report is simply... astounding.

Exclusive: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017

"In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN."

"A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy."

"The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel."

"The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian spy specifically, prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure, according to the source directly involved in the matter."

#Russia #espionage
 
THIS is the most important thing you will read all week.

Toxic Nostalgia Breeds Derangement

"In 2014, Peter Pomerantsev, a British journalist born in the Soviet Union, published 'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible', which drew on his years working in Russian television to describe a society in giddy, hysterical flight from enlightenment empiricism. He wrote of how state-controlled Russian broadcasting 'became ever more twisted, the need to incite panic and fear ever more urgent; rationality was tuned out, and Kremlin-friendly cults and hatemongers were put on prime time'."

"Since 2016, the book has enjoyed a new life among people struggling to make sense of the dual shocks of Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory. Both catastrophes demonstrated the triumph of xenophobic post-truth politics, and both were assisted by Russian information warfare. Pomerantsev’s book about Russia suddenly seemed prophetic about the rest of the world."

"Now, he’s written a penetrating follow-up, 'This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality', that is partly an effort to make sense of how the disorienting phenomena he observed in Russia went global. The child of exiled Soviet dissidents, Pomerantsev juxtaposes his family’s story — unfolding at a time when ideas, art and information seemed to challenge tyranny — with a present in which truth scarcely appears to matter."

"'During glasnost, it seemed that the truth would set everybody free', he writes. 'Facts seemed possessed of power; dictators seemed so afraid of facts that they suppressed them. But something has gone drastically wrong: We have access to more information and evidence than ever, but facts seem to have lost their power'."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #Truth #Propaganda #PysOps #InformationWarfare

The New York Times: Opinion | Toxic Nostalgia Breeds Derangement (By MICHELLE GOLDBERG)

 

New Study Outlines The Nuclear Winter We'd Have if US And Russia Blew Up Their Bombs


Yeah, but that cozy glow of the radioactive fallout will keep you warm at night.

#nuclear winter #nuclear war #Russia #US #insanity

*Hat tip to @Rixty Dixet.
 

New Study Outlines The Nuclear Winter We'd Have if US And Russia Blew Up Their Bombs


Yeah, but that cozy glow of the radioactive fallout will keep you warm at night.

#nuclear winter #nuclear war #Russia #US #insanity

*Hat tip to @Rixty Dixet.
 
"Late last week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) deadlocked on whether to pursue an investigation into potential Russian financing of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The split 2-2 vote fell along partisan lines, with the FEC’s two Republicans voting against any further inquiry into whether Alexander Torshin, a sanctioned Russian official, and Maria Butina, a convicted Russian agent, grew close to the NRA in order to help direct the group’s 2016 political donations."

"FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub castigated her Republican colleagues in an open letter, issued immediately after the vote."

"In the letter, Weintraub noted that the NRA not only admitted that it had received previous donations from unidentified Russian nationals, but that the NRA likewise saw a substantial spike in its own political donations in 2016, issuing nearly $35 million more in political donations in 2016 than in the previous presidential election. The NRA admitted that Butina had once paid nearly $570 at a 2015 NRA fundraiser, but said it was unable to locate any donations from Torshin or sanctioned Russian official Dmitry Rogozin, with whom NRA officials also met in Moscow in 2015."

"Indeed, Weintraub’s letter was scathing, regarding both her Republicans colleagues’ votes against further investigation, as well as regarding the NRA’s relationship with Torshin and Butina."

#GOP #Russia #Election2020
FEC Republicans block efforts to investigate NRA’s financial ties to Russia
 
"Russian scientists on Wednesday ridiculed a government plan to impose Soviet-style restrictions on their interactions with colleagues from around the world, such as seeking permission for meetings and submitting reports about each encounter with a foreign peer."

"Russia’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education drafted the new recommendations in February and put them into effect right away, but they were not widely known until Tuesday, when Aleksandr L. Fradkov, a prominent scientist, denounced them in an open letter. Troitsky Variant, an independent science newspaper, published them."

"The ministry instructed Russian scientists to ask permission to meet colleagues from abroad at least five days in advance, and to provide copies of the foreigners’ passports. It said that no Russian scientist should attend such a meeting alone — another Russian scientist should be present — and afterward the head of the Russian scientist’s institute should send a sealed report to the ministry with an 'exhaustive account of the topics discussed'."

"The guidelines also specified that Russian scientists would need their supervisors’ approval to meet foreign colleagues outside work. Foreign specialists faced restrictions, too. Under the rules, they would only be allowed to use electronic gadgets inside Russia’s scientific institutes if this was stipulated in 'international agreements, signed by Russia', according to the document."

#Russia #science

The New York Times: Meeting a Russian Scientist? He Might Need to Report on You (By IVAN NECHEPURENKO)

 
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell really doesn’t like to be called Moscow Mitch. If only new reasons for the nickname didn’t keep showing up. Time magazine delves into a Kremlin-linked Russian company’s major investment in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky—an investment that was only possible thanks to sanctions against the company’s owner being lifted, with McConnell’s support."

"Rusal, the company owned by Putin-linked oligarch Oleg Deripaska—who played a significant role in the Mueller investigation thanks to his ties to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort—wanted to invest in a Kentucky aluminum mill. But, so sad, that couldn’t happen under the sanctions in place. In order to get sanctions lifted, Deripaska gave up part of his stake in the company, and is barred, at least on paper, from influencing its operations. But … who knows?"

#MoscowMitch #GOP #Russia #Rusal
 
The more you know about this, the worse it gets.

More details are starting to emerge about mysterious nuclear explosion in Russia

"More information is slowly starting to trickle out about the explosion last week near Severodvinsk, Russia, that left at least seven people dead."

"The blast occurred on Thursday, and local officials said at the time that 'a brief rise of the radiation level was registered'. Russia's Ministry of Defense said a liquid rocket engine had exploded and put the death toll at two, but beyond that, the government did not release any additional information. Now, it has come out that there were seven victims, all scientists, with five working for the Russian Federal Nuclear Center."

#Russia #nuclear #meltdown
 
Oh, yes -- I just ordered mine. :-)

Kentucky Democrats sell 'Moscow Mitch' gear after McConnell blocks election security bills

"The Kentucky Democratic Party on Wednesday launched a 'Moscow Mitch' online store, making use of a nickname handed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over his blocking of election security legislation."

#MoscowMitch #GOP #Russia #corruption

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"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., corrected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday for misusing the term "McCarthyism" when he applied it to critics of his decision to block election security legislation in the upper chamber."

"'McCarthyism is the practice of baselessly accusing political opponents of being communists as unjust grounds for targeting & harassment', Ocasio-Cortez explained to McConnell on Twitter. 'You are blocking action to protect US elections despite official DoJ pleas. That doesn’t make you a communist. It just makes you a bad leader'."

#MoscowMitch #GOP #Russia #ElectuonSecurity #cybersecurity #corruption

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Traitor.

Mitch McConnell Received Donations from Voting Machine Lobbyists Before Blocking Election Security Bills

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell squashed two bills intended to ensure voting security on Thursday, just one day after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned that Russians were attempting to sabotage the 2020 presidential elections 'as we sit here'."

"McConnell said he wouldn't allow a vote on the bills because they were 'so partisan', but, as previously reported, earlier this year McConnell received a slew of donations from four of the top voting machine lobbyists in the country."

#GOP #Russia #ElectionSecurity #cybersecurity #MoscowMitch

Image source: Props @Lisa Stranger
 
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Sign of Our Times: "Do Not Speak to Strangers"


Because... (1) I'm reminded there is a #signsunday "here"; and (2) this truly is as relevant today as when the classic, iconic book by Mikahail Bulgakov which this references was written (1928-1940)

Story synopsis: This is from a book which everyone who loves literature should read (small paperback written & re-written over 12 years, much from prison), The Master and Margarita.

Basically, The Devil, charming fellow with an entourage of a naked lady, big black cat, and a pair of thug assistants, visits (then) modern-day Moscow. He entices crowds with magic shows of money for the audiences and disrupts life bigly. Through it all the focus is on both a love story (M&M) and an allegory of life, legality, morality, and sanity.

The book begins in Patriarch's Ponds, Moscow, as a literary giant is introduced to a "gentleman" who turns out to be the Devil. Bad things soon start to happen. (Understatement). Humor & tragedy.

So this sign is right there where the first scene takes place. It depicts the Devil and Company and it warns against strangers. (Because... look what happened here once before!)

You can see more of the story as remembered here now on the site of the first scene, a monument to this great work of literature on the Ponds, and also the Devil's friends and a very short quote from the book's beginning, at:
http://www.fenichel.com/moscow/ruslit.shtml

#moscow #myphoto #bulgakov #devil #sign #signsunday #signs #patriarchsponds #russia #russian #literature #gplusrefugee
 
"Six men sat down for a business meeting on the morning of October 18 last year, amid the hubbub and marble-columned opulence of Moscow’s iconic Metropol Hotel, to discuss plans for a 'great alliance'."

"The six men — three Russians, three Italians — gathered beneath the spectacular painted glass ceiling in the hotel lobby last October had their eyes on history too. Their nominal purpose was an oil deal; their real goal was to undermine liberal democracies and shape a new, nationalist Europe aligned with Moscow."

"BuzzFeed News has obtained an explosive audio recording of the Metropol meeting in which a close aide of Europe’s most powerful far-right leader — Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini — and the other five men can be heard negotiating the terms of a deal to covertly channel tens of millions of dollars of Russian oil money to Salvini’s Lega party."

"The recording reveals the elaborate lengths the two sides were willing to go to conceal the fact that the true beneficiary of the deal would be Salvini’s party — a breach of Italian electoral law, which bans political parties from accepting large foreign donations — despite the comfort with which he and Europe’s other far-right leaders publicly parade their pro-Kremlin political sympathies."

#Russia #EU #democracy #DirtyTricks
 
"Six men sat down for a business meeting on the morning of October 18 last year, amid the hubbub and marble-columned opulence of Moscow’s iconic Metropol Hotel, to discuss plans for a 'great alliance'."

"The six men — three Russians, three Italians — gathered beneath the spectacular painted glass ceiling in the hotel lobby last October had their eyes on history too. Their nominal purpose was an oil deal; their real goal was to undermine liberal democracies and shape a new, nationalist Europe aligned with Moscow."

"BuzzFeed News has obtained an explosive audio recording of the Metropol meeting in which a close aide of Europe’s most powerful far-right leader — Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini — and the other five men can be heard negotiating the terms of a deal to covertly channel tens of millions of dollars of Russian oil money to Salvini’s Lega party."

"The recording reveals the elaborate lengths the two sides were willing to go to conceal the fact that the true beneficiary of the deal would be Salvini’s party — a breach of Italian electoral law, which bans political parties from accepting large foreign donations — despite the comfort with which he and Europe’s other far-right leaders publicly parade their pro-Kremlin political sympathies."

#Russia #EU #democracy #DirtyTricks
 
"Last summer, when the Russian media manager Alexander Malkevich came to Washington to launch a news website called USA Really—reported to be linked to the infamous Russian troll factory that interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election—he did not receive a warm welcome. He was ejected from his office near the White House—a WeWork rental—within hours of arriving, and Facebook and Twitter blocked access to the website."

"During another trip to Washington for the U.S. midterms in November 2018, Malkevich was detained for questioning at Washington’s Dulles Airport and the next month was added to the U.S. sanctions list for attempted election interference."

"But that hasn’t stopped him. Though Malkevich seems more toy soldier than information warrior, his seemingly amateurish forays into the United States over the past year offer a glimpse at the scrappy but ever evolving nature of Russia’s influence operations around the globe—an effort that has been expanding into Africa."

#Russia #propaganda #disinformation #misinformation #electioninterference
The Evolution of a Russian Troll
 
"The author of a controversial dossier about Donald Trump and Russia has reportedly been found credible by the Department of Justice.Politico reported on Tuesday that Christopher Steele had been grilled for 16 hours while the president visited London recently."

"Steele was hired by Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Trump during the 2016 election. His work was first funded by a conservative activist before later being turned over to the Democratic National Committee and the FBI."

#Trump #Russia #GOP #corruption
 
"The cooperation relationship between former Trump National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and prosecutors appears to be under serious strain, according to new court filings unsealed Tuesday in the foreign lobbying case against his ex-business associate."

"The court documents revealed that the prosecutors no longer intend to put Flynn on the stand for the trial and that they were now seeking to designate Flynn as a co-conspirator."

"The move prompted an indignant objection from Flynn’s new team of lawyers, who called into question the government’s tactics while insisting that he was continuing to cooperate."

"The dispute will fuel speculation that Flynn shook up his legal team to take a more hostile posture towards the Justice Department, as part of a play for a pardon from President Trump."

#Trump #Russia #CriminalConspiracy #corruption
Feds Have Major Falling Out With Flynn And His New Legal Team
 
Not surprised.

Seth Rich Conspiracy Spread by Fox News Linked to Russian Intelligence: Report

"A stunning report published Tuesday by Yahoo News identifies a Russian intelligence service as the origin of a conspiracy theory connecting the unsolved murder of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to the leak of thousands of DNC emails in the summer of 2016. The report, authored by Yahoo’s chief investigative correspondent, Michael Isikoff, traces the root of the theory back to a phony intelligence “bulletin” reportedly circulated online by the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service."

"Rich, a 27-year-old DNC data specialist, was murdered on July 10, 2016, in what police concluded was a botched robbery. In the following weeks, WikiLeaks began disclosing some 20,000 internal DNC emails online, triggering theories that Rich may have been the anti-secrecy organization’s source. A slew of right-wing personalities, including notorious GOP trickster Roger Stone, helped spread the theory far and wide in an apparent attempt to aid President Trump, whose campaign was at the time under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller."

#Russia #disinformation #propaganda #GOP #corruption
 
@Michael Fenichel : Moscow's metro system is amazing! Art everywhere! It's like an enormous museum-- each station is like a different hall!


via appaloosa on FLICKR

#Moscow #Russia #Московское #Moskva #Москва́ #Россия #Rossiya
 
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The Moscow Metro


A paradigm and imagery shift away from the NYC subway.
Context & Perspective bit here, as I may post some more shots from here:

This is a vestibule of Central Moscow's Metro system, with a train there in the background, grand foyer and exits behind me, and here is one of those statues I'd heard about. For anyone who has never experienced Moscow, it is true what they say - everywhere in the Metro you see very ornate art, both on the ceiling & walls, and with brass statues that people rub for luck. (See the rooster's beak.)
I have a few images of them and other Metro sights, but... not great quality as I was generally 'incognito' about the use of camera.

Anyway, this is the image of mine which best includes a bit of the main elements. There are grand archways and ceilings I can see images online but never with crowds of people, and in general it can be crowded, same as most underground rail lines in big cities.

Many more Moscow images & self-guided photo tour - city sights, fine art, historical squares & churches @ fenichel.com/moscow

#moscow #russia #subway #underground #metro #urbanart #statues #myphoto #streetphotography #transportation
 
"A top Russian official claimed local authorities had been fudging mortality statistics in an effort to chase 'good indicators'."

"Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova told medical officials on Tuesday that population numbers are declining 'catastrophically' amid falling birth rates and under-reported death rates, state-run news agency TASS reported."

#Russia #FakeNews #PopulationDecline
 
"The activity of Russian propaganda accounts on Twitter turned out to be a pretty good predictor of Trump's standing in the 2016 US election polls."

"That's the bottom line of a new study out from the University of Tennessee which found that gains in Trump's 2016 poll numbers correlated to increased activity from Russian trolls and military social media accounts linked to Russia's Internet Research Agency."

"Effectively, this report is saying that American voters were probably influenced by Russian propaganda."

"'It turns out that the activity of Russian Twitter trolls was a better predictor of Donald Trump's polling numbers than his own Twitter activity', wrote one of the researchers."

#Trump #Russia #disinformation #propaganda
Trump poll numbers went up each time Russian Internet Research Agency Twitter accounts became active: Study
 
Seriously.

Photos from G20: Putin invites Trump to visit Russia next year

"The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit next year and he responded 'positively'."

"Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that Putin invited Trump to attend festivities marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II victory."

#trump #russia #corruption
Photos from G20: Putin invites Trump to visit Russia next year
 
"Israeli sources are increasingly convinced that three weeks of GPS disruptions for civilian flights are a side effect of Russian jamming and spoofing in Syria, where Moscow is trying to interfere with both Western airplanes — including cutting-edge stealthy F-22s and F-35s — and improvised terrorist drones."

"Now, the situation is rife with rumor, with the Israeli government avoiding any official statement and still investigating other sources. But if Russia is indeed disrupting a friendly nation’s GPS by accident, why haven’t they stopped?"

#Russia #GPS #SIGINT #jamming
Why Would Russia Spoof Israeli GPS? F-35 & Iran
 
Extreme absurdity.

Russian TV to air its own patriotic retelling of Chernobyl story - and blame America

"Russian state TV is set to air its own drama about the deadly 1986 Chernobyl disaster – but unlike the HBO series, which has transfixed viewers around the world, this version will claim that a CIA spy was present for the worst nuclear accident in history."

"Chernobyl, which will air on Russia’s NTV channel, appears to fulfil a demand from tabloid columnists and state TV news for a more patriotic retelling of the story."

"NTV’s Chernobyl, filmed in Belarus, takes far more liberties. A description of the show says that the plot revolves around a CIA agent dispatched to Pripyat to gather intelligence on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the Russian counterintelligence agent sent to track him down."

"If it sounds like fiction, that’s because it is."

#Russia #Chernobyl #propaganda #misinformation

 
"Intelligence warnings are growing that Russia will probably meddle in the 2020 elections, but Donald Trump and a powerful Senate ally are downplaying these concerns and not doing enough to thwart interfering, say Russia and cyber experts and key congressional Democrats."

"Despite fears that Moscow may seek to influence the 2020 elections by launching cyber attacks, social media disinformation, covert agent operations and other 'active measures' as it did in the 2016 election, adequate funding and White House focus to counter any new Russian meddling are lagging, experts and officials say."

#election2020 #cybersecurity #russia

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And apparently the Republicans are on board, judging by their actions.

Secret documents show Russian plot to stoke racial violence in America

"The Russians who interfered in the 2016 US presidential election are still at it — and this time, they’re trying to ignite racial violence in America and a partial collapse of the United States."

"According to secret documents obtained by a Russian opposition group, hackers have discussed plans to stir up racial resentment in the United States in hopes of tearing American society apart. The operatives are apparently associates of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the man who set up a troll farm and was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for his role in 2016 meddling."

"Those documents, shared with but not verified by NBC News on Monday night, are extremely troubling."

"Prigozhin and his team of Russian trolls tried to inflame racial tensions during the 2016 cycle by operating several social media accounts that tried to discourage African Americans from voting, mainly by repeating messages of police violence and voter fraud."

#Russia #GOP #racism
 
"A senior editor and 10 journalists at Russian daily newspaper Kommersant said on Monday they were resigning to protest against the firing of two colleagues over an article about a possible reshuffle of President Vladimir Putin's close allies."

"The resignations, involving Kommersant's entire political staff, highlight tensions between publishers and newspaper staff in Russia's closely-controlled media landscape, which is dominated by pro-Kremlin state outlets."

"The two reporters, Ivan Safronov and Maxim Ivanov, said they had been forced to quit after Kommersant's publishing house - owned by billionaire businessman Alisher Usmanov - took umbrage at an article they authored last month."

#Russia #journalism #Kommersant
 
"Russian hackers accessed voter databases in two Florida counties prior to the 2016 presidential elections, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said, following a briefing with the FBI earlier today."

"According to DeSantis, the hackers were able to access the databases by sending spearfishing emails to county employees. These links contained malware that, once opened, gave the Russian military intelligence unit GRU access to voter registration information."

"The names of the affected counties were not formally announced, but DeSantis said that the election officials and employees from those counties have been notified."

#cybersecurity #russia #ElectionIntegrity #Florida
 
No duh.

Russia 'Has Leverage' Over Trump Foreign Policy Says ex-CIA Chief

"Former CIA and Department of Defense official Jeremy Bash argued on Monday that President Donald Trump’s foreign policy makes sense when you look at it through the lens of Russia’s international ambitions."

"Bash, who served as the chief of staff of the DoD after serving as the chief of staff of the CIA under President Barack Obama, appeared on a segment of MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss Trump’s shifting foreign policy positions. He argued that Trump’s international policies appear to be impacted by Russian 'leverage over him'."

#Russia #Trump
 
"Earlier this month the Russian Federation made its seventh request for action through Interpol against Bill Browder . The odds that Interpol will grant this request are very low, and the odds that Browder will actually be sent to Russia from his home in Britain are far lower. But the request nonetheless illustrates Russia’s assiduous efforts to abuse the Interpol system, and the need to take action to deter abuse."

"Browder is a Russian target preeminently because of his leadership in securing the passage of legislation in the U.S. — and increasingly in other countries — to sanction Russia for its human rights abuses. This Magnitsky legislation, named after Browder’s lawyer who was murdered by the Russian authorities, is a thorn in the Russian side, both for its practical effects and — even more — because it has the temerity to call Russia’s criminal regime what it is: criminal."

"As a result, Russia has assiduously abused the Interpol system by requesting action through it against Browder. Interpol abuse is not a vague concept: it consists of using Interpol for political, racial, religious, or military purposes, and Russia’s harassment of Browder is clearly political. As a result, Interpol has — quite properly — repeatedly refused to publish a Red Notice on Browder, and when Russia snuck a different kind of alert (known as a diffusion) through Interpol’s system, it was cancelled."

#Russia #Interpol
 
"In short, the 'political process' is whatever Syria, Russia and Iran want it to be... So these three countries will figure out the constitutional process. Just expect it to be mostly under the victor’s terms. Major concessions to Western interests — in exchange for reconstruction funds — will be unlikely because the whole Middle East now knows the U.S. doesn’t stick to its agreements."

https://www.salon.com/2019/04/21/reporter-sharmine-narwani-on-the-secret-history-of-americas-defeat-in-syria/

#Syria #USA #Iran #Russia
 
"In short, the 'political process' is whatever Syria, Russia and Iran want it to be... So these three countries will figure out the constitutional process. Just expect it to be mostly under the victor’s terms. Major concessions to Western interests — in exchange for reconstruction funds — will be unlikely because the whole Middle East now knows the U.S. doesn’t stick to its agreements."

https://www.salon.com/2019/04/21/reporter-sharmine-narwani-on-the-secret-history-of-americas-defeat-in-syria/

#Syria #USA #Iran #Russia
 
"Something is really rotten in the state of Kentucky."

Something is really rotten in the state of Kentucky, and it's coming from Russia

"The opinion editors back home in Kentucky are not really thrilled with the idea of the Russians getting an economic hold on the state. Not just the Russians, but the Russian mob. At the Louisville Courier Journal, Joseph Gerth is not too excited at the prospect that "by the middle of the year, we'll be in business with Oleg Deripaska, a buddy of Vladimir Putin." Kentucky is looking for $200 million from the Russian to invest in a $1.7 billion aluminum plant there. He goes on to describe Deripaska's "deep ties to Russian organized crime," and the allegations of Deripaska's violent, ruthless, criminal past in Russia."

"Gerth's angle is Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's support for this project—the state has already spent $15 million in the Braidy Industries aluminum plant, and how important getting this big project going for Bevin's re-election, as 'there has been an air of suspicion surrounding the Braidy project as it has dragged on'. It took the intervention of two other powerful Kentucky politicians to make it happen—Sens. Rand Paul and, most importantly, Mitch McConnell. Those two were among the three votes in the Senate that helped Donald Trump lift sanctions against Rusal, the aluminum company that will invest in the state which is partially owned by Deripaska. Or, as far as we know, "officially" partially owned. Things are fluid in Russian corporate structure."

"And you all remember Deripaska—he's good buddies and a former employer of Donald Trump's first campaign manager, Paul Manafort. The Trump/Manafort/Russia and specifically Deripaska (friend of Putin!) connection is deep and complicated and at the heart of the NO COLLUSION collusion that helped land Trump in the White House."

"Once again, all of this brings up one key question: how deep into Russia is McConnell? What does he owe Putin? He helped Russia get Trump into the White House by refusing to let the American government notify the public about and help states arm against Russian incursion in the 2016 election. Now he's looking to Russia to help his own re-election prospects and stranglehold on the Senate, with a big assist from Bevin and Paul."

#Russia #Kentucky
 
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