Tag Archives: Russia

Russia: Regime confirms spike in radioactivity in the Urals

Source: Washington Post

“Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains while the suspected culprit, a nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination. The Russian Meteorological Service said in a statement Tuesday that it recorded the release of Ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and classified it as ‘extremely high contamination.’ France’s nuclear safety agency earlier this month said that it recorded radioactivity in the area between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains from a suspected accident involving nuclear fuel or the production of radioactive material. It said the release of the isotope Ruthenium-106 posed no health or environmental risks to European countries.” (11/21/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-confirms-spike-in-radioactivity-in-the-urals/2017/11/21/7981f4a8-ce96-11e7-a87b-47f14b73162a_story.html

Russia: Putin meets with Assad

Source: ABC News

“Syrian President Bashar Assad met with his Russian President Vladimir Putin in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Monday evening as a part of a ‘working visit,’ the Kremlin said in a statement. Assad reportedly thanked Putin for ‘the efforts that Russia made to save our country,’ according to an English translation of the statement. … Putin said he planned to follow up the meeting with telephone calls to President Donald Trump, and to Middle Eastern leaders including the Emir of Qatar. The two leaders last met on Oct. 20, 2015 in Moscow after Russia launched a military operation against Syrian insurgents and ISIS.” (11/21/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syrian-president-bashar-assad-meets-russias-putin-sochi/story?id=51292704

Russia, Turkish, Iranian officials meet to discuss Syria

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host his Iranian and Turkish counterparts at his official residence in the coastal city of Sochi to discuss the Syrian conflict. The event on Wednesday will be preceded by a meeting on Sunday in Turkey’s resort city of Antalya between the three countries’ foreign ministers. It comes days after Russia vetoed a US-initiated draft United Nations Security Council resolution on extending the mandate of the UN’s mission for investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the Japan-initiated draft on a provisional extension of the mission’s mandate. US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Moscow of dealing a ‘deep blow’ to international efforts to deter chemical attacks, saying it bodes ill for Russia’s future role in Syrian peace efforts.” (11/19/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/turkey-russia-iran-meet-discuss-syria-171119063213540.html

Russia: Duma approves law on media “foreign agents”

Source: US News & World Report

“Russia’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would give Moscow the power to force foreign media to brand the news they provide to Russians as the work of ‘foreign agents’ and also to disclose where they get their funding. The legislation, which needs approval from the upper house and President Vladimir Putin before it becomes law, is part of the fallout from allegations that the Kremlin interfered in the U.S. presidential election last year in favor of Donald Trump. U.S. intelligence officials accuse the Kremlin of using Russian media organizations it finances to influence U.S. voters, and this week Washington required Russian state broadcaster RT to register a U.S.-based affiliate company as a ‘foreign agent.'” (11/15/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-11-15/russia-passes-foreign-agents-media-law-on-second-reading-ria

Russia: Regime threatens to ban Facebook unless it stores user data in-country

Source: Newsweek

“Russia is checking whether Facebook is in compliance with its law requiring websites to store citizens’ data on servers within the country — otherwise, it will ban the social network. Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications regulator, announced the checkup plans on Wednesday, following up its September announcement that it would block Facebook starting next year if it fails to abide by the Russian law. … Russian officials have said that the law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2014, is designed to protect the personal information of its citizens. But critics call it an attack on social media and the latest move by the country to censor and control Internet usage.” (11/08/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-checking-facebook-stores-data-countrys-servers-banning-social-network-705709

Russia: Police arrest Libertarians during Adam Smith Forum

Source: Freedom Today Network

“Last weekend, the Libertarian Party of Russia was co-organising the Adam Smith Forum, an annual conference on classical liberalism, in Moscow. The topics discussed included railway nationalisation, universal basic income, smart contracts and many more — by no means anyone called for an armed anti-government riot. However, when a group of guests and speakers were going on a lunch break they were brutally searched, arrested and taken to the police station. Once again: in 2017, in the centre of Moscow, police arrest the participants of an academic conference! Some of the detainees were not released until late at night, others are still kept under arrest; some were accused of participating in an unauthorised rally and are now serving 15 days in jail.” [hat tip — Independent Political Report] (11/07/17)

https://ftn.media/russian-police-arrests-libertarians-during-adam-smith-forum

US State department reportedly revokes visa of Magnitsky Act campaigner

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The State Department has reportedly revoked a visa for British citizen Bill Browder, a hedge-fund manager-turned human-rights activist responsible for the Magnitsky Act. The 2012 U.S. law is aimed at punishing Russian officials believed responsible for the death in a Moscow prison of Sergei Magnitsky, who was allegedly beaten and denied medical care. The cancelling of Browder’s visa came on the same day that the Kremlin issued yet another international arrest warrant for him via Interpol. … Euobserver writes that, as in the previous four ‘Red Notices’ rejected by Interpol, the latest such notice exploits a loophole called a ‘diffusion notice.’ According to the websites: ‘Interpol rejected them all on grounds that they were politically motivated, but Interpol member states can file diffusions without any oversight. The diffusions, which are circulated to all members, often stay in national police databases even if Interpol later deletes them from its central system.'” (10/23/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/23/559463071/state-department-reportedly-revokes-visit-of-magnitsky-act-campaigner

Russia: Defense Ministry likens US bombing of Raqqa to Word War Two Dresden

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Russia on Sunday accused the US-led coalition in Syria of having flattened Raqa with a Dresden-like bombing campaign and masking the destruction with a rush of humanitarian aid. In a statement, the defence ministry said that Raqa — the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed caliphate — ‘inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, razed to the ground by Anglo-American bombings.’ US-backed Kurdish-led forces last week recaptured Raqa, the capital of IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate and its last major stronghold in Syria. US officials hailed the event, led by President Donald Trump who, using another acronym for IS, said ‘the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.'” (10/22/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5005481/Russia-likens-US-coalition-bombing-Raqa-WWII-Dresden.html

Vengeful in defeat: Hillary Clinton fantasizes about WikiLeaks

Source: CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

“The Hillary Clinton mope tour, which should have reached a high water mark, has gone global. It entails drumming up her credentials (immaculate, we are told, but unnoticed), and pouring upon the man who beat her to the White house (a danger to the world). The latter is the fundamental point: Donald Trump would not have won, not because of Clinton’s flaws but because of what others did. One of those big others remains WikiLeaks. The other, supposedly, is its Russian ally — no, employer, sponsor, even, there one say it peering into that dark mind of hers, director-in-chief. Forget Assange, claims Clinton — the Kremlin is running the operation. … No evidence is offered. For Clinton, nothing needs to be tested, her defeat obviously the result, not of an appalling election team (remember that slave to the algorithm, Robby Mook?) and her own woes as a candidate, but to the role played by information marshalled against her.” (10/19/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/19/vengeful-in-defeat-hillary-clinton-fantasizes-about-wikileaks/

FBI informant blocked from telling Congress about Russia/Clinton nuclear corruption case, lawyer says

Source: The Hill

“An American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industry’s efforts to win favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions, his lawyer tells The Hill. Attorney Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday she is working with members of Congress to see if they can get the Trump Justice Department or the FBI to free her client to talk to lawmakers. … Toensing said she also possesses memos that recount how the Justice Department last year threatened her client when he attempted to file a lawsuit that could have drawn attention to the Russian corruption during the 2016 election as well as helped him recover some of the monies Russians stole from him through kickbacks during the FBI probe.” (10/18/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355937-fbi-informant-blocked-from-telling-congress-about-russia-nuclear