"Макрон утверждает, что абсурдно считать Россию противником. При этом в Москве на телевидении Запад каждый день изображается в качестве врага", - пишет журналистка Le Figaro Лора Мандевиль. "Как и многие президенты до него, Эммануэль Макрон решил протянуть руку России во имя "долгосрочной перспективы" и наших "стратегических интересов". Наш президент даже призвал "глубинное государство" - состоящее из наших дипломатов и спецслужб - выйти за пределы своих интуитивных ощущений и поддержать открытость, которую он готов проявить по отношению к Владимиру Путину, желающему выйти из изоляции, вызванной санкциями", - говорится в статье. "Вторя предписаниям Генри Киссинджера, Макрон хочет вернуть Россию в Европу, полагая, что ее интерес сосредоточен здесь, а не в Китае. Теоретически нечего

Pасследование подготовлено The Insider, Bellingcat и Der Spiegel Вадим Красиков, также известный как Вадим Соколов, арестованный в Германии за убийство Зелимхана Хангошвили, служил в спецназе ФСБ «Вымпел» и вместе с двумя напарниками по «Вымпелу» участвовал как минимум в еще одном заказном убийстве, помимо расстрела бизнесмена в Москве, о котором мы писали в предыдущей части расследования. Основная же версия мотива берлинского убийства — месть за участие Хангошвили в грузинской войне. И это не первый случай, когда российские спецслужбы устраивают внесудебные казни участников грузинской войны руками уголовников. Первое убийство. Раскрыто и закрыто 4 апреля 2007 года в 11 вечера в маленьком карельском городке Костомукша Александр Козлов приехал с работы домой к своему брату

«Вадим Соколов», арестованный за убийство чеченского беженца Зелимхана Хангошвили в Берлине, в действительности является Вадимом Николаевичем Красиковым (род. 10.08.1965), который ранее уже находился в России в розыске за убийство, совершенное похожим образом. Нам не только удалось установить подлинное имя и биографию убийцы, но и найти новые подтверждения того, что он связан с российским государством (в том числе исчезновение его имени из множества государственных баз данных). Связь Красикова с российскими властями признали уже, наконец, и немецкие власти — под свой контроль расследование взял генпрокурор ФРГ Петер Франк. В ночь на 19 января 2013 года Альберт Назранов, предприниматель из Кабардино-Балкарии, припарковал машину у своего дома в Москве. Когда он достал ключи и

2 декабря Владимир Путин и председатель КНР Си Цзиньпин открыли газопровод "Газпрома" в Китай "Сила Сибири". По мнению ряда экспертов, затратный амбициозный проект стоимостью более 55 миллиардов долларов США не окупится никогда, поскольку рассчитан только на закупки китайской государственной монополией и требует дополнительных инвестиций, нереальных в связи с падением мировых цен на газ. Владимир Путин 4 декабря впервые открыто обвинил Болгарию в торможении "Турецкого потока": "Несмотря на неоднократные просьбы от российской стороны обеспечить поставку нашего газа, болгарская сторона сознательно затягивает реализацию проекта на своей территории. Если болгарское руководство не хочет, мы найдем другие возможности реализации на юге Европы", – пригрозил Путин. Зачем

"В долгосрочной перспективе российская армия по-прежнему будет представлять опасность для Европы. Таков результат масштабного исследования, проведенного Шведским институтом оборонных исследований (FOI) и опубликованного во вторник, - сообщает немецкое издание Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. - В исследовании ученые зафиксировали значительный рост боевой мощи российской армии после масштабной реформы, начатой десять лет назад. В 2008 году, по словам исследователей, Россия едва ли была в состоянии выиграть локальную войну в непосредственной близости. Сегодня же ее вооруженные силы способны вести региональную войну, параллельно поддерживать воздушную кампанию, как, например, в Сирии, отправлять военные корабли в Средиземное море и поддерживать конфликт незначительной интенсивности, как,

Enlarging the alliance has caused more problems than it has solved. On December 3 and 4, NATO heads of state will jet to London to celebrate the alliance’s 70th birthday. Like all NATO gatherings, the two-day event will be filled with photo ops and speeches about alliance solidarity and the importance of transatlantic unity in a world that is fast revolving around the axis of great-power competition. But NATO will be committing a grave error in judgment if the officials decide to continue with business-as-usual. The alliance may not wish to admit it, but NATO is suffering from a crisis of confidence—and the need for a reassessment is clear. Spurred on by French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments in The Economist about NATO suffering from “brain-death,” Europe has spent the last several weeks debating the relevance of the military

Good afternoon. We have just had a good and important discussion with the Leaders of the NATO Allied countries. We have marked the anniversary of our Alliance. Which has guaranteed peace and security for all Allies for seventy years. And we have looked to the future. Our meeting has once again demonstrated that NATO remains the only place where Europe and North America discuss, decide and act every day together. On strategic issues that concern our shared security. And all leaders were very clear. We stand together all for one, and one for all. Our commitment to Article 5, the collective defence clause of our Alliance, is ironclad. Today, we took a wide range of important decisions. We have increased the readiness of our forces. I can announce that we have delivered on the NATO Readiness Initiative. Allies have committed 30 battalions, 30 air squadrons, and 30 combat ships, available to NATO within 30

Leaders from across the NATO alliance gather in London this week – their first such meeting since Brussels in July last year for an event that could play out in several ways. They will have much to celebrate, but also some difficult issues to work through. Celebrations will dominate the first part of the event, as leaders mark seventy years since the organization was founded. Queen Elizabeth II will host the leaders to toast the anniversary – now aged at 93, Her Majesty and President Trump will be the only attendees older than the Alliance itself. In 1949, the original twelve members of NATO, with General Eisenhower as their initial Supreme Allied Commander, had used London as the base for their first headquarters. The Alliance now includes several former members of the Warsaw Pact; the President of one of those, Stevo Pendarovski of

One of the first things famous Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky (1942–2019) told me about himself was that his roots were Polish. After the crushing of the Kościuszko Insurrection of 1794, his ancestor, Pan Bukowski, was taken prisoner by the Muscovites and shipped off to Siberia. This was a harsh introduction to Russian living for the family. Vladimir would continue into the footsteps of his forefathers. Vladimir was born in the matrix of the Soviet Union, but as a teenager, he self-liberated. At 14, he heard about communist leader Nikita Khrushchev's secret speech blaming Stalin for slaughtering millions. Soon after, he rooted for the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956. He started asking questions. He challenged the system. Upon his first arrest in 1959, the youngster refused to become a snitch for the Soviet secret police. And the KGB judged him, partly with rigid annoyance and partly with grudging admiration, unfit for recruitment. In 1963, Vladimir was arrested, tried, and sentenced to two years for anti-Soviet agitation. They locked him up in a psychiatric ward (psikhushka), where he was "diagnosed" with "symptomless schizophrenia." According to Soviet "science," anyone opposing communism had to be a schizophrenic, even when he did not display any symptoms. He was medicated forcibly. Bukovsky told me that the trick was to learn how to regurgitate the psychotropic drugs so the hospital wardens and nurses would not notice. After getting out in 1965, the intrepid dissident plunged right back into anti-communist activities. He co-organized a demonstration and a petition drive in solidarity with other Soviet dissidents. For this he was rearrested and thrown back into the red looney bin. Now things turned tougher. The KGB wanted to turn their prisoner into a vegetable. Forcible administration of drugs and their doses increased. Luckily, the regurgitation trick continued to serve the dissident. Vladimir endured half a year of this but was unexpectedly released after half a year in mid-1966. Six months later, Bukovsky joined a demonstration in defense of other nonviolent protesters who were on trial or under lock and key, only to be seized himself and tried for violating a ban on public protest. In his defense, he invoked Soviet law, which Soviet judges and secret policemen were apparently violating. Because Vladimir refused to express remorse for demonstrating, he was sent to the Gulag — a penal colony with a forced labor regime in Bor in the Voronezh region. His sentence was three years. He got out in 1970. Drawing on his experiences in the Gulag and, in particular, in psychiatric wards, the dissident began compiling a record of the Soviet abuse of psychiatry. To add insult to injury, he discovered that some of the communist psychiatrists who worked hand in glove with the KGB were treated cordially in the West and even invited to scholarly conferences at some of the leading institutions. The work of the medical monsters who facilitated the torture of political prisoners was treated seriously by some in the West. Bukovsky resolved to expose it. He managed to get his report smuggled out to the West. Consequently, a veritable storm broke out among French, British, and other psychiatrists, some of whom demanded transparency from their Soviet colleagues and believed the dissident accounts of abuse. For this Vladimir found himself under pre-trial detention in isolation and almost a year later received a sentence of 12 years for "slandering Soviet science." While serving his sentence, he secretly co-authored a manual on how to beat the Soviet system of interrogation to avoid being accused of insanity. The manual eventually found its way to the West, where it was widely disseminated. Bukovsky became a cause célèbre. The KGB was livid. In 1976, at the height of détente, the Kremlin decided to further burnish its "liberal" credentials. Thus, Moscow agreed to swap the perky freedom-fighter for the head of the communist party of Chile, Luis Corvalán, who was incarcerated following a successful military coup to thwart a red revolution in that country. Compliments of General Augusto Pinochet, Vladimir was thrown out of the USSR and landed in the West. He settled in England, where he successfully pursued a degree in biology at Cambridge University, where he settled permanently. Further, he trained as a neuropsychologist and continued his career as a writer and a human rights campaigner. He published prodigiously. Vladimir exposed communist crimes globally as well as Western naïveté regarding the Soviet Union. He joined numerous initiatives championing freedom. Among others, Bukovsky animated the American Foundation for Resistance International, which aspired to coordinate all anti-communist activities by the captive people in all countries afflicted by Marxism-Leninism. At the height of Gorbymania in the West, Vladimir and his associates dared to question the sincerity of secretary general of the Communist Party of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev. They pointed out quite correctly that the Soviet leader wanted to save communism, not to destroy it. In 1992, at the invitation of Russia's president, Boris Yeltsin, Bukovsky returned to Moscow. The Kremlin solicited his assistance in putting together evidence for the public trial of the Communist Party for its crimes. Yeltsin eventually scrapped the idea, but not before Bukovsky was able to copy over a million pages of secret documents from Stalin's archives. While Vladimir scanned away right in front of their noses, the KGB guardians of the documentary treasure trove had no idea what either a scanner or a laptop was, so, while watching him curiously, they never interrupted him. Later, to his own great surprise, the former dissident was permitted to fly out of Moscow undisturbed with his computer full of archival goodies. In 1995, Bukovsky's magnum opus, Judgment in Moscow, emerged from this research trip. Published in several languages, sadly, it had to wait nearly 25 years for an English translation and publication. Because we failed to smash communism after it tripped, he warned us about the resurgence of post-communism and its threat of metastasizing in the West in the form of political correctness and socialist étatism. Vladimir further cautioned everyone about the European integration and its totalitarian potential. He was always full of unorthodox ideas. Arguably the most shocking to us was his opinion about the Muscovite state and its successors. Bukovsky told Dr. Sommer explicitly: "It is not my fault that I was born in the Soviet Union. Why should I harbor any sentiment to that entity? And Russia was a logical way to the USSR, even if many fabulous people lived there. ... Therefore, as long as Russia does not fall apart into several entities, it will remain dangerous. A divided Russia is in the interest of the world, just as a united central Europe is in the interest of the world. ... This is not a question of nationalism and resentment, but of physics and balance. Big and demoralized Russia will always harm her smaller neighbors. Only its dividing and balancing can eliminate the danger, although not completely because Russia is a universe of slavery." At the end, Vladimir had the last laugh: he was buried a hundred yards away from the grave of Karl Marx at Highgate Cemetery in London. Non-conformist, defiant, and free, Vladimir Bukovsky, RIP. source: americanthinker

When NATO leaders meet in London from 3-4 December to celebrate the Alliance’s 70th birthday they will, apart from addressing some existential questions about the organisation, also discuss Russia. For sure, in this context the term ‘hybrid’ will be used more than once. But is this an apt concept to apply to Russia’s military, or general, behaviour? Or is this, ironically enough, conjuring up a mirror image of our own thinking? The problem with catchy buzzwords is that once they have been coined they tend to stick around, even when they are unhelpful. Buzzwords in international security policy are no exception to this rule. Already for over half a decade, the term hybrid accompanies most, if not all, discussions on Russia. ‘Hybrid’ or, more ominously, ‘hybrid warfare’ (gibridnaya voyna) has joined the ranks of other concepts such as

Emisiunea: "Euroatlantica" - Realizator: Radu Dobriţoiu - Bun găsit! La Londra va avea loc, săptămâna viitoare, o importantă reuniune NATO, prilejuită de împlinirea a 70 de ani de la înfiinţarea Alianţei. Pe 3 şi 4 decembrie se vor întâlni şefii de stat şi de guvern din statele aliate, ocazii cu care România va reitera importanţa Mării Negre pentru Flancul Estic. Potrivit declaraţiilor făcute de preşedintele Klaus Iohannis, ţara noastră va confirma că este în continuare hotărâtă să aloce două procente din Produsul Intern Brut pentru Apărare. Agenda reuniunii va fi probabil influenţată şi de recenta declaraţie a preşedintelui francez Emmanuel Macron cu privire la starea de moarte cerebrală în care s-ar afla NATO, punct de vedere care i-a surprins pe aliaţi. Săptămâna trecută, secretarul general al NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, a apărat relevanţa, importanţa şi forţa Alianţei Transatlantice. De cele mai multe ori, cădem de acord, luăm

Staunton, November 24 – A Beijing journal, Sohu, suggests that Russia has “four weak spots” including demographic imbalances, the multi-ethnic composition of its population, a failed economic model, and problems in its relationships with key members of the international community. The original Chinese-language article is available online at sohu.com/a/353083392_100211577?scm=1019.e000a.v1.0&spm=smpc.csrpage.news-list.5.1573538670965PpSTbIy. It has now been translated by Inosmi into Russian (inosmi.ru/social/20191117/246222749.html) and begun to attract attention (charter97.org/ru/news/2019/11/24/356757/). First of all, Russia’s demographic problems have always been clearly in evidence, Sohu suggests. Losses in World War II led to a serious gender imbalance and to a shortage of workers. These have

Staunton, November 26 – “The victory of the Bolshevik Marxists meant the coming to power in Russia of the ideology of death,” of the willingness to sacrifice tens of millions of lives in the pursuit of empty ideals, Aleksandr Tsipko says; and despite the end of the communist project in many respects, that ideology remains strong to this day. A major reason why Bolshevism triumphed in Russia, the senior economist and commentator argues, is that for Russians in contrast to the other countries of Europe human life was not so highly valued (mk.ru/politics/2019/11/26/zhazhda-smerti-v-xx-veke-strana-vpustuyu-potratila-desyatki-millionov-zhizney.html). Another reason for the Bolshevik victory is the fact that “the Russians were and up to now remain the most long-suffering people in Europe. The Stalinist repressions of the 1930s were

Free Joomla! template by L.THEME