Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Russia, Stati Uniti

Summit Putin – Biden. Stupefacente commento dei liberal americani. – Reuters.


Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-18.

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È cosa molto utile il cercare di capire come la pensino, e come lo abbiano percepito, le parti che si sono confrontate nel summit.

Reuters compendia molto bene il modo di vedere dei liberal democratici. Per usare una vecchia battuta, nella corsa Mr Putin è arrivato penultimo, mentre Joe Biden è arrivato secondo.

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«Biden talks down Russia, spurs allies in bid to back Putin into a corner»

«President Joe Biden on his first foreign foray sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States but as a bit player in a world where Washington is increasingly pre-occupied by China.»

«Biden wanted to send a message that Putin was isolating himself on the international stage with his actions, ranging from election interference and cyber-attacks against Western nations to his treatment of domestic critics»

«But the two leaders pledged to resume work on arms control as well as cyber security and to look for areas of possible cooperation, signs of some hope for a relationship between two countries with little common ground of late.»

«Ties were already frayed when Biden, at the start of his administration, repeated his description of Putin as “a killer»

«Echoing an approach by former President Barack Obama, who called Russia a “regional power” after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Biden sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States»

«Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now. They are being squeezed by China»

«”the Russians don’t want to be known as, as some critics have said, you know, the Upper Volta with nuclear weapons.” Biden was referring to the former French West African colony, which changed its name to Burkina Faso.»

«It is clear to me that Putin could care less about how he’s viewed by others and, quite frankly, would enjoy the reputation of being able to successfully interfere in the internal matters of other countries»

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Joe Biden, noto filantropo altruista, avrebbe premurosamente fatto presente a Mr Putin che la Russia è soltanto una potenza locoregionale, una specie di Alto Volta dotato di qualche arma atomica, oppressa dalla ingombrante presenza cinese: gli Stati Uniti non considerano quindi la Russia come un competitore.

I russi dovrebbero aderire alla Weltanschauung liberal e smetterla di cercare di interferire con i problemi interni degli altri paesi.

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Pigliamo atto di questo modo di pensare.

A nostro personale avviso, si potrà conoscere il reale prodotto di questo summit solo dalle future azioni di ambo le parti.

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Analysis: Biden talks down Russia, spurs allies in bid to back Putin into a corner

Washington/Geneva, June 17 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on his first foreign foray sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States but as a bit player in a world where Washington is increasingly pre-occupied by China.

Aides said Biden wanted to send a message that Putin was isolating himself on the international stage with his actions, ranging from election interference and cyber-attacks against Western nations to his treatment of domestic critics.

But Biden could struggle in a parallel attempt to stop the rot in U.S.-Russia relations and deter the threat of nuclear conflict while also talking down Russia, some observers said.

“The administration wants to de-escalate tensions. It’s not clear to me that Putin does,” said Tim Morrison, a national security adviser during the Trump administration. “The only cards he has to play are those of the disruptor.”

Officials on both sides had played down the chances of major breakthroughs at the talks, and they were right. None materialized.

But the two leaders pledged to resume work on arms control as well as cyber security and to look for areas of possible cooperation, signs of some hope for a relationship between two countries with little common ground of late.

Ties were already frayed when Biden, at the start of his administration, repeated his description of Putin as “a killer.” That deepened a diplomatic rift that saw both countries withdraw their ambassadors from each others’ capital.

Echoing an approach by former President Barack Obama, who called Russia a “regional power” after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Biden sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States.

Speaking after his meeting with Putin, Biden said Russia wants “desperately to remain a major power.”

“Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now. They are being squeezed by China,” Biden said before boarding his plane out of Geneva, quipping that the Russians “don’t want to be known as, as some critics have said, you know, the Upper Volta with nuclear weapons.” Biden was referring to the former French West African colony, which changed its name to Burkina Faso.

Biden also pointed to the troubles of Russia’s economy and called out Putin on Russia’s detention of two Americans, and threats toward U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

American businessmen “don’t want to hang out in Moscow,” he said.

Matthew Schmidt, associate professor at the University of New Haven and a specialist on Russian and Eurasian affairs, said Biden was seeking to undermine Putin’s importance on the global stage.

“The strategy is very simply to push Putin’s buttons, but with some real facts,” Schmidt said. “Backlash will happen anyways, regardless.”

Putin, a former agent in Russia’s KGB security agency, lived through the fall of the Soviet Union, a humiliation for the nation that he has sought to right with increasingly aggressive foreign policy, as seen in the Crimea move and Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Biden arrived at the lakeside villa in Geneva where he met Putin on Wednesday on the back of meetings of the G7 group of nations and the NATO alliance.

A senior administration official said Biden’s approach to Russia was more likely to be successful because Biden met Putin straight after rallying allies around the principle of upholding a “rules-based international order” at a G7 meeting in Britain and talks with NATO members in Brussels.

“There was strong alignment on the basic proposition that we all need to defend … this order, because the alternative is the law of the jungle and chaos, which is in no one’s interest,” the official said.

At home, Biden’s Republican opponents quickly criticized Biden for failing to block a major Russian-backed natural gas pipeline being built in Europe.

U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, a frequent Republican critic of Biden, said he was disturbed to hear the president suggest Putin would be troubled by how other countries view him.

“It is clear to me that Putin could care less about how he’s viewed by others and, quite frankly, would enjoy the reputation of being able to successfully interfere in the internal matters of other countries,” the South Carolina senator said.

Reporting by Simon Lewis and Trevor Hunnicutt in Washington and Humeyra Pamuk and Steve Holland in Geneva Editing by Kieran Murray and Lincoln Feast.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Geopolitica Militare, Russia

Russia. Controllo militare dell’Artico. Le basi sono più importanti delle parole.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-13.

Franz Josef Land 001

Il controllo militare, economico e politico dell’Oceano Artico è diventato terreno di confronto tra le grandi potenze.

2021-05-23__ Franz Josef Land 002

Tra le pochissime isole, la Franz Josef Land è l’arcipelago più a nord di tutto il continente: il suo possesso è quindi vitale, sia come punto avanzato di avvistamento radar, sia come base missilistica  di interdizione a missili, aeroplani e navi.

«Franz Josef Land archipelago is the closest land to the North Pole in the eastern hemisphere (about 870 km to the North Pole).

It has been discovered in 1873 by the Austrian – Hungarian “Tegetthoff” expedition, under the leadership of Carl Weyprecht, who named the islands after Emperor Franz Joseph I.

The extremely northern position of the islands attracted expeditions of the pioneer age (late 19th – early 20th century), which usually saw Franz Josef Land as a useful advanced base for attempts to reach the North Pole.

The archipelago was more fully explored by expeditions such as one led by Nansen (who spent the winter of 1895–96 in Franz Josef Land).

In 1926 the islands were taken over by the Soviet Union, for research and military purposes; many of the Russian Polar stations are now abandoned, and the whole archipelago is given back to the wildlife. Polar Bears, walruses, arctic foxes, belugas and whales, and lots of Arctic birds.

Nowadays it is one of rare ‘wild’ places left on Earth – it is unpopulated except for one permanent Russian base.

The archipelago consists of 191 islands, mostly covered with a permanent ice cap. Islands of volcanic origin, including Alexandra Land, Prince George Land, Bell Island, Hooker Island, Prince Rudolf Island, Hall island…» [Ultima0thule]

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«Now Franz Josef Land is home to a Russian military base and the source of added tension in relations with the West»

«The US has once again accused Moscow of “militarising” the Arctic and the head of Russia’s Northern Fleet has told the BBC that Nato and US military activity in the region is “definitely” provocative and on a scale not seen since World War Two»

«The airfield has been upgraded to allow all kinds of planes to land all year round, though emerging on to the tarmac was like stepping on an ice rink»

«Less than 960km (600 miles) below the North Pole, conditions are extreme, with deep snowdrifts and blizzards even in mid-May»

«Even the structure of the base is meant to make a statement: it’s painted in the colours of the Russian flag, bright against the blank canvas all around»

«Known as Arctic Trefoil for its three-leaved shape, the base is the second of its kind in the Arctic – this one is meant for 150 soldiers.»

«But the main show is outside, where Bastion missile launchers raise and lower their firing mechanisms as a soldier in white camouflage stands guard, gun across his chest»

«The missile systems are “to destroy enemy ships”»

«The Northern Fleet put on a far greater show of strength earlier this year when three nuclear submarines smashed through the ice simultaneously, a manoeuvre never seen before»

«Such posturing is making the United States and Nato wary as Russia’s military presence in the region expands to a level not seen since the Cold War»

«we were bussed to a battlecruiser moored in the closed military town of Severomorsk. At 252 metres long, the nuclear-powered Peter the Great is the giant grey flagship of the Northern Fleet.»

«We see such activity as provocative so close to the Russian border where we have very important assets. By that, I mean nuclear forces»

«As the polar ice melts, removing a protective natural curtain, Russia’s long northern frontier will become vulnerable»

«Trade would include exports of the large oil and gas reserves beneath the sea here»

Nota.

Pyotr Velikiy è il nome russo dell’incrociatore atomico Pietro il Grande.

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Aver costruito, tenuto in manutenzione ed in ottima efficienza bellica una sofisticata base militare in una zona dal clima così avverso significa aver messo a punto una congerie inenarrabile di mezzi: dagli abiti da indossare, a sistemi di arma operativi anche a -50°C, missili e rampe di lancio mobili atte a lavorare a quelle temperature. Per non menzionare anche i mezzi più umili ma indispensabili, quali i lubrificanti che non congelino.

Le beghe legali lascerebbero alquanto sorridenti: le armi comandano.

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Russia flexes muscles in challenge for Arctic control.

Now Franz Josef Land is home to a Russian military base and the source of added tension in relations with the West.

The US has once again accused Moscow of “militarising” the Arctic and the head of Russia’s Northern Fleet has told the BBC that Nato and US military activity in the region is “definitely” provocative and on a scale not seen since World War Two.

                         Making the Arctic a priority for Russia

We were among the first foreign journalists taken to visit the facility on Alexandra Island, over two hours’ flight from Murmansk up over the Arctic.

The airfield has been upgraded to allow all kinds of planes to land all year round, though emerging on to the tarmac was like stepping on an ice rink.

Less than 960km (600 miles) below the North Pole, conditions are extreme, with deep snowdrifts and blizzards even in mid-May. For a while, rattling along in a military truck, I could make out nothing but white through the window.

In deepest winter the temperature drops to minus 50 degrees C and the soldiers occasionally have to head out in their vehicles to disperse the polar bears who amble right up to the base.

                         ‘Like a space station’

Even the structure of the base is meant to make a statement: it’s painted in the colours of the Russian flag, bright against the blank canvas all around.

Known as Arctic Trefoil for its three-leaved shape, the base is the second of its kind in the Arctic – this one is meant for 150 soldiers.

Ahead of a tour, the commander in charge said it was so high-tech and ecologically efficient it was “like a space station, just in the Arctic emptiness instead of in orbit”.

But the main show is outside, where Bastion missile launchers raise and lower their firing mechanisms as a soldier in white camouflage stands guard, gun across his chest.

The missile systems are “to destroy enemy ships,” another soldier said. They are “effective”, he informed us.

The Northern Fleet put on a far greater show of strength earlier this year when three nuclear submarines smashed through the ice simultaneously, a manoeuvre never seen before. On the same Arctic exercises, two fighter jets flew over the North Pole, refuelling in mid-air.

Such posturing is making the United States and Nato wary as Russia’s military presence in the region expands to a level not seen since the Cold War.

Nato’s spokeswoman confirmed that the alliance had stepped up its patrols and exercises, in response, she said, to a “more challenging security environment”.

                         Blaming Nato for build-up

But Russia doesn’t see things that way.

Before we were flown to the archipelago, we were bussed to a battlecruiser moored in the closed military town of Severomorsk. At 252 metres long, the nuclear-powered Peter the Great is the giant grey flagship of the Northern Fleet.

On board, the Fleet’s commander, Adm Alexander Moiseyev, addressed us in front of a portrait of Peter I, the Tsar who founded Russia’s navy and turned the country towards the West.

But he accused Nato forces and the US of military actions in the Arctic that increased the risk of conflict.

“There haven’t been so many of their forces here for years. Decades. Not since World War Two,” Adm Moiseyev countered, when I put it to him that Nato blamed Russia for the surge in tension. “We see such activity as provocative so close to the Russian border where we have very important assets. By that, I mean nuclear forces.”

As for the Russian build-up, the troops are returning to a region Russia abandoned in the 1990s when the Soviet Union fell apart.

“We’re just recreating the capacity to protect our borders, not to threaten anyone,” argues Lev Voronkov, an Arctic expert from MGIMO university. “After the USSR collapsed, even border posts in that region were left unmanned.”

That won’t be an option for much longer. As the polar ice melts, removing a protective natural curtain, Russia’s long northern frontier will become vulnerable.

                         Land of opportunity

As the Bastion missile launchers danced for the cameras on Alexandra Island, I spotted a Russian ice-breaker cutting through the frozen landscape in the distance. A smaller cargo ship followed in its wake and an iceberg loomed behind both of them.

The vessels were crawling along the northern shipping route that skirts the archipelago and that Russia hopes to develop and control as global warming makes it easier to navigate. Trade would include exports of the large oil and gas reserves beneath the sea here.

Admiral Moiseyev calls his troops the “main instrument” for protecting those economic interests, as well as Russia’s borders.

As competition begins to heat up, our visit to Franz Josef Land was a chance for Russia to flex some muscle and send a message: that its ambitions for the Arctic are great and growing and they are interests it’s ready to defend.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Russia, Stati Uniti

Russia. Dispiega i sistemi Kh-47M2 Kinzhal anche ai confini occidentali europei.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-12.

Arco di Trionfo. Mosca. 001

Le relazioni russo-americane hanno raggiunto un minimo storico ed al momento nessuno potrebbe escludere la possibilità di un conflitto armato.

A giorni Mr Putin si incontrerà con Joe Biden e verosimilmente questo sarà un punto caldo delle discussione.

Di questi giorni l’annuncio che la Russia dispiega i sistemi missilistici ipersonici Kh-47M2 Kinzhal anche ai suoi confini occidentali europei.

Questi missili avrebbero un raggio operazionale tra i 2,000 ed i 3,000 km, e potrebbero colpire gli obiettivi in meno di dieci minuti primi, un tempo estremamente breve per poter attivare i sistemi di difesa.

In poche parole, tutta l’Europa sarebbe sotto tiro, con una precisione riferita essere attorno al metro.

Potrebbero essere una notevole dissuasione.

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«The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (“dagger”) is a Russian nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM). It has a claimed range of more than 2,000 km (1,200 mi), Mach 10 speed, and an ability to perform evasive maneuvers at every stage of its flight. It can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads[9] and can be launched from Tu-22M3 bombers or MiG-31K interceptors. It has been deployed at airbases in Russia’s Southern Military District.

The Kinzhal entered service in December 2017 and is one of the six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018» [Fonte]

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Russia. Nuovi o perfezionati missili ipersonici. Kh-47M2 Kinzhal e 3M22 Zircon

Two down, more to go? With hypersonic weapons already in the field, Russia looks to improve features

Usa. A settembre mette in linea i primi sistemi ipersonici.

Cina. I lanciatori dei missili ipersonici DF-17 sono diventati stealth.

Putin. Stanno diventando operativi i missile ipersonici per la marina.

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Russia. I missili intercontinentali ipersonici Avangard sono operativi.

Russia’s ‘invincible’ hypersonic weapon that can strike anywhere in the world in MINUTES will be ready for war by 2020

Russia’s city-destroying super-nuke Avangard that travels at TWENTY times the speed of sound will be ready for take-off next year

Gli Stati Uniti sono in allarme per i super missili ipersonici russi

Missili ipersonici: rottura dell’attuale stabilità strategica tra Stati Uniti, Cina e Russia e rivoluzione nelle tattiche militari

Missili a 6 volte la velocità del suono, testati in Cina nuovi velivoli ipersonici

Putin presenzia al test di Avangard. Un missile a testa nucleare da Mach 20.

Russia. Entra in fase di test il missile ipersonico 3M22 Zircon.

Russia. Schierati gli Iskander a Kalinigrad. Hanno svegliato l’orso che dormiva.

Armamenti Nucleari. È in atto una corsa al riarmo per la prossima guerra.

9M729, Iskander, Kalibr, S-400, S500. Putin è un gran costruttore di missili.

Cina. Dispiegati nel sud-est asiatico gli S-400 russi.

Medio Oriente. La Russia fornirà sistemi S-400 all’Arabia Saudita.

Turkia. Firmato contratto S-400. Si dice siano già operativi.

Russia. I siluri Khishchnik e VA-111 Shkval. Serie minacce alle portaerei.

Russia. Kulikovo, Kaliningrad, ospiterebbe un arsenale atomico russo.

Kaliningrad. Zeppo di missili atomici adesso anche black hole.

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La Russia annuncia il dispiegamento di sistemi missilistici ipersonici Dagger vicino ai confini della NATO.

La Russia ha iniziato a schierare sistemi missilistici ipersonici vicino ai confini della NATO.

Secondo le informazioni espresse dai rappresentanti del Ministero della Difesa della Federazione Russa, i confini occidentali della Russia saranno ulteriormente rinforzati con i sistemi missilistici aerei ipersonici Kinzhal. Dai dati presentati, risulta che i missili ipersonici russi, in grado di colpire bersagli a terra con elevata precisione a distanze fino a 1,5-2 mila chilometri, saranno schierati nel distretto militare occidentale.

Ad oggi, l’ARC “Dagger” è in servizio solo con il Distretto Militare Meridionale, tuttavia, ovviamente, il Ministero della Difesa della Federazione Russa ha deciso di schierare ulteriori complessi “Dagger” e i loro vettori nel Distretto Militare Occidentale, e, soprattutto, questo si posiziona come rinforzo con armi tattiche, probabilmente a causa del rafforzamento del raggruppamento NATO vicino ai confini della Russia.

“Prima di tutto, si tratta di armi operative-tattiche che cambiano o influenzano la situazione nella regione in punti specifici in cui possono essere utilizzate. Ciò aumenta il potenziale per influenzare il nemico e può svolgere un ruolo su scala geopolitica. Vediamo un aumento degli sforzi, la creazione di nuove capacità di combattimento”, – hanno detto i rappresentanti del dipartimento della difesa russo.

Le aree esatte di dispiegamento delle armi ipersoniche russe sono ancora sconosciute, così come il numero di velivoli da trasporto, nel cui ruolo sono caccia MiG-31, non è specificato, tuttavia, in precedenza c’erano prove che almeno due MiG-31 combattenti con sistemi missilistici ” Dagger “possono apparire sul territorio della vicina Bielorussia.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Putin, Russia, Stati Uniti

Putin e Biden. Poco prima del summit la Russia mette al bando il gruppo Navalny.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-11.

Kremlin 001

Russia. Navalny ed entourage sarebbero agenti sobillatori Nato a ruolino paga di potenze straniere.

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Moscow, February 11, 2021

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Il problema sarebbe semplice.

Per i russi Aleksei A. Navalny ed i suoi numerosi collaboratori sarebbero agenti sobillatori pagati da potenze straniere, quali la Nato. Non solo. Essi hanno eseguito assembramenti non autorizzati di piazza, spesso sfociati in violenze con danni a persone e cose.

Tutte queste azioni contrastano con la legislazione russa vigente, da cui le relative condanne.

Per contro, gli americani ed i liberal occidentali, che si ritengono essere investiti del diritto di giudicare tutti gli altri sulla base dei loro propri criteri ideologici, considerano Navalny ed il suo gruppo come dei perseguitati politici. Li sostengono politicamente ed economicamente, e considerano questa situazione come elemento  di insanabile conflitto con l’applicazione degli ‘human rights’, per tali intendendo la loro Weltanschauung.

Nei fatti, a nulla ed a nessuno interessa Aleksei Navalny: è diventato un pretesto per cercare di destabilizzare il sistema.

A giorni Mr Putin incontrerà Joe Biden, ed il definitivo bando giudiziario del gruppo Navalny è un chiaro messaggio a presidente amercano.

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«A. Navalny’s political movement as an extremist network, a remarkable move that sent a message to President Biden ahead of his meeting next week with President Vladimir V. Putin: Russian domestic affairs are not up for discussion»

«The court decision — taken almost certainly with Mr. Putin’s blessing — is bound to push the movement further underground after several months in which the Kremlin’s yearslong effort to suppress dissent had entered a more aggressive phase»

«Under the law, Mr. Navalny’s organizers, donors, or even social-media supporters could now be prosecuted and face prison time»

«With a ban on Navalny’s Group, Putin sends clear message to Biden»

«The move, just a week before their summit, will likely push the Russian opposition further underground and was a signal that the country’s domestic affairs are not up for discussion»

«→→ country’s domestic affairs are not up for discussion ←←»

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With a Ban on Navalny’s Group, Putin Sends Clear Message to Biden

The move, just a week before their summit, will likely push the Russian opposition further underground and was a signal that the country’s domestic affairs are not up for discussion.

MOSCOW — A Russian court on Wednesday designated Aleksei A. Navalny’s political movement as an extremist network, a remarkable move that sent a message to President Biden ahead of his meeting next week with President Vladimir V. Putin: Russian domestic affairs are not up for discussion.

The court decision — taken almost certainly with Mr. Putin’s blessing — is bound to push the movement further underground after several months in which the Kremlin’s yearslong effort to suppress dissent had entered a more aggressive phase. Under the law, Mr. Navalny’s organizers, donors, or even social-media supporters could now be prosecuted and face prison time.

The ruling heightened the stakes of the summit in Geneva for Mr. Biden, who has promised to push back against violations of international norms by Mr. Putin. But the Russian president has said that, while he is prepared to discuss cyberspace and geopolitics with Mr. Biden, he will not engage in talks over how he runs his country. The question is how much Mr. Biden accepts those demands.

“Views on our political system can differ,” Mr. Putin told the heads of international news agencies last week. “Just give us the right, please, to determine how to organize this part of our life.”

The Geneva meeting on June 16 will come after months in which Mr. Putin has dismantled much of what remained of Russian political pluralism — and made it clear that he would ignore Western criticism.

Mr. Navalny was arrested in January after having returned to Moscow upon recovering from a poisoning last year that Western officials say was carried out by Russian agents. Since then, thousands of Russians have been detained at protests; leading opposition politicians have been jailed or forced into exile; online media outlets have been branded “foreign agents”; and Twitter and other social networks have come under government pressure.

“The state has decided to fight any independent organizations with total bombardment,” Mr. Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation — one of the groups declared extremist on Wednesday — said in a Twitter posting anticipating the ruling.

The Kremlin denies playing any role in the campaign against Mr. Navalny and his movement, and insists Russia’s judiciary is independent. Analysts and lawyers, however, widely see the courts as subordinate to the Kremlin and the security services, especially on politically sensitive cases.

Mr. Putin has already signaled that he will reject any criticism of the Kremlin’s handling of the Navalny case by claiming that the United States has no standing to lecture others. At Russia’s marquee annual economic conference in St. Petersburg last week, Mr. Putin repeatedly invoked the arrests of the Capitol rioters in Washington in January when challenged about repression in Russia or its ally Belarus.

“Take a look at the sad events in the United States where people refused to accept the election results and stormed the Congress,” Mr. Putin said. “Why is it only our non-systemic opposition that you are interested in?”

The “non-systemic opposition” is the Russian term for political groups that are not represented in Parliament and are openly calling for Mr. Putin’s removal from office. For years, they have been tolerated, even if they were closely surveilled and often persecuted. The court’s Wednesday ruling signaled that this era of tolerance was coming to an end.

Prosecutors had harried Mr. Navalny and other opposition figures, but usually under pretexts, such as violation of rules on public gatherings, of laws unrelated to their political activities or, more recently, of regulations against gatherings to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Behind the scenes, according to Western governments and rights groups, the Kremlin had gone further: assassinating or driving into exile journalists, dissidents and leaders of the political opposition. Mr. Navalny narrowly survived an assassination attempt with a chemical weapon last summer. In 2015, another opposition leader and a former first deputy prime minister of Russia, Boris Y. Nemtsov, was shot and killed with a pistol. But officials denied any role in those actions.

The dismantlement of Mr. Navalny’s nationwide network marked a new phase of a crackdown on dissent through a formal, legal process for disbanding opposition organizations, even though the country’s 1993 Constitution guarantees freedom of speech.

The Kremlin’s campaign against the opposition gained intensity after Mr. Navalny’s return in January from Germany, where he was receiving medical treatment after the nerve agent attack. Police arrested Mr. Navalny at the airport and a court sentenced him to two and half years in prison on a parole violation for a conviction in an embezzlement case that rights group say was politically motivated.

In power since 1999 as either prime minister or president, Mr. Putin’s tightening of the screws on dissent and opposition has come gradually. In a long twilight of post-Soviet democracy during his rule, elections took place, the internet remained mostly free and limited opposition was tolerated. His system has been called “soft authoritarianism.”

But prosecutors this spring requested that the court outlaw Mr. Navalny’s movement, using a designation that likens its members to terrorists, without bothering to make much of a public case that the nonprofit groups were in fact seditious organizations. The evidence was classified and the case heard behind closed doors in a Moscow courtroom.

A lawyer representing the organizations, Ivan Pavlov, who had access to the evidence but not the authority to disclose it, said after a preliminary hearing that it was unconvincing, and that he would make public as much as the law allowed. Within a few days, police detained Mr. Pavlov on charges of disclosing classified evidence in another case, unrelated to Mr. Navalny, in what looked like a warning to avoid aggressively defending Mr. Navalny’s organization. He faces up to three years in prison.

The anti-extremism law offers wide scope for a sweeping crackdown on the opposition in coming days or months, Russian legal experts say, but it remains unclear how it will be enforced.

Under the law, the group’s organizers could face prison terms of up to 10 years if they continue their activities. Anybody donating money could be imprisoned for up to eight years. Public comment such as social media posts in favor of Mr. Navalny’s groups could also be prosecuted as support for extremists.

The case targeted three nonprofit groups, Navalny’s Headquarters, the Fund for Fighting Corruption and the Fund for Defending Citizens’ Rights. In a preliminary ruling, the court ordered a halt to some of these groups’ activities last month.

Anticipating the final ruling, associates of Mr. Navalny disbanded one of the groups, Navalny’s Headquarters, which ran his network of 40 political offices, before the court had an opportunity to designate it as an extremist group. Mr. Navalny’s aides said they hoped some offices would continue to work as stand-alone, local political organizations.

“Alas, we must be honest: it’s impossible to work under these conditions,” an aide to Mr. Navalny, Leonid Volkov, said in a YouTube video, warning that continuing to operate would expose supporters of the opposition leader to criminal prosecution. “We are officially disbanding the network of Navalny offices.”

When they announced the case in April, prosecutors argued that Mr. Navalny’s groups were in fact seditious organizations disguised as a political movement. In a news release, prosecutors said that “under the guise of liberal slogans these organizations are busy forming conditions for destabilizing the social and sociopolitical situation.”

Prohibited from forming a political party, Mr. Navalny has instead worked through various nongovernmental organizations. These groups have persisted for years, despite unrelenting pressure from the Russian authorities, to push an anticorruption drive that has frustrated and embarrassed Mr. Putin, often using social media to great effect.

Mr. Navalny’s movement has been the most prominent in Russia openly calling for Mr. Putin’s removal through elections, and his supporters say the Kremlin was determined to crush that effort before it could yield fruit.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Russia

Russia. Vieta a Disney ed a Dolce & Gabbana filmati a contenuti gay.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-03.

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L’ideologia liberal ha come dogma portante una concezione di vita sessuale tutta sui generis, che vorrebbe imporre a tutto il mondo, che invece la aborre.

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«Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday warned Walt Disney Co against distributing content it said was harmful to children in Russia with its release of a short film, “Out”, which features a gay main character»

«Roskomnadzor said it had sent a letter to Disney noting that it was against Russian law to distribute information which “denies family values and promotes non-traditional sexual relationships” to children»

«a 2013 law bans disseminating “propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations” among young Russians»

«increase social hostility towards homosexuality»

«A Russian prosecutor on Monday called for Dolce & Gabbana Instagram advertisements showing same-sex couples kissing to be banned in the country»

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Alla fine i cineasti americani dovranno ben razionalizzare che certi filmati se li possono tenere ben stretti nell’enclave liberal occidentale.

Se però volessero i soldi della distribuzione russa, almeno abbiano la decenza di rispettare la sensibilità altrui.

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I cinesi hanno inventato una nuova moda.

Fast & Furious star John Cena apologises for calling Taiwan a country

«U.S. wrestling superstar and actor John Cena apologised to Chinese fans on Tuesday after calling Taiwan a country»

«Cena’s apology was not enough for many mainland Chinese netizens. …. Please use Mandarin to say Taiwan is part of China»

«”I made one mistake. I am very, very sorry for this mistake,” Cena said in Mandarin in a video posted on his account on Weibo»

Se si vogliono i denari dei cinesi, li si deve rispettare.

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In Cina si usi il mandarino: i tempi evolvono rapidamente, gli americani inizino a studiare le lingue.

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Russia warns Disney against distributing short film featuring gay character

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday warned Walt Disney Co against distributing content it said was harmful to children in Russia with its release of a short film, “Out”, which features a gay main character.

Roskomnadzor said it had sent a letter to Disney noting that it was against Russian law to distribute information which “denies family values and promotes non-traditional sexual relationships” to children.

“Out” was released on Disney+ in the United States last year.

Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Same-sex relationships are legal in Russia, but a 2013 law bans disseminating “propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations” among young Russians. Human rights groups have condemned the legislation, saying it has helped increase social hostility towards homosexuality.

A Russian prosecutor on Monday called for Dolce & Gabbana Instagram advertisements showing same-sex couples kissing to be banned in the country

Pubblicato in: Diplomazia, Ong - Ngo, Russia

Russia. Arrestato Andrei Pivovarov, direttore della ong Open Russia, mentre fugge.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-01.

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«Andrei Pivovarov, direttore della ong Open Russia, una delle organizzazioni della galassia legata a Soros, è stato arrestato all’aeroporto Pulkovo di San Pietroburgo qualche giorno dopo lo scioglimento dell’organizzazione fondata dall’ex-oligarca Mikhail Khodorkovsky»

«Il direttore della Ong legata a Soros è stato costretto a scendere dall’aereo sul quale si era imbarcato e che era già pronto al decollo»

«Già nel 2017 la Procura generale aveva dichiarato “indesiderabili” tre organizzazioni finanziate dallo speculatore George Soros e a Open Russia: Otkrytaya Rossia, Open Russia Civic Movement e Institute of Modern Russia»

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Attenzione!!

Tutti gli articoli riportati sono stati pubblicati su media liberal occidentali

«The standards of the civilised world do not apply there.»

Con l’innata modestia e ritrosia, i liberal occidentali si auto definiscono “civilised world”, ossia quello che aveva invaso militarmente Panama prendersi Mr Noriega e portarselo negli Stati Uniti; che avevano dirottato un aereo egiziano a Sigonella per catturarne i passeggeri; che hanno mandato cacciabombardieri in Libia per assassinare Gheddafi; che hanno mandato un commando in Pakistan ad assassinare Bin Laden. Ma questi sono solo alcuni dei possibii esempi di cosa intendano i liberal per “civilised world”.

No, amici liberal, il mondo non condivide in nulla il vostro modo di pensare e di operare.

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Russian authorities detain head of opposition group Open Russia

The head of the now-defunct opposition group Open Russia said he was pulled off a plane and detained by police in St. Petersburg.

The head of Russian opposition group Open Russia, which said it ended operations last week, said he was pulled off an airliner and detained by police on Monday.

Andrei Pivovarov said his flight was taxiing for takeoff at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport when it was stopped and he was removed by authorities.

He said on Twitter that he was taken to the Investigative Committee offices on suspicion of running an “undesirable” organization. If he is convicted, he could be imprisoned for up to six years.

He was reportedly detained and transported to Krasnodar, a city in the south of Russia, following his interrogation, according to a statement circulated by his lawyer Elena Borodina.

The criminal case against him is being carried out by the Investigative Committee for Krasnodar Territory, the statement added.

What is Open Russia?

Open Russia is a political activist group critical of the Kremlin.

The group was financed by oil tycoon and opponent of President Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Khorodkovsky, who now lives in London after spending 10 years in prison. His sentence was widely seen as a punishment for challenging Putin’s rule.

In an attempt to protect Open Russia’s members from prosecution, Pivovarov announced he would cease the organization’s operations last week.

The group based in London was declared “undesirable” in 2017. Members in Russia formed a separate legal entity, albeit with the same name, to continue their activities and defend themselves from prosecution.

Crackdown against ‘undesirable’ groups

The Russian government passed a law in 2015 that made membership of an “undesirable” organization a criminal offense.

The designation has been used to ban about 30 groups. Several  German NGOs in Russia were deemed “undesirable” last week.

Russian authorities described the laws as a response to alleged outside efforts to undermine Russia. Critics have said the laws are part of the Kremlin’s efforts to snuff out dissent.

The federal government has intensified its crackdown in the lead-up to September’s parliamentary elections as the popularity of the main Kremlin-backed party, United Russia, has been falling.

Prominent Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, was detained in January upon returning to Russia. The activist had been recovering in Germany after being poisoned by the Soviet-era Novichok nerve agent.

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Andrei Pivovarov: Kremlin critic pulled off plane, arrested

Pivovarov heads the Open Russia movement, which recently dissolved itself over fears its members would be punished under new laws.

Russian authorities have arrested a prominent opposition activist after he was hauled off a flight, and raided the homes of several others.

Andrei Pivovarov, the head of the Open Russia movement, was pulled off a Warsaw-bound plane at St Petersburg’s airport just before takeoff late on Monday.

Pivovarov’s team said police questioned him, searched his apartment and opened a criminal case against him on Tuesday for allegedly violating Russia’s legislation on “undesirable organisations”.

“These situations show us that they are afraid of us, and we are a majority,” Pivovarov’s Twitter account said.

The Krasnodar branch of the Investigative Committee, which probes major cases, said in a statement that Pivovarov had in August 2020 published materials in support of an “undesirable organisation”.

The statement also accused the activist of attempting to flee from investigators on Monday.

Pivovarov said he was going on vacation when he was arrested.

‘Unusual action’

Pivovarov’s removal from the plane came after authorities in Belarus on May 23 diverted a Ryanair flight heading from Greece to Lithuania to the capital, Minsk, and arrested a journalist on board.

Polish airline LOT, which operated Pivovarov’s flight, said the plane was taxiing when Russian air traffic control ordered the crew to return to the parking position.

“The pilot had to comply with this order as he was under Russian jurisdiction,” Polish news agency PAP quoted the company as saying.

Poland said it was looking into the issue.

“This is an unusual action because if the Russians wanted to detain this person they could have done so before boarding. The question is why it was done exactly at that moment,” Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk told state broadcaster TVP.

“The standards of the civilised world do not apply there.”

Open Russia tagged as ‘undesirable’

Open Russia was financed by tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who moved to London after spending 10 years in prison in Russia on charges viewed by some as political revenge for challenging President Vladimir Putin’s rule.

Russia declared the group “undesirable” in 2017, effectively banning its activities.

Its allies in Russia continued their activism under a separate legal entity to try to protect themselves from prosecution.

But the group folded its activities in Russia last week to prevent its supporters from facing criminal prosecution as parliament prepares to adopt legislation that would increase criminal liability for anyone who cooperates with “undesirable organisations”.

Russia says the law is needed to protect its national security from external interference.

Police raids

Also on Tuesday, police raided a country home of opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, a former lawmaker who has aspired to run for parliament in September.

At least two of his associates had their homes searched.

“I don’t know the formal reason for this,” Gudkov wrote on the Telegram social media platform. “But the real (reason) is clear.”

Gudkov’s father Gennady, also critical of the Kremlin, described the searches as “a special operation to eliminate Gudkov’s team”.

Authorities were yet to comment on the operation Gudkov said was under way.

Crackdown on dissent

The moves came as Russia appears to be cracking down on political opposition ahead of September’s parliamentary election.

Putin’s United Russia party has lost support recently as economic woes weigh.

The president’s leading political foe, Alexey Navalny, was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin – accusations that Russian officials reject.

He is serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for violating terms of a suspended sentence stemming from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that he denounces as politically motivated.

With Navalny in prison, prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to designate Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and his network of regional offices as “extremist” groups.

In a parallel move, a bill approved by the lower house of the Russian parliament bars members, donors and supporters of “extremist” groups from seeking public office – a measure that would keep Navalny’s associates from running for parliament in September.

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Putin arresta il direttore di Open Russia mentre fugge: sgominata la rete di Soros

In Italia basterebbe una legge identica che impedisce ad entità finanziate dall’estero di agire come ‘onlus’ in Italia. Ricordatevi: la liberaldemocrazia non è democrazia, è il parco giochi dei miliardari che sono liberi di agire indisturbati in nome della ‘libertà’, che è sempre la loro, visto che la libertà si compra.

Andrei Pivovarov, direttore della ong Open Russia, una delle organizzazioni della galassia legata a Soros, è stato arrestato all’aeroporto Pulkovo di San Pietroburgo qualche giorno dopo lo scioglimento dell’organizzazione fondata dall’ex-oligarca Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Il direttore della Ong legata a Soros è stato costretto a scendere dall’aereo sul quale si era imbarcato e che era già pronto al decollo.

Nei giorni scorsi, lo stesso Pivarov – dopo l’entrata in vigore della legge che impedisce la candidatura alle elezioni di chiunque abbia lavorato o sostenuto organizzazioni considerate come estremiste e dell’inasprimento delle pene per chi collabora con le organizzazioni “indesiderabili” – aveva annunciato “l’annullamento dell’appartenenza di tutti i membri a Open Russia per evitare possibili persecuzioni”.

Già nel 2017 la Procura generale aveva dichiarato “indesiderabili” tre organizzazioni finanziate dallo speculatore George Soros e a Open Russia: Otkrytaya Rossia, Open Russia Civic Movement e Institute of Modern Russia.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Cina, Russia, Stati Uniti, Unione Europea

G7 e Russia. Un G7 in via di devoluzione conta molto poco.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-05-26.

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L’istogramma pubblicato da Statista dovrebbe essere eloquente.

«In 2019, the G7 countries of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and United States held 31.68 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP). In 2025, that figure is projected to drop to 28.8 percent»

Nel 2019 il pil dei paesi G7 rappresentava il 31.68% del pil mondiale, mentre quello del G20, esclusi i paesi del G7), valeva il 41.51%.

Nel 2025 il pil dei paesi G7 è proiettato al 28.8% del pil mondiale, mentre quello del G20, esclusi i paesi del G7), è stimato arrivare al 44.77%.

Solo per dare un esempio, nel 2000 il pil indiano valeva 476.64 miliardi Usd, ma è stimato a 3,049.7 miliardi nel 2021 ed a 4,534.34 miliardi nel 2026.

Si noti come invece il pil dei paesi G7 sia in consistente diminuzione.

Non solo.

Il pil di alcuni paesi è drogato dal conteggio dei fondi pubblici erogati in via  assistenziale.

Se è vero che il pil sia un macrodato di primario interesse, sarebbe altrettanto vero ricordare come la sua lettura dovrebbe essere corroborata da altri macrodati similmente importanti, quali la produzione industriale, i volumi dell’Import – Export, la percentuale degli occupati, il valore della inflazione, solo per citarne alcuni.

Si faccia attenzione. Le parole son come le farfalle, mentre i numeri sono massi, ed anche pesanti.

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Se questi dati siano fermamente chiari, l’intervista rilasciata da Mr Andrei Kelin, Ambasciatore russo a Londra, risulterebbe essere chiara.

– «G7 playing a ‘dangerous game’ by pushing Moscow towards China»

– «Russia, he said, was more interested in other forums such as the G20, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the BRICs organisation»

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«G7 leaders gather for a summit in St Ives, in the southern English region of Cornwall, on June 11-13. How to deal with President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is expected to be on the agenda»

«The Group of Seven is playing a “dangerous game” by making aggressive and baseless criticism of the Kremlin because it pushes Russia closer to China»

«G7 foreign ministers this month scolded both China and Russia, casting the Kremlin as malicious and Beijing as a bully, but beyond words there were few concrete steps aside from expressing support for Taiwan and Ukraine»

«Kelin said the G7’s critique was biased, confrontational, lacked substance and was stoking anti-Western feelings among Russians, while its aggressive attitude towards Russia and China was pushing the two powers together»

«Russia, the world’s largest country by territory, denies it meddles beyond its borders and says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria»

«China, the world’s second largest economy, says the West is a bully and that its leaders have a post-imperial mindset that makes them feel they can act like global policemen»

«Asked about G7 criticism of the state of human rights in Russia, Kelin said the United States and Britain should pay more attention to the state of their own democracy after the attacks on the U.S. Capitol and race issues in Britain»

«it has no grounds to judge other countries about the state of democracy»

«Asked about G7 criticism of the state of human rights in Russia, Kelin said the United States and Britain should pay more attention to the state of their own democracy after the attacks on the U.S. Capitol and race issues in Britain»

«No one gives them the right to judge others – especially on the state of democracy»

«It is strange for us as we are not eager to become once again a part of this club, …. In our view it has lost its authority»

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L’enclave liberal socialista occidentale sta devolvendosi ogni giorno che passa, incapace di sottoporsi a revisione critica.

Certamente ad oggi ha ancora una potenza economica non indifferente, ma è sulla via del declino.

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G7 playing a ‘dangerous game’ by pushing Moscow towards China – Russian envoy.

The Group of Seven is playing a “dangerous game” by making aggressive and baseless criticism of the Kremlin because it pushes Russia closer to China, Russia’s ambassador to London Andrei Kelin told Reuters on Thursday.

G7 foreign ministers this month scolded both China and Russia, casting the Kremlin as malicious and Beijing as a bully, but beyond words there were few concrete steps aside from expressing support for Taiwan and Ukraine.

The G7, in a 12,400-word communique, said Russia was a destabilising influence on the world because of its 2014 annexation of Crimea, its build up on Ukraine’s border and its meddling in the internal affairs of other countries.

Kelin said the G7’s critique was biased, confrontational, lacked substance and was stoking anti-Western feelings among Russians, while its aggressive attitude towards Russia and China was pushing the two powers together.

“This is a dangerous game,” Kelin, 64, told Reuters. “Russia and China have enormous potential in different fields – in the economy, in technology, in military capacities, in politics – this potential is spread around the world.”

“We are not allies with China, however pushing Russia and China, it closes our ranks with China – in that sense we are more and more united against challenges that are being presented from the West.”

Russia, the world’s largest country by territory, denies it meddles beyond its borders and says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria.

China, the world’s second largest economy, says the West is a bully and that its leaders have a post-imperial mindset that makes them feel they can act like global policemen.

G7 leaders gather for a summit in St Ives, in the southern English region of Cornwall, on June 11-13. How to deal with President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is expected to be on the agenda.

Kelin, a career diplomat who speaks fluent English, French and Dutch, said Russia would proceed according to its own geopolitical interests and that if there were issues that needed to be discussed then dialogue was the best way.

“But the G7 prefers megaphone diplomacy,” Kelin said. “This is a club that expresses certain opinions on different subjects but it has no grounds to judge other countries about the state of democracy.”

Asked about G7 criticism of the state of human rights in Russia, Kelin said the United States and Britain should pay more attention to the state of their own democracy after the attacks on the U.S. Capitol and race issues in Britain.

“Look at yourself in this situation – but they don’t want to look at themselves,” Kelin said. “No one gives them the right to judge others – especially on the state of democracy.”

Russia was brought into what became the Group of Eight in 1997 under former President Boris Yeltsin but its membership was suspended in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea.

“We see discussions on this subject: let’s invite Russia, let’s not invite Russia. It is strange for us as we are not eager to become once again a part of this club,” Kelin said. “In our view it has lost its authority.”

“It is divisive – it has a tendency to split the world into friends and aliens: they want to talk about coalitions of friends targetted against the others. This doesn’t bring solutions – it brings more problems to the world,” Kelin said.

Russia, he said, was more interested in other forums such as the G20, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the BRICs organisation.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Putin, Russia

Russia. Informatori russi nella cerchia ristretta della Merkel ed in Europa.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-05-17.

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Con lo scioglimento del Kgb nel 1991, presero corpo la Federal’naja služba bezopasnosti (FSB), dedita alla sicurezza interna ed al controspionaggio, affiancata dalla Služba vnešnej razvedki (SVR), dedicata allo spionaggio estero.

«Come qualunque servizio segreto che ne abbia possibilità, anche il KGB tentò, e in qualche caso ottenne, l’infiltrazione di suoi agenti nei governi amici e nemici, nelle forze armate e nelle organizzazioni pacifiste straniere. La pratica dell’infiltrazione, che può assumere la funzione di tentare di destabilizzare governi “nemici”, era assolutamente condivisa nell’opposto blocco della NATO dai rispettivi servizi dei suoi paesi membri, come la CIA, l’MI6 britannico e lo SDECE (poi DGSE) francese. Quanto alla raccolta di informazioni, invece, fece anch’esso ricorso alle cosiddette “trappole al miele”, cioè facendo accostare al potenziale informatore una “disinteressata” anima gemella che riusciva ad avere accesso a informazioni riservatissime sfruttando la solitudine della persona avvicinata, nel caso delle donne, o il richiamo del sesso, soprattutto negli uomini. In Germania il personale dedicato a questo scopo fu soprannominato Liebensbrigade (brigata dell’amore).» [Fonte]

Il caso di Kim Philby sarebbe da manuale.

«agente segreto britannico, che acquisì la cittadinanza sovietica nel 1963. Da sempre comunista, fu al servizio dell’NKVD e del KGB dall’interno del Military Intelligence e del corpo diplomatico del Regno Unito. Dal 1936 al 1963 fu un agente doppiogiochista che lavorò per l’URSS tramite i vari incarichi affidatigli dal suo Paese.

Dal 1963, anno della sua defezione e della fuga a Mosca, fino alla morte avvenuta nel 1988, visse invece in Unione Sovietica dove lavorò direttamente per il KGB come istruttore. ….

si ritiene che Philby sia stato colui che creò i maggiori danni al Regno Unito e all’Alleanza Atlantica, avendo inviato ai servizi segreti sovietici per ventisette anni, e da posizioni operative di assoluto rilievo, informazioni di altissimo livello, che causarono al blocco occidentale un’ingente perdita di mezzi e di agenti» [Fonte]

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Se l’SVR non avesse infiltrato nello entourage della Merkel dei suoi agenti,  il suo intero organico avrebbe dovuto essere mandato in villeggiatura ben al di sopra del circolo polare. Mentre invece, a quanto sembrerebbe essere, l’SVR ci è entrato come nel burro.

Operazione peraltro facile.

Quello denominato come “inner circle” è un club di depravati, per lo più drogati, quindi facile presa per un servizio che offra loro la perfetta soddisfazione dei propri desideri, per poi poterli ricattare.

«Russia has recruited allies in German chancellor Angela Merkel’s “inner circle” and in Austrian intelligence services»

«But they are just part of a wider pro-Kremlin network in EU states, including the Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland»

«is used to identify potential Kremlin allies among European elites»

«Some of the information provided here cannot be corroborated by our sources in court because of fear for their lives and the lives of their families»

«But his UK-based pro-democracy NGO, The Dossier Centre, the same day, disclosed details in a 60-page report made available to members of the EP committee via a secure website»

«He named and shamed two far-right French politicians – Thierry Mariani (an MEP) and Aymeric Chauprade (a former MEP) – as Kremlin stooges»

«Russia’s network in the Czech Republic included “high-ranking Czech government officials”»

«The main impact mechanism on European political and business elites is about [financial] corruption»

«The EU needs to clean its own house from hybrid Kremlin influence, dirty money, and corruption»

«we need to clean our own house»

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Mr Putin è persona di parola.

Aveva promesso risposte asimmetriche agli attacchi occidentali, ed ecco che ha messo sottosopra tutte le Cancellerie.

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Russia penetrated Merkel’s ‘inner circle’, Khodorkovsky says.

Russia has recruited allies in German chancellor Angela Merkel’s “inner circle” and in Austrian intelligence services, exiled Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky has warned.

But they are just part of a wider pro-Kremlin network in EU states, including the Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, he said.

Khodorkovsky made the revelations in a video-hearing with a European Parliament (EP) committee on foreign interference on Monday (10 May).

A German-registered think-tank, called Dialogue of Civilisations, created by Russian oligarch Vladimir Yakunin “is used to identify potential Kremlin allies among European elites,” he said.

And “one of Yakunin’s … sources that he refers to in his reports to the Kremlin forms part of Angela Merkel’s inner circle,” Khodorkovsky added.

A former Austrian business executive called Jan Marsalek was also used by Russia to recruit “a high-ranking Austrian intelligence officer” and to host parties to gather information on other security chiefs and politicians, Khodorkovsky said.

He did not name the Merkel confidante or senior Austrian spy in his public remarks to MEPs due to the sensitivity of the cases.

“Some of the information provided here cannot be corroborated by our sources in court because of fear for their lives and the lives of their families [in Russia],” Khodorkovsky said.

But his UK-based pro-democracy NGO, The Dossier Centre, the same day, disclosed details in a 60-page report made available to members of the EP committee via a secure website.

Meanwhile, Yevgeny Prigozhin, another pro-Kremlin business tycoon, was also doing harm in Europe, Khodorkovsky said in Monday’s hearing.

Prigozhin’s activities included procuring German components for Russian “weapons of mass destruction” and recruiting German politicians to legitimise dodgy elections in Russia-friendly states in Africa.

Prigozhin’s internet “troll factories” were “engaged in fomenting anti-French sentiment in African countries” and trying to “provoke a diplomatic conflict between France and Italy”.

And Prigozhin’s staff tried to create a pro-Kremlin political party in Greece centred around Greek politician Konstantin Gabaeridis, Khodorkovsky said.

He named and shamed two far-right French politicians – Thierry Mariani (an MEP) and Aymeric Chauprade (a former MEP) – as Kremlin stooges.

Chauprade, for instance, helped introduce French politicians to Kremlin contacts and “even offered ghost-writing services” to Yakunin, Khodorkovsky said.

Russia’s network in the Czech Republic included “high-ranking Czech government officials”, as well as communist MP Zdeněk Ondráček, Khodorkovsky noted.

Its fifth column in Cyprus involved Eleni Loizidou, a former prosecutor, who “informally advised Russian authorities over many years, providing insider information” and who “interfered in [legal] proceedings on behalf of the Kremlin,” Khodorkovsky said.

A former Polish MP, Mateusz Piskorski, was also tasked by a Kremlin-linked PR firm with “finding loyal European politicians”, whom he invited to Kremlin-sponsored events, Khodorkovsky said.

In Lithuania, Kremlin spin-doctors identified Vygaudas Ušackas, a former foreign minister and EU ambassador to Russia, as “a friendly candidate for the Lithuanian presidency”.

And Latvia looked like a playground for the Kremlin elite, where relatives of Russian oligarchs Yuri Kovalchuk and Nikolai Tokarev, for instance, owned real estate and shares in local firms.

“Tokarev and Kovalchuk were the main links in the financing scheme for Putin’s palace which was the subject of Navalny’s film,” Khodorkovsky noted, referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin and opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who recently exposed Putin’s opulent private mansion on YouTube.

“The main impact mechanism on European political and business elites is about [financial] corruption,” Khodorkovsky said.

“We are prepared to provide proof that we have upon request of respective law enforcement agencies, but of course we’re not going to share this evidence with those who are potentially linked to the Kremlin,” he added, referring to documents and other information which underpinned his testimony on Monday.

Cleaning house

But if he was concerned about protecting sources, then some MEPs might themselves pose a threat.

Mariani, whom Khodorkovsky named and shamed, is a member of the EP’s foreign-interference committee and was meant to have privileged access to Khodorkovsky’s 60-page dossier, for instance.

And while the French MEP did not speak on Monday, a fellow French euro-deputy from Mariani’s Independence and Democracy group, Jean-Lin Lacapelle, intervened on his behalf.

Khodorkovsky was accused of a “string of assassinations” and “money-laundering” and the EP should not have invited him to speak, Lacapelle said, parroting Russian propaganda.

“I’d like to present my apologies because I heard one of our colleagues attack you in a very vulgar and unfair way,” French liberal MEP Bernard Guetta told Khodorkovsky.

“The EU needs to clean its own house from hybrid Kremlin influence, dirty money, and corruption,” Andrius Kubilius, a centre-right Lithuanian MEP and former prime minister, also said, in more general remarks.

“If we want to promote democratic development in Russia, we need to clean our own house,” he said.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Devoluzione socialismo, Russia, Unione Europea

EU. Quasi tutti gli stati hanno mandato gli ambasciatori alla sfilata russa del 9 maggio.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-05-14.

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«Most EU states are sending their ambassadors to Russia’s WW2 victory parade on Sunday (9 May) despite tense relations»

«The list includes: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.»

«The three Baltic states and Spain are not sending anyone»

«the Baltic states are boycotting the event for political motives»

«Lithuania’s ambassador will place flowers on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on 8 May»

«But the 2021 guest list also gives a snapshot of where individual EU states stand on Russia»

«But Berlin, in any case, always sends a VIP to the Red Square on 9 May because of Nazi Germany’s role in WW2»

«The EU ambassador is not in Moscow on the day»

«For a number of countries, this [9 May] is an important date and they appreciate the undeniable role the Soviet Union played in defeating the Nazis»

«This year, the Kremlin said it had not invited big names because the 76th anniversary was less important than the 75th»

«Presence at the level of an ambassador is always the lowest official representation possible, so this is also a sign»

«nuclear-capable ‘Iskander’ missiles, which Russia has placed in its Kaliningrad exclave, putting them in range of Warsaw and Berlin»

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Gli stati dell’Unione Europea hanno nei confronti della Russia e di Mr Putin posizioni conflittuali ed incongruenti.

Da una parte devono constatare come essi dipendano dalle forniture di gas naturale russo, volenti o nolenti.

Nel contempo assistono al continuo ripristino delle forze armate russe, tornate ad essere allo stato dell’arte. Gli europei si sentono i missili russi puntati sulle loro teste.

È ben capibile che i governi europei odino di odio distillato Mr Putin, che nel giro di venti anni ha riportato la Russia al ruolo di potenza mondiale. Mr Putin è un russo che cura gli interessi del suo paese: sufficit.

Ma a tutto questo si aggiunge il fatto che Mr Putin è paladino del retaggio religioso, umano, sociale e politico: ha persino fatto scrivere nella Costituzione che il matrimonio è tale solo tra un maschio ed una femmina.

Per l’Unione Europea liberal socialista questa Weltanschauung è l’esatto opposto della loro ideologia.

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In ogni caso si constata che “Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden” hanno inviato i loro ambasciatori.

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EU ambassadors flock to Red Square for Putin’s parade

Most EU states are sending their ambassadors to Russia’s WW2 victory parade on Sunday (9 May) despite tense relations.

The list includes: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.

The Dutch ambassador is also expected to go, but had not confirmed as of Friday.

Austria, Cyprus, and the EU embassy in Moscow are sending chargé d’affaires.

The three Baltic states and Spain are not sending anyone.

Malta did not reply to EUobserver.

In Cold War times, Western analysts used to study who sat close to the Soviet leader at the annual event to try to understand Moscow’s opaque power structures in a practice called “Kremlinology”.

But the 2021 guest list also gives a snapshot of where individual EU states stand on Russia.

Relations nosedived in 2014 when Russia invaded Ukraine, prompting EU sanctions.

They got worse recently, when the EU imposed blacklists over Russia’s violence against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and Russia listed the EU Parliament president in revenge.

The Czech Republic and Russia also expelled dozens of each other’s diplomats after revelations that Russian spies blew up a Czech arms depot in 2014, killing two people.

But Berlin, in any case, always sends a VIP to the Red Square on 9 May because of Nazi Germany’s role in WW2, an EU diplomat noted.

The fact the Czech ambassador is going indicates Prague wants to mend ties despite the bomb attack.

Meanwhile, Austria, Cyprus, Spain, and the EU embassy’s decisions not to send top people mean little, because these were due to logistical reasons.

The EU ambassador is not in Moscow on the day, for instance.

But the Baltic states are boycotting the event for political motives, diplomatic sources said.

Lithuania’s ambassador will place flowers on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on 8 May instead.

And his gesture was meant “to honour the victims of all the nations that fought in WW2, civilian and military,” an EU diplomat noted.

“For a number of countries, this [9 May] is an important date and they appreciate the undeniable role the Soviet Union played in defeating the Nazis,” another EU source said.

“Ambassadors cannot escape from an invitation to attend such an event – it’s a matter of courtesy and, actually, their duty to come – unless bilateral relations are so bad that they couldn’t care less,” the source added.

Last year, the Austrian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, French, and Italian presidents or prime ministers, as well as the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, had planned to go.

But the parade was cancelled due to the pandemic and, in the end, the Hungarian foreign minister was the only EU politician who went to a mini-event on 24 June.

                         Spin?

This year, the Kremlin said it had not invited big names because the 76th anniversary was less important than the 75th.

“This year is not a [major] anniversary year, so we don’t intend to invite foreign participants,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in April.

But the EU source indicated that this was spin designed to avoid a potential “snub”.

“Presence at the level of an ambassador is always the lowest official representation possible, so this is also a sign,” the source said.

“This is a snub for the Russians. Although they will try to present it as EU member states attending,” he added.

The 2021 parade is to involve 12,000 soldiers, 190 combat vehicles, 53 warplanes, and 23 helicopters, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.

This includes ‘S-400’ anti-aircraft systems, which Russia installed in Crimea after seizing the peninsula from Ukraine.

It also includes nuclear-capable ‘Iskander’ missiles, which Russia has placed in its Kaliningrad exclave, putting them in range of Warsaw and Berlin.

                         Iskanders.

And for some Western observers, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s parades have come to look more like propaganda for future conflicts than celebrating the end of WW2.

Recalling a 9 May parade shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine, Robert Pszczel, a former Nato spokesman in Moscow, told EUobserver in 2015: “I don’t have a problem with kids cheering when they watch their country’s tanks go by”.

“But I do have a problem when the biggest cheer, the kind you hear at a hockey match, comes when they see the Iskanders go by,” Pszczel said.

“The West is dealing with a leader [Putin] who is bored by domestic politics, driven by a big but touchy ego, dreaming of his huge role in history, progressively emboldened by the short-term successes of his brinkmanship, and unchained from the restrictions of political, legal, and moral accountability,” Pszczel also said on Friday, in an op-ed for British think-tank Rusi.

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Russia. Putin. Ordine Esecutivo sulle contromisure verso azioni ostili di stati stranieri.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-04-30.

Putin Vladimir 012

«Executive Order on measures (countermeasures) in response to unfriendly actions of foreign states»

«To protect the interests and security of the Russian Federation and in accordance with the federal laws of December 30, 2006, No 281-FZ On Special Economic and Coercive Measures and of June 4, 2018, No 127-FZ On Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the United States and Other Foreign States, I hereby resolve ….»

«To restrict (including the imposition of a complete ban if necessary) the signing by diplomatic missions and consular agencies, representatives of government bodies and government agencies of foreign states that take unfriendly actions towards the Russian Federation, citizens of the Russian Federation or Russian legal entities, of labour contracts, employment agreements with workers (personnel) and of other civil-law contracts leading to labour relations with individuals on the territory of the Russian Federation»

«To establish that the number of individuals on the territory of the Russian Federation with whom contracts may be signed shall be determined by the Government of the Russian Federation»

«compile a list of unfriendly foreign states»

«determine the number of individuals that are on the territory of the Russian Federation»

«ensure control over compliance with the labour rights of the citizens of the Russian Federation»

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Putin signs decree on countermeasures to other states’ unfriendly actions.

The government is tasked to define number of individuals that can be employed by foreign missions.

MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on countermeasures to unfriendly action of foreign states, as follows from a document posted on the Kremlin website on Friday.

Under the document, diplomatic missions, consular institutions and offices of government institutions of foreign countries acting in an unfriendly manner against Russia, Russian nationals or legal entities will face restrictions, or even a complete ban, if necessary, in terms of employing Russian nationals.

The government is tasked to define number of individuals that can be employed by foreign missions. “Labor contracts with individuals in excess of the number set by the government that were signed before the commencement day of this decree are to be terminated,” the document says. However, restrictions “are not applicable to nationals of unfriendly states arriving from such states as employees of diplomatic missions, consular institutions and offices of government institutions of corresponding unfriendly foreign states.”

Apart from that, the government is tasked to draw up a list of unfriendly foreign states subject to these measures and to ensure control over the observance of labor rights of Russian nationals in case of their contracts termination under the decree.

According to the document, it is geared to “protect Russia’s interests and security under federal laws No 281-FZ On Special Economic Measures and Enforcement Measures of December 30, 2006 and No127-FZ On Countermeasures to Unfriendly Actions of the United States and Other Foreign States of June 4, 2018.”

The decree comes into effect from the day of its official publishing and stays in force until these countermeasures are cancelled.

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Comme d’habitude, gli ordini esecutivi di Mr Putin somigliano più ad ordini militari che a provvedimenti politici.

Secondo il documento, le missioni diplomatiche, le istituzioni consolari e gli uffici delle istituzioni governative di paesi stranieri che agiscono in modo ostile contro la Russia, i cittadini russi o le persone giuridiche dovranno affrontare restrizioni, o anche un divieto completo, se necessario, in termini di assunzione di cittadini russi.

Il governo è incaricato di definire il numero di individui che possono essere impiegati dalle missioni straniere.

Il documento è orientato a proteggere gli interessi e la sicurezza della Russia.

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Questo è un gran brutto colpo all’intelligence svolta dagli stati stranieri ostili in Russia.

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Executive Order on measures (countermeasures) in response to unfriendly actions of foreign states.

Vladimir Putin signed the Executive Order On Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of Foreign States.

April 23, 2021, 21:10.

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Text of the Executive Order:

To protect the interests and security of the Russian Federation and in accordance with the federal laws of December 30, 2006, No 281-FZ On Special Economic and Coercive Measures and of June 4, 2018, No 127-FZ On Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the United States and Other Foreign States, I hereby resolve:

  1. To restrict (including the imposition of a complete ban if necessary) the signing by diplomatic missions and consular agencies, representatives of government bodies and government agencies of foreign states that take unfriendly actions towards the Russian Federation, citizens of the Russian Federation or Russian legal entities, of labour contracts, employment agreements with workers (personnel) and of other civil-law contracts leading to labour relations with individuals on the territory of the Russian Federation.
  2. To establish that the number of individuals on the territory of the Russian Federation with whom contracts may be signed shall be determined by the Government of the Russian Federation.
  3. Contracts signed with individuals in excess of the number determined by the Government of the Russian Federation prior to the entry into force of this Executive Order shall be subject to termination.
  4. Provisions of items 1 and 3 of this Executive Order shall not apply to citizens of unfriendly foreign states that arrive (have arrived) from such states as employees of diplomatic missions and consular agencies, representatives of government bodies and government agencies of the relevant unfriendly foreign states.
  5. The Government of the Russian Federation shall:

    а) compile a list of unfriendly foreign states towards which the measures (countermeasures) established by this Executive Order apply;

  1. b) determine the number of individuals that are on the territory of the Russian Federation and with whom contracts may be signed;
  2. c) submit proposals, as necessary, to alter the measures (countermeasures) established by this Executive Order and the duration of such measures;
  3. d) ensure control over compliance with the labour rights of the citizens of the Russian Federation following the termination of their contracts in accordance with item 3 of this Executive Order.
  4. This Executive Order enters in force on the day of its official publication and shall be valid until the cancellation of the measures (countermeasures) it has established.