Jan 29 11:12

US Ambassador Urges Russia To React "Calmly" To "Corrupt Oligarchs" List Due Monday

The US Ambassador to Russia urged the Kremlin to react "calmly" to the U.S. Treasury Department's list of "corrupt oligarchs" due Monday. The list is designed to "name and shame" elite Russians into thinking twice before engaging in business with Putin's government. It will be up to Congress to decide whether the list should be published.

"I urge to take this report, based on its real and not a contrived essence and without emotions, because relations between our countries are far from being exhausted by this one legal act, and I was reminded about it in Washington, where I was two weeks ago," - US Ambassador John Huntsman via -newsru (translated)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the most completely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid remark Huntsman could have possibly made, looking at the number of sanctions placed upon Russia, primarily as punishing it for what it did not do (i.e., allegedly "annexing" Crimea from Ukraine), a lie that every rational person sees as a lie, regarding the 2014 putsch in Kiev; the throwing the duly elected President Yanukovich under the proverbial bus; and crookedly installing Poroshenko as his successor.

And BTW, Ambassador Huntsman, the US government was heavily involved in this overthrow, which President Obama personally admitted:

President Obama admits that a US Brokered a deal in Support of Regime Change in Kiev.

When Crimea understood that representative government in Kiev no longer existed, they passed two referendums, one to ask its people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-Coup, or join the Russian Federation. There was a unanimous vote by the Crimean people to petition the Russian Federation for membership, which Russia later granted.

Peaceful self-determination is a value enshrined in the UN charter, but Ukraine and the US vengefully spat all over that, in their threatening stance toward Russia, the sanctions against it being "punishment" for something Russia absolutely did not do.

So I have an observation for Ambassador Huntsman; sir, in the words of my late grandmother, "The horse is already out of the barn" on this issue, and both Putin and Xi are a zillion chess moves away from those of the US government.

And why?!? Both Russia and China are rapidly moving away from the US dollar in their trading, and so are other countries as well.

Putin Orders End to US dollar trade in Russian Seaports
Non-Dollar Trading Is Killing the Petrodollar — And the Foundation of U.S.-Saudi Policy in the Middle East

The US Dollar may be at risk as the global reserve currency

23 countries now abandoning the US dollar

Challenging the dollar: China and Russia plan from petroyuan to gold

Russia and China have the means to absolutely crucify the US dollar into absolute non-existence, and for the following reasons:

1. The US dollar, at this point, has no intrinsic value: it is simply a worthless piece of paper, with no tangible asset or assets backing it whatsoever.

2. By these actions by Russia and China, the Bretton-Woods Accord, which acknowledged the US dollar as the primary global currency in 1944, has ceased to exist.

Unfortunately, it appears that the US government will attempt to crush these new economic developments though a number of massive wars.

Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

So Ambassador Huntsman, if you are suddenly recalled from Russia to the US for "consultations", you now cannot say, with a straight face, that you did not know why.

Jan 29 10:08

Sanctions Anyone? US Receives Russian LNG Shipment, 2nd Tanker Reported on Its Way

A French vessel carrying Russian liquefied natural gas docked in Boston on Sunday, while Another tanker is reportedly on its way, despite Washington’s sanctions against Moscow and amid grand plans of conquering Europe’s gas market.
The tanker named Gaselys, owned by French energy company Engie, arrived in Boston on Sunday morning, the US Coast Guard confirmed to Sputnik, RT reported.

“As far as I know, there are no problems,” a Spokesman said. The vessel is loaded with gas originating from Russia’s Yamal LNG plant at the British port of Isle of Grain from which it headed to Everett, an American terminal near Boston.

The US sanctions, imposed in particular against Russia’s largest non-state gas producer Novatek – which happens to be Yamal LNG’s main shareholder – do not seem to be hindering business in this case.>>>

(*the art of the deal !)

Jan 29 07:50

Netanyahu & Putin to discuss better coordination on Syria & Iran in Moscow

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Monday to discuss ways to strengthen coordination between the Russian and Israeli air forces in order to avoid confrontation in Syria.
Netanyahu’s visit to Russia is scheduled to last only five hours. According to the Kremlin, the two leaders plan to discuss“Russian-Israeli cooperation in trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian areas as well as some pressing international and regional issues, including the situation in the Middle East and in Syria.”

The two leaders will exchange views on ways of “strengthening coordination between the Israeli Army and the Russian armed forces on Syria>>>

(*Very disappointing, Vlad !)

Jan 29 07:30

US Ambassador Urges Russia To React "Calmly" To "Corrupt Oligarchs" List Due Monday

The US Ambassador to Russia urged the Kremlin to react "calmly" to the U.S. Treasury Department's list of "corrupt oligarchs" due Monday. The list is designed to "name and shame" elite Russians into thinking twice before engaging in business with Putin's government. It will be up to Congress to decide whether the list should be published.

"I urge to take this report, based on its real and not a contrived essence and without emotions, because relations between our countries are far from being exhausted by this one legal act, and I was reminded about it in Washington, where I was two weeks ago," - US Ambassador John Huntsman via -newsru (translated)

Jan 28 20:38

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested as thousands rally against Vladimir Putin and 'pseudo-polls'

Russian police on Sunday detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow as thousands rallied across the country against a March election expected to extend Vladimir Putin's Kremlin term.

Heeding a call by Putin's bete noire, thousands braved freezing temperatures to stage rallies in dozens of cities to protest upcoming "pseudo-elections," as Navalny and his supporters refer to them

Jan 28 06:53

Russian economy under Putin: Quality of life tripled, foreign debt fell 75%

Quality of life
Before Putin’s election, Russia had a $9,889 GDP per capita by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). The figure had almost tripled by 2017, and has now reached $27,900. Russia has the highest GDP per capita among its fellow BRICS countries, with the next-highest, China, having just $16,624. The PPP takes into account the relative cost of living and the inflation rates of countries in order to compare living standards in different nations>>>
Economy performance
Russia is the sixth-largest economy in the world by PPP, with a $4-trillion GDP. PwC has predicted that, by 2050, the country will become the largest economy in Europe by this measure, leaving behind Germany and the United Kingdom.


Jan 28 06:43

Russia commemorates anniversary of lifting Siege of Leningrad. Putin visits his brother's grave

No more than 800,000 residents were remaining in the city by the end of the blockade out of the 3 million that had lived in Leningrad and its suburbs. According to various estimates, from 641,000 to 1 million Leningraders died as a result of hunger, bombings and artillery shelling. Almost 34,000 people were wounded, 716,000 residents were left without shelter and 1.7 million were evacuated across the Road of Life and by air in 1941-1942... On January 27, Russia marks the 74th anniversary since Soviet troops completely lifted the Nazi blockade of Leningrad (currently St. Petersburg), ending the 872-day siege of the city. In St. Petersburg, about 30,000 people, including WWII veterans and senior officials, attended memorial events at the city’s Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery, where 420,000 civilians and 50,000 soldiers of the Leningrad Front are buried in 186 mass graves. "In order to honor the victims of the Siege of Leningrad, veterans from 16 countries have arrived to St.

Jan 28 06:24

Poland has had enough of Ukrainian nationalists - Bandera ideology is now illegal

Stepan Bandera, who is said to have carried out the type of orders/crimes that even the SS soldiers struggled to fulfill. Recently, documents have been declassified which show that Bandera was in fact "Hitler's professional spy", with permission of the CIA, who went by the call sign "Consul 2"... The decision of the Polish Saeima on the criminal liability for glorification of Stepan Bandera will have far-reaching consequences - in fact, by analogy with the law on the Holocaust, sympathisers of the Ukrainian Bandera will be prosecuted throughout the EU. This was stated by the former Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Elena Lukash. "Poland has banned Bandera's ideology and imposed legal responsibility for the denial of the Volyn massacre. The Parliament has introduced criminal responsibility for denying the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists. The law provides for a fine or imprisonment for up to 3 years for "anti-Polish" sentiment." "The EU will be on the side of Poland in this matter.

Jan 28 06:18

Urgently: Ukraine preparing corridors of minefields for an offensive operation

The Ukrainian army under Gorlovka has begun the process of creating 'safe corridors' surrounded by minefields, which can then be used against the defenders of the DPR. This was published by a well-known military correspondent Semyon Pegov. "The Ukrainian army is working the "grey zone" near Gorlovka, with the help of special equipment, preparing 'safe corridors' among mined fields, for an infantry offensive. Two sources in the power structures of the Donbass republics have confirmed this information anonymously with me," Pegov writes.

Jan 28 06:07

Syrian opposition made ‘big mistake’ when refused to attend Sochi peace congress

The Syrian Negotiations Committee "made a big mistake" when it refused to take part in the National Dialogue Congress in Sochi due on January 29-30, Lebanese analyst Nidal Sabi, an expert on Syrian opposition groups, told TASS. According to the expert, the Riyadh group of the Syrian opposition, "has fallacious illusions of US importance in the post-war settlement." "The US policy demonstrates that they are not interested in ending the conflict in Syria and seek to separate the country with the help of the Kurdish separatist movement," he said. "The only thing they are interested in is to preserve military bases created in Kurdish districts." "If Washington was indeed interested in restoring peace and stability on the Syrian soil, it would have joined the Astana process long ago to become one of the ceasefire guarantor nations," the expert added.

Jan 28 06:04

Kurdish representatives to attend Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi

Representatives of Kurdish political forces will attend the Syrian National Dialogue Congress due in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on January 29-30, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Rossiya’1 television channel on Saturday. "They are coming," she said noting that "it was not easy" to invite Kurds’ representatives to Sochi "since so many players had been doing everything possible so that Kurds, even not Kurds but their representatives, could not come." Russia’s position remains steadfast that "it will be extremely difficult to go ahead without Kurds," she added. "We reiterate that broad dialogue about future of the big country, where the Kurdish population matters, will be otherwise impossible," Zakharova said.

Jan 27 13:23

‘Holocaust Deniers’ in Russia Now Face 5 Years in Prison

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday making the denial of Nazi crimes and distortion of the Soviet Union’s role in the World War Two a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in jail.

Jan 27 13:12

‘We will NOT comply’ Russia refuses to impose North Korea sanctions set by United States

RUSSIA has announced it has no intention of imposing sanctions on North Korea set by the United States, insisting it is under “no obligation” to comply with them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for further demonization of both Russia and North Korea continuing apace by the US corporate presstitutes, and more "linkage" attemped in coverage of both countries.

Jan 27 12:36

Turkey Vows to Expand Syria Offensive East to Iraq Border

One week into the Turkish invasion of Syria’s Afrin District, the war against the Kurdish YPG looks to be expanding precipitously, with President Erdogan first announcing he’d extend the war to Manbij, and now all the way east to the Iraqi border.

This suggests Turkey’s war against Syria’s Kurds is likely to span the whole of YPG territory, which at present is about 25% of all of Syria. That war will include Turkey’s allies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which Turkey tends to install as de facto rulers in places they’ve seized.

More importantly, this escalation all but ensures Turkey will be in an military confrontation with the US, as all of America’s troops deployed in Syria are in YPG territory, embedded with the Kurds, who they consider allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what if there is no "grand understanding:" between Turkey,Syria, the Kurds, Iraq, and Russia?!?!

And the other question, still unanswered, is how much military "monkey business" will Russia, which was invited to Syria at the behest of the Syrian government, allow to happen before it intervenes, and hard, militarily?!?

Is the US goal in Syria, in terms of having US troops in the country illegally, to pick a fight with Russia,and have that become the "justification" for a war against Russia, which, unfortunately, US troops might well not be able to win?!?

And I posit that question as someone who is a Christian pacifist activist, who very deeply cares about her country, and is deeply disturbed by various policy trajectories the US government is taking, both foreign and domestic.

We have reached a point in time where the US government believes that the only answer to any geopolitical dispute has to be war, and has completely forgotten the high art of good will/win/win, moral... negotiations.

Here are the cold hard facts; Russia consripts; the US does not. Our troops are intensely overstretched. The Russians have weaponry which has proven field tested and combat ready; the US presents badly engineered products,like the F-35. And the US doesn't have the manufacturing capacity (we've offshored it/outsourced that), nor the money to insure a positive outcome of a war against Russia.

Jan 27 12:08


The Washington Post headlined on January 26th, "Trump plans to ask for $716 billion for national defense in 2019 — a major increase”, and reported that when President Trump had entered the White House in January 2017, the ‘Defense' budget was $521 billion, but that President Trump will propose in his upcoming State-of-the-Union speech, a 2019 ‘Defense' budget of $716 billion, which, if it becomes law, would mean a 37% increase, above Obama’s last Pentagon budget (for 2017).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we are most probably looking at the US government initiating more wars, and a possible return to the draft, and soon.

Jan 27 03:09

President Trump, One Year In: The Prospects for US-Russia Relations

Big changes start with small steps.

US President Donald Trump rebuked Russia on Jan. 17 for helping North Korea evade international sanctions. He expressed frustration with Moscow’s policy, stating “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” and adding during an Oval Office interview withReuters, “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting.” This is the first time he has chosen to openly use such harsh words to slam Russia for its alleged wrongdoing. Donald Trump also said he wanted more missile defense systems – a contentious issue that will drive the US and Russia further apart. Moscow believes that that acquisition will threaten the strategic nuclear balance.

Jan 27 03:05

Stupid Republicans Sitting On Evidence That Clears Trump

Here's how the Stupid Party remains stupid! In the 1970s neoconservative Irving Kristol aptly described the Republicans as “the stupid party.” We are seeing this today in the hesitation of the House Intelligence Committee to release to the American public the results of its investigation of Russiagate.

Apparently, Republicans are not smart enough to understand that to announce that you have proof that turns Russiagate away from President Trump and toward its DNC, FBI, and DOJ originators and then to sit on the information gives the Democrats and the presstitutes time to discredit the information in advance of its release.

Jan 27 03:02

Russsia-Gate Implodes – Justin Raimondo

We have become a prisoner of our own empire. The finale is upon us: the Russia-gate fraud is about to be exploded, at long last.

Although the vaunted memo – and the underlying intelligence – compiled by the leadership of the House Intelligence Committee under chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has yet to be released, there has been enough chatter by those House members who have read it to give us the basic elements of what it contains. Although prepare to be shocked by what I consider to be the most outrageous aspect of this affair.

Jan 26 11:42

Trump Confounded by Turkey’s Invasion of Syria

After years of piecemeal US military operations vaguely advancing ill-defined goals, the American position in Syria, and its vast collection of allies and enemies is so inscrutable that the State Department tried, and failed, to clarify what the US position actually is.

President Trump is being described as downright confounded about what to do about the Turkish invasion of Syria earlier this week, which sees the NATO member nation sending troops into Afrin District to attack the US-backed Kurdish YPG forces there.

In the immediate term, the US can, and largely has, chosen to ignore this and urge calm, though with US troops embedded in Kurdish territory elsewhere in Syria, including Manbij, Turkey’s talk of expanding the invasion would quickly put them in the line of fire.

It’s not as if this problem is a sudden surprise. Turkey’s been threatening the Kurds for years, and has been complaining about the US backing the Kurds more or less constantly in that same period of time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are no clear goals in this war against both Syria, and the reality is that the US government has failed, big time, to achieve its objective of regime change in Damascus.

I lay the President's confusion at the hands of that unholy triumverate of "President Whisperers" who have his ear right now, consisting of Kelly, Mc Masters, And Mattis; I suspect that the info about the coming debacle in Syria, and that the Turkish government was ultimately make good on its word to destroy the Kurds, got "filtered out" of any communication they had with President Trump on the issue.

And notice; not one tiny peep from the corporatized US presstitutes, that this was even happening. It has been labled "invisible to the US public (except to those who read or write blogs dedicated to ferreting out the truth, like WRH).

I first read of it on Friday, courtesy of zerohedge.com; then, the Turkish invasion was annouced at that same blog the following Sunday.

But this is Kryptonite to the US press, until the State Department has come up with some kind of a plan, to try to end this peacefully.

I am hoping - and praying - that none of the US embeds in Manbij are hurt or killed. But I am realistic enough to understand that this may well happen, and when that does happen, what the hell is the US government going to do about it?!?

Are our military in Syria to become the "sacrificial lambs", to be slaughtered as a "justification " for the US to go into Syria, hot and heavy, in a war against both Russia and Syria?!?

I wish I could bet that this will not happen; that at the end of the day, the US government will find a peaceful resolution, and get our troops safely out of Syria; unfortunately, however, just because an attack against Syria, and the Russian presence there, would be the most hamfistedly, pigheadedly stupid thing thing the US government and military could do right now, is absolutely no guarantee that it will not do it.

Jan 26 11:25

Turkey Will ‘Target’ US Troops If They Keep Supporting Syrian Kurds

US-Turkey tensions mounting surrounding the Turkish invasion of the Syrian Kurdish Afrin District look to be getting much worse, with Turkey’s deputy premier Bekir Bozdag warning that the US is the one risking confrontation by supporting the Kurds.

Bozdag warned the US needs to “review its soldiers and elements giving support to terrorists on the ground,” and that US forces who continue to support the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey considers terrorists “will become a target in this battle.”

The US isn’t believed to have any serious forces inside Afrin District, which Turkey is presently invading. Turkey’s President Erdogan, however, says they will attack Manbij next, and there are a substantial number of US troops deployed there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, please let me get my head around this; Turkey, a NATO member, is threatening war against American troops embedded in Manbij, (The US is also a NATO member) if they find them embedded with the YPG there?!?!?

War with Turkey... over Syria?!?!?

This is a thoroughly insane situation, yet it has been brought about by the "magical thinking" inside the White House, Pentagon, and State Department, that if somehow the US was able to carve out a little piece of Syria to call "their own" (or the Kurd's own), and Syria's sovereign statehood be damned here, that they could somehow push Bashir Al Assad out of power, and regime change Damascus.

Not satisfied’ till Assad gone: US pushes for regime change as war in Syria winds

Erdogan has stated that he has "made a deal" with Moscow about this invasion into Turkey. And as an invited guest of the Syrian government, Russian troops, aligned with the Syrian troops, have done a formidable job of basically scraping most of the jihadists out of the country.

The question now is, what will happen if the situation in Manjib gets ugly quickly, and American military are shot and killed here?!?

Is the US government really thinking about spinning such a potential narrative here, as a reasonable excuse for going to war with Russia over Syria?!?

Jan 26 11:06

Russia mocks Gavin Williamson's attack warning

Russia has ridiculed a UK minister for suggesting it could cause "thousands and thousands and thousands" of deaths by crippling British infrastructure.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Daily Telegraph Moscow was spying on energy supplies which, if cut, could cause "total chaos" in the country.

But Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Mr Williamson had "lost his grasp on reason".

The comments were worthy of a Monty Python sketch, Mr Konashenkov added.

Jan 26 10:06

Russians and Turks Humble the US in Syria

The drama which is unfolding in northern Syria is truly an almost ideal case to fully assess how weak and totally dysfunctional the AngloZionist Empire has really become. Let’s begin with a quick reminder.

The US-Israeli goals in Syria were really very simple. As I have already mentioned in a past article, the initial AngloZionist plan was to overthrow Assad and replace him with the Takfiri crazies (Daesh, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, ISIS – call them whatever you want).

Jan 26 08:19

Russian agents created 129 US election events: Facebook to Congress

Facebook Inc said Russian agents created 129 events on the social media network during the 2016 US election campaign, according to testimony to Congress, shedding more light on Russia`s purported disinformation drive aimed at voters.

Facebook, in a written statement to US lawmakers, released on Thursday and dated Jan 8, said that 338,300 different Facebook accounts viewed the events and that 62,500 marked that they would attend. The company said it did not have data about which of the events took place.

Jan 26 03:47

Russia, US to conduct joint space experiments

US researchers have announced plans to take part in joint experiments on simulating flights to outer space as part of the Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station (SIRIUS) program. US scientists suggested adding two additional research projects to the program with participation of a joint six-member Russian-US crew, Director of the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences Oleg Orlov told Izvestia. "Our American colleagues have expressed interest in expanding the five-year scientific program, which should result in one experiment on an annual isolation," Orlov told the paper. Russia has backed the initiative and now it should be included in official documents. The NASA Human Research Program has also confirmed the plans to join the experiments with the paper. Besides NASA, the German Space Agency is also gearing up to take part in the SIRIUS program, Orlov said.

Jan 26 03:44

Russia’s proposal on Donbass peacekeepers gets international backing

Russia’s draft resolution on deploying peacekeepers will lay the foundation for the work of a special United Nations mission in Donbass. A high-ranking Russian diplomatic source told Izvestia that all international mediators in settling the conflict, including the United States, agree with Russia’s proposal. Moscow suggests that Kiev should introduce "any amendments" to the document (except for deploying peacekeepers to the Russian border) to start the discussion. At Friday’s meeting Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov and US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will hash over the ins and outs of the Russian draft resolution and Washington’s proposals. A source close to the Ukrainian presidential administration told the paper that Volker’s recent trip to Kiev was aimed at persuading the leadership to accept the Russian initiative.

Jan 26 03:39

World’s foremost humanoid robot crashes when asked how to tackle corruption in Ukraine

The state-of-the-art social humanoid robot known as Sophia failed to answer the question of "what should be done with corruption in Ukraine" when asked while visiting the Ukrainian house at the World Economic Forum in Davos. This is according to a statement posted on Facebook by Alyona Shkrum, a lawmaker in the Ukrainian parliament from the Batkovshchina party. "The script of the most developed robot in the world broke down and the processor crashed after getting the question:" What should be done with corruption in Ukraine?" she wrote on Facebook. Sofia, a cutting-edge humanoid robot, was developed by the Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics. She was adapted to the behavior of people and is able to maintain a dialogue. Sofia is a Saudi Arabian citizen, making her the first robot that was granted citizenship.

Jan 26 01:39

Argentina's relationship with Russia suddenly becomes 'strategic'

It seems that Russia has lost its influence in Argentina after the rise of pro-Western President Mauricio Macri to power. All of a sudden, Macri announced the continuation of strategic cooperation with Russia, and opened the doors of the country for such Russian state-run giants of the atomic and gas industries as Rosatom and Gazprom. After leftist forces left the governments of Argentina and Brazil, the split in MERCOSUR on the issue of Venezuela, the death of Fidel Castro, Rafael Correa's departure from politics, it seemed that the loss of Russia's influence in Latin America was a matter of a short time. President Vladimir Putin did not said nothing about Brazil during the last BRICS summit. However, President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, has recently paid a visit to Moscow and this event dispelled pessimism. After his victory in 2015, all of Argentina's agreements with Russia were suspended.

Jan 26 01:23

Moldova is a mistake, it doesn't exist

Russia should toughen its requirements for businessmen from the CIS countries. This was announced today in the State Duma by the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky. "We must react in a timely manner, and in a tough way. We give opportunities for Moldovan, Baltic and other CIS businessmen to make money in Russia. They earn money here, then they come to power at home and adopt anti-Russian laws," Zhirinovsky said. He considers the creation of the Moldavian republic a mistake of the Soviet government. "Under the Tsar it was the Bessarabian province, with its capital in Chisinau, where the Russian Governor-General was sitting, and no one made any noise. Then they decided to create more and more 'republics' of the Union and invented Moldova. Now the Moldovians use any excuse to break ties with Russia. And for this - they get paid. It always starts quietly - individual deputies are not issued visas.

Jan 26 00:21

Tribunal awaits: Latest UN data on Donbass denounces Poroshenko's lies

The UN Commissariat for Human Rights has noted that 90% of civilian casualties in Donbass lived on the territory of Lugansk or Donetsk republics (as opposed to the Kiev- controlled territory of Donbass.) This was stated by political scientist Denis Denisov at a press conference in Moscow. "These figures are most authoritative and illustrative. They demonstrate the most important thing - which side is conducting a defensive war, and which - the offensive," Denisov said. According to him, the OSCE mission constantly notes the absence of Ukrainian military equipment. At the same time, the Ukrainian military prevents access of the monitoring mission to certain sites. OSCE representatives have recorded attempts by the Ukrainian army to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles belonging to the Mission. The Ukrainian military responded that there have been no orders to stop the fire.

Jan 25 12:47

Russia Will Go to the Moon Next Year With First Lander in Decades

Russia’s Luna-25 lander, the country’s first launch of its kind in decades, is planned to take place next year, scientists confirmed after a series of reported delays to the project.

The lander is set to be the first of three spacecraft Moscow plans to launch to the Moon. Luna-25 will be tasked with exploring the chemical composition of the Moon’s surface, set to land somewhere near the lunar south pole.

Jan 25 11:33

Ukraine On Fire ENGLISH VERSION Oliver Stone Full Documentary.

Jan 25 10:30

Russia Officially Accuses USA of Plotting Major Riots During 2018 Elections

The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the United States of the covert transfer of money assets to opposition groups in Russia to destabilize the political situation in the country.

The announcement from representatives of the foreign ministry came in response to the recent article published on BuzzFeed. The article disclosed confidential information about transactions of Russian diplomatic institutions in the United States. In particular, the article said that the authorities of the United States were studying “suspicious money transfers” of the Russian embassy in Washington.

Representatives of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs stressed that such information was “deliberately falsified and maliciously interpreted for the next round of accusations connected with Russia’s alleged interference in US elections. It goes about conventional salary transfers, which “they try to make look like conspiracies.”

Jan 25 10:14

Washington New Defense Strategy: Keep Russia, China Down

One thing can be said about the new Pentagon National Defense Strategy document just released under the name of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. It is honest about what the target of US military policy is going forward. Washington military policy is explicitly aimed to keep China and Russia from developing any alternative counter-pole to unchallenged US military and political supremacy. The new document lays this out in no uncertain terms. The details are notable and show the disarray that is Washington today, as its once-firm grip on world power disintegrates.

Jan 25 09:06

Trump Officially Restores Cold War

On January 20th, CBS News bannered “Terrorism no longer the military's top priority, Mattis says” and opened:

“There is a major change in US military strategy. On Friday, more than 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said terrorism is no longer the No. 1 priority.”

The report said, “Maintaining a military advantage over China and Russia is now Defense Secretary Mattis' top priority.”

Jan 25 08:51

Slimy Biden boasts about the way he destroyed Ukraine

Former Vice President of the United States Jo Biden has cheerfully admitted that blackmailing the Kiev leadership achieved the resignation of the Prosecutor General, Viktor Shokin.

Speaking at the Council of International Relations of the USA, Biden said that during one of his visits to Kiev he was to declare that the United States was giving Ukraine a billion dollars.

"I had promises from Poroshenko and Yatseniuk that they will take fire the Prosecutor General, but they did not. I said: you're not getting a billion dollars. They tell me - "you do not have such powers, you are not the president, the president said he would." I answered: "So call him."

Jan 25 08:51

US seeks to fire Ukraine's Head of Intelligence Services - in favour of a more malicious person

Petro Poroshenko is urgently wanting to replace the current head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Vasyl Hrytsak with Valery Kondratyuk, who currently holds the post of deputy head of the presidential administration of Ukraine. This was stated by the ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Oleg Tsarev.

"Americans are very actively lobbying for Kondratyuk. If Kondratyuk is chosen, then such terrorist attacks as in Donetsk and Lugansk, and those foiled in the Crimea - there will be tens, if not hundreds more. This is a purely American agent," Tsarev said.

Jan 25 06:42

Clinton–Obama Emails: The Key to Understanding Why Hillary Wasn’t Indicted

New FBI texts highlight a motive to conceal the president’s (Obama) involvement.

If Clinton had been charged, Obama’s culpable involvement would have been patent. In any prosecution of Clinton, the Clinton–Obama emails would have been in the spotlight. For the prosecution, they would be more proof of willful (or, if you prefer, grossly negligent) mishandling of intelligence. More significantly, for Clinton’s defense, they would show that Obama was complicit in Clinton’s conduct yet faced no criminal charges.

Jan 25 06:08

US seeks to fire Ukraine's Head of Intelligence Services - in favour of a more malicious person... many of the saboteurs were trained in the United States

Petro Poroshenko is urgently wanting to replace the current head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Vasyl Hrytsak with Valery Kondratyuk, who currently holds the post of deputy head of the presidential administration of Ukraine. This was stated by the ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Oleg Tsarev. "Americans are very actively lobbying for Kondratyuk. If Kondratyuk is chosen, then such terrorist attacks as in Donetsk and Lugansk, and those foiled in the Crimea - there will be tens, if not hundreds more. This is a purely American agent," Tsarev said. Tsarev claimed, before it happened, that Kondratyuk actually runs the special operations department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, which is developing provocations in the Crimea and the Donbass. The former deputy compared the training system of Ukrainian saboteurs with the methods of the Abwehr (intelligence of Nazi Germany).

Jan 25 06:01

In the footsteps of Tymoshenko: Western mouthpiece Sobchak to meet Trump

Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak will visit the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where she will take part in the discussion on "the post-authoritarian future of Russia" on February 6. "Join us for a conversation with the candidate for the presidency of the Russian Federation, Ksenia Sobchak, about the prospects and hope for Russia's post-authoritarian future," reads the organization's website. In addition, Sobchak's visit to the United States may extend to February 8 for the annual National Prayer Breakfast, at which US President Donald Trump will be present. Last year's breakfast was attended by a large delegation from Ukraine, headed by Yulia Tymoshenko. Participation in the event involves an obligatory charitable contribution of about 10 thousand dollars.

Jan 25 05:51

Israel announces Ukraine as the most anti-Semitic country

In a 72-page document published by the Israeli Ministry for Diaspora Affairs, Ukraine was named as the leading country of the post-Soviet space, in terms of number of verbal attacks and violent actions against Jews, their property, shrines and community institutions. "In Ukraine, there has been a doubling of the number of anti-Semitic incidents against the backdrop of a revival of nationalism in Eastern Europe, attempts to glorify the nationalist movements of the past and their leaders responsible for the murder and expulsion of Jews," the Ministry wrote. "This is the second year in a row when Ukraine records the largest number of reported incidents in the former USSR, in terms of anti-Semitic propaganda and vandalism against Jewish objects, such as cemeteries, Holocaust memorials, and community buildings," the document says.

Jan 25 05:34

US leader believes Iran and North Korea trump Russia at Davos

During the World Economic Forum in Davos, US President Donald Trump is expected to focus on economic issues, and discuss North Korea and Iran, while shrugging off the issue of Russia and China, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. However, the rivalry with Moscow and Beijing was mentioned as a top priority in Washington’s new national defense strategy, the paper says. "Davos is an all-European and international forum, but there is more European business in Davos than American or Asian. Apparently, the United States is preparing a message for the European audience and overly hostile theses on Russia would not be appropriate. The sanctions package that limits Europe's business in its affairs with Russia was poorly perceived in the EU and it failed to get any support,” Andrey Sushentsov, head of the Foreign Policy Agency and Program Director at the Valdai Club, told the paper. The US leader is not seeking to fan tensions around Russia, the analyst explained.

Jan 25 05:31

Ukraine eyes ‘football diplomacy’ to garner support at World Cup

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin announced that Kiev has decided to conduct a so-called "football diplomacy" strategy towards foreign federations and fans in order to drum up support for Ukraine during this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. A Ukrainian MP from the ruling coalition, who did not want to be identified, told Kommersant that Kiev’s call for boycotting the tournament would receive no response. However, the top Ukrainian diplomat’s idea to encourage foreign partners to voice their position in support of Ukraine at the World Cup looks more promising, the lawmaker said. "Certainly, we do not guarantee that all the stands at the tournament will be covered with Ukrainian flags, but I’m sure that our country will be backed by fan clubs from neighboring states and definitely English fans. The United Kingdom has a big Ukrainian diaspora and a high level of support for Ukraine," one of leaders of the fans’ movement supporting Football Club Dynamo Kiev Alexander Popov said.

Jan 25 05:19

Kiev using secret prisons, Donetsk human rights ombudsman reveals

Former captives have uncovered details on a secret network of prisons used by Kiev, human rights ombudsman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Darya Morozova said on Thursday. "We found out from an interview with released captives that the practice of secret prisons is still in place in Ukraine," Morozova said during a video linkup at a roundtable hosted by TASS and devoted to reports by international organizations on the crimes in Donbass. The Donetsk republic’s authorities are doing their best to inform the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when the rights of individuals captured by Ukraine are violated, she added. The self-proclaimed Donetsk republic has had fruitful cooperation with international organizations in this field, she said.

Jan 25 00:55

Davos Forum: Saying too much, doing too little, as usual. The US also has big problems in Davos

Russia is weakly represented at the 48th World Economic Forum that opened in Davos on 23 January. Why discuss the system, which Russia should abandon? (Russia is not interested in the Davos forum from the point of view of strategic prospects, because the forum is devoted to outdated economic models, which Russia should leave behind). Strange as it may seem, the motto of the forum - "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World" - reflects the situation at its best... Yet, the Russians are no strangers there, because the world cannot live without Russia's oil and gas, Andrei Suzdaltsev, political scientist and deputy head of the Faculty of World Economy and Politics at the Higher School of Economics, told Pravda.Ru. "They will make us believe that Russia should return to the joint economic system, to the world without sanctions, but Russia would need to make concessions for this.

Jan 25 00:41

Lukoil CEO warns against sharp growth in oil prices up to $150

Vagit Alekperov, CEO of Russian oil major Lukoil, believes the OPEC+ oil production cut agreement will contribute to stabilization of oil prices but it is important to prevent their "explosive" growth up to $150 per barrel. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, he said: "It seems that the governments of the oil producing countries are not happy with $70 and the race for a "mechanical bunny" starts again. We must bring them [the prices] back to normal, to the level of 2011-2012, and then smoothly withdraw from the agreement,"Alekperov said. "We should not allow an explosive jump in oil price, when it was $140-150 again," he stressed...

Jan 25 00:38

French tanker with Russian LNG moors in harbor of Boston

The French tanker Gaselys, which is carrying Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the United States, moored in the harbor of Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, according to the data on the MarineTraffic Internet portal. According to the website, the tanker built in 2007 with a length of 289.6 meters and a width of 43.35 meters anchored at 05:51 EST (13:51 MSK). Gaselys carries a first batch of LNG produced at Russia’s Yamal LNG plant. This is the first time when LNG produced in Russia is shipped to the US. Yamal LNG is the first LNG plant of Russian independent gas producer Novatek. The project is being implemented on the Yamal peninsula in Russia Arctic region. It envisions the launch of three LNG trains, each with the capacity of 5.5 mln tonnes a year. In late 2017 the first train was launched. The second and the third one will be put into operation in 2018-2019.

Jan 25 00:28

Russia to build its own space station without USA and Europe

General designer for manned systems and complexes at Russia's Space Agency, Roscosmos, Yevgeny Mikrin, said that the Russian orbital station could be created after 2019 on the basis of five modules. Speaking at "Korolev readings" in Moscow, Mikrin stated that a Russian orbital station was possible. "It is planned that it will consist of five modules and will provide the work of a crew of three people," he added. According to him, the scientific and energy module will be the basic one for the new station. "The newly developed modules include a gateway and a transformable module," Mikrin said. He also said that the maiden flight and docking of the new Russian manned spacecraft "Federation" is planned for 2024. According to him, it will be a reusable spaceship that will ensure precise landing, including on the Moon. The head of Roscosmos, Igor Komarov, said that Russia would launch 150 satellites into space until 2025.

Jan 25 00:24

Iran offers alliance with Russia to counter USA in the Middle East

Iran put forward and idea to set up a coalition with the participation of Russia to counteract the United States. According to Iran's Fars news agency, assistant to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Major-General Yahya Rahim Safavi, said that Iran's regional alliance with Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Iraq would be able to counter the American coalition. According to him, the US strategy in 2018 is to "preserve the conflict in the region," as well as expand it, and Washington seeks political, economic and military benefits for this activity. According to Safavi, the US seeks the establishment of an autonomous Kurdish region, even though the actions of the Americans violate international norms about territorial integrity of states. Russia and Iran have similar positions in Syria, even though strategic goals of the two countries are different.

Jan 25 00:18

British army chief says Russia can destroy UK sooner than expected

The head of the British army, Nick Carter, said that Moscow was capable of taking "hostile actions" against the United Kingdom and NATO much earlier than expected. According to him, this conflict may begin unexpectedly. "The threats we face are not thousands of miles away but are now on Europe's doorstep - we have seen how cyber warfare can be both waged on the battlefield and to disrupt normal people's lives - we in - the UK are not immune from that," Carter said during a speech at the Royal United Services Institute on Monday. According to him, the UK and the West should understand that there is no clear distinction between war and peace - there are intermediate stages instead. "Speed of decision making, speed of deployment and modern capability are essential if we wish to provide realistic deterrence," he added. The new war will not be limited to conventional weapons that explode and shoot.

Jan 25 00:16

USA prepares Russia's neighbours for WWIII

Specialists of the US Department of Defense intend to study the infrastructure of Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Finland and Poland for their readiness for wartime conditions. The Pentagon needs the data to understand the logistics networks and supply chains in times of war and emergency situations. The department also intends to collect information on sources of water and food products, fuel, medicines, industrial equipment and clothing. The US military are also interested in ports, roads, airports, bridges and ferries. To date, the US military analyse the ability of state structures of Russia and China not only to survive a nuclear strike, but also to continue functioning afterwards. "One should bear in mind the fact that with the advent of nuclear weapons and the US championship on this issue, Washington has always considered a pre-emptive strike, while we would respond with a counter-attack.

Jan 24 17:22

The FBI Hand Behind Russia-Gate

It now appears that it was not the Russians trying to rig the outcome of the U.S. election, but leading officials of the U.S. intelligence community, shadowy characters sometimes called the Deep State.


Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate, thanks to the official release of unguarded text messages between loose-lipped FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his garrulous girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. (Ten illustrative texts from their exchange appear at the end of this article.)

Jan 24 16:49

Release the Memo

Now why is this not the prime news story across the nation?

Swamp is in Full Force – Maintain the Cover-up

The utter farce of the Mueller investigation into Trump collusion with Russia demonstrates the most obscene and overwhelming pattern of government deceit and deflection in decades.

Jan 24 16:46

Turkey re-enters Syrian endgame with ‘smart power’

“Our operations will continue until the separatist terror organization is fully cleared from the region and around 3.5 million Syrians who are now sheltered in Turkey are able to securely return to their homeland.”

The UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday regarding Turkey’s military operations in Syria turned out to be like the dog that didn’t bark in the night in the Sherlock Holmes short story. There was no bark – no statement by the Security Council – condemning Turkey.

Jan 24 16:43

Bullhorns disambiguation

Will a 4-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse change the course of what is known as Russiagate?

Also, does the Trump administration’s Syria policy make any sense?

Jan 24 16:41

When it comes to Davos, it’s inequality, stupid

This is what ‘the great and the good’ in the business world will not be discussing during the annual talk-fest at the Swiss luxury resort.
This is the exclusive club, which meets in the luxury Swiss resort each year to discuss the global business environment.

Davos is essentially double-dip land. On one side, we have ‘Bad for Labor’, with millions in the West thrown into an unemployment hell or suffering from a wages freeze. On the other side, we have ‘Good for Capital’, with companies flush with cash. Yet the result is uncertainty, all over again.

Jan 24 15:50

Western Europe Must Return and Rediscover Their Christian Roots to Counter the Muslim Invasion and the New World Order

Once a long time ago in western European countries of Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and France had strong Christian roots. The people were very strong in biblical principles that promoted high moral standards being the salt of the earth. Now it seems the Church has become very ineffective no longer the moral compass of Western Europe. Christianity was a very strong influence in Western European societies long ago, now the church is just a structure and no longer an institution as a strong moral anchor to preserve stability their societies.

Jan 24 14:06

Western Europe Must Return and Rediscover Their Christian Roots to Counter the Muslim Invasion and the New World Order

Once a long time ago in western European countries of Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and France had strong Christian roots. The people were very strong in biblical principles that promoted high moral standard being the salt of the earth. Now it seems the Church has become very ineffective no longer the moral compass of Western Europe. Christianity was a very strong influence in Western European societies, now the church is just a structure and no longer an institution as a strong moral anchor to preserve their society.

Jan 24 13:50

West Is Waging 'Economic War' on Russia to Topple Kremlin — Bank CEO

Western countries are waging an “economic war” against Russia to pursue regime change, the head of Russia’s second-largest lender, VTB Bank, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Russian businessmen are bracing for the release of a list of Kremlin-linked “oligarchs” by the U.S. Treasury Department next Monday, Jan. 29. The blacklist accompanies a new set of sanctions expected in February over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Jan 24 12:12

Russia deploys four S-400 missile defense systems to Syria

The Russian military has deployed four units of its state-of-the-art S-400 anti-aircraft missile defensive systems to Syria.

In the videos published by the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday, two of the four units can be seen being delivered to the Hmeimim airbase in Syria's coastal province of Latakia.

The two other units were shipped to the Russian maritime facility located in Syria's Mediterranean coastal city of Tartus.

Jan 24 10:01

Monitors warn of preparations for fresh surge of fighting in Ukraine

Government troops and Russian-led militia in eastern Ukraine appear to be preparing for an escalation in fighting, international monitors warned on Tuesday, amid Kremlin condemnation of Kiev’s new legal stance on the grinding conflict.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission said neither side was abiding by the 2015 Minsk agreement, which has failed to end fighting that has killed more than 10,300 people and displaced 1.6 million.

“Instead of fully complying, instead of withdrawing weapons, disengaging and de-mining, it seems the sides are in fact doing the opposite,” said Alexander Hug, principal deputy chief monitor of the mission.

“All across eastern Ukraine [we have] been observing readiness. Everywhere we observe indications that the sides are preparing to continue the conflict, or even escalate it,” he said via video link from the main separatist-held city of Donetsk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get nasty in a heartbeat; please remember in December of last year, the US approved of the sale of offensive weapons to Kiev.

When those weapons are actually delivered to the Ukrainian military, will most probably dictate the start of further conflicts here.

Let us hope and pray that tensions can be ratched down by both sides; otherwise, American troops permanently stationed in Ukraine could find themselves fighting Russians.

Jan 24 09:54

Putin, Erdogan discuss situation in Syria, including near Afrin — Kremlin

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey spoke over phone to discuss the situation in Syria, including near Afrin, where Turkey is conducting a military operation, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two presidents exchanged views on the situation in Syria, including in the northwest of the country, near Afrin, where the Turkish armed forces are conducting a military operation. Both side stressed the importance of further joint efforts towards crisis settlement that are to be based on the principles of respect to Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty," the Kremlin said.

According to the press service, the two leaders also touched upon preparations for an upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress due to be held in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi on January 29-30.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia has won this round, backing up diplomacy with Turkish "muscle" in Syria.

The US government has now lost Syria, whatever various spokespersons say, and this is yet another epic fail, and catastrophe of non-critical thinking, in the Middle East.

Jan 23 12:16

A Coming Russia-Ukraine War?

While much of America’s – and the world’s – attention focused this weekend reflecting on Donald Trump’s first year in the Oval Office, holding one-year anniversary events for the historic Women’s March and drawing up balance sheets of his promises and achievements, Russia has had a rather different issue on the front-burner: a possible war with Ukraine.

The situation in the Donbass region of south-eastern Ukraine has been a feature of Russia’s political talk shows for the past couple years, along with the military campaign in Syria and more recently the stages in the preparation for presidential elections on March 18.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And to whom have the US government and NATO pledged allegiance should such a war break out?!?

Why, UKRAINE, of course!!

Here is what has transpired, so far:


Amid Russian Tensions, US Army continues to build up Ukrainian Training Center

Folks, I am havng a double facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this; and the intense upsurge in the demonizing of Russia right now, isn't helping anything.

I am very concerned about a US/Ukrainian war against Russia, and for the following, logical reasons:

1. With all of their existing missions, US military forces are stretched nearly beyond belief. Russia conscripts; the US goverment has ot done so in a long time. And sould such a war be brewing, I would not bet against the reinstitution of the draft in this country.

2. The US military doesn't have the money, or the manufacturing, to pursue a war against Russia in Ukraine.

3. The US military doesn't have the weaponry to insure a positive outcome to such a war. The world has witnessed the integrity and capability of Russia's weapons during their mission in Syria, and that was something to behold.

The US military?!? I give you the F-35, which has cost taxpayers billions, and delivered little of what it promised, even at this late date.

A war against Russia in Syria would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing that the US government could possibly do at this moment; unfortunately, however, that is utterly no guarantee whatsoever, that it will not do this.

Jan 23 11:57

Russia 'concerned' about Turkey military bid in Syria

Jan 23 11:49

US Struggles With Fighting Between Turkey, Syrian Kurds, Two Key Allies

US warnings and calls for restraint have failed, and Turkey has invaded Syria’s Afrin District, beginning what could be a protracted battle with the US-backed Kurdish YPG. Two major US allies are in open conflict.

US allies have often clashed in the course of the Syrian War, but this is shaping up to be a long military campaign by Turkey, which has been looking to push against the Kurds for quite some time.

The US is so far just calling for “restraint,” but their involvement in the fight could come quite quickly, as Turkish officials have repeatedly said after Afrin, they’ll be attacking the YPG-held city of Manbij, a city that has US troops embedded within.

The US initially sent troops to Manbij to try to deter a Turkish invasion, betting they wouldn’t want to risk causing casualties to a fellow NATO member. That the fight is already ongoing now may change that calculation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; the US military has troops embedded with the YGB in Mandij, the city in Syria Turkey has announced it will attack next.

Is the White House planning to create an exit corridor through which the American troops be able to leave, and quickly, or are they "sacrificial lambs" with which to justify a full-on invasion of Syria and/or Turkey?!?

This is about to get ugly, quickly.

Jan 23 11:04

AEOI Official: Russia, China Willing to Build Small N. Reactors in Iran

Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Ahmadian announced that China and Russia have voiced enthusiasm for the construction of small nuclear reactors in Iran.

"The Chinese have worked a lot in this field and some negotiations have been held with them. They are interested in cooperation with Iran in this field. Also Russia has worked on small units (of nuclear reactors) for vessels and we have also announced our interest to cooperate with them in this sector," Ahmadian said

"Iran has studied different countries which have worked on the small reactors technology and are willing to cooperate with Iran and is in talks with them," he added.


Jan 23 08:41

US Coast Guard Adds Cruise Missiles To Ice-Breakers As Battle For The Arctic Begins

The United States Coast Guard is preparing to equip icebreaker vessels operating in the Arctic region with high-tech cruise missiles for the first time as Washington escalates geopolitical tensions with Russia.

Jan 23 08:30

Putin is a 'clear and present danger' to Britain: Head of the Army warns of Russia's 'eye-watering' military power and how it is using the war in Syria to test its frightening arsenal

Vladimir Putin could start hostilities against the West ‘sooner than we expect’, the head of the Army has said.

Warning of Russia’s ‘eye-watering’ military capabilities, Sir Nick Carter laid bare the scale of the threat.

The Chief of the General Staff said the Kremlin was a ‘clear and present danger’ and predicted a conflict would start with something we did not expect.

‘They are not thousands of miles away, they are on Europe’s doorstep,’ he said in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute.

Britain’s ability to pre-empt or respond to the threat ‘will be eroded if we don’t match up to them now,’ he said, adding: ‘Russia could initiate hostilities sooner than we expect.’

Jan 23 08:27

Russia Added a Record 223 Tons of Gold to Reserves in 2017

For a whooping 13.8 percent increase in gold holdings in just one year -- Russia's gold buying spree continues

Jan 22 14:53

A Coming Russia-Ukraine War?

While much of America’s – and the world’s – attention focused this weekend reflecting on Donald Trump’s first year in the Oval Office, holding one-year anniversary events for the historic Women’s March and drawing up balance sheets of his promises and achievements, Russia has had a rather different issue on the front-burner: a possible war with Ukraine.

Jan 22 14:00

War With Russia Creeps Closer as Ukraine Moves to Pull out of Minsk Accords

While much of America’s – and the world’s – attention focused this weekend reflecting on Donald Trump’s first year in the Oval Office, holding one-year anniversary events for the historic Women’s March and drawing up balance sheets of his promises and achievements, Russia has had a rather different issue on the front-burner: a possible war with Ukraine.

The situation in the Donbass region of south-eastern Ukraine has been a feature of Russia’s political talk shows for the past couple years, along with the military campaign in Syria and more recently the stages in the preparation for presidential elections on March 18.

Focus on the Donbass conflict increased in the closing weeks of 2017 as military action on the front lines separating the forces of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk enjoying Russian support from Ukrainian militias and armed forces reached an intensity not seen for more than a year. This is despite the heralded exchange of military prisoners by both sides before New Year’s under talks supervised by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill.

Then, this past Thursday, came a wholly new development>>>

Jan 22 12:12

Lavrov: It is about time Russia should exit Western project

To expand the horizons of its “red lines,” Russia should get out of someone else’s economic project, political analyst Leonid Krutakov said.

In an interview with Kommersant, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov outlined Russia’s “red lines,” which Western “partners” are not recommended to cross. Serious Western politicians should not only understand but also respect this he added

“Russia has the right to defend the interests of its compatriots, especially when they are persecuted in many countries, when their rights are oppressed, as it happened in Ukraine,” Sergei Lavrov said.

He referred to Russia’s action in the Crimea after the coup in Ukraine>>>

Jan 22 10:52

The Coming (Big) War in Ukraine

"Now that the United States has been again and still more decisively humiliated in Syria by the nearly complete military victory of Assad forces with substantial Russian air assistance, the Deep State once again is looking to Ukraine to wreak its vengeance on Russia."

Jan 22 08:46

NSA/ FBI AND DOJ Explosive Findings – Paul Craig Roberts

We have treason committed at the highest levels of the FBI and Department of Justice and the Democratic National Committee. The main function of the National Security Administration is to collect the dirt on members of the house and senate, the staffs, principal contributors, and federal judges. The dirt is used to enforce silence about the crimes of the security agencies.

The blackmail mechanism was put into gear the minute the news reported that the House Intelligence Committee had assembled proof that the FBI, DOJ, and DNC created Russiagate as a conspiracy to unseat President Trump.

Jan 22 08:30

Turkey vs. USA? Ministry of Defense orders Russian military to leave Afrin, Syria

The Russian command in Syria has taken measures to ensure the security of servicemen in Afrin, where Turkey is conducting an operation against the Kurds, the Defense Ministry said.

The military department stressed that "to prevent possible provocations, to exclude the threat to life and health of Russian servicemen," the operational group of the Center for reconciliation of warring parties and military police was relocated from Afrin to Tel Adjar.

The Center for Reconciliation continues to monitor the situation in the de-escalation zone of Tel-Rifat in order to promptly provide assistance to the civilian population leaving the combat areas, the report said.

Jan 22 08:18

Kurds Still Adamant to Russian Offer after Turkish Invasion

One of the Kurdish movements in Afrin disclosed that the Kurds have turned down a Russian request to hand over areas under their control to the Syrian government.

Jan 21 08:48

Russian forces re-deployed from Afrin after Turkey’s offensive - Russia’s Defense MinistryMore:http://tass.com/defense/986083

An operations group of the Russian center for reconciliation of warring sides and military police has been re-deployed from Syria’s Afrin to Tel Ajar after Turkey had launched its offensive, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry said that "the command of the Russian military group in Syria has taken steps to provide security of the Russian servicemen, who had been stationed in Afrin canton, where the Turkish Armed Forces have mounted a ‘special operation’ against Kurdish units."

"The operations group of the center for reconciliation of warring sides and military police have been redeployed from the area of Afrin to the area of Tel Ajar in the Tel Rifaat de-confliction zone in order to avoid possible provocations and to ensure Russian servicemen’s lives and health are not exposed to risks," the ministry said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this may be a retreat, but it appears to be a tactical retreat only, to keep Russian soldiers safe, until Putin and Lavrov decide precisely how to approach this Turkish invasion of Northern Syria.

But in the genral theme of things, the optics here cannot appear as through Russia has "backed down" from assisting Syria militarily, or allow Turkey to appear militarily successful in this bombing campaign and invasion.

Jan 21 08:25

Turkey launches major land operation into YPG militants in Syria's Afrin

Turkey has begun a land operation on the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), with troops entering Syrian soil at 11:05 a.m. on Jan. 21, Prime Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m told a group of journalists.

“Our units have entered Afrin from two branches at 11:05 a.m. with the Free Syrian Army. This means the land operation has begun,” Y?ld?r?m said, speaking to the editors of Turkish news publications in a meeting held in Istanbul.

The operation, which came hours after a major air strike on the YPG on Jan. 20, will consist of four phases to create a safe zone with a 30-kilometer depth, he said.

The first phase would be aimed to form a secure zone on the Turkish borders between Azaz and Afrin. Following the first phase, Y?ld?r?m said, the "cleaning" would require an even more thorough work and "there was no need to rush."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Webcrawl on Faux News barely mentioned the Turkish bombing campaign in Afrin yesterday, and has certainly not mentioned the land invasion of northern Syria by Turkey today in any meaningful way.

From the time of the Ottoman Empire to the present,one skill set at which the Turkish government and military continues to be magnificently adept is genocide.

The Turkish Genocide of Armenians

When Yildirm made the observation that "There are around 8,000 to 10,000 terrorists in Afrin,", he is, hubristically, attempting to "groom" the rest of the world to be prepared for an horrifically overwhelming number of dead Kurds from this operation; women; infants; children; and the medically fragile elderly most likely will not be spared.

And what I want to know is, just how many US troops are embedded with these Kurdish troops in and around Afrin, and what happens when those US troops get shot and killed or maimed for life by Turkish forces?!?

Did the Turkish government covertly warn the US government that this was going to happen in time to get those US troops safely out of that area of Syria?!?

No one at the White House seems to be saying anything, and this... is a really bad sign for both innocent, non-combatant Kurds, and for our troops in that region of the world. I mean, a couple of months ago, wasn't the US government attempting to create an independent Kurdistan out of bits of Northern Syria?!?

Specter of Syrian Kurdistan: How US' Covert Plan is Taking Shape

And if this is, in fact was "the US plan" for the Kurdish people, why has President Trump done absolutely nothing to prevent, or at least, mitigate, Edrogan's invasion of Syria?!?

There are way too many questions, and not nearly enough intelligent answers.

Right now, I am praying for the Kurdish non-combatants in Afrin, and hoping for a way in which they can be evacuated to safety; but that would probably need Russian assistance from the Syrian side, and I don't see the presence of any Russian military yet in the region.

Jan 20 09:40

CIA False Flag Likely in Drone Attack on Russia’s Syrian Bases

The audacious multiple-drone attack on Russia’s military bases in Syria is increasingly looking like a false flag carried out by the American Central Intelligence Agency. Sophisticated technology and a Ukrainian connection indicate that the swarm attack with 13 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was not the work solely of Syrian anti-government militants.

What’s more the Russian government appears to have the incriminating evidence on who sanctioned the drone attacks against the Russian air base at Hmeimim and its naval port at Tartus on January 6.

The weapons failed to execute their deadly mission. Of the 13 drones used, seven were shot down by Russian Pantsir S-1 air defenses and six were safely landed by Russian electronic jamming technology. Those captured intact UAVs will have provided forensic information about what agency authored the plot.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said coyly, “We know who did it”, without as of yet specifying the culprit.

Jan 20 09:26

Russia Might "Pivot To Africa" With "Mercenaries"

The upcoming draft proposal to legalize private military companies (PMCs, a.k.a. “mercenaries”) in Russia could give the country a competitive edge over its rivals by helping it carve out a valuable and much-demanded niche as a reliable security provider, thus enabling it to later leverage its strategic advantage to reap energy, mineral, economic, and other “rewards” in incentivizing the Kremlin to undertake a full-on “Pivot to Africa”.

Jan 20 09:26

Russia begins delivery of S-400 missiles to China, sources say

Russia has started delivering batteries of the S-400 Triumf advanced missile defense system to China as part of a 2014 agreement, sources close to the Russian military say.

"The implementation of the contract has begun, the first shipment has been sent to China," Russian media reported Thursday, citing an unnamed official.

According to the source, a control station, a radar station, energy and support equipment, spare parts, various tools and other elements of the S-400 system were included in the first shipment.

Neither technology transfer nor licensed production was agreed upon in the contract, the source noted.

Jan 20 09:03

Russian Military Pulls Out Of Syrian Kurdish Town As Turkey Initiates "Massive Cross-Border Attack"

Crucially, the Turkish state-run news agency Anadoul confirmed that Russian military personnel have started pulling out of Afrin ahead of Turkey's "expected" and imminent cross-border military operation. Russia has administered 'deconfliction' zones in the Afrin area while controlling airspace overhead, and has sponsored trilateral talks with Turkey and Iran which seeks cooperation among the three powers to wind down the war in Syria. The Russian military has long had "military advisors" on the ground in Afrin, which have in the past helped coordinate the fight against ISIS.

Jan 20 08:53

Lockheed keeps F-16 production line going with Bahrain deal

Bahrain is set to become the first country in the region to operate Lockheed’s F-16 Block 70 aircraft, in a move that will boost the Falcon’s production line.

Last November, Vice President Mike Pence announced the signature of a deal for the sale of 16 F-16s worth over $2.3 billion to the Gulf country, considering it a “big boost for American jobs and security.”

“We are pleased the Kingdom of Bahrain and the U.S. government have agreed to move forward with the sale of F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Royal Bahraini Air Force,” said Rick Groesch, regional vice president of international business development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

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So what can this fighter jet do?!? Here, from Lockheed's own PR department, come the specs:

Capabilities: the F-16 Block 70

And Vice-President Pence, can you please elaborate on your statement that this deal be a"“big boost for American jobs and security”

No one, sir, should know the facts on the ground regarding Bahrain better than you do; and yet, knowing what you know, you still let this deal go through?!?

Yes, we both understand that it is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

And yes, we both understand the ruling Shiekdom, the Al Khalifa monarchy, has a human rights record just to the right of that of Atilla the Hun.

The Sunni monarchy has been making mincemeat of its primarily Shiia subjects, who have been peacefully advocating for a constitutional monarchy for some time now. And how has the government, and monarchy of Barhain dealt with these peaceful protests?!?

Peaceful demonsrators have consistently received beatings, to torture untrue confessions out of them, then made to appear at kangaroo courts, where they can expect a guilty sentence,and extensive jail time. This has also consistently happened to medical first responders who treated the wounds of those peaceful protestors.

Yes, we both know that this sale was great for Lockheed; but Vice-President Pence, understanding the total and complete anti human rights record of this country, at what moral price to these United States of America was this deal struck?!?

And frankly, what country does the US government expect the Bahraini military to attack with these fighter jets?!? What is the quid pro quo here?!?

The Bahraini government keeps claiming that Iranian Shiia rebels are constantly trying to turn the people of Bahrain against its government and monarchy; was the quid pro quo a tacit understanding that when Saudi Arabia; the US; and Israel decide to attack Iran, that Barhain would become part of the "coalition" to bring regime change to Tehran?!?

I would share something critical to understand for the government and royalty of Bahrain; should Iran be attacked, Russia will most likely enter this war on Iran's side; both politicians and Russian military have promised this to the Iranian government for decades.

I would therefore strongly suggest that you think twice about entering a war which could mean war against both Russia and Iran.

Jan 20 08:06

US Military’s ‘Prime Focus’ Will Be Competing With Russia, China

The newest US National Defense Strategy, the first since at 2014, appears to set out a major shift in the focus of America’s massive military and its endless wars, with officials now saying that the global wars on terror, while continuing, will no longer be the “prime focus of US national security.”

Instead, Defense Secretary James Mattis says the new strategy will put the primary focus of the US military engaging in power competition with other “great powers,” with Russia and China apparently the targets.

The “great power” conceit is a very 19th century concept, based around the idea that certain countries have uniquely great influence and authority worldwide. Historically, the great powers tend to view everyone else as pawns to be used in broader global strategies which establish the great powers’ pecking order with respect to one another.

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What the hell ever happened, in terms of the US government's "weltanschauung", to moral, peaceful engagement and negotiation, as a non-martial alternative to war, which is rapidly evolving to be "the only answer" to the US government's geopolitical's concerns?!?

Jan 20 07:24


Turkey's defense minister has confirmed the Turkish military has begun cross-border shelling of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin in what he further describes as the "de facto start" of the operation in order to destroy - in President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's words - Kurdish "terror nests" - and which has been dubbed previously by Turkey as a 'massive cross-border attack.'

Defense Minister Nuettin Canikli said Friday that Ankara "has no option" regarding the planned invasion of Northern Syria to dislodge the YPG (Kurdish "People's Protection Units") and other factions, which it considers an extension of the "terrorist" PKK. Kurdish YPG militias and their media arms began reporting sporadic shelling and clashes earlier this week.

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So, let me get this straight; Turkey, a NATO member, may well find itself attacking positions where the US, another NATO member, may have troops embedded with the Kurds in Afrin?!?

This is dicey. But what is even more dicey is the reality that if Russia attacks the US in Afrin, we may well be on our way to World War III. The same may well happen if Russian forces strike Turkish forces here.

Jan 20 06:34


Lavrov, as usual, is absolutely spot on in his assessment here.

Jan 19 20:00

Mattis warns of 'growing threats' from Russia, China

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis today said that America is facing "growing threats" from China and Russia, and warned that the US military's advantages have eroded in recent years.
Mattis's assessment came as he unveiled the Pentagon's vision for the future detailed in a document called the national defence strategy.
"We face growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia, nations that seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models," Mattis said as he unveiled the unclassified section of the document.

Jan 19 09:56

Austrian diplomat, OSCE observer killed in Donetsk Republic

A former Austrian diplomat with many years of experience, and an OSCE observer in Donbass has died in Kramatorsk (Donetsk region of Ukraine). The circumstances of the death have not yet been reported.

Jan 19 09:50

President of Ukraine obtains full control of military - no parliamentary consent needed

The Verkhovna Rada has adopted the law on the reintegration of the Donbass in the final reading. In particular, it allows the Ukrainian president, without agreement with the parliament, to use the army against the self-proclaimed republics. The document does not mention Minsk agreements at all. Now the law must be signed by Peter Poroshenko .

Officially, the law No. 7163, which the Verkhovna Rada considered for three consecutive days, is intended for "the peculiarities of the state policy on ensuring Ukraine's state sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Lugansk regions."

Jan 19 09:38

'Ukraine on Fire': How US, Not Russia, Destroyed Ukraine - Oliver Stone Documentary Finally Available

Oliver Stone's seminal documentary Ukraine on Fire has finally been made available to watch in the West.

Ukraine, the 'borderlands' between Russia and 'civilized' Europe is on fire. For centuries, it has been at the center of a tug-of-war between powers seeking to control its rich lands and Russia's access to the Mediterranean.

The Maidan Massacre in early 2014 triggered a bloody uprising that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, spurred Crimeans to secede and join Russia, and sparked a civil war in Eastern Ukraine.

Russia was portrayed by Western media as the perpetrator, and has been sanctioned and widely condemned as such. But was Russia responsible for what happened?

Jan 19 09:27

The US is Arming and Assisting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine, While Congress Debates Prohibition

Last November, an American military inspection team visited the Azov Battalion on the front lines of the Ukrainian civil war to discuss logistics and deepening cooperation. Images of the encounter showed American army officers poring over maps with their Ukrainian counterparts, palling around and ignoring the Nazi-inspired Wolfangel patches emblazoned on their sleeves.

Azov is a militia that has been incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard, and is considered one of the most effective units in the field against pro-Russian separatists. But it also widely known as a bastion of neo-Nazism within the ranks of the Ukrainian military that has been criticized by international human rights groups, tied to an international fascist network and even a major terror plot.

Jan 19 08:40

“You Are Now Entering the American Sector” (Will Syria Be Partitioned?)

Do not take your eyes off the ball, remember that all this delicate pussyfooting is about power.

Russia avoided the Syrian quagmire despite dire predictions. Putin minimised his footprint, his war is almost over, ISIL has been defeated. Trump could also exclaim “Mission is completed!” – and fly home.

But, it seems he is eager to rush in where angels fear to tread. Trump does not mind doing for the Israeli Prime Minister what his predecessors, whether Democrats or Republicans, refused, namely, fighting Israel’s war by indefinitely extending the hostile and illegal occupation of Syria.

Jan 19 08:30

Why Is Putin “Allowing” Israel to Bomb Syria? The Saker

The truth is that “the Russians are *not* coming”. The key for Putin is to do what needs to be done to advance Russian interests but without triggering an internal or external political crisis.

Trying to reason with the Israelis or get them to listen to the UN has been tried by many countries for decades and if there is one thing which is beyond doubt is that the Israelis don’t give a damn about what anybody has to say. So talking to them is just a waste of oxygen. What about threatening them? Actually, I think that this could work, but at what risk and price?

Jan 19 07:51

Syria threatens to 'destroy' Turkish warplanes

Syria threatened on Thursday to "destroy" any Turkish warplanes that fly into its territory as Ankara prepares to launch a cross-border military operation to wipe out Kurdish fighters it calls "terrorists".

Turkish officials have repeatedly vowed to attack the Syrian-Kurd militia known as the YPG at any moment in the Afrin region in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey.

The move comes after the United States announced this week it would train the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to be part of a 30,000-strong "border force" - a statement US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday was "misportrayed".

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And to that, we have the following update on a very tense situation, vis a vis Turkey and Syria, from just several hours ago:

Russia moving military "observies into Syria's Afrin

How quickly Russian assets can move from "Observer" to "Participant" status remains to be seen. But I think we can count on one thing for sure: Russia will do just whatever Al Assad asks then to do.

IF Turkey attacks US forces in Syria, this will be an ugly scene of NATO member firing on fellow NATO member.

IF Russian and the US mlitary turn this conflict into a shooting war between themselves, we are looking, potentially, at the start of World War III.

Jan 19 07:37

Kiev’s actions with regard to Donbass look like preparation for new war — Foreign Ministry

Ukraine’s passing the law on the reintegration of Donbass can be seen as preparations for a new war, says a commentary of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

"Since being approved under the first reading (on October 6, 2017), the document, although having undergone certain corrections, has preserved its main orientation - to legislatively confirm Kiev’s policy towards the settlement of the ‘problem of Donbass’ through the use of force," the ministry said.

"In particular, it announced reformatting of the so-called anti-terrorist operation into a military one and delegation of control over it to the military to whom all the rest law enforcement officers will be subordinated," it said.

Ukraine’s parliament passes law on Donbass reintegration
"In essence, Poroshenko gets unrestricted, almost dictatorial powers for suppressing dissidence and discontent. This cannot be called otherwise than preparations for a new war," it stressed.

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And on top of THAT, we have the following articles, which do not augur well for peace in the region:

Trump Administrtion Approves lethal weapons sales to Ukraine

This deal is valued at +/- $41.5 million dollars. Precisely when the weapons will arrive has not yet been revealed.

And then, we have this little gem:

Ukrainian Parliament Passes a Bill to Wrest "Occupied Territories from Russia"

Good luck with THAT!!

There is just one little tiny, teensy logic flaw here, specifically when it comes to Crimea; Russia never, ever annexed Crimea.

And please remember how President Barak Obama characterized the putsch:

Washington was behind the Ukraine Coup; Obama admits it brokered a deal in support of regime change The article goes on to state:

"US President Barack Obama’s recent interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakiria reveals the United States’ involvement in the Ukrainian crisis from its outset and that the country worked directly with Ukrainian right-wing fascist groups, experts told Sputnik.

On Sunday, in his interview with CNN, Obama admitted that the United States “had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.”

“Obama’s statement is reiterating something that the world public opinion already knew — the US was involved in the coup of [ex-Ukrainian President] Viktor Yanukovych from the start. History shows us that the US has overthrown numerous governments in Latin America, Asia and Africa and replaced them with leaders that ruled with a fascist ideology that proved useful for Washington’s geopolitical interests,” independent researcher and writer Timothy Alexander Guzman told Sputnik.

After the US sponsored Putch in Ukraine in 2014, which threw the duly elected Yanukovich under the proverbial bus, and "installed" Poroshenko (the candy guy, remember?!?) in Kiev, with an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg, the Crimeans understood that there was no more a legitimate, national Ukrainian government.

So what did they do?!? They held two free, and fair, referundums, the first being to ask their citizens if they wanted to stay in Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation. Overwhelmingly, Crimea's citizens wanted to join the Russian Federation. After that, the Russian Federation, agreed, and Crimea became a part of the Russian Federation.

But because of wanting to keep the optics negative on "Bad Russia, it annexed Crimea!" the US, and Ukrainian governments refuse to call it "an act of peaceful self-determination", which it was, and which is enshrined in the UN Charter, to which Ukraine and the US are both (allegedly) signatories.

But two things are powerfully clear here; the US government lies consistently, and regime changes other countries to suit its geopolitical agenda, and even with the US weapons, the Ukrainian military are going to be utterly no match for what the Russians will give their soldiers, potentially fighting in Eastern Ukraine.

Jan 19 06:39


Investigative journalist Robert Parry reveals how US-funded political NGOs and media companies have emerged since the 1980s, replacing the CIA in promoting America’s geopolitical agenda abroad.

As Russia-Insider details, Ukraine on Fire provides a historical perspective for the deep divisions in the region which led to the 2004 Orange Revolution, the 2014 uprisings, and the violent overthrow of democratically-elected Yanukovych. Covered by Western media as a 'popular revolution', it was in fact a coup d'état scripted and staged by ultra-nationalist groups and the US State Department.

Executive producer Oliver Stone gained unprecedented access to the inside story through his on-camera interviews with former President Viktor Yanukovych and Minister of Internal Affairs Vitaliy Zakharchenko, who explain how the US Ambassador and factions in Washington actively plotted for regime change.

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"Free world", MY ASTROLABE!!