Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Spanish judge has issued international arrest warrants for several Russian political figures and former government officials closely linked to President Vladimir Putin.

Spain Issues Warrants For Top Russian Officials, Putin Insiders

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A Spanish judge has issued international arrest warrants for several Russian political figures and former government officials closely linked to President Vladimir Putin.

Spain announced the Deputy of the country on the international wanted list on the case of the «Russian mafia» | Last news from Russia 

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Another suspect in links with Petrov — Deputy head of the FDCS Victor Ivanov, Nikolay Aulov, a former colleague of Putin in the KGB in Leningrad and St. Petersburg, the article says. The materials of the investigation there is evidence of 78 telephone conversations Aulova with Petrov. The Deputy head of the FSKN in an interview to «Kommersant» reported that the Villages, on the contrary, in December 1992, headed the operation, during which was arrested 17 gang members headed Malyshev and Petrov. According to him, it made Petrov to go to Spain and place their assets.According to Spanish media, the full list of defendants in the «case of the Russian mafia» includes, in addition to Petrov and Malyshev, a reputable businessman Leonid christoforov. Malyshev and Khristoforov, like Petrov, he returned to Russia. The list also stated: Elena Petrova, Yury Salikov, Marlene salikova, Svetlana Vasilyeva, Yulia Ermolenko, Vladislav Matusovich, Diana Gindin, Andrey Malinkovich, Olena Boyko, Olga Solovyova, Michael Rebo, Ildar Mustafin, leocadia Martin, Ignacio Pedro Urquijo, Irina Usova, Jeanne Gavrilenkov, Vadim Romanyuk, Antonio de Fortuny, Francisco Ocaña, Cyril Yudashev, Leonid Khazin, as well as two Spanish lawyer Juan Antonio Ontoria and julián jesús Angulo.

Putinfellas 

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In 2010, [Spanish Judge] Grinda briefed U.S. officials in Madrid about the investigation, informing them that the Kremlin used “organised crime groups to do whatever the government of Russia cannot acceptably do as a government.”According to a classified cable from the U.S. embassy that was published by Wikileaks, the prosecutor told the American officials that Putin’s Russia was a “virtual mafia” state where it was impossible to distinguish between the government’s activities and those of organized crime groups.In terms of countering the threat Putin’s Russia poses to the West, the Spanish investigation is no less important than NATO’s moves to rotate four brigades through the alliance’s frontline states in Eastern Europe.The alliance’s decision to beef up defenses on its eastern flank should create a credible deterrent to the kinetic threat from Moscow.But dealing with the more insidious non-kinetic threat, the one stemming from Moscow’s weaponization of organized crime, is a job for law-enforcement.
Source: Putinfellas
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Anna Nemtsova: Reporting Putin's Russia - ABC Online

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Anna Nemtsova: Reporting Putin's Russia
ABC Online
Russian-American journalist Anna Nemtsova covers Russia and Ukraine—some of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters. She spoke to RN Breakfast about her memories of the MH17 disaster and the difficulties of covering Vladimir Putin's ...

Defense Sec'y Carter says Russia is 'nuclear saber-rattling' - Salon

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Defense Sec'y Carter says Russia is 'nuclear saber-rattling'
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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a U.S. military changing-of-the-guard ceremony Tuesday to blast Russian aggression in Europe, saying Moscow is “going backward in time” with warlike actions that compel a U.S. military ...
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Spain Issues Warrants For Top Russian Officials, Putin Insiders - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Spain Issues Warrants For Top Russian Officials, Putin Insiders
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Those named include Vladislav Reznik (pictured), a lawmaker from the ruling UnitedRussia party and first deputy chairman of the Finance Committee in the lower house of parliament, and Nikolai Aulov, the head of the Interior Ministry's directorate-general.
Warrants Issued for Russian Officials Suspected of Mafia Ties in SpainThe Moscow Times (registration)

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Генсек ООН возложил ответственность за удар по больнице в Алеппо на власти Сирии - ТАСС

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Генсек ООН возложил ответственность за удар по больнице в Алеппо на власти Сирии
ТАСС
ООН, 3 мая. /Корр. ТАСС Олег Зеленин/. Генеральный секретарь ООН Пан Ги Мун возложил ответственность за совершенный 27 апреля авиаудар по больнице в сирийском городе Алеппо. Смотрите также. "Врачи без границ": жертвами обстрела больницы в Алеппо стали 50 человек. 
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Russia's Deadly S-500 Air-Defense System: Ready for War at 660000 Feet - The National Interest Online (blog)

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Russia's Deadly S-500 Air-Defense System: Ready for War at 660000 Feet
The National Interest Online (blog)
The Russian military expects to receive the first examples of the new Almaz Antey S-500 air and missile defense systems in the near future. Meanwhile, tests are continuing on the advanced S-350 Vityaz system, which will eventually replace the existing ...

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US accuses Russia of nuclear sabre-rattling, amid Nato tensions - BBC News

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US accuses Russia of nuclear sabre-rattling, amid Nato tensions
BBC News
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has accused Russia of "nuclear sabre-rattling" and of being intent on eroding international order. He said he regretted strained relations with Moscow but said the US had to "prioritise deterrence" on Nato's eastern flank.
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IS Bombards Social Media With Propaganda in Russian

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The Islamic State (IS) is bombarding social media with Russian language propaganda aimed at attracting new recruits from targeted audiences. The media barrage appeared to intensify after Russia entered the Syrian civil war last September to help prop up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.  While it is hard to measure the campaign’s success, Russia has taken steps to block Islamic State's online messaging. Despite the measures, IS continues to target disenfranchised youth, radicalized women and jihadists it believes are willing to join the IS cause. According to the Russian government, more than 4,000 Russian citizens have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside various jihadist groups, including IS.  Central Asian nations also report high levels of influence and recruitment by the jihadists, with estimates of the number of recruits who have joined ranging from several hundred to several thousand. The percentage of women among the recruits is also not declining, government officials say. Russian-language IS propaganda is proliferating online despite efforts by social network and domain administrators to block it.  It is aimed at Russian-speaking Muslim communities globally and reaches urban centers and remote rural villages.  Experts say young people and single mothers are the most vulnerable targets. One recent video shows children playing joyfully on a sunny day, surrounded by adults, all of them long-bearded men, some of them carrying Kalashnikovs, others tasting freshly roasted barbecue.  There are also little boys playing with real pistols, elders praising Allah for the blessed peace of the Islamic State, and young men kneeling in a group Muslim prayer on the streets.  No adult women or teenage girls appear during the 12-minute video. Cannon fodder Another recent IS video is full of scenes of war, accompanied by quotes from the Quran exhorting “the lazy” to come and fight.  It promises salvation and rewards in heaven to those who answer the call to jihad, and "eternal hell" for those who ignore it. More so than in the past, Russian-language IS propaganda videos are more narrowly focused on and specially narrated for certain target audiences. Videos specifically aimed at drawing in Muslim families tout the rewards of living under Sharia law, while martial arts videos aimed at youth dreaming of heroic adventures feature fierce combat, victorious attacks and humiliated captives, all ending with a young fighter calling on viewers to join the ranks. “The youngsters are obsessed with IS videos practically everywhere, and are material for cannon fodder,” Orkhan Dzhemal, a reporter with independent Russian television station TV Dozhd (Rain), told VOA.   Dzhemal's reporting from the Middle East, Central Asia and the North Caucasus has earned him a level of trust among Salafists, adherents of a more puritan, Saudi-style branch of Islam that the governments of Russia and some Central Asian nations considers a “dangerous” form of Islam and openly persecute. Professional production values Since the emergence of a Russian-speaking Islamic State contingent, IS video/audio production has gone from amateurish to “professional”, produced by a newly established team of Russian-speaking IS propagandists.  Since mid-2015 the produced material is much more sophisticated technologically, and includes a daily radio news program and a flood of propaganda videos. Some of the videos are simply translated or subtitled versions of Arabic language IS video-clips.   Some are produced by the Russian-speaking IS team.  Often nearly an hour long, many include footage of Russian troops during the two Chechen wars and calls for Muslims to take revenge.  These videos, which often focus on episodes from the history of Russia's colonization of the North Caucasus, display relatively advanced filmmaking skills.  They frequently feature figures popular among radical-minded Muslims in the North Caucasus and in Central Asia, who tell stories about living and fighting in the IS "caliphate" and urge viewers to join. Finding social media users Russian-language IS websites and accounts emerge and disappear, sometimes on the same day, because social network and domain administrators quickly shut them down.  But these short-lived online propaganda projects come with a back-up plan: there are “how not to lose us” links pinned to the top of each page.  These links usually lead to mirror accounts, decoded file sharing sites and the Telegram app. Created in 2013 by two Russian IT developers, brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, this cloud-based instant messenger, with optional “secret chats” equipped with a self-destruct timer, had 100 million active users worldwide as of February 2016.   Russia's security services say Telegram remains one of the biggest challenges to fighting IS online.  But there is nothing that prevents compiling a database of the names of those who use the app and those with whom they are communicating. To track extremist groups on the Internet, Russian security and intelligence services use a program called Avalanche.  The program makes it possible to collect data on terrorist recruitment and financing.  Special filters and keywords allow the program to track correspondence in e-mail, social media, mobile phone messages, and in chat rooms of online computer games. But while the Russian government says that tens of thousands of domains, blogs and social media accounts are being blocked or banned every day, Russian-language Islamic State propaganda continues to appear and multiply.

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Russia and UN discuss new Aleppo truce

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Britain and France call for urgent meeting of UN security council to consider response to upsurge in violence in Syrian city
Russia and the UN have said they hope a new ceasefire can be announced within hours for the Syrian city of Aleppo, where fighting left up to 19 dead on Tuesday amid frantic diplomatic efforts to restore a countrywide truce agreement and prevent the total collapse of peace negotiations.
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, held talks with the UN envoy, Staffan de Mistura, who had flown to Moscow after crisis meetings in Geneva with John Kerry, the US secretary of state, and the Saudi and Jordanian foreign ministers.
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RFE/RL Azerbaijani Contributor Awarded UN Press Freedom Honor 

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The mother of imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova has accepted the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on her daughter's behalf.

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В Белоруссии потребовали запретить «Ночных волков» - Lenta.ru

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В Белоруссии потребовали запретить «Ночных волков»
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Партия Белорусский народный фронт обратилась в Генпрокуратуру республики с требованием признать российский байкерский клуб «Ночные волки» экстремистской организацией и запретить его деятельность. Об этом во вторник, 3 мая, сообщается на сайте политической силы.
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Wesley Clark: Next President May Face Another Nuclear Arms Race With Russia - Fortune

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Wesley Clark: Next President May Face Another Nuclear Arms Race With Russia
Fortune
But according to retired four-star general Wesley Clark, the most pressing issue facing the next President could be a return of a cold-war style nuclear arms race with Russia. “Vladimir Putin has been tossing around casual references to nuclear weapons ...

Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

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As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

Rights Group: Iraq Holding Over 1,000 Without Charge

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More than 1,000 Iraqis are being held without charge at makeshift counterterrorism centers throughout the country, an international rights group says. Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty says, "The detainees are squeezed into a space of less than one square meter each, sitting in a crouching position day and night, unable to stretch or lie down to sleep and are rarely allowed outside for fresh air."  Shetty toured one of the centers last month. Amnesty says many of the detainees were taken when Iraqi forces recaptured their towns from Islamic State forces.  Many are suspected of collaborating with the militant group. None of those held have been charged. Counter-terrorism officers told Amnesty they lack personnel to carry out investigations in a timely manner and the resources to treat detainees humanely. Shetty said the problem is symptomatic of the deep flaws in Iraq's justice system. "There is no doubt that Iraq is currently facing unprecedented security challenges, with deadly attacks against civilians being perpetuated by IS on a daily basis," he said. "However, that in no way exonerates the Iraqi authorities from their responsibility to protect the human rights of all Iraqis." Amnesty International says 683 detainees are being held at a center run by Anbar's counterterrorism agency in Ameriya al-Fallujah.  Hundreds more being held in similar conditions at a makeshift holding center in nearby Habbaniya.

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Spanish Judge Issues Warrants for Russian Mafia Close to Putin; Was Judo Instructor Involved? 

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LIVE UPDATES: A Spanish judge has issued an order for the arrest of high-ranking Russian officials said to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and involved in organized crime.
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Russian embezzlers went on $30m spending spree in UK, MPs told 

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Portion of $230m fraud pot was splashed on private education and luxury goods in Britain, home affairs committee hears
Millions of dollars stolen in Moscow in one of the highest profile frauds in Russian history was spent in the UK, with the money lavished on yachts, designer dresses and private school fees, parliament was told on Tuesday.
The cash was splurged on upmarket property in London, private jet hire, and a wedding gown costing more than$40,000 ($27,000) from an exclusive Chelsea boutique. About £2,500 was even spent on the services of a personal butler, MPs heard.
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Белый дом: в эскалации насилия в Алеппо виноваты обе стороны конфликта в Сирии - ТАСС

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Белый дом: в эскалации насилия в Алеппо виноваты обе стороны конфликта в Сирии
ТАСС
ВАШИНГТОН, 3 мая. /Корр. ТАСС Анатолий Бочинин/. К эскалации напряженности вокруг Алеппо привели действия обеих сторон конфликта в Сирии. С таким утверждением во вторник на регулярном брифинге выступил пресс-секретарь Белого дома Джош Эрнест, вновь при этом ...
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Euro Economics: The Mystery of Spain’s Perpetual Jobs Problem 

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Even with a recovering economy, high unemployment (20 percent) is part of life, and youth unemployment is at 45.5 percent.

Germany to push for progress towards European army

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Paper advocates joint headquarters and shared military assets

America's Missile Defense Disaster (And Music to Russia and China's Ears) - The National Interest Online (blog)

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America's Missile Defense Disaster (And Music to Russia and China's Ears)
The National Interest Online (blog)
The ballistic missile threat to U.S. allies and the homeland is skyrocketing. Russia is deploying a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying ten or more warheads. It also has a new ballistic missile submarine and missile ...

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Putin just made a major change to Russian law enforcement - Business Insider

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Putin just made a major change to Russian law enforcement
Business Insider
President Vladimir Putin has carried out a major reshuffling of Russia's law enforcement in attempts to take an even stronger grasp of the country, the Financial Times reports. In a sudden reshuffle, Putin has dismissed eight senior law-enforcement ...
Russians Given Free Land in Country's Far EastThe Moscow Times (registration)

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US, Russia compete to woo Syrian Kurds - Al-Monitor

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US, Russia compete to woo Syrian Kurds
Al-Monitor
Nowadays, one of the least enviable positions in Washington is that of a government spokesperson who is required to give daily briefings to the media. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a frequent critic, recently lashed out against US policy ...

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