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Sajid Javid (born 5 December 1969) is a British politician of the Conservative Party and former managing director at Deutsche Bank. He was appointed Home Secretary in April 2018. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bromsgrove in Worcestershire since 2010.

Born in RochdaleLancashire, Javid studied Economics and Politics at the University of Exeter where he joined the Conservative Party. Working in banking, he rose quickly to become a managing director at Deutsche Bank. He was elected as the MP for Bromsgrove in 2010 and was promoted to Economic Secretary to the Treasury and later Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

He served in the Cabinet as Culture Secretary from 2014-15, Business Secretary and President of the Board of Trade from 2015-16 and Communities Secretary from 2016-18.[1] He was appointed to his current role as Home Secretary in April 2018 following the resignation of Amber Rudd for misleading the Home Affairs Select Committee over targets for removal of illegal immigrants during the Windrush scandal.[2] As Home Secretary, Javid took a more liberal approach to immigration than previously, lifting the immigration cap for NHS doctors and nurses and softening the “hostile environment” policy.

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M.N.: This may mean, hypothetically, that Manafort and Boshirov-Chepiga  are from the same “Yanukovych team”.  This circumstance if true, has some other potential implications: if Boshirov or Chepiga were the long term heads of Yanukovich security, the issues of the associations with both the German and Russian Intelligence Services do arise. 

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“Мы не собираемся участвовать в спекуляциях по поводу их настоящих имен”, – ответили в Скотленд-Ярде на просьбу DW прокомментировать совместное расследование Bellingcat и The Insider о подозреваемых в отравлении бывшего двойного агента Сергея Скрипаля и его дочери Юлии 4 марта 2018 года в Солсбери. Журналисты-расследователи утверждают, что идентифицировали одного из подозреваемых: его имя не Руслан Боширов, а Анатолий Чепига, и он – полковник ГРУ.

Министр обороны Великобритании Гэвин Уильямсон сначала подтвердил выводы расследования, но затем стер собственное сообщение в Twitter. Тем не менее британская полиция выразила уверенность, что считает “Боширова” и “Петрова” псевдонимами, а источники агентства Reuters по вопросам безопасности, близкие к расследованию, подтвердили верность выводов The Insider и Bellingcat, добавив, что настоящие имена подозреваемых уже известны следователям в Лондоне.

Российской газете “Коммерсант” удалось связаться с жителями села Березовка в Амурской области, в которой долгое время жила семья Чепиг. Знакомые, попросившие не называть их, однозначно опознали “Руслана Боширова” именно как Анатолия Чепигу.

“База ФМС” и другая “дополнительная информация”

Как энтузиастам-расследователям из частного проекта и российским журналистам удалось выйти на след двух офицеров ГРУ? “У нас не было ожиданий, что мы сможем установить их паспортные данные”, – сказал газете The Guardian руководитель Bellingcat Элиот Хиггинс. Однако, по его словам, к ним “стали обращаться люди” с “дополнительной информацией”, и “некоторые данные были очень узкоспециализированными”. Главным источником сведений об обоих подозреваемых, судя по описанию в самом расследовании, стали российские государственные базы данных разных типов.

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Причастность “Руслана Боширова” (Чепиги) и Александра Петрова к спецслужбам Bellingcat и The Insider установили, по их утверждению, благодаря “базе ФМС” (Федеральная миграционная служба РФ. – Ред.). Возможность, которую в российском МВД отрицают: по базе данных ФМС невозможно определить, является ли человек сотрудником ГРУ или любого другого ведомства, так прокомментировал расследование замглавы МВД РФ Игорь Зубов в интервью российскому агентству “Интерфакс”.

Российские официальные представители критически отзываются о работе Bellingcat, то отрицая его выводы, то называя британский проект, специализиующийся на военных расследованиях, “маскировкой” для западных, прежде всего британских, спецслужб. Одновременно власти РФ, судя по данным СМИ, инициируют уголовные дела против журналистов, причастных к расследованию о возможных отравителях Скрипалей.

Баз данных много, и их можно купить

В опубликованной 26 сентрября третьей части расследования Bellingcat и The Insider речь идет о телефонных справочниках и базах данных по услугам ЖКХ. Их расследователи, как они говорят, скачали в торрент-сетях. Все поиски заняли около месяца. То, что в России за небольшую плату доступны различные базы данных, “знают все взрослые люди в России, особенно те, кто сталкивался с какими-то трудностями”, указывает российский журналист Александр Плющев.

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“Известно, что на рынке полно баз данных ГИБДД, связанных с автомобилями, с ЖКХ и с банками. Они есть, они продаются на “Горбушке” (рынок в Москве. – Ред.), ими пользуются журналисты – совершенно точно, в том числе, что самое потрясающее, государственных СМИ”, – утверждает Плющев.

В интернете довольно просто найти сайты, где можно за небольшие деньги купить различные государственные базы данных, подтвердил DW и Руслан Левиев, основатель группы активистов Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT). Он, правда, считает, что не следует переоценивать важность таких источников информации: “Самая большая проблема с ними – это то, что эти базы всегда очень старые. Если вам удастся найти в интернете за деньги базу данных, которая актуальна хотя бы на 2010 год – это огромная удача”.

Однако Левиев обратил внимание на то, что в случае с расследованием Bellingcat и The Insider используются не только подобные базы данных, но и фотографии, скан-копии заполненных анкет и т.д. “Подобного я никогда и нигде в интернете не встречал, несмотря на то, что много работал со слитыми в интернет базами данных”, – говорит Левиев.

Информацию об офицерах ГРУ могли найти в даркнете?

Представить, что такая база была бы доступна в интернете, и любой желающий мог бы “пробить по базе” интересующего его человека, Левиеву сложно. “Во-первых, база данных с файлами фотографий паспортов и анкетных данных должна быть невероятных размеров, не меньше нескольких терабайт – все же речь о порядка 100 000 000 записей; во-вторых, в таком случае уже давно много других расследователей постоянно бы пользовались этой же базой, демонстрируя анкетные данные депутатов, министров, их родственников, или скандально известных лиц, таких, как Игорь Гиркин-Стрелков, Сергей Дубинский и другие. Но этого нет”, – пояснил Руслан Левиев.

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Вместе с тем он предположил, что расследователи могли найти человека, который в сети даркнет (анонимная часть интернета с децентрализованной системой связи и шифрованием. – Ред.) “за деньги может анонимно делать выписки из настоящей, актуальной базы данных паспортов, с фотографиями”.

Александра Плющева озадачило упоминание некой базы ФМС: “Что касается базы данных ФМС, я не знаю, существует ли она вообще. То, что упоминается в кейсах Боширова и Петрова, связано с базой “Российский паспорт”. По его словам, речь идет о базе данных МВД России.

“Доступ к ней имеют сотрудники МВД – чуть ли не все. Продается ли она на “Горбушке” или находится в торрентах, я не знаю”, – говорит журналист. При этом он считает, что желающие “могут легко за какую-то мзду или даже бесплатно попросить пробить того или иного человечка”. На уточняющие вопросы DW в Bellingcat на момент публикации не ответили.

Опрошенные DW журналисты полагают, что само использование баз данных не является незаконным. “Если не взламываете эти базы сами, не используйте “знакомства”, чтобы авторизоваться в системе таких баз данных и получить выписку, то вся опасность перекладывается на плечи того, кто эту базу слил”, – добавляет Руслан Левиев. Александр Плющев тоже уверен, что “закон нарушают те, кто их (базы данных. – Ред.) взламывают и выставляют в интернет”.

Bellingcat и The Insider пообещали в скором времени предоставить информацию о втором подозреваемом в отравлении Скрипалей, известном под именем Александра Петрова. Дата публикации пока не называется.

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    О разработанном в СССР нервно-паралитическом веществе мир впервые узнал из статьи газеты “Московские новости” в 1992 году. Ее соавтор – советский химик Вил Мирзаянов, один из разработчиков “Новичка”. По его словам, “Новичок” “по меньшей мере в десять раз мощнее любого нервно-паралитического вещества”. Позже Мирзаянов сообщил, что в России была произведена не одна тонна веществ группы “Новичок”.

  • Госпиталь в Солсбери

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    4 июля полиция графства Уилтшир сообщила о новом случае отравления под Солсбери: 30 июня в городке Эймсбери в одном из зданий были обнаружены без сознания 44-летняя жительница Солсбери Дон Стерджес и 45-летний Чарли Роули из Эймсбери. Врачи предположили, что причиной стал прием пострадавшими некачественных наркотиков или передозировка. Полиция допустила возможный контакт с “неизвестным веществом”.

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    Опять “Новичок”

    Стерджес и Роули в критическом состоянии поместили в больницу в Солсбери, где проходили лечение Скрипали. В тот же день глава контртеррористического управления Скотланд-Ярда Нейл Басу сообщил, что причина отравления Стерджес и Роули – нервно-паралитическое вещество группы “Новичок”, которым ранее отравили Скрипалей. По его словам, результаты исследования пришли из лаборатории Портон-Даун.

  • Полиция в Эймсбери

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    Смерть Дон Стерджес

    8 июля британская Служба столичной полиции сообщила, что Дон Стерджес скончалась. Полиция начала расследование по обвинению в убийстве. СМИ предположили, что Стерджес и Роули могли найти контейнер, в котором в Солсбери был доставлен “Новичок”, или шприц с остатками вещества. Пресс-секретарь президента РФ Дмитрий Песков, комментируя случившееся, отметил, что Россию в связи ним никто не упоминал.

  • Гэвин Уильямсон

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    Новые обвинения в адрес России и опровержения Москвы

    9 июля министр обороны Великобритании Гэвин Уильямсон, отвечая в парламенте на запрос о наличии угрозы для населения, заявил, что Россия виновна в смерти Дон Стерджес. “Простая истина в том, что Россия совершила атаку на британской территории, что привело к гибели британской подданной”, – указал Уильямсон. МИД России назвал обвинения Уильямсона “мантрой” на тему “это сделали русские”.

  • Заблокированная улица в Эймсбери рядом с домом жертв отравления

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    Как британцы Чарли и Дон оказались связаны с ядом? Якобы подобрали некий флакон с парфюмом в парке, свидетельствует один из родственников. Но если это было так, то каким образом флакон с ядом попал в парк? Полиция пока не подтверждает версию о флаконе с духами, но подтвердила, что считает источником яда “небольшую емкость”, найденную в доме Чарли Роули в Эймсбери.

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    Всего полиция забрала из дома, где находились пострадавшие британцы, свыше 400 предметов в качестве улик и передала их лаборатории для анализа. Специалистам на месте приходится надевать специальные костюмы, чтобы избежать заражения. Тело в них быстро нагревается, так что фактическая работа в доме ограничена лишь двумя интервалами по 15 минут в день, сообщила газета The Guardian.

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    Исполнители преступления известны?

    19 июля в деле Скрипалей появились новые подробности. Британское информационное агентство Press Association сообщило, что Скотланд-Ярд идентифицировал исполнителей покушения. Следователи уверены, что подозреваемые – из России, говорится в сообщении агентства. Однако британский министр по вопросам безопасности Бен Уоллес опроверг эту информацию, назвав ее “дикой спекуляцией”.

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    Тем временем российский президент Владимир Путин распорядился с 1 января 2019 года упразднить закрытое административно-территориальное образование (ЗАТО) Шиханы в Саратовской области, где предположительно производилось отравляющее вещество “Новичок”. Соответствующий указ президента был опубликовал 17 июля.

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Чепига получил звание Героя России за эвакуацию Януковича

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Подозреваемый британской полицией в отравлении Скрипалей Руслан Боширов, он же, по некоторым данным, офицер ГРУ России Анатолий Чепига, возглавлял операцию по эвакуации из Киева президента Украины Виктора Януковича. Об этом в эфире украинского телеканала “Громадське” сообщил российский журналист Сергей Канев, принимавший участие в расследовании The Insider и Bellingcat, благодаря которому в деле и появилась фамилия Чепиги.

Канев рассказал, что Чепига с подразделением спецназа прибыл в резиденцию Януковича “Межигорье” в феврале 2014 года, “находился там” и “охранял его”. По информации журналиста, за операцию по вывозу Януковича из Украины Чепига получил звание героя России. Канев также утверждает, что за эту же операцию то же звание получил бывший охранник Владимира Путина, а ныне губернатор Тульской области Алексей Дюмин.

“Мне также известно, что награды получили люди, которые в дальнейшем составили костяк “частной военной компании Вагнера”, – заявил Канев.

Журналист пообещал, что на днях опубликует детали участия Чепиги в спецоперации по эвакуации экс-президента Украины.

Ранее пресс-секретарь Владимира Путина Дмитрий Песков опроверг сообщения о том, что Чепига получал звание героя.

В то же время Сергей Канев покинул Россию после начала доследственной проверки ФСБ утечки личных данных “Боширова-Чепиги” и второго подозреваемого по делу Скрипалей – Александра Петрова, настоящее имя которого журналисты обещали раскрыть в ближайшее время. Канев опасается, что за его расследование его ждет уголовное преследование.

Бывший сотрудник ГРУ России Сергей Скрипаль и его дочь были отравлены в марте 2018 года в британском городе Солсбери нервно-паралитическим агентом “Новичок”. Им удалось выжить после покушения.

В августе Великобритания назвала имена людей, которых считает исполнителями преступления, – “Руслан Боширов” и “Александр Петров”, обвинив власти России в его организации. В Кремле эти обвинения отвергают.

Позже люди, назвавшиеся именами Боширова и Петрова, выступили в эфире подконтрольного Кремлю телеканала Russia Today. Они отрицали причастность к инциденту, а также какую-либо связь с российской разведкой. С тех пор “Петров” и “Боширов” не выходили на связь со СМИ, их местонахождение остается неизвестным.

Российский журналист заявил об участии Чепиги в эвакуации Януковича

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Обвиняемый Скотланд-Ярдом в отравлении бывшего полковника ГРУ Минобороны РФ Сергея Скрипаля россиянин Руслан Боширов (которого ряд СМИ называет полковником российской военной разведки Анатолий Чепига) принимал участие в эвакуации с Украины бывшего главы государства Виктора Януковича.

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Об этом рассказал в интервью украинским СМИ журналист «Центра управления расследованиями» Сергей Канев, покинувший Россию после публикации материалов по «делу Скрипалей».

По его словам, именно за эту операцию Боширов получил звание Героя России. Один из адвокатов Януковича — Виталий Сердюк – категорически опроверг данные об участии российский военных в доставке своего подзащитного в Россию, передает НСН.

Ранее журналистские сообщества The Insider и Bellingcat рассказали, что «Руслана Боширова» на самом деле зовут Анатолий Чепига, и он является полковником Главного управления Генерального штаба ВС РФ (бывшее ГРУ). Кроме того, в 2014 году президент России

Владимир Путин якобы удостоил Чепигу звания Герой России «за выполнение миротворческой миссии».

В воскресенье 4 марта 2018 года 66-летний бывший российский разведчик Сергей Скрипаль и его 33-летняя дочь были обнаружены на скамейке у входа в торговый центр The Maltings в городе Солсбери графства Уилтшир на юго-западе Великобритании.

По данным полиции, Скрипаль и его дочь внезапно почувствовали себя плохо и потеряли сознание. Пострадавшие были госпитализированы под наблюдение экспертов Центра радиационного, химического и экологического мониторинга.

Вскоре Германия, Франция, Канада и США опубликовали совместное заявление, согласившись с выводами правоохранителей Великобритании по делу Скрипалей. Союзники британцев солидарны с тем, что отравили экс-полковника и его дочь сотрудники ГРУ – Александр Петров и Руслан Боширов — , а атака проходила под эгидой Кремля и с одобрения властей РФ.

Москва опровергла причастность к инциденту. В сентябре главный редактор телеканала RTМаргарита Симоньян взяла интервью у Петрова и Боширова. Обвиняемые британским следствием рассказывали, что в Соединенное Королевство они отправились как туристы — чтобы «оторваться».

О себе подозреваемые в отравлении Скрипалей рассказывали немного и неохотно — после интервью о Боширове и Петрове стало известно лишь то, что они являются «предпринимателями средней руки», а их бизнес связан со спортивным питанием.

Вскоре премьер-министр Великобритании Тереза Мэй в ходе заседания 73-й Генассамблеи ООН в Нью-Йорке вновь обвинила Россию во лжи в связи с отравлением в Солсбери.

Британский политик заявила, что Россия стремиться «запутать всех своей отчаянной фальсификацией».

Посольство РФ в Великобритании раскритиковало это заявление, передает ФАН.

«У нас нет ни малейшего желания комментировать очередные агрессивные выпады министра иностранных дел Великобритании Ханта в адрес России, которые не имеют ничего общего с реальностью», — указали в диппредставительстве.

В ходе эскалации «дела Скрипалей» швейцарская газета Tages Anzeiger и нидерландское издание NRC Handelblad сообщили, что правоохранительные органы Королевства Нидерландов при помощи британских спецслужб арестовали весной 2018 года двух российских граждан, которые якобы собирались похитить данные из химической лаборатории в швейцарском городе Шпиц.

Служба военной разведки и безопасности Нидерландов отказалась от комментариев по этому поводу. Служба разведки Швейцарской конфедерации, в свою очередь, сообщила Tages Anzeiger, что «в курсе ситуации с раскрытием и выдворением российских шпионов в Гааге». В материале NRC сообщалось, что аресты российских агентов и шпионов стали результатом сотрудничества различных европейских спецслужб.

Кроме того, по данным голландских правоохранителей, россияне располагали спецоборудованием для взлома компьютерной системы лаборатории в Шпице и «работали на ГРУ». Швейцарские разведчики подчеркнули, что участвовали в операции вместе с коллегами из Нидерландов и Великобритании и смогли предотвратить вторжение в важный объект национальной инфраструктуры.

После этого МИД России вызвал посла Нидерландов в Рене Джонс-Бос, а также представителя Швейцарии в Москве Ива Росье чтобы озвучить им претензию российской стороны к необоснованной «шпиономании» Запада.

«Рене Джонс-Бос была приглашена для беседы в МИД России в связи с продолжающейся кампанией по нагнетанию шпиономании.

Внимание нидерландской стороны было привлечено к недопустимости провоцирования через СМИ спекуляций, в том числе касающихся наиболее острых проблем международной политики, которые могут нанести дополнительный ущерб и без того подорванным двусторонним отношениям», — говорилось в сообщении дипведомства РФ.

Позднее источник в Объединенном командовании НАТО по контрразведке (ACCI) заявил, что Сергей Скрипаль работал на разведку четырех стран-участниц альянса. По словам источника, сотрудничество Скрипаля с разведслужбами НАТО продолжалось до 2017 года. При этом он якобы выдавал им информацию о действующих на территории других стран российских шпионах.

Что касается Москвы, то пресс-секретарь президента России Дмитрий Песков заявил, что в Кремле не хотят больше вести дискуссию об отравлении Скрипалей.

«Мы не будем больше вести разговор со средствами массовой информации. BBC не может что-то подтвердить, BBC может выдвинуть предположение или еще что-то. И, поскольку вся дискуссия ведется на уровне СМИ, мы, как Кремль, больше не хотим в этой дискуссии участвовать», — сказал представитель главы российского государства.

Russia Says Photos Don’t Prove Its Spy Was Linked to Skripal Case | World News | US News

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Russia Says Photos Don’t Prove Its Spy Was Linked to Skripal Case

FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov looks on during a visit to the Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus joint venture plant of Sollers and Japanese Mazda in Vladivostok, Russia September 10, 2018. Valery Sharifulin/TASS Host Photo Agency/Pool via REUTERSReuters

By Andrey Ostroukh and Andrey Kuzmin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Friday a likeness between a Russian intelligence colonel and a suspect in the Skripal poisoning case does not prove they are the same person, comparing the resemblance to that of impersonators posing as Lenin.

Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury in March. Britain says they were poisoned with a nerve agent administered by Russian intelligence officers. A woman later died from what British police say was contact with the poison which her partner found in a discarded perfume bottle.

Russia denies any involvement in the affair, which has deepened its international isolation.

Moscow says two Russian men captured on surveillance footage near the scene of the poisoning were tourists visiting Salisbury twice during a weekend trip to Britain, an explanation London says is so far-fetched as to all but prove Russia’s involvement.

Investigative website Bellingcat this week published a picture of a decorated Russian military intelligence colonel it named as Anatoliy Chepiga who resembles one of the men spotted in the surveillance footage.

“We don’t know to what extent we can make any formal conclusions about who looks like whom, are they alike, where they lived, where they grew up,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

“On Red Square there are still 10 Stalins and 15 Lenins running around, and they look remarkably like the originals,” he said, referring to people who dress up as Soviet leaders to pose for photographs with tourists.

Peskov said in order to draw any conclusions, the Russian authorities needed verified information from British officials about the Skripal case, something he said London has been consistently withholding.

“We do not want to participate any more in the propagation of this issue as a partner of the media,” said Peskov.

(Reporting and writing by Andrey Kuzmin; Editing by Christian Lowe and Peter Graff)

Copyright 2018 Thomson Reuters.

Tragedy? Farce? Confusion? The Method Behind That Russian Poisoning Interview – The New York Times

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MOSCOW — The reviews were not kind when two Russians accused of slipping into England and poisoning a turncoat spy appeared on TV to profess their innocence. They were, the men said, just a couple of sports nutritionists taking a weekend jaunt to a cathedral town.

“One of the biggest information warfare blunders ever,” declared a BBC diplomatic editor. Others said the interview on Russian state television was a skit worthy of Monty Python. The British government said it was “an insult to the public’s intelligence.”

But foreigners rolling their eyes and dismissing the men’s account as patently implausible may be missing the point. For Russia, the yardstick of success for the interview was not credibility.

“It is a slap in the face of the West,” said Peter Pomerantsev, a fellow at the London School of Economics and author of “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” an account of his time as a television producer in Moscow. Russia, said Mr. Pomerantsev, “gave up a long time ago on trying to convince anybody that it is telling the truth.”

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But the Kremlin works hard to confuse and distract, and to convince everyone, whether inside Russia or beyond, that President Vladimir V. Putin is so strong he can set his own truth, no matter how hard it may be to believe.

From Moscow’s viewpoint, the interview on RT, a Kremlin-funded network formerly known as Russia Today, was a masterpiece of in-your-face defiance. It also reprised the greatest hits of Russian propaganda under Mr. Putin.

In just 25 minutes, the interview distilled the favorite tropes of the Kremlin’s propaganda machine: Russia always gets blamed by the West for crimes it did not commit. Its people thirst for a Europe of churches and traditional culture, but are frustrated in their high-minded aspirations by obstacles thrown up abroad, in this case the English weather.

There was even a cameo role for the Kremlin’s old standby, homophobia, with heavy hints that the two men accused by Britain, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, may well be gay and therefore could not possibly be Russian military intelligence officers deployed, as Britain says they were, for the manly business of assassination.

Konstantin von Eggert, a political commentator and former talk show host on independent television, said the appearance of the two men on RT was not really meant to convince anybody of Russia’s innocence in the Salisbury attack but only to deliver a message to foreign critics and domestic foes that “nothing you say or do will change anything.”

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The Kremlin, he said, “is telling the West: ‘Yes, we did it, yes, we messed up, and yes, we will do it again if we want.’”

That Mr. Putin had a hand in orchestrating the interview was clear from the fact that, a day before it was broadcast by RT on Thursday, he declared Mr. Petrov and Mr. Boshirov innocent of any crimes and, speaking at an economic conference in Vladivostok, urged them to come forward to tell their story. They swiftly obliged.

By the end of the same day, they had contacted Margarita Simonyan, the RT editor in chief, and sat down in front of the camera to answer a series of softball questions. These did not include the most obvious question: How did the hotel room where the men stayed in London come to have traces of Novichok, the nerve agent used against Sergei V. Skripal, a former Russian spy.

Mr. Skripal survived the attack, and Mr. Putin’s role has set off speculation that he may have ordered military commanders to make Mr. Boshirov and Mr. Petrov appear on television to punish them for their bungling performance in Salisbury, England.

Mr. Putin, however, has no history of publicly sanctioning, even less of humiliating, his so-called siloviki, the military and security service officials who dominate his administration, no matter how disastrously incompetent or corrupt they or their underlings might be.

Instead of killing Mr. Skripal, the nerve agent attack landed him and his daughter, Yulia, in the hospital, along with a British police officer and a Salisbury resident — and left Moscow open to condemnation for an act of state terrorism with a military grade chemical weapon.

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Then, on top of that, according to British investigators, the two men discarded a vial that carried the Novichok so carelessly that a British woman died after her boyfriend found it months later and, thinking it was perfume, brought the bottle home as a gift.

In the RT interview, Mr. Petrov and Mr. Boshirov insisted that they had such a keen interest in medieval ecclesiastical architecture and burning desire to see Salisbury’s cathedral that they traveled to Britain for a weekend getaway that included two separate trips to Salisbury and two nights in a grungy London hotel. They firmly denied any connection to Russian military intelligence, now called the G.U. but until recently known as the G.R.U.

Their account — which included claims of knee-deep slush and “transport collapse” that forced them to abandon a first visit to Salisbury on March 3 and try again on March 4, the day of the nerve agent attack — struck many Britons as so risible that a columnist in The Guardian suggested that “comedy is now diplomacy by other means.”

There was some snow in Salisbury at the time but none of the weather-induced “havoc” cited by Mr. Petrov and nothing that might normally deter two fit Russian men accustomed to harsh winters from walking a few hundred yards from the railway station to the cathedral. And why, if they were so keen to see the cathedral, did they head in the opposition direction from the station and wander into Mr. Skripal’s neighborhood on the other side of town?

“The whole situation is some kind of extraordinary coincidence — that’s all,” Mr. Petrov told RT, “What are we guilty of?”

Their story certainly did not win over many people in Britain and elsewhere, or help burnish Russia’s image.

The interview also left many Russians, even some sympathetic to the Kremlin, shaking their heads. It was so bizarre that a television critic, Arina Borodina, claimed that Ms. Simonyan, the RT editor, had not really met the two men and that footage of her asking them questions had been spliced together with their answers, delivered in a secret location under supervision.

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Jakub Kalensky, who leads efforts to counter disinformation at a European Union strategic communication unit in Brussels, said the widely panned interview on RT suggested that Russia’s “message may simply be this: ‘We just don’t care how credible or incredible what we say sounds.’”

But the two men did manage to build a high — if not very believable — wall of denial. And they also “succeeded in turning the tragedy in Salisbury into a farce,” said Mr. Pomerantsev, the former Russian television producer.

Still, on Saturday, Russian claims that Mr. Petrov and Mr. Boshirov were innocent, fun-loving civilians took a blow when Novaya Gazeta, an opposition Russian newspaper, reported that the Moscow telephone number listed for Mr. Petrov in official records belonged to the Russian Defense Ministry.

And an investigation by Bellingcat, an online platform, found that there is no record of either Mr. Boshirov or Mr. Petrov in an official database of residential and passport information before 2009, when they were issued internal passports under the names they now use. It said this suggested that the two men had previously used other names and that their current names are “cover identities for operatives of one of the Russian security services.” Mr. Petrov’s official file, Bellingcat said, is marked “top secret.”

The overriding message from the RT interview, as with all of Russia’s responses to foreign accusations against the country, was that blameless Russians have again fallen victim to Western lies and prejudice. In a near-permanent state of high-dudgeon over Western accusations of misbehavior, Russia invariably responds to criticism by condemning the critic.

Just this week, the Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss and Dutch ambassadors to Moscow to complain that their countries were damaging relations after reports the Netherlands expelled two Russian spies accused of plotting cyber-sabotage of a Swiss defense laboratory analyzing the nerve agent used in Salisbury.

In their interview, Mr. Petrov and Mr. Boshirov adopted the same plaintive tone used by Mr. Putin and his officials in response to past accusations. Among them: that Russian missiles shot down an airliner in July 2014 over eastern Ukraine; that Russian troops supported a bloody separatist rebellion there; and that Russian hackers meddled in the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

“We just want to be left in peace,” Mr. Boshirov said, demanding that Britain apologize for all the grief it has caused him and Mr. Petrov.

Correction:

An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the nerve agent Novichok. It is a chemical weapon, not a biological one.

Sophia Kishkovsky contributed reporting.

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A Russian man accused of the Salisbury poisoning has been exposed as a military officer who received an honour from Vladimir Putin.

It comes weeks after the Russian president went on television to claim that two suspects captured on CCTV were civilians and not GRU military intelligence officers.

Here’s what we know about Ruslan Boshirov, whose real name is Anatoliy Chepiga:

Investigative website Bellingcat has concluded that Chepiga is in fact an undercover officer of GRU, along with his suspected accomplice “Alexander Petrov” – which is also an alias.

The two Russian are accused of poisoning former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March with the nerve agent novichok.

Chepiga has been identified as a highly-decorated Russian colonel.

He was born on 5 April 1978 and graduated into the military following a stint at one of Russia’s elite training grounds, the Far-Eastern Military Command Academy, according to Bellingcat.

The 39-year-old had come under the alias Ruslan Boshirov and is a top-level officer in the GRU who has served in Chechnya and Ukraine.

President Putin awarded him Russia’s highest bravery honour, the Hero of the Russian Federation award, in 2014 under his real name.

The top-level GRU officer has been handed more than 20 awards, as well as the Hero medal. Unlike most of other recipients, few details are available on why he was honoured.

Bellingcat suggested the award may have been given for the service in Ukraine, where Mr Putin’s troops are accused of backing pro-Moscow rebels fighting government forces.

The Home Office said it could neither confirm nor deny the reporting about the suspect’s real identity.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the claims, saying they are part of an “information campaign”.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson appeared to confirm the story in a now-deleted tweet.

He said: “The true identity of one of the Salisbury suspects has been revealed to be a Russian Colonel. I want to thank all the people who are working so tirelessly on this case.”

The Kremlin was branded shameful on Wednesday night after claiming Chepiga and his unknown accomplice were holidaymakers – as Russian lies were seemingly exposed.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson also tweeted: “Utterly predictable news that GRU is behind Skripal atrocity.

“What have you got to say, Putin?”

Earlier this month, Britain accused Russia of “lies and blatant fabrications” after the suspects appeared on Russian television to insist they were visiting Salisbury for its cathedral.

The pair claimed they had been left fearing for their lives after Britain accused them of being involved in the attack and said they were officers in the GRU.

Downing Street said the interview was “deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack”.

It has now emerged that he fought for a feared special forces Spetsnaz unit – which is under the command of the GRU – for 17 years, and worked for at least nine.

Mr Putin insisted the men had been discounted as members of his security network and were civilians.

UK authorities believe Chepiga and his accomplice smeared the highly toxic novichok chemical on a door handle at the Wiltshire home of former GRU officer Mr Skripal, leaving him and his daughter critically ill.

On 30 June, in nearby Amesbury, Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent.

Ms Sturgess died in hospital just over a week after the pair fell ill.

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Russian intelligence officer Anatoliy Chepiga, earlier named by UK police as Ruslan Boshirov, a suspect in poisoning of ex-Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK, may have participated in the evacuation of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych from Ukraine in February 2014.

Serhiy Kaniev, the journalist who took part in the Skipal investigation of Russian The Insider and British Bellingcat, told Ukrainian news outlet Hromadske that Chepiga allegedly headed the operation to evacuate Yanukovych to Russia.

Yanukovych fled Ukraine on Feb. 23, days after a mass shooting of protesters by his security forces and the end of EuroMaidan Revolution. He was first transported to Crimea, and then to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

Chepiga was identified by the British investigative team Bellingcat on Sept. 26. as a highly decorated colonel of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. Bellingcat also said Chepiga had won Russia’s highest state award, the Hero of the Russian Federation medal. Chepiga is one of the two main suspects in the poisoning of ex-intelligence agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

“Chepiga took part in Yanukovych’s evacuation to Russia,” Kaniev told Hromadske on Oct. 1. “At least this is what my sources have evidenced. He and his special forces subdivision were at Yanukovych’s residence Mezhyhirya. He was there, he guarded him. From there they transported him to Crimea and then to Russia.”

Kaniev said that the state award was granted to Chepiga for his participation in Yanukovych’s evacuation.

A former security guard of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Dyumin, also received the same state award for an operation in Crimea, Kaniev said.

Kaniev was reported by Ukrainian media to have fled Russia on Sept. 29.

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A hot air balloon became tangled in an electricity pylon in western Germany, firefighters have said, stranding six passengers 65m (213ft) above ground.

The balloon became caught at about 17:30 local time (15:30 GMT) on Sunday, authorities in the city of Bottrop said.

Passengers were individually abseiled to safety in a six-hour operation, and all were taken to hospital as a precaution.

The cause of the crash is not known.

The balloon struck the top of the pylon on Essener Street in the south of the city, a local fire brigade press release said.

Firefighters called up to the passengers by megaphone, before they managed to get in touch by phone.

Only the balloon itself hit the wires, rather than the basket – protecting all aboard from the electricity.

Power to the pylon was shut off as firefighters climbed the mast and secured the basket.

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Some 100 police officers raided several properties in the German states of Saxony and Bavaria early on Monday morning as part of an investigation into a far-right terror group called “Revolution Chemnitz,” named after the eastern German city that was the scene of recent far-right demonstrations following the killing of a German man allegedly by migrants.

The six men arrested, aged between 20 and 30, are suspected of forming a terrorist organization under the leadership of 31-year-old Christian K., who had already been arrested on September 14.

According to Germany’s state prosecutors, the men were planning attacks on “foreigners” and people who did not share their political views. Batons, an air-rifle, and computer hard drives were seized during the raids.

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Investigators said the group had tried to acquire semi-automatic firearms, and on September 14 five of the seven suspects, including Christian K., had taken part in a coordinated attack on foreigners in Chemnitz using glass bottles, weighted knuckle gloves, and an electroshock weapon. One man was injured during the incident, which resulted in a number of arrests.

Investigators said there was evidence this had been a “practice run” for a larger attack planned for October 3, a national holiday celebrating Germany’s reunification.

Demonstrators with German flags (picture-alliance/dpa)Chemnitz was the scene of several neo-Nazi demos in late August

The prosecutors’ statement said the six men were all members of the “hooligan, skinhead, and neo-Nazi scene” in the Chemnitz area, and all considered themselves leading members of the far-right scene in Saxony. Prosecutors believe the group’s aim was “the overthrow of the democratic rule of law” based on their right-wing extremist ideology.

All seven men are due to be arraigned in a federal court on Monday and Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the federal prosecutors, Frauke Köhler, said on Monday that they would be joining forces with Saxony counterparts to investigate “far-right structures” in the state.

Köhler said prosecutors had decided to upgrade the investigation from a criminal to a terrorist one after assessing the group’s internal communications, which showed they had been planning attacks and working to acquire weapons.

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The eastern German city of Chemnitz was the scene of several confrontations in late August and early September, after a German-Cuban man died from stab wounds following a fight with two asylum-seekers from Syria and Iraq. The Iraqi suspect was later released.

The death triggered a week of occasionally violent far-right demos and counter-demos, culminating in an anti-racism rock concert that drew a crowd of over 60,000 people. Köhler said the investigators had not yet established whether the suspects were involved in the far-right demos in Chemnitz.

The events have reignited tensions in Germany over the influx of refugees three years ago, with violence involving migrants attracting massive media attention and subsequent political fall-out: the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maassen, lost his job after publicly questioning the authenticity of videos showing migrants being attacked in Chemnitz.

Germany’s failure to address the threat of neo-Nazi violence was brought into sharp relief earlier this year with the end of the five-year trial of Beate Zschäpe, a member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a neo-Nazi cell that murdered at least ten people over an eight-year period in the 2000s. Zschäpe was sentenced to life in prison in July.

The NSU remained undetected largely because of systemic investigation failures by German police and intelligence agencies.

On Monday, German Justice Minister Katarina Barley said, “We learned from the crimes of the NSU that we have to be much more alert than before. That goes for the security forces and the judiciary, but also for the whole of society.”

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer welcomed the arrests. “This is the realization of our principle, ‘zero tolerance towards right-wing radicals and far-right extremists’,” he told DPA news agency in Munich. “The threat of terrorism remains high in Germany, which means that we have to be prepared for an attack at any time.”

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HOBART, Ind. (WLS) —

Police were investigating a shooting Sunday night in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Hobart in northwest Indiana.

At about 7:30 p.m., two people were shot, including a young person, police said. They were hospitalized, but police did not disclose their conditions.

Police were looking for a person of interest who was wearing a black sweatshirt and captured on store surveillance.

Worker Darrell Grigsby was outside when gunfire rang out.

“Everybody hit the ground. That’s when a lady said that a little boy got shot. It was like a war. They were shooting at each other,” Grigsby said.

The shooting started with an argument in the parking lot and several people ran into the store, causing panic. People hid in aisles and in a back warehouse until police gave an all-clear.

The Walmart Supercenter is located along the busy commercial district along U.S. Route 30.

The parking lot was blocked off late Sunday with multiple emergency vehicles in the area.

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BERLIN — Seven Germans described by the authorities as belonging to the “hooligan, skinhead and neo-Nazi scenes” in eastern Germany have been arrested on suspicion of building a far-right terrorist organization called Revolution Chemnitz — named for the city that was rocked by recent street clashes — the country’s federal prosecutor said Monday.

Six men, all Germans aged 20 to 30, were arrested on Monday. They are suspected of acting under the leadership of the seventh man, who has been in police custody since Sept. 14, when the federal authorities opened their investigation, the prosecutor, Peter Frank, said in a statement. The group was at first seen only as a criminal organization, he said, but further evidence, including the intent to procure semiautomatic weapons, led investigators to suspect terrorism.

The arrests come just weeks after violence broke out in Chemnitz, where far-right extremists clashed with the police at demonstrations after a German man was fatally stabbed after trying to intervene in a dispute between two recent immigrants. A Syrian man remains in detention on suspicion of the killing.

It was not clear when the group began referring to itself as “Revolution Chemnitz,” or whether the men chose that name because of the unrest there.

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On Sept. 14, the authorities said, five of the suspects took part in an attack on foreigners in Chemnitz. The authorities said that event appeared to have been a rehearsal for an action planned for Oct. 3, a national holiday celebrating the reunification of Germany.

Since the violence in Chemnitz began, the extent to which far-right extremist groups have been active in the country has been a point of dispute. The German government formally counts 83 people as having died in far-right violence since 1990, but an investigation by the news outlets Tagesspiegel and Zeit Online found that 169 people had been killed by neo-Nazis or other extremists.

It was not immediately clear if any of the men arrested were among those giving the stiff-armed Nazi salute or shouting anti-foreigner slogans in the demonstrations in Chemnitz, which led to a bitter dispute that nearly split Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. After reports that far-right extremists had “hunted” foreigners during that unrest, Ms. Merkel denounced the violence, but Hans-Georg Maassen, head of country’s domestic intelligence agency, challenged the veracity of videos showing a skinhead chasing a dark-skinned man.

His comments raised questions over whether the agency, officially known as the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, was in a position to properly investigate far-right extremists, or had compromised its neutrality. Mr. Maassen was eventually forced to leave his post.

The federal prosecutor said that, after a search involving more than 100 police officers, the authorities believed that the six men detained on Monday “belonged to the hooligan, skinhead and neo-Nazi scene in the Chemnitz area and saw themselves as leaders within the far-right scene in Saxony,” a state in eastern Germany.

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The authorities said the suspects’ extreme-right beliefs focused “on a ‘revolutionary’ goal of triumphing over the democratic rule of law” that included “violent and armed attacks against foreigners and those holding different political beliefs.” Among the potential targets were politicians and representatives of civil society, the prosecutor said.

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BERLIN (AP) — German police have arrested seven men on suspicion of forming a “far-right terrorist organization” in the eastern city of Chemnitz and planning to carry out attacks against foreigners and political enemies, officials said Monday.

Six of the men, all German citizens aged between 20 and 30, were arrested Monday by tactical police units in Saxony, the state in which Chemnitz is located, and Bavaria, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

The men are alleged to have formed a group calling itself “Revolution Chemnitz,” together with a seventh suspect who was arrested in a separate case last month. The seventh man, identified only as 31 year-old German citizen Christian K. for privacy reasons, is alleged to have been the group’s leader.

Prosecutors said the men wanted to “carry out violent and armed attacks against foreigners and political enemies” as part of a plan to overthrow Germany’s democratic order.

Five of the men — Christian K. and four others identified only as Sten E., Martin H., Marcel W. and Sven W. — allegedly attacked several foreigners in the center of Chemnitz on Sept. 14, armed with bottles, weighted “sap” gloves and an electric stun device. Prosecutors said the attack was a ‘test run’ for another attack the men planned for Oct. 3, Germany’s national unity day.

Prosecutors didn’t specify whether the group was linked to anti-foreigner violence that erupted after a German man was killed in Chemnitz in August. A 23-year-old Syrian is being held on suspicion of manslaughter in that case. An Iraqi man is also being sought over the killing.

A kosher restaurant was also attacked on the sidelines of one protest, with masked men throwing stones and bottles and yelling “Jewish pig, get out of Germany.”

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BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – German police detained six men on Monday suspected of forming a far-right militant organisation which assaulted foreigners in the eastern city of Chemnitz and planned attacks on politicians and civil servants, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Some 100 policemen backed by special commando units detained the six suspects aged 28 to 30, acting on warrants issued by the Federal Court of Justice on Sept. 28, the prosecutor said.

The men are accused of forming “Revolution Chemnitz”, an organisation named after the city where the fatal stabbing of a German man blamed on migrants in August prompted the worst far-right violence in Germany in decades. 

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BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – German police detained six men on Monday suspected of forming a far-right militant organisation which assaulted foreigners in the eastern city of Chemnitz and planned attacks on politicians and civil servants, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Some 100 policemen backed by special commando units detained the six suspects aged 28 to 30, acting on warrants issued by the Federal Court of Justice on Sept. 28, the prosecutor said.

The men are accused of forming “Revolution Chemnitz”, an organisation named after the city where the fatal stabbing of a German man blamed on migrants in August prompted the worst far-right violence in Germany in decades.

“Based on the information we have so far, the suspects belong to the hooligan, skinhead and neo-Nazi scene in the area of Chemnitz and considered themselves leading figures in the right-wing extremist scene in Saxony,” prosecutors said.

The group had planned to attack senior civil servants and politicians, they said. The men were arrested in the state of Saxony, where Chemnitz lies, and the southern region of Bavaria.

“In the course of further investigations we encountered tangible indications that the organisation pursued terrorist goals.”

The far-right violence in Chemnitz, where skinheads hounded migrants and performed the illegal Hitler salute in August, exposed deep divisions over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to welcome almost one million, mostly Muslim asylum seekers.

The events in the eastern city also strained Merkel’s coalition government.

Her conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) junior coalition partners could not agree what to do with the head of the BfV domestic spy agency, who questioned the authenticity of a video showing skinheads chasing migrants and was accused of harbouring far-right views.

The partners last month reached a compromise to transfer BfV chief Hans Georg Maassen to the interior ministry, ending a row that almost felled their six-month-old government.

A seventh suspect, believed to be the leader of the group, was detained on Sept. 14 on charges of threatening public peace.

The GBA did not say whether his arrest had led to uncovering the organisation and its other members.

All seven members of the “criminal organisation” will appear before a judge who will decide whether to keep them in remand. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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With the confession of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, the American special prosecutor Robert Mueller has recorded his biggest success so far. Manafort has admitted what Mueller’s investigators uncovered in laborious, month-long work: a criminal construct of lobbying activities in the interests of the former Ukrainian government under the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, accompanied by money laundering and tax fraud. A total of $ 60 million flowed from Ukraine to Manafort, who unlawfully did not register as a lobbyist for a foreign government. Despite his confession, he is expected to remain behind bars for many years.

Gusenbauer, Prodi and Kwasniewski

Weder politisch noch juristisch aufgearbeitet ist jedoch der europäische Zweig dieses Lobbying-Skandals: Weitgehend unbeachtet geblieben ist der Umstand, dass Manafort mit seinem Schuldbekenntnis vom Freitag

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BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – German police detained six men on Monday suspected of forming a far-right militant organisation which assaulted foreigners in the eastern city of Chemnitz and planned attacks on politicians and civil servants, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Some 100 policemen backed by special commando units detained the six suspects aged 28 to 30, acting on warrants issued by the Federal Court of Justice on Sept. 28, the prosecutor said.

The men are accused of forming “Revolution Chemnitz”, an organisation named after the city where the fatal stabbing of a German man blamed on migrants in August prompted the worst far-right violence in Germany in decades.

“Based on the information we have so far, the suspects belong to the hooligan, skinhead and neo-Nazi scene in the area of Chemnitz and considered themselves leading figures in the right-wing extremist scene in Saxony,” prosecutors said.

The group had planned to attack senior civil servants and politicians, they said. The men were arrested in the state of Saxony, where Chemnitz lies, and the southern region of Bavaria.

“In the course of further investigations we encountered tangible indications that the organisation pursued terrorist goals.”

The far-right violence in Chemnitz, where skinheads hounded migrants and performed the illegal Hitler salute in August, exposed deep divisions over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to welcome almost one million, mostly Muslim asylum seekers.

The events in the eastern city also strained Merkel’s coalition government.

Her conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) junior coalition partners could not agree what to do with the head of the BfV domestic spy agency, who questioned the authenticity of a video showing skinheads chasing migrants and was accused of harbouring far-right views.

The partners last month reached a compromise to transfer BfV chief Hans Georg Maassen to the interior ministry, ending a row that almost felled their six-month-old government.

A seventh suspect, believed to be the leader of the group, was detained on Sept. 14 on charges of threatening public peace.

The GBA did not say whether his arrest had led to uncovering the organisation and its other members.

All seven members of the “criminal organisation” will appear before a judge who will decide whether to keep them in remand. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

How European politicians could be corrupted – the mysterious “Habsburg group” and their lobbying for Ukraine

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With the confession of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, the American special prosecutor Robert Mueller has recorded his biggest success so far. Manafort has admitted what Mueller’s investigators uncovered in laborious, month-long work: a criminal construct of lobbying activities in the interests of the former Ukrainian government under the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, accompanied by money laundering and tax fraud. A total of $ 60 million flowed from Ukraine to Manafort, who unlawfully did not register as a lobbyist for a foreign government. Despite his confession, he is expected to remain behind bars for many years.

Gusenbauer, Prodi and Kwasniewski

Weder politisch noch juristisch aufgearbeitet ist jedoch der europäische Zweig dieses Lobbying-Skandals: Weitgehend unbeachtet geblieben ist der Umstand, dass Manafort mit seinem Schuldbekenntnis vom Freitag auch eine Reihe von ehemaligen europäischen Spitzenpolitikern schwer belastet hat. Unter ihnen sind der frühere österreichische Bundeskanzler und SPÖ-Vorsitzende Alfred Gusenbauer, der einstige EU-Kommissions-Präsident und italienische Ministerpräsident Romano Prodi, der ehemalige polnische Präsident Alexander Kwasniewski sowie ein weiteres, noch unbekanntes Mitglied der Lobbyisten-Gruppe, das es 2013 sogar schaffte, seine Ansichten bei einem Treffen mit dem damaligen amerikanischen Präsidenten Barack Obama einzubringen.

Manafort gab der illustren Gruppe laut amerikanischen Gerichtsakten den Namen «Habsburg-Gruppe». Als die Vorwürfe gegen Gusenbauer und seine Gefährten im Februar erstmals publik wurden, wurden sie von den Betroffenen stark relativiert oder ganz abgestritten. Mit Manaforts Geständnis gibt es jedoch keinen Grund mehr, an ihrer Stichhaltigkeit zu zweifeln. In der aussergerichtlichen Vereinbarung (Plea Agreement), die der Angeklagte mit dem Sonderstaatsanwalt traf, gab Manafort zu, in den Jahren 2012/13 über Offshore-Konten diskrete Zahlungen in der Höhe von gesamthaft mehr als zwei Millionen Euro an die «Habsburg-Gruppe» arrangiert zu haben. Um europäische Steuergesetze zu umgehen, habe der Vertrag mit der «Habsburg-Gruppe» fälschlicherweise festgehalten, dass deren Tätigkeit nur ausserhalb Europas stattfinden werde. In Wirklichkeit nahmen Gusenbauer, Prodi und Kwasniewski in Europa an diversen Konferenzen teil, um dort zum Thema Ukraine zu sprechen. Dass sie dabei von Manafort und letztlich von der Regierung Janukowitsch bezahlt wurden, hielten sie vor der Öffentlichkeit verborgen.

Eklatanter Interessenkonflikt

Besonders stossend ist der Fall des früheren polnischen Staatsoberhaupts Kwasniewski. Er erhielt im Juni 2012 vom damaligen Präsidenten des Europäischen Parlamentes, Martin Schulz, den Auftrag, zusammen mit einem britischen Politiker eine Monitoring-Mission in der Ukraine zu leiten. Es ging darum, das rechtsstaatlich fragwürdige Gerichtsverfahren gegen die inhaftierte ukrainische Oppositionsführerin Julia Timoschenko zu verfolgen, deren Freilassung damals viele westliche Politiker forderten. Die Berufung Kwasniewskis erscheint im Nachhinein als Fehlgriff. Schulz pries den Polen damals als weitherum respektierte Persönlichkeit von hoher internationaler Reputation. Doch in Wirklichkeit hatte sich Kwasniewski in einen unauflösbaren Interessenkonflikt verstrickt, indem er laut den amerikanischen Gerichtsakten gleichzeitig Geld von der ukrainischen Regierung annahm, die Timoschenko ins Gefängnis geworfen hatte. Seine Mission dauerte anderthalb Jahre und umfasste 27 Besuche in der Ukraine, bis zum Ausbruch des Volksaufstands gegen die Regierung Janukowitsch.

Kwasniewski dementierte im Juni 2018 gegenüber dem Magazin «Politico», je für Manafort gearbeitet zu haben. Er gab aber zu, ihn 2012 an einer Konferenz in Berlin getroffen und später in den USA eine Reihe von Gesprächen im Kongress und im State Department zum Thema Ukraine geführt zu haben. Wer die Treffen eingefädelt habe, könne er im Nachhinein nicht mehr rekonstruieren.

Gusenbauer, laut Manafort der Kopf der «Habsburg-Gruppe», bestritt im Juni gegenüber der österreichischen Zeitung «Der Standard» den Vorwurf des Lobbyings und die Gesamtsumme von zwei Millionen Euro. Er sprach lediglich davon, für die Teilnahme an Konferenzen bezahlt worden zu sein und diese Gelder auch versteuert zu haben. Die das Schuldeingeständnis von Manafort begleitenden Justizakten zeichnen jedoch ein anderes Bild. Demnach fädelte der amerikanische Lobbyist auch mehrere Treffen Gusenbauers in Washington ein, unter anderem mit dem Vorsitzenden des aussenpolitischen Komitees im Repräsentantenhaus und einem für die Ukraine zuständigen hohen Beamten im State Department. Der ehemalige Kanzler hätte sich für diese Aktivitäten gemäss amerikanischer Gesetzgebung als Lobbyist einer ausländischen Macht registrieren lassen müssen. Gusenbauer setzte stattdessen auf Verschwiegenheit: Er soll laut einem amerikanischen Dokument eingewilligt haben, diskret vorzugehen, und seine Tätigkeit als «Untergrund-Kommentierung» bezeichnet haben.

Oppositionsführerin Timoschenko angeschwärzt

Manafort sah seine Mission darin, die 2010 an die Macht gekommene Regierung Janukowitsch im Westen salonfähig zu machen. Angesichts der prorussischen Ausrichtung des ukrainischen Staatschefs und dessen krimineller Vergangenheit war dies kein einfaches Unterfangen. Manafort arbeitete jedoch nicht ohne Erfolg daran, Janukowitsch ein neues Image zu geben und ihn als Repräsentanten eines Staates darzustellen, der auf dem Weg zu Demokratie und Rechtsstaatlichkeit vorankam, der das Land mit einem Assoziierungsabkommen an die Europäische Union heranführen konnte. Die Manipulationen bei den Parlamentswahlen von 2012 und die politisch motivierte Inhaftierung Timoschenkos standen in eklatantem Widerspruch zu dieser Sichtweise. Entsprechend bemühte sich Manafort, Timoschenko in der Öffentlichkeit anzuschwärzen und eine amerikanische Kongressresolution, die ihre Freilassung forderte, zu verhindern.

Dass Gusenbauer, Prodi und Kwasniewski an Konferenzen und in Zeitungskommentaren für engere Beziehungen zwischen der Ukraine und dem Westen plädierten, war keine ungewöhnliche Forderung und entsprach wohl ohnehin ihren Überzeugungen. Aber mit ihrer Einschätzung an einer dieser Konferenzen, dass die Wahlen von 2012 einen «gewaltigen Fortschritt» bedeuteten, während eine Beobachtermission der OSZE von einem Rückschritt sprach, trugen sie zur Weisswaschung des Janukowitsch-Regimes bei. Vor allem jedoch müssen sich die Mitglieder des «Habsburg-Gruppe» den Vorwurf gefallen lassen, dass sie sich der Öffentlichkeit als unabhängige Elder Statesmen darstellten, während sie in Wirklichkeit im Solde Kiews standen.

Der rätselhafte vierte Mann ist ein Türke

Unklar bleibt, wer das ungenannte vierte Mitglied der Gruppe war. Das Team um den Sonderstaatsanwalt Mueller macht in den verfügbaren Akten nur vage Andeutungen, möglicherweise aus aussenpolitischer Rücksichtnahme. Demnach lobbyierte der unbekannte Spitzenpolitiker am 16. Mai 2013 in Washington für die Ukraine, als er den Ministerpräsidenten seines Landes zu einem Treffen mit Präsident Obama und Vizepräsident Joe Biden begleitete. Im öffentlichen Terminkalender des Weissen Hauses ist für jenen Tag nur ein solcher hochrangiger Besuch eingetragen – jener des türkischen Regierungschefs Erdogan. Begleitet wurde Erdogan, wie ein offizielles Bildshows, only from his secret service chief and from Ahmet Davutoglu, the then foreign minister and later prime minister of Turkey. It is quite common in the US to refer to Turkey as part of Europe. However, there is no evidence that Davutoglu was the fourth “European leader” in the “Habsburg group”.

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M.N.: There is some confusion and contradiction in the news reports: the earlier reports claimed or implied that the two Russians arrested in the Netherlands for hacking are Boshirov and Petrov, this report: “Two more Russians reportedly arrested for plotting a cyber hack connected to poisoning“, implies that these are different persons. 

Where is the truth? 

My respectful recommendation to Mr. Putin and the Russian Leaders is: 

Do not fight these accusations (this whole incident and others) by claiming that it is a slander, we do not know yet where truth is. 

Say this:  

“The attacks on the Western Democracies and their citizens is the same like the attack on us and  our citizens, and we will do everything to help to solve these crimes if any were committed, and to bring the suspects to justice.” 

Appoint the best detective, heading the best investigative team in the country (I am sure that there are some very good criminal detectives in Russia) to conduct this investigation on the Russian side with the pledge of the complete, full, in good faith cooperation with the British team. Let them work together and consult each other freely during this and the other, similar investigations. 

It does not make any sense to stonewall and to obfuscate. It makes all the sense to work together. Generally, the hostile attitudes stemming from the insecurity have to stop. 

These latest shows are complex but at the same time they are simple; they all seem to be from the same opera and from the same hypothetical source which I call the New Abwehr. This hypothesis has to be taken very seriously, the Russian people are very well familiar with these dangers. And now, just like then, you need the good allies. The same good old Allies. 

And the New Abwehr does everything in its power, just like before, to break this Alliance. 

Michael Novakhov 

10.1.18

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A terrifying new twist has emerged in the Novichok poisonings in the UK, in which two Russian men allegedly attempted to murder a former KGB spy and his daughter with a deadly nerve agent, earlier this year.

The two Russian men, recently identified as Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, had been in the cathedral city of Salisbury in March, allegedly to visit a famous clock, when the attacks occurred, leaving one woman dead and her partner in hospital, reports news.com.au.

Reports have now surfaced that, following the attacks, two other Russian spies were plotting to hack into the computer systems of Swiss Spiez Laboratory which was analysing the Novichok agent.

Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger and Dutch paper NRC have reported that the two men, who have yet to be identified, were arrested back in March and detained in The Hague before being extradited back to Russia.

This case is seriously complex, it involves many moving parts and players, and reads like something out of a spy novel.

We have two Russians, claiming to be innocent tourists in an English city, at the exact time that a former Russian spy and his daughter are attacked with a deadly nerve agent.

We also have another innocent couple, exposed to the same deadly nerve agent, one of which dies days later.

The deadly nerve agent effectively shuts down a city, with officials in hazmat suits casing the streets in search of the perpetrators.

And now, we hear of the arrest of a second pair of Russians, who had been plotting a cyber attack of the Spiez Laboratory computers. The Swiss lab was testing the deadly nerve agent at the time.

You just cannot make this stuff up.

In an attempt to clear their name, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov gave a bizarre television interview with TV network Russia Today, claiming they were simply in the area to marvel at it’s many historical wonders.

“Our friends had been telling us for some time we should visit this wonderful town,” Petrov said.

After an awkward silence in the interview, Boshirov filled it by clarifying they had visited the Salisbury Cathedral, which is famous for its “123-metre spire and its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that’s still working”.

Even British Prime Minister Theresa May isn’t buying their story, slamming it as “blatant fabrications” this month.

The comments have prompted a backlash from Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, who claimed the Kremlin had remained “unambiguous, transparent and consistent” throughout the entire saga.

“It is unacceptable to associate the Russian leadership or government with what went on in Salisbury,

“More so to blame Russia of lies following a statement by two civilians. These men are ordinary citizens with no relation to government”.

It’s safe to say it has been a big week for British and Russian relations…

So, in the wake of the claims and counterclaims in this extraordinary case, let’s take a look at everything we know about the Novichok poisonings.


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BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – German police detained six men on Monday suspected of forming a far-right militant organisation which assaulted foreigners in the eastern city of Chemnitz and planned attacks on politicians and civil servants, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Some 100 policemen backed by special commando units detained the six suspects aged 28 to 30, acting on warrants issued by the Federal Court of Justice on Sept. 28, the prosecutor said.

The men are accused of forming “Revolution Chemnitz”, an organisation named after the city where the fatal stabbing of a German man blamed on migrants in August prompted the worst far-right violence in Germany in decades. 

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BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – German police detained six men on Monday suspected of forming a far-right militant organisation which assaulted foreigners in the eastern city of Chemnitz and planned attacks on politicians and civil servants, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Some 100 policemen backed by special commando units detained the six suspects aged 28 to 30, acting on warrants issued by the Federal Court of Justice on Sept. 28, the prosecutor said.

The men are accused of forming “Revolution Chemnitz”, an organisation named after the city where the fatal stabbing of a German man blamed on migrants in August prompted the worst far-right violence in Germany in decades.

“Based on the information we have so far, the suspects belong to the hooligan, skinhead and neo-Nazi scene in the area of Chemnitz and considered themselves leading figures in the right-wing extremist scene in Saxony,” prosecutors said.

The group had planned to attack senior civil servants and politicians, they said. The men were arrested in the state of Saxony, where Chemnitz lies, and the southern region of Bavaria.

“In the course of further investigations we encountered tangible indications that the organisation pursued terrorist goals.”

The far-right violence in Chemnitz, where skinheads hounded migrants and performed the illegal Hitler salute in August, exposed deep divisions over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to welcome almost one million, mostly Muslim asylum seekers.

The events in the eastern city also strained Merkel’s coalition government.

Her conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) junior coalition partners could not agree what to do with the head of the BfV domestic spy agency, who questioned the authenticity of a video showing skinheads chasing migrants and was accused of harbouring far-right views.

The partners last month reached a compromise to transfer BfV chief Hans Georg Maassen to the interior ministry, ending a row that almost felled their six-month-old government.

A seventh suspect, believed to be the leader of the group, was detained on Sept. 14 on charges of threatening public peace.

The GBA did not say whether his arrest had led to uncovering the organisation and its other members.

All seven members of the “criminal organisation” will appear before a judge who will decide whether to keep them in remand. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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How European politicians could be corrupted – the mysterious “Habsburg group” and their lobbying for Ukraine

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With the confession of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, the American special prosecutor Robert Mueller has recorded his biggest success so far. Manafort has admitted what Mueller’s investigators uncovered in laborious, month-long work: a criminal construct of lobbying activities in the interests of the former Ukrainian government under the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, accompanied by money laundering and tax fraud. A total of $ 60 million flowed from Ukraine to Manafort, who unlawfully did not register as a lobbyist for a foreign government. Despite his confession, he is expected to remain behind bars for many years.

Gusenbauer, Prodi and Kwasniewski

Weder politisch noch juristisch aufgearbeitet ist jedoch der europäische Zweig dieses Lobbying-Skandals: Weitgehend unbeachtet geblieben ist der Umstand, dass Manafort mit seinem Schuldbekenntnis vom Freitag auch eine Reihe von ehemaligen europäischen Spitzenpolitikern schwer belastet hat. Unter ihnen sind der frühere österreichische Bundeskanzler und SPÖ-Vorsitzende Alfred Gusenbauer, der einstige EU-Kommissions-Präsident und italienische Ministerpräsident Romano Prodi, der ehemalige polnische Präsident Alexander Kwasniewski sowie ein weiteres, noch unbekanntes Mitglied der Lobbyisten-Gruppe, das es 2013 sogar schaffte, seine Ansichten bei einem Treffen mit dem damaligen amerikanischen Präsidenten Barack Obama einzubringen.

Manafort gab der illustren Gruppe laut amerikanischen Gerichtsakten den Namen «Habsburg-Gruppe». Als die Vorwürfe gegen Gusenbauer und seine Gefährten im Februar erstmals publik wurden, wurden sie von den Betroffenen stark relativiert oder ganz abgestritten. Mit Manaforts Geständnis gibt es jedoch keinen Grund mehr, an ihrer Stichhaltigkeit zu zweifeln. In der aussergerichtlichen Vereinbarung (Plea Agreement), die der Angeklagte mit dem Sonderstaatsanwalt traf, gab Manafort zu, in den Jahren 2012/13 über Offshore-Konten diskrete Zahlungen in der Höhe von gesamthaft mehr als zwei Millionen Euro an die «Habsburg-Gruppe» arrangiert zu haben. Um europäische Steuergesetze zu umgehen, habe der Vertrag mit der «Habsburg-Gruppe» fälschlicherweise festgehalten, dass deren Tätigkeit nur ausserhalb Europas stattfinden werde. In Wirklichkeit nahmen Gusenbauer, Prodi und Kwasniewski in Europa an diversen Konferenzen teil, um dort zum Thema Ukraine zu sprechen. Dass sie dabei von Manafort und letztlich von der Regierung Janukowitsch bezahlt wurden, hielten sie vor der Öffentlichkeit verborgen.

Eklatanter Interessenkonflikt

Besonders stossend ist der Fall des früheren polnischen Staatsoberhaupts Kwasniewski. Er erhielt im Juni 2012 vom damaligen Präsidenten des Europäischen Parlamentes, Martin Schulz, den Auftrag, zusammen mit einem britischen Politiker eine Monitoring-Mission in der Ukraine zu leiten. Es ging darum, das rechtsstaatlich fragwürdige Gerichtsverfahren gegen die inhaftierte ukrainische Oppositionsführerin Julia Timoschenko zu verfolgen, deren Freilassung damals viele westliche Politiker forderten. Die Berufung Kwasniewskis erscheint im Nachhinein als Fehlgriff. Schulz pries den Polen damals als weitherum respektierte Persönlichkeit von hoher internationaler Reputation. Doch in Wirklichkeit hatte sich Kwasniewski in einen unauflösbaren Interessenkonflikt verstrickt, indem er laut den amerikanischen Gerichtsakten gleichzeitig Geld von der ukrainischen Regierung annahm, die Timoschenko ins Gefängnis geworfen hatte. Seine Mission dauerte anderthalb Jahre und umfasste 27 Besuche in der Ukraine, bis zum Ausbruch des Volksaufstands gegen die Regierung Janukowitsch.

Kwasniewski dementierte im Juni 2018 gegenüber dem Magazin «Politico», je für Manafort gearbeitet zu haben. Er gab aber zu, ihn 2012 an einer Konferenz in Berlin getroffen und später in den USA eine Reihe von Gesprächen im Kongress und im State Department zum Thema Ukraine geführt zu haben. Wer die Treffen eingefädelt habe, könne er im Nachhinein nicht mehr rekonstruieren.

Gusenbauer, laut Manafort der Kopf der «Habsburg-Gruppe», bestritt im Juni gegenüber der österreichischen Zeitung «Der Standard» den Vorwurf des Lobbyings und die Gesamtsumme von zwei Millionen Euro. Er sprach lediglich davon, für die Teilnahme an Konferenzen bezahlt worden zu sein und diese Gelder auch versteuert zu haben. Die das Schuldeingeständnis von Manafort begleitenden Justizakten zeichnen jedoch ein anderes Bild. Demnach fädelte der amerikanische Lobbyist auch mehrere Treffen Gusenbauers in Washington ein, unter anderem mit dem Vorsitzenden des aussenpolitischen Komitees im Repräsentantenhaus und einem für die Ukraine zuständigen hohen Beamten im State Department. Der ehemalige Kanzler hätte sich für diese Aktivitäten gemäss amerikanischer Gesetzgebung als Lobbyist einer ausländischen Macht registrieren lassen müssen. Gusenbauer setzte stattdessen auf Verschwiegenheit: Er soll laut einem amerikanischen Dokument eingewilligt haben, diskret vorzugehen, und seine Tätigkeit als «Untergrund-Kommentierung» bezeichnet haben.

Oppositionsführerin Timoschenko angeschwärzt

Manafort sah seine Mission darin, die 2010 an die Macht gekommene Regierung Janukowitsch im Westen salonfähig zu machen. Angesichts der prorussischen Ausrichtung des ukrainischen Staatschefs und dessen krimineller Vergangenheit war dies kein einfaches Unterfangen. Manafort arbeitete jedoch nicht ohne Erfolg daran, Janukowitsch ein neues Image zu geben und ihn als Repräsentanten eines Staates darzustellen, der auf dem Weg zu Demokratie und Rechtsstaatlichkeit vorankam, der das Land mit einem Assoziierungsabkommen an die Europäische Union heranführen konnte. Die Manipulationen bei den Parlamentswahlen von 2012 und die politisch motivierte Inhaftierung Timoschenkos standen in eklatantem Widerspruch zu dieser Sichtweise. Entsprechend bemühte sich Manafort, Timoschenko in der Öffentlichkeit anzuschwärzen und eine amerikanische Kongressresolution, die ihre Freilassung forderte, zu verhindern.

Dass Gusenbauer, Prodi und Kwasniewski an Konferenzen und in Zeitungskommentaren für engere Beziehungen zwischen der Ukraine und dem Westen plädierten, war keine ungewöhnliche Forderung und entsprach wohl ohnehin ihren Überzeugungen. Aber mit ihrer Einschätzung an einer dieser Konferenzen, dass die Wahlen von 2012 einen «gewaltigen Fortschritt» bedeuteten, während eine Beobachtermission der OSZE von einem Rückschritt sprach, trugen sie zur Weisswaschung des Janukowitsch-Regimes bei. Vor allem jedoch müssen sich die Mitglieder des «Habsburg-Gruppe» den Vorwurf gefallen lassen, dass sie sich der Öffentlichkeit als unabhängige Elder Statesmen darstellten, während sie in Wirklichkeit im Solde Kiews standen.

Der rätselhafte vierte Mann ist ein Türke

Unklar bleibt, wer das ungenannte vierte Mitglied der Gruppe war. Das Team um den Sonderstaatsanwalt Mueller macht in den verfügbaren Akten nur vage Andeutungen, möglicherweise aus aussenpolitischer Rücksichtnahme. Demnach lobbyierte der unbekannte Spitzenpolitiker am 16. Mai 2013 in Washington für die Ukraine, als er den Ministerpräsidenten seines Landes zu einem Treffen mit Präsident Obama und Vizepräsident Joe Biden begleitete. Im öffentlichen Terminkalender des Weissen Hauses ist für jenen Tag nur ein solcher hochrangiger Besuch eingetragen – jener des türkischen Regierungschefs Erdogan. Begleitet wurde Erdogan, wie ein offizielles Bildshows, only from his secret service chief and from Ahmet Davutoglu, the then foreign minister and later prime minister of Turkey. It is quite common in the US to refer to Turkey as part of Europe. However, there is no evidence that Davutoglu was the fourth “European leader” in the “Habsburg group”.

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M.N.: It does not make any sense to stonewall and to obfuscate. It makes all the sense to work together. – 4:04 AM 10/1/2018 | FBI News Review

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M.N.: There is some confusion and contradiction in the news reports: the earlier reports claimed or implied that the two Russians arrested in the Netherlands for hacking are Boshirov and Petrov, this report: “Two more Russians reportedly arrested for plotting a cyber hack connected to poisoning“, implies that these are different persons. 

Where is the truth? 

My respectful recommendation to Mr. Putin and the Russian Leaders is: 

Do not fight these accusations (this whole incident and others) by claiming that it is a slander, we do not know yet where truth is. 

Say this:  

“The attacks on the Western Democracies and their citizens is the same like the attack on us and  our citizens, and we will do everything to help to solve these crimes if any were committed, and to bring the suspects to justice.” 

Appoint the best detective, heading the best investigative team in the country (I am sure that there are some very good criminal detectives in Russia) to conduct this investigation on the Russian side with the pledge of the complete, full, in good faith cooperation with the British team. Let them work together and consult each other freely during this and the other, similar investigations. 

It does not make any sense to stonewall and to obfuscate. It makes all the sense to work together. Generally, the hostile attitudes stemming from the insecurity have to stop. 

These latest shows are complex but at the same time they are simple; they all seem to be from the same opera and from the same hypothetical source which I call the New Abwehr. This hypothesis has to be taken very seriously, the Russian people are very well familiar with these dangers. And now, just like then, you need the good allies. The same good old Allies. 

And the New Abwehr does everything in its power, just like before, to break this Alliance. 

Michael Novakhov 

10.1.18

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A terrifying new twist has emerged in the Novichok poisonings in the UK, in which two Russian men allegedly attempted to murder a former KGB spy and his daughter with a deadly nerve agent, earlier this year.

The two Russian men, recently identified as Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, had been in the cathedral city of Salisbury in March, allegedly to visit a famous clock, when the attacks occurred, leaving one woman dead and her partner in hospital, reports news.com.au.

Reports have now surfaced that, following the attacks, two other Russian spies were plotting to hack into the computer systems of Swiss Spiez Laboratory which was analysing the Novichok agent.

Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger and Dutch paper NRC have reported that the two men, who have yet to be identified, were arrested back in March and detained in The Hague before being extradited back to Russia.

This case is seriously complex, it involves many moving parts and players, and reads like something out of a spy novel.

We have two Russians, claiming to be innocent tourists in an English city, at the exact time that a former Russian spy and his daughter are attacked with a deadly nerve agent.

We also have another innocent couple, exposed to the same deadly nerve agent, one of which dies days later.

The deadly nerve agent effectively shuts down a city, with officials in hazmat suits casing the streets in search of the perpetrators.

And now, we hear of the arrest of a second pair of Russians, who had been plotting a cyber attack of the Spiez Laboratory computers. The Swiss lab was testing the deadly nerve agent at the time.

You just cannot make this stuff up.

In an attempt to clear their name, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov gave a bizarre television interview with TV network Russia Today, claiming they were simply in the area to marvel at it’s many historical wonders.

“Our friends had been telling us for some time we should visit this wonderful town,” Petrov said.

After an awkward silence in the interview, Boshirov filled it by clarifying they had visited the Salisbury Cathedral, which is famous for its “123-metre spire and its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that’s still working”.

Even British Prime Minister Theresa May isn’t buying their story, slamming it as “blatant fabrications” this month.

The comments have prompted a backlash from Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, who claimed the Kremlin had remained “unambiguous, transparent and consistent” throughout the entire saga.

“It is unacceptable to associate the Russian leadership or government with what went on in Salisbury,

“More so to blame Russia of lies following a statement by two civilians. These men are ordinary citizens with no relation to government”.

It’s safe to say it has been a big week for British and Russian relations…

So, in the wake of the claims and counterclaims in this extraordinary case, let’s take a look at everything we know about the Novichok poisonings.

Two more Russians reportedly arrested for plotting a cyber hack connected to poisoning

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A terrifying new twist has emerged in the Novichok poisonings in the UK, in which two Russian men allegedly attempted to murder a former KGB spy and his daughter with a deadly nerve agent, earlier this year.

The two Russian men, recently identified as Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, had been in the cathedral city of Salisbury in March, allegedly to visit a famous clock, when the attacks occurred, leaving one woman dead and her partner in hospital, reports news.com.au.

Reports have now surfaced that, following the attacks, two other Russian spies were plotting to hack into the computer systems of Swiss Spiez Laboratory which was analysing the Novichok agent.

Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger and Dutch paper NRC have reported that the two men, who have yet to be identified, were arrested back in March and detained in The Hague before being extradited back to Russia.

This case is seriously complex, it involves many moving parts and players, and reads like something out of a spy novel.

We have two Russians, claiming to be innocent tourists in an English city, at the exact time that a former Russian spy and his daughter are attacked with a deadly nerve agent.

We also have another innocent couple, exposed to the same deadly nerve agent, one of which dies days later.

The deadly nerve agent effectively shuts down a city, with officials in hazmat suits casing the streets in search of the perpetrators.

And now, we hear of the arrest of a second pair of Russians, who had been plotting a cyber attack of the Spiez Laboratory computers. The Swiss lab was testing the deadly nerve agent at the time.

You just cannot make this stuff up.

In an attempt to clear their name, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov gave a bizarre television interview with TV network Russia Today, claiming they were simply in the area to marvel at it’s many historical wonders.

“Our friends had been telling us for some time we should visit this wonderful town,” Petrov said.

After an awkward silence in the interview, Boshirov filled it by clarifying they had visited the Salisbury Cathedral, which is famous for its “123-metre spire and its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that’s still working”.

Even British Prime Minister Theresa May isn’t buying their story, slamming it as “blatant fabrications” this month.

The comments have prompted a backlash from Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, who claimed the Kremlin had remained “unambiguous, transparent and consistent” throughout the entire saga.

“It is unacceptable to associate the Russian leadership or government with what went on in Salisbury,

“More so to blame Russia of lies following a statement by two civilians. These men are ordinary citizens with no relation to government”.

It’s safe to say it has been a big week for British and Russian relations…

So, in the wake of the claims and counterclaims in this extraordinary case, let’s take a look at everything we know about the Novichok poisonings.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

3pm:

Two Russian men arrive at Gatwick Airport, using business visas under the names of Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov. They had flown from Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2588.

5.40pm: The pair arrived at Victoria station in London around this time.

6pm: They then travelled to Waterloo station and onto East London before staying the next two nights at the City Stay Hotel.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

11.45am:

The two men left their hotel and took a train to Waterloo station.

2.25pm: They took another train which arrived at Salisbury around this time.

4.10pm: Police believe the men left Salisbury for the day around 4pm and got back to their hotel at approximately 8pm.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

8.05am:

The pair made the same journey from their hotel back to Salisbury where police believe they contaminated Skripal’s front door with the deadly Novichok nerve agent.

9.15am: Sergei Skripal is seen driving his BMW in the city.

11.48am: The pair is seen arriving at Salisbury train station just before 12pm. They’re spotted a few minutes later at a local Shell petrol station close to Sergei Skripal’s home.

12pm: The attack is believed to have occurred around this time. The perpetrators are understood to have doused the front door of Skripal’s home in Novichok.

1.05pm: Boshirov and Petrov are spotted in the city centre. It’s not known how they got there.

1.40pm: Sergei and his daughter Yulia are seen in the city centre. Police suspect that the father and daughter may have been home when the perpetrators doused their front door in Novichok.

4.15pm: Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury city centre, after being poisoned by Novichok nerve agent. The pair spent weeks in a critical condition but have since recovered.

4.45pm: Petrov and Boshirov leave Salisbury back to Waterloo Station.

6.30pm: The pair hop on the London Underground, bound for Heathrow Airport where they take a 10.30pm flight back to Moscow.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

Prime Minister Theresa May says there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter.

MONDAY, MARCH 26

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that in response to the Salisbury attacks, his government had decided to expel “two Russian intelligence agents working at the Russian embassy’, according to Dutch News.

The two men were arrested for plotting to hack into the computers of a Swiss chemical weapons laboratory testing Novichok nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack. The spies were allegedly found with high tech espionage equipment, designed to spy on the lab and were sent back to Russia but have not been charged.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

Salisbury resident Charlie Rowley, 45, claims he found a perfume bottle, which allegedly contained Novichok. He takes it home to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

Dawn Sturgess a 44-year-old mother-of-three becomes ill after she was exposed to the Novichok nerve agent. It is understood she sprayed herself with the perfume bottle her partner Charlie Rowley brought home.

Charlie Rowley also becomes ill later that day and spent three weeks in hospital.

SATURDAY, JULY 8

Dawn Sturgess dies in hospital.

FRIDAY, MAY 4

Police carry out tests in the hotel room where the two Russian men had stayed. The results showed the presence of Novichok agent. European arrest warrants and Interpol red notices have been issued, meaning the men can be arrested if they leave Russia.

SEPTEMBER 5

British authorities said they had obtained a European arrest warrant for two Russians blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former spy in the city of Salisbury in March. Prosecutors said they wanted Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for trying to kill Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the chemical Novichok.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Boshirov and Petrov appear in on the state-funded television channel Russia Today to protest their innocence.

They were interviewed by Margarita Simonyan and it made for some interesting viewing.

When asked what they were doing in the UK, Petrov said they were there for a mix of business and pleasure.

“We planned to go to London and let loose, so to speak, it wasn’t a business trip,” he said.

“We came to Salisbury on the March 3…we tried to walk around the city, but since the city was covered in snow, we were able to only for a half an hour, we got wet”.

Strangely, the pair withdraws into a conversation between themselves when asked if they visited Sergei Skripal’s home when they were in Salisbury.

Petrov: Maybe we went by there.

Boshirov: Do you know where the Skripals’ home is? I don’t.

Petrov: If we would have known where it was.

Boshirov: Maybe we passed by it, maybe we didn’t pass by it, I don’t know, I hadn’t heard. I hadn’t heard this surname, I didn’t know anything about them before this situation, this nightmare with us started.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Tensions between Britain and Russia have escalated, with a Kremlin spokesman claiming it would not allow the UK access to the accused spies, according to The independent.

“We don’t organise interviews with citizens of Russia,” Dmitry Peskov said.

“There are mechanisms to provide legal assistance… if the British decide to make an application, we will respond strictly according to law.”

Zakharova Slams Bellingcat Report Alleging Salisbury Suspects Had no ID Records

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Friday questioned the credibility of the report of UK investigative blogger group Bellingcat on alleged passport data of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who are suspected by London in the Skripal case.

“Was the Federal Migration Service [FMS] database hacked just today? London had made an announcement about Petrov and Boshirov long ago … So, not a single database was hacked before? No, it was not. Because another idea was promoted: these people just do not exist [as the names were said to be fictitious]. This is what the UK police said, posting their photos. Now the people are found. But the main question is different. Why Bellingcat finds it easier to ‘hack the FMS database’ overnight rather than get any evidence of the ‘involvement’ of Petrov and Boshirov in the poisoning?” Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

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She stressed that the UK investigative blogger group had five months to present to the public photographs, screenshots, videos, anything that would at least raise suspicions against Petrov and Boshirov but failed to do so.

Earlier in the day, Bellingcat and The Insider reported that their joint investigation confirmed, through uncovered passport data, that the two Russian nationals were linked to Russian security services. Such an assumption was explained by the fact that the men’s internal passports under these names were issued in 2009, while no records allegedly exist for these two individuals prior to this year.

READ MORE: ‘We Found Them’: Putin Says Russia Knows Who Salisbury Incident Suspects Are

The report comes a day after the RT broadcaster released the interview with Petrov and Boshirov, in which the men refuted any involvement in the Skripal case, saying that they had no relation to the Russian military intelligence service (GRU) and visited the United Kingdom as tourists. The UK Foreign Office called the interview “obfuscation and lies.”

The “Sandworm Hacking Group” is the hypothetical connnection between the “PETRONAS” (Petrov Boshirov PERSONAS)  – the Salisbury Poisoning, and the Blackberry – Abedin’s device – Clinton’s emails – Anthony Weiner sexting affair – Democratic Party hack – US Elections 2016 Interference | FBI News Review

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M.N.: This is indeed the hypothetical connection between the “PETRONAS” (Petrov Boshirov PERSONAS)  – the Salisbury Poisoning, and the Blackberry – Abedin’s device – Clinton’s emails – Anthony Weiner sexting affair – Democratic Party hack – US Elections 2016 Interference: 

The Boshirov Petrov hacking attempt (GNews)

The “Sandworm Hacking Group” – (GNews). 

This means that the Salisbury Poisoning and the US Elections 2016 Interference might be the parts of the same large operation designed by the Demiurge, the New Abwehr, which uses the ostensibly GRU related groups as its covers. It might be the mixed or the purely the GRU groups but I strongly doubt it: the overall benefits of the Operation Dusseldorf Karnival are in the German and certainly not in Russian interests. 

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“Two suspects in the poison Poisoninging of an ex-Russian spy were briefly detained in the Netherlands earlier this year, according to research by Bellingcat, an investigative group.

Bellingcat quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and released without being charged.”

“Dutch expelled Russians over alleged novichok lab hacking plot
Two men were arrested over alleged plan to infiltrate lab where Salisbury nerve agent was analysed…

The Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection said in June that the Spiez laboratory had been targeted by hackers said to be from the Russian government-affiliated group Sandworm. It is not clear whether the expulsion of the two spies from the Netherlands was linked.”

M.N.: It is the same hacking group, “Sandform – APT28 – Fancy Bear, etc., etc.”. “It was involved in the operation to hack and release damaging information on the Democratic Party during the 2016 US presidential election, and has engineered a number of computer network disruptions in Ukraine”.

Is it also resposible for hacking Clinton’s emails, and for downloading emails to Abedin’s computer?

“The Justice Department said the “VPNFilter” botnet was set up by a hacking group variously called APT28, Pawn Storm, Sandworm, Fancy Bear and the Sofacy Group.”

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The move was aimed at breaking up an operation deeply embedded in small and medium-sized computer networks that could allow the hackers to take control of computers as well as easily steal data.

The Justice Department said the “VPNFilter” botnet was set up by a hacking group variously called APT28, Pawn Storm, Sandworm, Fancy Bear and the Sofacy Group.

The group is blamed for cyber attacks on numerous governments, key infrastructure industries like power grids, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and other bodies.

US intelligence agencies also say it was involved in the operation to hack and release damaging information on the Democratic Party during the 2016 US presidential election, and has engineered a number of computer network disruptions in Ukraine.

“According to cybersecurity researchers, the Sofacy Group is a cyber-espionage group believed to have originated from Russia,” the Department of Justice said in a court filing.

“Likely operating since 2007, the group is known to typically target government, military, security organizations, and other targets of intelligence value, through a variety of means,” it said.

The Justice filing did not say who was behind Sofacy Group, but US intelligence has in the past linked it to Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, and numerous private computer security groups have made the same connection.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-05-disrupts-russian-botnet-hacked-routers.html#jCp

U.K. investigation says Novichok poisoning suspects detained and released by Dutch this year

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MOSCOW—British investigative group Bellingcat says two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy were briefly detained in the Netherlands earlier this year.

Bellingcat in its investigation released late Thursday quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and released without being charged.

Dutch authorities didn’t immediately confirm the report, saying Friday that they were assessing an Associated Press request for comment.

Britain has charged Petrov and Boshirov with trying to kill Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with the Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok.

Media reports last week said two unidentified Russian spies were arrested on Dutch soil and deported, and leaked police information linked the arrests with attempts by them to smuggle hacking equipment to Switzerland.

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US disrupts Russian botnet of 500,000 hacked routers

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The US Justice Department said Wednesday that it had seized an internet domain that directed a dangerous botnet of a half-million infected home and office network routers, controlled by hackers believed tied to Russian intelligence.

The move was aimed at breaking up an operation deeply embedded in small and medium-sized computer networks that could allow the hackers to take control of computers as well as easily steal data.

The Justice Department said the “VPNFilter” botnet was set up by a hacking group variously called APT28, Pawn Storm, Sandworm, Fancy Bear and the Sofacy Group.

The group is blamed for cyber attacks on numerous governments, key infrastructure industries like power grids, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and other bodies.

US intelligence agencies also say it was involved in the operation to hack and release damaging information on the Democratic Party during the 2016 US presidential election, and has engineered a number of computer network disruptions in Ukraine.

“According to cybersecurity researchers, the Sofacy Group is a cyber-espionage group believed to have originated from Russia,” the Department of Justice said in a court filing.

“Likely operating since 2007, the group is known to typically target government, military, security organizations, and other targets of intelligence value, through a variety of means,” it said.

The Justice filing did not say who was behind Sofacy Group, but US intelligence has in the past linked it to Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, and numerous private computer security groups have made the same connection.

In Wednesday’s action, the Justice Department said it had obtained a warrant authorizing the FBI to seize a computer domain that is part of the command and control system of the VPNFilter botnet.

The botnet targets home and office routers, through which it can relay orders from the botnet’s controllers and intercept and reroute traffic back to them, virtually undetected by the users of a network.

In a report released in parallel to the Justice announcement, network equipment giant Cisco said VPNFilter had infected at least 500,000 devices in at least 54 countries.

It has targeted popular router brands like Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link.

“The behavior of this malware on networking equipment is particularly concerning, as components of the VPNFilter malware allows for theft of website credentials,” Cisco said.

It also has “a destructive capacity that can render an infected device unusable, which can be triggered on individual victim machines or en masse.”

Both Justice and Cisco said they were releasing details of the problem before having found a strong, permanent fix. Justice said that by seizing control of one of the domains involved in running VNPFilter, it will give owners of infected routers a chance to reboot them, forcing them to begin communicating with the now-neutralized command domain.

The vulnerability will remain, Justice said, but the move will allow them more time to identify and intervene in other parts of the network.

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Passport Similarities Could Be Exposing Russian Spies In Europe

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An investigation into passport similarities among Russian poisoning suspects reportedly provided insight into whether or not the individuals are linked to Russian security services.

Two men accused of poisoning Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer and double agent, have passports that “shared similar features with a number of other files that are believed to be associated with Russian spies,” The Washington Post reported Monday.

Passports of the accused — Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov — reportedly had phone numbers connected to Russian military facilities as well as similar passport numbers and issuing authority, according to a joint investigation from Bellingcat and Russia Insider. The report “appears to have provided European agencies with a number of details,” according to WaPo.

The passports were scrutinized after Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with nerve agent Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury, England. Investigators in the joint report determined that prime suspects Boshirov and Petrov likely used false identities to cover for their involvement in the Skripals’ murders since they found no record of them individuals before 2009. (RELATED: Russian Gov’t Responds To Charges Against Alleged Spy Linked To NRA)

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Sept. 12 that the men were civilians who “traveled to Salisbury for a tourist getaway,” according to the joint report.

Bellingcat and Russian Insider also discovered “top-secret” markings on one of the passports, indicating the unlikelihood that they were simply civilian tourists in the area at the time of the poisoning.

Passports with similar features to Boshirov and Petrov’s documents were also found to be connected to an attempted coup in Montenegro, The Guardian reported Sunday.

Russia’s explanation of the poisoning “was a major disaster,” said former KGB agent Alexander Vassiliev, according to CBC News.

“The propaganda machine is not working. It’s mistake after mistake,” he added. Vassiliev is currently a London-based espionage historian.

“We are poisoning ourselves,” Russian economist and politician Grigory Yavlinsky also said, CBC reported.

Norwegian authorities arrested a man Friday on suspicions of being a Russian spy, and Estonia charged at least 12 alleged Russian spies since 2008, according to WaPo. Dutch officials also arrested two men suspected of spying for the Russian government earlier in 2018.

Roughly 200,000 Russians live in London, and more than 700,000 Londoners speak Russian, according to ABC News.

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The relationship of the two countries predates that of the two leaders. And when Merkel and Putin sit down for talks on Saturday in the German government’s villa outside Berlin, they will be influenced by a long history of alienation and rapprochements, limiting the expectations — and possibly the results — of the meeting.

Pressed on the nature of the talks, Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, indicated the leaders would focus on finding common ground on acute international issues, such as Syria, Ukraine and energy. But he declined to provide details.

Russia is an international actor without whom it is impossible to imagine finding solutions to various problems” in the world, Seibert told reporters in Berlin.

Many experts expect that the meeting will attempt to put the relationship between Berlin and Moscow on more pragmatic ground, but few expect the session to end with strong resolutions or a new strategic partnership.

Here’s a look at some of the issues that define and influence German-Russian ties.

— Are Germany and Russia friends?

The two countries could be described as the ultimate international “frenemies,” with economic, cultural and intellectual ties reaching back centuries. Since the 18th century, they have cycled through a series of conflicts and reconciliations, most recently World War II and the Cold War.

Throughout the Soviet era, Germany was Moscow’s most important trading partner, and many Germans view the strong, positive ties to Moscow as a key contributor to the end of the Cold War and German unification. When the Berlin Wall fell, Germany reached out to Moscow, partly to help former Soviet bloc countries integrate into the European Union, not only strengthening political and economic ties, but also investing in civil society.

But a break in relations that started with the Russian authorities’ repressive reaction to public protests in 2011 and 2012 worsened in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and supported rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Merkel and Putin have maintained regular contact. In May, she visited Putin at his summer residence in Sochi, Russia.

But Susan Stewart, a senior associate with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, cautioned that the leaders’ meeting in Germany should not be viewed as a fundamental shift in German-Russian relations. Instead, it is an indication of the hope that the two sides will be able to reach a compromise on key points, while maintaining their differences over Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.

“They will be trying a two-pronged approach,” Stewart said. “They will try to cooperate on those points where there is a common interest, but we will not see a return to business as usual.”

— What does Germany want from Russia?

Both Germany and Russia have problems that are tied to Syria.

For Merkel, the issue is domestic, as her decision to allow more than 1 million people — most of them refugees from the war in Syria — to apply for asylum in Germany has met increasing resistance from the public and from her own government. For Putin, it is not being quite able to find a solution to Syria’s civil war despite having declared “mission accomplished” on several occasions.

Both leaders could benefit from finding a way to ensure sufficient political stability in Syria to allow Germany to begin encouraging refugees to return, while Putin is seeking support from Berlin and the European Union to help rebuild the country, said Stefan Meister of the German Council on Foreign Relations.

“It is in the domestic political interest of the German government that Syrian refugees be able to return to a stable Syria,” Meister said.

— What does Russia want from Germany?

Germany’s willingness to throw its full weight behind the United States’ decision to impose sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea, its involvement in the pro-Kremlin insurgency in eastern Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, took the Russians by surprise.

The move made clear to Russian leaders that the special relationship they believed they had shared with Berlin was over. Soon afterward, Germany found itself in the crosshairs of Russian cyberattacks and a campaign in the Russian news media that caused Germany to plunge in Russian public opinion.
“If you look at the image of Germany — and Merkel in particular — in Russian political discourse, you will see that it really has deteriorated tremendously,” said Sabine Fischer, head researcher on Eastern Europe at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

A survey cited on Friday by Vedomosti, a Russian business daily, reflected this trend, showing approval of the German chancellor among Russians plummeting to 15 percent in August 2016 from 60 percent in February 2011.

But to break out of its international isolation, Russia needs Germany’s support. It hopes to persuade the chancellor not to support a fresh round of sanctions President Donald Trump has threatened to impose over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

“There is a need for more pragmatic action at the political level,” Fischer said.

— Is Germany a ‘captive of Russia,’ as Trump says?

Germany imports about 40 percent of its natural gas from Russia, according to government statistics. That is more than any other EU country, but less than the 60 percent to 70 percent Trump cited when he accused Germany of being a “captive” of Russia at a NATO summit last month.

“That comment clearly taps into a stereotype in Washington that because of its economic ties, Germany is ‘weaker’ on Russia,” said Derek Chollet, an adviser on security and defense policy with the German Marshall Fund in Washington.

Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s close relationship to Putin and his decision to join the board of Russia’s state oil company, Rosneft, has only bolstered that notion. But Merkel has shown a willingness to draw a line, with her decisions to support sanctions against Russia in 2015 and to join the coordinated response to the poisoning in Britain this spring.

“My sense is Merkel, who in her own way makes clear that she understands the Russians and Putin as a type as well as anyone, has no illusions about Russia or Putin and their motives,” Chollet said.

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Four MORE Russian suspects are yet to be named in the Salisbury Novichok probe amid claims the attack was carried out by a six strong assassination squad named ‘The Cleaners’

  • Security sources said the hit squad who targeted the Skripals had six members
  • The attempted assassins reportedly had a back-up team to help reconnaissance 
  • Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were accused of carrying out the attack 

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Published: 22:49 BST, 8 September 2018 | Updated: 09:33 BST, 9 September 2018

Four more Russians are suspects in the Novichok investigation but have yet to be named, it was claimed tonight.

Security sources have reportedly said the Russian hit squad who targeted former spy Sergei Skripal had six members who were known as The Cleaners.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were accused this week of carrying out the poisoning in Salisbury and were identified as members of the GRU, Russia‘s military intelligence service.

The attempted assassins are said to have had a back-up team who travelled separately and helped with reconnaissance in Salisbury, the Mirror reported.

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A source told the newspaper: ‘Back-up is needed to keep the Skripals under surveillance. Petrov and Boshirov needed to know they wouldn’t turn up while they were spraying the novichok.’

The back-up team were also there in case anything happened to the nerve agent, the source said.

The two alleged assassins are also said to have visited the UK several times, posing as wealthy Russians, so that their trip in March would not attract suspicion.

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It came as work started to decontaminate the home of poisoning victim Mr Skripal, six months after the attack.

A cordon is in place so that police investigations or clean-up work can be carried out safely and will remain in place until the decontamination has been completed.

Counter-terrorism officers believe the house is where Mr Skripal, a former Russian agent, and his daughter Yulia were contaminated with nerve agent on March 4, after a high concentration of the chemical weapon was found on the front door.

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The clean-up is being overseen by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in partnership with Wiltshire Council and carried out by specialist military teams.

Former GRU officer Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the military grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in March.

Detectives believe it is likely the two suspects, thought to be aged around 40, travelled under aliases and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.

Prosecutors deem it futile to apply to Russia for the extradition of the two men, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained and the authorities are also seeking the assistance of Interpol.

Officers have formally linked the attack on the Skripals to events in nearby Amesbury when Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent. Ms Sturgess later died in hospital.

Moscow has continued to deny it was involved in the attack.

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Mr. Grozev, why don’t you publish the “scientific-like” report including the descriptions of the replicable methodology, addressing specifically this point and issue: 

On the basis of what “metrics” or “no-metrics”, quantitatively and qualitatively, “subjectively and objectively”, and by what reasoning, did you come to the conclusion that “Boshirov” is “Chepiga”? 

Mr. Grozev’s arguments are not convincing so far, while the arguments of his opponent (in the second cited article), are detailed, well reasoned, and convincing. 

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You sound very confident. How do you know this is Colonel Chepiga?

We’ve identified him via many, many objective and subjective metrics. First of all, objectively, we got a hold of his original passport file. So we’ve seen the actual passport database with his date of birth, original photo, taken when he was 17, and another one when he got his first passport, and another one when he was 21.

After we were ready with the report and the identification, we actually contacted sources at the British police and secret services to just get a nod, or not a nod, as to our findings — and we got the nod. So we know for sure that’s the one.

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M.N.: This is the amazing photo, as if the pair (and most likely the organizer of course, who had the digital samples of this security camera) knew where to pose for the right angle: the scene looks  like a cemetery with tombstones, more than a train station. It is a threat: “We have some Novichok for you…” 

And the signature is on the bottom of this photo: the colors of Germany’s flag, mixed with the blue and  yellow strips of the Ukrainian flag. 

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