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M.N.: The “Skripal story”, retold nicely in this review by “Sandeep Dikshit”, offers more puzzling questions than the reliable answers or even assumptions or conjectures. 

I feel more and more convinced that Skripal is one of the important “nerve centers” of the current conspiracy against the US and the “West”, as I shared these thoughts earlier. It looks like he was able to establish the very close, controlling ties with Russian and consequently, the global organised crime communities during his , as I suspect, staged imprisonment. This is the historical tradition on the part of the Soviet and the Russian Secret Services of using “the closely related criminal element” for their own historical and political purposes.

Supposedly, this “Operation Skripal”, the goal of which apparently, was the deep penetration and control of the Western power structures and Intelligence Services,  might have been a part of the possible larger “left-wing, pro-communist plot” to restore the Soviet power and the Soviet Union. (See also Colonel Kvachkov.) 

The recent waves of the “Performance Crimes”, including the yesterday, 10.27.18 events, bear the strong marks of the association with the Organised Crime, with the specific (stylistic) twist of the professional coordination by the experienced military intelligence officer. 

I think humbly, my dear friends, as I mentioned earlier, that the very careful and in-depth investigation of Skripal and all his connections might hold the keys to the understanding the underlying forces behind the recent events. 

Michael Novakhov

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3:17 AM 10/28/2018 – The very careful and in-depth investigation of Skripal and all his connections might hold the keys to the understanding the underlying forces behind the recent events. – Michael Novakhov

 

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THE title itself should make the book fly off the bookshelves at airports and malls where attention spans are lower. Its author Mark Urban is a serial author with a nose for the topics that will sell like hot cakes at precisely such places. Hitting the stands within six months of poisoning, one might wonder at the quality between the covers. But in keeping with his honesty of acknowledgement, which runs through the book, Urban discloses that he had met Sergei Skripal a few times as a subject matter for a book on East-West espionage after the Cold War. His poisoning converted that raw material and a bit more into a book.

Sergei Skripal’s name never rang a bell during the eight years he lived in London, unlike, say, Oleg Kalugin (still living) or Alexander Litvinenko (assassinated), who were deemed important enough to have been tried in absentia in Moscow. Despite his two foreign postings, Skripal was nowhere in hierarchy and access, as compared to fellow defectors Oleg Gordievsky (KGB chief in London) and Vasili Mitrokhin, the librarian of KGB’s foreign intelligence service.

Yet, Skripal’s case has created waves than the cumulative murmurings after the poisoning of Litvinenko and Gordievsky. It is this knot that Urban tries to explore and unravel. An understandable suspicion about books of this nature and originating from London is that these could be inspired by operatives of Vauxhall Cross, the gleaming MI-6 headquarters. It is not unknown.But the rendering here is open ended. There are no conclusions in the book that intelligence agencies so covet. For, the Skripal case is far from over: a secret report lies unopened in the Geneva vaults of the Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons; a subsequent death of two vagabonds has opened a new line of inquiry; and, there could be more revelations, if and when Skripal or his daughter can recall the turn of events on that day.

By mid-1970s, Skripal was an operative of the Soviet Special Forces. The story jumps from his uneventful years in the Soviet Union to the first overseas posting in Malta (1984-89) where both, his boss Burlatov and he were on sale. On his second posting to Madrid (1993-96), MI6 enrolled him after he rolled out the Russian military intelligence’s (GRU) organisational chart.Back in Moscow, he made two deliveries of books containing notes in secret ink till he was passed over for promotion to Major-General and retired at 48 in 1999. This was a time for troubles in Russia when corporate, personal and espionage interests blended and Skripal, by his admission, began freelancing with his former contacts.

His luck ran out when his former Malta boss Burlatov was arrested and then murdered in prison. In 2004, Skripal was next, transferred to Lefortovo prison with its quaint rules and after conviction, sent to the harsher Potma prison where temperatures sank to -30º.

So, who outed Skripal and Burlatov? Skripal believes it was a Spanish double agent who Madrid exposed. But others say Russians knew at the time when as a pensioner he would ask leading questions from his serving colleagues.

Then Ghost Stories happened. The US uncovered a network of deep penetration Russian agents, including the glamorous Anna Chapman, and prompt Moscow ownership of their operations set the stage for a swap of spies. Skripal was freed in 2010 and opted to stay in London where the MI6 made him comfortable.

After eight uneventful years, he and his daughter began frothing from the mouth while sitting on a bench in a park in Salisbury. Details unravelled in a slow pirouette and when it was established that a deadly chemical had been used, 150 Russian diplomats were expelled. Significantly, the enthusiasm to expel was confined to the US, the UK and Ukraine — three countries with an existentialist angst against Russia — which accounted for two-thirds of the expulsions.

This has triggered a minority view that the poisoning was a false flag operation — an operation where the home side creates an incident to implicate the opposing side. Why would Putin risk western outrage barely weeks before he was to be re-elected as President? Then there is evidence of how the rabidly anti-Russia Boris Johnson shaped the narrative with outlandish claims.

Urban, however, dismisses these conjectures as part of a Russian tactic of releasing counter theories. His counter is that Putin wanted a 70/70 result — get 70 per cent of the vote from a 70 per cent overall voter turnout. Russophobia was guaranteed to get the voter out. There is also Putin’s alleged fetish for assassinations, such as the murder of a retired general fiercely critical of Yeltsin in 1999 that Skripal believes helped him become Prime Minister after a couple of months.

There is also the suggestion that Skripal was living up to the maxim that that intelligence officers never retire and he seemed to be playing the field again, thus making him a target. Putin may also have ordered the hit to deter anyone from spying for Britain again.

While the media speculated, British investigations identified the chemical as Novichok A. But that claim got muddied after the Russian foreign minister claimed that it was BZ, manufactured by NATO countries.

There is no unimpeachable argument on either side. But perhaps the endgame to ensure Russia’s isolation by exploiting the Skripal affair was achieved. The uproar ensured that Donald Trump couldn’t get Russia into G 7 and CAATSA, an anti Russia-Iran-North Korea law, that is also causing India much anguish, had a smooth sailing in the American Congress.

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Eight people have been confirmed dead and at least six were injured in a shooting on Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

The gunman is said to have yelled “All Jews must die” as he entered the Tree of Life Synagogue, a Conservative congregation in the city and began firing during a baby naming ceremony, local media reported. He engaged in a shootout with responding police officers and barricaded himself inside the building before surrendering. He is said to be injured, and reportedly crawled toward police.

KDKA-TV, a local news stations, said its sources identified the suspect as Robert Bowers, a white male in his 40s. A law enforcement official later confirmed the suspect’s identity to the Associated Press, but could not elaborate further.

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Bowers is said to have written anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant conspiracies on Gab, an alt-right social network similar to Twitter. His last reported message read: “HIAS likes to bring invaders to kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

HIAS, formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is an American-Jewish nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid to refugees and immigrants.

Bowers’ Gab bio read: “Jews are the children of Satan.” The profile has since been taken down.

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At least six people were injured in the shooting, among them four police officers, according to authorities.

Wendell Hissrich, the Pittsburgh public safety director, said, “It is a very horrific crime scene. It was one of the worst that I’ve seen. It is very bad.”

The synagogue is located at the corner of Wilkins and Shady Avenues in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The neighborhood is heavily Jewish.

Synagogues hold weekly religious services for congregants and visitors on Saturdays, the Jewish day of the Sabbath. Service was in session at the time of the shooting at the synagogue on Saturday morning at approximately 10:00 am local time. Congregants were hosting a baby naming ceremony at the time, according to reports.

Michael Eisenberg, a former president of the Tree of Life Synagogue, told KDKA that there were approximately 50 people inside the synagogue at the time of the shooting.

“At 9:45 there were three simultaneous congregations’ services that were being held,” he told the news station. “In the main part of the building, The Tree of Life has a service that has about 40 people in it. Just below that there is a basement area where New Life congregation would have been having their Shabbat service. There would have been 30-40 people. Just adjacent to Tree of Light’s service area, a congregation was in the rabbi study room and they would have had approximately 15 people in there.”

Police respond to an active shooter situation at the Tree of Life synagogue on Wildins Avenue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

CBS Pittsburgh reported that police received several calls from people inside the synagogue as the shooting unfolded.

Police officers, SWAT teams, firefighters, and ambulance services responded to the attack.

“There is an active shooter in the area of Wilkins and Shady. Avoid the area,” the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department wrote in a tweet Saturday as the shooting began.

Jeff Finkelstein of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh told WPXI that organization’s security officer has notified all JCC synagogues and that they are on modified lockdown.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf called the shooting an “absolute tragedy.”

“We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life,” Wolf said. “But we have been saying “this one is too many” for far too long. Dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm’s way.”

Yizhar Hess, the executive director and CEO of the Conservative Movement in Israel, known as Masorti, said in a statement Saturday that “it is hard to imagine the hatred that leads someone to open fire in a synagogue.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the events in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We are thinking of ‘our brothers and sisters, the whole house of Israel, in this time of trouble’, as we say in the morning prayers. We are thinking of the families of those who were murdered and praying for the quick recovery of those who were injured. I am sure that the law enforcement agencies and the legal authorities in the US will investigate this horrific event thoroughly and that justice will be served on the despicable murderer.”

Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett said: “The State of Israel and the Israeli Government are shocked and pained to receive the reports of the terrible attack on the Jewish community in Pittsburgh.”

“We are following the news with concern, and I have instructed the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to prepare to assist the community in every possible way. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed and injured. May the memory of the murdered be blessed,” he said.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that the attack was “far more devastating than originally thought.”

He also spoke to reporters later Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base before traveling to Indianapolis, saying the violence “has to stop.”

Trump also said the outcome might have been different if the synagogue “had some kind of protection” from an armed guard and suggested that might be a good idea for all churches and synagogues.

He also said such shooters should receive the death penalty and “suffer the ultimate price.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted: “Saddened and appalled by the cowardly act of evil committed at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We stand in total solidarity with the victims and all of the Jewish community against bigotry and hate.”

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1:32 PM — Officials say the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect has been identified as Robert Bowers.

1:26 PM — Hissrich cannot confirm the number of fatalities, says 6 are hurt, 4 of them are police officers.

1:25 PM — Hissrich says the FBI will lead the investigation into the shooting because it “falls under a hate crime being a Jewish synagogue.”

1:21 PM — Pittsburgh public safety director Wendell Hissrich says the shooting scene is “very bad inside,” adding it’s “one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”

12:53 PM — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issues a statement on the shooting:

12:28 PM — Aboard Air Force One, President Trump says the shooting has “little to do” with the country’s gun laws. “If they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a much different situation,” the president told reporters.

“To see this happen again and again, for so many years, it’s just a shame,” President Trump added, before suggesting all mass shooters should be given the death penalty.

12:26 PM — President Trump spoke with Pittsburgh’s mayor and the Gov. of Pennslyvania about the shooting, and will issue another statement on the horrific events later Saturday.

12:35 PM — Congregants say the shooting occurred during a circumcision and naming celebration, referred to as a bris, NBC reports.

12:25 PM  Fox News reporting live that there were “multiple shootouts” between the suspect and police inside the synagogue. Thereafter the wounded suspect surrendered. KDKA reporter Ross Guidotti says the shooter was found “with a pistol in his waistband and one strapped to his ankle. Swat operators grabbed the weapons, removed them and made safe.”

12:22 PM — GQ magazine correspondent Julia Ioffe blames the shooting on President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

11:50 AM  KDKA reports that the attacker walked into the synagogue and allegedly screamed, “All Jews must die.” He struck the synagogue during Shabbat services and the synagogue was “full of people” at the time.

11:32 AM  Pittsburgh Steelers send thoughts and prayers to those affected by the shooting.

11:08 AM — President Donald Trump asks Squirrel Hill residents to remain indoors as the active shooting unfolds.

11:04 AM — CBS News reports that at least seven people were killed during the armed assault:

10:34 AM — KDKA reports that the number of fatalities may rise, as police are still working to get people out of the building.

The attacker opened fire on police when they responded to first reports of shots fired. Two officers were wounded as a result.

14 News reports that police are urging people who live near the synagogue “to lock their doors and stay in their homes.”

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One of Pittsburgh’s refugee assistance programs is shutting down its services because of the dwindling number of refugees being resettled in the United States.

The Sharpsburg-based Northern Area Multi Service Center (NAMS) will close its Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement program in January. The program has been operating for seven years. Other NAMS community services will continue to operate.

“After many successful years as a provider of refugee resettlement, case management, and employment services, the … program will begin the process of transitioning its responsibilities to other regional partner agencies,” a Sept. 28 NAMS letter to partner agencies read.

At its peak two years ago, NAMS resettled 269 refugees. This year it resettled 69.

“Honestly it came down to it was no longer sustainable based on reduced numbers of arrivals over the course of last few years,” said Kurt Meier, chief operating officer of NAMS. “Between the realized reduction of arrivals, on top of projects for the upcoming year, we made the decision to end the program.”

The two remaining refugee resettlement agencies in Pittsburgh are Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), based in Squirrel Hill, and the Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO), based in the Hill District.

NAMS will complete its last two refugee resettlement cases by November, and the organization is transferring 22 employment program cases to JFCS.

For the past decade, the U.S. Department of State refugee admissions figures have hovered between 70,000 and 85,000, with the exception of the 2016 peak of 110,000. This year, the Trump administration admitted 45,000.

In a September announcement, the administration said it planned to cap admissions at 30,000 next year, the lowest ever in the U.S. refugee program’s history.

The number of refugees resettled in Allegheny County has declined as a result, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program.

Dwindling refugee arrivalsA resettlement program in Allegheny County will close at the end of the year because of the decline in refugee arrivals.Refugee resettlement numbers in Allegheny County and statewide since 2008, and the top originating countries of the majority of refugees, by fiscal year*

*Top countries of origin represented in Allegheny County. Fiscal year: October to SeptemberSource: Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program

For this fiscal year, which ran from October 2017 through September, just 202 refugees have been resettled in the county — down from 448 in 2016-2017, and 641 in 2015-2016.

That’s well below what resettlement agencies in Allegheny County estimated for the year, Mr. Meier said.

NAMS had expected to resettle 175 refugees by year’s end. Jewish Family and Children’s Services and AJAPO expected 148 and 145 respectively.

In recent years, the majority of refugees resettled in Allegheny County have come from Bhutan, where the government employed ethnic-cleansing policies, as well as warn-torn Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

NAMS laid off eight employees, two of whom were able to transfer to other area refugee programs.

JFCS and AJAPO will absorb clients from the NAMS program closure.

“I think this is an opportunity for us to strengthen our services on the ground,” said AJAPO executive director Yinka Aganga-Williams about the slowdown in refugee arrivals.

AJAPO resettled roughly 70 refugees this year, and like JFCS, which resettled 71, also helps with immigration services, employment and cultural orientation.

The United Nations estimates 65 million refugees are displaced across the globe.

Ashley Murray: 412-263-1750, amurray@post-gazette.com or on Twitter at @Ashley__Murray

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M.N.: The “Chinese Mask” Unmasked: “This did not happen. There’s no truth to this.” – Apple’s Tim Cook demands Chinese spy chip story to be retracted by Bloomberg

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Amazon’s denials of the report and Apple sent a letter to Congress saying the report was without merit.
Apple earlier issued a lengthy, stern response on its company blog, saying in part:
“Apple has never found malicious chips in our servers. … Finally, in response to questions we have received from other news organizations since Businessweek published its story, we are not under any kind of gag order or other confidentiality obligations.”

M.N.: The “Chinese Mask” Unmasked:

“This did not happen. There’s no truth to this.” – Apple’s Tim Cook demands Chinese spy chip story to be retracted by Bloomberg

M.N.: This is the source of the Counterintelligence errors: the blatant politicization, which is quite evident in this case, it seems. We believe what our higher-ups  want or signal to us to believe, consciously and unconsciously, overtly and covertly. Can we have some explanation of this phenomenon? The problem is that it shifts the perceptions of preferences and priorities, and thus affects the process of identifying the adversary and their operations correctly. 

For example, where is the “ISIS” and the “100 Years Battle with it” now? Gone with the wind and with the winds, just a vague memory. Why was it not assessed correctly? Why was not assessed correctly the Soviet “Survivability Index” some years ago? 

Apple CEO Tim Cook has upped the ante in its denial of an investigative report claiming a Chinese spy chip was embedded into the tech giant’s servers, telling BuzzFeed News that Bloomberg must retract the story–“This did not happen. There’s no truth to this.”

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Apple’s Tim Cook demands Chinese spy chip story to be retracted by Bloomberg

By Christopher Carbone | Fox News

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has upped the ante in its denial of an investigative report claiming a Chinese spy chip was embedded into the tech giant’s servers, telling BuzzFeed News that Bloomberg must retract the story–“This did not happen. There’s no truth to this.”
“I was involved in our response to this story from the beginning,” Cook said according to Buzzfeed. “I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell who was then our general counsel. We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions. … Each time they brought this up to us, the story changed and each time we investigated we found nothing.”

“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook added in the interview. “They need to do that right thing and retract it.”
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Bloomberg issued a statement to Buzzfeed, saying it stands by its reporting, which included spending more than a year on the story and more than 100 interviews.
“Seventeen individual sources, including government officials and insiders at the companies, confirmed the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the attacks,” the spokesman told the news organization. “We also published three companies’ full statements, as well as a statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources.”
Bloomberg Businessweek in its October story alleged that data center hardware used by Apple and Amazon Web Services, provided by server company Super Micro, was under surveillance by the Chinese government.
Amazon denied that its hardware had been compromised, the Department of Homeland Security said it had “no reason to doubt” Apple and Amazon’s denials of the report and Apple sent a letter to Congress saying the report was without merit.
Apple earlier issued a lengthy, stern response on its company blog, saying in part:
“Apple has never found malicious chips in our servers. … Finally, in response to questions we have received from other news organizations since Businessweek published its story, we are not under any kind of gag order or other confidentiality obligations.”

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Басманный суд Москвы арестовал до 15 декабря первого вице-мэра Сочи Сергея Юрина. Его обвиняют в получении в качестве взятки двух квартир, за которые он выдал разрешение на строительство в городе. Вместе с Юриным на два месяца арестованы замдиректора департамента экономики и стратегического развития администрации Сочи Александр Иванов, бывший замначальника правового управления администрации Андрей Левентюк, и еще четыре человека. Всем им также предъявлены обвинения в получении взятки в особо крупном размере. При этом, как отмечает агентство “Интерфакс”, прокурор выступал против ареста Юрина, считая, что следствие не представило для этого достаточных обоснований. Сам вице-мэр Сочи на суде заявил, что не понимает обвинения и не имеет к квартирам, фигурирующим в деле, никакого отношения. Настоящее Время
Crime and Criminology from mikenova (8 sites): InSight Crime: Continued Obstacles Threaten Future of FARC Peace Process in Colombia

Continued Obstacles Threaten Future of FARC Peace Process in ColombiaA transitional justice system formed after the signing of a historic peace agreement with Colombia’s FARC rebels to try former fighters for crimes committed during the country’s decades-long armed conflict continues to face obstacles, further threatening the possibility of achieving lasting peace in the country.The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz – JEP) was set up after the Colombian government and the now largely demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) signed a peace agreement in 2016.SEE ALSO: Coverage of FARC PeaceThe purpose of the JEP is to “administer transitional justice and make known the crimes committed in the framework of the armed conflict before December 1, 2016,” according to the institution.Below, InSight Crime looks at three obstacles that are hindering the JEP’s ability to move the peace process forward.

1. Former FARC Fighters Continue to Commit Crimes

Under the peace agreement, only former FARC fighters who did not commit crimes after 2016 can benefit from the JEP. However, since it was established, there have been reports of high profile former guerrilla members being included in the special jurisdiction’s list.

The most emblematic case is that of Seuxis Paucis Hernández Solarte, alias “Jesús Santrich,” who was a lead negotiator in the peace talks and was set to assume a seat in congress in April 2018.

Colombian authorities arrested Santrich in early April 2018 after the United States charged him with drug trafficking crimes committed after the 2016 peace agreement, making him ineligible to face justice through the JEP.

More recently, US authorities sanctioned another former FARC fighter for his alleged ties to the drug trade following the peace agreement.

On October 18, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announcedsanctions against former FARC rebel Pedro Luis Zuleta Noscué, alias “El Inválido.” The agency alleges that Zuleta Noscué “continues to supply narcotics to criminal groups such as Colombia’s Oficina de Envigado.”

US authorities allege that Zuleta Noscué has long controlled a drug trafficking corridor in southwest Cauca department where he supported the FARC’s drug trafficking activities. Cauca had the fourth-highest number of hectares used for coca cultivation in 2017, according to illicit crop monitoring datapublished in September of this year by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

2. ELN Guerrillas on List of Demobilized FARC Fighters

Authorities in Colombia have in the past faced difficulties separating demobilizing FARC guerrillas with drug traffickers and other criminals trying to pass themselves off as FARC fighters in an effort to take advantage of the benefits awarded to the demobilized guerrillas as part of the peace agreement.

These problems persist today. JEP President Patricia Linares recently admitted that there are members of Colombia’s National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional – ELN) on the list of demobilized former FARC fighters, El Tiempo reported.

“I have information, which I myself have verified, that some of these people [ELN fighters] make up part of the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace’s lists that were prepared by the previous administration,” Linares said.

3. Tension with Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office

A new legislative proposal in Colombia has generated concerns from the JEP about their ability to adequately do their job. The proposal would limit the JEP’s access to confidential information, such as military, state, intelligence and counterintelligence operations that threaten to put the country’s national security at risk, Noticias Caracol reported.

JEP President Linares said that the legislation is “openly unconstitutional because it affects the [JEP’s] assigned transnational function.”

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The Attorney General’s Office and the JEP have also clashed over cases that don’t threaten national security, but rather raise questions about which institution has the authority and whether ordinary justice or transnational justice is the proper route to take. The Attorney General’s Office, for example, recently refused to hand over to the JEP information pertaining to assets seized from the FARC that could be used as part of reparations for victims of the armed conflict.

That said, relations between the two institutions appear to be improving. JEP President Linares recently met with Deputy Attorney General María Paulina Riveros. The two agreed to create a roundtable of sorts where the two entities can discuss solutions to the many issues that have stoked tensions between them, El Tiempo reported.

“The Government, Congress and Judicial Power are now paddling for the same side,” Colombia Attorney General Néstor Humberto Martínez Neira said.

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The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars expresses its outrage and sadness over the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a longtime friend and participant in Center programming over the years who had been invited recently to join us as a Visiting Arab Journalist Fellow.  We will miss him greatly. The Center calls upon the Government of Saudi Arabia to act expeditiously to bring the full facts of Mr. Khashoggi’s fate to light and to bring to justice those responsible.

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“Bellingcat 2018 is the gossip in the global intelligence market…” (Read: a new financial project by the Skripal Steele Associates.) | M.N. comments: Ha, ha, ha; talking head! I agree with Ms. Zakharova on this point. Investigate the Bellingcat, they might be just the tool of the New Abwehr. I like her new looks, by the way, and even my muscle cramps disappeared somewhere.

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No probe was conducted into Salisbury incident by Bellingact, says Russian diplomat

According to the Russian diplomat, what Bellingcat presented as its own findings in fact were materials provided by Western intelligence services

“Bellingcat 2018 is the gossip in the global intelligence market talking to the unsuspecting nomad of today. So far, 10/10.”  – COMMENT: Why Is Bellingcat Purring? 

M.N. comments: Ha, ha, ha; talking head! I agree with Ms. Zakharova on this point. Investigate the Bellingcat, they might be just the tool of the New Abwehr. I like her new looks, by the way, and even my muscle cramps disappeared somewhere. 

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    COMMENT: Why Is Bellingcat Purring? https://www.forces.net/news/comment-why-bellingcat-purring#.W8Tv2cJsJrQ.twitter 

    COMMENT: Why Is Bellingcat Purring?

    One trip to Salisbury with a bottle of Novichock has cast Russian intelligence and Bellingcat into the world’s spotlight.

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    How Russian hitmen spent the night before the Salisbury attack https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7268509/salisbury-russia-poisoning-drugs-sex-prostitutes-london/ 

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  7. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  8. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  11. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  12. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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    Two news items Monday draw that inconsistency into stark relief.

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  13. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  15. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  16. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  17. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  18. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    EU approves new sanctions for chemical weapons use http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/545633 

    EU approves new sanctions for chemical weapons use

    EU approves new sanctions for chemical weapons use

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  19. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Go get him! The Demiurge delivered him for you. | The “Skripal-Skripun” style – 10:15 AM 10/15/2018 http://russia-news.org/2018/10/15/go-get-him-the-demiurge-delivered-him-for-you-the-skripal-skripun-style-1015-am-10-15-2018/ 

  20. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    No probe was conducted into Salisbury incident by Bellingcat, says Russian diplomat http://tass.com/politics/1025924 

    No probe was conducted into Salisbury incident by Bellingact, says Russian diplomat

    According to the Russian diplomat, what Bellingcat presented as its own findings in fact were materials provided by Western intelligence services

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  21. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    ВОВА ПИТОН | Operation Novichok: The Assassin In Chief or the Character Assassination? How do you plead, Putin: Guilty or not? Do you chop people’s heads off like that? Bad boy! We will send you to http://russia-news.org/2018/10/14/919/ 

  22. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Putin ‘ordered novichok hitman to kill Brit spy behind Trump sex dossier’ https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7489531/vladimir-putin-ordered-salisbury-novichok-hitman-assassinate-british-spy-trump-sex-dossier/ 

    Vladimir Putin ‘ordered Salisbury novichok hitman to assassinate Brit spy behind Trump sex dossier’

    VLADIMIR Putin ­ordered ­the Salisbury novichok ­assassin to murder British spy Christopher Steele who penned the sensational Trump sex dossier, a ex-top Russian spy claimed. Mishkin, 39, used the …

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  23. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  24. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  25. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Невероятно: обман с расследованием в Солсбери раскрыли https://utro.ru/politics/2018/10/14/1377121.shtml 

    Невероятно: обман с расследованием в Солсбери раскрыли

    Никаких сведений у “детективов” по делу Скрипаля не было и быть не могло

    utro.ru

  26. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Third suspect in Salisbury Novichok attack ‘identified by security services’ https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/third-suspect-in-salisbury-skripal-novichok-attack-identified-after-russian-gru-agent-outed-as-a3947971.html 

    Third suspect in Salisbury Novichok attack ‘identified’

    A third suspect has been identified in the Novichok poisonings of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, according to reports. Investigators believe another Russian…

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  27. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Захарова: Bellingcat слили данные от спецслужб, выдав их за результаты расследования https://dailystorm.ru/news/zaharova-bellingcat-slili-dannye-ot-specsluzhb-vydav-ih-za-rezultaty-rassledovaniya 

    Захарова: Bellingcat слили данные от спецслужб, выдав их за результаты расследования

    Информацию группа получила на Генассамблее ООН, заявила представитель российского МИД

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  28. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Report says US weapons vulnerable to Russian hackers https://gazette.com/military/report-says-u-s-weapons-vulnerable-to-russian-hackers/article_85d80a84-ce32-11e8-b758-937ef6725851.html 

    Report says U.S. weapons vulnerable to Russian hackers

    The Pentagon’s newest weapons have a common problem: Vulnerability to cyber threats that could render them useless on the battlefield.The Government Accountability Office released a report last week…

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  29. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  30. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Donald Trump « Pee Tape » Dossier De L’Auteur Christopher Steele A Été Ciblée Pour Les Intoxications Par Poutine … https://victoriadroit.com/blog/donald-trump-pee-tape-dossier-de-lauteur-christopher-steele-a-ete-ciblee-pour-les-intoxications-par-poutine-le-nouveau-rapport-affirme-que-les/50552/ 

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mikenova shared this story .

Bellingcat identified second Skripal poisoning suspect as Dr. Alexander Mishkin (Picture: Bellingcat).

All intelligence officers are first trained to read newspapers and magazines. This training is especially important to military intelligence because most, perhaps 90%, of what an intelligence desk officer is looking for is freely and constantly available if you know where to look and listen.

Today, it is the stagecraft of the Bellingcat reporting group in London that is working on the same guidelines about the same subjects as MI6 and the CIA.

It is a tried and tested system with a 3,000-year-old history. Moses used it. So did the Greeks.

The earliest Intelligence was found in how to read the weather and how to listen to travellers’ tales.  A nomad telling a market trader that a small army was camped 600 miles away and ships were being built in a foreign port was the first hints of the 13th century BC Trojan Wars to come thousands of years ago.

The same techniques are used today.

The job of a Russian military intelligence officer in Washington is to report each fortnight snippets from the defence magazines and papers – the back pages of ‘Aviation Week’ are a good example of where a one-line comment may not make the online edition in Moscow.

Most of what is sent back is new to Russian intelligence (not so informed as some people claim) or it confirms what they knew – an equally important aspect of intelligence gathering (as any office gossip would agree).

A complete example of this simple building of the intelligence plot is intelligence reporting on Syria based on deployment of troops from four nations (Syria, Russia, Turkey and Iran), on what readiness state they are; where are supporting elements such a fuel, ammunition and medical; at what leave are forces on readiness to return to units; where are the major force commanders (in HQ or on leave) and how consistent are media reports on troop movements, readiness of sea, land air and who is commanding what.

All this can be found in open sources – newspapers, newsletters, traffic reports, railway station requisition notices, 90 minutes satellite passes, border queues and even full or empty car parks.

Into this equation has come citizen reporting – published in all forms from print to international electronic mediums.

Citizen reporting is by people not tied to a major news organisation such as BBC of New York Times and is something as simple as blogging.

There are many organisations and a lot of them are not reliable. They are too keen to get information online without double checking content and sources.

Others have achieved such a standard of investigative reporting that they are read every day by national intelligence agencies, military, civilian and homeland plus political and military desk officers who include what they present in official briefings up to heads of government level. One such is Bellingcat.

Bellingcat’s main office in London’s Leicester Square is alongside cinemas that thrive on playing the thrillers that Bellingcat reports on for real.

The distinction of Bellingcat as a blogging and news service is that everything comes from open sources – that is, sources open to everyone to read if they know where to look.

Bellingcat knows where to look and then knows what it is looking at.

It was started in 2012 by Eliot Ward Higgins who had been laid off from the civil service and was still out of work, using a laptop and his dining table as a note desk, when he started analysing what was going on in the Middle East and Ukraine.

How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory
 

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After seven devastating years of civil war in Syria, which have left more than 350,000 people dead, President Bashar al-Assad appears close to victory against the forces trying to overthrow him.

So how has Mr Assad got so close to winning this bloody, brutal war?

A joint investigation by BBC Panorama and BBC Arabic shows for the first time the extent to which chemical weapons have been crucial to his war-winning strategy.

Sites of the 106 chemical attacks in Syria, 2014-2018

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Source: BBC Panorama and BBC Arabic research. Map built with Carto.

1. The use of chemical weapons has been widespread

The BBC has determined there is enough evidence to be confident that at least 106 chemical attacks have taken place in Syria since September 2013, when the president signed the international Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and agreed to destroy the country’s chemical weapons stockpile.

Syria ratified the CWC a month after a chemical weapons attack on several suburbs of the capital, Damascus, that involved the nerve agent Sarin and left hundreds of people dead. The horrific pictures of victims convulsing in agony shocked the world. Western powers said the attack could only have been carried out by the government, but Mr Assad blamed the opposition.

The US threatened military action in retaliation but relented when Mr Assad’s key ally, Russia, persuaded him to agree to the elimination of Syria’s chemical arsenal. Despite the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations destroying all 1,300 tonnes of chemicals that the Syrian government declared, chemical weapons attacks in the country have continued.

“Chemical attacks are terrifying,” said Abu Jaafar, who lived in an opposition-held part of the city of Aleppo until it fell to government forces in 2016. “A barrel bomb or a rocket kills people instantly without them feeling it… but the chemicals suffocate. It’s a slow death, like drowning someone, depriving them of oxygen. It’s horrifying.”

But Mr Assad has continued to deny his forces have ever used chemical weapons.

“We don’t have a chemical arsenal since we gave it up in 2013,” he said earlier this year. “The [OPCW] made investigations about this, and it’s clear that we don’t have them.”

What are chemical weapons?

The OPCW, the global watchdog that oversees implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, says a chemical weapon is a chemical used to cause intentional death or harm through its toxic properties.

The use of chemical weapons is prohibited under international humanitarian law regardless of the presence of a valid military target, as the effects of such weapons are indiscriminate by nature and designed to cause superfluous injury and unnecessary suffering.

Since 2014, the OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) in Syria and the now-disbanded OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) have investigated allegations of the use of toxic chemicals for hostile purposes in Syria.

They have determined that 37 incidents have involved or are likely to have involved the use of chemicals as weapons between September 2013 and April 2018.

The UN Human Rights Council’s Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Syria and other UN-affiliated bodies have meanwhile concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that chemical weapons have been used in 18 other cases.

Panorama and BBC Arabic examined 164 reports of chemical attacks alleged to have happened since Syria signed up to the CWC just over five years ago.

The BBC team determined that there was credible evidence to be confident a chemical weapon was used in 106 of those 164 incidents.

While only a few of these attacks have made headlines, the data suggests a pattern of repeated and sustained use of chemical weapons.

“The use of chemical weapons has delivered some outcomes for [government forces] that they believe are worth the risk, and [chemical weapons] have subsequently been shown to be worth the risk because they keep using them, repeatedly,” said Julian Tangaere, former head of the OPCW mission to Syria.

Karen Pierce, the United Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN in New York, described the use of chemical weapons in Syria as “vile”.

“Not just because of the truly awful effects but also because they are a banned weapon, prohibited from use for nearly 100 years,” she said.

About the data

The BBC team considered 164 reports of chemical attacks from September 2013 onwards.

The reports were from a variety of sources considered broadly impartial and not involved in the fighting. They included international bodies, human rights groups, medical organisations and think tanks.

In line with investigations carried out by the UN and the OPCW, BBC researchers, with the help of several independent analysts, reviewed the open source data available for each of the reported attacks, including victim and witness testimonies, photographs and videos.

The BBC team had their methodology checked by specialist researchers and experts.

The BBC researchers discounted all incidents where there was only one source, or where they concluded there was not sufficient evidence. In all, they determined there was enough credible evidence to be confident a chemical weapon was used in 106 incidents.

The BBC team were not allowed access to film on the ground in Syria and could not visit the scenes of reported incidents, and therefore were not able to categorically verify the evidence.

However, they did weigh up the strength of the available evidence in each case, including the video footage and pictures from each incident, as well as the details of location and timing.

The highest number of reported attacks took place in the north-western province of Idlib. There were also many incidents in the neighbouring provinces of Hama and Aleppo, and in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, according to the BBC’s data.

All of these areas have been opposition strongholds at various times during the war.

The locations where the most casualties were reported as a result of alleged chemical attacks were Kafr Zita, in Hama province, and Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta.

Both towns have seen battles between opposition fighters and government forces.

According to the reports, the deadliest single incident took place in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, in Idlib province, on 4 April 2017. Opposition health authorities say more than 80 people died that day.

Although chemical weapons are deadly, UN human rights experts have noted that most incidents in which civilians are killed and maimed have involved the unlawful use of conventional weapons, such as cluster munitions and explosive weapons in civilian populated areas.

2. The evidence points to the Syrian government in many cases

Inspectors from an OPCW-UN joint mission announced in June 2014 that they had completed the removal or destruction of all of Syria’s declared chemical weapons material, in line with the agreement brokered by the US and Russia after the 2013 Sarin attack.

“Everything that we knew to be there was either removed or destroyed,” said Mr Tangaere, one of the OPCW inspectors.

But, he explained, the inspectors only had the information they were given.

“All we could do was to verify what we’d been told was there,” he said. “The thing about the Chemical Weapons Convention is it’s all based on trust.”

The OPCW did, however, identify what it called “gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies” in Syria’s declaration that a team from the watchdog is still trying to resolve.

In July 2018, the OPCW’s then-director general, Ahmet Üzümcü, told the UN Security Council that the team was “continuing its efforts to clarify all outstanding issues”.

Despite the June 2014 announcement that Syria’s declared chemical weapons material had been removed or destroyed, reports of continued chemical attacks continued to emerge.

Abdul Hamid Youssef lost his wife, his 11-month-old twins, two brothers, his cousin and many of his neighbours in the 4 April 2017 attack on Khan Sheikhoun.

He described the scene outside his home, seeing neighbours and family members suddenly drop to the ground.

“They were shivering, and foam was coming out of their mouths,” he said. “It was terrifying. That’s when I knew it was a chemical attack.”

After falling unconscious and being taken to hospital, he woke, asking about his wife and children.

“After about 15 minutes, they brought them all to me – dead. I lost the most precious people in my life.”

The OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mission concluded that a large number of people had been exposed to Sarin that day.

Sarin is considered 20 times as deadly as cyanide. As with all nerve agents, it inhibits the action of an enzyme which deactivates signals that cause human nerve cells to fire. The heart and other muscles – including those involved in breathing – spasm. Sufficient exposure can lead to death by asphyxiation within minutes.

The JIM also said it was confident that the Syrian government was responsible for the release of the Sarin in Khan Sheikhoun, with an aircraft alleged to have dropped a bomb on the town.

The images from Khan Sheikhoun prompted US President Donald Trump to order a missile strike on the Syrian Air Force base from where Western powers believed the aircraft that attacked the town took off.

President Assad said the incident in Khan Sheikhoun was fabricated, while Russia said the Syrian Air Force bombed a “terrorist ammunition depot” that was full of chemical weapons, inadvertently releasing a toxic cloud.

But Stefan Mogl, a member of the OPCW team that investigated the attack, said he found evidence that the Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun belonged to the Syrian government.

There was a “clear match” between the Sarin and the samples brought back from Syria in 2014 by the OPCW team eliminating the country’s stockpile, he said.

The JIM report said the Sarin identified in the samples taken from Khan Sheikhoun was most likely to have been made with a precursor chemical – methylphosphonyl difluoride (DF) – from Syria’s original stockpile.

“It means that not everything was removed,” Mr Mogl said.

Mr Tangaere, who oversaw the OPCW’s elimination of Syria’s chemical stockpile, said: “I can only assume that that material wasn’t part of what was declared and wasn’t at the site that we were at.”

“The reality is, under our mandate all we could do was verify what we’d been told was there. There was a separate process to investigate potential gaps in the declaration.”

But what of the other 105 reported attacks mapped by the BBC team? Who is believed to have been behind those?

The JIM concluded that two attacks involving the blister agent sulphur mustard were carried out by the jihadist group Islamic State. There is evidence suggesting IS carried out three other reported attacks, according to the BBC’s data.

The JIM and OPCW have so far not concluded that any opposition armed groups other than IS have carried out a chemical attack. The BBC’s investigation also found no credible evidence to suggest otherwise.

However, the Syrian government and Russia have accused opposition fighters of using chemical weapons on a number of occasions and have reported them to the OPCW, who have investigated the allegations. Opposition armed factions have denied using chemical weapons.

The available evidence, including video, photographs and eyewitness testimony, suggests that at least 51 of the 106 reported attacks were launched from the air. The BBC believes all the air-launched attacks were carried out by Syrian government forces.

Although Russian aircraft have conducted thousands of strikes in support of Mr Assad since 2015, UN human rights experts on the Commission of Inquiry have said there are no indications that Russian forces have ever used chemical weapons in the Syria.

The OPCW has likewise found no evidence that opposition armed groups had the capability to mount air attacks in the cases it has investigated.

Tobias Schneider of the Global Public Policy Institute has also investigated whether the opposition could have staged any air-launched chemical attacks and concluded that they could not. “The Assad regime is the only actor deploying chemical weapons by air,” he said.

Dr Lina Khatib, head of the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House, said: “The majority of chemical weapons attacks that we have seen in Syria seem to follow a pattern that indicates that they were the work of the regime and its allies, and not other groups in Syria.”

“Sometimes the regime uses chemical weapons when it doesn’t have the military capacity to take an area back using conventional weapons,” she added.

Sarin was used in the deadliest of the 106 reported attacks – at Khan Sheikhoun – but the evidence suggests that the most commonly used toxic chemical was chlorine.

Chlorine is what is known as a “dual-use” chemical. It has many legitimate peaceful civilian uses, but its use as a weapon is banned by the CWC.

Chlorine is thought to have been used in 79 of the 106 reported attacks, according to the BBC’s data. The OPCW and JIM have determined that chlorine is likely to have been used as a weapon in 15 of the cases they have investigated.

Experts say it is notoriously difficult to prove the use of chlorine in an attack because its volatility means it evaporates and disperses quickly.

“If you go to a site where a chlorine attack has happened, it’s almost impossible to get physical evidence from the environment – unless you’re there within a very short period of time,” said Mr Tangaere, the former OPCW inspector.

“In that sense, being able to use it leaving virtually no evidence behind, you can see why it has happened many, many times over.”

3. The use of chemical weapons appears to be strategic

Plotting the timings and locations of the 106 reported chemical attacks appears to reveal a pattern in how they have been used.

Many of the reported attacks occurred in clusters in and around the same areas and at around the same times. These clusters coincided with government offensives – in Hama and Idlib in 2014, in Idlib in 2015, in Aleppo city at the end of 2016, and in the Eastern Ghouta in early 2018.

“Chemical weapons are used whenever the regime wants to send a strong message to a local population that their presence is not desirable,” said Chatham House’s Dr Khatib.

“In addition to chemical weapons being the ultimate punishment, instilling fear in people, they are also cheap and convenient for the regime at a time when its military capacity has decreased because of the conflict.”

“There’s nothing that scares people more than chemical weapons, and whenever chemical weapons have been used, residents have fled those areas and, more often than not, not come back.”

Aleppo, a city fought over for several years, appears to be one of the locations where such a strategy has been employed.

Opposition fighters and civilians were trapped in a besieged enclave in the east as the government launched its final offensive to regain full control of the city.

Opposition-held areas first came under heavy bombardment with conventional munitions. Then came a series of reported chemical attacks that are said to have caused hundreds of casualties. Aleppo soon fell to the government, and people were displaced to other opposition-held areas.

“The pattern that we are witnessing is that the regime uses chemical weapons in areas that it regards as strategic for its own purposes,” said Dr Khatib.

“[The] final stage of taking these areas back seems to be using chemical weapons to just make the local population flee.”

From late November to December 2016, in the final weeks of the government’s assault on eastern Aleppo, there were 11 reported chlorine attacks. Five of them were in the last two days of the offensive, before opposition fighters and supporters surrendered and agreed to be evacuated.

Abu Jaafar, who worked for the Syrian opposition as a forensic scientist, was in Aleppo during the last days of the siege. He examined the bodies of many of the victims of alleged chemical attacks.

“I went to the morgue and a strong smell of chlorine emanated from the bodies,” he said. “When I inspected them, I saw clear marks of suffocation due to chlorine.”

The use of chlorine had a devastating effect, he said.

“The gas suffocates people – spreading panic and terror,” he said. “There were warplanes and helicopters in the sky all the time, as well as artillery shelling. But what left the biggest impact was chemical weapons.”

When liquid chlorine is released, it quickly turns into a gas. The gas is heavier than air and will sink to low-lying areas. People hiding in basements or underground bomb shelters are therefore particularly vulnerable to exposure.

When chlorine gas comes into contact with moist tissues such as the eyes, throats and lungs, an acid is produced that can damage those tissues. When inhaled, chlorine causes air sacs in the lungs to secrete fluid, essentially drowning those affected.

“If they go up, they get bombed by rockets. If they go down, they get killed by chlorine. People were hysterical,” said Abu Jaafar.

The Syrian government has said it has never used chlorine as a weapon. But all 11 of the reported attacks in Aleppo came from the air and occurred in opposition-held areas, according to the BBC’s data.

More than 120,000 civilians left Aleppo in the final weeks of the battle for the city, according to organisations on the ground. It was a turning point in the civil war.

A similar pattern of reported chemical weapons use can be seen in the data from the Eastern Ghouta – the opposition’s final stronghold near Damascus.

A number of attacks were reported in opposition-held towns in the region between January and April 2018.

Maps show how the incidents coincided with the loss of opposition territory.

Douma, the biggest town in the Eastern Ghouta, was the target of four reported chemical attacks over four months, as pro-government forces intensified their aerial bombardment before launching a ground offensive.

The last – and deadliest, according to medics and rescue workers – incident took place on 7 April, when a yellow industrial gas cylinder was reportedly dropped onto the balcony of a block of flats. The opposition’s surrender came a day later.

Videos published by pro-opposition activists showed what they said were the bodies of more than 30 children, women and men who had been sheltering downstairs in the basement of the block of flats.

Yasser al-Domani, an activist who visited the scene that night, said the people who died had foam around their mouths and appeared to have chemical burns.

Another video from a nearby building shows the bodies of the same children found dead in the block of flats wearing the same clothes, with the same burns, lined up for identification.

The BBC spoke to 18 people, who all insist they saw bodies being taken from the block of flats to the hospital.

Two days after the reported attack, Russian military specialists visited the block of flats and said they found no traces of chlorine or any other chemical agents. The Russian government said the incident had been staged by the opposition with the help of the UK – a charge the British government dismissed as “grotesque and absurd”.

An OPCW Fact-Finding Mission team visited the scene almost two weeks later and took samples from the gas cylinder on the balcony. In July, it reported that “various chlorinated organic chemicals” were found in the samples, along with residues of explosive.

The FFM is still working to establish the significance of the results, but Western powers are convinced the people who died were exposed to chlorine.

A week after the incident in Douma, the US, UK and France carried out air strikes on three sites they said were “specifically associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons programme”.

The Western strikes took place hours before the Syrian military declared the Eastern Ghouta free of opposition fighters, by which time some 140,000 people had fled their homes and up to 50,000 had been evacuated to opposition-held territory in the north of the country.

“I saw the amount of destruction, the people crying, bidding farewell to their homes or children. People’s miserable, exhausted faces, it was really painful. I can’t forget it. People in the end said they’d had enough,” said Manual Jaradeh, who was living in Douma with her husband and son.

The Syrian government would not answer the BBC’s questions about the allegations that it has used chemical weapons. It refused to allow the Panorama team to travel to Damascus, examine the site of the reported attack in Douma, and turned down interview requests.

When asked whether the international community had failed the Syrian people, former OPCW inspector Julian Tangaere said: “Yes, I think it has.

“It was a life and death struggle for the Assad regime. You know, there was certainly no turning back. I can understand that.

“But the methods used, and the barbarity of some of what’s happened has… well, it’s beyond comprehension. It’s horrifying.”

So has President Assad got away with it? Karen Pierce, the UK’s ambassador to the UN, thinks not.

“There is evidence being collected,” she said. “One day there will be justice. We will do our best to try to bring that about and hasten it.”

Panorama: Syria’s Chemical War will be broadcast in the UK on Monday 15 October on BBC One at 20:30. It will be available afterwards on the BBC iPlayer. It will also be broadcast on BBC Arabic on Tuesday 23 October at 19:05 GMT.

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BRITAIN faces “unparalleled” security risks as more countries develop nukes, a report warns today.

Terrorists could also seize missiles and chemical weapon bans will be ignored, it says.

Demands on Earth’s resources and over-population could trigger mass migration, sparking wars.

The dangers are set out by experts from MoD think tank the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson seized on the report to call for more money.

He said: “This report makes clear that we are living in a world becoming rapidly more dangerous.

The Future Starts Today report says the world has reached a critical point on security.

Test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea, in file photo dated 29 August 2017“Identifying these threats means we can continue to build an Armed Forces that can stay ahead of them.”

The Future Starts Today report says the world has reached a critical point on security.

It claims the main threats already identified by Top Brass are speeding up to create, “new and unparalleled risks”. Military chiefs already fear a new breed of extremists could rise to replace much-weakened IS.

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The MoD reviews global risks every five years.

It said the new report has been developed over two years.

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Действующего полковника ФСБ и уже уволенного высокопоставленного чиновника из администрации президента России Михаила Горбатова обвинили в особо крупном мошенничестве. По версии следствия, офицер «кошмарил» бизнесмена и вымогал у него крупные суммы денег.

В администрации президента Горбатов занимал должность руководителя контрольно-инспекционным департаментом управления президента РФ по обеспечению конституционных прав граждан. В его обязанности входил контроль за исполнением указов главы государства о помиловании и предоставлении политического убежища.

Как стало известно «Коммерсанту», потерпевшим от действий чекиста стал коммерческий директор сети элитных часовых ломбардов. В феврале 2017 года в московских офисах бизнесмена были проведены обыски с изъятием кассы и золотых изделий. Деньги и часы стали вещдоками, поэтому вернули их коммерсанту не сразу, из-за чего тот запаниковал и принял предложение от своего постоянного клиента, авторитетного бизнесмена Арно Ходжояна помочь разобраться в ситуации.

По договоренности была назначена встреча, куда последний позвал своего знакомого предпринимателя Владимира Коробкова. Правда, представили его ломбардисту «высокопоставленным сотрудником ФСБ», который убедил «заказчика», что вернет изъятое силовиками имущество за вознаграждение в 100 тысяч долларов. Бизнесмен передал деньги, однако конфискованных денег и украшений так и не увидел.

Чтобы заработать на коммерсанте еще, Ходжоян и Коробков придумали историю, что теперь силовики взялись уже за него, поэтому думать нужно не об имуществе, а о своей свободе. Для правдоподобности к делу подключили уже настоящего полковника ФСБ Михаила Горбатова. Аферисты потребовали от ломбардиста огромную сумму в долларах, но позже снизили ее до 300 тысяч долларов. Таких денег у него не было, поэтому со своими «спасителями» бизнесмен расплатился двумя экземплярами часов Harry Winston, одним экземпляром De Witt и еще одним Bovet (стоимость каждого нового аксессуара превышает 300 тысяч долларов), после чего поехал писать заявление в Следственный комитет. Чуть позже всех троих злоумышленников задержали. Им уже предъявили обвинения в особо крупном мошенничестве «путем обмана и злоупотребления доверием» на 5 882 240 рублей, а также в покушении на мошенническое хищение еще 15 849 700 рублей. Сейчас все трое находятся под арестом.

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В администрации президента Горбатов занимал должность руководителя контрольно-инспекционным департаментом управления президента РФ по обеспечению конституционных прав граждан. В его обязанности входил контроль за исполнением указов главы государства о помиловании и предоставлении политического убежища.

Как стало известно «Коммерсанту», потерпевшим от действий чекиста стал коммерческий директор сети элитных часовых ломбардов. В феврале 2017 года в московских офисах бизнесмена были проведены обыски с изъятием кассы и золотых изделий. Деньги и часы стали вещдоками, поэтому вернули их коммерсанту не сразу, из-за чего тот запаниковал и принял предложение от своего постоянного клиента, авторитетного бизнесмена Арно Ходжояна помочь разобраться в ситуации.

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Чтобы заработать на коммерсанте еще, Ходжоян и Коробков придумали историю, что теперь силовики взялись уже за него, поэтому думать нужно не об имуществе, а о своей свободе. Для правдоподобности к делу подключили уже настоящего полковника ФСБ Михаила Горбатова. Аферисты потребовали от ломбардиста огромную сумму в долларах, но позже снизили ее до 300 тысяч долларов. Таких денег у него не было, поэтому со своими «спасителями» бизнесмен расплатился двумя экземплярами часов Harry Winston, одним экземпляром De Witt и еще одним Bovet (стоимость каждого нового аксессуара превышает 300 тысяч долларов), после чего поехал писать заявление в Следственный комитет. Чуть позже всех троих злоумышленников задержали. Им уже предъявили обвинения в особо крупном мошенничестве «путем обмана и злоупотребления доверием» на 5 882 240 рублей, а также в покушении на мошенническое хищение еще 15 849 700 рублей. Сейчас все трое находятся под арестом.

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It warned that missiles could be seized and used to perform attacks on the UK and its interests.

The report also warned about the using up of the Earth’s natural resources causing mass migration which could help to start more wars.

The reports came from a MoD think tank called the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre.

This report was used by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson to get more funding.

He said: “This report makes clear that we are living in a world becoming rapidly more dangerous.”

According to the Future Starts Today, the world has reached a very critical point when it comes to security.

It claimed that the main threats that have been identified by military experts are speeding up in order to create “new and unparalleled risks”.

In 2017, North Korea test-launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile in the capital Pyongyang.

After this occurred many used this as a justification for the need to build up a country’s armed forces.

There is a fear among some military chiefs that a new group could rise as ISIS continues to weaken.

There is also the fear of North Korea’s intoned testing of long-range ballistic missiles and their nuclear capabilities.

The use of a nerve agent to attack the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has also been used as an indication that countries are becoming increasingly aggressive.

Another concern is the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons during the civil war.

The MoD reviews the global risks every five years.

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A Russian agent accused of carrying out the Salisbury novichok attack previously worked as a wine waiter at a top restaurant, former friends have claimed.

Last week, the assassin previously named as ‘Alexander Petrov’ was unmasked as Alexander Miskin, a GRU agent who has received a ‘Hero of Russia‘ medal.

Old colleagues say they worked alongside him at the ‘Garcon Garcon’ restaurant in St Petersburg while he was training to become a military doctor.

Investigators at the website Bellingcat, who first exposed Mishkin, said he was born in a remote town in northern Russia but went on to study at the prestigious Kirov Military Medical Academy, St Petersburg.

Former workers at the Garcon Garcon bistro said he did shifts serving wine and food at the eatery to support himself during his studies, Russian news site Dozhd TV reported.

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One former colleague went on Facebook after Mishkin, still using the name Petrov, appeared Russia’s RT channel and claimed he was just a tourist visiting Salisbury for the cathedral.

The friend wrote: ‘I remember in the Garcon Garcon, year 2000, [he] worked as a waiter… as far as I can remember, studying for a doctor.’

Another woman posted underneath: ‘Remembered! Sasha Mishkin!’

Sasha is a Russian nickname for people called Alexander.

This weekend, after Petrov was revealed to be Mishkin, the former colleague went back online to write: ‘Indeed, Sasha Mishkin. Of course, it doesn’t really matter, but it’s still surprising.’

Bellingcat said Mishkin started studying in St Petersburg ‘no later than 2001’, suggesting he could have been in the city at the time the other restaurant workers claim he was.

Investigators claim the man pictured on CCTV from Salisbury is GRU agent Alexander Miskin
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Dozht TV, the channel which uncovered the picture, has previously been described as ‘Russia’s only independent television channel’ by The Guardian.

It was founded in 2010 by the businessman Aleksandr Vinokurov and Natalia Sindeeva.

Last year, the channel announced a partnership with the BBC to aid the corporation’s coverage from the country.

The picture emerged after Russia’s ambassador to the UK accused Britain of waging an ‘aggressive anti-Russian campaign’ which has left relations between the two countries at a ‘very low level’.

During a lengthy press conference at the embassy in London on Friday, Alexander Yakovenko dismissed his country’s involvement in the Salisbury nerve agent incident.

Russian ambassador Alexander Yakovenko claimed the men could well have been tourists
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Vladimir Putin described Skripal as a 'traitor' and a 'scumbag' but denies Russia was involved
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Mr Yakovenko insisted there was no reason to doubt the alleged assassin’s claims they were innocent tourists on a visit to Salisbury when the attack on Mr Skripal took place.

‘We have the official statement of these people and we do not have any reason not to trust them,’ he said.

He repeated Russian claims that Bellingcat was simply a tool of the ‘British special services’.

‘Bellingcat is not the media. This is the tool of the deep establishment to leak certain things,’ he said.

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Что такое ГРУ? Как расшифровывается эта аббревиатура?

ГРУ — это Главное разведывательное управление, подчиняющееся министерству обороны. И его вообще-то формально не существует.

В 2010 году после реформы армии военная разведка стала называться Главным управлением Генштаба Минобороны. Впрочем, это не мешает называть именно агентами ГРУ людей, которые, как предполагается, взламывали сервера Демократической партии США, пытались отравить Сергея Скрипаля и намеревались совершить кибератаку на Организацию по запрещению химического оружия. Эта аббревиатура сейчас постоянно используется и журналистами, и в официальных документах, — например, в американских обвинительных заключениях и в заявлениях правительства Нидерландов.

На реформу некоторые ветераны обиделись: «Сердюков сократил у нас не только букву. Под нож реформы пошли лучшие бригады спецназа ГРУ». В ноябре 2010 офицеры управления, празднуя профессиональный праздник в «Крокус-сити», поднимали тосты за «светлую память ГРУ».

Во время реформы многих офицеров ГРУ сократили; в некоторых НИИ прекратили научно-исследовательские работы; из Военной академии Минобороны — той самой, где учился Анатолий Чепига, — уволили многих преподавателей. В результате реформы сильно пострадала агентурная разведка в иностранных государствах. Издание The New Times находилоуволенных сотрудников ГРУ среди грузчиков и сборщиков мебели.

В чем разница между Службой внешней разведки (СВР) и ГРУ?

Кажется, эту разницу могут заметить только сами сотрудники разведки. Один из руководителей СВР объяснял, что СВР занимается «политической» разведкой, ГРУ — «военной». Структура и деятельность обеих разведывательных организаций засекречены и защищены гостайной.

О методах работы и подготовки СВР больше других рассказал в своей книге перебежчик Сергей Третьяков. Внук и сын сотрудниц КГБ, в юности Третьяков читал книги про Джеймса Бонда, мечтая стать разведчиком. В начале 1980-х вербовщики КГБ предложили ему поехать по программе обмена студентов во Францию, чтобы собирать информацию о новоизбранном президенте Миттеране. Когда он вернулся, его, как и других начинающих разведчиков, отправили в «Лесную школу» неподалеку от Медведково.

Третьякова и его однокашников учили работать с источниками (например, начинать разговор о сотрудничестве только после седьмой встречи, узнав обо всех привычках и проблемах нового знакомого), пользоваться портативными камерами, придумывать свою «легенду» на ходу, оставлять и забирать закладки — последнее чаще всего тренировали в парке Горького.

Распад СССР никак не помешал разведывательной работе Третьякова. Вскоре он оказался в США — и в середине 1990-х возглавил местную резидентуру, работая под прикрытием ООН (другие агенты притворялись журналистами ТАСС или «Комсомольской правды»).

В Нью-Йорке российские разведчики работали в здании постоянного представительства России в ООН на Манхэттене. Обычные дипломаты использовали пять нижних этажей. Выше размещались разведчики и криптографы — их этажи называли «субмариной». Стены в этих помещениях были обтянуты сеткой вибрирующих проводов, которые издавали белый шум; внутри не было ни телефонов, ни компьютеров, подключенных к интернету. Кроме того, сотрудники СВР работали в российском консульстве в Бронксе, — например, копировали документы граждан США, обращавшихся за визами в Россию. Их данные потом могли использовать при создании новых личностей для разведчиков, которые должны были влиться в американскую жизнь и найти работу в организации, связанной с правительством.

И на крыше консульства, и на крыше постпредства были установлены антенны, чтобы перехватывать телефонные разговоры по всему Нью-Йорку — их называли «Импульсом».

Как вспоминал Третьяков, сотрудники СВР часто ездили отдыхать в кафе «Татьяна» на Брайтон-Бич. Именно там он встречался с сотрудниками ФСО Виктором Золотовым и Евгением Муровым — незадолго до визита в США Владимира Путина в 2000 году. Как утверждает Третьяков, Золотов и Муров показались ему крайне опасными людьми, — в частности, по его словам, они обсуждали возможное убийство тогдашнего главы администрации президента Александра Волошина. Также Золотов рассказал Третьякову, что опасается покушения на Путина, — после чего неожиданно ударил Третьякова по лбу так, что он упал со стула. Виктор Золотов сейчас возглавляет Росгвардию, Муров до 2016 года руководил ФСО.

В октябре 2000 года Третьяков обратился к американским властям с просьбой о политическом убежище.

Как отбирают сотрудников ГРУ и где их готовят? Что за «Консерватория»?

Офицеров ГРУ готовят в московской Военной академии Минобороны на улице Народного Ополчения, 50, — неподалеку от района, где находятся штаб-квартира ГРУ и научно-исследовательские институты, связанные с разведчиками. Академия больше известна под названием «Консерватория».

Кроме того, сотрудников военной разведки обучают в Череповецком высшем военном училище радиоэлектроники — там учат в том числе специалистов по кибербезопасности; ее окончили, например, двое соседей Анатолия Чепиги по общежитию РГГУ на Кировоградской, где он был прописан в начале 2010-х. Еще одно учебное заведение, где готовят разведчиков, — Военно-космическая академия имени Можайского: ее окончил сотрудник ГРУ Алексей Моренец, которого обвиняют в попытке хакерской атаки в Нидерландах.

Занятие по информатике в Череповецком высшем военном училище, декабрь 2016 года

Новых студентов обычно набирают преподаватели академии, которые для этого приезжают в военные части по всей стране. Там они проверяют личные дела молодых офицеров; если какие-то из них подходят, с ними встречаются у них дома — а потом приглашают на испытания в Москву.

В Москве испытания продолжаются в течение недели с утра до вечера. Претенденты проходят сотни тестов: на знание иностранных языков, на внимание, запоминание, сообразительность, помехоустойчивость, информационную выносливость. В рамках одного из тестов могут попросить повторить фразу на незнакомом языке, в рамках другого — показать десятки фотопортретов, называя фамилии людей, после чего претендент должен вспомнить, как зовут каждого. Есть и собеседование с комиссией — могут спросить о любимых алкогольных напитках, решении пойти в разведку, отношении к женщинам.

Обучение длится три года. На первом курсе особенный упор делается на иностранные языки, вождение спецтехники, страноведение, шифрование и дешифрование, агентурную работу. Есть занятия о том, как придумывать «легенду» или уходить от слежки.

Каждому из студентов выделяют сектор Москвы, за который он отвечает: там он должен проработать маршруты для встречи с агентами, места для закладок, засекать за собой наружное наблюдение (его обычно изображают сотрудники ФСБ). Одним из важных занятий является проникновение на режимный объект — будущий разведчик должен попасть туда легально: например, получить пропуск через заведенных с этой целью знакомых.

Какие бывают специальности у сотрудников ГРУ?

В академии действуют три факультета.

На первом учат разведчиков-нелегалов и офицеров для работы в других государствах под дипломатическим прикрытием (их еще называют «пиджаками»). Выпустившись, они начинают работать секретарями послов, советниками, представителями российских компаний в других странах — и отвечают за связь с нелегалами и вербовку.

Одним из «пиджаков» был Виктор Илюшин, которого выслали в 2014 году из Франции, — сотрудник ГРУ, официально работавший заместителем военно-воздушного атташе в посольстве России во Франции, пытался добыть интимную информацию об окружении Франсуа Олланда.

На втором факультете учат . Его окончил Эдуард Шишмаков, которого власти Черногории обвиняют в попытке переворота в 2016 году; он же в 2014 году работал военным атташе в Польше и был выслан из страны.

На третьем факультете Военной академии проходят обучение офицеры, которые руководят специальными операциями в иностранных государствах.

Перебежчики ГРУ и профильные военные сайты описывали структуру военной разведки так:

1-е управление — разведка в Европе

2-е управление — США

3-е управление — Азия

4-е управление — Ближний Восток и Африка

5-е управление — оперативная разведка

6-е управление — радиотехническая разведка

7-е управление — информационно-аналитическая служба

8-е управление — диверсии

12-бис — информационная война

Какие задачи выполняют сотрудники ГРУ?

На официальном сайте Главного управления обтекаемо указано, что сотрудники занимаются тем, что обеспечивают информацией руководство страны, создают условия, «способствующие успешной реализации политики РФ в сфере обороны и безопасности», а также содействуют развитию государства. Эти пункты копируют статью 5 закона «О внешней разведке».

Согласно закону, разведчики могут конфиденциально сотрудничать с информаторами, а также осуществлять «меры по зашифровке кадрового состава». Допустимо использовать «гласные и негласные методы и средства» — но не в отношении российских граждан, не на территории РФ и не те, которые причиняют вред жизни и здоровью людей.

Александр Шляхтуров, возглавлявший ГРУ в конце 2000-х, объяснял, что задача спецслужбы — «вскрытие угроз национальным интересам и военной безопасности России» и их анализ. Его предшественник Валентин Корабельников рассказывал, что ГРУ, среди прочего, добывает информацию об исследованиях, которые проводят иностранные государства.

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Добычей информации занимаются главным образом «нелегалы»: сотрудники ГРУ, которые живут под чужими именами в других государствах. Кроме того, отдельные идентичности могут создаваться для сотрудников, которые въезжают в другую страну, чтобы совершить диверсию, — как, видимо, произошло с Чепигой и Мишкиным.

Иногда работа «нелегала» может продолжаться десятилетиями. Ветеран ГРУ рассказывал, что его однокурсник по академии после выпуска получил «легенду» и жил по ней следующие 24 года. Он был направлен в одну из арабских стран, где купил себе на рынке палатку по ремонту обуви. В этой же палатке он встречался с агентами; в каблуках ботинок, которые ему приносили, часто были спрятаны донесения.

«Мой отец умер, так и не узнав, что я служу в разведке, хотя к тому моменту я уже был генералом, — рассказывал один из руководителей разведки Сергей Лебедев. — Он очень гордился, что я дипломат, всем рассказывал, что у него сын работает в МИДе».

Информационная война — это тоже про ГРУ?

Дезинформация — одно из основных направлений работы военной разведки с самого ее основания. «Активные мероприятия» проводила и внешняя разведка КГБ (отдел «А»), и ГРУ. Отдел дезинформации вырос из Дезинформбюро, которое появилось еще в 1923 году с цельюсоздания ложных сведений и документов о внутреннем положении дел в России, «подготовки почвы для выпуска фиктивных материалов».

Самые успешные операции по дезинформации (о них подробно рассказывается в документах Архивного центра Черчилля):

— В 1923 году Дезинформбюро опубликовало в газетах Баварии, где жил великий князь Кирилл Владимирович, разоблачительные статьи о нем, после чего от него отвернулись русские монархисты и немецкие спонсоры.

— В 1950-е военная разведка выдумала информацию о применении США бактериологического оружия во время войны в Корее — якобы американцы сбрасывали бомбы, которые были начинены насекомыми и крысами, зараженными чумой и холерой.

— В 1960-х советские спецслужбы распространяли слухи о связи американских спецслужб с убийством президента США Джона Кеннеди. Советская разведка финансировала Марка Лейна, который написал об этом несколько популярных книг. Разведка фабриковала документы и письма, связывающие Ли Харви Освальда с ЦРУ и ФБР.

— В 1972–1973 годах военная разведка профинансировала около пяти тысяч статей в индийских газетах для поддержки Индиры Ганди, которая тогда была премьер-министром Индии.

— В 1983 году разведка провела кампанию о том, что сбитый над Сахалином южнокорейский пассажирский самолет был шпионским, а полет был организован ЦРУ.

— В конце 1980-х спецслужбы распространяли слухи о том, что эпидемия СПИДа началась из-за экспериментов в секретной военной биологический лаборатории в США. Военная разведка передавала поддельные документы офицеру ЦРУ, который писал о них в книгах.

— В конце 1980-х продвигалась теория заговора о том, что массовое убийство 918 человек в Джонстауне в 1978 году связано с ЦРУ.

Один из руководителей советских спецслужб Леонид Шебаршин говорил, что разведчики могут найти журналиста в любой газете, который опубликует нужный текст за деньги или выпивку. Шебаршин курировал дезинформационные кампании в 1970–80-х, — по его словам, единственным изданием, где ему не удалось разместить материал, была газета The Washington Post. Он также утверждал, что служба «А» КГБ оплачивала в западной прессе публикацию статей о «горбимании» и перестройке.

Шебаршина нашли застрелившимся в своей квартире в 2012 году. Куратор дезинформации по направлению США Дмитрий Лисоволик погиб, выпав из окна своей квартиры, еще в 1991 году.

В постсоветские годы российская разведка и связанные с ней организации, видимо, не перестали использовать дезинформацию. С 2016 года Россию обвиняют в использовании так называемой фабрики троллей для вмешательства в президентские выборы в США: ее сотрудники, как утверждают американские прокуроры, под вымышленными именами создавали группы за Дональда Трампа и против Хиллари Клинтон, организовывали политические мероприятия, размещали рекламу в соцсетях. Троллей также подозревают в постоянных попытках расколоть американское общество — вплоть до публикациинегативных отзывов на последние «Звездные войны».

Впрочем, о причастности ГРУ к деятельности «фабрики троллей» ничего не известно: в ее создании обвиняют близкого к Владимиру Путину бизнесмена Евгения Пригожина.

А хакеры? Тоже ГРУ?

ГРУ — это часть министерства обороны. «Медуза» не раз подробно рассказывала о том, что Минобороны последовательно в течение многих лет создает кибервойска — так называемые научные роты.

В 2014 году в Минобороны появились «войска информационных операций» для «кибернетического противоборства с вероятным противником»; позже источники в Минобороны объяснили, что они созданы для «нарушения работы информационных сетей вероятного противника». Минобороны собиралось нанимать «имевших проблемы с законом хакеров»; преподаватель одного из центров, при котором была создана научная рота, рассказывал, что студенты «отрабатывают алгоритмы кибератак, чтобы максимально эффективно воспользоваться ими при случае». В последние годы кибератаки на правительственные органы других стран — Эстонии, Грузии, Украины, Турции, США — регулярно совпадают по времени с обострением конфликтов этих стран с Россией.

Кроме того, многие хакеры работают в НИИ, связанных с ГРУ.

Как работают хакеры на госслужбе

Что за НИИ? Какие из них связаны с разведкой?

Видимо, их десятки. Достоверно известно о нескольких:

— 6-й Центральный научно-исследовательский институт Минобороны (в/ч 54726) — центр военно-технической информации и исследования военного потенциала зарубежных государств, находящийся по адресу Хорошевское шоссе, 86, и ранее подчинявшийся ГРУ. Местные жители называют это четырехэтажное здание, построенное в 1930 году, «Пентагоном» — не из-за формы, а из-за секретности. Сотрудников НИИ характеризоваликак «самых информированных людей в ГРУ», а руководство института входит в Совет безопасности России.

В соседнем с НИИ здании в 2008 году находился офис небольшой компании Steadyhost. Именно на нее был зарегистрирован IP-адрес проекта Stopgeorgia.ru, через который координировалисьхакерские атаки против Грузии во время конфликта в Южной Осетии.

— Центр специальных разработок Минобороны на улице Свободы. «Медуза» подробно рассказывала о нем. Центр появился в 2014 году; сотрудников туда искали на сайтахвакансий — главным образом среди выпускников технических университетов. Больше других искали сотрудников для анализа эксплойтов (программ для проведения компьютерных атак) и поиска уязвимостей. После оформления сотрудники центра получали форму допуска к данным № 3 (с уведомительным порядком выезда за границу) и зарплату до 120 тысяч рублей.

Центр специальных разработок часто организовывает соревнования по кибербезопасности для школьников и студентов, чтобы набирать из них студентов и сотрудников. В этом центре работал и Евгений Серебряков, которого в апреле 2018 года выслали из Нидерландов за попытку хакерской атаки на Организацию по запрещению химического оружия.

— Военная часть 26165 — «Хамовнические казармы» на Комсомольском проспекте, 20. Возможно, главная часть, в которой работают российские хакеры. На ее территории находится 85-й главный центр специальной службы. В нем служат криптографы, создатели алгоритмов для дешифровки.

В этой военной части, видимо, работали сразу несколько российских хакеров, которых подозревают в атаках в европейских государствах и США. Когда 5 мая 2017 года — за день до президентских выборов во Франции — Wikileaks выложил архив взломанных переписок Эммануэля Макрона и его штаба, почти сразу же было обнаружено, что девять писем были изменены пользователем по имени Георгий Петрович Рошка. Рошка оказался сотрудником нескольких НИИ, связанных со спецслужбами; в перечне участников одной из конференций, где он выступал, Рошка был указан как специалист 85-го главного центра специальной службы Генштаба на Комсомольском проспекте, 20.

Из этого же здания на такси в Нидерланды уезжал Алексей Моренец, которого обвинилив атаке на ОЗХО. Там же, по версии американских прокуроров, работали 10 хакеров и сотрудников ГРУ, которых американская разведка обвиняла в атаке на серверы Национального комитета Демократической партии США.

— Войсковая часть 74455 на улице Кирова, 22. Официально по этому адресу находится бизнес-центр «Новатор», но на входе указано, что в здании находится «Центр управления повседневной деятельностью» (так, по словам представителей Генштаба, называются НИИ, созданные «для оперативной координации деятельности органов военного управления»). По данным американской разведки, в здании также работали хакеры, участвовавшие в атаке на Демократическую партию США в 2016 году.

— 18-й ЦНИИ, который занимается разработкой радиоэлектроники. Про него нет публичной информации. Сталкеры на профильных форумах шутят о том, что на одном из подземных этажей НИИ скрыто НЛО, упавшее в Москве в 1959 году, и проходит ветка Метро-2.

— «Совинформспутник», подразделение космической разведки ГРУ. В 2000 году они первыми сфотографировали секретную военную базу США «Зона-51».

У ГРУ есть спецназ? Кто проводит спецоперации?

О спецназе ГРУ известно больше, чем о любом другом подразделении ведомства. Про него часто снимают фильмы, сюжеты на федеральном телевидении; их операции часто становятся публичными.

Учения бригады спецназа ГРУ, 1 сентября 1994 года

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В начале 2010-х во время реформы Минобороны спецназ ГРУ передали в состав военных округов и ВДВ. Теперь спецназ входит в структуры Сил специальных операций (ССО), их основная база находится в подмосковной Кубинке. В 2014–2015 годах ССО руководил Алексей Дюмин, бывший охранник Владимира Путина и нынешний губернатор Тульской области.

Спецназ ГРУ считается одним из самых элитных родов войск — в нем очень высокие требования к сотрудникам. В книге «Подготовка разведчика: система спецназа ГРУ», написанной бойцами спецслужбы, говорится, что разведчики должны уметь почти все, что умеет Джеймс Бонд. То есть: прыгать с парашютом, десантироваться с вертолета на канате, управлять дельтапланом, моторной лодкой, гусеничной техникой, наводить авиацию, ориентироваться на местности, пользоваться оружием вероятного противника, хорошо плавать, применять мины, забираться на скалы, определять по внешнему виду любое оружие и принадлежность военных по форме одежды и знакам различия, владеть техникой маскировки и бесшумного передвижения на любой местности. В военные разведчики набирают людей с повышенной выносливостью и «пассивно-агрессивным» типом характера, они должны быть склонны к риску, ценить мужскую дружбу и уметь быстро перестраивать свое поведение по ситуации.

При подготовке будущие спецназовцы ГРУ проходят психофизические тренировки: например, их готовят к тому, что они будут видеть много крови и сами наносить ранения. Есть упражнение, в котором нужно поймать живого зайца, убить его ударом головы о дерево, быстро отрезать голову и, задержав дыхание, выпить кровь.

«Мы изготавливали чучело — манекен, одевали его в форму одежды армии США, в нагрудный карман прятали какой-либо документ, — вспоминал в своей книге сотрудник ГРУ Сергей Козлов. — Обильно поливали манекен кровью, в расстегнутую куртку помещали кишки и другие внутренности, заимствованные у бродячей собаки. Вот этот-то „труп“ и предстояло обыскивать разведчикам. Далеко не каждый способен запросто возиться в кровавом месиве из кишок, но преодоление этого психологического барьера просто необходимо. Не менее важно воспитать готовность убить врага любым из изученных способов, для чего также может пригодиться бродячая псина. Психологически очень тяжело „грохнуть“ ни за что невинную тварь, но гораздо тяжелее будет ломать себя при необходимости совершить убийство мирного жителя, случайно обнаружившего группу в тылу противника».

О каких операциях спецназа ГРУ известно?

В своих книгах ветераны называют самой успешной операцией спецназа ГРУ штурм дворца Хафизуллы Амина в Афганистане, с которого началась афганская война. Амин был успешно свергнут, во главе Афганистана оказался лояльный СССР Бабрак Кармаль. Во время штурма погибли 11 сотрудников ГРУ, 350 охранников дворца и сам Амин. Один из спецназовцев вспоминал: «Ребята, проскочив на второй этаж, распахивали двери и бросали в кабинет гранаты. Они уже прошли по коридору вперед, когда сзади них в коридор выскочил Амин — в адидасовских трусах и маечке. Думаю, он уже был смертельно ранен».

Спецназ ГРУ участвовал в первой и второй чеченских войнах. В середине 1990-х спецназ работал в Таджикистане под руководством Владимира Квачкова — они обучали местные войска и освобождали занятые террористами территории. В 2008 году спецназ участвовал в войне с Грузией.

С 2014 года спецназ ГРУ проводил операции на Украине. В феврале 2014 года они захватили аэропорт и правительственные здания в Крыму — этой операцией руководил Владимир Путин. «Чтобы блокировать и разоружить 20 тысяч человек, хорошо вооруженных, нужен определенный набор личного состава и не просто по количеству, но и по качеству. Нужны были специалисты, которые умеют это делать. Поэтому я дал поручения и указания министерству обороны, чего скрывать, под видом усиления охраны наших военных объектов в Крыму перебросить туда спецподразделения Главного разведуправления», — объяснял президент.

Позже спецназ ГРУ работал на Юго-Востоке Украины. Российские власти никогда этого не признавали — но некоторые сотрудники погибали, а других задерживали и допрашивали.Александр Александров и Евгений Ерофеев, которых задержали в 2015 году во время боя в Луганской области, оказавшись в плену, признались, что являются сотрудниками спецназа ГРУ, дислоцированного в Тольятти; 25 мая 2016 года их обменяли на Надежду Савченко.

В Сирии спецназ ГРУ обучал местные войска и участвовал в операциях против «Исламского государства» и других группировок. Члены спецназа наводят авиацию на цели и участвуют в тыловых операциях по уничтожению руководителей террористов; также они помогали освобождать Алеппо и Пальмиру.

В октябре 2018 года стало известно, что спецназ ГРУ отправили в Ливию — там они займутся подготовкой войск фельдмаршала Халифы Хафтара, контролирующего восток страны.

Кто возглавляет ГРУ?

Руководителя военной разведки назначает президент; он же контролирует и координирует деятельность спецслужбы. Кроме того, руководитель разведки подчиняется министру обороны и начальнику Генштаба Валерию Герасимову (он придумал так называемую доктрину Герасимова, подразумевающую ведение гибридной войны с применением кибервойск).

Министр обороны России Сергей Шойгу (слева) с Игорем Коробовым, которого только что назначили главой Главного управления (бывшее ГРУ), 2 февраля 2016 года

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В 2016 году Путин назначил руководителем Главного управления Игоря Коробова. Он кадровый военный разведчик с 1980-х, окончил «Консерваторию», курировал направление стратегической разведки, в которое входило управление всеми зарубежными резидентурами. Его назначение не было сюрпризом: по традиции, с 1990-х руководителями назначают заместителей, занимающихся зарубежной резидентурой.

В декабре 2016 года Коробова включили в санкционный список США за «действия по подрыву демократии» — организацию хакерских атак. Несмотря на это, в феврале 2018 года он вместе с руководителями ФСБ и СВР впервые в истории встретился в Вашингтоне с руководителями спецслужб США. На встрече они обсуждали борьбу с терроризмом.

Создателем «империи ГРУ» считают Петра Ивашутина, руководившего военной разведкой с начала 1960-х до конца 1980-х. Он придумал и начал создавать систему круглосуточного получения информации и предупреждения руководства страны об угрозах в режиме реального времени. Его рабочий день начинался в 7:05 — автомобиль вез его на Гоголевский бульвар, где ГРУ располагалось в начале 1960-х. Он решал вопросы с перебежчиками, выезжал успокаивать волнения в Новочеркасске (закончившиеся убийством десятков людей), курировал разведку на территориях вероятного противника, захват пражского аэропорта в 1968 году, операции в Афганистане. В единственном интервью Ивашутин рассказывал, что как руководитель ГРУ «поддерживал революционные движения, передавая им через разведку большие суммы денег». Он умер в 2002 году.

Где находится штаб-квартира ГРУ? Что такое «Аквариум»?

ГРУ с конца 1960-х занимает огромную территорию на Хорошевском шоссе.

Название «Аквариум» этот квартал получил после того, как так назвал свою книгу перебежчик Владимир Резун (он писал под псевдонимом Виктор Суворов). Слово «аквариум» пришло ему в голову и из-за остекления здания, и из-за того, что сообщество разведчиков — «это замкнутый аквариум, все друг друга знают».

Здания разведки находятся среди панельных девятиэтажек и окружены забором. Возле КПП находится двор, в котором растут ели и тополя, там же — памятник погибшим военным разведчикам. В основном вестибюле находится мемориал героев разведки СССР и России. Они перечислены под своими настоящими именами.

Вид на штаб-квартиру ГРУ на Хорошевском шоссе в Москве, 4 октября 2018 года

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В книге Суворова, которую многие разведчики называли скорее художественной, чем документальной, рассказана история о том, что на территории ГРУ есть крематорий для сожжения предателей. По словам Петра Ивашутина, который руководил разведкой больше 25 лет, на территории действительно есть печь — но для сожжения документов.

Бывавшие в здании ГРУ в конце 1990-х указывали, что внутри все было в «плачевном состоянии»: линолеум в трещинах, мебель с облупившимся лаком, обшарпанные стены. После того, как здание в 2002 году посетил Путин, внутри сделали ремонт, а на входе повесили название ведомства, написанное позолоченными буквами, — впрочем, через сутки их сняли.

Новое здание военной разведки в том же квартале в 2006 году открыл тот же Путин. В кабинетах разведчиков установили компьютеры только российского производства; есть здесь и большие экраны, на которых в режиме реального времени отслеживается военная обстановка, а также местонахождение всех атомных подводных лодок и стратегических бомбардировщиков. Кроме того, в новом здании появились бассейн, спа, сауны, теннисные корты, залы для игры в баскетбол и волейбол, зимний сад. Сотрудники ГРУ шутили, что переехали в пятизвездочный отель.

Часто сотрудников ГРУ рассекречивают?

Почти ежегодно. Чаще всего после рассекречивания сотрудников легальных резидентур (тех, кто работает в посольствах и представительствах компаний) не задерживают и почти сразу высылают из страны, подтвердив их дипломатический статус. Впрочем, так бывает не всегда: в 1978 году двух сотрудников разведки, работавших под прикрытием ООН, задержали во время закладки тайника с документами о военно-морских силах США, судили и приговорили к 50 годам тюрьмы; через год их обменяли на пятерых диссидентов, находившихся в тюрьме в СССР. Вернувшихся на родину разведчиков наградили знаком «Почетный сотрудник госбезопасности».

За последнее время сотрудников ГРУ рассекречивали в США (1999 год — второго секретаря посольства РФ в Вашингтоне Станислава Гусева ФБР обвинило в том, что он, сидя в машине у здания Госдепартамента, прослушивал происходящее внутри), Японии (2000 год), Болгарии(2001 год), Германии (2004 год, 2005 год), Катаре (2004 год), Азербайджане (2006 год), Австрии(2007 год), Польше (2010 год, 2018 год), в Грузии (2011 год) и на Украине (2014 год).

15 июля 2014 года на сайте warfiles.ru появилась статья «Война в шпионской триаде Путина», в которой рассказывалось о том, что в ФСБ хотят «вернуться к статусу всесильного КГБ» и подмять под себя другие спецслужбы. В конце статьи был опубликован список из 79 имен — утверждалось, что это действующие сотрудники ГРУ, работающие под прикрытием в США, Европе, Южной Америке. Оказалось, что некоторые участники списка числятся представителями «Аэрофлота» в Нидерландах и советниками в посольстве Молдавии.

По данным журналиста Сергея Канева, поисками автора утечки занялись в Центре информационной безопасности ФСБ. Поиски курировал директор центра Сергей Михайлов; ФСБ разослала предупреждения регистраторам сайтов, перепечатавших список. Один из них выложил письмо от Михайлова, в котором говорилось, что список сотрудников составляет государственную тайну. (В декабре 2016 года Михайлов сам был арестован, его обвиняют в госизмене; возможно, Михайлов передавал США данные о российских хакерах.) О дальнейшей судьбе людей, перечисленных в списке, неизвестно; один из них — сотрудник «Аэрофлота», ранее часто комментировавший новости об авиакомпании в США и Нидерландах, — перестал вести какую-либо публичную деятельность.

Во время поисков выяснилось, что данные о реальных именах сотрудников ГРУ нередко оказываются у случайных людей. Как рассказывал в одном из материалов тот же Канев, в марте 2017 года полицейские в Щукино разбудили спящего на автобусной остановке мужчину. При досмотре у него нашлись списки и номера телефонов жильцов домов Минобороны на улице Народного Ополчения — сотрудников ГРУ и преподавателей «Консерватории». Оказалось, что на недавних выборах он подрабатывал агитатором от «Единой России», а все разведчики ходили голосовать в одну и ту же школу в Щукино.

Бывали ли случаи, когда сотрудники ГРУ становились двойными агентами?

Да — и не раз.

Дмитрий Поляков сотрудничал с американской разведкой с 1961 по 1986 год. За это время он передал США около 25 ящиков секретных документов, выдал 19 советских разведчиков-нелегалов и больше 150 агентов-иностранцев. Из-за него была фактически парализована работа нелегалов в США. Сначала он работал как сотрудник ООН в Нью-Йорке, где занимался агентурной работой — курировал нелегалов; позже — в 1970-е — руководил основным разведывательным факультетом «Консерватории». В 1986 году его арестовали. Рональд Рейган пытался за него заступиться перед Михаилом Горбачевым, но к этому моменту Полякова уже расстреляли. Директор ЦРУ называл его «драгоценным камнем в короне» из всех завербованных Америкой советских разведчиков.

Полковник ГРУ Олег Пеньковский в 1960-х начал работать на британскую разведку и всего за несколько лет передал МИ-5 около пяти тысяч документов — он копировал их с помощью миниатюрной фотокамеры «Минокс». Закладки он оставлял, например, на Цветном бульваре и на Арбате, один раз — замаскировал в надгробии Сергея Есенина на Ваганьковском кладбище. Он объяснял, что знаком для передачи документов была «прогулка по набережной с папиросой во рту и книгой в белой бумаге в руке». В 1962 году его арестовали и расстреляли (по другой версии — сожгли в печи в здании ГРУ).

Полковник ГРУ Станислав Лунев в начале 1990-х работал в вашингтонской резидентуре в должности сотрудника корпункта ИТАР—ТАСС. После общения с ЦРУ он решил остаться в США, а позже написал книгу «Глазами врага». В ней Лунев рассказывал, что в качестве одной из возможных диверсий ГРУ рассматривало отравление химическим и биологическим оружием реки Потомак, на которой стоит Вашингтон. По его словам, склады с оружием были спрятаны рядом с основными водными источниками. Эту информацию позже подтвердилдругой перебежчик — сотрудник СВР Александр Кузьминов, который перевозил патогены в начале 1990-х.

Сергей Скрипаль на заседании Московского окружного военного суда, 9 августа 2006 года

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Полковник ГРУ Сергей Скрипаль для прикрытия работал военным атташе в Испании. С 1995 года он начал сотрудничать с британской разведкой. Скрипаль руководил управлением кадров ГРУ и хорошо знал большинство сотрудников разведки; кроме этого, он передавал МИ-5 информацию о секретных военных объектах и космодроме Плесецк. В 2006 году Скрипаля арестовали и приговорили к 13 годам заключения. В 2010 году его вместе с Александром Запорожским обменяли на задержанных в США нелегалов.

Александр Запорожский в 1997 году уволился из ГРУ и переехал с семьей в США, где работал консультантом в одной из фирм. Примерно с того же времени он начал сотрудничать с американской разведкой, передавая им информацию о деятельности российских разведслужб и отдельных разведчиков. Незадолго до ареста Запорожский купил за 400 тысяч долларов дом в штате Мэриленд, неподалеку от Балтимора. В 2001 году бывшие коллеги выманили его в Москву. Его задержали прямо в аэропорту; он получил 18 лет, в 2010 году его обменяли вместе со Скрипалем.

В феврале 2002 года полковник ГРУ Александр Сыпачев зашел в американское посольство в Москве. На него обратил внимание дежуривший у посольства милиционер — и доложил руководству. После этого за Сыпачевым сразу же начали следить. Вскоре он встретилсяв Химках с сотрудником ЦРУ, который попросил принести информацию о российских разведчиках за границей. Добыв данные, Сыпачев оставил закладку рядом с метро «Студенческая». Там же его задержали сотрудники ФСБ. На суде он объяснил, что хотел заработать. За год до встречи с американской разведкой он развелся с женой, все имущество, в том числе квартира, остались ей. После этого он снова женился, но на съемную квартиру и покупку мебели пришлось взять кредит. Он получил восемь лет тюрьмы.

Насколько опасно работать в разведке?

Бывшие и действующие разведчики нередко умирают при загадочных обстоятельствах.

Сергей Третьяков, работавший главой резидентуры СВР в Нью-Йорке до 2000 года, был самым высокопоставленным разведчиком, когда-либо завербованным США. С середины 1990-х он передавал американцам документы, получая за это деньги. Вскоре его жена начала ездить на спорткаре. В 2000 году он попросил США о политическом убежище. «Я самый высокопоставленный офицер разведки, который когда-либо [менял сторону], — говорилон в интервью. — Если со мной что-то случится, Россию исключат из цивилизованного сообщества». Через полтора года, в 2010 году, Третьяков умер, подавившись в ресторане куском мяса.

В 2009 году при загадочных обстоятельствах погиб заместитель начальника ГРУ Юрий Иванов. Он находился в командировке в Сирии; его тело нашли на берегу моря в турецкой деревне. Перебежавший в Канаду в 2000 году сотрудник СВР Евгений Топоров умер от удара током в ванной в 2010 году.

В 1992 году заместитель начальника ГРУ погиб в автомобильной аварии. На следующий год при таких же обстоятельствах погиб начальник отдела военной контрразведки Тихоокеанского флота. В 1996 году одного из руководителей ГРУ Алексея Ломанова сбил насмерть автомобиль. В 1997 году из окна своей квартиры выбросился генерал-майор ГРУ Виктор Шипилов. В 1999 году один из руководителей ГРУ Иван Шалаев разбился в автомобильной аварии. В 2000 году тело подполковника СВР нашли с ножевым ранением в шею.

В 2000-х на сотрудников разведки постоянно нападали и обворовывали их квартиры. В 2002 году на улице Демьяна Бедного избили сотрудника СВР; в 2003 году на квартиру полковника СВР Александра Потеева напали неизвестные с пистолетами, его избили и забрали деньги (Потеев впоследствии стал перебежчиком, из-за него, в частности, разоблачили Анну Чапман; недавно выяснилось, что он, видимо, жив). В 2003 году неизвестные через воздуховод пробрались в квартиру в ведомственном доме СВР и забрали оттуда ноутбук разведчика. В 2004 году на Изумрудной улице неизвестные напали и отобрали у разведчика портфель. В 2005 году на сотрудника СВР напали и избили; тогда же в тот же ведомственный дом СВР снова забрались через воздуховод, из квартиры забрали документы и деньги. В 2006 году из ведомственного дома унесли сейф одного из разведчиков.

3 января 2016 года внезапно умер руководитель ГРУ Игорь Сергун. По официальной версии — у себя дома в Подмосковье от сердечного приступа; по данным Stratfor — в другой день и в Ливане.

Что происходит с бывшими разведчиками?

Карьеры сотрудников ГРУ после отставки складываются по-разному.

В 1990-х и начале 2000-х бывшие сотрудники ГРУ часто попадали в криминальные новости. В 1996 году бывший разведчик организовывал взрыв на Котляковском кладбище, в котором погибли 14 человек. Другие вместе с Ореховской ОПГ собирались убить президента компании «Русское золото»; организовывали похищение бизнесмена. В 2005 году бывшего прапорщика ГРУ Юрия Колчина осудили за организацию убийства депутата Галины Старовойтовой. В 2015 году в гараже бывшего полковника ГРУ в Нижнем Новгороде обнаружили автоматы Калашникова, винтовки, два пулемета, гранатометы, а также пистолет Макарова, из которого за год до того убили бизнесмена.

Широко известна история полковника ГРУ Владимира Квачкова, которого арестовали за организацию покушения на Анатолия Чубайса (его оправдали присяжные). После выхода из СИЗО его почти сразу же снова арестовали — теперь за подготовку вооруженного мятежа и терроризм; суд приговорил его к 13 годам заключения.

Многие разведчики после рассекречивания или решения уйти оказываются на должностях в госкорпорациях. Так, люди, которых в 2010 году выслали из США вместе с Анной Чапман, вскоре оказались менеджерами «Транснефти» и «Роснефти». Другие оказываются чиновниками. Но есть и особые случаи.

В начале 2000-х Владимир Фролов, возможно, был сотрудником российской разведки и работал связным между российскими разведчиками и агентом американских спецслужб Робертом Ханссеном, который многие годы передавал России секретные документы. Ханссен нанес США больше ущерба, чем другие двойные агенты: за полтора десятка лет он передалшесть тысяч страниц документов, 22 закладки и 26 компьютерных дискет о программах нелегалов, двойных агентах и так далее.

В США Владимир Фролов, выпускник Военного института Минобороны, готовящего офицеров спецслужб, работал заместителем первого секретаря посольства России в Вашингтоне. В середине марта 2001 года — через несколько недель после ареста Ханссена — он срочно выехал из страны, заявив, что уезжает работать в «Известиях» (в газете это сразу опровергли). Один из сотрудников финансового департамента США рассказывал, что Фролов пытался его завербовать.

Вернувшись в Россию, Владимир Фролов сделал карьеру эксперта в области российско-американских отношений — он пишет и про шпионов, и про «фабрики троллей». The New York Times, в 2001 году называвшая его «русским шпионом», теперь пишет о нем как о «видном международном эксперте». Колонки Фролова регулярно публикует Republic, — например, о том, что люди из СВР и ГРУ будут восстанавливать отношения между Россией и США или о выдворении дипломатов.

Фролов отказался встречаться с «Медузой», а на вопрос о работе в разведке заявил: «Первое правило бойцовского клуба — не рассказывать о бойцовском клубе».

В последней своей колонке — о рассекреченных сотрудниках ГРУ, которые обвиняются в химической атаке в Солсбери, — Фролов написал: «Коллегам-журналистам все же не стоит усердствовать в разоблачении действующих сотрудников российской разведки под прикрытием. Эта информация является гостайной, и ее раскрытие — уголовное преступление».

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US defense secretary considers first talks in years with Russian counterpart US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said he is gazing into the possibility of possessing the first talks in years with his Russian counterpart Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.

“I am viewing meeting with my counterpart, but there‘s been no decision,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon, as quoted by Reuters.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton may also meet Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev by the end of summer, said Sergey Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister. Bolton arrived in Moscow in late June as part of preparations for the summit between the US and Russian presidents in the Finnish capital, possessing talks with Putin and different officials.

Shoygu last spoke on the phone with a US Defense Secretary in September 2015 when the position was occupied by Ash Carter. The sides discussed Syria back then, with the Pentagon describing the conversation as “constructive.”

Earlier on Friday, Vladimir Putin said that Russia and US were cooperating on Syria on an operative level, but extraordinary that high-level s on the issue were imperative.

During their meeting in Helsinki earlier this month, presidents Putin and Trump agreed to revitalize military cooperation between the countries in several areas, including the return of refugees to Syria and prolonging the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

Trump even said that the US and Russian militaries proved to actually get along better than the politicians of the two countries over the past few years, referring to the deconfliction communication in Syria.

After the Helsinki talks, the Russian Defense Ministry said that it was ready “to intensify s with its American colleagues through the General Staff and different available channels of communication” on all of the issues mentioned by the two presidents as well as different pressing matters of international security.

Russia’s Chief of the General Staff and First Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Valery Gerasimov also met with the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford in Helsinki in early June. The military officials discussed the settlement of the Syrian crisis, as well as techniques to reduce tensions and ensure security in Europe, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said in a television interview that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin “probably” has been involved in assassinations and reiterated the assertion that Moscow meddled in U.S. politics.

Trump also said he does not know whether U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is planning to step down but that he sees the four-star general as “sort of a Democrat” who just might leave.

The comments came in a prerecorded interview with CBS television’s 60 Minutes program that aired on October 14. The wide-ranging discussion also touched on North Korea, U.S. hurricane relief efforts, the missing Saudi journalist in Turkey, and climate change.

CBS presenter Lesley Stahl asked Trump: “Do you agree that Vladimir Putin is involved in assassinations? In poisonings?”
Trump replied: “Probably he is, yeah. Probably.” He then added: “But I rely on them. It’s not in our country.”
Neither Stahl nor Trump named any alleged victims. Several critics of Putin have been killed or died in mysterious circumstances, including investigative journalist Anna Poitkovskaya in 2006 and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov in 2015.
A British judge who led an inquiry into the death of Aleksandr Litvinenko, a former Russian security officer who became a vocal Putin critic and was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in 2006, said it was probable that Putin had approved the operation.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov sought to play down the comments, saying on October 15 that Trump “voiced no direct accusations” against the Russian president.

Asked about Russian interference in the U.S. political system, Trump said he believes that Moscow did meddle, but he added that “China meddled, too.”

“You are diverting the whole Russia thing,” Stahl told the president.

“I’m not doing anything,” Trump replied.

The U.S. intelligence community and a U.S. special counsel have concluded that Russia used a campaign of spreading propaganda on social media and hacking Democratic documents to try to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election in Trump’s favor.

Moscow denies any meddling.

On defense chief Mattis, the Republican president said he is unsure whether the general will remain in his job.

“It could be that he is [leaving]. I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said.

“But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves,” he added.

Mattis is considered one of the most independent members of Trump’s cabinet, but also one of the steadiest hands amid an administration marked by a high turnover rate among top officials.

He has been regarded by many as a counterweight to the president and has pressed to improve relations with traditional U.S. allies, including fellow NATO members, amid often harsh language by Trump.

Some Western leaders have also praised Mattis for pushing for a tougher policy toward Putin in the face of Trump’s stated desire to improve relations with Moscow.

Speculation has risen about Mattis’s future as defense chief since a book by journalist Bob Woodward about Trump’s White House said the general had questioned Trump’s judgment, likening his understanding to that of a 10- or 11-year-old child.

Mattis denied making the remarks and has consistently denied he was considering quitting.

“Of course, I don’t think about leaving,” he told reporters in September. “I love it here.”

Among the recent high-level departures from the Trump team were Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was fired in March, and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who resigned the same month.

On October 9, Trump announced that Nikki Haley would be leaving her post as UN ambassador at the end of the year. No reason for the resignation was immediately given.

Trump also alluded to potential changes more generally in his cabinet.

“I’m changing things around. And I’m entitled to. I have people now on standby that will be phenomenal,” he said.

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I respectfully recommend to Mr. Mueller to interview, depose, subpoena, or to interrogate Sergei Skripal as the part of his investigation. It looks like he might be one of the main masterminds and the culprits of the Operation Trump. 
I also respectfully advise that Mr. Skripal may be overtly or covertly mentally ill. 
It appears that his motivations were to reunite Ukraine and Russia and to restore the USSR via the re-installation of the Yanukovich regime. His web of connections has to be explored. It appears also that he might be the main author or one of the authors of “Steel dossier”. It also looks like he signals that he might have more materials of this kind in his posession, which he intends to use to establish the “TLConnections in the right places”. 
It is also quite possible that he was the main organizer and inspiration behind the capture of Crimea and the War in Donbass, which he apparently intended to offer to Russia in exchange for assistance in re-installing Yanukivich. For Russians the Donbass was not worth the global outcry and the economic blockade, so they did not make a deal. Yanukovich, probably, did not want to sacrifice Donbass for his return eihther, so this plan came to naught. 

“The amazing “coincidenceOn March 2, 2018, Friday: Yanukovych Calls For Direct Talks Between Kyiv, Separatists.

The same day March 2, 2018, the “Russian team”: “Boshirov, Petrov, Fedotov”  arrive from Moscow just for 2-3 days. On March 3, Skripal’s daughter arrived. 

It is possible that the team brought the message directly from Yanukovych and/or others confirming that the separatist war in Donbass is over

Hypothetically, Skripal got hysterical and staged his own and his daughters’s poisoning, sending the message back: “YOU POISONED ME!” 

I think that the information that could be obtained from Skripal holds the keys to many answers. I think that he has to be very carefully investigated. One of the most intriguing quiestions are his connections with the “New Abwehr”. Please see my blogs for more details. 
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“According to information obtained from inside Russia by Western intelligence, Putin later met with Yanukovych in secret near Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad. Yanukovych assured Putin there was no documentary trail showing payments to Manafort, although Putin told associates he did not believe the Ukrainian president, according to the information obtained by the Western intelligence source,” Newsweek Senior Editor Kurt Eichenwald wrote in an article titled “Why Vladimir Putin’s Russia is Backing Donald Trump,” published on November 4.

Read alsoUkraine’s anti-graft agency reveals details of secret ledgers with Trump’s campaign chiefAs UNIAN reported earlier, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine in August 2016 revealed details of handwritten ledgers mentioning $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Manafort from Yanukovych’s Regions Party between November 20, 2007 and October 5, 2012.

The NABU said it had received the documents from former First Deputy Chief of the SBU State Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Trepak.

Read alsoCNN: Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resignsManafort denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyer, Richard Hibey, said his client had never received any such payments. Manafort resigned after the ledgers surfaced.

Read alsoForeign Policy: Trump advisor under investigation for Russia tiesThe media earlier reported that Manafort’s firm was directly engaged in a secret operation to lobby the Regions Party in Washington, D.C., during Yanukovych’s presidency.

According to The Associated Press, the lobbying included attempts to gain positive press coverage of Ukrainian officials in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press.

The emails obtained by The Associated Press show Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates personally directed two Washington lobbying firms, Mercury LLC and the Podesta Group Inc., between 2012 and 2014 to set up meetings between a top Ukrainian official and senators and congressmen on influential committees involving Ukrainian interests.

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Три дня назад Сергей Шнайдер – более известный как криминальный авторитет мирового масштаба Сева Могилевич – и бывший руководитель компании „Арбат Престиж” Владимир Некрасов, фигуранты дела об уклонении от уплаты налогов, были отпущены из следственного изолятора под подписку о невыезде. Что в целом нехарактерно для правоохранительных органов России, которые редко выпускают „жирную” добычу.

К тому же все произошло подозрительно просто. “Поскольку срок содержания Некрасова и Шнайдера (12 месяцев) истек и в связи с тем, что преступление, в котором они обвиняются, не является общественно опасным, они были освобождены под подписку о невыезде”, – сказал прессе анонимный представитель МВД России.

Между тем, речь идет об одной из самых знаковых фигур международного криминалитета, человека, который контролирует крупный бизнес и большие финансовые потоки. А тут “смешные” обвинения… Напомним, Некрасову инкриминируется уклонение от уплаты налогов на сумму 50 млн. рублей ($2 млн.), а его якобы консультанту Могилевичу – организация преступных схем избежания налогов через фирмы-однодневки.

Для Могилевича это выглядит сущими пустяками. Чтобы оценить настоящий масштаб его деяний, можно вслед за вчерашней „Вашингтон Пост” заглянуть на сайт ФБР. Американские следователи обвиняют авторитета в рекете, мошенничестве и отмывании денег, причем, по данным ФБР, только в 1998–1999 годах через счет Могилевича в Bank of New York прошло $10 млрд., как считают, криминального происхождения. ФБР давно требует от России выдаче „Севы” для расследования, но российские стражи порядка ссылаются на отсутствие соответствующего межгосударственного соглашения.

Еще в 1995 году Великобритания объявила его розыск по факту отмывания $80 млн. через британские банки. Через два года Могилевичу было пожизненно запрещено въезжать в Туманный Альбион. Аналогичное следствие велось против него в Чехии и Словакии. Но отдадим должное уроженцу Киева и выпускнику экономического факультета Львовского университета: ни разу следствию не удавалось довести дело против Шнайдера до конца – ни в одной стране суда над Шнайдером (Семен Юдкович взял фамилию последней жены), даже заочного, не было.

Интересно, что за время следствия адвокаты Некрасова и Шнайдера неоднократно просили освободить их подзащитных под залог. В мае 2009 года предлагаемая сумма залога достигла 240 миллионов рублей (по 120 миллионов за каждого). Тушинский суд Москвы это ходатайство отклонил, хотя предложенная сумма почти в пять раз превышала ту, которую обвиняемые, по версии следствия, не доплатили государству

А затем фигурантов дела выпустили даром?! Через месяц после гордого отказа от десяти миллионов долларов залога, в начале июня, тот же Тушинский районный суд Москвы вернул дело Некрасова и Шнайдера в прокуратуру. По словам адвоката, данное решение суд „принял самостоятельно”, поскольку в обвинительном заключении были допущены ряд грубых нарушений. Результатом возврата дела и стало освобождение двух обвиняемых из знаменитой „Матросской тишины” – решение об этом было принято коллегией по уголовным делам Московского городского суда.

Все это выглядит мало мотивированным и непонятным. Отказ от залога, потом “самостоятельное” решение с бюрократическим цеплянием за процессуальные мелочи, что приводит к освобождению… (Тушинский суд отметил, что в обвинительном заключении неправильно указаны даты и номера договоров с фиктивной компанией «Магнолия», куда, по версии следствия, «Арбат престиж» переводил средства для уменьшения базы налогообложения). К тому же тяжело не согласиться с мнением московского адвоката Леонида Альперовича, высказанным газете “Ведомости”: “Освобождение обвиняемых до суда – редкий случай, это трактуется как большой минус для следователя, негативный показатель в его работе”.

Настоящие причины и задержания, и освобождения из-под стражи Могилевича и его сообщника, очевидно, прячутся глубже. Хотя российские суды известны своей коррумпированностью не меньше, чем украинские, но они значительно подконтрольнее центральной государственной власти. И внимательно прислушиваются к “пожеланиям” Кремля.

Первая версия того, что произошло с сетью парфюмерных магазинов, буквально лежит на поверхности: рейдерство. Сам Некрасов утверждал, что криминальное преследование инициировали люди, желавшие отобрать у него бизнес. Вскоре после ареста предпринимателя один из его адвокатов рассказал журналистам, что его подзащитному предложили отказаться от “Арбат Престижа” в обмен на 3 миллиона долларов и закрытие дела.

Действительно, за полтора года, на протяжении которых теперь уже бывший гендиректор был лишен возможности заниматься делами, компания, основанная им в 1989 году, фактически прекратила свое существование. Все выглядело как кем-то срежиссированное действо. После ареста Некрасова работать с парфюмерной сетью отказались поставщики, кредиторы компании подали к ней свыше сотни исков. Постепенно были проданы или закрыты все 95 магазинов “Арбат Престиж” в России и в Украине. Не удивительно, что следствием стал незаурядный демпинг элементов сети. В частности, украинский бизнес «Арбат Престижа» был продан, по разным оценкам, в 7–8 раз дешевле, чем в него было инвестировано раньше. Еще в начале 2008 года стоимость сети оценивалась в $1–1,2 млрд. – возможно, это и есть размер ущерба, который понесли Некрасов и Шнайдер.

Такие деньги где угодно не валяются и служат вполне достаточным поводом для объединенной атаки власти и конкурентного бизнеса на фирму.

Вторая версия событий вокруг “Арбат Престижа” заключается в том, что истинной мишенью наступления был как раз Сева Могилевич.

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, два близких Могилевичу предпринимателя предположили, что того освободили по политическим мотивам, и это может быть связано с российско-украинскими отношениями. Пока Могилевич сидел в СИЗО, “РосУкрЭнерго” (50% – у Газпрома, 50% – у украинского предпринимателя Дмитрия Фирташа) была исключена из схемы поставок среднеазиатского газа в Украину, а Фирташ лишился венгерского трейдера Emfesz, которому Газпром много лет поставлял газ с отсрочкой платежа до одного года. Сотни миллионов долларов Emfesz давала в кредит материнской компании – кипрскому оффшору Mabofi, который принадлежит Фирташу и его компаньонам. В чьих интересах прокручивались деньги в Mabofi, на что использовались и был ли среди компаньонов Могилевич, не знал даже гендиректор Emfesz Иштван Гоци, который продал Emfesz без согласия Фирташа, пишет российское издание. Между тем, немногие из украинских и зарубежных аналитиков сомневаются в том, что „Сева” имел с “РосУкрЭнерго” немалую выгоду.

Некоторые украинские издания размышляют, не повлияет ли освобождение Могилевича на состояние газового рынка Украины.

Автор выразит свое личное убеждение: нет, не повлияет.

Кажется, подходящими является обе версии событий вокруг “Арбат Престижа”, бытующие в прессе. Во-первых, “раздели” достаточно масштабный бизнес Некрасова и Шнайдера, связанный с торговлей парфюмерией. Во-вторых, господину Шнайдеру-Могилевичу наглядно показали, что в России с ним могут сделать все, что будет угодно Кремлю. И за год пребывания Семена Юдковича за решеткой “РосУкрЭнерго” вывели с газового рынка, полюбовно договорившись с Юлией Тимошенко (не даром, вспомните пресловутые газовые контракты). Теперь можно и выпускать, фигурант “спекся”.

А сажать его в тюрьму еще и на те шесть лет, которые предусматривает статья “уклонение от уплаты налогов”, – это уже лишнее. Ведь старый мудрый Могилевич никогда не был замечен в каких-то политических грехах, к верховной российской власти всегда был лоялен. Ну, с Фирташем неувязка вышла, не успел за “линией партии”.

Короче, не Ходорковский. Поэтому пусть господин Шнайдер-Могилевич будет счастлив уже тем, что находится на свободе. А потерянные деньги от “Арбат Престижа” и “РосУкрЭнерго”? Так не в деньгах же счастья…

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Special counsel Robert Mueller achieved a major victory for his Trump-Russia investigation on Wednesday when a California man investigated by his office pleaded guilty to a felony identity fraud charge and was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement.

28-year-old Richard Pinedo admitted in February that he unknowingly sold stolen bank accounts to Russian internet trolls, who in turn used that information to purchase internet advertisements with the plan of disrupting America’s political discourse during the 2016 presidential election, according to Politico. In his statement to the court, Pinedo accepted “full responsibility” for what he did and asked for leniency on the basis of his cooperation with Mueller’s investigation and the fact that he has received threats since his involvement in the Russian meddling became public.

“Never did it cross my mind that the services I was providing would be used in crimes at the highest level,” Pinedo told U. S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich in a statement. He claimed that his life had been turned “upside down” and argued that he was worried about his physical well-being because “every knock on the door comes with anxiety about who it may be.”

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While Friedrich’s sentence was the longest Mueller has obtained, it was on the low end of the sentencing guideline recommendations. Still, Pinedo’s attorney had asked that his client get no prison time. Mueller’s prosecutors let the judge factor in other cases of similar caliber and didn’t recommend any specific sentence.

“This is a very difficult case,” Friedrich said as she ticked through how Pinedo had “opened the door” for Russian actors to upend an American presidential election and made between $40,000 to $95,000 on the transactions from 2014 to 2017.

She also considered Pinedo’s immediate admission of guilt when FBI agents came to his home and the grand jury testimony delivered to help Mueller’s investigation in Washington, D.C.

“I can tell you are genuinely remorseful for your actions,” Friedrich said.

This was the second major win for Mueller since the start of the month. Last week, convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with Mueller’s team as part of his cooperation agreement. Although a source close to Manafort said after the initial plea hearing that “the cooperation agreement does not involve the Trump campaign. … there was no collusion with Russia,” the agreement itself required Manafort to “cooperate fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly with the Government and other law enforcement authorities identified by the Government in any and all matters to which the Government deems the cooperation relevant.”

President Donald Trump has denounced the Manafort investigation from its inception, characterizing it as a “witch hunt” against his administration that had no factual merit. He has persisted in making this claim despite the convictions and guilty pleas of many people connected to his campaign including George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and Manafort himself.

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One of the most satisfying moments in any spy thriller is when the bad guy — the black-hat operative who has been killing and tormenting his adversaries — does something dumb and gets caught. That’s essentially what’s been happening recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pet spy agency, the GRU.

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One of the most satisfying moments in any spy thriller is when the bad guy — the black-hat operative who has been killing and tormenting his adversaries — does something dumb and gets caught. That’s essentially what’s been happening recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pet spy agency, the GRU.

What’s fascinating about the GRU revelations is that they seem to reflect an aggressive pushback after several years in which Putin (chiefly through the GRU) launched recklessly aggressive covert actions against the West. The West is retaliating (at least in part) with public information that blows GRU covers and operating methods and, frankly, makes them look clumsy and incompetent.

These disclosures are the latest in a string of disasters for the GRU, a military spy service known for its panache and daring. Now, we should add sloppiness to that list of operational trademarks. The GRU’s spycraft occasionally looks closer to TV’s Maxwell Smart than John le Carre’s vaunted fictional spymaster, Karla.

The latest exposé of the GRU’s not-so-secret tradecraft came Tuesday, when a British investigative group shredded a layer of the lies surrounding Russia’s attempt to poisonformer agent Sergei Skripal in March. It was the equivalent of the tough guy in the trench coat getting caught with his undershorts around his ankles.

Bellingcat, as the group calls itself, presented photographic evidence showing that a suspect in the Skripal attack, who the Russians had claimed was a tourist named Petrov who worked in the sports nutrition business, is really a GRU doctor named Alexander Mishkin. Last month, Bellingcat had exposed another suspect, whose cover identity was Ruslan Boshirov, as GRU Col. Anatoliy Chepiga.

The most detailed exposures of GRU tradecraft came in a Justice Department indictmentthat was unsealed Oct. 4, in tandem with supporting statements from Britain and the Netherlands. The indictment, which named seven GRU officers, included details about Russian spy operations that could have been collected only by the CIA and National Security Agency and its foreign partners. (Three of the Russians had also been named in July’s indictment of 12 GRU officers for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.)

Last week’s indictment is a treasure trove for spy mavens. One GRU hacking operation sought to sabotage the World Anti-Doping Agency’s effort to punish Russia for systematically drugging its Olympic athletes; a second, chilling GRU hack stole information from Westinghouse about advanced U.S. nuclear-reactor technology. A third targeted two investigations of the Novichok nerve agent used in the Skripal hit, one by an international chemical weapons group in The Hague and another by a chemical laboratory in Switzerland. These were brazen operations, but they were also messy.

The dry pages of the indictment reveal tradecraft secrets that could animate a half-dozen spy novels. The GRU operatives used spoof websites to “spearphish” victims into revealing login information (creating a “westinqhousenuclear.com” site, with the misspelled “q,” for example). They made payments in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. (Weren’t those supposed to be untraceable?) They used malware tools with names such as “Gamefish,” “Chopstick” and “X-tunnel.” They dumped their hacked information by sending direct messages on Twitter to 116 reporters and exchanging emails with 70 journalists.

For the past few years, the CIA, NSA and FBI have watched as hackers and whistleblowers (perhaps with a helping hand from Moscow) revealed the agencies’ hacking techniques. For U.S. intelligence officials, revenge is a dish best eaten cold.

The most astonishing disclosure came from the Dutch, who caught four GRU officers red-handed in The Hague as they were hacking the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. As Dutch intelligence officers intervened, “the conspirators abandoned their equipment,” including a backpack and other gear that revealed techniques and a string of other operations, according to the indictment. The Dutch even found a taxi receipt showing that a member of the team had left the rear entrance of the GRU headquarters in Moscow and headed to the airport.

The implicit message in all of this: If you hit us, one of the ways we will retaliate is by exposing your operatives, sources and methods. There are other reprisals underway, but these public disclosures undermine the GRU’s operational capabilities. And they must make the Russian spy service wonder: What else do the Americans and their allies know? If agent A is blown, then what about his colleagues B, C and D?

The CIA and its foreign allies don’t normally like to divulge secrets like these, because they reveal how much they know about their adversary. The revelations are a public warning to Putin: Knock it off; you’re more vulnerable than you think.

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