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“Morenets’ Lada Samara is registered to the GRU’s cyber academy in Moscow along with hundreds of other vehicles. By searching other vehicles registered to the same address, Bellingcat investigators have identified 305 other members of the 26165 unit accused of hacking targets all over world.”

M.N.: Baloney! Skripal sold them all for the hard cold CASH!

And Skripal gave them this clue:vehicles registered to the same address” of “the GRU’s cyber academy in Moscow” as the cover.

Skripal appears to be the Sub-Demiurge who devours his own children: the GRU soldiers. 

“Bellingcat’s research” is based mostly (99%) on the leak(s) but not on the “scientific evidence”

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“Morenets’ Lada Samara is registered to the GRU’s cyber academy in Moscow along with hundreds of other vehicles. By searching other vehicles registered to the same address, Bellingcat in vestigators have identified 305 other members of the 26165 unit accused of hacking targets all over world.”

M.N.: Baloney! Skripal sold them all for hard cold CASH!

“Bellingcat’s research” is based mostly (99%) on the leak(s) but not on the “scientific evidence”

Russian spies’ passports identify more than 300 GRU agents
 

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Putin’s hapless hackers caught red-handed in Holland inadvertently outed more than 300 other agents in their most extraordinary blunder, it was revealed today.

Spy agencies around the world now have a database of hundreds of Russian agents – all because two of the men caught in The Hague had diplomatic passports using their real names and dates of birth.

News agency Bellingcat, who revealed the true identities of the Salisbury assassins, say the two men are both registered as living at the GRU’s Military Academy in Moscow.

Alexey Morenets’ Lada is also registered at GRU’s cyber warfare department down the road – and investigators say by searching other vehicles registered to the same address they have identified 305 other members of the 26165 unit accused of hacking targets all over world.

To add to Mr Putin’s embarrassment the leaked list includes his spies’ names, dates of birth and mobile phone numbers – unmasking and effectively dismantling his most elite cyber attack unit.

Bungling hacker Alexey Morenets (pictured arriving at Schiphol Airport ahead of his spy mission) has helped unmask more than 300 fellow spies in Russia's biggest cyber attack team
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Bungling hacker Alexey Morenets (pictured arriving at Schiphol Airport ahead of his spy mission) has helped unmask more than 300 fellow spies in Russia’s biggest cyber attack team

Morenets appears to be travelling under his real name and date of birth - leading them to his address: Moscow's main spy centre
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Morenets appears to be travelling under his real name and date of birth – leading them to his address: Moscow’s main spy centre

Morenets' Lada Samara is registered to the GRU's cyber academy in Moscow along with hundreds of other vehicles
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Morenets’ Lada Samara is registered to the GRU’s cyber academy in Moscow along with hundreds of other vehicles

By searching other vehicles registered to the same address, Bellingcat in vestigators have identified 305 other members of the 26165 unit accused of hacking targets all over world
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By searching other vehicles registered to the same address, Bellingcat in vestigators have identified 305 other members of the 26165 unit accused of hacking targets all over world

Russian president Vladimir Putin hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today as the GRU's campaign of cyber warfare against the west was exposed on a deeply embarrassing day for the Kremlin
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Russian president Vladimir Putin hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today as the GRU’s campaign of cyber warfare against the west was exposed on a deeply embarrassing day for the Kremlin

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Why were the Russian spies allowed to leave Holland without being arrested?

Police and the secret services expelled the four GRU spies back to Russia instead of arresting of them because of their diplomatic status.

Restraining the Russians, the Dutch officers undercovered a host of other evidence which would tie them not only to this hacking plot but to others round the world.

The men were carrying at least ten other mobile phones and more than £33,000 in cash – 20,000 in euros and 20,000 in US dollars.

They also had with them a plastic bag filled with empty Heineken beer cans and soft drink bottles, which they appeared to have taken from their hotel room in a bid to cover their tracks.

‘They were clearly not here on holiday,’ the head of the Dutch intelligence service joked yesterday.

The hackers were escorted back to the airport and expelled from The Netherlands. They returned to Moscow.

British government officials yesterday said it was for the Dutch to explain why the suspects had not been arrested.

But it is understood it was because they were on diplomatic passports.

Adding to the Russian President’s woes, it was also revealed today:

  • His country faces new sanctions to punish him for launching a four year cyber Cold War;
  • His team of four spies caught at The Hague carried out blunder after blunder that revealed all the missions they carried out since 2015;
  • Evidence gathered by British and Dutch spies helps them uncover GRU’s giant spy network;
  • US vows to arrest and prosecute seven agents if they ever leave Russia for hacking and fraud;

The extraordinary moment the four ‘dumb Bonds’ were arrested at the Marriott in The Hague was revealed by the hotel’s manager today.

Vincent Pahlplatz said police arrived at the hotel in the city’s upmarket Statenkwartier district and asked him what rooms the men were in when the spies all emerged from the lift.

But there were ‘no guns, no handcuffs or force’ and the men left calmly until one threw his smartphone on the ground and started stamping on it.

Mr Pahlplatz told AFP:  ‘The police went to the front desk and said we would like to talk to a few of your guests,” Pahlplatz told AFP. At that very same time, the four men came out of the elevator into the lobby, coincidentally.

‘The police officers simply told the men: “Will you please follow me’ — and they did”. They followed the police outside and never returned. Some people were checking in and they didn’t even notice what was going on’.

He added: ‘It sounds like James Bond but there was no James Bond involved. No Aston Martins, no revolving number plates, nobody sky diving from the rooftop. It’s a very dull James Bond story’.

The West vowed last night to dismantle Vladimir Putin’s cyber war network amid warnings he could target a UK power station after a wave of ‘reckless’ attacks.

In a dramatic move yesterday, British and Dutch authorities named four members of Russia’s GRU military intelligence unit caught red-handed trying to infiltrate the inquiry into the Salisbury poisoning.

The four bungling officers were captured in the act during an extraordinary attempt to hack into the world’s chemical weapons watchdog – while sitting in a car outside its headquarters.

Security officials also accused the GRU of mounting cyber attacks against the Foreign Office and the military laboratory at Porton Down.

Hours later, the United States accused a string of Kremlin agents of trying to hack into anti-doping bodies and a nuclear power station.

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The GRU used a laptop, Wi-Fi dongle and a rudimentary battery pack stored in the boot of a rented Citroen C3 in its botched cyber attack on the global chemical weapons watchdog, it was revealed today
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The GRU used a laptop, Wi-Fi dongle and a rudimentary battery pack stored in the boot of a rented Citroen C3 in its botched cyber attack on the global chemical weapons watchdog, it was revealed today

GRU’s links to the ‘Fancy Bears’ hackers group revealed

GRU hackers operate under a dozen different names, with the most well-known being ‘Fancy Bears’ group, according to allegations announced over the last 24 hours.

A Fancy Bear hack obtained confidential medical records for international athletes from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in August last year.

British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome were among those who had records released on their use of banned substances for a legitimate medical reasons.

Another attack, outlined by UK authorities this morning, was made on the US Democrat party, which was targeted by Fancy Bear in 2016 when documents from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were published online.

Whitehall sources said they were confident the EU would approve sanctions against Russia this month to target those involved in the use of chemical weapons. The decision to reveal unprecedented details of a counter-espionage operation – which leaves relations between Russia and the West at a post-Cold War low – was designed to humiliate Putin, and expose the Kremlin’s ‘malign’ activities around the world.

Calling Russia a ‘pariah state’, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: ‘Where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and reckless way, which they have done in terms of these cyber attacks, we will be exposing them.’

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan warned that Russia could try to shut down a British power station or bank next. He said: ‘On the one level this is frankly absurd and comical because they have been so cack-handed. But also it’s very dangerous because the next target could be a power station or trying to stop a bank from doing its work. They are doing very, very dangerous and malign things.’

The gang of four GRU spies, who operated under the codename Sandworm, targeted the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague in April, when officials were trying to confirm the origin of the novichok nerve agent used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal.

But Dutch intelligence agents, acting ‘in partnership’ with their British counterparts, intercepted the Kremlin spies in a hotel car park near the OPCW headquarters.

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The US today charged seven Russian military intelligence officers over hacking attacks around the world. The group are accused of a range of attacks on institutions and individuals around the world. The attacks are linked to Russia attempts to spy on investigations into doping in sport, politics in the Ukraine, and the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in the UK
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The US today charged seven Russian military intelligence officers over hacking attacks around the world. The group are accused of a range of attacks on institutions and individuals around the world. The attacks are linked to Russian attempts to spy on investigations into doping in sport, politics in the Ukraine and the US, and the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in the UK

US authorities released images of Artem Malyshev, who it named as a GRU hacker
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US authorities released images of Ivan Yermakov, who it named as a GRU hacker
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US authorities released images of Dmitriy Badin, who it named as a GRU hacker
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After the Dutch named four men it caught hacking The Hague, US authorities released images of Artem Malyshev, 30, Ivan Yermakov, 32, and Dmitriy Badin, 27 (pictured, left to right), who it named as GRU hackers

CCTV images show Alexey Minin, who was today unmasked as members of the GRU's hacking squad
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Oleg Sotnikov is pictured on a photo recovered from a phone. He was today unmasked as members of the GRU's hacking squad
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CCTV images show Alexey Minin (left), while Oleg Sotnikov (right) is pictured on a photo recovered from a phone. They are both alleged to be members of the GRU’s hacking squad, who were unmasked today

Evgenii Serebriakov was among four Russians trying to hack chemical weapons inspectors and his laptop contained this selfie  at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil - revealing one of more than a dozen GRU missions across the globe
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Evgenii Serebriakov was among four Russians trying to hack chemical weapons inspectors and his laptop contained this selfie  at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil – revealing one of more than a dozen GRU missions across the globe

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Timeline: Putin’s cyber army’s worldwide missions

2015: Hacker sent to Kuala Lumpur targets the Malaysian investigation into the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine. He targeted Malaysian government institutions, including the attorney general’s office and the Royal Malaysian Police

2015: The GRU accesses email accounts at a small UK-based TV station

2015-2016: Russia hacks the Danish defence ministry and gained access to employees’ emails

May 2016: Russia accused of being behind a series of cyber attacks on German state computer systems

June 2016: Hackers accessed the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 US presidential campaign.

August 2016: Agent photographed posing at the Brazil Olympics where confidential US athlete medical data was hacked and leaked

September 2016: GRU officers connected to WiFi at the Alpha Palmiers Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, where a WADA conference was taking place

August 2017: Agents try to interfere and influence the Macedonian elections and GRU ‘Fancy Bears’ again attack WADA in August 2017

October 2017: The GRU behind a ‘BadRabbit’attack that caused disruption to the Kiev metro and Odessa airport

March 2018: The GRU attempted to compromise UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office computer systems in London via a spear phishing attack

April 2018: GRU intrusions targeted both the computers Porton Down in Salisbury and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague

May 2018: GRU hackers sent spear phishing emails which impersonated Swiss federal authorities to target OPCW employees in Holland

The inept GRU officers – who have been deported to Moscow – were caught trying to hack into the organisation’s computers using equipment hidden under a coat in the back of their hired car.

It was reported last night that they escaped criminal charges because they carried diplomatic passports.

The gang left behind a treasure trove of evidence about Russia’s techniques and their links to the GRU.

These extraordinary errors included:

Russia dismissed the dossier as ‘Western spy mania’. Its foreign ministry said the allegations were a ‘rich fantasy of our colleagues from Britain’.

  • The cyber unit’s ‘burner’ mobile phones had their sim cards activated outside the headquarters of the GRU in Moscow;
  • Taxi receipts found in their Dutch hire car show that the men travelled from their spy centre to Moscow airport ahead of their hacking mission;
  • The four GRU agents being identified the moment by secret services as they arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport – and in an extra giveaway they were even met by a Russian handler;
  • They were followed and a MI6/Dutch spy team caught them red handed trying to hack into the OPCW’s wifi network using a boot full of kit;
  • When confronted they tried to smash and stamp on their phones and equipment;
  • The hackers had tickets, Google Maps routes, train tickets and Google searches setting out their mission;
  • They stayed in the Marriott Hotel next door to the OPCW and took out their bag of rubbish including cans of Heineken and packets of ham to avoid leaving evidence;
  • They targeted the OPCW just two days before they released their interim report into the Salisbury poisoning – the timing gave them a motive;
  • Two of the four men had the passport numbers 0135555 and 0135556 – showing that they were issued at the same time – a clear sign they are state-sponsored spies;
  • A laptop seized linked the men to cyber attacks across the globe including a selfie of a spy posing at an Olympic event in Rio in  2016 – where he also apparently hacked into athletes’ medical records;
Surveillance footage shows the moment Dutch intelligence officers descended on the scene and caught the four men outside the chemical weapons agency
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Authorities released a picture of the car which was rigged up with hacking equipment

One of the many phones belonging to four Russian GRU officers is seen after they tried to destroy it when they were arrested
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One of the many phones belonging to four Russian GRU officers is seen after they tried to destroy it when they were arrested

Pictures show the cache of equipment seized from the men. They attempted to smash up some of the phones (inset) when they realised authorities were on to them
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Pictures show the cache of equipment seized from the men. They attempted to smash up some of the phones (inset) when they realised authorities were on to them

This image, made available by the Dutch Ministry of Defence today, is said to show the hacking equipment that four Russian intelligence officers used for a cyber attack on the OPCW
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This image, made available by the Dutch Ministry of Defence today, is said to show the hacking equipment that four Russian intelligence officers used for a cyber attack on the OPCW
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These images, made available by the Dutch Ministry of Defence today, are said to show the hacking equipment that four Russian intelligence officers used for a cyber attack on the OPCW

The men took their own rubbish - including several beer cans - out of their hotel room, presumably because they were concerned about an investigation
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The men took their own rubbish – including several beer cans – out of their hotel room, presumably because they were concerned about an investigation

Laptop belonging to Russian spies was also used to hack MH17 investigation in Malaysia

The Russian intelligence officers expelled from the Netherlands after the Dutch government thwarted a major cyber attack had targeted the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

A laptop belonging to one of the four Russian spies caught trying to hack into the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW in the wake of the Salisbury Novichok attack could also be placed in Brazil, Switzerland and Malaysia.

Data found on the laptop of the GRU intelligence agency officer put it as having been in use in Kuala Lumpur, and linked it to the MH17 investigation.

It had been used to specifically target Malaysian police and the country’s attorney general, Dutch authorities announced at a press conference in the Hague today.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014, killing 298 people, with an four-year investigation finding Russia responsible earlier this year.

British ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Wilson said there was proof of ‘malign activity’ in Malaysia, stating: ‘This GRU operation was trying to collect information about the MH17 investigation.

‘And targeted Malaysian government institutions, including the attorney general’s office and the Royal Malaysian Police.’

But the botched operation is a severe embarrassment for Putin and follows the failed assassination attempt against Mr Skripal in March. A UK security official said: ‘For GRU officers to be caught in this way would be considered a pretty bad day at the office.

‘Judging from past form elsewhere, discrediting the (Salisbury) investigation could well have been their motivation.’

It emerged last night that one of the GRU gang, Yevgeny Serebriakov, played in a Moscow football side known to opponents as the ‘security service team’.

In a joint statement last night, Theresa May and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said the decision to go public with their findings was designed to shine a light on the GRU’s ‘unacceptable’ behaviour. ‘The GRU’s reckless operations stretch from destructive cyber activity to the use of illegal nerve agents, as we saw in Salisbury,’ they said. ‘That attack left four people fighting for their lives and one woman dead.’

The leaders said the co-ordinated response showed the West was ready to ‘uphold the rules-based international system and defend international institutions from those that seek to do them harm’.

Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, also revealed that the GRU’s cyber-warfare arm launched a so-called ‘spear-phishing’ attack against the Foreign Office. The attack, which involved sophisticated fake emails, was detected and blocked by the UK’s cyber-defence systems.

A similar remote attack was detected the following month against Porton Down, the military lab which first identified the use of the Cold War nerve agent novichok in Salisbury.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said yesterday’s revelations would show the world what Putin was up to, adding: ‘This is the evidence… that what we are getting from Russia is fake news, and here is the hard evidence of Russian military activity.’

He said the West would work together ‘to counter this pattern of cyber attacks – the new type of attack that the whole world is having to deal with’.

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Loverboy Lexa, footballer ‘Zhenya’ and a baby-faced kingpin who used the alias ‘Karen Millen’: Putin’s ‘dumb Bonds’ hacking squad unmasked

They were supposed to be top spies, hidden from the world and operating behind a veil of secrecy.

But after Dutch, British and US authorities blew the lid off Putin’s ham-fisted hacking squad yesterday, the identities of the GRU’s ‘Unit 26165′ can now be revealed.

The gang include computer geeks – who advertised themselves on Moscow dating websites and played in the city’s amateur football leagues .

They served alongside more hardened members of the Kremlin’s security apparatus, who organised and oversaw the group’s many trips abroad and acted as the hackers’ minders.

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Alexei Morenets, 41, is an officer in Russia‘s GRU and believed to be one of its top hackers – but also responsible for most extraordinary blunder of The Hague mission.

It appears that Morenets inadvertently outed more than 300 other agents working for the GRU in Moscow.

Investigators have found he travelled on a diplomatic passport using his real names and date of birth.

News agency Bellingcat, who revealed the true identities of the Salisbury assassins, say he is registered as living at the GRU’s Military Academy in Moscow.

Morenets’ Lada is also registered at GRU’s cyber warfare department down the road – and investigators say by searching other vehicles registered to the same address they have identified 305 other members of the 26165 unit accused of hacking targets all over world.

To add to Mr Putin’s embarrassment the leaked list includes his spies’ names, dates of birth and mobile phone numbers – unmasking and effectively dismantling his most elite cyber attack unit.

The online expert also uses the online nicknames Lexa and Alexey, according to the FBI, and even  uploaded a picture of his face to the website mylove.ru using a photograph taken in the Russian capital.

When he wasn’t targeting anti- doping agencies and helping spread fake news in a bid to level allegations of substance abuse at western athletes, the 41-year-old appeared to be seeking women aged 21 to 30 in Moscow.

It was also possible to geolocate the profile to within 650 feet of the GRU headquarters.

And the profile picture appears to have been taken close to the intelligence base. The famous Panasonic building is clearly in shot, indicating it was taken on Komsomolsky Prospekt.

Alexei Sergey Vich Morenets uploaded a picture of his face to the website mylove.ru using a photograph taken in the Russian capital 
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Evgenii Serebriakov, 37, also known as Zhenya, is believed to be hiding in Moscow.

The cyber expert used an email with the name Casey Ryback, a character played by Steven Seagal in the film Under Siege, which tells the story of terrorists attacking an American ship.

His laptop was packed with details about previous misisons and even contained selfies from the 2016 Olympics in Brazil where Russian athletes’ doping samples were tampered with and US athletes’ medical records leaked.

His computer also had the Spiez laboratory in its search history and train tickets to Bern where a wanted to hack more chemical weapons inspectors.

He was travelling under his real name and date of birth – and in another fatal error was registered as living at the GRU’s Moscow headquarters.

Evgenii Serebriakov was among four Russians trying to hack chemical weapons inspectors and his laptop contained this selfie  at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil - revealing one of more than a dozen GRU missions across the globe
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Evgenii Serebriakov was among four Russians trying to hack chemical weapons inspectors and his laptop contained this selfie  at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil – revealing one of more than a dozen GRU missions across the globe

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Artem Malyshev, 30, is described by the FBI as a ‘senior lieutenant’ in Unit 26165.

Born in a small rural town near the picturesque Valdai National Park in the north west of Russia, he went on to become a member of the GRU’s hacking unit.

Documents released yesterday state he used the names ‘djangomagicdev’ and ‘realblatr’ online as part of the hacking conspiracy.

The FBI want him over the hack on the 2016 US presidential election, with the indictment stating he stole and released documents ‘to interfere with the election’.

He is also charged over a wider group of offences, related to hacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and the US anti-doping agency.

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Baby-faced Ivan Yermakov, 32, was born in the grim, industrial Chelyabinsk region of eastern Russia.

US authorities say he was involved in one the first hacks attributed to Unit 26165, reconnaissance of Westinghouse Electric Company’s (WEC) in Pennsylvania, a company involved in the supply of power to the Ukraine.

FBI documents state he would often pose as women online.

He used the names Kate S. Milton, James McMorgans and Karen W. Millen online.

Yermakov was also involved in ‘spearphishing’ attacks on WADA in 2016, and activities at the Rio Olympics.

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Dmitriy Badin, 27, is the youngest of the seven men named by the US yesterday as being part of the hacking group.

He was previously named among 12 agents who allegingly hacked into American computers to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

He was born in Kursk, close to Russia’s border with Ukraine, a city which is forever associated with the Soviet Union’s tank battle victory over the Nazis in the Second World War.

He has previously been described as an ‘Assistant Head of Department’ in the GRU hacking squad.

The latest FBI poster states he is wanted over ‘computer intrusions of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and other victim entities during the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and afterward’.

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Hackers’ minder and GRU spy Alexey Minin, 46, appears to have been in The Hague to protect two hackers trying to break in the OPCW’s WiFi.

Bearded Minin is one of the oldest in the group and could be the man who stamped on his phone after being arrested in Holland in April

The FBI appear to know little about him including where he was born, his date of birth or if he has any aliases.

But it is believed he is an intelligence officer who accompanies and protects GRU hackers on their worldwide trips.

He is wanted for conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, the US State Department said yesterday.

The FBI wanted poster also says he should be considered ‘armed and dangerous’ and he is believed to be in Russia.

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Oleg Mikhailovich Sotnikov, 46, appears to be a Russian agent in Holland to protect the GRU’s cyber experts.

The FBI said he is wanted for money laundering offences in the US and may have been involved in criminal activities since 2014.

Like his comrade Minin, little is known about him, including his real name because Sotnikov is believed to be his alias.

He posed for a photograph found on  Serebriakov’s laptop outside a Dutch station when they bought tickets for their next mission in Bern.

But the team never made it to Switzerland after they were arrested in the Marriott in The Hague and deported from Holland.

Sotnikov is considered armed and dangerous and believed to be in Russia.

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Colonel Alexsandr Osadchuk, 55, is the oldest member of Unit 74455 and is thought to order operations from Moscow.

He was born in the small city of Obninsk, not far from Moscow in 1962, when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was in power.

Pictures show the well-decorated officer dripping in medals, suggesting he has enjoyed and long and successful military career. He is likely to have been in the GRU at the same time as double agent Sergei Skripal.

The FBI say Osadchuk ‘held the rank of Colonel and was the commanding officer of Unit 74455’. His wanted poster adds: ‘Osadchuk was last known to be located in Moscow, Russia’.

He is wanted over the US election hacking.

The GRU: Putin’s army of spies trained to hunt down traitors around the globe including Sergei Skripal

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The GRU – an acronym for Glavnoye razvedyvatel’noye upravleniye or Main Intelligence Directorate – was founded in 1918 after Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution.

Lenin insisted on its independence from other secret services and the GRU was seen as a rival by other Soviet secret services, such as the KGB.

According to Yuri Shvets, a former KGB agent, GRU officers were referred to as ‘boots’ – tough but unsophisticated.

‘The GRU took its officers from the trenches,’ he said, whereas KGB picked its agents from the USSR’s best universities.

The GRU would train agents and then send them to represent the Soviet Union abroad as military attaches in foreign embassies, according to historian John Barron.

But once a member of the GRU, it is believed to be exceptionally difficult to leave. And those who do so to joined foreign agencies were punished savagely.

Viktor Suvorov, a GRU officer who defected to Britain in 1978, said new recruits were shown a video of a traitor from the agency being burned alive in a furnace as a warning.

Unlike the KGB, the GRU was not split up when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

It has a special status and answers directly to the chief of the general staff, one of the three people who control Russia’s portable nuclear control system.

GRU chiefs are reportedly picked by Putin himself.

The GRU is now considered Russia’s largest foreign intelligence service, according to Reuters, dwarfing Moscow’s better-known Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), which is the successor to the KGB’s First Chief Directorate.

Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in GRU , was considered by the Kremlin to be one of the most damaging spies of his generation.

He was responsible for unmasking dozens of secret agents threatening Western interests by operating undercover in Europe.

Col Skripal, 66, allegedly received £78,000 in exchange for taking huge risks to pass classified information to MI6.

In 2006, he was sentenced to 13 years in a Russian labour camp after being convicted of passing invaluable Russian secrets to the UK.

A senior source in Moscow said at the time: ‘This man is a big hero for MI6.’

Unit 26165’s trail of blunders: How Putin’s elite globe-trotting hacking squad left a trail of clues including a selfie at the Olympics, a pile of beer cans and a TAXI RECEIPT from their spy base to airport

Western intelligence yesterday revealed the trail of clues that bungling Russian spies known as Unit 26165 left in their wake as they waged a war of disinformation across the globe.

Kremlin agents working for the GRU targeted FIFA, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Organisation for the Prevention of the use of Chemical Weapons as it investigated both the Salisbury novichok attack in the UK as well as the Douma chemical weapons attack in Syria, the international investigation of the downing of MH17 and a US company providing nuclear power to Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin’s elite squad even created the fake ‘hacktivist’ group Fancy Bears to disseminate misleading statements designed to exonerate Russia of doping allegations and instead level them at the US.

But it was yesterday revealed that the spies left a trail of clues including blunder after blunder during their international campaign.

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The bungling started when four Unit 26165 spies  – two cyber specialists and two field agents – were caught in the Hague trying to use a fake wireless router to acquire logins to the wireless network of the Organisation for the prohibition of Chemical Weapons in April.

At the time the OPCW was investigating the GRU’s Novichock attack on Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

What the Russians had in the back of the rental car

WiFi panel antenna – This would have projected a fake network, known as an ‘evil access point’, into the building.

The chemical weapons analysts would have tried to connect to this access point thinking they were connecting to their own WiFi network.

When staff logged into the fake router the laptop stole their username and password, allowing agents to break into the OPCW’s computer network.

Using the network they could spy on operations within the building, including staff investigations into the March 2018 Salisbury Novichok attack.

The directional antenna were pointing specifically at the OPCW offices which means the fake network would have had a stronger signal than the real signal.

This would have lured the devices away from the real network.

Smartphone (4G) – The hackers may have created a hotspot using their mobile.

This was then projected into the building using the antenna.

Computer – Using the computer they would have been able to siphon off staff login details.

A laptop belonging to one of the four was linked to Brazil, Switzerland and Malaysia, with the activities in Malaysia related to the investigation into the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Bag with battery – The battery would have been for powering the computer because when these attacks are mounted the device is left running for a long time.

‘That was just to power the computer, and ancillary equipment’, Professor Woodward told MailOnline.

‘When you mount these attacks you often leave the device in situ running for a long time so it needs a hefty battery and most of those need to have their voltage converted to run, say, laptops.’

Transformer – The battery voltage would need to be converted in order to run the computers and phones.

One spy was caught with a mobile phone that had been activated on the GRU’s doorstep in Moscow. Then a taxi receipt revealed a journey from GRU headquarters to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport the very day that four agents arrived in Amsterdam, when two of the spies were seen using consecutive passport numbers.

Operatives who would later be found to have cleared out an Aldi bag of empty lager cans from their hotel room to try and hide DNA evidence.

And when the men were arrested, they were caught with €20,000 (£17,000 or $23,025) and $20,000 (£15,000) in cash. The group also tried – and failed – to destroy a mobile phone, and they were caught with incriminating laptops.

One laptop even contained selfies from the 2016 Olympics in Brazil where Russian athletes’ doping samples were tampered with and US athletes’ medical records leaked.

And late last night it was revealed that a laptop had the Spiez laboratory in its search history. Train tickets revealed that the spies planned to visit the centre in Bern on April 17. It houses the Swiss body that protects the population against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks or other dangers.

The revelation came as the website Bellingcat circulated a dating profile thought to belong to agent Alexei Morenets – whose geolocation was listed as within 650 metres of the intelligence service’s headquarters. The site also found the spy’s car registered to the GRU’s department for cyber warfare using a 2011 database of ownership.

Another agent, Evgenii Serebriakov, used an email with the name Casey Ryback, a character played by Steven Seagal in the film Under Siege, which tells the story of terrorists attacking an American ship, today’s The Times reports.

Operatives used a laptop, Wi-Fi dongle and a rudimentary battery pack stored in the boot of a rented Citroen C3 in a botched cyber attack on the global chemical weapons watchdog.

Using a technique from the early days of Wi-Fi, they attempted to break into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’s network in The Hague by tricking staff into logging into their fake router.

They parked the car at a local hotel and disguised the Wi-Fi antenna hidden inside the router, so staff would login. The laptop then stole their username and password, allowing the agents to get into the OPCW’s network.

Through the network they could spy on operations within the building, including investigations into the Salisbury Novichok attack.

It also emerged today that Russia’s bungling GRU agents left a trail of clues that helped authorities link them to the string of cyber attacks.

Among the items revealed at an extraordinary briefing in The Hague was a mobile phone one of the men was caught with having been activated near the Russian military intelligence’s headquarters in Moscow.

Also discovered on one of the spies was a taxi receipt showing a journey from a street next to the GRU base to Moscow Airport on April 10, the day that the four agents later arrived at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The team of four GRU officers travelling on official Russian passports entered the Netherlands on April 10 – but it turned out that two of them were carrying documents with consecutive passport numbers.

On April 11, they hired a Citroen C3 and scouted the area around the OPCW – all the time being watched by Dutch intelligence. To hire the car they were required to give their addresses – and the operatives opted for Moscow locations, according to The Times.

The agents, who stayed at a Marriott Hotel next to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, were also found to have used public WiFi hotspots to conduct their operations in the Netherlands.

And they were photographed performed reconnaissance of the OPCW headquarters, where the nerve agent sample was being independently verified.

When leaving The Hague, the men took all the rubbish from their room – including empty cans of Heineken beer and what appeared to be an empty cold meat packet in an Aldi bag – in a further bid to cover their tracks.

On April 13, the GRU officers were said to have parked a rental car with specialist hacking equipment outside the OPCW’s headquarters to breach its systems – but British and Dutch intelligence thwarted the operation.

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The team of four GRU officers travelling on official Russian passports entered the Netherlands on April 10 – but it turned out that two of them were carrying documents with consecutive passport numbers
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The team of four GRU officers travelling on official Russian passports entered the Netherlands on April 10 – but it turned out that two of them were carrying documents with consecutive passport numbers

Also discovered on one of the spies was a taxi receipt showing a journey from a street next to the GRU base to Moscow Airport
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Also discovered on one of the spies was a taxi receipt showing a journey from a street next to the GRU base to Moscow Airport

And when the men were arrested, they were caught with €20,000 (£17,000) and $20,000 (£15,000) in cash. The group also tried – and failed – to destroy a mobile phone, and they were caught with incriminating laptops.

Laptop belonging to Russian spies was also used to hack MH17 investigation in Malaysia

The Russian intelligence officers expelled from the Netherlands after the Dutch government thwarted a major cyber attack had targeted the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

A laptop belonging to one of the four Russian spies caught trying to hack into the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW in the wake of the Salisbury Novichok attack could also be placed in Brazil, Switzerland and Malaysia.

Data found on the laptop of the GRU intelligence agency officer put it as having been in use in Kuala Lumpur, and linked it to the MH17 investigation.

It had been used to specifically target Malaysian police and the country’s attorney general, Dutch authorities announced at a press conference in the Hague today.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014, killing 298 people, with an four-year investigation finding Russia responsible earlier this year.

British ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Wilson said there was proof of ‘malign activity’ in Malaysia, stating: ‘This GRU operation was trying to collect information about the MH17 investigation.

‘And targeted Malaysian government institutions, including the attorney general’s office and the Royal Malaysian Police.’

A researcher has revealed that the rudimentary technique they used to hack into the OPCW is common – though it has never been used in such a high-profile case.

Professor Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey, said the Russians likely used an ordinary laptop attached to a directional antenna, which was pointed at the OPCW building.

He said unlike more common remote hacking techniques, the GRU agents needed to park close to the site in order for the WiFi signal to be strong enough.

However, before they could initiate the attack, Dutch counter-intelligence officers descended on the vehicle and seized the men, who were kicked out of the country.

The Dutch Defence Ministry took the extraordinary step this morning of naming and picturing four Russian agents caught as they tried to carry out the cyber attack.

Looking at the equipment in the boot of the car it appears they were attempting to intercept login credentials as people tried to connect to the WiFi network at OPCW, Professor Woodward said.

‘A classic way of doing this is to set yourself up as what is known as an ‘evil access point’, he told MailOnline. ‘You pretend to be the network they are attempting to connect to and steal their login details as their computer or phone tries to connect.’

The cyber security expert said it was unusual for high level intelligence officials to use such a rudimentary form of attack. ‘[The technique] has been around as long as WiFi has,’ he told MailOnline.

‘Attacks have evolved as security in WiFi has evolved. But it’s so basic that most enterprise style organisations are well protected. Hence the high profile cases tend to be from some more remote source.’

Even if the security analysts were already attached to a WiFi, the attackers would have been able to launch a ‘deauthentication attack’.

This automatically disconnects them so their device tries to reconnect. The directional antenna were pointing specifically at the OPCW offices which means the fake network – the ‘evil access point’ – would have had a stronger signal than the real signal.

This would have lured the devices away from the real network. ‘Once you have someone’s login credentials you can obviously access the WiFi as an attacker if you are in range, which this vehicle apparently was’, Professor Woodward said.

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Igor Sergun, the head of the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence Service) is suddenly dead at 58. The circumstances are unknown.

Igor Sergun, the head of the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence Service) is suddenly dead at 58. The circumstances are unknown. 
M.N.: 
The sudden death of colonel-general Igor Sergun is surrounded by deep mystery just like his life and work was. 
My always doubting mind questions if it was not a flight into anonymity and quiet retirement, but this appears to be extremely unlikely, out of character and personality for him. Although I will believe the reports about this death completely only when I see a bone fide DNA test results. 
I know about him just what I could read on the internet and what I could deduce from news reports, although these deductions might be wrong. I would not be surprised if one day we’ll learn that his name is linked to some of the most extraordinary events of the history during the past 20 years. Personally, I am tempted to think that he might be the real chief author, architect and manager of 9/11 and many other subsequent (and preceding) shenanigans. 
Apparently he was an extraordinary man, a soldier who performed his duties as he saw them. You can also see a human side in him: intelligence, subtlety, ability for soft humor and sensitivity. A linguist, an artist. He probably did see his work as art too, maybe to justify it in his mind. He looks very tired, overworked, stressed out and depressed on the published photos. One of the, from Forbes, shows his face in two dimensions: the left side, turned to the front, is brightly lit, warm, humane, smiling. The other side, half-hidden, is in the deep and almost ominous shade. 
At the same time I also would not be surprised if history will judge him as one of the most dedicated, ruthless and vicious opponents (if not to say enemies) of the U.S. and the West; he most likely saw this enmity as his duty. His deeds might turn out to be the most notorious and cynical even for his field (in common public perceptions; I would not feel any compunctions about anything personally, if it were my field). We simply do not know enough, I wish we would learn more but I am not sure we ever will. 
Be it as it may, this first significant passing of the year might mean some notable changes in the world events, for the Russian military and, possibly for the Russian politics and policies. 
One can only hope that these changes will be positive. 
RIP, Hades. May this entity called God, our universal Commander-in-Chief, take your soul and grant it eternal and deep rest and peace, your garden of Eden which you probably were longing for. I think he will like you. I am not sure if he will forgive you. I am not sure if you could forgive yourself. You lived a life of a soldier. I think you would want to meet a death of a soldier, too. 

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Prince Igor (sings, holding a globe in his hand): 

The world is trembling in my hands
Under the sway of spies and bands
I will send you scourge and wars
And will keep you on your toes

And yet, though strong and brave
I feel myself a slave

I’ve lost my peace, my place in Eden
It’s not for me the stars are lit
Oh, give me, give me back my freedom! 
I will redeem my shame and guilt.

Oh, give me, give me back my freedom! 
I will redeem my shame and guilt.

He has got his freedom. I do not know if the shame and guilt were redeemed or if he ever felt them. 

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Начальник разведки России Игорь Сергун “внезапно” умер « Русский Еврей

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В России внезапно умер начальник военной разведки. Обстоятельства смерти главного ГРУ-шника до сих пор неизвестны.
Начальник Главного разведывательного управления (ГРУ) Игорь Сергун скоропостижно скончался. Об этом говорится в телеграмме с соболезнованиями, опубликованной на сайте президента России Владимира Путина.
Игорь Сергун был назначен начальником ГРУ — заместителем начальника Генерального штаба 26 декабря 2011 года. Его предшественник Александр Шляхтуров был уволен в запас в связи с достижением предельного возраста нахождения на военной службе.
31 августа 2012 года Сергуну было присвоено звание генерал-лейтенанта, а 21 февраля 2015 года — звание генерал-полковника.
Согласно биографии Сергуна, приведенной на сайте Минобороны, он родился 28 марта 1957 года, окончил Московское суворовское военное училище, Московское высшее общевойсковое командное училище имени Верховного Совета РСФСР, Военную академию Советской Армии и Военную академию Генерального штаба Вооруженных Сил РФ.
В 1984 году Сергун поступил на службу в военную разведку. Как отмечает «Интерфакс», в 1998 году он имел звание полковника и работал военным атташе России в столице Албании.
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Соболезнования родным и близким Игоря Сергуна
Владимир Путин выразил соболезнования родным и близким Игоря Сергуна в связи с его скоропостижной кончиной.
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В телеграмме Президента, в частности, говорится:
«Вся жизнь Игоря Дмитриевича от курсанта Суворовского училища до начальника Главного разведывательного управления – заместителя начальника Генштаба Вооружённых Сил России была посвящена служению Родине, Вооружённым Силам. Коллеги и подчинённые знали его как настоящего боевого офицера, опытного и компетентного командира, человека большого мужества, истинного патриота. Уважали за профессионализм, твёрдость характера, честность и порядочность».

 
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Отравителей Скрипалей сдал российский агент непонятно какой спецслужбы
 

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Сюжет вокруг отравления в Солсбери продолжает закручиваться. На прошлой неделе британский таблоид Daily Express разоблачил «очередную неудачу ГРУ», поведав о «кроте» в российском посольстве – агенте по кличке Аполлон, который якобы и сдал британской MI6 вероятных отравителей, Александра Петрова и Руслана Боширова.

О чём же поведал читателям Daily Express? «Российские военные агенты», пытавшиеся убить Сергея и Юлию Скрипалей, были идентифицированы благодаря бывшему сотруднику российского посольства, завербованному MI6. Характерно, что «агент Аполлон» нигде не назван сотрудником российской разведки, и понять, откуда ему были известны «агенты ГРУ Петров и Боширов», таким образом, невозможно. Зато Петрова и Боширова больше не называют сотрудниками ГРУ – теперь они агенты ГРУ. Мало ли, кого там завербовала уже несуществующая спецслужба. Зато не подкопаться.

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Отравление Скрипалей произошло в марте, а в апреле Аполлона якобы вывезли в Великобританию, где тот позже и опознал Петрова с Бошировым по фотографиям. А публике этого Аполлона якобы сразу не предъявили по той причине, что это могло бы навредить гостям чемпионата мира по футболу из Великобритании. Хранили интригу буквально до последнего времени. Одновременно сообщалось, что фамилии Петров и Боширов не настоящие, но британской разведке известны и реальные их имена.

Но не успела взорваться бомба от Daily Express, как грохнуло в ответ из Москвы. Глава информационной корпорации RT Маргарита Симоньян представила запись своей беседы с Петровым и Бошировым. «Петров и Боширов рассказали, что являются предпринимателями в индустрии фитнеса, – сообщила Симоньян. – Я не знаю, геи они или не геи. Модненькие такие. Ко мне не приставали. Впрочем, я уже вышла из приставабельного возраста. Хотя, для храбрости, я им налила, конечно, коньячку.

Я им сказала, что меньше всего сейчас мир волнует, в одной они спали постели или нет». «Следуя совету Пелевина, – пошутил политолог Валерий Соловей, – Петров и Боширов стали пи…ми у клоунов». Тем не менее сеанс прошёл успешно – лица предъявленных «агентов ГРУ» полностью совпадали с лицами, выдаваемыми за отравителей Скрипалей. А опознавший их агент Аполлон как бы ставит в этой истории жирную точку. Назад англичанам уже не отыграть.

Тем не менее британские издания продолжают обвинять в покушении на Скрипалей «агентов ГРУ». И неожиданно у этого фарса появляется продолжение.

Тоже русский шпион?

На днях голландская газета NRC Handelsblad и её швейцарские коллеги из Tagesanzeiger опубликовали «расследование», сообщавшее о задержании весной этого года то ли голландскими, то ли швейцарскими спецслужбами неких двух российских шпионов – судя по всему, сотрудников посольства России. И это были не Петров с Бошировым. «Русские агенты» якобы интересовались швейцарской лабораторией, исследующей химическое оружие и принимавшей участие в расследовании отравления Скрипалей. И вот уже «РИА Новости» в этой связи сообщает: Служба внешней разведки не комментирует сообщение о высылке из Нидерландов двух россиян, подозреваемых в шпионаже, сообщил официальный представитель СВР Сергей Иванов. Минуточку! А при чём здесь СВР? Или за шпионской историей действительно тянется её шлейф?

Что в сухом остатке? Петров и Боширов действительно существуют, они ездили в Солсбери, но при этом весьма сомнительна их причастность к разведке. Достаточно пересмотреть интервью Симоньян. Скорее похоже на то, что парочку «клоунов» подсунули британцам намеренно, и сделано это было явно с подачи агента Аполлона. Которого, возможно, использовали втёмную, зная о его контактах со спецслужбами Британии. А, быть может, его уже наградили геройской звездой – как втихаря наградили двойного агента полковника КГБ Виталия Юрченко, дважды перебегавшего от одних кураторов к другим.

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От ужасного до смешного

В свете всего вышеизложенного уместно вспомнить одну недавнюю трагическую историю, которая, возможно, является ключом к пониманию перипетий вокруг отравления Скрипалей. То ли в декабре 2015-го, то ли в январе 2016-го, то ли в Подмосковье, то ли в Ливане ушёл из жизни глава ГУ ГШ Герой России Игорь Сергун. По официальной версии – скоропостижно скончался. Но министр обороны тем не менее выразил соболезнование в связи с его «гибелью». Западные спецслужбы незадолго до гибели Сергуна открыли на него настоящую охоту, полагая, что он спланировал и провёл всю военную операцию по воссоединению России и Крыма. Считается, что у военной разведки в последние годы не было ни одного провала, и именно ГУ ГШ западные спецслужбы видят своим самым опасным врагом. Ходят слухи, что Сергуна могли чем-то шантажировать, но безуспешно. А тут вдруг подвернулся перебежчик из ГРУ Скрипаль, травить которого его коллегам не было никакого резона, но который между тем оказался «лыком в строку». И началась кампания инсинуаций. В которой появляются всё новые персонажи и которая, по сути, яйца выеденного не стоит. А теперь ещё эта история с голландско-швейцарским эпизодом, которая тоже как бы про Скрипалей. Реальных свидетельств при этом – ни одного. Но виновата тем не менее снова Москва.

Между тем меняется тон британских публикаций о деле Скрипалей. Если раньше они были трагически-обвинительными, то теперь они откровенно ёрнические, как недавняя заметка The Guardian авторства Джона Крейса. Понятно, что новые обвинения британская пресса высасывает из пальца, и теперь это ясно даже коллегам авторов Daily Express из более высоколобых изданий. Но почему же тогда Лондон продолжает эту смешную уже кампанию? Возможно, теперь англичане воспользуются репликой Иванова и будут мусолить уже не мифическое ГРУ, а вполне реальную СВР?

Джон Крейс, обозреватель The Guardian (Великобритания):

– Ставки росли стремительно. Би-би-си и Channel 4 предложили суммы с пятью нулями, но их «забил» NBC, швырнув на стол целый миллион. А в итоге победила RT, предложив пожизненный дипломатический иммунитет и в придачу бесплатный недельный отпуск на черноморском курорте, чтобы заполучить интервью, о котором мечтал каждый вещатель. (…) Симоньян довела интервью до конца, отжав досуха двух мужиков. Путин улыбнулся. Всё прошло даже лучше, чем он мог надеяться. Идеальный способ продемонстрировать Британии, что он даже не проводил броска.

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Hurricane Michael strengthens to ‘major’ hurricane!

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Федеральная служба безопасности (ФСБ) начала проверку из-за утечки личных данных Александра Петрова и Руслана Боширова, которых Великобритания считает сотрудниками Главного разведывательного управления (ГРУ) и обвиняет в отравлении Сергея и Юлии Скрипалей, сообщает «Росбалт» во вторник, 25 сентября, со ссылкой на информированный источник

В издании отмечают, что правоохранители разыскивают человека, который передал журналистам копии анкет Петрова и Боширова на получение загранпаспортов и данные о пересечении границы. В отношении него планируют принять «серьезные меры».

История отравления:

Бывшего сотрудника ГРУ Сергея Скрипаля и его дочь Юлию отравили в британском городе Солсбери нервно-паралитическим веществом «Новичок». Великобритания обвинила в преступлении россиян Александра Петрова и Руслана Боширова, которые, по их данным, работают на ГРУ.

Президент России Владимир Путин заявил, что подозреваемых нашли, но они не имеют никакого отношения к спецслужбам и покушению на убийство. После этого Петров и Боширов дали интервью, в котором назвали себя бизнесменами. Они заявили, что были в Солсбери в день отравления Скрипалей, но как туристы.

Доказательства о причастности Петрова и Боширова к ГРУ:

The Insider и британский расследовательский проект Bellingcat дважды публиковали расследования, авторы которых, ссылаясь на базу данных Федеральной миграционной службы (ФМС) и единую информационную систему «Российский паспорт», называли Петрова и Боширова агентами ГРУ. Также доказательства о связи Боширова со спецслужбами предъявляло российское издание «Проект».

Журналисты обратили внимание на номера загранпаспортов Петрова и Боширова, которые отличаются лишь одной цифрой. Выдало оба документа московское Управление ФМС 770001, где получают паспорта силовики.

«Фонтанка» нашла несколько владельцев загранпаспортов с серией и номерами, которые отличаются от данных в документах Петрова и Боширова на несколько единиц и выданы в том же отделе УФМС. Все они ранее летали в другие страны, во время визитов российских первых лиц или важных политических событий.

В МВД доказательства журналистов поставили под сомнение, заявив, что по базе УФСМ нельзя определить принадлежность человека к спецслужбам.

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M.N.: Is it not obvious that Skripal used the same type of comminications in Salisbury, and he staged them too, just changed the sides? – “The FSB caught him passing his intelligence to the infamous MI6 James Bond-style ‘spy rock’ – a fake stone packed with receiving equipment – in a Moscow park.” | I came to believe that there is the great degree of probability that Sergey Skripal’s arrest and conviction were indeed staged, to provide him with an excellent legend for his penetration and influence activities in the West. | FBI News Review

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M.N.: I came to believe that there is the great degree of probability that Sergey Skripal’s arrest and conviction were indeed staged, to provide him with an excellent legend for his penetration and influence activities in the West. All the materials that I saw so far are based on his own recollectionsand there are no independent eyewitnesses, reliable or not, to confirm these accounts. 

The personality or rather ‘the Persona” picture that emerges of Sergei Skripal is the one of the classical Russian Jewish “AFERIST“, “THE CROOK“, the Jungian Trickster-Joker Archetype (the same like Trump’s). He is the true spiritual grandson of Admiral Canaris, minus the Grandy’s intellect. 

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M.N.: These “arrestors”, who look very much like the actors, are very careful not to cause him pain, while he looks like he tries to convey the sensations of depression and suffering, but not the real feelings, it seems. The facial muscles are relatively relaxed, and not contracted or tense in emotional, affective grimaces.

The whole scene of his arrest, with the LV bag (“a spy with LV bag”) looks quite suspicious. 

I think all this was staged to provide Skripal with the good “legend” for the deep penetration operation in the “Far West”, for which he, Poteyev, and the others in the “Far West” Group were specifically trained. 

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Skripal (pictured right) with his mother (pictured centre) and father (pictured left) in Russia

Sergei with mother Yelena at a family gathering in 2004, months before he was arrested

Sergei with mother Yelena at a family gathering in 2004, months before he was arrested

M.N.: His father looks more Ukranian (-Jewish), and his mother more Jewish (-Ukranian). 

“On July 4, the phone rang at SVR headquarters. On the line was Leon Panetta, director of the CIA in Washington, wanting to speak to his opposite number, SVR boss Mikhail Fradkov.

 He’d got their people, Panetta informed Fradkov. He proposed an exchange. The Russian agreed. It was game on for a spy swap.

The tricky question for the CIA, though, was if they sent the Russian illegals back, who did they want in return?

Two days after Panetta’s call to Fradkov, a guard went into Skripal’s accommodation block in camp IK5. ‘Get all your stuff ready and be at the headquarters block in ten minutes,’ he ordered.

‘What’s happening?’ Skripal asked. ‘Maybe you’re going to another camp,’ the guard suggested. Skripal moved quickly, packing things away and distributing his food, clothes and goodies to his paratrooper friends — his prison ‘family’, as he called them.”

M.N.: Are there any witnesses who were in the prison or the camp with Skripal? 

“The FSB caught him passing his intelligence to the infamous MI6 James Bond-style ‘spy rock’ – a fake stone packed with receiving equipment – in a Moscow park.

“Russian secret services exposed the rock in 2006, revealing how agents walked past it transmitting their data to the rock via a hidden hand held device.

One official said after his conviction: ‘His activities caused a significant blow to Russia’s external security.’

Russian loathing for Skripal is highlighted by claims from Russian secret services historian Nikolai Luzan that the double was responsible for disclosing to MI6 the names of around 300 GRU staff members and other ‘agents’ including those working abroad.

Some of these military intelligence assets were ‘secretly arrested’ and others ‘vanished’, said Luzan.

Luzan referred to him Skripal in a 2014 interview as ‘this bastard – I’m not scared to use this word’.

‘Just imagine what muck this man did to other people’ – due to his treachery.

There has been no official confirmation of the 300 figure from the GRU.”

M.N.: Is it not obvious that Skripal used the same type of comminications in Salisbury, and he staged them too, just changed the sides? And at the  end of this phase of his operation, he exposed and “sold” his “communicators”: “Boshirov, Petrov, and Fedotov”. 

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Snatched, hooded and handcuffed by heavies from the Russian security service, Sergei Skripal was bundled into a van and driven to Moscow’s dreaded Lefortovo Prison. Once booked in there, you entered a netherworld.

Since Tsarist days, its most noted prisoners had always been those accused of dissent, espionage and treason. Under Stalin, its cell blocks were a key part in the industrial process of torture, confession and liquidation.

In 1996, the new thought police, the FSB, had taken charge of the prison.

After his arrest late in 2004, Skripal — a retired colonel with a distinguished army record and a high-flying officer in the GRU, the military intelligence arm of the Russian military — was reduced to the status of a common prisoner, sharing a cell with two others.

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One of them, he told me when I interviewed him last year, was ‘a real Moscow bandit, who’d killed three policemen and was charged with terrorism rather than a simple crime’. His body was tattooed with Nazi themes.

The other was smaller and quieter, and Skripal instantly clocked him as an informer. Burly Skripal gave him a good beating, pumping his paratrooper-trained fists into his cowering cellmate, and the man was removed.

The routines of Lefortovo came to dominate every hour of Skripal’s life during the crushing, dark weeks of his first winter there. The prison day ran from 6am to the 10pm ‘lights out’.

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But conditions were surprisingly reasonable for a prisoner on remand awaiting trial. There were three meals and a packet of cigarettes a day. Bed sheets were changed every week and he was even allowed visitors.

Once a month, his wife Liudmila arrived with home-cooked meals. She also managed to get him a TV and a small fridge.

But these comforts apart, life was hard with the endless interrogations he faced. Twice a day, he was led from his cell for four-hour sessions in a screened-off room — always the same mind-numbing questions about his identity, his service, his routines, his contacts with foreign intelligence services.

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He counted 17 different interrogators during the almost two years he was in Lefortovo, all trying to get him to confess in return for a lighter sentence. Other prisoners were beaten but Skripal wasn’t.

‘They never used physical force against me,’ he told me. They knew that with his tough military training he could take pain. However, there was always the fear that they might just do away with him.

He couldn’t be executed as the death penalty had been shelved in Russia, including for high treason and espionage.

But that didn’t mean he couldn’t just disappear — just as he knew another GRU agent working for a Western intelligence agency had. He later turned up dead, strangled, with his fingers hacked off.

In front of his interrogators, Skripal tried to remain calm and composed. From their questioning, he wondered which of those trips he’d made to Malta, Italy and Spain, where he had secretly been in contact with British agents, had been logged. Had he been under surveillance for much longer than he had realised?

But he stuck doggedly to his explanations. The writing in invisible ink they’d found in his flat? As an intelligence officer, he needed it to show his own agents how to communicate.

Yes, there were large cheques paid into his bank account, but after leaving the GRU he’d become a businessman.

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And as for his last couple of trips abroad, well, if they’d actually spotted him talking to British spooks, why not confront him with the evidence?

It became clear that they couldn’t tie him to anyone specific in MI6 and nor could they prove that he’d passed any intelligence to the British.

Skripal came to the conclusion that someone must have betrayed him to the FSB, but that the rat had to be protected and could not give evidence against him in court.

As the questioning went on, he told himself that if he just hung in there, refusing to give an inch, they’d have to let him go; that everything would turn out OK.

His hopes were in vain. In October 2006, a closed military court heard the case against him and he was sentenced to 13 years in a labour camp.

In Russia, his trial made headlines, with pictures of him wearing a tracksuit and caged in the dock as his sentence was passed, followed by much blackening of his name, angling in on the moral corruption, greed and egocentricity of those who spied for the West.

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It was claimed that Skripal had been paid a total of $100,000 (£70,000) by MI6 for his spying activities, though my calculations suggest the figure was more like $70,000 (£54,000).

Russian news reporting also tried to damage MI6’s faith in him by suggesting he had made a full written confession and had tried to plea-bargain a reduction in his sentence.

Skripal denied this. He told me he’d been offered a sentence of five to six years if he confessed — but he refused. Either way, the outcome was the same. He was now a convicted criminal and on his way to the Russian Gulag.

In Russia, each penal colony has its number and its purpose. IK5 in the remote forests of Mordovia, 500 miles east of Moscow, was ‘a camp for people with epaulettes’, as Skripal put it wryly. Many of its 1,200 convicts were policemen, army officers, and even the odd disgraced FSB type.

As a new zek (prisoner), for self-preservation Skripal needed to find allies quickly and he gravitated towards a group of convicts who, like him, had served in the airborne forces.

‘They formed my first circle of protection in the camp,’ he said.

Sergei Skrial and his daughter Yulia posing in a restaurant. They were poisoned with the nerve agent novichok
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Sergei Skrial and his daughter Yulia posing in a restaurant. They were poisoned with the nerve agent novichok

Anyone looking for a prisoner to put the squeeze on would be mad to pick on a guy within a gang of paratroopers. And pretty soon, Skripal’s military experience, age, physical presence and rank of colonel made him leader of the pack.

But conditions in IK5 could break even the strongest inmate. In winter, there is snow on the ground for four to five months, while temperatures can drop to below minus 30c.

Many prisoners succumb to despair — but Skripal kept himself busy, sewing army and prison uniforms in the workshop, intent on earning himself enough money to make life more bearable.

Skripal when he was younger- he was a paratrooper in Russia’s elite airborne corps graduated to reconnaissance units
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Skripal when he was younger- he was a paratrooper in Russia’s elite airborne corps graduated to reconnaissance units

His Moscow bank accounts had been emptied by the FSB (though the money MI6 had been paying him was safely secreted abroad), but Liudmila sold some family possessions to give him more spending power to bribe the guards. Skripal even managed to get new showers and toilets installed in his block.

He was also determined to keep his edge, physically and mentally, pushing weights for hours, skipping and shadow-boxing. Camp food was rubbish, but ever-loyal Liudmila sent a parcel of ingredients every month that he could cook on a stove in his hut.

In Moscow, life was far from easy for the family he’d left behind. Friends deserted them and neighbours made nasty comments about his treachery. This climate of disapproval was hard for Liudmila to bear — especially when she got cancer and had to face treatment without her husband by her side.

The rest of the family felt the shame of his downfall. His son Sasha sank into despair and began drinking heavily, while daughter Yulia had to deal with fellow students’ snide comments at Moscow University for the Humanities.

At one point, fed up with the jibes, she even tried to change her surname. Yet she kept going by simply refusing to talk about her father’s conviction.

Meanwhile, in IK5, with his appeal against conviction and sentence rejected by the court, time dragged as Skripal saw the years of imprisonment stretching ahead. But he told himself he would be eligible for parole after eight years and his dream of leaving Russia and making a new life abroad kept him going.

The chances of it happening quickly, though, seemed very remote.

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Skripal (pictured right) with his mother (pictured centre) and father (pictured left) in Russia

Elsewhere, however, wheels were turning in the espionage world. In New York, a glamorous red-headed Russian agent, Anna Chapman (she had kept the surname of a Briton she’d married but was estranged from), was settling down at a table in an internet cafe to send her report back to Moscow via a laptop belonging to Russian intelligence operatives who were sitting nearby.

But there were problems with the transfer and she was left talking to the man she assumed was her handler. In reality he was an undercover FBI agent, and he gave her a fake passport that could later be used as evidence against her.

She had stumbled into a trap.

After one of the longest and most elaborate counter-intelligence operations ever mounted, the FBI was about to pounce on a whole group of deep-cover sleeper spies, known as ‘illegals’, who had taken years to embed themselves in American society.

Skripal married his home-town sweetheart Liudmila who would prove the firm foundation of his adult life
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Skripal married his home-town sweetheart Liudmila who would prove the firm foundation of his adult life

Tasked to infiltrate a country’s ‘ruling circles’, they gravitated towards academia, think tanks and the financial world, hoping to ensnare top civil servants, CIA people and bankers.

They were supported by agents like Chapman, who delivered money and gave assistance. (She herself was not an illegal but a ‘Noc’, the term American intelligence types use for those operating under Non-Official Cover, living under her real name).

Four couples were known to be operating in New York, Boston, and Washington DC after being identified to the FBI by a mole in Russian intelligence. Now the moment had come to reel them in.

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In a coordinated round-up in June 2010, teams of FBI agents poured into the illegals’ homes.

As news of the raids reached Moscow, there was panic at the Russian foreign intelligence service, the SVR. Their complete American spy ring was in the bag, and they had to assume the entire international network had been compromised. They had no idea what to do about it.

On July 4, the phone rang at SVR headquarters. On the line was Leon Panetta, director of the CIA in Washington, wanting to speak to his opposite number, SVR boss Mikhail Fradkov.

He’d got their people, Panetta informed Fradkov. He proposed an exchange. The Russian agreed. It was game on for a spy swap.

The tricky question for the CIA, though, was if they sent the Russian illegals back, who did they want in return?

Two days after Panetta’s call to Fradkov, a guard went into Skripal’s accommodation block in camp IK5. ‘Get all your stuff ready and be at the headquarters block in ten minutes,’ he ordered.

‘What’s happening?’ Skripal asked. ‘Maybe you’re going to another camp,’ the guard suggested. Skripal moved quickly, packing things away and distributing his food, clothes and goodies to his paratrooper friends — his prison ‘family’, as he called them.

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Sergei Skripal holding a pint at a pub in England. He has now apparently recovered from the poisoning and is in hiding

At the camp office, he was told, without explanation, that he was going to Moscow and was bundled into a black FSB car.

They drove for more than six hours without anyone saying a word to him. When he finally saw road signs for Moscow, his spirits climbed: it was definitely not another camp he was going to.

A little later they pulled up at Lefortovo Prison, where he settled down, he told me, for ‘a nice meal, and a sleep’.

While he slumbered, officials in Washington were putting the finishing touches to their exchange deal. They had easily settled on two men to bring home — both of them agents languishing in Russian jails. But that was it.

There weren’t any more. So they asked the British if they had people they wanted released? Agent Forthwith, alias Sergei Skripal, was MI6’s obvious choice.

The next morning, Skripal was taken to an upstairs office at the prison where Daniel Hoffman, the formidable head of the CIA’s Moscow Station, broke the sweet news to Skripal that an exchange had been arranged.

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Skripal was on his way out of Russia if he wanted to. It was his choice

Skripal had seen a newspaper report about the illegals being arrested in the U.S. and understood the background to the swap, but he still wanted more details on how it was going to work.

Hoffman told him the first thing he had to do was sign a document requesting a pardon for his crimes from the Russian President.

Skripal baulked at this. Signing amounted to an admission of guilt. Even after nearly six years in jail, he was determined not to give those FSB bastards the satisfaction. That stubborn streak of his kicked in. It had helped get him through his time in the gulag, but was now threatening his release.

Hoffman told him the Russians were insisting on this because their detained officers in the U.S. were having to acknowledge that they were foreign agents operating illegally in the U.S.

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Skripal with daughter Yulia and family posing outside their home

The FSB wanted a reciprocal admission from Skripal. And if they didn’t get it, there was a danger the whole deal might miscarry.

First gently, then in a more direct tone, Hoffman explained to Skripal that these conditions were non-negotiable. Skripal asked for time to think it over, but eventually put pen to paper.

After one last night in a cell in the Lefortovo, he was taken down to the courtyard and put into a van with the three others who were being swapped.

Sergei with mother Yelena at a family gathering in 2004, months before he was arrested
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Sergei with mother Yelena at a family gathering in 2004, months before he was arrested

They were then driven to the airport where a Russian government Tupolev airliner was running through its pre-flight checks. They took their seats, and there was palpable tension when, just as the doors were closing, Hoffman hurried aboard and went to the cabin’s forward section.

For Skripal and the others, having spent years in the Russian prison system, they were only too used to the raising and dashing of hopes. Was their release going to fall apart at the last minute?

But slowly the jet taxied, and then, with a roar of its engines, took to the sky. They were free: they really were.

Hoffman came back and explained that they were en route to Vienna where the exchange would take place. From there, two of them would go to American, and two to the UK.

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Daughter Yulia with Sergei having a meal in a restaurant in Britain

Sitting there in his dark-grey prison clothes, Sergei Skripal worried about what was going to happen to his family. He knew that in previous defections, the KGB had kept families apart for years.

‘What about my wife? When will she be able to join me?’ he asked. ‘Don’t worry,’ Hoffman answered. ‘It’s all been agreed with the Russian authorities.’

After touching down in Austria, the four Russian prisoners were taken by bus across to a Boeing. The Russian illegals had arrived from the U.S. on the same plane and were waiting in a private terminal for their own flight home. Skripal never actually saw them.

On board the American plane in Vienna, he and the others opened bags they had been given to find a tracksuit, underwear, toiletries and a bottle of Scotch each. They lifted their glasses and toasted freedom.

The Boeing landed at Brize Norton RAF base in Oxfordshire, where Skripal and one other Russian disembarked before the plane carried on to the U.S.

Sergei (left) posing on a bench with his cousin Natalia (centre) and brother Valery (right) who served as a paratrooper
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Sergei (left) posing on a bench with his cousin Natalia (centre) and brother Valery (right) who served as a paratrooper

A helicopter flew the two of them low over the rolling English countryside to Fort Monkton, a specialist MI6 training camp on the Solent, to begin weeks of debriefing. First, though, they were ushered into a room which Skripal remembered was ‘full of very good clothes and shoes.

‘We were told to take what we wanted. It was all for us.’

Their minders quickly spruced them up and took photos for their new passports — important psychologically in under-lining their new identity.

And then they asked Skripal where he wanted to live. Did he want to stay in England or did he want to go to Spain? They knew he’d sometimes talked about a future in the Spanish sun.

But no, on reflection, he would prefer to remain in Britain, he told them, and they said they would get people looking for possible homes.

Russia, meanwhile, was celebrating the return of the ‘illegals’ from America, feting them and flaunting them as master spies. Chapman, in particular, would go on to be something of a celebrity, hosting her own TV show.

As he praised them, Putin couldn’t resist putting the boot into the defectors who’d gone the other way in the spy swap.

‘Traitors always come to no good,’ he declared.

A reporter egged him on, asking whether those traitors now living abroad would be punished. Putin replied obliquely but ominously: ‘Intelligence agencies have their own code, and all their staff follow it.’

For Skripal, the debriefing at the Fort went well but was tinged with anxiety — until he had spoken to his wife Liudmila and to his mother, Yelena.

Sergei's daughter Yulia (pictured left) with his late son Alexander (pictured right) died in St Petersburg in 2017 
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Sergei’s daughter Yulia (pictured left) with his late son Alexander (pictured right) died in St Petersburg in 2017

‘After I spoke to them, I became calmer,’ he told me.

The deal with the Russians meant that Liudmila could come over to Britain to join him. So, too, could his mother — but she was in her 80s and didn’t want to uproot herself.

On the phone, he tried to comfort her with some hopeful words. Maybe one day he would be allowed back to Moscow and they would be re-united.

‘Don’t even think about coming back to Russia,’ his mother told him firmly. ‘You would never be safe here.’

The women in Sergei’s life had always been so central to him, anchoring him through all the ups and downs of his life. Now his ageing mother would be beyond his reach.

Yulia, his daughter, stepped into the breach. She’d matured into a confident young woman who, with her gift for languages, had quickly got a job with Nike in Moscow. Now she flew to Britain to go house-hunting on behalf of her parents.

She did not take long to decide. The place she had fallen for was the quiet and unassuming cathedral city of Salisbury. Surely ,they would be safe here.

The house in Salisbury bought for Sergei Skripal and his wife Luidmila after his defection to Britain cost £260,000. He had a little cash squirrelled away in Spain and the UK government would also be paying him money from time to time, but he couldn’t be considered rich.

On my first visit to his home, I could see it was not affluent. The sitting room was well worn, and things were tidy, as you might expect from an old military man, but not fastidiously so.

He showed me items that had been brought from his old flat in Moscow, and with particular pride he picked up the resin model of an English country cottage that had been given to him 21 years earlier in Madrid by MI6 agent Richard Bagnall, the man who recruited him.

It was just a typical souvenir, but it obviously had great meaning for him — so much so that he had taken it from Spain back to Moscow, and made sure that it was brought over to his new place in Salisbury.

Sergei Skripal (left) with his uncle Yury Fyodorovich, his father Victor Fyodorovich, brother Valery, aunt Alla, and mother Yelena Yakovlevna who holds baby Mikhail, and cousin Natalia
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Sergei Skripal (left) with his uncle Yury Fyodorovich, his father Victor Fyodorovich, brother Valery, aunt Alla, and mother Yelena Yakovlevna who holds baby Mikhail, and cousin Natalia

The Skripals seem to have been happy in the months after Liudmila joined him in Salisbury, late in 2010, but her health was failing. She’d developed uterine cancer while her husband was in the gulag and now it had re-emerged and spread. She died, aged 59, in 2012.

His wife’s death was a hammer blow to Sergei. ‘She was a formidable woman,’ notes a friend. ‘He simultaneously admired, adored and feared her.’

With Liudmila gone, his focus shifted to his children. Yulia spent a good deal of time in England and had no difficulty finding employment — but she saw her future in Russia, and by 2014 was looking for a job there.

Yulia would continue visiting her dad, but she wanted to get on with her own life.

With his son, matters were more complicated. Sasha was 43 by now, with a failed marriage and a good deal of alcohol abuse already behind him.

Skripal told me: ‘If he drinks again it will kill him, but I know he drinks secretly . . . he can’t fool his father.’

Yet there was cause for hope. Sasha had a new girlfriend in Russia and in July 2017 flew back to Moscow. Yulia picked him up at the airport but he was apparently already drunk. He died of liver failure in hospital shortly after.

When I rang Sergei to offer my condolences, he said Sasha’s decision to hit the bottle again ‘was a kind of suicide’.

He was also hit hard when Yelena, his mother, broke her hip, leaving her increasingly frail as she entered her 90s.

Sergei was so deeply perturbed at not being able to care for his mother in person that his Whitehall minders offered to bring her to the UK and buy him a bigger house so that they could live together.

He clearly found this separation from family a great sorrow but he did not see an alternative. When I asked him whether he thought he might ever return to Russia, he said he was quite sure that he wouldn’t.

He quoted his mother telling him he should never come back because it would not be safe.

Sergei Skripal (centre) with family including his mother and father (pictured left)
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Sergei Skripal (centre) with family including his mother and father (pictured left)

By the time I met him, Skripal was carrying a few more pounds than when he’d arrived in Britain and his hair had thinned, but it would have been a great mistake to underestimate his mental or, indeed, physical toughness.

Life may have lobbed him some gross misfortunes but he still intended to live every day of it to the full.

The people closest to him were probably what he called his ‘Team’ — the officers from MI5 and MI6 who looked after his welfare. He spoke about them with affection and had a special mobile phone that went directly to their duty officer.

He had made them aware of my visit, which was no more than common sense, given that allowing someone alone into his home carried an element of risk.

Naturally, he was aware that he had to protect his own security, but it wasn’t an obsession.

After all, he had received a presidential pardon, as well as serving a good deal of his sentence. So there was every reason to believe that as long as he didn’t make political statements or give lots of interviews, life would continue in its sedate, if sometimes mournful, fashion.

To me, he appeared to be a homebody and a creature of habit. He would cook for himself, enjoy a quiet drink. In his home, I saw signs of someone who had grown used to killing time — a stack of jigsaw puzzles for grown-ups, an Airfix scale model of HMS Victory that he had put together, including painstakingly rigging the masts with cotton.

Sometime he would travel up to London for the day, and occasionally MI6 made use of his services. As far as I could establish, this work involved talking to some military audiences, possibly to new trainees and to a few friendly intelligence services.

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In this sense, he acted as a consultant about how the GRU might approach a problem or gave insights into its historical operations.

Did he have relationships with foreign intelligence agencies, as was claimed in the aftermath of the attempt on his life?

Piecing Skripal’s travels together, I found that he went to the U.S. in 2011 and the Czech Republic in 2012, and there were a couple of visits to Estonia.

In the summer of 2017, our interviews were interrupted by a week-long trip he made to Switzerland to talk to their federal intelligence services.

I have heard it said also that he’d been talking to the Ukrainian security service, but I find this idea ironic, given how disdainful he was to me about the Ukrainians. He told me he thought they were sheep who needed Russia for leadership.

These rumours are, I’ve been told, untrue. Nonetheless, could there be something here that would have provided a trigger for an assassination plot?

Some of his travels, particularly to places that were formerly in the Soviet bloc, might be seen as re-entering the game, particularly if the person reporting it to Moscow exaggerated Skripal’s role.

Had I been able to question him after the poisoning, queries about these foreign trips would have been near the top of my list. But despite many attempts by me to restart our conversations, he chose not speak to me after he and Yulia were struck down with Novichok.

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Retired Russian colonel Sergei Skripal was brought to Britain in a spy-swap after he was jailed in Russia for spying for MI6
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The man who is thought to have been poisoned with an unknown substance in Salisbury is retired Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal. He was brought to Britain in a spy-swap after he was jailed in Russia for spying for MI6

The man fighting for his life in a Wiltshire hospital is a former Russian colonel who was dramatically exposed as having spied for the British in one of the biggest East-West scandals since the end of the Cold War.

Sergei Skripal rose to rank of colonel in the Russian military before becoming a top intelligence officer in the chaotic days after the fall of communism.

But his reputation came crashing down in 2004 when he was accused of passing on the identities of Russian secret agents in Europe to MI6.

By this time he had retired from the military but was said to have used his old contacts to spy for the West.

He was jailed for 13 years in 2006 and was only released in the high-profile spy-swap which involved glamourous Russian agent Anna Chapman, who had been caught spying in the US.

After being debriefed by British security services, he was given a new life living in a £340,000 house in Wiltshire.

At the time of his arrest he was mocked as ‘the spy with the Louis Vuitton bag’ after grainy pictures showed him with an expensive looking bag at an airport en route on one meeting with his handlers.

Mr Skripal was accused of spying for Britain and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006
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Colonel Skripal was accused of spying for Britain and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006

Mr Skripal is believed to have been living at this address in Salisbury since he moved to the UK
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Sergei Skripal is believed to have been living at this address on Christie Miller Road in Salisbury since he moved to the UK

After his release Col Skripal was given refuge in the UK following his exchange in the historic spy swap involving femme fatale Anna Chapman (pictured)
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After his release Col Skripal was given refuge in the UK following his exchange in the historic spy swap involving femme fatale Anna Chapman (pictured)

The Russian security service (FSB) alleged that Col Skripal began to sell information in 1990’s right up until 1999 – when he left the special services. They say he was paid around $100,000 for his services into his secret account in Spain.

Col Skripal was turned by British special service until when he was detained for giving the UK top secret information.

The former intelligence officer, now believed to be 66, was convicted of ‘high treason in the form of espionage’ for his crimes.

Col Skripal pleaded guilty at his trial and co-operated with investigators, reports said at the time.

He was stripped of his rank of colonel and his state medals and ordered to spend his prison term in a high-security penal camp.

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He was jailed for passing on the identities of Russian secret agents in Europe to MI6
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He was jailed for passing on the identities of Russian secret agents in Europe to MI6

He was sentenced in 2006 and was later pardoned in 2010 when he was one of four prisoners Moscow swapped for spies in the US.

He was released together with the three other individuals serving time in Russian prisons in exchange for ten Russian spies arrested by the FBI.

A year after his release he is believed to have bought a house in Sailsbury, Wiltshire.

In Moscow at the time of his arrest he was mocked as 'the spy with the Louis Vuitton bag' after grainy pictures showed him at an airport on route on one meeting with his handlers
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In Moscow at the time of his arrest he was mocked as ‘the spy with the Louis Vuitton bag’ after grainy pictures showed him at an airport on route on one meeting with his handlers

Following his release Col Skripal underwent a debriefing in London following his exchange in the historic spy swap involving femme fatale Anna Chapman
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Following his release Col Skripal underwent a debriefing in London following his exchange in the historic spy swap involving femme fatale Anna Chapman

Ms Chapman was arrested at a New York police department precinct when she turned in a fake passport an undercover FBI agent had given to her.

As the daughter of a Russian diplomat, she became the most recognisable of the ten agents.

Nicknamed ‘the spy with the Louis Vuitton bag’, Skripal exposed a huge network of Russian military spies working across Europe taking extraordinary risks to pass secrets to MI6.

The Russian security service (FSB) allege that Col Skripal began to sell information in 1990's right up until 1999 - when he left the special services. This image shows him being arrested 
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The Russian security service (FSB) allege that Col Skripal began to sell information in 1990’s right up until 1999 – when he left the special services. This image shows him being arrested

The FSB caught him passing his intelligence to the infamous MI6 James Bond-style ‘spy rock’ – a fake stone packed with receiving equipment – in a Moscow park.

Russian secret services exposed the rock in 2006, revealing how agents walked past it transmitting their data to the rock via a hidden hand held device.

One official said after his conviction: ‘His activities caused a significant blow to Russia’s external security.’

Russian loathing for Skripal is highlighted by claims from Russian secret services historian Nikolai Luzan that the double was responsible for disclosing to MI6 the names of around 300 GRU staff members and other ‘agents’ including those working abroad.

Some of these military intelligence assets were ‘secretly arrested’ and others ‘vanished’, said Luzan.

Luzan referred to him Skripal in a 2014 interview as ‘this bastard – I’m not scared to use this word’.

‘Just imagine what muck this man did to other people’ – due to his treachery.

There has been no official confirmation of the 300 figure from the GRU.

 Skripal had been living at the address with his wife Liudmila until she died in recent years
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Skripal had been living at the address with his wife Liudmila until she died in recent years

Police at Skripal's property today following the incident at a busy shopping centre in Salisbury
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Police at Skripal’s property today following the incident at a busy shopping centre in Salisbury

State-run TV in Russia even compared him to the legendary Cold War agent Soviet double agent Oleg Penkovsky, who spied for Britain and the United States during the height of the Cold War.

Penvosky was shot by a firing squad in 1963 and is regarded as one of the most effective spies of all time.

Col Skripal and a woman were found slumped on a bench in a busy shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday.

He is critically ill along with the woman, 33, after they were both found at The Maltings shopping centre in a case that immediately drew parallels to the poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

Before this he was believed to be living at an address on Christie Miller Road in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Skripal had been living at the address with his wife Liudmila until she died in recent years.

Russian agent Anna Chapman poses in swimwear in Thailand as she enjoys new life running fashion line while MI6 spy she was swapped for fights for his life after being ‘poisoned’

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As ex-spy Sergei Skripal fights for life, one of the spies he was swapped with in 2010 – flame-haired Russian agent Anna Chapman – shows off her figure on a beach in Thailand.

Since the exchange, while the ex-GRU colonel sought obscurity in Wiltshire, glamour SVR spy has become a multi-millionaire with her business ventures including her own fashion line and work as a TV presenter.

Undaunted by being stripped of her British passport by then Home Secretary Theresa May, Chapman’s Instagram is currently boasting pictures of her relaxing on Phuket at Nai Harn Baan-Bua – a sumptuous jacuzzi villa complex where a minimum three night stay costs around £600.

Anna Chapman shows off her figure on a beach in Thailand amid the poisoning scandal embroiling the GRU spy she was swapped for
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Her latest manoeuvres including lazing on the Thai island's tropical Rawai Beach
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Chapman’s Instagram is currently boasting pictures of her relaxing and posing in Phuket

Her latest manoeuvres including lazing on the Thai island’s tropical Rawai Beach.

But she still found time to heap praise on Vladimir Putin, Russia’s ex-spy president, who eight years ago welcomed her back home with a patriotic singsong when she was thrown out of the USA after being unmasked as a spy by the FBI.

‘It is surely a sensation,’ she wrote of the strongman’s recent state of the nation speech in which he told the world he had new hypersonic nuclear weapons capable of dodging missile defences.

‘The world has changed,’ she announced.

‘It won’t be possible anymore to thumb your nose at Russia without punishment.’

Once married to a British former public schoolboy, the seductive spy is now a propagandist for the Kremlin
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Once married to a British former public schoolboy, the seductive spy is now a propagandist for the Kremlin

The glamour SVR spy has become a multi-millionaire with her business ventures including her own fashion line and TV presenter work
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The glamour SVR spy has become a multi-millionaire with her business ventures including her own fashion line and TV presenter work

Once married to a British former public schoolboy, the seductive spy is now a propagandist for the Kremlin.

She has yet to comment specifically on the alleged poisoning of Skripal, a man who has been branded a ‘traitor’ and a ‘bastard’ on state TV in Russia.

He was blamed for handing over some 300 names of Russian GRU agents or intelligence assets to MI6 for whom he worked as a double agent before his 2004 arrest in Moscow.

In one recent blast, she said on her social media: ‘Sergey Lavrov (foreign minister) has declared that USA was getting ready for a nuclear war with Russia.

‘And just the day after, the president announced our modern strategic weapon – it means that our leadership is particularly serious about the threat of war with the USA.

Chapman, pictured taking a selfie on Instagram, has yet to comment specifically on the alleged poisoning of Skripal
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Chapman, pictured taking a selfie on Instagram, has yet to comment specifically on the alleged poisoning of Skripal

Chapman stayed at Nai Harn Baan-Bua - a sumptuous jacuzzi villa complex where a minimum three night stay costs around £600
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Chapman stayed at Nai Harn Baan-Bua – a sumptuous jacuzzi villa complex where a minimum three night stay costs around £600

‘Putin warned about what we have for a response.

‘Cruise missiles and torpedoes with nuclear engines, supersonic and laser weapons – it is a true ‘weapon of the future’ which became modern thanks to our scientists.’

She warned her 108,000 followers: ‘The USA in their new doctrine imply that nuclear weapons can be used in respond to any kind of threat.

‘In Syria they are behaving with more and more cynicism and toughness, they started supplying flying weapons to Ukraine, and they plan to terminate the agreement on average and short distance missiles.

‘In my opinion, comparing with nowadays situation, the Cold War of the 20th century was a child’s game in the sandbox.’

She urged her followers to join the contest to name Putin’s new nuke.

‘Internet users are already voting for the variants. The top ones are: Givi, Silence, Ash, Cheburashka, American Dream, Muromets, Surprise, Orphan.

‘How would you call this supermodern Russian weapon?’

The swap included Anna Chapman, who had worked several years in London including for Barclays Bank
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The swap included Anna Chapman, who had worked several years in London including for Barclays Bank

In another picture back home in Russia, Chapman – who still uses her British ex-husband’s surname – is seen at a gathering of Vladimir Putin’s youth army or YunArmia.

This has been compared by critics to the Hitler Youth, while supporters insist it is nothing more than a a means of giving schoolchildren military training to keep them out of trouble.

The force has grown to almost 200,000 strong since starting from scratch in May 2016.

Chapman is a mother of one, giving birth to a son in summer 2015.

She has not disclosed the identity of the child’s father.

Chapman has worked as a TV presenter on a show called Mysteries of the World for Ren-TV, a channel owned by National Media Group, headed by ex-Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, 34, rumoured to be Putin’s secret girlfriend.

Chapman – who also runs her own label fashion boutiques in Moscow – is seen as having made a fortune since she was caught red handed operating as a spy in New York in 2010.

The Vienna spy swap which saw MI6 spy handed over to the UK by Putin’s intelligence men in return for Anna Chapman and nine other Russian secret agents

Anna Chapman and nine other Russian secret agents were returned to Russia in exchange for four Western spies in a dramatic swap in 2010.

The exchange, described as the biggest spy swap since the Cold War and which saw Sergei Skripal returned to the West, saw two aircraft parked next to each other in Vienna as the 14 agents involved in the deal swapped planes.

The ten Russian ‘sleeper’ agents had been arrested in the United States, after pleading guilty to ‘conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign country’.

It was claimed they had lived double lives in the US, with fake passports and false identities, with some of them leaving families behind amid the swap.

Anna Chapman (pictured) and nine other Russian secret agents were returned to Russia in exchange for four Western spies in a dramatic swap in 2010
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Anna Chapman (pictured) and nine other Russian secret agents were returned to Russia in exchange for four Western spies in a dramatic swap in 2010

The exchange, described as the biggest spy swap since the Cold War and which saw Sergei Skripal returned to the West, saw two aircraft parked next to each other in Vienna
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They included Anna Chapman, who had worked several years in London including for Barclays Bank, according to The Guardian.

The swap also included Sergei Skripal, who was granted refuge in Britain in the spy swap, the BBC reported.

Skripal received a jail term of 13 years for spying for Britain in 2006, as Russian authorities accused him of paying $100,000 (£72,300 at today’s rate) for intelligence.

The swap took place after US officials determined there was ‘no significant national security benefit’ in imprisoning the ten Russian agents.

In 2016 she appeared to back then-candidate Donald Trump for the White House, suggesting the tycoon would warm icy relations between the Cold War superpowers
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The former Russian spy also gave birth to her first child in 2015, it was reported
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In 2016 she appeared to back then-candidate Donald Trump for the White House, suggesting the tycoon would warm icy relations between the Cold War superpowers

The former Russian spy, the daughter of a senior KGB agent, also gave birth to her first child in 2015, it was reported
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The former Russian spy, the daughter of a senior KGB agent, also gave birth to her first child in 2015, it was reported

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The Vienna exchange was carried out in July 2010, a month after then-President Barack Obama had been informed of the matter, it was reported, with planes sitting on the tarmac for over an hour.

None of the ten Russian spies had succeeded in passing on classified information and so were not charged with espionage, CNN reported at the time.

The other three spies handed over by Russia were Alexander Zaporozhsky, Igor Sutyagin and Gennady Vasilenko.

Sutgayin was a nuclear scientist who spied for the CIA, while Zaporozhsky worked for the foreign intelligence service and Vasilenko was jailed over illegal weapons.

Alexander Zaporozhsky worked for the foreign intelligence service
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Igor Sutyagin was a nuclear scientist who spied for the CIA
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The other three spies handed over by Russia were Alexander Zaporozhsky (left), Igor Sutyagin (right) and Gennady Vasilenko

Gennady Vasilenko, the fourth of the spies handed over by Russia in the 2010 swap deal
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Gennady Vasilenko, the fourth of the spies handed over by Russia in the 2010 swap deal

The swap took place after US officials determined there was 'no significant national security benefit' in imprisoning the ten Russian agents
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The swap took place after US officials determined there was ‘no significant national security benefit’ in imprisoning the ten Russian agents

The Vienna exchange was carried out in July 2010, a month after then-President Barack Obama had been informed of the matter, it was reported
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The Vienna exchange was carried out in July 2010, a month after then-President Barack Obama had been informed of the matter, it was reported

They and Skripal four were allowed to go in the exchange after admitting crimes against the Russian state, a Russian official said.

Reports surfaced in 2014 alleging that Chapman had tried to seduce whistleblower Edward Snowden on orders from the Kremlin, according to a defector Boris Karpichkov, a former KGB agent.

The former Russian spy, the daughter of a senior KGB agent, also gave birth to her first child in 2015, it was reported.

The ex-spy was reportedly running an antique shop in a trendy district of Moscow and working as a TV host after her return to Russia.

In 2016 she appeared to back then-candidate Donald Trump for the White House, suggesting the tycoon would warm icy relations between the Cold War superpowers.

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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

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“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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    UK faces ‘UNPARALLELED’ risk from nuclear and chemical weapons, says MoD report

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    Photo emerges of Novichok suspect ‘working as a waiter’

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

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    Analysis | Trump’s ‘rogue killers’ line is a reminder of his consistent bad faith in demanding proof

    Two news items Monday draw that inconsistency into stark relief.

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    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/ 

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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

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  22. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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  25. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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    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

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    Third suspect in Salisbury Novichok attack ‘identified’

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  27. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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    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

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  29. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

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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.

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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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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.

Credits: Producers Alys Cummings and Kate Mead. Online production David Gritten, Lucy Rodgers, Gerry Fletcher, Daniel Dunford and Nassos Stylianou.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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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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.

«Руслан Боширов» и «Александр Петров» в Солсбери незадолго до момента отравления Сергея Скрипаля, 3 марта 2018 года

Metropolitan Police

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.

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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.

With reporting by Vox, Reuters, AP, AFP, and dpa

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Расследователь рассказал о международной сети агентов ГРУ.

Независимый российский военный журналист-расследователь, бывший журналист “Центра управления расследованиями” Сергей Канев, который после своих публикаций об отравлении экс-агента Сергея Скрипаля и его дочери в британском городе Солсбери вынужден был уехать из страны, анонсировал новый цикл материалов про международную сеть агентов ГРУ.

Об этом он рассказал в эфире телеканала “Еспресо.TV”.

“Я вычислил не только вот этих двоих (ГРУшников Петрова-Мишкина и Боширова-Чепигу – прим.ред.). Я вычислил целую группу людей, которые одновременно с ними приехали в столицу (Москву – прим.ред.), практически одновременно получили новые документы. И сейчас я их обнаружил во многих странах мира – под прикрытием в посольствах (России – прим.ред.), в каких-то торговых представительствах”, – рассказал журналист.

По словам Канева, получать необходимую информацию ему помогают чиновники российской военной разведки ГРУ, с которыми он знаком еще с молодости, потому что не поддерживают режим Путина и его захватнические войны.

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“Что они там делают, в посольствах? Если их учили на диверсантов, а они работают в посольствах. Здесь у меня много вопросов”, – добавил он.

Отдельно журналист рассказал, что перестал чувствовать постоянную опасность, только когда уехал из России. К тому же он проинструктировал родителей, которые остались в стране, как вести себя во время обыска.

“Я утром проснулся – уже неделю был здесь, и как же хорошо мне. Как будто половина меня куда-то ушла. Конечно же, не боятся только отморозки. И если они захотят достать меня за мои публикации (а они еще будут, и они это знают, я этого не скрываю), я, конечно, не сомневаюсь, что они смогут меня здесь достать. Здесь все уже зависит от меня. Я к этому готов”, – резюмировал Канев.

Напомним, правоохранительные органы Великобритании 5 сентября обнародовали фото и имена лиц, подозреваемых в отравлении российского экс-разведчика Сергея Скрипаля и его дочери Юлии в Солсбери – ими оказались Александр Петров и Руслан Боширов.

После этого подозреваемые дали интервью российскому пропагандистскому изданию Russia Today. Во время разговора они рассказали, что якобы занимаются предпринимательством, а в Солсбери ездили “как туристы”, чтобы посмотреть на достопримечательности и “оторваться”.

Совместное расследование The Bellingcat и The Insider предоставило подтверждения того, что подозреваемые в отравлении Скрипачей россияне на самом деле – сотрудники российских спецслужб. Причастность к спецслужбам подтверждает ряд документов, а также прямых и косвенных свидетельств. Также выяснилось, что паспорта обоих имеют практически идентичные номера.

Bellingcat нашел в деятельности ГРУшников из Солсбери и “украинский след”. Они идентифицировали настоящее имя одного из них – Руслан Боширов оказался полковником ГРУ, которого на самом деле зовут Анатолий Чепига. Кроме этого, он воевал в Украине, за что получил звание героя России.

Через месяц журналисты-расследователи установили настоящее имя второго подозреваемого – Александр Петров оказался военным врачом и сотрудником ГРУ Александром Мишкиным. Он также получил в 2014 году звание героя России и также, вероятнее всего, за спецоперацию в Украине.

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Журналист-разоблачитель ГРУшников “Петрова” и “Боширова” анонсировал новые материалы расследований – Мир

“Я вычислил не только вот этих двоих (ГРУшников Петрова-Мишкина и Боширова-Чепигу – прим.ред.).

Я вычислил целую группу людей, которые одновременно с ними приехали в столицу (Москву – прим.ред.), практически одновременно получили новые документы. И сейчас я их обнаружил во многих странах мира – под прикрытием в посольствах (России – прим.ред.), в каких-то торговых представительствах”, – рассказал журналист.

По словам Канева, получать необходимую информацию ему помогают чиновники российской военной разведки ГРУ, с которыми он знаком еще с молодости, потому что не поддерживают режим Путина и его захватнические войны.

Читайте также: Очередной провал Мишкина и Чепиги. ГРУшники не смогли скрыть от журналистов элитные квартиры в Москве – CIT

“Что они там делают, в посольствах? Если их учили на диверсантов, а они работают в посольствах. Здесь у меня много вопросов”, – добавил он.

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Расследователь рассказал о международной сети агентов ГРУ.

Независимый российский военный журналист-расследователь, бывший журналист “Центра управления расследованиями” Сергей Канев, который после своих публикаций об отравлении экс-агента Сергея Скрипаля и его дочери в британском городе Солсбери вынужден был уехать из страны, анонсировал новый цикл материалов про международную сеть агентов ГРУ.

Об этом он рассказал в эфире телеканала “Еспресо.TV”.

“Я вычислил не только вот этих двоих (ГРУшников Петрова-Мишкина и Боширова-Чепигу – прим.ред.). Я вычислил целую группу людей, которые одновременно с ними приехали в столицу (Москву – прим.ред.), практически одновременно получили новые документы. И сейчас я их обнаружил во многих странах мира – под прикрытием в посольствах (России – прим.ред.), в каких-то торговых представительствах”, – рассказал журналист.

По словам Канева, получать необходимую информацию ему помогают чиновники российской военной разведки ГРУ, с которыми он знаком еще с молодости, потому что не поддерживают режим Путина и его захватнические войны.

Читайте также: Очередной провал Мишкина и Чепиги. ГРУшники не смогли скрыть от журналистов элитные квартиры в Москве – CIT

“Что они там делают, в посольствах? Если их учили на диверсантов, а они работают в посольствах. Здесь у меня много вопросов”, – добавил он.

Отдельно журналист рассказал, что перестал чувствовать постоянную опасность, только когда уехал из России. К тому же он проинструктировал родителей, которые остались в стране, как вести себя во время обыска.

“Я утром проснулся – уже неделю был здесь, и как же хорошо мне. Как будто половина меня куда-то ушла. Конечно же, не боятся только отморозки. И если они захотят достать меня за мои публикации (а они еще будут, и они это знают, я этого не скрываю), я, конечно, не сомневаюсь, что они смогут меня здесь достать. Здесь все уже зависит от меня. Я к этому готов”, – резюмировал Канев.

Напомним, правоохранительные органы Великобритании 5 сентября обнародовали фото и имена лиц, подозреваемых в отравлении российского экс-разведчика Сергея Скрипаля и его дочери Юлии в Солсбери – ими оказались Александр Петров и Руслан Боширов.

После этого подозреваемые дали интервью российскому пропагандистскому изданию Russia Today. Во время разговора они рассказали, что якобы занимаются предпринимательством, а в Солсбери ездили “как туристы”, чтобы посмотреть на достопримечательности и “оторваться”.

Совместное расследование The Bellingcat и The Insider предоставило подтверждения того, что подозреваемые в отравлении Скрипачей россияне на самом деле – сотрудники российских спецслужб. Причастность к спецслужбам подтверждает ряд документов, а также прямых и косвенных свидетельств. Также выяснилось, что паспорта обоих имеют практически идентичные номера.

Bellingcat нашел в деятельности ГРУшников из Солсбери и “украинский след”. Они идентифицировали настоящее имя одного из них – Руслан Боширов оказался полковником ГРУ, которого на самом деле зовут Анатолий Чепига. Кроме этого, он воевал в Украине, за что получил звание героя России.

Через месяц журналисты-расследователи установили настоящее имя второго подозреваемого – Александр Петров оказался военным врачом и сотрудником ГРУ Александром Мишкиным. Он также получил в 2014 году звание героя России и также, вероятнее всего, за спецоперацию в Украине.

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The Palme d’Or is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. It was introduced in 1955 by the festival’s organizing committee. Previously, from 1939 to 1954, the highest prize at the festival was the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film. Wikipedia
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