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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Преступление, в котором он обвиняется, не является общественно опасным”… ФБР обвиняет его в рекете и мошенничестве и требует выдачи… Освобождение связано с российско-украинскими отношениями?..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Как сообщают “Ведомости”

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

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

Автор выразит свое личное убеждение: нет, не повлияет.

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

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

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

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The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. The pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of the recent operations is this “ham-handedness”. – M.N. – 6:08 AM 10/6/2018

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The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. The pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of the recent operations is this “ham-handedness”. – M.N. – 6:08 AM 10/6/2018

“The ham-handed attempted break-in — involving hacking equipment in the trunk of a car and a trail of physical and virtual clues — was the most stunning operation revealed Thursday. It was so obvious, in fact, that it almost looked like the Russians didn’t care about getting caught…

What Dutch authorities found seemed to be the work of an amateur. A taxi receipt in the pocket of one of the agents showed he had hired a cab to take him from a street next to GRU headquarters to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. A laptop found with the team appeared to tie them to other alleged GRU hacks.” 

M.N.: This “ham-handedness”, the deliberate, demonstrative sloppiness, as if it were the invitation to be discovered, is the pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of ALL recent operations, including, very much so, the Operation Trump. This feature has to be addressed and investigated thoroughly, it might contain one of the main clues. It might indicate the possible set-up or the number of other explanations, which have to be explored. 

The “Russianness”, the Russian ethnic origins and the history of the service in the military or the GRU of the implied, suspected operators does not mean at all that they work for the GRU presently, or that their acts were authorised, approved, or specifically planned by the GRU. Importantly, they might have been selected by the third party (which I call the New Abwehr, under its leader, the Demiurge), and specifically for these traits: “Russianness” and the history of the GRU service. These suspects might be the completely unwitting semi-professional actors acting as the cover for the true designers. GRU is the very sophisticated and experienced, highly professional intelligence service, just like her counterparts, and they have their own professional ways of doing things without being ostentatious, also just like the others. 

However, everything is possible, and the version of the “face value”, “what you see is what you get” is legitimate and has to be investigated first of all, despite the lack of the credibility factor. 

My respectful recommendation to Gen. Gerasimov and Gen. Korobov is to try to reach out to their colleagues and to discuss these issues frankly and openly, in their broad range and in all the possible depth. The similar respectful recommendation to their colleagues, Gen. Dunford and Gen. Ashley, is to have these discussions and to try to make them productive. GRU is often compared with CIA, although nominally its counterpart is DIA. These interventions have to be approved on the highest levels, of course. 

By the way, I think that the non-travel sanctions specifically against Korobov and the others in this circle, who are not involved in commercial activities, are counterproductive and should be waved or cancelled. People need to travel, to meet, and to talk; and the present crisis is the result of the insufficient communications, not their abundance. 

Technically, it is also easier to keep track of them when they travel freely rather than clandestinely, which they do anyway. 

The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. 

“Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov of Russia said in a statement that the U.S. is taking a “dangerous path” by “deliberately inciting tensions in relations between the nuclear powers,” adding that Washington’s European allies should also think about it.” 

Mr. Ryabkov, stop your nuclear dingle-dangle. You sound more like a fire-setter than a firefighter or diplomat. Do not threaten the others yourself, you sound excessively defensive. Try to comprehend, to truly understand the situation, and to find the ways of resolving it on the basis of this understanding. 

The delusional-grandiose attempts on Mr. Skripal’s part to influence the personnel policies of the GRU; as his revenge (if they exist), should also be considered as a factor, although, obviously, it will be left without any consequences. 

Mr. Skripal himself appears to be the highly intriguing, mysterious, complex person who might also contain many hidden clues. 

Michael Novakhov

10.6.18

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LONDON — The West unleashed an onslaught of new evidence and indictments Thursday accusing Russian military spies of hacking so widespread that it seemed to target anyone, anywhere who investigates Moscow’s involvement in an array of criminal activities — including doping, poisoning and the downing of a plane.

Russia defiantly denied the charges, neither humbled nor embarrassed by the exceptional revelations on one of the most high-tension days in East-West relations in years. Moscow lashed back with allegations that the Pentagon runs a clandestine U.S. biological weapons program involving toxic mosquitoes, ticks and more.

The nucleus of Thursday’s drama was Russia’s military intelligence agency known as the GRU, increasingly the embodiment of Russian meddling abroad.

In the last 24 hours: U.S. authorities charged seven officers from the GRU with hacking international agencies; British and Australian authorities accused the GRU of a devastating 2017 cyberattack on Ukraine, the email leaks that rocked the U.S. 2016 election and other damaging hacks; And Dutch officials alleged that GRU agents tried and failed to hack into the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The ham-handed attempted break-in — involving hacking equipment in the trunk of a car and a trail of physical and virtual clues — was the most stunning operation revealed Thursday. It was so obvious, in fact, that it almost looked like the Russians didn’t care about getting caught.

“Basically, the Russians got caught with their equipment, people who were doing it, and they have got to pay the piper. They are going to have to be held to account,” U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in Brussels, where he was meeting with NATO allies.

Mattis said the West has “a wide variety of responses” available.

Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, said the GRU would no longer be allowed to act with impunity.

Calling Russia a “pariah state,” British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and reckless way, where they have done in terms of these cyberattacks, we will be exposing them.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov of Russia said in a statement that the U.S. is taking a “dangerous path” by “deliberately inciting tensions in relations between the nuclear powers,” adding that Washington’s European allies should also think about it.

While the accusations expose how much damage Russia can do in foreign lands, through remote hacking and on-site infiltration — they also expose how little Western countries can do to stop it.

Russia is already under EU and U.S. sanctions, and dozens of GRU agents and alleged Russian trolls have already been indicted by the U.S but will likely never be handed over to face American justice.

Still, to the Western public, Thursday may have been a pivotal day, with accusations so extensive, and the chorus of condemnation so loud, that it left little doubt of massive Russian wrongdoing. A wealth of surveillance footage released by Western intelligence agencies was quickly and overwhelmingly confirmed by independent reporting.

The litany of accusations of GRU malfeasance began overnight, when British and Australian authorities accused the Russian agency of being behind the catastrophic 2017 cyberattack in Ukraine. The malicious software outbreak knocked out ATMs, gas stations, pharmacies and hospitals and, according to a secret White House assessment recently cited by Wired, caused $10 billion in damage worldwide.

The British and Australians also linked the GRU to other hacks, including the Democratic Party email leaks and online cyber propaganda that sowed havoc before Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election.

Later Thursday, Dutch defense officials released photos and a timeline of GRU agents’ botched attempt to break into the chemical weapons watchdog using Wi-Fi hacking equipment hidden in a car parked outside a nearby Marriott Hotel. The OPCW was investigating a nerve agent attack on a former GRU spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury, England, that Britain has blamed on the Russian government. Moscow vehemently denies involvement.

Photographs released by the Dutch Ministry of Defense showed a trunk loaded with a computer, battery, a bulky white transformer and a hidden antenna; officials said the equipment was operational when Dutch counterintelligence interrupted the operation.

What Dutch authorities found seemed to be the work of an amateur. A taxi receipt in the pocket of one of the agents showed he had hired a cab to take him from a street next to GRU headquarters to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. A laptop found with the team appeared to tie them to other alleged GRU hacks.

The men were expelled instead of arrested, because they were traveling on diplomatic passports.

The Dutch also accused the GRU of trying to hack investigators examining the 2014 downing of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board. A Dutch-led team says it has strong evidence the missile that brought the plane down came from a Russia-based military unit. Russia has denied the charge.

Later Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department charged seven GRU officers — including the four caught in The Hague — in an international hacking rampage that targeted more than 250 athletes, a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company, a Swiss chemical laboratory and the OPCW.

The indictment said the GRU targets had publicly supported a ban on Russian athletes in international sports competitions and because they had condemned what they called a state-sponsored doping program by Russia.

U.S. prosecutors said the Russians also targeted a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company and the OPCW.

The seven were identified as: Aleksei Morenets, 41; Evgenii Serebriakov, 37; Ivan Yermakov, 32; Artem Malyshev, 30; and Dmitriy Badin, 27; who were each assigned to Military Unit 26165, and Oleg Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Minin, 46, who were also GRU officers.

The U.S. indictment says the hacking was often conducted remotely. If that wasn’t successful, the hackers would conduct “on-site” or “close access” hacking operations, with trained GRU members traveling with sophisticated equipment to target their victims through Wi-Fi networks.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the Canadian anti-doping agency were all identified by the U.S. indictment against the Russians.

WADA said the alleged hackers “sought to violate athletes’ rights by exposing personal and private data — often then modifying them — and ultimately undermine the work of WADA and its partners in the protection of clean sport.”

Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. anti-doping agency and a prominent critic of Russian athletes’ drug use, says “a system that was abusing its own athletes with an institutionalized doping program has now been indicted for perpetrating cyberattacks on innocent athletes from around the world.”

Russia denied everything.

Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of Russian parliament, said the accusations were fake and intended to “delegitimize” a resurgent Russia. The West has picked up the GRU as “a modern analogue of the KGB which served as a bugaboo for people in the West during the Cold War,” he said.

Russia countered with accusations of their own: The Defense Ministry unveiled complex allegations that the U.S. has a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia as part of a network of labs on the edges of Russia and China that flout international rules.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon called the accusations “an invention” and “obvious attempts to divert attention from Russia’s bad behavior on many fronts.”

The Associated Press, meanwhile, independently corroborated information that matches details for two of the alleged Russian agents named by the Dutch authorities.

An online car registration database in Russia showed that Aleksei Morenets, whose full name and date of birth are the same as one of the expelled Russians, sold his car in 2004, listing the Moscow address where the Defense Ministry’s Military University is based.

Alexey Minin, another Russian whose full name and date of birth match the Dutch details, had several cars, including an Alfa Romeo, that were registered and sold at the address where the Defense Ministry’s GRU school is located. In some of the filings, Minin listed the official military unit number of the GRU school as his home address.

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Balsamo reported from Washington and Casert from Brussels. Raphael Satter in London, Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed.

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