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Warning From Russia: Taking Selfies May Result In Death

1strnasaitIn an unusual public safety campaign, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia has issued a warning to citizens of the dangers of taking selfies. Police Colonel of the General Administration for the Protection of Public Order of the MIA, Elena Novoseltseva, warns:

“Along with all the advantages of the modern world there appear new threats. We would like to remind the citizens that the chase for ‘likes’ in social networks can lead to the road of death. The accident reports periodically present information about  sad accidents with lovers of selfies.”

Apparently Russian police will be handing flyers out at public events telling them to take it easy with the selfies.


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Putin’s Plot to Get Texas to Secede

Big Tex. Photo: Joyous (CC)

Big Tex. Photo: Joyous (CC)

Already this week we’ve seen calls from Russia to investigate the US moon landings. Now Russian Internet trolls are whipping up interest in the Texas secession movement. Politico reports on the latest bizarre behavior from our old sparring partners in Moscow:

Nathan Smith, who styles himself the “foreign minister” for the Texas Nationalist Movement, appeared last Spring at a far-right confab in St. Petersburg, Russia. Despite roaming around in his cowboy hat, Smith managed to keep a low-key presence at the conference, which was dominated by fascists and neo-Nazis railing against Western decadence. But at least one Russian newspaper, Vzglyadcaught up with the American, noted that TNM is “hardly a marginal group,”and quoted Smith liberally on the excellent prospects for a partial breakup of the United States. Smith declared that the Texas National Movement has 250,000 supporters—including all the Texans currently serving in the U.S.

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Russians Want International Investigation Into U.S. Moon Landings

Try to make sense of this: to get back at the United States for its FIFA corruption arrests (which may jeopardize the 2018 World Cup scheduled to be played in Russia), the Russians are calling for an international investigation into the US moon landings. No it doesn’t make sense to us either. From the Moscow Times:

An international probe should be launched into various murky details surrounding the U.S. moon landings between 1969 and 1972, Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesman said Tuesday.


Vladimir Markin penned a column for the Izvestia newspaper arguing that U.S. authorities had crossed a line by launching a large-scale corruption probe targeting nine FIFA officials. The scandal surrounding the case prompted the June 2 resignation of longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter, and sparked a heated debate about Russia’s role as host of the 2018 World Cup.

Venting his frustration with what he viewed as “U.S. prosecutors having declared themselves the supreme arbiters of international football affairs,” Markin proposed that international investigators could likewise examine some of the murkier elements of America’s past.

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Putin: ‘Let me tell you something – there is no need to fear Russia’

In a lengthy and wide-ranging with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Vladimir Putin disputes the west’s characterization of Russia – and presumably Putin as its leader – as aggressive:

Russia does not speak with anyone in a contentious tone, and in such matters, to quote a political figure from the past, Otto von Bismarck, it is not discussions but the potential that counts.

Vladimir Putin

What does the actual potential show? US military spending is higher than that of all countries in the world taken together. The aggregate military spending of NATO countries is 10 times, note – 10 times higher than that of the Russian Federation. Russia has virtually no bases abroad. We have the remnants of our armed forces (since Soviet times) in Tajikistan, on the border with Afghanistan, which is an area where the terrorist threat is particularly high. The same role is played by our airbase in Kyrgyzstan; it is also aimed at addressing the terrorist threat and was set up at the request of the Kyrgyz authorities after a terrorist attack perpetrated by terrorists from Afghanistan on Kyrgyzstan.

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Inside Russia’s Troll Army

Have you noticed the vast number of “Kremlin Trolls” of late? BBC News reports on this latest scourge of the internet:

Over the past year, Russia has seen an unprecedented rise in the activity of “Kremlin trolls” – bloggers allegedly paid by the state to criticise Ukraine and the West on social media and post favourable comments about the leadership in Moscow.

Though the existence and even whereabouts of the alleged “cyber army” are no secret, recent media reports appear to have revealed some details of how one of the tools of Russian propaganda operates on an everyday basis.

Leaving comments about murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was described as a "technical task." Photo: Dhārmikatva (CC)

Leaving comments about murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was described as a “technical task.” Photo: Dhārmikatva (CC)

“Troll den”

The Internet Research Agency (“Agentstvo Internet Issledovaniya”) employs at least 400 people and occupies an unremarkable office in one of the residential areas in St Petersburg.

Behind the plain facade, however, there is a Kremlin “troll den”, an investigative report by independent local newspaper Moy Rayon (“My District”) suggests.

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The Enduring Mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

This much is certain: On the night of February 2, 1959, nine experienced hikers died on the eastern slopes of Kholat Syakhl under highly questionable circumstances. The rest is conjecture, speculation, and mystery.

The ‘Dyatlov Pass Incident’ as it has come to be called is named after the leader of the hiking expedition, Igor Dyatlov.

Initially the group consisted of ten hikers, but Yuri Yefimovich Yudin, the lone survivor,  took ill and had to turn back.

The Dyatlov party prepares to leave on the fateful expedition that would be their last.

The Dyatlov party prepares to leave on the fateful expedition that would be their last. Yuri Yudin, the lone survivor, gets a goodbye hug.

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Russia Wants to Give Weapons to Mexico

Russian Republic of Chechnya (Originally published by The Fifth Column News) – Speaker for the Chechnyan Parliament, Dukuvakha Abdurakhamanov, has announced Chechnya’s willingness to send an undisclosed amount of high-tech weapons and ammunition to Mexico. His announcement comes in response to the continued urging of Congress to send undisclosed amounts of high-tech weaponry to the US sponsored Neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine. Putin’s Russia has already begun to downplay the remark and put as much distance between itself and the allegation as possible. As usual, it is not what political leaders are saying in front of microphones that is important. Other global events happening concurrently among parties which are politically involved with the Ukraine Crisis paint a disturbing picture.

Dukuvakha is making the same kind of threat as a playground bully. If US sends weapons, Chechnya will send weapons. He says the US supplying weapons to Ukraine would be interpreted as a signal to send “the most modern weapons to Mexico.” It would also resume discussions of the legal status of “US-annexed territories that now house California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and a part of Wyoming,” says Dukuvakha.… Read the rest

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Where is Vladimir Putin?

He’s probably dead.

Julia Ioffe writes at The Washington Post:

It’s been more than a week now since anybody’s seen Russian President Vladimir Putin. He had a mundane meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on March 5, and then … nothing. Since then, Putin hasn’t been seen in public, and the Russian blogosphere can talk about nothing else. Their president skipped a number of events—including one with his FSB bigwigs—and the Kazakhs, with whom Putin was supposed to meet this week, said the Russian president was ill. They quickly walked it back after the Kremlin denied it. The Kremlin began fiddling with Putin’s schedule. State television began broadcasting news of meetings planned for the future as if they had already happened in order to show that Putin was alive enough to attend meetings.

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Daily Beast Revealed as Propaganda Rag


Shards of Truth in MH17 Investigation (But not at Daily Beast)

Doing what the Dutch investigation has so far declined to do – smear the separatists and Russia – the “Daily Beast” comes up with a belated hit piece, adding exactly nothing new, but taking the opportunity to repeat the US propaganda line…

‘How can you tell it’s a smear job,’ you ask?

The one link to any opposing ideas goes to a discredited piece of obvious disinformation, that infamous Photoshopped picture of an attacking plane [above]. The Daily Beast uses the smarmy jibe, “as some Russian media claimed,” to pretend they’ve actually looked at both sides of the debate. They have not, and will not.

My response there won’t post, so I’m annoyed. Perhaps they have my email and/or IP address on their list as well. But their site won’t put it through, not in Chrome, Opera nor Microsoft Internet Explorer.… Read the rest

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