Thwarted Peace? Assassination of Russian Ambassador “A False Flag Operation By the West”
December 20th, 2016
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Will there be peace again in our lifetimes? That remains to be seen.
As you have probably heard, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot dead Sunday night at an art gallery right as he was about to give a speech.
The shooter, identified as 22-year-old Turkish policeman Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, reportedly fired at Karlov eight times, hitting him multiple times in the back before he fell to the ground on his back.
Cameras were rolling the entire time, catching the entire sensational shooting on video.
Was this event staged to thwart peace talks between Turkey and Russia to prevent an end to the Syrian war? It is bizarre enough to have even mainstream sources suggesting the whole thing could have been – an inside job.
Putin was reportedly about to announce a total ceasefire across Syria.
This shooting happened just before Russia and Turkey were scheduled to hold peace talks with Iran concerning Syria – but now, officials from both countries will be dealing with an investigation of this assassination.
These peace talks were planned without the involvement or participation of the United States or United Nations in what was being referred to as “a snub to Washington”.
Now, several Russian officials, including Putin, are convinced it was an effort at sabotage by the West; and President Erdogan has made similar statements for the Turkish side.
According to Unilad, President Putin vowed to find out who ‘directed’ the gunman’s hand:
[Putin said:] “This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalization of Russian-Turkish relations, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in settling the conflict in Syria.”
Meanwhile, Erdogan called the assassination a provocation aimed at destroying bilateral ties.
[Erdogan said] “I believe this is an attack on Turkey, the Turkish state and the Turkish people, and also a clear provocation … [in terms of] Turkish-Russian relations. I am sure our Russian friends also see this fact. Both Turkey and Russia have the will not to be deceived by this provocation.”
‘We need to know who gave the orders’: Putin comments on ambassador assassination in Ankara
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Russian Sappers Discover US-made Weapons in Terrorists’ Headquarters in Aleppo (Video)
By wmw_admin on December 29, 2016
South Front — Dec 28, 2016
During demining of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Russian sappers have discovered a stockpile of arms, produced in Bulgaria, Germany and the US, in one of the terrorists’ headquarters, commander the Russia’s bomb disposal squad, Maj. Ivan Gromov, told the Rossiya-24 TV-channel.
“There were various ammunitions: from cartridges for a heavy machine gun to rocket projectiles for the Grad system. [We discovered] 122-millimeter mines, rounds for grenade launchers, hand grenades, shells for howitzers,” Gromov said. “The munitions we found were German, American, Bulgarian… The amount they had was somewhat disconcerting.”
The Russian Defense Ministry released a video of the ongoing demining operation, which shows crates full of various munitions; some of them marked “Produced in Yugoslavia by Ordnance Corps United States Army.”
Earlier, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova turned her attention to reports of media about a storehouse of weapons, produced in Bulgaria, which was discovered in Aleppo. Ammunition for the Grad systems, anti-tank guns and shells for anti-tank rocket launchers, produced by Bulgaria on Soviet licenses, which duration of validity has long expired, were stored there.
As the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria reported on Wednesday, since December 5, Russian sappers have demined 996 hectares of the urban territory of Aleppo. They cleared from explosive devices about 350 kilometers of roads and 2,149 buildings, including 44 schools, 38 mosques, ten medical facilities and two kindergartens. The bomb disposal squad discovered and defused some 14,700 dangerous items, including 6,700 improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
BULLET TO THE HEAD Russian diplomat ‘found dead from gunshot wounds’ at his home just hours after ambassador was gunned down at art exhibition
Russian diplomat Petr Polshikov was reportedly discovered with a bullet wound to his head at his flat in Moscow
BY WILL STEWART AND MARYSE GODDEN 20th December 2016, 8:55 am
A HIGH-ranking Russian diplomat has been found dead from gun shot wounds in Moscow, it is reported.
Petr Polshikov, 56, was found with a bullet wound to his head at his home in Moscow’s Balaklavsky Prospekt, according to local media.
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NATO Chief Auditor In Charge Of Counter Terrorism Funding Assassinated?
By wmw_admin on December 23, 2016
Aaron Kesel — We Are Change.org Dec 23, 2016
Yves Chandelon, Chief Auditor of NATO in charge of counterterrorism funding, was reportedly found dead in the city of Andenne in the Belgian Ardennes last Friday, of a single gunshot wound to the head.
If Chandelon’s death was an assassination, it would make the third one in the last seven days following the the assassination of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov, and the assassination of Russian Foreign Ministry Petr Polshikov.
Chandelon was the son of a Belgian businessman a CEO for Career Kalvysob. He became a banker after his father, and then joined NATO in 1998.
As the media in Belgium reported, it’s suspected that the official most likely committed suicide. However, his family has rejected this notion and there are key facts that a lot of people are missing.
Newsbud reported that Chandelon was left handed and the gun was found in his right hand, just one among many suspicious details that his death may have not been a suicide. Another key detail is Chandelon’s debt to a friend, which U.S. alternative media and Russian sources like Pravada have not reported. In the U.S., many are reporting that the gun was found by his side. The story from a Belgium paper contradicts this narrative, claiming that the firearm was found cusped in his hand.
Spiro Skouras and Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator-turned-whistleblower, questioned Ali Syed, a Belgian resident who has provided a different view regarding the possible cause of Chandelon’s death.
“Some reports are suggesting that it’s debt related,” Syed reported. “There is some interesting connections with the location in regards to one of his friends who lived there 500 meters away from where he was found dead that friend was owed 45,000 Euros by the deceased.”
Then there is the fact that the gun was reportedly found in Chandelon’s non-dominant hand, his right hand, when Chandelon was left-handed.
| Thu Dec 29, 2016 | 8:31pm EST
U.S. evicts Russians for spying, imposes sanctions after election hacks
By Jeff Mason and Lesley Wroughton | HONOLULU/WASHINGTON
President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election.
The measures, taken during the last days of Obama's presidency, mark a new post-Cold War low in U.S.-Russian ties, which have deteriorated over differences about Syria and Ukraine.
Allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed efforts to intervene in the U.S. election process by hacking mostly Democrats have made relations even worse.
"These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior," Obama said in a statement from vacation in Hawaii.
"All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions," he said.
It was not clear whether President-elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly praised Putin and nominated people seen as friendly toward Moscow to senior administration posts, would seek to roll back the measures once he takes office on Jan. 20.
Trump has brushed aside allegations from the CIA and other intelligence agencies that Russia was behind the cyber attacks but on Thursday he said he would meet with intelligence officials soon.
“It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things," Trump said in a statement. "Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation," he said, without mentioning Russia.
The Kremlin, which denounced the sanctions as unlawful and promised "adequate" retaliation, questioned whether Trump approved of the new sanctions. Moscow denies the hacking allegations.
U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia was behind hacks into Democratic Party organizations and operatives ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election. U.S. intelligence officials also say that the Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Trump, a Republican, defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Should Trump seek to overturn Obama's measures, he would likely encounter wide bipartisan Congressional opposition.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said Russia "has consistently sought to undermine" U.S. interests and the sanctions were overdue.
Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said they intended to lead effort in Congress to "impose stronger sanctions on Russia."
Opposition from Trump could generate bipartisan discord early in his administration. "This is going to be a key source of tension post-inauguration," said Eric Lorber, a senior associate at the Financial Integrity Network, which advises banks on sanctions.
SPIES AND SANCTIONS
Obama put sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies, the GRU and the FSB, four GRU officers and three companies "that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations.
He said the State Department declared as "persona non grata" 35 Russian intelligence operatives and is closing two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland that were used by Russian personnel for "intelligence-related purposes". The State Department originally said the 35 were diplomats.
The 45-acre complex in Maryland includes a Georgian-style brick mansion, swimming pool, tennis courts, and cottages for embassy staff.
A senior U.S. official told Reuters the expulsions would come from the Russian embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco. The Russian embassy declined to comment.
The Russians have 72 hours to leave the United States, the official said. Access to the two compounds will be denied to all Russian officials as of noon on Friday.
The State Department has long complained that Russian security agents and traffic police have harassed U.S. diplomats in Moscow, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has raised the issue with Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.
The U.S. official declined to name the Russian diplomats who would be affected, although it is understood that Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, will not be one of those expelled.
Obama said the actions announced on Thursday were just the beginning.
"These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized," Obama said.
A report detailing Russia's interference in the 2016 election as well as cyber attacks in previous election cycles would be delivered to Congress in the coming days, he said.
The sanctions were the strongest response yet by the Obama administration to Russia's cyber activities, however, a senior administration official acknowledged that Trump could reverse them and allow Russian intelligence officials back into the United States once he takes office. He said that would be inadvisable.
Obama amended an executive order originally issued in April 2015 to respond to cyber hacking to include sanctions on those who tamper with information to interfere with an election.
Trump said in October he would “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama" on his first day in office, without saying who would determine their constitutionality.
(Additional reporting by Dustin Volz, Yeganeh Torbati and Nikolai Pavlov in Washington and Katya Golubkova and Svetlana Reiter in Moscow; Writing by Yara Bayoumy and Jeff Mason; Editing by Alistair Bell)
December 21, 2016
Trump Begins To Move 370 Elite Troops From Russia To Protect His Life And Family
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
An intriguing Federal Security Service (FSB) information bulletin circulating in the Kremlin today reports that the Security Council (SC) has authorized the Monarch Air Group to use 7 private charter flights to move “special resources” to New York City and Washington D.C. beginning on 20 January 2017 in order to fulfill a contract with the Moscow based private security company RSB-Group—and who, in turn, were contracted with this past week by President-elect Donald Trump to “protect his person, family and properties” from the “demonic globalist elites” seeking his destruction. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
According to this bulletin, on 12 December, two senior advisors to President-elect Trump, former US Congressman Jack Kingston and American oil industry consultant Carter Page, arrived in Moscow with Congressman Kingston conducting a briefing with Federation business executives on the incoming Trump administration, and Mr. Carter meeting with top officials of the Sputnik News organization.
After completing their separate duties, this bulletin continues, Congressman Kingston and Mr. Carter then met privately with RSB Group CEO Oleg Krinitsyn—whom Mr. Carter was long acquainted with from when he served as a US Marine intelligence officer in the Western Saharan African nation of Senegal where the RSB Group maintains one of its many global offices fighting Islamic terrorists throughout the Middle East and Africa.
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Inside the Ultra-Elite Special Forces of the Russian Military (Fantastic Interview)
Russian GRU Spetsnaz are one of the most renowned, formidable, and deeply respected special forces in the world. They are the in-house special forces of the Russian Military inteligence and operate exclusively on foreign territory
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As a top level American military analyst, The Saker poses a number of interesting questions to the commander of 25 GRU Spetsnaz soldiers. Call signed "Ramzes", he gives us a unique inside look into GRU Spetsnaz:
tasks on foreign soil
missions in Afghanistan
training and tactics
successful mission in Crimea
life after the service
We believe this is a very interesting interview because of its rarity. These guys work on some of the toughest top secret missions around the globe. The general public knows very little about their work, and even once they leave the service they are very reluctant to give interviews or talk about their work in the special forces.
This is part 1 of 2 of the interview.
The Saker: Please introduce yourself in a few words, tell us which Brigade you served in, what rank you achieved there and what your military speciality was?
Ramzes: My GRU Spetsnaz call sign was Ramzes. I was born in Russia. I began service in 1994 and finished service in 1999. I was an airborne cadet for four years and served as an officer with the rank of lieutenant for one year after that. I served in the 16th Brigade of the GRU Spetsnaz based out of Chuchkovo. I was the commander of 25 GRU Spetsnaz soldiers. As the commander of this group it was mandatory that I was proficient and educated as a sniper, explosives and ordnace specialist, radio communication as well as use of the English language. To be a Spetsnaz commander you must be trained in all aspects of warfare employed by your entire unit.
In Spetsnaz GRU there is no platoon structure per se as in regular army units. We operate as a group and although command line is respected, all members of the group are active in intelligence and planning as well as mission execution. In Spetsnaz everybody is aware of the full situation and they all have the responsibility and opportunity to think about what the mission is, and to weigh in at any time, and if needed to think and operate on their own if required. Every member of the group must be able to act independently without needing immediate orders, yet knowing what the full scope of the mission is. They can all address the situation and assess and contribute their opinion on operations. As a commander I listen to everybody and make the final decision. This makes Spetsnaz more effective.
The Saker: There are many elite units in the Russian military, including the SOBR and ODON units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Alpha and Vympel Spetsnaz of the FSB, the 4 divisions and 8 brigades of the VDV, the Navy’s Spetsnaz units, the “Zaslon” unit of the SVR, etc. How would you compare these forces to the 7 Spetsnaz GRU brigades? What makes the Spetsnaz GRU unique and different?
Ramzes: In the beginning Spetsnaz was only GRU (Main Intelligence Directorate). They are the original and some say true Special Forces. During the 1990’s the reputation of the Spetznas was renowned throughout Russia and deeply respected. At this time all the forces created their own Spetsnaz units to piggyback on the reputation and elite status of the original GRU Spetsnaz. The very identity of Spetsnaz became a catch word for the elite unit within all of the various military and security organisations.
Now if you say that you are Spetsnaz there is more responsibility to live up to a certain reputation as the situation in Russia is exceptionally more advanced and capable compared to the 90’s.
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Originally the main operational concept of the Special Forces was to execute our missions on the territory of the enemy. Now there are domestic Spetsnaz and all sorts of various Spetsnaz delegations that were not trained for foreign incursions like the original GRU Spetsnaz.
When we were trained all GRU Spetsnaz were educated in one or more several key languages - Farsi, Mandarin, English, Arabic, French. Now they learn a greater variety of languages. For example during the Afghan War our Spetsnaz were fluent in various local dialects and after this experience this practice was expanded.
The Saker: It is often reported that there are Spetsnaz GRU units formed exclusively of officers and NCOs which are used in more complex and demanding operations. Is that so and, if yes, are these units part of the Spetsnaz Brigades or are they directly depending on the 5th (or 8th?) GRU Directorate in Moscow?
Ramzes: I can say only this. There are GRU Spetsnaz groups that consist of only officers. Every group will be working under the directorate of the GRU. Of course the most difficult and delicate missions are for groups composed of officers only and NCO’s.
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Turkey: ‘Evidence’ proves US is helping ISIS in Syria
Ryan Saavedra Dec 27th, 2016 6:20 pm 41 Comments
Saying that the US have accused Turkey of supporting IS, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday the Turkish leader blamed the US-led coalition for assisting terrorists themselves.
Apart from IS, he also mentioned Kurdish People’s Protection Units in northern Syria (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD) as groups supported by the coalition.
“We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos,” he added.
Erdogan has also called on Saudi Arabia and Qatar to join Russia, Turkey and Iran in peace talks on Syria. On Tuesday, the Turkish leader said officials of these Gulf states should be included in the talks of foreign ministers in Kazakhstan next month, as their countries had “shown goodwill and given support” to Syria, AP reported.
However, the Turkish president stressed that Ankara itself would not take part should Syrian Kurdish groups – whom he called “terrorist organizations” – be invited to take part in the meeting.
Commenting on Ankara’s accusations, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Erdogan’s claims were “ludicrous.”
Saying that there is “no basis for truth” in Erdogan’s statement, Toner added that Washington is “100 percent behind the defeat and destruction of Daesh, even beyond Syria and Iraq.”
The State Department also praised Ankara’s efforts in northern Syria, saying that they have been “very efficient, very successful.” The US is in “constant contact” with Turkey, Toner added.
“The evidence [mentioned by Erdogan] is quite ample, [the US] have been doing it for a number of years, including running secret CIA operations through Jordan, then through Turkey and into Syria,” Michael Maloof, a security analyst and former Pentagon official, told RT.
He added that Erdogan’s comments were “disingenuous,” however, as “he continues to supply arms [into Syria] as well, with his ultimate aim [being] to go after the Kurds, and ISIS is secondary.”
On Tuesday, Moscow also accused Washington of “sponsoring terrorism” in Syria.
Commenting on the latest National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Barack Obama, the Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the new bill “openly stipulates the possibility” of delivering more weapons to Syria.
Those arms “will soon find their way to the jihadists,” ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said, adding that America had “refused” to fully cooperate in fighting terrorism.
December 25, 2016
CIA “Burst Transmission” From Ukraine Precedes Catastrophic Russian Military Plane Crash
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
A grim Ministry of Defense (MoD) report released in the Kremlin today by the Security Council (SC) on the catastrophic crash into the Black Sea of an Aerospace Forces (AF) Tupolev Tu-154 airliner at 02:40 (GMT+3) while 1.5 kilometers (.9 miles) from its takeoff from Sochi International Airport was preceded by an as yet unexplained American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) encrypted “burst transmission” occurring prior to this disaster by 23 minutes—and that “strangely/coincidentally” immediately redirected a US Air Force C-130 cargo plane from its original path over the Black Sea to the Romanian Air Forces 90th Airlift Base from NATO’s Incirlik Air Base in the Republic of Turkey. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
Tu-154 crashed as a result of NATO's covert operation?
Russia's Ministry for Transportation does not consider a terrorist attack to be one of the versions that led to the crash of the Tu-154 passenger airliner of the Russian Defence Ministry in the Black Sea on December 25. For the time being, we know that the weather was fine, the pilots were experienced, and the aircraft was technically sound.
The crash of the Tu-154 over the Black Sea looks very much like the explosion of the Russian passenger jetliner over Sinai Peninsula, when the Federal Security Bureau made an official announcement about the terrorist attack only two weeks after the crash. There is another version - of radio-electronic attack.
Black boxes may not give an answer to the question of whether there was a terrorist attack on board the Tu-154. This has already been the case in the investigation of the Sinai plane crash, before specialists found traces of two-component explosives in a can of Coke, hidden in a seat pocket. The explosion caused the plane to collapse in midair. This explained the reason why the fragments of the aircraft were scattered on a large territory, FSB Director Bortnikov then said.
The Tu-154B MO, Flight RA-85572, took off from Chkalovsky military airfield near Moscow on December 25th. The aircraft was en route to Damascus with a refuelling stop in Mozdok on a regular route across the Caspian Sea, Iran, Iraq and the whole of Syria. Mozdok was closed, and the plane detoured for 408 km in the opposite direction, to Adler, even though there were other airports working nearby (Mineralniye Vody, Nalchik, Makhachkala). Allegedly, the passengers of the aircraft were not allowed to leave the airplane in Adler for two hours. Reportedly, no one boarded the plane and nothing was loaded on the aircraft either. The plane was only refuelled, and then it took off at 5.25 a.m. Two minutes later, at 5.27 a.m., Flight RA-85572 stopped responding to dispatchers and went off radar screens.
During one of the briefings of the Ministry of Defence, the map showed that the plane disappeared from radar screens immediately after making a turn of 180 degrees. However, flightradar24 real time tracker did not reflect such a manoeuvre. Was the transponder turned off?
After the crash, the wreckage was scattered over an area of about 10-12 square kilometers. Was it a current or an explosion? The Ministry for Transport said that the version of the terrorist act was not among the priorities. FSB officials rejected the version too
Versions of the disaster
The basic versions of the crash are the following: a piloting error, a technical malfunction and improper alignment of cargo on board the plane. However, Tu-154 commander Roman Volkov had the total flight time of more than three thousand hours. He had made a number of flights to Hmeymim air base in Syria. Navigator Alexander Petukhov was awarded with the Order of Courage for landing an uncontrollable Tu-154 airplane in 2011.
According to experts' estimates, Tu-154 aircraft do not fall apart in the air for no reason. The plane was designed to withstand airborne loads that dramatically exceed common flight loads. The aircraft has a three-time margin of safety of all systems. Ageing and metal fatigue after replacement of spare parts is not critical for Tu-154.
The aircraft was crashing at a flight speed of about 300 km per hour, at an altitude of about 1,200 meters. If there had been an emergency on board, the crew would have reported it, even 15-20 seconds would have been enough for that, specialists said.
Many experts note that the nature of the fragments and their dispersal over long distances say speak of an explosion on board. For example, the rack chassis was found in the water. This part of the plane retracts immediately after take-off and remains in the gondola during the flight. Was there something in the gondola that caused the landing gear of the aircraft to separate?
Strangely enough, the plane belonged to the Russian Defence Ministry, and the passengers of the aircraft were not common passengers. They were actually well-known individuals in Russia. Who could plant a bomb in the plane? Was it like in Sharm el-Sheikh? The Chkalovsky airfield in the Moscow region is known as a well-protected military facility, where it is impossible to take a bomb on board a plane.
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Tu-154 crash: Latest audio recording on board raises many questions
The audio recording of the conversation between the pilots of the crashed Tu-154 and flight control officers of the Center of the Black Sea Air Traffic Management was published on YouTube.
Judging from the recording, there were no emergency situations on board. The pilots were working normally, their voices were calm. After some time, the flight control officer tried to contact the crew again, but the pilots were not responding.
Noteworthy, the authenticity of the negotiations has not been officially confirmed.
The Tu-154 plane of the Russian Ministry of Defence with 84 passengers and eight crew members on board, crashed in the Black Sea on December 25. The wreckage of the aircraft was found 1.5 km from the coast near Sochi at a depth of 50-70 meters.
"If there had been turbulence, an abnormal sound, a flash, the crew would have reported it. Even 15-20 seconds would have been enough. Yet, it appears that no one has been able to inform flight control officers of what was happening on board. This speaks of the nature of instant destruction of the aircraft - some sort of either internal or external interference," Hero of Russia, pilot Anatoly Knyshov told Pravda.Ru.
Thirty-five facts about phenomenon of Russian women
The beauty of Russian women is a part of Russia's national wealth. Let us take a look at a few interesting facts about Russian women to try to unravel the mystery of the phenomenon of Russian women.
1. In Russia, women outnumber men by ten million people.
2. In Russia, the child remains with the mother in 95 percent of cases of divorce.
3. Fyodor Vasilyev's wife delivered 69 children from 1725 to 1765. Sixteen of them were twins. The woman gave birth to seven triplets and four quadruplets 4 (the total of 27 births). Sixty-seven of 69 children survived infancy.
4. Most common female names in Russia are Anastasia, Maria, Anna and Daria.
5. Fifty-three percent of Russian women wear fur coats in winter.
6. Russian women often break records. Russia's Natalia Molchanova became the first female diver, who dove deeper than 100 meters. Soviet aviatrix Marina Raskova set a record for a distance of single flight. Muza Malinovskaya set a record in parachute jumping. Soviet athlete Galina Chistyakova owns a record in long jumping, while pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva owns 28 world records.
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7. Russian model Natalia Semanova became the youngest winner of prestigious contest "The Look of the Year." She won the contest when she was 14 years old.
8. The Soviet Union legalized abortion in 1955, and the number of abortions started growing rapidly. By 1964, a record number of abortions had been reached - 5.46 million.
9. The Russian army has about 50,000 service women.
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The Most Exotic Lands of the Russian Empire
Posted on December 19, 2016 by konst4
At one time, there were Russian colonies in America, and in Africa, and in the present territory of Germany. In Somalia, there was a New Moscow, and in California there was river Don. However, big politics interfered with the initiatives of the Russian colonists.
In 1815, the Russian-American Company (RAC), that was "in charge of" Alaska and Kamchatka, reached an agreement with the leader of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Under the contract, he, together with the population, acted under the protection of Russia. Georg Anton Scheffer, a colonist in the Russian service, headed the development of a new Hawaiian colony. In 1816-1817, three forts were built by local residents, named in honor of Alexander I, his wife Empress Elisabeth and Barclay de Tolly (today there are only remnants of the Elizabeth fortress foundation left).
EXCLUSIVE NEWS NOV 4 2016, 7:15 PM ET
U.S. Govt. Hackers Ready to Hit Back If Russia Tries to Disrupt Election
by KEN DILANIAN, WILLIAM M. ARKIN, CYNTHIA MCFADDEN and ROBERT WINDREM
U.S. military hackers have penetrated Russia's electric grid, telecommunications networks and the Kremlin's command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons should the U.S. deem it necessary, according to a senior intelligence official and top-secret documents reviewed by NBC News.
American officials have long said publicly that Russia, China and other nations have probed and left hidden malware on parts of U.S critical infrastructure, "preparing the battlefield," in military parlance, for cyber attacks that could turn out the lights or turn off the internet across major cities.
It's been widely assumed that the U.S. has done the same thing to its adversaries. The documents reviewed by NBC News — along with remarks by a senior U.S. intelligence official — confirm that, in the case of Russia.
U.S. officials continue to express concern that Russia will use its cyber capabilities to try to disrupt next week's presidential election. U.S. intelligence officials do not expect Russia to attack critical infrastructure — which many believe would be an act of war — but they do anticipate so-called cyber mischief, including the possible release of fake documents and the proliferation of bogus social media accounts designed to spread misinformation.
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December 29, 2016 - 03:02 PM EST
FBI, DHS release report on Russia hacking
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday released a joint report detailing how federal investigators linked the Russian government to hacks of Democratic Party organizations.
The document makes clear reference to the hacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, though it does not mention either by name.
The 13-page report provides technical details regarding tools and infrastructure used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services to “compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities.” (See the entire report below.)
The report, known as a “Joint Analysis Report” or JAR, refers to the Russian hacking campaign as “Grizzly Steppe.”