Russian Hackers Targeted European Research Groups, Report Says — To Inform is to Influence

“Russian officials have denied that Moscow had any role in the hacking attempts.” Russia has no honor and never will. By Karen Weise Feb. 20, 2019 SEATTLE — A group of hackers associated with Russian intelligence targeted civil society groups across Europe ahead of May elections there, Microsoft said on Tuesday. The attacks, […]

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Russian Religious Persecution: ‘Electric Shocks, Suffocation’: Jehovah’s Witnesses Say Russian Police Tortured Church Members — To Inform is to Influence

Russia considers Jehovah’s Witnesses a criminal organization and treats them as such. This is religious persecution of the first degree, and it is state-sanctioned. From Newsweek,WHY IS VLADIMIR PUTIN’S RUSSIA SO AFRAID OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES? The Russian Supreme Court maintains that the country needs to be protected from disloyal religious fanatics. “Disloyal”. In other words, […]

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Moscow’s Attack on Religious Groups Means West May Again View Russia as the Evil Empire, ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’ Says — To Inform is to Influence

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Paul Goble Staunton, February 17 – Moscow’s recent moves against religious groups, the editors of Nezavisimaya gazeta say, mean that the West may again define the country centered on Moscow as “an evil empire,” a term introduced by Ronald Reagan that the paper says had more to do with religion than with ethnicity (ng.ru/editorial/2019-02-17/2_7510_red.html). […]

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EU East StratCom Task Force: The Leperous Distilment of Disinformation – Disinformation Review — To Inform is to Influence

Share Tweet Forward 21 February 2019 *TRENDS OF THE WEEK* The Leperous Distilment of Disinformation Sleeping within my orchard My custom always of the afternoon, Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole, With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial, And in the porches of my ears did pour The leperous distilment William Shakespeare; […]

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Russia Sends Strategic Bomber into Occupied Ukraine

Glasnost Gone

Yesterday’s daily OSCE report proved a little more interesting than usual.
On events for Feb 15th, they reported seeing a plane flying over Russian occupied Ukraine. There “hand held imagery,” which is probably film footage, described the plane as likely to be either a Russian made – Tupolev TU-95 or Tupolev TU-142. Wikipedia

The Tupolev Tu-142 is a maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The Tu-95 turboprop is a strategic bomber. These are old planes. One can surmise Russia’s sent an older plane into Ukraine to first test the water. If it got shot down, no great loss. If not shot down as in the case here, it’s a propaganda victory. With the large, slow moving plane having flown during the day, it was hardly going to be missed.

OSCE planeThe OSCE report.

Tupolev_Tu-95_6906568850The Tupolev TU-142.

The OSCE monitors were “positioned in an area north-west of Liubivka village (formerly Leninske), which is…

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Front Line News – More Shelling & Russia Downs an OSCE UAV

Glasnost Gone

The increased daily attrition along the front line shows no sign of letting up.
Use of mortars and infantry fired guided missiles is on the up. What we have in eastern Ukraine is modern day tit-for-tat warfare. Russia’s forces fire and Ukrainian troops fire back. Also at this time, you can add into the mix the Ukrainian presidential elections. The Kremlin will be keen to blame president Poroshenko for any increased fighting, especially if any civilians get killed or wounded.

Yesterday, Ukraine reported Russia’s forces fired 117 Russian mortar shells at Ukrainian held territory. In total they opened up 12 times, with a further 3 firing attacks launched so far today. Four Ukrainian soldiers were reported wounded yesterday.

The OSCE report below details how one of their UAV was downed over Russian occupied territory. Feb 18th it crashed near Berdianka in the Luhansk Oblast (province) of Ukraine. For some time…

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