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Mueller’s Russians’ Indictment: Another Step In The Establishment’s Ploy to Disenfranchise Citizens.

Sun, 2018-02-18 12:53
When the hacks on the mainstream media tell you that Russia forced you not to like Hillary Clinton, and to sit home, or give your vote to the other candidates, what do you read into that? Do you read into it what I do which is that the establishment think they have dumbed down the […]

Defeat of the PMC Wagner on February 7th: Yankees started with artillery, and then four copters joined in turnaround

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:56
MBH media received WhatsApp audio records of calls made by alleged pals of the militants of Wagner Private Military Company dislocated in Syria. They tell details of US aviation attack as of February 7. According to them, instead of Syrian troops there was an attack on Russian contractors who suffered great losses – approximately 200 persons. Indifference of the Ministry of Defence caused tellers’ peculiar fury as it appears that they decided to conceal the deaths of hundreds Russians in Syria. Record No. 1 Hi, Ilya. Here is what you may watch on TV news, 25 Syrian military men are injured in Syria and so on, well, actually we were those defeated. 200 murdered in one company, what a f***, 200 dead, 10 in another, I don’t know about the third but they also suffered seriously. That is, three companies got losses. Yankees started with artillery, and then four copters joined in turnaround, shot one and all from heavy-caliber machine guns. We had nothing at all besides machine guns, no man-portable air defense system or something else. That was truly hell! Yankees definitely knew that we, the Russians, were there. Our guys set sights on the plant, and they were there. In short, we were pressed severely. I have just had a talk with guys, they are sitting there and hitting the bottle. Too many went missing. That’s bullshit. F***, another humiliation. They disregard us, treat us as devilry. I think, we will tuck tail, our government, nothing will be done in retort, no one will be f**** for this. That’s our losses. Record No. 2 – the same voice reports the new details on the action and precise casualty state - Look, the lad has just called. They formed a column, some 300-700 meters to the positions, one column went ahead, another stayed in a column in 300 meters, those raised the American flag and artillery started hitting them hard, then helicopters arrived and shot everyone, people run…. 215 dead totally. We were put under press. F***, they laid down a marker. What were ours expectations? That they might escape on their own? That they would get afraid? Too many guys – was it difficult to identify? They shot static column by artillery, no infantry came forward anymore, they shot by artillery, f****** disaster. Record No. 3 - another man quotes casualty status - Look, bro, 177 killed – that is from 5th company only, the second was almost unaffected, well, the 5th one was all destroyed. They were attacked by aviation, helicopters, artillery, the Kurds engaged along with Americans – the guys had no chances, and the 5th almost totally fell. Those who survived are bad. This night we are waiting for Tyulpan (heavy aircraft to carry murdered – MBH media). Ok, stay in touch. Viktorovich, it seems all our guys are also gone (died – MBH media). According to our source that provided us with audio records, along with Wagner Private Military Company the special forces of the Ministry of Defence, i.e. professional soldiers, were also thrown into the battle with Syrian democratic forces near Deir Ezzor. They suffered from US attack as well. MBH media has no other evidence of professional soldiers’ disposition in detachments attacked by US soldiers. The source states that US aviation has ‘worked over the targets’ for ‘almost four hours’, wiped out a lot machines, moreover, Lockheed AC-130 Spectre plane (flying artillery battery for the support of land arms at the battlefield) along with helicopters was involved in digesting the Russian group. On February 7, US military command officially stated the US-led forces of international coalition delivered a blow over military forces tolerable to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The shot was delivered following the attack of pro-Assad forces on the positions of Syrian Democratic Forces supported by the US. On February 8, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation stated that no Russian soldiers in Syria suffered as a result of coalition attack. The military department stated ‘there are no Russian soldiers in this area of Syrian province Deir Ezzor’. However, the next day former defence minister of the Donetsk Peoples’ Republic Igor Strelkov who maintains ties with a number of Donbas war veterans, presently involved in Syrian warfare as part of Wagner, reported the Russia’s losses: ‘two Wagner tactical units were attacked by the US aviation. One of them was almost wiped off, another was not left a rag on.’ A bit later Strelkov gave some details: 5th assault detachment, armoured and artillery units were wiped off, near Hisham settlement. Information provided by Strelkov overlaps with that from the records. One of the talker reported heavy losses in the 5th detachment, which was almost totally wiped off. It is basically clear why Wagners attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces (the coalition of Kurds and Arab opposition secular groups). The plant which was their target is by all appearances is an oil refinery got under control of SDF and US militants behind them. The fight for oil deposits and oil refining is main Wagner’s profile which operates in behalf of “Euro Police” company. Euro Police is actively involved into oil business in Syria and is tied to Putin’s cook Eugen Prigozhin along with Wagner. Upon the agreement with the Damask regime Euro Police should control the significant part of Syrian oil refinery, though the SDF does not coordinate their activities with Assad’s dictatorial regime. However, that is a well known fact that SDF is under US patronage, there are a lot of US soldiers in their detachments, US aviation also provides SDS with air support. Attacking SDF in the name of any business interests is a self-destructive action. I must admit that the attacks on the Syrian Democratic Forces are far from what is meant as ‘fight with terrorism’: SDF are long-time uncompromising IS enemy. That is by their forces a significant part of eastern Syria was released from IS along with seizure of the Syrian caliphate capital Rakka. The Ministry of Defence does not comment appearing information about Russian losses from US attacks. Recent information from the Ministry – that related to February 8th: there are no Russian soldiers in this area of Syrian province Deir Ezzor. Formula ‘Russians do not left their friends’ is still used in thrilling Russian films. The military men get used to denial of losses. This trick is well used since the war in Ukraine, and became even easier to employ – instead of deathly scared boys from the hard-core unit the real contractors go into action, who know the risk and do not have military card in their pocket. In no way we would like Kremlin to initiate the Third World War over Syria. However, the question is Russian citizens and their fate and protection fall in the scope of obligation of at least the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if not the Ministry of Defence.

Banknotes, the last bastion of privacy?

Wed, 2018-02-14 03:58
It may come as a surprise, but many don’t care whether the government stores or analyses personal information. “I have nothing to hide, they would say. You have to worry only if you did something wrong, in which case you have no right to keep it a secret.” The “Nothing to hide” argument is a […]

Jagland’s hybrid vision of the dialog with Russia

Thu, 2018-02-08 09:04
When three weeks ago the Russian parliament has declared its refusal to take part in the work of PACE session, it was understood by majority as self-imposition of sanctions in order to avoid annual execution by condemnation of illegal actions of the Russian Federation in Crimea and Donbas and subsequent approval of introduced political restrictions in respect of the participation of the Russian delegation in its work. However, that was not the case. PACE opening has shown that Kremlin has not left its attempts to bypass sanctions and is going to mobilise all the attempts for diplomatic and financial pressure in order to get back to PACE in 2018. The means towards this end include the use of prepaid influence agents accompanied by the so-called ‘useful idiots’ which either through depraved feeling or through incomprehension facilitate promotion of Kremlin’s revanchist plans. I may suppose with regret that one of the above mentioned instruments is the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr. Jagland. Since before current PACE session during his tour to the capitals of the world he persuaded his high-ranking partners in advisability of supporting dialog with Russia and its recall to the PACE conference room, undermining thereby the West world’s line in the issues of the Russian aggression, violation of territorial integrity and military acquisition of the territory of other state. This line was supported during current PACE session as well. In his Assembly report he proceeded further stating that annexation and occupation of the territories should not be the reason for imposition of sanctions. “The Organisation’s fundamental mission was to protect the individual against the arbitrary use of power by their own state, and conflicts such as the one between Ukraine and Russia over the annexation of Crimea should not prevent both parties being held responsible for protecting their people’s rights”. He advanced an opinion that Russia should get back to the PACE even before its summit scheduled for the next year. Moreover, the official proposes not only excuse Russia, but to change the regulations in such a way to make impossible revocation of authority of delegations from different states. The question is the amendments of the rules for the Assembly. According to Mr. Jagland, only direct infringements of Arts 2, 3, 4 and 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights, namely capital punishment, tortures, forced labour or slavery and no punishment without law instead of annexation and occupation of alien territories may be the reason for sanctions. One may feel as if the chimeras of the past rose from the chasm of the previous century and speak from the mouth of PACE Secretary General: there is no way to divide Europe, the only true solution is living friendly and conflicts may not prevent it. That was such highly humanist considerations about the “people’s interest” which accompanied former jaglands’ attempts to appease an aggressor after the USSR occupied Central and South European states in 1944-1948, crushed the Hungarian revolution of 1956 in the blood, intruded into Czechoslovakia in 1968, occupied Afghanistan, shot down South Korean Boing 747… Does Mr. Jagland really have gaps in knowledge of history? Or probably the fact that Soviet Criminal Code which stipulates capital punishment is resumed within the territories occupied by the Russian Federation, that pro-Russian separatists have shot Ukrainian servicemen and military hostages were forced to slave labour, subjected to tortures and abuse, are still unknown for him? Ukrainian political prisoners in the Russian Federation, relatives of many Russians who disappeared without a trace after their conflicts with the authorities (particularly in Kadyrov’s Chechnya), Crimean Tatars might tell Mr. Jagland a lot in response to his statement of no formal causes to deprive Russian delegation the vote, such as tortures or capital punishment. Perhaps, everything is quite simple and Mr. Jagland grinds his own axe, as Organisation faces difficulties following Russia’s refuse to make contributions in CoE budget in response to sanctions? And the price of it is €33 m. It turns out that in view of income support and for ‘thirty pieces of silver’ Mr. Jagland and his pro-Russian colleagues-deputies, hiding behind the parade of words about human rights and Common Europe, are about to trade European values. Jagland & Co.’s scenario following the return of the Russian delegation to PACE is becoming known. After the negotiations in the special committee (an ad-hoc Committee on ‘The role and mission of the Parliamentary Assembly’) late in June at the PACE session the decision on the amendment of the Assembly procedures, i.e. on liquidation of sanction instrument, may be supported. In case of success of the adherents of Russia’s return, the voting will be held in the Committee of Ministers and the Statute of the Council of Europe will be amended. If these requirements are satisfied, we may anticipate Russia’s triumphal entry into the PACE conference hall. Today the only legal and proper prerequisite to lift sanctions from Russia is Moscow’s recognition of the violations (the issue is Crimea in Donbas) and taking at least first steps to implement PACE resolutions. Instead of this, Mr. Jagland initiates the hybrid direction of return of Russian delegation to the PACE conference hall through revision and removal of several provisions from the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly. European values as the basis for CoE operation is substituted by political gaming. The next meeting of the PACE special committee shall be held on 16 March in Paris. Initiators of the mechanism which may result in lifting sanctions from Russia and involving it back in the PACE work lay high hopes on this meeting. Still the question is, may it cause a split within PACE?

Russia initiates trials against Ukrainians in Crimea

Mon, 2018-02-05 04:45
Strange though it may seem, Russia, which quite recently has attempted to present itself as civilized state and furthermore pretends to be one of the international leaders, may be capable of blatant violations of international arrangements and provisions of international law (unlawful Crimea annexation), and may even neglect inconditional human right for freedom of speech and belief both on their territory and within grabbed Ukrainian Crimea. Though last century Russia abode horror of Stalin’s purges, it comes back to totalitarian regime today which persecutes people for political beliefs. The brightest example is the fate of Crimean resident Vladimir Balukh. In 2014, after Crimea occupation, the life of an ordinary farmer has drastically changed. Overt condemnation of aggression by him and support of Ukraine got on nervous of the new authorities. Initially Vladimir Balukh refused flatly from changing the Ukrainian ID for the Russian one. Though Russia enshrined the criminal responsibility for declarations of Crimea as non-Russian territory at legislative level, Balukh claimed he disregarded present authorities and still considered Crimean peninsula Ukrainian. In support of his citizenship he hoisted the Ukrainian flag in front of his house and denied any request of the local authorities to remove it. Policemen repeatedly interviewed him and strongly encouraged the neighbours to suspend their relations with Balukh, in the face of becoming ‘politically unreliable’. Agents of the security services threatened Balukh with reprisals to force him to change his position or leave Crimea. He received a clear message that he would face a prison sentence in Crimea for his pro-Ukrainian position. However, the Crimean was not broken down neither by convictions, nor by threats, therefore, the authorities have been seeking more and more causes for his arrest and accusation in nonexistent crimes. After the meeting of the speaker of the Crimean parliament with public where Vladimir Balukh attempted to put some questions to the official, the Ukrainian was arrested and a criminal case was initiated against him under Art. 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation for ‘disobedience to the legitimate order of the police officer’, followed by the 3-days arrest and a fine. Since this measure produced no proper effect on Balukh, another, more serious accusation, was not long in coming: in theft (…of tractor repair parts) (Art. 157 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Balukh’s home was searched and policemen managed to remove the Ukrainian flag. However, his involvement into the theft of tractor repair parts was not proved. To this end, police intentionally paid a night visit. As Balukh expressed the investigator his resentment, the new proceeding under Art. 319 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation was initiated for the ‘offence against the public authority’, followed by the arrest for 40 days. After a while, in December 2016, Balukh hanged on Ukrainian flag on his house over again and attached a sign with an inscription “Heroes of Divine Sotnia Street” (in commemoration of the heroes fell during the Dignity Revolution in 2014 in Kiev). Requirements of the authorities to remove the sign and the flag were met by a peremptory refusal. Therefore, on December 8, 2016 Vladimir Balukh was newly arrested on a contrived accusation in illegal keeping of weapon (Arts. 222-222.1 of the CC RF) and placed in Razdolnenskyi detention facility. Officers of the FSS (FSB) reported 90 cartridges and several trotyl block found in his house. Balukh’s neighbours also share the opinion about contrivedness of the accusations and explosive planted in the Ukrainian’s house, as they have seen unknowns who entered it few hours prior to search. Actually, no fingerprints of the accused were detected on the cartridges and explosive. In August, 2017 the court passed a sentence upon the Ukrainian activist – 3 years 7 months in standard regime penal colony and a fine amounting to RUB 10 thousand. After Balukh filed an appeal, the case was submitted to the new trial. The guilt of Vladimir Balukh was not proved, however, he has spent a year in detention centre (SIZO), though attorneys insisted on arrest in quarters due to severe health deterioration of their client. Nevertheless the court refused in changing the measure of restraint even after Balukh was taken from the court room by the ambulance. Only on December 1, 2017 Razdolnenskiy district court changed the measure of restraint to arrest in quarters for 2 months. However, on December 6, 2017 Ukrainian activist was brought a new charge. This time Russian security officials incriminated him ‘disorganization of operation of detention centres’ for asserted blow of the SIZO official in the cell during Balukh’s examination. Balukh’s case was submitted for the new trial. Prosecution claimed 5 years and 1 month of penal colony settlement for him with a money penalty amounting to RUB 20 thousand. The court satisfied it in part: on January 16, 2018 Razdolnenskiy district court convicted Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh to 3 years and 7 months of penal colony settlement and a money penalty amounting to RUB 10 thousand on a charge of ammunition storage. In his final speech, Ukrainian activist stated that a case against him is framed up due to his political position, however, even such imposed sentence could not force him to love ‘the new Motherland’, as according to him, ‘living on the knees is far worse than dying standing upright.’ As long as such patriots, as Vladimir Balukh, live in Crimea, Russia has no chances to appropriate the stolen peninsula. Still there are a lot of them. Despite of the cruelest pressure, Balukh has not renounced Ukrainian citizenship and defends his principled civil position by all available peaceful means, making a clear statement that Crimea is a territory of Ukraine under international law. For many Crimeans Vladimir Balukh became an example of dignity, courage and dedication to his Motherland. That is why Russian authorities are afraid of and eliminate them. Today Balukh’s home folks and civil activists help his old mother, raise funds for penalty payment and fight for his release.

Power supply to the Crimea at all costs: Siemens – Moscow the second half …

Fri, 2018-01-12 07:45
On December, 18th German Siemens signed a contract, totaling €380 million, with TAIF Group under which it undertakes to deliver to Tatarstan SGT5-2000Е gas turbines, SST-600 steam turbine and the power distribution equipment for the 495-MW combined cycle power plant. It is expected, that the new object, working on synthetic gas – by-product of “Nizhnekamskneftekhim”, – will be started in May, 2021. Within this project the German company will act as the general contractor, and Turkish company ENKA – as the subcontractor. After contract signing Siemens focused attention that the company would carry out the strict control over deliveries and equipment installation. Probably thus the company’s management hopes to secure itself against the situations similar to recent juicy scandal, connected with delivery to the annexed Crimea of the German equipment bypassing the European sanctions. After media reported information on illegal import to Crimea of four turbines Siemens for power stations under construction in Crimea, representatives of the company stated that this equipment intended absolutely for other purposes. Because of the stirred up conflict Siemens declared a time suspension of equipment deliveries to the Russian companies, and went to law with the claim to terminate installation of turbines in Crimea and to return to the original destination – in Taman'. The Russian officials were clumsily to justify Russian actions, saying, turbines had been manufactured in Russia and purchased in the secondary market, therefore there were no infringements. As a result, on December, 14th, 2017 the Arbitration court of Moscow rejected Siemens’s claim and in Crimea builders reported on installation of the first turbines on power stations. It is necessary to note, that the Russian private business in every possible way avoids working in Crimea in connection with high risk of sectoral sanctions imposition. The interdiction concerns the export to the peninsula of goods and technologies intended for use in the field of transport, telecommunications, power etc. As a result Russia simply is not able to provide the transport connection with the illegally annexed peninsula, and also to provide power supply, to solve a problem of the fresh water, the food stuffs etc. The necessity to resolve these pressing problems in the conditions of the international sanctions from which the Russian economy has seriously suffered, forces the Kremlin to search for the support of foreign investors and to use any loopholes for attraction the foreign companies in projects on the annexed peninsula. Thereby the Kremlin aspires to kill two birds with one stone: bypassing economic sanctions to solve problems of the peninsula life sustenance and to attract foreign business in realization of projects in Crimea, to achieve step by step legitimization of annexation. The situation with the known German company caught with the international sanctions infringement, confirms once again that the Kremlin’s stake on prevalence at management of some companies of business interests over values and democracy priorities – has proved to be true. It confirms, in particular, the fact that despite public scandal around Siemens and the following judicial proceedings with all came to nothing, Siemens’s management declared, that it wouldn’t suspend its business in Russia. Actually all statements by Siemens as far as suspension of cooperation with the Russian companies under the government management have been made to calm public opinion and to hush up the scandal. In practice Siemens also was not going to leave the Russian market. Signing of the new contract on delivery for Russian “Nizhnekamskneftekhim” of gas turbines of the same model being the cause of inflamed scandal became an acknowledgement of that. Today still there is no confidence that the equipment manufactured by Siemens will not appear again on the annexed peninsula. But in such a case the German company hardly will manage to avoid sanctions. At the same time the foreign companies, continuing to work in Russia, should realise that infringement of sanctions and continuation of cooperation with an aggressor is toxic for their business reputation. Certainly, business is business, but it is also obvious that observance of international law norms, adherence to democratic values, all-European solidarity should prevail over reception of momentary benefits.

From Biden to Oprah in two weeks: Is the establishment confused?

Mon, 2018-01-08 16:26
So, the next person chosen by the mainstream media, so called progressives, and the Democratic party to be our next president is Oprah Winfrey. That’s rather interesting considering that she will be the third person they have chosen and presented to the sheep, or as you call them, party faithfuls, since the advent of the […]

Nwaorgu Faustinus

Thu, 2017-12-21 18:59
The strength of this movie lies in many fronts: from the real jungle setting, to exotic plot; from stunning stunts to badass humour; from mind blowing set designing to top of the world cast interpreting head-turning roles, you will simply swoon taking a cinematic dose of this magnificent motion picture wonder.

Killing net neutrality is a bad idea from a capitalist perspective so it stays.

Sat, 2017-12-16 17:37
On December 14 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) led by Obama appointed and Trump retained chairman, Ajit Pai, voted to repeal the net neutrality law passed by the Obama administration in 2015. The repeal passed with a vote of 3 to 2 and did away with the net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking […]

Winners and losers of a cashless economy

Wed, 2017-12-06 05:51
With every year, new payment methods come out, ever more convenient, ever more modern. Now, the question is: do we really need cash altogether, anymore? Many players on the market argue that we don’t. For the general public, the question isn’t really relevant, as they are excluded from the debate. Should hard currency disappear, who would win and who would lose? Since the 1980s, businesses and individuals have been offered ever more solutions to conduct their payments and make their purchases in every possible way. Ranging from debit cards to credit cards, and from wire transfers to IOUs, contactless payments are everywhere on the rise, to the extent that many wonder if we still need cash at all! The disappearance of cash has been a social fantasy for many decades, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t occur. In fact, some of the boldest reforms in modern history sometimes took over a century in the brewing. While supporters of the war on cash claim it would bring nothing but benefits for all involved, civil rights activists warn that only some categories would be on the long end of the stick - and citizens would draw the short straw. Banks are the most diligent champions of the war on cash. Actually, some banks have already implemented it, making their agencies cashless. In 2016, Australian bank Citi decided to stop managing cash in its agencies. Head of retail banking Janine Copelin announced (1): “This move to cashless branches reflects Citi's commitment to digital banking and we are investing in the channels our customers prefer to use". Part of these banks’ strategy is to explain that it is in the customer’s interest and at their behest. Janine Copelin therefore added that “4 per cent of the bank's customers had made cash transactions through a branch in the last year.” Many other banks are tempted to drop cash altogether, because it doesn’t represent a source of revenue, and look keenly on the trend, as Susan Edmonds reported (2): “Banks said they were adjusting their systems to cater for a world where consumers wanted less physical cash in their pockets. ASB executive general manager retail Russell Jones said branches in New Zealand had already noticed a drop in the requirement for cash to be handled over the counter. Increasingly the sorts of volumes of cash handling people are doing can be handled by ATMs to get cash out and by ATMs to put deposits back into the system. The amount of cash that is going through branches over the counter is reducing." And banks can count on a sizable ally to help them increase their profits. Governments are opposing very feeble resistance to the banks’ lobbying pressure, as they also have something to gain in the dissolution of hard currency. Central banks see in the production and management of cash an unnecessary expense. And law enforcement agencies tend to frown upon cash, as their investigations regularly lead them to arrest individuals who have stashed their illegitimate earnings in high piles of banknotes. Their professional misperception often lead investigators and law enforcer to associate cash with crime. Lastly, fiscal agencies loathe the banknotes they so often fail to recoup in taxes. With the advent of the cashless and computerized era, governments could more easily track wrongdoers, investigate criminal networks and increase their tax revenues and bases by shedding light on every single corner of the economy. Economist Kenneth Rogoff assures (3): “Law-abiding citizens rarely have need for $100 bills, yet there are 34 of them in circulation for every woman, man, and child in the U.S. That suggests the bills are circulating mainly in the underground economy.” Bloomberg editorialist Peter Coy adds: “Law enforcement officials are among Rogoff's biggest allies in the war on cash, he says, and some central bankers are also interested. The front of his book carries a blurb from former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who calls the book "fascinating and important" and the argument "compelling and wide-ranging." Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and Citigroup Chief Economist Willem Buiter have also endorsed the idea, which Rogoff first broached in a scholarly paper in 1998.” But when there are winners in a change of setting, there are also losers. What civil rights activists are worried about is not economic performance, tax revenues or police efficiency. They are worried about how much power a State would have, if it could monitor every single citizen on a screen. Glenn Beck, a civil rights watchdog, warns (4): ”You want to talk about true power? True power comes from everyone knowing exactly where you’ve spent your money, every penny, you not having the ability to make any transaction at all in cash. So, somebody wants to stop you, all they have to do is freeze your funds. All they have to do is wipe out your bank account”. Because computerized transactions are logged in with details, amounts, location, time, and parties involved, a cashless world would amount to a society where citizens would always feel the threatening eye of their government watching over their shoulder as they conduct their business. Additionally, the deletion of hard currency would amount to a significant transfer risk, from the banks to the citizens. For example, the current European economy is marked with particularly low interest rates, dictated by the European Central Bank, which have sometimes even gone below zero. As a result, citizens can be tempted to withdraw their holdings from the bank, where they earn nothing or even lose some of their value - something the banks fear. In a cashless society, every citizen’s savings would be trapped in the banking system, no matter what. Individual citizens and companies would therefore bear the brunt of whatever economic turbulence occurred, so that banks could remain out of harm’s way. As former IMF president and economist D. Strauss-Kahn summarized, “when there is a loss, the question is simply: who will suffer it?” In a cashless society, it would necessarily be citizens. One could consider the ongoing debate to be roaring with its silence. How is it that such an important aspect of our society is in jeopardy, while none of it is being discussed on prime television talk shows, where experts are usually so keen to express themselves? One may also wonder why banks and governments are so keen and eager to take care of their citizens’ and customers’ interests for them. A social heist may be afoot. (1) (2) (3) (4)

Deutsche Bank subpoena: Latest plot in the soap opera.

Tue, 2017-12-05 19:55
The ongoing attempt to bring President Trump in guilty for “colluding with Russia to win the United States presidency took another dimension with the news that the special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed transaction data of a very legal business deal which then business man Donald Trump struck with Deutsche Bank. The transaction data of […]

Moscow threats to wreck the Minsk peace negotiations

Mon, 2017-11-27 07:47
The recent developments in Luhansk are represented for the international community as a conflict between “legally elected” head of the separatist LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, and its Deep State represented by the minister of internal affairs, Igor Kornet, and the minister of state security LPR Leonid Pasechnik. Without going into the chronology and details of the events, as it has already been said enough in the media reports, it is possible to note a certain choreographed character of all that had happened. Yes, the conflict between the mentioned persons did not arise suddenly and not today, but existed long ago. But, generally speaking, both forces are nothing but two sleeves of the same Kremlin jacket, a kind of weights providing the Kremlin with control over its proteges in the region. And there was an explosion of emotions, a putsch and a threat of change in the leadership of the LPR. This alone wouldn't be a problem - one bandit and a thief would replace another - but there is one very essential detail. Moscow understands that Plotnitsky's signature, even as a private person, stands under the Minsk agreements. LPR without him will not have any relations to the Minsk agreements in any way. But who is Plotnitsky? He is a private person whose signature without his position is under the Minsk documents and on whose behalf now someone is going to Minsk and is holding negotiations and consultations. But without these individuals - the whole process, the legality of which is already under a big question, will completely lose its legitimacy. I'm not mention about the possible forceful union of two pseudo-republics - LРR and DPR. This scenario has been actively considered in light of the events in Luhansk. Then, in general, a new “agency” arises and you can forget about the Minsk agreements. Now we can ask, if developments in Luhansk are not a clear signal towards the US and the EU, that the Kremlin is not satisfied with the situation around the implementation of the Minsk agreements? We can see the option how it is possible to create a situation when the existing agreements will not correspond to a potentially new format of separatist entities and there will be an occasion to insist on the drawing up of new agreements, for example, under the name “Minsk 3”. And the settlement of the conflict will formally be postponed under a plausible pretext. As it is Moscow will hush up this internal blow-up and will take an operational pause so that Plotnitsky’s and Kornet’s people could “calm down”.

Luhansk rebellion: Moscow derails the Minsk peace process

Sat, 2017-11-25 02:37
A wide circle of observers for the conflict between the authority of Luhansk pseudo-republic, which consists in Igor Cornet dismissal from the position of the “Minister of the Internal Affairs” of so-called LPR by Igor Plotnitsky and the disavowal of the latter to recognize it (resulting in a military confrontation in the center of Luhansk), seeks to find out some explanation for these events, to determine their causes and to predict results, more precisely, to predict who of the two Igor will win. But in fact all this does not matter. The events, steps and statements of the main and secondary players accompanying the said conflict (especially the Luhansk militants appeal to Alexander Zakharchenko to unite the LPR and the DPR under his leadership, and Mr. Zatulin statement that such union is absolutely logical) may indicate that Russia could orchestrate this situation, or at least predicted it (the probability of such situation has been boiling up all these years) and had long ago developed scenarios of its actions, as well as it was in winter 2014. That was the case of Viktor Yanukovych's failure to manage the crisis on Ukrainian Maidan. The truth is that, due to the diplomatic efforts of Kiеv and Western Allies, the resolution of the Donbass problem in a format related to the Minsk agreements implementation and possible deployment of non-Russian peacekeepers and return of control over the border area in no way satisfies Moscow. So it is necessary either to leave apart the Minsk peace process, or to “reshape” it. That's why a crisis at the LPR top brass was so needed. Now in conditions when all necessary steps have been taken under the plan developed by Lubyanka, and in the absence of radio and television for some period, the situation will “freeze up” to allow analyzing the external reaction that in turn will allow deciding on the scenario of further development. The name of winner (among two Igor) depends on it. In the case of I. Plotnitsky retirement from the stage as one of the signatories of the Minsk agreements, they (the agreements) will lose their legitimacy and, therefore it is necessary to choose new formats. If within the framework of new formats the ways of solution of the Donbass problem do not again satisfy the Russian side, the separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions can be united under the leadership of A. Zakharchenko, who is also a signatory of the Minsk agreements, and therefore it is possible to return to this format. Although the subject is different (not separate LPR and DPR, but the united Novorossiya), the agreements should be different – and you will receive Minsk III. And then they possibly will insist on conditions, which Kiev will never agree. The agreements will fail, which means the Kremlin will try to push the separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions into Ukraine in its present condition (and even worse) and will talk to its Western partners on its peacekeeping mission for ungrateful Ukrainians.

The faces of Russian terrorism

Thu, 2017-11-23 09:47
The armed conflict at the East of Ukraine has not become less relevant for international community, but all attempts to stop conflict by Minsk negotiations have no result yet. It is worth mentioning that the lack of progress in de-escalation is based on denial of so-called DPR and LPR to follow Minsk agreements and the destructive position of Russian Federation, which is the party of the negotiations. Let us be honest: so-called “Donbas militia” would be unable to resist Armed Forces of Ukraine without the external financing, without the deliveries of weapons and ammunition, without specific intelligence backup, without propaganda support etc. Only Russia could provide that support to the terrorists from Donetsk and Luhansk. Russia does not recognize itself as the party of conflict though Russian citizens take direct part in war actions of so-called DPR and LPR against Ukrainian enforcement bodies. Russia controls the part of Ukrainian state border and provide illegal and uncontrolled deliveries of commodities for illegal units, allow its citizens to enter Ukrainian territory without permission of Ukrainian government. There is large network of organizations, charity funds and associations which raise money and ammunition for illegal units, active on Ukrainian territory. Ukraine has brought a landmark case in The Hague court, accusing Russia in violation of UN convention for the suppression of financing terrorism. This accusation is extremely important as it may be the first case the UN country - member accusation of financing terrorism, of intended failure to prevent supporting terrorism by domestic legal persons and individuals, concealment of that persons etc. Particular researches in the Russian segment of Internet have confirmed the facts Ukraine charges Russia with. Now we are going to show faces of Russian terrorism. Face №1 Gleb Kornilov Russian citizen, the resident of Moscow Due to the Kornilov’s accounts in social networks, he supports monarchy, so-called Novorussia and is greatly interested in movie production. Though, Gleb does not produce movies, he rather prefers to take part in real war actions at the east of Ukraine. Likewise, his admin access to the group called “Fund of support for Novorussia” in social network “VKontakte” proves Kornilov’s involvement in raising money for terrorists. Here you can see Kornilov at the battlefront near Donetsk international airport, alongside with the members of illegal armed unit “Reconnaissance batallion SPARTA”. Pay attention to the Russian chevron on Kornilov’s chest. At the same day, Kornilov visited members of other illegal units near Donetsk airport and delivered them ammunition and other goods. But the contacts with ordinary terrorists are not the peak of Gleb’s activity in Donbas. This picture shows us Kornilov hugging leader of illegal armed unit “Reconnaissance battalion “SPARTA” Arsenii Pavlov, also known as Motorolla. Now we can see the “true novoross” Kornilov with so-called “head of DPR” Mr. Zakharchenko. So it can tell us a lot about how influential Gleb Kornilov is indeed. He is also told to be admin of official web page of “Fund of support for Novorussia”. According to the logs of social pages, Kornilov’s organization is situated in Moscow. There is the list of branch offices of the fund, they all are around the Russian Federation. The number of branch offices is so large that it seems to be the local government offices, not the charity fund. Making the reports of his “travel”, Kornilov mentioned that he had already delivered 1000 tonnes of ammunition and other commodities for so-called DPR and LPR. We have to add that even very well-known and successful charity fund can hardly find the money for regular deliveries and full supply of such large illegal armed unit as “Reconnaissance battalion SPARTA”. For such deliveries, the benefactor must operate the federal budget of Russian Federation. Face №2 Irina Bednova Russian citizen, the resident of Moscow We have to say that Irina Bednova is a widow of leader of illegal armed unit “Batmen” Aleksandr Bednov, killed in Luhansk 2 years ago. After the assassination of her husband, Irina moved to Moscow and created the fund «We do not abandon our people» (Своих не бросаем). The main aim of this fund is raising money for members of illegal armed units, reception of them in Moscow and paying of their expenses while staying in Moscow. The fund’s details are openly published in the Internet, as it shows us the picture below. Irina Bednova has also published a lot of reports of her trips to Luhansk, with the pictures of truck full of different ammunition attached. Irina posts the details for raising money for injured member of illegal armed unit on her Facebook page. It is extremely significant that the widow of murdered leader of pro-russian illegal armed unit has moved to Russia, and admitted citizenship of Russia. Living in Russia she kept up raising money for pro-russian terrorists with no reaction of Russian official bodies. Face №3 Angela Kugueiko Angela Kugueiko is a volunteer, poet and lawyer from Ufa, the republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. The law education did not prevent Angela from illegal cross the frontier of Ukraine, and taking picture in Ukrainian village Shirokino, being armed and staying on the Ukrainian flag. Angela Kugueiko has created “volunteer organization” called “Wolf Brotherhood” (Волчье Братство), its main aim is raising money, ammunition and other commodities for members of illegal armed units of so-called DPR. Angela’s arrival in Kominternovo village of Donetsk region of Ukraine and delivering commodities for members of illegal armed units are confirmed by the other sources of information. Terrorist Maksim Drozdov posted the story of Ufa residents’s arrival and added some photos of their meeting. Pay attention to the great number of notes of thanks, signed by the leaders of many illegal units and addressed to Angela Kugueiko. The notes of thanks and pictures of the goods, bought and prepared for delivery, make us think that legal practice is just her hobby, but her work is just below. It is worth noting that the landmark case Ukraine vs. Russian Federation is based on the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism adopted by the GA of the UN 54/109 of 9 December 1999. Article 18 of this convention includes large list of measures that must be undertaken by the Countries Parties to prevent financing terrorism: detection of suspicious transactions, immediate criminal prosecution of the persons, involved in financing terrorism, providing reports to Interpol about all such cases etc. Which of these measures were undertaken by Russia against the 3 persons, we have mentioned above? Zero. Nothing was done. That is why the term “state-terrorist” is not metaphor anymore.

Korean trap for Kremlin

Thu, 2017-11-23 09:32
In November, 2018 the USA is going to hold elections to the lower chamber of the Congress which can essentially change political map in the country. For this reason in the run-up to election campaign the nuclear program of Democratic People's Republic of Korea becomes not a simple question of strategic safety of the United States, but also a political card which both democrats and republicans will try to play on. In fact the following situation is developing: two Congressmen - Josh Gottheimer and Francis Rooney - have introduced a bill to the lower chamber of the Congress “The North Korea Ballistic Missile Investigations Act”. It is a question of deliveries of rocket engines for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In their bill the American congressmen refer to the report of an expert from the International institute of strategic researches (IISS), Michael Elleman, on which base on July, 14th The New York Times published a material that rocket engines could be supplied to Pyongyang “from a foreign source, possibly, from Ukraine”. Russian political engineers have actively grasped this topic. In Moscow they assumed, that Pyongyang’s rocket & nuclear program actively developing and worrying Washington could help with attempts of the international isolation of Ukraine. The stake has been made that the information on sale of rocket components to North Korean regime at least will push the USA to refuse to support Kiev and as a maximum to impose sanctions against. Moscow and Kiev hereby would be in equal conditions, to be exact, one to one. However Kremlin has not considered some important details. First, Moscow leaders did not expect the Ukrainian party could so quickly present proofs of its non-implication. And even on the contrary, Ukraine proved Russia’s involvement in successes of the North Korean program. Secondly, Russia obviously did not expect, that the Ukrainian party would suggest the White House to conduct a comprehensive investigation related to “Yuzhmash” and its capacities of engines sale to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It’s necessary to note the Congress committee will consider the given initiative, making a start not from The New York Times’s article, but directly from results of Elleman’s research where it is stated, that engines RD-250 could be received by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea not only at the Ukrainian “Yuzhmash”, but also at Russian enterprise “Energomash”. And after all it is the Russian plant where drawings of these engines have been developed, and these are the ware houses of this object where the specified details are being stored in a considerable quantity. It’s necessary to remind, that already the following day after publication of his material Elleman stated that he did not trust in Ukraine’s guilty and even hinted at Russian’s involvement. Authors of the bill also stated that the North Korea at first could get rocket fuel in China or in Russia. In other words, Congressmen will come to conclusion that the supplier of rocket technologies for the North Korea is the Russian Federation, but not Ukraine. Already now the Russian news agencies are spreading false information that the USA will prove Ukrainian participation in the ill-fated deliveries. Their sites are full with similar headings. But the Russian mass-media have fed the anti-western and anti-Ukrainian propagation not the first year. But what about the Congress’s investigation? One of its initiators, Josh Gottheimer, who has recently occupied a congressman post from New Jersey, worked as the speech writer for Bill Clinton, and after a long pause left business for politics. He is the co-author of “Protecting Our Democracy Act” which helped to generate the commission in the Congress on investigation of Russian cyber-attacks against the USA. He also supported creation the law on sanctions against the Russian Federation, Iran and the North Korea. Every day more and more new proofs of direct or indirect participation of Russia in the international terror acts are appearing. For example, we could recall the New York terrorist from ISIL, the native of Uzbekistan, Sayfullo Saipov. It was found, that before his departure in the USA he had lived in Vologda, Russia. It is one more episode which the American Office of Public Prosecutor will not disregard. If all charges against Russia are proved, there will be not simply new sanctions, but the international isolation. Kremlin is continuing an old practice of tension creation in the world to take away blow from itself, but it hereby only accelerates its death. Thus, things in common between the USA and Russia become less and less. Putin’s maniacal idea about joint struggle against ISIL from Syria to Afghanistan and normalization of relations to the level of 2013 becomes more and more delusive.

Putin’s “humanism” and FIFA World Cup 2018

Wed, 2017-11-22 09:52
After 14 long months of suppression to the release process of the Ukrainian hostages in Donbas, Kremlin has suddenly set about its continuation. Acting in a manner of the long-standing gangland tradition – making a problem first to simulate the assistance in its resolution thereafter – Putin has yet again illustrated extreme cynicism of the Russian aggressive policy. Well, that is Russia that hit Ukraine, launched the war and occupied Ukrainian territories. Naturally, military aggression was accompanied by prisoner snatch, both military and civil. And now Russian leader broke into humanism. Why then just now? It seems that after all, sanction mechanism affects on aggressor, showing signs of inevitability of considerable and even completely unacceptable financial and economic, reputational and diplomatic, political and humanitarian damage. That’s exactly why Putin has organized pacifist performance to bring himself gentle and humane politician before the world, doing his best in behalf of peace in Ukraine and, therefore, in no way being an aggressor. He expresses commitment to exchange prisoners, accepts peacemakers, and personally coerces Zakharchenko and Plotnitskiy (leaders of separatist movements in Donbas) to humanism; he even settled almost everything with USA. Well, elections are coming soon… Yet, if the motto ‘Krymnash’ (‘Crimea is ours’) has already become trivial and Novorossiya project got bogged down in war of positions, then Putin may become ‘a great peacemaker’ instead of ‘a gatherer of Russian lands’, which is also by no means bad. What is more, the final part of the FIFA World Cup is coming, which starts just after the anticipated inauguration (who then still doubts?) of Vladimir Putin. Considering exceptional reputational importance of this event to demonstrate the whole world the mightiness and majesty of modern Russia and particularly of its leader, the risk of changing the hosting country shall be treated as unacceptable damage. However, too many problems accompanies Russian championship, from quite doubtful story of awarding hosting rights for the World Cup by Russia and a range of doping scandals in Russian sport to their intervention in elections of other states. No wonder Putin attempts to present himself progressive, democratic leader and simply a good guy. That reminds situation before Sochi Olympic Games in 2014. At that time shortly before the Games Putin granted a pardon to Khodorkovsky and decriminalized PussyRiot. Though, following the Games closure, one by one Russia occupied and annexed Crimea and initiated massacre in Donbas. Human lives are of utmost importance. Every chance shall be used for their rescue. If Putin’s declarations may help hostages come home, it should be welcomed. Yet, let’s wait till the next negotiations in Minsk on November 20th. They may clarify shall the change take place and what will be its terms.

The Genius of the Electoral College, and why it must not be changed.

Tue, 2017-11-21 17:12
As has almost become customary of late, the Electoral College has come under attack once again by the the losing side in a presidential election. Though the election happened quite some time ago, the argument has yet to end about what could have been if the Electoral College votes were not a factor. It keeps […]

Why will prosecuting Hillary Clinton be “setting a dangerous precedent” as claimed by the MSM?

Thu, 2017-11-16 23:49
The push back has been furious as it has been stridently consistent. From the din which is being cooked up over this, it is clear that a major vein has been touched – nay, more like karate chopped on the collective psyche of the establishment.  A major news network, CNN, to be precise, has said […]

Russia and Hungary – beneficial friendship

Thu, 2017-11-16 01:59
In the midst of increasing political and economic pressure on Russia due to its aggressive expansionist policy the position of some European states, the leaders of which declare unequivocally their dissent from such Brussels’s policy, seems to be quite strange. Hungary takes active part in lobbying lifting sanctions against Russia, which not only maintains top-level close ties with Russia, but also works for extending cooperation. Specific relationships between Budapest and Moscow are proven by the fact that Hungary became the only European state visited by Putin twice for the last half-a-year. Frankly pro-Russian position of the Hungarian authorities has quite prosaic reasoning. Hungary depends heavily on supply of Russian energy products. In addition, Moscow peps up quite effectively (through financial means) the interest of Hungary in maintaining close friendly relations. Kremlin’s decision to provide Budapest with credit in the amount of 12 billion euro for construction of the Paks II Nuclear Power Plant serves as the striking example. The amount is quite impressive, isn’t it? The start of the construction with direct involvement of Russian companies is scheduled for January 2018. This scale project will afford Russia not only tie the operation of Hungary nuclear power plant to them and create additional workplaces for their citizens, but also market the technologies in the field of nuclear energy at European level. Obviously, in consideration of the economic support, Kremlin reckons on the Budapest’s loyalty in the issues of foreign policy and lobbying of Russia’s interests on the international scene, particularly in the issue of lifting sanctions. Moscow not only buys Budapest for credits, but also efficiently uses historical claims of Hungary and growing revanchist spirits inside the state. Current Hungarian authorities have repeatedly declared their intention to turn the lands inhabited by ethnic Hungarians to the “parent body”. This fact unites Hungary and Russia. Budapest does not transmit such ideas internationally, though they keep stirring up the idea of “Great Hungary” within the state attempting to attract the voters. Similarly to Moscow, in pursuing their aims they stake on strengthening the ties between Hungarians living abroad and their historical Motherland. Certainly, there’s nothing wrong that Hungarian authorities supports in every possible way and provide funds for public organisations, educational projects, infrastructure and medicine development, etc. at the areas of their compact settlement abroad. At the same time the fact that Hungary actively uses the ethnic factor not only for inviting workforce to the state, but also as one of the Budapest’s impact tools on bordering states competes attention. In this context the dual citizenship policy promoted by Hungarian authorities (it happens sometimes that issue of Hungarian passports rises to 100 thousand per month) cannot but cause concern of the authorities of neighboring states. Setting the pension registration mechanism for those citizens living abroad, Budapest gave an impetus to this process which resulted in aggressive growth of the number of ethnic Hungarians who have dual citizenship in Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Serbia. All this happens amidst the growth of extreme right, pro-Russian and Euro-skeptic spirits as well as the government’s support of nationalistic Hungarian organisations abroad. Hungarian nationalists are the primary driving force for the implementation of the idea of “Great Hungary”. Particularly, they are actively committed to granting Hungarians the autonomy within the areas of their compact settlement in Ukrainian Zakarpattia, Székelyföld in Romanian Transylvania, Danube regions of Slovakia, Vojvodina in Serbia. Hungarian imperial ambitions stirring up by Kremlin, as well as growing autonomist aspirations among the Hungarian minority aggravate the outlined negative trends in the EU (British Brexit, reinforcement of the Rights in France and recent Catalonian demarche). With due account for these conditions, as well as for Kremlin’s involvement into the destructive actions focused on disruption of the EU and NATO unity, the friendship between Budapest and Moscow does not seem to be so harmless.

Crimea – Russian Federation: Assault on Faith

Wed, 2017-11-15 09:11
Having captured Ukrainian Crimea, Russia accomplished its century dream - to gain control over sea channels and, in fact, full control over Black Sea. The most powerful fleet among Black Sea countries - the Turkish one - lost its weight at once. Killing zone of missiles launched from Crimean ground fully "seals" the channels, turning Black Sea into Russian internal lake. Only one move left for Russia to gain full domination on the occupied territory - homeland for Muslims and Crimean Tatars - to subdue native people, to break their faith, to trample their honor and dignity. Moscow always persecuted our brothers in faith in Chechnya, now it does the same in Crimea and Syria, where it tears apart Turkmen Muslims. Putin is a pro in flagellating whole nations as criminals. Once he already spinned this method on Chechens: if you are Chechen - you are criminal. Now, after peninsula annexation, Putin took on Crimean Tatars, who denied him love and loyalty. He left-handedly uses nice words as "depoliticization of Crimean Tatar People" to conceal his doings. He does it step-by-step. First, all efforts was directed towards termination of national leaders in Quriltai-Mejlis system. As all attempts to force Mustapha Dzhemilev and Mejlis Head Refat Chubarov to switch sides failed, they simply were denied to enter Crimea. Being unable to crush in prison the will of Mejlis Head deputies Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chyigoz, occupants freed them under pressure of international community and thanks to personal efforts of Turkish president, and also exiled them from Crimea. Of course, Kremlin would like all Tatars to leave. However, they did not. Then aggressors started the next phase - to oust all who do not fall within "depoliticized" term. Those are clerisy, public and religious figures, lawyers, human rights defenders, journalists. To turn the trick they use both devious methods - they close schools and classes with Crimean Tatar language of study, liquidate Crimean Tatar linguistic faculty in Simferopol University, put pressure on Crimean Tatar channel on Crimean TV - and rude ones - bullying, beating, repressions, prosecution under false charges, pressure on relatives. It has to be said that occupation authorities and their local proxies succeeded in this. Now they want to finally frighten those, who remained. That is the third phase of so-called "depoliticization". Namely, very dangerous phenomenon can be observed on this phase: after politics (prohibition of Mejlis), the whip is used on religion. All Muslims of Crimea, the majority of who are Tatars, undergo repressions, which already became of mass character. The occupants do not even bother to look for evidences - one religious book from "forbidden list" is enough to become "extremist" and to be imprisoned. If political processes in Crimea are used to give a fright, then prosecution for faith - is a far more serious thing. All in all, political preferences can be different. However, when the issue is about ethnicity or faith - it is a low blow, because now any Muslim or Crimean Tatar can be named "extremist" or "terrorist". Crimean Tatars could not leave these actions by Russian authorities without response. On October 14, more than 100 people went to the roadsides to protest against police abuse and groundless accusations of Crimean Muslims in terrorism and extremism. "We are not terrorists! Our children are not terrorists!" - read the signs held by young and old people, who are tired to live in constant fear and waiting for Kremlin's powerbrokers. According to Russian legislation, one-man protest is not forbidden. However, this did not stop "police" and gray men from arresting several dozens of people. Very emotional, but absolutely just and clearly reflecting the situation in Crimea was the address to Russian president by mother of arrested Abdullaiyev brothers - Diyara Abdullaiyeva: "Stop this violation, humiliation of our people. What are you getting at? Everybody knows - there are no terrorists in Crimea, no such organizations. All organizations are fake, criminal cases and sentences are cooked up. If it is not 1937, our vision is that Crimean Tatars, Muslims are simply put away in such a manner. They can be accused, they can be eliminated, if you are Muslim - you are terrorist. Closed court hearings violate the principles of publicity. It means that they are afraid of truth. We demand to stop persecution of Muslims, to stop repressions of Crimean Tatars, to free Muslims from jails". Hardly anything could be added to these words.