Donald Trump Moves To Replace Respected Intel Chief With Political Hack John Ratcliffe

Photo of Congressman John Ratcliffe, Trump's nominee for the Director of National Intelligence post.

by Richard Cameron   Donald Trump is intent on putting forth a partisan flunky as a replacement for a respected, accomplished, credible man – Dan Coats, who has resigned in frustration and will be leaving the post the middle of August. Trump is planning to submit to the Senate, the nomination of Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) as Director of National Intelligence. What’s behind this move? For many observers of America’s intelligence operations, the pushing out of Coats, has chiefly to do with Coats refusing to advance a sequence of stories…

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The Russian People Saved Ivan Goluov. Now, Can They Save Russia?

by Kseniya Kirillova The victory of Russia’s civil society in the case of Ivan Golunov* has raised two very important points. Firstly, we have seen that, if provoked, Russians are able to stand up for persons who have fallen into disfavour with police authorities. Secondly, Russian civil society seldom rises to the occasion, especially on such a large scale. (*Ivan Golunov, who works for the independent Russian website Meduza and is known for exposing local corruption, was recently arrested in Moscow on trumped up charges of drug dealing. He was reportedly…

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An Open Letter to Maria Butina From Her Victims

by Kseniya Kirillova An open letter to Maria Butina from her victims Very few people know that before her arrival in the US, Maria Butina, recently convicted of spying for Moscow, had managed to gain trust with the Russian opposition to Vladimir Putin, and participated in human rights and opposition efforts in the country. Her work and apparent commitment was so compelling that none of the activists she knew and participated with could even imagine that she worked for the government or intelligence agencies.  Parallel to Butina’s “opposition” activities, she…

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Faith in Putin Hits 13-year Low, Yet Some Russians Still Trust Him

by Kseniya Kirillova Faith the Russian people have in President Vladimir Putin dropped to the lowest level its been in more than a decade, dealing a serious blow to the image of the Russian leader as the widely popular and respected father-figure of the state. Confidence in Mr. Putin dropped more than a third early this year to a 13-year low, according to a poll by the Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), published in late January.  Just under 33% of Russians expressed trust in their president,…

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Intelligence Operations are Designed to be Impossible to Prove: Why the Mueller Report Failed to Find Collusion

by Kseniya Kirillova For the second time this week, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, blocked the resolution which called for the publication of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election. As of now, all we know about the content of the report is what’s in the short summary by the Attorney General William Barr, who said that the Special Counsel “…did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in…

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President Trump Just Showed America Why He Is Unfit to be President

by Tony Wyman Following what political commentators could only call the best day in his presidency, Donald Trump had the opportunity to show America that he is a man of character worthy to be the president of the United States. And he failed. Following 22 months of investigation into now discredited allegations that Mr. Trump colluded with Russian operatives seeking to influence the 2016 presidential race to prevent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from being elected, no one could blame the president for feeling a sense of both relief…

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Lawyer For Russian Hackers Say They Work For Putin’s Security Forces

by Kseniya Kirillova Kseniya Kirillova is a Russian journalist. She challenged the Putin regime’s false narratives about the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine and now lives in the US. Here she interviews Arkady Bukh, who represents Russian hackers put on trial in the US. He talks about how the FSB uses hackers and some of their methods of stealing and misusing information. New York criminal lawyer Arkady Bukh is known far beyond the United States. Over the last decade, he has defended many Russian hackers who have been extradited to the United…

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The United States is Backsliding Towards Autocracy and Taking the World With Her

The United States ranks behind 51 of the 87 free nations of the world.

by Tony Wyman “Democracy in Retreat.” That was the headline for the annual assessment of global freedom completed recently by Freedom House, the independent watchdog group founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to expand freedom and democracy in countries around the world. The year 2018 marked the 13th consecutive decline in world freedom recorded by the group and included declines in the majority of nations the world depends upon for the defense of liberty.  The report blamed populism and nationalism as the major forces reducing freedom in…

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Putin’s Nuclear Blackmail of the U.S.: Who is the Intended Target?

by Kseniya Kirillova Just recently, the Russian state channel Russia-1 listed US military facilities that would become Kremlin’s possible targets in the event of a nuclear strike. In particular, the TV host Dmitry Kiselev (pictured above) threatened to aim the Zircon hypersonic missiles at the Pentagon and several command posts, including the control centre for nuclear forces, writes Kseniya Kirillova. As horrifying as they may be, there is nothing new in the latest case of Russian “nuclear swagger” demonstrated in President Vladimir Putin‘s comments made in February that his country’s military is ready for a…

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Are Russian Immigrants an Unwitting Fifth Column of the Kremlin?

by Kseniya Kirillova The Russian-speaking diaspora abroad is quite numerous in many Western countries and is made up of many different waves of emigration – from descendants of White Russian émigrés to those who are arriving today. However, all these waves are characterized by a fairly high level of support for Vladimir Putin. It’s especially surprising to see such sentiments amongst people who emigrated in Soviet times, not so much for economic reasons but rather in search of freedom. However, even among them, support is quite high for a president…

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