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  1. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Salisbury Poisoning Update – 10.1.18 http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/10/01/salisbury-poisoning-update-10-1-18/ 

    Salisbury Poisoning Update – 10.1.18 | Global Security News

    LATEST руслан боширов Телеканал Царьград «Он вывез Януковича»: СМИ узнали о «подвиге» Чепиги-Боширова на Украине «Он вывез Януковича»: СМИ узнали о «подвиге» Чепиги-Боширова на Украине Телеканал…

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  2. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    https://p.dw.com/p/35bBK?maca=ru-Twitter-sharing  Базы данных: откуда информация о полковнике ГРУ Чепиге

    Базы данных: откуда информация о полковнике ГРУ Чепиге

    Издания The Insider и Bellingcat, а также BBC утверждают, что установили настоящее имя одного из подозреваемых в отравлении Скрипалей с помощью информации из российских баз данных.

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  3. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Канев: Чепига получил звание Героя России за эвакуацию Януковича https://www.svoboda.org/a/29519724.html 

    Канев: Чепига получил героя России за эвакуацию Януковича

    Журналист, принимавший участие в расследовании The Insider и Bellingcat о подозреваемых в отравлении Скрипалей, рассказал о том, что делал “Руслан Боширов” в 2014-м году

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  4. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    «Дело Скрипалей»: Боширова связали с Януковичем https://www.gazeta.ru/politics/2018/10/01_a_12004915.shtml  via @gazetaru

    «Дело Скрипалей»: Боширова связали с Януковичем

    Покинувший Россию журналист Сергей Канев рассказал, что обвиняемый Лондоном в отравлении экс-полковника ГРУ Сергея Скрипаля россиянин Руслан Боширов участвовал в эвакуации с Украины бывшего главы…

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  5. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Russia Says Photos Don’t Prove Its Spy Was Linked to Skripal Case | World News | US News https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-09-28/kremlin-says-needs-hard-data-on-skripal-case-to-draw-any-conclusions?src=usn_tw 

    Russia Says Photos Don’t Prove Its Spy Was Linked to Skripal Case

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  6. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Tragedy? Farce? Confusion? The Method Behind That Russian Poisoning Interview https://nyti.ms/2Nn1h5D 

    The RT interview last week with Ruslan Boshirov, left, and Alexander Petrov.

    Tragedy? Farce? Confusion? The Method Behind That Russian Poisoning Interview

    When two Russians were trotted out to deny British accusations that they tried to kill an ex-spy, few believed them. Maybe no one was really meant to.

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  7. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Roman Dobrokhotov, journalist behind Salisbury poisoning exposé, expects Moscow arrest https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/roman-dobrokhotov-journalist-behind-salisbury-poisoning-expos-expects-moscow-arrest-l87c7dnbm 

    Roman Dobrokhotov, journalist behind Salisbury poisoning exposé, expects Moscow arrest

    The Russian journalist behind the Salisbury poisoning exposé flies back to Moscow today expecting to be detained by the authorities. Roman Dobrokhotov, editor of The Insider, the Russian…

    thetimes.co.uk

  8. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Anatoliy Chepiga: Who is the ‘hero’ Russian colonel suspected of the Salisbury attack? https://news.sky.com/story/anatoliy-chepiga-who-is-the-hero-russian-colonel-suspected-of-the-salisbury-attack-11509974 

    Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov

    Anatoliy Chepiga: Who is the ‘hero’ Russian colonel suspected of the Salisbury attack?

    An investigative website confirms one of the Salisbury attack suspects, “Ruslan Boshirov”, is a GRU military intelligence officer.

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  9. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Journalist says Skripal suspect helped Yanukovych to flee Ukraine – 2:54 PM 10/1/2018 http://russia-news.org/2018/10/01/journalist-says-skripal-suspect-helped-yanukovych-to-flee-ukraine-254-pm-10-1-2018/ 

  10. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Journalist says Skripal suspect helped Yanukovych to flee Ukraine | KyivPost https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/journalist-says-skripal-suspect-helped-yanukovych-to-flee-ukraine.html 

    Journalist says Skripal suspect helped Yanukovych to flee Ukraine | KyivPost

    Russian intelligence officer Anatoliy Chepiga, earlier named by UK police as Ruslan Boshirov, a suspect in poisoning of ex-Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK, may have…

    kyivpost.com

  11. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Skripal suspect Boshirov reportedly involved in “evacuation” of Yanukovych to Russia – Journalist https://www.unian.info/world/10282134-skripal-suspect-boshirov-reportedly-involved-in-evacuation-of-yanukovych-to-russia-journalist.html 

    Skripal suspect Boshirov reportedly involved in “evacuation” of Yanukovych to Russia – Journalist

    The prosecutor in the Yanukovych treason case, Ruslan Kravchenko, said that he could neither confirm nor deny the participation of Chepiga-Boshirov in the “evacuation” of the ex-president.

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  12. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Suspected of poisoning Skripal Chepiga-Boshirov transported Yanukovych from Ukraine in 2014 https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/suspected-of-poisoning-skripal-chepiga-boshirov-transported-yanukovych-from-ukraine-in-2014-32745.html 

    Suspected of poisoning Skripal Chepiga-Boshirov transported Yanukovych from Ukraine in 2014, -…

    Besides Chepiga, the former guard of Putin Alexey Dyumin received the similar title of “Hero of Russia”

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  13. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Putin: ‘Nothing criminal’ about suspects identified in Skripal poisoning – http://NBCNews.com  – 1:06 PM 10/1/2018 | M.N.: NBC tried to sell the 9.12.18 news today. http://russia-news.org/2018/10/01/putin-nothing-criminal-about-suspects-identified-in-skripal-poisoning-nbcnews-com-106-pm-10-1-2018/ 

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    Go to NBCNews.com for breaking news, videos, and the latest top stories in world news, business, politics, health and pop culture.

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  14. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    BBC News – Skripal poisoning: Putin says suspects ‘civilians, not criminals’ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45494627 

    Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov CCTV images

    Putin: Skripal suspects are not criminals

    Vladimir Putin says there’s “nothing special” about the men and suggests they will tell their story soon.

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  15. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    https://goo.gl/images/wEfVYm 

    Image: Skripal poisoning: Putin says suspects ‘civilians, not criminals …

    Found on Google from bbc.com

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  16. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Porton Down – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porton_Down#Post-war_period 

  17. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    Bloomberg Politics

    @bpolitics

    Exchange between Trump and ABC reporter in the Rose Garden:

    Trump: “She’s shocked that I picked her. Like in a state of shock.”

    Vega: “I’m not, thank you Mr. President.”

    Trump:“That’s OK, I know you’re not thinking, you never do.”https://bloom.bg/2HzMPE0 

  18. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    The Incredible Case of Boshirov and Petrov’s Visas: https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/09/the-incredible-case-of-boshirov-and-petrovs-visas/  – via:@CraigMurrayOrg

    The Incredible Case of Boshirov and Petrov’s Visas

    The Metropolitan Police made one statement in the Skripal case which is plainly untrue; they claimed not to know on what kind of visa Boshirov and Petrov were travelling. As they knew the passports th

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  19. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Russia’s bizarre new reason why suspected Novichok assassins were in Salisbury https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/novichok-poisoning-russias-bizarre-new-13340821?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar 

    Russia’s bizarre new reason why suspected Novichok assassins were in Salisbury

    A university professor who claims to know Alexander Petrov says he visited Salisbury as he was attending a nutrition seminar

    mirror.co.uk

  20. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Putin: ‘Nothing criminal’ about suspects identified in Skripal poisoning https://www.nbcnews.com/video/vladimir-putin-says-russia-has-identified-suspects-in-poisoning-of-sergei-skripal-1318524483633 

    Putin: ‘Nothing criminal’ about suspects identified in Skripal poisoning

    President Vladimir Putin said Russia has identified the two men Britain named as suspects in the poisoning of a former Russian spy.

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  21. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    12:50 PM 10/1/2018 – 2 shot at Walmart in Hobart, Indiana; person of interest sought Urban Dictionary: HOB Police investigate shooting at Walmart in Hobart, Indiana – WLS-TV http://wwtimes.com/2018/10/01/1250-pm-10-1-2018/ 

    12:50 PM 10/1/2018 – 2 shot at Walmart in Hobart, Indiana; person of interest sought Urban Dictio…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Review Hot air balloon hits pylon in Germany, with six rescued – Google Search Hot air balloon hits pylon in Germany, with six rescued German far-right terror suspects…

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  22. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Police officer poisoned by Novichok ‘making good progress’ http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2018-10-01/police-officer-poisoned-by-novichok-making-good-progress/ 

    Prime Minister praises the people of Salisbury and Amesbury in wake of nerve agent attack

    The Prime Minister has praised the people of Salisbury and Amesbury, commending their resilience in the face of the deadly nerve agent attack. Theresa May said the government was working with the…

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  23. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    La La La… – 12:09 PM 10/1/2018 http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/10/01/la-la-la-1209-pm-10-1-2018/ 

    La La La… – 12:09 PM 10/1/2018 | Global Security News

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Hot air balloon hits pylon in Germany, with six rescued – Google Search Hot air balloon hits pylon in Germany, with six rescued German far-right terror suspects detained…

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  24. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Russia Still Denied Opportunity to Receive Any Data on Skripal Case https://sputniknews.com/europe/201810011068482862-skripal-information-opportunity/ 

    Russia Still Denied Opportunity to Receive Any Data on Skripal Case – Kremlin

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  25. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Paul Manafort’s Plea Deal Could Be Bad News For A Bunch Of Washington Operatives https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/paul-manafort-plea-deal-skadden-podesta-weber_us_5b9c2e61e4b046313fbb2867 

    Paul Manafort’s Plea Deal Could Be Bad News For A Bunch Of Washington Operatives

    Trump’s former campaign chair had a lot of help with his Ukraine lobbying work — and he has agreed to testify anywhere.

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  26. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Manafort plea deal raises key question: What does he know? https://www.news-herald.com/news/manafort-plea-deal-raises-key-question-what-does-he-know/article_e52d1a16-90dc-51d8-b9d4-068936d0ef0c.html 

    Manafort plea deal raises key question: What does he know?

    WASHINGTON >> As Trump associates folded one by one over the last year under the pressure of federal investigators, there was always Paul Manafort.

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  27. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Recent Tweets – 11:53 AM 10/1/2018 http://worldnewsandtimes.org/2018/10/01/recent-tweets-1153-am-10-1-2018/ 

    Recent Tweets – 11:53 AM 10/1/2018 | The World News and Times

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  28. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Global Cyber Challenges of the Future https://www.thecipherbrief.com/global-cyber-challenges-of-the-future 

    Global Cyber Challenges of the Future

    Former GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan talks about today’s cyber threats, how the UK thinks differently than the U.S., and the critical need for fresh, innovative thinking.

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  29. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    UK site leads the way in Skripal case with online savvy https://sg.news.yahoo.com/uk-leads-way-skripal-case-online-savvy-033611171.html 

    UK site leads the way in Skripal case with online savvy

    Bellingcat, the investigative website unmasking the Skripal affair suspects, grew out of one man’s efforts to track the origin of Syrian civil war weapons — from the comfort of his sofa. The latest…

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  30. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Bellingcat, a british site to the front of the case Skripal https://kozpost.com/blog/bellingcat-a-british-site-to-the-front-of-the-case-skripal/9455/ 

  31. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Nerve agent confirmed as identical in both UK poisonings as key suspects identified https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/key-suspects-identified-in-novichok-nerve-agent-poisonings-/3009475.article 

    Salisbury, UK - July 6, 2018: Police cordon off a hostel in the city centre as investigations continue after local residents Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess fell ill with nerve agent poisoning.

    Key suspects identified in Novichok nerve agent poisonings

    Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons backs UK finding that the same Novichok agent was responsible for Amesbury and Salisbury incidents

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  32. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    The Kremlin refuses to discuss topic of Skripal poisoning with mass media http://www.pravdareport.com/news/russia/kremlin/01-10-2018/141693-skripal_kremlin-0/ 

    The Kremlin refuses to discuss topic of Skripal poisoning with mass media – Sergei Skripal poisoning

    Putin’s official spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, declined to comment on the information about the individuals suspected of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal

    pravdareport.com

  33. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Порошенко поблагодарил президента России Владимира Путина https://www.5-tv.ru/news/222443/porosenko-poblagodaril-prezidenta-rossii-vladimira-putina/ 

    Порошенко поблагодарил президента России Владимира Путина

    Больше интересных материалов на www.5-tv.ru!

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  34. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Merkel’s power slips as veteran ally gets ousted https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/merkels-power-slips-as-veteran-ally-gets-ousted 

    Merkel’s power slips as veteran ally gets ousted, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

    Europe News -BERLIN • German politicians and media questioned how long Dr Angela Merkel could carry on as chancellor yesterday after her conservatives ditched a longstanding ally as head of the…

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  35. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Normalization and Merkel’s uphill battle https://www.dailysabah.com/columns/duran-burhanettin/2018/10/01/normalization-and-merkels-uphill-battle 

    Normalization and Merkel's uphill battle

    Normalization and Merkel’s uphill battle

    Turkey and Germany need each other more than ever to address and manage common threats such as trade wars, migration issues and security strategies, to name but a few pressing issues

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  36. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Merkel warns Trump against ‘destroying’ UN https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/merkel-warns-trump-against–destroying–un-10773844 

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    Merkel warns Trump against ‘destroying’ UN

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday warned US President Donald Trump against “destroying” the United Nations.

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  37. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Brexit agreement could come in October, Germany’s Merkel says https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/25/merkel-brexit-agreement-could-come-in-october.html 

    Brexit agreement could come in October, Germany’s Merkel says

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that a Brexit agreement between the European Union and the U.K. is possible in October, but it is not yet clear what the British government wants.

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  38. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Erdogan and Merkel start burying the hatchet https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/erdogan-and-merkel-start-burying-the-hatchet-1.775915 

    Erdogan and Merkel start burying the hatchet

    The pair have a mutual interest in repairing ties due to Turkish economic woes and migration pressure on Merkel

    thenational.ae

  39. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Merkel’s loss of right-hand man represents unprecedented revolt https://www.ft.com/content/0a1a534a-c17e-11e8-95b1-d36dfef1b89a 

    Merkel’s loss of right-hand man represents unprecedented revolt

    MPs’ insubordinate ousting of parliamentary leader Kauder exposes chancellor’s fragility

    ft.com

  40. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Enigma codebreaker Jean Watters who ‘never told anyone’ of her service buried in US with UK military honours http://www.itv.com/news/2018-09-25/enigma-codebreaker-buried-in-us-with-uk-military-honours/ 

    Enigma codebreaker buried in US with UK military honours

    A 92-year-old woman has been buried in the US with British military honours for a secret that she held for decades – her Second World War service as part of the Enigma codebreaking team.The Union…

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  41. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Munich Agreement – The behaviour of the great powers explained https://www.radio.cz/en/section/czech-history/munich-agreement-the-behaviour-of-the-great-powers-explained 

    Munich Agreement – The behaviour of the great powers explained | Radio Prague

    This Sunday will mark the 80th anniversary of the infamous Munich agreement – the deal between Hitler, Mussolini and the two western European powers, which cut off the German speaking borderlands…

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  42. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    BREAKING Suspected ISIS recruiter arrested in Germany for ‘plotting chemical attack in Israel’ https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-suspected-isis-recruiter-arrested-13323638 

    Suspected ISIS recruiter arrested in Germany for ‘plotting chemical attack’

    We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story

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  43. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Germany uncovers suspected terrorist group that attacked foreigners in Chemnitz https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-germany-uncovers-suspected-terrorist-group-that-attacked-foreigners-in/ 

    Germany uncovers suspected terrorist group that attacked foreigners in Chemnitz

    Six men are accused of forming ‘Revolution Chemnitz,’ an organisation named after the city where the fatal stabbing of a German man blamed on migrants in August prompted the worst far-right violence…

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  44. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    CIA Director Gina Haspel in Louisville https://www.whas11.com/video/news/local/cia-director-gina-haspel-in-louisville/417-8261176 

    CIA Director Gina Haspel in Louisville

    Director Gina Haspel spent her morning in Louisville, a guest of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and UofL’s McConnell Center.

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  45. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Novichok poisoning: Russia’s bizarre new reason why suspected nerve agent assassins were in Salisbury https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/novichok-poisoning-russias-bizarre-new-13340821 

    Russia’s bizarre new reason why suspected Novichok assassins were in Salisbury

    A university professor who claims to know Alexander Petrov says he visited Salisbury as he was attending a nutrition seminar

    mirror.co.uk

  46. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Mosque in Germany vandalized with racial slurs, swastikas https://www.dailysabah.com/islamophobia/2018/10/01/mosque-in-germany-vandalized-with-racial-slurs-swastikas 

    Mosque in Germany vandalized with racial slurs, swastikas

    Mosque in Germany vandalized with racial slurs, swastikas

    A mosque located in northwestern Germany’s Gladback was vandalized by suspected Neo-Nazis, according to mosque officials. The attackers wrote racist…

    dailysabah.com

  47. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    James Comey’s forked tongue goes into overdrive https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/10/james_comeys_forked_tongue_goes_into_overdrive_on_kavanaugh.html 

    James Comey’s forked tongue goes into overdrive

    Facing irrelevance, Comey has jumped right in to support the left in its bid to smear Judge Brett Kavanaugh. �

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  48. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Accidents Review: Police investigate shooting at Walmart in Hobart, Indiana – WLS-TV – 8:42 AM 10/1/2018 | FBI News Review http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/10/01/accidents-review-police-investigate-shooting-at-walmart-in-hobart-indiana-wls-tv-842-am-10-1-2018/ 

    Accidents Review: Police investigate shooting at Walmart in Hobart, Indiana – WLS-TV – 8:42 AM…

    2 shot at Hobart Walmart via @abc7chicago — Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) October 1, 2018 Police investigate shooting at Walmart in Hobart, Indiana – WLS-TV mikenova shared this story from Top Stories…

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  49. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    German far-right terror group members detained in overnight raids https://www.dw.com/en/german-far-right-terror-group-members-detained-in-overnight-raids/a-45706340 

    German far-right terror group members detained

    Germany’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of six men charged with forming a far-right terror group known as “Revolution Chemnitz.” The men are accused of planning attacks on migrants in…

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  50. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Germany uncovers far-right terrorist group which attacked foreigners in Chemnitz https://www.euronews.com/2018/10/01/germany-uncovers-far-right-terrorist-group-which-attacked-foreigners-in-chemnitz 

    Germany uncovers far-right terrorist group which attacked foreigners in Chemnitz

    BERLIN (Reuters) – German police detained six men on Monday suspected of forming a far-right militant organisation which assaulted foreigners in the eastern city of

    euronews.com

  51. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Germany Arrests 7 Men Suspected of Forming Far-Right Terrorism Ring https://www.wral.com/germany-arrests-7-men-suspected-of-forming-far-right-terrorism-ring/17885435/ 

    Germany Arrests 7 Men Suspected of Forming Far-Right Terrorism Ring

    BERLIN — Seven Germans described by authorities as belonging to the “hooligan, skinhead and neo-Nazi scenes” in eastern Germany have been arrested on suspicion of building a far-right terrorist…

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  52. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    russian facebook ads – Google News: Facebook is using your 2FA phone number to target ads at you – ZDNet http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNF8BylBWiA9ogLp6guCld_7FFWqfA&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52780055726820&ei=JCeyW_ihO9a63wGRlJPwBg&url=https://www.zdnet.com/article/facebook-is-using-your-2fa-phone-number-to-target-ads-at-you/ 

    Facebook is using your 2FA phone number to target ads at you | ZDNet

    You get additional security on you account; Facebook gets a phone number for its targeted advertising product.

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  53. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Top Stories – Google News: Orlando police kill unarmed man who was threatening others at hospital, chief says – CNN http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNF2jF51jojpJ_fxEZqt3Bh3hqjRTw&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52780056052324&ei=uCqyW_CbMNa63wGRlJPwBg&url=https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/01/us/orlando-police-hospital-shooting/index.html  times

    Orlando police kill unarmed man who was threatening others at hospital, chief says

    Orlando police shot and killed a hospital patient who claimed he was armed but wasn’t.

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  54. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    German far-right party’s outreach to Jews sparks warnings and protest that this is ‘not kosher’ http://sandhillsexpress.com/abc_world/german-farright-partys-outreach-to-jews-sparks-warnings-and-protest-that-this-is-not-kosher-abcid36115328/ 

    German far-right party’s outreach to Jews sparks warnings and protest that this is ‘not kosher’

    (BERLIN) — A German far-right nationalist party leader drew headlines over the summer by dismissing the Holocaust, which killed 6 million Jews and millions of others, as a mere “speck of bird poop”…

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  55. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Chemnitz arrests: Six held for alleged far-right militancy in German city https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45704868 

    Photo of German policeman at rally in Chemnitz

    Far-right suspects held in German city

    The men allegedly formed a group called “Revolution Chemnitz” and planned to attack foreigners.

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  56. Michael Novakhov@mikenov

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Putin’s Most Powerful Critic-in-Exile, Says He’s Living Under a Kill Order https://www.thedailybeast.com/mikhail-khodorkovsky-putins-most-powerful-critic-in-exile-should-fear-for-his-lifebut-doesnt 

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О “Новинчке” рассказал один из его создателей

О разработанном в СССР нервно-паралитическом веществе мир впервые узнал из статьи газеты “Московские новости” в 1992 году. Ее соавтор – советский химик Вил Мирзаянов, один из разработчиков “Новичка”. По его словам, “Новичок” “по меньшей мере в десять раз мощнее любого нервно-паралитического вещества”. Позже Мирзаянов сообщил, что в России была произведена не одна тонна веществ группы “Новичок”.

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“Александра Плющева озадачило упоминание некой базы ФМС: “Что касается базы данных ФМС, я не знаю, существует ли она вообще. То, что упоминается в кейсах Боширова и Петрова, связано с базой “Российский паспорт”. По его словам, речь идет о базе данных МВД России.

“Доступ к ней имеют сотрудники МВД – чуть ли не все. Продается ли она на “Горбушке” или находится в торрентах, я не знаю”, – говорит журналист. При этом он считает, что желающие “могут легко за какую-то мзду или даже бесплатно попросить пробить того или иного человечка”. На уточняющие вопросы DW в Bellingcat на момент публикации не ответили.

Опрошенные DW журналисты полагают, что само использование баз данных не является незаконным. “Если не взламываете эти базы сами, не используйте “знакомства”, чтобы авторизоваться в системе таких баз данных и получить выписку, то вся опасность перекладывается на плечи того, кто эту базу слил”, – добавляет Руслан Левиев. Александр Плющев тоже уверен, что “закон нарушают те, кто их (базы данных. – Ред.) взламывают и выставляют в интернет”.

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“Мы не собираемся участвовать в спекуляциях по поводу их настоящих имен”, – ответили в Скотленд-Ярде на просьбу DW прокомментировать совместное расследование Bellingcat и The Insider о подозреваемых в отравлении бывшего двойного агента Сергея Скрипаля и его дочери Юлии 4 марта 2018 года в Солсбери. Журналисты-расследователи утверждают, что идентифицировали одного из подозреваемых: его имя не Руслан Боширов, а Анатолий Чепига, и он – полковник ГРУ.

Министр обороны Великобритании Гэвин Уильямсон сначала подтвердил выводы расследования, но затем стер собственное сообщение в Twitter. Тем не менее британская полиция выразила уверенность, что считает “Боширова” и “Петрова” псевдонимами, а источники агентства Reuters по вопросам безопасности, близкие к расследованию, подтвердили верность выводов The Insider и Bellingcat, добавив, что настоящие имена подозреваемых уже известны следователям в Лондоне.

Российской газете “Коммерсант” удалось связаться с жителями села Березовка в Амурской области, в которой долгое время жила семья Чепиг. Знакомые, попросившие не называть их, однозначно опознали “Руслана Боширова” именно как Анатолия Чепигу.

“База ФМС” и другая “дополнительная информация”

Как энтузиастам-расследователям из частного проекта и российским журналистам удалось выйти на след двух офицеров ГРУ? “У нас не было ожиданий, что мы сможем установить их паспортные данные”, – сказал газете The Guardian руководитель Bellingcat Элиот Хиггинс. Однако, по его словам, к ним “стали обращаться люди” с “дополнительной информацией”, и “некоторые данные были очень узкоспециализированными”. Главным источником сведений об обоих подозреваемых, судя по описанию в самом расследовании, стали российские государственные базы данных разных типов.

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Причастность “Руслана Боширова” (Чепиги) и Александра Петрова к спецслужбам Bellingcat и The Insider установили, по их утверждению, благодаря “базе ФМС” (Федеральная миграционная служба РФ. – Ред.). Возможность, которую в российском МВД отрицают: по базе данных ФМС невозможно определить, является ли человек сотрудником ГРУ или любого другого ведомства, так прокомментировал расследование замглавы МВД РФ Игорь Зубов в интервью российскому агентству “Интерфакс”.

Российские официальные представители критически отзываются о работе Bellingcat, то отрицая его выводы, то называя британский проект, специализиующийся на военных расследованиях, “маскировкой” для западных, прежде всего британских, спецслужб. Одновременно власти РФ, судя по данным СМИ, инициируют уголовные дела против журналистов, причастных к расследованию о возможных отравителях Скрипалей.

Баз данных много, и их можно купить

В опубликованной 26 сентрября третьей части расследования Bellingcat и The Insider речь идет о телефонных справочниках и базах данных по услугам ЖКХ. Их расследователи, как они говорят, скачали в торрент-сетях. Все поиски заняли около месяца. То, что в России за небольшую плату доступны различные базы данных, “знают все взрослые люди в России, особенно те, кто сталкивался с какими-то трудностями”, указывает российский журналист Александр Плющев.

Александр ПлющевАлександр Плющев

“Известно, что на рынке полно баз данных ГИБДД, связанных с автомобилями, с ЖКХ и с банками. Они есть, они продаются на “Горбушке” (рынок в Москве. – Ред.), ими пользуются журналисты – совершенно точно, в том числе, что самое потрясающее, государственных СМИ”, – утверждает Плющев.

В интернете довольно просто найти сайты, где можно за небольшие деньги купить различные государственные базы данных, подтвердил DW и Руслан Левиев, основатель группы активистов Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT). Он, правда, считает, что не следует переоценивать важность таких источников информации: “Самая большая проблема с ними – это то, что эти базы всегда очень старые. Если вам удастся найти в интернете за деньги базу данных, которая актуальна хотя бы на 2010 год – это огромная удача”.

Однако Левиев обратил внимание на то, что в случае с расследованием Bellingcat и The Insider используются не только подобные базы данных, но и фотографии, скан-копии заполненных анкет и т.д. “Подобного я никогда и нигде в интернете не встречал, несмотря на то, что много работал со слитыми в интернет базами данных”, – говорит Левиев.

Информацию об офицерах ГРУ могли найти в даркнете?

Представить, что такая база была бы доступна в интернете, и любой желающий мог бы “пробить по базе” интересующего его человека, Левиеву сложно. “Во-первых, база данных с файлами фотографий паспортов и анкетных данных должна быть невероятных размеров, не меньше нескольких терабайт – все же речь о порядка 100 000 000 записей; во-вторых, в таком случае уже давно много других расследователей постоянно бы пользовались этой же базой, демонстрируя анкетные данные депутатов, министров, их родственников, или скандально известных лиц, таких, как Игорь Гиркин-Стрелков, Сергей Дубинский и другие. Но этого нет”, – пояснил Руслан Левиев.

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Вместе с тем он предположил, что расследователи могли найти человека, который в сети даркнет (анонимная часть интернета с децентрализованной системой связи и шифрованием. – Ред.) “за деньги может анонимно делать выписки из настоящей, актуальной базы данных паспортов, с фотографиями”.

Александра Плющева озадачило упоминание некой базы ФМС: “Что касается базы данных ФМС, я не знаю, существует ли она вообще. То, что упоминается в кейсах Боширова и Петрова, связано с базой “Российский паспорт”. По его словам, речь идет о базе данных МВД России.

“Доступ к ней имеют сотрудники МВД – чуть ли не все. Продается ли она на “Горбушке” или находится в торрентах, я не знаю”, – говорит журналист. При этом он считает, что желающие “могут легко за какую-то мзду или даже бесплатно попросить пробить того или иного человечка”. На уточняющие вопросы DW в Bellingcat на момент публикации не ответили.

Опрошенные DW журналисты полагают, что само использование баз данных не является незаконным. “Если не взламываете эти базы сами, не используйте “знакомства”, чтобы авторизоваться в системе таких баз данных и получить выписку, то вся опасность перекладывается на плечи того, кто эту базу слил”, – добавляет Руслан Левиев. Александр Плющев тоже уверен, что “закон нарушают те, кто их (базы данных. – Ред.) взламывают и выставляют в интернет”.

Bellingcat и The Insider пообещали в скором времени предоставить информацию о втором подозреваемом в отравлении Скрипалей, известном под именем Александра Петрова. Дата публикации пока не называется.

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Чепига получил звание Героя России за эвакуацию Януковича
 

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Подозреваемый британской полицией в отравлении Скрипалей Руслан Боширов, он же, по некоторым данным, офицер ГРУ России Анатолий Чепига, возглавлял операцию по эвакуации из Киева президента Украины Виктора Януковича. Об этом в эфире украинского телеканала “Громадське” сообщил российский журналист Сергей Канев, принимавший участие в расследовании The Insider и Bellingcat, благодаря которому в деле и появилась фамилия Чепиги.

Канев рассказал, что Чепига с подразделением спецназа прибыл в резиденцию Януковича “Межигорье” в феврале 2014 года, “находился там” и “охранял его”. По информации журналиста, за операцию по вывозу Януковича из Украины Чепига получил звание героя России. Канев также утверждает, что за эту же операцию то же звание получил бывший охранник Владимира Путина, а ныне губернатор Тульской области Алексей Дюмин.

“Мне также известно, что награды получили люди, которые в дальнейшем составили костяк “частной военной компании Вагнера”, – заявил Канев.

Журналист пообещал, что на днях опубликует детали участия Чепиги в спецоперации по эвакуации экс-президента Украины.

Ранее пресс-секретарь Владимира Путина Дмитрий Песков опроверг сообщения о том, что Чепига получал звание героя.

В то же время Сергей Канев покинул Россию после начала доследственной проверки ФСБ утечки личных данных “Боширова-Чепиги” и второго подозреваемого по делу Скрипалей – Александра Петрова, настоящее имя которого журналисты обещали раскрыть в ближайшее время. Канев опасается, что за его расследование его ждет уголовное преследование.

Бывший сотрудник ГРУ России Сергей Скрипаль и его дочь были отравлены в марте 2018 года в британском городе Солсбери нервно-паралитическим агентом “Новичок”. Им удалось выжить после покушения.

В августе Великобритания назвала имена людей, которых считает исполнителями преступления, – “Руслан Боширов” и “Александр Петров”, обвинив власти России в его организации. В Кремле эти обвинения отвергают.

Позже люди, назвавшиеся именами Боширова и Петрова, выступили в эфире подконтрольного Кремлю телеканала Russia Today. Они отрицали причастность к инциденту, а также какую-либо связь с российской разведкой. С тех пор “Петров” и “Боширов” не выходили на связь со СМИ, их местонахождение остается неизвестным.

Российский журналист заявил об участии Чепиги в эвакуации Януковича
 

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Обвиняемый Скотланд-Ярдом в отравлении бывшего полковника ГРУ Минобороны РФ Сергея Скрипаля россиянин Руслан Боширов (которого ряд СМИ называет полковником российской военной разведки Анатолий Чепига) принимал участие в эвакуации с Украины бывшего главы государства Виктора Януковича.

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Об этом рассказал в интервью украинским СМИ журналист «Центра управления расследованиями» Сергей Канев, покинувший Россию после публикации материалов по «делу Скрипалей».

По его словам, именно за эту операцию Боширов получил звание Героя России. Один из адвокатов Януковича — Виталий Сердюк – категорически опроверг данные об участии российский военных в доставке своего подзащитного в Россию, передает НСН.

Ранее журналистские сообщества The Insider и Bellingcat рассказали, что «Руслана Боширова» на самом деле зовут Анатолий Чепига, и он является полковником Главного управления Генерального штаба ВС РФ (бывшее ГРУ). Кроме того, в 2014 году президент России

Владимир Путин якобы удостоил Чепигу звания Герой России «за выполнение миротворческой миссии».

В воскресенье 4 марта 2018 года 66-летний бывший российский разведчик Сергей Скрипаль и его 33-летняя дочь были обнаружены на скамейке у входа в торговый центр The Maltings в городе Солсбери графства Уилтшир на юго-западе Великобритании.

По данным полиции, Скрипаль и его дочь внезапно почувствовали себя плохо и потеряли сознание. Пострадавшие были госпитализированы под наблюдение экспертов Центра радиационного, химического и экологического мониторинга.

Вскоре Германия, Франция, Канада и США опубликовали совместное заявление, согласившись с выводами правоохранителей Великобритании по делу Скрипалей. Союзники британцев солидарны с тем, что отравили экс-полковника и его дочь сотрудники ГРУ – Александр Петров и Руслан Боширов — , а атака проходила под эгидой Кремля и с одобрения властей РФ.

Москва опровергла причастность к инциденту. В сентябре главный редактор телеканала RTМаргарита Симоньян взяла интервью у Петрова и Боширова. Обвиняемые британским следствием рассказывали, что в Соединенное Королевство они отправились как туристы — чтобы «оторваться».

О себе подозреваемые в отравлении Скрипалей рассказывали немного и неохотно — после интервью о Боширове и Петрове стало известно лишь то, что они являются «предпринимателями средней руки», а их бизнес связан со спортивным питанием.

Вскоре премьер-министр Великобритании Тереза Мэй в ходе заседания 73-й Генассамблеи ООН в Нью-Йорке вновь обвинила Россию во лжи в связи с отравлением в Солсбери.

Британский политик заявила, что Россия стремиться «запутать всех своей отчаянной фальсификацией».

Посольство РФ в Великобритании раскритиковало это заявление, передает ФАН.

«У нас нет ни малейшего желания комментировать очередные агрессивные выпады министра иностранных дел Великобритании Ханта в адрес России, которые не имеют ничего общего с реальностью», — указали в диппредставительстве.

В ходе эскалации «дела Скрипалей» швейцарская газета Tages Anzeiger и нидерландское издание NRC Handelblad сообщили, что правоохранительные органы Королевства Нидерландов при помощи британских спецслужб арестовали весной 2018 года двух российских граждан, которые якобы собирались похитить данные из химической лаборатории в швейцарском городе Шпиц.

Служба военной разведки и безопасности Нидерландов отказалась от комментариев по этому поводу. Служба разведки Швейцарской конфедерации, в свою очередь, сообщила Tages Anzeiger, что «в курсе ситуации с раскрытием и выдворением российских шпионов в Гааге». В материале NRC сообщалось, что аресты российских агентов и шпионов стали результатом сотрудничества различных европейских спецслужб.

Кроме того, по данным голландских правоохранителей, россияне располагали спецоборудованием для взлома компьютерной системы лаборатории в Шпице и «работали на ГРУ». Швейцарские разведчики подчеркнули, что участвовали в операции вместе с коллегами из Нидерландов и Великобритании и смогли предотвратить вторжение в важный объект национальной инфраструктуры.

После этого МИД России вызвал посла Нидерландов в Рене Джонс-Бос, а также представителя Швейцарии в Москве Ива Росье чтобы озвучить им претензию российской стороны к необоснованной «шпиономании» Запада.

«Рене Джонс-Бос была приглашена для беседы в МИД России в связи с продолжающейся кампанией по нагнетанию шпиономании.

Внимание нидерландской стороны было привлечено к недопустимости провоцирования через СМИ спекуляций, в том числе касающихся наиболее острых проблем международной политики, которые могут нанести дополнительный ущерб и без того подорванным двусторонним отношениям», — говорилось в сообщении дипведомства РФ.

Позднее источник в Объединенном командовании НАТО по контрразведке (ACCI) заявил, что Сергей Скрипаль работал на разведку четырех стран-участниц альянса. По словам источника, сотрудничество Скрипаля с разведслужбами НАТО продолжалось до 2017 года. При этом он якобы выдавал им информацию о действующих на территории других стран российских шпионах.

Что касается Москвы, то пресс-секретарь президента России Дмитрий Песков заявил, что в Кремле не хотят больше вести дискуссию об отравлении Скрипалей.

«Мы не будем больше вести разговор со средствами массовой информации. BBC не может что-то подтвердить, BBC может выдвинуть предположение или еще что-то. И, поскольку вся дискуссия ведется на уровне СМИ, мы, как Кремль, больше не хотим в этой дискуссии участвовать», — сказал представитель главы российского государства.

Russia Says Photos Don’t Prove Its Spy Was Linked to Skripal Case | World News | US News
 

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Russia Says Photos Don’t Prove Its Spy Was Linked to Skripal Case

FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov looks on during a visit to the Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus joint venture plant of Sollers and Japanese Mazda in Vladivostok, Russia September 10, 2018. Valery Sharifulin/TASS Host Photo Agency/Pool via REUTERSReuters

By Andrey Ostroukh and Andrey Kuzmin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Friday a likeness between a Russian intelligence colonel and a suspect in the Skripal poisoning case does not prove they are the same person, comparing the resemblance to that of impersonators posing as Lenin.

Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury in March. Britain says they were poisoned with a nerve agent administered by Russian intelligence officers. A woman later died from what British police say was contact with the poison which her partner found in a discarded perfume bottle.

Russia denies any involvement in the affair, which has deepened its international isolation.

Moscow says two Russian men captured on surveillance footage near the scene of the poisoning were tourists visiting Salisbury twice during a weekend trip to Britain, an explanation London says is so far-fetched as to all but prove Russia’s involvement.

Investigative website Bellingcat this week published a picture of a decorated Russian military intelligence colonel it named as Anatoliy Chepiga who resembles one of the men spotted in the surveillance footage.

“We don’t know to what extent we can make any formal conclusions about who looks like whom, are they alike, where they lived, where they grew up,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

“On Red Square there are still 10 Stalins and 15 Lenins running around, and they look remarkably like the originals,” he said, referring to people who dress up as Soviet leaders to pose for photographs with tourists.

Peskov said in order to draw any conclusions, the Russian authorities needed verified information from British officials about the Skripal case, something he said London has been consistently withholding.

“We do not want to participate any more in the propagation of this issue as a partner of the media,” said Peskov.

(Reporting and writing by Andrey Kuzmin; Editing by Christian Lowe and Peter Graff)

Copyright 2018 Thomson Reuters.

Tragedy? Farce? Confusion? The Method Behind That Russian Poisoning Interview – The New York Times
 

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MOSCOW — The reviews were not kind when two Russians accused of slipping into England and poisoning a turncoat spy appeared on TV to profess their innocence. They were, the men said, just a couple of sports nutritionists taking a weekend jaunt to a cathedral town.

“One of the biggest information warfare blunders ever,” declared a BBC diplomatic editor. Others said the interview on Russian state television was a skit worthy of Monty Python. The British government said it was “an insult to the public’s intelligence.”

But foreigners rolling their eyes and dismissing the men’s account as patently implausible may be missing the point. For Russia, the yardstick of success for the interview was not credibility.

“It is a slap in the face of the West,” said Peter Pomerantsev, a fellow at the London School of Economics and author of “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” an account of his time as a television producer in Moscow. Russia, said Mr. Pomerantsev, “gave up a long time ago on trying to convince anybody that it is telling the truth.”

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But the Kremlin works hard to confuse and distract, and to convince everyone, whether inside Russia or beyond, that President Vladimir V. Putin is so strong he can set his own truth, no matter how hard it may be to believe.

From Moscow’s viewpoint, the interview on RT, a Kremlin-funded network formerly known as Russia Today, was a masterpiece of in-your-face defiance. It also reprised the greatest hits of Russian propaganda under Mr. Putin.

In just 25 minutes, the interview distilled the favorite tropes of the Kremlin’s propaganda machine: Russia always gets blamed by the West for crimes it did not commit. Its people thirst for a Europe of churches and traditional culture, but are frustrated in their high-minded aspirations by obstacles thrown up abroad, in this case the English weather.

There was even a cameo role for the Kremlin’s old standby, homophobia, with heavy hints that the two men accused by Britain, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, may well be gay and therefore could not possibly be Russian military intelligence officers deployed, as Britain says they were, for the manly business of assassination.

Konstantin von Eggert, a political commentator and former talk show host on independent television, said the appearance of the two men on RT was not really meant to convince anybody of Russia’s innocence in the Salisbury attack but only to deliver a message to foreign critics and domestic foes that “nothing you say or do will change anything.”

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The Kremlin, he said, “is telling the West: ‘Yes, we did it, yes, we messed up, and yes, we will do it again if we want.’”

That Mr. Putin had a hand in orchestrating the interview was clear from the fact that, a day before it was broadcast by RT on Thursday, he declared Mr. Petrov and Mr. Boshirov innocent of any crimes and, speaking at an economic conference in Vladivostok, urged them to come forward to tell their story. They swiftly obliged.

By the end of the same day, they had contacted Margarita Simonyan, the RT editor in chief, and sat down in front of the camera to answer a series of softball questions. These did not include the most obvious question: How did the hotel room where the men stayed in London come to have traces of Novichok, the nerve agent used against Sergei V. Skripal, a former Russian spy.

Mr. Skripal survived the attack, and Mr. Putin’s role has set off speculation that he may have ordered military commanders to make Mr. Boshirov and Mr. Petrov appear on television to punish them for their bungling performance in Salisbury, England.

Mr. Putin, however, has no history of publicly sanctioning, even less of humiliating, his so-called siloviki, the military and security service officials who dominate his administration, no matter how disastrously incompetent or corrupt they or their underlings might be.

Instead of killing Mr. Skripal, the nerve agent attack landed him and his daughter, Yulia, in the hospital, along with a British police officer and a Salisbury resident — and left Moscow open to condemnation for an act of state terrorism with a military grade chemical weapon.

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Then, on top of that, according to British investigators, the two men discarded a vial that carried the Novichok so carelessly that a British woman died after her boyfriend found it months later and, thinking it was perfume, brought the bottle home as a gift.

In the RT interview, Mr. Petrov and Mr. Boshirov insisted that they had such a keen interest in medieval ecclesiastical architecture and burning desire to see Salisbury’s cathedral that they traveled to Britain for a weekend getaway that included two separate trips to Salisbury and two nights in a grungy London hotel. They firmly denied any connection to Russian military intelligence, now called the G.U. but until recently known as the G.R.U.

Their account — which included claims of knee-deep slush and “transport collapse” that forced them to abandon a first visit to Salisbury on March 3 and try again on March 4, the day of the nerve agent attack — struck many Britons as so risible that a columnist in The Guardian suggested that “comedy is now diplomacy by other means.”

There was some snow in Salisbury at the time but none of the weather-induced “havoc” cited by Mr. Petrov and nothing that might normally deter two fit Russian men accustomed to harsh winters from walking a few hundred yards from the railway station to the cathedral. And why, if they were so keen to see the cathedral, did they head in the opposition direction from the station and wander into Mr. Skripal’s neighborhood on the other side of town?

“The whole situation is some kind of extraordinary coincidence — that’s all,” Mr. Petrov told RT, “What are we guilty of?”

Their story certainly did not win over many people in Britain and elsewhere, or help burnish Russia’s image.

The interview also left many Russians, even some sympathetic to the Kremlin, shaking their heads. It was so bizarre that a television critic, Arina Borodina, claimed that Ms. Simonyan, the RT editor, had not really met the two men and that footage of her asking them questions had been spliced together with their answers, delivered in a secret location under supervision.

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Jakub Kalensky, who leads efforts to counter disinformation at a European Union strategic communication unit in Brussels, said the widely panned interview on RT suggested that Russia’s “message may simply be this: ‘We just don’t care how credible or incredible what we say sounds.’”

But the two men did manage to build a high — if not very believable — wall of denial. And they also “succeeded in turning the tragedy in Salisbury into a farce,” said Mr. Pomerantsev, the former Russian television producer.

Still, on Saturday, Russian claims that Mr. Petrov and Mr. Boshirov were innocent, fun-loving civilians took a blow when Novaya Gazeta, an opposition Russian newspaper, reported that the Moscow telephone number listed for Mr. Petrov in official records belonged to the Russian Defense Ministry.

And an investigation by Bellingcat, an online platform, found that there is no record of either Mr. Boshirov or Mr. Petrov in an official database of residential and passport information before 2009, when they were issued internal passports under the names they now use. It said this suggested that the two men had previously used other names and that their current names are “cover identities for operatives of one of the Russian security services.” Mr. Petrov’s official file, Bellingcat said, is marked “top secret.”

The overriding message from the RT interview, as with all of Russia’s responses to foreign accusations against the country, was that blameless Russians have again fallen victim to Western lies and prejudice. In a near-permanent state of high-dudgeon over Western accusations of misbehavior, Russia invariably responds to criticism by condemning the critic.

Just this week, the Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss and Dutch ambassadors to Moscow to complain that their countries were damaging relations after reports the Netherlands expelled two Russian spies accused of plotting cyber-sabotage of a Swiss defense laboratory analyzing the nerve agent used in Salisbury.

In their interview, Mr. Petrov and Mr. Boshirov adopted the same plaintive tone used by Mr. Putin and his officials in response to past accusations. Among them: that Russian missiles shot down an airliner in July 2014 over eastern Ukraine; that Russian troops supported a bloody separatist rebellion there; and that Russian hackers meddled in the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

“We just want to be left in peace,” Mr. Boshirov said, demanding that Britain apologize for all the grief it has caused him and Mr. Petrov.

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An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the nerve agent Novichok. It is a chemical weapon, not a biological one.

Sophia Kishkovsky contributed reporting.

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A Russian man accused of the Salisbury poisoning has been exposed as a military officer who received an honour from Vladimir Putin.

It comes weeks after the Russian president went on television to claim that two suspects captured on CCTV were civilians and not GRU military intelligence officers.

Here’s what we know about Ruslan Boshirov, whose real name is Anatoliy Chepiga:

Investigative website Bellingcat has concluded that Chepiga is in fact an undercover officer of GRU, along with his suspected accomplice “Alexander Petrov” – which is also an alias.

The two Russian are accused of poisoning former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March with the nerve agent novichok.

Chepiga has been identified as a highly-decorated Russian colonel.

He was born on 5 April 1978 and graduated into the military following a stint at one of Russia’s elite training grounds, the Far-Eastern Military Command Academy, according to Bellingcat.

The 39-year-old had come under the alias Ruslan Boshirov and is a top-level officer in the GRU who has served in Chechnya and Ukraine.

President Putin awarded him Russia’s highest bravery honour, the Hero of the Russian Federation award, in 2014 under his real name.

The top-level GRU officer has been handed more than 20 awards, as well as the Hero medal. Unlike most of other recipients, few details are available on why he was honoured.

Bellingcat suggested the award may have been given for the service in Ukraine, where Mr Putin’s troops are accused of backing pro-Moscow rebels fighting government forces.

The Home Office said it could neither confirm nor deny the reporting about the suspect’s real identity.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the claims, saying they are part of an “information campaign”.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson appeared to confirm the story in a now-deleted tweet.

He said: “The true identity of one of the Salisbury suspects has been revealed to be a Russian Colonel. I want to thank all the people who are working so tirelessly on this case.”

The Kremlin was branded shameful on Wednesday night after claiming Chepiga and his unknown accomplice were holidaymakers – as Russian lies were seemingly exposed.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson also tweeted: “Utterly predictable news that GRU is behind Skripal atrocity.

“What have you got to say, Putin?”

Earlier this month, Britain accused Russia of “lies and blatant fabrications” after the suspects appeared on Russian television to insist they were visiting Salisbury for its cathedral.

The pair claimed they had been left fearing for their lives after Britain accused them of being involved in the attack and said they were officers in the GRU.

Downing Street said the interview was “deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack”.

It has now emerged that he fought for a feared special forces Spetsnaz unit – which is under the command of the GRU – for 17 years, and worked for at least nine.

Mr Putin insisted the men had been discounted as members of his security network and were civilians.

UK authorities believe Chepiga and his accomplice smeared the highly toxic novichok chemical on a door handle at the Wiltshire home of former GRU officer Mr Skripal, leaving him and his daughter critically ill.

On 30 June, in nearby Amesbury, Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent.

Ms Sturgess died in hospital just over a week after the pair fell ill.

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Russian intelligence officer Anatoliy Chepiga, earlier named by UK police as Ruslan Boshirov, a suspect in poisoning of ex-Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK, may have participated in the evacuation of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych from Ukraine in February 2014.

Serhiy Kaniev, the journalist who took part in the Skipal investigation of Russian The Insider and British Bellingcat, told Ukrainian news outlet Hromadske that Chepiga allegedly headed the operation to evacuate Yanukovych to Russia.

Yanukovych fled Ukraine on Feb. 23, days after a mass shooting of protesters by his security forces and the end of EuroMaidan Revolution. He was first transported to Crimea, and then to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

Chepiga was identified by the British investigative team Bellingcat on Sept. 26. as a highly decorated colonel of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. Bellingcat also said Chepiga had won Russia’s highest state award, the Hero of the Russian Federation medal. Chepiga is one of the two main suspects in the poisoning of ex-intelligence agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

“Chepiga took part in Yanukovych’s evacuation to Russia,” Kaniev told Hromadske on Oct. 1. “At least this is what my sources have evidenced. He and his special forces subdivision were at Yanukovych’s residence Mezhyhirya. He was there, he guarded him. From there they transported him to Crimea and then to Russia.”

Kaniev said that the state award was granted to Chepiga for his participation in Yanukovych’s evacuation.

A former security guard of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Dyumin, also received the same state award for an operation in Crimea, Kaniev said.

Kaniev was reported by Ukrainian media to have fled Russia on Sept. 29.

Yanukovych has been on trial in Obolon district court in absentia since May 2017 on charges of high treason.

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M.N.: It does not make any sense to stonewall and to obfuscate. It makes all the sense to work together. – 4:04 AM 10/1/2018

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M.N.: There is some confusion and contradiction in the news reports: the earlier reports claimed or implied that the two Russians arrested in the Netherlands for hacking are Boshirov and Petrov, this report: “Two more Russians reportedly arrested for plotting a cyber hack connected to poisoning“, implies that these are different persons. 

Where is the truth? 

My respectful recommendation to Mr. Putin and the Russian Leaders is: 

Do not fight these accusations (this whole incident and others) by claiming that it is a slander, we do not know yet where truth is. 

Say this:  

“The attacks on the Western Democracies and their citizens is the same as the attack on us and  our citizens, and we will do everything to help to solve these crimes if any were committed, and to bring the suspects to justice.” 

Appoint the best detective, heading the best investigative team in the country (I am sure that there are some very good criminal detectives in Russia) to conduct this investigation on the Russian side with the pledge of the complete, full, in good faith cooperation with the British team. Let them work together and consult each other freely during this and the other, similar investigations. 

It does not make any sense to stonewall and to obfuscate. It makes all the sense to work together. Generally, the hostile attitudes stemming from the insecurity have to stop. 

These latest shows are complex but at the same time they are simple; they all seem to be from the same opera and from the same hypothetical source which I call the New Abwehr. This hypothesis has to be taken very seriously, the Russian people are very well familiar with these dangers. And now, just like then, you need the good allies. The same good old Allies. 

And the New Abwehr does everything in its power, just like before, to break this Alliance. 

Michael Novakhov 

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A terrifying new twist has emerged in the Novichok poisonings in the UK, in which two Russian men allegedly attempted to murder a former KGB spy and his daughter with a deadly nerve agent, earlier this year.

The two Russian men, recently identified as Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, had been in the cathedral city of Salisbury in March, allegedly to visit a famous clock, when the attacks occurred, leaving one woman dead and her partner in hospital, reports news.com.au.

Reports have now surfaced that, following the attacks, two other Russian spies were plotting to hack into the computer systems of Swiss Spiez Laboratory which was analysing the Novichok agent.

Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger and Dutch paper NRC have reported that the two men, who have yet to be identified, were arrested back in March and detained in The Hague before being extradited back to Russia.

This case is seriously complex, it involves many moving parts and players, and reads like something out of a spy novel.

We have two Russians, claiming to be innocent tourists in an English city, at the exact time that a former Russian spy and his daughter are attacked with a deadly nerve agent.

We also have another innocent couple, exposed to the same deadly nerve agent, one of which dies days later.

The deadly nerve agent effectively shuts down a city, with officials in hazmat suits casing the streets in search of the perpetrators.

And now, we hear of the arrest of a second pair of Russians, who had been plotting a cyber attack of the Spiez Laboratory computers. The Swiss lab was testing the deadly nerve agent at the time.

You just cannot make this stuff up.

In an attempt to clear their name, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov gave a bizarre television interview with TV network Russia Today, claiming they were simply in the area to marvel at it’s many historical wonders.

“Our friends had been telling us for some time we should visit this wonderful town,” Petrov said.

After an awkward silence in the interview, Boshirov filled it by clarifying they had visited the Salisbury Cathedral, which is famous for its “123-metre spire and its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that’s still working”.

Even British Prime Minister Theresa May isn’t buying their story, slamming it as “blatant fabrications” this month.

The comments have prompted a backlash from Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, who claimed the Kremlin had remained “unambiguous, transparent and consistent” throughout the entire saga.

“It is unacceptable to associate the Russian leadership or government with what went on in Salisbury,

“More so to blame Russia of lies following a statement by two civilians. These men are ordinary citizens with no relation to government”.

It’s safe to say it has been a big week for British and Russian relations…

So, in the wake of the claims and counterclaims in this extraordinary case, let’s take a look at everything we know about the Novichok poisonings.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

3pm:

Two Russian men arrive at Gatwick Airport, using business visas under the names of Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov. They had flown from Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2588.

5.40pm: The pair arrived at Victoria station in London around this time.

6pm: They then travelled to Waterloo station and onto East London before staying the next two nights at the City Stay Hotel.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

11.45am:

The two men left their hotel and took a train to Waterloo station.

2.25pm: They took another train which arrived at Salisbury around this time.

4.10pm: Police believe the men left Salisbury for the day around 4pm and got back to their hotel at approximately 8pm.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

8.05am:

The pair made the same journey from their hotel back to Salisbury where police believe they contaminated Skripal’s front door with the deadly Novichok nerve agent.

9.15am: Sergei Skripal is seen driving his BMW in the city.

11.48am: The pair is seen arriving at Salisbury train station just before 12pm. They’re spotted a few minutes later at a local Shell petrol station close to Sergei Skripal’s home.

12pm: The attack is believed to have occurred around this time. The perpetrators are understood to have doused the front door of Skripal’s home in Novichok.

1.05pm: Boshirov and Petrov are spotted in the city centre. It’s not known how they got there.

1.40pm: Sergei and his daughter Yulia are seen in the city centre. Police suspect that the father and daughter may have been home when the perpetrators doused their front door in Novichok.

4.15pm: Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury city centre, after being poisoned by Novichok nerve agent. The pair spent weeks in a critical condition but have since recovered.

4.45pm: Petrov and Boshirov leave Salisbury back to Waterloo Station.

6.30pm: The pair hop on the London Underground, bound for Heathrow Airport where they take a 10.30pm flight back to Moscow.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

Prime Minister Theresa May says there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter.

MONDAY, MARCH 26

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that in response to the Salisbury attacks, his government had decided to expel “two Russian intelligence agents working at the Russian embassy’, according to Dutch News.

The two men were arrested for plotting to hack into the computers of a Swiss chemical weapons laboratory testing Novichok nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack. The spies were allegedly found with high tech espionage equipment, designed to spy on the lab and were sent back to Russia but have not been charged.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

Salisbury resident Charlie Rowley, 45, claims he found a perfume bottle, which allegedly contained Novichok. He takes it home to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

Dawn Sturgess a 44-year-old mother-of-three becomes ill after she was exposed to the Novichok nerve agent. It is understood she sprayed herself with the perfume bottle her partner Charlie Rowley brought home.

Charlie Rowley also becomes ill later that day and spent three weeks in hospital.

SATURDAY, JULY 8

Dawn Sturgess dies in hospital.

FRIDAY, MAY 4

Police carry out tests in the hotel room where the two Russian men had stayed. The results showed the presence of Novichok agent. European arrest warrants and Interpol red notices have been issued, meaning the men can be arrested if they leave Russia.

SEPTEMBER 5

British authorities said they had obtained a European arrest warrant for two Russians blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former spy in the city of Salisbury in March. Prosecutors said they wanted Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for trying to kill Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the chemical Novichok.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Boshirov and Petrov appear in on the state-funded television channel Russia Today to protest their innocence.

They were interviewed by Margarita Simonyan and it made for some interesting viewing.

When asked what they were doing in the UK, Petrov said they were there for a mix of business and pleasure.

“We planned to go to London and let loose, so to speak, it wasn’t a business trip,” he said.

“We came to Salisbury on the March 3…we tried to walk around the city, but since the city was covered in snow, we were able to only for a half an hour, we got wet”.

Strangely, the pair withdraws into a conversation between themselves when asked if they visited Sergei Skripal’s home when they were in Salisbury.

Petrov: Maybe we went by there.

Boshirov: Do you know where the Skripals’ home is? I don’t.

Petrov: If we would have known where it was.

Boshirov: Maybe we passed by it, maybe we didn’t pass by it, I don’t know, I hadn’t heard. I hadn’t heard this surname, I didn’t know anything about them before this situation, this nightmare with us started.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Tensions between Britain and Russia have escalated, with a Kremlin spokesman claiming it would not allow the UK access to the accused spies, according to The independent.

“We don’t organise interviews with citizens of Russia,” Dmitry Peskov said.

“There are mechanisms to provide legal assistance… if the British decide to make an application, we will respond strictly according to law.”

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Friday questioned the credibility of the report of UK investigative blogger group Bellingcat on alleged passport data of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who are suspected by London in the Skripal case.

“Was the Federal Migration Service [FMS] database hacked just today? London had made an announcement about Petrov and Boshirov long ago … So, not a single database was hacked before? No, it was not. Because another idea was promoted: these people just do not exist [as the names were said to be fictitious]. This is what the UK police said, posting their photos. Now the people are found. But the main question is different. Why Bellingcat finds it easier to ‘hack the FMS database’ overnight rather than get any evidence of the ‘involvement’ of Petrov and Boshirov in the poisoning?” Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

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She stressed that the UK investigative blogger group had five months to present to the public photographs, screenshots, videos, anything that would at least raise suspicions against Petrov and Boshirov but failed to do so.

Earlier in the day, Bellingcat and The Insider reported that their joint investigation confirmed, through uncovered passport data, that the two Russian nationals were linked to Russian security services. Such an assumption was explained by the fact that the men’s internal passports under these names were issued in 2009, while no records allegedly exist for these two individuals prior to this year.

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The report comes a day after the RT broadcaster released the interview with Petrov and Boshirov, in which the men refuted any involvement in the Skripal case, saying that they had no relation to the Russian military intelligence service (GRU) and visited the United Kingdom as tourists. The UK Foreign Office called the interview “obfuscation and lies.”

The “Sandworm Hacking Group” is the hypothetical connnection between the “PETRONAS” (Petrov Boshirov PERSONAS)  – the Salisbury Poisoning, and the Blackberry – Abedin’s device – Clinton’s emails – Anthony Weiner sexting affair – Democratic Party hack – US Elections 2016 Interference | FBI News Review
 

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M.N.: This is indeed the hypothetical connection between the “PETRONAS” (Petrov Boshirov PERSONAS)  – the Salisbury Poisoning, and the Blackberry – Abedin’s device – Clinton’s emails – Anthony Weiner sexting affair – Democratic Party hack – US Elections 2016 Interference: 

The Boshirov Petrov hacking attempt (GNews)

The “Sandworm Hacking Group” – (GNews). 

This means that the Salisbury Poisoning and the US Elections 2016 Interference might be the parts of the same large operation designed by the Demiurge, the New Abwehr, which uses the ostensibly GRU related groups as its covers. It might be the mixed or the purely the GRU groups but I strongly doubt it: the overall benefits of the Operation Dusseldorf Karnival are in the German and certainly not in Russian interests. 

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“Two suspects in the poison Poisoninging of an ex-Russian spy were briefly detained in the Netherlands earlier this year, according to research by Bellingcat, an investigative group.

Bellingcat quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and released without being charged.”

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Two men were arrested over alleged plan to infiltrate lab where Salisbury nerve agent was analysed…

The Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection said in June that the Spiez laboratory had been targeted by hackers said to be from the Russian government-affiliated group Sandworm. It is not clear whether the expulsion of the two spies from the Netherlands was linked.”

M.N.: It is the same hacking group, “Sandform – APT28 – Fancy Bear, etc., etc.”. “It was involved in the operation to hack and release damaging information on the Democratic Party during the 2016 US presidential election, and has engineered a number of computer network disruptions in Ukraine”.

Is it also resposible for hacking Clinton’s emails, and for downloading emails to Abedin’s computer?

“The Justice Department said the “VPNFilter” botnet was set up by a hacking group variously called APT28, Pawn Storm, Sandworm, Fancy Bear and the Sofacy Group.”

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The move was aimed at breaking up an operation deeply embedded in small and medium-sized computer networks that could allow the hackers to take control of computers as well as easily steal data.

The Justice Department said the “VPNFilter” botnet was set up by a hacking group variously called APT28, Pawn Storm, Sandworm, Fancy Bear and the Sofacy Group.

The group is blamed for cyber attacks on numerous governments, key infrastructure industries like power grids, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and other bodies.

US intelligence agencies also say it was involved in the operation to hack and release damaging information on the Democratic Party during the 2016 US presidential election, and has engineered a number of computer network disruptions in Ukraine.

“According to cybersecurity researchers, the Sofacy Group is a cyber-espionage group believed to have originated from Russia,” the Department of Justice said in a court filing.

“Likely operating since 2007, the group is known to typically target government, military, security organizations, and other targets of intelligence value, through a variety of means,” it said.

The Justice filing did not say who was behind Sofacy Group, but US intelligence has in the past linked it to Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, and numerous private computer security groups have made the same connection.

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MOSCOW—British investigative group Bellingcat says two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy were briefly detained in the Netherlands earlier this year.

Bellingcat in its investigation released late Thursday quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and released without being charged.

Dutch authorities didn’t immediately confirm the report, saying Friday that they were assessing an Associated Press request for comment.

Britain has charged Petrov and Boshirov with trying to kill Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with the Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok.

Media reports last week said two unidentified Russian spies were arrested on Dutch soil and deported, and leaked police information linked the arrests with attempts by them to smuggle hacking equipment to Switzerland.

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The US Justice Department said Wednesday that it had seized an internet domain that directed a dangerous botnet of a half-million infected home and office network routers, controlled by hackers believed tied to Russian intelligence.

The move was aimed at breaking up an operation deeply embedded in small and medium-sized computer networks that could allow the hackers to take control of computers as well as easily steal data.

The Justice Department said the “VPNFilter” botnet was set up by a hacking group variously called APT28, Pawn Storm, Sandworm, Fancy Bear and the Sofacy Group.

The group is blamed for cyber attacks on numerous governments, key infrastructure industries like power grids, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and other bodies.

US intelligence agencies also say it was involved in the operation to hack and release damaging information on the Democratic Party during the 2016 US presidential election, and has engineered a number of computer network disruptions in Ukraine.

“According to cybersecurity researchers, the Sofacy Group is a cyber-espionage group believed to have originated from Russia,” the Department of Justice said in a court filing.

“Likely operating since 2007, the group is known to typically target government, military, security organizations, and other targets of intelligence value, through a variety of means,” it said.

The Justice filing did not say who was behind Sofacy Group, but US intelligence has in the past linked it to Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, and numerous private computer security groups have made the same connection.

In Wednesday’s action, the Justice Department said it had obtained a warrant authorizing the FBI to seize a computer domain that is part of the command and control system of the VPNFilter botnet.

The botnet targets home and office routers, through which it can relay orders from the botnet’s controllers and intercept and reroute traffic back to them, virtually undetected by the users of a network.

In a report released in parallel to the Justice announcement, network equipment giant Cisco said VPNFilter had infected at least 500,000 devices in at least 54 countries.

It has targeted popular router brands like Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link.

“The behavior of this malware on networking equipment is particularly concerning, as components of the VPNFilter malware allows for theft of website credentials,” Cisco said.

It also has “a destructive capacity that can render an infected device unusable, which can be triggered on individual victim machines or en masse.”

Both Justice and Cisco said they were releasing details of the problem before having found a strong, permanent fix. Justice said that by seizing control of one of the domains involved in running VNPFilter, it will give owners of infected routers a chance to reboot them, forcing them to begin communicating with the now-neutralized command domain.

The vulnerability will remain, Justice said, but the move will allow them more time to identify and intervene in other parts of the network.

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An investigation into passport similarities among Russian poisoning suspects reportedly provided insight into whether or not the individuals are linked to Russian security services.

Two men accused of poisoning Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer and double agent, have passports that “shared similar features with a number of other files that are believed to be associated with Russian spies,” The Washington Post reported Monday.

Passports of the accused — Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov — reportedly had phone numbers connected to Russian military facilities as well as similar passport numbers and issuing authority, according to a joint investigation from Bellingcat and Russia Insider. The report “appears to have provided European agencies with a number of details,” according to WaPo.

The passports were scrutinized after Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with nerve agent Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury, England. Investigators in the joint report determined that prime suspects Boshirov and Petrov likely used false identities to cover for their involvement in the Skripals’ murders since they found no record of them individuals before 2009. (RELATED: Russian Gov’t Responds To Charges Against Alleged Spy Linked To NRA)

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Sept. 12 that the men were civilians who “traveled to Salisbury for a tourist getaway,” according to the joint report.

Bellingcat and Russian Insider also discovered “top-secret” markings on one of the passports, indicating the unlikelihood that they were simply civilian tourists in the area at the time of the poisoning.

Passports with similar features to Boshirov and Petrov’s documents were also found to be connected to an attempted coup in Montenegro, The Guardian reported Sunday.

Russia’s explanation of the poisoning “was a major disaster,” said former KGB agent Alexander Vassiliev, according to CBC News.

“The propaganda machine is not working. It’s mistake after mistake,” he added. Vassiliev is currently a London-based espionage historian.

“We are poisoning ourselves,” Russian economist and politician Grigory Yavlinsky also said, CBC reported.

Norwegian authorities arrested a man Friday on suspicions of being a Russian spy, and Estonia charged at least 12 alleged Russian spies since 2008, according to WaPo. Dutch officials also arrested two men suspected of spying for the Russian government earlier in 2018.

Roughly 200,000 Russians live in London, and more than 700,000 Londoners speak Russian, according to ABC News.

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The relationship of the two countries predates that of the two leaders. And when Merkel and Putin sit down for talks on Saturday in the German government’s villa outside Berlin, they will be influenced by a long history of alienation and rapprochements, limiting the expectations — and possibly the results — of the meeting.

Pressed on the nature of the talks, Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, indicated the leaders would focus on finding common ground on acute international issues, such as Syria, Ukraine and energy. But he declined to provide details.

Russia is an international actor without whom it is impossible to imagine finding solutions to various problems” in the world, Seibert told reporters in Berlin.

Many experts expect that the meeting will attempt to put the relationship between Berlin and Moscow on more pragmatic ground, but few expect the session to end with strong resolutions or a new strategic partnership.

Here’s a look at some of the issues that define and influence German-Russian ties.

— Are Germany and Russia friends?

The two countries could be described as the ultimate international “frenemies,” with economic, cultural and intellectual ties reaching back centuries. Since the 18th century, they have cycled through a series of conflicts and reconciliations, most recently World War II and the Cold War.

Throughout the Soviet era, Germany was Moscow’s most important trading partner, and many Germans view the strong, positive ties to Moscow as a key contributor to the end of the Cold War and German unification. When the Berlin Wall fell, Germany reached out to Moscow, partly to help former Soviet bloc countries integrate into the European Union, not only strengthening political and economic ties, but also investing in civil society.

But a break in relations that started with the Russian authorities’ repressive reaction to public protests in 2011 and 2012 worsened in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and supported rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Merkel and Putin have maintained regular contact. In May, she visited Putin at his summer residence in Sochi, Russia.

But Susan Stewart, a senior associate with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, cautioned that the leaders’ meeting in Germany should not be viewed as a fundamental shift in German-Russian relations. Instead, it is an indication of the hope that the two sides will be able to reach a compromise on key points, while maintaining their differences over Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.

“They will be trying a two-pronged approach,” Stewart said. “They will try to cooperate on those points where there is a common interest, but we will not see a return to business as usual.”

— What does Germany want from Russia?

Both Germany and Russia have problems that are tied to Syria.

For Merkel, the issue is domestic, as her decision to allow more than 1 million people — most of them refugees from the war in Syria — to apply for asylum in Germany has met increasing resistance from the public and from her own government. For Putin, it is not being quite able to find a solution to Syria’s civil war despite having declared “mission accomplished” on several occasions.

Both leaders could benefit from finding a way to ensure sufficient political stability in Syria to allow Germany to begin encouraging refugees to return, while Putin is seeking support from Berlin and the European Union to help rebuild the country, said Stefan Meister of the German Council on Foreign Relations.

“It is in the domestic political interest of the German government that Syrian refugees be able to return to a stable Syria,” Meister said.

— What does Russia want from Germany?

Germany’s willingness to throw its full weight behind the United States’ decision to impose sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea, its involvement in the pro-Kremlin insurgency in eastern Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, took the Russians by surprise.

The move made clear to Russian leaders that the special relationship they believed they had shared with Berlin was over. Soon afterward, Germany found itself in the crosshairs of Russian cyberattacks and a campaign in the Russian news media that caused Germany to plunge in Russian public opinion.
“If you look at the image of Germany — and Merkel in particular — in Russian political discourse, you will see that it really has deteriorated tremendously,” said Sabine Fischer, head researcher on Eastern Europe at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

A survey cited on Friday by Vedomosti, a Russian business daily, reflected this trend, showing approval of the German chancellor among Russians plummeting to 15 percent in August 2016 from 60 percent in February 2011.

But to break out of its international isolation, Russia needs Germany’s support. It hopes to persuade the chancellor not to support a fresh round of sanctions President Donald Trump has threatened to impose over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

“There is a need for more pragmatic action at the political level,” Fischer said.

— Is Germany a ‘captive of Russia,’ as Trump says?

Germany imports about 40 percent of its natural gas from Russia, according to government statistics. That is more than any other EU country, but less than the 60 percent to 70 percent Trump cited when he accused Germany of being a “captive” of Russia at a NATO summit last month.

“That comment clearly taps into a stereotype in Washington that because of its economic ties, Germany is ‘weaker’ on Russia,” said Derek Chollet, an adviser on security and defense policy with the German Marshall Fund in Washington.

Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s close relationship to Putin and his decision to join the board of Russia’s state oil company, Rosneft, has only bolstered that notion. But Merkel has shown a willingness to draw a line, with her decisions to support sanctions against Russia in 2015 and to join the coordinated response to the poisoning in Britain this spring.

“My sense is Merkel, who in her own way makes clear that she understands the Russians and Putin as a type as well as anyone, has no illusions about Russia or Putin and their motives,” Chollet said.

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Four MORE Russian suspects are yet to be named in the Salisbury Novichok probe amid claims the attack was carried out by a six strong assassination squad named ‘The Cleaners’

  • Security sources said the hit squad who targeted the Skripals had six members
  • The attempted assassins reportedly had a back-up team to help reconnaissance 
  • Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were accused of carrying out the attack 

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline

Published: 22:49 BST, 8 September 2018 | Updated: 09:33 BST, 9 September 2018

Four more Russians are suspects in the Novichok investigation but have yet to be named, it was claimed tonight.

Security sources have reportedly said the Russian hit squad who targeted former spy Sergei Skripal had six members who were known as The Cleaners.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were accused this week of carrying out the poisoning in Salisbury and were identified as members of the GRU, Russia‘s military intelligence service.

The attempted assassins are said to have had a back-up team who travelled separately and helped with reconnaissance in Salisbury, the Mirror reported.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (pictured)were accused this week of carrying out the poisoning in Salisbury and were identified as members of Russia's military intelligence agency
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A source told the newspaper: ‘Back-up is needed to keep the Skripals under surveillance. Petrov and Boshirov needed to know they wouldn’t turn up while they were spraying the novichok.’

The back-up team were also there in case anything happened to the nerve agent, the source said.

The two alleged assassins are also said to have visited the UK several times, posing as wealthy Russians, so that their trip in March would not attract suspicion.

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It came as work started to decontaminate the home of poisoning victim Mr Skripal, six months after the attack.

A cordon is in place so that police investigations or clean-up work can be carried out safely and will remain in place until the decontamination has been completed.

Counter-terrorism officers believe the house is where Mr Skripal, a former Russian agent, and his daughter Yulia were contaminated with nerve agent on March 4, after a high concentration of the chemical weapon was found on the front door.

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The clean-up is being overseen by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in partnership with Wiltshire Council and carried out by specialist military teams.

Former GRU officer Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the military grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in March.

Detectives believe it is likely the two suspects, thought to be aged around 40, travelled under aliases and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.

Prosecutors deem it futile to apply to Russia for the extradition of the two men, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained and the authorities are also seeking the assistance of Interpol.

Officers have formally linked the attack on the Skripals to events in nearby Amesbury when Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent. Ms Sturgess later died in hospital.

Moscow has continued to deny it was involved in the attack.

Former GRU officer Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia (pictured together) were left critically ill after being exposed to the military grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in March
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Mr. Grozev, why don’t you publish the “scientific-like” report including the descriptions of the replicable methodology, addressing specifically this point and issue: 

On the basis of what “metrics” or “no-metrics”, quantitatively and qualitatively, “subjectively and objectively”, and by what reasoning, did you come to the conclusion that “Boshirov” is “Chepiga”? 

Mr. Grozev’s arguments are not convincing so far, while the arguments of his opponent (in the second cited article), are detailed, well reasoned, and convincing. 

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You sound very confident. How do you know this is Colonel Chepiga?

We’ve identified him via many, many objective and subjective metrics. First of all, objectively, we got a hold of his original passport file. So we’ve seen the actual passport database with his date of birth, original photo, taken when he was 17, and another one when he got his first passport, and another one when he was 21.

After we were ready with the report and the identification, we actually contacted sources at the British police and secret services to just get a nod, or not a nod, as to our findings — and we got the nod. So we know for sure that’s the one.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are seen on CCTV at Salisbury Station on Mar. 3, 2018 . (Metropolitan Police/Reuters)

M.N.: This is the amazing photo, as if the pair (and most likely the organizer of course, who had the digital samples of this security camera) knew where to pose for the right angle: the scene looks  like a cemetery with tombstones, more than a train station. It is a threat: “We have some Novichok for you…” 

And the signature is on the bottom of this photo: the colors of Germany’s flag, mixed with the blue and  yellow strips of the Ukrainian flag. 

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According to an interview on Russia’s RT television, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were two innocent men in the fitness industry, who were traveling Salisbury, England to visit the town’s famous cathedral.

The U.K. government has said the two men were actually there to poison former Russian spy Sergey Skripal, and his daughter Yulia.

And now, an investigative website says it’s been able to track down the real identity of one of the men.

According to Bellingcat’s research, Boshirov is actually a decorated Russian military intelligence officer named Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga. Russia has denied the allegations.

Christo Grozev is a researcher who led Bellingcat’s investigation. As It Happens host Carol Off spoke to Grozev about how they tracked down Chepiga.

Mr. Grozev, when we saw this RT interview, one of the men introduced himself as Ruslan Boshirov. What have you discovered is his real name?

His name is Anatoliy​ Chepiga. He’s off by one year from the personality he presented, in terms of age. And he’s off by many, many other qualities from the personality that we saw on RT.

You sound very confident. How do you know this is Colonel Chepiga?

We’ve identified him via many, many objective and subjective metrics. First of all, objectively, we got a hold of his original passport file. So we’ve seen the actual passport database with his date of birth, original photo, taken when he was 17, and another one when he got his first passport, and another one when he was 21.

After we were ready with the report and the identification, we actually contacted sources at the British police and secret services to just get a nod, or not a nod, as to our findings — and we got the nod. So we know for sure that’s the one.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are seen on CCTV at Salisbury Station on Mar. 3, 2018 . (Metropolitan Police/Reuters)

You also dug into the file of Colonel Chepiga. He’s a much decorated serviceman. He has received Russia’s highest state award. What do you know about him?

He was born in a tiny village, population less than 300 people, in the farthest corner of the Russian Federation. He went to a military school that was only about 30 miles away from his home village that, at that time, in the late ’90s and early ‘2000s, was one of the most elite, or let’s say better-staffed schools, for military education. He got his military education in a special operations unit, training unit, at the school.

Immediately thereafter, he was sent to service in Chechnya, where he amassed a number of awards because, apparently, he was great at what he did as a soldier. And then as a very promising soldier, who had accumulated about 15 awards already, he was sent to GRU school. And GRU school in Moscow is one of the …  it’s called the Academy, the Diplomatic Academy. But, in fact, it’s a spy school and it’s the most elite spy school in Russia.

In this video grab provided by the RT channel Ruslan Boshirov, left, and Alexander Petrov attend their first public appearance in an interview with the RT channel in Moscow, Russia. (RT Channel Video/Associated Press)

It sounds [like] you have a lot of information, mostly from open sources. You didn’t go on the ground to seek this out. You did this from a distance. And this is working for your website Bellingcat, which has been accused by the Russian government of being a front for Western intelligence agencies, that you’re fabricating evidence. Why should we trust your conclusions here?

All of our findings in the past have either been proven right or Russia has stopped trying to rebut them because they have no way to rebut them. What we do is very transparent. Almost anybody with the analytic skills can go and replicate that data. We don’t point people to where they can get leaked Russian databases but they’re out there. They’re on the Internet and they’re in torrents. Anybody who spends a week will be able to get them and replicate our findings.

But a number of things have left people scratching their heads about your conclusion. I think you’re scratching your head as well. Why a colonel? Why somebody of such a high rank, and such a decorated man, be sent on this mission to poison people in Great Britain? And also to be so exposed, because you know that when you’re in Great Britain there are a lot of cameras observing. So why such a high-ranking man?

That’s a mystery. We’ve received opinions from two senior Russian officers. Both of them said literally the same thing: “We would have expected somebody with a rank of major or even captain to have done this.”

The fact that they chose a colonel means that the order came at a very high level. Probably one layer below Putin, not Putin himself. But it’s something they did in order to show to Putin that actually they took all the measures and all the precautions to have the highest expertise on the ground, which apparently they didn’t.

Police officers stand outside the City Stay Hotel in Bow, where Russian military intelligence agents Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov previously stayed after arriving in the U.K. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

This is all around the poisoning of Sergey Skripal and Yulia Skripal — and also, the British citizen Dawn Sturgess. We saw this man who calls himself Ruslan Boshirov and his partner on television in this RT interview. They looked like goofs, didn’t they? You’re laughing, everyone was laughing, including people in Russia. So how is it that somebody of such a high calibre, somebody who is so skilled, would be, first of all, be allowed to be on Russian TV, to be so exposed — and then, to be such a goof?

That’s another mystery. There are at least two hypothesis on this that circulate among informed circles. One is that they were given this order at the last moment, after Putin made that blunder himself, by saying, “Well, we know they’re civilians and I expect them to come and save themselves.”

Bear in mind that people like this are never prepared to go public and to be burned in public. This was a very embarrassing moment for them.

Another hypothesis was that this was punishment for their blunder and their busted job. I don’t believe that’s realistic because whatever they were, they were not traitors. And in the Russian army the only people they punish really are traitors. If anything they would be demoted but not put on purpose to be embarrassed.

Does it appear that this was just a botched operation? I mean, they were successful in reaching these people and poisoning them. But was this a failure?

I think now it has become a failure. Even Russians, the average Russian who believes, if nothing else, Russia is good at spying, now realizes they aren’t good at that either. If you look at Internet memes that spread on the Russian Internet, before they were making fun of the West, of America, of the opposition. Now Russians are making fun of their own intelligence services and that’s unprecedented. I think that is a failure for the regime.

Written by John McGill. Produced by Chris Harbord. Q&A has been edited for length and clarity. 

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A THIRD person understood to have helped two Russian men carry out the lethal Salisbury nerve agent poisoning has been identified by counter-terrorism police.

The Telegraph is reporting that the GRU agent helped plan the attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the small English town earlier this year.

It comes after one of the men, who was previously identified as Ruslan Boshirov, was outed earlier this week as decorated Russian intelligence officer Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga.

Chepiga was previously made a Hero of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin.

His accomplice — Alexander Petrov — is understood to have also entered the UK on a fake surname.

The Telegraph is reporting that the third accomplice provided information to the Skripals, whose Novichok nerve agent inadvertently killed local woman Dawn Sturgess and critically injured Colonel Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he believed the Russians tried to kill Colonel Skripal because they thought the attack could be successfully pulled off following the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2005.

“That’s why Theresa May’s reaction this time has been very different,” Mr Hunt told Sky News.

The third person is likely to have told the Skripals about which door their target used at the property and the layout of the cul-de-sac.

Security experts say the intel would have been essential as such an attack would not have been unplanned.

The Telegraph has reported that Sergei Migdal, a security expert and former police and intelligence officer, said, “Someone would have had to carry out a reconnaissance mission beforehand.”

“I understand that it was timed for Yulia’s arrival as they wanted to be sure that their target would be in Salisbury. It would have been too much trouble to watch him all the time and that may have aroused suspicion.”

Colonel Skripal and his daughter survived the attack and are understood to be in hiding.

Former intelligence and security officer Philip Ingram said there was “almost certainly” intelligence on the ground.

“They wouldn’t have turned up at the house and put it on the door handle on a whim.”

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  • One of the agents accused over Salisbury attack was outed as a GRU colonel
  • Pictures show striking similarities between Anatoly Chepiga and ‘Boshirov’
  • But Kremlin has attempted to spread that assassin is decorated Russian agent
  • Chepiga’s former commander today insisted the soldier wasn’t trained to spy

By Richard Spillett In London and Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline

Published: 16:05 BST, 28 September 2018 | Updated: 23:36 BST, 28 September 2018

The former commander of the Russian assassin accused of carrying out the Salisbury novichok attack has admitted he was military trained, but not for spy missions.

The Kremlin’s media machine has gone into overdrive since investigators revealed one of the two Russians behind the attack is a Colonel Anatoly Chepiga – a high ranking GRU officer who was made a ‘Hero of Russia‘ for missions in Chechnya and Ukraine.

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