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Opposition politician Boris Nemtsov killed in the center of Moscow Tags: Boris Nemtsov Assassination Moscow Russia

Opposition politician Boris Nemtsov killed in the center of Moscow

RT February 27, 2015 ShortURL

Boris Nemtsov (RIA Novosti / Ruslan Krivobok)

Famous Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in the center of Moscow. The shots came from a vehicle. Reportedly, Nemtsov had previously received death threats on social media sites.

“Boris Nemtsov was shot four times in the center of Moscow at Vasilyevsky Spusk. An investigation team is working at the scene,” police said.

A law enforcement source told Interfax news agency that a white vehicle approached Nemtsov, fired the shots, and sped away. Police later said there were three white cars on the bridge during the shooting, according to footage from street cameras. The vehicles were identified as two Ford Focus models and one Ford Mondeo.

The license plates have been established and police are conducting a search. However, some witnesses said the car containing the suspects was without a license plate.

Police have opened up a criminal investigation into the murder and illegal arms use, dubbing the operation 'Interception.'

“[We] confirm that the man was killed in central Moscow, documents for the name Boris Efimovich Nemtsov have been found,” the Interior Ministry’s press service said.

According to the police, Nemtsov was accompanied by a woman at the time of the murder. Her name is not being released due to the ongoing investigation.

“Nemtsov was walking on Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge with a visitor from Ukraine. It was then when he was shot from a car that was passing by,” said the ministry’s official representative, Elena Alekseeva, as quoted by Rossiya 24 TV channel.

“The woman who was with him is currently being interrogated in a police department,” Alekseeva added.

Police said that traffic has been restored on the bridge.

Nemtsov’s family lawyer, Vadim Prohorov, said the politician began receiving various types of threats – including death threats – on social media sites a few months ago.

The politician’s family members arrived at the crime scene early on Saturday. Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev spoke to them at the site. Television host and opposition activist Ksenia Sobchak was among those at the scene.

Before authorities could confirm Nemtsov’s death, the politician’s colleagues spoke out.

“Unfortunately, I'm currently looking at the body of Nemtsov," a fellow member of his RPR-Parnas party, Ilya Yashin, confirmed to RIA Novosti. I see the body, and a lot of police.”

Nemtsov served as Russian deputy prime minister under former President Boris Yeltsin. Though he was more involved in business than politics in recent years, Nemtsov voiced opposition to President Vladimir Putin, criticizing the government and its policies. Since 2012, he had co-chaired the pro-business party RPR-PARNAS (Republican Party of Russia – People's Freedom Party).

Nemtsov’s assassination comes just one day ahead of the Vesna (“Spring”) opposition rally slated for March 1 in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was “immediately informed” about Nemtsov’s assassination, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

“Putin has stressed that this brutal murder has all [the] signs of a contract murder and is extremely provocative,” Peskov said.

“The president has expressed his deep condolences to the family of tragically deceased Nemtsov,” he added.

Nikita Belyh, governor of the Kirov Region, said he was shocked to hear about Nemtsov’s death and expressed his sincerest condolences to the politician’s family. “This is a nightmare. Boris Nemtsov was killed. I can’t believe this, I talked to him just four hours ago – we laughed, reminisced about something,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

Human Rights Watch representative Tanya Cooper called for a “thorough” and “unbiased” investigation into Nemtsov’s murder, adding that police must consider all angles, including the victim’s political career.

US President Barack Obama has condemned Nemtsov’s death, describing it as a “brutal murder,” the White House National Security Council said on Twitter. The council also called on Russia to conduct a “prompt, impartial and transparent investigation” and to “ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”


Forget all our other troubles – the Russians are coming! Tags: Air Force Army Baltic states Conflict Crisis EU Economy Mass media Military NATO Planes Politics Prices Putin

Forget all our other troubles – the Russians are coming!

Neil Clark is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. His award winning blog can be found at www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter

RT February 24, 2015, ShortURL

RIA Novosti / Sergey Guneev

The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow. Train and bus fares continue to rise. Twice as many people are living in poverty than 30 years ago. And our National Health Service is being privatized before our very eyes.

But hey - we Brits must forget about all those things - because there’s something far more important to worry about. The Russians are coming!

That “sinister tyrant” Vladimir Putin, doesn’t’ just threaten the whole of Ukraine - and the Baltic States - but even poses a “threat” to Britain too!

This simply must be true (says author, tongue firmly in cheek), because the claims are being made by prominent members of the British political and media establishment - you know the same bunch who in 2003 told us Iraq had WMDs, who in 2011 told us that toppling Gaddafi was a great idea, and who in 2013 wanted us to bomb Syria and topple a secular government that was fighting ISIS.

UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon (who voted for the Iraq war in 2003), raised the specter last week of Putin targeting the Baltic States.

I’m worried about Putin. I’m worried about his pressure on the Baltics, the way he is testing NATO,” Fallon said. “It’s a very real and present danger,” the Minister went on, just in case we still didn’t appreciate the Russian ‘threat’. “He (Putin) flew two Russian bombers down the English Channel two weeks ago. We had to scramble jets very quickly to see them off. It’s the first time since the height of the Cold War; it’s the first time that’s happened.”

Sir Adrian Bradshaw, the NATO Deputy Supreme Commander in Europe, went even further than Fallon, saying that “the threat from Russia” represented “an existential threat to our whole being.”

Meanwhile, the former Air Chief Marshall Lord Jock Stirrup raised the horrifying prospect that civilian planes containing holidaymakers could be brought down by Russian jets.

In case these warnings weren’t enough to give us palpitations the so-called Russophobic hack pack - the group of mutually-adoring propagandists who obsess about Russia - weighed in to reinforce the message that we all ought to be jolly scared about Putin. My own personal favorite warning on Twitter about Putin and Russia was this one:

The second commenter provided useful advice on “How to stop Putin nuking us all” (which includes blocking RT).

While ordinary people in Britain struggle to make ends meet, for theelite, the big burning question of the day is not “What can we do to reduce bus and train fares?” but “How can we can deal with the Russian ‘threat?’”.

Can the UK handle the Bear threat from Russia? “asked the Independent. “With bad guys about, you can’t ignore defense” was the title of one comment piece in Rupert Murdoch’s Times.

Putin’s war on the West” was the cover story of the Economist. “As Ukraine suffers, it is time to recognize the gravity of the Russian threat - and to counter it.. The EU and NATO are Mr. Putin’s ultimate targets.”

Very helpfully, amid all these concerns, the BBC News website ran an article entitled “How to spot a Russian bomber.

I printed the guide out and thanks to it I was able to rule out the possibility that the plane flying over my local playing fields was a Tupolev Tu-22M3 and was able to sleep easily in my bed that night.

Of course, the claims that Russia poses a threat to Britain are absolute baloney. As are the claims that Russia threatens the Baltic States. There’s more chance of Count Dracula being elected Prime Minister of Romania than a Russian invasion of Britain, or indeed Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia.

And as for the Russian bombers flying over Britain story - it’s worth reading the official Ministry of Defence Statement: “The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace.

The elite are trying to scare us again in the same way they tried to scare us about Saddam’s non-existent WMDs in 2003. They are scaring us because they’d rather us focus on a non-existent threat from Russia, than our problems at home. They are scaring us because they want to ’sell’ the case for a renewal of Trident, Britain’s so-called nuclear deterrent - and they are worried we might vote for parties like the ‘crackpot’Greens who don’t want us to renew Trident and who don‘t want us to get involved in any more wars of aggression.

They are scaring us because they want us, the British people, to share their obsessive Russophobia.

The establishment anti-Russia/anti-Putin campaign went into overdrive last week because of anger that a peace deal was reached in Minsk. The Russophobes want the conflict in Ukraine to continue to justify the sanctions on Russia. They want the Russian economy seriously weakened, regardless of the cost to the Russian people - believing this will eventually lead to ‘regime change’ in Moscow and someone like Garry Kasparov or Mikhail Khodorkovsky taking over in the Kremlin.

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UK media demonizing Russia as ‘guilty’ of daring to resist US Empire

They’ve never forgiven Putin and Lavrov for blocking war against Syria in 2013 and for having the temerity to stand up and defend legitimate Russian national interests. Don’t these damn ‘Ruskies’ know their place!

That’s why we got these ludicrous warnings of the Russian ‘threat’ - just at the time when real progress has been made to try and bring the conflict in Ukraine to an end.

The good news is that the man - and woman - in the street aren’t buying into the scaremongering.

As I’ve noted before there is a real disconnect between establishment views on Russia and the views of ordinary people. Compare the bog standard “Putin is a threat to us all” comment pieces and the views of ordinary members of the public in the letters pages.

The most honest assessment of the situation I’ve read was by a letter-writer to the Daily Express newspaper, one Terence Matthews from London, who said “Putin is neither mad nor bad; he is looking after the rights of his people, just as I would expect my government to do…. The US does not want a strong Russia and is paranoid about it.. Let’s get the truth out and not lies”.

In fact if you want the truth on Russia in Britain, you’re generally much better off reading the letters pages, and below-the-line comments than you are reading the opinions of puffed-up pundits in ‘serious’ newspapers and journals who try and outdo one another in their Russophobia.

Laughing at the preposterous “The Russians are coming” brigade really is the best response. Refuse to stand to attention and deferentially tug your forelock when a neo-con or faux-leftist starts to lecture you on “the Russian threat”: Establishment Russophobes hate it when they’re not being taken seriously. And make sure that when you do come across a “The Russians are coming” scaremonger, check out what that person was saying about the Iraqi WMDs ‘threat’ in 2003. It’s usually quite revealing.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.


My Comment:

The Russian Parliament have just voted to DOWNSIZE their salaries in order to show solidarity with the people. I wish our politicians could show as much humanity.



‘Unhackable’: Russian firm develops totally surveillance-proof smartphone Tags: Gizmos Intelligence Internet Russia Security WikiLeaks

‘Unhackable’: Russian firm develops totally surveillance-proof smartphone

RT February 19 2015 ShortURL

Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Russia is entering the post-Snowden world with style. Its own anti-surveillance smartphone prototype, equipped with the latest in cutting-edge cybersecurity and intended for corporate users, is currently being tested.

This is not Russia’s first foray into smartphones, with the dual-screen YotaPhone making headlines recently with its second incarnation. However, the new project will offer unparalleled, corporate-level securit, when ready. The current version is a prototype and any photos are kept in strict secret.

Here is a link to AMAZON where you can order the YotaPhone. SiNeh~

Smartphone Yota Yotaphone 2 Factory Unlocked Screen (E-ink on Back)

Called the TaigaPhone, the phone will be manufactured by Taiga Systems, 99 percent of which belongs to Natalya Kasperskaya, owner of the InfoWatch group. The device will synergize with other tools provided by the company to its high-profile clients.

According to Izvestia daily, things like photos and work-related files, as well as phone conversations and metadata will not “leak” without the user’s consent, according to Taiga Systems co-owner Aleksey Nagorny.

“The device is entirely our own – the design, the schematics and circuitry. The phone will be manufactured in China,” he said.

The company used Android’s base for the creation of its own Taiga operating system. Inventing one from scratch was too costly and cumbersome.

But the system will also contain several levels of cyber defense, chief among them the ability to completely disable or enable select parts of the system. Nagorny mentioned the camera, as well as location services.


New YotaPhone 2 smartphone. (RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov)

New YotaPhone 2 smartphone. (RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov)


The phone can also be fashioned into a traditional “slab,” to allow only phone calls. The most extreme version of this setting will enable the user to only see incoming calls. And of course, no secure device would be complete without the ability to switch off your microphone.

All of these settings will require one or two buttons maximum to operate.

What’s more, a signal will alert the user if anyone is trying to hack the microphone or any other key features.

Symantec will cooperate with Taiga Systems on some of the more key security capabilities. Many now know that switching off your phone does not disable the GPS – that’s where Symantec comes in.

Other phones exist with similar capabilities, with the BlackPhone – an Android-based solution from Europe - released four months ago. It boasts information encryption, something the likes of whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Julian Assange have been very vocal about.

Despite the obvious advantages of encryption, high-security devices still aren’t the mainstream even in the corporate sector, for which the TaigaPhone was developed. The situation today is such that standard phones are bought in most cases, with the company installing various add-ons for its employees.

The price and arrival date are being kept under wraps.

According to Nagorny, the company is in talks to equip other makes with the Taiga system soon.


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