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Old 03.09.2015, 10:07
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this story hit the news yesterday. It details how a couple of russians tried to steal 100 million euros by using swiss banks. However the fraud was detected towards the end and the suspects have been sitting in pretrial detention for 4 years! The case was recently rejected by the judge and the suspect is still sitting in jail in Dielsdorf.

Can you imagine sitting in jail 4 years just because you are suspected of a financial crime.

On August 24, the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona decided not to admit the charges against TS and the poles, which is also held in Switzerland. The judges exercised unusually harsh criticism: The "extremely extensive" indictment (674 pages, 4390 footnotes) was "not to handle in its present form, it lacks particular structure" for the court. In other words, the judges could not understand what the investigators accuse the accused in detail. Now the judiciary must re-roll the prosecution -
1200 days of detention.

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/wirtscha...story/27638289


Interesting story; great example of the complexities in investigating complex financial transactions to see if there was criminal activity.


The Russian who started this is still happily sitting in Russia.


Around a third of the hundred million had disappeared so there may be some substance to the allegations; or maybe it was just lost somewhere
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Old 03.09.2015, 10:19
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U.S. Army repaints tanks stationed in Europe from desert tan to woodland green.

http://www.stripes.com/news/europe/t...urope-1.365620
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Old 03.09.2015, 10:39
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U.S. Army repaints tanks stationed in Europe from desert tan to woodland green.

http://www.stripes.com/news/europe/t...urope-1.365620


LOL, before you know it they will be swopping their tropical kit and desert boots for winter uniforms - check the foto .
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Old 03.09.2015, 16:03
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In a bizarre photo shoot set in the gym of the state residence in Sochi, Russia, Putin pumped iron alongside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The sweat pans he was wearing while doing so retail for $1,425 a pair.

The pants are made by Italian luxury designer Loro Piana, which specializes in wool and cashmere products. The "Portland" joggers are made of 50% silk and 50% cashmere.

Putin also has the matching Loro Piana jacket, which brings his outfit total to at least $3,200, not including the T-shirt and shoes.

A Loro Piana spokesperson confirmed to Quartz that Putin was wearing the brand's sweat suit in the photo shoot.
While Russia is destroying tonnes of "sanctioned" food imported from the EU, Putin does photo-op "work outs" in a $3,000 Italian track-suit
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Interesting story; great example of the complexities in investigating complex financial transactions to see if there was criminal activity.


The Russian who started this is still happily sitting in Russia.


Around a third of the hundred million had disappeared so there may be some substance to the allegations; or maybe it was just lost somewhere
it was not lost, it was spent. However authorities can only undo certain types of transactions. They can not undo medical payments, or payments for consumables... etc...
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Putin confirms Russian military involvement in Syria's civil war

According to the Greek press Russia asked to use Greek air space for military flights to/from Syria and despite the US being against, the Greek government looks determined to allow them.
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Putin confirms Russian military involvement in Syria's civil war

According to the Greek press Russia asked to use Greek air space for military flights to/from Syria and despite the US being against, the Greek government looks determined to allow them.
Russia has had military training, supply and advisory contracts with the Syrian government for some years. Only the (US-dominated) Western media would describe it as "involvement in Syria's civil war." Putin is even quoted in the article saying it's "premature" to say Russia is intervening in any way, which is corroborated by the ex-Syrian officers quoted in the article.

Any complaints from US circles on the matter are little more than the pot calling the kettle black, since the US (with or without contracts) has long been directly supporting and supplying the Syrian rebels, who have since spawned the ISIS terrorists, making it downright laughable that pentagon spokesman Peter Cook presumes to blame Assad's government for "terrorism that it has both curated and then failed to confront effectively," since this is exactly what the US (not Russia or Assad) has achieved by abundantly supplying first the rebels, then ISIS, with military hardware and supplies.

Trying to lay blame on Assad or misdirect attention to alleged Russian "involvement" is a ludicrous (but typical) Washington policy: cognitive dissonance, denial and projection.

Edit: The article discusses the Greek government's 'controversial' allowance of Russian aircraft over Greek airspace for the purpose of fulfilling Russian contracts with Syria. Here's an alternative story in which Bulgaria opts to acquiesce to Washington's (presumed) hegemony.
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Another "hostile Russian sub" myth put to rest…

(Somebody's mainstream propaganda "news" network seems to fire nothing but blanks.)
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Putin confirms Russian military involvement in Syria's civil war

According to the Greek press Russia asked to use Greek air space for military flights to/from Syria and despite the US being against, the Greek government looks determined to allow them.
I think Greece alone isn't enough for russian planes from the Black Sea to fly around Turkey, they need Bulgaria as well. What about them?
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Old 09.09.2015, 10:38
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I think Greece alone isn't enough for russian planes from the Black Sea to fly around Turkey, they need Bulgaria as well. What about them?
Bulgaria is not letting Russian military aircraft in their air-space

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"The Bulgarian foreign ministry has refused flights over Bulgaria of Russian military transport planes en route to Syria," Betina Zhoteva, the spokesperson for Bulgaria's foreign ministry, told news agencies on Tuesday. "We have enough information that makes us have serious doubts about the cargo of the planes, which is the reason for the refusal."


...because now that Bulgaria has refused access to the Russians, Greece is geographically freed of responsibility.

Since both Turkey and Bulgaria have refused passage, the Russians will be forced to go much further east to get supplies to Syria — but that won't necessarily stop the supplies. Weiss explained that, most likely, the Russians would now fly a longer route that travels over the Caspian Sea, through Iran and Iraq, and into Syria.
https://news.vice.com/article/bulgar...shall-not-pass
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Old 09.09.2015, 11:17
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Russia has supported Assad for several years, but recently it seems Assad is losing, and Russia is ramping up their support for Assad, including possibly sending "little green men" (ie: Russian soldier in unmarked uniforms).


France has said that Assad must go:

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Paris (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that the "neutralisation" of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was a pre-condition to resolving the crisis in the war-torn country.

"We must reduce the terrorist influence without maintaining Assad. The two are bound up together," Hollande told a gathering of French diplomats in Paris.

"We must create a political transition in Syria, it's a necessity."
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Bulgaria is not letting Russian military aircraft in their air-space
Meaning they can't get to the Mediterranian Sea without violating some contry's air space (unless perhaps the Bosporus is considered neutral).
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Meaning they can't get to the Mediterranian Sea without violating some contry's air space (unless perhaps the Bosporus is considered neutral).
True, Russia is running low on friends these days.

" most likely, the Russians would now fly a longer route that travels over the Caspian Sea, through Iran and Iraq, and into Syria."
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I overlooked that part.
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Meaning they can't get to the Mediterranian Sea without violating some contry's air space (unless perhaps the Bosporus is considered neutral).

via Iran and Iraq into Syria -- Problem solved
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Bulgaria is not letting Russian military aircraft in their air-space



https://news.vice.com/article/bulgar...shall-not-pass

I wonder what price Iran and Iraq will charge Russia for this service? Weapons? More SU-25's?


Iran has agreed to open its airspace for Russian planes carrying humanitarian cargo for Syria, here.
http://tass.ru/en/world/819799
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Keep an eye on Belarus in the next month or two. They have elections coming, and Russia is trying to get Belarus to host a premenant Russian Air Base....

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is due in Minsk on September 9, ostensibly for a meeting of the Eurasian Union's intergovernmental council.
But according to Russian press reports, the real goal of Medvedev's trip is to deliver a message from the Kremlin: It's time to stop bobbing and weaving between Moscow and the West and get on board.
Specifically, Russia wants Belarus to allow it to build a new air base on Belarusian territory -- something Lukashenka had been resisting.
The base would be located in Babruysk, in eastern Belarus, and would station SU-27 fighter jets manned by Russian pilots, Stratfor.com reported.



It would significantly project Russian military power westward, allowing Moscow to threaten and intimidate not only Ukraine but also Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania.


And if Lukashenka continues to resist? Well, then the upcoming Belarusian presidential election gives Moscow a major opportunity to tighten the screws on him.


According to Arseniy Sivitsky and Yury Tsarik of the Belarusian Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Research, Moscow is laying the groundwork to destabilize Belarus in the aftermath of the October 11 election -- creating the "illusion of a Maidan," so Russian forces could then enter the country to restore order.



And the information campaign appears to have already begun.
Aleksey Pushkov, chairman of the State Duma’s Foreign Relations Committee, said recently that the West was planning a colored revolution in Belarus to oust Lukashenka.
http://www.rferl.org/content/why-bel.../27234694.html
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

we all feel like this at some point in migros...

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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

I bet Assad is pulling strings from Moscow.

'If you are worried about refugees, stop supporting terrorists' - Assad interview

http://www.rt.com/news/315431-assad-...ee-terrorists/



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Putin pledges to keep up military support for Syria's Assad
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday pledged to continue military support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama warned Russia Friday against doubling down on its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, casting a recent buildup of Russian military equipment and personnel in Syria as an effort to prop up the embattled leader.


"The strategy they're pursuing right now of doubling down on Assad is a mistake," Obama said during a town hall with U.S. military personnel.

Russia denies it's trying to bolster Assad and instead says its increased military activity is part of the international effort to defeat the Islamic State, the terror group that has wreaked havoc in both Syria and Iraq. Earlier Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on world powers to join his country in that pursuit, arguing that Syria's army is the most efficient force to fight the extremist network.

"You cannot defeat Islamic State with air strikes only," Lavrov said, a dig at Obama's strategy. "It's necessary to cooperate with ground troops and the Syrian army is the most efficient and powerful ground force to fight the IS."

Russia's military moves have punctured what had been a notable uptick in optimism among U.S. officials about the prospect that Moscow was tiring of Assad, its longtime ally. Syria has been gripped by civil war for more than four years, a conflict that has claimed more than 250,000 lives and created a vacuum for extremism to thrive.

For months, U.S. officials have been gauging Russia's willingness to help restart a political process to remove Assad from power. Obama, however, painted a grim prospect of that happening in light of Russia's new action.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center, listens during his meeting with counterparts Ibrahim …
"It could prevent us from arriving at the political solution that's ultimately needed to bring a peace back to Syria," he said.

Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken twice with Lavrov this week to warn that the Russian military buildup could lead to an escalation of the bloody conflict. The crisis in Syria is also likely to be a major topic when world leaders head to the United Nations later this month for an annual gathering.

Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both scheduled to attend the UN meetings, though it's unclear whether they'll meet. Some analysts believe Russia wants to have its military force in Syria ready for action by the time Putin arrives in New York.

Despite the warnings from the U.S., Lavrov said Russia would continue to supply Assad with weapons that he said will help defeat Islamic State fighters.

"I can only say once again that our servicemen and military experts are there to service Russian military hardware, to assist the Syrian army in using this hardware," he said at a news conference in Moscow. "And we will continue to supply it to the Syrian government in order to ensure its proper combat readiness in its fight against terrorism."


FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, shakes hands with Russi …
Russia has been a longtime backer of Syria, and it has supported Assad throughout the civil war by shielding him from U.N. sanctions and providing weapons.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday used the Russian military buildup in Syria to lash out at his country's archenemy, blaming the influx of refugees into Europe on Moscow's support for Assad.

"Today the so-called little green men are landing in Syria, instigating an increase in violence in the Middle East, and provoking a further increase in the number of refugees going to the EU," Poroshenko said at an international conference in Kiev. "Little green men" was the term widely applied to Russian forces in unmarked uniforms who overtook Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Russia in March 2014.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded on her Facebook page, saying Russia isn't trying to conceal the presence of its servicemen who are involved in a "military-technical cooperation with a legitimate government."

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Vasilyeva reported from Moscow. Yuras Karmanau in Minsk, Belarus, and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.

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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

It is only normal that Russia feels threatened by Nato.
When the Soviet Union fell, the US did(/could) not stop its military machine against Russia.
The US continued to expand Nato right up to the borders of Russia.
The troubles in the Ukraine may have occured in any case, but were encouraged and nurtured by Nato and the US.

The US military machine is driven by the military industrial complex. These guys grew fat building an ever growing number of nukes along with the dizzying array of other kinds of weapons.
This force has long ago corralled the US political system to its ends.
In 1961 Eisenhower warned us about this.

Finally.... How would the US react if the shoe was on the other foot?
Russia fomented a coup in Mexico and courted it to join the expanding Warsaw pact? Not to mention a "missile shield system" in Canada!

Me thinks nuks sporting the stars and stripes would already be flying!
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