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Bloody Monday: Grandnephew of GULAG organizer stabbed Moscow radio station editor

The attacker was a grandnephew of an inventor and first commissar of the death camps in Russia.

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(The Saker) – On November 23, 2002, fifty armed jihadi terrorists, or “freedom fighters” as they were called by the West, seized the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow taking 850 hostages. The liberal radio station Echo of Moscow immediately declared this to be Putin’s government fault, the government couldn’t be trusted, and unless it guaranteed safety to all of Russia’s citizens, Putin should resign.

The mastermind behind the attack was arrested in 2014, when he tried to get to Crimea from the territory of Ukraine.

Fifteen years later, on Monday October 23, 2017, a man entered a high-rise building in center Moscow, pepper sprayed the security guard on duty, got into an elevator, stopped on the 14th floor occupied by the radio Echo of Moscow offices, entered the offices of Tanya Fengelgauer, the Deputy Chief Editor, stabbed her, and ran away.

Before I proceed telling you what happened next, I want to give you an illustration of a simple formula which has been used in multiple black anti-government psy ops known as “color revolutions” during the last hundred years.

A new documentary Revolution: a trap for Russia made by the Culture Foundation of Russia reveals details of one of those psy ops.

My translation is from minute 19 to 35 of the video.

“At the Paris Inter revolutionary parties Conference in September 1904, Lenin, who found out about the Japanese government financing this conference, preferred not to attend. His choice was to work with the Europeans. At this conference sponsored with Japanese money, came together the leaders of the entire anti-government opposition: from separatists of Georgia, Finland and Poland, to the Liberals. The Russian liberals were also attending with Struve, as their leader. They supported the course of the armed uprising, which surprised the Colonel Akashi.

Pavel Milyukov, professor of history, future leader of the Constitutional Democratic or the CaDet party, one of the most active participants of the February Revolution in 1917.

Peter (or Pyotr or Petr) Berngardovich Struve, a Marxist, who lived in Germany and published a revolutionary magazine Liberation (Osvobojdenie), one of the organizer and ideologists of R.S.D.R.P. or Russian Social Democratic Labour Party.

“Milyukov wasn’t a revolutionary, per se. He was a liberal who influenced and had contacts with an American millionaire Charles Richard Crane, one of the founders of the Chicago University. “Milyukov fundraised some sum of money from him.

Charles Richard Crane was a rich industrialist, a founder of the Slavic Center of the Chicago University, a shadow political activist who took part in Russian Revolution.

From the classified report of the Colonel Akashi: 

“The Conference decided that each party will use their own methods of fighting: the Liberals will fight through the local government and media, the revolutionary parties will use “emergency measures”, the representatives of Caucasus will organize murders, Polls – demonstrations.”

The Liberals’ job was to critique Russia’s government for its cruelty, and to use the acts of violence, real and fake, as facts of the state’s failure and the country being in “ruins.”

At the Paris Conference adopted a resolution about the toppling of the monarchy and division of Russia on ethnic autonomies. A possible defeat in the war with Japan was considered to be a desired outcome for future advancement of the revolution.

By that time Lenin broke up with the Menshevik (minority) party. He was expelled from the editorial team of the Iskra newspaper, and was almost expelled from the Central Apparatus of R.S.D.R.P.

There were two leaders at that time, Lenin and Plekhanoff.

The Japanese didn’t like Plekhanoff, and instead chose Lenin and gave him money to publish the gazette Vpered (Forward).

In its first issue on December 22, 1904, Lenin made a prediction:

“Military defeat is unavoidable, and it will increase dissatisfaction with the government by ten times. At this moment, the proletariat will rise at the head of the uprising.”

Only 18 days remained until “Bloody Sunday.”

From the classified report to the General Shtab of Japan from the Colonel Akashi:

“In November-December a decision was made to stage multiple demonstrations in Russia.”

The beginning of the first Russian revolution we should count not from the January 9, 1905, but from the fall 1904, when the plan of this revolution was developed and adopted and the work started including the stimulation of Gapon’s activity.

Georgy Apollonovich Gapon was an Orthodox priest and a talented man who could influence large audiences and who felt at ease in the Police headquarters, at high society gatherings, and in workmen’s groups. During his childhood he read a story of Joan of Belgorod’s flight to Jerusalem on a back of the Satan. In his memoirs he wrote:

“First I cried in fear, because Satan was frightening, but on the other hand I wanted to saddle the satan and to fly to Jerusalem like Joan of Belgorod.”

In 1903, Gapon founded the Assembly of Russian Factory and Plant Workers at the Putilov plant, the largest Petersburg industry.

When we look carefully at the events, we can see that this sort of “satan” was present there. He worked on the Putilov manufacturing plant. Nothing was accidental there. Everything was well planned. Peter or Pinhas Rutenberg, was a member of the Social-Revolution party or the S.R. party, an activist of the revolution of 1905-1907. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Technological Institute, and until February 1917 he lived in Europa and America. After the revolution of 1917, he was a deputy head of Petrograd. Later he created an electric company, which still exists in Israel.

At the end of 1904, an ordinary event took place: three workers were fired from the Putilovsky plant. All three of them were members of the Gapon’s organization of manufacturing workers. He demanded them to be put back on the payroll. The director didn’t want to take them back because they missed too many work days.

The Putilovsky plant was a defense contractor and produced weapons and military hardware. During the war with Japan, government banned all the protests and job walkouts. That’s why when in January 1905 the Putilovsky plant stopped its work, it was seen as the crime. The demonstrations and job walkouts of thousands of worker needed lots of money. By that time, percentage wise the proletariat wasn’t that big. They were first-second generation and didn’t form their ideology and their own place in the structure of the Russian society. That’s why it was so easy to influence them ideologically. Especially considering that during the war, economic difficulties were elevated in the country.

When someone shows up and claims that he knows what to do, like the revolutionaries did, the proletariat are easily entrapped by them.

In the night of January 8-9, Gapon locked himself up with Rutenberg and armed fighters from the Esser party. They were working on the last draft of the Petition to the Czar, as if it was from the Putilovsky plant workers.

First economic demands were switched to the radical demands, that were rocking the Russia during this wartime period. They included the demands of separation of the Church and state. At that time, every workman and every peasant were Christians. They didn’t understand the idea of separation of church and state, and if they understood, they would never accepted and supported it.

Since, the demonstration was authorized, the organizers decided to bring the church symbols, and when they were turned down by the local church, the organizers simply forced themselves in and took the icons and other church symbols by force.

Gapon was wearying the civilian clothes, and put on the priest’s garments only inside this church.

Rutenberg kept close to Gapon the entire time.

Gapon called for the Czar to come out and to meet the “Russian people to restore morality.” In other words, the revolutionaries manipulated the images of the “kind czar” and “czar the daddy,” who will bless everyone and give everyone good life without wars, taxes and work.

It was the canning vicious manipulation of the deepest archetypes of the Russian worldview.

[These were people the “revolutionaries” were fleecing.

The history speaks about these people and how easy it was for an international maniacal gang to fool them.

People whom the Russian elite didn’t bother to teach or inform the true nature of the “revolutionary” movement. No matter how much fur and diamonds so called “Russia’s elite” would put on themselves, they still were looked down by their counterparts somewhere in Paris. It goes without saying that Europeans were brought up to see Russians as white Africans. That they managed to flee us Russians twice for more than they ever fleeced Africans and Native Americans speaks volumes about us and we have to come to terms with it, and learn to do better next time. S.H. ]

Despite of the calls for the czar to come out and to meet them, they were armed. That’s why they weren’t allowed to go forwards, and that why they were stopped. The Police did their job and they knew that the crowd was armed. It’s hard to imagine that an armed crowd would be allowed to enter a residence of the head of state.

The organizers of the demonstration directed people to the Winter Palace fully aware that the Czar wasn’t there. He was in Tsarskoye Selo at the time.

Add to this fact that this demonstration wasn’t authorized and it was taken place in the city under declared martial law because of the war. According to this law, no one could approach military unites closer than fifty meters.

The organizers of this demonstration wanted blood, and they got it. It’s hard to establish now, but people could be killed and injured by the troops and also by those armed fighters in the crowd.

The military got order to stop the procession and not to let them to the Palace Square. When they reached the troops, Rutenberg grabbed Gapon and they both fell. That’s how they survived. After that Rutenberg and Gapon went behind a nearest building, where Rutenberg cut Gapon’s hair and beard, which meant that Gapon wasn’t going to continue as a priest and tried to change his appearance. They both took a refuge inside Maxim Gorky’s apartment and started to write proclamations there.

“Brothers, united in blood, we have no Czar.”

They also wrote

“be damn the Czar with all his offspring,”

“people believed in Czar and this faith was destroyed”

“now, this czar has to be destroyed.”

It was a very extremist proclamation. Maxim Gorky wrote this proclamation to the citizens of Russia and to the entire European society.

The same day M. Gorky sent to the New York Times telegraph with the following text:

“The massacre as I saw it. The Russian Revolution has commenced.”

Interesting, that the New York Times published a large article about the demonstration a day before with a big photo of Nicolay II titled “Revolution is at hand in desperate Russia!” [30:34].

New York Times articles in 1905 – 1906 concerning the “Bloody Sunday,” the first attempt of a color revolution, and calls for sanctions against Russia.

Gorky was arrested on the January 9 for writing this proclamation, but due to public outcry around the world about the violation of his human rights, he was released.

The “Bloody Sunday” touched many Americans, and it was used to show the bloody despotism of the Russian monarchy that shoots “unarmed demonstration.”

From the classified report of the Colonel Akashi:

“That the priest was able to lead thousands of workmen, and unite members of different parties, and to stage a demonstration that shook entire Russia, it was far exceeding my expectations.”

Surprisingly, the Liberal Pavel Milyukov being in Chicago knew what was about to happen in Russia. In his interview to an American newspaper:

“In the next two days there will be blood spilled in Russia. It’s impossible to stop the standoff. The revolution is developing.”

The question is was it a lucky guess, or Milyukov knew what was planned?

There was nothing accidental about so called Bloody Sunday. Interesting, that even Lenin sitting in Geneva knew about the Akashi plan. He wrote:

“An uprising has began. The street fights are everywhere. Barricades are rising. Rivers of blood are streaming. The civil war for freedom is burning wider. Moscow, Caucasus and Poland is ready to follow the proletariat of Petersburg.” 

In reality there was no uprising at that time. It will be organized later. It will be staged using the same scenario.

After the staging the demonstration, Gapon went to Switzerland to join Lenin there.

The anti-Russia movement “Free Russia” promote him as a face of the “Russian revolution.” An editor of the “Free Russia” David Soskis or SOSKICE, became the author of the PR campaign around Gapon. Gapon lived in his London apartment, and Soskis authorized and published Gapon biography title “History of my life.” The book was published in English and French.

[A brief biography of David Soskis, including his family and education, and his connections to Maxim Peshkov-Gorky, see a the book of Lev Gunin, Another Holocaust. Based on the book of G. H. PERRIS, RUSSIA IN REVOLUTION, LONDON,CHAPMAN & HALL, LTD., 1905.]

Using Gapon’s name, the Geneva conference was organized. The Liberals weren’t invited, and the conference served to the consolidation of the extremists. The plan of the Geneva Conference was to stage an armed revolt, and after the government foils it to talk about the “horrors of the Russian life.”

The Colonel Akashi wrote to the Marshal Yamagata of Japan:

Geneva conference decided to place the blame for past and future bloodshed on the Russian czar.” [35]

That’s how this staged provocation was created and served as the “Bloody Sunday” to the world public as an excuse for Russophobia, foreign invasions and wars on Russia, revolutions and Russia bashing for the next 100 years.

Gapon was found brutally tortured and killed in April 1906 in Russia. Rutenberg was suspected, but he escaped the Police and left Russia.

One of the leaders of the socialist-revolutionary party B. Savinkov wrote:

“Our brilliant leader Chernov entrusted him (Rutenberg) to be a “shepherd” of the priest, to be able to weave his name into the crown of thorns of glory of our suffering party.”

Latter, Lenin called the 1905 events – “a general rehearsal.”

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Now, going back to the stabbing of the Echo of Moscow editor.

Following the stabbing, the liberals in Russia used the Social media to express their outrage with the government of Russia and blaming the government for the “murder of a journalist” Tanya Fengelgauer, a Deputy Chief Editor of the radio Echo of Moscow.

In the long tradition of organized psy ops, five hours prior to the attack an anonymous account posted a picture of Fengelgauer saying

“I liked video of the program “Morning with Sasha Plushev and Tanya Fengelgauer/ Alive.”

They leave these “bread crumbs” for us to find and to be at awe at their omnipotence and omnipresence, just like Milyukov knew two day before the demonstration that it would have victims. Because he and others had planted armed people in the crowd to shoot at the demonstrators.

Other, not injured in the attack, journalists of the Echo of Moscow, made multiple statements that this was the “Kristallnacht” event and compared Russia with Germany at the beginning of 30s and The Soviet Russia in 36-37s.

“It was the attack of the Russian Nazis,” it was “pogrom.”

They claimed.

The body of a journalist was more alive than dead, but liberals rushed each with 2c.

“Will we forgive Putin for Tanechka, or will we betray her, as always?”

they asked each other.

Artem Torchinskiy, who works for the Twitter Anti-corruption Foundation donate.fbk.info  wrote:

“This is an attempt on the life of the public figure, terrorism sponsored by the state.”

He didn’t specify what state was sponsoring terrorism in this case.

An online project zona.media reported:

“The Journalists Labor Union places part of the responsibility for the attack on Fengelgauer on Russia24 channel.”

For your information, the Russia24 broadcasted a TV show “The Sleepers” about the liberal journalists working with the US Embassy and the CIA to destabilize the country.

The plan was simple:

  1. To kill Tanya and to call this the “Bloody Monday”;
  2. To blame in her death the President, the “regime,” the law enforcement and other power structures;
  3. To start a media hysteria;
  4. To call “everyone” on the street on November 7th, to protest the” bloody regime”;
  5. To organize shooting during the demonstration. See the plan illustrated above.
  6. In case the murderer is captured, they prepared his “blog” with notes to show that he was “crazy.”

Judging by the figures participating in the RP, this event was planned to become huge.

Igor Chubais, jumped out of the bushes in Germany with his ready-to-serve petition:

“PETITION!

Another attack. Knife against the freedom! Nightmare on the Echo of Moscow!

A wonderful, fearless anchor woman stabbed by a knife in a throat.

New Stalin terror continues!

Say “No” to presidential election until an investigation is completed.

We demand explanation and guarantees of safety for citizens from the president.

We demand public investigation and harsh punishment of the guilty, starting with those who ordered this attack.

Tanya, get well as soon as possible.

Sign my petition”

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Liberal media immediately found who was to blame for the attack. They blamed the state media like RT Russia Today and TASS for an “atmosphere of hatred, including towards those (liberal) journalists, nudging, fingering them.”

Timur Shafir, a Secretary of the Union of Journalists of Russia, called the knife fight between Grits and Felgengauer an “attack on the freedom of speech.”

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However, something went terribly wrong for them.

The attacker was captured by the Police and apprehended. He was a citizen of Israel Boris Grits, a grandnephew of an inventor and first commissar of the death camps in Russia called GULAG, Naftaly Aronovich Frenkel.

It’s was actually very revealing how after all of them saying something about “Russian Nazis,” “pogroms” and “state sponsored terrorism” they suddenly shut up when the attacker turned out to be a Jew from Israel.

Then an excuse was immediately found. He is mentally ill, they said.

No medical records of Grits mental illness was presented, so far. His so called “Diary” sounds like a typical test-book case of being written by a schizophrenic, so Israel, the Jerusalem University and the University of California, where Grits studied, all have to demonstrate that this man was in psychiatric treatment and on anti-psychotic medications, otherwise, claims of him being that severely mentally ill are without merit.

One of the first order of business for Mossad should be to figure out and to report to the world community, why a citizen of Israel, attacked another citizen of Israel, on the territory of a foreign country.

The media in Russia is very careful not to reveal an identity of the attacker and calls him a “foreigner.” Read the TASS article and see for yourself.

Now on, a “foreigner” will be our code word for a traveling band of Israeli assassins.

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P.S.: Tatiana was actually the most normal in comparison with others.

As reported by her doctors she was transferred from an intensive care unit into a general recovery unit on Tuesday.

She even was able to write a note thanking everyone for their concern.

I wish her speedy recovery, but that might be really hard with the colleagues like she has. They reported her to be in induced coma, lied again for their own benefits.

Another issue, it’s her state of mind. She tweets about how much she wants to die and asks to kill her brutally.

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The following material was collected by people in a few hours after the attack. People combed through accounts of the liberal journalists, they found a copy of Grits’ ID, his complain to the UN, and his correspondence with the journalists of the Echo of Moscow that revealed his personal connection to some of them.

People knew exactly what to look for and where to look. The amount of material that was collected and shared is huge. This is one of the most brilliant research operations that Russian community has conducted, and this is the reason why this attack was a failure of its organizers. They are not able to use their psy op against us. You won’t see the portraits of Fengelgauer, like they managed to do with a former Russia Liquidation team member Nemtsov. The children of those who fleece us twice won’t be coming out on November 7th with solemn faces of professional con artists, holding some red rags with the name of Fengelgauer written on them.

I am certain that next week they will make another attempt of a life of some liberal. They are expendable, after all.

But today, I congratulate all of us with this victory.

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More details

Turns out, that Boris Grits has been connected to the Echo of Moscow in many real ways, rather than telepathically, as he claims pretending to be “crazy.”

Video released by the Press service of the Moscow Police department on 23 October 2017 as posted by the NEWSru.co.il

https://youtu.be/evG_sDvGdoc

Below is a screenshot of a conversation on twitter between Boris Grits @bgrits68, and a journalist N. Barshevskaya @nbarshevskaya and

Boris Grits: I was giving you a bath in the Black Sea when you were 5 or 6, by the way.

Barshevskaya:

“Hello, Glad to hear from you. Write me a personal message.”

Below she posted a picture of the radio co-owner Venedictov,

“I have a romantic date with @aavstll on Friday night :-)”

His twitter account was created on April 1, a Fool’s Day.

Barshevskaya lives with her family in London, and her father is already went on the Solovyev’s talk show to say that his daughter cut communications with Grits after she realized that he was “crazy.”


Boris Grits had hard time of getting job in Israel after he returned from the US.

He filed a complaint with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at OHCHR.OR

That’s might explain how he was recruited for this psy op. This also explains why he came to Russia and why he posted a couple of notes in 2015 on his blog that he didn’t maintain. His twitter account had only 6 followers, one of which was  Barshevskaya from the Echo of Moscow.


More news in brief

The “Bloody Monday” the day of attempts on the lives of Poroshenko, Rogozin and the journalist from the Echo of Moscow.

The SBU reported a failed attempt on the life of Petro Poroshenko.

https://twitter.com/nastyar26933289/status/922518840940122112

Also a man shot at the Russian border guards trying to illegally cross the border from Ukraine. He was carrying two handguns with 50 rounds of ammunition, five hand grenades, and also 26 vials with presumably mercury.

Ukrainian man detained after opening fire on Russian border guards

A Ukrainian man was shot and detained after engaging in a firefight with Russian border guards during an attempt to illegally cross into Russian territory, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said. Border guards in Russia’s Kursk Region apprehended a 31-year-old Ukrainian citizen, who resisted arrest and opened fire on them, the FSB said.

“He received a moderate gunshot wound in a firefight,”

it added. The man had a pistol, five grenades and 26 ampules with a substance, believed to be mercury, on him.


Irina Prohorova on the attack on Felgenhauer:

In essence this attack is a disintegration of statehood.”

‘The editor-in-chief of the journal Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, (New Literature Review) Irina Prokhorova, in an interview with Ruposters linked the attack on deputy head of the radio station Ekho Moskvy Tatiana Felgenhauer with increased aggression in Russian society.”

“No detachments of so-called “Christian believers”, or some other “guardians of the Fatherland” who attack, threaten and beat, would not act that frequently if those people were convicted for hooliganism or an attack, for a couple of times. And, since this they are all supported behind the scenes, we see the result spreading around. It’s impossible to put together a piece of meat, once you put it through a meat grinder,”

the journalist noted.

“Such situations, Prokhorov is sure, testifies to the “disintegration of Russian statehood.”

“If grassroots terrorism is encouraged, then any person who thinks of himself as a bearer of some values ​​believes that he has the moral right to beat, kill, smash and insult, then it is rather difficult “to put him back in his place. “But in general there are laws according to which such people should be judged, and they are usually being released, since no corpus delicti is found, or they are given provisional sentences. And thus anarchy begins,”

Prokhorova summed up.


Oleg Kozyrev, a founder and CTO at the RocketBank

“Most likely an attacker was either matildovets (protester of the Matilda movie about Nicolay II) or watched too many of anti-Echo federal propaganda. We will find out, soon.”


Oleg Kashin, the New York Times author, about the authorities initial reaction.

“I want to call bastards those people from the Moscow Police department, who started talking about the personal reasons for this attack.”

People compare this attack with Oleg Kashin’s, who was reported beaten in 2010, he was taken to Israel “for treatment.” In Israel he “accidentally” met with then president Dmitry Medvedev.

This time around no one was whisked away to Israel. The good Russian doctors took care of everyone and no one claimed to be in a coma.


Rustem Adagamov, who fled to Prague following pedophilia probe:

“Judging by the way this animal is pushing some kind if “telepathic connection” during him being questioned by the Police, he is a product of the KiselTV (federal TV channels) that nudges’ people to attack.”


DW in Russian

https://twitter.com/dw_russian/status/922451876427288577

“Russia

The attack on Tatiana Felgenhauer: one known cause

The attack on the radio anchor woman and Deputy chief editor of “Echo of Moscow” Tatiana Felgengauer – one of the consequences of hatred, fomented on TV, I’m sure, the cartoonist Sergei Elkin.”


A psychiatrist claims after watching the video of Boris Grits that he doesn’t demonstrate any of the common psycho-motor traits and speaks like a healthy person who just says memorized text. Plus, he had a knife and pepper spray with him. it means that he was prepared to commit crime. People who experience hallucinations can’t plan in advance.


Blaming the federal TV stations for instilling hatred towards the liberals doesn’t really stick, since the attacker is an Israeli, who never watched the Federal TV channels broadcasted in Russia.


Man stabs anchor in neck at Russian radio station Echo of Moscow

Russian Radio Journalist Is Stabbed, Renewing Fears of Attacks on News Media,

“The attack immediately touched off social media posts suggesting a political motivation, though other possibilities were also discussed.”

“This month, Russian state television singled out Ms. Felgenhauer in a report critical of what it called Echo of Moscow’s role “attempting to form pro-Western positions” in Russian society. The selection of experts and the layout of informational and political material speaks for itself,”

the state TV report said.

That broadcast on Oct. 11, called “Echo of the State Department,” said the station collaborated with foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations and was “carrying out anti-government policies, in essence.”

In Russia, such politically hued screeds on state television often set the tone for future action by prosecutors or proxy organizations, although there was no indication that the assailant who attacked Ms. Felgenhauer belonged to any such group.”


Russian radio journalist stabbed in Moscow, suspect held

“Echo of Moscow is a well-known station that regularly invites Russian political opposition figures and is known for its critical views of the government despite energy giant Gazprom being the majority shareholder.

Russia has a disturbing record of attacks on journalists, with 58 killed since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Threats made against journalists often go unaddressed and attacks are not investigated.”


 ‘Nobody defends us’: Russian journalists respond to knife attack, by Shaun Walker in Moscow

Reporters decry climate of hatred after Tatyana Felgenhauer is stabbed in neck at Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Monday 23 October 2017 14.24 EDT First published on Monday 23 October 2017 07.36 EDT

“Russian journalists have said an increasingly polarized and violent political climate in the country may have encouraged a knife attack in which a well-known radio host was stabbed in the neck.

“Tatyana Felgenhauer, deputy editor of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, was attacked on Monday lunchtime by a man who broke into the station’s studios in a central Moscow tower block. The intruder sprayed pepper in the face of a ground-floor security guard, before vaulting the barrier and taking the lift up to the Ekho Moskvy studio on the 14th floor.

Alexei Venediktov, the station’s editor-in-chief, said in an interview on Monday evening that doctors had operated on Felgenhauer for more than an hour. She will be in an induced coma overnight, but doctors say there is no immediate threat to her life.

Felgenhauer was conscious after the attack and able to walk, but it soon became clear that her injuries were serious and she was taken to hospital. Police arrived to detain the assailant, who had been tackled by two security guards.”


Russian journalist stabbed in neck after attacker storms radio studio

“An unknown assailant storms studio and attacks journalist after series of death threats is sent to reporters at a radio station.

“The incident follows death threats sent to journalists at the station, described as Russia’s only independent outlet, in the past.

Ekho Moskvy has been openly critical of the Russian administration sparking opposition from pro-government critics.

The broadcaster is owned by a media holding controlled by state-owned gas giant Gazprom but it does give air time to staunch critics of the Kremlin and its allies.”


Multiple calls for Vladimir Solovyev and other leading Jewish journalists to condemn the Zionist terror against journalists in Russia went unanswered.


Speaking of fake news. @SvobodaRadio posted an announcement of Fengelgauer @t_felg being shot to death, but attack didn’t go as they planned.

 

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Biggest separation in almost 1,000 years as world’s largest Orthodox Church cuts communion with Constantinople over legitimizing schismatics.

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The schism between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate became official today, October 15, 2018, as the Russian Holy Synod reviewed the recent granting of communion to two schismatic groups in Ukraine, pursuant to Constantinople’s intent to grant autocephaly (full self-rule, or independence) to the agglomeration of these groups.

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RT reported that the Synod ruled that any further clerical relations with Constantinople are impossible, given the current conditions. Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev told journalists today about the breach in relations:

“A decision about the full break of relations with the Constantinople Patriarchate has been taken at a Synod meeting” that is currently been held in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, Hilarion said, as cited by TASS.

The move comes days after the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate decided to eventually grant the so-called autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, thus making the clerical organization, which earlier enjoyed a broad autonomy within the Moscow Patriarchate, fully independent.

The Moscow Patriarchate also said that it would not abide by any decisions taken by Constantinople and related to the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. “All these decisions are unlawful and canonically void,” Hilarion said, adding that “the Russian Orthodox Church does not recognize these decisions and will not follow them.”

At the same time, the Russian Church expressed its hope that “a common sense will prevail” and Constantinople will change its decision. However, it still accused the Ecumenical Patriarch of initiating the “schism.”

The marks the most significant split in the Orthodox Church since the Great Schism of 1054, in which Rome excommunicated Constantinople, a breach between the Roman Catholics and Orthodox which has persisted ever since then, becoming hardened and embittered after the Roman Catholic armies sacked Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade in 1204.

Many other local Orthodox Churches expressed support for the Moscow Patriarchate’s position prior to today’s announcement, but the break in relations between these two churches does not have any known affect on local churches who hold communion with both Moscow and the Ecumenical Patriarchate at this time.

The website Orthochristian.com ran the entire statement of the Holy Synod regarding this situation. We offer a brief summary of statements here, taken from that source and patriarcha.ru, adding emphasis.

With deepest pain, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church received the message of the Patriarchate of Constantinople published on October 11, 2018 about the decisions adopted by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople: on the confirmation of the intention to “grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church”; on the opening of the “stavropegion” of the Patriarch of Constantinople in Kiev; on the “restoration in the hierarchal or priestly rank” of the leaders of the Ukrainian schism and their followers and the “return of their faithful to Church communion”; and on the “cancellation of the action” of the conciliar charter of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1686 concerning the transfer of the Kiev Metropolia to the Moscow Patriarchate

The Synod of the Church of Constantinople made these decisions unilaterally, ignoring the calls of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the entirety of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as the fraternal Local Orthodox Churches, and their primates and bishops for pan-Orthodox discussion of the issue.

Entering into communion with those who have departed into schism, let alone those who have been excommunicated from the Church, is tantamount to departing into schism and is severely condemned by the canons of the holy Church: “If any one of the bishops, presbyters, or deacons, or any of the clergy shall be found communicating with excommunicated persons, let him also be excommunicated, as one who brings confusion on the order of the Church” (Canon 2 of the Council of Antioch; Canon 10, 11 of the Holy Apostles).

The decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the “restoration” of the canonical status and the reception into communion of the former Metropolitan Philaret Denisenko, excommunicated from the Church, ignores a number of successive decisions of the Bishops’ Councils of the Russian Orthodox Church, the legitimacy of which are beyond doubt.

By the decision of the Bishops’ Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kharkov of May 27, 1992, Metropolitan Philaret (Denisenko) was removed from the Kiev Cathedra and was banned from the clergy for not fulfilling the oath made by him before the cross and the Gospel at the previous Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church.

By its ruling of June 11,1992, the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, confirmed the decision of the Kharkov Council and expelled Philaret Denisenko from his rank, depriving him of every degree of the priesthood on the following charges: “Cruel and arrogant attitude to the subordinate clergy, dictatorialness, and intimidation (Tit. 1:7-8; Canon 27 of the Holy Apostles); introducing temptation among the faithful by his behavior and personal life (Matthew 18:7; Canon 3 of the First Ecumenical Council, Canon 5 of the Sixth Ecumenical Council); oath-breaking (Canon 25 of the Holy Apostles); public slander and blasphemy against the Bishops’ Council (Canon 6 of the Second Ecumenical Council); the celebration of clerical functions, including ordinations, in a state of suspension (Canon 28 of the Holy Apostles); the perpetration of a schism in the Church (Canon 15 of the First-Second Council).” All ordinations performed by Philaret in a suspended state since May 27, 1992, and the punishments imposed by him, were declared invalid.

Despite repeated calls for repentance, after the deprivation of his hierarchal rank Philaret Denisenko continued his schismatic activity, including within the bounds of other Local Churches. By the ruling of the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church of 1997, he was given over to anathema.

The aforesaid decisions were recognized by all the Local Orthodox Churches, including the Church of Constantinople.

… Now, after more than two decades, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has changed its position for political reasons.

… St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain, in his Pedalion, which is an authoritative source of ecclesiastical-canonical law of the Church of Constantinople, interprets Canon 9 of the Fourth Ecumenical Council, rejecting the false opinion on the right of Constantinople to consider appeals from other Churches: “The Primate of Constantinople does not have the right to act in the dioceses and provinces of other Patriarchs, and this rule did not give him the right to take appeals on any matter in the Ecumenical Church… “ Listing a whole range of arguments in favor of this interpretation, referring to the practice of the decisions of the Ecumenical Councils, St. Nikodemos concludes: “At present … the Primate of Constantinople is the first, the only, and the last judge over the metropolitans subordinate to him—but not over those who are subject to the rest of the Patriarchs. For, as we said, the last and universal judge of all the Patriarchs is the Ecumenical Council and no one else.” It follows from the above that the Synod of the Church of Constantinople does not have canonical rights to withdraw judicial decisions rendered by the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Patriarch Bartholomew lifts anathemas on schismatics in Ukraine (VIDEO)

Most of the Orthodox world is in strong opposition to this move by Patriarch Bartholomew, whose motivations seem not to be of Christ.

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The biggest news in the Eastern Orthodox world in recent times occurred on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, lifted the anathemas against two schismatic Ukrainian Churches and their leaders, paving the way to the creation of a fully independent Ukrainian national Orthodox Church.

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This announcement was given in English and is shown here in video with the textual transcript following:

“Presided by His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session from October 9 to 11, 2018 in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda. The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length, the ecclesiastical mater of Ukraine in the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and His Grace Bishp Ilarion of Edmonon, Patriarchal Exarchs to Ukraine, and following extensive deliberations decreed (emphasis added):

First, to renew the decision already made, that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine;

Second, to re-establish at this moment the stavropegion of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Kiev—one of its many starvorpegion in Ukraine that existed there always;

Third, to accept and review the petitions of appeal of Philaret Denisenko and Makary Maletich and their followers who found themselves in schism not for dogmatic reasons, in accordance with the canonical prerogatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to receive such petitions by hierarchs and other clergy of all the autocephalous Churches. Thus, the above mentioned have been canonically reinstated to their hierarchical or priestly rank, and their faithful have been restored to communion with the Church;

Fourth, to revoke the legal binding of the Synodal letter of the year 1686, issued for the circumstances of that time, which granted the right through economia to the Patriarch of Moscow to ordain the Metropolitan of Kiev elected by the clergy-laity assembly of his eparchy, who would commemorate the Ecumenical Patriarch as the first hierarch at any celebration, proclaiming and affirming his canonical dependence to the Mother Church of Constantinople;

Fifth, to appeal to all sides involved that they avoid appropriation of churches, monasteries, and other properties as well as every other act of violence and retaliation so that he peace and love of Christ may prevail.”

There are a few things that must be said about what this declaration is not before we get to the matter of what the points of actually are. The point of reference is the strict letter of the text above itself.

  • This is not a granting of autocephaly (full independent self-rule status) like the fourteen universally canonical Orthodox jurisdictions in the world. However, it is a huge step towards this status.
  • As far as Constantinople is concerned, Filaret Denisenko, the leader and “Patriarch” of the “Kyiv Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church” and Makary, the “Metropolitan” of the “Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephalous Church”, and all their faithful are now restored to communion. The statement says that this applies to “The Church” which may be trying to state that these two men (and all the faithful that they lead), are now in communion with the entirety of canonical Orthodoxy, but more likely, this may be a carefully worded statement to say they now are in communion with Constantinople alone.
  • There is an official call for the cessation of the violence directed against the Moscow Patriarchate parishes and communities, who are the only canonically recognized Orthodox Church in Ukraine, and who are also the largest by far in that country. The Kyiv Patriarchate and Uniate (Roman oriented) Greek Catholics in Ukraine have gone on record for seizing MP church properties, often by force, with neo-Nazi sympathizers and other radical Ukrainian nationalists. So this official call to cease the violence is now a matter of public record.

However, the reaction has been far less civil than the clergy wished for.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: “Expressing his view of the Moscow Patriarchate, Poroshenko added, “This is a great victory of the God-loving Ukrainian people over the Moscow demons, the victory of Good over Evil, the victory of Light over Darkness.”’

Perhaps this is the reason Metropolitan Onuphry of Ukraine (exarch under the Moscow Patriarchate) has been labeled an enemy of Ukraine and is now receiving death threats. Very civil.

Poroshenko’s statement is all the more bizarre, considering that it has been Ukrainian ultra-nationalists that have been violently attacking Moscow – related parishes in Ukraine. This has been corroborated by news sources eager to pin the blame on Russia, such as the U.K. Guardian.

The Union of Orthodox Journalists, based in Kiev and supportive of the Moscow Patriarchate, has been under intense cyber attack since October 11th, when the EP’s announcement was issued.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) Chancellor, Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary: “What happened at the Synod in Istanbul yesterday shocked the entire Orthodox world. It seems the Patriarchate of Constantinople is consciously embarking on a path of schism in world Orthodoxy. Patriarch Bartholomew ignored the calls of the Local Churches to convene a meeting of the primates to work out a common and conciliar solution to the Ukrainian Church issue and unilaterally made very serious but erroneous decisions. I hope the Orthodox world will give this action an objective evaluation… Having received the schismatics into communion, Patriarch Bartholomew did not make them canonical, but has himself embarked on the path of schism. The schismatics remain schismatics. They did not receive any autocephaly or tomos. It seems they have lost even that independence, although non-canonical, that they had and which they always emphasized.”

Metropolitan Rostislav of the Czech Lands and Slovakia:“The Orthodox world recognizes the only canonical primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church—His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine. This fact was repeatedly mentioned and confirmed by the primate of the Great Church of Christ His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on behalf of all present at the Synaxis of the Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches that was held in Chambésy (Switzerland) from January 21 to 27, 2016. Therefore, any attempt to legalize the Ukrainian schismatics by the state authorities should be strongly condemned by all the primates of the Local Orthodox Churches.

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia wrote two letters to the Ecumenical Patriarch, advocating that the provision of a new autocephaly is possible only with the consent of all local Orthodox Churches. According to Sedmitza.ru (Translation by Pravoslavie.ru),

“In these letters, it was very clearly stated that the granting of autocephaly cannot be the prerogative the Patriarchate of Constantinople alone, that new autocephalies must be created only with the consent of all the Local Orthodox Churches, as the Holy Synod of Antioch also said in its recent statement.”

Pat. Irinej also warned the Patriarchate of Constantinople against making such major decisions unilaterally, because “it will not bring harmony and peace to the Ukrainian land, but, on the contrary, will cause new divisions and new schisms.”

The Holy Synod of Antioch, the oldest Orthodox Church, and actually the very first place where the disciples of Christ were even called “Christians” weighed in on the issue as well and they had several things to say:

“The fathers examined the general Orthodox situation. They stressed that the Church of Antioch expresses her deep worries about the attempts to change the boundaries of the Orthodox Churches through a new reading of history. She considers that resorting to a unilateral reading of history does not serve Orthodox unity. It rather contributes to the fueling of the dissensions and quarrels within the one Church. Thus, the Church of Antioch refuses the principle of establishing parallel jurisdictions within the canonical boundaries of the Patriarchates and the autocephalous Churches as a way to solve conflicts, or as a de facto situation in the Orthodox world.

To summarize, this move by Constantinople is not being warmly received by many, many people. Most of the local Churches are on record giving their reaction to this process. In brief, here is the list most of the Local Churches and a one or two word summary of their reactions.

Patriarchate of Georgia: Unilateral action is wrong; Constantinople and Moscow must cooperate and find a solution together.

Patriarchate of Jerusalem: recognizes Ukraine as a canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church alone, as do all other local Churches

Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa: The Church does not bow to politicians. Moscow-led church is the only canonical Church in Ukraine.

Archbishop of Cyprus: Decries the Ukrainian situation but offered to mediate a discussion between Moscow and Constantinople

Bulgarian Patriarchate: Interference of the State in Church affairs leads to serious and negative consequences for both.

Polish Orthodox Church: Metropolitan Sawa called for a council of Orthodox ruling hierarchs to discuss this situation.

Estonian Orthodox Church: Condemns Constantinople’s actions in Ukraine.

Greek Archdiocese of America: Supports Constantinople’s actions in Ukraine.

The Orthodox Church of Greece (Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus quoted): “Schismatics, as we know, are not the Church, and communion with them is forbidden by the Divine and holy canons and the Apostolic and Ecumenical Councils. Why then this persistence of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in recognizing schismatics as an autocephalous Church? To provoke schisms and divisions in the one universal and Apostolic Church of Christ?”

Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR): Ceased commemoration of Constantinople, ceased concelebration with Constantinople.

This issue has also rocked the secular geopolitical world.

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Failed Soyuz launch deepens mystery of trouble with Russian spacecraft

Aborted launch follow close on the heels of discovery of hole in Soyuz spacecraft docked to the ISS, causing great concern.

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Space travel is arguably the most risky venture mankind has undertaken in its history. When something goes wrong, the reaction of space agencies is usually great caution. This is in effect now as the ISS canceled all spacewalking activities for the foreseeable future after an astronaut ferry mission in a Soyuz rocket went very wrong shortly after launch from Baikonur on Thursday last week.

As the Soyuz FG launch vehicle was heading for orbit, shortly before the schedule T +120 second booster detachment, something happened. The booster failed and the emergency escape system triggered, pulling the Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague away from the failed first stage. The escape system worked perfectly, and the astronauts endured a fairly grueling 6.7g deceleration before landing safely in a field some 400 km (250 miles) downrange from the launch pad.

German Astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this image of Soyuz launch vehicle at the time of its failure.

The success of the emergency escape system cannot be overrated, obviously. But the failure of the Soyuz rocket is the second significant problem to arise in a program known usually in the US and Russia by its almost boring, “business as usual” demeanor.

The first problem arose a little over a month ago, on 29 August, when a small hole was discovered in the hull of a Soyuz docking module attached to the International Space Station. That hole was found after a slight drop in ISS cabin air pressure was noted by instruments on board. The hole measured two millimeters across and had been drilled by someone in the upper orbital module of the Soyuz crew rocket.

The reason for this is as yet unknown, but the company Energia is the place where the final assembly of the Soyuz spacecraft takes place. As a coincidence, the two astronauts who failed to reach the ISS on Thursday were actually slated to inspect the hole from the earlier craft to continue the investigation into how this happened.

The inside-ISS view of a 2mm wide hole someone drilled in the hull of the Soyuz crew vehicle, found on August 29th, 2018

The reason is simple. If there is a hole in the hull, the ISS can lose its atmosphere and anyone on the station risks suffocation and death. As it stands, the hole that was discovered was very small, and the leak would have taken a very long time to depressurize the whole ISS, but such malpractice should not happen at all in spacefaring equipment. Hence, both Russian and American space agencies are concerned.

The concurrence of these two incidents has now led to a cancellation of spacewalks from the ISS, and it also has led to a freeze of launches while RosKosmos and NASA investigate the issue.

Soyuz is the only operating launch vehicle taking astronauts to the ISS at this time. The United States lost its spacefaring capability when it canceled its Space Shuttle program in 2011. At that time, too, relations with fellow spacefaring Russia were in a better state than they are now. Ironically, as the US-Russian diplomatic row took hold, so did American dependency on Russian equipment – RD-180 engines for American rockets and the Soyuz platform as the only way to ferry astronauts to and from the Space Station.

Now, even the Russian program is at a standstill. With spacewalks canceled, and Soyuz launches on hold pending a further investigation into this recent failure, the situation is this:

The ISS is presently crewed by three astronauts: Serena M. Auñon-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst of the USA and Germany respectively, and Sergey Prokopyev of Russia. Their return vehicle is the Soyuz spacecraft with the hole in it. While the hole is sealed, it was later found that it extended through to the micrometeoroid shield, a piece of worse news. While confidence is reasonably high that the craft with its patch-job will survive re-entry, the preference was to have a fully viable craft for the return journey, and now this will have to wait for at least another month while the investigation on the ground is carried out.

Initial reports about the Soyuz malfunction are vague, only noting that components of different stages of the rocket collided with one another on the ascent.

As the investigation continues, perhaps SpaceX and Blue Horizons may be seen to gain front and center stage. SpaceX is in the closest position to being able to take men and women into orbit but its Crew Dragon is still in development and testing. No one else is even close.

While spaceflight is often off the radar of most people in our times, these two recent events have brought it back into the spotlight, as they highlight the concern for a program that is not being pursued as it was once, back in the great Space Race of the 1960’s.

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