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BREAKING: US searches of Russian diplomatic properties begin (FIRST VIDEOS)

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has called the FBI searches “a travesty of justice”.

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US authorities have begun raid style searches of diplomatic properties in the United States which are legally the property of the Russian Federation.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has published the first videos of the US authorities inside the Russian properties and promises to publish more as they become available.

Addition videos show men described as FBI workers climbing into ceiling spaces during their search

The photos below show FBI personnel entering the Russian diplomatic property.

The Foreign Ministry also published photos of the diplomatic facilities shortly before the FBI search indicating that most of the items had been removed.

Russia has correctly slammed the move as being unprecedented. Beyond this it is illegal according to the international law inscribed in the Vienna Conventions.

READ MORE: US actions against Russian diplomatic and consular property are illegal–here’s why

 

 

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englishvinal

More deliberate isolation. Why would any country want to send Ambassadors and other Russian personnel into the United States?… They really do NOT need to have their own people inside the US.. whatever needs to be negotiated can be done from Canada or Mexico.. or anywhere in Central America… International flights started avoiding US air space about 7 years ago, when the US began harassing everybody who might only have been sitting in their plane seat waiting for the fuel-up in Florida.. and never even entered the airport. Flights fuel up in Panama now… and pay Panama the fees…. Assets,… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

It’s called the Noahide Laws, which GHWB acknowledged to be the sole repository of all true morality.
The jew is judged according to the Ten Commandments; but not considering the Gentile to be human, he places him beneath the harsh yoke of said laws, administered not by God, but by those gods on earth, the sanhedrin.
This is what Orwell was speaking about when he referred to the boot stamping upon your face for ever.
This is what the jewish New World Order looks like; and this is how it behaves, in that home of judaism, the United States of Terror.

BobValdez
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BobValdez

Time for the FSB and GRU to “search” ALL us embassy property, vehicles and homes of ALL us diplomatic staff in Russia. NO exception.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Without warning also. Staff members should be – courteously, kindly, but firmly – held incommunicado in a nice hotel, until the searches are completed.

Simon
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Simon

When life gives you lemons…..make lemonade. This was brilliant. MID opened up their premises to their media, they even had live streamed coverage. It surprised me. What could the US do? They just looked arrogant and stupid, any chance of planting fake ‘gotcha’ evidence evaporated. Hats off to the Russian Min Foreign Affairs. It’s what makes Russia the king of adversaries – they are smart and subtle. 😉 Sorry (to many on this site), but no need for war threats. This game is not being played in the US media (or diplomatic) space or the Russian. The real player is… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Sorry Simon, but “the rest of the world” is not homogeneous. The people like yourself who can see America looking like the scum they are, are very much the minority. The majority are seeing America as treating Russia with contempt and also as a potential aggressor – and Russia seems so far to have no answer. Russia looks either a fool, a weak scared country, or a suspect, depending on the train of thought of viewers. It makes me furious and yes, whilst I agree that filming this and showing the yank troglodytes had nothing was clever and a good… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

Isabella, your frustration and anger are TOTALLY justified. But we are dealing here with something between a rabid dog and sulky teenage bully. Just what is the kick in the cojones that we can try to shut them down?! How about a thermobaric bomb on the illegitimate US base at Al-Tanf? Did I go too far? You can see the problem in dealing with them. You tell me what should be done. In the meantime every time that they are mocked, humiliated and shamed is a step in the right direction. They don’t even have an ‘Empire’. It is virtual,… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Ohh, dont think I can agree with you there Simon. I’ve long said America has an Empire – tell me how it differs?? They have their military in countries – about 800+ bases as far as we know. They use said countries as their own backyard. Several have asked them to leave and they just take no notice. They flood countries with their money, they behave exactly as they please, and are answerable to no-one. Japan, Europe, Afghanistan, the Middle East !! They look like an Empire to me I’m afraid. Yes, I agree with you regarding the problem of… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

Isabella, It’s very easy. This is a ‘war’ between reality and virtual reality. Russia is based on reality. Its military are real, its reserves, low debt, and gold – real, its politics and strategies are real. It is not alone. China and others live in the real world. We only have to prick the bubble of the virtual reality that is the West. What is left after that will be – reality. PS I disagree, there is no American Empire – if there were then eg they could raise an army of 100,000 Afghans and invade…some place. The Brits could… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I think with the Brits in India, things were a bit different, and the mindset. The average Asian – certainly the Indians of those times – admired strength. Many saw the armies of the Dutch East India Company – and then of Queen Victoria, whom they all admired enormously – as mighty, and to be revered. Britain and India forged a link of understanding that I must admit slightly puzzles me. I have known and had friendships with many Indians, and note that sense of a bridge of understanding being present. I dont quite know why – but it’s been… Read more »

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

Isabella,You are plain wrong,Your kind of talk doesnt make things better.It is just a continuation of endless,useless non constructive points of view.Talk is cheap.action speaks louder and Russia is the master in that regard

André De Koning
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André De Koning

But it might be falling apart as we speak: these are symptoms of becoming powerless, even though it might take a while for the dying beast to actually collapse. Like the Rise and Fall of Civilizations (Toynbee), the symptoms are visible, so there is hope yet for the world to see Russia/China and BRICS to develop and show a better way than war and aggression and arrogance.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

It’s certainly what we are all hoping for Andre, I agree.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

“Everybody hates the British” is what I kept hearing from people in those countries.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Those observers who criticize Russia for being “weak” or “naive” simply project their own, mostly American, “reaction set” on the Russians and fail to realize the simply truth that Russians are not Americans, they think differently and they act differently. For one thing, the Russians don’t care if they are perceived as “weak” or “naive”. In fact, they would prefer to be perceived as such if that furthers their goals and confuses the opponent about their real intentions and capabilities. The Russians know that they did not build the biggest country on the planet by being “weak” or “naive” and… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I am very well aware of how Russians think, and how differently to the West they think. Russia has been my subject of study for some years now.
How others see Russia is what drives them – that is something Russia has to take into account. You have to know what your enemy is thinking – and how it thinks. No good just going on your own knowledge.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

No insult intended. I firmly believe that Russia/Putin know exactly what the West thinks of them and how they “see” Russia. As Putin says it is actions that tell the truth and the West has made action against RF in every way possible. It has been said that Putin studied Sun Tzu and we know he plays chess. The ways he has confounded the US’s moves against RF in so many ways shows this, and at the same time shows the impotence of the West to do anything of REAL damage to Russia. Should Russia REALLY risk a war with… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Here is an article for you : “Russia and the Chinese Petrodollar Kill Shot” https://www.roguemoney.net/blog/ru-china-petrodollar-killshot

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Good one, thank you Gonzogal.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Very well said.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Thank you but those are not my words but a quote from the article linked in my comment.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

“You tell me what should be done”.
OK.
Something highly symbolic.
RF to announce the end of all US-Russian collaboration in space.
No more sales of Russian rocket engines to the Children of Darkness.
No more lying, dirty, contemptible, masonic, yanquis in space.
As a symbolic move par excellence, this is the ideal.

Let them be confined to the gutter where they grew up, and where they exist, and have their being.

Bob Trajkoski
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Bob Trajkoski

AMERICA LOOK AS WHAT THEY WHAT ARE DOING IN THERE AMBASIS AND SUSPECT EVERYONE IS THE SAME .USA IS A CRIMINAL STATE

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

So it begins. Lets all watch with baited breath at the ‘incriminating evidence’ the FBI and CIA ‘find’ and ‘disclose to the world.’

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Except they’re not going to “find”it.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Oh. But they WILL. I’m almost certain that the evidence WILL BE FOUND. It will be found hidden in between the walls; or in a pile of documents the Diplomats “forgot” to shred; or it will be ‘decoded’ from the ashes of the documents that were incinerated.

They WILL find the evidence. Of that we can be sure.

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

And if they don’t, they will plant some ‘evidence’.
Hell, they only need to utter some accusations: since the February 2014 coup in the Ukraine, we’ve learned time and again that evidence is not even needed anymore.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Yeah. Kind of familiar scenario, isn’t it? Where have seen this before? America, accusations, illegal atrocities, no evidence found – oh yes. Iraq. Familiar pattern.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yeah… Ah, from memory; Iraq; 911, Syria, Russian Election Meddling ‘Inquisition,’ Libya, MH17 Shoot Down, “Russia did it” French Election, Mythical Russian Invasion of Donbass and Luhansk; Funding the Taliban in Afghanistan…

There’s probably about a dozen I’ve missed.

F Flint Rider
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F Flint Rider

shame…shame…shame….clang!!!

Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

Effing Zio globalist tools. I have no respect for America. Absolutely none! I feel sorry for the 0.01% red pilled people, but other than that they can suffocate for what I care.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Every single thing America has done on the international stage, bar a few minor token gestures has, since about 1945, been illegal. What point is there now in grizzling about how this is illegal? You think they give a monkey’s cuss?. Yes, so was the destruction of Libya, the lies and invasion of Iraq – illegal. Didn’t stop them and they’ve paid not one iota for it. They act with utter impunity, and they know it. The AngloArrogantAristos of America dont give a rats ass about “illegal”. As far as they are concerned, if they want to do something, that… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

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Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“The most pathetic thing about all this is how the AngloZionists are misreading the Russians. From a Russian cultural point of view, everything the West and NATO has been doing as signs of weakness. Why would a strong alliance need to engage in meaningless threats (NATO battalions or ABM systems)? Why would a strong alliance seek safety in numbers? Why would a strong alliance act is if reality did not exist? From a Russian point of view all that saber-rattling and grandstanding amount to a gigantic admission weakness and they are totally unimpressed. And they are not shy about expressing… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Yes, I in fact was writing – I think over 18 months ago – that in my opinion we would find that Putin’s main aim has always been to bring America down via crippling her international currency standing, and all the back up [undeserved] which that has given her. I agree that, when Putin said, in the Stone “Putin interviews”in answer to Stone’s comment, of the rabid hatred coupled with lack of any insight and insanity of the Ruling clique “I fear them”, Putin replied with “I fear them too” — wasn’t because of any strength NATO/US have. I am… Read more »

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

Let them.Who cares?Russia has proven time and again they are much smarter than the US and followers.The US shows the whole world how corrupt and stupid they really are.They will bring themselves down.Enjoy the show,you are watching the world change for the better,relax and put your faith in Mr Putin,,,,,The greatest world leader we will ever see in our time.Buy some pop corn and put your feet up.

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

My first baby was born yesterday. And I wake up to great power war escalation not seen since the 1940’s.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Congratulations Matt. I hope Mum and Baby are doing well, and continue to thrive. Dont let the scum of the earth spoil your day. It is one that will never come again – by definition, there can only ever be one “first”. So have a wonderful happy day, thinking of all the other wonderful day days to come. They have no part in life, joy, and beauty.

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

Thanks so much.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Congratulations!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Here is a super interesting interview that points to the fact that this “precedent setting” violation of international law could be in preparation for the US/UK storming of the Ecuadoran embassy in London to take out Assange,,,,
https://youtu.be/KApwpwxnYGY?t=5m11s

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

It’s a good point. She also made the point I did here – that it has strengthened the view of many that Russia is “guilty” of something.
However, the other thing it might be doing is adding fuel to the fire of anti-Russian sentiments in order to set the picture for a False Flag.
Never forget the False Flags – and that they always “set the scene” first.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Surely you’re not a conspiracy theorist, Isabella?
I know our governments would never, ever, do anything utterly immoral and illegal.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

🙂
Nah – of course they wouldn’t Tim. It’s just these nightmares I keep getting!!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

🙂

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

FBI searching the attics of the Russian Consulate, but never went to search the basement of Clinton’s residence, where she hid illegal computer servers …
FBI, the joke of the day.

Voltaire
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Voltaire

The FBI never searched the DNC to find who hacked it either……..that is gros negligence and means that no poroof will ever be provided of Russian hacking of the DNC….

The FBI are a bunch of amateur and corrupted incompetents…

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Or the blood-soaked cellars beneath Planet Pizza.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“What are our people going to do in your ambassador’s apartments or in the consulate in San Francisco? Look for illegal recipes for borsch? Of course, Russians have to respond and to go into our consulate in St. Petersburg – looking for what? Perhaps, for too many copies of Doctor Zhivago in the embassy’s library?”
– John Graham, former US ambassador

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Russia, by the grace of God, hangs her international reputation foursquare upon the Word of God. She is a Christian nation; and this is what the jew cannot abide, or tolerate. The scenario we see playing out here has played out before, in another land, and in another time; but the actors remain the same, the script unmodified. Good against evil; force, brutality, lies, murders, and thefts; against The Truth. Let us thank God for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, upon whom, and upon which, the entire Light of the World shines, and all the more brightly, in this… Read more »

seby
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seby

I wonder if this atrocious illegal bullshit and the nyt and msm dancing again to what Robert Parry describes as “Russia-gate’s Totalitarian Style” has something to do with the Lithuanian zionist’s panic visit to Sochi recently?

Win
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Win

I think this, along with news of the criminal behaviour of their police just helps further the growing understanding in the world that the USA is on the way to becoming a failed state where the rule of law has been discarded.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

They are still following the law; but the law has changed; it is now the Noahide Laws which are being implemented.
Beneath which, there is no concept of righteousness and equality, only oppression, and evil.
This, my friends, is the jewish mentality.
This is what the Palestinians have had to endure for seventy years, whilst we looked away.

Shue
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Shue

LoL!!… Good move, they left the place bare naked, impossible to falsify anything.

mikhas
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mikhas

It also means that the US may violate int. Law anywere including Ecuador’s embassy in london, grab Assange and the English will comply.

Strip search the CIA agents at the remaining US consulates in Russia, close and send the f*ckers home

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

As far as I know, this kind of violation of diplomatic immunity is unprecedented. As far as I can remember, this never happened; not even during the Cold War (1946 – 1991), not even during WW-2, not even during the Interbellum (1918 – 1939), not even during WW-1!
And all these unprecedented violations of basic diplomatic relations, just because of a totally unsustantiated fairytale of Russian intervention in US elections?
Washington has seriously lost touch with reality; not only domestically but also internationally!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Driven mad by the jewish infection of their society, they are now nothing more than rabid dogs, fit only to be destroyed.
There can only be one end for this society of madmen, and madwomen.

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

I simpathize with your feelings, but to prevent the Washington psycopaths from dragging us down with them by blowing up our entire planet, we’d better use our brains instead of our hearts, to give them check-mate.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

The two always go together.
Brains, but informed by the heart.
Without which, the brains are nothing.

Based ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ
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Based ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

Jew world order loading

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And now, without any further delay, Russia should respond in kind.

Mr Misanthropic
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Mr Misanthropic

international laws apply to every other country, USA are the exceptional people aren’t they

Mario8282
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Mario8282

US Government performs an unprecedented show of monumental stupidity. As everybody expected: nothing to be found. Maximum PR damage. EGG ON US FACE BY OWN CHOICE. Somebody high in the US leadership must very much hate the USA.

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President Putin signs law blocking fake news, but the West makes more

Western media slams President Putin and his fake news law, accusing him of censorship, but an actual look at the law reveals some wisdom.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The TASS Russian News Agency reported on March 18th that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new law intended to block distorted or untrue information being reported as news. Promptly after he did so, Western news organizations began their attempt to “spin” this event as some sort of proof of “state censorship” in the oppressive sense of the old Soviet Union. In other words, a law designed to prevent fake news was used to create more fake news.

One of the lead publications is a news site that is itself ostensibly a “fake news” site. The Moscow Times tries to portray itself as a Russian publication that is conducted from within Russian borders. However, this site and paper is really a Western publication, run by a Dutch foundation located in the Netherlands. As such, the paper and the website associated have a distinctly pro-West slant in their reporting. Even Wikipedia noted this with this comment from their entry about the publication:

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis, The Moscow Times was criticized by a number of journalists including Izvestia columnist Israel Shamir, who in December 2014 called it a “militant anti-Putin paper, a digest of the Western press with extreme bias in covering events in Russia”.[3] In October 2014 The Moscow Times made the decision to suspend online comments after an increase in offensive comments. The paper said it disabled comments for two reasons—it was an inconvenience for its readers as well as being a legal liability, because under Russian law websites are liable for all content, including user-generated content like comments.[14]

This bias is still notably present in what is left of the publication, which is now an online-only news source. This is some of what The Moscow Times had to say about the new fake news legislation:

The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech.

The legislation will establish punishments for spreading information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”

Insulting state symbols and the authorities, including Putin, will carry a fine of up to 300,000 rubles and 15 days in jail for repeat offenses.

As is the case with other Russian laws, the fines are calculated based on whether the offender is a citizen, an official or a legal entity.

More than 100 journalists and public figures, including human rights activist Zoya Svetova and popular writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, signed a petition opposing the laws, which they labeled “direct censorship.”

This piece does give a bit of explanation from Dmitry Peskov, showing that European countries also have strict laws governing fake news distribution. However, the Times made the point of pointing out the idea of “insulting governmental bodies of Russia… including Putin” to bolster their claim that this law amounts to real censorship of the press. It developed its point of view based on a very short article from Reuters which says even less about the legislation and how it works.

However, TASS goes into rather exhaustive detail about this law, and it also gives rather precise wording on the reason for the law’s passage, as well as how it is to be enforced. We include most of this text here, with emphases added:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on blocking untrue and distorting information (fake news). The document was posted on the government’s legal information web portal.

The document supplements the list of information, the access to which may be restricted on the demand by Russia’s Prosecutor General or his deputies. In particular, it imposes a ban on “untrue publicly significant information disseminated in the media and in the Internet under the guise of true reports, which creates a threat to the life and (or) the health of citizens, property, a threat of the mass violation of public order and (or) public security, or the threat of impeding or halting the functioning of vital infrastructural facilities, transport or social infrastructure, credit institutions, energy, industrial or communications facilities.”

Pursuant to the document, in case of finding such materials in Internet resources registered in accordance with the Russian law on the mass media as an online media resource, Russia’s Prosecutor General or his deputies will request the media watchdog Roskomnadzor to restrict access to the corresponding websites.

Based on this request, Roskomnadzor will immediately notify the editorial board of the online media resource, which is in violation of the legislation, about the need to remove untrue information and the media resource will be required to delete such materials immediately. If the editorial board fails to take the necessary measures, Roskomnadzor will send communications operators “a demand to take measures to restrict access to the online resource.”

In case of deleting such untrue information, the website owner will notify Roskomnadzor thereof, following which the media watchdog will “hold a check into the authenticity of this notice” and immediately inform the communications operator about the resumption of the access to the information resource.
The conditions for the law are very specific, as are the penalties for breaking it. TASS continued:

Liability for breaching the law

Simultaneously, the Federation Council approved the associated law with amendments to Russia’s Code of Administrative Offences, which stipulates liability in the form of penalties of up to 1.5 million rubles (around $23,000) for the spread of untrue and distorting information.

The Code’s new article, “The Abuse of the Freedom of Mass Information,” stipulates liability for disseminating “deliberately untrue publicly significant information” in the media or in the Internet. The penalty will range from 30,000 rubles ($450) to 100,000 rubles ($1,520) for citizens, from 60,000 rubles ($915) to 200,000 rubles ($3,040) for officials and from 200,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles ($7,620) for corporate entities with the possible confiscation of the subject of the administrative offence.

Another element of offence imposes tighter liability for the cases when the publication of false publicly significant information has resulted in the deaths of people, has caused damage to the health or property, prompted the mass violation of public order and security or has caused disruption to the functioning of transport or social infrastructure facilities, communications, energy and industrial facilities and banks. In such instances, the fines will range from 300,000 rubles to 400,000 rubles ($6,090) for citizens, from 600,000 rubles to 900,000 rubles ($13,720) for officials, and from 1 million rubles to 1.5 million rubles for corporate entities.

While this legislation can be spun (and is) in the West as anti-free speech, one may also consider the damage that has taken place in the American government through a relentless attack of fake news from most US news outlets against President Trump. One of the most notable effects of this barrage has been to further degrade and destroy the US’ relationship with the Russian Federation, because even the Helsinki Summit was attacked so badly that the two leaders have not been able to get a second summit together.

While it is certainly a valued right of the American press to be unfettered by Congress, and while it is also certainly vital to criticize improper practices by government officials, the American news agencies have gone far past that, to deliberately dishonest attacks, based in innuendo and everything possible that was formerly only the province of gossip tabloid publications. The effort has been to defame the President, not to give proper or due criticism to his policies, nor credit. It can be properly stated that the American press has abused its freedom of late.

This level of abuse drew a very unusual comment from the US president, who wondered on Twitter about the possibility of creating a state-run media center in the US to counter fake news:

Politically correct for US audiences? No. But an astute point?

Definitely.

Freedom in anything also presumes that those with that freedom respect it, and further, that they respect and apply the principle that slandering people and institutions for one’s own personal, business or political gain is wrong. Implied in the US Constitution’s protection of the press is the notion that the press itself, as the rest of the country, is accountable to a much Higher Authority than the State. But when that Authority is rejected, as so much present evidence suggests, then freedom becomes the freedom to misbehave and to agitate. It appears largely within this context that the Russian law exists, based on the text given.

Further, by hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook, rather than prison sentences, the law appears to be very smart in its message: “Do not lie. If you do, you will suffer where it counts most.”

Considering that news media’s purpose is to make money, this may actually be a very smart piece of legislation.

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ABC’s Ted Koppel admits mainstream media bias against Trump [Video]

The mainstream news media has traded informing the public for indoctrinating them, but the change got called out by an “old-school” journo.

Seraphim Hanisch

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Fox News reported on March 19th that one of America’s most well-known TV news anchors, Ted Koppel, noted that the once-great media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, have indeed traded journalistic excellence for hit pieces for political purposes. While political opinions in the mainstream press are certainly within the purview of any publication, this sort of writing can hardly be classified as “news” but as “Opinion” or more widely known, “Op-Ed.”

We have two videos on this. The first is the original clip showing the full statement that Mr. Koppel gave. It is illuminating, to say the least:

Tucker Carlson and Brit Hume, a former colleague of Mr. Koppel, added their comments on this admission in this second short video piece, shown here.

There are probably a number of people who have watched this two-year onslaught of slander and wondered why there cannot be a law preventing this sort of misleading reporting. Well, Russia passed a law to stop it, hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook. It is a smart law because it does not advocate imprisonment for bad actors in the media, but it does fine them.

Going to prison for reporting “the truth” looks very noble. Having to pay out of pocket for it is not so exciting.

Newsmax and Louder with Crowder both reported on this as well.

This situation of dishonest media has led to an astonishing 77% distrust rating among Americans of their news media, this statistic being reported by Politico in 2018. This represents a nearly diametric reversal in trust from the 72% trust rating the country’s news viewers gave their news outlets in 1972. These statistics come from Gallup polls taken through the years.

 

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Empire Of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

Despite America’s military threats, bellicose speechifying, brutal sanctions, and Cold War-style conflict-framing, the incumbent Maduro seems firmly in control. 

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Authored by Major Danny Sjursen (ret.) via AntiWar.com:


There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire.

As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America’s empire-denial, I’ve grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can’t be an empire, we’re told, because – unlike the Brits and Romans – America doesn’t annex territories outright, and our school children don’t color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

But this distinction, at root, is rather superficial. Conquest, colonization, and annexation are so 19th century – Washington has moved beyond the overt and engages in the (not-so) subtle modern form of imperialism. America’s empire over the last two decades – under Democrats and Republicans – has used a range of tools: economic, military, political, to topple regimes, instigate coups, and starve “enemy” civilians. Heck, it didn’t even start with 9/11 – bullying foreigners and overturning uncooperative regimes is as American as apple pie.

Still, observing post-9/11, post-Iraq/Afghanistan defeat, Washington play imperialism these days is tragicomically absurd. The emperor has no clothes, folks. Sure, America (for a few more fleeting years) boasts the world’s dominant economy, sure its dotted the globe with a few hundred military bases, and sure it’s military still outspends the next seven competitors combined. Nonetheless, what’s remarkable, what constitutes the real story of 2019, is this: the US empire can’t seem to accomplish anything anymore, can’t seem to bend anybody to its will. It’s almost sad to watch. America, the big-hulking has-been on the block, still struts its stuff, but most of the world simply ignores it.

Make no mistake, Washington isn’t done trying; it’s happy to keep throwing good money (and blood) at bad: to the tune of a cool $6 trillion, 7,000 troop deaths, and 500,000 foreign deaths – including maybe 240,000 civilians. But what’s it all been for? The world is no safer, global terror attacks have only increased, and Uncle Sam just can’t seem to achieve any of its preferred policy goals.

Think on it for a second: Russia and Iran “won” in Syria; the Taliban and Pakistan are about ready to “win” in Afghanistan; Iran is more influential than ever in Iraq; the Houthis won’t quit in Yemen; Moscow is keeping Crimea; Libya remains unstable; North Korea ain’t giving up its nukes; and China’s power continues to grow in its version of the Caribbean – the South China Sea. No amount of American cash, no volume of our soldiers’ blood, no escalation in drone strikes or the conventional bombing of brown folks, has favorably changed the calculus in any of these regional conflicts.

What does this tell us? Quite a lot, I’d argue – but not what the neoliberal/neoconservative alliance of pundits and policymakers are selling. See for these unrepentant militarists the problem is always the same: Washington didn’t use enough force, didn’t spend enough blood and treasure. So is the solution: more defense spending, more CIA operations, more saber-rattling, and more global military interventions.

No, the inconvenient truth is as simple as it is disturbing to red-blooded patriots. To wit, the United States – or any wannabe hegemon – simply doesn’t possess the capability to shape the world in its own image. See those pesky locals – Arabs, Asians, Muslims, Slavs – don’t know what’s good for them, don’t understand that (obviously) there is a secret American zipped inside each of their very bodies, ready to burst out if given a little push!

It turns out that low-tech, cheap insurgent tactics, when combined with impassioned nationalism, can bog down the “world’s best military” indefinitely. It seems, too, that other regional heavyweights – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea – stand ready to call America’s nuclear bluff. That they know the US all-volunteer military and consumerist economy can’t ultimately absorb the potential losses a conventional war would demand. Even scarier for the military-industrial-congressional-media establishment is the logical extension of all this accumulated failure: the questionable efficacy of military force in the 21st century.

Rather than recognize the limits of American military, economic, and political power, Bush II, Obama, and now Trump, have simply dusted off the old playbook. It’s reached the level of absurdity under the unhinged regime of Mr. Trump. Proverbially blasting Springsteen’s “Glory Days,” as its foreign policy soundtrack, the Donald and company have doubled down. Heck, if Washington can’t get its way in Africa, Europe, Asia, or the Mideast, well why not clamp down in our own hemisphere, our traditional sphere of influence – South and Central America.

Enter the lunacy of the current Venezuela controversy. Trump’s team saw a golden opportunity in this socialist, backwater petrostate. Surely here, in nearby Monroe Doctrine country, Uncle Sam could get his way, topple the Maduro regime, and coronate the insurgent (though questionably legitimate) Juan Guaido. It’s early 20th century Yankee imperialism reborn. Everything seemed perfect. Trump could recall the specter of America’s tried and true enemy – “evil” socialism – cynically (and absurdly) equating Venezuelan populism with some absurd Cold-War-era existential threat to the nation. The idea that Venezuela presents a challenge on the scale of Soviet Russia is actually farcical. What’s more, and this is my favorite bit of irrationality, we were all recently treated to a game of “I know you are but what am I?” from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who (with a straight face) claimed Cuba, tiny island Cuba, was the real “imperialist” in Venezuela.

Next, in a move reminiscent of some sort of macabre 1980’s theme party, Trump resuscitated Elliot Abrams – you know, the convicted felon of Iran-Contra infamy, to serve as Washington’s special envoy to embattled Venezuela. Who better to act as “fair arbiter” in that country than a war-criminal with the blood of a few hundred thousand Central Americans (remember the Contras?!?) on his hands back in the the good old (Reagan) days.

Despite all this: America’s military threats, bellicose speechifying, brutal sanctions, and Cold War-style conflict-framing, the incumbent Maduro seems firmly in control. This isn’t to say that Venezuelans don’t have genuine grievances with the Maduro government (they do), but for now at least, it appears the military is staying loyal to the president, Russia/China are filling in the humanitarian aid gaps, and Uncle Sam is about to chalk up another loss on the world scene. Ultimately, whatever the outcome, the crisis will only end with a Venezuelan solution.

America’s impotence would almost be sad to watch, if, and only if, it wasn’t all so tragic for the Venezuelan people.

So Trump and his recycled neocons will continue to rant and rave and threaten Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, and so on and so forth. America will still flex its aging, sagging muscles – a reflexive habit at this point.

Only now it’ll seem sad. Because no one is paying attention anymore.

The opposite of love is isn’t hate – it’s indifference.

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Danny Sjursen is a retired US Army officer and regular contributor to Antiwar.comHe served combat tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at his alma mater, West Point. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. Follow him on Twitter at @SkepticalVet.

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