Among the recipients were Salmo Bazkka, suspected by Italian authorities of participating in an international money laundering network, and Atiya Khoury, who landed on the US Treasury Department sanction list for assisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in 2016, according to a joint investigation by Organized Crime and Corruption Project (OCCRP) partner Direkt36 and Hungarian news site 444.


Police have yet to give details on the leader other than that he is of Ukrainian origin. Three other Russian and Ukrainian nationals were also arrested in connection with the group.


“[Rick] Gates knew of Kilimnik’s background. He told Alex van der Zwaan—a lawyer he and Manafort worked with on a project to shore up support for Manafort’s client at the time, ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych—about the former intelligence officer’s past as a GRU officer, according to prosecutors. Gates was indicted last October on charges including money laundering and tax fraud, and is now cooperating with the special counsel.[Photo: Konstantin Kilimnik]

The author of the famous Trump dossier provided a secret report to the FBI asserting that RT founder Mikhail Lesin [pictured] was bludgeoned to death by thugs hired by an oligarch close to Putin. Three other sources independently told the FBI the same basic story, contradicting the government’s finding that Lesin’s death was accidental.


Who was behind a mysterious fake hearing in the basement of the U.S. Capitol?

The death toll has already reached 64 confirmed and could increase. Arrests are already underway as part of a criminal investigation on fire causes.  Locals [pictured] are lining up to donate blood for the injured.


While U.S. President Donald Trump has previously denounced "regime change" and "nation-building," John Bolton, his choice for national security adviser, has been a vocal proponent of American intervention abroad. In a profile published today, The Economist reminded its readers that Bolton urged the White House to get Mr Putin’s attention by letting Russia’s president “hear the rumble of artillery and NATO tank tracks conducting more joint field exercises with Ukraine’s military.”  



The new national security adviser represents a sharp turn to the right in an administration that has not been noted for moderating influences. Senate hearings on Bolton appear likely to unearth some of Bolton’s notorious escapades during the Iran-Contra affair.


Analyst: “Time will tell whether this action is too little, too late, considering how far the project has progressed. As recently as January, the German government granted Nord Stream 2 a permit for construction and operation in German waters.”


Crackdown in Londongrad? 2018/3/22 11:52:36

When the Soviet Union disintegrated – and raping and pillaging of state properties became the new favorite sport of Russia’s elites – large numbers of newly enriched Russians began to use their ill-gotten gains to acquire properties in other countries, particularly the UK. The exodus of questionable wealth to Southeastern England became such a tide that virtually every member of the Russian noveau riche owns a luxurious London residence – a string of thoroughbred horses – or a premier league soccer team. However, the number of high profile assassinations of former Russian spies in London has collided with a UK prime minister who is fighting for her political life. The available evidence – as reported by Ray Furlong for RFE/RL – suggests that we are on the verge of seeing a Crackdown in Londongrad.


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