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Scale of racism, xenophobia in Russian soccer is a threat to 2018 World Cup visitors, report says

LONDON — Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press.

Chelsea fans stop black man from boarding Paris train, shouting ‘we’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it’.

Researchers from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the Fare network, which helps to prosecute racism cases for European football’s governing body UEFA, highlighted more than 200 cases of discriminatory behaviour linked to Russian football over two seasons.

“It shows a really quite gruesome picture of a domestic league which is full of aspects of racism, xenophobia: The far-right play a significant role in the fan culture,” Fare executive director Piara Powar said in an interview with the Associated Press.



Brazil's Hulk victim of racist abuse in Zenit vs. Torpedo Moscow match

Russia Today Tells The 'Untold Story' Of MH-17 — But Kremlin Propaganda Already Debunked The Theory

The Russian government's English news outlet, Russia Today, released a 26-minute documentary about the "untold story" of the MH-17 tragedy.

The film's major thesis is that a BUK missile did not — and could not — have been what hit the MH-17 plane. Instead, it was actually a cannon fire from a (presumably) Ukrainian jet.

"The film attempts to establish what might have brought down the ill-fated airline and all 298 people abroad," RT's website says.

The mainstream consensus is that the plane was hit by a BUK missile fired by pro-Russia Ukrainian separatists.


And before the usual moron chimes in with his standard "The crash investigators are squelching the investigation!" bullshit, he should get himself up to speed at the Dutch Safety Board's site:

Russia spreads its woes: Olive

Russia’s economy is forecast to shrink by 5 per cent this year. Russia being a petro-economy, its ruble has collapsed in tandem with the world oil price — about 50 per cent in the past year.

The ruble collapse, the Russia-created Ukrainian crisis, and the Western-imposed sanctions in response to that crisis, have caused inflation in Russia to double since the sanctions began a year ago this month. Inflation in February was 16.7 per cent (most Western central banks try to contain inflation to less than 2 per cent).

In a fit of pique, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to the sanctions by banning food imports from any country imposing them, including Canada, this despite Russia relying on imports for about 40 per cent of its food.

As a result, Russian food-price inflation is running at about 20 per cent, a rate likely to increase. Certain products, including French cheese and German sausage, have disappeared altogether from Russian grocery shelves.


Russia Gives Up On Burnishing Its Image in West

The "information war" against Russia makes any efforts to improve the country's image in the West futile, a Kremlin spokesman said Thursday after the U.S. public relations firm Ketchum said its contract with the Russian government had ended.

"The current situation of information hysteria and what is essentially an information war against Russia does not facilitate the activation of image-building efforts," Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency.

Ketchum Inc., the top spin doctor employed by the Kremlin in the West, has ended its work with the Russian government and will no longer lobby for its interests in Europe and the U.S., the company said in a statement.

"Ketchum no longer represents the Russian Federation in the U.S. or Europe with the exception of our office in Moscow," the company's statement said. "Our partner in the consortium, GPlus, continues to operate under the terms of the contract."


Russia Vows Support For Syria's Bashar Assad

SOCHI, Russia, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat "terrorism" in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of they key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with Assad's foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, on the Black Sea as part of Moscow's renewed diplomatic push to restart peace talks on Syria.

"We share the view that the main factor driving the situation in the Middle East is the terrorist threat," Lavrov told a joint news conference with Moualem. "Russia will continue supporting Syria ... in countering this threat."

Russia has been the key international ally of Assad in the conflict, which is in its fourth year and where the situation on the ground has deteriorated as Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, grabbed large swathes of land.

The last round of talks between Damascus and the opposition collapsed in February over rifts over Assad's role in any transition out of the conflict. The main Syrian opposition in exile and its Western and Arab backers want him to go.

But Moscow says advances made by Islamic hardliners mean fighting "terrorism" should be the top priority for all "healthy" forces now and says that is not possible without cooperating with Assad.

Lavrov criticized the United States for refusing to do that.

Moualem told the news conference his meeting with Vladimir Putin earlier on Wednesday was "very productive" and that the Russian president confirmed his resolve to develop ties with Damascus and Assad. (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; editing by Ralph Boulton)


An older piece, but some people need reminding, evidently


How the Kremlin and the Media Ended Up in Bed Together

Editor's note: This is the longest text ever published by The Moscow Times. We've decided to publish it because it describes in detail a key Russian narrative, of how the Kremlin rules the country with the help of the controlled media. It is a bitter story of how the Russian media, with very few exceptions, have abandoned, sometimes through coercion, but mostly voluntarily and even eagerly, their mission of informing the public and have turned into creators of the Matrix-like artificial reality where imaginary heroes and villains battle tooth and nail in Russia's Armageddon.

After enjoying a brief interval of freedom, it seems that Russian media are now returning to the conditions of the late 1980s, when editors stood outside the door of the censorship office waiting for approval to go to press.

However, the "new censorship" that has emerged in Russia is not merely a tool for controlling the media from the outside. The new censorship is like a cancerous tumor that attacks the not-so-healthy body of the media from the inside and supplants everything of value or vitality with diseased tissue.

The president and senior officials now use the media as a tool for forming public opinion, forcing citizens to accept a false agenda in place of the real one.


Won't be seeing self-appointed media critic Glenn Greenwald acknowledging this story, no fuckin' way in hell...The critical thinking DUer would do well to ask themselves "Why?"

EU Leaders to Fight Russian Media's 'Disinformation' on Ukraine

European leaders will ask their foreign policy chief next week to draw up a plan to counter Russian "disinformation campaigns" over the conflict in Ukraine, draft conclusions of an EU summit showed.

EU leaders, meeting on March 19-20, will give the High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini three months — until their next summit in June — to work out how to support media freedom and European values in Russia.

"The European Council stresses the need to challenge Russia's ongoing disinformation campaigns and invites the High Representative...to prepare by the June European Council an action plan on strategic communication in support of media freedom and EU values," the draft said.

Russian government-funded TV stations, like RT, broadcasting in English, Spanish, Arabic, German and French have been steadily expanding their operations. Many Western broadcasters cut back their Russian-language services after the Cold War.


There are chinks in Russia’s armour

Last week, Russia’s opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed near the Kremlin. Independent commentators, politicians and the thousands who took to the streets of Moscow and other Russian cities in protest on Sunday hold no illusions as to the motive behind his shooting. Grigory Yavlinsky, the leader of the Yabloko party and a veteran of the pro-democracy movement, said: “The political responsibility for the murder lies with the regime and personally with President Putin — all those who started and waged the war along with the hate propaganda.” The columnist and radio host Yulia Latynina said: “We have entered a new era — the era of physical annihilation of political opponents of the regime.”

Yes, this murder is an important demarcation in the degradation of politics of Russia, which are linked organically to Russia’s foreign policy. Two trends are particularly alarming, especially bearing in mind that Russia remains a nuclear superpower:

First, aggressive anti-democracy and anti-Western propaganda is being elevated to the level of a state ideology guiding domestic and foreign policy. It is not only the regime but also all kinds of supporting political forces and even militias that are inspired to act in accordance with this creed. It is within the realm of possibility that a zealot pulled the trigger of the weapon aimed at Nemtsov.

Second, reliance on violence has an unambiguous tendency to become more brutal and unrestrained over time. The annexation of Crimea was praised in Russian propaganda for being carried out almost bloodlessly. But the mass destruction and death that accompany advances by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine are cheered on practically in real time on state TV.

— Andrei Kozyrev was foreign minister of the Russian Federation from 1990 to 1996.


Russia is hacking your social media news feed

Now that most of our information — and the information news organizations use as raw material — is delivered by technology platforms such as social networks, what we know about the world is potentially hackable.

Propagandists must no longer convince professional news organizations to spread their stories; they just embed them into social media news feeds. Employees of the Russian propaganda machine, in particular, seem to be focused on finding ways to game the modern news delivery system. And though their techniques aren't perfect, they're making progress.

In a recent post on Medium.com, John Borthwick and Gilad Lotan of Betaworks, the New York City-based venture capital firm, detailed two cases in which hackers, apparently originating from Russia, attempted to mess with the news flow in the West. One of the two operations succeeded; the other failed.

The first case can be called up with a Google search of the terms "ISIS France support." That will yield, near the top of the results, stories from Newsweek and Vox.com describing a poll carried out for the Russian state-owned network, Russia Today. According to the survey, 16 percent of French citizens, and 27 percent of those ages 18-24, have a positive opinion of Islamic State. This, of course, is utter nonsense: the 27 percent number, for example, is based on a sample of only 105 young French people. Yet reporters from Vox and Newsweek saw the numbers in a tweet and wrote pieces citing the poll, not realizing it was bunk.


Sadly, the emoprog dudebros will ignore this story as usual...Maybe I should put "NSA" in the thread title just bait some of them in...

Concerns over Ukraine in Estonia’s Russian speaking community

Since the events in Ukraine, the Estonian government has pushed for an increased NATO presence in the north east of the country.

This small Baltic republic is nervous. Politicians and citizens are starting to ask some uncomfortable questions: will the Kremlin try to destabilize Estonia too? And will the country’s large Russian minority remain loyal to Estonia?

Those questions are particularly pertinent in Narva, a city just over the border from Russia.

The Estonian armed forces are made up not just of Estonians but also ethnic Russians, some of whom speak mainly Russian.

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