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Russian state TV reported Putin met with the Kyrgyz president — but the meeting isn't until Monday

Russian state TV just published news from the future.

On Friday, Rossiya 24 reported a meeting between Russian president Vladminir Putin and Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev — even though the meeting is on Monday.

"The Kremlin also reports that Vladimir Putin met with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev in St. Petersburg on Monday," the Rossiya 24 journalist said, according to a translation by Business Insider.

"They talked about cooperation in investment and humanitarian spheres and the energy sector," the report went on. "They also discussed the possibility of Kyrgyzstan joining the Eurasion Union."


Nobody in Russia Is Buying Putin’s Nemtsov Lie

When Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in Moscow on February 27, he was two days away from appearing on one of Russia’s state-controlled television networks the only way he could: as the target of a hit piece against the opposition. NTV, which specializes in especially crude and sleazy propaganda smears, was set to broadcast a prime-time “investigative report” titled “The Anatomy of Protest 3.”

The first two specials, shown in 2012, used blurry hidden-camera video, dubious audio and voice-overs, and spliced footage to paint that year’s mass protests as orchestrated by paid agents of anti-Russian foreign interests.

“The Anatomy of Protest 3” was scheduled for Sunday, March 1—not coincidentally, the day Nemtsov was to lead a rally billed as the start of a springtime revival.

The promo on NTV’s website offered a taste of the latest installment, starring Nemtsov, exiled ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny: “How is the ‘Russian Maidan’ being prepared? Why do our revolutionaries make trips to Switzerland? What are they learning from their instructors in Kiev, and why do they meet with foreign diplomats in strictest secrecy?”


Has a pretty familiar scent...

Putin is engaged in 'an existential struggle' with the West

Vladimir Putin sees Russia and the West as being locked in "an existential struggle," reports USNI News, citing an expert at a Heritage Foundation event on Tuesday.

Eugene Rumer, the director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Russia and Eurasia Program, told the audience at the event that the rising tensions between Russia and the NATO-orientated West was a cause for concern. Particularly at stake in any ramping up of hostilities are the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Both Latvia and Estonia have large ethnic Russian populations which Rumer believes Putin "is not adverse to using ... to make domestic trouble."

If Putin starts using ethnic Russians to stir up trouble in those countries as he has done in Ukraine, then war just may be NATO's only possible response, predicted Rumer. As Moscow becomes more assertive, this likelihood increases.


Poland: Stronger Ukraine army can decrease conflict

WARSAW, Poland — Strengthening Ukraine’s army and supplying it with weapons could prevent an escalation of the conflict and would serve Europe’s interests, a top Polish security official said Thursday.

Stanislaw Koziej, the head of Poland’s National Security Office, met with Oleksandr Turchynov, the chairman of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council, to discuss cooperation between the neighboring countries.

He said they agreed that it would be in the “interest of Europe, of Poland and of Ukraine to strengthen Ukraine’s army and to supply it with weapons.” He did not specify what kind of weapons might be supplied.

Poland has offered Ukraine non-lethal military supplies like food, first aid kits, blankets and helmets. And it is to help train Ukrainian troops, who have been fighting Russia-backed separatists since April. So far, Poland’s government has indicated it would not supply weapons to Ukraine, but said Kiev was free to make commercial purchases from Polish arms producers.


Why Lithuania is preparing for a Russian invasion

The three Baltic States are fearful of a possible Russian invasion, although Lithuania may have particular reason for concern.

Wedged between Russian ally Belarus and the Russian Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuania is worried that it could be the next target of Russian aggression following invasions in Georgia in 2008 and Crimea and eastern Ukraine last year.

Lithuania's is Moscow's biggest obstacle in developing a a land bridge between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russia.

“They need a corridor from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia,” Marius Laurinavicius, a senior Lithuanian analyst at the Eastern Europe studies center in Vilnius, told Reuters. “Just like they need one from Crimea to Donbas .”


Tale of two captains: censorship of political opinions in the military

The similarities between U.S. military officers Maribel Jarzabek and Lindsay Rodman are staggering.

Both women are highly educated lawyers serving their country—Jarzabek in the United States Air Force, and Rodman in the United States Marine Corps. Both hold the rank of Captain, and both have drawn on their experiences with the military-justice system to develop and publically express their thoughts on the handling of sexual assaults in the armed services.

But these similarities end with the reaction to the officers’ perspectives within their respective branches.

Last December Senator Kristen E. Gillibrand (D-NY) proposed legislation that would remove military commanders from having any role in the prosecution of sexual assault in the military. At the time, Jarzabek was serving as an Air Force Special Victims’ Counsel, providing legal protection and assistance to alleged sex-related offense victims, and decided to voice her support for the legislation on Gillibrand’s Facebook page. Jarzabek explained that she was warned of potential retributive action by the Air Force due only to her zealous advocacy as a Special Victims’ Counsel. This had the potential of impacting future assignments and her career.

After posting her comments on Senator Gillibrand’s Facebook page, Jarzabek was notified that she was under criminal investigation for advocating “a partisan political cause” that could undermine confidence in the Air Force. Jarzabek ultimately received a reprimand for her actions. But to her credit, Jarzabek remained undeterred and defended her actions. “Air Force leadership,” she stated, “demonstrated that weighing in on the bipartisan reform—changes to the way the military handles sexual assaults—is not prohibited, so long as you agree with them.”

When Gillibrand learned of the retribution against Jarzabek, she issued a written statement: “I think the message being sent here is very clear—unless you are going to toe the company line, shut up, or we will punish you.”

Rodman’s story, on the other hand, is quite different. Rodman wrote an editorial with the Wall Street Journal while assigned to the Pentagon as a lawyer. In the article, Rodman identified herself as a Marine Corps judge advocate officer and was photographed for the article in her military uniform. This, in many respects, denotes a level of endorsement by the Marine Corps. And unauthorized endorsement can get you in trouble.

Rodman stated that she was disheartened by the reactions from members of Congress to the data on incidents of sexual assault in the military and that she feared “Draconian solutions” from Capitol Hill would only exacerbate the sexual-assault issues in the military. After the article was published, Rodman was assigned to the Joint Staff to concentrate on sexual-assault issues. Rodman clearly found herself on the “right” side of this political issue.

Sadly, the censorship of political opinions by the military is not uncommon. One could conclude that this disparate treatment is the result of the differences that exist between the armed services and how they handle their service members, yet, the argument of being on the “right” side of the political spectrum shows more of a trend than just an isolated case of disagreement.


Weird trading cards from Japanese mayonnaise packaging

This is even better than that deck of playing cards with the ladies what ain't got no clothes on


Mayor candidate found beheaded in Mexico

In the state of Guerrero, a leftist Mexican mayoral candidate has been found decapitated. Aide Nava was believed to have been kidnapped by a band of criminals on Monday.

On Wednesday, authorities announced having discovered Aide Nava's decapitated body the previous day in the state of Guerrero. According to local media, the criminal gang Los Rojos has threatened other politicians with the same fate suffered by the 42-year-old, who was running for mayor in the town of Ahuacuotzingo.

"It is a very lamentable case, and of heavy significance," Guerrero Attorney General Miguel Angel Godinez said on Wednesday. "For that, we have to manage it with a lot of care."

In 2014, narcotics criminals had murdered Nava's husband, the former mayor of Ahuacuotzingo. Meanwhile, their son, kidnapped last year, remains missing.

"We are sorry for the murder of Aide Nava and demand an investigation," Celestino Cesareo Guzman, the head of Nava's Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) in Guerrero state, said on Wednesday. "She was taken from a political meeting in the community, and lamentably they ended her life," Guzman said.
Mexicans will head to the polls on June 7 to vote for federal legislators and state and local officials.

Last year, the state of Guerrero became the focus of international media attention after 43 trainee teachers disappeared in a case that may have involved German weapons. Los Rojos, the gang implicated in Nava's murder, rival Guerreros Unidos, the cartel believed to have killed the students in September.
According to the government, corrupt local police had abducted the students in league with Guerreros Unidos. According to the United Nations, such disappearances occur frequently in Mexico.


Snowden refused to meet with Ponomarev??

The Russian lawmaker kicked out of the country speaks out about Putin, Snowden, and a Russian collapse

In President Vladimir Putin's quest to amass more power, the Russian government has become increasingly corrupt and ever more dangerous for critics and political activists.

Case in point — the suspicious murder of Putin opponent Boris Nemtsov as he walked home across a busy bridge in Moscow almost two weeks ago.

We recently sat down with Ilya Ponomarev — a representative in the lower house of the Russian parliament who has been barred from Russia for his opposition to Putin — and got his take on what's going on in Russia.

Ponomarev believes that the people who killed Nemtsov were affiliated with one of Russia's state security forces, and he says Nemtsov's murder was meant as a "message to Russian elites ... and a message to the West."

BI: Russia is obviously a surveillance state. That being said, America has its own conundrums: NSA phone tapping, Edward Snowden, CIA torture tapes. How is the United States different from Russia in this regard?

IP: I think that there are excesses that exist in all societies. I won't say it's normal to have them, but it's natural to have them. I'm watching very closely ... what Snowden has done. I don't know him personally. I wanted to talk to him, but all of the security people didn't allow me to. But I think that he took the wrong approach to a very right thing which he was doing. Just the implementation was wrong. There was a clear platform to what he was doing, although of course that there were some mistakes made.



And just who *ARE* the "security people" controlling access to Snowden, I wonder?

Ex-KGB Major: The Russians Tricked Snowden Into Going To Moscow

Ex-KGB Major Boris Karpichkov told Nigel Nelson of The Mirror that spies from Russia’s SVR intelligence service, posing as ­diplomats in Hong Kong, convinced Snowden to fly to Moscow last June.

“It was a trick and he fell for it," Karpichkov, who reached the rank of Major as a member of the KGB's prestigious Second Directorate while specializing in counter-intelligence, told Nelson. "Now the Russians are extracting all the intelligence he possesses.”

Karpichkov fled Moscow in 1998 after spying on his native Latvia for the KGB and the post-Soviet FSB. The 55-year-old says he is still in contact with several of his old spy pals.

Snowden flew from Hawaii to Hong Kong on May 20, 2013 and identified himself to the world on June 9. The 30-year-old American became stranded in Moscow on June 23 after he landed with a void U.S. passport and an unsigned travel Ecuadorian document obtained by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Karpichkov said that the Kremlin leaked Snowden’s planned flight to Moscow to provoke the U.S. into revoking Snowden's passport, which Washington did on June 22. Assange also advised Snowden that "he would be physically safest in Russia."

Snowden has been living under the protection of the post-Soviet security services (FSB) since at least receiving asylum on Aug. 1. Karpichkov told The Mirror that Snowden lives in an FSB-controlled neighborhood in Moscow's suburbs.

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