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This is probably the end of independent defence journalism in Russia: former and current Kommersant journalists are behind bars after the ex defence correspondent, Ivan Safronov, was arrested for "espionage".

Ivan should have been in the safe zone because he was part of the establishment - he had Gerasimov on speed dial, and had been through multiple CI checks for travelling abroad with the forces and Putin. Elena Chernenko, released a few minutes ago after being picked up for mounting a (completely legal) lone picket outside the Lubyanka protesting for Ivan, ditto - part of Lavrov's travelling press pack.


The whole system is drifting ever faster towards a Stalinist eating of its own.
Google translate

Friends, thank you for the words of support, I am very touched. Everything is in order with me, I’m sitting in the police department along the Meshchansky river. Water and charging passed. Everything will be fine, I believe in it. Freedom @isafronov

Hopefully everything stays fine and doesn’t end up on the rising list of journalists
 

Zhopa

War Hero
Roundups continuing. MBKh is keeping a tally.

Maria Kuznetsova from Open Russia was holding a sign saying "Who's Next?" - and then she was next.

 
Ivan Safronov, journalist, 30yo, an aide of the head of RosKosmos (federal Space agency, something like NASA in the USA).

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He is accused in treason. Allegedly he collected and transferred secret information to one of intelligence service of NATO-member country. There are no any details in public access. The trial apparently will not be open.
Previously I haven't heard about mr.Safrov.
19 March 2019 mr.Safronov with Alexandra Jorgevich published an article in the Kommersant newspaper about planned contract to sell Su-35 fighter-jets to Egypt. The article contained some confident details and Kommersant had to remove the article from its site.
If the allegations will be confirmed during the trial then mr.Safronov could have from 12 to 20 years in the jail.
 
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Roundups continuing. MBKh is keeping a tally.

Maria Kuznetsova from Open Russia was holding a sign saying "Who's Next?" - and then she was next.

The question is ........... Is this a preventative measure because something is in the offing and they can't have it being reported? Or am I just reading too much into things?
 
Roundups continuing. MBKh is keeping a tally.

Maria Kuznetsova from Open Russia was holding a sign saying "Who's Next?" - and then she was next.

Translations:
1)The number of detainees reached 12 people, an employee of Transparency International Daria Burlakova was detained for a single picket, MBH Media correspondent reports. Photo: MBH Media

2)Police detained Maria Kuznetsova from Open Russia, the MBH Media correspondent reports. She stood at the picket with the poster “Case of Journalists. Who is next". This is the thirteenth detention. Photo: MBH Media
 
The question is ........... Is this a preventative measure because something is in the offing and they can't have it being reported? Or am I just reading too much into things?
This isn't something new. Here's a story about eight journalists in Russia being arrested after they protested against a jail sentence for another journalist. This was in May.

 
This isn't something new. Here's a story about eight journalists in Russia being arrested after they protested against a jail sentence for another journalist. This was in May.

It appears that an uptick is being reported though.
 
This isn't something new. Here's a story about eight journalists in Russia being arrested after they protested against a jail sentence for another journalist. This was in May.

First of all I would like to quote your source
Azar is one of the most prominent Russian journalists and a municipal deputy in Moscow's Khamovniki district. He was detained on May 26 for staging a single picket protest of the arrest of Vladimir Vorontsov, a former police officer and founder of a Telegram channel exposing abuses in Russia's law-enforcement system.
As my son is a former police lieutenant then I'm well aware about the details of this story.
Moscow's Tverskoy District Court arrested Vladimir Vorontsov, founder of Police Ombudsman, a media project dedicated to protecting law enforcement officers' rights, on charges of extortion on May 8.
The Police Ombudsman was a favorite site of my son and a source of valuable information. Btw, my son was fired from the Police just because his close contacts with Russian nationalists group. Their leader, mr.Dyomushkin was jailed for 2,5 years due to absurd accusations.
Mr. Vorontsov (a former policeman himself) became very popular among former and acting policemen. As you understand it was unacceptable for the authorities. Novaya Gazeta newspaper (where mr.Azar works) covered the case in details.
Mr.Kurbanov was fired from the Police in 2017 due to photos where he was depicted naked with a woman. He asked mr.Vorontsov to help him to return to the Police. Mr. Vorontsov answered that his lawyers could make a complaint but only for money. Now mr.Kurbatov claims that he was blackmailed by mr.Vorontson not to publish the photos in question, that were published by mr.Vorontsov.
I suspect that the authorities promised mr.Kurbanov to restore him in the Police and used him to open the case against mr.Vorontsov.
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Mr.Azar decided to protest against (absolutely unfair from my point of view) arrest of mr.Vorontsov but unfortunately it happened during harsh Covid19 restrictions in Moscow. So mr.Azar was subjected to administrative arrest - 15 days. In turn 8 other journalists protested against arrest of mr.Azar and in turn were detained for violation of Covid19 related restrictions.
Now the restrictions are abolished and any journalist or/and any citizen can protest freely.

In my opinion, alas Russia is moving from controllable 'democracy' towards banana republic style police state.
The authorities ignore and will ignore any protests. But it is not forever... I hope.
Remarkably the West, Western MSM are very selective in support of the Russians whose rights are being violated by Putin's regime. There is a support for liberal journalists but people like mssrs. Vorontsov, Dyomushkin or Platoshkin (left politician who was jailed on absurd accusation) are not supported at all.
 
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Zhopa

War Hero
Remarkably the West, Western MSM are very selective in support of the Russians whose rights are being violated by Putin's regime. There is a support for liberal journalists but people like mssrs. Vorontsov, Dyomushkin or Platoshkin (left politician who was jailed on absurd accusation) are not supported at all.
This is true, and misguided assumptions in the West throw up other oddities, like support for Navalny, the odious creature, who is assumed to be on the side of the angels simply because he appears to be in opposition to the current leadership.

None of which detracts from the other point where the current @KGB_resident and I are (as does happen from time to time) entirely in agreement:

In my opinion, alas Russia is moving from controllable 'democracy' towards banana republic style police state.
The whole system is drifting ever faster towards a Stalinist eating of its own.
 
A Canadian citizen is detained in Russia and likely will be fined only because he is Canadian citizen

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Pyotr Verzilov is a Russian-Canadian artist and activist who came to prominence as the unofficial spokesperson of the band Pussy Riot when he was arrested and jailed by the Russian state in 2012. Verzilov has been married to Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
He invaded the pitch during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final and was shoved by Croatian player Dejan Lovren, before security personnel escorted him away.
As a person with dual citizenship mr.Verzilov had to inform authorities about it. But he failed to do it. He noted that his Canadian citizenship was not a secret and was mentioned in mass media frequently.
But nevertheless the criminal case was opened. Mr.Verzilov was detained and likely will be fined - $3000 or more (his confirmed month income)
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Russian investigators have arrested the governor of a Far Eastern province, who two years ago won a surprise victory over the Kremlin favorite, on suspicion of ordering the murder of businessmen.
Russian media reported that Furgal, 50, was arrested as part of a wider investigation into an organized criminal group operating in the region. He will be soon arraigned on charges of organizing the murder and the attempted murder of the businessmen
Furgal was backed by former Khabarovsk governor Viktor Ishayev, who ran the region from 1991 until 2009.
Ishayev was arrested last year after Furgal began placing some of his people in high positions in the regional administration. Ishayev was accused of embezzling money via fraudulent activities from the state oil company Rosneft.
Btw, mr.Ishayev was Putin's envoy in the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia during 3 years.
Many Russian governors (including appointed by pres.Putin) were jailed in recent years - mainly for corruption.
 
A Canadian citizen is detained in Russia and likely will be fined only because he is Canadian citizen

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As a person with dual citizenship mr.Verzilov had to inform authorities about it. But he failed to do it. He noted that his Canadian citizenship was not a secret and was mentioned in mass media frequently.
But nevertheless the criminal case was opened. Mr.Verzilov was detained and likely will be fined - $3000 or more (his confirmed month income)
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Russian citizen oppressed for not toeing the party line
Situation normal
 
Apparently mr.Putin has got a new big headache. Recently Khabarovsk governor mr.Furgal was arrested and the whole case soon was made 'secret'. There will be no public hearings. The details of the case are being kept secret.
In 2018 during governor elections mr.Furgal was regarded by the authorities as merely a 'technical' candidate. But as a result he beats pro-Putin governor mr.Shport and had 3 times more votes. Later his party (Liberal-Democratic) won 30 from 36 seats in local parliament and almost all seats in Khabarovsk city council.
Yesterday there was a rally in Khabarovsk in support of mr.Furgal.
You may see video here. The crowd chants - Freedom, Freedom, Furgal, Furgal, Putin go out.
35,000 participated in the march

Still mr.Putin keeps silence. He has right to fire the governor but hasn't done it.
The leader of the Liberal-Democratic party - mr.Zhirinovsky threaten to remove all his MPs from the Duma.

He comapred the action of Putin's gang with Stalin's oppressions.
Of course Putin's agitprop TV doesn't show it.
 
Ah, Zhirinovsky, the paragon of virtue. With such an opposition Russia is truly up the creek.
 
Ah, Zhirinovsky, the paragon of virtue. With such an opposition Russia is truly up the creek.
It is not about Zhirinivsky but about the people, about their right to elect, to have their elected power.


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Thousands took to the streets of Khabarovsk in what locals are calling the biggest protest they've seen in decades.

They're angry at the arrest of Sergei Furgal and from their chants - against Moscow, and against Vladimir Putin himself - they believe the move is political.

In 2018, Mr Furgal beat the Kremlin's chosen candidate for governor by a landslide. He's proved popular locally, cutting the number of civil servants and putting the governor's yacht up for sale.
Previous Putin backed governor mr.Shport has (only official) salary 17,500 Pounds per month. Mr.Furgal established it on 5,000 Pounds level and cut salaries of other officials. He forbade usage of business class air-tickets for local officials with exception of his 3 first deputies. Mr.Furgal abolished millions $$ worth doubtful contracts and reformed taxation of local gold mining and wood industry. Now there no any low taxes for these apparently very profitable sectors of economy.
 
Record temperatures in Russia's Arctic are leading to more drought and fires again this year.
As permafrost melts under intense heat, Russia's Siberia burns — again
"It's remarkable — it's scary," said Henry of the incredible run of high temperatures in Russia's far north that have been breaking records for the past month.

This week, a European Union climate monitoring project reported temperatures in June were up to 10 degrees higher than usual in some parts of Russia's Arctic, with an overall rise of five degrees.

The heat and dry tundra conditions have also triggered vast forest fires. Currently, 1.77 million hectares of land is burning with expectations that the total fire area could eventually surpass the 17 million hectares that burned in 2019.

Equally striking is where the fires are burning.

"Now we are seeing these fires within 15 kilometres of the Arctic Ocean," said Henry. "Usually there's not much fuel to burn there, because it's kept cold by the ocean so you don't get ignition of fires that far north."
The oil spill in Norilsk in May is believed to have been caused by high temperatures melting the permafrost and causing the ground beneath it to collapse.
But in Russia, the heat wave is altering the landscape with severe implications.

In late May, extreme heat may have melted the permafrost at an industrial site near the Arctic city of Norilsk causing what some critics are calling one of Russia's worst ever environmental disasters.

More than 20 million tones of diesel fuel escaped from a containment area and turned the water in a nearby river a deep shade of red, prompting President Vladimir Putin to declare a state of emergency.
The article mentions public pressure in Russia to do more to fight the forest fires. I suspect there is little the Russian government can do however, given the scope and scale of the increasingly warmer and drier summers which Russia have been experiencing lately. Boreal forests are prone to fire even at the best of times, and indeed fire forms a natural part of the life cycle of certain common species of tree. Given warm, dry conditions, the forests are just too big and too flammable to do much more than try to protect towns and economically important infrastructure.

Canada faces similar problems, although to a lesser degree as we haven't yet seen the sort of heat and drought which Russia has been seeing in Siberia. The Fort McMurray fires of a few years ago are a sign of that.

Some climate scientists believe that over the longer term the changing climate in Siberia (and possibly Canada) will shift the balance away from forest and peat bog to grasslands as increasing frequency of fires makes it difficult for trees to grow to maturity.
 

Zhopa

War Hero
It's surprisingly quiet on here today, given this -


and this -


and next week, this -

 

Slime

LE
It's surprisingly quiet on here today, given this -


and this -


and next week, this -

It’s quiet here so far, but in other places the denials are well and truly underway.

What is rather amusing is that the British Labour party have condemned foreign actors interfering in U.K. elections...............Perhaps they have forgotten it was their Leader (at the time) that held a press conference to waive aloft the very leaked documents this investigation into Russia mentions.

ETA.
I couldn’t help but notice your mention of the ‘current’ KGB.
 

offog

LE
It's surprisingly quiet on here today, given this -


and this -


and next week, this -

I'm still waiting for my briefing from Moscow. Due to the cutting of the 5G we have had to revert to carrier pigeons and they can't carry a lot. We sold off all the microfiche readers years ago.
 

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