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Vladimir  Vladimirovich  Putin
Влади́мир   Влади́мирович   Пу́тин
G E N E S I S – 9:6 – г е н е з и с
"кто прольет кровь человеческую, того кровь прольется рукою человека: ибо человек создан по образу Божию;"
"кто прольет кровь человеческую, того кровь прольется рукою человека: ибо человек создан по образу Божию"
"De va vãrsa cineva sânge omenesc, sângele aceluia de mânã de om se va vãrsa, cãci Dumnezeu a fãcut omul dupã chipul Sãu."
His ambition is to restore the powerful influence which Russia had in the days of the Soviet Union, and he continues
to hinder Christian evangelism in the Russian Federation – especially Eastern Siberia.
Born Leningrad, Tuesday 7 October 1952, married Lyudmila (divorced 2013), fathered two daughters: Maria Vladimirovna (born 1985); and Yekaterina/Katja (born 1986)
Putin has a black belt in judo, enjoys running, does not smoke, and does not drink alcohol, or at least drinks so rarely that it appears that way.
1985 to 1990 Major Vladimir Putin is a KGB agent operating in Dresden, East Germany. Recruitment of agents is a central focus of Putin's work in the small KGB branch office.

Mr. PutinWe Are
Watching You!

Г-н Путин,
мы наблюдаем за вами

Mr. PutinWe Are
Watching You!

Г-н Путин,
мы наблюдаем за вами
In 1989,
he is awarded the bronze medal For Faithful Service to the National People’s Army in the German Democratic Republic.
Sadly, during this time, according some East German Stasi reports, he develops a reputation as a wife-beater
and here he first begins his corrupt relationship to the Russian Mafia.
Stasi records
He is assistant to the rector of Leningrad/St Petersburg State University in charge of international relations, and from 1994, he concurrently holds the position of Deputy Chairman of the St Petersburg City Government.
After starting his work there, Putin resigns from the KGB
Putin becomes head of the Committee for Foreign Affairs in the St. Petersburg Mayor’s Office.
February 28: Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko informs Boris Berezovsky of the KGB/FSB plot to assassinate him.
(See March 1999 below).
The two whom Putin eventually
has assassinated in the UK
Russian President Boris Yeltsin names Vladimir Putin as head of the KGB (now called the FSB), replacing Kovalyev.
Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko naïvely informs Vladimir Putin of the KGB/FSB plot to assassinate Boris Berezovsky.
November 20: Duma/Parliamentary Deputy Galina Starovoitova (Гали́на Васи́льевна Старово́йтова) the most prominent pro-democracy Kremlin critic in Russia, is shot dead answering her doorbell at her apartment building in St. Petersburg.
The two hit-men are sentenced but those who contracted them are never exposed.
Four months after this, Putin helps silence the Russian Attorney General, Yury Skuratov, who is investigating high-level corruption in the Kremlin, by airing an illicit sex video on national TV involving Skuratov.
Four months after the dust settles in the Skuratov affair, Putin is named Prime Minister.
March 25:Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko is charged with exceeding his authority as a KGB/FSB officer and detained in Lefortovo Prison for eight months.

Patrushev and Putin
August: Putin becomes Prime Minister (to 2000), and so Patrushev replaces him as head of Russia's KGB/FSB.
Putin's connection
is to the Russian
Tambov Mafia clan
which facilitates
his operations
See 'Russian Mafia'.
 September: In the Pechatniki and Kashirskoye neighbourhoods of Moscow, apartment buildings are blown up by Putin's arrangement, killing more than 300 people and leaving more than 1,900 injured, and the blame is then put on the Chechnyan Mafia (Чеченская мафия) to rally Russian public opinion in support of Putin's plan to invade that country.
 October 1: Putin declares Chechen president Aslan Maskhadov and his parliament illegitimate, and Russian forces invade their country (Нохчийн Республика).
November 26:Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko is acquitted in his trial, but is immediately rearrested in the courtroom and charged with 'manhandling' suspects and 'stealing' goods.
Early in the year: Alexander Litvinenko is released from prison and charges against him are dropped.
March: Vladimir Putin is elected President of Russia in a massive landslide victory (he wins nearly twice as many votes as his nearest competitor). Shortly thereafter, 'all hell breaks loose' in Chechnya –
Russia will ultimately be convicted of human rights violations before the European Court for Human Rights
and condemned for its abuses of the civilian population by virtually every human rights organization.
Col. Igor Girkin
Spring: A third set of charges are brought against Litvinenko and a closed trial is set to take place in Yaroslavl.
He is warned not to leave town, and his passport is taken from him pending his trial.
13: Putin introduces seven federal districts for administrative purposes.
London, UK, Boris Berezovsky is grant political asylum and begins using his personal wealth to become a vocal critic of President Putin and to fund others to do likewise (source: Professor Service).
November 1: Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko arrives at Heathrow airport London, on a connecting flight from Istanbul, bound for Tiblisi, but appeals for asylum in London.
Litvinenko moves into a flat/apartment in Kensington, London, paid for by Boris Berezovsky.
May: Litvinenko and his wife are granted asylum and indefinite leave to remain in the UK. They charge their surname to Carter.
Litvinenko and his wife move into 140 Osler Crescent, Muswell Hill, London.
    Unfortunately, the International Criminal Court (ICC, founded by the 1998 Rome Statute) may only investigate crimes committed after July 1, 2002.
See: Complaint Procedure
 April 17: Sergei Yushenkov, co-chairman of the Liberal Russia political party, is gunned down at the entrance of his Moscow apartment block. Yushenkov had been serving as the vice-chair of the group known as the “Kovalev Commission” which was formed to informally investigate charges that Putin’s KGB/FSB had planted the Pechatniki and Kashirskoye apartment bombs, to whip up support for the Putin’s war in Chechnya, after the formal legislative-investigation had been made impossible.
 July 3: Yuri Shchekochikhin, vocal opposition journalist and member of the Russian Duma and the Kovalev Commission (investigating KGB placement of explosives under the apartment buildings in September 1999), dies of thallium poisoning.
 October 22: Mikhail Trepashkin, attorney for the Kovalev Commission is sent to prison for four years on allegations of illegal possession a firearm (which he claims was planted in his vehicle).
 October 25: Khodorkovsky (of Yukos), a presidential election competitor to Putin, is arrested and sent to Siberia on a charge of 'tax fraud'.
March: Vladimir Putin is re-elected President of Russia.
 An arson attack on Litvinenko's home at 140 Osler Crescent, Muswell Hill, London.
Litvinenko now begins consultancy work for Britain's intelligence services. "Martin" is his MI6 handler.
 June: Professor Nikolai Girenko, a prominent human rights defender, is shot dead in his home in St Petersburg.
 July 9: Paul Klebnikov, editor of the Russian edition Forbes magazine, is shot dead in Moscow. Forbes reports that at the time of his death, that Paul was believed to have been investigating a complex web of money laundering involving a Chechen reconstruction fund, reaching into the centres of power in the Kremlin and involving elements of organized crime (Russian Mafia) and the FSB (formerly KGB).
See: April 2016.
Early in the year, Litvinenko begins to work with the Spanish intelligence services, advising concerning the activities of the Russian Mafia/Bratva in Spain.
Bill Browder had lived and worked in Russia for more than a decade,
but in 2005, he is deported and his international investment fund, Hermitage Capital, is expropriated by corrupt government officials.
(In November 2009, his tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, whom Browder had hired to investigate the case, is beaten to death under torture in jail).
Putin earns $133,000 a year and has a modest apartment in Moscow. But independent estimates of Putin’s worth go into the billions of dollars, with Bill Browder, a critic of the president and who is a former hedge fund manager in Russia, estimating Putin’s worth at $200 billion.
In Balashika, Russia – at the Vityaz special forces training centre, targets featuring Alexander Litvinenko's face are used for target practice. (source: INQ017680 video). Litvinenko had been a member of the Vityaz force before he joined the FSB.
travels to Spain several times, where he gives advice to Spanish intelligence on the activities of the Russian mafia who had established a base in Spain.
 September: Andrei Kozlov, First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Central Bank, striving to stamp out money laundering (acting on analyses provided by reporter Paul Klebnikov), the highest-ranking reformer in Russia, is shot and killed in Moscow.
 October 7: Anna Politkovskaya (48), author of books and articles exposing Russian human rights violations in Chechnya and criticizing Vladimir Putin as a dictator, is shot dead at her home in Moscow.

"State Sponsored
Polonium 210 is produced
by a nuclear reactor
and is therefore
not available privately
but only from a state
with nuclear reactors,
(such as Russia's Mayak
and Avangard facilities).
See: para 9.106 of the
UK Judicial Inquiry.
The UK orders an
asset freeze on
Lugovoy and Kovtun
on 22 January 2016.
(English spelling of Lugovoy)
13: Alexander Litvinenko and his wife Marina are granted British citizenship.
 November 23: Alexander Litvinenko, KGB defector and author of the book Blowing up Russia, which accuses the Kremlin of masterminding the Kashirskoye and Pechatniki apartment bombings in Moscow in order to blame Chechen terrorists and so whip up public support for a Russian military invasion of Chechnya, is fatally poisoned in London by radioactive Polonium 210 obtained from Russian sources. In the months before his death, Litvinenko had been involved in a report that alleged links between an associate of Mr Putin, Viktor Ivanov, then a deputy head of the Kremlin administration, and Russian Mafia group Tambov-Malyshev (of which Putin is their godfather).
On his death bed, after drinking tea laced with deadly polonium-210 in Mayfair’s Millennium hotel,
he openly accuses Putin of ordering two agents (Andrey Konstantinovich Lugovoi and Dmitri Vadimovich Kovtun) to poison him with the radioactive isotope
(copying the method Israel's Mossad used* to assassinate Yasser Arafat in November 2004).
Putin's KGB / FSB Agents:    used in Litvinenko's assassination
Andrei Konstantinovich Lugovoi    Dmitri Vadimovich Kovtun (using Global Project Ltd as a cover)
Passport no. 0608109         Passport no. 9632078
Home adresses: Soloviniya Proezcl, 16-1-247, Moscow, Russia, 117593     Apartment no. 150, Golubinskay Street, Moscow, Russia, 117463
British authorities state that they believe Litvinenko perished in a "state-sponsored" assassination.
Once back in Germany, after the fatal dose had been administered, Kovtun falls ill and tells his ex-wife’s mother he had
"probably got some of the poison which killed Litvinenko". His exact words were: "Those arseholes have probably poisoned us all."
a man with
a conscience
assassinated by
Putin's FSB agents!

UK Guardian
report on
Bill Browder
Putin's murder
of Litvinenko
Evidence sequence in the poisoning of Litvinenko
Litvinenko Inquiry
had been Litvinenko's ultimate boss when they were both in the KGB/FSB in the 1990s, but they fell out over corruption within the service, and in 1998, Mr Litvinenko was arrested on charges of abusing his office after exposing a plot to assassinate Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky (see 2010).
Litvinenko had fled to the UK in 2000, claiming persecution. He was granted asylum and later gained British citizenship.
*Verified from chemical analysis of urine stain in his underwear by a Swiss company.
The 139 Signatories and 124 States Parties to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC):
Allthough Russia, America, and China are members of the UN Security Council, which has authority to refer cases to the ICC, they themselves
Afghanistan May 2003   Congo August 2004   Guyana   Mongolia   Solomon Islands  
Albania May 2003   Cook Islands October 2008   Haiti   Montenegro   South Africa  
Andorra July 2002   Costa Rica July 2002   Honduras   Morocco   Spain  
Antigua and Barbuda July 2002   Côte d'Ivoire May 2013   Hungary   Mozambique   St. Kitts and Nevis  
Argentina July 2002   Croatia July 2002   Iceland   Namibia   St. Lucia  
Australia September 2002   Cyprus July 2002   Iran (Islamic Republic of)   Nauru   St. Vincent and the Grenadines  
Austria July 2002   Czech Republic October 2009   Ireland   Netherlands   State of Palestine  
Bahamas     Democratic Republic of the Congo  July 2002    Israel   New Zealand   Sudan  
Bahrain     Denmark July 2002   Italy   Niger   Suriname  
Bangladesh June 2010   Djibouti February 2003   Jamaica   Nigeria   Sweden  
Barbados September 2002   Dominica July 2002   Japan   Norway   Switzerland  
Belgium July 2002   Dominican Republic August 2012   Jordon   Oman   Syrian Arab Republic  
Belize July 2002   Ecuador July 2002   Kenya   Panama   Tajikistan  
Benin July 2002   Egypt     Kuwait   Paraguay   Thailand  
Bolivia September 2002   El Salvador     Kyrgyzstan   Peru   The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia  
Bosnia and Herzegovina July 2002    Eritrea     Latvia   Philippines   Timor-Leste  
Botswana July 2002   Estonia     Lesotho   Poland   Trinidad and Tobago  
Brazil September 2002   Fiji July 2002   Liberia   Portugal   Tunisia  
Bulgaria July 2002   Finland     Liechtenstein   Republic of Korea   Uganda  
Burkina Faso July 2004   France     Lithuania   Romania   Ukraine  
Burundi December 2004   Gabon     Luxembourg  
Russian Federation
13 September 2000
  United Arab Emirates  
Cabo Verde January 2012   Gambia     Madagascar   Samoa   United Kingdom and Northern Ireland July 2002
Cambodia July 2002   Georgia     Malawi   San Marino   United Republic of Tanzania  
Cameroon     Germany     Maldives   Sao Tome and Principe    United States of America  
Canada July 2002   Ghana     Mali   Senegal   Uruguay  
Central African Republic  July 2002   Greece     Malta   Serbia   Uzbekistan  
Chad January 2004   Grenada     Marshall Islands   Seychelles   Vanuatu  
Chile September 2009   Guatemala     Mauritius   Sierra Leone   Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)  
Colombia November 2002   Guinea     Mexico   Slovakia   Yemen  
Comoros November 2006   Guinea-Bissau     Monaco   Slovenia   Zambia  
"A fundamental feature of the Rome Statute (Articles 12 and 13) is that the Court may only exercise jurisdiction over international crimes if
(i) its jurisdiction has been accepted by the State on the territory of which the crime was committed
[the UK, Yes, that applies here],
(ii) its jurisdiction has been accepted by the State of which the person accused is a national [Yes, that applies here],
or (iii) the situation is referred to the Prosecutor by the Security Council acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter."
(as stated by M.P. Dillon Head of the Information & Evidence Unit, Office of the ICC Prosecutor)
The ICC Prosecutor's less than honest attempt to 'wiggle out' of prosecuting Vladimir Putin.
March: In the UK – Boris Berezovsky makes a sworn statement to London's Metropolitan Police Service –
"And of course he [Litvinenko] was always worried of the security especially after, in July 2006,
Putin signed a law which allowed Russian special services without any investigation or court hearing,
to kill people who Russian authorities considered to be enemies of the Russian state.
...Moreover, he said that most probably they would try to poison us.
Today this sounds amazing but unfortunately this proved to be true, true prediction"
(source: Berezovsky 25/26 lines 9-20, verbatim quote, emphasis mine).
Putin begins his second term as Prime Minister (to 2012).
 January 19: Russian human rights attorney Stanslav Markelov is shot in the back of the head with a silenced pistol as he leaves a press conference at which he announced his intention to sue the Russian government for its early release of the Col. Yuri Budanov, who murdered his 18-year-old client in Chechnya five years earlier. Also shot and killed is Anastasia Barburova, a young journalism student who was working for Novaya Gazeta and who had studied under Anna Politkovskaya, reporting on the Budanov proceedings.
 July 15: Natalia Estemirova (51, Ната́лья Хусаи́новна Эстеми́рова), an award-winning Russian human rights activist and board member of the Russian human rights organization Memorial, is abducted from her home in Grozny, Chechnya, and shot dead in a woodland 100m away from the federal road Kavkaz near the village of Gazi-Yurt, Ingushetia. She had been investigating hundreds of cases of alleged kidnappings, torture and extrajudicial killings by Russian government troops or paramilitaries in Chechnya.
The European Union
2014 Response.
 November: Tax-lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is tortured to death in the dungeons of the Lubyanka/Лубя́нка, Moscow, for exposing serious high-level corruption among government officials.
January 19: The 8th North Caucasian Federal District is split from Southern Federal District.(Putin prepares Crimea annexation)
Death threat, see 2013
Using the crest of
Professional Football Club,
Central Sport Club of the Army,
Moscow, with a radiation symbol
in the place of a football.

Putin victim
Andrei Lugovoi sends a black T-shirt, via an associate in Moscow, as a "gift" to Boris Berezovsky with the words –
on its back, the words "CSKA Moscow Nuclear Death Is Knocking Your Door". (click each to view).
May 7: Vladimir Putin commences his second term as President (annual salary: 3.6 million roubles).
10: In London, UK – Alexander Yurevich Perepilichny (44) (Александр Юрьевич Перепиличный) is found dead after going for a jog near his home in Weybridge. He had sought refuge in Britain in 2009. Cause of death (suspected poisoning with gelsemium elegans) has never been finalised but it is alleged he ate a bowl of poisoned soup. It is alleged that in 2010 Perepilichny handed over documents to Swiss prosecutors detailing the involvement of senior Russian officials in the fraud of $220 million from the Russian Treasury through Hermitage Capital Management. The case had developed worldwide media coverage through the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. However the Swiss prosecutors have not pursued this case after examining the documents.
 March: Boris Berezovsky (a friend of Litvinenko), allegedly 'suicide' death, apparently choked to death by hanging,
but the UK Coroner found that the choke-marks on his neck were inconsistent with a hanging.
Putin victim
Bill Browder
later states in March 2015: "I completely agree with the idea that Putin’s Russia is a Mafia State. With regards to Berezovsky, it looks very suspicious that a major Putin critic somehow supposedly commits suicide and a very unusual suicide, without a note. All the questions that came up at the inquest, which was inconclusive, raise further doubts about whether he was killed or he killed himself."

orders that the deceased Sergei Magnitsky (beaten to death by eight Russian police officers) be put on trial.
March 21: The new 9th Crimean Federal District is formed after accession of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation.
A law is
passed after the annexation of Crimea which bans the use of the internet to 'undermine Russia's territorial integrity'. Among those convicted under this new law is Rafis Kashapov, a 57-year-old activist from Tatarstan, sentenced in September 2015 to three years in prison for social media posts that had questioned the legality of Russia's annexation of Crimea and highlighted human rights abuses against Crimean Tatars.
Freedom of Speech
Putin signs this law, Russia’s criminal code now includes Article 212.1, which allows repeat offenders of 'regulations on protest' to be jailed for up to five years. Amnesty International has labelled the law "draconian", while
Human Rights Watch has said it is an attempt to "criminalize public criticism."
In August:
Putin tells European Commission President José Manuel Barroso,
"If I want to, I can take Kiev (capital of Ukraine) in two weeks."
United States and European Union impose economic sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine in 2014
and by 2017 there has been little sign of a lifting of trade restrictions.
 February 27: Putin critic Boris Nemtsov (55) is shot dead outside the Kremlin. He had been preparing for an anti-Kremlin march scheduled for this Sunday 29. Nemtsov had been compiling a file of evidence about allegations that Russia’s troops are backing separatist forces in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions (Donbas), which he intended to publish in March.
Law and Order in Russia
April: Woven deeply into the Putin system is Bank Rossiya, now handling Russia's wholesale electricity market (worth c.2% of Russia's GDP), and. Founded as the tiniest of banks in the twilight of the Soviet era, Bank Rossiya, through staggering, stealthy expansion backed by the largess of the state, now has nearly $11 billion in assets. State corporations, local governments and even the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea suddenly shift their accounts to Bank Rossiya. It controls a vast financial empire with tentacles across the economy, including a large stake in the country’s most powerful private media conglomerate, a key instrument of the Kremlin’s power to shape public opinion.
In September 2000
Russia signed the
ICC Rome Statute
that founded the ICC
but has not ratified it, but
this did not hinder the ICC
from initiating an investigation concerning the conflict with Georgia, so no less
it should be with the
ICC Litvinenko criminal
case against Putin
July 8: Putin arrives in Ufa for the BRICS/SCO Summit in Bashkortostan, Russia.
July 2015, Mr Emmerson QC, for the Litvinenko family at the British judicial inquiry, backs the Metropolitan Police case that scientific evidence implicating the two Russian murder suspects (Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun) was incontrovertible. This included five locations visited by the men, but not all by Litvinenko, that all bore traces of direct contact with radioactive polonium 210 (used to poison him). Mr Emmerson suggests that the inquiry chairman, Sir Robert Owen, should conclude that there was enough proof to hold the Russian president personally responsible, for Putin had awarded a medal to Andrei Lugovoi (now a Russian MP), for services to the motherland, during the inquiry, and had refused his extradition.
• Eventually in January 2016 the UK judicial verdict by Sir Robert Owen states –
"Taking full account of all the evidence and analysis available to me,
I find that the FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr Patrushev and also by President Putin."
September 12: Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (with Cosa Nostra links) visit the Bakhchisarai Historical Cultural and Archaeological Museum-Preserve in Crimea.
The International
Criminal Court (ICC) authorizes an investigation into possible war crimes perpetrated during a conflict between Russia and Georgia.
fraternal relationship of Putin to Erdogan of Turkey, both building a populist authoritarianism, comes into focus after the attempted military coup in Turkey with Iran's official Fars News Agency claiming that Russian security services tipped off their Turkish counterparts after picking up –
"highly sensitive army exchanges and encoded radio messages
showing that the Turkish army was readying to stage a coup."
Erdogan and Putin have strong incentives to resume their interrupted 'love-in', for Russian TV reports triumphantly that the pilot of the Turkish F-16 that had shot down their Su-24 had been arrested as an anti-Erdogan coup suspect, drawing a symbolic line under that incident. Talks have also resumed on the South Stream gas pipeline project that would bring Russian gas to southern Europe via Turkey, bypassing Ukraine.
In the aftermath of the coup attempt, the strongmen of Europe’s fringe have agreed to a summit meeting in Moscow on August 6.
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
meets with
Turkish President
Tayyip Erdogan
at the Kremlin
in Moscow, Russia,
September 23, 2015.
  October. 7: Vladimir Putin plays in an ice hockey match with Night Hockey League stars at Sochi to celebrate his 63rd birthday.  
Unemployment in Russia is steady at 5.8%, meaning that 4.4m people are out of work, and real wages fell by 10%.
President Putin denies Russian troops being involved in the takeover of the Crimea – he called the heavily armed soldiers seen there in modern uniforms without insignia, dubbed "green men", a local self-defence force. But earlier this year, he had told Russian TV that he had instructed his special forces (spetsnaz) to get directly involved in the annexation.
January 8: Putin practices judo with Musa Mogushkov of Russian national judo team during a training session in Sochi, Russia.
A new
See: Putin's
Own Website
biography of Putin by Masha Gessen,
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin,
provides a compelling portrait of a man who rose without trace from being a minor KGB and St Petersburg bureaucrat to become
"the godfather of a Mafia clan",
who has amassed a personal fortune that in 2007 was estimated by one Kremlin insider to be $40 billion (£28bn).
mafia Clan
21: Official Statement by the judge Sir Robert Owen as chairman of the Litvinenko murder Inquiry.
"These findings relating to Russian state responsibility
are based on evidence which I heard in open and closed sessions of the Inquiry."
The report concludes that Mr Litvinenko's work for British intelligence agencies, his criticism of the FSB and of Mr Putin, and his association with other Russian dissidents were possible motives for his killing by the Russian state.
See: UK
Judicial Inquiry
285-page Report
and key documents
The chairman
of the judicial inquiry into the death of Litvinenko, Sir Robert Owen, states on page 240 of this report –
9.201 "My finding that Mr Litvinenko was killed at the direction of the FSB gives rise to one further issue. At what level of seniority was the plan to kill Mr Litvinenko authorised? Was Mr Patrushev, the then head of the FSB, aware of the operation? Was President Putin aware of the operation?
9.202 "A number of the witnesses who gave evidence during the open sessions of the Inquiry expressed strong views as to President Putin’s direct involvement in Mr Litvinenko’s death. It is perhaps worth recalling that the first person to make this allegation was Mr Litvinenko himself, in the deathbed statement to which I have referred above [in the report]".
The inquiry's findings are welcomed by Mr Litvinenko's widow, Marina, who said she was "very happy" that –
"the words my husband spoke on his deathbed when he accused Mr Putin have been proved by an English court".
— Be not intimidated by the past malicious behaviour of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin —
Adam Szubin, who oversees the US Treasury sanctions on Russia (after annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region), states that the Russian president Putin is corrupt and that the US government has known this for "many, many years....
We've seen him enriching his friends, his close allies, and marginalising those who he doesn't view as friends using state assets. Whether that's Russia's energy wealth, whether it's other state contracts, he directs those to whom he believes will serve him and excludes those who don't. To me, that is a picture of corruption."
Russia and Ukraine currently rank as the most corrupt states in Eastern Europe in the latest international corruption rankings released by non-governmental organization Transparency International. Transparency International began tracking corruption with rankings in 1995. Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia were at the bottom of this year's rankings while the United States ranked at number 16 out of 168.
A new
cultural centre celebrating Stalin is unveiled in the Tver region near Moscow, and local communists declare 2016 to be the Year of Stalin throughout the region. Alongside this, new staff at Perm-36, a former gulag that was turned into a museum in the Urals, have come under fire for softening the image of Communist-era repression after pressure from the regional administration. Stalin's rehabilitation in Russia comes amid Putin's shift towards authoritarianism. Some of the Soviet Union's darkest practices have made an ominous return: curtailing freedoms and consolidating his power, Putin has created a modern Russia in which dissent once again carries a high price.
22, Monday: As a UK citizen, the Rev. LE Thomas, hand-delivers legal documentation directly to staff of the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands (Den Haag, Nederland), to validate/justify the criminal prosecution of President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation for his murders in the UK of Alexander Litvinenko (2006, poisoned with polonium 210) and Boris Berzovesky (2013, choked to death and then hanged), by the agents of Russia's FSB. (See March 20)
28, Monday: Only acknowledgement of receipt received (March 1) from the ICC, but nothing more, as at this date,
. . . so it may be that the ICC Prosecutor (Fatou Bensouda) is too fearful of Putin
to proceed with the criminal charges I laid against him.
29, Tuesday: Emailed pdf received as at this date from ICC detailing that they believe that the criminal complaints lodged fall outside their jurisdiction; signed by M.P. Dillon, Head of the Information & Evidence Unit, Office of the Prosecutor; and concluding with the words –
"I hope you will appreciate that with the defined jurisdiction of the Court, many serious allegations will be beyond the reach of this institution to address. I note in this regard that the ICC is designed to complement, not replace national jurisdictions.
Thus, if you wish to pursue this matter further, you may consider raising it with appropriate national or international authorities."
... which action, of course, will not work in Russia – for obvious reasons. And at an "international" level, Russia also carries a veto in the UN Security Council, so the ICC is without excuse for not following through . . . as its al-Bashir case illustrates.

Yet in 2009
Omar al-Bashir of Sudan
was charged by the ICC
without the cooperation of
his "national" jurisdiction
on the recommendation of
the UN Security Council.


A Putin proxy
2: The "Panama Papers", an unprecedented leak of millions of papers from 4-decades of the database of Mossack Fonseca (the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm), show how the rich and powerful are able to exploit secret offshore tax regimes in myriads of ways. The offshore trail starts in Panama, darts through Russia, Switzerland and Cyprus – and includes a private ski resort where Putin’s younger daughter, Katerina, got married in 2013.
The "Panama Papers" shine a particular spotlight on Sergei Roldugin, who is Putin’s best friend. Roldugin introduced Putin to the woman he subsequently married, Lyudmila, and is godfather to Putin’s older daughter, Maria.
The 'Panama Papers'
is an investigation of
high level corruption, by
International Consortium of
Investigative Journalists,
April 5
Tuesday: Putin orders the creation of a Russian national guard and appoints Viktor Zolotov (Putin's former bodyguard and reportedly one of the president's most trusted loyalists) as commander, and appoints him onto Russia's Security Council.
Putin is
reportedly one of the richest men on the planet because he controls 20 to 200 billion dollars around the world, depending on whom you believe. True or not –
according to Transparency International's analysis it is undeniable that Russia is one of the most corrupt countries right now.
April 11,
Monday: Rev. LE Thomas sends a rebuttal of the International Criminal Court's letter of reply of 'no jurisdiction', and calls for direct action by the International Criminal Court against Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin for his orchestration of international assassinations.
Click to download pdf
copy of his rebuttal
With his
hand resting atop a copy of Russia’s constitution, as he was sworn in for his third term as president, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin had promised to "respect and protect human and civil rights and freedoms."
If the Prosecutor of the ICC continues to block the criminal charge against Putin, the next step, as demonstrated by Bill Browder of 'Hermitage Capital', is the European Union Parliament.
But in the two years since, the Russian president has overseen an accelerated crackdown on dissent and opposition, and a series of recently enacted laws have made it harder for Russians to assemble, to publish criticism on the Internet, and to carry out political or human rights advocacy, according to analysts and human rights groups. (See: July 2016)
Vladimir Putin's image-management is so well done that he can count among his fans, world celebrities such as –
F1-boss Bernie Ecclestone;  Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi;
 movie-star Steven Seagal;  actor Gerard Depardieu;
boxers Mickey Rourke;  Roy Jones Jr.; Fred Durst;
and US President Elect Donald Trump;
12: A second emailed letter is despatched to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to remind them of the legal basis and the necessity of proceeding with the prosecution against President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation (ICC reference OTP-CR-50/16/001).
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copy of this reminder!
Russian president governs an economy controlled by insiders who pay him homage and royalties in return for favours. The takeover has been rapid and, in less than one generation, Russia's oligarchs have amassed some of the biggest fortunes in the world.
Russia under President Vladimir Putin has become a kleptocracy.
May 13
In Moscow – Three senior editors are compelled to leave their jobs at RBC newspaper, apparently victims of the Kremlin’s ire for reporting too many details about the family and friends of President Vladimir V. Putin. The latest controversy erupted on Wednesday, when the paper published an article reporting that a man linked to the management of a giant Rococo palace believed to have been built for Mr. Putin along the Black Sea had been granted a concession to grow oysters and mussels nearby.
Pavlovsky, who was a key architect of the alliance of pollsters at the Levada Center and media owners that eventually brought Putin to power in 2000, states: "There is no difference for us between facts and perceptions."
The Levada Center occupies two suites of cluttered offices at the back of a former pre-revolutionary hotel not far from Red Square. Opinion polls shape official television coverage, which in turn shapes public opinion.
Accordingly, in 2014, as oil prices crumbled, Putin annexed Crimea and backed rebels in eastern Ukraine,
filling TV programming with news flashes from the front and fostering a surge of national pride.
7: In Moscow – Israel's Netanyahu meets with Putin to plan a summit between Israel and the Palestinian Authoritiy's Mahmoud Abbas, so as to take the initiative away from the US and also enhance Russia's penetration in the Midde East.
12: Хаппи День России!
27: In the US, the Washington Post reports that at a recent meeting of U.S. ambassadors from Russia and Europe in Washington, U.S. ambassadors to several European countries complained that Putin's Russian intelligence officials are constantly perpetrating acts of harassment against their diplomatic staff that range from the weird to the downright scary. Some of the intimidation has been routine: following diplomats or their family members, showing up at their social events uninvited or paying reporters to write negative stories about them. Norm Eisen, U.S. ambassador the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014, said –
"Since the return of Putin, Russia has been engaged in an increasingly aggressive gray war across Europe. Now it’s in retaliation for Western sanctions because of Ukraine.
The widely reported harassment is another front in the gray war
...They are hitting American diplomats literally where they live."
In the early morning of June 6, a uniformed Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) guard stationed outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow attacks and beats up a U.S. diplomat who is trying to enter the compound, according to four U.S. officials who were briefed on the incident.
The State Department in Washington calls in Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak to complain about the incident.
Washington Post

7: In Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin signs into law a controversial package of amendments to the country's existing counter-terrorism laws, toughening punishment for crimes connected to terrorism and extremism, but experts say that the criteria for determining what is 'terrorist' and 'extremist' are vague, meaning the authorities can interpret the terms in an unacceptably loose manner and use it to oppress dissent.
Yarovaya law (named after one of its authors: Irina A. Yarovaya) also restricts religious 'proselytizing' (evangelising) and imposes heavy fines for doing so. While the law exempts the Russian Orthodox Church, opponents point out that exemption only extends to the Moscow Patriarchate which has been associated with the Russian government since the Soviet era. The new law prohibits religious gatherings in non-registered areas, which could include private homes, and restricts promoting religion even on the Internet,
thus formally opening the door for the persecution of evangelical Christians.
The law comes into effect July 20, 2016.

This new law requires any sharing of the Christian faith – even a casual conversation – to have prior authorisation from the Russian state.

Any non-Russian citizen attending a church service will be required to have a work visa or face a fine and expulsion from Russia.

Christians in Russia
will now not be allowed
to email their friends
an invitation to church
or even to evangelize
in their own homes.
One Russian
Protestant leader says that this law "creates the basis for mass persecution" of Christians who don’t belong to the Russian Orthodox Church by making it a crime to evangelize unless they receive 'a special permit' to do so from the government.
An open
letter from the Russian Baptist Council of Churches says: The authors of the (Yarovaya) bill did not ask for the views of those "who are the most affected by the new amendments" and that the law violates –
the constitutional right to "freely to choose, hold, and disseminate religious and other beliefs... [It will] create conditions for the repression of all Christians …Any person who mentions their religious views or reflections out loud or puts them in writing, without the relevant documents, could be accused of ‘illegal missionary activity’ and subjected to a heavy fine."
Another letter,
signed by, amongst others, Sergei Ryakhovsky, head of the Protestant Churches of Russia, says –
"[It’s] the most draconian anti-religion bill to be proposed in Russia since Nikita Khrushchev promised to eliminate Christianity in the Soviet Union. For years we have watched as huge changes take place in Russia under the increasingly dictatorial rule of President Putin and his administration. Freedom of religion represents a threat to the current political agenda in Russia. Today, few – if any – foreign Christian mission groups have an official presence in Russia,
having been pushed out by anti-evangelical regulations."
Earlier this
year, Putin created a new National Guard, a super-agency directly run by the Kremlin and employing 400,000 paramilitary police and troops, as well as helicopter gunships and tanks. The new unit – a modern-day equivalent to the Roman emperors’ Praetorian Guard – is led by Putin's former personal bodyguard Viktor Zolotov and has been specifically authorized by the Duma (the principal legislative assembly) to fire on civilians in cases of 'civil unrest'.
Putin said, in February 2016, that the new unit was designed to "fight terrorism" – and in the next breath warned that Russia's "foes abroad" are preparing to "interfere" with the parliamentary elections on September 18 by organizing mass protests,
thereby labelling any political opponents as foreign-backed fifth columnists.
July 18:
Russia found guilty of deliberate doping in international sport.
This would not be possible without Putin's complicity
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) releases its report with findings that the Russian Ministry of Sport deliberately directed, controlled and oversaw the manipulation of athletes’ analytical results and sample swapping...
with the active participation and assistance of –
   •   Russia's State secret service, the Federal Security Service (FSB);
   •   the Center of Sports Preparation of National Teams of Russia (CSP);
   •   and both the Moscow and Sochi laboratories.

Vladimir Putin with
Sports Minister
Vitaly Mutko

July 27:
Putin on the contrary discredits WADA's findings and accuses the IAAF of “blatant discrimination” and of double standards, while addressing his athletes at the Kremlin before the Russian Olympic team is due to fly out to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. Putin said the absence of athletes from the world’s largest country would also diminish the competition.
Of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ decision to reject the eligibility applications of 67 of Russia’s 68-strong athletics team, Putin said, in a speech broadcast on state television, that it had
"gone beyond legal boundaries as well as beyond the point of common sense".
On Saturday August 13, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that Yuliya Stepanova’s password for WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) was illegally obtained, which has allowed a perpetrator to access her account at ADAMS. Stepanova, now in hiding in North America, had helped reveal the biggest state-backed doping program in Russia and was forced to flee the country with her husband for fear of her life. As a result of the exposure, Russia's track and field team had been banned from the Rio Olympics while all Russian competitors in other sports therefore had to prove they were clean by meeting several criteria in order to be eligible to compete in Brazil.
Vladimir Putin abruptly reshuffles several regional leaders and dismisses the ambassador to Ukraine in a substantial shake-up that also includes the removal of the country's long-time customs chief. Putin replaces four governors and appoints new presidential envoys to three of Russia's sprawling "federal districts," drawing heavily on former top security-services personnel in what analysts see as a continuation of a push to tighten his grip on power.
My most recent letter to
International Criminal Court,
9 July 2016, on the
prosecution of VV Putin
In the
United States of America – Republican front-runner for the US presidency, Donald Trump (America's first fascist leader), has promised to get along with Moscow and has heaped praise on Vladimir Putin.
In the Black Sea Region – under Putin, Russia has built a combined arms force of land, sea, air and electronic forces that NATO leaders admit is fully capable of denying access to NATO forces seeking to enter the Black Sea during any conflict.
Putin in collaboration
with Erdogan of Turkey
for joint control
of the Black Sea.

Russia has also deployed nuclear-capable weapons to the Black Sea area and is apparently building a similar network of anti-access area denial (A2/AD) capabilities against NATO in both the eastern Mediterranean around Syria and in the Caucasus.
10: Putin has the Russian FSB in Crimea claim to have repelled 'a series of attacks by armed Ukrainians in Crimea', after their loss of one Russian soldier and one FSB agent. Ukraine denies any such incidents. Putin then immediately sends military reinforcements to Crimea. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, based in Crimea, launched a three-day “anti-sabotage” exercise in the wake of the alleged Crimea incursion.
ThePutin ruse.
Following a
request from Kyiv, the UN Security Council was due to have discussed the rising tensions in Crimea during a closed-door meeting in New York on August 11.
6: Reply received from the International Criminal Court simply reiterating its previous stance concerning the prosecution of President Vladimir Putin for his foreign assassinations of critics.
September 16:
With personal approval ratings of over 80% in Russia, a stranglehold on the local media, and a pliant parliament and judiciary, Vladimir Putin's grip on power appears as strong as at any time since he took over from Boris Yeltsin a decade and a half ago.
Yet, the Russian
authorities appear to be taking no chances. Last week, Russia's Justice ministry listed their Levada centre, Russia’s only significant independent pollster, as a ‘foreign agent,’ under a controversial law on organisations that accept foreign funding. The move has been widely seen as an effort to silence the pollster, lest it exposed any embarrassing results for Mr Putin's ruling United Russia Party at Sunday's vote for parliamentary representatives. Mr Putin also maintains a stranglehold over every institution that could nominally provide checks and balances to executive power, including the judiciary, parliament, and the bulk of the national media. President Vladimir Putin's public image control has been so successful that any negative criticism is simply regarded as nothing more than American propaganda!
September 19:
Russia’s ruling party United Russia of Putin wins a record high number of seats in Sunday's Russian parliamentary election but in an election with the lowest turnout in the country’s post-Soviet history. While Putin hails the result a vote of confidence for his party at the time of the exit poll, he acknowledges the turnout projections of 40 percent were notably low. In an ominous sign for Russian democracy one of the top Twitter trends on polling day in Russia was #ЯнеГолосовал (I did not vote). The United Russia party has boosted its share of the parliamentary vote and now has about three quarters of the seats in the 450-member State Duma. United Russia alone now has enough deputies to amend the constitution on its own.
Last week would-be voters took to social media in droves to declare that the upcoming vote was “Elections without choice”.
The huge win for United Russia and the largely trouble-free vote inevitably appears to pave the way for Putin to cruise to a fourth term as president at a vote scheduled for March 2018.
Polls give Putin an approval rating of about 80 percent, the ruling United Russia party won 76 percent of seats in parliament, and his annexation of Ukraine's Crimea sealed his saviour-of-the-nation image in many Russian eyes.
In the
USA – Republican Donald Trump's son acknowledges that Trump’s companies have received large Russian investments.
Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort also worked for Ukraine’s disgraced pro-Moscow authoritarian president for almost a decade.
Two of Trump's foreign policy advisers, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Carter Page, also have close links with Russia Today (TV) and Gazprom, respectively.
The emails of the Democratic National Committee were hacked and released, by Russian intelligence
effectively ousting its chair just before the Democratic National Convention.
According to
a report by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, issued two weeks prior to Trump’s inauguration, the Russian government "aspired to help President elect Trump’s election chances when possible
by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him."
Trump Tweets to Aras Agalarov: "Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?"
8:17 pm - 18 Jun 2013
October 3:
President Vladimir Putin orders a halt to a year 2000 agreement with the United States on plutonium disposal (which they had reaffirmed in 2010) for nuclear disarmament, citing Washington’s "unfriendly actions". The Kremlin has indicated that it would only maintain the agreement if Washington lifts its sanctions and ends other policies seen as unfriendly to Moscow. This US-Russian Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement obliges Moscow and Washington to dispose of no less than 34 tonnes of weapon-grade plutonium by irradiating it or transforming it into so-called MOX (mixed oxide) fuel.
October 10:
In Istanbul, Turkey – President Putin and President Erdogan of Turkey sign an oil pipeline agreement for the 'Turkish Stream' export of Russian oil which will run under the Black Sea to Turkey and then to the Greek border, allowing Russian gas to reach Western markets without using Russia’s existing export pipelines through Eastern Europe.
October 21:
President Putin calls Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to congratulate him on his birthday.
Johnson, the British Foreign Secretary, says Russia may have committed war crimes in Syria by bombing a UN aid convoy, and accused President Putin of not only "handing the revolver" (supplying weapons) to the Assad regime, but also "helping to pull the trigger".
Also in the
UK – Sir John Sawers, former MI6 (military intelligence) chief, states that the West needed to recognise the balance of power had changed in the world because Russia and China had become more powerful than they were in the past, saying –
"We are moving into an era that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as [than] the cold war, because we do not have that focus on a strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington", and concerning the worsening crisis in Syria
that it is a direct result of Britain's decision "not to engage" in the civil war back in 2013.
"We vacated the theatre and the Russians have moved in. ...It certainly was a mistake.
Chemical weapons were being used against civilians in Damascus by their own regime."
Sir Anthony
Brenton, ex-British Ambassador to Moscow warns, "Having dealt with Russia for more than 20 years in the Foreign Office and served as British Ambassador to Russia between 2004 and 2008, we are in the most dangerous situation in our relations I have ever seen.
In Russia all the talk is of a second Cold War, with active preparations for fighting a hot war if necessary."
November 14:
President Putin phones Donald Trump, president elect in the US, to begin negotiations over how best to tackle terrorism.
(Putin and Trump's phone call also comes as U.S. internet companies including Facebook Inc and Amazon Inc have sent the president-elect a detailed list of their policy priorities. These include promoting strong encryption, immigration reform and maintaining liability protections from content that users share on their platforms.)
Necessary Nuclear
Attack Precautions

has developed a new intercontinental nuclear missile (officially known as RS-28 Sarmat) which, experts claim, make the American atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like "popguns".
It has the capacity to destroy an area the size of France in Europe, or of the State of Texas in the US.
Russia also moves its nuclear-capable Iskander surface-to-surface missiles to its Kaliningrad enclave at the southeastern end of the Baltic Sea, with implications for all of north-eastern Europe.
In addition,
Russia has developed a new military tank the T-14 Armata which far outstrips Western tanks in design and technology (faster, lighter, and can self-load ammunition). Russia’s superior arsenal of 2,500 active tanks is now backed by a reserve force of 12,500 more,
and it has plans to produce 120 Armatas annually from 2018.
After Trump's election win in the USA, knowing his compliance on several key issues such as reducing US involvement in NATO, and reduction of its involvement in the Middle East, Putin begins planning a strategy to disrupt world oil supplies, to escalate the price of oil, and make Europe more dependant on Russian oil supplies.
Some American compatriots in Washington foolishly believe that this, as a military conflict (war), could help provide a way out of the financial crisis of the international banks.
See: Oil Price News
A brilliant production
in Slovenia!
November 15:
In its annual publication World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency (IEA) details expectations for global energy trends, warning that the recent low price of oil (which has hurt the Russian economy) could have serious ramifications within years in deterring development and investment in new oil fields, thereby escalating the international oil price by 2020. It says that if countries do not implement new green policies, a barrel of Brent crude could even rise to $150 by 2040, whereas a huge investment in renewables could see it limited to $80.
So Putin's plans to limit supply by disrupting world oil supply routes, in order to force a higher price, may be abandoned.
1: In Moscow – Putin delivers his 13th 70-minute address to the Federal Assembly as President of the Russian Federation, focused primarily on domestic matters – the economy and social issues in particular – with only about seven minutes dedicated to foreign policy issues. He states that
"US-Russia cooperation is in the interests of the entire world. We bear common responsibility in providing international security and stability. …We count on the United States to cooperate against a real and not an imagined threat – international terrorism".
December 26:
In Moscow – Ex-KGB/FSB General Oleg Erovinkin, who had helped Christopher Steele (52) put together the Russian dossier on America's Donald Trump is now found dead in his car. At the time of Erovinkin's death, Russian state-run RIA Novosti news agency says his body was found in a black Lexus and that a 'major investigation' is underway in the area.
His body is sent to the morgue, which returns no cause of death, and the 'investigation continues'.
Putin victim
to the dossier, one source (Sevastyan Kaptsugovich/Seva Kapsovich) even claimed that 'the Trump operation was both supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin' with the aim to 'sow discord' . The report claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself had endorsed moves in order to encourage 'splits and divisions' in the West. The dossier was handed over to the FBI in August although the information was also passed from the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to John McCain through an intermediary.
Steele is now in hiding.
He runs London-based
Orbis Business Intelligence,
a private security firm.
December 29:
President Vladimir Putin announces that Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government have signed a number of documents including a ceasefire deal that will take effect at midnight on the night of December 29-30. Speaking at the meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Putin said that three documents open the way for solving the Syria crisis.
December 30:
In retaliation for the US Obama administration's expelling of 35 Russian diplomats, allegedly complicit in the Russian hacking of the Democratic Party emails during the American election, Putin closes down the U.S. embassy's vacation house in Serebryany Bor near Moscow, and the American K-12 school in Moscow chartered by the American, Canadian and British embassies in Moscow, which has about 1,250 students from 60 countries, and is currently on winter break.
Donald Trump (US president elect) expresses his appreciation that Putin did not respond tit-for-tat concerning American diplomats.
December 31:
Russian state polls show Putin's approval rating at nearly 87 percent — the highest it’s been all year, and only three points off his all-time record. Despite Russia’s financial crisis and controversy abroad,
the Russian president continues to be personally the most trusted public official in the country.
Putin reportedly
only drinks Evian water
Putin (63) has become romanticly involved with (Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife) Wendi Deng (47)
A dossier
on alleged secret contacts (dating from 20 June to 20 October 2016) between the Trump campaign and Moscow, and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself, is given to US Senator John McCain who passes it to the American FBI director James Comey. One report included, dated June 2016, alleges that the Kremlin has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years, with the aim of encouraging "splits and divisions in western alliance". The dossier was assembled by respected former British spy Christopher Steele concerning Trump's frolics with prostitutes in Moscow, his real estate deals that were intended as bribes, and his coordination with Russian intelligence of the hacking of Democrats.
Christopher Steele has now gone into hiding out of fear of Putin's revenge.
December 2016, President Barack Obama announces that America will take the two Russian diplomatic compounds in the US and kick out 35 Russian diplomats, because they were involved in spying and interfering in the 2016 US election.
the Report by the US
Intelligence Community
Russian state bodies send the U.S. search engine Google over 13,200 requests to remove content between the last day of 2015 and the first day of 2017, according to Google’s new transparency report. The largest surge in Russian state requests came in the latter half of 2016.
The majority of the removals — nearly 12,000 — took issue with content on YouTube.
January 6:
The American NSA, CIA and FBI issue a combined report that Russian president Vladimir Putin interfered in the US presidential election to aid Donald Trump.
"We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.
We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump"
In the
USA – President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is shown to have directed a vast cyberattack aimed at denying Hillary Clinton the presidency and installing Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office, the top American intelligence agencies state in an extraordinary report they deliver to Mr. Trump. Soon after leaving the meeting with Trump, intelligence officials release the declassified, damning report which describes the sophisticated cybercampaign as part of a continuing Russian effort to weaken the United States government and its democratic institutions.
The declassified report describes in detail the efforts of Mr. Putin and his security services, including the creation of the online Guccifer 2.0 persona and to release information (gained from the hacks) to the public. The cyber attacks had begun July 2015, when Russian intelligence operatives first gained access to the Democratic National Committee’s networks. Russia maintained that access for 11 months, until "at least June 2016," the report concludes, leaving open the possibility that Russian cyberattackers may have had access even after the firm CrowdStrike believed that it had kicked them off the networks.
January 9:

Radio Liberty Report
In the USA – The Treasury Department announces financial sanctions and visa bans under a law punishing those that Washington deems complicit in the death of whistle-blowing Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and other abuses, including powerful senior law-enforcement official Aleksandr Bastrykin and lawmaker Andrei Lugovoi, who has been accused in Britain in the poisoning of Kremlin critic Aleksandr Litvinenko.
Bastrykin is the head of the federal Investigative Committee, the Russian analogue to the FBI that has directed numerous politically charged criminal cases against opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
invites the incoming US Trump administration to Syrian peace talks it is sponsoring later this month with Turkey and Iran, part of a process from which the Obama administration pointedly had been excluded.
January 26:
British Prime Minister Theresa May uses a major speech in the US to warn Donald Trump and his Republican party to "beware" of Vladimir Putin.
January 28:
Russian President Vladimir Putin has a long telephone discussion with newly elected American President Donald Trump concerning international issues. Russia is modernizing its own nuclear strike capability, which Putin says would enable it to overpower any missile defences the United States is developing. Russia, he said, "will be stronger than any aggressor." Donald Trump has told Vladimir Putin he does not want to renew a 2010 arms control treaty that limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons the US and Russia can deploy. The New START treaty set limits on both countries’ deployed strategic warheads to no more than 1,550 each.
It does not limit non-deployed warheads.
Nuclear Position
February 5:
Military training
Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares his military forces, gigantic infantry and tank exercises, serving as a warning shot at the West. The show of military force is part of the army’s efforts to nail the Suvorov Attack army competition, the Russian Pacific Fleet’s naval infantry unit exercises.
The competition
will be joined by five countries: Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela and Kazakhstan. It is scheduled to take place in the middle of 2017.
The Russian naval infantry show of fighting prowess may serve as a warning to Britain as tensions are on the rise on both sides.
February 2:
In Moscow, Open Russia Foundation activist, and Putin critic, Vladimir Kara-Murza (35) is hospitalised with apparent kidney failure in connection with poisoning. The family has sent blood samples to specialists in Israel and France,
hoping that the poison that is allegedly inside his body can be identified.
Putin victim
February 7:
Vladimir Putin signs into law an amendment that decriminalises domestic violence. The amendment has elicited anger from critics who say that it sends the wrong message in a country where, according to some estimates, one woman dies every 40 minutes from domestic abuse. From now on, beatings of spouses or children that result in bruising or bleeding but not broken bones are punishable by a maximum of 15 days in prison or a fine, if they do not happen more than once a year.
Previously, they carried a maximum jail sentence of two years.
February 28:
President Vladimir Putin wraps up a three-nation tour of Central Asia with a visit to Kyrgyzstan, where he touts a Russian air base as a key to stability in the region. Putin traveled to Kyrgyzstan after visits on February 27 to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, two other former Soviet republics in Central Asia. All three are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO),
a Moscow-dominated military and security grouping.
Putin said in Dushanbe that he and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon had agreed to jointly bolster security on Tajikistan's border with war-torn Afghanistan
approves a proposal of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, concerning 1.6 million middle class Muscovite homeowners, to demolish their Soviet-era apartment buildings and replace them with modern high-rises. Moscow authorities say the old buildings are beyond repair and that this massive urban relocation will bring much-needed improvements to city housing. But to thousands of residents the plan amounts to a violation of their rights to own property and their right to choose where to live. With the mayor’s office, city and federal legislatures, and the courts all in the hands of Putin loyalists, opponents feel powerless to stop the demolition of their personal homes.
Lawmakers on Friday June 9 amended the law to allow residents to choose cash payments instead of new homes, but the opponents do not trust officials to value their homes fairly. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has added guarantees that the new apartments will be in the same neighborhood, but opponents see the plan as a trick to move residents from central neighborhoods to distant peripheries.
The legislators said the program, which will take 15 to 20 years to complete, will start with buildings in the worst condition.
Many opponents plan to join a nationwide protest Monday June 12, called by anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny.
They’ve held street protests that have brought out thousands. They’ve used social media to organize a campaign to keep their homes and have bombarded lawmakers with letters. A crowd of them locked arms and chanted "Shame!" outside Russia’s lower house of parliament Friday June 9 as lawmakers gave preliminary approval to the project. JUne 12 is a public holiday in Russia.
March 6:
the International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds its first hearings in a suit Ukraine has brought against Russia. The opposing parties will initially each get four days of divided hearings at this highest international court. The Ukrainian government is accusing Russia of violating the Terrorist Financing Treaty through its support of "illegally armed groups" in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic. Russia currently denies this.
March 13:
The Russian government approves a Bill which incorporates some military units of the Republic of South Ossetia into the Russian Armed Forces. Putin signs the Bill into law on Tuesday 14 March. South Ossetia is set to elaborate documentation on restructuring its armed forces within three months after the agreement enters in force. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia, as well as of Abkhazia, following a five-day war that broke out after Georgia's military operation against the breakaway republics, in 2008.
March 23:
In Kiev, Ukraine – Denis Voronenkov a critic of Putin is shot dead. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls the shooting of Denis Voronenkov (deputy in the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, from 2011 until an election in September 2016, and a former Russian Communist Party member who began sharply criticizing Putin after fleeing Russia in 2016)
an "act of state terrorism by Russia."
The killing could have far-reaching consequences for Ukraine, which is locked in a three-year conflict with Russia-backed militants in its eastern regions that has cost the lives of more than 9,900 people.
A munitions
depot near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv catches fire and is rocked by a series of explosions in a huge conflagration that the authorities have blamed on "sabotage," prompting the evacuation of thousands of people living nearby. President Petro Poroshenko points the finger at Russia, saying it was "no accident" that it occurred on the same day that a former Russian lawmaker who has criticized Russia's government is shot dead in Kyiv.
March 26:
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (40) of the anti-corruption Progress Party leads street protests in Moscow, leading to hundreds of arrests across the nation, including that of Navalny himself. Navalny had called for the protest march late last week after saying that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of the ruling United Russia party has taken millions in bribes from local oligarchs, garnering big ticket items like real estate and yachts.
Despite the protest initially sparking from these allegations against Medvedev, protesters chant "Down with Putin" instead. Some in St. Petersburg call for both men to be jailed referring to them as the new 'Tsars' of Russia. One protester mounted the base of a famous statue of poet Aleksandr Pushkin and raised a placard with "Putin 666." He is swiftly detained.
Alexei Navalny is detained for 15 days (four people to a cell). He is released on Monday, April 10 and meets with reporters from DER SPIEGEL one day later for an interview at the offices of his Anti-Corruption Foundation in a Moscow business centre. Navalny's spirits are high and he comes across as combative. He was still planning to travel to other parts of Russia to promote his potential candidacy for the presidency in 2018. He has called for further national protests to be held on June 12, 2017.
from May 2017, four RAF Typhoons are being sent by Britain to Romania to help police the Black Sea and provide reassurance to countries worried about Russia's imperial ambitions and military activity in the area, to be based at Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase in southeastern Romania and to patrol the Black Sea alongside local jets. RAF Typhoons have also contributed to NATO's mission over Baltic countries since the start of the Crimea crisis in 2014, flying missions out of Estonia and Lithuania. UK and NATO aircraft intercepted unidentified Russian planes more than 400 times in 2014 alone. British troops were also recently sent to Estonia as part of a NATO operation, with the defence secretary saying it was
another measure to counter an "increasingly assertive Russia".
looms large over France's presidential election, with candidates on the hard left, right and far right all promising to improve ties with the Kremlin, accused by some of meddling in the vote.
power has come at enormous cost – Russia’s population is shrinking, its life expectancy is falling, and its economy is in the midst of a prolonged recession – but ordinary Russians don’t seem to care.
Seventeen years after Putin became Russia’s president, there’s no sign of if, or when, the Putin era will come to a close.
The Russian
budget deficit has soared, access to foreign credit has plummeted, and reserves are dwindling at an alarming rate. Russia’s economic growth lags behind even that of the Brezhnev regime, infamously known as the “era of stagnation.” Despite Putin’s annual promises of developing the high-tech industry, technological backwardness relative to the West has reached its widest gap. No wonder – the Kremlin reportedly spent more on the World Cup than on funding university laboratories. Putin distracts the public from these issues by touting the restoration of Russia’s global power through its engagement in the Ukraine and Syria. One of the cornerstones of Putin’s power is the armed forces, and his modernization of the Russian military unquestionably contributed to any political gains he has achieved. But upgrading the military has been costly. Putin accomplished his buildup of the military at the expense of social services. Pensions have been cut, hospitals and clinics have closed, government pay has been in arrears, and
improvements to dilapidated infrastructure have been scrapped.
In Nicaragua
– Russia constructs a satellite station in Managua, alongside Laguna de Nejapa, for GLONASS (the Russian equivalent of the GPS tracking system). It is likely that the base will also serve Russian espionage purposes, as Putin attempts to restore the international status of Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.
April 15:
This day is celebrated as Electronic Warfare (EW) Specialist Day in Russia. (on April 15, 1904, when a squadron of Japanese warships was shelling the inner harbor of Port Arthur, radio stations of the Russian battleship Pobeda and the coastal post Zolotaya Gora caused interference to the enemy’s radio communications to seriously impair the transmission of telegrams by hostile fire-control vessels.)
This technology is in active development today and new systems are designed for warfare on the ground, in the air and at sea. Last year, the Russian Army started testing integral parts of a ground-based electronic warfare system capable of defending troops and civil facilities against aerospace attacks. An electronic warfare system is a major element of the military organization of a state and an integral part of all armed conflicts of the past few years and has proven its efficiency in the Russian air task force’s operation in Syria.
April 20:
In the Primorsky region of the Russian Federation – Putin sends reinforcements to the area bordering North Korea in the light of rising tensions between it and the United States, and the possibility of their President Trump's threats to North Korea leading into war.
Russia's naval port of Vladivostok – where Russia has huge military forces – is fewer than 100 miles from North Korea.
April 28:
In the USA –In a letter to Carter Page, a former Trump foreign policy adviser, the Republican and Democratic leadership of the Senate intelligence committee ask him to attend a closed hearing and provide a list of documents on any dealings with "any Russian official or representative of Russian business interests" between June 2015 and January this year.
Putin's front-man
Medvedev has managed to obtain a number of luxury properties, registered under various charitable foundations –
from a 3,000 square-meter (32,300 square-foot) villa on posh Rublyovka Street in Moscow to a winery in Tuscany.
Kremlin has quadrupled its spending on media activities abroad in its latest federal budget, and since half its projected expenditures are labeled confidential, Moscow may well be devoting hundreds of millions more to the cause of influencing national elections in the EU. Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia's legislature and a top political strategist, has been stumping across the European Union this campaign season, meeting with representatives of nationalist parties such as Alternative for Germany. And now Moscow has turned its focus toward France as the country gears up for two months of presidential and legislative elections. For the Kremlin, the stakes are high in the French elections. Moscow sees France as a potential counterweight not only against Germany in the European Union, but also against the United States in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
France, moreover, is critical to the negotiations over the conflict in eastern Ukraine as one of four members of the so-called Normandy Group. The run-up to the elections offers the Russian government a chance to either help usher a more sympathetic figure into power in Paris or to create enough chaos to keep France focused on its own problems for the near future. Macron claims that Russia has discredited his campaign by spreading conspiracy theories on social media about his finances and his private life. Sputnik sparked rumors about Macron's sexuality and circulated stories that he was a U.S. agent. And in February, the head of Macron's campaign blamed the Russian government for cyber attacks against its computer networks. The En Marche! founder and former economy minister supports the European Union and has urged the bloc to take a hard line on Russia for meddling in European elections.
European Strategy
May 5:
In France – The campaign team of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (39) says it has been the victim of a "massive hacking attack" after a trove of documents was released online. Vitali Kremez, director of research with New York-based cyber intelligence firm Flashpoint, states that his review indicated that APT 28, a group tied to the GRU (ГРУ ГШ), the Russian military intelligence directorate, is behind the leak. Former Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon wrote on Twitter —
"Putin is waging war against Western democracies and our President (Trump) is on the wrong side" .
The former French economy minister in Macron's team complained about attempts to hack its systems during a fraught campaign, blaming Russian interests in part for the cyber attacks.
French election
strategy against Macron
June 12:
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is detained by Russian police en route to a political protest in Moscow, his wife Yulia Navalnaya writes on his Twitter account, posting a photo of him getting into a police car.
July 7:
President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying "it's an honor to be with you" as the two leaders addressed the media. The cordial words came ahead of a meeting that is likely to overshadow the larger G-20 meeting of industrialized nations taking place in Hamburg, Germany.
Alexei Navalny is released after 25 days in prison.
July 30:
In an interview aired by Vesti TV Putin states that the US must cut its diplomatic staff to 455 by September 1 and stop their activity in the Russian Federation in retaliation for the new sanctions against Russia approved by Congress. The U.S. has roughly 1,210 staff across its embassy in Moscow and consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.
A 2013 State Department inspector general's report said that 934 staff members are “locally employed” Russians
Putin expels
US diplomatic staff!
vice-president Mike Pence discusses the possibility of deploying the American Patriot anti-missile defence system in Estonia,
one of three NATO Baltic states worried by Russian expansionism.
1: The Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, publishes aerial footage of a hidden island mansion near the Finnish border allegedly used by Vladimir Putin as a holiday retreat. The mansion, known as Villa Segren, is located on a picturesque 50-acre site on and around Lodochny island in the Gulf of Finland.
It was used as the backdrop for a Soviet TV adaptation of Sherlock Holmes filmed in the 1980s.
The land the property was built on is rented from Sergei Rudnov, a businessman, according to Navalny. Rudnov is the son of a friend of Putin’s, and also worked for the Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin, who has known Putin for years and was linked in documents leaked in the Panama Papers to offshore companies with cash flows of up to £1.4bn (US$1.8 billion).
Navalny’s anti-corruption investigations have targeted a string of high-profile Russian officials, as the opposition figurehead continues to campaign to be allowed to run in presidential elections scheduled for next year.
foreign ministry summons a U.S. diplomat in Moscow (Anthony F. Godfrey) to hand him a note of protest over US plans to conduct searches in Russia's trade mission complex in Washington, which should soon be closed. The ministry calls the planned "illegal inspection" of Russian diplomatic housing an "unprecedented aggressive action", which could be used by the U.S. special services for "anti- Russian provocations" by the way of "planting compromised items".
Putin has also
described the American military missile strike against the Syrian airbase from which the April 4 poison gas attack was launched as – "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law".
9: President Putin publishes a decree (still to be ratified by parliament) to allow foreign nationals to serve in Russian military "counter-terrorism and peacekeeping missions", including Syria, where an increasing number of Russian military service members are currently stationed. This legal amendment provides regulation for the foreign nationals who participate in Russia's Syria campaign.
To allow foreign nationals to
serve in Russia's military
In South Africa – Its President Zuma reshuffles his cabinet after a visit by a high-level delegation of four from Russia (via Maputo, Mozambique) to help secure a contract with Russia for a multi-billion dollar nuclear power deal. As a consequence David Mahlobo (who did a three week training course in Russia in 2014) is now appointed as its Energy Minister.
David Mahlobo and George Molotsi had met with the Russian delegation on Monday 16 October.
On Monday October 23 (after the above is made known by the media) the Russia ambassador emphatically denies any Russian involvement. So of course, it was just coincidence that –
   (1) the South African cabinet reshuffle occurred the day after 4 Russian officials arrived in the country, just coincidence that
   (2) the government's new cabinet minister of Energy is the one that had been sent on a 3-week training course in Russia in 2014; and also coincidence that –
   (3) Russia is seeking nuclear energy business for its companies.
Russia influences
South African
Cabinet reshuffle,
which it denies.
President Vladimir Putin launches one of his most stinging critiques of U.S. foreign policy, listing what he calls some of the biggest betrayals in US-Russia relations. He declines to say if he would run for a fourth presidential term in an election set for March, though he is expected to stand after dominating Russian politics for 18 years. Instead, he uses a high-profile televised discussion with foreign academics in southern Russia to reach back to what he regards as the darkest days of US-Russia relations.
November 9:
President Vladimir Putin suggests that a recent flurry of Russian sports doping allegations could be an American attempt to interfere in next year's Russian presidential election. Putin notes that international sports organizations have a complex skein of "relationships and dependencies." He said "and the controlling stake is in the United States," where sponsors and television broadcasters are concentrated. "In response to our alleged interference in their elections,
they want to create problems during the election of the president of Russia," he said.
In Hungary
, a nation of about 10 million people east of Austria, west of Ukraine, and north of the Balkans, Putin’s soul-mate is the prime minister, Viktor Orban. Last month Hungary hosted a unique conference for persecuted Christians. Orban opened the conference by scolding Europe for, "denying its Christian roots" and for allowing in "dangerous extremists." The billionaire George Soros, once a supporter of Orban, is now identified publicly and ubiquitously as his number one enemy. In a recent public statement Orban called the world’s biggest philanthropist "Satan," claiming that
the developer of one of the best Hungarian universities wants to destroy Europe by letting in 'Muslim' immigrants.
Hungary is the only country in Europe where several far-right parties compete with the ruling party to see who can use the most hateful speech about foreigners.

Very misleading for 25% of Syrian refugees classify themselves as Christian.
Mr. PutinWe Are
Watching YOU!
President Vladimir Putin has an agency located at 55 Savushkina Street, St Petersburg, Russia
called Internet Research (Location latitude: 59.8944, longitude: 30.2642)
set up to monitor any criticism of himself, such as from this website, to then track that critic,
and to assemble information to completely discredit that critic.
See: Detailed List of at least FORTY ASSASSINATIONS directly implicating Vladimir Putin
Just a sampling:
(of those eliminated
by various means)
Killed Killed Arrested
Galina Starovoitova (Nov. 20, 1998) Yuri Skuratov (Mar. 17, 1999) Mikhail Trepashkin (Oct. 22, 2003)
Ibn al-Khattab (Mar. 20, 2002) Yuri Shchekochikhin (Jul. 3, 2003) Mikhail Khodorkovsky (Oct. 25, 2003)
Sergei Yushenkov (Apr. 17, 2003) Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev (Feb. 13, 2004) Paul Joyal (Mar. 1, 2007)
Paul Klebnikov (Jul. 9, 2004) Nikolai Girenko (Jun. 19, 2004) Alexei Navalny (Jul. 15, 2013)
Viktor Yushchenko (Sept. 5, 2004) Andrei Kozlov (Sept. 14, 2006) Sergei Udaltsov (Dec. 15, 2012)
Alexander Litvinenko (Nov. 23, 2006) Anna Politkovskaya (Oct. 7, 2006) Leonid Razvozzhaev (Jul. 24, 2014)
Daniel McGrory (Feb. 20, 2007) Ivan Safronov (Mar. 2, 2007) Mikhail Kosenko (Jun. 8, 2012)
Oleg Gordievsky (Nov. 2, 2007) Oleg Zhukovsky (Dec. 2007) Pussy Riot (August 2012)
Stanislav Markelov (Jan. 19, 2009) Natalia Estemirova (Jul. 14, 2009) Vladimir Yevtushenkov (Sept. 2015)
Sergei Magnitsky (Nov. 16, 2009) Anatoly Sobchak (Feb. 20, 2010)  
Sergei Tretyakov (Jun. 13, 2010) Alexander Perepilichny (Nov. 10, 2012)  
Boris Berezovsky (Mar. 23, 2013) Boris Nemtsov (Feb. 27, 2015)  
Christophe de Margerie (Oct. 20, 2014) Vladimir Kara-Murza (May 2015)  
Mikhail Lesin (Nov. 5, 2015) Igor Sergun (Jan. 4, 2016)  
Pavel Sheremet (July 20, 2016) Aleksandr Poteyev (July 2016)  
The revelation of Russian contacts with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson comes as the Observer investigation into Russian influence in British politics places him in a web of relationships between a known Russian spy, Sergey Nalobin (expelled from Britain in 2015), and Matthew Elliott, the chief executive of Vote Leave (Brexit), the official Leave campaign headed by Johnson.
"Their first inquiry should focus on possible Russian meddling in the EU referendum.
People need to know if Russian roubles played any part in securing the small majority for Brexit on 23 June 2016."
(Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Brexit)
engineering Russia’s pact with the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to curb supplies a year ago, President Putin has since emerged as the group’s most influential player. As one senior OPEC official put it on condition of anonymity, the Russian leader is now "calling all the shots." The Kremlin’s growing sway within the oil cartel reflects a foreign policy that’s designed to counter U.S. influence across the globe through a wide mix of economic, diplomatic, military and intelligence measures.
That strategy, which is undergirded by Russia’s vast natural-resource wealth, appears to be working.
In Vienna –
the strength of Putin’s position will be in the spotlight on November 30, when OPEC’s 14 members, including Iran, Iraq, Nigeria and Venezuela, host nominally independent producers such as Russia and Mexico to discuss whether to extend the cuts past March. At stake is the economic and political health of all states involved, including Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet republics that Putin brought into the deal. Participants in the accord collectively pump 60 percent of the world’s oil.
Putin’s comments, the Kremlin has been sending mixed signals, in part to placate domestic oil barons like state-run Rosneft PJSC chief Igor Sechin and Lukoil PJSC billionaire Vagit Alekperov. But it’s also trying to keep oil prices from rising enough to spur shale companies to drill even more in the U.S., which expects domestic production to reach a record 10 million barrels a day next year,
a level exceeded only by Saudi Arabia and Russia.
December 5:
Putin announces that he will run for a fourth six-year term as president of the Russian Federation, in March 2018.
President Vladimir Putin (65) pledges to bolster incomes as he effectively kicks off his election campaign for a fourth term by assuring Russians that their economy is rebounding after the worst recession in two decades.
"Today, there are clear signs of recovery in the economy," Putin said at his annual press conference in Moscow, as he declares that domestic issues such as health, education, infrastructure and living standards will be his electoral priorities.
"Without any doubt, everything must be directed toward increasing citizens’ incomes."
President Vladimir Putin phones U.S. president Trump to thank him for the intelligence tip-off of a planned terror attack on Kazansky cathedral in St Petersburg. The U.S. warning allowed Russian law enforcement agencies to arrest the suspects before they could carry out their plans, the White House and Kremlin said.
In Moscow – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, claims that there is abundant evidence of Russian interference in European and American elections, which Lavrov denied, claiming there had been no Russian attempts to derail the British democratic process via cyber hacking. Mr Lavrov criticised Britain for cutting off ties with the FSB security agency over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in London, complaining that UK authorities had refused to hand over information in the case.
submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command. The apparent Russian focus on the cables, which provide Internet and other communications connections to North America and Europe, could give the Kremlin the power to sever or tap into vital data lines. Russian submarine activity has increased to levels unseen since the Cold War, sparking hunts recently for the elusive watercraft.
A recent upsurge is Russian warships in UK waters results in Portsmouth-based HMS St Albans being sent to shadow the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the North Sea.
Kremlin bars Aleksei A. Navalny, a Russian anticorruption activist, from running for president in March 2018. Then the following day, threatens legal action, it warns him against organizing a boycott of the election. The boycott warning came from Mr. Putin’s spokesman, and was issued the same day the president, who has been in power for almost 18 years, was formally nominated to seek a fourth term.
Over the past few years, Russian sea units have popped up all over the borders of Britain’s territorial waters. In January, three RAF Typhoon fighter jets and a British warship escorted a Russian aircraft carrier and other ships up the English Channel. In June 2016, the Royal Navy intercepted a Russian Kilo-class submarine, capable of carrying cruise missiles and torpedoes, after detecting it in the North Sea. Earlier this month, Britain’s most senior military officer also warned that –
Russia is posing a threat to undersea communications and internet cables.
US State Secretary Rex Tillerson calls Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the future. In addition to North Korea and Ukraine, the two diplomats discussed options on moving the stalled political process on Syria and the Moscow-proposed Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi.
A huge explosion rocks a busy supermarket in St Petersburg, leaving at least 10 people injured. The blast happens in the Perekrestok supermarket in the northwest of the city, and shoppers flee in panic as emergency crews descend on the scene. It is thought a bomb packed with shrapnel exploded in a storage locker, and authorities are treating the explosion as a deliberate attempt to kill. One person is believed to be in a serious condition, while a further three were taken to hospital. Six more were treated at the scene, emergency service sources told Russian media.
It comes days after a foiled terror plot to target the city led to large quantities of explosives being seized.
See: December 17.
In spite of
United Nations sanctions, Russian tankers supply fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions (in October and November 2017) by transferring cargoes at sea, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state, but Russia's Foreign Ministry and the Russian Customs Service both decline to comment.
ship-to-ship transfers
of petrochemicals to
North Korean vessels
January: Russia’s attempts to influence British democracy and the potential vulnerability of parts of the UK political system to anti-democratic meddling during the EU referendum have been detailed in a report prepared by the US Senate. The report by Democrats on the Senate foreign relations committee, titled Putin’s asymmetric assault on democracy in Russia and Europe: implications for US national security, pinpoints the way in which UK campaign finance laws do not require disclosure of political donations if they are from "the beneficial owners of non-British companies that are incorporated in the EU and carry out business in the UK". This opacity, the report suggests, "may have enabled Russian-related money to be directed with insufficient scrutiny to various UK political actors". "Investigative journalists have also raised questions about the sources of sudden and possibly illicit wealth that may have been directed to support the Brexit ‘Leave’ campaign.” The UK Electoral Commission has already launched an investigation into the issue. The senators point out that Ukip and its then-leader, Nigel Farage, did not just fan anti-EU sentiment but also "criticised European sanctions on Russia, and provided flattering assessments of Russian President Putin".
Russian President Vladimir Putin praises North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un as a "mature politician" with a formidable arsenal,
but also urges him to defuse international tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear programme.
"I believe Mr Kim Jong-Un has won this round," Putin tells Russian journalists. "He has achieved his strategic task – he has a nuclear warhead, and a global-range missile with a range of up to 13,000 kilometres (8,000 miles), which can now reach practically any point of the globe, at any rate any point on the territory of its potential enemy."
With Alexei Navalny disqualified, long-time reformer (65, Jewish liberal economist) Grigory Yavlinsky is the most well-known figure running against re-election of Russian leader Putin.
Please note that
the Bible instructs us all —
"If one is burdened with the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death;
let no one help him.

Proverbs 28:17.
International Criminal Court
International Criminal Court
See: Crime and Its Punishment (explaining why we must deal with Mr Putin)
More than 20 million Russians (about 15% of the population), are now living below the poverty line.
In 2013, 10% of the population fell under this category. They cannot afford more economic sanctions. They need a new leader.
The percentage of Russians who had any savings fell from 72 percent in 2013 to 27 percent in 2016, according to a year-end analysis published on
For the first time in seven years, Russians are spending more than half their money on groceries.
Please...  pray  for  them
See also: The Russian Mafia/Bratva

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