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  •  Way to encourage high tech in Russia Vlad. (6+ / 0-)
    •  Sounds like he's frustrated that his propaganda (10+ / 0-)

      network can't properly function with lots of grassroots people constantly fact-checking him on the internet.

      All the videos and photos popping up from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, showing that the pro-Russian/Separatists there aren't just a bunch of peaceful, spontaneous citizens are probably pissing him off badly.

      It's hard to run a good, old-school Spetznaz op when people have access to info, after all.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:49:17 AM PDT

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      •  Yep....China has the same (4+ / 0-)
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        does Obama!!

      •  Spelling police: It's spetsnaz. In Russian "ts" (2+ / 0-)
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        is a single letter.

      •  Is Time in Putin's pocket? (0+ / 0-)
        Exclusive: Meet the Pro-Russian Separatists of Eastern Ukraine
        April 23, 2014
        Spend a few days riding around the separatist badlands of eastern Ukraine, and you’d have a good chance of running into Alexander Mozhaev, the fighter suspected of being a Russian government operative. He’s hard to miss, and not just because photographs of him — or claiming to be of him — have been made available by the Ukrainian government in recent days. His beard, which juts out of his face like a spade, has made him something of a mascot for the local separatists.

        Perhaps aptly, Mozhaev’s nickname among them is Babay, the Russian word for bogeyman, which is exactly what the Ukrainian government has tried to make him. Over the past week, authorities in Kiev have released photographs that purport to prove that Mozhaev is an agent of the Russian military intelligence service known as GRU, and they have shared that information with senior Western diplomats and some reporters. This claim has been at the center of their narrative that Russian special forces, controlled by the Kremlin, have taken over towns in the Donbass, the industrial heartland of eastern Ukraine.
        Mozhaev and his comrades took control of Slavyansk about a week ago. But over the past few days there has been no evident sign that they are receiving material support from Russia. Their foot soldiers have been so short on fuel that they have asked journalists to bring them gasoline in exchange for granting interviews, saying they don’t have enough fuel to go on patrols.

        Their leader, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, a soap manufacturer who took the title of “people’s mayor” after seizing power, has pleaded for assistance from Russian President Vladimir Putin, but has apparently been ignored. “We need guns, you understand? We’re running out of everything but spirit,” he tells TIME. His militia force, he admits, is made up partly of volunteers who have come from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other parts of the former Soviet Union. But Kiev’s cries of a separatist insurgency fueled with money, weapons and troops from the Russian government look out of sync with the reality in Slavyansk.
        In recent days, Kiev has intensified its efforts to prove that Russian special forces are operating in eastern Ukraine. Its evidence, according to the New York Times, is built around a series of photographs, including the one of Mozhaev, which the Ukrainian authorities have passed on to the U.S. State Department and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. It is not clear to what extent those pictures have influenced Western decisionmaking on the crisis in Ukraine, but Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the State Department, has said the U.S. and its allies “don’t have a shadow of a doubt about the connection” between what she called “the Russians” and the armed militants in eastern Ukraine. But if that connection exists, it is not as explicit as it was in Crimea.

      •  "Proof" collapses. Another embarrassment for (0+ / 0-)

        Obama administration.

        Unverified & Exposed: NYT-State Dept 'Russians in Ukraine' image proof collapses

         Freelance photographer Maxim Dondyuk took the photo.

        “It was taken in Slavyansk [Ukraine],” he told NYT over the phone. “Nobody asked my permission to use it.”

        The picture was amongst others Kiev gave the OSCE mission to Ukraine to ‘prove’ Russian involvement in the massive unrest gripping the Donetsk region.

        The State Department repeated the claims, citing ‘confirmation’ of Moscow involvement.

        “We see in the photos that have been again in international media, on Twitter, publicly available is that there are individuals who visibly appear to be tied to Russia. We’ve said that publicly a countless number of times,” Jen Psaki, State Dept spokeswoman said.

        The New York Times eventually published a climbdown Wednesday - ‘Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine’, where it admitted failing to properly verify the Kiev photo dossier.

    •  Meanwhile, in more enlightened parts of the (2+ / 0-)
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      NETmundial gives a step forward towards an equal and multistakeholder Internet

      April 24, 2014

      Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights was sanctioned by President Rousseff in the event. The first day brings together 1229 participants from 97 countries.Sao Paulo, April 23, 2014 – NETmundial – The Multistakeholder Global Meeting on the future of Internet governance – closed its first day of discussions celebrating advances in defining the principles of Internet governance and the roadmap for future development of Internet governance. The opening event was attended by the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, who endorsed the text of the Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights, approved yesterday by the Brazilian Senate.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:31:15 AM PDT

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