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The forbidden railway: Vienna - Pyongyang 윈 - 모스크바 - 두만강 - 평양
2008-09-11: arrival at Novosibirsk and short side trip (train 601) to Barnaul.
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7 hours ago by attimo
Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops - CNNPolitics Nov 2018
The Russian military jammed GPS signals during a major NATO military exercise in Norway that involved thousands of US and NATO troops, the alliance said Wednesday, citing the Norwegian government.
Russia  GPS  NATO  CNN  jamming 
11 hours ago by pierredv
I never expected to be in the index of the greatest spy story of the Cold War. But there I am
@tracy_thorn explains the connection between Everything But The Girl and the Gordievsky affair.
russia  espionage 
18 hours ago by nwlinks
Illegal 'Whale Jail' Has Been Spotted in Russia, Lifting The Lid on a Massive Animal Exploitation Industry

Over 100 captured whales are being held in small, crowded enclosures in a so-called 'whale jail' off the coast of Russia, where they await suspected sale to Chinese theme parks, according to local media reports.
russia  china  environment  whales  corruption  animal.exploitation  crime  oceans 
yesterday by po
The Byzantine Jesuit who stood up to Moscow | Catholic Herald
“To hell with Moscow!” It is manifestly unfair to sum up thus the long and distinguished academic career and ecclesial life of Fr Robert Taft, the American Jesuit of the Byzantine Rite who presided like a colossus at the Pontifical Oriental Institute (PIO) in Rome for 46 years. The greatest contemporary scholar of the Byzantine Rite – author of the six-volume A History of the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom – died on All Souls’ Day in retirement at the Jesuit house in Weston, Massachusetts. He was 86.
But unfair does not mean unfitting. The “to hell with Moscow” remark was from a 2004 interview granted to John Allen, then of the National Catholic Reporter. That year the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was preparing to move its headquarters from Lviv to Kiev in Ukraine, and to assert its historical right to a patriarch. The Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow was vehemently opposed to this assertion of Catholic identity in Ukraine, which it regards as its “canonical territory”.
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yesterday by rgl7194
Russia suspected of jamming GPS signal in Finland • BBC News
<p>"It is difficult to say what the reasons could be but there are reasons to believe it could be related to military exercise activities outside Norway's borders," Wenche Olsen, director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Norway, told the Barents Observer earlier this month.

Russia is also suspected of jamming the GPS signal in Norway's border area last year when it held its own war games.

Relations between Nato and Russia have been strained since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

The Finnish region of Lapland and northern parts of Norway close to the Russian border were affected, with the Norwegian regional airline Widerøe confirming its pilots had experienced GPS disruption, Germany's DW news site reports.

However, the airline pointed out that pilots aboard civilian aircraft had other options when a GPS signal failed. "This is not a joke, it threatened the air security of ordinary people," said Mr Sipila, who is himself an experienced pilot. "It is possible that Russia has been the disrupting party in this. Russia is known to possess such capabilities."

GPS is a global navigation system originally devised by the US military which works by sending signals from satellites above the Earth back down to receivers. "Technology-wise, it's relatively easy to disturb a radio signal, and it's possible that Russia was behind it," Mr Sipila was quoted as saying.</p>


At ground level, GPS signals are incredibly weak, essentially lost in background noise; it's only by <a href="https://www.trimble.com/gps_tutorial/sub_amplify.aspx">knowing how the signal varies</a> that it can be picked out. In turn, that means you can jam them.
gps  russia 
yesterday by charlesarthur
Russia: Now everyone who uses a messaging app must be identifiable
"In yet another crackdown on online freedom, the Russian government has decreed that all users of messaging apps must be identified.

The decree, signed by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, was published on Tuesday and will take effect in six months' time...According to Alexander Zharov, the head of media regulator Roskomnadzor, the point of the measure is to combat the use of anonymity in messaging services.

He told Izvestia that forcing identification was "a necessary step toward creating a safe communication environment for citizens and for the state as a whole"."
otf  russia  messaging  policy  access  anonymity 
yesterday by dmcdev
A short guide to the linguicide of the Ukrainian language | Infographics |Euromaidan Press |
During the XVII-XX ct, Ukraine was split up between various empires and states. The ruling regime of each of them tried to assimilate Ukrainians and prevent their self-determination by destroying what made them different: their language and culture.
Overall, there have been 60 prohibitions on the Ukrainian language in the 337 years that Ukraine was under foreign rule.
They aimed to eradicate the Ukrainian language by inhibiting or prohibiting its use in education, official use, and the print.
Most of these policies contributed to the forced Russification of Ukrainians in the Russian Empire and the USSR.  
Today, Ukraine grapples to overcome the negative legacy of these policies and undo the centuries of repressions, as Russia plays on the dividing lines it created in Ukraine.
Here are some of the most important prohibitions of the Ukrainian language by the regimes ruling over Ukraine.
ukraine  ukrainian  language  history  infographic  grammar  russia 
yesterday by rgl7194
Russian sanctions: why ‘isolation is impossible’ | Financial Times
“The new partnerships are all well and good, but frankly the elite here are more comfortable in the south of France, not on some island in the South China Sea,” says one sanctioned Russian businessman. “A new world order is obviously better than the current one. But no one here is a big fan of the Chinese life.”
russia 
yesterday by yorksranter
What is the GRU? Who gets recruited to be a spy? Why are they exposed so often? Here are the most important things you should know about Russia’s intelligence community — Meduza
Leonid Shebarshin, one of the top officials in the Soviet intelligence community, said in 2003 that spies are able to find reporters at any newspaper who are willing to publish a needed story for the right price or amount of booze. Shebarshin supervised the USSR’s disinformation campaign in the 1970s and 1980s, and told Kommersant that the only newspaper in which he never managed to plant a story was The Washington Post.
gru  journalism  spook  russia  sigint  security 
yesterday by yorksranter
Opinion | Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions - The New York Times
A road map from the Watergate prosecution shows a potential route for the special counsel to send incriminating evidence directly to Congress.
In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises the specter of a fearful president attempting to muzzle Special Counsel Robert Mueller or hinder him from revealing whether his 18-month-long grand jury investigation has turned up evidence of criminality implicating Donald Trump or his immediate family.
But a 44-year-old “road map” from the Watergate prosecution shows a potential route for Mr. Mueller to send incriminating evidence directly to Congress. The road map was devised in 1974 by the Watergate special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, with our assistance. We wrote the road map — actually a report — to be conveyed to Congress; it was called “Report and Recommendation” and served as a guide to a collection of grand jury evidence contained in a single document. That evidence included still-secret presidential tape recordings that had been acquired through grand jury subpoena — but which had been withheld from Congress by President Nixon.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  op-ed  nytimes 
yesterday by rgl7194

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