The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, known as SWIFT, is one of Russia’s main connections to the international financial system. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government plans to put the topic on the agenda for a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels tomorrow, according to the official, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.
“Blocking Russia from the SWIFT system would be a very serious escalation in sanctions against Russia and would most certainly result in equally tough retaliatory actions by Russia,” said Chris Weafer, a senior partner at Moscow-based consulting firm Macro Advisory. “An exclusion from SWIFT would not block major trade deals but would cause problems in cross-border banking and that would disrupt trade flows.”
“With the significant deterioration in the Ukrainian situation, markets may treat this as a Lehman-style shock,” Kantarovich wrote in an e-mailed report today. “Revisiting the post-Lehman lows would imply downside of 50 percent from an index perspective.”
Russia’s ruble-denominated Micex Index has fallen 6.6 percent this year. The stock gauge posted the worst monthly drop in July since 2012 as the U.S. and the European Union escalated sanctions targeting Russia’s $2 trillion economy after the downing of a passenger jet on July 17 over Ukrainian territory controlled by pro-Russian insurgents
"“It's best not to mess with us!” the president of Russia threatened.
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has stated at the meeting with participants of the youth forum on the banks of Seliger Lake, that Russia is going to reinforce and boost its military and nuclear arsenal, RBK informs.
“We are strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces, we are strengthening our armed forces. They are really becoming more compact, more effective. They are really becoming more advanced from the point of view of being equipped by modern armaments systems. We continue to beef up this potential, and we are going to do that,” the president informed.
As said by him, it is done not to threaten to anyone, but in order to feel safe and be able to realize the plans in the sphere of development of the economy and social sphere.
“We should be ready to repel any aggression against Russia any moment. Our partners, no matter what the condition of their states is and what foreign political concept they adhere to, should always understand that it’s best not to mess with us, as far as a possible is concerned,” Putin warned.
“Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers. These are not words, it is reality,” the president stressed.
"Is all of this nothing more than the raving of lunatics? Maybe. And maybe Putin is too weak to do any of this, and maybe it’s just scare tactics, and maybe his oligarchs will stop him. But “Mein Kampf” also seemed hysterical to Western and German audiences in 1933. Stalin’s orders to “liquidate” whole classes and social groups within the Soviet Union would have seemed equally insane to us at the time, if we had been able to hear them.
But Stalin kept to his word and carried out the threats, not because he was crazy but because he followed his own logic to its ultimate conclusions with such intense dedication — and because nobody stopped him. Right now, nobody is able to stop Putin, either. So is it hysterical to prepare for total war? Or is it naive not to do so?
looks like that
makes me mad
but no less determined
the international rules and the cold war and the period of cooperation after it have stabilized more or less Europe after the second world war
we are now entering one of the most dangerous periods of Europe since the second world war because at no other time in the history of Europe since the second world war has a Russian ruler taken such risks - and even Putin in Georgia didn't took those risks at their maximum
but it seems that Ukraine is something different for Putin and that he is willing to risk anything just to have it his way
well this way also so before the second world war
so while we are remembering the first world war we are slowly but surely and since the second invasion even more quickly sliding into some kind of war of which we don't know how this will start or end
we all know that even if we find a socalled peace agreement or frozen conflict here and he will pop up with another conflict there or there (who is next) and nearly all border conflict have received vocal threats, had incursions of some time by Russian aircraft and so on
THe fact that Putin himself spoke about Novorussia yesterday as a reason why he is sending soldiers and arms and he announces he wants to send peacekeepers isn't a good sign
Minsk was a sideshow, a diversion, the only solution will be military and if it isn't military than the geostrategical borders will only be taken in consideration if there is enough military power behind it (and a spy, intelligence and antisubversion machine behind it)
Ukraine is the Poland of 1938 if you read the history you would be astonished and it is no coincidence if Putin himselfs refers to Goebbels as a smart man - sickening but true but it is the Goebbels-Hitler strategy played out all over again
it is not known if they are loaded with nuclear heads
#ukraine this is preparing for war and knowing it will come your way #mariupol citizens helping building defences
what goes into your mind if you know that there are thousands of soldiers and a hundred tank on some distance who will come your way this weekend if things goes bad ?
"The specialized 18th center of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is a special institution where nearly 1,500 people — contractors and full-time employees — work day and night in social media, using botnets to distribute electronic and SMS messages to electronic addresses and social networks. They purposefully disseminate frightening messages designed primarily to provoke panic, to maintain it, and to present false and misleading information,” he said.
According to Nalyvaichenko, Russian provocateurs with the help of Russian mass media are actively participating in this effort, especially the TV channels Zvezda (Star) and LifeNews.
Nalyvaichenko also noted that in addition to the botnets, which have often been used to attack the mobile phones and electronic pages of Ukrainian politicians and deputies, the Russian special services are actively spreading panic through Facebook.
“We have repeatedly appealed to the leadership and administrators of Facebook. Unfortunately, the administration of the Facebook used by our citizens is currently in Moscow, and the accounts of our citizens are often blocked and used to spread false and alarming information,” he said.
translated by Google translate
The data is not complete, based on my observations on the information to the media and sotsseti. Basically it is part of the composition of the Southern Military District (Southern Command), are in the field camps on the border with Ukraine in the Rostov region of Millerovo to Taganrog (such field camp equipment to the region Kamensk-, Novocherkassk, Olkhovka and other places). As well as airborne units and special forces of the GRU, plus software. Basically it's one / two BTG / RTG (battalion / company commander and tactical group), and from every part (Airborne - division / regiment, the Ground Forces - brigade) reinforced by means of artillery, air defense and other software, numbering between 300 and 500 people each. In the list presented below do not apply to the 100 percent truth, I welcome any reasonable additions and comments.
From JUVO, ground forces and artillery:
- BTG from the 18th Motorised Brigade Chechnya Hankala / Kalynovska (the so-called Chechen battalion);
- BTG from the 17th Motorised Brigade Chechnya, shawls;
- BTG from the 136th Motorised Brigade Botlikh, Dagestan;
- BTG from the 205th Motorised Brigade Budeonovsk, Stavropol Territory;
- BTG from the 19th Motorized Rifle Brigade Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia;
- BTG from the 7th military base from the occupied Abkhazia, Georgia;
- BTG from the 33th mountain infantry brigade Maikop, Adygea;
- Mixed Division from the 291st Artillery Brigade Trinity, Ingushetia.
- Mixed company from the 78th brigade logistics Budeonovsk, Stavropol region.
- BTG from the 76th Division of Pskov;
- BTG from the 98th Division, Ivanovo;
- BTG of the 45 separate regiment Specialty Kubinka;
- BTG from the from the 247th Regiment of the 7th Division of Novorossiysk.
Presumably also in the immediate vicinity are located at the Ukrainian border (on some parts to be confirmed):
- BTG / RTG and divisions of the Land Forces and artillery units JUVO - from the 20th Motorised Brigade Volgograd, 34th mountain infantry brigade Karachay-Cherkessia; Division from the 943rd Artillery Regiment Krasnooktyabrskoe Adygea (MLRS "Hurricane"), a division of the composition of the 1st Missile Brigade Krasnodar (PTRC "Tochka-U", "Iskander-M"). From other military districts of the Russian Federation - the 23rd infantry brigade Samara;
- BTG / RTG from Airborne - from the 56th Air Assault Brigade Volgograd, 106th Division Tula.
- RTG / DRG (sabotage and reconnaissance groups) from GRU - from the parts of the GRU stationed in the South of Russia - the 10th brigade of special purpose Molkino Krasnodar region, the 22nd brigade of special purpose Aksai, Rostov region, the 100th Brigade of the experimental razvedyvatelnoy Mozdok North Ossetia, 346th brigade Specialty Cool Kabardino-Balkaria, the 25th regiment Specialty Stavropol; RTG / DRG from the GRU parts from other military districts of the Russian Federation - the 2nd Brigade Specialty Pskov, 16th brigade of special purpose Tambov, 3rd Brigade Specialty Ulyanovsk.
And that, according to a rough estimate based on support units, the size of the Russian group (which they cynically called "peacekeeping") on the eastern border of Ukraine is about 12-15 thousand personnel, which, if necessary, in the shortest possible time can be as hard as at least two. Well as large groups of Russian troops are concentrated in the south of the occupied Crimea and the North-Eastern border of Ukraine.
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#ukraine ladies and gentlemen it is with deep sadness that I have to announce to you that we are now at WAR
We hoped this century would be different in Europe
We hoped that in Europe we would never haver war again
The US has even taken back all of their tanks and thinks that it doesn't have to send back the military hardware it did have over here
The Europeans never thought that there would be another war again in Europe and have diminished their military capabilities to unacceptable levels if you are faced with a real big enemy at your borders or those of your partners
but from today Europe is at war
nobody in the western press will call it like that even if everybody living in a western(ized) bordercountry of Russia will now feel as we are at war and that they may be next
nobody in the European decisionmaking circles will see it like this, except those who have borders with Russia
but we have effectively a war with tanks, with thousand of soldiers invading a sovereign country without any pretext because they have never shot back at all the incursions and shelling from the Russian territory into Ukraine
so we are at WAR
even if Ukraine for some IMF reasons can't announce it is at war or a state of war but in fact it is in a state of war even if Russia will never declare war because it doesn't even recognize that its soldiers are invading Ukraine - it are all volunteers
the goal is to do what was the plan from the beginning to conquer Mariupol, Odessa and make a link with Crimea and with Transdiestnr where there are 15.000 russian troops and that is bordering Moldavia with which the EU is working together which borders Roemenia which is member of the EU and NATO
so we are going very fast to WAR
WAR ladies and gentlemen do you understand what that means
ITsecurity people should go to their networks and block all traffic from and to Russia or to whitelist only specific addresses (some of you can expect attacks very soon)
and once again we look to the US for help and leadership and Obama you can't wait this one out and hope that it will go away some day, it won't
this is your BERLIN, the question is are you an Berliner or an isolationist in disguise ?
those who laughed with me saying that russia won't invade Ukraine for thousand an one reasons were wrong
I was right
we were going to have war it was clear from the beginning there was no other way for Putin
now we have WAR
War ladies and gentlemen
think about that
hundreds and thousands of men ^- fathers, sons and family of people like me and you are dying a few 1000 km from here - real war - real tanks - real battles - real deaths
WAR - finally
"Launched in the UK in April after much success in the US, Secret is the latest app to make it big with social media users. It's basically a mixture of Instagram and Twitter, but all posts are anonymous. Its founders claim it was established on the principle that people can "be more authentic, empathetic and self-aware among friends" when their identity is kept private.
However, security researchers at Rhino Security Labs have demonstrated that it's possible to hack the app and thus reveal the identities of the posts in a user's feed by using personal email addresses and "dummy" accounts.
"This is exactly the kind of application that needs to spend some time under the magnifying glass. A service encouraging people to share their most private thoughts under the aegis of anonymity needs to ensure this anonymity is maintained," said Rhino Security Labs co-founder Benjamin Caudill in a blog post
"The silence or mumbled commentary from official ministries has only increased the atmosphere of suspicion and forces us to recall unpleasant examples from Russian and Soviet history. The country didn't know about the secret operations of the Red Army in Afghanistan in 1929 and in Xinjiang in the 1930s. Their participants were forbidden to write to relatives about their real location, letters were sent from the place of deployment after review by the censor. In the same way, the Kremlin was silent about the participation of Soviet soldiers in combat in Korea and Vietnam against the USA, and in Egypt and Syria against Israel.
In the first years of the war in Afghanistan, tens of thousands of officers and draftees were sent there. In the early 1980s, the Soviet media spoke only about the soldiers' aid to civilian Afghans; civilians learned about combat in this mountainous country from the broadcasts of foreign "voices." The bodies of those who died were brought back and buried in secret; until the mid-1980s, it was forbidden to mention the place and cause of death.
In Russia, this experience was repeated in November 1994, when military aid for the anti-Dudayev opposition in Chechnya was organized. About 80 officers and ensigns from counter-intelligence were recruited into army units "to service military equipment." After signing a contract, they personally took part in the failed attempt to storm Grozny 26 November 1994. many of them were killed, and more than 20 were captured. Defense Minister Pavel Grachev said that Russian soldiers were not involved in the storming, and that mercenaries were fighting in Chechnya.
yep, we didn't know we want to say
we just don't want to know is what we should say
Ukraine can not declare war because the IMF can't give its aid packages to countries at war
Russia will not declare war because it plays the game of the victim and wants to look like it has done nothing wrong.
Meanwhile the fighting has become very intense on many fronts and more Ukranian troops are heading to the troops, while In Ukraine everybody now understands that this is the most important battle ahead of them now
Russia is still sending troops and tanks Inside Ukraine while its artillery is attacking Ukranian military posts who can't respond because they don't want to create an 'incident' which would provoke Russia at invading massively Ukraine because its territory was bombed
Russia meanwhile is also bombing Ukranian military posts with airplanes that are invading the Ukranian airspace while the Ukranian can't shoot them down because they can't create an incident
It looks strange but this is the strangest war ever and if this is the new way war will be waged in the future than the countries bordering Russia will have to spend enormous resources and money at spying, anti-subversion, crowd control and border control aside from highly trained troops and many many many tanks and artillery (as Putin just as Hitler believes that tanks are the perfect tool for war). Which also means that anti-Russian tanks weapons should be high on the budget of any power who thinks it should keep Russia in check (and out of its country).
By the way countries bordering Russia will also have to develop a political strategy towards their russian minorities and be sure that they can't become the basis for socalled 'movements' and militias.
For those who understand that what the western press and especially the leftwing press is writing (who will never blame Putin for anything by the way) here is a twitterfeed with almost 300 sources
it has also prorussian tweeters just to have a feel about what they are saying and there are also a lot of them in Russian or Ukranian just because they have sometimes pictures and so on
this is Madness and why are we keeping silent and watching not knowing what to do
the choice is between freedom and invasion between international borders that are respected and a new area of total uncertainty in a whole region
"conservative estimate is that approximately 1400 children were sexually exploited over the full Inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013. (16 years)
In just over a third of cases (450 kids in 16 years), children affected by sexual exploitation were previously known to services because of child protection and neglect. It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated. There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone. Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators.
This abuse is not confined to the past but continues to this day. In May 2014, the caseload of the specialist child sexual exploitation team was 51. More CSE cases were held by other children's social care teams. There were 16 looked after children who were identified by children’s social care as being at serious risk of sexual exploitation or having been sexually exploited. In 2013, the Police received 157 reports concerning child sexual exploitation in the Borough.
Over the first twelve years covered by this Inquiry, the collective failures of political and officer leadership were blatant. From the beginning, there was growing evidence that child sexual exploitation was a serious problem in Rotherham. This came from those working in residential care and from youth workers who knew the young people well.
Within social care, the scale and seriousness of the problem was underplayed by senior managers. At an operational level, the Police gave no priority to CSE, regarding many child victims with contempt and failing to act on their abuse as a crime. Further stark evidence came in 2002, 2003 and 2006 with three reports known to the Police and the Council, which could not have been clearer in their description of the situation in Rotherham. The first of these reports was effectively suppressed because some senior officers disbelieved the data it contained. This had led to suggestions of cover-up. The other two reports set out the links between child sexual exploitation and drugs, guns and criminality in the Borough. These reports were ignored and no action was taken to deal with the issues that were identified in them. "
the rest of the report you can read here, if you got the stomach for it :(
there is nothing racist about it, a criminal is a criminal whatever his or her color or religion and an honest men is an honest men whatever his or her color or religion
I grew up in Belgium Under Dutroux childabuse case, this is a thousand times Dutroux and could become a real political problem in the Uk
During the Dutroux case and investigation Belgium was effectively in a pre-revolutionary situation in which people came out of their offices and workplaces without organisation (except a forum of parents of slain victims) and which seems to be capable of anything if justice would not have been done. 300.000 people marched in Brussels in a white march and denounced Justice, police and the policital decisionmakers. A prerevolutionary situation is not necessarily one in which there are revolutionarey groups who are attacking the state but is also one in which the masses are in movement and nobody seems to be in control of anything and doesn't know what will happen next. We didn't know what would happen next. If everyday more people just walk out of the schools and their jobs and just say 'I can't take it anymore and something has to change' without political slogans and programs but just a load of anger, than everything is possible
well it was brought under control but not without some serious re-organisations and also life after Dutroux was never the same again for children and their parents. We became all much more concerned and things that were normal before like naked children on the beach were not 'done' anymore. There was also a lot of abuse of this atmosphere and there were all kinds of very strange and conspirational theories but aside from this, we were sure that we would do everything to not let this happen again, ever. So even today organisatons are set up and awareness and responsability has increased enormously since than.
I have the impression that in the UK this will not be the case. It will make some headlines and than just die. No massive investigation, no massive police investigation, no commissions in parliament, no great and small changes and reforms, no people who will have to step down
oh what, it was only white trash and some poor criminal ethnic men who still don't understand our values and laws especially towards girls.
does he thinks he is living in the first or second world war
what is this mad man ? has he gone bonkers ?
makes me think of the film Dr Strangelove, if there is really a nearly mad men at the top in Russia (who was maybe not mad but is becoming mad ) than what is next ?