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Inside The Russell Wilson-Seahawks Rift
"Years russell. Wilson has been wanting to throw the ball more and at the start of this year. It finally happened russell. Wilson was not good in the first half of the twenty twenty season. He was excellent deep cap touchdown. Seattle you run down there and set in his answer. Any better than that was fourth in yards per attempt. Weeks one through nine i. In passing. touchdown percentage was second in passer rating. Wilson keeps as default talk. He was legit. The best player in the league madden gave him a ninety nine overall rating during the season because he was cooking notion as he throws an accident. Edi feeds defensive player of the years like russell. Lula's legitimately the best guy in football games of the season then week nine arrived and they had this game against the buffalo bills that you recently wrote about. Can you tell us what happened in that game. And afterwards what happened is russell had to cook in the kitchen. Just kind of just caught on. Fire his paycheck wine with a sack at a takeaway from russell wilson. I actually watched that game with a former cr defensive and cliff april and teased talking me through it. And he's like russ's off he's trying to do too much and i think turned it over like four times. He threw a pick on the goal. Line throws for the jordan with tyco. I think that really turned the tables for the whole team. After that loss where they gave up forty four points and turned it over a bazillion times and got embarrassed in buffalo. Well what i would tell you that. I don't recognize that game. We haven't seen the look like that and it's a game that i don't have any place in my brain for. He told us he didn't even have any space in his brain for that game. That's very important subjects right like the fact that he considered that not seahawks. Football was influential the rest of the year. Well the following week against the rams things. I guess only got worse. Wilson throws and the other one four darius williams second game. I know that there are better days ahead. I'll use a baseball now but sometimes you go up to the plate you know and you don't have your way today mike. You and our colleagues. Mike sando jason jank's wrote about a meeting. That happened shortly after that loss to the rams can you take us inside that meeting room and just explain what went down russia's meeting with the coaches normal game planning type of meeting and he has suggestions he is giving input usually does and his suggestions just weren't dismissed. There were dismissed in a way that russell didn't feel appreciate it. And i think that is really important. I'm sure they disagree in every meeting ever but in this particular instance rust belt that he was not being appreciated so rushed stormed out was basically this idea that. How dare anyone in this building. Be dismissive of my ideas. I am of the quarterback was almost like kevin durant warriors when he was like no way up. I'm kevin durant russell wilson and he rustled perceives him to be someone who has succeeded. In spite of what's been around him not because of running for his life making the pro bowl with battle lines perceive that to be like the story of his career. And you get to week eleven. And it's like do. Just chill out. We got this no. You don't don't get it. I got it and that forced him out the door. Russell in the second half of the season was which is not himself like he was twenty eighth in yards per attempt in his final eight games he was sixteenth. In a touchdown percentage nineteenth in passer rating. These are bad numbers. These are not just like below average twenty nine yards per attempt man that was lower than the cincinnati bengals. Even when the circumstances are bad around russell he's been good enough to elevate situation still played inefficient level and twenty twenty was the first time it was like. Wow he's not able to elevate the lack of talent or execution of preparation around him and it produced like some of the worst numbers of his career certainly produced the worst playoff game of his career against the rams in the wild round sitting meeting big. Who's going into other sack four sacks two takeaways the interception return for the touchdown and floyd now all right. Let's fast forward a few weeks to the super bowl. The seahawks have been knocked out by the rams in the wildcard round and russell. Wilson is at super bowl. Fifty five in tampa bay sitting with none other than commissioner. Roger goodell mike. Tell us what you found in your reporting about russell. Wilson's experience at the super bowl. You know it's really interesting. Because i tweeted during the super bowl. That antonio brown caught a touchdown from tom brady in front of russell. Wilson there is the pass for the touchdown. What drive a super bowl. Winning drive that brady's only done throughout his whole career. I kind of just said it like star cast the as a joke. Not really thinking about how russell fell and then as our reporting i was like okay so i i was right like he is really upset. And it's so many factors. There is the fact that tom brady is in. The super bowl is the fact tom. Brady's they're playing pine. A good line is the fact that tom brady is playing in a system. That gives him some atonomy like got to pick players gronk. Antonio brown is the fact that mahomes is there again laying for again in a system that like essentially like his talents. The last time also played in the super bowl loss of tom brady seven years later prime many years. Tom brady's back. I suppose in a soup. Kitchen fuming so during the superbowl. He's texting his quarterback coach. And just close. Friend jake heaps. He's a local radio guy. Here jake to set it on the radio. He's talking about how russ was missed during the game texting him. They'll look the he had was in reflective of the text messages. I was receiving russell wilson. Just ultimately the overall sentiment was that he was mad that he was not lying in this thing and then russell spoke to the shortly after the game show. What's up with our line. You see that. Winning requires a good line and the gist of peace response. As far as i was told is about faith. And just you know we got this. And that just wasn't good enough for us
Officials: 400 escape, 25 dead after Haiti prison breakout
"More than 400 prisoners are on the run in Haiti after escaping from jail in the outskirts of the capital, Port O Prince on Thursday. The breakout has left 25 people dead. Leonardo, Russia, reports the Haitian government said in a powerful gang leader on the El Joseph was probably one of the leaders off the prison, right leading to the escape. They said he had tried to escape from the high security compound twice before but had failed. This time. He succeeded on Lee to be shot hours later at a police roadblock in the north of the country. This is a particularly difficult time for Haiti, falling weeks of street protests led by the opposition and allegations of a coup attempt against President shoving Nawas.
At least one fighter killed in US air strikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria
"New details are coming out about the U. S. Air strike in Syria in what is believed to be President Biden's first military action since taking office. At least one fighter is reported to have been killed in the air strikes, which were launched overnight in Syria. Senior U. S official tells Fox News. The attack should be seen as a warning to Iran on the militia groups it supports. The Pentagon says it targeted buildings used by militias. In retaliation for recent rocket attacks against American service personnel in Iraq. Russia, which is heavily involved in Syria's civil war, has
US carries out air strikes targeting ‘Iranian-backed’ militias in Syria
"A senior U. S official tells Fox News Theater Act should be seen as a warning to Iran on the militia groups it supports. The Pentagon says it targeted buildings used by militias. In retaliation for recent rocket attacks against American service personnel in Iraq. Russia, which is heavily involved in Syria's civil war, has condemned the strikes. Dave Simon there are covered operates on two U. S. Warships in the Persian Gulf, with sailors infected on the
Mutual-appreciation anxiety: Putin and Erdogan
"At a rally yesterday the prime minister of armenia nicole passion. Yon warned of an attempted military coup. He told crowds. It was the army's job to defend the country. It was up to the people to decide whether or not he should step down. Y'all guy even hats manhattan borough. She mr young has faced protests since a peace deal struck in november. In which is our by. John gained territory in nagorno-karabakh a largely ethnic armenian enclave. Mr john has protests since a peace deal was struck in november in which is by john games territory in nagorno-karabakh a largely ethnic armenian enclave clashes over the region had erupted repeatedly since nineteen ninety-four drawing in russia which stood behind armenia and turkey which back oscar by john but in the end it was russian president vladimir putin and his turkish counterpart rany tight air to one who put it all to rest. Brokering a peace deal. That's just one sign of remarkable political alliance. It's picking away at the post cold war geopolitical order so i think it helps to go back to the really low point of relationship which was in two thousand fifteen. Daniel franklin is our diplomatic editor. Turkey shot down a russian warplane which had been flying over syria. Entered it's ass base and this happened. After repeated warnings to the russian pilot in the warnings became increasing urgent they were ignored and turkish f sixteen fighters that were patrolling shot. The plane down remember turkey is a nato member and had engaged with russia militarily. That's not something that happens. Often and russia responded quite vigorously by imposing sanctions on turkish products and a bombed ethnic tuchman fighters in northern syria that allies of the turks so that was Towards the end of two thousand fifteen and into the beginning of two thousand sixteen but it was a dramatic shift. If you remember in the summer of two thousand sixteen there was an attempted coup jet sopa head. The world watched in shock as a military coup and in turkey eight. Us ally a major strategic partner in the fight against isis putin was quick to call president of and commiserate show solidarity is some suspicion in turkey. Anyway that gave some advance warning to add one that his life was in danger helped move him out of the area where he might have been bombed and from that point onwards things have changed dramatically in the two men developed this kind of own tone this brotherhood of hard power. And what is it. That had changed between the downing of the bomber and this evan beginning of a friendship they first of all recognize in one another leaders who know how to use power in a full full way but there are other similarities between them in terms of that authoritarian style of leadership at home. And there's a common set of grievances against the west in turkey's case decades of not being properly accepted wanting at one stage to join the european union but being put on hold. And i think one of the reasons why the attempted coup was such a turning point for adwan is that he came under attack from his own planes and he felt that nato had improperly come to support nato countries were slow to express solidarity so he started to think that maybe putin was someone could depend upon for his own survival where he couldn't necessarily depend on nato partners and how the relationship between these two men evolved since then it's developed in some very concrete ways add one has bought from russia s four hundred air defense system. So it's a nato country. Remember that is buying russian. Ed defense system that does not delighted his nato partners. It's meant that it's been kicked out of the f thirty five fighter jet program that Nato has its face sanctions from america and despite all that it's gone ahead and on the ground in particularly serious led to kind of accommodation even though they're on opposite sides they've managed to accommodate each other's objectives in particular turkey vis-a-vis the kurds and most recently they've accommodate each other in the south caucasus. Where again they support opposite sides. The russia has played its role as a mediator. Turkey supported azerbaijan. And they've managed to end up with a result that suits them both well. Russia has peacekeeping troops on the ground. Turkey has an economic opportunity and the air that causes missed out has got nothing out of this is the west. You mentioned the word accommodating in the sense that that perhaps they're just essentially keeping out from under each other's feet or is there more to it than that. There is more to it than that because a particularly developed closer ties economically. The two economies have been struggling so they can do all the support they can get and although russia has a big surplus with turkey. Turkish contractors get a lot of business from russia. So there's the economic aspects of the relationship is particularly important and putin to have turkey as awkward member of nato driving a wedge within nato. That's a huge attraction for him and for to and sometimes to be able to play off the west and russia that's also helpful so that they play the power game very effectively by using each other and given all of that. Would you call this alliance proper and if so what should the west make of it well. It's a remarkable development given the long history between the two countries going back centuries. It's remarkable when you think of the more recent history of of the to literally coming to blows as recently as two thousand fifteen but it's far from being an alliance turkey is still a nato member that's valuable to it and it's also bristled it's fragile. Remember they are on opposite sides even where they're accommodating each other in places like syria in libya they have differences over ukraine over georgia as well so there are many places where this could deteriorate rapidly. It's rather brittle its recent depends too much on personalities with big egos so does mean that. There's absolutely no guarantee that this is going to last or even develop further so in that sense. You think the west doesn't need to worry because the alliance will eventually fall apart from. It's the concern for the west. It's certainly a challenge. One of the things that will be on the radar screen of the biden administration. It's a worry that there is this increasingly close relationship between her big important nato member and russia and although it's bristol although it could blow up in various ways it's a serious concern and worry that a nato member like turkey could drift further away from its moorings
Israel freezes plan to send vaccines to foreign allies
"The story coming out of israel this week. was That israeli journalists. Kelly cohen reported that israel's going to send one hundred thousand vaccines to nineteen nations around the world. Some of these nations announced that they were moving are had already moved embassies or missions to jerusalem honduras guatemala czech republic. There was no debate at all In the security cabinet no authorization by the justice. Minister of foreign minister and benny was the defense minister. And by the way interim justice minister said that thinks he's a running running kingdom and not a state by this decision obviously. Israel's already criticized for not making it a priority to vaccinate. The palestinians may talk a little bit more about that. But it isn't making us look better right this these one hundred thousand. Vaccinations being sent abroad. No i didn't think it is. Because i mean vaccine diplomacy which is a new thing now in our will. But he's a real thing you know with china india jostling with each other to distribute vaccines to win influence and goodwill in asia etc. You know united arab emirates is is giving vaccine to egypt. Obviously this is a thing to be doing. Russia trying to boost its profile. But the problem here is. It's very transparent. The israelis basically rewarding friends. You know that hungry set up. A trade mission in jerusalem or the republicans promised to do something similar and therefore because of that recognition Be wants to reward those countries Vaccine i mean it goes down well for the reason you know. Which is the story. A big story around the world is that israel is not accenting Its nearest neighbors and therefore misses something. I think about vaccine diplomacy well. Why don't we just talk about that. Because of course that has reached a new audience that notion of what israel's doing not doing vaccine right and it reached a new audience in you're referring to the snl clip that How shall you say this. Caused a bit of a ruckus this week. So let's listen in and talk a little bit more about reporting that the vaccinated half of their population. And i'm gonna guess it's the jewish half. I mean obviously you mentioned this. Jonathan about how if I think you said this one of the previous episodes if this was new zealand. We wouldn't be hearing at the end of the vaccination thing but because it's israel and it's politically charged. There's there's added complexity to the story. Yeah i mean you know you states say. The snl clip went viral jojo. Avars use that word to me. That was a big moment. Really because it's mainstream american comedy. If that is now it seems to me. There's a judgment there. Such a night live making the among its audience. There will be a perception as a more left wing. Frankly view of israel than i think would have been true a generation ago And you can make a joke like that sort of edgy but the the among kinda millennial snl audience who. Let's say you know. Revere alexandria ocasio cortez. The idea that israel is basically a little bit racist is a joke that lands without audience. That's what i think. Snl thinking there and just on the point about vaccine diplomacy. It seems to me that is the piece that's missing. Which is okay. You think you get a little bit of goodwill in hungary czech republic or whatever but actually what is noticed around the world and we can get into the arguments for and against is. The palestinians are not being vaccinated by israeli vaccine. And that's the big picture to the point where it took butter than snl joke.
Cyber conflict between Ukraine and Russia
"Security firm proof point this morning released a study of chinese people's liberation army threat actor ta four thirteen. That's deployed a militias fire. Fox browser extension fryer fox in a surveillance campaign directed against tibetans. Ta four thirteen has also used scan box and support your malware in its operation so far this year the units targets include tibetan groups both domestic and in tibetan diaspora proof point assesses ta four thirteen tool said as limited but quite effective against dissident communities. Which after all have what proof point aptly calls a low barrier to compromise the campaign also suggests a shift to more open source tools on the part of the p. l. a. ukraine's national security and defense counsel has accused moscow of compromising a ukrainian government file sharing system the system of electronic interaction of executive bodies zd net thinks. The group responsible is gamero. Don a group widely regarded as a proxy for russian intelligence services. Kamera don has certainly been active against ukrainian targets in the past. But it's an odd duck while often thought of as an advanced persistent threat that is a government. Run operation in some respects. It doesn't really act like a government agency or even a straight up contractor like iran's mob group for one thing gamero don doesn't restrict it's targeting the way government operation normally would nor is it entirely indiscriminate in the way the lower end criminal gangs tend to be for all that gamero. Don is both noisy and aggressive. Research by cisco's talos group suggests that gamero don is also a mercenary player in the criminal. Criminal market talos wrote in. Its recent report on maradonna quote. We should consider the possibility of this. Not being an ap t at all rather being a group that provides services for other ap teas while doing its own attacks on other regions and quote so Kind of contractor perhaps a criminal organization that hires its services out to intelligence services but that also does business with other criminals while its principal state sponsor by general agreement russia turns a blind eye so gamero don is one of the most active and undeterred actors in the threat landscape it does the work of an ap t but it uses a cybercriminals style. It's worth noting that the operation the ns dc describes seems to be a software supply chain compromise as an s. d. c. tweeted. The attack belongs to the so-called supply chain attacks methods in means of carrying out this cyberattack allow to connect it with one of russia's hackers spy groups this is therefore a different matter entirely from the distributed denial of service attacks ukraine complained of at the beginning of the week the de dos attack targeted. Both the national security and council and the sba you security service bleeping. Computer reports and ukrainian authorities did claim that the attack had its origins in russia in as they put it russian traffic networks. The ns dc describes the diaz thusly vulnerable government web servers are infected with virus that covertly makes them part of a button. It used for de dos attacks on other resources at the same time. Security systems of internet providers identify compromised web servers as a source of attacks and begin to block their work by automatically blacklisting them. Thus even after the end of the de dos fix the attacked websites remain inaccessible to users and quote. But it seems that this denial of service harassment was probably the work of the criminal. Gang thought to be retaliating for the arrest of three of its members by the cranium. Participants in a big bilateral franco ukrainian law enforcement sweep alleged members of gregor. We should of course say allegedly engaged in criminal activity. These particular alleged. Hoods seem to have belonged to a gregor's ransomware sub gang french authorities in particular had blood in there is because as france entire reports. A gregor was allegedly implicated in ransomware attacks against hospitals. So paris in kiev. Good hunting. go get him. There allegedly bad guys researchers at mcafee this morning released their study of uc ransomware. A new strain detected earlier this year. It's another entry into the ransomware as a service market whose operators hawkins in both russophone an anglophone criminal the criminal markets. It uses the familiar attack. Vectors common in the ransomware space phishing emails of course but also exploitation of compromised accounts index has gained through unpacked. Systems with known vulnerabilities. Babba criminal customers seem so far to be most interested in hitting victims in the transportation healthcare plastics electronics and agriculture sectors. Their activity has extended to a number of geographical regions and the malware doesn't use the sorts of local language checks often employed to keep the operators out of water in countries whose legal systems tend to be vigilant and unforgiving mcafee's notes on abbott. See an interesting division of labor across its two principal linguistic communities. The operators will use an english language for them for announcements but a russian language forum for affiliate recruitment ransomware updates
Amnesty strips Alexei Navalny of 'prisoner of conscience' status
"There was a time when a figure like alexei navalny might have been able to count on if little else the full-throated support of amnesty international. The russian opposition figurehead would appear to meet. Every definition of a prisoner of conscience imprisoned on exceedingly dubious pretext spy unpleasant authoritarians and slash. With no record of ever having furthered he's caused through perpetrating inciting or suggesting violence however amnesty appear to differ on the basis of remarks made by navalny about immigrants a few years back. Amnesty has announced that whatever they will classify navalny as prisoner of conscience is not one. Join with more on this by mark kelly. Russia analyst and author of several books most recently a short history of russia. Mark festival to this maneuver by amnesty. Aren't they missing the point of prisoner of conscience a little bit that it's not necessary that you actually agree with them. Yeah absolutely and this is definitely something of an own-goal for amnesty. And especially so because it seems to bury much be have been triggered by a campaign or if not orchestrated by the kremlin but certainly sort of very much augmented by kremlin friendly. Voices in on social media does hurt navarre only at all it. Does i mean we go. To realize that the kremlin the moment is trying to portray him as anything but a immoral icon. I mean this wine set of charging him with treason or anything like that. They've gone for embezzlement. And basically he's dismissing a great patriotic war veteran and this is going to be an ready. It is being magnified by the russian state media as if it somehow amnesty deciding that novell abadan of course amnesty saying they still think that he should not be imprisoned so forth but that kind of nuance doesn't matter. So the kremlin is definitely gonna use this for it's worth which part of the russian electorate public does this stuff play with though i mean the charges against navalny especially that one. You alluded to of having insulted a veteran of the great patriotic. I mean that's absurd even if true that you would put somebody in the dark for that. The point is this is a long game. Let's be honest. Nevada is going to be in prison for at least two and a years. and what. the substandard kremlin tactic. They basically throw so much mud that even if each individual charge is when you look at it pretty ridiculous at some point just begins to sift into the subconscious of of many of the potential electric. Who aren't really people following the news in detail. They not committed inobound nights. They just went on the they. Just get unsensitive. Oh yeah you know what there will lose court. Cases wasn't their rulers allegations. The hope is that it'll stick again. It's not a sophisticated tactic but they hope is that skin. They have so much control over the media and probably a couple of years to do it. They can black and his reputation before he ever sees the light of day. We have talked before about the strategic sense of this from your vladimir putin on the russian regimes point of view as like why you would turn valley into the center of a circus rather than just ignore him. They hoping though that if he is sent to the salt pile fluently for at least two and a half years that he will just be forgotten about. Definitely the idea. I mean again. They hope is that this way he just simply becomes someone who again used to be someone now. Of course. The difficulty is the moment they have him in a top security prison within a prison. In due course he's going to have to go out and presumed me to just an ordinary prison or in this case a penal colony which is how the russians classify that their prisons and at that point. You know there is the chance that he will have access to whether it's sort of illegal cell phones that he can send out the message and so forth so the there is going to be this constant narrative struggle navanly's people want to keep his memory alive. They want to make into a current thing. The kremlin indu course will want to make him into just some past figure who gets forgotten the you. You have responded to the persecution of nevada by imposing some sanctions which do more symbolic than anything else navalny's supporters unsurprisingly asking the eu to expand those sanctions but is there anything the eu can realistically do in the sanctions department which is going to Compel russia to adjust their behavior. Navales concern because russia can't back down now right valley's going to the penal colony for at least two and a half years yes. There's no real question about that but look sanctions are more than anything else about political symbolism and when you just assigned to go for four fairly obvious candidates who basically have no property in the eu. And unlike we're unlikely to becoming to holiday in the south of france the symbolism the message you're giving is basically we have done the least possible we really don't want to get involved in this if the e you had come up with with a much more robust package of measures. Of course it wouldn't have meant. The putin would suddenly have quake in his boots. Before ios it burrell and reversed his policy but it would have said look. We do take this seriously. We will consist on adding costs to your actions. The trouble is at the moment that actually what they basically said is quite the opposite. The russia obviously does hope that we've out navan the as its figurehead than the protest movement that he leads will just sort of dwindle. Evaporate and disappear. Is that light clear. The discussions about how the rage could be maintained. I mean i'm thinking back to those color revolutions in eastern europe in the early part of this century in one of the reasons or one of the ways they succeeded as that they were substantially lead a loose so the authorities seeking to suppress the movements. Didn't really know who they should cart off. Yeah absolutely and this is one of the problems. I mean they pass. The opposition has had the great virtue of his finger navalny as figurehead because he's very charismatic and effective but now they novelli shaped hole and really echo three ways. They could indeed dwindle all it could. Well be that we will find new leaders. Arising i mean it might be as in belarus that actually you'll find for example navales wife emerging as a new figure all others who can basically fill that role. The third possibility is though if this movement which is essentially very much it's nonviolent. It's political if this fails then there is also the risk that actually people become more radicalized. They feel that we. We tried everything we could within the system. We're going to have to try and go without the system. And i think this is the moment we actually have. No idea. notice the kremlin which way it'll go
Bristol's Jewish students fight for their University's reputation
"Hi my name is. And i'm a final year english literature student at the university of bristol. And my spare time. I also freelance. And i've written articles for the telegraph the times the independent huffington post what is regional papers and i also am features editor of the top bristol So the last two years being jewish student has been quite hard at university of bristol as a result of elektra a sociology professor called professor dave Because in his class he teaches and matic conspiracy theories about jewish organizations. He has a lecture in his home against powerful module where he accuses zionism as being one of the five pillars phobia and he implies using this sort of weighed conspiratorial web that israel on british jewish organizations have a malign influence on british government. And sort of in that slide. He touches on a series of consoles tropes about jewish people and two years ago. My best friend nina freedman. Who was then president of bristol. Jason is now you diaz president-elect made a complaint against david miller on years later in the university still hasn't done anything about it and hasn't advised or supported jewish students in any way but the situation picked up again. I'm a week or two weeks ago. Because david millar appeared in a video where he said that zionism we must cool front end design. Ism were in. He touched on several of the anti semitic tropes of course it really is of course some people into target to join us at in relation to this community in particular done. This through interfaith were pretending that jesus was working together. We'll be an apolitical way of countries. Ism stylings though. It's is the horse for normalizing zionism in the community. I in islamic mosque for example where. The mosque unknowingly held this project of chicken soup with a together. This is really backed project to normalize is within the muslim community. And they're doing that time. During the attack on cobra on this sort of started a new upper on twitter and reaganite hit the movement to get david miller removed from bristol. University campus clinician nasty. Seeing jews everywhere even in loction soup made in mosques while bashing corbin the share arrogance of this man and in one glib soundbite he opposes generations and generations of jewish teaching centuries of daily prayers which users sites to return to. Zion is car us special envoy in combating antisemitism until january. Twenty twenty one. Sinus didn't start in nineteen forty eight zionism spring out of the first zionist cows. Zionism was born in russia. When god says to abraham go forth to a land that i will show you. Zionism reached its consummation in the exodus. When moses let the jewish people to the promised land and zionism found one of its clearest expression
New US envoy to UN gets red carpet welcome from Russia
"Moscow welcomes Linda Thomas greenfield taking up her post as ambassador to the United Nations but wonders how policy will change a senior Russian diplomat says the red carpet will be rolled out and Moscow is ready to work with the Biden administration but it takes two to tango deputy U. N. ambassador Dmitry Polonsky says America's view of Russia is an enemy and a threat hasn't changed though on the president Joe Biden so it's very difficult to imagine change with such starting points of the positions of the new administration nevertheless Bernanke says there were lots of things Russia and the US can do together and we will judge the new administration by what it does I'm Charles that's not
Navalny No Longer Designated 'Prisoner Of Conscience' By Amnesty International
"International has revoked a prisoner of conscience status of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Here's Charles Maynes reporting from Moscow. Amnesty is still calling for Navalny to be released from prison where he's currently serving out a 2.5 year term for parole violations. Both he and amnesty argue were politically motivated. The human rights watchdog will no longer call Navalny a prisoner of conscience, citing past views that Amnesty says violated it's hate speech. Rules of only has long been a controversial figure among Russian liberals in particular over what some argue were overtly nationalist statements early in his career targeting migrants and ethnic groups in Russia's southern caucuses region. On. The allies insist his positions have evolved over time and suggest amnesty may have fallen for a coordinated online campaign by pro Kremlin bloggers to discredit the opposition figure.
COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped by the COVAX Facility head to Ghana, marking beginning of global rollout
"Doses of Corona virus vaccines provided by a U. S backed international program have been delivered. The first delivery of covert 19 vaccines to the African country of Ghana arrived today via the U. S Back WH Ose linked Kovacs International vaccination sharing program. 600,000 doses were delivered the first of two billion vaccines set to be Ever this year to over 90 developing countries, experts say. Without the whole world vaccinated against Cove it all countries will remain at risk. China and Russia have already been distributing their own vaccines, toe dozens of countries around the world in their bid to curry favor and gain sway with needy governments and people.
U.S. "humbly" asks for its seat back on U.N. Human Rights Council
"Administration is now looking for a seat at the table at the U. N. Human Rights Council. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says we will seek a three year term starting next year. The United States currently has observer status, and Blinken says there is one area of concern we have observed, the United States re engages. We urge the Human Rights Council Look at how it conducts his business. That includes it's disproportionate focus on Israel. In mid 2018. The Trump Administration pulled the US out of the council over its focus on Israel. It also took issue with China, Cuba, Russia and other nations being on the council when they've been accused of human rights abuses. Like an echo that, saying countries with the worst human rights record should not be members,
Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to destabilize Russia
"Agency to redouble its efforts to address what he described as Western attempts to destabilize the country. At a meeting of top federal Security Service officials, Putin pointed today at the so called policy of containment of Russia. Charges that includes efforts to derail our development. Slow it down, create problems alongside our borders, provoke internal instability and under by the values that unite the Russian society Cos time. 9 47 a new survey
U.S. "humbly" asks for its seat back on U.N. Human Rights Council
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"Pictures of the wild pack of dogs in this place in russia turning blue from the snow supposedly chemicals inside the snow. I mean russia returning there for blue. And now i think it's starting to pink. It's an ongoing story. Yeah are we sure. There's not a gender reveal party gone awry now that you say that the entire actually makes the entire nation is a gender reveal party gone. Awry probably yeah. Dogs are mysteriously turning blue and pink in a russian city according to the new york post. Oh yeah blue and green as well so blue green and pink. That's real snow. That's real conspiracy there. That's a that's an actual conspiracy. What is in the air. The turning the dogs blue colloidal silver. Probably wow
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"Months. A lot of people are watching this and thinking. This seems to work I. Mean probably overstating the effect, but doesn't matter because you know you still. It's not that expensive to build up that capability. So I have no doubt they will try to explore. The black lives matter movement or the ANTIFA narrative for example that's out there. But I think that temptation for us. In the United States is to essentially distinguish between the influence operation. which is you know in my that would be my default expectation that is only a minor fringe phenomenon that the main situation we're looking at is homemade and real. Because I mean just to put it really provocative and bluntly. Weak democracies blamed the problems on outside forces. That's what's happening in Russia. Strong democracies owned their problems and fix them well. That is a wise observation to End Up on and. I appreciate the insights. The book is active measures the secret history of disinformation and political warfare. Thomas rid thanks for joining us. Thanks for having me appreciate it. Thanks to the former US ambassador to Russia Michael. mcfaul and political scientist and author Thomas Rid for joining us out skullduggery. Don't forget to subscribe to skulduggery on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcast and tell us what you think Lee. Review short a follow us on social media at skulduggery pod. We'll talk to.
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"Okay we now have with US Michael? mcfaul, a former US ambassador to Moscow and the author of the book from Cold War. Too Hot piece in American ambassador in Putin's Russia ambassador welcome to skulduggery. Thanks for having me, so this is a pretty wild story that broken last few days about the Russians paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers. What do you make of it well? It's shocking, if true, obviously you know, we'll get into what we know what we don't know, and I'm always careful and nervous about commenting on intelligence when we don't know all the facts so far. Far The original New York Times story has not been refuted by anybody. It's been confirmed by several other outlets and the facts are pretty horrible. If LADIMIR PUTIN IS PAYING TALIBAN fighters to kill American soldiers that represents an escalation I would say intentions are already been escalating for several years, and it also represents an escalation in what I would call the rogue nature of Putin's foreign policy over the last several years. You know it's one thing to have tensions between countries based on differences. It's another thing to go outside of the international system entirely the rules norms of procedures the laws. And I think you've seen that really beginning with annexation Ukraine in two thousand fourteen. You've seen that escalation. And this perhaps as one more step in that escalation ambassador. We'll obviously get into how the trump administration dealt with this whether the president's. briefed on it, what do you make of that? But before we do I just WanNa, try to understand. What is Putin's game here? If this happened I, mean what would be in it for him to kill a few Americans. You know American. Service members at a time when the US already negotiated a deal to get out anyway I'd say two things one very big, but important to always remember that Vladimir Putin considered the United States of America his enemy. Doesn't matter what Nice words trump might say about him or or others. He is fundamentally decided, and it wasn't always this way. We could go back in history. His views have changed over time I. I met him in the spring of Nineteen, ninety, one for instance his worldview, somewhat different than but but today. He thinks we're the enemy. He thinks we're out to get him. He thinks we're trying to undermine him. especially the deep state, the CIA intelligence agencies trying to overthrow regimes. We don't like around him. Him and including his own regime, and when I was the US ambassador in Moscow two thousand twelve to fourteen, he believed that we were fomenting revolution against his regime. I used to think it was a cynical view. I left Moscow thinking no. This is what this guy believes. Right some remember. That's his analytic framework. We're the enemy and so anything he can do to weaken us. He's willing to do, and and again I'm just I don't know the facts I want to keep saying that I'm just. Speculating based on my long interactions and writing about him, but for him to see us, bogged down in Afghanistan. That is a good thing, not a bad thing, and as we're about to cut a deal with the Taliban. I could see very easily that making the argument. Let's pump some money into this to keep this thing going to derail this peace negotiation that will keep the Americans bogged down in Afghanistan and from his definition of Russian national interest, not mine and not a lot of other Russians, but from his definition that would be. Be Serving Russia's national interest. What's particularly striking about this and you write about this in your book is it wasn't always so especially on Afghanistan because you before you became ambassador. Two thousand twelve year on the National Security Council during the era of the reset with Russia relations when Obama was trying to improve relations with Russia and one as I remember it one of the big success stories that you touted under the reset was that the Russians were going to help with US refueling for shipments of arms and personnel to Afghanistan that's right. One of the first agreements that President Obama and president yet assigned I was there in the Kremlin, was a lethal transit agreement so that we could transit lethal equipment through Russia was part of something, called the northern distribution network. When we came into office in two thousand, nine just started underbush and by the time I left the White House. It was over fifty percent of our supplies. Our soldiers in Afghanistan went through that northern route, and you can't get to Afghanistan through the north without going through Russia so at that moment in time under President Medvedev I need to underscore not Prime Minister Putin. They thought that fighting the Taliban. Taliban and supporting our efforts was in Russia's national interests. That has changed now i. think overtime. So why did it change? Well? One is that Putin and mcgettigan had different world views and I, think in America and the United States in my academic world. We too quickly always say oh. Medina was Putin's puppet. He had no power. He didn't do anything. I've a very different view I dealt with both of those guys up close and personal, sometimes on the same day, and they had different worldviews med. Vienna saw Russia's long term. future is being part of the West and cooperating with West Putin equivocated. That's what I was saying earlier, he. Had One foot in one foot out. September eleventh happened, and then he thought okay. We have a common enemy here. We can work together. Then he felt betrayed by Bush because of the Color Revolution Georgia and Ukraine, two thousand four, and then he kinda checked out and let me do the reset for awhile, and it was only when. There were popular uprisings I in the Arab spring. Right I, in the Middle East against an ally of his President Assad, and then that same year remember two thousand eleven that saying year there was a popular uprising against Putin and that's when he blamed us and I think that's when he went.
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"The inside of the home is gorgeous with rich woodwork and rustic details. There's a real bear rug in front of the stone fireplace. I could tell Randy was nervous jittery. He was having second thoughts about the interview. It was obvious. He was still reeling from what he had just gone through. Finally with what seemed to be his tenth cigarette of the past hour in his hand. He agreed to sit down with me and his living room and talk no pressure just chat and see how it goes. I had to ask had he seen a counselor his eyes welled up with tears. Good friends is the best counseling. Yes. I happen to see a counselor a little bit. But they really don't deal with us. It's just something you gotta work out yourself. Whatever happened to Randy was big or just on working. And it was about nine o'clock at night sat down. Drank can relax for the evening and somebody come up to the house here on I assumed he was a customer, and so I went to the front green. He was running his office for his storage company out of his home. So it wasn't unusual for customers to stop by to pay bills. He invited the men inside. Further. Good guy while tattoos all over my head. Pretty uncomfortable feeling. So I have my phone charging the kitchen. So I went to the kitchen I said excuse me for sequinned to the kitchen grab my phone flipped onto record and come back. And I said, so how can I help you says why don't we set? Actually, I'm here to help you. Randy was confused. It made no sense. How is this guy going to help him? The man's answer. Took him completely by surprise. Who says you will somebody one hundred thousand they said, I've been paid twenty thousand come out here and break your arms and legs. And he says, but he says check Terry saying white Qatar bag. I said be give me the twenty ground. He said. I don't like to that hired me. I'll return the favor to him. But Randy didn't owe anyone that kind of money. He knew the guy was lying, but that didn't change. The fact he was having this conversation with a very large intimidating guy and he was being threatened on his own doorstep. Was this guy serious? That's when he noticed Randy cell phone was recording. And he was not impressed up until then it was a fairly normal long aggressive conversation. Then just like that the man snapped. Point. He just went sideways. Whipped up his shirt polo to forty five slid the action back, but it to my forehead and pulled the trigger and. Thanks for listening to this. Sneak peek from episode two of crime beat if you liked what you heard you can subscribe for free now at apple podcasts, Google podcasts Spotify or wherever you get your favorite podcasts.
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"Hi, I'm Jeff sampled, the host of Russia rising. And I wanna let you know about a new show from curious cast that I think you might enjoy it's called crime beat. And it's hosted by Nancy Hicks, a crime reporter for global news for over twenty years in this new investigative podcast. Nancy takes you deep inside some of Canada's most high profile criminal cases each episode. We'll take you inside the story to give you details. You didn't hear on the news? These stories have left a lasting Mark on Nancy. And there are many things that she witnesses and experiences will covering a case that she would like to share with you with a full behind the scenes, look at all the twists and turns. Here's a sneak peek from episode two of the series, and while you're listening search and subscribed to crime beat for free. Now at curious cast dot CA or wherever you're enjoying this podcast. A listener note the following preview contains content of an adult nature listener discretion is advised as a journalist covering the crime beat. I don't work regular hours. It's not uncommon for me to get a text or a call in the middle of the night on a day off or even while, I'm on a beach enjoying a vacation. And when news breaks most times, I drop whatever I'm doing and get as much information as I can I also get a lot of emails phone calls and messages on social media on a typical day, I sort through hundreds if not thousands of items in my inbox. But there are certain messages that tend to stand out. I'm Nancy Hicks. I'm a crime reporter for global news and today on crime beat I wanna share an incredible story of survival one that sounds more like a movie than real life. It's the story of a man who dodged a bullet and live to tell the tale. One day not that long ago. A media release was sent out by police officers were asking for help in finding someone considered armed and dangerous. Those words always grab my attention are C N P officers were trying to track down a couple wanted for attempted murder. Arshi appea- issued a public warning for two people on the run from police in Alberta at this hour. Police released photos of the pair the girl looked young. But kind of unremarkable nothing about her appearance really stood out to me. But the man police were trying to find he didn't look like someone you'd want to mess with. Andrew wont was thirty years old at the time a tall guy broad with a muscular build, but his tattoos really made him stand out these weren't ordinary tattoos. I'm not one to judge based on someone's appearance. I have a tattoo myself to each their own. But these were different he had them on his face and neck, and they looked like they were meant to be intimidating. He also had some pretty explicit ink on his hands words. I don't even want to repeat. If a tough guy image is what he was going for Andrew want head nailed it. Police released a description of the vehicle the couple was likely driving. An officers included a special warning watch and his girlfriend were believed to be armed and dangerous. And should not be approached. It was three days before police were able to track watch down. He was facing a long string of charges, including attempted murder. Good evening. A province wide hunt for a man accused in numerous crimes, including attempted murder. Has ended Andrew wont is now behind bars after being on the run for a week the end the manhunt for once was so significant the mayor of the town where he committed his crimes spoke out about the arrest. Or are you detachment and its officers worked very hard to make this breakthrough in the case which led to the arrest. We're all very relieved anytime people. Oil so feed with this type of crime are arrested and we pride ourselves on a smaller small town field community where people feel safe police said wants and his girlfriend went to a rural residents outside of Sylvan lake Alberta. That's about an hour and a half north of Calgary. It's a town that attracts a lot of tourists, especially in the summer. It's one of the nicer swim -able lakes in Alberta. And when you live on the prairies people tend to take advantage of a nice beach and some water to play in the home watch was accused of going into wasn't far from town police alleged. He went into the house and demanded money and jewelry from the couple who lived there. Watch was also accused of firing a gun at the homeowner before taking off and spurring. The manhunt by police everyone in Sylvan lake new the homeowner he was a very successful businessman. Police. Confirmed. He was truly an innocent victim. Meaning he had no ties to any kind of criminal activity in a lot of home, invasion cases, it's bad people targeting bad, people hem police made it clear that wasn't the situation here. It was much later that I came to find out the victim's name in this case, I'll introduce you to him in a little bit. But right now, let me take you back a few years before making the move to global news in Calgary. I got my first job as a reporter right out of journalism school working at a smaller station in central Alberta about an hour and a half north in red deer called Ardy. Tv the station is now gone, but I have fond memories of my time there. My first fulltime rule was a producer and co host of a lifestyle type program that aired on TV over the noon hour, it had a mix of everything from fashion and cooking to music and pop culture. But it was the afternoons after that show was done that I looked for were too. That's when I would volunteer to report for the evening news. I loved covering a hard new story and early on. I would do things other reporters shied away from like knocking on the doors of criminals asking tough questions holding people accountable, and I had a passion for covering anything court or Justice related. It wasn't long before my boss called me into his office and said he had a BT thought I'd be good at the crime beat I jumped at the opportunity, and that was the beginning of what we turn into more than two decades covering crime. I'm telling you all of this because as it turns out, I actually met the victim of Andrew watch back in those early days to say he was a successful businessman is an. Understatement. He was a millionaire. His name is Randy Safronov, which when I found out. He was the victim of the home invasion and attempted murder. I jumped in the truck and headed north to Sylvan lake I needed to talk to him about his brush with death. Randy's house is really amazing the kind you'd expect a millionaire to live in. It's been renovated since I was there last, but it still has the same gorgeous view. Overlooking Sylvan lake you can see for miles clear through to the rocky mountains. The
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"The Celia notes that the scrip will poisoning happened. Just three months before Russia was to host the fief oh world copy and many western leaders chose to boycott that tournament after the events in Salisbury. The World Cup. For Rosh advertising. Iran wasn't totally bought football. It was into Thursday ran for the whole Russia. Russia was showing good phrase tour to the world, they invest invested huge amount of money and echoed into international experts. That was one of the best World Cups on. So you have to be really really stupid to do something like that wasn't in Salisbury three miles before the World Cup with emission, Mr Speaker Arbed like twelve dates the house, but then in September six months after the scrip all poisoning, British authorities finally broke their silence and showed their cards. Mrs speaker, this forensic investigation has now produced sufficient evidence for the independent director of public prosecutions to bring charges against two. Russian nationals for the conspiracy to murder. Sergei scrip how the British Prime minister not only announced criminal charges against two Russian suspects. But the police also released a dozen images of them captured on some of the UK's five million security cameras now the photos showed the suspects arriving at the airport, and then documented their travels over the next couple of days they stayed in London and made two trips to Salisbury, including on the day of the poisoning before then flying back to Moscow, the same day police even found traces of that rare nerve agent Novi Chuck inside their London hotel room. British officials said the two men had traveled to the UK on real Russian passports. But they had used fake names. Police said they didn't know the men's real identities, but the British. Prime minister had little doubt who they were working for based on a body of intelligence. The government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police and CPS officers from the Russian military intelligence service. Also known as the GRU the geo. You is a highly disciplined organization with a well established chain of command. So this was not a rogue operation. It was almost certainly also approved outside the U two senior level of the Russian state that allegation that the assassins were Russian GRU secret agents stunned the world, and it also confused. A lot of people left struggling to understand how Russian intelligence agents could be so unintelligent. You'll be trained and psychological manipulation. It certainly doesn't jive with the Hollywood image of unstoppable. Russian spies. Like, Jennifer Lawrence in the movie, red Sparrow trained to seduce to kill and to disappear. In contrast, these alleged Russian spies in Salisbury left, a long and embarrassing trail of evidence. They used a nerve agent that was widely believed to have been developed in Russia, and they even bought the assassination a single drop of Novi Chuck can be deadly and yet scruple survived the Russian president insisted that the two suspects were ordinary Russians civilians and that they were innocent. Putin said the men should come forward and tell the world their story to help clear their names, not simply focus go federal law. Visited
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"Less than a week later Russian President Putin fresh off his latest election victory responded to the bold British accusation because I learned about the tragedy in the media. And the first thing that comes to mind is that if it was really a military toxic agent. The people would have been killed instantly. This is an obvious fact that needs to be understood Secondly Russia doesn't possess these talks occasions. We have destroyed all of our chemical weapons under the control of international observers, but Putin's denial did little to placate the British government or its allies the actions by Russia against civilians of another country are absolutely unacceptable. Canada, the United States NATO and twenty six other countries responded by expelling a whopping three hundred and forty two Russian diplomats an unproved. Exited number even compared with the chilliest years of the Cold War. I sad situation. Certainly looks like the Russians were the Ida. But despite that show of solidarity from western governments, some members of the wider public remained sceptical, the British government had said, it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the poisoning. But for months it remained tight lipped on the details. If British authorities had evidence to back up that claim they weren't showing their hand at least not yet. In the absence of publicly available evidence. There was a kind of free for all of he said she said denials and conspiracy theories. Russia's TV networks had a field day. After weeks of media hysterics and official claims without a shred of evidence that case that Russia was behind the Salisbury poisoning. Incident is falling apart the Russian Foreign Minister, even suggested that the UK government might have carried out the attempted assassination to distract the British public from Brexit vision. Bruce, I remember covering the story at the time for global news from London and even some veteran British analysts that I spoke with at the time weren't sure what to think for a lot of ordinary people. It came down to a simple question of who do you trust more or less, the Russian president or the British Prime minister and some started drawing comparisons to other times in history when British leader's had been less than truthful, Mr Speaker, one popular example, among skeptics, the Renault doubt, the Dirac as threat and respect weapons of mass destruction. Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair's war in Iraq based on those missing weapons of mass destruction. We know that was entirely and trailing on propaganda. The section and lies at the very least at the very least should make us depth the goal and further fueling that skepticism were questions over motive. I mean, sure it's not the first time that the Kremlin has been accused of targeting. Former agents ex Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned to death by alleged Russian agents in London England back in two thousand and six after they slipped a radioactive substance into his teak while they were having lunch at a high end restaurant. But unlike Litvinienko Sergei scruple was not an outspoken critic of the Kremlin. In fact, his neighbors say that the sixty seven year old had been living a quiet life in. Retirement. Alexander Vasiliev is a former KGB agent who now lives in London. And he says the timing of this assassination attempt. Also doesn't make sense. Without authorization and put in with narrow authorized it because of the World Cup. The
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"So I've been working as a Canadian journalist based in Europe for about five and a half years during that time I've seen Vladimir Putin in person a couple of times the I was in Sochi. Russia. I was there. Reporting on the Olympic Games back in twenty fourteen. And while I was there I stopped into Canada Olympic house. It's basically a hanging for Canadian athletes, their families, friends and fans, and they're suddenly about a dozen Russian police officers guarding the doors people start screaming. Everyone has their cell phone cameras in the air, and I look over and they're about twenty meters away is the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now, the first thing that goes through my mind is men he's he's a lot shorter than he looks on TV. But of course, he has this giant larger than life presence. He's smiling. He's holding a pair of Team Canada Olympic mittens, and he and his translator grab a microphone lamb. Push last. Let us we our teams to meet in the final. No, it's kind of hard to hear over the cheers. But that was Putin through his translator saying he hopes that Canada and Russia meet in the men's hockey final a rematch of that epoch Canada US as our summit series back in nineteen seventy two. The first hand that NHL players had ever skated against the Soviets at a time when Soviet Russia was at the height of its power. Putin tells the crowd that he wants a rematch with Canada except this time with Russia as the victim. Thank you. Surprise visit to Canada Olympic house receives a rock star reception. The hundred or so Canadians in the crowd are going crazy. And his prediction about the men's hockey proved half true Canada did advance to the finals and won gold though, it would be against Sweden not Russia and just days after those social impacts finished on a high note that smiling hockey loving, President Putin invaded Ukraine. Ukrainian officials say at least sixteen civilians have been killed in the past twenty four hours in fighting in the east of the country that invasion, and the subsequent annexation of Crimea, spiraled into a war that his killed ten thousand people by some counts, and is still going on right now, and it also re-ignited diplomatic war between Russia and the west Canada has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Vladimir Putin and Russia, but through all of that the Russian president appears utterly unfazed flat. Amir Putin is ruled over the world's largest country for nearly two decades. But for many he remains a mystery one this podcast hopes to unravel with help from those who know him best including a former fellow Russian secret agent. Our belief are more or less heaven idea how he's thinking as. Schedule b. I'm Jeff simple. The Europe bureau chief for global news. And this is Russia rising on this episode will explore how poor kid from tough neighborhood became a secret agent, one of the world's wealthiest men and Russia's longest serving leader since Dallin while also being accused of a laundry list of atrocities, the government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the against Sergei and Julia scrip how what we need to do is understand bladder Puma for what he is a murder, and but to truly understand what motivates poop why he does what he does we need to know where he came. Tire cutty. It's just calling from global news. I reached out to our caddy strategy the Russian editor for the economist magazine, a strove ski was born in Moscow has spent much of his career in Russia. And he literally wrote the book on Putin's early years a biography called the invention of Russia. A lot of details from Putin's childhood come from the man himself. Putin has described growing up in a tough neighborhood in. What was then Leningrad? His father was a foreman at a local factory and they lived in a rat infested communal housing block where several families shared a single apartment as a kid. Putin was small for his age and was always getting into fights with kids who were bigger and stronger, but I think just growing up and the tough streets Leningrad in quite a thuggish atmosphere. I think there was. Lots of things he learned from these street fights, which he wasn't gauged in judo. He wanted to be. Physically stand up to the kids who were picking him. He should be living. Leeann girls to neutral in a recent TV enter sweeten said the Leningrad St. taught him important lesson. If a fight is inevitable you need to throw the first punch Therese. Healed up natural yeast UPN where it was still. Wishing you mention like most kids Putin wasn't too concerned with global affairs, and he certainly never dreamed of being a politician or becoming president. Instead he wanted to be a sailor or maybe pilot but one day as a teenager. He says he saw movie that would change as. The
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"Protest by an ad on Facebook. But it's highly unlikely that online trolls could trick large numbers of people into voting for a different political candidate. But according to the tally that former troll we met back in Saint Petersburg. The trolls influence should not be underestimated. If an election race is close he says, they could have an impact and the trolls main goal isn't necessarily to promote a particular candidate. But rather to so division in western countries to weaken alliances like NATO that stand up to Russian aggression and to make America and its allies appeared, deeply divided and dysfunctional. So that ordinary Russians will look over and see the western version of democracy as a chaotic mess of failed experiment compared with Putin's Russia. His so called managed democracy, which they see as strong and stable the trolls success in sewing division in the United States is difficult to deny and batali warns Canadians should also be on. Guard ahead of their next federal election in twenty nine thousand nine. Yeah. Melissa gender Indians are afraid of foreign influence the need to double check everything they read online if he sees some data on Facebook. Check it with different sources Canadians need to be vigilant. For curious cast and global news. This is Russia rising an investigative series from me Jeff simple to unravel the mystery.
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"So armed with all of that information. I hopped aboard Moscow subway and hitched a ride to the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin was unavailable. So instead, I met Uris lov Neil off an MP knee love like a lot of Russians, including their president doesn't totally deny that the troll factory was or is a real thing. But he insists they don't know anything about it. Besides what they've read in the press, and that it has no connection whatsoever to the Kremlin Neela also questions, whether even a small army of online trolls could actually influence an election result in a country like the United States or Canada. There's still think that the internet is a place, but the reasons that Trump won the election thing to do with us. You think that when Russia's blame? It is just the establishment trying to offer excuses as to why they have lost. And that raises an even bigger question do posts and advertisements on social media actually have the power to sway someone's political beliefs to change their vote the short answer. Based on the limited research available on that subject is not really they can reinforce or amplify someone's existing beliefs. So if you will already think that police are racist. For example, you're more likely to believe a fake news story about police brutality or being courage to join a.
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"After the terrorist attacks in Brussels in twenty sixteen another Russian troll account called Emily Baldwin wrote Syrian refugees are not welcomed to Toronto hashtag Islam kills. Hashtag, brussels. And there were also plenty of posts on the extreme left. A lot of them very critical of police, for example. After the high profile police shooting death of Toronto teenager. Sammy A-Team one troll account wrote hashtag TPS for Toronto police service back at it again, murdering unarmed racialist youth, hashtag police brutality. Hashtag toronto. Hashtag Salmiya team. They can borrow words that are already existing, but are very fringy and make them see less fringes. And they really are one troll account promoted, the hashtag black lives matter. Well, another said, keep Canada white and Warren says that after the 2016 US election, the number of tweets, actually, rose we saw significant changes in the way that these accounts acted over time. They got sneakier they got harder to identify. They can get a very biased and extreme view of how divided we are. I think that's a big thing. I'm taking away from this that that's what that's what the Russian trolls were trying to accomplish. And I think if you can be aware of that you might be able to protect yourself some extent. And here's why many of us may need to do a better job of protecting ourselves. And for me. This may be one of the most chilling details in this story in a short period of time these accounts run by Russian trolls picked up thousands of real followers, and their posts were re tweeted and mentioned tens of millions of times by other genuine users real people, including many Canadians were liking sharing promoting this Russian troll activity without even knowing..
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"Recently identified thousands of accounts and millions of tweets as coming from the Russian troll factory. Professor Warren had an idea, and we knew that with L listen accounts. We'd be able to to uncover more than anyone really had access to at that point about what these guys are trying to do. And so we sprung into action Warren and his team were able to effectively look back in time. They analyzed three million tweets that came from the trolls accounts, we're able to categorize him into six broad categories of sorts of accounts. Fisher what sort of person was this account pretending to be there were accounts that pretended to be from the gypsum? It local news sources, for example, while others tried to promote various hashtags, but Warren says the largest groups were dubbed the left drills and the right. Trolls left. Hurl accounts or sort of pretending to be folks on the extreme left of the political distribution people who are very upset with the system the way it is many of them strong supporters of black lives matter. But but not just that sort of a very left parts of the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders supporters you'll sign supporters that sort of thing. And then the right troll accounts were sort of the opposite extreme very nationalistic vary pro-trump, very anti immigrant. And so these are these are the biggest set of accounts Warren, directed me to a spreadsheet containing three million troll tweets, and it's searchable. So you can type words like Canada or Justin Trudeau to find and read the tweets that specifically targeted Canadians. I've spent hours combing through the list, and it's funny. Some of the tweets seem totally ordinary. Mundane commenting on Canadian sports results, for example, but the majority of the posts focused on really divisive emotional issues such as Canada US relations and immigration. They would often cite stories of immigrants involved in crime. It seemed like they were just scraping as far as they could to find any examples of immigrants and involved in crime and emphasize those sorts of stories more than two thousand of the trolls tweets specifically mentioned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, including the hashtag Trudeau must go and Trudeau is forced to rethink his open borders policy. A once again as Silom seekers are steadily pouring over the border from the US into Quebec and Canada during a spike in border crossings last year one troll account wrote Canada forced to take drastic action to stop illegals from flooding in..
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"The anti Islam. Protesters waved confederate flags. One more a t shirt that said white power, and they were encouraged by the organizers on Facebook to bring their guns to the rally. The police were called in. There was some local press coverage. Well, it turns out that both protests for and against the Islamic library organized by Russian trolls nine thousand kilometers away and those rallies in Houston. Or just one example of Charles where he wouldn't social media marketing Sakarov says the troll factory organized and funded dozens of political rallies in the US on sensitive issues like immigration religion and race law enforcement separated. Two groups at Stone Mountain the white power rally and the counter protests, both got intense and violent the trolls organized a white power rally and counter protests last summer. Are in Georgia that made national news in the US and was also covered by Russian television of Toronto where proud health show Zuccaro says the troll factory had a budget of more than a million dollars a month paid for by Guinea prog- Osen, a Russian oligarch and close friend of President Putin. He's nicknamed Putin's chef because he started in the restaurant industry and has become one of Russia's wealthiest men. Thanks in large part to business and military contracts. He secured from the Kremlin, so big ocean is a sort of example of what what are called curator's in the Kremlin. That's Dan Treistman, a professor of political science at the university of California and author of the book, the new autocracy, which investigates the inner workings of the Kremlin Treistman says Putin relies heavily on people like prog- Osen who are called curator's. Basically freelancers who. Work outside the official channels of the Russian government. These individuals who are tasked with responsibility for some important sphere of activities, but who don't have any official state position. And therefore if they went into trouble, the Kremlin can denied that this has anything to do with the government. But at the same time Putin expects results from them. And in return, they're paid well or allowed various allowed to continue with various corrupt activities, which very lucrative proposing is one of thirteen Russians named an indictment from Robert Muller and the US department of Justice in connection to the troll factory. But despite the commonly held belief that the trolls main goal was to help elect Donald Trump in two thousand sixteen Sakarov says most of the time they actually promoted both sides of an issue. They were creating ads and posts that were both. Pro Muslim and anti-muslim both for and against gun ownership and both Republican and democrat of Wayne a Nella was to support Trump. I mean, the main a Worcester race ole tensions in American society. But what about Canadian society Zuccaro says the troll factory had a US department and an international department. The targets other countries. He says Canada's close proximity and relationship to the US means Canadians are also targeted albeit on a much smaller scale that Osama tensions between the the in Canada. That's why thousands of tweets that talked about Canadian issues. That's Patrick Warren on an associate professor of economics eh, Clemson university a few years ago. Warren's colleagues at his university in South Carolina developed a tool called the social media listening center. It's base. Basically an archive of posts from social media. So when Twitter.
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"Most of the controversy over Russian trolls has focused on the last US presidential campaign. But it didn't stop there to find out more about what really happened. I caught the train from Saint Petersburg to Moscow to meet with a Russian investigative journalist Andrei Sakarov final special report are we see magazine under as a car of uncovered how the troll factory evolved from writing and posting some fake news stories into a well oiled propaganda machine s we know inventive. Fifty eight focused on the US by twenty fifteen during the lead up to the US election. Sakarov says the trolls online posts mostly on Facebook and Twitter, we're reaching up to fifty million people every week. Most of their posts focused on divisive social issues, and they were doing much more than fueling the debate. Online one day in twenty fifteen the trolls decided to conduct an experiment using free hot dogs as bait. New York City has a lot of traffic, of course, and a lot of traffic cameras, and you can actually watch the video feed from those cameras on the internet in real time. They fall open comer in New York. The trolls advertised on Facebook in the US that hot dogs were being given away for free on a particular street in Manhattan at this time in New York, you can get three hundred. And then they so we that people really come nuts, and they they use sold that at least. I'm they saw that people gave him all these folks. And the trolls realize that if they could trick people into showing up for St. meet what about political protests. On may twenty first twenty sixteen to competing political rallies were held in Houston, Texas for and against the opening of a local law MC library. Both rallies were organized on Facebook. And they happened right across the street from each other..
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"For files without their owners, knowing though the website fatality wrote for was made to look like it was based in Ukraine and his articles mostly focused on the war in that country. But instead of the annexation of Crimea by pro Russian separatists and the Russian military batali was instructed to write about a militia of volunteers who were fighting for freedom against the evil western back to Ukrainian government, and he recalls his manager telling him the most important rule. Shoe told me don't mention Russia. Russia does not participate in this conflict at all. And you can't say otherwise Russian president flat. Amir Putin later admitted that Russian forces had in fact, been deployed to Ukraine, but at the time in two thousand fourteen the Kremlin was still insisting that any Russian troops were merely patriotic volunteers who are in Ukraine on their holidays. Batali says after writing the articles he would then spam the links to the stories all over the internet. So in chat rooms on social media dating websites wherever he could find he admits back, then it was pretty basic work. But that was just the beginning. We were the first one of the pioneers of this work. Now, I can see what they're doing in many other countries now despite his moral objections the tally continued working at the troll factory for about three months. He said his plan was to collect enough information. So that he could publicly expose what was going on there, which he did at first publishing an anonymous article online, but before he resigned his post in November twenty fourteen he said the troll factory had started recruiting English-speaking employee's. They worked in a separate area of the building. He says under tighter security and their job was to produce propaganda targeting western countries, particularly the United States, I humbly and gratefully accept..
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"Do you might expect to meet, but he says that's partially because he had no idea what he was signing up for when he was first hired by the troll factory back in twenty fourteen back. Then he says he was an aspiring young journalist looking for work when he came across an online ad for what he thought was a job at a news website. He says the starting pay was pretty good better than. Average. So he applied and he got a call. Flo. When I went for the job interview. There was tight security at the building. My manager asked me a lot of strange questions like they wanted to know where my family members worked. Provided samples of articles had written about the persecution of Russia's LBJ Q community and about opposition leader Alexia Velnje. Only. But they didn't seem to worried about my politics. Said that I wouldn't be writing those type of articles that I was clearly a good writer, and they offered me this job. But after a couple of days at the office batali realized this was not an ordinary newsroom. He'd actually been hired as a professional internet troll. My job was to write twenty news articles a day full of pro-kremlin propaganda. And then share the articles using fake online account created with name and photos taken from real online.
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"Nondescript apartment buildings and offices, and there's one building year that's four stories tall that has a large for rent sign hanging in the window. And if not for the Russian translator who is accompanying me here, I would never guess that. This was the home of the internet research agency, the official name for the now notorious Russian troll factor. The Kremlin troll is a known thing in Russia. The American and Canadian it's weren't prepared for it. I'm Jeff simple. The Europe bureau chief for global news. And this is Russia rising as a Canadian correspondent based in Europe. I do a lot of reporting on Russia. It's a world superpower, of course, hugely important country. And it's one that's not afraid to throw its weight around on the world stage and Russia is constantly being accused of behaving badly of meddling hacking doping invading neighboring countries, even assassinating former spies, but despite all of that coverage and constant attention. I think Russia is also deeply misunderstood by many people in the western world including Canada. So on this podcast. We'll try to piece together the puzzle separate fact from fiction and unravel the mystery that is Russia with help from those who know her best and on this episode. We're going hunting for trolls not. The kind that live under bridges and carry large clubs. I'm talking about Russian internet trolls credited, these using the internet to manipulate political opinion can Russia, according to one full the Russian internet troll, the United States to like the kind accused of interfering in the 2016 US presidential campaign. Facebook told congress Russian trolls hosted eighty thousand items from January two thousand fifteen this August two thousand seventeen rushing reaching more than twenty million in the United States. In fact, this evening new report about Russia's efforts to stir up racial conflict right now inside the United States. But how do those trolls actually work and come on? Is it really possible for a group of people on the internet to affect an election result in a different country and besides the United States, which we've heard a lot about. I also wanted to know if. Other countries specifically Canada are targeted to. So I came to Saint Petersburg to ask a guy who knows firsthand what these trolls are up to you. See Vitale best ball of used to be one of them. Vitol, Ian, I meet at a park in Saint Petersburg. And we find a bench where we can sit down and chat. He did not want to meet near his house because he said he was worried that we might inadvertently identify the location where he lives and that he could then be targeted for speaking to us about his experience at the troll factory. And it's hard to blame the guy for being worried. We tried reaching out to a few other former professional trolls who used to work at the trophy factory and have since quit and spoken publicly about their experiences, but most of them don't want to talk anymore. They say they've been threatened with criminal charges. Accused of being an American spy, for example, another one we spoke to had a family member fired from their job after he did an interview and batali himself has actually done. Some media interviews before and paid the price. He says he's been threatened with espionage charges and had his reputation smeared by. Stories produced by the Kremlin controlled TV channels in Russia. They accused him of being a drug addict, for example. But despite all of that, he bravely agreed to meet with us and speak to us about his experience. Gave it a lot of fun. But I believe it's important for me to tell my story. No. The TV channels like yours report on exit. Now, I've got to admit batali doesn't exactly look like a Russian troll. I mean, he's a skinny young guy wearing his hat backwards. He's got a stuttered bracelet on his wrist and more than a few tattoos running up. His arm of words written in Russian seraphic when I asked him about the tattoos. He rolls up his sleeve and shows me that he's actually got the face of a Russian opposition leader drawn on his shoulder. So not exactly the pro Kremlin. Propagandist..
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"Yeah. Was october. I in one thousand nine hundred ninety nine from the BBC in London. Winston your big on the first month of war. And he said this about how Soviet Russia, my respond to Hitler's aggression. You cold holiday of interest Churchill admitted he couldn't predict how Russia would act describing the country as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Eight decades later than that definition of Russia. Still rings true, but how has the world superpower gone from tenuous ally to potential threat Russians spies trying to hack into millions of devices of rage could allow hackers obtain anything for personal information to financial data and passwords indicted, thirteen Russian nationals unsaid the Russians use social media to so fearing discord in the United States Russia has been accused of attacking the west using trolls hackers even a sassy. Persons. The government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the against Sergei and Julia scruple despite all of that coverage and attention for many, the world's largest country remains the giant mystery one this program hopes to unravel with help from those who know her best. I'm Jeff simple. The Europe bureau chief for global news. And this is Russia rising on this podcast will hear directly from Russian trolls Packers Putin's supporters, even a former Russian KGB spy who trained with Vladimir Putin. I'll be on the ground gathering their stories and others to piece together, the puzzle separate fact from fiction and unravel the mystery that is Russia. Subscribe for free now at apple podcasts, Google podcasts Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.