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"Touch when we will not stop in church with them being church since 16 28 deputy Fire chief, Joseph Sherali, says there was a possibility the front of the church can collapse. He believes the fire department could be on the scene for a least a day or two. Carol D'Auria 10 10 wins on second half and that fire is not under control yet, but the F D. N Y does not think it will get worse because still under investigation, the F D N y tweeting that it is continuing its operations on the scene quote. We'll do whatever we can to help Middle collegiate rebuilt. An alleged sex trafficker from the Bronx was nab State Attorney General Leticia James announced that after a joint investigation 57 year old Paul Alexander was arrested for sex trafficking Children throughout New York City. Authorities were tipped off by a young victim in March, alleging that Alexander sexually abused her and other underage girls and promoted them for prostitution to other men. Alexander was charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking of Children and a slew of other charges. If convicted, Alexander faces up to 50 years. In prison. Russian authorities have begun distributing the country's Corona virus vaccine Sputnik for people in high risk groups at 70 medical facilities across Moscow. The vault stronger of the vaccine is still ongoing, but the shots had already been offered two people from high risk groups President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the government to start large scale vaccination in Russia by the end of next week with medical workers and teachers the first in line Vaccine received the go ahead after being tested on only several dozen people, which has drawn considerable criticism at home and abroad. Health experts say the vaccine needs to complete advanced studies among tens of thousands of people to ensure safety and effectiveness. I'm Charles, the best man here in the U. S. Some states are learning how many doses health departments will receive once the vaccine is approved. Some health officials say it's not enough. Federal officials estimate about 40 million vaccines will be available by the end of this month. If both Moderna and Fizer get USDA authorization on Lee enough to vaccinate 20 million people, because two doses air needed for each person the UK has approved the Fizer vaccine in the U. S. The FDA is scheduled to review it on December 10th. Connecticut's unemployment program has been expanded. Governor Ned Lamont signed an order allowing the state Department of Labor to expand eligibility for federal pandemic Unemployment program to an estimated 38,000 people, who were previously disqualified under Friday's order, $7.5 million from the state's unemployment trust fund will be used to make sure residents who are unemployed due to the coronavirus. Pandemic and were previously disqualified from receiving the temporary extra financial benefit received at least $100 a week in unemployment benefits more than 160,000, Connecticut residents already received the supplemental federal benefits. This week. Covert 19 past heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U. S. Is soaring number of infections overwhelms many of the nation's hospitals and forces new containment restrictions. There were 225,000 new infections on Friday. 279,000 Americans have died. Hospitals around the country are reporting their overwhelmed with cases. Correspondent Michael George has more California is pulling back its welcome mat restaurants except take out bars, wineries and salons will close in counties where intensive care beds are in short supply. Even attending private gatherings will be prohibited is right after she gave birth. That's when they put the tube in as hard. His orders like California's are on small businesses. Officials are trying to avoid heartbreaking stories like that of 33 year old Erykah Ba Sarah. She was eight months pregnant when she got sick. Who had prayed for with her. Who come from hurting his minutes. Doctors delivered her baby but couldn't save her. He anticipated increase in cases that public health officials have warned about following Thanksgiving have not happened yet this week, Dr Robert Redfield, the current CDC director, said the coming months will be among the most difficult in the public health's history of the nation. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC, appeared on CBS this morning Saturday with advice to people as we head into the holiday season is a time to double down on protection protocols. That means masking up and celebrating as safely as possible. In the U. S. Coronavirus cases have surpassed 14 million more than 278,000 deaths have been recorded Those figures, according to Johns Hopkins University Governor Phil Murphy released the natives not in latest numbers for New Jersey 5300 new positive cases. 53 new confirmed deaths Governor asking everyone in New Jersey to mask up wins news Time to 08. Now this message Geico 15 minutes could save you 15%.
Moscow opens dozens of coronavirus vaccination centers
"Russian authorities have begun distributing the country's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik five the people in high risk groups that's seventy medical facilities across Moscow le'veon stronger the vaccine is still on going but the shots had already been offered to people from high risk groups president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the government to staunch large scale vaccination in Russia by the end of next week with medical workers and teachers the first in line the vaccine received the go ahead after being tested on only several dozen people which has drawn considerable criticism at home and abroad health experts say the vaccine needs to complete advanced studies among tens of thousands of people to ensure safety and effectiveness I'm Charles the last month
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"Covert 19 shots in Moscow. Sputnik five Vaccine made in Russia is being offered today for health care workers, social workers and teachers. The World Health Organization says Roll out of vaccines does not mean the cove in 19 pandemic is ending. Global agency warns governments not to let their guards down 42 Million Americans are being given more time to pay off their student loans. Payments were set to resume next month but now will not be due until February. Restoring an Obama administration requirement to federal judge orders the Trump administration to fully restore the deferred action for childhood arrivals measure the ruling requires DACA programs be opened two new applicants. That's the latest I'm Cameron Fairchild. And I'm Susanna Palmer in the Bloomberg News Room and Historic Church in Lower Manhattan was gutted by a massive fire early this morning. This sent flames shooting through the roof. The Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village burned before dawn after a fire spread from a five story vacant building adjacent to the church. Brexit negotiations will resume this after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von Dir land Agreed to make another push to resolve the deadlock that has hit talks on a future trade deal as Corona virus cases rise around the state governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday there are ways the state can increase the amount of available hospital space if need be. Almost says officials have three main options at their disposal. We have elective surgery cancelation, mandatory 50% increase, and then we have emergency bed creation capacity. Governor says infection rate is not officials main concern right now but rather hospitalization numbers and how much space is available on a regional basis. The U. S labor market rebound slowed in November, indicating the surgeon Covad 19 cases is hitting workers and hurting the broader economic recovery. More from Bloomberg's Charlie Pellet. It raises the odds that President elect Joe Biden will inherit an even weak or labor market next year, with the recovery at risk of stalling during the wait for widespread vaccine distribution, with almost four million Americans enduring long term joblessness. The report may also help push Congress to pass new fiscal aid by the end of the year and could make Fed officials more inclined. Provide new stimulus when they meet December 15th and 16th score one for the dreamers. As a federal judge ruled yesterday, the Trump administration must fully restore the so called dreamers program that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U. S. As Children. Global News 24 hours a day on here and on Bloomberg quick take powered by more than 2700, journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries. I'm Susanna Palmer. This is Bloomberg Thistles..
Deadlocked on oil production cuts, OPEC and its allies to resume talks
"Heard right now Lower $44 a barrel as OPEC haggles over output policy. OPEC's discussions are now focusing on proposals for a gradual easing of production cuts over several months following talks between Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
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How to move forward with China
"To fourteen point list of grievances via the australian media. Second wine joined beef. Bali timber lobster call among our exports that the chinese communist party has imposed tariffs on. And then that tweet. This is the tweet of the posting of a digitally altered of an australian soldier about to slit the throat of an afghan child. The chinese embassy issuing a bellicose statement the rage in roar of some ustralian politicians and media was misreading and reaction. It said to deflect public attention from the horrible atrocities by sickness soldiers and to blame china for the worsening of bilateral ties. So what's going on. He and asha camera respond. Jeff rabi is a former australian ambassador to the people's republic of china and he's author of china's grand strategy and australia's feature in the new global order. That's just been published and it's available in all good bookstores jeff. Welcome back to the show so some great to be back now. I your thoughts about beijing's response to australia in recent weeks so we have that list of the foreign complaints the wind terrace and of course that tweet while a say i up disappointing to see the slights that have been made After the two quite constructive comments at the triumph prime minister a last week quite clearly. The prime minister was Diplomatically signaling That there was a strong wish to start a process of getting back to some sort of more normal relationship between the two countries the product make though it sounds dramatic when you run those three things together the way you have done that certainly not the same thing. And i'm not sure that they're all necessarily coordinated. I mean the fourteen points clearly seems to be freelancing by the embassy on matters that well known and in the public record in any case at a very odd way of putting something out if you leak it to a channel nine television crew that seems to be pretty casual behavior by the embassy then the tariff spo there has been a processing trained for months on the wind tariffs and i do understand that that was the normal process and the strain companies were busily making written submissions as part of that process. And then the tweet The present time it sounds like it's been contrived by the chinese foreign ministry as individual action. it was a tweet that was particularly widely on social media by a now nationalist artist and twitter and the foreign ministry spokesperson on his private twitter account. Pinder to name and so it's philippine. Middle level action doesn't really look to millions of any of these really coordinated broad cross section of the australian people just looking at the y. People who've responded this week is there is outrage and surely win china. does things like. This doesn't make it harder for people like you because you've been an eminent company on this issue for several years now. Hugh watt a bobcar. Pass gas on this program. Of course the former prime minister paul keating. Doesn't it make it hot. A all of you to make the case that al leaders should try to rebuild trust with such a regime yet. I can understand the public outrage especially the media is going into overdrive steer and just as you have said running all these things together as a coordinated action from the state It does make it harder to get sensible constructive discussion going a story about how we deal with these things. I like to find myself in such august company as you outlined. And you might add gareth evans. Many others that to the group as well but it certainly history doesn't help and it's difficult context in which to conduct foreign policy. What we're seeing is what is like to live in the situation with china relationships In a very poor state now. Other people in camera that i see welcome this their peopling camera who have the view that bad relations with china are inevitable. This is the new normal. We should get used to it and lupus it while the questioning myself. And the august company you've being linking me with. Is this the best interest of australia. And it also basic question. Your what has australia down to bring on china's in this way why you think china is picking on again. Picking on is quite pejorative. They're not doing this to other states. Our other key point. And i would phrase that differently tom i would say how is it that astray amongst like minded friends and allies other liberal democracies in the world in the region why's at the trial has become an outlaw and i think that really needs to be part of the public discussion. Isn't the reason. The australia is so over exposed to chinese pressure in beijing. Nosy so the chinese leaders going to inflict pain on australia whenever they can't australia. And not the other like minded way boy more. In other countries we ought to forty percent of our exports to china. No other country has that kind of exposure. I prefer countries in the region. China is by far the largest trading power. I mean that exposure would be the same for korea south korea which is liberal democracy in the region. it would be near that level. For nearly all the countries in the east asian region china is the dominant economic patna of all of the countries in the region and that is just a fact at its reflects. The extent to which china has grown as the dominant economic power in east asia. Alexander downer. The former. Foreign minister says that now's the time to reduce our exposure to china. But what everyone is saying. There's nothing new novel in that. And obviously when people start to realize that we are going to have for a long time a difficult and challenging relationship with china's manage. That's a fairly obvious. Point to make interesting from In addition to being former minister former director of the board of while clay. And very active Proponent in boosting. Australia china trade relations phrase time as soon as minister and i work very closely with him in that and i think we achieved a lot. So why wouldn't you wanna diversify every sensible business. Every sensible company diversifies the port made over and over again on this aspect is that it's going to be very hard. Because of the absolute scale and growth and prosperity of china. You are a foreign policy realist. All gripe house ruthless and that includes chana hardball at every turn and the stronger. China gets the more likely to throw its wide around now to the extent. These realist analysis is correct. How on earth do we solve. this problem. absolutely correct agree with all those points. Another point that needs to be made. And you don't make it much tom. And your pride yourself as being a realist and that is the relationship is asymmetrical that is effect. We need china. More than china needs us. This is not a comfortable place for us to be but it's a place we are. It's a place where we're stack and will remain and so We need to work out how to manage that relationship and we haven't done a particularly good job of a judging by the state rewritten today. So although you express yourself in a different way you essentially gray with the foreign policy realists professor join me shauna regular guest on this program and he argues that his china's power increases its definition of its national interests will grow and then beijing will seek a survey influence in areas on which its future security and prosperity dependent in response. The us will go to great lengths to stop china's rises. It essentially. your argument is well up a poet. I'm a great Admire of joint mish as well. I differ with him on a couple of points but his analysis and arguments have been hugely influential in helping me shape my thinking about these But i put on sphere of influence is. I think that's already happened. I think china is the dominant paranagua this at length in my book in eurasia from the east china sea to also china is the dominant parent. That's happened largely because sanctions against russia poor economic performance by russia Pushback from from europe against russia has meant that brushes had to cede to china's ascendancy in eurasia and so very part of the world. And i think we now live in a world of michigan talks about a world of two great powers with boundary orders and in the question then becomes is some equilibrium at stable between the two. And i believe there is.
Fresh update on "russia" discussed on The Politics Guys
"Probe investigators headed by us. Attorney john durham and of course. Donald trump hope that this would result in a damning report being released prior to the twenty twenty presidential election. That didn't happen but this week. Bar named dermot a special counsel which will provide durham with additional protection from the biden administration. Because a special counsel can only be fired by the attorney general for misconduct dereliction of duty or a conflict of interest and bar did say that this week that durham's investigation has been narrowing to focus on the conduct of fbi agents who worked on the russia investigation and he's regularly said that former president barack obama and joe biden are not implicated in durham's investigation. And also i should point out. That bar issued. Durham special counsel appointment order on october nineteenth but he kept it sealed until this week so as not to have an effect on the election which i expect. There's another move. That was almost certainly met with some disapproval from the white house. So j what do you think about. The bill barr big week. Well my my respect for bill. Barr continues unabated. I think these were all sort of the the right calls to make I mean on the on the on the voter fraud issue i. It's not even making a a call. It's just saying here's what the evidence is. And i think as attorney general. It's it's handed the justice department. It's absolutely incumbent upon him to see that elections are are fair and On unblemished To call out problems where he sees them but also to make clear the scope of those problems. And i think that's that's exactly what he did. And that sort of the what what i've been saying and i think to some extent you've been saying for for months now is voter. Fraud does happen But for it to happen on the scale that the president alleges is is is very difficult to pull off and there would be. There is at this point no evidence to suggest that it happened. So i think he's. He's correct the air and continuing the investigation and withholding the the naming of a special counsel. Again i i think that was the correct thing to do as under justice department guidelines and also just the right thing to do over all right that Because because i think if you are interested in the integrity.
Putin orders 'large-scale' COVID-19 vaccination in Russia
"Vladimir Putin has ordered the start of a large scale vaccination of doctors and teachers against the coronavirus. Late next week with the Sputnik V jab, which has yet to complete advanced studies needed to ensure its effectiveness and safety. Putin's statement today came hours after Britain became the first country in the West to authorize the use of a covert 19 vaccine from U. S drugmaker Fizer. Sputnik five, has been touted in Russia as the world's first registered cove it 19 vaccine after it received regulatory approval in early August, But the move drew considerable criticism from experts. Because at the time the shots had only been tested on several dozen people. It's
Milestone for COVID-19 Vaccine
"Want to get right to today's major covid nineteen development the uk's approval of a vaccine the first country to take that step clearing the way for vaccinations there soon. As in the us when a program starts here in the uk elderly residents of nursing homes and frontline healthcare workers will be the first to get the shots developed by pfizer and the german company biontech pfizer says eight hundred thousand doses are doing the uk in the coming days. The country has a population of sixty six million british prime minister boris johnson who survived his own serious case of covid. Nineteen spoke in the house of commons. Today i would like to pay tribute to thank all those who made this possible. It is the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get our economy moving again. Jason bourne is npr's global health and development correspondent so jason. You've been scanning the globe. Your thoughts on this milestone today absolutely. It's a big deal. This is the moment. We've all been waiting for right when vaccine starts to actually be available to the general public Supplies are gonna be limited in the beginning and we need to underscore that. This is a pfizer vaccine that we're talking about it's just one of the vaccines but it really is remarkable. How quickly they've managed to get this from scratch all the way to the approval stage and it's not just visor you've got these other ones that are in the works to but normally would take fifteen to twenty years to do this a year ago. We hadn't even heard of. Sarah sylvie two and here. They've done this in a matter of months. It's really it's hard under state. How important remarkable. This is using the real scientific name for covid nineteen. But what's your biggest concern as the uk starts to raw the vaccine as other countries watch. Yeah i mean there's gonna be issues. One is just the logistics. As i mentioned. This is the pfizer vaccine. So this is the one takes incredibly low temperature for storage at it's minus seventy centigrade needs at at certain points in time when it's when it's being stored and transported so logistically this is not going to be an easy task to get the vaccine all the different places it needs to get to get people vaccinated but it's doable but there could be some logistical challenges. Second is going to be concerned. That we're going from vaccinating. Tens of thousands of people during these trials to now. You're gonna start giving it to millions of people and that after some of these people get the shots. Some of them are going to have some medical issue. Maybe they were just about to have a heart attack it. That is going to happen when you start giving this to such a large pool of people in questions are gonna come up about. Was that an adverse reaction to to this vaccine might have nothing to do with the vaccine but these are the types of issues on that could lead some resistance stumbling blocks some questions about the vaccine in the months ahead and just look globally for us for a second which countries have managed to control infection rates. Well what lessons can we learn. Some of the european countries have done quite well. You look at france and spain over the last month. They've brought their second waves down significantly. Ireland also seems to have gotten fully passed. Its second peak. The numbers continue to remain really quite low in africa Places like chile had a big surge in june and then they brought it down to relatively low numbers and they have managed to avoid a second wave entirely. Like we've seen in some other places so it's really different in different parts of the world but there are definitely examples out there of places that have managed to do it successfully and keep their numbers either. Bring them down after a second peak or keep them low right and what about the people who have been to be kind stuttering Here in the us. We're seeing huge numbers of cases. Every day where are the other troublespots yet the us still continues to dominate this pandemic globally with one out of every four cases being in the us but after the us then at the moment it's india brazil. Italy and russia in that order in eight is interesting to sort of look at this You know eighty percent of both the cases and the deaths are in either the americas or in europe. It's really been these two regions that have borne the brunt of this. I'm an even this week. documents from the world health organization. Said he's very concerned about mexico and brazil and the rising numbers there so there are definitely places that are that are not doing so well we just have a few seconds here but i think i know the answer this question. Yes the vaccine is coming. It's coming faster to the uk but the virus still winning at this point isn't it unfortunately. Is this pandemic continues to grow. Even as we see it ebb and flow and certain places. The numbers continue to to come more and more each week and they come faster and faster so yes. The news about the vaccine is very important to actually slow the of the virus that we're seeing globally
U.N. Commission Removes Cannabis From Its Most Strict Drug Control List
"Nations Commission voted this morning to remove medical cannabis from a list of dangerous drugs. The Hill reports. The commission for Narcotic Drugs, believes the drug should not be on the same list his heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. A marijuana activist, says the decision will likely help in the movement to legalize medical marijuana in many countries, especially in Asia and the Caribbean. The U. S and most Western European nations support the commission's decision. China, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia were among the strongest opponents. Well,
UK Authorizes Emergency Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
"Pfizer and bio. Intech say. They've won permission wednesday for emergency use of their covid nineteen vaccine in britain. The world's first corona virus shot that's backed by rigorous science and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. the move makes britain one of the first countries to begin vaccinating. Its population as it tries to curb. Europe's deadliest covid nineteen outbreak. Other countries aren't far behind the us. And the european union also are vetting. The pfizer shot along with a similar vaccine made by competitor. Moderna inc pfizer said it would immediately begin shipping limited supplies to the uk and has been gearing up for even wider distribution if given a similar nod by the us food and drug administration. A decision expected as early as next week but doses everywhere are scarce and initial. Supplies will be rationed until more is manufactured in the first several months of next year visor. Co albert birla called the uk decision. A moment we are focusing on moving with the same level of urgency to safely supply. A high quality vaccine around the world bore said in a statement while the uk has altered enough pfizer vaccine for twenty million people. It's not clear. How many will arrive. By year's end. And adding to the distribution challenges is that it must be stored at ultra cold temperatures two doses. Three weeks apart are required for protection first in line. The uk government says our frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents followed by older adults british regulators. Also were considering. Another shot made by astrazeneca and oxford university but prime minister. Boris johnson has warned. We must i navigate a hard winter of restrictions to try to curb the virus until there's enough vaccine to go around. Every country has different rules determining when an experimental vaccine is safe and effective enough to use intense political pressure to be the first to roll out a rigorously. Scientifically tested shot colored the race in the us and britain even as researchers pledged to cut no corners and contrast china and russia have offered different vaccinations to their citizens ahead of late. Stage testing the shots made by us based pfizer and its german partner bio intech were tested in tens of thousands of people and while that study isn't complete early results suggest. The vaccine is ninety five percent effective at preventing mild to severe covid nineteen disease the company's told regulators that of the first one hundred seventy infections detected in study volunteers. Only eight were among people who'd received the actual vaccine and the rest had gotten a dummy shot. This is an extraordinarily strong protection. Dr uber sahin. A bio intex. Ceo recently told the associated press. The companies are reported. No serious side effects. Although vaccine recipients may experience temporary pain and flu-like reactions immediately after injections but experts caution that a vaccine cleared for emergency use is still experimental and the final testing must be completed still to be determined is whether the pfizer bio tech shots protect against people spreading the coronavirus without showing symptoms. Another question is how long protection lasts. The vaccine also has been tested in only a small number of children none younger than twelve. And there's no information on its effects in pregnant women.
Dan's Plan For A Dam
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Barr appoints Durham special counsel to keep investigating Russia probe origins under new administration
"Gave extra protection to the prosecutor. He appointed To investigate the origins of the Trump Russia investigation U S Attorney John Durham, giving him the authority of a special counsel to allow him to complete his work without being easily
Barr appoints Durham special counsel to keep investigating Russia probe origins under new administration
"Attorney General William Barr has also announced today. That he has appointed John Durham as special counsel. Special counsel for the Russia probe. Collusion investigation Now, as you know. John Durham, the U. S attorney out of Connecticut, has been charged by Attorney General Bar for over a year now to investigate everything focused around Crossfire Hurricane and the events leading up to and including the Mueller investigation. Any mistake Needs from the FBI or the Justice Department or the CIA, or what have you, But it has now been revealed that William Barr has officially made him a special counsel, which it appears means that it's not going to be that easy for a theoretical hypothetical President Biden to fire him. You know, a new president coming in can get rid of all the U. S attorneys and replace the mall. Frankly, President Trump probably should have done that. They can come in and just start with a clean slate and reappoint brand new U. S attorneys across the board. And that means Mr Durham could have been replaced immediately on day one of a new administration. But now that he is a special counsel, there's well different norms in place. Let's say so. This is a story that's just developed in the last 15 to 20 minutes again. Attorney General William Barr has announced that he has appointed John Durham, a special counsel to look into the crossfire. Hurricane investigation.
Carter Page files $75M suit against FBI, DOJ, others over ‘unlawful surveillance’
"The Russia investigation. Forward Trump campaign adviser Carter Page who has filed a multi million dollar federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. He charges that he was the victim of unlawful spying. By the U. S government will have been digging for the truth and trying to get some semblance of justice after these terrible crimes, So this this case is an important next step. One of Iran's top nuclear bomb scientists was shot and killed down the street
Serbia, Montenegro expel each other's ambassadors
"Neighboring countries expelling each other's ambassadors is not normally the prelude to anything good so montenegro. Booting out serbia's ambassador. On saturday with belgrade responding in kind raised alarm bells in the balkans which is the way of alarm bells in the balkans raised alarm bells elsewhere but serbia has now decided against declaring montenegro ambassador persona non grata amid much talk of goodwill between neighbors. So what is behind this spat and is serbia's man in pod. Grits still packing his bags. Well let's get the latest from our man in the balkans delaunay guy. Montenegro kicked this off by throwing out. Serbia's ambassador so let's start there. What had serbia's ambassador done to upset them. He said what they thought the provocative things about the notion of the montenigrin state. And he's like saying they sort of things and he said them once too often it would seem his most recent touch rent so this is a guy called vladimir bolshevik. Choose serbia's man. In montenegro he described this is the raw the flowery way that they not oppressive poverty. That the decision by montenegro authorities in one thousand nine hundred thousand nine to unify with serbia was a liberation and a free expression of people's will to unite with fraternal serbia Now the one thousand nine hundred union of montenegro with the what was then the kingdom of serbs croats and slovenes clue. There's no space for montenegro. In the name of that particular state Has not ever gone down. Well in history with a certain section of people montenegro Least of all those who say that we are an independent state became independent and twenty six and are larger neighbours. Should stop meddling in our as i mean. This is not terrifically. Diplomatic behavior from an ambassador. Was he going anywhere with this. Or was this the consequence of having perhaps over enjoyed one or two receptions. I couldn't possibly say on this. There's a lot of very undiplomatic behavior in this neighborhood. The those one diplomat in in he used to boast about spearheading a digital diplomacy initiative and this digital diplomacy initiative seem to entirely consist of insulting serbia on twitter. So that's that's the level of things. Here and keen. Listeners may have noted that in the past year relations between serbia and montenegro have been a little bit more tense than the normal in large part because of the montenegrin presidents decision to to launch an attack on the serbian orthodox church montenegro. He lived to regret this decision when his party. Then lost the parliamentary election in august. But this this rows being going on all year and the being little pokes and nichols and needles Going backwards and forwards between the two sides. Serbia as i read it has now currently given the montenigrin representative in belgrade. A reprieve at which point. I think we do need to give it up for the montenegrin ambassadors name. How can you refuse. A man called tarzan milosevic willing to in any religion be wrong. Any relation to any relation to either taza and milosevic is what i'm asking. I didn't think so. And this is not unusual. Balkan name by the way so. He's got very unusual parents. All these parents who thought that their son would go on to do unusual things which in some ways he has. I mean serving is montenegro. Ambassador to belgrade is something that wouldn't have been on their minds. Perhaps when taunton was A came into the world as some sixty years ago say but anyway He's got his reprieve. It would seem launch because of serbia's president alexandrovich There was a press conference in belgrade on sunday evening. At which prime minister. John boehner delivered. The word from the president's office said he decided the some things are more important than diplomatic protocol and he would extend the hand of fraternal friendship To montenegro which bearing on everything that's gone before was a little bit ironic. So is this actually going anywhere. This wanna are poised for a new era of rancor between serbia and montenegro or is this more one of your teacup the storms. There's actually something going on behind the scenes. Which is we're bound to have. A new government installed in montenegro. So i mentioned the election in august. We the government hasn't been installed yet. It's due to be installed tomorrow and this new government is fairly serbia friendly. It's it's a funny old coalition. The largest party of which is very friendly towards serbia and russia and they've accused the outgoing administration which is dominated by miller djukanovic. Even though he's the president and not the prime minister of stirring the pump basically they're saying the trying to increase divisions within montenegro society between ethnic serbs and montenegrins and with neighboring serbia before they got booted out of government formerly Tomorrow and i think that's quite a reasonable analysis. Delaunay thanks as always joining us. That was monaco's balkans correspondent god alone
Biden Transition Team Forced To Build Its Own Cybersecurity Protections
"Transition team forced to build its own security protections. The trump administration is blocking many of the transition related resources usually provided to a president-elect including government email accounts despite concerns that the team is likely a top espionage target for russia china and other adversaries frozen out of the government network. The biden transition team is relying on a standard paid. Google workspace network according to people familiar with the matter and a review of publicly available internet registration records associated with the teams email domain.
Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe
"Former Trump Campaign associate who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI's Russia investigation says that a federal lawsuit that he was the victim of unlawful spying the suit from Carter Page LEGIS, a series of emissions and errors made by FBI and Justice Department officials in applications they submitted to the Foreign Intelligence surveillance Court. To eavesdrop on page on suspicion that he was an agent of Russia. The complaint was filed in Washington's federal court, and it largely echoes findings from a Justice Department inspector general report that found significant problems with the four applications.
Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections
"Ah, longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds is being gutted by the Trump administration, with former federal officials and scientists saying billions more birds will likely die because of this move. You hear more about it Case CBS News anchor Jennifer Hunt has spoke with Richard Frank, professor of environmental practice and director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis. What protections were in place for these birds. And what does that have to do with the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act? Well. Congress passed that law in 1918 over a century ago, basically the implement treaties that the United States had initially with Canada and now Mexico, Japan and Russia to provide international protection and now domestic protection to migratory bird species. A wide variety and about 800 of such species are currently listed under federal law here in the United States. Some of the Trump administration says the action apply only to birds killed or harmed intentionally, and the Fish and Wildlife Service says the change would quote improve consistency and efficiency and enforcement. So what do they mean by this? Well, I think they're trying to reduce the scope of the traditional application of this statue, which is provided very important protection for a variety of migratory bird species. It would Reverse a policy that Republican and Democratic administrations have followed for at least a half century of including as violations of the statute industry activities whose practices have the effect of killing Wildlife and, uh, wildlife Biologist currently predict that this reduction in the scope of the law will will really cause about one half billion to over a billion birds. Additional bird deaths Per year. So is there any way of avoiding that? I mean, two opponents have the time any time at all in order to try and reverse it. Yes, sir. A three policy options that opponents of this regulatory initiative can pursue. They consume challenge the Trump Administration regulation. I understand that a number of organizations like the National Audubon Society Defenders of Wildlife. And perhaps joined by the state of California will suit to block the regulation. It's possible that Congress could intervene in January by invoking the Congressional Review Act and can nullify regulatory programs from the executive branch doesn't like and third and finally, of course, the incoming Brydon an administration could initiate its own rulemaking proceeding to reverse this new and in my view, ill advised policy of the Trump Administration, but that That is the alternative that would take the longest amount of time to implement. So tell our listeners in urine in your opinion, why it is ill advised. Well, the way it is well documented that the actions of a variety of regular regulatory industries like coal and gas industry, uh the electric utility line operators, telecommunication kennel communication towers, wind turbines cause devastate populations of these migratory. Bird populations, and there are a variety of existing well known technologies that can dramatically reduce or eliminate those those bird kills. And this regulation, of course, removes all incentives of members, the regulated community to adopt those needed and environmentally benign reforms. That's Richard Frank, professor of environmental practice and director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center. At U C.
Iran’s president blames Israel for killing nuclear scientist and vows to respond at the ‘right time’
"Joe biden could be facing a crisis in iran when he takes office the runs top. Nuclear scientists was killed. Daytime ambush friday. The scientists was considered the architect of iran's secret nuclear program that was halted in two thousand three while. Nbc news has not independently confirmed details surrounding his death. Iran's foreign minister has implicated israel in the attack but israel has not commented on the allegations. Join me now now. You're a hawk former state. Department senior adviser and host of sirius. Xm that global experience treat a policy of the quincy institute for responsibility in statecraft and author of losing it. Enemy and colonel lawrence wilkerson former chief of staff for secretary of state colin powell. So i'd like to start with you. Treat it what exactly is happening right now. What are we hearing. Well the latest is happening. Is that the iranian president. I've come out with a statement. Essentially saying that iran is not going to walk into what he called a trap by israelis to escalate and and create a war because that is in his assessment with the israelis wants But it is not clear if that is the view of other elements inside the country. Some of this debate is starting to be taking place in public in which the argument that is made by the other side is that these assassinations continued to take place precisely because in their view the iranians have not responded harshly enough to previous attacks and the only way of preventing future. Attacks is to respond harshly. This one if that happens however than there is a very significant risk for a major esscalation potentially war which according to ruhani is what the Always looking for curl wilkerson. How unusual would it be for the notes to have not been informed of this. Do you believe that the white house knew that this was going to happen. It would be extremely unusual. Maria theresa I have to believe that was informed Trump's whole effort now seems to be to be foul the recent election. So i don't think he's very attentive to but my peyot at sectors state is and i'll remind your viewers of what's up their defense robert gates Now my chancellor. William and mary that the saudis are willing to fight the iranians for the last dead american. And i would add bb netanyahu too much in yahoo in that. I think that's what we're looking at here. They want as a major outcome. A war as a middle ground outcomes they want a bombing campaign by the us against toronto nuclear facilities and as a minimum amount They want to foreclose any possibility of the new president. Joe biden reentering the joint comprehensive plan of action the nuclear agreement with iran and. It looks like they're well on that road to success to follow up on that. Because i think the what the colonel stating is quite implicates the perhaps the role of the white house in this we know that any who has been a very strong ally of donald trump donald trump has been very clear that he is an ally of israel but also want also was the one that was responsible for pulling us out of the nuclear deal with iran. And the idea that we're hearing possibly is that donald trump perhaps did this. No had israelis did this informing donald trump. But also is this netanyahu's attempt to do something under this current administration that he knows me not able to do with a biden administration will the binding administration has certainly picked up a where. The obama administration left off in terms of wanting to return to diplomacy and use the tools of diplomacy to box in bad actors. If we rewind we know. The iran nuclear deal was less about iran's as a terrorist nation and more about eliminating the ability for iran to get a nuclear weapon. That yahoo was opposed of the saudis. Were closed. But this was a coordinated effort between european countries including russia and the united states with the united states. Pulling out that really opened the door. Before is israel and the saudis to look to other avenues to influence the united states. You also had with trump national security adviser john bolton who was in iran war hawk and so some of that still remains netanyahu just last week was meeting and talking with mohammed bin salman the crown prince of saudi arabia. So they're looking at a ticking time clock of being able to behave in ways in which the international at least the united states will not be speaking up. An opposing their efforts so That's the key thing is how much can they. Box in. A biden's options By engaging the united states under a trump administration or while trump is still commander in chiefs treatise of the. Us has done officially commented on what occurred. What is your take when this idea that. Perhaps the trying to do is box in the president elect wyden. I think that's absolutely correct than i think it's also correct would counter wilkerson said that There was probably some sort of implicit green light from the trump administration for netanyahu. Go forward with this. However it's also important to recognize that. Netanyahu must also have calculated that biden. Probably does not have the political will to inflict impose a cost netanyahu if he does these things to box in biden and i think it is up to the biden administration to prove netanyahu wrong. Because i doubt that netanyahu would have gone down this path unless he felt that it was pretty much cost fee from him not just from trump but also from biden
Michael Flynn: Trump pardons ex-national security adviser
"Former. Us national security adviser. Michael flynn who was convicted during the justice department inquiry into alleged russian interference in the two thousand sixteen election has been pardoned by president. Donald trump trump called his own action. A great honor whilst house speaker. Nancy pelosi called it an act of grave corruption and abrazen brazen abuse of power. Well which is it. And what kind of precedent does it set. Let's get the opinion of scott lucas professor of us. Politics at the university of birmingham scott. Good morning to you. Good morning do remind us of flynn's short-lived term. I think it was just three weeks in the white house. Well while it was only three weeks in the white house there was an import run up to the while he was on the trump campaign in two thousand sixteen. Because michael. Flynn lied to the fbi on two occasions and pleaded implied pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about a number of conversations. He had with the russian ambassador. Sergei kislyak and december two thousand sixteen. Why were those conversations important because they were about an incoming trump administration lifting sanctions on russia. That had just been imposed by president. Barack obama over moscow's interference in the two thousand sixteen election and interference which of course favoured donald trump. So the was that that michael flynn on behalf of the trump campaign or trump transition was trading immediate political favors in exchange for russia's help The initially the trump administration tried to keep planning office in january february two thousand and seventeen but he had to be sacrificed trump's trying to create a firewall to prevent further investigation. That investigation didn't stop of course accommodated in the miller report which found that there was cooperation between the trump folks and the russians but the right wing insisted and kept pressing trump. You must pardon. Michael flynn he became like this icon for the misinformation that this was all a deep state plot to overthrow the president and we do at some point. That trump would probably pardon fled. It just so happens to come. Easy as trump is trying to cling onto the white house after losing the election in november. We'll see what kind of precedent does this set. I mean do you think that we'll see trump do similar in this. Lame duck period. Oh yeah i think there will be more. And i think that's for a couple of reasons but first let me remind you. That is not just that michael. Flynn actually lied to the fbi about the russia case. It's also that michael flood may have faced prosecution over being an unregistered agent for a foreign power. Taking hundreds of thousands of dollars shrunk turkey and russia for his work while he was on the trump campaign to the extent of making on voice of the turkish government. About extraditing a cleric who is considered an opponent of president aired on And that michael. Flynn was making more money of trying to get nuclear power plants for saudi arabia while he was on the trump campaign and the trump administration In other words trump is willing to give flint a pass for that for two reasons. One he wants to bury the trump russia a fair and trump still faces possible charges over obstruction of justice over trump russia. And secondly michael. Flynn could testify against donald trump in a number of proceedings that are ongoing at state and federal level. Trump wants to cut off that possibility. But you know what michael not. The only person who could testify against donald trump avoid that possibility and of course after trump's term ends in january. He is as you say likely to face. Many legal challenges is there any way he can preemptively. Pardon himself no. We don't think so. I mean no president has tried to pardon himself so we're on noodle legal ground but mostly glands say no that power can't be used to get yourself off the hook what donald trump could do however days before january twentieth. Joe biden takes office resign. Let mike pence become president mike pence pardons donald trump. That is an extraordinary scenario to to think of if it didn't happen in the interest of a united america do you think joe biden might pardon trump if he is convicted. I don't think biden will pardon trump because the scale of the abuse of power by trump as well as the possible crimes is is great probably greater than that of richard nixon in the nineteen seventies. But i what. I do think joe biden will do as is that he will not possibly. He will not push the justice department To do federal investigations in other words. Trump is in sort of a limbo but of lambeau at the federal level. However what joe biden can't do is issue commands to the new york state prosecutors who were compiling a series of cases against what would then be the former president and i mean. Do you seriously think that we could be looking at a feature where donald trump is behind bars. Look georgina there are many things that have happened. We could not visit for years. So i i wouldn't rule anything out at this point. I think donald trump's gonna go kicking and screaming and he as we've seen with his dispute of the election results. His attorneys will drive this out as long as possible. So trump might avoid prison but to avoid prosecution. Now i think even the donald can't get away with that scott lakers. Thanks very much
PUBG Mobile Announces Massive Prize Pool for 2021
"Pubg mobile is heading into its Global championship for 2020 the pmdc to welcome fans. They made an announcement for the upcoming season, which promises to be a huge one for fans of the mobile Battle Royale and twenty Twenty-One pubg mobile have a total prize pool of fourteen million dollars the highest total prize pool for a mobile a sport in one year in history month that price will be spread across a much larger ecosystem than we saw in twenty-twenty this year pubg mobile operated two leaks the pubg Mobile Pro leagues in South Asia and Southeast Asia off next year. They will add 7 more regions. Those regions are turkey Western Europe Arabia North America Latin America and Brazil. The final region being added is the Commonwealth of Rome. Dependent states, which is basically the old Soviet Bloc with Russia, Ukraine Yugoslavia and other countries in that region, the actual format of the year will be similar to fans of League to split beginning in January and am waiting in a global championship in Fall. There will also be major invitationals held over the summer pubg mobile is seeing record-breaking growth and viewership and fans who want to buy in ahead of next season as the Regent enters the pubg mobile Bots world can watch the pmdc from now until December 20th. The current pmgc is competing for a prize pool of two million dollars. The new pubg mobile format is really important for a couple reasons, It's the biggest mobile Esports structure. We've ever seen attached to one game and it's also the most fleshed-out format for Battle Royale Esports we've ever seen well fortnite has put down more money and prizes. They don't operate Regional leagues and you are close to level. We're going to be seeing from pubg Mobile in 2021. And in other good news for pubg mobile. It seems like the game is on track to be reinstated by the Indian government. India was the name. Growth region for pubg mobile for most of this year and the government banned the game along with a lengthy list of other apps with connections to China a few months ago according to a leak reported by Indian Publications over the weekend. There is a place to bring pubg mobile back to the world's second most populous country sometime soon, but we don't have much more information than that.
"russia" Discussed on Skullduggery
"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.
"russia" Discussed on Skullduggery
"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.
"russia" Discussed on Russia Rising
"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.
"russia" Discussed on Russia Rising
"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.