#AceNewsServices – October 19 – Nazi Inspired Beauty Pageant being dubbed “Miss Hitler 2014” is calling for attractive women to participate in the contest held on the Russian equivalent to Facebook.
Participants are requested to submit Nazi-themed “selfies” to the competition organized by a neo-Nazi group on VKontakte – Russia’s largest social networking service – along with a caption describing why they “love and revere the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler,” the UK-basedDaily Mail reported.
At least 14 females from Russian and Eastern Europe have entered the contest that celebrates the glorification of Nazi Germany and the fascist totalitarian government ruled by Adolf Hitler that was responsible for the Holocaust and the genocide of nearly six million Jews.
The winner of the contest is determined by the highest number of “likes” from members of a page on VKontakte that claims more than 7,000 Hitler-revering followers.
Jewelry adorned with Nazi symbolism is offered as the prize for the contest, officially-titled “Miss Ostland 2014,” named in reference to the Nazi-occupied portion of north-eastern Europe where more than a million Jews were killed.
The Internet media site Vocative republished a selfie allegedly submitted by Belorussian contestant Katya Shkredova donning a Nazi hat, and citing her “adoration” of Hitler because he was willing to “experiment on people.”
#AceNewsServices – STRASBOURG, October 15. /TASS/. Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland said on Wednesday he is worried over possible winding up of Russian human rights organization Memorial.
A suit claiming Memorial liquidation was lodged with Russia’s Supreme Court by the Ministry of Justice over violations exposed in the society’s activity in late 2012. Thus, according to the claim, the organization “lacks a nationwide status and it has no documented proof of statutory activity.”
Moreover, it allegedly does not observe its own charter.
The Ministry of Justice twice demanded the organization should remedy breaches but it has failed to do that.
The Supreme Court will consider the claim on November 13. The ministry says however that Memorial still has time to correct deficiencies.
Jagland’s press service said he had telephoned to Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov to call on him to use every possibility in order to find a legal solution to that problem to let this organization continue its work.
Memorial’s liquidation will be a shock to many Russians and will pose a threat of undermining Russia’s reputation on the global arena, he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s chief human rights champion Mikhail Fedotov said he hoped the Memorial human rights society would not be wound up.
“We must not allow Memorial to be closed due to formal reasons.
We must help the organization,” he said.
#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – October 12. /TASS/. Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko does not exclude possible economic cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities, the press service of the DPR Supreme Council /parliament/ said on Sunday.
“We are always glad to be friends with all who does not come here with weapons in the hands.
If they make rational offers in the economy, in trade or in the area of other partner relations.
We are ready to speak with all, even with the government, which is currently ruling Ukraine,” he said.
He said that the key task for the Supreme Council and himself as the prime minister was to create conditions for expanding relations with Russia “so that we could secure our economy from impacts from outside, including from Ukraine.”
“The economy will be completely, if possible, oriented towards the Russian market. We consider Russia our strategic partner,” he stressed.
Earlier, Zakharchenko said that the DPR authorities were looking at creating a multi-currency zone to use both the rouble (Russia’s currency unit) and the hryvnia (Ukraine’s currency unit).
The DPR Council of Minister also said it had passed a decision to set up a national bank in the republic.
AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Kiev) – October 07. /TASS/. Five statues of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin have been toppled over the past 24 hours in Ukraine’s north-eastern Kharkiv region, a report posted on the website of the regional chief police department says.
In one of the developments, the head of a statue was broken off in a local settlement of the region, where half of the population see Russian as their mother-tongue.
In another incident, a statue was toppled in the settlement of Dobrovolskoye, it said.
One monument was damaged by hammers in the settlement of Berestovo.
Statues of Lenin were also toppled on Tuesday in two districts of the regional centre Kharkiv.
Police were summoned to the site, and law enforcement officers are investigating the case, the website of the Kharkiv city council reports.
#AceNewsServices – October 06 – An alleged policy plan of the Islamic State outlines some chilling, if unrealistic, plots of the would-be terrorist state, including bribing Russia with access to oilfields in exchange for nuclear technology, and digging a canal across the UAE.
The document reported by Britain’s Sunday Times is believed to have been written by Abdullah Ahmed Meshedani, a member of the highly secretive six-man war cabinet of the terrorist group, which wants to build an Islamist state, or caliphate, in parts of Iraq and Syria.
It was captured by Iraqi special forces during a March raid on the home of a senior Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) member and confirmed as authentic by Western security officials.
The 70-point plan provides an insight into the grandiose, if somewhat far-fetched, strategy aimed at undermining Shiites in the Arab world and Iran as that branch of Islam’s powerhouse nation.
One of the goals listed in the documents is to offer Russia access to oilfields in Iraq’s Anbar province in exchange for Moscow severing ties with Tehran and sharing secret nuclear technology known to Iran with the IS.
The bribe is also meant to convince the Russian government to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad and ally with Sunni states of the Arab Gulf in their confrontation with Iran and Syria.
A security source familiar with the document told the newspaper, “Nothing shocks Western governments these days in relation to ISIS and its fanatical aspirations.
“We have known and feared for some time that they want to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons… So when you place their future aspirations against their current achievements, this document which purports to be the group’s manifesto does stop and make you think.”
Another bizarre plan to undermine Iran’s power-base involves building a canal across the United Arab Emirates “like the Panama Canal in America’s hands,” which would allow oil tankers travel to and from the Persian Gulf, bypassing the Iran-controlled Strait of Hormuz, the newspaper reports.
Sources: The Sunday Times – RT – AP
#AceWorldNews – LANDERNEAU – September 29 – Around 130 tractors blocked the RN12 highway for over two hours in Landerneau on Wednesday in the latest farmer protest against the Russian ban on EU food imports that was prompted by EU sanctions over Ukraine.
Farmers set fire to potatoes, cauliflower, tyres and hay among other items, and displayed an effigy of French President Francois Hollande in a guillotine.
#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – September 27 – NATO has recently provided the photographs that allegedly proved the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine.
However, the accuracy of the report was quickly compared to widely ridiculed studies of infamous “British scientists.” The provided photos lack such important details as the time and the location of the shooting.
It can be possible that the photos were made on the Russian territory during military maneuvers.
“When the Russian Defence Ministry provided satellite images of the crash site of the Malaysian Boeing, the photos contained the following character attributes: date, time and coordinates of the area.
On those data, specialists easily established what kind of satellites were used to make the photos, and it was confirmed that Russian satellites were staying above the area, when the tragedy occurred.
In case of the American photos that NATO exposed, there was nothing on them. There was no time, no coordinates, no recognizable features of the surface. The location of the shooting was mentioned only in the photo caption. Therefore, it is impossible to prove that the photos and its text characteristics correspond to each other.”
Igor Lisov, editor, columnist of “News of Cosmonautics”
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – September 26 – Observers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have no serious proof of “Russian servicemen” in Ukraine, Russian permanent representative to the OSCE Andrey Kelin said Friday.
“No serious proof was found. OSCE observers tell the Western press that there is no proof of the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine,” ITAR-TASS quoted him as saying during the ‘Moscow-Vienna’ video conference.
He added Russia is ready to discuss possible issues in this aspect at corresponding forums.
#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW- September 23 – Any Russian is now free to demonstrate his or her indignation against Western sanctions by simply wearing a designer T-shirt with a patriotic print.
A campaign of swapping T-shirts with slogans on foreign languages for the ones with patriotic prints free of charge was kicked off in Moscow’s central Pushkin Square on Tuesday.
Various T-shirts were set out on a stall with a samovar in front of the Pushkin monument. The T-shirts displayed featured funny and provocative texts in Russian. Some read “Sanctions?
Don’t make my Iskanders laugh” and featured pictures of these mobile ballistic missile systems.
Some had the text of the Russian anthem on the background of St. Basil’s Cathedral /on Red Square/.
“All are trendy, nice and funny. Our action is called ‘Fashion’s Answer to the Sanctions is No!’,” designer Anastasia Zadorina, whose company had manufactured 30,000 such T-shirts, told ITAR-TASS.
#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – September 21 – Russia, which has criticized U.S. plans to launch strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria, could soon become a victim of the militant group, whose members include extremists from Chechnya.
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The Soufan Group, a New York-based intelligence firm, estimated in June that some 200 Chechen fighters were involved in the Syrian conflict.
Earlier this month, ISIS jihadists released a video threatening Russia shortly after they captured an air base in Raqqa, eastern Syria, and seized Russian-made fighter jets.
In the video, a militant said: “This message is addressed to you, oh Vladimir Putin. These are your aircraft which you sent to [Syrian President] Bashar [al-Assad], and with the help of Allah we’ll send them back to you. Remember this. And with the permission of Allah, we’ll liberate Chechnya and all the Caucasus.”
Marvin Kalb, a senior adviser to the Washington-based Pulitzer Center, told Al Arabiya News: “Putin worries constantly about local insurgents getting field training in Syria, or now in ISIS, and then returning to Russia to implement their new skills.
“Putin doesn’t want them back in Russia, and this is a chronic nightmare for him.”
Alex Melikishvili, a senior analyst at U.S.-based research giant IHS, said it is “entirely conceivable” that returning ISIS fighters would wage war against Russia, just as Chechen insurgents have done over the last two decades.
“The longer it takes to destroy ISIS, the higher the likelihood that some of its battle-hardened militants will make their way to the North Caucasus,” Melikishvili told Al Arabiya News.
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#AceWorldNews UNITED NATIONS September 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Iran and the P5+1 group (five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany) are working in different formats, having raised the level of security, an informed diplomatic source said on Saturday.
The sides are working on a bilateral basis as well but no plenary meeting is expected on Saturday, the source told ITAR-TASS.
The sides have agreed not to disclose the details of the negotiations and to limit their contacts with the media.
The source said the process was fragile and needed to be handled carefully as the sides were looking for compromises.
Political directors from Iran and the P5+1 group met in New York on Friday, beginning a new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear programme.
The head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov sa said Russia would “continue to work with its partners in order to lay the groundwork for compromises”.
“The recent contacts, including bilateral ones, with the Iranians were quite promising and showed that the Iranian delegation is preparing for the upcoming round most fundamentally,” Ryabkov said, adding that the six world powers were preparing as well.
“We will continue working towards the result,” Ryabkov said.
New round of talks will continue ………#ANS2014
#AceWorldNews – CANADA – September 19 – Canada has cancelled sanctions against two small Russian banks, Expobank and RosEnergoBank, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed on Thursday.
The sanctions were dropped quietly on Tuesday, at the same time that Canada rolled out new sanctions against Russia.
After being asked why the sanctions were withdrawn at the House of Commons, Baird explained that the government received new information that influenced its decision.
“They [the banks] are deemed to be sufficiently divorced from events in Ukraine and Russian aggression against Ukraine,” he said, without elaborating why they were put on the sanctions list in the first place.
The sanctions against the two banks were imposed earlier this year.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 17 – Russia’s defence minister called on Tuesday for the deployment of reinforcements to the Crimea and southern Russia, citing the worsening crisis in Ukraine and build-up of foreign forces nearby AFP reported.
Sergei Shoigu said it was a “priority” to deploy a “full and self-reliant group of troops in the direction of Crimea.”
Cited by Russian news agencies, he said the “situation in Ukraine has sharply worsened and the foreign military presence has increased very close to our border.”
A Polish diplomat told EUobserver on Thursday (11 September) that volumes fell by 20 percent on Monday and were down by 45 percent by Thursday.
The same day Slovak PM Robert Fico said supplies to his country had dipped by eight to 11 percent.
Both countries are trying to find out what is going on amid denials by Russian supplier Gazprom that its shipments are any lower than normal.
The Polish diplomat said the enquiries are being made by Polish gas distribution firms. But Fico told press he has tasked officials to contact Moscow.
Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary are involved in shipping “reverse-flow” gas to Ukraine after Russia cut off Ukraine gas in a price dispute.
But a Hungarian diplomat told this website its Russia gas deliveries are normal for now.
“We did not see a drop in supplies. But we are filling up our storage tanks so that we are prepared for any scenario that may come”, the source noted.
The Polish diplomat added: “On the Polish side, there is no risk to national consumers at this stage. We have generous reserves. But the supply reductions could be a burden on reverse-flow and I have heard talk that this is being scaled down”.
Gazprom’s reductions come the same week the EU adopted a new round of economic sanctions against Russia following its invasion of east Ukraine.
Some EU states had wanted to wait and see if a ceasefire deal with Russia holds before implementing the new measures.
But EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy announced on Thursday that they will enter into life the following morning.
The most vulnerable to gas cuts is Finland and according to report by EUobserver
“A Russian gas export embargo during the winter of 2014/15 lasting for more than 6 months would cause supply shortfalls in many European countries, in particular, in central and eastern Europe, including Germany,” according to a study published Wednesday (3 September) by the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 11 –“This will complicate international operations and will pose problems for Russia as well as for many other countries respecting international law, including <a class="zem_slink" title="China" "Vitaly Churkin" in reply to air-strikes on Syria ………. as cited.
Moscow‘s reply to Air strikes by the U.S. Air Force at ISIS positions in Syria without consent from Damascus would add more new complications to the international community’s efforts to counteract terrorism, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said Wednesday as he spoke live on the Rossiya’24 news channel. “Regular cooperation between Russia and the U.S. in the UN format continues and it embraces fighting with terrorism,” he said. “I have a headache of a different sort on,” Churkin went on. “Newspapers are writing of President Obama’s willingness to deliver air strikes at the positions of ISIS on the territory of Syria and it looks like he would do so without the Syrian government’s consent.” “I’m worried by a different thing,” he said. “Newspapers say President Obama has ostensibly taken a decision to deliver air strikes at the positions of the ISIS terrorist organization on the Syrian territory and judging by everything he will do it without the Syrian government’s consent.” “This will complicate international operations and will pose problems for Russia as well as for many other countries respecting international law, including China,” Churkin said. “Respect for international law is necessary so that the international community could be able to take consolidated actions on a problem as complicated as this one and if it /the U.S./ opts for such actions, its choice will be highly regrettable and will create obstacles for further cooperation – something we already spoke about,” he said. “As for an encouraging instance of cooperation, the American who are now presiding at the Security Council are going to appoint a special meeting there on September 25 and to adopt a resolution on the problem of international terrorist fighters,” Churkin said. “The latter are a new phenomenon – these paramilitaries drift from one country to another and many such people are fighting in Iraq and Syria at the moment,” he said. “The resolution aims to enable the international community to fight with the phenomenon even better. #ANS2014
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 11 It seems that the international commission on the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian airliner crash in Ukraine less than two month ago intentionally drags out the investigation as a result of pressure from some Western powers, Alexander Lukashevich, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday Itar-Tass reported.
“We point out that the process of the [report’s] publication and the process itself is delayed on purpose by the international commission,” Lukashevich said. “The presented report does not hold any convincing information on the circumstances of the airliner’s crash and the most important expertize was not conducted.”
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane (Flight MH17) crash was used for pushing through the sectoral sanctions against Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said on Thursday.
“We very attentively follow the investigation of the tragic catastrophe of the Malaysian Boeing that not only claimed many lives, but also was used for purposeful exacerbating international tensions, increasing pressure on the state and pushing through the so-called sectoral sanctions against Russia,” he told a briefing.
“We strongly urge all the sides to abstain from hasty and groundless public accusations that not only undermine the international relations foundations, but also are outrageous facts of interference in an independent investigation,” the official added.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – The United States will impose a new round of sanctions on Russia on Friday, joining the European Union in ramping up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Russian presence in Ukraine.
President Obama said the broadened sanctions will target Russia’s financial, energy, and defence sectors.
“These measures will increase Russia’s political isolation as well as the economic costs to Russia, especially in areas of importance to President Putin and those close to him,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House Press Office.
“As I said last week, if Russia fully implements its commitments, these sanctions can be rolled back. If, instead, Russia continues its aggressive actions and violations of international law, the costs will continue to rise.”
#AceNewsServices – NATO (Opinion) – September 04 – What were the main objectives of Russian leader President Putin when he embarked on his support for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine?
Did they go beyond territory and aim to create – or increase – divisions between Western countries?
And if so, has this strategy worked? NATO Review asks some leading security figures how they saw it.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 14 – Russia’s defence industry will minimize its participation in arms exhibitions and aerospace shows in the UK, a high-placed source in the Russian defence and industrial sector told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
The decision comes after the UK denied visas to most managers of Russian defence companies that intended to participate in the UK’s Farnborough international Air Show opening on Monday.
“The unprecedented restrictions imposed this year by the British side on the participation of Russian specialists and journalists in the Farnborough 2014 international aerospace show, which has opened today in the London suburb, will get an adequate response from us,” the source said.