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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:17 am

Witness wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:11 am
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:?
There's a window behind the rug?

You can also see the shadow of the drone that took the picture.
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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:47 am

↑ There seems to be an opening visible behind the chair (which also appears secured with a rope). The carpet masks the rest.

I didn't notice the drone's shadow: well spotted!

Re. carpets on the wall, that's a kind of Russian obsession:

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https://weirdrussia.com/2014/05/13/rugs ... obsession/ with many more pics – click at your own risk.

But then I too have a carpet on a wall (Kurdish)! :mrgreen:

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:33 am

Russian shadows on the road:


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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:18 am

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Re: Russia

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:01 am

Indoor suntanning, or brutal interrogation? :BigGrin3:
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Re: Russia

Post by Grammatron » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:22 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:01 am
Indoor suntanning, or brutal interrogation? :BigGrin3:
Medical treatment.

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:09 am

↑ I wonder how the carpets' colors withstood the UV.



Free car wash. :mrgreen:

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:16 am

Russia gets (partially) woke: gendered bread!

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:21 am

Russia's Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: 'Largest Data Breach In Its History'

Red faces in Moscow this weekend, with the news that hackers have successfully targeted FSB—Russia's Federal Security Service. The hackers managed to steal 7.5 terabytes of data from a major contractor, exposing secret FSB projects to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape social media, and help the state split its internet off from the rest of the world. The data was passed to mainstream media outlets for publishing.

FSB is Russia's primary security agency with parallels with the FBI and MI5, but its remit stretches beyond domestic intelligence to include electronic surveillance overseas and significant intelligence-gathering oversight. It is the primary successor agency to the infamous KGB, reporting directly to Russia's president.

A week ago, on July 13, a hacking group under the name 0v1ru$ that had reportedly breached SyTech, a major FSB contractor working on a range of live and exploratory internet projects, left a smiling Yoba Face on SyTech's homepage alongside pictures purporting to showcase the breach. 0v1ru$ had passed the data itself to the larger hacking group Digital Revolution, which shared the files with various media outlets and the headlines with Twitter—taunting FSB that the agency should maybe rename one of its breached activities "Project Collander."
https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman ... s-exposed/

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:57 am

Alexei Navalny discharged from hospital against wishes of doctor

Russian opposition politician may have been poisoned, says doctor who visited him on Sunday

The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been discharged from hospital and returned to prison against the wishes of his doctor, who said his symptoms may indicate poisoning.

Navalny was taken to hospital on Sunday morning from the Moscow prison where he was serving a 30-day sentence after being arrested last week for calling people to attend an anti-government protest.
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There is no sign that Navalny’s life is in immediate danger, but the news about his health has caused alarm in a country where the opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead outside the Kremlin in 2015. Anastasia Vasilieva, one of Navalny’s doctors, said discharging him on Monday back to prison could be dangerous for Navalny’s health.

She and a colleague visited Navalny in hospital on Sunday, and was able to examine him through a door, after first being denied all access. She said his symptoms included facial swelling, itching and a rash.

Vasilieva is an ophthalmologist, who treated Navalny after he was doused with green dye by pro-Kremlin activists in 2017 in an attack that left him temporarily blind in one eye. She said it was clear Navalny was not suffering from an allergy but from “the result of harmful effects of undefined chemical substances”.

“We cannot exclude toxic damage to the skin by chemicals induced by a ‘third person’,” she wrote. She called on the hospital administration to immediately allow proper medical care for Navalny.

Late on Sunday night, a doctor at the hospital, Eldar Kazakhmedov, told the Russian news agency Interfax he believed Navalny was suffering an allergic reaction, though he could not say to what. “At the current time, Navalny’s condition is improving, and all his key indicators are stable. He feels a lot better than when he was admitted,” said Kazakhmedov.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... ays-doctor

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:58 pm

Rob Lister wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:05 pm
Witness wrote:
The Guardian wrote:Nuclear accident sends 'harmless' radioactive cloud over Europe

A cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe in recent weeks indicates that an accident happened in a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September, the French nuclear safety institute IRSN has said.

The IRSN on Thursday ruled out an accident in a nuclear reactor, saying it was likely to be in a nuclear fuel treatment site or centre for radioactive medicine. There has been no impact on human health or the environment in Europe, it said.

IRSN, the technical arm of French nuclear regulator ASN, said in a statement it could not pinpoint the location of the release of radioactive material but that based on weather patterns, the most plausible zone lay south of the Ural mountains, between the Urals and the Volga river.

This could indicate Russia or possibly Kazakhstan, an IRSN official said.

“Russian authorities have said they are not aware of an accident on their territory,” IRSN director Jean-Marc Peres told Reuters. He added that the institute had not yet been in contact with Kazakh authorities.
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Peres said that in recent weeks IRSN and several other nuclear safety institutes in Europe had measured high levels of ruthenium-106, a radioactive nuclide that is the product of splitting atoms in a reactor and does not occur naturally.

IRSN estimates a significant quantity of ruthenium-106 was released, between 100 and 300 terabecquerels, and that if an accident of this magnitude had happened in France it would have required the evacuation or sheltering of people in a radius of several kilometres around the accident site.

The ruthenium-106 was probably released in a nuclear fuel treatment site or centre for radioactive medicine, Peres said. Because of its short half-life of about a year, ruthenium-106 is used in nuclear medicine – for example in cancer therapy for eye tumours – but can also be released when nuclear fuel is reprocessed.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... ver-europe

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That Biggest red dot looks to be very close to Ozyorsk, Russia.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ozers ... 60.7009592
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It has a nasty nuclear history and currently the home of the largest Nuclear Reprocessing plant in Russia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozyorsk,_ ... nsk_Oblast
Follow-up:
Mysterious Radioactive Cloud That Blanketed Europe Traced to Russian Nuclear Facility

The probable culprit behind a mysterious cloud of radioactive particles detected floating above much of Europe in 2017 appears to have been identified.

[big snip]

"The measurements indicate the largest singular release of radioactivity from a civilian reprocessing plant," says one of the researchers, radioecologist Georg Steinhauser from the University of Hanover.

Specifically, the new evidence – based on modelling of air mass movements around the time of the accident – indicates Russia's Mayak nuclear complex in the southern Urals "should be considered as a likely candidate for the release", the researchers conclude.

That lines up exactly with early suspicions dating back to November 2017, although the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has since insisted that normal readings in the soil around the facility show the Mayak plant can't have been responsible, as if the ruthenium–106 release had originated there, the concentration of the isotope would have been thousands of times higher.

The new findings cast more doubt on the veracity of those claims, however, with the team speculating the accident might have occurred at Mayak while scientists were trying to produce the isotope cerium–144, for subsequent use in neutrino experiments at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy, as has previously been speculated.

"We were able to show that the accident occurred in the reprocessing of spent fuel elements, at a very advanced stage, shortly before the end of the process chain," says Steinhauser.
https://www.sciencealert.com/origins-of ... pinpointed

It's about 10 km from Ozyorsk. Well done, Rob. :figamagee:

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:53 am

Over 15,000 Square Miles of Siberia Are on Fire and It’s “a Global Ecological Catastrophe”

Wildfires are raging across over 15,000 square miles of Siberia, an area larger than the size of Massachusetts, and are causing what one environmental expert calls a “global ecological catastrophe.”

Some 46 thousand square miles have already been destroyed, and with the fires now threatening towns and cities, and large clouds of black smoke engulfing Russia's third-biggest city, Novosibirsk, the Kremlin has come under increasing pressure from the public and from environmentalists to act to tackle the fires.

On Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin mobilized the military to help fight the blaze, and U.S. President Donald Trump pledged his support.

But experts say that these moves will do little to bring the fires under control.

"Unfortunately, with the current size of four million hectares [15,400 square miles] and firefighting efforts limited to 100,000 hectares [386 square miles], additional army forces, which are mostly aircraft, will not make a big difference, especially as the military are not experts in fighting forest fires,” Anton Beneslavsky, Greenpeace Russia fire expert and volunteer firefighter, told VICE News.
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/ywa ... atastrophe

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Re: Russia

Post by Grammatron » Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:53 am

I don't know who I trust less here: Russia, Greenpeace, or VICE News.

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:21 am

Grammatron wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:53 am
I don't know who I trust less here: Russia, Greenpeace, or VICE News.
:mrgreen:

Is the Moscow Times more to your liking?

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The current fires are largely a result of a controversial law. More than 90 percent of the burning forests are within so-called control zones: Areas where regional authorities do not have to put out fires if the cost of the effort to do so exceeds that of the fire damage. This policy was introduced in 2015 when the federal authorities basically re-introduced a Soviet-era practice.

Now governors have the official right not to extinguish fires: A right they are keenly exercising as there is a lack of money and equipment at their disposal. Forests in Russia are plentiful whereas the economy is too weak to put out all the fires.

The authorities estimate the potential damage by calculating the minimum price of processable wood in the area that is burning (and if the wood is deemed unfit for processing, there is no recordable damage). In other words, according to these calculations, fires often cost almost nothing. However, every year, fires destroy 3 times more forest (3 million hectares) than the timber industry (1 million hectares).
Soviet-era ecological action, what could go wrong? :P

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:59 am

I found no English article on the subject, so you'll get a raw translation from Le Monde:
https://www.lemonde.fr/international/ar ... _3210.html
New political "purges" in the upper echelons of Russia

Clan struggles, resource battles and deliberate Kremlin politics explain the increase in arrests of senior officials and elected officials.

Week after week, noisily reported or announced in complete discretion, reports of arrests in the high spheres of the Russian State follow one another tirelessly. Present on the front page of Moscow's daily newspapers or found in local press interviews, they are the background to Vladimir Putin's fourth term in office, a new situation that no member of the ruling elite can ignore.

In the first two weeks of July alone, the results are impressive. On 1 July, three senior officials were arrested in Dagestan, in the North Caucasus; two days later, searches were carried out at the headquarters of the administration of the Voronezh region; the following day, six members of the FSB (the Russian security services) were arrested; on the same day, the arrest of the President's representative in the Ural Federal District, followed by the arrest of the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pension Fund, the former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Astrakhan Region... Then, successively, searches within the Government of Yakutia, in the administration of the City of St Petersburg, at the Central Bank... Systemically, corruption or economic crimes are mentioned.

A few months ago, on the website of a local newspaper in the Rostov-on-Don region in the south of the country, the section "Arrests of senior officials" appeared. Since May, the misadventures of two vice-governors, a minister, the head of tax services... Institution by institution, the picture is just as telling. Within the powerful Inquiry Committee, no less than seven generals have been behind bars for the past three years.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
Vlad tightening the nuts? :mrgreen:

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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:20 am

Huge blasts as Russian arms depot in Siberia explodes (Video at link)

You can see the shockwaves spreading in some of them.
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Re: Russia

Post by Doctor X » Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:40 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
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Huge blasts as Russian arms depot in Siberia explodesYou can see the shockwaves spreading in some of them.
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Post by sparks » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:32 am

"No more fucking Graphite!!!"
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Post by Witness » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:27 am

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:47 am

Russian drone Okhotnik [Hunter] makes maiden flight

The Russian Federation has developed a drone capable of flying up to 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles). The project had been veiled in secrecy but the ministry has now released a video of the unmanned vehicle online.

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The wedge-shaped drone developed by the Sukhoi company is a big step forward compared to other unmanned aerial vehicles previously developed in Russia.

Russian media reports claimed that Okhotnik weighs 20 tons and can travel up to 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles).
https://www.dw.com/en/russian-drone-okh ... a-49935124

Even has a Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Okhotnik