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We thought it was time to return to highlighting some of the tech companies with ties to the Russian intelligence services. Today we introduce you to Special Technological Centre Ltd. #STC #СТЦ
In late 2016 STC was sanctioned by the U.S. in the amendment to Executive Order 13964 issued by President Obama.
STC was named as one of three companies that provided material support to the #GRU interference of the Presidential election in 2016 and assisting them in conducting signals intelligence operations.
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Los 25 aeropuertos con más pasajeros en América Latina 2022.

Varios patrones interesantes de observar.

#Bogotá ya rebasó al aeropuerto Guarulhos #GRU de São Paulo y ahora es el 2º con más tráfico en la región.
#aviacion #LatAm
Veamos más ⬇️ Image
#MEX y #CUN siguen destacando en 1er y 4º sitio....

Sin embargo, #SaoPaulo sigue siendo el principal mercado de aviación en la región (más datos sobre esto más adelante en este hilo). Image
Lima #LIM también ya superó a Santiago #SCL en el 5º lugar de esta lista, mientras que #GDL se afianzó entre los 10 de más tráfico. Image
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#Finland's state deputy prosecutor has brought charges of gross misconduct against ethnic #Russia`n spy Georgij Alafuzoff. Alafuzoff has previously served as intelligence chief of @Puolustusvoimat & #EU military staff

#Turpo #Säkpol Image
@Puolustusvoimat Case have been open for years, but #Russia`n full scale operation in #Ukraine & #Finland`s desire to join #NATO has finally led to charges against #Russia`n spy.

He collected secret info & have given it to those who should not get them.

#Turpo #Säkpol
All should ask now how it is even legal & possible to point ethnic #Russia`n to command #Finland`s & #EU military intelligence. Western liberalism has go too far. Russian is Russian in every situation & Russians pursue Russian interests.

#Turpo #Säkpol
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1/ Disinformation Alert 🚨! #NAFO #Ukraine #Russia #Odessa #USA #Russian You might have realized that since 7 days, there is an information ops targeting #Odessa in terms of „forced conscription“. Let’s take a look on this video. #nafofellas
2/ First of all I want to note one special detail which makes the story more funny. The soldiers in the video are really following their lists. The board is completely empty. That is simply bad acting #FSB. 😂 …
3/ when you delete videos because they were old and could point to a earlier use, don’t forget that evidence stays. 😂
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1. #Russia organized an operation to destabilize the situation in #Sweden on religious grounds: #RLI spoke about the plan of the Kremlin and the main actors.

In addition to blocking the application for #NATO membership, the operation of Russian military⬇️…
2. intelligence in #Sweden could increase the level of the terrorist threat in the country. Yes, a copy of the #Koran was publicly burned near the #Turkish embassy in #Stockholm.

"Russian military intelligence probably used the unsuspecting Paludan through Chang Johannes⬇️
3. Frick, who, according to numerous indications, is an agent of the #GRU (Main Intelligence Directorate) of the ₴RussianFederation, recruited to conduct psychological operations. The location of the action is the area in front of the #Turkish embassy in #Stockholm⬇️ Image
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We tweeted in July about the development of a variant to the malware project Drovorub-A1 by Russian tech company AST (АСТ).
Drovorub-A1 was originally developed for the GRU 85th Main Special Service Center (85th GTsSS, в/ч 26165) and dubbed the 'Swiss Army Knife' for hacking Linux.
US agencies warned of the threat posed in a 45-page security alert released in August 2020 and companies such as Schneider Electric offered mitigation to customers in advance of fixes to their operating systems.…
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2022 was a real blood bath for #Russian intelligence services in Europe. Arrests, expulsions and de-conspirations made Russian spy life harder. I have put together quick dashboard with known cases (last 5 years). Let's have a look what we know. 1/🧵
More than 30 cases were revealed in last 5 years across the Europe. Vast majority of them happened in last 12 months. Bulgaria, Germany and Sweden seen most arrests. 2/
Who was recruiting? Based on available data, #GRU is uncontested winner. This shows progressive militarisation of #Russian #intelligence work as well as choice of priorities. 3/
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Russian cultural institutions raise eyebrows in Western counterintelligence. Not without reason. They are seen as a gateway for #SVR #GRU and #FSB. The A.S. Pouchkine Cultural Centre 32, rue Goethe in Luxembourg is also suspected of espionage. A few interesting details 1/10
In an undated interview, former Rossotrudnichestvo official Tatiana Poloskova criticises the cultural institution's involvement with intelligence services. Poloskova is a political analyst and state advisor of the Russian Federation. She knows Putin's power apparatus 2/10
Tatiana Poloskova: "Everyone knows that they are from the #FSB. Of course, no one wants to say that, but in the host countries this label is firmly attached to them. I think this is not so much the result of propaganda as a mistake in our personnel policy“ 3/10
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We have become aware of a large #ICS/#SCADA malware project apparently conducted under a state contract on behalf of the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (#GRU), Main Centre for Special Technologies (#GTsST), military unit 74455.
This military unit also known as #Sandworm is located at the GRU Ulitsa Kirova facility in the Khimki suburb of Moscow. In the past Sandworm has targeted ICS/SCADA, one of the most renowned being the #INDUSTROYER2 hacking attempt of a Ukrainian electrical substation in April 22.
The ongoing project is to cost more than 100 million rubles across three phases and undertaken by several technical defense contractors.
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Some people are promoting the idea of NATO involvement in the war. It's related to the false Kremlin talking point that war is result of so-called 'NATO expansion'

It is a pro-Russia stance folks

NATO arming Ukraine one one thing, but direct NATO involvement is what 🇷🇺wants
Correction: NATO arming Ukraine *is* one thing
There is one troll who goes on and on about it, and they also slip in the idea that sinking Russia's entire Black Sea Fleet is NOT a good idea.

Wonder why? #GRU Image
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I’ve gotten a lot of questions this week about #YevgenyPrigozhin’s public statement about his role as founder of the #WagnerGroup.The incoming is almost too much to handle so I thought I’d lay down a few thoughts here for journalists and other interested parties. 🧵 Image
1/#Prigozhin has had a kind of coming out party over the last few weeks with the buzz surrounding the release of a video showing him making a recruiting pitch to prisoners in a #Russian penal colony. The timing is, of course, curious. Image
2/We can get into the significance of the fact that the prison pictured is in the Mari El Republic in a separate thread--but suffice it to say there are a lot of stakeholders w/ overlapping interests co-located there. Image
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Estimates of the Russian soldiers KIA vary greatly. But it’s not only the total number of losses which is important, but also what kind of specialists were killed. BBC established that Russia has over 900 elite specialists, whose training took years of effort, and mlns of $.
Combined armed units of the Russian military have proven unprepared for assault operations. As a result, tasks that are generally assigned to infantrymen have had to be carried out by special forces, marines, and paratroopers.
E.g. it was reported that #GRU Major Andrey Kunakov died in #Mariupol while ‘sweeping the street’. Usually, street checks in occupied settlements are carried out by second echelon subdivisions. Throwing elite intelligence officers into such missions is strange, to say the least.
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🇷🇺🔥🇺🇦 #Rusia vs #Ucrania - Día 209 - Iniciamos un día más nuestro #hilo diario sobre la #GuerraEnUcrania, que se empeña en no terminar.

🟥 Esto que veis, es la villa de #Ozerne, en #Donetsk, siendo atacada por Rusia.

➡️ 48.900850618667825, 37.91620226200504

🟥 Comparte🙏
🇷🇺🔥🇺🇦 #Rusia vs #Ucrania - Día 209 - Este es, para quien no pudiese leerlo, nuestro informe diario sobre la #GuerraEnUcrania correspondiente a la jornada de ayer.

🟥 Gracias por la difusión.…
🇷🇺🔥🇺🇦 #Rusia vs #Ucrania - Día 209 - Por primera vez, desde que comenzó el cerco, las Fuerzas Armadas ucranianas estarían atacando #Lyman desde el noroeste

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#Russia-#Ukraine - "This is the world's 1st #cyber war" #Ukraine Minister of Digital Transformation @FedorovMykhailo tells @BillingtonCyber via prerecorded video

"We repel 99% of #Russia|n attacks on a daily basis" he says
#Ukraine has a vision for an "army of drones" - "Drones are a game-changer" per @FedorovMykhailo

Fedorov says future wars will be fought more with drones than w/people
"#Ukraine has proved to be one of the world's strongest #cyber states" per @FedorovMykhailo, while also asking for continued support in a prerecorded video presentation for @BillingtonCyber
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Following this weekend's crazy 3-day FAILED coordinated attack by Moscow's #GRU keyboard warriors to smear, mass report content & profile to get account permanently banned - will be finding out via German law the person(s) responsible, and applying to be verified.

Have been in touch with Twitter safety.
Twitter safety have marked KT as a journalistic account, and it is being monitored for any malicious 🇷🇺GRU/FSB or other state-backed activity.

Should not suffer the kind of malicious, state controlled attacks anymore, guys!

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ALERT: Just received another 7 block attempts on content. All from today from #GRU @GicAriana's troll/bot network in Germany. This is after the 11 attempts in one go less than 4 hours ago.

#GRU Ariana doesn't NOT like her nefarious methods being exposed

@TorontoPolice @verified ImageImage
And just now another report to block content profile. @TwitterSupport ???? Image
And now a stream of emails trying to block content. ImageImageImage
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This might take a while. Kremlin Troll #GRU Ariana coordinated attack got no less than TEN tweets & profile info reported all in one go from Germany

She's clearly abusing Germany's reporting system. As per German law will be applying for the full details

@TwitterSupport @yoyoel
@TwitterSupport @yoyoel No joke. 10 tweets & profile reported all in one go.

It appears that the woman falsely claiming this account is an "anonymous Kremlin troll/bot network" in IN FACT the one running a Kremlin troll/bot network.. a coordinated attack from Germany ImageImageImageImage
@TwitterSupport @yoyoel One of the tweets Ariana failed to desperately remove, because the thread clearly identifies her as the perpetrator, and it exposes their nefarious methods.
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. @GicAriana has family everywhere, and she speaks, doesn't speak various languages. #GRU
Any questions about translations ask GicAriana 👇😂
So it is clearly established that she wants you to think she has mixed Ukrainian/German/Polish/Tartar/Russian family; and she doesn't speak Ukrainian, Russian or German, although she'd like you to believe that she did.
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ALERT: Other day GRU Ariana was spreading disinfo to us using one of her sock acs. Well, she created another one..
..& new GRU orders are in & clear - divert attn away from herself & accuse us of what she is doing (see 👇& thread)

This is Chekism 101
Someone's worried. 🧐
When the past catches up with you and your legend falls apart.
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🇷🇺 Où est passé le #FSB ?
C'est l'un des mystères de la guerre en #Ukraine.

Ses analystes ont-ils sous-estimés la réaction ukrainienne ou le savaient-ils mais n'ont pas pu ou voulu en référer à #Poutine ?

Récit de l'enquête du @washingtonpost.

Les plans du #FSB et les efforts des agences de sécurité ukrainiennes pour les contrecarrer - avec le soutien de la CIA, du MI6 et d'autres services de renseignement occidentaux - font partie d'une guerre de l'ombre qui s'est déroulée parallèlement à la campagne militaire russe.
Nous sommes quelques jours avant l'invasion de l'Ukraine, le #FSB a commencé à envoyer des instructions cryptées à des informateurs à Kiev. "Faites vos bagages et quittez la capitale", a-t-on dit aux infiltrés du Kremlin, "mais laissez derrière vous les clés de vos maisons".
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Bellingcat Investigator: the war against Ukraine was prepared by 120 officers from the fifth service of the #FSB and 40 from the #GRU
Russian special services are losing the confidence of dictator Vladimir Putin
about 120 officers from the FSB 5th Service and up to 40 from the GRU (Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation) worked against Ukraine, but their forecasts turned out to be an illusion
Christo Grozev, an investigative journalist at Bellingcat, spoke about this in a commentary to For several years he has been investigating the activities and crimes of the Russian special services
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🇷🇺🔥🇺🇦 #Rusia vs #Ucrania (día 121) - Iniciamos el #hilo diario cuando se cumplen cuatro meses de #GuerraEnUcrania. Una guerra con decenas de miles de muertos y sin un final claro a la vista.


⬇️ SAM ruso falla tras el lanzamiento en Alchevs'k, Luhansk.
🇷🇺🔥🇺🇦 #Rusia vs #Ucrania (día 121) - El Gobernador de #Lugansk, @serhey_hayday, reconoce en su canal de #Telegram que las tropas ucranianas tendrán que retirarse de #Severodonetsk, pues su defensa es insostenible.…
🇷🇺🔥🇺🇦 #Rusia vs #Ucrania (día 121) - Un drone ucraniano ataca un vehículo civil empleado por los rusos y con las marcas "Z".

🟥 No hemos podido evitar acordarnos de los Hellfire R9X -salvando las distancias, claro- vista la precisión con la que ha entrado por la luna delantera.
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Former KGB, FSB, GRU agents/officers and how the West has a tendency to see them.
With my 45 years experience of working with the Russians, their security services and in 90s and early 2000s with security detail for the extremely wealthy Russian elite Image
I deem myself experienced enough to express my opinion about the topic here...
What we in the west often do is as soon as a former agent but preferably officer makes themselves known to us we put them on a pedestal and take their words for gospel. Image
I have met so many Russian security agents/officers over the years both when I have been questioned by them in USSR/Russia and when I have met former agents/officers and a vast majority of them are simply cogs in a massive wheel working on pretty mundane assignments and very,very
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FSO officers during the May 9 Parade in #Moscow Image
Lets continue
🇷🇺⚡️The issuance of Russian passports to residents of the liberated Kherson region will begin before the end of 2022.

As in the People's Republics of Donbass, the process will be purely voluntary.
⚡️The #Kherson civil administration has announced that the region will fall under full Russian legislation before the end of 2022
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