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In a new seminal report on #Russia & #sanctions I argue US has a vital security imperative to sanction 8 #kremligarchs (names in comments) for proximity to Putin and subversion in the West.
Pls amplify my new term #kremligarchs explained in the report. underminers.info/publications/2…
This report is an investigative and reference study which introduces a new term kremligarchs. It argues that kremligarchs is a more relevant term than “oligarchs”, as it shows a total predominance of Putin and Kremlin over all aspects of business in Russia.
The report suggests US sanctions on 8 key kremligarchs:

- Mikhail Fridman & Petr Aven, principals of Alfa Group

- Iskander Makhmudov & Andrey Bokarev, principals of Transmashholding

- Dmitry Rybolovlev, former principal of Uralkali & now owner of the Monaco football club
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1/7: The most frustrating aspect of the #Kremlin's current escalation vis-a-vis #Ukraine is the rationality of its action and simplicity of the situation: The #EuropeanUnion has the economic means to stop #Putin.
2/7: #Russia's economy and budget are dependent on income from Russian energy exports to the EU. However, the EU will not use this leverage - even though the collective costs of doing so may not be high any more, in view of #LNG, renewables, contingency plans etc.
3/7: When the EU did impose some moderately serious sanctions in 2014, that was not a response to #Russia's aggression against #Ukraine. It was a punishment for Moscow's killing of more than 200 EU citizens on the #MH17 flight sho by a Russian missile over Ukraine, in July 2014.
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On Thursday, US @SFRCdems will vote on a "Strategic Competition Act" with China.

On #geoeconomic front, it aims to pull together some FP, #connectivity practices into one China-centric strategy and also proposes concrete policy measures.

Some highlights [long thread]
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101: $15mil/year for US embassies to hire expert who helps interested businesses with supply chain diversification/management away from China
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113: Global infrastructure needs closer monitoring, gov involvement. The Global Infrastructure Coordinating Committee (GICC) pushed as an important coordination tool
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Had a brain wave / brain fart today - Don't know which?!

Recently re-read x2 #books that seem pretty consequential to modern day news cycles 📚

- #JohnPerkins #ConfessionsOfAnEconomicHitman

- #BillBrowder #RedNotice

Both began their careers for #Boston based consulting co's
#Boston #USA is part of that #IvyLeague playground 🧐

#MIT & #Harvard are in close proximity - Like #Oxford & #Cambridge in the UK (those prestigious institutions also synonymous with producing spy's & leaders)!

Perkins worked for #ChasTMain
Browder for #BostonConsultingGroup
If you look at geo-political history from 1980's - today... These two fella's have really played their part!!

Both books are great by the way... well worth a read!

- #JohnPerkins = #SouthAmerica & #CentralAmerica
- #BillBrowder = #US #Russia #UK #EU ... possibly the world!? 🌐
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#EU #Myanmar #Brussels #Sanctions
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The EU has adopted Council Implementing Regulation 2021/478 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/483, which add 11 Burmese officials to its sanctions list for their roles in Myanmar's military coup on February 1, 2021.
High-ranking military officials, including the Commander-in-Chief, Min Aung Hlaing, and Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Soe Win, are among the 10 people named, 7 of whom are UK-listed and 9 of whom are US-listed.
Thein Soe, the current Chairperson of the Union Election Commission, has also been named (by the EU only) for his role in the cancellation of the results of Myanmar's 2020 elections without proof of fraud.
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#USA #Iran #California #Lawsuit #Sanctions

The US District Court for the Southern District of California has unsealed a federal criminal complaint accusing ten Iranian nationals of conspiring to breach the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Laws,
the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. They are accused of being involved in a scheme to evade US sanctions on Iran by disguising over $300 million in transactions on behalf of the Iranian government over a 20-year period.
The defendants are accused of trying to defraud financial institutions by using over 70 front companies in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates to facilitate the transactions. The proposal also requires the acquisition of two $25 million oil tankers,
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#EU #Brussels #Sanctions

The EU Council agreed today to implement restrictive sanctions on eleven persons and four entities who are responsible for severe human rights violations and abuses in different countries around the world.
These 15 designations are part of the first larger set of listings under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, which also included the naming of four #Russian individuals earlier this month.
The sanctions demonstrate the EU's firm commitment to uphold human rights and take concrete measures against those who violate or abuse them. The violations targeted today include the large-scale arbitrary detentions of, in particular, #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang in #China,
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#USA #Iran #Manhatten #Sanctions

The US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has upheld a District Court's decision to forfeit 650 Fifth Avenue, a Manhattan building owned by the Iranian-American charity the Alavi Foundation.
The forfeiture was prompted by claims that the foundation had violated Iranian sanctions. The Court concluded that the District Court was correct in finding probable cause for forfeiture,
but that the US government had illegally confiscated the building because the Alavi Foundation's right to due process had not been respected in the forfeiture proceedings. Since the property had been illegally seized during this time span,
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#USA #ISIS #WashingtonDC #Sanctions

Under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, the US State Department named the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – Democratic Republic of the Congo (ISIS-DRC), also known as the Allied Democratic Forces,
and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – Mozambique (ISIS-Mozambique) as international terrorist organizations. Under Executive Order 13224, both organizations, as well as their respective representatives, Seka Musa Baluku and Abu Yasir Hassan,
have been identified as specially designated global terrorists. Knowingly providing material assistance or services to ISIS-DRC or ISIS-Mozambique, or attempting or conspiring to do so, is a crime for designated FTOs.
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#USA #Iran #WashingtonDC #SANCTIONS

Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act 2021, the US State Department has placed a travel ban on Ali Hemmatian and Masoud Safdari,
who are identified as interrogators of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. They are accused of “gross human rights violations,” including torture and/or barbaric, inhuman,
or degrading treatment or punishment of political detainees detained during protests in Iran in 2019 and 2020. Their immediate family members may also be refused admission to the United States.
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#USA #Myanmar #WashingtonDC #Sanctions

The US is tightening its sanctions over the coup in Myanmar. The US Treasury Department has now blacklisted two children of junta leader Min Aung Hlaing. They are said to have benefited from their father's behavior.
The US government is imposing sanctions on two adult children of the leader of the Myanmar military junta, Min Aung Hlaing, and six companies they control. Aung Pyae Sone and Khin Thiri Thet have used their relationship with their father, the head of the armed forces,
"for a long time to enrich themselves," said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

After the US move, Great Britain is also examining additional measures against Myanmar, said Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
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#USA #ISIS #Africa #WashingtonDC #Sanctions

According to people familiar with the matter and an advance US note, the US is expected to place sanctions on two of ISIS's fast-growing affiliates in Central Africa for the first time,
underscoring the group's growing threat outside of the Middle East. According to a notice posted on the US federal register on Thursday, the State Department will approve the Congolese franchise of Islamic State in Syria and
the Levant and its chief, Musa Baluku, as well as an affiliate in neighboring Mozambique. The terrorism-related sanctions, according to people familiar with the situation, will target the group's ability to transfer staff around and its foreign funding. -WSJ
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#USA #Israel #DRCongo #WashingtonDC #Sanctions

The Joe Biden administration has restored Magnitsky sanctions against Israeli businessman Dan Gertler for 'extensive public corruption' in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Image
undoing a secretive and illegal measure taken during the Trump administration's final days. Dan Gertler was granted a license five days before Donald Trump left office, allowing him to access money frozen in US banks and transact with financial institutions all over the world.
Unless he has been able to use this window to move his assets out of the US, Gertler may be regretting the millions he spent on lobbyists in Washington, DC, including Alan Dershowitz, who represented Trump in his first impeachment trial, and former FBI director Louis Freeh.
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How the 🇮🇱Israeli defense deals with the threat of #Hezbollah's precision missiles.
PART 3–
In its annual report, the Institute for National Security Studies placed the probability of war in #Lebanon in the first place, higher than the Iranian threat. 1
The latest name given by experts to this war, in publications and exercises, is "First Northern War" - assuming the war does not remain #Lebanese. #Syria (and possibly #Iraq) as well: 2
Syria itself may act against Israel to retaliate against Iran and Hezbollah for the generous assistance it provided during the civil war, and missile rockets may be fired from #Shiite militias from Iraq, and perhaps even by the #Houthis in Iran. 3
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‘The Axis of Resistance Media Network’
Designating #Iranian-linked media outlets can limit their activities, but a more holistic strategy is needed if Washington hopes to effectively counter the regime’s regional propaganda machine. 1
bit.ly/3kBDYTh
Reminder—#Iranian operatives sent threatening emails to Democratic voters while posing as members of the pro-Trump white nationalist group the Proud Boys. 2
One of the entities behind this disinformation campaign was the Islamic Radio and Television Union #IRTVU, which supports and in many cases created the bulk of the television channels and other media outlets run by #Iran’s proxies abroad—
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#EU #Syria #Belarus #Sanctions

In February 2021, the EU Council adopted:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/138 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/142, which renew the EU’s terrorist sanctions list
imposing asset freezing measures on those determined to have been “involved in terrorist acts”. See press release at last threade.
Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/339 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/353, which renewed the EU’s sanctions in respect of Belarus for 1 year until 28 February 2022. The measures target a total of 88 people and 7 entities.
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Today on @AmericaNewsroom, NCRI-US Dep Dir Alireza Jafarzadeh (@A_Jafarzadeh) discussed #JCPOA & #Terrorism:
"The Iranian regime definitely wants to get the Bomb because that's their tool for their survival. They are very weak and vulnerable, isolated in the region and... 1/4 Image
... "also inside Iran. Over the past 3 years, there have been several major uprisings in Iran's all 31 provinces. #IranProtests have been going on this week in city of #Saravan in Southeast Iran. The regime has killed 40 people, injured a 100 more just in the past 2 days... 2/4 Image
... "So, this is a weak regime, but they seek to portray themselves as though they are in the driver's seat by threatening everybody else in order to gain concessions and have the #sanctions lifted without changing their behavior. When you deal with #Iran's regime... 3/4 Image
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#UN #ISIS #Daesh #Sanctions #removed

The UN Security Council Committee concerning ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida has delisted Said ben Abdelhakim ben Omar Al-Cherif, and Emrah Erdogan. They will no longer be subject to an asset freeze, travel ban or arms embargo. Image
UN Press Realese: un.org/press/en/2021/…
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#Uganda #EU #Kampala #Sanctions

On Wednesday, Uganda scoffed at the European Parliament's proposal to prosecute government officials over alleged abuses of human rights during the Jan.14 general election in the region.
Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa said in a letter to the president of the European Parliament that the resolution is both unexpected and of utmost concern in many respects.
Last Thursday, the European Parliament said sanctions against individuals and organizations responsible for human rights abuses in Uganda must be implemented under the European Union's current framework for the punishment of human rights (EU).
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The overall engagement ratio (Retweets+likes)/Total for the stalking account @ GruaAbuseArkive is extremly poor: 20% for its 11,151 tweets. And it is always going down. Last 3,159 tweets engagement ratio is only 12.6%.
Tweeting a garbage flood does not built an audience. Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam
@BernardGrua is the main target of 🇵🇰 Karachi Ramla Akhtar stalking under @ GruaAbuseArkive. His account is always improving. His last, and all, 2,392 tweets have an engagement of 133%, i.e. 10 times better than the one of his despicable tormentor. Result of quality Vs crap. Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam, BetterBonds, Olga Leonidovna Ozer
Akhtar's Twitter account is dead. It requires no counter-efforts. Action focuses on the 🇷🇺 accomplice Ms Olga Leonidovna Ozerova from "Extreme Travels in Russia" who wants to complain for terrorism in 🇵🇰 Pakistan with 10 false witenesses. #Sanctions
Read: bernardgrua.blogspot.com/2021/01/russia… Ramla Akhtar's Twitter account is dead. Action focuses on  M
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TR and GR will have the 61th round of #exploratorytalks tomorrow. Let’s start by remembering some facts: Exploratory talks are not #negotiation. They aim to explore and understand the problems and prepare the ground for negotiations, and bring suggestions to decision makers
TR and GR had 60 rounds of talks between 2002 and 2016. During this period, differences between parties have only grown, with no real sign of reconciliation. So, talks did not really help until today. Tomorrow’s talks will be the first after a 5 year suspension of talks in 2016
Greece is insisting to talk only about #maritime #delimitation dispute, while Turkey would like meetings to be unconditional and include topics such as #sovereignty of certain islets and rocks, #minorityrights, #demilitarization of Greek Islands
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#China's January 20 #sanctions against @mikepompeo and 27 other Americans send a message to every politician in the world: Don't use China for political gain, personal or otherwise, and expect impunity.
#CGTNFirstVoice bit.ly/39OFLiR
#China-U.S. relationship defines the parameter of 21st century international relationships. But the sanctioned individuals have used their offices to advance their own political and financial interests at the expense of the wellbeing of U.S. foreign policy and public interests.
.@washingtonpost columnist Dana Milbank described the vocation of @AmbJohnBolton, a target of the sanctions: "He makes war." His allegiance to ideological purity trumps all. @mikepompeo, on the other hand, smears #China to keep his name relevant as he eyes higher offices.
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As predicted, Ramla Akhtar had to leave Gulmit, Hunza, to become homeless. This is not because she was attacked. It was because she decided herself to fight, physically, with local people, to insult them and to create tension within the local community.
Akhtar always charges other people with her own mistakes. But this time, she had a genious idea. Bring a French man to terrorist court! The despicable tramp will go to court? Why not? Authorities will clearly see how mad she is. Hopefully, they will save her biological daughter.
The creepiest part of Ramla Akhtar's plan was to embed the very naive RUSSIAN Olga Leonidovna Ozerova. Ozera announced she will support Akhtar by hiring 10 agitators to file a terrorism complaint in PAKISTAN against a FRENCH man. Ozera was stupid enough to sen a written blackmail
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Olga Leonidovna Ozerova, aka Olga Sim (Ольга Сим), from «Extrem Travels in 🇷🇺Russia» (Экстремальные путешествия) hires 10 agitators as false witnesses to file a terrorism case to 🇵🇰Pakistani authorities against a 🇫🇷 French writer.
bernardgrua.net/2021/01/15/ext…
#TravelHunza #Travel Olga Leonidovna Ozerova, aka Olga Sim (Ольга Сим), f
2/ In June 2019, Ms Olga Leonidovna Ozerova, aka Olga Sim (Ольга Сим), from "Extreme Travels in Russia" (Экстремальные путешествия) could have stopped Ramla Akhtar's insane campaign against the Wakhi community of Hunza and its European visitors. See: stopcyberstalkers.wordpress.com/2020/09/04/ram…
3/ But, as surprising as it might be, she acted thoughtlessly by recycling a kind of Kremlin's propaganda digest against western countries, turning it into a geopolitical and ideological war, while Russia and France are doing nothing in Pakistan and have no wish for acting so.
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