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THREAD on #Russia/n Orthodox Church (ROC) breaking off “eucharistic communion" w/ #Constantinople Patriarchate.
1.CAVEAT: I don’t claim to be an expert in church relations but being Orthodox Christian & working on #Russia-related politics/policies I feel entitled to share few of my own observations esp in the face of mounting ignorance or propaganda from some of the usual "Russia watchers"
2. Within next days you will hear 3 dominating narratives on what came to be called "the new schism":
A.Patriarch Kirill is KGB (somewhat true).
B. ROC is a tool of #Kremlin (true).
C. Conflict emerged as aftermath of “#Russia trying to make #Ukraine submissive” (yes & no)
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The Reichstag Warning ⚠️⚠️⚠️

By @TimothyDSnyder
THREAD ✔
On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf #Hitler rejoiced, and the #Nazi era began.
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#Hitler, who had just been named head of a #government that was legally formed after the democratic #elections of the previous November, seized the opportunity to change the system. “There will be no mercy now,” he exulted. “Anyone standing in our way will be cut down.”
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The next day, at Hitler’s advice and urging, the #German #president issued a decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
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What the hell is happening between #Hungary and #Ukraine, why are diplomatic tensions rising dramatically?

Thread for CEE&Hungary watchers, and for journalists covering the topic!

bbc.com/news/world-eur…
It all started last year with Ukraine’s new education law requiring more Ukrainian language education for minorities who previously had much bigger autonomy. This ‘reform’ is a tool of Ukrainian nation-building&was primarily aimed at restricting Russian language education.
Collateral damage occurred as Polish, Romanian&Hungarian minorities were affected as well. Poland&Romania managed to solve the situation with Ukraine through negotiations but Hungary went berserk instead. Here’s a very good summary in English by @OSW_eng:
osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/…
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The flow of russian disinformation, and how russian cyber warfare works:

GRU hacks, russian media writes about it, russian bots take to twitter.

The bots I am looking at tweeted about "Cyber Berkut".

ncsc.gov.uk/news/reckless-…
GCHQ attributes Cyber Berkut to GRU.

In just what happened to be an odd coincidence I happened to be looking at russian bots when @rob_barry did a thread about "CyberCaliphate"
At some point in march 2014 after the russian invasion of crimea GRU setup Cyber Berkut and started attacking various Ukrainian infrastructure and websites.
motherjones.com/politics/2014/…
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Poised for MoD/Dutch ministry of defence presser in The Hague. Will try to live tweet. #Russia #GRU
Ambassador @PeterWilson speaking on behalf of @AlanDuncanMP whose flight was cancelled due to bad weather
Expecting details of joint intelligence operation relating to #Russia #GRU
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THREAD #Russia 14 POINTS #Maps+ critical #Geography #Geopolitics. Here is my hot take on “Understanding Russia,” a new book by Marlene Laruelle (@PONARS) and Jean Radvanyi (2018). I hardly agree w/ all "French Eurasia" & "anti-Russophobe" arguments; it IS worth a CLOSE read. 1/16
1. (1814/5-2014) Talleyrand 1814-5 & Keynes 1919 argument, & vs. Obama’s “regional” neo-containment (2008-14): Defeated Russia’s greatpowerness (derzhavnost’) is NOT avoidable. Sidelining a mil-nuclear & gas-rich power is dangerous. (Merkel: re: Putin in “another world.”) 2/16
2. (1954-91) One can consider, for the sake of argument, a postwar Moscow-Paris-Washington axis. The “disease” that neo-Empire Russia(ns) have is "trauma," a kind of geo-body loss, historically akin to French postcolonial retrenchment in proto-EU after the Algerian War. 3/16
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I've uploaded my #Video appendix containing testimonies by 43 wounded #Maidan protesters about snipers in Maidan-controlled locations at Maidan massacre #trial and investigation in #Ukraine to @academia. It has English-language subtitles. academia.edu/37448481/Maida…
This is video appendix of papers presented at 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston & joint conference by Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University & British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies in Uppsala
It shows that the absolute majority of 66 wounded Maidan protesters, with whose shooting Berkut policemen are charged, testified that they were in fact shot from Maidan-controlled locations, witnessed snipers there or were told about snipers there by other protesters.
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Prosecutors are weighing criminal charges against former Obama WH counsel Greg Craig for failing to register as a foreign agent (#FARA).

Craig wrote a false report on Ukrainian opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, used by Manafort. 1/

cnn.it/2QwaXss
This is not unexpected, as Manafort funded money from offshore bank accounts to pay for Craig’s hit piece on Tymoshenko, who was JAILED illegally in #Ukraine by pro-#Russia🇷🇺 Yanukovich (Manafort’s client). 2/

In addition to Craig, former @GOP Rep. Vin Weber faces serious legal jeopardy for lobbying ILLEGALLY without filing #FARA.🙄

Same goes for Democratic former lobbyist, Tony Podesta. 3/

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Prosecutors file new charging document against ex-@realDonaldTrump campaign chairman @PaulManafort, signaling a possible plea deal, reports @AP.
A guilty plea to charges in his second trial (which was to be held in Washington, DC) is to be entered today by @PaulManafort, according to media reports.
According to the filing, @PaulManafort will enter a guilty plea to a single count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
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#Russia: The bulk of the T-62M tanks at Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, right next to #Ukraine, that arrived from Siberia were unloaded on the morning of the 2.9 and by noon they were ready to march.
Pretty west for the #Vostok2018
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The same #Russian T-62MV without ERA, that was spotted on a train at Kamensk Shakhtinsky on 31.8 was unloaded before noon 1.9 and spotted heading towards #Ukraine on a trailer.

Same road also showed several other Russian military convoys.
#OSINT
Sitä parempaa tekemistä @LauraHuu ;)
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“Now, #doctors and #scientists say such unconventional weapons may have caused the baffling symptoms and ailments that, starting in late 2016, hit more than three dozen American diplomats and family members in #Cuba and #China.”

#microwave
#Sonic
“…study’s lead author & director of Center for #BrainInjury & Repair at UPenn, said in a recent interview that #microwaves were now considered a main suspect & the team was increasingly sure the #diplomats suffered brain injury.

nyti.ms/2N8M9rL?smid=n…

“…Air Force scientists sought to beam comprehensible speech into heads of adversaries. Their novel approach won a patent in 2002, update in 2003. In a twist, #2003contract was awarded to #microwave experts who had emigrated to US from #Russia & #Ukraine.”
nyti.ms/2N8M9rL?smid=n…
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Life and death of a hero, Aleksandr Zakharchenko @FortRussNews fort-russ.com/2018/09/life-a…
Zakharchenko assassination presents a new reality in the Donbass @FortRussNews fort-russ.com/2018/09/zakhar…
#Ukraine to launch offensive against #Donbass with Zakharchenko death @FortRussNews fort-russ.com/2018/09/ukrain…
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Another one: Russia-backed Separatist Leader Zakharchenko Killed in Bombing in Donetsk Cafe - Bloomberg bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Being supported by the Kremlin is actually a bad thing—NOT a good thing. Assassinated Donetsk leader Alexander Zakharchenko joins 13 other Russia-backed militants murdered in occupied Ukraine. @EuromaidanPress has a handy infographic and details here 👇euromaidanpress.com/2017/03/15/mys…
#Russia is already using #Zakharchenko assassination to undermine Minsk peace process, blaming #Ukraine, of course. Notice Rand Paul's new Russian Duma pal Kosachev said Zakharcheno death "could have a particularly negative impact on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements."
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BREAKING: Head of DNR Alexander #Zakharchenko killed in a blast in #Donetsk
kommersant.ru/doc/3730618
#Russia's Foreign Ministry spox Zakharova: There's every reason to presume that it's #Kiev regime that's behind the murder of #DNR's #Zakharchenko
Senior #DNR official on #Russia/n state TV now: "Assassination of #Zakharchenko is act of state terrorism by #Ukraine. We'll definitely get revenge on them."
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💣BOOM💣

Sam Patten, a former associate of Paul Manafort & #Russian🇷🇺GRU spy, Konstantin Kilmnik, was charged w/failing to register as a foreign agent (#FARA) for lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian political party.😎 1/

#TrumpRussia

h/t @SpicyFiles
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Team🇺🇸Mueller referred the case to the US Attorney in DC. Patten's charge is a FELONY w/max prison sentence of 5 years.

His charges are spelled out in a "criminal information" filing, which often precedes a GUILTY plea.🤗 2/

#MuellerTime
#TrumpRussia

🔥Patten & #GRU agent Konstantin Kilimnik are the **only 2 execs** listed for a DC consulting firm (Begemot Ventures).

And Patten "just happened" to help Cambridge Analytica MICROTARGET voters during the 2014 midterm election cycle.🙄3/

#TrumpRussia

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My #multimedia iposter presentation, entitled 'The #Maidan Massacre in #Ukraine: Revelations from Trials and Investigations,' at Annual Meeting of the American Political Studies Association in Boston is available at the APSA website #APSA2018 @APSAtweets apsa2018-apsa.ipostersessions.com/default.aspx?s…
This presentation includes my analysis of almost completely unreported revelations about Maidan snipers, video appendixes of testimonies by 43 wounded Maidan protesters & over 125 witnesses about snipers in Maidan-controlled buildings, & my video reconstruction of the massacre.
My #APSA2018 presentation includes video reconstruction of Maidan massacre, in particular, videos of snipers in Maidan-controlled buildings & 55 testimonies about such snipers & shows that both protester & police were shot from Maidan-controlled buildings.
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Oh, no, no. The President of #Ukraine is surely wrong, and all those journalists who know shit about Ukraine, the international organizations that are too compromised or cowardly to speak the truth because it demands action, etc. know better. 🙄
mil.gov.ua/en/news/2018/0…
In all seriousness, just think about how profoundly twisted this is. #Ukraine has stated unambiguously that #Russia is waging an unlawful interstate war on Ukraine, and NOT ONE body of political note or power will even acknowledge this basic truth!
This is precisely why @RomanSohn and I demand that the EU & NATO *finally* lead & call things by their names, and clearly and unambiguously recognize the patently obvious truth, that #Russia is the aggressor in an unlawful, interstate war against #Ukraine.
atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainea…
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This provides a very interesting insight into the outlook of many key social milieus in Ukraine right now
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. @AmbJohnBolton sat down with #Russia's NSC Sec in Geneva for about 5 hours talking international security issues, #Ukraine, #Syria, #Iran. Earlier this year Patrushev was placed on #US sanctions list but said "it was no impediment for him to be meeting [American officials]"
Patrushev came to meeting w/ @AmbJohnBolton w/ a set of proposals #Moscow been elaborating for over a month. One of them allegedly included pull-back of #Iran/ian forces in #Syria in exchange for softening #sanctions on #Tehran. #US rejected the proposal.
Patrushev says himself & #Bolton failed to sign a joint communique cuz "#US wanted to include the point on "#Russia/n interference" which we didn't find acceptable.We,in turn,asked them to state that US own interference into other states' affairs is unacceptable - they refused"
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🏵Darkleaks🏵

The (Trump) Flynn Counter-intel probe likely started circa 2/22/15:

(b/4 Dossier)

‘Darkleaks’ Black Market Anonymously Selling Secrets for Bitcoins.

Anyone can now Sell Secrets for Bitcoins Anonymously on DarkLeaks underground Black Market.

Flynn: “R we ready?”
🏵Darkleaks🏵

45 Secret: He’s really a Russian oligarch

Uncle Jr. Ghouliani is very bad at giving Trump & his cultists ammunition to combat Mueller in the court of public opinion.

Giuliani’s glaring reversals, which only serve to highlight 45’s dishonesty & possible liability
🏵Darkleaks3🏵

Clapper, McRaven, Brennan, Hayden & other’s are warning us in this dark and dangerous time that we're under threat at *home*.

That's a warning we must heed.

They have dedicated their lives defending our nation against all enemies foriegn & DOMESTIC!
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In interview with @Reuters, @POTUS says he'd consider lifting sanctions on #Russia if Moscow takes steps to work with the US on such issues as #Syria and #Ukraine.
There'll be no concessions with #Turkey over the case of the detained US evangelical Christian pastor, says @POTUS to @Reuters.
He adds he's not concerned about the potential for economic damage to #Europe resulting from US tariffs against #Turkey.
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Re-capping an intensive day by #Russian armed forces:
- Central and Eastern Military Districts were fully alarmed into a snap drill
- 2500 Spetsnatz deployed close to #Ukraine
- Military medical units deployed close to Ukraine
- 40 000 troops will be loaded to trains in East
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- Novorossiysk naval base alerted and swept for mines
- Various communication and command formations deployed
- Special Recon unit prepared for an airdrop in the Karelia
- Unknown number of central Military district units loaded to trains
- Large Chinese force in Russia. 2/3
And the cherry on the top? DNR and LNR mercenaries are mobilizing the population in the occupied Donetsk.

Should we be worried?
#turpo #säkpol
3/3
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Canada is not "a melting pot in which the individuality of each element is destroyed in order to produce a new and totally different element. It is rather a garden into which have been transplanted the hardiest & brightest flowers from many lands" #JohnDiefenbaker PM 1957-'63
In 1963 Lester Pearson's Liberals defeated Diefenbaker. Liberals introduced official bilingualism & biculturalism. Diefenbaker strongly opposed the idea of Canadians melting into the English or French cultures. He preferred multiculturalism a term coined by Professor Paul Yuzk.
Yuzk's parents, Cdn pioneers, born in #Ukraine Yuzyk is claimed by 2 provinces #SK & #MB Winnipeg is where he authored "The Ukrainians in Manitoba: A Social History." Diefenbaker appointed him to the Senate & promoted Yuzyk's concept of #multicuturalism usask.ca/diefenbaker/bi…
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