Color revolution? The director of Russia’s foreign intelligence service (the SVR) has accused the US of fomenting anti-government demonstrations in Belarus. Spy boss Sergey Naryshkin said Washington provided about $20 million to bolster the opposition.

rt.com/russia/500877-…
Naryskhin claims the money was used to create a network of “ostensibly independent bloggers” & information accounts on social networks and & to train activists for street demonstrations. He also says "the US is closely mentoring" opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
I have no opinion on whether Naryskhin is right. @RT_com is simply reporting his comments. But given what he has said, it's perhaps worth reposting this tweet
And this one. Naryskhin may well be taking 2 and 2 making 22, but as long as the US government bankrolls this sort of 'think tank'/NGO network in Eastern Europe, Moscow can hardly be accused of unreasonable paranoia.
Btw, none of this changes the fact that Lukashenko, without question, falsified the election. And that most of the people marching in protest in Belarus couldn't give a sh*te about what the US thinks. Or Moscow, for that matter.

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3 Sep
Don't know how Russian PM Mishustin manages to keep a straight face. Lukashenko tells him Belarus has intercepted a phone call between Germany & Poland which proves Berlin made up the Navalny Novichok tale to discourage Putin from interfering in Belarus
Hardly a surprise this. Berlin has denied the claims. "Mr. Lukashenko’s statement is untrue, naturally," a representative of the German goverment told @tass_agency, noting that "there is nothing to add"

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Minsk has released its recording. And Jesus wept, it's actually comedy gold. It's badly dubbed Russian saying that "Lukashenko proved a tough nut to crack" and blah blah. Surely they don't think anybody could take this seriously?
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Rather depressing, if predictable, to see Twitter's armchair 'Russia experts' & 'conspiracy theorists' immediately screaming 'Putin did it,' without any evidence. Russia is not so simple. And it's really tiresome to read this bullsh*t when you actually know the country.
While US/UK media erroneously describes Navalny as the 'Russian opposition leader' (he's not), he's actually better known *in* Russia as (effectively) the country's leading anti-corruption journalist. This means he has dozens of powerful enemies whom he has exposed.
Navalny's reports are extremely popular - getting millions of views on YouTube - and have upset a lot of people, from those close to the Kremlin itself down to smaller figures you've never heard of . There's also the point that it's not even confirmed yet that he was poisoned.
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29 Jul
This is pretty crazy. A week before a rubber-stamp election in Belarus, where Alexander Lukashenko’s 26 years in power will almost certainly be extended, Minsk accuses Russia of sending mercenaries to overthrow him! kommersant.ru/doc/4434402?fr…
Lukashenko's people had previously accused Moscow of supporting the opposition. Indeed, only last week, Valery Tsepkalo (the most credible threat to the incumbent) fled to Moscow fearing arrest by Belarus' KGB. He had already been barred from the election rt.com/russia/495811-…
Btw, this is very plausible. It may be Lukashenko's reaction to Russia protecting Tsepkalo from the clutches of the KGB. Given Russia has been closed for flights since March, it's almost certain Wagner mercenaries have been using Minsk airport for transit
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BREAKING: Putin announces Russia is abandoning the flat tax system it has used for almost two decades. Will begin moving to progressive system with higher tax rate for big earners (15% vs 13% for vast majority of people).
Putin says the proceeds from the new tax rate (on people who earn more than €65,000 annually) will he used to fund improved healthcare for sick children.
Wonder how he’s going to like it?
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A really entertaining thread, being widely shared. But I'm sorry to say it's *disinformation* (like a similar one Slava did on St Petersburg hockey, a couple of years ago). This is not some *Putin plot* to guarantee Zenit wins the Premier League because his pals own the club.
The reality is more mundane. Most of Russia has a long (and nasty) winter. So, you can't play professional football in almost all of December, January & February. There also has to be a summer break to turn over the season & to make space for international tournaments.
Thus, Russia has to condense its season into only 7 months. England & Spain, by contrast, plays 9. With the restart, Russia has been forced to pack games into a very tight window. The present campaign *must* end by July 22, because the new one starts only 2 weeks later.
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Mind-blowing to learn that the British government has been using the guy who created the 'Gerasimov Doctrine' hoax as an advisor on Russia. It also helps explain why London's policy towards Moscow has failed so spectacularly & some of Britain's bizarre moves over the years.
The non-existent 'Gerasimov Doctrine," which @MarkGaleotti 'discovered' via a poor translation to English from US state media @RFERL, supposedly indicated that Russia was running new types of “hybrid war" against the west using 'disinformation' as one of the key tools.
In reality, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, Valery Gerasimov, was actually talking about how *the West* conducts operations, not Russia. Specifically in Libya and Syria and the “regime change” efforts connected to the “Arab Spring” of 2010-12.
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