CORRUPTION FIGHTERS JAILED FOR BRIBES

Dmitry Zakharchenko, former head of a division of the Main Directorate for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement

Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, a defendant of one of the most resonant criminal cases lately, served as acting head of the “T” Department of the Main Directorate for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. The directorate, in which Zakharchenko worked, was engaged in corruption violations in the spheres of the fuel and energy complex and chemistry. Soon after the arrest of the Colonel, who was accused of taking bribes, abuse of official authority and obstruction of justice, the directorate was liquidated.

Looking into Zakharchenko’s case, it’s easy to get confused: security forces seized a lot of money from the Colonel several times, came up with and dropped new charges, initiated cases against his relatives. During the searches at Zakharchenko’s, they have found out more than 9 billion rubles. Later, charges of abuse of office were dropped, however, there were four episodes of bribery, which the anti-corruption fighter allegedly received for patronage and warnings about the upcoming searches.

Denis Sugrobov, former head of the Main Directorate of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

Lieutenant-General Denis Sugrobov, one of the youngest generals in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, was the head of the MIA’s Main Directorate of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement, the same agency in which Dmitry Zakharchenko worked. The Directorate is a structural subdivision of the Russian MIA responsible for counteracting economic and corruption crimes, money laundering, criminal associations. Sugrobov, while working for the MIA, took part in the investigation of the Oboronservis cases, thefts during the construction of facilities for the Sochi Olympics, and thefts at OJSC Rosagroleasing.

Sugrobov and eleven of his subordinates were accused of organizing a criminal community, abuse of power, forging evidence and provoking bribery. According to the investigation’s version, with which the court agreed, Sugrobov and other staff of the central directorate falsified evidence of criminal activities of officials (for example, a member of the Federation Council, the head of the administration of Smolensk, an official of Rosreestr, etc.), provoking them to receive bribes. Sugrobov did not participate in criminal operations, carrying out general management of the group. Sugrobov himself denied the guilt, claiming that his persecution was organized by members of the special services.

On April 27, 2017, the Moscow City Court sentenced Denis Sugrobov to 22 years imprisonment in a strict regime colony. On December 19, the Supreme Court mitigated the verdict, shortening the term of serving a sentence of up to 12 years.

Sergei Zherebtsov, former deputy head of the Department for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement of the Transbaikal MIA Directorate in Transport

In April 2017 in Chita, the deputy head of the Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department of the Transbaikal MIA Directorate in Transport, Sergei Zherebtsov, who was responsible for fighting crime in transport, was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment and a fine of 4.9 million rubles. Zherebtsov was found guilty of taking a bribe worth more than 2.4 million rubles from businessmen who illegally sell alcohol.

Anzor Apshev, founder of the Anti-corruption Committee of the Samara Region

On January 10, 2018, the Kirovsky Court of Samara sentenced businessman and founder of the regional public organization Anticorruption Committee of the Samara Region Anzor Apshev received probation term. He was found guilty of giving a bribe in a large amount. 700 thousand rubles were intended for the head of the Department for Combating Illegal Migration of the Department of Migration Control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Samara Region. For this money, the officer of the Department promised Apshev “a general connivance in the service”, as well as non-bringing to administrative responsibility for violations in the field of migration. Apshev was detained at the transfer of the first part of the bribe. The founder of the anti-corruption organization was sentenced to four years of probation and a fine of 3.3 million rubles.

Anticorruption Committee of the Samara Region began its work in February 2017; the head of the organization was former prosecutor of the Komsomol District of Togliatti Anatoly Stolnikov. The founders of the organization stated that the main activities of the committee would be “gathering information about the facts of corruption, its analysis and transfer to law enforcement bodies, as well as public monitoring of the progress of the investigation of corruption cases.”

Alexander Batagov, former head of the Department for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement of the Russian MIA for Izobilnensky District of the Stavropol Territory

Former chief of the Anti-Corruption Department of the MIA for in Stavropol Alexander Batagov was caught red handed. Batagov prepared the bribe for the head of the private security company Patriot Plus. In exchange for 400 thousand rubles Batagov promised not to initiate a criminal case on embezzlement of budget funds in the implementation of the federal regional program on the employment of the population. In March 2017, the court sentenced Batagov to four and a half years in a penal colony and a fine of 1.2 million rubles.

Ivan Balantsov, former head of the Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement of the Municipal Department of the MIA Zarechny

In December, the district court of the city of Zarechny in the Sverdlovsk Region sentenced the former head of the Economic Security of Municipal Department of Zarechny, Major Ivan Balantsov, to eight years’ imprisonment. Balantsev was charged with taking a bribe of 600 thousand rubles, without which the Major allegedly refused to conduct a check on the statement of the manager of TransCapitalBank about theft of funds. The manager complained to the FSB department for extortion, and as a result of Balantsov was brought to justice.

The policeman himself has another version of the events: through his wife, Balantzov conveyed to the media. As Balantsov said, “from the very first days of work in the Region, I realized that for many years the fight against corruption in the Zarechny and Beloyarsky Districts was just on paper.” He managed to identify the criminal scheme, which involved the administration of the city, and even managed to initiate a criminal case, which provoked the conflict. The investigation’s version on refusing to conduct a check Balantsov calls a feign, insisting that the statement of the manager was issued in the hindsight and there was no issue with the check.

Vladimir Boborykin, former security officer of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement of the MIA Directorate in the Admiralteisky District of St. Petersburg

Vladimir Boborykin, an operative of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enfrocement of the MIA in the Admiralty District received five years in a colony. As established by the Nevsky District Court, Boborykin suggested one of the suspects to agree on the termination of a criminal case. The operative first estimated his services at 4 million rubles, but later reduced the amount to 2.5 million. The suspect complained to the FSB, after which a special operation was carried out and Boborykin was detained red-handed.

Maxim Kofman, former head of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Enforcement of the MIA for the Municipal Department Krasnoyarskoye

The former head of the relevant department of the city of Krasnoyarsk, Maxim Kofman, acted on a much smaller scale. For warnings about future inspections in the sphere of gambling, the corruption fighter asked only 45 thousand rubles. In April 2014, Kofman was sentenced to a year in a penal colony and a fine of 1.8 million rubles. The case was heard according to a special procedure – Kofman concluded a pre-trial cooperation agreement.

Vyacheslav Stepnov, former Chairman of the all-Russian public organization Center for Combating Corruption in State Authorities

Vyacheslav Stepnov, former chairman of the regional branch of the public organization Center for Combating Corruption in State Authorities, was tried for commercial bribery. In 2014, the court found Stepnov guilty in transferring 2.5 million rubles, from May 2012 to February 2013, as a bribe to one of the leaders of the Russian Railways branch – the East Siberian Directorate of Traffic Management. For this, Stepnov, who owns two transport companies, got access to scarce freight rail cars.

Center for Combating Corruption in State Authorities was established in 2006; now, the organization has more than thirty regional offices. Among the goals of the NGO is “assistance to the President of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation in implementing a large-scale and consistent policy in the field of combating the spread of corruption in public authorities” and “facilitating the formation of public control over compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation on state and municipal service.”

Evgeny Kornienko, former officer in charge of the Anti-corruption Department of the Operational-Search Unit for Economic Security of the MIA Directorate for the Orenburg Region

Orenburg corruption fighter Evgeny Kornienko received a bribe of 1 million rubles from an employee of the local Directorate of the FSSP. The officer found out about the FSSP officer’s fake diploma and started extorting money from him. In early 2011, the Orenburg Regional Court sentenced Kornienko to five years in prison. A member of the regional Prosecutor’s Office, Vladimir Komin, stated that “for the entire existence of the Regional Court, this is the first verdict against an official who received such a large bribe.”

RUSSIAN OFFICIALS’ СHILDREN WHO STUDIED IN THE USA

Russiangate continues to tell which Russian officials paid for the education of their heirs in foreign educational institutions. This time – the USA: prestigious business schools, Ivy League and doctoral degrees in America.


Anton Astakhov

In Russia, the son of Pavel Astakhov, the former Russian ombudsman for children’s rights, studied at the private Orthodox boarding school called Retro. In it, he studied not only the foundations of Orthodoxy, but also foreign languages. The course did not help him much – in one of the interviews, Anton Astakhov complained: “I believe that in Russian schools I only spoiled my language skills. When I began to travel to America, I began to speak properly.”

Astakhov’s son studied at two London colleges and went to conquer the United States. In 2009, he entered the business school of the European School of Economics in New York. The cost of the Master’s program in management at this school ranges from £ 16,000 to £ 35,000 (from 1.2 million to 2.7 million rubles) for the entire period of study.

Yekaterina Vinokurova

The daughter of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, received her first education in America. She first studied at the private Dwight School, one of the elite educational institutions in Manhattan. However, the high-ranking father did not pay for the daughter’s education there. He did not have enough money, so he made a deal with the principal. Yekaterina studied at school for free, and, in return, Lavrov (then still Russia’s envoy to the UN) lectured to the students of The Dwight School.

After that, Lavrov’s daughter studied political science at Columbia University in New York. This is one of the most prestigious universities in the US, which is a member of the Ivy League. The cost of training at the Faculty of Political Science at Columbia University is $ 41 thousand per year (2.3 million rubles).

Anastasia Fetisova

Having retired as a professional hockey player, Vyacheslav Fetisov became an official. In the middle of 2000s, he managed the Federal Agency for Physical Education and Sports. In 2011, he became the first Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Social Policy of the Council of Federation, and, in September 2016, took a similar position, but this time in the State Duma Committee for Physical Education, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs.

In May of the same year, it transpired that Fetisov’s daughter Anastasia entered the Art School in New York (NYU Tisch School of the Arts). There, she studies in as the graduate in the cinema school. The cost of training per annum depends on the number of selected courses and ranges from $ 20 to $ 60 thousand ($ 1.1-3.4 million).

Alexander Fursenko

The son of Andrei Fursenko, the former Minister of Education, went to receive an American education straight after school. In 2001, Alexander Fursenko received a bachelor’s degree from the New York University. It is the largest private research university in the United States. On average, education in it costs $ 46 thousand (2.6 million rubles) per year.

In America, Fursenko’s son received the second higher education. He chose the law faculty at Stanford University. In the list of graduates, he is designated as “Doctor of Jurisprudence.” To get such a degree at Stanford these days, one needs to pay about $ 25 thousand (1.4 million rubles) for a six-month course.

Stepan Remezkov

State Duma deputy of VI and VII convocations Alexander Remezkov sent his son Stepan to study at Valley Forge Military Academy & College in the United States. It is a military college in Pennsylvania with almost a hundred-year history. Many of the graduates of this educational institution become professional military men. Remezkov has studied in Valley Forge for a year and graduated in 2010 with a gold medal for success in studies and pilotage. Tuition in the academic year 2017-2018 will cost one $ 50 thousand (2.8 million rubles).

After Valley Forge, the Deputy’s son entered the prestigious Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business. The University is located not far from New York. Among its graduates are former US presidents Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, and Dwight Eisenhower. When Remezkov was enrolled and graduated is unknown. It was assumed that in 2014 he will receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Now, the year of study at this university costs $ 60 thousand (3.4 million rubles).

Koreas to march under ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games after first high level talks in two years

North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single “unified Korea” flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South.

They also agreed to field a joint women’s ice hockey team in rare talks at the truce village of Panmunjom.

These are the first high-level talks between the countries in more than two years.

It marks a thaw in relations that began in the new year when North Korea offered to send a team to the games.

Pepe Escobar: China’s strategy in the Middle East – Make trade not war

China’s “Go West” strategy was brought into sharp focus at a forum in Shanghai last weekend. Billed as the Belt and Road Initiative: Towards Greater Cooperation between China and the Middle East, it highlighted key aspects of Beijing’s wider plan.

The New Silk Roads, or the Belt and Road Initiative, involve six key economic corridors, connecting Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. One, in particular, extends through the Middle East to North Africa. This is where the Belt and Road meets MENA or the Middle East and North Africa.

Of course, Beijing’s massive economic project goes way beyond merely exporting China’s excess production capacity. That is part of the plan, along with building selected industrial bases in MENA countries by using technical and production expertise from the world’s second-largest economy.

Again, this is will connect western China to the eastern Mediterranean. It will mean developing a corridor through projects such as the Red Med railway. There are also plans to expand ports, such as Oman’s Duqm, as well as substantial investment in Turkey.

Ukrainian expert predicted the falling value of Bitcoin?

Ukrainian bitcoin-expert Andrey Nikishaev predicted falling of Bitcoin that started few days ago and is falling down now. He made two screens where he try to explain why pro-traders were ready for the falling value and why only newbie-traders lost their money today on BTC.

“Bitcoin will falling down for the next few days and it is not the lowest price of the BTC now. So keep waiting and than buy BTC. It’s not the first and it is not the last falling for BTC.”

When the followers ask him for advice, he just posted two screens with his own arguments as a tip.

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Bitcoin Diamond is the biggest scam in crypto market?

“Developer of the crypto-wallet “Bitcoin Diamond” is a scammer”, said crypto-experts in recent days.

Russian news agency Insider.Pro published an article with some insides from developers of Ledger who think that owners of Bitcoin Diamonds fraud bitcoin-owners, because of forwarding them to the different sites where they can buy different “popular” crypto-currencies in easy way and by lowest price, but in fact clients lose their money.

 

In social media more and more people say that Bitcoin Diamond don’t place blockchain technology and uniq code to the core of their project and the main goal of the owners is to steal money and access to other wallets from clients.

The biggest bitcoin farm in the world is ready for work in China

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Here you can see the largest bitcoin-farm in the world and it was founded in China few weeks ago. Our special reporter was very surprised when he was invited to the “special opnening ceremony” where he made this photos.

This farm was created by TerraMiner and the truck driver said that it was very scary to drive car with the name of the popular bitcoin miner on the side.

For nowadays this miner will cost you for $100 000 000.

Are u ready for crypto-party and crypto diamonds? What do you think?

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End of Year 2017 Greetings, Thanks and a Request for Your Continued Support

Dear Readers,

2017 has been another year full of surprises. The world keeps changing, and us all with it. This year could be described as a year of madness (both in the weather and on the sociopolitical stage), more division and polarization.

Just like last year, people seem to be making a choice, for better or for worse. Some are aligning themselves with the increasingly blatant lies peddled by the mainstream media and the pathological governments of our world, and some have taken a stand against those lies and are reaching a point where they finally see that there is something terribly wrong with the version of reality with which they are presented.

More than minorities vs. majorities of all kinds, that is perhaps the biggest division: the choice between aligning oneself with lies or truth, and being prepared to do the work necessary to be able to identify the difference. We think that many of our readers have naturally chosen to ‘take the high road’, and we hope that that knowledge will always protect you.

But Where’s Natasha? Boris Goes to Russia, Cracks Jokes, Gets Told Off by Lavrov, Still Wants Trade with Russia

Bungling, bumbling British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is the first British FM to visit Russia in the last five years. Today he was in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. Johnson described Russian-UK relations as “going through a bad patch”, but called for more progress on bilateral ties and coordination on issues “that matter to people of the world”, like Iran, North Korea, Syria’s future, and the fight against terrorism.

“One of the reasons for coming here is that there is no point in simply sitting on the sidelines and complaining about each other. We have to engage and we have to talk to each other. Be in no doubt that I want to see an improvement of relations between our peoples,” he said, adding that the two countries should “work hard” to address difficulties and “find a way forward” to cooperate where it is possible.

Johnson affirmed that despite poor relations, he remains “a committed Russophile” – making sure to point out his partly Russian ancestry.

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Manufacturing Dissent: The Guardian sez Russia Behind ‘Online Conspiracy Theory About White Helmets’

On Monday a senior Guardian ‘technology reporter’ named Olivia Solon published the findings of her investigation into how it came to pass that ‘conspiracy theories’ about the White Helmets ‘Syrian civil defense’ organization actually being a terrorist group managed to dominate online discussion. The result was an incredible hit-piece against alternative media sites – particularly 21st Century Wire, which published original research by journalist Vanessa Beeley – whose work has done much to expose Western lies about the war in Syria. And it’s all ultimately Russia’s fault, of course…

How Syria’s White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine

The Russia-backed campaign to link the volunteer rescuers with al-Qaida exposes how conspiracy theories take root: ‘It’s like a factory’

Reading just the headline and sub-headline, you’ve already caught the gist of it. Solon constructs a tale about a grand conspiracy involving “anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government” to account for why people believe the alternative (and largely accurate) narrative about the White Helmets over the official, Western narrative that the White Helmets are actually ‘white knights saving Syrians from their evil government’.