• German posts

    Putins mafia.org

    Anhand von Zeugenaussagen und Dokumenten zeichnet der Film die Verbindungen zwischen dem Staatsoberhaupt und dem organisierten Verbrechen nach. Zum ersten Mal werden Verstrickungen des Staatspräsidenten der Russischen Föderation, Wladimir Putin, mit der russischen Mafia gründlich untersucht.

  • English posts

    The Neue Ostpolitik approach to Nord Stream 2: A legal fiction carried a little too far

    EnergySource by Dr. Benjamin L. Schmitt On April 10, 2018, signs emerged that the German government was finally beginning to recognize the geostrategic implications of the proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Standing next to then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated: “I made very clear that a Nord Stream 2 project is not possible without clarity on the future transit role of Ukraine…so you can see that it is not just an economic issue, but there are also political considerations.” In one short statement, the chancellor had seemingly repudiated years of arguments that she and other German politicians had made since the pipeline’s announcement: namely, the claim that…

  • German posts

    BND und LKA sorgen sich um Sicherheit von mutmaßlichem Täter

    Der mutmaßliche Täter im Fall des Tiergarten-Mordes ist laut Medienberichten in ein anderes Gefängnis verlegt worden. Demnach gibt es Hinweise darauf, dass Russland den Mann gezielt töten lassen wolle. Nach dem Mord an einem Georgier im Berliner Tiergarten fürchten Bundesnachrichtendienst und LKA offenbar um die Sicherheit des mutmaßlichen Auftragskillers. Wie die Tagesschau berichtet, ist der Verdächtige Vadim Krasikov in eine andere Haftanstalt verlegt worden. Der Grund: Der Bundesnachrichtendienst hat offenbar einen Hinweis erhalten, dass Krasikov in der Haft gezielt getötet werden soll. Continue reading the article on Der Spiegel news website.

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    Superfluous and politically lethal. The construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is highly contentious. Two German experts present their different views for The Security Times

    By Ralf Fücks February 2018. If we listen to those groups advocating on behalf of Nord Stream 2 – the second double pipeline designed to move Russian natural gas through the Baltic Sea – we might come to think the new project is a highly energy-efficient project and politically quite harmless. According to them, Nord Stream 2 will increase European energy security – after all, the Soviet Union was a reliable provider – and remain a purely commercial project. They argue that the European Commission would do well to stay out of the matter, and should refrain from interfering in Germany’s energy sovereignty. Objection, your Honor! Continue reading the blog…

  • German posts

    Sieben Indizien sprechen für eine Hinrichtung im Auftrag Moskaus

    Die gezielte Tötung eines Georgiers wird wohl ein Fall für Deutschlands Chefankläger. Neue Erkenntnisse nähren den Verdacht einer Verstrickung Russlands. All das erinnert an den Fall Skripal – und dürfte das deutsch-russische Verhältnis belasten. Die Ermordung eines georgischen Staatsbürgers vor drei Monaten in Berlin wird vermutlich zu einem Politikum. Noch diese Woche soll der Generalbundesanwalt die Ermittlungen übernehmen. Hintergrund sind nach WELT-Informationen neue Erkenntnisse, wonach sich ein Anfangsverdacht ergibt, dass hinter der Tötung des ethnischen Tschetschenen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili staatliche Stellen in Russland oder der autonomen Republik Tschetschenien stecken könnten. Die Erkenntnisse zum verhafteten Tatverdächtigen legen nahe, dass in den vergangenen Jahren offizielle russische Stellen seinen Werdegang begleiteten und förderten. Dafür gibt…

  • German posts

    Tiergarten-Mord Russischer Auftragskiller identifiziert

    Wer war der Mann, der in Berlin einen Georgier erschoss? Recherchen des SPIEGEL und seiner Kooperationspartner belegen: Es war ein zuvor international gesuchter Mörder, der womöglich im Auftrag des Kreml handelte. Der mutmaßliche Auftragsmörder aus dem Kleinen Tiergarten in Berlin ist identifiziert. Nach Recherchen des SPIEGEL und seiner Kooperationspartner Bellingcat, The Dossier Centre und The Insider handelt es sich dabei um den 54-jährigen russischen Staatsbürger Vadim Krasikov. Per Gesichtserkennungssoftware wurden Fotos von Krasikov mit einem Bild des Mannes verglichen, der unter dem Namen Sokolov in Berlin in Untersuchungshaft sitzt. Ergebnis: eine Übereinstimmung von über 80 Prozent. Continue reading the article on Der Spiegel news website.

  • English posts

    Congress to target Russian pipeline in defense bill

    HALIFAX, Canada ― Congress’s must-pass defense policy bill will be the vehicle to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin’s $11 billion project to deliver natural gas to Europe via a new pipeline from Russia to Germany, a top U.S. lawmaker revealed Friday. Sanctions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline have been added to the draft 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch told Defense News on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum. The inclusion of the sanctions in the bill is a strong sign, but House and Senate lawmakers have yet to reach a final deal on the massive bill. Continue reading the…

  • English posts

    Three months left to kill Nord Stream 2

    Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act has received overwhelming bipartisan support and proposes targeted sanctions to halt completion of Nord Stream 2, Russia President Vladimir Putin’s natural gas pipeline designed to control Europe. But there has been a procedural delay and time is running out. The act targets sanctions against one company, Allseas, which is providing a critical deep-sea pipe-laying vessel to install Nord Stream 2 on behalf of Gazprom, and it is only three months away from finishing the job unless it is stopped. “There is emerging consensus about placing this sanctions bill in the defense budget bill called the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Daniel Vajdich, whose firm Yorktown Solutions advises…

  • English posts

    Nord Stream 2: Falling at the Last Fence?

    Thanks to interventions by Washington or Brussels, Nord Stream 2 may end up either not being completed or, once completed, find that much of the pipeline cannot in fact be used. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project has been subject to immense controversy ever since President Putin launched the project in tandem with his German business partners in June 2015. Contrary to the desires of the German government, most of the Central and Eastern European EU member states have come out against the pipeline. The EU itself has formally extended EU energy law to import pipelines such as Nord Stream 2, while the Polish authorities have launched antitrust proceedings against the project.…

  • English posts

    Finish the Fight: A Washington-Brussels Double Play Can Still Stop Nord Stream 2

    The Washington Nationals’ ubiquitous World Series victory slogan, “fight finished,” has been draped across every corner of the US capital for weeks. At the same time, a second, unfinished fight that for years has united lawmakers in both parties has hit a critical phase. On October 30, officials at the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) issued a final construction permit for the deployment of the Kremlin-conceived Nord Stream 2 pipeline within Denmark’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The Danish permit should not be viewed as a tacit approval of the project’s merits. In fact, Danish officials have been public with their concerns about the pipeline’s negative impact—especially for Ukraine’s strategic stability—and resisted the project…

  • German posts

    Wie die GroKo für die Putin-Pipeline trickst

    Was tut die Bundesregierung noch alles, um Wladimir Putins Prestige-Projekt „Nord Stream 2“ nach den Wünschen des russischen Gasriesen Gazprom zu realisieren? Die Koalitionsparteien von CDU/CSU und SPD haben nach BILD-Informationen einen Gesetz-Änderungsantrag formuliert, der die verschärften EU-Richtlinien für Pipelines aus Drittstaaten im Fall von „Nord Stream 2“ außer Kraft setzen könnte. Hintergrund: Die überarbeitete Gasdirektive der EU sieht eine komplette Entflechtung von Pipeline-Betreiber und Pipeline-Nutzer/Gaslieferant vor. Gazprom dürfte demnach nicht mehr Eigentümer der Pipeline sein – und zugleich eigenes Gas durch die Pipelines leiten. Dies macht einen Betrieb von „Nord Stream 2“ zu Russlands Konditionen nahezu unmöglich. Continue reading the news article on the German Bild website.

  • English posts

    The Russian connection to a Berlin hit job that Germany doesn’t want to talk about

    Berlin, Germany (CNN)Murders happen in Berlin. They’re not common — the crime rate in Germany is currently at its lowest level in more than 25 years — but as with all major cities, the occasional violent killing is all but inevitable. What’s far less common is for them to occur at noon, in the city center. And what’s truly unprecedented is when the target is a former Chechen fighter, and the suspect an alleged Russian government hitman. But that’s exactly what happened on August 23. Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old Georgian citizen of Chechen descent, was on his way to midday prayers at a mosque in the Moabit district of downtown Berlin. A man following him on…

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    Replacing Dutch gas with Russian gas contributes to global warming (and no one seems to care)

    Dutch gas production is expected to fall to about 10 bcm in 2025, little over 10 per cent of the 2013 production level. Within the EU, Dutch gas has so far mostly been replaced by Russian gas. However, when compared to Groningen gas, Russian gas has a carbon footprint that is greater by about 30 per cent. For the Netherlands, replacing Dutch gas with Russian gas negates, by far, all the progress that is being made by increasing the share of renewables in the electricity mix. This has hardly played a role in decision making on gas supplies. It should. Continue reading the news article on the Emerging Europe website.

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    Nord Stream 2 labor camp. The prisoners’ work was used in the construction of the gas pipeline

    During the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Russian authorities illegally used the forced labor of prisoners – informed Russian human rights defenders at a conference in Strasbourg. “Russian authorities and state-owned companies use the forced labor of prisoners, in accordance with the practices used in the GULAGs” – announced at the conference “Putin’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and its real price for Europe” organized on October 22 in Strasbourg, the founder of the organization dealing with human rights protection “GULAG – NO “Vladimir Osieczkin. Continue reading the article on the Polish Energetyka24 website.

  • Dutch

    Wij Russen betalen de prijs voor jullie schone gas

    Een van Ruslands bekendste milieuactivisten, Jevgenja Tsjirikova, doet een beroep op Europa om Russisch gas van het omstreden project Nord Stream 2 af te wijzen. Weinig mensen in het Westen denken na over de ethische kanten als ze fossiele brandstoffen uit Rusland kopen. Nord Stream 2, een gaspijpleiding van Rusland naar Duitsland, laat zien wie de echte prijs voor goedkoop Russisch gas moet betalen. Laten we beginnen met de plaats waar het gas wordt gewonnen: het schiereiland Jamal. Oorspronkelijk behoorde Jamal niet tot Rusland. Het werd bewoond door inheemse volkeren: de Nenets, Selkoepen, Chanty en vele andere, die rendieren hielden en een nomadisch leven leidden. Gazprom pakt het land af…

  • English posts

    Pressure builds over environmental impact of Nord Stream 2

    Environmental activists in Russia have claimed that the company building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline have violated Russian laws on environmental protection by harming natural reserves inside the country, the Russian press has reported. According to the Russian office of international climate watchdog Greenpeace, the destruction of certain endangered species in the Kurgalsky nature reserve in Russia’s northwest are “massive and continuing.” The organisation’s claims are based on the on-site scientific examinations of Russia’s Komarov Botanical Institute, which said that a significant number of unique plants, which were promised to be transplanted by the gas pipeline’s project company, have been destroyed. Continue reading the news article on the Emerging Europe…

  • German posts

    Nord Stream 2: Großprojekt der Privatwirtschaft oder Instrument russischer Geopolitik?

    Bei Nord Stream 2 fallen wirtschaftliche und geopolitische Interessen Russlands untrennbar voneinander zusammen. Der Bau der Pipeline muss als Versuch Moskaus gewertet werden, sich in der aktuell angespannten politischen Lage vor allem gegenüber der Ukraine aber auch der EU alle Handlungsoptionen offen zu halten, um diese zukünftig zur Durchsetzung eigener strategischer Ziele nutzen zu können. ‚Deutschland ist ein Gefangener Russlands‘. Mit dieser provokanten Aussage erregte US Präsident Donald Trump am Rande des NATO-Gipfels im Jahr 2018 in Brüssel große mediale Aufmerksamkeit. Und US-Vizepräsident Mike Pence fand auf der Münchener Sicherheitskonferenz in diesem Jahr noch deutlichere Worte: „Wir können die Verteidigung des Westens nicht garantieren, wenn unsere Bündnispartner sich vom Osten abhängig…

  • English posts

    RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT HELPED BERLIN ASSASSIN TRAVEL ACROSS EUROPE TO KILL TARGET

    The mysterious assassin who killed a former militant in Berlin last month was likely assisted by officials within the Russian dgovernment, who facilitated his travel across Europe and wiped his faked records from official databases after the killing, new research indicates. According to evidence uncovered by the Bellingcat investigative journalism organization, the killer could not have carried out the assassination of Georgian Zelimkhan Khangoshvili on August 23 without help from Russian officials. Khangoshvili fought against Russian forces in Chechnya. There are conflicting reports regarding the identity of the gunman, who has reportedly refused to speak with German law enforcement since his arrest, though he has met with Russia diplomats. Continue reading the news article…

  • English posts

    New Evidence Links Russian State to Berlin Assassination

    Contrary to the findings of the unnamed Western agency, Bellingcat and its investigative partners Der Spiegel, The Insider and The Dossier Center have concluded that the suspect held by German police is unlikely to be Vladimir Stepanov. This conclusion is based on a weeks-long investigation that analyzed – and ultimately rejected – the hypothesis that the killer and the former police major serving a 24-year sentence are the same person. The same finding was reached independently by the Petersburg-based outlet Fontanka, who claim in September 26 report that Vladimir Stepanov remains in a Russian prison. In the process of this investigation, Bellingcat and its partners have obtained conclusive evidence that the suspect –…

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    An apparent assassination in Germany has all the hallmarks of the Kremlin — and Russia doesn’t seem to care

    The daylight killing of a Chechen militant in Berlin looks increasingly like the work of Russia, though the Kremlin denies it. Investigators recently published evidence they say proves the suspect had a fake ID which only the Russian state could provide. A longtime Israeli intelligence operative, speaking anonymously, told Insider that the cover provided would not withstand much scrutiny — a common feature in Russia-linked killings. Extensive databases and new technology, the source said, mean that techniques once used to falsify identities no longer work. For Russia to continue such work, knowing the likelihood of getting caught, is tantamount to saying that it does not care. Continue reading the published…

  • German posts

    Designierte EU-Kommissionsvize Vestager lehnt Nord-Stream-2-Pipeline ab

    Hamburg (AFP) Die designierte Vizepräsidentin der angehenden EU-Kommission, Margrethe Vestager, sieht keine Notwendigkeit für das deutsch-russische Pipeline-Projekt Nord Stream 2. Der Bau einer zweiten Gasleitung durch die Ostsee “ergibt keinen Sinn”, sagte die Dänin der Wochenzeitung “Die Zeit” laut Vorabmeldung vom Mittwoch. Nord Stream 2 sei “kein europäisches Projekt”. The article was published on the German Zeit Online news website.