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Zelensky Replaces Defense Minister, Citing Need for ‘New Approaches’

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The fate of the defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, had been the subject of increasing speculation in Ukraine. It was the biggest shake-up in Ukraine’s government since Russia’s full-scale invasion.

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Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, in April.Credit…Pool photo by Sebastian Gollnow

Sept. 3, 2023Updated 5:46 p.m. ET

President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that he was replacing his minister of defense, the biggest shake-up in the leadership of Ukraine’s war effort since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February last year, citing the need for “new approaches” as the war stretches toward a second year.

The fate of the defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, had been the subject of increasing speculation in Ukraine as financial improprieties in the ministry came to light and the government started several investigations into official corruption.

Mr. Zelensky said in a statement that Mr. Reznikov, who has not been personally implicated in the widening investigations into mishandling of military contracts, would be replaced by Rustem Umerov, the chairman of Ukraine’s State Property Fund. Mr. Zelensky said he expected Ukraine’s Parliament, which must approve the change, to sign off on his request.

“Oleksii Reznikov has gone through more than 550 days of full-scale war,” Mr. Zelensky said in a statement announcing his decision on Sunday night. “I believe that the ministry needs new approaches and other formats of interaction with both the military and society at large.”

The decision to replace Mr. Reznikov atop the Defense Ministry comes as Ukraine is in the midst of a major counteroffensive that has made grinding progress in recent weeks, slowly gaining territory in the south and the east. Last week, Ukrainian officials said they had captured the southern village of Robotyne, suggesting that the offensive had penetrated the first layer of minefields, tank traps, trenches and bunkers Moscow has deployed between Ukraine’s forces and Russian-occupied Crimea.

The shake-up arose from an understanding that Ukraine will need new leadership as the war drags on, from Mr. Reznikov’s own requests to step down and from the din of criticism from Ukrainian civil society groups and media over the contracting scandals, said an official in the president’s office, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the dismissal.

Ukrainian soldiers from the 14th Mechanized Brigade firing toward Russian position near Kupiansk, Ukraine, on Sunday.Credit…David Guttenfelder for The New York Times

Mr. Umerov, a former investment banker, was tapped to replace Mr. Reznikov even though he served in Parliament for Holos, a party in opposition to Mr. Zelensky’s government. He is a Crimean Tatar, a member of the ethnic group persecuted under Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula.

There was no immediate comment from Mr. Reznikov, who has repeatedly faced questions about his future in recent weeks, including about whether he would move to a diplomatic role, ambassador to Britain. Mr. Zelensky’s announcement made no mention of any future assignment for Mr. Reznikov.

Since the start of the war, Mr. Reznikov has become a public face for Ukraine on the world stage. He was among a handful of Mr. Zelensky’s top security officials who remained in Kyiv, the capital, as it was partially surrounded by Russian forces after the start of the invasion.

Despite the decision to replace Mr. Reznikov, Ukraine has experienced far more stability over the course of the invasion than Russia, which has undergone several leadership changes and endured criticism of its battlefield tactics, culminating in the brief rebellion by the mercenary leader Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, who marched members of his Wagner private military company toward Moscow in June then was declared dead in a fiery plane crash last month.

In October 2022, Russia appointed Gen. Sergei Surovikin to command its forces in Ukraine. He lasted just three months before he was replaced by Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov, Russia’s highest-ranking military officer. U.S. officials have said General Surovikin had advance knowledge of the rebellion plans of Mr. Prigozhin, whose death some Western officials have suggested was ordered by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Rustem Umerov in Kyiv, Ukraine, in May last year.Credit…Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images

Mr. Reznikov had won praise for negotiating the transfer of vast quantities of donated Western weaponry under the Ramstein talks with allies, named for the city in Germany where they began last year. He oversaw the expansion of the army and its transition from an arsenal of Soviet-legacy armaments to Western systems even as his country was under attack.

Ukraine’s army rebuffed Russia’s invasion with foreign military assistance limited mostly to shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons in the first month of the war, but has since incorporated a wide-ranging arsenal of Western heavy weaponry. In its counteroffensive in the Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions in the country’s south, Ukraine relies on U.S. and European armored vehicles, tanks, artillery and guided rockets.

But the Ministry of Defense has been buffeted this year by a string of allegations of mishandling military contracting and corruption as its budget ballooned during the war. At one point, $986 million worth of weaponry the ministry had contracted for was undelivered by dates specified in contracts, according to government figures. Some deliveries are months late.

Ukrainian investigative journalists have found other woes with military contracting, seeming to show huge overpayments for basic supplies for the army such as eggs, canned beans and winter coats.

Mr. Reznikov had said the ministry was suing to recoup money lost in the weapons contracts. Government officials have said many of the problems had arisen in the early, chaotic days of the war in Ukraine’s frantic scramble to buy weapons and ammunition and have since been fixed. Two ministry officials — a deputy minister and head of procurement — were arrested over the winter after the reports of overpriced eggs.

Even so, the contracting scandals prompted calls for Mr. Reznikov’s resignation.

Last week, the White House national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, met with three high-ranking Ukrainian officials to discuss efforts to stamp out wartime corruption, as some critics of the war in the United States have used graft as an argument for limiting military aid to Ukraine. Mr. Sullivan met the heads of a specialized investigative agency, prosecutorial office and court set up with help from the United States after Ukraine’s Western political pivot in the Maidan street uprising in 2014.

But it appears that the change was not anticipated. As of Friday, Mr. Reznikov was scheduled to visit the Pentagon this later this week to meet with Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III. The two men had regular contact and spoke “relatively frequently,” according to a U.S. official who spoke on background as the news was breaking on Sunday. It is believed that they last met in person at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July.

Corruption has plagued Ukraine for most of its post-independence history but had improved over the past decade, according to assessments by Transparency International, a global anti-corruption group. Mr. Zelensky campaigned on an anti-corruption platform before winning the presidency in 2019, and efforts to fight graft have been widely acknowledged as crucial to Ukraine’s efforts to move closer to its Western allies, including its hopes of joining the European Union.

In recent weeks, Mr. Zelensky has stepped up measures against wartime graft, firing all the country’s recruitment officers after bribery scandals and proposing a law that would punish corruption as treason under martial law.

In May, the head of Ukraine’s Supreme Court was detained in a bribery investigation. And on Friday, Ukrainian media reported that and a court set bail at more than $25,000 for a former deputy minister of economy accused of embezzling humanitarian aid.

The allegations dogging the ministry are not related to Western weapons transfers but to domestic weapons procurement, which is not directly financed by aid from allies. These countries transfer weapons and ammunition directly to the Ukrainian army while financial aid is directed to nonmilitary spending. Ukrainian tax revenues fund defense procurement, where the accusations of mismanagement arose.

In an earlier shake-up last summer, Mr. Zelensky had dismissed the director of his domestic intelligence agency and prosecutor general, also in the wake of allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Carol Rosenberg and Daniel Victor contributed reporting.


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BREAKING: Ukraine’s President Zelensky announced 41-year-old Crimean Tatar Rustem Omerov, current head of State Property Fund, will replace Reznikov as Minister of Defense.

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🚨 BREAKING: Ukraine’s President Zelensky announced 41-year-old Crimean Tatar Rustem Omerov, current head of State Property Fund, will replace Reznikov as Minister of Defense. This is a very welcome development. 👏 pic.twitter.com/ZwEqkFv1sO

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In late June, Wagner mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin took control of Russia’s southern city of Rostov-on-Don, the opening salvo of a mutiny against the Kremlin that ended in a fragile truce orchestrated by Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko.

The uprising was a public humiliation for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a leader believed to have a long history of taking out those he perceives as traitors.

Many believed Prigozhin’s days were numbered.

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Zelensky Replaces Defense Minister, Citing Need for ‘New Approaches’

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The fate of the defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, had been the subject of increasing speculation in Ukraine. It was the biggest shake-up in Ukraine’s government since Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The Ukrainian defense minister wearing  a green jacket and standing with his arms crossed in a doorway.

Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, in April.Credit…Pool photo by Sebastian Gollnow

Sept. 3, 2023Updated 5:46 p.m. ET

President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that he was replacing his minister of defense, the biggest shake-up in the leadership of Ukraine’s war effort since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February last year, citing the need for “new approaches” as the war stretches toward a second year.

The fate of the defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, had been the subject of increasing speculation in Ukraine as financial improprieties in the ministry came to light and the government started several investigations into official corruption.

Mr. Zelensky said in a statement that Mr. Reznikov, who has not been personally implicated in the widening investigations into mishandling of military contracts, would be replaced by Rustem Umerov, the chairman of Ukraine’s State Property Fund. Mr. Zelensky said he expected Ukraine’s Parliament, which must approve the change, to sign off on his request.

“Oleksii Reznikov has gone through more than 550 days of full-scale war,” Mr. Zelensky said in a statement announcing his decision on Sunday night. “I believe that the ministry needs new approaches and other formats of interaction with both the military and society at large.”

The decision to replace Mr. Reznikov atop the Defense Ministry comes as Ukraine is in the midst of a major counteroffensive that has made grinding progress in recent weeks, slowly gaining territory in the south and the east. Last week, Ukrainian officials said they had captured the southern village of Robotyne, suggesting that the offensive had penetrated the first layer of minefields, tank traps, trenches and bunkers Moscow has deployed between Ukraine’s forces and Russian-occupied Crimea.

The shake-up arose from an understanding that Ukraine will need new leadership as the war drags on, from Mr. Reznikov’s own requests to step down and from the din of criticism from Ukrainian civil society groups and media over the contracting scandals, said an official in the president’s office, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the dismissal.

Ukrainian soldiers from the 14th Mechanized Brigade firing toward Russian position near Kupiansk, Ukraine, on Sunday.Credit…David Guttenfelder for The New York Times

Mr. Umerov, a former investment banker, was tapped to replace Mr. Reznikov even though he served in Parliament for Holos, a party in opposition to Mr. Zelensky’s government. He is a Crimean Tatar, a member of the ethnic group persecuted under Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula.

There was no immediate comment from Mr. Reznikov, who has repeatedly faced questions about his future in recent weeks, including about whether he would move to a diplomatic role, ambassador to Britain. Mr. Zelensky’s announcement made no mention of any future assignment for Mr. Reznikov.

Since the start of the war, Mr. Reznikov has become a public face for Ukraine on the world stage. He was among a handful of Mr. Zelensky’s top security officials who remained in Kyiv, the capital, as it was partially surrounded by Russian forces after the start of the invasion.

Despite the decision to replace Mr. Reznikov, Ukraine has experienced far more stability over the course of the invasion than Russia, which has undergone several leadership changes and endured criticism of its battlefield tactics, culminating in the brief rebellion by the mercenary leader Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, who marched members of his Wagner private military company toward Moscow in June then was declared dead in a fiery plane crash last month.

In October 2022, Russia appointed Gen. Sergei Surovikin to command its forces in Ukraine. He lasted just three months before he was replaced by Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov, Russia’s highest-ranking military officer. U.S. officials have said General Surovikin had advance knowledge of the rebellion plans of Mr. Prigozhin, whose death some Western officials have suggested was ordered by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Rustem Umerov in Kyiv, Ukraine, in May last year.Credit…Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images

Mr. Reznikov had won praise for negotiating the transfer of vast quantities of donated Western weaponry under the Ramstein talks with allies, named for the city in Germany where they began last year. He oversaw the expansion of the army and its transition from an arsenal of Soviet-legacy armaments to Western systems even as his country was under attack.

Ukraine’s army rebuffed Russia’s invasion with foreign military assistance limited mostly to shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons in the first month of the war, but has since incorporated a wide-ranging arsenal of Western heavy weaponry. In its counteroffensive in the Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions in the country’s south, Ukraine relies on U.S. and European armored vehicles, tanks, artillery and guided rockets.

But the Ministry of Defense has been buffeted this year by a string of allegations of mishandling military contracting and corruption as its budget ballooned during the war. At one point, $986 million worth of weaponry the ministry had contracted for was undelivered by dates specified in contracts, according to government figures. Some deliveries are months late.

Ukrainian investigative journalists have found other woes with military contracting, seeming to show huge overpayments for basic supplies for the army such as eggs, canned beans and winter coats.

Mr. Reznikov had said the ministry was suing to recoup money lost in the weapons contracts. Government officials have said many of the problems had arisen in the early, chaotic days of the war in Ukraine’s frantic scramble to buy weapons and ammunition and have since been fixed. Two ministry officials — a deputy minister and head of procurement — were arrested over the winter after the reports of overpriced eggs.

Even so, the contracting scandals prompted calls for Mr. Reznikov’s resignation.

Last week, the White House national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, met with three high-ranking Ukrainian officials to discuss efforts to stamp out wartime corruption, as some critics of the war in the United States have used graft as an argument for limiting military aid to Ukraine. Mr. Sullivan met the heads of a specialized investigative agency, prosecutorial office and court set up with help from the United States after Ukraine’s Western political pivot in the Maidan street uprising in 2014.

But it appears that the change was not anticipated. As of Friday, Mr. Reznikov was scheduled to visit the Pentagon this later this week to meet with Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III. The two men had regular contact and spoke “relatively frequently,” according to a U.S. official who spoke on background as the news was breaking on Sunday. It is believed that they last met in person at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July.

Corruption has plagued Ukraine for most of its post-independence history but had improved over the past decade, according to assessments by Transparency International, a global anti-corruption group. Mr. Zelensky campaigned on an anti-corruption platform before winning the presidency in 2019, and efforts to fight graft have been widely acknowledged as crucial to Ukraine’s efforts to move closer to its Western allies, including its hopes of joining the European Union.

In recent weeks, Mr. Zelensky has stepped up measures against wartime graft, firing all the country’s recruitment officers after bribery scandals and proposing a law that would punish corruption as treason under martial law.

In May, the head of Ukraine’s Supreme Court was detained in a bribery investigation. And on Friday, Ukrainian media reported that and a court set bail at more than $25,000 for a former deputy minister of economy accused of embezzling humanitarian aid.

The allegations dogging the ministry are not related to Western weapons transfers but to domestic weapons procurement, which is not directly financed by aid from allies. These countries transfer weapons and ammunition directly to the Ukrainian army while financial aid is directed to nonmilitary spending. Ukrainian tax revenues fund defense procurement, where the accusations of mismanagement arose.

In an earlier shake-up last summer, Mr. Zelensky had dismissed the director of his domestic intelligence agency and prosecutor general, also in the wake of allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Carol Rosenberg and Daniel Victor contributed reporting.


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Michael Novakhov @mikenov My Opinion – #Opinion Five Points #Peace Plan for #Ukraine: 1.Establish the Republic of #Crimea, which will include the territories presently occupied by #Russia; under the joint sovereignty and jurisdictions of Ukraine, Russia, and #EU (with participation of #Turkey), with the details to be refined later. 2. Establish the plans for BOTH Ukraine and Russia to join #NATO within their individual projected time frames and the agreements of #Cooperation. Make #Sebastopol the joint Ukraine – Russia – NATO #naval base. The unresolved issues of the (First) Crimean #War (1853-1856) and the recent Cold and “Warm” (200-2023) #wars will be thus resolved. 3. Both Ukraine and Russia (with the useful close participation of #Germany) should undergo the #national rehabilitation processes of #DECOMMUNIZATION and #DENAZIFICATION, political prisoners should be released. The #Mafia states, wherever they are, with the corresponding styles of governing, should be #ERADICATED. The joint Ukraine – Russia – EU #security structures should be developed, with the maximum of #transparency and #legality. 4. #Putin has to retire before all these changes can happen. The further personal plans for him can be determined later. #Russian #Revolutions happen from above. 5. The #US should take the active and leading roles in these proposed changes.
My Opinion – #OpinionFive Points #Peace Plan for #Ukraine:1.Establish the Republic of #Crimea, which will include the territories presently occupied by #Russia; under the joint sovereignty and jurisdictions of Ukraine, Russia, and #EU (with participation of #Turkey), with the… pic.twitter.com/iLboaCnyz0— Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) April 17, 2023https://twitter.com/mikenov/status/1647984289403793413-Michael…
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Michael Novakhov @mikenovposted at 12:04:30 UTC by Michael Novakhov via Tweets by ‎@mikenovThere’s another pandemic raging. It’s targeting the young and online. washingtonpost.com/opinions/…ChatGPT can be prompted into giving away information used to commit crimesCredit: GettyCreepy AI reveals plan for world domination and tells users how to make BOMBSposted…
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Michael Novakhov@mikenov#FBI FBI #Counterintelligence Counterintelligence The Social Media was weaponized and turned into the “anti-Social”, dangerous aspect of the Hybrid War by the adversaries: the hostile intelligence services: Russian, Chinese, etc. This has to be understood clearly, and the antidotes have to be found. The KGB developed and wages…
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Michael Novakhov @mikenovposted at 09:57:25 UTC by Michael Novakhov via Tweets by ‎@mikenovMichael Novakhov retweeted:#FBI FBI #DOJ DOJ #GRU Counterintelligence #Counterintelligence Online Gaming and GRU – Google Search shar.es/afDyoy twitter.com/i/web/status/164…6:06 AM 4/16/2023 – Post Link Selected Articles – Michael Novakhov’s favorite articles…
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#FBI has a long standing, blown out of all proportions, sick obsession with sexual issues, (which are their projections of their own problems), and they are not able to deal with the real and much more important issues: online gaming chats as the recruitment and training grounds… pic.twitter.com/GIRPplIzC8— Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) April 16, 2023  Michael…
posted Apr 2023 ago by Michael Novakhov (Mike Nova) via My Opinion – The News And Times
 
If the mass killings in the US have something to do with the Prigozhin’s “private Spetsnaz”, they were paid for, and paid well. Prigozhin is declared dead, and his billions are redistributed. It is likely that this line of financing will dry up. However, according to some reports, the news of Prigozhin’s demise might be somewhat exaggerated. The News…
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 I’m alive – Wagner mercenary chief, Prigozhin resurfaces, debunks reports of his ‘elimination’posted at 09:33:02 UTC via withinnigeria.comThe warlord insisted that “Everything is fine” in a video filmed in Africa during “the second half of August.”Recall that Prigozhin was said to be among the passengers who died in a plane crash in the Tver region…
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Я жив – глава наемников Вагнера Пригожин вновь появляется и опровергает сообщения о своем «уничтожении»опубликовано в 09:33:02 UTC через Withinnigeria.comВоеначальник утверждал, что «все в порядке» на видео, снятом в Африке во «второй половине августа».Напомним, Пригожин оказался в числе пассажиров, погибших в авиакатастрофе в Тверской области под Москвой…
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Does the FBI have a file on you? How to find outStory by Addy Bink •21hDoes the FBI have a file on you? How to find out© Provided by News Nation(NEXSTAR) — It’s a common joke to refer to the FBI agent that “lives” in your phone, listening to your conversations and observing your phone usage (this is almost certainly not happening to you, as the FBI…
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The FBI and NABU signed an MOU to work together to combat corruption and other transnational threats – GS … Украинский олигарх Игорь Коломойский стал фигурантом уголовного дела … Vivek Ramaswamy Is Climbing. Where Can He Go? – FiveThirtyEight … New Evidence in 2014 Mass Kidnapping of Students in Iguala, Mexico … Leading Proud Boys arrests could…
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#IlhamAliyev Ilham Aliyev: political portrait – Google Search https://t.co/QvSUtqxIJP pic.twitter.com/dV3pqvxckx— Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) September 1, 2023 Ilham Aliyev: Political portrait Dr. Benyamin Poghosyan, Chairman, Center for Political and Economic Strategic Studies Background: President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has been the leader…
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#IlhamAliyev: FREE BLOGGER ELVIN ISAYEV! https://t.co/SRZ7Eu6TCYhttps://t.co/U0zzEqloHT pic.twitter.com/mYSVmk5ZHE— Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) September 1, 2023 FREE BLOGGER ELVIN ISAYEV! Elvin Isayev – GS | Azerbaijani laundromat Blogger Elvin Isayev Arrested in Azerbaijan after Deportationposted at 08:12:21 UTC via turan.azBlogger Elvin Isayev…
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Relations between Ukraine and Azerbaijan have deep historical roots -President of Ukraineposted at 15:27:37 UTC via apa.az© APA | Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine”Relations between Ukraine and Azerbaijan have deep historical roots and are based on mutual respect, trust and fruitful cooperation,” said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky as…
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 Putin ally suggests Russia can’t win without nuclear weaponsposted at 11:03:29 UTC via newsweek.comThe biggest drone attack on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine has prompted Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyov to deliver an on-air tirade about what he believes is necessary for Moscow to win the war it started.Several Russian regions were targeted…
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7:12 AM 8/31/2023 – WAS THE FBI USED BY THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES OF AZERBAIJAN AND UKRAINE TO… – Gabrielian – Henry case as the propaganda ployWednesday, August 30, 2023Selected Articles Review at 11 a.m. [Inoreader digest] Selected Articles Review at 11 a.m.created by Michael Novakhov  •  Aug 30 2023Selected Articles Review at 11 a.m. DailyFrom…
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Selected Articles – Michael Novakhov’s favorite articles on Inoreader – The News And TimesWAS THE FBI USED BY THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES OF AZERBAIJAN AND UKRAINE TO PROMOTE THEIR OWN AGENDAS IN THE GABRIELIAN – HENRY CASE?! Gabrielian – Henry case as the propaganda ploy – My Opinion – The News And Times: It clearly conveys the pro-Ukrainian…
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eboo.Gabrielian – Henry case as the propaganda ploy – My Opinion – The News And Times Gabrielian – Henry case as the propaganda ploy: It clearly conveys the pro-Ukrainian and pro-Azerbaijani messages and sentiments on one hand, and the anti-Russian and anti-Armenian ones on another. This points to the original authors of this soap-operatic, trans-phobic…
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 Russia and Ukraine Report Widespread Aerial Attacksposted at 10:52:15 UTC via nytimes.comMoscow Aug. 30, 1:51 p.m.Washington Aug. 30, 6:51 a.m.VideoThe governor of Pskov, Russia, shared videos on his Telegram account showing smoke rising from the city’s airport and rounds being fired into the sky.CreditCredit…Mikhail Vedernikov via StoryfulIn what…
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Predisposition in FBI Entrapment: questions and controversies – GS The News And Times Information Network – Blogs By Michael Novakhov – thenewsandtimes.blogspot.com
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Gabrielian – Henry case as the propaganda ploy, clearly conveys the pro-Ukrainian and pro-Azerbaijani messages and sentiments on one hand, and the anti-Russian and anti-Armenian ones on another. This points to the original authors of this soap-operatic, trans-phobic drama. How witting or unwitting were their FBI partners? That’s the question. INVESTIGATE…
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Entrap the witting or unwitting #TREACHEROUS #FBIEntrappers, who do the bidding of the Foreign Powers within the FBI! #FBI: How #AnnaGabrielian and #JamieHenry came to your attention? Who investigated this affair? INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS! #INVESTIGATETHEINVESTIGATORS! pic.twitter.com/PSpxv3cFBo— Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) October 1, 2022 WAS…
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“Интересно, что в материалах уголовного дела Коломойский фигурирует как гражданин Израиля и Кипра, лишенный гражданства Украины”, – отмечает издание в своем Telegram-канале.Напомним, днем ранее Шевченковский районный суд Киева отправил под арест Игоря Коломойского на два месяца с возможностью внесения залога в размере 509 млн гривен (примерно 13,8 млн…
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При затягивании конфликта Украина столкнется с большим количеством проблем, заявил вице-маршал ВВС Великобритании в отставке Шон Белл в интервью телеканалу Sky News.
 
NEW YORK — An New York Police Department inspector accused of roughing up a George Floyd protester in Brooklyn two years ago was cleared of all …
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) – A man was stabbed in the face and hand after an argument turned violent on Neptune Avenue in Coney Island Saturday, …
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The South Caucasus’ regional order has undergone a profound and dynamic transformation in recent years. These monumental shifts have come as a result of, inter alia, the war in Karabakh, internal changes in Georgia, and, above all, Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war, in particular, has given fundamental importance…
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Azerbaijan’s interest is primarily a local one—the Zangezur corridor connecting Azerbaijan, through Armenian territory, with its landlocked exclave the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic. But the broader relevance of the South Caucasus is as a critical land bridge linking the Black and Caspian Seas, and the European world and Asia. As such, it is an area…
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Russia plays an important role in the most volatile conflict in the region — that between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. The decades-long war over this breakaway, primarily ethnic Armenian region in Azerbaijan flared up again in 2020, resulting in more than 1,000 casualties. This conflict directly affects Armenia and Azerbaijan’s behavior…
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Show key events onlyPlease turn on JavaScript to use this featureUkraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, spoke on Sunday, discussing the “functioning” of a sea corridor set up by Kyiv for safe navigation of ships after Moscow exited a landmark grain deal in July.The phone call came on the eve of a summit…
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A major international study of cannabis use found that while the drug can be effective for certain illnesses, it should be avoided by young people, pregnant women, and drivers. Dozens of experts conducted an umbrella review of over 100 top-level meta-analyses research studies carried out over the past two decades. “Convincing or converging evidence…
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Russia: Huge fire near oil depot in St Petersburg  Sky News
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Police found the man just after 4:05 a.m., shot in the head on Myrtle Ave. by Linden St. in Bushwick, cops said.
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NYPD seeking 3 men for Brooklyn and Queens home robberies  CBS New York
 
NYPD seeking 3 men for 13 home break-ins in Brooklyn and Queens since June  CBS News
 
Ukraine war latest: Russia ‘thwarts attack’ on Crimean bridge …  Sky News
Man in Brooklyn shot dead in early-morning execution: cops  AMNY
 
NYPD: Robbers stole nearly $5,000 from 3 Queens businesses in less than 10 minutes  CBS New York
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From “The Idol” to “Oppenheimer,” women’s bodies were on display on our screens the past few months. Some executions succeeded with humor, …
Rudy Giuliani says he’s broke but won’t share financial documents  Business Insider
 
Study: China Main Supplier of Critical Components for Russian Drones  Voice of America – VOA News

Umbrella review of research over past 20 years says marijuana can be effective for illnesses such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain, ‘not without adverse events’
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Zelenskiy, Macron Discuss Grain, Odesa Security In Phone Call  Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Former FBI special agent Robin Dreeke joins ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ to discuss the ongoing manhunt in Pennsylvania for an illegal immigrant who was found guilty of murder.  Subscribe to Fox News! https://bit.ly/2vBUvAS Watch more Fox News Video: http://video.foxnews.com Watch Fox News Channel Live: http://www.foxnewsgo.com/ FOX News Channel…
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What is the RICO Act and why it matters in Donald Trump case  Mahoning Matters
 
VIDEO: Is Wagner boss Prigozhin predicting his death in pre-plane-crash clip?  The News International
 

С приближением официального срока президентских выборов на Украине из официального Киева то и дело слышны утверждения о том, что из-за военного положения и боевых действий на территории страны выборы в 2024 году, как положено по Конституции, не состоятся и будут отложены.Читайте ИноСМИ в нашем канале в Telegram В то время…
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Загадочное расследование загадочной авиакатастрофы: ни Межгосударственный авиационный комитет, ни бразильская компания-производитель лайнера не участвуют в выяснении причин крушения самолета с Евгением Пригожиным на борту. Между тем политологи строят предположения о том, возможно ли повторение событий 24 июня. Обсуждаем эти темы с политтехнологом Маратом…
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Павел Пригожин попытается сохранить в рабочем состоянии «активы» отца — он уже провёл переговоры с сотрудником, который у Евгения Пригожина отвечал за работу Фабрики троллей, ряда сайтов и телеграм-каналов. Директор Трансперенси Интернешнл Россия Илья Шуманов у нас в эфире, говорим про все бизнесы Пригожина и о том, кому достанутся его миллиарды. …
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The warlord insisted that “Everything is fine” in a video filmed in Africa during “the second half of August.” Recall that Prigozhin was said to be among the passengers who died in a plane crash in the Tver region near Moscow last Thursday Russian Wagner mercenary group chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has said that reports of his death are false. Prigozhin,…
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Ukraine war latest: Unmanned Ukrainian boat ‘destroyed near …  Sky News

Reinforcing trenches on the frontline Under the cover of darkness, soldiers reinforce trenches and carry ammunition boxes near Bakhmut. Air strike on high rise building kills two A Russian air strike on a high rise residential building has killed a married couple, according to the Donetsk regional prosecutor’s office.Ukraine has opened…
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“It looks easy,” Oliver Hernandez said about being a sidewalk vendor. “But it’s not.” His day begins at 5 a.m.; he returns to his apartment in Ridgewood, Queens, at 9 p.m.Immigrant street vendors have been setting up shop on Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park for decades. A pecking order loosely allocates the spaces, but the setup is not worry free.“It looks…
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WASHINGTON – A former member of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group who smashed a window at the U.S. Capitol in the building’s first breach of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison — and then defiantly declared as he walked out of the courtroom, “Trump won!” The sentence for Dominic Pezzola, among the longest for…
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UKRAINIAN’S spy chief has claimed the “real” Vladimir Putin has not been seen in public for over a year, adding fire to rumours that the leader uses one or more doppelgangers in his place. Major-General Kyrylo Budanov – who is in charge of drone strikes and undercover ops against Russia – said he’s unsure if the mad leader is still living. 6General…
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Россия, предпринимая или не предпринимая какие-либо действия на Южном Кавказе, отдаляется от этого региона. Об этом заявил премьер-министр Армении Никол Пашинян в интервью итальянской газете La Repubblica, которое транслировало Общественное телевидение Армении в субботу, 2 сентября. По словам Пашиняна, российские партнеры обвиняют западные страны в…
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Are COVID cases on the rise?  CBS News 8
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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 in Washington, DC.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump storm the Capitol Building in Washington, US on January 6, 2021. Photograph:(Reuters). Follow Us …
… of smashing a window at the U.S. Capitol in the building’s first breach on Jan. 6, 2021. He defiantly raised a fist and declared “Trump won!
6, 2021, riot was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison — and then defiantly declared as he walked out of the courtroom, “Trump won!”
6 riot at the US Capitol, tying the record for the longest sentence in the … in support of former president Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021.
Dominic Pezzola was convicted of smashing a window at the US Capitol in the building’s first breach on January 6, 2021. He defiantly raised a fist and …
Biden and Trump are virtually tied in polls. Political analyst has a …  CNN
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Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence posts video of Russian aircraft chasing Ukrainian drone in Crimea  Yahoo News
 
Musk’s changes at Twitter helped spread Russian propaganda, EU …  The Washington Post
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Cyberattack blinded two of the most advanced telescopes in the world  CyberNews.com
 
North Korea: US driving Ukraine crisis toward nuclear disaster  Arab News Pakistan

Шевченковский районный суд Киева избрал меру пресечения бизнесмену Игорю Коломойскому в виде содержания под стражей сроком 60 дней. Такое решение вынесено в субботу, 2 сентября. Ранее в тот же день Служба безопасности Украины (СБУ) объявила о подозрении по фактам предполагаемого мошенничества и легализации имущества, полученного преступным путем. Суд…
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Ukraina relvajõudude edasiliikumine on küll aeglane, aga nende tegevus on olnud läbimõeldud ja metoodiiline ning on sellega pannud Vene üksused surve alla, rääkis kolonel Grosberg kaitseministeeriumis toimunud iganädalasel pressikonverentsil.Tema sõnul on viimase nädala kuni pooleteise jooksul lahingute raskuspunkt olnud Zaporižžja oblastis, Robotõne…
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Changes made by Elon Musk to X’s safety policies have played a key role in increasing the reach of Russian propaganda, according to a study released by the European Commission.”Preliminary analysis suggests that the reach and influence of Kremlin-backed accounts has grown further in the first half of 2023, driven in particular by the dismantling of…
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Ukrainian soldiers fire a howitzer at targets in the direction of Bakhmut on the eastern front line on Monday.As Ukraine pushes slowly forward in its counteroffensive, it’s relying heavily on the effort of hundreds of small-scale assault groups, each tasked with attacking a single trench, tree line or house.Ukrainian soldiers fire a howitzer at targets…
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Prince Albert II of Monaco’s title is His Serene Highness — but life inside his pink palace on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean has proven anything but this summer. In fact, the principality of Monaco is under fire from within as Albert fights a drip-drip of corruption claims leveled by a Wikileaks-like website,…
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23 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2023 Date Written: August 14, 2023 The rationale of the Multi-Level National Security Intelligence System (MNSI–System) revolves around the efficacy of multi-level mega-data analysis frameworks together with the uses of multidimensional graphs as the most effective analytical artificial intelligence learning machine tool to…
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Months in the making, Ukraine is again boldly taking the fight to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Inside of Russia itself. In and around Bakhmut, and now, most notably, strategically southward in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast toward the “decisive terrain” of the Crimean Peninsula.   We have called for strategic patience in these pages and elsewhere, cautioning…
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Posters in Mexico City of some of the 43 students who were kidnapped in 2014 by the police and turned over to a cartel. Credit…Luis Antonio Rojas for The New York TimesThe Mexican police, military officers and others secretly colluded with a cartel that kidnapped 43 students, a case unsolved after nearly a decade. Wiretaps show just how much the authorities…
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By Linda Bordoni – Ulaanbaatar Pope Francis attended a grandiose welcoming ceremony in Ulaanbaatar in the morning of Saturday, 2 September, at the start of his first working day in Mongolia and signed the official guest book in the State Palace, describing himself as a pilgrim of peace. The Pope arrived in Ulaanbaatar on Thursday evening at the start…
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Associated Press religion coverage is supported by The Conversation US, with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. The AP is solely responsible for this content. (Sept. 2)(AP video/Tian Macleod Ji and Wayne Zhang) Videos Pope Francis welcomed in Mongolia Associated Press religion coverage is supported by The Conversation US, with funding from…
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On 1 September 2023, the US Departments of State, Justice, and Treasury, FBI, as well as the White House and the USAID, hosted leaders of Ukraine’s main anti-corruption institutions, including the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Semen Kryvonos, Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Oleksandr Klymenko, and the Chief Justice of…
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On June 29, 2016,  Acting Deputy Assistant Director Mathew S. Moon of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Director Artem Sytnyk of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen existing cooperation between the agencies as they pursue anti-corruption initiatives.  The memorandum…
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Russia declares Nobel Prize-winning journalist ‘foreign agent’  POLITICO Europe
Russia forgoes investigation into Prigozhin crash under international rules: report  Yahoo News
 
This Part of Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Is Pressing Forward, With …  The Wall Street Journal

Служба безопасности Украины объявила подозрение бизнесмену Игорю Коломойскому в совершении мошенничества и легализации средств, полученных незаконным образом. Об этом сообщается в телеграм-канале ведомства.
Russian defence ministry says it downs two drones near border as …  Reuters
 

Russia’s Ministry of Defense said it had destroyed three sea drones targeting the Kerch Strait Bridge, a vital supply line for Moscow’s forces that links occupied Crimea to Russia.
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Deciphering the Wagner Group’s Love for Wagner  The New Yorker
Vivek Ramaswamy Is Climbing. Where Can He Go?  FiveThirtyEight
The Strange Untold History Of Hot Dogs  Mashed
 

The Mexican police, military officers and others secretly colluded with a cartel that kidnapped 43 students, a case unsolved after nearly a decade. Wiretaps show just how much the authorities helped the cartel behind the mass abduction, and what led to it.
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In late June, Wagner mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin took control of Russia’s southern city of Rostov-on-Don, the opening salvo of a mutiny against the Kremlin that ended in a fragile truce orchestrated by Belarus’s leader Alexander Lukashenko.

The uprising was a public humiliation for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a leader believed to have a long history of taking out those he perceives as traitors.

Many believed Prigozhin’s days were numbered.

Two months later, a private Embraer jet travelling from Moscow to St Petersburg crashed on August 23 north of the capital, killing Prigozhin and nine other people on board, including Dmitry Utkin and Valery Chekalov, four bodyguards and a crew of three.

But different theories as to why the jet crashed abound, with Moscow and Washington both suggesting foul play. Here is what has been said:

Possible ‘deliberate atrocity’: Kremlin

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that investigators were considering the possibility that the plane carrying Prigozhin was downed on purpose, the first explicit acknowledgement that he may have been assassinated.

“It is obvious that different versions are being considered, including the version – you know what we are talking about – let’s say, a deliberate atrocity,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked about the investigation.

Asked if the International Civil Aviation Organization would investigate the crash, Peskov said that the circumstances made it different, though he cautioned that investigators had made no formal conclusions yet about what exactly took place.

“Let’s wait for the results of our Russian investigation,” Peskov said.

Asked about that report, Peskov said: “First of all, the investigation is under way, the Investigative Committee is engaged in this.”

“In this case, there can be no talk of any international aspect,” Peskov said.

In an unusual move, the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), which oversees aviation accident investigations in a grouping of former Soviet republics, including Russia, said it was not investigating the crash, adding that it would not be commenting on the “circumstances of the incident”.

The Kremlin has rejected as an “absolute lie” the suggestion by some Western politicians and commentators – for which they have not provided evidence – that Putin ordered Prigozhin to be killed in revenge.

Intentional explosion likely caused crash: Washington

A preliminary US intelligence assessment concluded that an intentional explosion caused the plane crash.

One of the US and Western officials who described the initial assessment said it determined that Prigozhin was “very likely” targeted and that the explosion falls in line with Putin’s “long history of trying to silence his critics”.

Pentagon spokesperson General Pat Ryder said press reports that a surface-to-air missile took down the plane were inaccurate. He declined to say whether the US suspected a bomb or believed the crash was an assassination.

FSB ‘most likely’ behind plane crash: British security sources

Shortly after the crash, British security sources told the BBC that Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, was “most likely to have targeted Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plane”.

UK defence sources tell BBC: Prigozhin’s plane most likely brought down by Russia’s FSB domestic intel agency. Likely to strengthen position of Prigozhin’s enemies: Shoigu and Gerasimov. #Prigozhin

— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) August 24, 2023

The UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, the MI6’s former head, Richard Dearlove, also told the Telegraph newspaper that Prigozhin’s death was “unsurprising”.

“I’m sure it’ll be presented as an accident, and there will be an element of doubt, but everyone in the West will come to the same conclusion – that this is Putin’s revenge on people who challenge his power base,” he added.

Air defences hit plane: pro-Wagner Telegram channel

Prigozhin supporters claimed on pro-Wagner channels of Telegram messaging app that the plane was deliberately downed.

A post by Grey Zone, a Wagner-connected social media channel, claimed Russian anti-aircraft defences had shot down the plane.

It said that residents heard “two bursts of characteristic air defence fire” before the crash.

“This is confirmed by inversion traces in the sky in one of the videos,” it added.

Eyewitness accounts report explosion before crash

The plane crashed near the village of Kuzhenkino in Russia’s Tver region.

Kuzhenkino resident Vitaly Stepenok, 72, told the Reuters news agency: “I hear an explosion or a bang. Usually, if an explosion happens on the ground, then you get an echo, but it was just a bang, and I looked up and saw white smoke.”

“One wing flew off in one direction, and the fuselage went like that,” he said, gesturing with his arms to show how the plane headed down towards the ground.

“And then it glided down on one wing. It didn’t nose-dive, it was gliding.”

Another villager named Anatoly said: “In terms of what might have happened, I’ll just say this: It wasn’t thunder; it was a metallic bang. Let’s put it that way, I’ve heard things like that before.”

Aircraft ascended, descended several times before crash: Flightradar24

Flightradar24, a Swedish internet-based service that shows real-time aircraft flight tracking information, released a report on the plane crash that showed the aircraft had struggled to maintain altitude before it plummeted to the ground.

“Even though the aircraft was not transmitting position information, other data like altitude, speed, vertical rate, and autopilot settings were broadcast. It is this data that provides some insight into the final moments of the flight,” the report stated.

Flightradar24 says that after levelling off at 28,000 feet (8,534 metres) at 6:10pm (15:10 GMT), the aircraft continued in level flight at consistent speed until 6:19pm (15:19 GMT), at which point the vertical rate decreased dramatically causing the aircraft to descend briefly before climbing to a maximum altitude of 30,100 feet (9,174 metres) and then dropping to about 27,500 feet (8,382 metres).

Flightradar24 says the plane then climbed once more reaching 29,300 feet (8,931 metres) and levelling off once again before eventually spiralling into a fall to the ground.

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A little-known American internet hosting company appears to be partially enabling a “wide range” of cybercrime, nation-state hackers and a sanctioned spyware vendor, researchers alleged Tuesday.

Additionally, the company known Cloudzy is “almost certainly a cutout” for a outfit operating in Tehran, according to an investigation by the cybersecurity firm Halcyon.

Halcyon’s analysis concludes that hosting company Cloudzy either knowingly or unwittingly provides a platform for illicit digital activity linked to China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, India, Pakistan and Vietnam. Furthermore, according to the researchers, Cloudzy’s infrastructure has been linked to Candiru, an Israeli spyware vendor sanctioned by the U.S. government in November 2021.

Cloudzy is one of an array of web infrastructure firms abused by criminals and state-backed hackers to carry out operations around the world, Halcyon noted. But unlike so-called bulletproof hosting providers, which claim to operate with a policy of customer anonymity out of a belief in privacy, Cloudzy takes it a step further by appearing to be a normal company when it seems to be trying to hide its connections, the research revealed.

Ransomware syndicates and state-aligned hacking operations take advantage of a robust ecosystem of malware developers, initial access brokers, cryptocurrency launderers, hosting providers and other entities to carry out their operations. According to Halcyon, Cloudzy is essentially a command-and-control provider (C2P), giving hackers a ready platform to launch attacks, obfuscate traffic and make attribution more difficult.

Cloudzy appears to be the work of abrNOC, according to Halcyon, a company with an address on Fatemi Square in Tehran. Its blogs are written by people who either don’t exist or are using fake names, Halcyon found. The headshot for one blog author named “Matt Schmitt,” for instance, is a stock image of a man standing in a server room. The two companies’ logos are nearly identical as well, with Cloudzy’s being one shade of purple while abrNOC’s is blue, red and green.

Halcyon concluded with “high confidence that C2P Cloudzy is almost certainly a cutout for the actual hosting company, abrNOC, operating out of Tehran, Iran,” the report read.

“Our report identified several areas of potential legal liability relating to the apparent operation of an Iranian business in the United States, which if substantiated would raise significant concerns in light of current sanctions requirements,” the report read, referring to federal regulations related to working with Iranian companies. Halcyon recommended that anyone doing business with Cloudzy “pause to consider the legal implications of their continued association with that company.”

Less than five minutes after CyberScoop sent an email to Cloudzy’s support email address, a message came back saying the query would not be accepted because it did not come from a recognized Cloudzy customer email address. Attempts to reach the company by phone Monday were unsuccessful; the line was busy each time.

Halcyon began investigating Cloudzy as it was looking into two previously unknown ransomware affiliates, who were using a third-party hosting service as part of their infrastructure, Jon Miller, Halcyon’s CEO and co-founder, told CyberScoop ahead of the report’s release.

“When we reached to the third party to let them know that their infrastructure was being abused,” Miller said, referring to Cloudzy, “they essentially brushed us off. That tipped us off that if they’re brushing off these types of abuse complaints, there’s probably a lot of abuse going on here.”

Cloudzy initially said it would suspend one of the accounts flagged by Halcyon, according to the report, “but then shortly reversed course,” referring Halcyon instead to one of a more than a dozen internet service providers that may be leasing IP space to Cloudzy.

Subsequent analysis of traffic related to Cloudzy — which operated as “RouterHosting” until 2022 — revealed that “at least 40% – 60% of activity leveraging Cloudzy services is malicious in nature,” according to the report.

Analysis of one of the ransomware operators — which Halcyon dubbed “Space Kook,” a reference to a Scooby Doo villain —  showed connections to an initial access broker Google’s Threat Analysis Group dubbed Exotic Lily in a March 2022 report. Exotic Lily, in turn, had shown previous connections to a Russian financially-motivated cybercrime group known as FIN12, and the Conti ransomware group.

Analysis of malicious traffic leading back to Cloudzy showed what Halcyon described as “a staggering array of attack infrastructure which we, and others in the security community, recognized and associated with a wide range of threat actors.” The historic activity included hacking operations with ties to state-aligned groups in China, India, Iran, North Korea, Russia and Vietnam, the research showed. Some activity tied to a group tracked as UNC2352, which had been accused of attacking hospitals with Ryuk ransomware variant.

“C2Ps end up granting ransomware groups anonymous use of their infrastructure to launch attacks because, in the interest of privacy, they never bother to ask who their customers are,” the report read. “They are not required to. In this way, ransomware activity lines two sets of pockets – the criminals who deploy it and the service providers who turn a blind eye to them. In the case of Cloudzy, that blind eye missed a lot.”

Cloudzy, which claims to operate out of New York City, is registered in Wyoming under the name of a lawyer who provides registered agent services, while a support phone number is tied to an address in Las Vegas. A man named Hannan Nozari is listed as abrNOC’s CEO, and identifies himself as the founder of both companies in his Twitter bio, as well as an “Noob on the Internet,” a reference to being new and inexperienced online.

A message left for the attorney in Wyoming, as well as an email sent through the firm’s online portal, was not immediately returned. Nozari did not respond to a message sent via LinkedIn, but he told Reuters that he was not responsible for his customers’ actions and that his company does “everything we can to get rid of them.” Nozari also told Reuters that he estimated only 2% of his clients were malicious.

“We recommend that Internet service providers learn a lesson from C2P Cloudzy and do a better job of knowing their customers,” Halcyon concluded. “For even if C2P Cloudzy had no knowledge of the high frequency and volume of the malicious traffic running through its leased infrastructure, significant damage was still done as a result of their policies. And the abuse of legitimate service providers will continue so long as ‘Internet noobs’ like Hassan Nozari allow criminals to act with impunity — all in the name of privacy.”

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A board of presidential advisers recommend the White House supports a series of changes to improve compliance with the use of a controversial surveillance program, yet overwhelmingly backs reauthorization of the intelligence gathering tool, according to a report released Monday.

The report comes as Congress debates whether to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation to reform the tool in the coming weeks.

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