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No, that's chronologically impossible, because some of the alleged crimes were committed less than 8 years ago. The charges against Manafort are specified in this indictment. Many of the charges relate to actions allegedly taken by Manafort after 2010, so he couldn't possibly have been exonerated of those charges 8 years ago. In particular, Counts Four ...


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Here's the BBC, one of the many news outlets reporting on this: Several commentators pointed out that the "Malaysia" logo on the plane from the photograph was in the wrong place. Maksim Kats, a Russian blogger, said the plane in the picture looked like a slightly altered version of the one that tops the search results if you Google "Boeing view from above"...


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The original photo appears to have been posted by Ukrainian soldier Andrew Zaharov on his Facebook photo album. as it predates the articles from any of the news sources below. The initial hit for this image was carried out by cropping the image with Photoshop, then performing a reverse image search, which resulted in a hit to this Ukrainian news site, ...


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No. The photo is from a 2013 Facebook post; the author states that the pictures were taken at the 2001 opening of the Russian server/payment company Rapida. Judging from the context, the servers/switches were treated as part of a large-scale whole-office holy sprinkling. Also, I hope as hell the racks were watertight.


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It seems unlikely. While this claim was widely copied, it derived from a single source in the espionage community: Thomas C. Reed in At the Abyss: An Insider's History of the Cold War. There was no confirmation from other sources. The book Cybercrime explains: […] Reed's book is the only public mention of the incident and his account relied on a single ...


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There are two questions here: Are there 17 US intelligence agencies? Yes. From the home page of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) (emphasis mine): The U.S. Intelligence Community is a coalition of 17 agencies and organizations, including the ODNI, within the Executive Branch that work both independently and collaboratively to ...


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When trying to ascertain why timestamps seem to disagree with each other, it is often important to start with an accurate (as possible) timeline of the events being reported on It is also helpful to keep things co-ordinated to a single point of reference with respect to time, so we'll use UTC. Timeline FDB981 Scheduled to arrive Rostov-on-Don at 18th ...


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If we listen a couple of seconds longer, Coulter specifies that it's about the "fusion GPS story", so it's about the Trump-Russia dossier. Cost of the dossier There are a number of claims out there: $168k paid by Fusion GPS to Orbis/Steel, according to Fusion GPS. This is the money - minus Steels salary and operational costs - that theoretically could ...


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According to the Russian government, their country officially complied with the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention on September 27, 2017. According to broadcasts from Russian State Media, Russian President Vladimir Putin destroyed the last of Russia's chemical weapons stockpile that were banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention on September 27, 2017,...


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Concord Catering has existed, in some form, since at least 1996. The website for Concord Catering is http://concord-catering.ru/. WHOIS lookups, which track when website domains are registered, have data on the domain for Concord Catering. The NIC, on their .ru domain lookup, has concord-catering.ru registered since 1998. domain:CONCORD-CATERING.RU ...


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No, on the occasion in question Putin did not say that traitors would be killed. The quote in your question comes from a March 5, 2018 broadcast of BBC Newsnight. It is a concatenation of three soundbites from a three-minute statement in which Putin says that Russia no longer kills traitors. The soundbites come from the last paragraph of his statement in ...


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TL;DR: there is a chance they didn't destroy "all" of their weapons, since the specific weapons being discussed were outside the purvue of Chemical Weapons Convention; and destruction mentioned was under CWC auspicies. In other words, the claim as carefully worded may even be technically true, while false in spirit of what it implies. Even de jure, under ...


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Graph is accurate, but the conclusion is not. Unless you'd want to argue that radiation causes violence, rather than cancer. As you can see, during the fall of the Soviet Union there is huge increase in male violent deaths. However, cancer (neoplasms) rates remain practically flat. Mortality rates by cause: Mortality rate by homicide: Source: "Mortality ...


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The Primary Chronicle is the only written document we have of the early Kievan Rus, and is the primary text used by scholars of early Russian history to understand the founding of the Russian state, and more particularly, the history of the early Varangian dynasty. The specific quote often cited from the story of Vladimir is “Drinking is the Joy of the Rus, ...


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While there's no proof, this seems like an incorrect assertion. Based on the wording, this most likely seems like either a typo (or simply a rather grammatically-challenged typist); or simply two independent targets to give certificate to (probably, the vendor and the asking unit). The latter appears to have evidence backing it up by a series of similar ...


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I started researching this out of interest and found essentially two stories. You'll have to decide on your own which you want to believe, because there's too little information to say conclusively either way. The Russian Story On the 21st Of April 2014, the Russian state-run Sputnik news agency reported that: Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest ...


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That depends on your definition of "exonerated" (or the original Dutch term), but I wouldn't say so. CNN quotes Trump as saying: "They say it wasn't them," Trump said. "It may have been their weapon, but they didn't use it, they didn't fire it, they even said the other side fired it to blame them. I mean to be honest with you, you'll probably never know ...


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Concerning the claim in the question headline: it might be difficult to properly define "very little", compare that to Western medicine. Then start an argument about what counts statistically as… Thankfully such claimants are inclined to use the absolute. "during the USSR's 70 years of existence, no new תרופה [i.e. cure/medication] was developed". (...


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No, it was flying its usual path, same as it was flying for months before the event. Here is the path of the same flight day before (a bit to the South): Here is the same flight on 13th of June (a bit to the North): And here is the downed plane's flight path: It is evident that such deviations are not atypical for this flight.


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The Independent has video excerpt where Putin is speaking (in Russian). There is an english translation overlaid in the audio that matches (almost) word for word. I do not speak Russian so I cannot say anything as to the correctness of the translation, but other outlets (also Newsweek) state pretty much the same thing. From the Newsweek source: It’s an ...


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Somehow, most of my answers tend to begin with "this is a complicated issue". As ChrisW suspected, there are no indications that NATO, as an organization, has made any formal promises; but there is plenty of evidence that top-level Western officials made public and private promises that NATO would not expand eastwards. The German magazine "SPIEGEL" has run ...


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Timestamps are not a good source of information unless you are really sure where they come from. They are set using the system time of the computer creating the file, which might, for example, be set incorrectly; or the program might make a mistake when creating them or writing them to the file. For a quick demonstration of why timestamps are not reliable, I ...


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No, there is no evidence to support "a setup". There where two independent official investigations, one by Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC; Russian: Межгосударственный авиационный комитет, МАК), one by Polish Ministry of Defense's Committee for Investigation of National Aviation Accidents (Polish: Komisja Badania Wypadków Lotniczych Lotnictwa Państwowego;...


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It's not terribly clear to me what you're asking, but the 2017 survey by the German ZOiS (found via an RT story) has these highlighs (not all of them reproduced by RT): The vast majority of the Crimean population would vote for the status quo in a future repeat referendum on Crimea’s status and express trust in Russian state institutions. The ...


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I am addressing the cited claim (not the different form stated at the top of the question) Do not mix raw and boiled water! Grandma was right. Just why mixing of boiled and raw water leads to a rapid emptying of the bowel, the science cannot explain yet. But the fact is obvious. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend that water be raised to a ...


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As per Wikipedia's by-country list of depression in "Epidemiology of depression": Rank Country DALY rate ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 United States 1,454.74 127 Russia 856.718 So; while Russia's rate is indeed, only officially 60% that of USA, it's incorrect to say that Russians don't get depressed. Additionally; ...


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Yes, the Russian constitution prevents deportation and extradition of Russian citizens from Russia. This protection can be found in Chapter 2, Article 61 of the Russian constitution: Article 61 A citizen of the Russian Federation may not be deported from Russia or extradited to another State. The Russian Federation shall guarantee its citizens ...


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There is some evidence of this but it is not conclusive. The documents were attributed to a pseudonym Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be an individual hacker from Romania (like the original Guccifer) who dislikes Russians. However, Guccifer was unable to write in Romanian during a text interview. It is claimed, reasonably, that the Guccifer persona is ...


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The original Washington Post article can be found on the Washington Post website The most immediately relevant excerpt is probably this: But many of the recent acts of intimidation by Russian security services have crossed the line into apparent criminality. In a series of secret memos sent back to Washington, described to me by several current and ...


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The original claim in English is from the 08 May 2016 article Russia's New ICBM Sarmat Can Penetrate Defense Shield, Wipe Out Texas which says: The broadcaster added that the RS-28 is capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France Where "the broadcaster" refers to the article http://tvzvezda.ru/news/forces/content/201605070850-p0pm....


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