NYT learned about Russia’s plans to evacuate diplomats from Ukraine

NYT: Russia is going to evacuate 30 diplomats from Ukraine According to the source of the publication, the children and wives of diplomats left Ukraine in early January. In the coming days, he added, it is expected that 30 employees of consulates in Kiev and Lvov will leave the country

The building of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ukraine

Diplomats at two Russian consulates in Ukraine have been ordered to prepare to leave the country. This was reported by The New York Times newspaper with reference to a high-ranking official of the Ukrainian security service.

At the same time, the source of the publication specified that 18 people— mostly children and wives of Russian diplomats— left Ukraine on 5 January. About 30 more people will soon leave the consulates in Kiev and Lvov, he added.

A US official said that Washington was aware of the impending evacuation. “We have information indicating that the Russian government was preparing to evacuate their family members from the Russian embassy in Ukraine in late December and early January,” The statement notes.

They also clarified that Russian President Vladimir Putin still has not made a final decision on the “invasion”; to Ukraine.

RBC sent a request to the Russian Embassy in Ukraine.

The situation on the borders of Ukraine escalated last fall, when several foreign media reported that Russia was preparing an “invasion”. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied all accusations and noted that the movement of troops across the territory of Russia— it is her internal affair. President Vladimir Putin, in turn, spoke about increased NATO activity near the Russian borders.

In mid-December, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the US and NATO. They contained a clause on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, in particular on the obligation not to accept Ukraine and Georgia into the bloc. Negotiations on them with Washington and NATO took place on January 10 and 12. The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, following the results of the talks, said that they were unsuccessful.

After that, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Russia was laying the foundation to fabricate a pretext for “invasion” to Ukraine, which, according to her, should take place between mid-January and mid-February. US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, in turn, warned that the US had prepared 18 scenarios for sanctions in the event of an “invasion” Russia against Ukraine.

Peskov responded by saying that the sanctions under consideration, including those against the country’s leadership, could lead to a complete cessation of relations between the countries, “which would not be in the interests of either Moscow or Washington.” Peskov invited the US authorities to “remember at least some example of a situation where sanctions helped solve their problem.”

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The Foreign Ministry responded to the NYT article about the evacuation of Russian diplomats from Ukraine

The Foreign Ministry responded to the NYT article on the evacuation of diplomats: The Embassy in Ukraine is operating normally Earlier, The New York Times reported on the evacuation of 30 employees of Russian consulates in Kiev and Lvov. The Russian ministry responded by saying that the embassy in Kiev is operating normally

The Russian Embassy in Kiev is operating normally. This was reported to TASS in the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Earlier, The New York Times, citing a high-ranking Ukrainian security official, reported on the preparations for the evacuation of 30 employees of the Russian consulates in Kiev and Lvov.

“The Russian Embassy in Kiev operates in normal mode»,— told the agency in response to a request for comment on an American newspaper publication.

Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, told Interfax-Ukraine that the ministry had not received any information from the Russian side about the evacuation of diplomatic staff from the country. He stressed that, for its part, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry at the moment also does not plan to evacuate Ukrainian diplomats from Russia. “On the territory of Russia, the embassy in Moscow, the general consulates in St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don, and the consulates in Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk are functioning normally. Despite the difficult conditions, our diplomats and consuls continue to successfully carry out the tasks assigned to them, — Nikolenko clarified.

As noted by the source of The New York Times, 18 people— mostly children and wives of Russian diplomats— left Ukraine on January 5th. The US official clarified that Washington was aware of the impending evacuation. They also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin still has not made a final decision on the “invasion”; to Ukraine.

Reports about the preparation of the Russian “invasion” appeared in foreign media at the end of October last year. After that, Western and Ukrainian politicians started talking about the alleged invasion. Russia has repeatedly denied such accusations. Putin, in turn, noted the increased activity of NATO near the Russian borders.

In mid-December, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the United States and NATO. They contained a clause on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, in particular on the obligation not to accept Ukraine and Georgia into the bloc. Negotiations on them with Washington and NATO took place on January 10 and 12. The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, following the results of the talks, said that they were unsuccessful.

After the talks, the US State Department warned American citizens about the unsafety of traveling to Ukraine due to “threats” from the Russian side. The Government of Canada issued a similar warning to its citizens. In addition, according to the Global News channel, Canada deployed part of the special forces to Ukraine to assist in the need to evacuate diplomatic personnel from the country.

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Gryzlov called the main priority as Ambassador to Belarus

Gryzlov called the continuation of the integration of Russia and Belarus the main priority of the ambassador's work The Russian Embassy in Belarus and its new head Boris Gryzlov will continue to promote the integration of the two countries as a priority. The Ambassador emphasized that this is beneficial for both states, and is also of great importance for citizens .jpg” alt=”Gryzlov called the main priority as Ambassador to Belarus” />

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The main task of the work of the Russian diplomatic mission in Belarus and its head— continued rapprochement between Moscow and Minsk within the framework of the Union State, said the new Russian ambassador to the republic, Boris Gryzlov, in an interview with TASS. He was appointed last week.

“The top priority [in the ambassador's job]” continuation of our multifaceted integration within the framework of the progressive implementation of the Treaty on the Union State of 1999, consistent rapprochement within the framework of the Union State on the principles of sovereign equality, voluntariness and conscientious fulfillment of mutual obligations,— Gryzlov explained.— This is a complex task assigned to many sectoral ministries and departments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, which the diplomats of both states are called upon to provide foreign policy support and support.

The Ambassador noted that the integration of Russia and Belarus will increase prosperity, provide “worthy” the level and quality of life of citizens of both countries.

Gryzlov added that the “special character” Russian-Belarusian relations allows extending to Belarus “a number of preferences”, including comfortable prices for energy resources, preferential credit terms, simplified access to the Russian market. In addition, enterprises of both countries are implementing joint projects in a number of industries, including energy and industry. Such initiatives, he noted, increase the overall competitiveness of states.

Gryzlov, at that time the Russian plenipotentiary representative in the contact group to resolve the situation in Ukraine, was appointed Russian Ambassador to Belarus on January 14. In addition, he holds the post of chairman of the supreme council of United Russia. In an interview with TASS, Gryzlov noted that he would combine party activities with the work of an ambassador.

Negotiations on the integration of Russia and Belarus have been actively going on since the end of 2018, but due to some disagreements, it was not possible agree on the main points of the integration plan. It originally contained 31 roadmaps. in various areas of cooperation, from taxation to industrial policy.

Later from the “road maps”; abandoned, replacing 28 “union programs”, the content of which was disclosed in September. In particular, they include work in various areas, including the harmonization of monetary policy, the determination of the principles for the functioning of the unified gas market, the development of Belarusian companies' access to Russian public procurement, and others.

“Union programs” approved in November.

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Russian troops arrived in Belarus to participate in the “Union Resolve”

Russian troops arrived in Belarus to participate in the Allied Resolve exercise Alexander Lukashenko announced the Russian-Belarusian exercise the day before. According to the president, they should start in February. The goal is to test the ability of the military of the Union State to repel threats at the border

The first units of the Russian Armed Forces, which should participate in the joint exercise “Allied Resolve”, arrived in Belarus. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic.

“In accordance with the approved plan to check the response forces of the Union State, units from the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation began to arrive on the territory of the Republic of Belarus,” — The press service of the ministry said.

Troops will arrive from Russia throughout the first phase of the exercise, “given the fact that the check is sudden,” the ministry explained.

After unloading units will have to advance to the area of ​​training tasks.

On the eve of the Ministry of Defense of Belarus reported that the main goal of the joint military exercises — assessment of the readiness of the military forces of the Union State to fulfill the tasks of neutralizing threats at the borders. Within their framework, the military will work out the regrouping of forces over long distances and perform a number of combat training tasks to cover the borders of the state on land and in the air, to fight against special detachments and illegal armed groups, to defend and hold the occupied lines, as well as to “defeat the enemy” ;, the ministry said.

In addition, the audit will allow assessing the capabilities of the transport and logistics system for ensuring the transportation of troops. The main result of the ongoing activities will be an assessment of the ability of commanders and military forces to quickly respond to modern challenges to the military security of the Union State, the Belarusian Defense Ministry noted.

The day before, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that Russia and Belarus would hold joint military exercises in February. According to him, the exact date of the start of the maneuvers has not yet been set. “Determine, inform us so that we are not reproached that we have pulled some troops from the bay-floundering, we are almost going to fight,” — then the president gave instructions to the head of the country's Ministry of Defense, Viktor Khrenin.

“Today we see that we need to conduct solid exercises in this western and southern region,” the Belarusian balcony “,” Lukashenka said. According to him, they agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need for such maneuvers in December; negotiations between the heads of state took place at the end of the month in the Konstantinovsky Palace in St. Petersburg.

From September 10 to 15, the Zapad-2021 exercises were held in Russia and Belarus. The maneuvers were organized at 14 military training grounds— nine Russian and five Belarusian, the goal was to test the level of combat readiness and the ability of the military command to ensure the security of the Union State.

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Russia did not notify the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry about the evacuation of diplomats

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Russia did not notify the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry about plans to evacuate diplomats from the country. This was stated by the speaker of the department Oleg Nikolenko in an interview with the InterfaxUkraine agency.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not receive information from the Russian side about the evacuation of employees of the diplomatic institutions of the Russian Federation from Ukraine”,— the speaker said. According to him, the embassies of other states also did not report their intentions to evacuate their employees.

Nikolenko added that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is also not going to evacuate its diplomats from the territory of Russia.

According to the speaker of the department, the embassy and consulates of Ukraine in Russia work as usual and protect the interests of the country's citizens, “despite the difficult conditions.”

Earlier, The New York Times, citing a high-ranking official The Security Service of Ukraine wrote that the Russian authorities instructed 30 employees of the embassy in Kiev and the consulate in Lvov to prepare for the evacuation. At the same time, the source of the publication claimed that the wives and children of diplomats left Ukraine on January 5.

In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the embassy in Kiev was operating normally.

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How columns of military equipment travel around Belarus before exercises with Russia

Military equipment appeared on the roads of Belarus. From February 10 to February 20, the military exercises “Allied Resolve – 2022” will be held in the country. The Russian military has already begun to arrive in Belarus for this, the country's Ministry of Defense reported

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Gryzlov warned about the reaction to the build-up of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus

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Russia will not leave unnoticed the buildup of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus, said the new Russian ambassador to Minsk Boris Gryzlov in an interview with TASS.

“During the aforementioned migration crisis, Poland deployed additional forces, including heavy weapons, to the Belarusian border. Of course, this does not go unnoticed, — he said.

According to Gryzlov, NATO does not cease to increase the number of forces and means “at the gates”; Russia”, which is attentive to the issue of border protection. As an example of activities in this direction, he cited the regular joint patrolling of the borders of the Union State by Russian and Belarusian aircraft.

The day before, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that about 30,000 military men, along with equipment and weapons, had accumulated on the border of the country with Poland and the Baltic states. In these countries, “on a rotational basis” there are from 8,000 to 10,000 US military personnel, the head of Belarus believes.

In addition, Lukashenka added that Poland has turned to NATO for military assistance. She asked for a “multi-layered logistics and technical support system” to be deployed in the region, the president said. This shows that the West is preparing something “long and serious,” he concluded.

NATO, where the parties discussed, among other things, the non-expansion of the alliance to the east. After that, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the alliance incapable of negotiating. In turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that the organization is ready to discuss arms reduction, despite the refusal not to accept new members.

Gryzlov became Russia's ambassador to Belarus on January 14, a corresponding decree was signed by President Vladimir Putin. Earlier, RBC sources in diplomatic circles said that Gryzlov would replace Yevgeny Lukyanov in this post.

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Lavrov’s talks with German Foreign Minister Burbock on Ukraine. Video

Negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock are taking place in Moscow. Among the topics of the talks are Russian security proposals and Ukraine. RBC has been broadcasting live since the beginning of the meeting

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Gryzlov commented on the transfer of NATO forces to the borders of Belarus

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Chairman of the Supreme Council of the United Russia party Boris Gryzlov, recently also appointed Russian ambassador to Belarus , said that against the background of the migration crisis, “the build-up of NATO forces and means continues, in fact, does not stop at our gates.” Gryzlov specified that additional forces, including heavy weapons, were deployed from Poland to the Belarusian border.

Gryzlov also recalled that the updated Military Doctrine of the Union State was approved in November 2021, adding that further expansion of Russian cooperation and Belarus in the military sphere should be considered within the framework of this doctrine.

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“Veterans of Russia” demanded to punish Shenderovich for “rehabilitation of Nazism”

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Public Movement "Veterans of Russia" reported that she had applied to the Prosecutor General's Office and the Investigative Committee with a demand to initiate a criminal case on the rehabilitation of Nazism against the writer and journalist Viktor Shenderovich, who was previously included in the register of foreign media agents.

In a statement addressed to Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov and the head of the Investigative Committee Alexandra Bastrykina, members of the organization indicate that, in their opinion, the crime was committed by a foreign agent Shenderovich during the broadcast of “Echo of Moscow” May 6 last year. Then he spoke about “victory-madness”, talking about the festive events on May 9th. Shenderovich also criticized the slogan “We can repeat”, recalling those who died in the war and inhuman, in his opinion, individual orders of military leaders.

“Veterans of Russia” considered the statements of the publicist “depreciation of the inscriptions” that Soviet soldiers left “in May 1945 on the defeated Reichstag.” Shenderovich's statements about Georgy Zhukov's orders to “clear the fields with infantry” the veterans called “false opinion” propaganda.

Shenderovich's statements “have all the signs of spreading knowingly false information” the organization concluded about the role of the USSR in World War II and about its actions.

In addition, the organization cited reviews of “liberal associates”; Shenderovich regarding his departure from Russia, saying that by supporting the writer, they are also engaged in the “rehabilitation of Nazism”.

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Named two allies of Russia, whom the United States wants to destroy

The Chinese edition of NetEase called Venezuela and Cuba countries that it could be very beneficial for Russia to restore close military ties with The United States of America.

The authors of the publication write that Latin America is sometimes called the “backyard of the United States”, and American intelligence agencies have repeatedly tried to overthrow the Venezuelan and Cuban regimes.

According to the version voiced in the publication , Cuba and Venezuela could ask Russia to place weapons on their territory.

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Volodin spoke about NATO attempts to occupy Ukraine

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State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that NATO allegedly seeks to occupy Ukraine. In this regard, the alliance is conducting informational preparations for the advancement of forces on Ukrainian territory.

Speaking at the opening of the spring session, Volodin stressed that NATO advisers and instructors are already there. According to him, now they are thinking “how to justify the introduction of troops.”

And also, in recent months, American congressmen and representatives of the State Department have been scaring the whole world with Russia's alleged plans to invade Ukraine. However, in reality, “Washington is trying to justify its expansion and the advance of NATO troops to Russian borders.” And now it is extremely important to conduct a dialogue on security guarantees.

Volodin also noted that Washington needs to revise its foreign policy doctrine. The U.S. should stop threatening because it will do nothing but complicate relations.

The New York Times previously reported, citing a senior SBU official, that diplomats at two Russian consulates in Ukraine were allegedly ordered to prepare for leaving the country. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation denied this information.

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NYT: Russia is going to evacuate diplomats from Ukraine

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According to the New York Times, citing a senior Ukrainian security official, diplomats at two Russian consulates in Ukraine, it was ordered to prepare to leave the country.

It is reported that on January 5, 18 people left Kiev. These were mostly the children and wives of Russian diplomats. 30 people from Kiev and Lvov will also leave Ukraine.

Washington knew about the impending evacuation.

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, in an interview with reporters, explained that it was Ukraine that became the “apple discord” between Russia and NATO.

According to Peskov, the gradual and purposeful advancement of the North Atlantic Alliance to the East is a threat to stability and security in Europe, which the Russian side cannot ignore.

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The expert assessed the versions of events in Kazakhstan: who was behind the rebellion

Who was the “puppeteer” of the pogroms in the Central Asian republic

The recent dramatic events in Kazakhstan have attracted the attention of politicians, military, special services and the public for a long time. The question still arises: what was it? “Color Revolution”? Massive terrorist attack? Coup attempt? “Showdown” between the ruling clans? President of the Russian section of the International Police Association, Lieutenant General, Doctor of Law, Professor, Honored Lawyer of Russia Yuri Zhdanov analyzed the versions of the background of the events in Kazakhstan.

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– As it turned out, the country was not so stable, if such a surge of violence became possible. And everything happened there at once – both a terrorist attack and an attempt at a “color revolution”, which necessarily entails a change of power. And the main reason for all this is yes, the “showdown” between clans, elites who did not disdain the help of both Western countries and radical Islamists.

The reason for the outbreak of violence could be anything. Although this time they cannot be denied their wit: foreign terrorists invaded Kazakhstan in order to halve gas prices for the local population. Warriors-liberators, people's avengers. Feel the hand of a master, say, the CIA?

– They were voiced, including by the media, several. Some of them can be dismissed immediately. For example, Tokayev decided to get rid of Nazarbayev's guardianship. It's just stupid – to arrange an apocalypse in your own republic, having full power. Or, on the contrary, Nazarbayev decided to get rid of Tokayev. And to destroy monuments to himself for this, shouting “old man, go away”? It also does not fit into the logic.

The “Chinese trace” also disappears. Why so “pogromously” when the influence of the PRC will not go anywhere in any alignment of political forces?

The same is true of the “Russian trace”. We lacked only the Kazakh revolution in the conditions of the pre-war situation on the border with Ukraine.

The “Afghan trace” is already warmer. In principle, it can manifest itself in any Central Asian republic. But Kazakhstan is clearly not a priority in the expansion of the Taliban (the “Taliban” is a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation). Although President Tokayev stated that the events of recent days in Kazakhstan were the result of an attack by trained bandits and terrorists, both local and foreign.

“Perhaps this is an exaggeration. According to CIA estimates, 20-30 thousand people is the number of all militants of the Islamic State (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation) at the time when the group controlled the maximum number of territories in Syria and Iraq in 2014. Yes, and there are no powerful centers of religious extremism in Kazakhstan now. And it doesn't matter that some citizens of the country in 2014-2018 joined the ranks of IS fighters and went to Syria. Their number was small. Those who returned to Kazakhstan were put on trial, many of them are now in prison.

Yes, in the first half of the 2010s, radical Islamists in Kazakhstan carried out several sorties. But the groups of fighters who entered into open confrontation with the authorities were small.

In general, foreign fighters who participated in the pogroms served only as “cannon fodder.”

– We can consider several candidates for this “honorary” role. Note that the Kazakhstani special services and the military somehow sluggishly reacted to the rebellion. Moreover, the seizure of the airport, attacks on buildings, including military facilities, robberies – all this could not have happened on such a scale without the participation of special services.

Here are examples. Eyewitnesses claim that there were no marauders in any city. Only in Alma-Ata. Why? In order to create the desired picture. So, the Nur Otan office was burned down. But here's the strange thing – no one was hurt there, the officials were evacuated from there in advance and the office was given the opportunity to completely burn out. The same picture was observed in the Prosecutor General's Office. This building is located behind the akimat. But even there, in a surprising way, access was also open for provocateurs, employees were evacuated.

And most importantly, the KNB and the airport. The building of the National Security Committee is a very well-fortified object, it is surrounded by a six-meter fence, in fact – a fortress. And some marauders take it in a matter of minutes…

And 40 minutes before the attack on Alma-Ata airport, on the command of the KNB, the cordon and guards were completely removed there. Well, what conclusions can be drawn?

– This is not only my opinion, but also the leadership of Kazakhstan. The now former head of the KNB, National Security Lieutenant General Karim Massimov, was fired by President Tokayev after the authorities lost control of Alma-Ata. He is suspected of high treason and detained.

Let me remind you that Massimov is one of the most influential politicians in the last years of the reign of the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Prior to his appointment as chairman of the KNB, he was twice the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and the head of the Presidential Administration, the Secretary of the Security Council, the Minister of Economy and the Minister of Transport in different years. According to some reports, Karim Massimov controls a number of major Kazakh media.

The appointment of Massimov to the post of head of the KNB, even under the first president, was assessed by many in the republic as a move to a position that would control the entire course of the transit of supreme power in the republic. Indeed, this is a position that allows Massimov to have a huge amount of compromising information on the entire Kazakh elite. In addition, he was always “behind” the first president. What is important, Massimov has long been called the “chief treasurer” of Nazarbayev, who allegedly oversaw the laundering and transfer of billions of the Family to offshore accounts. According to the degree of influence, he was the second person after the president in the country.

According to rumors, many more security officials were arrested, who actually did not obey Tokayev’s orders, completely focusing on the Family and Masimov.

Apparently he wanted absolute power. This is a natural process. And not only in Asia. For some reason, he could not come to terms with Tokayev's presidency. And the attack on him began immediately after the nomination of Tokayev for the presidency.

Tokayev dismissed his friend – the first deputy, Nazarbayev's nephew Samat Abish. Kazakh analysts said about Abish that he had radical religious beliefs. He enjoys a reputation as an adherent of Salafism, like his brother, Kairat Satybaldy, who for many years has been considered the informal leader of the country's religious radicals. It is understandable why for several years there were numerous training camps for extremists in the mountains. However, the National Security Council of Kazakhstan was silent about them and did not report to the leadership.

By the way, Nazarbayev's grandson, the middle son of Dariga's eldest daughter, Aisultan Nazarbayev (who died in London under strange circumstances, allegedly from a drug overdose), tried to warn his grandfather about the danger. He claimed that four hundred militants were living and training in the mountains, who were trained against the first president. Curiously, he spoke specifically about the Salafis. Therefore, apparently, he died so suddenly – he knew too much.

– Maybe he wanted to, but he had no chance. Like that elephant – will he eat a ton of bananas? He will eat what he will eat, only who will give him. The whole problem is that Masimov is an ethnic Uyghur nicknamed “Chinese”. Question: who gave him the nickname? Bandits? Or is it a call sign in some special service?

Yes, the candidacy of Masimov himself as a successor has been discussed in expert circles for many years, but every time he ran into an obstacle in the form of non-Kazakh origin of Karim Kazhimkanovich and his wife Dilyaram. She is also a full-blooded Uighur, the daughter of a Soviet-era party figure, Azat Mashurov.

– They were and still are. For example, Mukhtar Ablyazov is a Kazakh opposition figure who, by his own admission, coordinated protests in Kazakhstan from France. Moreover, one of Ablyazov's headquarters is located in Kiev – this was evident from the phones of the Ukrainian operator Vodafon, which the oppositionist left as contacts.

– Not only in Ukrainian, but also in Russian and Israeli. He also managed to visit both British and French prisons.

The Ukrainian online edition Strana.ua published data on Ablyazov. According to them, this is a major Kazakh entrepreneur, the owner of Astana-Holding, who had interests in grain, sugar, automobile, banking and media businesses. Since 1997, he has been working for the state – first in a state-owned energy company, and then – in general, the Minister of Energy and Trade of Kazakhstan.

Ablyazov planned to introduce market principles for setting tariffs. In practice, this meant an increase in tariffs, which were then artificially restrained by the authorities. But Nazarbayev did not allow him to do this, and Ablyazov branded the president for this as an enemy of reforms.

It's a paradox, but it was precisely because of the increase in gas tariffs that the fiercest protests arose in Kazakhstan. Which “marketer” Ablyazov actively supports. Isn't he the one who initiated these protests now?

In 1999, after falling out with President Nazarbayev, he resigned. And in 2001, he founded the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan opposition movement, which included some representatives of the current government.

But soon they began to lose their positions, and a criminal case was opened against Ablyazov for embezzling funds and creating an organized criminal group. In 2002, he received six years in prison, but a year later, under pressure from the West, he was released. The US State Department and the European Parliament then stood up for the former minister.

But for some reason, after his release, he went to live in Moscow, from where, by his own admission, he financed the Kazakh opposition. And now the metamorphosis – in 2005, his career in Kazakhstan went uphill again. He headed the largest private bank BTA. And by 2009, he already controlled 75 percent of its shares.

It happened under strange circumstances. Yerzhan Tatishev, the previous head of this bank, died on a hunt, after which Ablyazov received the post. Initially officially recognized that it was an accident. But in 2017, businessman Muratkhan Tokmadi said that Tatishev was killed on the order of Ablyazov. And a year later, the former minister was sentenced to life imprisonment for this. In parallel, in the same year, he was convicted of financial fraud. The verdict was final. By that time, the banker had already been in exile for eight years due to other criminal cases related to economic crimes. He calls all accusations of the authorities and criminal cases against himself fabricated for political reasons.

He left Kazakhstan in 2010, and a year later received political asylum in the UK. By that time, his bank had already been nationalized.

– This is where miracles begin. In France, Ablyazov was detained by Interpol, which was looking for him at the request of Kazakhstan. However, in 2016, a court in Paris refused to extradite him to his homeland. Since then, Ablyazov has been considered the main oppositionist in Kazakhstan, although he coordinates this activity from France. And not only from there.

Back in the summer of 2020, information appeared on the Web that the DCK was forming a headquarters in Kiev to lead the protests in Kazakhstan, which at that time had not yet taken place. It was planned that in order to overthrow the Nazarbayev regime, it would be enough to bring 50,000 Kazakhs to the streets. And for this it is enough to have a thousand or two trained activists for each major city, who will pull the rest along with them. It was then planned to coordinate this activity through two centers – Ablyazov himself and the Kiev headquarters, to which the oppositionist gave instructions via video link.

It is interesting that the phones indicated for communication with the Kiev headquarters surfaced literally in the midst of the current Kazakh protests. Ablyazov himself published them on his page and called on them to coordinate the actions of the protesters. That is, the headquarters in Kiev is still working today. Another question is what is its role. But it is extremely interesting that coordination with the Kazakh protests is connected with Ukraine.

– Back in 2018, the Kiev prosecutor's office opened a criminal case against the Kazakh Kenneth Alibek for money laundering through the Ukrainian pharmaceutical company Maxwell, which belonged to Alibek and was located in Boryspil. The Ukrainian investigation believes that the firm was used as a cover for Ablyazov's machinations. It has been in the operational development of Kiev since 2009. The suspicion of the Kazakh oppositionist in Ukraine was put forward in 2017. In the same year, he received a verdict in absentia in this case in Kazakhstan, and he was put on the wanted list through Interpol.

This story was then called one of the largest fraudulent schemes. It was investigated jointly by law enforcement officers of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. The owner of BTA Bank was alleged to have laundered $7.5 billion in Kazakhstan and another $2.5 billion in Ukraine and Russia. More than a thousand specially created shell companies around the world were involved in the scheme.

After the announcement of suspicion in absentia, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine appealed to France demanding the extradition of Ablyazov, but this request has still remained unanswered.

It is known that during his stay in Britain and France, Ablyazov spent some time in prison. Curiously, the British courts recognized Ablyazov as a fraudster, ordered him to return $4.3 billion to BTA-Bank, and sentenced him to 22 months in prison. Ablyazov did not serve his term, hiding on forged documents in France, where he was also arrested in the summer of 2013. There, the banker was kept in prison for 3.5 years pending extradition to Ukraine or Russia.

Now the opposition leader, who claimed to be coordinating the protests in Kazakhstan and is actively cited by Ukrainian and Western media, is officially wanted by Ukraine under Article 191 – “Appropriation, embezzlement or taking possession of it by abuse of official position.” According to part five of this article, he is facing a sentence of 7 to 12 years.

– So that's the point. Seriously, in the West, no one was going to arrest him. This is a kind of “fog of war”, a smokescreen. Apparently, Ablyazov is a very necessary person so far, who is an agent of the special services of several states at once, but, first of all, the KNB of Kazakhstan. His Ukrainian and British capabilities were useful to the conspirators in the KNB. In addition, he served as a good cover for their actions to organize the rebellion – any coordination can be attributed to him.

– How could it be without them! Criminologists and political scientists have already deduced a regularity that not a single “color revolution” of the last decades could do without the active participation of criminals, moreover, organized ones. This pattern is also clearly seen in the Kazakh rebellion.

Thus, on January 7, crime boss Arman Dzhumageldiev, known as “Wild Arman”, was detained in Kazakhstan, whom his masters from the KNB recalled from Turkey in order to raise This 37-year-old bandit is considered the most influential criminal authority in Kazakhstan, who more than 10 years ago crushed all organized crime groups in the north and center of the country.

In 2005, this “Wild Arman” was already a member of the political movement in support of Nursultan Nazarbayev, participated in the violent dispersal of the opposition. Naturally, under the control of the KNB.

It is well known that the gangster Dzhumageldiev is the right hand and close associate of Kairat Satybaldy, the nephew of Nazarbayev, the leader of the Salafi religious radicals, whom we have already spoken about. Yes, exactly the same deputy “Chinese” who was fired by the current president of Kazakhstan. The puzzle is complete.

– And then Tokaev will have to unravel this knot. He behaves decisively, which the rebels did not expect. And decisiveness is based on the main factor – the support of Russia, which is not the first time it has to strengthen the security of its neighbors and allies.

Tokayev warned: there will be a “debriefing” in connection with the actions of law enforcement agencies and the army, as well as their interdepartmental coordination. It is critically important for the president to understand why the Kazakhstani state “overslept” the underground preparation of terrorist attacks and sleeper cells.

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Kedmi predicted a possible scenario for a war with Ukraine: the first goal is defined

“The Armed Forces of Ukraine will scatter just like the Afghan army”

Kyiv's refusal to implement the Minsk agreements and a direct threat from the armed forces of Ukraine to the population of Donbass may meet with a harsh military response from Russia. At the same time, the Ukrainian army does not have a single chance not to be defeated in the very first hours. Yakov Kedmi, an Israeli diplomat and political scientist, former head of the Nativ intelligence service, thinks so.

Photo: en.wikipedia.org Mark Nakoykher.

In the West, the topic of the impending “Russian invasion” of Ukraine has been on the information agenda for the second month. Leading media even publish maps of the alleged directions of the Russian offensive. However, according to Kedmi, Russia will not need any invasion to bring the Kiev regime to reason.

“To defeat the Ukrainian army, nothing needs to be introduced,” Kedmi said on January 18 on the air of the Solovyov Live YouTube channel. – … The Ukrainian army is so primitively arranged … One powerful fire strike, it doesn’t matter – with rockets, artillery and others, which will practically destroy all headquarters, all communication systems, all surveillance systems and tank, artillery units. The beginning of it will lead to the fact that the army will disintegrate … The first goal is command (points), control systems, communications. As soon as this disappears, the army turns into a crowd under the slogan “save yourself who can.”

According to Kedmi, a military solution to the problem is “a matter of several hours.”

“History teaches: this Bandera pack, it was always the first to flee from the battlefield. Is always. Today everything will fall apart like a house of cards, – said Kedmi. “…The government in Ukraine has discredited itself so much that no one will fight for it.”

According to Kedmi, “the collapse of the Ukrainian army will be similar to the collapse of the Afghan army.” He noted that, with all the differences, both armies have much in common: “both there, and there, there is varying degrees of corruption.”

“The readiness to defend the Kiev regime on the part of the Ukrainian army is not so higher than the protect the corrupt regime in Afghanistan from the Afghan army. Only idiotically naive Americans could count on the Afghan army and the Afghan security services. They have absolutely no idea who they are dealing with. Who said that they are more reasonable in relation to Ukraine?” Kedmi asked rhetorically.

: “finita la comedy,” the expert concluded.

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Canada sent a detachment of special forces to Ukraine – media

The Ministry of Defense of Canada sent a special forces unit to Ukraine because of fears of an escalation of the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, Global News TV channel reports, citing sources.

According to it, in the event of an aggravation of the situation, the detachment will develop a plan for the evacuation of Canadian diplomatic mission employees from the country.

However, neither the Ministry of Defense nor the government officially confirmed this information to the channel's correspondents.

Recall that since Since 2015, the Canadian Armed Forces have also been training soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian army as part of Operation Unifier.

Earlier, the Russian side has repeatedly denied Western accusations of “aggressive actions”, and also stated that it does not pose a threat to other states .

It was also reported that Ukraine will receive anti-tank defensive weapons systems from the UK.

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SpaceX postpones launch of Starlink satellites due to bad weather

The press service of SpaceX reported that due to adverse weather conditions, the launch of the Falcon 9 heavy launch vehicle with another batch of 49 Starlink mini-satellites was postponed by a day, Interfax reports.

“Given more favorable weather conditions for the launch and landing of the first stage, we now plan to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with Starlink satellites on Tuesday, January 18 at 17:04 US East Coast time (Wednesday, January 19 at 01:00 04 Moscow time)», — The announcement reads.

The launch is to take place from Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

This will be the 36th deployment of a group of Internet satellites since May 2019 of the year as part of the Starlink project. 

Recall that the Starlink network is designed to provide the inhabitants of the Earth with broadband Internet access. In total, the American company is going to deploy 11,000 satellites in orbit. The total cost of this project is estimated at ten billion dollars.

The SpaceX orbital constellation already consists of 1991 spacecraft.

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Epidemic thresholds for influenza and SARS exceeded in 46 regions of Russia

The press service of Rospotrebnadzor reported that the epidemic thresholds for the incidence of acute respiratory viral infections (ARVI) and influenza viruses have been exceeded in 46 regions of the country, Interfax reports.

“On the territory of the Russian Federation, compared with the previous two weeks, an increase in the incidence of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections among all age groups is recorded, — The message says.

In total, more than 68.5 million people have been vaccinated against the flu, which is 46.9% of the country's population.

Formerly, Alexander Gamalei Center Director Gintsburg said that the simultaneous use of vaccines against influenza and coronavirus increases the effectiveness of the drugs.

The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that the incidence of influenza in Russia has decreased by 51 times compared to 2019.

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Yellow weather warning issued in Moscow due to strong winds

Cloudy weather, snow, snowstorms and icy conditions are expected in Moscow on Tuesday, January 18, according to the official website of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Russian Federation.

According to weather forecasters, the daytime air temperature in the capital will be from minus four to minus two degrees. On Wednesday night it can drop to minus 12 in the city.

Northern wind with gusts of up to 15 meters per second. Atmospheric pressure will be 746 millimeters of mercury.

On the territory of the Moscow region, from two to seven degrees of frost is expected during the day. At night, the thermometers can drop to minus 15 degrees.

Due to strong winds and black ice, a yellow level of weather danger has been declared in the region.

The day before, the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand said that this year, the inhabitants of Russia should not wait for the early arrival of spring.

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Shawn James – The Devil’s Daughters lyrics

Shawn James

The Devil’s Daughters lyrics

Shawn James – The Devil’s Daughters lyrics

Baby, I’ve been aching
You know that it’s been so long
Out on these lonesome highways
The devil’s daughters call but I act like I ain’t home
They’re singing, “We won’t give up”
We won’t give up
We won’t give up
We won’t give up
Listen before I go
I’ve been around this block now once or two times before
The path less often traveled holds more fortune at the end of the road
We’re singing, “We won’t give up”
We won’t give up
We won’t give up
We won’t give up

The devil’s daughters
The devil’s daughters
The devil’s daughters
The devil’s daughters
All these lines have crooked ins
Sink or swim, it never ends
All these lines have crooked ins
Sink or swim, it never ends
All these lines have crooked ins
Sink or swim, it never ends
The devil’s daughters
The devil’s daughters
The devil’s daughters
The devil’s daughters
We won’t give up
We won’t give up
We won’t give up
We won’t give up

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Shawn James – Lead the Way lyrics

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Lead the Way lyrics

Shawn James – Lead the Way lyrics

America the Beautiful, America the great
Land of the free, home of the brave
Souls who find no peace of mind
For what must feel like the thousandth time
This freedom ain’t what it seems
So give me the broken, you take the whole
I’ll show you something worth so much more
Than a perfect figure or frame
Of some sorta standard way
They said a change was gonna come
But I ain’t seen nothin’ new under the sun
If a change is to be, we better lead the way
How many timеs must we make the samе mistakes
To learn from the wrongs of the past
Just how long will it be till we realize the stakes
And stop bluffing with a withered weaker hand
So give me the broken, you take the whole

I’ll show you something worth so much more
Than a perfect figure or frame
Of some sorta standard way
They said a change was gonna come
But I ain’t seen nothin’ new under the sun
If a change is to be, we better lead the way
So give me the broken, you take the whole
I’ll show you something worth so much more
Than a perfect figure or frame
Of some sorta standard way
They said a change was gonna come
But I ain’t seen nothin’ new under the sun
If a change is to be, we better lead the way
If a change is to be, we better lead the way
Now, if a change is to be, we better lead
We better lead the way

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Shawn James – What Dreams May Come lyrics

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What Dreams May Come lyrics

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Shawn James – Only Cowards Drop Bombs lyrics

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Only Cowards Drop Bombs lyrics

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Shawn James – No One Knows lyrics

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No One Knows lyrics

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Shawn James – Sodom & Gomorrah lyrics

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Sodom & Gomorrah lyrics

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Shawn James – The Stones Cried Out lyrics

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The Stones Cried Out lyrics

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Shawn James – No Blood From a Stone lyrics

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No Blood From a Stone lyrics

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Shawn James – Ghost (You Don’t Know my Name) lyrics

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Ghost (You Don’t Know my Name) lyrics

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Cali Y El Dandee – Primera Carta lyrics

Cali Y El Dandee

Primera Carta lyrics

Cali Y El Dandee – Primera Carta lyrics

Letra [Primera Carta]
Llevo tiempo pensando que tú ya no eres mía
No sé si fue el orgullo o fue la monotonía
Nos mató la costumbre ya no hay luna que alumbre
Ni sol que te quite lo fría
De qué sirve la noche si tú no estas de día
De qué sirve escribirte si nunca me leías
Y me gaste la vida entre el humo y la bebida
Intentando curar esta herida
Ay de mi
Que me va a pasar si no te tengo aquí
Cada bеso tuyo me duele
Tú mе dueles, como duele
Después de tanto amor mira lo poco que quedo de mi
Dime como dejo de pensar en ti
Vuélveme a decir que me quieres
Si me quieres, que más quieres
Puedes llorar un mar que ya no hay barco
Que rescato nos pueda salvar
Y aunque tenga golpes de suerte el dolor golpea igual
Y guarde mil momentos pa’ tí
Que no podemos vivir nunca ya
Claro que intento darle vida a cada día
Lo que esta muriendo siempre brillando por fuera
Pero mal por dentro
Pensábamos que éramos tan ricos
Pero acabamos pagando nuestros recuerdos
Y sé que el camino lo aclaraste y yo me volví ciego
Será que lo más difícil es ver lo bueno
Un día viendo el sol contigo ya no entrometemos
Échame menos de menos
Y cien batallas tuvimos para solucionar un duelo
Una tempestad contigo es pa’ apreciar el cielo
No poder dormir apenas pa’ alcanzar un sueño
Que ahora esta tan lejos
Ay de mi
Que me va a pasar si no te tengo aquí
Cada beso tuyo me duele

Tú me dueles, como duele
Después de tanto amor mira lo poco que quedo de mi
Dime como dejo de pensar en ti
Vuélveme a decir que me quieres
Si me quieres, que más quieres
Dime si tú ya no me quieres
Bebé dime si me cogiste bronca
Si quieres chocolates te consigo a Willy Wonka
Yo te subo al cielo es más si quiere el cielo te lo bajo
Y mando a todas las mujeres pal’ carajo
Y si te hice algo malo
Dame tiemo que yo lo reparo
El doctor dijo que si sigo así a mí me va a dar un paro
Mil canciones te escribí
Ya no salgo de la cabina
Y pa’ poder dormir me tomo como 13 aspirinas que me dopen
Y aunque trate que no se me note
Lloro adentro río afuera
Es una cárcel sin barrotes
Y me choco con la realidad
Tú ya no estas aquí
Vuelve a mí por que sin tí yo me voy a morir
Y aunque parece que no somos el uno para el otro
Sé que puedo si me dejas curarte el corazón roto
Yo te amo y sé que tú me amas demasiado
Como para destruir este amor que aún no ha comenzado
Por que
Ay de mi
Que me va a pasar si no te tengo aquí
Cada beso tuyo me duele
Tú me dueles, como duele
Después de tanto amor mira lo poco que quedo de mi
Dime como dejo de pensar en ti
Vuélveme a decir que me quieres
Si me quieres, que más quieres
Si me pedise todo y por amor yo todo te lo dí
Hay dime como dejo de pensar en tí
Vuélveme a decir que me quieres
Si me quieres, que más quieres

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Luis Fonsi – Yo No Te Olvido lyrics

Luis Fonsi

Yo No Te Olvido lyrics

Featuring

Cali Y El Dandee,

Luis Fonsi – Yo No Te Olvido lyrics

[Letra de “Yo No Te Olvido”]
[Verso 1: Cali & El Dandee]
Hola, ¿Cómo estás?
¿Si yo te llamo cuál sería la respuesta?
Mi corazón de luto y tu estás de fiesta
Dime qué hago si tu no me contestas
Si no me contestas
Ay, ¿Cómo voy a hacer con tantos besos que no te puedo dar?
¿Con tanto amor que no puedo disimular?
¿Con una vida en la que no te puedo hablar?
[Puente: El Dandee]
Yo no te soltaré
Yo no te dejaré
[Estribillo: Luis Fonsi & Cali]
Yo no te olvido
Aunque ya seas diferente
Aunque el tiempo haya pasado y te has perdido entre la gente
Yo no te olvido y daría todo por verte
Aunque no estás a mi lado
No te saco de mi mente
Vuelve conmigo
Que yo no te olvido
[Verso 2: El Dandee / Con Cali]
No me olvido de esa vez tan bonita como siempre cuando prometimos para siempre
Que nunca nos separaríamos que nos querríamos
Nos besaríamos en la noche
Nadie va a bailarme como tú esa noche

Todas las mariposas en cielo
Nunca olvidarán cuanto te quiero
¿Cómo voy a hacer pa’ volver esa noche?
Nadie va a bailarme como tú esa noche
Es única cosa que te pido
Que tú sepas que aunque te hayas ido
[Estribillo: Cali & Luis Fonsi]
Yo no te olvido (No)
Aunque ya seas diferente (Aunque seas tan diferente)
Aunque el tiempo haya pasado y te has pedido entre la gente
Yo no te olvido y daría todo por verte
Aunque no estás a mi lado
No te saco de mi mente
Vuelve conmigo
[Interludio: Cali]
Por ti he llorado tantas lágrimas
Que no quedan más
Dime dónde estás
Tú te fuiste y no puedo vivir sin ti
Y ahora que no estás
[Estribillo: Cali & Luis Fonsi / Ambos]
Yo no te olvido
Aunque ya seas diferente
Aunque el tiempo haya pasado y te has pedido entre la gente
Yo no te olvido yo daría todo por verte
Aunque no estás a mi lado
No te saco de mi mente
Vuelve conmigo
Que yo no te olvido

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