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Hybridkrieg der USA gegen Russland tritt in die offene Phase

Seit zehn Jahren würde Russland vor dem Hintergrund eines von den USA und ihren Verbündeten entfesselten „Hybridkrieges“ leben, meint der Chef des russischen Ermittlungskomitees Alexander Bastrykin und betont, dass dieser Krieg auf politischer, wirtschaftlicher, medialer, aber auch rechtlicher Ebene geführt wird. In den letzten Jahren hätte dieses Vorgehen eine qualitativ neue Phase des offenen Widerstandes erreicht und Russland bräuchte “eine harte und symmetrische Antwort” darauf.

Darüber hinaus wirft Bastrykin dem Westen vor, Russland mit Hilfe von „Währungskriegen“ unter Druck zu setzen. Seiner Meinung nach ließen die USA die nationalen Währungen der Schwellenländer abstürzen, indem sie die Dollar-Menge manipulierten. Um das abzuwehren, sollte man die Kontrolle über die grenzübergreifenden Kapitalbewegungen verschärfen.       

Dabei weist Alexander Bastrykin darauf hin, dass die US-Ausgaben für Programme zur Entwicklung der Demokratie in den Nachbarstaaten Russlands zugenommen hätten. Der Chef des Ermittlungskomitees ist sich sicher, dass es sich dabei um „Informations- und Ideologiewaffen“ handelt, die man später zur Aufstachelung von antirussischen Stimmungen einsetzen werde.

Der Chef des russischen Ermittlungskomitees meint, dass Russland im Vorfeld der Parlamentswahl, die am 18. September stattfinden wird, eine effiziente Abwehr gegen den medialen Krieg schaffen soll:

„Es ist höchste Zeit, diesem Informationskrieg einen Riegel vorzuschieben. Wir brauchen eine harte, adäquate und symmetrische Antwort. Das wird besonders aktuell im Vorfeld der anstehenden Wahlen und vor dem Hintergrund möglicher Aktivitäten, die das politische Kräfteverhältnis destabilisieren sollen.”

Außer Medienkampagnen werde nun auch das Völkerrecht nach der Meinung Bastrykins immer häufiger als Instrument des „Hybridkrieges“ gegen Russland eingesetzt. Als Beispiel führt er die niederländische Untersuchung des MH17-Abstürzes im Donbass, die Urteile im Fall „YUKOS“, des ehemaligen FSB-Mitarbeiters Alexander Litwinenko sowie die Urteile gegen die in den Vereinigten Staaten einsitzenden Staatsbürger Russlands Wiktor But und Konstantin Jaroschenko an:      

„Leider werden das Völkerrecht und die darauf basierende Justiz immer öfter zum Instrument in diesem Krieg. Anschauliche Beispiele dafür sind die Beschlüsse im Fall ʻYUKOSʼ, im Fall des ermordeten ehemaligen FSB-Mitarbeiters Alexander Litwinenko, der Bericht des Niederländischen Sicherheitsrates über die Ursachen des Absturzes der malaysischen Boeing MH17, die Überprüfung der Ansprüche von Russland und Katar, die Fußballweltmeisterschaften 2018 und 2022 austragen zu dürfen, durch das FBI, aber auch die Entführung, Verschleppung in die USA und die Verurteilung unserer Staatsbürger Wiktor But und Konstatin Jaroschenko zu längeren Freiheitsstrafen usw.“

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Ernst & Young-Studie: USA und Russland auf gleichem Korruptionsniveau

Ernst & Young hat seine jährliche Korruptionsstudie veröffentlicht. Demnach hat Russland seine Kennwerte stark verbessert: Im Jahresergebnis hat sich die Anzahl der Befragten, die Bestechung eine verbreitete Erscheinung im Geschäftsleben nennen, um fast ein Drittel verringert. Während im Vorjahr 48 Prozent der Befragten Korruption im Unternehmenssektor als weit verbreitet ansahen, sind es in diesem Jahr laut den Umfrageergebnissen nur noch 34 Prozent. Dies sind auch fünf Prozentpunkte weniger als die Weltrate und das gleiche Niveau, auf dem sich aktuell die USA und Polen befinden. Das Durchschnittskorruptionsniveau beträgt 39 Prozent weltweit, 2014 und 2012 waren es 38 Prozent.

Laut der aktuellen Forschung gaben nur acht Prozent der Unternehmen zu, dass man in ihren Branchen zu Schmiergeldzahlungen greift, wenn ein Geschäft abgeschlossen werden soll. Diese Zahl ist in Russland um das Dreifache kleiner als im Vorjahr und kleiner als die Weltrate (elf Prozent). Besonders verbreitet ist das genannte Problem in der Ukraine (36 Prozent), in Kenia (32 Prozent) und Kolumbien (30 Prozent).

Ernst & Young selbst führt die aktuellen Umfrageergebnisse auf die Antikorruptionsaktivitäten der Behörden zurück. „Russische Behörden entwickeln und vervollständigen Antikorruptionsgesetze weiter. Unter anderem wurde die Liste der Beamten erweitert, die ihre Einnahmen publik machen sollen sowie potentielle Interessenkonflikte melden“, wird der Ernst & Young-Partner Dmitri Zhigulin von der Nachrichtenagentur RBK zitiert.

An der Umfrage haben Mitarbeiter von Einzelhandelsunternehmen, Industriebetrieben, Mineralölgesellschaften und Energieunternehmen teilgenommen. Die Studie wurde in Russland von Oktober 2015 bis Januar 2016 durchgeführt, dabei wurden Mitarbeiter der Rechts- und Finanzabteilungen von 50 russischen Großunternehmen mit einem Jahreseinkommen rund 1 Milliarde US-Dollar befragt.

Fast 3.000 Befragte aus 62 Ländern nahmen an der Studie teil. Demnach ist das Korruptionsniveau im Unternehmenssektor in Brasilien (90 Prozent), in der Ukraine (88 Prozent) und in Thailand (86 Prozent) am höchsten. Am niedrigsten sind die Werte in Finnland (0 Prozent)und Schweden (4 Prozent). 

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Linguistische Apartheid: Riga plant Verbot für nicht lettische Vor- und Familiennamen

ettlands Justizministerium hat einen Gesetzentwurf ausgearbeitet, dem zufolge Neugeborene faktisch keine nicht-lettischen Vor- und Familiennamen mehr bekommen dürfen. Dies berichtet die Nachrichtenagentur Sputnik. Sollten die Eltern beschließen, ihren Sohn zum Beispiel auf Miron, Kirill oder Gawriil zu taufen, wird man den Namen nicht registrieren. Obwohl das eine offene Verletzung des Menschenrechts auf Privatsphäre ist, meint das lettische Justizministerium, dass dieser Schritt vertretbar sei.

Der Leiterin der PR-Abteilung des lettischen Justizministeriums, Ksenija Vītola, zufolge sei im Gesetzentwurf der Grund festgelegt, warum ein Name abgelehnt werden dürfe – und zwar wenn er den Grundsätzen der lettischen Sprache nicht entspreche oder die Integration der Person in die Gesellschaft erschwere.

In Lettland bekommen heute alle maskulinen Vor- und Nachnamen mit einem Konsonanten am Ende ein zusätzliches „s“: So wird aus Miron – Mirons, aus Ruslan – Ruslans und Sergej – Sergejs.

Wie der Leiter der Menschenrechtsorganisation „Gebt uns die Namen zurück!“ und Abgeordnete des Stadtrates von Riga, Ruslan Pankratow, im Gespräch mit Sputnik Latvija bemerkt, verletze die Gesetzesvorlage das Völkerrecht, darunter den Internationalen Pakt über bürgerliche und politische Rechte, der das Recht garantiert, den Namen frei zu wählen bzw. zu ändern.

„Es ist verwunderlich, wie das Justizministerium die internationalen Forderungen und Normen missachtet“, erklärte der Abgeordnete und erinnerte daran, dass der UN-Menschenrechtsausschuss bereits in seinem Beschluss vom 28. Oktober 2010 Lettland wegen grober Menschenrechtsverletzungen verurteilt hatte. Das UN-Organ hatte aufgrund Artikel 5 Teil 4 des Fakultativprotokolls des Internationalen Pakts über bürgerliche und politische Rechte befunden, dass eine Veränderung des Vor- bzw. Nachnamen in offiziellen Dokumenten ohne Zusage der jeweiligen Person eine Verletzung der Privatsphäre ist.

In Lettland leben knapp zwei Millionen Menschen, rund 40 Prozent von ihnen sind russischsprachig. Nichtsdestoweniger gibt es in der baltischen Republik nur eine Amtssprache: Lettisch.

Das Zentrum für Lettlands Amtssprache ruft die Staatsbürger auf, nur Lettisch zu sprechen.

„Das Gesetz über die Amtssprache erstreckt sich zwar nicht auf die Nutzung der Sprache in inoffizieller Kommunikation. Wenn allerdings die Konversation andere Menschen – wie zum Beispiel Fahrgäste, Besucher in Büros und Behörden, Käufer in Geschäften usw. – vernehmen, so hat diese Konversation als offiziell zu gelten“, heißt es im Sprachpflegezentrum.

Es heißt darüber hinaus, dass Beamte den örtlichen Medien keine Interviews in fremden Sprachen, insbesondere auf Russisch, gewähren sollten.   

„Staatliche Amtspersonen sollten in ihren Interviews für die insbesondere in der Republik Lettland eingetragenen Medien nur Lettisch sprechen, um dadurch dem Staat und der Amtssprache Respekt zu zollen“, heißt es.

Es wurde zuvor berichtet, dass in Lettlands Nachbarland Estland eine Liste der „verbotenen“ Familiennamen veröffentlicht worden war. Dazu gehörten russische Nachnamen Alexejew, Antonow, Baranow, Bogdanow, Worobjow, Wassiljew, Dmitrijew, Fjodorow, Frolow, Gawrilow, Jefimow, Sajzew, Karpow, Koslow, Lebedew, Makarow, Maximow, Nikolajew, Nowikow, Orlow, Popow, Romanow, Semjonow, Sokolow, Timofejew, Zwetkow.

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Latvia Decides Putin Is Weaponizing Names – Bans Russian Names for New Babies

If the world has a problem with Russia weaponizing everything, then the Balts have another one in addition: banning everything Russian. Be it the Russian language, Russian TV, or the refusal to medically treat a disabled girl because she didn't understand Latvian. Now the Balts have another brilliant idea — just ban Russian names entirely


As reported by the News agency Sputnik, the Latvian Ministry of Justice has issued a legislative proposal, prescribing Latvian citizens to give their children Lativan first and last names only. According to the law, first and last names are to be officially banned, if they do not meet the requirements of the Latvian language or cause obstacles to the child's integration in Latvian society. The Russian minority group, 40% of the total population, is offended by such an intolerance towards their native language and cultural identity.

Thus, if parents decide to dub their child, for instance, Myron, Kyrill or Gavriil, these names are not going to be registered. This is regarded by the government as an acceptable measure, despite being an obvious violation of human rights.

Xenia Vitola, chief of the Public relations department of the Latvian Ministry of Justice, explains, that a name can be declined, only if it does not respond the requirements of the Latvian Language and causes obstacles to the child's further integration in Latvian society.

Today all male names in Latvia, that end with a consonant, get an additional “s” at the end: thus, Myron becomes Myrons, Rouslan – Rouslans and Sergey – Sergeys.

Such a legislative proposal is violating the international law, including the international pact on civil and political rights, since it guarantees the right of freely choosing or changing ones name, told Rouslan Pankratov, chief of the Human rights organization “Give us back our names!” and delegate of the Riga city council, in an interview with Sputnik Latvia.


Due to shortage of translation staff we’ve made a translation of the remaining part of the article via Google Translate. We apologize for the inconvenience.

You may also be interested in the article, published at Sputnik, since it covers some more information on the subject.


“It's surprising, how the Ministry of Justice disregards the international demands and norms”, says the delegate and reminds, that the United Nations Human Rights Committee has already condemned Latvia for severe human rights violations before, back on October 28th, 2010. The UN body stated, that, according to Article 5 Part 4 of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the change of the first or last name in official documents is an invasion of privacy, if carried out without commitment of the person concerned.

The total population of Latvia makes two million people, about 40% of them are Russian. Nevertheless, there's only one official language in the Baltic republic: Latvian.

The Center for Latvian official language calls up to the citizens to speak Latvian.

“The law on the official language does not include use of language in unofficial communication. However, if the conversation is overheard by other people, such as passengers, visitors to offices and authorities, buyers in shops, etc., then this conversation is to be considered an official one”, explains the Center for Latvian official language.

Moreover, officials should not authorize local media to give interviews in foreign languages, Russian in particular.

It is said, that “officials from the government should exclusively speak Latvian during interviews, especially for media sources, that are registered in Latvia. This is the way of paying due respect to the state and the official language”.

It has also been reported, that a list of “forbidden” family names had been published in Latvia's neighbourstate Estonia, includeding Russian surnames, such as Alexeyev, Antonov, Baranov, Bogdanov, Vorobyov, Vasilyev, Dmitriev, Fedorov, Frolov, Gavrilov, Yefimov, Zaitsev, Karpov, Koslow, Lebedev, Makarov, Maximov, Nikolayev, Novikov, Orlov, Popov, Romanov, Semyonov, Sokolow, Timofeyev, Tsvetkov.


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Ernst & Young: Russia Tied with USA at 31st Place in Corruption, Ukraine in 2nd

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Ernst & Young have published their annual study on corruption. Russia has improved its figures drastically: to the end of the year the number of respondents seeing bribery to be a common phenomenon in business has sunken for nearly one third. Year prior, 48% considered corruption in the business-sector to be widespread. Nowadays, only 34%, according to the study, thought likewise. This number is with 5% lower than the world-rate and equal to the current level of corruption in the USA and Poland. The average rate is 39% worldwide, 2014 and 2012 it has been 38%.

According to the recent study only eight percent of the enterprises admitted using bribes in their branches in order to close a trade. This number has shrunk up to triple in Russia in comparison with the prior year and is even less than the world-rate (11 %). The problem is especially spread in the Ukraine (36 %), Kenia (32 %) and Columbia (30 %).

Ernst & Young claims anti-corruption activities of local authorities to cause such results. News agency RBK cites Dimitry Zhigulin, partner of Ernst & Young: “Russian authorities are further developing and fulfilling their anticorruption laws, i.a. the list of officials, that should make their incomes public, as well as report potential conflicts of interests, has been expanded”.

Employees of retailers, industrial enterprises, oil companies and electricity companies took part at the poll. The study was carried out in Russia from October 2015 till January 2016. Employees from legal and finance departments of 50 large-scale enterprises with the annual income of about one billion US Dollar have been questioned.

Almost 3000 respondents from 62 countries were interviewed. According to the study, the highest rates of corruption in business are 90% in Brasil, 88% in the Ukraine and 86% in Thailand. Lowest corruption rates are in Finland (0 %) and Sweden (4%).


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Russian Official: Time for Russia to Fight Back in the Info War

For ten years Russia has been living in the context of a “hybrid war”, plotted by the US and its allies, says the head of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin. He emphasized that this war is being waged on the levels of politics, economics and media, as well as on the level of law. Recent years have shown, that this approach has reached a qualitatively new phase of open confrontation. Therefore, Russia needs a “tough and symmetrical response” on it.

Furthermore, Bastrykin also accuses the West of putting Russia under pressure through so called “currency wars”. He believes the US crushed the national currencies of emerging markets by manipulating the dollar. To protect oneself from such impacts one should tighten the controls over the cross-border movements of the capital.

Alexader Bastrykin also points out the rise of expenses in the US program for development of democracy in Russia’s neighbouring states. He is certain, that “informational and ideological weapons” are going to be used to incite anti-Russian moods, are being employed to similar effect.

The Chief of the Russian Investigative Committee stated that before the parliamentary elections on September 18th Russia should create effective countermeasures against the media war:

„It is high time to oppose this informational war. We need a tough, adequate and symmetrical answer. This is going to be extremely relevent in the context of the forthcoming elections and in the background of possible activities that will be aimed at destablizing the political balance of power”.

Aside from media campaigns, in the opinion of Bastrykin, now even international law is being used as an instrument of “hybrid war” against Russia more and more frequently. As an example he cites the Dutch investigation of the MH17-crash in Donbass, the judgements of the “YUKOS”-case (Russian oil and gas company), the former FSB-employee (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation) Alexander Litvinenko, as well as the judgements against Russian citizens Victor Bout and Constantine Yaroshenko, imprisoned in the US:

“Unfortunately, international law and justice more and more often is becoming a weapon in this war. Illustrative examples are the resolutions in the “YUKOS”-case, the case of the murdered former FSB-employee Alexander Litvinenko, the report of the Dutch Security Council on the causes of the Malaysian Boeing MH17-crash, the FBI-verifications of Russian and Qatar claims to conduct the football world cup 2018 and 2022 in their countries, and also the abduction and transportation to the USA of our citizens Victor Bout and Constantine Yaroshenko who have been condemned to long prison terms”.


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MEP Couso Condems Russophobia in Parliament, Manipulative Role of NATO

Originally Appeared at RT Deutsch. Translated from the German by Kay Olms


There was a debate in the European Parliament about the information war that Moscow allegedly wages against the West. The Vice-President for the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, Javier Couso, took part in this discussion. In an interview with RT he said that accusations addressed at Russia are baseless, and he explained what steps the West will try to implement against the 'Russian propaganda'.

Distinct Russophobia is a characteristic feature of the Sub-Committee for Security and Defense in the European Parliament, according to EU parliamentary Javier Couso. During the course of the debate on the information war, Russia was directly accused of leading a media campaign against the West. "We were presented with a report in which Moscow and the Russian media were accused of lying and misleading EU citizens. For my part, I can only confirm that such verbal attacks on Russia are systematic", says the Vice-President for the Committee on Foreign Affairs to the EU Parliament.

Javier Couso doesn’t want to accept the administration's requirement, in which EU citizens would be advised what channels they are allowed to see. The EU-official adds that, "In addition, the western media turns their own journalists into targets for criticism when they express hostility towards their Russian counterparts, creating more tension in turn." According to Couso, the West wants to enable a number of mechanisms in order to counteract the alleged 'Russian propaganda'.

"Alongside the European Council there exists another assembly, which is lead by the high representative for EU foreign policy. In addition, there is a 9-member committee whose goal it is to repel the so-called 'Russian propaganda', or Moscow's 'information war'. For that purpose, they consult freelance collaborators, who reveal 'false' information. Moreover, as a counter-weight for this alleged propaganda, various Russian-speaking and European media are to be established. Their job will be to unmask journalists in certain media. (Among other things, the TV channel 'RT' and the news agency 'Sputnik' were mentioned at the meeting.) Couso noted that their task will be to accuse Russian journalists of disinformation“.

According to Javier Couso, such undertakings are connected with the fact that NATO has made the strategic decision to not only encircle Russia, but to do everything to exclude Moscow from the system of collective security in Europe, and to destroy the good-neighborly relations between Russia and other countries.

"That's why all actions of NATO, as well as the EU member states who are in support of the alliance, have been directed at keeping us away from maintaining a good relationship with Russia. Should this maxim fail, the USA would be at disadvantage. Therefore, their main goal it is to prevent the EU from keeping good relations with its neighbor Russia", summarizes the Vice-President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs for the European Parliament.

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German MSM Endlessly Parrots: The Russians Are to Blame!

Originally Appeared at RT Deutsch. Translated from the German by Susan Neumann


Over the past week, the German media has gone way overboard with the propaganda again. As if they can’t remember anything, the editorial boards of international politics were all unanimous: THE RUSSIANS ARE TO BLAME!

The situation of the civil war in Syria has fundamentally changed over the past six months. According to recent reports, the Syrian army is closing in on Rakka, the unofficial capital of the "Islamic State." Sunni extremists, mercenaries from all over the world, as well as alleged "moderate rebels" have built their arbitrary regimes at Aleppo, and the noose is tightening around Aleppo, fast.

Not everyone is happy about that. Turkey is starting to support their mercenaries with cross-border artillery fire. Saudi Arabia has threatened with yet another war, and this time it’s Syria that should be invaded. Even US Secretary of State Kerry — whose country has, along with Saudi Arabia, been supplying the armed hordes with weapons since the spring of 2012 — is now demanding that the Russian Air Force stand down. It’s apparently Russia’s fault that the war hasn't stopped yet.

The following is an account of the Munich Security Conference, as told by the self-proclaimed, quality media:

"Russian Prime Minister Medvedev rails against the West and his foreign minister does the same. At this rate, Syria has no chance for peace. " (Die Zeit, Carsten Luther)

"Europe is confronted with an increasingly aggressive Russia which starts fires in Eastern Ukraine and challenges the European security order. This is currently causing a new influx of Syrian refugees in the South that will soon arrive in Europe. In Munich it could be heard over and over again, how Russia has weaponized migration to destabilize the continent. "  (Die Welt, Clemens Wergin, US correspondent)

"The politicians of foreign policy and security who were gathered at the Munich Security Conference saw a Russian Premier, who embodied the spirit of President Putin:  the way he talked in rapid bursts that drove the translator to the point of desperation, the barrage of accusations, firing off sentences like gunfire — the manner in which Medvedev delivered his speech, with its harsh rhetoric and its short-winded, inarticulate allegations, was very reminiscent of the Kremlin leader." (Der Spiegel, Christiane Hoffmann)

Was there anything more? Oh, you bet. Amnesty International Secretary General, Salil Shetty, claims that many violations of human rights were being committed "using arms provided by western powers." The Wirtschaftsblatt and the Wiener Zeitung are two Austrian newspapers that reported this.  Are they allowed to?  Okay, Austria doesn’t belong to NATO.

Anything else? The former chairman of Germany's Leftist Party, Oskar Lafontaine, reminded everybody on his Facebook page, that “the CIA is guiding the pen of many German journalists.”  He contintues:

However, if the decades of carnage in the Middle East can be reduced to nothing but Assad's barrel bomb and Putin and Russia’s bombing of Aleppo, then it shows that the propagandists of the ‘Western community of values’ have once again done a great job.”

It starts with Kerry and ends with Kerry. Oskar Lafontaine found a Kerry-quote:

“If I am President, we will embark on a historic effort to create alternative fuels and the vehicles of the future – to make this country energy independent of Mideast oil within ten years. So our sons and daughters will never have to fight and die for it.” (John F. Kerry, February 27, 2004)

That’s a monstrous assertion that the man put forth there. But why should journalists be interested in such bygone chitchat? Hey, maybe the quote didn't come from Kerry at all, but from a Russian foreign minister? THE RUSSIANS ARE TO BLAME!

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