I laughed yesterday when Peter Baker tweeted about how “striking” it is that Vladimir Putin is adopting Trump’s perceived enemies as his own.
But then Baker wrote up his laughably naive observation into a NYT story.
Baker, you’ll recall, is one of NYT’s crack journalists who buried Trump’s admission that he had spoken to Putin about adoptions before writing a false explanation about the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting emphasizing adoptions. Baker and Maggie Haberman chose instead to emphasize Trump’s scripted attack on Jeff Sessions. The Mueller Report showed that NYT’s willingness to dumbly repeat Trump’s script proved even more useful to Trump’s efforts to undermine the Rule of Law than his covert effort to get Corey Lewandowski to ferry orders to Jeff Sessions.
And here we are, almost five years later, and Baker still naively plays into obvious Russian efforts to sow division in the US, in significant part by playing to Trump’s narcissism and the feral loyalty of Trump’s supporters, to say nothing of playing up racial division. Baker picks out three names from among 500 newly added to Russian sanctions: Tish James, Brad Raffensperger, and Michael Byrd, the Black cop who prevented Ashli Babbitt from breaching the hallway through which Members of Congress were fleeing by shooting her.
Among the 500 people singled out for travel and financial restrictions on Friday were Americans seen as adversaries by Mr. Trump, including Letitia James, the state attorney general of New York who has investigated and sued him. Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state of Georgia who rebuffed Mr. Trump’s pressure to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election, also made the list. And Lt. Michael Byrd, the Capitol Police officer who shot the pro-Trump rioter Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6, 2021, was another notable name.
Reviewed more broadly, however, the sanctions were an attack on US Rule of Law generally, or certainly the notion that Trump’s people should be subject to it. They include the current or former Attorneys General of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, Wisconsin. Aside from former Oklahoma AG John O’Connor, which may be a mistake, it almost seems like they worked from an outdated membership list from the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Though for some reason, Putin missed Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel, maybe because she’s a badass lesbian who makes Putin afraid.
The sanctions list does include every US Attorney who has presided over the January 6 investigation.
- Michael Sherwin (who as Acting US Attorney in DC oversaw the beginning of the January 6 investigation)
- Channing Phillips (who, as Acting US Attorney for DC in 2021 oversaw the early parts of the January 6 investigation)
- Michael Graves (currently US Attorney for DC overseeing the January 6 investigation)
- Jack Smith (Special Counsel)
But it also includes other senior legal officials, some of whom have gotten more attention for investigating Russia than Trump.
- Paul Abbate, FBI Deputy Director
- Michael Driscoll, Assistant FBI Director for the New York Field Office
- BJ Kang, a recently retired FBI Agent who helped to bust Putin’s pen-tester, Vladimir Klyushin
- Alan Kohler, FBI AD for Counterintelligence
- Jonathan Lenzner, FBI Chief of Staff
- Matt Olsen, Assistant Attorney General for National Security
- Ken Polite, Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Division
- Audrey Strauss (still listed as US Attorney for SDNY and not an attorney in private practice at Fried Frank)
- David Sundberg, Assistant FBI Director for the Washington Field Office
- Kevin Vorndran, a senior official in the FBI Washington Field Office, whom Russia may have confused with Bryan Vorndran, the guy who heads FBI’s Cyber Division, which has recently busted up some Russian cyberattacks
- Damien Williams, SDNY US Attorney
The inclusion of Kohler, who played a key role in the Trump stolen documents case but who also presided over the Charles McGonigal and other Oleg Deripaska cases that came through SDNY, is particularly notable. This is, in significant part, an attempt to suggest that if either Russia or Trump is held accountable legally, it will harm Russia. It is a transparent effort — no different than dozens of similar efforts going back to 2016, and to the extent that this plays to racism, goes back a half century — to lead Trump supporters to believe their interests are more aligned with Putin’s than those of the United States, or at least the United States when led by Joe Biden.
In addition to Brad Raffensperger, Putin also included Mark Esper, who got fired as Defense Secretary because he undercut Trump’s authority to attack the US government by invoking the insurrection act.
A broad swathe of the list includes members of NGOs, particularly those NGOs that fascists are attempting to discredit with claims that attempts to combat disinformation equate to censorship. Nina Jankewicz got sanctioned in her own right.
Of two members of the Open Society Fund, Leonard Benardo is included; his name may become prominent if John Durham’s abusive attempt to investigate Benardo, which may be detailed in the classified section of the Durham Report, begins to leak.
Along with all those defenders of truth and justice, Putin included Stephen Colbert and Heather Cox Richardson.
Again, this is a transparent effort, one that continues past efforts that extend to sheltering members of the far right and stoking US racism, to supplant the allegiance of Trump’s supporters to the United States with an affiliation, through Trump, to Russia. Trump’s narcissism might lead him to magnify these sanctions. His campaign advisors likely will try to prevent that.
But Putin won’t need to rely on Trump to magnify this statement of a shared allegiance.
He has Peter Baker for that.
Baker somehow could not distinguish language as transparent truth from language as an attempt to manipulate, and so stated as fact that “Trump’s perceived enemies” are Putin’s own. Aside from the law enforcement officials who’ve targeted both Russian hackers and Trump, they’re not. Rather, this is an attempt — an utterly transparent one!! — to make Trump’s followers believe that, and so regard Russia more favorably.
Because Baker thought his banal observation about these sanctions was worth a story in the NYT, he called up the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment. That’s how the claim that the people who attacked democracy on January 6 are simply dissidents got inserted into the NYT.
None of those three has anything to do with Russia policy and the only reason they would have come to Moscow’s attention is because Mr. Trump has publicly assailed them. The Russian Foreign Ministry offered no specific explanation for why they would be included on the list but did say that among its targets were “those in government and law enforcement agencies who are directly involved in the persecution of dissidents in the wake of the so-called storming of the Capitol.”
You got played, Peter Baker, into serving as a mouthpiece for Russian propaganda.
You got played into contributing to Russia’s efforts to undermine US democracy.
‘The smoke cleared but it didn’t help it… The bridge is put on ventilation mode, so it is closed, then it is open and does not work at full capacity,” Humeniuk said.
According to her, some car lanes function, but in limited mode and only for passenger transport. The railway operates in a special mode and is very limited.
“The most powerful bridge artery does not provide full logistics, like other “sick” bridges – Chonhar and Henichesk, they cannot provide a full enemy need for logistics and supply,” Humeniuk added.
She said that now the Russians are increasing the ship’s grouping around the Crimea bridge to prevent its defeat. They occasionally arrange training and smoke around this object.
Also, the Russians are specially delaying the movement of ships in the Kerch Strait so that they are a kind of buffer cushion for blocking their ship group. According to Humeniuk, there can be 30 to 50 ships accumulated in the so-called waiting area, where they conduct filtration measures, allegedly checking the ships for transportation of military cargo.
As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on August 6, the head of the occupation administration of the Kherson Region, collaborator Volodymyr Saldo, said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched a missile attack on the Chonhar Bridge.
He also said that a missile strike was carried out by a bridge in the area of occupied Henichesk.
Both bridges connect the Kherson Region and Crimea illegally annexed by the Russians. They are part of the so-called “land corridor,” which the occupiers call the road by the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Regions.
We also reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the tasks of strikes on bridges connecting the Kherson Region and Crimea.
Published: 08:35 BST, 19 August 2023 | Updated: 09:35 BST, 19 August 2023
You might associate royalty with a world of painstaking stage management and endless rules about how to dress and speak.
Who on the planet is more closely scrutinised than, for example, the Princess of Wales?
So perhaps it’s no wonder Princess Olga Romanoff is delighted that she’s not a front-line royal.
Instead, the late Queen’s rebellious third cousin is happy to knock about in skinny jeans and a gilet, makeup-free and smelling of horses. And speaking her mind.
MailOnline’s royals section takes a look at the life of 73-year-old Princess Olga Andreevna Romanoff and her very refreshing take on the business of royalty.
Averse to dressing up on a daily basis and admitting that she would not have been the best at front-line royalty, Princess Olga Romanoff speaks her mind
Olga had a charmed upbringing and was home-schooled before moving between London, Scotland and Kent.
She had the constant presence of a chaperone, as well as her own ballet teacher.
‘It always seemed like there was a bottomless pit of money and indeed there was until my grandmother died,’ Olga said.
Her daughter Alexandra Mathew added: ‘Mum very much grew up as a princess. In terms of making money, she literally has no concept of that.’
However, Olga suggests that her encounters with her cousins in the Royal Family did not always run smoothly.
‘The Queen used to take Charles and Anne to have tea with my grandmother (Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna),’ she said.
‘They apparently had beautiful manners and I had terrible manners.’
Palace invitations stopped when Olga’s father married her mother without permission from the late Queen Mother – a courtesy expected at the time.
‘I believe that p***ed off the Queen Mother,’ she told an ITV documentary, The Queen and Her Cousins.
Princess Olga pictured with her parents, Nadine and Prince Andrei Alexandrovich Romanoff
Olga grew up in a privileged position. ‘It always seemed like there was a bottomless pit of money,’ she said. ‘And indeed there was until my grandmother died’
Palace invitations stopped when Olga’s father married her mother without asking permission from the Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother
‘So his invitations to the Palace and all that dried up. The protocols were quite strict.
‘They thought of it as being a big thing then,’ she said.
‘A lot of that is a pile of poo.’
Princess Olga said she was ‘horrified’ when she read an article describing her a potential love match for her third-cousin Charles, the Prince of Wales, in 1967. She was 17 years old.
She said: ‘Harpers & Queen, or Harpers as it was then, did an article on me being a potential bride.
Princess Olga said she was horrified when she read an article describing her as a potential love match for Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1967
‘But they also did about other foreign royalty, like the Swedes, the Luxembourgs, all princesses of that era as possible ones suitable as brides for poor old Prince Charles.
‘My mother did the blurb and I didn’t know anything about it until it came out and I was horrified’.
‘Did you not fancy the job?,’ she was asked on the documentary.
‘Not at all,’ she told the camera. ‘My mother said all these things about me and I wasn’t allowed to speak for myself.’
Princess Olga also spoke about her mother’s hopes for a royal marriage more recently on ITV’s Keeping up with the Aristocrats.
‘My mother always had delusions that she could get me married off to poor Prince Charles,’ she said.
‘That obviously wasn’t going to happen because I was the wrong religion and a lot of other things. But mother was determined that it was to happen. God knows why.
‘I would have been terrible for him. He definitely had a lucky escape.’
Reflecting on what she looks for in a man, she says that Prince Philip would have been her ideal type, adding that he was ‘tall, blonde’ and ‘everything that was charming.’
She continues: ‘The type of man I’ve always liked is a trained killer, ex-SAS, ex-Special Forces… I’ve always liked the idea of the perfect relationship and romance but I have a knack for picking the wrong people.’
Olga ended up marrying commoner Thomas Mathew and they had four children together – Alexandra, Nicholas, Francis-Alexander and Thomas.
Speaking about motherhood to the Daily Mail last January, Olga said: ‘My husband came from a big family and I remember him showing me how to change a nappy.
‘I loved it. My regret is that I didn’t realise how much, at the time. It’s so fleeting.’
Reflecting on what she looks for in a man, Olga says that Prince Philip would have been her ideal type – blond and charming. But she also yearned for the ‘trained killer’
Olga’s daughter, Alex, created a profile on a dating app to try and spice up her romantic life
Motherhood has not always been easy for Princess Olga. Her fourth child Thomas was born with a heart defect and passed away at the age of 18 months in 1989.
Olga said: ‘Tom died on my daughter Alex’s eighth birthday.
‘He had been in the intensive care unit in Edinburgh, and we had stayed with him, but the night before, I’d gone home to get things ready for her birthday and I got the phone call at 10am the next day to say ‘he has died.’
Olga did not tell her daughter as she thought that would be ‘mean’, but added that Alex is ‘still upset’ that the family did not inform her immediately.
Princess Olga has been single since her divorce ended in 1989, but Alex hilariously set up a dating app profile for her mother to try and spice up her love life.
Olga told the Daily Mail: ‘They were trying to get me to go on a date and I said “no f***ing way”. She didn’t use my name for the profile either. She couldn’t really put b***** Princess Olga Romanoff, could she?’
Despite her aristocratic heritage, the outspoken Princess has a no-nonsense attitude and previously said she was unsuited to royal life.
Olga told the Telegraph that she would have made a ‘lousy imperial princes,’ adding that she ‘would rather shovel s*** than have to be very charming and dressed up on a daily basis.’
Princess Olga added that if she was to liken herself to a Downton Abbey character, it would be Lady Sybil – a non-conforming aristocrat who ran off with a chauffeur.
Having been branded the Queen’s ‘rebellious cousin’ due to her forthright manners, Olga said she felt the soubriquet didn’t really apply to her, because she never did drugs of strayed from conventions when she was younger.
She said she never drank or ‘screwed around,’ as a young woman, but admitted she would have liked to rebel against the establishment.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she also insisted that the interviewer called her Olga, adding: ‘No one gives a stuff about titles any more.’
The Romanov family ruled Russia since the 17th century. But their reign met a bloody end with the Russian Revolution, which saw 15 members of the royal family murdered.
The Bolsheviks assassinated Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their five children in 1918 bringing the Russian monarchy to an end.
Princess Olga Romanoff is the daughter of Nadine Sylvia Ada McDougall and Prince Andrei Alexandrovich, Tsar Nicholas II’s oldest nephew, who fled Russia on a British warship in 1919.
He was ‘due to be shot’, says Princess Olga, who believes family escaped Russia ‘by the skin of their teeth’.
The Romanoffs are linked to the British monarchy because Victoria’s daughter Princess Alice was mother-in-law to Tsar Nicholas II and grandmother to his children, including Anastasia.
Olga Romanoff is descended from Nicholas’s sister, Grand Duchess Xenia.
In 1918, the Bolsheviks assassinated Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their five children (pictured), bringing an end to the Russian monarchy
A family tree showing our Royal Family’s links with the Romanoffs
Prince Philip was also related to the Romanovs through his parents.
Philip was the great-nephew of Alexandra Romanov, Tsar Nicholas II’s wife, and the last Tsarina of Russia.
When the remains of two of Nicholas’s children, thought to be Maria and Alexei Romanov, were discovered in a field in 2007, Prince Philip’s DNA was used to try and identify them.
Nicholas II was Russia’s last ruler and also the first cousin of King George V, Elizabeth’s grandfather.
There is another connection between the families on the female side.
Princess Olga says that her family spent time living at Buckingham Palace after they escaped the Bolsheviks. Pictured: Olga at a ball at the Dorchester, 1968
Queen Elizabeth’s great-grandmother Queen Alexandra of Denmark, who married King Edward VII, had a sister, Maria Feodorovna who married Alexander III of Russia.
Princess Olga’s grandmother Xenia set up home in the UK with the help of her cousin, King George V.
She says that, after they fled Russia, her family spent some time living at Buckingham Palace.
Princess Olga taking part in an ITV documentary to celebrate The Queen in 2021
Both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were related to the Russian Royal Family
Queen Elizabeth was a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Philip was Victoria’s great-great-grandson – the royal married couple were third cousins.
Victoria is widely known as the ‘grandmother of Europe’ as her children married into various different royal families across different countries in the continent.
Through her mother, Princess Olga is also a descendant of William Paterson, who founded the Bank of England in 1694.
She returned to live in the family home, 13th century Provender House near Faversham, in 2000.
Provender House had been purchased by her grandmother Constance Borgström in 1921 and is now laden with portraits of illustrious Russian relatives.
Princess Olga does not have staff and does the chores herself, including mowing the one-acre garden.
The Princess said her mother got into ‘deep s***’ financially, and the debts soared.
This meant Olga had cut costs and think about ways to generate income to keep her family home.
She remembers a time when she had staff to keep the estate running. ‘I love the garden but I loved it more when we had people doing all this,’ she says, mowing the lawn, ‘and I could just lie in the garden’.
She has even put a two-bedroom cottage on the estate – which was once the servant’s quarter of the historic home – up to rent out on Airbnb at £100 a night.
Olga remembers a time when she had staff to keep the estate running. ‘I love the garden but I loved it more when we had people doing all this,’ she says
Provender House in Kent was bought by her grandmother Constance Borgström in 1921 and is laden with portraits of Russian relatives
Despite her aristocratic heritage, the outspoken Princess has a no-nonsense attitude and has said she is unsuited to royal life
She admitted she has to clean up after her guests, doing their dishes and even change the sheets, something she swore she would never do.
This extra income helps Olga with the upkeep of the house, which she estimates to be at around £50,000 a year.
Even so, the Princess estimates that she only generates £10,000 through her business projects.
Members of the public can be shown around Provender House by Princess Olga herself for just £20 a person.
Olga also sells souvenirs such as soaps, mugs and candles.
In-keeping with her outspoken character, Olga provides customers with the opportunity to buy a printed tea towel which says ‘Bugger S***, F***’ on it.
The Princess says the cocktail of swear words has become a sort of catchphrase:
‘As I drop something or see something ghastly it just sort of trips out of my mouth,’ she said.
Кроме того, еще давнее распространялась информация, что Резников не прочь стать министром юстиции. На все эти слухи в эксклюзивном интервью 24 Каналу ответил сам министр обороны Украины Алексей Резников.
Согласно Конституции, министр обороны и министр иностранных дел назначаются и определяются Президентом Украины. То есть, только решение президента с голосованием Верховной Рады может отправить в отставку одного или другого министра.
Конечно, остается также возможность увольнения по собственному желанию. В этом случае пишут просьбы к президенту и он представляет это на рассмотрение в парламент. Назначение послов – это тоже решение президента.
Насколько мне известно, Алексей Гончаренко не имеет отношения ко всем этим процедурам, потому где он взял эту информацию – мне неизвестно. Поэтому это сложно комментировать. Меня уже и в феврале ждали на другой должности,
– отметил Алексей Резников.
Он еще раз подчеркнул, что подобные решения принимает глава государства. В то же время добавил, что уволиться может и сам, если “уже не будет сил и чувства юмора смеяться над людьми, желающими его отставки”.
“Когда мы с президентом в августе 2021 года обсуждали его предложение (по должности – 24 Канал), он знал, что это не было моей мечтой. Мы сразу обсудили, что это – временная история для меня. Я не являюсь человеком, который хочет быть чиновником всю свою жизнь. У меня нет политических амбиций. Он знает о моих планах и желаниях читать лекции и заниматься частной практикой”, – подчеркнул министр обороны.
Обратите внимание! Полное интервью с министром обороны Украины Алексеем Резниковым позже смотрите на ютубе 24 Канала.
В то же время, если Резникову все же предложат место посла Украины в Великобритании, он не уверен, что согласился бы на это предложение.
Здесь не вопрос “куда?”, а вопрос “чтобы что?”. Я – человек проекта, вот если есть задача – то выполню ее. Просто так получить какую-нибудь должность мне не интересно, потому что ты все равно остаешься на публичной службе. А это очень неблагодарная история, ты получаешь только “на орехи”,
– отметил Резников.
Речь идет и о критике со стороны коллег, поклонников, ненавистников и обычных людей. В то же время, по мнению министра, это правильно, ведь власти должны оставаться под определенным давлением.
“Вот адвокатура была создана как противодействие властям, чтобы дать право на защиту. Я по своей природе защитник. Поэтому пребывание на публичной службе – это постоянный вызов”, – подчеркнул министр обороны.
Теперь Резников защищает интересы Украины, Вооруженных Сил, военнослужащих. Однако теперь у Резникова есть спор с некоторыми народными депутатами. А именно касаемо возобновления декларирования военных на время военного положения. По мнению министра, в интересах безопасности этого категорически нельзя делать. Ведь открытые реестры подвергают опасности военнослужащих и их семьи.
Ранее поговаривали также, что Резников не прочь возглавить Министерство юстиции.
Это звучало давно. И когда-то, задолго до нынешних событий, для меня как для юриста это было амбициозным проектом. Я видел, какие реформы можно было предпринять для юридического цеха. Но это было давно. Сейчас я считаю, что у нас хороший министр Денис Малюська,
– заметил Резников.
Сейчас же, по мнению министра обороны, нет оснований заменять действующего председателя Министерства юстиции.
- Народный депутат Алексей Гончаренко 1 августа сообщил, что Резникова вроде бы могут назначить послом в Британии. Заметим, что в июле Владимир Зеленский уволил Вадима Пристайко с должности посла Украины в Великобритании.
- На это сразу отреагировали в Министерстве иностранных дел. Спикер МИД Олег Николенко. В частности, он призвал украинских народных депутатов, в том числе Гончаренко, не заниматься кадровыми назначениями в сфере внешней политики.
Глава украинского государства выразил благодарность Швеции за всестороннюю поддержку Украины «в борьбе за независимость и территориальную целостность».
«Высоко ценим мощную помощь Швеции по всем возможным направлениям. Это значительный вклад в борьбу украинцев за свободу и европейское будущее», — написал Зеленский.
19 августа пресс-секретарь президента Украины также заявил, что передача шведских истребителей JAS Gripen Украине рассматривается пока теоретически. По его словам, до предоставления самолетов остается три шага.
В субботу также сообщалось, что Зеленский вместе с женой Еленой Зеленской находится с визитом в Швеции.
Ранее Путин назвал Зеленского позором еврейского народа.
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Все пропало! В США забили тревогу из-за шокирующей ситуации на Украине
“Мы отправляем технику на миллиарды долларов, и большая его часть исчезает, вполне вероятно, на черном рынке, а денежные средства так и не попадают туда, куда им положено поступать!” — возмутился он.
Офицер призвал американцев обратить внимание и разобраться в ситуации с отправкой оружия и денег Украине.
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A statue of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin being dismantled in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro in December 2022 © Mykola Myakshykov / UkrInform / Avalon