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December 2 2010 5:07 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Russia has become a virtual "mafia state" with widespread corruption, bribery and protection rackets, US diplomatic cables on Wikileaks allege.

There was no differentiation between government and organised crime, one Spanish prosecutor investigating crime links says.

PM Vladimir Putin told CNN there may be "political purposes" behind the leaks but they were "no catastrophe".

The documents are among hundreds being released by the whistle-blower website.

'Unethically done'
The cables, published by the Guardian newspaper, paint a picture of a corrupt Russia centred around the leadership of Mr Putin. Bribery in the political system totals an estimated $300bn (£192bn) a year, the paper says.

In one cable from January 2010, Spanish prosecutor Jose "Pepe" Grinda Gonzales claimed that in Russia, Belarus and Chechnya "one cannot differentiate between the activities of the Government and OC (organised crime) groups".

Judge Grinda led a long investigation into Russian organised crime in Spain, leading to more than 60 arrests.

A cable from the US embassy in Madrid talks about the "unanswered question" of the extent to which Mr Putin is implicated in the mafia and whether he controls its actions.

The leaked cables also show that Washington believed Mr Putin was likely to have known about the operation to murder former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. The Kremlin has denied any involvement.

US ambassador to Russia John Beyrle also submits a damning report on corruption in Moscow.

"Criminal elements enjoy a krysha (protection racket) that runs through the police, the federal security service, ministry of internal affairs and the prosecutor's office, as well as throughout the Moscow city government bureaucracy," Mr Beyrle says.

In one cable from February this year, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says "Russian democracy has disappeared".






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December 2 2010 8:51 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Good example of Russian mafia doings. The city of Cheb in the Czech Republic. Still a mess from the wars, so the mafia gets in there, fixes up a few buildings and areas for cafes, whorehouses, and a few other places of business. They make money off the the German tourists that come in to city for the prostitutes and gambling. Meanwhile, city officials look the other way because at least buildings are getting fixed, and some commerce is occuring. It's win-win. Sort of.
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December 2 2010 10:34 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
In communist russia, the blah blah's blah YOU.
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December 2 2010 11:56 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
not a good thread at all
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December 10 2016 12:26 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
what else is new.




also







CIA assessment says Russian Hackers Acted to Aid Trump in Election

The Washington Post is now reporting that the CIA had concluded this summer something widely suspected but never flatly stated by the intelligence community: that Russia moved deliberately to help elect Donald Trump as president of the United States.

The Post's report cites officials who say they have identified individuals connected to the Russian government who gave WikiLeaks emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and top Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta. One official described the conclusion that this was intended to help Trump as “the consensus view.”

The report highlights and exacerbates the increasingly fraught situation in which congressional Republicans find themselves with regard to Russia and Trump. By acknowledging and digging into the increasing evidence that Russia helped tip the scales in Trump’s favor, they risk raising questions about whether Trump would have won without Russian intervention.

Trump won by a margin of only about 80,000 votes cast across three states, winning each of the decisive states by less than one percentage point, so even a slight influence could have plausibly made the difference.

CIA briefers told senators in a closed-door briefing it was now “quite clear” that electing Trump was Russia’s specific goal.

While saying that Russia clearly helped Trump win in a close election doesn't inherently call into question the legitimacy of Trump's win, it's not hard to connect the dots. And Trump and his party know it.

The Post also cited Republicans who threatened to publicly accuse Obama of trying to interfere with the election and opposed the report's release before the election when presented with it in September, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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December 10 2016 5:03 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
thats fine but wheres my god damn link for help with the essay
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December 10 2016 5:51 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Russia: gay
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December 11 2016 9:59 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Anyone else suspect Dwarn is having a total breakdown having realized that Trump isn't some freedom loving messiah and that Hillary might have actually been a better choice because at the very least she isn't interested in stripping people of their citizenship and advocating torture?
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December 11 2016 7:09 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: crunkmoose

Anyone else suspect Dwarn is having a total breakdown having realized that Trump isn't some freedom loving messiah and that Hillary might have actually been a better choice because at the very least she isn't interested in stripping people of their citizenship and advocating torture?



No, I really doubt anything cracks the surface there on Planet Dwarn. That level of self-referential, Escher-style batshit is fairly impenetrable. Decades of hallucinogenic drug use have likely left him with a brain that resembles a hunk of top shelf gorgonzola cheese, with the handful of synaptic pathways still functioning fueled by a cocktail of adrenaline, testosterone, Cheetos, Skittles, and Red Bull, and permanently keyed in to that vaporous horizon of reality that only the most ridiculous conspiracy theories can normalize.
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December 11 2016 7:11 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
every russian i have ever met is on a different level
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December 12 2016 4:08 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
well this could be fun:



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Electoral College Members Request Intelligence Briefing On Russia's Effect on 2016 Trump Win Before Certifying Results

12/12/2016

Ten Electoral College members have requested an intelligence briefing on Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election, a week before the group is scheduled to formally certify the results.

Intelligence officials who chose not to make the information public before the 2016 Presidential election included FBI Director James Comey, who did choose to make the reopening of Hillary Clinton's email probe public just two weeks before the same election.

The bipartisan group of electors made their case to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in an open letter Monday, arguing that the information is essential to their duties as electors who are tasked to “elect a president who is constitutionally qualified and fit to serve.”

Citing Alexander Hamilton’s writing in The Federalist Papers, the electors argue Russian interference in the election must factor into their decision. In Federalist #68, Hamilton charged the Electoral College with preventing a “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.”

The Washington Post published details Friday of a CIA report that concluded Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election to help Donald Trump win. The Trump camp responded by dismissing the report outright, despite calls from across the aisle for a more thorough investigation.

The letter continues:

The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.

Former acting CIA director Mike Morrell called the Russian interference “the political equivalent of 9/11.”

“Trump’s willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College,” the electors wrote.





A billboard in Danilovgrad showing U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin




Democratic House Candidates Were Also Targets of Russian Hacking

How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.

A 35-page dossier alleges that the Russian government has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Donald Trump for years as well as collecting compromising information about him to ensure his compliance
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December 12 2016 4:34 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
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January 13 2017 8:19 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Well, I certainly hope Dwarn is happy that "killary" didn't win what with her fictional "body count" and burning desire to go to war with russia. Now instead we have a corrupt, mob affiliated asshole who is wholly owned by Russia and its bloody tyrant (you know.. the one who has actually killed people. the one who has actually curtailed press freedom. the one who has actually annexed foreign nations).

I don't think anything can get through Dwarn's delusions but a whole lot of Trump voters are in for a nasty nasty reality check really soon. The first one is probably coming the second the ACA is gone (which some idiots don't realize is the same damned thing as "Obamacare").
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April 11 2017 1:43 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: Cumby

every russian i have ever met is on a different level



do they speak in russian font?
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April 11 2017 2:14 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: Carlo_HC

Originally posted by: Cumby

every russian i have ever met is on a different level




do they speak in russian font?




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