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Putin Warns Israel Against Weapons Sales to Ukraine as it Lifts Ban on S300 Sale to Iran

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Israel to not sell weapons to the Ukraine.

Putin said that the Israeli weapons in the Ukraine would raise the overall death toll, but in the end Russia would still win. He called any potential new sales “counterproductive”.

Last week, after Russia said it would remove the ban on the sale of the S300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran, PM Netanyahu reportedly called Putin to strongly express his concerns.

The S300 missile system is potentially capable of taking down Israeli or US planes attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. An option Israel is weighing as a means to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Russia had previously cancelled a sale of the S300 missile system to Syria at Israel’s request, but the sale to Iran is a far larger, and more important deal for Russia to ultimately give up on, in terms of both money and regional influence.

Israel has reportedly sold weapons to the Ukraine in the past, but stopped after a similar Russian request.

On Saturday, the Iranians displayed their supposed home-grown version of the S300, which they call the S373. But there’s very little chance they’ve developed anything equivalent.

Security Report: Tsarnaev Sought Insurgents Near 2014 Olympic Site

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

When the Boston Marathon bombings occurred last April 15, most commentators split along two positions. The first position was that it was an act of foreign terrorism. The second, and this one grew louder and stronger, was that this was a vicious act by a “lone wolf” whose religion and ideology had little to do with his actions. Eventually the story became clearer. Religion and ideology certainly played a role, but the terrorists were home grown.

In a radio interview from Russia, Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating (MA-9)(D), said he believes “that Tamerlan Tsarnaev did meet with insurgents here.” The phone interview was with the Boston Herald Radio and it took place on Monday, Jan. 20. Keating and several other members of the congressional committee investigating the Boston Marathon bombings traveled to Russia to investigate Tsarnaev’s connections to local terrorist groups.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two Tsarnaev brothers, the prime suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, traveled to Dagestan in 2012. The following year, he and his brother allegedly placed the bombs along the end of the route of the Boston Marathon, and then detonated them, killing three and wounding nearly 300 others.

Dagestan is a republic of Russia to its southeast, along the Caspian Sea. Within Dagestan lies some of the densest parts of the Caucasus Mountains. Dagestan means “mountain land.”

Keating said a House Homeland Security Committee report will become public in two weeks, and it will contain new information on deceased Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev time in Dagestan.

2014 OLYMPICS NEAR CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS, TERRORISTS’ HAVEN

Keating was in Russia for another reason.  The 2014 Olympics will start Feb. 7. The site of the Olympics this year is Sochi, which is in Southern Russia. Sochi is 1,000 miles from Dagestan and the rest of the Caucasus Mountains, a lawless frontier where brutal Islamist terrorists reign.

Over the past several weeks there have been several terrorist bombings in Russia which have killed many dozens. Credit for some of those bombings was claimed by a particularly brutal band of Muslim terrorists, headed by the charmless Doku Umarov, sometimes referred to as the “Russian bin Laden.”

News outlets are beginning to focus on the recent wave of terrorism in Russia, as the opening of the 2014 Olympics draws nearer. Some note that Umarov and his comrades are eager to interrupt the Olympics and humiliate Russian president Putin. But few acknowledge that what Umarov and the Caucasian Islamic Terrorist claim is their opposition to the Olympics.

This past June, Umarov released a video in which he called on his followers to use “maximum force” to ensure the Olympics not take place. Umarov claims that the land on which the Olympics are to be held contains the bones of many dead Muslims. “Today we must show those who live in the Kremlin … that our kindness is not weakness,” Umarov said.

“They plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea. We as mujahideen are required not to allow that, using any methods that Allah allows us,” Umarov stated in the video.

On Sunday these terrorists released another video. In this one they claim that Putin and all the tourists who come to watch the Olympics should expect “a surprise.”

“We’ll have a surprise package for you,” one of them said, addressing Russian officials. “And those tourists that will come to you, for them, too, we have a surprise.”

This Sunday the talk shows finally began airing discussions of potential terrorism at the Olympics next month. U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine said he would not go to Sochi due to security concerns.  Cong. Keating said he “wouldn’t go so far” as King, but said he is “aware of the dangers.”

Russian Jewish School Teacher Freed

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Prison authorities in Russia released a Jewish schoolteacher whose controversial bribery conviction triggered protests by leading politicians.

The teacher, Ilya Farber, was released Friday from the Tver correctional prison after serving three years of a 7-year sentence for accepting $13,000 in bribes.

“The campaign to resolve the issue of [political] prisoners just got another devoted activist,” Farber, 40, told RIA Novosti after his release.

Farber, who took money from a contractor in need of Farber’s signature, has denied any wrongdoing and claims he was set up. He was initially convicted in 2011 and sentenced to nine years. He was retried in 2012 amid claims that his prosecutor made anti-Semitic comments in court. The retrial resulted in a seven-year sentence.

Protests did not abate and opposition figures and Russian Jewish leaders said the case was typical of miscarriages of justice under President Vladimir Putin.

The prosecution petitioned the court to reduce Farber’s sentence in September, days after Putin told a television network that the sentence was “egregious.”

Matvey Chlenov, deputy executive director of the Russian Jewish Congress, told JTA that while his organization was pleased to see Farber set free, the trial also showed that “the old prejudices are very much alive.”

He added that Farber’s first trial “demonstrated that idealism by a Jewish person is still perceived with hostility and mistrust by the local population” and that this “created a profound outcry and mobilization among the Jewish community of Russia.”

Witnesses said they heard the prosecutor ask the jury during the first trial: “Is it possible for a person with the last name Farber to help a village for free?” The statement was interpreted as referring to the fact that Farber is Jewish.

Chlenov also said that more than 700 people donated money to the Russian Jewish Congress to help Farber’s family.

Islamists Threaten Russian Olympics as Terrorist Attacks Continue

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

On Monday, Dec. 30, there was a second suicide bombing in Russia. Monday’s bombing took place on a bus and left 14 people dead. The city of Volgograd was already reeling from a suicide bombing in the city’s main railway station less than 24 hours earlier. In that attack, 17 people were killed and dozens more injured.

Volgograd is a city in Russia on the western bank of the Volga River.

There were no immediate public claims of credit for the bombings, but it is no secret in Russia that the major Islamist movement in the region has vowed to disrupt the Olympic Games in the Russian southern city of Sochi which are scheduled to take place this coming February.

This past June, Doku Umarov, the leader of the Russian Muslim terrorist group, released a video in which he called on his followers to use “maximum force” to ensure the Olympics not take place.

Umarov claims that the land on which the Olympics are to be held contains the bones of many dead Muslims.

“Today we must show those who live in the Kremlin … that our kindness is not weakness,” Umarov said, speaking in a forest and dressed in green camouflage. “They plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea. We as mujahideen are required not to allow that, using any methods that Allah allows us” Umarov stated in the video.

Umarov, believed to be hiding in the mountainous area between Chechnya and Dagestan, has claimed responsibility for several major terrorist attacks in transportation sites in Russia, including an airport and a Moscow metro station.  Those attacks killed nearly 100 people.

He had made a public promise not to unleash any more terrorist attacks on Russian soil, but has since revoked that announcement because of the insult of Russia’s hosting the 2014 Olympics on what he and his followers are claiming as Muslim burial grounds.

Umarov is suspected of playing a leading role in the 2004 brutal attack on a school in Beslan, during which 300 people were killed, many of whom were elementary school students.

Sometime during the mid-to late 2000’s, the claim of the Chechen rebels metamorphosed from a separatist focus to a fundamentalist Islamic focus. Umarov proclaimed that Western countries are the enemies of all Muslims. He also announced he intended to install Sharia law across the region.

Given the brutal clampdown of forces counter to Russian supremacy, it will be fascinating to watch how Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, responds to the current Islamist threat.  In this case the threat does not merely constitute an insult to Russia, it threatens to become a major embarrassment of Putin and his country on the world stage of the Olympics.

We may be watching the ultimate Olympic match. One in which an immovable object – Putin and his country – is met by an unstoppable force – fervent Islamist terrorism. It will not be a spectacle for the meek.

Russian Court Orders Jewish Teacher’s Early Release

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

A Russian court ordered the early release of a Jewish teacher whose bribery trial was marred by anti-Semitic statements and whose lengthy prison sentence was criticized by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Tver Regional Court last week reduced Ilya Farber’s sentence from seven years to three for accepting bribes and abusing his position while working as a teacher in the village of Moshenka, the FirstNews.ru website reported. He is expected to walk free early next year.

Leading opposition figures in Russia rallied around Farber’s case, presenting it as a miscarriage of justice and pleading for his release.

The prosecution petitioned the court to reduce Farber’s sentence in September, days after Putin told a television network that the sentence was “egregious.”

Putin made the statement as the Kremlin’s human rights council was looking into the case because of irregularities in the trial and claims that it had been tainted by anti-Semitism.

Farber was arrested in 2011 and convicted that year for accepting $13,000 in bribes paid to him by a contractor who needed Farber’s signature to collect money from the government.

Farber has denied any wrongdoing and claims he was set up.

A higher court scrapped the earlier conviction in 2011 because of irregularities, including the judge’s instruction to the jury to “not to pay attention to the words of the defendant, and gave Farber a retrial. In the retrial, the higher court sentenced Farber to seven years in jail — two years shy of what the prosecution had sought during the retrial.

Witnesses said they heard the prosecutor ask the jury during the first trial: “Is it possible for a person with the last name Farber to help a village for free?” The statement was interpreted as referring to the fact that Farber is Jewish.

Bernanke, Brin, Bibi among Jews on Forbes Power List

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Ben Bernanke, the outgoing Federal Reserve chairman, was No. 7 on the Forbes annual World’s Most Powerful People list topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The only other Jewish person to make the Top 20 on the list released Wednesday was Google co-founder Sergey Brin at No. 17.

Putin displaced President Obama at No. 1; the U.S. leader dropped to second among the 72 people named. Rounding out the top 5 were Xi Jinping, general secretary of China’s Communist Party, Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Other Jews on the list included Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg at 24; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at 26; Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, at 27; and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at 29.

Also, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Space Exploration Technologies, at 47; Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, at 58; Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, at 68; and Janet Yellen, the incoming head of the Federal Reserve, identified on the list as the central bank’s vice chairman, at 72.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei was ranked No. 23.

Putin Declares Egypt on Brink of Civil War

Monday, July 8th, 2013

“Syria is already in the grips of the civil war … and Egypt is moving in the same direction,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti on Sunday.

Hours after he spoke,  the  Egyptian daily Al Ahram reported that a new compromise choice has been picked as Egypt’s next prime minister after the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists rejected the idea that Mohammed ElBaradei be named for the post.

Ziad Bahaa El-Din, a lawyer and member of Egyptian Social Democratic Party,  would be accepted by the Salafist Nour party, Al Ahram said.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/putin-declares-egypt-on-brink-of-civil-war/2013/07/08/

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