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26 мая, 20:34

ELI LAKE: Trump’s Allies, Convicted of High Crimes Without a Trial. Flynn has yet to be charged w…

ELI LAKE: Trump’s Allies, Convicted of High Crimes Without a Trial. Flynn has yet to be charged with a crime. If there is evidence that he betrayed his country, it has yet to be presented. None of the many news stories about Flynn’s contacts with Russians and Turks has accused him of being disloyal to […]

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26 мая, 19:54

Bitcoin Is Bigger Than Ever, And Here's Why That Matters

Bitcoin is fascinating from a technological standpoint, but it's also fueling online crime and violence because of the anonymity it offers.

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26 мая, 14:52

Robert Pattinson went un-papped during NY shoot for Cannes movie

Star of new movie 'Good Time' says he managed to maintain anonymity while shooting the film in New York. Saskia O'Donoghue reports Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

26 мая, 13:43

5 most expensive Russian lots sold at Sotheby’s

London-based auction house Sotheby’s has marked a decade in Moscow with a one-day exhibition “Artist's view.” On May 24 the State Russian Library exhibited more than 40 works of art bought by Russian collectors at Sotheby’s auctions, as well as top lots of forthcoming sales of Russian art in London. Sotheby’s debut sale in Russia was held during Soviet times in 1988. The top lot of that auction was Grisha Bruskin's painting “Fundamental Lexicon”, which sold for $500,000. It would be another 20 years before the auctioneers opened a Moscow office. From 2007 onwards Sotheby’s brought more than 20 exhibitions of international fine art masterpieces to Russia, and the numbers of Russian collectors and dealers participating in its international sales increased by 30 percent. Russian art sales in London turned from exotic sideshows to prestigious and profitable events. RIA Novosti has put together a list of the most expensive Russian lots sold by Sotheby’s. Rostropovich's collection Top lot of the Rostropovich-Vishnevsky collection is a painting by Karl Brullov, portrait of Avrora Shernwald-Demidova. Source: The Konstantinovsky Palace Scandal attended one of the first Sotheby’s auctions in Russia in 2007. The sale was canceled at the last moment when all lots were sold to a private collection. It was later reported that Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov had purchased the collection of composer Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya. Usmanov donated the collection of 450 items to the Konstantinovsky Palace (known as the 'Palace of Congresses') in St. Petersburg. The sum Usmanov paid has never been revealed, but is believed to be much more than initial auction estimates of $26-$40 million. Malevich composition Kazimir Malevich. Suprematist Composition, 1912. Source: Global Look Press Works of the Russian avant-garde have long been in high demand. One of Sotheby’s record sales was that of “Suprematist Composition” by Kazimir Malevich, best known for his 1915 work “Black Square”. The painting was sold in New York in 2008 to an unknown buyer for $60 million, the most ever paid for a Malevich work at auction. Vostok spacecraft   The Vostok 3KA-2 space capsule at Sotheby's in New York. Source: AP At a 2011 auction dedicated to the 50th anniversary of man’s first space flight, a unique lot went under the hammer  – the capsule of Soviet spacecraft Vostok 3KA-2, which in 1961 orbited the earth with a dog called Star and a humanoid mannequin named Ivan Ivanovich on board. The successful return to earth of the spacecraft laid the ground for Yuri Gagarin's later manned flight. The piece of space history sold for just under $3 million. Andrei Tarkovsky's archive Preparations for the unveiling of Andrei Tarkovsky's archive in Ivanovo. The archive was returned to the film director's native city after being purchased at an auction in London. Source: Maria Sibiryakova/RIA Novosti A collection of artifacts devoted to the life and art of famous Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, went under the hammer at a London sale with a total estimate of £80-£130,000 ($100-$130,000). Intense interest from bidders brought in more than ten times that, with an auction total of £1.3 million ($1.6 million). A representative of Ivanovo Region, where the director was born, bought the archive for his museum with the help of donations collected by International Tarkovsky Film Festival Zerkalo  (“The Mirror”), private sponsors and local authorities. Sleeping Girl Zinaida Serebriakova. Study of a Sleeping Girl. Source: dianov-art Selling a painting “Study of a Sleeping Girl” by Zinaida Serebryakova for £3.8 million ($4.9 million) in 2015 brought fresh interest to an artist who had been all but forgotten during Soviet times. The price was three times higher than those achieved for her paintings in recent years. “Sleeping Girl” remains the most expensive of the artist's works sold at auction. Because it was bought by an anonymous collector the painting is not among other works currently on show at a retrospective of Serebryakova's work at Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery. Read more: 10 most expensive paintings by Russian artists

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26 мая, 03:00

Seth Rich “Trap” Fallen Into By FBI Directory Comey Warned Ready To Be Sprung

Anonymous: Seth Rich “Trap” Fallen Into By FBI Directory Comey Warned Ready To Be Sprung the surging “Deep State” war against President Donald Trump states that the Seth Rich “trap” gambit, which destroyed former FBI Director James Comey, appears ready to be sprung in its entirety—and whose... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

26 мая, 01:55

Meet the Real Jared Kushner

He’s a lot tougher than he looks.

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25 мая, 22:55

This Week (In 2 Cartoons)

Broken Hearts... Source: Townhall.com And Broken Minds... Source: MichaelPRamirez.com

25 мая, 21:01

Philippines: Families Flee From the Regions Taken Over by Terrorists

The Philippines are under a massive terrorist attack. Militants, pledging their loyalty to ISIS, a banned formation in Russia, took over an entire city in the southern province of Mindanao.

25 мая, 19:04

Leading Russian theater director released from police custody

Theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, a Cannes prizewinner, was released after questioning at the Russian Investigations Committee in relation to an inquiry into embezzlement of public funds. The committee commented in a statement that Serebrennikov is still regarded as a witness in the case, and might still be obliged to appear before the official investigator. On May 23, police searched Serebrennikov’s theater office and home. Later that day, law-enforcement officers explained that the search was connected to a 2014 inquiry into the embezzlement of 200 million rubles ($3.5million) in state funds for the promotion of the arts. Police also raided at least a dozen other addresses. Order from on top On May 23, after initial reports about the police searches, cultural figures signed an open letter to President Putin to support Serebrennikov. The signatories expressed hope that "the investigation will be conducted in an objective and fair manner, without excessive cruelty to those involved, and will not disrupt the creative activities by the theater, the troupe, and Kirill Serebrennikov himself." On May 24, after an awards ceremony in the Kremlin, Yevgeny Mironov, the artistic director of the Theater of Nations, submitted his plea to Putin in support of Serebrennikov. Photo: Kirill Serebrennikov gives an interview at the Gogol Center, Moscow. Source: Valeriy Melnikov/RIA Novosti The statement was read aloud outside the theater by Chulpan Khamatova, a famous actress and co-founder of the non-governmental charity, Podari Zhizn. (In 2012, Khamatova was featured in a promotional video as part of the campaign, "Why I’m voting for Putin.") "The presidential administraton says that cultural figures have manifested a strong negative emotional reaction to yesterday's events," reads a post on the anonymous insider channel, NEZYGAR, that is available on the Telegram Messenger app. "In the meantime, Serebrennikov's supporters are asking for an audience with the president. This request will likely be granted." On the following day, May 24, after an awards ceremony in the Kremlin, Yevgeny Mironov, the artistic director of the Theater of Nations, submitted his plea to Putin in support of Serebrennikov. By that time Serebrennikov had also been supported by Vladimir Urin, general director of the Bolshoi Theater, and by the Association of Theatrical Critics. Andrey Kolesnikov, a special correspondent with the newspaper, Kommersant, reported (in Russian) on the "heated and even loud" dialog between Putin and Mironov. "Did you know about [the police searches]?!" Mironov asked, to which Putin replied that he had "learned yesterday" [on the day of the searches]. Kolesnikov speculated that Putin had learned about the police searches only from the media. "But why? Why do this?!" Mironov continued. "You’re going to fly to France on Monday [to meet with newly elected President Emmanuel Macron - RBTH]! Why would you need this?!" "Just because they’re acting like fools," Putin replied suddenly. As other anonymous insider channel on Telegram reported (in Russian), the instruction to maintain Serebrennikov's status as a witness in the case was issued personally by Alexander Bastrykin, the Investigations Committee chairman: "There was a clear-cut plan in the morning [of May 23] to either put [Serebrennikov] in detention or release him with a written undertaking not to leave the city. However, later during the day, after the artistic director had been taken in for questioning, an instruction to cancel that plan was suddenly made at the very top of the committee. So what happened? Well, as they say, someone is being stupid." Read more: Police searched world-famous theater, looking for $3.5 million>>>

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25 мая, 18:55

How a neo-Nazi turned Islamist flipped terror narratives upside down | Arwa Mahdawi

Devon Arthurs is a case study in the way we talk about terrorism, the arbitrary lines that often seem to get drawn between ideology and pathologyThere are lots of ways to be a disaffected, disenfranchised young man. You can spout anonymous abuse online. You can shoot up a school. You can bomb abortion clinics in the name of being pro-life. You can kill black people peacefully praying at church, in the name of white supremacy. You can murder teenagers singing joyfully along at a pop concert, in the name of Isis and Allah.What you are called, when you do those things, varies. Sometimes you’re a criminal. Sometimes you’re a terrorist. Sometimes you’re a mental health statistic. How you are treated, when you do those things, varies. Sometimes you’re headline news around the world for days; you make an ignominious mark on the history books. Sometimes you’re a few paragraphs in the local papers, and barely make it into the national press. Continue reading...

25 мая, 16:08

Snap Reportedly Offers Discounts to Attract Advertisers

Snap Inc's (SNAP) discounting strategy is widely seen as its efforts to boost performance after the dismal first-quarter report.

25 мая, 04:30

In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea

A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. China said its warships had warned the U.S. ship and it lodged "stern representations" with the United States.

25 мая, 02:33

Sessions' background check form omitted meetings with Russian

Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not include two meetings with the Russian ambassador on a security clearance form submitted late last year, but his aides say the information was left out because the FBI indicated it shouldn't be listed.Sessions spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the form was completed by a Sessions staffer who initially listed all the senator's meetings with foreign officials in 2016. However, the aide was told by the FBI that meetings Sessions held in his capacity as a senator did not need to be included, so it was taken off the form when filed, Flores said."The staffer was instructed by the FBI not to list any contacts related to Senate business," added a second Justice Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The aide confirmed Sessions signed the form after the staffer prepared it.FBI officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the advice the Sessions aide was allegedly given. Written instructions with the form say that meetings at foreign conferences attended on official business need not be listed, but the guidance doesn't appear to include the broad exemption the FBI is said to have relayed.Sessions found himself in hot water with Senate Democrats earlier this year after it was revealed he had met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak last year. Democrats said he should have disclosed the meetings at his confirmation hearing in January, but Sessions called his answers "honest and correct." He said understood the questions he was asked to be about campaign-related meetings, while the encounters with Kislyak were related to Sessions' role on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Sessions has recused himself from the FBI's ongoing probe of contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign, but he did endorse President Donald Trump's decision earlier this month to dismiss the man leading that investigation, FBI Director James Comey.

25 мая, 01:53

The Known Unknowns of the Russia Investigation

Top Russian officials reportedly discussed reaching out to Trump campaign adviser Michael Flynn last summer as part of Moscow’s interference campaign. Did they follow through?

25 мая, 01:24

The Left/Right Challenge To The Failed 'War On Drugs'

More and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the country, are agreeing that the so-called “war on drugs” needs serious rethinking. First, we should define our terms. The “war on drugs” that was started by Richard Nixon in 1971 and persists to this day, refers to illegal “street drugs” – cocaine, heroin, marijuana and variations thereof. It is not used to mean a war on legal pharmaceuticals, whose excessive and often inappropriate prescribing takes over 100,000 lives a year in our country. Ironically, prescription opioids alone took 35,000 lives last year – about equal to traffic fatalities. The argument to criminalize “street drugs,” and severely punish their sellers and users, is largely based on the assumption that a “tough on crime” approach will reduce addiction and abuse of these dangerous substances. Criminalizing drug use consistently fails to address the health problems of addiction, and drives the drug trade underground where crime, violence and death flourish. Our country learned this hard lesson firsthand when it prohibited the production and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920 through the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. That led to an underworld of organized crime and illegal undercover stills making “moonshine,” whose victims could hardly go for medical treatment. Considered a failure, the amendment was repealed in 1933 with the 21st Amendment. This national experiment with prohibition verified the wise observation of the famous dean of the Harvard Law School, Roscoe Pound, who said that there were certain human behaviors that are beyond “the effective limits of legal action.” In short, the law couldn’t stop the addicting alcohol business; it could only drive it underground. Legalizing the sale and possession of alcohol allowed people suffering from alcoholism to come out of the shadows and find support through thousands of successful chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous and other treatment options. Alcoholism is still a problem in our country, but it is out in the open where a rational society can address it. Nicotine from tobacco products is one of the most addictive drugs that people can ingest. Lawmakers since the days of the Virginia tobacco growers in the 17th century have not prohibited the smoking of tobacco. For generations, smoking cigarettes and cigars was not considered harmful; it was said to help concentrate your mind on your tasks. The mass media perpetuated such false statements through ads that claimed doctors preferred Lucky Strikes because they were “less irritating.” Then the historic and widely reported US Surgeon General’s Report of 1964 concluded that cigarette smoking is a cause of lung cancer and laryngeal cancer in men, a probable cause of lung cancer in women and the most important cause of chronic bronchitis. Over time, accumulating scientific knowledge connecting smoking to lung cancer and a host of other diseases began changing habits. In 1964 about 44 percent of American adults smoked regularly; now it is down to 17 percent. Now smokers cannot indulge on airplanes, buses, trains or in schools, waiting rooms and most office buildings. Had we driven tobacco use underground, organized crime would have claimed the tobacco market and smokers and low-level dealers would have been jailed. If alcohol prohibition taught us the limitations of drug criminalization, efforts to reduce tobacco use have shown what is possible when dangerous products are taxed and regulated and consumers are educated. So, what about “street drugs?” The drug trade is tearing Mexico apart. Just in the past few years, over 50,000 people have been slain by the fights between drug cartels and against police, judges, reporters and innocents who just happen to be in the way of the machine guns. Fear, anxiety, outright terror and political corruption grips large regions of our southern neighbor as the cartel’s violently work to meet the black market demand in the US and elsewhere. Drug dealers in the US fight each other, producing violent crimes and terrorized neighborhoods. To suppress this drug trade the US is spending tens of billions of taxpayer dollars a year. Drug cases are clogging our court dockets and crowding out important cases involving corporate crimes and negligence. Low-level drug offenders continue to receive mandatory minimum sentences; filling our prisons and leading to the expansion of the private prison industry whose lobbyists prefer a status quo that commodifies the ruined lives who sustain their profitable inventory. For decades, conservatives like William F. Buckley and progressives like the then Mayor of Baltimore, Kurt Schmoke, have called for decriminalization, or legalization and regulation, of illegal drugs. We don’t jail alcoholics for being alcoholics, or incarcerate people for smoking highly addictive cigarettes. Their addictions are treated openly as afflictions to be treated individually and more broadly through sound public policies. Despite the many calls for reform, the arch-reactionary Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has recently ordered 5,000 federal assistant US attorneys to charge defendants peddling street drugs, many of whom are addicts themselves, with the most serious crimes and impose the toughest penalties possible. Not so fast, say a growing group of liberal and conservative members of Congress. From Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to liberal Patrick Leahy (D-VT), lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are joining together to sponsor a bill to end mandatory minimum sentences. Senator Paul said such sentences “disproportionately affect minorities and low-income communities” and will worsen the existing “injustice” in the criminal justice system, while Senator Leahy declared that as “an outgrowth of the failed war on drugs, mandatory sentencing strips criminal public-safety resources away from law-enforcement strategies that actually make our communities safer.” The bipartisan bill, S.1127, is already supported by 37 Senators and 79 members of the House. Both the NAACP and the Koch brothers support this legislation! We need more open debates about the impact of the “war on drugs.” As Justice Louis Brandeis said years ago – “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” To learn more about the need for drug policy reform, and the history of the failed war on drugs, watch this informative video from the Drug Policy Alliance. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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24 мая, 23:22

Anonymous - The world we currently live in... (2017-2018)

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24 мая, 17:53

Police searched world-famous theater, looking for $3.5 million

On the morning of May 23, messages on social networks appeared about the police searching Moscow's Gogol Center Theatre, and the apartment of its artistic director, Cannes Festival winner Kirill Serebrennikov. Employees of the Investigative Committee did not come to the theater alone. According to some messages, they were accompanied by FSB agents, according to others, by OMON (special police force) agents. The entrance to the theater was blocked by people with balaclavas; actors and employees of the theater were not allowed to leave and were asked to turn off their mobile phones. At the time of the search Serebrennikov was in his apartment and could not communicate with journalists. It’s known that a lawyer was present with him. What are the searches related to? The Russian Investigative Committee gave an official explanation: The searches are conducted within the framework of a 2014 criminal case involving the embezzlement of state funds allotted for the popularization of art. The sum is about 200 million rubles ($3.5 million). It was embezzled by individuals "who still have not been identified" from the 7 Studiya Non-profit Organization, the theatrical troupe that Serebrennikov created in 2012 out of his own actor-director course. Then the troupe came to the Gogol Center as one of its resident groups. For now Kirill Serebrennikov is only a witness in the case and it’s not known if his status will change. He is currently being interrogated. For now Kirill Serebrennikov is only a witness in the case. Photo: Kirill Serebrennikov. Source: Alex Yocu/Gogol Center It turns out to be an old story. Is anyone else involved? The investigative committee's statement clarifies that "a series of individuals in various subjects" of the country are also being searched. Anonymous sources in the law-enforcement agencies affirm that on that day searches were conducted in at least 15 other residences. Among them are apartments belonging to other theater employees, the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art (7 Studiya performed its first plays there), as well as residences of former Moscow Mayor's Office officials who at the time were responsible for the allotment of funds. Two years ago the Mayor's Office inspected the Gogol Center's account activity. The theater stated it had a 60-million-ruble ($1 million) debt (the Mayor's Office said 80 million rubles - $1.4 million), while head of the Mayor's Culture Department Alexander Kibovsky called the Gogol Center an unprofitable theater, placing all financial responsibility on Serebrennikov since the latter staged many expensive premieres (it’s the theater director, not the artistic director, who is responsible for the theater's finances; at the time it was Alexei Malobrodsky - RBTH). Also, Kibovsky told the TASS news agency that he does not know anything about officials from the Mayor's Office being involved in the embezzlement scheme and proposed to wait for the results of the investigation. But is a sudden search without a court warrant legal? Yes. Article 165 of the Russian Criminal-Procedural Code accepts this, but only "in special cases," that is, "when the case cannot be delayed." In such cases the investigator just has to notify the judge and the prosecutor. It is only after the searches or other investigative measures that the judge examines whether they were legal or not. What are the Gogol Center and its artistic director famous for? In thematic blogs the Gogol Center is called "the heart of the free, progressive theater," which the authorities occasionally challenge for its audacious productions. "We were obliged to respond to the most diverse complaints, including anonymous ones. Some saw extremism in the Otmorozki play, based on the book Sankya by Zakhar Prilepin. Some complained about the naked bodies in a series of plays. Others complained to the investigators that we betray the traditions of Russian psychological theater," theater director Malobrodsky told Gazeta.Ru. In his words, even parliamentarians filed complaints against the theater. "I used to go to the prosecutor's office as if it was my job," he added, meaning that after each complaint the investigative committee and the prosecutor had to conduct an additional inspection. In 2016, Kirill Serebrennikov received the special prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film The Teacher (it was first a play based on Marious von Mayenburg's drama and staged at the Gogol Center) and in 2015 his Betrayal was nominated for first prize at the Venetian Film Festival. Does this mean that the searches can be related to the theater's politics? The case involves large-scale fraud and includes Kirill Serebrennikov and not the theater itself. The investigation is inspecting the premises where the director lives and works. However, people from the theatrical and literary world interpret the searches as pressure on the theater and the director for his creative activity. "Honestly speaking, I have no information, therefore I can only assume that Kirill is a person who openly criticizes many aspects of our life and has consequently attracted the attention of the authorities and the law-enforcement agencies," said director Vladimir Mirzoev on the Echo of Moscow radio station. "But this is my assumption," he added. "What money? What's money got to do with it? Who stole what from whom? They are trying to steal the most valuable thing we have in our country - culture," remarked writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya. The Gogol Center's administration called on everyone who is not indifferent to go out and protest by the theater. Meanwhile, the Kremlin denies any political motives behind the incident and stresses that, "it's not the Kremlin's affair." "We shouldn't politicize anything here, there's no reason for the Kremlin to be informed," affirmed Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitri Peskov. This case deals with the embezzlement of state funds, something that the investigative committee has already said, added Peskov. "It's got nothing to do with politics or creativity." Read more: Backstage at Gogol Center, Russia’s main avant-garde theater>>>

24 мая, 17:37

Top Education Dept. official resigns after clash with DeVos

James Runcie, head of the agency's student aid office, submitted his resignation Tuesday night, effective immediately.

24 мая, 14:24

NEVER LET THE FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD CONSPIRACY THEORY: There Remains No Evidence Of Trump-R…

NEVER LET THE FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD CONSPIRACY THEORY: There Remains No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion. Diverse figures and outlets agree that the nexus of “possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign” does not include any evidence of collusion. Maxine Waters (D-CA) concedes there is no proof of collusion as […]

24 мая, 11:43

The 20-hour queue: How long will a Russian wait to see a relic?

By 10:30 a.m. on May 22, a mile-long queue stretched from the entrance of Russia’s main cathedral – the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. For the first time in history, the hallows of the revered Christian saint, St. Nicholas, were delivered to Moscow from Bari in Italy, where they laid untouched for a millennia. Such a sight is by no means rare in Russia. Historically, people have always been eager to spend countless hours in line just to glimpse Christian relics, and there will certainly be more prepared to wait in the future. Over the next month, millions of pilgrims will descend on the Russian capital and endure seemingly endless queues outside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, to pray to the hallows of St. Nicholas. Defender of Orthodoxy Nicholas lived in the Asia Minor region in fourth century BC and is one of the most revered saints in the Christian world. He is commemorated across all Christian confessions, even becoming the proto-figure for Santa Claus. However, Russian people traditionally viewed him as the protector of the poor and the patron of repentant criminals, children, and students. Known in Russia for his miracles as Nicholas the Wonderworker, the figure of St. Nicholas transcended the mere status of the saint and became the symbol of hope for all those seeking spiritual guidance and protection. “Russian people revere St. Nicholas very much, more than any other saint. He’s a saint who helped people both in life and in death, no matter who you were. In prayers to him, people find help,” Alexander Volkov, the press secretary of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, told RBTH. “It’s very important for a Russian to personally commit to a physical endeavor, a sort of act of martyrdom. Russians know that by braving the queues, they will gain something for themselves, for their soul. It’s beyond rational thought; it’s on some mystic level,” added Volkov. More than a relic It’s not the first time an Orthodox relic of such significance has brought together Christians from the far corners of the former Soviet Union. In November 2011, people spent up to 20 hours in line, waiting to venerate the Cincture of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was delivered to Russia from Greece. The estimated number of pilgrims who came to see the relic as it travelled across several Russian cities was more than three million. Reports claimed that some queues even stretched for eight kilometers. “Whenever I talked to people who waited countless hours to see the Cincture of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I always got the impression that these people shared a mutual feeling, a special feeling of awe before a Christian relic… A longing for a miracle and consolation,” Sergei, a priest from one of Moscow’s churches, told RBTH. More than 25,000 came to Moscow’s downtown Cathedral of the Savior on May 22 to venerate the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker that were delivered to Moscow from Italian city of Bari on May 21. / Photo: Evgheniya Novozhenina/RIA Novosti The Orthodox faith has deep roots in the traditional Russian mindset. Saints have always been important figures for Russian Christians. A place where a saint lived would become a place of worship, and sometimes developed into a monastery. Personal belongings of the saint were attributed great religious importance, and were often used in court ceremonies and as blessing tools. The saints themselves served as nothing less than miracle-makers, who would cure illnesses and set stray souls on righteous paths. That said, even nowadays an event like delivering the remains of the St. Nicholas to the capital has great historical and cultural significance for a huge number of Russian people. ‘We do it for the same reason we jump into icy water on the Epiphany’ A priest from one of the churches in the Moscow region, who wished to remain anonymous, talked about his personal experience, recalling how some people in his congregation view saints “as an easy way to solve their problems. St. Nicholas' relics will stay in the Cathedral of the Savior through to July 14, after which they will be transported to St. Petersburg. / Photo: Artem Geodakian/TASS “Like any Russian, I am lazy. I want a freebie. Say, I know that this particular saint has touched God; he transcended his human form and was able to see eternity… Sure, if I touch his remains now I will be saved too and all my troubles will perish. We do it for the same reason we jump into ice cold water during the Epiphany. “Here you are, standing in line, knowing that at the end a saint awaits. Like a good doctor or someone you know from a university who will help your son during admission exams… The longer the line, the stronger the faith.”

16 марта 2014, 19:18

Украинские хакеры выложили в сеть переписку представителей партий "Удар" и "Батькивщина"

БРЮССЕЛЬ, 16 марта. /Корр. ИТАР-ТАСС Денис Дубровин/. Украинская ячейка международной сети Anonymous и группа хакеров, назвавшаяся "КиберБеркут", выложили в интернет электронную переписку представителей руководства украинских партий "Удар" и "Батькивщина". Архивы с перепиской содержат сообщения, которыми обменивались региональные лидеры партий в Киеве, Львове, Донецке, Харькове и Луганске. В сообщениях, в частности, обсуждается организация силовых провокаций на Восточной Украине с участием активистов "Правого сектора". Никаких независимых подтверждений этой информации, добытой незаконным путем, не существует. Группа украинских хакеров, назвавшаяся "КиберБеркут", в ночь с субботы на воскресенье обрушила основные информационные ресурсы НАТО, которые более 12 часов работали с серьезными перебоями. Их функционирование восстановилось в полной мере только после того, как хакеры распространили заявление "о прекращении DDoS-атаки на ресурсы НАТО". Пока неизвестно, смогли ли эксперты по киберобороне НАТО установить источник атаки и будет ли альянс выдвигать судебные претензии хакерам. Распределенный отказ в обслуживании, известный под английской аббревиатурой DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service), - это один из наиболее распространенных методов хакерского нападения, цель которого - перегрузить системы огромным количеством запросов, автоматически направляемых одновременно с большого числа компьютеров.

07 апреля 2013, 15:11

Хакеры Anonymous напали на Израиль

Сайты правительственных организаций Израиля подвергаются кибератакам хакеров, передает Associated Press со ссылкой на израильские СМИ.Представители организации Anonymous сообщили в социальной сети Twitter о начале "операции Израиль". Как стало известно, атакам подверглись сайты министерства обороны и министерства образования Израиля, а также целый ряд сайтов израильских банков.Утверждается, что ни один сайт не прекратил своей работы, и все атаки были до сих пор успешно отражены.По словам представителей Anonymous, атаки на сайты правительства Израиля являются ответом на авиаудар, нанесенный израильскими военно-воздушными силами по сектору Газа 3 апреля 2013г.Напомним, в ноябре 2012г. Израиль провел в секторе Газа, находящемся под контролем палестинского движения "Хамас", восьмидневную военную операцию "Облачный столп". Конфликт завершился перемирием, достигнутым при посредничестве Египта.Источник: РБК.руИ в дополнение:«Anonymous» раскрыли сеть из 30 000 тайных агентов Моссада: вычислить израильского террориста теперь может каждыйХакерская организация Anonymous взломала информационную систему «израильского» «Моссада»Несколько дней назад хакерская организация «Anonymous», использующая в качестве своего символа знаменитую «маску Гая Фокса», взломала информационную систему «израильского» «Моссада», раскрыв сеть из 30 000 тайных агентов, часть из которых отнесены к категории «киллеров». Кроме того, хакеры опубликовали тысячи имен, ID-номеров, почтовых адресов и паспортных данных израильских политиков и офицеров ЦАХАЛа. Вскоре после взлома «израильский» режим наводнил интернет угрозами в адрес «Anonymous», обещая расправу в случае утечки информации о террористических ячейках сионистов. Еврейская террористическая организация из 30 000 разбросанных по всему миру преимущественно этнических агентов, не только обладает навыками по взлому, работе со взрывчаткой, минированию автомобилей, похищению и убийству людей, но до сих пор и непременно уходила от ответственности за преступления.Вычислить израильского шпиона и сообщить о нем в ФСБ теперь каждый может по следующим спискам: http://cryptome.org/2013/03/mossad-opisrael.pdf или http://cryptome.org/2013/03/mossad-opisrael.zipНесмотря на иврит здесь легко вычисляются пользователи яндекса и других электронных почт, таких, как: Леонид Семеш ([email protected]), Юрий Крайцман ([email protected]), Марк Шейман ([email protected]), Анна Макаренко ([email protected]), Анжелика Гитман ([email protected]), Анна Довженко ([email protected]), [email protected], [email protected], и другие милые люди, грабящие Россию и готовые, при случае, взорвать метро, аэровокзал Домодедово или просто воткнуть вам нож в спину…Источник: http://communitarian.ru/novosti/interne/anonymous__raskryli_set_iz_30_000_taynyh_agentov_mossada_06042013/Источник http://martinis09.livejournal.com/620533.html