In conjunction with the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg between 1 and 3 June, Fox journalist Megyn Kelly participated in a plenary session including, among others, the Prime Minister of India, the Chancellor of Austria, Presidents of Moldova and Russia, and 5,000 other participants. She was quite a moderator – I really enjoyed her bold and straightforward way of asking questions to the host of that meeting – Vladimir Putin. And Putin responded, plainly annoyed, yet in a strange way, patiently.

I read a stenogram from that Friday afternoon the 2nd of June, watching a video recording (and blogging) a bit. I have seldom witnessed such a true encounter between Russians and Americans as it became – in front of such an audience.

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M. Kelly also made a special TV interview with Putin (see below ) , which for some reason has been published in more unprocessed form on Russian RT, but in more processed (and shorter) form – with pictures, illustrative elements and comments – on Kelly’s own TV show, Channel NBC (again – see below – Putin in translation sounds harder than the original) – The program was broadcasted on Sunday evening 4/6.

Here, she might have been slightly enchanted by Putin, for which she has been severely criticized by American TV reviewers. But the same questions are asked, and some or a few more (and some fewer, that’s true). And basically the same answers were given.

No, from today that blog platform, who, according to it’s own data have 25 million users, is formed under the Russian laws.

How serious is this? It can be as serious as a Russian blogger – Podosokorsky – writes in the title of his post – LiveJournal has finally come under FSB control. Now waits a purge of disloyal bloggers

.. ?

I take the beginning of his post:

As is known, LiveJournal’s servers moved to Russia in December 2016. Anton Nosik then declared clearly, what practical consequences this would mean for regular users:


Международная конференция TechCrunch Moscow 2011

Anton Nosik 

“The idea to pull LiveJournal servers over to Russia, so that they are ‘closer to the users’, is not new – it was brought first by my friend Andrew Paulson, already in October 2006, when the Russian company SUP concluded a contract with the platform owners about supporting the Cyrillic segment. Then it only took five minutes to explain to my naive American friend the legal implications, and what this would mean for blog writers, commentators and readers of LiveJournal.

So that the platform would remain where it was , on the US west coast, where it had been over ten previous years.

In the period since then, Russia has managed to jail not fewer than a thousand people (!) for blog posts, replies, ‘likes’, shares, retweets and cross-posting over the social networks. But not one of these charges was based on the data of the users that the Russian authorities could get  from the Administration for LiveJournal Inc. in the State of California. In my own case (Nosik have been prosecuted recently because of a blog article on Syria, which I probably would not agree with. However, .. – blog editor/Subsequent) there is a correspondence between the plaintiffs and the same administration, where the latter politely declines to surrender information about my person, because there was no legal basis to pull them out because of the incoming request.

Now, however, there will no longer be any ground to reject such requests.

Since LiveJournal is now physically accommodated in the Russian Federation, and all the confidential information of the service’s users in real time are available for the Russian security service, according to what the Russian laws require … “


I  also have a LiveJournal blog that I write in Russian, which I cannot manage , if I don’t agree with the new user terms, I was told this morning. 

I think I wait a little with that approval *) .



Not quite fresh blogs / articles in english about this subject:

rahirah, metafilter, puzzling

A quite freh blog about it:




*)  At least for 24 hours


On Thursday a first hearing on possible Russian meddling during the American election campaign was held with a committee in the US Senate.

CNN: “..There were upwards of 1,000 paid Internet trolls working out of a facility in Russia, in effect, taking over series of computers, which is then called a ‘botnet,’ ” -Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said Wednesday – “If you Googled ‘election hacking’ leading up to the election and immediately afterwards, you wouldn’t get Fox or ABC, The New York Times, what you got is four out of the first five news stories that popped up were Russian propaganda . “


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According to BBC the same Warner said: “.. They did this with an unprecedented level of sophistication.”

In this way the senator sounds as an echo of “Radio Echo Moscow’s” chief editor Alexei Venediktov, when he, some five years ago, described the Russian hackers DDoS attacks during the Duma elections in 2011, with these words: “..the attack..was prepared .. with great sensitivity and expertise “.

What then, had taken place?

(Quote from the previously linked article in russian:) “On the day of parliamentary elections December 4 several large Russian informational resources were exposed to hacker attacks. ‘Echo Moscow,’ ‘Kommersant’, ‘’, ‘Bolshoi Gorod’ magazine – but also ‘New York Times’, and ‘ Golos’ , a monitoring organization’s website and its main Internet project ‘Map over transgressions’ , ceased to function “.

“Golos” , what I know, subsequently had to put down both its site and all their operations in Russia. They fell under the biased law aboutforeign agents“.

Does Russian hackers really play such a great role in global governance, these days ? “No“, says Putin. Well ..


New York Times

About the same subject – in russianin swedish