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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’, ‘Sion.ru’, ‘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 ..

 

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About the same subject – in russianin swedish

Putin – singled out by a British court as a “probable” orderer of the murder of Litvinenko, is now  engaging himself , among other things, in discussions about the role of Lenin in Russian history

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Vladimir Ilich Lenin

The same day that the British High Court had published its report on the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, Putin held talks with some members of the “Council for Science and Education of the President of the Russian Federation ” and discussed quite lively which educational institutions really should receive economic support from the State in the present situation .

One of those academics, head of Kurchatovsky Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk, recalled that prominent researchers have coped with scarce resources, and he – by quoting a poem by Pasternak –  first of all called for new ideas:

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Obama held a little unusual “State of the Union” speech  the other day, as he looked ahead, and challenged Americans not to fear the future.

Putin, giving an interview to the German magazine “Bild“, prefers to look backwards and talk about “what mistakes the West has made over the past twenty-five years.” It is, according to him, perhaps above all, that they did not take advantage of the opportunity, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to really overcome the division in Europe. Russia has also made mistakes, he says, by not having, in sufficient time, announced about their national interests…

stars

Now, twenty-five (26) years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, with diverse sanctions from the West together with a russian effort to as much as possible escape influences from the west, at least some western stars remain over the russian-speaking cultural sphere. The movie “Star Wars” is said to have  rather high visitor numbers in Russia, and the creator of the song “Starman” – David Bowie –  is, after his death, certainly not exalted the way he is in western media, but a crowd of Bowie fans are said to have stood and sung his songs outside the British Consulate in St. Petersburg, while an awesome snow-storm whirled around their heads.

Let’s move forward in the new year 2016,  hoping that we may escape the great Jabba…