” Last night, yet another eye-searing blue meteor screamed across the dark Russian sky. Lucky for us, Russia is the land of dashcams, meaning that yet again, we get a driver’s seat view of the phenomenon. How do you say “wow” in Russian.”
Here is another view of the latest meteor from Murmansk
Gizmodo has more
” A United States surveillance drone has been intercepted above the Ukranian region of Crimea, a Russian state arms and technology group said Friday.
” The drone was flying at about 4,000 metres (12,000 feet) and was virtually invisible from the ground. It was possible to break the link with US operators with complex radio-electronic” technology, said Rostec in a statement.
The drone fell “almost intact into the hands of self-defence forces” added Rostec, which said it had manufactured the equipment used to down the aircraft, but did not specify who was operating it.
” Judging by its identification number, UAV MQ-5B belonged to the 66th American Reconnaissance Brigade, based in Bavaria,” Rostec said on its website, which also carried a picture of what it said was the captured drone.”
Read more and read the Pentagon’ denial here
” Russian President Vladimir Putin has another problem on his hands with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Word is spreading that many people lost their homes for the games and received next to nothing in compensation.”
” Tatyana Samokhval comforted her mother Valentina Khlystova (pictured above) as the Russian government demolished the family home. At first her husband Sergei and his son-in-law Maxim (Tatyana’s husband) tried to block the bulldozers. They eventually had to admit defeat and watch in pain as it was taken down.
Nina Toromonyan was forced to give up her home under Law 301, which allowed the government to take over any land and buildings, even private, for the Winter Olympics. The police showed up on October 23 and took everyone out by force if they resisted. “
Gee , Soviet style forced resettlement ? Well it’s not like it can happen here . Oh , sorry , never mind .
” People on the national news, Twitter and elsewhere are very focused on the borderline “third world” conditions to be found in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics begin tomorrow. Though unappetizing, the presence of dingy yellow tap water is not in our mind nearly as serious as the continued terror threat – though Putin’s government continues to downplay it. We hope bad plumbing and a scarcity of lightbulbs are all the athletes have to deal with, but we’ll see. There are more than “direct action threats” to worry about – remember, Sochi is closer to Chechnya than LA is to San Francisco, and those Jihadis have a proven track record for murderous efficiency. Here’s the latest Sochi SITREP from Groz. Mad Duo
Sochi SITREP Pt 4
In the past week and a half we have witnessed a drastic shift in the operational tempo of both Russian Security Forces and the Islamic Caucasus Emirate. The series of dramatic counter terror operations by the Russians have ground to a halt. ICE Jihadis have seemingly ceased attacks in Dagestan. Information or intelligence releases from the Russian government has also been scarce. So what is happening in the so-called “Ring of Steel” and the Caucasus region as a whole? Have the Russian Security Services annihilated ICE, as Vladimir Putin hailed in his New Year speech? Were Dmitry Medvedev’s statements on Olympic Security in contrast to that of the West correct? Let us begin our analysis of the situation – the reason for the lack of action in the last week is much more sinister than any of these assumptions.
Significant Events in the Past Week
The Russian National Anti-terror Committee or (NAK) has finally released positive identification of the Volgograd suicide bombers. The two bombers were identified as Asker Samdov and Suleyman Magomedov. NAK also stated that the two had operated out of Buynaksk, and that two accomplices had also been arrested in Dagestan. Russian immigration officials also shed light on the arrests of over a dozen Al Qaeda or AQ linked terror suspects in the last few months, including an Egyptian AQ member in October, and fifteen members of At Takfir Wal Hijra (an AQ affiliate founded in Egypt) back in November.
The large number of foreign Jihadis coming into Russia does not bode well for the Olympic security situation. It lends authenticity to Doku Umarov’s calls for Jihadis to converge on Sochi. The names of more potential Black Widow suicide bombers and their support elements have also been released. These individuals include Jhannet Tsakhaeva from Dagestan, Oksana Aslanova from Turkmenistan, and two males suspects named Ruslan Saufutdinov and Murad Musaev. This press release will surely add to the hysteria of Black Widow attacks in the Western Media. “
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