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As Senator Arashukov framed Kadyrov

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“Teddy bear” against the grizzly bear

The Investigative Committee of Russia has formed an investigative-operational
group that will investigate the cases of murders in 2010 in the KChR of two
public figures – Fral Shabzukhov and Aslan Zhukov. The main person involved in
these investigations is Senator Rauf Arashukov. He, as the organizer of the
attacks, is testified by the performers and intermediaries in the transfer of
the “order”. In a previous article, rucriminal.info cited the
testimony of Rasul Adzhiev, who shot Zhukov. In them he admits that Ruslan
Agoyev, son-in-law of Arashukov paid for the crime (now hiding in the UAE),
which acted in the interests of the senator. In the new publication, we give
the testimony of Rustam Kopsergenov, who selected killers to eliminate
Shebzukhov. He described in detail to the investigators where and when he met
with Arashukov, as he handed him the “order” and paid the fee.
It is worth noting that this at the “dawn” of his career Rauf
eliminated uncomfortable people with the help of killers. Then he began to
remove them through the group of security forces he controlled from the North
Caucasus Federal District. With the help of the latter, Arashukov decided to
strike even Ramzan Kadyrov.


Rauf Arashukov simply loves to be photographed with famous people, who
immediately writes down to his friends. Some of these “friends” can
not remember Rauf. And with some gentle senator it is possible to establish
relations. Among the latter was Ramzan Kadyrov. Arashukov simply mlel from
communicating with him, sang laudatory odes and in every possible way showed
that they are on good terms. For the time being, Kadyrov favorably treated
Rauf.
Moreover, their relatives jointly led the federal state institution
“Federal Highway Administration” Caucasus “of the Federal Road
Agency.” Kadyrov-Ruslan Lechkhadzhiyev’s relative was in charge of the
PKU, and Arashukov’s relative Muradin Kardanov was the first deputy head of the
PKU.
According to sources rucriminal.info, Rauf surrounded himself with people who
at every opportunity speak of his greatness. These people from his entourage
“sang” that he had already reached enormous heights and his status is
not lower than that of Ramzan Kadyrov. In reality, their magnitude can be
compared, like a teddy bear and a grizzly bear. But Rauf believed in the words
of the environment and does not consider himself plush at all.


As a result, he decided … to put a relative of Kadyrov Lechadzhiev, and in
his place to put his relative Kardanov.
And so, one day a group of siloviki broke into the office of Lechkhadzhiev with
a search. Later it was found out that they worked in the criminal case
“sucked from the finger”, but they were determined resolutely. The
latter suspected that he could become a victim of “intrigues” inside
the PKU and was absolutely right. The security service “looked” into
Kardanova’s phone and found correspondence there with Rauf, where they
discussed their scenario, how with the help of the siloviki “to fall
down” Lechkhadzhiev.
Ruslan with this information went to Kadyrov. According to the interlocutors of
rucriminal.info, having learned about this, Rauf offered Leckhadzhiyev any
benefits and sums, if only Ramzan did not learn about everything. But he was
sent.
It is worth noting that the Grizzlies reacted wisely to the tricks of the teddy
bear. Rauf is still healthy and well-nourished. True, Kardanov “flew”
out of the PKU, and Arashukov was struck from the list of people Kadyrov had
ever known. But this, of course, is nothing, compared to what could have been.
Therefore Rauf, with a single mention of Ramzan and Adam Delimkhanov, changes
in the face and is covered with cold sweat. And he is ready for anything, only
if Kadyrov erases not only his name from the notebook, but also all the
memories of the history with Lechkhadzhiev.

To be continued
Vitaly Tolstykh


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Just Security: The Early Edition: May 22, 2019

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA AND CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS

Former White House counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena yesterday to appear before Congress, following orders from the White House. The House Judiciary Committee held a brief hearing in McGahn’s absence, with Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) vowing that the House would hold the president accountable “one way or the other,” adding that the committee was ready to hold McGahn in contempt: “let me be clear: this committee will hear McGahn’s testimony … even if we have to go to court,” Sabrina Siddiqui and David Smith report at the Guardian.

House Democrats yesterday subpoenaed two more former White House aides, including the president’s former adviser and confidante – Hope Hicks – and former White House deputy counsel Annie Donaldson. The subpoenas seek testimony and documents in connection with the House judiciary committee’s probe of whether the president obstructed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian electoral interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign. Sarah N. Lynch and Jan Wolfe report at Reuters.

A federal judge yesterday ordered the release of search warrants relating to President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen that had been sought by Mueller. The documents are expected to reveal further information on Mueller’s own attempts to investigate Cohen from before Mueller referred the case to prosecutors in New York, Jacqueline Thomsen reports at the Hill.

Calls for impeachment proceedings against Trump are growing after McGahn failed to appear at yesterday’s hearing. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) claimed the president’s latest moves enhanced his “appearance of guilt” and “pushed Congress to a point where we must start an impeachment inquiry.” The BBC reports.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is to meet with Democrats this morning to hear from Democrats on whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings. “She’s hearing the views of the caucus … and listening to different perspectives and we’re having that debate,” Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass) stated. The arguments for an impeachment inquiry based on the argument advanced by a number of Democrats that it “gives the House a stronger legal hand in securing documents, testimony and cooperation from the Trump administration,” Susan Davis and Kelsey Snell write at NPR.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “secretly” met with the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday to discuss his time in the Trump administration and the “frictions” he experienced with the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. In a meeting allegedly lasting over six hours, Tillerson told members and staffers that the Trump administration “actively avoided” confronting Russia about allegations of electoral interference “in an effort to develop a solid relationship with the Kremlin,” Erin Banco reports at The Daily Beast.

House Democrats are “stepping up” calls to secure Mueller’s testimony, with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) saying they “should do whatever we can to get to get that testimony.” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) agreed, stating: “I think he will have to be subpoenaed … he’s critical … he basically made the case for obstruction of justice and we need to hear from him.” Olivia Beavers and Morgan Chalfant report at the Hill.

The Department of Justice (D.O.J.) yesterday offered to provide materials related to Mueller’s investigation as long as the panel confirms it would not move forward with an “enforcement action” against Attorney General William Barr. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd stated the department is willing to “expedite” access to foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information identified by the committee as a priority if the panel drops its threat to pursue an enforcement action. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Trump’s lawyers filed an appeal yesterday of Judge Amit Mehta’s ruling Monday. Mehta rejected the president’s demand for a preliminary injunction that would block his accounting firm Mazars from handing over records subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney report at POLITICO.

TRUMP-RUSSIA AND CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS: OPINION AND ANALYSIS

“Politics” is not the real reason behind Mueller’s concerns about his potential testimony in front of a House committee, Chris Cillizza comments at CNN, arguing that Mueller and his advisers are “fooling themselves” if they consider that if he refuses to testify it will “somehow preserve a patina of impartiality around him.”

The “loud impeachment chorus” isn’t breaking on Pelosi yet, Jonathan Allen argues at NBC, writing that Pelosi’s goal all along has been to “keep her caucus together” and that still means “not rushing into an impeachment inquiry.”

Congress cannot force McGahn to testify and “he has every constitutional right not to appear,” the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board comments, arguing that this is not a “close legal call.”

A comparison of the conditions for impeaching Trump compared to the cases of Presidents Nixon and Clinton – along with the key differences – is provided by Editor-in-Chief Ryan Goodman at Just Security.

While the White House’s position on blocking a Congressional subpoena for McGahn is unsurprising – whether it can sustain the position in a core challenge “is another question,” Bob Bauer writes in a legal analysis at Just Security.

U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS

The Trump administration is considering imposition restrictions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, which would involve limiting the tech giant’s ability to buy U.S. technology, according to people familiar with the matter. The move marks the administration’s latest attempt to counter Beijing’s global economic ambitions and would also serve as the first time the Trump administration has punished a Chinese company for its role in the surveillance and mass detention of the minority Muslim Uighur group, Ana Swanson and Edward Wong report at the New York Times.

China’s foreign ministry said today that Beijing opposes the U.S. smearing Chinese companies, following media reports regarding the Hikvision sanctions. “China urges the United States to provide a fair and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese firms,” ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a daily news briefing, Reuters reports.

Major U.K.-based chip designer A.R.M. is suspending business with Huawei to comply with U.S. regulations, the BBC reported today, citing internal company documents. Reuters reports.

Analysts have talked of a technological “decoupling” and a “digital Iron Curtain,” following the U.S.’ punitive measures against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, David Ignatius explains at the Washington Post, commenting that “that sounds like a description of a world in which everyone would be worse off — a mobilization for a conflict such as World War I.”

IRAN                                                                                    

The Trump administration yesterday appeared keen to ease escalating tensions with Iran, aiming to reassure worried lawmakers it does not seek war and claiming that robust U.S. military moves had deterred the Tehran regime. “This is about deterrence, not about war … we are not about going to war,” Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters after exiting the closed-door briefing he gave with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, AFP reports.

Shanahan claimed that deterrence measures taken by the Pentagon had “put on hold” the potential for attacks on Americans. It was unclear exactly what Shanahan meant and Pentagon officials could not immediately clarify whether the threat from Iran had been diminished, Reuters reports.

“We’re in a period where the threat remains high and our job is to make sure that there is no miscalculation by the Iranians,” Shanahan added.  Later asked to clarify whether he meant the threat from Iran was diminished or reduced, Shanahan replied, “there haven’t been any attacks on Americans … I would consider that a hold,” Ellen Mitchel reports at the Hill.

Top administration officials told senators during the briefing that recent attacks on shipping and a pipeline in the Middle East was directed by the Iranian administration, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Graham told reporters that the briefers “explained to us how the Iranian threat streams were different than in the past, that the attack on the ships and the pipeline was coordinated and directed by the Iranian government, the ayatollah,” Reuters reports.

Some Democratic politicians expressed skepticism after the closed-door Iran briefings. “Secretary Pompeo … argued, ‘here are all the terrible things that Iran has done,’ and he spent about 10 minutes until I cut him off,” Chair of the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wa.) told reporters after the briefing for House members, adding: “‘we know Iran is bad …what is the policy going forward?’ there wasn’t enough information on that,” Al Jazeera reports.

“The divided response underscored how even national security has become an increasingly partisan issue in Washington,” Nahal Toosi and Daniel Lippman write in an account of yesterday’s briefings at POLITICO.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Iran will not negotiate with President Trump unless the U.S. shows Tehran “respect” by honoring its commitments under the disputed 2015 nuclear deal. In an exclusive interview, Zarif warned the U.S. was “playing a very, very dangerous game” by boosting its military presence in the Gulf, warning that “having all these military assets in a small area is in of itself prone to accidents … extreme prudence is required,” Frederik Pleitgen and Sheena McKenzie report at CNN.

Iran will “under no circumstances” enter a war either directly or indirectly with the U.S., prominent reformist Iranian lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh commented today. Falahatpisheh’s comments, reported by the semi-official I.L.N.A. news agency, carry particular weight as he serves as the chair of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission, Nasser Karimi reports at the AP.

The House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would end the authorization for the use of military force (A.U.M.F.,) as lawmakers grow increasingly concerned over the possibility of war with Iran. The panel voted 30-22 along party lines for Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-Calif.) amendment to sunset the A.U.M.F., which has been cited as legal justification for military operations against terrorist groups since its introduction in 2001, Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

“Many legal experts agree that stretching the 2001 A.U.M.F. to cover Iran is untenable,” Heather Brandon-Smith writes at Just Security, querying whether lawmakers will “step up” this week to “criticize the executive branch’s usurpation of their constitutional war powers.”

U.S. sanctions are forcing Tehran to cut funds to its terrorist proxies, Marc A. Thiessen writes at the Washington Post, commenting that despite this achievement, “it will take more than sanctions to leave the Iranian regime on the ash heap of history.”

IRAQ

Iraq will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help “halt tension” amid the U.S.-Iran fallout, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said yesterday. His comments came two days after a rocket landed close to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s ‘Green Zone,’ Reuters reports.

U.N. envoy for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert yesterday appealed for “wide-based international support” to prevent Islamic State group from regaining a foothold in the country. Hennis-Plasschaert also told the Security Council that if the issue of thousands of returning Islamic State group fighters and their families from Syria to Iraq is not managed properly, “we risk creating a new breeding ground for the next generation of terrorists,” Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 10 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq between April 21 and May 4 [Central Command]

SYRIA

The U.S. claims to have seen indications that the Syrian government may once again be using chemical weapons in its attempt to recapture the last rebel-held pocket of the country, warning the use of any such weapons would provoke retaliatory measures from Washington and its allies. The alleged attack occurred on Sunday on the border of rebel-held Idlib province where Syrian government forces have intensified their air and ground campaign in recent weeks; local reports claimed that four Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (H.T.S.) fighters were injured by chlorine released by munitions dropped near the village of Kabana, Bethan McKernan reports at the Guardian.

The Trump administration issued a threat to the Syrian government that the U.S. and allies will respond “quickly and appropriately” if the suspicion regarding the chemical attack proves to be true. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said yesterday: “we are still gathering information on [Sunday’s] incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will respond quickly and appropriately,” The Daily Beast reports.

Ortagus called the suspected attack “part of a violent campaign by the Assad regime that violates a cease-fire that has protected several million civilians in the greater Idlib area.” She added: “the United States reiterates its warning, first issued by President Trump in September 2018, that an attack against the Idlib de-escalation zone would be a reckless escalation that threatens to destabilize the region,” Edward Wong reports at the New York Times.

Rebels in northwestern Syria launched a counterattack on yesterday against pro-government positions and fighting killed more than three dozen combatants from both sides, according to U.K.-based monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The fighting in the town of Kafr Nabuda, in the north of Hama province, killed 26 pro-government fighters as well as 18 rebels, Al Jazeera reports.

Syrian activists and rebels say opposition fighters announced this morning that Kafr Nabuda has been recaptured from the government, following an overnight counteroffensive that drove government forces from areas they captured earlier this month. The AP reports

The Russian military announced that al-Qaida-linked militants in northwestern Syria launched an attack on Syrian government forces yesterday, apparently making use of tanks. Head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria – Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin – said the Syrian army was fighting back against the offensive, the AP reports.

YEMEN

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels launched a drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Najran airport, the movement’s Al Masirah T.V. reported early today. The report said that the attack targeted hangars containing war planes and that there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties; there was also no immediate comment from Saudi Arabia or the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen,


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Austria grants former Bashneft CEO Ural Rakhimov residency permit – report

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MOSCOW, May 20 (RAPSI) – Austria has granted former Bashneft CEO Ural Rakhimov who stands accused in Russia of embezzling over 210 billion rubles (about $4.3 billion) residence permit, Kommersant newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Vienna Criminal Court is considering a Russian request to extradite Rakhimov. A judge has appointed the next hearing for mid-July. Rakhimov has not been detained.

Kommersant writes that prosecutors have not requested any form of detainment for the fugitive businessman. The newspaper’s sources said he likely received a residence permit and probably hopes to become an Austrian citizen.

Under the Austrian constitution, Austria does not extradite its citizens. However, newspaper sources said a local oversight agency would be obliged to review the grounds on which Rakhimov was granted residence.

Rakhimov’s defense attorney declined to comment.

Bashneft was controlled by the government of Russia’s Bashkortostan region until 2003, when a major stake was sold to companies affiliated with Ural Rakhimov, the son of the former head of Bashkortostan, Murtaza Rakhimov. The company was privatized in 2009 when Russian oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Sistema gained control of it.

A court in Moscow ruled that Bashneft was privatized in violation of law. The Prosecutor General’s Office brought a suit to return a 71.6 percent stake in Bashneft to the government. The Moscow Commercial Court ruled on October 30, 2014 in favor of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Sistema filed a lawsuit with the Moscow Commercial Court seeking 70.7 billion rubles ($1.4 billion) in damages from Ural-Invest over the forfeiture of Bashneft stock.

Rakhimov was charged in absentia with embezzlement and money laundering and put on the international wanted list.


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mikenov on Twitter: “#MUSTAIKARIM” #PLANECRASH – #Update – 7:42 AM 5/22/2019 – #Russia #News russia-news.org/2019/05/22/mus… pic.twitter.com/MV4SHjPuSS

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RealClearInvestigations – Homepage: Emails Show State Department, DoJ, Steele Connections

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Judicial Watch has tirelessly pursued government documents relating to the Russia hoax, and has made them public as they have been wrested from the grasp of Washington bureaucrats. Today Judicial Watch released three emails exchanged between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, a Hillary Clinton donor, and Bruce Ohr.

RealClearInvestigations – Homepage


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realDonaldTrump on Twitter: Also, tremendous work is being done on pure renovation – fixing existing Walls that are in bad condition and ineffective, and bringing them to a very high standard!

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Also, tremendous work is being done on pure renovation – fixing existing Walls that are in bad condition and ineffective, and bringing them to a very high standard!


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realDonaldTrump on Twitter: Much of the Wall being built at the Southern Border is a complete demolition and rebuilding of old and worthless barriers with a brand new Wall and footings. Problem is, the Haters say that is not a new Wall, but rather a renov

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Much of the Wall being built at the Southern Border is a complete demolition and rebuilding of old and worthless barriers with a brand new Wall and footings. Problem is, the Haters say that is not a new Wall, but rather a renovation. Wrong, and we must build where most needed….


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Counterintelligence Responsibilities and the 2020 Election: What Are the Rules of the Road?

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The attorney general has now directed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to examine how the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election began, along with related investigations of Trump campaign affiliates. The new directive appears to be in response to the president’s repeated urging to “investigate the investigators,” although so far, early indications suggest that Durham is conducting a “review” and not an “investigation.” In an interview with Fox News, the attorney general elaborated on the reasoning behind his directive to Durham, saying that he has so far not gotten adequate answers to his questions about the origins of the investigation, and that while it’s important to look at foreign influence, it’s also important to look at whether government agents abused their power. He further defended his use of accusations that “spying” took place. And the president has accused former officials of “treason” —an accusation that, in any other political environment in my lifetime, would have triggered a far more dramatic response from Congress, the media and the public.

Despite these comments by the president and the attorney general, there are serious reasons to conduct a review of policies and procedures governing national security investigations involving political campaigns. It is important to ensure that investigators have the proper legal guidance, policy direction and rules of the road to do their jobs as the country approaches the 2020 election. But the administration’s rhetoric diminishes the legitimate value that this review could bring.

As currently articulated by the attorney general, the review could go in different directions. The outcome is of great consequence for protecting the 2020 election from foreign influence. One approach is for the review to be backward-looking. In this model, Durham would look at how the investigation into Russian interference started, along with the sourcing on the information provided to the FBI by Christopher Steele, the information that went into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application related to Carter Page, the evaluation of sources and related matters. This type of review would appear to duplicate work that is presumably being done by the Department of Justice inspector general. It would be geared toward uncovering wrongdoing and holding former government officials accountable (mostly likely in the form of public reprimand, as it’s difficult to imagine criminal wrongdoing). And indeed, punishment for former officials involved in these investigations is certainly the outcome that the president seems most interested in.

A different—and sounder—approach to the Durham-led review would be forward-looking. This review would not dive into the same matters under review by the inspector general, and it would not be in search of facts indicating improper intent on the part of current or former government agents who were involved in the 2016 investigations. Instead, such a review would focus primarily on policies and procedures governing national security investigations involving political campaigns or affiliated individuals, with a focus on what comes next. This type of review—if conducted quickly, so that necessary changes can be made—would serve an important function by establishing the rules of the road for 2020.

Under any circumstances, conducting investigations involving political candidates or campaigns is highly sensitive. But highly sensitive is not the same as unheard of. The Attorney General’s Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations do not distinguish between investigations of a purely criminal investigative nature and investigations involving national security, including counterintelligence, aspects. Instead, the guidelines apply to all investigations, allowing for continuity in investigations where there are both criminal investigative and national security aspects. The Attorney General’s Guidelines contain provisions for “sensitive investigative matters”:

SENSITIVE INVESTIGATIVE MATTER: an investigative matter involving the activities of a domestic public official or political candidate (involving corruption or a threat to the national security), religious or political organization or individual prominent in such an organization, or news media, or any other matter which, in the judgment of the official authorizing an investigation, should be brought to the attention of FBI Headquarters and other Department of Justice officials.

Thus, it is not as if investigations involving sensitive matters and national security are something new; they are not. They are contemplated in guidelines and have been for many years. The guidelines also define sensitive monitoring circumstances, which include circumstances in which elected officials, among others, are affected or targeted by certain investigative techniques. The Attorney General’s Guidelines include provisions regarding which entities within the FBI and the Department of Justice must be notified that investigations involving sensitive matters have been opened. But the details regarding exactly who (or, more accurately, which officials at what level or position) within the FBI and the Department of Justice would need to approve openings of investigations, and who would need to provide approval to implement or (when appropriate) request court approval for sophisticated investigative techniques, are left to additional internal FBI or Department of Justice policies and procedures, including those in the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG).

The policies and specific procedures must be clear to investigators as they approach fulfilling their national security responsibilities in the runup to the 2020 election. And while the rules may be currently in writing, the attorney general’s public statements have called into question whether he views them as adequate, and whether he will support decisions made under them. The attorney general, after all, promulgates these rules. Now that the attorney general is publicly questioning whether activities done in the past were appropriate and is alleging that “spying” took place, agents who were following the existing rules are in an untenable position. This environment can have a chilling effect on agents who may therefore be reluctant to open investigations on certain individuals based on the rhetoric coming from the president and attorney general or, otherwise, to aggressively investigate foreign influence on political campaigns or electoral processes.

So what type of policy changes could indicate a higher sensitivity to investigations involving political candidates or campaigns? One example would be raising the level of approval for FISA applications targeting certain types of individuals, such as candidates or campaign senior advisors. FISA, as currently amended, defines the attorney general as the attorney general, the deputy attorney general or the assistant attorney general for national security. As a legal matter, this means that any of those officials, for purposes of FISA, are authorized to approve applications made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). As a practical matter, in order to respond to national security matters most efficiently, that authority is exercised by the assistant attorney general for national security, a Senate-confirmed official. In fact, the provision was added when the National Security Division was created in order to make the FISA process more efficient.

As a matter of policy, however, an attorney general could decide that a FISA application in which the target of the surveillance is a candidate for federal office should only be presented to the attorney general (or acting attorney general if the attorney general is unavailable). Or the policy could direct that a FISA application in which the target of the surveillance is a staff member of a presidential campaign be presented to the attorney general for approval. Or the attorney general could mandate that in order to open a counterintelligence investigation of a campaign or a member of a presidential campaign, approval of the FBI director must be sought. Any number of variations are available; the point is that it is within the attorney general’s purview to implement policy that provides what he deems appropriate accountability for highly sensitive matters. Based on the facts currently available, however, these particular changes would likely not have made any difference in the 2016 investigations. Nor am I suggesting these are necessarily good ideas for the management of national security cases. But they are illustrative of the types of policy and procedure tightening that is within the attorney general’s purview.

Whether the attorney general adopts this procedural and rules-based approach to conducting this review or not, what is important from a national security perspective is that the FBI and the Department of Justice have clear rules to follow to carry out their counterintelligence functions as we approach the 2020 election. Based on current intelligence community reporting that has been made publicly available, foreign influence remains a real, persistent threat to U.S. elections and democratic processes. And in the absence of clear rules from the top, law enforcement and intelligence officials may hold back from conducting thorough investigations to protect the integrity of elections.

Meanwhile, the president’s and—more recently—the attorney general’s rhetoric has focused mostly if not exclusively on the activities of the law enforcement and national security officials and agencies that are responsible for protecting the country from foreign influence. This is exactly backward. Instead of “investigating the investigators”, it is the responsibility of the president, attorney general and other national security leadership to ensure that the FBI and the intelligence community have the authorities, guidelines and clear policy direction needed to be able to do their jobs. As the 2020 election approaches, investigators need clear rules in order to conduct counterintelligence investigations with the support and authorization of the attorney general.

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Crashed Superjet’s pitch fluctuated before fatal touchdown

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Russian investigators have disclosed that the Sukhoi Superjet 100 involved in a fatal accident at Moscow Sheremetyevo was 1.6t over its maximum landing weight, and experienced two impacts in excess of 5g as it bounced on landing.

The Interstate Aviation Committee says it has completed an initial analysis of information from the flight-data recorder retrieved from the Aeroflot jet after the 5 May event.

Investigators have revealed that the crew received windshear warnings on approach and that the aircraft experienced pitch fluctuations just before the fatal touchdown.

Federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia, in a detailed outline of the flight, states that the aircraft suffered an electrical failure at 8,900ft – about 5min after take-off from runway 24C – while following the KN 24E standard departure pattern for a service to Murmansk.

The aircraft’s autopilot disengaged and the aircraft’s flight control system dropped into direct law.

Rosaviatsia does not specifically state that the aircraft was struck by lightning, but it does point out that the aircraft was flying within a “zone of thunderstorm activity”.

The flight recorder registered disengagement of the autothrottle, and Rosaviatsia says the captain manually controlled the aircraft for the remainder of the flight.

Unable to communicate on the approach frequency, the crew restored VHF radio links using the emergency frequency 121.5MHz, and was vectored back to Sheremetyevo while transmitting the squawk code ’7600’ for loss of communication.

The aircraft conducted an ILS approach, in manual mode, to runway 24L.

Rosaviatsia says the aircraft had departed with a take-off weight of just over 43.5t and that its weight upon entry to the glideslope was 42.6t – which, it says, exceeded the maximum landing weight by 1.6t.

As required for the overweight landing, and the direct-law control, the flaps were set to 25°. The crew also upgraded the squawk code to the emergency setting ‘7700’.

The aircraft remained largely stable on the approach – performed in a crosswind from the left of up to 30kt – with an airspeed of 155-160kt.

As the Superjet descended through 1,100-900ft above ground, the crew received five predictive windshear “go around” warnings.

The aircraft began to dip below the glideslope at about 260ft and, at 180ft, a glideslope alert sounded.

Thrust was subsequently increased, with the throttle levers alternately advanced and retarded between 18° and 24° as the aircraft descended to 40ft. This resulted in the airspeed increasing to 164kt as it crossed the threshold and 170kt at 16ft from touchdown.

As the captain retarded the throttle to idle, says Rosaviatsia, he made several alternating inputs to the side-stick with “large amplitudes” – up to the maximum – which resulted in the pitch varying between 6° nose-up and 2° nose-down.

While the aircraft had appeared close to touchdown at about 700m from the threshold, Rosaviatsia says the first three-point contact with the runway occurred at 900m from the threshold at 158kt, when the aircraft experienced an impact of more than 2.5g, and bounced to about 6ft.

Rosaviatsia says the aircraft’s spoilers did not deploy automatically. Aeroflot stresses that its procedures do not require the manual deployment of spoilers until thrust-reverse is activated and the aircraft is settled and stable on the runway.

“In the absence of a stable course the release of the spoilers was impossible,” the carrier adds.

Having bounced, the aircraft touched down 2s later on its nose-gear at 155kt, with a heavy impact of 5.85g, causing the Superjet to bounce a second time, to a height of 18ft. The third, and final, impact occurred at 140kt – reaching at least 5g – and was immediately followed by damage to the aircraft’s structure, a fuel spill and fire.

As the aircraft decelerated through 100kt, sliding along the runway, a fire alarm was triggered in the aft baggage and cargo compartment, followed by a fire alarm in the auxiliary power unit 16s later. The aircraft’s PowerJet SaM146 engines continued operating until the end of the flight-data recorder trace just after 18:31.

Rosaviatsia says the captain had logged 1,570h on type out of a total of 6,844h while the first officer had 623h on type.

The aircraft (RA-89098) had accumulated 2,710h over the course of 1,658 cycles.

Rosaviatsia says the fatalities comprised 40 of the 73 passengers and one of the five crew members, while six passengers and three crew were injured.

Aeroflot stresses that the preliminary information disclosed by Rosaviatsia does not reference errors by the crew or any violation of procedures, and that final conclusions have yet to be released by the investigating authorities.

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realDonaldTrump on Twitter: RT @dcexaminer: .@RepMarkMeadows: Declassification of Russia investigation docs is “right around the corner.” washex.am/2VNNXvo

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FSB detains former deputy head of Karachay-Cherkessia Investigative Committee and head of local anti-extremism dept

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In February, both were searched in the case of Senator Rauf Arashukov.

The FSB and the National Guard detained General Kazbek Bulatov, the former First Deputy Head of the Directorate of the Investigative Committee for Karachay-Cherkessia, and Timur Betuganov, Head of the E Center of the republic (anti-extremism department), RBC
reports. In February, both were searched in the case of Senator Rauf Arashukov.

The detainees are suspected of involvement in illegal activities; the charges have not been specified yet.

“Colonel Betuganov was detained early in the morning at his workplace,” said a source close to the investigation.

“Betuganov is currently being held in the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Karachay-Cherkessia in the department of banditry and terrorism, charges are to be brought against him,” a source told RBC. “He was detained by officers of the federal Investigative Committee and the FSB. Bulatov has also been detained. Two more officers of the Investigative Committee for the Karachay-Cherkessia were detained.”

In early February, Kazbek Bulatov resigned from his post as the first deputy head of the Investigative Committee for Karachay-Cherkessia. As RBC reports, he was the acting head of the department.

Also in February, investigators carried out searches within the case of Senator Rauf Arashukov against the leadership of the republican Ministry of Internal Affairs and the administration of the Investigation Committee, including Bulatov and the head of the E Center, Betuganov.

On January 30, the senator from Karachay-Cherkessia, Rauf Arashukov, was detained in the Federation Council. On the same day, his father Raul Arashukov, an adviser to the general director of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz and a deputy of the National Assembly of the Karachay-Cherkessia, was arrested at a meeting of Gazprom in St. Petersburg.

Rauf Arashukov is charged with crimes under Part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (participation in the criminal community), Part 4 of Art. 309 of the Criminal Code (pressure on the witness), Part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (murder). According to investigators, Arashukov was involved in the assassinations of Ascha Zhukov, deputy chairman of the public youth movement Adyghe-Khase of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, and adviser to the president of the Karachay-Cherkessia, Frall Shebzukhov, and pressure on the witness in the murder of Zhukov, as well as participation in the criminal community.

Raul Arashukov is accused of committing crimes under Part 3 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (creation of a criminal community using its official position), Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud). According to the materials of the criminal case, he was involved in the theft of natural gas from PJSC Gazprom for several years.

Rauf and Raul Arashukov have repeatedly became defendants in the investigations of The CrimeRussia.


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Gazprom’s Involvement in Arashukov Case

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Russian federal authorities recently detained a number of people who were reportedly linked to Gazprom’s regional subsidiaries, including leaders of an influential clan from Karachaevo-Cherkessiya. Russian Senator Rauf Arashukov was detained at a session of the Federation Council, the Russian parliament’s upper chamber, on January 30 while his father, Raul Arashukov, was taken into custody in St. Petersburg. This is just the beginning of a political purge that may lead to serious turmoil both in the Karachaevo-Cherkessiya region as well as in Russia’s state-run gas giant Gazprom.

The 32-year-old Rauf Arashukov has represented the Karachaevo-Cherkessiya region in the North Caucasus since 2016. Never before has Russian public opinion experienced such a show that included a lawmaker getting detained and handcuffed in front of members of the upper house. Interestingly, Attorney General Yuri Chaika and Federal Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin addressed the senators to strip Arashukov of his immunity. It was only a few minutes before the detainment that the Federation Council closed the parliamentary session to the public while Federal Protective Service officers sealed the building hall’s entrances and exits. During a secret meeting, Russian senators voted to strip Arashukov of his legal immunity and agreed to detain him. The lawmaker was charged with orchestrating a criminal group while additionally being accused of killing two people.

Only an hour later, his father Raul Arashukov was detained at a meeting of Gazprom in St. Petersburg, accused of fraud amounting to 30 billion roubles. The illpractice was to last for many years while the younger Arashukov, who had previously worked in Gazprom’s structures in Stavropol and Karachaevo-Cherkessiya, was reportedly involved in such illegal practices. Rauf Arashukov has served as an adviser to the CEO of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz and a deputy of the republican parliament of Karachaevo-Cherkessiya. Since the late 1990s, he has headed many branches of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz, Gazprom’s subsidiary tasked with selling gas to Russian regions. Interestingly enough, a department in Gazprom Mezhregiongaz where the elder Arashukov worked as an adviser to the general direction should write off Chechnya’s debts, worth a total of 9 billion roubles, according to a statement of a court in Grozny.

The Arashukov family is an influential clan in the Russian republic of Karachaevo-Cherkessiya. Arashukov’s involvement in the contract killings has long been known for everyone yet both men managed to flee from responsibility due to their connections in regional security structures, including the republic’s Investigative Committee. This is probably why investigation against them is being carried out by central structures of Russian Investigative Committee and the Federal Security Service (FSB). So far, a series of searches and other investigative activities have been conducted in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Stavropol, Makhachkala, Astrakhan and other Russian cities. In an official statement issued on the evening of January 30, Russian Investigative Committee claimed that the elder Arashukov’s associates may have been involved in the theft of Gazprom’s resources, which is why they are also to be taken into custody. Raul Arashukov is also being investigated for the murder of Boris Khapsirokov, a businessman from the Donetsk region, which allegedly took place in the late 1990s. He may thus face up to 25 years in prison while his son – even life imprisonment.

How to interpret the intention to hit the Arashukov family then? According to one of many theories, Russian federal authorities sought to demonstrate their intention to fight against corrupt local elites. Such was the case of other Russian republics, including Tatarstan and Dagestan. Current detentions may indicate the beginning of a massive purge in the region. It is also said that recent events may fit into a struggle for taking over Gazprom’s financial profits. Once disclosed, a long-term criminal scheme in Gazprom’s regional subsidiaries may hit the company’s CEO Alexei Miller.

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