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originally posted by: DJW001
originally posted by: BornAgainAlien
a reply to: DJW001
Because it effects where I live.
There were Dutch reporters, no idea what their actual main employer was we use a network of them who do reporting, even Belgium reporters interchange with us. It was probably from our main news (NOS Journaal), our main background news (Nieuwsuur) or other background news (2vandaag).
Translation: You are under the impression that there are Dutch, or possibly Belgian, reporters in Donetsk or Luhansk but you do not know who they are or who they work for.
There are OSCE observers there and they post regular bulletins documenting the activities of both sides. These reports are used by the more thorough news media (eg; The New York Times) to provide brief articles but are largely ignored by the short attention span media. You might argue that this is deliberate under-reporting, but it may simply be lack of impact and visual interest.
originally posted by: dragonridr
a reply to: BornAgainAlien
Im confused western media was not allowed into rebel territories. They would et arrested beaten or in some cases disappear. Not to mention seems like every time they were around Strelkov he was threatening to shoot them as spies. So western reporters were most around ukrainian forces for example vice news.
The huge cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase that touched more than 83 million households and businesses was one of the most serious computer intrusions into an American corporation. But it could have been much worse.
Questions over who the hackers are and the approach of their attack concern government and industry officials. Also troubling is that about nine other financial institutions — a number that has not been previously reported — were also infiltrated by the same group of overseas hackers, according to people briefed on the matter. The hackers are thought to be operating from Russia and appear to have at least loose connections with officials of the Russian government, the people briefed on the matter said.
It is unclear whether the other intrusions, at banks and brokerage firms, were as deep as the one that JPMorgan disclosed on Thursday. The identities of the other institutions could not be immediately learned.
Two former Soviet security officials have been arrested crossing into Estonia, the second major incident between Russia and its Baltic neighbour in the past weeks.
In early September an Estonian security agent was abducted at gunpoint and taken to Russia, where he is awaiting trial after being accused of spying.
Last Sunday two Russians, reportedly identified as former KGB officers, were held by Estonian border guards when their boat allegedly crossed the border on the Narva River near Lake Peipsi.
The men, Mihhail Suhoshin, 64, and Alexander Ladur, 54, are being held on charges of resisting arrest and illegally entering Estonia.
The incidents point to heightened tensions between the two countries.
“The ex-KGB guys caught on the Narva River are ‘ex’ and may have been merely fishing,” said Kalev Stoicescu, a research fellow and Russia expert at the Tallinn based International Centre for Defence Studies. “But the Russians are testing all types of borders, on land, at sea and in the air space of many Nato and EU countries including Estonia. They do this to provoke, but also to test reactions both technically and politically.”
Estonia’s eastern border, renowned for smuggling and spy games, was the scene of turn with the abduction of security official Eston Kohver on 5 September.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: darkorange
I was not aware putin was thinking about raising taxes. As for Russians being able to influence foreign policy it is difficult when the government does not allow for an independent media to mind the peoples business with regards to the government.
At the rate putin is going I think headlines like this one will see an uptick in posting / traffic, not less.
President Vladimir Putin has decided to introduce a sales tax on Russian consumers, two sources acquainted with the issue said on Thursday, raising the tax burden earlier than expected as Western sanctions deepen the country's financial woes.
The levy will be applied on a region-by-region basis, allowing each administrative district to decide on a sales tax of up to 3 percent to make up for budget shortfalls, which the Finance Ministry estimates will reach up to 1 trillion roubles ($27.99 billion) in the next three-year budget.
originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: VirusGuard
You make good points but are completely off topic. If you think Europe and America are bad, Russia now requires bloggers to have a license!