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    Russia’s ill-fated invasion of Ukraine is coming apart at the seams and top Kremlin propagandists are unraveling right along with it. In the absence of good news from the front, Putin’s regime is promoting other ideas on how to deal with the self-inflicted disaster. Prominent experts routinely featured on Kremlin-controlled state television roundly reject the mere idea of negotiations, and none of them dare suggest Russia’s withdrawal from Ukraine in order to end the war. Instead, they’re doubling down—and proposing to kill leading Westerners in charge of helping Ukraine defend itself from the Russian invasion. Appearing on the state TV show The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov Tuesday night, Yevgeny Satanovsky—one of Russia’s most prominent pro-Putin propagandists—proposed a deadly solution. Solovyov cut to the chase, asking Satanovsky: “How do we win? How should we react to the Americans? What should Russia do?” Satanovsky, who serves as the president of Russia’s Institute of the Middle East after heading the Russian Jewish Congress, replied: “Russia is what it is, in terms of a nation. We’ll continue to be the way we are. Those...
    Vladimir Putin has promoted his feared crony Ramzan Kadyrov to Colonel-General amid rumours of a senior new war role for the brutal Chechen leader. The Kremlin loyalist boasted in video that he had been 'personally congratulated' by the Russian despot, amid fears the warlord could be poised for even greater responsibility in Ukraine. Kadyrov, who has been one of the biggest cheerleaders of Putin's invasion, has claimed he is the West's top bogeyman, with more sanctions than even North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  In recent days his security agents have been exposed as ordering the husbands of anti-war women protesters to beat them as punishment. Male relatives were sent to the conflict in Ukraine in vengeance.
    On the eve of President Putin’s self-proclaimed “annexation” of Ukraine’s regions, trouble was brewing in Russia—and everyone knew it. Social media was abuzz with the anticipation that Ukraine’s Armed Forces were about to reclaim Lyman from the Russian invaders. The mood in Moscow was a lot different than the 2014 celebration of the annexation of Crimea. Crowds that were bussed-in for the rally half-heartedly chanted “hooray,” and Putin himself seemed to be forcing the look of jubilation. Sergey Mardan, host of the radio show Saturday Mardan, openly questioned the propriety of organizing a celebratory concert during the same time when Russian troops were fighting, bleeding, and retreating from Ukraine’s Lyman. Appearing on Sunday Evening With Vladimir Solovyov, head of RT Margarita Simonyan was so furious about Russia’s latest defeat in Ukraine, she admitted not wanting to even come to the show. Her recipe for boosting the morale was simple: total disgrace and brutal punishment for those who dare to disappoint fellow imperialists. Seething with anger, Simonyan recited: “Cowardice, willful abandonment of strategic positions without coordination with higher command, the collapse...
    GERMAN cops have raided dozens of houses linked to Putin's crony Alisher Usamanov amid a money laundering probe. Russian oligarch Usamanov, who enjoyed close ties to Premier League club Everton, is at the centre of two separate investigations into his finances in Germany. 5Properties linked to Putin's pal Alisher Usamanov have been raided in GermanyCredit: Reuters 5Cops outsider Usmanov's lakeside house in Rottach-Egern on the shores of the TegernseeCredit: Getty Prosecutors in Frankfurt and Munich said raids had targeted a Russian businessman suspected of having used his "extensive and complex network of companies and corporations" to disguise the origins of several transactions of funds between 2017 and 2022. The transactions are believed to have amounted to a "multi-digit-million-euro sum", a statement said. The Munich state prosecutor said raids were carried out at the residence of a Russian citizen and four other suspects. Authorities named the suspect only as a Russian businessman, but two officials involved in the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed his identity to The Associated Press. More on RussiaMARCHING ORDERS Desperate Putin calls up 300,000 troops...
    Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine is faltering, and so are their efforts to recruit volunteers. A man resembling Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlin-linked businessman who is believed to be in charge of the infamous Wagner Group, was recently filmed recruiting prisoners to fight in Ukraine. Top Russian propagandist, Vladimir Solovyov, often offers to publicize contact information that would drive more volunteers to sign up. Military experts on state TV openly admit that Russia’s presence on the frontline is sorely lacking, but government officials insist that total mobilization is not being considered. Writer Zakhar Prilepin, who is wanted by Ukraine’s SBU security service on charges of “taking part in the activity of a terrorist organization” for his ongoing involvement in Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, often talks about his travels to the frontline and boasts of extensive first-hand knowledge about the war. Appearing on Friday’s broadcast of 60 Minutes, Prilepin raged: “We really don’t have enough men fighting over there. When people say we have 150k, 100k, 200k, I want to tell them: we don’t have that many people there! It can’t...
    ANOTHER of Vladimir Putin's top allies has died after falling ill on a business trip. Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin - who was editor-in-chief of the Russian tyrant's "favourite paper" - is thought to have suffered a stroke. 4Putin crony Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin has died while on a business tripCredit: Rex 4Doctors think Sungorkin may have suffered a strokeCredit: Alamy It comes amid a spate of suspicious deaths within the Kremlin's inner circle in just a matter of months. The 68-year-old, who was in charge of the Russian state newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, died "suddenly" today after showing signs of "suffocation", his colleague Leonid Zakharov said. He was accompanying Sungorkin on the trip to the village of Roshchino, in Russia's far east when the media magnate fell ill. Zakharov said: "It happened absolutely suddenly, nothing foreshadowed. Read more on PutinMOTORCADE BLAST Putin's car 'attacked' in 'assassination attempt over Ukraine invasion'TIPPING POINT Putin may order a NUKE strike to avenge his crushed army, ex-NATO chief warns "We were driving, we were already making our way towards Khabarovsk, we planned to get there in the evening...
    ONE of Vladimir Putin's cronies has died after he mysteriously "fell overboard" from a boat. It is the seventh suspicious death within the Kremlin's inner circle in just a matter of months. 4Putin crony Ivan Pechorin died after 'falling overboard'Credit: East2West 4It is the latest mystery death within Putin's inner circleCredit: AP Ivan Pechorin - Putin's point man for developing Russia's vast Arctic resources - fell off the side of a boat in waters close to Russky Island, reports Russian paper Komsomolskaya Pravda. His body was found after a search lasting more than a day. The 39-year-old had recently attended a major conference hosted by the Kremlin warmonger in Vladivostok. It comes just weeks after Ravil Maganov - chairman of the Russian oil giant Lukoil, a firm that openly criticised Putin's invasion of Ukraine - reportedly died after plunging from a hospital window. More on RussiaLAST STAND Watch as captured Russian commander reveals his troops ‘blew THEMSELVES UP’JET INFERNO Watch as Russian fighter jet CRASHES in fireball moments after take-off High-flyer Pechorin was managing director of Putin’s  Far East and Arctic Development Corporation....
    Federal agents have raided two New York properties linked to a billionaire Russian oligarch who is under US sanctions and faces a criminal probe into alleged bank fraud. FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents on Thursday took part in the raids of a Park Avenue penthouse in Manhattan and a sprawling Hamptons estate tied to Viktor Vekselberg, according to WNBC-TV. Vekselberg, a close ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, is worth an estimated $14.4 billion, and is the powerful head of Moscow-based Renova Group, a conglomerate with interests in metals, mining, tech and other businesses. He is among the Russian oligarchs under US sanctions following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, and also faces a Department of Justice probe into potential violations of US bank fraud statutes, court filings show. In April, Spanish officials acting on a US warrant seized Vekselberg's $99 million, 225-foot superyacht 'Tango' in a shipyard on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents on Thursday took part in the raids of a Park Avenue penthouse in Manhattan (above) and Hamptons estate tied to...
    ONE of Vladimir Putin's top allies narrowly escaped death after Ukrainian missiles hit an office just minutes after he left. The strike reportedly missed Vyacheslav Volodin, 58, because they were fired too late. 1The Ukrainian strike reportedly missed Vyacheslav Volodin, 58 (right) because they were fired too late The uber-loyalist hardline politician is speaker of the Russian parliament - and has been previously tipped as a possible  Putin successor. According to Russian newspaper Kommersant, an office where Volodin was meeting separatist officials was destroyed in a missile strike just "minutes" after they left. Missiles reportedly hit the private office of Denis Pushilin, the leader of the pro-Putin puppet state Donetsk People’s Republic. Pictures from the scene appear to show significant damage on the upper floor of the building. He is the man who will ultimately decide the fate of British fighters in Ukraine - currently sentenced to execution by firing squad in the Russian puppet states, while others are facing trial. THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY... The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news,...
    Longtime Putin ally Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s notorious space chief, could be up for a new job commandeering eastern territories in Ukraine that Russian forces are seizing in the war, according to Meduza. Rogozin, who heads up Rocosmos, Russia’s space agency, could soon be appointed to serve as chief of staff or a presidential aide as well, Meduza reports, citing three sources close to the Kremlin and an acquaintance of Rogozin’s. Rumors have long been circulating about Rogozin’s future in Russia, but his exact future role isn’t known at this time. Russia’s space chief, though, is known for hurling unhinged threats and comments left and right, and has a loose relationship with threatening nuclear war. When last month Russia’s space agency announced testing of its Sarmat, a ballistic missile that can carry nuclear warheads, Rogozin said he had “a present for NATO.” When Lithuania announced that it was instituting a ban on transits of some Russian goods in its country to Russian exclave Kaliningrad due to sanctions, Rogozin suggested that Russia’s response might include simply not recognizing Lithuania’s sovereignty. “Lithuania...
    VLADIMIR Putin faces being strung up and killed like Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi if he fails to win in Ukraine, a former crony has warned. Russia's tyrannical leader is fast being perceived as "weak" by his inner circle and they will quickly turn on him - with Vlad already being surrounded by "predators licking their lips". 3Vladimir Putin is believed to live in constant fear of ending up like Muammar GaddafiCredit: AFP 3Gaddafi was brutally killed after being deposed in Libya Igor Girkin, an intelligence and army veteran, issued the warning to Vlad - speaking for Russia's hardliners who believe sickly Putin is too soft to win the war in Ukraine. He was formerly a staunchly pro-Putin commander - and even helped him annex Crimea and subjugate the Donbas in 2014. “[There must be a] change of at least part of the team, who are not only thieves…and scumbags…but who also failed in everything they were entrusted with, entirely,” said Girkin. The alleged war criminal was central to Putin’s annexation of Crimea, and establishing the puppet Donetsk...
    Nothing has been going Russia’s way since Vladimir Putin unleashed a full-fledged invasion of neighboring Ukraine. Kremlin propagandists, tasked with presenting Russia’s massive losses and setbacks as part of their leader’s genius plan, are feeling the heat. During Tuesday night’s broadcast of The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov, the cracks were wider than ever. Host Vladimir Solovyov, who routinely cracks jokes and airs callous cartoons in his coverage of the war in Ukraine, wanted to show a clip of Ukrainian soldiers abusing or killing Russian invaders—to counteract the coverage of the horrific massacre in the Ukrainian city of Bucha. He dramatically introduced the clip, stating in part: “This is how the Ukrainian Nazis and the Georgian mercenaries who joined their ranks, treat our prisoners of war, whom they captured during our withdrawal from the Kyiv region, which was our good-will gesture.” But due to an apparent production mishap, that wasn’t the clip that was shown. In the video that aired, Ukrainian soldiers stood and walked around a bloody scene on an unidentified road, proclaiming “Glory to Ukraine,” “Glory to the...
    AN armoured supercar worth £500k belonging to a sanctioned Russian Oligarch and close aide of President Vladimir Putin comes with 10cm-thick glass windows and can withstand a bomb strike. The Mercedes Maybach S650 Guard VR10, belonging to ex-Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov, was confiscated by Italian authorities on the island of Sardinia in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. 7A £500k supercar belonging to one of Putin's cronies has been seizedCredit: Mercedes 7The Mercedes Maybach S650 reportedly belonging to Usmanov 7Usmanov's car has four inch thick bulletproof glass windowsCredit: Wikimedia Commons 7 Weighing a hefty five tons and featuring a bullet proof floor made from a single armoured panel, the black supercar can survive the detonation of two hand grenades at once and an attack from an assault weapon with steel-armoured bullets. It was registered on June 6, 2018, and was bought by a company in Arzachena in Sassari, northern Sardinia. It is believed that the car, which draws comparisons to Donald Trump's vehicle "The Beast" which he used when in office, was at the disposal of President Putin on his secret...
    A NUMBER of Vladimir Putin's cronies have had their luxury yachts confiscated after they were slapped with sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine. The Top Trump cards reveal which of the Russian oligarchs has the biggest and brashest boat. 8 8 8 Roman Abramovich, 55, had his assets frozen and blocked from visiting or doing business in Britain earlier this month. However, his 533ft £750m vessel named Eclipse remains unseized in Turkey. The sanctioned Chelsea owner who has close ties to Vladimir Putin has been the victim of suspected poisoning after he was left blind for several hours with the skin peeling off his hands and face. His symptoms were so severe he asked “are we dying?” after reportedly eating poisoned chocolates during peace talks to end the war between Russia and Ukraine. READ MORE ON UKRAINEPURE EVIL Russian forces DESTROY Red Cross building in Mariupol 'sheltering families'ROM'S HORROR Scared Abramovich ‘asked “are we dying?” after being poisoned with WWI toxin’ His second yacht, Solaris was spotted heading for Turkey after docking in Montenegro. Billionaire oligarch Alisher Usmanov, has had his £600million luxury vessel seized...
    With the Russian military stagnating in its invasion of Ukraine and suffering significant losses of men and armaments, many are wondering what happened to the huge sums of money designated by the Kremlin to create a well-trained and well-equipped army. Former Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev provided one answer on Twitter: “The Kremlin spent the last 20 years trying to modernize its military. Much of that budget was stolen and spent on mega-yachts in Cyprus.” The man responsible for the invasion, Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu, who had no prior military service before he assumed his defense post in 2012, bears much of the blame for this alleged thievery and the military’s consequent failings in Ukraine. More a politician and a friend of the oligarchs than a general, Shoigu began developing a personality cult as Russian Minister of Emergency Situations, a post he held from 1999 to 2012, followed by a brief stint as governor of the Moscow region. The first to appear on the scenes of disaster, he presented himself to the public as a hero who had...
    A MAMMOTH superyacht belonging to a Russian oligarch described as Vladimir Putin's "deputy" has been seized by French authorities in response to the brutal invasion of Ukraine. The yacht belonging to businessman Igor Sechin, whose nickname is "Darth Vader", is almost 86m long, 14m wide, has seven cabins, two swimming pools, and is worth an estimated £108 million (£142m). 10A £108m superyacht belonging to a Russian oligarch has been seized by French authoritiesCredit: Alamy 10The yacht reportedly belongs to close Putin ally Igor Sechin, right, nicknamed Darth VaderCredit: Reuters 10The yacht was originally named after Sechin's ex-wife, Olga Rozhkova French authorities announced on Thursday that the vessel, "Amore Vero", or True Love, was being held in the port of La Ciotat under the terms of the European Union's huge sanctions package against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine. "Thanks to the French customs officers who are enforcing the European Union's sanctions against those close to the Russian government," France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in a tweet. In a press release, the finance ministry said the superyacht was owned by...
    Russian statesman Aleksei Zhuravlyov, who publicly advocated for the kidnapping and imprisonment of Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) this week, is not happy with the congressman’s five-word response to his threats: “Fuck around and find out.” In fact, the tweet from Gallego, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran, seems to have stuck such a nerve with Zhuravlyov that he returned to 60 Minutes on Friday and erupted in a fiery, obscenity-laden bluster—with a death threat to boot. Trembling with anger, the State Duma member was banging on his stand and spewing profanities, which were bleeped out by the program. “This guy, even though we can’t get him right now, we can issue our verdict in a Russian court… So, you know what, dear friend? We can sentence you here and we have plenty of people like [Ramón] Mercader—former Hero of the Soviet Union—who will carry out our verdict. Mercader is the one who ice-axed Trotsky to death, because the USSR sentenced him to die. You, [obscenity], look at that, American pindos, you’ll be sentenced here and there is nothing you...
    THE ballerina daughter of one of Vladimir Putin’s closest cronies earns almost £20 MILLION a year from a second mysterious money source, according to local reports. Maria Shuvalova, 22, a dancer at the world famous Bolshsoi Ballet, works a second role in “capital asset management”, which reportedly earns her £75,000 per working day. 6Leaked tax records obtained by Russian news outlet BAZA allegedly covered Shuvalova's finances over 2018Credit: Maria Shuvalova 6BAZA suggested Maria Shuvalova might be the "richest ballerina in Russia"Credit: Maria Shuvalova Online news site BAZA claims to have obtained her leaked tax records covering 2018, which showed just how lucrative her second role was. The staggering income was nine times her annual salary at the ballet and more than the bosses of major Russian energy and financial institutions.  “Maria may well claim to be the richest ballerina in Russia,” reported BAZA. The jet-setting Maria is daughter of Igor Shuvalov, 54, the boss of Russia’s powerful state development corporation VEB.RF. Back in 2018 he was Putin’s deputy prime minister. He reportedly remained close to the Kremlin leader. BAZA explained:...
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