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The case of Igor Tarakanov who shot down MH17 before shooting himself in the foot

John Helmer 'NATO'
He first appeared publicly two weeks ago, on November 17, to say he had escorted a battery of Russian Army BUK missiles from Russia into Ukraine early in the month of July 2014; that was days before Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed and destroyed on July 17, 2014.

Tarakanov's claim contradicts everything known for seven years and made public by the US National Intelligence Council, State Department and White House; the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD); the Russian Defence Ministry; the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) headed by Dutch police; Dutch prosecutors at the murder trial which opened in Schiphol in March 2020; the presiding judge at the trial Hendrik Steenhuis, and his secret investigating judges; the Dutch lawyers defending the Russian Army officer in the dock; and the agency in charge of all evidence in the prosecution's case file, the Ukrainian Security Service SBU.

Tarakanov is an unusual name Russians aren't keen to have. It means cockroach. As insects go, these are very ancient - about 350 million years - very hardy, very numerous. There is no evidence that soldier Igor Tarakanov exists - except for a publication in English by the Bellingcat group two weeks ago, and in Russian at the same time by a related publication, TheInsider.

In their story, Tarakanov appears as one of thirty-four Russian soldiers, retired from active service and recruited to work as international mercenaries. Thirty-three of them were arrested in Minsk, Belarus, on July 29, 2020, in a plot which has been nicknamed in the press "Wagnergate". That's a reference to the Russian private military company called Wagner. Tarakanov has been reported as the 34th man who was not arrested.

A quick memory refresher: last year, on July 29, 2020, the Belarusian KGB and OMON special police arrested the 33 Russians when they were staying at a countryside resort outside Minsk. Shortly afterwards both the Russian and Ukrainian prosecutors filed extradition requests. Kiev claimed the Russians captured in Minsk were Wagner employees who had fought in the eastern Ukraine conflict and who had committed war crimes by fighting alongside the separatists against the Kiev forces.

There was wild speculation in the media as to why the 33 men were in Belarus. The rumours ranged from an alleged plot to overthrow the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko shortly before the presidential election due on August 9, 2020, to an alleged plot by the SBU to capture the men, extract confessions for war crimes trials in Kiev, and possibly send their statements to the MH17 trial in The Netherlands.

In due course, it was confirmed there had indeed been a Ukrainian sting operation, and the 33 Russians had fallen into the trap. It turned out, it was reported in the Russian and western media, that Ukrainian agents had pretended to be a Russian private military company, using a fake website, fake emails, fake identities and Russian company letterheads, in order to provide the men with fake contracts to work as guards for Rosneft oil operations in Venezuela.

The selected recruits were lured from Russia to Belarus, and a flight from Minsk to Istanbul was booked for them. From Turkey they were told they would be flown on to Havana and then Caracas. The Ukrainian plan had been to force their Turkish flight as it crossed Ukraine airspace to land in Kiev and to arrest them at the airport. This plan was similar to the capture in May 2021, ten months later, of Belarus oppositionist Roman Protasevich when he was on a Ryanair flight between Athens and Vilnius, Lithuania, flying over Belarus. In Germany an operation like this is called a Himmelfahrtskommando ("suicide squad").

On July 31, 2020, the Belarusian news agency BELTA published a list of the 33 detained mercenaries with their names, patronymics, and dates of birth. Already in the first message, the detainees were called employees of the Wagner foreign private military company.

From this list, Novaya Gazeta of Moscow was able to publish more detail about each of the men. About a third of the detainees were veterans of the Wagner group. "Before considering the reported versions of the appearance of these brutal men in Belarus, let's look at the questionnaires filled out by them... "

Novaya Gazeta
Source: https://novayagazeta.ru/

Ukrinform
Source: https://www.ukrinform.net/

The western media, the secret services and many government officials readily adopted the version which was published by the Ukrainian state agency Ukrinform. This is how the nickname for the affair became Wagnergate.

According to Ukrainian government sources reported by CNN, Wagnergate was "an elaborate intelligence sting by Ukraine, with the knowledge and alleged support of the United States. According to the Ukrainian intelligence officials, the Ukrainian-led operation got US cash, technical assistance and advice from the CIA on how to draw the Russian mercenaries in. A senior US official told CNN those claims are 'false.' He indicated US intelligence was aware of the operation but denied any involvement. The official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorized to speak publicly, suggested efforts to implicate US agencies may be an attempt to share, or even pass, blame for what was a high-risk Ukrainian operation that went wrong. CNN spent weeks in Ukraine, verifying and reviewing accounts of the operation and speaking to the men who were on the inside."
Ukraine Spies (edition.CNN)
Source: https://edition.cnn.com/

This CNN report appeared on September 8, 2021, just days before Bellingcat started broadcasting. CNN made no mention of Tarakanov or of BUK missiles. Nor did the US intelligence or Ukrainian goverrnment sources who briefed CNN mention the MH17 shootdown or trial. "According to CNN's Ukrainian sources, the failure was a serious blow to Ukrainian intelligence who they say had worked on hooking the Russian suspects for close to 18 months. 'If these people would have ended up here in Ukraine, the details of their criminal acts would have become known around the world,' one of the sources told CNN. 'Ukraine could have brought them to justice and shown that our fight with Russia is serious and that we won't raise our hands in surrender,' the source added. "

Two weeks after CNN, the Wagnergate story resurfaced in the Ukrainian media on September 24, 2021. One of the Bellingcat writers, Christo Grozev (lead image), told a Ukrainian publication that three of the Russian candidates for the fake Venezuela operation "may be involved in the MH17 crash. Two of them boasted themselves that they were at the launch site, but, to be honest, this is not supported by objective data." Note the subjunctive verb and the disclaimer of evidence.

One of them, according to Grozev, claimed he had "accompanied the convoy with BUKs and in a managerial role was engaged in convoys of these BUKs [note the plural] from the border of Ukraine and Russia to the distribution point in the Lugansk region."

Igor Tarakanov was making his first appearance. Bellingcat was conceding he hadn't gone to Belarus with the others; had not been arrested; and apart from his say-so, there was no evidence of his BUK claim. At first, Bellingcat wasn't giving him his name. That surfaced several weeks later on November 17. According to the new publication, "at least two of the mercenaries claimed to have used sophisticated, Russia-provided anti-aircraft weaponry in and around a location near Snizhne on certain days that might make them useful witnesses in the ongoing MH17 trial. One of the mercenaries had even spoken of having escorted a BUK-TELAR [transporter-erector-launcher-and-radar] across the Russian-Ukrainian border — an anti-aircraft weapon of the same type as of the one that shot down MH17 - in early July 2014."

The individual identified is still not named as Tarakanov. There is no photograph of him alongside the others identified by Bellingcat in their report. The source of these papers included documentation created by the SBU to lure the Russians. The earlier claim that the BUK-TELAR battery had been deployed in the Lugansk area is missing from the report. The number of BUKs has dropped from several to one. The name Tarakanov appears in the report as one of the group, but only that he did not appear in the group which traveled from Moscow to Minsk. There is no evidence of the missing man talking about escorting BUK-TELARs into Ukraine days before July 16, which is the official version of the date presented by Dutch prosecutors at the MH17 trial.
Bellingcat
In the parallel publication in Russian by The Insider, it was reported that the 34th man was still expected to appear in Moscow and travel with the party to Minsk. "On July 15, 2020, 34 tickets were purchased from Minsk to Istanbul for a flight departing in 10 days. With the help of a Ukrainian travel agent hired by the scouts, 34 tickets were found for a flight departing for Turkey on July 25... the main persons of interest to the GUR [Ukrainian military intelligence agency] were included in the list of 34... Thus, on July 15, 34 tickets were purchased from Minsk to Istanbul for a flight departing in 10 days."

The Insider - Minsk to Istanbul  July 15/2020
Source: https://theins.ru/

The Insider repeats the same claims of the Bellingcat report that one of the 34-man group had escorted BUK missiles into Ukraine in early July; that Tarakanov had been one of the original 34 recruits; and that he had dropped out. In the Bellingcat version, the 34th man had gotten suspicious; in the Insider version he had become ill.

A report by Regnum reveals that the July 15, 2020, seat reservations and ticketing by Turkish Airlines - paid for in cash - counted only 33 individuals, not the 34 reported by The Insider. The data of these Turkish Airline electronic tickets suggest that no 34th man was planned for or expected in Minsk. These data were published on August 2, 2020.

Turkish Airline electronic tickets
Source: https://regnum.ru/

Research by Alexander Kotz, a reporter for Komsomolskaya Pravda in Moscow, revealed on August 6, 2020, the 33 names booked initially to fly on Turkish Airlines to Istanbul, as well as travel documentation, reservation agents, and photographs of several of the 33 men arrested in Minsk.
Komsomolskaya Pravda in Moscow, revealed on August 6, 2020- 33 names booked Turkish Airlines to Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Source: https://www.kp.ru/

The link between Tarakanov as the 34th man and the BUK TELAR missile deployment days earlier than the Dutch version comes from questionnaire papers gathered by the SBU from the fake recruitment operation. The papers revealing the early July BUK-TELAR delivery have not been published. They are missing, like Tarakanov himself.

Kotz reported on the Belarus arrest operation more than a year ago. He has also reported on the role of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), first in devising the plan, and then exposing what went wrong with the Ukrainian operation. "Operations in intelligence and counterintelligence are not figure skating or rhythmic gymnastics, where the performance of complex elements is evaluated. Here success or failure is evaluated by the final result. It is necessary, as in hockey, to look at the scoreboard. And there today we see that the Russian citizens are at home. What is this, if not the failure of the CIA and their Ukrainian partners? "

According to Kotz, reporting this month, Russian counterintelligence sources have told him two CIA agents in Kiev, Timothy Skovin and Brian O'Bern, were the masterminds of the plot to sting the Russians.
CIA agents in Kiev, Timothy Skovin and Brian O'Bern
Left, Timothy Skovin; right, Brian O'Bern. Source: https://www.kp.ru/

According to Kotz, the postponement in the flight plan of the 33 mercenaries in Minsk followed an order from the Ukrainian President, Vladimir Zelensky, who had just agreed with the Kremlin on a temporary ceasefire in the fighting in Donbass. The delay led to the arrests which, Kotz claims, was a coordinated operation by the Russian and Belarusian services. "Russian counterintelligence worked to prevent this, which quickly and efficiently unraveled this tangle, naming almost everyone who was involved in the first act of a state prank in history. "

Comment: See also:


Eye 2

Visitor logs reveal Jeffrey Epstein visited the Clinton White House at least 17 times

maxwell clinton epstein white house
© The William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein seen with President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1993.
Jeffrey Epstein's access to the Clinton White House has been laid bare by visitor logs exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, which reveal the pedophile visited at least 17 times during the former president's first few years in office.

Epstein, who died in 2019, visited Bill Clinton at the Executive Mansion over the course of three years with the first invitation coming just a month after his inauguration in January 1993.

The logs show the late financier showed up on 14 separate days, even making two visits in a single day on three different occasions.

Epstein was invited by some of Clinton's most senior advisers and aides, including one who later served as Treasury Secretary, according to records. The documents reveal that the vast majority of Epstein's visits stated that he was going to the West Wing, meaning there was a strong likelihood he was meeting Clinton.

Life Preserver

Chinese govt summons Evergrande founder after group warns of default

evergrande
© AFP / Hector RETAMAL
Evergrande is one of several real estate firms that have plunged into crisis over the past year
The Chinese government summoned the embattled founder of real estate firm Evergrande Friday, after the group issued a statement warning it might not have sufficient funds to continue to meet its financial obligations.

China Evergrande, which is drowning in a sea of debt worth $300 billion, has been struggling to meet its commitments and the firm's woes have fanned concerns about the whole property sector, which makes up a substantial part of the world's number two economy.

On Friday evening, Evergrande in a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange warned that in light of its current liquidity situation, there is "no guarantee that the Group will have sufficient funds to continue to perform its financial obligations".

Comment: See also: China's real estate crisis explained


Chess

Norway considering limiting NATO deployments near Russia's border

Anniken Huitfeldt
© AP
Norway's Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt announced that it is in the country's best interests to protect its northernmost areas with its own armed troops.
Norway's Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt announced that it is in the country's best interests to protect its northernmost areas with its own armed troops rather than with NATO, as per the reports of Sputnik. Norway's Labour Party, which took power earlier this year after nearly a decade of Conservative control, wants ally countries' planes and vessels to remain at a distance from border areas near Russia.

Huitfeldt said that it's critical for Norway to have a military presence near the neighbourhood. However, she believes that they can do it best themselves, with Norwegian planes and frigates, and doesn't need NATO troops. When asked by Verdens Gang if the government wants to keep US and UK ships and planes farther away from Russia, Huitfeldt replied that she wants to talk to both countries about it so that Norway's interests are protected.

Comment: What with the West currently using Ukraine to do their belligerent bidding on Russia's border, this is clearly a smart move from Norway, but let's see if the establishment let's them keep it that way:


Black Magic

Fauci and the Great AIDS Swindle

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. fauci book aids

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s new book, The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health is not the book of a politician seeking attention. It is the book of a man determined to stake his own life in the resistance against the unfolding bio-terrorist assault on humankind by governments captive of the pharmaceutical industry. He is calling for mass insurrection, and his last word is: "I'll see you on the barricades." The book begins like this:
I wrote this book to help Americans — and citizens across the globe — understand the historical underpinnings of the bewildering cataclysm that began in 2020. In that single annus horribilis, liberal democracy effectively collapsed worldwide. The very governmental health regulators, social media eminences, and media companies that idealistic populations relied upon as champions of freedom, health, democracy, civil rights, and evidence-based public policy seemed to collectively pivot in a lockstep assault against free speech and personal freedoms. Suddenly, those trusted institutions seemed to be acting in concert to generate fear, promote obedience, discourage critical thinking, and herd seven billion people to march to a single tune, culminating in mass public health experiments with a novel, shoddily tested and improperly licensed technology so risky that manufacturers refused to produce it unless every government on Earth shielded them from liability. ... Conscientious objectors who resisted these unwanted, experimental, zero-liability medical interventions faced orchestrated gaslighting, marginalization, and scapegoating. American lives and livelihoods were shattered by a bewildering array of draconian diktats imposed without legislative approval or judicial review, risk assessment, or scientific citation. So-called Emergency Orders closed our businesses, schools and churches, made unprecedented intrusions into privacy, and disrupted our most treasured social and family relationships.

Comment: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s book can be found here.


Syringe

New Zealand - Science, Covid Mandates, Events, Facts, and Fallacies

NZ Vaccine Passport
© Unknown
Introduced on 3 December 2021, the NZ Vaccine Passport miraculously keeps New Zealanders safe by excluding the unvaccinated from society


"We Didn't See the Rocky Road Ahead"


Yesterday morning I woke up to some unwelcome news. My best friend from university days has passed away. He was an active fit man looking forward to enjoying retirement. Early on he had a mild stroke, his heart became inflamed and the valves were damaged, unfortunately his immune system was too depleted to respond to treatment. His story is familiar in these Covid times and shared by millions, yet nevertheless a deeply personal tragedy for his family. He was doubly vaccinated.

Feeling very sad, I decided then and there to write a short history of the political and scientific decision-making that brought NZ to where we are today. I am fortunate in having some access to these. Firstly my training in physics, logic, statistics, and the scientific method enables me to understand the principles that must be used to uncover truth from a science perspective. Secondly I have enjoyed an email conversation with a few of the key players.

Comment: What this article describes is similar to what governments around the world are doing; pushing an official narrative which is remarkably similar country to country, promoting vaccines as the only answer to virus control, ignoring and vilifying any scientists who dare to challenge "The Science" TM , and relentlessly moving to wards greater control over their population.

The last 21 months of relentless fear porn have psychologically broken so many people that they are unable to look at what they are being told and analyse it rationally. Instead they accept it and repeat it if an acquaintance challenges the status quo. We do indeed live in interesting times.


Health

'Biggest cancer catastrophe ever' to hit NHS as up to 740,000 potential cases missed

NHS building
© NHS Trust
Up to 740,000 potential cancer cases that should have been urgently referred by GPs have been "missed" since the first lockdown, according to a damning report.

Watchdogs also warned that NHS waiting lists could keep growing until 2025 and even reach double the current six million.

Charities said the report by the National Audit Office (NAO) reflected a "devastating" situation for many patients, with medics warning of "the biggest cancer catastrophe ever to hit the NHS".

MPs said the situation was likely to get worse before it gets better, with millions of patients who should have been referred for care during the pandemic now missing from waiting lists.

Waiting lists could reach 12 million by March 2025

Latest figures show 5.9 million people waiting - around a 10th of the population.

Comment: A calculated secondary punch to the public is precisely what is described above. Scare tactics, neglect and overwhelm have created another tier to the depopulation scenario, in many ways more tragic, as ramifications multiply and devastation to friends and families reach untenable levels for years to come.


Footprints

'Soviet Union' could invade Ukraine, Pentagon chief claims

WWII tanks
© Sputnik/Vladimir Pesnya
Soviet WWII T-34-85 tanks drive through Red Square in Moscow during the military parade to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II.
Despite the Soviet Union having collapsed around three decades ago, the hammer and sickle could soon be flying back over Ukraine, America's top military official appears to have suggested amid claims about a Russian attack.

Speaking on Thursday during a visit to South Korea, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin demanded Moscow pull back its military from its Ukrainian frontier or face the hardest round of sanctions ever imposed.

When asked about which form the embargoes will take, he said that the "best methods" will be used, and that "whatever we do will be done as a part of an international community."

"The best case though is that we won't see an incursion by the Soviet Union into the Ukraine," the high-ranking official said, mistakenly referring to Russia as the former USSR - the collective of 15 republics that ceased to exist in 1991.

Ukraine and Russia were founding members of that country, which was led by Ukrainian politician Leonid Brezhnev for a large part of its existence.

Comment: Smoke and mirrors, combined with bully tactics, enforce a faux perception of US and NATO's importance while keeping international relations off-balance to benefit the MIC.


Footprints

Kamala Harris' chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders set to leave White House

Harris and Sanders
© Alex Wong/Getty Images
US VP Kamala Harris and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders
Symone Sanders, a chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, will leave her post at the end of the year, reports said on Wednesday night.

Sanders, 31, had served as a senior adviser on Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign before taking the job at the White House.

A source told CNN:
"Symone has served honorably for three years. The president and vice president are grateful for Symone's service and advocacy for this White House. She is a valued member, a team player, and she will be missed."
Sanders shared the move in a Wednesday night memo to staff, which was obtained by Politico.
"I'm so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been."
It's unclear where Sanders will end up after leaving the administration.
Biden Sanders
© AP/Matt Rourke
Candidate Joe Biden • Senior Advisor Symone Sanders • 2020 election

Blue Planet

Interview 1676 - Whitney Webb Exposes How Green Finance is Monopolizing the Planet

Global Green Finance
© ifc.org
Whitney Webb returns to the program to discuss her recent work on the "green" transformation of the global financial system. From NACs to GFANZ, Webb and Corbett break down the latest attempt to monopolize the world's natural resources and how this financial scam represents the next step along the path to the Great Reset, Agenda 2030 and the 4th Industrial Revolution.