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Political hostage: Accused 'foreign agent' Butina moved to another jail, now in 'borderline torture' conditions

Maria Butina
© Alexandria Sheriff's Office / Reuters 2
Maria Butina's police booking photo.
Maria Butina, the Russian gun activist jailed in the US on charges of being an unregistered "foreign agent," has been moved to a different prison without warning. The Russian embassy says her new conditions border on torture.

The Russian embassy in the US, which has been closely following Butina's case, says she was transferred from her Washington jail handcuffed, without warning or explanation for the move. Before the move, Butina was subjected to a "degrading full strip search," and all her things were taken away, including books, shoes, towels and other hygiene items.

Butina was moved to a prison in Alexandria, Virginia, and spent the next 12 hours in a quarantine cell with no food and all the lights on, unable to sleep. She will now be kept in "administrative segregation,"which means locked up in solitary confinement - conditions bordering on torture, the embassy says.

Comment: See also: Lawyer to RT: Accused 'Russian agent' Butina deprived of sleep & medication


Better Earth

Text of Trump letter delivered by Rand Paul to Putin leaked

Trump Rand Paul
The Gateway Pundit has obtained a copy of the letter that President Donald Trump gave Senator Rand Paul to give to Vladimir Putin. Senator Rand Paul delivered the letter to the Kremlin last week during his trip to Moscow.

The letter, penned on August 1, begins with "Dear President Putin," but has "President Putin" crossed out with thick black marker and "Vladimir" written over it by President Trump to make it more personal.

It states that he enjoyed the meeting and looks forward to the next one in DC after the New Year.

"It remains my view that it is vital for us to engage and to aim at improving relations between our countries," the letter states.

The official letter continues on to introduce Senator Paul, noting that he is a member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a voice for expanding dialogue with the Russian Federation. The President explained that he was going to be in Moscow from August 5th to August 8th.

The president wrote that Senator Paul would like the opportunity to meet with Putin so that they could discuss several topics that the senator is interested in such as "legislative exchanges, parliamentary dialogue, cultural and educational exchange programs, increased counter-terrorism co-operation, building on recent successes like the disruption of the St. Petersburg plot and resolution of the military conflicts in Syria and Ukraine."

The letter is signed, "Best Wishes, Donald."

Comment: See also: And, of course, the obvious: Trump explains the obvious: It's the president's job to talk to foreign leaders


Info

Iran deal, Syrian crisis and Nord Stream 2: Putin, Merkel find common ground on tough intl issues

Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin
© Sputnik
Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin at the German government guest house Meseberg Palace in Gransee, Germany.
The Iran nuclear deal, which was recently ditched by the US, humanitarian efforts in war-ravaged Syria, and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project... Putin and Merkel hold three-hour talks and are mostly on the same page.

The surprise visit announced earlier this week between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place in Meseberg Palace, 65km north of Berlin, on Saturday afternoon. Putin arrived in the 18th-century palace shortly after attending the wedding of Austrian FM Karin Kneissl.

Both Russia and Germany have been affected by US tariffs, while Moscow has also been hit by sanctions. As rifts with Washington grow, the two leaders found some common ground in their detailed three-hour talks.

Comment: For more analysis: Putin and Merkel could stick it to Trump as they look to bring Nord Stream 2 over the line


Wine

VIDEO shows Putin dancing with Austrian FM, delivering toast in German honoring the newlyweds

Putin
© Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik
Vladimir Putin and Karin Kneissl
Vladimir Putin was filmed showing off his language skills and dancing at the Austrian FM's wedding. The happy couple and their guests also enjoyed a performance of the Kuban Cossack Choir, which the Russian leader brought along.

The video shows Russian President Vladimir Putin arriving with a big bouquet and then dancing to a cheerful piano tune with Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl. The two smile and enjoy themselves as guests take photos and film them on their phones. Kneissl and Putin certainly didn't forget about etiquette. The foreign minister, dressed for the occasion in a beige dirndl - a traditional alpine dress - ended the dance with a curtsy, while Putin responded with a bow.

Kneissl, 53, tied the knot with businessman Wolfgang Meilinger, 54, on Saturday in a vineyard in the picturesque town of Gamlitz.

Comment: See also: Ever the gentleman: VIP guest Putin brings big bouquet of flowers, dances with Austrian FM at her wedding


Document

Berlin is interested in implementing Russia's refugee initiative

The expert said that the German chancellor showed interest in the Russian initiative concerning the return of Syrian refugees and the two leaders thoroughly discussed it
Russia's President Vladimir Putin signs a distinguished visitors' book as he meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
© Alexei Druzhinin/TASS
Russia's President Vladimir Putin signs a distinguished visitors' book as he meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Berlin is interested in Moscow's initiative concerning the return of Syrian refugees to their home country, it was a focus of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vice President of the Center for Political Technologies Alexey Makarkin told TASS on Sunday.

"The German chancellor, who recently had difficulties in overcoming a domestic political crisis over the migrant issue, showed interest in the Russian initiative concerning the return of Syrian refugees and I think that the two leaders thoroughly discussed it," he said. However, in Makarkin's view, all refugees, particularly those who have already settled down in Europe, are unlikely to be willing to return to Syria. "But I think that this initiative will help members of the Syrian middle class return home, as they fled from the country for fear that Bashar al-Assad's government may fall," the analyst added.

Propaganda

Vanessa Beeley: Now that focus is on Idlib, Syrian children are being robbed of their innocence to act as mouthpieces for US coalition proxies

propaganda children
© Umit Bektas / Reuters
Syrian children are being callously exploited by the regime change war promoters and marketing agencies to sell a conflict that will inevitably lead to the deaths of more children.

First there was Bana al-Abed, who, at only six-years-old, shot to fame depicting life under "Syrian and Russian bombs" in East Aleppo while ignoring the ravages of this enclave by the numerous US coalition-sponsored terrorist and extremist factions that included Al Nusra Front (Al Qaeda) and an assortment of client sectarian militants who collectively punished Syrian civilians in both East and West Aleppo for almost five years.

Bana rose to prominence in the final months of the Syrian Arab Army campaign to finally liberate the Aleppo's eastern suburbs from extremist mafia gangs and criminal parasites armed by NATO member states and Gulf States and promoted by the Western media as "moderate rebels" while they crucified, executed, tortured, raped and generally abused the Syrian civilians who did not submit to their version of "democracy and freedom".

Comment: The battle for Idlib is heating up, hence the need for propaganda. Watch the following from Southfront, Militant Propaganda Goes Wild Ahead Of Battle For Idlib that further explains the desperate attempts on the part of the head-choppers to maintain a little control:




Red Flag

Trump has taken hard aim at Russiagate 'ringleader' Brennan - will the Deep State protect him?

Brennan

Brennan: Called Trump a ‘traitor.’ Now Trump’s taken away his security clearances.
At war with current and former intelligence officials since before he was elected, Donald Trump on Wednesday moved to strip Barack Obama's CIA chief of his security clearance, though worse may be in store for John Brennan, says Ray McGovern.

There's more than meets the eye to President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearances that ex-CIA Director John Brennan enjoyed as a courtesy customarily afforded former directors. The President's move is the second major sign that Brennan is about to be hoisted on his own petard. It is one embroidered with rhetoric charging Trump with treason and, far more important, with documents now in the hands of congressional investigators showing Brennan's ringleader role in the so-far unsuccessful attempts to derail Trump both before and after the 2016 election.

Brennan will fight hard to avoid being put on trial but will need united support from from his Deep State co-conspirators-a dubious proposition. One of Brennan's major concerns at this point has to be whether the "honor-among-thieves" ethos will prevail, or whether some or all of his former partners in crime will latch onto the opportunity to "confess" to investigators: "Brennan made me do it."

Comment: We can only hope that Brennan get his just deserts, but as seasoned intelligence officer McGovern rightfully points out - the establishment media will likely come out strong for the arch-criminal (no matter how damning the information is about him). Such is the awful state of politics and media power at the close of US imperial existence.


Megaphone

The CIA-run mainstream media is an enemy of the people

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Deep State fabricates the fake narratives as the C.I.A. controls what media can and cannot report

Make no mistake about it, "THE MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!"

The Mainstream Media (MSM) has never been so up in arms and conspicuously enraged about anything as they are about this self-evident truth. They all know - every single journalist - that they cannot report the truth about anything. Factual reporting has been banished from the MSM; once that happened the press inevitably became "the enemy of the people". And every journalist knows in their bones that this is absolutely true.

President Trump's Greatest Achievement to Date

If Donald Trump were to leave office today, there's no question that his single greatest achievement would be the launching of the "fake news" meme. His nonstop warnings have become the clarion call to patriots and nationalists around the globe. Not only that, but Trump recently went one step further and dropped this truth bomb. BOMBSHELL: Trump Finally Tells The Forbidden Truth

2 + 2 = 4

Trump explains the obvious: It's the president's job to talk to foreign leaders

Russian President Putin and US President Trump meet in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018
© Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Russian President Putin and US President Trump meet in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018
Apparently seeking once again to dispel his opponents' scorn over his diplomatic practices, US President Donald Trump has tweeted out a video address. In it, he explains that world leaders sometimes meet and it's a good thing.

It takes Trump just under a minute to state something that only needs spelling out in the craziness that is the current American politics: World leaders talk to each other. It's called diplomacy.

Newspaper

Lawyer to RT: Accused 'Russian agent' Butina deprived of sleep & medication

Jailed Russian gun activist Maria Butina, accused in the US of "espionage," has been unexpectedly transferred to another prison, her lawyer told RT. Butina is suffering from leg swelling and she was effectively deprived of sleep.
Maria Butina
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Maria Butina has been experiencing health problems in jail, yet she has been deprived of proper treatement, her lawyer, Robert Driscoll told RT. Maria has a "history of problems" with one of her legs and bad prison conditions triggered swelling of her limb.

"The conditions in prison in which [she was] on the cold side because of very strong air conditioning and also humid and damp, I think that has exacerbated the swelling. And so she sought treatments for that and so far she's just received Tylenol and nothing else," Driscoll sad.

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