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Trip Report: Mongolia, Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Turkey in 45 days

2020.03.16 20:41 Mamluk29 Trip Report: Mongolia, Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Turkey in 45 days

Hey everybody, I recently returned from a ~45 day trip and managed to stay ahead of coronavirus the whole time, so I really lucked out. Wall of text inbound!
Pictures here.
A little background:
Why: I always planned on doing this kind of trip (Mongolia + Trans-Siberian) when I left my former job (military). It just so worked out that I left around the holiday season so I planned to take a few months off for travel and relaxation with family.
Me: 30M American white dude
I bought a one-way ticket to Ulaanbaatar for mid-January once my holiday plans were finalized. I went with a ticket on Aeroflot with a 12 hour Moscow layover and I can say it will probably be the last time I fly Aeroflot. Prior to boarding, I went to the KLM-Air France lounge thanks to my Priority Pass Membership through the American Express Platinum card (being unemployed, I maximized lounges wherever I could). The flight boarded late, but it was probably the fastest boarding process I've ever seen. We pushed back from the gate not even 5 minutes after sitting down. We flew on the day of the college football national championship and I'm a huge college football fan. I paid for the most expensive wifi so I could watch the game, yet it was so slow and I used up all the data allotted (somehow) and didn't see a single second of the game. I tried the IFE, but it crashed and rebooted 3 times over the course of the flight.
12 hours of Sheremetyevo consisted of me staying in a "capsule hotel" which was more like a little plastic pod between terminals. Not a whole to it, but you get what you pay for an I got some sleep. I then went to a business lounge again thanks to the Amex membership and filled up before the flight to UB. This was 6 hours, yet there was no IFE. A drunk Russian man also got belligerent with a couple who had a baby because the couple didn't want to accept his intoxicated help on how to calm the baby. Good stuff. I ended up arriving two calendar days later because of the time difference.
Day 1: Landing in Mongolia at about 6am local and it was dark and, holy shit, cold. Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital in the world and it felt like it. I stayed and booked my tour through Golden Gobi Guesthouse and Tours. I checked in and explored UB for the day. I decided to stay awake and just go to bed early in a bid to beat jet lag. I went to the Zanabazar Fine Art Museum and Mongol National Art Museum. Both had ancient and centuries-old Chinese, Mongolian, and Buddhist art. Definitely worth seeing. I also saw the seat of government building complete with lounging Genghis Khan statue.
Day 2: The next day, I start my tour. the guesthouse driver who doesn't speak English puts me on to a bus going to Kharakorum (also spelled Kharkorin) and given a two hour window when I should get off. I'm the only non-Mongol on the bus. The bus is packed and they're playing cheesy Mongolian pop music videos. We stop a couple times and roadside minimarts to relieve ourselves and get snacks. Here is the first wake-up call for life in rural Mongolia. It's around zero degrees fahrenheit and the toilets are slit trenches in outhouses. Because it hasn't been above freezing in months, there's a solid "poo totem" as I came to call them about 6ft tall of frozen urine and feces in the trench. 8 hours after leaving UB, I'm told by a bus attendant it's time for me to get off the bus. It's good he told me because the "bus stop" was just the side of the road. It all worked out and I met my guide and a couple others. We toured the monastery over what was the ancient Mongolian Empire's capital. We drank some fermented mare's milk (an alcoholic beverage) and then sang Mongolian karaoke that night.
Day 3: The other pair who I joined for the monastery leave as they were finishing their trip as I started mine. We drove 300km to Saikhan-Ovoo across bumpy terrain in the Northern Gobi. This would begin the 5 day stretch where We drove all day but didn't see a paved road. Stay with a local family (this is the only night of the tour I didn't sleep in a ger).
Day 4: Drive 160km to Bainzag. The Northern Gobi is other-worldly. It feels like what I imagine Mars to be. Sparse, red, and stark. We stopped at the Ongi Monastery en route. In Bainzag, a Korean solo traveler woman joins the group. Right now it's myself, the driver, tour guide, and the Korean traveler. We visited the Flaming Cliffs which were absolutely stunning. Vast, jagged red cliffs and fast, whipping wind that caused us to move on all fours at times on top of the cliff. We spend the evening with an older nomadic couple in their 60s who have lived in this area their whole lives. The winds were about 30-40mph and the temp outside was around -15F in the morning and got up to a balmy -5F in the day.
Day 5: Overnight, an Argentinian couple joined us. We drove out to the Gobi Desert proper near the sand dunes. We rode Bactrian camels. I was concerned about riding animals after I visited Petra and saw how they horribly abused the animals there. However, in Mongolia, animals are held in high regard. Before we rode the camels, the older women who owned the camels came out to deeply hug and pat each one of them. She didn't raise her voice or whip/hit them with anything, just speaking calmly and tugging on their harness to guide them. After we rode. she again hugged and patted each one. She clearly cared for them and that made me feel better.
Day 6: Drive 160km to Yoliin Am. My ass goes numb on these rides as they're so bumpy. We go hiking through a large ice canyon home to snow leopards, but we didn't see any.
Day 7: Drive 400km to Baga Gazriin Chuluu. There were large beautiful granite formations. Genghis Khan was known to have frequented the area because it was easy to hide from and ambush other groups in the large and maze-like rock formations.
Day 8: Drive 260km back to UB.
Day 9: Visit Terelj Naitonal Park with tour guide (booked through Air BnB) and the massive famous Genghis Khan Statue. If you're ever in Mongolia (and Terelj), I recommend checking out Arybabal Monastery. It's up at the end of a valley. Very scenic.
Day 10: Board the overnight train to Irkutsk. I had a 4-person cabin to myself. Quite the height of luxury after sharing gers!
Mongolia was my favorite country of the trip. Sure, it was freezing, windy, and I ate some strange things, but it was absolutely beautiful (the most naturally beautiful place I've ever been) and the people were so warm and friendly. I plan to return and see more of the country as well as some of their festivals.
RUSSIA: 14 Days
Day 11: Arrive in Irkutsk in the evening. Stayed at Rolling Stones hostel. Very nice and the "bunks" felt more secluded as they were cinder block pods with interior shelves and power. Highly recommend. Explore the city and went to dinner and a couple pubs. Nothing too exciting.
Day 12: Visit Lake Baikal with a tour guide (booked through Air BnB). Another naturally gorgeous area and the lake was entirely frozen over. I visited a (rebuilt) Siberian village that made me grateful I didn't live in Siberia in the 19th century. We went on the lake, ate traditional Siberian cuisine, and then I jumped into the lake itself between stops in a banya (steamroom). THAT was the coldest I've ever been. Hop on late night train.
Day 13: Entire day and night on train.
Day 14: Arrive in Novosibirsk. I stayed at the Marriott next to the Bolshoi on points. I went to the USSR and modern art museums. I also spent half a day trying to find a laundromat so I wouldn't pay the insane hotel laundry fees. I went to a couple craft beer pubs as well. The Russian beer scene is young, but they've got some very unique styles that I really enjoyed. I can go into more detail.
Day 15: I'm feeling pretty exhausted, so I just hit up the hotel gym, sauna, and then spend most of the afternoon vegging out watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Day 16: I visited the State Art Museum before getting on the evening train.
Day 17: Arrive in Yekaterinburg. I stayed at the Redline Hostel which had the more standard bunk beds. I walked around the city because the museums I wanted to visit didn't seem to exist when I arrived at their location. I saw the Church of the Blood where the Romanovs were murdered, but there was a wedding party so I didn't get to go inside. Yekaterinburg has a monument to the Soviet-Afghan War. I visited it and met some veterans of the war. It was a bit of a surreal moment considering I'm a veteran of the US War in Afghanistan.
Day 18: Board a morning train and spend the day and night en route to Moscow. Ended up just depressing myself since I watched the entire latter half of the Bojack Horseman final season in one sitting.
Day 19: Arrive in Moscow and immediately get scammed by a taxi driver. He tells me the charge will be ~$8, so I agree to pay. He charges my card for $80. Fortunately, my card company decides it's fraud and drops the charge. I stayed at the Hilton Curio on points. From this point on, I use Yandex, which you absolutely need in Russia. I visited the Russian National Army Museum, which was incredible to see. So many weapons, uniforms, artifacts, vehicles, aircraft, etc. in one place, even if the Russian point of view for some events is controversial.
Day 20: Visit the State Historical Museum. Beautiful museum. High arched painted ceilings, mosaic floors, carved walls. Saw Red Square, the Kremlin, and St Basil's, Lenin's Mausoleum (closed because it was Monday), and the Gum shopping mall. Easily the most extravagant shopping mall I've ever been to. Had a very nice dinner at Cafe Pushkin (recommend!).
Day 21: I visited the Victory Museum dedicated to World War 2 and the Battle of Borodino (Napolenic Wars) panorama. In the Victory Museum, I wandered into some kind of children's organization (think militarized Boy Scouts) induction ceremony that I pretended to know was going on and stayed for a bit. I then went to the Moscow Modern Art Museum.
Day 22: Take the high-speed train to St Petersburg. Here, I got intimidated and scammed on my first night out into paying over $800. I already posted about it on here so I won't go into detail.
Day 23: I just want to get out of town, but I decide to visit the Hermitage (aboslutely amazing museum) and I need to file a police report from the night earlier for my CC company.
Estonia: 3 Days
Day 24-26: I was going to stay longer, but I change my plans and take a train to Estonia. The Russian border guard has an issue with my passport and I get hassled a little bit (just by one guard, the 4 other guards he asked to look at my passport had no issue). I stayed at the Hilton Tallinn on points and decide to take it easy. Gym, spa, and have a couple pints downtown. I explored old town Tallinn. Cool older walled city. I also saw modern Tallinn with a street art tour (booked through Air BnB). We went to the new "hipster" district northwest of the Old Town and train station. It was really cool to see; lots of street art, start up companies, flea markets. Estonia had the highest percentage of fluent English speakers on the trip.
Ukraine: 6 Days
Days 27-30: I flew to L'viv via Warsaw-Chopin on Lot Airlines. Here, I stayed in an AirBnB that was about a 20 minute walk to downtown. I did a history and architecture tour, but I also started to feel a little sick. Just bowel issues, nothing too crazy. I just stayed in for a day and night. L'viv was a fun small city and I recommend Pravda Beer Theater. Good beer and fun live music.
Days 30-33: Train to Kiev. Still feeling a little weird, so I just do laundry and stay in. Here, I stayed at Dream Hostel Kiev. It was in a good location and I had a private room here. I visited Chernobyl, which was fun, but almost ruined because we had a few guys in our group who decided to misbehave or do what the tour guide said not to do, so we ended up not getting to see/do everything some other tours do. Besides that, Chernobyl was cool and weird to visit. I did a walking tour of the city and made sure to visit Memorial Square and the Motherland Monument.
Georgia: 5 Days
Days 33-39: Fly direct from Kiev to Tbilisi on Sky Up Airlines which experience. It's Ukraine's LCC and it was packed with Russians who seemed to think the rules and regulations were more light suggestions. I met up with a friend here: we stayed 1 night in Tbilisi, 2 nights in Gudauri skiing, and then 2 more nights in Tbilisi before we left. In Tbilisi, we rode the funicular to see the city from the mountaintop, visited the New Holy Trinity where I was told by a beggar I was a bad person who would go to Hell because I didn't give her ENOUGH money.
Days 39-45: Istanbul: Here, I was staying with my friend I met up with in Georgia, so it was more relaxed/slow paced. I saw all the big tourist spots (however the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia had renovations going on due to slow Winter tourist season) which had the most amount of obnoxious "influencers" I've ever seen. Normally, I don't care; you do you. But, in this instance, some of them were stopping foot traffic in order to get better pics of themselves. I did some shopping, visited the Modern Art Museum, and then went to a Hamam (spa). Absolutely recommend. You get bathed over the course of about an hour and leave feeling so refreshed. I really enjoyed Istanbul, though. A good blend of European and Middle Eastern styles and food.
I flew back direct Istanbul-DC late January and missed all of the Coronavirus hubbub.
I'm sure I missed some other things, but that's the trip! I had an amazing time despite the scams. I'll answer any questions you guys might have!
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2020.01.17 15:53 iraklipsyche DataViz fellowship in Georgia

For journalists, activists, communication specialists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan there's a fellowship in data communication in Tbilisi.
The Data Communication Fellowship is a 4-5 month-long program during which the fellows will advance their skills in data collection, data analysis, data storytelling, designing with data, etc. They will be responsible for researching, writing, designing, and publishing data stories under the guidance of ForSet. Each fellow will be assigned a mentor from the ForSet team that will help them through the process of developing their data stories.
Stories created during the fellowship will be uploaded on Eurasian Data Stories portal
See the details:
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2019.12.18 23:31 hakai4 Why is Georgia (especially Tbilisi) far more developed than rest of the Caucasus?

Hello Caucasians.
I recently looked at latest HDI report, and Caucasus piqued my interest. Here's the ranking I'm talking about:
Georgian HDI is on 0.786 this year, while Armenia is on 0.760 and Azerbaijan even worse at 0.754, while all three are outperforming Ukraine on 0.750. The most interesting part though is regional HDI.
The data is 2 years old but I doubt the things changed drastically since then. Tbilisi sits on 0.857, higher than Baku, Yerevan, West Anatolia, Istanbul. It's also higher than anything Russia has in Caucasus (which is not that shocking as everything good in Russia is concentrated in two cities).
So how come Georgia is noticeably more developed than Armenia and Azerbaijan, while Tbilisi is apparently the best city in Caucasus+Anatolia region? Georgia had its fair share of wars, so the Azerbaijan and Armenia fighting wars can't be the only reason behind the difference.
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2019.10.01 01:36 rurounijones OverlordBot Preview

Ahoi everyone. I have been working on a bot called "OverlordBot" or, as my flight-mates insist on calling it, "Overlady".
This is a bot that uses Voice Recognition, Language Understanding, and Voice Synthesis (courtesy of Microsoft Cognitive Services) to listen in on one or more SRS frequencies and respond to AWACS calls. Currently it supports Bogey Dope requests and requests for vectors to a named airfield.
Demo: &
Note that this is currently in Alpha state (incomplete and buggy). One of the reasons I am posting this demo is to hopefully get some interest to help improve it.
I am not a programmer and am interested. What can I do?
  1. The bot's voice recognition has mainly been trained using two people (DOLT 1-1 Scav and DOLT 1-3 StandingCow) and it appears to be pretty good but the more voice samples I can get the better. So I am looking for people who can spare 10 minutes or so and are happy speaking short phrases into SRS at my command so that we can improve the voice recognition, especially for group names . (Weekends are best time for that).
  2. If anyone happens to be able to transcribe the Caucasus airfield names into IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) it would be really useful so that the bot actually knows how to pronounce them instead of the silly pronounciation we got in the Demo for Tbilisi :D (e.g. krymsk = krɨ, kutaisi = kuˈtaɪ si)
I am a programmer and am interested. What can I do?
All the code for this is open source if you want to hack along:
Overall project page:
Tacview processor that gets the data from a server and puts it into a PostgreSQL PostGIS enabled database (Ruby / JRuby):
The actual bot is currently a forked and hacked-up SRS client (C#): (Issue tracker @ )
Current goals are to improve stability so we can have this running unattented on a server (It currently requirs babysitting). Contact me[1] if you want more information. A from-scratch client is the end-goal eventually.
The Machine learning model for Voice
There are two parts to this. The Voice recognition model and the Intent Recognition model. I can export the Intent Recognition model so you can easily import it yourself if you so desire, sharing the voice recognition model is not something you can easily do right now so I am thinking about how to go about it.
You can contact me[1] to get access to the apps on my Azure account for testing purposes in the meantime.
I am a player and want to try this out
If you see me[1] online and on discord give me a ping and I will set it up. Currently this only works on servers with RealTime Tacview enabled. I have tested this bot on the Hoggit Servers and the TTI (107th's Through The Inferno) PVE servers.
You will need a your in-game name to have the following format: "FLIGHT 9-9 Nickname" or "FLIGHT 99 Nickname". For example "ROGUE 1-1 Maverick" or "PANDION 23 Goose".
I am a server owner and want to run this. What do I need to do
This bot is not ready for multiplayer yet due to stability issues but the basic steps are:
Enable Tacview Real-time Telemetry (RTT). TacScribe supports use of a password.
You will need to install the above components (The TacScribe Ruby application and the PostgreSQL database) on a server (either yours or a cloud service) and contact me[1] about how to go about setting up the Cognitive Services components.
For trial purposes you can listen to one frequency and 5 hours of audio a month using the Cognitive Services Free Tier. The paid tier can get you 20 channels and pay-per-hour audio. Full pricing for the Cognitive Services are available here
My estimate is that on the paid tiers we are looking at $50-60 per month depending on radio traffic volume. If you only need one frequency and less than 5 hours of audio traffic then I reckon it will be free
Can this do ATC
Not currently but it is on the list, it would require a lot of boring "Mapping" style work though. If you are interested, let me know :p
Do I need a special SRS client or server to interact with this as a player
No, you can just use your normal SRS client (for players) and server (for admins)
Will this work with Discord
Not currently. I think it should be possible using but the current bot implementation is quite tied in with SRS so will require some work to get it usable with Discord which is not a priority.
Will this work with EDs in-game VOIP that is in development
Cannot say for sure until we get more information.
[1] Comment on this post or message RurouniJones (a.k.a DOLT 1-2 Rurounijones) on the major DCS discord servers for a more in-depth conversation.
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2018.12.21 21:38 Edgegasm An Eventful Year: Over 75 days of NEO Meetups, Workshops and Hackathons in 2018

NEO has been very busy this year. In addition to the core development progress, we’ve seen a level of community building/outreach that no other project in blockchain can seem to match. I thought it would be cool to look back on all the events and hackathons that NEO hosted or supported over the course of this year.
It should be noted that I am not including any large-scale blockchain conferences (other than the NEO DevCon), no matter how notable. Any project leader can show up to an event and hold a few interviews, or offer a few sound bites in a speech. This is a post about the NEO team’s tangible efforts to finance and encourage decentralized community development by hosting dedicated NEO workshops and meetups around the world. To this end, I have attempted (no promises, this was a lot of data to go through) to omit all events without direct support/representatives from the NEO core team (sorry Dylan, I’ll buy you a beer at DevCon!)
I think this is a huge indicator as to the motives of the core NEO team and is something far too few people know about. There is still this ridiculous notion floating around that NEO is reliant on the Chinese government to succeed, despite the massive global community that has been built to support the platform’s long-term success.
Two things to note before the list. Firstly, a lot of these events would not have been possible without the hard work of various NEO dApp project/dev community leaders and other community members. By no means do I wish to undermine their contributions by giving full credit to the NEO core. A lot of people pitched in to make these things happen.
Secondly, I’d also like to give a huge shout out to NEO News Today for its consistent and excellent coverage of all news within the NEO ecosystem. This list would not have been possible without it. For those of you who do not know, I started writing for NNT in July and joined as an editor in October. I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a kind and talented group of individuals. I have much to learn from each of them.
Without further ado, here’s the list.
8th: NEO Meetup in Dublin, Ireland
10th: NEO Developer Meetup in London, UK
11th: NEO Developer Workshop in Hamburg, Germany
12th: Blockchain Mania #6 in Hamburg, Germany
13th: NEO Community Meetup in Amsterdam, Netherlands
13th: NEO Programming Day in Shanghai, China
20th: NEO Smart Economy Meetup in Vienna, Austria
30th-31st: NEO DevCon 2018
10th-11th: NEO Community Meetup in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
23rd-25th: NEO at START Hack 2018 in St. Gallen, Switzerland
24th-25th: NEO at HackCU IV 2018 in Boulder, Colorado
3rd: NEO APAC Tour in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
5th: NEO APAC Tour Meetup & Workshop in Tokyo, Japan
8th: NEO Developer Workshop in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
9th: NEO Developer Workshop in Cambridge, UK
11th: NEO APAC Tour in Taipei, Taiwan
12th: NEO APAC Tour in Melbourne, Australia
16th: NEO Sydney Meetup in Sydney, Australia
16th: NEO Seoul Workshop & Meetup in Seoul, South Korea
12th: NEO Meetup & Dev Workshop in Tokyo, Japan
13th-15th: NEO x QRC Global Hackathon in Tokyo, Japan
14th-15th: NEO Conference and Hackathon in Amsterdam, Netherlands
17th: NEO Europe Tour in Lisbon, Portugal
19th: NEO Smart Economy Blockchain Meetup in San Fransisco, US
20th: NEO Europe Tour in Madrid, Spain
22nd: NEO Europe Tour in Paris, France
24th: NEO Europe Tour in Vienna, Austria
26th: NEO Europe Tour in Zurich, Switzerland
7th: NEO Community Meetup in Santiago, Chile
12th: NEO Community Meetup in Rio de Janerio, Brazil
14th: NEO and Niobium in Sao Paulo, Brazil
6th: NEO Python Workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel
9th: NEO Blockchain Challenge in Shenzhen, China
14th: NEO Smart Contract Workshop in Rotterdam, Netherlands
17th: NEO Blockchain Challenge in London, UK
20th: NEO Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland
23rd: Weekly NEO Hackathons in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
1st: Yahoo! NEO Blockchain Meetup and Workshop in Osaka, Japan
20th: NEO Blockchain Creator Competition in Shanghai, China
10th: NEO Blockchain Introduction Class in Shanghai, China
24th: NEO Blockchain Advanced Class in Shanghai, China
24th-26th: NEO Blockchain Challenge in Tokyo, Japan
3rd & 5th: Smart Economy Meetup & Blockchain Summit in Montevideo, Uruguay
5th: NEO Meetup in Cyberjaya, Malaysia
9th: NEO Blockchain Open Class in Shanghai, China
19th: NEO Consensus Week Meetup in Singapore
22nd-23rd: NEO Blockchain Challenge in Chengdu, China
2nd: NEO Blockchain Meetup in Helsinki, Finland
20th: NEO Blockchain Open Course in Shanghai, China
20th-21st: NEO Blockchain Hackathon in Rotterdam and Delft, Netherlands
23rd: NEO Meetup and Workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia
26th: NEO Meetup and Workshop in Berlin, Germany
27th-28th: NEO Camp Hackathon in Berlin, Germany
3rd-4th: NEO Blockchain Hackathon in Zurich, Switzerland
10th: NEXT/NEOFANS Meetup in Hangzhou, China
23rd-25th: Hack Junction NEO DAO Voting in Espoo, Finland
30th: NEO Blockchain Meetup in St. Petersburg, Russia
8th-9th: NEO SPCC Hackathon in St. Petersburg, Russia
That’s over 75 days of NEO events this year (and I definitely missed some). Not bad eh. Of course, this is only a list of events. We’ve also seen solid progress on the core infrastructure, the formation of multiple new dev communities, and various impressive projects joining the network.
This is the reality of what progress towards decentralization looks like. The NEO community outreach has gone far above and beyond what any other blockchain project has achieved (to my knowledge). Sure, there’s value to a pile of partnerships, but do not mistake those partnerships for realistic progression towards the future of blockchain. The goal of blockchain is to put power back into the hands of the people and to hand off control of these platforms to their respective communities. It seems no project is prioritizing this on the same level as NEO.
At this point, it feels like it wouldn’t particularly matter what happens in China. The NEO team and broader community have spent vast amounts of time and resources educating developers about NEO. Progress on this platform is not tied to the core team. That is the heart of decentralization, and it is why NEO will not be easily stopped.
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2018.08.25 19:19 Murikov Trip Report Georgia, July/August 2018

I returned two weeks ago from a trip to Georgia and Abkhazia and we can definitely say we had a blast. We flew from Geneva over Istanbul to Tbilisi on July 20th and returned the same way on August 11th, making it a nice three weeks trip.
Imgur photo albums including descriptions:
Republic of Georgia, July / August 2018
Republic of Abkhazia, July 2018
Our itinerary:
  1. Tbilisi
  2. Omalo / Tusheti
  3. Dartlo
  4. Night train from Tbilisi to Zugdidi for the border crossing to Abkhazia
  5. Sukhum
  6. Daytrip to Shakuranskii Canyon and the surrounding forest
  7. Daytrip to Tkvarchal, Akarmara and Gegsky Waterfall
  8. Daytrip to Novy Afon, including the monastery, limestone cave and Anakopia fortress
  9. Aspindza for Vardzia
  10. Kazbegi / Stepmandsminda
  11. Jota (starting point for the Chaukhi Pass trek)
  12. Korsha (after getting from the trek via Roshka)
  13. Daytrip to Shatili and Mutso / Khevsureti
  14. Gori and Uplistsikhe
  15. Davit Gareja
  16. A final day in Tbilisi and then goodbye
The Good:
The Bad:
The Highlights:
More information / tips:
The whole trip was quite a blast, especially Abkhazia and the rather remote places in Georgia. I was quite surprised and sad to read quite recent travel reports of one of the same places we visited at about the same time. Of course I also advice anyone to make as much research as possible beforehand, no matter if it's in Georgia and especially Abkhazia. For visiting desolate places like Tkvarchal or Gal (or anywhere near the border between Georgia and Abkhazia) I would strongly advice to hire a driver and guide instead of taking any unpredictable risks, so better be safe than sorry.
Other than that, I've enjoyed three formidable weeks with fantastic food, lovely locals and a great diversity in landscapes and nature. If you have any questions about any of the places I visited, just shoot. :)
Rating: ★★★★☆
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2018.08.25 17:48 Murikov Trip Report Georgia and Abkhazia, July/August 2018

I asked you guys about travelling to Georgia and Abkhazia a while ago in this sub here.
I returned two weeks ago from our trip and we can definitely say we had a blast. We flew from Geneva over Istanbul to Tbilisi on July 20th and returned the same way on August 11th, making it a nice three weeks trip.
Imgur photo albums including descriptions:
Republic of Georgia, July / August 2018
Republic of Abkhazia, July 2018
Our itinerary:
  1. Tbilisi
  2. Omalo / Tusheti
  3. Dartlo
  4. Night train from Tbilisi to Zugdidi for the border crossing to Abkhazia
  5. Sukhum
  6. Daytrip to Shakuranskii Canyon and the surrounding forest
  7. Daytrip to Tkvarchal, Akarmara and Gegsky Waterfall
  8. Daytrip to Novy Afon, including the monastery, limestone cave and Anakopia fortress
  9. Aspindza for Vardzia
  10. Kazbegi / Stepmandsminda
  11. Jota (starting point for the Chaukhi Pass trek)
  12. Korsha (after getting from the trek via Roshka)
  13. Daytrip to Shatili and Mutso / Khevsureti
  14. Gori and Uplistsikhe
  15. Davit Gareja
  16. A final day in Tbilisi and then goodbye
The Good:
The Bad:
The Highlights:
More information / tips:
The whole trip was quite a blast, especially Abkhazia and the rather remote places in Georgia. I was quite surprised and sad to read quite recent travel reports of one of the same places we visited at about the same time. Of course I also advice anyone to make as much research as possible beforehand, no matter if it's in Georgia and especially Abkhazia. For visiting desolate places like Tkvarchal or Gal (or anywhere near the border between Georgia and Abkhazia) I would strongly advice to hire a driver and guide instead of taking any unpredictable risks, so better be safe than sorry.
Other than that, I've enjoyed three formidable weeks with fantastic food, lovely locals and a great diversity in landscapes and nature. If you have any questions about any of the places I visited, just shoot. :)
Rating: ★★★★☆
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2017.07.11 21:01 veganmark What’s Left of Russiagate – Are We Down to the 1,000 Paid Trolls?

Those who pay attention to what is going on – as opposed to passively consuming the obsessions of MSM – know that the Clinton-related material published by Wikileaks emerged from leaks, not hacks. Assange has stated in no uncertain terms that the Russian government was not responsible for providing the material Wikileaks published, and his friend Craig Murray – a whistleblower hero who exposed the torture practiced by the government of Uzbekistan while he was British ambassador there – indicates that he has direct knowledge that the DNC and Podesta Wikileaks releases derived from leaks, not hacks. In fact, he met with one of the people involved in September of last year in Washington D.C.
(Update 8/1/17: Wikileaks has just tweeted an audio recording of Seymour Hersh in which he indicates that, according to an FBI source he considers “unbelievably accurate and careful, he’s a very high-level guy”, there is an FBI report indicating that the FBI examined Seth’s computer and determined that Seth was the Wikileaks DNC source. It is not conceivable that Wikileaks would have released this if Seth weren’t their source.
Now, just in time for the anniversary of Seth Rich’s death, forensic analyses have clarified that the “Guccifer 2.0” releases of DNC material resulted from local downloads — via thumbdrive or LAN — of DNC computer files, rather than hacks from a distant location such as Russia or Romania, as our intelligence community has claimed; the rate of data transfer was far too great for a remote hack to be responsible.* Moreover, time stamps reveal that this data transfer occurred on the East Coast. More importantly, the metadata of the released files appears to have been intentionally altered to leave clues that Russian hackers may have accessed the material, in a clear effort to falsely implicate Russians in the hacking of those files. The strong implication is that someone affiliated with the Clinton campaign created the persona of Guccifer 2.0 to trick our gullible intelligence agencies into concluding that Russian hacks had been responsible not only for the Guccifer 2.0 releases, but for the WIkileaks releases as well – thereby devaluing them in the eyes of the American public. “Guccifer 2.0”, of course, topped off the scam by claiming he was the Wikileaks source.
As Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity have emphasized, the timeline of Guccifer 2.0’s first appearance is curious. On June 12, Wikileaks announced that it would soon be releasing Clinton-related emails. On June 15, the DNC cybercontractor Crowdstrike announced that it has found malware on the DNC computer which they suspect originated from Russia, and, in seeming coordination, Guccifer 2.0 proclaimed that he is the hacker who supplied Wikileaks with its Clinton material — posting a document that bore “Russian fingerprints”. Then the DNC material subsequently released by Guccifer 2.0 was downloaded locally from DNC computers on July 5th — five days before Seth Rich was murdered by hitmen. These facts are consistent with the thesis that the DNC, or someone affiliated with the DNC, hoaxed our intelligence services to blame the Wikileaks releases on Russia. Could they then have gotten rid of someone who could have spoiled this narrative?
Possible collusion between Crowdstrike and Guccifer 2.0 is suggested by the fact that, in their June 14th announcement, the DNC indicated — presumably based on claims by Crowdstrike — that the hacker had targeted Trump Opposition Research. This was indeed one of the documents that Guccifer 2.0 released the following day. Journalist Adam Carter refers to the Crowdstrike claim about Trump Opposition Research being targeted as “specious”, as they “never demonstrated or explained” how they could have known this. Carter concludes that this likely indicates collusion between Crowdstrike and Guccifer 2.0, and suggests that perhaps the persona of Guccifer 2.0 was created by someone at Crowdstrike. (And it hardly seems likely that Crowdstrike would have concocted such a scam without the knowledge and encouragement of top officials at the DNC. Though this brings up an interesting alternative possibility — could DWS and her felonious IT specialist Imran Awan have conceived and executed Guccifer 2.0?) Another peculiarity is this: if Guccifer 2.0 was employed by the Russian government to damage Hillary and help Trump, why would one of the first documents he released be Trump Opposition Research?!
Another clue pointing to Guccifer 2.0 as a DNC associate is that he used a computer whose Microsoft Word was registered to “Warren Flood” to imprint the “Russian fingerprints” on the documents that he released publicly on June 15th. Warren Flood had worked as technical director for Joe Biden at the White House, and subsequently worked for the Obama campaign in 2012, but there appears to be no evidence that he was still working in Washington D.C. at the time that Guccifer 2.0 was created; he currently lives in Georgia. Presumably, Guccifer 2.0 had gained access to this computer by the time that he emerged on June 15th. This evidence is likewise discussed in the Adam Carter analysis. There is no clear evidence that Warren Flood himself played any role in the Guccifer 2.0 fraud.
Carter also discusses linguistic research which demonstrates that, in his communications, Guccifer 2.0 makes a very amateurish effort to impersonate a native Russian attempting to speak English, being very inconsistent in his linguistic errors. His overall impression of Guccifer 2.0 is encapsulated in this description: “A donkey in a bear costume”. In his latest update, Carter notes: “The only language expert willing to be cited without being anonymous was professor M.J. Connolly from Boston College and he stated that Guccifer 2.0 lacked any traits he would expect to see from a Russian communicating in English!”
There were also files from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that were published at Guccifer 2.0's own website prior to the election. This episode has received little attention, and in any case, if the goal of the Russian government was to impede Clinton’s election, why would they care about the DCCC? Because they wanted to get more Republicans elected to Congress? – Not likely! In any case, if Guccifer 2.0 was indeed the source of these releases, the Russians weren't involved, so let’s just move on.
Finally, there is DC Leaks, which, beginning in July of last year has released purloined info on a diverse range of targets, including the former commander of NATO, Senators McCain and Graham, the Soros Foundation, and personal info of 200 Democratic lawmakers. This has received little media commentary, possibly because it is hard to see how this effort was an attempt to influence the election. Nonetheless, the cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect claims that DC Leaks is a front for the hacker group Fancy Bear, which they claim is linked to Russian intelligence. They also think that Guccifer 2.0 is involved. Sounds a lot like the analyses that linked the Guccifer 2.0 and Wikileaks releases to Russian intelligence – and we’ve seen how credible those analyses were.
Then there was the NSA document leaked by Reality Winner, in which it is “assessed” that Russians at the behest of the Kremlin targeted a number of local government operations in spearphishing operations just prior to the election. Scott Ritter has carefully analyzed the NSA document and demonstrated that the NSA agents responsible had nothing but speculation to link these spearphishing attacks to the Russian government.
Recent claims that Russia tried to hack into 21 state electoral databases prior to the election have been skewered by Gareth Porter, who shows that, in the only one of these attacks that was successful, the perpetrators merely extracted personal information saleable to criminal networks, without making any effort to alter electoral data. Evidently the work of cybercriminals, not Russian government operatives.
Alleged claims from our intelligence agencies that Russia was responsible for election interference in Germany and France have been debunked by the intelligence agencies in those countries:
Last month, CNN reported that “Russian hackers had breached Qatar’s state news agency and planted a fake news report that contributed to a crisis among the US’ closest Gulf allies, according to US officials briefed on the investigation….US officials say the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the US and its allies.”
But now, as reported by WaPo, US officials have concluded that the UAE had arranged this hacking to demonize Qatar:
(The story on CNN, of course, is that UAE denies this: Cue the laughter:
But What About all that “Evidence”?
But what about all the “evidence” our intelligence agencies have for Russia’s nefarious election interference?
Official claims in this regard began with the release of this joint statement by DHS and ODNI on Oct. 17 of last year:
"The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities."
Note how James Clapper, with the backing of Jeh Johnson of DHS, imperiously represented his views as those of “The U.S. Intelligence Community”. Hillary Clinton subsequently seized on this to make the hyperbolic self-serving claim that “17 intelligence agencies” had reached this conclusion – a claim that was echoed by our servile MSM until it recently was retracted by the New York Times.
The supposedly definitive statement of our intelligence agencies on alleged Russian election interference was an Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA), a de-classified summary of which was released on Jan. 6th. As subsequently admitted by Clapper in congressional testimony, this assessment was not a formal National Intelligence Estimate, which would have required the participation of all intelligence agencies and would have included any dissenting opinions, but rather represented the opinions of a couple dozen intelligence operatives hand-picked (presumably by Clapper, Director of National Intelligence) from the CIA, NSA, and FBI.
It is useful to understand these things about Clapper: He played a key role in convincing the nation that Saddam had ample stores of WMDs before our Iraq invasion. When these WMDs failed to appear, he stated that Saddam had had them shipped to Syria just prior to the invasion (subsequently debunked). He lied under oath before Congress and the nation regarding surveillance of American citizens by the NSA. And in a recent interview with Chuck Todd, he revealed himself to be a virtually psychotic Russiaphobe, claiming that Russians were virtually “genetically programmed” to foment chaos for us.
So what do you think is going to be the outcome when a psychotic Russophobe is allowed to hand-pick the members of an intelligence panel intended to evaluate alleged Russian meddling? As acclaimed investigative journalist Robert Parry noted:
“Yet, as any intelligence expert will tell you, if you “hand-pick” the analysts, you are really hand-picking the conclusion. For instance, if the analysts were known to be hard-liners on Russia or supporters of Hillary Clinton, they could be expected to deliver the one-sided report that they did.”
As to the unclassified report itself, the most cogent observation is that it provides no hard evidence whatever to back up its conclusion that Russian operatives had interfered in our election on the orders of Vladimir Putin. Rather hilariously, over half of its length is devoted to splenetic venting about the Russia-sponsored TV network RT, which nefariously had featured Third Party political debates and criticisms of fracking – and of course the seditious ravings of that evident Kremlin puppet Larry King. If RT constitutes vile and unacceptable election interference, what have we been doing with Voice of America for decades?
Most tellingly, the declassified ICA barely mentions Wikileaks, and provides no clue as to how it was concluded that Wikileaks received its Clinton-related emails from Russian sources. The key point of the Russiagate narrative is not just that Russians were hacking the DNC and John Podesta, but that, at the behest of the Russian government, they were transferring their booty to Wikileaks for release to the public. It is hard to escape the conclusion that our intelligence agencies have no hard evidence whatever that Wikileaks received its Clinton-related emails from sources commissioned by the Russian government. And of course Assange, who presumably knows how he got the material he himself published - and has far greater credibility than Clapper could ever have - vehemently denies this.
In the run-up to the Iraq invasion, our intelligence agencies at least deigned to convey to us some “evidence” that Saddam did indeed still have WMDs. In the present instance, they are effectively just saying “Trust us”. In the context of the fact that our intelligence agencies used wholly bogus evidence to propel us into an Iraq involvement that led to the death, maiming, or exile of literally millions of people in Iraq – not to mention thousands of American deaths and casualties, and catastrophic expense – anyone in our government or our media who is willing to just “trust” a hand-picked cabal of intelligence agents on an issue that may foment a new Cold War with the second-leading nuclear power, is engaging in gross criminal negligence.
The credibility of the report’s conclusions can be judged by this key passage:
“We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence … used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.”
As we have seen, “Guccifer 2.0” is someone on the East Coast, with local access to the DNC computers, who is doing a rather half-assed job of appearing to be Russian — “A donkey in a bear suit”. So much for their “high confidence”.
In formulating its ICA, the panel relied on the conclusions of a private cyber company, Crowdstrike, with respect to alleged hacking of the DNC server, because the DNC had repeatedly refused to turn their server over to the FBI – and the FBI had failed to subpoena it. Crowdstrike was recruited for this purpose by the Clinton campaign, and had previous associations with Hillary Clinton. Its founders are affiliated with the Atlantic Council, a think tank known for its virulently anti-Russia stances. Its previous effort to incriminate Russia in a hacking attack has been shown to be wholly erroneous.
As to the “logic” which Crowdstrike employed to impute hacking of the DNC to Russian intelligence, it appears to have been puerile. Here are the comments of Scott Ritter:
“CrowdStrike claimed that the presence of the X-Agent malware was a clear ‘signature’ of a hacking group — APT 28, or Fancy Bear — previously identified by German intelligence as being affiliated with the GRU, Russian military intelligence…. The CrowdStrike data is unconvincing. First and foremost, the German intelligence report it cites does not make an ironclad claim that APT 28 is, in fact, the GRU. In fact, the Germans only 'assumed' that GRU conducts cyberattacks. They made no claims that they knew for certain that any Russians, let alone the GRU, were responsible for the 2015 cyberattack on the German Parliament, which CrowdStrike cites as proof of GRU involvement. Second, the malware in question is available on the open market, making it virtually impossible to make any attribution at all simply by looking at similarities in ‘tools and techniques.’ Virtually anyone could have acquired these tools and used them in a manner similar to how they were employed against both the German Parliament and the DNC…. The presence of open-source tools is, in itself, a clear indicator that Russian intelligence was not involved.”
A further indication of the intellectual acumen of Crowdstrike is their response to a reporter from the Washington Times when they were asked to comment on the blockbuster VIPS report on Guccifer 2.0.:
“ ‘We find the argument unsubstantiated and inaccurate, based on a fundamental flaw,’ a company spokesman said.
The CrowdStrike spokesman said that by July 5 all malware had been removed from the DNC network and thus the hackers copied files that were already in their own systems.”
Uh, precisely how would the existence or nonexistence of hacking malware on a computer influence one’s ability to download data on a thumbdrive?!!
Cyberexpert Adam Carter suspects that Crowdstrike might have been involved in creating the Guccifer 2.0 fraud. The purposely tainted Guccifer 2.0 releases, in conjunction with Crowdstrike’s conclusion that Russian agents had hacked the DNC, could have readily led unsuspecting intelligence agents to indict the Russians.
Another key difficulty with the ICA has been raised by William Binney, one of the co-founders of the NSA. He indicates that if the DNC had been hacked, the NSA would know precisely when this had happened, and where the data had gone:
“Because NSA can trace exactly where and how any “hacked” emails from the Democratic National Committee or other servers were routed through the network, it is puzzling why NSA cannot produce hard evidence implicating the Russian government and WikiLeaks. Unless we are dealing with a leak from an insider, not a hack, as other reporting suggests. From a technical perspective alone, we are convinced that this is what happened.”
Intriguingly, it was the NSA which indicated that they were only “moderately confident” about the ICA’s conclusion.
And finally, there’s the intriguing detail that the declassified ICA contains a preamble indicating that the “assessments” it provides are not necessarily equivalent to “facts”. In other words, they are “best guesses”. Ray McGovern has pointed out that, in spyspeak, “assess” effectively means “guess”. So those trumpeting the “proven” election interference by Russia are relying on the guesses of a couple of dozen people hand-selected by the virulent Russophobe James Clapper.
Topping it all off, of course, is that the key crime that the Russians are alleged to have committed - a crime that has been likened to an “act of war” by some over-the-top commentators - was to provide the American public with true facts regarding the ways in which the DNC, in violation of its charter, leaned over backwards to favor Hillary Clinton over her rivals in the 2016 primary – and also finally gave us access to Hillary’s Wall Street speeches in which she helpfully clarified that she had two sets of views – those for the public, and those for her donors, who of course were the ones that really mattered. (Of course, it’s not as though percipient observers didn’t know these things already.) Isn’t it the role of our MSM to be providing such “interference”?
Craig Murray has summed much of this up in a recent excellent essay:
And the fabulous Caitlin Johnstone has assembled a voluminous summary of pertinent facts on Russiagate here:
But the Russian Trolls!
But wait – there’s still the 1,000 Russian trolls, paid by the Kremlin to spread “fake news”TM to the gullible American public. As far as I know, the only source for this is a statement by Sen. Mark Warner of the Intelligence Committee, referring to unspecified “reports”:
Hillary embellished this narrative at a recent sit-down comedy performance at the 2017 Code Conference - for which she received rave reviews:
After repeating her by-then-debunked lie about the “17 intelligence agencies”, she focused on the Russian trolls and bots who had helped to tank her campaign:
“So the Russians…could not have known best how to weaponize that information unless they had been guided. Guided by Americans and guided by people who had polling and data information.”
Her implication was of course that the people providing this guidance were the Trump campaign. And apparently this guidance was so astute that, according to Warner, the trolls targeted the rust-belt states that Hillary gave short shrift to. According to tweeter Maple Cocaine – “Pretty big indictment of the Hillary campaign when the fucking Kremlin knew to campaign in Wisconsin but she didn’t.”
Of course, it's hard to see how, with tens of millions of Americans active on social media, a thousand or so Russian trolls could have had a significant impact - how many of those pestilential buggers did David Brock employ on Hill's behalf? - but who needs logic.
A rather hilarious variation on this theme is the claim that Russian troll armies were actually writing the “fake news” stories that denigrated Hillary during the campaign:
“The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are looking into the rash of anti-Clinton fake news that originated in Russia and was spread online by Trump supporters in advance of last year’s election.”
Apparently, Russian fabulists are supposed to have dreamed up Pizzagate, the neurological problems which Hillary is hiding, the lengthy lists of Clinton opponents who have died mysteriously, Clinton’s raving fits and abuse of Secret Service agents, and just about every story denigratory to Clinton that the MSM won’t touch. Should we give our fellow Americans so little credit for perceptiveness and creative imagination? This has now truly degenerated to the level of farce.
And note the title of this story: Investigators: “Fake News Now at Center of Trump Russia Probe”. Which suggests that at that point we really ARE down to the 1,000 Russian trolls.
I can see the scenario now: “Vladimir Vladimirovich, what are your suggestions for this week’s troll assault?” “Our young friend Donald Donaldovich informs me that Wisconsin, especially the Milwaukee area, could be a fertile ground for the Pizzagate fantasy that Kuryakin dreamed up last month. Give that a try.”
Robert Parry notes: “As for the relatively small number of willfully produced ‘fake news’ stories, none appear to have traced back to Russia despite extensive efforts by the mainstream U.S. media to make the connection. When the U.S. mainstream media has tracked down a source of ‘fake news’, it has turned out to be some young entrepreneur trying to make some money by getting lots of clicks.”
Rather hilariously, Parry refers to a fake new website created by an unemployed Georgian student in Tbilisi who was trying "to make money by promoting pro-Trump stories. The owner of the website, 22-year-old Beqa Latsabidse, said he had initially tried to push stories favorable to Hillary Clinton but that proved unprofitable so he switched to publishing anti-Clinton and pro-Trump articles whether true or not."
I skip rapidly over the “Trump campaign colluded with the Russians” fantasy because it surpasseth understanding how the Russians would need the permission or guidance of Trump if they did indeed intend to interfere. And yet this has been the chief obsession of our MSM for lo these many months.
This narrative got its start when, in light of claims by intelligence experts that Russia, China, and other nations had very likely hacked Hillary’s private server during her tenure as Secretary of State – and the fact that Hillary’s crew had managed to bleach-bit out of existence tens of thousands of Hillary’s “personal” emails then under court subpoena (with no legal consequences) – Trump joked that Russia should hand over those deleted emails to us to expedite our legal process. The Clinton campaign, echoed by the MSM, chose to interpret this as a treasonous request that Russia hack Hillary’s server – an interpretation that was particularly absurd in light of the fact that Hillary’s SOS server had been offline for many months.
The latest variant on this theme is consternation over a meeting Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer whom he was informed had dirt on Clinton which the Russian government was eager to spread. Alas, the lawyer had no such dirt, she denies that she is affiliated with the Russian government or is acting at their direction, and the email which proposed this meeting was from a British music promoter whose credentials as a Kremlinologist are a mite suspect. Moreover, the MSM breathlessly pushing this revelation have neglected to mention that friends of the Clinton campaign paid money to Russian sources – via “piss dossier” entrepreneur Christopher Steele – to invent imaginative slanders of Trump, which, incredibly, were appended to the classified version of the ICA by Clapper.
It seems to me that that is the documented Russian interference in the election.
And now it is alleged that the music promoter who lied to Trump Jr. when setting up the meeting, as well as the Russian lawyer who attended, are associates of GPS Fusion, the company which concocted the Trump "piss dossier". Sheer coincidence?
Michael Tracey has detected a pattern to the seemingly endless wave of evanescent pseudo-scandals regarding Trump campaign contacts with Russians that have consumed MSM discourse for months:
But we’re still left with the issue of the 1,000 paid Russian trolls. Surely Clapper can provide us with the names and addresses of these demons – they seem to be in Russia, or Macedonia, or somewhere else sinister – and the receipts for their payments. Come on James, this is all you’ve got left – you’d better not blow this.
A Personal Coda
So why I am so hellbent on driving a stake through the heart of the Russiagate hoax?
Here’s my perspective. Russia and the Russian people are not our enemies. Our true enemies are the people who are trying to brainwash us into despising and fearing the Russians.
Watch this speech by Bernie delivered to Congress a quarter century ago.
Bernie recognized that the collapse of the Soviet Union was our chance to turn away from our catastrophically expensive militarism, and to devote more of our attention and finances to meeting the real needs of the American people. And that goal is still a worthy one.
Russia is not threatening to invade the Baltics or re-establish the Soviet empire – such an aspiration would be totally insane. With respect to Ukraine, the reason there was a Ukrainian civil war is that, after Yanukovich had negotiated a deal with the EU to hold accelerated elections, after which he would step down – a deal which Putin wholly endorsed – neo-Nazi troops stormed the Kiev government buildings, establishing a coup government which the US immediately recognized – thereby rendering moot the Yanukovich/EU deal that would have prevented civil war. After the coup government quickly dropped official recognition of the Russian language, and neo-Nazi gangs burned to death dozens of Russophiles in Odessa, eastern Ukraine rose up in revolt. (What do you think would happen in fly-over America if a coup in Washington DC installed Hillary as President?) Russia helped to make sure their Russian-speaking compatriots in east Ukraine had enough arms to defend themselves from the battalions sent to crush them.
In Crimea, which had been part of the Russian empire for nearly 200 years and where nearly everyone grows up speaking Russian, the duly elected Crimean parliament held a referendum in which the people overwhelmingly endorsed rejoining Russia. The Crimean parliament then petitioned Russia for reunification, which the Russian gladly assented to. (However, they did not agree to annex any of eastern Ukraine proper). Russia never invaded Crimea, because tens of thousands of Russian troops were already stationed there under a longstanding agreement with Ukraine; Crimea hosts Sevastopol, Russia’s only southern port. Most Americans don’t know, because MSM has never told them, that Khrushchev inexplicably gave Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR in the 1950s without asking the permission of the Crimean people. Most Crimeans consider themselves Russians, a minority are native Tatars (whom Stalin oppressed and exiled) – almost none consider themselves Ukrainian. And the Crimeans appreciate that Russia has a relatively stable economy, whereas Ukraine is now a basket case.
And with respect to Syria, the Russians are acting legally in response to a legitimate request from the Syrian government; they are trying to prevent Syria from being overrun by the psychotic jihadi hordes who have infiltrated Syria and are armed and funded by the CIA, the Saudis, and other bad actors. Only a very small percentage of the so-called “rebels” are actually Syrian. Our MSM have brainwashed the American people on this issue as well as on so much else.
In fact, it is WE who have antagonized Russia. We have completely welshed on the promise we gave Gorbachev that, in return for East Germany being allowed to unite with West Germany and join NATO, we wouldn’t move NATO “a single inch” to the east. Instead, since Bill Clinton’s administration we have expanded NATO steadily to the east, until it is on Russia’s doorstep. The desire of the neocons to now incorporate Ukraine into NATO is a bridge too far for Russia – they will only accept so much humiliation. And Russia sees our ringing of their country with ABMs – under the transparently phony pretext of protecting Europe from nonexistent Iranian nuclear missiles – as an effort to establish first strike capacity. This terrifies the Russians – and should terrify us too, because who knows what the Strangeloves in our Deep State are capable of.
And we in recent years are largely responsible for a string of catastrophic, illegal wars, motivated by capitalist venality and justified with lies, that have devastated much of the Middle East and North Africa. Russia as well as other nations have decried these wars as illegal, but their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.
So tell me what is so terrible about Russia, another capitalist nation that would like to do good business with us, and which reached out to help us after 9/11? Okay, so they have some growing up to do when it comes to gay rights, but 50 years ago we were very backward on that issue too. We should respond by showing them a good example. If their political system is still somewhat authoritarian – that’s their problem to cope with, not ours; it’s not as though our effective plutocracy is ideal. And we are in official alliance with some countries that are grossly authoritarian and horrific on human rights.
And perhaps we should remember and appreciate the fact that it was the incredible heroism and sacrifice of the Russian people that was primarily responsible for the allied victory over Hitler in WWII.
Consider also the treasures of music and literature with which Russia has gifted world civilization.
The reason the Deep State needs us to hate Russia is so that we will continue to plow tons of money into the massive boondoggle of NATO – which should have dissolved after the Warsaw pact was dissolved. And hatred and fear is absolutely great for arms sales. Plus Israel wants us to hate Russia because Russia is allied with nations that oppose the land grab of Greater Israel. None of this has anything to do with the real needs of the American people – except for those engaged in weapons production.
The real danger of a new Cold War is not only the massive diversionary expense, but the fact that it greatly increases the risk for a catastrophic nuclear exchange to be triggered accidentally – an exchange that potentially could wipe out not only human civilization, but much of life on earth, owing to nuclear winter. Such accidents nearly occurred several times during the previous Cold War. As long as both we and the Russians have massive nuclear arsenals, it’s very smart indeed for us to get along well with them. Caitlin Johnstone has discoursed eloquently on this point.
What is especially galling about Russiagate to me is that fact that it is the Democrats that are driving this hysteria. Traditionally, during the Cold War, it was the Democrats who were less hawkish – now the situation is flipped on its head, thanks to the fact that Trump’s common sense tells him that getting along with Russia is smart. (God knows I’m no fan of the unqualified buffoon Trump, but his instincts on Russia are on target. Whether the neo-cons whom he inexplicably has appointed to his administration allow him to make any progress on this score remains to be seen.)
Here’s an idea – how about we take to heart Rodney King’s admonition – “Why can’t we all get along?” Step back and realize that, in many ways we really do have a wonderful world. We can enjoy Thai cuisine, Russian and German symphonies, fine French wines, fuel-efficient Japanese cars, American jazz and popular music, world soccer, Italian opera, the range of American sports, English drama, Chinese art, Jamaican reggae – the fusion of all the world’s great cultures can give us a very rich life. With a few notable but rather paltry exceptions like the jihadi psychotics of ISIS, the peoples of the world are eager to get along with each other and collaborate in making the world better for all of us. They are eager to cooperate in minimizing the damage done by global warming, to establish trade deals that protect the interests not only of plutocrats, but of workers, consumers, and the environment, to enjoy the cultural riches which each society can bring to the table. We need to minimize the scourge of war by returning to the principles of international law – which our own great Eleanor Roosevelt helped to establish. The baseless hysteria of Russiagate has no place in such a world – nor does the neo-con-fueled obsession of the US to dominate all other nations by force of arms. Let’s get our act together America, and join the rest of the world in mutual respect and appreciation. Let’s fight our wars on soccer fields, basketball courts, and in Olympic stadia. Let’s just be cool.
*With respect to the Guccifer 2.0 data transfer event discussed here, Scott Ritter has pointed out that forensic analysis cannot prove that the computer from which these data were transferred was a DNC computer; in other words it is theoretically possible that the data involved had been transferred from the DNC earlier, and that the transfer analyzed reflected subsequent transfer of these data from one storage device to another. If this rather dubious (but possible) scenario were true, it would evidently negate the importance of the data transfer speed. However, the conclusion stands that this transfer occurred on the East Coast of the US, and hence did not involve Russian hackers. In other words, even if the Guccifer 2.0’s DNC material was obtained by hacking, this hacking was done in the U.S. And the counterargument that Guccifer 2.0 might have altered time zone settings on his computer to mask Russian involvement, is impossible to square with the fact that he was falsifying clues to point to Russia.
Bear in mind also that Guccifer 2.0 used a computer with software registered to a Biden aide. The intelligence agencies’ claim that Guccifer 2.0 is a Russian hacker lacks any credibility whatever.
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2017.05.18 04:16 _Irk [EVENT] The EU Missile Shield

European Parliament

Louise-Weiss Building, Strasbourg, Geneva Convention
Following up on the European Union Air Defence Identification Zone, the EU has voted in favor of the creation of a European Union Missile Shield similar to the European Interceptor Site, which was never completed by the United States.
The EU Missile Shield will be providing comprehensive missile and radar coverage across the European Continent. While controlled from the EUROCONTROL C&C HQ in Brussels, which provides final shut-down or authorization capabilities, the system will be largely decentralized, with nations capable of employing air-defence systems on their own, with each country's Ministry of Defence equivalent identifying a national C&C center. Radar systems will be multistatic Osservatore systems, placed in Transmitter-Receiver pairs across the EU.
Geneva and the Triumvirate will maintain independent systems that closely share data with the core EU system.
Nation T/R Locations SAMP/T-2A Locations
Spain Cádiz - Jerez, Salamanca - Alba de Tormes, Santander - Torrelavaga, Murcia - Elche 5 Batteries in Capital
Germany Zurich - Winterthur, Mainz-Wiesbaden, Dusseldorf - Duisburg, Emden - Hinte, Itzehoe - Wacken, Wolgast - Zinnowitz, Graz - Seiersburg 5 Batteries in Capital
Netherlands The Hague - Leiden 5 Batteries in Capital
Denmark Klitmøller - Thisted, Copenhagen - Rostilde, Sumba - Lopra, Höfn - Hoffell, Hellisandur - Ólafsvík, Isortoq - Tasiilaq, Nuuk - Kangeq, Qaqortoq - Narsaq 5 Batteries in Copenhagen, 5 Batteries in Rejkjavik, 5 Batteries in Nuuk
Ireland Shrove - Greencastle, Arklow - Gorey, Bantry - Baltimore 5 Batteries in Dublin
PLRC Siedlce - Lukow, Vilnius - Trakai, Slutsk - Kazlovichy 5 Batteries in Warsaw
Baltic Union Ahtme - Jõhvi, Haapsalu - Rohuküla 5 Batteries in Riga
UFBS Tirana - Golem, Pristina - Gjilan, Varna - Albena 5 Batteries in Tirana
Bulgaria Plovdiv - Asenovgrad 5 Batteries in Sofia
Romania Constanța - Eforie Nord, Cluj-Napoca - Turda, Chisinao - Cricova 5 Batteries in Bucharest
Carpathian Federation Brno - Blansk, Budapest - Szentendre 5 Batteries in Prague
Georgia Poti-Batumi 5 Batteries in Tbilisi
SAMP/T-2A batteries "in" capital cities will be actually located at the nearest military base, and directly integrated into radar systems nearby. EU-wide integration will be handled by a network-centric combat system derived from and linkable into the Centurion Network.

Coverage Map

Does not include Genevan or Trumivirite radar networks
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2016.12.03 04:14 y_signal Interview with Kakhi Kakhiashvili

Hi all, I found this recent interview of Kakhi Kakhiashvili on a Russian sports site. It was interesting to hear thoughts of one of the best weightlifters of all time, so I decided to translate and share it. I tried my best in conveying the main idea behind his responses, but often times I ended up translating directly. Since Russian has different sentence structure, a lot of text ended sounding weird. Interviewers questions are bolded. My comments are contained in square brackets []. I ended up skipping certain chunks, which mainly deal with politics, particularly Russian-Georgian relations and tried to keep parts related to weightlifting only. If you find any grammar or translation mistakes, please let me know (or not) and I’ll do my best to correct them.
I hope you enjoy this. Cheers.
The original text and photos be found here
This is a man with a remarkable life - born in Tskhinvali, South Ossetia, a place he cannot visit today. He won three Olympic Games: 1 for the Unified Team (1992) and 2 for Greece (1996 and 2000), where he became a national hero. He is the first Georgian in history who was allowed a dual citizenship, and now his status allows him to organize major sporting events in Tbilisi.
I enjoy working and accomplishing things. Right now I'm interested in processing natural resources. Recently I purchased 500kg of grapes in Kahetiya and pressed them to make wine. It is still cloudy. I don't drink it myself, couple sips at the most.
Georgia is one of the major weightlifting centers in the world. Last year it hosted European Championships, as well as Junior Worlds. Why did you take on all responsibility?
First thing - tourism. The country is beautiful, has warm weather, excellent cuisine ... People got to discover Georgia. It was the first time we were alloted 40 hours of showtime on "Eurosport." In the past, at most one program would get is 2-3 hours, for something like a soccer game. But this time, we got 5 hours of showtime every day for 8 days to transmit the competition, nothing like this had happened before.
Tourism numbers also grew during this time. More tourists from Russia than ever before came to Tbilisi for vacation and to enjoy the sea access
Secondly, we really wanted to acquire more equipment, since its very hard to come by. We didn't buy anything en masse, maximum of 1-2 barbells. Some things were gifted to us by IWF, but it was not enough.
How did you go about it then?
We decided to host major competitions and this forced us in position to buy equipment. We submitted petitions and were successful – which ended up getting us more than 100 barbells. This was also enough to energize further development of the sport. More youngsters started to get involved, so we built more gyms. Now everything is booming - we open 2 gyms a month, there is a large demand. They gyms are not huge, 100-120 square meters, nevertheless they are a great help for the sport. And for the population too - young people are getting involved. How much does membership cost? Nothing, we accept everyone for free.
It seems there is a decrease in trust about weightlifting among the population worldwide - too many news involving doping.
I agree. This undermines general interest. Worldwide there 2 leaders in sports doping - track & field and weightlifting. Followed by cycling, etc.
Doping pushes away viewers. We must make testing more rigorous - sure it will cause one critical year, which would see many teams disqualified. But it will be followed by a cleaner scene.
Where is Bulgaria now? Its non-existent. Russia is also under danger of disqualification. Even if the fine is payed, it doesn't guarantee protection of being disqualified. Other countries such as Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, are also in dangerous territory.
Georgia also went through this.
Yes, here is how it went down. I returned to Georgia in 2004 and became vice president of the national federation. And then the national team had an internal conflict, the members wrote petitions against a senior coach - Ivan Grikurov. He is strict, stern, and demanding - he was simply forced to resign.
I foresaw that his departure would lead to a drop in results. Two guys got caught doping almost immediately, followed by a couple more guys some months later. Four positive tests led to us being fined $100,000 and suspended for 2 years.
100,000 is federations annual budget and a 2 year ban is a failure for several years. The president resigned, so this made me responsible for handling the fine.
Where did you find the money?
Some was from my friends, but it was not enough. The government helped out. If we didn’t pay it within a month, 1 or 2 years would have been added to our suspension term. And we would still be responsible for the sum.
We payed it off and started with a new team roster. A year later we started seeing progress. With the return of suspended athletes we got a complete team, and now we are placing in competitions. Rio was the first time in history where 2 Georgian flags were on the podium simultaneously: gold and bronze.

You can read the rest of it (11 pages) here:

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2016.11.28 00:11 DownWithAssad Russian view of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War

I'd like the viewpoints of Russians regarding the Russian-Georgian war in 2008. It's accepted by pro-Russians that the whole war was Georgia's fault because it attacked Russian peacekeepers and that Russia was forced to respond.
However, I've been reading the Wikipedia page of the 2008 Russo-Georgian diplomatic crisis and holy cow is it obvious that Russia started the conflict. Here's a timeline of the events before the war:
February 2008: Presidents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia meet in, Russian official says Moscow should "reshape its relations with self-proclaimed republics". Russia's Duma calls a session for 13 March to discuss the issue of recognition of the unrecognized republics in the former Soviet Union.
6 March: Russia lifts CIS sanctions imposed on Abkhazia in 1996.
1 March: Russian General Vasily Lunev, former Deputy Commander of Siberian Military District is appointed as defence minister of South Ossetia.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia submit formal requests for recognition of their independence to Russia citing the recognition of Kosovo.
Russia's ambassador to NATO warns that a move by Georgia to join NATO could bolster the recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, fallaciously arguing that since the NATO referendum held in Georgia did not include the breakaway states, it showed Georgia intended to join NATO without them.
13 March: The Duma Committee for CIS recommends a deepening of links with Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria, the establishment of diplomatic missions in the regions, a removal of import duties on goods created by businesses with Russian shareholders in the regions, and increased humanitarian and economic assistance for Russian passport holders in the regions.
21 March: Russian State Duma adopts a resolution calling on the Russian president and the government to consider the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
3 April: Simultaneously as the NATO summit is being held in Bucharest, President Putin sends a letter to the leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, addressing them as “presidents” and promising Russian support that would be "practical, not declaratory" in nature.
April 8: Georgian Ministry of Justice receives a letter from its Russian counterpart, saying Russia would upgrade its direct relations with the two separatist regions
16 April: Putin announces that Russia was going to recognise some documents issued by the separatist authorities, cooperate with them on trade and other issues, recognize businesses and organisations registered under Abkhaz and South Ossetian law, and to look at providing consular services to residents in the two regions. An anonymous Russian diplomat had told Nezavisimaya Gazeta that the draft decree was aimed at de facto annexation rather than recognition.
Responding to Russian media reports that sea links between Sochi in Russia and Gagra in Abkhazia would be resumed, Georgia threatened to appeal to international marine organizations over the use of "illegal" routes.
20 April: A Georgian unmanned unarmed aerial vehicle (UAV) is shot down over the Abkhaz conflict zone. Russia's Air Force denies Georgian claims that a MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter, from the Gudauta military base, was involved in the incident. Garry Kupalba, deputy defence minister of the Republic of Abkhazia, told reporters the drone was shot down by an "L-39 aircraft of the Abkhaz Air Force". Georgia denies it was them.
21 April: Georgia's defence ministry releases a video the next day showing a Russian MiG-29 shooting down the unarmed Georgian drone. The video, shot from the drone, shows a jet launching a missile over the Black Sea. Moscow denies Georgia's accusation, saying none of its planes were in the region at the time. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues a statement accusing Georgia of violating the 1994 Moscow agreement and United Nations resolutions on Abkhazia by deploying without authorisation a UAV which also can be used for adjusting of fire.
Russian Ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, suggests that a MiG-29 belonging to a NATO member might have downed the Georgian spy plane. NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer reportedly remarks that "he'd eat his tie if it turned out that a NATO MiG-29 had magically appeared in Abkhazia and shot down a Georgian drone."
26 May: The U.N. mission releases the conclusion of its independent investigation into the 20 April incident. It confirmed that the Georgian video footage and radar data were authentic and the jet which destroyed the drone was indeed Russian. The conclusion report said that the jet flew towards the Russian territory after the incident, but it was unclear where the attacker took off, naming the Gudauta base as a possible locality. Georgia hails the report, but Russia dismisses it.
Late April, Russia claims that Georgia is amassing 1,500 soldiers and police in the upper Kodori Gorge area and planning to invade Abkhazia, accusing Georgia of trying to solve the Abkhazia problem by force and of sending its troops in the Georgian-controlled upper Kodori Valley in Abkhazia. Russia announces it will increase its military in the region and threatens to "retaliate" militarily to Georgia's efforts.
Russian Cossacks and North Caucasian volunteers declared their readiness to fight Georgia in the case of a renewed confrontation in Abkhazia.
6 May: Georgian state minister for reintegration Temur Iakobashvili says Georgia is on the verge of war with Russia.
May: Georgia shows video footage to the BBC proving that Russian troops used military hardware in Abkhazia and were a fighting force, rather than peacekeepers. Russia denies the accusations.
Sergei Bagapsh, Abkhazia's separatist president, says he is in favor of Russia establishing a military base in Abkhazia and calls for the signing of a military cooperation agreement with Russia modeled on the Taiwan Relations Act. Alexander Zelin, commander of the Russian Air Forces says if such a decision was made it would "promote the implementation of air defense tasks" and noted Russia had similar cooperation with Armenia.
18 May: Georgia detains five Russian peacekeepers along the administrative border with the Abkhazia region saying that their armoured personnel carrier collided with a Georgian woman's car, in the town of Zugdidi. The peacekeepers were later released. A statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry issued on 19 May compares the Georgians' actions to those of "true street bandits" saying the Georgians used "crude physical force," striking one peacekeeper in the head and taking two to the police station.
19 May: Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that over the weekend Moscow's military leadership authorized peacekeepers to conduct armed operations on their own behalf if necessary. Sergei Shamba, the Abkhaz foreign minister, says the report was "credible."
Georgia's Foreign Ministry sends a protest note to the CIS secretariat demanding illegal Russian troops and armaments to be immediately withdrawn from Abkhazia, saying that according to the UN, an airborne battalion, 50 BMD-2 airborne combat vehicles, and two artillery batteries had been deployed in Abkhazia. The ministry says this deployment contradicted a 1995 resolution of the CIS presidents' council.
15 June: media reports said that Russia had set up a military base near the village of Agubedia in Abkhazia's Ochamchira District and had deployed heavy armor there. Russia's Defense Ministry denies the report.
17 June: Georgia detains four Russian peacekeepers and a military truck in the conflict zone between Georgia proper and Abkhazia. Georgia's Interior Ministry said that the peacekeepers were transporting 35 crates of ammunition, including guided missiles and anti-tank mines, thus violating the existing agreements. Russia's Defense Ministry said the arrest was "in violation of all regulatory norms in the buffer zone." Lieutenant General Alexander Burutin, a deputy head of the General Staff, on 19 June compared the detention to "a bandit attack", saying Russian peacekeepers had every right to use their weapons. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia would not tolerate such actions against peacekeepers.
June: A Russian military expert, Pavel Felgenhauer, commenting on the situation in the conflict zone predicted war between Georgia and Abkhazia if provocations didn't stop. Felgenhauer said that Vladimir Putin had already decided to start a war against Georgia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia supposedly in late August 2008. Provocations against Georgia would begin in the Upper Abkhazia and South Ossetia, then the war would spread to the rest of Georgia.
30 June: Abkhaz separatist government claimed Georgian special services were responsible for the terrorism in Abkhazia. There was one blast in Sukhumi and two were in Gagra. These blasts wounded two in Sukhumi and six in Gagra. Abkhazia threatened to close the border with Georgia in response to the bombing.
In South Ossetia three explosions occurred near the administrative border. A bomb exploded meters away from a line of Georgian military vehicles. Georgian and South Ossetian authorities called the blasts a "provocation". Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Batu Kutelia accused the South Ossetian administration of being responsible, saying they had taken up "tactics of terrorism."
14–15 June: mortar fire and an exchange of fire broke out between South Ossetian and Georgian forces. South Ossetia claimed that mortar fire was launched from Georgian-controlled villages on Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital, and that their forces were responding to fire from Georgian forces on the outskirts of the capital. South Ossetian interior minister, Mikhail Mindzaev, said that the exchange of fire lasted for about four hours. Georgia denied firing the first shot, saying instead that South Ossetia had attacked the Georgian-controlled villages of Ergneti, Nikozi and Prisi. One person was killed and four injured in the clashes, and several houses were reportedly damaged. In a separate incident, a 14-year-old boy was injured by a land mine near Ergneti; he later died of his injuries.According to South Ossetia, five people were wounded during the violence and one of them died later.
15 June: Russian, Georgian, and North Ossetian peacekeepers as well as Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe monitors went to the site of the clashes. They came under fire near Ergneti, with no injuries. The fire exchange lasted for half an hour. Automatic firearms and grenade launchers were used.
30 June: Aleksandr Dugin, leader of the International Eurasian movement, who was known for his strong ties with the Russian military and intelligence, visited South Ossetia in late June 2008. He said at a press conference: "Russia has practically decided to recognize [Abkhazia and South Ossetia], and you have perfectly prepared everything for this. [...] If Russia recognizes independence of South Ossetia and deploys there not peacemaking but Russian border troops, the issue of Georgia joining NATO either will be removed from the agenda for a long time, or this will mean direct conflict with the United States. [...] So, we must recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia before December."
16 May: it was reported that Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed to have intercepted a Chechen spy working for Georgia who was trying to help rebels in the North Caucasus. The alleged agent was identified as Ramzan Turkoshvili, a Georgian-born Russian citizen, who the unnamed FSB official said was recruited by Georgian intelligence officers working with Zelimkhan Khangashvili. Khangashvili's group was accused of being involved in a 2004 attack in the Russian Republic of Ingushetia that left nearly 100 people dead, many of them policemen. An unidentified FSB official also claimed Georgian intelligence paid Turkoshvili to establish contacts with militants in the North Caucasus and help Georgia finance them. The detention was cast as proof that confirmed that Georgia's security service was "participating in disruptive terrorist activities in the North Caucasus." The spokesman for Georgian Interior Ministry, Shota Utiashvili denied the accusations and called it "a continuation of Russia's policy of provocation toward Georgia, which has taken a particularly acute form recently."
31 May: Russia sent its railway troops to repair a railway line in Abkhazia. The Russian defence ministry claimed they were unarmed. Georgia condemned the move as an "aggressive" step aimed against the territorial integrity of Georgia. The US Department of State also said that it was "dismayed" by the deployment. Temur Mzhavia, chairman of the exiled Supreme Council of Abkhazia, claimed that Russia planned to recognize Abkhazia on 27 September, when the Abkhaz celebrate an "independence day", but Vyacheslav Kovalenko, Russia's ambassador to Georgia, dismissed such claims as "fabrications".
The new Russian troops' arrival in Abkhazia preceded by a few days a planned meeting between the presidents Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia and Dmitry Medvedev of Russia on the sidelines of a CIS summit in Saint Petersburg on 6–7 June.
3 June: It was reported that Saakashvili would hold a phone conversation with Medvedev to discuss the deployment of Russian engineering units in Abkhazia.
7 June: the Russian defense minister Anatoliy Serdyukov said the railroad troops would leave within two months after they would have finished work on the railroad. Moscow claimed to have found an anti-tank mine on 13 June on the section of the Abkhaz railway, which was being repaired by the Russian Railway Forces. Russia claimed this was an attempt at carrying out a "subversive-terrorist act" against the Russian Federation's Railway Forces.
18 June: a military official announced the security of the Russian railway troops had been increased, following two blasts on the railway near Sokhumi. Abkhaz police suspected the bombings were targeted at Russian railway forces. Malkhaz Akishbaya, chairman of the Georgian-backed Abkhaz government in exile, claimed the blast was a next provocation aimed at discrediting Georgia. He also said it was directed at legalizing the presence of Russian railway troops.
23 June: Sergei Bagapsh said the railways repaired by the Russian railway troops would be used to transport construction material for a sports complex to be used in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
24 July: the Russian Defense Ministry said Russian railroad troops had almost finished repair work on the railway in Abkhazia and would withdraw in early August. A spokesman for the Defense Ministry said there would be a ceremony for resuming the operation of the fixed section at the end of July, and the troops would return to their bases in Russia after taking part in the ceremony. Russian railroad troops began pulling out of Abkhazia on 30 July 2008. After the war broke out, a part of the 9,000 Russian troops who went into Georgia from Abkhazia travelled with their hardware via the repaired railway.
28 March: the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, speaking at an international conference "The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in the Processes of Reintegration in Georgia" organised by the Office of the Georgian State Minister for Reintegration, unveiled a series of new proposals designed to resolve the Abkhaz conflict. These initiatives included a joint free economic zone, Abkhaz representation in the central government with an Abkhaz vice-president, the right to veto all Abkhaz-related decisions, unlimited autonomy and various security guarantees. However, when United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia delivered the proposals to Abkhaz separatists, they refused.
15 May: the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it recognized the right of return of all refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to Abkhazia. The resolution stressed the importance of retaining the property rights of the refugees and IDPs and underlined the need for a timetable to ensure the voluntary return of all refugees and IDPs. Russia voted against the Georgian-sponsored resolution. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Georgia's submission of the draft was "a counterproductive step".
5 June: the European Parliament adopted a resolution expressing its concern at the escalation of the situation in Abkhazia. The resolution deplored deployment of Russian forces to Abkhazia to restore the rail and road infrastructure and supported Georgia's territorial integrity. The resolution called on the Russian Federation to withdraw its additional troops from Abkhazia immediately. The EP declared that the Russian peacekeepers had lost their neutrality and the present peacekeeping format must be revised, with a deeper European involvement in the conflicts.
25 July: the Abkhaz separatists met with Matthew Bryza, the U.S. deputy assistance secretary of state. Bryza attempted to convince the Abkhaz side to participate in talks in Berlin the following week without any preconditions. However, Abkhaz officials rejected the talks. Later on that day, Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh did not rule out Sokhumi's possible participation in a meeting of the Group of Friends in Berlin. Abkhaz foreign minister Sergey Shamba also said that Sokhumi was not "in principle" against the Berlin meeting, but that did not mean the resumption of direct talks with Tbilisi. Russian ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin said that Russia was against immediately summoning a meeting of the UN Secretary General's Group of Friends on Georgia to discuss the Abkhaz conflict. The availability of a peace plan from an unbiased Western actor would steer the process away from the Russian-controlled formats, so Russia had encouraged Sukhumi to thwart the German-proposed consultations.
3 August: president Sergei Bagapsh declared that the Abkhaz representatives would not meet with the U.N. Secretary-General’s Group of Friends. Bagapsh cited the events in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict zone as reason for this, claiming Georgia was pursuing "a policy of genocide".
3 July: A South Ossetian police official was killed in a bomb attack on and that was followed by an intense exchange of gun fire. Later, a convoy carrying Dmitry Sanakoyev, the head of the Tbilisi-backed South Ossetian provisional administration was attacked and three of his security guards were injured.
4 July: two people were killed as a result of shelling and shooting in Tskhinvali and some villages in South Ossetia. The South Ossetian Press and Information Committee reported that a South Ossetian militiaman had been killed and another injured in an attack on a police post in the village of Ubiat and this was followed by the shelling of Tskhinvali, which resulted in the death of one man. According to South Ossetia, the shelling involved the use of mortars and grenade launchers. Georgia said it had opened fire in response to the shelling by South Ossetian militiamen of Georgian-controlled villages. South Ossetia called up military reservists and put its security forces on alert in response to the clashes. The head of Russia's peacekeeping troops in the region was quoted as saying extra soldiers could be deployed if the stand-off worsened. South Ossetia warned it would move heavy weaponry into the conflict zone with Georgia if attacks on the republic were not stopped.
6 July: a bomb in Gali, Abkhazia killed four people and injured six. Abkhaz authorities claimed that the chain of bombings was done by Georgian spies. Abkhazia called on G8 countries, the UN and the OSCE to stop a "terror threat from Georgia." Abkhazia also cut off all contact with Georgia in response to the bombing. Georgia condemned the bombings and blamed them on Russia, claiming the attacks were being done in the interest of a prolonged presence of Russian armed forces in Georgia.
8 July: Russian military jets flew over South Ossetia. On 9 July, the deputy commander of Georgia's air force, Colonel Zurab Pochkua said: "For almost 40 minutes, four Russian planes were circling over the territory north of Tskhinvali." In turn Russia accused Georgia of "a serious breach" of the flight ban, with a spokesman for Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia saying two Georgian Su-25 fighter jets flew over the region.
10 July, the Russian authorities confirmed the flight and said, in an official statement, the fighters were sent to "let hot heads in Tbilisi cool down." This was Russia's first admission in a decade that its air force had flown over Georgian territory without permission. Moscow had always denied earlier overflights. The Russian overflight was ordered less than 24 hours before the U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, was due to arrive in Georgia.
11 July: Deputy Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting on the conflict zones. The U.N. Security Council discussed the overflights at a closed meeting on 21 July, however no decision was reached. Russian envoy Vitaliy Churkin denounced the "pro-Georgian bias" of some Security Council members.
10 July: Colonel General Sergey Makarov, the commander of the North Caucasus Military District (SKVO), said "The major tasks for SKVO in the event of an escalation or the launch of combat action between the conflicting sides are: the provision of assistance to the peacekeeping troops so as to separate the forces of the conflicting sides; the provision of humanitarian assistance to the population residing in the conflict zones."
That day the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that measures had been taken "to increase the combat readiness" of the Russian peacekeeping forces stationed in Abkhazia. It also said that security had been tightened at the Russian peacekeepers' base camps, observation posts and checkpoints, and "additional training" of the peacekeeping personnel had been conducted "to explain regulations governing the use of firearms while on duty."
Media reports published information about Russia's alleged plans to seize the Kodori Gorge specifying that the details of the operation were worked out by Russian high-ranking military officials, with Abkhazia's President Sergei Bagapsh. In response to Georgia's summoning of a special UNSC session, the sources of Kommersant with the Russian Foreign Office claimed that Russia would reveal the details of a planned military invasion of South Ossetia by Georgia to release the detained Georgian officers.
19 July: a Georgian police post was attacked by Abkhaz militias using grenades; one Abkhaz militiaman died from a grenade exploding accidentally. Abkhaz officials denied attack on the Georgian police post. Georgian media also that a battalion of Russian troops had moved into the lower Kodori Gorge. Georgia's Defense Ministry claimed Russian troops encroached on strategic passes of the Main Caucasus Ridge and were in the combat alert.
25 July: One person was killed from a bomb blast in Tskhinvali.
28 July: Russian command of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces said South Ossetian forces had blocked peacekeepers and OSCE observers from the village of Cholibauri which was close to where Georgia said South Ossetia was building fortifications. South Ossetian armed militias fired at the peacekeepers and OSCE observers. Georgian media reported that Georgian posts on the Sarabuki heights were attacked by South Ossetian forces overnight and early on 29 July, with no injuries reported. The Georgian village of Sveri was shelled with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades by the South Ossetians on the morning of 29 July. The peacekeepers and OSCE observers visited the area to investigate an exchange of fire, however they were fired upon at 10 AM. On the late evening of the same day, South Ossetia said two South Ossetian villages had been fired on by Georgian forces in response to South Ossetia reinforcing its positions on the perimeter of the conflict zone. According to the South Ossetian Press and Information Committee, one person was injured.
Early July: OSInform Information Agency published several articles where the participation of the Russian army in the future "peace enforcement" operation in Georgia was discussed. One of the articles said that the planned Russian exercises were not accidental and this suggested a military operation on the foreign soil.
15 July: U.S. and Russia both began exercises in the Caucasus though Russia denied the timing was intentional. The Russian exercises, dubbed Caucasus 2008 involved units of the North Caucasus Military District, mainly the 58th Army, the 4th Air Force Army, Interior Ministry troops, and border guards. The exercises included training to support peacekeepers in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A Russian army spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that around 700 pieces of military hardware would be used during the exercises. Georgia said the exercises were a manifestation of Russian aggression against it. The Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "Not a single document on conflict resolution authorises Russian armed forces to carry out any kind of activity on the territory of Georgia." During exercises a leaflet entitled "Soldier! Know your probable enemy!" (that described the Georgian Armed Forces) was circulated among the Russian participants. The Russian exercises ended on 2 August. Russian troops remained near the Georgian border after the end of their exercise, instead of returning to their bases.
The US exercises were called "Immediate Response 2008" and included forces from the United States, Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. 127 U.S. trainers participated in the exercises. The Georgian 4th Brigade (which later participated in the war) took part in the Georgian exercise with 1,000 American troops, and Russia accused the United States of aiding Georgian attack preparations. Joint exercises focused on counterinsurgency operations and a Georgian brigade was prepared for duty in Iraq. The joint exercises of the USA and Georgian Armed Forces ended on 31 July.
It seems to me that Russia decided to annex the territories and began acting aggressively, by flying over Georgian territory, using peacekeepers as soldiers, lying blatantly about shooting down Georgian drones, disrupting U.N. work, claiming genocide was happening (sound familiar?), engaging in false flag attacks to discredit Georgia and provoke them into launching attacks, giving Russia a reason to declare war (which is exactly what happened).
How can Russians blame Georgia for the war when Russia did all this, just because it did not want Georgia from joining NATO? Why is there so much propaganda by RT and Sputnik about the Western MSM being biased, when it's extremely clear that Russia was acting as aggressively as it could leading up to the war, even repairing vital infrastructure like rail lines in future anticipation of the war?
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2016.10.19 12:00 soccerbot Today's Matches [2016-10-19]

Today's Matches

All times shown in GMT.

AFC Champions League

FC Seoul 10 : 30 Agg 1-4 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

K League Challenge
Daegu FC 10 : 30 Bucheon 1995
FC Anyang 11 : 00 Goyang Zaicro

UEFA Youth League

Dynamo Kyiv U19 11 : 00 Benfica U19
Rostov U19 11 : 00 Atlético Madrid U19
Mladost Podgorica U19 11 : 30 Agg 0-4 Sparta Praha U19
Arsenal U19 12 : 00 Ludogorets Razgrad U19
Celtic U19 13 : 00 Borussia Mönchengladbach U19
Kairat U19 13 : 00 Agg 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi U19
Napoli U19 13 : 00 Beşiktaş U19
AS Roma U19 13 : 30 Agg 3-0 APOEL U19
Barcelona U19 14 : 00 Manchester City U19
Levski Sofia U19 14 : 00 Agg 0-5 Altınordu U19
Paris Saint-Germain U19 14 : 00 FC Basel U19
Dinamo Moskva U19 15 : 00 Agg 2-0 Qabala U19
FC Zürich U19 15 : 00 Agg 3-0 HŠK Zrinjski Mostar U19
PAOK U19 15 : 00 Agg 1-1 Puskás Akadémia U19
Sheriff Tiraspol U19 15 : 00 Agg 1-4 Viitorul Constanța U19
AIK U19 16 : 00 Agg 0-0 Rosenborg U19
Bayern München U19 16 : 00 PSV Eindhoven U19
Čukarički U19 16 : 00 Agg 1-1 Domžale U19
Málaga U19 16 : 00 Agg 3-2 Nitra U19
Shakhtyor U19 16 : 00 Agg 0-5 Maccabi Haifa U19
Ajax U19 17 : 00 Agg 3-0 Breiðablik U19
FC Midtjylland U19 17 : 00 Agg 0-0 Anderlecht U19
Vardar U19 17 : 00 Agg 0-5 Red Bull Salzburg U19
Cork City U19 18 : 00 Agg 0-0 HJK U19


Bengaluru FC 13 : 30 Agg 1-1 Johor Darul Ta'zim FC

Pokal Nogometne zveze Slovenije
Gorica 16 : 00 Maribor
Krsko 16 : 00 Domžale

Czech Liga
Zbrojovka Brno 16 : 00 Slavia Praha

AFC U19 Championship

Bahrain U19 16 : 30 Thailand U19
South Korea U19 16 : 30 Saudi Arabia U19

Primera A
Mushuc Runa 17 : 00 Fuerza Amarilla
Aucas 00 : 00 Universidad Católica
Liga de Quito 00 : 15 Barcelona Sporting Club
River Ecuador 00 : 15 Emelec
El Nacional 00 : 30 Independiente del Valle
Deportivo Cuenca 01 : 00 Delfín

Telkom Knockout
Cape Town City FC 17 : 30 Bloemfontein Celtic

Peruvian Primera División
Unión Comercio 18 : 15 Sporting Cristal
Alianza Atlético 20 : 30 Universitario
Universidad César Vallejo 22 : 45 Melgar

UEFA Champions League

Arsenal 18 : 45 Ludogorets Razgrad
Barcelona 18 : 45 Manchester City
Bayern München 18 : 45 PSV Eindhoven
Celtic 18 : 45 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Dynamo Kyiv 18 : 45 Benfica
Napoli 18 : 45 Beşiktaş
Paris Saint-Germain 18 : 45 FC Basel
Rostov 18 : 45 Atlético Madrid

Football League Championship
Cardiff City 18 : 45 Sheffield Wednesday
Preston North End 18 : 45 Huddersfield Town

Copa do Brasil
Internacional 21 : 30 Agg 1-2 Santos
Juventude 21 : 30 Agg 0-1 Atlético Mineiro
Cruzeiro 23 : 45 Agg 1-2 Corinthians
Palmeiras 23 : 45 Agg 1-2 Grêmio

Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano
Universitario de Sucre 22 : 15 San José
Club Jorge Wilstermann 00 : 00 Real Potosí
Blooming 00 : 30 Bolívar

North American Soccer League
Jacksonville Armada FC 23 : 00 Miami FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies 23 : 30 Indy Eleven

Copa Chile
Universidad Católica 23 : 30 Universidad de Chile

Brasileiro Série A
Santa Cruz 23 : 45 Botafogo

Copa Sudamericana

Coritiba 23 : 45 Atlético Nacional
Junior 23 : 45 Chapecoense

CONCACAF Champions League

Sporting KC 00 : 00 Central FC
Olimpia 02 : 00 Pachuca
Portland Timbers 02 : 00 Saprissa

Copa MX
Cruz Azul 00 : 00 Querétaro
Chivas 02 : 00 Alebrijes de Oaxaca
Puebla 02 : 00 Toluca

Copa Argentina
Racing 00 : 10 Gimnasia
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2016.08.25 12:00 soccerbot Today's Matches [2016-08-25]

Today's Matches

All times shown in GMT.

Geylang United 11 : 30 Balestier Khalsa

International Friendlies

Qatar 16 : 00 Thailand

UEFA Europa League

Qarabağ 16 : 30 Agg 0-1 IFK Göteborg
Brøndby IF 17 : 00 Agg 0-3 Panathinaikos
Grasshoppers 17 : 00 Agg 0-3 Fenerbahçe
Rosenborg 17 : 00 Agg 1-2 Austria Wien
Slovan Liberec 17 : 00 Agg 1-0 AEK Larnaca
Partizani Tiranë 17 : 30 Agg 0-4 Krasnodar
Anderlecht 18 : 00 Agg 3-0 Slavia Praha
AZ Alkmaar 18 : 00 Agg 3-0 Vojvodina
BATE 18 : 00 Agg 0-2 Astana
Genk 18 : 00 Agg 2-2 Lokomotiva
Osmanlıspor 18 : 00 Agg 1-0 FC Midtjylland
PAOK 18 : 00 Agg 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi
Shkëndija 18 : 00 Agg 1-2 KAA Gent
Sparta Praha 18 : 00 Agg 0-0 SønderjyskE
Maribor 18 : 15 Agg 1-3 Qəbələ
Crvena Zvezda 18 : 30 Agg 0-3 US Sassuolo
Hajduk Split 18 : 30 Agg 1-2 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Olympiacos 18 : 45 Agg 1-0 Arouca
Saint-Étienne 18 : 45 Agg 2-1 Beitar Jerusalem
West Ham United 18 : 45 Agg 1-1 Astra Giurgiu
Shakhtar Donetsk 19 : 00 Agg 2-1 İstanbul Başakşehir
Rapid Wien 19 : 05 Agg 4-0 AS Trenčín

Russian Cup
Baltika Kaliningrad 17 : 00 Dinamo Moskva

Peruvian Primera División
Unión Comercio 18 : 15 Melgar
Deportivo Municipal 20 : 30 Juan Aurich
Universidad César Vallejo 22 : 45 Sporting Cristal
Alianza Lima 01 : 00 Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca

Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano
Petrolero 19 : 00 San José

Copa Sudamericana

Lanús 22 : 15 Independiente
Cuiabá 23 : 00 Chapecoense
Sol de América 00 : 45 Sport Huancayo
Vitória 00 : 45 Coritiba
Zamora FC 00 : 45 Montevideo Wanderers

CONCACAF Champions League

W Connection 00 : 00 Honduras Progreso
Dragón 02 : 00 Saprissa

Recopa Sudamericana

River Plate 00 : 15 Agg 0-0 Santa Fe

Copa Colombia
Junior 00 : 45 Independiente Medellín
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2016.08.22 03:34 puppuli Calendar 2016

Sports added so far
Archery Badminton Boxing Hockey
Shooting Table Tennis Weightlifting Wrestling
Note: In Table Tennis, only ITTF World tour events and World Cups
Below is the calendar except for Gymnastics(i'm little struggling to understand where all Indians will be contesting). All these dates are from Official sites and it's my guesswork where Indians will be contesting since there's no info available on that. My plan is to mail(already mailed archery and boxing associations) all Indian organization to find where Indians contest. Calendar will be pinned and regularly updated as new info comes in.
Anyone who would like to cover any of the below events or event of any other sport, please DM me.
These are only events up to September, because of space restrictions. Find the full year calendar in spreadsheet.
Start date End date Sport Name Links Reporter
2016-11-30 2016-12-04 Badminton India International Challenge Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-30 2016-12-03 Badminton Welsh International Challenge Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-29 2016-12-04 Badminton 2016 Macau open Badminton Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-28 2016-12-04 Badminton Singapore Youth International Series Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-24 2016-11-27 Badminton Finnish International 2016 Result
2016-11-24 2016-11-27 Para Badminton Asian Para-Badminton Championships 2016
2016-11-24 2016-11-26 Wrestling Golden Grand Prix Final Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-23 2016-11-27 Badminton Scottish Open Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-22 2016-11-27 Badminton India International Series 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-22 2016-11-27 Badminton YONEX SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-17 2016-11-20 Badminton Norwegian International 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-17 2016-11-26 Boxing AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-15 2016-11-20 Table Tennis ITTF World Tour, Swedish Open Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-15 2016-11-20 Badminton THAIHOT China Open Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-13 2016-11-17 Weightlifting FISU World University Championships Results
2016-11-09 2016-11-11 Table Tennis ITTF World Tour, Austrian Open Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-08 2016-11-13 Badminton Celcom Axiata Malaysia International Challenge 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-08 2016-11-13 Badminton BWF World Junior Championships Eye-Level Cups 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-03 2016-11-09 Shooting 6th Asian Championship Shotgun Abu Dhabi Results
2016-11-02 2016-11-06 Badminton BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-01 2016-11-06 Badminton Indonesia International Challenge 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-11-01 2016-11-06 Badminton Bitburger Badminton Open Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-10-30 2016-11-05 Hockey Women's Asian Champions Trophy Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-10-27 2016-10-30 Badminton 41st YONEX Hungarian International 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-10-26 2016-10-30 Badminton Bahrain International Challenge 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-10-25 2016-10-30 Badminton YONEX French Open Reddit thread || Spreadsheet serentiynow
2016-10-25 2016-10-29 Weightlifting Commonwealth Youth, Junior & Senior Championships Reddit thread puppuli
2016-10-20 2016-10-23 Badminton Swiss International 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-10-20 2016-10-30 Hockey Men's Asian Champions Trophy Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-10-19 2016-10-25 Weightlifting IWF Youth World Championships Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-10-18 2016-10-23 Badminton Denmark Open(World Superseries Premier) Reddit thread || Spreadsheet serentiynow
2016-10-13 2016-10-16 Badminton Danish Junior Cup 2016 Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-10-12 2016-10-16 Shooting ISSF World Cup Final Shotgun Rome Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-10-11 2016-10-16 Badminton YONEX Dutch Open 2016 Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-10-11 2016-10-16 Badminton Chinese Taipei Masters Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-10-06 2016-10-10 Shooting ISSF World Cup Final Rifle/Pistol Bologna Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-10-05 2016-10-09 Badminton Badminton Asia U17 & U15 Junior Championships 2016 Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-10-04 2016-10-09 Badminton Russian Open Grand Prix 2016 Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-10-04 2016-10-09 Badminton SCG Thailand Open Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-09-28 2016-10-02 Badminton Kawasaki Vietnam International Series 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-09-28 2016-10-01 Badminton FZ FORZA Prague Open 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-09-27 2016-10-02 Badminton VICTOR Korea Open Reddit thread || Spreadsheet serentiynow
2016-09-24 2016-09-25 Archery Odense 2016 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-09-22 2016-09-25 Badminton Varcolor Polish International 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-09-20 2016-09-25 Badminton YONEX Open Japan Reddit thread || Spreadsheet sriramg96
2016-09-19 2016-09-25 Wrestling World Military Championships, Skopje Results
2016-09-16 2016-09-23 Shooting ISSF Junior world cup 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-09-14 2016-09-17 Badminton YONEX Belgian International 2016 Spreadsheet || Reddit thread serentiynow
2016-09-14 2016-09-18 Shooting 6th World University Shooting Sport Championship Results
2016-09-13 2016-09-18 Badminton Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix 2016 (Under 19) Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-09-13 2016-09-18 Wrestling Cadet World Championship, Tbilisi Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-09-07 2016-09-18 Paralympics Paralympics 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-09-06 2016-09-10 Badminton Celcom Axiata Malaysia International Youth U-19 2016 Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-09-06 2016-09-11 Badminton YONEX SUNRISE Indonesian Masters 2016 Spreadsheet || Reddit thread serentiynow
2016-09-01 2016-09-04 Badminton Yonex Sunrise India Junior International Badminton Championships 2016 Spreadsheet || Reddit thread puppuli
2016-08-31 2016-09-04 Badminton 3rd YONEX Brazil Grand Prix 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-08-31 2016-09-04 Table Tennis ITTF World Tour, Czech Open Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
2016-08-30 2016-09-04 Wrestling Junior World Championship, Macon Reddit thread || Spreadsheet cricketfan27488
2016-08-30 2016-09-03 Badminton OUE Singapore International Series 2016 Reddit thread || Spreadsheet puppuli
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2016.08.18 12:00 soccerbot Today's Matches [2016-08-18]

Today's Matches

All times shown in GMT.

Young Lions 11 : 30 Geylang United

UEFA Europa League

Astana 14 : 00 BATE
Dinamo Tbilisi 16 : 00 PAOK
SønderjyskE 16 : 15 Sparta Praha
FC Midtjylland 16 : 30 Osmanlıspor
Krasnodar 16 : 30 Partizani Tiranë
AEK Larnaca 17 : 00 Slovan Liberec
Austria Wien 17 : 00 Rosenborg
IFK Göteborg 17 : 00 Qarabağ
Maccabi Tel Aviv 17 : 00 Hajduk Split
Qəbələ 17 : 00 Maribor
Slavia Praha 17 : 00 Anderlecht
İstanbul Başakşehir 17 : 30 Shakhtar Donetsk
Fenerbahçe 18 : 00 Grasshoppers
Lokomotiva 18 : 00 Genk
Panathinaikos 18 : 00 Brøndby IF
Vojvodina 18 : 00 AZ Alkmaar
Astra Giurgiu 18 : 15 West Ham United
KAA Gent 18 : 30 Shkëndija
US Sassuolo 18 : 45 Crvena Zvezda
Arouca 19 : 00 Olympiacos
AS Trenčín 19 : 05 Rapid Wien

International Friendlies

Jordan 15 : 30 Qatar

Liga I
ACS Poli Timișoara 15 : 30 FC Botoșani

Saudi Pro League
Al-Raed 17 : 45 Al-Wehda Club

Copa Sudamericana

Sport Huancayo 21 : 00 Agg 1-2 Deportivo Anzoátegui
Club Jorge Wilstermann 21 : 30 Agg 1-1 Sol de América
Zamora FC 22 : 00 Agg 1-1 Barcelona Sporting Club
Libertad 00 : 30 Agg 0-1 Palestino

CONCACAF Champions League

Suchitepéquez 00 : 00 Real Estelí
Pumas 02 : 00 Honduras Progreso
Saprissa 02 : 00 Dragón

Recopa Sudamericana

Santa Fe 00 : 45 River Plate

Copa Colombia
Real Cartagena 00 : 45 Agg 2-1 Atlético Nacional
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2016.08.02 12:00 soccerbot Today's Matches [2016-08-02]

Today's Matches

All times shown in GMT.

UEFA Champions League

Qarabağ 16 : 30 Agg 0-0 Viktoria Plzeň
APOEL 17 : 00 Agg 1-2 Rosenborg
Dinamo Tbilisi 17 : 00 Agg 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Crvena Zvezda 18 : 30 Agg 2-2 Ludogorets Razgrad
Dundalk 19 : 00 Agg 0-1 BATE

Peruvian Primera División
Real Garcilaso 18 : 15 Comerciantes Unidos
Sporting Cristal 20 : 30 Juan Aurich

Scottish Challenge Cup
Clyde 18 : 30 Partick Thistle U20
Ross County U20 18 : 30 Brora Rangers
Berwick Rangers 18 : 45 Spartans
Celtic U20 18 : 45 Annan Athletic
Cove Rangers 18 : 45 Dundee U20
East Stirling 18 : 45 Montrose
Formartine United 18 : 45 Aberdeen U20
Inverness CT U20 18 : 45 Arbroath
Motherwell U20 18 : 45 Edinburgh City
Queen's Park 18 : 45 Kilmarnock U20
St. Johnstone U20 18 : 45 Turriff United
Stirling Albion 18 : 45 Hearts U20

Copa Argentina
Lanús 21 : 10 Patronato

Brasileiro Série B
Criciúma 22 : 15 Paysandu
Grêmio Esportivo Brasil 22 : 15 Avaí
Londrina 22 : 15 Bragantino
Vila Nova 22 : 15 Joinville
Ceará 00 : 30 Vasco da Gama
Luverdense 00 : 30 CRB
Oeste 00 : 30 Náutico
Tupi 00 : 30 Paraná Clube

Club Friendlies

Manchester City 00 : 00 St Johnstone

CONCACAF Champions League

Central FC 00 : 00 Vancouver Whitecaps
Pachuca 02 : 00 Olimpia

Torneo Águila
América de Cali 00 : 45 Leones

K League Classic
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 10 : 00 Ulsan Hyundai
Seongnam FC 10 : 30 FC Seoul
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2016.07.26 12:00 soccerbot Today's Matches [2016-07-26]

Today's Matches

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Singapore League Cup
Albirex Niigata (Singapore) 11 : 30 Tampines Rovers
DPMM FC 11 : 30 Home United

CAF Confederation Cup

Medeama SC 15 : 00 Young Africans
AlAhli SC 17 : 00 Étoile du Sahel

Puchar Polski
Rominta Gołdap 16 : 00 Arka Gdynia

UEFA Champions League

BATE 18 : 00 Dundalk
Ludogorets Razgrad 18 : 00 Crvena Zvezda
Partizani Tiranë 18 : 00 Red Bull Salzburg
Sparta Praha 18 : 00 Steaua Bucureşti
Viktoria Plzeň 18 : 15 Qarabağ
Rostov 18 : 30 Anderlecht
Ajax 18 : 45 PAOK
Dinamo Zagreb 18 : 45 Dinamo Tbilisi
Shakhtar Donetsk 18 : 45 Young Boys

Scottish League Cup
Alloa Athletic 18 : 30 Ross County
Queen's Park 18 : 30 Airdrieonians
Stenhousemuir 18 : 30 Partick Thistle
Albion Rovers 18 : 45 Clyde
Berwick Rangers 18 : 45 Kilmarnock
Brechin City 18 : 45 St Johnstone
Dunfermline Athletic 18 : 45 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Forfar Athletic 18 : 45 East Fife
Livingston 18 : 45 Ayr United
Motherwell 18 : 45 East Stirling
Stirling Albion 18 : 45 Elgin City
Peterhead 19 : 00 Dundee

Brasileiro Série B
Goiás 22 : 15 Luverdense
Avaí 00 : 30 Londrina

Copa MX
Chivas 00 : 00 Chiapas
Lobos BUAP 00 : 00 Tijuana
América 02 : 00 Mineros de Zacatecas
Atlante 02 : 00 León

K League Challenge
Goyang Zaicro 10 : 00 Busan I'Park
Gyeongnam FC 10 : 00 Chungju Hummel
Bucheon 1995 10 : 30 Ansan Mugunghwa
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2016.07.19 12:00 soccerbot Today's Matches [2016-07-19]

Today's Matches

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UEFA Champions League

Alashkert 15 : 00 Agg 0-2 Dinamo Tbilisi
FK Liepāja 16 : 00 Agg 0-1 Red Bull Salzburg
APOEL 17 : 00 Agg 0-0 The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid
Sheriff Tiraspol 17 : 00 Agg 2-3 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
SJK 17 : 00 Agg 0-2 BATE
FC København 17 : 15 Agg 3-0 Crusaders
Crvena Zvezda 18 : 30 Agg 2-1 Valletta FC
Legia Warszawa 18 : 45 Agg 1-1 HŠK Zrinjski Mostar
Mladost Podgorica 18 : 45 Agg 0-2 Ludogorets Razgrad

Scottish League Cup
Alloa Athletic 18 : 30 Cove Rangers
Stenhousemuir 18 : 30 Queen's Park
Berwick Rangers 18 : 45 Albion Rovers
Brechin City 18 : 45 Stirling Albion
Dumbarton 18 : 45 East Fife
Dundee United 18 : 45 Cowdenbeath
Dunfermline Athletic 18 : 45 Arbroath
Falkirk 18 : 45 Elgin City
Greenock Morton 18 : 45 Clyde
Queen of the South 18 : 45 Airdrieonians
Raith Rovers 18 : 45 Montrose
Rangers 18 : 45 Annan Athletic
St Mirren 18 : 45 Ayr United
Stranraer 18 : 45 East Stirling
Peterhead 19 : 00 Forfar Athletic

Copa Argentina
Godoy Cruz 20 : 10 Estudiantes Caseros
Lanús 00 : 10 San Martín Formosa

Peruvian Primera División
Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca 20 : 30 Universidad de San Martín de Porres
Melgar 01 : 00 Comerciantes Unidos

Brasileiro Série B
Oeste 22 : 15 Grêmio Esportivo Brasil
Joinville 00 : 00 Goiás

Torneo Águila
Cúcuta Deportivo 23 : 00 Llaneros
Deportivo Pereira 01 : 00 Real Cartagena

Copa MX
Alebrijes de Oaxaca 00 : 00 Murciélagos
Juárez 00 : 00 Veracruz
Cruz Azul 02 : 00 Coras Tepic
Tijuana 02 : 00 Toluca

Supercopa Euroamericana

Sevilla 00 : 00 Santa Fe

J2 League
Cerezo Osaka 10 : 00 Machida Zelvia
Consadole Sapporo 10 : 00 Matsumoto Yamaga
Ehime FC 10 : 00 Renofa Yamaguchi FC
Fagiano Okayama FC 10 : 00 Yokohama FC
FC Gifu 10 : 00 Zweigen Kanazawa
Kyoto Sanga FC 10 : 00 Kamatamare Sanuki
Mito Hollyhock 10 : 00 V-Varen Nagasaki
Montedio Yamagata 10 : 00 JEF United Ichihara Chiba
Roasso Kumamoto 10 : 00 Tokushima Vortis
Shimizu S-Pulse 10 : 00 Tokyo Verdy
Thespakusatsu Gunma 10 : 00 Giravanz Kitakyushu

K League Classic
Gwangju FC 10 : 00 Jeonnam Dragons
Sangju Sangmu 10 : 00 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
FC Seoul 10 : 30 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Seongnam FC 10 : 30 Jeju United
Suwon FC 10 : 30 Pohang Steelers
Ulsan Hyundai 10 : 30 Incheon United
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2016.07.12 12:00 soccerbot Today's Matches [2016-07-12]

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UEFA U19 Championship

Croatia 10 : 00 The Netherlands
France 17 : 30 England

UEFA Champions League

HŠK Zrinjski Mostar 16 : 30 Legia Warszawa
Dinamo Tbilisi 17 : 00 Alashkert
Qarabağ 17 : 00 F91 Dudelange
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 17 : 50 Sheriff Tiraspol
BATE 18 : 00 SJK
Lincoln Red Imps 18 : 00 Celtic
The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid 18 : 00 APOEL
Valletta FC 18 : 00 Crvena Zvezda
Red Bull Salzburg 18 : 30 FK Liepāja
Vardar 18 : 45 Dinamo Zagreb

Brasileiro Série B
Atlético Goianiense 22 : 15 Londrina
Paraná Clube 00 : 30 Paysandu

Brasileiro Série A
Palmeiras 23 : 30 Santos

Liga Águila
Independiente Medellín 01 : 00 Envigado
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2013.08.06 02:24 Quasarkin Match Thread: Champions League [Third Qual. Round, 2nd leg] - Steaua Bucuresti vs. Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia) [20:45 EEST/GMT+3]

2013-14 UEFA Champions League, Third Qual. Round, 2nd leg - FC Steaua Bucuresti vs. FC Dinamo Tbilisi
Lovitura de Start: 20:45 EEST (20:45 GMT+3/19:45 CET)
Stadion: National Arena
Capacitate: 55,611
Locatie: Bucuresti, Romania.
Prognoza Meteo: 30°C (86°F), Senin, Vant 11km/h ENE, Umiditate 33%, Precipitatii 0%.
Arbitru: Kristinn Jakobsson (Islanda)
Arbitri Asistenti: Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson, Birkir Sigurdarson (Islanda)
Arbitru de Rezerva: Gunnar Jarl Jónsson (Islanda)
Observator UEFA: Michel Piraux (Belarus)
Stream-uri Internet:
Meciul Urmator:
Steaua Bucuresti
Data Gazda vs. Oaspete Competitie
11/08/13 Dinamo Bucuresti vs. Steaua Bucuresti Liga 1
Steaua Bucuresti
Antrenor: Laurentiu Reghecampf
Formatie: 4-2-3-1
XI-ul de Start:
Tricou Pozitie Nume Loc de Nastere Informatii
12 Portar Ciprian Tatarusanu Romania
4 Fundas Lukasz Szukala Polonia
14 Fundas Iasmin Latovlevici Romania
21 Fundas Vlad Chiriches Romania
5 Mijlocas Mihai Pintilii Romania
10 Mijlocas Cristian Tanase Romania Vice-Capitan
17 Fundas Daniel Georgievski Romania
55 Mijlocas Alexandru Bourceanu Romania Capitan
80 Mijlocas Gabriel Iancu Romania
25 Atacant Federico Piovaccari Italia Imprumut de la U.C. Sampdoria
77 Mijlocas Adrian Popa Romania
Tricou Pozitie Nume Loc de Nastere Informatii
1 Portar Florin Nita Romania
6 Fundas Florin Gardos Romania
11 Mijlocas Andrei Prepelita Romania
22 Fundas Paul Parvulescu Romania
23 Mijlocas Nicolae Stanciu Romania
30 Mijlocas Mihai Radut Romania
20 Atacant Leandro Tatu Brazilia
Dinamo Tbilisi
Manager: Dušan Uhrin, Jr.
Formatie: 4-4-2
XI-ul de Start:
Tricou Pozitie Nume Loc de Nastere Informatii
77 Portar Giorgi Loria Georgia Capitan
4 Fundas Ustaritz Spania
6 Fundas Givi Kvaratskhelia Georgia
7 Fundas Giorgi Seturidze Georgia
16 Fundas Dato Kvirkvelia Georgia
8 Mijlocas Levan Khmaladze Georgia
10 Mijlocas Giorgi Merebashvili Georgia
15 Mijlocas Giorgi Papava Georgia
19 Mijlocas Elguja Grigalashvili Georgia
28 Atacant Xisco Spania
9 Atacant Jaba Dvali Georgia
Tricou Pozitie Nume Loc de Nastere Informatii
25 Portar Tornike Zarkua Georgia
12 Fundas David Khurtsilava Georgia
32 Fundas Darko Glisic Macedonia
5 Atacant David Khocholava Georgia
21 Atacant Dorin Goga Romania
99 Atacant Vouho Coasta de Fildes
Statistica dupa 45 de minute:
Steaua Bucuresti vs. Dinamo Tbilisi
1 Goluri 0
9 Suturi 5
3 Pe Poarta 1
1 Salvari 2
3 Cornere 3
16 Fault-uri 12
2 Offside-uri 1
1 Cartonase Galbene 1
0 Cartonase Rosii 0
Steaua Bucuresti Meciuri Dinamo Tbilisi
1 Jucate 1
1 Castigate 0
0 Remiza 0
0 Pierdute 1
2 Goluri 0
Evenimentele Meciului:
Minut Tip Jucator Echipa Scor
6' GOL! Latovlevici Steaua Bucuresti 1-0
30' Galben Iancu Steaua Bucuresti 1-0
31' Galben Khmaladze Dinamo Tbilisi 1-0
45' Schimbare Stanciu cu Pintili Steaua Bucuresti 1-0
45' Schimbare Gardos cu Szukala Steaua Bucuresti 1-0
48' GOL! Ustaritz Dinamo Tbilisi 1-1
56' Schimbare Prepelita cu Iancu Steaua Bucuresti 1-1
60' Schimbare Goga cu Papava Dinamo Tbilisi 1-1
69' Galben Goga Dinamo Tbilisi 1-1
71' Schimbare Vouho cu Dvali Dinamo Tbilisi 1-1
74' Galben Adi Popa Steaua Bucuresti 1-1
77' Galben Vouho Dinamo Tbilisi 1-1
90+2' Galben Seturidze Dinamo Tbilisi 1-1
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