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The Chernobyl arch into place over the reactor building

November 30, 2016

Unique engineering feat concluded as Chernobyl arch has reached resting place

Gepubliceerd op 29 nov. 2016

Thirty years after the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, the radioactive remains of the power plant’s destroyed reactor 4 have been safely enclosed following one of the world’s most ambitious engineering projects.
Chernobyl’s giant New Safe Confinement (NSC) was moved over a distance of 327 metres from its assembly point to its final resting place, completely enclosing a previous makeshift shelter that was hastily assembled immediately after the 1986 accident.

The equipment in the New Safe Confinement will now be connected to the new technological building which will serve as a control room for future operations inside the arch. The New Safe Confinement will be sealed off from the environment hermetically. Finally, after intensive testing of all equipment and commissioning, handover of the New Safe Confinement to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant administration is expected in November 2017.

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*Mammoet completes installation of New Safe Confinement in Chernobyl

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Innovative skidding
Mammoet skidded the arch from its construction site to the reactor building using a skidding system that has been specially designed for the project. The innovative and award-winning skidding system is fully remote-controlled and consists of 116 skid shoes with an average capacity of 700 tons each. The skid shoes were completely synchronized on both sides of the structure to ensure a smooth and even operation. The tracks of this system were installed in a 33 degree angle to optimize the load transfer onto the foundations.

About the New Safe Confinement
The New Safe Confinement replaces an old shelter that was installed as an emergency measure to contain the radioactive materials in the destroyed unit shortly after the disaster in 1986. It provides a controlled and weatherproof environment where the solid radioactive remains of the destroyed unit can be held for the next 100 years. At 165 meters long, 260 meters wide and 110 meters tall, the arch could house the Statue of Liberty, or the Notre Dame Cathedral. With a weight of approximately 36,200 tons, the shelter is about three times as heavy as the Eiffel Tower.

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Details of ISIS-Turkey oil smuggling

December 6, 2015

Russian Defense Ministry holds news briefing on new findings related to counter-terror activities – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/6y70

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(Via @Dr. John)

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The Sheikh Mansour Ukraine Insurgent Army

November 22, 2015

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L’Empire du Chaos s’installe en Europe: l’ État islamique en Ukraine

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Kiev et les djihadistes: une sombre alliance

Alors que nous combattons l’État islamique, l’EI, alias ISIS, en Irak et en Syrie, et que les responsables américains soulignent le prétendu danger d’une attaque sur le territoire américain, Washington et le Califat se battent du même côté en Ukraine. Dans une remarquable série d’articles dans l’Intercept, Marcin Mamon s’est penché sur un aspect du conflit en Ukraine auquel personne d’autre n’a fait attention: le rôle joué par le Bataillon Doudaïev, «une force de combat des islamistes radicaux composée de Tchétchènes, mais incluant également des combattants de tout le Caucase ainsi que quelques Ukrainiens».

Les clés des organisations clandestines islamistes en Ukraine ont été remises à Mamon par un contact à Istanbul,Khalid, qui commande la branche ISIS locale. «Nos frères sont là», a-t-il dit à Mamon, et le journaliste s’est rendu en Ukraine où il a été mis en rapport avec un contact nommé Ruslan, qui l’a conduit au camp clandestin de Munayev.

Portant le nom du premier président de la Tchétchénie séparatiste, Djokhar Doudaïev, le bataillon Doudaïev était commandé par Isa Munayev, récemment tué dans l’est de l’Ukraine. Imprégnés d’une haine fanatique des Russes, qui soutiennent les rebelles de l’Est, les hommes de Munayev estiment également qu’ils paient une dette, puisque les bataillons du Secteur Droit ultra-nationaliste qui aujourd’hui luttent pour Kiev ont apparemment aidé les Tchétchènes dans le passé. Le Secteur Droit est un groupe paramilitaire ouvertement néo-fasciste qui a fourni une grande partie des forces qui ont rendu possible le coup d’État contre Viktor Ianoukovitch, l’ancien président ukrainien. Organisés en différents bataillons, dont la célèbre Brigade Azov, ils idolâtrent les collaborateurs nazis de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, qui ont combattu les troupes soviétiques: les ultra-nationalistes ont été accusés d’avoir commis desatrocités dans le Donbass, ainsi que de terroriser leurs adversaires politiques sur le front intérieur. D’après Mamon, ils ont également été impliqués dans la lutte contre les Russes dans la lointaine Tchétchénie, où l’ancien gros bonnet du Secteur Droit Oleksandr Muzychko a combattu aux côtés de Munayev et des frères contre les Russes.

*The Sheikh Mansour Volunteer Battalion – Ukraine Insurgent Army (video)

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The beginning of the Caucasian (Russian-Caucasian) War is dated in different ways, mainly within the first quarter of the 19th century, though according to our consideration the warfare broke out in the 80s of the 18th century, when uncoordinated resistance to the tsarism exceeded the bounds of separate regions (the Kuban Region, Kabarda, Chechnya, Daghestan) and turned into an all-North Caucasian movement advancing the precise religious-political slogans.
So, in spring of 1785 a Moslem preacher, Sheikh Mansour, or Ushurma, appeared in Chechnya, who, striving for unification of the highlanders to fight against the tsarist colonialists, called upon them for “hazavat”, i.e., “sacred war” against the “unfaithful” enemy. Thus through Islam taken as an ideological basis, politically separated Caucasians of different tribes partially consolidated in the struggle against the colonial power.
In the Northern Caucasus (in Daghestan) Islam began to spread yet in times of the Arab Caliphate, though for the majority of the native peoples it was established as the official religion considerably later.
Thus the Vainakhs inhabiting in the plain and foothill zones of the
Caucasus apparently came into contact with this teaching not earlier than in the 15th – 16th centuries; as to the inhabitants of the mountainous part of Chechnya and Ingushetia, the influence of Mohammedanism on the highlanders was rather weak even in the 17th – 18th centuries. As is generally known, in the 18th to the early 19th century the Ingush elders swore not to the Koran but to their pagan gods despite the fact that Islam had already existed among a certain part of the Ingushes.

 

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Putin associate found dead in DC hotel

November 7, 2015

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Putin Associate Found Dead in DC Hotel

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A prominent Russian millionaire with high-level ties to the Kremlin has been found dead inside a Washington hotel, a Russian official and a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

Mikhail Lesin, the former head of media affairs for the Russian government who’s been accused of curtailing the country’s press freedoms, had been staying at Hotel Dupont when he was found Thursday, according to officials.

It’s unclear why the long-time adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Washington, but the Metropolitan Police Department is now investigating his death. On Thursday, U.S. authorities notified the Russian embassy in Washington that one of its citizens had died, and Russian officials are now working with American authorities to determine the circumstances of the death, the embassy told ABC News in a statement.

Citing an ongoing investigation, an MPD spokesman would only confirm the department is conducting a “death investigation.”

Lesin is credited with creating Russia Today, the English-language news network backed by the Russian government. Now known as RT, the network “provides an alternative perspective on major global events, and acquaints an international audience with the Russian viewpoint,” according to its website.

Lesin “led the Kremlin’s efforts to censor Russia’s independent television outlets,” one U.S. lawmaker charged last year.

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RT Co-Founder Reportedly Found Dead In D.C. Hotel

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Mikhail Lesin, who was formerly the top media affairs minister for the Russian government, died of a “heart stroke,” a family member reportedly told RIA Novosti.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Officer Sean Hickman told BuzzFeed News that there had been a death Thursday on the 1500 block of New Hampshire Avenue, where the Dupont Circle Hotel is located. An ABC News article on Lesin’s death reported that the location had been the “Hotel Dupont,” though a hotel by that exact name doesn’t exist in Washington. Hickman said “we have not confirmed the identity of the decedent” and said the death was “currently under investigation.”

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Russian arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey delivers MH17 report

October 13, 2015

Live gestreamd op 13 okt. 2015

Russian arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey is presenting the results of its probe into the alleged missile launch that may have downed the MH17 Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine, July 17, 2014. (from 11:17)

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Russian Arms Manufacturer Almaz-Antey Delivers MH17 Report [ft. Analysis and Observations]

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These tests clearly refuted the ‘Russian supplied BUK missile’ hypothesis for the shoot-down, showing that if that type of missile (BUK-M1) hit at the angles observed in the wreckage of MH17, the damage should have been greater (1:03) and many distinctive ‘butterfly’ holes would have been present. Such holes were not observed. The presenters believed that only an older type of BUK missile, not used by Russia, may have been used.

It is more likely, considering the lack of penetrative power of fragments in the MH17 debris, that another type of smaller missile was the candidate for the incident – perhaps an air-to-air weapon since military jets were seen by witnesses at the time of the attack.

The Dutch Safety Board presentation regarding this same incident (30 min video below) was extremely light on forensics (although they concur with the Russians on the location of the missile). They did feature butterfly fragments allegedly taken out of some victims, but the question is, where are the butterfly patterns on the skin of the aircraft? The distinctive patterning seen in the Russian test was nowhere to be found.

Also, this Dutch presentation says there were no other aircraft on radar at the time of the incident, to rule out an air-to-air missile, whereas the Russians showed there were fighter sized targets on their scopes -backing up the witness reports that appeared in the BBC Russia news story (see the above video). And the Russians requested the US release their satellite images of the crime scene and Washington refused. The US satellite was right overhead at the time.

We must remember that the Ukrainians, suspects in this crime, were party to the investigation. And regardless of whether or not you think Governments could lie about such things, we do have the problem of the forensic evidence. It doesn’t matter what you assume – we have a fundamental issue with the raw data when it comes to the western account of what happened.

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