My life as a pro-Putin propagandist in Russia’s secret ‘troll factory’

When Lyudmila Savchuk heard about the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov earlier this year she was shocked and saddened.

“I felt the bullets between my own shoulders,” she said, recalling how the Kremlin critic was gunned down near Moscow’s Red Square in February.

Yet within hours of Mr Nemtsov’s death, Ms Savchuk and her colleagues were going online to pour bile on the former deputy prime minister and claim he was killed by his own friends rather than by government hitmen, as many suspect.

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EXCLUSIVE: EU needs European army that EXCLUDES UK claims former defence minister

Don’t let today’s headlines regarding Iraq’s implosion or Ukraine’s descent into further chaos distract you.  The EU, lead by Germany, is still pushing for a European Army in its future United States of Europe project. NATO is loathed in Europe although it depends on it and will eventually get the boot, especially if Russia takes back one of the member nations such as Lativa, a former Soviet Union state. NATO is no longer equipped for such a confrontation with Russia and will likely let it go like it did Georgia.

Meanwhile, Germany sees this and has decided to act on its own through its EU arm, which is what we see in Ukraine, as also mentioned in this article. However, especially since geopolitical relations are complex, it’s important to know that the US helped the German-led EU into taking Ukraine.

THE EU should adopt a single foreign policy and back it up with a pan-European army that excludes the UK, France’s former defence minister said last night.

Charles Millon, who served under Prime Minster Alain Juppe, urged Brussels to abandon Nato and appease Russian premier Vladimir Putin instead.

In a scathing attack on the transatlantic alliance, Mr.Millon poured scorn on Washington’s influence over Europe, claiming that abandoning Nato would prevent the EU from “bowing to US policy” which does not necessarily line up with its interests. Continue reading

Hot money exodus ends currency wars

Turkey’s efforts to pull the lira off record lows on Monday are likely to be emulated across emerging markets as central banks fight to avert an exodus of foreign capital driven by the impending turn in US policy.

It’s all a far cry from a year or so ago, when emerging market exporters were battling rising exchange rates and Brazil was accusing Western policymakers of waging currency wars by flooding the world with cheap money. Continue reading