attempted Rus coup in Montenegro

12-1-16     Just over a year ago Moscow hosted the congress of five hundred delegates.  As claimed by the organizers, they were the veterans of war in Ukraine.  They came not only to ask for money from Russian taxpayers but announced they were ready to defend “our motherland” again, if such a need arises.  They meant “our motherland” to be a land “where Russian people live.”

It was not so difficult to find “Russian people” elsewhere.  The main thing is to find a country which strives for joining NATO.  There “Russian compatriots”, “professional Russians” must be found….

In September 2016 Montenegro’s Kotor hosted the first large two-day meeting of the “Balkan Union of Cossacks” with songs, dances, fraternization of Serbo-Montenegrin people and the peoples of Russia.  They also conducted a rally against NATO.

A month later public prosecutor of Montenegro Milivoje Katnic informed about the detention of a group of militants on suspicion of plotting terrorist acts, getting ready for the seizure of state institutions and killing the Prime Minister.  The group was detained on the day of parliamentary elections in the country.

Later it became known that the conspirators were a group of 20 fighters from Serbia, Montenegro and Russia, some of whom fought for Donbas terrorists.  The group’s actions were coordinated by Russian nationalists. 


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The plotters were allegedly going to dress in police uniforms to storm the Montenegrin parliament in Podgorica, shoot the prime minister, Milo Ðjukanović, and install a pro-Moscow party….

A group of 20 Serbians and Montenegrins, some of whom had fought with Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, were arrested in Podgorica, the Montenegrin capital.  In Serbia meanwhile several Russian nationals suspected of coordinating the plot were caught with €120,000 and special forces uniforms.

According to the Belgrade daily, Danas, the Russians also had encryption equipment and were able to keep track of Đjukanović’s whereabouts.

Diplomatic sources told the Guardian the Belgrade government quietly deported the Russians after the intervention of the head of the Russian security council, Nikolai Patrushev, who flew to Belgrade on 26 October in an apparent effort to contain the scandal.  The country’s interior minister, Nebojša Stefanović denied the government carried out any deportations connected to the plot.

A source close to the Belgrade government said Patrushev, a former FSB (federal security service) chief, apologised for what he characterised as a rogue operation that did not have the Kremlin’s sanction.  In Moscow a Security Council official told Tass that Patrushev “didn’t apologise to anyone, because there is nothing to apologise for”.


12-16-16     Cruz’s campaign, Trump pointed out, had taken loans from the infamous investment bank Goldman Sachs.  And he’d failed to properly disclose one of these loans.  “I know the guys at Goldman Sachs.  They have total, total control over [Cruz],” Trump said.  “Just like they have total control over Hillary Clinton.”…

In one mortgage-based deal called Hudson 1 securities, Goldman helped sell its toxic holdings by saying the bank’s interests were “aligned” with those of potential clients, because it would own a tiny $6 million slice of the deal.  The bank left out the fact that it had a $2 billion bet against the same deal.

In the same deal, Goldman told clients that the mortgage products in Hudson had been “sourced from the Street,” i.e., that this stuff did not come from Goldman’s own inventory. When Senate investigators later pressed Goldman executives on this question, they hilariously claimed this wasn’t a lie, because Goldman was part of “the Street.”

“They were like, ‘We are the Street,'” one investigator told me, laughing.

Through deals like this, Goldman within months went from having a $6 billion bet on mortgages to having a $10 billion bet against them – a “big short.”  All of these moves were made with the assent of the Firmwide Risk Committee, which included Goldman CFO David Viniar, Blankfein and Cohn….

Trump’s chief strategist, the unabashed white-supremacist loon Steve Bannon, is a former Goldman banker, as is adviser Anthony Scaramucci.  Steve Mnuchin marks the fourth Goldman-pedigreed treasury secretary in the last four presidencies, after Bob Rubin, Lawrence Summers and Hank Paulson.

But the real shocker is the recent appointment of Goldman Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn to the post of director of the National Economic Council.  Bannon and Mnuchin were former, past Goldmanites. Cohn, meanwhile, is undoubtedly at least the number-two figure at the world’s most despised bank, if not the outright co-head with Blankfein.  He has been at the center of many of its most infamous episodes, including the Greek affair.  So much for draining the swamp.  


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