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illegales EU Einreise Verbot: T: Russian official subjected to EU travel ban speaks in the Romanian Senate

Freitag, November 27th, 2015

Für Sanktionen braucht man in der EU alle Zustimmungen, welche es nie gab, die korrupte von niemanden gewählte EU Führung auch nicht interessiert.

Diese ständigen kriminellen Ganoven Streiche der EU-Commisson von der Finanzierung von Kriminellen, gefälschte Berichte, Finanzierung von Gestalten  Tausender von NGO’s, die nie gewählt wurden, es nie eine Vereins Versammlung gab und nur Mafiöse Clans strukurieren. Deshalb wird die EU Sanktion auch in Rumänien ignoriert, der mit Einreise Verbot versehene DUMA Parlaments Präsident Sergei Naryshkin , wurde nach Bukarest eingeladen und sprach im Parlament.


T: Russian official subjected to EU travel ban speaks in the Romanian Senate

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narishkinBucharest, November 27, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Irina Stoica

Scandal erupted in the Romanian Parliament during a session with a controversial special guest. The president of the Russian State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin (photo), was present at the Romanian Senate even though he’s on a list of 24 Russian officials banned from traveling in the EU. Still, in his case, an exception was made because he was invited in Bucharest in the margins of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and Romania has informed its EU partners about this, according to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

His presence in the Senate caused intense protest. Members of the Ukrainian delegation who also attended the meeting brought banners saying “Stop Putin!” and protested against Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

Sergei Naryshkin paid little attention to the critics and took the floor with some very daring statements regarding host-state Romania. He mentioned Romania’s involvement in the American anti-missile shield in Europe and said that this involvement was not the wish of the Romanian people.”It was what Romanian politicians chose for Romania and we only respect that choice, even though I doubt it was the choice of the Romanians. The countries in this region and their citizens were told that threats are coming from the Russian Federation. But it’s not true, Russia is not the source of these threats, they come from other course. The terrorist attacks in Paris prove that we’ve been right all along for the past 20 years. No NATO structure or American anti-missile shield could save Paris”, the Russian official said.

Naryshkin’s presence in an EU country was possible because of the protocol around the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation signed in Baku in 2003. According to this document, Romania has the obligation to allow access on its territory for any foreign officials who represent their countries at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation sessions taking place in Romania.

Durres ÖL Mafia: Oil Slick in Durres Causes Outrage in Albania

Donnerstag, November 12th, 2015

12 Nov 15

Oil Slick in Durres Causes Outrage in Albania

Ships are still dumping their waste in the open sea off Albania, highlighting the need for tighter regulations on ships entering the country’s ports.

Fatjona Mejdini


Oil pollution that struck the beach of the Albanian port and resort of Durres a few days ago has revealed the negligence of institutions in preventing such situations.

Albania has also been slow in implementing regulations to ensure greater discipline regarding the waste management of ships anchored in the country’s ports.

The Ministry of Environment a year ago proposed a regulation to the Council of Minister about imposing an environmental fee for all vessels anchored.

Port of Durres | Photo: Wikimedia

Now, as a result of the lack of rules, some of them skip depositing their waste in the ports and do so in the open sea.The ministry told BIRN that the new regulation would seek to control the waste processing of all ships entering ports, forcing them to deposit their waste in a more organized way.

The ministry says the new regulation would encourage them to deposit their waste in the ports since they already have to pay the fee.

If the regulation is approved by the Council of Ministers, financial institutions will decide how much ships anchored in Albanian ports have to pay in environmental fees.

On Saturday, when locals spotted the polluted seashore in Durres, the Minister of Environment, Lefter Koka, said that the institutions in charge of guarding Albania’s maritime water had shown their irresponsibility.

„Albanian institutions are sleeping, we can’t tolerate any more situations like this. If we do not find the responsible ship which polluted the area soon I will propose that the Prime Minister fires all the representatives of these institutions,“ he said, inspecting the Durres shore.

The general prosecutor’s office has started a probe into the incident and is collecting information from agencies to connect the dots and find out who was responsible.

It is still unclear if the oil came from a ship passing through Albanian territorial waters or if the vessel was anchored in the port of Durres, which is the biggest in the country.

Die Geldwäsche Verbrecher Hölle von Durres, wird von einer Öl Pest heimgesucht. EU Ratten und das FRONTEX Desaster

Ex-KLA Fighter: Xhemshit Krasniqi Detained Over Crimes in Albania

Mittwoch, November 11th, 2015

The Drenica Group

Crime gang allegedly headed by Prime Minister Thaci is said to have run a range of mafia-like enterprises, from cigarette smuggling to trafficking in organs.



Ex-KLA Fighter Detained Over Crimes in Albania

Behar Mustafa, Marija Ristic

Kosovo court ordered a month’s detention for former Kosovo Liberation Army leader Xhemshit Krasniqi, suspected of carrying out war crimes in Albania.

A judge in the Basic Court of Mitrovica on Wednesday ordered 30 days of detention for former senior Kosovo Liberation Army fighter Xhemshit Krasniqi.

His lawyer Haji Millaku said the court acted on the request of EU rule-of-law mission, EULEX, citing fears that he could endanger investigations if he was free.

“He is held on suspicion that he committed war crimes in the spring of 1999 on the territory of Albania,” Millaku told BIRN.

Krasniqi, in the middle, during Kosovo conflict. Photo: Facebook

Krasniqi was arrested on Sunday in his hometown of Prizren in southern Kosovo during a police operation conducted by EULEX.

EULEX prosecutors suspect he committed war crimes against civilians detained in camps run by the KLA in northern Albania.

He was allegedly involved in torturing detainees in camps in Kukes and Cahan during April, May and June 1999, during the conflict in neighbouring Kosovo.

During the NATO bombing of former Yugoslavia, from March to June 1999, the KLA, then fighting Serbian police and military, had a base in the Albanian town of Kukes from where they conducted guerrilla operations across the border in Kosovo.

The KLA also maintained a network of prisons in their bases in Albania and Kosovo during and after the conflict of 1999.

These held Kosovo Albanians suspected of collaboration, Serbs and Roma. Some detainees were tortured and it also believed that some were killed.

Serbian association of missing persons says some 500 Kosovo Serbs are still listed as missing.

A Council of Europe report from 2011 said KLA fighters used a former metal factory in Kukes and converted it into a multi-purpose facility, including at least two “cellblocks” to house detainees.

The same report said the prisoners “were thrown into makeshift cellblocks, left in insanitary conditions without food and water, and were visited periodically by KLA soldiers to be questioned under harsh treatment, or indiscriminately beaten”.

In statements given to UN prosecutors in 2009 and 2010, more than ten individuals – almost all of them ethnic Albanians – described having been detained indefinitely, struck with sticks and other objects, and subjected to various forms of inhuman treatment at the Kukes site.

Several witnesses stated that screams of agony from persons held in separate sets of cellblocks could be heard filtering through the corridors.

Kosovo is currently in the process of forming a new internationally backed court, which is expected to be based both in Pristina and The Hague.

The establishment of the so-called „specialist chambers“ comes after the EU’s Special Investigative Task Force last July published the findings of its three-year investigation into allegations initially made by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty


09 Apr 09

KLA Ran Torture Camps in Albania

The Kosovo Liberation Army maintained a network of prisons in their bases in Albania and Kosovo during and after the conflict of 1999, eyewitnesses allege. Only now are the details of what occurred there emerging.

By Altin Raxhimi, Michael Montgomery and Vladimir Karaj

In a run-down industrial compound with shattered windows and peeling plaster in Kukes, Albania, chickens rummage for food and two trucks sit idle in a courtyard surrounded by rusted warehouses and a crumbling two-story supply building.

In the middle of the compound stands a cinderblock shack that was once the office of a mechanical plant that produced everything from manhole covers to elevator cages.

But, during the NATO bombing of the former Yugoslavia, from March to June 1999, this facility took on another purpose. It was occupied by a guerrilla force, the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, as a support base for their operations across the border in Serbian-ruled Kosovo.

But the factory was not merely the headquarters for guerrillas fighting the regime of Slobodan Milosevic to secure the independence of Kosovo from Serbia.
 The building that served as a KLA prison at the factory compound in Kukes
It assumed more sinister purposes: dozens of civilians, mainly Kosovo Albanians suspected of collaboration, but also Serbs and Roma were held captive there, beaten and tortured.  Some were killed, their remains never recovered.  The men who allegedly directed the abuses were officers of the KLA.

At least 25 people were imprisoned in Kukes, witnesses say. Amongst them were three Kosovo Albanian women. In the camp at least 18 people were killed, while others were later rescued by NATO troops.

It appears that Kukes housed one of a number of secret detention centres in Albania and Kosovo, and that prisoners were transferred from one facility to another.

Even after the NATO interventions, a camp was maintained in Baballoq/Babaloc in Kosovo, holding around 30 Serb and Roma prisoners, whose current whereabouts are unknown. Other camps in Albania may have held Serbs kidnapped in Kosovo after the war, according to four sources.

The names of several alleged perpetrators have been known to UNMIK for some time. One of them is still holding a high position in the Kosovo judiciary, Balkan Insight understands.Bislim Zyrapi, an official of the Kosovo Interior Ministry, who was responsible for KLA operations in Kukes, told Balkan Insight that there were no people killed, either at the base or outside of it.

Two of the KLA’s former top leaders rejected the allegations in separate interviews with the BBC.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, who was then the political director of the KLA, and Agim Ceku, former Prime Minister and former chief of the KLA headquarters, told the BBC they were not aware of any KLA prisons where captives were abused or where civilians were held.

Thaci said he was aware that individuals had “abused KLA uniforms” after the war, but said the KLA had distanced itself from such acts. He added that such abuse was “minimal”. Ceku said that the KLA fought a “clean war”.

However, Jose Pablo Baraybar, the chief of the Office of Missing Persons and Forensics within UNMIK for five years, says: “There were people that are certainly alive that were in Kukes, in that camp, as prisoners. Those people saw other people there, both Albanians and non-Albanians. There were members of the KLA leadership going through that camp. Many names were mentioned, and I would say that that is an established fact.”

Baraybar tracked missing citizens in Kosovo and across the border in Albania. Interior of what used to be a prison cell in Kukes

Karin Limdal, spokeswoman for the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, told Balkan Insight that the mission is aware of the allegations concerning the Kukes case, and that prosecutors are looking at the evidence to see if they can bring indictments.


These grave allegations about the Kukes camp, in the north west of Albania, are based on interviews with several sources: two eyewitnesses – one former inmate and one member of the KLA,  records from a cemetery in Albania and UN documents that we have gained access to, which detail the testimonies of people ill-treated in Kukes.

Together, they paint a portrait of a brutal prison regime that is at odds with the claims of former KLA leaders, who say they adhered to international human rights conventions and never detained civilians.

The abuses in Kukes may not have been isolated events. According to former KLA fighters who talked to us, as well as independent testimony provided to UN investigators, the KLA maintained a loose network of at least six secret jails in the dozen or so bases they operated in Albania and the two they had in Kosovo during and after the 1999 war.

Those jails were used for interrogations that routinely included torture, according to sources interviewed for this story.

Most former KLA soldiers we interviewed are proud of their war with the Serbian forces, whose bloody actions forced the mass flight of hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians from their homes in 1999.

But some said they felt shamed by what some KLA commanders and leaders had done under the cover of war.

“It didn’t seem strange at the time,” one former KLA soldier, who witnessed the events, said. “But now, looking back, I know that some of the things that were done to innocent civilians were wrong.  But the people who did those things act as if nothing happened, and continue to hurt their own people, Albanians.”

Another eyewitness, a Kosovo Albanian, says he was held at the KLA base in Kukes on the pretext of being a Serbian spy, an allegation he vehemently denies.

Bosnia: Salafist Leader Gets Seven Years for Recruiting Boys to Islamic State

Mittwoch, November 11th, 2015
Bosnia: Salafist Leader Gets Seven Years for Recruiting Boys to Islamic State

Bosnic, 43, has been on trial since December 2014 for promoting jihad, recruiting followers to IS, and organizing their trips to Syrian and Iraqi battlefields. Judge Amela Huskic said those three charges were proven during the trial, despite Bosnic’s strong denials.

The court found that at least six young men died as a result of Bosnic’s influence: Emrah Filipovic, Samir Begic, Amir Crnjekovic, Ismar Mesinovic, Azmir Alisic, and Muaz Sabic.

The announcement of the verdict was a high-profile, high-security event. Bosnic, a former musician with four wives and 18 children, is the informal leader of the Islamic extremist Salafi community in Bosnia. Last month the prosecutor requested the maximum 20-year jail sentence, whereas the defense had called for full acquittal.

The courtroom was crowded for the sentencing of the slight, bearded man, with a clutch of state police and security officers on hand, most wearing ski-masks.

The Kid

A few months earlier, the court heard the testimony of a young man who was arrested at Sarajevo airport as he tried to travel to Turkey, and then on to Syria.

His name was Merim Keserovic. Sarajevo airport security footage of Merin Keserovic (left)

Prosecutor Dubravko Campara asked the 18-year-old witness if Bosnic ever advocated fighting for IS during his sermons, which Keserovic had attended before his attempted trip.

„I don’t remember,“ Keserovic said in an unsteady voice, his eyes flitting between Bosnic, the judge and the prosecution.

Campara then produced the statement Keserovic gave to police when he was arrested.

Signed by Keserovic, it says Bosnic spoke about the need for believers to join the „brothers“ fighting for IS in Syria.

Afghanistan Einsatz als Schutzherr der Drogen Barone wie General Fahim

Afghanistan Einsatz als Schutzherr der Drogen Barone wie General Fahim

Keserovic claimed police had written his statement for him, giving it to him to sign afterward; but he also confirmed its contents, adding that he’d been given instructions on who to meet once he arrived in Syria.

In a separate trial, Keserovic was sentenced to a year in prison.

Keserovic is a high school dropout from the village of Trnovi who comes from a poor family. His father died of cancer, leaving him, his mother and his two brothers to fend for themselves. Everyone in the family is unemployed.

He said he was only following the lead of his older brother, Alija, with whom he often attended Bosnic’s sermons. Alija departed for Syria earlier, after spending time with Bosnic minding his goats.

Where the elder brother is now, and what he is doing, remains unknown.

Why Bosnia?

The story of the brothers Keserovic is one example among many in the mountainous villages of Bosnia and Herzegovina – an economic black hole of widespread unemployment, rampant corruption, and the echoes of the early 1990s conflict that has never seen resolution.

The power-sharing political system installed by the peace agreement that ended the Bosnian war has nurtured a festering sense of injustice among Bosnia’s three main ethno-religious groups, the Orthodox Serbs, the Catholic Croats and the Muslim Bosniaks.

Arrest of BosnicThe three groups share a strong sense of nationalism. For a small minority of Bosniaks, nationalism led them to join the Salafist sect – Muslims who follow an extreme version of Islam, distinguishable in the streets of Bosnia by their long beards, loose clothing and cotton pants cut above the ankle; Salafist women are generally completely enveloped in black.

Bosnian Salafists predate the rise of IS. The first surfaced in Bosnia during the war between 1992 and 1995, when Bosnia was subject to an arms embargo and struggled to protect itself from Serb attacks. A number of fighters from the Middle East came to Bosnia to fight alongside their Muslim brethren; with them, they brought Salafism.

In the aftermath of the war, the Salafists‘ influence spread, although their interpretation of Islam never sat well with the country’s official Islamic community, which has taken issue with the group since the war. Most Bosnian Muslims reject the Salafists‘ restrictive, fundamentalist views.

The hub of Bosnia’s Salafi community appears to be located in Austria. In 2007, the former head of the Bosnian Islamic community, Mustafa Ceric, claimed that the masterminds behind Bosnian Salafism were Bosnians living in Vienna.

After several incidents involving Salafists – including the 2010 bombing of a police station in the central town of Bugojno, and a 2011 armed attack on the US Embassy in the capital Sarajevo – Bosnian authorities began to respond more forcefully. Scrutiny of the group intensified after the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, as the international community began to focus on the activities of IS.

As a result, many Bosnian Salafists began to retreat to remote villages where they could live by their own rules.

One of those remote locations is the place where Bosnic was first arrested: the north-eastern village of Gornja Maoca.

The village, closed to media, has in the past couple of years developed a reputation as a stronghold of the Salafists. Some of the most prominent figures involved in extremist incidents have spent time there.

A New Leader

Several years ago, the informal leader in Gornja Maoca was Nusret Imamovic – now believed by the US State Department to be fighting in Syria. When Imamovic left, he left a void. For a short time, the Salafists lacked a unified voice.

Bosnic gained prominence with speeches and media appearances, becoming the Salafist community’s new leader. His September 2014 arrest, along with 15 others, was part of the high-profile police operation DamascusSrebrenik municipality – location of Gornja Maoca

The Vulnerable

Bosnic preached near his home in north-western Buzim, and also travelled to give sermons. But he was rarely allowed to speak in front of a wider Dzemat (the Islamic community of one particular mosque, usually drawn from the neighborhood in which the mosque is located).

According to the Dzemat of the King Fahd mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnic tried to deliver a sermon there but was turned away.

Nezim Muderis Halilovic, who occasionally preaches at King Fahd, said: “He does not fit into our concept here.”

But in smaller communities, like the north-western town of Velika Kladusa, Bosnic was the religious authority, giving sermons after Friday prayers. According to witnesses, people traveled many miles to hear him speak.

For many he was also a father figure, and Alija Keserovic joined other young men who worked on Bosnic’s land before leaving for Syria.

Witness Sefik Cufurovic said his son Ibro, in his early 20s, was a good student before he went in 2013 to live with Bosnic in Buzim, to tend his sheep.

Ibro left for Syria shortly after. His whereabouts are not known.

Another witness, Rifet Sabic, said his son Suad was killed fighting for IS early this year after growing close to Bosnic.

„Any family whose house was ever visited by Bilal Bosnic is destroyed,“ Sabic told the court.

Nusret ImamovicNermin Sabic was offered a room by Bosnic after his father kicked him out. Soon, Sabic – in his early 30s – would also depart for Syria, where he was killed in 2013.

The Power of Interpretation

 According to defense lawyer Adil Lozo, Bosnic’s speeches are simply teachings from Islamic history, and verses from the Kur’an. Lozo says that Bosnic and other Salafists are the victims of discrimination, and that their rights to free thought, religion and expression are being suppressed.

After the Bosnic verdict was announced, Lozo told journalists: „Now we have, instead of religious authorities, judges who know how religious scriptures should be interpreted.“ He had complained that Judge Huskovic did not even know how to pronounce parts of Bosnic’s quotes in Arabic.

Several recordings of Bosnic’s sermons, used as evidence against him in the trial, are still available online. In one of them, uploaded in July 2014, Bosnic expresses joy over the“establishment of the Khalifat„.

In the courtroom, the prosecutor quoted from Bosnic’s sermons:“What makes the Lord of the servant, Allah, most happy is when his servant like that, without armor, jumps into a group of infidels and fights until he is killed.“

Selvedin Beganovic, a former religious leader for the village of Trnovi, told the court that Bosnic takes Islamic teachings out of their context and twists them.

„What Bosnic is doing and telling people is snatching away Islam,“ said Beganovic. „He does this by calling out to young men to go to jihad. He tells them to go fight a war, to die as Sehids [people who die on Allah’s path].“

This was confirmed by expert witness Vlado Azinovic, a professor of terrorism-related studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo.

„Bosnic frequently used episodes from the history of Islam and selectively chose passages from the Kur’an which would incite believers to depart for battlefields in Syria, so they can fulfill God’s mission,“ he said.

A Different Kind of Organized Crime

One question remains unanswered.

Bosnia has an unemployment rate of more than 43 percent, a figure that rises to nearly 60 percent among Bosnian youth. The average monthly wage for those who do have a job is about 1,140 Bosnian marks (US$ 639).

So how did Merim Keserovic, an 18-year-old high school dropout from a poor, unemployed family, pay for a plane ticket to Turkey?

Keserovic’s trip was anticipated by authorities. While he was being arrested at Sarajevo airport in February, authorities were rounding up four other Salafists they suspected of planning and funding the attempted trip. Two of them later received prison sentences. Adil Lozo (left) and Husein Bosnic

Husein Erdic, from Bosnic’s small hometown Buzim – organized Keserovic’s travel onwards to Syria, and put him in touch with Midhat Trako, a man who fronted the cash for the plane ticket to Turkey. Erdic and Trako have been linked in court to Bosnic.

But during Bosnic’s trial, the court heard the testimony of a witness who himself fought alongside IS in Syria. His name cannot be reported for his own protection. He said Bosnic and his predecessor Nusret Imamovic were the only ones able to approve a person to fight for the terrorist group. If the testimony is to be believed, Trako could not have financed the trip on his own initiative.

According to trial witnesses, Bosnic received „vast sums“ from Arab countries, paid into his bank account. The indictment cites a sum of 200,000 Bosnian marks (about US$115,000) meant for financing the recruitment of Bosnians to IS – but the exact source of this money is not stated.

While there is no clear proof that this money was connected to travel expenses for those who left for Middle Eastern battlefields, testimony indicated that Merim, Alija, Suad, Nermin and others were part of Bosnic’s Dzemat before they left.

Many of those who left did not come back.

The prosecutor cited intelligence that 97 Bosnians have left for Syrian and Iraqi battlefields to date – 52 of them have returned, while 26 were killed. Most had one thing in common – they gathered in particular villages and mosques before they departed, including those where Bosnic held sermons.

Former religious leader Selvedin Beganovic testified that the groups of people who usually attended Bosnic’s speeches were poor, uneducated, or criminals who „hid behind their beards“.

The Charismatic Speaker

During his final statement, Bosnic spoke in a manner very similar to his Youtube speeches. He stood and began to talk slowly and calmly, but not quietly. He seemed both unconcerned and confident.

As he spoke, he moved his hands slowly and turned from time to time to directly address the courtroom audience.

„The heavens and the earth are witnesses to my innocence,“ he told them. Even as the verdict was passed two weeks later, Bosnic was calm and quiet.

Judge Huskic said Bosnic’s sentence was proof that Bosnia and Herzegovina is capable of prosecuting all those who threaten its national security.

Bosnic’s lawyer claims he will appeal the ruling. Prosecutors, meanwhile, say they will seek a longer sentence.

By Igor Spaic




Demining operations: Serbia, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Lebanon: Ex-Spy Turned Humanitarian Helps Himself

Freitag, November 6th, 2015

Ex-Spy Turned Humanitarian Helps Himself

Oleg BelaventsevOn April 24, 1985, the career of a promising young Russian official should have come to a screeching halt.

On that day, 36-year-old Oleg Belaventsev, the third secretary for science and technology in the Soviet embassy in London, was kicked out of England along with five other diplomats.

The actual language used by the government of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was that he was engaged in “unacceptable activities” that “threaten national security.

In the waning days of the Soviet Union, such a high-profile scandal usually meant the end of a career, but not for Belaventsev. His star just kept rising.

For the last 20 years, Belaventsev has held important posts in the Russian government — from the deputy director of the main Russian arms trading agency to his current job as the special envoy of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin in Crimea.

His appointment in March 2014 as Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Crimean Federal District, essentially the Kremlin’s top man in Crimea, reintroduced him to the Western world, which moved quickly to add him to European Union (EU) and US sanction lists of persons responsible for the Ukrainian crisis.

Reporters for Novaya Gazeta and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) spent months investigating the new envoy’s other career — his international businesses built on Russia’s humanitarian programs all over the world, from Nicaragua to North Korea.

Belaventsev could be the poster boy for the phrase, “Doing well by doing good.”

His private companies, founded while he was heading the state agency responsible for humanitarian efforts, have won contracts to implement numerous Russian humanitarian projects abroad in recent years.

A legal expert says that at the very least, such a close connection appears to be a conflict of interest. Belaventsev and his partners have denied any wrongdoing in their written responses to OCCRP.

Belaventsev’s companies also prospered inside of Russia. He established a joint business to produce firefighting vehicles with Rosenbauer, a major fire-truck manufacturer and one of the biggest companies in Austria. This venture was previously connected to a controversial Russian businessman who US officials have said is associated with organized crime.

According to OCCRP’s calculations, this company, along with others owned by Belaventsev, received hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts from different government agencies where he worked.

His companies have also picked up business from the war in southeast Ukraine: the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations is buying food from Belaventsev’s companies for humanitarian convoys which go to the rebel-held area of Donbas along the eastern border with Russia.


Shady international cooperation

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Belaventsev became the deputy head of the main Russian arms trader, Rosvooruzhenie. At that time he held the rank of vice-admiral of the Russian Navy.

In 2001, Belaventsev moved into a new arena, taking the helm at Emercom, the Agency for Support and Coordination of Russian Participation in International Humanitarian Operations at the Ministry for Emergency Situations. He held that post for the next 11 years. Emercom is not well known in the public domain even in Russia, because its operations are usually presented as projects of the Ministry for Emergency Situations. Nevertheless Emercom is one of Russia’s most important organizations because it manages all Russian humanitarian programs abroad.

Since Belaventsev was appointed head of the agency, his career has closely tracked that of Sergey Shoigu, who was Minister of Emergency Situations from 1991-2012 and is now Minister of Defense.

For more than a decade, Belaventsev served under Shoigu at the Ministry of Emergency Situations as director of Emercom, which was created in 1996 to respond to natural disasters in Russia and abroad, and provide humanitarian assistance and demining services. Emercom has also been in charge of humanitarian convoys for Donbas since the start of the war in Ukraine.

In 2012, Shoigu for a short period became the governor of the Moscow region, and Belaventsev moved with him to lead the General Affairs Department of the Moscow Region Governor and Moscow Region Government.

Later that year, Shoigu was appointed Minister of Defense, and Belaventsev accompanied him once again to take up the post of general director of Slavyanka, one of the largest companies controlled by the ministry. Three senior officials from Crimea, who requested anonymity, told OCCRP that it was Shoigu who advised Putin to appoint Belaventsev as his envoy to Crimea.

It was during his time at Emercom, however, that Belaventsev laid the groundwork for what would become a lucrative business empire. Most of Emercom’s humanitarian projects abroad are conducted in cooperation with the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO), created in 1931 by the French surgeon-general George Saint-Paul. The intergovernmental organization develops structures “for ensuring the protection and assistance of populations, and for safeguarding property and the environment in the face of natural and man-made disasters.

Members of ICDO are mainly countries from the Third World, Africa and Central Asia. The only EU country which belongs to ICDO is Cyprus.

The current Secretary General of ICDO is Vladimir Kuvshinov, who used to work for Emercom under Belaventsev.

Russia is the biggest donor to ICDO, contributing US$ 42.6 million last year for different projects around the globe. Between 2008 and 2012, Russian contributions to ICDO totaled more than US$ 200 million, said the current Minister of Emergency of Russia Vladimir Puchkov.

Much of that money went to Belaventsev’s companies.


Demining operations: Serbia, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Lebanon

On July 4, 2008, when Shoigu was the Minister of Emergency Situations, he signed a memorandum of intent in Geneva with the previous Secretary General of ICDO, Nawaf Al Sleibi.

Shoigu and Al Sleibi agreed that the Government of Russia would provide ICDO with a special contribution of US$ 6 million for demining in Serbia. The same memorandum said that Emercom would be responsible for the project on behalf of the ministry.

In 2008 Russian specialists demined the territory around the Constantine the Great Airport near Nis, Serbia. From 2009 to 2011, a Russian detachment working with the Mine Action Center of the Republic of Serbia (SMAC) demined areas around the Serbian town of Parachin in preparation for the planned South Stream gas pipeline.

The first phase of the Russian demining program ended in 2012, at a cost of US$ 36 million. In 2012 the program was extended until 2022; the new agreement was signed by Belaventsev as the head of Emercom and Petar Mihajlovic as the director of SMAC…………………….

Betrugs Partner der Deutschen Bank: UK Detains Italian Businessman Sought in Albania The UK has ordered Francesco Becchetti

Donnerstag, November 5th, 2015
 Albanians Gangster in Europa:

uk-detaina-italian-businessman-wanted-in-albania-11-04-2015 UK Detains Italian Businessman Sought in Albania The UK has ordered Francesco Becchetti – who owns a football club in England – to return in Albania by mid-December or face extradition, although he may follow precedents and try to escape.

Fatjona Mejdini


Francesco Becchetti | Photo: Facebook.

The Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti, who has invested in media and energy sectors in Albania, has been detained in London and told to go to Albania, where courts seek his arrest for money laundering and tax evasion.

The Albanian courts have issued an international arrest warrant in accordance with extradition treaties that the country has signed with international partners.

Sources in the General Prosecutor Office told BIRN on Wednesday that the British authorities had ordered him stay in home confinement and go to Albania by December 15, or they will extradite him there.

The businessman is well known in England as owner of a famous football club. He bought East London’s Leyton Orient club last year.

It is unclear whether Becchetti will respect the UK orders, or try to escape and stay out of Albania as he has done until now.

It will not be the first time that people who have hidden in the UK from an arrest warrant in Albania have found ways to not go back to the country to face charges.

In December 2011, Ilir Kumbaro, a former officer of Albania’s National Intelligence Service, was detained in London.

An Albanian court convicted him for the torture and disappearance of an Albanian-Macedonian businessman, Remzi Hoxha, in 1995.

Romanian billionaire Ion Tiriac: Romanians should give 10% of their salaries for the immigrants

Freitag, Oktober 30th, 2015
by Irina Popescu

Romanian billionaire and former tennis player Ion Tiriac made earlier this week a surprising proposal regarding the immigrants’ crisis.

According to him, Romania has the necessary resources to receive immigrants. Moreover, each Romanian should give up EUR 50 from the salary for the refugees.

“They are starting to come now. Anyway, it is not a decision of Brussels, of Mrs. Merkel’s, it is Romanians’ decision. We have where, we can do it! Let’s give up 10% of our average salary of EUR 500 to welcome the first wave of 500, 1,000, 100,000 refugees,” Tiriac said at local TV station Realitatea TV.

According to him, a new wave of immigrants will come, and this one will be 10 times bigger.

Tiriac also suggested that the Americans are to blame for this crisis, because they are the ones who “opened Iraq to terrorism,” reports

The businessman also talked about the Romanians living abroad, saying that something must be done to bring them back.

“Let’s see how we can bring them back, all those good professionals who have left, all those people who work to exhaustion for EUR 600-700. Let’s see how we can find 4 billion to give them jobs,” he said.

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Victor Ponta recently had some disputes on the refugee issue.

Romania gives more money to refugees.

More than half of Romanians believe that Romania should not receive refugees.

The Water Mafia of the Worldbank and Germany

Apa Nova managers also charged with tax evasion in corruption scandal in Romania

Romania’s anticorruption prosecutors have added new tax evasion charges against the managers of Apa Nova, a company owned by French group Veolia, which manages the water supply and sewage systems in Bucharest.

Apa Nova has been involved in the past weeks in one of the biggest corporate corruption scandals in Romania, after the prosecutors found that the company’s managers bribed local officials to allow the company to increase the tap water price in Bucharest.

The company’s current and former directors, including French expats Laurent Lalague and Bruno Roche, also allegedly recorded fictitious invoices to lower the Apa Nova’s official profit and avoid paying some EUR 5.5 million in taxes, according to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA)……………………..

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by Romania Insider

Tiberiu Urdareanu, one of the most powerful Romanian businessmen, was brought in for questioning at the National Anticorruption Directorate – DNA’s headquarters on Thursday, October 29. He will have to answer to the prosecutors’ questions in a corruption case, but it is yet uncertain if he’s a suspect or just a witness in the case.

Tiberiu Urdareanu owns the UTI group of companies, one of the biggest players in the local IT&C and security market. Throughout the years, UTI has been awarded tens of important contracts by various state authorities and state-owned companies, according to Mediafax.

UTI has developed the electronic healthcare record system, the road vignette payment system, the electronic system for public acquisitions (SEAP), the Bucharest public transport card payment system, and many other projects. The group has also developed Bucharest’s fiberoptics network Netcity and is working on the electronic systems for Bucharest’s newest subway line (M5 to Drumul Taberei), and the airports in Iasi, Bacau, and Satu Mare.

The group has a turnover of EUR 130 million and over 2,000 employees. It also has operations in Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Azerbaijan, and targets the market in Albania, according to an interview Urdareanu gave to local Ziarul Financiar earlier this week.

Tiberiu Urdareanu is a member of the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR), a political party led by deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea.

Romania’s Civil Servants Agency awards EUR 3 mln electronic archiving contract

UTI Grup to ensure Bucharest’s National Arena maintenance for EUR 7.6 mln

UTI and Total Soft to modernize Romania’s public auctions site for EUR 6.2 mln

„The six horsemen of the apocalypse, the so called „western“ ambassadors – blackmailing Macedonia

Mittwoch, Oktober 28th, 2015

to stupid and corrupt for everything, but a big mouth: EU Ambassdors

US Terrorist in Macedonia: Beg Rizaj with the help from the ambassador Mafia.

Huldigung von Kumanova Terroristen zu Helden: Beg Rizajn

Huldigung von Kumanova Terroristen zu Helden: Beg Rizajn

EU System der Erpressung der Inkompetenz von Ratten zuvertuschen

EU System der Erpressung der Inkompetenz von Ratten zuvertuschen

Mazedonien: Die EU Mafia und das selbe Erpressungs Putsch System wie in der Ukraine um Chaos zuproduzieren

28 Oct 15

Ambassadors Demand Action From Macedonia PM

Western ambassadors have called on Macedonia’s Prime Minister to urgently show more commitment on implementing the stalled crisis agreement.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic


Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski | Photo by: MIA

The ambassadors of the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the European Union, in a joint statement on Tuesday urged Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO DPMNE party to urgently implement several key reforms that they agreed this summer.

„Late Friday night, we met with Prime Minister Gruevski and expressed our disappointment at the failure to meet the October 20 deadline agreed to in the July 15 Przino Agreement for the exchange of ministers,“ the statement said.

The warning came after the government and opposition at EU-mediated talks missed the October 20 deadline to appoint new opposition ministers to the government.

The parties previously missed the deadline for a package of urgent electoral reforms to ensure free and fair early elections in April.

They also failed to enable the Special Prosecutor to start probing the illegal surveillance cases on which the entire crisis in Macedonia centres.

„We urge VMRO-DPMNE to demonstrate the required commitment and to implement the agreement in a constructive and urgent manner and with good faith,“ the ambassadors said.

They called on Gruevski „to empower his team to finalise agreement on the unresolved issues in the Przino Agreement and implement the necessary reforms quickly.“

They also urged Gruevski to give all necessary resources to the Special Prosecutor, whose team of 14 deputies has still not formally been approved.

Failure to act with „absolute urgency that the situation demands,“ the ambassadors continued, „will impact [on] the assessment by the European Commission“, which is due to publish its annual progress report on Macedonia next week.

„Governments, and especially their heads, have a special responsibility in times of political crisis“, the ambassadors pointed out.

This message reached Gruevski when he was out of the country, however. He is yet to return from his business visit to the United Arab Emirates.

The ambassadors also called on the opposition Social Democrats, who recently threatened to release more compromising wiretaps of official conversations, to stick to the agreement and refrain from such acts.

The talks on urgent reforms are part of the EU-brokered political deal reached this summer aimed at ending the crisis in Macedonia over the unlawful mass surveillance allegations.

The opposition claims the covertly recorded tapes that it has been releasing since February show that Gruevski was behind the illegal surveillance of some 20,000 people, including ministers.

Gruevski, who has held power since 2006, insists the tapes were “fabricated” by unnamed foreign intelligence services and given to the opposition to destabilise the country.

Last week, EU mediator Peter Vanhoutte said that the EU-brokered crisis deal would be dead – and Macedonia could find itself as isolated as Belarus – if leaders failed to agree on the key reforms.

Veles Brick Factory sold for 1m Euros
PES Budapest 2015: Ganster Treffen der Korruption: Zoran Zaev Ma

PES Budapest 2015: Ganster Treffen der Korruption: Zoran Zaev Ma

Monday, 19 October 2015

A Turkish – Macedonian owned corporation Euro Bink is the new owner of the large, Communist era brick factory Kiro Kucuk in Veles. A majority of shareholders in the bankrupt factory voted on Monday to accept the offer of about a million EUR, in what was the last chance to sell the company as a whole.
Aco Petrov, the liquidation manager of Kiro Kucuk, said that the new owners have paid 10 percent of the total price on Monday, and will pay the remainder witinin 15 days. The factory has been in liquidation for two and half years, and it comes saddled with debt of about five million EUR.
The company was involved in political controversy, as the family of opposition SDSM leader Zoran Zaev is a major shareholder. The ruling VMRO-DPMNE party has accused Zaev of deliberately bringing the company down, as it is a competitor to another brick factory he owns. Zaev has responded with counter-accusations that VMRO-DPMNE wants to see Kiro Kucuk remain in liquidation, to damage his stake in it.

Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali Concealed Ownership in 24 Apartments on Bulgarian Coast

Dienstag, Oktober 20th, 2015

NATO Killers: Montenegro Hosts NATO Amid Protests

Donnerstag, Oktober 15th, 2015



Strahinja Bulajic against the NATO Mafia: ‘Protests Won’t Stop’ Until Montenegro PM Resigns

nato mafia

news 15 Oct 15

Montenegro Hosts NATO Amid Protests

NATO visit to Podgorica sparks Serb protest, while opposition leaders call for military alliance chief to visit ongoing anti-government demonstrations.

Dusica Tomovic


NATO visit to Podgorica sparks Serb protest | Photo:IN4S.

NATO officials were greeted with protests and an invitation to visit anti-government demonstrators during a high-level visit to the Montenegrin capital on Wednesday.

Members of the alliance’s top political body, the North Atlantic Council, NAC, and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg were visiting Podgorica to assess how much progress the Balkan state has made in implementing reforms ahead of potentially joining NATO.

Several dozen anti-NATO activists rallied outside the government’s official residence in Podgorica on Wednesday to protest against joining the military alliance. Many were carrying banners bearing the slogan ‘No to war, No to NATO’.

They are calling on the government to abandon plans to join NATO, which Podgorica defined as a foreign policy priority back in 2006.

Opinions about NATO membership remain hotly divided in Montenegro. Many of the country’s sizeable Serbian community remain angry over NATO’s bombing campaign in Serbia during the 1990s that was aimed at forcing Belgrade to withdraw from Kosovo.

Several opposition politicians, mostly from pro-Serbian parties, joined the anti-NATO rally. Protesters sang famous Russian songs and carried banners declaring that ‘Kosovo is the heart of Serbia’. Pro-Serb party leaders called on people to never forget the victims of the NATO bombings.

During the visit, NAC representatives urged Montenegro to continue implementing a series of reforms ahead of a final decision due by the end of the year on whether to invite the country to join NATO.

„Montenegro needs to continue reforms in key areas, so member states can make the decision by the end of the year on the basis of the achieved results,“ Stoltenberg said during Wednesday’s talks with the Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic.

‘Visit anti-government protesters’

Meanwhile, opposition leaders who have been coordinating anti-government protests across Montenegro during the past three weeks have called on NATO chief Stoltenberg to visit demonstrators “to get a real insight” into security and legal issues in the country.

The Democratic Front, an alliance of opposition parties, has called for Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic’s administration to step down and hold an early election, amid allegations of electoral fraud and corruption at government level.

„We have no information whether Stoltenberg will accept our invitation, but it would be an opportunity for him to hear relevant facts about the rule of law, the fight against organised crime and corruption, and the ongoing political crisis in Montenegro,“ Nebojsa Medojevic, a Democratic Front leader, told BIRN on Wednesday.

NATO urged Montenegro to continue implementing reforms | Photo:NATO.

NAC members and Stoltenberg were in the capital to assess whether the country has done enough in reforming the security sector to warrant receiving a membership invite. As the alliance’s top political body, the visit by NAC is considered the most important since 2006, when Montenegro joined NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme.

Vujanovic’s cabinet put out a statement on Wednesday quoting Stoltenberg as saying the current reforms implemented in Montenegro will ensure the country reaches NATO standards and that progress is „encouraging“.

The United States has already signalled its support for the accession of the tiny Adriatic country, that has a total population of around 620,000 people.

Washington’s NATO envoy, Douglas Lute, said on Wednesday there was an „emerging consensus“ among NATO’s 28 members, while stressing an invitation would depend on Montenegro making further progress on reforms to tackle corruption, improve the rule of law, and ensure public support for membership.

The government said it was optimistic that it will be invited to join the Western military alliance in December but admitted public opinion still did not support membership and that the anti-NATO campaign was likely to intensify in the weeks to come.

NAC officials and Stoltenberg are expected to meet Montenegrin lawmakers on Thursday, but the Democratic Front has refused to attend because it is boycotting parliamentary work until the government responds to protesters’ demands.

EU, NATO, USA: Massenmord, Staaten Zerstörung als Politik und System

EU, NATO, USA: Massenmord, Staaten Zerstörung als Politik und System

Afghanistan Einsatz als Schutzherr der Drogen Barone wie General Fahim

Afghanistan Einsatz als Schutzherr der Drogen Barone wie General Fahim

vom korrupten und gefeuerten Australischen PM Tony Abbot gelieferte 800 angeblich geklaute Toyata, US finanziert

vom korrupten und gefeuerten Australischen PM Tony Abbot gelieferte 800 angeblich geklaute Toyata, US finanziert

Central Europe Rejects NATO

Tensions are running high in Central and Eastern Europe as the countries of the region review their place and role in the European Union and NATO. In the Czech Republic citizens sign a petition calling for withdrawal from the European Union. Over 50 thousand people have already signed the document with many others to follow.

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 15.10.2015

The citizens of neighboring Slovakia express serious concern over the ongoing NATO military exercises. Brussels has offered an explanation that the recent movement of military hardware on Slovak soil took place in accordance with previously agreed training programs. The plans to build military facilities in the vicinity of Bratislava have been made public recently.

This idea poses a much bigger threat to the Slovakia’s national interests. The Slovak Ministry of Defense had to admit that the alliance is going