Sicilian Mafia / Five Families OSINT

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Pro-Russian Forces Seize Ukrainian Naval Base

This Time article describes the current “political to a military stage” shift in Crimea.


Hundreds of Crimean forces stormed a Ukrainian naval base in the port of Sevastopol on Wednesday, one day after the fatal shooting of a Ukrainian officer marked the first violent outbreak in the three-week standoff.

The AP reports that no shots were fired as hundreds of pro-Russian forces tore down the naval compound’s fences and swarmed into a square adjacent to the Ukrainian navy’s headquarters. According to an AP photographer on the scene, Ukrainian servicemen stood guard outside the building as the forces raised a Russian flag above the square.

The fatal shooting of a Ukrainian officer in the Crimean capital of Simferopol on Tuesday threatened to draw Russian and Ukrainian troops into open battle. Ukraine’s new government claimed the attackers wore Russian uniforms, though the reports could not be independently verified. Kiev reacted to the news by authorizing soldiers to use live fire against attackers, according to Reuters, making…

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Russia’s Youth Want Internet Freedom, Widening ‘Censorship Gap’

This is a TIME article on the current generational gap in Russia.


The Russia of President Vladimir Putin has not cultivated a reputation as a bastion of freedom, but a Pew survey out Wednesday suggests younger Russians may be more liberty-loving than the stereotype suggests — at least when it comes to the internet.

In the Pew Research Center’s study titled “Emerging and Developing Nations Want Freedom on the Internet,” surveyors found a wide chasm—the widest of all countries surveyed—between how much old and young Russians care about Internet freedom.

Among Russians as a whole, just 63% say it is important that people have access to the Internet free from government censorship. Delving deeper into the numbers, however, reveals a stark generational divide. Among Russians 18 to 29 years old, eight in ten say an uncensored Internet is important to them, a position taken by 72% of Russians 30 to 49 but only 44% of Russians over 50.

The gap on that…

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