U.S. Intelligence to dig into political assassinations in Russia, export of "Russian Spring"

18:45, 01 December 2015
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U.S. Congress to require from the National Intelligence data on “political assassinations as a form of statecraft” in Russia since 2000, according to the unclassified bill on authorization of appropriations for intelligence for fiscal year 2016.


The U.S. Congress will require from the director of National Intelligence within a 180-day term from the date of the enactment of the said Act the assessment of the intelligence community of the use of “political assassinations” by Russia since January 1, 2000.

The assessment shall include “a list of Russian politicians, businessmen, dissidents, journalists, current or former government officials, foreign heads-of-state, foreign political leaders, foreign journalists, members of nongovernmental organizations, and other relevant individuals that the intelligence community assesses were assassinated by Russian Security Services, or agents of such services.”

Over the past 15 years the Russian special service officials were openly indicted only once, according to RBC news agency. In 2004 Qatar sentenced to Russian nationals who were named by local officials as GRU (military intel) officers. According to the investigation, they set up an assassination of the Chechen separatist leaders, Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev who had earlier emigrated to Qatar.

Read alsoNemtsov report: At least 220 Russian soldiers killed in fighting in UkraineIn case of the assassination of a former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, the British authorities, who suspect Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, never spoke publically of any complicity of the Russian special services.  

In cases of assassination of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya, opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and auditor Sergey Magnitsky the official claims of the West to the Russian authorities concern investigation procedures and/or court trial.

There are two other provisions regarding Russia.

One of them regards Club K container missile system. The lawmakers require the intelligence agencies to inform on the fact of deployment of such systems through the Russian military or transfer, sale (intention to transfer or sell) such systems by the Russian Federation to another state or non-state actor.

Read alsoUkrainian intel names Russian generals responsible for war in DonbasAnother provision requires the National Intelligence to submit an “intelligence community assessment on the funding of political parties and nongovernmental organizations in former Soviet states and countries in Europe by the Russian Security Services since January 1, 2006.” The required data includes information on “the country involved, the entity funded, the security service involved and the intended effect of the funding.” The intelligence community shall evaluate the effects of the funding such as undermining the political cohesion of the country involved, undermining the missile defense of the U.S. and NATO, as well as “undermining energy projects that could provide an alternative to Russian energy.

Read alsoOrganizer of Nemtsov's murder leaves Russia under false passport — investigatorsThe U.S. Congress also intends to request a study to determine appropriate standards of measuring and quantifying damage caused by cyberattacks; report on the use by Iran of funds made available through sanctions relief; and report every 60 days on the flow of foreign fighters to and from Syria and Iraq.

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