Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed an attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to an intelligence report declassified and made public Friday.
The report, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,” noted that Moscow has for years attempted to meddle in American politics, but 2016 operations “demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity and scope of effort.” Read more
Afterward, Trump said in a statement that cyberattacks had no impact on the integrity of his victory. Read more
Trump for the first time publicly admitted on Wednesday that he believes the cyberattacks against the DNC were carried out by the Russians.
“As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” Trump said at his news conference on Wednesday — a conclusion U.S. intelligence officials came to months ago, which Trump publicly cast doubt on multiple times.
But he also sought to minimize Russia’s role.“I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people,” Trump said. Read more
On Tuesday, CNN reported U.S. intelligence officials presented President Obama and President-elect Trump with a two-page dossier containing evidence the Russian government claims it obtained compromising information on Trump as part of an wide-ranging operation to throw the Nov. 8 presidential elections against Hillary Clinton.
While CNN did not report the nature of the information Russia allegedly has on the president-elect, BuzzFeed News has posted what it says is a copy of the report the two-page dossier is based on, listing “specific, unverified and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians.”
The full 35 page report states Russian intelligence assets have been “cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years” with the aim of encouraging “splits and divisions in western alliance.”
According to the assessment, multiple sources have confirmed Trump accepted Russian intelligence on his political enemies — and those same intelligence sources have obtained a video of Trump in a Moscow hotel room with prostitutes performing a “golden showers (urination) show in front of him.”
The act was allegedly performed on a bed Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, had previously slept on. READ MORE
Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen says the salacious intelligence dossier is nothing more than “fake news.”
“Somebody is having a lot of fun at your expense,” Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump, laughingly told Mic in a phone interview Tuesday night.
“It’s so ridiculous on so many levels. Clearly the person who created this did so from their imagination or did so hoping that the liberal media would run with this fake story for whatever rationale they might have.” Read more
Mum gave me some books to help with my Cyrillic handwriting – I can write basic stuff in print but have never been able to read/write in cursive. This is a really pretty + useful page from The Penguin Russian Course, compiled by J. L. I. Fennell (1961)
At the Russian Court (2/?) R U S S I A N I M P E R I A L W E D D I N G
It had been a tradition since the 19th century that every brides of the Russian Imperial family would wear the same jewels on their wedding day.
The imperial nuptial jewels consisted of the imperial nuptial crown, created in 1840 by the jewellers Nickol and Plincke, using diamonds set in the great girdle of the time of Catherine the Great. The diamond tiara of the Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna with at his center the Paul I pink diamond. The collier d’esclave, a total weight of 475 old carats, some of the diamonds have a blue or pink tint, producing an enchanting effect.
Diamond earrings in the form of cherries that belonged to Catherine the Great. These earrings were so heavy that they had to be supported with wires looped around the top of the ears, as the day wore on, the wire cut into the flesh, causing Alexandra much pain. Her niece Maria recalled on her wedding day : “My earrings hurt me so that in the middle of the banquet I took them off and hung them, to the great amusement of the Emperor [Nicholas II], on the edge of the glass of water before me.“
And the great clasp of Catherine the Great’s imperial mantle.They also wore a mantle of crimson velvet. Except for the wedding of Alexandra, as a concession to her rank as bride of the emperor, her imperial mantle was of cloth-of-gold, lined and edged with ermine. These robes were so heavy that eight pages - four on each side - and the chamberlain, carrying the hem, had to help carry them; without their assistance, Alexandra could scarely move. Their hair were swept back and coiled into a bun at the back of their heads, by tradition two ringlets hung down on either side of their faces.
“These were, first, the diadem of the Empress Catherine, with a pink diamond of extraordinary beauty in the centre and the small crimson velvet crown all covered with diamonds. Then came the diamond necklace of large stones, the bracelets, and the earrings in the shape of cherries, so heavy that they had to be attached to gold hoops and ringed over the ears. […] Finally, they laid upon my shoulders the crimson mantle of velvet, with cape and edges of ermine, fastened by an immense [diamond] buckle. Someone helped me to rise. I was ready.”
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna
A witness on the wedding of Alexandra recalled : "How beautiful she is! That expression followed her all along her path, and it is true that her appearance was positively magnificent as she stood there in her bridal array of silver cloth… Her unusual height helped her to bear the weight of her dress and set off its splendor in its best light.” This imposing yet formidable ensemble dazzled everyone and was a formidable mirror of the pomp and splendour of the Russian court.
Sources : The Jewels of the Romanovs : Family and Court by Stefano Papi || The Court of the last Tsar by Greg King.