Defense Ministry Announces New Information Operations Troops for Cyber Warfare; Political Prisoner Dadin’s Sentence Overturned

February 22, 2017
President Vladimir Putin meets with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in December 2016

Live Updates: Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Russia’s new Information Operations Troops which will be engaged in cyber warfare.

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Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., Russian Opposition Journalist Leaves Russia for Further Treatment; Issues Statement of Thanks

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr. in a Moscow hospital prior to traveling abroad. (L) Evgenia Kara-Murza, his wife; (C) Vadim Prokhorov, lawyer; (R) Alexander Podrabinek, journalist. Photo via Facebook.

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr. the opposition journalist and program manager for Open Russia, has left Russia and has now posted a statement of thanks to supporters today, February 22. 

On February 19, Vadim Prokhorov, his lawyer, reported on his Facebook page that Kara-Murza, accompanied by his wife, Evgenia Kara-Murza, and a physician, had left Russia for further treatment abroad at an unspecified location. The Russian doctors’ final diagnosis of his illness remained the same: “toxic effect of an undetermined substance.”
Prokhorov said Kara-Murza planned to continue his work to restore democracy in Russia and in support of the Magnitsky Act seeking justice for serious human rights violators in Russia — which Prokhorov said may have been a factor in his poisonings.
A translation of Kara-Murza’s statement was made by The Interpreter:
Friends, this is me. Very briefly and only about what’s most important.

First of all, no words can express my gratitude toward the doctors at the Yudina City Clinical Hospital:  Denis Protsenko, Olga Ignatenko and Andrey Bykoff who literally dragged me away from the next world. In fact, this is mainly the same team of doctors who saved my life two years ago after the first poisoning. Now I have three birthdays. One from my parents and two from Denis Nikolayevich Protsenko.

To my great and faithful friend, my partner, my beloved woman and guardian angel, Evgenia Kara-Murza — I am in eternal debt to you. You are saving me for a second time. Nothing is frightening when you are beside me.

Vadim Prokhorov — out of habit I want to write “my lawyer,” but you have long since become not a lawyer but a comrade. A reliable one, on whom I can depend, as I now know for a fact, in any situation.

Enormous thanks to colleagues at Open Russia for their support. And endless gratitude to everyone everywhere — friends and relatives, acquaintances and strangers — for your help and involvement, for your kind words and for your empathy, and most important — for your prayers. He heard you.

I will apologize in advance that I will not answer personal messages, I don’t have the strength yet. My plans for the foreseeable future are to restore myself physically, to gather my strength and get back on my feet. From experience (unfortunately) I know: this will not be fast. But I will also respond to the inevitable question: no, I do not intend to give up my life’s cause, what I have worked on in recent years. They’ll never see the day.

Kara-Murza collapsed February 2 in Moscow after returning from a trip to Tver where he showed a movie about the life of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

He was ill and on life support for a shorter period this time than after his first poisoning, but then as now, the cause was not found. Kara-Murza has dual Russian and British citizenship and is also a US green card holder, enabling him to reside in the US with his family.

— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Defense Ministry Announces New Information Operations Troops for Cyber Warfare; Political Prisoner Dadin’s Sentence Overturned
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