EDITORIAL: America and her Russian “Guests”


America and her Russian “Guests

Once again, a small army of toxic, venal Russian invaders has been discovered within America’s shores. First it was a nest of spies led by the Mata Hari wannabe Anna Chapman, and now it is cyber criminals.

Time magazine reports:

The FBI wanted poster looks like a yearbook page from a Russian provincial college. Seventeen men and women from Eastern Europe, mostly between the ages of 19 and 22, with bad skin, nerdy haircuts and no resemblance to your stereotypical bank robbers. But in the past two years, this ring of hackers was allegedly able to steal tens of millions of dollars from small businesses in the U.S.

Here’s the story of one of these Russian scumbags:

Artem Semenov, 23, was arrested in December 2009 while attempting to open a bank account under a false name. Released on bail, Semenov absconded and just four days later opened an account with a different false name at another bank. The complaint alleges he opened seven accounts in total.These are just some of the lurid details in the compliant, which is more than a 100 pages long.

Russia has still not signed onto the Council of Europe’s 2001 Cybercrime Convention.  It continues to ignore and indeed to flout international law, and as we report in another editorial today Russia remains one of the world’s very most corrupt societies, from top to bottom.  Indeed, for all we know many Russians consider these individuals to be model citizens or even heroes.

18 responses to “EDITORIAL: America and her Russian “Guests”

  1. four of those people have romanian/moldavian names


    By your logic, Marat Safin and Dinara Safina are not Russian tennis players, nor is Anna Chakvetadze.

    If it turned out four of them were Americans, would that make you feel better about Russia? If so you need to have your head examined.

    • Just so we know can you clarify which ones?

    • Codreanu being the one I noticed. However, regardless of ethnicity they could all be Russian citizens, after all Romania/Moldova suffered decades of Russian occupation.

      • @”Seventeen men and women from Eastern Europe”


        So how many actually Russian nationals are there among those “Russian thieves” that team blabbers about?

  2. don’t tell me to get my head examined. you should be more carefull before you judge people you don’t know. lilian adam, marina oprea, catalina cortac and dorin codreanu are romanian names (and probably ion volosciuc as well). I know because I am also romanian and slavic names are different from romanian names. romanians/moldovans (the same nation, but living in two states) are latin of origin. most romanian are suspicious about russia but moldovans have closer ties with russians and speak their language very well so maybe they’re from the republic of moldova.

  3. “Semenov” :D Nice haircut, too.

    Meanwhile, in the Internet:

    MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday called on the United States to carry out a detailed investigation into allegations contained in leaked Iraq war documents published by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

    “The US authorities bear the responsibility to conduct a thorough, independent and transparent investigation of all the reports that have appeared in the media,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.


    US President Barack Obama has taken a less aggressive stance on human rights in Russia, even though his administration has regularly expressed concerns over police breaking up peaceful demonstrations in Russia.

    Russian and international human rights campaigners also accuse the country’s security forces of torture and abuse in the North Caucasus where the Kremlin is seeking to root out a Muslim insurgency.


    Then, SUDDENLY!

    Whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which has published hundreds of U.S. war logs, is preparing to release secret files from Russia and China, a Russian newspaper said on Tuesday.

    “Russians are going to find out a lot of interesting facts about their country,” WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told Kommersant.

    The main goal of the project was the “despotic regimes in China, Russia and Central Eurasia,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wrote to potential investors when he launched the website in 2006.


    Delicious, delicious irony.

    But I for one hope Obama’s crew will listen to their hamburger-pals BFFs and are at last going “conduct a thorough, independent and transparent investigation of all the reports” about the “despotic regime” in Russia to leak out soon :)

    • Bobby, BS aside.

      Are we going to see Bush and Blair under trial for conquering Iraq and selling the nation to the big oil?

  4. “Russians are going to find out a lot of interesting facts about their country,” WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told Kommersant.
    Robert! I’ll bet a bottle of Armenian brandy that sensational material about Russia would not be? OK?

  5. Robert! Yes or not?

    • May be: To Be or Not To Be?

    • Comrade! But what exactly our Internet Bet would be for?

      Like, GRU agents car-bombing Assange first (and of course, getting caught)?

      Or would it be the Chechen hitmen (possibly with the names like “Mr. Kalterbrunner”), or the “KGB former agents” and their ever-fun tiny cute dirty bombs radiation-poisoning not only their target and parts of foreign capital too?

      Or, did you rather mean Russian simply public knowing all this stuff already but not caring anyway (because they are such sheep people)?

      Comrade! Maybe should you first precise your bet a bit?

      • Bobby, we have proofs US soldiers systematically, en masse torture and murder civilians in conquered and controlled Iraq and Afghanistan.

        We have never seen such proofs regarding Russian army.

        That simple.

  6. P.S.
    I suggest a bottle of Armenian cognac, which is kept for 7 years. The label has a sign – the supplier of the Kremlin.

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