Argentine Police Discover 389 Kg of Cocaine at the Russian Embassy

Buenos Aires
 A 389-kilogram cocaine drug was discovered and seized from the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A number of drug dealer gangs have been arrested over the findings of this cocaine.

Spoken by Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich at a press conference as reported by AFP and Reuters Friday (2/23/2010), that the drug was found in the annex section of the embassy building Russia. Estimated drugs found to have a market value of about US $ 62 million (Rp 834.9 billion).

"Gangs of narcotic criminals attempt to utilize a diplomatic courier service at the Russian Embassy," said Bullrich. The drugs reportedly will be brought on board to Europe.

Bullrich said the Police of Argentina and Russia decided to conduct a joint operation after the Russian ambassador provided information on the findings of 16 drug packages at the embassy in December 2016. This year-long operation aims to capture the perpetrator.

It is known that the drug package will be shipped via diplomatic flights to Russia. Therefore, the team deliberately swapped the contents of the 16 drug packages with flour and attached the tracking device to trap the perpetrator.

"The tracking device is placed in a suitcase that will be shipped via ship to Russia, which is the goal," Bullrich told reporters.

The tracker led to the arrest of five suspects, two in Argentina and three in Russia. One of those arrested in Argentina was a local police officer. One leader of this syndicate, called Bullrich, is still hunted.

In addition to being targeted to Russia, the drug is also suspected to be sent to Germany, where the dwarf resident of this drug syndicate. "We believe the German police will catch the fugitive," Bullrich said.

Drugs found in the Russian Embassy are believed to have originated from Colombia or Peru.

(nvc / imk)

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London Lawyers Acknowledge Lying In The Russian Case

A lawyer in London pleaded guilty on Tuesday to lying to a US investigator about his relationship with Rick Gates, a former aide to President Donald Trump's campaign. This is part of a broad investigation into Russian intervention in the 2016 US presidential election.

The Office of Special Investigator Robert Mueller revealed the allegations against lawyer Alex Van der Zwaan on Tuesday morning, and he pleaded guilty in the afternoon in a Washington court.

Investigations of the Russian Case, Lawyers Accused of Lying

Van der Zwaan is the daughter-in-law of Russian billionaire, German Khan, and has worked at leading law firm in New York Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom until the firm claimed to have fired him last year.

Mueller's office alleges that when van der Zwaan worked for Skadden, he had lied about his latest communications with Gates in mid-August 2016.

has been used by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in 2012 to prepare a report justifying the charges against former Prime Minister of Uk raina Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been convicted for embezzlement and abuse of authority. Tymoshenko was jailed, but was later released from the indictment. [as/al]

Investigation of the Russian Case, Lawyers Accused of Lying

A special investigator investigating Russian intervention against the US presidential election in 2016 accused a London-based lawyer lying to the investigating team about his contacts with Rick Gates, former aide to President Trump's campaign team.

The Office of the Special Investigator Robert Mueller exposed the allegations against Alex Van der Zwaan's lawyer on Tuesday (20/2). The hope, Van der Zwaan will plead guilty in court in Washington DC. Van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of Russian billionaire German Khan and has worked at New York – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom – but the company says it fired him last year.

Mueller's office accused the lawyer, for Skadden, mistakenly claimed that his last contact with Gates was in mid-August 2016. The attorney's body had been hired by the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice in 2012 to prepare a report on the trials of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, who had been found guilty of embezzlement and abuse of power and imprisoned, but was later released from the charges.

Prosecutors judge Van der Zwaan to lie when he says he does not know why an email between himself and an unnamed person – in September 2016 – is not submitted to Mueller's office, when in fact he has deleted the email ut. The criminal information filed against Van der Zwaan also alleged that he had lied about his last communications with Gates and the unnamed.

Last October Gates and Trump's former campaign leader Paul Manafort were charged with money-related money laundering the consultations they undertaken in Ukraine for a Russian-backed government and were then led by President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted by a popular uprising in 2014 and then retreated to Russia.

Last week Mueller indicted 13 Russian citizens and three Russian entities because illegally campaigning "information wars" to disrupt the course of the 2016 presidential election, to help Trump's victory.

Earlier, Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn and foreign affairs adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to the team investigator about contact- their contact with Russia. [em/jm]

Trump Blames Obama Again on Russian Mix Problem

US President Donald Trump once again blames his predecessor for errors in handling Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"Obama is President before and after the 2016 presidential election. So why does not he do something about Russian interference?" Trump said on Twitter, Monday (19/2). This attack on Obama is the latest in a series of presidential cries.

This is a frequent complaint by Trump, who has alternately underestimated Russian interference and blamed Obama for failing to stop him.

Earlier on Monday, the Kremlin denied involvement in the presidential election AS 2016. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the allegations were unfounded.

The comments came days after US Special Rapporteur Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian citizens and three Russian entities conducting an illegal "information war" campaign to disrupt the electoral process so it is advantageous to Trump.

Read: Kremlin denies intervention in US presidential election of 2016

Mueller's indictment argues that the Internet Research Agency, a social media company based in St. Petersburg linked to the Kremlin, its 12 employees, and its financial supporters have masterminded the effort. [as/al]

13 Russian WN Countdown US Presidential Election Will Not Prove Anything

The Kremlin says the charges of meddling in the election of President of the United States (US presidential election), which is entangled to 13 of its citizens, does not prove anything. The Kremlin emphasized that there was no indication of Russian government involvement in the action.

As reported by Reuters this comment became the first reaction of the Kremlin or the Russian Presidential Palace against criminal charges interfering with presidential elections US federated Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to 13 Russian nationals.

The indictment for 13 Russians was released by special prosecutor Robert Mueller on Friday (16/2) local time. Mueller led an FBI investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's campaign team with Russia to influence the 2016 election results.

Mentioned in the indictment that the Russian organization named Internet Research Agency (IRA) committed an espionage and criminal conspiracy to interfere with presidential elections United States that was held in 2016. The conspiracy aims to catapult US President Donald Trump who was then a Republican presidential candidate and dropped his rival, Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate.

In response to last Saturday (17/12), a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Russian state, Maria Zakharova, called the indictment absurd.

The Kremlin party only issued an official response on Monday (18/2) local time. The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, stressed that the US charges were more focused on individuals than on the Russian state. "They are talking about Russian citizens, but we hear an announcement of Washington's allegations about the involvement of the Russian state, the Kremlin and the Russian government." There is no indication that the Russian state could be involved in this, "Peskov said.

" Russia does not interfere, has no habit of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and is not doing it now, "he added.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the allegations said Russia was trying to influence the results of the US presidential election to help Trump become US President. The Kremlin mentioned that such allegations are part of an anti-Russian campaign in the United States.

Peskov also affirmed in his response that the US accusations were unfounded and unjust.

(nvc / dhn)

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