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April 23, 2013


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Kremlin critic Viktor Shenderovich blames Putin for sex sting
28/04/2010 11:54:17 // World | Kremlin critic Viktor Shenderovich blames Putin for sex sting
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By Will Stewart
Last updated at 5:54 PM on 28th April 2010

Her name is Katya, and while some say she looks like a girl next door, her victims claim she is the bait deployed by the Kremlin to lure Vladimir Putin's critics into embarrassing sex 'honeytraps' aimed at destroying their reputations.

With piercing blue eyes, one thing is clear about this seductive amateur model - influential men in Moscow's opposition circles have an uncanny habit of ending up in bed with her, with the cameras rolling, and the grainy footage finding its way onto the Russian blogosphere.Â

Her latest victim is radio journalist and satirist Viktor Shenderovich, 52, married with a daughter, who admitted cheating on his wife while also blasting the secret services - and in particular Putin's henchmen - for setting him up.

Viktor Shenderovich (right) has admitted adultery after he was caught on tape with Katya Gerasimova

Formerly a script writer for Russian Spitting Image who has accused the prime minister's circle of corruption and killings, he said bitterly: 'Putin's administration was listening to these allegations with enormous cool, and without denying any of it, they answered with their typical, illegal filth.'

His admission came as footage of him in a Moscow flat with Katya was released on the web, prompting critics to warn that the days of the Soviet era KGB are returning.

Hitting back at Putin - a former KGB spy - Shenderovich admitted: 'I did have Katya - without much pleasure though, as she was as boring as your whole dull Gestapo.'

In all six opponents of the ruling elite have been given Katya's treatment, all in the same bedroom in a flat in central Moscow.Â

The video featuring Shenderovich also included carefully edited X-rated clips evidently involving two extreme nationalist politicians Alexander Potkin and Eduard Limonov.
The amateur model registered with Progress modelling agency in Moscow

The amateur model registered with Progress modelling agency in Moscow

Potkin admitted he was secretly filmed, protesting: 'Now you see that there are no guarantees of having your private life protected.'

Limonov, the divorced founder of the National Bolshevik Party, insisted: 'I do not see anything objectionable about the fact that opposition men do not refuse women.'

Another victim, Ilya Yashin, unmarried leader of Solidarity opposition group, admitted to a brief sexual fling with Katya, who he claimed is a secret services agent.

He said his fleeting relationship with her was as long ago as 2008, and it ended after he became suspicious when he offered her a threesome, producing her collection of sex toys and handcuffs.

He asked her if he was being filmed. She denied it. But as soon as she got out some cocaine, he says he fled.

He insisted he did not feel guilt, and had done nothing illegal.

Shenderovich's admission follows an earlier compromising video circulated featuring Mikhail Fishman, who edits Russian Newsweek, which has run stories critical of the Kremlin.

He appeared to be snorting cocaine while the same woman - Katya - walked naked around an apartment that is believed to have been rented by the secret services.
The first internet clip was posted last month and involved Mikhail Fishman, the editor of Russian Newsweek (pictured)

The first internet clip was posted last month and involved Mikhail Fishman, the editor of Russian Newsweek (pictured)

The clip also appeared to show him snorting cocaine

The clip also appeared to show him snorting cocaine

Another member of his party, Roman Dobrokhotov, alleges he was targeted by Katya last year - but claims she called herself Zhanna, offering him a 'small mountain' of marijuana. Anti-immigration extremist Alexander Belov-Bodkin also fell into Katya's clutches.

Several victims are also shown paying bribes to police officers - who are believed to be actors, as is another woman, who some say was Katya's room mate Nastya Chukova.

Shenderovich has warned that other 'notable public figures' are set to be exposed by Sexgate revelations.

He warned: 'This is not entertainment, the filming was done professionally, federal forces were involved in it. This is being done by the authorities for two purposes: to discredit and to blackmail.'

If they refused to do the bidding of the Putin administration, they would be exposed, said Shenderovich, whose marriage is reported to be going through problems following the disclosures.

It was pointless taking legal action over invasion of privacy, he added.

'The justice system in Russia belongs to the very system that is engaged in this criminal activity. It is one authoritarian system,' he said.

Katya also goes by the unexplained nickname Moo-Moo

'This is not a case where we should hide and apologise. It is a case where those who invade the private life of other people should be prosecuted and punished,' he said.

Fishman, also married, said at the time: 'I've no doubt that the security services played a role in this.'

A Putin spokesman said he had no knowledge of the alleged sex trap.

Katya - or Ekaterina Gerasimova, and nicknamed Moo-Moo for unclear reasons - is listed as an amateur model with Progress modelling agency in Moscow. The agency said it did not know what its models did 'in their spare time.'

Ostensibly, the footage has been released by an obscure group calling itself the 'Civil Committee for the Defence of Morality, Law and Civil Agreement'.

Experts say that the technology deployed in Katya's bedroom is sophisticated, featuring multiple camera angles, music and clips from a popular comedy show between the sordid bedroom scenes.

Her face is also digitally obscured in the footage.

Russian intelligence sources are divided over those behind it. 'This needs professionals,' insisted retired FSB agent Kirill Kabanov.

'You need to observe the target, bug his phones so you know his timetable and then make sure the victim suspects nothing.'

But retired KGB general Alexei Kondaurov denied state intelligence was involved.

'More likely it was private security firms who had the appropriate technical equipment.'
So far it is only Kremlin critics, not loyalists, who have been exposed.

Honeytraps were used in Soviet times by the KGB - predecessor of the FSB - to seek to ensnare Western politicians and diplomats.

There have been claims the KGB tried but failed to catch Harold Wilson - later British prime minister - on a trip to Moscow in the 1950s.

But in 1968, Winchester-educated ambassador Sir Geoffrey Harrison was seduced here by his Soviet maid Galya, described as 'a blonde of ample proportions'. After being recalled to London, he admitted: 'I let my defences drop.'

Last year British diplomat James Hudson was targeted in what was widely seen as a classic 'honeytrap' operation by Russian secret services.

The 37-year-old deputy consul in Ekaterinburg quit the Foreign Office after being filmed with two women in a sauna and massage parlour close to the British consulate.

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In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who steered the religiously apathetic young man toward a strict strain of Islam, family members said.

Under the tutelage of a friend known to the Tsarnaev family only as Misha, Tamerlan gave up boxing and stopped studying music, his family said. He began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Jews controlled the world.

“Somehow, he just took his brain,” said Tamerlan’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who recalled conversations with Tamerlan’s worried father about Misha’s influence. Efforts over several days by The Associated Press to identify and interview Misha have been unsuccessful.

Tamerlan’s relationship with Misha could be a clue in understanding the motives behind his religious transformation and, ultimately, the attack itself. Two U.S. officials say he had no tie to terrorist groups.

Two months ago, someone using a YouTube name Tamerlan Tsarnaev commented on a video, saying:

You are not a grand Michael but the same Misha that you were before Islam. You accepted Shiism not because it convinces you, but because of the fears, and interests (about which Allah knows) which you’ve followed. Just like you entered into Islam, so to you flew out of it. You betrayed yourself, Misha. Well anyways…farewell.

The Daily Mail reported about this ‘Misha’:

According to Ruslan, Tamerlan’s radicalization was well underway by 2007 - right under the nose of his mother.

He told MailOnline that the man responsible was a cleric aged around 30 called Misha and that he was an Armenian who, unusually for such a largely Christian people, had converted to Islam.

As far as he knew Misha was based in a mosque that was a short drive from Cambridge and that he was new to Islam.

A leader from the 50,000 strong Armenian community in Boston however cast doubt on the claim.

The Rev Gregory Haroutunian said he be ‘stunned’ if anyone in the area would have had such hatred for America.

Ruslan said: ‘People who lack morals but have big ambition always want some attention to themselves or certain respect to themselves.

‘All they do is just change a tyre. You wear a hijab and you start dropping every other word Insha’Allah and all of a sudden that makes you a godly person.

‘She supported it (in the boys), some really bad person (started it).

‘She was not able to teach them anything. The introduction came from new Muslim convert of Armenian descent.

‘He claimed to be an exorcist who is fighting with demons.’

Who the fuck is Misha? Why didn’t the FBI mention him? Incompetence or something sinister?

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