This Is The Russian "Retreat" In Maryland Which The US Government Just Confiscated

Tyler Durden's picture

As reported earlier today, amid the sweeping sanctions unveiled by Obama in response to Russian "hacking" of the elections, President Obama ordered the shut down, or rather confiscation, of a Russian-owned compound on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Obama gave Russia 72 hours to leave the 45-acre property, which the Soviet government bought in 1972.

Live video shot from NBC Washington on Thursday afternoon showed multiple unmarked cars on the perimeter of the property. Officials appeared to set up an antenna and lights at each entrance. Intelligence officials tell NBC News the property was used for work to monitor the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, and another NSA building on Kent Island.


In what amounted to the strongest retaliation against Russia by the U.S. in decades, the administration also sanctioned two Russian intelligence services as well three companies officials said aided them, while expelling 35 diplomats. The administration also denied access to a recreational compound in Queen Anne's County that officials said had been used for "intelligence collection activities."

Why the focus on the Maryland compound? Here is a brief history of the property in question, courtesy of Baltimore Sun.

The 45-acre site on the Eastern Shore waterfront near Centreville was purchased by the Soviet Union in 1972, a State Department official said. Its ownership was not a secret — it has been widely covered by news organizations for decades — and Russian officials have previously said the site has been used as a retreat for diplomats and their families.

Property records show that the Russian government owns two parcels of land on Town Point Lane, about five miles west of Centreville, near where the Chester River meets the Corsica River. One parcel of 45.52 acres is valued at about $8 million for tax purposes, while the other is just shy of an acre and is valued at $537,200.

Both were transferred from the Soviet government to the Russian Federation in 1995, according to property records.

The U.S. Department of State also owns a 4-acre property on Town Point Lane. It has a 6,845-square-foot office building built in 1960, according to property records.

A spokesman at the Russian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the Maryland property. In Moscow, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Associated Press that the Kremlin regrets the new U.S. sanctions and will consider retaliatory measures.

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Below, is a 1992 report from AP on the Russian Federation's takeover of the Maryland Vacation retreat which 24 year later was repossessed by the US:

Russian Federation Takes Over Maryland Vacation Retreat

While turmoil and bloodshed surrounded the breakup of the Soviet Union, a vacation retreat in Maryland became the property of the the Russian Federation.

''It was bought by the former Soviet Union,'' said Ivan Rumyantsev, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Washington.

There are no plans to sell the 45-acre estate, valued at $3 million, said Rumyantsev. It occupies prime property on the banks of the Corsica River, two miles outside Centreville, on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

It was purchased by the Soviet Union in 1972 as a vacation getaway for diplomats and their families.

The fenced compound is the former estate of John J. Raskob, who was the chief aide to Pierre S. du Pont, board chairman and president of the Du Pont Co. in the early 1900s.

Raskob's brick mansion has been renovated into about 12 apartments. There also are a dozen cottages each with four apartments. The compound can accommodate 40 families, each of whom pay a small fee used for maintenance.

The retreat has four lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool and soccer field. The Russians conduct a camp for diplomats' children for three months in the summer and two weeks at Christmas.

Not many families visit during the winter, but those who do usually go for fishing and fresh air, Rumyantsev said.

''My family usually goes during the spring and fall when it's not too hot,'' he said.

Centreville residents were curious, but not overly concerned about whether their Russian neighbors would still be around following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Locals said the diplomats are just regular folks, even if they don't all speak English or at least appear not to know the language.

''I live down the road from them. We fish and crab with them. There's usually one that speaks English for the group,'' said Bonnie Delph, who works in the meat department at the Acme supermarket.

When it comes to fixing Maryland steamed crabs, she said, the Russians do it a little differently than the locals, who throw the live crabs in a pot of boiling water.

''They stab them with a screw driver, break the back shell off, clean them and then boil the body,'' she said.

Rumyantsev had nothing bad to say about Centreville.

''They are ordinary Americans. They have work to do and they are quite polite,'' he said. ''And the city is an example of a small American town with a Main Street. It's a good example of how people live, not like a New York or a Chicago.''

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Lynx Dogood's picture

Obama is big into stealing other peoples stuff. Does he know how to do anything else?

Truther's picture

It is all he's done for the last 8 years. Confiscations of souls, properties, rights, countries and even the air we breath.

Fuck this shit.

bobbbny's picture

Oh shit. Gotta watch the White House furniture again.


Maybe Putin can arrange a giant polonium coated strap on for the wookie to use on O'Blammie as an anniversary present.

Slurm's picture

This is sooo stupid.


This false narrative is so over played.


Anything to disctract the sheep from the truth.


I wish Assange could take over the airwaves everyday for an hour and remind people that their source was the Democrats own operative, the one that was 'robbed' and now dead.



BlindMonkey's picture

Just remember that they gave this chimp a Nobel prize on the come.  



Fucking amazing.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) BlindMonkey Dec 29, 2016 7:01 PM

the zio jews thought they have their man, now ... the irony. :)))

SafelyGraze's picture

next up:

france called.

they're taking the louisiana purchase back

the piscataways


SoDamnMad's picture

And the Russians will take back Alaska?

Escrava Isaura's picture

Desperate times call for desperate measures.


A Nanny Moose's picture

Basically these "sactions" are nothing more than property theft.

beemasters's picture

Would have been perfect spot for Cometski and Bestaski Pizzas to frame Russia.

lil dirtball's picture

WTF were the Soviets doing buying land in the US during the height of the cold war? They were enemy #1 - and were allowed to purchase not only property, but an estate owned by the Raskob's, some of American Royalty heritage?

It's obvious that Cold War 1.0 was just so much bullshit - just like the smell of 2.0.

We live in a theme park.

Twee Surgeon's picture

You do know that Assange grew up in a weird Australian Cult called 'The Family' ( taking a tip from Charlie Manson I guess ?)

Weird blonde adopted children with freaky page-boy hair cuts, owned and operated by some Nutty Australian Conneccto-gal.

Assange the data savior ? fuck me on a flying piglet. Google Assanges cult childhood.

HopefulCynical's picture

Google Assanges cult childhood.

Okay, I did. Found this:


In the Fox news piece Anne Hamilton-Byrne is characterized as a cult leader, stridently black washed by one of her children, Sarah Moore, in her book Unseen, Unheard, Unknown. Sarah, like many kids, apparently has bad memories and serious reflective objections to her upbringing by Anne and the not so atypical kibbutz type living environment of the children of the flower power generation. Indeed it was very strange. It seems that Anne Hamilton-Byrne practiced Siddha Yoga-which to most new agers is a well-known and respected Yogic path brought to the west by Guru Muktananda, still operating under the guidance of the beautiful and enlightened Guru Mai, a far cry from an anti-Christian cult as FOX might have you think.


Reports such as published on FOX news have characterized Anne as a cultist nut case given to the use of drugs such as LSD and other strange means of conduct. Sarah Moore’s (Hamilton-Byrne) book lends credibility to this particular viewpoint.

On the other hand, from the viewpoint of a new agers and activists like myself, Sarah’s mother, it may be argued that Anne was a new ager of the 60s generation with a spiritual bent and a proclivity for being paranoid about the US government-called Conspiracy Theorists, today. Gee! It sounds like so many of my activist friends and colleagues in our network. It seem to me, as I fly by the seat of my pants on this topic of Assange’s early influence, that Anne resonated as one of us…a gal produced by the era of our ‘ 60s flower power times, smoking a little weed, experimenting with some mind expanding drugs and then jumping over to the spiritual path. It seems, ahead of her time, that Anne was very serious about preparing for the end times, and had but so early gleaned of the big brother fascist government takeover of our free peoples.

So, I think "try again" might be the correct response to you.

Lorca's Novena's picture

Assange is dead amigo... Anyways, Obola is a fukking disaster to the world, not to metion his disdain of Russian companies, of which I am HEAVILY invested in one...


Now that dumbo in the WH is taking my money.... fuck this shit.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

This has nothing to do with the "Putin hacked our election" and everything to do with "Putin kicked my ass in Syria". Obama is butt hurt over it. He is used to getting his way, and just like the arrested development man-child he is, he is throwing a temper tantrum because Putin called out his bullshit regime change policies, exposed him for the gimp that he is, and completely destroyed his agenda for the Middle East. No longer is the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia the sole powers in the Middle East. Russia and Iran now hold some sway there too, and Obama is fit to be tied because of that fact. Right now there is a very serious fracture in the US-Israel-Saudi alliance that was highlighted by the Obama administration setting up Israel in the recent UN vote. Iran could use this to it's advantage to score some points with Iraq and influence their decision on whether or not to allow US armed forces on it's soil in an upcoming vote.

Twee Surgeon's picture

It is a sad day in America when the President starts teaching the Russians how to do totalitarianism.

What the fucking fuck. How embarrassing for a Nation. What kind of head injury do you have to get that makes the juvenile efforts of O'Barry look like a good idea ? Can you imagine waking up in the morning and brushing your teeth, looking at your ugly mug in the mirror and thinking to yourself "Yeah, i really fucked up some shit yesterday for the benefit of Mankind and today I will really make a mess"

Even an Atheist might consider the ideas of Eternity, a higher power, Karma or some such shit.

Apparently some people delight in turning a productive field into a chemical dump.

"Be thou not Dismayed" That's a line in the New Testament regarding the petty children predicted to rule in the 'End of the age'.

Amun's picture

Can he confiscate the Lolita Express

and impound the Pizzagate "restaurants"

or are those reserved for his own "retreat"


no hiding place and no statute of limitations for the  ritual murder of children 

The Chief's picture

These monsters will be hunted to the very ends of the Earth. The entire Obama presidency will be unwound. Podesta and his associates...all of them...should get "the treatment". They will.

WillyGroper's picture

we gonna see upmanship on the head count of dead banksters, only with tptb?

interesting perspective...

truman show or not, some don't make it to the next episode.

Laddie's picture

Obama is a puppet, nothing more nothing less.

This is the POWER in the USSA:

Google Changes Algorithm to Bury Holohoax Denial Sites
Search Engine Land:

Several days after Google put a search ranking change into place, the first page of results for “did the holocaust happen” now appears to be entirely free of denial sites.

The algorithm change happened earlier this week. As we covered,it caused the Stormfront denial site that was ranking tops for that search to slip to the second spot, bumped behind the authoritative US Holocaust Memorial Museum site. Now Stormfront is entirely gone while USHMM remains:

A Tale of Two Googles: Holocaust Denial vs Islamic Terrorism Recruitment

How long will this be legal in the USSA? You see "hate speech" = TRUTH.

decon's picture

It's the way of his people.

db51's picture

WTF.    How about confiscating Bill and HIllary's fucking retreat?   Or that Obama compound in Hawaii.

Pure Evil's picture

Where will Ojizzum sacrifice babies and children for his Satanic rituals.

Truther's picture

This is a brown lizard in action.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 6:01 PM

President Putin: do the world a favor and please EMP Washington DC. Thank you.

stacking12321's picture

how would starting ww3 be doing the world a favor?

putin has shown a lot of restraint thus far, he can hold out another 3 weeks.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) stacking12321 Dec 29, 2016 6:30 PM

Seeing the lights go out in Mordor on the Potomac would make my day.

Putin didn't start this shitshow. The naked Emporer throwing a tantie in his last 21 days is the fuck up in this story.

And if you don't like my little thought experiment, fuck off.

Pure Evil's picture

Fuck on, fuck off.........fuck on, fuck off.......that's how you get the clap(per).

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Pure Evil Dec 29, 2016 7:19 PM

Hey Evil, fancy meeting you here! Glad to see you grew up and moved on to bigger and better things online! ZH rocks ;)

The bonus is I can speak freely and don't have to worry about being reported to a GM for having a potty mouth! I love it!

db51's picture

Rest assured, it will all end badly for the Magic Negro.  He's fucking with the wrong people.  You ain't playing in the bathhouse Barry.  

The Merovingian's picture

Indeed, at some point they will release all the photos and other shit they have on him. It should be EPIC.

just the tip's picture

after 1/20/17 no one is going to need him.  he will then become a liability. 

Lorca's Novena's picture

His actions will enable 'him' to remain in power, because you know, the whole starting a war wit russia narrative... This soul glow quran reading sack of toe fungus is a godddamn evil mofo...

Amun's picture

Will Hillary and Obama face the ICC in the Haque for the mass-graves and torture in Syria and Libya?



Truther's picture

It will be a wish come true, but hey.... He will confiscate that too.

L Bean's picture

And Honduras

And Yemen

And Somalia


Dilluminati's picture

If the Russians are kicked out and then fly to Mexico and swim the rio grand and then walk to a sanctuary city can they stay and chicken neck for crabs?

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

allegations made without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

There is no proof that the DNC and Illegal Server emails were hacks vs leaks to begin with.

The graphic and explanation ZH has below, .gov's, is literally laughable as evidence.

And yet, read the NY Times and Huff Po and you'd think being lied into Iraq never happened.

We know history.

We are seemingly forced to repeat it by the power and interests of:

1) Bankers
2) MIC
3) Transnational Zionism

theres some overlap...

love or hate me, read or ignore those sexy, sexy links:

point is the war on Russia is driven by the same 3.

But it takes a dumbed down myopic ignorant public to uncritically accept as true the lies from proven liars - THAT Bernaysian Mind Fuck may yet kill all of us not in a Denver area bunker..

(((As for Iran and the nukes- would BiBi LIE to *you*?? )))