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Putin says Russian officials must spend dark New Year's Eve
AFP ^ | Dec 31, 2010

Posted on 01/01/2011 8:40:24 AM PST by george76

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday three top Russian officials should spend New Year's Eve in the dark after failing to fulfill their promise to repair damaged power lines.

"You said everything would be fine by 1800 (1500 GMT)," Russia's de facto number one said in nationally televised comments to the three.

"You should not have said anything if you were not sure," he added during a meeting that included the governor of the Moscow region as well as federal energy minister and the head of the local power utility.

The televised comments were followed an hour later by news reports saying that Moscow region governor Boris Gromov was already on his way to meet the locals.

"He will visit two villages that were left without electricity and meet the New Year together with the residents," Gromov's spokesman told ITAR-TASS.

Parts of the Moscow region have been without electricity since December 26 after an unseasonal spell of freezing rain snapped power lines and wreaked havoc with Moscow's air travel.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: airtravel; electricity; globalwarming; governor; moscow; newyear; officials; president; primeminister; putin; russian; snow; snowstorm; storm; vladimir; vladimirputin

1 posted on 01/01/2011 8:40:27 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

Nice to know that there are politicians that actually care about the people. Just because Putin isn’t politically correct in his methods doesn’t mean that he isn’t good in many ways for Russia.


2 posted on 01/01/2011 8:46:13 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

Assasinate a few journalists, throw an opponent or two in jail, I tell ya’ . . . it’s tough for a Russian leader to get respect.


3 posted on 01/01/2011 8:52:04 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: george76

Putin has the executive acumen of a sandlot bully.


4 posted on 01/01/2011 8:54:08 AM PST by PaleoBob
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To: george76


Off to the gulags...
5 posted on 01/01/2011 8:54:09 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: george76

Not exactly rule of law, but I like it.

Can you imagine Obama sending Secretary Chu to the gulf to live on a leaking oil rig until it’s fixed?

Or putting Bloomberg in a garbage truck with a plow on it until the NY streets are cleared?

We can’t even get our congress critters to live by the rules of normal citizens (the unwashed masses)!


6 posted on 01/01/2011 8:54:43 AM PST by MV=PY
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To: Niuhuru

Putin is a dictator that can’t even run the trains on time.


7 posted on 01/01/2011 8:54:51 AM PST by mewykwistmas
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To: PaleoBob
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Putin (occassionally) gets a "bad rap" here at Free Republic ...

Is he a murderous ex-KGB assassin ? Yes ...

Does he stiffle a Press Press ? Yes ...



On the other hand ...

Putin DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY ... at least from others ... and that's a good thing in you're the President or King ...

I really admire Putin for "firing" the Russian Space Program Managers for "splashing" 2 or 3 recent GPS Satellite launches ...

If Putin were the POTUS ... in this scenario ...

THEN the NASA Program Managers who destroyed the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia ...

would STILL be rotting in a Siberian prison.



So ... Putin wants to put the "Fear of God" into those "nameless faceless" Moscow beaucrats who screwed-up Moscow's power grid ?


I applaud him ...



Of course, there are many "fringe benefits" to being a Putin ...

I don't recall ANY of those Assage Wikileaks memos (concerning Putin and Mother Russia) being "leaked" ...

My mother's (former) female Siamese Cat (Mir-Sing) has more gonads than the (gay) Kenyan "Zero" ...

And that precisely WHY Wikileaks has (tried) to make the United States the laughing-stock of planet Earth ...



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8 posted on 01/01/2011 9:17:39 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne
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To: MV=PY
Can you imagine Obama sending Secretary Chu to the gulf to live on a leaking oil rig until it’s fixed?

Or putting Bloomberg in a garbage truck with a plow on it until the NY streets are cleared?

Amen to that. The problems caused by government inaction would be substantially reduced if officials were held accountable.

9 posted on 01/01/2011 9:19:58 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: george76

If only Putin could deal with Duke Energy like this...


10 posted on 01/01/2011 9:21:29 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Wow. Putin finds a couple of fall-guys and you fall for it also.


11 posted on 01/01/2011 9:24:06 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Patton@Bastogne

“Putin DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY ... at least from others”

Yeah on TV so he can look good. About $300 Billion is paid in bribes in Russia each year or about 25% of their entire GDP. Now that’s accountability! Make 2 corrupt and most likely filthy rich officials stay in the dark for one night. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/26/AR2010102601429.html


12 posted on 01/01/2011 9:26:00 AM PST by mewykwistmas
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To: george76

Len-in Made of Knowledge
Stal-in Made of Steel
Yelts-in Made of Compassion
Put-in Made of Action

It’s all in the stage name.


13 posted on 01/01/2011 9:31:37 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: Patton@Bastogne

“Of course, there are many “fringe benefits” to being a Putin ... “

How could you forget boinking Olympic gymnasts???;)


14 posted on 01/01/2011 9:32:42 AM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Frank_2001

His Olympic girlfriend/mother of his love child is a muzzie from Uzbekistan.


15 posted on 01/01/2011 9:46:37 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: 1rudeboy
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I agree they were "fall guys" ... but AT LEAST Putin made a "TV-Sound-Bite" effort to show that he gives a "damn" about the Russin people ...

But ... It's far-better than ANYTHNG the U.S. populace received from the (gay) Kenyan ...



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16 posted on 01/01/2011 9:49:46 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Putin DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY ... at least from others ... and that's a good thing in you're the President or King ...

"You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I'm here to put you back on schedule.

"

17 posted on 01/01/2011 9:53:48 AM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

I agree—what ever you think about Putin and his methods, he get things done and takes care of Russia’s interests. You make not like him, but you have to respect him.


18 posted on 01/01/2011 10:29:19 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: george76

I’d issue similar instructions. As I mentioned, Russia is a corrupt country and many high officials live like feudal lords concerned for their own well-being rather than looking out for the interests of the people they serve. That’s not going to change anytime soon there.


19 posted on 01/01/2011 10:50:32 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: jimbo123

“a muzzie from Uzbekistan.”

Dealbreaker right there.......


20 posted on 01/01/2011 11:22:10 AM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

If someone knocked you down and took your wallet, would you say the same thing?


21 posted on 01/01/2011 11:24:42 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Putin is not a common street criminal, but the leader of probably the second most powerful country in the world (after the U.S. but before China). BIG difference.


22 posted on 01/01/2011 12:17:35 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Frank_2001

23 posted on 01/01/2011 4:41:57 PM PST by klpt
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To: george76
It's amazing how some FReepers can rage endlessly against mostly conservative politicians that sometimes make political compromises, then turn around and throw kisses at a murderous communist dictator.
24 posted on 01/01/2011 4:53:12 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Of course, there are many “fringe benefits” to being a Putin ...


LOL Hey. I said “sandlot bully.” I didn’t say that was a BAD thing.


25 posted on 01/01/2011 6:03:32 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: Pan_Yan
It's disgusting. Just wait until he invades another neighbor and the FR Borscht Brigade shows up. The love-in will be cheesier than the film, Pretty Woman.
26 posted on 01/01/2011 6:31:25 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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