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Russia: Reject Homophobic Bill (USSR placed on Human Rights Watch)
Human Rights Watch ^ | January 27, 2013 | LFBT

Posted on 02/06/2013 12:03:25 PM PST by mgist

Russia: Reject Homophobic Bill

Investigate Threats, Attacks on Peaceful Protests

January 27, 2013

A gay rights activist takes part in a gay pride parade in central Moscow on May, 27 2012.

Russia: Reject Homophobic Bill

The draft law contributes to an atmosphere that makes violence against LGBT protesters seem acceptable. If adopted, the bill would violate the free expression rights of all Russians and discriminate against and further stigmatize Russia’s LGBT community.

Anna Kirey, researcher with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) program

(Moscow) –Vicious attacks on gay rights protesters in Russia in recent days underscores the need for the Russian Duma to reject a draft law on “propaganda for homosexuality." Russian authorities should thoroughly investigate the violence and new threats and hold accountable those responsible.

On January 25, 2013, the Duma, the lower chamber of parliament, voted in the first reading in favor of draft provisions that would impose fines on individuals, government officials, and organizations that engage in “promoting” homosexuality to anyone under 18.

“The draft law contributes to an atmosphere that makes violence against LGBT protesters seem acceptable,” said Anna Kirey, a researcher with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) program at Human Rights Watch. “If adopted, the bill would violate the free expression rights of all Russians and discriminate against and further stigmatize Russia’s LGBT community.”

The bill led to protests before the Duma debate by LGBT rights supporters in at least six Russian cities and internationally. Assailants attacked protesters in several Russian cities, with the most severe attack in Voronezh, about 400 kilometers south of Moscow. Several nationalist groups published specific and explicit calls to attack LGBT activists protesting the bill.

On January 20, six activists protesting in Voronezh were attacked by a large mob. Alexei Kozlov, a prominent local activist who witnessed the violence, told Human Rights Watch that before the demonstration could even start, about 200 counter-protesters, some of them masked, gathered in concentric circles at the rally site to block the protest.

With the rally site blocked, the LGBT protesters gathered about 100 meters away. Kozlov told Human Rights Watch that the counter-protesters threw snowballs, plastic bottles filled with liquid, and cans of paint at the LGBT protesters, and shouted “Beat the faggots!”

Assailants threw Andrey Nasonov, one of the protest organizers, to the ground and kicked him until he lost consciousness, Kozlov said. They also attacked another young man, cutting his head, and several women, throwing one of them to the ground and kicking her.

Nasonov, 22, was hospitalized with a concussion and discharged that evening.

Law enforcement officers and municipal officials at the scene did not intervene to stop the assault on the LGBT protesters, Kozlov said.

According to various sources, the authorities detained between three and six people after the violence, all of whom were released the same day. The Investigation Committee, the state agency in charge of criminal investigations,opened a preliminary inquiry into the threats, violence, and interference with a public assembly, and the police inaction. The police department said that it opened a misdemeanor case against counter-protesters for violating the procedure for organizing public assemblies.

One of the protest organizers told Human Rights Watch that after putting an announcement about the demonstration on social media, the organizers started receiving death threats through social media platforms, with the authors stating specifically they would violently disrupt the rally. One of the threats read: “Blasphemous scum, we’ll come to kill you on Sunday!”

Three days before the protest, on January 17, the organizers filed a criminal complaint about the threats with the Investigation Committee and a statement with the police and the local authorities, calling on them to prevent violence at the protest.

“Opening an inquiry is a good step, but it’s only a beginning,” Kirey said. “There needs to be a thorough investigation and the authorities need to hold responsible the people who carried out the threats and violence.” Instead of adopting a bill banning “homosexual propaganda” Duma members should publicly condemn homophobic violence, Human Rights Watch said.

Only one member of Russian parliament voted against the bill and one abstained, with 388 members voting for the bill. The Duma called for a working group to refine the definitions of “propaganda” and “homosexuality.”

The Duma postponed further discussion of the bill until May. If approved after three readings and signed by the president, it would become law.

The bill would amend Russia’s Code of Administrative Law Violations. Under the amendments, individuals found responsible for “propaganda for homosexuality among minors” would face fines of up to 5,000 rubles (US$160), and organizations would face fines of up to 500,000 rubles (US$16,000). Similar laws banning “homosexual propaganda” have been adopted in 10 Russian regions and are pending in another six. Russian activists report an increase in violence against LGBT people since these bills were introduced.

In its explanatory memorandum that accompanied the draft federal law, its sponsors justified the amendments as necessary “to ensure the intellectual, moral and mental protection of children.” However, the European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly affirmed that the desire to “protect” children from information about homosexuality is not justified by the principle of best interests of the child, and has found such measures to be discriminatory.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child reiterated in 2003 that the Convention on the Rights of the Child requires “appropriate and timely information which ... enables them [children] to deal positively and responsibly with their sexuality in order to protect themselves from HIV infection.” The committee also urged countries to “refrain from censoring, withholding or intentionally misrepresenting health-related information, including sexual education and information.”


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; homosexuality; russia

1 posted on 02/06/2013 12:03:31 PM PST by mgist
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To: mgist

“Independent” Human Rights Watch, funded by George Soros’ Open Society Institute etc.

http://www.hrw.org/partners

I hope Putin deals with Soros like a man.


2 posted on 02/06/2013 12:07:32 PM PST by mgist
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To: mgist

Hmmmm, between more favorable tax rates and moral views that emphasize moral views & heterosexual, traditional man/woman views, Russia is starting to look more favorable to consider immigrating to. Just a thought....


3 posted on 02/06/2013 12:11:57 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: mgist

“violate the free expression rights of all Russians”

Really, where is that in the Russian constitution?


4 posted on 02/06/2013 12:15:12 PM PST by edcoil (Manage your own lawsuit: www.jurisdictionary.com?refercode=KK0012)
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To: mgist

The USSR? Seriously?


5 posted on 02/06/2013 12:17:01 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: rcrngroup

After years of communism, they still have a very poor standard of living. But obviously God has given them alot of graces, and we on the other hand have a big battle ahead of us.

This Human Rights Watch claims responsibility for the Arab Spring, Syria, Lybia, ......They are based out of NY, with over $200 Million in net assets? So much deception.


6 posted on 02/06/2013 12:18:01 PM PST by mgist
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To: rcrngroup

After years of communism, they still have a very poor standard of living. But obviously God has given them alot of graces, and we on the other hand have a big battle ahead of us.

This Human Rights Watch claims responsibility for the Arab Spring, Syria, Lybia, ......They are based out of NY, with over $200 Million in net assets? So much deception.


7 posted on 02/06/2013 12:18:34 PM PST by mgist
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To: Mr. Lucky

The poster’s own highly knowledgeable addition to the title.


8 posted on 02/06/2013 12:19:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Mr. Lucky

I needed to abbreviate for space, relax.


9 posted on 02/06/2013 12:20:11 PM PST by mgist
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To: Mr. Lucky
Full title which had to be shortened: "Russia: Reject Homophobic Bill".

On the bright side, maybe this listing will shorten the tyrannic reign of the Communist USSR.

10 posted on 02/06/2013 12:23:39 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: mgist

I think the real consideration here is that Putin has seen how much incredible power the big homosexual organizations have in the US, how they can sway elections and destroy churches etc. -— and has no intention of allowing competitive organizations -— non-government organizations -— gain that much power in the USSR.

Putin knows power. And he doesn’t intent to let any other groups have it.


11 posted on 02/06/2013 12:23:56 PM PST by squarebarb ( Fairy tales are basically true.)
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To: mgist

> I hope Putin deals with Soros like a man.

In November, 2005, I read an article in the Moscow Times covering a raid on the Soros offices in Moscow and elsewhere. There was a warrant for Soros’ arrest for the crime of currency manipulation, but he was not in Russia at the time. The article ended by saying there was no extradition treaty between the US and Russia, so Soros’ arrest would not be easy.

Hope the Russians catch up with the filthy pig. He’s been able to evade them for nearly 8 years now.

Then again, maybe they’ll wait until Soros is finished destroying the US before giving him the treatment they usually give to criminals avoiding Russian arrest by hiding in other countries.


12 posted on 02/06/2013 12:24:17 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: mgist

“...free expression rights of all Russians...”

Really? That’s in their “Constitution”?


13 posted on 02/06/2013 12:25:06 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are The 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment Is The First Human Right.)
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To: Mr. Lucky

See, USSR’s continued existence confirmed once again in #12! Relax!


14 posted on 02/06/2013 12:25:57 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: rcrngroup
Hmmmm, between more favorable tax rates and moral views that emphasize moral views & heterosexual, traditional man/woman views, Russia is starting to look more favorable to consider immigrating to. Just a thought....

It almost sounds like a place where I'd feel more comfortable in their society and less threatened by the government. I'm not switching to vodka, though.
15 posted on 02/06/2013 12:26:09 PM PST by ZX12R
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To: Westbrook

I believe there is also a warrant for Soros in France for insider trading.


16 posted on 02/06/2013 12:28:23 PM PST by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: mgist

perhaps we should create a group called “busy body watch”


17 posted on 02/06/2013 12:30:11 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: mgist
Too bad Russia still isn't Commie. The "gays" don't care about "gay rights" in Communist (or moslem) countries. The fact that they're paddling Russia is certainly evidence that they are not simply the old USSR under camouflage.

Unfortunately, their foreign policy is evidence that they are.

18 posted on 02/06/2013 12:31:34 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: mgist

How about placing all those middle eastern countries on the human rights watch list? Eh? Where they cut hands and feet, chop heads, and hang people for being gay.


19 posted on 02/06/2013 12:36:37 PM PST by I want the USA back (Don't try to understand the liberal "mind." It's impossible for normal people.)
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To: Mr. Lucky

> The USSR? Seriously?

The USSR is dead.

Even the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) is dead.

What remains is the Russian Federation.

No more sickle and hammer.

Their symbol nowadays is the Imperial Crest of the Tsar, featuring the Roman Double-Eagle, St. George Slaying the Dragon, and the Cross of Christ.

It’s on all their documentation, on their passports, and embedded in the Red, White and Blue Russian national flag flying over the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.


20 posted on 02/06/2013 12:41:01 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: nanetteclaret

> I believe there is also a warrant for Soros in France for
> insider trading.

It was also for currency manipulation. He significantly weakened the French Franc by selling it short just before the French adopted the Euro. Soros refused to appear for the trial, was tried in absentia, and fined $100 million. Don’t know if he ever paid.


21 posted on 02/06/2013 12:46:02 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook

So how do you abbreviate Russian Federation?


22 posted on 02/06/2013 12:47:07 PM PST by mgist
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To: Westbrook

Seems I remember he manipulated the Japanese currency and of course was responsible for Black Friday in Britain.

He has all the qualifications for the Anti-Christ.


23 posted on 02/06/2013 12:55:36 PM PST by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: Westbrook
"Their symbol nowadays is the Imperial Crest of the Tsar, featuring the Roman Double-Eagle, St. George Slaying the Dragon, and the Cross of Christ."

They obviously value the importance of Christ, while here in the US the church is under attack. This Human Right's Watch Board of Director's must have every influence peddling Marxist propaganda machine in New York.

24 posted on 02/06/2013 1:04:06 PM PST by mgist
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To: Westbrook
"Their symbol nowadays is the Imperial Crest of the Tsar, featuring the Roman Double-Eagle, St. George Slaying the Dragon, and the Cross of Christ."

They obviously value the importance of Christ, while here in the US the church is under attack. This Human Right's Watch Board of Director's must have every influence peddling Marxist propaganda machine in New York.

25 posted on 02/06/2013 1:04:21 PM PST by mgist
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To: Westbrook
Soros Criminal Conviction Exposes "Human Rights" Scam Soros leverages "human rights" for personal gain - as does his global NGO empire. by Tony Cartalucci

March 28, 2012 - Bloomberg's report, "Soros Loses Case Against French Insider-Trading Conviction," indicates that an appeal based on a "human rights" violation against Wall Street speculator George Soros has been rejected by the "European Court of Human Rights." Soros, who was convicted and fined for insider trading in 2002 regarding French bank Société Générale shares he bought in 1988, has built an empire out of obfuscating global criminal activity with the cause of "human rights."

Image: Soros runs a global empire of NGOs leveraging "human rights" to cover up institutional criminality just as he himself just attempted to use "human rights" to excuse criminal insider-trading. Soros' disingenuous use of "human rights" is not a strategy he holds an exclusive monopoly over, but rather one he executes in concert with very unlikely allies - Neo-Conservatives of the US State Department-funded National Endowment for Democracy and its various subsidiaries.

.... The court's decision in rejecting the appeal was based on Soros being “a famous institutional investor, well-known to the business community and a participant in major financial projects,” and thus should have been “particularly prudent” regarding insider-trading laws. The contents of Soros' appeal, based on "human rights" was not heard, and the details of the appeal not yet made public, however, it is an illustrative example of how Soros and global elitists like him leverage the legitimate cause of human rights and freedom as a means to execute and defend both individual and institutional criminal behavior.

Soros has built a global empire of networked nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) allegedly promoting "human rights," "freedom," "democracy," and "transparency." His Open Society Institute funds amongst many others, Amnesty International (page 10), Global Voices, and Human Rights Watch. In reality these NGOs constitute a modern day network of imperial administrators, undermining national governments around the world and replacing them with a homogeneous "civil society" that interlocks with "international institutions" run from and on behalf of Wall Street and London. And contrary to popular belief, Soros has built this empire, not against "conservative" ambitions, but with their full cooperation.

It is difficult to find a cause Soros' Open Society Institute supports that is not also funded, directed, and backed by the US State Department-funded, Neo-Conservative lined National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its various subsidiaries including Freedom House, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

The Arab Spring

It would be almost four months after the beginning of the so-called "Arab Spring" before the corporate-media would admit that the US had been behind the uprisings and that they were anything but "spontaneous," or "indigenous." In an April 2011 article published by the New York Times titled, "U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings," it was stated:

"A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington."

The article would also add, regarding the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED):

"The Republican and Democratic institutes are loosely affiliated with the Republican and Democratic Parties. They were created by Congress and are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in 1983 to channel grants for promoting democracy in developing nations. The National Endowment receives about $100 million annually from Congress. Freedom House also gets the bulk of its money from the American government, mainly from the State Department. " George Soros and his Open Society Institute also played a leading role in the unfolding unrest. Soros, in addition to fully supporting many of the NGOs in tandem with NED and the US State Department, also funded opposition groups working well in advance to produce new "constitutions" for collapsed nations.

In "George Soros & Egypt's New Constitution," it was reported:

"It turns out that the new Egyptian Constitution has already been drafted, not by the Egyptian people, but by the very US-backed protesters who brought about regime change in the first place. A Reuters report quoted an opposition judge, who had been hiding-out in Kuwait until Mubarak's ousting, as having said civil society groups had already produced several drafts and a new constitution could be ready in a month.

These "civil society" groups include the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information openly funded by George Soros' Open Society Institute and the Neo-Con lined NED funded Egyptian Organization for Human Rights. It appears that while the International Crisis Group may be turning out the strategy, and their trustee ElBaradei leading the mobs into the streets, it is the vast array of NGOs their membership, including Soros, fund that are working out and implementing the details on the ground." Myanmar (Burma) & Aung San Suu Kyi

The entire opposition in the Southeast Asia nation of Myanmar, still known by its colonial nomenclature in the West as "Burma," is a creation of Wall Street and London. This includes the growing personality cult of "democracy icon" Aung San Suu Kyi. And again, just as we saw during the Western-engineered "Arab Spring," it is a tandem effort made by "right-wing" Neo-Cons within the confines of NED, and Soros' Open Society Institute.

Image: The 2006 Burma Campaign UK report, "Failing the People of Burma?" (.pdf) reveals the entire "pro-democracy" movement, including Aung San Suu Kyi herself, is a product of US and British funding and the building of neo-imperial networks designed to overthrow and replace the government of Myanmar. ....

In "Burmese "Pro-Democracy" Movement a Creation of Wall Street & London," it was reported:

The most telling information begins on page 14 of 36 of the report's .pdf. Titled, "Failing the People of Burma?" the report enumerates the vast resources the West has invested in building a "pro-democracy" movement, in tandem with similar disingenuous movements throughout the region, and indeed throughout the world, and insists that even more support be given to initiate a "transition" in Burma. It states:

"The restoration of democracy in Burma is a priority U.S. policy objective in Southeast Asia. To achieve this objective, the United States has consistently supported democracy activists and their efforts both inside and outside Burma…Addressing these needs requires flexibility and creativity. Despite the challenges that have arisen, United States Embassies Rangoon and Bangkok as well as Consulate General Chiang Mai are fully engaged in pro-democracy efforts. The United States also supports organizations, such as the National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Institute (nb no support given since 2004) and Internews, working inside and outside the region on a broad range of democracy promotion activities. U.S.-based broadcasters supply news and information to the Burmese people, who lack a free press. U.S. programs also fund scholarships for Burmese who represent the future of Burma.

The United States is committed to working for a democratic Burma and will continue to employ a variety of tools to assist democracy activists." The report continues with a vast array of evidence exposing the tandem roles of both "liberals" and "conservatives" in executing a singular goal of undermining a foreign government and replacing it with neo-imperial administrators that interlock directly with "international institutions" that answer directly to Wall Street and London.

Wall Street's Thai Proxy, Thaksin Shinawatra

Like in neighboring Myanmar, efforts have been long underway to undermine the nationalist elements within Thailand and install a proxy government as well as a proxy system of governance to implement the global agenda of Wall Street and London. The proxy of choice is billionaire and long-time associate of the Bush family, Thaksin Shinawatra.

As we've seen in the previous two examples, Shinawatra's association with America's Neo-Conservative establishment in no way inhibits the "liberal" George Soros from supporting movements that facilitate not only his re-installation into power, but the expansion of his globalist "neoliberal" brand of politics - which of course benefit once again Wall Street and London in general, not any particular political persuasion.

In the example of Thai propaganda front "Prachatai," Soros' Open Society Institute and the Neo-Cons' National Endowment for Democracy have heaped annual funding as well as ongoing political support to the outfit's mission of leveraging "human rights" and disingenuous aspirations for "democracy" to mask Shinawatra and his movement's criminal activities. NED subsidiary, Freedom House, is in fact chaired by Neo-Con Kenneth Adelman who served as Shinawatra's lobbyist and also serves as a trustee on the Soros-funded and chaired International Crisis Group. Prachatai's spinning of their collective agenda as "progressive" rather than one wrought of foreign corporate-fascist funding is a perfect example of Soros' modus operandi.

Attempted Overthrow of Russia's Government

In a fourth and final example, Soros and his Neo-Conservative counterparts can be found behind Russia's motley opposition and their "Arab Spring-like" attempt to overthrow the government of Vladimir Putin.

The entire grounds justifying Wall Street and London's street mobs were calls of a "rigged" Russian election. Those making such accusations included National Endowment for Democracy-funded GOLOS and the Soros Open Society-funded Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) (.pdf page 125).

Image: A screenshot from US National Endowment for Democracy's (NED) website indicating its funding for "independent" poll monitor Golos. USAID also funds Golos.

.... And while the lion's share of support for Russia's multiple opposition groups comes from the National Endowment for Democracy and its subsidiaries including Freedom House and the International Republican Institute chaired by John McCain, jailed Russian oligarch and opposition leader Mikhail Khodorkovsky fashioned his entire "Open Russian Foundation" after Soros' Open Society Institute. It should be noted that Khodorkovsky had both Jacob Rothschild and Henry Kissinger chairing his contrived "foundation." Conclusion

Clearly there is more behind Soros' funding of NGOs globally than mere "liberal philanthropy." That he carries out this funding in concert with notorious warmongers, corporate fascists, and confessed Neo-Conservatives indicates a very malicious and disingenuous agenda driving not only his "charity" but also the maintaining of his deceptive "liberal" persona.

Soros' most recent attempt to leverage "human rights," not for a global campaign of achieving economic and geopolitical hegemony, but rather on behalf of defending his own criminal behavior, lends further evidence to the fact that the West, through its vast networks of NGOs and "international institutions," is merely hiding immensely depraved, craven criminal activity behind the facade of "humanitarian concerns" and "progress." With Soros' latest appeal being rejected and his criminal conviction upheld, let us resist the temptation of resorting to "left-right" bickering and recognize the grander plot that has been exposed.

26 posted on 02/06/2013 1:36:02 PM PST by mgist
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To: mgist

God bless Russia.


27 posted on 02/06/2013 1:53:57 PM PST by dangus
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To: mgist

Are you too stupid to know that Russia was only one of many Soviet Republics, and by labeling Russia, “USSR” you implied that they intend to militarily subjugate 100 million non-Russians? Yeah, that was worth saving two letters.


28 posted on 02/06/2013 1:58:45 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

Look miserable one, I can only have a certain amount of characters in the title of the article, so in order try and clarify the title, I used the only abbreviation I know. I’m sorry that you are obviously a frustrated individual, but it really isn’t that big of a deal. No hard feelings. I honestly hope things go better for you. God Bless


29 posted on 02/06/2013 2:13:23 PM PST by mgist
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To: mgist

You could call it RF:) Just a two letters shorter.


30 posted on 02/08/2013 4:36:47 PM PST by cunning_fish
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