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Russia Ups the Ante in Crimea by Sending in the ‘Night Wolves’
Time ^ | February 28, 2014 | Simon Shuster

Posted on 03/01/2014 7:59:17 AM PST by No One Special

On Friday afternoon, the regular flight from Moscow touched down in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, in the south of Ukraine, carrying the leader of a Russian motorcycle gang known as the Night Wolves. Alexander Zaldostanov, an old friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was wearing his usual get-up – a flaming wolf’s head stenciled onto his black leather vest – but for once he was not the most intimidating figure on the scene. Since the morning, dozens of masked troops had been sauntering around Crimea’s main airport, armed to the teeth but refusing to identify themselves. In some ways, they seemed to have the same goal as Zaldostanov, who goes by the nickname The Surgeon. They were sending a signal to the revolutionary government in Ukraine that it was no longer in charge on this peninsula.

Who exactly was in charge remained a mystery throughout the day, and a source of international alarm, as the United Nations Security Council prepared to convene an emergency meeting to discuss the tensions in Crimea. That morning, the new Crimean Parliament convened, still occupied by the masked and heavily armed men who had seized the building before dawn the previous day. Those men, also brandishing assault rifles, had at least identified themselves: They said they were the self-defense forces of the ethnic Russian majority in the Crimea. Under their watch on Friday, the parliament voted in a new Crimean government, one that was stacked to the hilt with pro-Russian hardliners intent on breaking their region away from Ukraine. But they, too, were not in charge.

The troops in green uniforms were in charge, whoever they were. By Friday evening, they had set up patrols around the Crimean capital. They put up checkpoints on the roads leading to the Russian military base, the home...

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crimea; nightwolves; putin; ukraine

1 posted on 03/01/2014 7:59:17 AM PST by No One Special
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To: No One Special

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3128295/posts


2 posted on 03/01/2014 8:02:56 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: No One Special

Meanwhile, on the 16th hole, Obama carefully prepares for a six inch putt to save a triple bogey.


3 posted on 03/01/2014 8:04:28 AM PST by Starboard
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To: No One Special

Zero huddled in the fetal position behind his twin bed in the WH living quarters, with his thumb firmly in his mouth. “Those mean Russians — make them go away, Tranny Nanny...er, I mean Valerie!”


4 posted on 03/01/2014 8:07:21 AM PST by twister881
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To: No One Special

Putin is about to cross one of Obama’s red lines. I’m shocked.


5 posted on 03/01/2014 8:07:21 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: No One Special

Assassination of Dolfuss, anyone?


6 posted on 03/01/2014 8:08:07 AM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: No One Special

Not to worry. The Homosexual-in-Chief has the situation under control.


7 posted on 03/01/2014 8:09:29 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: Huskrrrr

Not to worry.

I’m sure he’s forgotten all of Obeyme’s snarky little insults...and sending a passel of flaming homos to represent us in the Olympics.


8 posted on 03/01/2014 8:19:03 AM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: No One Special

Each delay results from the transit time
between al Qaeda/MB/Iran and
the First Moslem Tyrant and his controller.


9 posted on 03/01/2014 8:19:14 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: twister881
Zero huddled in the fetal position behind his twin bed in the WH living quarters, with his thumb firmly in his mouth.

Maybe so, but his handlers are watching Putin's actions and taking notes.

10 posted on 03/01/2014 8:30:02 AM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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1st Quarter FReepathon

Less than $5.4k to go!!
We can do this.

11 posted on 03/01/2014 8:33:31 AM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: ZOOKER
... his handlers are watching Putin's actions and taking notes.

Which means what, exactly?

12 posted on 03/01/2014 8:38:12 AM PST by Tonytitan
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To: No One Special
...dozens of masked troops had been sauntering around Crimea’s main airport, armed to the teeth but refusing to identify themselves.

I see, Simon Shuster and Slime magazine have a problem with dozens of armed masked men, but not with hundreds of armed masked men if they are shooting, throwing firebombs and baseball sized stones at unarmed police, burning buildings and cars, refusing to Identify themselves.

13 posted on 03/01/2014 8:46:27 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Tonytitan
...watching Putin's actions and taking notes.
Which means what, exactly?

The ability to quell disorder, to cow a rebellious mob into meek submissive obedience with a minimum of bloodshed and publicity - this is a useful skill.
Violence is expensive and bad for business, much better when the threat of violence gets the same result.

Putin seems to be good at this - I bet many Obamabots are envious.

14 posted on 03/01/2014 9:03:26 AM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: No One Special

Controlling the Crimean Peninsula is key to controlling water transportation into all of Eastern Europe and beyond. For example, the Dnieper (which goes through Kiev) is navigable all the way to the Baltic. That is why the British fought so hard for it.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 9:33:28 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: Navy Patriot

You seemed more worked-up about all those Lenin statues being torn down than Time would be.


16 posted on 03/01/2014 9:34:19 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: No One Special

What the sam hill... Night Wolves? ... seems to make as much sense as George Bush sending the Hells Angels.


17 posted on 03/01/2014 9:38:55 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: ZOOKER

Our problem is that most Americans couldn’t find most countries on a map.
They have no clue how diplomacy works. It was the strength of our country that kept us free and prosperous. No one would ever consider making us their enemy. Today, everyone knows that our leaders are weak, our population cares more about Government handouts and our morals have declined to rival Sodom and Gomorrah. Americans have no idea what it means to try to live in bad times where they would have to stand in line to be fed soup and bread.
Russia is expanding all over the world, close to our mainland. All it will take is China seeing an opportunity to join the other forces. We would be up the creek without a paddle. Or should I say with our dismantling of our military, without a defense? I have never seen a situation where our allies don’t trust us any more and our enemies forge alliances against us.
A sad situation formed by a community agitator.


18 posted on 03/01/2014 9:46:40 AM PST by americanbychoice3
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I thought that a little melodramatic also
outlaw motorcycle gang?
The Goths and Visigoths were not available
19 posted on 03/01/2014 9:49:09 AM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: SisterK
The Goths and Visigoths were not available

Or the "Ratz and Mice".


20 posted on 03/01/2014 9:50:15 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: No One Special

Airlifting in known violent criminals who revel in the lifestyle. Interesting tactic.


21 posted on 03/01/2014 9:50:28 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: ctdonath2

How do you say “Dirty Dozen” in Po Russki?


22 posted on 03/01/2014 9:51:22 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SisterK
CottonEyeJoe
23 posted on 03/01/2014 9:53:08 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: ZOOKER
Maybe so, but his handlers are watching Putin's actions and taking notes.

Putin and Obama, both tyrants.

24 posted on 03/01/2014 9:54:15 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: dfwgator
Грязная дюжина
25 posted on 03/01/2014 9:55:24 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: No One Special

Oh yeah you better not cross that line, and that one and that one, oh never mind.


26 posted on 03/01/2014 9:57:18 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: No One Special
Vlad honored during Mardi Gras


27 posted on 03/01/2014 9:57:57 AM PST by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: ctdonath2

chaos in overdrive


28 posted on 03/01/2014 9:58:24 AM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: 1rudeboy
You seemed more worked-up about Putin slapping Obama around than Time would be.
29 posted on 03/01/2014 9:58:33 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Navy Patriot

Where did you see that? Or did you just make it up, as always?


30 posted on 03/01/2014 10:00:48 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Where did you me post about Lenin statues? Or did you just make it up, as always?


31 posted on 03/01/2014 10:04:14 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: dfwgator

"More people are killed by Black Widows than by Rattlesnakes, every year!"

32 posted on 03/01/2014 10:05:38 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Navy Patriot

Almost everything you post on this subject comes from the mouths of Russian state-owned media (as opposed to my opinions coming from the Obama Administration). So I figured you’d be crying in your borscht over the statues.


33 posted on 03/01/2014 10:06:31 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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Oh, and just in case English really is your second language, nothing I say comes from the Obama Administration.


34 posted on 03/01/2014 10:07:54 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy; Navy Patriot

Considering all of us have managed to stay on FR for 10-15 years, I don’t think any of us are commie-symps.

Speaking for only myself, I’m having a difficult time reconciling the fact I respect Putin as a man far more than I respect Obastard. Both are evil. Doesn’t make me a commie-symp.


35 posted on 03/01/2014 12:56:59 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

All of us have been around long enough to see who is who, and whom they favor. If you favor Obama, you won’t last long here. If you favor to toe the Russian party line, you’re ok. It’s not that big of a deal, really . . . you are either a dupe or an agent. And I’ll point it out every time.


36 posted on 03/01/2014 2:02:43 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
Almost everything you post on this subject comes from the mouths of Russian state-owned media.

And almost everything you post on this subject comes from the mouths of the Obama Progressive DemoRat American Main Stream Media.

as opposed to my opinions coming from the Obama Administration

Want to try again?

37 posted on 03/01/2014 2:06:15 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: dfwgator
Von Zipper...LOL

Most pathetic biker gang until...

The Black Widows.

38 posted on 03/01/2014 2:06:19 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Navy Patriot
Listen, even if I couldn't form my own opinion about what happened out there, I wouldn't run to RIA Novosti, like you.
39 posted on 03/01/2014 2:08:54 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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