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Why Russia No Longer Fears the West
Politico ^ | 03/03/2013 | Ben Judah

Posted on 03/03/2014 1:04:32 PM PST by SeekAndFind

The West is blinking in disbelief – Vladimir Putin just invaded Ukraine. German diplomats, French Eurocrats and American pundits are all stunned. Why has Russia chosen to gamble its trillion-dollar ties with the West?

Western leaders are stunned because they haven’t realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans the way they once did after the Cold War. Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance. Russia thinks the West is now all about the money.

Putin’s henchmen know this personally. Russia’s rulers have been buying up Europe for years. They have mansions and luxury flats from London’s West End to France’s Cote d’Azure. Their children are safe at British boarding and Swiss finishing schools. And their money is squirrelled away in Austrian banks and British tax havens.

Putin’s inner circle no longer fear the European establishment. They once imagined them all in MI6. Now they know better. They have seen firsthand how obsequious Western aristocrats and corporate tycoons suddenly turn when their billions come into play. They now view them as hypocrites—the same European elites who help them hide their fortunes.

Once Russia’s powerful listened when European embassies issued statements denouncing the baroque corruption of Russian state companies. But no more. Because they know full well it is European bankers, businessmen and lawyers who do the dirty work for them placing the proceeds of corruption in hideouts from the Dutch Antilles to the British Virgin Islands.

We are not talking big money. But very big money. None other than Putin’s Central Bank has estimated that two thirds of the $56 billion exiting Russia in 2012 might be traceable to illegal activities. Crimes like kickbacks, drug money or tax fraud. This is the money that posh English bankers are rolling out the red carpet for in London.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: eu; putin; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 03/03/2014 1:04:32 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 03/03/2014 1:05:56 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind

why should Russian fear us , we have thrown our vote pearls to swine and elected a total pussy as President , twice .

There is a serious cost to allowing so many uninformed fools to vote in the US . Voters need to qualify , in several ways .


3 posted on 03/03/2014 1:07:12 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: SeekAndFind

An 8”x10” of Zero should just about sum up this argument!


4 posted on 03/03/2014 1:07:49 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: SeekAndFind

For crying out loud, Fox has speakers now saying “The US is strong! Russia is going to collapse!” The worst thing is, there are SNAP cardsters who will buy this BS.


5 posted on 03/03/2014 1:08:09 PM PST by Viennacon
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Not ONE word about Obama. The article made me laugh because they mention everything under the sun but Obama. Putin has no fear of Obama. PERIOD


6 posted on 03/03/2014 1:09:53 PM PST by STJPII
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Here is why Russia no longer fears the West, in a very disturbing gif.

The article goes on to say that the banksters and lawyers are all corrupt, and they are correct. Our own Federal Reserve and their cohorts make the mafia look honorable by comparison.

7 posted on 03/03/2014 1:10:13 PM PST by SkyPilot
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"The West is blinking in disbelief – Vladimir Putin just invaded Ukraine. German diplomats, French Eurocrats and American pundits are all stunned."

Only the stupid "leaders" of France, Germany, the EU and America are the people stunned. They are stunned because they are blinded by their admiration of Soviet style tyrannical socialism. They stunned because they are ignorant of Russian history and behavior. They are stunned because they are unable to realize that Russia doesn't give a damn what the effeminate, homosexual promoting, perverse "leaders" of the West think about anything. The West is degenerate and weak and is in the process of destroying itself.

Don't be surprised to see Russian moves against Europe proper in the future.

8 posted on 03/03/2014 1:16:15 PM PST by StormEye
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Maybe Putin has pictures of mac daddy trying on his new silk panties, pink dress and light red lipstick.


9 posted on 03/03/2014 1:16:45 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: SeekAndFind
I can say it in two words: Barry Soetoro.
10 posted on 03/03/2014 1:24:38 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: SeekAndFind

According to the author it’s the fault of the banks not Obama.

I was suspicious when I saw that the article came from Politico.


11 posted on 03/03/2014 1:28:53 PM PST by aquila48
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Uh.........................idiots in DC?


12 posted on 03/03/2014 1:40:37 PM PST by ronnie raygun (zippy the a##clown sez..............................)
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Putin’s path has been obvious to anyone who cared to look at least since the missile dust up. Poland seems to understand and is concerned for their own sake, and rightly so. Russia and China (who have their oun territorial expansion plans) have come together to form a block that no one currently will challenge.


13 posted on 03/03/2014 1:45:06 PM PST by JimSEA
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The only people on earth who need to fear the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave are *Americans* who work for a living and aren't dependent on a government check.
14 posted on 03/03/2014 1:49:36 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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Russia can buy up the European nouveau riche. They’ll squawk but after a decent interval, its back to business as usual.

And if they won’t? Then they’ll freeze in the winter. Something for them to think about if they try to hurt Russia.

Europe needs Russia more than Russia needs Europe. All Russians hear are hypocritical platitudes from decadent, corrupt, enfeebled and opportunistic Europeans.


15 posted on 03/03/2014 2:19:17 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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16 posted on 03/03/2014 2:20:26 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: LeoWindhorse
There is a serious cost to allowing so many uninformed fools to vote in the US . Voters need to qualify, in several ways.

I always liked the literacy test. Proof of paying income tax and owning property would be good, too.

17 posted on 03/03/2014 2:35:00 PM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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Huh....Obama?


18 posted on 03/03/2014 2:52:49 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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19 posted on 03/03/2014 3:07:55 PM PST by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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20 posted on 03/03/2014 3:56:21 PM PST by bgill
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“This is the money that posh English bankers are rolling out the red carpet for in London.”

Hmmm.

The home secretary’s migration advisory committee is advocating that visas be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Bidders would need to bid £2 million for the visas. The visa auction is popular with wealthy Russians, Chinese and Middle Easterners.

UK migration committee to unveil proposal for ‘visa auctions’

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5b46e40a-9b26-11e3-b0d0-00144feab7de.html#axzz2uwz0W6sM


21 posted on 03/03/2014 4:45:11 PM PST by sergeantdave
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