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Putinís Man in Crimea Is Ukraineís Worst Nightmare
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Posted on 03/10/2014 4:54:21 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans

Putin’s Man in Crimea Is Ukraine’s Worst Nightmare Simon Shuster / Simferopol @shustry 7:33 PM ET

Sergei Aksyonov, the pro-Russian Prime Minister of Crimea who is driving the region toward secession from Ukraine, is at the center of an international crisis. But little is known about a man who rose from obscurity in the space of a month and who some claim is a former gangster nicknamed the 'Goblin'

A month ago, when Ukraine’s old regime was just starting to crack under the pressure of a revolution, few people in the country had ever heard of Sergei Aksyonov. He was then a marginal figure even in the local politics of the region of Crimea. His Russian Unity party had only three seats in the regional legislature and no representation anywhere else. But that has not stopped him from taking charge. In late January, as the protesters in Kiev began seizing government buildings, Aksyonov started to form an army on the Crimean peninsula. Now he is the de facto leader of the entire region, a post that has thrust him into the center of the most dire political crisis Europe has confronted in years.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; crimeacrash; russia; sergeiaksyonov; ukraine; ukrainecrisis; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
So far, the most revealing aspect of his time in power has been the way he came to possess it. Before dawn on Feb. 27, at least two dozen heavily armed men stormed the Crimean parliament building and the nearby headquarters of the regional government, bringing with them a cache of assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades. A few hours later, Aksyonov walked into the parliament and, after a brief round of talks with the gunmen, began to gather a quorum of the chamber’s lawmakers.

So Crimea is going to have a referendum on independence... called by a Prime Minister who, with only 3 representatives of his party in office, became a Prime Minister by storming parliament with men wielding grenade launchers and called a quorum?

1 posted on 03/10/2014 4:54:21 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

“So Crimea is going to have a referendum on independence... called by a Prime Minister who, with only 3 representatives of his party in office, became a Prime Minister by storming parliament with men wielding grenade launchers and called a quorum?”
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Sounds legit.

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2 posted on 03/10/2014 5:00:16 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Gov. Palin was right.

G.O.P. = GIVING. OBAMA. (ENDLESS) POWER.


3 posted on 03/10/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

And the pro Putin crowd would have us believe that Ukranians are the antidemocracy neo Fascists? Okay.


4 posted on 03/10/2014 5:02:24 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans
So that's how he came to power, but the entire Ukranian gubermint fell, how was the other new gubermint formed and what is its claim on legitimacy? Weren't they also using AKs and RPGs?
5 posted on 03/10/2014 5:04:26 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Screw the farmers. I can get everything I need at the grocery store.)
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So that's how he came to power, but the entire Ukranian gubermint fell, how was the other new gubermint formed and what is its claim on legitimacy?

1) It has the support of the Ukrainian people. 2) It's temporary until new elections, which will be had soon. Considering Moscow's hand in organized crime, the gangster in Crimea is likely a FSB agent too.

6 posted on 03/10/2014 5:07:32 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Could be worse. They could have a Marxist Mohammadan African in charge.


7 posted on 03/10/2014 5:12:04 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans
"Considering Moscow's hand in little more than a vast organized crime enterprise, the gangster in Crimea is likely a FSB agent too." Fixed that for you.
8 posted on 03/10/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Thank you! I hate it when I have typos like that!


9 posted on 03/10/2014 5:21:35 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. OK, maybe the worst one.


10 posted on 03/10/2014 5:22:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans; AnAmericanAbroad
I am not standing up for anything that is happening in Crimea right now, but, consider for a moment.

How did the present American president come to power? Do you think there was any voter fraud perpetrated in the last election? Several precincts in Philadelphia and Cleveland reported 100% voting for Obama. How does that work? How did the present healthcare act come to be? Was parliamentary procedure followed to the letter, or was there some underhandedness?

Where does the constitution allow the president to change certain aspects of certain laws when it suits his political aims? Which clause allows the president and the attorney-general to decide which laws to enforce? I could go on.

I know nothing of this Aksyonov. He may be a thug and a criminal. I believe a case could be made that your president is cut from the same cloth.

11 posted on 03/10/2014 5:28:05 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

“a former gangster nicknamed the ‘Goblin’ “

That doesn’t sound very good


12 posted on 03/10/2014 5:38:06 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: JimSEA

The Crimea is traditionally Russian. It was GIVEN to the Ukraine by Khrushchev in 54 (Khrushchev was Ukranian) and Russia retaking it now is basically just reality setting back in. The real fun starts when Serbian tanks roll back into Kosovo.


13 posted on 03/10/2014 5:50:29 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: varmintman

Or when China attacks Taiwan.


14 posted on 03/10/2014 6:04:15 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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That’s not a reasonable analogy. A better analogy (some lunatic(s) taking a piece of property away from its rightful owners and giving it to somebody else) is Kosovo, which also figures to get set straight in the near future.


15 posted on 03/10/2014 6:46:49 PM PDT by varmintman
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and our reaction will be much the same.

in weeks if not months, the Taiwanese will be in the Ukrainian position..


16 posted on 03/10/2014 8:00:28 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Don’t forget the Party Of Regions collapsed and basically opened up a huge space to Russian nationalists.

And they copied the same tactics as the Ukrainian nationalists did in Kiev. But the West favors one sie and is against the other side because the latter is not on its side.

Sergei Aksyonov would not be Crimea’s Prime Minister in a normal time but this isn’t a normal time. Not bad for someone who last year was a marginal figure in Crimean politics.

The Maidan gave him his opportunity and he took full advantage of it - to facilitate Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 8:25:10 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: varmintman

The manner in which Crimea has been taken back is also traditionally Russian. The Russians are also using traditional means to move north from Crimea into territory favoring the Ukraine and into the eastern Ukraine at Donetsk.


18 posted on 03/10/2014 8:44:00 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: goldstategop
And they copied the same tactics as the Ukrainian nationalists did in Kiev.

I don't recall anyone marching into the Ukrainian parliament with grenade launchers and having themselves made Prime Minister. I must have missed that.

19 posted on 03/10/2014 10:35:04 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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So what’s worse...the govt coup in Crimea with guns & terror? It the ”quiet coup” of the USA since 2008. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones :-/


20 posted on 03/17/2014 1:46:05 AM PDT by ResisTyr ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God " ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ResisTyr

*OR* the quiet coup (damn auto speller)


21 posted on 03/17/2014 1:47:59 AM PDT by ResisTyr ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God " ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ResisTyr

We can throw stones since our house is made of strong steel in comparison to the Russkie communists.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 9:03:41 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: varmintman
(Khrushchev was Ukranian)

Wrong. He was an ethnic Russian, born near the border with Ukraine, who served as Stalin's man in the Ukraine in the 1940s.

23 posted on 03/17/2014 9:05:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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