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  • 2014 World Cup Runner Up Game - Brazil Vs Netherlands (LIVE THREAD)

    07/12/2014 12:38:02 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    Runner Up Game at 4:00 PM on ESPN. Brazil vs Netherlands. Brazil needs to redeem itself from humiliation at the hands of Germany in Tuesday's semi-final.
  • World Cup 2014: Germans certain their team will beat Argentina

    07/11/2014 9:16:22 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/11/2014 | Patrick Strasser
    Life is a challenge these days in Germany if you are not a football fan. You simply cannot avoid it. The media is awash with interest in Sunday's World Cup final, with the 'Nationalelf' (national 11) involved against old rivals Argentina. The stunning 7-1 semi-final win over hosts Brazil resulted in football euphoria only seen before in the country when West Germany won previous World Cup tournaments in 1954, 1974 and 1990. "Three days to go", "two days to go", "one day to go" - these have been the headlines from Germany's biggest selling tabloid Bild. It's the countdown to...
  • Why is Chuck Norris trending in Argentina? (Chuck Facts Alert)

    07/10/2014 7:10:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/10/2014 | BBC News
    Chuck Norris is trending in Argentina after the country's World Cup semi-final victory against Holland. So what has the US actor and martial artist got to do with football? Famed for being the ultimate action man, Chuck Norris has inspired long lists of 'facts' about what a tough guy he is. The lists have been entertaining people for years. Now Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano is getting the Chuck Norris treatment on social media after he played strongly despite sustaining a head injury early in the game. The hashtag #maschefacts is being used with posts to describe all of the awesome...
  • World Cup Day Six

    06/17/2014 11:50:44 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 47 replies
    Today is Day Six Of World Cup 2014 in Brazil. In Group G: Belgium defeated Algeria 2-1. Game underway shortly between Brazil and Mexico. Russia and South Korea will play their first game tonight.
  • Princess Letizia To Become Queen Of Spain

    06/02/2014 11:02:52 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 69 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 06/02/2014 | Jamie Feldman
    Congratulations are in order for the new King of Spain, Felipe! CNN reported Monday that the 46-year-old prince will be taking over the throne from his father, King Juan Carlos I, who feels it's time for a younger leader. But a new reign doesn't just mean change for Spain, it also means a new queen. Felipe's wife, and arguably one of our favorite royals (besides Kate Middleton, of course), Princess Letizia will take over for Sofia, who has held the title since 1975. Even though we don't always agree with Letizia's sartorial choices, the 41-year-old has, on occasion, pleasantly satisfied...
  • Moscow metro marks its 79th anniversary

    05/14/2014 5:38:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 19 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/15/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 15, 3:30 /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow’s Metro marks its 79th birthday on Thursday. Regular service along the first underground section of 11.2 kilometres from the Sokolniki station to the Park Kultury station was launched at seven in the morning on May 15, 1935. Back then, Moscow’s Metro had only 13 stations. Today, Moscow’s Metro has 194 stations and more than 325 kilometres of tracks. It is the world’s second metro system in terms of the number of passengers after Tokyo’s. The network of the Moscow Metro is still being expanded. In terms of the volume of construction of metro lines,...
  • Medvedev instructs ministry to work on 10% layoff of public servants

    05/13/2014 10:10:10 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/14/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Finance Ministry to prepare and submit proposals by July 1, 2014 to lay off 10% of public servants, said the government official website which posted Medvedev’s instructions upon results of his annual report on government’s working results in 2013 at the State Duma. The Prime Minister delivered the annual government report on April 22. The premier stated particularly to ponder another 10% cuts of public servants in regions and at the federal level, because Russia needs “a modern, compact and effective state personnel oriented at people’s requests.” Meanwhile,...
  • Donetsk people’s governor announced establishment of his party

    05/13/2014 3:32:37 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/13/2014 | Itar Tass
    © ITAR-TASS/Konstantin Sazonchik DONETSK, May 13 /ITAR-TASS/. Pavel Gubarev, the people’s governor of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, has announced his plans to found his own party, Novorossia, with a headquarters in Donetsk, the local media reported on Tuesday. “The new political system of the Donetsk People’s Republic should have nothing in common with Ukraine’s previous oligarchic policy,” Gubarev said. “To realize these principles, I, on my own behalf, announce the establishment of a new party, Novorossia [Novorussia is a historical term referring to territory that acceded to the Russian Empire in the 1700s and made part of the Ukrainian Soviet...
  • Oleg Tsarev will prepare federal agreement for Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

    05/13/2014 3:13:08 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/14/2014 | Itar Tass
    DONETSK, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Oleg Tsarev will prepare a federal agreement for the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, according toa resolution of the coordinating council of the South-East association that was published on Tuesday. According to the document, Tsarev will lead a working group that will be tasked to word a draft agreement for a “unification of the self-proclaimed Luganks and Donetsk People’s Republics into a single entity - the Federal Republic of Novorossia.” Later on, the constitution of the new state and a mechanism for admitting new constituent entities into the would-be federation will be worked out.
  • Luhansk Republic declares independence from Ukraine

    05/12/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    LUGANSK, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Luhansk People’s Republic, whose residents supported the act on state sovereignty at the May 11 referendum, has declared its independence from Ukraine. 96.2% vote for independence of Luhansk region in May 11 referendum ‘Popular governor’ Valery Bolotov stated this at a rally on Monday. “We have chosen our path of independence from arbitrariness and bloody dictate of the Kiev clique, fascism and nationalism, the path of freedom, the path of rule of law,” Bolotov said. “From the moment of declaring its independence, a new life free from dictate of Kiev authorities will start for the Luhansk...
  • Self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic asks Russia for admission (Will Lugansk Follow Suit Alert)

    05/12/2014 9:56:48 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    DONETSK, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has made a plea asking to be accepted into the Russian Federation, the republic’s co-leader, Denis Pushilin, told a news conference on Monday. “We, the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic, relying on the results of the May 11, 2014 referendum and the declaration of independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic, declare that from now on the Donetsk People’s Republic is a sovereign state,” Pushilin said. “Proceeding from the will expressed by the DPR people and for the sake of restoring historical justice we are asking Russia to consider the...
  • Ukraine crisis: Eastern rebels claim 'self-rule' poll victory

    05/11/2014 10:18:48 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/12/2014 | BBC News
    Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have claimed a resounding victory in a "self-rule" referendum, saying 89% voted in favour. In Luhansk, another eastern region, the results - also expected to show a strong backing - will be released soon. BBC reporters at polling stations spoke of chaotic scenes, no voting booths in places and no electoral register. Ukraine called the vote a "criminal farce" organised by Russia. The EU and US also said the polls were illegal. Separatists claimed two people were killed by armed men loyal to Kiev in the city of Krasnoarmiisk. But otherwise the voting...
  • Putin to formulate his attitude to referenda in Ukraine's south-east on their results

    05/11/2014 8:02:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    OSCOW, May 12, /ITAR-TASS/. RF President Vladimir Putin will formulate his attitude to the referenda, held on Sunday, on the status of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, "on the strength of their results", presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the newspaper Kommersant. What the RF President's decision will be "is difficult to forecast", Peskov added. Asked by the newspaper whether Putin's attitude would be influenced by the fact that he himself had asked the federalization supporters to postpone the referendum until a later date, the presidential press secretary pointed out as follows: "Not asked but made such a recommendation". "However,...
  • Russia's Tolmachev sisters qualify for the final of Eurovision-2014 song contest (Doublemint Alert)

    05/06/2014 10:47:43 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/07/2014 | Itar Tass
  • Criminal responsibility for rehabilitation of Nazism is introduced in Russia

    05/06/2014 9:38:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/07/2014 | Itar Tass
    Criminal responsibility for rehabilitation of Nazism is introduced in Russia Russia May 07, 7:31 UTC+4 The maximum punishment being the deprivation of freedom for a term of up to five years MOSCOW, May 07, /ITAR-TASS/. Criminal responsibility for the rehabilitation of Nazism is introduced in Russia, effective from Wednesday, with the maximum punishment being the deprivation of freedom for a term of up to five years. Amendments to this effect to the Penal Code and to the Code on Administrative Offences are published in Rossiiskaya Gazeta. Article 354.1 ("Rehabilitation of Nazism") is added to the Penal Code. The Article envisages...
  • Western spin doctors cannot justify actions of Kiev authorities encouraging fascism

    05/03/2014 5:51:50 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/03/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 03. /ITAR-TASS/. A credible source in Russia’s government agencies has drawn attention to the recent change in the form and tonality of the Kiev authorities’ actions in the information sphere. “It is formed not at all by Ukrainian citizens, but by specialists who arrived from abroad. The PR group for the so-called “anti-Russian actions” involves American experts - as far as we know, shoulder straps show through the suits and sweaters of some of them. There are also European spin doctors, in particular, from Belgium who back during the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia had tried to persuade...
  • Yet another totally crazy idea from Banderastan

    05/01/2014 6:55:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    Vineyard Of The Saker | 05/01/2014 | Vineyard Of The Saker
    Every passing day bring it share of utterly nonsensical news out of the rump-Ukraine aka "Banderastan". Today is not exception, see for yourself this headlines from the BBC's website: Ukraine reinstates conscription as crisis deepens Sure enough, for the zombified TV watchers this might sound like something meaningful. But is it? Let's recall where the current Ukrainian military comes form by remembering what the Ukraine's military was at the moment this Soviet Republic became independent. I have long destroyed my old archives and I simply did not want to scout the Internet for hours to find out what the Ukraine...
  • Over 100,000 people taking part in May Day unions demonstration in central Moscow

    05/01/2014 12:41:39 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 05/01/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, May 01. /ITAR-TASS/. More than 100 thousand people are taking part in the May Day demonstration of trade unions in the centre of Moscow, the press service of the city’s main interior department reports. “The festive procession of trade unions from Vasilyevsky Spusk down Tverskaya Street has begun in the Russian capital,” the police department said. Who is taking part The column of the procession participants is led by Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin, head of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FITUR) Mikhail Shnakov, head of the Moscow Trade Union Federation Sergei Chernov. Young people and students...
  • Rare 'hamster-sized' Java mouse-deer born in Spain (WARNING: CUTE VIDEO ALERT)

    04/27/2014 11:00:19 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/25/2014 | BBC News
    A baby Java mouse-deer, one of the smallest hoofed animals in the world, has been born at a zoo in southern Spain. The newborn deer is "no bigger than a hamster" and weighs about 100 grams, according to staff at Bioparc Fuengirola, in Andalusia. Adult Java mouse-deer are rarely bigger than rabbits or weigh more than 1kg (2.2lb).
  • Everything You Think You Know About Cats Is Wrong (Funny Videos Alert)

    04/27/2014 9:10:05 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 04/26/2014 | Lauren Duca
    As "My Cat From Hell" returns to "Animal Planet" for a fifth season, HuffPost TV spoke with Jackson Galaxy for a friendly reminder that basically everything we think we know about cats is wrong. Galaxy, the most (/only) famous cat behaviorist in the world, elaborated on the beauty of pet parenthood and all the kitty I-love-you's you've been missing out on. When cats blink, they're basically saying "I love you" ... For cats, communicating love is the equivalent of communicating vulnerability. As predators, a long blink is actually a very important feline gesture, because it surrenders the animal to harm...
  • Snowstorm hits Chelyabinsk reg, leaving thousands without electricity (Pinging Al Gore Alert)

    04/26/2014 12:45:48 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    CHELYABINSK, April 26 (Itar-Tass) - Electricity was cut off to more than 150 residential localities in the Chelyabinsk region hit by a heavy snowstorm on Friday. Electro-transmission lines were covered with snow and torn by strong winds. Electricity supply was resumed to most of the houses overnight, but 13 residential localities of 9,369 people had no electricity on Saturday morning, the Russian Emergencies Ministry's Chelyabinsk regional department reported. Repairs were planned to be completed at 16:00 Moscow time. Mass cultural events and school classes were cancelled in Chelyabinsk on Saturday, and all services in the city remained on alert because...
  • Security and defense: Early alert (IDF's Southern Border Network)

    04/25/2014 8:37:46 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/26/2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    “We’re called the Eitam Battalion because that was the name of the second stop overtaken by [the biblical] Israelites in Sinai, on their way out of Egypt,” Savion said. “We are a strategic combat response to any developments on this border. If we see travelers in this region during the holidays, it’s a sign we are succeeding.” THIS IS how the battalion works: The surveillance towers growing out of the dunes feed control centers with advanced radar and visual imagery, and the data is sent to two regional control centers. From there, controllers scanning their screens direct security forces to...
  • East Ukraine’s Donetsk republic plans to hold sovereignty referendum jointly with Luhansk

    04/23/2014 10:26:15 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/24/2014 | Itar-Tass
    DONETSK, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leadership of the recently self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic plans to hold a referendum simultaneously with east Ukraine’s Luhansk region, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic presidium Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS. “A referendum will be held no later than on May 11 and it is highly probable that Luhansk will also hold it with us no later than on May 11. Ludansk just has to confirm similar wording of the question. Our question is as follows, “Do you support the independence of Donetsk people’s republic?” Pushilin said. In his words, sovereignty gives the right and opportunity...
  • Crimean authorities raise $1,500 mln to build gambling zone in Crimea

    04/22/2014 5:30:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/23/2014 | Itar-Tass
    © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matitzyn MOSCOW, April 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea’s authorities have already raised a sum of $1.5 billion on the construction of a gambling zone on the peninsula, Crimea’s First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper published on Wednesday. Bearing in mind the fact that the world’s biggest gambling companies have already officially promised to invest in this project, budgetary financing will be minimal, he noted. “It is planned to create at least 10,000 new jobs. The resort is expected to yield a large-scale multiplier effect - a high workload of the entire infrastructure:...
  • Man seizing bank in Belgorod detained

    04/21/2014 5:52:14 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The man who earlier on Monday seized a subsidiary of Bank Zapadny in Belgorod, a city located 700 kilometers south of Moscow, has been detained, according to the press service of Russia's Interior Ministry. The man will get back his 23 million rubles (about $639,000) from his bank account, head of regional police headquarters Viktor Pesterev has told ITAR-TASS. The man has been detained, the press center of the Russian Interior Ministry reports. Pesterev, who conducted negotiations with the man, explained that he had tried to withdraw his money on Sunday, but could not do so...
  • Putin signs decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars

    04/21/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars and other nationalities of Crimea, who were victims of Stalin-era repressions. “Taking advantage of an opportunity, I would like to inform colleagues that I have signed a decree on rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatars, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks - all those who suffered from Stalin’s repressions,” Putin said. Other Crimean ethnic groups repressed by Stalin would also be rehabilitated, he said, listing Armenians, Germans and Greeks among them in a move reaching out to some 250,000 mainly Sunnite Tatars in a modern...
  • 'Love & Hip Hop' Sex Tape Cripples Home Depot -- NATIONAL SHOWER ROD SHORTAGE

    04/18/2014 10:36:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 48 replies ^ | 04/18/2014 | TMZ
    Demand is going through the roof for gymnastics-strength shower rods -- all thanks to "Love & Hip Hop" star Mimi Faust's sex tape acrobatics -- and Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, and Walmart are struggling to keep up. We called employees at each of the major retailers (from Georgia to Cali) and we're getting the same story -- ever since the trailer for Mimi's sex tape came out, people have been racing to purchase their own super-strong shower rods to recreate the Mimi experience. And supplies are running out -- a customer at one Home Depot in Georgia tells us, they...
  • Kiev bows to Moscow, devolves near-autonomous powers on restive pro-Russian regions(Russia Won)

    04/13/2014 12:53:34 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    Debka File ^ | 04//2/2014 | Debka File
    The Ukrainian government has offered sweeping autonomous powers to restive, pro-Moscow regions of the country, in an attempt to hold its head above water against Moscow, without a source of revenue or a viable army. Acting prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told regional leaders and businessmen Friday, April 11, in the eastern town of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists have declared a People’s Republic, that he is ready for parliament to consider a law on referendums. The referendum staged by Crimea last month caused the region to join the Russian Federation and practically precipitated the revival of the Cold War. The devolution...
  • "Yes Minister", St. Edward’s And The Empty Peace (Yes, Minister Flashback)

    04/11/2014 7:52:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Sarah Honig ^ | Sarah Honig
    No devotee of Yes Minister, yesteryear’s BBC’s classic, can forget St. Edward’s Hospital – that spanking new cutting edge facility that had no patients or medical personnel. Nonetheless, St. Edward’s hustled and bustled, a veritable hive of activity and creative energy. For 15-months since its much-ballyhooed inauguration, an administrative staff of 500 bureaucrats filled the hospital’s offices, pushed papers and generated red tape. Sounds exaggerated? A bit over-the-top for real life? Not really. John Kerry’s peace project, for example, replicates the parody’s blueprints with mind-blowing precision. It is for diplomacy what St. Edward’s was for health care – an incredible...
  • Kremlin aide says Moscow astonished by US elaborations over gas prices for Ukraine

    04/11/2014 5:44:08 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow is astonished by elaborations in third countries, including the US, on the fairness or unfairness of the prices of natural gas exported to the US in the framework of silence on Kiev’s outstanding debts that are the root-cause of the problem at the moment, Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary said Friday. “We can only say it’s regrettable that the assessments of the situation voiced on Thursday omitted the main component part of the problem, either inadvertently or purposefully, and this component part is Ukraine’s debt for the gas already delivered,” Peskov said. “It’s...
  • Sevastopol legislative assembly endorses new City Charter

    04/11/2014 3:58:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    EVASTOPOL, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Lawmakers of the Legislative Assembly of the Russian Federal City Of Sevastopol, long-standing home base of Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet on the Crimean peninsula, have endorsed a new city charter on Friday. Sixty deputies voted for the decision and seven lawmakers did not participate in the voting. A city draft charter was offered by acting Sevastopol Governor Aleksei Chaliy. It has passed an expertise in the Russian Justice Ministry before. The St. Petersburg charter was taken as a basis of the charter of Sevastopol.
  • Crimea, Sevastopol included in list of Russian constituent entities in Constitution

    04/11/2014 2:06:07 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Republic of Crimea and the Russian federal city of Sevastopol, long-standing home base of Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet on the Crimean peninsula, have been included in the list of Russian constituent entities of the country’s Constitution. A new variant of the Russian fundamental law has been made public at the official internet portal of legal information on Friday. Two new federal constituent entities have been included in the list in Article 65 of Chapter 3 of the Russian Constitution stipulating federal system of government in the country. On March 21, Russia's President Vladimir...
  • Aksyonov’s candidacy to be offered to Putin for Acting Head of Russia's Crimea

    04/11/2014 1:53:21 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The candidacy of Prime Minister of the Russian Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov will be offered to Russian President Vladimir Putin for appointment as acting head of the republic, Speaker of the Crimean State Council, a local parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov told reporters in the Crimean capital city on Friday.
  • Local Parliament endorses Constitution of Russian Republic of Crimea

    04/11/2014 1:47:22 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The Crimean State Council has endorsed a Constitution of the Russian Republic of Crimea at its extraordinary session in the Crimean capital city on Friday. Eighty-seven lawmakers voted for endorsement of the republican Constitution. The Constitution of the Russian Republic of Crimea comprises ten chapters and 95 articles, the main provisions of the document are similar to articles of the Russian Constitution. The document holds that the Republic of Crimea is a democratic, rule-of-law state within the Russian Federation and an equal constituent entity of Russia. Crimean people making part of multiethnic Russian nation is a...
  • Natalya Poklonskaya Finally Has Her Own Official Website

    04/10/2014 12:30:18 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    Prosecutor Of Crimea ^ | 04/14/2014 | Prosecutor Of Crimea
    Born in 1980 in the village. Mikhailovka Perevalsky district Voroshilovgrad region in Ukraine. Education: higher legal. Professional career after graduation in 2002, she worked in the Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, where she held various positions, including: For 2002-2006. - Assistant Attorney Krasnogvardeisky region of Crimea, 2006-2010 gg. - Assistant Attorney Yevpatoriya, 2010-2011,. - Attorney, Deputy Head of Department oversight of law enforcement special forces and other institutions that fight against organized crime, prosecutors Crimea. In 2011-2012. headed Simferopol interdistrict environmental prosecutor's office. From October to December 2012 worked as head of the participation of prosecutors in the proceedings the Court...
  • Russia’s Crimea celebrates 70th anniversary of liberation from Nazi invasion

    04/08/2014 12:23:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/08/2014 | Itar-Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, April 08. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Republic of Crimea celebrates Tuesday the 70th anniversary of the start of an offensive operation of Soviet troops in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 that resulted in liberation of the peninsula from Nazi invaders. In this offensive operation the Soviet Union has regained control over one of the most important regions and has returned the city of Sevastopol which is the main Russian naval base in the Black Sea. The end of the Battle of Crimea is celebrated on May 12, the day when the leftovers of German troops had laid down weapons...
  • Liberals set to form majority Quebec government (Socialists Crushed Alert)

    04/07/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/07/2014 | BBC News
    Quebec's Liberal Party is set to form a majority provincial government, routing a bid by Quebec's main separatist party for their own majority. Liberals have won 41% of the vote, with nearly all ballots counted. Parti Quebecois (PQ) leader Pauline Marois has resigned in response to the crushing defeat, with her party only obtaining 25%. She dissolved the PQ-led minority government last month, after coalition partners blocked the party's agenda. Liberal leader Philippe Couillard will now become the province's premier. The election centred on PQ's controversial Charter of Values, which would ban public employees from wearing religious items, and a...
  • Girl, 12, killed on first date after her 'drunk' father's SUV dragged her 50ft into a tree...

    04/07/2014 7:07:14 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 49 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 03/12/2014 | Louise Boyle
    A 12-year-old girl has been killed on her first date after she was dragged by her father's SUV as she tried to get out of the vehicle to pose for a photo with the boy.
  • Russian lawmakers approve bill making Holocaust denial illegal

    04/07/2014 6:26:48 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/08/2014 | Jerusalem Post
    Russian lawmakers approve bill making Holocaust denial illegal Russian lawmakers approved a bill that would make Holocaust denial illegal. The lower house of the Russian Parliament, or Duma, passed the measure Friday on its first reading, the Voice of Russia reported Monday, making it illegal to deny the verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunal and punishing the “rehabilitation of Nazism.” Those found guilty of the crime could be fined up to $8,300 or imprisoned up to three years. Public officials or media personalities would be fined nearly double or face up to five years in prison. The bill also needs the...
  • Kremlin Chief Of Staff supports namesake who was denied sneakers in US shop

    04/05/2014 6:03:07 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/06/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Kremlin presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov wrote a letter to his namesake who had been denied the right to buy sneakers in an American online shop because of the U.S. sanctions against Russian officials. US imposes sanctions on 20 Russian officials “Dear namesake and fellow citizen! I was surprised to find out that the sanctions imposed by the U.S. administration, including against me, have created certain inconveniencies for you. Your parcel was delayed and the U.S. Post showed that it could place ignorance and corporate zeal above elementary logic. We may face such farce again...
  • Russian Knights aerobatic team marks 23rd anniversary

    04/04/2014 11:18:02 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/05/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 05 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Knights aerobatic team marks its 23rd anniversary. The group, the world's only one piloting heavy fighters, Sukhoi-27s, was formed on April 5, 1991. In the early 2000s, the Russian Knights and the Swifts began to fly in the formation called "Kubinka Diamond" of five Su-27 and four MiG-29 jets. The two aerobatic teams almost every day train at their base at Kubinka near Moscow, mastering their piloting skills in the air. Before joining the group, a pilot must undergo two-three-year training. Each of the newcomers is an ace who has logged at least 800...
  • Russian minister's advice to US over Crimea: do yoga and chill out

    04/03/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 45 replies
    Guardian ^ | 04/03/2014 | Shaun Walker
    A top Russian official has accused the US of "childish tantrums" in its response to the annexation of Crimea, and suggested that American politicians practise yoga and watch sitcoms to help chill out. "Clearly, the US leadership is really annoyed, and cannot come to terms with the new situation, which has arisen in large part due to the deliberate line taken by the US and its allies in Europe to prepare anti-Russian forces to take power in Ukraine," said deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with Interfax. "Trying to demonstrate how unhappy it is with the exercise of...
  • Crimea Offers Showcase for Russia’s Rebooted Military (Not Your Father's Red Army Alert)

    04/02/2014 1:01:08 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 63 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/02/2014 | C. J. CHIVERS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    The soldiers guarding the entrances to the surrounded Ukrainian military base here just south of the capital, Simferopol, had little in common with their predecessors from past Russian military actions. They were lean, fit and sober. Few if any seemed to be conscripts. Their uniforms were crisp and neat, and their new helmets were bedecked with tinted safety goggles. And there was another indicator of an army undergoing an upgrade: compact encrypted radio units distributed at the small-unit level, including for soldiers standing such routine duty as guard shifts beside machine-gun trucks. The radios are a telltale sign of a...
  • Eiffel Tower: 40 Fascinating Facts (Inaugurated March 31, 1889)

    03/31/2014 12:39:50 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies ^ | 03/31/2014 | Oliver Smith, and Tom Metcalf
    1. Completed on March 31, 1889, the tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. 2. It is 324 metres tall (including antennas) and weighs 10,100 tonnes. 3. It was the tallest structure in France until the construction of a military transmitter in the town of Saissac in 1973. The Millau Viaduct, completed in 2004, is also taller, at 343 metres. 4. It is possible to climb to the top, but there are 1,665 steps. Most people take the lift. 5. The lifts travel a combined...
  • Israel's ex-PM Ehud Olmert convicted of bribery

    03/30/2014 11:53:45 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/31/2014 | BBC News
    Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty in a bribery trial in a case which forced him to resign to office in 2008. Mr Olmert was convicted in what is known as the "Holyland affair" in which bribes were paid and received to speed up a luxury property development.
  • French defenders of traditional family to meet Russian religious leaders, lawmakers

    03/30/2014 11:12:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/31/2014 | Itar-Tass
    OSCOW, March 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Representatives of French public and the Catholic Christian Church who call for protection of traditional family will hold consultations with spiritual leaders of different religions in the Russian capital of Moscow and will deliver speeches in the Russian Parliament. The French delegation will arrive in Russia on Monday to stay in the country until April 4, a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Council of Europe told ITAR-TASS. “The leadership of organization Manif pour Tous are among our guests. The organization has gathered hundreds of thousands of demonstrators against same-sex marriages and adoption of...
  • Crimea and the Federal City Of Sevastopol switch over to Moscow Time

    03/29/2014 8:51:44 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/30/2014 | Itar-Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, March 30. /ITAR-TASS/. The Republic of Crimea and the Federal City Of Sevastopol have just switched over to the Moscow time. “This is our time. Crimea and Sevastopol are now constituent parts of Russia, and the transition of all clocks in the city to the Moscow time is symbolic. It’s going to be another step towards full re-unification with Russia,” Svetlana Amontyefa, a native of Simferopol, told Itar-Tass on Saturday. Despite the fact that they will now have to wake up two hours earlier, the people of Crimea are sure they will get accustomed to living by Moscow time...
  • Lavrov: contact group for Russia-Ukraine talks ‘unacceptable format’

    03/29/2014 12:18:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/29/2014 | Itar-Tass
    PETROPAVLOVSK KAMCHATSKY, March 29. /ITAR-TASS/. The contact group proposed by the West for talks between Russia and Ukraine is “absolutely unacceptable” as it would mean that Moscow will have to start a dialogue with the persons who have seized power in Kiev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sergei Brilev’s Vesti v Subbotu (News on Saturday) television programme on March 29. “My latest meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in The Hague and my contacts with Germany, France and several other countries show the outlines of a possible joint initiative that could be offered to our Ukrainian colleagues. This...
  • Putin invites Obama to consider international action to stabilize Ukraine

    03/28/2014 6:11:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 34 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/29/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 29, /ITAR-TASS/. In a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Barack Obama Russian President Vladimir Putin drew attention to the continuing rampage by extremists in Ukraine, who are committing acts of intimidation against civilians, bodies of power, and law enforcers in different parts of Ukraine and in Kiev and do so with impunity, the Kremlin’s press-service has said. In this context the Russian leader suggested considering likely steps by the international community to help stabilize the situation in Ukraine. It was agreed that Russian and US foreign ministers would discuss specific parameters of such joint work in the...
  • Putin submits proposals on denouncing some Russia-Ukraine agreements on Black Sea Fleet

    03/28/2014 6:34:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/28/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a proposal to the State Duma on terminating the legal effect of a number of Russian-Ukrainian agreements on the parameters of division of the Black Sea Fleet that were signed on May 28, 1997, as well as on the status and conditions of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s deployment on the territory of Ukraine, on reciprocal payments in connection with the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s deployment in Ukraine, and on the stationing of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine (the latter agreement signed April 21, 2010). A report on...