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  • Putin’s New Propaganda Invades Upper West Side (But At Least My Kids Speak Russian)

    12/19/2014 5:57:48 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 27 replies
    New York Observer/Opinion ^ | 12/17/14 | Ronn Torossian
    Walking today on the Upper West Side, I noticed recently placed phone booth advertisements on 68th & Broadway that featured a picture of Colin Powell with the tagline: “This is what happens when there is no second opinion. Iraq War: No WMDs, 141,802 civilian deaths. Go to RT.com for the second opinion.” RT.com (formerly Russia Today) has similar ads that feature former President George Bush with the same message. In short, the Kremlin-funded Russian TV station is using street advertising in NYC to influence the American people. Read more at http://observer.com/2014/12/putins-new-propaganda-invades-upper-west-side-but-at-least-my-kids-speak-russian/#ixzz3MOnko4Co
  • The Land of Magical Thinking: Inside Putin’s Russia

    12/11/2014 5:20:43 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 46 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | March/April Edition 2014 | PJ Rourke
    The Land of Magical Thinking: Inside Putin’s Russia Snip... In Russia, “corrupt” is not an adjective. Corrupt is a noun, a proper noun, the word for the name and nature of the place. Corrupt crony capitalism is familiar everywhere. But in Russia the corruption is so pervasive that even the cronies have to pay bribes, not just to the higher-ups but to the lower-downs. Pomerantsev visits a TV studio owned by Kremlin-connected moguls. It’s in a shabby warehouse on the wrong side of town. There’s no sign or address on the metal door. Inside is a dirty little room with...
  • Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

    12/07/2014 3:06:24 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 18 replies
    CBN ^ | 9/19/2014
    EASTERN UKRAINE -- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena Velichko's head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. "He took us to the train station and we said goodbye. He said, 'I love you.' He kissed me and kissed the children and left," Elena said. Several days later, her life and that of her eight children, ages 2 to 16, suddenly turned upside down. Surreal...
  • Russian insider says Putin openly planned invasion of Ukraine since 2003

    11/27/2014 10:23:23 AM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 23 replies
    EuromaidanPR ^ | 25 Nov. 2014
    A former Russian insider says he was there when Putin began openly planning the present invasion of Ukraine back in 2003. At a conference in Brussels this week, Andrey Illarionov, a Russian economist and former economic advisor to Vladimir Putin informed that the invasion of Ukraine has been in official planning since at least 2003. [more at link] “Since 2003. I can say that certain questions relating to the future war with Ukraine were discussed in my presence. I didn’t think the talks would really lead to a real war,” he said. In an anguished response to the Orange Revolution...
  • Lithuanian President Calls Russia 'Terrorist State'

    11/22/2014 12:16:53 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 7 replies
    Lithuanian President Calls Russia 'Terrorist State' 11:19 (GMT) Dalia GrybauskaitÄ—, the Lithuanian president, has told LRT radio that Russian aggression will spread further in Europe if the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine are not countered. Delfi.lt reports: "Today, Ukraine is fighting for peace in the whole of Europe, for all of us. If the terrorist state that is carrying out aggression against its neighbour is not stopped, that aggression might spread in Europe and beyond," the president told the national radio LRT. Meanwhile Prime Minister Algirdas ButkeviÄŤius told the ÂŽiniĹł Radijas news radio on Thursday that the situation in Ukraine is...
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 5:59:10 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 14. Nov 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Russian state TV has broadcast what it claimed to be a photo of the moment Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. But many commentators dismissed the image as a "crude fake". Late on 14 November, Russia's state-controlled Channel One TV broadcast what appeared to be a satellite photo of a passenger plane and a jet fighter in the skies above Donetsk, a separatist stronghold in Ukraine. It was, the report said, the moment the Ukrainian jet fired a missile at MH17.
  • Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer

    11/06/2014 5:03:27 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 36 replies
    Charter 97 ^ | 11/06/2014
    Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer Former Polish president Lech Walesa said in the European Parliament that Russian president Vladimir Putin had declared war on the world, UNN reports with a link to Polskie Radio. He raised his concerns about the situation in eastern Ukraine. “When Ukraine handed over its nuclear weapons, powerful states guaranteed Ukraine's territorial integrity, but he [Putin] violated the agreements. He declared war on the world,” the ex-president said. He is confident that Putin “uses illegal methods”. “Europe and the world bear responsibility and try to prevent confrontation, while he...
  • [Lt. Gen]Hodges targets Russia in 1st remarks as USAREUR commander

    11/06/2014 4:49:28 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 3 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6th Nov. 2014 | Matt Milham
    WIESBADEN, Germany — U.S. Army Europe’s new commander on Wednesday called Russia a very real threat that has made fracturing NATO its “No. 1 priority.” “So we are going to work very hard to make sure that all of our allies are confident that the rest of the alliance will be there if ever needed,” Lt. Gen. Frederick “Ben” Hodges told reporters moments after stepping into his new job. USAREUR, which, though its name has changed, traces its lineage back to World War II, turned its attention again toward its Cold War foe after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in...
  • Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent?

    11/04/2014 6:17:33 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 45 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 4 Nov. 2014 | John R. Schindler
    Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent? John R. Schindler November 4, 2014 November 3, 2014 - Today the Ukrainian news website GORDON ran an interview with the Russian businessman and sometime politician Konstantin Borovoy. A harsh critic of Vladimir Putin — he recently said Russia’s president is “mentally unstable” while a year ago he pronounced the collapse of Putin’s corrupt dictatorship to be “inevitable” — Borovoy is something of a gadfly. A parliamentarian of independent views in the Yeltsin era, he served as an intermediary between Moscow and the rebels in the First Chechen War, and was assessed...
  • Putin plans to escalate conflict in Ukraine after Donetsk and Luhansk “elections”

    11/01/2014 11:09:16 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    EuroMaidan Press ^ | Nov 2nd 2014 | Vitalii Usenko and Dmytro Usenko
    Snip "There has been an aggravation of the situation and an increase in military activity in the Novoazovsk area over the last few days. There are casualties among marines and our fighters. I assume that the enemy will not attack Mariupol (it was very painful for the enemy last time), but rather, Berdiansk. This will cut off the Mariupol army group. We could have an encirclement worse than in Ilovaisk,” said letskyi. Dmytro Tymchuk, head of the Information Resistance group, reports on his Facebook page that Russian-backed militants continue intensive artillery fire upon Ukrainian troops at the front positions and...
  • The Psychopath Under the Bed - Part One

    10/27/2014 1:45:25 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 22 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/27/14 | J.R. Nyquist
    The Psychopath Under the Bed - PART ONE Thoughts inspired by Karen Dawisha’s book, Russia’s kleptocracy, in the light of Golitsyn’s methodoloy By J.R. NyquistBecause we can see that there is a complex and clever system in Russia, quite opaque and full of interesting details and inner rules, we should conclude that the system came about by intelligent design. But how? The evidence strongly suggests that it did not come about by chance. This book firmly rejects the ideas often promulgated in Western academic circles that Putin is an ‘accidental autocrat’ or a ‘good tsar surrounded by bad boyars.’” -...
  • Russia's Communist Party Receives License For TV Broadcasting

    10/23/2014 7:01:47 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 16 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 24th Oct. 2014
    The Russian Communist Party's "Red Line" television channel has received a license for broadcasting. Party leader Gennady Zyuganov made the announcement on October 18 and said the channel would soon start broadcasting "all over Russia." Red Line already posts broadcasts on the Internet. A statement on the channel's website said, "Our mission is to become a source of information and a platform for discussions among smart, thinking people, who are not indifferent to the ways Russia and the world are developing." The channel said it would be airing documentary films, special reports, political talk shows, and interviews with scholars, politicians,...
  • Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland - Polish ex-minister

    10/21/2014 10:26:35 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 Oct. 2014 | Reuters
    WARSAW, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader that they divide Ukraine between themselves as far back as 2008, Poland's parliamentary speaker Radoslaw Sikorski said in an interview published by the U.S. Politico website.
  • Israeli Training Ukrainian Forces

    10/20/2014 10:18:26 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 38 replies
    Israeli Training Ukrainian Forces Israel’s largest and most authoritative newspaper Yediot Ahronot published in its political supplement of 24 September 2014 extensive material about a military instructor from Israel in the Ukrainian army in the anti-terrorist operation zone. In a detailed interview with the journalist Edward Dox, the trainer Alex said he served in combat units of the Israeli Defense Forces and returned to Ukraine to protect it from the Russian invasion. Alex, 34, was invited by Boris Filatov, the vice governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, and has trained more than three thousand Ukrainian soldiers in Israel Defense Force techniques....
  • Nyquist: American Politics and Psychology

    10/15/2014 1:59:56 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/12/2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    American Politics and Psychology Commentary for 12 October 2014Perception of the truth about the real environment, especially an understanding of the human personality and its values, ceases to be a virtue during the so-called ‘happy’ times; thoughtful doubters are decried…. This, in turn, leads to an impoverishment of psychological knowledge, the capacity of differentiating the properties of human nature and personality, and the ability to mold minds creatively. The cult of power thus supplants those mental values so essential for maintaining law and order by peaceful means. A nation’s enrichment or involution regarding its psychological world view could be considered...
  • New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine

    10/14/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine 18:37 (GMT) There have been several polls which show that prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea there was never a strong separatist sentiment among Ukrainians in any region. Another poll by IRI confirms this result: An excerpt from the summary: Strong Majority in Every Region Opposes Russia’s Military Aggression Despite continued claims to the contrary from Moscow and pro-Russian separatists, 89 percent of respondents oppose Russia sending troops to protect Russian-speaking citizens. The opposition to Russia’s actions is seen across all regions –...
  • New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System

    09/16/2014 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 32 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 9/16/2014
    New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System 23:31 (GMT) snip.. The new "United Army of Novorossiya" Gen. Korsun recently gave an interview to a local news site, news-portal.dn.ua from which we get a definite impression of a determined hardliner. snip Asked to be more specific on plans for the industrial rebirth of the Donbass, the general said exports would go to Russia. He said Novorossiya would be run as a socialist system. "Despite Western propaganda, there is nothing bad in socialism. Moreover, the most advertised Western countries are proud precisely of their social orientation. Sweden, Switzerland, and...
  • Opening Moscow's Bag of Political and Strategic Tricks

    09/16/2014 3:35:42 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans
    Jrnyquist.com ^ | 9 Sept 2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    Opening Moscow's Bag of Political and Strategic Tricks Commentary for 9 September 2014Political correctness was invented by Marxists to destroy Western society from inside…. And in Russia, there is no political correctness at all! The reason is that Marxists do not need to undermine the Russian society from the inside, because it is already Marxist. – Konstantin Preobrazhensky, “How the West Was Fooled by Vladimir Putin” In order to understand what is happening in Ukraine it's useful to consider Moscow's bag of political and strategic tricks. It is our failure to understand these tricks that causes us to misread Russian...
  • Pro-Russian mercenaries seize Protestant Church in Luhansk Region

    09/09/2014 4:40:11 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 9 replies
    PRO-RUSSIAN MERCENARIES SEIZE PROTESTANT CHURCH IN LUHANSK REGION 9 September 2014, 09:55 | Temples, church property | 0 | | Code for Blog | | Mercenaries of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (which the Ukrainian court names a terrorist organization) on September 8 occupied the building of the Church in Anthracite (Luhansk region). Armed men with two priests of the Orthodox Church entered the meeting house and demanded that all leave the church. Pastors organized a bomb shelter and charity kitchen in the basement of the House of Prayer for All Peoples. People with disabilities were also taken care of...
  • Prominent Member of Jewish Community Shot and Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine

    09/06/2014 4:51:44 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 3 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 4 Sept. 2014 | Dovid Margolin
    Prominent Member of Jewish Community Shot and Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine Garik Zylberbord, 47, was a friend to many, including Chabad emissaries Rabbi Pinchas and Dina Vishedski Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski and Garik Zylberbord had been close for years. Zylberbord was one of Vishedski’s earliest friends and supporters when the rabbi first arrived in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 1993. The two remained in close contact as the conflict in the eastern part of the country, which began back in February, burned into war and forced the rabbi to flee to Kiev just two weeks ago. When the two men last spoke last...
  • The Soviet Story (Full Film- Must see!)

    This is an excellent documentary I saw a few years ago but recently found online again on a Ukrainian facebook group. I highly recommend it. It begins with the Holodomor, the starvation of some seven million Ukrainians, which you will find quite shocking and sad. Some estimates are 10 to 11 million people slowly killed in this way by the Soviets, while others give it a low estimate of 2 million (which I do not believe). It also talks about how the Left in general actually supported Hitler early on since they were in favor of mass murder. Hitler's problem...
  • Video Shows Column of Russian Vehicles, Manned By Chechen Fighters, On Ukraine's Border

    08/26/2014 2:01:36 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 20 replies
    Video Shows Column of Russian Vehicles, Manned By Chechen Fighters, On Ukraine's Border 19:21 (GMT) In the video below, an enormous column of Russian military vehicles is seen in an unidentified location. The dialogue suggests that they are waiting to enter Ukraine. We have not yet been able to geolocate the video, but we note that there is a column of smoke visible at around 24 seconds in. The men speaking in the video identify themselves as Chechens. Amongst the vast quantities of military hardware seen are T-90 tanks, MT-LB armoured personnel carriers and 2S19 Msta self-propelled artillery. The men...
  • Russian-Backed Separatists Parade Ukrainian POWs

    08/24/2014 8:58:11 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 37 replies
    Russian-Backed Separatists Parade Ukrainian POWs 02:06 (GMT) Russian-backed separatists took the occasion of Ukrainian Independence Day with military parades in Kiev to organize their own grisly parade in Donetsk of Ukrainian POWs they have captured. The parading of POWs is a violation of the Geneva Convention. Russia's state TV LifeNews and Rossiya 24 broadcast the parade; RT.com showed only "captured Ukrainian military hardware." (More photos and details at link)
  • Lithuanian diplomat 'murdered in eastern Ukraine'

    08/23/2014 6:46:04 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 13 replies
    DW ^ | 08/22/2014
    Lithuanian diplomat 'murdered in eastern Ukraine' Lithiuania's honorary consul in eastern Ukraine has been murdered by rebels, according to the country's foreign minister. The diplomat was said to have been kidnapped and "brutally killed" by pro-Russian terrorists.
  • Germans Back Tougher Stance Toward Russia Over Ukraine -- Poll

    08/21/2014 5:00:43 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 4 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 8/21/2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German voters are swinging behind their government's tougher line against Moscow after long being willing to give Russia the benefit of the doubt in its dispute with Ukraine. An opinion poll published Friday shows Germans widely support the European Union's latest sanctions against Russia and an overwhelming majority view the Kremlin's actions in eastern Ukraine with an increasingly critical eye, with 82% of Germans surveyed saying Russia can't be trusted.
  • IFV From Russian Airborne Division Captured In Ukraine

    08/21/2014 4:22:52 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 10 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 8/21/2014 | The Interpreter Magazine
    IFV From Russian Airborne Division Captured In Ukraine 11:53 (GMT) Ukrainian journalist Roman Bochkala reports that a BMD-2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has been captured in the Lugutino district, to the south of Lugansk and near to Lugansk Airport. The vehicles bort number (3 digit identification code on the side of the vehicle) and documents indicate that it is from the Russian airborne forces. The following text and photos are taken from Bochkala's Facebook page, (translation by The Interpreter): [See link for more photographs- It is a live thread, so you will need to scroll down to find them.] There...
  • Shekhovtsov: Pro-Russian network behind the anti-Ukrainian defamation campaign

    08/21/2014 12:01:36 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 2 replies
    Anton Shekhovtsov ^ | 3 Feb 2014 | Anton Shekhovtsov
    Pro-Russian network behind the anti-Ukrainian defamation campaign snip Kovalenko's task was simple: by giving support to Yushchenko under the Nazi-like flags, he was expected to discredit the democratic candidate in the eyes of Western observers. Luckily for Yushchenko, however, the Western media largely did not buy into that frame-up and ignored it. But some Western organisations did not. One of those was the eccentric - and apparently non-existent today - British Helsinki Human Rights Group (BHHRG) not affiliated, despite the name, to the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. The BHHRG was notorious for claiming that elections in authoritarian Belarus met...
  • In Another Rebel Setback, Ukraine Says Army Controls Center of Luhansk

    08/17/2014 4:07:01 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 10 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | 08/17/2014 | ANDREW E. KRAMER
    <p>"The army has tightened its siege on Donetsk in recent weeks, and inside, a breakdown in discipline among the hard-pressed rebel fighters had locals on edge. Residents said rebel fighters had taken to carousing drunkenly at night and wearing civilian clothes at checkpoints, a change of clothes that would allow them, at a moment’s notice, to throw down their weapons and blend in with the population.</p>
  • GRAPHIC Russians shelling cities and villages with heavy mortars

    08/15/2014 7:23:37 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 4 replies
    Ukraine@War ^ | 08/14/2014 | Ukraine@War
    Videos, pictures and explanation can be found at link. From the article: Translation (of angry residents): This shooting is from the city, but this is not Ukrainian army. Exactly. The is shooting from new DNR. They want to break all private houses here. They make this especially for picture and for tv for Russia. They make especially this, because they want that it look like Ukrainian army make this. But it was never that Ukrainian army was shooting. Show this on tv what I say: this is only for picture on tv. They said all this was destroyed by Ukrainian...
  • Ukrainian Journalist Says Servicemen In [Russia] Are On Hunger Strike

    08/06/2014 7:44:29 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    Ukrainian Journalist Says Servicemen In Gukovo Are On Hunger Strike 14:25 (GMT) Andriy Tsaplienko, a senior correspondent for Ukraine's Inter television channel, has written on his Facebook page that Ukrainian soldiers and border guards, who were forced to take refuge in Russian territory on August 4, are trapped in Russia and are on hunger strike. He writes (translated by The Interpreter): The soldiers from the 72nd brigade and border guards are stuck in the territory of the Russian Federation. According to one of their commanders, none of the lads asked for asylum in Russia or switched their allegiance. They summoned...
  • Why Col. Strelkov May Have Trouble Recruiting Russians (Abduction, Torture, Murder)

    08/05/2014 8:46:11 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 45 replies
    Why Col. Strelkov May Have Trouble Recruiting Russians 06:13 (GMT) Andrei Morozov (nick-name "Murza"), is an ultranationalist activist from Moscow who heads a small Russian neo-Stalinist nationalist group called "Red Blitzkrieg," among the groups supporting the pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine as we reported. Morozov travelled to the region and tried to join the "Donetsk People's Republic," but was arrested and tortured by the "militia" for his trouble. Ultimately he was released, and wrote an account on 21 May of his ordeal. Snip On the night of 12th May, without any commentary, I was taken to the dead end of...
  • Roots of Pro-Russian Separatists in Russia's Ultranationalist Groups (Nazis/Stalinists)

    08/04/2014 12:53:48 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 54 replies
    Roots of Pro-Russian Separatists in Russia's Ultranationalist Groups 16:25 (GMT) Vladimir Pribylovsky, a well-known Russian researcher of extremist movements in Eurasia, co-author with Yuri Felshtinsky of The Putin Corporation: The Story of Russia's Secret Takeover has documented the relationship between the separatist leaders fighting in the southeast of Ukraine and ultranationalist groups in Russia. Svetlana Pavlova of Svoboda.org (the Russian-language service of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) published an interview with Pribylovskky about these connections in June and Pribylovsky added some details in a recent Facebook post. .... The Interpreter has provided a summary translation of the pieces:...
  • Social-Media Posts Belie Russian Denials About Ukraine Involvement

    08/01/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 11 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | July 31, 2014 | Glenn Kates
    Social-Media Posts Belie Russian Denials About Ukraine Involvement By Glenn Kates July 31, 2014 Russia has sought to maintain plausible deniability about its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine's east. Granted, separatist leaders like Igor Girkin and Igor Bezler are Russian citizens with alleged pasts in Russia's security services, but Moscow says they came to Ukraine on their own accord. And although some high-powered weapons have been traced back to Russia, the Kremlin has argued -- albeit not particularly convincingly -- that any weapons in separatist hands were taken from the Ukrainian side. But some Russian military personnel may not...
  • The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith

    07/31/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 55 replies
    CARM ^ | Matt Slick
    The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith by Matt Slick There are many proofs that Joseph Smith was a false prophet, but Mormons typically will not accept them. From the biblical evidence that contradicts Mormon theology to the contradictions within its own history and doctrine, proofs abound. But Mormons, completely dedicated to their religion and their testimony, cannot and will not see the evidence. They rely not on biblical evidence--not on historical evidence but rather trust a 'testimony' that Mormonism is the restored church and Joseph Smith its true prophet. One of the tests of whether or not a...
  • Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s

    07/30/2014 6:20:38 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | Paul Goble
    Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s Staunton, July 30 – Commentators in Moscow and the West ever more frequently draw parallels between Vladimir Putin’s ideas and actions and those of fascist regimes in the first part of the 20th century, but few have focused on the fact that one of the Kremlin leader’s most-cherished ideas, that of the ‘Russian Spring,’ was invented by a Russian fascist in the 1920s. In a blog post, Pavel Pryannikov corrects that gap, pointing out that “the ‘Russian Spring’ in fact is not an invention of the present time” but...
  • [FLASHBACK]Finally, We Know About the Moscow Bombings

    07/26/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 2 replies
    Nybooks ^ | 11/22/2012 | Amy Knight
    Finally, We Know About the Moscow Bombings Amy Knight NOVEMBER 22, 2012 In 2000 Sergei Kovalev, then the widely respected head of the Russian organization Memorial, observed in these pages that the apartment bombings in Russia in September 1999, which killed three hundred people and wounded hundreds of others, “were a crucial moment in the unfolding of our current history. After the first shock passed, it turned out that we were living in an entirely different country….”1 The bombings, it will be recalled, were blamed on Chechen rebels and used as a pretext for Boris Yeltsin’s Kremlin to launch a...
  • Russian soldiers VK-page shows RUSSIA is shelling Ukraine with heavy artillery

    07/23/2014 7:43:52 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 124 replies
    Ukraine@War ^ | July 23rd 2014
    Russian soldiers VK-page shows RUSSIA is shelling Ukraine with heavy artillery Valdimir Petrov @_hedder found evidence of a Russian artillery unit shelling Ukrainian positions from Russian territory, because a soldier from this unit is posting photos on his VKontakte page (the Russian Facebook). Or course immediately after discovering this, his page has been deleted. But the info is still here: "all night we were cannoning Ukraine"
  • Ukraine Says Su-25s Were Shot Down From Russian Territory

    07/23/2014 7:53:09 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 12 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 23rd 2014 | Interpreter Live Thread
    Ukraine Says Su-25s Were Shot Down From Russian Territory 14:38 (GMT) There are breaking reports that Andrei Lysenko, the spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council (SNBO) has told reporters at a briefing just now that the two Ukrainian Air Force Su-25s shot down today were hit by missiles fired from Russian territory. Kirit Radia âś” @KiritRadia: Ukrainian military jets shot down today were fired upon from the RUSSIAN side of the border, Ukrainian official says now at briefing 9:28 AM - 23 Jul 2014 Kirit Radia âś” @KiritRadia: More: Ukraine says shots that brought down military planes...
  • Is the German Chancellor an Agent of Russia?

    07/22/2014 7:44:17 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | July 19, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In the wake of the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, various pundits continue to say it is unlikely that Europe will do much about it. But why? It is just a lack of will? Or something else? The evidence is being ignored by most of the media, but it continues to indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In an extraordinary development, the office of the President of Russia reports that Putin said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor is “a reputable European leader under whose...
  • Russian Influence Operations in Washington

    07/22/2014 7:36:20 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans
    Accuracy in Media ^ | June 23rd 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    ... Politically, participants in the U.S.-Russia Forum included figures from the left, such as Stephen Cohen, a professor from New York University and Princeton University, and his wife, Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation magazine. But people also came from Pat Buchanan’s American Conservative magazine and the Ron Paul Institute. In the past, the Russians could only count on support from the “progressive” side of the American political spectrum. Figures from the American conservative movement are now on the Putin bandwagon.
  • MH17 and Moscow’s Magical Mystery Jets

    07/22/2014 8:44:08 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 26 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 22nd 2014 | Mark Galeotti
    MH17 and Moscow’s Magical Mystery Jets By Mark Galeotti After a weekend of virtual silence—while elements of the Russian media tried to fill the infospace with all kinds of lurid and rapidly-debunked rumor and conjecture—Monday saw Moscow hit back at the allegations that Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by separatist rebels with Russian government assistance. Beyond President Putin’s strangely constrained personal statement (not the body language of a man at all comfortable with the situation), a key element were the “ten questions” posed by Lt. Gen. Andrey Kartopolov, chief of the General Staff’s Main Operations Directorate and Lt....
  • What We Know And Don't Know About The Downing Of Flight MH17 And The 'Buk' Missile System

    07/21/2014 3:07:03 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 21st 2014 | Interpreter Live Thread
    What We Know And Don't Know About The Downing Of Flight MH17 And The 'Buk' Missile System 21:12 (GMT) With all of the developments, debates, new evidence and new disinformation, let's take a look at what we know and don't know about the theory that a Buk missile system shot down Malaysian Flight MH17. What We Know - The Separatists Had The Buk The main theory is that a Buk missile system shot MH17 out of the sky. The separatist at one point admitted that they had a Buk, though that tweet has since been deleted. We have created a...
  • [Russian] Defense Ministry Claim on Buk in Billboard Video Doesn’t Add Up

    07/21/2014 12:48:59 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 2 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 21st 2014 | Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
    Russia This Week: Defense Ministry Claim on Buk in Billboard Video Doesn’t Add Up By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick July 20, 2014 1753GMT: The Russian Defense Ministry gave a briefing today for the press in which they claimed that information released by the Ukrainian government on Friday about Russian-backed separatists’ possession of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system likely used in the shoot-down of the Malaysian airliner was a hoax. Among the items addressed at the briefing was a short video released by the Ukrainians showing what appears to be a Buk anti-aircraft system on a truck escaping for the Russian border....
  • Russians Scramble To Edit Wikipedia So The Kremlin's Claims Make Sense

    07/21/2014 12:07:24 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 21st 2014 | Interpreter Live Thread
    Russians Scramble To Edit Wikipedia So The Kremlin's Claims Make Sense 16:24 (GMT) As we reported earlier, the Kremlin now says that flight MH17 was "tailed" by a Ukrainian military Su-25 aircraft during much of its flight over Ukraine. As we pointed out, this claim may be physically impossible since Russia says that the Su-25 was consistently between 3 and 5 kilometers away from MH17, but the Su-25 can't fly high enough to have this claim make any sense. Well, today the Su-25 has been given some significant upgrades -- at least on Wikipedia. Several IP addresses that track back...
  • Modern-Day Russian "Dupes"

    07/19/2014 9:03:23 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 70 replies
    AIM ^ | April 4 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    Pat Buchanan’s column, “Is God Now on Russia’s Side?,” is difficult to read and almost laugh-out-loud funny, as Buchanan was once a staunch anti-communist who served President Reagan as his communications director during the Cold War. Buchanan’s opposition to the Evil Empire, as Reagan correctly called it, has given way to an unseemly embrace of former Soviet KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, the virtual dictator of Russia who served the “Evil Empire” for decades.
  • Russian Tanks & Airstrikes in Ukraine

    07/15/2014 7:09:20 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 4 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 15th | Interpreter Live Thread
    From The Interpreter's Live Thread: LB.ua reports that there are eyewitness reports of Russian armoured vehicles heading towards Donetsk. They report seeing two columns of separatist fighters with military vehicles manned by Russians. LB describes reports of 34 tanks, 34 self-propelled guns and 2 BTR armoured personnel carriers. snip It may also be relevant to note that the howitzer carried by the Gvodzika, a D-30, is the same gun that the Russian military claimed to have identified as responsible for shelling on June 22. The last paragraph is a reference to shelling that allegedly occurred in Russia. They accused Ukraine...
  • Lurid Anti-Ukraine Propaganda Broadcast on State TV

    07/14/2014 7:52:04 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 1 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 14th 2014 | Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
    0544GMT: We’ve all grown accustomed to the lurid claims of the Kremlin’s many state media properties, which we cover frequently and which were most notably rounded up in an Examiner article about “60 Lies,” some of which we’ve debunked. But last week, Channel 1 reached new lows with a claim that the Ukrainian army committed atrocities when liberating Slavyansk. “How could this happen in the center of Europe?” intones the narrator. In the processing of debunking the claim, we can trace the close connection among ultranationalist ideologues in Russia, the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, and Russian state TV programs. One...
  • Ukraine LiveBlog Day 145: Russian Forces Penetrate Ukrainian Territory?

    07/12/2014 12:36:33 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 1 replies
    Reports of Russian Forces Penetrating Ukrainian Territory 19:02 (GMT) There have been numerous reports in the last 24 hours of Russian troops massing at the Ukrainian border, and accusations that Russia forces may be firing from inside Russian territory on to Ukraine. Now at 20:09 local time, Ukrainskaya Pravda has published a story headlined "RF Troops Penetrated into Ukrainian Territory, Organized Ambush," citing Ukrainian Council on National Security and Defense Andrei Lysenko. The story has not been confirmed by other sources. The Interpreter has translated the story:
  • Putin at Fateful Crossroads on Ukraine, Says Illarionov

    07/05/2014 3:06:42 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 8 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 5th 2014 | Andrei Illarionov
    Putin at Fateful Crossroads on Ukraine, Says Illarionov Editor July 5, 2014 Print FriendlyAndrei Illarionov, an economist and former advisor to the Putin administration, posted this blog at Ekho Moskvy 07:49 on 5 July, possibly before the news of the fleeing of the Slavyansk separatists and Col. Strelkov’s demobilization order had reached him (see our Ukrainian Liveblog), although this news has not been confirmed. Translation by The Interpreter. Operation “Strategic Blackmail” In the last 48 hours, the Russian authorities have implemented a special operation unprecedented in scale and resources used to blackmail Western leaders, the Ukrainian leadership, and Russian society...
  • [from two years ago 17 September 2012] Kadyrov's ChechnyKadyrov's Chechnya rises from the ashes, but

    06/01/2014 6:59:50 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 September 2012 Last updated at 19:31 ET | Steven Rosenberg
    <p>At a concert in Grozny, a children's choir sings about the former Chechen President Akhmat Kadyrov, who was blown up by the rebels eight years ago.</p>