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  • Kasparov: Stop Putin now or pay the price later

    11/09/2014 10:20:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11/09/14 @ 17:03 | Andrew Rettman
    Chess legend Garry Kasparov was once the pride of the Soviet Union. But 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall he lives in exile, accusing Russian leader Vladimir Putin of “strategic failure” and the EU establishment of “ignorance” in its dealings with Moscow. […] “What we are seeing in Russia is a resurgence of imperialism and nationalism in its most dangerous form,” he said, comparing Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Putin’s domestic propaganda to Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II. “Just read what Putin has been saying in his [anti-West] speeches in the past year....
  • Ex-Soviet states bicker as Putin tries to unite them

    10/10/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/10/uk-ukraine-crisis-cis-idUKKCN0HZ1JR20141010 ^ | 10 Oct 14 | Ex-Soviet states bicker as Putin tries to unite them
    Vulgar chants about Vladimir Putin before he arrived for a regional summit in Belarus did not augur well for the Russian president's hopes of bringing the leaders of former Soviet republics closer together. Matters got even worse when bickering broke out at the start of the meeting, revealing fault lines over the Ukraine crisis and deepening doubts about the future of the loose grouping known as the Commonwealth of Independent States. Jibes between Putin and the leader of Moldova, and barbs aimed at the absent Ukrainian leader, raised new questions about his ability to woo countries to the Eurasian Economic...
  • Kazakhstan threatens to withdraw from Eurasian Union

    08/31/2014 6:46:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Sunday 31 august, 2014, 08:11 | Zik TV
    Kazakhstan has the right to leave the Russia-led Eurasian Union if its interests are violated, Kazakh Pres Nazarbajev said, speaking to Khabar TV, Tengri News reported Aug. 30. Kazakhstan will not be a part of organizations that endanger its independence, Nazarbajev said. [....] Recall also that Pres Putin declared at the youth Seliger forum that Kazakhstan had never been an independent country in the past.
  • Merkel: Ukraine can go to Eurasian Union (i.e. Putin’s new USSR)

    08/25/2014 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.08.14 @ 13:25 | Valentina Pop and Andrew Rettman
    Germany’s Angela Merkel has said Ukraine is free to “go to” Russia’s “Eurasian Union”, amid signs of a new willingness to make peace with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Speaking to German public broadcaster ARD on Sunday (24 August), the German chancellor said her visit to Kiev on Saturday was designed to prepare for peace talks between Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Putin in Minsk on Tuesday, but warned the public not to expect a “breakthrough”. She mentioned Ukrainian “decentralization”, a deal on gas prices, and Ukraine’s “trade relations” with Russia as elements that could bring about an accord. “And if...
  • Germany Is Telling Ukraine To Back Off Crushing Pro-Russian Rebels Or Else Putin Will Get Mad

    08/22/2014 10:10:56 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | NOAH BARKIN AND RICHARD BALMFORTH
    BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) - After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader. As a result, the focus of German-led diplomatic efforts has shifted, according to senior officials, towards urging restraint from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and averting a humiliating defeat for pro-Russian rebels, a development that Berlin fears could elicit a strong response from Putin. Chancellor Angela Merkel's planned visit to Kiev on Saturday, her first...
  • Court Orders Pre-Trial Detention for Saakashvili in Absentia

    08/01/2014 11:42:34 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    Civil.Ge ^ | August 2, 2014
    Tbilisi City Court accepted prosecution’s motion and ordered pre-trial detention of former President Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia. Preliminary court hearing – the stage when a presiding judge, among other issues, decides on the admissibility of evidence submitted by the parties – has been set for September 22. Prosecutor’s office has charged Saakashvili with exceeding official powers in connection to break up of the anti-government protest rallies on November 7, 2007, and raid on and “seizure” of Imedi TV station. “Ahead of the August war [six-year] anniversary Putin could not have imagined more desirable present than Georgian authorities ordering my arrest,”...
  • Obama hits reset button on wobbly public response to Malaysia Airlines shootdown

    07/19/2014 8:11:12 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 19 Jul 2014 | Olivier Knox
    President Obama on Friday called the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 an “outrage of unspeakable proportions,” declared it a “wake-up call” for timid European leaders, and all but laid blame for the tragedy directly at the doorstep of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama’s blunt language, delivered in the White House briefing room from behind a lectern with the presidential seal, offered a stark contrast to his muddled public handling of the disaster a day earlier. As the news broke on Thursday, the White House signaled that the president had first learned about the world-shaking events from Putin at the...
  • Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan set up new alliance

    05/29/2014 4:30:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 7:16 AM EDT | Vladimir Isachenkov
    The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on Thursday created an economic union that intends to boost cooperation between the ex-Soviet neighbors, a pact which was at the source of the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Eurasian Economic Union—which Moscow had pushed Ukraine to join, helping spark the worst crisis in relations between Russia and the West since the Cold War—takes the countries’ cooperation to a “new level” while respecting their sovereignty. “We are creating a powerful and attractive center of economic development, a major regional market bringing together over 170 million people,” Putin said during...
  • Lenin's Popularity Highest in Years on Revolutionary's 144th Birthday

    04/22/2014 8:01:50 AM PDT · by No One Special · 61 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | April 22, 2014 | Vladimir Filonov
    Supporters of Vladimir Lenin flocked to Red Square on Tuesday to celebrate the 144th anniversary of the revolutionary's birthday. Support for the legacy of Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin is on the rise, a poll published on the eve of the 144th anniversary of his birth showed. Asked what they thought about Lenin's contribution to Russian history, 38 percent of Russians said his influence had been "mostly positive." The survey, conducted by the independent Levada Center pollster and published Monday, showed a steady increase in Lenin's popularity since 2006, when only 29 percent rated his influence as mostly positive. The figure...
  • What Putin is rebuilding

    04/16/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 95 replies
    4-17-14 | Dangus
    No, Putin isn't re-building the third Reich: Chamberlain isn't a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler seized neighboring German-speaking territories. He's a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler blamed Christianity for poisoning Europe with weakness, swore to destroy the Jews, build a master race, set fire to the Reichstag, seized all police powers, built concentration camps and THEN invaded German-speaking lands. No, Putin isn't re-building the Soviet Union: He has implemented a flat, low tax rate, struck the authority of local commissars to impose taxes, decriminalized tax disputes, decentralized agriculture and industry, seen the numbers of...
  • ‘An Historic Opportunity’: Turkish Cypriot Minister Says Reunification Deal Pending (Germany helps)

    04/02/2014 10:13:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 01, 2014 – 11:17 AM | Suzanne Koelbl
    Negotiations to end the division of Cyprus have been ongoing for years. Now, Northern Cyprus Foreign Minister Özdil Nami tells Spiegel that a deal is close. And he wants Germany to help with reunification. […] “We have asked Germany for support for the process of reunification. Finally, the two parts of Cyprus—the Greek south and the Turkish north—are prepared for this step, after 40 years. It cannot be allowed to fail. It is an historic opportunity.” […] “With the large untapped natural gas reserves off the coast, we could help Europe reduce its dependency on Russia.” …
  • German defense chief von der Leyen calls for stronger NATO backing in Ukraine crisis

    03/26/2014 8:59:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 23.03.2014 | [kms/msh (AFP, Reuters, dpa)]
    Germany’s defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Sunday that NATO should show greater support for member countries who could face military aggression from Russia. However, the comments were met with sharp criticism from some German parliamentarians, who accused her of contributing to the escalation of tension around Russia’s actions in Crimea. In an interview with German public broadcaster ARD, the defense chief dismissed those critics and stood by her position. “It’s important to make clear that NATO isn’t just something on paper, but that we are there for each other,” von der Leyen said in comments that were...
  • 93% of voters suppport Crimea's accession to Russia – exit polls

    03/16/2014 11:53:06 AM PDT · by 5etester · 68 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 3/16/2014
    Polling stations in Crimea have closed, the referendum is over. According to the exit polls, 93 percent of people voted for Crimea's accession to Russia at the referendum. A total of 93 percent of residents of Crimea voted for joining Russia at a referendum on Sunday, an exit poll publicized by the Rossiya 24 TV channel shows. Seven percent of Crimeans favored being a part of Ukraine, it shows. The voter turnout exceeded 80 percent, the Crimean News Agency reported. The voting ended at 20:00 pm local time. Crimeans were able to cast votes at 1,205 polling station. Read more:...
  • Putin’s long game? Meet the Eurasian Union

    03/08/2014 5:12:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 9, 2014 | Leon Neyfakh
    What is Vladimir Putin up to? The crisis in Ukraine, brought to a boil when Russia’s president sent troops into the Crimean peninsula, has created almost a cottage industry of guessing at the autocratic leader’s intentions from one day to the next. When it comes to Putin’s long-term strategy, however, there is at least one concrete plan that offers some insight, and one specific date that Russia observers are looking ahead to. That date, Jan. 1, 2015, is expected to mark the birth of an important new organization linking Russia with an as-yet-undetermined constellation of its neighboring countries—an alliance Putin...
  • US moves to isolate Russia from 'community of civilized nations'

    03/02/2014 5:26:16 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 113 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2 March 14 | Russell Berman
    The Obama administration on Sunday worked to isolate Russia on the world stage even as its president, Vladimir Putin, showed no signs of rolling back his military intervention in Ukraine. President Obama spoke by phone with leaders from Great Britain, Germany and Poland, and he dispatched Secretary of State to Kiev on Tuesday for a show of solidarity with the new Ukrainian government. After suspending preparations for an upcoming Group of 8 summit in Sochi, the administration began canceling lower-level diplomatic and economic meetings with Russian counterparts. And senior administration officials warned that Russia could be booted from the...
  • Rice says Russian move on Ukraine would be mistake

    02/23/2014 10:04:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 12:33 PM EST
    President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said Sunday it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to intervene militarily in Ukraine. Susan Rice said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that in Obama’s phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday the two agreed that a political settlement in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, should ensure the unity of the country and the right of Ukrainians to express their free will. She was asked whether the White House fears Putin will send Russian troops into Ukraine. “That would be a grave mistake,” she said. “It’s not in the interest of Ukraine...
  • Ukraine crisis: Lenin statues toppled in protest

    02/22/2014 9:33:25 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 42 replies
    B.B.C. ^ | February 22, 2014 | No Attribution
    Protesters have toppled statues of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin in various Ukrainian cities. The latest footage shows protesters destroying statues in Bila Tserkva, Khmelnitsky and Zhytomyr. When anti-government protests erupted in Kiev in December, protesters toppled a Lenin statue in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
  • Ukraine opts for Russian bailout instead of EU treaty

    12/18/2013 7:43:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 18.12.13 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych has opted for a no-strings-attached Russian bailout instead of the EU alternative. He made the agreement at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday (17 December). Under the accord, Putin promised to use money from Russia’s National Welfare Fund to buy $15 billion of distressed Ukrainian bonds. He also promised to cut gas prices from $400 or so per thousand cubic meters to $269 until 2019, saving Ukraine up to $2 billion a year. He described Ukraine as a “strategic partner and ally.” …
  • Fearful moment of truth for Ukrainians and Putin: Soviet-style tyranny or freedom?

    12/13/2013 8:36:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 48 replies
    worldtribune.com ^ | December 13, 2013 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    Who lost Ukraine? ....President Viktor Yanukovych, is on the verge of permanently consigning Ukraine to Russia’s sphere of influence. ....He wants Ukraine to become a vassal of Russia — as it was for centuries under Czarist rule. .... The Russian dictator is a murderous former KGB thug, who openly longs for the return of the Soviet Union. He believes the U.S.S.R’s disintegration was one of the greatest “tragedies” of the 20th century. Think about that: He is nostalgic for a monstrous totalitarian regime responsible for the deaths of over 40 million — including the genocidal terror famine, “the Harvest of...
  • Saakashvili's UN Speech

    09/29/2013 2:42:38 PM PDT · by annalex · 49 replies
    Civil Georgia ^ | 26 Sep.'13
    President Saakashvili addresses UN General Assembly, September 25, 2013. In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 25, Georgia’s outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili lashed out at Russia for mounting “constant pressures and threats” on neighbors and said that “the last authoritarian empire in the world” will fail and its leader Vladimir Putin will vanish from the Russian politics in “few years from now.”In his speech Saakashvili, whose second and final presidential term nears its end, also mentioned his tenure saying that “many good things” have been done under his leadership, but also added that “some of these...
  • Georgia PM says ‘why not?’ on Eurasian Union

    09/05/2013 10:09:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.09.13 @ 16:46 (Sep. 4) | Andrew Rettman
    One day after Armenia said it will join Russia’s Eurasian Union, Georgia’s PM has said it might, in due course, do the same. Speaking on national TV on Wednesday (4 September), the Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, said: “I am keeping a close eye on it [the Eurasian Union] and we are studying it. At this stage we have no position at all. If in perspective we see that it is in our country’s strategic interest, then why not? But at this stage, we have no position at all.” The remark caused an instant reaction in the Georgian parliament. Giorgi Gabashvili,...
  • The Russians Are Shrinking!

    05/04/2013 1:54:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 3, 2013 | OLIVER BULLOUGH
    Vladimir Putin is more than a year into his third term as president of Russia, and he is likely to dominate the country's next decade as he dominated the last—just as Joseph Stalin and Leonid Brezhnev dominated their own times in the Kremlin. Like Putin or loathe him, he embodies an era. But centuries from now, the history books will barely remember the human rights abuses or oil pipelines in today's coverage of Russia. Mr. Putin will be remembered for one thing only: missing the chance to save his nation from a lingering decline. The United Nations predicts that, by...
  • Despite killings, Russian president opposes gun sales for self-defense

    04/27/2013 9:24:05 AM PDT · by haffast · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | April 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM | UPI
    MOSCOW, April 27 (UPI) -- Russian citizens should not be allowed to freely own guns for purposes of self-defense, says President Vladimir Putin. His comments were made after a gunman with a rifle killed six people in southwest Russia Monday, RIA Novosti reported Saturday. "I do not support the idea of free arms distribution in Russia," Putin told a Russian television station. "It is dangerous to artificially stimulate this process." snip
  • Alarm In Tehran & Moscow Over Bushehr Nuclear Reactor’s Near-Explosion

    12/02/2012 7:38:52 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 1, 2012, 13:13
    Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down for fear of an explosion. Saturday Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed the cause of its malfunction: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.” Moscow sources report this information came from a source in the office of Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian nuclear energy authority Rosatom, which supervised the construction of Iran’s first atomic reactor at Bushehr. According to our intelligence sources, Russian scientists and engineers were rushed from Moscow to Bushehr when...
  • Russia's Putin signs anti-protest law before rally

    06/08/2012 7:50:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 8, 2012 3:22pm EDT | Gleb Bryanski
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Friday a bill that will dramatically increase fines for people who take part in protests that violate public order rules, just days ahead of the next planned rally against his 12-year rule. Putin told a meeting of top judges in his native St. Petersburg that he decided to sign the bill despite objections from his own human rights adviser, Mikhail Fedotov, who asked the president to veto it. Participants in protests where public order is violated could now face fines of 300,000 roubles ($9,100)—more than the average annual salary and up from...
  • Putin Sees His Moment

    10/10/2011 5:41:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    The American Interest. ^ | October 8, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    For the past year, the debt crisis has monopolized Europe’s attention to the extent that many forgot the EU did anything besides argue about debt levels. Apparently many in Europe feel the same way, as efforts to bolster its relationships along its Eastern periphery — once a central focus of EU policy — have been all but ignored by policymakers and the media. But where Europe sees a distraction, Russia sees an opportunity. The FT reports that Putin is setting his sights on the big time in anticipation of his return to the presidency: Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, this...
  • Russia's Putin says wants to build "Eurasian Union" ( = new Empire)

    10/04/2011 5:17:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/03/11 | Gleb Bryanski
    Russia's Putin says wants to build "Eurasian Union" Mon, Oct 3 2011 By Gleb Bryanski MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he wants to bring ex-Soviet states into a "Eurasian Union" in an article which outlined his first foreign policy initiative as he prepares to return to the Kremlin as the country's next president. Putin said the new union would build on an existing Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan which from next year will remove all barriers to trade, capital and labor movement between the three countries. "We are not going to stop there and are...