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  • The Israelis have spoken - Putin is their person of the year for 2015

    01/01/2016 8:57:45 AM PST · by Zenjitsuman · 164 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/1/2016 | Gil Hoffman
    <p>Putin is Israelis’ person of the year, according to a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister publication Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua.</p>
  • Out of Gas: Turkey Is Losing Its Battle With Russia

    12/17/2015 11:56:45 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 26 replies
    Observer ^ | 12/10/15 | Micah Halpern
    Turkey relies on Russia for $20 billion of natural gas every year. If that flow is even slightly altered, even for a single day Turkey will grind to a halt. That natural gas engines Turkey's electric grid. Gas is next. Russia will start pulling it. They have already cancelled work on the underwater gas pipeline which, together with the nuclear electric plants, would eventually make Turkey more energy independent. Russia will get away with everything. And despite pressure that Turkey is trying to apply the real pressure will be placed by Russia on Turkey. No one is willing to step...
  • Germany cashes in on Baltics' fear of Russia

    12/12/2015 7:07:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 11 Dec 2015 15:12 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Lithuania said Friday it would buy 88 German-made armored fighting vehicles in its biggest-ever military purchase amid concerns over neighboring Russia. "We have come to the unequivocal opinion to choose and acquire the Boxer infantry fighting vehicles," said Lithuania's defense chief Jonas Vytautas Zukas. [...] The three Baltic states and Poland have also called for a permanent NATO presence in the region to deter Russia, but the allies have so far stuck to back-to-back troop rotations. ...
  • Putin seeks [free-trade] alliance to rival TPP

    12/05/2015 11:00:36 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 6 replies
    Russia Propaganda Today ^ | 4 Dec, 2015 15:14 | the Kremlin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to form an economic bloc, as an alternative to the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). He has asked the government to start making contacts with Asian countries. "I suggest that we and other Eurasian Economic Union countries should kick-off consultations with members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on a possible economic partnership," said Putin, addressing the Russian Parliament on Thursday. SCO includes China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan. Other countries holding observer status with the organization include India, Iran, Belarus, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Belarus.ASEAN unites Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia,...
  • [Six+ years old story] Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

    01/14/2015 11:51:40 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | circa 2009 or before | Robert Lea
    Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated. This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply. Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in. Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine. Croatia said it was temporarily reducing supplies to industrial customers while Bulgaria...
  • Russia's crisis has no end in sight as $50 oil looms, says OECD

    12/27/2014 4:16:00 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/27/14 | Szu Ping Chan
    There is no end in sight for Russias economic crisis, as crippling sanctions and tumbling oil prices leave the country staring into an abyss, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned. Catherine Mann, the OECDs chief economist, said Russia was moving closer to shutting itself off from the rest of the world, while the Wests sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of Crimea in Ukraine had left no end in sight for the countrys woes.
  • Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline

    12/01/2014 7:35:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russias South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the countrys dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russias increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decision also seemed to be a rare victory for the European Union and the Obama administration, which have appeared largely...
  • Russian Money Suspected Behind Fracking Protests

    12/01/2014 6:08:30 AM PST · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Nov 2014 | ANDREW HIGGINS
    PUNGESTI, Romania Vlasa Mircia, the mayor of this destitute village in eastern Romania, thought he had struck it rich when the American energy giant Chevron showed up here last year and leased a plot of land he owned for exploratory shale gas drilling. But the encounter between big business and rural Romania quickly turned into a nightmare. The village became a magnet for activists from across the country opposed to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Violent clashes broke out between the police and protesters. The mayor, one of the few locals who sided openly with Chevron, was run out of...
  • Hard Ukraine bargaining leaves sour taste for some in EU

    11/10/2014 12:31:32 PM PST · by McGruff · 10 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Nov 9, 2014 | Alastair Macdonald
    Seeing its gold-spangled blue flag flown on the barricades of Kiev thrilled the European Union, reviving its self-image as a beacon of democracy at a time of growing doubt and economic gloom. But nearly a year on from the first "EuroMaidan" protests that would topple the pro-Moscow president who had spurned an EU trade deal, some in Brussels are disillusioned by the experience of helping Ukraine. EU generosity in waiving import duties and funding gas supplies from Russia may be being abused, they say.
  • Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal (YOU get to pay for it!)

    10/30/2014 11:31:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-30-2014 | Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop
    Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors. After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June. With overnight temperatures already nudging below freezing in Ukraine, European Commission President...
  • Does Vladimir Putin want Denton to ban fracking?

    09/10/2014 12:48:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies ^ | September 10, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Who stands to benefit if Denton bans fracking? Those behind the petition drive say it will benefit the Denton residents because they wont have to worry about wells being fracked less than 300 feet away from their homes, which is what happened to several neighborhoods in South Denton. Economist Ray Perryman said the result will be millions of dollars and jobs lost for Denton, costing the city up to $251.4 million over 10 years. Being the oil capital of the country and one of top producers of oil and gas worldwide, the stakes will be high when Denton voters cast...
  • Poland sees sharply lower gas supplies from Russia

    09/10/2014 9:01:47 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-10-2014 | Adrian Krajewski
    Poland said on Wednesday the volume of gas it has received so far this week from Russian gas monopoly Gazprom was down by at least 20 percent. Some European countries believe Moscow may use a disruption of gas to Europe as a trump card in its confrontation with the West over Ukraine. The row has already dragged ties between Moscow and the West down to their worst since the Cold War. Ukraine's gas transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz was quoted by a Russian news agency as saying Gazprom was limiting flows to Poland to disrupt supplies of gas in the opposite direction,...
  • The KGB's Successors And The 'Greening' Of Europe

    07/14/2014 3:09:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | July 3, 2014 | William F. Shughart II
    According to NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen, Russias myriad intelligence agencies, which now include the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), the military intelligence directorate, or GRU, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), and the Federal Protective Service (FSO) are working directly with European environmental groups to fund anti-fracking campaigns. Putin is doing this to slow the spread of the U.S. shale revolution across the Atlantic so Russia can hold on to its monopoly of the European natural gas market. Europes energy insecurity its dependence on Russian gas has proven to be Putins favorite tool of geopolitical...
  • Testimony of Mr. Edward Lucas Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    07/09/2014 12:38:06 PM PDT · by Krosan · 4 replies
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee ^ | July 8, 2014 | Edward Lucas
    Testimony ofMr. Edward LucasSenior Fellow and Contributing EditorCenter for European Policy AnalysisWashington, DCJuly 8, 2014Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeSubcommittee on European AffairsGood afternoon. Thank you for inviting me here today. It is an honor and a privilege to give testimony to this committee and I would like to thank Chairman Murphy and Ranking Member Johnson for this opportunity. I will give a short oral version of my written testimony and then look forward to taking questions.I have been dealing with European security for more than thirty years, as an activist for freedom and democracy during the Cold War, as a foreign...
  • UKRAINE: ATO liberates Slovyansk and other cities from terrorists. VIDEO

    07/06/2014 8:20:53 AM PDT · by · 34 replies ^ | 6/7/2014 16:24
    Slovyansk greeted the Ukrainian military. Local cuddled with the Defence Minister and take pictures with members of ATU, thanking the soldiers for osovobodenie from terrorists and cried from happiness. We have previously published video release Of. It also shows how people meet Ukrainian military: "Finally! We have been waiting for you so much! ". Yesterday, a number of other cities of slovyansk and Sealy ATO liberated from terrorists. Video:
  • Russia to send humanitarian aid to eastern regions of Ukraine on June 28

    06/29/2014 12:03:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Voice Of Russia ^ | 6-27-2014 | VOR
    The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday it has notified Kiev about plans to send 60 metric tons of humanitarian aid to eastern regions of Ukraine caught in the fighting between the government forces and independence supporters. "The note states that Russia has prepared a truck convoy to deliver a total of 60 metric tons of humanitarian aid comprising food and personal hygiene supplies," the ministry said in a statement. "The trucks are expected to depart to Luhansk and Donetsk on June 28, they may later proceed to other regions of Ukraine hosting internally displaced population," the statement said. Moscow has...
  • Europes Anti-Fracking Activists May Be Way More Sinister Than Youd Think (Russian stooges)

    06/19/2014 5:59:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | June 19, 2014 | Patrick Brennan
    As the debate over how to regulate fracking and whether to permit the process at all rages in the U.S. and Europe, there are powerful interests that can benefit from blocking its expansion, namely, existing oil and gas producers, such as the Gulf States and Russia. There have been plenty of rumors that the governments of such places have supported anti-fracking activists, but now NATO has more or less officially accused Russian intelligence agencies of supporting anti-fracking NGOs in Europe. The FT reports: Russian intelligence agencies are covertly funding and working with European environmental groups to campaign against...
  • Russia threatens to cut off gas to Ukraine

    06/15/2014 7:29:24 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | 6-16-2014 | Al Jazeera
    Ukraine faces the threat of Russia cutting off gas supplies when a 06:00 GMT deadline passes on Monday after talks on a long-running gas pricing dispute failed. Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said it was not extending the deadline for Ukraine to start paying off its gas debts after the discussions ended in the early hours of the morning in Kiev, raising the prospect of disruptions to gas flows to the European Union via Ukraine. The breakdown of the talks is likely to increase political tensions that have mounted in the past few days between Kiev and Moscow as Ukrainian...
  • Ukraine rejects Putin's offer of gas discounts

    06/11/2014 12:16:24 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    Ukraine rejects Putin's offer of gas discounts ^ | 6/11/2014 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    Russia on Wednesday offered to restore the discounted gas price it granted Ukraine under the ousted pro-Russian president, but Ukraine demanded an even better deal and called for arbitration to settle the dispute. Speaking in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was offering the discount as a "partnership deal." Russia's energy minister, Alexander Novak, specified the price offered as $385 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas. "We believe that our offer is more than in a partnership spirit, aimed to support the Ukrainian economy at a rather difficult time," Putin said in televised remarks. "But if our offers are...
  • Ukraine Making First Gas Payment To Russia

    05/30/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 5-30-2014 | GEIR MOULSON
    <p>Ukraine's gas company, Naftogaz, announced at a European Union-mediated meeting in Berlin Friday with Gazprom and the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers that it has transferred $786 million to Gazprom, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said. That covers deliveries in February and March, a period for which the price charged to Ukraine is undisputed, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said.</p>
  • EU unveils plan to curb reliance on Russian gas

    05/28/2014 11:29:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.05.14 @ 19:48 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU has unveiled plans to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, with increased imports from Norway and energy efficiency at the top of its wish list. [] Although EU countries import 88 percent of the oil that they use, as well as 42 percent of solid fuel, the main concern of the commission and governments is gas66 percent of Europes gas is imported at a cost of more than 1 billion per day. Of the 400 billion cubic metres of gas consumed in the EU each year, around 40 percent comes from Russias state-owned Gazprom. The majority of this...
  • Who made the pivot to Asia? Putin.

    05/23/2014 6:49:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22 | Charles Krauthammer
    In Shanghai, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a spectacular energy deal — $400 billion of Siberian natural gas to be exported to China over 30 years. This is huge. By indelibly linking producer and consumer — the pipeline alone is a $70 billion infrastructure project — it deflates the post-Ukraine Western threat (mostly empty, but still very loud) to cut European imports of Russian gas. Putin has just defiantly demonstrated that he has other places to go. The Russia-China deal also makes a mockery of U.S. boasts to have isolated Russia because of Ukraine. Not even...
  • The New Sino-Russian Alliance: We now have bigger problems than Ukraine than we realize

    05/22/2014 7:44:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/22/2014 | Spengler
    China and Russia evidently have concluded a 30-year gas deal which shifts the balance of Russian hydrocarbon exports eastwards, but that’s not the thing to focus on. Pravda reports: The central themes of the talks between the two leaders will be two projects in the field of aviation – the creation of a joint wide-body long-haul aircraft and the production of Mi-26 heavy helicopter in China, the Kommersant reports.Russia, entering into such cooperation with China, indicates that it is ready to open access to Russian aircraft technologies, despite the fact that China previously resorted to building unlicensed copies of...
  • I like Putin

    05/07/2014 10:11:51 AM PDT · by olepap · 97 replies
    I like Putin. I think he is doing a good job. I like him much better than I like Obama. Funny, ain't it - an old anticommunist admiring the former head of the KGB?
  • Moscow orders Kiev to withdraw troops from Ukraine's Donbass region

    04/23/2014 6:37:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-23-2014 | MARK MacKINNON
    <p>Russia has warned the Ukrainian government to pull its military from the restive southeast of its own territory, saying it could invade to protect pro-Russian separatists there just as it did in Georgia, another former Soviet republic that Moscow invaded six years ago.</p>
  • Risk of 'gas war' grows as Ukraine halts payments to Russia

    04/12/2014 6:59:25 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4-12-14 | Pavel Polityuk and Conor Humphries
    aid on Saturday it was suspending payments to Russia for deliveries of gas, ratcheting up the tension in a standoff that has the potential to leave European Union states cut off from the Russian gas supplies on which they depend. In eastern Ukraine, where groups of pro-Russian activists have been emboldened by the Kremlin's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, a band of armed men in mismatched camouflage outfits seized a police station in the town of Slaviansk. Russia and Ukraine have been locked in confrontation since protests in Kiev forced the Moscow-backed president from office, and the Kremlin sent troops...
  • UPDATE 2-Russia warns Europe of gas supply cuts over Ukraine debt

    04/10/2014 9:42:11 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/10/2014 | Alexei Anishchuk
    MOSCOW, April 10 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin warned European leaders on Thursday Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and said this could lead to a reduction of onward deliveries to Europe. In a letter to the leaders of 18 countries, he demanded urgent talks with Europe on pulling Ukraine's economy out of crisis but made clear his patience was running out over Kiev's $2.2 billion gas debt to its former Soviet master.
  • White House Warns Russia

    04/07/2014 11:31:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 7, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against moving "overtly or covertly" into eastern Ukraine and said there was strong evidence that pro-Russian demonstrators in the region were being paid.
  • Kiev says Russia provokes trouble in eastern Ukraine, just as in Crimea

    04/07/2014 11:13:40 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 7, 11:19 AM
    KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government dispatched its highest-level police and security officials to the eastern part of the country Monday in an effort to put down separatist violence described as inspired by Russia and following a script that played out in Crimea. “The plan is to destabilize the situation,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told an emergency cabinet meeting Monday morning. “The plan is for foreign troops to cross the border and seize the country’s territory, which we will not allow.” On Sunday, pro-Russian demonstrations in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk that had been orderly the last...
  • Russia sacrifices Gazprom profit for politics in Ukraine -analysts

    04/04/2014 10:06:45 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk
    MOSCOW, April 4 (Reuters) - Russia's top natural gas producer, Gazprom, will eventually lose more than it gains from raising the gas price for Ukraine by 80 percent, analysts said on Friday, predicting Kiev would cut purchases and fail to pay in full. Gazprom on Thursday announced a price rise for Ukraine to $485 per 1,000 cubic metres, the second increase in three days. The $485 price is the highest of any Gazprom customer and compares with around $370 on average for clients in the European Union. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said the increase, two weeks after Moscow annexed...
  • Putins electoral rating getting closer to historical maximum again

    03/26/2014 6:02:42 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. The level of Russian electoral support to incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin has reached the figures of the countrys presidential elections in 2004 for the first time, the presidential rating peak is caused by his responsible actions in view of current crisis in Ukraine, political experts told Itar-Tass in comments on the Public Opinion Fund (FOM) survey results made public on Wednesday. The FOM sociological survey conducted on March 23 showed that 64% of Russians would vote for Putin, if presidential elections were held next Sunday. Sociologists polled three thousand respondents in 64 Russian constituent entities....
  • Why did Europe choose the chaff over the wheat?

    03/20/2014 7:03:43 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Autonomous Nonprofit Organization TV-Novosti ^ | March 20, 2014 | Patrick L Young
    The poor citizens of Ukraine remain poor while the world bickers with their plight, an apparent after thought. Engagement in Ukraine by the European Parliament has been clearly apparent in recent years. Alas the transcripts provide an unfortunate reminder that the size of the EU apparatus has ultimately fed an incompetent blob as opposed to producing rational decisions. An obsession with expansion at all costs of the EU sphere of influence has dominated thought. Back on December 13, 2012, the European Parliament passed a rather chilling motion, made more acutely frightening by subsequent events: "The EU is concerned about the...
  • Putins sanctions on Americans unite Democrats, GOP

    03/20/2014 3:26:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Oliver Knox
    Vladimir Putin probably didnt expect that newly announced Russian sanctions on nine Americans three top White House aides, three Republicans and three Democrats in Congress would spark a bipartisan love-in in Washington.But thats exactly what happened on Thursday as Moscow retaliated for expanded U.S. sanctions by freezing the assets of a select handful of high-profile Americans and banning them from travel inside Russia.Heres an early response from a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Twitter to Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Obama, for making the list...
  • Putin says U.S. guided by 'the rule of the gun' in foreign policy

    03/18/2014 6:39:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 18, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Monday of being guided in its foreign policy not by international law but by the "rule of the gun." "Our Western partners headed by the United States prefer not to be guided by international law in their practical policies, but by the rule of the gun," he told a joint session of parliament.
  • Transcript In Part Of President Putin's Address To Parliament

    03/18/2014 6:24:56 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/18/2014 | President Vladimir V. Putin
    Dear friends, we have gathered here today in connection with an issue that is of vital, historic significance to all of us. A referendum was held in Crimea on March 16 in full compliance with democratic procedures and international norms. More than 82 percent of the electorate took part in the vote. Over 96 percent of them spoke out in favour of reuniting with Russia. These numbers speak for themselves. To understand the reason behind such a choice it is enough to know the history of Crimea and what Russia and Crimea have always meant for each other. Everything in...
  • How Much Money Did Ukraine Lose When It Nixed The EU Deal? [ has link trade deal ]

    02/20/2014 7:19:25 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 24 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 2/19/2014 | David Kashi
    The all-out street war in Ukraines capital city of Kiev between anti-government protesters and security forces had its beginnings in late November, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a bid for closer integration of his country with the European Union. Protests began peacefully, but reports that security services used excessive force on demonstrators escalated the situation. As of Wednesday, dozens of people have been killed, including protesters and police officers, and hundreds injured. For years Yanukovych promised Ukrainians that he would sign an agreement with the EU, which would benefit Ukraines economy substantially. Protesters felt betrayed that he suddenly and without...
  • Ukraine: Can Someone Explain

    01/26/2014 7:02:55 PM PST · by jimjohn · 67 replies
    self | jimjohn
    And so like everyone else, I am staring to see the pictures/videos oozing out of the streets on the Ukraine, but forgive me for being totally confused about what the battles are about. Clearly, there are folks really upset about something, but I simply cant believe the reasons that are given. Let me explain
  • Thousands protest in Ukraine, defying court ban

    01/19/2014 6:31:27 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, Jan. 19th, 2014 | Richard Balmforth and Natalia Zinets
    Up to 100,000 Ukrainians massed in the capital Kiev on Sunday in defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government protests. The rally, the biggest this year in a cycle of pro-Europe protests convulsing the former Soviet republic for the past two months, was spurred by the legislation rushed through parliament last week and which the opposition says will lead to a police state.Significantly raising the stakes in the confrontation withPresident Viktor Yanukovich, opposition leaders announced a plan to gather people's signatures expressing no confidence in his leadership and that of parliament.Denouncing as unconstitutional last Thursday's hurried vote...
  • 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 Russias 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.
  • Poor Ukrainians Rally For Russia

    12/15/2013 4:44:19 PM PST · by kronos77 · 61 replies
    At a rival protest in Kiev this weekend, impoverished workers from eastern Ukraine turned out to show their support for the government and stronger ties with Moscow even as the pro-EU crowd grew ever more jubilant. They were poor. Their clothes looked cheap and worn, their faces tired; their feelings were hurt. A group of workers and miners from Kirovsk, an industrial town in eastern Ukraine, were among thousands of protesters walking on Sunday morning towards the anti-Euro rally in Kievs Mariinsky park, to demonstrate their support for Ukraines president, Victor Yanukovych, and for friendship with Russia. Two parts of...
  • John McCain tells Ukraine protesters: 'We are here to support your just cause'

    12/15/2013 3:01:27 PM PST · by mac_truck · 131 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12/15/2013 | Guardian Staff
    Senator John McCain on Sunday told thousands of Ukrainian protesters camped on Kiev's main square that Ukraine's destiny lay in Europe and that it would make Europe better. "Ukraine will make Europe better and Europe will make Ukraine better," he said to crowds protesting against President Viktor Yanukovich's U-turn in trade policy away from Europe towards Russia. "We are here to support your just cause, the sovereign right of Ukraine to determine its own destiny freely and independently. And the destiny you seek lies in Europe," said McCain, a leading Republican voice on US foreign policy. McCain is in Ukraine...
  • Selling the message: How PR firm helped place controversial Putin op-ed

    09/14/2013 5:21:19 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | CBS News
    The column made its way into the newspaper with the help of leading American public relations firm Ketchum, which has offices across the globe and represents some of the world's most prominent brands, as well as the Russian Federation. The firm was responsible for getting Putin's editorial placed in the Times. According to Justice Department filings, Ketchum was paid $1.9 million by the Russian government during the first six months of this year. It got another $3.7 million for public relations work for Gazprom, the oil and gas company controlled by the Kremlin
  • Putin Catches '46-Pound Fish'

    07/29/2013 12:01:18 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 74 replies
    Newser ^ | 07/29/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – How's this for a fish story: In the latest episode of Vladimir Putin's ongoing rugged outdoorsman fantasy adventure series, the Russian president, clad in a camouflage jacket and hat, appears to catch a massive pike. "Vladimir Vladimirovich, be careful, she can bite," an aide warns, as Putin lifts the flopping fish from a net, according to the LA Times' translation. "I will bite her myself," Putin replies, before kissing the thing. "She's a beauty." Russia's defense minister, who was on the trip, says the fish weighed between 26.4 and 33 pounds, but a Putin spokesman pegs the...
  • US threatened by Russia's Christianity

    If you ever wonder why the weasel west media always calls Putin a dictator or demonizes him, just look at what has been happening recently. By watching the US news last week one would think all of America has turned gay with the Supreme Court ruling on married same-sex couples. The New York Times called it a, "major victories for the gay rights movement". Some even compare it to racial equality. If Putin was the dictator the West claims, the new law that defends Christianity would have been in effect immediately after the pussy riot blasphemy which happened last year....
  • Russia President Vladimir Putin and wife announce divorce

    06/06/2013 9:23:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2013, 4:55 p.m. | Khristina Narizhnaya and Carol J. Williams
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his long-suffering wife, Lyudmila, are ending their nearly 30-year marriage, they announced on state television Thursday in a tone of mutual indifference. We practically never saw each other, Putin told a reporter from the Rossiya 24 network as he and his soon-to-be-ex-wife departed a Kremlin ballet performance. To each his own life. Russias first couple gave little explanation of why they chose to end the marriage now, other than the presidents assertion that it was our joint decision. The couples infrequent public appearances have sparked wild media reports and speculation. One particularly steady rumor...
  • Putin expresses concern over Gazprom raids

    10/03/2011 11:18:31 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | October 3, 2011
    AFP - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned EU nations on Monday that Russia would be carefully monitoring an unprecedented anti-trust probe launched against its powerful natural gas monopoly Gazprom. The cautionary comments marked Putin's first response to a high-stakes dispute that threatens to dominate Russian-EU relations on his expected return to the Kremlin after a 2000-2008 presidency in March. Gazprom had previously confirmed the offices of its trading partners and subsidiaries being searched -- and documents seized -- in the EU's most forceful response to a growing European outcry over alleged price collusion. But Russia's richest and most strategic company...
  • European trio take stake in Russia's South Stream

    09/16/2011 11:55:37 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | September 16, 2011
    AFP - Three EU energy majors on Friday agreed to take a 50-percent stake in a Black Sea natural gas link Russia is developing for Europe's growing market in competition to one backed by the United States. The partners said Italy's ENI will get a 20-percent stake in South Stream's offshore operator while Germany's Wintershall and the French firm EDF will each keep 15 percent. The remaining 50-percent share will belong to Gazprom -- the Russian energy monopoly and world's largest gas producer that is developing routes to bypass nations such as Ukraine with which it suffers price disputes. "The...
  • German Energy Sector Open For Russian Grabs After Merkel Medvedev Meeting (Part Two)

    07/25/2011 10:27:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    President Dmitry Medvedev and Chancellor Angela Merkel led the Russian-German Interstate Consultations on July 19-20 in Hannover. This annual event, with the collective participation of Russian and German government ministers and industry leaders, punctuates the gradual integration in key economic sectors of the two countries. Nord Stream pipeline Germanys recent political decision to phase out nuclear energy delighted the Russian side at this summit. Medvedevs delegation offered to supplement gas deliveries massively within the next decade and beyond, so as to replace the lost nuclear power at least in part with Russian gas in Germanys energy mix. In return for...
  • Too Special A Friendship?

    07/11/2011 12:21:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | July 11, 2011 | Gregory Feifer
    Temperatures were approaching freezing last November when a stern Vladimir Putin delivered a trademark tirade at a business forum in Berlin's venerably posh Hotel Adlon, steps from the Brandenburg Gate. Captains of industry sat stony faced as the Russian prime minister, reminding them Germany was phasing out nuclear power, said they had nowhere to turn but Russia, which was already supplying 40 percent of the country's demand for natural gas from its vast deposits. Otherwise, "how will you heat your houses?" he mocked. "Even for firewood, you'd have to go to Siberia." The immediate object of Putin's ire was a...
  • Russias Anxieties About The Arab Revolution

    07/09/2011 2:32:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies ^ | July 2011 | Stephen Blank
    By June 2011, the Arab revolutions had evolved into a series of disconnected but increasingly violent civil warsparticularly in Libya and Syria. The international community has certainly not been spared the effects of these wars. As a long-time patronif not an allyof these states, Russia views these trends with mounting anxiety. These revolutions and civil wars pose three serious challenges or even threats to Russia. FEAR OF DOMESTIC UNREST Domestically, the revolutions could inspire citizens to take autonomous political action against the regime. Alternatively, they could further inflame the insurgency in the North Caucasus among a largely Muslim population to...