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  • 'Liberal' Putin could be toppled 'like the tsar', warns Russian ultra-nationalist

    03/26/2015 9:16:30 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies ^ | March 22, 2015 | Yasmin Kaye
    Russian ultra-nationalist Igor Strelkov has said President Vladimir Putin could be toppled "like the last tsar" if he does not fully support pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. According to the Sunday Times, the former commander of the pro-Russia rebels in the disputed region speculated about Putin's removal from power when he addressed supporters last week. Although Putin is seen as a hardliner in the West, Strelkov believes the Russian premier is too liberal, and has failed to act decisively enough in the region due to his decision not to annex Donetsk and Luhansk. "Ukraine was, is and remains a part...
  • Russia, EU Politicians Denounce Ukraine Parliament's Ouster of Communists

    07/25/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | July 24, 2014
    Russia's Communist Party and European leftist parliamentary groups have denounced the ousting of the Ukrainian Communist party from the country's parliament as a breach of free speech. Leader of the Russian Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, called the ban, set to go into effect on Thursday, the latest attempt to "massacre" the party of his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Symonenko. "Attempts to muzzle them and do away with them are evidence of the cowardice and hideousness of those who are doing this," Zyuganov told state-run Rossiya 24 television channel on Wednesday. Ukrainian parliament voted to oust the party after Symonenko on Wednesday...
  • Russian Patriarch Honors Communist Party Leader

    06/28/2014 8:07:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies ^ | June 27, 2014
    T he head of the Russian Orthodox Church has awarded Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov with an order for "glory and honor." Patriarch Kirill gave the order to Zyuganov in Moscow on June 27, one day after the longtime communist leader celebrated his 70th birthday. Kirill said Zyuganov -- who in 2010 called for the re-Stalinization of Russia and has called the Soviet Union "the most humane state in human history" -- deserves the award as "one of the most famous Russian politicians who has expressed interest in the welfare of the nation and the protection of traditional moral values."...
  • Communist Leader Wants Cities Renamed Stalingrad and Leningrad

    06/09/2014 11:02:46 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies ^ | June 09, 2014
    Russia's Communist leader has voiced support for a referendum to rename the city of Volgograd as Stalingrad, and has suggested that St. Petersburg readopt its Soviet-era name of Leningrad. "Only two cities have been subjected to name changes after the Great Patriotic war — Leningrad and Stalingrad" Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov told Russian News Service. "They were not awarded the title of "Hero City for nothing, the whole world knows them as Leningrad and Stalingrad" Zyuganov said, adding the people of St. Petersburg had to be called upon to back the name change. During D-Day commemorations in Normandy last...
  • Zyuganov: It is necessary to declare a no-fly zone over South-East of Ukraine

    06/02/2014 2:29:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Rusvensa ^ | 6-2+2014 | Rusvensa
    Gennady Zyuganov (head of the Communist Party of Russia)at the meeting with journalists on Monday made several constructive ideas: the introduction of a no-fly zone, border control and cross-border corridors for Russian volunteers, riding on Donbass. "We have a full right member of the security Council to declare a no-fly zone over this territory and to contribute to any military objects, which will appear on this territory, were eliminated," he said. He added that this must be done for the security of the local population. "To watch them from planes shot of the city and civilians, to look at the...
  • Russian leftists blasts Kiev plans to ban Ukrainian Communist Party

    05/21/2014 1:59:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | May 21, 2014
    Russia’s KPRF has attacked plans of the acting Ukrainian president to ban the Communist party in the country, as a threat to all leftist and patriotic forces, and says such a step is typical of fascist regimes of the past. “All fascist regimes in the world started their activities with a ban on Communist parties. Such threats are a threat to all leftist popular and patriotic forces,” the leader of Russian Communists, Gennady Zyuganov, said at a roundtable in the State Duma on Wednesday. Zyuganov said the Communist Party of the Russian Federation had prepared a draft motion against the...
  • Russian MPs seek to sue Gorbachev over USSR collapse

    04/10/2014 11:56:53 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies ^ | April 10, 2014
    A group of MPs representing both majority and opposition parties have asked Russia’s Prosecutor General to probe the events leading to the breakup of the Soviet Union. They view possible action against former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. In the letter, signed by two MPs from United Russia, two Communists and one representative of populist nationalist party LDPR, the parliamentarians claim that at the March 1991referendum the majority of Soviet citizens voted that their country should remain united, and therefore the actions of several top officials that led to USSR breakup were unlawful. They also noted that in November 1991 the...
  • Moscow’s Europe Square could be renamed into Square of Reunification of Crimea and Russia

    03/23/2014 11:13:50 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies ^ | March 19, 2014
    MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. The Communist Party of Russia suggests renaming one of the streets or squares in the Russian capital to celebrate the reunification of Crimea with Russia. Andrei Klychkov, the leader of the Communist Party faction in the Moscow State Duma, said on Wednesday that the party was going to submit its proposal to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin soon. They believe that Europe Square in front of the Kievsky railway station could be a perfect place to perpetuate the historical event. Klychkov said several new names for the square had been suggested. “The list of names includes Square...
  • Military strike against Syria may engage whole region in conflict: Russian politician

    09/09/2013 2:09:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies ^ | September 05, 2013
    MOSCOW, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Russian lawmaker Gennady Zyuganov called on the international community to prevent a looming Western military strike against Syria, saying it would plunge the whole region into conflict. "Everyone should oppose that war because this is not a question of Syria. If Syria is destroyed, the flames will spread into Lebanon," Zyuganov, also leader of Russia's Communist Party, told a press conference Thursday. "It seems Obama has wavered and drifted," he said. President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Channel 1 TV and the Associated Press published on the Kremlin website Wednesday that any unilateral...
  • Passions simmer over Moscow plans for Stalin V-Day

    02/18/2010 12:07:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 553+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 18, 2010
    As the Kremlin sends out invitations to world leaders to attend a Victory Day parade in Red Square on May 9, Moscow officials plan to set up large "information stands" in places where Russian veterans traditionally meet their war buddies. Previously, veterans were free to attend the celebrations with their own pictures of Stalin if they wished, but this will be first time since Soviet times that the authorities will be providing information on his role, which remains an issue of heated debate in modern Russia. "This is an insult for the millions of those who perished on the fronts...
  • Putin Says Decision on ‘Reunification’ of Georgia ‘Already Decided’

    11/17/2009 7:25:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies · 1,398+ views
    Eye on Eurasia ^ | November 17, 2009 | Paul Goble
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has often described the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the greatest tragedy” of the 20th century, has now said that the “reunification” of Georgia has “already been decided,” a suggestion some of his listeners believe was a call for restoring Moscow’s control over Georgia and even the former USSR as a whole. In an intriguing commentary published in yesterday’s “Gazeta,” Bozhena Rynska describes both the celebration of the 80th birthday of longtime Soviet and Russian official Yevgeny Primakov and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s two very different toasts on that occasion ( The celebration took...
  • Russian Communist Party to protest U.S. stance on S.Ossetia

    08/03/2009 7:24:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 350+ views ^ | August 03, 2009
    MOSCOW, August 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Communist Party will hold protests outside the U.S. embassy in Moscow on Friday to mark Georgia's attack on South Ossetia, Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said on Monday. "We will hold protests in front of the U.S. embassy on [August] 7 in connection with the anniversary of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict, or more precisely [Georgian President Mikheil] Saakashvili and his mercenaries' traitorous attack on a brotherly republic," Zyuganov said during a press conference in Moscow. The head of the Communist Party's Moscow department, Vladimir Ulas, said the U.S. embassy was chosen for the protests...
  • Russian Communist leader endorses Obama's economic plan

    07/10/2009 1:54:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 590+ views ^ | 07/09/2009
    Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov says he enjoyed getting to meet Barack Obama along with other members of the Russian opposition this week and even saw eye-to-eye with the U.S. president on a few things. Interfax reports via Johnson's Russia List: "I said that I had thoroughly studied the U.S. president's anti-crisis program, that I liked it, as well as that it is socially oriented and primarily aimed at supporting poor people and enhancing the state's role. I said all this to President Obama," he said. Somehow I don't think you'll be seeing that endorsement on
  • NATO accuses Russians of intimidation vs Estonia

    05/04/2007 3:57:01 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 381+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3 May 2007
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO accused pro-Kremlin youths of unacceptable intimidation against Estonia's embassy in Moscow, saying on Thursday it must stop and that Russia-Estonia tensions should be defused diplomatically. Days of protests at the embassy over Estonia's relocation of a Soviet war memorial escalated on Wednesday when demonstrators stormed a news conference shortly before the ambassador arrived and were dispersed by bodyguards spraying gas. Diplomats said the protests amounted to a blockade of the embassy of Estonia, which is a NATO and European Union member. "NATO is deeply concerned by threats to the physical safety of Estonian diplomatic staff, including...
  • US-Russia relations deteriorating sharply, experts warn

    06/06/2006 11:22:15 PM PDT · by vertolet · 113 replies · 1,379+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | June 7 2006 03:00 | Guy Dinmore
    Relations between the US and Russia are deteriorating badly and there is a danger of conflict in the flashpoints of the south Caucasus, according to senior former officials and corporate leaders advising the EastWest Institute (EWI). EWI board members at the think-tank's annual meeting in Charleston were almost unanimous in calling for moves to prevent what one called an emerging "cold peace" between the US and Russia. John Mroz, founder and president of EWI, called the deterioration worrisome. He placed the trend in the context of growing distrust between the major powers, including China, with the world in a state...
  • Chavez says Russia to help Venezuela make rifles

    05/30/2006 8:25:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,294+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/30/06 | Reuters
    CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Russia will help Venezuela build plants to make Kalashnikov rifles and ammunition after the United States restricted arms sales to the South American nation, President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday. Chavez also told a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, that a delivery of 30,000 Kalashnikov automatic rifles was due to arrive from Russia in early June. "The Russians are going to install a Kalashnikov rifle plant and a munitions factory. So we can defend every street, every hill, every corner," he said in remarks broadcast in Venezuela. Washington banned all weapons sales to Chavez's leftist government...
  • An Iran-Russia-China axis? (Axis of dictatorship)

    10/27/2005 8:40:51 AM PDT · by Wiz · 40 replies · 1,056+ views
    The decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to refer Iran's nuclear programme to the UN Security Council has thrown into sharp focus relations between Iran and Russia. Moscow may soon have to choose whether to back Iran or align itself with the US and the European Union (EU) in reining in Iran's nuclear intentions. Russia appears ready to co-operate with both the USA and Iran in order to boost its trade relations with the two countries. Although Russia is also a leading oil exporter and therefore unlikely to be intimidated by Iranian threats to reduce oil sales, the...
  • Stalin's Ghost

    05/04/2006 5:36:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 85 replies · 1,269+ views
    Dick Cheney charges Vladimir Putin with limiting freedom and intimidating former Soviet satellites. A sure sign he's right: Russia's last communist premier, Mikhail Gorbachev, cries "provocation." The most dishonest news story of the 20th century was the cover-up of the Soviet Union's forced famine in the Ukraine in the 1930s by New York Times Moscow correspondent Walter Duranty. The Stalin sympathizer knew as many as 10 million Ukrainians died, yet he wrote that famine was not happening. Disgracefully, his Pulitzer Prize was never revoked and his photo still has a place of honor in the Times' offices. In a reminder...
  • Putin subverting US Government! (HOT)

    04/21/2006 6:38:28 AM PDT · by b2stealth · 41 replies · 9,172+ views
    National PR-ity // Moscow drafts a plan to influence the United States The Kremlin has taken up the promotion of Russian interests in the United States head-on. The key role will be given to the Russian-U.S. Council for Business Cooperation (RUCBC) whose supervisory board will include high-ranking officials from the Russian president’s administration, ministers and prominent public figures. The Russian government asked the Finance Ministry to find sources to finance the NGO. However, it has already been suggested that big business contribute for the council’s activities. The first donation is expected to amount to $50 million. Work has in progress...
  • Russian Communist leader sees U.S. behind bird flu outbreak

    03/14/2006 10:59:15 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies · 1,033+ views
    Interfax ^ | Mar 14 2006
    MOSCOW. March 14 (Interfax) - Russian Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov has blamed the United States for the spread of avian influenza, or bird flu, in a number of European countries, including Russia. "The forms of warfare are changing. It's strange that not a single duck has yet died in America - they are all dying in Russia and European countries. This makes one seriously wonder why," Zyuganov said at a press conference at the Interfax main office on Tuesday. Zyuganov said that he has good knowledge of war gases as he dealt with them during his army service. "I...