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  • Russian markets closed until Friday

    09/18/2008 5:15:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 279+ views
    Yahoo!Asia ^ | 09/18/08
    Russian markets closed until Friday Russia ordered its main stock exchanges closed for another day Thursday as President Dmitry Medvedev called for pouring 500 billion rubles ($20 billion) into financial markets in an effort to stabilize them. The government is struggling to stem a dizzying plummet in share prices and restore confidence in the economy _ a plummet that has revived memories of the 1998 financial collapse. "We have sufficient reserves and a strong economy, which guarantees the avoidance of any shocks," Medvedev said in televised comments.
  • Insight: Who runs Russia?

    09/15/2008 8:08:36 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 152+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 16, 2008 | Bridget Kendall
    Getting to the bottom of the shadowy depths of Kremlin decision-making is tricky. Machiavellian power struggles, dark paranoia of security chiefs and long fingers of corruption can turn seemingly rational and transparent explanations inside out. But even public signals are instructive, and in the wake of the Georgia crisis, Russia's leadership is taking stock and has several messages for the West. The first key question about Russia is - who is really in charge? The standard answer is President Medvedev as Commander in Chief. He, and only he, ordered Russian troops across the border to hit back when Georgia attacked...
  • VANITY Palin leaves open option of war with Russia (More AP Lies and Deceit)

    09/11/2008 8:41:53 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 43 replies · 225+ views
    Me ^ | September 11, 2008 | NA
    Link:Hitpiece on Palin Part 2. Palin=Goldwater 1964
  • The Truth About Russia in Georgia

    08/26/2008 11:00:02 AM PDT · by RKV · 50 replies · 708+ views
    Middle East Journal ^ | 26 August 2008 | Michael Totten
    Virtually everyone believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili foolishly provoked a Russian invasion on August 7, 2008, when he sent troops into the breakaway district of South Ossetia. “The warfare began Aug. 7 when Georgia launched a barrage targeting South Ossetia,” the Associated Press reported over the weekend in typical fashion. Virtually everyone is wrong. Georgia didn't start it on August 7, nor on any other date. The South Ossetian militia started it on August 6 when its fighters fired on Georgian peacekeepers and Georgian villages with weapons banned by the agreement hammered out between the two sides in 1994. At...
  • Poland, Ukraine and the Baltics - Nervous neighbours

    08/21/2008 1:39:48 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 225+ views
    The Economist ^ | Aug 21st 2008
    Poland, Ukraine and the Baltics Nervous neighbours Aug 21st 2008 | MOSCOW AND WARSAW NOBODY has watched the war in Georgia more anxiously than Russia’s western neighbours. Recently the Russians have been bellicose towards Ukraine, the three Baltic states and Poland. It was no surprise when leaders from the other four flew with the Polish president to Tbilisi to express solidarity with Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili. It was also no coincidence that Poland signed a deal with the Americans to host missile-defence interceptors. The deal marks the end of a game of hardball, with the Poles turning down many American offers...
  • Russian fighting machine is showing its age, say military analysts

    08/21/2008 3:16:27 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 33 replies · 165+ views
    Times U.K. ^ | August 21, 2008 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Kevin Flynn in Moscow
    Pictures of triumphant Russian soldiers sitting on armoured personnel carriers as they were driven through towns in Georgia will be among the lasting images of the seven-day war. But the victory did not tell the whole story, analysts said yesterday. The ageing vehicles were so lightly armed and so uncomfortable and hot to sit in that the Russian soldiers felt safer perched on top. “At least they could then react quickly if there was an attack,” Colonel Christopher Langton, an expert on Russian armed forces at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, said. For an invading force from what...
  • Russian General Threatens Poland with Attack over US deal

    08/15/2008 6:40:42 AM PDT · by docbnj · 337 replies · 880+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 15 Aug 2008 | Associated Press
    A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a US missile defense battery exposes the country to attack, pointing out that Russian military doctrine permits the use of nuclear weapons in such a situation, the Interfax news agency reported. *** Interfax said he added, in clear reference to the agreement, that Russia's military doctrine sanctions the use of nuclear weapons "against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them." Nogovitsyn said that would include elements of strategic deterrence systems, according to Interfax.
  • Russia's Putin keeps his Kremlin chair

    05/13/2008 11:24:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 89+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2008 | Guy Faulconbridge
    Dmitry Medvedev may be Russia's president but Vladimir Putin has kept his place in the Kremlin. When Putin came to his old office in the Kremlin on Monday to propose the names of ministers for his government, the former president made for his customary seat on the left of the desk. But he paused before sitting down and told President Medvedev: "Now this is your place," Russia's Kommersant daily reported. "Oh, what's the difference?" Medvedev answered and immediately sat on the right of the desk, where Putin's guests traditionally perched for the eight years of his presidency.
  • Putin signals he intends to stay in charge of Russia

    05/08/2008 1:48:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 76+ views
    AP ^ | 05/08/08 | LYNN BERRY
    MOSCOW (AP) — When Boris Yeltsin left the Kremlin eight years ago, he gave Vladimir Putin the pen he had used to sign important documents and decrees, a gesture symbolizing the transfer of power to Russia's new president. When Putin left the Kremlin, he took the pen with him. Putin, who became prime minister Thursday, has signaled that he intends to remain Russia's principal leader, at least in the short term — and possibly much longer. He is keeping the trappings of his presidency and many of its powers as well. It was not always meant to be this way....
  • NYP: RUSSIA CHOOSES CHAINS--ON PATH TO STAY A BANANA REPUBLIC

    03/04/2008 12:04:49 PM PST · by OESY · 16 replies · 165+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 4, 2008 | Ralph Peters
    ...Vaclav Havel, one of the very few truly great men of our time,... [a] lifelong advocate of nonviolent resistance, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, is a very old 71, a frail survivor of cancer and years in Communist cells. But he's as passionate as ever about freedom. The climax of his speech to NATO's military and civilian leaders was a stark warning about Russia: "A dictatorship of a fairly new type is coming into existence to the east of the area under NATO protection. All basic human and civic freedoms are gradually...
  • Russia: Kremlin hawks feed conspiracy theories with 3,200 white mice

    03/03/2008 8:11:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 292+ views
    Times of London ^ | 03/02/08 | Mark Franchetti
    Kremlin hawks feed conspiracy theories with 3,200 white mice Mark Franchetti RUSSIANS bored by today’s predictable presidential election have turned their attention to a puzzle that emerged from the corridors of power last week: what on earth did the Kremlin want with 3,200 white mice worth more than £10,000? The Federal Guard Service, the Russian equivalent of the American Secret Service and guardian of both Vladimir Putin’s security and the Kremlin grounds, advertised for the rodents, specifying that they should be female, white, laboratory-bred and weighing no more than 18 grams (just over half an ounce). Delivery to be arranged...
  • Kremlin planning to rig election

    02/29/2008 10:17:04 AM PST · by NinoFan · 18 replies · 279+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Feb. 29, 2008 | Luke Harding and Tom Parfitt in Moscow
    The Kremlin is planning to falsify the results of this Sunday's presidential election in Russia by compelling millions of public sector workers to vote and by fraudulently boosting the official turnout after polls close, the Guardian has learned. Governors, regional officials, and even headteachers have been instructed to deliver a landslide majority for Dmitry Medvedev - Russia's first deputy prime minister, whom President Vladimir Putin has endorsed to be his successor. Officials have been told they need to secure a 68% to 70% turnout in this weekend's poll - with around 72% casting votes for Medvedev. However, independent analysts believe...
  • Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C.

    02/24/2008 9:13:34 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 9 replies · 228+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 24, 2008
    <p>One year ago, Kremlin critic Paul Joyal was gunned down in the driveway of his suburban Maryland home. The case remains unsolved — but some see the hand of Russia in the shooting.</p> <p>Joyal, 53, is the former chief of security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a former business partner of retired Soviet KGB Gen. Oleg Kalugin.</p>
  • The dead billionaire and the 'KGB poison killer'

    02/14/2008 10:08:46 AM PST · by Ivan the Terrible · 8 replies · 231+ views
    This is London ^ | 02/14/08 | Keith Dovkants
    What killed Badri Patarkatsishvili? As the police scour his home for clues and a pathologist conducts a post-mortem examination, conspiracy theorists will point to the company he kept on the day he died. On Tuesday afternoon, hours before his death, Patarkatsishvili was with Boris Berezovsky at the law offices of Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, in the City. Berezovsky is at the centre of London-based opposition to Russian president Vladimir Putin's government and on Tuesday he, Patarkatsishvili and their friend Yuli Dubov swore witness statements related to various cases in the former Soviet Union involving seizure of assets and...
  • Putin Threatens to Target Neighbors

    02/14/2008 7:55:48 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 163+ views
    WSJ ^ | February 14, 2008
    Putin Threatens to Target Neighbors AP February 14, 2008 MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday repeated his threat to aim Russian rockets at former Soviet satellite states if U.S. missile defense facilities are deployed there. Speaking about U.S. plans for interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic, Mr. Putin said that "our experts consider that this system threatens our national security and if it appears, we will be obligated to adequately react to this." "We are warning people ahead of time: if you take this step, then we will make this step," Mr. Putin told...
  • Putin holds final annual news conference of 8-year Russian presidency

    02/14/2008 8:01:44 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 65+ views
    Putin holds final annual news conference of 8-year Russian presidency AP MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin extolled Russia's economic revival and staked a claim to a role in ruling the country for the foreseeable future as he responded to questions Thursday at the final annual Kremlin news conference of his eight-year presidency. Putin used the nationally televised marathon of more than 4 1/2 hours to burnish his image as a competent, caring president in control of a resurgent country with growing influence. He stressed that Russia wants good relations with the West, but will stand up to any perceived threat from the...
  • Russia - Medvedev asked Putin to become prime minister

    12/11/2007 3:32:28 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 59+ views
    AFP via translation | December 11, 2007
    via translation - MOSCOW - Dmitry Medvedev, candidate of presidential power to the Russian in 2008, called Tuesday for Putin to the post of prime minister once from the Kremlin. "It is important to maintain the effectiveness of the team. So I think important for our country to remain extremely important to the post of executive power, the Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin," he said in a affidavit to Russian television.
  • The Collapse Of The Soviet Union Was Staged

    11/25/2007 9:23:45 AM PST · by Fennie · 115 replies · 534+ views
    In 1984 a book was published with the title New Lies For Old. It was written by Soviet KGB defector Anatoly Golitsyn. The book claimed that the Soviet Union had a secret long-term strategy to disarm and defeat the United States through a controlled collapse of the Soviet empire that would take place in the last decade of the twentieth century. In the book's most remarkable chapter, titled "The Final Phase," Golitsyn accurately described the future of the Soviet bloc. Communism would give up its monopoly of power in Russia, he explained, as apparent freedom and democracy would be introduced....
  • Putin's legacy is a Russia that doesn't have to curry favour with the west

    10/15/2007 6:57:32 AM PDT · by RusIvan · 28 replies · 139+ views
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,2171414,00.html ^ | Tuesday September 18, 2007 | Jonathan Steele
    Among the neon and the glitz of Moscow's car-choked streets, a new hoarding stands out for its stark simplicity. Apart from the colours of the Russian flag, there is no image and its wording is short: "Putin's plan, Russia's victory".
  • Investigator: Journalist's killer known

    10/08/2007 4:06:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 531+ views
    Investigator: Journalist's killer known By STEVE GUTTERMAN Associated Press Writer MOSCOW - After a year and nearly a dozen arrests, the main mystery in the slaying of a Russian journalist strongly critical of the Kremlin remains unsolved — who ordered her killed, the chief investigator said in an interview published Monday. Investigators know who pulled the trigger in the fatal shooting of Anna Politikovskaya at her Moscow apartment building, Petros Garibyan, a senior investigator in the Prosecutor General's Office, told the newspaper she worked for, Novaya Gazeta. "As for those who ordered it, we have interesting suggestions, let's put it...