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  • Ukraine's Constitutional Court Upholds Law Equating Communism To Nazism

    07/17/2019 10:42:46 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | July 17, 2019 | Current Time
    Ukraine's Constitutional Court has upheld a law that equates communism to Nazism and bans the dissemination of its symbols, a law that has prompted angry protests from Moscow. In the July 16 ruling published on its website, the court said the "communist and Nazi regimes" used similar methods of "implementing repressive state policies." The legislation was passed by Ukrainian lawmakers in May 2015. That law paved the way for the removal of all communist monuments not related to World War II and renaming public places and landmarks bearing Soviet names. Since then, dozens of statues, plaques, and other monuments --...
  • CIA Kremlin bug 'saved Gorbachev'

    10/12/2002 5:14:45 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 15 replies · 329+ views
    The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 10/13/2002 | Nick Paton Walsh
    The newly revealed exploits of spies who operated in underground tunnels The CIA dug a tunnel under the Kremlin and installed a hi-tech bugging system to eavesdrop on the Soviet Union's most senior figures, according to the former US intelligence officer who executed the plan. The device was put in by a US agent who had to wear a protective suit and was guided by satellite and sonar images of Moscow's underground. The bugging formed part of audacious operations to rescue a key defector, a KGB officer with responsibility for eavesdropping, and to alert Boris Yeltsin to the attempted coup...
  • Horrifying new video shows Aeroflot jet bouncing along runway (TR)

    05/16/2019 5:58:11 AM PDT · by DFG · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05/16/2019 | Will Stewart
    Horrifying new footage of the jet disaster that killed 41 in Moscow has emerged amid claims pilots made basic errors during the emergency because they were incapable of landing without the assistance of autopilot. The Aeroflot plane can be seen bouncing down the runway before bursting into a deadly fireball at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on May 5. The footage emerged as an expert claimed that the experienced captain Denis Evdokimov - hospitalised as a result of the crash - had never previously manually flown the Sukhoi Superjet 100 in so-called 'direct mode' before the crash. A lightning strike soon after...
  • 13 dead after Aeroflot plane's emergency landing, fire at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport

    05/05/2019 12:34:19 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2019 | Travis Fedschun
    At least 13 people were killed in a fire on a Russian airliner forced to make a hard emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Sunday, officials said. Russia's Investigative Committee said two children were among the dead but did not immediately provide further details. Airport officials said Aeroflot flight SU1492, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet, had taken off for the northern city of Murmansk before it was forced to turn around with 73 passengers and five crew members on board.
  • Moscow Snuffs Out Religious Liberty in Eastern Ukraine

    04/25/2019 8:18:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 48 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | Apr 2019 | Doug Bandow
    Ukraine has had a tortured political existence as an independent nation, but it has respected freedom of conscience. In 2014 the Orthodox Church, both the Moscow and the Kiev patriachates, made up more than half of the religious organizations in both Donetsk and Luhansk. But there was an abundance of other faiths and churches. For the first time in decades, people enjoyed liberty in faith. However, that changed when the separatists took control. They sought to eliminate dissent, any hint of backing for the Kiev government. And they claimed that the Russian Orthodox Church had been oppressed, encouraging creation of...
  • Orthodox Russia Seeks Its Place in a Future Conservative European Union’

    04/17/2019 10:35:39 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    Andrey Melnikov, the editor of NG-Religii, reports on a conference this week at the Russian Cultural Center in Budapest devoted to the growth of conservative national consciousness in the members of the European Union and the rest of the world. The meeting, which attracted representatives from 24 different countries, is formally the 25th Conference of the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Peoples, a group that, in Melnikov’s words, has “positioned itself as an international conservative organization” which criticizes globalization from the perspective of “fundamentalist Christianity.” The meeting is taking place in Budapest, the Moscow journalist says, because Hungary...
  • Moscow to blame for failure of its Neo-Colonialism

    04/15/2019 4:34:55 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Eurasia - New Series ^ | Apr 11, 2019
    – Since 1991, Moscow has sought to retain its influence and control in the post-Soviet space at a lower cost than it paid in Soviet times, thus leaving the non-Russian countries around it in worse shape than they would otherwise be and rapidly leading ever more of them to seek ties with other centers of power, Anton Yevstratov says. That approach which relies on the continuation of past ties, the use of frozen conflicts, and the absence of outside influence has worked well in some places; but it is failing in many and will fail in more, not because these...
  • Daimler opens Mercedes-Benz plant in Moscow region

    04/03/2019 8:08:56 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2019
    (Reuters) - German automaker Daimler officially opened a Mercedes-Benz factory near Moscow on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by President Vladimir Putin, marking a rare foreign investment into Russia's car industry. The plant in the town of Esipovo 40 kilometers north west of Moscow is the first in years to be opened by a foreign carmaker in Russia where investment into the once burgeoning auto industry dried up amid western sanctions and a stagnant economy. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Putin said the plant would produce 25,000 cars a year and that investment in the project had totaled 19 billion...
  • Predictions of Islamization of Russia Set Off Media Firestorm in Moscow

    03/08/2019 7:04:40 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    A suggestion by Ravil Gaynutdin, the head of the Union of Muftis of Russia (SMR), that the share of Muslims in Russia will rise from seven to 30 percent in 15 years and the even more radical prediction by Orthodox Archhpriest Dmitry Smirnov that Muslims will displace Russians by mid-century have touched off a media firestorm in Moscow. Mufti Gaynutdin is not noted for radicalism, and his views as expressed to a Duma conference on Islam, were relatively calm; but Father Dmitry, head of the synod’s department for family affairs, is notorious for his extreme comments. The reactions to their...
  • The case for Russia collusion.....against the Democrats

    02/10/2019 6:00:13 PM PST · by Liz · 26 replies ^ | February 10, 2019 | JOHN SOLOMON
    Now that both the House and Senate investigative committees have cleared Donald Trump of Democrat-inspired allegations of Russian collusion, it is worth revisiting one anecdote that escaped significant attention during the hysteria but continues to have U.S. security implications. As secretary of State, Hillary Clinton worked with Russian leaders, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-President Dmitri Medvedev, to create U.S. technology partnerships with Moscow's version of Silicon Valley, a sprawling high-tech campus known as Skolkovo. Clinton's handprint was everywhere on the 2009-2010 project, the tip of a diplomatic spear to reboot U.S.-Russian relations after years of hostility prompted by...
  • Biden on trip to Moscow, Helsinki

    03/07/2011 4:32:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 03/07/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    Joe and Jill Biden have left the building. The vice president and his wife are on the beginning of their trip to Finland, Russia and Moldova. They’ll be gone all week. The White House attracted criticism at the end of last week as Republicans circulated a Washington Times story drawing attention to the timing of the Bidens’ trip — just a few days after the vice president had his first closed-door meeting with Republicans about the budget. It wouldn’t have been unheard of for the White House to cancel the trip until the budget negotations were finished. President Obama canceled...
  • Documents indicate detailed plans for Trump Tower Moscow: report (BuzzFeed)

    01/22/2019 2:54:46 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/22/19 | Emily Birnbaum
    BuzzFeed News has obtained files that the news outlet says contradict President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani's recent claims that there were "no plans" drawn up for Trump Tower Moscow. The online outlet reported on the files on Tuesday, after Giuliani in a New Yorker interview claimed that plans for Trump Tower Moscow did not extend beyond "a letter of intent." "The only thing that ever happened was that [Trump's team] submitted a letter of intent about a possible project in Moscow that never went beyond that," Giuliani said. "No money was ever paid, no plans were ever made. There...
  • President Trump Directed His Attorney To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project

    01/17/2019 8:04:48 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 76 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 01/17/19 | Jason Leopold
    President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen. And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.,...
  • Opinion: Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence is a mistake

    01/11/2019 7:23:56 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | January 11, 2019 | Miodrag Soric
    The leader of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew I, has granted adherents of the Orthodox faith in Ukraine autocephaly, or in other words, independence from Russia. Bartholomew did this on his own authority, against the advice of other bishops, thereby violating canon law and contradicting decisions on Ukraine he himself made just a few years ago. The reactions could hardly have been worse: Other patriarchs refuse to follow suit. Even members of the Greek-Orthodox Holy Synod have voiced their disapproval. Orthodox Church leaders in Poland or the Czech Republic also oppose the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople. The 2,000 monks (abbots...
  • Ex-NATO commander: Allies wondering if Trump was blackmailed to pull troops out of Syria

    12/24/2018 5:48:48 PM PST · by McGruff · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 24, 2018 | Daniel Chaitin
    A former commander of NATO said allies of the U.S. are asking whether President Trump was blackmailed by Turkey to pull U.S. military forces out of Syria. In a CNN segment Monday, Wesley Clark, a retired Army general and former Democratic presidential candidate, said there was no apparent strategic logic for the move that critics view as an abdication to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "You have to ask why was the decision made?" Clarke said on Christmas Eve. "People around the world are asking this and some of our friends and allies in the Middle East are asking, did...
  • Bartholomew To Grant Autocephaly Tomos To Kyiv On January 6, Says Church Spokesman

    12/13/2018 8:26:55 AM PST · by tlozo · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | December 13, 2018 | Radio Liberty
    The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will hand over a Tomos -- a decree granting independence, or autocephaly -- to the future head of the local Orthodox Church in Ukraine on January 6, Archbishop Yevstratiy, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate said on December 13. Senior figures from Orthodox Christian communities in Ukraine will meet on December 15 in a bid to form a new, unified, independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church and elect a leader, known as a Primate. The December 15 "unity gathering" will be held at St. Sophia's Cathedral in Kyiv and will be...
  • Russian Minister Says 'Amoral' To Investigate Veracity of Soviet Wartime Legend

    12/03/2018 12:11:29 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Dec 3, 2018 | Matthew Luxmoore
    "Even if this story were made up from start to finish, even if there had been no Panfilov, even if there had been nothing at all,"... "this is a sacred legend, which simply cannot be touched. And those who do so are washed-up scumbags." Russia's culture minister has revealed historical records that he claims prove the authenticity of a World War II legend largely debunked by historians, delivering the latest salvo in a long-running dispute that challenges the official narrative of the Soviet Union's war experience. Commonly referred to as "Panfilov's 28 men," the legend is among the most controversial...
  • Another Nothingburger: So What if Trump Wanted to Build a Tower in Moscow?

    12/03/2018 8:39:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2018 | By Brian C. Joondeph
    Media madness surrounds us. Like a three-ring circus, Big Media has three main themes. The middle ring is Trump Derangement Syndrome. Everything and anything Trump does or says is outrageous, uncouth, unpresidential, stupid, racist, xenophobic, and any number of additional adjectives you can conjure up. The two side rings are Russia and climate change. Today, the Trump and Russia rings are intertwined once again – but in a nonsensical way. Russia, a country with a GDP less than a tenth of the U.S.'s, between the GDPs of Texas and New York, has become public enemy number one in the eyes...
  • The Orthodox Schism and the Spiritual Limits of Politics (Russia-Ukraine)

    11/25/2018 4:57:15 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Nikos Konstandaras
    Russia’s effort to keep Ukraine under its thumb prompted a revolution in 2014 and a war that has claimed more than 10,000 lives. It also prompted, on Monday, what may be one of the most serious splits in Christendom since the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople in 1054 and the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. This new crisis has deep historical roots, and could shape religious and secular ties among many countries for years to come. Here’s what happened: The Church of Russia announced this week that it was breaking ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which has...
  • Moscow square named after British double agent Kim Philby

    11/08/2018 3:21:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 8, 2018
    The mayor of Moscow has decreed that a square near the headquarters of Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service be named after Kim Philby, the Briton who was the most successful Soviet double agent of the Cold War period. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed the order on Tuesday. The move comes amid tensions between Russia and Britain over this year’s nerve agent poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. …