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  • Putin Loses Handle On Military Inspection

    05/13/2016 3:18:12 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 31 replies
    RFERL ^ | 05.13.2016 | Mike Eckel
    Russia President Vladimir Putin looks on, bemused, as the handle on the door of the armored SUV comes off in the hand of General Aleksandr Shevchenko, while th
  • Russia fuming as Nato expands military alliance with invitation to ex-Soviet ally

    12/02/2015 3:29:54 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 58 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | Dec 2, 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    The 28-nation US-led group agreed to start the entry process at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels this morning, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. The move will be seen as a warning to the Kremlin that its influence in the region is waning, despite a show of strength during last year's annexation of Crimea and the subsequernt bombing campaign in Syria. In retaliation, Russia has warned that Montenegro will be punished for the action.
  • Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal

    04/10/2015 11:59:07 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    washington post ^ | april 10, 2015 | caitlin dewey
    In post-Soviet Russia, you don’t make memes. Memes make (or unmake?) you. That is, at least, the only conclusion we can draw from an announcement made this week by Russia’s three-year-old media agency/Internet censor Roskomnadzor, which made it illegal to publish any Internet meme that depicts a public figure in a way that has nothing to do with his “personality.” Sad Keanu? Nope. Sad Putin? Absolutely not. “These ways of using [celebrities’ images] violate the laws governing personal data and harm the honor, dignity and business of public figures,” reads the policy announcement from Roskomnadzor. To be clear, this isn’t a new law passed by parliament...
  • Malaysia Airlines Crash: UN Security Council Sets Urgent Meeting on Ukraine

    07/17/2014 11:30:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 117 replies
    NDTV ^ | 6-18-2014 | NDTV
    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said yesterday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 am today. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and yesterday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people over eastern Ukraine. Britain has proposed a Security Council press statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident." The statement, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated to all 15 council members, who must approve it before...
  • Russia Asks Iran: Help Us Skirt U.S. Sanctions

    05/08/2014 11:25:56 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 8 2014 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Russian official held a meeting with Iran’s ambassador to Moscow on Wednesday to solicit advice on ways the Russian government can skirt U.S. sanctions that were leveled in wake of its invasion of Ukraine. Russian Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev summoned Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanayee for a meeting in Moscow to learn strategies for avoiding the brunt of U.S. sanctions.
  • Putin's Russia caught in US and Chinese double-pincer

    04/03/2014 5:42:29 AM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 26 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Russia's Vladimir Putin has committed a grave strategic blunder by tearing up the international rule book without a green light from China. Any hope of recruiting Beijing as an ally to blunt Western sanctions looks doomed, and with it the Kremlin's chances of a painless victory, or any worthwhile victory at all. Mr Putin was careful to thank China's Politburo for its alleged support in his victory speech on Crimea. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has been claiming with his usual elasticity that “Russia and China have coinciding views on the situation in Ukraine.” This is of course a desperate lie....
  • Who has the standing to call Putin's actions in Ukraine - nekulturny?

    03/15/2014 2:31:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    March 15, 2014
    At the end of WWII the Russian army raped and pillaged as they pushed the Nazis back into Germany [that barbarian nature that they have - yet are so sensitive about]. One thing that would cause them to pause [halt their knee-jerk barbarism] was being called nekulturny. No matter how uncouth and barbaric a Russian is by nature, they are very sensitive to being called on it. Someone with authority [which leaves out Obama and Kerry] needs to paint Putin as being nekulturny - UNCULTURED! Kerry did exactly this when he said Putin was acting so 19th Century, not like...
  • Putin Dismisses U.S. Proposal on Ukraine (decision led Mr. Kerry to put off a Russian invitation)

    03/10/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin has apparently rejected a U.S. proposal to resolve the dispute over Ukraine that had been put forward by Secretary of State John Kerry over the past week, according to senior Russian and U.S. officials.</p> <p>Mr. Putin's decision led Mr. Kerry to put off a Russian invitation to meet Mr. Putin in Russia, as early as the beginning of this week in Sochi, to discuss the Ukraine crisis, according to these officials.</p>
  • Putin's Hypocricy - In his own words

    03/02/2014 7:40:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Published: September 11, 2013
    From Putin's op-ed on Syria, in the NY Times, September 11, 2013 " We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression."
  • Ukraine Background: Conspiracies or Puppets [Vanity]

    02/22/2014 8:54:20 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 30 replies
    2/22/2014 | wikipedia
    It appears we have a spectrum of opinion on FR regarding the upheaval in Ukraine. On the one end of the spectrum there is passionate support, with a firm belief that the uprisings are purely indigenous Ukrainian groups. There is the belief that the Ukrainian people themselves have risen up against a corrupt and tryannical regime that is a puppet of Moscow. While some at the extreme end of this opinion say the protests are not really about the EU, it appears that most now concede that it is, and say that a majority of the Ukrainian people want to...
  • Why the eruption in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will engulf us all...

    02/23/2014 12:29:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2014 | Mark Almond
    Television pictures of revolutions can make them seem like a spectator sport. Having Vitali Klitschko, the world heavyweight boxing champion, playing a starring role in the events in Kiev reinforces that impression. But the implosion of the Ukrainian state in the last 48 hours is a political earthquake. Chaos in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will toss Western Europe from its moorings too. It is a mistake to think we are watching from a safe distance. Maybe Ukraine is as foreign to the British people today as it was when an obscure crisis on its southern coast in...
  • Gorbachev: Ukraine failed to act democratically

    02/23/2014 12:23:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 2:38 AM EST
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine stems from the government’s failure to act democratically. […] “Ultimately this is the result of the failure of the government to act democratically” and to engage in dialogue and fight corruption, Gorbachev said during an address to a forum on government communications in the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He added that the root cause of the unrest in Ukraine was an “interruption of perestroika,” referring to his reform policies, and of the democratic process there. …
  • The battle for Kiev may well be over, but is the battle for Crimea about to begin? (Videos at link)

    02/23/2014 4:56:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 18 replies
    <p>The picture above shows the scene earlier today in Kiev, as Ukraine's parliament voted to hold early elections and dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych.</p> <p>It's a heart-warming image. The bloody, protracted protests in Ukraine seem to have achieved their goals: Yanukovych is gone, new elections are due, and Yulia Tymoshenko, a key figure in Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution, has been freed from prison. Ukraine looks as though it might have pulled back from the brink.</p>
  • 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: 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 can’t believe the reasons that are given. Let me explain…
  • UN chief invites Iran to Geneva II

    01/19/2014 6:35:34 PM PST · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    Global Times ^ | 1/20/2014 | Agencies
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that he had invited Iran to attend this week's Syria peace conference in Switzerland, also known as Geneva II. "I have decided to issue some additional invitations to the one-day gathering in Montreux. They are: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Greece, the Holy See, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Iran," Ban told reporters here at a press conference. "I believe the expanded international presence on that day will be an important and useful show of solidarity in advance of the hard work that the Syrian government and opposition delegations will begin...
  • Lawmakers Say KGB Founder Statue Won't Return to Moscow

    10/14/2013 2:30:44 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 10/14/2013 | RIA Novosti
    Moscow legislators backtracked on claims that they are considering the return of a monument honoring the founder of the Soviet secret police to the center of the city. The city parliament made no plans concerning the return of the statue of Felix "Iron Felix" Dzerzhinsky, legislature speaker Vladimir Platonov said on Ekho Moskvy radio Saturday. City lawmakers have no right to pitch such initiatives anyway and can only rule on their funding, said Platonov, a member of the ruling United Russia party. Fellow city lawmaker Andrei Metelsky said earlier Saturday that the Dzerzhinsky statue was a historical landmark and could...
  • Obama: I ‘Welcome’ Putin’s Involvement in Syria — ‘This is Not the Cold War’

    09/15/2013 9:03:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/15/13 | Oliver Darcy
    President Barack Obama said he welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s involvement with Syria, in an interview that aired Sunday. “I welcome him being involved,” Obama said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I welcome him saying, ‘I will take responsibility for pushing my client, the Assad regime, to deal with these chemical weapons,’” he continued. “This is not the Cold War. This is not a contest between the United States and Russia.” The president, responding to Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times, said he doesn’t “think that Mr. Putin has the same values that we do.” Obama added that Russian influence...
  • Dead Russian lawyer Magnitsky found guilty

    07/11/2013 4:30:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2013 2:38 PM EDT | Jim Heintz
    More than three years after he died in prison, whistle-blowing Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was found guilty of tax evasion by a Moscow court Wednesday. The posthumous trial of Magnitsky was a macabre chapter in a case that ignited a high-emotion dispute between Russia and Washington that has included U.S. sanctions against Russians deemed to be human rights violators, a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens and calls for the closure of Russian non-governmental organizations receiving American funding. Magnitsky was a lawyer for U.S.-born British investor William Browder when he alleged in 2008 that organized criminals...
  • Did Russian president's 'affair' with young gymnast end his 30-year marriage?

    06/07/2013 9:06:58 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 69 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 13:31 EST, 6 June 2013 | Anna Edwards
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, have announced that they have separated and their marriage is over. The 60-year-old and his 55-year-old wife broke the news of the end of the 29-year marriage in an obviously staged TV interview after a night at the ballet that made no mention of Putin's alleged mistress, former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, 30. Asked on Rossiya-24 television about longstanding rumours that the Putins no longer lived together, the 60-year-old Putin said: 'That is true.' But neither clarified whether they were legally divorced and Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he did not know....