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  • Russia is a Lie

    11/21/2014 7:34:38 AM PST · by Krosan · 14 replies
    Die Zeit (translation) ^ | 1. October 2014 | Boris Schumatsky
    The greatest difficulty in dealing with Russia is this: Russia lies. This blanket assertion sounds like a slogan from the Cold War, and yet it's the only one that does justice to reality. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, when I was writing my first newspaper articles, I always avoided journalistic short-cuts such as "Moscow wants" or "the Kremlin claims". When I would read in those days that "the Russians are invading Chechnya" I would think of my friends in Moscow and such formulations seemed about as accurate to me as Ronald Reagan's "Evil Empire". Today not only do...
  • I Just Spent 7 Days Watching Only Russian News And Reading Pravda — Here's What I Learned

    11/19/2014 1:40:41 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 41 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Nov. 18, 2014 | Vitaliy Katsenelson
    <p>I grew up hating America. I lived in the Soviet Union and was a child of the cold war. That hate went away in 1989, though, when the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war ended. By the time I left Russia in 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed, America was a country that Russians looked up to and wanted to emulate.</p>
  • The Greatest Revelation of G20 Summit

    11/18/2014 7:06:34 AM PST · by se99tp · 2 replies
    CCD Report ^ | November 18th, 2014
    (…) While Putin was sitting alone at the table, the other tyrant (not elected in democratic elections) was warmly received, accepted if not worshipped. Current First Secretary of the Communist Party of China (It is worthy to note that Prime Minister Abbot and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop did not even dare to utter his full communist title in their public statements) enjoyed their company. Comrade Xi, as he should be known, not one time declared that the Western democratic values can not be reconciled with Marxism-Leninism. Comrade Xi preaches “Chinese Dream” that is another disinformation term to conceal the totalitarian...
  • Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

    11/18/2014 7:00:21 AM PST · by C19fan
    Spiegel ^ | November 17, 2014 | Staff
    It is a fundamental principle of German foreign policy that talks are the best way to solve diplomatic problems. Such was the rationale behind Gernot Erler's recent trip to Moscow to speak with Russian parliamentarians about the ongoing Ukraine-related difficulties. Erler is the German government's Russia liaison and he has spent much of his political career working towards better relations between Germany and Russia. But his recent trip to the Russia capital was a painful one. There was no one in parliament who was willing to speak with him.
  • (2nd LD) NK special envoy set to meet Putin

    11/18/2014 4:23:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/18
    (2nd LD) NK special envoy set to meet Putin 2014/11/18 18:36 MOSCOW, Nov. 18 (Yonhap) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's special envoy later Tuesday, an official from Putin's office said. Choe Ryong-hae, the Workers' Party of Korea secretary, "is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Putin at 5 p.m. today," the Kremlin official told Yonhap News Agency. The public affairs office of the Kremlin later confirmed the planned meeting. Putin plans to have a closed-door meeting with Choe and there will be no press availability, it said. Choe is widely...
  • Moscow’s Many Misdirections

    11/17/2014 10:34:47 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/14 | John Thompson
    Nature of a regime that is heir to a tradition of misdirection and deception When Putin met Harper at the G-20 this week, it is said that the Russian leader insisted to the Canadian Prime Minister that there were no Russian troops in the Ukraine. Last week also saw a Moscow television station insisting they had dramatic footage proving that the MH-17 flight downed over the Ukraine last July was actually shot down by a Ukrainian fighter plane; and not by a drunken Cossack in command of a Russian SAM battery. Ah, Russia… some things just never change. Russia is...
  • Canada’s Harper to Putin: ‘I guess I’ll shake your hand, but you need to get out of Ukraine’

    11/17/2014 10:32:52 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/14 | Dan Calabrese
    O Canada! Canada's Harper to Putin: 'I guess I'll shake your hand, but you need to get out of Ukraine' Quite the contrast from when Obama ran into him in China last week, Canada’s Stephen Harper apparently has no hesitation about letting it be known what he and his country think of Vladimir Putin’s aggression toward Ukraine: Harper spokesman Jason MacDonald told Canadian reporters Harper had been chatting with a handful of other leaders when Putin entered the room. Putin approached Harper and stuck out his hand to shake the Canadian prime minister’s, said MacDonald.
  • Putin leaves Brisbane 'to catch up on sleep'

    11/16/2014 1:24:02 PM PST · by familyop · 13 replies
    Indo Asian News Service by way of Yahoo News ^ | 16NOV14 | Indo Asian News Service
    Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday left Brisbane citing a need to "catch up on sleep", after the Kremlin played down reports that he was leaving due to the cold reception given to him by other world leaders over Ukraine....The Russian leader said he explained...Despite Abbott's shirtfront threat setting the scene for the two leader's encounter in Australia, President Putin departed praising him...conservative world leaders, including Britain's David Cameron, Canada's Stephen Harper and Germany's Angela Merkel delivered stern words to the Russian leader over Ukraine.
  • Canada's Stephen Harper to Putin at G20 Meeting: Get out of Ukraine

    11/15/2014 5:35:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Glenn Reynolds refers to this as “smart diplomacy – the real thing,” but it’s based on the very dumb diplomacy rolled out by Vladimir Putin over the past year. Brisbane, Australia hosts the G-20 meeting this week, and Putin decided to make a point by sending a war flotilla of the Russian navy to the waters north of Australia, in order to make the point that, er … he’s a reasonable guy, or something: But it was clear that Putin’s actions over the past few days were top of mind for the leaders.Abbott lashed out at the Russian leader...
  • Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    11/15/2014 11:39:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 1/15/14 | Sam Frizell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters reports. President Barack Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela...
  • Harper tells Putin to get "get out of Ukraine" at G20 summit in Australia

    11/15/2014 9:40:19 AM PST · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 38 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | November 15, 2014 | Lee-Anne Goodman
    BRISBANE, Australia - Stephen Harper had a showdown with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian leader to "get out of Ukraine" in a dustup at the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Harper's spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at a private leaders' retreat on Saturday morning when Putin approached and extended his hand. MacDonald said Harper told Putin: "I guess I'll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine." According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively....
  • Russia: Putin Is Hoarding Gold and Rattling Sabers--What’s He Up to Now?

    11/15/2014 7:47:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Rob Garver
    Putin Is Hoarding Gold and Rattling Sabers--What’s He Up to Now? By Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times November 14, 2014 The Russian government has spent the last few days giving the world a lot more to worry about. From moving more tanks into Ukraine, to transferring nuclear weapons-capable units to Crimea, to announcing that it will start flying long-range bombers over the Gulf of Mexico, the Kremlin hasn’t exactly been a stabilizing force in global affairs for the past few days. Then, there’s this: It turns out that in addition to invading neighbors and taking an increasingly belligerent global posture,...
  • The Loneliest President Since Nixon

    11/15/2014 7:12:06 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/14/2014 | PEGGY NOONAN
    Seven years ago I was talking to a longtime Democratic operative on Capitol Hill about a politician who was in trouble. The pol was likely finished, he said. I was surprised. Can’t he change things and dig himself out? No. “People do what they know how to do.” Politicians don’t have a vast repertoire. When they get in a jam they just do what they’ve always done, even if it’s not working anymore. This came to mind when contemplating President Obama. After a devastating election, he is presenting himself as if he won. The people were not saying no to...
  • Specter of 'Russian Taliban' Looms in Ukraine

    11/13/2014 8:56:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 41 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | November 05 2014 | Alexey Eremenko
    Women in Ukraine's separatist-held Luhansk region will be arrested if they are seen in cafes, an insurgent warlord has said. "A woman should be the keeper of the hearth, a mother," Wraith Brigade commander Alexei Mozgovoi says in a video recently posted on YouTube. "If you want to be true and faithful to your husband, stay home and do your stitching." This and other radical activity by the separatists have stoked fears that they are on track to becoming "Russia's Taliban." Such a transformation would spell further trouble for the rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine, which is teetering on the...
  • The Cost Of 'Putinphones' Is Skyrocketing After Tim Cook Announced He's Gay

    11/14/2014 3:46:25 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | Sarah Kaufman
    The Cost Of 'Putinphones' Is Skyrocketing After Tim Cook Announced He's Gay Sarah Kaufman, Vocativ Nov. 12, 2014, 12:26 PM Do you have $3,600 to spend and want to be the coolest kid around? Then snatch yourself up a limited-edition “Putinphone.” Available in your choice of titanium or gold, this conversation-starting version of the popular iPhone 6 comes complete with detailed engravings of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s handsome, powerful face. The Italian boutique brand Caviar released a stunning collection of Putinphones out of the iPhone 5 in June, each one a reasonable $4,350. Naturally, all 144 of the treasurable items...
  • Russia plans alternative version of 'Wikipedia'

    11/14/2014 11:16:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2014 | Thomas Grove
    Russia plans to create its own "Wikipedia" to ensure its citizens have access to more "detailed and reliable" information about their country, the presidential library said on Friday. Citing Western threats, the Kremlin has asserted more control over the Internet this year in what critics call moves to censor the web, and has introduced more pro-Kremlin content similar to closely controlled state media such as television.
  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Visit Moscow and Meet Putin

    11/14/2014 5:46:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Gopi Chandra Kharel
    North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Visit Moscow and Meet Putin By Gopi Chandra Kharel November 14, 2014 14:56 IST North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is sending a special envoy to Russia next week before his own possible visit to Moscow, reports from Russia, China and the Korean peninsula suggested on Friday. Kim plans to send a top Communist Party official to Russia next week as his special envoy, according to Moscow's foreign ministry. But this official North Korean trip is likely to be a prelude to a visit to Moscow by the North Korean leader himself, some observers in...
  • Russia to Open Arctic Military Drone Base 420 Miles off the Alaskan Coast

    11/13/2014 12:51:40 PM PST · by McGruff · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/13/14 | Damien Sharkov
    Russia has announced plans to build a drone base for military reconnaissance in a town just 420 miles off mainland Alaska and just over 300 miles off the US state’s St Lawrence Island, Russia’s state news agency reported on Thursday. "The command of the eastern military district in charge of the military development of the Arctic zone has moved forward with plans to form an unmanned aerial vehicle division,” Alexandr Gordeev, spokesperson for the district said.
  • Serheyev: Russia Deployed 200 Tanks And 190 Aircraft On Border With Ukraine

    11/13/2014 6:57:38 AM PST · by Fennie · 44 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | November 13, 2014
    Russia has deployed 200 tanks, 1,600 vehicles, 640 artillery units, 191 aircraft and 121 combat helicopters on the border with Ukraine. Ukraine's envoy to the UN Yuriy Serheyev said this at an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council, ukr. media reported.
  • Russians warships headed for Australia, Putin bound for G20

    11/12/2014 2:44:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2014 | Sarah Martin
    RUSSIAN warships are north of Australian waters in an unprecedented show of strength to accompany Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the G20 in Brisbane this weekend. Australian P3 Orion surveillance aircraft have been deployed to monitor the ships, along with Anzac class frigate, HMAS Stuart. The ships are in the Coral Sea, south of Bougainville off Australia’s east coast. In an official statement released tonight, the Defence department said air surveillance of the Russian vessels was underway. “Defence is monitoring Russian naval vessels that are currently transiting through international waters to the north of Australia,” the department said in...
  • Obama and Putin are odd couple at Beijing summit

    11/11/2014 4:15:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    reuters/yahoo ^ | 11/11/14 | Matt Spetalnick
    ....encounters between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin during an Asia-Pacific summit in China on Tuesday spoke volumes about the chilly state of relations.... "It's beautiful, isn't it?" Putin was overheard saying in English in Obama’s general direction, referring to the ornate conference room. "Yes," Obama replied, coldly, according to journalists who witnessed the scene. The three leaders stopped at Xi’s seat at the table. Putin reached out and clapped Obama on the shoulder. Obama barely responded.
  • Vladimir Putin: Person of the Year in U.S. Gay Magazine

    11/11/2014 3:08:54 PM PST · by juliosevero · 16 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Vladimir Putin: Person of the Year in U.S. Gay Magazine By Julio Severo The Advocate, the oldest homosexual magazine in the U.S., has sarcastically announced that its 2014 Person of the Year is Vladimir Putin, seen by Patheos, an American atheist website, as “the horrifically homophobic president of Russia and a committed opponent of all things pro-LGBT.” The magazine cover even illustrates the Russian president as Adolf Hitler. The Advocate got a lot of attention last year when it made Pope Francis its Person of the Year because of his less conservative comments on homosexual issues. In no way...
  • Is China Sending America A Message? (Chinese B*t**Slap Barry)

    11/10/2014 3:20:47 PM PST · by mojito · 24 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    There was China's president, Xi Jinping, Russia's president Vladimir Putin to his right, next to Philippine president Aquino and the uberwealthy Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. And then there is Barack Obama, right in the middle of the "wives club"...
  • Putin: Nothing Was Wrong With the Soviet Union’s Pact With Nazi Germany

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said November 4 that he sees nothing wrong with the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact that the Soviet Union made with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany just days before World War ii broke out. The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was a promise of non-belligerence by either party toward the other. Just a week after it was signed, Germany invaded Poland, officially igniting World War ii. “Serious research must show that those were the foreign policy methods then,” Putin said to a group of young historians in Moscow. “The Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany. People say: ‘Ach, that’s bad.’...
  • Kasparov: Stop Putin now or pay the price later

    11/10/2014 1:46:19 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9
    EU Observer ^ | 11 Nov 2014 | Andrew Rettman
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said November 4 that he sees nothing wrong with the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact that the Soviet Union made with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany just days before World War ii broke out. The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was a promise of non-belligerence by either party toward the other. Just a week after it was signed, Germany invaded Poland, officially igniting World War ii. “Serious research must show that those were the foreign policy methods then,” Putin said to a group of young historians in Moscow. “The Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany. People say: ‘Ach, that’s bad.’...
  • Hard Ukraine bargaining leaves sour taste for some in EU

    11/10/2014 12:31:32 PM PST · by McGruff · 9 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.
  • In shift, Russia lets ruble float free in markets

    11/10/2014 9:58:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2014 11:48 AM EST | Vladimir Isachenkov and Laura Mills
    With the Russian ruble in a nosedive under the pressure of Western sanctions and slumping oil prices, the country’s central bank decided Monday to freely float the currency in markets and stop regularly spending billions in a vain attempt to stem its fall. The bank has been burning through its reserves, which plunged from $510 billion at the year’s start to about $400 billion now, to soften the drop in the ruble, which has lost about half its value since the beginning of the year as investors pulled money out of Russia and the economy headed toward recession. It spent...
  • Military 'near misses' rise dramatically between Russia and NATO: report

    11/10/2014 8:01:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 9 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 10, 2014 | Arthur Bright
    A new report out of Europe says that Russian military confrontations and "near misses" with NATO nations have seen a dramatic uptick in 2014. It warns that Russia must reevaluate its military policy and that NATO and Russia must improve communications to avoid potentially catastrophic confrontations. The report, released today by the European Leadership Network (ELN), a British think tank focused on regional security, chronicles some 40 incidents over eight months in which Russian military forces committed "violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles, narrowly avoided mid-air collisions, close encounters at sea, and other dangerous actions" across Europe and near North...
  • Kasparov: Stop Putin now or pay the price later

    11/09/2014 10:20:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11/09/14 @ 17:03 | Andrew Rettman
    Chess legend Garry Kasparov was once the pride of the Soviet Union. But 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall he lives in exile, accusing Russian leader Vladimir Putin of “strategic failure” and the EU establishment of “ignorance” in its dealings with Moscow. […] “What we are seeing in Russia is a resurgence of imperialism and nationalism in its most dangerous form,” he said, comparing Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Putin’s domestic propaganda to Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II. “Just read what Putin has been saying in his [anti-West] speeches in the past year....
  • Gorbachev warns world ‘on brink of new Cold War’

    11/08/2014 7:21:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2014 8:33 AM EST | Frank Jordans
    Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Saturday. The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the communist bloc a quarter century ago. The result, he said, could partly be seen in the inability of global powers to prevent or resolve conflicts in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and most recently Ukraine. “The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s...
  • Putin: ‘Love is the meaning of life’

    11/07/2014 12:34:34 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 11-7-2014
    Vladimir Putin is known for his sharp wit, but musings on love are a relative novelty. In an unexpected remark Friday, the Russian president spoke of the “meaning of life,” saying that for him “in general” it is love that matters. Briefly digressing from politics, Putin ventured a philiosophical observation that “multifaceted” love is “the basis of all our actions” and the essence of being. "The meaning of our whole life and existence is love," Putin told his audience at the 15th Congress of the Russian Geographical Society. "It is love for the family, for the children, for the motherland....
  • Satire: Congresswoman Proposes Barack Obama Sperm Bank

    11/08/2014 9:54:00 AM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex) says she will introduce legislation that would establish a federally funded Barack Obama sperm bank in the upcoming "lame duck" session of Congress. She says she got the idea from a similar proposal to establish a Vladimir Putin sperm bank in Russia. "We can't afford to fall behind in what could turn out to be a critical competition to propagate the seed of the nation's best and brightest," Lee argued. "Granted, it would be decades before the offspring of President Obama's banked sperm could be expected to make a strategic difference, but if we fail...
  • The Kremlin's Troll Army

    11/08/2014 6:31:17 AM PST · by kulthur
    The Atlantic Monthly ^ | August 11, 2014 | Daisy Sindelar
    The “most expensive election in history.” Our democracy is being “bought and sold.” This election, “debased by money, shames us all.” These are some of the recent expressions of outrage about what the Center for Responsive Politicsestimates to have been $3.67 billion spent for federal offices during the 2014 midterms. Two days before the election on “Face the Nation,” CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked viewers to name one item whose costs have gone up as much over time as campaigns. That’s easy. While campaign spending soared to $3.67 billion this year from $1.6 billion in 1998, federal government spending rose 5%...
  • Vladimir Putin: "World Is at Historic Turning Point"

    Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered what was perhaps his most important speech, and definitely his most direct criticism of the West, at the Valdai Conference in Sochi on October 24. One independent analyst called it “the most important political speech since Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ speech of March 5, 1946.” Another called it “epochal,” and a “marker of the end of the U.S.’s brief period as the one big, unchallenged bully on the block.” Another labeled the speech “a precursor to World War iii.” Yet the mainstream Western media largely ignored the speech, instead focusing that day on America’s midterm elections,...
  • World's Most Powerful Man Threatens NATO, Ukraine

    11/07/2014 10:48:53 AM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 7, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Balance Of Power: As Vladimir Putin tops the Forbes list of powerful men, Russia targets NATO with air incursions and moves missiles toward Ukraine. As it does, Finland warns Europe is "at the gates of a new kind of cold war." President Obama may soon have more to worry about than what brand of Kentucky bourbon he'll share when he meets with new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Considering the recent actions of Russia's president, a round of vodka might be in order, a Finnish brand while it's still available. Forbes says its rankings are based on "an evaluation of...
  • Russian Lawmaker Proposes Mailing Putin Sperm to Impregnate Russian Women

    11/07/2014 9:19:52 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 61 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | 11/06/14 | By Kevin B. Sanders
    'Each female citizen of Russia will be able to receive by mail the genetic material of the President' “The essence of my proposition is simple”, says the Chairwoman Of Parliamentary Commission on Women’s affairs, Children and Family, Yelena Borisovna Mizoulina. “Each female citizen of Russia will be able to receive by mail the genetic material of the President, get pregnant from him and have a baby. These mothers will be receiving special allowances from the government.” “And after the birth of the child, he will have to be given to be raised into the special institutions that resemble Souvorov Schools...
  • Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to 'defend Putin'

    11/07/2014 6:08:11 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    telegraph / afp ^ | 11-6-2014
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said on Thursday he would seek to defend Vladimir Putin's policies when he travels to Germany for ceremonies commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall this week. Gorbachev, who is praised for his decision not to use force to quell uprisings in Eastern Europe, allowing the Berlin Wall to fall, said that Washington did Moscow wrong and Putin was the best man for the job of protecting the country's interests. This weekend Gorbachev, 83, is scheduled to take part in the festivities commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, a potent symbol...
  • Putin's mini army: Lawmaker proposes giving Russian women president's sperm to create new

    11/07/2014 6:26:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 6, 2014 | Steph Cockroft
    A lawmaker wants to hand out Vladimir Putin's sperm to Russian women en masse in a bid to create a new generation of 'military and political elite'. Yelena Borisovna Mizoulina, the Chairwoman of Parliamentary Commission on women's affairs, children and family, told colleagues that giving the president's sperm to would-be mothers would improve patriotism in Russia. Ms Mizoulina, who has a PhD in law, made the bizarre proposal during a round table discussion on fertility in Russia.
  • Tank column crosses from Russia into Ukraine: Kiev military

    11/07/2014 6:02:16 AM PST · by Kartographer · 135 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/7/14 | Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice and Richard Balmforth
    A column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and trucks carrying ammunition and fighters has crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the Kiev military said on Friday. "The deployment continues of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines," spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing referring to Thursday's cross-border incursion.
  • Vladimir Putin says there was nothing wrong with Soviet Union’s pact with Adolf Hitler’sNazi Germany

    11/06/2014 7:05:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:16PM GMT 06 Nov 2014 | Tom Parfitt
    Vladimir Putin has said there was nothing bad about the Nazi-Soviet Pact, the non-aggression treaty which led to the carve-up of Poland at the outset of the Second World War, suggesting Britain and France were to blame for Adolf Hitler's march into Europe. […] Mr. Putin said that Western historians today try to “hush up” the 1938 Munich Agreement, in which France and Britain—led by Neville Chamberlain, the prime minister—appeased Adolf Hitler by acquiescing to his occupation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland. […] Mr. Putin appeared to think Moscow’s own agreement with Hitler—the 1939 Nazi-Soviet or Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact—was fine, however. “Serious research...
  • Obama Administration Trusts Russia on Iran

    11/06/2014 5:32:53 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 6, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    The Obama administration is so desperate to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by the current deadline of November 24th if at all possible that it is willing to trust Russia to play a key implementation role. In the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s duplicity with regard to Ukraine and Putin’s increasingly aggressive stance towards the West that harkens back to the Cold War, the Obama administration is deluding itself into thinking that it can trust Putin to keep his word on ensuring that much of Iran’s uranium stockpile is converted into a relatively harmless end product. According to...
  • Putin beats Obama again in Forbes power ranking

    11/05/2014 10:12:19 AM PST · by Altenkrug · 7 replies
    AFP, Yahoo News ^ | Nov 5, 2914
    New York (AFP) - For a second year in a row, Russian President Vladimir Putin has beaten Barack Obama to the title of world's most powerful leader as ranked by Forbes. In a year in which Russia annexed Crimea, stoked a conflict in the Ukraine and clinched a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline deal with China that Forbes called the world's largest construction project, Putin remained on top. It was the third time in Obama's presidency that he has lost top billing -- twice to Putin and once to Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Third prize went to Jinping, who is expected to...
  • Nw Australian newspaper repeats Russian propaganda

    11/05/2014 8:34:24 AM PST · by se99tp · 11 replies
    ccd Report ^ | 11/5/2014 | B.G.
    The début of the new printed newspaper in the era of the digital domination, which shrank or eliminated conventional centuries old media must come as a big surprise. Last Saturday the first issue of “Australian National Review” enriched the offer of the political magazines available in the Australian newsstands. The owner of the new title is the Australian “entrepreneur”, “financial advisor” and “educator” Mr. Jamie McIntyre, who now decided also took role of publisher. In his attempt to portray himself as pro-Russian Mr. McIntyre is ignoring views of significant percentage of Russian population. He seems to be satisfied with the...
  • Obama Administration Trusts Russia on Iran

    11/05/2014 8:21:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/05/14 | Joseph A. Klein
    President Obama has no compunctions about thumbing his nose at Congress and countenancing vile insults hurled by his senior lackeys against Israel’s prime minister. But he appears willing to trust one proven liar and aggressor, Putin The Obama administration is so desperate to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by the current deadline of November 24th that it is willing to trust Russia to play a key implementation role. In the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s duplicity with regard to Ukraine and Putin’s increasingly aggressive stance towards the West that harkens back to the Cold War, the Obama administration...
  • Putin Spanks Obama in New Russian Propaganda Art Gallery

    11/03/2014 8:58:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Reason ^ | November 3, 2014 | Zenon Evans
    Vladimir "Putin is a gift to caricaturists," said Barry Blitt, a New Yorker artist, when he designed a Sochi Olympic-themed cover earlier this year, featuring the Russian leader in frilly ice skating attire. The caricature artists of Russia take a very different approach. On Friday a gallery titled "No Filters" with the work of about 100 cartoonists opened in Moscow, and just about all their images show Putin favorably: as a strongman, a political chess master, and a fighter against fascists and terrorists. In one conspicuously large work, Putin is spanking President Barack Obama, who has the body of schoolboy.
  • Ekho Moskvy warned over ‘extremism’ for its report on Donetsk airport siege [censorship in Russia]

    11/02/2014 2:58:45 PM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 2 replies
    Kphg.org ^ | Nov 1 2014 | Halya Coynash
    The Russian independent radio station Ekho Moskvy has received a formal warning from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s censor. The latter accuses it of ‘extremism’ and claims that the material in its Oct 29 programme “With our own eyes” [Svoyimi glazami] “justifies military or other crimes”. The letter is spread out on two pages, yet gives no indication as to how the said material can be deemed to ‘justify war crimes’. Ekho Moskvy’s chief editor Alexei Venediktov has said that they will be lodging a court appeal against the warning. According to Russian law, two such warnings within the space of a year...
  • Putin plans to escalate conflict in Ukraine after Donetsk and Luhansk “elections”

    11/01/2014 11:09:16 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    EuroMaidan Press ^ | Nov 2nd 2014 | Vitalii Usenko and Dmytro Usenko
    Snip "There has been an aggravation of the situation and an increase in military activity in the Novoazovsk area over the last few days. There are casualties among marines and our fighters. I assume that the enemy will not attack Mariupol (it was very painful for the enemy last time), but rather, Berdiansk. This will cut off the Mariupol army group. We could have an encirclement worse than in Ilovaisk,” said letskyi. Dmytro Tymchuk, head of the Information Resistance group, reports on his Facebook page that Russian-backed militants continue intensive artillery fire upon Ukrainian troops at the front positions and...
  • Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over

    10/30/2014 1:57:57 PM PDT · by drypowder · 104 replies
    ClubOrlov ^ | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin's speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn't get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don't think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is...
  • Poland in defense shift as security concerns rise

    10/28/2014 4:24:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2014 9:28 PM EDT | Monika Scislowska
    Poland is planning a major realignment of its military structure because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine, the country’s defense minister said Monday, a move that could shift thousands of troops to its eastern border. “The geopolitical situation has changed. We have the biggest crisis of security since the Cold War and we must draw conclusions from that,” Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told The Associated Press. Although Poland joined NATO in 1999, most of its 120,000-member army is based along the country’s western border, as a relic of its former status as a Soviet bloc member. That is going...
  • The Psychopath Under the Bed - Part One

    10/27/2014 1:45:25 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 22 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/27/14 | J.R. Nyquist
    The Psychopath Under the Bed - PART ONE Thoughts inspired by Karen Dawisha’s book, Russia’s kleptocracy, in the light of Golitsyn’s methodoloy By J.R. NyquistBecause we can see that there is a complex and clever system in Russia, quite opaque and full of interesting details and inner rules, we should conclude that the system came about by intelligent design. But how? The evidence strongly suggests that it did not come about by chance. This book firmly rejects the ideas often promulgated in Western academic circles that Putin is an ‘accidental autocrat’ or a ‘good tsar surrounded by bad boyars.’” -...