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  • Russians grant Putin right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote

    07/02/2020 6:32:04 AM PDT · by Salman · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | JULY 1, 2020 | Andrew Osborn, Vladimir Soldatkin
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russians opened the door to Vladimir Putin staying in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for constitutional changes that will allow him to run again for president twice, but critics said the outcome was falsified on an industrial scale. Official results published on Thursday, after 100% of ballots had been counted, showed that the former KGB officer who has ruled Russia for more than two decades as president or prime minister had easily won the right to run for two more six-year terms after the current one ends in 2024. That means Putin, 67, could rule until...
  • Vladimir Putin is hours away from seizing power until 2036 as he casts his ballot on final day of 'rigged' vote on the future of constitution

    07/01/2020 4:44:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2020 | Tim Stickings
    Vladimir Putin is heading for victory in a referendum that could extend his rule until 2036 as Russia enters its final day of voting today. The Kremlin strongman would normally reach his term limit in 2024, but voters are set to back a plan to reset his tally to zero and allow him to run for two more terms. The package of constitutional changes would also increase Putin's powers to dissolve parliament and expand his influence over courts and prosecutors.
  • Carl Bernstein: From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials

    06/29/2020 6:00:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/29/2020 | Carl Bernstein
    In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials -- including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff -- that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House...
  • Another deep state hoax blown out of the water: Trump in fact was never briefed about Russian bounties -Herridge

    06/29/2020 5:18:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 29 Jun, 2020 | Monica Showalter
    The other day, the New York Times was subtly and not so subltely promoting the claim that President Trump was standing callously by and coddling Russia's Vladimir Putin even as Putin was busily offering the Taliban bounties for the bodies of dead U.S. servicemen. It was the old 'Trump is a Russian agent' canard whipped out in a new form. The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a...
  • Russia secretly offered bounties on US troops to Taliban, report says

    06/26/2020 6:53:19 PM PDT · by MAGA_patriot · 40 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/26/2020 | Bob Frederick
    A Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan for killing coalition forces — including targeting American troops, according to a report Friday. The revelations, from American intelligence officials — reported by The New York Times — came as the US, Taliban militants and the Afghan government are struggling to cut a peace deal to end the 18-year conflict. The US determined months ago that the Russian unit, which has also been linked to assassination attempts and covert operations in Europe that are intended to destabilize the West, had secretly offered rewards for successful attacks last year,...
  • U.S. Republican lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider Germany troop reduction plan

    06/23/2020 9:03:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2020 5:35 AM | Patricia Zengerle
    A group of Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to reconsider his decision to cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany, saying their presence is the backbone of NATO’s deterrent against Russian aggression. The six lawmakers led by House Foreign Affairs Committee senior Republican Michael McCaul said in a letter that the U.S. military footprint in Germany served Washington’s strategic interests beyond Europe and into the Middle East and Africa, which have seen the growing influence of Russia and China. […] The lawmakers also warned that Moscow and Beijing sought to sow...
  • The Railroading of Michael Flynn

    05/23/2020 6:20:17 AM PDT · by billorites · 21 replies
    Commentary ^ | June 2020 | Eli Lake
    In their final encounter during the transition following the 2016 election, Donald Trump’s incoming national-security adviser surprised Barack Obama’s outgoing national-security adviser. Susan Rice writes in her memoir that the Michael Flynn she was dealing with had nothing in common with the firebrand she had watched leading a “lock her up” chant against Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention a few months earlier. Flynn, a retired general and the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was respectful and subdued, eager for her advice. When Rice extended her hand and wished him the best of luck, Flynn asked her...
  • Senate Republicans break with Trump over ‘Obamagate’ (Democrat Propaganda)

    05/12/2020 7:20:04 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | May 11th 2020 | Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney
    President Donald Trump’s aggressive campaign to encourage sweeping investigations of his predecessor Barack Obama met a unanimous response from Senate Republicans: No thanks. Trump’s Senate allies on Monday stopped short of echoing Trump’s claim that Obama acted illegally when the Justice Department began probing incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn in late 2016. And they indicated that the Senate would pass on investigating the former president as they conduct their own investigations that could soon ensnare other senior Obama administration officials. “I’m not anticipating calling President Obama,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), whose panel is investigating the origins...
  • MSNBC Claims Putin Was Behind Dropping the Michael Flynn Case

    05/09/2020 5:18:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 49 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 9, 2020 | Alex Christy
    After Mitchell breathlessly summarized the "stunning" and "unprecedented" decision on Flynn, Mitchell saw something sinister in the Thursday phone call between President Trump and Putin. . . . She then asked Figliuzzi to, "Talk to me about your counterintelligence concerns here." Figliuzzi was certain that the phone call and the decision to drop the case were connected, "Yeah, I think they're actually linked. The dismissal of charges against Flynn and conversation by the president with Vladimir Putin, stone cold adversary of the United States on the very same day, that's not a coincidence."
  • Russia’s New Military Mega-Church to Feature Putin, Stalin, Crimea Mosaics

    04/24/2020 1:55:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Apr 2020
    The walls of Russia’s new Orthodox cathedral dedicated to the Armed Forces will be decorated with the faces of President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Soviet leader Josef Stalin, the MBKh News website reported Friday. The 95-meter Armed Forces cathedral, a symbol of close defense-church ties in Russia, is expected to open on May 9 — the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II — at a sprawling military-themed park near Moscow. Once completed, the building will become one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world. Following MBKh News' report, the...
  • Russia’s New Military Mega-Church to Feature Putin, Stalin, Crimea Mosaics

    04/24/2020 8:59:36 AM PDT · by tlozo · 4 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 4/24/2020
    The walls of Russia’s new Orthodox cathedral dedicated to the Armed Forces will be decorated with the faces of President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Soviet leader Josef Stalin, the MBKh News website reported Friday. The 95-meter Armed Forces cathedral, a symbol of close defense-church ties in Russia, is expected to open on May 9 — the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II — at a sprawling military-themed park near Moscow. Once completed, the building will become one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world. One of the cathedral’s mosaics...
  • Putin says Russia ready to cooperate on cutting oil production

    04/04/2020 4:05:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    France24 ^ | April 4, 2020
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and the United States to cut oil production, President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Putin said Russia was willing to make agreements within the framework of the OPEC+ group and that "we are ready for cooperation with the United States of America on this issue," according to a statement published by the Kremlin. "I believe that it is necessary to combine efforts in order to balance the market and reduce production." Oil prices have tumbled in recent weeks in the face of a drop in demand and global economic uncertainty...
  • The Latest: Putin visits Moscow hospital in protective suit

    03/24/2020 8:03:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 24, 2020
    MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a Moscow hospital for coronavirus patients and wore a protective suit. During a visit to the Kommunarka hospital on the outskirts of Moscow, Putin praised its doctors for high professionalism, saying they were working “like clockwork.” After a meeting with the hospital’s chief doctor, Putin donned a yellow hazmat suit with a mask and went into the area where patients were treated. Russia has registered 495 cases of the coronavirus and reported no deaths, which contrasts with the quick spread of contagion in Europe. Some experts say the low numbers could be attributed...
  • Russia conducts large-scale military exercise on Ukrainian border

    03/22/2020 7:28:46 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 23 replies
    sunnewsonline. ^ | 21st March 2020 | Defence Blog)
    Russia holds large-scale military exercise on Ukraine’s border that involves hundreds of airborne assault vehicles, tanks, attack helicopters, fighter jets and thousands of soldiers.
  • Why is Russia reporting so few COVID-19 cases? Some say it's a cover-up

    03/21/2020 8:27:08 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 53 replies
    abcnews ^ | 21 March 20 | Patrick Reevell
    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, there are growing questions in Russia about the official number of cases that have been declared. According to the count released by its health ministry, Russia currently has only 253 confirmed cases of the virus. That is vastly lower than in other major countries in Western Europe, where there are already thousands of cases.What really makes Russia an outlier, however, is the number of tests it is carrying out compared to its number of positive cases. Russia has done 133,101 tests, putting it behind only China, Italy and South Korea.But with just 306 cases of the...
  • Russian Constitutional Amendments Spark Protests, Police Detentions

    03/13/2020 7:17:37 AM PDT · by Twotone · 1 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | March 12, 2020 | RFE/RL's Russian Service
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Police in St. Petersburg and several other Russian cities have detained activists during and ahead of protests against sweeping constitutional amendments that open the possibility for President Vladimir Putin to remain in power for another 16 years. The March 12 demonstrations were held while local lawmakers discussed the amendments, a day after parliament's two chambers both overwhelmingly approved the changes. In St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, an RFE/RL correspondent reported that police had detained two activists of the Peaceful Resistance group. Dmitry Negodin and Yevgeny Musin rallied in front of the Legislative Assembly with posters urging...
  • I am a hostage of the north’: Trapped in a post-Gulag Arctic city

    03/12/2020 11:18:52 AM PDT · by tlozo · 29 replies
    PRI ^ | March 11, 2020 | Alec Luhn
    Lyudmila Ivanova and her fiance came to the Arctic from a village in southern Russia in 1978 in search of a better life. Their destination was Vorkuta, a coal-mining city 90 miles north of the Arctic circle. Vorkuta, which means “place of bears”... Now, a better nickname may be “the fastest dying city in Russia.” The lure of higher wages and better housing is long gone, and the population has plummeted... When darkness falls, often just a handful of lights can be seen in apartment buildings of 100 units or more. Ivanova, now 62, feels trapped. Like tens of thousands...
  • Saudi Arabia, Russia raise stakes in oil production standoff

    03/10/2020 11:57:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 10, 2020 | by Rania El Gamal, Olesya Astakhova
    DUBAI/MOSCOW - Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would boost its oil supplies to a record high in April, raising the stakes in a standoff with Russia and effectively rebuffing Moscow’s suggestion for new talks. The clash of oil titans Saudi Arabia and Russia sparked a 25% slump in crude prices on Monday, triggering panic selling on Wall Street and other equity markets that have already been badly hit by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Oil prices LCOc1 recovered some ground on Tuesday, but were still 40% down on the start of the year. U.S. President Donald Trump spoke...
  • Putin proposes to enshrine God, heterosexual marriage in constitution

    03/03/2020 1:24:43 PM PST · by Salman · 27 replies
    France 24 ^ | 02/03/2020 | AFP
    Moscow (AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to parliament a number of new constitutional changes, including amendments that mention God and stipulate that marriage is a union of a man and woman. Putin in January unleashed a political storm by proposing an overhaul of the constitution, the first changes to the basic law since 1993. Last month the Russian parliament's lower house unanimously approved the constitutional reform bill in a first reading after less than two hours of debate. Ahead of a second and key reading set for next week, Putin submitted 24 pages worth of amendments, said State...
  • ‘The inner Putin coming out’: Russian president touts ‘integration’ with Ukraine

    02/22/2020 3:24:15 AM PST · by tlozo · 113 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 21, 2020 | Joel Gehrke
    Russia could regain its status as “a global rival” for Western powers through some degree of “integration” with Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said... Putin made the comment while reiterating his belief that Ukrainians and Russians are “the same people,” a claim widely perceived as a means to justify Russian influence over former Soviet nations. His reference to “integration” is even more unusual, and incendiary, according to Western analysts, given that the two countries have been locked in conflict since Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine in 2014... Multiple Western analysts noted that Putin has been pressuring Belarus...