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  • Exclusive: Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russian involvement

    10/23/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT · by tlozo · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Maria Tsvetkova and Aleksandar Vasovic
    The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in fields near this small village bear witness to the ferocity of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Most of the tanks were used by the government forces routed in August near Horbatenko, 40 km (25 miles) southeast of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, a defeat so demoralizing that days later Kiev agreed a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists. But among the debris Reuters found the blackened carcasses of what military experts have since identified as two Russian army tanks, supporting statements by Kiev and...
  • Skirt-fronting Putin Can Help Eradicate Islamic State Crisis

    10/22/2014 12:14:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/22/14 | David Singer
    “Skirt-fronting” could well become the new buzz word in international diplomacy The possibility of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott shirt-fronting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Brisbane next month over the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 in Ukrainian sovereign territory with the loss of all on board - including 38 Australians - has receded following Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s 25 minute meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Asian Europe Summit held in Milan this week. Abbott had vowed: “I’m going to shirtfront Mr Putin. I am going to be saying to Mr...
  • Ukrainian military accused of repeatedly using cluster bomb rockets against separatists

    10/21/2014 10:40:57 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-21-2014 | Dan Lamothe
    The Ukrainian military has used cluster munitions numerous times in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists, likely scattering deadly bombs that did not immediately explode and putting civilians at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. An investigation earlier this month found that the weapons were used more than a dozen times in fighting in eastern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch reported. Dozens of countries, including the United States, agreed not to use cluster munitions in a treaty signed in 2008, citing the indiscriminate nature of the weapon. Ukraine has not signed the treaty. “While it was not possible to...
  • NSA Official: Snowden Abets Terrorists, Enemies Who Fight on the Grid

    10/20/2014 9:43:45 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 11 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 21, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    The crown jewels of any intelligence organization are its sources and methods – the means by which information is obtained. I have no doubts that, thanks to Edward Snowden, Russia and China now have an extraordinary volume of data on NSAs sources and methods for collecting information from communications. That means they now know the weaknesses in their and other of our adversaries’ communications procedures and our strengths in exploiting them. And not just voice communications, but also radar, telemetry, missile and rocket command and response, military GPS locationing and weapons systems countermeasures. On far too many subjects, Russia and...
  • Putin's Coup

    10/20/2014 8:23:56 AM PDT · by Agog · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/19/2014 | Ben Judah
    he war in Ukraine is no longer only about Ukraine. The conflict has transformed Russia. This increasingly is what European leaders and diplomats believe: that Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow. Among those who believe that this is happening, and that Europe will be facing down a more menacing Russia for a long time to come, is Radek Sikorski, who was Poland’s foreign minister from 2007 until September. “I think psychologically the regime has been transformed by the annexation of...
  • In a government address, Merkel urges dialogue with Russia

    10/16/2014 7:21:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.10.14
    In a 20-minute address to the German parliament on Thursday, covering a range of policy issues, German Chancellor Angela Merkel placed emphasis on the crisis in Ukraine. Merkel’s speech came ahead of direct talks with Russian and Ukrainian leaders at the European-Asian ASEM summit that also opens on Thursday in the Italian city of Milan. “The situation on the ground in Ukraine is dire,” Merkel said in front of Bundestag lawmakers, adding: “I will speak face-to-face with [Russian President Vladimir Putin] and [Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko] about ways to move forward in constructive fashion while in Milan.” […] Merkel’s address...
  • Nyquist: American Politics and Psychology

    10/15/2014 1:59:56 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/12/2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    American Politics and Psychology Commentary for 12 October 2014Perception of the truth about the real environment, especially an understanding of the human personality and its values, ceases to be a virtue during the so-called ‘happy’ times; thoughtful doubters are decried…. This, in turn, leads to an impoverishment of psychological knowledge, the capacity of differentiating the properties of human nature and personality, and the ability to mold minds creatively. The cult of power thus supplants those mental values so essential for maintaining law and order by peaceful means. A nation’s enrichment or involution regarding its psychological world view could be considered...
  • god hates mini-hitlers: tanking oil price a catastrophe for the putin regime

    10/15/2014 7:03:07 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    With oil barely holding on to the $80s, the Kremlin's current leadership faces the same problem they did in the (19)80s: budget revenue half-derived from oil exports, and their backwards, inefficient economy still doesn't produce anything that anybody outside of Mother Russia is willing to spend money on- except perhaps mediocre vodka... And when the self-deluded Russians start babbling about 'greatness' while bullying poor, semi-defenseless countries on the borders of their shabby empire, they tend to get a little caught-up in things... and put the pedal-to-the-medal until they are defeated -i.e. Afghanistan- or simply go-broke, i.e. 1991. Yes, compared...
  • New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine

    10/14/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine 18:37 (GMT) There have been several polls which show that prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea there was never a strong separatist sentiment among Ukrainians in any region. Another poll by IRI confirms this result: An excerpt from the summary: Strong Majority in Every Region Opposes Russia’s Military Aggression Despite continued claims to the contrary from Moscow and pro-Russian separatists, 89 percent of respondents oppose Russia sending troops to protect Russian-speaking citizens. The opposition to Russia’s actions is seen across all regions –...
  • Russia’s economy is tanking. But will it make Putin change course?

    10/13/2014 2:09:40 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13 Oct 14 | Unknown
    MOSCOW — Deep into the worst conflict between Russia and the West since the Cold War, investors are fleeing, food prices are soaring and there are rumbles from Russia’s Westernized business elite that the nation needs to avoid repeating the economic mismanagement that broke apart the Soviet Union. Western sanctions have choked off financing to some of Russia’s economic juggernauts and denied crucial technology to the nation’s energy sector. But there is little evidence that the mounting economic pressures since the March annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula will soften Putin’s policies toward Ukraine and other nations in the former Soviet...
  • Russian sanctions could be eased soon if Ukraine progress made: U.S. adviser

    10/12/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2014 | Reuters
    Talks on easing sanctions against Russia imposed over the conflict in Ukraine could begin in the next few weeks, but more measures are possible if there is no progress over a ceasefire deal, the U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser said on Friday. The European Union and the United States have imposed economic sanctions on Russia, with the West accusing Moscow of providing pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine with troops and weapons. Russia denies the accusation. Last month, envoys from Ukraine, Russia, and the separatists negotiated a ceasefire in Minsk, and U.S. adviser Tony Blinken said sanctions could start to be...
  • Putin orders Russian troops withdrawal from Ukrainian border: reports

    10/12/2014 3:36:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported late on Saturday, citing Kremlin spokesman. The troops pullout came before an expected meeting between Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Milan next week.
  • Russia Deploying Tactical Nuclear Arms in Crimea

    10/11/2014 3:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 10, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea while the Obama administration is backing informal talks aimed at cutting U.S. tactical nuclear deployments in Europe. Three senior House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama two weeks ago warning that Moscow will deploy nuclear missiles and bombers armed with long-range air launched cruise missiles into occupied Ukrainian territory. “Locating nuclear weapons on the sovereign territory of another state without its permission is a devious and cynical action,” states the letter signed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.) and two subcommittee chairmen....
  • IF WE ARE NOT THE WEST, THEN WHO ARE WE?

    10/10/2014 1:08:14 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 15 replies
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | 09/09/2014 | Yulia Latynina
    Bad news for the official authorities, television anchormen, and fascist ideologues: Russian culture became great, only after Russia became Europe It has already been six months since the victory of the Maidan (Ukrainian Independence Rallies)... CENSORED. TEXT TEMPORARILY HIDDEN AT THE REQUEST OF ROSKOMNADZOR (Russian FCC) - AWAITING DECISION OF THE COURT. ...In this context: what is this special "Russian culture"? There certainly is a Russian culture, and it gave the world great works of music, poetry and literature. The problem is that Russian culture became great, only when Russia became Europe. Tchaikovsky was not born of the balalaika, and...
  • Ex-Soviet states bicker as Putin tries to unite them

    10/10/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/10/uk-ukraine-crisis-cis-idUKKCN0HZ1JR20141010 ^ | 10 Oct 14 | Ex-Soviet states bicker as Putin tries to unite them
    Vulgar chants about Vladimir Putin before he arrived for a regional summit in Belarus did not augur well for the Russian president's hopes of bringing the leaders of former Soviet republics closer together. Matters got even worse when bickering broke out at the start of the meeting, revealing fault lines over the Ukraine crisis and deepening doubts about the future of the loose grouping known as the Commonwealth of Independent States. Jibes between Putin and the leader of Moldova, and barbs aimed at the absent Ukrainian leader, raised new questions about his ability to woo countries to the Eurasian Economic...
  • Lukashenka Says 'We Can't Be Dicing Up' Europe's Borders Again (Belarus)

    10/10/2014 8:43:01 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | October 9, 2014 | Robert Coalson
    Even after decades of making the most eccentric statements, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka can still impress. In an interview with Kazakhstan's 16/12 Internet television channel posted on October 5, he flatly condemned Russia's bid to redraw international borders in Europe. Lukashenka argued that, once the process of rearranging borders according to historical claims begins, there is no end to it -- and Russia might end up disappearing if the borders of the medieval Mongol-Tatar Yoke are revived. "Then we would have to give to Mongolia and Kazakhstan and someone else practically all the territory of Russia and Western Europe and...
  • Belarus: Football fans jailed for anti-Putin chant

    10/10/2014 7:53:23 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 29 replies
    A court in the Belarusian capital Minsk has jailed eight Ukrainian football fans after they sang an insulting song about Russian President Vladimir Putin. One man was sent to prison for 10 days for possessing fascist symbols. Seven others were jailed for five days for using obscene language. They had joined in anti-Putin chants and songs at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Ukraine and Belarus. A number of Belarusian fans were also convicted and fined. Both local and visiting fans at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Ukraine and Belarus in Borisov came together in a rousing rendition of a well-known...
  • Putin's Rare Tiger In Danger After Defecting (to China)

    10/09/2014 12:23:25 PM PDT · by traumer · 14 replies
    A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Vladimir Putin earlier this year appears to have defected across the border into China. State media said the tiger, named Kuzia, had swum across the Amur River, most probably in search of food. Kuzia was one of three endangered tigers released under the president's supervision in a remote part of eastern Siberia in May. The tiger's tracking device picked him up close to China's Taipinggou nature reserve in northeastern Heilonjiang province, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
  • 'Ebola in America' and other fake problems our leaders love to fight

    10/09/2014 6:54:41 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 6 replies
    Novaya Gazeta via The American Thinker ^ | October 7, 2014 | Yulia Latynina via Oleg Atbashian
    Yulia Latynina is one of Russia's most prominent journalists and critics of Putin's government. She is a columnist for Novaya Gazeta and The Moscow Times, as well as a popular talk show host at the Echo of Moscow radio station. In 2008, Latynina was presented the U.S. government's Freedom Defenders Award by Condoleezza Rice. She has authored more than twenty fiction books, including crime drama and science fiction. Latynina is also one of my favorite Russian-language columnists. She describes herself as a libertarian, although if she were to live in the U.S., she would probably be considered a conservative author...
  • Putin's speech on 'national self-determination'

    10/08/2014 10:20:58 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 33 replies
    PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, friends, ladies and gentlemen, I hope that the place for your discussions, for our meetings is well chosen and that the timing is good. We are in the centre of Russia – not a geographical centre, but a spiritual one. [Novgorod Region] is a cradle of Russian statehood. Our outstanding historians believe and have analysed how the elements of Russian statehood came together right here. This is in the light of the fact that two great rivers – the Volkhov and Neva – acted as natural means of communication, providing a natural linkage...
  • Russian Border Agents Has Closed Novorossiya For Volonteers

    10/07/2014 10:59:39 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 5 replies
    Gazeta.ru ^ | October 6, 2014 | Vladimir Dergachev
    Rebels claim that Moscow closes borders for volunteers from Russia and suppliers of freights to Donbass. To supporters of "the Russian spring" arises more and more questions from law enforcement agencies. Experts consider that the power intends to interfere further with private initiatives in the help to rebels of DNR and LNR. According to the field commander from DNR Oleg Miller, initially, when the Ukrainian crisis only inflamed, people with the weapon weren't allowed to pass neither in, nor out. But, as he claims, the border wasn't protected effectively that gave the chance to carry out big convoys with people...
  • ISIS-Putin-Snowden Form Terror Threesome to Target America

    10/07/2014 8:42:04 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 53 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 7, 2014 | Brett M. Decker and Van Hipp
    It is not an accident that the point man for the damaging disclosure of so much Top Secret information enjoys asylum in Russia and that the intelligence is ending up in the hands of Islamic extremists. “It is reasonable to assume that Vladimir Putin is giving information obtained via Snowden to ISIS or al Qaeda so they can damage U.S. infrastructure as his proxy,” former NSA executive Charlie Speight explained to us. “Without getting his hands dirty or spending a single ruble, Putin can bring us down and elevate Russia.” The Putin-Snowden collaboration makes sense in the context of the...
  • Rebels in Eastern Ukraine Dream of Reviving Soviet Heyday

    10/06/2014 7:27:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 4, 2014 | Andrew E. Kramer
    In the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, the Supreme Soviet, as its separatist legislature is known, is nationalizing coal mines and reviving collective farms. At parades, people wave hammer-and-sickle flags; school officials talk of revising the curriculum to celebrate the triumphs of the Soviet Union. There is now a secret police force called the M.G.B., reminiscent of the K.G.B. Some rebels call it, only half-jokingly, the N.K.V.D., the notorious Stalin-era secret police force. The unrecognized separatist mini-states in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, were rescued from a near-death experience last month, when a Russian military incursion routed...
  • Value of Russian ruble crashing

    10/06/2014 9:04:43 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 82 replies
    UPI ^ | October 6, 2014 | Daniel J. Graber
    MOSCOW, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The value of the Russian ruble hit a historic low Monday when compared with U.S. and European currencies, the Russian Central Bank said. It took just over 40 rubles to buy one U.S. dollar, or just over 50 rubles to buy a euro, in Monday trading, the bank said. The bank said last week it was struggling to keep Russian inflation in check because of U.S. and European sanctions on Russian energy companies. Sanctions were imposed earlier this year because of Russian policies in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Kremlin rebels are fighting for more authority. Exports...
  • Russian opposition figure asks for asylum in UK

    10/06/2014 8:57:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 6, 2014 11:38 AM EDT
    A Russian opposition politician has announced on Twitter that he is requesting political asylum in the United Kingdom after being subjected to house searches by the police earlier this year. […] (Vladimir) Ashurkov is the right-hand man of top Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who has been under house arrest since February. …
  • Hackers’ Attack Cracked 10 Financial Firms in Major Assault - Drudge 'RUSSIANS HACK JPM'

    10/04/2014 12:00:37 AM PDT · by free_life · 53 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Oct 3, 2014 | MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN, NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID E. SANGER
    The hackers are thought to be operating from Russia and appear to have at least loose connections with officials of the Russian government, the people briefed on the matter said. Some American officials speculate that the breach was intended to send a message to Wall Street and the United States about the vulnerability of the digital network of one of the world’s most important banking institutions. “It could be in retaliation for the sanctions” placed on Russia, one senior official briefed on the intelligence said. “But it could be mixed motives — to steal if they can, or to sell...
  • Putin to Compensate Russian Oligarchs for Everything the West Seized

    10/03/2014 8:43:40 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 5 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 3 October 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has devised a way to keep Russian elites from turning on him, according to reports from September 30. Why would Russia’s leading tycoons turn against Putin? Because their industries have suffered, and their assets have been seized as a result of sanctions the West levied on them after Putin annexed Crimea and destabilized eastern Ukraine. In fact, the main purpose of the Western sanctions was to squeeze elite Russians, hoping to turn them against Putin and bring about regime change. But on September 30, the lower house of parliament passed a law allowing Russian oligarchs whose...
  • How to Become a Russian Spy

    10/03/2014 5:27:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | Published: October 3, 2014 (Issue # 1831) | Ivan Nechepurenko
    When a young Vladimir Putin decided to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a spy, he headed to the local branch of the KGB in Soviet Leningrad. Wary of unsolicited applicants, the KGB officers turned Putin away, but not without some valuable advice: Go get an education, preferably in law. The current president was only in high school at the time. Putin went on to apply to the law faculty at Leningrad State University, a path that would ultimately lead him up the ranks of the KGB, then on to St. Petersburg City Hall under the leadership of Anatoly Sobchak...
  • Khodorkovsky: Putin Is Driving Russia Toward Repeat of 1917 Revolution

    10/03/2014 5:09:42 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Oct. 03 2014 15:25 | The Moscow Times
    Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has warned that President Vladimir Putin's current policies threaten to trigger a repeat of Russia's 1917 revolution. In an interview with Bloomberg, the former Yukos CEO described Putin as an authoritarian leader "forced to burn the field" all around himself in order to retain power. "All authoritarian regimes, especially ones like this that aren't based on an ideology but on an individual person, are highly unstable," Khodorkovsky, 51, was cited as saying. Citing dismal economic conditions exacerbated by Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, Khodorkovsky told Bloomberg the country was on...
  • Ukraine Can't Hide Putin's Victory

    10/01/2014 7:02:12 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 53 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Leonid Bershidsky
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is running a magic show. By pretending his country has a chance of joining the European Union or NATO, he is hoping to obscure Kiev's, and Europe's, gradual capitulation to Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, Poroshenko announced a reform program meant to culminate in a bid for EU membership. "The doors of the European Union are open to us, I am absolutely sure of that," he said. "Well-bred people always knock and never enter without permission, even if there's no lock." Today, Poroshenko's administration submitted a bill to parliament to repeal the country's non-aligned status...
  • Kasparov: Putin 'the most dangerous man' in the world & a bigger threat to U.S. than Islamic State

    09/30/2014 9:20:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Bianna Golodryga
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Arguably the world's best chess player ever, Garry Kasparov is on a new mission. He hopes to convince the world that the biggest threat to global unrest is not the Islamic State, al-Qaida or North Korea. Instead it is Vladimir Putin, Russia's president from 2000 to 2008 and then again from 2012 to today. In an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, Kasparov outlined his reasons for believing that Putin should be what keeps the world up at night. He chided President Barack Obama for being too late in addressing Putin's aggression in Ukraine — ultimately annexing...
  • A glorious match made in Russia

    09/29/2014 12:25:04 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 8 replies
    Index - Hungary ^ | Sept 28 | DEZSŐ ANDRÁS
    For months I investigated the past of Jobbik EP-representative and suspected spy, Béla Kovács, and his Russian wife, Svetlana Istoshina, and by the end I had the feeling of being part of a spy movie: I stumbled on parallel marriages, secret Japanese and Austrian husbands and mysterious trips, and I also managed to loosen the tongues of several former KGB-agents. Kovács and his wife concealed facts about their lives that eventually revealed that the Russian secret service was one of the bonds holding the family in one piece. While breaking the spy story in the middle of the election campaign...
  • Russia's War on Ukraine

    09/27/2014 11:44:03 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Mar. 5 2014 | Victor Rud
    Which of the following are statements by Vladimir Putin, his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov or other Kremlin spokesmen, and which are by Western media, academics, politicians and commentators: “Ukraine and Russia share deep historical and cultural roots,” “Russia traces its 1,000 year history to its beginnings in Kiev,” “Ukraine is really ‘Little Russia,’” “the Russian Orthodox Church originated in Kiev,” “thousand years of Russian Christianity,” “Ukraine is a part of Russia,” “Russia and Ukraine are not separate countries,” “Russia is a thousand-year-old state,” “Kievan Russia was the beginning of the modern Russia,” and “Ukrainians and Russians are brotherly nations?” There...
  • Putin’s former aide: Russia has been preparing for global war since 2003

    09/27/2014 8:21:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 92 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014
    People in the Baltic states cannot feel secure. Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan he has been working on for over a decade. So says former adviser to President Putin, Andrey Illarionov. Giving a presentation at a conference in Palanga, Lithuania, Illarionov, who advised Putin on economic policy in 2000-2005, referred to a question that was raised in the recent Riga Conference 2014: Can people in Riga sleep peacefully at night? “The same question could be raised in Tallinn, Vilnius, Palanga, Bucharest and other cities. No one in Riga could reply to it in the positive,” Illarionov said. “From...
  • Cultural War during the Cold War 2.0

    09/26/2014 6:14:55 PM PDT · by se99tp · 7 replies
    CCD Report ^ | September 26th, 2014 | B.G.
    When American political nymphomaniacs and masochists marched in New York, the Russian freedom defenders walked in a peaceful protest against the current policy of Kremlin on Ukraine and in other neighboring states. They wanted to speak their thoughts above the cameras of the regime-controlled media. Supporters of opposition or apolitical citizens declared on the streets of Moscow, Sankt-Petersburg, Saratov, Novosibirsk, Rostov, Tomsk, Yekaterinburg, Barnaul “We do not want a war!” Some put this slogan into even more telling one: “It is better to be active today, then to be radioactive tomorrow!” (…) Last Thursday, September 25th, 2014, President of Lithuania...
  • Interview with Don Hank: Interpreting What is Happening in the U.S., Europe and Russia today

    09/24/2014 6:15:12 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 18 replies
    Julio Severo ^ | Julio Severo
    Interview with Don Hank: Interpreting What is Happening in the U.S., Europe and Russia today By Julio Severo As an American conservative evangelical who speaks and reads Russian and several European and Asian languages, Don Hank is uniquely able to explain the major challenges and dangers to the U.S., Europe and Russia. In this interview, he will help international and especially Brazilian readers to understand what is happening to these cultures that have Christian traditions. Don has a special concern for Christians being persecuted, raped and slaughtered as a result of misguided and malevolent geopolitical policies from the Western...
  • China Says It Will Never Support Sanctions Against Russia

    09/24/2014 3:39:59 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/24/14 | Tyler Durden
    Russia is already more isolated than at any time since the Cold War" - President Obama, August 2014 "China will never support or join recently imposed sanctions against Russia" - China President Xi Jinping, September 2014
  • F-22 fighters intercept Russian military planes 55 miles off Alaska

    09/24/2014 1:10:57 PM PDT · by dware · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09.20.2014 | Foxnews.com
    Two U.S. F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that were flying near Alaska, military officials said Friday. Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said the jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday.
  • Putin Renames Police Unit After Bloody Cheka Founder Dzerzhinsky

    09/24/2014 10:06:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | September 23, 2014 | Staff
    President Vladimir Putin signed a decree restoring the title "Dzerzhinsky Division" to an elite police unit that was previously named after the founder of the Bolshevik secret police, the Interior Ministry's internal troops press service said Monday. Felix Dzerzhinsky founded the Cheka, a security apparatus notorious for orchestrating mass summary executions during the Russian Civil War and the Red Terror. Established in 1924, the unit bore his name from 1926 until 1994, when its name was changed to the Independent Operational Purpose Division, the press service said. The Dzerzhinsky Division ensured security at the Potsdam Conference of 1945 and the...
  • Russia Moves to Extend Control of Media

    09/23/2014 11:54:17 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | SEPT. 23, 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    MOSCOW — Russia’s Parliament passed a preliminary bill on Tuesday that would limit foreign ownership of Russian media outlets to 20 percent, targeting several prominent publications critical of the government and extending the Kremlin’s control over the nation’s independent news media. The country’s top business daily, Vedomosti, the Russian edition of Forbes and dozens of other news, society and fashion magazines would fall under the purview of the bill, which would force the publications to change ownership or close by 2017.
  • Ukrainian President Warns Of New Cold War

    09/22/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Eastern Europe: Addressing a rare joint session of the U.S. Congress, Ukraine's leader warns, like Churchill before him, of a growing and resurgent menace that has committed crimes in his country and threatens the West. Back in 2009, after the Russian invasion of Georgia, we asked in the editorial recently reprised on the opposite page, "Is the Ukraine Next?" Well, it was. As President Reagan famously put it in a campaign commercial, there was once again a bear in the woods. Only this time we ignored it. On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gave a 40-minute speech to a rare...
  • Frmr Yukos Chief Khodorkovsky Says HE Can Transform Russia Into Thriving, Modern, + Peaceful Country

    09/22/2014 3:23:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    "I would not be interested in becoming Russia's president if my country was developing normally..."  It did come as a surprise last December, when Vladimir Putin suddenly signed an early release for Mikhail Khodorvkovsky, who was the richest man in Russia ($15B) when he was jailed for 'tax evasion' (read: challenged Putin) in 2003... Hard to tell for sure what the thought process was there -perhaps feeling strong and aiming to soften his image a bit- but Putin at the time explained 'Ten years in prison is a serious punishment' and signed the form that freed Khodorkovsky from a decade of harsh detention....
  • Thousands march in Moscow against Ukraine fighting

    09/21/2014 8:01:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 32 replies
    AP/Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 21, 10:21 AM EDT
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Thousands of people are marching through central Moscow to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleged complicity in the conflict. An Associated Press reporter estimates the crowd at about 20,000, although the city police department put the number at about 5,000. The demonstrators are chanting slogans including "No to war" and "The junta is in the Kremlin, not Kiev."
  • Why Nuclear Weapons Continue to be Central to Putin and Russia

    09/20/2014 12:58:31 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The majority of Russia’s ICBMs are reaching the end of their service life, meaning that the deployment and modernization of current and new missiles is crucial to maintaining Russia’s nuclear capabilities. Currently, a majority of Russia’s ICBM consists of older SS-18, SS-19 and SS-25 ICBMs which have been in service since the USSR. Russia is set to replace these older missiles with newer and more advanced 108 RS-24 Yars-M (SS-29), Topol-Ms (SS-27)(mobile and silo-based), as well as 30 SS-19 in nine divisions by 2016. ICBMs are not the only part of Russia’s attempts to retain its nuclear posture. ICBMs form...
  • Moscow troops could be in five NATO capitals in two days, boasts Putin

    09/18/2014 2:05:29 PM PDT · by Mariner · 120 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 18th, 2014 | By Will Stewart for MailOnline
    Shockwaves reverberated through Eastern Europe tonight after Vladimir Putin boasted he could invade five NATO capitals inside two days. This came amid new reports that almost 4,000 Russia troops are massing in Crimea close to Ukraine's mainland. 'If I wanted, Russian troops could not only be in Kiev in two days, but in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw or Bucharest, too,' Putin was quoted as threatening, according to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. All are former USSR or Soviet-bloc cities and apart from Ukraine their countries are now NATO and EU members.
  • Chechens a Terrorist Superpower, are Running ISIS, + Will Soon Deliver Retribution to Putin's Russia

    09/18/2014 5:42:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Be it Boston, Ukraine, Afghanistan, or the Middle East:  wherever there's some bloody mess, seems you find Chechens... While I do believe we need to go kill all of the ISIS scum we can find -probably meaning boots on the ground in Iraq/Syria (indirectly and unfortunately allying ourselves with Russian interests there)- and also think that these blood-drunk monsters are on their way to American soil, if not here already- it's the Russians who really have something to worry about. Revenge a dish best served cold: Although Chechnya seems to have been tamed by first Vladimir Putin -now maintained by his back-slapping buddy, the brutal, pro-Kremlin...
  • $30 Million Bounty Offered for MH17 Attackers as Ukraine Turmoil Continues

    09/18/2014 12:07:32 AM PDT · by free_life · 28 replies
    Vicenews ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | Olivia Crellin
    A German company is offering a $30 million bounty for the identities of the individuals responsible for downing Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine this summer. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are suspected of firing surface-to-air missiles at the civilian aircraft, which crashed July 17 while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board. A preliminary report carried out by Dutch investigators said that the crash was the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that struck the Boeing plane from the outside. Wifka, an independent German fraud investigation company, said...
  • UKRAINE: Putin threatens Poroshenko go through Mariupol if Donbass "special status" not accepted

    60% military equipment of the ATO combat-ready forces destroyed. Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in case of failure of the law on the special status of Donbass, Russian troops go through Mariupol in the Crimea. About this newspaper writes INSIDER citing an informed source in the parliament. "The president explained (heads of factions welcome. -" Gordon "), he is constantly" on the phone "Putin, who has made ​​it clear - if we do not adopt the laws - he will move troops in Mariupol and not stop until it reaches the Crimea" - noted....
  • Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

    09/17/2014 3:29:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 4:37 AM EDT | Vanessa Gera
    It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days—that Russian aggression in Ukraine could spread, upending this NATO and European Union member’s most peaceful and prosperous era in centuries. […] Anxieties hang in the air as Poland marks the 75th anniversary Wednesday of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, one of several Russian attacks on its neighbor over the past...
  • Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 2:45:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”The remarks by Russia’s ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.The report, released late last month and roughly covering the first half of this year, recorded atrocities by the Assad regime and by...