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  • RUSSIA: Turkish Foreign Minister [Dust-up with Putin]

    04/24/2015 4:10:28 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    ​Turkish Foreign Minister: "Russia arranged famine in Ukraine" The video of Vladimir Putin for the day was a hit the Internet. More information on this. zelv.ru Ankara recalled the Russian leader Vladimir Putin about the "mass atrocities" of Russia in the last century - the Holodomor, links and persecution of Muslims. Here is the full text of the STATEMENT from the Turkish Foreign Ministry: "We reject and condemn labeling the events of 1915 as 'genocide' Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite all our warnings and appeals. These policy statements that are in flagrant violation of the law, have no legal effect...
  • Vladimir Putin: Thanks to Hillary, I now own America’s Uranium Future!

    04/24/2015 7:50:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/24/15 | Andrew G. Benjamin
    The Clinton Foundation is now refiling its IRS returns for five years based on stories from the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Hillary Clinton’s campaign releases rebuttal to stories about her corruption and greed: “There isn’t a shred of evidence.” That’s true. Not a shred. A mountain. A $140 million mountain that landed at the Clinton Foundation, courtesy of Vladimir Putin, who may have also sent a bouquet of roses with the money transfers. Team Hill adds: “It’s a RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY financed by the Koch Brothers!” Sure it is. Questions keep arising about the largest deposit-only ATM machine in the...
  • The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology

    04/23/2015 6:15:39 PM PDT · by rmlew · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    History often repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing the reenactment with your own eyes. Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which...
  • NYT Reporter: Clinton Officials Lied About a Meeting Taking Place, Unaware of Photo Evidence

    04/23/2015 3:41:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 89 replies
    Washington Free Beacon & Fox News ^ | 4-23-15 | Daniel Bassali
    In a Fox News preview of “The Tangled Clinton Web,” a New York Times reporter accused the Clinton Foundation of lying to her about a meeting Bill Clinton had with Kazatomprom officials regarding the sale of uranium to Russia. “Frank Giustra arranged for officials to go to Bill Clinton’s house in Chappaqua,” reporter Jo Becker said. “When I first contacted the Clinton Foundation, they denied any such meeting ever took place. And when we told them we have already talked to the head, who not only told us all about the meeting but actually has a picture of him and...
  • Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company

    04/23/2015 2:16:37 AM PDT · by kingattax · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | APRIL 23, 2015 | By JO BECKER and MIKE McINTIRE
    The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. But the untold story behind that story is...
  • The Clinton connection to Russia’s claims on uranium

    04/23/2015 4:56:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Times of India ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jo Becker,NYT News Service
    The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir Putin's latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: "Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World." The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world's largest uranium producers and brought Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. But the untold story behind that story is one that...
  • E.U. Charges Russian Energy Giant Gazprom With Abusing Its Dominance

    04/22/2015 5:05:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2015 | JAMES KANTER
    European antitrust regulators on Wednesday charged the Russian energy giant Gazprom with abusing its dominance in natural gas markets, a move amounting to a direct challenge to the authorities in Moscow. The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, said that unfair pricing might have resulted in higher gas prices in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which have long been wholly or substantially dependent on Russian gas. In those countries, the commission said, Gazprom was suspected of charging wholesalers prices that were significantly higher compared with the company’s costs or to benchmark prices.
  • CBS News Breaks Out Their Monica Lewinsky Knee Pads for Obama

    04/22/2015 6:52:27 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies
    Joe For America ^ | 04/21/2015 | Michael Becker
    CBS News is in the tank for Barack Obama. Of course, and less you’ve been living in a cave, you already knew that. But last night’s episode of the CBS fictional series “60 Minutes” provided new evidence of their love affair with our second black president. They broke out there Monica Lewinsky branded kneepads for an episode focusing on Syria. You’ll recall that Pres. Obama made a number of statements regarding Syrian dictator Assad with reference to chemical weapon use. He noted that if chemical weapons were used in Syria, Assad would have crossed a “Red Line.” No sooner were...
  • Putin’s Action Hero: How Steven Seagal Became the Kremlin’s Unlikeliest Envoy

    04/20/2015 10:23:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | April 20, 2015 | Max Seddon, world correspondent and Rosie Gray, reporter
    The Russian president stunned Barack Obama when he proposed Steven Seagal as an intermediary between Washington and Moscow. Max Seddon and Rosie Gray tell the extraordinary story of the faded action star’s dalliances with the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin knew his relationship with the United States was nearing breaking point when he met Barack Obama in Lough Erne, a picturesque lakeside golf resort in Northern Ireland, on the sidelines of the G-8 summit in June 2013. The Russian and U.S. presidents had never gotten along. Putin spent their first meeting on the porch of his residence in Novo-Ogarevo, outside Moscow, in...
  • Europe faces a 'real threat' from Russia, warns US army commander

    04/18/2015 8:27:03 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Apr 2015 | Justin Huggler
    The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a "real threat" from Russia. "It's not an assumption. There is a Russian threat," Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges said. "You've got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defence programme. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that's not professional conduct." Gen Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move...
  • Not Enough is Being Done to Protect Christians in Middle East - Putin

    04/17/2015 6:27:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/16/15
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation in the Middle East for Christians is terrible and the international community is not taking enough steps to protect them. "As to the Middle East and Christians, the situation is terrible. We have spoken about it many times and we believe that the international community is not doing enough to protect the Christian population of the Middle East," Putin told reporters. He reiterated that Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries and the place is the birthplace of Christianity. "It is sad that the international community...
  • Polish Border Police May Block Stalinist Biker Gang from Planned Ride of Red Army Invasion Route

    04/16/2015 2:59:07 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 April 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    A moron Russian biker gang with whom Vladimir Putin is closely allied is planning a two-week ride along the Red Army's invasion routes of 1944-45 to celebrate 70 years since WWII, but naturally, not all the countries the Soviet Union crushed under their tank tracks (then colonized) -i.e. Poland- are welcoming the latest droll Kremlin stunt. First of all, the gang -'Night Wolves'- are basically Vladimir Putin's extra-governmental 'Brown Shirt' street muscle, utilized to bully and intimidate opponents of his vile regime. They run the 'anti-Maidan' movement in Russia -intended to head-off any 'color revolution' in Moscow- while the...
  • Netanyahu to Putin: S-300 missile sale to Iran undermines Middle East

    04/14/2015 11:25:46 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/14/2015 19:09 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    PM tells Russian leader that the move would only serve to increase Iran's aggression and put the security of the Middle East at risk. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the sale of S-300 anti-missile systems to Iran would only strengthen its aggression and undermine the Middle. The two leaders spoke by telephone on Tuesday, just one day after Russia ended its five-year ban on the delivery of the anti-missile system, which would help strengthen Iran against a military attack. Russia that in light of the framework agreement between Iran and the six world powers to...
  • Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

    04/14/2015 9:45:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 10, 2015 – 06:35 PM | Christian Neef
    On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high, most European Union leaders are staying away from the event. […] Russia would have liked to showcase the Armata and a host of other military technology to the foreigners who were supposed to be sitting in the VIP stand on May 9. The Kremlin had invited 68 leaders of foreign countries to the victory celebration, including the most important politicians in the Western world. So far, only 25 have accepted Moscow’s...
  • With Russian S-300 AA System on the Way to Iran, Will Israel Strike NOW- While They Still Can?

    04/14/2015 4:03:37 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 April 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Even if the Senate gets a clue and does shut-down Obama's bizarre non-agreement with Iran, cascading collateral damage has already begun: Gulf states are looking to get their own atomic weaponry, US prestige and credibility has suffered yet another heavy blow (Obama/Kerry don't even know how to surrender), and now the Russians are sending their advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Tehran... Putin signed something that cleared the way for the (bartered for crude oil) missiles yesterday- a system that experts say could leave Iran 'untouchable'... the only way to get by that would be a large stealth fleet...
  • What Sanctions? The Russian Economy Is Growing Again

    04/13/2015 5:17:58 PM PDT · by yuffy · 25 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/13/15 AT 2:33 PM | Bill Powell
    Six months ago, the price of oil—the lifeblood of the Russian economy—began to crater, and U.S.-led sanctions, implemented in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, were biting. Russia’s currency, the ruble, buckled, and capital flight began to accelerate as rich but nervous Russians moved more and more money out of the country. It seemed plausible then to wonder: Could Vladimir Putin be losing his grip? Might economic pressure be enough to rein him in, or even lead to his downfall? Today, the answer is becoming clear—and it’s not the one the West was hoping for. Not only...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • Lab-Grown Burgers Become So Cheap, They Might be in Supermarkets Soon

    04/10/2015 7:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Sputnik International ^ | April 7, 2015
    Scientists in the Netherlands are one step closer to producing a viable lab-grown alternative to the conventional beef burger patty. Last year, Professor Mark Post and his team of scientists at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands produced the first prototype of a lab-grown burger. Benefits of this new burger production method include a decrease in animal slaughter, savings in land, water, and energy use required for livestock, and a reduction in greenhouse gases. The project has faced several hurdles, though, not the least of which was the enormous price tag of 250,000 Euros, or $273,000. That was roughly how...
  • 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...
  • World Prepares for Russian Aggression

    04/07/2015 9:15:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/07/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    The Russian Bear is on the prowl In 2008, Russia gained control over South Ossetia and Abkhazia from neighboring Georgia, and then last month, on the anniversary of occupying Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a 25 year Treaty of Alliance and Integration, solidifying control over South Ossetia. The treaty handed border control to Russia, which would also formally take charge of South Ossetia’s economy and military. Residents of the region would also have easier access to Russian citizenship. The agreement, according to opponents, violates Georgia’s sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Russia signed a treaty with Abkhazia in November.
  • The Russian Roots of Terrorism

    04/07/2015 6:16:53 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Ciff Kincaid
    We have heard repeatedly about Americans and Europeans fighting for ISIL, but little attention is being devoted to the Russian-speaking foreign fighters that make up the group. Their numbers are estimated at 500 or more. Omar al-Shishani is usually described as a prominent Islamic State fighter who is Chechen. In fact, he was born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia and was trained there. Some reports suggest these fighters are opposed to the Russian-backed Assad regime in Syria and Russia itself. But if this is the case, then why is Russia opposed to U.S. bombing of these terrorists? NBC...
  • Putin threat of nuclear showdown over Baltics

    04/01/2015 4:31:24 PM PDT · by free_life · 97 replies
    The Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ben Hoyle and Michael Evans
    President Putin is using the threat of a nuclear showdown over the Baltic states to force Nato to back away from Russia’s border, according to notes of a secret meeting between intelligence figures from Moscow and Washington. Western security chiefs are braced for the Kremlin to begin a series of “destabilising actions” in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that would directly challenge Nato’s mutual defence pledge. These could involve civil disturbances involving local ethnic Russians,
  • Personal details of world leaders accidentally revealed by G20 organisers

    03/30/2015 5:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | March 30, 2015 | Paul Farrell
    The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach. The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament. The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime...
  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters

    03/30/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/20/15
    - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in...
  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    03/29/2015 11:28:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, March 29, 2015 | Yara Bayoumy and Mahmoud Mourad
    Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. "We support the Arabs' aspirations for a prosperous future and for the resolution of all the problems the Arab world faces through peaceful means, without any...
  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin (& Assad): Reuters/Ipsos poll

    03/30/2015 2:29:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Reuters via MSN ^ | 3/30/15 | Roberta Rampton
    A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the...
  • Is Russia Arming Argentina to Enable a Grab of Falkland Islands?

    Russia is preparing to lease 12 long-range, supersonic bomber jets to Argentina, a move that some in Britain fear is designed to ready Argentina to take the Falkland Islands. Argentina has long argued that the Falklands—which it calls the Malvinas—are Argentine territory and should be controlled by Buenos Aires instead of London. The dispute escalated into war in 1982 when Argentina invaded the islands, attempting to establish sovereignty over them. The bloody 74-day conflict ended with British forces overwhelming the Argentinians and reestablishing British control of the islands. But British defense cuts in recent years leave the Falklands more vulnerable...
  • Vladimir Putin's formative German years

    03/27/2015 8:01:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    BBC News, Dresden ^ | 2015-03-26 | Chris Bowlby
    Anyone who wants to understand Vladimir Putin today needs to know the story of what happened to him on a dramatic night in East Germany a quarter of a century ago. [....] "We cannot do anything without orders from Moscow," the voice at the other end replied. "And Moscow is silent." That phrase, "Moscow is silent" has haunted this man ever since. Defiant yet helpless as the 1989 revolution swept over him, he has now himself become "Moscow" - the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
  • Krauthhammer--Obama’s Betraying Our Allies – to Partner With Iran

    03/24/2015 6:04:37 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 40 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | March 24, 2015 | Sara Noble
    “He thinks he is going to do a Nixon to China. He is the man who is going to develop the entente, the understanding, the condominium with Iran to run the Middle East. We will join with them. We are going to recognize their presence, their dominance in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, and now in Yemen as that will be the reward for having cut a deal with us on nuclear weapons.” “That’s impossible, O’Reilly said, “because if that ever were to come true, we would alienate all of the Sunni nations. Saudi Arabia, the Emirates…” “But that’s exactly...
  • A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe

    03/24/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 March 2015 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armoured vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." "The scenes mirrored those in France after Paris...
  • Vladimir Putin calls for 'Eurasia' currency union

    03/24/2015 5:42:51 AM PDT · by mykroar · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/20/2015 | Reuters
    Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics. Mr Putin made his proposal at a meeting with the Belarussian and Kazakh presidents which highlighted the challenges facing the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union following the fall in global oil prices and the decline of the Russian rouble. "The time has come to start thinking about forming a currency union," Mr Putin said after the talks in the Kazakh capital Astana with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.He gave...
  • Us Against Them: Russia's Frightening New Cult

    03/23/2015 6:06:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 22 2015 | Gleb Kuznetsov
    If you believe that the U.S. aggressors were preparing to land in Crimea in the winter of 2014 in order to help the Ukrainians kill all the Orthodox Russians there, and that only the pre-emptive military operation under the command of President Vladimir Putin saved them, then you are "one of us" — that is, a true-blue adherent of the state's cult. However, if you think that the United States was not planning a military operation in Crimea last year, that it did not "have its eye on" the peninsula and that NATO never did and still has no plans...
  • European far-right politicians in Russia to support Putin

    03/22/2015 7:48:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 22, 2015 9:52 AM EDT | Irina Titova
    Nationalist supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin brought together controversial far-right politicians from across Europe on Sunday in an effort to demonstrate international support for Russia and weaken European Union commitment to sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in Ukraine. Putin’s many critics pointed to the irony of St. Petersburg, his hometown, welcoming neo-Nazis as Russia prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. […] Among the approximately 200 participants were Roberto Fiore, leader of Italy’s far-right party Forza Nuova, and members of the neo-Nazi Greek party Golden Dawn....
  • Ukraine conflict: Inside Russia's 'Kremlin troll army'

    03/21/2015 11:13:19 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 March 2015 | Olga Bugorkova
    Over the past year, Russia has seen an unprecedented rise in the activity of "Kremlin trolls" - bloggers allegedly paid by the state to criticise Ukraine and the West on social media and post favourable comments about the leadership in Moscow. Though the existence and even whereabouts of the alleged "cyber army" are no secret, recent media reports appear to have revealed some details of how one of the tools of Russian propaganda operates on an everyday basis. The Internet Research Agency ("Agentstvo Internet Issledovaniya") employs at least 400 people and occupies an unremarkable office in one of the residential...
  • Poles Steel for Battle, Fearing Russia Will March on Them Next

    03/19/2015 6:14:57 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 104 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 3/14/2015 | Rick Lyman
    KALISZ, Poland — For evidence of how much President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has jangled nerves and provoked anxiety across Eastern Europe, look no farther than the drill held the other day by the Shooters Association. The paramilitary group, like more than 100 others in Poland, has experienced a sharp spike in membership since Mr. Putin’s forces began meddling in neighboring Ukraine last year. Thirty students took an oath to defend Poland at all costs, joining nearly 200 other regional members of the association — young men and women, boys and girls — marching in formation around the perimeter...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Greek PM To Meet With Putin Amid Cash Crunch

    03/17/2015 12:23:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-16-2015 | Durden
    With Greece digging around in the couch cushions to try and scrape up €2 billion by Friday in order to make payments to the IMF, the ECB, and Goldman, and with celebrity FinMin Yanis Varoufakis doing his absolute best to sink the entire ship with a series of epic PR faux pas, one is left to wonder just where Athens will turn when Berlin and Brussels finally reach the end of their ropes with what increasingly looks like gross incompetence in the Aegean. We may have gotten the answer to that question today via Reuters: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...
  • The Trolls Who Came In From The Cold

    03/16/2015 11:07:08 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 71 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | March 16, 2015 | Viktor Rezunkov
    ST. PETERSBURG -- Last May, Tatiana N decided she wanted a higher salary than the average journalist can expect. After responding to an advertisement in the popular HeadHunter job-search website, she became a Kremlin-paid Internet troll. Tatiana -- who, like others interviewed for this story, asked that her last name not be used -- worked out of a 2,500-square-meter warehouse in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. The job paid 40,000 rubles a month, significantly more than the 25,000-30,000 most journalists make. But it came, she said, "with pain." Tatiana joined a round-the-clock operation in which an army of trolls disseminated...
  • Vlad's back! Pale-looking Putin jokes 'life would be boring without gossip'

    03/16/2015 6:48:50 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 19 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Ted Thornhill, Will Stewart
    Vlad's back! Pale-looking Putin jokes 'life would be boring without gossip' as he reappears for first time after ten days of health, coup and love-child rumors Putin reappeared in public after an unusually long 10-day absence He appeared in a meeting with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev Atambayev said Putin was 'hot-rodding around, driving his guests' Follows admission he was ready to put nuclear forces on alert over Crimea Putin's absence occurred amid rumours of illness, a coup and a love child President Vladimir Putin on Monday reappeared in public after an unusually long 10-day absence that unleashed frenzied speculation about...
  • Putin: Russia Was Ready for Nuclear Confrontation Over Crimea

    03/16/2015 6:42:56 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 15 2015 19:16 Last edited 08:39 | Reuters
    Moscow was ready to put its nuclear forces on alert to ensure Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last year, President Vladimir Putin said in a pre-recorded documentary aired on Sunday
  • Russia's Northern Fleet Put on Full Alert in Arctic

    03/16/2015 6:26:54 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 16 2015 12:21 Last edited 15:24 | Reuters
    More than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country on Monday in one of the Kremlin's biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows. President Vladimir Putin called the Navy's Northern Fleet to full combat readiness in exercises in Russia's Arctic North apparently aimed at dwarfing military drills in neighboring Norway, a NATO member.
  • Russia starts nationwide show of force

    03/16/2015 5:38:27 AM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Mar 16, 2015 | THOMAS GROVE
    More than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country on Monday in one of the Kremlin's biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows. President Vladimir Putin called the Navy's Northern Fleet to full combat readiness in exercises in Russia's Arctic North apparently aimed at dwarfing military drills in neighboring Norway, a NATO member.
  • Russia's Putin reappears after 10-day absence

    03/16/2015 5:18:31 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 March 2015 Last updated at 07:48 ET | BBC
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has appeared in public for the first time since 5 March, quelling intense speculation about his health.
  • Putin Will Meet Leaders Of Belarus, Kazakhstan In Astana On March 20 (Putin Resurfaces Alert)

    03/16/2015 2:32:36 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 03/16/2015 | Itar Tass
    ASTANA, March 16. /TASS/. The presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus will meet in Astana on March 20, a spokesman for the Kazakh leader said on Monday. The spokesman said Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko had already confirmed they would attend the meeting. "The heads of state will discuss bilateral trade and economic cooperation," the spokesman said adding that they would also focus on global economic issues and the Ukrainian crisis.
  • Russia's Putin Reappears After 10-Day Absence (Life Would Be Boring Without Rumors Alert)

    03/16/2015 4:58:42 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/16/2015 | BBC News
    According to a tweet from the meeting in St Petersburg, Mr Atambayev said that Mr Putin "just took me for a little drive - he was at the wheel - nearby here, and I can confirm that he's in excellent form". The Russian TV news channel Rossiya 24 also showed some brief footage of Mr Putin at the meeting, without sound. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov - quoted in a Russian journalist's tweet - said St Petersburg was chosen as a convenient venue for Mr Atambayev, whose daughter is studying there. Mr Peskov was also quoted as saying the "little drive"...
  • Crimea Leader Says It Will Never Again Be Part Of Ukraine (Accession Anniversary Alert)

    03/15/2015 11:19:01 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/16/2015 | BBC News
    Crimea's [Head Of Republic] But Mr Aksyonov denied that Russia had done anything wrong. Sergei Aksyonov said the annexation of the peninsula by Russia one year ago had been a "democratic act". "I can tell you that no-one took anything," he told the BBC's John Simpson. "That was the choice of the Crimeans. Nothing could happen without the support of the local population which is why this was not an act of aggression, but a real democratic act. "This is the main mistake and misunderstanding of Western leaders. People are misinformed by the media which is failing to give an...
  • Vladimir Putin reappears on television as rumours ranging from him being under threat of a coup to t

    03/15/2015 10:00:18 PM PDT · by jonatron · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/14/2014 | Will Stewart for MailOnline
    <p>Vladimir Putin has appeared on television for the first time in a week amid health fears and suggestions that he is being subject to a coup, while rumours persist that his 31-year-old 'girlfriend' is about to give birth.</p> <p>Putin, 62, had cancelled several planned meetings during the week leading to speculation over his health and even claims that he was fighting to retain his position.</p>
  • Putin was ‘ready’ to use nukes in Crimea standoff

    03/15/2015 7:45:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.03.2015 | [mkg/cmk (Reuters, AFP)]
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he considered activating nuclear forces to annex the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine after the fall of a pro-Moscow government in Kyiv early last year. “We were ready to do it,” Putin said of putting nuclear forces at the ready, in a nearly three-hour documentary that aired on state television Sunday. The president added that he had fielded many calls from foreign leaders and told them “that this is our historical territory and Russian people live there, they were in danger, and we cannot abandon them.” He said: “It was a frank and open position....
  • Vladimir Putin has been 'neutralised' by a stealthy coup as rumours about his health and well-being

    03/15/2015 2:51:25 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 166 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3/15/2015 | Will Stewart
    Vladimir Putin is 'alive' but 'neutralised' as shadowy security chiefs stage a stealthy coup in Moscow, it was claimed last night. Former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev was behind the plot, claimed chairman of the pro-Kremlin national Islamic Committee, Geydar Dzhemal. Snip... 'I think that Putin is neutralised at the moment, but of course, he is alive,' said Dzhemal, seen as a Kremlin loyalist. 'He is under the control of the power-wielding agencies, who have, in my opinion, organised a coup d'etat.' snip.. 'My information is that Patrushev met Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Pyatigorsk on 11 March and tempted him...
  • Why our prep-school diplomats fail against Putin and ISIS

    03/15/2015 12:27:25 PM PDT · by x · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | Ralph Peters
    Why do our “best and brightest” fail when faced with a man like Putin? Or with charismatic fanatics? Or Iranian negotiators? Why do they misread our enemies so consistently, from Hitler and Stalin to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph?