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  • I Guess Dmitry Forgot to Tell Vlady That Big Guy Would Bend Over After the Election

    Being president of the free world just got a little easier! Apparently Vladimir decided that Big Guy shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of being the world’s only superpower and just went ahead and sent warships to Syria without even checking in with BO first. So that “reset” button that Big Guy was so hot to push with Russia? Looks like Vlady went ahead and pushed it himself. And now Vlady isn’t even returning Big Guy’s phone calls. That’s another historical first! So, when was the last time an American president was “lectured” by a Russian president? Like, never, right?...
  • 'The Two Men Barely Looked at Each Other' (Video)

    06/19/2012 6:22:52 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 87 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | JUN 19, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    CBS reports that when Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin met with the press after their long private discussion, "The two men barely looked at each other. You could just feel, sort of, the tension between them. And the body language really represented how far apart the two leaders remain on the issue of Syria."
  • Why Russia is standing by Syria's Assad

    06/18/2012 8:24:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 153 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15 June 2012
    As the United Nations warns that Syria has descended into civil war, Russia continues to back President Bashar al-Assad in the face of growing international condemnation. Konstantin von Eggert, political commentator for Kommersant FM radio in Moscow, looks at why the Kremlin is steadfastly supporting the beleaguered Syrian government. Foreign policy analysts usually tend to explain Moscow's inflexible stance on Syria by evoking arms sales to Damascus (Bashar al-Assad's regime is said to have placed orders for Russian hardware to the tune of $3.5bn) and the Russian naval station in the Syrian port of Tartous. But this alone does not...
  • Putin Calls for New Long-Range Bomber and UAVs

    06/17/2012 8:03:43 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 9 replies
    Rian.RU (Russia) ^ | June 14, 2012 | Unattributed
    Russia must start development of a long-range bomber aircraft, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a meeting on defense orders. "We have to develop work on the new PAK-DA long-range bomber aircraft for Long-Range Aviation. I know how expensive and complex this is. We have talked about this many times with ministers, and with the head of the General Staff. The task is not easy from a scientific-technical standpoint, but we need to start work," Putin said.
  • How Al Qaeda executioners were captured by SAS using Bisto granules

    06/17/2012 8:20:22 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th June 2012 | Mark Nicol and Ian Gallagher
    'They killed with apparent impunity, effortlessly dodging capture by the world’s deadliest special forces. Nothing, it seemed, could stop Al Qaeda’s two top Iraqi terrorists as they orchestrated a campaign of high-profile kidnappings, car bombings and executions in Baghdad and beyond. At the height of their reign, one of them, Maher Ahmed Mahmoud az-Zubeidi, better known by his alias Abu Rami, was believed to have been responsible for the murders of 200 people each month. Yet perhaps even more ferocious was his charismatic co-leader, Abu Uthman, whose exploits in two battles in Fallujah earned him the nickname Abu Nimr –...
  • How's That Reset Button Workin' For Ya, Obama? Thu, Jun 14 2012 00:00:00 E

    06/13/2012 6:21:50 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 13, 2012
    Mideast: As Moscow tests a new ballistic missile, our secretary of state expresses concern that Moscow is sending attack helicopters to the murderous regime in Syria. The only thing changed is the degree of our naivete. On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the people of West Berlin at the base of the Brandenburg Gate, near the Berlin Wall, and uttered this famous demand: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" A quarter-century later to the day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. was "concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on...
  • Moscow's 100 year ban on gay pride parades upheld by courts

    06/08/2012 9:12:37 PM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Jun 8, 2012 | Marcus Hondro
    Moscow city courts have upheld a ruling that in essence bans gay pride parades in that city for 100 years. The decision was rendered this week and already the Russian LGBT community is planning to fight it. In response to Moscow's earlier ruling that they would ban gay pride parades for 100 years, Russian LGBT rights leader Nikolay Alekseyev had sought a permit to have pride parades in Moscow each year until 2112. Moscow's municipal courts denied his request and now the appeal of that verdict has been lost. LGBT to challenge in European Court of Human Rights Alekseyev and...
  • Russia's Putin signs anti-protest law before rally

    06/08/2012 7:50:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 8, 2012 3:22pm EDT | Gleb Bryanski
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Friday a bill that will dramatically increase fines for people who take part in protests that violate public order rules, just days ahead of the next planned rally against his 12-year rule. Putin told a meeting of top judges in his native St. Petersburg that he decided to sign the bill despite objections from his own human rights adviser, Mikhail Fedotov, who asked the president to veto it. Participants in protests where public order is violated could now face fines of 300,000 roubles ($9,100)—more than the average annual salary and up from...
  • Russia Test Fires new ICBM

    06/07/2012 9:11:57 PM PDT · by bd476 · 33 replies
    MINA Breaking News ^ | Friday, 08 June 2012
    Russia Test Fires new ICBM Friday, 08 June 2012 Russian military announced Thursday they have successfully test-fired a new version of the Topol-M series codenamed RS-12M. The rocket, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), was fired from a military base in southeast Russia, Interfax news agency quoted military sources as saying. The missile hit its target in Kazakhstan republic in central Asia precisely. The new generation of the Topol-M family aims to counter the US-developed missile shield system being deployed in Western countries. It will be the mainstay of the Russian Strategic Missile Troops, according to the report.
  • Kremlin Loyalists Push Through Bill Designed to Limit Anti-Putin Protests

    06/06/2012 5:34:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 6, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia’s State Duma, dominated by the party loyal to President Vladimir Putin, passed a controversial bill late Tuesday providing for harsh fines for unsanctioned political protests, following an unusual mini-filibuster by opposition members of the traditionally compliant lower house of parliament. The move came two days before U.S. lawmakers consider a bill that would sanction Russian officials responsible for violations against human rights advocates and anti-corruption activists. Named for Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in custody in 2009, the bipartisan legislation would set up a public list of rights violators who would be denied U.S. visas or have their...
  • Russia's Putin says to push military ties with China

    06/06/2012 2:43:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jun 6, 2012 4:57am EDT | (Reporting by Gleb Bryanski; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he will boost military cooperation with China, including holding more joint exercises, after the United States announced plans to shift most of its warships to the Asia-Pacific by 2020. Putin referred to recent Sino-Russian joint navy exercises in the Yellow Sea as an example of military cooperation which, he said, would go on. "We will continue cooperation also between our military," he told Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing, where he is attending a security summit and meeting his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao. "Recently joint navy exercises were held in the Yellow...
  • What Would Putin Do?

    06/01/2012 4:50:11 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-1-12 | The Looking Spoon
    A follow up to "Is There Really Any Doubt About How Our Enemies Would Vote?"...
  • Undercover US agents brought down our new Superjet: Russia’s extraordinary claim....

    05/25/2012 11:33:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    UK DAILY MAIL ^ | 5-24-12 | Will Stewart
    State's GRU military intelligence source says Russians are investigating theory crash was 'industrial sabotage Aircraft was on a demonstration flight aimed at securing lucrative orders when it slammed into a mountain killing all 45 passengers and crew Russian intelligence official claims US have 'special technology' capable of jamming signals from the ground or causing systems to malfunction Spy sources in Moscow today made the astonishing claim that a US undercover operation may have sabotaged a new Russian Superjet plane that crashed in Indonesia two weeks ago. The aircraft was on a demonstration flight aimed at securing lucrative orders when it...
  • Putin's return to power roils relations with U.S.

    05/22/2012 4:33:04 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    San Francisco Comical ^ | May20, 2012 | Joel Brinkley
    Now that Vladimir Putin is back in the Kremlin's highest office as the result of another fraudulent election, Americans should expect ever more hostile relations with Russia. Putin, a vain and vulgar man, was born and bred to despise the United States. And in recent times, Washington has given him little reason to change his mind. The latest example: President Obama waited several days before calling Putin to congratulate him on his inauguration as president this month - though Obama did manage to call Francois Hollande just a few hours after he was declared the winner of the French presidential...
  • America at Crossroads: Operation Hot Mic

    05/19/2012 7:44:21 AM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 2 replies
    Unknown ^ | May 18, 2012 | Unknown
    America at Crossroads: Operation Hot Mic. Here what Obama wants Vladimir Putin to know off the record.
  • Putin: 'Israel will take care of Iran,' Khameni: Clash between Iran, US and Israel 'inevitable'

    05/16/2012 10:05:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 5/16/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar told the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin told him that Israel will 'take care of' Iran. Aznar also repeated a conversation with Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni in which Khameni said that it was 'inevitable' that Iran would confront the United States and Israel. Don’t worry about Iran, Israel will take care of it, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as telling him years ago. Aznar, speaking Wednesday at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on a meeting he...
  • Ex-Spain PM: Putin Told Me 'Israel Will Take Care Of Iran'

    05/16/2012 5:07:42 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    JPost ^ | 16 May 2012 | Herb Keinon
    Don’t worry about Iran, Israel will take care of it, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as telling him years ago. Aznar, speaking Wednesday at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on a meeting he had with the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in 2002, said Putin’s comments came after he entreated him not to sell S300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.
  • Police Brutality Reactivates the Anti-Putin Movement in Moscow

    05/10/2012 8:44:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 5/10/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    President Vladimir Putin proceeded smoothly from inauguration on May 7 to overseeing a massive Soviet-style military parade on Red Square on May 9. Putin’s choice as Prime Minister, former president Dmitry Medvedev, was easily voted into office by the Duma. On Red Square, some 14,000 men in Soviet-style gold-glittering parade uniforms and most wearing peaked hats goose-stepped to the thrill of martial music produced by a 1,100-member joint military orchestra. Tanks, self-propelled guns, missiles and armored vehicles (over 100 pieces) rolled past Putin, flanked on the stand by Medvedev and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov (RIA Novosti, May 9). Putin’s speeches...
  • Vlad the impaler: Putin may have had affair with ex-spy Chapman (Where's Lyudmila?)

    05/11/2012 9:17:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/24/12 | ANDY SOLTIS
    Vlad the impaler: Putin may have had affair with ex-spy ChapmanBy ANDY SOLTIS Last Updated: 7:14 AM, April 24, 2012 Vladimir Putin may have had an affair with sexy former spy Anna Chapman — which might have knocked the Russian president’s wife of 29 years out of the spotlight, Kremlin watchers say. Putin, 59, is an ever-present figure in the Russian media but has been shown just twice with his 54-year-old wife, Lyudmila, in the last two years. Ex-Manhattanite Chapman, 30, who was booted to Moscow in a 2010 spy swap, soon emerged as a key player...
  • Movie Trailer

    05/10/2012 5:32:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 5-10-12
    Campaign video. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?feature=player_embedded&v=-Czo5Vf8KZs