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  • Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': UN War Crimes Investigator Del Ponte

    02/09/2016 9:09:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 02/08/2016 | AFP
    Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': Del Ponte AFP 21 hours ago Geneva (AFP) - Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is currently probing rights abuses in Syria, on Monday backed Russia's air strikes on "terrorist groups" in the war-torn country. "Overall, I think the Russian intervention is a good thing, because finally someone is attacking these terrorist groups," Del Ponte told Swiss public broadcaster RTS, listing the Islamic State group and Al-Nusra among the groups targeted. But Del Ponte, a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, quickly added that the Russians apparently "are...
  • Pope believes Putin is the man to help Christians around the world

    02/09/2016 7:45:47 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 22 replies
    trunews.com ^ | 02/09/2016 | TRUNEWS
    (TRUNEWS) Pope Francis believes Russian President Vladimir Putin can help Christians around the world. A few days ago, TRUNEWS reported the pope’s and Russian Patriarch Kirill planned a last minute meeting, which is set for Friday. Now it is believed Putin played a role in bringing the two sides together, according to Kommersant, after centuries of silence between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches, due to the Great Schism of 1054. They are expected to sign a joint declaration, and discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. The Guardian has indicated the discussions could lead to...
  • The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning

    02/08/2016 10:25:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 12 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Alastair Crooke
    The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Updated 15 minutes ago Alastair Crooke: Fmr. MI-6 agent; Author, 'Resistance: The Essence of Islamic Revolution' BEIRUT -- Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit: "all communication and supply line[s]" between Turkey and Aleppo had been severed, according to a Elijah Magnier, a renowned Arab war correspondent with Alrai Media Group. It seems to be so: the Syrian army and allied militias, backed by Hezbollah and Russian air power, took control of a tendril of territory that...
  • Putin: "I didnt mean to scare Angela Merkel With My Dog.

    02/08/2016 6:23:40 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 83 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/12/16
    (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin has told a German newspaper he did not mean to scare Chancellor Angela Merkel when he brought his pet Labrador in to meet her during an infamous press conference nine years ago. Merkel, reportedly fearful of dogs since one attacked her in 1995, was photographed looking distinctly uncomfortable when Putin brought his large black Labrador Koni into a meeting at his summer residence in Sochi, Russia, in January 2007. The Russian leader appeared to smirk as he watched his pet approach his uneasy VIP guest. Now, years on, Putin has told German newspaper Bild he had...
  • Former US ambassador to Syria: I couldnt defend US policy any longer

    06/03/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    US Ambassador Robert Ford resigned from his State Department post a month ago, after a long and difficult time as the envoy to Syria. Ford showed great personal courage in his service while Bashar al-Assad instigated attacks on Western embassies and eventually provoked a massive civil war which has turned into a regional threat, thanks to the collapse of his power in large regions of Syria. The collapse of American policy in Syria over the past year was presumed to have prompted Ford’s departure, which he confirms with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview today.This is interesting for more...
  • Video Shows Tens Of Thousands Massing At Turkey Border As Russia, Iran Bear Down On Key Syrian City

    02/05/2016 12:39:49 PM PST · by amorphous · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5 Feb 2016 | Tyler Durden
    On Thursday we brought you the latest from Syria, where Hezbollah and the IRGC have encircled Aleppo and cut off rebel supply lines to Turkey. It was months in the making, but it now appears that the city - Syria's second largest - will soon be retaken by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad. As we've explained in the past, that would effectively restore the President's grip on power as he would effectively control most of the country’s urban centers - even if that "control" is tenuous. Eastern Syria is of course a different story entirely, as ISIS is dug in...
  • Obama wants to quadruple military spending in Europe to counter Russian aggression

    02/02/2016 5:42:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    In another acknowledgment that sanctions and diplomacy haven't deterred Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, the Obama administration said Tuesday it wants to quadruple military spending in Europe to reassure NATO allies still anxious over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. The spending would increase to $3.4 billion under the new plan, which will be introduced next week as part of Mr. Obama's final budget. Having been unable to dislodge Russian President Vladimir Putin's proxy forces from Ukraine through diplomacy, Mr. Obama now wants to spend the extra money on "continuous U.S. armored brigade rotations" through stations in Central and Eastern Europe, beefed-up...
  • Putin's revenge: Turkish tourist industry collapsing

    02/02/2016 2:28:48 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 2/2/2016, 12:52 PM | Gil Ronen
    Putin's revenge: Turkish tourist industry collapsing More than 1,300 hotels along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are up for sale as Russian sanctions bite. A total of 1,318 Turkish hotels along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have been put up for sale, due to Russian sanctions on Turkey and security concerns, reported Turkish and Russian media Tuesday. Today's Zaman said that 410 hotels are listed for sale at the Mediterranean resort area of Anatalya, at a total sale price of TL 30 billion (about $10 billion). The remaining 908 hotels are on sale at the provinces of Muğla, İzmir, Aydın,...
  • Bavarian premier plans to pal around with Putin

    02/01/2016 6:37:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Feb 2016 08:47 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Bavarian minister-president Horst Seehofer stoked anger over the weekend with plans to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chancellor Angela Merkel's greatest foreign opponent. Seehofer defended his plans to travel to Moscow on Thursday on ZDF television on Sunday evening, saying that "we're not running a parallel foreign policy in Germany". ...
  • Turkey says another Russian jet violated Turkey's airspace

    01/30/2016 9:20:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 12:12 PM EST | Suzan Fraser
    Turkey said Saturday that a Russian warplane has again violated its airspace despite several warnings - two months after Turkey's military shot down a Russian jet for crossing over its territory. The past incident seriously strained the previously close ties between the two countries, damaging a strong economic partnership. A Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday said that a Russian SU-34 crossed into Turkish airspace on Friday, ignoring several warnings that were delivered both in Russian and in English by Turkish radar units. It said Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador to the ministry Friday evening to "strongly protest" the violation. The...
  • Russia again a "non-free" country in Freedom House rating

    01/29/2016 8:54:45 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 11 replies
    BNE Intellinews ^ | January 27, 2016 | by bne IntelliNews
    Russia retained its "Not Free" rating in the annual "Freedom in the World 2016" report compiled by the Freedom House human rights organisation, scoring only 22 of a possible 100 points, with its shortcomings deepened by economic recession and growing intolerance of dissent. The report's publication on January 27 coincided with the release of Transparency International's Corruptions Perceptions Index 2015, where Russia also continued its slide towards the foot of the ranking.
  • Putin still has his Communist Party card, likes socialist ideals

    01/27/2016 12:39:27 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | January 25, 2016
    Putin still has his Communist Party card, likes socialist ideals Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday revealed he has kept his USSR Communist Party membership card, and still has a soft spot for socialist ideals. "I didn't throw out my party card, I didn't burn it," said Putin, a former KGB agent in East Germany, at a meeting with supporters, quoted by Interfax news agency. "My card is lying round somewhere." To older Russians, holding onto a Soviet Communist party card -- once compulsory for top officials -- shows a degree of nostalgia for the previous regime. "I wasn't a...
  • Seeking "revenge," Russian forces hunt for pilot's killer in Syria-Turkey border town

    01/27/2016 8:36:37 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 20 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Published January 27, 2016 | FoxNews.com
    Russia hunts for pilot's killer in Syria-Turkey border town Published January 27, 2016 FoxNews.com Seeking "revenge," Russian forces stormed a Syrian town on the border with Turkey hunting for the attacker who claimed he shot and killed the pilot of a downed Russian jet, state media reported Monday. A Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down the Russian aircraft near the Turkish border north of Latakia, Syria on Nov. 24, a senior U.S. official tells Fox News. Soon afterwards, Turkish citizen Alparslan Çelik said in a video that he killed the pilot on the ground because Russia had been dropping bombs...
  • Russia seeks alleged killer of Turkey-downed jet pilot after Rabia recapture

    01/27/2016 6:18:37 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 4 replies
    hurriyetdailynews.com ^ | January/25/2016 | Nerdun Hacıoğlu
    January/25/2016 Russia seeks alleged killer of Turkey-downed jet pilot after Rabia recapture Nerdun Hacıoğlu – MOSCOW Russian soldiers are searching for the alleged killer of a Russian pilot who was shot after the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey near the Syrian border on Nov. 24, according to reports by Russian media. Alparslan Çelik, a Turkish citizen who claimed to have shot Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov, and his group were in the rebel-held Rabia town in the western coastal province of Latakia, which was recently recaptured by Syrian pro-government forces, where soldiers were looking to “take revenge,” Russian DNI...
  • The Litvinenko Inquiry: London's Absurd Show Trial

    01/26/2016 4:50:00 PM PST · by marvel5 · 15 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | January 26, 2016 | Alexander Mercouris
    This analysis shows why the Litvinenko Inquiry was a farce and why its report is in the end worthless. The Judge who headed the Inquiry was obsessed with proving the Russian state murdered Litvinenko. In order to prove what he always believed he threw legal procedure out of the window and interpreted the evidence how he wanted. In the end even he could not prove that the Russian state murdered Litvinenko, which is why he could only say they “probably” did. In reality the facts - if looked at objectively - show the Russian state almost certainly did not murder...
  • Donald Trump defends Vladimir Putin over Alexander Litvinenko murder

    01/26/2016 2:01:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 144 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 26, 2016 | Nick Allen
    Donald Trump has defended Vladimir Putin after a British public inquiry found the Russian president "probably" sanctioned the assassination of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London. Mr Trump waded into the case saying he had seen "no evidence" of Mr Putin's involvement, adding: "They say a lot of things about me that are untrue too." The front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination has previously said he felt a "great honour" when Mr Putin praised him as an "absolute leader". .. But Mr Trump told Fox Business: "Have they found him (Mr Putin) guilty? I don't think they've found him guilty....
  • Russia's bleak winter: Protests grow as ruble weakens and Kremlin makes painful cuts

    01/26/2016 4:45:41 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    CBC ^ | 26 Jan 16 | Susan Ormiston
    Beleaguered currency has lost more than half its value in last 18 months A dazzling display of festival lights makes Moscow look magical, brightening up the dark winter night. But the image of a bright, confident 2016 is a mirage. "To tell you the truth, we are really worried for our country," says Anya Zhurova, passing by and lured in by the light show. "We feel sick for our country and we hope our president [Vladimir Putin] can sort out all the plans he's made, but it's a difficult period." Like a heavyweight boxer, the battered Russian ruble will try...
  • Treasury official calls Russia's Putin corrupt: BBC

    01/26/2016 4:49:36 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Jan 16 | Unknown
    U.S. Treasury official said the United States considers Russian President Vladimir Putin to be corrupt and that it has known this for "many, many years," the BBC reported on Monday. Adam Szubin, acting Treasury secretary for terrorism and financial crimes, said in an interview with BBC Panorama that the Russian president has been amassing secret wealth. "We've seen him enriching his friends, his close allies and marginalizing those who he doesn't view as friends using state assets. Whether that's Russia's energy wealth, whether it's other state contracts, he directs those to whom he believes will serve him and excludes those...
  • Russia's Putin: I've Always Liked Communist and Socialist 'Ideas'

    01/25/2016 12:55:11 PM PST · by Chad_the_Impaler · 36 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/25/2016 | Damien Sharkov
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is and has always been fond of communist "ideas", while also comparing the Soviet code of conduct to the Holy Bible, independent news agency Interfax reported. ... "I was not, as you know, a party member by necessity," he said. "I liked communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still."
  • Putin denounces Soviet founder Lenin

    01/25/2016 10:14:01 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2016 | Associated Press
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin for placing a "time bomb" under the state, and denounced brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.
  • How Popular Is Vladimir Putin? Over A Quarter Of Russians Fear Answering Polls Honestly

    01/25/2016 9:03:26 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 7 replies
    International Business Times [IBT] ^ | 01/22/16 | Lydia Tomkiw
    A new Russian poll questions the validity of Russian polling results. When Russians were asked about how comfortable they feel expressing their views on current events, more than a quarter said they were fearful, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported Friday. "The problem of socially acceptable responses in surveys is nothing new," said Konstantin Kalachev, a political consultant who spoke with Kommersant. "This is called a social spiral of silence. People follow the majority. They are afraid to stand out, superstitiously prefer not to stir the pot, and they answer with pre-readied, upbeat mantras."
  • Russia Insider : Donald Trump Takes on the Neo-Cons

    01/23/2016 10:53:08 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 28 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | January 22, 2016 | Gilbert Doctorow
    Establishment "conservatives" are threatened by Trump, much like how Russia's intelligentsia are skeptical of their country's own populist, Vladimir Putin Hats off to Donald Trump for his disparaging remarks about The National Review and their pitiful attempt at a demo job on his campaign in their latest issue. TNR has assembled a collection of testimonials from personalities reputed to be "conservative" and all laying into The Donald. We are defined by our enemies, and the editorial board of The National Review, in defending what it calls the conservatives' "ideological consensus" has highlighted just what is wrong with the party's establishment....
  • Thousands attend rally for pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Kadyrov

    01/23/2016 7:05:09 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 2 replies
    Euronews ^ | 22/01/16 | Unattributed
    But leaked documents suggested that attendance was compulsory for public sector workers. Kadyrov, 39, a former Chechen rebel turned Kremlin ally, has made a series of strongly-worded verbal tirades against the liberal opposition in recent weeks, calling them "enemies of the people," a Stalin-era phrase some of Vladimir Putin's rivals see as an implicit death threat.
  • Russia Today OP-Ed:Litvinenko saga: British hypocrisy exposed in verdict 'probably' influenced by p

    01/22/2016 6:37:39 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | January 22, 2016 | Bryan MacDonald, Russia Today
    A British judge thinks that Vladimir Putin 'probably' ordered the killing of FSB turned Mi6 agent Alexander Litvinenko. Carlsberg don't do inquiries but, if they did they'd 'probably' be better than this one. Back in the mid 1970's, Carlsberg's brewery in Northampton, England was searching for a slogan to market its beer. Due to laws against misrepresenting products, they were unable to state that it was "the best lager in the world." Thus, a compromise was found and a legendary advertising catchphrase was born. "Probably the best lager in the world."Carlsberg's phrase became so famous that it spawned further commercials...
  • Alexander Litvinenko Was Killed ‘for Calling Putin a Pedophile’

    01/22/2016 4:35:15 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 21, 2016 | Nico Hines
    Russia's president destroyed video of himself having sex with children, an ex-KGB spy claimed. Now a British inquiry has found that the Kremlin leader 'probably approved' assassinating him for it. LONDON - A prominent Russian dissident was assassinated in London with a deadly dose of radioactive poison because he had claimed that Vladimir Putin was a pedophile, according to an independent British inquiry. The hit was "probably" carried out on the personal orders of the Russian president. The allegation—that Putin had used his position as head of the Russian intelligence service to destroy video evidence of himself having sex with...
  • Murdered Former KGB Spy Had Accused Putin of Pedophilia

    01/22/2016 1:45:13 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    americasurvival.org ^ | January 22, 2016 | Alexander Litvinenko
    Read the article that may have gotten Alexander Litvinenko Killed
  • Russian Air Strikes in Syria Are Gradually Weakening ISIS and Rebels, Report Says

    01/21/2016 12:38:26 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 4 replies
    time.com ^ | Jan. 20, 2016 | Rishi Iyengar
    Russian Air Strikes in Syria Are Gradually Weakening ISIS and Rebels, Report Says Rishi Iyengar @Iyengarish Jan. 20, 2016 President Bashar Assad is gradually regaining his grip on the country Russia’s protracted aerial bombing campaign in Syria has resulted in significant setbacks for rebel insurgents as well as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria extremist group, according to a new report by Reuters. The air strikes over the past four months have resulted in Syria’s authoritarian President, and Russian ally, Bashar Assad gradually regaining his grip on the country, with government forces recapturing the northwestern town of Salma...
  • Thoughts on the disturbing murder of a scumbag, apparently by Russian Intelligence.

    01/21/2016 8:56:06 AM PST · by dangus · 44 replies
    2015-01-21 | Dangus
    Over the past few years, I've argued that Russia was in much better shape than most people realized. While urgently avoiding praising Putin, I defended his Russia from several attacks. The thrust of my comments was simply that Russia was much more complicated than the "simply evil" narrative that was being woven by perhaps the most diverse coalition ever assembled: Has-been cold-warriors "neocons" eager to have a simple enemy; Protestants angry that Russia doesn't make it very easy to proselytize by negativity; liberals who detest Russia's anti-homosexual and anti-abortion movement; one-world-religion types, who opposed Russia's strong opposition to Islamic terrorism;...
  • Puin ‘Probably Approved’ Litvinenko Poisoning, British Inquiry Says

    01/21/2016 6:58:32 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan. 21, 2016 | Alan Cowell
    LONDON — A high-profile British inquiry into the poisoning of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer turned critic of the Kremlin, concluded in a report released on Thursday that his murder “was probably approved” by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and the head of the country’s spy service. The finding by Robert Owen, a retired High Court judge, in a 328-page report, represented by far the most damning official link between Mr. Litvinenko’s death on Nov. 23, 2006, and the highest levels of the Kremlin.
  • Syria conflict: Islamist rebel named opposition chief negotiator (Army of Islam)

    01/21/2016 6:46:08 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 5 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 20 January 2016 | BBC
    Syria conflict: Islamist rebel named opposition chief negotiator 20 January 2016 A Syrian opposition committee has named an Islamist rebel as its chief negotiator at peace talks that the UN hopes to convene in Geneva on Monday. Mohammed Alloush is the political leader of the powerful, Saudi-backed group Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam). Both the Syrian government and its staunch ally, Russia, consider Jaysh al-Islam a terrorist organisation. The opposition committee also warned that it would pull out of the talks if a third party was invited to attend. Russia wants opposition groups tolerated by President Bashar al-Assad to participate...
  • Alexander Litvinenko murder: UK freezes assets of chief suspects – as it happened

    01/21/2016 4:34:08 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 44 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 January 2016 | Matthew Weaver and Andrew Sparrow
    Follow the hearing on the murder of Litvinenko
  • Putin to European Jews: Come to Russia

    01/19/2016 2:42:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/16
    Interfax reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin called to European Jews to come to his country, during a meeting with representatives of the European Jewish Congress. .....
  • Putin is the closest thing to a friend Israel has ever had in Moscow

    01/19/2016 9:18:32 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | 01.14.16, 09:08 | Josh Cohen
    Putin is the closest thing to a friend Israel has ever had in Moscow Analysis: Israel and Russia share a common fear of terrorism, and in 2014 Putin was one of the few world leaders to support Operation Protective Edge and was in 2005 the first Russian president to visit Israel. Josh Cohen, Reuters Published: 01.14.16, 09:08 / Israel Opinion Love him or hate him, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria unquestionably upended Middle Eastern politics. Putin supported Syrian President Bashar Assad, established several military bases in Syria, created a de-facto Russian-Shi’ite axis, confronted Turkey and forced the...
  • Putin vs. Obama

    01/18/2016 10:00:50 AM PST · by Yollopoliuhqui · 5 replies
    The Real History Channel ^ | Recent | Alda DiPescale
    Hilarious comparison between ballsy Putin and Wimpy Obama.
  • Oscar-Less Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Portray Russian President Vladimir Putin

    01/17/2016 2:37:19 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    Vulture ^ | January 17, 2016 | Greg Cwik
    Leonardo DiCaprio, the man who ate raw bison liver for his art (despite the several looming fires raging around him with which he could have cooked the viscous organ), picks his projects very carefully. He has, in recent years, developed a particular affinity for portraying amoral men. Speaking with Germany's Welt am Sonntag, the Oscar-less actor said he would love to portray Vladimir Putin, the Russian president and sometimes shirtless model. "Putin would be very, very, very interesting," DiCaprio said. "I would love to play him." They unlikely pair met at a 2010 conference on the endangered Siberian tiger, when...
  • Russia reveals new, aggressive military plans

    01/17/2016 12:24:05 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    wwlp.com ^ | January 15, 2016 | Brian Todd, CNN
    New details about Russian president Vladimir Putin’s latest military plans. Will those plans destabilize one of the United States’ most important military alliances? Putin appears to be flexing his muscle and his missiles. In a briefing with the Russian news media, Putin’s defense minister boldly declares his military will create three new divisions on Russia’s western flank with Europe, and will make five nuclear missile regimens ready for combat duty this year. U.S. and NATO officials tell CNN they’re monitoring this, assessing the impact on western security.
  • Putin ally says opposition should be tried as enemies of the people

    01/17/2016 12:39:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:31am EST | Andrew Osborn
    One of Russian leader Vladimir Putin's most high-profile allies has accused the opposition of trying to exploit the economic crisis to destabilize the country, using Stalin-era rhetoric to suggest unnamed individuals be put on trial for sabotage. Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, called the liberal opposition, which has only one lawmaker in the 450-seat parliament, enemies of the people, a phrase recalling language used during the reign of terror unleashed by Soviet leader Josef Stalin in the 1930s. ...
  • Resurgent Russia's Demographic Renaissance Continued Throughout 2015

    Below are the key figures for Russian Federation population in 2015: 1,932,227 live births 1,907,361 deaths Natural increase: 24 866 people Net migration: 76 060 people
  • The secret pact between Russia and Syria that gives Moscow carte blanche

    01/15/2016 12:48:29 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 15 at 11:25 AM | Michael Birnbaum
    That’s what the Kremlin did with Syria in August, according to an unusual document posted this week on a Russian government website that details the terms of its aerial support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among other revelations in the seven-page contract dated Aug. 26, 2015, the Kremlin has made an open-ended time commitment to its military deployment in Syria, and either side can terminate it with a year’s notice. Russian military personnel and shipments can pass in and out of Syria at will and aren’t subject to controls by Syrian authorities, the document says. Syrians can’t enter Russian bases...
  • Were Russian Combat Robots Used in Syria?

    01/15/2016 8:01:14 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 22 replies
    bellingcat.com ^ | January 15, 2016 | Aric Toler
    Were Russian Combat Robots Used in Syria? January 15, 2016 By Aric Toler According to Sputnik and multiple Russian-language blogs, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently deployed ten Russian combat robots in a battle in the Latakia province, leading to “about 70” dead rebel fighters and no dead SAA soldiers in fighting. Per the reports, these ten robots included six “Platform-M” systems and four “Argo” robots, which were controlled from a Russian command post. This news — if true — would warrant significant coverage, as it would mark the first successful use of combat robots in actual warfare, bringing about...
  • Deputy foreign minister: Moscow won't leave US’ further anti-Russian sanctions unanswered (12/23)

    01/15/2016 6:04:35 AM PST · by huldah1776
    APA ^ | 23 December 2015 | N/A
    Baku-APA. Moscow will not leave the United States' further anti-Russian sanctions unanswered, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Tuesday, APA reports quoting TASS. "This situation can be characterized by such proverbs as 'a wise man changes his mind, a fool never will' or 'you might as well be talking to a brick wall,'" he said. "Being absolutely aware that all their attempts to influence us through sanctions are doomed to failure, colleagues from Washington nevertheless are sticking to their false opinion. It is a 'shot in one's own leg' from the point of view of Russian-US relations,...
  • Putin says Russia could grant Syrian leader Assad asylum

    01/15/2016 5:52:55 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    APA ^ | 12 January 2016 | N/A
    Baku - APA. Russia could give asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he has to leave his country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on January 12, according to RFE/RL. "It was surely more difficult to grant [U.S. national security contractor Edward] Snowden asylum in Russia than it would be in the case of Assad," Putin told the German tabloid Bild, referring to the American leaker of classified U.S. documents who was given asylum in Russia in 2013. Putin said it was too early to say whether Russia would have to give shelter to Assad as...
  • Guardian Pushes Preposterous Litvinenko Case Whopper on Gullible Readers

    01/14/2016 4:05:00 PM PST · by marvel5 · 4 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | January 14, 2016 | Wiilliam Dunkerley
    It's said that some people will believe anything. And that's what Guardian editors must be thinking, based on their latest story on the Litvinenko affair. It's titled "Fresh Evidence Suggests Litvinenko Was Killed to Keep Him Quiet." Here's what the Guardian wants its readers to believe: 1. Some bad actor (widely expected to be the Russian state according to the Guardian) wanted to "prevent [Litvinenko] from testifying about Vladimir Putin’s links with Russian organized crime." 2. That there is now added "credence to the theory that eliminating Litvinenko was a matter of utmost urgency for the Kremlin." 3. "Amateur killers"...
  • Russian airstrikes help Syrian army gain major victory 'It was hell on earth'

    01/14/2016 9:29:00 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 20 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | Jan 13, 2016 1:17 PM ET | The Associated Press
    Russian airstrikes help Syrian army gain major victory in strategic coastal region Most significant military win for Syrian troops since Russia began airstrikes in September The Associated Press Posted: Jan 13, 2016 1:17 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 13, 2016 1:17 PM ET Backed by relentless Russian airstrikes, Syrian troops and allied militiamen on Wednesday pushed deeper into a major rebel stronghold in the northwestern province of Latakia, a day after seizing a key rebel-held town in the strategic region overlooking the coast, the government and opposition activists said. The insurgents in the opposition-held area near the Turkish border were...
  • Industry Executive: Amphibious Transport Docks Could Host Missile Defense Systems

    01/14/2016 12:26:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    National DEFENSE ^ | 1/13/2016 | Jon Harper
    Huntington Ingalls Industries is in discussions with defense officials about potentially putting missile defense radars and laser weapons on San Antonio-class amphibious transport docks, a company executive said Jan. 13. “You can put a lot of additional weight on the ship and you can put … some modern technologies like ballistic missile defense radars that are very heavy,” Brian Cuccias, corporate vice president at HII and president of Ingalls Shipbuilding, told reporters on the sidelines of a Surface Navy Association symposium in Arlington, Virginia. “We think it’s a great idea.” The vessels, which are manufactured by the company, have design...
  • Russia: Putin’s Past Becoming a Hot Internet Topic in Moscow

    01/13/2016 1:14:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Eurasianet.org ^ | January 6, 2016 | Alexei Sobchenko
    In late December, an unsigned piece posted on a popular Russian-language blog, headlined “Companions in the Fight,” caused a stir on the Russian Internet by shedding light on a largely unexamined facet of the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s background. While many analysts who try to understand and explain Putin’s worldview tend to focus on his KGB past, the “Companions” article suggests that Putin’s early exposure to the criminal underworld exerted considerable influence in shaping his way of thinking. Putin himself has mentioned how street gangs of his native city of Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, made a mark on his memory....
  • IRAN WARNS US OF WAR – Missiles Are Locked on US Aircraft Carrier USS Truman

    01/13/2016 7:22:21 AM PST · by don-o · 49 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/13/16 | Jim Hoft
    The Iranian regime today warned that coast-to-sea missiles were were awaiting orders to hit the American aircraft carrier deployed in the region. iran us aircraft carrier Iranian Fars News reported: Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi blamed the US navy for its excited and unprofessional moves after Iran arrested 10 US marines for trespassing on its territorial waters, warning that his forces' coast-to-sea missiles were awaiting orders to hit the American aircraft carrier deployed in the region. The IRGC seized two US Navy boats on Tuesday and detained them on Iran's Farsi Island in the...
  • In Moscow another Putin's critic was found dead

    01/13/2016 5:09:55 AM PST · by se99tp · 11 replies
    New World Standard Critique ^ | January 13th, 2016 | New World Standard Critique
    "According to Russian media, he died from apoplexy on January 10th, 2016. He was found dead after two days. But at least two opposition members including Mr Andrey Malgin expressed their fears that Mr Pribylovsky was, in fact, murdered. Mrs. Anastasia Kirilenko, who was co-operative of Mr. Pribylovsky, revealed on her Facebook, that he worked on a new books about Vladimir Putin in his regime as well as 'who is who' in Ukrainian politics and business for Western audience."
  • The Bear Smiles

    01/12/2016 10:36:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2016 | Paul Greenberg
    The Sunnis and Shiites may have found a way to resolve their differences. The Kremlin has offered to mediate any divisions between Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Sudan and their allies on one side, and the mullahs in Teheran on the other. It's like the Bear Who Walks like a Man inviting himself to the picnic of the animals, already judging which would make the tastiest appetizer. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here are reduced to trusting the Russians to be an impartial mediator. For the Bear has his own objectives, all of which serve his own ends, not that...
  • Murder in Istanbul: Kremlin's hand suspected in shooting of al-Qaeda-Syria-Ukraine Chechen

    01/11/2016 8:39:03 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 22 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Sunday 10 January 2016 10.51 EST | Shaun Walker
    Murder in Istanbul: Kremlin's hand suspected in shooting of Chechen The shooting in broad daylight of Abdulvakhid Edelgireyev – a key Chechen Islamist figure who fought with an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria – is the latest in a series of audacious killings of enemies of the Russian state in the Turkish city ...He survived the battlefields of Syria, and those of east Ukraine. But in November his life came to an abrupt end in a flurry of bullets: he was shot dead in broad daylight in Istanbul as he embarked on a shopping trip with his three-year-old niece. Edelgireyev and...