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  • Russian journalist quits and apologises for taking part in 'propaganda madness'

    06/10/2015 9:42:09 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 24 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 6/10/2015 | Ukraine Toay
    Konstantin Goldenzweig resigned from the Kremlin-backed NTV channel Renowned Russian journalist Konstantin Goldenzweig has resigned from state-funded TV channel 'NTV' after becoming disenchanted with the Kremlin's misinformation campaign. He announced the move through Facebook on June 9, TJ reports. "I want to thank all my colleagues who helped me, taught me, encouraged me and were my friends. And continue to be my friends. And sorry for taking part in this propaganda madness. There is only one banal conclusion: the deals with your own conscience are only as good as those you can cancel" - Goldenzweig wrote.
  • Russia Removes Wanted Poster for Separatist Minister Suspected of Fraud

    05/13/2015 9:52:08 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 5/13/2015 | Anna Dolgov
    Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs branch in Moscow has removed a “wanted” poster from its website after media reports identified the suspect featured in it as the deputy defense minister of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine. The poster identified a man named Sergei Velikorodny, who is wanted on fraud charges, according to the page that was still available Wednesday as a cached version on Russia's Yandex search engine. The page also included his photo, provided his middle name — Nikolayevich — and said he was born on Jan. 30, 1976. The man in the photograph bears a...
  • Ukrainian rebel leader gives bizarre account of plane crash, suggesting victims dead for days

    07/18/2014 1:57:12 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 18 Jul 14 | AP
    MOSCOW — A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off. The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that "a significant number of the bodies weren't fresh," adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.
  • Pro-Russian Fighters Routed From Stronghold, Ukraine Says

    07/05/2014 11:51:01 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5 July 2014 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    KIEV, Ukraine — With a fierce onslaught of gunfire and mortar shelling, Ukrainian government forces on Saturday expelled pro-Russian insurgents from Slovyansk, a long-blockaded rebel stronghold, government officials and separatist leaders said. After rebels fled the city, the site of some of the fiercest battles throughout the insurrection, government forces raised the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian national flag above the City Council building. In retaking Slovyansk, Ukrainian forces did not necessarily deal a decisive blow to the rebels, but they were finally gaining traction and reasserting state authority in eastern Ukraine, three months after separatists seized cities and towns throughout the region,...
  • Exclusive: Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev

    The slaughter of 53 protesters in the Maidan on February 20 changed history. Now, exclusive photographs show what really happened. KIEV, Ukraine—The first crack of a sniper’s round in Kiev’s Independence Square came shortly after nine o’clock on the morning of February 20 and the last about seven hours later at around four o’clock in the afternoon drawing to a close the bloodiest day in what had been a months-long struggle to oust Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych. Many of the 53 people slain died from clean shots to the head or neck—telltale wounds inflicted by expert marksmen; while others were...
  • Moscow’s Europe Square could be renamed into Square of Reunification of Crimea and Russia

    03/23/2014 11:13:50 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    itar-tass.com ^ | March 19, 2014
    MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. The Communist Party of Russia suggests renaming one of the streets or squares in the Russian capital to celebrate the reunification of Crimea with Russia. Andrei Klychkov, the leader of the Communist Party faction in the Moscow State Duma, said on Wednesday that the party was going to submit its proposal to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin soon. They believe that Europe Square in front of the Kievsky railway station could be a perfect place to perpetuate the historical event. Klychkov said several new names for the square had been suggested. “The list of names includes Square...
  • Nato warns of Russian army build-up on Ukraine border

    03/23/2014 6:32:39 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 Mar 14 | Unknown
    Nato's military commander in Europe has issued a warning about the build-up of Russian forces on Ukraine's border. Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen Philip Breedlove said Nato was in particular concerned about the threat to Moldova's Trans-Dniester region. Russia said its forces complied with international agreements. The build-up has been allied with Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, following the removal of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president. Moscow formally annexed Crimea after the predominantly ethic-Russian region held a referendum which backed joining the Russian Federation.
  • Putin's Orwellian theft of Crimea

    03/17/2014 2:06:07 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 17 Mar 14 | Frida Ghitis
    The spectacle of Russia swallowing pieces of a neighboring country while claiming to defend its people would make George Orwell grimace with recognition. This weekend's charade, a "referendum" in which we're told more than 96% voted to join Russia, fits perfectly with the Orwellian narrative. In this twilight zone of make-believe, Russian troops invade after removing the insignias from their uniforms and Putin explains, "You can go to a store and buy a uniform," claiming they are local "self-defense forces." Maybe Crimean shops also sell machine guns and armored personnel carriers. In this world of double-speak and misinformation, Moscow is...
  • Russian Violence and Propaganda in Ukraine

    03/17/2014 12:03:50 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 16 Mar 14 | Ross Kaminsky
    As you watch or listen to "news" broadcasts about events in Ukraine and the Crimea, sometimes actual news with varying degrees of correct information, and sometimes either witting or unwitting propaganda, today's must-read report from Oleg Atbashian is something to keep in the back of your mind as context. Americans, and particularly naive liberals such as President Obama and much of his foreign policy team, may be inclined to consider the actions of Vladimir Putin and of Russian and Ukrainian nationalists through a filter of western democratic well-meaning...which means that just as they did with the "Arab Spring" they will...
  • Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938

    03/17/2014 4:29:20 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 26 replies
    Politco ^ | 16 Mar14 | GARRY KASPAROV
    t’s been a busy few weeks for Vladimir Putin. In the last month, the Russian president has hosted the Olympic Games, invaded a neighboring country and massed troops along its border. Back in Moscow, the Kremlin has cranked up the volume of hysterical anti-Western propaganda to a roar while cracking down on the last vestiges of the free media. All the while, he proclaims he wants peace and accuses Western leaders of hypocrisy and anti-Russian sentiment. If Putin wanted to do a better imitation of Adolf Hitler circa 1936-1938, he would have to grow a little mustache. Equally troubling is...
  • Russia media say Crimea votes 93 percent to quit Ukraine

    03/16/2014 12:13:43 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 Mar 14 | Mike Collett-White and Ronald Popeski
    (Reuters) - Russian state media said Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break with Ukraine and join Russia on Sunday, as Kiev accused Moscow of pouring forces into the peninsula and warned separatist leaders "the ground will burn under their feet". RIA news agency said 93 percent backed annexation, citing an exit poll released as voting ended at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT). Another Russian agency said turnout was over 80 percent. Caught in an East-West crisis reminiscent of the Cold War, Kiev said Russia's build-up of forces in the Black Sea region was in "crude violation" of an international treaty, and announced...
  • New Dire Warnings on Russia: The Move That Could Lead to ‘Catastrophe’

    03/15/2014 2:48:36 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 14 Mar 14 | Sara Carter
    Russia’s increased military buildup along Ukraine’s eastern border signals the possibility of a full-scale invasion and one that could lead to a worst-case global scenario, pitting NATO allies against old Russian foes and debilitating the global economy to nothing short of catastrophe if nothing is done to stop Moscow’s aggression, U.S. officials and analysts told TheBlaze. And the crisis seems to be heading in that direction. On Friday, more Russian troops and armored vehicles were seen offloading from ships in the Crimean harbor, reporters in the area said. The day before, Russia had already massed more than 8,000 troops and...
  • The shock troops sent to terrorise Putin's enemies as Crimea prepares to vote on joining Russia

    03/15/2014 12:56:01 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    Dail Mail ^ | 15 Mar 14 | Ian Birrell
    Stepping out of my hotel yesterday morning, I found a sinister new force patrolling the streets of Simferopol. These men wore black balaclavas, blue military combat clothing and carried large assault rifles - yet despite the Russian invasion of Crimea, they wore the badges of Ukraine. Baffled, I wandered up and nervously asked who they were. ‘Berkut,’ came the gruff reply - and, as we walked rapidly away, my Crimean companion shivered.
  • Ukraine Says 80,000 Russian Soldiers And 270 Tanks Are Threatening A 'Full-Scale Invasion'

    03/13/2014 12:52:10 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 13 Mar 14 | Michael Kelly
    Andriy Parubiy, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, claims that Russia has placed 80,000 solders, 270 tanks, 370 artillery systems, and 140 combat aircraft near the Ukrainian border. “Ukraine today is facing the threat of a full-scale invasion from various directions," he said, according to The New York Times.
  • Putin the Humanitarian - He cares so much he wants all of Ukraine.

    03/10/2014 7:28:17 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 10 Mar 14 | Jed Babbin
    It’s not at all clear what Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk thinks he can accomplish during his visit with President Obama later this week. It’s a good bet that he’s not coming to urge on Obama the advice offered by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. I had to read Friedman’s March 4 column twice to be sure I hadn’t fallen for a parody from The Onion. Friedman has a prescription to weaken Vlad Putin that sounds like something written by Al Gore and edited by the folks who publish Mad Magazine. According to Friedman, if Obama wanted to frighten...
  • President Putin's Fiction: 10 False Claims About Ukraine

    03/10/2014 7:15:36 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 14 replies
    As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two times two equals five’ is not without its attractions.” Below are 10 of President Vladimir Putin’s recent claims justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine, followed by the facts that his assertions ignore or distort. 1. Mr. Putin says: Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets. It is “citizens’ defense groups,” not Russian forces, who have seized infrastructure and military facilities in Crimea. The Facts: Strong evidence suggests...
  • Will America heed the wake-up call of Ukraine?

    “Meet Viktor Yanu­kovych, who is running for the presidency of Ukraine.” Vladimir Putin and I were standing in his office at the presidential dacha in late 2004 when Yanu­kovych suddenly appeared from a back room. Putin wanted me to get the point. He’s my man, Ukraine is ours — and don’t forget it. The “Ukrainian problem” has been brewing for some time between the West and Russia. Since Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, the United States and Europe have tried to convince Russia that the vast territory should not be a pawn in a great-power conflict but rather an independent nation that...
  • Treason! USA sold us to Russia.

    09/19/2009 6:20:56 PM PDT · by Matt_Rel · 47 replies · 2,662+ views
    eFakt.pl ^ | Sep.18,2009 | Jerzy Kubrak
    Treason!   USA sold us to Russia.   ( http://www.efakt.pl/Zdrada-USA-sprzedaly-nas-Rosji,artykuly,52626,1.html ) (translation from Polish)[The end of anti-missile shield! Americans break promises. There will be neither a US base in Poland nor a radar in Czech Rep.What about our security now?! We've been left on the thin ice.] The strategic ally? The solid rock of our national security? The end of illusions. United States, which could always rely on us, turned its back to us. The President of USA just threw to the garbage bin  the project of building the Anti-Missile Shield in Poland and Czech Rep. The powerful military fascility could strengthen our...
  • Russian History 2.0: Kremlin Wants to 'Correct' the Record (Illegal to Compare Soviets to Nazis)

    05/21/2009 2:43:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 742+ views
    A proposed law could make comparing Soviet rule with that of the Nazis a crime. Intellectuals fear a manipulation of Russia’s past.A bitter joke from the Soviet-era has it that Russia is the world's only country with an unpredictable past. That jibe has come winging back in recent days, after the Kremlin announced the creation of a special 28-member panel tasked with examining and combating examples of "historical revisionism" that harm Russia's image. The committee, which has no legal power, is chaired by the head of President Dmitry Medvedev's administration, Sergei Naryshkin, and includes a sprinkling of historians but also...
  • Police [sic] Break Up Russian Protests

    12/21/2008 2:55:03 PM PST · by docbnj · 15 replies · 576+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 Dec 2008 | anonymous
    Russian riot police have forcibly broken up a rally being held in the eastern city of Vladivostok. About 500 people had gathered in the city's central square to demonstrate against a new tax on imported cars. Witnesses said police officers kicked protesters, damaged journalists' equipment and made dozens of arrests. Vladivostok, one of several cities holding protests, depends heavily on car imports from Japan and critics say the tax could push prices up by 50%. The tax is intended to help prop up Russia's domestic car industry and prevent people buying cheaper, imported products.