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  • Neo-Feudalism Explained (The nature of Russia today)

    02/23/2011 8:16:45 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 5 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March-April 2011 | Vladislav L. Inozemtsev
    Many Western experts today portray Russia as a country spiraling down into totalitarianism, slowly (or not so slowly) following the path of the Soviet Union, whose authoritarian regime crumbled under growing pressure from an emerging civil society. Prevailing opinion attributes this authoritarian U-turn to the nature of the contemporary Russian political elite. Members of this elite (as argued by many Western analysts, including Ian Bremmer) are recruited disproportionately from the so-called siloviye structury, that is, the law-enforcement bodies and security services, which trace their roots to the Soviet-era military and secret services.1 These assumptions join to offer what is on...
  • He will be greatly missed: CA political great Joe Shumate dead at 69 (Fiorina advisor)

    10/01/2010 8:32:57 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 1, 2010 | Carla Marinucci
    California's Joe Shumate, who left an indelible mark on the politics of the Golden State and spun his magic around the globe as consultant to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, has died at the age of 69. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and we'll be hearing and writing much more on this in days to come from friends and associates. Shumate, the former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Pete Wilson, was advising the GOP campaigns of U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and also Attorney General candidate Steve Cooley.
  • Drunk Boris Yeltsin was found outside White House in underpants trying to hail cab

    09/21/2009 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 1,004+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Sept. 21, 2009 | Paul Thompson
    Former Russian president Boris Yeltsin got so drunk during a visit to Washington that he was found standing outside the White House in his underpants trying to hail a cab to go and buy a pizza. The following night he was mistaken for a drunken intruder when he was discovered stumbling around the basement of his guest house by secret service agents. The drunken behaviour of Yeltsin, who was known for his fondness for vodka and died two years ago aged 76, were revealed by former US president Bill Clinton. Clinton, who is no stranger to indiscretions of his own,...
  • Russians face up to prosperous reality

    05/29/2007 7:04:35 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 3 replies · 596+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 05/28/2007 | Bridget Kendall
    In the first of three special reports, Bridget Kendall, the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, reports from Russia on life and attitudes in the provincial city of Nizhny Novgorod. Nizhny Novgorod, like much of Russia, has changed significantly At 7 am on a sunny spring morning I step down onto the platform in Nizhny Novgorod. The other passengers on the overnight train from Moscow are well dressed and carrying briefcases - businessmen and women returning from meetings in the capital, it seems.
  • In Moscow in 1996, a Doctor’s Visit Changed History

    05/01/2007 11:21:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 806+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 1, 2007 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D.
    It was the fall of 1996, and Boris N. Yeltsin was running for re-election as Russia’s first president in the post-Soviet era. But he faced a crisis far more threatening than any opponent: he was desperately ill. Mr. Yeltsin had had a heart attack. He was experiencing chest pain from angina. He needed a coronary bypass operation. But his Russian doctors said he could not survive such surgery. For independent advice, Mr. Yeltsin reached out to an American doctor as renowned in Russia as he was in the United States: Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the pioneering Houston heart surgeon. Dr....
  • Boris the Fighter (Bill Clinton Op-Ed)

    04/29/2007 10:24:57 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 24 replies · 628+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2007 | President Bill Clinton
    AS I walked behind Boris Yeltsin’s coffin at Novodevichy Cemetery on Wednesday, I found myself thinking about the man I worked with closely for nearly eight years and the role he played in changing the world, mostly for the better. Every time I met with him, Mr. Yeltsin left no doubt that he had two objectives above all others. The first was to make sure that the Russian people never again had to live under communism, or autocratic ultranationalism. The second was to form a solid, lasting partnership between a democratic Russia and the West. On the big issues that...
  • Russia in defence warning to US

    04/26/2007 8:25:06 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 21 replies · 642+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 04/26/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Russia may stop implementing a key defence treaty because of concerns over US plans for a missile shield in Europe, President Vladimir Putin said. Mr Putin made the threat during his annual address to parliament - which he said would be his last as president. He also hit out at an influx of foreign money which he said was being used to meddle in Russia's internal affairs. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed Russian concerns over the missile shield as "ludicrous". BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says Mr Putin's speech marks a significant raising of diplomatic stakes. The Russian...
  • Russia bids farewell to Yeltsin

    04/25/2007 8:50:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 686+ views
    AP ^ | April 25, 2007 | MARIA DANILOVA
    Russia bid a solemn farewell Wednesday to Boris Yeltsin, its first post-Soviet leader, in a funeral presided over by some two dozen white-robed priests, with a crowd of dignitaries including President Vladimir Putin and two former U.S. leaders in attendance.The elaborate Cathedral of Christ the Savior echoed with priests' chanting and the a capella choir singing the funeral liturgy during the 85-minute ceremony. It was a placid finale for one of the most dramatic and controversial figures of modern political history.Yeltsin was a key engineer of the end of the Soviet Union and led the country into often-chaotic attempts to...
  • Why Boris Yeltsin's legacy is rosier in the West

    04/25/2007 6:13:58 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 16 replies · 478+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 25, 2007 | Fred Weir
    MOSCOW - To Western eyes, it was the new, democratic Russia. Boris Yeltsin, the man who had wrested the country from the grip of communism two years earlier, was facing what he described as an armed "mutiny" by communist holdovers in the country's elected parliament. So when Mr. Yeltsin sent troops and tanks to disperse the Supreme Soviet legislature and arrest its leaders, Western leaders cheered his actions. But many Russians were appalled. "When I heard [then US President Bill] Clinton describing Yeltsin's actions as 'a triumph for democracy,' I was horrified," says Viktor Kremeniuk, deputy director of the official...
  • Boris The Bear Killer

    04/24/2007 3:53:48 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 6 replies · 315+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 24 April 2007 | Staff
    Freedom Fighter: The suave Mikhail Gorbachev, making a fine living today giving speeches around the world, was not Russia's great hero of the late 20th century. Its real hero was the uncouth Boris Yeltsin. If your local Rotary has $100,000 to spare, the London Speaker Bureau will arrange to have what it describes as "Soviet statesman" Gorbachev drop by and reminisce about how his catchphrases — glasnost and perestroika — ended Soviet communism. But the magical powers of his "openness" and "restructuring" campaigns were little help against the hard-line Communists who nearly succeeded in a coup against Gorby. Yeltsin, who...
  • For Russians, a symbol of weakness and loss

    04/24/2007 5:41:55 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 7 replies · 405+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 24, 2007 | Marshall I. Goldman
    [...] Yeltsin was a true hero and the hope was that he would use this momentum to further the move toward democracy and a market system that Gorbachev had just begun. I was in Moscow at the time of the coup attempt and when Yeltsin put down the coup, the public was thrilled and proud of themselves in a way I had never sensed in Moscow before or since. The trouble was that Yeltsin stood by as others, including some American advisers, allowed some of Russia's most prized assets to be turned over to a very few undeserving individuals. Overnight...
  • BREAKING on MSNBC: Boris Yeltsin dead

    04/23/2007 6:49:06 AM PDT · by dawgmeat9 · 125 replies · 6,830+ views
    Boris Yeltsin is dead, Russian news agencies say, quoting Kremlin.
  • Yeltsin's Place in History [National Review Online Q&A]

    04/23/2007 5:51:51 PM PDT · by jdm · 2 replies · 323+ views
    NRO ^ | April 23, 2007 | An NRO Q&A
    Boris Yeltsin, first president of Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, died on Monday at age 76. National Review Online asked David Satter, of Hoover, Hudson, and Johns Hopkins, and author of most recently, of Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State, about Yeltsin’s legacy. Kathryn Jean Lopez: Was Yeltsin a hero or a villain? David Satter: Actually he was both. His role in the fall of the Soviet Union was immense and he showed great physical courage at the time of the August, 1991 coup by Soviet hardliners seeking to preserve the Soviet Union....
  • Yeltsin: Overwhelmed by the demons he unleashed

    04/23/2007 2:25:25 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 509+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 23 2007 | Michael Binyon
    How Yeltsin the reformer was in too much of a hurry Boris Yeltsin was Russia’s liberator, the man who brought to an end 70 years of Communist oppression. But he was also the man who almost destroyed Russia by letting liberty turn to licence, democracy to anarchy and the free market to rapacious exploitation. His greatest moment was his heroic defiance of the old Soviet Union in the summer of 1991, when he clambered atop a tank and single handedly faced down the plotters who had staged a coup against Mikhail Gorbachev. But like so many Russian leaders, triumph eventually...
  • Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin Dead, Kremlin Says

    04/23/2007 8:35:07 AM PDT · by stm · 4 replies · 330+ views
    Fox News ^ | 23 April 07 | AP
    MOSCOW — Former President Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, died Monday. He was 76. Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov confirmed Yeltsin's death, and Russian news agencies cited Sergei Mironov, head of the presidential administration's medical center, as saying the former president died Monday of heart failure at the Central Clinical Hospital.
  • Boris Yeltsin dead at 76: Kremlin

    04/23/2007 7:22:53 AM PDT · by bedolido · 8 replies · 1,588+ views
    News.com.au ^ | April 24, 2007 01:00am | staff writer
    BORIS Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy as the country's first post-Communist president, has died. He was 76.
  • Former Russian President Yeltsin dies

    04/23/2007 6:53:34 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 22 replies · 886+ views
    AP ^ | 23.4.2007
    MOSCOW - Former President Boris Yeltsin has died, a Kremlin official said Monday. He was 76. Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov told The Associated Press that Yeltsin died, but gave no cause of death or further information.
  • Western critics: Khodorkovsky stole Yukos fair and square

    04/07/2007 1:26:50 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 23 replies · 937+ views
    The Komisar Scoop ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | Lucy Komisar
    Russia, through its energy company Rosneft, has started to recover the multibillion dollar oil company Yukos that was stolen from it in the mid-1990s. It is doing so through auctions of the bankrupt company’s assets. And indignant protests continue from westerners. The latest comes from the California state comptroller John Chiang, a Democrat, complaining about “illegal and unethical activities by the Russian government.” Add that to attacks by Sen. John McCain (Republican) and Rep. Tom Lantos (Democrat). The latter wants the State Department to designate Khodorkovsky a political prisoner.* There have also been critical statements from our ethically-challenged administration. Funny...
  • The Russian "Coup" Was A Hoax

    02/18/2007 11:08:59 AM PST · by Fennie · 24 replies · 1,186+ views
    The Modern History Project ^ | 1994 | David Rivera
    It is the belief of Donald McAlvany, who publishes the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, that the coup was a hoax. Only a minimal number of troops participated in the coup, the internal or international lines of communication were not cut, the press was not controlled, and the airports were not closed. A very strange "coup" indeed.
  • Kremlin Capitalism

    09/23/2006 5:27:58 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 10 replies · 396+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | Friday, September 22, 2006 | Marshall I. Goldman
    As Vladimir Putin nears the end of what he insists will be his last term as president, analysts can not help but notice how different the country is today from the one he inherited from his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, in 2000. Most critics have focused on the way the Kremlin has increased its control of the media and eliminated regional gubernatorial elections. There have also been far-reaching changes in the ownership and management of several of the country's largest and richest energy and metals companies, however. Here, too, the Kremlin once again has begun to play a more intrusive role....
  • Still alive, Boris Yeltsin says Latvians should forget word "occupation"

    09/04/2006 12:49:47 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 8 replies · 424+ views
    Marathon Pundit ^ | September 4, 2006 | Marathon Pundit
    Simply because of its location next to the Soviet Union, Latvia was forcibly annexed by the Soviets and brutally occupied for fifty years. But don't call it an "occupation," says former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Denial is a common symptom for alcoholics, as well as megalomaniacs. Yeltsin, who somehow has manage to dodge the grim reaper, is probably both of those, so what he says shouldn't be taken seriously. Yeltsin visited Latvia last week, and his visit was undoubtedly another reminder to Latvians as to why they should be grateful they're an independent nation again. From Mosnews.com: Latvia should forget...
  • Yeltsin: Latvia should forget the word Occupation

    08/26/2006 2:58:57 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 36 replies · 674+ views
    baltictimes ^ | Aug 25, 2006
    Latvia should forget the word “occupation,” and then its relations with Russia will improve considerably, former Russian president Boris Yeltsin told the Latvian daily Neatkariga in an interview. Yeltsin said that journalists more than politicians blamed Russia. “You are blaming Russia for Latvia’s occupation. Do you have any brain? Are you able to look at things in an objective way? Where was Russia at that time? There was no Russia. There was the Soviet Union. There was this monster. The Soviet Communist regime, which we were all fighting,” said Yeltsin. He added that, like in Latvia, forces within Russia were...
  • The Golitsyn Predictions

    08/17/2006 6:07:20 PM PDT · by brain bleeds red · 164 replies · 3,643+ views
    Mark Riebling ^ | 08-17-06 | Mark Riebling
    Even if one rejects Golitsyn's overall thesis -- viz., that Gorbachev's changes comprised a long-term strategic deception -- one must still acknowledge that Golitsyn was the only analyst whose crystal ball was functioning during the key period of the late 20th century. When the Soviet Empire collapsed in 1989, the CIA was chastised for failing to foresee the change. "For a generation, the Central Intelligence Agency told successive presidents everything they needed to know about the Soviet Union," said Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "except that it was about to fall apart." Sovietologists both inside and outside CIA were indeed baffled,...
  • How Russia Got Into the Democratic Club (G8)

    07/14/2006 11:06:30 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 5 replies · 458+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | July 14, 2006 | Stephen Boykewich
    ST. PETERSBURG -- When an ailing, barely reelected President Boris Yeltsin was struggling to contain Russian fury in 1997 over NATO expansion into former Soviet states, U.S. President Bill Clinton had a solution: Let Russia into the Group of Seven. "It's real simple. As we push Ol' Boris to do the right but hard thing on NATO, I want him to feel the warm, beckoning glow of doors that are opening to other institutions where he's welcome," Clinton told his aides in 1997, according to a memoir by Strobe Talbott, then the U.S. president's top Russia aide. It turned out...
  • Chernobyl 2006: The communism triumph (Photos)

    04/20/2006 9:37:49 AM PDT · by b2stealth · 52 replies · 5,338+ views
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    Chernobyl 2006 Directly in front of the gate the radiation levels are 350-3000 microroengen. Soviet scientists reported that the Chernobyl Unit 4 reactor contained about 180-190 metric tons of uranium dioxide fuel and fission products. Estimates of the amount of this material that escaped range from 5 to 30 percent, but some liquidators, who have actually been inside the sarcophagus and the reactor shell itself -- e.g. Mr. Usatenko and Dr. Karpan [citation needed] -- state that not more than 5-10% of the fuel remains inside; indeed, photographs of the reactor shell show that it is completely empty. Because of...
  • Why The Religious Right Must Mobilize Against hillary: CLINTON CONFLATES CHRISTIANS AND TERRORISTS

    03/16/2006 7:35:04 AM PST · by Mia T · 93 replies · 5,442+ views
    C-SPAN | 03.16.06 | Mia T
    WHY THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT MUST MOBILIZE AGAINST HILLARY:CLINTON CONFLATES EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS AND ISLAMO-FASCIST TERRORISTS by Mia T, 03.16.06 It is wrong to demonize and cartoonize one another and ignore evidence and to make false charges and to bear false witness. Sometimes I think our friends on the other side have become the people of the Nine Commandments. It is wrong to bear false witness because we all see through [the] glass darkly.... We have a curious situation in American where the religious right has tried to turn all who disagree with them into two-dimensional cartoons. I read a very...
  • The Clinton Years: The Gathering Storm (Speech delivered at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix)

    03/14/2006 5:13:14 PM PST · by tang-soo · 37 replies · 2,128+ views
    Hal Lindsey Oracle ^ | 2/23/2006 | Curt Weldon
    The Clinton Years: The Gathering Storm Rep. Curt Weldon, R-PA, delivered the following speech at Restoration Weekend, which took place at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix February 23-26, 2006: It’s good to be with all of you. Many of you are old friends whom I’ve met with over the years. It’s great to be able to share a few thoughts with you about national security and specific projects I’m working on. You know, in my 20 years in Congress, the one thing I’ve come to understand about our country’s history is that the success of our country’s security has really...
  • Do not condemn Putin out of hand

    02/28/2006 5:25:08 PM PST · by Romanov · 21 replies · 532+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 28 Feb 06 | Anatol Lievan
    Do not condemn Putin out of hand By Anatol Lieven Published: February 28 2006 02:00 | Last updated: February 28 2006 02:00 A measure of western hostility to Russia is justified, given both the nature of Russian external policies and the crude, clumsy way in which they are often executed. Unfortunately, this hostility can take on an irrational and hysterical tone absent from western attitudes to China, for example. In recent years one reason for this particular western attitude has been growing dislike of the semi-authoritarian character of the Putin administration. A good deal of hypocrisy is involved here.
  • Who Taught Crony Capitalism to Russia?

    02/27/2006 4:09:51 AM PST · by bd476 · 35 replies · 774+ views
    The Wall Street Journal EuropeMarch 19, 2001 Who Taught Crony Capitalism to Russia? By Janine R. Wedel (jwedel@ pitt.edu) Ms. Wedel, author of "Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe," is associate professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. "...The story takes off early in the Clinton administration, when the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) -- responsible for overseeing U.S. foreign aid -- decided to funnel much of its economic assistance to Russia through Harvard University's Harvard Institute for International Development. < Snip > Thanks to...
  • Khrushchev's 1956 speech reverberates

    02/22/2006 7:35:45 AM PST · by libstripper · 85 replies · 3,670+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | February 22, 2006 | Nina L. Khrushcheva
    When Nikita Khrushchev died in 1971, I was still a girl, but I remember him well. We used to visit him on the weekends on his farm at Petrovo Dalnee, about 30 miles outside of Moscow. I would work with him among the tomatoes or beehives. Although to me he was my kindly old great-grandfather, my family assured me that he was a great man, a world leader, a liberator -- someone I should be proud of.
  • Yeltsin celebrates 75th birthday

    02/01/2006 2:40:01 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 352+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 2 February 2006
    RETIRED Russian president Boris Yeltsin will celebrate his 75th birthday today at a Kremlin function expected to include former US and German leaders Bill Clinton and Helmut Kohl. Yeltsin, who received messages of congratulations from Russian Patriarch Alexy II and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, spoke again before the occasion of his hopes as he steered Russia out of the Soviet era. "I wanted people to become free and happy," the ex-president said. Born in Siberia in 1931, Mr Yeltsin dissolved the Soviet Union in 1991 and founded modern Russia. But most Russians still view his presidency in a negative light,...
  • Gorbachev Praise-a-thon on CSPAN2 (right now)

    10/21/2005 9:08:22 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 71 replies · 747+ views
    CSPAN2 | October 22, 2005 | Vanity
    Praise fest for Gorby on CSPAN2. Clinton just finished speaking. Check CSPAN2 for rebroadcast. Clinton admitting to being in USSR in 1969 or 1970. Let's see if we can get transcripts published.
  • POPE'S DEATH AND CATHOLICISM'S PROSPECTS IN RUSSIA

    04/06/2005 1:41:08 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 28 replies · 559+ views
    Center for Defense Information ^ | 04-05-2005 | Pyotr Romanov
    MOSCOW, April 4. (RIA Novosti political commentator Pyotr Romanov) - It seems the only place the pope wanted but could not visit was Moscow. His patience was boundless, but he did not live long enough to see changes in the Russian Orthodox Church. He, however, was open to the whole world, including Russians. It turned out that establishing contacts with the secular authorities of the new Russia was much easier than with the hierarchs of the Russian Church. The pontiff received Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin, the latter of whom has sent the Vatican an unusual letter of condolences. More than...
  • The Clintons Terrorist Ties

    02/12/2005 5:32:38 PM PST · by Calpernia · 117 replies · 6,108+ views
    VARIOUS ^ | Various
    In his FrontPage Magazine article Andrew Alexander’s Lies About the Cold War, Jamie Glazov speaks of the Soviet regime’s aggressive and expansionist designs against the West in the post-WWII period, and how de-classified Soviet sources prove that they had extensively infiltrated their agents into Western society. "...the Venona transcripts are thousands of Soviet intelligence messages that were intercepted and decoded over four decades by the FBI and the NSA (National Security Agency). Released over the past few years, these files prove that there was a large-scale Communist penetration of the U.S. government, and that Communist spies passed on valuable information...
  • FEATURE-Victims of Russia's 10-year Chechen war ask: why?

    12/17/2004 8:46:10 AM PST · by old Jew · 148 replies · 1,143+ views
    alertnet ^ | 17 Dec 2004 | Oliver Bullough, Reuters
    MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) - A decade of fighting, hostage-taking and bombing in Chechnya has ripped families, friends and a whole nation apart. Mothers, young men, Chechens and Russians are left with one question: why? Russia's vast military might was sent to crush the tiny mountainous region's independence drive 10 years ago this month and victory is still as far off as ever. Then-President Boris Yeltsin, in a national address on Dec. 11, 1994, said troops were moving in to "protect (Chechnya's) citizens from armed extremism". Soldiers from the army that lost hundreds of men in the next few months...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
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    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • NYT: Russian Talk on Ukraine Recalls Cold War -- fear Western meddling in Kremlin's backyard.

    12/02/2004 6:31:47 AM PST · by OESY · 4 replies · 494+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 2, 2004 | ERIN E. ARVEDLUND
    MOSCOW, Dec. 1 - The Kremlin's words reached a shrill peak on Wednesday over the election crisis in Ukraine, as Russian officials here dusted off cold war vocabulary and summoned bitter visions of lost imperial ambitions and fears of Western meddling in Russia's sphere of influence. The words began flowing in earnest over the weekend, as a Kremlin political strategist, Gleb O. Pavlovsky, voiced what many Russians fear is the true cause of the Ukrainian political crisis: that the West is using Ukraine as a testing ground for a "revolution" that may subsequently spread to Russia. "We will have to...
  • CHECHEN REALITY: GRU VS. FSB (Fascinating take on events in Chechnya)

    10/16/2004 12:41:21 PM PDT · by MereChristian · 104 replies · 1,181+ views
    Perspective: Boston University ^ | Sept.-Oct. 2001 | Roustam Kaliyev
    CHECHEN REALITY: GRU VS. FSB By ROUSTAM KALIYEV (CHIHARRO)(1) Chechnya has entered a new phase of confrontation. Even official Russian spokesmen have acknowledged that, since August, there has been an intensification of fighting in the republic. According to some accounts, every day five Russian soldiers are killed and an equal number wounded as a result of the various attacks carried out by Chechens. The office of Sergei Yastrzhembsky, the president's spokesman, and representatives of the General Staff who are charged officially with informing the public about the progress of the war, prefer not to comment on Russian losses, and in...
  • WSJ: KGB Democracy

    09/17/2004 6:05:53 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 398+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 17, 2004 | MATTHEW KAMINSKI
    ...After NTV fell to the Kremlin, many journalists censored themselves. Regional governors hailed Monday's constitutional overhaul, well aware that their welfare (financial as much as political) depends on Mr. Putin now.... The passive response to Mr. Putin's restoration makes many people pessimistic about Russian civil society.... A rise in capital flight suggests anxiety about the direction of Kremlin policy. Exchange kiosks reported heavy buying of dollars, the safe currency, after Mr. Putin's speech Monday. Repealing the Yeltsin-era decentralization, which managed to keep Russia unified after 1991, will certainly invite problems in months to come from frustrated regions far from Moscow...
  • Putin Pushes

    09/15/2004 5:27:13 AM PDT · by OESY · 13 replies · 439+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 15, 2004 | Editorial
    ...It should be clear by now that the Russian leader will use any pretext to steadily restore one man -- or single party -- rule in Russia. Opposition politicians, businessmen and journalists hounded into silence, or worse, have learned this the hard way.... Assuming (safely) that Mr. Putin gets his way, Russia would do away with freely elected regional governors, the last bastion of power beyond the Kremlin's direct control. Regional assemblies, now in the hands of parties allied with Mr. Putin, will pick governors with Kremlin guidance. Mr. Putin also proposes to cancel the direct vote for half the...
  • Opponents Call Putin's Overhaul Plan a Step Back

    09/14/2004 6:23:11 AM PDT · by OESY · 292+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 14, 2004 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    MOSCOW, Sept. 13 - President Vladimir V. Putin ordered a stunning overhaul of Russia's political system on Monday in what he called an effort to unite the country against terrorism. If enacted, as expected, the proposals would strengthen his already pervasive control over the legislative branch and regional governments. Mr. Putin, meeting in special session with cabinet ministers and regional government leaders, outlined what would be the most sweeping political overhaul - and his most striking single step to consolidate power - in Russia in more than a decade. Critics immediately said it would violate the Constitution and stifle what...
  • Yeltsin: I had five heart attacks

    01/21/2004 1:48:01 AM PST · by Int · 2 replies · 212+ views
    BBC ^ | 2004/01/20 23:44:08 GMT
    Yeltsin: I had five heart attacks The former Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, has admitted having five heart attacks while in office. Mr Yeltsin often disappeared from public view at critical moments during his presidency. His most notable absence came shortly before he was re-elected in 1996 when he faced a strong challenge from the Communist Party. At the time, Russian officials said Mr Yeltsin had flu, or was still working on documents. "While I was president, I survived five heart attacks," Mr Yeltsin told the RIA Novosti news agency. In 1997, as his appearances grew rarer and health more critical,...
  • Putin Is Not Amused By the Coup in Georgia

    12/02/2003 6:13:02 AM PST · by OESY · 5 replies · 188+ views
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | December 2, 2003 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    <p>Emissaries from Washington will arrive in Tbilisi this week to a warm welcome. The U.S. policy of spreading democracy played an important role in toppling Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze 10 days ago. American, IMF and World Bank officials are on their way with aid offers for the new regime. No one is burning American flags.</p>
  • In Russia, the Score Is 0

    11/04/2003 6:20:08 AM PST · by OESY · 34 replies · 263+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 4, 2003 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    <p>Long ago in Leningrad, my wife and I were enjoying a gala dinner laid on by the local soviet for visiting trade center representatives from around the world. The band was playing "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," perhaps to remind us of how recently Americans had been prisoners in Vietnam. But then a fight broke out on the dance floor. A burly Russian, well lubricated with vodka, tried to cut in on another man's date.</p>
  • Beware of Russia: Sneak Attack?

    10/09/2001 10:30:52 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 76 replies · 1,321+ views
    McAlvany Intelligence Advisor ^ | October 10, 2001 | Don McAlvany
    BEWARE OF THE BEAR: IS RUSSIA RISING FROM THE ASHES? By Don McAlvany &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “War to the hilt between Communism and capitalism is inevitable. Today, of course, we are not strong enough to attack. Our time will come… To win, we shall need the element of surprise. The bourgeoisie will have to be put to sleep. So we shall begin by launching the most spectacular peace movement on record. There will be electrifying overtures and unheard of concession. The capitalist countries, stupid and decadent, will rejoice to cooperate in their own destruction. They will leap at another chance to ...
  • Crowds Mourn Yeltsin Victory

    10/02/2003 8:02:31 PM PDT · by blam · 212+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-3-2003 | Jukius Strauss
    Crowds mourn Yeltsin victory By Julius Strauss (Filed: 03/10/2003) Ten years after Russian troops stormed the communist-held parliament, thousands of Muscovites will rally today to remember not the victory of democracy but the failure of the attempted coup. Not a single supporter of the country's first democratically elected president, Boris Yeltsin, is expected to be in evidence at the rallies. Most of those who supported him look back on his time with a shudder. Nadezhda, 53, was working as a cleaner in the Kremlin on the day of the battle. She spoke for many when she said yesterday: "Last time...
  • Putin's Popularity Plunges: Poll

    05/19/2003 10:06:47 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 34 replies · 217+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 5/20/03
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval rating slipped below 50 percent in an opinion poll released after his recent state-of-the-nation address. The Public Opinion Foundation asked 1,500 people in a nationwide poll to name their choice for president if elections were today, and 49 percent said they would vote for Putin. The results of the poll have prompted some analysts to voice concerns that Putin may not win next year's presidential election outright. In March 2000, Putin - hand-picked and endorsed by his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, in Dec. 31, 1999 - received nearly 53 percent of the vote, avoiding a run-off...
  • Russian germ weapons

    05/09/2003 5:49:42 AM PDT · by shhrubbery! · 7 replies · 293+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/9/03 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    <p>U.S. intelligence officials said Russia is secretly continuing to build deadly biological weapons in violation of an international treaty.</p> <p>"Their BW production is actually increasing," said one official with access to reports on the issue.</p> <p>Moscow for decades denied that its military had any offensive biological weapons.</p>
  • What If Iraqi Army Had Russian MiG-31 Jets? (Pravda)

    03/28/2003 1:05:48 PM PST · by WaveThatFlag · 119 replies · 776+ views
    Pravda ^ | 3/28/3 | Sergey Permyakov
    It seems that there is absolutely nothing in common between the aggression of the United States and Great Britain in Iraq and the Russian motor enterprise Perm Motors. However, if you pay attention to the fact that the Iraqi army has Mi-8 choppers equipped with TB-2-117 engines that were produced at Perm Motors, a connection becomes clear. The company manufactures gas turbine plants for the Russian gas giant Gazprom, as well as D-30F6 engines for MiG-31 pursuit planes. If the Iraqi army had several regiments of MiG-31 jets, it is not ruled out that there would be absolutely no war....
  • Russian tycoon arrested in Britain on fraud charges

    03/25/2003 12:30:30 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies · 343+ views
    UP ^ | 3-25-03
    <p>British police said Tuesday they have arrested Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky at the request of Russian authorities who have charged him with fraud.</p> <p>An extradition request charges that Berezovsky defrauded the administration of Russia's Samara region while director of a company called LogoVaz between Jan. 1, 1994 and Dec. 31, 1995.</p>