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  • Italy's Berlusconi says Crimea split from Ukraine was democratic

    09/28/2015 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-27-2015
    Four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Sunday the Crimean people had made a democratic choice to split from Ukraine and hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin as the world's greatest political leader. Earlier this month, Berlusconi became the most prominent Western politician to visit the Black Sea peninsula, which was annexed by Russia last year in a move that has driven a wedge between Moscow and Washington. Pro-Russian separatists are fighting the Kiev government in eastern Ukraine, a conflict that will most likely be raised at a meeting on Monday in New York between U.S. President Barack Obama and...
  • Putin developing fake videos to foment 2020 election chaos: 'It's going to destroy lives'

    12/03/2018 4:36:40 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, December 2, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. leaders say Vladimir Putin used a familiar cyber playbook to “muck around” in the midterm elections last month, but intelligence officials and key lawmakers believe a much more sinister, potentially devastating threat lies just down the road — one that represents an attack on reality itself. Policy insiders and senators of both parties believe the Russian president or other actors hostile to the U.S. will rely on “deep fakes” to throw the 2020 presidential election cycle into chaos, taking their campaign to influence American voters and destabilize society to a new level. The eerie process, which...
  • Embarrassed Putin may retaliate after Trump cancels meeting, experts say

    11/29/2018 12:46:40 PM PST · by deplorableindc · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 29, 2018
    Russian President Vladimir Putin may retaliate after President Trump canceled a weekend meeting in Argentina over Russia’s detention of Ukrainian sailors, experts said after the surprise announcement Thursday. About an hour after saying he "probably" would meet Putin at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Trump tweeted that he would cancel the meeting “[b]ased on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine,” surprising critics who accused him of being soft on Putin. But the snub — the second this month, after a Paris meeting also was scrapped — may provoke Putin in the near-term,...
  • Is ‘mysterious’ new Russian missile designed to kill U.S. satellites?

    10/26/2018 11:08:14 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 27 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 10/26/18 | Jon E. Dougherty
    U.S. and NATO military intelligence agencies have recently identified a “mysterious” Russian missile they believe is designed to take out allied communications and targeting satellites during a conflict. The missile was spotted underneath a MiG-31 interceptor, and it’s estimated to be a mock-up version that could be ready to deploy by 2022, three sources told CNBC.
  • Putin's Untold War on Christianity

    10/24/2018 5:01:01 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 42 replies
    RELEVANT Magazine ^ | 2018 | Tyler Huckabee
    Let’s start with the basics. If you are a Russian citizen in 2018, it is currently illegal for you to share the Gospel with a friend in your home. It’s illegal for you to invite others to your church. VKontakte— the Russian equivalent of Facebook—can’t be used to spread anything that might be considered “evangelism.” In fact, all religious dialogue has been banned outside of churches and other religious sites. On the street. Online. Even in your own home. How did we get here? How did a country that seemed to be bucking decades of Orwellian control slip back into...
  • Putin About Nuclear War: We'll Go Straight to Paradise, While They Will Simply Pop Off

    10/19/2018 3:58:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/19/18
    Sochi, October 19, Interfax - Russia would use nuclear weapons only after it is certain that a potential aggressor has launched a strike on it, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "Our strategy of nuclear weapons use doesn't envision a preemptive strike. Our concept is a launch under attack," Putin said at the plenary session of the Valdai Club in Sochi. This means that Russia is ready to use and would use nuclear weapons "only when we are certain that someone, a potential aggressor, is delivering a strike on Russia." The essence of Russia's launch-under-attack nuclear strategy is that...
  • Russian Asylum Applications In U.S. Hit 24-Year Record (Homo propaganda alert)

    09/26/2018 8:56:30 PM PDT · by granada · 7 replies
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | May 02, 2018 | Carl Schreck
    Rights activists and immigration attorneys say the surge in the number of Russian asylum applications in the United States has been driven in part by the 2013 law concerning sexual minorities. Putin has been accused by critics of overseeing a mounting crackdown on dissent -- including against the political opposition and businesspeople not in step with the Kremlin – and fostering stigmatization of sexual minorities since he regained the presidency. 'I Had To Leave' Vlad, a gay Russian applicant in his 30s, told RFE/RL that he was simply looking to move somewhere where he could live "more freely," and that...
  • Russia to Provide Assad With Up to Eight S-300 Systems to Defend All of Syria, Report Says

    09/26/2018 8:28:18 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 31 replies
    Haaretz ^ | September 26, 2018
    Russia will transfer two to four S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria within the next two weeks, the Russian news website Kommersant reported Tuesday, citing a source familiar with the details. The amount of systems may increase in the future. The Assad regime will use the systems to defend Syria's coastline and its borders with Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, the report said. According to the official, Russia may end up transferring up to eight systems to Syria, depending on the circumstances.Meanwhile, Russian outlet Izvestia reported that Moscow is boosting its electronic warfare systems in Syria, which were brought...
  • Putin dials back the rhetoric against Israel after downing of spy plane but still vows action

    09/19/2018 4:02:11 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 9 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/19/18 | USA Features
    Putin’s dialing down of the rhetoric is an effort to mask his intentions. He — Russia — still has the same foreign policy interests in Syria as he did before the plane was shot down, and those aren’t going to change anytime soon. When journalists asked him about the much more hostile statement of his Defense Ministry, which also vowed a retaliatory response, Putin stated clearly that it was “fully coordinated” with him (of course it was). He defined what ‘retaliatory’ meant. “The retaliatory measures will be directed above all to boosting the security of military men and installations in...
  • Poland's President proposes US Base called Fort Trump

    09/18/2018 3:48:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 58 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Today 9/18/18 | Associated Press
    <p>3:05 p.m.</p> <p>The president of Poland is telling President Donald Trump that he'd like the U.S. to create a permanent American base in Poland that would be named Fort Trump.</p> <p>Trump says that he's considering the idea and that Poland has offered more than $2 billion to the U.S. to pay for such an effort.</p>
  • How America Helped Make Vladimir Putin Dictator for Life

    09/18/2018 12:14:09 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | Aug 2017 | David Satter
    It is impossible to evaluate events in Russia today without understanding the mysterious series of bombings in 1999 that killed 300 civilians and created the conditions for Vladimir Putin to become Russia’s dictator for life. The bombings changed the course of Russia’s post-Soviet history. They were blamed on the Chechens. In the wake of initial success, Russia launched a new invasion of Chechnya. Putin, who had just been appointed prime minister, was put in charge of the invasion and his popularity soared. Six months later, he was elected president. On July 14, 2016, I filed a request for documents on...
  • Russian media blitz claims Syrian rebels preparing ‘staged chemical attack’

    09/11/2018 7:29:54 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 38 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/11/18 | USA Features
    Several Russian media outlets, nearly simultaneously, began broadcasting “breaking news” warnings claiming that rebels occupying the last anti-government stronghold in Idlib Province, Syria, are preparing to stage chemical weapons attacks in order to blame them on the Syrian government. The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the anti-Assad rebels were preparing “fake footage of chemical attacks,” while the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation announced that the “fake footage of chemical attacks” was expected to be delivered to various TV channels and Western journalists before the end of the day Tuesday.
  • Syria's Assad approves gas attack in Idlib despite warning, report says

    09/10/2018 7:45:35 AM PDT · by raiderboy · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/10/2018 | Edmund DeMarche
    President Bashar al-Assad has approved a gas attack in the Idlib province, which is the country’s last rebel stronghold, a report on Sunday said. Reports of Assad's approval comes about a week after President Trump warned the strongman and his allies not to “recklessly attack” the province. Trump called any gas attack a potential “grave humanitarian mistake.” The Wall Street Journal, citing U.S. officials, was first to report on Assad.
  • We Didn't Win The War (Peter Hitchens Reflects on World War II)

    09/09/2018 9:55:03 PM PDT · by OddLane · 72 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2018 | Peter hitchens
    In a chilly, high-ceilinged room in a Sussex preparatory school in the winter of 1959, I work intently on my model of the destroyer HMS Cossack. Such models come in lurid cardboard boxes illustrated with pictures of aircraft, tanks and warships, amid scenes of fiery melodrama, guns emitting orange streaks of flame, and the smoke of battle. With these and our imaginations, we seek to recreate the thrill of the war we have just missed, in which our fathers fought and our mothers endured privations. This is a war just over the horizon of time in which we wish we...
  • Destroying Trump Destroys More than America

    09/09/2018 4:59:50 PM PDT · by vannrox · 16 replies
    Gold, goats and guns ^ | 10SEP18 | Tom Luongo
    The “Resistance” has morphed into the “Lynch Mob.” Having successfully been gaslit into believing Donald Trump is everything from a bad joke to a Russian spy, the Progressive left in the U.S. are embracing all the totalitarian impulses their grabby little hands can find as they climb the Cliffs of their Insanity to remove him from office. This putsch is orchestrated by a now open conspiracy of members of FBI, CIA, MI-6, DNC, the U.S. corporate media and Trump’s own staff in the Oval Office as evidenced by the recent and infamous New York Times op-ed. This expose from a...
  • [Urgent] Ecumenical Patriarchate sends Legates to Ukraine (Orthodox Caucus)

    09/07/2018 12:00:21 PM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    The Ecumenical Patriarchate ^ | 09-07-2018 | Staff
    The Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced on 7 September 2018 that within the framework of the preparations for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has appointed as its Exarchs in Kiev His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon from the United States, and His Grace Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton from Canada, both of whom are serving the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in their respective countries under the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
  • Russian Opposition Candidates Beaten, Cars Torched Ahead of (Regional) Elections

    09/07/2018 9:38:56 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sept 6, 2018
    Members of an opposition party running for office outside Moscow have reportedly been beaten and had their cars torched before regional elections scheduled for Sept. 9. Voters in 22 different regions across Russia, including Moscow, will elect mayors and local legislative assembly deputies on Sunday. Seven regions will also be holding special elections for seats in the State Duma. Parnas opposition party member Sergei Balabayev was beaten by a masked assailant who was allegedly plastering Parnas-branded flyers calling for an election boycott, the party said. “As soon as the deputy entered the vestibule, he was immediately kicked and punched in...
  • Stalin's continuing, disputed legacy

    09/06/2018 8:19:09 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Eurozine ^ | 17 August 2018 | Daria Khlevnyuk
    The memory of Stalin’s Terror is now receiving more attention in Russia than at any time since the 1980s. The Stalin epoch’s influence on Russia is undeniable. Present-day Russians mainly live in a country inherited from the Stalin-era Soviet Union, not least in terms of infrastructure, architecture and social institutions. However, scholars, intellectuals and journalists agree that Russian society has yet to thoroughly work through the totalitarian legacy of Stalin’s era. According to a recent Levada-Center poll, Stalin’s popularity is actually rising. Around 40 percent of respondents expressed positive attitudes towards Stalin, while around one third agreed that Russia now...
  • Russia claims Syrian rebels planning Idlib chemical weapons attack

    08/26/2018 11:54:24 AM PDT · by raiderboy · 4 replies
    DW NEWS ( Germany) ^ | 8/25/2018 | DW news
    News Russia claims Syrian rebels planning Idlib chemical weapons attack The Kremlin has claimed that rebels are planning a chemical weapons attack with the intent of blaming it on Syria. Russia also says a British contractor is helping the militants... Russia's Defense Ministry said Saturday that Syrian rebels are planning a chemical weapons attack, with the aim of blaming it on the Syrian government to provoke a military response from the West. The ministry issued a statement quoting unnamed sources claiming that the jihadi group Levant Liberation Committee — also known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — is preparing an attack...
  • National Security Advisor Bolton: Russia 'Stuck' in Syria, Iran must go.

    08/23/2018 11:57:56 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug 22, 2018A | Reuters
    Russia is "stuck" in Syria and looking for others to fund its post-war reconstruction, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said, describing this as an opportunity for Washington to press for Iranian forces to quit the civil war-wracked country. Bolton said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had told the United States that Moscow could not compel the Iranians to leave Syria. "But he also told us that his interest and Iran's were not exactly the same. So we're obviously going to talk to him about what role they can play," said Bolton, who meets his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, in...