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Old 26.01.2016, 00:03
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Not sure if this is the best thread but anyway Vlad is now claiming Lenin (the very long dead Lenin) was the cause of the Soviet Union breaking up; source

Well at least Vlad is safe from any rebuttals from Lenin
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Old 26.01.2016, 00:33
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

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“Letting your rule be guided by thoughts is right, but only when that idea leads to the right results, not like it did with Vladimir Ilyich,” Putin responded. “In the end that idea led to the fall of the Soviet Union.”

"There were many such ideas as providing regions with autonomy and others," he said. "They planted an atomic bomb under the building that is called Russia which later exploded. We did not need a global revolution.”
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2...apse/79116132/

...so if autonomy is so "bad", then why is Putin pushing so hard for it in the Donbass? Oh right, because it's ok when it's in other countries

And since Russia is technically a "Federation", and since Putin sees regional autonomy on par with an "atomic bomb", I guess he will strip regional authorities further and consolidate all the power in Moscow?
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Old 26.01.2016, 00:54
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Bit late now but BBC Panorama program at 22:40 GMT on "Putin's secret riches" including a claim about a 57-metre luxury yacht he was given by the owner of Chelsea football club,
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Old 16.02.2016, 21:01
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Odd piece of news today here, according to the Centre for the Study of Federal and Regional Alcohol Markets, Russian exports of vodka and other alcoholic drinks fell by 42% to 43.5m litres in 2015, the lowest since 2005.

Very strange, the value of the Ruble has been sliding down for years so one would think that consequently Russian exports were much cheaper and so more popular; the exports are measured here in litres, not values.
The ruble is now worth around 40% of its 2005 value (in euros) so you would expect Russian exports to have doubled in volume; more or less?

There are some reasons given in the article but I did not find them to be convincing. Maybe the Russian firms did not cut their prices in line with their currency drop?

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Old 16.02.2016, 22:46
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

I understood the west imposed sanctions over Vlad's behaviour in the Ukraine. Maybe the Grauniad has forgotten that little problem for Russian exports.

Vlad responded with banning the import of fresh fruit & vegetables from the EU, which might not be a good thing for Russian's health service.
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Old 16.02.2016, 23:55
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I understood the west imposed sanctions over Vlad's behaviour in the Ukraine. Maybe the Grauniad has forgotten that little problem for Russian exports.

Vlad responded with banning the import of fresh fruit & vegetables from the EU, which might not be a good thing for Russian's health service.
There is no sanction on alcohol exports.
Also not on gas exports or Europe would freeze!
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Old 17.02.2016, 22:55
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Odd piece of news today here, according to the Centre for the Study of Federal and Regional Alcohol Markets, Russian exports of vodka and other alcoholic drinks fell by 42% to 43.5m litres in 2015, the lowest since 2005.

Very strange, the value of the Ruble has been sliding down for years so one would think that consequently Russian exports were much cheaper and so more popular; the exports are measured here in litres, not values.
The ruble is now worth around 40% of its 2005 value (in euros) so you would expect Russian exports to have doubled in volume; more or less?

There are some reasons given in the article but I did not find them to be convincing. Maybe the Russian firms did not cut their prices in line with their currency drop?
Hmmm...maybe vodka is pegged to the USD like oil? Maybe if OVEC (Organization of the Vodka Exporting Countries) agreed to a cut in vodka production to drive prices up, then Russia's economy could improve?
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Old 22.02.2016, 00:46
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

...since the title of the thread is "Russia and NATO in the news"...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin tops the list of male politicians most often mentioned by the Russian domestic mass media, as follows from statistics published on the website of the Medialogia monitoring and analysis system.

More than 1.5 million pieces of news featuring Putin appeared in the Russian mass media in February 2015 through February 2016. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is number two with more than 500,000 media reports mentioning his name. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov is number three with 200,000 news items.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is number four and Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, number five.
I wonder who will win the Russian residential elections in 2018? Putin, Medvedev or Peskov?

...and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch also met with the Pope, in hopes of reducing tensions with NATO (maybe he should meet with Putin instead?) He also made the profound statement:
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"Latin America is almost Russia, only with hot tropical climate," he said.
If anyone knows where I can buy a t-shirt with this printed on it, or maybe some etched-in-stone tablets, please let me know, I'd love to have one
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Old 26.02.2016, 17:56
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

US made the first export shipment of liquid natural gas today.

Question is "will Russia do a Saudi and slash prices or just watch their market share decline?"
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Old 27.02.2016, 20:59
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

I almost chuckled when I first saw this, but sadly it's really no laughing matter...
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Old 29.02.2016, 22:23
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

^^ I'm laughing too, because it's the silliest thing I've seen. Former Eastern bloc countries who suffered decades under Soviet oppression are now suddenly fearing a newly assertive Russia, and cling to NATO as their only hope to keep their sovereignty .... and then Russia labels NATO as "terrorists"? LOL
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...Vlad's behaviour...
Never mind Washington's/NATO's behavior...

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Old 01.03.2016, 00:01
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Speaking of Russian propaganda, tomorrow night (Tuesday 1.March) SRF1 is doing a special program about it at 23:25

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Info / Dokumentation · 2016
Seit dem Kriegsausbruch in der Ukraine führt Putins Russland einen Propagandafeldzug gegen den Westen. Zu den Mitteln gehören Diffamierungen, Gerüchte und gezielte Falschmeldungen auf Social-Media-Kanälen. Florian Inhauser diskutiert mit den SRF-Korrespondenten Strategien und Gegenmassnahmen.
Florian Inhauser begrüsst die Korrespondenten in Moskau, Berlin und Brüssel:

- Was ist die Motivation Russlands bei der Propaganda gegen den Westen?

- Wer sind die politischen Nutzniesser?

- Und ist der Westen selber wirklich frei von Propaganda?
http://tvprogramm.srf.ch/details/ec1...b-e2bed4cbba87

http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/srfgloba...e-aus-moskau-2
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Old 29.03.2016, 15:50
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Putin has announced the formation of a new National Guard ca. 350,000 strong under his personal control.

As they say; every self respecting oligarch needs his own militia!

Maybe he is expecting civil unrest!!

Maybe now Putin has all these resources he will finally have success in the investigation into the murder of Boris Nemtsov; the investigation he is personally leading
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Old 14.04.2016, 19:49
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the Q&A was dominated by domestic affairs, with money - or the lack of it - featuring heavily in both the questions and Mr Putin's answers. Kicking off with a question about the failure of Siberian authorities to sort out the roads in Omsk, the three hour and forty minute program also took in the plight of individual retailers struggling with super markets, run away inflation, the headache of domestic utility bills, and two factory workers who accused their bosses of failing to pay their wages.
Turning to foreign affairs, Mr Putin was almost conciliatory, lacing his standard criticisms of the West with calls for peaceful solutions to the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. He praised Barack Obama's "strength" for admitting to mistakes in Libya, said called Turkey a "friendly nation" despite the recent confrontation over the downing of a Russian military jet, and denied that Russia was "encircled by enemies" - something his own propaganda machine has at times claimed.
But there were no major policy departures. He very mildly rebuked Ramzan Kadyrov for threatening the opposition, but made clear he was still an ally; reiterated Russia's long held position that geo-political problems are largely down to the west failing to "respect Russia as an equal partner;" and, as expected, refused to answer whether he will run for president again in 2018.
If anything, this year's phone-in was about demonstrating how Mr Putin exercises control and rules in the interests of the people. Within an hour of callers making complaints, authorities in Omsk had promised to fix the roads and prosecutors in the far east had opened a case against a factory owner for failing to pay workers.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...n-with-russia/

Putin had his annual (scripted/staged) Q&A with the Russian public. Two years ago the program was dominated by questions about how to "protect" Russian-speakers in Ukraine from the pro-Western "fascists" in control of the Ukrainian government, and if Russia should take Southern Ukraine ("Novy-Russia") by military force.

This year Ukraine was hardly mentioned. Strange, because the same government is still there in Kiev, and Russian-speakers are doing just fine (except the pro-Russian ones shooting against Ukrainian soldiers in Donbass). In fact, the only thing that has changed was more of Ukraine turning against Russia. And Russia suffering more from Western sanctions. Which is why the topic turned mainly to domestic issues this year. Grocery bills doubling. Wages not getting paid. Etc. Putin deftly deflected these issues to the regional governors (the ones of his own party, actually), putting the blame on them and sympathizing with the callers. A nice way to keep his own popularity up by throwing the smaller guys under the bus, but sadly, nothing will change. The promises Putin made on-air last year rang hollow.

Putin's anti-Western rhetoric and military moves against his neighbors are starting to bite him at home. Two years from now when it's election time in Russia, I wonder how much this isolation from the rest of the world will be hurting him? I guess that's why he formed a National Guard that answers directly to himself, just in case people take to the streets and turn against him.
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Putin had his annual (scripted/staged) Q&A with the Russian public. Two years ago the program was dominated by questions about how to "protect" Russian-speakers in Ukraine from the pro-Western "fascists" in control of the Ukrainian government, and if Russia should take Southern Ukraine ("Novy-Russia") by military force.

This year Ukraine was hardly mentioned. Strange, because the same government is still there in Kiev, and Russian-speakers are doing just fine (except the pro-Russian ones shooting against Ukrainian soldiers in Donbass). In fact, the only thing that has changed was more of Ukraine turning against Russia. And Russia suffering more from Western sanctions. Which is why the topic turned mainly to domestic issues this year. Grocery bills doubling. Wages not getting paid. Etc. Putin deftly deflected these issues to the regional governors (the ones of his own party, actually), putting the blame on them and sympathizing with the callers. A nice way to keep his own popularity up by throwing the smaller guys under the bus, but sadly, nothing will change. The promises Putin made on-air last year rang hollow.

Putin's anti-Western rhetoric and military moves against his neighbors are starting to bite him at home. Two years from now when it's election time in Russia, I wonder how much this isolation from the rest of the world will be hurting him? I guess that's why he formed a National Guard that answers directly to himself, just in case people take to the streets and turn against him.
Did they mention that Russia has pushed back the completion date of the Kerch strait bridge to link the Russian mainland with annexed Crimea by one year, saying the original plan had to be adjusted to take account of the weight of the trains that will cross it.

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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Now Israel is complaining about Russian military aggressiveness.

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Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek improved operational coordination with Moscow, Israel's top-selling newspaper said on Friday.
In an apparent allusion to Syria, Putin said: "I think there are understandable reasons for these intensive contacts (with Israel), given the complicated situation in the region."
According to Yedioth, the reported Russian fire on Israeli planes was first raised with Putin by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who visited Moscow on March 15.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...-idUSKCN0XJ0GY

Russia refused to comment on it, and then promptly commented on it by saying it's "far from reality", which means in "Russian-speak" that it must be true

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MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Israeli media reports of Russian fighter jets in Syria allegedly opening fire at Israel’s aircraft are far-fetched, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

"I don’t want to comment on the Israeli press. The Israeli press’s reports in this case are far from reality," the presidential spokesman said
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French parliament just voted to end Russian sanctions!

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EU solidarity seems to be crumbling in all directions

This was the lower Assembly so not sure how binding this is?
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French parliament just voted to end Russian sanctions!

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EU solidarity seems to be crumbling in all directions

This was the lower Assembly so not sure how binding this is?
Not binding, and only 55 of 577 MEP's voted for it. I'm not even sure how something like that can be considered "passing" a vote

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The vote was attended by only a part of the 577 MPs. The resolution is advisory and non-binding for the French leadership.
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