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Old 30.10.2016, 17:02
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I wonder if Russians are really buying it?
From a very unrepresentative talks with my Russian friends (both in Russia and ones who left) the short answer is Yes.

Russians usually don't trust the west and Putrin comes across as a strong leader (much stronger than Yeltsin & gurbatchev), fighting terrorists and corrupt politicians abroad and in the "near abroad" (Ukraine, Georgia etc.). for them - Russia is again a force to be reckoned with.

The sanctions make life harder for the average Russian, but life for the average russian was always hard.
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Old 30.10.2016, 22:11
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From a very unrepresentative talks with my Russian friends (both in Russia and ones who left) the short answer is Yes.

Russians usually don't trust the west and Putrin comes across as a strong leader (much stronger than Yeltsin & gurbatchev), fighting terrorists and corrupt politicians abroad and in the "near abroad" (Ukraine, Georgia etc.). for them - Russia is again a force to be reckoned with.

The sanctions make life harder for the average Russian, but life for the average russian was always hard.
"life for the average Russian was always hard" not in recent years; the younger generation are not into this scenario?
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"life for the average Russian was always hard" not in recent years; the younger generation are not into this scenario?
Depends where you live and what you do. My educated guess is that in some cities, notably Moscow, St Petersburg, and other pre-soviet cities life is somewhat similar to Eastern Europe countries, but there are also "rust-belt" cities created in soviet times, and some are loosing their "raison d'être". Besides, much of the country side is now depopulating, which is beautifully depicted in this documentary:
http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2013/10/13/russia/
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Old 31.10.2016, 13:36
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

From the article:In Russia "20 percent of city dwellings lack hot water, 12 percent have no central heating and 10 percent no indoor plumbing"

Hard life.
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From the article:In Russia "20 percent of city dwellings lack hot water, 12 percent have no central heating and 10 percent no indoor plumbing"

Hard life.
As I said, that's nothing to have riots about. It is still a half-decent country without famines and with at least a rudimentary health care. The life expectancy is heavily worse for men due to supposedly widespread alcoholism but I've no time to research premature death causes now. I think when adjusted for life expectancy in Eastern Europe it would be about similar. Russia is not an unbearable hell on earth.
From the reporting I read from there it is the added pain of corruption, arbitrariness of local authorities and police coming from their impunity, heightened crime compared to Eastern Europe PL/CZ/SK, even less efficient and requiring more "oiling" bureaucracy, much harder to do business because of that.
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Old 31.10.2016, 23:30
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Russians usually don't trust the west and Putrin comes across as a strong leader (much stronger than Yeltsin & gurbatchev), fighting terrorists and corrupt politicians abroad and in the "near abroad" (Ukraine, Georgia etc.). for them - Russia is again a force to be reckoned with.
The irony is that their "strong leader" is actually isolating and weakening their country. But I guess the machismo/bravado plays out better on TV

The only worry is that as Russia gets more and more isolated and weaker, how will the wounded animal lash out? On the other hand, if the West doesn't do anything to stop Putin (ie. showing military and political resolve via sanctions, etc.), he'll get bolder and more aggressive. I don't see it playing out very well either way
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Old 01.11.2016, 00:08
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The irony is that their "strong leader" is actually isolating and weakening their country. But I guess the machismo/bravado plays out better on TV

The only worry is that as Russia gets more and more isolated and weaker, how will the wounded animal lash out? On the other hand, if the West doesn't do anything to stop Putin (ie. showing military and political resolve via sanctions, etc.), he'll get bolder and more aggressive. I don't see it playing out very well either way
It is claimed that 74% of Russians watch TV; seems high when you read things like 20 percent of city dwellings lack hot water
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It is claimed that 74% of Russians watch TV; seems high when you read things like 20 percent of city dwellings lack hot water
Maybe they use internet instead? They have certainly close to 100% analog tv saturation, are to switch completely to digital by 2020 and their internet penetration is about the same as in Poland - 60-70%.
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Old 04.11.2016, 21:26
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Some rumours around the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, that it has broken down again and is being towed the last stretch to Syria.

Might just be more propaganda
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Old 05.11.2016, 00:01
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Some rumours around the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, that it has broken down again and is being towed the last stretch to Syria.

Might just be more propaganda
The main mission of the Kuznetsov is propaganda. It's great TV in Russia. They think they are a superpower again. In the West, people are laughing and making "memes" about the rust-bucket spewing black smoke, breaking down, and nobody allowing it to dock for re-fueling.

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Admiral Kuzentsov and the aircraft it carries won’t change the balance of power in the Syrian arena in any major way. The Russians already have air-superiority above the wartorn country, thanks to its land-based aircraft there. The Su-33 and Mig-29s on Admiral Kuznetsov are fighter-jets modified for ship-borne operations and do not have sufficient range or payload for long sorties.


So why did President Vladimir Putin send them there?


Deploying an aircraft carrier group to a faraway hotspot represents a global power’s strategic interests and is the most tangible manifestation of “power projection." By sending Admiral Kuznetsov to the Mediterranean, Putin is saying to the world, but first of all to his own citizens, that Russia once again has super-power aspirations. According to a report last week in the Moscow Times, there is disagreement within the Russian defense establishment over the need for investing billions in aircraft carriers. Traditionally, the role of the Russian fleet is to protect the homelands sea approaches, not operate far from its borders. By this strategy, an aircraft carrier is an expensive and superfluous status symbol. The decision to continue operating Admiral Kuznetsov and to deploy it to the Mediterranean is a victory for those in Moscow who are in favor of maintaining all the super-power trappings, even if their tactical and strategic use are limited.

The only country that has the capability to send a carrier group anywhere in the world a short notice is the United States with its ten Nimitz-class “super-carriers." Each of these can carry an air-wing of ninety aircraft, including up to sixty F-18 fighter-jets, as well as electronic-warfare, command and control, transport, air-refueling and search and rescue aircraft. The U.S. also has nine smaller carriers, carrying mainly helicopters and vertical take-off and landing aircraft.
http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.751086
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Old 05.11.2016, 00:28
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

Story about Russian mercenaries in Syria


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The start of this year proved deadly for one unit of about 100 Russian fighters supporting President Bashar al-Assad's troops in northern Syria.

Back in southern Russia, medals were delivered to their families: the order of bravery, with certificates signed by President Vladimir Putin. The medals, seen by Reuters, were intended to honor the sacrifice they had made for their country.
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The largest single US-Army-run shipment of ammunition to Europe in more than two decades, more than 600 shipping containers worth, arrived in Germany Oct. 29.

https://www.army.mil/article/177936
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The largest single US-Army-run shipment of ammunition to Europe in more than two decades, more than 600 shipping containers worth, arrived in Germany Oct. 29.

https://www.army.mil/article/177936
U.S Army ships Ammunition - dog bites man story.
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U.S Army ships Ammunition - dog bites man story.
If you think so. But this is not a standard ammution shipment has even the army admits.
Additionly the U.S. army, airforce and marine has in the past few months deployed ten thousands of troops to Europe (some of them not even under NATO, but solely U.S. command), has shipped heavy materials and repainted tanks from dessert sand to woodland green, is stockpilling ammution all over the place (or theater as the Army calls it), puts back tanks into Norwegian bunkers, and has upgraded its atomic weapon arsenal in Germany, Italy, Turky.
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Re: Russia and NATO in the News

It seems like the second world was never really ended. Simply after the a lull in the fighting, the Allies and Axis powers have joined forces against Russia.

This, incidentally, was the proposal in the 'peace' plan that Rudolf Hess, Hilter's Deputy, was carrying when he, on a peace mission towards the middle of the second world war, parachuted into Scotland from a Messerschmitt BF 110 he flew himself from Augsburg-Haunstetten, Germany.
If you don't believe it, Google.
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If you think so. But this is not a standard ammution shipment has even the army admits.
Additionly the U.S. army, airforce and marine has in the past few months deployed ten thousands of troops to Europe (some of them not even under NATO, but solely U.S. command), has shipped heavy materials and repainted tanks from dessert sand to woodland green, is stockpilling ammution all over the place (or theater as the Army calls it), puts back tanks into Norwegian bunkers, and has upgraded its atomic weapon arsenal in Germany, Italy, Turky.
It makes sense to fit the weapons to likely scenarios. But I don't see NATO taking back all the ryanair airports yet.

Do you have any links about the nuclear weapons upgrade ?
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If you think so. But this is not a standard ammution shipment has even the army admits.
Additionly the U.S. army, airforce and marine has in the past few months deployed ten thousands of troops to Europe (some of them not even under NATO, but solely U.S. command), has shipped heavy materials and repainted tanks from dessert sand to woodland green, is stockpilling ammution all over the place (or theater as the Army calls it), puts back tanks into Norwegian bunkers, and has upgraded its atomic weapon arsenal in Germany, Italy, Turky.
But it's still all about "Russian" aggression.
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Maybe they use internet instead? They have certainly close to 100% analog tv saturation, are to switch completely to digital by 2020 and their internet penetration is about the same as in Poland - 60-70%.
For some additional perspective, recall that, despite its vast geographic mass, the entire economy of the Russian Federation falls somewhere in size among those of the US states of California and Texas. It is literally dwarfed by the US economy as a whole.
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But it's still all about "Russian" aggression.
Yes, Ukraine and Georgia have both lost considerable chunks of their countries land to Russian-funded/supported/backed proxies. Why's that so hard to understand?
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It makes sense to fit the weapons to likely scenarios. But I don't see NATO taking back all the ryanair airports yet.

Do you have any links about the nuclear weapons upgrade ?
The plan:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/...-a-833586.html

The execution (In german):
http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrich...n-deutschland/

Here the Frontal 21 report from 22.09.2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZEWUywVZ8c

See also US nuclear forces, 2015 in The Bulletin ot the Atomic Scientists
http://bos.sagepub.com/content/71/2/107.full

About Airports: At least no passenger flights from SPM in the near future.
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