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The Daily Vertical: Cue That Laugh Track

The Daily Vertical: Cue The Laugh Tracki
January 29, 2016
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By Brian Whitmore

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

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by: GC from: London
January 29, 2016 13:35
News just in, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf is preparing a lawsuit against Lavrov for breach of copyright.

by: JabbaTheCat from: Outside The Mouse Hole
January 29, 2016 13:50
As someone said elsewhere, "Putin lies like an eyewitness"...
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by: Miran from: UK
February 01, 2016 11:56
However, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN was right at G20 meeting in Turkey, when he said countries who funded, armed, trained and supported ISIS are among them (G20), and they are now pointing fingers at each other. It is time to isolate, sanction and punish them according to merit, but not Russia. Now Russia is the only country that really fights against terrorists.
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by: JabbaTheCat from: Outside The Mouse Hole
February 01, 2016 13:41
Lolz...this from Putin who's directly running a terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine, invaded another part of Ukraine, a sovereign country, and annexed the Crimean peninsula, running destabilisation operations in Moldova and also turned Russia into a one party gangster kleptocracy with himself as the capo di tutt'i capi?

by: elmer
January 29, 2016 15:36
Brian, you keep mispronouncing his name -


If you want a real doozy, read this article in the Washington Post about no corruption in the Rasha:

Apart from the question of whether the translation missed the sarcasm in the original article, it is a doozy because the usual Kremlinoid response is "corruption is everywhere," which implies that the Rasha is no different from anywhere else.

"corruption is everywhere"
"no, wait, there is no corruption in the Rasha"

Typical schizoid, delusional Kremlinoid crappola.

by: Yoshua
January 29, 2016 17:07
Russia has weaponized the migrant crisis in Europe. The FSB controls the human trafficking from Central Asia and the Middle East through Russia to Europe.

Norway has closed its border with Russia. Finland is terrified that its long eastern border with Russia will collapse and that hundreds of thousands of refugees start to pour over the border, that would cause panic in a small nation like Finland.

Angela Merkel's open arms policy has already caused panic in Europe. Great Britain wants to distance it self from the chaos in Europe. If Great Britain leaves the EU, then who will Washington talk to in Europe ?

Russia doesn't need an army to conquer Europe. The migrant crisis, violence, terrorist acts and incidents like the one in Cologne will do just fine.

Politicians like Marine Le Pen are in the end just chickens**t for Moscow and Berlin.

Lavrov isn't joking... Russia wants a strong European partner.

by: James Schumaker
January 29, 2016 19:03
Whatever Lavrov is smoking, I want some.

by: james from: usa
January 30, 2016 03:42
They seem to have run out of new ideas.

by: JLNancy
January 30, 2016 09:14
Yes. Cue that laugh track on perpetrators, like Lavrov et al, who relish creating global anxiety, fooling the powerful and oblivious to how comical (and criminal) in reality they really are!

TWEETS courtesy of Sputnik
[oh, not the ru news agency? (LOL)]

#Lavrov: #Russia hasn’t, didn’t, won’t, there’s no proof, we didn’t break, accusations are groundless, fake & gay
#Russian envoy to #NATO blasts new #US #MilitaryStrategy in #Europe, ‘Stop saying we’re a threat or we’ll bomb you’
#Peskov says the lack of high-profile cases in #Russia proves #Kremlin isn’t corrupt
Russian expert: West’s claims of #Putin #corruption is an attempt to steer attention away from the 9/11 hoax
#Kremlin denies Western reports that #Putin owns an expensive
yacht; 'A $35 million yacht isn't expensive'

by: Wen from: Germany
February 01, 2016 12:07
Now Israel is accusing Turkey in financing the ISIS terrorists, but in reality ISIS is "Israeli Secret Intelligence Service." Their leaders are Israeli dressed as Muslim. Trying to make Turkey the scapegoat.
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by: JabbaTheCat from: Outside The Mouse Hole
February 01, 2016 19:30
Psst, can you send me some of what you're smoking?

What's the brand, FSB, GRU or just the plain packaged Stupid?

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