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The Daily Vertical: How Low Can You Go?

The Daily Vertical: How Low Can You Go?i
March 10, 2016
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by: George from: UK
March 10, 2016 15:51
'How low can you go?'
Worse than you ever imagined with the letter this morning! ... Poroshenko letter turned out to be a fake. Письмо Порошенко к Савченко оказалось фейком.

by: Orel from: USA
March 10, 2016 16:40
Without a doubt Putin - a deep admirer of Stalin - is a lead candidate for the "How Low Can You Go" world title. Just like Stalin made a name for himself with his kangaroo courts of the 1930s, Putin will also be long remembered for his kangaroo courts. And just like Stalin made a name for himself with his genocides and gulags, Putin is carefully marking his trail and fantasizing about these new lows. He and Zhirinovsky are birds of a feather.....

by: Ray Finch from: Lawrence
March 10, 2016 17:04
If the Magnitsky case is any guide, the Kremlin leadership can still slither much lower. I would not be surprised to hear that in an attempt to discredit Russia, Savchenko decided to commit suicide. Heroic attempts were made by Russian first responders to save her life, but it was simply too late. The Kremlin will then accuse the Ukrainian government with using Savchenko as a ploy to corrupt the pristine Russian system of justice. The Kremlin will also demand repayment from the Savchenko family for shipping the body back to Ukraine and for expenses to cover room and board during Nadiya’s captivity.
In Response

by: Democracy from: Earth
March 10, 2016 18:18
Why give them ideas for free? This is terrible yet quite probable.

by: Anonymous
March 10, 2016 17:27
"How Low Can You Go? "

reading your last articheles on Daily Vertical
in which you degraded so frequently in mere insults
forgetting to take care of facts

this is a good question for you

but I understand you , don't worry

I understand that It isn't easy to have a "mission" as work
having every sacred day
to write something for blame russia

Ciao , mental saw master
In Response

by: Maria Los from: Toronto Canada
March 13, 2016 22:06
Dear Anonymous,

Is anyone paying you to write silly things like this?

by: Ulrick from: Norway
March 10, 2016 18:01
Well - as you are very right about it, Russia keeps surprising at showing new lows of behavior. Or... maybe we shouldn't be so surprised anymore. It is clear that there _is_ no low for that crime syndicate's behavior. So whatever comes from that side should be no surprise anymore. And at the same time, shameless populistic European politicians at the extremes are falling on their knees for the dictator of the mafia state. Which should speak volumes to the Europeans in general, and - not the least - the supporters of those immoral politicians. That those politicians are so naive that they think that Russia cares about them, is so describing. As soon as Putin has got what he wants - with good help from his lackeys in those European parties, he'll scrap them as garbage, and they will stand back asking themselves what has hit them. This is more or less the only comforting thing about this tragedy. And then - when people in Europe finally wake up and turn against those populistic idiots, it will probably be too late.

And now, even with this Savchenko case, we should have no expectations or hopes that those same parties will change their view of the despot in Moscow - they'll still praise him and try to destroy as much as they can of the European unity. To prevent the worst consequences of that, the European leaders will need to finally call things for what they are, and realize that no constructive arrangement whatsoever can be made together with that crime syndicate. The Western politicians must realize that the longer they sit on their hands, doing nothing else than shouting about injustice, show trials and (imaginary) ceasefires, no changes will come. First when they finally start (re)acting properly towards the bully, and stop pretending that the bully has any - even the slightest - legitimacy - things might progress. Even that is no guarantee by now, because they already have waited far too long before retaliating properly. So - tragically - it might now be too late. Only if they retaliate with _really_ tough means - t.ex. excluding Russia from the SWIFT network - the syndicate - with Putin the Godfather - will crumble. Yes, I know Medvedev (the godfather in spe), has said that such a move will be regarded as a declaration of war. However - when the West has let themselves becoming scared from that statement, it only makes it a matter of time before Moscow will find other excuses for saying that this or that will be regarded as declarations of war. It is about time that the West starts acting professionally and decisively - and no longer accept being held in a leash from Moscow. A leash that might very well - at the end - be used to strangulate the West as the result.

by: Democracy from: Earth
March 10, 2016 18:20
Putin will sink as low as the West will allow him to.

And the definition of such sinking is to drown as many innocents as possible during the process.

by: Alan Black from: UK
March 10, 2016 19:59
I'm not sure how denying her medical aid helps anybody, but beyond her extraordinary bravery and willpower, you have to admire how Savchenko has managed to gain at least some control over the procedings given the circumstances.

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