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The Daily Vertical: Russia's Baltic Exiles

The Daily Vertical: Russia's Baltic Exilesi
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February 01, 2016
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By Brian Whitmore

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by: Erik
February 02, 2016 04:16
Very interesting report on growing number of Russian's in exike in the Baltics. Would like to hwar more details
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by: Sharik from: Helsinki
February 04, 2016 07:55
Don't worry. You'll hear a lot about them in the future. Not all of them are entirely sincere in their claims for political asylum. Many of them are paltry opportunists while being Russian patriots at heart; another round of flare ups is assured. Just as it was during the Great Terror of Stalin, so too now are only a certain select few permitted exit from the Russian Federation. The colonization of "Prebaltica" continues, now unfortunately with the reluctant consent of the judiciaries of Lietuva, Eesti, and Latvija. It's entirely reasonable to consider many of these exports a kind of "second wave" of the Kremlin's outstandingly successful efforts to drive wedges into the fabric of our European Commission, rendering it -and us- entirely amenable.

But many of patriotic Russian populations of Finland, Sweden, Germany, Nederland, and Norje also warrant close monitoring, for obvious reasons. Sleeper Cells, I believe they're called. Just look at the rubbish behaviour of certain people living on Svalbard. A recognizable pattern can be found, also in Belarus and Kazakhstan.

But honestly, we here in the North are only little new potatoes compared to the gross "Ukrainian Refugees" flowing into Europe through Ukraine's Eastern Border, which is, of course, wholly porous and maintained only by military boys of the Kremlin Conscript Army suffering under a strict hush order.

The ISIL / Iraqi / Syrian refugees and the so-called "Ukrainian Refugees" are born of the same impetus. Muslims drowning on beaches of Greece, Italy are front page headlines around the world and it's a brilliant smokescreen to plant the undercurrent of patriotic Russian Orthodox sleepers, ready to be awoken and mobilized with the tolling of some particular peal of bells in a far-away Kremlin tower. You'll hear more about this, don't worry. It's news in the making.

by: Andrew from: Brisbane
February 17, 2016 20:59
Good. It's about time the Baltics got a healthy dose of liberalism, it's exactly what they need to distance themselves form Russia. Talk about irony.

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