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The Daily Vertical: The Extortionist In The Kremlin

The Daily Vertical: The Extortionist In The Kremlini
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February 15, 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.

A transcript of today's edition of The Daily Vertical can be found here.

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by: elmer
February 15, 2016 15:57
It's been mentioned previously that the Kremlin's only strategy is to make things bad elsewhere (so that "russia can feel important).

In other words, Putler the Pedophile and his Kremlinoids already have palaces and wealth. So the goal is to "make russia feel important.."

"I want to see my neighbor's barn burn down" is the "strategy."


I think you called it exactly right - extortionists.
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by: Michael from: Germany
February 16, 2016 01:34
QUESTION to the RFE/RL editors... Above one of your readers, under the pseudonym of 'Elmer' is honoring Putin as Putler, associating him with Hitler, and calling him a PEDOPHILE. In one sentence he twice defamed the personality of the President of Russia. Can I also, for example, call Hillary Clinton - as HITLERY Clinton, and Barack Obama - as Barack OSAMA? And also call them both pedophiles? If this is not permitted in your comments section, then why it is permitted against the leader of another country? I look forward to your honest answer.
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by: elmer
February 16, 2016 17:11
Neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton are at issue here.

In addition, there is no picture of them kissing a little boy on the belly, and there are no accusations against them of being pedophiles. Litvinenko had proof, among other things, that Putler Khuylo is a pedophile, which is one of the reasons that Litvinenko was killed by polonium.

Furthermore, neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton conducted "non-invasions" of foreign countries to acquire additional territory for the US.

Putler Khuylo conducted "non-invasions" with "not little green men," with "tanks, artillery and bombs," violating the territorial sovereignty of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, in pursuit of "glory" for himself.

Putler Khuylo is not a leader of a country. Putler Khuylo is a thug, one of a few Kremlinoid thugs, who preside over a territory called the Russian Federation, by force, intimidation, threats, fear and propaganda. They cavalierly kill people inside and outside of the Russian Federation, and create wastelands, death and destruction, only so that Putler Khuylo can claim some kind of sick, twisted "glory."

The latest such indiscriminate killing by Putler Khuylo and his Kremlinoid thugs is in Syria, where he claims to be "fighting terrorism," but is actually supporting another thug - Assad.

Putler Khuylo is an extortionist.

You are not Michael, and you are not from Germany.

My name is elmer.

by: Josef Hassan from: UK
February 15, 2016 16:20
Under the support of the Russian Air Forces about 300 towns and villages of Syria have been liberated from the ISIS terrorists in the last 4 months. During this time, Western mainstream media, including the RFE/RL, has been maintaining complete silence about these successes of Russia, on the contrary, it has been trying to find at least something to blame Russia on. I got the impression that both in Washington and in the RFE/RL Americans are very upset about the successes of Russians in the fight against ISIS terrorists in Syria. In other words, this shows that Washington and RFE/RL are on the side of Daesh... It is very difficult to come to a different conclusion on the basis of the RFE/RL's reports, sadly!
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by: Greg from: United States
February 16, 2016 02:20
Not so! Russian air strikes are hitting 94% non-Daesh **innocent civilian** and moderate opposition targets. I question that any ISIS/Daesh towns have been "liberated" by Russian air strikes, unless you cite evidence. The overwhelming fact here is that Russia is waging war on Assad's opponents, with primary emphasis not on ISIS, and the terror bombing of civilians has ample evidence. Thank you RFE/RL.
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by: Anonymous
February 16, 2016 03:59
Yes, eez beeg beeg Rashan sahksess

Bombing Syrian towns and villages to hell and into oblivion - beeg beeg sahksess for Putler the Pedophile


Kremlin Trolls veel make shure to let everyone know about beeg beeg rashan sahksess

as Sralin said - no man, no problem

no more Syrian villages - no problem

beeg beeg Rashan sahksess

Rashan peace - russkoy myr = everyone dead

no problem
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by: Michael
February 16, 2016 15:46
This is Brian Whitmore's "handwriting"... who is trying to portray an illiterate Russian accent. A paid troll of Washington...

by: Nick N from: United States
February 15, 2016 16:33
US military industrial complex needs an artificial threat to keep it running. So they create these pseudo threats about Russia, Iran, Syria, etc, which helps them secure the military budget regardless of who the President is.

US-UK-Israeli cartel is targeting Russia since a long time ago, mainly because Russia creates an obstacle to the global plans of American Zionists, who want to establish a total control over the world. It's no secret that USA desperately wants to plunder Russian resources and exploit Russian people. It's not just Russia at stake. If Russia falls, so will China, Iran, entire Asia, Africa, South America, etc. Each nation with at least some dignity tries to protect its sovereignty and its people.

EU, Canada, Australia, New Zealand (vassal colonies of USA) shoved no dignity and no respect towards their citizens ever since they became vassal colony of the USA. Even more sad is that EU, Canada, Australia, New Zealand... must provide their men and women for US-UK-Israeli war games; but the poor vassals still didn't realize that they are used as an expendable cannon fodder. That's the power of massive American propaganda.

by: Kerry from: US
February 15, 2016 16:41
I think it would be useful for the RFE/RL to find out a little more about the terrorists and their patrons in the United States and Israel... The head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is an undercover Mossad agent named Elliot Shimon, according to sources close to Edward Snowden.

According to these sources, Al-Baghdadi was recruited by the Israeli intelligence agency to wage psychological warfare against Arab and Islamic societies.

We offer below three translations that want to assert that the Caliph Al-Baghdadi is a full Mossad agent: The so-called “Elliot” was recruited by the Israeli Mossad and was trained in espionage and psychological warfare against Arab and Islamic societies.

This information was attributed to Edward Snowden and published by newspapers and other Web sites: the head of the “Islamic State” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has cooperated with the U.S. Secret Service, British and Israel to create an organization capable of attracting terrorist extremists from around the world...
You would find more information here: http://yournewswire.com/isis-leader-al-baghdadi-revealed-to-be-mossad-agent/

by: Hans Mik from: Germany
February 15, 2016 17:13
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said the United Arab Emirates has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to help "local rebel forces recapture Raqqa from the the Islamic State group", AP reports.
This means the Saudies and UA Emiraties will help one group of terrorists to recapture the Syrian cities from the other group of terrorists. And this, according to Ash Carter, is called the "fight against terrorists," and the US is supporting it. So, the US Defence Secretary made very clear the real nature of their "fight" against terrorists!

by: Yoshua
February 15, 2016 21:51
A Saudi Press Release

350,000 soldiers, 20,000 tanks, 2,450 warplanes and 460 military helicopters are massing in northern Saudi Arabia for a military exercise that is being called “Northern Thunder”. According to the official announcement, forces are being contributed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Sudan, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia and several other nations. This exercise will reportedly last for 18 days, and during that time the airspace over northern Saudi Arabia will be closed to air traffic.

This will be the largest military exercise in the history of the region, and it comes amid rumors that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are preparing for a massive ground invasion of Syria.
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by: Michael from: Germany
February 16, 2016 15:18
And the United States fully support the Saudi and Turkey's plan of the military intervention of Syria. And all this takes place outside the United Nations Security Council's resolutions. If this happens, the blame will lie on the United States and their vassals, such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Bahrain, etc.

by: Douglas from: USA
February 16, 2016 15:24
The Zionists run our foreign policy. Kerry is just the front man that makes it look like the government runs foreign policy. It is part of the shadow government that controls American news and events that make news such as 9/11, Waco, Oklahoma City bombing and other "terrorist" revelations like the NY City Broadway car bomb that was "discovered."

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