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The Daily Vertical: The Evil Of Banality

The Daily Vertical: The Evil Of Banalityi
January 22, 2016
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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: Rick N. from: UK
January 22, 2016 16:14
What if Litvinenko was killed by British or American agents in order to accuse Putin in this crime? Britain still can not disclose its so-called "evidences," rather they have nothing to disclose, as many experts think. However, the RFE/RL unilaterally trying to defame Putin in it. This is not a journalism, it is trash!
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by: Ferrr
January 23, 2016 22:06
"Rick" (...Igor...?)
Who are your so-called "experts"?

by: elmer
January 22, 2016 16:15
Killing by the government of Russia has been a feature for a very long time.

The Kremlinoids killed millions of Russians.

The worst crime one could commit in the sovok union was not murder - it was political opposition.

The same is true after the fall of the sovok union.

Killing is a tool of the "government" in Russia.

After all, what else would one expect where they seek to erect shrines to Saint Sralin?

by: Mehdi from: London, UK
January 22, 2016 16:21
No matter how much you try to defame Putin, in the UK pro-Russian and pro-Putin sentiment is very much on the rise amongst the population, whilst anti US feelings continue to increase with the not incorrect suspicion that almost all the vast amounts of blood spilled to date in North Africa and Middle East has been due to US policy of meddling, policing and generally enforcing directly and indirectly its 'democratic' world view on states and regions that aren't and possibly never will accept.

by: James from: United States
January 22, 2016 16:28
Did you know that in the US nearly every single terror act that the FBI has "stopped," the FBI has created? It's just food for thought...
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by: Steve from: Kyiv
January 23, 2016 18:23
Really? Perhaps you benefit the rest of us with some links that will withstand the light of day under examination? Or you have no links other than your unfounded accusations?

by: Javier from: Berlin
January 22, 2016 19:44
Just keep sanctions till the end of time and uspcale them, keep containment up as long as necessary, isolate and crush the economy of that evil state until it collapses...again. A rotten apple must be left to rot until it finally falls until its own weight and dissapears into oblivion. And of course shift from oil to other sources as much as possible. If that giant needs to be put down, just do it, and if that dog goes mad, have a massive medicine ready, just in case. Europe has enough of Russia's evil, criminal ways and imperialism, so reckoning day is coming, and will soon take its toll.

by: Ken McGraw from: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
January 23, 2016 02:49
Russia's greatest author Alexander Pushkin was likewise "infected" by the West's liberal ideas. He was also assassinated in a remarkably elaborate manner - a foreign baron was contracted to incite Pushkin into a duel he had no hope of winning. Didn't he also die over a couple of days, gasping his curses against a laughing Tzar?

by: James MacDonald from: USA
January 23, 2016 08:57
Anyone that would blow up apartment blocks full of hundreds of innocent people for personal political advantage is completely devoid of moral reasoning, and is capable of almost anything.
Kadyrov is not posturing. They are preparing for the next election. Everyone will understand what it means if Kadyrovs men are sent to face any potential protesters in December. Most likely there will be no protest at all as resistance will be futile, and it seems the vast majority of Russians are pleased with the attacks and seizures of their neighbors lands, And are in favor of their government and President. Unlike our western brand of cynicism where we love to hate our lying leaders, and anyone who loves a politician is a complete idiot. Russian cynicism seems to say the liars are the only ones you can trust, and theft and murder is the hallmark of a man who knows how the world works and who deserves an eighty percent approval rating! Somewhere n America there is a town full of hayseeds that overwhelmingly support Donald Trump, and across the pacific there's an entire country of hayseeds that support Vladimir Putin

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