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Podcast: 30 Years After Brezhnev

The late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (left), who died in 1982, and current Russian President Vladimir Putin
The late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (left), who died in 1982, and current Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Since the death of Leonid Brezhnev, three decades ago this weekend, a series of Soviet and Russian leaders have struggled with the same riddle: How do you modernize without jeopardizing your grip on power? 

In the latest edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I discussed this issue with my regular co-host, Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service.

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 10, 2012 20:36
Two very nice pictures attached to this article - finally this section of the web-site offers something interesting!!! Is it possible to order to the picture of Brezhnev in a nice frame, 45x45 format? If yes, please let me know where this product can be ordered and how much you charge for it.
BY THE WAY and talking about Russia: earlier today the RFE/RL informed us that the US $ 4,2 arms deal between Iraq and the Russian Federation has been cancelled. And right now (Sat., 21:30 CET) the Al Jazeera web-site is saying that the contract has NOT been cancelled, citing the Iraqui defense minister Saadun al-Dulaimi.
Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/11/2012111092311614537.html
And if this latest news is confirmed, "Russia will become Iraq's second-biggest arms supplier", just as the BBC was informing us about a month ago.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19881858

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 12, 2012 12:29
By the way - talking about the Brezhnev-Putin continuity - this week the former double Soviet-British agent George Blake (who has been living in Moscow since the 1960s), who among other things made it known to the Soviet intelligence service back in the 1950s the existence of a tunnel that the British and US used to use in their espionnage activities in East Berlin, has successfully reached the age of 90 years and was congratulated on this occasion by President Putin who said that Blake "belonged to a brilliant group of stong and courageous men" "who contrinuted to the creation of a global strategic balance and therewith contributed to preserving peace" during the Cold War.
Congratulations, Camarada Blake - you did a good job undermining destructive activities of the British and the Beavuses!
Source: http://www.abc.es/20121112/internacional/abci-placida-vejez-espia-blake-201211120823.html

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15:34 November 26, 2014

SIBERIAN AVIATION FOLLIES

So by now, we've all seen how passengers in Krasnoyarsk had to get out and push their flight out of the snow...

...and we've all seen the snarky Twitter memes this has inspired...

...but have you heard about onboard drunken onboard brawl that grounded a flight in Novosibirsk?

12:41 November 26, 2014

MIKHAIL ZYGAR OF DOZHD-TV HONORED

12:33 November 26, 2014

NO MISTRAL, NO FRENCH WINE!

Via The Moscow Times:

A lawmaker on the State Duma's Defense Committee has proposed banning the import of French wines in response to Paris' decision to suspend delivery of the first of two helicopter carriers to Russia.

"Let's ban the sale of French wine in Russia," Deputy Vladimir Bessonov told Russian News Service radio on Tuesday. "Even talking about this can bring about desired results," he said, without specifying what these would be.

France, under pressure from its Western allies to cancel a 1.2 billion euro contract ($1.58 billion) with Russia for Mistral-class warships, said earlier Tuesday that it was suspending delivery of the first of two carriers because of Russia's meddling in eastern Ukraine.

MEANWHILE, IN UKRAINE...

12:21 November 26, 2014
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BAD NEWS AT SBERBANK

12:18 November 26, 2014

MORNING NEWS ROUNDUP

From RFE/RL's News Desk:

INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST ESCAPES RUSSIA, SEEKS ASYLUM IN U.S.

By RFE/RL's Russian Service

The editor-in-chief of an independent Russian news website says he will seek political asylum in the United States.

Oleg Potapenko told RFE/RL on November 26 that he has arrived in the United States despite efforts by Russian authorities to prevent him from leaving the country.

Potapenko is editor of Amurburg.ru, a news site in the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk that has reported about the presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

On November 12, the openly gay Potapenko and his partner were prevented from boarding a flight from Khabarovsk to Hong Kong after border guards said a page was missing from Potapenko's passport.

Potapenko says the page was cut out by a police officer who requested his passport for a check earlier that day.

He told RFE/RL that he had managed to leave Russia from another city, Vladivostok, on November 16.

MERKEL SAYS RUSSIA TRAMPLING ON INTERNATIONAL LAW

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russia's actions in Ukraine are a violation of international law and a threat to peace in Europe.

Speaking bluntly in an address to Germany's parliament on November 26, Merkel said, "Nothing justifies the direct or indirect participation of Russia in the fighting in Donetsk and Luhansk."

She told the Bundestag that Russia's actions have "called the peaceful order in Europe into question and are a violation of international law."

But she suggested there was no swift solution, saying, "Our efforts to overcome this crisis will require patience and staying power."

Germany has become increasingly frustrated over Moscow's refusal to heed Western calls to stop supporting pro-Russian separatists who have seized control of large parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces in eastern Ukraine.

Close ties between Russia and Germany have been strained by the Ukraine crisis.

(Based on reporting by Reuters)

UKRAINE SAYS MORE RUSSIAN MILITARY IN EAST

Ukraine has leveled fresh charges that Russia is sending military support to pro-Russian separatists in the east.

A foreign ministry spokesman said five columns of heavy equipment were spotted crossing into Ukrainian territory on November 24.

Evhen Perebyinis told journalists on November 25 that a total of 85 vehicles had been detected in the five columns that entered at the Izvaryne border crossing point from Russia.

"The Russian side is continuing to provide the terrorist organizations of the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics with heavy armaments," said Perebynisis.

Separately, the Ukrainian military said one soldier had been killed and five others wounded in the past 24 hours as a shaky cease-fire declared on September 5 continued to come under pressure.

The six-month conflict in the east of Ukraine has left more than 4,300 people dead, according to the United Nations.

(Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters)

RUSSIA SAYS IT WON'T ANNEX ABKHAZIA, SOUTH OSSETIA

By RFE/RL

Russia has rejected accusations that it is planning to annex Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told RFE/RL’s Current Time program on November 25: “There can be no question about any annexations.”

Georgia and the West have criticized a "strategic partnership" agreement between Russia and Abkhazia signed on November 24.

Tbilisi condemned the pact as an attempt by Moscow to annex the region.

Karasin also said Russia will “continue sparing no effort, nerves, financial expenses” to make sure its neighbors “do not feel endangered.”

"As a large state and a powerful country, Russia is constantly responsible for stability on its borders and everything that is under way along its borders," he added.

Under the "strategic partnership," Russian and Abkhaz forces in the territory will turn into a joint force led by a Russian commander.

 

19:16 November 21, 2014

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