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Podcast: Putin's Other War

Pavel Durov, Vladimir Putin, and Aleksei Navalny
Pavel Durov, Vladimir Putin, and Aleksei Navalny
New restrictions for online journalists. Stricter regulations for foreign Internet companies.

The demise of Russia's premier independent social network. And a rough week in court for Russia's most famous blogger.

All eyes may be focused on the unrest in Ukraine and the possibility of a Russian intervention there, but at home the Kremlin has been making life miserable for Russia's NetRoots. Is Vladimir Putin' Power Vertical striking a death blow against Russia's fledgling Power Horizontal?

In the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss Putin's war against the Internet in Russia.

Joining me are Kirill Kobrin, editor of the Moscow-based history and sociology magazine "Neprikosnovenny zapas," Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and author of "Sean's Russia Blog," and Kevin Rothrock, project editor for RuNet Echo at Global Voices, author of the blog "A Good Treaty."

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Power Vertical Podcast -- April 25, 2014
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by: Avid Onlooker from: London
April 25, 2014 22:45
Hyper culturalism, swollen nationalism, foreign distractions, falsified historical perspectives, Russia's ugly similarity to other failed regimes is frightening. With Putin's 80% popularity built on manipulated control of the media and with renewed attempts to regulate the Russian internet (blocking Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and now independent bloggers to be considered mass media representatives and subject to similar controls) to further strengthen his hold on information dissemination, makes a mockery of Putin's invading online army who enjoy freedom of speech on Western media forums.

Russia has an economy the size of a small European country with the largest landmass on any continent and natural resources to match, instead of leading the modernization, diversification and development of Russia, Putin seeks isolation and self-inflicted bankruptcy.

The West's mistakes especially in military adventures are well known and obvious, mimicking these mistakes in Ukraine as an excuse to destroy Russia, unless you are caught in the bubble of Russia's misguided logic, seems like madness to the outside world.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 27, 2014 08:34
Onlooker from London is not just a looker:

{"West's... ...military adventures... ...mimicking..." (3)
"mistakes in Ukraine as an excuse to destroy Russia..." (2)
"...Russia's misguided logic, seems like madness..." (1)}

(1):
Russia's logic is not misguided.
They promised end of Cold war with liberation from a race war
occupation by Russian tyrants, "pomeshiks", Russia itself (since 9 Century AD) and specially neighboring nations (300 years for Ukraine, 200 years for Caucasus and so on).
Instead, they used all too well West to repay debt, to sale stolen oil, gas and other resources, to get rich, to rearm,
to destroy freedom and life of their neighbors, preserve tyranny,
invade with genocide and cleansing, annex parts of neighbor nations and continue to invade and to destroy.
THEIR LOGIC IS ENVY OF ONCE PARASITIC RACE OF VIKING, INVADED RUSSIA AND EAST EUROPE WITH GENOCIDE AND UNACCEPTABILITY OF EQUAL COMPETITION AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF OTHER NATIONS - it is what they mean when Putin say it all was Russia!
(2):
Russia didn't make mistakes in Ukraine, it planed it last time since 1954-56, making secret pact with Brits and "Bechtel",
later Germans and Austrians, to resurrect colonial empires.
In West Ukraine KGB forced few former "Bandera" soldiers, or officers that fought on German side, to work for Russian occupiers and later forge an impression that Ukrainians are a threat and Russia has right to conquer and repopulate it.
They forced Serbian Special forces be trained to cut-off human heads and mortify local population - to forge later an impression that Serbians are worse than Nazi Germany and are threat, so Germany will take over Balkans (and Eastern Europe by similar skims) and neo-colonize it for Austria and Germany.
They tried it in Georgia, but Georgians didn't fall for it, they elected in Abkhazia as President Kantaria that put flag on Reighstag in 1945 - it didn't help, Russia unleashed genocide and cleansing and annexed Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
IT IS ALL PRE-PLANNED BY NEW VAWE OF BREEDING-OUT RUSSIAN LOCUST.
(3):
Military escapades of the West are idiocy of USA lobby system of government, taken over with help of Brits by Russian and German propaganda machine and agencies - with combination of terrorists attacks - they pushed USA into bombastic wars and
ruining this country quite successfully.
USA, AS FIRST NATION THAT LIBERATED ITSELF FROM COLONIAL EMPIRE IS "INTERFERING" WITH IMPERIAL RESURRECTION BY RUSSIANS, AUSTRIANS, GERMANS AND BRITISH - THUS IT SHOULD BE DESABLED FROM HELPING FREE NATIONS, STARTING WITH EASTERN EUROPE - IT IS WHAT THEY THOUGHT AND PLANNED.


by: Weijia from: Exeter
April 25, 2014 23:19
I like the discussion at the last couple of minutes--the rethinking of putin. I though he was smart as well. Putin 3.0 has become a different persion in comparison to Putin 2.0 and 1.0 :(

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 28, 2014 01:24
Russia is aggressing in Ukraine.
There is no "legitimate" protesters,
even among Russian speaking people,
only Russian Special Forces, "intelligence",
as clever criminals like call themselves in this age,
KGB and part of their families pretending be "legitimate"
crowds and among them Nazi Imperial bloodsuckers with
yellow-black "lentochkas" - many of them install in USSR
since 1954-56 Russian secret pact with Brits and Bechtel.
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It's when they convince leaders of USSR and Communist
party create all this - more bestial macaques yet to come -
but only in case of "national security", if in unraveling war
any of USSR republics would about "fall in enemy hands".
That at first meant only up to the times USSR transforms
back to "Common Wealth of Independent States", as was
written in Preamble and Constitution of temporary USSR,
but procrastinated by Russia betraying and usurping rule.
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At time Brezhnev took power Russia encroached beyond
the original pledge, they largely increased all their secret
armies of GRU, Spetcnaz, telepaths, NLW, provocateurs
and turned them into death armies against non-Russians.
Only Russians remained in service - all others were fired,
even from legitimate branches of army. Among locals left
only few snitches-boys and assassins-girls, usually mixed
blood, tortured, raped and debased by abominable Russia.
______________________________________________
They changed their original pledges years before return to
CIS - more steal from budgets of republics, to all they had,
sending it to Russia, bringing more Russians to breed-out
in republics, sabotaged economies and destroyed all trade
between non-Russians by destroying transported products.
It became total since 1990th - total blockade and sabotage.
The evil treachery of ruling race and class in Russia reside
only in appearance - to fool foreign powers and steal even
foreign aid and profits from tourism from the non-Russians.
It is why Yanukovich squeezed so much for Russians that
Ukraine came to Maidan! Russia destroying non-Russians.
Even individuals. Self-employed or family business robbed
and resistant were murdered by secret Russian tax armies,
even they didn't make yet any money put in debt, enslaved
and destroyed - from places like Donetsk through Fergana.
________________________________________________
TYRANNY DIDN'T CHANGE SINCE LATE FORMER USSR!
EASTERN EUROPE AND FORMER USSR NATIONS AND
NORMAL RUSSIANS NEED NEW REVOLUTION AGAINST
DEVIL OF RULING RUSSIA RACE OF PARASITIC MOLD!
________________________________________________
Russia agencies installed pseudo-enemy to national security
in number of republics, in West Ukraine amnestied UPA men
and some misguided by them young men - used as "Zhupel",
in other republics, hired pseudo-Quislings among minorities,
like Ardzinba, Lenin-genocide-Adyg in Abkhazia, all his clan
was tightly guarded by GRU-Spetcnaz, Georgians could not
even talk to him, or children of rape by Boldyrev's army that
were trained as Russia killers and pseudo-Ossetin Quislings.
THEY BETRAY ORIGINAL INTENT, NATIONAL SECURITY,
TO REPOPULATE NON-RUSSIAN LAND AND PROPERTY
BY ETHNIC RUSSIAN NEANDERTHAL AND THEIR SERFS.
ALL WESTERN THREAT IS A FORGERY, EVEN UKRAINE
NEW LEADERS MIND-CONTROLLED TO MEKE IT LOOK
LIKE WEST TAKING OVER! EVEN SAAKASHVILI USING
SIMILAR LANGUAGE, MIND-CONTROLLED BY RUSSIA,
LIKE HE ATE HIS TIE, TO ENJOYMENT OF SPY PUTIN!
_______________________________________________
ONLY FREE, INDEPENDENT, PROSPEROUS UKRAINE!
ONLY RETURN ALL TERRITORIES TO NON-RUSSIANS!
ONLY RETURN ALL THAT RUSSIA STOLE AND STEALS!
OINLY REPENTING CHANGING ITS WAYS FOR RUSSIA!
OTHERWISE RUSSIA BETRAYS THE WORLD PROMISS
TO END COLD WAR - ONLY EXPAND AND BREED-OUT
LOCUST FOR STOLEN WEALTH WITH WEST'S HELP!

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