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Podcast: The Importance Of Being Ramzan

Welcome to the strange and scary world of Planet Ramzan.
Welcome to the strange and scary world of Planet Ramzan.
By Brian Whitmore

It's pretty much impossible to ignore Ramzan Kadyrov -- and he knows it.

And he's not going anywhere. Whether Kadyrov is Vladimir Putin's loose cannon or his loaded pistol, the rambunctious Chechen leader has become an indispensable part of Russia's political system -- regardless of who is in the Kremlin.

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we pay a visit to the strange and scary world of Planet Ramzan and try to unpack the Kadyrov factor.

Joining me are Mark Galeotti, a professor at NYU, an expert on Russia's Security Services, author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows, and author of the book Russia's Wars In Chechnya; and journalist Oliver Bullough, author of the book The Last Man In Russia And The Struggle To Save A Dying Nation and of an in-depth profile of Kadyrov that was recently published in The Guardian.

Also on the Podcast, Mark, Oliver, and I discuss the new leadership in the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service, and what it portends.

Enjoy... 

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by: peter from: ottawa
February 05, 2016 19:21
Chechens are implicated in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya. Chechens are implicated in the murder of Natalya Estemirova. Chechens are implicated in the murder of Boris Nemtsov. Need I say more about Junior.

by: Kerry from: US
February 06, 2016 09:27
American journalist murdered by western ally for exposing ISIS ties. In this video Luke Rudkowski brings up a very important underreported story of an American journalist that was murdered for exposing the Turkish government assisting ISIS. This story is a year old and we are making sure no one forgets the name Serena Shim. Obviously this story hits home since Serna was Luke.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0GrcQ9kXbI
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 06, 2016 17:46
I see that our info-war writer has decided, for the moment, to stay with a consistent name and write original posts, at least for RFERL.

by: Kerry from: US
February 06, 2016 09:33
NATIONAL FLOCKS OF SHEEPLE RULED BY WOLVES AND HYENAS OWNED BY PIGS .
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. We in America need more people speaking out. The US is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It's overrun with sheep and conformists.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 06, 2016 17:50
Yes, we need people speaking out, but speaking out with honesty and evidence. We do not need people trying to run a con.

by: Kerry from: US
February 06, 2016 09:41
From the standpoint of tactics, Russia has made a brilliant, unexpected move against the war agenda of certain very bad circles in the USA by her invitation to Washington to form a common coalition to combat terrorists in Syria, to wage a real “war on terror,” an offer immediately rejected by President Barack Obama. By accepting the invitation of the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad to help combat the grave danger of ISIS, Al Qaeda (al-Nusra Front), and numerous other outlaw terrorist gangs, most made up of foreign mercenary psychopaths from at least 80 foreign countries, Russia is scrupulously abiding by the UN Charter. The US, which has been bombing a sovereign nation for more than one year without permission, is not abiding by international law.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared repeatedly over a period of years, Washington and those who control Washington policy are pursuing some form of what they like to call America’s Manifest Destiny, ever since the Soviet Union dissolved and with it the Warsaw Pact military alliance in 1990-1991. It is neither manifest nor destiny, rather the mad plan of some power-addicted circles.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 06, 2016 18:03
Its too bad we do not have anyone from Russia writing this kind of message. It would give it more realism. Its a bit hard to believe that someone from the US would so thoroughly follow the Russian line. 'Kerry from the US' just lacks credibility.

Are you sure its not 'James' as in this post of 2016-01-25 14:42:00
http://www.rferl.org/content/briefing-moscows-disobedient-client/27509311.html

or Benjamin in this post 2016-01-24 15:22:00
http://www.rferl.org/content/podcast-a-toxic-trail/27504206.html

For those who prefer a less propagandistic telling see the RFERL post today showing the real Kerry at
http://www.rferl.org/content/kerry-says-russia-violating-un-ceasefire-syria-but-may-soon-comply/27535440.html
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by: Kerry from: Editorial room
February 07, 2016 22:44
Poor "Neil Nelson,"* you're trying so hard for the RFE/RL. But I'm sitting next to you in the editorial room of RFE/RL. Ha-ha-ha-ha!
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 08, 2016 14:24
Congratulations, You have used the same by-name four times in a row. Must be a record.
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by: Kerry from: USA
February 08, 2016 16:32
From former UK FS Robin Cook with great honor to "Neil Nelson"*: “The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al-Qaeda, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But, there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an intensified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive TV watchers and readers to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the United States.” – Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook.
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by: Kerry from: USA
February 09, 2016 09:54
With a special honor to "Neil Nelson"* of RFE/RL: “The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al-Qaeda, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But, there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an intensified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive TV watchers and readers to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the United States.” -- Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 09, 2016 16:01
And so you needlessly write two posts to say the same thing.

It seems to me you are able to write links and so at the moment what you write is merely that Kerry says that someone says and in what that someone says they also give no evidence. Bob says that John says there are green men on Mars and so we should believe that?
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 09, 2016 16:54
I see that Kerry,

aka Peter from: US
February 09, 2016 15:11
http://www.rferl.org/content/daily-vertical-putin-smells-blood/27540725.html

aka
by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
February 09, 2016 15:12
http://www.rferl.org/content/daily-vertical-putin-smells-blood/27540725.html

has decided to repost his old posts again

Kerry, US February 03, 2016 16:53
http://www.rferl.org/content/daily-vertical-lies-damn-lies-kremlin-statements/27529759.html
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 09, 2016 17:12
Kerry, I will have to apologize for saying that the posts by Peter and Konstantin on http://www.rferl.org/content/daily-vertical-putin-smells-blood/27540725.html were your posts.

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