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Podcast: The Restoration

Then and now.
Then and now.
Ninety-one years and five months ago, five men gathered in Moscow and approved a treaty forming a new union. Sixty-nine years later, that union -- the Soviet Union -- dissolved leaving in its wake 15 independent states. And they've stayed independent for more than two decades.

This week, three men gathered in Astana to form another union -- the Eurasian Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the new grouping is designed to foster the free flow of people, goods, capital, and services. But coming in the wake of Moscow's annexation of Crimea, and against the backdrop of Russia's intervention in eastern Ukraine, suspicions abound that it is but another step in the restoration of the old empire.

In the latest Power Vertical Podcast, I discuss these issues with Merkhat Sharipzhan, a senior correspondent and analyst with RFE/RL's Central Newsroom; and Natalya Churikova, senior editor of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and host of the program "European Connect."

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 30, 2014 19:44
And in the meantime Ukraine is flourishing: GDP will shrink by 7 % this year (according to the IMF), three regions (Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk) broke away from this European civilizied country and on June 3rd Russia will discontinue supplies of natural gas to Ukraine, which will allow the country to enter the new stage of prosperity and eternal happiness. The people of Ukraine have a really strong reason to thank Victoria Nuland and Frau Merkel :-)).
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 01, 2014 13:55
By the way, guys, here is a topic you might find interesting and write a couple of cheap US propaganda articles on: while Russia keeps supporting the anti-EU separatists in Lugansk and Donetsk, the EU and NATO member state France is going ahead with a long pre-planned sale of the Mistral-type large troop-deployment ships to Russia. Today - Sunday - there was even a demonstration in the French ship-yard of Saint-Nazaire against this sale by allegedly French pro-Ukrainian activists. But the French economy - affected by the last five years of stagnation (typical for a number of countries here in the Euro-zone) - of course cannot allow itself the luxury of picking and choosing its clients: whoever pays money will get the product, and Russia is the country that HAS money (whereas Ukraine is apparently going to COST the EU a lot of money).
Source: http://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2014/06/01/manifestation-contre-la-vente-de-mistral-a-la-russie_4429866_3210.html
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by: Asehpe from: The Netherlands
June 02, 2014 01:35
But why should they, my dear friend from the country of what's-his-name, that famous 30's politician? You've got it all laid out for them, in complete oblivion of all Putin is doing to sap the strength of his own people (and Ukraine's). Why, for all I know, you should write the articles yourself, and post them as Archibald Archibaldovich. Why not? If you can't beat them, you have to join them...
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by: La Russophobe from: USA
June 02, 2014 09:49
When a country fights a war against a foreign aggressor to win its freedom, it's logical that this will impose some economic suffering. Russia suffered mightily during World War II.

But what is Russia's excuse now? Russia is mired in recession, the ruble's value is plummeting, inflation is soaring, foreign capital is leaving the country in a tsunami. And Russia isn't fighting any foreign invader as Ukraine is fighting Russia.

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 02, 2014 22:27
Yes, La Rus..., of course, Russia is "collapsing" - as usual. I am not even mentioning the fact that "Baschar al-Assad's days are numbered and he knows it" :-)).

by: Konstantin from: Loos Angeles
May 30, 2014 20:21
Rephrasing a Russian Poet:
_______________________________________________
Dzerzhinsky's, Lenin's and Serafimovich's drunken "mordas"
Killed 40 Millions, Russians and non-Russians, expand Russia.
Lukashenka and Putin, soften by Kazakh Leader's China deal,
Run into each-other - as it go too far, give Europe to Prussia.
Still, give them an inch - genocidal Russ will expand and kill.
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As they still sucking-up non-Russian nations and nationals
All over the World, even in USA, making us sick and killing
By various services and nurses, killing floors CIA hospitals,
GRU-Spetcnas infection, poison and bestial strangulations,
As my mother killed for vengeance and plagio-blackmailing.
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SOME THINGS IN USSR WERE GOOD (INSPIRATIONS),
SOME BAD (COLLECTIVE MEDIOCRITY), SOME UGLY
(DRESSED AS ROBESPIER'S GILIOTINE RUSSIANS,
EXPANDING THEIR NEW EVIL COLONIAL EMPIRE).

UGLY FORM PROMISSING GOOD WILL END UGLY
(USSR INSTEAD OF COMMON WEALTH OF FREE).
GOOD FORM MIGHT END GOOD, BUT WATCHOUT,
LIFE IS A DYNAMIC COMPETITION AGAINST EVIL
(EXPANDING AND PLOTTING RUSSIA-PRUSSIA)!



by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 30, 2014 22:14
World is not uniform, Putin.
As anything also in life - return to basics.
Life is precious - for individual, or whole nation.
The larger entity and its interests, the more hypocrites.

Ukraine is a big country, but hardly survive Russian pressure
Trying destroy genetically Carpathian-Caucasian Civilization,
Invading with damn lie, Varag master slaves-Slavs treachery.
Half of Russia, Volga, classified "non-Slav Tatars" truncation,
As steps on Tatars in Crimea, and knifing "Hohol na koleni!".

Georgia small country - once Common Wealth of Caucasus,
Russia does everything possible destroy them - part by part,
Invading genocide, cleansing, economy squeeze, "Security"
Propaganda, like "Meliton Kantaria leading NATO to put flag
On Kremlin - destroy Russia". Now Putin use the same "uity".

Security issue can be always discussed, without the race war
That Russia force on the World. By the way, truth much better:
Caucasian Civilization at large stretching like Cross, or Sword.
Eastern pillar or blade go through Turkestan and Central Asia.

Northern pillar go through Russia mixed with Ural-Volga world,
Go through Ukraine mixed with Carpathian world. Why they lie,
Inventing multitude by "Mycop-Urartu-Kurd-Russ" Great-Spies
Hypothesis? Truth with all migration of history did OK in USSR,
Better than ridiculous Varag-Prussak empire own Slavs-serfs!


UKRAINE'S BEST FORMULA - INDEPENDENT, STRONG,
PROSPEROUS COUNTRY - CENTER OF EUROPE WITH
FREE TRADE WEST, EAST, INCLUDING RUSSIAN WING,
RENEGOTIATING OLD FRIENDS AT WESTERN BORDER.

GEORGIA WAS ALMOST EXTERMINATED BY RUSSIANS,
SINCE THE 12-13-th THROUGH THE 18-20-th CENTURIES.
BEST FORMULA - COMMON WEALTH OF ALL CAUCASUS
WITH "IVERIA" TYPE GEORGIA UNITED BY SAKARTVELO
TO PRESERVE GENETICS AND SOULS OF CAUCASIANS.

FROM POIN OF SECURITY, GEORGIANS SINCE KNOWN
HISTORY, SOME 12 MILLENNIUMS - POSITIVE CENTER
OF CAUCASIAN RACE AND HUMAN CIVILIZATION - DID
CONTRIBUTE TO SUCH A SECURITY AND PROGRESS,
EVEN IN LATE USSR- US CONFEDENTIAL MITTINGS IN
GEORGIA WITH THE INTELLECTUALS AND SCIENTISTS.

BECAUSE OF RUSSIAN RACE WARS, NEITHER GEORGIA
CAN AFFORD LIVE WITHOUT EUROPEAN-INTERNATIONAL
HELP, NOR IT THREATENS RUSSIA EVEN IF NATO HELPS
IN SOME DEFENCE AREAS - WHICH WILL CORRESPOND
TO RUSSIA WILL. WILL RUSSIA PULL BACK, OR EXPAND?

by: Mamuka
June 01, 2014 21:19
Our congenial host (who, thankfully, did not laugh at his own "witty" comments as much as in previous podkasti) said "we all knew what Putin was doing in 2008 when he provoked Misha" (and that is of course a paraphrase). Well then why did we not hear this at the time? We all knew that Putin played Misha like a violin and poor Misha obliged almost on cue. Yet the popular image at the time was that somehow Georgia invaded Russia.

Also I think you are correct in your assessement of Nazarbayev as a cunning politician.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 03, 2014 11:43
Commenting on your article "U.S. Base In Kyrgyzstan Officially Closes", I wanted to say that one more country is saying the phrase that became customary to many nations in the world: "Bye bye, gringo shit, go back to Detroit to continue looking for food in the garbage" :-)).

by: peter from: ottawa
June 04, 2014 11:36
Soon, Russia will be surrounded by Nato bases in Norway, Finland, the Baltics, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Aleusian and the Artic . All with missiles, drones, antennas, gaggets, gizmos, sensors add the NSA, CIA and FBI that comes with all these bases, jamming , eavesdropping, spying on a technological backward Russia with no access to western credit, worthless ruble and a lost Soviet ideology. Switch sides Evgeny aka Eugenio before you sink in your morass. Cheers.

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