Friday, November 28, 2014


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Podcast: That '70s (Spy) Show

Vladimir Putin and the fictional Soviet Spy Stierlitz.
Vladimir Putin and the fictional Soviet Spy Stierlitz.
The Ukrainian crisis has given Russia's vaunted siloviki, the security service veterans in Vladimir Putin's inner circle, a big political boost.

Simultaneously, there has been a wave of nostalgia for the 1970s and the era of Leonid Brezhnev is increasingly looked at like a Russian Victorian Age.

In the latest Power Vertical Podcast we take a look at these two phemomena.

Joining me are co-hosts Kirill Kobrin, editor of the Moscow-based history and sociology magazine "Neprikosnovenny zapas," and security expert Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows," and special guest Merkhat Sharipzhan, a senior correspondent and analyst for RFE/RL.

Enjoy...
 
Power Vertical Podcast -- May 16, 2014
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 16, 2014 17:39
It is ridiculous!
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Since Spring,1947, Varag-Prussak usurped rule over Moscow,
totally, placed Stalin under house arrest, reversed restoration
CIS with accordance with 1936 Constitution and Preamble,
started influx into non-Rusian republics of Russian Nazis,
tried restore colonial empire to enslave USSR peoples.
As before WW2 and 1941 treason by Varag-Prussak,
Russians took over army and power structure, killing
Stalin and killed 150,000 non-Russians, in 55, mostly
Georgians, unleashed lies about non-Russian people
and dispersed Parliament of Nations, also relentlessly
destroying all that was good - to repopulate by Russia.
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"Leonid Brezhnev... ...Victorian Age"? Only as victory of evil!
"Neprikosnovennyiy zapas"? Only of Russian ugly evil!
"Brian Whitmore"?
"Kirill Kobrin"?
"Mark Galeotti"?
"Merkhat Sharipzyan"?
"Enjoy"?
Why all of the above sound so painfully familiar, like stench
of recurring again "dejavu" with bloody Russian empire!
WHAT UKRAINIAN CRISES?
IT IS CREATED BY RUSSIA, CRUSHING RESISTANCE
TO EXPANSION OF BLOODY RUSSIAN EMPIRE!
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What is also interesting, how they follow stupid movies,
like "17 mgnoveniy Vesny".
It is really something!
Most of the Serials the Russian Supermen-Spy Shtirlitc is sitting in his cabinet, surrounded by Germany's headquarters of SS, Gestapo, Abver and Ahnenerbe that reading his mind,
while he is loudly thinking how he outsmarting them and reporting to Moscow information about Nazi Leaders, and sure on Russian Holly days he drinks Russian Vodka from his table shelf and loudly thinks and imagines his Russian Varags and Bolshevik slogans, singing for Great Russia.
It is like since 1947 Prussians from Moscow took over and ordered stupid Russian spies to report to British and German telepaths their success to exterminate Human Civilization and Caucasian race - to repopulate the World by Varags, Normans, Vikings and Germanica-Inferrior mixed with Prussia-Russia.
ISN'T IT LIKE A FRENCH SCIENCE FICTION HUMOR STORY ABOUT TWO SPECIES, TECHNO-FRIZ AND VULGAR-IVAN, FIGHTING WAR WITH TIME-TRAVEL, AND RAPING EACH OTHER FOR-MOTHERS.
AT THE END OF THE STORY THEY LOOK THE SAME, AS A
NEW SPECIES.
IN OUR WORLD THIS NEW SPECIES FIGHTING WAR AGAINST US - RACE OF SPIES TORTURE, PLAGIARIZE, DISPOSSESS AND DESTROY US ALL - AS THEY DID TO ME AND KILLED MY MOTHER IN THE PROCESS OF BLACKMAIL AND PLAGIARIZM, BOTH RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN UNIVERSE OF SPIES!

by: Mamuka
May 16, 2014 22:19
Kostya you keep forgetting to take your medication... pospokoite... ara ushavs
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 17, 2014 22:33
You do not interfere, I was always free, unlike most former
Soviets Quislings of evil plagiarist and spying Russia!
You might think like all of them that I obligated keep my mouth shot about "Iron Curtain" of silent incommunicado against few like me in old USSR?
Forget it!
I am neither "Varyazhskiy Suka", nor any of their Quislings with
bottles of Medichi poison, spiced by Lavrushas!
I was sentenced to death in 1947, along with my mother for refusing be plagiarized creator, after contributed to suffering humanity by "contract with the people" and I was declared by Russian Federation and Moscow governments that I never was their Citizen and never will qualify even for a Quisling or Lavrusha like You!
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As for Eugenio, boasting Russian murderous imperial bitch,
burring another nation, Ukraine, for evil stench of his Russia,
"pshel won"!
(number bellow should be not 546546 but you know what)

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 17, 2014 06:57
Today (Saturday) Ukrainian border-guards arrested the leader of the People's Republic of Lugansk Bolotov on the border to Russia and afterwards were waiting "for two hours" that Ukrainian troops would arrive to help them. The latter never arrived, while about 100 members of the pro-Russian Lugansk Liberation Army arrived and freed Bolotov from the Ukrainian occupiers - congratulations!
What this incident shows is the extent to which the failed Ukrainian "state" has lost control of its former Eastern provinces Donetsk and Lugansk. It's about time for the new independent Republics to take control over border crossing to Russia and throw the Ukrainian occupying forces out.
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by: Allison from: US
May 18, 2014 21:41
No Eugenio what that shows is the neglect of this area in Ukraine. The well worn path of corruption. It cries for attention which is good. These areas are heard and will be helped after the election for President.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 19, 2014 18:33
Agree, Allison!
Still, neglect is result of even larger stagnation inflicted
on Ukraine by plunder of Ukraine, specially by late Yanukovich
and related Russian mob submission of Ukraine to Russia.
Russia still plunder all former republics, as they did
(statistic was secret, but they stole trillions)...
To make it better, some control over OBHS-like mob of former USSR is needed...

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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
12:20 November 26, 2014

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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