Friday, March 31, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Альпеншток - орудие пролетариата! (А также некоторых олигархов...)

Владимир Путин посетил остров Земля Александры архипелага Земля Франца-Иосифа.

Как бы не было аваланша, а то будет нам и Франц и Иосиф...

Владимир Путин посетил остров Земля Александры архипелага Земля Франца-Иосифа.

Альпеншток - орудие пролетариата! (А также некоторых олигархов...) 
Самсем смёрзился... И чо теперя с ним делать?!

Владимир Путин посетил остров Земля Александры архипелага Земля Франца-Иосифа.

"Big bubbles no troubles!" Nice snow job (part 2), guys. 
И концы в небо... Там разморозятся, в вечной райской теплоте. А  если чо, мы и там жару подбавим, связи есть. Да и Киря словечко замолвит.
"Блажен кто верует, тепло ему на свете..." 
Сергей точно доволен: здоровая Конституция, никаких депрессий. Так держать! 
(Или держаться...) 

Friday, March 24, 2017

M.N.: Did you enjoy the show, Vovchick? Russian Lessons: И цветочки и ягодки... А цыплят по осени считают... А чой-то там в энтой чёрной папке? - Putin and Putinism Review - 3.24.17

Перед началом спектакля «Последняя жертва». С художественным руководителем театра Юрием Соломиным (в центре), генеральным директором Тамарой Михайловой и Министром культуры Владимиром Мединским.

Перед началом спектакля «Последняя жертва». 

M.N.: Did you enjoy the show, Vovchick? ... 





Путин посмотрел спектакль «Последняя жертва» в реконструированном Малом театре
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Худрук Юрий Соломин устроил для президента небольшую экскурсию. Главе государства показали костюмы, которые использовали в постановках конца XIX века. Затем Владимир Путинпосмотрел спектакль «Последняя жертва» по пьесе Александра Островского. В Малом театре эта ...
Путин приехал в Малый театр на «Последнюю жертву»Lenta.ru
Путин приехал в Малый театрКомсомольская правда 


M.N.: Доволен! Даже и не верится... 


В ходе беседы с руководством Малого театра.

В ходе беседы с руководством Театра Малого.

Russian Lessons: И цветочки и ягодки... А цыплят по осени считают... 



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Путин заинтересовался фильмом-сказкой "Последний богатырь"
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МОСКВА, 24 марта. /ТАСС/. Президент России Владимир Путинпосле вручения премий в Кремле пообщался с деятелями культуры. Глава государства, в частности, выразил желание посмотреть фильм-сказку "Последний богатырь", который должен выйти на экраны осенью. Во время ...
Путина пригласили на сказку «Последний богатырь»Lenta.ru
Путина пригласили в «Орленок» и на премьеру «Последнего богатыря»Газета.Ru
M.N.: Так  и кто же из них "Последняя Жертва", а  кто "Пооследний  Богатырь"? Посмотрим  кино осенью... 


Встреча с лидером политической партии Франции «Национальный фронт» Марин Ле Пен.

M.N.: Another Pen, another La-La-La. How match? 



Well, he always liked tall dolls. And, as uncle Zigi would say, it's always a matter of compensation... And over-compensation... French love... Unless it is "fake news". 
But will her daddy approve? That's the question! 

Марин Ле Пен обсудила с Путиным международный терроризм
BBC Russian
"Мы ни в коем случае не хотим влиять на происходящие события, но оставляем за собой право общаться со всеми представителями всех политических сил страны, также, как делают наши партнеры, например, в Европе, в США", - заявил Путин.

Марин Ле Пен, находящаяся в России по приглашению российских парламентариев, посетила в Патриаршем дворце выставку, посвящённую Людовику Святому и реликвиям Сен-Шапель.

Saint Louis' bones are rattling in their reliquaries... 

С лауреатами премии Президента для молодых деятелей культуры и премии Президента в области литературы и искусства за произведения для детей и юношества.

M.N.: А зато детишки рады... Жить стало лучше, жить стало веселее... 

Премии Президента в области литературы и искусства за произведения для детей и юношества 2016 года удостоен художник, режиссёр Леонид Шварцман.

M.N.: "И у нас есть свои молодые Шварцманы. И мы с ними дружим. Хоть и они везде со своими палками ходят..."

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People's anthem of the Soviet Union - "Жить стало лучше, жить стало веселей!" [Eng subs]

Совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.

M.N.: А чой-то там  в энтой чёрной папке? 
Никак Лавров опять дразнит: ещё одно "секретное досье". Ну-ка, ну-ка... 

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Прошёл хорошую школу дипломатического стриптиза в ООН. So refined... In one word: the professional... 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

M.N.: "Карасивый чалма нашёл, калянюсь, чесний слова. Ишшо лучшиий, чем старый. И с такой курутой неметьский иголька: как зайдёт, уже не вита-с-сси-с: coitus perpetuum uninterruptus. Enjoy!" - Russia News Review - 3.22.17

С председателем Центрального духовного управления мусульман России Талгатом Таджуддином.

С председателем Центрального духовного управления мусульман России Талгатом Таджуддином.

M.N.: "Карасивый чалма нашёл, калянюсь, чесний слова. Ишшо лучшиий, чем старый. И с такой курутой неметьский иголька: как зайдёт, уже не вита-с-сси-с: coitus perpetuum uninterruptus.
Enjoy!"

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The Best German Military March Songs - Potpourri 

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The National Interest: How Germany's Merkel Can Lead the West 

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Jeffrey Stacey
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Germany must now hold the line against resurgent nationalism.

Donald Trump’s presidential election was a shot heard around the world. Dictators cheered the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and democracies—in particular American allies—grew gravely concerned. The entire liberal international order now appears to be at risk, with nativism and populism still on the march. Although conventional wisdom suggests the East is rising and the West is fading, now with more pivotal elections approaching Western allies are turning their eyes to Germany. Ironically, Trump’s awkward summit with Chancellor Angela Merkel actually makes it more likely the Germans will take on the mantle of global leadership.
As the Clinton campaign grew confident of victory last October, her Europe advisers determined in their last meeting that her first trip abroad would be to Brussels for a joint summit with the European Union and NATO. The theme was to be that of democracy, specifically the West standing together and united for democracy, and against those such as Russia who seek to subvert it. They discussed having President Clinton engage Prime Minister May in a pull-aside meeting on the summit margins, with the former informing the latter that the United States does not want the United Kingdom to go through with Brexit, and that she would help her special relationship colleague to climb down from her perilous perch.
However, with Donald Trump at the helm instead, whose first meeting with a foreign leader was none other than the United Kingdom’s UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, none of this is likely to come to pass. Instead, the new president has become a cheerleader for Brexit, a critic of the EU, and a skeptic about NATO, a telling exemplification of what the German government views as his being among the least strategically adept president in American history—as well as one of the most undiplomatic. Chancellor Merkel had her work cut out for her.
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На заседании Совета по стратегическому развитию и приоритетным проектам.

M.N.: Finally: The pen points in the right direction...

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U.S. Moves To Strip Citizenship From Al-Qaeda Operative In Brooklyn Plot

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U.S. authorities have taken rare action to strip U.S. citizenship from a man convicted in 2003 of involvement in an Al-Qaeda plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

La Stampa: Путин посеял «семена раздора» в обществе США - ИА REGNUM

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Рим, 22 марта 2017, 10:52 — REGNUM Президент Российской Федерации Владимир Путин, который якобы посеял «семена раздора» в американском обществе, может с «удовольствием наблюдать» за хаосом в американской политике. Об этом пишет итальянская газета La Stampa.

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Oil Prices Fall on Bloated US Crude Storage

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Oil prices dipped on Wednesday as rising crude stocks in the United States underscored an ongoing global fuel supply overhang despite an OPEC-led effort to cut output. Prices for front-month Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil, were at $50.79 per barrel at 0451 GMT, down 17 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 18 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $48.08 a barrel. "Crude oil prices fell as concerns over rising U.S. inventories resurfaced," ANZ bank said on Wednesday. U.S. crude oil inventories climbed by 4.5 million barrels in the week to March 17 to 533.6 million barrels, the American Petroleum Institute (API) said late on Tuesday. "The American Petroleum Institutes' crude inventories stuck the knife into crude overnight, coming in at a 4.5 million barrel increase against an expected increase of 2.8 million barrels," said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at futures brokerage OANDA in Singapore. "If the API stuck the knife in, tonight's EIA Crude Inventory figures may twist it. A blowout above the 2.1 million barrel increase expected, may well torpedo oil below the waterline," he added. Official U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) oil storage data is due on Wednesday. The bloated storage comes as U.S. oil production has risen over 8 percent since mid-2016 to more than 9.1 million barrels per day (bpd), levels comparable to late 2014, when the oil market slump started. Rising production in the United States and elsewhere, and bloated inventories, are undermining efforts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut output and prop up prices. "OPEC's market intervention has not yet resulted in significant visible inventory draw-downs, and the financial markets have lost patience," U.S. bank Jefferies said on Wednesday in a note to clients, although it added that the cutbacks would likely start to show by the second half of the year if OPEC extends its production cuts beyond June. Despite cuts, analysts warned of renewed or ongoing oversupply in coming years, especially as U.S. shale producers ramp up and once OPEC returns to full capacity. U.S. bank Goldman Sachs warned its clients in a note this week that a U.S. shale led production surge "could create a material oversupply in 2018-19."

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Iran Steps Up Supplies to Houthis, Including Kamikaze Drones

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They are nicknamed "kamikaze" drones. Houthi forces and those aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen are using them to target the missile-defense systems of Saudi-led coalition forces, weapons analysts say. According to a study by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a London-based organization funded by the European Union to monitor the movement and use of conventional weaponry, Iran has been supplying Houthi forces and Saleh loyalists with weaponry since the start of the two-year conflict that has left 10,000 civilians dead and an estimated 40,000 injured. Among the weapons — unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which CAR researchers say in their report released Wednesday have been supplied in batches to Houthi and Saleh’s forces. Topple government Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen's civil war in 2015 after Houthis toppled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Government forces dominate in the south and east of the impoverished country on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, but Houthis, who are an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, control the larger towns in the northwest, including the capital, Sana'a. CAR researchers report that Houthi- and Saleh-aligned forces employ many of the drones to target the Saudi coalition’s Patriot surface-to-air missile systems. “They do so by crashing the UAVs into the systems’ radar sets (specifically the circular main phased arrays) -- directing the UAVs by programming their systems with open-source GPS coordinates of the Patriots’ positions,” researchers said. “While the coalition deploys Patriot systems to counter missile threats, the destruction of the Patriots’ radar systems enables Houthi- and Saleh-aligned forces to target coalition assets with volleys of missile fire unhindered,” they added. The use of these drones illustrates the Houthi- and Saleh-aligned forces’ ability to employ low-cost technology against the coalition’s sophisticated military assets, researchers said. Military transfers Military transfers by the Iranians to their allies in Yemen have been stepped up in recent months, according to U.S. and Western officials. On Tuesday, the Reuters news agency reported that U.S. officials have intelligence indicating Iran has been increasing weapons transfers to the Houthis, mirroring the strategy Tehran has used to support its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, in Syria. Iran rejects accusations from Saudi Arabia and the West that it is giving financial and military aid to the Houthis in the battle over Yemen. Tehran blames Riyadh for the intractable conflict. Last October, U.S. and Western officials highlighted the Iranian weapons transfers, which they said includes a range of weaponry, from small arms to missiles, as well as coastal defense cruise missiles such as ones fired at the USS Mason, an American naval destroyer, three times in October 2016. Those attacks on the naval destroyer prompted retaliation by the U.S. military, which launched cruise missiles that destroyed three Houthi radar sites. Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, head of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, accused Iran shortly after the attacks on the USS Mason of being connected with the attacks on the ship. And he disclosed that U.S. and partner nations intercepted five seaborne weapons shipments from Iran that were headed to the Houthis. The CAR researchers say the acquisition of Qasef-1 drones “supports [Western] allegations that Iran continues to bolster the capacity of Houthi- and Saleh-aligned forces through the transfer of new technology and advanced weaponry.” Weapons transfers are enabling the Houthis and their allies to conduct sophisticated asymmetric operations against the Saudi-led coalition. Unmanned aerial vehicles The CAR investigators inspected seven UAVs for their report. Six were seized on November 27 by Presidential Guards from the Emirates, who intercepted a truck transporting them in Yemen’s Marib province. The drones were partially assembled. A seventh was recovered after it crashed near Aden International Airport. CAR investigators also examined a damaged drone recovered after a Houthi attack. The fuselage and wings of the UAVs bore printed serial numbers, corresponding to handwritten serial numbers stamped on various internal components. Some of the serial numbers were consecutive, indicating that the drones were manufactured on the same production line. Last month, Houthi forces displayed four UAVs, which they claimed to have designed and manufactured themselves. One of the systems displayed is identical to the UAVs produced by Iran’s Aircra Manufacturing Industrial Company, the CAR investigators said. Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, a spokesman for the Sunni Arab coalition fighting the Houthis, told Reuters, "We don't lack information or evidence that the Iranians, by various means, are smuggling weapons into the area.” Saudi military officials say that many of the weapons systems being used by the Houthis now were not in the arsenals of the Yemeni army, which the Houthis plundered in the first months of the conflict. Many of the Iranian weapons are being transported overland through Yemen’s neighbor Oman, Saudi officials said. Oman denied the claim.

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Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra - Reuters

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Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra
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Russian Cossack commander Vladimir Bagliy shows a local newspaper with a picture of his fellow Cossack Yuri Sokalsky (R) killed near the Syrian city of Palmyra, in the Black Sea town of Gelendzhik, Russia, March 16, 2017. Picture taken March 16, 2017.

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Израиль показывает России и Ирану рамки, за которые нельзя заходить в Сирии – Der Spiegel - СЕГОДНЯ

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Израиль показывает России и Ирану рамки, за которые нельзя заходить в Сирии – Der Spiegel
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Взрыв от попадания ракеты Arrow-2 в C-200 можно было услышать во многих частях Израиля и Западной Иордании, говорится в статье. По данным сирийской армии, Израиль хотел уничтожить цели вблизи города Пальмира. Подтверждения из независимых источников нет, сообщают ...

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«Живет православной традицией»: старообрядец рассказал, как Путин соблюдает Великий пост - Московский Комсомолец

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«Живет православной традицией»: старообрядец рассказал, как Путин соблюдает Великий пост
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По словам Корнилия, в беседе с Путиным он увидел большой интерес к старообрядчеству. В частности, на встрече обсуждался вопрос о передаче старообрядцам ряда церквей, наиболее известная из которых — Троицкая — расположена во Владимире, сейчас в ней располагается ...
Старообрядцы пригласили Путина посетить Рогожскую слободуРИА Новости

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Украинская художница делает портрет Путина из патронов (Фото) - Телеграф

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Украинская художница делает портрет Путина из патронов (Фото)
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На фото украинская художница Дарья Марченко работает над портретом российского президента Владимира Путина. Картина называется "Лицо войны", и ее особенностью есть то, что она выполнена из гильз, собранных в результате боевых действий на Донбассе. Об этом ...

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РБК и CIT узнали еще о девяти погибших в Сирии россиянах - Радіо Свобода

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РБК и CIT узнали еще о девяти погибших в Сирии россиянах
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В Сирии погибли еще девять россиян, как минимум шесть из которых являются наемниками так называемой "частной военной компании (ЧВК) Вагнера", говорится в совместном материале РБК и независимой расследовательской группы Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT). По данным ...
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Волонтеры CIT узнали о шести погибших в Сирии сотрудниках ЧВК с начала годаТелеканал ДОЖДЬ (Регистрация)
Стало известно о гибели не менее десяти россиян в СирииНовая газета
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US and the Middle East: Power politics or amateur hour? - Salon

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US and the Middle East: Power politics or amateur hour?
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Then he accused Washington of fomenting the abortive coup d'etat. By November 2016, he was mending relations with Russia and cozying up to Putin — joining him at Astana I which excluded the Americans. Two weeks later, that relationship had gone sour ...

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В Архангельске к приезду Путина выложили тротуар паркетом - GORDONUA.COM

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В Архангельске к приезду Путина выложили тротуар паркетом
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Оппозиционный политик Николай Травкин написал в Facebook, что таким образом местные власти готовятся к приезду в город президента Владимира Путина. "Ждут ВладимираПутина. Застелили набережную паркетом, чтобы он губернатора в грязь лицом не ударил…Ну, как вот про ...

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US General Urges Nuclear Upgrade as Russia Grows 'More Aggressive' - New York Times

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US General Urges Nuclear Upgrade as Russia Grows 'More Aggressive'
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Jack Weinstein of the Air Force made the remarks against the backdrop of a reassessment by the Trump administration of American nuclear policy, including whether nuclear disarmament, as advocated in 2010 under President Barack Obama, is a realistic ...

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Russia Underplayed Losses in Recapture of Syria's Palmyra

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Russia's force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has disclosed. Eighteen Russian citizens fighting alongside Moscow's allies, the Syrian government forces, have been killed since Jan. 29 -- a period that coincided with intense fighting to recapture the city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group. The Russian defense ministry has publicly reported only five servicemen's deaths in Syria over the same period, and its officials' statements have not mentioned any large-scale Russian ground operations in the fight for Palmyra. Politically sensitive Military casualties abroad are not as politically sensitive in Russia as in some other countries but send a negative message ahead of a presidential election next year which is expected to give President Vladimir Putin a fourth term. The toll was revealed in interviews with relatives and friends of the dead men, cemetery workers, local media reports of funerals and evidence collected by a group of investigative bloggers, Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT). In each case, Reuters has independently verified information about the death by speaking to someone who knows the dead man. The casualties since the end of January represent one of the highest tolls for the Russian contingent in Syria since the start of Moscow's military intervention 18 months ago. An official with the Russian foreign ministry referred questions about them to the defense ministry. The Russian defense ministry did not respond to Reuters questions about the casualties and about military operations in Syria. The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Private contractors Most of the dead were not regular Russian soldiers, but Russian civilians working as private military contractors under the orders of Russian commanders. Moscow has not officially acknowledged the presence of the contractors in Syria. One of the 18 men killed was Yuri Sokalsky, a 52-year-old from the Russian Black Sea resort of Gelendzhik who, according to a person close to him, signed up to go to Syria in January with a group of private contractors. In one of his last phone calls home, the person close to him said, he expressed surprise at the large numbers of Russian contractors being despatched to Syria, and relayed what he had been told about the intensity of the combat. "Out of every 100 people, 50 are coming back in caskets," the person recalled Sokalsky as saying. The person asked not to be identified, fearing repercussions for revealing information that is sensitive for the Russian authorities. On March 14 last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial drawdown of Russian forces in Syria, saying their mission had, "as a whole, been fulfilled." The fight for Palmyra this year tells a different story. Death announcements The 18 fatalities documented by Reuters include the five regular soldiers whose deaths were announced by the defense ministry, four private military contractors in one unit killed on the same day, seven other such contractors, and two regular soldiers whose deaths the defense ministry has not announced. The period examined by Reuters coincided with the start of a major Russian deployment to the area around Palmyra, according to several people close to the dead fighters. Several relatives of people killed in Syria said they had received phone calls from people involved in recruiting private military contractors warning them not to speak to media. Out of the 18 dead, at least 10 were killed in the region of Palmyra, which Islamic State fighters seized in December for a second time in a year - a major reversal for Syrian government forces and their Russian backers. On Jan. 10, Sokalsky, a land mine specialist, left his home in Gelendzhik and set off for Rostov, in southern Russia, to join a group of private contractors being despatched to Syria. On his one previous tour to Syria, only fighters over 35 were being hired, selected to carry out specialist technical roles or train Syrian units rather than for out-and-out combat. "This time they were taking everyone," said the person close to Sokalsky. Shrapnel injuries Two official documents seen by Reuters show that on Jan. 31, Sokalsky died from shrapnel injuries in Tiyas, in Syria's Homs province about 60 km west of Palmyra. Three other members of his unit, all private military contractors, were killed the same day, according to relatives, friends and cemetery officials. They were Alexei Nainodin, Roman Rudenko, and a third man whose name Reuters was not able to establish. Another private military contractor, Dmitry Markelov, was also killed at Tiyas, site of the Syrian military's T4 air base, on Jan. 29, according to people close to him. Four regular Russian servicemen were killed in the same area on Feb. 16, Russian state media cited a defense ministry statement as saying. The soldiers, described by state media as "advisors" to the Syrian military, were not named. A fifth regular serviceman, Artyom Gorbunov, was killed near Palmyra on March 2, state media quoted the ministry as saying. A further eight members of the Russian contingent were killed since the end of January at unknown locations in Syria, the evidence gathered by Reuters showed. They were contractors Konstantin Zadorozhny, Ivan Slyshkin, Vasily Yurlin, Alexander Sagaydak,  Alexander Zangiyev, and Alexander Tychinin, and regular Russian soldiers Igor Vorona, and Sergei Travin. Local media reports and social media posts point to more Russian deaths in Syria since the end of January than the 18 casualties, but Reuters has not been able to verify that information independently.

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Montenegro at crossroads: toward the West, or back to Russia - Washington Post

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Montenegro at crossroads: toward the West, or back to Russia
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With its 2,000-strong army, the scenic country — squeezed between towering mountains and the Adriatic Sea — would hardly boost the West's defense in any confrontation with Russia. But despite its size and lack of military power, Montenegro has found ...
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GOP Takes Up Russia-Aligned Attack On Soros - Politico

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GOP Takes Up Russia-Aligned Attack On Soros
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A group of congressional Republicans is teaming up with Russia-backed politicians in Eastern Europe with the shared goal of stopping a common enemy: billionaire financier George Soros. Led by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah ...

Lithuania Boosts NATO’s Baltics Border Defenses With Eye on Russia 

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A German-led NATO battle group of tanks, armored vehicles, and troops, including Lithuanians, engaged “enemy attackers” mid-March on a field outside a military base in Rukla, Lithuania.   The NATO group fired flares, smoke canisters, and blanks for what a press officer said was the first demonstration of maneuvers since they arrived in Lithuania earlier this year.   A group of visiting German military and other European dignitaries watched from nearby stands.    “We are from Norway, we are from Belgium and from the Netherlands. We all accomplished a very high intensity training,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Christoph Huber, commander of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group, and the German contingent in Lithuania. “And, we are prepared to deter and to defend Lithuania.” NATO is sending additional troops to the Baltics to reassure the former Soviet states against a resurgent Russia, which described the deployment as threatening its security. NATO troops After Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, NATO agreed to send troops to Lithuania and to Estonia, Latvia, and Poland in a move to deter potential Russian aggression.   Russia’s military drills and increased buzzing of NATO airspace have raised concerns among Baltic states, which rely on NATO policing for defense.   NATO jet scrambles to intercept Russian warplanes approaching NATO member airspace jumped from an estimated 400 times in 2014 and 2015 to 800 times in 2016.   “We are protecting NATO airspace, NATO borders,” said Major Martin, commander of the Netherlands Air Force Detachment for NATO’s Baltic air policing in Siaulai. “And, it is not necessarily just the Russians - it’s any aircraft that does not comply with the rules that we ... that apply in the air.” U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that NATO members pay more for their defense is welcomed by the Baltic states but there is concern that his push for better U.S.-Russia relations not sacrifice their interests. “We do hope that such kind of relations will not create new spheres of influence; no more Yaltas Two; and of course they should not be contrary to the international law as we know it,” said Latvia Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics. Building a fence Lithuania is taking measures that include building a fence this year along its open border with Russia’s Kaliningrad. The main purpose of the fence is to prevent smuggling, but there are also concerns about Russia. “Well, as I say, we have to be prepared for the worst,” said the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense’s Political Director Vaidotas Urbelis. “Provocations could happen.  And, we saw an incident on the Estonian border where one officer was just kidnapped.” The September 2014 incident on the Estonian border raised concern that Russia planned to use the same hybrid warfare techniques on the Baltics that it used to seize Crimea and still employs in eastern Ukraine. Sandwiched between NATO members Lithuania and Poland, Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave is a strategic, military outpost housing its Baltic Fleet.  Russia recently moved a S-400 missile defense system and nuclear capable Iskandar ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad, citing military posturing from NATO. Some residents are worried about the potential for conflict. "Because the Kaliningrad region is quite small and many people are quite concerned about that, including us,” said resident Ekaterina who only gave her first name. Won't take a risk Others are less concerned. "I do not think that someone would take such a risk. I do not think that both NATO and the European Union are in a hostile mood,” said a resident who identified himself only as Ilya. “The issue is with our president (Vladimir Putin),” he added. Just in case, Baltic states urged NATO to take additional security measures in the region ahead of a Russian September military exercise in neighboring Belarus, which some fear is much larger in scale than reported. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in February described Russia’s Zapad 2017 drills as “a very large and aggressive force that will very demonstrably be preparing for a war with the West.” Russian state media on Tuesday reported the joint Russia-Belarus exercises involve around 3,000 Russian troops, 280 pieces of hardware and up to 25 Russian aircraft. Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday invited NATO observers to the drills in an effort to increase transparency. "We are not hiding and should not hide anything. If NATO representatives want to be present at our drills, you are welcome. Moreover, I’m already receiving such information and such signals from them,” he said.

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Блогер: Путин будет вести войны вплоть до крушения империи. Закончится война в Украине – начнется другая, потом третья - Новости в Украине Replyua (пресс-релиз) (Блог)

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Блогер: Путин будет вести войны вплоть до крушения империи. Закончится война в Украине – начнется другая, потом третья
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Страна станет подобием КНДР и окончательно в нее превратится, когда советские технологии и промышленное наследие окончательно придут в негодность. «Изоляция от внешнего мира будет усиливаться, Россия начнет консервироваться. Культ и мистификацияличности стремиться ...

Адвокат Магнитского выпал из окна 

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В Москве после падения из окна с множественными травмами попал в больницу адвокат Николай Горохов, представляющий интересы матери Сергея Магнитского и объявленного в розыск главы Hermitage Capital Уильяма Браудера.
Как говорится в пресс-релизе, распространенном от имени Браудера, Горохов во вторник 21 марта был "выброшен" из окна пятого этажа своей квартиры в Троицке (Новая Москва) и находится в Боткинской больнице в крайне тяжелом состоянии.
Как сообщает "Новая газета" со ссылкой на представителя Hermitage Capital, инцидент произошел в доме Горохова в Новой Москве в тот момент, когда вместе с рабочими он пытался поднять ванну-джакузи на мансарду. В какой-то момент не выдержала лебедка, и Горохов сорвался вниз. Никто из рабочих не пострадал. Момент падения родные Горохова не видели.
"Конечно, все может быть. И несчастный случай, и что-то другое… У нас очень много вопросов относительно произошедшего, на которые мы не можем получить ответы. Лебедка рассчитана на очень большой вес – несколько тонн, гораздо больше, чем сама ванна. Почему эта лебедка оборвалась – непонятно. И как упал Николай – тоже вопрос", – сказали "Новой газете" в Hermitage.
Радио Свобода позвонило в отделение полиции города Троицка. Дежурный сообщил, что органы МВД не располагают пока полной информацией и не могут комментировать происшедшее. В ответ на вопрос о том, что некоторые средства информации распространили видео разбитого джакузи, дежурный ответил: "У вас, наверное, больше информации".
В Hermitage добавляют, что в последнее время Николай Горохов как представитель интересов Натальи Магнитской был занят во многих процессах, где пытался привлечь к ответственности как виновных в гибели ее сына, так и тех должностных лиц, которые осуществляли посмертное преследование Магнитского и тормозили дело о его гибели.
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Lawyer for family of Russian whistleblower 'thrown from building' 

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Nikolai Gorokhov, who represents family of Sergei Magnitsky, is in intensive care after falling from fourth floor of apartment block
A Russian lawyer who represents the family of Sergei Magnitsky is in intensive care after falling from the fourth floor of his apartment building, according to unconfirmed reports.
The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta suggested Nikolai Gorokhov had fallen after a winch snapped as he tried to lift a bath to a fourth-floor apartment, though details of the incident remained murky.
Magnitsky family lawyer Nikolai Gorokhov thrown from 4th floor apartment in Moscow. Currently in critical condition w/severe head injuries
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How Much Of The Trump-Russia Story Is Smoke And How Much Is Fire? - FiveThirtyEight

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How Much Of The Trump-Russia Story Is Smoke And How Much Is Fire?
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U.S. General Urges Nuclear Upgrade as Russia Grows ‘More Aggressive’ 

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Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein of the Air Force said the United States’ nuclear policy toward Russia “has got to be some behavior that gets them to the table.”

‘Turkish Trump,’ a Hotel Plan and a Tangle of Foreign Ties

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President Trump pledged that his business would avoid overseas deals during his tenure. But his company is pursuing a hotel project with a firm with deep foreign connections.

Заседание президиума РАН запланировано на 28 марта - ТАСС

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Заседание президиума РАН запланировано на 28 марта
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Главный ученый секретарь президиума Михаил Пальцев отметил, что заседание проведет Валерий Козлов, информация об утверждении которого и.о. президента РАН появилась ранее. Поделиться. Материал из 1 страницы. МОСКВА, 22 марта. /ТАСС/. Академик Валерий Козлов ...
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Жириновский рассказал, что сделает, когда победит Путина - Реал

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Жириновский рассказал, что сделает, когда победит Путина
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Стоит отметить, что Сталинградом город назвали в честь Иосифа Виссарионовича в 1925-ом, а в 1961 году, в рамках кампании по развенчанию культа личности его переименовали в Волгоград. Лидер ЛДПР считает, что областной центр должен называться так, поскольку в нем ...

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In Germany, right-wing violence flourishing amid surge in online hate 

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Conspiracy theories and online hate are stoking the surge in right-wing violence.





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Путин с улыбкой наблюдает за «ковбойской дракой» в США — СМИ - http://info.sibnet.ru/

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Путин с улыбкой наблюдает за «ковбойской дракой» в США — СМИ
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Жестокая схватка между командой президента Дональда Трампа и коалицией его многочисленных противников, напоминающая «ковбойскую драку в салуне», доставляет удовольствие российскому лидеру Владимиру Путина, пишет авторитетное итальянское издание La Stampa. Путин ...
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Trump's former campaign chief drew up 2005 plan 'to benefit Putin' - The Courier

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Trump's former campaign chief drew up 2005 plan 'to benefit Putin'
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Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin, it has been revealed. Mr Manafort wrote a 2005 strategy plan that he said “can greatly benefit ...

Kremlin’s ‘Insincere and Officious Patriotism’ Turning Russians Off, Polls Show 

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            Staunton, March 22 – “Patriotism has become so officious and insincere that it has begun to be rejected” by Russians, especially given that those officials who are promoting it are presiding over a situation in which Russians are living far worse than they did, according to Moscow political analyst Abbas Gallyamov.

            His comments came in reaction to a Levada Center poll showing Russians are far less interested in the Russian past, including even the much-ballyhooed Great Fatherland War, than they were only a year ago and that the number saying they are not interested in the country’s history at all has doubled since 2016 from seven to 15 percent (znak.com/2017-03-22/rossiyane_stali_menshe_interesovatsya_istoriey_velikoy_otechestvennoy_voyny).

            Indeed, other experts say, the Putin regime’s reliance on the Great Fatherland War as a unifying force is failing. Political analyst Nikolay Mironov says that that conflict “interests already less than half of Russians given that as a result of the increasing time since its end, the events of the war have passed into the realm of myths.”

            And in presenting its commentary on the Levada Center poll, the New Chronicle of Current Events leads with the following quotation, one that must certainly disturb those in the Kremlin who think that their version of patriotism is sufficient to fill the vacuum left by the absence of an ideology at a time of social and economic stress.

            According to the New Chronicle, patriotism in Russia today has become “a clear and well-argued explanation of why we must live worse than others” (ixtc.org/2017/03/rossiyane-uzhe-ustali-ot-patriotizma/).

            In another reflection about this poll, Moscow commentator Arkady Babchenko says “in fact, Russians are not proud of anything. Russia is a country with an absolutely Soviet mentality: close your eyes and pass by. Always. Give out the impression that you didn’t see anything” and say whatever the powers want you to (echo.msk.ru/blog/ababchenko/1948348-echo/).

            And that reflects a deeper problem: Russia is “a country which is not capable of sympathy and therefore is no capable of being proud. Pride is always tied up with shame. And if you are incapable of feeling shame, you will not be capable of feeling pride either.”

            As a result of Stalinism, Russians were reduced to a state of “’moral idiotism’” or even suffered “’moral castration,’” Babchenko says. “Since that time, Russia has been a country of cynics who spit on both shame and pride.” That is because they know that all they are told is mythical – and they thus suspect the worst.

            Sometimes it may seem that national myths are useful in uniting the nation, but “this isn’t so. Myth [at that level] is always dangerous,” he continues.  The myth about St. Vladimir led to the Crimean Anschluss. “The myth about the Aryans and the untermenschen led to Auschwitz. The myth about the 40 hooris led to ISIS.”

            Moreover, “the myth that George Bush had a brain le to the Iraq war, and that in turn led to millions of refugees.” And the myth about cyborgs at the Donetsk airport” led to other disasters that could and should have been avoided, Babchenko says.

            Germany became great “only after it was forced over the course of 20 years to return” from the world of myths to the world of reality. The same thing will have to happen in Russia as well. That is the only way it can be cured of its current disastrous situation, Babchenko suggests; but he adds that the process will be far from painless.
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The National Interest: How Germany's Merkel Can Lead the West 

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Jeffrey Stacey
Politics, Europe

Germany must now hold the line against resurgent nationalism.

Donald Trump’s presidential election was a shot heard around the world. Dictators cheered the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and democracies—in particular American allies—grew gravely concerned. The entire liberal international order now appears to be at risk, with nativism and populism still on the march. Although conventional wisdom suggests the East is rising and the West is fading, now with more pivotal elections approaching Western allies are turning their eyes to Germany. Ironically, Trump’s awkward summit with Chancellor Angela Merkel actually makes it more likely the Germans will take on the mantle of global leadership.
As the Clinton campaign grew confident of victory last October, her Europe advisers determined in their last meeting that her first trip abroad would be to Brussels for a joint summit with the European Union and NATO. The theme was to be that of democracy, specifically the West standing together and united for democracy, and against those such as Russia who seek to subvert it. They discussed having President Clinton engage Prime Minister May in a pull-aside meeting on the summit margins, with the former informing the latter that the United States does not want the United Kingdom to go through with Brexit, and that she would help her special relationship colleague to climb down from her perilous perch.
However, with Donald Trump at the helm instead, whose first meeting with a foreign leader was none other than the United Kingdom’s UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, none of this is likely to come to pass. Instead, the new president has become a cheerleader for Brexit, a critic of the EU, and a skeptic about NATO, a telling exemplification of what the German government views as his being among the least strategically adept president in American history—as well as one of the most undiplomatic. Chancellor Merkel had her work cut out for her.
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PBSNewsHour's YouTube Videos: PBS NewsHour full episode March 21, 2017 

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Duration: 54:39

Tuesday on the NewsHour, Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch gets grilled by Senate Democrats during his confirmation hearing. Also: President Trump lobbies Republicans to vote for the revised health care replacement, new rules for passengers on flights from 10 foreign cities, parents in a poor neighborhood get more from their preschool and the Whitney Biennial offers art amid major national divides.


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russian organised crime in us - Google News: NZ companies linked to $21b money laundering scheme - New Zealand Herald

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NZ companies linked to $21b money laundering scheme
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Companies based in New Zealand were part of a criminal scheme to move large sums of money, including the transfer of US$21 billion out of Russia, according to a group of anti-corruption reporters. The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project ...



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Early Trump backer leads House panel probing links to Russia - Washington Post

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Early Trump backer leads House panel probing links to Russia
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WASHINGTON — Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm. Now the Republican from the rural Central Valley of California is running one of the most scrutinized, complex and politically fraught congressional investigations in ...
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Assad ally Russia summons Israeli diplomat over Syria strike - Washington Post

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Assad ally Russia summons Israeli diplomat over Syria strike
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MOSCOW — Russia's foreign ministry says the Israeli ambassador to Moscow was summoned to explain an exchange of fire last week between Israeli jets and Syrian government forces. Russia is a top ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has provided ...
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