FACTBOX: Russia’s Imports from Countries that Imposed Sanctions

MOSCOW, August 7 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday, banning for a year imports of agricultural and food products from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia. The government is expected to announce the complete “black lists” of imports on Thursday. Below is the list of Russia’s major imports from the countries that imposed sanctions against Moscow.

UNITED STATES

Meat, including poultry, makes the basis of the imports from the United States.

CANADA

Among the Canadian goods imported to Russia are products of animal and plant origin, ready-made foods and drinks, fats and oils of animal and plant origin, and mineral commodities.

AUSTRALIA

Russia primarily imports frozen and refrigerated cattle meat from Australia.

EUROPEAN UNION:

AUSTRIA

The Russian imports from Austria are mainly made of commodities, particularly crude rubber, certain types of chemicals, as well drinks and tobacco goods.

BELGIUM

The main Russian imports from Belgium include foods, particularly meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, baked goods and fats.

BULGARIA

Russia mainly imports grape wines, as well fruit and nuts from Bulgaria. Continue reading “FACTBOX: Russia’s Imports from Countries that Imposed Sanctions”

Report: Was Putin’s plane the real Target that brought down Malaysian Airliner?

 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane was travelling almost the same route as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s jet shortly before the crash that killed 295, Interfax news agency reports citing sources.

“I can say that Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and the same echelon. That was close to Warsaw on 330-m echelon at the height of 10,100 meters. The presidential jet was there at 16:21 Moscow time and the Malaysian aircraft – 15:44 Moscow time,” a source told the news agency on condition of anonymity. Continue reading “Report: Was Putin’s plane the real Target that brought down Malaysian Airliner?”

BRICS sets up own Bank to counter IMF

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

 

The group of emerging economies signed the long-anticipated document to create the $100 bn BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 bn. Both will counter the influence of US based lending institutions and the dollar.

The new bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, each nation has equal say, regardless of GDP size.

“BRICS Bank will be one of the major multilateral development finance institutions in this world,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil.

The big launch of the BRICS bank is seen as a first step to break the dominance of the US dollar in global trade, as well as dollar-backed institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, both US-based institutions BRICS countries have little influence within. Continue reading “BRICS sets up own Bank to counter IMF”

Ukraine slides towards war

Both sides bury dead as Ukraine slides towards war

Source: Reuters – Tue, 6 May 2014 02:51 PM

Author: Reuters

 

Sevastopol, Ukraine (NASA, International Space...

 

* Several days of fighting in east

* Rebels hold out in Slaviansk

* Violence in Odessa spreads unrest across south

* Western countries focus on May 25 presidential election

* Rebels aim to hold referendum on secession on Sunday

By Matt Robinson and Aleksandar Vasovic Continue reading “Ukraine slides towards war”

As Ukraine tumbles into all-out ‘war,’ Russia escalates rhetoric

Kremlin likens violence in contested areas to WWII-era atrocities

AFP-JIJI, AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

May 4, 2014

MOSCOW/KIEV/UNITED NATIONS – Russian official rhetoric has increasingly compared events in Ukraine to the darkest crimes of Nazi Germany as the anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II approaches this week.

Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, Russian television and officials have made frequent references to the “fascists” Moscow claims are now running Ukraine. But the latest outbreak of deadly violence has seen the propaganda reach new heights, analysts said. Continue reading “As Ukraine tumbles into all-out ‘war,’ Russia escalates rhetoric”

Here’s how the US could stumble into war in Ukraine

Jean MacKenzie April 25, 2014 15:48

Given Washington’s mishandling of the crisis so far, it is not out of the question.

 

 

The skeptics were right.

Just one week ago, as top diplomats in Geneva heralded an agreement on Ukraine that was supposed to defuse the crisis, many warned that tensions were too high to be easily resolved.

Now the situation has deteriorated even further, with clashes in eastern Ukraine that have left at least five people dead. Continue reading “Here’s how the US could stumble into war in Ukraine”

Russia wants permanent Moon base

 

Sunday, 13 April 2014
While the West is busy staging coups around the world, Moscow today set out plans to conquer and colonise space, including a permanent manned moon base.

Deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin said: ‘We are coming to the moon forever.’ Continue reading “Russia wants permanent Moon base”

Putin defies Obama in Syria as arms flow fuels Assad resurgence

A Syrian woman reacts following an air strike by Syrian government forces in the al-Sakhour district of the northern city of Aleppo on April 2.

A Syrian woman reacts following an air strike by Syrian government forces in the al-Sakhour district of the northern city of Aleppo on April 2. Photo: AFP

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the US in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad score a string of advances against insurgents, military experts say.

Dr Assad’s army, seeking to end a three-year civil war that has killed 150,000 people and displaced 9 million, started using longer-range Russian Smerch and Uragan rockets for the first time in February, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly and Stratfor, a US geopolitical research company.

“Russia is now doing everything to ensure that Assad wins convincingly,” Alexei Malashenko, a Middle East analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Center, said by phone. “If Russia can show it’s capable of carrying out its own foreign policy, regardless of America’s wishes, it will be a major achievement for Putin.” Continue reading “Putin defies Obama in Syria as arms flow fuels Assad resurgence”

Why CIA, NSA can’t spy on Putin?

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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Earlier this month, as Russia began its move in Crimea, U.S. spy agencies reportedly found a worrying silence in the spot where they were listening most attentively — the digital space around Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military brass. As the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, U.S. intelligence services could not intercept any communications on the start of the Crimean invasion. One U.S. official called it a piece of “classic maskirovka,” the Russian spy term for masking sensitive data. But at least part of the radio silence may have a simpler explanation: Putin, by his own admission, does not have a cell phone for the Americans to tap. Continue reading “Why CIA, NSA can’t spy on Putin?”

Russia Moves to Scrap Black Sea Fleet Agreements with Ukraine

– Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said last Friday that Moscow would seek a reimbursement of the $11 billion 

Russia Moves to Scrap Black Sea Fleet Agreements with Ukraine

17:20 28/03/2014

MOSCOW, March 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has begun preparations for terminating bilateral agreements with Ukraine related to the status and operation of the Black Sea Fleet, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday.

The decision was made at a meeting of the country’s Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

According to spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the measures to be scrapped include a 1997 agreement on the conditions of the fleet’s stay in Crimea, which was extended by 25 years in a 2010 deal by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

In exchange, Ukraine received a discount of $100 on each 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas imported from Russia, which was provided for by cutting export duties on the gas, money that would have gone into the Russian state budget.

A bill to void the agreements was submitted to the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, on Friday afternoon.

The Russian Black Sea fleet is headquartered in Sevastopol, a city with special status within Crimea, which became Russian territory last week after 60 years as part of Ukraine.

The Kremlin said earlier this month that as the base is no longer located in Ukraine, there were no legal grounds for the discount to be continued.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said last Friday that Moscow would seek a reimbursement of the $11 billion Russia lost while the discount was in place.

Continue reading “Russia Moves to Scrap Black Sea Fleet Agreements with Ukraine”

If Russia Gets Crimea, Should Germany Get Kaliningrad?

  • By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber
  • Mar. 20 2014 21:29
Vladimir Filonov / MTA view of the Gothic-style Konigsberg Cathedral in Kaliningrad, Russia.

In the tug-of-war between Russia and the West, some states are apparently more equal than others when it comes to correcting “mistakes” of the past.

In his speech to the nation on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin said that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s decision to hand Crimea to the Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic in 1954 was a “clear violation of the constitutional norms that were in place even then.” Putin depicted the annexation of Crimea as correcting a “historical error,” arguing that the region has played a vital role in Russia’s history and culture for centuries. Continue reading “If Russia Gets Crimea, Should Germany Get Kaliningrad?”

EU Bans European Council President from visitng Moscow

 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

English: President of the European Council, He...
English: President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, at the Europe edition of the World Economic Forum in Brussels, Belgium in May 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russia on Wednesday mocked a European Council decision to bar its president from visiting Moscow.

President Herman Van Rompuy requested an urgent visit to Russia on Monday to hear the Russian opinion about the crisis in Ukraine ahead of an EU summit, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Continue reading “EU Bans European Council President from visitng Moscow”

Russia TV host: Russia could turn USA into radioactive ashes

Published on Mar 17, 2014

Subscribe to ITN News: http://bit.ly/1bmWO8h A Russian TV host has threatened the United States with a nuclear strike in his news broadcast. The remarks made by Dmitry Kiselyov were broadcast at the same time as the polls closed in the disputed Crimean referendum about secession from Ukraine. With a picture of a nuclear explosion behind him and words “Into radioactive ashes” written across the screen, Kiselyov said: “Russia is the only country in the world that is really able to turn the USA into radioactive ashes. He also referenced an official Russian government article published in January and urged US officials to read it as it “very clearly explained in detail how our system of guaranteed nuclear revenge works. It is called ‘Perimeter’. In the USA it was nicknamed ‘Dead Hand’. Actually I advise you to read it.” Kiselyov is seen as a loyalist of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has been awarded a friendship medal and made the head of the Russia Today news agency. Report by Ashley Fudge. Continue reading “Russia TV host: Russia could turn USA into radioactive ashes”

Crimea crisis stirs dispute over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido

A high school student prays at the grave of a Japanese resident of Etorofu, off Hokkaido, during a rare visit to the Russian-held island in 2007. |AFP-JIJI

Scenes of apparent Russian troops in southern Ukraine are stirring up grim memories half a world away among Japanese who were forced off their islands by Soviet troops in the last days of World War II.

Tokyo and Moscow remain at odds over the sliver of a Russian-held archipelago off Hokkaido, with the nearly 70-year-old dispute long stalling a bilateral post-war peace treaty, despite warming diplomatic and economic ties.

The Ukraine crisis, now centered on the Crimean Peninsula, has also created a big diplomatic headache for conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he tries to strike a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the territorial dispute while joining Western allies in condemning the apparent deployment of Russian forces into Crimea. Continue reading “Crimea crisis stirs dispute over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido”

Former Soviet borders are being reconsidered

16.03.2014
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The Crimea precedent will make us look differently at similar issues in the Former Soviet Union. The problem was incited by Soviet authorities who loosely drew administrative boundaries between different regions. There are many of those who “suffered” from such actions, including, primarily, Transnistria, Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The situation where ethnic enclaves are trying to reunite with their homeland has developed in the Moldavian Republic, Nagorno-Karabakh that legally belongs to Azerbaijan but de facto is controlled by Armenia, and South Ossetia and Abkhazia (their independence is not recognized by most countries, but South Ossetia and Abkhazia are subsidized from the budget of the Russian Federation). Similar situation is seen in the Fergana Valley with its territorial disputes between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for the enclave Shahimardan in the Batken region populated by Uzbeks. What about the areas of compact residence of Russians in Latvia, where non Latvian Russian communities began to consolidate? Continue reading “Former Soviet borders are being reconsidered”

The 95th Ukrainian paratroop brigade leaves base

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DEBKAfile March 9, 2014, 9:07 AM (IST)

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Ukrainian 95th Separate Airmobile Brigade, which counts as the special forces backbone of the Ukraine army, rolled out of its base in the west of the country Saturday night, for an unknown destination. Its Zhytomyr base was completely emptied out. Some sources report that the elite Ukrainian force is heading for Crimea; others for Kiev to guard the interim government. Continue reading “The 95th Ukrainian paratroop brigade leaves base”

Warning shots fired to turn monitors back from Crimea

KIEV/SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Warning shots were fired to prevent an unarmed international military observer mission from entering Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea on Saturday, as new confrontations between Russian and Ukrainian troops raised tension ever higher.

Russia’s seizure of the Black Sea peninsula, which began about 10 days ago, has so far been bloodless, but its forces have become increasingly aggressive towards Ukrainian troops, who are trapped in bases and have offered no resistance.

Tempers have grown hotter in the last two days, since the region’s pro-Moscow leadership declared it part of Russia and announced a March 16 referendum to confirm it. Continue reading “Warning shots fired to turn monitors back from Crimea”

Maidan activists take Russian Embassy in Kiev under control

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07.03.2014 |         Source: Pravda.Ru

Representatives of the “self-defense of Maidan” took the building of the Russian embassy in Kiev under control, Ukrainian media say. The activists reportedly stand against the invasion of the Russian army in the Crimea.

Hundreds of Kiev residents picketed the Russian Embassy last week demanding to stop aggression on the territory of Ukraine.
Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held an operational meeting with members of the Russian Security Council. As president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, the meeting discussed the situation in Ukraine, including the decision of the Supreme Council of the Crimea to join the Russian Federation. Continue reading “Maidan activists take Russian Embassy in Kiev under control”

Ukraine Crisis Deepens as Sevastopol Votes to Join Russia

– The city, which has a separate administrative status from the rest of Crimea

Political map of Ukraine, highlighting Sevastopol
Political map of Ukraine, highlighting Sevastopol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:37 07/03/2014

MOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s Crimean city of Sevastopol has voted to become part of Russia, mirroring an earlier vote by the region’s parliament and consolidating support for the majority ethnic Russian region to formally secede from Ukraine in an upcoming popular vote.

The Sevastopol city council voted “to join the Russian Federation as a subject,” the council said in a statement Thursday evening.

The city, which has a separate administrative status from the rest of Crimea, will still take part in a public referendum to formalize the decision, scheduled by the Crimean parliament for March 16. Continue reading “Ukraine Crisis Deepens as Sevastopol Votes to Join Russia”

Pentagon pays experts to study Putin’s body language

English: TOKYO. President Putin on a tatami at...
English: TOKYO. President Putin on a tatami at the Kodokan Martial Arts Palace. Русский: ТОКИО. На татами во дворце спортивных единоборств «Кодокан». (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friday, 07 March 2014

A Pentagon research team is studying the body movements of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders in order to better predict their actions and guide U.S. policy, Pentagon documents and interviews show.

The “Body Leads” project backed by the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), the think tank reporting to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, uses the principles of movement pattern analysis to predict how leaders will act.

U.S. policymakers are seeking any advantage they can find as they try to anticipate Putin, who in the past week has ordered Russian troops into Crimea, though in all fairness the troops were already there. The ensuing crisis has led to U.S. and European sanctions against Russia, spurred weapons and aircraft shipments to Eastern European nations and revived tensions last seen during the height of the Cold War. Continue reading “Pentagon pays experts to study Putin’s body language”

Crimea Council Resolves Region To Become Part Of Russia

(13:42, Thursday, March 6, 2014)

Ukrainian News Agency

The Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea at the closed meeting on Thursday has resolved the region to enter Russia as a constituent territory of the Russian Federation, reads the Crimean Parliament’s resolution, a copy thereof Ukrainian News Agency has obtained.

The decision received votes of 78 out of 86 Councillors (100 seats on the Council in all).

By this decision the Crimean Parliament turned to President Vladimir Putin of Russia and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly with a proposition to start the procedure of affiliation with Russia as a constituent territory of the Russian Federation.

“There was an annexion of Crimea by Ukraine, and namely of these sentiments and concerns we have made a decision on affiliation with the Russian Federation. I think we will be better and more comfortable there,” deputy chairman of the Crimean Council Serhii Tsekov told journalists in Simferopol.

By the same decision the Crimean Parliament moved the referendum from March 30 to 16.

Bulletins will be printed in the Russian, Ukrainian, and Crimean Tartar languages.

Tsekov thinks the Crimean Parliament’s today decision will spark indignation in Ukraine’s government, which is regarded illegitimate in Ukraine.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea at the meeting on Thursday decided to move the referendum on Crimea’s status from March 30 to 16 and made one of the questions inclusion of the region into the Russian Federation.

Continue reading “Crimea Council Resolves Region To Become Part Of Russia”

French debut warship built for Russia

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

France says it has no plans to scrap the defense deal. It needs the jobs.

The Vladivostock, designed to strengthen Russia’s ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships, leaves Saint Nazaire harbor in France...

The Vladivostock, designed to strengthen Russia’s ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships, leaves Saint Nazaire harbor in France…

David Vincent / Associated Press

The Vladivostock, designed to strengthen Russia’s ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships, leaves Saint Nazaire harbor in France for a test run on Wednesday.

PARIS — A French-built warship designed to strengthen Russia’s ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships embarked on its first test run Wednesday — just as Western powers are trying to rein in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military threat to Ukraine.

The Vladivostok helicopter carrier set sail from the French Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire, while just a few hundred miles away in Paris, France’s government hosted American, Russian and other leading world diplomats amid mounting tensions over Ukraine. Continue reading “French debut warship built for Russia”

Does the West need a war against Russia? Pravda

EEV: It appears they made this move, because they perceive the Western Powers as weak. They are already projecting additional scenarios for a possible violent escalation.
 
– The U.S. Sixth Fleet headquartered in Naples may enter the Black Sea, but it has to pass through the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, a move that Turkey that must authorize the passage of warships considers highly undesirable.
– Any decision on the land deployment of the U.S. forces or NATO near the borders of Ukraine is also hard to imagine. The West simply has neither resources nor desire to do this. All latest NATO’s military operations were air bombings.
– In Europe, Germany is generally averse to military actions, and is reluctant about getting involved even in peacekeeping operations. Paris is involved in Africa, and Francois Hollande has the lowest approval rating in the history of France
05.03.2014
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There have been remarkable changes in the U.S. rhetoric against Russia in the last few days. They ranged from threats to isolate the Russian Federation politically and economically to the acknowledgement that Moscow has its own interests in the Crimea, and Washington is ready to help Russia in “taming the hooligans.”

The change occurred after a telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama.

On Sunday, immediately after the Council of the Federation gave Putin permission to conduct military operations on the territory of Ukraine in the event of extraordinary situations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the U.S. and the West were “prepared to put sanctions in place, … prepared to isolate Russia economically.”

“There are visa bans, asset freezes, isolation with respect to trade, investment,” Kerry said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “American businesses may well want to start thinking twice about whether they want to do business with a country that behaves like this. These are serious implications.” President Barack Obama mentioned that “there will be costs” if the troops are entered. Continue reading “Does the West need a war against Russia? Pravda”

EU matches Putin’s €11 billion financial offer to Ukraine

The Auction Block
The Auction Block (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Published 05 March 2014

Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced today (5 March) a financial package for Ukraine of approximately €11 billion, matching Russian President Vladimir Putin’s previous offer, which led to Kyiv not signing the Association Agreement with the EU. Moscow has since withdrawn the offer.

Barroso announced the aid package after a meeting of EU commissioners, just before EU heads of state and government were set to meet in Brussels on 6 March for a summit aimed at defusing tensions surrounding Ukraine in recent days (see background).

Without mentioning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, Barroso said the events of the last few days had “shocked” the Union. He added that the EU’s message had always been that it is for the Ukrainian people to decide their own future. Continue reading “EU matches Putin’s €11 billion financial offer to Ukraine”

RT reacts to Liz Wahl’s resignation

EEV: None of us could figure out why she took a job for the Russian government to start with, if she knew the history of her employer.

Published time: March 06, 2014 01:14                                                                             

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During a live broadcast on Wednesday, RT America presenter Liz Wahl announced she was stepping down, citing her disagreements with the network’s editorial policy. RT issued a statement following her resignation.

Ms. Wahl’s resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby  Martin’s recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement  with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her  editorial independence. The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in  the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been  tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events – the  opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago.  For years, Ms. Martin has been speaking out against US military  intervention, only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets –   but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she  became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to  follow. Continue reading “RT reacts to Liz Wahl’s resignation”

U.S. intelligence under fire over Ukraine

EEV: From an intelligence analyst standpoint this was lunacy, and unbelievably stupid.

1. You fund a rebellion without anticipating various out comes or geopolitical destabilization
2. You use a bulk of intelligence assets fixated on domestic surveillance instead of potential adversaries
3. Pentagon officials for years were warning of the potential flashpoint, yet you ignore them completely
4. Somehow you believe the Russians, when saying no we have no one there for almost a week. While they fortify positions, and we could of sent security personal in immediately to support the Ukrainian’s, under the guise of potential terrorism
5. Then you leave NATO cryptographic and Intelligence equipment on Ukrainian ships just sitting there..
I am sure we can expand this list out beyond these 5 points; However, this is a good start. To reiterate our Military (U.S.) has been warning about this for years. The CIA should only be ( in my opinion) afforded marginal credit.
Seal of the Office of the Director of National...

 

By John Crawley, CNN

updated 9:37 PM EST, Wed March 5, 2014

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Key members of Congress question intelligence ahead of Russian intervention
  • Critics claim the U.S., allies might have had more options for dealing with crisis
  • Top intelligence office blunts criticism, says reports of shortcomings “highly inaccurate”
  • House committee launches probe, hearings likely

Washington (CNN) — The nation’s top intelligence office denies suggestions the United States was caught off guard by Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, calling reports to that effect “highly inaccurate.”

Shawn Turner, a spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in a statement Wednesday that the intelligence community has “frequently warned of worrisome trends with respect to Russia’s foreign policy” since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012.

He included examples issued several days before Russia’s movement last week into the Crimean peninsula during political upheaval in Ukraine.

Some members of Congress have been vocal in their questioning of intelligence ahead of the military steps taken by Putin, and vowed to investigate.

On Tuesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, ordered a review of the intelligence assessment leading up to the intervention, Rogers’ spokeswoman Susan Phalen said.

Separately, Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican and a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that Russia’s intervention was “not predicted” but was “among a list of possibilities.” Continue reading “U.S. intelligence under fire over Ukraine”

Kiev agitators ‘trained in Poland’ claims Putin

04.03.2014 16:09

President Putin claimed on Tuesday that “well prepared” and organized protesters in Kiev who brought down the Yanukovych regime were “trained in Poland and Lithuania”.

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In his first in-depth comments since the Russian parliament gave the green light for military action in Ukraine on Saturday, Vladimir Putin told a press conference in Moscow, “look how well they were prepared.”

“They underwent preparation in bases in Lithuanian and Polish border areas, and [of course] in Ukraine itself. Their instructors were ready for a lengthy time, you saw how they were prepared, like special forces, they were even divided up into squads,”

Putin told journalists. On Saturday, the vice-president of the Russian Federation Council claimed that “gunmen who took over power in Kiev were trained in Poland and Lithuania”.

The Polish defence ministry categorically denied the accusations on Tuesday. A confident looking Russian president said today that, “there can be only one assessment of what happened in Kiev, in Ukraine in general. This was an anti-constitutional coup and the armed seizure of power.

No one argues with this,” he said. Putin said Russia reserved the right to use all options in Ukraine to protect compatriots living in “terror” but that Moscow would use force only as a last resort. “As for bringing in forces. For now there is no such need but such a possibility exists,” he said.

“What could serve as a reason to use military force? It would naturally be the last resort, absolutely the last.” Continue reading “Kiev agitators ‘trained in Poland’ claims Putin”

Russian army holds exercises on Polish and Lithuanian borders ( First reported 3.03.2014 )

 First reported 3.03.2014

– Polish General Marek Dukaczewski said to TVN24 in an interview that the military exercises in the Kaliningrad region violated the international norms

– The general called on NATO to react urgently to the situation near the EU borders calling it a direct threat to the security of Lithuania and Poland.

 Russian army holds exercises on Polish and Lithuanian borders

Russian army holds exercises on Polish and Lithuanian borders
Large-scale tactical exercises have started in the Kaliningrad region.

The coast guard troops of the Baltic Sea Fleet are involved in the maneuvres. According to Russian media, the exercises began following a snap check of the armed forces ordered by Vladimir Putin. More than 3,500 servicemen of mechanised infantry regiments and the guards naval infantry brigade take part in the drills. Continue reading “Russian army holds exercises on Polish and Lithuanian borders ( First reported 3.03.2014 )”

Russia tells US to settle down, may abandon Dollar

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dollars (Photo credit: Tddy)

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday, warning that the American financial system faced a “crash” if this happened.

“We would find a way not just to reduce our dependency on the United States to zero but to emerge from those sanctions with great benefits for ourselves,” said Kremlin economic aide Sergei Glazyev. Continue reading “Russia tells US to settle down, may abandon Dollar”

‘We control everything’: Crimea breaks ties with Ukraine

– He had this message for Canada and other Western nations: “You are welcome to come to Crimea. Come here and relax.”

Colonel Yuri Mamchur, commander of the Ukrainian garrison at the Belbek air base, leads his men to the base, outside Sevastopol, Ukraine, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Russian troops, who had taken control over Belbek airbase, fired warning shots in the air as around 300 Ukrainian officers marched towards them to demand their jobs back. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

Colonel Yuri Mamchur, commander of the Ukrainian garrison at the Belbek air base, leads his men to the base, outside Sevastopol, Ukraine, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Russian troops, who had taken control over Belbek airbase, fired warning shots in the air as around 300 Ukrainian officers marched towards them to demand their jobs back. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

Paul Waldie SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — The Globe and Mail

Last updated Tuesday, Mar. 04 2014, 4:49 PM EST

Crimea’s new Prime Minister says he is taking control of all military forces and government departments in the territory, declaring an official break with Kiev.

In a press conference Tuesday Sergey Aksenov, who was named Prime Minister last week, said the new government in Kiev was illegal and “mad”.

“We don’t trust the Kiev government and we asked help from the Russian federation to help us with the situation in Crimea,” he said. “We control everything, every activity.”

He asked all Ukrainian military forces in Crimea to lay down their arms and leave their bases. Continue reading “‘We control everything’: Crimea breaks ties with Ukraine”

Turkey Scrambles Fighter Jets Over Russian Plane

Possible new front opens in Ukraine-Russia standoff, which has escalated with Russian missile tests and shots fired in air.

– Eight F-16 fighter jets were scrambled in the event

By Ari Yashar

First Publish: 3/5/2014, 1:13 AM
F-16 fighter jet (file)

F-16 fighter jet (file)
Flash 90

As the Ukrainian-Russian standoff has threatened to escalate into all-out war, a new front nearly opened on Monday, as Turkey scrambled fighter jets in response to a Russian surveillance plane that flew along Turkey’s Black Sea coast.

Eight F-16 fighter jets were scrambled in the event, according to a Turkish military statement on Tuesday reported by the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News. The statement noted the Russian plane did not end up entering Turkish air space.

Turkey borders the Black Sea on the south, while the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula is at the sea’s north, and has been the site of the military standoff between Russia and Ukraine. Russia has voiced upset that its ally, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, was forced to flee the country due to a popular movement that successfully installed a pro-West interim government. Continue reading “Turkey Scrambles Fighter Jets Over Russian Plane”

Russian test-fires intercontinental ballistic missile

– The Russian defense ministry reports the test-firing of a Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday night as anti-US provocation

DEBKAfile March 4, 2014, 9:47 PM (IST)

The Russian defense ministry reports the test-firing of a Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday night as anti-US provocation. DEBKAfile: The IBMs, which normally carry multiple nuclear warheads, was fired from the Caspian Sea area and reportedly hit a target in Kazakhstan – just hours after President Vladimir Putin accused the interim government in Kiev of carrying out an unconstitutional coup d’etat against the legal the legal president and US Secretary of State John Kerry paraded support for the new leaders of Kiev and accused Russia of seeking pretexts for its aggression. The ICBM test appeared to refute reports of a calming of the tensions between Washington and Moscow. Continue reading “Russian test-fires intercontinental ballistic missile”

Billionaire Kolomoisky takes over in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, blasting Putin and Yanukovych

– Kolomoisky referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as “a small-sized schizophreniac” who “went insane” and whose attempts to “revive the Russian Empire to the 1913 borders can bring world to disaster.” 

March 3, 2014, 9:36 p.m. Ukraine — by   Olga Rudenko

Billionaire Igor Kolomoisky is now in charge of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine’s second most populous region after Donetsk.

Igor Kolomoisky, 51, oligarch and Ukraine’s third richest person with an estimated fortune of $2.4 billion, arrived in Dnipropetrovsk to take charge as the regional governor of the nation’s second most populous oblast with 3.3 million people.

On March 1, Ukraine’s interim President Oleksandr Turchynov — in a bid to unify the nation from Russian attempts to stir up secessionism — appointed Kolomoisky to head Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, while another multimillionaire, Sergiy Taruta, takes off in Donetsk. Continue reading “Billionaire Kolomoisky takes over in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, blasting Putin and Yanukovych”

4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine

EEV: Time magazine has never been wrong before, or has it?

As Russia’s Ukraine power play reaches boiling point in Crimea, there are clear signs a Russian invasion may be a disaster for its architect, President Vladimir Putin

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and head of the Russian army's main department of combat preparation Ivan Buvaltsev watch military exercises at the Kirillovsky firing ground in the Leningrad region, March 3, 2014.
Mikhail Klimentyev / RIA Novosti / ReutersRussia’s President Vladimir Putin (L), and head of the Russian army’s main department of combat preparation Ivan Buvaltsev watch military exercises at the Kirillovsky firing ground in the Leningrad region, March 3, 2014.

Even a week ago, the idea of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine seemed farfetched if not totally alarmist. The risks involved were just too enormous for President Vladimir Putin and for the country he has ruled for 14 years. But the arrival of Russian troops in Crimea over the weekend has shown that he is not averse to reckless adventures, even ones that offer little gain. In the coming days and weeks, Putin will have to decide how far he is prepared to take this intervention and how much he is prepared to suffer for it. It is already clear, however, that he cannot emerge as the winner of this conflict, at least not when the damage is weighed against the gains. It will at best be a Pyrrhic victory, and at worst an utter catastrophe. Here’s why:

At home, this intervention looks to be the one of the most unpopular decisions Putin has ever made. The Kremlin’s own pollster released a survey on Monday that showed 73% of Russians reject it. In phrasing its question posed in early February to 1600 respondents across the country, the state-funded sociologists at WCIOM were clearly trying to get as much support for the intervention as possible: “Should Russia react to the overthrow of the legally elected authorities in Ukraine?” they asked. Only 15% said yes – hardly a national consensus. Continue reading “4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine”

Britain opposes curb on Russian trade over Ukraine crisis – BBC says

Source: Reuters – Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:50 PM

David Cameron
David Cameron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Author: Reuters

By Kylie MacLellan

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – Britain opposes trade sanctions on Russia and does not want to shut London’s financial capital to Russians in response to the Kremlin’s intervention in Ukraine, the BBC reported, citing a document which was inadvertently shown to a photographer.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned President Vladimir Putin that Russia will have to pay ‘significant costs’ unless the Kremlin changes course on Ukraine whose Crimea region is now controlled by Russian forces.

But an official document which was photographed as a senior official carried it into a meeting in Cameron’s Downing Street residence on Monday showed Britain may oppose sanctions that might undermine London’s reputation as a haven for Russian capital. Continue reading “Britain opposes curb on Russian trade over Ukraine crisis – BBC says”

Russia: Yanukovich asked Putin to use force to save Ukraine

EEV: This now sets the next step for a mainland incursion.

Source: Reuters – Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:32 PM

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Russian Tank T-80 with Gas Turbine Еngine. Танк Т-80 с газотурбинным двигателем. (Photo credit: Peer.Gynt)
Author: Reuters

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, March 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich has sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin requesting that he use Russia’s military to restore law and order in Ukraine, Moscow’s U.N. envoy told a stormy meeting of the Security Council on Monday.

“The country has plunged into chaos and anarchy,” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin read from an unofficial translation of the letter while speaking to reporters after an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. “The country is in the grip of outright terror and violence driven by the West.”

“People are persecuted on political and language grounds,” he read. “In this context, I appeal to the President of Russia Vladimir V. Putin to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation to re-establish the rule of law, peace, order, stability and to protect the people of Ukraine.”

Churkin held up a copy of the letter for council members to see during a heated council session in which Western envoys and the Russian ambassador hurled allegations at each other for two and a half hours. He said the letter was dated March 1. Continue reading “Russia: Yanukovich asked Putin to use force to save Ukraine”

Ukrainian Crisis May Jeopardize Obama’s Plans From Iran to China

EEV: In addition to Bloomberg’s analysis, failing to abide by the Budapest referendum may result in all military agreements being looked at with skepticism. China may now be encouraged to make a move for the South China Sea.

– seeking an end to Syria’s civil war

– halting Iran’s nuclear ambitions

– facilitating the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces from Afghanistan

–  North Korea’s nuclear weapons advances

– China’s increasingly aggressive regional posture

English: President Barack Obama takes a practi...

By Terry Atlas March 02, 2014

The Ukraine crisis jeopardizes President Barack Obama’s efforts to enlist Russia’s cooperation on a range of issues, including seeking an end to Syria’s civil war, halting Iran’s nuclear ambitions and facilitating the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces from Afghanistan.

If the president’s handling of the crisis reinforces doubts about his toughness in addressing foreign challenges, as some critics assert, it could affect a more diverse range of issues: Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, North Korea’s nuclear weapons advances and China’s increasingly aggressive regional posture. Continue reading “Ukrainian Crisis May Jeopardize Obama’s Plans From Iran to China”

Oligarchs step in to save Ukraine’s sovereignty

EEV: This one statement say it all:
 
“Since the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych as president on Feb. 22, speculation has increased over the prospect of reprivatizing assets owned by the largest businesspeople who purchased them from the state at rock-bottom prices under non-transparent auctions held by the State Property Fund.”
 
– With the threat from Russia’s military invasion, some of Ukraine’s oligarchs are uniting to accept to accept top government posts in their home regions.
– Other oligarchs have been approached by government envoys with offers to take charge of other potentially troublesome regions
– “Only if politicians and big business rise to this challenge will Ukrainians be able to channel their energy into reforming and rebuilding the country,”
  March 2, 2014, 7:03 p.m. Ivan Verstyuk, Katya Gorchinskaya

Igor Kolomoisky (R), the controversial billionaire owner of PrivatBank, was appointed to head Dnipropetrovsk Oblast and Serhiy Taruta (L), the owner of the Industrial Union of Donbass, is taking over the Donetsk Oblast administration. Acting President Olekandr Turchynov made the appointments on March 2. © allday.in.ua

With the threat from Russia’s military invasion, some of Ukraine’s oligarchs are uniting to accept to accept top government posts in their home regions.

Igor Kolomoisky, the controversial billionaire owner of PrivatBank, was appointed to head Dnipropetrovsk Oblast and Serhiy Taruta, the owner of the Industrial Union of Donbass, is taking over the Donetsk Oblast administration. Acting President Olekandr Turchynov made the appointments on March 2.

Other oligarchs have been approached by government envoys with offers to take charge of other potentially troublesome regions since the rise of separatist sentiments in eastern and southern Ukraine, heated up by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Crimea, which began on Feb. 27. Some of them have already refused the offers. Continue reading “Oligarchs step in to save Ukraine’s sovereignty”

NSDC Declares Mobilization In Ukraine / Says Facebook?

(11:29, Sunday, March 2, 2014)
     Парубий

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Andrii Parubii has declared the nationwide mobilization.Ukrainian News learned this from his Facebook account.

“According to the decision of the NSDC, the mobilization is being held throughout the country,” he said.

He said that according to the mobilization plan, military registration and enlistment offices expect those willing to be mobilized in the morning.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin won the approval of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on March 1 to send Russian troops into Ukraine.

Ukraine is calling on UN member states to protect its territorial integrity.

The NATO Council will discuss the situation in Ukraine on March 2 Continue reading “NSDC Declares Mobilization In Ukraine / Says Facebook?”

Russian S-400 AIR DEFENCE heading to UKRAINE Latest News

EEV: Video is not confirmation, but if accurate the Russians are for more fortified than currently analyzed. If the date on the video is accurate, than the EU has the worst Intel ever.

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Russians strike Ukraine army post in Crimea. Kiev fears Ukraine army putsch. US warships on standby

EEV- Russian forces Saturday, March 1, staged their first attack on a Ukraine military installation in Crimea ( Requiring 2nd Confirmation )

DEBKAfile Special Report March 1, 2014, 1:49 PM (IST)

Russian armored forces build up for Ukraine

As Moscow’s master plan for Ukraine continued to unfold, Russian forces Saturday, March 1, staged their first attack on a Ukraine military installation in Crimea, while completing their takeover of the region and its severance from Ukraine. Interfax reported from a Ukrainian source that 20 soldiers had entered an anti-aircraft missile command post in western Crimea and that negotiations rather than a clash were under way.

Earlier Saturday, Crimea’s new pro-Moscow prime minister Serhiy Aksyonov asked President Vladimir Putin for help in “maintaining peace in the region,” saying he was in control of the region’s interior ministry, armed forces, fleet and border guards. Continue reading “Russians strike Ukraine army post in Crimea. Kiev fears Ukraine army putsch. US warships on standby”

Putin: Russian citizens, troops threatened in Ukraine, need armed forces’ protection

 

Pro-Russian protesters wave Russian flags during a rally in the industrial Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 1, 2014. (AFP Photo/Alexander Khudoteply)
Pro-Russian protesters wave Russian flags during a rally in the industrial Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 1, 2014. (AFP Photo/Alexander Khudoteply)

Published time: March 01, 2014 12:53

Russian President Vladimir Putin has requested the use of Russian military forces in Ukraine to settle the situation there. The Russian population and the Crimea-based Black Sea Fleet are threatened by the situation in the country, he said. Facts  you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil Putin’s request was filed after the Chairman of the Federation  Council, Valentina Matvienko, said that in order to “protect  the people” Russia could theoretically send troops to  Ukraine. She particularly referred to the crisis in the  Autonomous Republic of Crimea, where Russians make the majority  of the population. “It’s possible in this situation, complying with a request by  the Crimean government, even to bring a limited contingent of our  troops to ensure the safety of the Black Sea Fleet and the  Russian citizens living on Crimean territory. The decision is for  the president, the chief military commander, to make, of course.  But today, taking the situation into account, even that variant  can’t be excluded. We need to protect the people,” Matvienko  said.

“In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the    threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation, our    compatriots, and the personnel of the armed forces of the    Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory (in the Autonomous    Republic of Crimea)… I submit a proposal on using the armed    forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine    until the normalization of the socio-political situation in the    that country.” Continue reading “Putin: Russian citizens, troops threatened in Ukraine, need armed forces’ protection”

The Nightmare Scenario has been called into play “BUDAPEST REFERENDUM” Ukraine claims Russian ‘invasion’

Ukraine pleads for help after Russian ‘invasion’

An armed man patrols at the airport in Simferopol, Crimea February 28, 2014. A group of armed men in military uniforms have seized the main regional airport in Simferopol, Crimea, Interfax news agency said early on Friday. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Mark MacKinnon

Sevastopol, Ukraine — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Feb. 28 2014, 2:15 AM EST

The new Ukrainian government said Friday it had been invaded by Russia and appealed for the United States and United Kingdom to protect it, as guaranteed under a 1994 agreement.

The move came after a series of armed takeovers and provocations in the Crimea region that began on Thursday with the seizure of  the regional parliament building and continued on Friday:

  • Armed groups took over access to both main airports on the Crimean Peninsula.
  • The Ukrainian border guard service claimed that more than 10 Russian military helicopters flew from Russia into Ukrainian airspace over the Crimea region. It also said eight Russian transport planes had landed in Crimea with unknown cargo.
  • Russia confirmed that armoured vehicles attached to its naval base were moving around Crimea for “security” reasons.
  • Uniformed Russian servicemen were blocking off a unit of Ukrainian border guards in the port city of Sevastopol, where part of the Russian Black Sea fleet is based, according to Ukraine’s border service.
  • Ukrainian International, Ukraine’s biggest airline, said the airspace over the Crimea region had been closed. Continue reading “The Nightmare Scenario has been called into play “BUDAPEST REFERENDUM” Ukraine claims Russian ‘invasion’”

Is Russia plotting to send in the army to annex Crimea? Former Kremlin adviser warns Ukrainian port of Sebastopol could be targeted within the next week

  • Move would be similar to Nazi Germany’s takeover of Austria
  • Vladimir Putin is sweeping aside Western warnings and preparing troops
  • Dmitry Medvedev said he did recognise new authorities in Kiev
  • Came after unconfirmed claims that ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was under Russian military guard

By Will Stewart

| UPDATED:          18:27 EST, 24 February 2014

A Russian annexation of the Crimean port of Sebastopol in Ukraine could happen within a week, a former Kremlin adviser has warned.

Likening the situation to Nazi Germany’s takeover of Austria, Andrey Illarionov said a furious Russian president Vladimir Putin is sweeping aside Western warnings and putting troops on alert.

It came amid unconfirmed claims that ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was under Russian military guard in Sebastopol, after a warrant was issued for his arrest for ‘mass murder’.

China welcomes neighbors’ prosperity, firmly safeguards peripheral security

EEV: Continued Escalation

China's first aircraft carrier, the Soviet-era Liaoning, entered service last year

(Xinhua) 07:08, February 08, 2014

BEIJING, Feb. 7 — Recent events have demonstrated that while China sincerely share neighbors’ joy in making achievements, it never hesitates to safeguard peripheral peace and security.

When Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Russia to attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, he told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he came to offer his congratulations in person, as is customary for Chinese to do upon their neighbors’ joyous occasions. Continue reading “China welcomes neighbors’ prosperity, firmly safeguards peripheral security”

Comrades in arms: Britain and Russia to sign defence deal

Once they were Cold War foes. Now Britain and Russia are preparing to work together on defence projects

Vladimir Putin and David Cameron

United together in friendship and labour: David Cameron and Vladimir Putin on a flight together. Photo: AFP
Matthew Holehouse

By , Political Correspondent

10:00PM GMT 26 Jan 2014

Britain could buy weapons from its former Cold War foe for the first time under a landmark defence treaty, the Telegraph can reveal.

Defence chiefs are preparing to sign a deal that would see British defence companies working jointly on projects with the Russian arms industry.

The treaty allows arms companies to buy kit from Russia – and Russian diplomatic sources said they hope one day to see British soldiers carrying the Red Army’s famous Kalashnikov rifle as a result. Continue reading “Comrades in arms: Britain and Russia to sign defence deal”

Second blast in Russia’s Volgograd kills 14 on trolleybus

Source: Reuters – Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:26 AM

Author: Reuters

 

* Trolleybus bombing follows Sunday’s railway station attack

* Bombings underscore Russia’s vulnerability ahead of Sochi Games

* Explosion guts bus, leaves bodies in street

* More attacks can be expected, says anti-terrorism veteran   (Updates casualties, adds more witness comments, IOC reaction, graphic)

By Maria Tsvetkova

VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Dec 30 (Reuters) – A bomb blast ripped a trolleybus apart in Volgograd on Monday, killing 14 people in the second deadly attack in the southern city in two days and raising fears of further violence as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics. Continue reading “Second blast in Russia’s Volgograd kills 14 on trolleybus”

Russia’s bitter relationship with Chechnya will be in the spotlight during Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in February

In truth, this guerrilla war is just the latest stage in a cycle of oppression and resistance lasting centuries as Islamist leader and self-styled Emir of the Caucasus promises to use ‘maximum force’ to stop these Games

Michael Church

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Any day soon, a bomb may go off in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. And if it does, it will be the nightmare that Vladimir Putin has been spending billions of roubles trying to prevent. The Winter Games, which start in February, have long been his pet project, designed to show the world how complete is his control over the territories of which he is president. The sudden rush of amnesties is just his latest ploy to sanitise the image of the Games.

With its sub-tropical climate, palm-fringed beaches, and sulphur springs, Sochi has been Russia’s most sybaritic winter holiday spot since the days of the tsars: it’s the Riviera of the Caucasus whose high mountains stretch eastwards, with embattled Chechnya just two hundred miles away. As a narrow ribbon of land where sea and snow-capped peaks are in close proximity, it was the obvious venue for the winter Olympics, and it has now been transformed by Putin’s hi-tech new infrastructure.

But Doku Umarov, the Chechen Islamist leader and self-styled Emir of the Caucasus, has promised to use “maximum force” to stop these Games. In a video message released in July, he declared: “They plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea. As mujahideen we are required not to permit that, using any methods that Allah allows us.” Continue reading “Russia’s bitter relationship with Chechnya will be in the spotlight during Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in February”

Russia to block websites that call for rioting, ‘extremism’ without court ruling

 

Published time: December 21, 2013 09:54

 

 

Russia’s lawmakers have passed a bill authorizing prosecutors to issue emergency orders without a court ruling that block websites promoting rioting, racial hatred or extremism. Critics fear the law may infringe constitutional rights. Continue reading “Russia to block websites that call for rioting, ‘extremism’ without court ruling”

Global Arctic wars already started

 Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.

  Published time: December 19, 2013 11:02                                                

RIA Novosti / Anna Yudina
RIA Novosti / Anna Yudina

Today’s globalized geopolitical grand chessboard often plays out in interestingly complex and roundabout ways. Such is the case of the on-going tug of war between the US, UK and EU on the one hand, and Russia and its allies on the other. Continue reading “Global Arctic wars already started”