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Re: Russian Politics

Postby manga2read on Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:39 pm

What a mess-some lives at peril and some lives at liberty despite spying activity. Welcome to Russia, where you don't know what will happen. Are lawyers looking at the laws to see if they indicate what the criminal code does say about spies? Or about lives involved in sensitive areas of Russian government?
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby guitarblues on Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:44 pm

Gas deal was made in Bulgaria and Putin gets a dog too. Photo op or what?

Putin Leaves Sofia With Pipeline Deal, Puppy
15 November 2010
By Irina Filatova
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin returned from a trip to Sofia, Bulgaria, on Saturday with an agreement on starting construction of the South Stream gas pipeline and a puppy from his Bulgarian counterpart.

Gazprom and Bulgarian Energy Holding signed an agreement on forming a 50-50 joint venture that will build and operate the stretch of the pipeline running though Bulgaria. The venture will be registered in Bulgaria by the end of the month.

“As far as Bulgaria's material benefit is concerned — it's obvious. Bulgaria currently gets about 600 million euros … from Russia for transit of a small amount of gas to other countries,” Putin told a news conference, according to a transcript on his government's web site.

“If we implement the South Stream project, Bulgaria will get almost 2.5 billion [euros] only for a pipeline going through its territory,” he said. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/putin-leaves-sofia-with-pipeline-deal-puppy/422969.html
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:59 pm

The sleeper spies revealed last year--that situation bothers me. Why is Anna Chapman getting press attention for all her recent endeavours in Russia? Are the 9 other spies that were sent home with her also getting publicity for their activities in Russia? And what of the person alleged to have been the one to reveal their existence in the US--why is that person slated for rough justice?

Anna Chapman-her name before marriage was Anna Kushchenko-seems so manipulated for public relations purposes. Perhaps she is made to seem that she is living a glamourous life, maybe she's a role model for future Russian spies wanting to emulate her high life or maybe some officials are wanting her in the press so that their activities in relation to the spies' expulsion don't get coverage.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/31/world/europe/31chapman.html?scp=1&sq=anna%20chapman%20russian%20spy&st=cse Talk show appearance

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,716119,00.html The fascination with Anna Chapman in Russia. Telling fact:
The publisher characterizes the photos as "revealing," and promises that "Anna's mysterious eyes will drive men to distraction. Next to Mata Hari, Anna is simply the spy with the greatest sex appeal."

Zhara is owned by News Media Russia, the country's most successful tabloid publisher. An associate of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin holds the majority stake in the company.

Welcomed by Putin With Open Arms

Putin, himself a former agent, warmly welcomed Chapman and the other nine spies expelled from the United States, and even sang old fighting songs with them. There is speculation in the media over whether Chapman will run for office in next year's elections.


Would you perceive these 10 people as ones emulating Russian values?
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby deja vu on Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:02 pm

What is that Russian spy Anna Chapman up to lately you ask? I came across this:


Red-headed Russian spy Anna Chapman has made her debut as a television presenter, hosting a programme about unsolved mysteries in her latest career twist.

Her weekly show, titled "Secrets of the World with Anna Chapman," aims to unravel unexplained mysteries, although the makers have confirmed that this will not include any mention of Chapman’s spying activities.


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Re: Russian Politics

Postby up-down on Thu May 19, 2011 2:27 pm

FoxNews: A former officer in the Russian Interior Ministry claimed Thursday that troops were fed dog food earlier this year to save money, according to Reuters. Ex-Major Igor Matveyev said that the officers tried to cover up the scandal. "It's embarrassing to say, but soldiers here were fed dog food. It was fed to them as stew," Matveyev told Reuters. Matveyev said he was fired from his position after posting a video on the Internet alleging widespread corruption at the ministry.

"This doesn't happen by accident; it is a system. Reforms are ongoing and we have to come out and say these things, we have to pay attention to these issues," he told Reuters. He also said 18 illegal migrant workers were housed at a military base and used for construction jobs. Russia's Interior Ministry did not comment on the claims.

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We have all heard the stories of the Russian soldiers starving, not being paid and having to fend for themselves in the past. This is a new one, but I would not be surprised if it's true.
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby no1home on Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:36 pm

The leader of Russia's only independent election monitor was detained at a Moscow airport for 12 hours, a colleague said Saturday, the latest government pressure on the group ahead of Sunday's parliamentary vote.

Golos has documented thousands of election law violations during the latest campaign — most of them linked to the United Russia party, which dominates the Kremlin and supports Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45533663/ns ... tq-rVbZeuI

Did anyone have any doubts who runs Russia and that it's close to being labeled a Dictatorship. Opposition parties and election watchers arrested or harrassed are the norm In Putins world. He will control Russia until he decides otherwise and then he will put in a replacement that will follow his lead.
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby guitarblues on Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:18 pm

With optics and news like the other posts above, don't be surprised if there is stuff to make the 2014 games better than they are behind the scenes. Remember 2008 games in China? The volunteers had to endure awful to no food and other constraints to put a show on for the world.
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:41 pm

Preliminary results on Sunday night ranging from 46 percent to 49 percent were in line with two exit polls, both of which showed United Russia with less than 50 percent. As the elections commission continued to update results throughout the night, the figure for United Russia ticked higher. It will fluctuate until all of the ballots have been counted.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/united-russia-appears-to-squeak-to-50/449186.html

A vote to watch then. Could there be a change in government?
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby slider on Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Russia Saturday to demand an end to Vladimir Putin's rule and a rerun of a parliamentary election in the biggest opposition protests since he rose to power more than a decade ago.

Protesters waved banners such as "The rats should go!" and "Swindlers and thieves - give us our elections back!" in cities from the Pacific port of Vladivostok in the east to Kaliningrad in the west, nearly 7,400 km away.

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20 ... inst-putin


If the protestors have their way there would be, BUT I don't think Putin will let it get that far. He is KGB after all and it's in his blood. He has proven he rules with an iron fist and wont tolerate the protestors for too long. Even with his diminished elected power he is still very powerful and dangerous.
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:59 am

Russia's election outcomes continue to make its citizens upset. While PM Putin originally said unpleasant things about the protestors, the protestors continuing anger has the government promising things to quell the activity.

Remember Mikhail Gorbachev? He suggested an option for Putin that has not been previously mentioned:
I'm happy that I have lived to see the people waking up. This raises big hopes,” the 80-year-old Gorbachev said on Ekho Moskvy radio.

He urged Putin to follow his example and give up power peacefully. If Putin stepped down now, he would be remembered for the positive things he did, Gorbachev said. The former Soviet leader, who has grown increasingly critical of Putin, has little influence in Russia today.

But the protesters have no central leader and no candidate capable of posing a serious challenge to Putin, who intends to return to the presidency in a March vote. In a fair election, the veteran Communist Party leader would pose the strongest threat, and he has joined the Kremlin in disparaging the protests.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1106776--moscow-protest-draws-thousands-gorbachev-encourages-putin-to-step-down

What would be the reason for Putin to remain in government? Does he really want to govern or does he want to be in the VIP section for the Sochi Games?
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