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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:42 am

A Russian city, once a city known by a German name, welcomes a famous actor as its honourary citizen. The actor had lived in the city as a young child and noticed how the current city differed from his memories as a child. While it took some time during his visit to get other citizens' impressions of the place, he did get confirmation that the Second World War had left strong holds on the populace but some people remember old times well.

01/20/2012

Eastern Promises
Journey to a Homeland Lost in the War

By Christian Neef in Sovetsk, Russia

The Russian city of Sovetsk tried for decades to repress its past as the East Prussian town of Tilsit. But now it is embracing its history and has made its most famous son, popular German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl, an honorary citizen. For Mueller-Stahl, returning to his birthplace after 73 years was an emotional journey into his own past.

The situation probably wouldn't have been very different in the Middle Ages if you had wanted to enter a town in the evening through one of the city gates. A grumpy man, in this case wearing the uniform of a Russian border guard, casts one last glance at the passport, grabs a large bunch of keys, shuffles off the bridge that spans the Neman River between Lithuania and Russia, and walks down to an iron gate, where he inserts a key into the lock and pushes both sides wide open.


Suddenly the newcomer finds himself in the center of what must be the ugliest square in all of Russia, even though it was once the finest square in the East Prussian town of Tilsit, now known as Sovetsk.

The splendid Church of the Teutonic Order once stood at this very spot, its spire resting on eight orbs, so beautiful that Napoleon wanted to take it back to Paris. Right behind there is Deutsche Strasse (literally: German Street) -- now called Gagarin Street -- where Czar Alexander stayed in 1807 when he visited Tilsit, as it was known then, to sign a peace treaty with the French. The small house inhabited by the Prussian queen consort, Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, no longer exists.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,810055,00.html
But perhaps the vodka loosens the tongues because, suddenly, the eldest honorary citizen of Sovetsk, a 92-year-old man from Siberia, stands up. He says something like "Young whippersnapper" to the 81-year-old Mueller-Stahl, kisses him and welcomes him to the circle of honorary citizens.

Then the next man stands and admits that, for decades after World War II, none of them believed Sovetsk would remain Russian. "That's why we destroyed everything that was German, everything that didn't have a roof anymore. In 1988, representatives of the cities that wanted their old name back held a meeting. That was already in Gorbachev's time. They also decided Sovetsk should be given its old name back," he explains. "When I told the town council here about the decision, they thought I was crazy."

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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:19 pm

The December election outcomes remain a source of discontent. The presidential election is set for March. A Russian blogger put out a contest prize for protest cars with white ribbons to completely encircle Garden Ring Road.

'White Circle' Car Protest on Garden Ring Planned
27 January 2012
The Moscow Times
A protest drive meant to show support for fair elections is planned for Sunday that will attempt to create a complete circle of cars on the Garden Ring Road, organizers said.

Participants' cars are supposed to be adorned with a white ribbon, sticker, or piece of paper, organizers said in an announcement of the event on Facebook. White has become a symbol of the protest movement after demonstrators wore white ribbons to the Dec. 10 protest on Bolotnaya Ploshchad.

So far, 1,283 people have indicated on Facebook that they will attend the event Sunday. Organizers stated as their goal to create a unbroken circle of cars on the road, which they calculated requiring 2,600 cars.

A cash prize will be given to the car with the best white decoration, popular blogger Ilya Varlamov said on his LiveJournal page Thursday. He said around 41,000 rubles has been collected so far.
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/white-circle-car-protest-on-garden-ring-planned/451769.html



Andrey Bulay Sun, 29 Jan 2012
Thousands of cars flying white ribbons circle central Moscow in anti-Putin protest
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Anti-Putin protest_2 A car decorated of white balloons seen on the Moscow's Garden Ring road during a protest in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
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MOSCOW Thousands of cars flying white ribbons or white balloons circled central Moscow on Sunday in a show of protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The cars — ranging from luxury sedans and sporty convertibles to old, exhaust-spewing Soviet models — jammed the inner lanes all along the 16-kilometre Garden Ring, which has as many as 16 lanes of traffic at its widest points.

More protesters stood along the side of the road waving white ribbons and flags as the vehicles passed, their horns blaring.
http://www.thespec.com/news/world/article/662465--thousands-of-cars-flying-white-ribbons-circle-central-moscow-in-anti-putin-protest
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:31 pm

There's voting in Russia tomorrow and Putin's been receiving much media attention.

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http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,817138,00.html
A documentary of the Russian Prime Minister has been filmed.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,818579-3,00.html
A visit to a coastal community last summer did not achieve its mythmaking PR status, where the amphoras were concerned.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/webcams-ready-for-electoral-debut/453983.html
Live coverage of the presidential election will be available.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/putin-says-no-rerun-of-duma-elections/454011.html
The Duma election results remain a sticking point between the PM and the citizens.
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:51 pm

Is it coincidence that a Russian TV station, owned by the state oil firm, ran a documentary showing that some anti-Putin rally protestors had been paid to protest? Or that pro-Putin programming before the election was broadcast? Questions last week arose after that documentary was aired.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/ntv-lies-enters-twitter-trends-after-channels-program-on-opposition-rallies/454859.html

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/ntv-film-provokes-opposition-fury/454954.html
Hundreds of angry people rallied outside Moscow's Ostankino television tower on Sunday, with police detaining about 100.

The quick and unsanctioned demonstration was spurred by the 36-minute NTV documentary titled "Anatomy of Protest," which premiered on the channel on Thursday night and was rebroadcast during primetime Sunday. The program claims that key opposition rally organizers had to hire people to participate during the unprecedented recent demonstrations of tens of thousands of people that have called for fair elections and the resignation of President-elect Vladimir Putin.
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby manga2read on Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:25 pm

Reports online are indicating that Putin is stepping down from United Russia during the corruption look-see. He's got approval ratings to protect.

Putin has headed United Russia since April 2008, when he agreed to become party chairman without actually joining it. At the time this was seen as a move to shore up his political power after moving from the presidency to the post of prime minister.

Read more: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/arti ... z1t1FBDZuc
The Moscow Times

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/putin-quits-united-russia-and-urges-medvedev-to-take-control/457446.html

Usually one has to be a party member before trying for a board or executive post. How did the chairman position come to be without rules being followed?
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby coffee101 on Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:47 pm

The government of Russian President Vladimir Putin has stoked fears that it is resorting to Soviet techniques to stifle criticism by rewriting the country’s history text books. Putin asked historians in February to develop a plan for a new history curriculum that would produce a single history free "from internal contradictions and ambiguities" that would cover the many difficult events in Russian and Soviet history.

Russian history books have long come under fire for their murky coverage of the dark period of Soviet terror under Communist leaders like Josef Stalin, who was known for airbrushing his enemies out of photos. Other controversial topics include the turbulent transition from communism to democracy, contemporary history and politics that many see as marred by corruption, and the breakdown of the rule of law.


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Is Putin rewriting history to suit his needs?

You bet he is, after all he wants his legacy to look as good as possible. Find historians that will fudge his record is all he needs and then the lies begin. After all he is ex? KGB and while he knows the meaning of the word democracy, he has trouble allowing it in Russia.
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby deja vu on Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:52 pm

U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders have decided to end Russia's role in the group of leading industrialized nations, the White House said Monday.

The move to suspend Russia's membership in the G8 is the latest direct response from major countries allied against Russia's annexation of Crimea.

"International law prohibits the acquisition of part or all of another state's territory through coercion or force," the statement said. "To do so violates the principles upon which the international system is built. We condemn the illegal referendum held in Crimea in violation of Ukraine's constitution.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/24/politics/ ... ?hpt=hp_t2


It's a start, but would be more impressed if they booted his butt out of the G20 as well. Then you may start to get their attention. Stop doing business with them would be a good move as well.

A Russian billionaire said on Monday he plans to relocate his company that runs the Brooklyn Nets basketball team to Russia in keeping with the Kremlin's call on Russian businessmen to repatriate their assets to help combat new U.S. sanctions.

The United States and European Union have imposed visa bans and asset freezes on officials and businessmen believed to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin in protest at Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.


http://www.cnbc.com/id/101519861

I doubt the NBA will punish the owner and he is laughing all the way to the bank. Only way to hit him in the pocketbook is for the fans to not show up, don't buy season or any other tickets and add him to the list of people whose assets are frozen.


The U.S. will pay Russia $70.7 million for a single shuttle ride aboard the country’s Soyuz rocket Tuesday night, even as President Barack Obama fights for sanctions and penalties against Russia for its recent invasion of the Ukraine.

With politicians wrangling over the most diplomatic way to respond to Russia’s aggression, NASA said the space pay-off to the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) wouldn’t be affected by politics.

“We do not expect the current Russia-Ukraine situation to have an impact on our longstanding civil space cooperation with Russia, which goes back decades, including our partnership on the International Space Station (ISS) program,” Trent Perrotto, a spokesman for the space agency, told FoxNews.com.


http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/03/ ... e-station/

Sanction with one hand, pay out 70 million with the other. This sanction business is a bloody joke. How are you hurting them financially when your handing over this kind of cash?
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:03 pm

The collapse of major tourism companies could be the first sign that Russia, which is reeling from months of market volatility and an estimated withdrawal by investors of $75 billion in funds, could be at the start of a lengthy recession. In July, the International Monetary Fund slashed its forecast for 2014 from 1.3 per cent to 0.2 per cent.

Any attempt by Moscow at fighting back against the sanctions is also likely to come at a high cost to Russian consumers and investors. Russia has banned a range of fruit and vegetable imports from Poland, in what Polish government officials said was retaliation for its support of the latest round of EU sanctions.

Shares in Russia's state airliner, Aeroflot, were trading down almost 6 per cent Tuesday after leading business daily Vedomosti cited anonymous government officials as saying they were considering closing the airspace over Siberia to European flights heading to Asia. The move, allegedly in retaliation for the EU sanctions on Dobrolyot, would deprive Aeroflot of payments it receives from European airlines for the right to use Russian airspace.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4735217-as-cracks-appear-in-russian-economy-collapse-of-tour-operators-leaves-thousands-stranded/

The closure of airspace over Russia is going to show up in ticket price changes. Politics are affecting the economy and no amount of television remarks will suffice to explain why people are out of work, out of money and out of touch with the world beyond their country's borders.
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:48 pm

Is the Russian president using a French company to put a Russian political opponent in jail? I happened to be reading comments on the Canadian Yves Rocher Facebook page, looking for December contest updates and saw a post mentioning this current Russian court situation.

This is the link to the blog seeking European Union residents' support to protest the court case and to draw international attention to the matter.

http://askyvesrocher.com/en/
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Re: Russian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:30 pm

The assassination of opposition party leader Boris Nemtsov last week continues to occupy minds in Russia and beyond about who ordered his death.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/03/boris-nemtsov-funeral-queue-moscow-coffin
The incident has deeply shaken Russia’s small and marginalised opposition movement. Many supporters suspect that the killing was ordered by the Kremlin in retaliation for Nemtsov’s criticism of Putin, while authorities have suggested several possible motives, including a provocation aimed at tarnishing the Russian president’s image.

Nemstov’s Ukrainian girlfriend, Anna Duritskaya – the only known witness to his killing – reportedly flew to Kiev late on Monday after being held for questioning by authorities in Moscow. Yevgeny Perebiinis, Ukraine’s foreign ministry spokesman, said the embassy in Russia had given Duritskaya “all the necessary assistance for her return to her home country”, Interfax news agency reported.


I had seen a Kyiv Post article mentioning that Ms Duritskaya was not allowed by Russian authorities to leave Russia.
http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ukrainian-woman-who-was-with-nemtsov-held-in-russia-382266.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31691727


Al Jazeera English's Facebook photo of Nemetsov mourners in Moscow: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera/photos/a.10150243828793690.369310.7382473689/10153224132678690/
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