Russia: Soviet Union War Hero On Trial In Estonia!

Arnold Meri

Hello,

Estonia has put an 88 year old veteran of the WWII. Moscow is having some real issues over this………
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Arnold Meri is being tried in Estonia for genocide during WW2. But in Russia the 88-year-old veteran is considered a hero, and streets and schools are named after him.

Arnold Meri is an Estonian national who was awarded the highest state medal during the war. Estonia accuses him of taking part in the deportation of hundreds of his countrymen to Siberia after the war. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A village in Russia’s Pskov region is naming a school after the veteran. It educated the regiment under Meri’s command in 1941. Back then, Meri organised the region’s defences against the invading Nazis. He was wounded several times in action.

And the city of Gorno-Altaisk in Southern Urals is giving Meri’s name to a street. He lived there after he was stripped of all honours in 1952. Meri says he was accused for his criticism of the very deportation he is now being tried for in Estonia.
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What do you think? Was he a barbaric criminal that needs to be put away for life? Or is he a war hero of a brutal war that changed the history of the world forever?

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

Russia: Upgrades NATO’s MiGs!

MIG-35 NATO Name Falcrum F

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I think that this is a good example of what Russia is up to in the world scene! I doubt that press will give this much time on the air because it says good things about Russia and her MiG jets.
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The upgraded MiGs have also been completely overhauled, enabling them to stay in service until the early 2030s. During this time they may undergo several more refits and may be provided with more advanced equipment to keep them in proper fighting condition.

The success of the Slovakian contract shows that Russia’s defense industry can stand its own against the West in its home field – aircraft for NATO’s air forces. And not only in aircraft – Greece’s purchase of Russian ships and air defense systems is another fine example. Hopefully, contracts, both filled and to be filled, are only a beginning, the beginning of the Russian defense industry’s comeback to the European market. (Link)
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But I will give it time on the air because I think it is important. The NATO MiG is a crucial part of many air forces in the European Region.

Just something else that you may not have known about Russia…..

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

Deadly: Mongolian Snowstorms in May!

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Looks like Spring is not as much fun in Mongolia…….
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MOSCOW, May 28 (RIA Novosti) – At least 21 people are reported dead and 100 are missing after snowstorms battered Mongolia over the past two days, the Xinhua news agency cited the country’s emergencies officials as saying Wednesday.

Seven provinces in west and central Mongolia were hit hardest, with wind speeds reported at up to 40 meters per second. Buildings and power transmission lines have also been damaged.

Over 300 rescuers and more than 70 vehicles are involved in search and rescue operations.

Snowstorms are common in Mongolia during spring.

Update: 5-30-2008
Mongolia will observe a nationwide day of mourning on Saturday for 46 people killed in heavy snow and sandstorms that have battered the country this week, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

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How would you like to live in Mongolia and have a blizzard for Spring welcome?

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

Georgia: Up To It Same Old Games!

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Seems that Georgia is up to its usual: “It was a planned terrorist act aimed at escalating tensions in the region, and there is no doubt that the date was specifically chosen to coincide with Independence Day celebrated in South Ossetia today,” Eduard Kokoity said.

Georgia continues its policies of state-level terrorism,” Kokoity said.

South Ossetia and the other Georgian breakaway region, Abkhazia, are a sensitive issue in relations between Georgia and Russia. Georgia, which has moved to join NATO under pro-Western President Mikheil Saakashvili, is seeking to regain control of the republics and accuses Moscow of encouraging separatism.

A group of international peacekeepers and observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) headed to Tskhinvali to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, police in the southern Znauri district of the self-proclaimed republic reported another incident allegedly linked to Georgia.

A car with several South Ossetia residents came under fire early Thursday. Three people were reportedly injured in the incident.

“The car, presumably, came under mortar fire from Georgian territory,” a spokesperson for South Ossetia’s Interior Ministry said.

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

Russia: Georgia’s Provocative Actions, From The West?

Hello,

I have the same thoughts running my through my head…..
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ILULISSAT (Greenland), May 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that third parties could be behind Georgia’s provocative actions against Russia.

Relations between Russia and Georgia have been consistently strained since President Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in Georgia four years ago, with both sides being involved in numerous disputes, most recently over Russia’s moves to develop closer ties with Georgia’s two breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“I do not understand what they [the Georgian authorities] want; unless they are being used [by someone else] to constantly provoke Russia,” Lavrov said at a ministerial meeting of the five states bordering the Arctic Ocean, held in Ilulissat, western Greenland.

“I doubt they would come up with these provocative actions on their own,” he added.
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I will say what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is implying:
I think that the the USA is behind this turmoil in Georgia, seems that the USA policy right now is one of interference in Eastern Foreign Countries as its number one priority……

Just look at the International news sources!

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.