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Hot News!RBC, 26.11.2008, Moscow 12:43:51.The average oil price is expected to be $96 per barrel in 2008, Deputy PM and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said during today’s Federation Council session. He added that although the figure currently stood at $98.7 per barrel for the year to date, the current price was $46.7 per barrel.

RBC, 26.11.2008, Moscow 11:48:09.The Federation Council has approved a presidential amendment to the Constitution granting the State Duma more control over the Russian government. As reported earlier, the document stipulates that the Duma will have the right to hear annual reports by the government over the results of its work during the year, including on issues brought forward by the Duma. The amendment has yet to be approved by two thirds of regional legislatures, after which it will be effective upon its official publication.

RBC, 26.11.2008, Moscow 11:34:13.The Federation Council has approved amendments to the Constitution extending the presidential term in office from four to six years and that of the State Duma to five years. The amendments are to be made to Article 81 and Article 96 of the Constitution, respectively. However, they have yet to be approved by at least two thirds of regional legislatures, after which they will come into force upon their official publication.

RBC, 26.11.2008, Vladikavkaz 09:59:03.Mayor Vitaly Korayev of Vladikavkaz, capital of North Ossetia was shot dead at around 9 a.m. today. According to a source in law enforcement, the mayor was injured and died on his way to the hospital. The site was closed off and an investigative team has launched a probe into the murder.

RBC, 25.11.2008, Moscow 17:05:55.The Russian government expects the inflation rate to drop to a one-digit figure in 2010 and just 7 percent in 2012. This forecast is indicated in a plan for the main areas of the government’s activities until 2012 approved by a decree of November 17. The slowdown in inflation is to be achieved by greater output, the development of competition and a competitive environment, labor productivity growth, and a slower rise in costs, the document reads. The government believes that it is necessary to implement a conservative monetary policy and encourage people to save money. It also plans a range of measures aimed at curbing price growth, particularly that of food prices.

RBC, 25.11.2008, Moscow 16:41:16.The Russian-Venezuelan joint naval exercises will improve the two fleets’ skills of holding joint operations, said head of the Russian State Duma’s defense committee Viktor Zavarzin. He reiterated in an interview today that the joint maneuvers would begin in the Caribbean on December 1. Zavarzin emphasized that the planned tactical exercises would be held in accordance with the reached agreements within 100-150 nautical miles off the Venezuelan coast. The fleets will carry out various joint operations, rescue and other training maneuvers, and gunnery practice, Zavarzin said.

RBC, 25.11.2008, Moscow 15:39:00.Gazprom and Naftogaz of Ukraine have agreed that the Ukrainian company will pay off the debt resulting from September natural gas supplies, as well as part of its October gas debt, by December 1, the Russian energy monopoly’s press office reported. The announcement was made following today’s meeting between Gazprom and Naftogaz CEOs Alexei Miller and Oleg Dubina.

RBC, 25.11.2008, Moscow 13:37:13.Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed a decree approving the government’s lines of activities until 2012, the government’s press office reported today. The document was drafted to improve the standard of living of Russia’s population thanks to stable development of the country’s economy, as well as ensure cooperation of the federal executive authorities in solving key social and economic problems. The document also enumerates projects to be implemented by the government in the period until 2012.

RBC, 25.11.2008, Moscow 13:44:38.Promsvyazbank’s net profit under IFRS rose 10.7 percent to RUB 3.1bn (approx. USD 112m) in the first nine months of 2008 compared to the same period a year earlier, the Russian bank said in a statement. Meanwhile, this is a 22-percent increase in net profit from H1 2008. Promsvyazbank’s total assets grew 39 percent from the beginning of the year, to RUB 407.6bn (approx. USD 14.74bn), whereas its net profit position corresponds to an annualized return on average equity of 12.9 percent and an annualized return on average assets of 1.2 percent. The bank’s cost-to-income ratio stood at 43.5 percent, while its net interest margin was 6.5 percent, loan impairment allowance to gross loans ratio 3.7 percent, and capital adequacy ratio (Basel Accord) 12.2 percent.


While drinking that wonderful morning cup of coffee RBC reported this tidbit of information on the TV and print:

A motorcade of Russia’s diplomats had a traffic accident in Iraq through the fault of U.S. military, spokesmen of the RF Foreign Ministry told RBC news agency.
Three armored cars of the RF embassy were heading for the international airport when a column of five armored troop carriers of the United States set to overtaking them.

“All of a sudden, the lead armored carrier maneuvered violently, overtook two of three cars of Russia’s motorcade, came abreast of the leading car and hit it to push away from the road. The embassy’s car was heavily damaged, lost control, moved by 180 degree, nearly turning over,” representatives of the RF Foreign Ministry said.

Without any agitation, the U.S. armored carriers proceeded in the previous direction, aiming guns at the diplomats, said representatives of the RF Foreign Ministry.

According to diplomats, Russia emphasizes the intended nature of the accident and demands to probe into it and punish the guilty. The RF embassies in Bagdad and Washington made the respective statements already.

Does not sound like a very friendly thing to do!

This is another thing that makes you go Hummmmmm….

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.


That morning cup of coffee gathered this tidbit of information. Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili says he won’t run for the position of head of state again and that his current term will be his last. This was stated after a strong opposition to him received blessings from the West….

“This is my last term and I am not going to ballot for president again. Of course, after this I do not intend to die. I and my colleagues believe that the first and most important task of the current government is the peaceful restoration of the territorial integrity of Georgia, and the second is building sound and stable public institutions,” Mikhail Saakashvili said. (Link)

The rumor of blessings from the West is former parliamentary Speaker Nino Burjanadze visited Europe and the U.S. and that the West sent her a clear message: “Georgia is located in the zone of the West’s energy interest, and it cannot allow the country to be governed by a leader who may jeopardize the region’s security.”

Things that make you go Hummmm…

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.


I was drinking my morning cup of coffee and thinking about the article that RIA and Russia Today printed last night. I also found that CNN, BBC and Rueters printed the same article today.

It was a an article that our favorite Free world Leader Saakashvili of Georgia has fabricated to induce interest and hatred for and against Russia!

Russian and South Ossetian authorities are denying any involvement in an alleged shooting incident near the President of Georgia’s motorcade. Both Russia’s Foreign and Defence Ministries called the suggestion ‘a provocation’.

After celebrating the fifth anniversary of Georgia’s Rose Revolution, the country’s president Mikhail Saakashvili took his guest and long-time ally, Polish president Lech Kaczynski, on a tour near the war-ravaged region of South Ossetia.

Shortly afterwards, the Georgian leadership says its convoy was ‘fired upon’ by Russian soldiers.

The Polish president claims he didn’t see anything because it was dark but believes he did hear something.

Kaczynski said: “A group of armed men have opened fire from machine guns some 30 seconds after we got out of out cars. Probably they were shooting in the air but I cannot fully assess that because it was very dark and we were about 30 meters away.” (Link)

The Polish President said that he requested to go near the borders! Well I do not believe that either president would go anywhere that they did not have plenty of planning to do so.

The facts are that Saakashvili is a most wanted in South Ossetia! Also many Georgians are wanting a change in government in Georgia’s leader.

Maybe the world needs to think about the mentality levels of the two Presidents (Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Polish President Lech Kaczynski) and that their countries need to give them psychiatric evaluations for traveling near unstable zones.

But I look at it this way: “If someone wanted them dead they would be dead! No questions asked!”

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcomed.

Russian Orthodox Church!


I have read several Blogs and News organizations ranting -n- raving about the rumors: “The Orthodox Church is creating a army to combat crime in the streets of Russia!” OMG you would think that Russia is a quagmire of criminal activity and seedy characters after these reports from multiples of sources of journalism.

The Orthodox Church says: “The Russian Orthodox Church is not creating its own private army to help maintain order on the streets, a senior church official said on Friday.”

“The church is not setting up a private army and would never attempt to do so. It is nonsense. The Russian armed forces already consist of 80% Orthodox believers,” said Dmitry Smirnov, who is in charge of the Moscow Patriarchate’s military relations department. (Link)

These statements were said after Kommersant, a Russian business daily, reported in an article on Friday that the church had proposed setting up Orthodox vigilante teams to help police patrol the streets and fight crime in Russian cities.

After I read all the Doom & Gloom that the Masters of Disasters wrote for the last few days, I was feeling depressed. So I went outside to see if Russia was as bad as they all say. For you see I live in Russia and I know that in America it was a big issue that Governor Sarah Palin was able to see Russia from Alaska, but I can see Russia as I walk around.

Here is what I found: I found lots of babushkas (Grandmas), mothers, children and lots of people walking their dogs! I found my favorite grocery store extremely busy as always. I bought a can of diet coke that cost me 16 rubles. I watched a team of ambulance drivers try to get a drunk woke up and on his feet, instead of laying in the snow. I saw 5 flats getting new windows and I found over a dozen snowmen made and at least a dozen being made. (by kids and adults) I also found the peace and quiet that I always find in Russia!

What I did not find was: The quagmire of criminal activity and seedy characters everywhere. (I did find a rude, crude and socially unacceptable driver that drove down the side walk honking his horn and flashing his lights to make people get out of his way. )

I was very glad that Russia was and is still Russia…..

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

Hot News!
RBC, 21.11.2008, Moscow 12:19:49.Credit organizations’ debt arising from unsecured loans granted by the Central Bank stood at roughly RUB 1.115 trillion (approx. USD 40.4bn) as of November 21, the Bank of Russia reported today.

RBC, 21.11.2008, Moscow 12:12:41.During today’s plenary session, the Russian State Duma adopted a presidential amendment to the Constitution regarding the Duma’s control over the Russian government. The bill was passed unilaterally.

RBC, 21.11.2008, Moscow 11:49:23.The Russian State Duma has approved constitutional amendments in the third and final reading. The document extends the terms of the president and State Duma deputies from four to six and five years, respectively. The amendments were approved by 392 deputies, while 57 voted against the bill. None of the deputies abstained from voting.

RBC, 21.11.2008, Moscow 11:15:11.A Russian-Montenegrin intergovernmental agreement on visa-free travel, signed in New York City on September 24, comes into force today. The document allows each country’s citizens holding valid international passports to travel to the other country without a visa and stay there for up to 30 days. Citizens having a permit for temporary or permanent residence will be allowed an unlimited visa-free stay, while holders of diplomatic or special passports on short business trips will be entitled to a visa-free stay for up to 90 days.

RBC, 21.11.2008, Moscow 09:58:47.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev begins a series of visits to Portugal and Latin American countries Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, and Cuba today. During his short stay in Lisbon, Medvedev will discuss with the Portuguese leadership such matters as Russia’s cooperation with the European Union and expanding bilateral relations.

RBC, 21.11.2008, Lima 09:25:07.Russia has allotted $0.5m to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum’s support fund. The contribution will be used to support APEC’s operations in 2009-2010 aimed at strengthening human security and developing science and technology, according to an official statement issued by the forum. This relates specifically to the development of natural disaster prevention systems and modernization of disaster relief infrastructure.

RBC, 20.11.2008, Moscow 15:23:48.The Russian government is doing everything possible to prevent a repeat of the 1991 and 1998 economic shocks, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said during the 10th United Russia congress in Moscow today. Granted, like many other global economies at the moment, Russia is in a difficult situation where it is affected by many economic factors it cannot influence, Putin said, but the government is doing everything to avoid another collapse.

RBC, 20.11.2008, Moscow 12:39:06.The 10th congress of the United Russia political party has opened in Moscow. It is chaired by Russian Prime Minister and the party leader Vladimir Putin. President Dmitry Medvedev is also projected to participate in the event.


As I was drinking a wonderful cup of coffee, I came across the facts that Ukraine once again is refusing to pay its debts. Gazprom has to fight with Ukraine every time to get any money for past due bills.

Russian Prime Minister Putin and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko just had in the beginning of October a discussion and settling of issues over past due bills. This seems to not have helped the situation.

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has given an order to Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller to collect gas debt from Ukraine, Interfax reported.

Medvedev also said: “I’ve paid attention that our Ukrainian partners owe us more than $2.4 billion. It is big money for any state and for any company, including Gazprom,” Medvedev specified, adding that they had agreed with Ukraine that the money would be paid back as established by law. The respective agreement had been reached during the Moscow visit of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. (Link)

This is not a new situation and I have written several times about Ukraine and the Gas issues. Ukraine always plays games and makes Russia look bad to Europe. You see all Gas for Europe goes through Ukraine so if Gazprom cuts the supply just for Ukraine’s usage: Ukraine will compensate by illegally cutting Europe’s supply by taking Europe’s Gas for their own use.
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I understand that Ukraine is having money issues just like the rest of the world but this is not a new issue and looks like as we approach winters full force, Ukraine is going to play games to make Europe worry again. That is why the Nord Stream Gas line is important. (Link) To by pass a Ukraine that causes problems….

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

Russia’s financial reserves will prevent a spike in inflation and sharp fluctuations in the ruble, chairman of the United Russia Party and Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin stated today at the party’s tenth congress. The financial crisis is turning into an economic crisis, he said. “It will test every country’s preparedness and their ability to protect their citizens, economies and currencies,” he predicted. “Russia is facing that challenge as well.”
Putin compared the crisis to a natural disaster. “It was impossible to stop, but we should foresee such a development of events and take measures in advance so that it passes painlessly,” he said, adding that it is still possible for Russia to avoid negative consequences from the crisis. He noted that Russia’s financial reserves allow it to ensure the stability of the budget syste, which mean stable payment of government workers, pensions and social benefits.

According to Rosstat, the state statistics service, the total debt for wages on November 1 had grown 33.4 percent since October 1 to 4.024 billion rubles. Wages are falling at the same time. Moscow city authorities say that wages have fallen 10 percent in the capital, and layoffs are beginning as well. Putin stated that unemployment benefits will be raised by 1500 rubles per month on January 1, 2009. That will be in addition to the raise in benefits calculated in the federal budget. Thus, the benefit payment will be 4900 rubles per month.


Once again Russia is on the bad list of another organization that tells the world who is good and who is bad. (Freedom of Association Under Threat report)

Right defenders from Freedom House have released a special report – Freedom of Association Under Threat – that is dedicated to the right and freedom condition in 12 states of the world. Together with Iran, Zimbabwe, Algeria, China, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Columbia, Russia is in the list of nations where the associational rights are particularly threatened. (Link)

But we see no reason to believe what the Freedom House says until they start telling the truth about all countries! Seems that the Freedom House group is controlled by the Western world and until it gets the Western politics out of its pockets then its reports hold no water. (Freedom House, being 80% funded from the USA budget)

We see that the USA should be in those same countries as Russia…..

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

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