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Nord Stream Approved by Finland!

Nord Stream Approved by Finland!


Finland gave final approval and it is full speed ahead for the Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany along the Baltic Sea bed.

Putin said, “This April we are starting work on the sea part of the pipeline. Everything should be completed in May 2011 – both on the sea and land sections. The first deliveries are to start as early as September 2011.”

Nord Stream for those who do not know what it is about.(Link) This is a major bypass rout for those pesky transport countries that always seem to put their interests before the customer…

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Posted by on February 12, 2010 in Russia

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Runaway journalist gathered shocking videos about South Ossetia!

Runaway journalist gathered shocking videos about South Ossetia!

Oops – Do we have a problem in Sassy Land? I really like articles like this:

Runaway journalist gathered shocking videos about South Ossetia: “Vakhtang Komakhidze, a well-known Georgian journalist, who requested political asylum in Switzerland, has shocking materials about South Ossetia, received in the course of his journey to the region in December 2009.

He managed to record ‘scandalous interviews, videos that can shake’, and the government of Georgia doesn’t want these to be published, said Nana Kakabadze, the human rights activist, in her interview to the Alia newspaper.”

I guess we wait and see…

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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in Russia

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A Misplaced Fear of Russian Money: by Vladimir Antonov!

A Misplaced Fear of Russian Money: by Vladimir Antonov!


A Misplaced Fear of Russian Money:

“What would have happened if the company had not found a new investor? Bankruptcy, with the layoff of thousands of workers. What, other than a well-prepared takeover by a company like Spyker, could have been the solution?

Yet, just in time, someone noticed that 29.9 percent of Spyker’s shares belonged to my company. Surreal allegations of alleged “economic crimes,” “money laundering” and other false horror stories about my business emerged. The main aim of those who should have been worried about Saab’s survival now moved to ensure the exclusion of this “evil” Russian investor.

On Dec. 18, the deal between G.M. and Spyker was suspended. I was forced to give up my investment in Spyker because the Swedish government had threatened to veto the deal, insinuating that I had ties with criminal organizations. There was no proof, but rumors were spread in the media.

On Jan. 27, the takeover was concluded in a new format. G.M. representatives said they were glad to see that the Russian investor had abandoned the deal. As a result, Swedish taxpayers will take on a large burden because their government became the guarantor of a credit of €400 million granted to Spyker by the European Investment Bank.”

Want a good read and see a little more of what it is to be Russian in the business world? (Link)

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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in Russia

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NATO and Madeleine Albright and Russia!

NATO and Madeleine Albright and Russia!
Watch the video! No really watch the video then come back…
This really is an unbelievable video and is chocked full of surprises for NATO lovers! NATO has done a 180 degree turn around on Russia…
Now is it a real stance? Or is it a face of a dying organization that really needs Russia to become part of the game so that it can prolong NATO’s viability in the worlds eyes?
Madeleine Albright does help give it some credibility and her speech was very good and sounded sincere. Does she have the power to really make it happen?
Remember Russia has a different plan for European security and that is a major threat to NATO. As Medvedev has said, NATO is not Russia’s friend and is a threat to Russian security.
Time will tell and we shall see what happens. Right now this is either an historic event or…
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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in Russia

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So I was Censored Because I Live in the Wrong IP!

So I was Censored Because I Live in the Wrong IP!


Yesterday I posted an article that got a bit of heat going in America: Is It Censorship If You Keep It Within Your Borders?

Sometimes you have to tell it like it is and this is one of those times. The article mentioned above got slammed and a news site printed it also, called Mizozo. I also sent emails to anyone that I could to express my dissatisfaction to as a American reader in Russia. This combination gave me a flurry of e-mails that seemed to all have a general sense of we are sorry but we had you blocked because of bad IP activity on your IP! (But they never really say they are sorry)
Here is one of the emails:
Dear peppy200,

It was brought to our attention that we had inadvertently blocked IP’s from certain Russian sections of Russia Moscow.
It was a non intentional default of protection software.
This e-mail is in response to an inquiry that directed our attention to our error and hope that this opens up ability to view said content.

This is a non reply e-mail

This e-mail was sent to peppy200@gmail.com, based on initial correspondence.

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I like the fact that I become peppy200 instead of Kyle as is how I signed each letter. Then they say this is a non reply email but down farther they say use this email address to contact them, if any more questions. But that is OK. At first I thought is this an automated response, then after I saw that access was opening back up to certain sites, I knew that humans were involved somewhere.

So what is blocking an IP about? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_blocking This article will tell you and it seems that I was on a area specific type of IP ban. That means that I was banned by the area I live in. Usually banned due to country web style attacks. Other words I was not blocked because of who I am. I was blocked because of were I live. :(

I definitely stirred up the DC crowd again and this time instead of comments. I got emails! (To comment on Windows to Russia now asks for positive ID and if you do not have a verifiable email then your comment never appears. This has saved me tons of issues lately. Anyone say Censor?) These emails were in the same wonderful format that their comment would be but at least I am the only one who has to see such statements. :) (Yes one of them even threatened to come to Moscow and ****** slap me silly!)

I will never be able to get everywhere that I want, but my only goal was to get to news sites unrestricted. You Tube will be a censored nightmare because individuals make up a decision as to what countries they want to view their videos and most people are prejudice even though they will not admit it. I succeeded in what I want to do…

So to summarize all this: Censorship is here to stay. It seems that censorship is in all forms. We censor comments, we censor countries, we censor areas, we censor cities and we censor individuals. (So on and so on) I understand certain restrictions because some humans seem to be unable to control their outbursts of rage without using vulgarity and threats. These same humans have forced me to control comments beyond the point I want to. But I have many school children that use the website and the last thing I need is the comment section having cuss words and death threats. Yes – because of a handful of “rotten eggs”…

I was censored because of being part of a perceived bigger problem. It is called blacklisting! Because you are on a blacklist does not mean that you can not be put on a white list. At least I will see less of the picture above!

I am white again…

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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in Russia

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President of Russia – Medvedev On Photography!

President of Russia – Medvedev On Photography!

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: I visited the Best of Russia 2009 photo exhibition. Given my personal interest in the subject, I wanted to say a few words about photography.

In historical terms, photography is a relatively young art, only a little more than 150 years old. All art forms share the common function of helping to represent the surrounding world, see something new in it, something we hadn’t noticed previously, learn something we hadn’t known earlier.

Photography also has a specific function of its own. Whether daguerreotype or digital, taking photos is a fairly straightforward procedure and photography can therefore seem a simple affair, just a form of amusement that gives us all the chance to snap away on anything from the best camera to the most basic model. But as the years pass, each negative created, or each digital file, takes on special significance in that it remains an exact copy of a particular moment in life, and in this sense creates a particular atmosphere for the photographer, for those in the photo, if it is a photo of people, and for those simply viewing the photo.

I think that the main sense of photography, of photos as an art, lies in that they capture the special sadness of moments already gone and never to be returned. This is photography’s real meaning, I think.

People often ask me how long I’ve been interested in photography. My interest dates back a long time. I first got into it probably almost 35 years ago, as a child, when I spent time at the Pioneers’ Palace. I had a marvellous camera – a Smena 8M. Anyone involved in photography back then will know that this was the cheapest, most basic model of Soviet camera, with the worst optics – well, with the most ordinary optics, shall we say – and probably the most difficult to use. It was hard to use because there was no range finder. You had to do everything by eye, decide on the exposure. The camera had none of the features needed for taking good quality photos.

But this very lack of features was a good thing really because it meant you had to put effort into taking photos, learn to judge the exposure, the light, the contrast. It meant learning by trial and error. Then there was working with the negatives, the whole process of developing, fixing, printing, repeating these procedures, drying the photo, and this is all a part of my life that I will never forget. Perhaps it is for this reason that photography still interests me so.

True, there was a long period when I stopped taking photos, and then I started again, as an adult this time, probably after 30, and I got really interested in it once more after it became possible to buy modern cameras.

What to take photos of? Anyone who picks up a camera asks themselves this question. I like to photograph nature, architecture, and of course, people. Though, to be honest, photographing people is no easy task for me because, given my job, it would look a bit strange if I were to suddenly turn up with a camera in my hand and start taking photos of people. I’m afraid it would make people wonder what on earth I think I’m up to. But I enjoy photographing all other kinds of objects. Of course, the results vary, as is the case for anyone taking photos.

As far as technology goes, people also often ask me in blogs what kind of camera I use. These days we are lucky in having such a big range to choose from. Around ten years ago, I bought several decent Canon cameras, the ones that use film. These days, I mostly use digital technology, but sometimes I still like to use film. It is more complicated, true, but it has its own special appeal.

I like to use different kinds of cameras. Here is one of them, one that your average person would find rather complicated to use. This is a Leica, a classical Leica, and this is the new M9 digital version. I use other cameras too – Canon and Nikon, for example, good digital wide-lens cameras. I recently got the chance to try out the new Leica, and I must say that this is a good camera, and I notice that photographers have praised it. It is quite a complicated camera, but has high resolution capability and a very good matrix – in other words, it has a large number of pixels.

When I get a free moment I try to take some photos. I don’t just take photos at home, but take my camera with me on practically every trip. To tell the truth, I often don’t end up getting the chance to actually use it, and if I do, I usually end up photographing mostly the views from the residences or hotels I stay at, or even out the car window, but when I do get the chance the resulting photos have an interest for me as memories of the places I’ve visited, and I travel a lot.

That is about all I wanted to say about my interest in photography. I hope that this art will continue to develop. This excellent exhibition that I just visited presents a picture of our country, a picture of the specific moment in time that was 2009. These photos represent photography at its highest, when each photo is a work of art in itself. These are random shots, but what is most important is that they are all little pieces of our country and our life in 2009. I think these exhibitions are of interest for everyone and they attract all kinds of people, from masters in the art with years of experience to those taking their first shots on an inexpensive camera. Here, they are all equals and this is really good to see.

I wish you all good luck with your photos. I think this is a fine art and also a fine way to pass the time.

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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Russia

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Government Motors (GM) Playing Games With Germany Again!


I have several articles about the fiasco that GM made in Germany over the sale of its division Opel. Now GM is trying to continue the fiasco and play games with Germany. This is months after saying that GM will keep Opel and can make it better.

Hummmm…
General Motors Europe on Tuesday finally announced the details of its plan to restructure German car-maker Opel. In addition to thousands of job cuts, GM wants 2.7 billion euros from European governments. Opposition to the plan is building in Germany. (Link)

This is the same deal being drug into the mud after GM refused to sell Opel to a Canadian/Russian group called Magna/Sberbank. Germany had approved the Magna/Sberbank for buying and saving the Opel company with the least amount of disruption of the German country.

But GM being also know now as Government Motors (GM) due to huge bailouts by the government from peoples tax money. Said that they can turn Opel around.
This has gone over like a dead fish on the beach and Germany is having real issues with Government Motors (GM) and the lies.
Looks like Germany needs to tell GM and America to stick it where the sun do not shine! Then just tell GM to do what they said they could do. Save the Opel company – Since it does still belong to GM (America) and if they can not save it, then sell it to Magna/Sberbank like they should have in the first place…
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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Russia

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Is It Censorship If You Keep It Within Your Borders?

I realize that many American people do not notice this sort of thing and if I still lived in America, I would not care either. But since I live in Russia and rely upon local and national news sources in America for my news. There is a problem that has developed with American Press.

I have watched over the last few years, a slow but noticeable censorship of videos and websites coming out of America. I try to watch videos from local news stations all over America and half the time get a well worn message: “sorry the content is unavailable in your country.” This applies to websites and videos!

I can get around this issue by using a proxy that tells everyone that I am from the USA. “But doesn’t that seem like censorship?”

This does not always work if I use a proxy from the UK and other parts of Europe. In fact I have found that the dividing line on news is now more closely related to American news against the rest of the world. I see a tightening of American borders in all aspects including media…

I was just hunting down some information on the statement by America that we will supply radioactive isotopes to Iran and are calling Iran’s bluff… :)

Out of 10 websites of news, I got one video to work without telling me that famous quote above. I was told that I could not even view the printed material on 3 of the sites.

Now let me search the Eastern websites and I find no restrictions and have all the news at hand. I try to use American press because that really is all that Americans will begin to believe, but as time goes by the American news is getting harder to get because of censorship.
So looks like European and Eastern news sources are going to become the way to knowledge.
That is OK by me!
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Update: Yesterday when I wrote this article I also decided to mail off multiples of emails to all sites that I had issues with. We will not get into who and what they are (right now) because I am getting responses back already. Last night I received three emails that all had about the same basic content! There was no apologies, but there was a release of my IP and I can say truthfully that I now have access where I did not have access yesterday: (Don’t you like how your name becomes your email.)

Dear peppy200,


It was brought to our attention that we had inadvertently blocked IP’s from certain Russian sections of Russia Moscow.

It was a non intentional default of protection software.

This e-mail is in response to an inquiry that directed our attention to our error and hope that this opens up ability to view said content.

This is a non reply e-mail

This e-mail was sent to peppy200@gmail.com, based on initial correspondence.

Please note that you must use this e-mail address to any future correspondence.

To manage your e-mail preferences, update your account settings.

Message Category: Miscellaneous

So maybe my grandma was right: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease!” :)
Looks like I was just part of a blanket IP block most likely due to virus issues and such..
 

Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Russia

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Russia Wonders About: America and Snow!

Russia Wonders About: America and Snow!

The playground is a clear as it is because the kids pack the snow even tighter. The park bench is getting ready to go under. The train floats on the surface.

I find it interesting how American press has just gone crazy on the snow in East Coast America. As I sit here in Russia and watch it snow again and again! I would say out of the last 60 days it has snowed 55 of those days. The multiples of feet of snow is packed down to about a foot and a half. It is like a solid sheet of ice now. All areas can virtually be transversed safely (pertains to not sinking out of sight) because the surface is like rock. The sidewalks are sometimes two feet higher than in the summer and stepping off the side walk can be a very dangerous proposition. The work crews have big metal rods with a strong steel blade on the end and they chop for hours trying to clear a path for people to walk. My favorite thing is when they chop a set of stairs from the road surface to the sidewalk. Sometimes it can be several stairs high…

I would imagine that the people who live in Michigan and the Dakotas plus other states in America really wonder what is wrong with some people at times! I have friends in the North part of America, that are use to having so much snow that their car disappears every year and they never complain about the snow. (Really it seems to me that the normal people are not really complaining, but that the Government and press are making a big deal out of it?)
The big difference is that in America the snow melts, except maybe the farthest North areas. In Moscow Russia the snow just keeps getting deeper. We have what seems to be about 6 months of Winter. The temperature just never goes about 0 degrees for months and months…
I never realized what snowpack was about because I do not ski, but now I know. Most snow that I have seen in the Midwest America was heavy and deep but within a week it was gone and ready for the next snow…
I said to Svetlana the other day, “Either I am getting taller or all these trees and road signs are getting much shorter!” As a tree limb was trying to poke me in the eye that in summer would have been at least two feet above my head. :)
Boza loves it because he can dig anywhere (He has a lot of terrier in him) and not get in trouble. He likes to dig as fast as he can into the packed snow, throwing ice everywhere. Then he sticks his head way down into the hole he dug and growls at what ever imaginary creature he is digging for. Then he runs and digs another hole. So far, he never hits dirt and when he does, I will know Spring is coming.
As I sit here writing this and the snow falls outside…
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Posted by on February 9, 2010 in Russia

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France Hugged Russia: NATO Demands to Know Why?

France Hugged Russia: NATO Demands to Know Why?

I have been posting about the fact that Russia wanted to buy a French made Mistral-class amphibious assault ship! I have posted about the fact that the French agreed to sell said ship to Russia! Now we get to post about France having to defend her decision on why she sold the ship to Russia:

French President – Sarkozy told U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at a brief meeting on Monday that in his opinion the sale did not pose a military problem because Russia should be treated as a real partner. “One cannot expect Russia to behave as a partner if we don’t treat it as one,” Sarkozy said.

NATO is in Moscow right now and this subject is sure to cause a few rumbles. NATO wants Russian help but wants it on NATO terms. So just days after NATO and Russian officials clashed at the Munich Security Conference, a group of prominent experts from the NATO alliance is to arrive in Moscow on Tuesday. (Feb. 9th 2010)

The Western press lit up with astonishment over the fact that France sold this ship to Russia! It seems that all the previous letters and demanding statements from America and NATO did not curtail the sale. The opinion type articles, about how Russia can use this craft for evil and destructive intentions to control the world at large has flourished in the media and still evince the networks.
Now lets see what else can Russia buy, to have more NATO toys to play with…
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“French Defense Minister Herve Morin said on Monday it was time to turn the page on Cold War-era antagonisms with Russia and start a new relationship with Moscow through new exchanges.”

 

Posted by on February 9, 2010 in Russia

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Yulia Tymoshenko Will Go Down Fighting – Poor Ukraine!

Hot off Russia’s Interfax news:

“Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc has said it will contest in court the conduct of the Ukrainian presidential election she appears to have narrowly lost.

Deputy leader Elena Shustik said the bloc would contest results at some polling stations and ask for a recount, Russia’s Interfax news agency reports.
Another bloc official accused Viktor Yanukovych’s party of falsification.”

A really big mistake that Viktor made was to threaten Yulia with her job as Prime Minister in front of the world. I see the push for a third round of voting coming. She has nothing to loose and will go down fighting. Taking Ukraine with her…
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Posted by on February 9, 2010 in Russia

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Russian Doughnuts: Ponchiki!


Russian Doughnuts (Ponchiki) is a wonderful treat and easy to make. Very likely you have all these ingredients available in the household and on a snowy winter day or night these doughnuts are a great treat for kids young and old! So when you can not drive to the store to get your favorite doughnut, try these Russian doughnuts – They may become your new favorite…

Lets gather the Ingredients:
2 eggs
4 tbsp sugar
quarter stick softened margarine or 25 grams (butter is better)
1/2 cup milk (I like to use sourcream)
2 cups self raising flour (or 2 cups plain flour and heaping 1 tsp baking powder)
1/2 tsp powdered cinnamon (no sugar in it)
1/2 cup vegetable oil (for the skillet to fry the doughnuts)

Lets Mix them there doughnuts:

Melt the margarine or butter. Pour into a mixing bowl with the eggs and sugar until creamy smooth.

Then add the milk and mix another 30 seconds.

Add 1 1/2 cups flour and the cinnamon into another mixing bowl and make sure mixed into a blended product. Then gradually stir in the liquid from the first mixing bowl until you make a bread like dough.

Continue to knead the mix to make a smooth elastic dough, while adding half the remaining flour and then add the rest as needed to create a dough that does not stick to the sides of the bowl. (This mixing should be done by hand.)

Roll the dough out to around quarter inch thick. Cut out rings of dough using two concentric cutting circles. Two different cookie cutters are great as long as there is about a half inch difference in circumference.

Lets cook them there doughnuts:

Heat a skillet with the vegetable oil on medium – not too hot.

Drop the dough rings into the oil when oil is hot and cook until lightly golden. Flipping doughnuts over as one side browns and get the other side.

Temperature is important because the doughnuts will puff up and cook only on the outside. (Better to cook more slowly then fast!)

Remove the cooked doughnuts from the skillet and set aside onto a plate covered with paper towels.

Lets eat them there doughnuts:

Eat them while still warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or cinnamon sugar and dip in your favorite icing.

Yummy……….

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Posted by on February 8, 2010 in Russia

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France did it: Sold the Mistral Helicopter Assault Carrier to Russia!

France OKs carrier sale to Russia:
08 February, 2010

France has agreed to sell the Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia. The Russian Navy also has its eyes on three more similar vessels in the future.

The approval of the defense deal was announced Monday by Jacques de Lajugie, the international development director of France’s armaments board Delegation Generale pour l’Armement (DGA). He added the possible addition of three more helicopter carriers has only been discussed on the technical level, not on the political.

Russia’s Navy voiced its intention to buy a helicopter carrier last year. The goal is to study the technology and tactical advantages of such a ship.

The French warship Mistral is the main candidate for the purchase, and she even paid a three-day visit to St. Petersburg in November so that top brass could examine it personally. However, the final decision has not yet been made and Russia is considering alternatives.

France currently has two vessels of this class deployed, which means additional warships will have to be commissioned if Russia wants an extra three. Some Russian Navy officials also speculated that the Mistral can go with a license to build similar vessels in Russian shipyards.

Hummmmm! That was not surprising to me and most on this side of the world but now lets see what good ole America prints about this predicament…
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Posted by on February 8, 2010 in Russia

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NATO Wants Russia to Believe – but Russia Does Not Believe in NATO!

NATO Wants Russia to Believe – but Russia Does Not Believe in NATO!

NATO Wants Russia to believe:

“NATO is not an enemy of Russia,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an interview on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich.

Russia does not believe NATO:

President Dmitry Medvedev signed into approval his country’s new military doctrine Friday. The doctrine identifies one of the “main external threats of war” as NATO’s expansion east to Russia’s borders, and it sees U.S. plans to create an anti-missile shield in Europe as a concern for national security. It also reaffirms Russia’s right to use nuclear weapons if the country’s existence is threatened.

Why is this? Because the lies run deep! Russia has learned what my Grandma always said, “Only believe half of what you are told, the other half is a lie!”

For Russia it will be a long time until she will believe anything the Wests says…

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Putin – Quote of the Day! (Feb. 2010)

Putin – Quote of the Day! (Feb. 2010)

Putin talking to the United Russia leaders on taking care of the masses, this last Friday!

Putin said, “You mustn’t become ‘promise makers,’ who just make these promises to throw dust in peoples’ eyes so that you can get into power and start settling your own personal problems.” This is according to a statement on the government web site.

Do you think he has any Western Politicians in mind when he lectures to his government like this?
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PS: Another famous quote for Politicians and Promises -Nikita Khrushchev once said: “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”
 

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Lavrov Invites Hamas to Talk in Moscow Russia!

Lavrov Invites Hamas to Talk in Moscow Russia!

One thing that I have discovered about the modern Russian people is that they truly believe in discussion as a first resort. There is none of this “strike now and talk later” issues.

I learned this from the Georgian war and saw that Russia tried to contact the UN and such about the Georgia strike against South Ossetia… (Don’t remember that do you? That is because the Western press refused to print it.) Russia tried to get some attention before they ripped Georgia apart! When their issues was vetoed by America at the UN in an emergency meeting over the situation – Russia went it alone.

Now in tradition that I see befitting of the Russians:

For the first time since 2007 the political leader of Hamas is due in Moscow for talks on how to unite Palestinians and resume talks with Israel.

The talks come just two weeks after Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas visited Russia.

The two factions split in 2006 with Hamas seizing the Gaza strip following violence a year later.

According to a Hamas representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, who is among the delegation members, the “visit of the Hamas delegation to Russia is paid at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.”

“The visit is held within the framework of permanent consultations of the Islamic Resistance Movement with the Russian authorities. We intend to maintain this dialogue,” the Hamas representative said.

Russia remains the only member of the Middle East Quartet to openly talk with Hamas.

Interesting how the world turns their back on the real Russia. I just ask when will the world open their eyes and see the Russia that is always trying to keep the Middle East together and not bomb it into submission.

I had someone say how can you say Russia wants peace when they did the same to Afghanistan?

I respond, That was not Russia – That was the Soviet Union and they are gone or haven’t you noticed?
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Posted by on February 8, 2010 in Russia

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Ukraine Election is it Over?

Ukraine Election is it Over?


In Ukraine nothing is done until “well” it is done! I have stayed very quiet about all the exit poll statements that give Viktor Yanukovych the presidency over Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The Western press and half the Eastern press have given the win to Viktor. I like to be more accurate on what I print and exit polls at 50% of the vote is not accuracy…


The gap has closed steadily and surly as all the votes come in. Looks like it is much closer than you think. Statements of: It will be a week before all final results will be tallied, the gap between candidates has narrowed to less than 3% with only 80% of the vote counted and the fact that the Ukraine embassy in Moscow shut the doors early against a whole bunch of voters for the Ukraine election shows that issues are far from secure.


The last video shows how many people were denied the right to vote at the Ukraine Embassy in Moscow and if it happened here in Moscow it happened all over the world.

Democracy is they name…

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PS: Update – Yulia Tymoshenko has further cut Viktor Yanukovych’s lead in Ukraine’s presidential runoff to 2.09%, the Central Election Commission said on Monday.
According to a commission update, with 95.04% of the vote counted, Yanukovych is leading with 48.23% of the vote and Tymoshenko is running close with 46.14%.
KIEV, February 8 (RIA Novosti)
 

Posted by on February 8, 2010 in Russia

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Medvedev Has a Vision!

Medvedev Has a Vision!


I had a good reader send me a article link that is very important. (Link to the article) I let this article slide because I have all this type of information been constantly fed from the Kremlin website and I just read and tossed aside. I realize that was a mistake… (Some items I still need to address.)

MOSCOW — It’s the near future. Russia is a thriving multi-party democracy with a media free of state control. It has become a member of NATO and is thinking of joining the European Union.

A crazed fantasy? This was the vision put forward Wednesday by a think-tank set up by President Dmitry Medvedev of the path Russia needs to take in the next years.

This is an important change of thoughts in Russia. Putin and Medvedev have this goal and before the release of this information those two had a big meeting and decided the game plan so to speak.

If you look at the sidebar on Windows to Russia. You will see a title called:
Kremlin.Ru: Unified Wire Service:

This is a direct feed that comes from the presidents website in Moscow. This is how I follow the happenings in the Kremlin. You can expect the list to be virtually all new items everyday. That is how active the site has become. Medvedev is very open about what he does and tries to assure that everything gets posted properly. I really only see one area that needs to improve and think that they need to start giving more information about the meetings between Medvedev and Putin. This would help dispel all these rumors about a rift between powers, now and to be! But I really think as the site develops they will start including more about their meetings…

I installed this feed to be visible, for helping on that very reason. So that people in the world could see what the Kremlin is up to! I use to post directly most of these articles, but they are too numerous now and I feel that this way gives you a better choice of links to follow and study Medvedev’s plans for the future…
Russia is a democracy but it will be a democracy done the Russian way. America has already proven that her way of democracy has failed and needs a pivotal revamp.
Strange that the Western world can not see that Russia has big plans with World at large and America is really not in that initial list…
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Posted by on February 5, 2010 in Russia

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Windows to Russia Says: China Will Not Support Sanctions Against Iran!

If sanction support from China against Iran was even a consideration at any point. That point is gone. America has sufficiently pissed China off to exclude any form of help for at least a year on the political front. I read the Western press and their stories how China and America go through this all the time. I read how this is really no big deal… (Ok…)

I hate to pass on the news but what I hear coming from China and Asia is not good and America has awakened a normally quiet semi-foe. China does not jest this time when she says, something that resembles, The Reciprocation’s will not be pleasant!
So while the USA throws out her chest and says: China will adjust her currency, China will learn about trade laws, China will have Human Rights, China will help on Iran, China will not worry about arms sales to Taiwan and China don’t worry that Obama will meet with Dali Lama no matter what you think!
China has a quiet disposition and the patience that America has no understanding about. China will wait for the right time and retribution will be much worse than a bunch of ill timed words that stir up trouble…
Besides Russia has not changed her mind and will not be backing these sanctions either. One thing about Russia is that they can express a worry without having to feel they must carry through after expressing that worry.
China and Russia are much too involved politically and financially with Iran just to turn their back on her. Also when America is seen as a bigger issue and threat to the world than Iran…
Funny thing: Seems like America has pissed Russia and China off on purpose in the last few weeks. Could they then feel free to blame Russian and China for an ensuing attack on Iran nuclear sites? With the huge build up of warships near Iran… (No Support, so we had to do it to ensure the safety of the world! All Russia and China’s fault…)
Makes me go Hummmm!
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Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Russia

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Russia Visa Free With South Ossetia!

This is one of my favorite pictures!
 

It is official: Russians have visa free travel with South Ossetians. Svetlana thinks this is cool because we can travel there no with no hassles. South Ossetia is a beautiful country and will make a good trip coming up in the next year.

This has caused Georgia to get all red faced and make strange angry noises! (Really – they did not like this visa free thing…)
Every step that Russia takes is just one more conformation of non re tractability by Russia. Even though Russia has said, we do not and will not ever change our mind on South Ossetia. Georgia has insisted that South Ossetia is an intricate part of Georgia! I think that Georgia should have thought of that before they went and tried to level South Ossetia to the ground with Grad Rockets and tanks!
Georgia screams, “Russia violates the International Standards!”
It should be unnecessary to mention that the recognition of the two former Georgian republics was triggered by nothing else but Georgia’s violation of the same international standards in August 2008!

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Posted by on February 3, 2010 in Russia

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