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About Russia – Tidbits of information about Moscow!

About Russia – Tidbits of information about Moscow!

Did you know that Moscow celebrated its 862nd birthday on September 5-6 2009?

Did you know that 66 percent of Russians, think of Moscow residents as a separate category of Russian people? They imagine a Muscovite as a person having a good job, a high income, and fine business qualities. However, when speaking about personal qualities of Muscovite’s, most Russians have negative things to say. 6 percent consider Muscovite’s rude, crude and socially unacceptable.

Did you know that Native Muscovite’s make up only two percent of the population of Moscow about 180,000 people? (Svetlana is a native Muscovite.)

Did you know that Moscow is a densely populated city? There are about 120 people living on each hectare of land in the city limits. For comparison, the density is 40 people in New York, 62 in London, 88 in Paris.

Just some tidbits of information so that you learn more about Moscow and Russia…

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(Link to Article) Facts from Pradva!

 

Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Russia

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Unsanctioned March of Dissent Rally in Moscow…

Unsanctioned March of Dissent Rally in Moscow…

Unsanctioned Moscow Rally...

An estimated 200 protesters turned out for the rally in downtown Moscow with 35 hauled away in police vehicles. But that number of protesters paled in comparison to the some 300 reporters who were on hand to cover the event…

Lets get this straight – more reporters than protesters…

Hummmmm…

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Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Russia

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Sochi 2014: Costing Russia 81 Billion Rubles! (So Far)

Sochi 2014: Costing Russia 81 Billion Rubles! (So Far)

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Hello,

Russia is going to spend a little money in the next few years. Putin promised that Sochi would be ready and the money is starting to flow!

04/02/2008 15:33 SOCHI, February 4 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s prime minister said on Monday the government will spend 81 billion rubles ($3.3 billion) over the next three years on facilities for the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi…..

“The government has adopted a program for the construction of Olympic facilities and Sochi’s development,” Viktor Zubkov told a meeting of the presidential council responsible for preparations for the games at the Black Sea resort.

“It includes 243 facilities. Around 81 billion rubles will be spent on the program in the next three years.”

Zubkov said the six years remaining to prepare for the games is a relatively short period considering the scale of the plans, and urged for final decisions on the facilities’ location and additional, private, investment in the Olympic projects.

President Vladimir Putin, who vigorously campaigned to secure the country’s victory as an Olympic bidder, and spoke English, French and Spanish at a presentation ceremony to win over IOC members, earlier pledged $12 billion to build the city’s facilities for the winter Olympics largely from scratch.

Sochi won the right to host the games during an IOC session in Guatemala in July 2007 after a close race with South Korea‘s Pyeongchang and Austria’s Salzburg.

Environmental groups have warned that large-scale construction work could wreak significant damage in the unique mountainous West Caucasus area, which includes territories on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Critics have also predicted that authorities and organizers will use the opportunity to embezzle government funds.

Apart from sporting venues and hotels, organizers plan to build a mobile communications network, digital broadcasting infrastructure, lay fiber-optic cables, build and modernize four power plants and four cascaded hydroelectric power stations, and to totally rebuild power grids

Transportation services are also to be improved considerably. A light metro is to be built to connect the airport and railroad terminal in Adler to sporting venues. The existing railroad will be reconstructed and two more lines laid, including a high-speed one from Moscow to Adler.

Sochi airport, where a new terminal was built recently, will have a runway extended, and backup airports will be built in nearby cities. New terminals will be constructed in the sea port.

There are also plans to build “Federation” island off Sochi’s coast in the shape of Russia. The island is to be filled with hotels and offices.

Russia will be hosting the Winter Olympics for the first time. Moscow hosted the Summer Olympics in 1980, but the event was marred by a U.S.-led boycott involving more than 60 countries.

I see that Russia is going to be spending a lot of money on the Olympics in the next 6 years. My wife and I can not wait, we want to go!

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Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Russia

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An emergency situation has been announced in 14 regions in Russia…

An emergency situation has been announced in 14 regions in Russia…
Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister Putin…

The situation with wildfires in the Russian regions remains difficult, though some stability has been noticed, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said during a meeting at the Emergencies Ministry’s Situation Room on Saturday.

According to the Emergencies Ministry’s figures on Saturday morning, some 121,500 hectares of forest are burning. There are also 18 peat bog fires, 9 of which are in the Central Federal District.

“The situation we have with wildfires remains difficult, [and] the night before last and yesterday morning we ran into some heavy consequences in some regions [but this] has stabilized a bit; however, on the whole, [the situation] remains quite intense,” Putin said.

Over the last 24 hours, over 1,000 homes have been destroyed and entire villages burned to the ground in the largest wildfire ever to hit the European part of Russia.

An emergency situation has been announced in 14 regions in Russia. Thousands of people have been left homeless.

Temperatures across much of western and central Russia have topped 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) during the past five weeks, causing peat bog and forest fires and creating what is thought to be the worst drought since 1972.

“You all know what the weather forecast is: there’s nothing to be happy about,” Putin said.

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  • Raging Wildfires Kill At Least 29 In Russia (news.sky.com)
  • Five killed as wildfires sweep central Russia (reuters.com)
  • Russia And California Battle Deadly Wildfires (news.sky.com)
  • 15 dead as forest fires rage south, east of Moscow (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Russia On Fire… (windowstorussia.com)
  • Wildfires sweeping Russia kill at least 25 (reuters.com)
  • Fires and Storms Kill at Least 28 in Russia (nytimes.com)
  • Russian wildfires leave 25 dead, thousands homeless (cnn.com)
  • Russia’s Putin visits village destroyed by forest fires that have killed at least 7 (foxnews.com)
  • 20 dead as forest fires rage across Russia (msnbc.msn.com)
 

Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Russia

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YouTube not Loved in Russia’s Far East…

YouTube...

Medvedev just started a video area on YouTube and then this pops up last week. I find it interesting that countries are having internet issues such as America shutting down 73,000 blogs on a site last week (They deny it though! :)) China and Google go round and round. Now this, Russia and YouTube…

The Central District Court of Russia’s Far East city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur has ordered a local Internet provider to block access to five websites, including Youtube, for spreading extremist materials, a court spokesman told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“The court ordered the Rosnet provider to block access to Youtube, as well as to lib.rus.ec, thelib.ru, zhurnal.ru and web.archive.org, which contain open materials included in the federal list of extremist literature,” he said.

With the exception of Youtube, all the remaining sites are electronic libraries. “In particular, Adolf Hitler‘s Mein Kampf could be found in the electronic libraries’ websites,” the spokesman said.

The Komsomolsk-on-Amur Prosecutor’s Office filed a lawsuit after investigating the website content.

Rosnet on Wednesday appealed the decision.

“Representatives of our company have repeatedly offered… representatives of the Prosecutor General‘s office… ways of blocking extremist content by turning to the hosting providers and owners of websites or the authors of the [extremist] issues. But our proposals were neglected,” Rosnet’s press release said.

Several countries attempt to impose censorship on the world’s largest websites. Pakistan blocked Youtube in February 2008 over “sacrilegious content.” Last year, China blocked Youtube on its territory. (RIA Novosti)

Makes me go Hummmm…

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Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Russia

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Russia: Would You Put or Want The Sign of the Devil on Your License Plate?

Russia: Would You Put or Want The Sign of the Devil on Your License Plate?

Hello,

I was drinking my morning cup of delicious coffee here in Moscow, Russia. I was doing some thinking about a faded black older BMW car that I had seen the other day with a license plate with the number of the devil on it! It went by at a very high rate of speed, as Svet and I stood near the theater taking pictures of horses, in which that we had just seen a movie. I could not and can not understand why someone would put the sign of the devil on their license plate. (registration plate)

I remember shaking my head and mumbled something under my breath, because I thought to myself, that person has issues.

Well today an interesting accident has happened:

MOSCOW, May 7 (RIA Novosti) – A driver had to be cut out of his BMW after a tram rammed into his vehicle, which was displaying the number 666 on the registration plate, a police source said on Thursday.

The accident occurred near a church in east Moscow and the significance of the number 666 on the vehicle’s registration plate made some emergency workers nervous. (Link)

I understand the workers being nervous. I do not believe in many superstitions but one that I take to heart is the number of the devil and even the numbers 999 raises caution with me, which is number of the devil upside down.

I checked some more news sources and I am 99% positive that this is the same car. The driver was young and had no respect for people, horses or other cars. He ran one actually two of the lights that was at the intersection as we waited for a bus. I remember him because I was trying to get pictures of people who were riding horses across this same intersections. I did not get the car on a picture but I got the horses. Not a very good picture but you can still see the horses and they were being ridden through Moscow, late at night. It was this intersection that he weaved around cars at a high rate of speed and tore into the night. I remember his plate and the number of the devil!

If it is not him then there is another BMW with number of the devil on its license plate running around Moscow, Russia.

So now this guy is in serious condition and his car totaled. The people on the tram were not hurt according to reports. It seems that many people in Moscow like to drive on the tram tracks and block the trams all the time. Or try to out run them and get across the intersection before them.

Just like playing chicken with a train at a train crossing. The train wins sometimes…

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Kyle and Svet

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Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Russia

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Russia and China Have Agreeded to Disagree on Sanctions…

I doubt China and Russia will ever be much help to the EU and the USA in sanctions against Iran again, or for that matter any other country that America targets with sanctions..

China has joined Russia in denying support to the latest batch of European Union sanctions against Iran.

In a statement from its Foreign Ministry Friday, it argues that nuclear disagreements with the Iranians must be resolved through diplomacy, rather than new unilateral punitive measures.

The sanctions in question were announced last Monday, after a Brussels meeting of EU Foreign Ministers.

The sanctions in it target Iran’s oil and gas, banking and transportation sectors.

Russia says they compromise efforts by the Security Council’s Permanent Five plus Germany to establish a productive dialogue with Iran.

Gee and I have said from the beginning that games are being played by America and before it is over Russia and China will be pulling out of the sanctions all together. I have heard Medvedev state a dozen times here in Russia, “That is not what the council agreed upon…”

Sanctions that are based on lies and deceits to get them accomplished are worse than what the country that they are against has done…

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Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Russia

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Russia On Fire…

Russia On Fire...

Russia on Fire...

Over 2,000 soldiers and about 50 vehicles from the Moscow Military District are involved in fire-firing efforts in central Russian regions, a spokesman for the Moscow Military District command told reporters on Friday.

A special group maintains 24-hour contact with the Emergency Situations Ministry and regional administrations, the spokesman said.

Swift measures are being taken to put out forest fires that might threaten military bases, he said. More than 200 pockets of fire have been registered in the Moscow Military District’s zone of responsibility on Friday.

The Nizhny Novgorod, Voronezh, Vladimir and Moscow region are the worst hit.

This from (Itar-Tass) — Forest fires resulting from record-high and long heatwave and drought quickly spread in central Russia because of strong wind on Thursday and destroyed nearly 500 wooden houses forcing rescuers to launch mass evacuation of people.

The emergency department of Nizhni Novgorod region said fires swept away the village of Upper Vereya in less than an hour destroying all the 341 wooden buildings. All the 580 residents of Upper Vereya were evacuated.

“There are no victims and all the people have been accommodated in two school buildings in the town of Vyksha,” a spokesman of the emergency service said.

Houses were also on fire in the village of Tamboles with 308 residents and 205 buildings. Evacuation is underway.

Twelve out of 34 houses were also on fire in the village of Borkovka and residents were evacuated.

The emergency service said additional firefighting teams from neighboring regions have been dispatched.

In Voronezh region raging fires killed a fireman raising the death toll to two, spokeswoman of the Russian Emergency ministry Irina Andiranova said.

Authorities had to bloc traffic on a 100-kilometer section of the Don highway in Voronezh region as surrounding forests were on fire and the smoke reduced visibility to 50 meters.

Fires have surrounded Voronezh outskirts from the north, west and south. Rescuers evacuated over 600 children from summer camps and patients of a hospital. Twenty wooden residential houses were burnt down.

Local emergency service said over 600 hectares of forests were on fire in the past week and close to 50 houses were destroyed.

In Volgograd region forest fires rage on a territory of 200 hectares, however the threat to four residential settlements with 500 residents was eliminated, local emergency service spokeswoman Yelena Rodionova said.

Strong wind aggravated the situation with peat fires in three eastern/southeast districts around Moscow – Yegoryevsk, Kolomna and Shatura, Viktor Klimkin, deputy chief of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s Moscow branch said on Thursday night.

“Because of the wind these blazes are moving to the category of crown fires from ground fires,” he said.

Klimkin said the fires do not pose an immediate threat for Moscow.

In the meantime, the Russian Railways Company (RZD) warned raging forest fires may bloc rail traffic to the southeast.

RZD said it may find it necessary to introduce changes in the schedules “to ensure the security of traffic and safety of passengers.”

Russian Video: Heat and Smoke Disaster in Moscow!

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  • 15 dead as forest fires rage south, east of Moscow (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Russia’s Putin visits village destroyed by forest fires that have killed at least 7 (foxnews.com)
  • Russian forest fires spread, at least 7 dead (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Five killed as wildfires sweep central Russia (reuters.com)
  • Raging Russian fires destroy homes, people flee (sfgate.com)
  • Medvedev wants army help to tackle wildfires (cnn.com)
  • Moscow sweats as second heat record set (msnbc.msn.com)
  • Fires from heatwave scorch Russia (bbc.co.uk)
  • Homes destroyed by Russian wildfire (channel4.com)
  • Moscow shrouded in polluting smog as city swelters in record heat wave (foxnews.com)
  • Russia’s “Cold Pole” Getting Heated Up… (windowstorussia.com)
 

Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Russia

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Kiev, Ukraine – Depression is Leaving…

Kiev, Ukraine – Depression is Leaving…
Viktor Yanukovich
Viktor Yanukovych…

Even with the heat and humidity in Kiev, Ukraine you could sense the change in the core feelings of the city. Gone was the deep depression that has been prevalent over the last few years and money could be seen exchanging hands as people purchased goods…

I have written several times about the deep seated depression that overtook Ukraine as they struggled with the financial crises. This was a serious thing to me because I really love Ukraine as a wonderful place to visit and communicate with the people…

I also expressed about the past president and prime minister of Ukraine and how they seemed to be getting rich off the people through various escapades. But the people became more depressed because nothing ever seemed to be there to help these people…

That has changed in Ukraine at least in Kiev. I saw construction projects that had been left abandoned for years. Suddenly they have sprang back to life and are on there way to being completed. I saw new railroad tracks being laid into revived industrial park areas that have so long been abandoned in the past. I saw couples walking hand n hand and the girls even had flowers… :)

This is a wonderful thing that has happened to Kiev and I was very happy myself as I walked the streets of Kiev this time. I have seen the transformation slowly take effect and I have a thought on why everything has changed.

I really believe that Ukraine was intentionally set up for destruction by the Orange revolution that was driven by America and America has no qualms about it. In fact after my last communicate with special interests people in America I have come to the realization that there will be another buildup to the same situation again. The fact that Ukraine has thumbed her nose at NATO and hugged the Russian Bear again has caused deep concern in America for the special interests groups…

Ukraine now has a president (Viktor Yanukovych) that seems to really care and definitely not stealing all the funds from the country.  It seems they have a prime minister now that has much less interests in the absconding of profits from the gas proceeds as the past prime minister did…

Ukraine has a ways to go but I see that it is on the correct path or at least a path that is better than the past.  Ukraine did what was needed and that was to get the Western backed scum out of office…

Lets hope that Ukraine can keep their heads up and keep on the correct path…

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Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Russia

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Could It Be That North Korea Did Not Sink The Cheonan…

Could it be? No America Alleged and we all know how powerful that word is with the western press…

A South Korean newspaper claims Russian investigators have found North Korea did not torpedo one of the South’s warships that sank in spring. The report says the vessel hit a mine.

Russia has not yet commented on the story.

The “Cheonan” sank off the Korean peninsula in March, with the loss of 46 sailors.

Earlier, a US-backed international investigation found Pyongyang responsible. However, Pavel Leshakov, the director of Korean studies at the Moscow State University, says the conclusion is “almost 100 per cent political.”

Russia sent its own team of investigators to the region last month.

North Korea has continuously denied any links to the incident.

The incident has made the tense situation on the divided peninsula even worse. But it could potentially develop to become even uglier, says investigative journalist Wayne Madsen.

“This is very critical, because if there is a smoking gun – this could have been a set-up, this was some sort of accident made look like hostile action or it was some sort of false flag attack, this could result in war against a nuclear armed-country, North Korea,” Madsen asserts.

Canadian foreign policy analyst Stephen Gowans says war in the region “could be possible, however we can also look at this as an on-going program of the United States and South Korea to impose enormous military pressure on North Korea with the goal of seeing it collapse.”

Pyotr Razvin from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, believes despite the high tension, the chances of an actual war are limited.

“Both North and South Korea see the perspective of a war as mutually assured destruction. If a conflict were to erupt, the Korean peninsula would be economically devastated. Besides, neighboring China has no interest in a war on its borders either, be it a nuclear or not.”

Hummmm where have you heard about this before? But you know America ALLEGED

The UN Refuses to Blame North Korea for the Sinking…

We Alleged So It Must Be True…

North Korean Torpedo is German? (Oh My the Web We Weave)

Russia is Starting To Talk About Korea…

Russia Asks – Did North Korea Sink the Cheonan…

Windows to Russia Was Attacked…

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Russia

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From Russia: Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko will save Moldova and Bulgaria from Russian Evil!

From Russia: Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko will save Moldova and Bulgaria from Russian Evil!
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Hello,

While I was drinking a cup of delicious coffee I came across a comment from a reader on our article From Russia: Press Conference by Putin on Ukraine Blackmail Over Gas!. He alerted me to the fact that Ukraine is going to save Moldova and Bulgaria from when Russia turned off their gas.

RIA Novosti reports the situation like this: “Ukraine’s president has promised to start providing 2 million cubic meters of natural gas daily to Bulgaria and Moldova from its own reserves on January 10, the presidential press service said on Saturday.”

First off lets remember it was Ukraine in the first place that shut off the gas lines and then remember that most of this gas that they will give to Moldova and Bulgaria is stolen from Russia.

So lets hope that he will turn the gas back on and then maybe we should be asking.

Why did he (Yushchenko) turn off the gas in the first place?

Things like this keep me saying: Hummmm!

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

 

Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Russia

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Russian Foreign Ministry is Disenchanted with statements by the USA…

As The World Turns…

Statements of the USA seem inappropriate to the Foreign Ministry of Russia.

In particular, ones about the “presence of Russian forces in Moldova and Georgia without agreement of these states”. The Foreign Ministry of Russia gave explanation. “Let’s mention that in the territory of Georgia there wasn’t a single Russian soldier for a long time; and South Ossetia and Abkhazia, in the territory of which, with their agreement, Russian bases are deployed, are neither constituent parts of Georgia nor Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe participant states.”

The statement was caused by Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control and Nonproliferation Agreements and Commitments -2010 report by the U.S. Department of State. This report accused Russia of violation of its international obligations.

These statements above coincides with statements from the USA politicians pertaining to the fact that Russia never fulfilled her obligation on the expired SALT I and that no one should in their correct frame of mind believe that Russia will fulfill anything thing to do with the new SALT treaty…

So it came come as no surprise that Wednesday the USA released the US State Department’s Treaty Compliance Report. This report alleged that Russia failed to comply with some aspects of Start I. This is because the USA says that they have not been able to verify information…

This was put in a report even though the fact is that the USA is also behind schedule in destroying its own chemical weapons stockpile which is not, but whispered amongst the need to know…

There is that damn alleged word again, that America is so fond of…

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Russia

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Russia’s “Cold Pole” Getting Heated Up…

Russia’s “Cold Pole” Getting Heated Up…

How would you like to be one of the coldest inhabited places on earth and be able to run around in a swim suit. This area many times never even goes above freezing year around. But now they have both snow and heat…

In Yakutia the cold pole – in the village of Ojmjakon there came almost the equivalent to African heat.  According to the forecasters, beginning on Wednesday, July 28 to July 30 will be plus 30 to possible plus 34 degrees.

Similar weather is forecast in Tomponskom, Moma, Upper and Srednekolymsk areas of the Republic of Sakha. :(

As the press service of the Far Eastern regional emergencies center of Russia, is expected on July 29 in Oimyakon area will be extremely high chance a risk for forest fires.

In Yakutia they sent out an urgent warning about the likelihood of emergencies.  All Forces and means of the Main Department of Russian Ministry of Emergency of Yakutia are in high alert.

Oymyakon is known as one of the candidates for the Northern Pole of Cold, because on February 6, 1933, a temperature of −67.7 °C (−90 °F) was recorded there. This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth. It is also the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern hemisphere. Only Antarctica has recorded lower official temperatures with the lowest being −89.2 °C (−129 °F) near the Russian station of Vostok. The actual weather station is in a valley between Oymyakon and Tomtor. The station is at 750m and the surrounding mountains at 1,100 meters, causing cold air to pool in the valley.

So this is not good for the “pole of cold” but it is not the first time and will not be the last time that they get super heat…

They will probably make up for it this coming winter when it gets 50 below zero…

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Russia

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The Next Visa To Russia…

The Next Visa To Russia…
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A Russian Visa…

Once you have received that initial Russian visa from your home country. The decision of where do you get your next visa for Russia is prevalent if you desire to stay longer in Russia…

Some people have no desire to stay longer than their tourist visa allows and are happy to get home once their vacation is up…

Some people a small minority have a desire to stay in Russia and experience the real Russia and not what the excursion guide is telling you all about Russia…

Others want to work in Russia and they must go through the proper channels of getting a work permit

Some get business visas and make use of the ability to create and conduct business connections that enhance both Russia and your home country…

I am going to talk about getting a business visa once you have obtained a business visa from your home country. My level of experience is centered around the American experience. I also have no desire to spend a fortune and travel overseas back to America every time I want to get a visa. That just would not be any fun at all…

Since Svet and I travel a lot in Russia and out of Russia and I like to make business contacts on the way for future arrangements. It just seemed a perfect situation to get a business visa. So I simply have become a business visa expert while I wait patiently for temporary residence permit and ultimately permanent Residence permit…

I leave the country several times every couple of months and multi entry business visas give me exceptional flexibility to come and go as I please. They have allowed me to travel all over the world and still call Russia home…

I guess, with that kind of flexibility I am in no hurry to change the pattern very fast. The only downside is that I need to leave the country for a day or two every three months. That is a perfect excuse to take advantage of business in other countries at that point… :)

So for me to get that business visa quickly and smoothly, here is what I do. Now this is for me and I am based out of Moscow. If you live elsewhere in Russia you would have to adjust accordingly. And or for that matter use same for your country where you live if not Russia…

I use the Russian consulate in Kiev. I use the 90 day multi entry business visa. I take a train from Moscow to Kiev. I stay in a hotel one night.

Get your “invitation” sent to them by “Telex” just a few days before you need your new visa. (If like me and you are a regular customer they will already have your Telex pulled out and waiting for you.)

Have visa application filled out before you arrive at the consulate. Typed is the best but OK to print by hand. Two copies of the visa application and a photo pasted to each application, in the appropriate spot on the back.

Have one copy of your passport that is readable. They prefer black and white but color will do. Just make sure that it is clear and readable.

One copy of your immigration card that you received from the Ukraine border at the crossing. Once again a clear and readable copy.

So lest rehash what we need. One telex invitation sent to the Russian Kiev consulate. Two filled out Russian visa applications. Two Russian sized visa / passport photos (3.5cms X 4.5cms). One copy of your immigration card from Ukraine. (By the way make sure you have your passport with you! :))

Oh yes, and $250 dollars American. It can be cheaper but you must wait a lot longer to receive the visa. I get it same or next day for $250.

It is very simple and very easy. The most important thing to remember is that they respond with kindness at the consulate and the only time I see issues are when someone gets a attitude going and then things come to a screeching halt…

Getting another visa to Russia is easy peasy…

(By the way if you desire you can contact me by e-mail and I will help if I can for you to get a visa. It can be at times frustrating and seem hard but it really is not. Contact page in on menu bar…)

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This link will take you to all of our Visa articles… (There are a bunch) Link…

 

Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Russia

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Last Of The Lost Posts Have Been Posted…

That is it. All The posts that I can find for Windows to Russia have been found and posted again…

Google still got me for 234 posts that they have lost forever…

So yes, some posts are out of place but at least I got them back in the system…

Thanks for everything Google and Blogger Blogspot…

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Posted by on July 28, 2010 in Russia

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London rejects BBC: Litvinenko allegations?

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London rejects BBC Litvinenko allegations:

The British government has stated that no intelligence or security officials are authorised to comment on the Litvinenko case. On Monday the BBC claimed British security services had found a link between the death of Aleksandr Litvinenko and the Russian state. Moscow was infuriated with the allegations and demanded explanations. Link

Looks like not much information. Russia just has to wait for Britain to get tired of playing the game….

Kyle & Svet

Link to recent article

 

Posted by on July 25, 2010 in Russia

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Putin Talks About The Spies…

Putin Talks About The Spies…

Vladimir Putin
Putin…

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shared some details of his meeting with the returned spies.

Question: And you won’t say anything else?

Vladimir Putin: Well, you are not asking anything else.

Q: What did you talk about?

VP: About life.

Q: They say you did some karaoke singing together.

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VP: We did some singing, though not karaoke.

Q: What did you sing then?

VP: We sang to live music.

Q: Live music, and what songs did you sing?

VP: “Where does the Motherland start” – seriously, I’m not kidding you, and some other songs of the same kind.

Q: Was Anna Kuchenko present?

VP: What?

Q: Anna Chapman.

VP: Yes, she was. You know, there is not much to add here. Dmitry Medvedev already said that this is the result of a sell-out. And sellouts always come to no good, they end up in a ditch either drunk or drugged. The other day one such traitor kicked the bucket exactly like that, abroad. And there is no point doing it, really…

Q: You mean that you know all traitors by names?

VP: Of course we do.

Q: And you aren’t going to punish them in any way, are you? You think they will just somehow..?

VP: I think that is an improper question. And such decisions are not made at a press conference. Intelligence agencies have their own code, and all their staff follow it. As for these people, I can say that it has been a hard lot for each and every one of them. Just imagine – you must learn a foreign language as if it were your mother tongue, you’d have to think in it, and speak it, and execute all the tasks set by the motherland for many long years and with no diplomatic cover to back you up, and facing threats to your own safety and that of your families when, say, your own children don’t even know what you do.

Q: Could you say what they will do now in Russia?

VP: They will work, and I am sure they will have good jobs, and I am sure that they will live a full life.

Q: How high is your assessment of their performance?

VP: It is not my job to assess it. This must be done by experts and their superiors, and the end consumer of such kind of information, the supreme commander – the President of the Russian Federation.

Windows to Russia!

  • Putin Sings With Deported Russian Spies (news.sky.com)
  • You: Putin ‘sings songs’ with deported Russian spies (france24.com)
  • Russia’s Putin sings with expelled agents (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • Russia’s Putin Sings With Expelled Agents (abcnews.go.com)
  • Russia’s Putin sings with expelled agents (dailycaller.com)
  • “We know traitors by names” – Putin (rt.com)
  • Putin meets expelled Russia spies (bbc.co.uk)
  • Russia’s Putin sings with expelled agents (sfgate.com)
  • Russia’s Putin sings with agents expelled from U.S. (ctv.ca)
  • Putin pledges bright future to former spies in U.S (reuters.com)
 

Posted by on July 25, 2010 in Russia

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Russia wont take much more and I dont blame them!

Originally posted 2007-06-05 13:34:00.

Hi,

This article on the USA and involvement in Russian politics, Is very accurate. The article tells it like it is….

http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/06/bear-baiting-courting-new-cold-war.html

Russia will get to a point and tell the USA to bug off… I am here and see it as a problem that will only get better when Bush gets his nose out of the Russian politics. Maybe the new election will put someone with intelligence in the WhiteHouse of the USA.

I don’t usually say much political but this has me hopping mad. I am a Conservative Republican, and yes I can see this as a major issue in the world.

America stay out of Russian politics……….

Kyle Keeton

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Ukraine Court Has Suspended The Election Results! (Yulia Strikes Back)

Ukraine Court Has Suspended The Election Results! (Yulia Strikes Back)

Originally posted 2010-02-17 12:23:00.
This article is for the 4 e-mails that I received that told me in not polite terms, that I was full of #@&*! That the election has been called and is done in Ukraine and because the Western world has called it fair, it is and will be fair, period! (Other words the election is signed sealed and delivered!) Oops – is all I can say…

A Ukrainian court has suspended the result of the recent presidential election, following a challenge by losing candidate Yulia Tymoshenko.

Mrs Tymoshenko, the Prime Minister, went to the supreme administrative court in person on Tuesday claiming the result was rigged.

The court says the result should be suspended while it considers the evidence she has submitted.

It also says the inauguration of winner Viktor Yanukovych should be delayed.

Ukraine’s parliament had agreed on Tuesday that Mr Yanukovych should be inaugurated on 25 February.

The new court ruling concerns the Ukrainian Central Electoral Commission‘s declaration on Sunday that Mr Yanukovych had won the vote. (Link)

Looks like that inauguration on 25 February is from people that expect Yulia to bow out gracefully! Yulia according to reports had around 9 volumns of information leading to proof of the accusations of fruad issues during the elections. Yulia says she has videos, written testaments, pictures and even poll officials/observer testaments that prove her case.

I saw videos of boxes of information going into the courthouse and Yulia marched that evidence in herself. I knew right then that it is going to take awhile to sort through this mountain of information!

I will say again, “It ain’t over till Yulia says it is over!” Yulia will never accept Viktor Yanukovych as the winner and if her actions in the 2004 elections do not make a believer of you, then her actions in the 2010 elections will.

I find it interesting…

Windows to Russia!

PS: The real questions are: Does Yulia have a case? – and – What happens next? – if she does. I also feel it is good to know that Yulia Timoshenko is afforded the ability to challenge the results of the election in court. This is a good see this of Ukraine’s system of government. No country should allow allegations of fraud and falsifications in their elections, without due process to determine the whole truth of the matter. It will be very interesting to hear and see all the details of these allegations.

 

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From American in Russia: USA says Sorry Georgia, No Help!

From American in Russia: USA says Sorry Georgia, No Help!

Originally posted 2008-08-10 09:44:00.
Hello,

The USA has found that their sweet Georgia Democracy has lost its proverbial mind….

Georgia is partially responsible for the start of military standoff with Russia in South Ossetia, a top ranked representative of the U.S. Department of State announced August 9 on condition of anonymity. The United States long urged Georgia to avoid military conflict with the Russians, to avoid any escalation. The standing of Washington was clear from the very beginning, the unnamed diplomat said.(Link)

So sorry Georgia, you are on your own, Big Daddy is Alabama Bound!

Kyle & Svet

 

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