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The dreaded Russian Man Kiss and Hug…

I have had a wonderful laugh at this video that features an ignorant Will Smith that reacted very badly to a normal thing in Russia or Ukraine. The dreaded Russian Man Kiss and Hug…

Will Smiths reaction to a Ukraine reporter is priceless and you can just see the delayed reaction to a normal Russian reaction. Now I feel that the reporter should have known better and he was wrong in trying the greeting that he did…

I have written before about this kind of stuff and my last post on it was when I had an argument with an off duty cop in Russia and when we were done he hugged me. A 300+ pound gorilla hugged me and thanked me…

That is normal in Russia and happens all the time, as well as guys kissing on the cheeks. If Will Smith had stopped long enough to not react he would have been kissed on both cheeks and all would have been good…

I will never forget the first time a Russian man hugged me and kissed me on the cheek. My brain went into defensive mode and I was like, “Hey, you not my daddy!” Of course I kept it inside as this was not my country and I had to learn what right and wrong was first before I would react and cause an issue…

Yes – Americans have a much much farther personal space around them than Russians and Ukrainians do. Will Smith should have known this, just like the reporter should have known the issue from the other side also…

Yes I had a wonderful laugh at this and finally had to say something about it, because it just does not die in the Western media…

That is why I love Russia…

XXOXOXOO :)

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

 

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Russia

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The real story: How a Main Stream Media News Story Devolves not Evolves…

The New York Times says: Pakistan — At least 10 alleged militants were killed on Thursday when an American drone struck a compound in northwestern Pakistan, government officials said… (End of death report and we go into why it is good we do this! Hmm…)

Then I look around a little bit and find: The airstrike targeted a compound in the North Waziristan tribal area, and also damaged a nearby mosque and residences… (RIA in Russia said this!)

Then I found several Pakistan new sources and they are really upset: Local tribesmen said the missiles hit the village mosque where a number of people were offering their Fajr, or morning prayer. They said 10 bodies were pulled from the debris and that efforts were underway to retrieve many others. A Pakistani security official based in the area also said the drone targeted a mosque in Hasukhel and killed many local villagers… (Now that is the same story that NYT printed except NYT put the American twist for the brain-dead masses on it! I have also seen a few Main Stream recently pick this up from the news wire, but they are keeping this item on the back page!)

So the real story for those who care at all is:

Pakistan – At least 10 people, maybe more, killed in a illegal drone strike by the USA. Actually the second strike this week. The drone fired missiles at a residential area and a mosque during the prayer session. The US is claiming that it was possible that the 10 killed were militants, but the US does not have any proof and calls them “alleged militants…”

The North Wazirstan a tribal area went under attack today as drones from an invasion by the US, killed innocent people in what could only be described as an act of war, after Pakistan has asked numerous times for the US to cease and desist on killer her people in these barbaric acts…

Recover operations are under way as they excavate the residential section and the mosque in an attempt to save as many people as they can. According to a Pakistan Security Official another mosque was also targeted in Hasukhel and many civilians were killed in that illegal operation as well. Doctors at the Mir Ali hospital said six wounded had been brought in. Among those wounded, one died and four others were in critical condition…

It is being asked by the Pakistani people as to why and what makes it fair that we are killed as we sleep, work, play and pray in our everyday lives? What did we do to the USA people?

by Kyle Keeton
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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Russia

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Bridgestone is planning to derive rubber from Russian dandelions to produce tires…

One thing that Russia has is dandelions and Russians love their dandelions and now we find out that these particular dandelions make good tires… :)

Bridgestone Americas is one of several collaborators taking part in the Russian Dandelion project being led by PENRA – the Program for Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives – based at the Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The company’s specific role in the project is to scrutinize the performance of the rubber produced by using natural rubber extracted from Russian Dandelion. (Link)

Russia the # 1 of the dandelions…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

 

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Russia

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Thinking’s About the World From Russia and a Cup of Coffee and Grouchiness…

That cup of coffee is wonderful this morning, the temperature reached +12 this morning and tonight they promise +8. That is Celsius for those that are metric-less in knowledge. That comes out to be 53+ this morning and it will be around +46 tonight in Fahrenheit degrees…

So a cup of real coffee was in order today as I tried some of the Turkish coffee that we brought home on our last trip to Turkey. Sveta is in the mood to go to Turkey again and I think that is a good idea. So maybe when fall comes we will take a trip back to Turkey land…

I had some thinking’s going on in my little head and one of the first was about this Facebook IPO! Now this has got to be the biggest bunch of bull since the Dot-Com Bubble crash and it looks as though people are no smarter than they were then and as always, after a few get rich the rest get poorer. Reminds me of the old Pyramid Scams and I see these scams going on in Russia as I write this. I am noticing that the Facebook scam is starting to slide downhill and hopefully like a snowball it will grow and become an avalanche that will take Facebook down with it. Face it Facebook, You suck…

I received a snail mail from America. It was sent by an very old time friend of mine who lives in the heartland. It took three months to get here from America. Actually I was surprised that it got here at all being that the American postal service is flat busted and the Russian postal service is pathetic at best. But it is still a cool way to send things and now I have some neat USA stamps for my collection. When I send back a letter he will get some cool Russian stamps in return and that my friend is what it is all about. We have lost that cool part of snail mail. The stamps from all over the world…

I will mention one more thing about my friend. He is serious about coming to Russia and is working on his passport right now. I hope he gets it and maybe I can get him to give me details about what he had to do to get it. I look forward to him, maybe coming to Russia and will try to help in all ways possible…

Now I found this a truthful tidbit of information in Russian news and North Korea has said it, “North Korea said that it will press on with its nuclear program as a response to what it described as hostility from the United States…”

Wow what a profound statement of truth and if America would get its head out of its own ass and realize that she is responsible for most of the turmoil in the world right now about Nukes, then maybe the world can get on with the business of survival and not warmongering. My god, any country in the world has to have a nuke just to get the Western world to not bomb the hell out of it for its resources. If I ran a country in this world, and I had to deal with scum countries that try to control your land, Then I would do what I had to, to keep them out of my country. Then if you had a track record like America over trust, you would definitely be looking over your shoulder while the president of the USA was shaking your hand and smiling at you. Because as soon as he left, you would have drones in your sky hunting your ass…

So while North Korea is telling some truths, my thinking’s shifted to the rallies here in Russia. I will tell you that Russian people are sick of a tiny minority of them being paid to cause issues, stirring up trouble. Now the minority groups are ganging together to just keep the numbers up. Now we have the gay rights groups and all the foreign groups hanging with the almost dead in the water opposition group. They sit around and tell poems and sing songs and milk cows in the downtown Moscow. Maybe they need to go and hug some trees that they have given up on to save and quit bothering the normal people in Russia. I am sure that the trees would appreciate their love much more and then the downtown Moscow would not be a hobo camp. The hobo camp moves around like a slow moving stream around Moscow and they get 10 to 20 arrested at a time and then they are let out in a few hours. Why even the Western press has lost interest in their stooges in Moscow and have other things to write about now…

I sure would like my tax money to go to better things than paying Russians with American money to yell about Putin. Maybe Russia needs to pay people in America to yell nasty things about Obama and lets see how America responds when they realize that Russia is paying the dredges of society to rally around a hate campaign in America…

Last but far from least thinking today is about me being grouchy! You would be also if you had to deal with a huge almost third degree burn on your belly. It is starting to heal and is a huge area. I say about another month + and it will be okay tolerable. If you remember I burned myself very very badly in the village and the original burn is the least of the worries and pain. It is the healing of a terrible burn that sucks and is like going to drive me crazy. That is okay though, because we have to pay for our stupidity and I am paying for my stupidity. No infection and healing nicely, what more could I want? :)

I have been using a pain killer called NICE that I have used before and it does work but I try to take it only once ever few days. I despise taking pills for pain and just suffer and make Sveta’s life miserable, maybe that is why she likes work so much lately…

Oh one last thing that caught my eye…

The Japanese yen strengthened against the dollar on Wednesday after the Bank of Japan failed to unveil any new easing measures. At the same time, the euro slipped ahead of a gathering of European Union leaders later in the day.

Does a headline like that make you realize how stupid the world is? It does me! I know that Japan has by far the highest debt to GDP ratio of any major economy…

Now that means either one thing or another. The dollar is worth nothing or we play games and I see it as the answer is all of the above. Worth nothing and games all together. The yen is always strengthening against the dollar and Japan is always interfering in that strengthening. Otherwise the yen would be worth more than a dollar before long. Seriously, I have watched and if over the last few years, Japan had not interfered and intentionally affected the yen, then I bet you would have 2 $ for 1 yen right now. Instead we have – 1 USD = 79.53 JPY as of today and when the yen strengthens the world shudders…

Sveta and travel and we watch what the ratio of that countries money is to the dollar: Russia is happy with 30 to 1, Georgia is  1.6 to 1, Ukraine is 8 to 1, India 55 to 1 and so on and so on and so on. The point is that everyone has their ratio that is happiness for them and as with Russia, they do not care to be one to one in ratio, they want to be 30 to 1 and that is that…

So when the countries currency changes to0 much against the dollar, then panic sets in and money exchanges hands to keep the currencies in line or within a window as Russia puts it…

What does that make the world currencies worth?

Nothing except the paper they are printed on…

You all have a nice day…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

 

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Russia

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America the Religious? by George Green…

When one looks at the average television photo of America they see one of two buildings; the Capitol Building (with the large dome), or the White House. When one sees Russian news on TV, the footage typically shows Red Square and the Kremlin. In both American photos there are no Churches. In Red Square alone there are more than 3. Counting all the churches and parishes in the Kremlin there are over 20.

According to data from 2008, more than half of District residents identify as Christian: 28% of residents are Baptists, 13% are Roman Catholic, and 31% are members of other Christian denominations. Residents who practice other faiths make up 6% of the population and 18% do not adhere to a religion. So a total of 96% of people in Washington DC claim to be religious; that is 577655 people, 2534 Churches, In Moscow the total is 91.294%. There are 1943741 believers, and 198000 Churches. In Washington DC there are finding the number of synagogues was difficult but appears to be 677. In Moscow there is little data on the number of synagogues but 638 is often cited. Among the Christians in Moscow are not only Russian Orthodox, who admittedly dominate in numbers, but also Baptists, Lutherans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and more.

Why is this important? Many if not most Americans still think that Russia is an atheist power bent on world domination. Russia has not started a war since the war to retain Chechnya. In the meantime the United States has started no less than 5 and is looking awfully close to starting wars in Iran and Syria as well. Hardly Christian behavior unless one feels the crusades, which largely involved raping and pillaging often including nuns, Christian. Indeed Christian America has attained Trotsky’s concept of permanent revolution.

It is of extreme importance that when America insists Russia is an unfree state run by an evil dictator named Pyutin (How Americans can mispronounce Putin is beyond me ;Pooh Tin simple as that) that they consider they have the same colors, red white and blue, the same national bird, the eagle, the same number of Christians and Jews more less in their capitals, and many other similarities. Christians should be against all wars but especially initiating them and blind hatred for the Russian Federation, and other former Soviet Nations due to the crimes of the Soviet oppressors is simply bigotry. America prides itself on how religious, and especially Christian it is; it is high time that it recognize its Russian neighbor is no less so.

George Green

George Edward Green III has been a journalist since 1997, and written for several Technology, Financial, and Libertarian Publications. He lives near a large monastery in West Ukraine not far from Lvov. He authors at site: and has many articles that are of interest. His Twitter is https://twitter.com/#!/kharaku

 

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Russia

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Russia’s Sedov a auxiliary powered 4-masted steel barque on a World Cruise…

As you know I love to post articles about these wonderful Russian Tall Ships that Russia seems to have a lot of. So today lets talk about one called Sedov, it is starting its first around the world trip…

The Sedov is a 4-masted steel barque and the first sailing ship with an modern auxiliary engine, to help it navigate. The Sedov originally known as Magdalene Vinnen II was from Germany and as with many of the Tall Ships Russia has, it was acquired as reparation after WWII was over in 1945…

I am not sure how many ships like this Russia got, but it seems that it was more than a few and Russia has valued them highly over the years…

The Sedov’s route will be nearly the same as the route of the first Russian world trip on a sailing vessel, which took place in 1803-1806. That legendary expedition was headed by Ivan Krusenstern. Sedov’s trip will last 14 months. It will cover more than 42,000 miles in the Arctic, the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, and visit more than 30 foreign ports…

What a way to travel the world…

Kyle Keeton

Windows to Russia!

 

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Russia

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Why Putin Told Obama to Stick it on Going to Camp David and NATO Chicago?

Things always come out in the end. I wrote an article about Putin sending a message to Obama, when he declined the G8 meeting at Camp David and now the NATO meeting in Chicago. His refusal took the surprise move by America off the shelf and all that happens is that NATO loving Russian hating cretins, babble for joy as we work our way toward WWIII in the future…

Now it makes sense and while the Russian haters are dancing in the street for joy at what NATO Secretary-General Fogh Rasmussen says, “The European missile shield is up and running!” (Link)

Now you know why Medvedev was sent…

The Western Empire will not let the “Cold War” die a peaceful death and are trying everything in their power to revive the “Cold War…”

The G8 Summit was a total disaster and farce as was the NATO meeting. Riots and  and cops where the real name of the game.  What did come out of all this though is that it looks like after the G8 Summit and NATO meeting, that Russia and China are very close on positions in and on the world issues! It is also amazing to see the difference in presses, between Russia and America. Russia actually gives equal time to opposition and government. (In fact many times it is slanted to the opposition!) It is so pro-government in American media, that it is almost scary…

I know from what I am seeing by my eyes personally, is that Russia is definitely leaning toward relations with China…

But then why not? It is win win for Russia and China both…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

PS: I find it interesting that American main media makes a bigger ta-do out of Russian rallies than they do about the ones at home. The image above looks a lot like a Russian rally except it is in Chicago. The main stream media reported that the rallies were peaceful for the most part in Chicago and how wonderful the police are. The blogs reported the truth and showed the picture that the main media does not want to be shown…

 

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Russia

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Anton Fomin: Tragic News of a Russian Boy in America… (Updated and updated and updated and Updated Again)

American news has this:

The County Attorney says, 9-year-old Anton Fomin was killed a fire out in Davey. They say they’re still investigating the child’s death and the cause of the fire but neighbors say they heard a loud explosion.

Investigators won’t say much other than the explosion possibly came from a propane tank.

“At this time the information we have is very limited and the investigation is on-going. We know there was a family member inside the home at the time of the fire. Pending autopsy results, we’ll have further information at a later time,” said LSO, Chad Bryant.

Fomin’s brother and grandfather were there this morning to speak with deputies. Again, the cause of the fire and any other information have not been released. (Link)

But the Russian news has this…

Anton Fomin, a 9-year old boy from Russia, adopted by US parents, has died in a fire.

This came in a statement by the Russian Ombudsman for Children under the Russian President, Pavel Astakhokv.

He asked Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to assume personal control over the ongoing investigation and find out if the foster parents are to blame for the boy’s death.

According to US officials, the fire broke out late at night, when the boy was possibly locked in the basement and could not get out into the open on his own. (RIA)

I found it interesting that there is no mention of the fact that the boy is Russian and the fact that he was locked up in the basement in any of the American news items I found, but in the news on this side of the world there is a whole lot more information and it seems that Russia is having some issue with what happened…

I will keep an eye on this one it has caught my interest…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

Update: A day after firefighters find the body of a 9-year-old boy in a charred home, now those who knew the boy are asking questions.

Those who knew Anton Fomin and lived near him say they are shocked and saddened by the death of the 9-year-old.

One viewer who sent us an email says she fondly remembers Fomin. She said, “Anton was a sweet lovable little boy.”

Because the case involves a death, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Lancaster County Sheriff have referred us to the Lancaster County Attorney.

We are waiting an update from County Attorney Joe Kelly as to the cause of the fire and the cause of Fomin’s death. Officials told us this is standard operating procedure when a death occurs.

Investigators continue to look into the cause of the fire which destroyed the home.
Taylor lives next door to the home where Fomin’s body was found.

“I just knew they had some kids and he was a truck driver but we never really got a chance to meet them. It’s tragic that happening to any family.”

And those who knew the boy say they want answers. That same viewer who emailed us said,” I hope your reporters keep digging into this tragedy.”

Hmm! Still nothing that is conclusive. As I said I will keep after this and as I find information I will print it….

Update:

U.S. EMBASSY
MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Media note

May 22, 2012

Statement on the Death of Russian-born Child Anton Fomin in Nebraska Fire

U.S. Embassy Moscow was deeply saddened by the death of Russian-born child Anton Fomin. According to media reports, nine-year-old Anton died on May 17 in a fire at his foster parents’ home in Davey, Nebraska. We understand the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire. The death of any child is a tragedy, and our condolences go out to Anton’s family and community.

Contrary to unsubstantiated reports, however, Anton immigrated to the United States with his biological parents, not through intercountry adoption. While the Department of State has no official role in this case, we will provide Russian officials with all available information and help them liaise with the Nebraska authorities.

I also have discovered that it was positive? (according to Western media) that his dad (Russian) died years ago and his mother who is Russian was not able to care for him. He was in the household of a church family and as of right now he was left alone in the house. Russia seems to have jumped the gun on one thing about adoption, but it also seems that he was definitely not with his correct family when he died. Confusion to Russia was the fact he was not with his real parents or parent at the time of death…

Why was he left alone in the basement? and where was everyone else? he was 9 years old…

Like I said from the beginning the stories did not match up and I am seeing an issue get bigger and bigger here. I hope we find out the truth…

I want the answer to was he locked in or not…

Kyle Keeton

Update: Just a few hours ago this was printed:

The United States government tried to head off a diplomatic row with Russia on Tuesday after Russian officials demanded an investigation into the death of a Russian child in an adoptive American family. American news media reported last week that Anton Fomin, a nine-year old Russian child adopted into a Nebraska family, died in a house fire while his parents were gone. On Monday, Russia’s children’s rights ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, demanded an investigation, saying that American investigators had established that the child had been locked in the basement. “Either the boy was punished or he was neglected and got into the basement accidentally,” Mr. Astakhov said, according to RIA Novosti news service. “Why the boy was locked in the basement and why he could not get out, we will ask the U.S. attorneys about this.” The United States Embassy in Moscow expressed its condolences to the child’s family on Tuesday, and corrected what it called “unsubstantiated reports” that he was brought to the United States through an adoption program. “Anton immigrated to the United States with his biological parents, not through intercountry adoption,” the statement said. Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized lax checks on adoptive American parents after a spate of high profile deaths involving negligent and abusive families. Last December, Mr. Astakhov threatened to demand a moratorium on adoptions by Americans after a Pennsylvania court released a pair of adoptive parents with time served after they were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a child. (Western News source: New York Times)

This is getting interesting and we at Windows to Russia are going to follow this for as long as it takes. Something is rotten and I know it. Lets find out which side is rotten…

I thought that the comments that I am seeing by the hundreds are government sponsored and now with a diplomatic row heading up over this! Hmm…

Kyle

Update: US Embassy urges Russia to avoid scandal over orphan’s death: Russian Today…
The US Embassy in Moscow is trying to prevent a new adoption scandal, following the death of a nine-year-old Russian orphan in Nebraska.

­Anton Fomin was killed in a fire at the house of his adoptive parents on May 17, prompting renewed calls for a clampdown on the number of US adoptions.

The Russian ombudsman for children’s rights urged Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to take the case under his personal control and find out if the adoptive parents are to blame for the accident.

The US Embassy has deplored Fomin’s death, stressing that contrary to unsubstantiated reports, the child immigrated to the US with his biological parents, not through inter-country adoption.

“The death of the child is a tragedy, and our condolences go out to Anton’s family and community,” the embassy said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.”

Officials promised to share “all available information” on the accident with Russian officials, helping them “liaise with the Nebraska authorities.”

Russian authorities have long been unsatisfied with the ever-growing amount of US adoptions of Russian children – due to the huge number of scandals that have broken involving the mistreatment of Russian children by their adoptive parents.

In May 2010, Russia froze all adoptions by foreigners after an adoptive mother from the US put an unaccompanied seven-year-old boy on a one-way flight to Moscow, saying she could no longer handle the stress of raising him.

In another scandalous case, a seven-year-old Russian boy was allegedly beaten to death by his adoptive parents in the US. American doctors found more than 80 injuries on his body.

Russia is one of the largest sources of foreign adoptions for US families. About 400 Russian children are currently living in adoptive families in the US.

Kyle Keeton

Updated: May 24th, 2012…
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy originally from Russia who was killed in a Nebraska house fire has been laid to rest, but prosecutors and the Russian government are seeking more information about his death.

Nearly 200 people gathered at a Lincoln church Wednesday to mourn the death of Anton Fomin, who was alone when his legal guardians’ house caught fire May 17 in the town of Davey, Neb.

His death prompted a Russian government official to call for more information about the case, while the U.S. Embassy in Moscow emphasized that the boy immigrated to the United States with his biological parents before he was placed with a different family.

However, the boy hadn’t lived with his parents since 2005, according to court records. His father died of cancer in August 2008, and friends said he asked for his son to live with a family from church because of his wife’s mental health issues.

Church officials who knew Anton, his parents and the boy’s legal guardians said Russian officials were unfairly comparing the child’s death to other high-profile U.S. cases that have involved abuse of adopted Russian children.

Anton’s legal guardian, Slavik Sinchuk, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that earlier media reports about the boy being locked in a basement were untrue.

Pavel Astakhov, Russia’s ombudsman for children’s rights, sent a statement to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday seeking more information about the case.

“It is necessary to determine whether the adoptive parents were at fault in the death of the child,” he said. “Adoptive parents should be required to bear greater responsibility for the life and health of their children.”

Fire investigators referred questions to prosecutors. Chief Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon said Wednesday that his office won’t have much information to release until the investigation is complete, which could take 30 days because toxicology tests are being performed to determine how the boy died.

It’s also not clear what caused the fire.

Officials with the Russian consulate have asked prosecutors in Lancaster County for information on the case. Condon said the county attorney’s office will provide it after the probe is done.

Anton’s youth pastor at House of Prayer Church in Lincoln, Oleg Stepanyuk, and Sinchuk said the boy was asleep before the fire started. Stepanyuk, who often served as an English translator for the boy, said Anton had grown to love the family that had become his legal guardians.

“He was loved. He loved being there,” Stepanyuk told the AP. “He was feeding chickens and dogs there, and really, the last three years he lived there were some of the happiest of his life.”

Sinchuk said he and his wife left home to visit Sinchuk’s father in Lincoln and let Anton stay asleep in his basement bedroom because they didn’t want to disturb the boy.

They returned 30 to 45 minutes later and found the house burning, Sinchuk said, adding that he didn’t know how the fire started. He said neighbors reported hearing an explosion shortly before the blaze.

Church pastor Bogdan Stebanyek said Anton’s father, while dying of cancer, asked that the boy be placed in the care of another family because Anton’s mother had mental health issues.

Stebanyek, speaking in Russian with help from an English translator, said the church tried to connect the boy with a member family that had children his age. Anton went to a family that had four other children. Another family took in Anton’s older brother, Mikhail, now 20 and enrolled in a community college.

Stebanyek said Anton left the family that took him after one year. The man of the house was a truck driver and often was away from home, and the woman struggled to care for all the children.

The woman’s sister — Sinchuk’s wife — offered to take Anton.

Russia has long demanded that the U.S. tighten controls over Americans who adopt its children, in the wake of high-profile cases that infuriated top Russian officials.

Last week, an American woman who adopted a Russian boy and later sent him back on a one-way flight to Moscow was ordered to pay a sum of $150,000 and an additional $1,000 per month in child support until he becomes an adult.

In November 2011, Russian officials reacted with outrage to what they considered a lax sentence for a Pennsylvania couple originally charged with murder for the death of their 7-year-old son adopted from Russia. Michael and Nanette Craver were sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Russian officials have claimed that at least 17 adopted Russian children have died in domestic violence in American families.

Associated Press writer Lynn Berry in Moscow contributed to this report.

The truth is coming out like a slow trickle of water and it looks like most of what Russia has said from the beginning is true…

I will also say I have slaughtered with deceitful and hateful comments for printing this story and I am amazed at the amount of pressure that is being used to try to get people like me to change the story. This is a big cover up and I want to know what happened…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

 

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Russia

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Frictions in the South China Sea – Chinese strategic mistake…

On the eastern, ascendant flank of Eurasian continent, the Chinese vertigo economy is overheated and too-well integrated in the petrodollar system. Beijing, presently, cannot contemplate or afford to allocate any resources in a search for an alternative. (The Sino economy is low-wage- and labor intensive- centered. Chinese revenues are heavily dependent on exports and Chinese reserves are predominantly a mix of the USD and US Treasury bonds.) To sustain itself as a single socio-political and formidably performing economic entity, the People’s Republic requires more energy and less external dependency.

Domestically, the demographic-migratory pressures are huge, regional demands are high, and expectations are brewing. Considering its best external energy dependency equalizer (and inner cohesion solidifier), China seems to be turning to its military upgrade rather than towards the resolute alternative energy/Green Tech investments – as it has no time, plan and resources to do both at once. Inattentive of a broader picture, Beijing (probably falsely) believes that lasting containment, especially in the South China Sea, is unbearable, and that – at the same time – fossil-fuels are available (e.g., in Africa and the Gulf), and even cheaper with the help of warships.

In effect, the forthcoming Chinese military buildup will only strengthen the existing and open up new bilateral security deals of neighboring countries, primarily with the US – as nowadays in Asia, none wants to be a passive downloader. Ultimately, it may create a politico-military isolation (and financial burden) for China that would just consequently justify and (politically and financially) cheapen the bolder American military presence in Asia-Pacific, especially in the South China Sea. It perfectly adds up to the intensified demonization of China in parts of influential Western media.

Hence, the Chinese grab for fossil fuels or its military competition for naval control is not a challenge but rather a boost for the US Asia-Pacific – even an overall – posture. (Managing the contraction of its overseas projection and commitments – some would call it managing the decline of an empire – the US does not fail to note that nowadays half of the world’s merchant tonnage passes though the South China Sea.

Therefore, the US will exploit any regional territorial dispute and other frictions to its own security benefit, including the costs sharing of its military presence by the local partners, as to maintain pivotal on the maritime edge of Asia that arches from the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean, Malacca and South China Sea up to the northwest-central Pacific.) A real challenge is always to optimize the (moral political and financial) costs in meeting the national strategic objectives. In this case, it would be a resolute turn of China towards green technology, coupled with the firm buildup of the Asian multilateralism. Without a grand rapprochement to the champions of multilateralism in Asia, which are Indonesia, India and Japan, there is no environment for China to seriously evolve and emerge as a formidable, lasting and trusted global leader warships.

Opting for either strategic choice will reverberate in the dynamic Asia-Pacific theatre. However, the messages are diametrical: An assertive military – alienates, new technology – attracts neighbors. Finally, armies conquer (and spend) while technology builds (and accumulates)! At this point, any eventual accelerated armament in the Asia-Pacific theatre would only strengthen the hydrocarbon status quo. With its present configuration, it is hard to imagine that anybody can outplay the US in the petro-security, petro-financial and petro-military global playground in the following few decades. Given the planetary petro-financial-tech-military causal constellations, this type of confrontation is so well mastered by and would further only benefit the US and the closest of its allies.

Within the OECD/IEA grouping, or closely; the G-8 (the states with resources, infrastructure, tradition of and know-how to advance the fundamental technological breakthroughs), it is only Japan that may seriously consider a Green/Renewable-tech U-turn. Tokyo’s external energy dependencies are stark and long-lasting. After the recent nuclear trauma, Japan will need a few years to (psychologically and economically) absorb the shock – but it will learn a lesson. For such a huge formidable economy and considerable demography, situated on a small land-mass which is repeatedly brutalized by devastating natural catastrophes (and dependent on yet another disruptive external influence – Arab oil), it might be that a decisive shift towards green energy is the only way to survive, revive, and eventually to emancipate.

An important part of the US-Japan security treaty is the US energy supply lines security guaranty given to (the post-WWII demilitarized) Tokyo. After the recent earthquake-tsunami-radiation armageddon, as well as witnessing the current Chinese military/naval noise, Japan will inevitably rethink and revisit its energy policy, as well as the composition of its primary energy mix.

Tokyo is well aware that the Asian geostrategic myopias are strong and lasting, as many Asian states are either locked up in their narrow regionalisms or/and entrenched in their economic egoisms. Finally, Japan is the only Asian country that has clearly learned from its own modern history, all about the limits of hard power projection and the strong repulsive forces that come in aftermath from the neighbors. Their own pre-modern and modern history does not offer a similar experience to other two Asian heavyweights, China and India. That indicates the Far East as a probable zone of the Green-tech excellence and a place of attraction for many Asians in the decade to come.

Anis H. Bajrektarevic, Geopolitics of Energy Editorial Member

Chairperson for Intl. Law & Global Pol. Studies

Vienna, 20 MAY 2012

 

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Russia

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Online for weeks now: Oh how sweet it is…

Windows to Russia has been online with out being knocked down for over two weeks now. I am not saying that they have not tried, but it looks like it takes much more resources than they like to expend, to take me offline now. Yesterday we got slammed and we were attacked heavily by the TSA/DHS again for the hundredth time! They tried for 6 hours to knock us offline and then gave up. They had 6 different stations at 6 different government installations in America and they kept a constant barrage going…

XOXXOOXO – TSA/DHS – I love you too…

It is easy to see where we host now and as we speak I am getting set up an even better back up host. This has become a matter of principal and I will not give up. I will not mention my hosting as you should be smart enough to be able to figure out that for yourself. It is definitely offshore and offline from America and how sweet it is…

The constant e-mails that threaten me have stopped as the jurisdiction is no longer available to them to easily try to use scare tactics anymore. Other words Windows to Russia has gone offline on the corrupted and disgusting Internet system that is being played as a facade by the USA…

My last e-mail that I returned to a Lawyer in Rd Island in the name of a government entity! Has died in its tracks as soon as they found out that Windows to Russia was no longer under the USA jurisdiction that is GoDaddy for domains. They tried to gag order me on an article that in US’s eyes was not conductive of appropriateness in government statutes…

You just do not know what always goes on behind closed doors – do you?

Well Windows to Russia is stabilizing and starting to experience growth again. It took a hard hit and lost a huge amount of audience due to many restrictions by many countries such as Ukraine, USA, Canada, Britain, France and twenty others. Now it has been opened back up and is being seen all over the world again…

Tidbit of information: Your website may be hosted offshore, but unless your domain is moved offshore, you are not safe…

Our host has a saying: “Big Brother is Watching You!” and that is the truth…

Thanks to all the readers, Sveta and I appreciate you…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

 

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Russia

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Email’s I recieve: I get lots of them like this…

I use to get tons of hate, hate, hate, hate, hate and more hate e-mails. They still come (But very few and file thirteen is their home!), but I have finally stomped them in the bud. But I get tons of e-mails and I now get tons of e-mails that are from people who do not know what to do and are crying out for help in someway or another…

And it just gets WORSE = How much more can the 99% take America to all intents and purposes is now like a third world dictatorship. But with billions $ used by the state to OPPRESS its OWN citizens. You aren’t free America – No American can now criticize other countries or “lecture them” on FREEDOM=DEMOCRACY and the ability to speak out against your 1% helping government. How much more can you take???

Or maybe this one…

Dear Windows to Russia!

Please help me to leave the USA! I have become sacred! Seems we have followed the Orwell book 1984! Contact me!

+############ phone

Sam

or this one…

Dear Sir,

I am US citizen and follow my ip and it will show you where I live. I follow your blog and find it refreshing. I have problem that maybe you could help me with.

I try to get passport and they tell me that I can only have a passport card. How did you get a real passport? Could you help me to get a passport? I want to leave US and go to China. Passport card does not work for that. Help me get a passport! ********@gmail.com

Marky

Okay so not that exciting to you? Well they should be, because I get hundreds a week like this! This is what they all look like in some form or another. They all ask for help and information. They all tell how they feel! They all want some advice and want to understand. Many ask to leave America and how to get out from under the control. I get hundreds of them a week and I really do n0t know what to do with them all. They are all from the US and from all over the country. They are from people who are really worried about the state of affairs in America…

I have had some very wealthy people contact me about Russia. They are looking all over the world and deciding where they want to go and relocate to. I have always been bombarded with all the facts trying to point out how Russia is having a brain drain and why do people always leave Russia?

Well they maybe leaving Russia also and you can spend your time pointing fingers as you look the other way, but first you should worry about the brain drain that I am seeing leaving America…

Russia is the least of your worries and only a fool looks at the other side of the fence to ignore his issues and problems…

Every since I have squelched the hate and disgusting comments that belittle people who are sincere about commenting and steered everyone to the e-mail system. It has been a whole bunch better and people can express themselves without fear…

America is experiencing “Brain Drain” and the government does not want you to know about it…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

 

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Russia

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Justice: Torry Hansen You Do Owe Artyom Savelyev Child Support…

As you know I have about twenty + articles on this horrible excuse for a woman, mother and animal, whose name is Torry Hansen. I have not changed my opinion since this American person sent a little boy back to Russia like a discarded suitcase, after adopting him and deciding she did not want him. She actually sent him alone with a note saying she did not want him, on a jet back to Russia…

Well after a lot of time and effort Russia has gotten some form of satisfaction for the boy and his rights…

A court in the state of Tennessee obliged a U.S. woman, who sent her adopted son back to Russia, to pay some $150,000 in damages, child support, and legal fees, local NewsChannel5 television reported.

Torry Hansen was living in Tennessee in April 2010, when she put Artyom Savelyev, then seven, on a flight to his native Russia unaccompanied, with a note saying she did not want him because he was “psychotic.” She had adopted the boy from a Russian orphanage in 2009.

Hansen, who now resides in the state of California, was sued in March for unpaid child support by her adoption agency, World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP).

A judge in Tennessee ordered “Hansen to pay her adopted son $58,000, the adoption agency $29,000 and attorney fees of nearly $63,000 as well as $1,000 a month in child support,” NewsChannel5 said.

Some links to my articles:
http://windowstorussia.com/artyom-savelyev-court-case-is-beginning-in-the-us.html
http://windowstorussia.com/yes-us-citizen-torry-hansen-who-dumped-artem-savelyev-will-pay-child-support.html
http://windowstorussia.com/u-s-mom-who-sent-back-russian-boy-sues-ombudsman.html
http://windowstorussia.com/mother-in-adoption-scandal-was-trying.html
http://windowstorussia.com/artyem-artem-justin-hansen-story.html


There are a whole bunch more, just search the blog…

I have no respect for this woman at all and I really feel she should have been imprison and most likely will be, because she will not be able to pay child support and believe you me Russia will not let it lay silent…

This incident became a matter of principle and the fact that America had no rules to keep a situation like this from happening was beyond comprehension. In fact this has stimulated years of meetings between America and Russia as the ground work for adoption processes is being laid as you read this…

I like a special saying for an occasion like this: “There is more than one way to skin a cat!”

Torry you got skinned finally and you deserved it for sending an 8 year old boy back to Russia after you discarded him like a sack of trash…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

 

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Russia

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Recipe From Russia: Salat Iz Yaits – Russian Egg Salad…

Russian love egg salad and one thing that Russians have in the villages is eggs and more eggs! When you drive Russia and see the sights, you will come to understand that chickens are everywhere and the village roads are sometimes clogged with stupid chickens… :)

So lets try an egg salad that is as close to Russian as I can get. This actually is a recipe of mine and I have altered it some for the occasion. In Russi, mustard is horseradish based so keep that in mind as you make it.

Lets make Salat Iz Yaits or Russia Egg Salad…

Ingredients
120ml/4fl.oz. of real mayonnaisep90ml/3fl.oz. plain yoghurt
1 tsp spicy mustard
salt to taste
1 garlic clove, crushed
6 hard boiled eggs, diced
2 tbsp finely chopped spring onion greens
1 tbsp finely chopped pimento as a garnish before serving

Instructions

Place the mayonnaise, yoghurt, mustard, salt and garlic in a small mixing bowl and mix well first. Then place the egg and spring onion greens in a the same serving bowl and mix well. Chill before serving and in fact make this the night before, then refrigerate and allow flavors to blend. Then it is exceptionally better…

Garnish with the pimiento just before serving. Feeds 4…

Kyle Keeton

Windows to Russia

 

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Russia

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Putin Starts it off with the Bottom Line Visible…

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/kindle/2012-05/17/content_15317703.htm

Found this cartoon as they call it in ChinaDaily.com! It hits the point just right and the state of affairs right now is sliding quickly to the bottom. I find it interesting…

Oh by the way! Medvedev is going to the G8 summit and he has plans on meeting Obama and it is a short meeting. From what I understand, Medvedev is going to pass a few words from Putin along and from what I understand these words have much to do with the way Obama respected Putin, when Obama came to Russia. We all know that Obama acted like a ass in Russia and that was a major turning point in relations…

I always think of this quote: “If an ass goes traveling he will not come home a horse.” by Thomas Fuller…

The G8 meeting is worthless and Putin knows it. Obama is only worried about reelection so he will miss the important APEC meeting for no reason other than spit back at Putin. Putin will be at the G20 meeting which is the meeting that counts, compared to the G8. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a summit that America can not afford to snub and by doing so they will slide down the power pole a little farther. Asia is the future!

We have a saying in America that Obama has seemed to never have learned…

What Goes Around Comes Around…” The “reset” dies a little more in a spiraling death…

The fear of the West is back: Putin does not respect, nor is scared of the Western Empire…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

 

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Russia

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Syria’s Assad new interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel… (2012)

The media war with the West was lost the day the Syrian uprising began, President Assad told a Russian broadcaster. The authorities appear ready to start another round by showing to the world the foreign mercenaries captured in Syria.

A number of key questions have arisen since Assad gave his last interview over half a year ago. Assad answered them all in a new interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel.

‘West outplayed Syria on media battlefield’

Assad admits that Syria is losing the media war against the West, but says “the reality is what really matters” and not “the illusions” created by the media.

He said that the media outplayed the Syrian government in the very beginning of the conflict by making up stories and spreading rumors. But in the long term the media cannot beat the reality, he added, and eventually the circumstances have changed because what is really happening is very much different from what the media reports.

Assad also said that the Syrian government repeatedly tried to express its point of view to numerous international journalists, but the agencies kept sending to Syria only those people who would stick with the same lies and false picture created in the first days of the conflict.

Not so Free Syrian Army

Assad says that the Syrian National Council, an “opposition” operating from abroad, has from little or no influence on what is happening in Syria and does not have any kind of significance within Syria. Though on the ground the Free Syrian Army is widely considered to be the core of the armed and organized opposition movement, Assad believes the FSA has not much to either with freedom or the organized army.

First of all they are not free,” the head of state said, explaining that they will never be free while they are supplied with guns and funded from abroad.

He described the Free Syrian Army as a crowd of convicted criminals, comprised among other things of Al-Qaeda type religious fanatics, extremists and terrorists and to some extent of foreign mercenaries, predominantly from other Arab states.

Assad revealed that Syrian forces had captured a number of foreign mercenaries who were fighting for the opposition. He explained the authorities had not advertised the fact until now because they did not have enough evidence to prove the fighters were indeed mercenaries.

Some [of the mercenaries] are still alive,” he said. “They are being detained and we are preparing to show them to the world. Many of them have been killed.”

Syrian rebels are also known to have gone to Kosovo to study partisan warfare tactics, Assad added. “There is information that a group of people who call themselves opposition went to Kosovo to train in organizing military intervention by NATO into Syria,” he told Rossiya-24.

Western sanctions and UN mission – both one-sided

At the moment there are 212 military observers and 68 civilian staff working for the UN observer mission in Syria monitoring the implementation of Kofi Annan’s peace plan.

Assad says that a decrease in direct military confrontation with the opposition due to the redeployment of the military was the only positive result of the mission’s arrival. At the same time, he says, the number of terror attacks targeting civilians has sharply increased and is now at its highest level since the beginning of the crisis.

The West keeps talking “about violence, but violence from the side of the government, not a word about the terrorists,” the Syrian leader said. “Mr. Annan will come to Syria this month, and I will ask him about this matter.”

Slapping Syria with all sorts of sanctions and embargoes is another one-sided decision by the West, Assad believes.

Sanctions affect only ordinary people, not the government,” Assad explained.

He said that the world is wide enough not to focus only on the US and Europe.

We are finding alternatives to overcome these difficulties,” he said. “We have wonderful relations with the greater part of the world, except for the West.

Not a regime but a form of government

President Assad believes that what Russia and China, who repeatedly expressed their support for Syria and backed the country in the UN Security Council, are in fact supporting is neither the regime (Assad prefers the expression “form of government”) nor Assad as the head of state, but international stability.

Both Russia and China have a good grip on the geopolitical situation in the region and they understand that without their support not only Syria but a lot of its neighbors will plunge into chaos, Assad explained.

It is not a question of Syria, it is a question of international stability,” Assad said.

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Russia

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Viktor Bout Update: May 16th, 2012…

The US may consider an application to transfer Viktor Bout, sentenced to 25 years in jail, to serve his prison term in Russia should one be received, US Attorney General Eric Holder told Russian reporters.

The US Attorney General granted an interview to a select number of Russian media outlets, namely Itar-Tass news agency, Vesti-24 TV and Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated recently that the country will do everything possible to get Bout back .

Earlier this week, the US Bureau of Prisons announced that it was reconsidering its plan to send the Russian businessman to the high-security Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Bout’s attorney Albert Dayan said that he was informed about this decision on Tuesday. On the same day, prosecutors notified the judge in a letter that the Bureau of Prisons was re-evaluating where to transfer Viktor Bout from a federal lockup in Brooklyn.

Viktor Bout, a former Soviet military officer, was found guilty of conspiracy to kill US nationals, including military officers and employees, conspiring to use anti-aircraft missiles and selling millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the Colombian rebel group FARC. He is now serving his 25-year prison term in the US.

Russia has repeatedly condemned Bout’s trial on the grounds that the charges were not connected to any crime, but rather were over alleged criminal intent.The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement that blasted the US trial as politically motivated, adding that it has blacklisted the US officials involved in the case.

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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Russia

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Want a Russian tidbit to stimulate your thinking’s?

Above: Putin Travels Russia...

Oh one thing that I really think you need to think about. Here is a huge difference between Russia and America on safety. I have  told you many times that traveling and walking around Russia is much much safer than doing the same in America…

If you remember that Putin traveled and drove many of the kilometers himself all over Russia. He drove not in a bullet proof armored car but a regular LADA that he was given to test drive. It was nothing special and not altered in anyway for his trip. Putin drove 1300 miles at least that trip and did it in a regular car. The trip was not a secrete that came out after the fact. Contrary it was a trip that was planned and was mediated constantly from beginning to end. We all knew what he did and where he would be the next day and nothing was hidden…

Could you imagine Obama driving 1300 miles across America in a car that was not armored and bullet proof? Much less a car equivalent to a LADA. Or could you imagine Obama driving the car at all? Could you imagine Obama filling the gas tank and paying for the gas himself? Could you imagine Obama on a vacation and we all knew every step of the way what he did and it was in a normal car? Not in America, I cant imagine that happening with the president of America. Maybe in the old days, you know, the wild west days when they traveled by train and talked to the people as they ran for president and such. You know those wild west days that were very unsafe, but it seems to me now that they were safer than the modern age…

Above: Obama Bus to travel America...

In fact Obama travels in the “Beast” most of the time on the ground and also now he has a bus: If the Obama Bus is similar to The Beast, it will have tank-like armor and cutting edge technology. For example, The Beast has 8-inch thick armor-plated sides, special bulletproof glass, and Kevlar-reinforced tires. The tires are mounted on specially designed rims that can continue to drive even if the tires are missing. Like The Beast, the bus is probably airtight, and likely has an advanced fire suppression system, oxygen tanks, and is built to withstand a chemical attack. In case of a medical emergency, bags of Obama’s blood are likely carried on-board just as they are in The Beast.

From what I understand is that they even take the “Beast” along with the bus in case an issue comes up that the bus is disabled…

I have thought about the difference in the two countries and this really makes me wonder what has happened to America. Is it that terrible that we have to guard our president with such means and measures? Is it that bad that we have to guard against chemical attacks and 8inch armor against what? Missiles!

The day that our president can not take a trip across the country with out fearing for his life tells me that something is incorrect and has gone haywire in America. But that is just me and you all know that I am just a blogger who has a screw loose…

Yes Putin has body guards and yes they make sure all is cool before he does certain things. That is normal and expected for the president of any country in the world…

What is not normal is when even the president of a country can not travel as a human and fill his own gas tank. What is not normal is that America is a land where we have to fear so bad that we build vehicles that are like a tank to transport our president around the country to meet his people that he works for…

I see Putin and Medvedev all the time in Russian media and life and they enjoy freedoms just like I do. They drive their own cars when they feel like it and they do not cower behind inches of high tech steel armor at the fear of their own people as they move about Russia…

That should make you think as you bad mouth Russia all the time. Russia is a lot safer than you understand and America is a lot less safe than you know…

I understand that you may not want to get the point that I am making and you want to tell me that apples and oranges are not the same as apples to apples. Well in my mind this is apples to apples and if Putin can traipse around Russia with very little fear, surely Obama could also traipse around America with very little fear! Or can he?

Oh yes! Maybe Russia has a bad area that Putin would not want to go! Maybe the Russia’s North Caucasus region, but Sveta and I have been there and I really think he would do just fine. Admittedly I am not in power in Russia so I am not a target, but it was a fantastic region and the people were simply sweet and wonderful. So it seems that other than a few factions that cause issues, the area is safe…

But with the armored vehicles that our American president has to travel in, to transverse the American countryside, you would think that all of America is like Russia’s North Caucasus region…

Makes you think…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

PS: I remember that Putin said that the LADA was a great car and he would buy one. In fact he has personally bought a LADA Niva a 4X4…

 

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Russia

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Very Important First Visit by Russia’s Putin…

Vladimir Putin will pay his first foreign visit as Russian President to the Belarus President on May 31, the Kremlin said on Wednesday the may 16th, 2012, followed to a visit to China soon after…

The first visit by a president of a country with as much power as Russia has, is very important to watch and it lays a path for the future of the mainline of the Russian president that has just taken over…

I put a lot of weight in who the president of any country or countries that they visit first, when they take over presidency of that country. A president has two ways to go…

1. They can make the visit a political play and game…

or

2. They can make the visit to a country that matters and needs help…

Belarus is a country that needs that help and connections as they are being strangled and crushed by the West as the West plays games as it always does with certain countries that do not kowtow at their feet…

I have always said that Putin is an inside man and he has little love for the Western world and her antics. While the West does things for political ploy and show 90% of the time, Putin does things because they are needed to be done and he tries to respect the people at the same time…

So Putin shows by his first two country’s to visit by how he is going to run the presidency. Belarus to help and China to grow respect…

Kyle Keeton
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Russia

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Greed: A World of Debt…

I remember when I opened my first savings account! It was at a little savings and loan (Remember those?) in a little tiny town and all transactions were done in a little pass book that everything was hand written in. I could deposit a dollar one day and the next day go pull it out to buy candy or a book to read. I remember well  that I put every penny that I could into this account and I remember that I spent it as time went by on things that had importance to me. It all made sense to me as I used that little savings and loan as my piggy bank and every time once a month like clock work they would add my interest, that was just pennies, but was very important to me. Those pennies was my hard stick candy money and back in my days, you could buy at least 10 pieces (sometimes more) of stick candy for a nickle. There was a hundred varieties of stick candy and I remember that root beer (sarsaparilla) was my favorite. I also remember that the ladies who worked in the savings and loan were always the most wonderful people in the world and I felt good by supporting a business in my home town…

Now why am I thinking about the good ole days? Well while drinking that cup of delicious over priced coffee this morning, I was reading about how much debt the world has and how over leveraged the banks are. Debt exceeds world actual money by an ungodly amount and we have literally made a sweet little time bomb that when it explodes the world will never be the same for a long time…

Now lets go back to me as a little kid and his savings and loan book. I was under the assumption that every dollar that I put into my account allowed the bank to loan that dollar back out. So in my head it seemed a fair issue. I put a hundred dollars into my account and the bank has a hundred dollars to loan. The back gets interest on that hundred dollars that they loaned and out of that interest I received my part, for keeping my money in the bank. That all made sense and I accepted this as okay. Other words if a bank has a million dollars in money in deposits then that bank can loan a million dollars and make interest on a million dollars. I know it is simplified, but a kid will look at it that way. I assumed that a bank only loans out no more than it has in deposits and that seemed to me a high risk, because if everyone wanted all their deposits. Then the bank did not have the money to pay back even that million in deposits. That is what I considered as a kid as gambling and that was an adult thing to do…

Now as a kid I mean that I am 7 or 8 years old and opened up my own account at the savings and loan. I also had an account at the local and only main street bank. I worked hard for my money, even at that early age and the fast that I put my extra money in the bank, the less that I would spend. Money burns a hole in your pocket as it sits there…

Now imagine my surprise when I discovered many years later that banks and such leverage their money not just 1 to 1 but as high as: “Many of the big investment banks were leveraged for between 30:1 and 50:1. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were very close to 100:1… <<< Read More”  Now that kind of leverage should make everyone go and yank their money out of a bank right now and do not hesitate. Collapse will happen and it will not be kind at all…

But enough of that, back to being a kid and banks: I considered that a bank leveraging money 1 to 1 was a risk. This is from a 8 year old and the desire to see his money available to him at all times if he needed it, you know for books and candy. If I had known that my money was being loaned out 30 times (Lets say for ease of working with it!) and that my dollar was good for 30 dollars. I would have expanded my horizons way back as a little guy and loaned the money out myself and kept all the interest. Someone as I found out later in life will always borrow money and pay high interest on it. You just have to be able to collect and then the understanding of mafia made its way into my life… :)

The greed that I saw in the system as a young kid was not even comprehensible to me as being as bad as it really is and as an adult we are mislead so bad and working so hard that we do not have time to even stop and contemplate what is happening around us. So my thinking’s went on hold for many years as I killed more people in the name of the USA around the world, then you even want to know about and then worked 16 hour days, 7 days a week until I had 6 heart attacks at 45 years old. Then it has not been until years of being in Russia and starting to read again, starting to think again and starting to enjoy freedoms of expressions again, that I realized how bad things really are. How corrupt things are, how non free things are, how terrible things are, how controlled things are and how greed is the center of everything that we do…

So basically for every dollar out there in the world be it dollars or rubles or yen or what ever. It is leveraged. The physical money in the world is far under the owed money in the world. We have created a monster that is incomprehensible to everyone on the plant and that includes the ones who created it and drive it everyday. It is a monster called greed that will take the world down and we will all be starting over from scratch. I have done that several times in my life and it looks like I will do it again and again before I pass away…

So as a kid I could just accept the thought of 1:1 leverage on my deposit, but anything more is just plain wrong and greedy…

Greed sucks and that is what makes the world go around: Greed…

Kyle Keeton
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Russia

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Nabucco – a pipeline to nowhere?

The second largest investor in the Nabucco gas pipeline, German energy giant RWE, could withdraw from the project.

The aim of the Nabucco project was deliver Caspian gas to Europe.

Now the German company says that it is going to reassess whether it makes business sense for it to remain involved in the project.

Earlier, a similar decision was announced by Hungarian company MOL.

The skepticism of these two companies is shared by many experts, who add that the less popular Nabucco becomes, the more attractive becomes its alternative suggested by Russia, “The South Stream”.

According to RWE, since the project’s conception, its cost has increased from the original € 8 bln to € 15 bln. However, the project doesn’t even have a proper legal grounding so far. It is assumed that the main suppliers of gas will be Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan – but no contracts with either of these countries have yet been signed.

“Small wonder that RWE doubts the potential benefits this project could derive,” President of the Russian Union of Oil and Gas Producers Gennady Shmal says.

“The very decision to build this pipeline was dictated more by political than by economic considerations,” Mr. Shmal continues. “But the project isn’t even backed by appropriate resources. The hopes of Nabucco’s initiators that Azerbaijan would be prepared to supply its gas to Europe have not come true so far.”

“Another country on which the project’s authors pinned their hopes was Turkmenistan – but the latter doesn’t seem to be eager to take part in it either. Talks between European countries, on one side, and Turkmenistan, on the other, have been going on for a rather long time, but they still haven’t bore fruit. In the meantime, Turkmenistan has built two pipelines to deliver its gas to China, while a third pipeline is currently under construction.”

“Germans have always had a reputation for being pragmatic, and RWE is simply being pragmatic. The company just cannot afford investing in a project of such dubious feasibility. And, even if it is implemented, it will most likely be much less profitable than the Russian South Stream.”

Nabucco was conceived as one of the main components of the so-called European South Gas Corridor. It was intended to make Europe less dependent on Russian gas. However, by the end of 2011, this project already had very few supporters. The Azeri company SOCAR and the Turkish BOTAS still remain Nabucco’s shareholders, but now they plan to build a pipeline of their own. This pipeline will be called TANAP and will deliver Caspian gas to Turkey’s borders with Europe. According to a new decision adopted by the shareholders, this is where the Nabucco pipeline is intended to link up with TANAP, carrying the gas across the border to Europe.

Thus, the Nabucco pipeline has turned from a pan-European project into a local one. This has even become reflected in its name – now it is called “Nabucco West”. Besides, it will now carry smaller amounts of gas than what was initially announced (if this project is ever implemented at all).

Russian analyst Grigory Birg says:

“Initially, it was planned that the pipeline would carry 31 bln cubic meters of gas a year. Now, there are plans to decrease this capacity more than two-fold. Of course, this will change the project’s cost-effectivenes. Now, the construction costs of one kilometer of Nabucco will be nearly the same as one kilometer of The South Stream, while the latter has a greater capacity and could solve Europe’s energy problems for longer than Nabucco.”

“Besides, Turkey, which is also involved in the Nabucco project, has given Russia permission to construct The South Stream across Turkey’s part of the Black Sea.”

“Summing it all up, I’ve come to the conclusion that at present, the Nabucco project has very few chances to be successfully implemented,” Mr. Birg says.

And here is what Russian businessman Grigory Shmal adds:

“I believe we can already say for curtain that the Nabucco project is effectively dead. The project’s shareholders will probably make some attempts to revive it – mainly by using political means. But this would be unlikely to help. Another gas-producing country in the Caspian region is Iran. However, given the West’s current attitude towards Iran, there are few chances that the EU would want to invite Iran into this project or that Iran itself would want to get involved in it.”

As mentioned above, the first European company that publicly expressed doubts about Nabucco’s success was Hungarian energy group MOL. Moreover, the Hungarian authorities have also said that they are interested in joining the Russian South Stream.

Initially, Nabucco was intended as an alternative to the Russian project. Now, there is every reason to believe that Nabucco can no longer be called a serious competitor to The South Stream. Recently, Russia’s new President Vladimir Putin ordered to start the construction of The South Stream as early as this year, ahead of the original schedule. Mr. Putin wants the Russian pipeline to start operating in 2015, not in 2017 as it was initially planned. The initiators of the Nabucco project do not expect their pipeline to come into operation until 2018.

Source: http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_05_16/74920749/

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