Dedicated Russian thread


*Russian Troll*
Not sure that expressing approval of bombing terrorists is exactly trademark leftard behaviour. Go and have a think about it for a bit.
I see you've awaken the A-team of little kitties with your contra-arrrrse group think postings.

Having another free-thinker and watching them scuttle like crabs is always a laugh to observe.

Just don't mention or research for yourself the FCO funded gov/media anti-Ru troll farm at the Integrity Initiative or how it would fit in very comfortably to sites like these.
The turks dont have a claim on it. Turkey didnt exist at that period.
Ottoman Turks? Seljuk Turks?
The Crimean Tartars, descended from the Mongol incursions, were a suzerain state of the Ottomans when it was annexed by Catherine the Great in the 18th Century.
Your point was that Russia had a historical claim to it. I pointed out that the Turks and Greeks also have a historical claim to it
I havent heart that Erdogan is asking for it back.
I never said he had
Re South Ossetia, they certainly dont want to be part of Georgia do they? Lets not play that game.
Transnystria? You and I don’t know how S Ossetia would vote in an internationally monitored referendum, to play your game. Same on an internationally monitored referendum in Crimea.
You and I know that the European map has been torn up and reassembled for millennia.
Egg sucking?
Its sort of what armies are for, or had you missed the point??
I know what Armies (and Navies and Air Forces) are for thanks. Might is right in your world. Your point was that Russia had a historic claim n’est pas?

Grey Fox

*Russian Troll*
He-he-he. Thank you, guys, you did your part of job well
Preemptive strike is now almost official.

Eugeny Satanovskiy, in popular TV-Show declared, that in the modern world most important not amount of nuclear warheads for 'detterence', but ability to make first shoot and neutralize enemy before he can do anything.

"Наш удар опережающий – пусть тратят деньги": Сатановский описал ядерную арифметику России, перечеркивающую арсеналы США - too
He-he-he. Thank you, guys, you did your part of job well
Preemptive strike is now almost official.

Eugeny Satanovskiy, in popular TV-Show declared, that in the modern world most important not amount of nuclear warheads for 'detterence', but ability to make first shoot and neutralize enemy before he can do anything.
Joshua in a popular film worked out that in the nuclear era the only winning move was to not have a nuclear war at all

I'll just leave this here for our Soviet comrades to thrap themselves stupid(er) over in their anti-freeze, errm "Tea" break at the troll farm. They will, however, need to turn themselves in for looking at this image of their lord and master,, as it's now illegal in their version of not at all gay paradise:

Russian PMC helping Bashir to crack heads in Sudan.
Russia Confirms 'Private Security Companies' Operating Amid Unrest In Sudan
There is no such thing as a Russian PMC that operates without Kremlin approval, So what is Moscow getting in return?
Putin and the ‘return to Africa’. It’s been going on for a while now. Sudan also has thousands of refugees which leave the country and it also accommodates some from other neighbouring countries. Funnily enough, none are heading for Russia.

WaPo article
Russia and China 'break Darfur arms embargo'
More arms sales. Which are obviously denied: BBC NEWS | World | Africa | China, Russia deny weapons breach
Russia's Arms Sales to Sudan a First Step in Return to Africa: Part Two - Jamestown

Sudan and Russia have long ties with Russia supporting the current despot in chief. They also didn’t support sanctions on Sudan whilst the Sudanese militias went around killing thousands (which may ring bells in the next decade.)

They also ‘lost’ another diplomat over there in 2017: Russian envoy to Sudan found dead
My, my. Russian PMCs are getting very active in the dictator supporting role. Now it's Venezuela's turn:
Reports: Russian Military Contractors Operating In Venezuela
As mentioned previously there is no such thing as an independent commercial PMC in Russia. They cannot operate without full approval from the Kremlin which uses them as deniable policy implementing tools.
Russian lawmaker arrested in parliament for suspected murder | Reuters
Russian MP arrested during a session of the Upper House after trying to do a runner:
A Russian lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday during a session of the upper house of parliament and was led away to face questions over two murders after failing in a bid to flee the chamber.

Russia’s senior prosecutor attended the plenary session and unexpectedly made the case for the arrest of 32-year-old Rauf Arashukov. The lawmaker tried to leave when his colleagues abruptly voted to strip him of his parliamentary immunity, the house speaker said.
He was nicked for the alleged murder of two people in 2010 and despite being a MP (Upper House aka Senate), allegedly has problems with the language:
The Investigative Committee said Arashukov was being questioned as a suspect in the murders of a local youth activist and an adviser to the head of the southern Russian region of Karachaevo-Cherkessiya.

Arashukov denies the accusations, his lawyer was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

Investigators said Arashukov, who represents the minority Russian Karachaevo-Cherkessiya region in the upper house, was having difficulties with the Russian language and had asked for an interpreter.
Russian senator Arashukov arrested on murder charges
Russia says BBC guilty of 'violations' - news agencies | Reuters
The usual 'tit for tat' from the Russian Federation after OFCOM finding RT had committed seven breaches:
“The spot check on British Television which broadcasts BBC World News is completed. Certain violations were found. An assessment of the procedural status of these violations is currently being carried out,” it said.

The statement did not say what kind of violations had been found.

Earlier this month, the state regulator said the BBC had published material that propagated the ideas of a terrorist group and that it was checking whether the company had broken Russian law.

The BBC has repeatedly said it is in full compliance with Russian law.


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'Certain Violations'..., well as long as they can pin it down like that it must be true.

I assume that the violations in question are 'being a national broadcaster in a country that has said RT is a Moscow-run propaganda-fest'? Or perhaps mentioning that the Crimea is illegally occupied? Or that the Ukraine War is being fought by Russian troops? Or... well, any one of a number of truths being told by the BBC, to be honest.

I'm in the front of the queue to accuse the BBC of liberal left bias, but if it is being investigated by the Kremlin then it must be doing something right.
After deadly Syrian battle, evidence of Russian losses was obscured | Reuters
A bit more information on the Russian PMCs killed in Syria during the early part of last year. The upshot is that notification of deaths was allegedly postponed because of the election on 18th March 2018.

Last contact with their son was 4th February 2018. According to a family friend and fellow PMC he died on 7th February 2018, yet in mid April 2018 his family are notified that he died in early March in another part of Syria:
The last contact Grigoriy Gancherov and his wife had with their son, a Russian private military contractor fighting in Syria, was on Feb. 4 last year.

The father subsequently learned from a friend and fellow fighter of Sergei’s that the 25-year-old had died several days later in a major battle against U.S.-led forces in the Deir al-Zor region.

It was not until mid-April that he received formal notification of his son’s death and the body was returned, accompanied by a death certificate stating he died on March 7 on the other side of Syria.

Gancherov’s account is one of half a dozen instances Reuters has identified where the Kremlin-linked private military organization that recruited the fighters returned bodies more than seven weeks after the battle and with official documents bearing details that people who knew them say were incorrect.

According to relatives and a battlefield witness, the fighters all died in the clash in Syria’s Deir al-Zor region, which took place overnight on Feb. 7.
One of the reasons sapeculated for keeping the casualties low, was because of Putin's impending election the following month:
Such practices, an unusual pattern for Russian fighters killed in Syria, would have helped conceal heavy casualties until after President Vladimir Putin’s re-election in mid-March.

Moscow’s message at the time was that the military campaign in Syria was a success with only modest human cost.

That details are emerging nearly a year after the Deir al-Zor battle indicates that Moscow may struggle to control its message about casualties abroad at a time when it is expanding its military activities in the Middle East and Africa.
Differing accounts remain of how many PMCs were killed. Russia says only an handful, other sources put the figure on or around a hundred:
About 100 Russian military contractors were killed in the Deir al-Zor battle, sources have said. The Russian foreign ministry has said that only a handful of Russian citizens were killed there and dismissed reports of heavy losses.

Sergei Gancherov and his friend were standing near each other shortly before their position was hit, according to the account the friend gave to the father.

The friend, who was wounded, told the father he learned about Gancherov’s death on a medical evacuation plane on his way back to Russia.

Reuters was unable to speak to the friend or verify his account.
Peskov says it is wrong to suggest authorities postponed issuing death certificates because of Putin's election:
Yet in each of the six instances identified by Reuters where fighters were returned to families after the election, the death certificates, issued by Russian officials in Syria, stated they died in late February or March.

Several relatives of those fighters said the recruiters who informed them about their family member’s death told them not to disclose the circumstances.

The Kremlin declined to comment on Gancherov’s death or that of the other fighters. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was wrong to suggest authorities postponed issuing death certificates of Russians killed in Syria because of the election.
Another reason speculated for the delay was because of the sheer volume of casualties and that reporters were monitoring an airport used by Wagner:
A military contractor who said he survived by taking cover identified among the many dead he saw two of the six fighters who were returned to families after the election with official documents bearing later dates of death.

Colleagues told him the delay was because of the large number of deaths and because journalists were monitoring an airport in Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, which was a key staging post for the private military firm.

“It was difficult to deliver all of them at once because reporters were waiting for them in Rostov, meeting planes, as we were told,” said the fighter.

He said he did not want to be identified because his recruiters did not allow him to disclose information related to his assignment in Syria.
Reuters were apparently monitoring the airport and nearby morgue for 'several days' and saw no coffins arriving, yet casualties identified after the 7th February attack were placed in body bags according to the reports:
Reuters reporters spent several days after the February battle monitoring a military morgue and airport in Rostov. They did not see coffins arriving.

According to the fighter, one of the dead colleagues he saw was Anton Vazhov from the southern Russian town of Novoshakhtinsk, whose official records say he died on March 21.

He said he saw Vazhov in a body bag on Feb. 8 upon returning to the battlefield after the air strikes to collect the dead.

“When we turned him over on his back and blew away the dust, we identified him,” the fighter said, adding that he drove Vazhov away from the battlefield in the back of a truck with more than 20 other bodies.
There appears to have been a surge, with 60 death certificates issued between the early part of the year and 8th April, 33 of which were issued after the election (18th) between 22nd March and 8th April:
The belated return of bodies and incorrect documents described by friends and relatives last spring contrasts to the normal sequence observed by Reuters over a period of two years.

Typically, recruiters return a body to a family two or three weeks after a death, accompanied by a death certificate bearing a date of death that usually tallies with what relatives know from fellow fighters.

The Russian consulate in Syria is responsible for registering the death of Russian civilians killed in the country. Each death certificate carries a serial number, starting from one at the beginning of the year.

Russian officials at the consulate issued more than 60 death certificates in the first part of last year through April 8, according to documents seen by Reuters. At least 33 of those were between March 22 and April 8. The election was on March 18.

The Russian consulate in Syria didn’t respond to requests for comment. Reuters was unable to establish whether all those certificates were for private military contractors.
You know, the more I learn about Putin's regime, the more I think he might not be telling the truth all the time.
But it is “pravda” (the Muscovite version). The Kremlin truth is the only acceptable truth.

This is changeable depending on the whim of whomever is currently s(h)itting on top of that particular dung heap. This then provides a new “correct” layer of truth, which supercedes the previously promulgated one.

The “muzhiks” just have to suck it up and after centuries of having the “Muscovite mindset” imposed on them, they are actually conditioned to do so.

Anyone else can quite easily ascertain the truth for themselves.
News about Russian economy hit by sanctions.
I quote Reuters just to please @scalieback
UPDATE 1-Moody's raises Russia rating to investment grade | Reuters
Global ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service raised Russia’s rating to investment grade on Friday, saying the policies enacted in recent years will strengthen the country’s already robust public finances.
Moody’s also said there is a reasonably high likelihood that the United States could impose further sanctions on Russia in the coming months, but added that Russia’s ability to withstand the impact has improved since the downgrade in 2015.
As you may see Russian economy has adapted to the regime of sanctions and further ones would be likely resultless.
The government’s net borrowing needs are very small and with fiscal consolidation and shifts in sources of investors in government debt, it is possible for Russia to execute borrowing plans domestically if needed, Moody’s said in a statement.
The government’s net borrowing needs are very small and with fiscal consolidation and shifts in sources of investors in government debt, it is possible for Russia to execute borrowing plans domestically if needed, Moody’s said in a statement.
Moody's is not alone
Last month S&P Global Ratings had affirmed Russia’s BBB-/A-3 credit rating with a stable outlook, showing confidence in the country’s solid external and public balance sheets.
However, S&P had joined Fitch in saying that it could consider negative rating if the United States decides to impose more sanctions on the country.
What Washington will do with sanctions against Russia? It looks that for Russian economy it is not that important.

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