Dedicated Russian thread

Thanks, it’s an interesting song, saying the Samurai will never get the Kuril’s, that Sevastopol and Crimea will remain under Russian occupation and of course the return of Alaska to the Motherland. It sounds the sort of song @YarS sings to himself in his cot, sucking his thumb:
That video is a bit sinister.

It's almost akin to becoming a personality cult for Putin.
 
That video is a bit sinister.

It's almost akin to becoming a personality cult for Putin.
And the children sing:
"If the Leader wills it, we will fight for him."

The Muscovite Mindset: The Leader must be obeyed. All power comes from the Leader.
 
Russian police detain more than 400 at protest over journalist - Reuters
They may have let the journalist go, but they seem unhappy with the protest. 400 from apparently 1,000 protesters arrested:
Reuters witnesses said well over 1,000 people marched through central Moscow, chanting “Russia will be free”, “Russia without Putin” and “Down with the Tsar” as police warned them not to break the law and blocked access to certain streets.

Some of the protesters wore white T-shirts saying “I am/We are Ivan Golunov,” the same slogan as a front page headline carried by Russia’s three leading daily newspapers on Monday.
Police earlier said they’d nicked 200 and according to witnesses many were released without charge:
OVD-Info, a monitoring group, said police had detained over 400 people. It said police had started to release some of them without charge while drawing up charges against others.

Police said earlier they had detained over 200 people.
 
That video is a bit sinister.

It's almost akin to becoming a personality cult for Putin.
History has a feature to repeat itself in different forms
- Tragedy
- Comedy
- Farce
Personality cult for Stalin was a tragedy
Personality cult for Brezhnev was a comedy
Attempts to build personality cult for Putin look as a farce.
 
Clearly they didn’t ask niceley for permission to protest
The direct cause for protest vanished as journalist Goluniv was realesed from home arrest and his (apparently falsified) case was closed.
The action was not authorised. So it was wise not to take part in it. Those who fight with numerous violations of the Law by authorities have to follow the law themselves.
 
Зачем вторгаться, так как Борис скоро станет вашим премьер-министром. Нам нравится товарищ Борис.
 
Interesting to see how the re-establishment of the Russian Orthodox Church as an extension of the State (as per the Muscovite Mindset) is playing out with ordinary people:
Russians Are Getting Sick of Church
 
Зачем вторгаться, так как Борис скоро станет вашим премьер-министром. Нам нравится товарищ Борис.
Indeed, why it is needed for foreign power to invade the UK, as Boris could soon be the boss and destroy British economy in the most effective way.
 
Is that our Boris or one of your Boris’s
Sadly I believe it is ours, but let us not derail this thread in the extremely polarising question of Brexit and do the Russian Trolls' work for them.
 
Indeed, why it is needed for foreign power to invade the UK, as Boris could soon be the boss and destroy British economy in the most effective way.
Perhaps Russia should join the EU. Putin will die eventually, and who knows what will follow him? In 1985 few people in the West foresaw the fall of the Soviet Union, and that was a much bigger change than this suggestion. You like hypothetical situations, here's one for you to think about.
 
The direct cause for protest vanished as journalist Goluniv was realesed from home arrest and his (apparently falsified) case was closed.
The action was not authorised. So it was wise not to take part in it. Those who fight with numerous violations of the Law by authorities have to follow the law themselves.
No police & state corruption to worry about then?
 
Perhaps Russia should join the EU. Putin will die eventually, and who knows what will follow him? In 1985 few people in the West foresaw the fall of the Soviet Union, and that was a much bigger change than this suggestion. You like hypothetical situations, here's one for you to think about.
Yes, we live in a fast changing world where it is hard to predict what will happen even in the near future. So in theory almost everything could happen but nevertheless it is not right from my point of view to suggest that without Putin Russia would dramatically change its external and internal policy. The West itself has done a lot of things to allienate the Russians and pro-Western politicians are not popular in Russia at all. It is important to understand that for majority of the Russians (like you it or not) Crimea is a natural part of Russia. So the Crimea linked sanctions are regarded (whatever is being said in Washington and Western capitals) as sanctions against the Russians. I reckon that this point is hugely underestimated in the West. Though ... it looks as the West abandoned all attempts using soft power to stimulate changes in Russia that would make it more close politically and economically to Europe.
The Russians would not forgive Putin his possible passive position in 2014. It was clear that new authorities in Kiev would try to expell Russian bases from Crimea and allow NATO to have own ones.
As for EU membership then for Ukraine it (being profitable) is hardly possible in the near future. For Russia it is hardly possible as well and also is not profitable. There are too many obligations and and too few benefits.
 
No police & state corruption to worry about then?
The level of corruption is huge and the police remains 'state in state'. But any protest actions should be organised according to existing law. The authorised protest action will happen 16 June.
 
Oh dear, Putin had to do something to show the critics of the Golunov case and police incompetence.

Putin Sacks High-Ranking Police Generals Over Golunov Case - The Moscow Times

I guess there have to be some fall guys, even in Russia.
It should be said that mr.Golunov was never been a critic of Putin's regime. He is just investigative journalist who created uncomfortable situation for some FBS officials. Fingers point to Medoyev family.
Igor Basherovich Medoyev is retired FSB general, hero of Russia, ethnically Ossetian, former champion of Russia in pistol shooting,
Marat Medoyev - acting lt.colonel of FSB with wide interests in business and real estate operations.
The Medoyevs family has in possession expensive property in the center of Moscow. Its cost is estimated as no less than several mln. of $$. It is logical to suggest that it is only a tip of the iceberg. A member of the family is a senior official in Moscow government and he as an official hired a building that belongs to the Medoyevs for more $1 mln annually paid from Moscow budget.

As for the case then I have my version. Allegedly unknown agent (maybe FSB agent or maybe not) acting in interests of Medoyev familty (=mafia) planted drugs in Golunov's bag and in his hired flat. High ranked policemen were informed that it is the right time to capture the journalist, to search his bag and flat. Police general(s) ordered to perform 'a routine' operation to their subordinate operatives. The operatives hardly were aware about details. The protests were unexpectedly (for FSB, Police, authorities) very massive. Golunov's surname appeared in social networks more frequently than Putin's one. The case soon became the news number 1 in Russia and attracted public scrutiny on unseen degree.
Are there chances to find the agent who planted the drugs? I strongly doubt. Highly likely he is ethnically Ossetian devoted personally to Medoyev's family (member of the mafia). Probably he is hiding in Ossetian mountains.
 

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