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I understand that the Russian tradition is to have Commissioned Officers in positions of trust and any position requiring advanced knowledge of anything. Bearing in mind the type of boat this was and the missions it carried out, I would not be surprised if all the crew were officers. Add a few visiting/ inspecting senior officers and there you have it.
I understand that this is a by-product of their formerly largely short term service conscript armed forces. Professional officers provided longer term continuity and it allowed for higher pay to scarce technical specialists.

They are moving to a professional long term service army which may produce further changes down the road.
 
I understand that the Russian tradition is to have Commissioned Officers in positions of trust and any position requiring advanced knowledge of anything. Bearing in mind the type of boat this was and the missions it carried out, I would not be surprised if all the crew were officers. Add a few visiting/ inspecting senior officers and there you have it.
14 all above LtCol? Who the F*** makes the tea?
Battery caused deadly fire on Russian secret sub
The ministry has now named all 14 victims, and all were senior officers. Seven were first-rank captains, including two with Hero of Russia awards; three were second-rank captains; two were third-rank captains; one was a captain-lieutenant and one a lieutenant-colonel.

A first-rank captain comes fifth in the Russian naval hierarchy, after four ranks of admiral. After three ranks of captain comes the rank of captain-lieutenant
Edited to add- All in the same room at the same time? I know soe Russian subs can be big but how big was this little submersible?
 
Look at this for the most unconvincing, fake attempt at looking like you don't really want to shake someone's hand:



Maybot; one of the most unconvincing, contrived, wooden performers ever.

How did the UK get this s**t?

(Trump on the other hand, actually looked quite relaxed and normal - and I am certainly no fan of his!).
 
Look at this for the most unconvincing, fake attempt at looking like you don't really want to shake someone's hand:



Maybot; one of the most unconvincing, contrived, wooden performers ever.

How did the UK get this s**t?

(Trump on the other hand, actually looked quite relaxed and normal - and I am certainly no fan of his!).
I don't think that Putin is on the UK's Christmas card list at the present time for some reason or other.
 
Our trolls have been a little less productive in their post count of late. I am quite interested to see what the new line of attack will be in terms of Salisbury, for example.

It would be nice to see them actually use the word, Bellingcat without supervisor authority.
 
By rights, one of them should be wearing an old thick NBC glove with a cotton inner (neither of which ever fitted your hand) to make the point, but she's too nice. Maggie would have crushed his fingers as a starter (Metaphorically with the metacarpals).

If your slightly incompetent, you can be VPOTUS, if your over-qualified you can be POTUS
 
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Yes, it's RT but in this specific case it can be regarded as trusworthly.
Arrested FSB officers face charges of ARMED robbery, number of suspects may increase – reports
Under 'wise' Putin's leadership security services in Russia becomes a nest of corruption and robbery.
A new scandal has rocked the Federal Security Service (FSB) after seven of its operatives were detained in Moscow over an alleged robbery. Following the case, FSB veterans have warned about criminals infiltrating the agency.
Criminals? Infiltrating? Face bitter truth - FSB itself turned to mafia, to organised criminal community - unaccountable and untouchable.
They have been charged in connection with a single case of armed robbery, a source close to the investigation told TASS on Thursday. So far, no other malicious activity by the group has been uncovered.
A string of high-profile cases have rocked Russian law-enforcement agencies recently, and have been described as ‘very troubling’ by veterans of the Soviet-era KGB – the predecessor of the FSB.
The unfolding case of the FSB ‘brigands,’ as well as the recent arrest of FSB Colonel Kirill Cherkalin, who possessed a record-breaking pile of cash, signals some serious issues within the agency
The veteran officer offered quite a grim prognosis regarding the law enforcement agencies, stating that such a trend is unlikely to change any time soon. He brought up the scandal with the graduates of the FSB academy back in 2016, when the new agents rented a whole lot of luxury cars and cruised through Moscow.
 
“A string of high-profile cases have rocked Russian law-enforcement agencies recently, and have been described as ‘very troubling’ by veterans of the Soviet-era KGB – the predecessor of the FSB”

Maybe they think they’re next in some ‘historic enquiry’? Or is it only the West which do these?
 
“A string of high-profile cases have rocked Russian law-enforcement agencies recently, and have been described as ‘very troubling’ by veterans of the Soviet-era KGB – the predecessor of the FSB”

Maybe they think they’re next in some ‘historic enquiry’? Or is it only the West which do these?
It should provide interesting TV.Providing that they accept full responsibility themselves and don't blame it on those above.
 
Obviously, they didn’t pay their tithes to those above them, so they are the fall guys.
 
Russian mass media report about some still unconfirmed details in the case with FSB operatives involved in robbery.
Eight FSB officers hid in North Caucasus after arresting colleagues in robbery case
While on mission in the North Caucasus, eight officers of the Alpha Special Forces found out about their status as suspects in the robbery case and the arrests of seven colleagues, and then disappeared, reports Novaya Gazeta. According to the newspaper, over the past two years, the security forces have attacked "participants of the market" twice.

Cars with money were blocked by cars without plates. Armed men screaming "working FSB" took the money. Five of the 15 suspects were arrested in Moscow, two - sent under house arrest. The others are wanted.
Only a blind person doesn't see that there are no Law and Order in Russia 'thanks' to moron Putin whose bleatings don't impress the Russians.
Still pres.Putin keeps silence. No one FSB general was fired as nothing special happened... Tough indeed in the context of habits of so called 'law enforcement' structures nothing special happened.
 
Russian mass media report about some still unconfirmed details in the case with FSB operatives involved in robbery.
Eight FSB officers hid in North Caucasus after arresting colleagues in robbery case

Only a blind person doesn't see that there are no Law and Order in Russia 'thanks' to moron Putin whose bleatings don't impress the Russians.
Still pres.Putin keeps silence. No one FSB general was fired as nothing special happened... Tough indeed in the context of habits of so called 'law enforcement' structures nothing special happened.
You need to tell the bolded part to your countryman @greyfox, if he's still alive after his poor performance as a troll on this forum.
 
The neo-Tsar is looking at extending his reign:
Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
Naive people fancy that in 2024 Putin's rule will terminate. Of course it will not happen. Putin will remain at power for years. He will be ... right ... just a PM with in fact nominal president. So the changes in the constitution are quite predictable. Real power of president will be bounded and reportedly 3/4 of MPs will be elected in their constituencies (not through party lists). Putin's polit-technologists believe that this system is more useful to create absolutely controllable parliament (as now).
 
Naive people fancy that in 2024 Putin's rule will terminate. Of course it will not happen. Putin will remain at power for years. He will be ... right ... just a PM with in fact nominal president. So the changes in the constitution are quite predictable. Real power of president will be bounded and reportedly 3/4 of MPs will be elected in their constituencies (not through party lists). Putin's polit-technologists believe that this system is more useful to create absolutely controllable parliament (as now).
He was prime minister before already to get around time limits on serving as president, wasn't he? He will just do this again somehow.

By the way, what do you mean by "reportedly 3/4 of MPs will be elected in their constituencies (not through party lists)"? How does this secure his power? Does it give him a majority of MPs?
 
He was prime minister before already to get around time limits on serving as president, wasn't he? He will just do this again somehow.

By the way, what do you mean by "reportedly 3/4 of MPs will be elected in their constituencies (not through party lists)"? How does this secure his power? Does it give him a majority of MPs?
I heard about plans for the reform of the Constitution on Radio Business FM. Some details are just unconfirmed suppositions.
Electoral system in Russia is mixed one. A half of MP are elected through party lists (with 5% threshold) and another half in individual constituencies.
Pro-Putin's 'The United Russia' party the last years becomes less and less popular. There are too many political scandals, cases of corruption related to the party that its electoral chances are dim even with massive falsifications. The Unitied Russia is losing its positions, sometimes loses important local elections.
Putin's politologists regard another method as more practical to secure pro-Putin's majority in the States Duma. Carefully selected so called 'independent' candidates not connected directly to the United Russia could easily win in constituencies using sound agitprop machine and so called 'administrative resource'.
 
Thousands protest in Moscow after opposition barred from city vote - Reuters
More protests in Moscow. This time it’s apparently the authorities saying the candidates didn’t get enough votes (sponsors would probably be a better word), whilst the opposition say they did:

Election officials barred around 30 candidates, mostly opposition-leaning, from running for the 45-seat legislature on the grounds they failed to garner enough genuine signatures from voters to qualify.
Seems the ‘Putin lies’ is a common phrase:
The protesters, led by Alexei Navalny, the most prominent critic of the Kremlin, demanded the authorities allow opposition candidates to run in the Sept. 8 vote.

Protesters held placards with the inscriptions “I have the right to choose” and “Putin lies”.
 

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