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President Putin understands very well the cancer that's eating away at Western countries. He is warning them based on Russia's experience in the past.

Can you imagine a Western leader giving such a speech?


Cleverly selective and exaggerational. With a bit of deflective historic culpability thrown in.

For domestic consumption he is Invoking the dastardly western bogeyman as a threat to Mother Russia. This ties in neatly with painting any domestic opposition voices as "foreign agents" and criminalising them.

At the same time he is provoking and inflaming reactionaries abroad who provide Moscow with useful idiots, in a continuation of what Moscow used to do in the Cold War with the adherents of peaceful international socialism in trying to create polarising schisms in western society and violent dissent.

Edited to add:

It is interesting to see that after I posted some thoughtful and thought provoking reporting on the state of Muscovite Russia from the Economist, we have pretty much immediately had some deflectory "whatabout-ist" posts.
 
Yes - Trump

It contains all the dog whistles to warn about those nasty people changing things away from the good old days that never existed, banning you from saying ‘merry Christmas’ etc


Make Russia Great Again
But less polished and more off the cuff with smaller words and lots of colloquialisms......... :)
 

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As part of the Kremlin's campaign to revise the gruesome history of the Soviet State and to rehabilitate the mass-murderering dictator Josef Stalin it has taken steps to close down "Memorial" the human rights group which was set up to investigate and publicise the gross abuses of that regime:





How indicative an example of the "Muscovite Mindset". A reminder of my take on this:

A short and not exclusive summary of the “Muscovite Mentality”.

<Snip useful executive summary>
That reminded me of George Kennan's historic 'Long Telegram' - which laid the foundation for the Cold War and the U.S policy of ' containment ' as opposed to Detente.

The Long Telegram of George Kennan and the Birth of Containment

- although the cable was orginally classified 'Secret', it always amazes me how few people over here are actually aware of one of the key policy docs of the 20th C - worth 5 minutes of your life.

You can see George Kennan's original words here: 4. George Kennan

- Para three of his Conclusion are worth emphasising, not least to reflect that - it seems fúck all appears to have changed in the last 76 years......

Feb 22, 1946

(3) Much depends on the health and vigor of our own society. World communism is like malignant parasite which feeds only on diseased tissue. . . If we cannot abandon fatalism and indifference in face of deficiencies of our own society, Moscow will profit--Moscow cannot help profiting by them in its foreign policies.


" We Are Where We Are......."
 
President Putin understands very well the cancer that's eating away at Western countries. He is warning them based on Russia's experience in the past.

Can you imagine a Western leader giving such a speech?


And now you’re citing an autocratic anti democratic ruler who imprisons and poisons opponents and is waging war against neighbouring countries as an exemplar.

Just one more example of what a crackpot you are.
 
There has been a major coal mine accident in an underground mine in Siberia. So far there are 52 dead and 239 rescued. There is not believed to be any chance of any more survivors. The deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning following a methane explosion and fire. The dead include 6 rescuers. An accident investigation has been ordered.
Death toll in Siberian coal mine blast rises to 52, Russian officials say

A devastating explosion in a Siberian coal mine Thursday left 52 miners and rescuers dead about 250 metres underground, Russian officials said.

Hours after a methane gas explosion and fire filled the mine with toxic fumes, rescuers found bodies of 14 people, but then were forced to halt the search for 38 others because of a buildup of methane and a high concentration of carbon monoxide fumes from the fire. Another 239 people were rescued.

The state Tass and RIA-Novosti news agencies cited emergency officials as saying that there was no chance of finding any survivors in the Listvyazhnaya mine, in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia.
 
There has been a major coal mine accident in an underground mine in Siberia. So far there are 52 dead and 239 rescued. There is not believed to be any chance of any more survivors. The deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning following a methane explosion and fire. The dead include 6 rescuers. An accident investigation has been ordered.
Death toll in Siberian coal mine blast rises to 52, Russian officials say
Prayers and sympathy for the victims and their families.
 
Head of Russia's prison service (with a well known surname) is dismissed as allegations of torture and sexual assault:
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fired the head of Russia's prison service, weeks after the emergence of leaked videos that appeared to show prisoners being tortured and sexually assaulted.

Alexander Kalashnikov was dismissed with immediate effect, according to a terse decree published on the Kremlin's website. Arkady Gostev, a deputy interior minister, was appointed as his replacement.

The Kremlin did not give a reason for Kalashnikov's removal as head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). But the move comes after FSIN last month fired five senior prison officials and opened a slew of criminal investigations into incidents at a jail in the Saratov region.

The authorities acted after a prisoner rights group, Gulagu.net, began publishing what it said was graphic video evidence of orchestrated sadism at the prison, located around 700 km (450 miles) southeast of Moscow.


Allegedly arising from this where Navalny has been sent:
In the most detailed account yet of life inside the jail, sources including six former inmates and a former prisons inspector told Reuters of regular beatings by guards, sexual assaults and severe psychological pressure. They said prisoners’ personal medical supplies are routinely confiscated on their arrival in prison. Convicts have to be gravely ill before they are admitted to the medical bay. And medical staff do little more than hand out pain killers. The former prisoners accused medical staff of turning a blind eye to brutality towards inmates.
 
Head of Russia's prison service (with a well known surname) is dismissed as allegations of torture and sexual assault:
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fired the head of Russia's prison service, weeks after the emergence of leaked videos that appeared to show prisoners being tortured and sexually assaulted.

Alexander Kalashnikov was dismissed with immediate effect, according to a terse decree published on the Kremlin's website. Arkady Gostev, a deputy interior minister, was appointed as his replacement.

The Kremlin did not give a reason for Kalashnikov's removal as head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). But the move comes after FSIN last month fired five senior prison officials and opened a slew of criminal investigations into incidents at a jail in the Saratov region.

The authorities acted after a prisoner rights group, Gulagu.net, began publishing what it said was graphic video evidence of orchestrated sadism at the prison, located around 700 km (450 miles) southeast of Moscow.


Allegedly arising from this where Navalny has been sent:
In the most detailed account yet of life inside the jail, sources including six former inmates and a former prisons inspector told Reuters of regular beatings by guards, sexual assaults and severe psychological pressure. They said prisoners’ personal medical supplies are routinely confiscated on their arrival in prison. Convicts have to be gravely ill before they are admitted to the medical bay. And medical staff do little more than hand out pain killers. The former prisoners accused medical staff of turning a blind eye to brutality towards inmates.
Mere window-dressing by the Kremlin.

Under the Muscovite Mindset, there is no such thing as an independent judiciary. The legal system is set up to protect the executive power. If you are arrested by the police or other state security services you are highly unlikely to be found not guilty. The prison system is there to punish the offender and to break political prisoners. Not only is there severe brutality from the guards, but it is usual for common criminal prisoners to be given privileges in return for making the lives of political prisoners a total misery.

This was something that developed under Tsarism, was perfected and reached its apogee under Communism and is now reasserting itself under the new right-wing dictatorship.
 
There has been a major coal mine accident in an underground mine in Siberia. So far there are 52 dead and 239 rescued. There is not believed to be any chance of any more survivors. The deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning following a methane explosion and fire. The dead include 6 rescuers. An accident investigation has been ordered.
Death toll in Siberian coal mine blast rises to 52, Russian officials say
16 years ago I supervised installation of industrial automation system (PLC controllers, SCADA system Wonderware InTouch) in the coal refinery plant Listvyazhnaya in the city of Belovo. It is just near the coal mine Listvyanzhnaya where the tragedy happened.
Who is guilty? It's Russian ugly variant of capitalism where profits are on the first place (and also on the 2d and 3d). I was told by local engineers that frequently sensors in Russian coal mines are intentionally disabled and it is ordered by top managers. The biggest coal mine in Kuzbass - Raspadskaya is controlled by Russian oligarch Abramovich. There was explosion some years ago. But mr.Abramovich is able buy football clubs, yachts and continue his luxury life in London, Israel or elsewhere.
 
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So long as the rent to the Kremlin is paid, the government turns a blind eye to the running of its farmed out industrial tenancies. The nub of a neo-feudal rentier economy run by a despotic state. In plain this is like officially sanctioned organised crime with the Head of State as the "Capo di tutti capi" and the State security organs as his enforcers. A development of the "Muscovite Mindset". It was the same structure under Communism, just with the State being more overtly in charge.
 
A survivor has been found in the mine in Siberia. He is one of the rescue workers who ran into problems and was presumed to be dead.
Survivor found after Siberian coal mine explosion left dozens presumed dead

Rescue crews have found a survivor in a Siberian coal mine where dozens of miners are presumed dead after a devastating methane explosion, a senior regional official said on Friday.

Kemerovo region Gov. Sergei Tsivilyov said on the messaging app Telegram that the survivor was found in the Listvyazhnaya mine in southwestern Siberia, and "he is being taken to the hospital."

Acting Emergency Minister Alexander Chupriyan identified the survivor as rescuer Alexander Zakovryashin, who had been presumed dead. "I can consider it a miracle," Chupriyan said.

Zakovryashin was conscious when rescuers reached him and has been hospitalized with moderate carbon monoxide poisoning, according to emergency officials.
 
So long as the rent to the Kremlin is paid, the government turns a blind eye to the running of its farmed out industrial tenancies. The nub of a neo-feudal rentier economy run by a despotic state. In plain this is like officially sanctioned organised crime with the Head of State as the "Capo di tutti capi" and the State security organs as his enforcers. A development of the "Muscovite Mindset". It was the same structure under Communism, just with the State being more overtly in charge.
Governments turning a blind eye to poor mine safety is pretty common across much of the world, with many of those mines being run by Western mining companies.
 
16 years ago I supervised installation of industrial automation system (PLC controllers, SCADA system Wonderware InTouch) in the coal refinery plant Listvyazhnaya in the city of Belovo. It is just near the coal mine Listvyanzhnaya where the tragedy happened.
Who is guilty? It's Russian ugly variant of capitalism where profits are on the first place (and also on the 2d and 3d). I was told by local engineers that frequently sensors in Russian coal mines are intentionally disabled and it is ordered by top managers. The biggest coal mine in Kuzbass - Raspadskaya is controlled by Russian oligarch Abramovich. There was explosion some years ago. But mr.Abramovich is able buy football clubs, yachts and continue his luxury life in London, Israel of elsewhere.
Given how the coal industry world wide has gone away from underground mines and to open cast or open pit instead (due to economic factors) I was surprised to read that there were still significant underground coal mines in Russia. Is this common in that area, or is this mine an exception?
 
Governments turning a blind eye to poor mine safety is pretty common across much of the world, with many of those mines being run by Western mining companies.
Its not just the mines. The whole Russian economy is a rentier one.
 
Given how the coal industry world wide has gone away from underground mines and to open cast or open pit instead (due to economic factors) I was surprised to read that there were still significant underground coal mines in Russia. Is this common in that area, or is this mine an exception?
Kuzbass is a region in Siberia with very high quality coal - more than half of Russian coal
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There are mainly underground coal mines built in Soviet times. Now about 30% of coal is mined from open pits.

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A detailed report on Russian and Chinese disinformation operations about Covid 19 / SARS COV-2:


Executive Summary​

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spread disinformation about the efficacy of vaccines and the virus’s origins, a shift from Beijing’s previous disinformation campaigns, which had a narrower focus on China-specific issues such as Tibet, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
  • Most of Beijing’s COVID-19 narratives aimed at shaping perceptions of China’s response to the pandemic and only rarely targeted other countries specifically.
  • Russia recycled previous narratives and exacerbated tensions in Western society while attempting some propaganda about Russian scientific prowess.
  • The Kremlin and the CCP learned from each other. While limited evidence exists of explicit cooperation, instances of narrative overlap and circular amplification of disinformation show that China is following a Russian playbook with Chinese characteristics. Russia is simultaneously learning from the Chinese approach.
  • The largest difference between China’s and Russia’s information warfare tactics remains China’s insistence on narrative consistency, compared with Russia’s firehose of falsehoods strategy.1 Even with substantially greater resources, this largely prevents Chinese narratives from swaying public opinion or polarizing societies.
  • The two authoritarian countries’ information operations have evolved over the last 18 months and will continue to do so with the spread of variants, vaccines, and inquiries into the virus’s origins.

As reported in RFE:


Excerpt from the introduction of the RFE article reporting on it:
China and Russia have pushed disinformation and propaganda about the origins of COVID-19, unproven cures for the disease, and the efficacy of vaccines aimed at winning over foreign audiences and sowing distrust toward Western governments since the emergence of the deadly virus in the Chinese city of Wuhan two years ago, a new study shows.

The strategies used by Chinese and Russian politicians and how their state media outlets carry out these campaigns is the focus of a new study from the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) released on December 2.
 
A great essay from Unherd (and some excellent commentary).


It really demonstrates the concept that Muscovite Russia is run as a rentier economy for the benefit of the elites that are in power like a mixture between a feudal empire and a huge organised crime gang.

It is the "Muscovite Mindset" (which I have preiously described at length) which enables this phenomenon.
 

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