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BS NewsHour Series “Inside Putin’s Russia” Explores Russian Identity and Disinformation, the Nation’s Tense Relationship with the U.S. July 10 – 15-

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WASHINGTON, DC (July 7, 2017) — PBS NewsHour special correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin go inside Russia for an unprecedented series – Inside Putin’s Russia – that explores everything from the bilateral relationship with the United States to ascendant nationalism, widespread propaganda, and the fate of President Vladimir Putin’s enemies.

The series, produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, will air across six nights (Monday, July 10 – Saturday, July 15, check local listings), representing one of the most robust reporting efforts in recent memory from Russia by an American television program...

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/pressrelease/pbs-newshour-series-inside-putins-russia-explores-russian-identity-disinformation-nations-tense-relationship-u-s-july-10-15/

 

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On the Cheap and for the Elite: Great Power as the New Legitimacy-
  Putin's third term has been almost entirely consumed by a foreign agenda with only residual attention to domestic issues......

 

"......There is an organizing principle to Russia’s new foreign policy — to constrain and diminish US power and its global leadership within the rules-based international order. It permeates its every gambit and position on any issue. Moscow now views the US not only as a threat to its international influence, but also as a menace to the regime’s domestic stability....

 

...Moscow needs the US as a subdued and cooperative partner on certain international issues. It needs to bolster the perception of Russia’s status as a US co-equal — despite the glaring deficiency in Russia’s economic stature (Russia’s GDP in nominal terms is about half that of California’s.)

To compensate for this weakness, and punch above its real geopolitical weight, Moscow resorts to risky gambits with a limited use of force to create or exacerbate crisis situations that make it impossible for the US to ignore.The problem with this strategy is that the list of “crisis situations”

with minimal risk of a direct US-Russia military clash is nearing exhaustion.....

 

...Russian voters want to enjoy Russia’s great power status on the cheap. But they do not have a means to effect a change in Russia’s foreign policy in accordance with their real priorities. The policy was never designed to serve their interests, but instead the interests of the elites that seek to perpetuate their grip on power."

 

https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/on-the-cheap-and-for-the-elite-great-power-as-the-new-legitimacy-58302

 

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Thanks for the heads-up here, Mr. Sixes.

 

Just finished watching the first installment of this PBS NewsHour series, and have to say what a freakin' political GENIUS that SOB Putin is.

 

I'm particularly referring to the part of it which spotlighted that SOB's push to align his political goals with those of the Russian Orthodox Church, and how "smart" said SOB was/is to know that once you get the backward idiot "true believers" in ANY country to believe that their religion and the goals of the state are aligned together, you then have one powerful and unbending force which with to contend.

 

(...and of course being a TRUE and PROUD American, and living in a country which was one of the FIRST in history to recognize the wise course of a separation of Church and State..well, IF you had been sitting in MY living room watching this report with me, you would have seen AND heard me calling that SOB and ALL those who blindly follow and support that SOB a bunch of freakin' backward idiots RIGHT to my television set!)

 

LOL

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OH, and btw Mr. Sixes...

 

You have NO idea how much I'm now looking forward to watching the next installment of this series, and where hopefully I'll get an even BIGGER laugh about those Ruskies, and when it might bring up the FACT which you brought up in your second post here.

 

(...and that would be for all that macho and proud Russian swaggering crap that that SOB Putin projects domestically and internationally, his poor azz backward country's ENTIRE freakin' GDP is only about HALF of what just the STATE of California's is!!!)

 

LOL

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SEE Ep. 1

"Pride, patriotism and how Putin helped redefine what it means to be a ‘true Russian’

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/pride-patriotism-putin-helped-redefine-means-true-russian/

 

(10.30 min.)

 

 

PBS NewsHourVerified account @NewsHour

 
 

WATCH TONIGHT: In part 2 of his series, @nickschifrin looks at the information — and disinformation — war "Inside Putin's Russia"

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What Russians think about Trump and the U.S.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/russians-think-trump-u-s/

 

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NICK SCHIFRIN: I think it should sound foreboding, because it is.

I think usual Russians really do see a vulnerability in the U.S. They see a lack of unity. And when talking frankly to people who actually know what they’re talking about in Russia, it’s not so much denial that they did it. It is that we did it in the United States last year, and we will keep doing it.

 

JUDY WOODRUFF: So, from talking to them, is there any doubt that they are going to keep on doing it?

 

NICK SCHIFRIN: No, I don’t think so, mostly because they don’t feel like they paid a price.......

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What Russians think about Trump and the U.S.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/russians-think-trump-u-s/

 

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NICK SCHIFRIN: I think it should sound foreboding, because it is.

I think usual Russians really do see a vulnerability in the U.S. They see a lack of unity. And when talking frankly to people who actually know what they’re talking about in Russia, it’s not so much denial that they did it. It is that we did it in the United States last year, and we will keep doing it.

 

JUDY WOODRUFF: So, from talking to them, is there any doubt that they are going to keep on doing it?

 

NICK SCHIFRIN: No, I don’t think so, mostly because they don’t feel like they paid a price.......

 

What does Russia think about all this? ‘Washington has gone crazy.’

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/what-does-russia-think-about-all-this-washington-has-gone-crazy/2017/06/01/c4c7f07a-46ec-11e7-98cd-af64b4fe2dfc_story.html?utm_term=.f283b7750348

 

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So all of a sudden America - - the Leader of the Free World--this great Sovereign Nation-- is a colony of Despotic Russia, that we have to care what the Russians think?

 

We should be more concerned with what our traditional allies think.

 

And you won't know that by watching RT= Pravda Television.

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So all of a sudden America - - the Leader of the Free World--this great Sovereign Nation-- is a colony of Despotic Russia, that we have to care what the Russians think?

 

We should be more concerned with what our traditional allies think.

 

And you won't know that by watching RT= Pravda Television.

 

Isn't the article  from The Washington Post - "Democracy Dies in Darkness"?  Heaven forbid anyone outside the left has an opinion.

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Isn't the article  from The Washington Post - "Democracy Dies in Darkness"?  Heaven forbid anyone outside the left has an opinion.

 

Did you actually read the article? The entire thing? It describes how the Russian government is happy Clinton lost, since she was an obstruction and an intimidation to them and their goals.

 

Trump’s chief virtue for the Kremlin is that he turned back Clinton, who embodied the aggressive, pro-democracy, interventionist policies that Russia viewed as a mortal threat. “We saw them as absolutely 100 percent dangerous,” Karaganov said. “My advice to the government if she wins was: Put your nuclear forces on alert, so they would know.”

 

It also describes how they view Trump as a Boris Yeltsin-like buffoon, and how he's weakened America's standing in the world. 

 

Trump is a familiar sort of political figure to Russians — big, affable, boorish, a bit like Boris Yeltsin. “I wouldn’t love him to run in Russia,” Karaganov said of Trump, “but if your system couldn’t provide better, why not?”

 

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For Putin and his allies, America’s vaunted “liberal international order” is dissolving.

“That order we did not like, and we are doing away with it,” Karaganov said.

 

Nearly everyone that said that the collusion story was phony or laughable are current or "former" members of the Russian government. 

 

Sergey Karaganov, the head of Russia’s Council on Foreign and Defense Policy

Andrei Kolesnikov, an independent analyst who’s a senior associate with the Carnegie Moscow Center

A similar assessment of the win-win dynamic for Putin comes from Andrei Soldatov, one of Moscow’s best investigative reporters

 

Andranik Migranyan, a former Russian government official

 

I also didn't see any mention or discussion of the sanctions against Russia., which seems to be a major component in the narrative and rather big to ignore.

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Businessman Paints Terrifying And Complex Picture Of Putin's Russia-

 

 

"William Browder knows Vladimir Putin's Russia all too well.

Browder made a fortune in Russia, in the process uncovering, he says, incredible amounts of fraud and corruption.

When he tried to report it to authorities, the government kicked him out of the country and, he alleges, tortured and killed the lawyer he was working with.

 

In what one senator called one of the Senate Judiciary Committee's "most important" hearings, Browder, a wealthy businessman-turned-activist-turned Putin-adversary shed a chilling new light on a Russian system of government that operates ruthlessly in the shadows — as Browder described it for lawmakers: a "kleptocracy" sustained by corruption, blackmail, torture and murder with Putin at its center......

 

"This is a war of ideology between rule of law and criminality," Browder also told the senators. "And if we allow all the corrupt money to come here, then it's going to corrupt us until we end up like them.".......

 

"What you need to understand about the Russians is there is no ideology at all," Browder said. "Vladimir Putin is in the business of trying to create chaos everywhere."...........

 

Putin's activities always seem to be designed to find leverage over his targets.

In some cases, Russia will engage in an illegal activity to help a target and then hold the threat of exposure of that activity over the target's head....

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/28/539802914/businessman-paints-a-terrifying-and-complex-picture-of-putins-russia?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170728

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