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3 minutes ago, TalkTalk123 said:

Princess, I think you would make a perfect target for the Russian to get this news past on. Oh wait, your bringing it to light again. Are you working for the Russians?

No I'm auditioning for Lester Holt.

 BTW-- Frank, I've been meaning to ask you: how close are you to Dayton Ohio?

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Why Russians dare to protest and risk wrath of authorities

Moscow rallies demonstrate how traditionally overlooked local elections have rejuvenated civil society and opposition.

......In Moscow, the lead-up to elect the 45 members of the city "Duma", or parliament, has been marked by an unexpected succession of large rallies for free and fair polls, organised by the opposition and mostly met with a crackdown.......

"The harsh police response has galvanised the activists even more and transformed regular voters into protesters," ......

young people, who have only known Putin as their leader, "want to finally have a say in their country's future".

Protest leader Ilya Yashin, a well-known opposition candidate, has become a symbol of the movement.

He was jailed five times in a row, each time rearrested as soon as he was freed for provoking unrest.

"And yet, without the leaders who were all in the prison, the movement kept going, which is interesting,"

 

......The demonstrations have come at a critical time, as the trust in Putin, according to some polls, is in decline.

"Traditional politics weren't seen as something useful by people, because it wouldn't change their everyday lives and welfare," explained Greene. "But it may be starting to shift. There is a sense of fatigue with the current leadership, and a sense of growing economic malaise.".....

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/russians-protest-risk-wrath-authorities-190904091918746.html

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How A Local Vote Rocked Russia: Moscow Election Caps Summer Of Discontent

-- Five years in prison for a tweet; four for repeatedly protesting; three for using pepper spray; two for pulling a policeman's arm.

Those are just a few of the sentences imposed against Russians who took part in the protest wave that has rocked the country's capital since July, galvanizing the embattled opposition in ways not seen since the run-up to Vladimir Putin's election to a third presidential term in 2012.

A summer of discontent in Russia's capital culminates this weekend with a vote that might have gone unnoticed even by many Muscovites if not for the exclusion of a slew of independent candidates from the ballot by electoral officials. Instead, anger over that decision led to large rallies that have shone a spotlight on growing public disaffection less than 18 months into what could be Putin's final Kremlin term.......

https://www.rferl.org/a/how-a-local-vote-rocked-russia-moscow-election-caps-summer-of-discontent/30150471.html

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Echoing Trump, Russian TV Casts Joe Biden and Kurt Volker as Villains of Ukraine Saga

 

.........Kurt Volker, the State Department’s former special representative for Ukraine negotiations, until Thursday, when

he provided Congress with text messages proving that the Trump administration did tell Ukraine’s new president that he would only be invited to the White House if he agreed to publicly back an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

But the part-time diplomat and Washington lobbyist was already famous in Russia, where he was described on state-run television this week as “an evil demon.”.....

 

...In fact, the former envoy’s text messages reveal that he and other American diplomats were not defying Trump but frantically scrambling to meet his demand that Ukraine’s new president, Volodymr Zelensky, aid in a White House smear campaign against Biden, by opening a corruption investigation of a Ukrainian gas company once advised by his son Hunter.

The focus on potential wrongdoing by Volker, rather than documented wrongdoing by Trump, is just one example of a pro-Trump editorial line adopted by the Russian state broadcaster in its coverage of the scandal engulfing the White House......

 

The Kremlin-controlled broadcaster’s coverage of the Ukraine scandal, which seeks to undermine Biden, Obama’s point man in Ukraine, seems to suggest Russia wants to play a similar role in defeating the Democratic nominee in 2020.

Kiselyov then introduced a report that laid out in detail the debunked conspiracy theory pushed by Trump: that Biden had abused his power as the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine to shut down an investigation of the Ukrainian gas company that employed his son..........

The Russian government was outraged by the Obama administration’s strong support for the popular uprising in Kyiv in 2014 that deposed Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, and the subsequent sanctions imposed on Russia after it seized Crimea from Ukraine and fomented an uprising by Russian separatists in the east of the country.

The Kremlin operation to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 was almost certainly motivated by the expectation that

a President Trump would be far more willing to press Ukraine to settle the conflict with Russia without recovering its lost territory. .......

 

The report also featured video of Giuliani claiming on Fox News that Democrats were guilty of covering up mass corruption during the Obama administration.

A subsequent report on Russia’s main state-owned channel cast Giuliani as a truth-seeking hero, defying journalists on what the Russian reporter called “Democrat-leaning CNN.”....

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/04/russian-state-tv-echoing-fox-news-calls-biden-villain-ukraine-giuliani-hero/

 

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Putin has joined trump in attacking the teenage climate change activist Greta Thundberg from Sweden. Greta has carried her environmental crusade to Russia where she made a speech in Moscow.

You just got to really have a chuckle about two grown men, leaders of two of the most powerful countries in the world, being afraid of a 16 year- old teenage girl from Sweden.

Now That's Girl Power!

 

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On 10/1/2019 at 12:59 AM, Bogie56 said:

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This was a story in the UK.  The day that Greta Thunberg was scheduled to address the U.N., Trump* decided to show up which was generally thought as a move to upstage her and steal the headlines.  He stayed for just 15 minutes, looking at his watch and yawning.  He didn't hear her speech.  Greta's disdain for this moron is evident in several photographs.

 

Thunberg later took a shot at Trump's tweet by saying that adults who feel the need to mock children must feel very threatened.

 

18 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

Putin has joined trump in attacking the teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg from Sweden. Greta has carried her environmental crusade to Russia where she made a speech in Moscow.

You just got to really have a chuckle about two grown men, leaders of two of the most powerful countries in the world, being afraid of a 16 year- old teenage girl from Sweden.

Now That's Girl Power!

 

Why is that old man afraid of that teenager?

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Trolls for hire: Russia's freelance disinformation firms offer propaganda with a professional touch

Firms charged varying prices for services, such as $8 for a social media post,
 
$100 per 10 comments made on an article or post
 
and $65 for contacting a media source.........
 
 
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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

Trolls for hire: Russia's freelance disinformation firms offer propaganda with a professional touch

Firms charged varying prices for services, such as $8 for a social media post,
 
$100 per 10 comments made on an article or post
 
and $65 for contacting a media source.........
 
 
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Propaganda, nobody did it better than the Soviets.

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Russia Says It Has Developed A New Weapon That Can Fly 27 Times The Speed Of Sound

Putin described the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle as a technological breakthrough comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite.
 
......It carries a nuclear weapon of up to 2 megatons.

Putin has said Russia had to develop the Avangard and other prospective weapons systems because of U.S. efforts to develop a missile defense system that he claimed could erode Russia’s nuclear deterrent. Moscow has scoffed at U.S. claims that its missile shield isn’t intended to counter Russia’s massive missile arsenals.

 

Earlier this week, Putin emphasized that Russia is the only country armed with hypersonic weapons. He noted that for the first time Russia is leading the world in developing an entire new class of weapons, unlike in the past when it was catching up with the U.S.........

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/russia-new-weapon-27-times-speed-of-sound_n_5e078c4dc5b6b5a713aed993?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

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Russian government resigns as Putin seeks constitutional shake-up

The Russian leader has been in power for almost two decades as either president or prime minister.

.............The move follows months of speculation in the Russian media about whether Putin will attempt to stay in power beyond 2024 without changing the constitution or forming a unified state with friendly neighbor Belarus.

Critics have suggested he is considering various options to remain at the helm, including by shifting power to parliament and then assuming an enhanced role as prime minister after he steps down in four years........

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russian-government-resigns-putin-seeks-constitutional-shakeup-n1116176?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR1tLIFLrQ5V5PIa9VGzOpwsFWOJlYh67NQ0Mo8i_jfTYnB1Y6Fbe-yTOuA

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https://theconversation.com/russias-constitutional-changes-are-designed-to-perpetuate-power-of-vladimir-putins-elite-130096

Russia’s constitutional changes are designed to perpetuate power of Vladimir Putin’s elite

 

Russian president Vladimir Putin has always enjoyed the decisive move that takes everyone by surprise. Long periods of quiet are broken by a sudden, shocking manoeuvre.

This was the case with his package of reforms following the Beslan school hostage crisis in September 2004, and again with the announcement in September 2011 that he planned to return to the Kremlin, following the four-year presidency of his close colleague, Dmitry Medvedev. The Russian constitution, agreed after a referendum in December 1993, stipulates that nobody can serve more than two consecutive terms, and so, after the gap, Putin legitimately returned to the Kremlin.

On January 15 2019 in his annual address to Russia’s Federal Assembly, Putin sprang yet another surprise package of changes, signalling the beginning of a transition period that could last up to the end of his fourth constitutionally-mandated term of office in 2024.

The speech fired the starting gun on another managed succession, although Putin’s personal role at the end of this time is unclear. It appears he is seeking to create a management structure for the country’s affairs without his direct involvement.

Putin’s speech was followed by the immediate resignation of Medvedev as prime minister and of his cabinet, and the appointment of the former head of the Federal Tax Service, Mikhail Mishustin, as prime minister. Medvedev was appointed to the new post of deputy head of the Security Council, subordinate to the council’s head, Putin.

But Putin’s proposals represent neither a “January coup”, as some Russian media described it, nor democratisation. Rather, they are a way to ensure the continuity of the current elite and the system they preside over.

Where power lies

In his speech, Putin outlined the most significant package of constitutional reforms since 1993, suggesting seven amendments to the constitution. Some have a democratising edge while others are clearly designed to create a repertoire of institutions to perpetuate Putinism without Putin.

The most crucial was a suggestion by Putin to allow the State Duma to appoint the prime minister, and then “the deputy prime ministers and federal ministers at the prime minister’s recommendation”. The president would have no right to reject the candidates approved by parliament.

This would represent a major transfer of power back to the legislature from the presidential executive, raising the status of parliament. If approved, the changes could also provide a path for the United Russia political party and its leader (currently still Medvedev) to formalise its control of power from within the legislature.

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First heard about this on "What on Earth" tv series.  Some think it has gone into operation. 

Why Russia's Nuclear-Powered "Skyfall" Missile Is Bad News

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-russias-nuclear-powered-skyfall-missile-bad-news-90116

 

Remember this is a nuclear powered well as tipped cruise missile.

9M730 Burevestnik

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9M730_Burevestnik

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"What on Earth" showed this image

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Russians are voting on a raft of constitutional changes — including a ban on same-sex marriage
 
and an amendment that will let Vladimir Putin stay in power until 2036.
 
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Putin Opponent Aleksey Navalny Reportedly Poisoned by ‘Toxin’ in His Tea

 
IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN

The Russian anti-corruption activist was rushed to the hospital in an unconscious state on Thursday morning, according to his press secretary.

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MOSCOW—Vladimir Putin’s nemesis, corruption fighter Aleksey Navalny, is fighting for his life in a Siberian hospital after allegedly being poisoned at an airport while travelling to Moscow.

Navalny’s closest aide, Kira Yarmysh, said Navalny was poisoned after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk airport early Thursday morning. He then boarded a flight to the Russian capital but fell violently ill en route..........

Gudkov told The Daily Beast that he believes the ongoing anti-Putin protests in Russia’s Far East and the revolutionary chaos in Belarus could have been the latest motivation to shut Navalny up. “Last night Navalny was coming back from Tomsk, where he supported his candidates at local elections; they know he is unstoppable and hugely popular.”..........

https://www.thedailybeast.com/putin-opponent-alexei-navalny-reportedly-poisoned-by-toxin-in-his-tea?via=twitter_page

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I guess this is what Trump admires so much in Putin ...

Leading Putin foe Alexei Navalny 'is poisoned' and rushed unconscious from plane in a 'grave' condition after 'toxin was poured into his tea' 

Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's arch political rival and critic, has been rushed to hospital (main) after falling sick on a flight from the city of Tomsk to Moscow, amid claims he was poisoned. Kira Yarmysh, Navalny's press secretary, says she suspects poison was added to a cup of tea that he drank at the airport (bottom right), shortly before he began sweating and complaining of feeling ill. Navalny was unconscious when he was taken from the aircraft and had to be ventilated, Yarmysh said. He is now in a coma and doctors have said his condition as 'grave'.

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So weird how many critics of Vladimir Putin end up getting poisoned by this specific, rare, hard-to-obtain nerve agent possessed effectively only by the Russian government. Amazing coincidence!
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BERLIN (AP) — German government says test showed nerve agent Novichok in samples from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
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8 minutes ago, TalkTalk123 said:

 

This Kyle guy is full of it.  CNN and Schiff did not say that Russia was "causing" civil strife in America.  What they did say is that Russia is trolling America to fan the existing flames of division. Just today the FBI pointed out Russian bots to Facebook and those accounts were removed.

You, yourself continue to be an advocate for the Kremlin's talking points.  Mr. Putin is not someone to be admired and his kleptocracy is abhorrent.  

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