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Moscow inverses roles in Kiev

While NATO leaders are jubilant over the Kiev coup, which they present to public opinion as a revolution, the situation is reversed in the field. Instead of government of thugs raising the stakes between Washington and Moscow, it is now up to U.S. agents to exercise power and manage the problems they have organized. Moreover the country is ruined and nobody whomsoever will succeed in bringing about a quick recovery. Russia can now defend its interests without incurring the liabilities from twenty years of earlier corruption.

Russia did not responde to the Ukrainian events during the Olympic Games in Sochi. [1] Its press continued to make headlines of the exploits of its athletes while there was fighting in Kiev and in several provincial capitals. The Kremlin considered in effect that at any time, the enemies of Russia could still turn its sports festival into a bloodbath.

As expected, power had changed hands in Kiev at the closing of the Games. Westerners, largely misinformed, had the impression of a pro-European revolution. However, disclosure of a telephone conversation between the assistant U.S. Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, and her ambassador, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, left no doubt about the US plot. [2] Using false images, a government of thugs and crooks [3] was transformed into a band of Russophile torturers. [4] As in all the "color revolutions", mysterious snipers on the rooftops fired upon both the crowd and the police, and the government was held responsable. In the confusion, the West had the impression that "the people" had seized the national palace. In reality, while mostly Nazi activists fought in Maidan Place live on international television, politicians discreetly seized the national palace in another part of the city. From this point of view, Europeans can rest assured that it is not the Nazis who took power.

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Ukraine's Donetsk calls for referendum, votes to restore Russian's official status

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Pro-Russian protesters wave Russian flags and hold a banner reading "Donetsk region is with Russia" during a rally in the industrial Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 1, 2014.
The City Council in the eastern city of Donetsk has refused to recognize Ukraine's self-imposed government and called for a referendum on the region's status. The council has made Russian alongside Ukrainian the official language in the region.

"Until all the legitimacy of the new laws approved by Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament] is clarified, the City Council [of Donetsk] will take full responsibility for its territories," said the document approved by Donetsk City Council during the special session of March, 1. The report comes from Ukraine-based Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper.

Donetsk is the capital of the coal-rich Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. Beside Donetsk, a major economic, industrial and scientific center, Donbass includes Lughansk and Dnepropetrovsk regions.

The Council called for a referendum on Donbass's future, urging the local parliament to set the date immediately. The move is set to "protect the citizens from possible violent actions on the behalf of radicalized nationalistic forces," the council said in a statement.

In addition, the members of the city council have voted to set up self-defense squads.

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Canada recalls ambassador from Moscow

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper chaired on Saturday a special meeting of the government on the situation in Ukraine, and later on made a statement.

The statement reads Russia's actions "are a clear violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity." Canada has suspended its preparations to attend June's G8 Summit in Sochi.

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Russia negotiating with 8 countries to base its ships and bombers

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Sergey Shoigu
At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore.

"We need bases for refueling near the equator, and in other places," ITAR-Tass quoted him as saying.

Russia is not looking to establish bases in those locations, but to reach agreement to use facilities there when required.

The countries are all strategically located - in three leftist-ruled countries close to the U.S.; towards either end of the Mediterranean; in the Indian Ocean south of the Gulf of Aden; and near some of the world's most important shipping lanes in the Malacca Strait and South China Sea.

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CIA asset Alexei Navalny placed under house arrest in Russia

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Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
Court orders opposition leader's detention in embezzlement inquiry, and forbids him from using internet

A court in Moscow has ordered the Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny to be placed under house arrest, after a request from investigators working on an embezzlement case.

Navalny and his brother Oleg face charges of stealing and laundering a total of 51m rubles (£840,000) from the cosmetics company Yves Rocher and a Russian firm.

Investigators had already made Navalny sign a pledge not to leave Moscow but asked for his restrictions to be stepped up to house arrest, arguing that he had repeatedly violated the restrictions imposed on him. As well as being unable to leave his home in the Moscow region, the new restrictions imposed by a district court mean Navalny will only be able to talk to relatives, investigators and his defence lawyers.

Crucially for a figure who has emerged as one of the main challengers to President Vladimir Putin through a widely followed blog, he will not be able to use the internet. Noir will he be able to send or receive letters or talk to the press.

Comment: See also:

Russian activist Alexey Navalny's dark side ignored by Western media

'Pussy Riot', the U.S. State Department and Economic Shock Therapy


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Russian opposition caught filing into U.S. embassy in Moscow

In mid-January 2012, just days after Michael McFaul arrived in Moscow to begin his stint as US Ambassador to Russia, Russian opposition leaders lined up outside the US Embassy [Russian] to meet him in a bizarre confab that reeked of both treason and duplicity.
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Caught red-handed - Russia's opposition, long accused by the Kremlin of being foreign-funded, and who have well-documented ties to the US State Department, are caught filing into the US Embassy in Moscow in January of 2012, just days after agitator Michael McFaul began his stint as US Ambassador to Russia. (click on image to enlarge)
Approached by journalists inquiring as to why they had all come to greet the US Ambassador, their responses ranged from silence to dismissive gibes.

Later, the group of opposition leaders emerged responding only with "Вы сурковская пропаганда," or "you're Surkov's propaganda," meaning the journalists represented government efforts to undermine their work and legitimacy. It is a common response given by Russia's opposition members when media attempts to question them about their increasingly overt ties to Wall Street and London.

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'Pussy Riot', the U.S. State Department and Economic Shock Therapy

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Useless idiots: ‘Punk Rock Band’ ‘Pussy Riot’ with token guitar, which none of them know how to play
When the US government sanctioned the beating and arrest of US citizens for swaying from side to side in the Jefferson Memorial a couple of years ago, it provoked no response from the Western media (and therefore the Western zombie-citizens who rely entirely on the media for their 'opinions'). Yet the Russian government, sorry, 'Putin' (because everyone knows Putin is a dictator, right?) is broadly denounced as a 'tyrant' by these same Western zombies (again because their 'outraged opinion' was deftly inserted into their brains by the Western media) for putting a stop to the ugly spectacle of deranged Russian women sticking chickens up their vaginas in supermarkets, daubing outlines of phalli on bridges, staging 'orgies' in a museum and defiling the peace and tranquility of Russian Orthodox churches as part of their three year long international attack on the Russian government.

Disconnect? For sure, but, like I said, don't expect any logic from the collective mind of the citizens of Western zombie nations. All you can hope to do is understand the psychopathic logic of Western governments and the way it infects the minds and manipulates the emotions of Western citizens.

'Pussy Riot', or 11 Russian women between the ages of 20-33, has received direct moral support from the US State Department and likely indirect financial support, and appears to be one aspect of the US government's decade-long attempt to undermine Russian society and its president, Vladimir Putin.

Chess

The costs about to be paid by Obama in Ukraine

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Pro-Russian 20000-strong rally in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, March 1, 2014
Yesterday the United States lost the propaganda war on Ukraine. President Obama made a reluctant and senseless statement which Washington Post entitled "There will be costs".

He pronounced standard phrases like "the Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future", proposed Russia to be a "part of an international community's effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine", lamented over the alleged "violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity" and assured that "the United States supports his government's efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine".

Snakes in Suits

What the hell is Obama thinking? More empty words from the puppet in chief

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Sign from protest in Donetsk, Ukraine: “In Russia, we have brothers — In Europe we are slaves!”
Nothing is quite as nauseating as watching the hypocrisy and hubris with which President Obama 'warns' the Russian president not to 'interfere' in Ukraine, telling the Russians there would be 'costs to pay.' It's a surreal move, echoed by his equally creepy and out-of-touch consigliore and chief "diplomat," the morally bankrupt John Kerry. Astonishing in its audacity and lack of regard for history, truth or facts, this bellicose blather seems aimed only at the idiots over whom he presides, the fools and tools in congress and the press, and his bought-and-paid-for lackeys in European capitals.

Outside the bubble, the sabre rattling is alarming and threatening. Having stood the issue completely on its head, No Drama Obama ignores how it looks to Russia, China and anyone with a skeptical mind. It is so jarring that it leaves only two options: is he crazy or does he really want war? That's why the Russian Senate, offended to the core, asked President Putin to recall the US ambassador over Obama's remarks.

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CIA officers 'advised' Russian finance ministers in early 1990s while enriching themselves

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Anatoly Chubais, the Russian deputy prime minister
Officers of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency operated as consultants to Anatoly Chubais, the Russian deputy prime minister who oversaw the privatization of the country's economy in the early 1990's, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

"In Chubais' entourage, it has now turned out, CIA officers worked as consultants," Putin said at a live Q&A session with the Russian public.

Putin also said "intelligence officers" had been prosecuted in the United States for illegally "enriching" themselves "during the course of privatization in Russia."

He gave no further details.

Putin also said "many mistakes" had been made during the controversial privatization of Russia's post-Soviet economy, but praised Chubais and the other reformers for their "courage" in taking the measures they deemed necessary.