8:33 AM 11/27/2017 – Russian propaganda on social media: Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Facebook tool will reveal if you were fooled by Russian propaganda – Naked Security

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Russian propaganda on social media

Russian propaganda on social media from mikenova (5 sites)
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Russian cyber units ‘spreading false information about flu and measles jabs in the UK’ – Mirror.co.uk
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: This Is How We Beat Putin’s Attacks on Our Democracy – Newsweek
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Is Alex Ovechkin DUN DUN DUN … A Russian Agent? – Deadspin
Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News: Beware, the clicktivists want to muzzle the press – The Times
Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News: Beware, the clicktivists want to muzzle the press – The Times
Anonymous Online Political Ads – Google News: How the minnows are aiming to pull the plug on Google and Facebook – The Times
Anonymous Online Political Ads – Google News: Vote Leave donations: the dark ads, the mystery ‘letter’ and Brexit’s … – The Guardian
Russia-sponsored troll networks – Google News: Twitter suspends 45 alleged Russian trolls that spread pro-Trump propaganda – The Daily Dot
Anonymous Online Political Ads – Google News: Italy, Bracing for Electoral Season of Fake News, Demands Facebook’s Help – New York Times
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Trump lawyers believe Flynn poised to cooperate in Russia inquiry reports – The Guardian
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: How Russia Polices Yandex, Its Most Popular Search Engine – Motherboard
Russia-sponsored troll networks – Google News: Facebook Hasn’t Done Enough to Tell Customers They Were Duped – Newsweek
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: We Found 45 Suspected Bot Accounts Sharing Pro-Trump, Pro-Brexit Messages That Twitter Missed In Evidence To … – BuzzFeed News
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Flynn’s lawyers cut talks with Trump team, signaling Mueller cooperation: NY Times – Reuters
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: ‘Do you think they’ll get the president?’ Jared Kushner concerned Mueller’s widening investigation could hit Trump … – Daily Mail
Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News: What did the billionaire WhatsApp founder have to say at Limmud FSU? – The Times of Israel
Russia-sponsored troll networks – Google News: Russian Twitter Trolls Can Manipulate American Public Opinion – The Pavlovic Today
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Facebook will provide tool that lets voters find out if Russian propaganda influenced them during 2016 election – OregonLive.com
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Flynn’s lawyers end communication with Trump team, signaling cooperation with Mueller: NY Times – Reuters
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Flynn’s lawyers end communication with Trump team, signaling cooperation with Mueller: NY Times – Reuters

 

Russian propaganda on social media from mikenova (5 sites)
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Facebook tool will reveal if you were fooled by Russian propaganda – Naked Security
 


Naked Security
Facebook tool will reveal if you were fooled by Russian propaganda
Naked Security
Internet Research Agency is a name used by Russia’s troll farm, a group that operated on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. Facebook will make the portal available by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center. But news
Facebook will provide tool that lets voters find out if Russian propaganda influenced them during 2016 electionOregonLive.com
Facebook tool will let users view Russian-placed pages, Instagram accountsSC Magazine UK
Facebook Hasn’t Done Enough to Tell Customers They Were DupedNewsweek
Sputnik International –Irish Examiner –Facebook Newsroom
all 98 news articles »

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Russian cyber units ‘spreading false information about flu and measles jabs in the UK’ – Mirror.co.uk
 


Mirror.co.uk
Russian cyber units ‘spreading false information about flu and measles jabs in the UK’
Mirror.co.uk
Public Health England and the Royal College of GPs have repeatedly expressed concern over the amount of made-up health news shared online and on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The widespread circulation of false health news on …and more »

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: This Is How We Beat Putin’s Attacks on Our Democracy – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
This Is How We Beat Putin’s Attacks on Our Democracy
Newsweek
Russia then lobbed millions of propaganda rounds at an unsuspecting USA electorate in 2016 who unthinking clicked likes, hearts, shares, and retweets, in an anonymity-induced social media frenzy. Russia loaded its distortions in the chamber  

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Is Alex Ovechkin DUN DUN DUN … A Russian Agent? – Deadspin
 


Deadspin
Is Alex Ovechkin DUN DUN DUN … A Russian Agent?
Deadspin
Seeking to explain why Alex Ovechkin started the PutinTeam social movement earlier in the fall, a trio of Washington Post reporters went long on the Ovechkin-Putin bromance, and the genesis of Ovechkin’s PutinTeam launch. … Is he a pawn of a 
Alex Ovechkin is one of Putin’s biggest fans. The question is, why?Washington Postall 90 news articles »

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News: Beware, the clicktivists want to muzzle the press – The Times
 


The Times
Beware, the clicktivists want to muzzle the press
The Times
‘On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog. This admittedly sexist caption to a cartoon in The New Yorker, showing a dog with its paw on the keyboard in search of a hot date, made me howl with laughter years ago. It introduced me to the fake world of  

Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News

Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News: Beware, the clicktivists want to muzzle the press – The Times
 

Beware, the clicktivists want to muzzle the press
The Times
‘On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog. This admittedly sexist caption to a cartoon in The New Yorker, showing a dog with its paw on the keyboard in search of a hot date, made me howl with laughter years ago. It introduced me to the fake world of  

Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News

Anonymous Online Political Ads – Google News: How the minnows are aiming to pull the plug on Google and Facebook – The Times
 

How the minnows are aiming to pull the plug on Google and Facebook
The Times
Om Malik quit Facebook in September, fed up with the endless advertising and political bickering on the social media platform. Unnerved by Google following his … The tech blogger and investor still lives life online, but now gets around on the web’s  

Anonymous Online Political Ads – Google News

Anonymous Online Political Ads – Google News: Vote Leave donations: the dark ads, the mystery ‘letter’ and Brexit’s … – The Guardian
 


The Guardian
Vote Leave donations: the dark ads, the mystery ‘letter’ and Brexit’s …
The Guardian
Dominic Cummings seemed the perfect man to lead Vote Leave’s strategic team. Where did he discover his passion for data?and more »

Anonymous Online Political Ads – Google News

Russia-sponsored troll networks – Google News: Twitter suspends 45 alleged Russian trolls that spread pro-Trump propaganda – The Daily Dot
 


The Daily Dot
Twitter suspends 45 alleged Russian trolls that spread pro-Trump propaganda
The Daily Dot
Twitter on Wednesday suspended 45 accounts suspected of spreading propaganda after they were flagged by BuzzFeed News. The bots reportedly have close connections to the hundreds of Russia-linked accounts Twitter presented to Congress in late …and more »

Russia-sponsored troll networks – Google News

Anonymous Online Political Ads – Google News: Italy, Bracing for Electoral Season of Fake News, Demands Facebook’s Help – New York Times
 


New York Times
Italy, Bracing for Electoral Season of Fake News, Demands Facebook’s Help
New York Times
Mr. Renzi, a wily political operator who partly blames online misinformation campaigns and fake news for the failure of a referendum that forced his resignation in December, is not only seeking to protect himself, but also to go on the offensive  

Anonymous Online Political Ads – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Trump lawyers believe Flynn poised to cooperate in Russia inquiry reports – The Guardian
 


The Guardian
Trump lawyers believe Flynn poised to cooperate in Russia inquiry reports
The Guardian
US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered to help defeat Hillary Clinton by hacking and releasing emails and flooding social media with propaganda. Last month, Mueller announced his first charges in the case, with the indictments
Flynn’s lawyers cut talks with Trump team, signaling Mueller cooperation: NY TimesReutersall 243 news articles »

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: How Russia Polices Yandex, Its Most Popular Search Engine – Motherboard
 


Motherboard
How Russia Polices Yandex, Its Most Popular Search Engine
Motherboard
We will receive an answer and understand what to do next, he wrote. It is obvious that we will defend our mediaRussia is mad Google wants to keep propaganda off Google News, but it has ensured for nearly a decade that state media stays on Yandex. 

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russia-sponsored troll networks – Google News: Facebook Hasn’t Done Enough to Tell Customers They Were Duped – Newsweek
 


Sky News
Facebook Hasn’t Done Enough to Tell Customers They Were Duped
Newsweek
Dozens, if not hundreds of troll networks supported by Russian operatives are likely operating today, including in countries outside Russia such as Albania, Cyprus and Macedonia, said Michael Carpenter, who specialized in Russia issues as a senior …
Long read: Key evidence linking Kremlin to social media trolls is …Sky News
Facebook will show users what Russian propaganda they liked or followedWLWT Cincinnati
Did You ‘Like’ Or Follow A Russian Propaganda Account? Facebook Will Tell YouTech Times
Facebook Newsroom
all 91 news articles »

Russia-sponsored troll networks – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: We Found 45 Suspected Bot Accounts Sharing Pro-Trump, Pro-Brexit Messages That Twitter Missed In Evidence To … – BuzzFeed News
 


BuzzFeed News
We Found 45 Suspected Bot Accounts Sharing Pro-Trump, Pro-Brexit Messages That Twitter Missed In Evidence To …
BuzzFeed News
BuzzFeed News has uncovered a new network of suspected Twitter propaganda accounts sharing messages about Brexit, Donald Trump, and Angela Merkel that have close connections to the Russian-linked bot accounts identified by the social media … 

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Flynn’s lawyers cut talks with Trump team, signaling Mueller cooperation: NY Times – Reuters
 


Reuters
Flynn’s lawyers cut talks with Trump team, signaling Mueller cooperation: NY Times
Reuters
Flynn, a retired Army general, is a central figure in a federal investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into whether Trump aides colluded with Russia to boost his 2016 presidential campaign. The probe has hung over the White House since and more »

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: ‘Do you think they’ll get the president?’ Jared Kushner concerned Mueller’s widening investigation could hit Trump … – Daily Mail
 


Daily Mail
‘Do you think they’ll get the president?’ Jared Kushner concerned Mueller’s widening investigation could hit Trump …
Daily Mail
… attorney Jay Sekulow was quoted as saying the move was ‘not entirely unexpected’ and added: ‘No one should draw the conclusion that this means anything about General Flynn cooperating against the president.’ The probe has hung over the White House and more »

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News: What did the billionaire WhatsApp founder have to say at Limmud FSU? – The Times of Israel
 


The Times of Israel
What did the billionaire WhatsApp founder have to say at Limmud FSU?
The Times of Israel
After answering questions in English for about an hour (although he also offered to speak Russian), he posed for pictures with anyone who wished to be photographed next to him. I think it was very interesting to see Jan Koum present and to see what a … 

Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News

Russia-sponsored troll networks – Google News: Russian Twitter Trolls Can Manipulate American Public Opinion – The Pavlovic Today
 


The Pavlovic Today
Russian Twitter Trolls Can Manipulate American Public Opinion
The Pavlovic Today
The Russian government began to use botnets (networks of bots) strategically during the massive domestic 2011 protests.Russian government botnets drowned out the dissident hashtag #триумфальная (Triumfalnaya), limiting mobilization around the term. 

Russia-sponsored troll networks – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Facebook will provide tool that lets voters find out if Russian propaganda influenced them during 2016 election – OregonLive.com
 


OregonLive.com
Facebook will provide tool that lets voters find out if Russian propaganda influenced them during 2016 election
OregonLive.com
Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the burgeoning claim that Russian-backed propaganda on the popular socialmedia platform played a role in Donald Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton.
Facebook Hasn’t Done Enough to Tell Customers They Were DupedNewsweek
Long read: Key evidence linking Kremlin to social media trolls is …Sky News
Did You ‘Like’ Or Follow A Russian Propaganda Account? Facebook Will Tell YouTech Times
BT.com –Telegraph.co.uk –Facebook Newsroom
all 69 news articles »

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Flynn’s lawyers end communication with Trump team, signaling cooperation with Mueller: NY Times – Reuters
 


Reuters
Flynn’s lawyers end communication with Trump team, signaling cooperation with Mueller: NY Times
Reuters
The probe has hung over the White House since January, when U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the election to try to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton by hacking and releasing embarrassing emails and disseminating and more »

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Flynn’s lawyers end communication with Trump team, signaling cooperation with Mueller: NY Times – Reuters
 


Reuters
Flynn’s lawyers end communication with Trump team, signaling cooperation with Mueller: NY Times
Reuters
… January, when U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the election to try to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton by hacking and releasing embarrassing emails and disseminating propaganda via social media to discredit her.and more »

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News


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8:24 AM 11/27/2017 – Russian Opposition: Пионтковский: Правительство Путина станет коллективным Аль Капоне, которого осудили за уклонение от налогов

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1. Russian Opposition from mikenova (75 sites)
Новая Газета: «Яндекс» исследовал изменение дорожной ситуации в Москве за 5 лет
Новая Газета: Загруженность дорог в центре Москвы выросла до максимума за 2013-2017 года
Каспаров.Ru: Росгвардия закупит казачьи шашки почти на 1 млн рублей
Новая Газета: «Если моего сына не может принять Россия то отпустите, дайте ему возможность улететь». Мама автора «Новой газеты» Али Феруза обратилась к Владимиру Путину. Видео
Новая Газета: В Кремле прокомментировали слова Кадырова о его желании покинуть пост
Грани.Ру // Все материалы: Арест украинского журналиста Сущенко продлен до 30 января
Каспаров.Ru: В США считают, что среди миротворцев ООН в Донбассе не должно быть граждан РФ
Каспаров.Ru: Матвиенко и генпрокурор создали колесо отписок: в нем третье обращение о попытке депутата купить пост губернатора
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Каспаров.Ru: Производители мобильных телефонов будут платить самый высокий утильсбор в России
Каспаров.Ru: Александр Немец: Черные лебеди летят стаей…
Новая Газета: Органы опеки не разрешили мужу Юлии Савиновских усыновить отобранных приемных детей
Каспаров.Ru: В Екатеринбурге кондуктор высадил ребенка-инвалида из автобуса с оплаченным билетом
Новая Газета: Кремль отреагировал на лишение олимпийских медалей словами «победу украсть сложно»
Каспаров.Ru: Дмитрий Беломестнов. Текст выступления на Всероссийском съезде в защиту прав человека.
Каспаров.Ru: В Кремле ответили на слова Кадырова о “мечте” покинуть пост главы Чечни
Каспаров.Ru: В Москве аноним сообщил о бомбе в храме рядом с конференцией патриарха Кирилла
Каспаров.Ru: Конституционный суд не заметит нарушений Путина считают посетители Каспаров.Ru
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1. Russian Opposition from mikenova (75 sites)
Новая Газета: «Яндекс» исследовал изменение дорожной ситуации в Москве за 5 лет
 

Новая Газета

Новая Газета: Загруженность дорог в центре Москвы выросла до максимума за 2013-2017 года
 

Новая Газета

Каспаров.Ru: Росгвардия закупит казачьи шашки почти на 1 млн рублей

Центральная войсковая комендатура по материально-техническому обеспечению Федеральной службы войск национальной гвардии России разместила четыре тендера на поставку 20 казачьих шашек в подарочных коробках.Каспаров.Ru
Новая Газета: «Если моего сына не может принять Россия то отпустите, дайте ему возможность улететь». Мама автора «Новой газеты» Али Феруза обратилась к Владимиру Путину. Видео

Мама автора «Новой газеты» Али Феруза обратилась к Владимиру Путину. ВидеоНовая Газета
Новая Газета: В Кремле прокомментировали слова Кадырова о его желании покинуть пост
 

Новая Газета

Грани.Ру // Все материалы: Арест украинского журналиста Сущенко продлен до 30 января

Украинскому журналисту Роману Сущенко, арестованному в Москве по “шпионскому” делу, продлили срок содержания в СИЗО еще на два месяца – до 30 января. Следствие уже завершено – в октябре политзек начал знакомиться с материалами дела. На слушаниях в понедельник Сущенко обвинил силовиков в давлении на его адвоката Марка Фейгина. Накануне Фейгин сообщил, что его в декабре собираются лишить статуса, чтобы вывести из дела.Грани.Ру // Все материалы
Каспаров.Ru: В США считают, что среди миротворцев ООН в Донбассе не должно быть граждан РФ

В США придерживаются мнения, что у миссии ООН должна быть возможность свободно перемещаться по всей территории Донбасса и контролировать украинскую сторону границы с Россией. При этом, по словам Волкера, в составе не должно быть российского персонала.Каспаров.Ru
Каспаров.Ru: Матвиенко и генпрокурор создали колесо отписок: в нем третье обращение о попытке депутата купить пост губернатора

Из Совета Федерации адвокаты получил ответ на свое третье в 2017 году обращение в адрес Валентины Матвиенко. Оно опять ушло в генеральную прокуратуру.Каспаров.Ru
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Каспаров.Ru: Производители мобильных телефонов будут платить самый высокий утильсбор в России

Самые высокие утилизационные сборы в России будут взимать с производителей мобильных телефонов, электрических батареек и электроники.Каспаров.Ru
Каспаров.Ru: Александр Немец: Черные лебеди летят стаей…

Для меня самое главное здесь другое: впервые за многие годы члены МОК оказались невосприимчивы к “финансовым аргументам” и прочим аргументам (“Не зли меня, убью!”) Путина и Ко… и сказали правду. Они, видимо, поняли, что “Под Путиным некрепко” и изменили стиль поведения.Каспаров.Ru
Новая Газета: Органы опеки не разрешили мужу Юлии Савиновских усыновить отобранных приемных детей
 

Новая Газета

Каспаров.Ru: В Екатеринбурге кондуктор высадил ребенка-инвалида из автобуса с оплаченным билетом

В Екатеринбурге прокуратура проверяет работу транспортной компании после того, как кондуктор высадил инвалида первой группы из маршрутки, несмотря на оплаченный билет.Каспаров.Ru
Новая Газета: Кремль отреагировал на лишение олимпийских медалей словами «победу украсть сложно»
 

Новая Газета

Каспаров.Ru: Дмитрий Беломестнов. Текст выступления на Всероссийском съезде в защиту прав человека.

Нынешняя российская государственная пропаганда стремится сделать жителей страны не просто лояльными власти и лично Владимиру Путину, но рабски покорными им, заставить людей думать так, как велят сверху. Но считать, что это их собственные мысли! Один из вернейших способов создать в головах граждан России фальшивую картину мира убедить людей в том, что их интересы совпадают с интересами правящей группировки.Каспаров.Ru
Каспаров.Ru: В Кремле ответили на слова Кадырова о “мечте” покинуть пост главы Чечни

“Рамзан Кадыров не раз говорил, что является образно говоря членом круга единомышленников Путина”, сказал Песков.Каспаров.Ru
Каспаров.Ru: В Москве аноним сообщил о бомбе в храме рядом с конференцией патриарха Кирилла

На территории Сретенского монастыря, возле “заминированного” храма, в то время проходила конференция под председательством патриарха Кирилла.Каспаров.Ru
Андрей Пионтковский – Google News: Пионтковский: Правительство Путина станет коллективным Аль Капоне, которого осудили за уклонение от налогов – GORDONUA.COM
 

Пионтковский: Правительство Путина станет коллективным Аль Капоне, которого осудили за уклонение от налогов
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Такое мнение высказал российский политолог и публицист Андрей Пионтковский в колонке для “Радио свобода”. “Ограбление народа России и военная агрессия против Украины, аннексия части ее территории это разные преступления. Но они совершены (и это не случайность, …and more »

Андрей Пионтковский – Google News

Каспаров.Ru: Конституционный суд не заметит нарушений Путина считают посетители Каспаров.Ru

Кампания по выборам Владимира Путина президентом России планомерно развивается. В нарушение Конституции планируется перенос ежегодного послания.Каспаров.Ru
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8:16 AM 11/27/2017 – Russian Politics: Дорохин: «Финансовая система РФ не работает на развитие страны»

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1. Russian Politics from mikenova (51 sites)
КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: Состоялось заседание Бюро Курского обкома КПРФ
КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: Н.В. Коломейцев: Справедливость не восторжествовала индексаций пенсий работающим пенсионерам не будет
vladislav surkov – Google News: Trump’s Russian schizophrenia – POLITICO.eu
михаил прохоров – Google News: Титов идёт на выборы президента для продвижения своей экономической программы, считает Аксаков – Парламентская газета
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КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: В.И. Кашин: Инвестициям в АПК – зеленый свет
СПРАВЕДЛИВАЯ РОССИЯ: “Идет моральная атака на наших спортсменов”
Ramzan Kadyrov – Google News: Ramzan Kadyrov vurderer å trekke seg – ABC Nyheter
Журнал Леонида Гозмана: Мои твиты
Рамзан Кадыров – Google News: Руководитель Чечни Рамзан Кадыров «готов уйти в отставку» – inoСМИ.Ru
Ramzan Kadyrov – Google News: USS James E. Williams enters Black Sea – UNIAN
Ramzan Kadyrov – Google News: Tšetšenian kovaotteinen johtaja Ramzan Kadyrov sanoo olevansa valmis eroamaan – YLE
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CommunistPartyRF’s YouTube Videos: “Импортозамещение в АПК – приоритетное направление экономического развития России”
Рамзан Кадыров – Google News: Послать и претерпеть: Рамзан Кадыров высказался о возможном бойкоте Олимпиады – NEWSru.com
КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: Публицист Валентин Симонин: Опасная гастроль артиста Дмитрия Дюжева
КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: «Где мы там победа!». Г.А. Зюганов поздравил с профессиональным праздником морских пехотинцев и ветеранов морской пехоты
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СПРАВЕДЛИВАЯ РОССИЯ: Оренбургская область: Владимир Фролов избран делегатом на IX Съезд партии

 

1. Russian Politics from mikenova (51 sites)
КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: Состоялось заседание Бюро Курского обкома КПРФ

Первый секретарь Курского ОК КПРФ, депутат Государственной Думы ФС РФ, Председатель ЦКРК КПРФ Н.Н. Иванов провел расширенное заседание бюро Курского ОК КПРФ. 25 ноября 2017 года состоялось очередное заседание бюро Курского обкома КПРФ. В заседании …Читать дальше →

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КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: Н.В. Коломейцев: Справедливость не восторжествовала индексаций пенсий работающим пенсионерам не будет

Выступление первого заместителя руководителя фракции КПРФ в Государственной Думе Н.В. Коломейцева 23 ноября 2017 года на пленарном заседании по вопросу «О проекте федерального закона «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон «О страховых пенсиях» и в …Читать дальше →

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Trump’s Russian schizophrenia
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When we spoke, Volker had just returned the previous week from a face-to-face meeting in Belgrade with a top Putin adviser,Vladislav Surkov. The session was their third, but Volker was blunt about what it accomplished: nothing. The talks, he said 
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Парламентская газета
Титов идёт на выборы президента для продвижения своей экономической программы, считает Аксаков
Парламентская газета
В 2011 году единоличным лидером «Правого дела» стал Михаил Прохоров, который затем в 2012 году баллотировался в президенты и набрал 7,98 процента голосов. Кроме Титова, о намерении стать кандидатами на выборах президента уже заявили лидер КПРФ Геннадий Зюганов, …and more »

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партия «Яблоко» – Google News: В Госдуме рассказали о цели Титова на выборах президента – Рамблер Новости
 


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В Госдуме рассказали о цели Титова на выборах президента
Рамблер Новости
Уже известно о планах участвовать в избирательной кампании лидера ЛДПР Владимира Жириновского, одного из основателей партии “Яблоко” Григория Явлинского. Лидер КПРФ Геннадий Зюганов сообщил, что его, как лидера компартии, …and more »

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Доклад заместителя Председателя ЦК КПРФ, Председателя Комитета Государственной Думы по аграрным вопросам, академика РАН В.И. Кашина, в рамках Международного Саммита «АГРОИНВЕСТ РОССИЯ 2017: Новые вызовы и глобальные продовольственные рынки», г. Москва, 23.11.2017г.Уважаемые товарищи, коллеги, …Читать дальше →

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КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: П.С. Дорохин: «Финансовая система РФ не работает на развитие страны»

22 ноября в Госдуме выступила глава Банка России Эльвира Набиуллина. Она рассказала о неких «позитивных тенденциях» в отечественной экономике. Однако реальность такова, что финансовый сектор, который призван контролировать ЦБ, не работает на развитие нашего государства. …Читать дальше →

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Ramzan Kadyrov – Google News: Ramzan Kadyrov vurderer å trekke seg – ABC Nyheter
 

Ramzan Kadyrov vurderer å trekke seg
ABC Nyheter
Sammen med faren Akhmad Kadyrov ledet Ramzan Kadyrov på 1990-tallet an i det islamistiske opprøret mot russisk herredømme i Tsjetsjenia. I 1999 skiftet Kadyrov-klanen side og allierte seg med russiske myndigheter, som utnevnte Akhmad Kadyrov til …and more »

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  • Вс, 14:34: Посмотрите это – это коротко, профессионально и интересено. Тот же автор – Ксения Сахарнова – что и “Пять минут… https://t.co/xEQNtg0eK9

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Рамзан Кадыров – Google News: Руководитель Чечни Рамзан Кадыров «готов уйти в отставку» – inoСМИ.Ru
 


inoСМИ.Ru
Руководитель Чечни Рамзан Кадыров «готов уйти в отставку»
inoСМИ.Ru
Отвечая на вопрос о своем возможном преемнике, Кадыров ответил: «Это прерогатива руководства государства. Если меня спросят, кого вы хотите есть несколько человек, которые на все сто процентов могут выполнять эти обязательства, обязанности на высшем уровне».
“Когда враги тебя боятся, это хорошо”: Кадыров назвал себя пожизненным воиномВести.Ru
Рамзан Кадыров заявил о готовности покинуть пост главы ЧечниКоммерсантъ
Рамзан Кадыров сообщил о желании оставить пост главы ЧечниНациональная служба новостей
Haqqin.az –Eurosport.ru
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Ramzan Kadyrov – Google News: USS James E. Williams enters Black Sea – UNIAN
 


UNIAN
USS James E. Williams enters Black Sea
UNIAN
Kadyrov, 41, said his successor would be the prerogative of the Kremlin. President Vladimir Putin picked the former Chechen separatist in 2007 to fight extremists after two wars with the mainly Muslim North Caucasus region. Kadyrov has long been 

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Ramzan Kadyrov – Google News: Tšetšenian kovaotteinen johtaja Ramzan Kadyrov sanoo olevansa valmis eroamaan – YLE
 


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Tšetšenian kovaotteinen johtaja Ramzan Kadyrov sanoo olevansa valmis eroamaan
YLE
Nyt meillä on järjestys, kunnioitus, yhteisymmärrys yhteiskunnassa, Venäjällä. Ennen kaikkea meidät tunnustetaan Venäjän kansalaisina. Mielestäni on tullut aika tehdä muutoksia Tšetšenian tasavallassa. Kadyrov sanoi, että päätös hänen seuraajastaan on …

Ramzan Kadyrov – Google News

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CommunistPartyRF’s YouTube Videos: “Импортозамещение в АПК – приоритетное направление экономического развития России”
 

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Duration: 29:44

Доклад заместителя Председателя ЦК КПРФ, Председателя Комитета Государственной Думы по аграрным вопросам, академика РАН В.И. Кашина на расширенном заседании Научно-экспертного совета “Импортозамещение в АПК – приоритетное направление экономического развития России”

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Рамзан Кадыров – Google News: Послать и претерпеть: Рамзан Кадыров высказался о возможном бойкоте Олимпиады – NEWSru.com
 

Послать и претерпеть: Рамзан Кадыров высказался о возможном бойкоте Олимпиады
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КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: Публицист Валентин Симонин: Опасная гастроль артиста Дмитрия Дюжева

Артист театра и кино, а с недавнего времени ещё и режиссёр и певец, 11 ноября ухитрился попасть в центр внимания российской прессы, информационных агентств в интернете и блогеров, но не достижениями в названных областях культуры, …Читать дальше →

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КПРФ.ру – Главные новости: «Где мы там победа!». Г.А. Зюганов поздравил с профессиональным праздником морских пехотинцев и ветеранов морской пехоты

Товарищи матросы, сержанты и старшины, прапорщики и мичманы, офицеры, генералы и адмиралы, дорогие ветераны Военно-Морского Флота! Сердечно поздравляю вас с Днем морской пехоты.Созданная по указу Петра Великого в 1705 году морская пехота на протяжении трех …Читать дальше →

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8:11 AM 11/27/2017 – Russia Blogs: Kremlins Promotion of Imperial Identity Precludes Rise of Civic Russian One

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1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (58 sites)
Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russias Regions and Republics Now have More Medals and Awards Now than in Yeltsins Time
Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putins Language Policies Offending Russians Almost as Much as Non-Russians
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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Romanians March Again To Protest Moves To Revamp Judicial System
Russian Defense Policy: Iskander-M in Kaliningrad
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Kosovar Leader Haradinaj Condemns Grenade Attack On Homes Of Ethnic Serbs
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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Islamist Group Says Will Call Off Islamabad Protests After Deal With Government
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Russia, U.S., Britain Aid Search For Missing Argentine Submarine
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Monitor Group Says Russian Air Strikes Kill 53 Civilians In Syria
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Videos Of Detainees Seen As Attempts By Iran To Pressure U.S., U.K. Governments
Window on Eurasia — New Series: Ukraine Suffered the Most Deaths in the Holodomor but Kazakhstan had the Highest Percentage Loss of Population
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Chechnya’s Kadyrov Says Time Has Come For Him To Step Aside
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Window on Eurasia — New Series: To Finance Putins Military Build-Up, Moscow Cuts Spending on Economy and Pensioners
Window on Eurasia — New Series: There Could Be a Siberian Khalifate in Russias Future

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1. Russia Blogs from mikenova (58 sites)
Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russias Regions and Republics Now have More Medals and Awards Now than in Yeltsins Time
Paul Goble

Staunton, November 26 Many people assume that Vladimir Putin has wiped out national and regional aspirations for greater autonomy or even independence by his tough laws against any questioning of the external borders of the Russian Federation; but in fact, that is not the case, Vladimir Voronov says.

In a commentary for Radio Liberty, the Russian commentator says that the rise of government awards in the regions, of republic citizenship, and of regional armies and ethnic battalions all suggest that much is going on just below the radar screen of Russian awareness (svoboda.org/a/28874801.html).

With regard to medals and orders, Voronov says, Russian law is clear: only the president of the country can give these out; but in fact, many leaders of republics and regions do as well. And it is clear that the poorer the region and the more federal aid it receives, the more developed is the awards system and the more is spent on them.

Even a brief glance at local medal and order statistics undercuts the widespread notion that separatist attitudes were widespread during the parade of sovereignties of the Yeltsin era but then order has been restored.  In fact, the situation is exactly the reverse, the commentator continues.

Under Yeltsin, nine regions and in that case, they were all national republics — created only one hero order, 12 other orders, and four medals.  But now under Putin, no fewer than 45 regions have done so, almost all of the non-Russian republics and many predominantly Rusisan oblasts and krays as well.

There are at least 62 orders with varying degrees of honor, no fewer than 163 medals, and four gold stars of regional heroes which are practically exact copies of the [Russian] states Gold Stars, Voronov says.

This is the tip of the iceberg, he continues. Many non-Russian republics still retain constitutions that talk about citizenship for a once and future independent state. And perhaps most worrisome, some have de factonational armies. Ramzan Kadyrov of Chechnya has one and he not Putin issues draft calls for the Russian army there.

Officials and commentators in Tatarstan discussed forming a military many years ago, and Voronov implies they may be ready to do so again when times seem propitious. More worrisome now, he suggests, is the formation of what is de facto an ethnic military unit within the Russian Army in Tyva, the homeland of defense minister Sergey Shoygu.

There, Tuvans make up more than 85 percent of the brigade; and there are proposals to create a special religious advisor for the unit, someone who because the Tuvans are Buddhist or animist almost certainly will be a Buddhist leader or perhaps even a shaman (19rus.info/index.php/obshchestvo/item/59996-khakasiya-torzhestvenno-prinyala-55-yu-motostrelkovuyu-brigadu).

Voronov is opposed to all of this, and what is perhaps most remarkable about his article is not his centralizing and even imperial views on Russia but the fact that his argument appeared on the Radio Liberty website, a place many in Moscow view as a source of support for regionalist and nationalist movements within the current borders of the Russian Federation.

Window on Eurasia — New Series

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putins Language Policies Offending Russians Almost as Much as Non-Russians
Paul Goble

Staunton, November 26 Not surprisingly, Vladimir Putins insistence that no non-Russian language should be a required subject in schools in the Russian Federation has offended and angered many non-Russians who see it as an attack on a core part of their identities and even a threat to their existence.

But the way this principle is being applied isnt making a large number of Russians happy either because education officials are now insisting that Russian not be called a native language in schools but only a state language, something many Russians see as an attack on their identity and a threat as well (/ura.news/news/1052313882).

In Yekaterinburg, the URA news agency reports, school administrators have called for the development of a new curriculum for Russian that will not call Russian a native language lest that offend representatives of other peoples but only a state language, a shift that has offended Russians who view it as native to themselves (ura.news/articles/1036273066).

According to URA journalists Lev Istomin and Oleg Teploukov, the officials propose introducing two different subjects: Russian language as the state language and Russian as a native language for those who consider it to be native. Experts and commentators are dismissive of this idea and its consequences.

Aleksey Kushnir, editor of Narodnoye obozreniye, says he is certain that such innovations will not bring any good.  Today, Russian and non-Russian languages arent being taught well; and the public needs to be involved in any such change rather than officials assuming they can simply decree it.

Georgy Zharkoy, editor of RSP-Ekspert, says that the move will have even worse consequences than the current situation does. Dividing a language into native and non-native can sharpen inter-ethnic relations in the country by giving rise to a sense of injustice and injury among both groups.

Aleksanpdr Buzgalin, an economist at Moscow State University, says that in order not to cause a social split, one should divide Russian into two subjects only in regions with a multi-national population, for example, in the non-Russian republics.

In a number of republics of the Russian Federation, Russian is not a native language for a large number of residents. In some, Russian isnt taught enough, and the state language needs to be promoted. But introducing new rules in those regions where people in fact do not speak other languages is senseless.

Window on Eurasia — New Series

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kremlins Promotion of Imperial Identity Precludes Rise of Civic Russian One, Emil Pain Says
Paul Goble

Staunton, November 26 Since the early 1990s, the Kremlin has promoted the revival of an imperial identity among Russians, something that precludes anytime soon the development of a civic Russian one, according to Emil Pain, a leading Russian specialist on ethnic conflict at Moscows Higher School of Economics.

In a new book written with his student Sergey Fedyunin, Nation and Democracy: Prospects for the Administration of Cultural Diversity (in Russian, Moscow,2017), Pain argues that Russian liberals, having rejected the idea of the nation have not been able to

Formulate an image of the future which a large portion of Russians share.

Instead, he continues, they have watched in many cases seemingly passively as the Russian government since the early 1990s and especially since 2000 has revived the notion of empire that by itself makes impossible not only the development of Russian ethnic identity but of Russian democracy.

The Open Russia portal has now posted on line the chapter in Pain and Fedyunins book on The Intentional Reconstruction of Imperial Consciousness: Stages and Mechanisms in which the ethnic specialist makes this argument by tracing changes in Russian identity since the end of Soviet times (openrussia.org/notes/716553/).

Post-Soviet Russia can serve as an obvious case of how imperial consciousness has literally been imposed on a society. When the Soviet Union fell apart, few Russians felt they had lost anything by the exit of the non-Russian union republics. According to polls in 1993, for example, only 16 percent expressed the slightest signs of regret about that.

Instead, Russians overwhelmingly saw themselves as becoming part of the West, and only some marginal figures, invoking the will of the people without the slightest basis, promoted a special Russian path or imperial revival.  But as the difficulties of making the transition became clearer, by the mid-1990s, this positive view of the West began to erode.

By 2001, two Russians out of three agreed with the statement that the Western variant of social organization in one way or another is not suitable for Russian conditions and contradicts the way of life of the Russian people.  And that was true not only despite but because changes in Russia were less than for example in Poland or the Baltic countries.

Changes happened there because re-entering Europe was the core national idea, Pain continues; but in Russia, there was no such defense mechanism in popular consciousness: the movement toward Europe was not a goal in and of itself: On the contrary, this idea depended on several others.

As a result, he says, by 1990, another thesis had become popular [in Russia]: Sovialism was not so bad; rather its leaders were bad, and by the beginning of the 2000s, even the Soviet leaders were being rehabilitated. The return of Stalin from dismissive contempt to a central hero is a clear case of this.

Because of the difficulties of the 1990s, traditional Soviet stereotypes arose among many Russians including the notion that stability and order are only possible with authoritarian rulers.  But that didnt happen automatically. Instead, it was actively promoted by the political elite for its own purposes.

As a result, in 2002, for the first time in 15 years the disintegration of the USSR was viewed by respondents [to VTsIOM polls] as the chief and most dramatic event of this entire period.  And along with this, Pain suggests, Russians rapidly revived the enemies the Soviet Union had.

In 1991, only 12 percent of those questioned considered the West (above all the US) an enemy; in 1994, already 41 percent did; and in 1999, at the time of the bombing of Belgrade, almost two-thirds 65 percent viewed the US as an enemy. By 2014, this hostility to the West became almost total.

This growth of hostility toward the West is not connected in mass consciousness with the revival of Soviet aspects of life in Russia, Pain says.  Rather most of them thought in the following way: Well weve changed and become a democracy, but the West as before doesnt love us [because of its] inborn Russophobia.

Alongside the return of Soviet consciousness in Russia at the end of the 1990s was gradually rehabilitated the idea of the empire in its pre-Soviet version. And while the country was called a federation, it has acquired (or more precisely restored) aspects of an imperial system.

That represents a clear departure from Soviet times when Russians had been taught that empires and imperialism were by definition evil and to be rejected. But it reflected the efforts of people like Aleksandr Dugin and Aleksandr Prokhanov to promote the idea that a Russian empire was a good thing and should be revived.

But it arose in popular consciousness less because of their ideas than because empire became a business brand, the name of the most popular kinds of vodka, a designation for the best classes of hotels, and even a term to capture the best of taste or spirit.  And the neo-imperial style became dominant in architecture and city planning.

This imperial consciousness began to exert significant influence on political life and leading to the revival of imperial aspects in the political life of Russia, the ethnic specialist continues.

The only way this trend can be opposed, Pain says, is by redefining the nation in a civic sense and rejecting its traditional mythologization. But for that to happen, he argues, Russians must first define who they are in relation to power subjects or sovereigns because unless that happens and in an imperial system, it cant no redefinition will matter.

The development of the concept of civic nationalism requires the opening of the path for the transformation of society on the basis of liberal values, constitutionalism, and democracy. But given the current imperial consciousness, any discussion of this cant be taken entirely seriously.

Today, he writes, Russia suffers from the reproduction of the model of imperial nationalism which gives the country instruments from the past which are unsuitable for life in the contemporary world.  And one cant count on a positive evolution of Russian nationalism in this situation.

What Russians call imperialism is in fact post-imperial consciousness, which includes nostalgia for the times of classical empires, resentment, and various kinds of political fears. It is characteristic not only for Russian state power supporters but also for representatives of various ethnic communities.

But it can and must be challenged head on because the liberal opposition, as the numbers taking part in demonstrations show, is more prepared for self-organization than are the Russian nationalists.

Tragically, etatism in essence is paralyzing social activity, but civic indifference is compensated for by the cult of the leader and the mythologization of the people as ours. At the same time, however, there is hope because of the nature of the imperial consciousness now on public view.

The very fact that imperial consciousness [in Russia today] does not have a clear ethnic dimension and is not translated via the channels of cultural tradition but rather is formed under the influence of socio-political circumstances and direct construction indicates that there is a chance for the radical reprogramming of such mass consciousness.

That may require a major national trauma as was the case with Germany or it may occur as a result of evolutionary processes as was the case in France.  But it isnt something likely to be immediate in Russia because at present there is not a single political force which is capable of beginning the deconstruction of imperial consciousness.

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It’s always been clear Moscow would deploy new Iskander-M SRBMs in its Baltic exclave Kaliningrad. Now it has.Iskander-M comes to Kaliningrad

The folks at CAST posted the news to their blog on Saturday. They were impressively attentive to the military press while yours truly remained in a slothful tryptophan-induced post-Thanksgiving stupor.

Let’s look at what CAST saw.

On November 23, KZ wrote that the next “brigade set” of Iskander-M missiles has just been handed over to a missile formation from the Western MD. The MOD paper noted that Colonel Anatoliy Gorodetskiy commands the brigade in question. That is the 152nd Missile Brigade based at Chernyakhovsk in Kaliningrad. For now, the formation is still practicing with its new equipment on the range at Kapustin Yar.

As CAST noted, this is the eleventh “brigade set” delivered to Russian ground forces.

Iskander-M SRBMs in Kaliningrad can reach targets throughout Poland, the Baltic states, even southern Sweden

With reported 500-km range from Kaliningrad, the Iskander-M can cover targets throughout Poland, the Baltic states, and southern Sweden. If armed with cruise missiles (SSC-8 or Russian designator 9M729), their reach is much greater. Their 2,000-km or greater range allows them to strike targets close to Paris.

Why Now? Why Not?

Iskander-M in Kaliningrad was always just a question of timing.

Since at least 2014, the Russian Army has temporarily deployed Iskander-M launchers to Kaliningrad from the “mainland” for exercises.

As CAST reported, Jane’s Defence Weekly published photographs of characteristic “tent-mobile shelters” under construction for the new SRBMs at the Chernyakhovsk base in February.

But why now? Because the missiles and associated equipment have been produced and Moscow loses nothing at this point.

The Kremlin always said it could deploy the new SRBMs to its Baltic exclave to counter Aegis BMD (Aegis Ashore) in Poland slated for completion in 2018.

There are enhanced U.S. and NATO ground deployments to Poland to assure the easternmost allies in the wake of Russia’s occupation of Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

Perhaps relevant here is the possibility the U.S. Congress will authorize DOD development of a new U.S. intermediate-range missile to answer Russia’s material breach of the 1987 INF Treaty.

And U.S.-Russian relations are the worst since the end of the Cold War.

Next Stop Kursk

CAST adds only the 448th Missile Brigade in Kursk remains armed with the late 1980s vintage Tochka-U (SS-21 / Scarab-B) SRBM. Kursk-based Iskander-M SRBMs deployed to launch positions in southwestern Russia will easily reach Kyiv, and central and eastern Ukraine.

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oD Russia: Georgia: another revolution was possible
The turbulent but short-lived history of Georgia’s social democratic experiment has much to teach us.26 May 1918: National Council meeting, Tbilisi. Public Domain. The centenary of the Russian Revolution is re-opening debate about the troubled relationship between socialism and democracy, as historians highlight the crimes committed by Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. The land where Stalin was born, Georgia, was also the birthplace of a successful social-democratic experiment that was lauded by international statesmen but crushed by the Bolsheviks. The Georgians brave example deserves to be remembered to show that another revolution was possible.

In May 1918, six months after the Bolshevik seizure of power in Russia, the worlds first democratic socialist republic was created. In Georgia, the Mensheviks, or Social Democrats, found themselves ruling a country whose separation from Russia they had always opposed. But under pressure from the Bolsheviks to their north and the Turks to their south, they had no choice.

Their leader was Noe Zhordania. Like Stalin, who was ten years his junior, Zhordania got an unlikely-seeming introduction to revolutionary politics through his education at the Tiflis Theological Seminary. But unlike Stalin, Zhordania spent his formative years abroad, learning about politics and society from leading figures in Europes social-democratic and labor parties. When he returned to Georgia, he persuaded the local revolutionaries to embrace a very particular kind of Marxism, one with a strong European and democratic flavor.

Journalist and politician Noe Zhordania. Public Domain. Zhordania and his comrades started with a commitment to political freedom and human rights. Many political parties competed for power in Georgia, unlike in Russia where Lenin and the Bolsheviks outlawed opposition parties one by one, including dissident socialists. The Georgian republic upheld freedom of the press, freedom of association and universal suffrage (including for women).

The Social Democrats first priority was agrarian reform. Georgian peasants, like peasants across the former Russian empire, were land-poor. While the Russian Bolsheviks sent heavily armed troops to the countryside to seize food, Georgias Social Democrats seized land from wealthy landowners, the czarist state and the church, and gave it to the peasants. As a result, Georgia was never plagued, as Russia was, by endless warfare between country and city. And peasant support for the Social Democrats never wavered. The man behind the reform was Noe Khomeriki, who served as the countrys minister of agriculture.

In the cities, the Georgian government worked closely with labor unions to ensure that workers and their families were fed and cared for. Independent unions with a right to strike thrived, in sharp contrast to Bolshevik Russia where they were merely an appendage of the dictatorial state.

Consumer and producer cooperatives also prospered. Their rapid growth meant that in some sectors of the economy, they were overtaking traditional private businesses. Many Georgians saw cooperative enterprises as the building blocks of a new society.

In free elections held in 1919, the Social Democrats commanded overwhelming support. But one group never accepted the legitimacy of the young republic: the Georgian Bolsheviks. These members of Lenins Russian Communist Party worked tirelessly over three years to bring about the violent overthrow of the elected government in Tbilisi, Georgias capital.

In comparison with the hell which Soviet Russia represents, Georgia appeared as a paradise

There were two failed coup attempts. The second was followed by a peace agreement between Russias Soviet government and Georgia, which included a recognition of Georgian independence. The Georgians agreed to legalise the previously underground Communist Party and free jailed Bolsheviks; in return, the Communists agreed to behave themselves.

Security for the Georgian government was provided by a workers militia known as the Peoples Guard. Its commander was the ruthless Valiko Jugeli, who defended the countrys socialist government against Bolsheviks and other rebels with a fanaticism that was later severely criticised by the Soviet leader Trotsky, among others.

Ministers of the Georgian Democratic Republic. Wikipedia / Public Domain. In September 1920, a delegation of European democratic socialist leaders from the Second International visited Tbilisi. The party of visitors included Britains future Labour Party prime minister, Ramsay MacDonald; the most prominent figure was Karl Kautsky, from Germany.

The best-known Marxist of the day, Kautsky was known as the pope of socialism. He stayed on in Georgia for several weeks and wrote a short book about what he learned there. He called the Georgian Democratic Republic the antithesis to Bolshevism, and the other foreign delegates agreed that Georgia was carrying out an enormously significant experiment in democratic socialism.

It was not to last. In February 1921, the Russian Army invaded. Georgia did not fall easily, as Armenia and Azerbaijan had done. Weeks of bloody fighting followed before Tbilisi fell, and the Georgian government, with Zhordania still at its head, retreated to the port city of Batumi. There, on the shores of the Black Sea, the Georgian Constituent Assembly met for the last time and finalised the drafting of the countrys Constitution. It was a remarkable document, but it described a state that would never come into being.

Even with the evacuation of the Social Democratic leaders onto Allied ships for a life in exile, the Georgian struggle was not over. Three years later, Georgians rose up in a popular uprising in a desperate attempt to end Soviet Russian rule. And it nearly worked. Some leading Social Democrats, including Khomeriki, author of the agrarian reform, and Jugeli, commander of the Peoples Guard, returned from exile to lead the rebellion. But they were captured and executed, and the rebellion was drowned in blood.

If you want to know what democratic socialism looks like, study the Georgian experiment. That was democratic socialism

Leading the local Bolsheviks in their suppression of the rebels was a young Lavrenty Beria, the man who later became notorious as the ruthless head of Stalins secret police, the NKVD.

Exile abroad was not necessarily a safer option for the Georgian leaders. Noe Ramishvili, who had briefly served as head of the Georgian government, was murdered by a Soviet agent in France in 1930. But Zhordania survived. His exile in France lasted for more than three decades. He died in January 1953, aged 84 just a few weeks before the death of his former revolutionary comrade and later adversary, Stalin.

Soviet rule in Georgia survived them both by a few decades, with the country finally declaring independence again in 1991. When it did so, the 1921 Constitution was revived, the anniversary of the May 1918 declaration of independence was proclaimed a national holiday, and the red flag of the Georgian Mensheviks flew once again over the capital city of Tbilisi.

With the end of the Soviet Union, the Russians resumed their traditional, hostile role, supporting separatist movements in the Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, leading to a full scale war in 2008. When the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, asked President Vladimir Putin what he was hoping to achieve by Russias attack on Georgia, Mr. Putin said he was going to hang Saakashvili by the balls, referring to Georgias president. It was something one could easily imagine Stalin saying about Zhordania.

Map of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, 1931-1943. Wikipedia / Public Domain.Georgias great experiment in democratic socialism had been crushed, but the Social Democrats key argument that an impoverished, backward society cannot skip historical stages and proceed straight to pure socialism was borne out. The Bolsheviks in their rush to create a Communist utopia imposed on millions the very opposite, and not only in Russia, but in China, North Korea, Cambodia and elsewhere. During their brief stint in power, the Georgian Social Democrats showed that a patient series of transformations was a far more promising preparation for an eventual transition to a socialist society. Above all, Georgias agrarian reform program offered a humane alternative to the Russian approach of forced collectivisation.

In comparison with the hell which Soviet Russia represents, wrote Kautsky, Georgia appeared as a paradise.

The society that the Georgian Social Democrats created was an inspiration to socialists at the time. As the years passed, however, and Soviet rule seemed to become permanent, their achievements seemed forgotten for decades. Yet the dream of a more equal, fair and free society persisted and found advocates in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Prague Spring of 1968 in Czechoslovakia, and in the Solidarity movement in Poland in the 1980s.

That dream lives on as people look for alternatives to capitalism, while rejecting Stalinism. To paraphrase what Friedrich Engels said about the Paris Commune, if you want to know what democratic socialism looks like, study the Georgian experiment. That was democratic socialism.

 

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Staunton, November 26 Experts at the Kyiv Institute of Demography say that Ukrainian suffered the greatest number of excess deaths as a result of the Holodomor in 1932-33 3.9 million in all but that Kazakhstan suffered a higher percentage of population loss 22.4 percent as opposed to Ukraines 13.3 percent.

According to the Institute, there were approximately 8.7 million excess deaths in the USSR in those two years over what would have been expected given population trends at that time as a result of Stalins manmade famine (unian.net/society/2259494-demografyi-nazvali-tochnoe-chislo-poter-naseleniya-ukrainyi-vo-vremya-golodomora-v-1930-h-godah.html).

Suggestions that there were seven, ten or even twelve million deaths in Ukraine are unjustified, the demographers say. The data do not support such claims.  It is justified to add to the losses the number of children one would have expected to be born but werent. In the case of Ukraine, that would be approximately 600,000 for that period.

That would bring the Ukrainian loss to 4.5 million. Most of these losses were among the peasantry, the demographers say; but approximately 300,000 urban Ukrainians died of hunger as well in those two years. In terms of losses in other republics, 3.2 percent of the population in the RSFSR died from hunger, 1.3 percent in Belarus, and fewer elsewhere in the USSR.

Within Ukraine itself, Kyiv and Kharkiv oblasts were hit particularly hard with a million deaths in each. There deaths in the rural areas amounted to 40 to 54 percent of the pre-famine population.  Elsewhere in Ukraine, the losses and percentages were significantly lower, the demographers continued.

The scholars also noted that the situation in Ukraine differed from other portions of the USSR in terms of a high concentration of deaths over a relatively short period of time. Some three million of the deaths occurred in the course of the first seven months of 1933, statistics show.

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Paul Goble

Staunton, November 25 In the budget approved this week, the Russian government will spend 38 percent of its money on supporting the military and the police, increases to be paid for by significant cuts in spending on the economy as a whole and on pensioners in particular rather than by deficit spending. Indeed, the budget projects a decline in the size of the deficit next year.

The actual shift to the military and police is even larger than this, of course, because these figures reflect only the open part of the budget. But even the open amount has gone up significantly, by 260 billion rubles (4.5 billion US dollars) to 5.09 trillion rubles (85 billion (60 billion US dollars (finanz.ru/novosti/aktsii/gosduma-odobrila-sokrashchenie-raskhodov-na-ekonomiku-i-pensii-1009380200).

                To pay for this, social spending has been cut by 7.8 percent over all and pension spending by 12.9 percent, despite the economic crisis; and economic spending has been cut by 16.4 percent, a trend that will also worsen the countrys economic prospects despite spending on the military.

Officials hyped the fact that there was a slight cut 4.6 percent — in the amount allocated for government officials and small increases in spending on education up 4.9 percent and in spending on health care up 1.4 percent.  Federal spending in support of the regions is also slated to go up by 9.1 percent.

                But these figures may all be meaningless not only because of the closed portions of the budget and because the Russian budget is often revised but also because this budget, as Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said, is based on the assumption of GDP growth of two percent, a figure many independent experts do not expect the Russian economy to meet.

Indeed, the budget makes achieving that level even more difficult than one might expect because by cutting social spending and pensions, it will depress the purchasing power of the population, thus putting further downward pressure on the economy as a whole. No increase in military spending is likely to compensate for that.

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: There Could Be a Siberian Khalifate in Russias Future
Paul Goble

Staunton, November 25 The influx of Central Asian and Caucasian gastarbeiters into the oil and gas fields of the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District and Tyumen Oblast is creating ethnic conflicts which are proving to be the seedbeds for the growth of Islamic radicalism and even suggestions that there will be a Siberian khalifate in the future.

The situation is not yet out of control, Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist Dmitry Steshin argues in a 5800-word three-part investigation of the situation there. But Islamist radicals have penetrated key institutions and often local officials are often at a loss as to what to do (kp.ru/daily/26760/3791033/,  kp.ru/daily/26761.4/3791556/and kp.ru/daily/26761/3792303/).

Aleksandr Petrushin, a former KGB general who now works as a local historian, told Steshin that the situation has been getting worse since the beginning of oil and gas development there in 1964 because republics like Azerbaijan adopted the new petroleum sites and encouraged people to move there.

Many thought this would lead to some kind of American-style melting pot in which all these non-Russians would assimilate and become Russians, Petrushin says; but that hasnt happened. Instead, ethnic conflicts occur in daily life and that leads the non-Russian Muslims to turn ever more to their religion and its more extreme forms.

According to him, that is reflected in crime statistics. During this year alone, the former KGB general said, some 29,397 gastarbeiters across Russia have been convicted of crimes and sent to prisons and camps, something that places an enormous burden on Russian taxpayers but also leads to the radicalization of Muslims.

Not surprisingly, the general says, Muslim gastarbeiters go where the work and money is, and in the first half of 2017, 191,000 of them arrived in Tyumen and Khanty-Mansiisk.  That is an increase from recent years when 120,000 to 170,000 came. And those are only official statistics. How many really have come is unknown, Petrushin adds.

A serving FSB officer who has experience tracking Hizb ut-Tahrir groups in the region tells the Moscow journalist that cells of this group are operating through the entire region from the borders of Kazakhstan to the last inhabited territories in the north of the oblast and that the Hizby are much more horrible than the Wahhabis.

The police and the FSB have arrested many of them, he continues, but they continue to work because they are structured in five-person cells and because they have succeeded in penetrating the organs of state power and the apparatus of the oil and chemical industries and are thus in a position to defend one another.

As a result, he says, efforts to root them out, by closing mosques and the like, havent worked.  And they wont because this isnt a local problem: it is a regional or even countrywide one.  But in the near term, the Siberian region will be shaken by the Islamic factory and shaken very seriously.

In some parts of the north, the FSB officer says, up to 80 percent of the magistrates are now of Muslim nationality; and none of them can be counted on to enforce the law in a serious way. The Russians and Russian speakers who had occupied these posts have now fled to other, neighboring regions.

Islamist radicals in his telling are focusing on those industries and centers which they can exploit to attract more of their fellow Muslims and build power centers.  Asked if he favored going back to ethnic quotas in these institutions, the KGB officer said that he doesnt know and doesnt have any algorithm to suggest.

Tyumen religious specialist Viktor Petrov adds that some of the Islamists are already calculating where they can blow up pipelines to inflict maximum punishment on the Russian state. And he showed Steshin a map he has prepared on the expansion of religious Islamist extremists in Siberia.

First, Petrov says, Sufis, who profess traditional Islam, arrived, settled, strengthened their positions and found common group with Siberians and even set up graves of Sufi sheikhs as pilgrimage sites.  But this was our Islam, native, Tatar. But it was succeeded by others, Wahhabis and other radicals who began talking about a Tyumen or even Siberian khalifate.

Local and regional officials understand the threat, he continues, and have adopted a law limiting missionary activity. But in his view, this is far from enough given the radical goals of the Islamists in the Russian North and the rapid influx of people from Central Asia and the Caucasus into that region.

According to one local resident, the number of such gastarbeiters has more than doubled since 1990 and continues to climb, pushing out local Russians.  And the radicals find increasing numbers of recruits among them, according to one local imam who said they had tried to take over his mosque but so far failed.

He added, however, that even from our little city, people are now studying in Morocco, but they dont come back [because] they are wanted under federal warrant. Their departure lessens the pressure in the region but highlights how many people are now listening to the radicals and seeking alternative futures.

Vasily Markhinin, a political scientist at Surgut University, says that the situation is deteriorating and that 65 percent of the residents of Surgut see the inter-ethnic and inter-religious situation as critical or close to critical even though officials continue to promote the notion that everything is fine.

He adds that officials acknowledge that 80 local Muslims were recruited by ISIS in 2015, but there are certainly more about whom the authorities dont know and they are focusing on penetrating officialdom and key infrastructure objects including pipelines and highways so as to be able to attack the state in its most vulnerable places.

But back in Moscow, Steshin spoke with Roman Silantyev, a controversial Islamic specialist closely linked to the Orthodox Church.  He says that if Muslims go from the North to the Middle East, it will be simpler to liquidate them. But he argues that the situation now is not as bad as it was because the authorities have come down hard on the radicals.

Silantyev adds that he always tells local officials and law enforcement personnel that you must know by name every Wahhabi and fascist on your territory and use all legal means to minimize their number.  Some will find that reassuring, but others will be frightened by its suggestion that the Islamists are everywhere in Russia,including where theyd never been before.

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Russia warns of ‘apocalyptic scenario’ on Korean Peninsula
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Tensions between North Korea and its closest neighbor South Korea appear to be ratcheting up again just as a senior Russianofficial warned of an “apocalyptic scenario” developing on the Korean Peninsula. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov …
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Google seeks to defuse row with Russia over website rankings – Reuters
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:50:46 GMT


Reuters
Google seeks to defuse row with Russia over website rankings
Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Google does not change its search algorithm to re-rank individual websites, it said in a letter to Russia’scommunications watchdog, after Moscow expressed concerns the search engine might discriminate against Russian media.and more »

Monitor Group Says Russian Air Strikes Kill 53 Civilians In Syria – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 01:47:00 GMT


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Monitor Group Says Russian Air Strikes Kill 53 Civilians In Syria
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
A monitor group says air strikes by Russian jets killed at least 53 civilians, including 21 children, in a village held by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in eastern Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack 
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Russia: US Wants to Provoke North Korea Into Starting a War – Newsweek
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 04:28:00 GMT


Newsweek
Russia: US Wants to Provoke North Korea Into Starting a War
Newsweek
The U.S. is trying to provoke North Korea into starting a war so that it can then strike back, according to a top Russian official.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday other nations in Asia should be wary of the U.S.’ ambitious and and more »

Russia Scooped Up Wrecks Of Its Crashed Naval Fighters Off The Seafloor Near Syria – The Drive
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:55:10 GMT


The Drive
Russia Scooped Up Wrecks Of Its Crashed Naval Fighters Off The Seafloor Near Syria
The Drive
Roughly a year ago, two Russian Navy fighters ended crashing into the ocean during recovery operations aboard the carrier Kuznetsov while it was sailing off the coast of Syria. The mishaps occurred during the vessel’s very high profile cruise, which  

Bond Sanctions Could Have More Impact Than Russia Is Making Out – Bloomberg
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:10:00 GMT


Bloomberg
Bond Sanctions Could Have More Impact Than Russia Is Making Out
Bloomberg
Officials in Moscow are downplaying the impact of what M&G Ltd has called the nuclear option for U.S. relations with Russia, insisting that there is enough local demand to replace foreigners who currently hold a third of outstanding debt. Investors and more »


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Saved Stories – 1. Russia

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Saved Stories – 1. Russia
В Черное море вошел ракетный эсминец ВМС США – Интерфакс


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В Черное море вошел ракетный эсминец ВМС США
Интерфакс
Москва. 26 ноября. INTERFAX.RU – Американский ракетный эсминец “Джеймс Уильямс” (USS James Williams DDG95) в воскресенье вошел в акваторию Черного моря, сообщили стамбульские информационные порталы, публикующие фотографии его прохождения через пролив Босфор.
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Life.ru
Собчак: Путин это “альфа-фигура”, он обязательно будет участвовать в выборах
Life.ru
Отвечая на вопрос ведущего в ходе встречи со своими сторонниками в британском Оксфорде, телеведущая и потенциальный участник президентской кампании 2018 года Ксения Собчак заявила о том, что абсолютно уверена в том, что действующий президент Владимир Путин будет … 
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The Talk of Turkey? A Politically Charged Trial in New York

Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian businessman accused of conspiracy to violate United States sanctions against Iran, is scheduled to go on trial in New York on Monday.

ФБР год умалчивало об атаках Fancy Bear – Росбалт.RU


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ФБР год умалчивало об атаках Fancy Bear
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Федеральное бюро расследований (ФБР) США по меньшей мере не оповещало власти страны о попытках взлома их данных хакерской группировкой Fancy Bears. Об этом узнало, проведя расследование, агентство The Associated Press. Бюро знало, что хакеры пытались взломать 80 …
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6:48 AM 11/26/2017 It is yet unclear whether Putin to run for re-election PeskovNovember 26, 2017 6:33 AM 11/26/2017 Tweets by @mikenovNovember 26, 2017 5:27 AM 11/26/2017 Beware the Russian ElephantNovember 26, 2017 5:14 AM 11/26/2017 Russia law on media not based on reciprocityNovember 26, 2017 4:40 AM 11/26/2017 Obamas Revenge: … Continue reading“6:58 AM 11/26/2017 – RECENT POSTS: It is yet unclear whether Putin to run for re-election”
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Mike Novas Shared NewsLinks Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks It is yet unclear whether Putin to run for re-election Peskov Johnson’s Russia List How to Identify the Kremlin Ruling Elite and its Agents NEWSWATCH: Putin in the Boot; New sanctions are about to bite, and Russias elite are http://russialist.org/newswatch-putin-in-the-boot-new-sanctions-are-about-to-bite-and-russias-elite-are-spooked-the-personal-sanctions-against-regime-cronies-are-especially-tough-the-economist/ pic.twitter.com/wfdbXX4H7s Bridging the Scholarship-Policy Divide Johnson’s Russia List … Continue reading“6:48 AM 11/26/2017 – It is yet unclear whether Putin to run for re-election – Peskov”
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4:40 AM 11/26/2017 Obamas Revenge: New sanctions are about to bite, and Russias elite are spooked

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A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland – New York Times


New York Times
A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland
New York Times
In 2015, he helped start the Traditionalist Worker Party, one of the extreme right-wing groups that marched in Charlottesville, Va., in August, and again at a White Lives Matter rally last month in Tennessee. The group’s stated mission is to fight 

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Alt-right Trump supporters and left-wing Bernie Sanders fans should join together to defeat capitalism – The Independent


The Independent
Alt-right Trump supporters and left-wing Bernie Sanders fans should join together to defeat capitalism
The Independent
It clearly and systematically describes all the threats to our survival, from global warming to the prospect of a billion climate refugees, and wars and chaos all this will cause. Rather than focusing on the predictable reactions to this text 

Политика: Порошенко врет про голодомор и активы СССР

От голода в начале 30-х годов прошлого века в Советском Союзе погибли миллионы человек, но только Украина делает из общей трагедии повод для пиара и национального размежевания. Президент этой страны Петр Порошенко в очередной раз потребовал от России «покаяться», забыв об одном важном нюансе именно Украина не признает Россию правопреемницей СССР. На Украине отмечают годовщину Голодомора краеугольного камня современной украинской национальной идентичности, заложенного еще в 30-е годы американским сенатором-нацистом Гамильтоном Фишем.   Разумеется, опять не обошлось без выпадов в адрес России, пострадавшей от голода не меньше Украины. «Хотелось бы, чтобы пусть не мы, а лучше, чтобы мы, а не наши дети, дождались невероятного. Чтобы в России произошли такие изменения, при которых ее новая элита тоже признала бы Голодомор геноцидом. Или хотя бы покаялась за него. Российская Федерация сама себя записала в правопреемницы Советского Союза. Следовательно, хочет того или нет, взяла на себя не только активы бывшего СССР, но и ответственность за преступления советского режима», – в частности, сказал Порошенко. Также Порошенко отметил, что в России «пока эти преступления оправдывают – тем, что, мол, конфискация зерна в украинских селах обеспечила средствами индустриализацию». «Получается, у крестьян Украины принудительно забирали жизни, чтобы обеспечить великодержавное величие России. Так оно, собственно, и было». Отметим, что «оправданий» Голодомора в России нет и никогда не было. Украинский президент в своем выступлении заочно дискутирует с заявлением Государственной Думы РФ, принятом в 2008 году, в котором в частности, говорилось: «в результате голода, вызванного насильственной коллективизацией, пострадали многие регионы РСФСР (Поволжье, Центрально-Черноземная область, Северный Кавказ, Урал, Крым, часть Западной Сибири), Казахстана, Украины, Белоруссии. От голода и болезней, связанных с недоеданием, в 1932-1933 годах там погибло около 7 млн человек. Народы СССР заплатили огромную цену за индустриализацию, за гигантский экономический прорыв, произошедший в те годы. Вечным памятником героям и жертвам 30-х годов стали Днепрогэс, Магнитогорский и Кузнецкий металлургические комбинаты, металлургические гиганты Украины “Запарожсталь”, “Азовсталь”, “Криворожсталь”, крупные угольные шахты в Донбассе, Кузбассе, Караганде, Харьковский тракторный завод, Московский и Горьковский автомобильные заводы – всего более 1500 промышленных предприятий, многие из которых и в настоящее время обеспечивают экономическое развитие независимых государств на пространстве бывшего СССР».

Увидеть в этих словах «оправдание» может только очень предвзятый человек. А не разглядеть, что памятники индустриализации в первую очередь стоят на Украине, а не в России так просто слепой.

К тому же в заявлении Госдумы далее говорится: «Депутаты Государственной думы, отдавая дань памяти жертвам голода 30-х годов на территории СССР, решительно осуждают режим, пренебрегший жизнью людей ради достижения экономических и политических целей, и заявляют о неприемлемости любых попыток возрождения в государствах, ранее входивших в состав Союза ССР, тоталитарных режимов, пренебрегающих правами и жизнью своих граждан». То есть никаких «оправданий» нет. Есть осуждение режима и поминание жертв. Порошенко просто-напросто врёт. Возможно, понимая, что нынешний режим на Украине хоть и нельзя назвать тоталитарным, но правами и жизнью своих граждан он активно пренебрегает. Более того. Говоря, что Россия взяла на себя не только «активы бывшего СССР, но и ответственность за преступления», украинский президент вступает в прямое противоречие с государственной политикой своей страны. Дело в том, что Украина единственная постсоветская страна, до сих пор не признавшая Россию правопреемницей СССР. Ситуация развивалась следующим образом: в декабре 1991 года Украина подписала Договор о правопреемственности, взяв на себя обязательство погасить 16,37 процента союзного долга и претендуя на такой же объем активов. В декабре 1994 украинское правительство признало неспособность выполнять этот договор и  подписало новое соглашение о так называемом “нулевом варианте”, предполагавшем отказ Киева от украинской части внешних долгов и активов Советского Союза. А в 1997 году, когда ситуация в экономике немного улучшилась, Украина отказалась исполнять и новое соглашение, и с тех пор регулярно требует от России «свои 16 процентов активов». Отметим, что окончательно России погасила последнюю часть советского долга только в текущем году это стала Босния и Герцеговина. Таким образом, Порошенко оказывается в ситуации героя классического анекдота, от которого требовалось или крестик снять, или трусы надеть. Если он признает Россию правопреемницей СССР то пусть добьется ратификации соглашения о «нулевом варианте». Если же не признает то пусть не выступает с бредовыми обвинениями об «ответственности за преступления». Украинский президент в погоне за красивыми словами также заявил, что «не признавать Голодомор – так же аморально, как и отрицать Холокост». Но между этими двумя трагедиями есть очень большая разница. Государство Израиль, добиваясь от других стран признания Холокоста, не отрицает при этом геноцида в отношении цыган или массового уничтожения мирных жителей  в  Белоруссии или на той же Украине, не говоря о России. Украина же пытается из общей трагедии сделать частную, при этом обвиняя в выдуманных преступлениях и призывая каяться потомков людей, также пострадавших от организованного голода и других преступлений советского режима, среди руководителей которого (к слову) было немало этнических украинцев.Теги:  УкраинаРоссия и УкраинаголодоморПетр Порошенко

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Putins press conference due to take place on Dec. 14 Kremlin http://russialist.org/putins-press-conference-due-to-take-place-on-dec-14-kremlin/ pic.twitter.com/MLyzciSJ9A

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По делу об убийстве посла России в Турции задержали медиамагната

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Издание Sabah называет полное имя задержанного Хайреддин Айдынбаш, глава продюсерской компании Guru Medya. По данным журналистов, в ноябре его допросили по подозрению в причастности к “спланированному убийству”, а затем поместили под арест. Компания Айдынбаша выпускает журналы “Повестка Евразии” и “Повестка России” на турецком языке.
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Is Vladimir Putin tired? – Aljazeera.com


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Is Vladimir Putin tired?
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Currently a critic of Putin’s political regime, Pavlovsky was one of its chief architects in the 2000s – definitely a man whose opinion matters on such occasions. In the article, he goes on to describe the Russian leader as a “not-so-young gentleman 
Putin’s party resort to violence and aggressively confront opposition councillor after losing election in MoscowThe Independent
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Cuba Marks First Anniversary of Fidel Castro’s Death

Cuba marks the first anniversary of the death of communist leader Fidel Castro Saturday followed by municipal elections on Sunday that will lead to the selection of a new head of state early next year, who for the first time in 60 years will not be a Castro brother. The island will hold a series of remembrances from Saturday through December 4, the day Castro was laid to rest in a cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, where he had launched the Cuban revolution. VOAs Isabela Cocoli has more.

Hungarian FM: Ukraine must revoke education law – UNIAN


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Speaking of Ukraine and its education law at a press conference on the sidelines of the Eastern European Summit on November 24, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Hungary would not sacrifice ethnic Hungarians living in westernUkraine 
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В 2017 году в ВДВ было проведено более 300 тренировок по противодействию терроризму

Они проводились в военных городках и на объектах городской инфраструктуры под руководством оперативных штабов в субъектах РФ совместно с подразделениями ФСБ, МВД и МЧС России.

Russia’s Putin signs ‘foreign agents’ media law – Reuters.com


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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Saturday new measures allowing authorities to list foreign media outlets as foreign agents in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable U.S. pressure on Russian media.
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7:46 AM 11/27/2017 – Russian Press Review: ВЕСТИ: Улюкаев обвинил Сечина в лжесвидетельстве

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1. Russian Press from mikenova (92 sites)
Российская Газета: Названы регионы, которые получат субсидии на выплаты многодетным семьям
Lenta.ru : Новости: Ракетную базу времен холодной войны сдали в аренду туристам
Российская Газета: Китай выделит миллиард долларов на развитие европейских стран
Российская Газета: В Москве завершилось прощание с Дмитрием Хворостовским
Взгляд: Пробки внутри Садового кольца достигли максимума за три года
Газета.Ru – Новости дня: В Кемерово женщина нашла “дамский” Браунинг 1906 года выпуска
Взгляд: Названы «угрожающие Украине» мэры городов страны
Взгляд: Галустян пожаловался в ФАС на шашлычную под Челябинском
РБК – Все материалы: В Москве эвакуировали Центральный детский магазин
Российская Газета: Скандальная фотовыставка Стерджеса повторно откроется в Москве
РБК – Все материалы: Госкомпании подтвердили план по созданию системы связи за 299 млрд руб.
Российская Газета: Путин потребовал разобраться со свалками
Российская Газета: Турция направила запрос об объявлении в розыск трех экс-прокуроров
Российская Газета: Домовладельцы Невского проспекта порешили заменить мостовую
Lenta.ru : Новости: Слониха убила хозяина и спрятала труп под ветками
РБК – Все материалы: Суд смягчил условия домашнего ареста директору РАМТ Софье Апфельбаум
РБК – Все материалы: Генпрокуратура назвала самые криминальные регионы России
ВЕСТИ: Под предлогом инкассации из банка в центре Москвы вынесли 5 миллионов долларов
Российская Газета: Беларусь заинтересована в туристических проектах с Европой и Китаем
РБК – Все материалы: Александр Белоновский покинул «Известия»

 

1. Russian Press from mikenova (92 sites)
Российская Газета: Названы регионы, которые получат субсидии на выплаты многодетным семьям

Дмитрий Медведев утвердил перечень регионов, которые в 2018 году получат субсидии на выплаты семьям с третьим и последующими детьми. Деньги на эти цели предусмотрены для 60 субъектов РФРоссийская Газета
Lenta.ru : Новости: Ракетную базу времен холодной войны сдали в аренду туристам

Семья американцев переделала бывшую ракетную базу и сдает ее в аренду за 133 доллара в сутки. Мэтью Фалкерсон и его жена Анна Лей владеют бункером с 1994 года. Объект находится полностью под землей и занимает более 1,6 тысячи квадратных метров. Бункер пользуется популярностью у пользователей Airbnb.

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Российская Газета: Китай выделит миллиард долларов на развитие европейских стран

Китай выделит миллиард долларов на развитие европейских странРоссийская Газета
Российская Газета: В Москве завершилось прощание с Дмитрием Хворостовским

В Москве завершилось прощание с Дмитрием ХворостовскимРоссийская Газета
Взгляд: Пробки внутри Садового кольца достигли максимума за три года

По данным компании «Яндекс», загруженность дорог внутри Садового кольца в Москве достигла максимального значения за последние три года, скорость движения утром упала на 24%. «Внутри Садового кольца пробок стало заметно больше. За год скорость движения упала здесь на 16% утром и на 8% вечером, а за три года (с 2014) – на 24% и 7% соответственно», – приводит ТАСС сообщение «Яндекса». В среднем загруженность Садового кольца в час пик составляла с 18.00 до 19.00 в сентябре-октябре более 8,5 балла. Хуже было только в 2013 году, а с 2014 по 2016 год загруженность снижалась. Причиной в том числе было расширение зоны платной парковки. Кроме того, изменилась сезонная загруженность – в частности, из- за реконструкции некоторых улиц с 2016 года пробок внутри Садового кольца в летние месяцы стало только больше. «Этот июнь стал самым тяжелым месяцем за последние пять лет – пробок было больше, чем обычно в декабре», – добавили в компании. При этом в целом по городу ситуация с трафиком в сентябре-октябре 2017 года незначительно улучшилась по сравнению с 2016 годом и остается гораздо лучше, чем в 2013 году. Рост загруженности улиц отмечается между Третьим транспортным кольцом и МКАД. Там в течение дня пробок больше, чем в прошлом году. Средняя скорость движения в городе осенью 2017 утром (с 8.00 до 10.00) была на 4% выше, чем в 2016 году. При этом днем она снизилась на 3-4%, вечером осталась на том же уровне. Между ТТК и Садовым кольцом отмечаются ухудшения с прошлого года – в среднем на 6% с 18.00 до 23.00. Исследование отмечает, что самым тяжелым в плане пробок оказался необычно снежный декабрь 2014 года, худший день – 25 декабря того же года. Тогда светофор «Яндекс.Пробок» несколько часов подряд показывал 10 баллов, а на МКАД образовалась рекордная по длине пробка в 61 километр – больше половины всей трассы, передает РИА «Новости». На втором месте – 18 января 2013 года, на третьем – 25 января 2017 года. Эти дни также отмечены как одни из самых снежных. «Яндекс» оценивал дорожную ситуацию на всех основных магистралях и улицах, которые соединяют разные районы и важные участки улиц. Всего исследовано около 1 тыс. 240 км. В мае сообщалось, что ремонт в центре Москвы привел к девятибалльным пробкам.Взгляд
Газета.Ru – Новости дня: В Кемерово женщина нашла “дамский” Браунинг 1906 года выпуска

В Кемерово 53-летняя женщина принесла в полицию пистолет марки Браунинг 1906 года выпуска, который обнаружила в вещах своих родственников, передает РИА “Новости” со ссылкой на региональный главк МВД. “По словам женщины, …Газета.Ru – Новости дня
Взгляд: Названы «угрожающие Украине» мэры городов страны

Депутат Верховной рады и известный украинский пропагандист Дмитрий Тымчук составил список региональных угроз для Украины, в которые включил список «проблемных мэров» и «монополию» бизнесмена Рината Ахметова. В списке «проблемных мэров» оказались градоначальники пяти городов: мэр Одессы Геннадий Труханов, мэр Мариуполя Вадим Бойченко, мэр Запорожья Владимир Буряк, мэр Кривого Рога Юрий Вилкул и мэр Харькова Геннадий Кернес. Об этом он сообщил в своем Facebook. По мнению Тымчука, в этих городах есть или могут возникнуть риски внешней дестабилизации. Список «проблемных мэров» он назвал далеко не исчерпывающим. Кроме того, Тымчук считает, что нужно избавиться от монополии Ахметова в Мариуполе, Запорожье и Кривом Роге, чтобы изменить ситуацию. Факторами риска он называет концентрацию ресурсов и полномочий в руках антиукраинских политических сил и отдельных фигур вследствие децентрализации. Мэры, по его мнению, контролируют информационное пространство, перекладывая вину на Киев. Кроме того, ведется блокировка «проукраинской деятельности», в частности, саботаж и репрессии против украинского актива. Проблемные мэры, считает он, содействуют антиукраинским структурам. Тымчук регулярно пишет о «врагах» Киева внутри страны и за ее пределами. Так, в мае 2016 года он называл врагов, которые угрожают Украине с Запада.Взгляд
Взгляд: Галустян пожаловался в ФАС на шашлычную под Челябинском

Актер и шоумен Михаил Галустян обратился в челябинское региональное управление Федеральной антимонопольной службы (ФАС) по поводу использования его фотографии в рекламе шашлычной, расположенной в городе Копейске сообщает ведомство. На фото, опубликованном на сайте УФАС по Челябинской области, видно, что изображение Галустяна использовано на баннере, на котором «персонаж» шоумена держит в руках плакат с текстом «Шашлык, шаурма, на углях». В заявлении Галустяна говорится, что использование в рекламе его образа «привлекает повышенное внимание потребителей к указанному объекту рекламирования», поскольку шоумен имеет большую известность среди широкой публики. В релизе ведомства подчеркивается, что согласно нормам Гражданского кодекса России использование изображения гражданина допускается только с его согласия, а по закону о рекламе «при производстве, размещении и распространении рекламы должны соблюдаться требования законодательства России, в том числе требования гражданского законодательства». В этой связи УФАС по Челябинской области направило в Администрацию Копейского городского округа запрос «в целях установления владельца рекламной конструкции и проверки наличия разрешительных документов на ее установку». Решение о заведении дела по признакам нарушения рекламного законодательства в ведомстве пообещали принять до 10 декабря. По сообщениям СМИ владелец шашлычной в Копейске уже снял баннер с изображением Михаила Галустяна.Взгляд
ВЕСТИ: Улюкаев обвинил Сечина в лжесвидетельстве

Экс-министр экономического развития РФ Алексей Улюкаев обвинил в ходе заседания Замоскворецкого суда главу “Роснефти” Игоря Сечина в лжесвидетельстве.ВЕСТИ
РБК – Все материалы: В Москве эвакуировали Центральный детский магазин
 

РБК – Все материалы

Российская Газета: Скандальная фотовыставка Стерджеса повторно откроется в Москве

Фотограф Джок Стерджес и его выставка “Без смущения” возвращаются в Москву. Она откроется 8 декабря в Центре фотографии имени братьев Люмьер

Российская Газета

РБК – Все материалы: Госкомпании подтвердили план по созданию системы связи за 299 млрд руб.
 

РБК – Все материалы

Российская Газета: Путин потребовал разобраться со свалками

Владимир Путин поручил Минприроды навести порядок с утилизацией отходов. Нельзя бесконтрольно свозить мусор к домам при закрытии полигонов, в системе утилизации отходов нужно навести порядок, сказал он

Российская Газета

Российская Газета: Турция направила запрос об объявлении в розыск трех экс-прокуроров

Турция направила запрос об объявлении в розыск трех экс-прокуроровРоссийская Газета
Российская Газета: Домовладельцы Невского проспекта порешили заменить мостовую

Недостатки петербургских мостовых хорошо известны: их вогнутый лотком профиль поражает всех приезжих иностранцев. Даже Невский проспект не может похвастать ее исправностью

Российская Газета

Lenta.ru : Новости: Слониха убила хозяина и спрятала труп под ветками

В таиландской провинции Краби 37-летняя слониха убила своего хозяина и пыталась спрятать его труп. Вечером 50-летний фермер Аморн Моракот ушел, чтобы посадить ее на цепь, и не вернулся. Родственники отправились на поиски и обнаружили тело Моракота под грудой веток недалеко от животного.

Lenta.ru : Новости

РБК – Все материалы: Суд смягчил условия домашнего ареста директору РАМТ Софье Апфельбаум
 

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РБК – Все материалы: Генпрокуратура назвала самые криминальные регионы России

Лидерами по количеству преступлений в 2017 году прокуроры назвали Туву и Забайкальский край. Москва оказалась на 66-м месте. В России сократилось количество краж, но увеличилось число мошеннических преступлений, особенно страховыхРБК – Все материалы
ВЕСТИ: Под предлогом инкассации из банка в центре Москвы вынесли 5 миллионов долларов

В самом центре Москвы псевдоинкассаторы ограбили банк. Источник в правоохранительных органах сообщил, что пропажу обнаружили еще три дня назад, хотя прессе о ней известно стало только 27 ноября. Источник отметил, что было вскрыто хранилище, где находилось не менее 5 миллионов долларов США.

ВЕСТИ

Российская Газета: Беларусь заинтересована в туристических проектах с Европой и Китаем

Беларусь заинтересована в туристических проектах с Европой и КитаемРоссийская Газета
РБК – Все материалы: Александр Белоновский покинул «Известия»

Заместитель гендиректора МИЦ «Известия» и по совместительству главный редактор портала iz.ru Александр Белоновский покинул издание. Он был привлечен на запуск сайта и справился со своей задачей, объясняют в компании

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7:32 AM 11/27/2017 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: Turkey says Trump must keep pledge on not arming YPG militia 

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L to R: Rouhani, Putin and Erdoğan (Photo: Reuters)

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Chechen leader, amid reshuffles, says ready to die for Putin
 

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechnya, said he was ready to die for Vladimir Putin and stand down, if ordered, ahead of a federal presidential election next year which has triggered personnel reshuffles that have put some politicians on edge.

Kadyrov, 41, spoke during an interview broadcast on state TV late on Sunday that showcased what the unpredictable former warlord regards as his main achievements and, to a stirring soundtrack, showed him boxing, riding a horse, and giving his views on everything from polygamy to gay marriage.

His comments looked like a tactic, one he has used before, to secure the Kremlin’s public approval, something he didn’t have to wait long for.

“Kadyrov has repeatedly said that he is, speaking figuratively, quite a consistent and committed member of Putin’s circle of adherents and intends to continue working where and how the president of the country orders him,” Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, told reporters on Monday.

“He didn’t say anything different and that’s what we’re going on. Ramzan continues to remain the current head of the republic.”

Who rules the majority Muslim region is important for the Kremlin as Chechnya fought two wars against Moscow after the 1991 Soviet collapse, but now, in return for generous subsidies and a wide degree of autonomy, pledges absolute loyalty.

Kadyrov, who has ruled Chechnya for the past decade during which rights groups have accused him of abuses, is seen by Moscow as the guarantor of that pact and was groomed by the Kremlin for his role after his father’s 2004 murder.

‘PUTIN‘S FOOT SOLDIER’

His comments about possibly quitting came when asked by his state TV interviewer what he made of the prospect of having to leave office “at some point.”

Kadyrov said it was “his dream” to one day step down from what he described as a very difficult job. He said that, if asked, he could propose several candidates to take over.

“Once there was a need for people like me to fight, to put things in order. Now we have order and prosperity … and the time has come for changes,” said Kadyrov.

Kadyrov, who calls himself “Putin’s foot soldier,” has made similar statements before which have come to nothing.

Nor is his position under threat. He was re-elected last year for a five-year term after Putin gave his personal blessing for him to carry in on the job, while warning him that Russian law must be strictly enforced in Chechnya.

Kadyrov’s statement, like those before it, looked instead like a symbolic show of loyalty to curry favor with Putin who the Chechen leader said in the same interview he saw “rarely” and only when summoned.

Putin, 65, is widely expected to run for a fourth term and has started clearing out the old Russian political elite to bring in younger people, a process that has seen some regional leaders pressured to stand down.

That has caused unease in some political circles and Kadyrov has found himself in the headlines in the West this year after rights groups accused him of presiding over a campaign of torture and murder of gay men.

Kadyrov, in the same interview, said the allegations had been “made up” by rights group to attract funding grants and that he and his forces could not have persecuted gay men in Chechnya because there weren’t any.

He described Putin as his idol.

“I am ready to die for him, to fulfill any order,” he said.

Additional reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Mark Heinrich

ANALYSIS: The ball is rolling in Syria, against Iran
 

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Developments over Syria following recent collaborations between leaders of the United States and Russia have gained significant momentum. This also signals a decreasing Iranian role and a prelude to further setbacks for Tehran.

An hour long phone call last Tuesday between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin followed the latter’s meeting with Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad.

After allocating billions on its Levant campaign, Iran is witnessing its hegemony fading as measures aimed at bringing the Syria war to a close gain momentum.

Political flexibility

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed last week to facilitate a full-scale political process in Syria and to sponsor a conference in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi to end the war.

While some may consider this a victory for Iran, jumping to early conclusions blinds us from understanding how Tehran sought full hegemony in Syria. Today, circumstances account to major setbacks.

Putin’s hosting of talks on Syria inclines that Moscow calls the shots. This leaves Tehran deeply concerned, especially following its six-year long campaign to maintain Assad in power. The mere fact that Iran is sitting at the table with Russia, also in talks with the US over different issues, and Turkey, a Syrian opposition supporter, leaves no doubt Tehran will need to display political flexibility.

After allocating billions on its Levant campaign, Iran is witnessing its hegemony fading as measures aimed at bringing the Syria war to a close gain momentum. (Reuters)

Many would argue a pact between Washington and Moscow will define the blueprint of finalizing Syria’s crisis. Did the Sochi talks place Tehran and Ankara in line with Moscow and Washington? Doubts remain in this regard and Iran understands clearly how a post-ISIS Syria will come at a heavy price.

And with Russia significantly scaling down its military presence on the ground in Syria, Iran’s dreams of a Shiite crescent are endangered, to say the least. Moreover, the mere fact that China is considering a role in reconstructing post-war Syria means more players in the future of this country, and a declining part for Iran.

Seeking to safeguard its interests in Syria, Iran’s terrorist-designated Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) is also eyeing a share in Syria’s reconstruction. This should sound alarm bells, especially since such a role would provide a front for Iran’s efforts to maintain a foothold in the Levant.

Higher global interests

Certain is the fact that Russia’s reservations are not limited to Syria. On the international stage Moscow and Washington enjoy a certain stature. This said, it is quite obvious Moscow will not sacrifice its higher global interests for Syria.

The phone call between Trump and Putin is a sign of coordination between their two countries in Syria. With Washington playing an observer role in the Astana talks weighing Syria, one can conclude their role in the Levant is not eliminated.

Far from it, in fact. US Defense Secretary James Mattis said recently how the US is in Syria to stay. “US troops, in Syria to fight Islamic State, won’t be packing their bags now the jihadist group is essentially beaten. They’re staying on,” Bloomberg reported. This comes as the Pentagon is also likely to announce the presence of around 2,000 US troops in Syria, according to Reuters.

Iran understands fully that US presence in Syria is a source of dilemma for any future plans in the region. Considering the drastic consequences of Obama’s premature departure from Iraq, there are doubts Trump will allow such a repeat in Syria.

Riyadh’s reservations

Considering the relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia, one can conclude that Moscow will also be taking Riyadh’s reservations over Syria into consideration. Knowing the Arab world’s support is crucial, Putin will strive to obtain Riyadh’s consent.

In his latest meeting with United Nations special envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov emphasized how his government worked with Saudi Arabia to unify the Syrian opposition, also indicating UN’s blessing for this latest push.

Unlike Iran, Assad remaining in power is not a red line for Russia. And Moscow will seek Riyadh’s cooperation to have the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional states jump on the train to bring a final end to the Syria crisis.

This spells into a more significant role for Saudi Arabia, Iran’s Middle East archrival, whose Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman has in a recent New York Times interview described Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei “the new Hitler of the Middle East.”

Foreign Ministers, Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, attend a news conference in Moscow, Russia, April 14, 2017. (Reuters)

The shadow

Fueling more concerns for Iran is the fact that the Sochi talks focused on establishing peace and stability in Syria based on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254. This platform was even described by Iranian state media as an “American and Zionist conspiracy.”

The shadow of UN-backed solutions for Syria will continue to haunt Tehran. Putin also emphasized changes in the process of Syria’s political agreement will render based on the Geneva agreement framework.

To add insult to injury, the Syrian opposition meeting Thursday in Riyadh agreed to dispatch a single bloc for next weeks’ UN-backed peace talks. Nasr Hariri, a known Syrian opposition figure selected as the new chief negotiator, is heading to Geneva for the talks set to begin tomorrow. The opposition is ready to discuss “everything on the negotiating table,” according to Hariri.

Tehran would have been delighted to continue fragmenting the Syrian opposition, as witnessed throughout the 6½ year war.

Iran’s dilemma

An opportunity is available to end Syria’s fighting, with a high possibility that a final political solution will materialize in the Geneva talks.

Iran, however, thrives on increasing violence across the region. Any decrease in such tensions is against Tehran’s interests as it allows the international community to place its crosshairs on Iran’s belligerence, including a controversial nuclear programdeveloping ballistic missiles, as senior Revolutionary Guards commanders recently threatened, spreading its influence across the Middle East through supporting terrorism and proxy groups across the board, and human rights violations.

In his abovementioned interview, the Saudi Crown Prince reiterated how the world has “learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work.” As the international community seeks to bring an end to the war in Syria, appeasing Iran through this delicate process must be strictly prohibited.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the viewpoint of Al Arabiya English.

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Turkey says Trump must keep pledge on not arming YPG militia
 

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ANKARA (Reuters) – A telephone call on Friday between U.S. and Turkish leaders marked a turning point in strained relations between the two countries, but Washington must honor a pledge to end weapons provisions to Syrian Kurdish fighters, Turkey said on Monday.

“The ‘We will not give weapons’ remarks from a U.S. president for the first time is important, but it will lose value if it is not implemented. It would be deceiving the world,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

The White House said on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump informed Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Washington was adjusting the military support to partners on the ground in Syria.

The Syrian Kurdish YPG spearheads the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State with the help of a U.S.-led coalition.

A spokesperson for the coalition said on Sunday that it was looking at “adjustments” to the support it provides to the SDF, ranging from the number of advisers to training and artillery.

Weapons provided to Syrian YPG have been limited and mission specific, the spokesperson added.

Ankara has been infuriated by Washington’s support for the YPG militia, seen by Turkey as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a decades-long insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terrorist group by Ankara, the United States and European Union.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara and Lisa Barrington in Beirut; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans

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Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, meets with Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine today, while on an official visit to Georgia. After the two Prime Ministers meeting to be held at the government administration, an extended meeting is planned between Georgian and Ukrainian government representatives.

During his visit to Georgia, Prime Minister of Ukraine is to participate in the Tbilisi Belt and Road Forum, delivering a speech at the opening ceremony together with Georgia’s PM, and will take part in the discussion session of the forum: High Level Dialogue on Belt and Road Connectivity for Stability. Tbilisi Belt and Road Forum starts tomorrow on November 28.

During his visit to Georgia, Volodymyr Groysman is expected to visit the Ministry of Defence’s rehabilitation center in Tserovani, and lay a wreath at the Heroes Memorial.

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Putins proposal for Ukraine another trap for Trump – WP
 

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Moscow’s plan is to legitimize its invasion and control over parts of two eastern regions of Ukraine by drawing President Trump into another bad deal, says the op-ed published by WP.

Vladimir Putin’s pattern is familiar. He uses his military to escalate fighting on the ground and then approaches the West with a proposal sold as de-escalation. Appealing to European and U.S. desires for peace without Western intervention, the Russian president puts forward an alleged compromise. But in the details, Putin’s proposals are really designed to divide his adversaries and cement his gains.

Such was the case in September, when Putin introduced a proposal for “peacekeepers” inside eastern Ukraine, where Russia continues to fuel a violent separatist uprising that has resulted in more than 10,000 deaths and displaced more than 1.5 million people since 2014. Ukraine, European powers and the United States all decided to engage Moscow on the idea.

Read alsoRussia must not be among UN peacekeepers in Donbas – Ukraine defense ministerBut as Ukraine’s foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, said at the recent Halifax International Security Forum, Putin’s plan really isn’t for “peacekeepers” at all, Josh Rogin wrote. “He is proposing that international troops deploy only to protect the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s special monitoring mission members in eastern Ukraine,” said the author.

“The idea of a peacekeeping mission is a serious one,” Klimkin said. “But the Russian proposal of a protection mission doesn’t make any sense at all.”

Read alsoKuchma: Russia suggests redrawing Ukraine border in eastFor one thing, the original Russian proposal was to deploy these forces along the line of contact between the Ukraine military and separatist forces. As the Ukrainian government sees it, that is simply Putin’s way of fortifying the reality that Russia created on the ground.

Nevertheless, Ukraine’s international supporters are taking the proposal seriously. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Putin in September and persuaded him to yield on one point; Putin agreed the international force could be deployed not just along the contact line. That gave Western governments confidence a genuine negotiation with Moscow was possible.

Read alsoGermany’s top diplomat says West, Russia’s views on peacekeeping mission in Donbas differSecretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke about the idea with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Nov. 4. Kurt Volker, the Trump administration’s part-time special envoy for Ukraine, met with his Russian counterpart Vladislav Surkov on Nov. 13 and proposed a counterplan.

Moscow rejected 26 out of 29 of the paragraphs in Volker’s proposal. But Volker said he intends to keep negotiating. He said the peacekeeping plan represents the best hope to return to Minsk II, a peace agreement that both Ukraine and Russia pledged to follow.

Read alsoVolker names two options for Russia’s moves on DonbasThat process is stalled primarily because Russia won’t honor provisions mandating a cease-fire, the removal of its heavy weapons from eastern Ukraine and access to the border. Russia still won’t even acknowledge that it has forces on the ground in eastern Ukraine, much less remove them.

But the U.S. strategy is based on the assumption that Putin is looking for — or at least considering — a way out of his financial and military commitments in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine has responsibilities under Minsk as well, including holding local elections in eastern Ukraine, giving the region special status and granting amnesty for the separatists. That can happen only if Putin holds up his end.

Read alsoWhat Russian “peacekeepers” want

But if Putin’s goal is to stay in Ukraine and keep the country destabilized, prevent it from joining European institutions and maintain control over a buffer zone, he will never agree to a peacekeeping mission that meets Ukraine or Western conditions.

Most likely Putin intends to buy time to consolidate battlefield gains he has no intention of giving up. Trump — and before him, President Barack Obama — went along with it, ensuring that the next phase of the conflict plays out on Russia’s terms.

Trump and Putin spoke Nov. 21 and “discussed how to implement a lasting peace in Ukraine,” according to the White House. Trump should pursue that peace, but not on Putin’s terms.

Ynetnews News – Russian strikes reportedly kill 53 civilians in Syria
 

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At least 53 civilians, including 21 children, perished early Sunday morning when Russian air strikes hit “residential buildings” in a village held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit the village of Al-Shafah in Deir Ezzor province, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. The monitor had initially given a death toll of 34 civilians but the number spiked after more bodies were recovered.

“The toll increased after removing the debris in a long day of rescue operation,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP, adding the strikes hit “residential buildings.” At least 18 people were also wounded in the air raids, he added.

Russian fighter jets (Photo: Reuters)Russian fighter jets(Photo: Reuters)

The Observatory relies on a network of sources inside Syria, and says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions used.

Russia is a close ally of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, and in September 2015 began a military intervention in support of his government that has gradually helped Damascus regain territory.

 (Photo: Reuters)(Photo: Reuters)

Syria’s Deir Ezzor is one of the last places Islamic State jihadists hold territory in the country, after being driven from their major strongholds including their one-time de facto Syrian capital Raqa city. The oil-rich eastern province that borders Iraq was once almost completely under Islamic State control, but the jihadists now hold just nine percent of Deir Ezzor, according to the Observatory.

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They have faced two separate offensives there, one led by the regime with Russian backing and the other by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab rebel fighters.However, recent reports claim that the US has agreed to Turkey’s request to stop supporting the Kurdish Democratic Forces (SDF). Despite this, a senior official among the rebels refuted this, and told the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that they consider the US a true partner that would not go back on its promise.

More than 340,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.As part of a round of talks that Russian President Vladimir Putin conducted with world leaders last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with him on the phone on Tuesday for half an hour. The Prime Minister’s Office said that the phone conversation dealt with Syria and Iran’s attempts to establish itself in Syrian territory, with the PMO stating that “Prime Minister Netanyahu insisted on Israel’s security principles.”

Netanyahu has long since accused Iran of trying to gain a foothold in Syria, in an effort to position itself along the Israel-Syria border—something that Netanyahu has vowed to prevent.

Putin (L) and Netanyahu (Photo: AFP)Putin (L) and Netanyahu (Photo: AFP)

Earlier on Tuesday, the White House announced that US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart talked for an hour on the phone, discussing events in Syria, Ukraine, Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Putin also spoke with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The latest strikes come as the United Nations tries to revitalise its flagging efforts to end a six-year civil war that has left Syria devastated and huge swathes of its population refugees.

Assad arriving at Putin's residence in SochiAssad arriving at Putin’s residence in Sochi

On Tuesday, the eighth round of UN-brokered talks will kick off. They have achieved little so far, but may be bolstered by the opposition’s decision to bring a unified delegation to Geneva for the first time. For progress to happen rival sides will need to overcome the hurdle that has derailed past discussions: the fate of Syrian President Assad.He retains Moscow’s support and had even dropped by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Black Sea resort in Sochi, where the two were photographed embracing one another.

Within Syria, however, Assad but is loathed by much of the rebel opposition, who want him gone.

Backed by Russia’s decisive military support, Assad’s government has regained control of 55 percent of the country, including major cities Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Hama, and around two-thirds of the population lives in regime-held areas. The rest is carved up between rebel factions, jihadists and Kurdish forces. Some experts believe that Russia has clearly put itself in the driver’s seat in recent months, especially as US President Donald Trump’s administration has pulled back from Syrian diplomatic front.Russia, fellow regime ally Iran and rebel-backer Turkey have hosted negotiations in the Kazakh capital Astana that led to the creation of four “de-escalation zones” which produced a drop in violence, though deadly air strikes and battles continue in some areas.

L to R: Rouhani, Putin and Erdoğan (Photo: Reuters)L to R: Rouhani, Putin and Erdoğan (Photo: Reuters)

Last week, Putin called for a “congress” of Syrian regime and opposition figures, a move backed by Ankara and Tehran during Putin’s summit meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Putin told Ruohani and Erdoğan that ISIS’s occupation of Syria had been thwarted by Iran and Turkey, noting that thanks to their three countries, “Syria’s collapse was prevented.”

Following the Putin-Ruohani-Erdoğan summit leaders’ meeting, Putin announced that 98 percent of Syrian territory has returned to Assad’s control.

At the end of the month, all in the Syrian conflict are set to meet in Geneva to begin a series of talks that will determine Syria’s future: these include consolidating its territory, rebuilding its ruins after six years of civil war and policing its affairs in the near future.

Following Missile Deal, NATO Forced to Shrug Off Turkeys Closer Ties with Russia | World
 

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HALIFAX. Nova Scotia – A top NATO official says the alliance has no choice but to accept for now Turkey’s decision to purchase a highly advanced missile defense system from Russia, a move that puts additional strain on an already damaged relationship with its allies.

“We have to see the situation in a very pragmatic way,” Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, the top military officer for NATO policy and strategy at its Brussels headquarters, told U.S. News on the sidelines of a security conference here earlier this month. “What’s the alternative? Are we going to alienate Turkey because of some issues, when at the same time we know Turkey is willing to discuss these issues? It would be very unwise.”

Following a failed military coup in Turkey last year and a subsequent crackdown on civil liberties by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, analysts fear that Ankara is moving away from Western partnerships and more toward hard-line governments in Russian and Iran.

The sale of the missile system, which Turkey acknowledged earlier this month, is causing headaches for members of the Western alliance for two reasons: Militarily, Turkey will now rely on new heavy weaponry that does not comport with NATO countries’ common arsenals. And politically, it will be doing hundreds of millions of dollars in business with Russia, violating new sanctions that Congress and the Trump administration have put into place.

NATO awaits a formal announcement from Turkey that it has purchased the S-400 long-range missile shield from Russia – as Ankara has already announced it will – and will then begin an assessment of the implications.

Pavel cites the importance of Turkey as a NATO ally, not only by its geography at the borders of Iraq, Syria and Iran, but also the resources it provides as the alliance’s second-largest military. Turkey is also the only predominantly Muslim nation that belongs to the 29-country alliance.

He says he spoke with the head of the Turkish Ministry of Defense shortly after the news of the deal was published.

“There is common will on the Turkish side as well as our side to discuss all issues that may come up. I believe that, up to now, there was always enough good will to resolve these issues successfully. We will also find a solution for this situation,” Pavel says.

Some observers believe the provocative missile deal is the latest move by Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine the NATO alliance, a relic of the Cold War that found new relevance after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks through operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and elsewhere. Russian propaganda routinely claims the alliance is poised to launch pre-emptive strikes on Russian territory, and it is used to threaten former Soviet nations that have since joined the NATO with claims that Brussels won’t come to their aid if they are attacked.

The missile deal follows other overtures Turkey has extended to Russia, as well as Iran, on the situation in neighboring Syria, including talks that excluded U.S. direct participation in Astana, Kazakhstan, on a plan for the political future of the war-torn nation.

“Russia is trying in any way, even perceived, to fracture the alliance, to build in dividing the alliance,” Pavel says. “Turkey in Astana, I believe, is very pragmatic. They want to address the issues, understand the best way to include all important actors.”

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Year’s end unlikely to bring end to Russia probe in Congress | Washington

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republicans are hoping lawmakers will soon wrap up investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that have dragged on for most of the year. But with new details in the probe emerging almost daily, that seems unlikely.

Three congressional committees are investigating Russian interference and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign was in any way involved. The panels have obtained thousands of pages of documents from Trump’s campaign and other officials, and have done dozens of interviews.

The probes are separate from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller can prosecute for criminal activity, while Congress can only lay out findings, publicize any perceived wrongdoing and pass legislation to try to keep problems from happening again. If any committee finds evidence of criminal activity, it must refer the matter to Mueller.

All three committees have focused on a June 2016 meeting that Trump campaign officials held in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer and others. They are also looking into outreach by several other Russians to the campaign, including involvement of George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty this month to lying to the FBI as part of Mueller’s probe. New threads continue to emerge, such as a recent revelation that Donald Trump Jr. was messaging with WikiLeaks, the website that leaked emails from top Democratic officials during the campaign.

A look at the committees that are investigating, and the status of their work when they return from their Thanksgiving break:

SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

The Senate intelligence panel, which has been the most bipartisan in its approach, has interviewed more than 100 people, including most of those attending the Trump Tower meeting. Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and the panel’s top Democrat, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, have said they plan to bring in Donald Trump Jr. The president’s son was one of several Trump campaign officials in the meeting.

The committee has looked broadly at the issue of interference, and called in executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google, pushing them to take steps to prevent Russian election meddling on their platforms. Warner told The Associated Press the committee is still looking for more information from those companies, which were initially reluctant to cooperate.

Burr has said that he wants to wrap up the probe by early spring, when congressional primaries begin. While there are many areas of bipartisan agreement on the meddling, it’s unclear whether all members will agree to the final report. It’s also unclear if the report will make a strong statement on whether the Trump campaign colluded in any way with Russia.

Warner said it’s plain there were “unprecedented contacts” as Russians reached out to the Trump campaign but what’s not established is collusion.

HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

In the House, Democrats hope the intelligence committee can remain focused on the Russia probe as the panel’s GOP chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, and other Republicans have launched new, separate investigations into Democrat Hillary Clinton and a uranium deal during President Barack Obama’s administration. Nunes stepped back from the Russia probe in April after criticism that he was too close to the White House, but remains chairman of the committee.

Some Republicans on the panel have grown restless with the probe, saying it has amounted to a fishing expedition and pushing for it to end. Still, the committee has continued to interview dozens of witnesses involved with the Trump campaign, among them several participants in the 2016 meeting. On Nov. 30, the panel will interview Attorney General Jeff Sessions behind closed doors. Lawmakers are interested in Sessions’ knowledge about interactions between Trump campaign aides and Russians, and also his own contacts.

The top Democrat on the panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, told AP the committee has multiple interviews before the New Year. He said the Republican investigations into Clinton and Obama could be “an enormous time drain,” but they have not yet fully organized. He says the committee must be thorough and he doesn’t believe the Russia investigation should end soon.

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

The Senate Judiciary Committee has also divided along partisan lines as Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat, haven’t agreed on some interviews and subpoenas. But as in the House, the panel has proceeded anyway, conducting bipartisan, closed-door interviews with several people who were in the 2016 meeting.

The panel is showing recent signs that it is aggressively pursuing the investigation. The committee is the only one to have interviewed Trump Jr. And just before the Thanksgiving break, it sent Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a letter asking him to be more forthcoming with the committee.

Grassley has been focused on a law that requires foreign agents to register and the firing of James Comey as FBI director. Along with the other committees, Judiciary is also looking into a dossier of allegations about Trump’s own connections to Russia.

It’s not known if the panel will issue a final report, or if its probe will conclude before next year’s elections.

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The United States should send arms to Ukraine to help in its “self-defense” against Russian aggression. It should hold Russia accountable for its illegal “occupation” of territory there, and push for international peacekeepers. Russian President Vladimir Putin bears the blame for this conflict in Europe, and he will be the “decision maker” on whether to end it too.

At least, that’s according to Ambassador Kurt Volker, the Trump administration’s special envoy charged with ending the war in Ukraine. If this sounds like a perfectly reasonable American policy toward Russia, that’s because it is, and more or less one that either party would pursue. But of course, there’s just one big problem with this: It almost certainly does not fully reflect what the president of the United States actually thinks.

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In a new interview for The Global Politico, his first extensive one with a U.S. publication since taking on the post this summer, Volker talked at length about just how troubled relations are with Russia these days despite Trump’s hoped-for reconciliation, how the several rounds of talks he’s held with a top Putin adviser have not yet made any progress, and what it’s like to be a special envoy for a secretary of state who’s vowed to get rid of them.

Overall, he said, prospects for peace are so dim he reckons it’s very likely that active fighting will continue a year from now in Ukraine, which has been embroiled in military conflict since 2014, when Russia forcibly annexed the Crimean Peninsula, the first such takeover since World War II in Europe, and fomented a separatist war in eastern Ukraine—leading to international condemnation and, ultimately, sanctions that Putin is desperate to lift.

How likely?

“I’d say it’s at least 80 percent,” Volker told me. “There’s a chance that there won’t be, but the most likely scenario is that this continues,” he added grimly, noting that more than 10,000 people in eastern Ukraine have been killed since the fighting broke out.

To spend time with Volker is to confront the essential schizophrenia of the Trump administration’s Russia policy. His version is what just about any U.S. administration’s view of Russia and the Ukraine conflict would have been. And it’s pretty much consistent with that of others inside the Trump administration with whom I’ve spoken recently: deeply critical of Putin and certainly not swayed by him; concerned that little or no progress can be made on key issues and that the bottom in U.S.-Russia relations has not yet been reached after this past year’s election hacking, tit-for-tat spying accusations, diplomatic expulsions and consulate closure.

Volker said Trump himself is now on board with this version of his Russia policy, if only because Putin’s moves have been so confrontational. “Russia brings it on,” Volker said. “That’s what the president always says: We would like to get along with Russia. But what Russia is doing makes it really hard.”

But of course, this Russia policy is still not exactly Donald Trump’s Russia policy.

Reminders of that come just about every day. Just a few hours before my interview with Volker, in fact, Trump had made a point of calling Putin, and the official readout of their more than hour-long conversation portrayed it as a wide-ranging discussion of Syria, Ukraine, North Korea, ISIS, the Middle East and Central Asia. The decision to speak with Putin drew literal groans from some administration Russia hands, given that it came the day after Putin had been photographed physically embracing the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad during a meeting in Sochi, and Trump’s statement about the phone call made no mention of any criticism toward Putin’s backing of the Syrian regime or his recent decision to veto a U.N. investigation of the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

That did not seem accidental to anyone who has followed Trump’s dealings with the Russian leader. Despite the entreaties of his staff and their views – like Volker’s – that tend to be far more skeptical of the Kremlin strongman, Trump has never fully given up on his hopes of a friendly new era of Russian-American relations. On his recent trip to Asia, he even reignited the controversy over Putin’s 2016 intervention in the U.S. presidential election, suggesting he believed Putin’s denials – over the consistent findings of the U.S. intelligence community. (The White House later clarified, unconvincingly, that Trump hadn’t meant to suggest any such thing.)

All of which puts Kurt Volker right in the unlikely center of the most contentious foreign policy fight of the Trump presidency.

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There’s no question that Volker, 52, is an unusual figure to have joined the Trump administration. His previous job was executive director of the institute started by Senator John McCain, perhaps Trump’s harshest foreign policy critic within his party and a Russia hawk of long standing who has been particularly pointed about Trump’s praise for Putin. And before that Volker served in a key role working with U.S. allies to counter Russian aggression as ambassador to NATO for President George W. Bush, whose foreign policy Trump spent much of the 2016 campaign bashing as expensive and inept.

Still, Volker pointedly did not sign the letter from a vast array of mainstream Republican national security types disavowing Trump during that campaign. A few of those who did sign it tell me they are glad he is on the case and running what appears to be his own version of a Ukraine policy they can live with; their only question is whether he, and the others who share his views within Trump’s administration, actually matter when it comes to making policy.

Volker also has the questionable distinction of being the only special envoy actually named to the job by Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has come to office vowing to reorganize the department and eliminate dozens of separate special envoy positions like the one he just created for Volker. And in fact, Volker told me he has only taken on the post in a temporary, volunteer capacity, and that it was necessary because of the “particularly difficult transition” that left the Trump State Department without any political appointee in place to deal with the Russians on Ukraine.

When we spoke, Volker had just returned the previous week from a face-to-face meeting in Belgrade with a top Putin adviser, Vladislav Surkov. The session was their third, but Volker was blunt about what it accomplished: nothing. The talks, he said, were a “step back,” with Surkov reverting to Russia’s initial proposal in September to deploy U.N. peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine along the line currently separating Ukrainian government forces and the Russia-backed separatists. Surkov told reporters after the meeting that Volker had presented 29 separate paragraphs to the Russians and that Surkov had agreed with just three of them.

Either way, the meeting’s failure speaks not only to the difficulty of making peace in Ukraine but also to the troubled state of the current U.S.-Russian relationship.

Just before the latest Ukraine talks, in fact, a new irritant had arisen: the failed effort to get Trump and Putin together during Trump’s recent Asia trip. I had been told that the Russians were angry that Trump and Putin had not held a formal bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the recent summit meeting of world leaders in Asia and that the Trump White House had stumbled in both directions, first rejecting the idea of a meeting between the two leaders and then, when it was clear the Russians were unhappy about it, proposing at the last minute to add a Trump-Putin session only to have the peeved Russians reject it. In fact, the ill-timed Trump phone call with Putin right before my Volker interview had been in part a U.S. effort to smooth over those Russian concerns.

In the interview, Volker seemed to agree that could have been part of the reason for why Surkov had seemed so intransigent at their latest session. “Our third meeting, as you said, was a step back,” Volker told me. “They went back to their original proposal again. I don’t know what the next step after this is. It could be that that happened for completely other reasons having nothing to do with Ukraine, just where we are in our U.S.-Russian relationship. It could have had to do with the lack of a bilateral meeting between President Putin and President Trump.”

In general, I found Volker hardly puffing up the prospects of a grand peace settlement with Putin. He said he found Surkov a useful interlocutor, in that the Kremlin adviser clearly has the president’s ear and comes in his capacity as a “political operative” talking about a fundamentally political decision, not as some powerless functionary from the Russian Foreign Ministry. And he said there are “glimmers” of hope suggesting Putin might actually be ready to find a way out of the “impasse” in eastern Ukraine, given that fighting has more or less stalled and Putin faces tough U.S. and European sanctions because of the Ukraine incursion.

Volker insisted Putin could turn that around by cutting a deal now to end hostilities and bring in outside peacekeepers.

“By invading the country and taking part of the territory, they’ve produced a more nationalist, more Western-oriented, more unified Ukraine than ever existed before,” Volker argued. “That’s exactly the opposite of what they wanted to produce, so it gives them a reason to say, ‘Well, we’re not getting out of this what we wanted. It’s costing us a lot to do it, both in a very specific sense of a military operation and civilian administration,’ but it’s also costing in terms of sanctions, their reputation, their relationship with the European Union, their relationship with the United States. So they might have an interest in resolving this.”

Still, to hear Volker’s account is not exactly to listen to a conflict on the brink of resolution. Not only is Trump’s personal commitment to pushing Putin and forging peace in Ukraine highly suspect, but Putin himself would seem to have little reason to take such action now – especially with his own reelection looming in March of 2018, and the conflict with Ukraine inevitably something that needs to be portrayed as a Russian success.

Then there’s the equally complicated U.S. side of the equation.

Volker and others inside the administration are clearly having to sell their mission to Trump too and not just the Russians. Their case to Trump goes something like this: You say you want better relations with Moscow. Well, that’s not possible with the Russians still supporting a shooting war in Ukraine and subject to tough U.S. and European sanctions as a result. “If we are going to have any improvement in U.S.-Russia relations,” Volker said, “we don’t want to stay where we are. We’d like for this to be more constructive,” and for that to be the case “we’re going to have to see progress in Ukraine.”

Volker says Trump gets it. “I know, having heard from the president directly on this, he wants to do this. He wants to make peace; he wants to see this resolved; he wants to see Ukraine get its territory back. It’s crystal clear.”

The most pressing current issue that could well blow up Volker’s talks – and further erode Trump’s hopes of improved relations with Putin – are weapons sales to Ukraine. After months of internal debates, both the Pentagon and the State Department have reportedly recommended Trump approve a $47 million package of arms, including Javelin anti-tank missiles that Ukraine has heavily lobbied for. But Trump himself has not yet signed off and many Russia watchers believe he remains reluctant to do so; with the Russian presidential election looming and the fate of the Ukraine talks with Surkov still unclear, it’s possible the U.S. may not act on the recommendation anytime soon. “There isn’t any decision here,” Volker said.

Several sources have told me Volker has been a strong advocate for the arms sales, and he made clear in our interview that he supports the idea.

“There isn’t anything compelling that I can see as to why Ukraine should be a special case, why we wouldn’t do that, especially when they’re actively trying to defend their territory,” Volker said, before walking through “the arguments that people made in the past” and which “I don’t think hold a lot of water,” from the prospect that sending advanced U.S. arms to the Ukrainians could actually backfire and cause an escalation in the fighting to the idea that it would embolden Ukrainians to keep fighting and refuse to come to the negotiating table.

I asked one veteran Russia hand, a former senior State Department official, what to think about those arguments. Volker, the former official said, is on the right side. But Trump – as far as anyone can tell – is not.

And what does that do to Volker’s credibility with the Russians he’s supposed to be negotiating with?

You don’t have to be a veteran Kremlinologist to know the answer to that one.

Susan B. Glasser is POLITICO’s chief international affairs columnist. Her new podcast, The Global Politico, comes out Mondays. Subscribe here. Follow her on Twitter @sbg1.

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Грузия входит в топ-20 перспективных рынков для украинского экспорта, и страны планируют увеличить товарооборот до 1 млрд долл. в год.

Читайте такжеЕвропарламент поддержал новый формат “Восточного партнерства” для Украины, Грузии и Молдовы

Об этом сообщила пресс-служба правительства со ссылкой на слова премьер-министра Владимира Гройсмана во время встречи с главой правительства Грузии Георгием Квирикашвили.

Он отметил, что если в прошлом году товарооборот между государствами составил почти 500 млн долл, то за 7 месяцев текущего года превысил 345 млн долл.

«Сейчас мы ставим задачу довести товарооборот до 1 млрд долл, – сказал Гройсман. – Среди перспективных направлений сотрудничества – агросектор, туризм, энергетика”.

Гройсман также отметил, что одним из наиболее перспективных направлений работы является развитие транзитного потенциала двух государств. Он подчеркнул, что сочетание географических и транспортных возможностей Киева и Тбилиси может и должно стать важной составляющей международной инициативы «Новый шелковый путь».

Глава правительства Грузии поддержал украинского премьера.

“Новый шелковый путь невозможен без Украины. У вас есть выход в Европейский Союз, у нас – в Китай, с которым действует режим беспошлинной торговли”, – сказал Квирикашвили.

В этом контексте Гройсман напомнил, что в сентябре текущего года в Одессе подписан Меморандум о сотрудничестве между «Укрзализныцей», «Грузинской железной дорогой» и «Азербайджанской железной дорогой», который будет способствовать развитию железнодорожных маршрутов через Кавказ в направлении Украины и Евросоюза и в обратном направлении.

«У нас есть предварительные договоренности о создании совместных транспортных структур, тарифной политике. Надо ускорять этот процесс. Уверен, что наши переговоры дадут дополнительный импульс этому процессу», – отметил Гройсман.

Он также предложил грузинской стороне продумать возможности привлечения украинских компаний к реализации инфраструктурных проектов в рамках проекта «Нового шелкового пути».

Как сообщал УНИАН, премьер-министр Украины Владимир Гройсман 27 ноября начал официальный двухдневный визит в Грузию. Глава правительства проведет переговоры с Президентом Грузии Георгием Маргвелашвили, премьер-министром Грузии Георгием Квирикашвили, председателем парламента Грузии Иракли Кобахидзе, примет участие в экономическом форуме «Один пояс – один путь».

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party agreed on Sunday to pursue a “grand coalition” with the Social Democrats (SPD) to break the political deadlock in Europe’s biggest economy.

  

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Staunton, November 26 Not surprisingly, Vladimir Putins insistence that no non-Russian language should be a required subject in schools in the Russian Federation has offended and angered many non-Russians who see it as an attack on a core part of their identities and even a threat to their existence.

But the way this principle is being applied isnt making a large number of Russians happy either because education officials are now insisting that Russian not be called a native language in schools but only a state language, something many Russians see as an attack on their identity and a threat as well (/ura.news/news/1052313882).

In Yekaterinburg, the URA news agency reports, school administrators have called for the development of a new curriculum for Russian that will not call Russian a native language lest that offend representatives of other peoples but only a state language, a shift that has offended Russians who view it as native to themselves (ura.news/articles/1036273066).

According to URA journalists Lev Istomin and Oleg Teploukov, the officials propose introducing two different subjects: Russian language as the state language and Russian as a native language for those who consider it to be native. Experts and commentators are dismissive of this idea and its consequences.

Aleksey Kushnir, editor of Narodnoye obozreniye, says he is certain that such innovations will not bring any good.  Today, Russian and non-Russian languages arent being taught well; and the public needs to be involved in any such change rather than officials assuming they can simply decree it.

Georgy Zharkoy, editor of RSP-Ekspert, says that the move will have even worse consequences than the current situation does. Dividing a language into native and non-native can sharpen inter-ethnic relations in the country by giving rise to a sense of injustice and injury among both groups.

Aleksanpdr Buzgalin, an economist at Moscow State University, says that in order not to cause a social split, one should divide Russian into two subjects only in regions with a multi-national population, for example, in the non-Russian republics.

In a number of republics of the Russian Federation, Russian is not a native language for a large number of residents. In some, Russian isnt taught enough, and the state language needs to be promoted. But introducing new rules in those regions where people in fact do not speak other languages is senseless.

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Staunton, November 26 Since the early 1990s, the Kremlin has promoted the revival of an imperial identity among Russians, something that precludes anytime soon the development of a civic Russian one, according to Emil Pain, a leading Russian specialist on ethnic conflict at Moscows Higher School of Economics.

In a new book written with his student Sergey Fedyunin, Nation and Democracy: Prospects for the Administration of Cultural Diversity (in Russian, Moscow,2017), Pain argues that Russian liberals, having rejected the idea of the nation have not been able to

Formulate an image of the future which a large portion of Russians share.

Instead, he continues, they have watched in many cases seemingly passively as the Russian government since the early 1990s and especially since 2000 has revived the notion of empire that by itself makes impossible not only the development of Russian ethnic identity but of Russian democracy.

The Open Russia portal has now posted on line the chapter in Pain and Fedyunins book on The Intentional Reconstruction of Imperial Consciousness: Stages and Mechanisms in which the ethnic specialist makes this argument by tracing changes in Russian identity since the end of Soviet times (openrussia.org/notes/716553/).

Post-Soviet Russia can serve as an obvious case of how imperial consciousness has literally been imposed on a society. When the Soviet Union fell apart, few Russians felt they had lost anything by the exit of the non-Russian union republics. According to polls in 1993, for example, only 16 percent expressed the slightest signs of regret about that.

Instead, Russians overwhelmingly saw themselves as becoming part of the West, and only some marginal figures, invoking the will of the people without the slightest basis, promoted a special Russian path or imperial revival.  But as the difficulties of making the transition became clearer, by the mid-1990s, this positive view of the West began to erode.

By 2001, two Russians out of three agreed with the statement that the Western variant of social organization in one way or another is not suitable for Russian conditions and contradicts the way of life of the Russian people.  And that was true not only despite but because changes in Russia were less than for example in Poland or the Baltic countries.

Changes happened there because re-entering Europe was the core national idea, Pain continues; but in Russia, there was no such defense mechanism in popular consciousness: the movement toward Europe was not a goal in and of itself: On the contrary, this idea depended on several others.

As a result, he says, by 1990, another thesis had become popular [in Russia]: Sovialism was not so bad; rather its leaders were bad, and by the beginning of the 2000s, even the Soviet leaders were being rehabilitated. The return of Stalin from dismissive contempt to a central hero is a clear case of this.

Because of the difficulties of the 1990s, traditional Soviet stereotypes arose among many Russians including the notion that stability and order are only possible with authoritarian rulers.  But that didnt happen automatically. Instead, it was actively promoted by the political elite for its own purposes.

As a result, in 2002, for the first time in 15 years the disintegration of the USSR was viewed by respondents [to VTsIOM polls] as the chief and most dramatic event of this entire period.  And along with this, Pain suggests, Russians rapidly revived the enemies the Soviet Union had.

In 1991, only 12 percent of those questioned considered the West (above all the US) an enemy; in 1994, already 41 percent did; and in 1999, at the time of the bombing of Belgrade, almost two-thirds 65 percent viewed the US as an enemy. By 2014, this hostility to the West became almost total.

This growth of hostility toward the West is not connected in mass consciousness with the revival of Soviet aspects of life in Russia, Pain says.  Rather most of them thought in the following way: Well weve changed and become a democracy, but the West as before doesnt love us [because of its] inborn Russophobia.

Alongside the return of Soviet consciousness in Russia at the end of the 1990s was gradually rehabilitated the idea of the empire in its pre-Soviet version. And while the country was called a federation, it has acquired (or more precisely restored) aspects of an imperial system.

That represents a clear departure from Soviet times when Russians had been taught that empires and imperialism were by definition evil and to be rejected. But it reflected the efforts of people like Aleksandr Dugin and Aleksandr Prokhanov to promote the idea that a Russian empire was a good thing and should be revived.

But it arose in popular consciousness less because of their ideas than because empire became a business brand, the name of the most popular kinds of vodka, a designation for the best classes of hotels, and even a term to capture the best of taste or spirit.  And the neo-imperial style became dominant in architecture and city planning.

This imperial consciousness began to exert significant influence on political life and leading to the revival of imperial aspects in the political life of Russia, the ethnic specialist continues.

The only way this trend can be opposed, Pain says, is by redefining the nation in a civic sense and rejecting its traditional mythologization. But for that to happen, he argues, Russians must first define who they are in relation to power subjects or sovereigns because unless that happens and in an imperial system, it cant no redefinition will matter.

The development of the concept of civic nationalism requires the opening of the path for the transformation of society on the basis of liberal values, constitutionalism, and democracy. But given the current imperial consciousness, any discussion of this cant be taken entirely seriously.

Today, he writes, Russia suffers from the reproduction of the model of imperial nationalism which gives the country instruments from the past which are unsuitable for life in the contemporary world.  And one cant count on a positive evolution of Russian nationalism in this situation.

What Russians call imperialism is in fact post-imperial consciousness, which includes nostalgia for the times of classical empires, resentment, and various kinds of political fears. It is characteristic not only for Russian state power supporters but also for representatives of various ethnic communities.

But it can and must be challenged head on because the liberal opposition, as the numbers taking part in demonstrations show, is more prepared for self-organization than are the Russian nationalists.

Tragically, etatism in essence is paralyzing social activity, but civic indifference is compensated for by the cult of the leader and the mythologization of the people as ours. At the same time, however, there is hope because of the nature of the imperial consciousness now on public view.

The very fact that imperial consciousness [in Russia today] does not have a clear ethnic dimension and is not translated via the channels of cultural tradition but rather is formed under the influence of socio-political circumstances and direct construction indicates that there is a chance for the radical reprogramming of such mass consciousness.

That may require a major national trauma as was the case with Germany or it may occur as a result of evolutionary processes as was the case in France.  But it isnt something likely to be immediate in Russia because at present there is not a single political force which is capable of beginning the deconstruction of imperial consciousness.

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Грузия входит в топ-20 перспективных рынков для украинского экспорта, и страны планируют увеличить товарооборот до 1 млрд долл. в год.

Читайте такжеЕвропарламент поддержал новый формат “Восточного партнерства” для Украины, Грузии и Молдовы

Об этом сообщила пресс-служба правительства со ссылкой на слова премьер-министра Владимира Гройсмана во время встречи с главой правительства Грузии Георгием Квирикашвили.

Он отметил, что если в прошлом году товарооборот между государствами составил почти 500 млн долл, то за 7 месяцев текущего года превысил 345 млн долл.

«Сейчас мы ставим задачу довести товарооборот до 1 млрд долл, – сказал Гройсман. – Среди перспективных направлений сотрудничества – агросектор, туризм, энергетика”.

Гройсман также отметил, что одним из наиболее перспективных направлений работы является развитие транзитного потенциала двух государств. Он подчеркнул, что сочетание географических и транспортных возможностей Киева и Тбилиси может и должно стать важной составляющей международной инициативы «Новый шелковый путь».

Глава правительства Грузии поддержал украинского премьера.

“Новый шелковый путь невозможен без Украины. У вас есть выход в Европейский Союз, у нас – в Китай, с которым действует режим беспошлинной торговли”, – сказал Квирикашвили.

В этом контексте Гройсман напомнил, что в сентябре текущего года в Одессе подписан Меморандум о сотрудничестве между «Укрзализныцей», «Грузинской железной дорогой» и «Азербайджанской железной дорогой», который будет способствовать развитию железнодорожных маршрутов через Кавказ в направлении Украины и Евросоюза и в обратном направлении.

«У нас есть предварительные договоренности о создании совместных транспортных структур, тарифной политике. Надо ускорять этот процесс. Уверен, что наши переговоры дадут дополнительный импульс этому процессу», – отметил Гройсман.

Он также предложил грузинской стороне продумать возможности привлечения украинских компаний к реализации инфраструктурных проектов в рамках проекта «Нового шелкового пути».

Как сообщал УНИАН, премьер-министр Украины Владимир Гройсман 27 ноября начал официальный двухдневный визит в Грузию. Глава правительства проведет переговоры с Президентом Грузии Георгием Маргвелашвили, премьер-министром Грузии Георгием Квирикашвили, председателем парламента Грузии Иракли Кобахидзе, примет участие в экономическом форуме «Один пояс – один путь».

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Staunton, November 26 Since the early 1990s, the Kremlin has promoted the revival of an imperial identity among Russians, something that precludes anytime soon the development of a civic Russian one, according to Emil Pain, a leading Russian specialist on ethnic conflict at Moscows Higher School of Economics.

In a new book written with his student Sergey Fedyunin, Nation and Democracy: Prospects for the Administration of Cultural Diversity (in Russian, Moscow,2017), Pain argues that Russian liberals, having rejected the idea of the nation have not been able to

Formulate an image of the future which a large portion of Russians share.

Instead, he continues, they have watched in many cases seemingly passively as the Russian government since the early 1990s and especially since 2000 has revived the notion of empire that by itself makes impossible not only the development of Russian ethnic identity but of Russian democracy.

The Open Russia portal has now posted on line the chapter in Pain and Fedyunins book on The Intentional Reconstruction of Imperial Consciousness: Stages and Mechanisms in which the ethnic specialist makes this argument by tracing changes in Russian identity since the end of Soviet times (openrussia.org/notes/716553/).

Post-Soviet Russia can serve as an obvious case of how imperial consciousness has literally been imposed on a society. When the Soviet Union fell apart, few Russians felt they had lost anything by the exit of the non-Russian union republics. According to polls in 1993, for example, only 16 percent expressed the slightest signs of regret about that.

Instead, Russians overwhelmingly saw themselves as becoming part of the West, and only some marginal figures, invoking the will of the people without the slightest basis, promoted a special Russian path or imperial revival.  But as the difficulties of making the transition became clearer, by the mid-1990s, this positive view of the West began to erode.

By 2001, two Russians out of three agreed with the statement that the Western variant of social organization in one way or another is not suitable for Russian conditions and contradicts the way of life of the Russian people.  And that was true not only despite but because changes in Russia were less than for example in Poland or the Baltic countries.

Changes happened there because re-entering Europe was the core national idea, Pain continues; but in Russia, there was no such defense mechanism in popular consciousness: the movement toward Europe was not a goal in and of itself: On the contrary, this idea depended on several others.

As a result, he says, by 1990, another thesis had become popular [in Russia]: Sovialism was not so bad; rather its leaders were bad, and by the beginning of the 2000s, even the Soviet leaders were being rehabilitated. The return of Stalin from dismissive contempt to a central hero is a clear case of this.

Because of the difficulties of the 1990s, traditional Soviet stereotypes arose among many Russians including the notion that stability and order are only possible with authoritarian rulers.  But that didnt happen automatically. Instead, it was actively promoted by the political elite for its own purposes.

As a result, in 2002, for the first time in 15 years the disintegration of the USSR was viewed by respondents [to VTsIOM polls] as the chief and most dramatic event of this entire period.  And along with this, Pain suggests, Russians rapidly revived the enemies the Soviet Union had.

In 1991, only 12 percent of those questioned considered the West (above all the US) an enemy; in 1994, already 41 percent did; and in 1999, at the time of the bombing of Belgrade, almost two-thirds 65 percent viewed the US as an enemy. By 2014, this hostility to the West became almost total.

This growth of hostility toward the West is not connected in mass consciousness with the revival of Soviet aspects of life in Russia, Pain says.  Rather most of them thought in the following way: Well weve changed and become a democracy, but the West as before doesnt love us [because of its] inborn Russophobia.

Alongside the return of Soviet consciousness in Russia at the end of the 1990s was gradually rehabilitated the idea of the empire in its pre-Soviet version. And while the country was called a federation, it has acquired (or more precisely restored) aspects of an imperial system.

That represents a clear departure from Soviet times when Russians had been taught that empires and imperialism were by definition evil and to be rejected. But it reflected the efforts of people like Aleksandr Dugin and Aleksandr Prokhanov to promote the idea that a Russian empire was a good thing and should be revived.

But it arose in popular consciousness less because of their ideas than because empire became a business brand, the name of the most popular kinds of vodka, a designation for the best classes of hotels, and even a term to capture the best of taste or spirit.  And the neo-imperial style became dominant in architecture and city planning.

This imperial consciousness began to exert significant influence on political life and leading to the revival of imperial aspects in the political life of Russia, the ethnic specialist continues.

The only way this trend can be opposed, Pain says, is by redefining the nation in a civic sense and rejecting its traditional mythologization. But for that to happen, he argues, Russians must first define who they are in relation to power subjects or sovereigns because unless that happens and in an imperial system, it cant no redefinition will matter.

The development of the concept of civic nationalism requires the opening of the path for the transformation of society on the basis of liberal values, constitutionalism, and democracy. But given the current imperial consciousness, any discussion of this cant be taken entirely seriously.

Today, he writes, Russia suffers from the reproduction of the model of imperial nationalism which gives the country instruments from the past which are unsuitable for life in the contemporary world.  And one cant count on a positive evolution of Russian nationalism in this situation.

What Russians call imperialism is in fact post-imperial consciousness, which includes nostalgia for the times of classical empires, resentment, and various kinds of political fears. It is characteristic not only for Russian state power supporters but also for representatives of various ethnic communities.

But it can and must be challenged head on because the liberal opposition, as the numbers taking part in demonstrations show, is more prepared for self-organization than are the Russian nationalists.

Tragically, etatism in essence is paralyzing social activity, but civic indifference is compensated for by the cult of the leader and the mythologization of the people as ours. At the same time, however, there is hope because of the nature of the imperial consciousness now on public view.

The very fact that imperial consciousness [in Russia today] does not have a clear ethnic dimension and is not translated via the channels of cultural tradition but rather is formed under the influence of socio-political circumstances and direct construction indicates that there is a chance for the radical reprogramming of such mass consciousness.

That may require a major national trauma as was the case with Germany or it may occur as a result of evolutionary processes as was the case in France.  But it isnt something likely to be immediate in Russia because at present there is not a single political force which is capable of beginning the deconstruction of imperial consciousness.

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И патриарх Кирилл тут же, а, соответственно, и Украинская церковь Московской патриархии тоже получает от этого какие-то пиар-бонусы, как им кажется. Вот ради этого эта постановка была сделана. А какие могут быть пиар-бонусы? Как вообще патриарх воспринимается на Украине? Тут, я думаю, что народной любви точно нет. Какая-то определенная усталость есть, конечно. Есть некоторая, может быть, разочарованность. Хотелось людям там, чтобы он более внятную позицию занимал бы. Но, с другой стороны, люди благодарны ему хотя бы за то, что он молчит, то есть не участвует во всякой киселевско-соловьевской истерике антиукраинской. По нынешним временам это уже почти подвиг. На днях патриарх встречался в Москве с архиепископом Кентерберийским и заявил, что на Украине совершаются грубейшие нарушения прав и свобод, в том числе свободы совести, и сказал, что речь идет о захвате приходов и храмов Украинской православной церкви Московского патриархата. Что вам известно об этих событиях? Это правда, что такие грубейшие нарушения бывают, как и в жизни России, например. Просто вопрос в том, можно ли эти инциденты местные, иногда это дурь местных властей поселкового уровня, иногда это просто какие-то местные активисты не очень умные, можно ли считать, что это политика центрального правительства? Можно так считать? Я думаю, что нет. Никаких оснований для такого рода прочтения этих инцидентов отдельно все-таки нет. Удивляться, я думаю, стоит другому: что вот в этих условиях уже не первый год длящегося конфликта, который с украинской стороны воспринимается как украинско-российский, то, как мало таких инцидентов, то, насколько все-таки не изменился, в общем-то, статус главенствующей церкви у Украинской православной церкви Московского патриархата. Вот этому скорее надо удивляться, а не единичным случаям переходов или даже вот таких внесудебных, или пусть даже с помощью суда захватов, скажем, тех или иных отдельных храмов. У себя на странице в фейсбуке и в своем “Живом журнале” вы недавно разместили одну фотографию, на которой вы вместе с епископом Тихоном Шевкуновым, и там один отзыв о вашей с ним беседе по одному из церковных вопросов. То есть вы с ним как-то общаетесь? Ну, во-первых, это мой канонический епископ. То есть он викарий патриарха, то есть он отвечает за тот округ церковной жизни Москвы, в который я вхожу как клирик. Вопрос, который, я думаю, интересует очень многих: кто такой епископ Тихон Шевкунов? Ну это не тот персонаж, пером Кукрыниксов набросанный на телеканале “Дождь” в недавнем фильме. Вы имеете в виду фильм “Духовник” Сергея Ерженкова и Владислава Пушкарева? Да. Во-первых, это человек искренний и очень активный, работоспособный. Поэтому нельзя объяснять все его удачи только какими-то политическими интригами или связями с президентом и так далее. Он ушел в некую пустоту в свое время от митрополита Питирима, который был главой Издательского отдела патриархии и так далее. Он от него ушел в 1990 году в только что открытый Донской монастырь, где просто была пустыня полная. И там он, я помню, занялся как раз вот созданием книжного церковного магазинчика и издательства, благо законы это уже позволяли. И за пару лет он издал больше книг, чем вся патриархия вместе взятая. Ни о каком Путине тогда речи не было. И потом дальше все-таки то, что он создал, воссоздал, опять же, с нуля это Сретенский монастырь, то, что он там создал семинарию, прекрасно цветущее и мощное книгоиздательство и книготорговую сеть. То есть это человек, который умеет работать. И те какие-то бонусы, которые у него есть, появляются, он их использует для дела. Я об этом могу свидетельствовать. Я в этот Сретенский монастырь часто к нему ходил, у нас дружеские отношения, и свою келью он обустраивал в последнюю очередь. Фигура епископа Тихона Шевкунова в медиа воспринимается как некоторый знак или фокус церковно-государственных отношений. В каком состоянии сейчас находятся эти отношения? Да, это вопрос конспирологический до некоторой степени. Конечно, очень резануло слух слово президента Путина, сказанное Кириллом в его день рождения. “Поменьше работайте”. “Поменьше работайте”, да. Причем без каких-либо пояснений и комментариев это осталось. Это несколько странно. То есть такое ощущение, что как бы работа патриарха, качество этой работы, ее плоды, скорее, напрягают президента. А что это могло бы значить? А это значит, что за неделю до этого “Левада-центр” опубликовал опрос о степени доверия дорогих избирателей к тем или иным структурам. Институтам. Институтам власти нашей. За два года динамика была замерена, и при этом выяснилось: да, рейтинг президента тефлоновый, он более-менее стабилен; дальше значительный рост доверия этих опрошенных людей к силовым структурам это армия, Росгвардия, полиция. Это, естественно, от следствия, с одной стороны, телевизионных успехов наших ВКС в Сирии, с другой стороны “крымский консенсус” пресловутый. И на этом фоне достаточно значимое падение рейтинга доверия патриарху. То есть, понимаете, то, что люди говорят о своем росте доверия к силовым структурам, к силовикам, означает, что это путинский электорат, и вот в этом ядерном путинском электорате, это не либералы какие-нибудь, именно у них почему-то падение доверия к патриарху. А почему? Ну это отдельная тема, но вот просто некий такой социологический факт имеет место. Да, это “Левада-центр”, это не кремлевский источник, не тот, откуда информацию берут кремлевские аналитики. С другой стороны, а вдруг по этому вопросу у них тоже такие результаты есть, по их секретным замерам. Я постоянно говорю, что что-то измениться в церковных отношениях и даже в жизни церкви может в том случае, если доверенные кремленологи скажут первому лицу: вы знаете, дорогой Владимир Владимирович, но ваш рейтинг начинает идти вниз из-за того, что он слишком тесно ассоциируется, скажем, с патриархом Кириллом. То есть он вместо того, чтобы подставить крыло, становится гирькой, тянущей вниз. А в нашу эпоху, в наше время сложного кризиса международных отношений, когда нужна мобилизация ну дальше понятно, да? Вот тогда могут быть приняты меры насчет поменьше работать. То есть пока, мне представляется, есть такая связочка. Хорошо. А в чем сейчас, как вы видите, содержание отношений между церковью и государством, если как-то это попробовать коротко охарактеризовать? Видите ли, нельзя же людей призывать умирать за собачек Сечина, за корги его, да? Корги это у другого Игоря Ивановича, у Шувалова. У Шувалова, да. Ну вот ладно, да. У Сечина любовь к охоте. Да-да-да. И там что у него еще? Яхта переименована? И колбаски. Да, много всего интересного. То есть за кооператив “Озеро”, грубо говоря, людей призывать умирать не стоит. Значит, поэтому нужно придумать какую-то идею, для русского сердца милую, которая в вашей вере, святыня, которая дорога для всех для нас, вот ей угрожают. И для этого создается в медиа, с одной стороны, понятный миф, что вот на Западе все извращенцы, если Россия, упаси Господь, встроится в этот западный мир, то у вас отберут ваших детей и отдадут их педофилам в приемные семьи и так далее. Это вот одна картиночка мифа. А вторая: но зато мы белые и пушистые, кроме того, мы отстаиваем традиционные семейные ценности, поэтому все, включая ортодоксальных иудеев, должны стоять в одну ногу вместе с нами. Такой новый духовный интернационал, возглавляемый лично, знаете, кем. Ну и рядышком еще и патриарх Кирилл как всемирный духовный лидер. Вот это картинка, которая должна быть в сознании обывателя. Вызывает вопрос характер лидерства патриарха Кирилла. Вы говорите: всемирно духовный лидер. Ну вы же знаете, говорят, жители Северной Кореи верят в то, что их команда выиграла чемпионат мира по футболу. Понимаю. Картинка такая. Каким языком церковь сейчас должна говорить с обществом? Это точно не должен быть язык власти. 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Mr. Kelly disputed that in an interview on Friday. “There was honestly never a time when I contemplated getting rid of Jared and Ivanka,” Mr. Kelly said. He also said the Office of American Innovation, run by Mr. Kushner, had demonstrated its value, noting that he had recently sent some members of its team to Puerto Rico to report back on conditions on the hurricane-ravaged island.

And in an email forwarded by the White House, the president said on Friday that he still relied on Mr. Kushner. “Jared is working very hard on peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and the last thing I would ever do is get in the way of that possibility,” Mr. Trump said. “Jared has been very effective since the earliest days of the campaign and the same is true today. He understood the movement then and has been helpful implementing the agenda the American people voted for since.”

Determining anyone’s place in Mr. Trump’s orbit, of course, is a hazardous exercise. The president’s affections are fickle, and he tends to keep relationships open even if they are strained. At one point, Mr. Trump is said to depend less on Mr. Kushner, and the next he checks in with his son-in-law about the Roy Moore Senate race in Alabama to gauge his own potential reactions, according to one person familiar with the conversations.

But even Mr. Kushner’s supporters acknowledged that his role had evolved. In their view, that reflected his success, not failure. By helping to push out Mr. Priebus and Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist and acerbic nationalist infighter, they said, Mr. Kushner helped stabilize the White House, allowing him to focus on his own projects rather than feeling compelled to weigh in on so many different issues.

In the first months of the administration, Mr. Kushner typically would spend five or six hours a day with the president in what his advocates described as playing defense, making sure others were not gaming the system by persuading Mr. Trump to make decisions without consulting others who had interest in the issues. Now under a less freewheeling system, Mr. Kushner and other aides are expected to stay in their own lanes.

Critics take a less generous view. Rick Tyler, a Republican strategist, said the “magical powers” ascribed to Mr. Kushner early on seemed to have faded. “As long as Jared was seen and not heard, he was able to play the role of wonder boy,” he said. “But now he is no longer seen, and we are only left to wonder about the boy whose father-in-law placed the hope of unraveling the world’s most intractable public policy puzzles from peace in the Middle East to reinventing government” in him.

Speculation about Mr. Kushner’s role comes as the long shadow of the special counsel’s investigation darkens the White House. Investigators have asked witnesses about Mr. Kushner’s foreign policy role during the campaign and the presidential transition, including his involvement in a debate over a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, as The Wall Street Journal has reported.

One person familiar with the questioning, who asked not to be identified discussing the investigation, said the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, appeared to be exploring Mr. Kushner’s role as part of his examination of Michael T. Flynn, who went on to become Mr. Trump’s national security adviser before being forced out after 24 days for not being forthcoming about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador.

Mr. Kushner has yet to be interviewed by Mr. Mueller’s team. Worried that his conversations might have been picked up on a government-authorized wiretap or perhaps by Russia or China, Mr. Kushner has become increasingly cautious about how he communicates, even with friends.

The scrutiny by Mr. Mueller upended Mr. Kushner’s initial hopes, according to some colleagues. Mr. Kushner expressed relief over Mr. Mueller’s appointment in May, assuming that the prosecutor’s inquiry would effectively freeze congressional investigations and therefore free up the White House to pursue its legislative agenda.

To some, that suggested he did not get it, that he did not fully grasp how the special counsel would scrutinize every single thing he had done in business, during the transition and during the campaign. And the emergence of Mr. Mueller has not halted the House or Senate inquiries; Mr. Kushner has since been interviewed by congressional investigators.

Some friends said Mr. Kushner and his wife were at times so discouraged by their brief White House careers — and their shrinking social circle — that they would leap at a chance to gracefully return to New York. At one point this fall, a scenario circulated in which Ms. Trump could replace Nikki R. Haley as ambassador to the United Nations if Ms. Haley replaced Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson. (Aides to Mr. Trump said they never heard that discussed internally, and the latest betting now has Ms. Haley staying put.)

Others in the couple’s orbit, however, said that whatever their frustrations, they have found more satisfaction in recent months now that Mr. Bannon is no longer inside the West Wing fighting them, and that they are likelier to stay for the foreseeable future. Mr. Kushner’s father, Charles, has urged his son to hang on, arguing that otherwise he will become the fall guy for White House mistakes, according to someone in Jared Kushner’s circle.

“Jared’s role working for President Trump is just as important as it was Day 1, only now he doesn’t have to worry about babysitting others,” said Jason Miller, a campaign adviser who remains close to the White House. “His focus was always supposed to be the president’s big-picture, long-term projects, and now Jared can work on those uninterrupted.”

New York is not exactly a trouble-free zone for Mr. Kushner either. He would presumably resume running his family’s real estate empire, now struggling to save its crown jewel, a Manhattan skyscraper. The building at 666 Fifth Avenue is awash in $1.2 billion in debt, and a key business partner recently declared that a redevelopment plan created by Mr. Kushner before he joined the government is unfeasible.

Mr. Kushner arrived in the White House with an expansive portfolio. In addition to Middle East peace, he served as the president’s intermediary with MexicoChina and the Arab world. He traveled to Iraqwearing a flak vest over his blue blazer and button-down shirt. His high profile generated magazine covers and late-night comic riffs. Even some inside the West Wing began referring to him as “the secretary of state.”

In the early months, Mr. Kushner brokered a tense telephone call between Mr. Trump and Mexico’s president and arranged a summit meeting with President Xi Jinping of China that transformed his father-in-law’s approach toward Beijing. He organized Mr. Trump’s first overseas trip with an opening stop in Saudi Arabia, where the president aligned himself with Sunni Arabs confronting Iran.

Mr. Kushner has since stepped back from the China relationship. He joined Mr. Trump in Beijing this month but did not accompany the president on his entire Asia trip. He remains the point person with Saudi Arabia, where he recently visited and talked late into the night with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He is also working with the team renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and developing a plan to overhaul re-entry into American society for prisoners.

But Mr. Kushner, new to government, has found it confounding at times. And Mr. Priebus’s early question about the mandate of Mr. Kushner’s innovation office was never fully resolved. Sometimes called “Jared’s island” by White House aides, it has remained a jumble of seemingly random projects, ranging from addressing the nation’s opioid crisis and infrastructure needs to trying to modernize the government’s antiquated computer systems.

Corporate leaders were recruited to give input at round-table discussions organized by Mr. Kushner. But by last summer, some executives were fed up with talk-a-thons. They complained to Gary D. Cohn, the president’s national economic adviser, who in turn told Mr. Kushner’s aides not to convene another listening session unless it had a compelling purpose and produced results.

Two White House councils of business leaders were disbanded in August after an exodus of members upset with the president’s failure to more forcefully condemn violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.

Other initiatives backed by Mr. Kushner have proved more fruitful. Congress appears to be on the verge of creating a $500 million fund to help agencies modernize outdated information technology systems, some of which are at least 40 years old.

With Mr. Kushner’s support, the Department of Veterans Affairs also developed a plan to erase a longstanding electronic gap between the medical records of service members and veterans that has hurt patient care for years.

But Mr. Kushner’s push for technological advances is hobbled by a lack of permanent officials to carry out policy changes at the agency level. The White House has failed to name chief information officers for nine major agencies, including Defense, Treasury and Homeland Security. Even the federal chief information officer is only an acting official, and the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy is largely a ghost town.

The innovation office is providing political cover and “a push from the top,” said Max Stier, the president of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization that analyzes the effectiveness of the government. “But at the end of the day, what the White House does doesn’t matter if it doesn’t get implemented at the agencies where the real action takes place.”

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Dmitry Peskov file photo adapted from image at kremlin.ru/wikimedia commonsMOSCOW. Nov 17 (Interfax) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has yet to announce whether he will run for re-election, his spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

“It is not yet unclear whether Putin will run for the re-election. As you know, he did not say anything about it,” Peskov told reporters, replying to a question as to whether the possibility of involving Alexei Kudrin in writing the economic section of the president’s electoral program was discussed at Putin’s meeting with him.

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How to Identify the Kremlin Ruling Elite and its Agents
 

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Flowers were laid at the site where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was assassinated in Moscow on February 27, 2015. Nemtsov was a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (steven_n_maher, Flickr)

On August 2, 2017, US President Donald J. Trump

signedH.R. 3364, Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA),

 into law. Section 241 of the Act calls on “the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of State” to submit to Congress a detailed report—with the option of making part of it classified—including “identification of the most significant senior foreign political figures and oligarchs in the Russian Federation, as determined by their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth.” Section 241 mandates that the report address the relation of these persons with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and identify their corruption, estimated net worth, and known sources of income. The section also poses similar questions about Russian parastatal entities of diffuse ownership but serving the state. The Kremlin Report, as it might be termed, is due on or around February 1, 2018.

Section 241 has generated intense interest, even anxiety, within Moscow’s political and business classes, more so than any other section of H.R. 3364. It is clear why.

Speculation is abundant in Moscow

 about who among political figures, oligarchs, and others may be listed, and what that might mean for them, for Russia’s ruling political and business elite in general, and for Russia’s already beleaguered standing in the West.

These anxieties suggest that the Kremlin Report can serve US, Western, and genuine Russian interests in two ways:

 First, it can signal to the current Russian political and business classes that, as individuals, their interests would best be served by maintaining a distance from the Putin regime. It also may indicate that these groups would be better off if the Russian leadership refrained from starting new aggressive wars or attacking the political system of the United States and other democratic countries, as it did during the 2016 US presidential campaign and subsequent elections throughout Europe.

 Second, the Kremlin Report’s identification of corrupt individuals close to the Putin regime may expose them to increased scrutiny and potential action by those US government institutions enforcing US laws and regulations beyond sanctions, such as measures against money laundering and other financial malfeasance, e.g., Treasury’s Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), among others. That process could in turn lead to future actions to freeze the assets of corrupt individuals and, at the right point, legal processes to return ill-gotten assets to the Russian people.

Metrics for Identifying Senior Political Figures, Oligarchs, and Parastatal Entities Close to the Kremlin

Senior political figures, oligarchs, and parastatal entities constitute what we may call members of the Russian ruling elite. Section 241 stipulates several metrics to be used in the identification of them. We note two:

  • Closeness of senior political figures, business people, or parastatal entities to the Russian political regime. This could be measured a number of ways, including involvement (open or hidden) in the Putin regime’s aggressive (or even illegal) actions. Such actions include Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election, as well as its military aggression against Georgia and Ukraine, including the purported annexation of Crimea; responsibility for bombing civilians in Chechnya and Syria; and murders of Yuriy Shchekochikhin, Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Litvinenko, Sergei Magnitsky, Boris Nemtsov, and other opposition politicians, civil activists, journalists, and lawyers.
  • Involvement of political figures, businessmen, and parastatal entities close to the Putin regime in corruption that allowed them to enrich themselves at the expense of the Russian people. As Section 241 suggests, the Russian political elite has developed a sophisticated system of kleptocracy in which public assets are controlled (and regularly plundered) by a small circle of people close to Putin.

We, therefore, suggest that in compiling the report, the US administration apply the following three criteria:

  1. The person named is close to the Russian regime, measured by his or her involvement in planning, ordering, preparing, financing, executing, or otherwise supporting the aggressive, corrupt, or criminal actions noted above; or
  2. The person’s fortune has been made through corrupt commercial operations with the Putin regime for the sake of personal gain; or
  3. The person has held assets for Putin in what appears to be a corrupt fashion, even if he or she personally is not involved in the actions mentioned above, or his or her known personal fortune is not great enough to be considered of “oligarch” scale.


Earned wealth in itself should not be regarded as objectionable.

 Russians who have pursued the American (indeed, universal) dream of personal enrichment through outstanding entrepreneurship should be appreciated, not penalized. Further, formal rank is not dispositive. As the Panama Papers have revealed, often the big crooks are little known and have no official rank.

It is critical that persons are named in the Kremlin Report only on the basis of reliable information. Fortunately, the Kremlin political class, Putin, his friends, and their businesses have been extensively studied by credible researchers. The sources are many and the possibilities to cross check them for quality are ample. Plenty of disinformation exists, but with sufficient knowledge of how to assess sources, disinformation can be disregarded.

What Categories Should the Kremlin Report Include?  

Applying the criteria discussed above, the senior political figures, oligarchs, and parastatal entities in the Russian Federation linked to the Kremlin—those people intended to be listed in the Kremlin Report—are best grouped into seven categories:

 1.     Senior political figures, parastatal entities, or business people responsible for aggressive, corrupt, or criminal operations within and outside the Russian Federation as noted above.

  • We note a sub-category of oligarchs and others working with the Kremlin to advance aggressive foreign actions, such as organizing mercenary forces in Ukraine and Syria, or advancing cyberwarfare/disinformation, and recommend their inclusion;

2.     Putin’s close circle of contemporary friends from St. Petersburg, with whom he has done business since the early 1990s. They are commonly called his cronies and are well identified.  The US government and European Union (EU) have already designated a number of them in the Ukraine-related sanctions;

3.     Golden children.  To a considerable extent, cronies have transferred their wealth to their children, who in some cases have become top executives. These people appear to have become full-fledged cronies in their own right;

 4.     Personal friends of Putin who hold considerable wealth for him. Some have been revealed by the Panama Papers and Russian

Forbe

s;

 5.     The popularly-acclaimed “oligarchs,” who are big businessmen profiting greatly from direct business with the Kremlin. Some of these individuals are co-owners of companies with cronies. Others have operated as fronts for Kremlin leaders.

  • Note:  Russia’s wealthy businessmen should not be presumed to warrant listing simply by virtue of their wealth.  Many made their fortunes before Putin and, to survive, are forced to pay large tributes to the Kremlin. Including such persons in the Kremlin Report would not appear consistent with the intent of Section 241;

6.     Corrupt state enterprise managers who owe their positions to their close personal relations with Putin and utilize their positions for gross larceny; and

7.     The relevant parastatal entities that are companies owned by the people noted in category six.

Preparation of the Kremlin Report will be a labor-intensive project.  It is worth the effort because, among other things, it would demonstrate that whatever speculation exists to the contrary, the Trump administration, like previous US administrations, will respond with determination to counter Russian aggression against the United States, our European allies, and Russia’s neighbors—Ukraine and Georgia. Thus far, the administration appears to be taking Russia sanctions seriously, judging by the guidance for CAATSA implementation, which it recently issued.  It is our hope, and expectation, that the administration will show the requisite commitment to preparation of a strong, credible report as called for by CAATSA’s Section 241.

Anders Åslund is a senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. He is a leading specialist on economic policy in Russia, Ukraine, and East Europe. He has served as an economic adviser to several governments, notably the government of Russia (1991-94), and he has published fourteen books, including three about Russia’s economic reforms. 
Daniel Fried is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. In the course of his forty-year Foreign Service career, he played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. Ambassador Fried helped lead the West’s response to Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine starting in 2014: as State Department coordinator for sanctions policy, he crafted US sanctions against Russia, the largest US sanctions program to date, and negotiated the imposition of similar sanctions by Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia.
Andrei Illarionov is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. From 2000 to December 2005, he was the chief economic adviser of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Andrei Piontkovsky is a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute and senior adviser to the Free Russia Foundation. He is the author of several best-selling books on the Putin presidency in Russia, including, Another Look Into Putin’s Soul.

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How can scholars make significant contributions to policy making? Reflecting on a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to strengthen regional studies training at U.S. universities, Indiana University’s Russian Studies Workshop organized a roundtable at last week’s ASEEES conference in Chicago that featured four outstanding scholar/practitioners. Panel chairperson, Michael Kimmage, professor of history at Catholic University and a former member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning for Russia and Eurasia, prompted participants to identify how scholarly and think tank expertise has proven valuable in policy formation, and to highlight critical gaps in regional studies knowledge.

Panelists approached the questions by identifying Russian regional studies as a community of specialists that spans universities and colleges, government, think tanks, NGOs, the private sector, and foundations. Each speaker stressed the crucial role for networks, skills, and practices that can transcend the boundaries that divide the community and enable broad discussion aimed at more effective, fact-based policy decisions. Panelists unanimously agreed that academics’ greatest contribution to policy relevance lies in their core missions as university and college faculty: deep, original research and training of the next generation of regional specialists.

Dr. Celeste Wallander, president and CEO of the U.S. Russia Foundation and former special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia/Eurasia on the National Security Council, argued that university-based scholars make a profound contribution by preparing the next generation of informed and engaged students at all levels. At the same time, Dr. Wallander emphasized the need for universities to do a better job training students. The urgent demands of global events means that strong prior preparation is essential for effective decision-making as there is little time to stop and consider new research. She stressed that policymakers must have the skills to assess causality with fact-based analysis, and to communicate clearly in sharply argued, brief texts. While each panelist underlined this call for effective writing, Dr. Kimmage added that precision is also essential for oral communication, noting that fifteen-minutes constitutes a long presentation in the government context.

Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff, deputy director and senior fellow at the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and former adviser on U.S.-Russian relations at the U.S. Department of State, reiterated the critical role of university-based training and research in accumulating expertise. He argued that academics can do more to bridge the gap between the scholarly and policy communities. In general, he said, academic work often lacks influence because it is not accessible. He echoed the panel’s call for clearly articulated ideas, stressing that academic work permeates the policy community when it is closely tied to real world puzzles and challenges.

Dr. Mankoff argued that think tanks play an important role in forging networks of D.C-based scholars that inform the international policy community and shift decision-making frames. Echoing Dr. Wallander’s emphasis on the importance of university-based research, he argued that think tanks are distinct from universities in two ways. First, the boundaries between think tanks and government are porous. Ideas generated in think tanks filter into public discussions through personal networks, reports, media appearances, and participation in seminars and conferences. Yet, similar to the dynamics in government, research in think tanks is driven by the urgency of responding to real world problems and demonstrating clear influence in the policy process. The scholarly community works on a different logic, creating lasting knowledge that becomes relevant as real-world challenges shift. With effective communication and deep networks, these are complementary paths to improve policy decisions, inform foreign audiences, and increase popular understanding of Russia beyond the headlines.

Dr. John Slocum, visiting scholar at the Barcelona Center for International Affairs, added the perspective of a long-time program director at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For nearly a century, foundations worked to develop regional studies expertise. Initially, they funded policy-relevant research without creating direct linkages across the policy-university divide. This model shifted with the demise of the Soviet Union. Under David Hamburg, former president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, foundations increasingly brought scholarly attention to critical global problems with the goal of identifying informed policy solutions. They also became more pro-active in constructing platforms for information exchange, interaction, and networks linking specialists in government and academia.

Dr. Slocum emphasized that foundations’ conceptions of policy influence is not limited to U.S. audiences. Foundations endeavor to increase global understanding of U.S. foreign policy goals and policy processes. Foundations also build global policy expertise by providing technical assistance, awarding individual grants, establishing graduate training programs and think tanks, supporting scholarly networks, and promoting outlets, such as journals, to showcase debates.

Dr. Kimmage brought the discussion back to substantive concerns. He identified three critical areas of research that are under-represented in the scholarly community: Russian military affairs and public support for the military, the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in national policy and society, and the complexities of Russian regional politics. Dr. Mankoff added that lack of understanding of U.S. foreign policy beyond the Beltway has emerged as a national security problem that needs to be addressed by a partnership across the regional studies community to educate U.S. citizens how to navigate the complexity of the globalized, international community.

Discussion among these scholars with experience across different regional studies community stressed the importance of continuing to increase the expert influence to produce more effective, fact-based policy decisions. The discussion highlighted steps to meet this challenge:

  • Understand the needs and challenges that face different groups of specialists within the broader regional studies community.
  • Continue to support university-based research and the tools to communicate findings to non-academic specialists.
  • Strengthen student training in essential skills, especially causal inference and clear and focused communication.
  • Sustain networks that link regional studies specialists at universities with those in government, NGOs, think tanks, foundations, and the private sector.
  • Construct a broader definition of relevance that draws on comprehensive research and looks beyond Washington, D.C., to inform non-specialists, and especially ordinary citizens, in the United States, Europe, and the broader global audience.

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The U.S. ambassador to Russia has attacked Moscow’s move toward forcing nine United States government-funded news operations to register as “foreign agents” as “a reach beyond” what the U.S. government did in requiring the Kremlin-funded RT television network to register as such in the United States.

Ambassador Jon Huntsman said during a visit Friday to the Moscow bureau of the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the Russian reaction is not “reciprocal at all” and Moscow’s move toward regulation of the news agencies, if it is implemented, would make “it virtually impossible for them to operate” in Russia.

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He said the eight-decade-old Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) under which RT has registered as a foreign agent is aimed at promoting transparency, but does not restrict the television network’s operation in the United States.

Russia’s lower house of parliament approved amendments Wednesday to expand a 2012 law that targets non-governmental organizations, including foreign media. A declaration as a foreign agent would require foreign media to regularly disclose their objectives, full details of finances, funding sources and staffing.

Media outlets also may be required to disclose on their social platforms and internet sites visible in Russia that they are “foreign agents.” The amendments also would allow the extrajudicial blocking of websites the Kremlin considers undesirable.

The Russian Justice Ministry said Thursday it had notified the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and seven separate regional outlets active in Russia they could be affected.

In response to a question from VOA, Huntsman said “It isn’t at all similar to what we’re doing under FARA – it’s a reach beyond. And, we just think the principles of free media, in any free society and democracy, are absolutely critical to our strength, health, and well-being. Freedom of speech is part of that. So, that’s why I care about the issue. That’s why we in the embassy care about the issue. And, it’s why we’re going to follow the work that is going on in the Duma and the legislation that is being drafted, very very carefully, because we’re concerned about it.”

The Justice Ministry said the new requirements in Russia were likely to become law “in the near future.”

VOA Director Amanda Bennett said last week that if Russia imposes the new restrictions, “We can’t say at this time what effect this will have on our news-gathering operations within Russia. All we can say is that Voice of America is, by law, an independent, unbiased, fact-based news organization, and we remain committed to those principles.”

RFE/RL President Tom Kent said until the legislation becomes law, “we do not know how the Ministry of Justice will use this law in the context of our work.”

Kent said unlike Sputnik and other Russian media operating in the United States, U.S. media outlets operating in Russia do not have access to cable television and radio frequencies.

“Russian media in the U.S. are distributing their programs on American cable television. Sputnik has its own radio frequency in Washington. This means that even at the moment there is no equality,” he said.

Serious blow to freedom

The speaker of Russia’s lower house, the Duma, said last week that foreign-funded media outlets that refused to register as foreign agents under the proposed legislation would be prohibited from operating in the country.

However, since the law’s language is so broad, it potentially could be used to target any foreign media group, especially if it is in conflict with the Kremlin. “We are watching carefully… to see whether it is passed and how it is implemented,” said Maria Olson, a spokeswoman at the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

The Russian amendments, which Amnesty International said would inflict a “serious blow” to media freedom in Russia if they become law, were approved in response to a U.S. accusation that RT executed a Russian-mandated influence campaign on U.S. citizens during the 2016 presidential election, a charge the media channel denies.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded in early 2017 that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed a campaign to undermine American democracy and help real estate mogul Donald Trump win the presidency. A criminal investigation of the interference is underway in the United States, as are numerous congressional probes.

The foreign registration amendments must next be approved by the Russian Senate and then signed into law by Putin.

RT, which is funded by the Kremlin to provide Russia’s perspective on global issues, confirmed last week it met the U.S. Justice Department’s deadline by registering as a foreign agent in the United States.

VOA’s Daniel Schearf contributed to this report.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation that empowers the government to designate media outlets receiving funding from abroad as “foreign agents” and impose sanctions against them.

The new law was published on Russia’s official legal information Internet portal on Saturday.

The measure passed the Federation Council, the upper chamber of parliament, Wednesday in a unanimous 154-0 vote, with one abstention.

And it was unanimously approved in the third and final reading in the lower house, the State Duma, on November 15. Within hours, the Justice Ministry sent warnings to several Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) news services.

The letters did not specify what potential restrictions they could face, but lawmakers have said designated media could be subjected to detailed financial-reporting requirements and required to label published material as coming from a foreign agent.

RFE/RL was among several media outlets that Russian officials warned could be labeled a foreign agent, a list that also included the Voice of America (VOA), CNN, and Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle.

In response to news that Putin signed the law, RFE/RL President Thomas Kent said, “We cannot speculate at this time on the effect of the new law, since no news organization has yet been specifically named as a ‘foreign agent’ and the restrictions to be imposed on such ‘agents’ have not been announced.”

“We remain committed to continuing our journalistic work, in the interests of providing accurate and objective news to our Russian-speaking audiences,” he added.

John Lansing, director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors which oversees VOA and RFE/RL, said in a statement Saturday, “RFE/RL, VOA, and the other networks of U.S. international media will remain committed to our mission, stipulated by U.S. law, to provide accurate, objective, and comprehensive journalism and other content to our global audiences, including in the Russian Federation.

“We will study carefully all communications we may receive from Russian authorities concerning our operations. While we will not speculate as to the effect that any new steps by the Russian government will have on our journalistic work, any characterization of such steps as reciprocity for U.S. actions severely distorts reality,” Lansing said.

The international rights organization Amnesty International has said the legislation would deal a “serious blow” to media freedom in Russia, although Russian officials have said it would not apply to domestic media.

Russian officials have called the new legislation a “symmetrical response” to what they describe as U.S. pressure on Russian media. On November 13, the Russian state-funded television channel RT registered in the United States under a decades-old law called the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Lansing, however, denied Moscow’s actions were “symmetrical.” “Russian media, including RT and Sputnik, are free to operate in the United States and can be, and are, carried by U.S. cable television outlets and FM radio stations. However, U.S international media, including VOA and RFE/RL, are banned from television and radio in Russia,” he said in a statement released Saturday.

The U.S. Justice Department required RT to register in the wake of a January finding by U.S. intelligence agencies that RT and Russia’s Sputnik news agency spread disinformation as part of a Russian-government effort to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In a November 15 statement, RFE/RL said the “situation regarding Russian media in the U.S. and U.S. media in Russia remains vastly unequal.”

“RT and Sputnik distribute freely in the U.S., whereas RFE/RL has lost its broadcast affiliates in Russia due to administrative pressures, and has no access to cable,” it said. “RFE/RL reporters are subject to harassment and even physical attack in Russia.”

Visiting the Moscow bureau of RFE/RL and VOA on November 17, U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman said that the Russian legislation was a “big concern” for the United States and that “the principles of free media in any free society and democracy are absolutely critical for strength and well-being.”

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Beware the Russian ElephantPeter Pomerantsev

As the West considers how to respond to the Kremlin’s use of bots, trolls, fake news, and hacks as tools of foreign policy, the way we describe things will define whether we prevail.

The most insidious element of Moscow’s information war could be the very idea of information war itself. In “Don’t Think of an Elephant” the cognitive linguist George Lakoff defines winning and losing in politics as being about framing issues in a way conducive to your aims. Defining the argument means winning it. If you tell someone not to think of an elephant they will end up thinking of an elephant. “When we negate a frame, we evoke the frame…when you are arguing against the other side, do not use their language. Their language picks out a frame—and it won’t…

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Trump moves to put his own stamp on Voice of America
 

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The president dispatches two aides to the broadcasting agency that came under fire over the weekend for its Trump coverage.

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President Donald Trump on Monday dispatched two aides to scope out the studios of Voice of America, heightening concerns among some longtime staffers that Trump may quickly put his stamp on the broadcasting arm that has long pushed U.S. democratic ideals across the world.

The arrival of the two aides – both political operatives from Trump’s campaign – comes after Voice of America received blowback over the weekend for sending out a series of tweets about White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s claims about inauguration crowd size that looked to some like an endorsement of his false statements. The news outlet later deleted one of the tweets.

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The concern among some staffers is especially acute because Trump’s administration is getting control over the broadcasting agency just weeks after Congress moved to eliminate the board of directors that had served as an integrity check on the organization, instead consolidating power with a CEO position appointed by the president.

As POLITICO reported last month, that change – along with a prior shift that allows the network to legally reach a U.S. audience — had stoked fears among some agency officials that Voice of America could serve as an unfettered propaganda arm for the former reality TV star.

On the first Monday of his administration, Trump, who has flirted with the idea of launching his own TV network, deployed two “transition officials” who will evaluate the managers and studios of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which has an annual budget of $800 million and includes Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcast Networks.

Trump campaign New Hampshire state director Matthew Ciepielowski and Wisconsin communications director Matthew Schuck will be “temporarily assigned” to the CEO suite at the BBG where they will work with senior management “to ensure an open, transparent and seamless transition of the BBG to the Trump Administration,” according to an email by CEO John F. Lansing to staff obtained by POLITICO.

In a statement to POLITICO on Tuesday, Lansing emphasized the agency’s independence.

“The BBG, including Voice of America and our other four networks, is an independent federal agency that is legally mandated to produce objective, professional and independent journalism designed to engage, inform and connect with people around the world in support of freedom and democracy,” Lansing said. “As is routine for many federal agencies during any presidential transition, yesterday we welcomed the two-person landing team from the Trump administration. We look forward to working with them as we continue to fulfill our mission, and support the independence of our journalists around the world.”

The timing of the Trump aides’ arrival is not necessarily unusual – the Obama administration also sent transition officials to the BBG during his transition in 2009.

But some senior staffers have already expressed reservations about the backgrounds of Trump’s political operatives. Schuck, a 2012 graduate from Montgomery College, was a staff writer for the right-wing website the Daily Surge until April 2015.

“There’s concern among the journalists about what these guys are going to be doing,” said the senior VOA staffer. “People are hanging tight, seeing what will happen.”

A spokesperson for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

Public scrutiny of the broadcasting agency’s articles has already started.

Voice of America director Amanda Bennett explained that she pulled a tweet on VOA’s official account that featured Spicer’s erroneous statement that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period — both in person and around the globe,” following blowback from the account’s 905,000 followers, some of whom argued the agency shouldn’t be promoting his comments without a fact check.

“Irony is that VOA’s reason for existing was to provide truth to those who lived where the government controlled the press,” tweeted Stuart Stevens, a former advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, in response to the tweet.

Other Twitter followers called the network “pure propaganda” and “embarrassing,” and urged the network to have “self-respect” for tweeting out Spicer’s words, without additional fact-checking.

Bennett also said she temporarily pulled a story about an ethics complaint lodged against the Trump administration because it didn’t have a response from a Trump representative. The story was reposted later with a comment from Trump’s attorney Sheri Dillon.

Bennett said she was not ordered by the Trump administration to pull the story or the tweet.

“Ever since I arrived here in April I have been extremely firm that we need to follow absolutely the best journalistic practices – which include a diligent focus on facts and objectivity,” Bennett told POLITICO in an e-mail. “For the last nine months, we have been routinely pulling stories that do not meet those standards and asking that they be redone, or that additional reporting be done.”

In a phone conversation later on Monday, Bennett added, “I know that everyone is looking to say that we’re being manipulated by the Trump administration, we’re absolutely not.”

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is the largest public diplomacy program by the U.S. government, reaching an audience of 278 million by broadcasting in 100 countries and 61 languages. Voice of America was created in 1942 during World War II to send pro-democracy news across Europe, as it aimed to counter Nazi and Japanese propaganda. The agency has since evolved into a more traditional news operation, while still pushing out the virtues of democracy worldwide.

Early last month, a provision buried into the National Defense Authorization Act called for disbanding the bipartisan board of the BBG, pleasing critics who said the part-time board was ineffective but alarming others who feared an accountability layer was being swept away.

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A former board member said on Monday that the editorial team may have not received marching orders from the new administration but that they’re aware of the new power of Trump’s team to take over the organization without the firewall of a bipartisan board.

“They’re clearly just trying to stay in stead with their new bosses to keep their jobs,” said the former BBG board member. “If they’re starting to turn this into Pravda before they are even told to.”

The status of the board is in limbo, however, since Obama added a signing statement to the NDAA, saying it was unconstitutional to get rid of the board because it violates his constitutional right of appointment. Another uncertainty is that Lansing can be replaced at any time for a CEO appointed by the president.

At the editorial level, there’s been caution against posting stories that don’t have a response from the Trump administration, according to a senior VOA staffer. “I think there’s going to be more of a focus on making sure that we’re balanced,” the staffer said.

Bennett said she met on Monday with Trump’s representatives, Schuck and Ciepielowski, who she said will not be involved in news decisions.

“I met with them, we gave them a briefing. We’re going to be showing them around,” she said. “If people are concerned, a lot of people have been through transitions before and this is standard procedure. We gave them the briefing book.”

When asked if she had any concerns about their prior jobs, she said, “They are who they are. They are filling a function that is exactly the same as it would be in any administration.”

And Bennett said Voice of America is not changing course under the new administration. “We are trying to do the best journalism we can, and follow the highest journalistic standards is the only way we’re going to operate,” she said.

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The agency that coordinates the US media believes that the new Russian law with respect to classifying foreign-funded media as “foreign agents” is not reciprocity for Washington’s limiting the Russian media—including RT and Sputnik—activities in the US.

US Broadcasting Board of Governors CEO John Lansing noted about the aforesaid in a statement, reported RIA Novosti news agency of Russia.

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John F. Lansing joined the BBG as CEO and Director in September 2015. Lansing’s previous experience includes nine years as President of Scripps Networks, where he is credited with guiding the company to become a leading developer of unique content across various media platforms including television, digital, mobile and publishing.

Most recently, Lansing was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), a marketing association comprised of 90 of the top U.S. and Canadian cable companies and television programmers. There, Lansing oversaw the development of business strategies and marketing initiatives that position cable television companies for continued growth as they compete with emerging digital content platforms.

Lansing also brings a deep understanding of journalism from roles as an award-winning Photojournalist and Field Producer, Assignment Manager, Managing Editor, and News Director at several television stations earlier in his career.

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RFE/RL, VOA, and the other networks of U.S. international media will remain committed to our mission, stipulated by U.S. law, to provide accurate, objective, and comprehensive journalism and other content to our global audiences, including in the Russian Federation.

We will study carefully all communications we may receive from Russian authorities concerning our operations.  While we will not speculate as to the effect that any new steps by the Russian government will have on our journalistic work, any characterization of such steps as reciprocity for U.S. actions severely distorts reality.  Russian media, including RT and Sputnik, are free to operate in the United States and can be, and are, carried by U.S. cable television outlets and FM radio stations.  However, U.S international media, including VOA and RFE/RL, are banned from television and radio in Russia.

In addition, our journalists on assignment are harassed by Russian authorities and face extensive restrictions on their work.  RFE/RL contributor Mykola Semena recently was sentenced by a Russian court for an article he wrote, and contributor Stanislav Asayev is being held by Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine.  RFE/RL journalists were knocked down and kicked while on assignment in Russia’s southern region of Krasnodar in March, and VOA correspondent Daniel Schearf has been denied a visa to re-enter Russia.

The BBG would be pleased if the current focus on reciprocity between Russian and American media ends by giving U.S. outlets – including U.S. international media such as VOA and RFE/RL – the same rights and opportunities in Russia that Russian networks have in the United States.

CONTACT: Nasserie Carew, 202-203-4400, publicaffairs@bbg.gov

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