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Assessing the Russian Military as an Instrument of Power

It has been a quarter of a century now since the fall of the Soviet Union and yet the memory of the Soviet Armed Forces is still vivid in the minds of many of those who lived through the Cold War or even remember WWII. The NATO-sponsored elites of Eastern Europe still continue to scare their citizens by warning of a danger of “Russian tanks” rolling down their streets as if the Soviet tanks were about to advance on Germany again. For a while, the accepted image of a Russian soldier in the West was a semi-literate drinking and raping Ivan who would attack in immense hordes with little tactical skills and an officer corps selected for political loyalty and lack of imagination. Then the propaganda narrative changed and now the new Russian bogeyman is a “little green man” who will suddenly show up to annex some part of the Baltics to Russia. Putatively pro-Russian “experts” add to the confusion by publicly hallucinating of a Russian deployment in Syria and the Mediterranean which could wrestle the entire region away from Uncle Sam and fight the entire NATO/CENCOM air forces and navies with confidence. This is all nonsense, of course, and what I propose to do here is to provide a few very basic pointers about what the modern Russian military can and cannot do in 2016. This will not be a highly technical discussion but rather a list of a few simple, basic, reminders.

Russia is not the Soviet Union

The first and most important thing to keep in mind is that the Russian military is truly focused on the defense of Russian territory. Let me immediately say that contrary to much of the Cold War propaganda, the Soviet military was also defensive in essence, even if it did include a number of offensive elements:

1) The military control of all of Eastern Europe as a “buffer zone” to keep the US/NATO away from the Soviet Union’s borders.

2) An official ideology, Communism, which was messianic and global in its stated goals (more or less, depending on who was in power)

3) A practice of global opposition to the US Empire anywhere on the planet with technical, political, financial, scientific and, of course, military means

Russia has exactly zero interest in any of these. Not only did the nature of modern warfare dramatically reduce the benefits of being forward deployed, the messianic aspects of Communism have even been abandoned by the Communist Party of Russia which is now focused on the internal socio-economic problems of Russia and which has no interest whatsoever in liberating the Polish or Austrian proletariat from Capitalist exploitation. As for a global military presence, Russia has neither the means nor the desire to waste her very limited resources on faraway territories which do not contribute to her defense.

But the single most important factor here is this: the overwhelming majority of Russians are tired and fed up with being an empire. From Peter I to Gorbachev, the Russian people have paid a horrific price in sweat, tears, blood and Rubles to maintain an empire which did absolutely nothing for the Russian people except impoverish them and make them hated in much of the world. More than anything else, the Russians want their country to be a “normal” country. Yes, safe, powerful, wealthy and respected, but still a normal country and not a global superpower. Many Russians still remember that the Soviet Politburo justified the occupation and subsequent war in Afghanistan as the completion of an “internationalist duty” and if somebody today tried that kind of language the reply would be “to hell with that”. Finally, there is the sad reality that almost all the countries which were liberated by Russia, not only from Nazi Germany, but also from the Turkish yoke show exactly zero gratitude for the role Russia played in their liberation. To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening. The next time around, let these guys liberate themselves, everybody will be happier that way.

It is a basic rule of military analysis that you do not look at the intentions but primarily at capabilities, so let us now look at Russian capabilities.

The Russian armed forces are relatively small

First, the Russian armed forces are fairly small, especially for the defense of the biggest country on the planet (Russia is almost twice the size of the USA, she has a about half the population and land border length of 20,241km). The total size of the Russian Armed Forces is estimated at about 800,000 soldiers. That puts the Russian Armed Forces in 5th position worldwide, somewhere between the DPRK (1,190,000) and Pakistan (643,800). Truly, this kind of “bean counting” makes absolutely no sense, but this comparison is useful to show something crucial: the Russian Armed Forces are relatively small.

SakerRussia This conclusion is further bolstered if we consider the fact that it is hard to imagine a scenario in which every Russian soldier from Kalinigrad to the Kamchatka will be engaged at the same time against one enemy. This is why the Russian territory has been broken up into five separate (and, de facto, autonomous) military districts (or “strategic directions): East, Central, Northern, Western and Southern.

While there are a number of units which are subordinated directly to the high command in Moscow, most Russian units have been distributed between the commands of these strategic directions.

[Sidebar: it is also interesting to know that when Putin came to power the Western military district was almost demilitarized as nobody in Russia believed that there was a threat coming from the West. The aggressive US/NATO policies have now changed that and there now is an major program underway to strengthen it, including the reactivation of the First Guards Tank Army.]

There is no US equivalent to the Russian military districts. Or, if there is, it is very different in nature and scope. I am talking about the US Unified Combatant Commands which have broken up our entire planet into “Areas of Responsibility”:

SakerRussia-2 Notice that all of Russia is in the area of “responsibility” of only one of these commands, USEUCOM. In reality, however, in the case of full scale war between Russia and the United States USCENTCOM and USPACOM would, obviously, play a crucial role.

The Russians are *not* coming

The size and capabilities of the Russian Military Districts are completely dwarfed by the immense power and resources of the US Commands: in every one of these commands the USA already has deployed forces, pre-positioned equipment and built the infrastructure needed to receive major reinforcements. Furthermore, since the USA currently has about 700 military bases worldwide, the host countries have been turned into a modern version of a colony, a protectorate, which has no option than to fully collaborate with the USA and which has to offer all its resources in manpower, equipment, infrastructure, etc. to the USA in case of war. To put it simply: all of Europe is owned by the USA which can use it as they want (mainly as canon fodder against Russia, of course).

It is important to keep this immense difference in size and capabilities in mind when, for example, we look at the Russian operation in Syria.

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When the first rumors of an impending Russian intervention began flooding the blogosphere many were tempted to say that the Russians were about to liberate Syria, challenge NATO and defeat Daesh. Some had visions of Russian Airborne Forces deployed into Damascus, MiG-31s criss-crossing the Syrian skies and even Russian SLBMs cruising off the Syrian coast (though they never explained this one). At the time I tried to explain that no, the “Russians are not coming” (see here, here, here, here and here), but my cautionary remarks were not greeted with enthusiasm, to put it mildly. A Russian task force did eventually materialize in Syria, but it was a very far cry from what was expected. In fact, compared to the expected intervention force, it was tiny: 50 aircraft and support personnel. What this small force achieved, however, was much more than anybody expected, including myself. So what happened here, did the Russians really do everything they can, or did they get cold feet or were they somehow pressured into a much less ambitious mission than they had originally envisioned?

To explain this, we now need to look at the actual capabilities of the Russian Armed Forces.

The true “reach” of the Russian armed forces

First, Russia does have very long range weapon systems: her missiles can reach any point on the planet, her bombers can fly many thousands of miles and her transport aircraft have a range of several thousand miles. However, and this is crucial, none of that amounts to a real power projection capability.

There are two main ways to project power: to take control over a territory or, failing that to deny it to your enemy. The first one absolutely requires the famous “boots on the ground” while the second one requires air supremacy. So how far away from home can the Russian soldiers and pilots really fight? How far from home can the Russian Aerospace forces establish a no-fly zone?

Let’s begin by dispelling a myth: that Russian Airborne Forces are more or less similar to the US 82nd or 101st Airborne. They are not. The 82nd and 101st are light infantry divisions which are typically engaged in what I would call “colonial enforcement” missions. In comparison to the US airborne forces, the Russian Airborne Forces are much heavier, fully mechanized and their main mission is to fight in the operational level support of the front to a maximum depth of 100km to 300km (if I remember correctly, the Russian Aerospace Forces don’t even have sufficient aircraft to airlift an entire Airborne Division although they will acquire that capability in 2017). Once landed, the Russian Airborne Division is a much more formidable force than its US counterpart: not only are the Russians fully mechanized and they have their own artillery. Most importantly, they are far more tactically mobile than the Americans.

But what the Russians gain in tactical mobility, they lose in strategic mobility.: the US can easily send the 82nd pretty much to any location on the planet, whereas the Russians most definitely cannot do that with their Airborne Forces.

Furthermore, even a Russian Airborne Division is relatively weak and fragile, especially when compared to regular armed forces, so they are critically dependent on the support of the Russian Aerospace forces. That, again, dramatically reduces the “reach” of these forces. All this is to say that no, the Russian VDV never had the means to send an airborne division/Brigade/Regiment to Damascus any more than they had the means to support the Russian VDV company in Pristina. This is not a weakness of the Russian Airborne Forces, it is simply the logical consequence of the fact that the entire Russian military posture is purely defensive in nature, at least strategically.

Like any other modern military force, the Russians are capable of offensive military operations, but those would be executed primarily as a part of a defensive plan or as a part of a counter-attack. And while the Russian Ground Forces (aka “Army”) have excellent terrain crossing capabilities, they are all designed for missions of less than a couple of hundred kilometers in depth.

This is why in the past I have written that the Russian Armed Forces are designed to fight on their national territory and up to a maximum of 1000km from the Russian border. Now, please do not take this “1000km” literally. In reality, 200km-400km would be much more realistic, and I would say that the capabilities of the Russian military diminish in a manner roughly inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the Russian borders. Here is what this maximal 1000km looks like on a map showing the western and southern borders of Russia:

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Keep in mind that the real distance the Russian armed forces can “reach” is not primarily determined by distance, but much more by terrain and the possible defenses encountered in this zone. Flying over Estonia to reach the Baltic Sea would be much easier than to fly over Turkey to reach Syria. It is much easier to cross the Ukrainian plains that it would be to cross the snow covered forests of Finland. Again, the conceptual 1000km distance would often be much shorter in the real world.

If we now take a closer look at the Middle-East, here is what we see:

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Notice that Khmeimin is just at the edge of this 1000km distance, but only 50km from the Turkish border and that in order to resupply it the Russians would need to either cross Turkish airspace of fly around Turkey via Iran and Iraq. In other words, Khmeimim and Damascus are way too far for the Russian armed forces to insert anything but a relatively small force and give it a relatively limited mission. And while the Russians were extremely successful in Syria, I would argue that Putin took a huge risk, even if he, and the Russian General Staff, calculated the odds correctly and achieved a truly remarkable success.

Has the recent Iranian offer to use the Hamedan airbase made a difference in Russian capabilities?

Yes and no. Yes because it will now make it possible for the Russians to use their Tu-22M3 in a much more effective way and no because this improvement does not fundamentally change the regional balance of power or allow the Russian to project their forces into Syria. To put it simply: the Russians are years away from being capable of executing something similar to what the USA did during “Desert Shield”. In fact, such operations are not even part of the Russian military doctrine and the Russians have no desire to develop any such capability. There is a reason why the AngloZionist Empire is broke: maintaining a global empire is prohibitively expensive, the Russians painfully learned that lesson in the past and they have no desire to emulate the USA today. Doing so would not only require a dramatic change in the Russian military posture, but also to imitate the US political and economic model, something Russia neither desires nor is capable of.

There are, however, also big advantages to the Russian force posture, the main one being that Russians will only fight on “their turf” not only in terms of location, but also in terms of capabilities. The very same inverse square “law” which so severely limits the Russian military power projection capabilities also acts in Russia’s favor when dealing with an enemy approaching the Russian border: the closer this enemy gets, the more dangerous his environment becomes. In practical terms, this means that the three Baltic states, the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Finland, most of the Ukraine, the Black Sea and the Caspian are all, for all practical purposes, “Russkie-land”. The fact that NATO pretends otherwise makes no difference here: the kind of firepower, capabilities which Russia can bring to bear simply dwarfs what the US and NATO can commit. This is not an issue of number of tanks, or helicopters or combat aircraft, it is the fact that over and near the Russian territory the Russian armed forces would act as an integrated whole, exactly what they cannot do as far as, say, in Syria. So even if NATO can in theory bring more aircraft to the battle, Russian aircraft would be supported by the multi-layered and fully integrated Russian air defense network, a large number of sophisticated electronic warfare systems which, together with highly capable and long range interceptors: land based like the S-400 or airborne like the MiG-31BM would make it extremely dangerous for US/NATO aircraft to get anywhere near Russian airspace, especially for the AWACs the US air doctrine completely depends on.

The real meaning of A2AD

SakerRussia-5 The US and NATO are, of course, very much aware of this. And as is typically the case, they concealed this reality behind an obscure acronym: A2AD, which stands for anti-access area denial. According to US strategists, Russia, China and even Iran are plotting to use A2AD strategies against the USA. What this means in plain English is simple, of course: some countries out there actually can fight back and defend themselves (hence the burning aircraft carrier on the cover of this book). The arrogance of it all is simply amazing: it is not like the USA is concerned about Iranian A2AD in Paraguay, Russia A2AD in Africa or even Chinese A2AD in the Gulf of Mexico. No, the USA is concerned about these countries defending their own borders. Indeed, how dare they?!

Fortunately for the world, Uncle Sam only gets to whine here, but cannot do much about it except conceal these realities from the general public in the West and obfuscate the dangers of messing with the wrong countries under bizarre acronyms like A2AD. And that brings me to the Ukraine.

A quick look at 1000km map will immediately show that the Ukraine is also well within the conceptual “Russkie-land” zone (again, don’t take 1000km literally, and remember that this is a maximum, a couple of hundred kilometers are much more realistic). This does not at all mean that Russia would want, or should, attack or invade the Ukraine (the the Baltic states and Poland, for that matter), but it does mean that such an operation is well within the Russian capabilities (at least if we forget about public opinion in Russia) and that to try to counter that would take a truly immense effort, something nobody in the West has the means to undertake.

In truth, those kinds of scenarios only exist in the demented minds of western propagandists and in the artifical world of US think tanks which make providing the politicians with frightening fairy tales their daily bread (for an example of the latter, see here). To be sure, the fact that both sides have long-range standoff weapons, including nuclear ones, makes such a scenario even less likely unless we assume that the Russians have gone insane and are trying to force the US to resort to nuclear weapons. The opposite scenario – the US taking the risk of forcing Russia to use her nukes – is, alas, not quite as unlikely, especially if the Neocons take full control of the White House. The difference? The Russians know that they are neither invulnerable nor invincible, the Americans don’t. This is why the latter are far more likely to trigger and conflict than the former.

A full-scale war between the USA and Russia would be far different from anything described here: it would last a week, maybe two, it would involve conventional and nuclear strikes on both the USA and Russia, and it would be fought primarily with standoff weapons, “boots on the ground” or armored warfare would matter very little in such a scenario.

The Ukraine is located well inside Russkie-land

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So if in Syria the “Russians are not coming”, then in the Ukraine they are already there. I am not referring to the sending of equipment (the voentorg) or volunteers (the “northern wind”) but to the fact that the Ukraine and, especially, the Donbass are so close to the Russian border as being basically undeniable to the Russians should they decide to take it. Again, I am not suggesting that they will, or even that this should happen, but only that all the hot air from the regime in Kiev about “defending Europe against the Russian hordes” or “teaching NATO on how to fight the Russians” is absolute nonsense. Ditto for the talk about supplying “lethal weapons” to the Ukronazis. Why? Because the situation in the Donbass is extremely simple: it is highly unlikely that the Ukronazis would succeed in taking over the Donbass but if, by some miracle, they did, they would be destroyed by the Russian armed forces. Putin has made it abundantly clear that while he will not intervene militarily in the Ukraine, he will not allow a genocide to take place in Novorussia. Just the Russian artillery deployed along the border has the means to destroy any Ukrainian force invading Novorussia. In fact, that is exactly what happened in July of 2014 when in a single cross-border 2 minutes long fire strike by Russian multiple rocket launchers and long range artillery guns completely destroyed two Ukrainian mechanized battalions (a first in the history of warfare).

As I wrote many times, all parties to the conflict know that, and the only real goal of the Ukronazis is to trigger a Russian intervention in the Donbass, while the Russians are trying to avoid it by covertly supporting the Novorussians. That’s it. It is that simple. But the notion of the Ukronazis ever getting their hands on the Donbass or, even less so, Crimea is absolutely ridiculous as even the combined power of the US and NATO could not make that happen.

Conclusion: Russia ain’t the Soviet Union and it ain’t the USA

It is absolutely amazing how hard it is for so many people to understand the seemingly simple fact that Russia is not a USSR v2 nor an anti-USA. It is therefore absolutely essential to repeat over and over again that the Russia of 2016 has no aspirations to become an empire and no means to become a global challenger to the AngloZionist hegemony over our planet. So what does Russia want? It is simple: Russia simply wants to be a sovereign and free country. That’s it. But in a world ruled by the AngloZionist Empire this is also a lot. In fact, I would say that for the international plutocracy ruling the Empire, this Russian aspiration is completely and categorically unacceptable as it sees this Russian desire as an existential threat to the USA and the entire New World Order the Empire is trying to impose upon all of us. They are absolutely correct, by the way.

If Russia is allowed to break free from the Empire, then this means the end for the Empire’s global domination project as other countries will inevitably follow suit. Not only that, but this would deprive the Empire from the immense Russian resources in energy, potable water, strategic metals, etc. If Russia is allowed to break free and succeed, then Europe will inevitably gravitate towards Russia due to objective economic and political factors. Losing Europe would mean the end of the AngloZionist Empire. Everybody understands that and this is why the ruling 1%ers have unleashed to most hysterical full-spectrum russophobic propaganda campaign in western history. So yes, Russia and the Empire are already at war, a war for survival from which only one side will walk away while the other will be eliminated, at least in its current political form. This war is a new type of war, however, one which is roughly 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% military. This is why the ban on the Russian paralympic team is every bit as important as the delivery of US and British counter-battery radars to the Nazi junta in Kiev.

If militarily and economically Russia is dramatically weaker than the US led block of all the countries forming the Empire, on the informational front Russia is doing much better. It is enough to see all the hysterics of western politicians about RT to see that they are most definitely feeling threatened in an area which they used to completely dominate: information operations (aka propaganda).

The goals of Russia are quite simple:

a) military: to survive (defensive military doctrine)

b) economic: to become truly sovereign (to remove the 5th columnists from power)

c) informational: to discredit and de-legitimize the Empire political and economic basis

That’s it. Unlike the grandiose hopes of those who wish to see the Russian military intervene everywhere, these 3 goals are commensurate with the actual capabilities/means of Russia.

One cannot win a war by engaging in the kind of warfare the enemy excels at. You have to impose upon him the kind of warfare you excel at. If Russia tried to “out-USA the USA” she would inevitably lose, she therefore chose to be different in order to prevail.

There are still many out there who are nostalgic for the “good old days” of the Cold War when any anti-US movement, party, regime or insurgency would automatically get the support of the USSR. These are the folks who deeply regret that Russia did not liberate the Ukraine from the Nazi junta, who fault Russia for not standing up to the USA in Syria and who are baffled, if not disgusted, by the apparently cozy relationship between Moscow and Tel Aviv. I understand these people, at least to some degree, but I also see what they plainly fail to realize: Russia is still much weaker than the AngloZionist Empire and because of that Russia will always prefer a bad peace to a good war. Besides, it is not like there was a long line of countries waiting to defend Russia when her interests were affected. Does anybody know which countries, besides Russia, have recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia? Answer: Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru! Yep, not even Kazakhstan or Syria… Isn’t friendship and partnership a two-way street?

The truth is that Russia does not owe anything to anybody. But even more importantly, Russia does simply not have the means to engage in a planetary zero-sum game against the AngloZionist Empire. Since Vladimir Putin came to power he achieved a quasi-miracle: he made Russia into a semi-sovereign state. Yes, I wrote semi-sovereign because while Russia is militarily safe she remains economically subservient to the AngloZionist Empire. Compared to the Empire, her economy is tiny and her armed forces only capable of defending the Russian homeland. And yet, just as the tiny Russian contingent in Khmeimim achieved results way superior to anything which could have been expected from it, Russia is still the only power on the planet who dares to openly say “niet” to the AngloZionist Hegemon and but to even openly challenge and even ridicule its legitimacy and so-called ‘values’.

The war between the Empire and Russia will be a long one, and its outcome will remain uncertain for many years but, as the Russian saying goes, “Russia does not start wars, she ends them”. The Papacy fought against Russia for 1000 years. The Crusaders for roughly a century. The Swedish Empire for 21 years. Napoleon for just a few months. Queen Victoria, Napoleon III and Abdülmecid I (what I call the “Ecumenical Coalition against Russia) for about 3 years. The Kaiser Wilhelm II also for 3 years. The Trotskysts for a decade. Hitler for 4 years. The Jewish mobsters (aka “oligarchs”) for 9 years. And yes, they all eventually were defeated, even after a temporary victory, but each time Russia paid a huge price in blood and suffering. This time around, the Russian leaders have chosen a different strategy, they try as hard as possible not to give the West a pretext for a full-scale military confrontation. So far, this strategy has been successful and besides a two terrorist attacks (in Egypt and Syria) and a two-year long recession (apparently ending soon), Russia did not have pay the horrendous price countries at war with the West typically have had to pay. It would be delusional to expect the Russians to change course at this time, especially since time is now clearly on the Russian side. Just look at all the problems all the enemies of Russia have to which she does not have to contribute at all: the US and EU are both in a deep and potentially devastating political crisis, the US is sitting on an economic time-bomb while the EU is quite literally imploding. The Ukraine has turned into a textbook example of a failed state and is likely to break apart, while Turkey is undergoing the worst crisis since its foundation. And each passing day just makes things worse and worse for the Empire. This reminds me of the monologue of Captain Willard in the movie “Apocalypse Now”: “I’m here a week now… waiting for a mission… getting softer. Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around the walls moved in a little tighter”. Replace Charlie with Ivan and the jungle with the taiga, and you get a pretty good picture of the dynamic taking place: every days the walls of the Empire are moving in a little tighter while the AngloZionists are completely clueless as to what to do to stop this.

Conclusion

In international affairs, as in many other areas, it is better to never say never. So I will only say that to see the Russian armed forces going into an offensive operation remains exceedingly unlikely. Nor will Russia defend even an important partner at “any cost”. The primarily mission and military posture of the Russian armed forces will remain fundamentally defensive and while Russia might use her armed forces in support of a political goal or to help an ally, she will do that with extreme caution not to allow that engagement to escalate into a regional war or, even less so, a direct war against the Empire.

Unlike the West where a possible war with Russia is almost never discussed (and, when it is, it is done in an absolutely ridiculous manner), the prospects of war with the West are discussed in the Russian media on an almost daily basis, including on the main, state-funded, TV stations. As for the Russian armed forces, they are engaged in huge rearmament and force-training program which, so far, has been roughly 50% completed. These are all clear signs that Russia is preparing, very intensively, for war. Should the Neocon “crazies in the basement” trigger a war they will find Russia ready, militarily and psychologically, to fight and to win, no matter what the costs. But Russia will never again volunteer for the role of global anti-US agent or engage her armed forces if there is a viable alternative to such an engagement. So no, most definitely not, the Russians are not coming.

 
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  1. [More than anything else, the Russians want their country to be a “normal” country.]

    What is normal? Are national slavery and prostitution normal, as they are practiced in Europe? What about the degeneracy and social disintegration that are going on there? To be the same as everyone else, no matter what that entails, is not a worthy ambition.

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    • Replies: @Talha
    From what I've read, the Russian leadership is buoying up the Orthodox Church in order to challenge some of the trends you have mentioned - am I wrong? But it took years for this to get to this point, it may yet take years to overturn this. Of course Russia doesn't have much time with the very low birth rates to figure this one out.

    On a related note, I found this comment to be one of the most interesting:

    To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening.
     
    Peace.
    , @Boris Kazlov
    Nobody is normal, LGBT USA certainly is not, health care system and education crumbling, shootings, degeneracy everywhere, stupid entertainment and pseudo-news engineered to numb minds.
    Russia is the opposite, that is her sacred mission, so yes, wether she likes it or not, she is in fact the anti-USA.The clash of civilizations and world views is obvious, Russia is the moral superpower.
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    I am am a eussian living in Melbourne my grandfather came to Australia in 1954 l was years old .I want to say that everthing you havs written is superb and spot on .I look forward to reading your articals every week .I hope Russia comes out the winner for our sake.

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  4. Your exposition of military matters is excellent but as ever your handling of other matters is often exaggerated.
    You postulate a new form of warfare, 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% military. In this form, you write, the expulsion of the Russian Paralympic team is as important as British and American radar deliveries to Kiev.
    By informational, I take it you mean propaganda. The trouble with propaganda is that as well as convincing people it can also be profoundly counter-productive. The Anti-Russian propaganda pushed by the MSM and neocons is certainly a factor in the rise of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage et al. Despite the MSM’s façade, people increasingly recognise it as propaganda, not news reporting.
    On the evidence, Anti-Russian propaganda seems to be less and less effective. Only 14 nations voted for a blanket ban of Russia at the recent Rio Olympics. 271 Russian athletes competed. 118 were banned, mainly in Athletics and weightlifting. So the vast majority competed and the vast majority of sports federations ignored attempts to get them to ban them.
    Despite massive efforts by the MSM, Western governments et al, this crude propaganda exercise largely ended in failure. It is a sign of the waning power of America generally and the Neocons in particular. 16 or 20 years ago, I’m sure all the Russians would have been banned.
    As regards the Paralympics. It is good that disabled people try to keep fit, but I have no interest in watching disabled people playing sport on TV. That is the attitude of the vast majority of people. Few watch the Paralympics or care about it. Banning the Russians from the Paralympics will be no consolation for the Neocons’ failure regarding the main event

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    Putin has already lost the PR battle in the Donbas. He finally admitted what the world always knew, Russia is deeply involved in the Donbas. The Crimea theft is still accepted by most of the world as theft as well.
    , @annamaria
    "Banning the Russians from the Paralympics" is a stupendous moral defeat for the West. Whoever made a decision to showcase the US bullying the brave disabled sportspeople from Russia, these idiots produced another wav of disgust towards the opportunists at the Court for the Arbitration of Sport.
    "... Richard McLaren, led the independent report for the World Anti-Doping Agency which alleged wide scale doping which had allegedly been covered up by the country's security services."
    http://www.duckyparedes.com/russian-olympic-doping-scandal-mclaren-report-sexed-up-implicated-clean-atheletes.html
    As for Richard McLaren, he is a scoundrel.
    "Problems with the Mclaren Report
    * The report relies primarily on the testimony of the chief culprit, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov. The Independent Commission found Rodchenkov to be “at the heart of the positive drug test cover-up”.
    * The report asserts that Rodchenkov is credible and truthful with little demonstrated proof. The November 2015 Independent Commission report concluded that Dr. Rodchenkov was not credible.
    * The investigation did not consider the factual corrections or counter-arguments of Russian authorities.
    * The investigation excluded a written rebuttal supplied by one of the accused Russian individuals. Mclaren says, “I also received, unsolicited, an extensive narrative with attachments from one important government representative described in this report. In the short span of 57 days that I was given to conduct this IP investigation it was simply not practical and I deemed such interviewing would not be helpful.” (P21) Since one of the main purposes of the investigation was to determine the truthfulness of Rodchenkov’s accusations, this decision to not consider the ‘unsolicited’ information is shocking.
    * The investigation was neither thorough nor comprehensive. Prof. Mclaren acknowledges that “The compressed time frame in which to compile this Report has left much of the possible evidence unreviewed.
    * Prof. Mclaren was biased. Long before his investigation was complete, Mclaren was using his position to confidentially influence the IAAF to ban the entire Russian track and field team from the Rio Olympics. He also influenced Canadian and American athletes to launch a campaign to ban the entire Russian team. This action was denounced by the President of the European Olympic Committees..."
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/03/the-biased-report-that-led-to-banning-russian-athletes/
    In summary: Richard McLaren is a Scoundrel. Let him live with the infamy.
    , @Che Guava
    I agree on the Paralympics, it is a bizarre thing to try to treat it as an elite event, so many categories of disability, so dominated by those from the wealthiest countries.

    From reading, amputee fetishists and so on, particularly women of that bent, abound in the fan base in western countries.

    Still, it was a very insane and nasty political move to ban the entire Russian team on no grounds whatsoever. Truly pathetic behaviour.

    Not that I paid much attention to the 'Olympics', it would have been fun if the media had handled it the same way as the USSR did Los Angeles, endless reporting on crime, riots and so on.

    Taki wrote a nice article on Takimag about the nonsense, starting from a long-ago visit to Olympia, it is from last week. Strongly recommend it.

    For the Saker, always interesting articles, this was good.

    Saw your appeal for moderators, thought of volunteering, but I have only ever posted there once or twice, so can't see myself as 'community'.

    In that time band, anyway, I am too busy.

    Much appreciation for your site and thoughts.
  5. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    For a while, the accepted image of a Russian soldier in the West was a semi-literate drinking and raping Ivan who would attack in immense hordes with little tactical skills and an officer corps selected for political loyalty and lack of imagination.

    Well, this is all because “expert” community didn’t learn and when they did, they did it from the “sources” which supported a narrative, which, in its turn was about superiority, both technological and cultural. Reality, however, of the Soviet Armed Forces, including its vast ground component was understood by none other than Hyman Rickover who in his testimony to House Committee on Appropriations in 1960 warned that Soviet public schools were clear and present danger for US. It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today. This situation precipitated a publication of number of books with telling titles such as “What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn’t” (I own a copy), with this particular title written by the graduate of the West Point and former cadre officer of US Army, in which he, correctly, described the picture of utter backwardness of US education when compared to Soviet one. Yet, even today I still continue to read from all kinds of “experts” how primitive and illiterate this stupid Ivan was. Sure, how he couldn’t be when in USSR this average Ivan was getting 4 times more education in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology than it was stipulated for the entrance in MIT.

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    "It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today. "
     
    This is risible. The Soviets started the 60s behind us technologically, and the distance increased as time went on. If STEM education was so much greater in the Su than the USA, nothing that happened over the past 50 years would have taken place and the US would not have led in every technological field for so long.

    There's a serious flaw in your thinking.
    , @Regnum Nostrum

    It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today.
     
    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.

    “What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn’t"
     
    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.
  6. @5371
    [More than anything else, the Russians want their country to be a “normal” country.]

    What is normal? Are national slavery and prostitution normal, as they are practiced in Europe? What about the degeneracy and social disintegration that are going on there? To be the same as everyone else, no matter what that entails, is not a worthy ambition.

    From what I’ve read, the Russian leadership is buoying up the Orthodox Church in order to challenge some of the trends you have mentioned – am I wrong? But it took years for this to get to this point, it may yet take years to overturn this. Of course Russia doesn’t have much time with the very low birth rates to figure this one out.

    On a related note, I found this comment to be one of the most interesting:

    To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening.

    Peace.

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    Those people see how Putin is acting in Ukraine (Crimea and Donbas) and they have no more desire to fall under the Russian thumb anymore than the Ukrainians do. They've all seen enough fascism to last a lifetime, and have no desire to experience Putin's version.

    It's sickening what Putin is doing in Ukraine. Orthodoxy makes little difference to Putin. He's enjoying the instability he's creating. It's how Russia has behaved since Tsarist times.
    , @JL
    @Talha

    Russia doesn’t have much time with the very low birth rates
     
    Russia's birthrate is higher than the US and almost all of Europe. It's currently experiencing an over decade-long baby boom. You are either uninformed or are using a different relative metric.
    , @A.B. Prosper
    The US Birth rate is around 1.7 about where it was at the time of the Great Depression

    This should tell you something about our economy.

    Also our numbers are propped up with Mestizo immigration, this immigrant wave abound 50 MILLION of all races 80-90% non European has reduced social capital and the national IQ by 5 points or more

    Its not going to go up especially as the next group of immigrants if it happens have high levels of cousin marriage and a religious system that is incompatible with the US entirely. We could handle fairly secular Persians fine or others like them but these people if Clinton wins and brings them in will destabilize the country very very fast as they are the dregs of the world.

    Opinion piece here but the US empire is committing auto-genocide against its own founding stock racial and religious for political and short term economic gains and therefore doomed itself

    There will be no recovery since we are in the Looted by Oligarchs phase and have yet to find any leaders , Trump not being one.

    To win Russia need only wait till it weakens enough to either fall apart as the USSR did or has a civil war and the next nations, probably with smashed industry , endemic poverty (remember the US has not invested much into infrastructure and has many biologically lower IQ people ) and mass deaths will be as easy to manage politically as any other 3rd world country

    The few new nations that make it, probably homogenized and highly Conservative won't be Imperial at least outside CONUS or Neo Conservative in any way shape or form.

    How soon this will occur I do not know, no one does . My guess is that it will probably be up to the president that follows Putin as its a decade maybe two or even three out
    , @Kiza

    ...Russia doesn’t have much time with the very low birth rates...
     
    You are very wrong about this because you, like many US citizens imbued with propaganda, use Yelstin-period data (when US Ziocons ruled Russia). Since Putin has been elected to lead Russia, the Russian Government has introduced, amongst other measures, a two-year fully paid maternity/paternity leave. How long is the paid maternity leave in your caring country?

    I have heard this from a Russian lady in Australia, could any Russian please correct me if I am wrong.

  7. “For a while, the accepted image of a Russian soldier in the West was a semi-literate drinking and raping Ivan who would attack in immense hordes with little tactical skills and an officer corps selected for political loyalty and lack of imagination. “

    My first encounter with an actual Soviet troop was one of my counterparts in the SRF. My second was with a group of Spetznatz. If I ever had the “accepted image” in my head, it did not survive the encounter with these folks. I do recall being briefed that these guys were blindly obedient to doctrine and top-down command and control. I wonder how much of that hols true today.

    “… the messianic aspects of Communism have even been abandoned by the Communist Party of Russia which is now focused on the internal socio-economic problems of Russia and which has no interest whatsoever in liberating the Polish or Austrian proletariat from Capitalist exploitation. “

    No worries there, mate … the ECB and EU have that covered.

    “It is a basic rule of military analysis that you do not look at the intentions but primarily at capabilities, so let us now look at Russian capabilities.”

    You obviously haven’t received the memo … we not only look at intentions, we make them up if they don’t fit our narrative, regardless of actual capabilities.

    “The Russians are *not* coming”

    Sure they are … Every new US installation or deployment closer to the Russians makes them that much closer to us, so that increased threat needs to be addressed with even more.

    “This is why in the past I have written that the Russian Armed Forces are designed to fight on their national territory and up to a maximum of 1000km from the Russian border.”

    I now finally understand why the last release of Red Dawn used North Korea as the bad guys.

    “There is a reason why the AngloZionist Empire is broke: maintaining a global empire is prohibitively expensive, the Russians painfully learned that lesson in the past and they have no desire to emulate the USA today.”

    It does seem as if he earth has flipped on its axis since the end of the Cold War.

    “Putin has made it abundantly clear that while he will not intervene militarily in the Ukraine, he will not allow a genocide to take place in Novorussia. “

    I must admit that I am surprised the man senior officials of the US and NATO have repeatedly portrayed as the greatest threat since, dare I say it, Hitler, has actually been relatively restrained in defending the ethnic Russians of the Donbass thus far.

    “I would say that for the international plutocracy ruling the Empire, this Russian aspiration is completely and categorically unacceptable as it sees this Russian desire as an existential threat to the USA and the entire New World Order the Empire is trying to impose upon all of us.”

    You hit the nail right on the head.

    “This reminds me of the monologue of Captain Willard in the movie “Apocalypse Now””

    I’m taken back to the monologue of Col. Bill Kilgore after the napalm was dropped: “Some day this war’s gonna end!”

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    Putin isn't defending anything in the Donbas. He never was and never will. The number of "separatists" was always miniscule. That's why Putin had to select a bunch of volunteers from his Army, and send a bunch of his Army's equipment to go to the Donbas.

    Putin has already lost the PR war in both Crimea and Donbas. He's always been upfront about his theft of Crimea, although he's real quiet about the mass of voters he imported along with the Army he allowed to vote so he could say the people actually wanted anschluss.
  8. @Verymuchalive
    Your exposition of military matters is excellent but as ever your handling of other matters is often exaggerated.
    You postulate a new form of warfare, 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% military. In this form, you write, the expulsion of the Russian Paralympic team is as important as British and American radar deliveries to Kiev.
    By informational, I take it you mean propaganda. The trouble with propaganda is that as well as convincing people it can also be profoundly counter-productive. The Anti-Russian propaganda pushed by the MSM and neocons is certainly a factor in the rise of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage et al. Despite the MSM's façade, people increasingly recognise it as propaganda, not news reporting.
    On the evidence, Anti-Russian propaganda seems to be less and less effective. Only 14 nations voted for a blanket ban of Russia at the recent Rio Olympics. 271 Russian athletes competed. 118 were banned, mainly in Athletics and weightlifting. So the vast majority competed and the vast majority of sports federations ignored attempts to get them to ban them.
    Despite massive efforts by the MSM, Western governments et al, this crude propaganda exercise largely ended in failure. It is a sign of the waning power of America generally and the Neocons in particular. 16 or 20 years ago, I'm sure all the Russians would have been banned.
    As regards the Paralympics. It is good that disabled people try to keep fit, but I have no interest in watching disabled people playing sport on TV. That is the attitude of the vast majority of people. Few watch the Paralympics or care about it. Banning the Russians from the Paralympics will be no consolation for the Neocons' failure regarding the main event

    Putin has already lost the PR battle in the Donbas. He finally admitted what the world always knew, Russia is deeply involved in the Donbas. The Crimea theft is still accepted by most of the world as theft as well.

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    You're just a neocon blowhard. Time to press the troll button.
    , @RadicalCenter
    Don't include me as that "most of the world."

    Also, do you have some public opinion polling on the Crimea issue to back up that broad generalization?

    Finally, how would you react if Russia placed its military bases in Mexico and Canada? Would that be alright, or is only the USA allowed to militarily encircle and threaten another major power?
    , @Anonymous
    "The Crimea theft is still accepted by most of the world as theft as well."

    It's about as much 'theft' as Kosovo was.
  9. @Andrei Martyanov

    For a while, the accepted image of a Russian soldier in the West was a semi-literate drinking and raping Ivan who would attack in immense hordes with little tactical skills and an officer corps selected for political loyalty and lack of imagination.
     
    Well, this is all because "expert" community didn't learn and when they did, they did it from the "sources" which supported a narrative, which, in its turn was about superiority, both technological and cultural. Reality, however, of the Soviet Armed Forces, including its vast ground component was understood by none other than Hyman Rickover who in his testimony to House Committee on Appropriations in 1960 warned that Soviet public schools were clear and present danger for US. It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time--and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today. This situation precipitated a publication of number of books with telling titles such as "What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn't" (I own a copy), with this particular title written by the graduate of the West Point and former cadre officer of US Army, in which he, correctly, described the picture of utter backwardness of US education when compared to Soviet one. Yet, even today I still continue to read from all kinds of "experts" how primitive and illiterate this stupid Ivan was. Sure, how he couldn't be when in USSR this average Ivan was getting 4 times more education in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology than it was stipulated for the entrance in MIT.

    “It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today. “

    This is risible. The Soviets started the 60s behind us technologically, and the distance increased as time went on. If STEM education was so much greater in the Su than the USA, nothing that happened over the past 50 years would have taken place and the US would not have led in every technological field for so long.

    There’s a serious flaw in your thinking.

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    I can provide you with some math problems from Soviet public schools, are you willing to try? I am sure you, as a fine product of US educational system, will have no problem dealing with these problems. I can also give you some physics problems if you wish.
    , @gwynedd1
    This is pretty risible itself. The Soviets invested lots mot in R&D than the West relatively speaking. However if one bothered to look at the results , it takes more than R&D to refine technologies. The West has a veritable assembly line that moves technology into application both militarily and civilian. That Russia does not have. China does not have it either , but soon will. They have R&D and an export market but don't have the civilian feed back loop. They may soon have such a thing.

    its like any business where sweat , not brains is the biggest ingredient. The US system sweats it out.
  10. @Talha
    From what I've read, the Russian leadership is buoying up the Orthodox Church in order to challenge some of the trends you have mentioned - am I wrong? But it took years for this to get to this point, it may yet take years to overturn this. Of course Russia doesn't have much time with the very low birth rates to figure this one out.

    On a related note, I found this comment to be one of the most interesting:

    To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening.
     
    Peace.

    Those people see how Putin is acting in Ukraine (Crimea and Donbas) and they have no more desire to fall under the Russian thumb anymore than the Ukrainians do. They’ve all seen enough fascism to last a lifetime, and have no desire to experience Putin’s version.

    It’s sickening what Putin is doing in Ukraine. Orthodoxy makes little difference to Putin. He’s enjoying the instability he’s creating. It’s how Russia has behaved since Tsarist times.

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    Hey QM,

    One thing I know about the Orthodox churches (maybe someone can correct me) is that they do like their independence (that's why you have the Assyrian, Ethiopian, Amrenian, Coptic, etc.) so maybe they were simply rooting to be out from under Ottoman control, but that should not have given anybody delusions of grandeur that they would have wanted to come under the influence of the Russian Orthodox church. And I know their experience under the Communists was horrendous - so maybe they simply associate Russia with their historic experience with Communism - just thinking out loud.

    Peace.
    , @annamaria
    "It’s sickening..." -- This is sickening: "Ukraine threatens to spread Nazism to Poland"
    http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/08/ukraine-threatens-to-spread-nazi.html
    And you certainly asked for this reposting:
    http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/08/banderite-hypocrisy-vice-pm-blames.html
    “…the phenomenon of the Ukrainian nation is quite young and, if we’re dealing with its Galician version, only has around 100 years under its belt… The final formation of the Ukrainian nation myth occurred under Soviet rule. The Moscow communists (Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and Khrushchev) transferred lands to the Ukrainian SSR which had never been a part of Hmelnitsky’s Hetmanate or the Ukrainian People’s Republic. These were the lands of Donbass, Sloboda Ukraine, and part of the territory of the Don Cossacks, Tavrida (Crimea and adjacent lands), and the Odessa region.
    Just before and after the Second World War, Ukraine received even more new lands: Western Ukraine was taken from Poland, Northern Bukovina was taken from Romania, and Transcarpathian Rus was taken from Czechoslovakia while Crimea was taken from Russia. In addition to these territorial gifts to the Ukrainian USSR, the Soviet Union created and pursued cultural and language policies of Ukrainianization. Across the entire territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and in some territories of Soviet Russia, education was held exclusively in the Ukrainian language. Nevertheless, Ukrainianization still only yielded very superficial results.”
    Here is a picture illuminating the augmentation of Ukraine for the expense of her neighbors: https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-08MH01zREq4/V8HXy8WLv4I/AAAAAAAAECI/D9NXDI0jRFw4CenxJJ9dVDJrdpsNhJZ-gCLcB/s1600/20140504_3602.jpg
    Should not Kievan junta denounce as illegal all those territorial acquisitions that were procured for Ukraine by the former USSR? - That would be logical.
    , @Rabbitnexus
    You are an ignorant blowhard.
  11. @The Alarmist

    "For a while, the accepted image of a Russian soldier in the West was a semi-literate drinking and raping Ivan who would attack in immense hordes with little tactical skills and an officer corps selected for political loyalty and lack of imagination. "
     
    My first encounter with an actual Soviet troop was one of my counterparts in the SRF. My second was with a group of Spetznatz. If I ever had the "accepted image" in my head, it did not survive the encounter with these folks. I do recall being briefed that these guys were blindly obedient to doctrine and top-down command and control. I wonder how much of that hols true today.

    "... the messianic aspects of Communism have even been abandoned by the Communist Party of Russia which is now focused on the internal socio-economic problems of Russia and which has no interest whatsoever in liberating the Polish or Austrian proletariat from Capitalist exploitation. "
     
    No worries there, mate ... the ECB and EU have that covered.

    "It is a basic rule of military analysis that you do not look at the intentions but primarily at capabilities, so let us now look at Russian capabilities."
     
    You obviously haven't received the memo ... we not only look at intentions, we make them up if they don't fit our narrative, regardless of actual capabilities.

    "The Russians are *not* coming"
     
    Sure they are ... Every new US installation or deployment closer to the Russians makes them that much closer to us, so that increased threat needs to be addressed with even more.

    "This is why in the past I have written that the Russian Armed Forces are designed to fight on their national territory and up to a maximum of 1000km from the Russian border."
     
    I now finally understand why the last release of Red Dawn used North Korea as the bad guys.

    "There is a reason why the AngloZionist Empire is broke: maintaining a global empire is prohibitively expensive, the Russians painfully learned that lesson in the past and they have no desire to emulate the USA today."
     
    It does seem as if he earth has flipped on its axis since the end of the Cold War.

    "Putin has made it abundantly clear that while he will not intervene militarily in the Ukraine, he will not allow a genocide to take place in Novorussia. "
     
    I must admit that I am surprised the man senior officials of the US and NATO have repeatedly portrayed as the greatest threat since, dare I say it, Hitler, has actually been relatively restrained in defending the ethnic Russians of the Donbass thus far.

    "I would say that for the international plutocracy ruling the Empire, this Russian aspiration is completely and categorically unacceptable as it sees this Russian desire as an existential threat to the USA and the entire New World Order the Empire is trying to impose upon all of us."
     
    You hit the nail right on the head.

    "This reminds me of the monologue of Captain Willard in the movie “Apocalypse Now”"
     
    I'm taken back to the monologue of Col. Bill Kilgore after the napalm was dropped: "Some day this war's gonna end!"

    Putin isn’t defending anything in the Donbas. He never was and never will. The number of “separatists” was always miniscule. That’s why Putin had to select a bunch of volunteers from his Army, and send a bunch of his Army’s equipment to go to the Donbas.

    Putin has already lost the PR war in both Crimea and Donbas. He’s always been upfront about his theft of Crimea, although he’s real quiet about the mass of voters he imported along with the Army he allowed to vote so he could say the people actually wanted anschluss.

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    Putin has already lost the PR war in both Crimea
     
    And how did this happen, pray tell. I am sure you have a wonderfully profound and deep knowledge of Crimea, unlike me who lived there for years and still have a vast network of friends and classmates in Sevastopol. Enlighten us all, please. In general, please, present us with your (I am sure very impressive) credentials on this issue.
  12. The Soviet Army from WW2 on was an offensive weapon, and was intentionally designed to take western Europe. NATO and the US Nuclear umbrella was all that stood between them and the Atlantic. Time wore the Soviets down and after they reached max economic growth, the Red Army and VDS were in pretty bad shape. Worse shape than the west was in.

    Frankly, I think Putin would laugh at this article. He would also find the accusations of Ukrainian fascism funny since he invented the idea and he knows that his regime is fascist to its core.

    The 101st “Airborne” is not really an airborne unit and hasn’t been since the 60s. It’s an airmobile unit. The 82nd is still a traditional western Airborne unit and is very lightly armed as a result. If the VDV has armored personnel carriers than it would have little tactical or strategic mobility (unless they leave the stuff behind) because the things are simply too heavy for air transport to move many very fast. The US has tried to produce something both airmobile, yet light enough to be used as rapidly deployable organic equipment, but so far as failed. they even tried to build a tank, the M550 Sheridan, but as our own troops used to joke, “You can take it out with a mess kit knife.”

    I would agree, after a fashion, with Saker on the purpose of the Russian Army, however. It’s good for terrorizing their neighbors. We’ve already seen Putin show that.

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    Hmm lets see we sit down with Stalin and divided up the spoils at Yalta, then at the end of the war Churchill told his war planners to run a game on taking Russia using the Allied Army and the German prisoners, but you say history has it all wrong all those writers who wrote about the war from documented sources are wrong, for it was those nasty Russians wanting grandmas underpants clear to the ocean yet.Friend don't piss down every bodies leg and then try to tell them its raining.!!!
    , @Anonymous
    "The purpose of the Russian Army .. it's good for terrorizing their neighbours" Your comments about the Russian Army are deeply offensive - my wife's grandfather gave his life at Stalingrad so that the West (including you) could live without the Nazis. As much as the USA would like to hide the fact, the Red Army defeated the Nazi's. Your President Obama thought he could come to the UK and dictate to us about leaving the EU. I can tell you now that this did not go down very well at all even with those Brits who voted to stay in the EU. I used to like the USA but I now do not like what it's government stands for: "arrogance", "do as I say or else we bomb you", I am sure there are still many decent intelligent Americans who just want to live at peace and not impose their ideology and way of life onto the rest of the world I only wish they would get rid of the Washington crazies who seem to be determined to start WW3.
    , @Jatz07
    Will Mr Quatermaster ever be satisfied, its easier to ignore your own problems while pusillanimously finger pointing at others, by others I mean everyone who holds a different prospective of how the world is. You're such a bore.
    , @Begemot

    The Soviet Army from WW2 on was an offensive weapon, and was intentionally designed to take western Europe.
     
    Soviet military doctrine has always been offensively oriented, not in the meaning you are implying, but in the sense that "the best defense is a good offense". They believe, as all militaries understand, that victory comes through offensive action. Having had part of WW1, a civil war, the 1920 Polish invasion, and the Germans again in WW2, fought on their territory with the loss of life and destruction of property these wars have inflicted it seems understandable they might wish to fight a war, even a defensive one, on the other guy's territory.

    An offensive military doctrine does not, in itself, mean you are out to conquer the world. Maybe in Gomer world, but not in the real world.
  13. @Quartermaster
    Those people see how Putin is acting in Ukraine (Crimea and Donbas) and they have no more desire to fall under the Russian thumb anymore than the Ukrainians do. They've all seen enough fascism to last a lifetime, and have no desire to experience Putin's version.

    It's sickening what Putin is doing in Ukraine. Orthodoxy makes little difference to Putin. He's enjoying the instability he's creating. It's how Russia has behaved since Tsarist times.

    Hey QM,

    One thing I know about the Orthodox churches (maybe someone can correct me) is that they do like their independence (that’s why you have the Assyrian, Ethiopian, Amrenian, Coptic, etc.) so maybe they were simply rooting to be out from under Ottoman control, but that should not have given anybody delusions of grandeur that they would have wanted to come under the influence of the Russian Orthodox church. And I know their experience under the Communists was horrendous – so maybe they simply associate Russia with their historic experience with Communism – just thinking out loud.

    Peace.

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    @Quartermaster

    "It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today. "
     
    This is risible. The Soviets started the 60s behind us technologically, and the distance increased as time went on. If STEM education was so much greater in the Su than the USA, nothing that happened over the past 50 years would have taken place and the US would not have led in every technological field for so long.

    There's a serious flaw in your thinking.

    I can provide you with some math problems from Soviet public schools, are you willing to try? I am sure you, as a fine product of US educational system, will have no problem dealing with these problems. I can also give you some physics problems if you wish.

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    "I can provide you with some math problems from Soviet public schools, are you willing to try? "
     
    I have my Grandfather's eighth grade graduation exam (circa 1910), and I'm sure the average American college student of today could not pass it. In fact, I am aways amused at how the wait-staffer in an American restaurant is challenged to correctly tally a dinner check, much less split it, without the aid of a computer, while the average wait staffer in Europe can do it with aplomb using only paper and pen.
  15. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Quartermaster
    Putin isn't defending anything in the Donbas. He never was and never will. The number of "separatists" was always miniscule. That's why Putin had to select a bunch of volunteers from his Army, and send a bunch of his Army's equipment to go to the Donbas.

    Putin has already lost the PR war in both Crimea and Donbas. He's always been upfront about his theft of Crimea, although he's real quiet about the mass of voters he imported along with the Army he allowed to vote so he could say the people actually wanted anschluss.

    Putin has already lost the PR war in both Crimea

    And how did this happen, pray tell. I am sure you have a wonderfully profound and deep knowledge of Crimea, unlike me who lived there for years and still have a vast network of friends and classmates in Sevastopol. Enlighten us all, please. In general, please, present us with your (I am sure very impressive) credentials on this issue.

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  16. @Quartermaster
    Putin has already lost the PR battle in the Donbas. He finally admitted what the world always knew, Russia is deeply involved in the Donbas. The Crimea theft is still accepted by most of the world as theft as well.

    You’re just a neocon blowhard. Time to press the troll button.

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  17. @Andrei Martyanov

    For a while, the accepted image of a Russian soldier in the West was a semi-literate drinking and raping Ivan who would attack in immense hordes with little tactical skills and an officer corps selected for political loyalty and lack of imagination.
     
    Well, this is all because "expert" community didn't learn and when they did, they did it from the "sources" which supported a narrative, which, in its turn was about superiority, both technological and cultural. Reality, however, of the Soviet Armed Forces, including its vast ground component was understood by none other than Hyman Rickover who in his testimony to House Committee on Appropriations in 1960 warned that Soviet public schools were clear and present danger for US. It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time--and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today. This situation precipitated a publication of number of books with telling titles such as "What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn't" (I own a copy), with this particular title written by the graduate of the West Point and former cadre officer of US Army, in which he, correctly, described the picture of utter backwardness of US education when compared to Soviet one. Yet, even today I still continue to read from all kinds of "experts" how primitive and illiterate this stupid Ivan was. Sure, how he couldn't be when in USSR this average Ivan was getting 4 times more education in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology than it was stipulated for the entrance in MIT.

    It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today.

    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.

    “What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn’t”

    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.

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    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.
     
    And you certainly love, in the absence of solid arguments on the topic, to simply substitute a thesis. OK. No, the first criteria for me in life is a human decency and not what is being perceived as "intellect". I am surrounded by my American friends some of whom are full blown intellectuals (couple of Ph.Ds, actually) , others are simply wonderful friends, colleagues and people. What I do not like, though, is any Russian, American, European, what have you, stupidity and arrogance. My circle of people doesn't contain those be it in Russia or in USA. Now, what would be highly appreciated if you can express your "expert" opinion on the quality of the personnel of the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces. Granted, this opinion of yours formed not form the same "sources" as that of QM.

    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.
     
    If you talk about me--it is one thing, but if you generalize about most Russians, boy, you are in for a huge surprise. But how do I know that, of course. I just returned from Russia.
    , @Avery
    {Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.}

    I don't know where average Ivan wants to live now, but your juxtaposition is not valid. US is prosperous with abundant opportunity, free enterprise, etc for several reasons that have nothing to do with being educated or uneducated.

    SU had excellent education system, but the command-control economic system was obviously flawed. There is very little correlation between being highly educated and wealth. We have multimillionaire gangbanger athletes here in US on the one hand, and Ph.Ds scratching out a living in some dead-end high school or unemployed, or underemployed.

    As to wanting to live in US: even Western Europeans want to move to US, so.....no surprise if a number of Russians would do so too.

    http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/european-immigrants-united-states
    If you scroll down to [Table 1. Distribution of European Immigrants by Region and Top Country of Origin, 2014], you'll see this, for example.

    From UK: 679,000.
    From Germany: 583,000.
    From Russia: 391,000.

    And Russia has more than 2X the population of UK.

    , @War for Blair Mountain
    Regnum Nostrum


    Your point is irrelevant. I prefer Conservative Orthodox Christian Russians living in the US to Chinese...Hindu...Pakistani...Korean...Hmong...legal immigrants and their US born geneline living in the US.


    The Greedy Cheating White Liberal MEGA-CEOS are in the process of exterminating thousands of years of acquired Native Born White American Scientific,Engineering, and Medical Experience via the H-1-L-1 B Visa program. When the Native Born White American Race Revolt commences we are going to have to figure out how to rebuild Native Born White American Engineering Scientific,Engineering, and Medical Expertise back up. It would be very good idea to import Russian Math and Physics teachers.
  18. @Quartermaster
    The Soviet Army from WW2 on was an offensive weapon, and was intentionally designed to take western Europe. NATO and the US Nuclear umbrella was all that stood between them and the Atlantic. Time wore the Soviets down and after they reached max economic growth, the Red Army and VDS were in pretty bad shape. Worse shape than the west was in.

    Frankly, I think Putin would laugh at this article. He would also find the accusations of Ukrainian fascism funny since he invented the idea and he knows that his regime is fascist to its core.

    The 101st "Airborne" is not really an airborne unit and hasn't been since the 60s. It's an airmobile unit. The 82nd is still a traditional western Airborne unit and is very lightly armed as a result. If the VDV has armored personnel carriers than it would have little tactical or strategic mobility (unless they leave the stuff behind) because the things are simply too heavy for air transport to move many very fast. The US has tried to produce something both airmobile, yet light enough to be used as rapidly deployable organic equipment, but so far as failed. they even tried to build a tank, the M550 Sheridan, but as our own troops used to joke, "You can take it out with a mess kit knife."

    I would agree, after a fashion, with Saker on the purpose of the Russian Army, however. It's good for terrorizing their neighbors. We've already seen Putin show that.

    Hmm lets see we sit down with Stalin and divided up the spoils at Yalta, then at the end of the war Churchill told his war planners to run a game on taking Russia using the Allied Army and the German prisoners, but you say history has it all wrong all those writers who wrote about the war from documented sources are wrong, for it was those nasty Russians wanting grandmas underpants clear to the ocean yet.Friend don’t piss down every bodies leg and then try to tell them its raining.!!!

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  19. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Regnum Nostrum

    It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today.
     
    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.

    “What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn’t"
     
    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.

    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.

    And you certainly love, in the absence of solid arguments on the topic, to simply substitute a thesis. OK. No, the first criteria for me in life is a human decency and not what is being perceived as “intellect”. I am surrounded by my American friends some of whom are full blown intellectuals (couple of Ph.Ds, actually) , others are simply wonderful friends, colleagues and people. What I do not like, though, is any Russian, American, European, what have you, stupidity and arrogance. My circle of people doesn’t contain those be it in Russia or in USA. Now, what would be highly appreciated if you can express your “expert” opinion on the quality of the personnel of the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces. Granted, this opinion of yours formed not form the same “sources” as that of QM.

    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.

    If you talk about me–it is one thing, but if you generalize about most Russians, boy, you are in for a huge surprise. But how do I know that, of course. I just returned from Russia.

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    I wonder how this super educated population managed to excel in all of these unsavory metrics.
    From Russia with loathing :

    Life expectancy : 70
    Male life expectancy : 64
    Abortion rate : 2nd highest in the world
    Suicide rate : 14th highest in the world
    #1 Highest Suicide rate for a white/western country
    Suicide rate for men : 7th highest in the world
    Alcohol consumption : 4th highest in the world
    A population that could invent and find a use for Krokodill.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsUH8llvTZo
    , @Jim Christian
    What average red-blooded Russian man would come here? The women in America are obese, tatted up, pierced with day-glow blue/orange/green hair. The average woman throughout the Baltics/Russia untouched by feminism, are still feminine. A Russian looking at American women as a group even twenty years ago would be VERY disappointed with the slobs of today.

    The rest? The politics, the racial troubles? Who would come here? The dregs.
  20. @Andrei Martyanov
    I can provide you with some math problems from Soviet public schools, are you willing to try? I am sure you, as a fine product of US educational system, will have no problem dealing with these problems. I can also give you some physics problems if you wish.

    “I can provide you with some math problems from Soviet public schools, are you willing to try? “

    I have my Grandfather’s eighth grade graduation exam (circa 1910), and I’m sure the average American college student of today could not pass it. In fact, I am aways amused at how the wait-staffer in an American restaurant is challenged to correctly tally a dinner check, much less split it, without the aid of a computer, while the average wait staffer in Europe can do it with aplomb using only paper and pen.

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    Here is a standard 9th Grade set of problems in course of Trig, which always was both presented in Algebra and in Geometry.

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yIpW5BAQdSg/V7-AEA1H8HI/AAAAAAAAAiE/djQ8BHM4Zss5P7vm81DeWZFjy6b7UENwACLcB/s1600/9th%2BGrade.jpg

    Moscow, Publishing House Prosveshenie, 1997. Makarychev, Minduk, Peshkov, Suvorova.

    At this stage I would avoid getting into legendary Kholmogorov's Algebra for the 10th Grade. Speaking of Skanavi's legendary "1000 Math Problems for Students for Entrance Exams In Higher Schools of Learning" will simply be a bad taste;-)
  21. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @The Alarmist

    "I can provide you with some math problems from Soviet public schools, are you willing to try? "
     
    I have my Grandfather's eighth grade graduation exam (circa 1910), and I'm sure the average American college student of today could not pass it. In fact, I am aways amused at how the wait-staffer in an American restaurant is challenged to correctly tally a dinner check, much less split it, without the aid of a computer, while the average wait staffer in Europe can do it with aplomb using only paper and pen.

    Here is a standard 9th Grade set of problems in course of Trig, which always was both presented in Algebra and in Geometry.

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yIpW5BAQdSg/V7-AEA1H8HI/AAAAAAAAAiE/djQ8BHM4Zss5P7vm81DeWZFjy6b7UENwACLcB/s1600/9th%2BGrade.jpg

    Moscow, Publishing House Prosveshenie, 1997. Makarychev, Minduk, Peshkov, Suvorova.

    At this stage I would avoid getting into legendary Kholmogorov’s Algebra for the 10th Grade. Speaking of Skanavi’s legendary “1000 Math Problems for Students for Entrance Exams In Higher Schools of Learning” will simply be a bad taste;-)

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    Oh please, what possible trouble could the average Women's/African/Sexual Studies major have with that? But they're college material, right? Later, they get jobs teaching the children except: they're idiots with paper from a diploma mill and so onward with the decline.

    Look, Smoothie, there's no arguing one thing, with the decline of the women, so goes the country.
  22. @Regnum Nostrum

    It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today.
     
    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.

    “What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn’t"
     
    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.

    {Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.}

    I don’t know where average Ivan wants to live now, but your juxtaposition is not valid. US is prosperous with abundant opportunity, free enterprise, etc for several reasons that have nothing to do with being educated or uneducated.

    SU had excellent education system, but the command-control economic system was obviously flawed. There is very little correlation between being highly educated and wealth. We have multimillionaire gangbanger athletes here in US on the one hand, and Ph.Ds scratching out a living in some dead-end high school or unemployed, or underemployed.

    As to wanting to live in US: even Western Europeans want to move to US, so…..no surprise if a number of Russians would do so too.

    http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/european-immigrants-united-states

    If you scroll down to [Table 1. Distribution of European Immigrants by Region and Top Country of Origin, 2014], you’ll see this, for example.

    From UK: 679,000.
    From Germany: 583,000.
    From Russia: 391,000.

    And Russia has more than 2X the population of UK.

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  23. @Quartermaster
    Putin has already lost the PR battle in the Donbas. He finally admitted what the world always knew, Russia is deeply involved in the Donbas. The Crimea theft is still accepted by most of the world as theft as well.

    Don’t include me as that “most of the world.”

    Also, do you have some public opinion polling on the Crimea issue to back up that broad generalization?

    Finally, how would you react if Russia placed its military bases in Mexico and Canada? Would that be alright, or is only the USA allowed to militarily encircle and threaten another major power?

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    A better analogy. What if Texas became an independent nation (again)? Then Russia began conducting joint military operations in Texas and providing Russian military equipment? Then Russia invited Texas to join an economic/military alliance, but the elected Texas government refused? Then Russia spent $5 billion of foment a coup with armed thugs chasing off the elected Texas President out of Austin?

    The Obama administration caused all the violence in the Ukraine. Watch this 2013 video where the semi-covert coup manager from Hillary’s State Department, rabid neocon Victoria Nuland, spouts nonsense and states that $5 billion was spent! I love the Chevron sponsorship symbol in the background.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2fYcHLouXY

    For those still confused by propaganda, aka the mainstream media in the USA, I'll paste part of a recent blog post:

    Russia feared losing control of Crimea, a strategic republic (i.e. province) that was part of Russia for over a century, but had been administratively attached to Ukraine in the 1950s as a gesture of Soviet solidarity. Russians are the majority people in Crimea and Russian is the common language. After the President of Ukraine was ousted by armed thugs and Kiev fell into chaos, a referendum was held in Crimea in 2014 with international observers and citizens overwhelming voted to rejoin Russia. Russian troops didn't invade Crimea because some 20,000 Russia troops were based there as they had been for a century. Even most non-Russians in Crimea voted to rejoin Russia because Ukraine is one of the most corrupt and poorest nations in Europe, while Russia has vast natural resources and is far more advanced.

    This is why knowledgeable people like Donald Trump state they are not bothered by Russia accepting the request by the people of Crimea to rejoin Russia. Now watch this PBS News Hour propaganda segment providing "facts" as to why Trump is wrong, saying only that Ukraine's pro-Russian leader was ousted so Russia invaded Crimea, without mentioning any historical facts.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/facts-behind-trumps-comments-russia-ukraine/

    The segment actually lies by saying Crimea voted to join Ukraine in 1991. That is false, it voted to become an independent republic from the dissolving USSR that would remain associated with Ukraine. After years of corruption, domestic turmoil, and an American coup in Kiev, the citizens of Crimea chose to be associated with Russia instead. The Russian reannexation of Crimea was desired by the vast majority of it's citizens and no sane person should object, unless they are limited to censored information in the American media.
    _______________________

    The official vote was over 96% in favor of rejoining Russia.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_status_referendum,_2014

    One can argue about the exact numbers, but no one disputes that the overwhelming majority of Crimean people want to be part of Russia, including the majority of Ukrainians who live there! One may argue that democracy shouldn't matter or the people of Crimea should have no say in the matter, but I suspect 99% of properly informed Americans would agree that if Crimeans prefer to be part of Russia, we should not object. However, most Americans are stunned by these facts since all they know is what our CIA-edited corporate news shows tell them.
  24. To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening. The next time around, let these guys liberate themselves, everybody will be happier that way.

    Dostoevsky predicted all this back in 1877:

    This second thing is my inner conviction, complete and overpowering, that Russia never will have and never has had anyone who can hate, envy, slander, and even display open enmity toward her as much as all these Slavic tribes will the moment Russia liberates them and Europe agrees to recognize their liberation! …

    I repeat: after their liberation they will begin their new life by asking Europe—England and Germany, for instance—for guarantees and protection of their freedom, and even though Russia will also be part of the concert of European powers, they will do this precisely as a means of defense against Russia. They will certainly begin by announcing banner she raised among humanity. But those people, especially at the beginning, will be in such a pitiful minority that they will be subject to mockery, hatred, and even political persecution. It will be particularly pleasant for the liberated Slavs to announce and trumpet to the whole world that they are educated peoples capable of attaining the heights of European culture, while Russia is a barbaric country, a gloomy northern colossus) that she does not even have pure Slavic blood and is the oppressor and hater of European civilization.

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    It will be particularly pleasant for the liberated Slavs to announce and trumpet to the whole world that they are educated peoples capable of attaining the heights of European culture, while Russia is a barbaric country, a gloomy northern colossus) that she does not even have pure Slavic blood and is the oppressor and hater of European civilization.
     
    Very few people in the West read Writer's Diary by Dostoevsky. Actually, Russian classics are discounted in favor of dissident opinions. Indeed, what can possibly Leo Tolstoy convey about Russia that Richard Pipes can't. Solzhenitsyn, sure as hell, did a "fine" job to confirm Bertrand Russell's point to lady Adeline that if Russians were such people as described in Dostoevsky's novels that Bolshevism is exactly the system which fits them.
  25. The Saker’s trademark mix of military lucidity and geopolitical “anti-imperialist” inanity.

    Furthermore, since the USA currently has about 700 military bases worldwide, the host countries have been turned into a modern version of a colony, a protectorate, which has no option than to fully collaborate with the USA and which has to offer all its resources in manpower, equipment, infrastructure, etc. to the USA in case of war. To put it simply: all of Europe is owned by the USA which can use it as they want (mainly as canon fodder against Russia, of course).

    Which explains Franco-German opposition to the Iraq War. Or why the tail wagged the dog on Libya.

    You do not need any far-reaching AngloZionist conspiracy theories to explain European hostility towards Russia when you could just look at the opinion polls (in which West Europeans on average have a dimmer view of Russia than even the Americans).

    If Russia is allowed to break free from the Empire, then this means the end for the Empire’s global domination project as other countries will inevitably follow suit. Not only that, but this would deprive the Empire from the immense Russian resources in energy, potable water, strategic metals, etc. If Russia is allowed to break free and succeed, then Europe will inevitably gravitate towards Russia due to objective economic and political factors. Losing Europe would mean the end of the AngloZionist Empire.

    Whatever will the US Empire do without the waters of the Yenisei and Lena?

    Besides, it is not like there was a long line of countries waiting to defend Russia when her interests were affected. Does anybody know which countries, besides Russia, have recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia? Answer: Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru! Yep, not even Kazakhstan or Syria… Isn’t friendship and partnership a two-way street?

    Kazakhstan will have to be partitioned sooner or later. Hopefully a Kazakh nationalist comes to power after Nazarbaev croaks to ease that along.

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    It's an "AngloZionist conspiracy theory" that Germany is occupied by foreign troops and her media take their orders from Washington? Try self-evident fact.
    Opinion polls reflect the line of the whole political establishment, not the other way round. It's only when you have an actual vote, like Brexit, that you can change that.
    , @g2k

    Which explains Franco-German opposition to the Iraq War. Or why the tail wagged the dog on Libya.

    You do not need any far-reaching AngloZionist conspiracy theories to explain European hostility towards Russia when you could just look at the opinion polls (in which West Europeans on average have a dimmer view of Russia than even the Americans).
     

    I half agree, but if the Iraq war were held today I don't think there'd be a fraction of the opposition. Two reasons really; the European political elite is much, much more atlanticist than a generation ago, especially with the accession of Eastern Europe to the EU, the second being that at the time, there was an extreme urban bourgeois hatred of Bush (this was the case on both sides of the pond, but seemed to make Europeans more assertive vis a vis the US). Putin has essentially replaced him as their hate figure.

    Kazakhstan will have to be partitioned sooner or later. Hopefully a Kazakh nationalist comes to power after Nazarbaev croaks to ease that along.
     
    Not sure, the "we're sophisticated Europeans, not Asian barbarians" mentality/nonsense that underpins a lot of the Eastern European anti-Russian sentiment is, for obvious reasons, absent in central Asia. I think they'll also be more successful in preventing Wahabbism and Islamism than anticipated.
    , @Verymuchalive
    I did make the point on a Saker website about Saker's military nous and (often ) geopolitical banality. It seemed to go above the heads of his readership ( or should I say groupies )
    I'm glad you brought up the Solzhenitsyn question. As the great man said, the tragedy was not that the Soviet Union broke up - that was inevitable - it was that it broke up along the ( often arbitrary ) border lines decided by the Bolsheviks in 1922-24. The northern half of Kazakhstan is solidly Russian - Solzhenitsyn himself was on record of wanting it annexed to Russia.
    I hope and pray that these border changes can be peacefully and sensibly implemented. Also. that Russia has the good sense to concede territory where necessary, eg Konigsberg back to Germany ( provided Germany pays to rehouse inhabitants ) and Kuriles back to Japan ( same conditions ).
    I have criticized you in the past, Mr Karlin, for your lack of historical awareness.( Are You Even 30 ? ) I am pleased that you are a Solzhenitsynist. More people should be made aware
  26. @Anatoly Karlin
    The Saker's trademark mix of military lucidity and geopolitical "anti-imperialist" inanity.

    Furthermore, since the USA currently has about 700 military bases worldwide, the host countries have been turned into a modern version of a colony, a protectorate, which has no option than to fully collaborate with the USA and which has to offer all its resources in manpower, equipment, infrastructure, etc. to the USA in case of war. To put it simply: all of Europe is owned by the USA which can use it as they want (mainly as canon fodder against Russia, of course).
     
    Which explains Franco-German opposition to the Iraq War. Or why the tail wagged the dog on Libya.

    You do not need any far-reaching AngloZionist conspiracy theories to explain European hostility towards Russia when you could just look at the opinion polls (in which West Europeans on average have a dimmer view of Russia than even the Americans).

    If Russia is allowed to break free from the Empire, then this means the end for the Empire’s global domination project as other countries will inevitably follow suit. Not only that, but this would deprive the Empire from the immense Russian resources in energy, potable water, strategic metals, etc. If Russia is allowed to break free and succeed, then Europe will inevitably gravitate towards Russia due to objective economic and political factors. Losing Europe would mean the end of the AngloZionist Empire.
     
    Whatever will the US Empire do without the waters of the Yenisei and Lena?

    Besides, it is not like there was a long line of countries waiting to defend Russia when her interests were affected. Does anybody know which countries, besides Russia, have recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia? Answer: Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru! Yep, not even Kazakhstan or Syria… Isn’t friendship and partnership a two-way street?
     
    Kazakhstan will have to be partitioned sooner or later. Hopefully a Kazakh nationalist comes to power after Nazarbaev croaks to ease that along.

    It’s an “AngloZionist conspiracy theory” that Germany is occupied by foreign troops and her media take their orders from Washington? Try self-evident fact.
    Opinion polls reflect the line of the whole political establishment, not the other way round. It’s only when you have an actual vote, like Brexit, that you can change that.

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  27. @Talha
    From what I've read, the Russian leadership is buoying up the Orthodox Church in order to challenge some of the trends you have mentioned - am I wrong? But it took years for this to get to this point, it may yet take years to overturn this. Of course Russia doesn't have much time with the very low birth rates to figure this one out.

    On a related note, I found this comment to be one of the most interesting:

    To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening.
     
    Peace.

    Russia doesn’t have much time with the very low birth rates

    Russia’s birthrate is higher than the US and almost all of Europe. It’s currently experiencing an over decade-long baby boom. You are either uninformed or are using a different relative metric.

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    Hey JL,

    Yes, it does seem higher than much of Europe - though that's not saying all that much. My sources are just simple searches for terms like 'Russia birth rate'. This article seems to sum up why Russia may not be out of hot waters yet:
    https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/russia-reverses-birth-decline-but-for-how-long-36625

    But if this information is all wrong, then that is welcome news indeed. A stable Russia that is not fearing from an existential threat of population decline will make better decisions. It also means a Russia that is returning to values and mores that favor longevity.

    Peace.
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    @Quartermaster
    The Soviet Army from WW2 on was an offensive weapon, and was intentionally designed to take western Europe. NATO and the US Nuclear umbrella was all that stood between them and the Atlantic. Time wore the Soviets down and after they reached max economic growth, the Red Army and VDS were in pretty bad shape. Worse shape than the west was in.

    Frankly, I think Putin would laugh at this article. He would also find the accusations of Ukrainian fascism funny since he invented the idea and he knows that his regime is fascist to its core.

    The 101st "Airborne" is not really an airborne unit and hasn't been since the 60s. It's an airmobile unit. The 82nd is still a traditional western Airborne unit and is very lightly armed as a result. If the VDV has armored personnel carriers than it would have little tactical or strategic mobility (unless they leave the stuff behind) because the things are simply too heavy for air transport to move many very fast. The US has tried to produce something both airmobile, yet light enough to be used as rapidly deployable organic equipment, but so far as failed. they even tried to build a tank, the M550 Sheridan, but as our own troops used to joke, "You can take it out with a mess kit knife."

    I would agree, after a fashion, with Saker on the purpose of the Russian Army, however. It's good for terrorizing their neighbors. We've already seen Putin show that.

    “The purpose of the Russian Army .. it’s good for terrorizing their neighbours” Your comments about the Russian Army are deeply offensive – my wife’s grandfather gave his life at Stalingrad so that the West (including you) could live without the Nazis. As much as the USA would like to hide the fact, the Red Army defeated the Nazi’s. Your President Obama thought he could come to the UK and dictate to us about leaving the EU. I can tell you now that this did not go down very well at all even with those Brits who voted to stay in the EU. I used to like the USA but I now do not like what it’s government stands for: “arrogance”, “do as I say or else we bomb you”, I am sure there are still many decent intelligent Americans who just want to live at peace and not impose their ideology and way of life onto the rest of the world I only wish they would get rid of the Washington crazies who seem to be determined to start WW3.

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    my wife’s grandfather gave his life at Stalingrad so that the West (including you) could live without the Nazis. As much as the USA would like to hide the fact, the Red Army defeated the Nazi’s. . . .
     

    I used to like the USA but I now do not like what it’s government stands for: “arrogance”, “do as I say or else we bomb you”,

    I am sure there are still many decent intelligent Americans who just want to live at peace and not impose their ideology and way of life onto the rest of the world
     

    I only wish they would get rid of the Washington crazies who seem to be determined to start WW3.
     

     
    Christopher, please point to the significant differences between the
    "Washington crazies who seem determined to start WW3" and
    are "arrogant" and
    operate under the rubric "do as I say or else we bomb you,"

    and

    the "Washington crazies" who were
    "determined to start WW2," and, as Jorg Friedrich has detailed,
    bombed German (and Japanese) civilians to rubble in order to force the capitulation of a government, broadly supported by its people, that "just wanted to live at peace" and not have the Washington "ideology and way of life imposed upon it?"
  29. @JL
    @Talha

    Russia doesn’t have much time with the very low birth rates
     
    Russia's birthrate is higher than the US and almost all of Europe. It's currently experiencing an over decade-long baby boom. You are either uninformed or are using a different relative metric.

    Hey JL,

    Yes, it does seem higher than much of Europe – though that’s not saying all that much. My sources are just simple searches for terms like ‘Russia birth rate’. This article seems to sum up why Russia may not be out of hot waters yet:

    https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/russia-reverses-birth-decline-but-for-how-long-36625

    But if this information is all wrong, then that is welcome news indeed. A stable Russia that is not fearing from an existential threat of population decline will make better decisions. It also means a Russia that is returning to values and mores that favor longevity.

    Peace.

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    @Talha

    Hi Talha!

    I understand well, quality English language information on anything pertaining to Russia is incredibly difficult to find. As others have already mentioned, the Moscow Times is unreliable and should be avoided at all costs. It is an extreme, anti-government, Russophobic publication dedicated to slandering its host country. Their chief editor is one Mikhail Fishman, who was hired, despite poor English language skills, after the Finns were forced to divest under Russia's new law requiring mass media to be more than 20% foreign owned. You can look up his bio if you wish, suffice to say he is partisan scum.

    For a more nuanced discussion of Russian demographics I highly recommend looking at the pre-Ukraine Crisis work of Anatoly Karlin and also Mark Adomanis (after Ukraine, they had other, more sensational, issues to address). In short, the Dying Russia theme is outdated by at least a decade. This is isn't to paper over some of the long-term issues Russia faces, and neither Karlin nor Adomanis do so, like the 90s cliff drop. However demographic trends have consistently surprised the doom-and-gloom purveyors.

    That’s the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of Communism
     
    Uh, no, that's the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of economic shock therapy, liberalism, "democracy" and all the other great 90s live experiments. I have no inherent love of communism, nor any reason to defend it, but this misunderstanding is absolutely crucial. While you may hate the communists for their militant atheism, their value system was probably more in line with what you espouse, the obviously crucial aspect of religion notwithstanding.
  30. @Anatoly Karlin
    The Saker's trademark mix of military lucidity and geopolitical "anti-imperialist" inanity.

    Furthermore, since the USA currently has about 700 military bases worldwide, the host countries have been turned into a modern version of a colony, a protectorate, which has no option than to fully collaborate with the USA and which has to offer all its resources in manpower, equipment, infrastructure, etc. to the USA in case of war. To put it simply: all of Europe is owned by the USA which can use it as they want (mainly as canon fodder against Russia, of course).
     
    Which explains Franco-German opposition to the Iraq War. Or why the tail wagged the dog on Libya.

    You do not need any far-reaching AngloZionist conspiracy theories to explain European hostility towards Russia when you could just look at the opinion polls (in which West Europeans on average have a dimmer view of Russia than even the Americans).

    If Russia is allowed to break free from the Empire, then this means the end for the Empire’s global domination project as other countries will inevitably follow suit. Not only that, but this would deprive the Empire from the immense Russian resources in energy, potable water, strategic metals, etc. If Russia is allowed to break free and succeed, then Europe will inevitably gravitate towards Russia due to objective economic and political factors. Losing Europe would mean the end of the AngloZionist Empire.
     
    Whatever will the US Empire do without the waters of the Yenisei and Lena?

    Besides, it is not like there was a long line of countries waiting to defend Russia when her interests were affected. Does anybody know which countries, besides Russia, have recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia? Answer: Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru! Yep, not even Kazakhstan or Syria… Isn’t friendship and partnership a two-way street?
     
    Kazakhstan will have to be partitioned sooner or later. Hopefully a Kazakh nationalist comes to power after Nazarbaev croaks to ease that along.

    Which explains Franco-German opposition to the Iraq War. Or why the tail wagged the dog on Libya.

    You do not need any far-reaching AngloZionist conspiracy theories to explain European hostility towards Russia when you could just look at the opinion polls (in which West Europeans on average have a dimmer view of Russia than even the Americans).

    I half agree, but if the Iraq war were held today I don’t think there’d be a fraction of the opposition. Two reasons really; the European political elite is much, much more atlanticist than a generation ago, especially with the accession of Eastern Europe to the EU, the second being that at the time, there was an extreme urban bourgeois hatred of Bush (this was the case on both sides of the pond, but seemed to make Europeans more assertive vis a vis the US). Putin has essentially replaced him as their hate figure.

    Kazakhstan will have to be partitioned sooner or later. Hopefully a Kazakh nationalist comes to power after Nazarbaev croaks to ease that along.

    Not sure, the “we’re sophisticated Europeans, not Asian barbarians” mentality/nonsense that underpins a lot of the Eastern European anti-Russian sentiment is, for obvious reasons, absent in central Asia. I think they’ll also be more successful in preventing Wahabbism and Islamism than anticipated.

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  31. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anatoly Karlin

    To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening. The next time around, let these guys liberate themselves, everybody will be happier that way.
     
    Dostoevsky predicted all this back in 1877:

    This second thing is my inner conviction, complete and overpowering, that Russia never will have and never has had anyone who can hate, envy, slander, and even display open enmity toward her as much as all these Slavic tribes will the moment Russia liberates them and Europe agrees to recognize their liberation! ...

    I repeat: after their liberation they will begin their new life by asking Europe—England and Germany, for instance—for guarantees and protection of their freedom, and even though Russia will also be part of the concert of European powers, they will do this precisely as a means of defense against Russia. They will certainly begin by announcing banner she raised among humanity. But those people, especially at the beginning, will be in such a pitiful minority that they will be subject to mockery, hatred, and even political persecution. It will be particularly pleasant for the liberated Slavs to announce and trumpet to the whole world that they are educated peoples capable of attaining the heights of European culture, while Russia is a barbaric country, a gloomy northern colossus) that she does not even have pure Slavic blood and is the oppressor and hater of European civilization.
     

    It will be particularly pleasant for the liberated Slavs to announce and trumpet to the whole world that they are educated peoples capable of attaining the heights of European culture, while Russia is a barbaric country, a gloomy northern colossus) that she does not even have pure Slavic blood and is the oppressor and hater of European civilization.

    Very few people in the West read Writer’s Diary by Dostoevsky. Actually, Russian classics are discounted in favor of dissident opinions. Indeed, what can possibly Leo Tolstoy convey about Russia that Richard Pipes can’t. Solzhenitsyn, sure as hell, did a “fine” job to confirm Bertrand Russell’s point to lady Adeline that if Russians were such people as described in Dostoevsky’s novels that Bolshevism is exactly the system which fits them.

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  32. Russia is a huge primitive country that was and will be useful for fighting Germany, and that is why it has been given Western technology, as documented by Anthony C. Sutton.

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    "Russia is a huge primitive country... "
    Is this an opinion of an exceptional American or usual arrogance of an Israeli?
    Sounds like MSM textbook
  33. @Anatoly Karlin
    The Saker's trademark mix of military lucidity and geopolitical "anti-imperialist" inanity.

    Furthermore, since the USA currently has about 700 military bases worldwide, the host countries have been turned into a modern version of a colony, a protectorate, which has no option than to fully collaborate with the USA and which has to offer all its resources in manpower, equipment, infrastructure, etc. to the USA in case of war. To put it simply: all of Europe is owned by the USA which can use it as they want (mainly as canon fodder against Russia, of course).
     
    Which explains Franco-German opposition to the Iraq War. Or why the tail wagged the dog on Libya.

    You do not need any far-reaching AngloZionist conspiracy theories to explain European hostility towards Russia when you could just look at the opinion polls (in which West Europeans on average have a dimmer view of Russia than even the Americans).

    If Russia is allowed to break free from the Empire, then this means the end for the Empire’s global domination project as other countries will inevitably follow suit. Not only that, but this would deprive the Empire from the immense Russian resources in energy, potable water, strategic metals, etc. If Russia is allowed to break free and succeed, then Europe will inevitably gravitate towards Russia due to objective economic and political factors. Losing Europe would mean the end of the AngloZionist Empire.
     
    Whatever will the US Empire do without the waters of the Yenisei and Lena?

    Besides, it is not like there was a long line of countries waiting to defend Russia when her interests were affected. Does anybody know which countries, besides Russia, have recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia? Answer: Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru! Yep, not even Kazakhstan or Syria… Isn’t friendship and partnership a two-way street?
     
    Kazakhstan will have to be partitioned sooner or later. Hopefully a Kazakh nationalist comes to power after Nazarbaev croaks to ease that along.

    I did make the point on a Saker website about Saker’s military nous and (often ) geopolitical banality. It seemed to go above the heads of his readership ( or should I say groupies )
    I’m glad you brought up the Solzhenitsyn question. As the great man said, the tragedy was not that the Soviet Union broke up – that was inevitable – it was that it broke up along the ( often arbitrary ) border lines decided by the Bolsheviks in 1922-24. The northern half of Kazakhstan is solidly Russian – Solzhenitsyn himself was on record of wanting it annexed to Russia.
    I hope and pray that these border changes can be peacefully and sensibly implemented. Also. that Russia has the good sense to concede territory where necessary, eg Konigsberg back to Germany ( provided Germany pays to rehouse inhabitants ) and Kuriles back to Japan ( same conditions ).
    I have criticized you in the past, Mr Karlin, for your lack of historical awareness.( Are You Even 30 ? ) I am pleased that you are a Solzhenitsynist. More people should be made aware

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  34. @Talha
    From what I've read, the Russian leadership is buoying up the Orthodox Church in order to challenge some of the trends you have mentioned - am I wrong? But it took years for this to get to this point, it may yet take years to overturn this. Of course Russia doesn't have much time with the very low birth rates to figure this one out.

    On a related note, I found this comment to be one of the most interesting:

    To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening.
     
    Peace.

    The US Birth rate is around 1.7 about where it was at the time of the Great Depression

    This should tell you something about our economy.

    Also our numbers are propped up with Mestizo immigration, this immigrant wave abound 50 MILLION of all races 80-90% non European has reduced social capital and the national IQ by 5 points or more

    Its not going to go up especially as the next group of immigrants if it happens have high levels of cousin marriage and a religious system that is incompatible with the US entirely. We could handle fairly secular Persians fine or others like them but these people if Clinton wins and brings them in will destabilize the country very very fast as they are the dregs of the world.

    Opinion piece here but the US empire is committing auto-genocide against its own founding stock racial and religious for political and short term economic gains and therefore doomed itself

    There will be no recovery since we are in the Looted by Oligarchs phase and have yet to find any leaders , Trump not being one.

    To win Russia need only wait till it weakens enough to either fall apart as the USSR did or has a civil war and the next nations, probably with smashed industry , endemic poverty (remember the US has not invested much into infrastructure and has many biologically lower IQ people ) and mass deaths will be as easy to manage politically as any other 3rd world country

    The few new nations that make it, probably homogenized and highly Conservative won’t be Imperial at least outside CONUS or Neo Conservative in any way shape or form.

    How soon this will occur I do not know, no one does . My guess is that it will probably be up to the president that follows Putin as its a decade maybe two or even three out

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    Hey ABP,

    On the whole, I agree with most of your points, just a few comments...

    This should tell you something about our economy.
     
    It also says something about the current culture which is beyond the economy. A nice White guy reports to me in our IT Dept. I know he makes enough to start up a modest family, but is pretty satisfied with being childless and makes it known. My sister-in-law married a guy (both White) who made it clear he wanted no kids (of course he cheated on and divorced her) and now she is too old to contemplate having more than one kid - and every year, her chances decrease exponentially. Many advice columns I peruse often have letters that start, "I love my boy/girl friend and want to marry, but he/she doesn't want children..." There is something seriously malfunctioning in native White culture irrespective of other races.

    We could handle fairly secular Persians fine
     
    Secular Persians have the same genetic dead-end problems - they are living on borrowed time. I lived around UCLA where these people abound - they are not having many kids either. And I'm not even going to touch how many of them are living the 'gay dream'.

    But, I agree, if the US wants to keep immigration open, it needs to be highly selective, I mean very selective, like a top-tier university selective.

    and have yet to find any leaders
     
    Agreed, Dr. Paul was the last statesman America had in office, in my opinion, he was not perfect - but man, was he principled.

    The few new nations that make it, probably homogenized and highly Conservative won’t be Imperial at least outside CONUS or Neo Conservative in any way shape or form.
     
    That seems to be the pattern, unless a nation can figure out how to unite various people under one ideological vision, with one ethnic group as the alphas - Singapore seems to be an example (though on a small scale). The days of empires being worth it seem to be over, they are a pain to maintain and don't bring prestige, but rather condemnation.

    Peace.
    , @expeedee
    You are absolutely spot on in your analysis. In the end, the Russians (if they are smart) will have the superior gene pool. All Russia needs to do is have lots of babies, eschew Western culture of drugs, alcohol, prozac, tobacco, multiculturalism and solipsism and the future is hers.
  35. @A.B. Prosper
    The US Birth rate is around 1.7 about where it was at the time of the Great Depression

    This should tell you something about our economy.

    Also our numbers are propped up with Mestizo immigration, this immigrant wave abound 50 MILLION of all races 80-90% non European has reduced social capital and the national IQ by 5 points or more

    Its not going to go up especially as the next group of immigrants if it happens have high levels of cousin marriage and a religious system that is incompatible with the US entirely. We could handle fairly secular Persians fine or others like them but these people if Clinton wins and brings them in will destabilize the country very very fast as they are the dregs of the world.

    Opinion piece here but the US empire is committing auto-genocide against its own founding stock racial and religious for political and short term economic gains and therefore doomed itself

    There will be no recovery since we are in the Looted by Oligarchs phase and have yet to find any leaders , Trump not being one.

    To win Russia need only wait till it weakens enough to either fall apart as the USSR did or has a civil war and the next nations, probably with smashed industry , endemic poverty (remember the US has not invested much into infrastructure and has many biologically lower IQ people ) and mass deaths will be as easy to manage politically as any other 3rd world country

    The few new nations that make it, probably homogenized and highly Conservative won't be Imperial at least outside CONUS or Neo Conservative in any way shape or form.

    How soon this will occur I do not know, no one does . My guess is that it will probably be up to the president that follows Putin as its a decade maybe two or even three out

    Hey ABP,

    On the whole, I agree with most of your points, just a few comments…

    This should tell you something about our economy.

    It also says something about the current culture which is beyond the economy. A nice White guy reports to me in our IT Dept. I know he makes enough to start up a modest family, but is pretty satisfied with being childless and makes it known. My sister-in-law married a guy (both White) who made it clear he wanted no kids (of course he cheated on and divorced her) and now she is too old to contemplate having more than one kid – and every year, her chances decrease exponentially. Many advice columns I peruse often have letters that start, “I love my boy/girl friend and want to marry, but he/she doesn’t want children…” There is something seriously malfunctioning in native White culture irrespective of other races.

    We could handle fairly secular Persians fine

    Secular Persians have the same genetic dead-end problems – they are living on borrowed time. I lived around UCLA where these people abound – they are not having many kids either. And I’m not even going to touch how many of them are living the ‘gay dream’.

    But, I agree, if the US wants to keep immigration open, it needs to be highly selective, I mean very selective, like a top-tier university selective.

    and have yet to find any leaders

    Agreed, Dr. Paul was the last statesman America had in office, in my opinion, he was not perfect – but man, was he principled.

    The few new nations that make it, probably homogenized and highly Conservative won’t be Imperial at least outside CONUS or Neo Conservative in any way shape or form.

    That seems to be the pattern, unless a nation can figure out how to unite various people under one ideological vision, with one ethnic group as the alphas – Singapore seems to be an example (though on a small scale). The days of empires being worth it seem to be over, they are a pain to maintain and don’t bring prestige, but rather condemnation.

    Peace.

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    Feminism is one cause of all this.

    It's hard enough to have kids and raise a family without a whole set of new problems dealing with the sensitivities of aggrieved women.

    Many men now have seen what happened with their fathers, they did not like being brought up by only their mom and are very cautious about having children. In fact the birth rate of European races is appalling low, if you took out all the young men who impregnate tramps angling for welfare it would be even lower. Immigration is the only thing which holds the western democracies together.

    When you see a thirty something white girl working in a professional job, there is a good chance she will never have even one child.

    In addition people have children when they can afford it. In the west they have constantly prodded credit growth through low interest rates much of which has gone into stock and real estate speculation. The price of living has gone through the roof. To feed and house a family has become impossible on a single low income wage, and difficult even for the better off.

    A massive financial crisis and the destruction of the currency is probably the only thing that could reverse the birthrate because immigration would stop and the left wing mad men who rule us would have to face the real cause of our problems.
  36. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    This article is deeply inadequate, because it doesn’t include any analysis of the secret weapons Russia has at her disposal. Russia has electro-magnetic jamming that kills ability to communicate and lock on, Tesla tech, plasma beams, kinetic energy, aerospace, and lots of other things not mentioned here, possibly even sleeping weapons, weather weapons, .
    Russia also would quickly ally with many satellite states, such as Belarus, Kazakhstan, Iran, China, North Korea and others.

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    kinetic energy,
     
    You may not believe it--but young Russians study Kinetic Energy in public schools in the course of 9th Grade Physics (You know, Newtonian Mechanics). The study of liquid vacuum and warp drives, however, is done only in Bauman's Technical University;-) I am off to pour some good bourbon and light a cigar.
  37. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonymous
    This article is deeply inadequate, because it doesn't include any analysis of the secret weapons Russia has at her disposal. Russia has electro-magnetic jamming that kills ability to communicate and lock on, Tesla tech, plasma beams, kinetic energy, aerospace, and lots of other things not mentioned here, possibly even sleeping weapons, weather weapons, .
    Russia also would quickly ally with many satellite states, such as Belarus, Kazakhstan, Iran, China, North Korea and others.

    kinetic energy,

    You may not believe it–but young Russians study Kinetic Energy in public schools in the course of 9th Grade Physics (You know, Newtonian Mechanics). The study of liquid vacuum and warp drives, however, is done only in Bauman’s Technical University;-) I am off to pour some good bourbon and light a cigar.

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    • Replies: @Regnum Nostrum
    With all the well educated Russians around, studying kinetic energy in public schools and very soon in kindergartens, memorizing all the fancy formulas, solving on the fly math problems that would make MIT graduates heads explode, one has to wonder why are Russians so heavily dependent on imports of Western technology. Their dependence is multifaceted but I will only mention one area and that is energy extraction, because their dependence on Western technology in this particular area can be fatal. One has to wonder how many years of kinetic studies and how many formulas does it take to know that easily extracted deposits of energy are coming to an end and that it would be a good idea to develop technologies for the extraction of the harder to get deposits. Particularly in the light of the fact that energy exports are main source of revenue. Like I said before education is good but cannot beat a good thinking brain. Unless you can explain to me what were all those educated people waiting for. I will close with a few quotes to cheer you up.

    Moreover, because of sanctions, Russia faces severe limits on its residual ability to acquire the technologies that the country needs to develop the promising but nonetheless geologically challenging offshore and onshore sites in the Arctic and Eastern Siberia.

     


    Rosneft announced that it had been forced to postpone its offshore projects in the Arctic until 2018. Rosneft is acquiring knowledge on horizontal drilling and multi-stage shale fracking to extract difficult-to-access oil.

     


    The impact of the EU's latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country's economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.
     
  38. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Quartermaster
    Putin has already lost the PR battle in the Donbas. He finally admitted what the world always knew, Russia is deeply involved in the Donbas. The Crimea theft is still accepted by most of the world as theft as well.

    “The Crimea theft is still accepted by most of the world as theft as well.”

    It’s about as much ‘theft’ as Kosovo was.

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  39. @Talha
    Hey ABP,

    On the whole, I agree with most of your points, just a few comments...

    This should tell you something about our economy.
     
    It also says something about the current culture which is beyond the economy. A nice White guy reports to me in our IT Dept. I know he makes enough to start up a modest family, but is pretty satisfied with being childless and makes it known. My sister-in-law married a guy (both White) who made it clear he wanted no kids (of course he cheated on and divorced her) and now she is too old to contemplate having more than one kid - and every year, her chances decrease exponentially. Many advice columns I peruse often have letters that start, "I love my boy/girl friend and want to marry, but he/she doesn't want children..." There is something seriously malfunctioning in native White culture irrespective of other races.

    We could handle fairly secular Persians fine
     
    Secular Persians have the same genetic dead-end problems - they are living on borrowed time. I lived around UCLA where these people abound - they are not having many kids either. And I'm not even going to touch how many of them are living the 'gay dream'.

    But, I agree, if the US wants to keep immigration open, it needs to be highly selective, I mean very selective, like a top-tier university selective.

    and have yet to find any leaders
     
    Agreed, Dr. Paul was the last statesman America had in office, in my opinion, he was not perfect - but man, was he principled.

    The few new nations that make it, probably homogenized and highly Conservative won’t be Imperial at least outside CONUS or Neo Conservative in any way shape or form.
     
    That seems to be the pattern, unless a nation can figure out how to unite various people under one ideological vision, with one ethnic group as the alphas - Singapore seems to be an example (though on a small scale). The days of empires being worth it seem to be over, they are a pain to maintain and don't bring prestige, but rather condemnation.

    Peace.

    Feminism is one cause of all this.

    It’s hard enough to have kids and raise a family without a whole set of new problems dealing with the sensitivities of aggrieved women.

    Many men now have seen what happened with their fathers, they did not like being brought up by only their mom and are very cautious about having children. In fact the birth rate of European races is appalling low, if you took out all the young men who impregnate tramps angling for welfare it would be even lower. Immigration is the only thing which holds the western democracies together.

    When you see a thirty something white girl working in a professional job, there is a good chance she will never have even one child.

    In addition people have children when they can afford it. In the west they have constantly prodded credit growth through low interest rates much of which has gone into stock and real estate speculation. The price of living has gone through the roof. To feed and house a family has become impossible on a single low income wage, and difficult even for the better off.

    A massive financial crisis and the destruction of the currency is probably the only thing that could reverse the birthrate because immigration would stop and the left wing mad men who rule us would have to face the real cause of our problems.

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    My son, a mid-30s engineer, graduate of a US university, has a feminist mom (my ex) and sister (one of those childless professional women, sad to say) and was so taken aback by feminism that nearly all his girlfriends were foreigners living in their home countries, among them an Israeli chemical engineer (we're not Jewish) and a Colombian cardiologist (we're not Latin either). He married another South American girl, a biochemist who is now a stay-at-home mom with a photography business. They live a Latin version of a 1950s US life: two sons, wholly-owned home in a rural area, lots of outdoor activities, everything as wholesome as apple pie... Granted, he's been bi-lingual since early childhood, given many years of living in Spanish-speaking countries, but the point of this to me is that there are genuine opportunities for escaping feminism down here in South America.

    The curse of feminism, an ideological poison foisted on the US by Gramscian cultural Marxists, was demonstrated to me once more by an email from my daughter's godmother, who was outraged by the fact that my daughter-in-law had permitted my 2 1/2 year old grandson to go hang-gliding in his mom's lap: "She must be a stupid Latin woman who follows what the hubby says. Yuck!" Yeah, sure, much better to bubble-wrap the kid and castrate the dad. "Go south, young man, go south!" is an option to be explored. Did it myself years ago.
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    @Andrei Martyanov

    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.
     
    And you certainly love, in the absence of solid arguments on the topic, to simply substitute a thesis. OK. No, the first criteria for me in life is a human decency and not what is being perceived as "intellect". I am surrounded by my American friends some of whom are full blown intellectuals (couple of Ph.Ds, actually) , others are simply wonderful friends, colleagues and people. What I do not like, though, is any Russian, American, European, what have you, stupidity and arrogance. My circle of people doesn't contain those be it in Russia or in USA. Now, what would be highly appreciated if you can express your "expert" opinion on the quality of the personnel of the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces. Granted, this opinion of yours formed not form the same "sources" as that of QM.

    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.
     
    If you talk about me--it is one thing, but if you generalize about most Russians, boy, you are in for a huge surprise. But how do I know that, of course. I just returned from Russia.

    I wonder how this super educated population managed to excel in all of these unsavory metrics.
    From Russia with loathing :

    Life expectancy : 70
    Male life expectancy : 64
    Abortion rate : 2nd highest in the world
    Suicide rate : 14th highest in the world
    #1 Highest Suicide rate for a white/western country
    Suicide rate for men : 7th highest in the world
    Alcohol consumption : 4th highest in the world
    A population that could invent and find a use for Krokodill.

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    Alcohol consumption : 4th highest in the world
     
    I would suggest you acquaint yourself a bit with current statistics where Russia is stuck between Hungary and Germany in alcohol consumption.

    http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/who-drinks-the-most-alcohol-consumption-by-country.html

    But this whole thing is beyond any serious discussion. So, yes, in Russia, once you are born you have krokodil administered to you, that is why all Russians are krokodil-addicted. But your, actually badly informed, pontificating here should also keep in mind this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/health/us-suicide-rate-surges-to-a-30-year-high.html

    If US population would experience anything even remotely what Russians experienced in 1990s and early 200s I have no doubt, as bad as things are developing now in US, we would have a wowser of a statistics. The same goes for any European nation.
  41. @Verymuchalive
    Your exposition of military matters is excellent but as ever your handling of other matters is often exaggerated.
    You postulate a new form of warfare, 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% military. In this form, you write, the expulsion of the Russian Paralympic team is as important as British and American radar deliveries to Kiev.
    By informational, I take it you mean propaganda. The trouble with propaganda is that as well as convincing people it can also be profoundly counter-productive. The Anti-Russian propaganda pushed by the MSM and neocons is certainly a factor in the rise of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage et al. Despite the MSM's façade, people increasingly recognise it as propaganda, not news reporting.
    On the evidence, Anti-Russian propaganda seems to be less and less effective. Only 14 nations voted for a blanket ban of Russia at the recent Rio Olympics. 271 Russian athletes competed. 118 were banned, mainly in Athletics and weightlifting. So the vast majority competed and the vast majority of sports federations ignored attempts to get them to ban them.
    Despite massive efforts by the MSM, Western governments et al, this crude propaganda exercise largely ended in failure. It is a sign of the waning power of America generally and the Neocons in particular. 16 or 20 years ago, I'm sure all the Russians would have been banned.
    As regards the Paralympics. It is good that disabled people try to keep fit, but I have no interest in watching disabled people playing sport on TV. That is the attitude of the vast majority of people. Few watch the Paralympics or care about it. Banning the Russians from the Paralympics will be no consolation for the Neocons' failure regarding the main event

    “Banning the Russians from the Paralympics” is a stupendous moral defeat for the West. Whoever made a decision to showcase the US bullying the brave disabled sportspeople from Russia, these idiots produced another wav of disgust towards the opportunists at the Court for the Arbitration of Sport.
    “… Richard McLaren, led the independent report for the World Anti-Doping Agency which alleged wide scale doping which had allegedly been covered up by the country’s security services.”

    http://www.duckyparedes.com/russian-olympic-doping-scandal-mclaren-report-sexed-up-implicated-clean-atheletes.html

    As for Richard McLaren, he is a scoundrel.
    “Problems with the Mclaren Report
    * The report relies primarily on the testimony of the chief culprit, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov. The Independent Commission found Rodchenkov to be “at the heart of the positive drug test cover-up”.
    * The report asserts that Rodchenkov is credible and truthful with little demonstrated proof. The November 2015 Independent Commission report concluded that Dr. Rodchenkov was not credible.
    * The investigation did not consider the factual corrections or counter-arguments of Russian authorities.
    * The investigation excluded a written rebuttal supplied by one of the accused Russian individuals. Mclaren says, “I also received, unsolicited, an extensive narrative with attachments from one important government representative described in this report. In the short span of 57 days that I was given to conduct this IP investigation it was simply not practical and I deemed such interviewing would not be helpful.” (P21) Since one of the main purposes of the investigation was to determine the truthfulness of Rodchenkov’s accusations, this decision to not consider the ‘unsolicited’ information is shocking.
    * The investigation was neither thorough nor comprehensive. Prof. Mclaren acknowledges that “The compressed time frame in which to compile this Report has left much of the possible evidence unreviewed.
    * Prof. Mclaren was biased. Long before his investigation was complete, Mclaren was using his position to confidentially influence the IAAF to ban the entire Russian track and field team from the Rio Olympics. He also influenced Canadian and American athletes to launch a campaign to ban the entire Russian team. This action was denounced by the President of the European Olympic Committees…”

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/03/the-biased-report-that-led-to-banning-russian-athletes/

    In summary: Richard McLaren is a Scoundrel. Let him live with the infamy.

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    I thoroughly agree with you Mrs A. Dirty Dick's report is largely based on the unsubstantiated word of a couple of informants. There is very little real evidence presented by McLaren and a great deal of innuendo.
    Once upon a time, the MSM would have scrutinised the report carefully and commentated on its veracity or otherwise. There would be no one view, doubtless, and views might reflect underlying social, political, cultural and ethnic differences.
    Now the MSM is almost monolithically uniform. Presented with an "independent " report which said that it was the Russians wot did it, they accepted it at face value and proclaimed that this was proof of Russian culpability. No attempt was made to scrutinise the report.
    Everyday I rejoice when I hear an MSM outlet shut or forced into going online behind a paywall.
    It is no more than these hacks deserve.
  42. @Quartermaster
    Those people see how Putin is acting in Ukraine (Crimea and Donbas) and they have no more desire to fall under the Russian thumb anymore than the Ukrainians do. They've all seen enough fascism to last a lifetime, and have no desire to experience Putin's version.

    It's sickening what Putin is doing in Ukraine. Orthodoxy makes little difference to Putin. He's enjoying the instability he's creating. It's how Russia has behaved since Tsarist times.

    “It’s sickening…” — This is sickening: “Ukraine threatens to spread Nazism to Poland”

    http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/08/ukraine-threatens-to-spread-nazi.html

    And you certainly asked for this reposting:

    http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/08/banderite-hypocrisy-vice-pm-blames.html

    “…the phenomenon of the Ukrainian nation is quite young and, if we’re dealing with its Galician version, only has around 100 years under its belt… The final formation of the Ukrainian nation myth occurred under Soviet rule. The Moscow communists (Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and Khrushchev) transferred lands to the Ukrainian SSR which had never been a part of Hmelnitsky’s Hetmanate or the Ukrainian People’s Republic. These were the lands of Donbass, Sloboda Ukraine, and part of the territory of the Don Cossacks, Tavrida (Crimea and adjacent lands), and the Odessa region.
    Just before and after the Second World War, Ukraine received even more new lands: Western Ukraine was taken from Poland, Northern Bukovina was taken from Romania, and Transcarpathian Rus was taken from Czechoslovakia while Crimea was taken from Russia. In addition to these territorial gifts to the Ukrainian USSR, the Soviet Union created and pursued cultural and language policies of Ukrainianization. Across the entire territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and in some territories of Soviet Russia, education was held exclusively in the Ukrainian language. Nevertheless, Ukrainianization still only yielded very superficial results.”
    Here is a picture illuminating the augmentation of Ukraine for the expense of her neighbors: https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-08MH01zREq4/V8HXy8WLv4I/AAAAAAAAECI/D9NXDI0jRFw4CenxJJ9dVDJrdpsNhJZ-gCLcB/s1600/20140504_3602.jpg
    Should not Kievan junta denounce as illegal all those territorial acquisitions that were procured for Ukraine by the former USSR? – That would be logical.

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  43. @Quartermaster
    The Soviet Army from WW2 on was an offensive weapon, and was intentionally designed to take western Europe. NATO and the US Nuclear umbrella was all that stood between them and the Atlantic. Time wore the Soviets down and after they reached max economic growth, the Red Army and VDS were in pretty bad shape. Worse shape than the west was in.

    Frankly, I think Putin would laugh at this article. He would also find the accusations of Ukrainian fascism funny since he invented the idea and he knows that his regime is fascist to its core.

    The 101st "Airborne" is not really an airborne unit and hasn't been since the 60s. It's an airmobile unit. The 82nd is still a traditional western Airborne unit and is very lightly armed as a result. If the VDV has armored personnel carriers than it would have little tactical or strategic mobility (unless they leave the stuff behind) because the things are simply too heavy for air transport to move many very fast. The US has tried to produce something both airmobile, yet light enough to be used as rapidly deployable organic equipment, but so far as failed. they even tried to build a tank, the M550 Sheridan, but as our own troops used to joke, "You can take it out with a mess kit knife."

    I would agree, after a fashion, with Saker on the purpose of the Russian Army, however. It's good for terrorizing their neighbors. We've already seen Putin show that.

    Will Mr Quatermaster ever be satisfied, its easier to ignore your own problems while pusillanimously finger pointing at others, by others I mean everyone who holds a different prospective of how the world is. You’re such a bore.

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  44. @Quartermaster
    The Soviet Army from WW2 on was an offensive weapon, and was intentionally designed to take western Europe. NATO and the US Nuclear umbrella was all that stood between them and the Atlantic. Time wore the Soviets down and after they reached max economic growth, the Red Army and VDS were in pretty bad shape. Worse shape than the west was in.

    Frankly, I think Putin would laugh at this article. He would also find the accusations of Ukrainian fascism funny since he invented the idea and he knows that his regime is fascist to its core.

    The 101st "Airborne" is not really an airborne unit and hasn't been since the 60s. It's an airmobile unit. The 82nd is still a traditional western Airborne unit and is very lightly armed as a result. If the VDV has armored personnel carriers than it would have little tactical or strategic mobility (unless they leave the stuff behind) because the things are simply too heavy for air transport to move many very fast. The US has tried to produce something both airmobile, yet light enough to be used as rapidly deployable organic equipment, but so far as failed. they even tried to build a tank, the M550 Sheridan, but as our own troops used to joke, "You can take it out with a mess kit knife."

    I would agree, after a fashion, with Saker on the purpose of the Russian Army, however. It's good for terrorizing their neighbors. We've already seen Putin show that.

    The Soviet Army from WW2 on was an offensive weapon, and was intentionally designed to take western Europe.

    Soviet military doctrine has always been offensively oriented, not in the meaning you are implying, but in the sense that “the best defense is a good offense”. They believe, as all militaries understand, that victory comes through offensive action. Having had part of WW1, a civil war, the 1920 Polish invasion, and the Germans again in WW2, fought on their territory with the loss of life and destruction of property these wars have inflicted it seems understandable they might wish to fight a war, even a defensive one, on the other guy’s territory.

    An offensive military doctrine does not, in itself, mean you are out to conquer the world. Maybe in Gomer world, but not in the real world.

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  45. Interesting analysis Andrei.

    If Russia is such a wonderful place and the AngloZionist world is so awful perhaps you should leave Florida and move back to Russia.

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    Sherman


    The only relevant point is whether or not you support the neocon crusade to gang rape Conservative Orthodox Christian Russia. My strongest suspicion is that you do. And if you do you are a GD evil Satanist. The Russians will resist your Satanic Agenda....So will I.

    When we come to brink of nuclear missile launch time...I will show 0 mercy to your kind...Do not F with me and the Russians. I have 0 tolerance at this point in time for the (((neocons))).
    , @annamaria
    "If Russia is such a wonderful place and the AngloZionist world is so awful perhaps you should leave Florida and move back to Russia."
    Perfect line from new McCarthyists. The many great achievements of Western civilization, that have been enjoyed by people living in the UK/US/EU, do not belong to Zionists; the latter have been very busy with destroying these achievements. It is the fearless and informative critique of plutocrats and their policies that allows to keep the achievements alive - you know, the habeas corpus, freedom of speech, and other "populist trifles' hated by puppeteers. The Ziocons are set on a next phase of fat Cold War (see the trillions 'lost' by the Pentagon), which could lead to a hot war. Again, what was your point - that the Ziocons can do no wrong? Let me respectfully disagree; the wealth of information is against your assessment.
    , @RadicalCenter
    Perhaps Andrei is attracted to Florida, as are millions of other residents native -born and foreign, by its warm winters and lack of a state income tax, a combination available in few jurisdictions in the USA and fewer if any in Russia. Doesn't at all mean that he doesn't consider Russia overall to be a good place to live. Your logic is as poor as your manners.

    For what it's worth, I'd gladly take Andrei and hundreds of his Russian relatives in place of the African, Muslim, Mexican, and Latino immigrants whom we are actually getting these days.
  46. Another so-called “invincible” Russian military propaganda crap. Red Army was as much “focused on the defense of Russian territory”, as is Israeli Army. Both called foreign occupied Muslim and European lands as their territory in the past.

    YES – WWII showed the butchery of the victorious Red Army – murdering over one million German Christians and rapping more than 60,000 German women after the D-Day. Later the militarily-weak Afghans became Red Army’s victims – but that’s where Soviet Union met its Vietnam. The Red Army was defeated and demoralized by the rag-tag Afghan Mujahideen in the 1980s. An sooner the USSR lost its status of World Power, and lost most of its European territories.

    Israeli Jews do honor the Red Army just like their own defeated army in 2006.

    The victory of Soviet Red Army over Nazi Germany (Victory Day) is celebrated by the Zionist regime each year. Israeli Knesset hold special meeting to honor Red Army Veterans for saving Jews in Germany, including the tens of thousands of German Jews who served in the Nazi Army.

    In 2012, Vladimir Putin attended the opening ceremony of opening of a monument in the town of Netanya in honor of the Red Army. Speaking at the ceremony, Israeli president Shimon Peres, a war criminal, said: “This is an opportunity to thank the Red Army. Had it not defeated the Nazi beast then it is doubtful we would be standing here today. In World War II the Soviet Union prevented the world from surrendering.”

    https://rehmat1.com/2013/12/14/israeli-monument-for-the-red-army/

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    Objectively , who has suffered more military defeats in recent memory than Muslims ?

    We needn't go back that far in history to see a most humiliating defeat for your Muslim country of origin , Pakistan. JFR Jacob ( a Jewish general in the Indian army ) forced the unconditional surrender of the defeated Pakistani in 1971.

    Unlike you Ramhat ,the Pakistani establishment , to their credit , was capable of a sober and unbiased account of JFR Jacob's exploits. A quote from the Pakistani National Defense College : '"the credit really goes to General Jacob's meticulous preparations in the Indian eastern command and to the implementation by his Corps commanders."
  47. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Regnum Nostrum

    It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today.
     
    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.

    “What Ivan Knows That Johny Doesn’t"
     
    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.

    Regnum Nostrum

    Your point is irrelevant. I prefer Conservative Orthodox Christian Russians living in the US to Chinese…Hindu…Pakistani…Korean…Hmong…legal immigrants and their US born geneline living in the US.

    The Greedy Cheating White Liberal MEGA-CEOS are in the process of exterminating thousands of years of acquired Native Born White American Scientific,Engineering, and Medical Experience via the H-1-L-1 B Visa program. When the Native Born White American Race Revolt commences we are going to have to figure out how to rebuild Native Born White American Engineering Scientific,Engineering, and Medical Expertise back up. It would be very good idea to import Russian Math and Physics teachers.

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  48. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Sherman
    Interesting analysis Andrei.

    If Russia is such a wonderful place and the AngloZionist world is so awful perhaps you should leave Florida and move back to Russia.

    Sherman

    The only relevant point is whether or not you support the neocon crusade to gang rape Conservative Orthodox Christian Russia. My strongest suspicion is that you do. And if you do you are a GD evil Satanist. The Russians will resist your Satanic Agenda….So will I.

    When we come to brink of nuclear missile launch time…I will show 0 mercy to your kind…Do not F with me and the Russians. I have 0 tolerance at this point in time for the (((neocons))).

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    The level of bullying, deception, sanctions, and slander being thrown at Russia these days -- and the demonstrated character and track record of those responsible for it -- pushes normal Americans and any normal Christian or Western person closer to Russia, not farther away.

    Sherman, in your honor we are considering finding classes for our children to learn Russian, and we are looking into a further small investment in Russian stocks (in addition to the whopping five thousand dollars of LUKOIL stock we own, making us real market movers, LOL :)

    (Consult the recent statements of billionaire investment genius Jim Rogers to see why it is likely wise to invest in Russian agricultural and energy companies for the longer term.)
    , @Anonymous
    Why don't you move to Russia? You've said that you're a de facto Russian agent and that you will act as such in any potential military conflicts with Russia, which means that you would have to be thrown in prison or executed for treason.
  49. @Sean
    Russia is a huge primitive country that was and will be useful for fighting Germany, and that is why it has been given Western technology, as documented by Anthony C. Sutton.

    “Russia is a huge primitive country… ”
    Is this an opinion of an exceptional American or usual arrogance of an Israeli?
    Sounds like MSM textbook

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  50. @Sherman
    Interesting analysis Andrei.

    If Russia is such a wonderful place and the AngloZionist world is so awful perhaps you should leave Florida and move back to Russia.

    “If Russia is such a wonderful place and the AngloZionist world is so awful perhaps you should leave Florida and move back to Russia.”
    Perfect line from new McCarthyists. The many great achievements of Western civilization, that have been enjoyed by people living in the UK/US/EU, do not belong to Zionists; the latter have been very busy with destroying these achievements. It is the fearless and informative critique of plutocrats and their policies that allows to keep the achievements alive – you know, the habeas corpus, freedom of speech, and other “populist trifles’ hated by puppeteers. The Ziocons are set on a next phase of fat Cold War (see the trillions ‘lost’ by the Pentagon), which could lead to a hot war. Again, what was your point – that the Ziocons can do no wrong? Let me respectfully disagree; the wealth of information is against your assessment.

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    Perfect line from new McCarthyists. The many great achievements of Western civilization, that have been enjoyed by people living in the UK/US/EU, do not belong to Zionists;
     
    I do not think Sherman was saying all of the great achievements of Western Civilization belong to Zionists. I think he was referring to the fact that many here whine and bemoan everything in the west that they don't like as a AngloZionist creation. Also they claim to think that the US are going down the drain due to the total control of AngloZionists. They also extol the virtues of the great Russian axis. Yet and still with all of their whining and bellyaching they all prefer to live in the AngloZionist nightmare that is the US . Even if they are Russian , speak Russian , and were born in Russia , like Saker, Shamir and many others. Speaks volumes.
  51. @Pat the Rat
    Feminism is one cause of all this.

    It's hard enough to have kids and raise a family without a whole set of new problems dealing with the sensitivities of aggrieved women.

    Many men now have seen what happened with their fathers, they did not like being brought up by only their mom and are very cautious about having children. In fact the birth rate of European races is appalling low, if you took out all the young men who impregnate tramps angling for welfare it would be even lower. Immigration is the only thing which holds the western democracies together.

    When you see a thirty something white girl working in a professional job, there is a good chance she will never have even one child.

    In addition people have children when they can afford it. In the west they have constantly prodded credit growth through low interest rates much of which has gone into stock and real estate speculation. The price of living has gone through the roof. To feed and house a family has become impossible on a single low income wage, and difficult even for the better off.

    A massive financial crisis and the destruction of the currency is probably the only thing that could reverse the birthrate because immigration would stop and the left wing mad men who rule us would have to face the real cause of our problems.

    My son, a mid-30s engineer, graduate of a US university, has a feminist mom (my ex) and sister (one of those childless professional women, sad to say) and was so taken aback by feminism that nearly all his girlfriends were foreigners living in their home countries, among them an Israeli chemical engineer (we’re not Jewish) and a Colombian cardiologist (we’re not Latin either). He married another South American girl, a biochemist who is now a stay-at-home mom with a photography business. They live a Latin version of a 1950s US life: two sons, wholly-owned home in a rural area, lots of outdoor activities, everything as wholesome as apple pie… Granted, he’s been bi-lingual since early childhood, given many years of living in Spanish-speaking countries, but the point of this to me is that there are genuine opportunities for escaping feminism down here in South America.

    The curse of feminism, an ideological poison foisted on the US by Gramscian cultural Marxists, was demonstrated to me once more by an email from my daughter’s godmother, who was outraged by the fact that my daughter-in-law had permitted my 2 1/2 year old grandson to go hang-gliding in his mom’s lap: “She must be a stupid Latin woman who follows what the hubby says. Yuck!” Yeah, sure, much better to bubble-wrap the kid and castrate the dad. “Go south, young man, go south!” is an option to be explored. Did it myself years ago.

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    @Rehmat
    Another so-called "invincible" Russian military propaganda crap. Red Army was as much "focused on the defense of Russian territory", as is Israeli Army. Both called foreign occupied Muslim and European lands as their territory in the past.

    YES - WWII showed the butchery of the victorious Red Army - murdering over one million German Christians and rapping more than 60,000 German women after the D-Day. Later the militarily-weak Afghans became Red Army's victims - but that's where Soviet Union met its Vietnam. The Red Army was defeated and demoralized by the rag-tag Afghan Mujahideen in the 1980s. An sooner the USSR lost its status of World Power, and lost most of its European territories.

    Israeli Jews do honor the Red Army just like their own defeated army in 2006.

    The victory of Soviet Red Army over Nazi Germany (Victory Day) is celebrated by the Zionist regime each year. Israeli Knesset hold special meeting to honor Red Army Veterans for saving Jews in Germany, including the tens of thousands of German Jews who served in the Nazi Army.

    In 2012, Vladimir Putin attended the opening ceremony of opening of a monument in the town of Netanya in honor of the Red Army. Speaking at the ceremony, Israeli president Shimon Peres, a war criminal, said: "This is an opportunity to thank the Red Army. Had it not defeated the Nazi beast then it is doubtful we would be standing here today. In World War II the Soviet Union prevented the world from surrendering."

    https://rehmat1.com/2013/12/14/israeli-monument-for-the-red-army/

    Objectively , who has suffered more military defeats in recent memory than Muslims ?

    We needn’t go back that far in history to see a most humiliating defeat for your Muslim country of origin , Pakistan. JFR Jacob ( a Jewish general in the Indian army ) forced the unconditional surrender of the defeated Pakistani in 1971.

    Unlike you Ramhat ,the Pakistani establishment , to their credit , was capable of a sober and unbiased account of JFR Jacob’s exploits. A quote from the Pakistani National Defense College : ‘”the credit really goes to General Jacob’s meticulous preparations in the Indian eastern command and to the implementation by his Corps commanders.”

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    Have your "shitty little entity" defeated Pakistan or even Hizbullah, an Islamic resistance group?

    As for your Indian Jew Lt. Gen. (ret) Jacob Farj Rafael's miracle achievements - I have already responded - so stop continue licking your own AZZ.

    https://rehmat1.com/2015/08/03/indias-jew-hero-of-bangladesh-war/
  53. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @annamaria
    "If Russia is such a wonderful place and the AngloZionist world is so awful perhaps you should leave Florida and move back to Russia."
    Perfect line from new McCarthyists. The many great achievements of Western civilization, that have been enjoyed by people living in the UK/US/EU, do not belong to Zionists; the latter have been very busy with destroying these achievements. It is the fearless and informative critique of plutocrats and their policies that allows to keep the achievements alive - you know, the habeas corpus, freedom of speech, and other "populist trifles' hated by puppeteers. The Ziocons are set on a next phase of fat Cold War (see the trillions 'lost' by the Pentagon), which could lead to a hot war. Again, what was your point - that the Ziocons can do no wrong? Let me respectfully disagree; the wealth of information is against your assessment.

    Perfect line from new McCarthyists. The many great achievements of Western civilization, that have been enjoyed by people living in the UK/US/EU, do not belong to Zionists;

    I do not think Sherman was saying all of the great achievements of Western Civilization belong to Zionists. I think he was referring to the fact that many here whine and bemoan everything in the west that they don’t like as a AngloZionist creation. Also they claim to think that the US are going down the drain due to the total control of AngloZionists. They also extol the virtues of the great Russian axis. Yet and still with all of their whining and bellyaching they all prefer to live in the AngloZionist nightmare that is the US . Even if they are Russian , speak Russian , and were born in Russia , like Saker, Shamir and many others. Speaks volumes.

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    The Saker wasn't born in Russia, you Jewish supremacist twerp.
    , @annamaria
    "Yet and still with all of their whining and bellyaching they all prefer to live in the AngloZionist nightmare that is the US ."
    Interesting logic.
    This is a free world, where one has a freedom to live where he wants to live and to say what must be said. Or you are suggesting that all these critics of the US plutocracy - tHedges, Sheer, Stone, Klein, Pilger, and other principled and courageous people - should be sent away so that the Hallelujah to the exceptional nation, sang by MSM on a cue from State Dept. and Clintons, could proceed interrupted?
    This article is a small island in a sea of MSM propaganda directed by plutocracy. I guess that you will be outraged by this article as well: http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2016/08/a-thousand-balls-of-flame.html#more (A Thousand Balls of Flame, by Orlov).

    Here is what the brilliant Orlov writes: "...most of the recent American warmongering toward Russia can be explained by the desire to find anyone but oneself to blame for one’s unfolding demise." - Hard to refute.
    Or this: "...the US has squandered a fantastic sum of money fattening up its notoriously corrupt defense establishment with various versions of “Star Wars." - Correct as well.
    And here is the heart of the matter: "...the US military spending is responsible for over half of all federal discretionary spending, dwarfing most other vitally important sectors, such as infrastructure, public medicine and public education. It serves several objectives. Most importantly, it is a public jobs program: a way of employing people who are not employable in any actually productive capacity due to lack of intelligence, education and training. ... Last of all, it is a way of projecting force around the world, bombing into submission any country that dares oppose Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions, often in total disregard of international law. Nowhere on this list is the actual goal of defending the US."
    It is safe to say that Orlov serves humanity whereas Morell, the ignorant "perfumed prince" at the DC court serves only himself.
    The plutocracy-celected "deciders" infuriates such true patriots like Colonel Lang, http://turcopolier.typepad.com. Colonel Lang is an expert in military affairs and he served this country as a warrior. For obvious reasons he is hated by likes of Douglas Feith.
    , @annamaria
    "...many here whine and bemoan everything in the west that they don’t like as a AngloZionist creation." - yes, there is a problem
    An example:
    "...in a recent Foreign Policy article, neo-conservative Elliott Abrams, who served under Ronald Reagan as a top Latin America aide and then as George W. Bush’s senior Middle East adviser (with little Spanish and no Arabic skills, respectively) stressed that every administration should establish a “shadow government of presidential loyalists” to ensure that experts in the relevant bureaucracies do not wrest control of policy.
    That approach was vividly described some years ago by Col. Pat Lang (ret.), a former Green Beret and the top Middle East analyst in the Defence Intelligence Agency who had spent most oif his career in the region and who had been recommended to head the Pentagon office of special operations under Bush. (Colonel Lang' blog: http://turcopolier.typepad.com)
    Asked by Undersecretary for Policy Douglas Feith, a neo-conservative close to Abrams, whether it was true he knew Arabs well and that he spoke Arabic fluently, Lang replied affirmatively. “That’s too bad,” Lang quoted Feith as telling him. “And that was the end of the interview.” https://lobelog.com/as-iraq-anniversary-fades-strategic-narcissism-stands-out/

    Yinon plan. To initiate the Yonon plan by using the US might, the ziocons needed to get rid of honest and patriotic experts.
    And then ziocons decided that it was time to attack Russia.
    , @RadicalCenter
    And white and Asian people -- indeed any decent, peaceful, productive non-African people -- are increasingly physically unsafe and menaced in wide swathes of many, many, many cities in the USA, and not just large cities. That speaks volumes about what our country has become and is becoming. You're in no position to lecture Russians about the state of their country, bro.
  54. @Anonymous
    "The purpose of the Russian Army .. it's good for terrorizing their neighbours" Your comments about the Russian Army are deeply offensive - my wife's grandfather gave his life at Stalingrad so that the West (including you) could live without the Nazis. As much as the USA would like to hide the fact, the Red Army defeated the Nazi's. Your President Obama thought he could come to the UK and dictate to us about leaving the EU. I can tell you now that this did not go down very well at all even with those Brits who voted to stay in the EU. I used to like the USA but I now do not like what it's government stands for: "arrogance", "do as I say or else we bomb you", I am sure there are still many decent intelligent Americans who just want to live at peace and not impose their ideology and way of life onto the rest of the world I only wish they would get rid of the Washington crazies who seem to be determined to start WW3.

    my wife’s grandfather gave his life at Stalingrad so that the West (including you) could live without the Nazis. As much as the USA would like to hide the fact, the Red Army defeated the Nazi’s. . . .

    I used to like the USA but I now do not like what it’s government stands for: “arrogance”, “do as I say or else we bomb you”,

    I am sure there are still many decent intelligent Americans who just want to live at peace and not impose their ideology and way of life onto the rest of the world

    I only wish they would get rid of the Washington crazies who seem to be determined to start WW3.

    Christopher, please point to the significant differences between the
    “Washington crazies who seem determined to start WW3″ and
    are “arrogant” and
    operate under the rubric “do as I say or else we bomb you,”

    and

    the “Washington crazies” who were
    “determined to start WW2,” and, as Jorg Friedrich has detailed,
    bombed German (and Japanese) civilians to rubble in order to force the capitulation of a government, broadly supported by its people, that “just wanted to live at peace” and not have the Washington “ideology and way of life imposed upon it?”

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  55. @anon

    Perfect line from new McCarthyists. The many great achievements of Western civilization, that have been enjoyed by people living in the UK/US/EU, do not belong to Zionists;
     
    I do not think Sherman was saying all of the great achievements of Western Civilization belong to Zionists. I think he was referring to the fact that many here whine and bemoan everything in the west that they don't like as a AngloZionist creation. Also they claim to think that the US are going down the drain due to the total control of AngloZionists. They also extol the virtues of the great Russian axis. Yet and still with all of their whining and bellyaching they all prefer to live in the AngloZionist nightmare that is the US . Even if they are Russian , speak Russian , and were born in Russia , like Saker, Shamir and many others. Speaks volumes.

    The Saker wasn’t born in Russia, you Jewish supremacist twerp.

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    The Saker wasn’t born in Russia, you Jewish supremacist twerp.
     
    Oh snap !!!!! Look out for 5371 , this cat is FIERCE !!!!!
  56. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @anon
    I wonder how this super educated population managed to excel in all of these unsavory metrics.
    From Russia with loathing :

    Life expectancy : 70
    Male life expectancy : 64
    Abortion rate : 2nd highest in the world
    Suicide rate : 14th highest in the world
    #1 Highest Suicide rate for a white/western country
    Suicide rate for men : 7th highest in the world
    Alcohol consumption : 4th highest in the world
    A population that could invent and find a use for Krokodill.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsUH8llvTZo

    Alcohol consumption : 4th highest in the world

    I would suggest you acquaint yourself a bit with current statistics where Russia is stuck between Hungary and Germany in alcohol consumption.

    http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/who-drinks-the-most-alcohol-consumption-by-country.html

    But this whole thing is beyond any serious discussion. So, yes, in Russia, once you are born you have krokodil administered to you, that is why all Russians are krokodil-addicted. But your, actually badly informed, pontificating here should also keep in mind this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/health/us-suicide-rate-surges-to-a-30-year-high.html

    If US population would experience anything even remotely what Russians experienced in 1990s and early 200s I have no doubt, as bad as things are developing now in US, we would have a wowser of a statistics. The same goes for any European nation.

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    If Russia is so superior why are you here living in the USA
    ??
    People vote with their feet , I suppose you know USA is better , like Saker and Shamir .
  57. @Andrei Martyanov

    kinetic energy,
     
    You may not believe it--but young Russians study Kinetic Energy in public schools in the course of 9th Grade Physics (You know, Newtonian Mechanics). The study of liquid vacuum and warp drives, however, is done only in Bauman's Technical University;-) I am off to pour some good bourbon and light a cigar.

    With all the well educated Russians around, studying kinetic energy in public schools and very soon in kindergartens, memorizing all the fancy formulas, solving on the fly math problems that would make MIT graduates heads explode, one has to wonder why are Russians so heavily dependent on imports of Western technology. Their dependence is multifaceted but I will only mention one area and that is energy extraction, because their dependence on Western technology in this particular area can be fatal. One has to wonder how many years of kinetic studies and how many formulas does it take to know that easily extracted deposits of energy are coming to an end and that it would be a good idea to develop technologies for the extraction of the harder to get deposits. Particularly in the light of the fact that energy exports are main source of revenue. Like I said before education is good but cannot beat a good thinking brain. Unless you can explain to me what were all those educated people waiting for. I will close with a few quotes to cheer you up.

    Moreover, because of sanctions, Russia faces severe limits on its residual ability to acquire the technologies that the country needs to develop the promising but nonetheless geologically challenging offshore and onshore sites in the Arctic and Eastern Siberia.

    Rosneft announced that it had been forced to postpone its offshore projects in the Arctic until 2018. Rosneft is acquiring knowledge on horizontal drilling and multi-stage shale fracking to extract difficult-to-access oil.

    The impact of the EU’s latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country’s economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.

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    Russia's oil production has increased every year from 2009 till now, and all but one year from 1999 till now, and is continuing to increase. So the evidence is that Russia has all the technology it needs, and that you have nothing to contribute to this discussion, you pathetic fraud.
    , @Andrei Martyanov
    Oh goodness, you again:

    1. Learn to give references to any quotes you give, especially to "experts".
    2. If those "experts" are from Bloomberg, Forbes, FT or Moscow liberal think-tankdom--sorry, I do not operate with BS. I deal with facts only. I have wherewithal to back it up. In general, I am not interested in opinions of "Western experts" with anything related to actual serious industries ranging from aerospace to, especially, military-industrial complex. Why so--I could make a solid case for that here, but I will not--for that I have my blog which for two years now writes about complete incompetence of Western "expert" community. As an example, this:

    The impact of the EU’s latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country’s economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.
     
    Obviously for such an "expert" the knowledge of the fact that Russia produces all spectrum of items for aerospace, from alloys and composites to advanced avionics and engines is beyond his grasp. Why Russia allows Western firms to participate? such as SSJ 10o, is very simple--to ease international certification. But sure, how can Russia, which produces state-of-the-art fighter jets and has an immense civil aerospace experience can do that on her own, right? You know the current slogan in Russia--and I am not exaggerating, it is a fact of life--it is "Don't lift sanctions". The same goes to extracting technologies.

    So, if you want a substantive discussion on these issues, be my guest but, please, don't post here a typical MSM BS, especially by the "experts" who don't know sh.t from shinola when speaking about Russia--which is about 99% of Western Russia's so called "expert" community.

    P.S. As per how Russia was dependent, which is reduced today dramatically, on Western expertise--learn real Russia's history of 1990 through circa 2008. The answer is there. I know it first hand, not just academically, it is up to you if you want to, which, I doubt you do. Will be very glad to be wrong.
  58. @Regnum Nostrum
    With all the well educated Russians around, studying kinetic energy in public schools and very soon in kindergartens, memorizing all the fancy formulas, solving on the fly math problems that would make MIT graduates heads explode, one has to wonder why are Russians so heavily dependent on imports of Western technology. Their dependence is multifaceted but I will only mention one area and that is energy extraction, because their dependence on Western technology in this particular area can be fatal. One has to wonder how many years of kinetic studies and how many formulas does it take to know that easily extracted deposits of energy are coming to an end and that it would be a good idea to develop technologies for the extraction of the harder to get deposits. Particularly in the light of the fact that energy exports are main source of revenue. Like I said before education is good but cannot beat a good thinking brain. Unless you can explain to me what were all those educated people waiting for. I will close with a few quotes to cheer you up.

    Moreover, because of sanctions, Russia faces severe limits on its residual ability to acquire the technologies that the country needs to develop the promising but nonetheless geologically challenging offshore and onshore sites in the Arctic and Eastern Siberia.

     


    Rosneft announced that it had been forced to postpone its offshore projects in the Arctic until 2018. Rosneft is acquiring knowledge on horizontal drilling and multi-stage shale fracking to extract difficult-to-access oil.

     


    The impact of the EU's latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country's economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.
     

    Russia’s oil production has increased every year from 2009 till now, and all but one year from 1999 till now, and is continuing to increase. So the evidence is that Russia has all the technology it needs, and that you have nothing to contribute to this discussion, you pathetic fraud.

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  59. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Regnum Nostrum
    With all the well educated Russians around, studying kinetic energy in public schools and very soon in kindergartens, memorizing all the fancy formulas, solving on the fly math problems that would make MIT graduates heads explode, one has to wonder why are Russians so heavily dependent on imports of Western technology. Their dependence is multifaceted but I will only mention one area and that is energy extraction, because their dependence on Western technology in this particular area can be fatal. One has to wonder how many years of kinetic studies and how many formulas does it take to know that easily extracted deposits of energy are coming to an end and that it would be a good idea to develop technologies for the extraction of the harder to get deposits. Particularly in the light of the fact that energy exports are main source of revenue. Like I said before education is good but cannot beat a good thinking brain. Unless you can explain to me what were all those educated people waiting for. I will close with a few quotes to cheer you up.

    Moreover, because of sanctions, Russia faces severe limits on its residual ability to acquire the technologies that the country needs to develop the promising but nonetheless geologically challenging offshore and onshore sites in the Arctic and Eastern Siberia.

     


    Rosneft announced that it had been forced to postpone its offshore projects in the Arctic until 2018. Rosneft is acquiring knowledge on horizontal drilling and multi-stage shale fracking to extract difficult-to-access oil.

     


    The impact of the EU's latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country's economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.
     

    Oh goodness, you again:

    1. Learn to give references to any quotes you give, especially to “experts”.
    2. If those “experts” are from Bloomberg, Forbes, FT or Moscow liberal think-tankdom–sorry, I do not operate with BS. I deal with facts only. I have wherewithal to back it up. In general, I am not interested in opinions of “Western experts” with anything related to actual serious industries ranging from aerospace to, especially, military-industrial complex. Why so–I could make a solid case for that here, but I will not–for that I have my blog which for two years now writes about complete incompetence of Western “expert” community. As an example, this:

    The impact of the EU’s latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country’s economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.

    Obviously for such an “expert” the knowledge of the fact that Russia produces all spectrum of items for aerospace, from alloys and composites to advanced avionics and engines is beyond his grasp. Why Russia allows Western firms to participate? such as SSJ 10o, is very simple–to ease international certification. But sure, how can Russia, which produces state-of-the-art fighter jets and has an immense civil aerospace experience can do that on her own, right? You know the current slogan in Russia–and I am not exaggerating, it is a fact of life–it is “Don’t lift sanctions”. The same goes to extracting technologies.

    So, if you want a substantive discussion on these issues, be my guest but, please, don’t post here a typical MSM BS, especially by the “experts” who don’t know sh.t from shinola when speaking about Russia–which is about 99% of Western Russia’s so called “expert” community.

    P.S. As per how Russia was dependent, which is reduced today dramatically, on Western expertise–learn real Russia’s history of 1990 through circa 2008. The answer is there. I know it first hand, not just academically, it is up to you if you want to, which, I doubt you do. Will be very glad to be wrong.

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    You are so easy to trap, like a five year old child. Now that you have gotten off your chest the usual rant about incompetent Western experts I am glad to tell you that the particular quote you copied is from an article written by Alexander Panin for Moscow Times. Not exactly a Western expert by I am sure you will find some way to denigrate him. Just for you here is one more quote from the same article.

    The absence of the required parts means Russia will not be able to produce some newer surveillance satellites that can be applied both for military and civilian purposes. Last year, the Lavochkin engineering firm won a tender to produce five modern radio electronic surveillance satellites to be built with electronic equipment produced either by Airbus Group or Thales Alenia Space — both of which are European firms — or Israel Aerospace Industries. With sanctions in place it is unlikely that the equipment will be supplied, thereby disrupting the whole project.

     

    Here is a quote from another Western expert.

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
    "Take the KamAZ truck producer, for instance. It was essentially a civil manufacturer but now more than 50 percent of its products are for military use," Pukhov said Friday. "At the same time, its trucks resemble a Lego construction kit with more than half of the components coming from abroad. Punish KamAZ and the Russian military would be stripped of its new all-terrain vehicle."

     

    I am sure if they had been aware of your disapproval they would have revised their findings. Perhaps they do not read your blog because as we all know the blogs are the ultimate source of hard facts and true knowledge. Particularly the one which belongs to you. I will point them in that direction.
  60. @Andrei Martyanov
    Oh goodness, you again:

    1. Learn to give references to any quotes you give, especially to "experts".
    2. If those "experts" are from Bloomberg, Forbes, FT or Moscow liberal think-tankdom--sorry, I do not operate with BS. I deal with facts only. I have wherewithal to back it up. In general, I am not interested in opinions of "Western experts" with anything related to actual serious industries ranging from aerospace to, especially, military-industrial complex. Why so--I could make a solid case for that here, but I will not--for that I have my blog which for two years now writes about complete incompetence of Western "expert" community. As an example, this:

    The impact of the EU’s latest and harshest sanctions on Russia will be felt most keenly in the country’s economic sectors that are largely dependent on state-of-the-art Western technology, ranging from the extraction of hydrocarbons to civil aircraft production, analysts said.
     
    Obviously for such an "expert" the knowledge of the fact that Russia produces all spectrum of items for aerospace, from alloys and composites to advanced avionics and engines is beyond his grasp. Why Russia allows Western firms to participate? such as SSJ 10o, is very simple--to ease international certification. But sure, how can Russia, which produces state-of-the-art fighter jets and has an immense civil aerospace experience can do that on her own, right? You know the current slogan in Russia--and I am not exaggerating, it is a fact of life--it is "Don't lift sanctions". The same goes to extracting technologies.

    So, if you want a substantive discussion on these issues, be my guest but, please, don't post here a typical MSM BS, especially by the "experts" who don't know sh.t from shinola when speaking about Russia--which is about 99% of Western Russia's so called "expert" community.

    P.S. As per how Russia was dependent, which is reduced today dramatically, on Western expertise--learn real Russia's history of 1990 through circa 2008. The answer is there. I know it first hand, not just academically, it is up to you if you want to, which, I doubt you do. Will be very glad to be wrong.

    You are so easy to trap, like a five year old child. Now that you have gotten off your chest the usual rant about incompetent Western experts I am glad to tell you that the particular quote you copied is from an article written by Alexander Panin for Moscow Times. Not exactly a Western expert by I am sure you will find some way to denigrate him. Just for you here is one more quote from the same article.

    The absence of the required parts means Russia will not be able to produce some newer surveillance satellites that can be applied both for military and civilian purposes. Last year, the Lavochkin engineering firm won a tender to produce five modern radio electronic surveillance satellites to be built with electronic equipment produced either by Airbus Group or Thales Alenia Space — both of which are European firms — or Israel Aerospace Industries. With sanctions in place it is unlikely that the equipment will be supplied, thereby disrupting the whole project.

    Here is a quote from another Western expert.

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
    “Take the KamAZ truck producer, for instance. It was essentially a civil manufacturer but now more than 50 percent of its products are for military use,” Pukhov said Friday. “At the same time, its trucks resemble a Lego construction kit with more than half of the components coming from abroad. Punish KamAZ and the Russian military would be stripped of its new all-terrain vehicle.”

    I am sure if they had been aware of your disapproval they would have revised their findings. Perhaps they do not read your blog because as we all know the blogs are the ultimate source of hard facts and true knowledge. Particularly the one which belongs to you. I will point them in that direction.

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    Moscow Times. Kek.
    , @Andrei Martyanov

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
     
    Sir, Ruslan Pukhov is your typical humanities-"educated" hack, including one of this "Center" other "employee" (BTW, published in TNI), also known in Moscow Defense Brief as chief editor, and my really "good" acquaintance, Mr. Mikhail Barabanov--a graduate of Institute Of Culture (I believe a faculty of either screenplay writing or some other crap) whom I personally, not for once, caught on his open lying (the guy didn't serve a day in Armed Forces and is known as BSer on US Navy history) . As I said--want to impress me? Try real professionals. You are presenting here people who are as removed from operational issues of Russia's Armed Forces, and from the economic realities of Russia, as could be expected from humanities (especially in the West) "educated" hacks. I read not for once their "reports" --I already stated in in my post above, I am not interested in opinions of amateurs, even if well publicized. My number of "dialogues" with Mr. Barabanov (thankfully) are well archived on one very famous Russian military-historic forum (Novik's). I repeat again, if you want serious discussion on the issues--stop bringing here all kind of pop-"experts".

    Meanwhile, I would suggest you not to read much into Pukhov's (and his cabal) well-documented baloney but concentrate on a superb piece by Mr. Bezemer and Hudson here, on Unz, called "Finance Is Not Economy":

    http://www.unz.com/article/finance-is-not-the-economy/

    These are real experts talking.

    P.S. Do you need me to expand the list of hacks to a huge file with naming all of them, including from Russia? This may take a long time. Meanwhile, while you at it, try such "experts" as Pavel Falgenhauer or Ariel Cohen from Heritage Foundation--hey, you obviously never read Arkady Averchenko's "A Specialist In Military Affairs";-) Masha Lipman and Julia Ioffe are also good.
    , @Avery
    {Moscow Times.}

    Despite its name, 'Moscow Times', was owned by Finns until 2015.
    (more than likely the Finns were a front for a US intelligence agency).
    (CIA has a well established track record of buying or having influence on a variety of Western news outlets.)

    It has been sold to a Russian, but who knows who the new owner is.
    Russia and Moscow are infested with SorosaAgents.

    The past few years I have read MT, it has been nothing but a Neocon, anti-Russian, anti-Orthodox Christian propaganda and disinformation outlet.
  61. @RadicalCenter
    Don't include me as that "most of the world."

    Also, do you have some public opinion polling on the Crimea issue to back up that broad generalization?

    Finally, how would you react if Russia placed its military bases in Mexico and Canada? Would that be alright, or is only the USA allowed to militarily encircle and threaten another major power?

    A better analogy. What if Texas became an independent nation (again)? Then Russia began conducting joint military operations in Texas and providing Russian military equipment? Then Russia invited Texas to join an economic/military alliance, but the elected Texas government refused? Then Russia spent $5 billion of foment a coup with armed thugs chasing off the elected Texas President out of Austin?

    The Obama administration caused all the violence in the Ukraine. Watch this 2013 video where the semi-covert coup manager from Hillary’s State Department, rabid neocon Victoria Nuland, spouts nonsense and states that $5 billion was spent! I love the Chevron sponsorship symbol in the background.

    For those still confused by propaganda, aka the mainstream media in the USA, I’ll paste part of a recent blog post:

    [MORE]

    Russia feared losing control of Crimea, a strategic republic (i.e. province) that was part of Russia for over a century, but had been administratively attached to Ukraine in the 1950s as a gesture of Soviet solidarity. Russians are the majority people in Crimea and Russian is the common language. After the President of Ukraine was ousted by armed thugs and Kiev fell into chaos, a referendum was held in Crimea in 2014 with international observers and citizens overwhelming voted to rejoin Russia. Russian troops didn’t invade Crimea because some 20,000 Russia troops were based there as they had been for a century. Even most non-Russians in Crimea voted to rejoin Russia because Ukraine is one of the most corrupt and poorest nations in Europe, while Russia has vast natural resources and is far more advanced.

    This is why knowledgeable people like Donald Trump state they are not bothered by Russia accepting the request by the people of Crimea to rejoin Russia. Now watch this PBS News Hour propaganda segment providing “facts” as to why Trump is wrong, saying only that Ukraine’s pro-Russian leader was ousted so Russia invaded Crimea, without mentioning any historical facts.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/facts-behind-trumps-comments-russia-ukraine/

    The segment actually lies by saying Crimea voted to join Ukraine in 1991. That is false, it voted to become an independent republic from the dissolving USSR that would remain associated with Ukraine. After years of corruption, domestic turmoil, and an American coup in Kiev, the citizens of Crimea chose to be associated with Russia instead. The Russian reannexation of Crimea was desired by the vast majority of it’s citizens and no sane person should object, unless they are limited to censored information in the American media.
    _______________________

    The official vote was over 96% in favor of rejoining Russia.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_status_referendum,_2014

    One can argue about the exact numbers, but no one disputes that the overwhelming majority of Crimean people want to be part of Russia, including the majority of Ukrainians who live there! One may argue that democracy shouldn’t matter or the people of Crimea should have no say in the matter, but I suspect 99% of properly informed Americans would agree that if Crimeans prefer to be part of Russia, we should not object. However, most Americans are stunned by these facts since all they know is what our CIA-edited corporate news shows tell them.

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  62. @Regnum Nostrum
    You are so easy to trap, like a five year old child. Now that you have gotten off your chest the usual rant about incompetent Western experts I am glad to tell you that the particular quote you copied is from an article written by Alexander Panin for Moscow Times. Not exactly a Western expert by I am sure you will find some way to denigrate him. Just for you here is one more quote from the same article.

    The absence of the required parts means Russia will not be able to produce some newer surveillance satellites that can be applied both for military and civilian purposes. Last year, the Lavochkin engineering firm won a tender to produce five modern radio electronic surveillance satellites to be built with electronic equipment produced either by Airbus Group or Thales Alenia Space — both of which are European firms — or Israel Aerospace Industries. With sanctions in place it is unlikely that the equipment will be supplied, thereby disrupting the whole project.

     

    Here is a quote from another Western expert.

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
    "Take the KamAZ truck producer, for instance. It was essentially a civil manufacturer but now more than 50 percent of its products are for military use," Pukhov said Friday. "At the same time, its trucks resemble a Lego construction kit with more than half of the components coming from abroad. Punish KamAZ and the Russian military would be stripped of its new all-terrain vehicle."

     

    I am sure if they had been aware of your disapproval they would have revised their findings. Perhaps they do not read your blog because as we all know the blogs are the ultimate source of hard facts and true knowledge. Particularly the one which belongs to you. I will point them in that direction.

    Moscow Times. Kek.

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  63. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Regnum Nostrum
    You are so easy to trap, like a five year old child. Now that you have gotten off your chest the usual rant about incompetent Western experts I am glad to tell you that the particular quote you copied is from an article written by Alexander Panin for Moscow Times. Not exactly a Western expert by I am sure you will find some way to denigrate him. Just for you here is one more quote from the same article.

    The absence of the required parts means Russia will not be able to produce some newer surveillance satellites that can be applied both for military and civilian purposes. Last year, the Lavochkin engineering firm won a tender to produce five modern radio electronic surveillance satellites to be built with electronic equipment produced either by Airbus Group or Thales Alenia Space — both of which are European firms — or Israel Aerospace Industries. With sanctions in place it is unlikely that the equipment will be supplied, thereby disrupting the whole project.

     

    Here is a quote from another Western expert.

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
    "Take the KamAZ truck producer, for instance. It was essentially a civil manufacturer but now more than 50 percent of its products are for military use," Pukhov said Friday. "At the same time, its trucks resemble a Lego construction kit with more than half of the components coming from abroad. Punish KamAZ and the Russian military would be stripped of its new all-terrain vehicle."

     

    I am sure if they had been aware of your disapproval they would have revised their findings. Perhaps they do not read your blog because as we all know the blogs are the ultimate source of hard facts and true knowledge. Particularly the one which belongs to you. I will point them in that direction.

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.

    Sir, Ruslan Pukhov is your typical humanities-”educated” hack, including one of this “Center” other “employee” (BTW, published in TNI), also known in Moscow Defense Brief as chief editor, and my really “good” acquaintance, Mr. Mikhail Barabanov–a graduate of Institute Of Culture (I believe a faculty of either screenplay writing or some other crap) whom I personally, not for once, caught on his open lying (the guy didn’t serve a day in Armed Forces and is known as BSer on US Navy history) . As I said–want to impress me? Try real professionals. You are presenting here people who are as removed from operational issues of Russia’s Armed Forces, and from the economic realities of Russia, as could be expected from humanities (especially in the West) “educated” hacks. I read not for once their “reports” –I already stated in in my post above, I am not interested in opinions of amateurs, even if well publicized. My number of “dialogues” with Mr. Barabanov (thankfully) are well archived on one very famous Russian military-historic forum (Novik’s). I repeat again, if you want serious discussion on the issues–stop bringing here all kind of pop-”experts”.

    Meanwhile, I would suggest you not to read much into Pukhov’s (and his cabal) well-documented baloney but concentrate on a superb piece by Mr. Bezemer and Hudson here, on Unz, called “Finance Is Not Economy”:

    http://www.unz.com/article/finance-is-not-the-economy/

    These are real experts talking.

    P.S. Do you need me to expand the list of hacks to a huge file with naming all of them, including from Russia? This may take a long time. Meanwhile, while you at it, try such “experts” as Pavel Falgenhauer or Ariel Cohen from Heritage Foundation–hey, you obviously never read Arkady Averchenko’s “A Specialist In Military Affairs”;-) Masha Lipman and Julia Ioffe are also good.

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    • Replies: @Regnum Nostrum
    Since I am not interested in an endless competition along the lines of my father is stronger than your father I will just quote a few more opinions by hacks like Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and others. Believe what you want to believe. I don't care. It is obvious that nobody can even try to match your greatness, your education, the quality of your friends, your blog and your formulas. I rest assured in the knowledge that unfolding events will prove beyond any reasonable doubt what a fool you are.

    Andrei Ionin, the chief expert at GLONASS, Russia’s space-based satellite navigation system, argues that import substitution and the pivot to China — two strategies touted by the Kremlin — are hardly likely to be effective, because of Russia’s technological drawbacks and China’s controversial record. In short, China can’t be seen as a reliable partner to make a technological leap forward.

     


    Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin has admitted that Moscow was too slow to find alternative supplies of equipment for offshore oil production and needs cooperation with other countries that have experience in this area, the Interfax news agency has reported. Due to the sanctions imposed to punish Moscow for its role in the Ukraine conflict, Russia's traditional partners – the U.S. and European companies – are prohibited from providing services to exploration and production on the Russian shelf at a depth of over 150 meters.

     


    "Offshore drilling equipment has been never produced or even designed in Russia," says Freedom Finance Investment Company's head of operations in the Russian stock market Georgy Vashchenko.

     


    In August, 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia would substitute all foreign components in domestically produced defense products by 2022. According to him, the substitution list includes 186 products from Ukraine and some 800 products from the EU and NATO.

     


    By Dmitry Gorenburg (courtesy of CIMSEC)
    Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns. As a result, some of the most prominent naval procurement projects have been scaled back, while others have been postponed for years at a time.The delays and cost overruns are the result of a long-term decline in naval research and development, an inability to modernize the shipbuilding industry made worse by Western sanctions, and pre-existing budgetary constraints that have been exacerbated in recent years by Russia’s economic downturn.Russia’s current shipbuilding industry was primarily formed in the 1960s and 1970s, and its ship design capabilities have changed little since the early 1980s. As a result, Russian naval R&D has fallen several decades behind both Western and Asian capabilities in this sphere.

     

  64. @annamaria
    "Banning the Russians from the Paralympics" is a stupendous moral defeat for the West. Whoever made a decision to showcase the US bullying the brave disabled sportspeople from Russia, these idiots produced another wav of disgust towards the opportunists at the Court for the Arbitration of Sport.
    "... Richard McLaren, led the independent report for the World Anti-Doping Agency which alleged wide scale doping which had allegedly been covered up by the country's security services."
    http://www.duckyparedes.com/russian-olympic-doping-scandal-mclaren-report-sexed-up-implicated-clean-atheletes.html
    As for Richard McLaren, he is a scoundrel.
    "Problems with the Mclaren Report
    * The report relies primarily on the testimony of the chief culprit, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov. The Independent Commission found Rodchenkov to be “at the heart of the positive drug test cover-up”.
    * The report asserts that Rodchenkov is credible and truthful with little demonstrated proof. The November 2015 Independent Commission report concluded that Dr. Rodchenkov was not credible.
    * The investigation did not consider the factual corrections or counter-arguments of Russian authorities.
    * The investigation excluded a written rebuttal supplied by one of the accused Russian individuals. Mclaren says, “I also received, unsolicited, an extensive narrative with attachments from one important government representative described in this report. In the short span of 57 days that I was given to conduct this IP investigation it was simply not practical and I deemed such interviewing would not be helpful.” (P21) Since one of the main purposes of the investigation was to determine the truthfulness of Rodchenkov’s accusations, this decision to not consider the ‘unsolicited’ information is shocking.
    * The investigation was neither thorough nor comprehensive. Prof. Mclaren acknowledges that “The compressed time frame in which to compile this Report has left much of the possible evidence unreviewed.
    * Prof. Mclaren was biased. Long before his investigation was complete, Mclaren was using his position to confidentially influence the IAAF to ban the entire Russian track and field team from the Rio Olympics. He also influenced Canadian and American athletes to launch a campaign to ban the entire Russian team. This action was denounced by the President of the European Olympic Committees..."
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/03/the-biased-report-that-led-to-banning-russian-athletes/
    In summary: Richard McLaren is a Scoundrel. Let him live with the infamy.

    I thoroughly agree with you Mrs A. Dirty Dick’s report is largely based on the unsubstantiated word of a couple of informants. There is very little real evidence presented by McLaren and a great deal of innuendo.
    Once upon a time, the MSM would have scrutinised the report carefully and commentated on its veracity or otherwise. There would be no one view, doubtless, and views might reflect underlying social, political, cultural and ethnic differences.
    Now the MSM is almost monolithically uniform. Presented with an “independent ” report which said that it was the Russians wot did it, they accepted it at face value and proclaimed that this was proof of Russian culpability. No attempt was made to scrutinise the report.
    Everyday I rejoice when I hear an MSM outlet shut or forced into going online behind a paywall.
    It is no more than these hacks deserve.

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  65. @Regnum Nostrum
    You are so easy to trap, like a five year old child. Now that you have gotten off your chest the usual rant about incompetent Western experts I am glad to tell you that the particular quote you copied is from an article written by Alexander Panin for Moscow Times. Not exactly a Western expert by I am sure you will find some way to denigrate him. Just for you here is one more quote from the same article.

    The absence of the required parts means Russia will not be able to produce some newer surveillance satellites that can be applied both for military and civilian purposes. Last year, the Lavochkin engineering firm won a tender to produce five modern radio electronic surveillance satellites to be built with electronic equipment produced either by Airbus Group or Thales Alenia Space — both of which are European firms — or Israel Aerospace Industries. With sanctions in place it is unlikely that the equipment will be supplied, thereby disrupting the whole project.

     

    Here is a quote from another Western expert.

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
    "Take the KamAZ truck producer, for instance. It was essentially a civil manufacturer but now more than 50 percent of its products are for military use," Pukhov said Friday. "At the same time, its trucks resemble a Lego construction kit with more than half of the components coming from abroad. Punish KamAZ and the Russian military would be stripped of its new all-terrain vehicle."

     

    I am sure if they had been aware of your disapproval they would have revised their findings. Perhaps they do not read your blog because as we all know the blogs are the ultimate source of hard facts and true knowledge. Particularly the one which belongs to you. I will point them in that direction.

    {Moscow Times.}

    Despite its name, ‘Moscow Times’, was owned by Finns until 2015.
    (more than likely the Finns were a front for a US intelligence agency).
    (CIA has a well established track record of buying or having influence on a variety of Western news outlets.)

    It has been sold to a Russian, but who knows who the new owner is.
    Russia and Moscow are infested with SorosaAgents.

    The past few years I have read MT, it has been nothing but a Neocon, anti-Russian, anti-Orthodox Christian propaganda and disinformation outlet.

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    [Editor of major newspaper says he planted stories for CIA]
    http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/editor-of-major-german-newspaper-says-he-planted-stories-for-cia/article/424470

    [“The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”]
    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/10/16/cia-owns-everyone-significance-major-media/
  66. @Avery
    {Moscow Times.}

    Despite its name, 'Moscow Times', was owned by Finns until 2015.
    (more than likely the Finns were a front for a US intelligence agency).
    (CIA has a well established track record of buying or having influence on a variety of Western news outlets.)

    It has been sold to a Russian, but who knows who the new owner is.
    Russia and Moscow are infested with SorosaAgents.

    The past few years I have read MT, it has been nothing but a Neocon, anti-Russian, anti-Orthodox Christian propaganda and disinformation outlet.
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  67. @Andrei Martyanov

    Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a for-profit think tank, gives another example of how the ban on exports of dual-use goods could hinder production in Russia.
     
    Sir, Ruslan Pukhov is your typical humanities-"educated" hack, including one of this "Center" other "employee" (BTW, published in TNI), also known in Moscow Defense Brief as chief editor, and my really "good" acquaintance, Mr. Mikhail Barabanov--a graduate of Institute Of Culture (I believe a faculty of either screenplay writing or some other crap) whom I personally, not for once, caught on his open lying (the guy didn't serve a day in Armed Forces and is known as BSer on US Navy history) . As I said--want to impress me? Try real professionals. You are presenting here people who are as removed from operational issues of Russia's Armed Forces, and from the economic realities of Russia, as could be expected from humanities (especially in the West) "educated" hacks. I read not for once their "reports" --I already stated in in my post above, I am not interested in opinions of amateurs, even if well publicized. My number of "dialogues" with Mr. Barabanov (thankfully) are well archived on one very famous Russian military-historic forum (Novik's). I repeat again, if you want serious discussion on the issues--stop bringing here all kind of pop-"experts".

    Meanwhile, I would suggest you not to read much into Pukhov's (and his cabal) well-documented baloney but concentrate on a superb piece by Mr. Bezemer and Hudson here, on Unz, called "Finance Is Not Economy":

    http://www.unz.com/article/finance-is-not-the-economy/

    These are real experts talking.

    P.S. Do you need me to expand the list of hacks to a huge file with naming all of them, including from Russia? This may take a long time. Meanwhile, while you at it, try such "experts" as Pavel Falgenhauer or Ariel Cohen from Heritage Foundation--hey, you obviously never read Arkady Averchenko's "A Specialist In Military Affairs";-) Masha Lipman and Julia Ioffe are also good.

    Since I am not interested in an endless competition along the lines of my father is stronger than your father I will just quote a few more opinions by hacks like Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and others. Believe what you want to believe. I don’t care. It is obvious that nobody can even try to match your greatness, your education, the quality of your friends, your blog and your formulas. I rest assured in the knowledge that unfolding events will prove beyond any reasonable doubt what a fool you are.

    Andrei Ionin, the chief expert at GLONASS, Russia’s space-based satellite navigation system, argues that import substitution and the pivot to China — two strategies touted by the Kremlin — are hardly likely to be effective, because of Russia’s technological drawbacks and China’s controversial record. In short, China can’t be seen as a reliable partner to make a technological leap forward.

    Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin has admitted that Moscow was too slow to find alternative supplies of equipment for offshore oil production and needs cooperation with other countries that have experience in this area, the Interfax news agency has reported. Due to the sanctions imposed to punish Moscow for its role in the Ukraine conflict, Russia’s traditional partners – the U.S. and European companies – are prohibited from providing services to exploration and production on the Russian shelf at a depth of over 150 meters.

    “Offshore drilling equipment has been never produced or even designed in Russia,” says Freedom Finance Investment Company’s head of operations in the Russian stock market Georgy Vashchenko.

    In August, 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia would substitute all foreign components in domestically produced defense products by 2022. According to him, the substitution list includes 186 products from Ukraine and some 800 products from the EU and NATO.

    By Dmitry Gorenburg (courtesy of CIMSEC)
    Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns. As a result, some of the most prominent naval procurement projects have been scaled back, while others have been postponed for years at a time.The delays and cost overruns are the result of a long-term decline in naval research and development, an inability to modernize the shipbuilding industry made worse by Western sanctions, and pre-existing budgetary constraints that have been exacerbated in recent years by Russia’s economic downturn.Russia’s current shipbuilding industry was primarily formed in the 1960s and 1970s, and its ship design capabilities have changed little since the early 1980s. As a result, Russian naval R&D has fallen several decades behind both Western and Asian capabilities in this sphere.

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    [I rest assured in the knowledge that unfolding events will prove beyond any reasonable doubt what a fool you are]

    And when will these events start to unfold, drooling moron? Oh, they are already unfolding? So which events would these be?
  68. @Regnum Nostrum
    Since I am not interested in an endless competition along the lines of my father is stronger than your father I will just quote a few more opinions by hacks like Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and others. Believe what you want to believe. I don't care. It is obvious that nobody can even try to match your greatness, your education, the quality of your friends, your blog and your formulas. I rest assured in the knowledge that unfolding events will prove beyond any reasonable doubt what a fool you are.

    Andrei Ionin, the chief expert at GLONASS, Russia’s space-based satellite navigation system, argues that import substitution and the pivot to China — two strategies touted by the Kremlin — are hardly likely to be effective, because of Russia’s technological drawbacks and China’s controversial record. In short, China can’t be seen as a reliable partner to make a technological leap forward.

     


    Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin has admitted that Moscow was too slow to find alternative supplies of equipment for offshore oil production and needs cooperation with other countries that have experience in this area, the Interfax news agency has reported. Due to the sanctions imposed to punish Moscow for its role in the Ukraine conflict, Russia's traditional partners – the U.S. and European companies – are prohibited from providing services to exploration and production on the Russian shelf at a depth of over 150 meters.

     


    "Offshore drilling equipment has been never produced or even designed in Russia," says Freedom Finance Investment Company's head of operations in the Russian stock market Georgy Vashchenko.

     


    In August, 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia would substitute all foreign components in domestically produced defense products by 2022. According to him, the substitution list includes 186 products from Ukraine and some 800 products from the EU and NATO.

     


    By Dmitry Gorenburg (courtesy of CIMSEC)
    Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns. As a result, some of the most prominent naval procurement projects have been scaled back, while others have been postponed for years at a time.The delays and cost overruns are the result of a long-term decline in naval research and development, an inability to modernize the shipbuilding industry made worse by Western sanctions, and pre-existing budgetary constraints that have been exacerbated in recent years by Russia’s economic downturn.Russia’s current shipbuilding industry was primarily formed in the 1960s and 1970s, and its ship design capabilities have changed little since the early 1980s. As a result, Russian naval R&D has fallen several decades behind both Western and Asian capabilities in this sphere.

     

    [I rest assured in the knowledge that unfolding events will prove beyond any reasonable doubt what a fool you are]

    And when will these events start to unfold, drooling moron? Oh, they are already unfolding? So which events would these be?

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  69. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @5371
    The Saker wasn't born in Russia, you Jewish supremacist twerp.

    The Saker wasn’t born in Russia, you Jewish supremacist twerp.

    Oh snap !!!!! Look out for 5371 , this cat is FIERCE !!!!!

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  70. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    By Dmitry Gorenburg

    Yep, the guy who doesn’t even know that USSR was widely using Precision Guided Munition in Afghanistan since 1980s–some “expert”, hey Ph.D. from Harvard. Somehow he failed to even refer to CIA’s reports of the time period. I loved his speculations of Polyment-Redut. Again, it is not about my “greatness” (of which I don’t have any), it is about a new brave world where such old farts like me can call a BS for what it is. Isn’t world wide web great? Let me put it this way–the truth will get you, no matter how you will run from it.

    As a result, Russian naval R&D has fallen several decades behind both Western and Asian capabilities in this sphere.

    Yeah, let’s see how “West” produces anything equal to Borey-class (project 955) SSBN or Graney-class (project 885) SSGN . Once it will, we may talk then.

    As I said, good luck in your delusion.

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  71. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Alcohol consumption : 4th highest in the world
     
    I would suggest you acquaint yourself a bit with current statistics where Russia is stuck between Hungary and Germany in alcohol consumption.

    http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/who-drinks-the-most-alcohol-consumption-by-country.html

    But this whole thing is beyond any serious discussion. So, yes, in Russia, once you are born you have krokodil administered to you, that is why all Russians are krokodil-addicted. But your, actually badly informed, pontificating here should also keep in mind this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/health/us-suicide-rate-surges-to-a-30-year-high.html

    If US population would experience anything even remotely what Russians experienced in 1990s and early 200s I have no doubt, as bad as things are developing now in US, we would have a wowser of a statistics. The same goes for any European nation.

    If Russia is so superior why are you here living in the USA
    ??
    People vote with their feet , I suppose you know USA is better , like Saker and Shamir .

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    You are asking a wrong question. Saker and Shamir may also live in the US or EU, but when the financial SHTF they have another great country to go to. Where will you go? To Israel? Without US paying blood and treasure to keep this Nazi creation alive, you will be eaten alive within months.

    Or will you become an "unfortunate" refugee looking to settle in Russia based on the generosity and naivety of the locals who you will try to screw later (as your kind usually does)?
    , @RadicalCenter
    My wife and I may look into immigrating to and retiring in Russia. What does that tell you about the relative likely trajectories of the USA and Russia?

    See Jim Rogers, a billionaire investor, for an explanation of the massive, under-appreciated advantage Russia will have in open fertile land and in minerals (not talking about oil and gas) that the whole overcrowded near-starving world will desperately need.

    If Russia can further stabilize and slightly increase its total fertility rate -- supplying the native-born ethnic-Russian personnel needed for border control and defensive war, as well as for skilled jobs in the higher-tech agricultural & energy industries -- it will dominate as the USA continually declines.

    As an American, I'm perfectly happy for the Russian people as I contemplate the first half of that prediction. I just wish that we would stop invading the world, inviting the world, and generally dissipating our financial resources, physical infrastructure, human capital, and international goodwill. We would be a formidable, honorable ally for Russia and a prepared enemy against China and islam.
  72. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    If Russia is so superior why are you here living in the USA??

    I expected this question earlier and I am surprised that you lasted that long. The reason for me living in US is extremely simple–a collapse of the Soviet Union where millions of ethnic Russians have been left beyond the borders of newly formed state of Russian Federation (as not part of USSR). There are very many good things in US which I greatly appreciate (and some of them I love dearly), but if you don’t understand a difference between Russia of 1994-95 and Russia of 2016, I can’t help you. But then again, United States of 1991 and of 2016 are two different countries. But, in general, I want to remind you a great quote by Samuel Johnson about scoundrels and, let’s talk broadsides, ass-holes:

    “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”(c)

    Explaining realities of a collapsing USSR may take too much time, which I don’t have.

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  73. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    a collapse of the Soviet Union where millions of ethnic Russians have been left beyond the borders of newly formed state of Russian Federation (as not part of USSR).

    So you are saying that you live in the US because after the break up of the USSR, that you as an ethnic Russian were left living outside of the new Russian border ? ?

    I would say that if Russia is so great that it would have been much easier for you to move from Baku or Kiev ( or whatever part of the FSU ,I don’t know your exact origin ) to St Pete or Moscow than it would to pack it all up and cross an ocean to the AngloZionosphere ,no ??

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    I would say
     
    I would rather you wouldn't since you have no a faintest idea what are you talking about, which is a defining characteristic of very many here (in this thread) who try to pass judgements on the subject of Russia or Russian military without being even remotely acquainted with either. Now, in order for me to not stress to what category of people, in case you failed to comprehend, Samuel Johnson addressed his famous phrase, I would suggest you cut the BS of discussing details of my personal life, which is not really that interesting anyway, and concentrate on something germane to the discussion The Saker opened with his post. If you have anything of substance to say, please do. Otherwise I see no point of discussing anything with you.
  74. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @anon

    a collapse of the Soviet Union where millions of ethnic Russians have been left beyond the borders of newly formed state of Russian Federation (as not part of USSR).
     
    So you are saying that you live in the US because after the break up of the USSR, that you as an ethnic Russian were left living outside of the new Russian border ? ?

    I would say that if Russia is so great that it would have been much easier for you to move from Baku or Kiev ( or whatever part of the FSU ,I don't know your exact origin ) to St Pete or Moscow than it would to pack it all up and cross an ocean to the AngloZionosphere ,no ??

    I would say

    I would rather you wouldn’t since you have no a faintest idea what are you talking about, which is a defining characteristic of very many here (in this thread) who try to pass judgements on the subject of Russia or Russian military without being even remotely acquainted with either. Now, in order for me to not stress to what category of people, in case you failed to comprehend, Samuel Johnson addressed his famous phrase, I would suggest you cut the BS of discussing details of my personal life, which is not really that interesting anyway, and concentrate on something germane to the discussion The Saker opened with his post. If you have anything of substance to say, please do. Otherwise I see no point of discussing anything with you.

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    plenty of bloviation but essentially saying nothing. thats you in a nutshell , sir. good day.
  75. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Andrei Martyanov

    I would say
     
    I would rather you wouldn't since you have no a faintest idea what are you talking about, which is a defining characteristic of very many here (in this thread) who try to pass judgements on the subject of Russia or Russian military without being even remotely acquainted with either. Now, in order for me to not stress to what category of people, in case you failed to comprehend, Samuel Johnson addressed his famous phrase, I would suggest you cut the BS of discussing details of my personal life, which is not really that interesting anyway, and concentrate on something germane to the discussion The Saker opened with his post. If you have anything of substance to say, please do. Otherwise I see no point of discussing anything with you.

    plenty of bloviation but essentially saying nothing. thats you in a nutshell , sir. good day.

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  76. @anon
    Objectively , who has suffered more military defeats in recent memory than Muslims ?

    We needn't go back that far in history to see a most humiliating defeat for your Muslim country of origin , Pakistan. JFR Jacob ( a Jewish general in the Indian army ) forced the unconditional surrender of the defeated Pakistani in 1971.

    Unlike you Ramhat ,the Pakistani establishment , to their credit , was capable of a sober and unbiased account of JFR Jacob's exploits. A quote from the Pakistani National Defense College : '"the credit really goes to General Jacob's meticulous preparations in the Indian eastern command and to the implementation by his Corps commanders."

    Have your “shitty little entity” defeated Pakistan or even Hizbullah, an Islamic resistance group?

    As for your Indian Jew Lt. Gen. (ret) Jacob Farj Rafael’s miracle achievements – I have already responded – so stop continue licking your own AZZ.

    https://rehmat1.com/2015/08/03/indias-jew-hero-of-bangladesh-war/

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    funny that the pakistan army disagree with you and give all credit to gen jacob. but you know better i suppose. lol.

    pakis surrender unconditionally to a jew lol. bigbad mujehadeen my arse !!!!
    , @anon
    pakistain gdp ---------------232 billion
    Israel gdp --------------------306 billion

    pakistain population 180 million
    Israel population 8 million

    pakistain, inferior to JFR Jacob (as admitted by the pakistain army )and inferior to Israel.
  77. @anon

    Perfect line from new McCarthyists. The many great achievements of Western civilization, that have been enjoyed by people living in the UK/US/EU, do not belong to Zionists;
     
    I do not think Sherman was saying all of the great achievements of Western Civilization belong to Zionists. I think he was referring to the fact that many here whine and bemoan everything in the west that they don't like as a AngloZionist creation. Also they claim to think that the US are going down the drain due to the total control of AngloZionists. They also extol the virtues of the great Russian axis. Yet and still with all of their whining and bellyaching they all prefer to live in the AngloZionist nightmare that is the US . Even if they are Russian , speak Russian , and were born in Russia , like Saker, Shamir and many others. Speaks volumes.

    “Yet and still with all of their whining and bellyaching they all prefer to live in the AngloZionist nightmare that is the US .”
    Interesting logic.
    This is a free world, where one has a freedom to live where he wants to live and to say what must be said. Or you are suggesting that all these critics of the US plutocracy – tHedges, Sheer, Stone, Klein, Pilger, and other principled and courageous people – should be sent away so that the Hallelujah to the exceptional nation, sang by MSM on a cue from State Dept. and Clintons, could proceed interrupted?
    This article is a small island in a sea of MSM propaganda directed by plutocracy. I guess that you will be outraged by this article as well: http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2016/08/a-thousand-balls-of-flame.html#more (A Thousand Balls of Flame, by Orlov).

    Here is what the brilliant Orlov writes: “…most of the recent American warmongering toward Russia can be explained by the desire to find anyone but oneself to blame for one’s unfolding demise.” – Hard to refute.
    Or this: “…the US has squandered a fantastic sum of money fattening up its notoriously corrupt defense establishment with various versions of “Star Wars.” – Correct as well.
    And here is the heart of the matter: “…the US military spending is responsible for over half of all federal discretionary spending, dwarfing most other vitally important sectors, such as infrastructure, public medicine and public education. It serves several objectives. Most importantly, it is a public jobs program: a way of employing people who are not employable in any actually productive capacity due to lack of intelligence, education and training. … Last of all, it is a way of projecting force around the world, bombing into submission any country that dares oppose Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions, often in total disregard of international law. Nowhere on this list is the actual goal of defending the US.”
    It is safe to say that Orlov serves humanity whereas Morell, the ignorant “perfumed prince” at the DC court serves only himself.
    The plutocracy-celected “deciders” infuriates such true patriots like Colonel Lang, http://turcopolier.typepad.com. Colonel Lang is an expert in military affairs and he served this country as a warrior. For obvious reasons he is hated by likes of Douglas Feith.

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  78. @anon

    Perfect line from new McCarthyists. The many great achievements of Western civilization, that have been enjoyed by people living in the UK/US/EU, do not belong to Zionists;
     
    I do not think Sherman was saying all of the great achievements of Western Civilization belong to Zionists. I think he was referring to the fact that many here whine and bemoan everything in the west that they don't like as a AngloZionist creation. Also they claim to think that the US are going down the drain due to the total control of AngloZionists. They also extol the virtues of the great Russian axis. Yet and still with all of their whining and bellyaching they all prefer to live in the AngloZionist nightmare that is the US . Even if they are Russian , speak Russian , and were born in Russia , like Saker, Shamir and many others. Speaks volumes.

    “…many here whine and bemoan everything in the west that they don’t like as a AngloZionist creation.” – yes, there is a problem
    An example:
    “…in a recent Foreign Policy article, neo-conservative Elliott Abrams, who served under Ronald Reagan as a top Latin America aide and then as George W. Bush’s senior Middle East adviser (with little Spanish and no Arabic skills, respectively) stressed that every administration should establish a “shadow government of presidential loyalists” to ensure that experts in the relevant bureaucracies do not wrest control of policy.
    That approach was vividly described some years ago by Col. Pat Lang (ret.), a former Green Beret and the top Middle East analyst in the Defence Intelligence Agency who had spent most oif his career in the region and who had been recommended to head the Pentagon office of special operations under Bush. (Colonel Lang’ blog: http://turcopolier.typepad.com)
    Asked by Undersecretary for Policy Douglas Feith, a neo-conservative close to Abrams, whether it was true he knew Arabs well and that he spoke Arabic fluently, Lang replied affirmatively. “That’s too bad,” Lang quoted Feith as telling him. “And that was the end of the interview.” https://lobelog.com/as-iraq-anniversary-fades-strategic-narcissism-stands-out/

    Yinon plan. To initiate the Yonon plan by using the US might, the ziocons needed to get rid of honest and patriotic experts.
    And then ziocons decided that it was time to attack Russia.

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  79. @Talha
    From what I've read, the Russian leadership is buoying up the Orthodox Church in order to challenge some of the trends you have mentioned - am I wrong? But it took years for this to get to this point, it may yet take years to overturn this. Of course Russia doesn't have much time with the very low birth rates to figure this one out.

    On a related note, I found this comment to be one of the most interesting:

    To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening.
     
    Peace.

    …Russia doesn’t have much time with the very low birth rates…

    You are very wrong about this because you, like many US citizens imbued with propaganda, use Yelstin-period data (when US Ziocons ruled Russia). Since Putin has been elected to lead Russia, the Russian Government has introduced, amongst other measures, a two-year fully paid maternity/paternity leave. How long is the paid maternity leave in your caring country?

    I have heard this from a Russian lady in Australia, could any Russian please correct me if I am wrong.

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    Hey, like I said, I hope the data is wrong...I have zero against the Russian people and hope the best for them. And I know the Russian leadrship is trying to turn that ship around. In fact, if the birth rates are back up that shows good signs in the culture like; they are tackling the endemic alcoholism that was plaguing them, fighting back moral degeneracy, keeping families together and they have hope for the future - what's not to like about that? That's the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of Communism, we should all be cheering them on as they get back on their feet.

    But my sources are more recent than Yeltsin-era stuff, you can see the links I provided and see if you agree. The majority of the people in my office are expatriate Russians - and from what I have seen in them and in their children; small families.

    May God grant them prosperity and many hopeful generations.

  80. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Rehmat
    Have your "shitty little entity" defeated Pakistan or even Hizbullah, an Islamic resistance group?

    As for your Indian Jew Lt. Gen. (ret) Jacob Farj Rafael's miracle achievements - I have already responded - so stop continue licking your own AZZ.

    https://rehmat1.com/2015/08/03/indias-jew-hero-of-bangladesh-war/

    funny that the pakistan army disagree with you and give all credit to gen jacob. but you know better i suppose. lol.

    pakis surrender unconditionally to a jew lol. bigbad mujehadeen my arse !!!!

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    • Replies: @Talha
    Their actions in that civil war were extremely oppressive to their brothers in faith, they are fortunate God allowed them a way out with simply being humiliated. There are times in the past where armies have been completely encircled and annihilated.

    Peace.
  81. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @annamaria
    "...many here whine and bemoan everything in the west that they don’t like as a AngloZionist creation." - yes, there is a problem
    An example:
    "...in a recent Foreign Policy article, neo-conservative Elliott Abrams, who served under Ronald Reagan as a top Latin America aide and then as George W. Bush’s senior Middle East adviser (with little Spanish and no Arabic skills, respectively) stressed that every administration should establish a “shadow government of presidential loyalists” to ensure that experts in the relevant bureaucracies do not wrest control of policy.
    That approach was vividly described some years ago by Col. Pat Lang (ret.), a former Green Beret and the top Middle East analyst in the Defence Intelligence Agency who had spent most oif his career in the region and who had been recommended to head the Pentagon office of special operations under Bush. (Colonel Lang' blog: http://turcopolier.typepad.com)
    Asked by Undersecretary for Policy Douglas Feith, a neo-conservative close to Abrams, whether it was true he knew Arabs well and that he spoke Arabic fluently, Lang replied affirmatively. “That’s too bad,” Lang quoted Feith as telling him. “And that was the end of the interview.” https://lobelog.com/as-iraq-anniversary-fades-strategic-narcissism-stands-out/

    Yinon plan. To initiate the Yonon plan by using the US might, the ziocons needed to get rid of honest and patriotic experts.
    And then ziocons decided that it was time to attack Russia.

    you forgot the barbara specter video !!!!

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  82. @Andrei Martyanov

    Putin has already lost the PR war in both Crimea
     
    And how did this happen, pray tell. I am sure you have a wonderfully profound and deep knowledge of Crimea, unlike me who lived there for years and still have a vast network of friends and classmates in Sevastopol. Enlighten us all, please. In general, please, present us with your (I am sure very impressive) credentials on this issue.

    DO NOT FEED THE TROLL!!!

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  83. @anon
    If Russia is so superior why are you here living in the USA
    ??
    People vote with their feet , I suppose you know USA is better , like Saker and Shamir .

    You are asking a wrong question. Saker and Shamir may also live in the US or EU, but when the financial SHTF they have another great country to go to. Where will you go? To Israel? Without US paying blood and treasure to keep this Nazi creation alive, you will be eaten alive within months.

    Or will you become an “unfortunate” refugee looking to settle in Russia based on the generosity and naivety of the locals who you will try to screw later (as your kind usually does)?

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    if russia is so great and america is an anglozionist litter box , why are they even here ?? all of em masochists ??
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    @Rehmat
    Have your "shitty little entity" defeated Pakistan or even Hizbullah, an Islamic resistance group?

    As for your Indian Jew Lt. Gen. (ret) Jacob Farj Rafael's miracle achievements - I have already responded - so stop continue licking your own AZZ.

    https://rehmat1.com/2015/08/03/indias-jew-hero-of-bangladesh-war/

    pakistain gdp —————232 billion
    Israel gdp ——————–306 billion

    pakistain population 180 million
    Israel population 8 million

    pakistain, inferior to JFR Jacob (as admitted by the pakistain army )and inferior to Israel.

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    @Kiza
    You are asking a wrong question. Saker and Shamir may also live in the US or EU, but when the financial SHTF they have another great country to go to. Where will you go? To Israel? Without US paying blood and treasure to keep this Nazi creation alive, you will be eaten alive within months.

    Or will you become an "unfortunate" refugee looking to settle in Russia based on the generosity and naivety of the locals who you will try to screw later (as your kind usually does)?

    if russia is so great and america is an anglozionist litter box , why are they even here ?? all of em masochists ??

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    • Replies: @annamaria
    "...why are they even here..."
    because this is a free country - this is not a complete replica of the former USSR yet. These people have the mentality afforded by growing in a free country.
    Or you are deeply offended by the "anti-patriotic" critique of the thinking people? It is like being offended by an honest diagnosis of a med. doctor.
  86. @Kiza

    ...Russia doesn’t have much time with the very low birth rates...
     
    You are very wrong about this because you, like many US citizens imbued with propaganda, use Yelstin-period data (when US Ziocons ruled Russia). Since Putin has been elected to lead Russia, the Russian Government has introduced, amongst other measures, a two-year fully paid maternity/paternity leave. How long is the paid maternity leave in your caring country?

    I have heard this from a Russian lady in Australia, could any Russian please correct me if I am wrong.

    Hey, like I said, I hope the data is wrong…I have zero against the Russian people and hope the best for them. And I know the Russian leadrship is trying to turn that ship around. In fact, if the birth rates are back up that shows good signs in the culture like; they are tackling the endemic alcoholism that was plaguing them, fighting back moral degeneracy, keeping families together and they have hope for the future – what’s not to like about that? That’s the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of Communism, we should all be cheering them on as they get back on their feet.

    But my sources are more recent than Yeltsin-era stuff, you can see the links I provided and see if you agree. The majority of the people in my office are expatriate Russians – and from what I have seen in them and in their children; small families.

    May God grant them prosperity and many hopeful generations.

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    • Replies: @Kiza
    Are you using the families of the Russians living in Canada as your reference point?
    http://russia-insider.com/en/contrast-between-russian-and-german-birthrate-policies-could-not-be-starker/ri16099
  87. @anon
    funny that the pakistan army disagree with you and give all credit to gen jacob. but you know better i suppose. lol.

    pakis surrender unconditionally to a jew lol. bigbad mujehadeen my arse !!!!

    Their actions in that civil war were extremely oppressive to their brothers in faith, they are fortunate God allowed them a way out with simply being humiliated. There are times in the past where armies have been completely encircled and annihilated.

    Peace.

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  88. @Quartermaster
    Those people see how Putin is acting in Ukraine (Crimea and Donbas) and they have no more desire to fall under the Russian thumb anymore than the Ukrainians do. They've all seen enough fascism to last a lifetime, and have no desire to experience Putin's version.

    It's sickening what Putin is doing in Ukraine. Orthodoxy makes little difference to Putin. He's enjoying the instability he's creating. It's how Russia has behaved since Tsarist times.

    You are an ignorant blowhard.

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    The Saker is less correct in saying: ‘But the single most important factor here is this: the overwhelming majority of Russians are tired and fed up with being an empire.’

    Rubbish. The average Russian, judging by polls on various issues in the country, is just as gung-ho as we are, in about the same proportions, especially around the time of the Olympics. There is a great deal of nostalgia for the Red Army which could ‘teach those Americans a thing or two’.

    And don’t forget the western disease of liberalism has crept in as well.

    It was well entrenched by about 2000/2001 while I was there*.

    The Saker is left-liberal in his perspectives on many issues pertaining to the west, he writes from that point of view, though that distinction is blurred within Russia – other things come into it inside the country.

    Having said that, the rest of the post holds up, and some of the numbers I’d not know.

    [* I was 12 years in Russia, further east than Moscow.]

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  90. Dmitry Orlov said on some podcast that he will move back to Russia, not sure if he’ll go there for good but he said something about moving to northern Russia.

    While I agree that it is a little off putting to trash America while living there, it must be said that there are plenty of nice places to live in Russia, too – Novgorod, for example, seems quite interesting. And nothing beats cheap tutoring for your kids (good education, including music and sports) and affordable clean, organic food – things that are kind of a luxury in the Western world.

    Talha, the people at your office must be professionals and if you looked at American professionals, especially, in the West coast cities such as San Francisco and Seattle, you’d see that many of those people are childless (well into their 30s). It’s not a Russian thing.

    Russians are a northern people so they will typically not have many children. But it looks like the TFRs have recovered in many post-Soviet places (especially in the last three years), the post collapse low birthrates weren’t going to last forever. Russia should be around 1.7 this year (maybe above), Belarus is 1.7, West Ukraine as high as 1.9 in some places, the Baltic states reached 1.7 last year (in fact, in the 30+ age group the birth rates are as high as in the 80s when there was a baby boom all over the USSR with TFRs of at least 2).

    Of course, it is far from ideal or even the necessary level, but it’s better than Germany and Spain. And, of course, we all must prepare for the problems ahead when there will be twice as fewer fertile women all over the post Soviet space as there were in the 1980s.

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    Hey LW,

    It’s not a Russian thing.
     
    No, it definitely is a Modern/Post-Modern thing, but Nietzsche said it far better than I could have:
    http://faculty.ccri.edu/paleclerc/existentialism/niet_modern.shtml

    But see my note to Kiza about why I am hopeful things will improve.

    Peace.
  91. @Talha
    Hey, like I said, I hope the data is wrong...I have zero against the Russian people and hope the best for them. And I know the Russian leadrship is trying to turn that ship around. In fact, if the birth rates are back up that shows good signs in the culture like; they are tackling the endemic alcoholism that was plaguing them, fighting back moral degeneracy, keeping families together and they have hope for the future - what's not to like about that? That's the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of Communism, we should all be cheering them on as they get back on their feet.

    But my sources are more recent than Yeltsin-era stuff, you can see the links I provided and see if you agree. The majority of the people in my office are expatriate Russians - and from what I have seen in them and in their children; small families.

    May God grant them prosperity and many hopeful generations.

    Are you using the families of the Russians living in Canada as your reference point?

    http://russia-insider.com/en/contrast-between-russian-and-german-birthrate-policies-could-not-be-starker/ri16099

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    • Replies: @Avery
    People forget that ethnic Russians have been under external demographic assault for decades.

    The foreign injected virus of Godless Bolshevism murdered maybe ~30 million Orthodox Christians. The Nazi German invasion cost another ~25 million dead, mostly young men.

    Left to grow naturally, these ~55 million would by now have pushed RF population to >200 million.

    It is a testament to their resilience that Russians keep bouncing back, but these assaults have left deep wounds that are very hard to heal.
    , @Talha
    Hey Kiza,

    No, around Chicagoland where I reside.

    Now according to the same source, birth rates are back around 1.8, which is way better than much of Europe, but still near the edge:
    http://russia-insider.com/en/russia-demographics-are-now-reasonably-healthy-birth-rate-highest-europe/ri2354

    But, I hope they keep rising to healthy levels - this was the key to me in that article:
    "In Russia, where Traditional values still predominate and are actuality waxing, not waning..."

    In Russia, the Orthodox Church seems to still have a monopoly on the traditional culture of the people, if they stick to the best of those traditions, I think they'll be fine in the long run.

    Peace.
  92. @Talha
    Hey JL,

    Yes, it does seem higher than much of Europe - though that's not saying all that much. My sources are just simple searches for terms like 'Russia birth rate'. This article seems to sum up why Russia may not be out of hot waters yet:
    https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/russia-reverses-birth-decline-but-for-how-long-36625

    But if this information is all wrong, then that is welcome news indeed. A stable Russia that is not fearing from an existential threat of population decline will make better decisions. It also means a Russia that is returning to values and mores that favor longevity.

    Peace.

    Hi Talha!

    I understand well, quality English language information on anything pertaining to Russia is incredibly difficult to find. As others have already mentioned, the Moscow Times is unreliable and should be avoided at all costs. It is an extreme, anti-government, Russophobic publication dedicated to slandering its host country. Their chief editor is one Mikhail Fishman, who was hired, despite poor English language skills, after the Finns were forced to divest under Russia’s new law requiring mass media to be more than 20% foreign owned. You can look up his bio if you wish, suffice to say he is partisan scum.

    For a more nuanced discussion of Russian demographics I highly recommend looking at the pre-Ukraine Crisis work of Anatoly Karlin and also Mark Adomanis (after Ukraine, they had other, more sensational, issues to address). In short, the Dying Russia theme is outdated by at least a decade. This is isn’t to paper over some of the long-term issues Russia faces, and neither Karlin nor Adomanis do so, like the 90s cliff drop. However demographic trends have consistently surprised the doom-and-gloom purveyors.

    That’s the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of Communism

    Uh, no, that’s the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of economic shock therapy, liberalism, “democracy” and all the other great 90s live experiments. I have no inherent love of communism, nor any reason to defend it, but this misunderstanding is absolutely crucial. While you may hate the communists for their militant atheism, their value system was probably more in line with what you espouse, the obviously crucial aspect of religion notwithstanding.

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    Agree.
    , @Talha
    Hey JL,

    Thanks for you input, and I definitely agree, reliable news about Russia is tough to find. I tend to like RT, but they get a little propaganda-ish sometimes with certain issues. It looks like I haven't paid enough attention to Mr. Karlin's work on the subject.

    Thanks for your input about Communism too. I can understand what you are saying because I know that (despite the anti-religious efforts of the Communists) much of traditional Islamic mores survived (and are bouncing back) in many of the Central Asian republics though they took a major hit. It seems '1984' is more survivable than 'Brave New World'.

    Peace.
  93. @Kiza
    Are you using the families of the Russians living in Canada as your reference point?
    http://russia-insider.com/en/contrast-between-russian-and-german-birthrate-policies-could-not-be-starker/ri16099

    People forget that ethnic Russians have been under external demographic assault for decades.

    The foreign injected virus of Godless Bolshevism murdered maybe ~30 million Orthodox Christians. The Nazi German invasion cost another ~25 million dead, mostly young men.

    Left to grow naturally, these ~55 million would by now have pushed RF population to >200 million.

    It is a testament to their resilience that Russians keep bouncing back, but these assaults have left deep wounds that are very hard to heal.

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  94. @anon
    if russia is so great and america is an anglozionist litter box , why are they even here ?? all of em masochists ??

    “…why are they even here…”
    because this is a free country – this is not a complete replica of the former USSR yet. These people have the mentality afforded by growing in a free country.
    Or you are deeply offended by the “anti-patriotic” critique of the thinking people? It is like being offended by an honest diagnosis of a med. doctor.

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  95. @Andrei Martyanov

    Since you now live in the US, you must like being surrounded by under educated primitives.
     
    And you certainly love, in the absence of solid arguments on the topic, to simply substitute a thesis. OK. No, the first criteria for me in life is a human decency and not what is being perceived as "intellect". I am surrounded by my American friends some of whom are full blown intellectuals (couple of Ph.Ds, actually) , others are simply wonderful friends, colleagues and people. What I do not like, though, is any Russian, American, European, what have you, stupidity and arrogance. My circle of people doesn't contain those be it in Russia or in USA. Now, what would be highly appreciated if you can express your "expert" opinion on the quality of the personnel of the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces. Granted, this opinion of yours formed not form the same "sources" as that of QM.

    Ivan knows that he wants to live in the US.
     
    If you talk about me--it is one thing, but if you generalize about most Russians, boy, you are in for a huge surprise. But how do I know that, of course. I just returned from Russia.

    What average red-blooded Russian man would come here? The women in America are obese, tatted up, pierced with day-glow blue/orange/green hair. The average woman throughout the Baltics/Russia untouched by feminism, are still feminine. A Russian looking at American women as a group even twenty years ago would be VERY disappointed with the slobs of today.

    The rest? The politics, the racial troubles? Who would come here? The dregs.

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  96. @Andrei Martyanov
    Here is a standard 9th Grade set of problems in course of Trig, which always was both presented in Algebra and in Geometry.

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yIpW5BAQdSg/V7-AEA1H8HI/AAAAAAAAAiE/djQ8BHM4Zss5P7vm81DeWZFjy6b7UENwACLcB/s1600/9th%2BGrade.jpg

    Moscow, Publishing House Prosveshenie, 1997. Makarychev, Minduk, Peshkov, Suvorova.

    At this stage I would avoid getting into legendary Kholmogorov's Algebra for the 10th Grade. Speaking of Skanavi's legendary "1000 Math Problems for Students for Entrance Exams In Higher Schools of Learning" will simply be a bad taste;-)

    Oh please, what possible trouble could the average Women’s/African/Sexual Studies major have with that? But they’re college material, right? Later, they get jobs teaching the children except: they’re idiots with paper from a diploma mill and so onward with the decline.

    Look, Smoothie, there’s no arguing one thing, with the decline of the women, so goes the country.

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  97. @Quartermaster

    "It goes without saying that average Soviet public school curriculum in STEM would blow minds of most American students of the time–and this is the time when US education was decent, unlike today. "
     
    This is risible. The Soviets started the 60s behind us technologically, and the distance increased as time went on. If STEM education was so much greater in the Su than the USA, nothing that happened over the past 50 years would have taken place and the US would not have led in every technological field for so long.

    There's a serious flaw in your thinking.

    This is pretty risible itself. The Soviets invested lots mot in R&D than the West relatively speaking. However if one bothered to look at the results , it takes more than R&D to refine technologies. The West has a veritable assembly line that moves technology into application both militarily and civilian. That Russia does not have. China does not have it either , but soon will. They have R&D and an export market but don’t have the civilian feed back loop. They may soon have such a thing.

    its like any business where sweat , not brains is the biggest ingredient. The US system sweats it out.

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  98. @Kiza
    Are you using the families of the Russians living in Canada as your reference point?
    http://russia-insider.com/en/contrast-between-russian-and-german-birthrate-policies-could-not-be-starker/ri16099

    Hey Kiza,

    No, around Chicagoland where I reside.

    Now according to the same source, birth rates are back around 1.8, which is way better than much of Europe, but still near the edge:

    http://russia-insider.com/en/russia-demographics-are-now-reasonably-healthy-birth-rate-highest-europe/ri2354

    But, I hope they keep rising to healthy levels – this was the key to me in that article:
    “In Russia, where Traditional values still predominate and are actuality waxing, not waning…”

    In Russia, the Orthodox Church seems to still have a monopoly on the traditional culture of the people, if they stick to the best of those traditions, I think they’ll be fine in the long run.

    Peace.

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  99. @Latvian woman
    Dmitry Orlov said on some podcast that he will move back to Russia, not sure if he'll go there for good but he said something about moving to northern Russia.

    While I agree that it is a little off putting to trash America while living there, it must be said that there are plenty of nice places to live in Russia, too - Novgorod, for example, seems quite interesting. And nothing beats cheap tutoring for your kids (good education, including music and sports) and affordable clean, organic food - things that are kind of a luxury in the Western world.

    Talha, the people at your office must be professionals and if you looked at American professionals, especially, in the West coast cities such as San Francisco and Seattle, you'd see that many of those people are childless (well into their 30s). It's not a Russian thing.

    Russians are a northern people so they will typically not have many children. But it looks like the TFRs have recovered in many post-Soviet places (especially in the last three years), the post collapse low birthrates weren't going to last forever. Russia should be around 1.7 this year (maybe above), Belarus is 1.7, West Ukraine as high as 1.9 in some places, the Baltic states reached 1.7 last year (in fact, in the 30+ age group the birth rates are as high as in the 80s when there was a baby boom all over the USSR with TFRs of at least 2).

    Of course, it is far from ideal or even the necessary level, but it's better than Germany and Spain. And, of course, we all must prepare for the problems ahead when there will be twice as fewer fertile women all over the post Soviet space as there were in the 1980s.

    Hey LW,

    It’s not a Russian thing.

    No, it definitely is a Modern/Post-Modern thing, but Nietzsche said it far better than I could have:

    http://faculty.ccri.edu/paleclerc/existentialism/niet_modern.shtml

    But see my note to Kiza about why I am hopeful things will improve.

    Peace.

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  100. @JL
    @Talha

    Hi Talha!

    I understand well, quality English language information on anything pertaining to Russia is incredibly difficult to find. As others have already mentioned, the Moscow Times is unreliable and should be avoided at all costs. It is an extreme, anti-government, Russophobic publication dedicated to slandering its host country. Their chief editor is one Mikhail Fishman, who was hired, despite poor English language skills, after the Finns were forced to divest under Russia's new law requiring mass media to be more than 20% foreign owned. You can look up his bio if you wish, suffice to say he is partisan scum.

    For a more nuanced discussion of Russian demographics I highly recommend looking at the pre-Ukraine Crisis work of Anatoly Karlin and also Mark Adomanis (after Ukraine, they had other, more sensational, issues to address). In short, the Dying Russia theme is outdated by at least a decade. This is isn't to paper over some of the long-term issues Russia faces, and neither Karlin nor Adomanis do so, like the 90s cliff drop. However demographic trends have consistently surprised the doom-and-gloom purveyors.

    That’s the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of Communism
     
    Uh, no, that's the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of economic shock therapy, liberalism, "democracy" and all the other great 90s live experiments. I have no inherent love of communism, nor any reason to defend it, but this misunderstanding is absolutely crucial. While you may hate the communists for their militant atheism, their value system was probably more in line with what you espouse, the obviously crucial aspect of religion notwithstanding.

    Agree.

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  101. the Soviet military was also defensive in essence

    OMG

    1) The military control of all of Eastern Europe as a “buffer zone” to keep the US/NATO away from the Soviet Union’s borders.

    2) An official ideology, Communism, which was messianic and global in its stated goals …

    no contradiction there!

    “buffer zone” ROTF LOL!

    Russia has exactly zero interest in any of these.

    I suspect you’re right, thank God

    although it’s today that Russia could actually use a “buffer zone”, as it seems Ukraine has tragically and unwillingly and de facto become

    show exactly zero gratitude for the role Russia played in their liberation.

    OMG!!!

    myopic hubris on steroids

    To see how our so-called “Orthodox brothers” in Bulgaria, Romania or Georgia are eager to deploy NATO weapons against Russia is nothing short of sickening. The next time around, let these guys liberate themselves, everybody will be happier that way

    I think you mean “liberate” themselves

    were it not for the genocidal Bolsheviks that had “Russia by the hair of the head” and were invading countries right and left, the Nazis never would have had to “liberate” anyone from anyone, and then these countries would have been free of Nazi and commie occupation. Duh fucking Duh!

    The reason these fellow Orthodox countries are welcoming NATO (the Zio-Fiend) is because of Russia’s belligerent and militaristic (and stupid and provocative) May Day parades, that seem (to these understandably terrified people) to celebrate the Soviet madness that had caused all of Russia’s neighbors to suffer generations of cruel occupation and slavery. Duh!

    The Russians are *not* coming

    The size and capabilities of the Russian Military Districts are completely dwarfed by the immense power and resources of the US Commands:

    this is more because of the philosophical differences between Putin vs. Stalin

    If Putin were a Stalin, then he’d have the full support of the entire West at his disposal to do what he pleased with Eastern Europe.

    It’s just like the way the West loved the Shah of Iran and were keen to build nuclear plants and “Westernize” (Weimarize) the whole place. But then do a 180 after the revolution when the pro-Zio regime is replaced with an anti-Zio regime. If Iran were still under the Zio-quisling- the Shah, then there’d be nothing my government wouldn’t do for him. Same with Putin. If he too were a tool of the Zio-West, he’d have a freehand to enslave and slaughter as many Euros as he pleased. He and John McCain would be pals.

    In practical terms, this means that the three Baltic states, the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Finland, most of the Ukraine, the Black Sea and the Caspian are all, for all practical purposes, “Russkie-land”.

    and using language with this, you wonder why the Baltic states want to cozy up to NATO?

    and relentlessly referring to the Ukrainian nationalists as Ukronazis, is counter productive. The Ukrainians in the West have a legitimate right to express their unwillingness to live under Russian cultural or institutional domination. Surely there is a peaceful solution for this without invective and provocation? (and yes, I’d say the same thing to the Ukrainian nationalists who’re rabidly anti-Russian)

    It is absolutely amazing how hard it is for so many people to understand the seemingly simple fact that Russia is not a USSR v2 nor an anti-USA.

    that’s what I’ve been saying relentlessly

    Russia simply wants to be a sovereign and free country. That’s it. But in a world ruled by the AngloZionist Empire this is also a lot. In fact, I would say that for the international plutocracy ruling the Empire, this Russian aspiration is completely and categorically unacceptable as it sees this Russian desire as an existential threat to the USA and the entire New World Order the Empire is trying to impose upon all of us. They are absolutely correct, by the way.

    on this we agree completely

    except that it isn’t that they see Russia as any kind of threat, at least certainly not militarily. Rather it’s that these AngoZionsts are like dominant baboons, and they have an primate, Orwellian imperative to dominate and express and project their power over everyone. If Russia buckled under the threats and sanctions and all the other efforts, the Fiend would simply find some other people somewhere who weren’t sufficiently submissive to their power. That’s how it works with this lot. They always have to be foisting their power over others. Always, and always demanding more and more and more demonstrations of abject submission.

    That’s what gets them off.

    That’s how menopausal, fat-ass chicken hawks like little Billy Kristol can feel all potent and virile (even if only for fleeting moments) They’re otherwise pasty lard buckets of feculent blubber and emasculated angst who rankle in the bile of their all too understandable self-loathing. Forcing other, better people to submit to their ‘power’, is the only thing that gives their otherwise execrable existence any relief.

    Amassing and abusing power is their only solace. And that will never change. And they will never relent until they’re defanged.

    End the Fed!

    So yes, Russia and the Empire are already at war, a war for survival from which only one side will walk away while the other will be eliminated, at least in its current political form.

    this is true

    the Fiend will never relent as long as there is even one who does not submit

    and as long as there is one, it will be encouragement for the others, so absolutely this will go on until Putin and Russia, (and the entire world) submit to Zio domination- and we all become effectively Palestinians ~ or we all find a way to End the Fed, and neutralize the source of (the infinite, unlimited financial and therefor military) power of the Fiend.

    Does anybody know which countries, besides Russia, have recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia? Answer: Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru! Yep, not even Kazakhstan or Syria… Isn’t friendship and partnership a two-way street?

    good point

    but then how many (corrupt) governments out there want to get cut off from the World Bank and IMF and other tentacles of the Fiend/Fed?

    good and interesting article

    I’m personally grateful to Ron Unz for publishing these salient and iconoclastic authors, (even if they’re often a little myopic and indoctrinated by the false narratives of decades of very intelligent and committed propagandists using scientifically affirmed methods of programming. IMHO ; )

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  102. @JL
    @Talha

    Hi Talha!

    I understand well, quality English language information on anything pertaining to Russia is incredibly difficult to find. As others have already mentioned, the Moscow Times is unreliable and should be avoided at all costs. It is an extreme, anti-government, Russophobic publication dedicated to slandering its host country. Their chief editor is one Mikhail Fishman, who was hired, despite poor English language skills, after the Finns were forced to divest under Russia's new law requiring mass media to be more than 20% foreign owned. You can look up his bio if you wish, suffice to say he is partisan scum.

    For a more nuanced discussion of Russian demographics I highly recommend looking at the pre-Ukraine Crisis work of Anatoly Karlin and also Mark Adomanis (after Ukraine, they had other, more sensational, issues to address). In short, the Dying Russia theme is outdated by at least a decade. This is isn't to paper over some of the long-term issues Russia faces, and neither Karlin nor Adomanis do so, like the 90s cliff drop. However demographic trends have consistently surprised the doom-and-gloom purveyors.

    That’s the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of Communism
     
    Uh, no, that's the Russian people bouncing back from the plague of economic shock therapy, liberalism, "democracy" and all the other great 90s live experiments. I have no inherent love of communism, nor any reason to defend it, but this misunderstanding is absolutely crucial. While you may hate the communists for their militant atheism, their value system was probably more in line with what you espouse, the obviously crucial aspect of religion notwithstanding.

    Hey JL,

    Thanks for you input, and I definitely agree, reliable news about Russia is tough to find. I tend to like RT, but they get a little propaganda-ish sometimes with certain issues. It looks like I haven’t paid enough attention to Mr. Karlin’s work on the subject.

    Thanks for your input about Communism too. I can understand what you are saying because I know that (despite the anti-religious efforts of the Communists) much of traditional Islamic mores survived (and are bouncing back) in many of the Central Asian republics though they took a major hit. It seems ’1984′ is more survivable than ‘Brave New World’.

    Peace.

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    Here's the archive of my Russian demography posts:

    http://akarlin.com/category/demographics/

    I have a seemingly eternal note on my "to do" list to do an update, but to be frank I just don't see the pressing need since Russia's demographic turnaround has by now become pretty undeniable and even the Western media has by now largely corrected its course on that issue (even if with a 5 year lag).
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  104. @Sherman
    Interesting analysis Andrei.

    If Russia is such a wonderful place and the AngloZionist world is so awful perhaps you should leave Florida and move back to Russia.

    Perhaps Andrei is attracted to Florida, as are millions of other residents native -born and foreign, by its warm winters and lack of a state income tax, a combination available in few jurisdictions in the USA and fewer if any in Russia. Doesn’t at all mean that he doesn’t consider Russia overall to be a good place to live. Your logic is as poor as your manners.

    For what it’s worth, I’d gladly take Andrei and hundreds of his Russian relatives in place of the African, Muslim, Mexican, and Latino immigrants whom we are actually getting these days.

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  105. @War for Blair Mountain
    Sherman


    The only relevant point is whether or not you support the neocon crusade to gang rape Conservative Orthodox Christian Russia. My strongest suspicion is that you do. And if you do you are a GD evil Satanist. The Russians will resist your Satanic Agenda....So will I.

    When we come to brink of nuclear missile launch time...I will show 0 mercy to your kind...Do not F with me and the Russians. I have 0 tolerance at this point in time for the (((neocons))).

    The level of bullying, deception, sanctions, and slander being thrown at Russia these days — and the demonstrated character and track record of those responsible for it — pushes normal Americans and any normal Christian or Western person closer to Russia, not farther away.

    Sherman, in your honor we are considering finding classes for our children to learn Russian, and we are looking into a further small investment in Russian stocks (in addition to the whopping five thousand dollars of LUKOIL stock we own, making us real market movers, LOL :)

    (Consult the recent statements of billionaire investment genius Jim Rogers to see why it is likely wise to invest in Russian agricultural and energy companies for the longer term.)

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  106. @anon

    Perfect line from new McCarthyists. The many great achievements of Western civilization, that have been enjoyed by people living in the UK/US/EU, do not belong to Zionists;
     
    I do not think Sherman was saying all of the great achievements of Western Civilization belong to Zionists. I think he was referring to the fact that many here whine and bemoan everything in the west that they don't like as a AngloZionist creation. Also they claim to think that the US are going down the drain due to the total control of AngloZionists. They also extol the virtues of the great Russian axis. Yet and still with all of their whining and bellyaching they all prefer to live in the AngloZionist nightmare that is the US . Even if they are Russian , speak Russian , and were born in Russia , like Saker, Shamir and many others. Speaks volumes.

    And white and Asian people — indeed any decent, peaceful, productive non-African people — are increasingly physically unsafe and menaced in wide swathes of many, many, many cities in the USA, and not just large cities. That speaks volumes about what our country has become and is becoming. You’re in no position to lecture Russians about the state of their country, bro.

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    And white and Asian people — indeed any decent, peaceful, productive non-African people — are increasingly physically unsafe and menaced in wide swathes of many, many, many cities in the USA, and not just large cities.
     
    Hyperbole. I am white and live in a large city and have never felt unsafe , nor have I ever been violated .Same goes for my white wife and 3 white kids . In fact same goes for all of my white and asian friends and acquaintances. Seems you are a victim of media hype . Either that or you just don't get out much. Stop being such a sissy and get out there and see for yourself how safe it is.

    You’re in no position to lecture Russians about the state of their country, bro.
     
    If that is the case , than the saker and shamir and any other posters here who are not Americans are in no position to lecture Americans about the state of our country.
  107. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I like what is being said, yet I am not so sure that time is in favor of Russia as Putin is not Eternal and his successor could be more receptive to the Anglo-zionist Empire.
    If Putin is not defeating the Empire when he is in command, the Empire will win.
    Garaudy a french communist philosopher used to say that to beat the Empire, you have to get it broke by getting rid of the dollar and denying it access to energy and raw material.
    I think that he was right; war is not the solution. The dollar with which the Empire has been able to corrupt most of the world has to be destroyed and Russia should sell oil and gaz to Europe against gold and no more against dollar

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  108. @anon
    If Russia is so superior why are you here living in the USA
    ??
    People vote with their feet , I suppose you know USA is better , like Saker and Shamir .

    My wife and I may look into immigrating to and retiring in Russia. What does that tell you about the relative likely trajectories of the USA and Russia?

    See Jim Rogers, a billionaire investor, for an explanation of the massive, under-appreciated advantage Russia will have in open fertile land and in minerals (not talking about oil and gas) that the whole overcrowded near-starving world will desperately need.

    If Russia can further stabilize and slightly increase its total fertility rate — supplying the native-born ethnic-Russian personnel needed for border control and defensive war, as well as for skilled jobs in the higher-tech agricultural & energy industries — it will dominate as the USA continually declines.

    As an American, I’m perfectly happy for the Russian people as I contemplate the first half of that prediction. I just wish that we would stop invading the world, inviting the world, and generally dissipating our financial resources, physical infrastructure, human capital, and international goodwill. We would be a formidable, honorable ally for Russia and a prepared enemy against China and islam.

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    • Replies: @gwynedd1
    It ironic. Russia has been losing some of its citizens from brain drain due to better opportunities in the West. However it does not have the social safety net of socialism and thus is not attacking the economic losers either.
    , @anon

    My wife and I may look into immigrating to and retiring in Russia. What does that tell you about the relative likely trajectories of the USA and Russia?
     
    It tells me that even though you are trying to uplift Russia and downgrade the USA , subliminally you know that it is not true. Your statement is anything but definitive :

    My wife and I MAY ( qualification) Look into (2nd qualification ) immigrating and retiring in Russia.

    If you really believed it and really were going to do it you would say : My wife and I are definitely moving to Russia upon retirement .

    By the way can your read Cyrillic alphabet, speak Russian already at your advanced age or are you planning on learning on the fly ( if and when your maybe and looking into turn into a real move). Well go ahead and lie and say yes, after all his is the internet !!!! Hey you may even google translate up a bit of Ruski Gavaruski for us !!!!!!
  109. Talha, of course, we are all familiar with Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good and Evil”, etc. :)

    But regards to the Russian / Eastern Euro birth rates… I’d be bold enough to state that they have not risen due to the religious revival. It is not even because of natalist policies, even though those are important and have made a positive difference. The main rise has been because of the stability of social and economic systems. EE women have always wanted to have that second child, it’s just that they didn’t feel that their environment was stable enough. I wouldn’t be surprised if the marriage rates have risen all over the post Soviet space compared to the 90s (despite the fact that most people are secular and many co-habit). The sex ratios must have evened out in the reproductive age groups. From the marriage point of view, it makes a huge difference if the increased male mortality begins in the 40s (as it used to be at the worst times of the collapse – shock therapy) or in the 50s. There have been improvements in male cardio vascular health. It impacts the sex ratios and the marriage market greatly. It has been proven that in places where sex ratios favor women, the marriages are more stable. This is what has happened (or has started to happen in EE) and will only increase due to the 90s “drop”. In 5-10 years, competition for fertile women will go through the roof (as there are tons of males born in 1980s) and then we’ll see an even bigger increase in marriage and higher birthrates. They might go up to 1.9 – the Irish and Icelandic level. And remember that in case of Belarus, Ukraine, Baltics and large swaths of Russia, these are all indigenous European populations.

    It would be interesting to see the 2016 data from Russia. Our data for this year has been consistent with 2015 and maybe even slightly better. I bet the Russian data is just as good as last year’s. This would prove that the economic sanctions, devaluation of the ruble, etc., have not had such a devastating effect on TFR at all (implying that the underlying social and demographic trends are there regardless of the economy). Just guessing.

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    • Replies: @gwynedd1
    In nature , unless there is an invasive species able move in, its always the eco system that is most important. In an ideal eco system, a species will quickly replenish itself. So as long as there is no immigration, they will recover quite well.

    Of course I did my part in this crisis and took an Eastern European wife. At the time it was silly to consider anything else.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    You can access monthly preliminary estimates of Russia's latest demographic data here:

    http://www.gks.ru/wps/wcm/connect/rosstat_main/rosstat/ru/statistics/population/demography/

    In Jan-Jun 2016 y/y, births increased by 0.2% and deaths declined by 2.8%.

    In practice, stagnating birth rates are perfectly fine because the share of women in their childbearing years are now plummeting.
  110. Belarus, for instance, has done something amazing – if one can believe Wikipedia, they have gone from 1.5 in 2010 to 1.7 in 2015 – that’s just five years.

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  111. @RadicalCenter
    My wife and I may look into immigrating to and retiring in Russia. What does that tell you about the relative likely trajectories of the USA and Russia?

    See Jim Rogers, a billionaire investor, for an explanation of the massive, under-appreciated advantage Russia will have in open fertile land and in minerals (not talking about oil and gas) that the whole overcrowded near-starving world will desperately need.

    If Russia can further stabilize and slightly increase its total fertility rate -- supplying the native-born ethnic-Russian personnel needed for border control and defensive war, as well as for skilled jobs in the higher-tech agricultural & energy industries -- it will dominate as the USA continually declines.

    As an American, I'm perfectly happy for the Russian people as I contemplate the first half of that prediction. I just wish that we would stop invading the world, inviting the world, and generally dissipating our financial resources, physical infrastructure, human capital, and international goodwill. We would be a formidable, honorable ally for Russia and a prepared enemy against China and islam.

    It ironic. Russia has been losing some of its citizens from brain drain due to better opportunities in the West. However it does not have the social safety net of socialism and thus is not attacking the economic losers either.

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    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    This is currently still an extremely marginal affair.

    http://www.unz.com/akarlin/nth-wave-of-russian-emigration/

    If you distrust me as a Kremlin troll, Bershidsky said the same thing 6 months later:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-06/russia-is-not-dying-from-a-brain-drain

    The vast bulk of Russia's brain drain (including my own family) took place in the 1990s.
  112. @Latvian woman
    Talha, of course, we are all familiar with Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil", etc. :)

    But regards to the Russian / Eastern Euro birth rates... I'd be bold enough to state that they have not risen due to the religious revival. It is not even because of natalist policies, even though those are important and have made a positive difference. The main rise has been because of the stability of social and economic systems. EE women have always wanted to have that second child, it's just that they didn't feel that their environment was stable enough. I wouldn't be surprised if the marriage rates have risen all over the post Soviet space compared to the 90s (despite the fact that most people are secular and many co-habit). The sex ratios must have evened out in the reproductive age groups. From the marriage point of view, it makes a huge difference if the increased male mortality begins in the 40s (as it used to be at the worst times of the collapse - shock therapy) or in the 50s. There have been improvements in male cardio vascular health. It impacts the sex ratios and the marriage market greatly. It has been proven that in places where sex ratios favor women, the marriages are more stable. This is what has happened (or has started to happen in EE) and will only increase due to the 90s "drop". In 5-10 years, competition for fertile women will go through the roof (as there are tons of males born in 1980s) and then we'll see an even bigger increase in marriage and higher birthrates. They might go up to 1.9 - the Irish and Icelandic level. And remember that in case of Belarus, Ukraine, Baltics and large swaths of Russia, these are all indigenous European populations.

    It would be interesting to see the 2016 data from Russia. Our data for this year has been consistent with 2015 and maybe even slightly better. I bet the Russian data is just as good as last year's. This would prove that the economic sanctions, devaluation of the ruble, etc., have not had such a devastating effect on TFR at all (implying that the underlying social and demographic trends are there regardless of the economy). Just guessing.

    In nature , unless there is an invasive species able move in, its always the eco system that is most important. In an ideal eco system, a species will quickly replenish itself. So as long as there is no immigration, they will recover quite well.

    Of course I did my part in this crisis and took an Eastern European wife. At the time it was silly to consider anything else.

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    @War for Blair Mountain
    Sherman


    The only relevant point is whether or not you support the neocon crusade to gang rape Conservative Orthodox Christian Russia. My strongest suspicion is that you do. And if you do you are a GD evil Satanist. The Russians will resist your Satanic Agenda....So will I.

    When we come to brink of nuclear missile launch time...I will show 0 mercy to your kind...Do not F with me and the Russians. I have 0 tolerance at this point in time for the (((neocons))).

    Why don’t you move to Russia? You’ve said that you’re a de facto Russian agent and that you will act as such in any potential military conflicts with Russia, which means that you would have to be thrown in prison or executed for treason.

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    • Replies: @War for Blair Mountain
    I am a defacto Native Born White American Race Patriot with 0 allegiance to the Jewish Sate of Israel and 0 allegiance to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Balmer, and George Soros.

    You want to pre-emptively nuke a very Conservative Orthodox Christian Nation of millions and usher in the 6 billion year reign of the lowly cockroach. I don't.

    You are a defacto Satanist as is the Old Farting Lesbian Satanist who wears adult diapers.

    If the nuclear exchange between Russian and the US is of a limited nature, the game is over for the homo-pedophile tranny Democratic Party.....and for its Satanic Leadership.


    Your a cockroach....
    , @annamaria
    "Why don’t you move to Russia?"

    Why don't US plutocrats and a parasitoid Israel - and Israel-firsters - separate already from a hapless host of the US? http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/08/29/can-americans-overthrow-the-evil-that-rules-them-paul-craig-roberts/

    "Paul Wolfowitz and the lies that he told in the high government positions that he held are responsible for a massive number of deaths and massive destruction in seven countries. Wolfowitz has announced his vote for Hillary Clinton....
    Hillary is the one who brought zionist neocon Victoria Nuland into the State Department to oversee the US coup in Ukraine in order to create more propaganda against Russia and force Washington’s European vassals to impose sanctions and place military bases on Russia’s borders, thus provoking a nuclear power and raising dangerous tensions."

    One does not need to be Russian patriot to criticize ziocons –– though MSM and Clinton and her entourage prefer to interpreting any critique of ziocons' policies as an allegiance to Putin. Very convenient. Again, where are the missing $6.5 trillions that the Pentagon is not able to account for? - http://www.globalresearch.ca/pentagon-cannot-account-for-6-5-trillion-dollars/5541244
  114. gwynedd, well, lucky you because you used the window of opportunity there. :) Any Western guy who wants an EE wife, I’d recommend them to wife up asap, because in 5 years there may not be as many to go around. Think about it – Ukraine’s TFR in 1986 was 2.13 – those are the current 30 year olds (many of them married, divorced and with kids by now). In 2000, the TFR was something like 1.11. Those are the current 16 year olds. So technically there are twice as fewer 16 year olds than 30 year olds. And this trend is common, plus minus, in all post Soviet countries.

    There will be increased competition for the younger females. I don’t believe it will not have social consequences (hopefully, even more stabilizing and positive).

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  115. @5371
    [More than anything else, the Russians want their country to be a “normal” country.]

    What is normal? Are national slavery and prostitution normal, as they are practiced in Europe? What about the degeneracy and social disintegration that are going on there? To be the same as everyone else, no matter what that entails, is not a worthy ambition.

    Nobody is normal, LGBT USA certainly is not, health care system and education crumbling, shootings, degeneracy everywhere, stupid entertainment and pseudo-news engineered to numb minds.
    Russia is the opposite, that is her sacred mission, so yes, wether she likes it or not, she is in fact the anti-USA.The clash of civilizations and world views is obvious, Russia is the moral superpower.

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  116. @A.B. Prosper
    The US Birth rate is around 1.7 about where it was at the time of the Great Depression

    This should tell you something about our economy.

    Also our numbers are propped up with Mestizo immigration, this immigrant wave abound 50 MILLION of all races 80-90% non European has reduced social capital and the national IQ by 5 points or more

    Its not going to go up especially as the next group of immigrants if it happens have high levels of cousin marriage and a religious system that is incompatible with the US entirely. We could handle fairly secular Persians fine or others like them but these people if Clinton wins and brings them in will destabilize the country very very fast as they are the dregs of the world.

    Opinion piece here but the US empire is committing auto-genocide against its own founding stock racial and religious for political and short term economic gains and therefore doomed itself

    There will be no recovery since we are in the Looted by Oligarchs phase and have yet to find any leaders , Trump not being one.

    To win Russia need only wait till it weakens enough to either fall apart as the USSR did or has a civil war and the next nations, probably with smashed industry , endemic poverty (remember the US has not invested much into infrastructure and has many biologically lower IQ people ) and mass deaths will be as easy to manage politically as any other 3rd world country

    The few new nations that make it, probably homogenized and highly Conservative won't be Imperial at least outside CONUS or Neo Conservative in any way shape or form.

    How soon this will occur I do not know, no one does . My guess is that it will probably be up to the president that follows Putin as its a decade maybe two or even three out

    You are absolutely spot on in your analysis. In the end, the Russians (if they are smart) will have the superior gene pool. All Russia needs to do is have lots of babies, eschew Western culture of drugs, alcohol, prozac, tobacco, multiculturalism and solipsism and the future is hers.

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  117. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonymous
    Why don't you move to Russia? You've said that you're a de facto Russian agent and that you will act as such in any potential military conflicts with Russia, which means that you would have to be thrown in prison or executed for treason.

    I am a defacto Native Born White American Race Patriot with 0 allegiance to the Jewish Sate of Israel and 0 allegiance to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Balmer, and George Soros.

    You want to pre-emptively nuke a very Conservative Orthodox Christian Nation of millions and usher in the 6 billion year reign of the lowly cockroach. I don’t.

    You are a defacto Satanist as is the Old Farting Lesbian Satanist who wears adult diapers.

    If the nuclear exchange between Russian and the US is of a limited nature, the game is over for the homo-pedophile tranny Democratic Party…..and for its Satanic Leadership.

    Your a cockroach….

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    You're also a de facto Russian agent, and you've said that you will act as such in any potential military conflicts with Russia, which means that you would have to be thrown in prison or executed for treason. Moving to Russia, or to one of these countries without extradition treaties with the US, would prevent this:

    http://www.wsfa.com/story/22665099/countries-with-no-extradition-treaty-with-us
    , @anon

    I am a defacto Native Born White American Race Patriot with 0 allegiance to the Jewish Sate of Israel and 0 allegiance to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Balmer, and George Soros.

    You want to pre-emptively nuke a very Conservative Orthodox Christian Nation of millions and usher in the 6 billion year reign of the lowly cockroach. I don’t.

    You are a defacto Satanist as is the Old Farting Lesbian Satanist who wears adult diapers.

    If the nuclear exchange between Russian and the US is of a limited nature, the game is over for the homo-pedophile tranny Democratic Party…..and for its Satanic Leadership.

    Your a cockroach….

     

    Hey good one Sir ,
    I think this post proves that you are non-bitter , normal , well adjusted , sane , happy and a credit to the community . You do so much to disprove the notion that WN peeps are sad , lonely ,unhappy outcasts . Please post more and continue being a beacon of light and truth in the world. Btw , loved that " Old Farting Lesbian Satanist who wears adult diapers line " !!!!! You got talent, boy.
  118. @Anonymous
    Why don't you move to Russia? You've said that you're a de facto Russian agent and that you will act as such in any potential military conflicts with Russia, which means that you would have to be thrown in prison or executed for treason.

    “Why don’t you move to Russia?”

    Why don’t US plutocrats and a parasitoid Israel – and Israel-firsters – separate already from a hapless host of the US? http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/08/29/can-americans-overthrow-the-evil-that-rules-them-paul-craig-roberts/

    “Paul Wolfowitz and the lies that he told in the high government positions that he held are responsible for a massive number of deaths and massive destruction in seven countries. Wolfowitz has announced his vote for Hillary Clinton….
    Hillary is the one who brought zionist neocon Victoria Nuland into the State Department to oversee the US coup in Ukraine in order to create more propaganda against Russia and force Washington’s European vassals to impose sanctions and place military bases on Russia’s borders, thus provoking a nuclear power and raising dangerous tensions.”

    One does not need to be Russian patriot to criticize ziocons –– though MSM and Clinton and her entourage prefer to interpreting any critique of ziocons’ policies as an allegiance to Putin. Very convenient. Again, where are the missing $6.5 trillions that the Pentagon is not able to account for? – http://www.globalresearch.ca/pentagon-cannot-account-for-6-5-trillion-dollars/5541244

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    $6.5 trillion!!! Good God Almighty! I didn't know it was that bad!!! Last time I read it was around $2 trillion! Wow! That is like twice the GDP of Germany!

    Thanks for the link.

    Peace.
  119. […] on August 29, 2016 by J.C. By The Saker Global Research, August 29, 2016 The Unz Review 25 August […]

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  120. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @War for Blair Mountain
    I am a defacto Native Born White American Race Patriot with 0 allegiance to the Jewish Sate of Israel and 0 allegiance to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Balmer, and George Soros.

    You want to pre-emptively nuke a very Conservative Orthodox Christian Nation of millions and usher in the 6 billion year reign of the lowly cockroach. I don't.

    You are a defacto Satanist as is the Old Farting Lesbian Satanist who wears adult diapers.

    If the nuclear exchange between Russian and the US is of a limited nature, the game is over for the homo-pedophile tranny Democratic Party.....and for its Satanic Leadership.


    Your a cockroach....

    You’re also a de facto Russian agent, and you’ve said that you will act as such in any potential military conflicts with Russia, which means that you would have to be thrown in prison or executed for treason. Moving to Russia, or to one of these countries without extradition treaties with the US, would prevent this:

    http://www.wsfa.com/story/22665099/countries-with-no-extradition-treaty-with-us

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  121. @annamaria
    "Why don’t you move to Russia?"

    Why don't US plutocrats and a parasitoid Israel - and Israel-firsters - separate already from a hapless host of the US? http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/08/29/can-americans-overthrow-the-evil-that-rules-them-paul-craig-roberts/

    "Paul Wolfowitz and the lies that he told in the high government positions that he held are responsible for a massive number of deaths and massive destruction in seven countries. Wolfowitz has announced his vote for Hillary Clinton....
    Hillary is the one who brought zionist neocon Victoria Nuland into the State Department to oversee the US coup in Ukraine in order to create more propaganda against Russia and force Washington’s European vassals to impose sanctions and place military bases on Russia’s borders, thus provoking a nuclear power and raising dangerous tensions."

    One does not need to be Russian patriot to criticize ziocons –– though MSM and Clinton and her entourage prefer to interpreting any critique of ziocons' policies as an allegiance to Putin. Very convenient. Again, where are the missing $6.5 trillions that the Pentagon is not able to account for? - http://www.globalresearch.ca/pentagon-cannot-account-for-6-5-trillion-dollars/5541244

    $6.5 trillion!!! Good God Almighty! I didn’t know it was that bad!!! Last time I read it was around $2 trillion! Wow! That is like twice the GDP of Germany!

    Thanks for the link.

    Peace.

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  122. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @RadicalCenter
    My wife and I may look into immigrating to and retiring in Russia. What does that tell you about the relative likely trajectories of the USA and Russia?

    See Jim Rogers, a billionaire investor, for an explanation of the massive, under-appreciated advantage Russia will have in open fertile land and in minerals (not talking about oil and gas) that the whole overcrowded near-starving world will desperately need.

    If Russia can further stabilize and slightly increase its total fertility rate -- supplying the native-born ethnic-Russian personnel needed for border control and defensive war, as well as for skilled jobs in the higher-tech agricultural & energy industries -- it will dominate as the USA continually declines.

    As an American, I'm perfectly happy for the Russian people as I contemplate the first half of that prediction. I just wish that we would stop invading the world, inviting the world, and generally dissipating our financial resources, physical infrastructure, human capital, and international goodwill. We would be a formidable, honorable ally for Russia and a prepared enemy against China and islam.

    My wife and I may look into immigrating to and retiring in Russia. What does that tell you about the relative likely trajectories of the USA and Russia?

    It tells me that even though you are trying to uplift Russia and downgrade the USA , subliminally you know that it is not true. Your statement is anything but definitive :

    My wife and I MAY ( qualification) Look into (2nd qualification ) immigrating and retiring in Russia.

    If you really believed it and really were going to do it you would say : My wife and I are definitely moving to Russia upon retirement .

    By the way can your read Cyrillic alphabet, speak Russian already at your advanced age or are you planning on learning on the fly ( if and when your maybe and looking into turn into a real move). Well go ahead and lie and say yes, after all his is the internet !!!! Hey you may even google translate up a bit of Ruski Gavaruski for us !!!!!!

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    I'm not at all of an "advanced age" and have plenty of time before retirement, that's why I say "might" and "look into", dimwit.

    Intelligent, sensible people generally spend a lot of time researching and deliberating before making such a major life decision. Maybe you don't.

    Yes, I can read the Cyrillic alphabet pretty well, but definitely cannot understand much more than a couple hundred words of Russian. Never said that I could, but you are free to continue attacking statements that were never made.

    Lastly, as an American, I am not trying to denigrate this country. I love the American nation, and even the USA (less and less the same thing), and wish that we were in far better shape than we are. But wishful thinking and lying won't change reality -- a principle you should remind yourself of regularly.
  123. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @War for Blair Mountain
    I am a defacto Native Born White American Race Patriot with 0 allegiance to the Jewish Sate of Israel and 0 allegiance to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Balmer, and George Soros.

    You want to pre-emptively nuke a very Conservative Orthodox Christian Nation of millions and usher in the 6 billion year reign of the lowly cockroach. I don't.

    You are a defacto Satanist as is the Old Farting Lesbian Satanist who wears adult diapers.

    If the nuclear exchange between Russian and the US is of a limited nature, the game is over for the homo-pedophile tranny Democratic Party.....and for its Satanic Leadership.


    Your a cockroach....

    I am a defacto Native Born White American Race Patriot with 0 allegiance to the Jewish Sate of Israel and 0 allegiance to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Balmer, and George Soros.

    You want to pre-emptively nuke a very Conservative Orthodox Christian Nation of millions and usher in the 6 billion year reign of the lowly cockroach. I don’t.

    You are a defacto Satanist as is the Old Farting Lesbian Satanist who wears adult diapers.

    If the nuclear exchange between Russian and the US is of a limited nature, the game is over for the homo-pedophile tranny Democratic Party…..and for its Satanic Leadership.

    Your a cockroach….

    Hey good one Sir ,
    I think this post proves that you are non-bitter , normal , well adjusted , sane , happy and a credit to the community . You do so much to disprove the notion that WN peeps are sad , lonely ,unhappy outcasts . Please post more and continue being a beacon of light and truth in the world. Btw , loved that ” Old Farting Lesbian Satanist who wears adult diapers line ” !!!!! You got talent, boy.

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  124. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @RadicalCenter
    And white and Asian people -- indeed any decent, peaceful, productive non-African people -- are increasingly physically unsafe and menaced in wide swathes of many, many, many cities in the USA, and not just large cities. That speaks volumes about what our country has become and is becoming. You're in no position to lecture Russians about the state of their country, bro.

    And white and Asian people — indeed any decent, peaceful, productive non-African people — are increasingly physically unsafe and menaced in wide swathes of many, many, many cities in the USA, and not just large cities.

    Hyperbole. I am white and live in a large city and have never felt unsafe , nor have I ever been violated .Same goes for my white wife and 3 white kids . In fact same goes for all of my white and asian friends and acquaintances. Seems you are a victim of media hype . Either that or you just don’t get out much. Stop being such a sissy and get out there and see for yourself how safe it is.

    You’re in no position to lecture Russians about the state of their country, bro.

    If that is the case , than the saker and shamir and any other posters here who are not Americans are in no position to lecture Americans about the state of our country.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Yeah, I "don't get out much." We live in downtown Los Angeles, dimwit, and I've visited over forty US States and seven Canadian provinces, and have lived in eight States and DC before this, almost always in urban centers. Where have you lived, big tough oblivious guy?

    I am white and my wife is Asian, and we have been followed, spit on, cursed at, threatened, and I have been knocked down for no reason by a black guy shouting racist nonsense. Yeah I had no direct basis for my statement. Fool.
  125. @anon

    My wife and I may look into immigrating to and retiring in Russia. What does that tell you about the relative likely trajectories of the USA and Russia?
     
    It tells me that even though you are trying to uplift Russia and downgrade the USA , subliminally you know that it is not true. Your statement is anything but definitive :

    My wife and I MAY ( qualification) Look into (2nd qualification ) immigrating and retiring in Russia.

    If you really believed it and really were going to do it you would say : My wife and I are definitely moving to Russia upon retirement .

    By the way can your read Cyrillic alphabet, speak Russian already at your advanced age or are you planning on learning on the fly ( if and when your maybe and looking into turn into a real move). Well go ahead and lie and say yes, after all his is the internet !!!! Hey you may even google translate up a bit of Ruski Gavaruski for us !!!!!!

    I’m not at all of an “advanced age” and have plenty of time before retirement, that’s why I say “might” and “look into”, dimwit.

    Intelligent, sensible people generally spend a lot of time researching and deliberating before making such a major life decision. Maybe you don’t.

    Yes, I can read the Cyrillic alphabet pretty well, but definitely cannot understand much more than a couple hundred words of Russian. Never said that I could, but you are free to continue attacking statements that were never made.

    Lastly, as an American, I am not trying to denigrate this country. I love the American nation, and even the USA (less and less the same thing), and wish that we were in far better shape than we are. But wishful thinking and lying won’t change reality — a principle you should remind yourself of regularly.

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  126. @anon

    And white and Asian people — indeed any decent, peaceful, productive non-African people — are increasingly physically unsafe and menaced in wide swathes of many, many, many cities in the USA, and not just large cities.
     
    Hyperbole. I am white and live in a large city and have never felt unsafe , nor have I ever been violated .Same goes for my white wife and 3 white kids . In fact same goes for all of my white and asian friends and acquaintances. Seems you are a victim of media hype . Either that or you just don't get out much. Stop being such a sissy and get out there and see for yourself how safe it is.

    You’re in no position to lecture Russians about the state of their country, bro.
     
    If that is the case , than the saker and shamir and any other posters here who are not Americans are in no position to lecture Americans about the state of our country.

    Yeah, I “don’t get out much.” We live in downtown Los Angeles, dimwit, and I’ve visited over forty US States and seven Canadian provinces, and have lived in eight States and DC before this, almost always in urban centers. Where have you lived, big tough oblivious guy?

    I am white and my wife is Asian, and we have been followed, spit on, cursed at, threatened, and I have been knocked down for no reason by a black guy shouting racist nonsense. Yeah I had no direct basis for my statement. Fool.

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    • Replies: @anon
    ive visited too many countries to mention, asia, africa, caribe, middle east, europe.

    i guess im just a more likable person than you or your wife are . i have never been beaten , accosted or spit on, in america or anywhere else . i live in a city that is 50% black.

    you got problems.......
  127. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @RadicalCenter
    Yeah, I "don't get out much." We live in downtown Los Angeles, dimwit, and I've visited over forty US States and seven Canadian provinces, and have lived in eight States and DC before this, almost always in urban centers. Where have you lived, big tough oblivious guy?

    I am white and my wife is Asian, and we have been followed, spit on, cursed at, threatened, and I have been knocked down for no reason by a black guy shouting racist nonsense. Yeah I had no direct basis for my statement. Fool.

    ive visited too many countries to mention, asia, africa, caribe, middle east, europe.

    i guess im just a more likable person than you or your wife are . i have never been beaten , accosted or spit on, in america or anywhere else . i live in a city that is 50% black.

    you got problems…….

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Insulting my wife, classy move.

    Yes, we are to blame for the racist harassment and hostility. We should be more likeable to borderline-regarded aggressors who have marinated in racial hatred their whole lives.

    And I didn't say that we have had problems with non-North American Africans. We haven't. So your visits to Africa aren't real relevant.

    Nor did I say that we have had a problem with harassment, intimidation, threats, assault, from Asians. Neither I nor my Asian wife has had such problems.

    Keep on guessing and insulting, you're doing great so far.
  128. @Talha
    Hey JL,

    Thanks for you input, and I definitely agree, reliable news about Russia is tough to find. I tend to like RT, but they get a little propaganda-ish sometimes with certain issues. It looks like I haven't paid enough attention to Mr. Karlin's work on the subject.

    Thanks for your input about Communism too. I can understand what you are saying because I know that (despite the anti-religious efforts of the Communists) much of traditional Islamic mores survived (and are bouncing back) in many of the Central Asian republics though they took a major hit. It seems '1984' is more survivable than 'Brave New World'.

    Peace.

    Here’s the archive of my Russian demography posts:

    http://akarlin.com/category/demographics/

    I have a seemingly eternal note on my “to do” list to do an update, but to be frank I just don’t see the pressing need since Russia’s demographic turnaround has by now become pretty undeniable and even the Western media has by now largely corrected its course on that issue (even if with a 5 year lag).

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    • Replies: @Talha
    Thanks Mr. Karlin, yeah it looks like some of the articles I have come across (like that one from Russian Insider) incorporate a lot of your conclusions in their article - you seem to be well known in this particular niche of knowledge. And your article is very balanced, I see in it hope yet tempered by caution and not random chest-thumping that one normally sees regarding this kind of a subject.

    Thanks for your work on this and may God grant Russia and her people honor and prosperity. Peace.
  129. @Latvian woman
    Talha, of course, we are all familiar with Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil", etc. :)

    But regards to the Russian / Eastern Euro birth rates... I'd be bold enough to state that they have not risen due to the religious revival. It is not even because of natalist policies, even though those are important and have made a positive difference. The main rise has been because of the stability of social and economic systems. EE women have always wanted to have that second child, it's just that they didn't feel that their environment was stable enough. I wouldn't be surprised if the marriage rates have risen all over the post Soviet space compared to the 90s (despite the fact that most people are secular and many co-habit). The sex ratios must have evened out in the reproductive age groups. From the marriage point of view, it makes a huge difference if the increased male mortality begins in the 40s (as it used to be at the worst times of the collapse - shock therapy) or in the 50s. There have been improvements in male cardio vascular health. It impacts the sex ratios and the marriage market greatly. It has been proven that in places where sex ratios favor women, the marriages are more stable. This is what has happened (or has started to happen in EE) and will only increase due to the 90s "drop". In 5-10 years, competition for fertile women will go through the roof (as there are tons of males born in 1980s) and then we'll see an even bigger increase in marriage and higher birthrates. They might go up to 1.9 - the Irish and Icelandic level. And remember that in case of Belarus, Ukraine, Baltics and large swaths of Russia, these are all indigenous European populations.

    It would be interesting to see the 2016 data from Russia. Our data for this year has been consistent with 2015 and maybe even slightly better. I bet the Russian data is just as good as last year's. This would prove that the economic sanctions, devaluation of the ruble, etc., have not had such a devastating effect on TFR at all (implying that the underlying social and demographic trends are there regardless of the economy). Just guessing.

    You can access monthly preliminary estimates of Russia’s latest demographic data here:

    http://www.gks.ru/wps/wcm/connect/rosstat_main/rosstat/ru/statistics/population/demography/

    In Jan-Jun 2016 y/y, births increased by 0.2% and deaths declined by 2.8%.

    In practice, stagnating birth rates are perfectly fine because the share of women in their childbearing years are now plummeting.

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  130. @gwynedd1
    It ironic. Russia has been losing some of its citizens from brain drain due to better opportunities in the West. However it does not have the social safety net of socialism and thus is not attacking the economic losers either.

    This is currently still an extremely marginal affair.

    http://www.unz.com/akarlin/nth-wave-of-russian-emigration/

    If you distrust me as a Kremlin troll, Bershidsky said the same thing 6 months later:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-06/russia-is-not-dying-from-a-brain-drain

    The vast bulk of Russia’s brain drain (including my own family) took place in the 1990s.

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  131. @Anatoly Karlin
    Here's the archive of my Russian demography posts:

    http://akarlin.com/category/demographics/

    I have a seemingly eternal note on my "to do" list to do an update, but to be frank I just don't see the pressing need since Russia's demographic turnaround has by now become pretty undeniable and even the Western media has by now largely corrected its course on that issue (even if with a 5 year lag).

    Thanks Mr. Karlin, yeah it looks like some of the articles I have come across (like that one from Russian Insider) incorporate a lot of your conclusions in their article – you seem to be well known in this particular niche of knowledge. And your article is very balanced, I see in it hope yet tempered by caution and not random chest-thumping that one normally sees regarding this kind of a subject.

    Thanks for your work on this and may God grant Russia and her people honor and prosperity. Peace.

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  132. @anon
    ive visited too many countries to mention, asia, africa, caribe, middle east, europe.

    i guess im just a more likable person than you or your wife are . i have never been beaten , accosted or spit on, in america or anywhere else . i live in a city that is 50% black.

    you got problems.......

    Insulting my wife, classy move.

    Yes, we are to blame for the racist harassment and hostility. We should be more likeable to borderline-regarded aggressors who have marinated in racial hatred their whole lives.

    And I didn’t say that we have had problems with non-North American Africans. We haven’t. So your visits to Africa aren’t real relevant.

    Nor did I say that we have had a problem with harassment, intimidation, threats, assault, from Asians. Neither I nor my Asian wife has had such problems.

    Keep on guessing and insulting, you’re doing great so far.

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  134. Sorry. For the sake of the continued prosperity of the West and the achievement of Singularity, Russia must go. Putin will not see a trial, and Russia will be divided by various spheres of influence.

    Time for Russia to pay for all the sins of the past, don’t you think?

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    • Replies: @Avery
    {Sorry. For the sake of the continued prosperity of the West and the achievement of Singularity, Russia must go.}

    Sorry, for the continued prosperity of Humanity, the reptilian Neocons, infesting the West, must go.

    {Putin will not see a trial,}

    Bush, Blair, Cheney, and all other Neocon war criminals, will not see a trial -unfortunately.

    {.... and Russia will be divided by various spheres of influence}

    Many have tried to, quote, "divide" Russia: Mongols, Napoleon, Hitler,....
    Russia is still standing strong: the largest country in the world.
    2X the size of US, 2X the size of China,.......
    10,000 nuclear warheads.
    The builder of Tsar Bomba: the largest thermonuclear device detonated in the world. 50 megatons of death and destruction, eagerly waiting for the next delusional megalomaniac to mess with Russia.

    {Time for Russia to pay for all the sins of the past, don’t you think?}

    Time for war criminal Neocons and war criminal Western imperialists to pay for their sins and war crimes of the past - don't youse think?


    Time for Russia to pay for all the sins of the past, don’t you think?

    , @5371
    Would be just weak trolling, but the "achievement of Singularity" lifts it into the Higher Idiocy.
  135. @colm
    Sorry. For the sake of the continued prosperity of the West and the achievement of Singularity, Russia must go. Putin will not see a trial, and Russia will be divided by various spheres of influence.

    Time for Russia to pay for all the sins of the past, don't you think?

    {Sorry. For the sake of the continued prosperity of the West and the achievement of Singularity, Russia must go.}

    Sorry, for the continued prosperity of Humanity, the reptilian Neocons, infesting the West, must go.

    {Putin will not see a trial,}

    Bush, Blair, Cheney, and all other Neocon war criminals, will not see a trial -unfortunately.

    {…. and Russia will be divided by various spheres of influence}

    Many have tried to, quote, “divide” Russia: Mongols, Napoleon, Hitler,….
    Russia is still standing strong: the largest country in the world.
    2X the size of US, 2X the size of China,…….
    10,000 nuclear warheads.
    The builder of Tsar Bomba: the largest thermonuclear device detonated in the world. 50 megatons of death and destruction, eagerly waiting for the next delusional megalomaniac to mess with Russia.

    {Time for Russia to pay for all the sins of the past, don’t you think?}

    Time for war criminal Neocons and war criminal Western imperialists to pay for their sins and war crimes of the past – don’t youse think?

    Time for Russia to pay for all the sins of the past, don’t you think?

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    • Replies: @colm
    Hopefully Putin will find a way to take himself out before he ends up like Ghaddaffy.
  136. @colm
    Sorry. For the sake of the continued prosperity of the West and the achievement of Singularity, Russia must go. Putin will not see a trial, and Russia will be divided by various spheres of influence.

    Time for Russia to pay for all the sins of the past, don't you think?

    Would be just weak trolling, but the “achievement of Singularity” lifts it into the Higher Idiocy.

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  137. @Avery
    {Sorry. For the sake of the continued prosperity of the West and the achievement of Singularity, Russia must go.}

    Sorry, for the continued prosperity of Humanity, the reptilian Neocons, infesting the West, must go.

    {Putin will not see a trial,}

    Bush, Blair, Cheney, and all other Neocon war criminals, will not see a trial -unfortunately.

    {.... and Russia will be divided by various spheres of influence}

    Many have tried to, quote, "divide" Russia: Mongols, Napoleon, Hitler,....
    Russia is still standing strong: the largest country in the world.
    2X the size of US, 2X the size of China,.......
    10,000 nuclear warheads.
    The builder of Tsar Bomba: the largest thermonuclear device detonated in the world. 50 megatons of death and destruction, eagerly waiting for the next delusional megalomaniac to mess with Russia.

    {Time for Russia to pay for all the sins of the past, don’t you think?}

    Time for war criminal Neocons and war criminal Western imperialists to pay for their sins and war crimes of the past - don't youse think?


    Time for Russia to pay for all the sins of the past, don’t you think?

    Hopefully Putin will find a way to take himself out before he ends up like Ghaddaffy.

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    • Replies: @Avery
    Keep hoping: Putin will take youse and your Neocon buddies out long before the Fat Lady Sings.

    10,000 nuke warheads and 50 Megaton Tsar Bombas itching for action.
    It will be a 1,000,000 degree barbecue of Neocon swine.
  138. @colm
    Hopefully Putin will find a way to take himself out before he ends up like Ghaddaffy.

    Keep hoping: Putin will take youse and your Neocon buddies out long before the Fat Lady Sings.

    10,000 nuke warheads and 50 Megaton Tsar Bombas itching for action.
    It will be a 1,000,000 degree barbecue of Neocon swine.

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    • Replies: @colm
    Will the Russian generals sacrifice everything they have , and the developed world, to go against Putin when if they they defect they will get millions of dollars and dinners with Western celebrities?

    I don't think so.

    The US sub commanders will do that, since if things have reached that stage there will not be a home to return so what the hell.

    But the well-fed Russian generals would rather see Putin dead than have their dachas burn down.
  139. @Verymuchalive
    Your exposition of military matters is excellent but as ever your handling of other matters is often exaggerated.
    You postulate a new form of warfare, 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% military. In this form, you write, the expulsion of the Russian Paralympic team is as important as British and American radar deliveries to Kiev.
    By informational, I take it you mean propaganda. The trouble with propaganda is that as well as convincing people it can also be profoundly counter-productive. The Anti-Russian propaganda pushed by the MSM and neocons is certainly a factor in the rise of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage et al. Despite the MSM's façade, people increasingly recognise it as propaganda, not news reporting.
    On the evidence, Anti-Russian propaganda seems to be less and less effective. Only 14 nations voted for a blanket ban of Russia at the recent Rio Olympics. 271 Russian athletes competed. 118 were banned, mainly in Athletics and weightlifting. So the vast majority competed and the vast majority of sports federations ignored attempts to get them to ban them.
    Despite massive efforts by the MSM, Western governments et al, this crude propaganda exercise largely ended in failure. It is a sign of the waning power of America generally and the Neocons in particular. 16 or 20 years ago, I'm sure all the Russians would have been banned.
    As regards the Paralympics. It is good that disabled people try to keep fit, but I have no interest in watching disabled people playing sport on TV. That is the attitude of the vast majority of people. Few watch the Paralympics or care about it. Banning the Russians from the Paralympics will be no consolation for the Neocons' failure regarding the main event

    I agree on the Paralympics, it is a bizarre thing to try to treat it as an elite event, so many categories of disability, so dominated by those from the wealthiest countries.

    From reading, amputee fetishists and so on, particularly women of that bent, abound in the fan base in western countries.

    Still, it was a very insane and nasty political move to ban the entire Russian team on no grounds whatsoever. Truly pathetic behaviour.

    Not that I paid much attention to the ‘Olympics’, it would have been fun if the media had handled it the same way as the USSR did Los Angeles, endless reporting on crime, riots and so on.

    Taki wrote a nice article on Takimag about the nonsense, starting from a long-ago visit to Olympia, it is from last week. Strongly recommend it.

    For the Saker, always interesting articles, this was good.

    Saw your appeal for moderators, thought of volunteering, but I have only ever posted there once or twice, so can’t see myself as ‘community’.

    In that time band, anyway, I am too busy.

    Much appreciation for your site and thoughts.

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    • Replies: @colm
    It had a good intention. It gave all these crippled ex-soldiers something to do after WW2, rather than turning them to the street to beg after the Great War.
  140. @Avery
    Keep hoping: Putin will take youse and your Neocon buddies out long before the Fat Lady Sings.

    10,000 nuke warheads and 50 Megaton Tsar Bombas itching for action.
    It will be a 1,000,000 degree barbecue of Neocon swine.

    Will the Russian generals sacrifice everything they have , and the developed world, to go against Putin when if they they defect they will get millions of dollars and dinners with Western celebrities?

    I don’t think so.

    The US sub commanders will do that, since if things have reached that stage there will not be a home to return so what the hell.

    But the well-fed Russian generals would rather see Putin dead than have their dachas burn down.

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    • Replies: @Avery
    {...if they they defect they will get millions of dollars and dinners with Western celebrities?}

    You are as clueless about Russia, Russian psyche, Russian mentality, Russian patriotism that is hard for Westerners to grasp - as about everything else.

    Soviets, mostly Russians, including 1,000s of high ranking officers and Generals, fought and died by the millions when SU leader was the hated and despised Stalin - for the love of Mother Russia.

    Putin is one of their most popular leaders.
    Here, educate yourself:
    [Vladimir Putin’s unshakeable popularity ]
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/02/daily-chart-4
  141. @Che Guava
    I agree on the Paralympics, it is a bizarre thing to try to treat it as an elite event, so many categories of disability, so dominated by those from the wealthiest countries.

    From reading, amputee fetishists and so on, particularly women of that bent, abound in the fan base in western countries.

    Still, it was a very insane and nasty political move to ban the entire Russian team on no grounds whatsoever. Truly pathetic behaviour.

    Not that I paid much attention to the 'Olympics', it would have been fun if the media had handled it the same way as the USSR did Los Angeles, endless reporting on crime, riots and so on.

    Taki wrote a nice article on Takimag about the nonsense, starting from a long-ago visit to Olympia, it is from last week. Strongly recommend it.

    For the Saker, always interesting articles, this was good.

    Saw your appeal for moderators, thought of volunteering, but I have only ever posted there once or twice, so can't see myself as 'community'.

    In that time band, anyway, I am too busy.

    Much appreciation for your site and thoughts.

    It had a good intention. It gave all these crippled ex-soldiers something to do after WW2, rather than turning them to the street to beg after the Great War.

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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Colm,

    I understand your points.

    The early events with WWII vets that are supposed to be the forebears can't be described as any kind of 'lympics in the modern sense.

    They were not international, just morale building and rehab. for, IIRC, British soldiers.

    Not that I compare the two, but after reading the comments of Felix in Linh Dinh's post of the 31st of Aug., sounds like the Special 'lympics are a purely U.S. phenomenon, we need more of that on TV!
  142. @colm
    Will the Russian generals sacrifice everything they have , and the developed world, to go against Putin when if they they defect they will get millions of dollars and dinners with Western celebrities?

    I don't think so.

    The US sub commanders will do that, since if things have reached that stage there will not be a home to return so what the hell.

    But the well-fed Russian generals would rather see Putin dead than have their dachas burn down.

    {…if they they defect they will get millions of dollars and dinners with Western celebrities?}

    You are as clueless about Russia, Russian psyche, Russian mentality, Russian patriotism that is hard for Westerners to grasp – as about everything else.

    Soviets, mostly Russians, including 1,000s of high ranking officers and Generals, fought and died by the millions when SU leader was the hated and despised Stalin – for the love of Mother Russia.

    Putin is one of their most popular leaders.
    Here, educate yourself:
    [Vladimir Putin’s unshakeable popularity ]

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/02/daily-chart-4

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  143. @colm
    It had a good intention. It gave all these crippled ex-soldiers something to do after WW2, rather than turning them to the street to beg after the Great War.

    Colm,

    I understand your points.

    The early events with WWII vets that are supposed to be the forebears can’t be described as any kind of ‘lympics in the modern sense.

    They were not international, just morale building and rehab. for, IIRC, British soldiers.

    Not that I compare the two, but after reading the comments of Felix in Linh Dinh’s post of the 31st of Aug., sounds like the Special ‘lympics are a purely U.S. phenomenon, we need more of that on TV!

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  144. [Choose a single handle and stick with it, or use Anonymous/Anon. Otherwise your comments may get trashed.]

    The Saker always exaggerates Western power and underplays Russia and China. He has no more knowledge of the real military capacity of Russia/China/Iran/Nth Korea etc than the rest of us. He makes false analogies about the past and promotes the nonsense that US imperialism can be delt with by dialogue/diplomacy etc. Read Paul Craig Roberts for a much more realistic assessment of Neo-Globalism and its world hegenomic agenda. He who defends in war loses! (Napoleon) Look at the French Wall of 80 years ago. Offensive armies win, defensive armies lose. The same with diplomacy. Bean counting military size is no way to judge/analyse a military balance. The issues of moral, efficiency, organization, discipline, technology etc; also strategy and tactics determine wars as well. America used all of Nato’s air/military power against an already broken Iraqi, weakened by 10 years of sanctions in the Gulf war; but the Saker compares this hollow victory (and failed occupation) with war against modern super powers like Russia (allied to China/Iran/Nth Korea). Absurd comparisons. America and its agenda is STILL world hegenomy; just as it was before the fall of the Soviet Union (itself the product of fools like Gorbachev and drunken clown Yeltsen. So soft selling Russia as a moderate in the face of US globalist imperium expansion is both dishonest and absurd. Like most of the stuff the Saker writes, he takes historical data out of context and links his liberalism to the traitors in Russia who seek to steer it towards American vasselage. Saker is lucky he is not in the old Soviet Union. Stalin knew how to deal with Fifth Column agents and NGO propagandists like him.

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The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.