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Message 2132656 - Posted: 16 Feb 2024, 18:45:15 UTC

Another 1 bites the dust. :-(

PooTin’s chief political opponent, Alexei Navalny, dead in prison.

The wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died on Friday at the remote prison colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence, has said Vladimir Putin and the Russian regime should be “punished”.

Her comments, made as she fought back tears, came as cavalcade of western leaders have blamed Russia for Mr Navalny’s death, who was just 47.

US president Joe Biden said he was “both not surprised and outraged” by his passing.

“Make no mistake: Putin is responsible for Navalny’s death.”

Putin’s spokesnam Dimitry Peskov denied the Kremlin had any role in the death and said the West was being “hysterical”.

Mr Navalny had long been considered the chief political opponent of Putin who could have posed a threat to the Russian leader’s rule were he allowed to freely run in an election.

Mr Navalny had been seen in a video link on Thursday from the Siberian jail he was being held in, about 65km north of the Arctic Circle, seemingly in adequate health.

But on Friday, prison authorities said he died after “feeling bad”.

Russian state media has said he died from a blood clot – but suspicions are high that either foul play occurred or Mr Navalny did not receive proper medical attention in prison....
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Message 2132663 - Posted: 16 Feb 2024, 21:07:08 UTC - in response to Message 2132656.  
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Another 1 bites the dust. :-(

PooTin’s chief political opponent, Alexei Navalny, dead in prison.
2021-06-16: At a summit in Geneva Biden, who met Putin in person, told the Russian president that if Navalny dies, the consequences "would be devastating for Russia."

This Navalny figure isn't important, neither for Putin nor for the West. But Navalny was an indicator for the level of totalitarianism in Russia. Previously, Putin's opponents were shot on the street, "accidentally" run over by a car, or fell out of windows. So now they are being publicly disposed of while in prison custody. One step further down the road to a total deprivation of rights of all opponents.

Putin only respects power, pressure and credible deterrence. He tests the credibility of Western determination. I fear he exposed Biden's threat for what it was: just a bluff.

Last year the U.S. Senate expressed the U.S. would not tolerate the use of nuclear weapons or any nuclear incidents (at occupied nuclear power plant Saporizhya). We should hope Putin doesn't start doubting its seriousness.
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Message 2132670 - Posted: 17 Feb 2024, 2:09:55 UTC - in response to Message 2132663.  

My sources tell me that there is considerable pressure for the limited use of tactical nukes being pushed in war games right now.
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Message 2133287 - Posted: 1 Mar 2024, 15:47:55 UTC

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Funeral of Alexei Navalny in Moscow – in pictures



And Putin's war against the world and his own country continues...

All in our very deadly world of politics...
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Message 2133297 - Posted: 1 Mar 2024, 21:04:40 UTC

Seems to be a question of numbers. The police or OMON riot forces did not even try to prevent the mourners from attending. Unexpectedly so many came who couldn't all be caught away. How many resisting people will it take to break Putin's power? In Belarus, a hundred thousand were not enough. Hopefully Putin's regime ends before he deems it necessary to turn against these Moscow citizens like he ordered Lukashenka to oppress the Belarus protestors in the summer of 2020, arresting tens of thousands, torturing hundreds, throwing many to dungeons, some still missing and even killing up to a dozen.

Why did our peaceful revolution in Eastern Germany (and PL, CS, HU, RO, BG, YU) succeeded in 1989/90? Because our autocratic leaders, ossified communists, dictated their ideologic views of a 'fair', a 'better' life for everyone. They were no thieves, crooks, or murderers (few were), who were anxious about their future, or stolen riches. Their military leaders refused to shoot at own citizens (except in RO). Moscow, asked for Soviet troops, rejected a violent repression. Such fortunate circumstances of a reasonable, understanding Czar existed only in a short period of history. A lucky coincidence.

So it looks more like another '1917', than '1991' for Russia's future:

  • In 1991, all the disillusioned central power crumbled from decades of contradictions and lies; only a brief flare-up resisted the inevital outcome.
  • Another 1917 would be scary. Peasants and educated citoyens against the nobility in 1917 are today's 'serfs' confronting Putin's warmongers & oligarchy. The Empire was torn apart and torched for years back then. Reason and human rights weren't considered when the most brutal faction, the Bolshevik's, finally won. What triggered 1917 was a long, desastrous war (WWI), then hunger & hardships, followed by a humilating military defeat which led to a loss of vast lands (Finland, Belarus, Baltics, Poland, Ukraine). A déjà-vu?
  • The third option is another 1939, made possible by the West's disunity, disinterest, isolationism, idiocracy (in the U.S. as well as in Europe) and continued appeasement to totalitarian madness. In Germany we press to negotiate another '1938' "Peace For Our Time" which due to our incredible weakness must result in '1939'. Well, ceeding all of Ukraine to Putin gives us eternal peace... or the route '1945 to hell...
  • A fourth option would be a "1984" as described by George Orwell: permanent, limited wars at the periphery of three remaining world powers Oceania, Eurasia and East Asia which all degenerated over the eternal conflicts into totalitarian autocracies. Peace means war. Black means white. Doublethink.


I have this book since more than twenty years (banned in Communist East). Back then it was a dystopic novel. I'm not sure anymore witnessing phenomena like Trumpism, populism, social media, preachers for a 'good cause' dressed as journalists, all the green... the woke... the [fill in...] ideologues... , continuously lying Russian leaders. I think there's much to recognize today that George Orwell foresaw back then.

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Message 2133301 - Posted: 2 Mar 2024, 1:18:51 UTC - in response to Message 2133297.  

I think there's much to recognize today that George Orwell foresaw back then.
I'm not sure he foresaw it as much as others came along, read it and said, hey, this looks like I can make it work for me!
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Message 2133933 - Posted: 15 Mar 2024, 17:53:41 UTC

Vitaly Robertus, 54, is reportedly the fourth Lukoil manager to die in two years.
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Russian news media reported on Thursday the sudden death of Vitaly Robertus, Vice President of the country’s oil and gas giant Lukoil, writing that the manager died from suicide in his office this week.

Just before his death, local media wrote that Robertus had complained of suffering headaches and asking for medications before going to his office.

He was later found hanged in the room.
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Message 2134172 - Posted: 22 Mar 2024, 23:30:38 UTC

https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/22/europe/crocus-moscow-shooting/index.html
Could it be that ISIS has decided that The Great Satan isn't The Greatest Satan? Or could they be afraid t of what awaits if they try something to the USA again? Perhaps they calculate that Russia has it hands full and can't do anything back?

Aside: saw a car license plate today "NOPUTIN"
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Message 2134237 - Posted: 25 Mar 2024, 2:01:01 UTC

There are reports of terrorists in Moscow, many dead, even more wounded and terrified. In addition, destroyed houses, their residents crushed in Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, ..., a once beautiful church burning in the province. All hit by missiles fired by so-called "officers" from grotesquely outdated strategic bombers. The murderers in Moscow killed indiscriminately too, with assault rifles. They don't seem to follow any religious beliefs. They are said to come from impoverished, backward Tajikistan in Central Asia, a 'fly-over country' on the route from London to Singapore avoiding Afghanistan. Why is this part of Asia backward, without a future? They needed the money or had no choice; feared for their life. Now they sit tortured, humiliated and mutilated in a glass box that is supposed to be a courtroom. Justice is not to be found there, the truth even less so. Each day a thousand 'orcs' senselessly die on one of the most fertile soil on earth. Those captured are surprisingly old, scarred, uneducated, jaded, almost serfs. They know nothing about Europe, the world. One thing they all have in common, the murderers, officers and serfs: they grew up and lived without freedom. They don't know what freedom is.

Today's Russian world leaves one thing behind, everywhere its reign of violence reaches: destroyed souls.
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Message 2134308 - Posted: 27 Mar 2024, 10:33:56 UTC

Who is responsible for the terrorist attack in Moscow?

  • ISIS
  • Russia's FSB

The West is convinced it was ISIS. Really?

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Message 2134322 - Posted: 27 Mar 2024, 17:37:26 UTC - in response to Message 2134308.  

I trust either as far as I could throw the other.
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Message 2134777 - Posted: 12 Apr 2024, 11:35:52 UTC
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It seems there's no money left in Putin's Russia for disaster management ... not to mention: prevention.
Russia floods: Ural river reaches critical level in Orenburg
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"So far, the forecast is not favourable. The water level continues to rise," Mr Peskov said, adding that a "large amount" of floodwater would soon also reach the nearby regions of Kurgan and Tyumen.

He said President Vladimir Putin was not intending to visit the flood zone and said the Russian leader was instead "getting information and co-ordinated the work of all branches of authorities".

Earlier this week in Orsk, angry flood victims shouted '"Shame on you!" at local officials, in response to low compensation offers and officials' perceived failure to prevent the dam from bursting.

They also chanted, "Putin help us" - a reminder that in Russia, in times of trouble, very often the president is the last person people blame for their problems. On the contrary, they look to the Kremlin for help.

Flooding often happens in Russia when winter transitions to spring. But there has been nothing on this scale in living memory.
Russia Kazakhstan floods: High water levels swamp Orenburg houses
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Floods in the Russian city of Orenburg have raised water levels to two metres above critical, leaving just the roofs of some houses showing.

The flooding is being described as the worst to hit the region in 80 years.
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Message 2134801 - Posted: 13 Apr 2024, 9:26:27 UTC
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Remember the Ural Airlines A320 which „landed“ in a field in Siberia due to fuel exhaustion on Sep 12th 2023?

On Apr 11th Ural Airlines decided to give up all plans to get this bird airborne again. The Airbus will be scrapped for parts at its final „field“ position.

Airline managers have been fired too.

https://avherald.com/h?article=50e4701a&opt=1
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Message 2134804 - Posted: 13 Apr 2024, 12:50:58 UTC - in response to Message 2134801.  

Remember the Ural Airlines A320 which „landed“ in a field in Siberia due to fuel exhaustion on Sep 12th 2023?

... Airline managers have been fired too.

https://avherald.com/h?article=50e4701a&opt=1

Being Russia, it's probably not "fired" but life in Putin's "retraining or reeducation" camps.
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