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Message 2137060 - Posted: 13 Jun 2024, 12:47:20 UTC

Russian forces conquered the North Pole recently:

In Fascist-inspired crusade, warriors from Moscow's war of aggression wave Z-flags on North Pole
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Photos shared on social media VK by nuclear power company Rosatom show members of the expedition gather around a Russian flag placed on what is reportedly the North Pole point. Many hold flags marked with “Z,” the Fascism-inspired symbol of Russia’s wars of aggression. One person also holds the old black-yellow-white Russian imperial flag.

Reportedly, there were 83 warriors on board the ship, 24 of them heavily decorated so-called ‘heroes of Russia.’ The total number of medals and awards among the expedition members’ amount to 274, the program managers say.

The expedition set out from Murmansk on the 3rd of June and will proceed to the Franz Josef Land before it returns to Murmansk.
The ship is the nuclear icebreaker "50 Let Pobedy" (50 years of victory), Arktika class, commissioned in 2007. The usual ostentatious "Rosatomflot" (Russia's nuclear fleet) lettering along the entire side.

The last time the German Polar Research vessel "Polarstern" had been up there in 2019-2020, it formed the base for a full year long expedition, the international drifting observatory MOSAiC. Why can't the Russians use their icebreakers for the benefit of mankind? Like Soviet scientists did for decades in the Arctics.
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Message 2137892 - Posted: 3 Jul 2024, 15:45:13 UTC

The problems grow for Russian airlines.

Russia's Flying Problem Is Getting Worse.

Sanctions have forced Russia's biggest private airline to decommission some of its planes, while the country's national carrier has delayed flights because of staffing shortages, it has been reported.

The woes faced by S7 Airlines and Aeroflot are the latest blow to Russian civil aviation since the start of Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as a government official warned that passenger numbers in Russia will slump.

The head of Russia's federal air transport agency, Rosaviatsia, Dmitry Yadrov, said that S7 Airlines will decommission its fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft because sanctions have made it impossible to repair and maintain their U.S.-made Pratt & Whitney engines.......
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Message 2137975 - Posted: 5 Jul 2024, 21:29:07 UTC

Xi might like to be PooTin's buddy, but Chinese banks arn't buying into it which is more bad news for Russia.

PooTin's Top Banker Issues Somber Warning on Chinese Currency.

Russia may not be able to rely on the Chinese currency as initially hoped, as Beijing's banks are forced to comply with U.S. sanctions imposed on Russian President Vladimir Putin's economy in response to the war in Ukraine.

Elvira Nabiullina, the governor of the Central Bank of Russia, said on Thursday that payments issues were one of the key challenges facing the Russian economy. The Central Bank of Russia is taking into account all possible risks, including the risk of suspension of exchange trading in the yuan, Nabiullina told reporters.

Russia had become increasingly dependent on the Chinese currency after the country was cut off from the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) banking system in response to the war in Ukraine.

However, a number of China's state-owned banks have recently tightened curbs on funding to Russian firms. This was in response to the U.S. Treasury Department's announcement in December that it would impose secondary sanctions on foreign banks conducting business with companies that support Russia's defense industry......

.....In February, three of China's largest banks—Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank and Bank of China—stopped accepting payments from sanctioned Russian financial institutions.

The decision was made due to the "risks of secondary sanctions" from the United States, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported at the time. These banks rank first, third and fourth in terms of assets in China, respectively.

Zhejiang Chouzhou Commercial Bank, the leading Chinese bank used by Russian importers, also halted operations in Russia in February, Russian business newspaper Vedomosti reported.

And last month, the Russia division of the Bank of China, which focuses on payments denominated in yuan, halted transactions with Russian banks sanctioned by the U.S. over the war in Ukraine, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported, citing financial sector sources.

An expert previously told Newsweek that the move showed how much Chinese firms fear breaking U.S.-led sanctions.......
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Message 2138093 - Posted: 9 Jul 2024, 1:25:38 UTC

PooTin's bragging didn't go as he planned.

U.S. and Allies are 'Jealous' of PooTin Meeting with Modi.

India Ditching Russian Military Tech Despite PooTin-Modi Embrace.

All is not going well for PooTin's economy, it's just getting worse.
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Message 2138129 - Posted: 9 Jul 2024, 21:28:23 UTC

The meeting is not going the way that PooTin wanted.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Vladimir Putin in Russia, condemns deaths of children in war and calls for peace.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the death of innocent children was painful and terrifying, a day after a lethal strike on Kyiv's main hospital for children.

The pointed remark was an implicit rebuke to the Russian president, who moments earlier had welcomed him to the Kremlin with a warm statement on the importance of the strategic ties between the two countries........

......Russia has promised to discharge Indians who were falsely induced to join its army.

New Delhi has been seeking the release of its nationals whose families say they were lured to Russia by the promise of "support jobs" in the army, and were later forced into active combat in Ukraine......
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Message 2138177 - Posted: 10 Jul 2024, 22:20:12 UTC

More trouble faces PooTin over sanctions.

China Stops Paying Russia for Cargo Train Shipments.

Russian companies are increasingly unable to make payments for goods slated to be imported from China by rail as Chinese lenders take extra precautions to avoid running afoul of sanctions over Moscow's war against Ukraine.

Since May, payments for about half of these rail shipments are now being refused, Amsterdam-based news agency The Moscow Times wrote on Sunday, citing a Russian source working in logistics. This is reportedly five times the rejection rate of transactions for imports delivered via other modes of transportation.

This development comes as major Chinese banks scrutinize of Russian orders, recipients, and other details. This has resulted in transactions increasingly being put on hold for long periods of due diligence, and even rejected, as these banks seek to dodge the secondary sanctions Washington threatens against those facilitating trade that could support Russia's military base.

The reason cargo deliveries by train are being hit hardest by the rebuffed transactions is that a high number of firms involved in rail transportation are on the sanctions list, one Russian merchant was cited as saying........
And this news may sting him as well.

NATO Moves Toward Major Boost in Arms Production.

As the NATO summit is underway, the alliance on Tuesday moved toward a major boost in arms production as it signed a nearly $700 million contract enabling member countries to produce more anti-aircraft Stinger missiles.

The FIM-92 Stinger is a portable surface-to-air missile system by Raytheon that can be utilized by ground troops or mounted on vehicles to provide short-range defense against aerial threats. The system, first produced in 1978 and upgraded many times, helps troops—without immediate air support—target an enemy aircraft. The Stinger was among the first U.S. weapons delivered to Ukraine following the Russian invasion in 2022.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the Stinger contract at a Chamber of Commerce industry day event that focused on preventing future attacks by increasing alliance members' defense manufacturing capabilities.

"There is no way to provide strong defense without a strong defense industry," Stoltenberg said........
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Message 2138218 - Posted: 12 Jul 2024, 11:01:41 UTC

Putin's rule endangered by Rainbow Unicorns:

Russian Lawmakers Urge Sberbank to Remove Rainbow Unicorn from Kids' Bank Cards Over ‘LGBT Symbols’
In an appeal to Sberbank head German Gref, the lower-house State Duma’s Family, Women and Children Committee said that it had received messages from parents who were “outraged” by the cards.

“We ask you, dear German Oskarovich, to take into account the opinion of parents and deputies of our committee on preventing violations of Russian legislation and to halt the issuance of the Children’s SberCard with the ‘rainbow unicorn’ — a symbol of the LGBT movement,” the state-run TASS news agency cited the committee’s letter as saying.

Russia’s Supreme Court designated the “international LGBT movement,” which does not formally exist, as a banned “extremist” organization in November 2023.

In February, a woman in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod was arrested for five days for wearing rainbow earrings. The court — which pointed to the Supreme Court’s ruling — found the woman guilty of publicly displaying symbols of an “extremist” organization, a misdemeanor offense.
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Message 2138223 - Posted: 12 Jul 2024, 13:17:56 UTC
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In 2017 Russia breached the Treaty on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces by deploying new types of nuclear armed hypersonic missiles, e.g. "Iskander" in Kaliningrad (Central Europe). Russia lied for years, these were permitted short-range missiles, not covered by the treaty. In 2019 the USA withdrew from the treaty too (also because of China which wasn't restricted by the treaty).

In months of secret negotiations, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed with the US government to deploy new long-range, nuclear capable missiles in Germany. From a German perspective, this is a remarkable decision. Scholz' party "SPD" (Social Democrats) ever was, is, and will be led by Russia-understanders and Putin appeasers (see Putin's buddy ex-Chancellor Schröder). There are dozens. So, Scholz decided for Germany, ignored his party's leaders apparently, and also did not disclose anything prematurely to the public. Remarkable, given this sensitive issue.

July 10, White House: Joint Statement from United States and Germany on Long-Range Fires Deployment in Germany

Of course, Russia's deputy foreign minister is unhappy:
Ryabkov said he believes the move is "just a link in the chain of escalation."

It is "an intimidation tactic, which is pretty much the bedrock of the policy that NATO and the U.S. pursue towards Russia these days. We will work out a reaction in a calm and professional manner," the deputy foreign minister said.
In a similar situation in the late 1970s, the then Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (also SPD) convinced U.S. President Carter to deploy ~100 launchers for nuclear Pershing II intermediate-range missiles to West Germany and further cruise missiles to the UK, NL, IT, BE to reestablish nuclear parity with Soviet SS-20s [+] in Eastern Warsaw Pact countries. This political decision triggered the largest mass protests to date in West Germany mobilizing many hundred thousands from the various disarmament and peace movements. It was also the founding moment for the Greens Party in West Germany, today part of the government coalition (and most energetic supporter of Ukraine). Schmidt completely lost the trust of his party in 1981, his government coalition fell apart, and he lost office because of this strategic decision which he deemed vital to keep the peace in Europe. (His successor, conservative Chancellor Kohl implemented this NATO decision against public uproar).

Olaf Scholz back then was the deputy chairmen of the 'Young Socialists' (SPD parties' youth branch) and wrote articles demanding to overcome capitalism and the "aggressive-imperialist NATO" (btw. not different than our current Federal President Steinmeier). Scholz often traveled to East Germany to meet and appease Communist regime officials. He opposed any US nuclear armament in West Germany. Photos back then depict Scholz attending protest marches intended to topple his own parties' Chancellor. Source [*]: Hubertus Knabe, historian.

History sometimes takes strange turns.

[*] Source: in German... or British newspaper article
[+] I remember when I was a kid, you could buy an Eastern 'Lego' (breaking Lego patents; lousy quality) bricks set to assemble your own Soviet SS-20 launcher, military green colored, with attached missile... a kids toy!!!
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Message 2138278 - Posted: 13 Jul 2024, 20:13:58 UTC

PooTin and his moronic mobsters get caught out yet again after a Russian born Australian couple get arrested here for spying for them.

Albanese’s stern message for Russia after Aussie couple charged with espionage.

Inside PooTin's 'paranoid' spying network, with tentacles extending around the world.
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Message 2138282 - Posted: 13 Jul 2024, 21:25:22 UTC

Boeing maybe in a bit of trouble, but it can't be as bad as flying on Russian airlines.

Crashed Russian Plane Had a Parts Problem.

Sanctions hindered the maintenance of the Russian airliner that crashed outside Moscow on Friday killing all three people onboard, it has been reported.

The Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ 100) belonging to Gazpromavia, an airline owned by gas giant Gazprom, crashed in the Kolomensky district of Moscow region.

It had disappeared from radars around 3 p.m. while en route from the Lukhovitsy Aviation Plant to Vnukovo Airport, Russian media reported.......

.......The plane which crashed on Friday had been equipped with French SaM146 engines made by a Franco-Russian joint venture, according to Swiss aviation intelligence provider ch-aviation.

But Mash posted that the aircraft was testing domestic PD-8 engines, being developed to replace the French ones....
I wonder what actually went wrong.
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Message 2138722 - Posted: 24 Jul 2024, 20:07:10 UTC
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Oh those Russian windows.

Top Russian Economist Dies After Falling out of Window.

Valentina Bondarenko, a top Russian economist, has died at the age of 82 after falling out of her apartment window in Moscow, Russian state-run media reported on Tuesday.

Bondarenko, a leading research fellow at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, fell out of her apartment window on Monday evening, emergency services told news agency Tass.

"She fell out of the window of her apartment, unfortunately, it was not possible to save her, the injuries she received were incompatible with life," the source said........
Then there are those attacks on Russian soil.

Mystery Car Bomb Attack in Moscow Targeted Top Military Official

A top Russian military intelligence officer is reported to have been targeted in a car-bomb attack in Moscow.

Videos circulating on social media appear to show the moment an explosive device detonated in a Toyota Land Cruiser at a parking lot on Sinyavinskaya Street in Moscow.

Multiple Russian news outlets initially, including Russian newspaper Kommersant, reported that the vehicle was carrying 49-year-old Andrei Torgashov—an officer with Russia's Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (GRU)—and his wife on Thursday morning, and that they were hospitalized in serious condition.

"Torgashov's legs were blown off," the Astra Telegram channel, a project run by independent Russian journalists, said, claiming that he holds the position of deputy head of a satellite communications center belonging to Russia's military unit 33790, which is based in the Moscow region.....
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Message 2138726 - Posted: 24 Jul 2024, 20:55:36 UTC

It looks like another plan of PooTin's has failed to take off due to sanctions.

Russia Quietly Quits China Joint Airline Project.

Russia is no longer involved in the joint development of a long-haul airliner with China.

A representative of state-owned aerospace company the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) confirmed to the BBC that Russia is not now involved in the development of the plane, the C929, it was reported Monday.

Discussions on the aircraft began as early as the 2010s, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and COMAC agreeing to move forward with the project during his visit to China in 2014, the BBC reported.

In 2018 COMAC and Russian partner, state-owned United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), announced they had agreed on the size, physical characteristics, and layout of the plane. The following year a life-size model of its flight deck and cabin was showcased at Russia's MAKS airshow.

At the time, the project was known as the CR929, with CR standing for China Russia. The R has since been scrubbed from recent references to the aircraft.

Mention of Russia's involvement in the project was absent from COMAC's booth at the ongoing Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England, with employees refusing to comment on the matter. There was likewise no mention of Russia on the company's stand at the Paris Air Show last year.....
So Russians will have to continue dicing with death if they want to fly.
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