Вся история размещения советских ракет средней дальности в Европе – это история военно-политического абсурда. Какие задачи возлагались на это грозное оружие его создателями? Ракеты собирались использовать на европейском театре военных действий в случае реальной большой войны с США? Но для этого существовало тактическое ядерное оружие.

Staunton, October 27 – The much-delayed new edition of Moscow’s “Strategy for the State Nationality Policy of the Russian Federation” that was presented to Vladimir Putin yesterday opens the way to both the growth of great power chauvinism and a new attack on Russian federalism, according to two of the country’s most distinguished specialists. The document, which Putin asked for more than two years ago and which was supposed to lead to a law defining the non-ethnic Russian nation but hasn’t, at least not yet, has attracted most attention from Russians and non-Russians for its elaboration of two controversial concepts, the non-ethnic Russian nation and the state-forming role of the ethnic Russian one. Those remain extremely controversial. Both ethnic Russians and non-Russians see the notion of a non-ethnic Russian nation as a threat, in the first case because they believe that it dilutes the

Staunton, October 29 – “The entire present-day post-Soviet establishment came out of the Komsomol,” Olga Savelyeva of Profile says. In part that is simply a reflection of the experience of the generation of which they are a part; but it is more than that because the Komsomol more than almost any other institution shaped them into what they are now. Some of the elite remember their Komsomol years with affection; others prefer to forget it; but it is a mistake to ignore this page in their biographies, the commentator says, because “thanks to the Komsomol,” they were formed in ways that allowed them to become senior officials and businessmen (profile.ru/obsch/item/127360-biznes-inkubator-imeni-v-i-lenina). On this, the centenary of the founding of the largest and most important communist youth organization, Savelyeva says, “any normal individual over 40 will recall it with a certain nostalgia,”


Sâmbătă, 27 octombrie, la Chișinău urma să sosească Patriarhul Kiril al Rusiei. Ceva îmi spunea că nu va veni și n-am greșit. Cât o zi de post Povestea cu vizita Patriarhului Rusiei este lungă cât o zi de post. Mai întâi, se zvonea că acesta va veni în luna septembrie, la așa-zisul Congres mondial al familiei, o făcătură de-a președintelui Dodon. Numai că BORu

Staunton, October 20 – One of the most difficult challenges the Russian authorities present to the West is the Russian government never forgets something if it worked and uses it again and again – unlike Western governments which are inclined to think that even if something works, there is always the chance to make it better by changing it in fundamental ways. Nowhere is this Russian tradition stronger than in the intelligence agencies where the FSB of today is using models drawn from the Soviet KGB, the Cheka and even the tsarist Okhrana. Perhaps the most obvious are Moscow’s false flag operations modelled on “Operation Trust” that Feliks Dzerzhinsky ran against the first Russian emigration in the 1920s. But there are many others, and now a report about one of Stalin’s more remarkable if rarely noted operations has surfaced, a report that suggests what the Soviet dictator did in China’s Xinjiang province in

Имя Евгения Пригожина, близкого к Кремлю бизнесмена, внесенного в санкционный список США за вмешательство в выборы, оказалось связано не только с фабрикой «интернет-троллей» и частной военной компанией — «ЧВК Вагнера», но и с целым рядом детективных историй. «Новая газета» нашла человека, который рассказал о том, как выполнял грязную работу по заданию людей, работавших на Пригожина, участвовал в нападениях на оппозиционеров и блогеров, спецоперациях в России и за рубежом. Этот человек — Валерий Амельченко, ему 61 год. С людьми Пригожина он начал работать в конце 2012 — начале 2013 года. Петр Саруханов / «Новая газета» К «работе» на Пригожина Амельченко привлек знакомый — Андрей Михайлов. Тот самый Михайлов, известный по провокациям в 2013 году против журнала Forbes, «Новой газеты» и других изданий. А также против писателя Дмитрия Быкова. В изданиях тогда размещали рекламу

Комментаторы и независимые эксперты, изучающие кровавую бойню в Керчи, все чаще находят многочисленные нестыковки в официальной версии массового убийства, согласно которой резню учинил 17-летний одиночка, умудрившийся из дробовика убить и ранить почти 100 человек. Вот на что обращают внимание независимые блогеры, анализируя произошедшее: - Появилось видео из Керченского колледжа, в котором был совершен теракт. Дети и преподаватели бегут по коридорам и лестничным клеткам среди трупов своих одногруппников, а позади — выстрелы (видео). Количество убитых увеличилось до 23 человек (фотографии). Убитым оказался и понаехавший в Крым из Челябинска подросток, которого крымнашистские родители притащили в оккупацию (фото). - Очевидцы продолжают утверждать, что террористов было


Mitropolitul Banatului, Î.P.S. Ioan Selejan, a fost invitat special, în data de 18 octombrie, la cea de a XIII-A ediție a ”Micului Dejun cu Rugaciune”, în cadrul Palatului Parlamentului. Prezența sa a fost remarcată, în special, de susținerea unui discurs în fața celorlalți invitați, cu tematica ”Uniunea Națională în Identitate Creștina”. Mitropolitul Banatului, Ioan Selejan, a subliniat în cadrul discursului,

Staunton, October 17 – Vladimir Putin and his regime love to draw comparisons between his time in office and “’the wild 1990s’” in order to show that the Kremlin leader has brought improvements across the board, including by cutting the amount of crime. But unfortunately, official statistics show that crime actually rose during his first decade in power from the 1990s. Ilya Vasyunin and his investigative journalists at the Project Media Center have drawn on official sources to document the number and kinds of crimes for every year since 1991. They found that the number of crimes committed in Russia rose from the 1990s to the first decade of this century before declining since 2010 (proekt.media/research/statistika-prestuplenyi-v-rossii/). No crime statistics are perfect. Police have reasons for increasing or decreasing their number and victims may be more inclined to report crimes at some times than at

Staunton, October 14 – The Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is “not so much a religious organization as a special service charged with conducting propaganda, intelligence operations and guard duty,” Igor Eidman says; and thus is no surprise that its problems have been discussed by the other special services in the Russian Security Council. But it may also not be a surprise to anyone, the Russian commentator suggests (facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2069115226484779&id=100001589654713), that the ROC MP is proving to be as incompetent in carrying out its duties as the GRU has recently shown itself to the world to be. (On that, see svobodaradio.livejournal.com/3702852.html.) After all, it did not manage to block the decision of the Universal Patriarch to move toward autocephaly for Ukraine. Instead, it has acted in ways that not only unintentionally pushed Bartholemew in that direction

Путинские войска для грязной работы "Президент Путин задействовал свою военную спецслужбу при отравлении в Солсбери и хакерских атаках на Запад. Как работает ГРУ и почему в последнее время все так часто идет наперекосяк? (...) До сих пор ли это военная спецслужба или нечто другое, большее?" - задается вопросами журналист немецкого издания Der Spiegel Кристиан Эш. "Раньше ГРУ считалось профессиональным, если не сказать щепетильным. Но последние новости показывают его в другом свете", - пишет автор публикации, отмечая, что выступление Боширова и Петрова по телевидению было "до смеха неправдоподобным", а операция четырех сотрудников ГРУ в Гааге, пытавшихся взломать компьютерную сеть ОЗХО и попавшихся в руки голландской спецслужбы, была "неуклюжей". "С тех пор как была разрушена универсальная

Staunton, October 10 – Three participants at a conference organized by the Minsk Dialogue, the Research Center for the Belarusian Business School and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation this week say that Eastern Europe faces more local wars in the near term and far larger ones in the longer term. In a report on their session this week, Aleksandr Dautin of the Thinktanks.by portal, provides details on their conclusions which should be worrisome not only to the region but to the larger world as well (thinktanks.by/publication/2018/10/10/riski-v-vostochnoevropeyskom-regione-kratkosrochnyy-lokalnaya-voyna-dolgosrochnyy-bolshaya-voyna.htm). Nikolay Kapitnoneko of the Kyiv publication Ukraine Analytica said that the main short-term threat is an expansion of the conflict in the Donbass which has already transformed the region from a relatively stable one into “a space where

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