Putin’s Russia defies simple interpretation


Russian President Vladimir Putin has become the focus of global attention again Thursday by holding his annual live call-in session. Just one day before, the Pentagon released a video of Russian warplanes flying close to a US guided missile destroyer, an act described as a “simulated attack” by the US.

According to the Pentagon, Russian aircraft buzzed the USS Donald Cook as the guided missile destroyer was conducting flight operations with a Polish helicopter in the Baltic Sea Monday and Tuesday. At one point the jets were as close as nine meters. The US has accused the Russian military of being unprofessional.

The Russian pilots have demonstrated high professional skills to conduct such extremely dangerous maneuvers. The US military, which intends to provoke Russia in the Baltic Sea, was humiliated by its Russian counterpart instead. The US must feel furious.

To some extent, the fighter jets that flew over the US destroyer are an embodiment of Putin, who for many years has repeatedly posed challenges to Washington adeptly. His response to the arrogant US pressure has helped reach an asymmetric strategic balance between Russia and the US.

But toughness is not enough for Putin to fulfill his presidential role. Russians submitted more than 3 million questions to his call-in, which ranged from consumer prices, housing, corruption to transportation. The Russian economy and public livelihood are more daunting tests for Putin. They have cast a shadow notwithstanding the Kremlin scoring diplomatic point

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/978616.shtml

Europe close to NUCLEAR WAR as tensions grow with Russia, warns ex-minister


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Europe is close to a nuclear war as tensions grow with Russia, an ex-minister has warned.

Former Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov today said the East-West standoff over the Ukraine crisis has brought the threat of nuclear war in Europe closer than at any time in the past 30 years.

He said: “The risk of confrontation with the use of nuclear weapons in Europe is higher than in the 1980s.”

While Russia and the United States have cut their nuclear arsenals, the pace is slowing.

As of January 2015, they had just over 7,000 nuclear warheads each, about 90 percent of world stocks, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

“We have less nuclear warheads, but the risk of them being used is growing,” Ivanov said at a Brussels event with the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Poland and a U.S. lawmaker.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/europe-close-nuclear-war-tensions-7589220

Putin orders urgent investigation into attack on journalists near Chechnya


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According to Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, senior Russian authorities considered the threat to the lives of journalists and rights advocates “absolutely unacceptable” and expected the law enforcers to find and detain all attackers in order to ensure the safety of human rights activists and representatives of mass media.

The attack on several reporters from Russia, Sweden and Norway, and representatives of the NGO ‘Committee Against Torture’, took place on Wednesday night in the Republic of Ingushetia near the border with Chechnya. According to the victims a large group of masked people armed with wooden truncheons dragged them out of their car and set it on fire. Four people, including two foreign journalists, sustained injuries in the process. The attackers reportedly accused the NGO members of supporting terrorists.

Ingushetia police are investigating the attack as the premeditated destruction of other people’s property and hooliganism. The top authorities of the republic have promised to hold the probe under special control.

The head of Russia’s Human Rights Council, Mikhail Fedotov, has told reporters that he considered it extremely important that this case is thoroughly investigated and solved and all its perpetrators are duly punished.

However, some officials expressed skepticism over the statements of those who suffered from the attack. Chechen Human Rights representative Nurdi Nukhadjiyev said in press comments that the crime could have been masterminded by “forces interested in destabilizing the situation in the region and in the state in general” and named the chairman of the Committee against Torture, Igor Kalyapin, as the likely figure behind the scheme.

I am not accusing him, but I say that this looks like his trademark style,” Nukhadjiyev emphasized.

https://www.rt.com/politics/335140-russian-officials-activists-voice-concern/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

PUTIN ORDERS URGENT INVESTIGATION INTO ATTACK ON JOURNALISTS NEAR CHECHNYA


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According to Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, senior Russian authorities considered the threat to the lives of journalists and rights advocates “absolutely unacceptable” and expected the law enforcers to find and detain all attackers in order to ensure the safety of human rights activists and representatives of mass media.

The attack on several reporters from Russia, Sweden and Norway, and representatives of the NGO ‘Committee Against Torture’, took place on Wednesday night in the Republic of Ingushetia near the border with Chechnya. According to the victims a large group of masked people armed with wooden truncheons dragged them out of their car and set it on fire. Four people, including two foreign journalists, sustained injuries in the process. The attackers reportedly accused the NGO members of supporting terrorists.

http://www.infowars.com/putin-orders-urgent-investigation-into-attack-on-journalists-near-chechnya/

Putin’s ‘secret wealth’ – ‘The old western demonizing game on again


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It is not a coincidence that allegations of Vladimir Putin’s secret fortune come a week after the Litvinenko report in the UK. It is the old game used against those who dares to criticize the West, says political analyst Daniel Patrick Welch.

 

The US Treasury’s Acting Under Secretary for terrorism and financial crimes, Adam Szubin, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of corruption. Szubin was interviewed by the BBC as an expert for the channel’s investigation into Putin’s income.

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/330170-us-accusation-putin-corruption/

Russia registers most effective drug for Ebola – Putin


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Russia has registered a new Ebola drug that appears to be more effective than all of the other medicines currently being used to treat the disease, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced during a meeting with the Cabinet.

“We have registered a medicine for the Ebola fever that, after a series of tests, demonstrates high effectiveness. Its effectiveness is higher than that of those remedies that are used in the world up to now,” the Russian president said, as quoted by TASS.

Russia has developed and registered two separate Ebola vaccines, both of which surpass their counterparts in effectiveness, with one of the medicines designed specifically for people with immunodeficiency, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said during the meeting.

https://www.rt.com/news/328804-ebola-vaccine-developed-russia/

DiCaprio would like to star as Putin


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Putin would be very, very, very interesting. I would like to play him,” DiCaprio said.

The Hollywood star, who is now basking in the success of his latest film, The Revenant, also recalled meeting Putin in 2010, when DiCaprio was attending the International Forum on Tiger Conservation in St. Petersburg.

“My fund has several projects aimed at financial support for protecting these wild cats [Siberia tigers],” DiCaprio said. “Putin and me spoke only about these magnificent animals, not about politics.”

Other personalities in Russia’s long-winded history have also captivated DiCaprio’s acting spirit, including the leader of Russia’s Communist revolution, Vladimir Lenin, and peasant-turned-emperor-shaman Grigori Rasputin.

https://www.rt.com/news/329200-putin-dicaprio-rasputin-lenin/