SUCCESSFUL SYRIA OPERATION BOOSTS RUSSIANS’ INTEREST IN POLITICS, RESEARCHERS CLAIM


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According to the latest research conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM), 48 percent of Russians say they are interested in politics, which is the highest figure since 2001. Forty-nine percent of responders said that politics was not at the top of their interests’ list, and 3 percent said it was difficult to give a direct and simple answer to this question. For comparison, in 2010 the share of Russians who said that they considered politics to be an important subject was 30 percent and 64 percent said that they had no interest in politics whatsoever.

The 2016 research also shows that the current events in Syria and Russia’s counter-terrorist operation in this country were the most popular discussion topics among Russians. The situation in Ukraine ranked second, the ongoing price hikes in Russia were in third place and the last Q&A session with President Vladimir Putin was in fourth place.

http://www.infowars.com/successful-syria-operation-boosts-russians-interest-in-politics-researchers-claim/

Lindsey Graham won’t vote for Trump or Clinton in 2016


Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics, says he will not vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton for president this year.

Saying he thinks the Republican Party has been “conned,” Graham told CNN Friday that he and Trump don’t share the same beliefs.
“I don’t think he’s a reliable Republican conservative,” Graham said, just hours before former 2016 rival Jeb Bush also declared he would not vote for Trump. “I don’t believe that
Donald Trump has the temperament and judgment to be commander in chief. I think
Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him.”
Graham’s comments sparked a scathing response from Trump, who called him a “poor representative and an embarrassment to the great people of South Carolina.”
Graham said Trump lost his confidence when the billionaire businessman criticized Arizona Sen. John McCain for being a captured during the Vietnam War and accused former President George W. Bush of lying to Americans about the Iraq War. Graham also cited Trump’s compliments of Russian President Vladimir Putin, spending thousands of dollars to find out if President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and linking Sen. Ted Cruz’s dad to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination as some of the front-runner’s other wild ideas.

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/