Category Archives: Vladimir Putin

A NEW LOW: CNN Says Russian Meddling Extended To Pokemon Go

“We have exclusive new details about the Russian-linked effort to meddle in the 2016 presidential election,” a breathless Brooke Baldwin breathlessly breathed on CNN.

Then she cut to some other amped-up guys who said the Russians used the mobile game app Pokémon Go to — stay with us here — somehow put Donald Trump in the White House.

…The goal of Operation Pokémon GO: heighten racial tensions…

…”According to CNN logic, African Americans shape their public stance playing Pokemons,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook, according to RT.com.

“That is how feebly the TV channel explains the emergence of racial problems in modern USA. Russians are to blame again … and the Pokemons they control.”

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FAKE NEWS: White House Calls Idea of ‘Second Meeting’ Between Trump and Putin ‘False, Malicious and Absurd’

Several mainstream news media outlets reported Tuesday evening that President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a second, undisclosed “meeting” at the G-20 summit earlier this month in Hamburg, Germany, attended only by Putin’s translator.

The “meeting” — occurring during a dinner for heads of states and their spouses, supposedly “raised the eyebrows” of other foreign leaders at the dinner, for breaking national security protocol by not also having a U.S. translator present, according to Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer, who first reported the meeting in a note sent to clients, according to Reuters.

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Putin Claims That Missile Systems in the US and South Korea Threaten Russia

It should be noted that the former Soviet Union aided Kim Il-Sung during the Korean War, that the Soviet Army raped Korean women and that Russia has used its permanent seat on the UN Security Council to let North Korea get away with belligerence:

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that elements of a U.S. anti-missile system in Alaska and South Korea were a challenge to Russia and that Moscow had no choice but to build up its own forces in response.

Putin, speaking at an economic forum in St Petersburg, said Russia could not stand idly by and watch while others increased their military capabilities along its borders in the Far East in the same way as he said had been done in Europe.

He said Moscow was particularly alarmed by the deployment of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea to counter a North Korean missile threat and to reported U.S. plans to beef up Fort Greely in Alaska, a launch site for anti-ballistic missiles.

“This destroys the strategic balance in the world,” Putin told a meeting with international media, the start of which was broadcast on state TV.

“What is happening is a very serious and alarming process. In Alaska, and now in South Korea, elements of the anti-missile defence system are emerging. Should we just stand idly by and watch this? Of course not. We are thinking about how to respond to these challenges. This is a challenge for us.”

Washington was using North Korea as a pretext to expand its military infrastructure in Asia in the same way it had used Iran as a pretext to develop a missile shield in Europe, charged Putin.

 

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Russia, Iran Warn U.S. They Will “Respond With Force” If Syria “Red Lines” Crossed Again

A statement issued on Sunday by a joint command centre consisting of forces of Russian, Iran and allied militia alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said that Friday’s US strike on the Syrian air base crossed “red lines” and it would “respond with force” to any new aggression while increasing their level of support to their ally.

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MSNBC Wonders If Putin Told Assad To Gas Children In Order To Make Trump Look Good

I’ve heard quite a few nutty conspiracy theories from random Twitter trolls, but this one comes from no ordinary troll. This comes straight from Lawrence O’Donnell– as in THE DUDE EMPLOYED BY MSNBC.

He’s so convinced that Putin and Trump are lovers that he floated the deranged idea that Putin told Assad to gas his own people in order to make Trump look good.

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Why it’s always ‘Russia wot dunnit’

Given the US political and media elite’s obsession with Putin, it’s hardly surprising that a majority of Democrat voters now believe that Russia really did intervene in the election. And now, with some Democratic senators calling alleged Russian interference ‘an act of war’, the American liberal establishment is setting the US down a very dangerous road.

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Obama Ejects Russian Diplomats

Whither the love, Barry?

President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.

The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the U.S. The diplomats were declared persona non grata for acting in a “manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status.”

Obama said Russians will no longer have access to two Russian government-owned compounds in the United States, in Maryland and in New York.

 

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Putin Set to Assume Another Term in Office

Quelle surprise:

Russia’s ruling party on Sunday looked set to dominate a new parliament made up of Kremlin loyalists after a state exit poll gave it almost 45 percent in nationwide elections.

Russian state pollster VTsIOM put President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia on 44.5 percent, ahead of the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party on 15.3 percent, the Communists on 14.9 and A Just Russia on 8.1.

 

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An Economic Windfall Means Nothing For Russian Citizens

Literally:

The recent rise in oil prices — almost 80 percent from their mid-January low — is a sudden gift to the Russian economy and government. Yet officials act as if the country is as squeezed financially as it was earlier this year: There’s no sign of expanded social spending, despite approaching parliamentary elections and worrying poll results. The Kremlin has other plans for any extra money.

In early April, the Economy Ministry issued a forecast for the year based on an average oil price of $40 per barrel. That seemed optimistic at the time, when the year-to-date average price hovered around $35. At the beginning of June, the average has almost reached $40, and it could rise because the current price is $50 and the rally shows no signs of letting up. Russia added $20 billion to its international reserves between January and April. Inflation has been stable at 7.3 percent (on a year-on-year basis) for three consecutive months — the slowest price growth since 2014, creating conditions for an interest rate cut, perhaps even this week. …

Yet late last month, when retirees in Crimea complained to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that their pensions were too low and asked when they might be indexed to inflation — as the government is supposed to do every year — he gave a reply that has since turned into a meme on the social networks and forced Putin to half-apologize:

“We just don’t have the money. If we find money, we’ll do an indexation. You hang on in there. All the best, don’t be sad, stay healthy.”

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