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Russia Warns US It Will Rearm

Several years ago, it appeared the United States and Russia would work together since they apparently had few outstanding issues of dispute. The Bush era led to American military threats such as the program to construct anti-missile bases on the border of Russia and warnings about what Russia should or should not do when Georgia invaded South Ossetia. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Seryukov now claims the United States has plans to seize control of resources within Russia. “US aspirations have been aimed at getting access to raw materials, energy and other resources.” It is difficult to ascertain exactly how this relates to Russia other than as an example of paranoia running wild.

It is time for President Obama to meet with President Medvedev and clear up the situation. Step one would be to abandon the irresponsible program of building missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. Step two is working with Russia to deal with concrete issues such as Iran and the search for peace.

Don’t Attack Putin, The Great Leader, Or Else!

The government of Prime Minister Putin believes in freedom of speech and freedom to demonstrate as long as the speech and the demonstration support the government. If there is one thing, the Great Leader, Putin, dislikes, is having people say nasty things about him. Vladivostok prosecutors have opened an investigation into recent demonstrations in the Far East during which banners were held up which said: “Putin Kaput,” a takeoff on World War II posters about Hitler being Kaput. Police are questioning organizers of the protest rallies and even participants in order to find out if any will admit the real aim of their statements was to do violence to the Great Leader. Many people in the Far East rely on import of second hand foreign cars which they resell and Putin’s decision to raise import duties on foreign cars had a devastating impact on the economy.

The bottom line is that Russia has the “appearance” of being a democracy, not the reality. Its leaders would be perfectly content to remain in office forever and a day and to only see adoring crowds cheering them on. In Russia, Democracy Kaput!!

Russia Overwhelmed With Heroin

Over twenty five years ago, Russian troops entered Afghanistan as part of an effort to install a communist government. During the ensuing fight with Afghan militants, thousands of Russian soldiers began to use the ample amounts of heroin which were readily available to anyone with the cash to pay. By the time Russia left the nation, thousands of its troops had become hooked on Afghan drugs and they soon sent the message to millions of Russians. Today, the flood of heroin coming out of Afghanistan is overwhelming the ability of Russian authorities to contain the rapid growth in heroin addiction in their nation. According to Victor Ivanov, Chief of the Federal Drug Control Service, “In recent years, Russian has not just become massively hooked on Afghan opiates, it has become the world’s absolute leader in the opiate trade and the number one heroin consumer.”

The fruits of war linger on years after its completion as the American people know from the disastrous Vietnam war which left thousands of Americans soldiers hooked on the drug habit they picked up in Vietnam. A few years ago, some British diplomats suggested purchasing the entire Afghanistan opium crop which would prevent it being used to finance the Taliban. Perhaps, if the crop was purchased and then a legal program instituted to control drug addiction, Russia might not be hooked on illegal drugs.

Can Russia Persuade Iran Of Anything?

President Barack Obama is betting that improving relations with Russia will result in that nation working with him to exert pressure on Iran to halt its program of nuclear development. Alexander Khramchikhin, a prominent researcher with the Institute for Political an MIlitary Analysis, does not believe Russia has as much influence over Iranian decision making as believed to possess by the Americans. He notes that aside from using its veto power to block UN actions in the Security Council, the Russians wield scant power over the Iranians. Washington would like Russia to halt sale of surface to surface missiles, but, beyond that, there is little that outside nations can do to thwart Iranian nuclear development.

We are living with another aftermath of the Bush era. There were numerous times since 2001 when Iran reached out to solve its problems with the United States and each time was thwarted by the Bush administration. Perhaps, the only leverage possessed stems from the drop in the price of oil which increases pressure on Iran to take action to improve its economic conditions to meet rising unemployment and a dramatic drop in its income.

Is A Sleeping Russian Bear Waking Up?

The Russian people for over a decade have been compelled to live in a society in which the ideas and decisions of Vladmir Putin decide what happens. Putin installed his protege, Dimitry Medvedev as president of the nation on the assumption he would be a good boy and do what he is told. President Medvedev may be awakening from the sleep of inertia. He warned against the emergence of an old fashioned communist style bureaucracy that became a modern version of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Medvedev said it was important for Russia to have new faces in places of authority which undoubtedly was a dig at the small group around Prime Minister Putin who run the nation.

Medvedev also told the Central Elections Commission he was disturbed concerning reports there were numerous election violations in recent voting. “If there are signs of violations they should be dealt with and looked at, and perhaps some election laws and rules should be changed.” This is among the first times he has openly raised questions about the nature of elections in his nation. Who knows, maybe the sleeping Russian bear is finally waking up to the reality Russia needs a truly democratic approach to governing.

NATO And Russia Seek To Discuss Issues

Events in Georgia and the ill fated push by former President George Bush to install missile bases in Poland have damaged relations between Russia and Western Europe. However, a NATO spokesperson said yesterday there is now a desire to initiate discussions with Russia in order to restore the semblance of harmonious relations. NATO leaders want Russia to assume a more pro-active stance in dealing with terrorism and assist in the war in Afghanistan as well as serve as an intermediary with Iran. Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, said he expected to shortly be contacted and talks to shortly begin.

There are many shared interests between NATO and Russia. There are millions of Muslims in Russia and its government fears terrorists who would stir up agitation and violence. Russia has no desire for a powerful nuclear armed Muslim Iran on its border and would wok with the West to reduce this possibility.

Perhaps, it is time for NATO to officially invite Russia to become a member and to accept the Russian proposal for a joint anti-missile base on its territory.

Human Rights Violations In Putin Russia! Really!

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed surprise and a bit of shock concerning the recent report issued by the US State Department concerning human rights violations in the world. As we all know, in Putin Russia there are no human rights violations because Prime Minister Putin says there are none and wise people would not like to disagree with Father Putin when he speaks the truth about what is or what is not. According to Lavrov, “We have problems in this sphere(human rights) but we honestly talk about them and what’s more, we ourselves publish annual reports on the state of things there.” I assume if you talk about human rights violations that basically solves the problem.

Russian journalists have been killed and the killers go free. Russian dissidents are harassed and beaten while the government turns a blind eye. The Russian media is dominated by those who follow the straight Putin line while those attempting to present opposing views will not have much access to television.

Russia has the semblance of democracy. One can say Russian democracy is a modern version of a Potemkin village, all show and no substance.

Shocking News–Russians Have Sex And Use Drugs!

In Putin Russia, the object of the government is to know exactly what is going on inside the ranks of opposition members because if Father Vladmir doesn’t know everything, people might wind up doing things that upset the public order. One of his spies, Ilya Yashin, infiltrated the ranks of opposition groups and shared with journalists the results of his spy activities. Mr. Yashin showed reporters examples of what he termed drinking, hooliganism and seduction of minors by those who profess to believe in democracy. Unlike Father Putin supporters, these hooligans drink alcohol, and have sex with girls. But, how can these so-called supporters of democracy explain away a video of a 14 year old girl using drugs or drinking alcohol? We all know there is not a single example in Putin Russia of one of his youthful supporters who has sex before the age of 21 and under no condition will any of them drink any alcohol!!

Spies in a democracy is what Putin believes is the right way to conduct politics. At least it allows him to recall his days in the KGB when public order was the best solution to all things. Of course, in his view, public order means agreeing with Father Putin. And, stay away from sex and drinking!

Russian Lies About Human Rights Activists!

During Martin Luther King’s fight to achieve equal rights for all people, a common tactic of his opponents was spreading lies about the love life of the civil rights leader. Apparently, someone in Russia has decided to employ a similar approach to transforming the fight for civil liberties into crimes of passion, and when they refer to “passion” they don’t mean the passion of fighting for the rights of those who are oppressed. Izvestia printed an article claiming noted human rights activists Stanlislav Makelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were killed because they were lovers and a jealous lover who was also a civil rights activist killed them in an fit of jealous anger. The newspaper claimed their own “investigation” had concluded that human rights had nothing to do with the killings and just blame it all on jealous lovers.

The article states the ridiculous belief that Ms. Barburova was killed because the killer thought she recognized him from human rights demonstrations. As we gather, those involved in human rights spend their time in bed making love and those shooting them are simply members of human rights groups, not those who oppose such activities.

I guess Izvestia has cleared things up for we ignorant people who actually believe there are members of the Russian government who do not like he activities of human rights supporters.

Putin’s Revenge Never Halts

Once upon a time in the land of Putin, there was a man who had made billions in business and then decided to turn his attention to the needs of his nation by engaging in the world of politics. Little did he realize that in Putin Russia, the man in charge decides who runs or does not run for the office of presidency and having a wealthy businessman place his name in opposition to the supreme leader of the land simply would not do. Mikhail Khodorkovsky who had created the Yukos oil company soon found himself arrested on bogus charges of criminal activity in the world of business and after a speedy trial sent off to Siberia to enjoy the wealth of that region from the inside of a jail.

He has been serving an eight year prison term and his request for a pardon was not only turned down but new charges have been level against him for embezzlement and grand theft. Most probably the only thing Mr. Kodorkovsky has stolen is a moment of freedom of expression and a desire to run for the presidency against the supreme leader and all wise man who runs Russia.