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A List Of Russian Aggressions For The Past 12 Years


I’m being trolled by pro-Russians on another website, asking multi-faceted, long questions, demanding detailed answers, and basically trying to tie me up.

Their basic purpose is to get me so wrapped up in defining terms that I’ll give up, get branded as a US propagandist, and they will basically try to trip me up. I decided to back off and take a fairly detailed approach to their query about “Russian aggression”.

There don’t seem to be any compilations of Russian aggression, articles are stated as if they are well documented. Individual events are but there are few reference lists and none comprehensive.

I decided to make a fairly comprehensive list of Russian aggression, starting with Russia’s cyberwar on Estonia and ending with the present day.

One of the Russian trolls’ major argumentative techniques is to claim that Russian aggression is laughable, that the US is much more aggressive than Russia. This should help respond to that flawed assertion.

The qualitative difference between US and Russian actions. There is one major difference between US and Russian actions. US actions are painfully legal, moral, and ethical. Russian aggression is usually not ethical, not moral, and often not legal. Russia claims US actions are not legal, but their interpretation of legality is iffy, at best.  I must mention one notable exception: the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Aggression definition

  • hostile or violent behavior or attitudes toward another; readiness to attack or confront.
  • the action or an act of attacking without provocation.
  • forceful and sometimes overly assertive pursuit of one’s aims and interests.

Weapons of aggression

Russia aggresses using:

  • Cyber warfare
  • Hacker attacks
  • Military invasions
  • Gas cut off
  • UN vetoes which are anti-Russian or allies
  • Russian proxy invasions
  • Artillery fire
  • Sports doping on a large scale
  • Mock attacks
  • Shooting down civilian airliner
  • Words delegitimizing other governments
  • Claiming other government actions are aggressive, escalatory, or provocative
  • Infiltrating submarines into other sovereign waters
  • Violating other country sovereign airspace
  • Sharing sensitive information via Wikileaks
  • Killing other country’s civilians
  • Corruption by hiding wealth
  • Forward basing large military units on foreign borders
  • Construction and upgrading military bases in strategic positions
  • Bombing rebels of a government, not a military target
  • Russian assassinations outside Russia
  • Holding soldiers or sailors hostage
  • Waging information warfare on the West

I cannot ignore these.  These statements are often made without proof, indicators, or other evidence.

  • Claiming a Russian diaspora is threatened
  • Claiming the Russian language is being threatened
  • Claiming other country or alliance will invade
  • Claiming Russian interests are threatened

Timeline of Russian aggression

In the past 12 years, Russia has:

What have I missed?

A good read: Dan Hannnan: Russian aggression keeps happening because it keeps working

20 thoughts on “A List Of Russian Aggressions For The Past 12 Years

  1. You forgot that Russia in recent years have built on and built upon a dozen airbases and other bases and deployed Iskander-M and S-400 in the Kola peninsula in the Barents region. There never was a threat from the US there.

      1. Roger Klang wrote:

        “Why don’t you define my ass!”

        By the amount of butthurt, I’d define it as “bleeding”.

    1. Roger, I took a look at that. It is defending Russia’s Murmansk bases. I’m not sure it’s thought to be aggressive. Shoot me a link to convince me otherwise? Thanks, good thought, I just know enough.

      Then I recalled the S-400 being sent to

      1. Sorry, I have no links. And my information is 4 years old. You are probably right about the Alakurtti airbase, the Marinebombardiers. However they also have the newly deployed 80:th independent motorised rifle infantry brigade, one of Russias two Arctic brigades at Alakurtti. The other newly deployed brigade, the Arctic 200:th independent mechanized infantry brigade, is located in Pechenga, former finnish Petsamo, and it is adjacent to Norway. 13 Airbases and 10 air defense radar stations have been constructed or was to be constructed on Russias Arctic coast, according to PISM (Polish Institute of International Affairs). They also have an Air defense division, a coastal missile defense and a missile regiment. At least they were supposed to be built in the Kola peninsula in 2015.

        I don’t blame you for not supporting our cause here in Scandinavia. But the probable Iskander missile regiment clearly isn’t defensive.

        I would rather be a part of the solution than becoming a liability to anyone. Whatever little defense we have in Sweden we need to participate with in a just cause. There was a Swedish commander in Finland in the 18:th Century who put a stone over the arch to the entrance into a Swedish fort, Sveaborg, saying; “Stand here on your own ground and don’t trust on foreign aid”. In those times Finland was a part of Sweden. That is the way I see it, but it is not the way most of my countrymen sees it. And it is not the way the Norwegians see it. The Finns just might still see it that way.

        And by the way, the S-400 can cover the Swedish airbase Kallax in Luleå if the S-400 is deployed near the Finnish border. But it is not optimal to shoot down cargo-planes with the S-400 from Russia. It is kind of in the outer limits. And if you fly under a certain altitude while coming in to land at Kallax the Russian radar is going to miss you because your flying in radar shadow.

      2. Roger, I support Scandanavia as if you are family. I just need to refer to an article in English, Swedish, or Finnish. I’ll even take Russian. I did searches and found references to Kona, Murmansk, and so on, but none with the detail you just shared. 2015, I’ll work with that for now. The information you supplied gives me a 40% solution.

        I have a request in to the SC Chief for NATO, for similar details. He’s an old friend, so I believe I’ll get something.

        Oh, and check your email.

      3. My email? I saw one short email from you that wasn’t in your comment thread here. Otherwise I am afraid I don’t know what you are talking about. Oh but by the way, there was a mail with some contact information in but I am not sure I have it saved anymore. If you want me to have it please send the info again.

        And thank you for your kind words! Now I have got to sleep.

      4. I am just a neardy guy with no merits as opposed to your merits.

        I am an author. In my book (in my native language) which is largely based on open source intelligence and more important FOI-material (FOI = the Defense Research Institute) which is our military’s service organization, I cite these things:

        Despite its large land mass and the fact that Russia has harbours in all four directions, the number of harbours is relatively small. The usefulness of the Russian ports is also often limited due to both climatic conditions and the long transport distances.

        In the north, only the larger ports in Murmansk and Arkangelsk have international status, and of these, only Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula in the furthest north can handle regular traffic all year round. At the Arkangelsk area in the bay south of the Kola Peninsula, a thick, impenetrable ice is formed in the winter.

        A statistical assumption is that the Russian revenue for the ports in the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea is four times as large as that for the ports of Murmansk and Arkangelsk in the Barents Sea.

        The above was written by FOI associates and/or published in 2013.

        I admit, the following is only a work hypothesis. But not even the exit and the entrance to the Baltic Sea through the Danish Great Belt and the Swedish Öresund or even the Kiel canal plays any absolute role if Russia is developing the infrastructure in the Murmansk region, ports, navy and Airports.

        NATO can close in Russia in the Baltic region, if Russia tries something fatal in the Baltic region, leading to issues. Has the Murmansk railway to Severomorsk been kept in condition? Has the road to Severomorsk been maintained lately? Has the Port of Severomorsk been developed? Has the airport in Murmansk been developed? And so on.

        The actions speak for themselves, according to the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), 16 deep-water ports will be built on Russia’s Arctic coast.

        Of course reality is that NATO is probably not going to blockade Russia in the Baltic region, to many NATO countries are dependent on Russian energy. The Netherlands and the Rotterdam harbour is a European hub. What remains is sanctions, but how effective would that be? Thus there would only be one solution – war. And I am not sure that would happen with Trump as president.

    2. Oh Yes, thank you for the info you sent me! It was from 2011 or prior to 2011. Mine from PISM is from 2015, as mentioned. Now we just need information from 2018. 🤓 The information I mention is all from PISM and FOI. PISM info is all from 2015 and the FOI info is all from 2013.

  2. Mr. Harding, one of your first responses to another commenter was the following (emphasize mine):

    “Obviously, you are a Russian troll, so I’ll type slowly so that you can follow”

    and

    “Anything beyond that is pure propaganda. Greetings to the Russian Troll Farm in St. Petersburg.”

    Judging by your profile, Mr. Harding, one can surmise your age to be… significant. One can also deduce by your career path(s), posting style and general comments that your had been brought up as a traditional self-identified male person. In pre-Progressive times one of the chief traits of the “man” had always been to be the master of his own word and being capable to answer for your words and actions.

    Mr. Harding! You made a serious claim, even accusation, from the very get go – you accused another participant in the discussion of being “Russian (paid) troll”. If you are indeed self-identify with the “traditional male” identity, then I expect you to support your claims with substantial proof, to show all and everyone, that you are, indeed, a man and a master of your own word.

    OTOH, I might be mistaken and even misgendered you all the time, when I addressed to you as “Mr. Harding”. Or I was mistaken in assuming that you were brought up “in the atmosphere of toxic masculinity” (c), meaning, that you were an Ur-Progressive all along. In that case – my most sincere, deepest apologies. I had no intention of invading your safespace and triggering you. If you will need some professional help due to anything said by me and others then, please – go for it. There is nothing to be ashamed here.

    1. Why greetings, Lyttenburgh troll. I don’t know your gender, but obviously, you have nothing better to do than troll me at two different sites. Either you’re a paid troll, obsessive, or your hormonal levels are abnormally low. You may well be a eunuch. Wait, aren’t you the one who is obsessed with molestation?

      Every now and then you might like to read and edit your own writing. You repeat, often.

      You are a waste. Of time, of electrons, of air.

      1. Joel Harding, your answer saddens me, for it shows how I was mean and micro-aggressive in my treatment of you. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry! Of course, your own over-compensative aggression is totally justified. Go ahead, don’t limit yourself – let it all go.

        In your case of self-described “adrenaline junky”, I recommend at least try some of the top-10 on-line tools for stress reduction. Also, as the most recent medical studies show, examples of the adrenaline high may occur in people with attention deficit disorder (ADD). Noted psychiatrist Bernard D. Beitman (M.D., Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia), writes, that the so-called “drama queens” and people who are driven mainly by anger or hate may also seek the altered state of consciousness associated with increased levels of adrenaline and endorphins. Consider individual counseling for addiction, please, before it’s too late.

        Finally, judging by your… significant… age, you belong to the risk group of those prone to suicide. Please, don’t ignore this. Go and compile a list of links and phone numbers for the suicide crisis hotlines (e.g. The Veterans Crisis Line in your case) and crisis centers for those suffering from anxiety and depression.

        Get well, Joel Harding! Sorry once again, for inflicting such lasting harm to your emotional state.

      2. Lyttenburgh, you’re an anonymous entity with absolutely no actual presence, think you can possibly inflict harm? My apologies, but you’re insignificant, a nothing, a nobody.

        Your envy, nay, your jealousy overwhelms your deep-seated sense of inadequacy. I’ve actually done everything you could dream of putting on your bucket list. You are a pimple on the ass of society, a wanna-be.

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