By Paul Goble 2017/07/24 – 00:51 “There are achievements which it would be better not to have,” opposition Russian politician Gennady Gudkov says, and over the last two decades of Vladimir Putin, Russia has “achieved” ever more of these, something Russians should reflect upon when thinking about the current ruler and the future. Among the worst, he says, is that… Continue reading Russia achieving ever more anti-records under Putin
By Paul Goble 2017/07/16 The flood of news stories from a country as large, diverse and strange as the Russian Federation often appears to be is far too large for anyone to keep up with. But there needs to be a way to mark those which can’t be discussed in detail but which are… Continue reading ‘Kremlin’s G-20 photofake to make Putin look important’ and other neglected Russian stories
The original is arguably more brutal but also uses too many colloquialisms for an easy translate: What spiritual values Russia can offer to the West – Alexander Sytin </end editorial> Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Putin’s Russian World Seeks to Offer Others 12 Unattractive Values, Sytin Says Paul Goble Staunton, July 12 –Aleksandr Sytin was recently on… Continue reading Putin’s Russian World Seeks to Offer Others 12 Unattractive Values, Sytin Says
13 July 2017 *TRENDS OF THE WEEK* Interpreting fascism If you look up fascism [fash-iz-uh m] in a dictionary, you will find “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism”. This week, we saw alternative interpretations… Continue reading Interpreting fascism – Disinformation Review
In the 2001 Census, 17.3% of Ukrainians self-identified as ethnic Russian. The most recent survey, even if not a census, has the number down at 5%. Even accounting for Crimea, and occupied Donbass, this says ethnic Russians are denying their heritage. Should we be surprised given the Putin doctrine of using resident ethnic Russians as… Continue reading Too Embarrassed To Admit To Being Ethnic Russian?
This is commonly called a “single point of failure”. Russia has a 500 by 500-meter area which is a beyond critical, and if disrupted, could destroy their economy to a point where it is beyond repair. Yes, the Russian economy could be absolutely and utterly crippled. </end editorial> By Paul Goble Eighty-nine percent of… Continue reading A single methane ‘bubble’ explosion from global warming could cut Russia off from 89% of its natural gas
Pure speculation, but it seems Russians are removing billboards in Hamburg, Germany, that are specifically designed to remind people that Russia invaded Ukraine, that Russia is still illegally occupying a part of Ukraine, and for everything we know, Russia will illegally remain ensconced in a part of East Ukraine for the indefinite future. The billboard… Continue reading Russian Embarrassing Billboards Removed In Hamburg For G20