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Putin & Russia

Discussion in 'Randomination' started by Rorschach, 25 Nov 2018.

  1. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Steffen Freund

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    Maybe 'enablers' is the wrong word. Cronies possibly more apt. There is an elite network that has replaced the soviet elite, mostly former FSB operatives that Putin worked with and oligarchs, who make up the club. To own a big business in Russia you need to be moving within this group. These individuals who own companies in Russia of course support Putin, and would not do anything as stupid as question him. And should the government call on you, you of course do what they say. For example, food prices were rising in shops at the end of last year. The two main supermarket chains got the call, and they reduced prices on key staples probably making a loss/breaking even. In return they effectively get protection. Any new supermarket competitors would probably be intimidated and shut out, if they get too big. A sad state for a nation who has a highly educated population. Funny how history repeats and national structures endure - despite a revolution. Post Communism, ruling elites persist and a true free market is not really in effect within big business. Large businesses are highly linked to a dictatorial state.
     
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  2. milo

    milo Jürgen Klinsmann Staff Member

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    Rorschach Vic Buckingham

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    They've been rounding up Navalny's associates all week. Tomorrow's march will be interesting.
     
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    SteveAWOL Tom Huddlestone

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    LutonSpurs Eric Dear

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    Didn't know where else to put Derp @scaramanga the genius himself speak on his work.
     
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  6. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Steffen Freund

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    We need a Revolution thread?

    This is too funny. While filming her dance session, this lady unwittingly captures the begining of the coup in Myanmar. Has anyone been? Supposed to be an interesting place to visit and less developed than Thailand.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Rorschach

    Rorschach Vic Buckingham

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    awesome dawson Dean Austin

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    Rorschach Vic Buckingham

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    Eastern time in the US I would guess, so 21:30 GMT.
     
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    awesome dawson Dean Austin

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    Thanks, that isn’t too bad for me in Melbourne so I’ll try and join in.
     
  11. Rorschach

    Rorschach Vic Buckingham

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    Yeah it is defo US Eastern Time. From the confirmation email...

    When: March 16, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
     
  12. Bedfordspurs

    Bedfordspurs Ralph Coates

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    My brother enjoyed Burma
    Didn’t like Cambodia
     
  13. awesome dawson

    awesome dawson Dean Austin

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    Copy of the Bellingcat webinar if you missed it.
     
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    Rorschach Vic Buckingham

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    It was good.

    Higgens is a brave man. As he said, his best defense against reprisal is his growing fame.
     
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    awesome dawson Dean Austin

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    True, I wouldn't want to rely on Boris Johnson to have my back, in terms of preventing a nerve agent attack. I enjoyed the chess analogies with Kaspirov, defence (being more difficult) vs attack. Had me thinking about Jose's tactics!
     
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    awesome dawson Dean Austin

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    Alexei Navalny says health has sharply deteriorated in jail
    Russian opposition leader’s aide says Navalny also blocked from meeting lawyers

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    Alexei Navalny has complained of a “sharp deterioration” in his health in prison and has been blocked from meeting lawyers, a senior aide to the Russian opposition leader has said.

    Navalny has reported “serious back pain” and numbness in one of his legs that has left him unable to stand on it, Leonid Volkov said on Wednesday.

    Navalny’s lawyers said they had been blocked from meeting him on Wednesday and they suspected that he was in an infirmary in the IK-2 prison colony in the Vladimir region.

    “We don’t understand where Alexei Navalny is or why he is being hidden from his lawyers,” they said, adding that they suspected the prison administration was trying to cover up his possible hospitalisation.

    The IK-2 prison is notoriously strict and said to excel at isolating inmates from the outside world.

    Navalny’s supporters have said they fear for his life. He survived a poisoning attempt with a military-grade nerve agent last summer that was traced back to Russia’s FSB. He was jailed upon returning to Russia this year and sentenced to two and a half years in prison on embezzlement charges he has called political.

    Russia has refused to comply with a European court of human rights ruling calling for Navalny’s release because his safety in prison could not be ensured.

    “With all the circumstances known to us, the sharp deterioration in his health can’t not evoke extreme concern,” the lawyers Olga Mikhailova and Vadim Kobzev wrote in a statement published by Volkov. They said it was the first time since Navalny’s arrest that he had not appeared at a scheduled meeting with his lawyers.

    In the note, the lawyers wrote that Navalny had seen a prison doctor who gave him just two ibuprofen tablets.

    Tens of thousands of people across Russia protested against Navalny’s detention in late January and early February, leading to a mass crackdown on the opposition and thousands of arrests.

    The opposition called a temporary halt to the protests but has said it will resume them as soon as 500,000 people sign an online petition calling for Navalny’s release. Nearly 200,000 had signed up as of Wednesday evening.

    Many of Navalny’s senior aides, as well as his brother Oleg, are under house arrest for alleged violations over the protests. Others such as Volkov are abroad.

    Wednesday’s post was the first report that Navalny was experiencing health problems in prison. Earlier, an account run by his supporters included a photograph of him with a shaved head and a letter describing his life in prison, which he called a “genuine concentration camp 100km from Moscow”.

    He said he had not seen “even a hint of violence” since arriving at the prison, but the prisoners appeared to be in constant fear of surveillance and of being written up for violating prison rules. He compared the atmosphere to George Orwell’s 1984. He had been listed as a flight risk, he said, and was regularly awoken at night by someone sent to confirm he was still in his bed.

    In another letter from prison published on Instagram this week, he described his morning ritual of listening to the national anthem and marching in place alongside other inmates, jokingly comparing them to stormtroopers from Star Wars.

    “They have cigarettes in their teeth. Instead of laser rifles, they have metal crowbars,” he wrote. “But wherever they may be, at 6.05 they listen to the national anthem, at 6.10 they do their exercises, and at 6.30 they put out the porridge in their metal bowls and pour sweet tea into their metal cups. May the force be with you.”
     
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    SteveAWOL Tom Huddlestone

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    SteveAWOL Tom Huddlestone

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    Myanmar might warrant it’s own thread nowadays...



     
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    awesome dawson Dean Austin

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