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2015-08-28
The US is Fully Prepared to Fight Putin - to the Last Ukrainian

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2015-08-28
It's West, Not Russia, That's Blocking Truth on MH17
Western media continous to spout stupidity on MH17. Christopher Black rebuffs it

Russia has shared its data. It's US intelligence agencies and the Dutch-led investigation that won't reveal any of its own

By Christopher Black
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2015-08-28
Russia Won't Take a Haircut on Its Ukraine Loan as West Wants
And why should it? The west continues to pretend that since private creditors are taking a haircut on their loans so should Russia - but Russia is not a private entity and meanwhile western institutions and states are refusing to take a haircut themselves

A reminder - by the terms of the agreement Russia could have called in the loan a year ago - but opted not to
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2015-08-27
Russia to Cooperate With UK, Germany in Space
Russia's space agency signs a number of agreements on cooperation with its German counterpart. Meanwhile a UK company may sell the guidance system for Russian satellites
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2015-08-27
'Old Guard' Pragmatists Oppose Western Policy on Ukraine
Ex-German chancellors Gerhard Schroeder and Helmut Schmidt and Henry Kissinger are the biggest names among them

By Dmitry Babich
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2015-08-27
Don't Get Too Attached to a Weak Ruble. The Dollar Is Coming Down
Dollar is over-valued and has to come down. Look for the market to wake up to that when the Fed doesn't raise interest rates as expected and inevitably sends the US currency tanking

Aside from helping the ruble in direct competition with the dollar, this will send commodities up - further boosting Russia's currency

By Marko Marjanović
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2015-08-27
Victoria Nuland: We do want to be able to communicate clearly with Russia
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2015-08-26
Pentagon's Mysterious 'Russia Threat'
Pentagon can't explain how or why Russia is a threat, it just knows it is. The concept is doing great to feed the US military machine but the Russians aren't standing by idly

By Pepe Escobar
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2015-08-26
Money Still Rules Ukraine
President Poroshenko talks big about reform but hes missing what may be his only chance to break the power of the oligarchs.

By Taras Kuzio
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2015-08-26
In Search of Western Values

By Edward Lozansky
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Russia House

2012-03-17

Final notes on Russias elections and what next?

Edward LOZANSKY, President, American University in Moscow

Usually elections in foreign countries do not attract too much public or media attention in the U.S., especially not in the middle of our own presidential campaign. This time it was different, though. Major American newspapers almost daily printed two or even three dispatches from Moscow, most of them featuring devastating criticism of Putin, praise of the opposition (despite communists and outright nazis being part of it) and anticipation of something like an orange revolution or Arab spring fast approaching.

To the great disappointment of many such observers, instead of joining the list of deposed dictators like Gaddafi or Mubarak, Putin won the election with what is generally known as a landslide. Everyone, with the notable exception of Senator McCain, had to admit, often reluctantly, that Putins victory was overwhelming and thus legitimate.

President Obama spent about a week thinking of what to do about it but then, observing that all the other world leaders have already congratulated Putin on his victory, he, too, placed the call, apparently fearing that America might be seen to be a teeny bit out of step with the world it professes to lead.
That was not the most curious reaction to Putins election, though. Not by far. For all their abstruse talk, philosophers sometimes come up with very apt dicta. Like, Extremes meet. Id say this time they met with a resounding clang. Senator McCain and Comrade Zyuganov, leader of the Russian communists, sang in operatic unison: Putins election was fraudulent, a sham, and thus illegitimate.

Well, it is a more or less recognized fact that while McCain is living in a phantasmal world of his own comrade Zyu is a different matter altogether. During the election campaign he repeatedly stated that his goal is to bring Russia back to the Leninist-Stalinist model that is: a one-party political system, a single candidate per ballot, each getting no less than 99.99 percent of the 100 percent turnout.

One wonders why Mikhail Gorbachev should join McCain and Zyuganov, babbling something about the elections illegitimacy. The man who is praised (at least in the West) for saving the world from a nuclear holocaust and who worked shoulder to shoulder with Ronald Reagan in throwing communism to the dustbin of history, could do better than act in this comical fashion.

Really, Gorby should have a more accurate idea of what the term legitimacy means. The only time he went to the electorate in a new Russia, he quite legitimately got all of 1.75 percent, or some such figure. One would have thought that Gorbachev could afford one or two professional advisors who would tutor him ahead of the interviews.

As for U.S. establishment it would be wise for them to take note that despite sometime strong anti-American rhetoric, Putin is willing and able to act pragmatically. His latest words: "If we had managed to achieve a breakthrough on missile defense, this would have opened the floodgates for building a qualitatively new model of cooperation, similar to an alliance" should be considered more seriously before flat rejection, unless, of course, we want to repeat all our mistakes in Russia policy in the last 20 years.