Sunday, December 28, 2014

Russia's economy could collapse in months, says financial forecaster - The Times of Israel | Russia's crisis has no end in sight as $50 oil looms, says OECD - Telegraph.co.uk | Russia Is In Crisis And Putin Is Fighting To Survive It - Business Insider | Russia Experienced a Coup in 2014 Without a Change in Institutions, Rubtsov Says by Paul Goble | Putin’s New Military Doctrine Says Russia Faces More Threats Abroad — and at Home by Paul Goble | Шойгу: РФ готовится к худшему, ожидая вывода коалиции из Афганистана

Russia's economy could collapse in months, says financial forecaster - The Times of Israel

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Russia's economy could collapse in months, says financial forecaster
The Times of Israel
He came back to Russia in 1996. A freshly minted NYU Stern MBA, he was recruited by Hermitage Capital Management, a Russia-focused investment fund. Today he runs his own fund out of Moscow and in the last six months has acquired a near-celebrity ...
Russian defense sector eyes change of focus to limit effect of sanctionsRussia Beyond the Headlines

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The Most Awe-Inspiring Drone Footage Of 2014

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Once the preserve of militaries, drones are now for everyone. (You can buy one on Amazon for under $50.) As a result, the world is viewing the world in a new way. Here's the best drone footage from 2014.

Key Al-Shabab Commander Captured

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Authorities in Somalia say they have captured one of the most wanted al-Shabab commanders. Zakariye Ismail Hersi was captured in a raid Saturday morning in the town of El Wak near the border with Kenya. General Abbas Ibrahim Gurey, the commander of Somali government troops in the southern Gedo region, told VOA's Somali service that authorities received a tip from members of the public that al-Shabab suspects were hiding in a house. Gurey said that Hersi was captured with his secretary. The general said Hersi, who had a pistol on him, did not put up any resistance during the raid. In June 2012, the U.S. put a $3 million reward for the capture of Hersi, describing him as an associate of former al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane. In an interview with VOA Saturday while in custody, Hersi himself confirmed that he was a member of al-Shabab.  He said he left the group 18 months ago after differences with the leadership. He said he was not aware if the U.S. had placed a bounty on him. Hersi said he never became the intelligence chief of al-Shabab, as had earlier been reported.  He said he held other positions, including head of Regional Administrations and was one of the commanders of al-Shabab militias.

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Malaysia PM Arrives Home to Lead Flood Response

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has returned home after cutting his Hawaiian vacation short to lead the national flood response during the country's worst rains in decades. Najib arrived in the worst-hit state of Kelantan Saturday afternoon and was briefed on the worsening flood situation.  He plans to take a boat and helicopter to assess the situation. The Malaysian leader announced nearly $145 million for flood-victim relief nationwide, which will be administered by the National Security Council. That is in addition to an aid package announced earlier. Najib came under fire this week after photos emerged showing him playing golf with U.S. President Barack Obama in Hawaii.  People posted messages on his Facebook page, urging him to return home as the flooding worsened. Several people have been killed by the rising waters and more than 160,000 have been displaced. Authorities have evacuated numerous villages and towns in five northern Malaysian states that were inundated in unusually strong torrential rains.   Malaysian forecasters say the heavy rains will continue for the next few days, spreading to previously unaffected southern states. Neighboring countries have also experienced severe flooding.

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Tumultuous Change Predicted for Mideast in 2015 

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Four years after the uprisings that shattered the decades old status quo in the Middle East, 2015 promises to be another year of tumultuous change, presenting new challenges for U.S. foreign policy leaders. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel looks ahead to expectations for the region in the New Year.

That Debt From 1720? Britain’s Payment Is Coming

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Prompted by record low interest rates, the British government is planning to pay off debts it racked up over hundreds of years.






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В НАТО готовятся к свержению Путина в 2015 году - Bild - Подробности

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В НАТО готовятся к свержению Путина в 2015 году - Bild
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В связи с санкциями и потерями прибыли давление на Путина со стороны могущественных олигархов к концу 2015 года настолько усилится, что он просто вынужден будет уйти, пишет DW. Предполагается, что возникнет необходимость совершенно новых мер, которые издание ...

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Russia's Economic Crisis: Can Putin Be Saved By His Own Propaganda? - NBCNews.com

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Russia's Economic Crisis: Can Putin Be Saved By His Own Propaganda?
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"If [the] crisis will deepen, which most likely it will do, and if it will be quite prolonged, then of course sooner or later it will have an impact on [his] popularity," said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of "Russia in Global Affairs." This time, the ...

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Russia's crisis has no end in sight as $50 oil looms, says OECD - Telegraph.co.uk

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Russia's crisis has no end in sight as $50 oil looms, says OECD
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Catherine Mann, the OECD's chief economist, said Russia was moving closer to shutting itself off from the rest of the world, while the West's sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of Crimea in Ukraine had left no end in sight for the country's woes.

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Russia Is In Crisis And Putin Is Fighting To Survive It - Business Insider

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Russia Is In Crisis And Putin Is Fighting To Survive It
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The risk of a financial crisis in Russia has risen because of a precipitous fall in the rouble in mid-December. Recession, falling living standards and rising economic uncertainty look set to be key sources of political instability over the near term ...

US sees continued economic decline in Russia, but Moscow strikes an upbeat...Washington Post
Russia identifies NATO as its biggest military threatAl Jazeera America
Russia's Revised Military Doctrine Sees Major Threats from NATO, USVoice of America
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В ЛНР не исключили возможности проведения встречи в Минске до конца года - РБК

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В ЛНР не исключили возможности проведения встречи в Минске до конца года
РБК
В руководстве самопровозглашенной Луганской народной республики (ЛНР) заявили, что будут всячески способствовать тому, чтобы встреча контактной группы в Минске по вопросам мирного урегулирования конфликта в Донбассе состоялась в ближайшие дни. Об этом сообщил ...
ЛНР готова к диалогу с Киевом по вопросу мирного урегулированияГазета.Ru
ЛНР подготовилась к новым переговорам в МинскеНТВ.ru
В ЛНР подтвердили готовность к диалогу с КиевомИнтерфакс


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Russia Experienced a Coup in 2014 Without a Change in Institutions, Rubtsov Says 

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Staunton, December 25 – Over the last year, Russia has experienced a coup “without a change of institutions, symbols or personnel,” being changed in even more significant ways than it was in the course of the “strong mutations of 2011-2013,” according to Aleksandr Rubtsov, the head of the Moscow Center for Research on Ideological Processes.
In a commentary in Vedomosti December 25, Rubtsov says his country has been transformed into “an exalted ideocracy which is incapable of living in the real world in accord either with itself or with those around it” and that it will be stable only on the basis of constant reference to threats of instability.
What happened “literally between the Olympics and Crimea” was something “rare: an almost hurricane-like coup without a change of institutions, symbols and people.” Rationalism and pragmatism disappeared and were replaced by appeals to “myths and blind faith,” the Moscow analyst says.
In short, viewed both from within and without, “an entirely different and unrecognizable country” appeared on the map of the world.
Until this year, Russia had tried various means of legitimating itself including formal elections, laws and courts, but none of this worked because none of it had the content that was required. Only two things have remained: “the deification of the leader who has given the country difficult but historic ‘victories,’” and all-powerful enemies “working for its destruction.”
The “main intrigue at the moment” is connected with the issue of transforming Russia from a raw materials exporter to a modern, industrial or post-industrial society, Rubtsov says. The regime has offered various notions but remains unwilling to act on an understanding that the entire system economic and political must be transformed.
Indeed, the regime has reversed the Soviet dictum that the material base defines ideas and assumes that announcing an idea is sufficient for its realization. Unfortunately for the Kremlin, as Vasiliy Melnichenko has observed, “Russia produces the impression of a great power…and doesn’t produce anything else.”
But what is especially troubling for the Kremlin at present is that the task of shifting from a country dependent on the export of raw materials to one that manufactures goods others want to buy is much more difficult than “building a planned economy or taking it apart,” according to Zubtsov.
All of this, the Moscow analyst concludes, suggests that it is time to update a Soviet-era anecdote: “Is it possible to order stability by telephone?” the question goes, with the answer being “Yes, it is possible; they will show it to you on television.”
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Putin’s New Military Doctrine Says Russia Faces More Threats Abroad — and at Home 

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Staunton, December 27 – In the new Russian military doctrine Vladimir Putin signed December 26, the fourth a Kremlin leader has issued since 1991, the Russian president speaks about an increasingly threatening foreign environment that can produce problems at home but provides few specifics about the threats, their source, or how Moscow will counter them.
The new doctrine replaces the one Dmitry Medvedev issued in 2010. Putin himself issued an earlier one in 2000 that replaced the one Boris Yeltsin signed in 1993. The complete Russian-language text of the new one is at kremlin.ru. Useful summaries can be found at Meduza and Rosbalt.
According to the document Putin has signed, Russia has gained two new allies since 2010: South Ossetia and Abkhazia. They join the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. And the doctrine says Moscow hopes for cooperation with Brazil, India, China and South Africa.
Putin’s doctrine does not enumerate Russia’s enemies, saying only the world has become more tense as a result of intensifying “global competition” over conflicting values. But it speaks first and foremost of “threats” emanating from NATO and the US, including the placement of Western forces in countries adjoining Russia and the development by the alliance of ABM, space-based, and new rapid reaction forces.
With respect to nuclear weapons, the new doctrine brings Russia into line with the US in specifying that Moscow can respond to any use of weapons of mass destruction, including non-nuclear ones, with nuclear weapons, something that has been American doctrine from the time of the Cold War.
It also points to the possibility that a potential enemy of Russia might use private firms or irregular forces against Moscow, much, it should be said, as Moscow has used against Ukraine. And it specifies that among the most serious threats to Russia are the overthrowing of governments in countries neighboring Russia, precisely what Putin says the West did in Ukraine.
And for the first time, the Russian military doctrine speaks about the defense of Russian national interests in the Arctic and about a requirement that officials in Russia remain in constant readiness for mobilization. Another innovation is that it calls for Moscow to take measures to counter the use of communications technologies against Russia, presumably although the document does not specify them, cyber-warfare and the social networks.
Putin’s new military doctrine also lays particular stress on agitation and propaganda among the young in order to promote patriotism while countering efforts to distort or undermine “the historical, spiritual and patriotic traditions” of the country and thereby prepare young people for service in the military.
Liliya Shevtsova, now of the Brookings Institution, provides one of the first commentaries on the new Putin military doctrine. She says that it effectively “legalizes the transition of Russia into an extraordinary regime of existence,” a term sometimes used for martial law but here applied more broadly.
After enumerating the contents of the measure, Shevtsova says that there is one thing “positive” about it: The new doctrine honestly admits that what is going on in the world is a competition between peoples with different civilizations and values, the first time since 1991 that Moscow has admitted this in a military doctrine.
That, she concludes, is “the Kremlin’s gift” to Russians for Christmas and the New Year.
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Robbery, Kidnapping At VIP Section Of Osh Airport

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Men dressed in military camouflage uniforms and armed with automatic rifles robbed the VIP section of the Osh Airport in southern Kyrgyzstan and kidnapped a businessman

Russian Ruble To Stabilize In January, Gov Official Predicts - Forbes

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Russian Ruble To Stabilize In January, Gov Official Predicts
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Russia´s ruble has found its balance, somewhere in the 50 to 1 range. The country´s Economic Development Minister, Alexie Ulyukayev, told the local press on Saturday that the peak of urgent demand for foreign currency has passed, and the financial and ...

Быть премьером и президентом в кризис одинаково тяжело - Медведев - Аргументы и факты

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Быть премьером и президентом в кризис одинаково тяжело - Медведев
Аргументы и факты
Глава правительства России Дмитрий Медведев заявил, что в кризисные времена занимать пост как премьер-министра так и президента равно тяжело, передает агентство ТАСС. Статья по теме. Перемена слагаемых. Возможны ли замены в Кабмине Медведева? Председатель ...
Медведев рассказал о разнице в работе на постах президента и премьераРБК
Медведев: В кризис сложно работать на посту премьера и президентаНефть России
Медведев: в кризисные времена одинаково нелегко работать и премьеру, и президентуЮжный Федеральный
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Syria to Discuss Russia Peace Plan Talks - New York Times

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Syria to Discuss Russia Peace Plan Talks
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BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria said Saturday that it was willing to participate in “preliminary consultations” in Russia aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end its civil war. But members of the Western-backed Syrian opposition dismissed the Russian ...
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Северная Корея угрожает США из-за фильма о Ким Чен Ыне - Подробности

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Северная Корея угрожает США из-за фильма о Ким Чен Ыне
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Власти Северной Кореи выступают с угрозами в адрес США и лично Барака Обамы из-за выхода в прокат скандальной картины "Интервью". Об этом говорится в распространенном в субботу, 27 декабря, заявлении Национальной комиссии обороны КНДР, сообщает Agence ...
КНДР: Обама ведет себя как обезьяна в тропическом лесуИА REGNUM

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Боевики "ИГ" запланировали атаку на Королевскую гвардию Елизаветы II - Российская Газета

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Боевики "ИГ" запланировали атаку на Королевскую гвардию Елизаветы II
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Члены террористической группировки "Исламское государство" ("ИГ") запланировали атаку на Королевскую гвардию Елизаветы II. Об интернет-переписке, перехваченной разведслужбами Великобритании, таблоиду Mirror рассказал высокопоставленный источник. "Боевики "ИГ" знают ...
СМИ: британскую гвардию предупредили о возможности атаки ИГИЛАргументы и факты
СМИ: разведка Великобритании уведомляет о возможном нападении ИГ на Королевскую гвардиюКоммерсантъ
Королевскую гвардию Британии предупредили о возможной атаке ИГТренд
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Шеф разведки исламистов из «Аш-Шабаб» сдался полиции в Сомали - Zakon.kz

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Шеф разведки исламистов из «Аш-Шабаб» сдался полиции в Сомали
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Один из лидеров исламистской группировки «Аш-Шабаб» Закария Исмаил Ахмед Эрси (Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi) сдался полиции в Сомали, сообщает Lenta.ru. В руки властей он передал себя в провинции Гедо на юге страны. Представители местных спецслужб не исключают, что на ...

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Мировые новости 28 декабря: В Сомали сдался полиции шеф разведки "Аш-Шабаб" - Актуальные новости - периодическое издание о событиях в мире

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Мировые новости 28 декабря: В Сомали сдался полиции шеф разведки "Аш-Шабаб"
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Мировые новости 28 декабря: В Сомали сдался полиции шеф разведки "Аш-Шабаб", тем самым значительно смягчив обстоятельство в отношении себя. Новости в мире 28 декабря: Шеф разведки исламистов из «Аш-Шабаб» сдался полиции в Сомали Один из лидеров исламистской ...

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The News in Moscow - The New Yorker

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The News in Moscow
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Over the last dozen years of good oil-funded living, middle-class Russians have developed the habit of travelling to warmer climes for the two weeks of idleness the law grants them at the start of the year, but even with tickets booked and paid for ...

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Путина могут свалить с должности в 2015 году, — НАТО - Пресса онлайн

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Путина могут свалить с должности в 2015 году, — НАТО
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Так, из-за огромного влияния санкций на бизнес могущественных олигархов, в частности, они будут давить на Путина, поэтому он вынужден будет уйти, пишет издание Bild. Этот же источник ссылается на мнение внешнеполитического эксперта фракции ХДС в бундестаге Карла-Георга ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Falklands defence review after military deal between Russia and ... - Express.co.uk

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EXCLUSIVE: Falklands defence review after military deal between Russia and ...
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They are ageing but Nato still regards what it codenames “Fencers” as “super-fighters”, with their 2,000-mile range and laser-guided missiles. Russia has been increasing its links with Argentina since 2010, when it provided two Mi17 assault helicopters ...

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In Reversal, Germany Cools to Russian Investment

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After years of post-Cold War business and political alliances, mistrust over the conflict in Ukraine has created a slew of canceled deals and ventures.






Red Cross Official Says Moscow Used ‘Humanitarian’ Convoys to Ship Arms to Militants in Ukraine 

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Staunton, December 26 – Igor Trunov, the head of the Moscow city office of the Russian Red Cross, says that the Russian government used what it called “humanitarian convoys” to “most likely” ship arms to pro-Moscow fighters in Ukraine, in direct violation of international humanitarian law and practice.

Trunov said December 25
 that he doesn’t like to “cast stones” at the Russian government. But “there is international law,” and Moscow has violated it. Using humanitarian convoys to send arms across an international border is “an invasion” and “a violation” of the law.
Given the way in which Russian officials oversaw these convoys, it was possible for them to carry whatever Moscow wanted, including arms and military personnel, the Red Cross official said. Such actions, he said, make it far more difficult to ensure the delivery of real humanitarian assistance of the kind his organization provides to people in Ukraine who need it.
Trunov’s declaration follows confirmation by Russian activists that they sent armed militants into Ukraine via these convoys And his words suggest that Moscow may very well continue to do so even as it talks about its supposed support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Reactor For Second Time This Month

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Ukraine has shut down a reactor at of its most powerful nuclear power plant for the second time in a month due to an apparent electrical malfunction.

Window on Eurasia: An Economic Move toward a Greater Buryatia? 

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Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, December 28 – A Buryat scholar has proposed combining Buryatia and the Transbaikal Kray into “a single production district” in order to address the economic problems of both by attracting the attention of Moscow, an idea that Russian critics see as driven by economic desperation in the republic.

 

            But there is another possibility: such a regional amalgamation from below would bring the Buryat communities in the predominantly Russian Transbaikal together with the Republic of Buryatia, a step toward the creation of the Greater Buryatia which Stalin divided up in the 1920s in order to ensure Moscow’s control of the key transportation route south of Lake Baikal.

 

            Last week, Margarita Namkhanova, a scholar at Buryat State University, said that she believes the creation of a new federal district embracing the two was necessary given what she said was “the peripheral status of Buryatia and the Transbaikal relative to the Siberian and Far Eastern Federal Districts” (baikal-daily.ru/news/19/109675/).

 

            Reaction to this idea, which appears to have been percolating in Buryatia for some time, has been largely negative, at least among Russians. Mariya Blokhina of Polit.ru said it was simply a case of a republic trying to reduce economic risks to itself during the current crisis (polit.ru/article/2014/12/28/top9/).

 

            She cited the argument of Yury Kravtsov, an ethnic Russian economist working in Buryatia, who said that the republic had been hit by four different economic crises – structural, conjunction, intellectual and  geopolitical – and was currently looking in every possible direction for help (infpol.ru/ekonomika2/item/8053-ekonomist-v-buryatii-dejstvuyut-srazu-chetyre-krizisa.html).

 

            Blokhina and Kravtsov may be correct that economics is the proximate cause of Namkhanova’s proposal: She herself casts it in economic terms. But it is likely that she and those who share her idea have a broader agenda as well, one that involves recovering Buryatia’s influence over a region which contains otherwise isolated Buryat communities.

 

            Many Buryats were upset when Vladimir Putin engineered the absorption of two Buryat autonomous formations into predominantly ethnic Russian regions almost a decade ago and have been looking for a way to reverse that and expand the influence of the Buryat Republic over its co-ethnics beyond its borders.

 

            It is thus possible and even likely that Namkhanova’s proposal reflects at least in part a belief among some Buryats that they may be able to use the current economic crisis to advance their own national goals as well.

 

           

 
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Norman Atlantic ferry fire Q and A: What has happened to the vessel, and what do we know about its evacuation?

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A major international rescue operation is underway in the Adriatic Sea, where a fire has started on a car ferry carrying almost 500 people from Greece to Italy.

В Госдуме пригрозили Обаме начать поставки российского оружия в Донбасс - НТВ.ru

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В Госдуме пригрозили Обаме начать поставки российского оружия в Донбасс
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В Госдуме жестко отреагировали на заявление президента США Барака Обамы о возможной передаче Киеву своей военной техники из Афганистана. В нижней палате парламента предостерегли американского лидера от такого шага и призвали его подумать о последствиях. 57460.
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Госдума: Донбасс получит технику из России, если Америка вооружит УкраинуВести.Ru
Госдума пригрозила Обаме начать поставки оружия в ДонбассРЕН ТВ
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Один человек погиб при столкновении двух торговых судов у берегов Италии - Коммерсантъ

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Один человек погиб при столкновении двух торговых судов у берегов Италии
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Один человек погиб и двое считаются пропавшими без вести в результате столкновения двух торговых судов в Адриатическом море недалеко от итальянского порта Равенна. Об этом сообщает «РИА Новости» со ссылкой на итальянские СМИ. Ранее сообщалось об 11 пропавших без ...
Один человек погиб при столкновении двух судов у побережья ИталииРИА Новости
Один человек погиб в результате столкновения судов в Адриатическом мореРБК
Возле Италии столкнулись два судна: одно затонулоКомсомольская правда
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Шойгу: РФ готовится к худшему, ожидая вывода коалиции из Афганистана

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МОСКВА, 23 дек — РИА Новости. Глава Минобороны России Сергей Шойгу во вторник призвал Таджикистан и Киргизию готовиться к худшему в преддверии вывода войск международной коалиции из Афганистана.
"В условиях вывода международных коалиционных сил из Афганистана наши Вооруженные силы должны быть готовы к любому варианту развития ситуации, в том числе самому негативному", — предупредил Шойгу на встрече с министром обороны Таджикистана Шерали Мирзо.
МО РФ, по словам министра, считаем необходимым уделять основное внимание повышению боевых возможностей Вооруженных сил Таджикистана и Киргизии, а также российских авиабаз в этих странах — 201-й в Таджикистане и 999-й в Киргизии.
Для этого ежегодно проводятся совместные военные учения, также Россия поддерживает программы модернизации национальных армий этих стран.
Кроме того, в учебных заведениях МО РФ обучаются кадры для местных Вооруженных сил (сейчас в России учатся 493 таджикских и 320 киргизских военных). Также идут поставки современного боевого оружия.
"Полагаю, что повышение боевых возможностей позволит создать надежный оборонный потенциал, способный противостоять вызовам и угрозам безопасности наших государств", — заключил Шойгу.
Уводя из Афганистана боевые подразделения, Запад оставляет там консультантов местных силовиков — соответствующее соглашение между НАТО и Афганистаном в декабре одобрил Совбез ООН.
Новая миссия альянса начнет работу 1 января 2015 года и будет включать около 12 тысяч военнослужащих, которые займутся обучением и консультированием афганских силовых структур.

СМИ: войска НАТО покидают Афганистан, оставляя страну с ее проблемами - РИА Новости

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СМИ: войска НАТО покидают Афганистан, оставляя страну с ее проблемами
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Возглавляемая США коалиция сил НАТО официально завершает свою миссию в Афганистане и уходит из страны, раздираемой внутренними проблемами. Немецкий солдат в Афганистане. Архивное фото. © AP Photo/ Musadeq Sadeq. МОСКВА, 28 дек — РИА Новости. Боевая миссия ...
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Министр обороны ДНР встретится с украинскими силовиками - Газета.Ru

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Министр обороны ДНР встретится с украинскими силовиками
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Министр обороны самопровозглашенной Донецкой народной республики Владимир Кононов проведет закрытую для прессы встречу с украинскими военными в Донецке в Доме правительства. Встреча начнется в понедельник, 29 декабря, в 12.00. Об этом сообщается на сайте ...
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Кадыров потратил все свои сбережения - Дни.Ру

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Кадыров потратил все свои сбережения
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19:43 / 26.12.2014 Кадыров, курс валют, СбереженияГлава Чеченской Республики Рамзан Кадыров заявил, что не хранит деньги в валюте по причине того, что у него их нет. Все свои средства Кадыров потратил еще до начала экономического кризиса. < Россия вошла в топ-10 экономик ...
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Bratton: Police Feel 'Under Attack' From Federal Government - NBCNews.com

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Bratton: Police Feel 'Under Attack' From Federal Government
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The rift between the New York City Police Department and Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be easily solved and will require more discussion and time, according to the city's top cop. "I think it's probably a rift that is going to go on for a while longer," said NYPD ...
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Bratton: Police Feel 'Under Attack' From Federal Government
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The rift between the New York City Police Department and Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be easily solved and will require more discussion and time, according to the city's top cop. "I think it's probably a rift that is going to go on for a while longer," said NYPD ...
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China can soon target US with sea-based nuclear weapons

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The Chinese Navy is now introducing new-generation Type 094 (Jin class) nuclear powered submarine with JL-2 intercontinental-range submarine-launched ballistic missile.
China could soon target the United States with sea-based nuclear weapons as it is reinforcing its submarines with long-range nuclear ballistic missiles, a US congressional report has found.
China’s military is set to acquire a reliable, hard-to-destroy sea-based nuclear deterrent, with a dozen JL-2 missiles that are being mounted on its JIN class submarines, according to a report submitted to Congress by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
The missiles have a strike range of around 7,350 km, meaning they can reach all 50 US states if they are launched from waters west or east of Hawaii.
Currently, the Chinese can target the US only with land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles. However, land-based weapons had become vulnerable to a US first strike due to advancements in surveillance that could track their location and movements.
The integration of the new missiles into China’s three JIN-class nuclear-powered submarines has boosted their lethality, giving the country a credible second-strike capability and increasing Beijing’s nuclear deterrence.
The Chinese have also invested significantly on the CJ-10 land attack cruise missiles, capable of striking US forces in Japan and South Korea.
Many Chinese scholars believe that the sea-based nuclear deterrent can insulate China from a US nuclear attack.
The scholars say China’s military doctrine remains essentially defensive, and its accelerated weaponization program is mostly a reaction to Washington’s so-called “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region, a strategy that Beijing interprets as China-containment policy.
        
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As Syria’s Revolution Sputters, a Chaotic Stalemate

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The battleground of Syria’s war is increasingly divided between the government and extremists, leaving many Syrians feeling that the revolution on which they gambled has failed.

Legendary Russian Animator Sokolsky Dies At 78

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Gennady Sokolsky, who for nearly four decades helped create and draw some of the most popular animated characters in the Soviet Union and later in Russia, has died at the age of 78

Russia-EU relations to remain future priority for Moscow - Xinhua

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Russia-EU relations to remain future priority for Moscow
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MOSCOW, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Relations with the EU will remain Russia's foreign policy priority, despite the "complexity of the current situation," Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday. "Relations with the EU - our neighbor and our largest trading partner ...
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RFE/RL Journalists Rounded Up in Baku

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Journalists with RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reported today that police are pursuing them individually, going directly to their homes to take them in for questioning following a raid on the service's Baku bureau yesterday. In a move the bureau's legal team is calling "unprecedented - even by Azeri standards," police late in the evening on December 27 knocked on the doors of at least four bureau reporters demanding that they accompany them to the prosecutor's office for questioning. An additional eight journalists were told to report for questioning on Monday. "These people are being dragged to the prosecutor's office by force and by threats," said one of the lawyers, who asked that his name be withheld out of concerns for his personal safety. "By being summoned over the weekend, they are being denied the opportunity to have any legal defense, despite the fact that by Azeri law a witness is normally summoned by phone or official summons to enable a lawyer to be present." RFE/RL Editor in Chief and Co-CEO Nenad Pejic condemned the police action, and said Azeri authorities are "terrorizing our staff and their families." In one case, a journalist's mother answered the door and was told by police that RFE/RL's bureau is closed and that the daughter must go with them to have "a conversation."  In addition to the journalists, the bureau's cleaning woman was also confronted at her home by Azeri police. The employees, who have all requested legal representation for their questioning sessions, have been told they will be taken by force to the prosecutor's office if they do not cooperate. A lawyer for the bureau who demanded that his clients' right to counsel be respected was threatened by Iqbal Huseynov, a senior investigator in the case, with being disbarred. Siyavoush Novruzov, deputy executive secretary for the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan party, commented on the raid on Friday, characterizing it as a national security issue. Speaking to the local web portal Media Forum, he said, "Every place that works for foreign intelligence and the Armenian lobby should be searched." In a related development, a Baku court yesterday heard and rejected the appeal of investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova, who remains in prison after being sentenced on December 5 to two months' detention on charges of inciting a colleague to attempt suicide.

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Vladimir Putin Sets Stage For World War 3, Officially Names NATO, U.S. Top ... - The Inquisitr

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Vladimir Putin Sets Stage For World War 3, Officially Names NATO, U.S. Top ...
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NATO officials, not surprisingly, responded to the new Russia military doctrine by denying that NATO has any intentions to attack Russia and potentially unleash World War 3. “NATO poses no threat to Russia or to any nation,” one official told the Voice ...

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Sony Admits PlayStation Problem Was Cyberattack - NBCNews.com

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Sony Admits PlayStation Problem Was Cyberattack
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Sony has appeared to admit for the first time that the disruption to its PlayStation network that ruined Christmas for untold children was the result of a cyberattack. "The video game industry has been experiencing high levels of traffic designed to disrupt ...

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South Korea nuclear operator says cyberattacks continue, reactors safe

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyberattacks on non-critical operations at the company's headquarters are continuing but the country's nuclear power plants are operating safely and are secure from attack.
  

In U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap, mystery surrounds the unnamed 53

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HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's most prominent dissidents say they have been kept in the dark by U.S. officials over a list of 53 political prisoners who will be released from jail as part of a deal to end decades of hostility between the United States and Cuba.
  

Ferguson police officer suspended for calling a memorial to Michael Brown on ... - Daily Mail

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Ferguson police officer suspended for calling a memorial to Michael Brown on ...
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A police officer has been suspended for calling a memorial of toys, flowers a memorabilia left in honor of slain teen Michael Brown 'a pile of trash'. Officer Timothy Zoll of the Ferguson police department denied making the dismissive remark after the memorial ...

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North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama 'monkey'

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.
  
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NATO ends its Afghan war, but insurgency on the rise - The News International

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NATO ends its Afghan war, but insurgency on the rise
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KABUL: NATO will hold a ceremony in Kabul later Sunday formally ending its war in Afghanistan, officials said, after 13 years of conflict that have left the country in the grip of worsening insurgent violence. The event was arranged in secret due to the threat of ...
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Syria Ready to Meet Opposition in Russia

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Syria's government says it is willing to meet the country's opposition in Moscow to seek an end to the nearly four-year civil war. The Foreign Ministry said Saturday it is ready to participate in "a preliminary and consultative meeting" in Russia to find a solution to the crisis. However, obstacles remain in finding a path to peace. The militant Islamic State group that controls a third of Syria has not been part of any initiative to end the fighting. Other opposition...

US, NATO Mark End of War in Afghanistan

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The United States and NATO formally ended 13 years of war in Afghanistan Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul. Few details were made public in advance of the ceremony for security reasons. Some 13,000 troops will remain in Afghanistan to help train and advise Afghan government forces that will take over combat and security operations in the country. "We are satisfied by the capability of our Afghan security forces. They are now strong enough to assume...

AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing with 162 passengers onboard

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An AirAsia flight travelling from Surabaya to Singapore has gone missing over Java Sea. Report by Lauren Hood.
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AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 with 162 on board goes missing on way to Singapore - CNN

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AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 with 162 on board goes missing on way to Singapore
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(CNN) -- An AirAsia passenger jet carrying 162 people lost contact with Indonesian air traffic control early Sunday, gripping Southeast Asia with a second missing plane crisis in less than a year. The search operation for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ ...
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Russia must influence separatists to end Ukraine crisis, says Merkel

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the Russian government on Sunday to use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to implement a ceasefire plan agreed in Minsk in September aimed at ending the conflict.
  
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NATO flag lowered in Afghanistan as combat mission ends

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KABUL — The 13-year NATO combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended Sunday with a ceremonial retirement of its green flag and a pledge by top officials of the U.S.-led coalition to remain long-term partners in Afghanistan’s war against the Taliban and international terrorism.Read full article >>






Thousands attend funeral of slain New York policeman

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Thousands of New York policemen paid homage Saturday at the funeral of officer Rafael Ramos, shot dead on December 20 alongside colleague Wenjian Liu in an apparent revenge attack for recent...
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Islamist with $3 million U.S. bounty surrenders to Somali authorities 

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NAIROBI, Kenya — A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who the United States offered $3 million for his capture, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday.Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.Read full article >>






Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended 

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Indonesian authorities launched then suspended for the night an air search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 passenger and crew after it lost contact Sunday morning with air-traffic control.As night fell in Asia, Indonesian officials said they had spotted no sign of the plane in the area over the Java Sea but had to stop their search, hampered by bad weather and darkness.Read full article >>






Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

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An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here's a look at the key developments....

Russian Editor Faces 15 Days In Jail Following Traffic Incident

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A Russian magazine editor says she faces up to 15 days in jail following an incident with Moscow traffic police.

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