Monday, October 13, 2014

Op-Ed Contributor: Glory to the ‘Russian World’by By MICHAEL KHODARKOVSKY - NYT: Putin and his inner circle spin a kind of retrograde, 19th-century nationalism in a desperate effort to preserve power.

Op-Ed Contributor: Glory to the ‘Russian World’

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Putin and his inner circle spin a kind of retrograde, 19th-century nationalism in a desperate effort to preserve power.






Russian Defense Ministry Plans Network Of Reservist Armies

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Russia's Defense Ministry is currently drafting amendments to the federal Law On Defense that would allow for the creation of several reservist armies, according to the deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma's Defense Committee.

Отвод войск России и выбор Украины 

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Владимир Путин приказал отвести российскую армию с «учений в Ростовской области». Что ждет теперь Украину...
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Верховная Рада зарегистрировала законопроект о выходе Украины из СНГ - Российская Газета

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Верховная Рада зарегистрировала законопроект о выходе Украины из СНГ
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В Верховной Раде Украины зарегистрирован законопроект об остановке действия соглашения о создании СНГ. Как сообщило информагентство ТАСС, соответствующая информация появилась на официальном сайте украинского парламента. ранее по теме. Фото: Sergei Karpukhin / ...
В Верховной Раде зарегистрирован законопроект о выходе Украины из СНГBFM.Ru
В Раде зарегистрированы законопроекты о санкциях против РФ и приостановке действия соглашения об СНГNEWSru.com
"Свобода" внесла в Раду закон о зеркальных санкциях в отношении РоссииВести.Ru
Комсомольская правда -Полит.ру -Утро.Ru
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Window on Eurasia: Ukrainian War Radicalizing Russian Extreme Right, ‘Nezavisimaya’ Warns

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Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, October 13 – Members of the Russian extreme right are taking part in the fighting in Ukraine on both sides, and they are returning from that conflict with increasingly radical notions of what they want and how they can use violence to take power, according to “Nezavisimaya gazeta.”

 

            In a lead article today, the editors of the independent Moscow paper say that the Ukrainian war is having an enormous impact on Russian radical nationalists but add that the Russian authorities, besides being pleased that it has split the ranks of that trend, do not appear to be recognizing how dangerous this influence is (ng.ru/editorial/2014-10-13/2_red.html).

 

            The Moscow media has focused on the role that Ukrainian nationalists are playing, but the more Russian outlets talk about “’Ukrainian fascism,’ the less attention we are devoting to Russian ‘national-patriotic’ organizations” which are spouting ideas that are at least as dangerous overall and more dangerous to Russia itself.

 

            Russians do not think they need to worry about this because they “are accustomed to live with the conviction that [their] country, having paid such a terrible price for a victory over fascism, never will have to face this ideology in their own multi-national home.”  But recent events, such as the trial of Nikita Voronov of BORN,  show no basis for that “conviction.”

 

            Moreover, the paper continues, the appearance of radical nationalists in Ukraine should be a wake-up call to Russians, given that there are clear connections between “present-day Ukrainian and Russian nationalists.” Unfortunately, it says, “it is easier to condemn this phenomenon than to study it,” although a great deal is known.

 

            Two weeks ago, the Russian authorities for the first time brought charges of mercenary activity against a Russian national socialist named Roman Zheleznov, code named Zukhel, who fought in the Azov Battalion in Ukraine against Russian forces. The Russian reportedly said that he would return to the Russian Federation, “in a tank, in a convoy or as a corpse.”

 

            Rightwing Russian nationalists among the young overwhelmingly “now support the Ukrainians and not the [Moscow-backed] Donetsk Peoples Republic,” according to Denis Tyukin, a member of the political council of the Russian national socialist movement. Some of them were even involved in the Maidan earlier, he says.

 

            Unlike “moderately oppositional conservatives” in Russia who call for Great Power patriotism based in Orthodoxy, these “national revolutionaries are “inclined to paganism and to the eye of using force to struggle for power,” the lead article says.

 

Up to now, the paper says, the Russian authorities have been pleased by this split: it weakens a sector of opinion that could be a problem for them. But they do not seem to recognize the real problems that “a real war” in a neighboring country in which Russians “ever more often are participating” can have, especially when those participants “begin to return home.”

 

But those in government offices who should be paying attention to this aren’t. If something isn’t being reported on Moscow television, then as far as they appear to be concerned, “it doesn’t exist.”

 

           

 
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OPEC Members' Rift Deepens Amid Falling Oil Prices

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A rift between OPEC members deepened over the weekend, as rival producers in the cartel moved in sharply different directions amid recently falling oil prices.
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ISIS releases chilling new video featuring 100 recruits at training camp in Iraq being kicked in stomach and shot at on the ground

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The six-minute video titled ‘The Blood of Jihad in Nineveh’ was posted on YouTube and sees recruits learn combat skills from trainers on dusty land in northern Iraq.

Mysterious clowns troubling a California city - CBS News

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Mysterious clowns troubling a California city
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - People dressed as clowns are causing a stir in California's San Joaquin Valley. The latest after-dark sighting came Saturday, when police in Bakersfield responded around 8 p.m. to a report of a clown holding a firearm.
No laughing matter: Creepy clowns spotted lurking the streets at nightkfor.com
Creepy clown sightings trouble California cityKABC-TV

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ISIS trying to overtake Anbar province

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New recruits are bolstering the ISIS advance, while the Iraqi army is suffering from abandonment and incompetence.
    

Billions set aside for post-Saddam Iraq turned up in Lebanese bunker 

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Stuart Bowen, who investigated corruption in Iraq, says US and Iraqi governments ignored appeals to recover money
More than $1bn earmarked for the reconstruction of Iraq was stolen and spirited to a bunker in Lebanon as the American and Iraqi governments ignored appeals to recover the money, it has been claimed.
Stuart Bowen, a former special inspector general who investigated corruption and waste in Iraq, said the stash accounted for a significant chunk of the huge sums which vanished during the chaotic months following the 2003 US-led invasion.
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Leaving a US Ally Outgunned by ISIS - Wall Street Journal

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Leaving a US Ally Outgunned by ISIS
Wall Street Journal
A Kurdish official has written to Defense Secretary Hagel pleading for the U.S. to honor its promises of military aid. Peshmerga fighters head to Rabia in northwestern Iraq, Oct. 1. ENLARGE. Peshmerga fighters head to Rabia in northwestern Iraq, Oct. 1.
What role can the Peshmerga play in fighting ISIS?CNN (blog)
Calgary Kurds rally at city hall against ISIS terroristsCalgary Sun

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WWII spies and their rat bombs: Spy manual memorised by agents reveals tricks including explosives hidden in rodents and radios hidden in bundles of kindling

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According to the top secret British Spy Manual, agents were using gadgets and devices which would give Bond a run for his money including explosives hidden in fruit, handbags and even live rats.

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The 100 best novels: No 56 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932) 

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Aldous Huxleys vision of a future human race controlled by global capitalism is every bit as prescient as Orwells more famous dystopia
The grandson of TH Huxley, an eminent Victorian scientist, and scion of a famous family of public intellectuals, Aldous Huxley was a precociously gifted young man who grew up on the fringes of the Bloomsbury set. In the 1920s, Huxley acquired a reputation for the kind of heartless, satirical fiction that appealed to the Waste Land generation. Today, he is rather out of favour, and mostly read as a curiosity of his time. Ive put him into this series for the vivacity of his imagination as much as his prose, which is often top-heavy with ideas, and stylistically thin.
Huxleys most famous novel, a dystopian fable set in the seventh century AF (After Ford), began as a parody of HG Wells (No 39 in this series), specifically of Men Like Gods, whose optimism Huxley disdained. A jeu desprit quickly became a vehicle for Huxleys obsession with the consequences of mass industrialisation and the Americanisation of consumer society. But it retained a satirical edge and is also strikingly aphoristic, with a vivid sense of the power of language and ideas in changing human society. Words can be like x-rays if you use them properly, says one character. Theyll go through anything. You read and youre pierced.
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Kerry Says Kobani's Fate Is Not Key to US Strategy in Fighting ISIS - TIME

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Kerry Says Kobani's Fate Is Not Key to US Strategy in Fighting ISIS
TIME
US-VIETNAM-DIPLOMACY-KERRY-PHAM U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks ahead of a working lunch with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on Oct. 2, 2014, at the State Department in Washington, D.C. ...
Turkey Offers Military Bases to US-Led CoalitionBusinessweek
Bombing ISIS in Syria, US eyes Damascus: No-fly zone 'may be part of campaign'RT
Kurds Holding Off Islamic State Advance in Syria's KobaniVoice of America
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Western sanctions for Ukraine conflict hurt Russian economy, open up rifts - Washington Post

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Western sanctions for Ukraine conflict hurt Russian economy, open up rifts
Washington Post
MOSCOW — Deep into the worst conflict between Russia and the West since the Cold War, investors are fleeing, inflation is soaring and Russia's Westernized business elite is rumbling that the nation needs to avoid repeating the economic mismanagement ...

Edward Snowden and Girlfriend Reunited in Moscow, Documentary Reveals 

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Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who blew the whistle on the U.S. government's mass surveillance programs, has been reunited in Russia with his longtime girlfriend.

Opposition Rally Demands Resignation Of Azeri President

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Thousands of opposition supporters in Azerbaijan have attended an antigovernment rally in the capital, Baku, demanding the resignation of President Ilham Aliyev and an end to the repression of human rights defenders and civic activists.

Меркель отменила встречу в Путиным из-за ситуации на Украине - РБК

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Меркель отменила встречу в Путиным из-за ситуации на Украине
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Накануне ряд неправительственных организаций отказались от участия в форуме «Петербургский диалог» и призвали сделать то же самое германское правительство. Канцлер Германии Ангела Меркель. Фото: Bloomberg. Канцлер Германии Ангела Меркель отказалась от встречи с ...
Меркель отказалась встречаться с Путиным из-за УкраиныВести.Ru
Песков отказался комментировать информацию об отмене встречи Меркель и ПутинаLenta.ru
Меркель отказала Путину во встрече из-за событий в Украине - Der SpiegelПодробности
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Scientists in Russia developing three Ebola vaccines – Health Ministry - RT

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Scientists in Russia developing three Ebola vaccines – Health Ministry
RT
Russian scientists are working on three potential Ebola vaccines which they expect to introduce as soon as in the next six months. One of the vaccines is “already ready for clinical trials,”Russia's health minister Veronika Skvortsova has announced ...
Three Russian Ebola vaccines ready within six months: MoscowYahoo News
Russia Ready to Introduce New Ebola Vaccines in Six Months: Russian Health ...RIA Novosti

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ОБСЕ увеличила число наблюдателей в Донбассе до полутора тысяч человек - Коммерсантъ

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ОБСЕ увеличила число наблюдателей в Донбассе до полутора тысяч человек
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Количество наблюдателей ОБСЕ на востоке Украины увеличено до полутора тысячи человек, сообщает «РИА Новости» 12 октября. Ранее Порошенко попросил у представителей ОБСЕ увеличить количество наблюдателей на востоке Украины до 1,5 тысячи человек. Миссия ОБСЕ на ...
ОБСЕ увеличит число наблюдателей на Украине до полутора тысячНТВ.ru
Порошенко: ОБСЕ согласилась увеличить количество наблюдателей на Украине до 1500Ведомости
Количество наблюдателей ОБСЕ в Украине увеличилось до 1500Novostimira.com
ПрессОРГ24 - Новости Украины -UkrNews24.net
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US General: IS Militants Adapting to Air Campaign

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America’s top military commander says Islamic State (IS) militants are adapting to a U.S.-led air campaign, making targets in Iraq and Syria harder for coalition forces to identify and eliminate. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, spoke one day after U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described the task of defeating the Islamic State group as “difficult” and “complicated.” Fierce fighting continues in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, where militants posted video showing battles being waged street by street and house by house, trapping civilians and swelling the ranks of refugees.  In Iraq, government troops continue to battle Sunni radicals outside Baghdad, where another wave of car bombs left a trail of human carnage. But U.S. military commanders note IS advances on Baghdad and Irbil have been halted, even as militants display new cunning in hiding their positions and movements in response to coalition air strikes. This, according to Dempsey, makes the job more difficult but not impossible to tackle. “The enemy adapts, and they will be harder to target.  They know how to maneuver and to use populations and concealment.  So, when we get a target, we will take it,” said Dempsey, speaking on ABC’s This Week program. During a visit to Chile, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged that it’s a dangerous endeavor but vowed that there will be no let-up in the coalition air campaign against IS, also known as ISIL. “The effort to degrade and eventually destroy ISIL is a long-term effort.  This is difficult, it is complicated.  It will require many factors: coalition partners, a strong, stable, united Iraqi government, strong Syrian opposition forces, and it is going to take a while.  It is not going to be fast.  It is not going to be easy,” said Hagel. A more dire assessment came from Republican Senator John McCain, who said Sunday the Islamic State “is winning.” General Dempsey said he still does not see a need for U.S. combat troops in Iraq, but could envision benefits of U.S. forces accompanying Iraqi troops in future high-intensity missions, such as to recapture the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul.

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Ukraine leader sacks defence minister ahead of Russia talks - Yahoo News

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Ukraine leader sacks defence minister ahead of Russia talks
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The sacking highlighted a sense of failure that has enveloped the once-proud force as the six-month conflict with pro-Russian rebels drags on and the death toll from fighting approaches 3,400. The military's performance has humiliated Ukrainians who ...

Fake Snowden Is Russias Newest TV Star - Daily Beast

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Fake Snowden Is Russias Newest TV Star
Daily Beast
The planned Oliver Stone film about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden—played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt—and his quest for asylum in Russia, is still being shopped around to Hollywood studios and won't start shooting for another three ...

Ukraine president accepts defence minister's resignation

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Valery Heletey tenders his resignation after criticism following an August rout of government forces at Ilovaisk, with President Petro Poroshenko expected to announce a successor within 24 hours








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Известного российского ученого не пустили в Эстонию - НТВ.ru

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Известного российского ученого не пустили в Эстонию
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Российскому академику Валерию Тишкову, которому отказано во въезде на территорию Эстонии, придется провести ночь в аэропорту Таллина. 349. Поделиться ссылкой на выделенное. Twitter; Facebook; Вконтакте; Google+. Прямая ссылка: Нажмите правой клавишей мыши и ...
Вас тут не стояло! - Российского академика-этнолога не пустили в Эстонию без объяснения причинМосковский комсомолец
Известного российского ученого-этнолога Валерия Тишкова не пустили в ЭстониюРадиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ
В Эстонию не впустили российского академика-этнолога, он проведет ночь в аэропортуNEWSru.com
РБК -Обозреватель -Газета.Ru
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Li Heads To Moscow As Russia Tries Building Deeper China Relationship - Forbes

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Li Heads To Moscow As Russia Tries Building Deeper China Relationship
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The Russians are working overtime to woo the Chinese. It's proven to be quite an easy task. China's Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Moscow on Sunday afternoon for an official three-day visit, where he will discuss the usual cooperation deals related to ...
Chinese lenders grow wary of RussiaFinancial Times 
Russia, China may ink major gas deal on October 13
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Premier Li's Russia visit to boost cooperationCCTV 
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Moscow Compensating for Economic Weakness by ‘Harsh’ Foreign Policy Moves, Lukyanov Says 

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Staunton, October 8 – The Russian Federation is seeking a revision in the international system but lacks the economic strength to be a new pillar, according to Fyodor Lyukanov. And as a result, Moscow will seek to make up for that shortcoming by sudden and dramatic foreign policy moves as it has been doing in Ukraine.
At a Moscow seminar entitled “Russia in a World Falling Apart: A Revisionist In Spite of Itself” and hosted by Yevgeny Yasin, the editor of Russia in World Politics argues that “an entire era is ending not only in Russian politics but more broadly” in the politics of the world since the end of the Cold War.
A century after the beginning of World War I, Lukyanov continues, events are showing that “the potential for conflicts, instability, and irrational actions” remains very much in play and tha the hopes expressed first by Mikhail Gorbachev and then by George H.W. Bush for a new world order after the Cold War have proven illusory.
What happened at the end of the Cold War and what is happening now, he says, has “not been the result of any plan. Rather, the course of events has defined behavior, and Russia inspire of itself has turned out to be at the center of events.”
The Cold War world was based on a balance of forces between two pillars, but in 1991, one of those “disappeared.” According to Lukyanov, the speed of the demise of the one was unprecedented. “Empires had disintegrated earlier, geopolitical structures had changed their status, but such a sharp fall had not occurred.”
And that experience, he says, has defined the subsequent behavior of Russia. Under Yeltsin, Moscow sought inclusion in “a certain community of influential countries under any conditions that might be possible. But that raises the question: was there really a status quo into which Russia could integrate itself?
The West assumed that it existed because it had won the Cold War, but these new arrangements were never codified in any international agreement, Lukyanov says. And with time, people in both Russia and the West began to ask whether in fact such a new world order existed or could exist.
“Even in the period of Kozyrev’s diplomacy, Russia never was completely in solidarity with the approaches of the West,” the Moscow analyst says. The Russian seizure of the Prishtina airport shows that. “From a strategic point of view, this was a senseless action because Russian then voluntarily left the airport, then Kosovo, and then Bosnia.”
“But it was necessary to show that we were not in agreement” with what the West was doing, Lukyanov says.
Russia “was not satisfied with the status” the West had left to it, but the West in almost all cases “started from the proposition that it had won the cold war” and that there could not be any questions or demands from Russia about what it was doing. But it quickly became obvious that “the mono-centric world system did not work,” even when Russia was trying to join it.
Over the last four or five years, the post-Cold War system clearly broke down because “players began to appear on the world stage who conducted themselves differently than others expected.” These included Turkey, and they included Ukraine and Russia. That encouraged those in Russia “who asserted that no world order had arisen” and that “we are not tied to it.”
What will happen next, he says, is “difficult to predict.” Russia has broken with the expectations of others and gone for broke, “not very conscientiously but more in a reactive way.” In early 2014, “no one in the Kremlin or in the White House could have predicted such developments.”
Whatever world order there was is now in a shambles, and a new one is going to have to be constructed, “but everyone understands that Russia does not have the necessary economic potential to fill this role.”
“A return to the former model is impossible but at the same time there does not exist any alternative plan,” he argues. “Russia is acting as a revisionist, that is, as a supporter of the review of that order in which it itself does not believe.” But it is an open question how the West will react to this revisionism.
Lukyanov concludes by saying that he belives “the key lies in the economic sphere.” Russia lacks the economic potential to be the pillar of a new system on its own. Its “economic weakness” can be compensated for a time by “harsh and sharp steps in the political sphere,” but ultimately, it will require an alliance with a stronger partner.
That could be China together with other countries “who are not completely satisfied with the current system,” or it could be a new agreement with the West. But “even if Russia should want that, the question remains as to whether the Europeans and the Americans would agree to that.”
As a result, Lukyanov says, “the next period will be for us extremely stormy and risky,” one lacking in clear guide posts and driven at least in part by slogans rather than carefully articulated policies.
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Russia to introduce Army Reserve force – report - RT

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Russia to introduce Army Reserve force – report
RT
Russia's Ministry of Defense is planning to form Army Reserve units comprised of experienced volunteers, who will regularly undergo military training and at any moment will be ready to take arms to defend their country, Izvestia reports. “The personnel ...

Return of Donbas Fighters to Russia Seen Triggering a New Explosion of Skinhead Violence 

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Staunton, October 8 – The skinhead phenomenon in Russia had been in decline in recent years because of the actions of law enforcement agencies, but now, in large part thanks to the return of many young Russian nationalists from fighting in the Donbas, a resurgence of skinhead activity in Russia is “inevitable,” according to a SOVA expert.
Natalya Yudina, an expert at that center which tracks extremist groups, says that up to a few years ago, such extremist groups were active in many Russian cities and felt themselves “secure,” but that had begun to change as law enforcement agencies arrested some of the more prominent leaders.
But now these groups are re-emerging, in part because no one in the schools or elsewhere is paying attention to questions of promoting tolerance and because so many young Russian radicals have gone to fight in Ukraine on the side of the pro-Moscow forces in the Donbas and are now returning home.
That makes “the future growth in the activity of Russian skinheads inevitable,” she says, and may mean that they will be both more widespread and more violent than they were in the past given their numbers and their experiences with the use of military equipment in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Yudina’s comments came in response to the opening of a trial in Yekaterinburg of members of the Volksturm group, a collection of twelve young people who have terrorized the non-Slavic population of the Sverdlovsk Region for the last eight years.

В России появятся резервные армии - Дни.Ру

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В России появятся резервные армии
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08:25 / 13.10.2014 Армия, Минобороны, РоссияМинобороны России разрабатывает законопроект о формировании нескольких армий, состоящих из резервистов. Подобные подразделения могут появится в ближайшем будущем. < Жириновский одобрил "диету" Мишель Обамы.
«Известия»: В России появятся резервные армииГазета Труд
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Ночью мощному обстрелу подвергся город Кировское в Донецкой области - Первый канал

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Ночью мощному обстрелу подвергся город Кировское в Донецкой области
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Самая горячая точка на юго-востоке Украины сейчас - городок Кировское в Донецкой области. Там уточняют число жертв после мощного обстрела со стороны силовиков. Самая горячая точка на юго-востоке Украины сейчас - городок Кировское в Донецкой области. Там уточняют число ...
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На подступах к городу Дебальцево в Донецкой области вновь идут перестрелки между ополченцами и силовиками - Коммерсантъ

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На подступах к городу Дебальцево в Донецкой области вновь идут перестрелки между ополченцами и силовиками
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Утром 13 октября на подступах к городу Дебальцево в Донецкой области продолжились перестрелки между украинскими военными и ополченцами. Как отметили в штабе, бои идут в районе села Никишино (население около 800 человек). Как ранее сообщалось, перестрелки в этом ...
Перестрелки продолжаются на подступах к городу Дебальцево в ДонбассеРИА Новости
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На бывшего «народного губернатора» Донецка Павла Губарева совершено покушение - Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ

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На бывшего «народного губернатора» Донецка Павла Губарева совершено покушение
Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ
Автомобиль Павла Губарева был обстрелян на территории, которую контролируют силы самопровозглашенной Донецкой народной республики. После того, как неизвестные открыли огонь, машина съехала с дороги и врезалась в столб. Об этом сообщает агентство Интерфакс со ...
СМИ: Павел Губарев госпитализирован после покушенияРоссийская Газета
Губарев госпитализирован в тяжелом состоянии после покушенияBFM.Ru
Один из лидеров ДНР госпитализирован после обстрела его автомобиляРИА Новости
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Australia's Abbott to Confront Putin Over MH17 'Murders' at G20 Summit 

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he would use an upcoming G20 leaders summit to confront President Vladimir Putin over the downing of flight MH17 and the "murder" of Australian citizens.

Australian Leader Plans Tough Words With Russia - ABC News

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Australian Leader Plans Tough Words With Russia
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Australia's prime minister warned Monday that he intends to use tough language with RussianPresident Vladimir Putin in Australia next month in demanding full cooperation from Russia with the Dutch investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian ...

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Russia Interventions Top $4 Billion as Oil Drop Worsens Rout - Bloomberg

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Russia Interventions Top $4 Billion as Oil Drop Worsens Rout
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The central bank spent $866 million of foreign currency on Oct. 9, according to data on its website today. Oil, which along with natural gas contributes almost half of Russia's revenue, lost 4.4 percent in the U.S. last week, the largest weekly slide ... 
Russia's Central Bank spent $6 billion to prop up ruble over 10 days ...ITAR-TASS
Russia Has Burned $55 Billion To Prop Up The Ruble ... And It's Still LosingBusiness Insider

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Russian Central Bank Spent Around $6 Billion in 10 Days to Defend Ruble 

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Russia's Central Bank has spent around $6 billion defending the ruble in the past 10 days, its governor, Elvira Nabiullina, said Monday.

Russian Navy Vessels Visit Iran Before Heading To Azerbaijan

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A fleet of Russian warships berthed in the Caspian port of Enzali in Iran on October 13.

Ukraine's Poroshenko Accepts Defense Minister's Resignation

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accepted the resignation of his defense minister who has been under fire over a rout of government forces in the east.

Muslims Who’ve Studied Abroad Now Major Source of Islamic Radicalism in Russia 

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Staunton, October 9 In the 1990s, Islamic missionaries from the Middle East and South Asia were the primary source of the spread of radicalism in the Muslim community of the Russian Federation, but now, a Moscow prosecutor says, the role of Muslims from Russia who study abroad and then return is much more important.
Viktor Grin, Russia’s procurator general, made that and other statements in the course of a speech last week to a joint meeting of legislators from the Federal Assembly and the Federation Council for Inter-Ethnic Relations and Interaction with Religious Organizations.
One reason that as many as “several thousand Russian citizens” according to Interior Ministry and FSB data have studied or are now studying in Islamic universities and madrassahs abroad is that the corresponding institutions inside Russia can’t compete. They don’t have the resources either from private contributions or from state support.
“Analysis shows that these individuals not infrequently become not only active ideologues of religious extremism but also bring their radical teachings” back to Russia even though their ideas “are not characteristic for our country.” This has become, he said, “an additional factor generating inter-ethnic tension.”
Grin said that this trend makes it imperative to consider how to improve domestic Islamic education and how to regulate the flow of students abroad and the movement of migrants from southern parts of Russia and neighboring countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus into central Russian cities where they spark tensions with the indigenous population.
Grin’s remarks suggest that Moscow may be considering imposing severe restrictions on Muslims who want to study in Islamic educational institutions abroad much as Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and several other Muslim-majority post-Soviet states have done. But it is not clear whether at least in the short term that will work any better in Russia than it has elsewhere.
The numbers of Muslims who have received training abroad is now sufficiently large, far more than Grin acknowledged this week, that such people are likely to continue to play a major role in many parishes — especially those in major cities where the Russian authorities continue to refuse to allow new mosques to open and thus drive them underground.

Another Georgian 'Jihadist' Dies In Syria

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Another man from Georgia's Pankisi Gorge has been killed while fighting in Syria alongside militants of the Islamic State.

US General: IS Militants Adapting to Air Campaign

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America’s top military commander says Islamic State militants are adapting to a U.S.-led air campaign, making targets in Iraq and Syria harder for coalition forces to identify and eliminate. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, spoke one day after U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described the task of defeating the Islamic State group as “difficult” and “complicated.”

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Edward Snowden: state surveillance in Britain has no limits

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Whistleblower and former NSA analyst says UK regulation allows GCHQ snooping to go beyond anything seen in US
The UK authorities are operating a surveillance system where anything goes and their interceptions are more intrusive to peoples privacy than has been seen in the US, Edward Snowden said.
Speaking via Skype at the Observer Ideas festival, held in central London, the whistleblower and former National Security Agency specialist, said there were really no limits to the GCHQs surveillance capabilities.
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Путин и король Бахрейна отметили позитивное развитие отношений между странами - ИТАР-ТАСС

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Путин и король Бахрейна отметили позитивное развитие отношений между странами
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СОЧИ, 12 октября. /ТАСС/. Президент России Владимир Путин констатирует позитивное развитие отношений между Россией и Бахрейном. На переговорах с королем этого государства Хамадом бен Исой Аль Халифой он предложил обсудить как двусторонние, так и международные ...
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Путин в Сочи встречается с королем БахрейнаNEWSru.com
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Window on Eurasia: Russian Provocations in Ukraine Follow Classic Soviet Model 

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Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, October 11 – Yesterday, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate said that Russian special services are planning provocations against that denomination on October 14th, a reminder if one is need that Vladimir Putin is following the Soviet provocation model first developed by Cheka founder Felix Dzerzhinsky.

 

            On its website, the Kyiv church said that Under the disguise of Ukrainian nationalists and Kyivan Patriarchate supporters, provocateurs are planning attacks on the Kyivan Pecherska Lavra and churches of the Moscow Patriarchate. We are receiving information from many regions in Ukraine concerning the spread of flyers pretending to be from Ukrainian patriots and members of the Kyivan Patriarchate. These flyers call for physical attacks on the spiritual leadership of the Moscow Patriarchate and the takeover of their churches on October 14. To the best of our knowledge, the higher officials of the Moscow Patriarchate plan to be abroad at that time” (cerkva.info/ru/news/patriarkh/5623-stop-russian-provocation.html andeuromaidanpress.com/2014/10/10/russian-special-service-plan-attacks-on-moscow-patriarchate-churches-in-ukraine/).

            Since 1917, Soviet and now Russian intelligence officials have specialized in provocations, posing as supporters of the most anti-Soviet and anti-Russian groups and thus recruiting and ultimately discrediting the latter by prompting them to make statements or take actions that undermine their standing with their traditional supporters.

            Russian intelligence services have been using this strategy for some time in Ukraine, sending in people who pose as the most anti-Kremlin activists imaginable, encouraging them to issue statements or take actions that discredit Ukraine, and then sitting back as other Ukrainians and more important media in other countries blame Ukrainians for what the Russians are doing.

            This strategy has the additional virtue, from Moscow’s point of view, in that when it fails and when the provocateurs are exposed as tools of the Kremlin, that works to Russia’s advantage as well: it discredits those who went along with these actions, and it disorders those who are genuinely opposed to Russia’s plans.

            But if such provocations are still successful, they are nothing new.  The classical model for such intelligence actions is the Trust, a Cheka-organized group inside Soviet Russia that presented itself to leaders of the anti-Bolshevik White Movement in emigration as the nucleus of an anti-Bolshevik force within Russia.

            That group attracted many in the White Movement to its side, allowed Moscow to penetrate and disorder the Russian emigration, and finally, when the Trust was exposed as a Soviet operation in 1927, wreck the reputations of all involved in the West by suggesting that they were involved in terrorism.

            For a fuller survey of what the Trust involved and the consequences it had, seejmw.typepad.com/files/simpkins---the-trust-security-intelligence-foundation.pdf.

 
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Snowden's Girlfriend Is Living With Him in Russia - TIME

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Snowden's Girlfriend Is Living With Him in Russia
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The Mysterious Professor Haag: Russian Media's Favored 'Expert' Has Dubious Credentials

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A man identified as German Professor Lorenz Haag has been widely quoted in Russian media as praising the Kremlin and defending Russia's actions in Ukraine. The "professor's" credentials, however, are a matter of serious doubt.

Порошенко распорядился перебросить в Харьковскую область спецподразделения - Коммерсантъ

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Порошенко распорядился перебросить в Харьковскую область спецподразделения
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Для усиления административных и государственных границ в Харьковскую область будут перемещены спецподразделения украинских силовиков, сообщает ИТАР-ТАСС 11 октября со ссылкой на сайт областной государственной администрации. Такое распоряжение дал сегодня ...
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