What is Putin up to?

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Re: What is Putin up to?

#991 Post by mdiehl » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:12 pm

It's a mediocre series that one. I watched Season 1. Like "Dark" the writing was not compelling enough to keep me interested. Unlike "Dark" I made it through all of "Rain S1." In contrast, "Dark" was so badly written I could not even endure the entire first season.

"Dark" and "The Rain" seem like ArtFlick attempts to ride the coattails of successful series like "Stranger Things" or "Walking Dead." But unlike the American products, the EU scripts are lousy and the production values barely a step above your average Ed Wood film.
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Re: What is Putin up to?

#992 Post by chijohnaok » Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:22 pm

https://youtu.be/t1b2xR7i3Jo

Russia's Carrier On Fire - What Is Next For the Ship?


Do the Russians even need blue water aircraft carriers like the US?

IMHO, “no”.
Their navy has traditionally been for coastal defense.

Today Russia builds subs, frigates and corvettes.
The subs (both nuclear and attack subs) serve in a role of “power projection”.

They don’t have the shipyards to build new CV’s and it’s unlikely that they would be willing to spend the money to have China build them a new one.

The current carrier Kurznetzov (sp?) mostly serves as a propaganda tool.
Sooner or later the thing will either burn up, blow up, or sink (or all of the above).
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Re: What is Putin up to?

#993 Post by Pollo_ensalada » Wed Dec 25, 2019 6:40 pm

He prolly bought president trump and is hoping to turn usa into a fascist nation faster than leftists can. Heh

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Re: What is Putin up to?

#994 Post by chijohnaok » Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:42 pm


https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/arti ... 932111.php

Raids and conscription: Russian authorities crack down on Kremlin critics

Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post Published 8:30 am EST, Thursday, December 26, 2019
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MOSCOW - In Russian authorities' latest crackdown this week on Kremlin critics, opposition leader Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation office was raided Thursday, just days after one of his top aides was suddenly conscripted and sent to a desolate base in the Arctic.

Navalny, who was barred from running in Russia's 2018 presidential election, said on Twitter that he was dragged out of the office by force before eventually being allowed to return. In the moments before his brief detention, Navalny live-streamed the raid as police used power tools to saw through the door.

"The picked the day not by chance - I was supposed to go on the air," Navalny said on Twitter, referring to his YouTube channel.

There have been multiple raids on Navalny's office this year, and he wrote on Instagram that the official reason for this one was related to his group's refusal to take down a 2017 YouTube documentary that investigated alleged corruption involving Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. A criminal case was opened against Ivan Zhdanov, director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, as a result, and Thursday's search was apparently part of the investigation of that case, Navalny said.

Navalny says he will not take down the video, which has more than 32 million views.

Navalny is Russia's most prominent and most vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, which has made him and his allies targets of the Kremlin's methods for keeping dissenting voices at bay. The European Court of Human Rights ruled last year that the multiple arrests of Navalny - there were seven from 2012 to 2014 alone - violated his rights and appeared to be part of a broader effort "to bring the opposition under control."

The raid on his office comes less than a week after Ruslan Shaveddinov, a 23-year-old project manager for Navalny's anti-corruption group, was forcibly conscripted into military service and flown to Novaya Zemlya, a group of islands in the Arctic so remote that the Soviet Union once conducted nuclear tests there.

Military service is mandatory for Russian males, who are drafted for one year sometime between the ages of 18 and 27. But in a blog post on his website, Navalny claimed that Shaveddinov has a documented medical issue that should exempt him from serving. Shaveddinov had argued that in a Moscow court earlier this year, but the decision to draft him was upheld Monday, the same day the door to his apartment was found smashed in and his cellphone's SIM card was disabled.

Navalny has likened Shaveddinov's conscription to kidnapping and imprisonment, adding that while he is not literally behind bars, he has a minder who is constantly with him.

"Service in the army has turned into a prison mechanism," Navalny wrote on Twitter.

Asked about Shaveddinov's conscription and the optics of it, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday, "If he tried to evade military service and was drafted the way it was done, then it happened in strict compliance with the law."

The raid on Navalny's office was not the only prominent one to occur in Moscow on Thursday. Novaya Gazeta, Russia's biggest opposition newspaper, said in a statement that security forces "broke into" the apartment of reporter Yulia Polukhina.

The newspaper said it believes the search was related to Polukhina's recent investigations of "illegal military units" in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been at war with Ukrainian forces since 2014, and smuggling.

"We are perplexed by the way the search was conducted: Early in the morning several investigators and special troops broke into an apartment of a mother with two children and took her away," the statement said. "Yulia's lawyer, Petr Zaikin, does not know her whereabouts and has no idea where he should go to attend interrogation."
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#995 Post by chijohnaok » Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:56 pm

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Putin is probably hold up in his dacha with an empty bottle of vodka lamenting the demise of the Soviet Union.

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Re: What is Putin up to?

#996 Post by Anthropoid » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:03 pm

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#997 Post by Mac » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:30 am

Breaking story...
Russia's government resigns as President Putin proposes changes to the constitution

Mr Putin's current term ends in 2024 - and under the current law, he will have to step down when it expires.

Russia's government has resigned to allow President Vladimir Putin to make sweeping constitutional changes which could allow him to remain in power after his current term.

The 67-year-old has been in the top job for 20 years, longer than any other Russian or Soviet leader since Josef Stalin.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev quit hours after Mr Putin proposed a reform of powers of parliament and the cabinet.

He thanked the prime minister, a close ally, for his contribution and asked his cabinet to keep working until a new one is formed.

The president also said he would appoint Mr Medvedev - who has held his position since 2012 - as deputy head of the presidential Security Council.

Speaking in his state of the nation address before top officials and politicians, Mr Putin suggested amending the constitution to allow politicians to name prime ministers and cabinet members.

Currently, that right belongs only to the president.

He said: "It will increase the role of parliament and parliamentary parties, powers and independence of the prime minister and all cabinet members".

He also argued that the president should retain the right to dismiss the PM and their cabinet ministers - along with the power to name top defence and security officials.

But Mr Putin made it clear that any constitutional changes must be put to a nationwide vote.

His current term ends in 2024 - and under the current law, he will have to step down when it expires, as presidents are limited to serving two consecutive terms.

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https://news.sky.com/story/russias-gove ... n-11909256
I could be the catalyst that sparks the revolution
I could be an inmate in a long-term institution
I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die
I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by
What a waste...

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Re: What is Putin up to?

#998 Post by chijohnaok » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:42 am

Mac wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:30 am
Breaking story...
Russia's government resigns as President Putin proposes changes to the constitution

Mr Putin's current term ends in 2024 - and under the current law, he will have to step down when it expires.

Russia's government has resigned to allow President Vladimir Putin to make sweeping constitutional changes which could allow him to remain in power after his current term.

The 67-year-old has been in the top job for 20 years, longer than any other Russian or Soviet leader since Josef Stalin.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev quit hours after Mr Putin proposed a reform of powers of parliament and the cabinet.

He thanked the prime minister, a close ally, for his contribution and asked his cabinet to keep working until a new one is formed.

The president also said he would appoint Mr Medvedev - who has held his position since 2012 - as deputy head of the presidential Security Council.

Speaking in his state of the nation address before top officials and politicians, Mr Putin suggested amending the constitution to allow politicians to name prime ministers and cabinet members.

Currently, that right belongs only to the president.

He said: "It will increase the role of parliament and parliamentary parties, powers and independence of the prime minister and all cabinet members".

He also argued that the president should retain the right to dismiss the PM and their cabinet ministers - along with the power to name top defence and security officials.

But Mr Putin made it clear that any constitutional changes must be put to a nationwide vote.

His current term ends in 2024 - and under the current law, he will have to step down when it expires, as presidents are limited to serving two consecutive terms.

More follows...

https://news.sky.com/story/russias-gove ... n-11909256

Putin's actions are merely a re-tread of the sort of the musical chairs that he previously played with Medvedev.

He probably also looked at what his neighbor Winnie Xi Pooh did and that provided some encouragement/validation.
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Re: What is Putin up to?

#999 Post by LaPalice » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:20 pm

chijohnaok wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:42 am
Putin's actions are merely a re-tread of the sort of the musical chairs that he previously played with Medvedev.

He probably also looked at what his neighbor Winnie Xi Pooh did and that provided some encouragement/validation.
He is going to look like Mugabe, as old as him.

I hope for the Russians that their country will not become like Zimbabwe.

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#1000 Post by chijohnaok » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:02 pm

LaPalice wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:20 pm
chijohnaok wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:42 am
Putin's actions are merely a re-tread of the sort of the musical chairs that he previously played with Medvedev.

He probably also looked at what his neighbor Winnie Xi Pooh did and that provided some encouragement/validation.
He is going to look like Mugabe, as old as him.

I hope for the Russians that their country will not become like Zimbabwe.
LaPalice,

That is actually a pretty good comparison....albeit that Zimbabwe does not have nuclear weapons.
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