Bundles of dollars for Karzai. The New York Times writes that the CIA has transferred millions of dollars to the president of Afghanistan over 10 for years, "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
Referring to the current and former representatives of the closest circle of the president of Afghanistan, the publication writes: “For more than ten years each month, packs of American dollars packed in suitcases, backpacks or plastic bags are kindly forwarded to the CIA directly to the office of the President of Afghanistan. As a result, Hamid Karzai has already received tens of millions of dollars in cash. ”
Khalil Roman, who headed the Karzai administration from 2002 to 2005 a year, told reporters: “We called them“ ghost money ”- their appearance has always remained a mystery.”
The New York Times notes that the CIA is buying the location of the Afghan leader and his inner circle. Those, in turn, can negotiate for money with field commanders.
“The largest source of corruption in Afghanistan is in the United States,” says an unnamed US official.
The CIA has acted in a similar way since the very beginning of the invasion of American troops into Afghanistan.
According to the publication, the CIA bought for cash the location of many commanders, including Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the current first vice-president of Afghanistan.
RIA News" said that US officials admitted that they had transferred cash to Hamid Karzai’s entourage to liquidate the Taliban. However, this did not help in the fight against the militants, but only contributed to the spread of corruption.
With the help of cash, the authorities bribed field commanders, many of whom were associated with the Taliban.
As a certain American official admitted to the publication, these dollars became “the largest source of corruption in Afghanistan.”
The CIA declined to comment on the published article.
McCain planned the intervention and found a chemical excuse for her. A group of states needs to prepare troops for the invasion of Syria - in order to ensure the safety of possible stocks of chemical weapons. This statement was made yesterday by Senator John McCain, reports MIGnews.com.
This Arizona Republican said that American troops should not enter Syria, but international forces should be “ready operatively” to prevent an attempt by Islamic militants involved in the Syrian civil war to get their hands on chemical weapons. “There are several military facilities where chemical weapons are stored. They should not fall into the hands of jihadists, ”Mr. McCain said at a meeting with journalists.
Lindsay Graham attended the collapse of Syria. The disintegration of Syria may occur in the very near future, if the US does not take decisive action against the Assad regime. This opinion was expressed yesterday by the American Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry Zlodorev.
He criticized the actions of the Democratic administration in Washington against Damascus.
“Everything goes to the fact that if we do not change the course, Syria will disintegrate by the end of this year,” Mr. Graham said on CBC. He expressed concern that the SAR "may become a haven for al Qaeda supporters, and the" chemical weapons stored there can be in the wrong hands. "
These two factors, according to the legislator, "cause the most serious concern when it comes to Syria."
To solve the problem, Graham proposed military methods. These are: "The method of suppressing the Syrian air force is to destroy their bases with the help of cruise missiles."
It should be noted that Mr. Graham, who is popular in the Senate environment, is so immersed in the field of double standards that instead of jihadists he decided to destroy the Syrian air force.
Who sells human organs in Syria? In the border areas of Syria, there is a network of gangs specializing in the trade of human organs. Gangsters have huge amounts of money and remove anyone who interferes with them, said in an interview with Fahim al-Surani ("Voice of Russia") a representative of the Commission of the Ministry of Health of Syria to study the facts of abduction of people with the aim of removing the internal organs.
Earlier, the Lebanese television channel al-Mayadin reported that the bandits operate under the guise of the leaders of the rebel groups. The fact that the "rebels" in Syria kidnap people in order to seize their internal organs, wrote the Turkish press. Such evidence is also available to the Syrian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The correspondent of "Voice of Russia" talked with an employee of the special commission in the Ministry of Health of Syria. This man asked to be called Mohammed Aus. Recently, a colleague Ausa died under mysterious circumstances.
It seems that the insurgents put the trade in human organs in a big way. Dr. Mohammed explained:
“... we have accumulated a certain number of medical reports on similar cases. The similarity consisted, firstly, in the fact that patients, as a rule, are people who were once abducted by militants and then released by the army. There were similarities in the complaints: a sharp deterioration in general well-being, reduced immunity, constant internal pain. But the most striking results were found during the medical examination. So, in several cases it turned out that one of the kidneys was withdrawn from the patients - and he himself did not even suspect it. And the stories were similar: he was taken hostage, he felt badly in captivity, the kidnappers took him to the doctor. Further indications vary. Or the doctor said that an urgent operation is needed - simple and safe. Or it was said that they will make an injection right now, and everything will pass. One way or another, the person was rendered unconscious, and, apparently, one of the kidneys was withdrawn without his knowledge. When he regained consciousness, he was not told anything about it, but explained that an operation had been performed. After that, they were taken to their former place. ”
Judging by the testimonies of the patients, comrade Mohammed said, they had their organs cut out in Turkey in refugee camps and field militant hospitals in Syria. Separate evidence suggests that organ removal occurs in Jordan. Healthy organs are then transplanted to wounded militants. Presumably, part of the bodies goes on sale. Some patients, Mohammed points out, argue that through anesthesia they heard a foreign language (French).
“This is all we are talking about surviving patients. But such as time - a minority. More often, unfortunately, we get information about the discovery of corpses with confiscated internal organs in the territories liberated from the militants. ”
Mohammed Aus believes that an extensive network covering various regions of the country deals with withdrawals and trading. Behind this can be large organizations, most likely international, with access to the West.
Chemical weapons of Turkish origin? Syrian Minister of Information Omran al-Zubi said that the chemical weapons were used by the rebels in the vicinity of Aleppo and, probably, are of Turkish origin, reports MIGnews.com with reference to SANA.
The minister claims that the shell, which exploded in the village of Khan al-Assal near Aleppo in late March, was fired near the Turkish border, where the rebel stronghold is located. The Syrian government has asked the UN to investigate the incident, Zubi said in a message for Russia Today. The minister also called false accusations of the West regarding the use of chemical weapons by the Assad government.
“First of all, I want to emphasize that the statements of the US Secretary of State and the British government are untrue and are a blatant lie,” he told Russia Today. “I want to stress once again that Syria will never use chemical weapons - not only because of its adherence to international law and the rules of warfare, but from humanitarian and moral positions.”
The minister summed up: “Their goal (US and UK) is, firstly, the desire to cover those who are really behind the use of chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal, and secondly, to achieve a repetition of the Iraqi scenario - to authorize new inspections and false investigation. Their results will help get maps, photos of rockets and other materials for the UN, which, as we know, opened the way to the occupation of Iraq. ”
The producer of the chemical series talked with one of the actors of the film. On Friday evening, the US president met with the King of Jordan Abdullah II, who arrived in Washington on a visit. In a conversation with the monarch, transmits MIGnews.com, Barack Obama promised to conduct a thorough check of all incoming information about the use of chemical weapons by government forces in Syria.
The President stressed that if the use of chemical weapons by the Assad government in Syria is proven, this will significantly affect the current situation and change the "rules of the game."
True, he noted that intelligence data can still be called preliminary and more evidence needs to be gathered.
But he immediately promised that the US government intends to cooperate with countries such as Jordan, in order to find final confirmation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and develop a plan of action.
Here, we will add, a key in the strategy: "... to find the final confirmation." Which, as it happened not so long ago in Iraq, then will go into the category of so-called "unconfirmed facts." Nothing is new under the sun, as Ecclesiastes used to say.
Syrian agricultural news. The National Center for Agricultural Planning under the Ministry of Agriculture of Syria has prepared a project for creating a joint Syrian-Lebanese-Iraqi-Iranian agricultural market, reports SANA.
Mahmoud Babbili, head of the marketing department, said that these four states are closely geographically interconnected and have significant economic potential. He noted that Syria is interested in this market, because agriculture is a strong industry that plays an important role in its economy.
"Sometimes they change sides." Michael Peyrs, assistant director of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, said several dozen Canadians from the Middle East are fighting in Syria. They join both opposition forces and government forces.
“Sometimes they change sides. For example, they join the detachment of the Free Syrian Army, and then pass to the extremists from Dzhebhat al-Nusra. It is difficult to track them, ”he said.
Michael Peyrs stressed that those who are fighting alongside terrorist groups can use the skills and knowledge gained in Syria to organize terrorist attacks in Canada upon returning home, reports "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS. According to him, such "veterans" play an important role in the radicalization of young people in Canada.
The Canadian edition of the National Post cites data from a recent report from the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. From 2011, from 2 to 5,5, thousands of foreigners joined the Syrian opposition forces. Before 590, Europeans are among them, including from Great Britain, Holland, France, Belgium, Denmark, and Germany.
The exchange of courtesies took place without victims. Israeli Air Force aircraft yesterday launched air strikes against targets in the south of the Gaza Strip. According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, one rocket exploded in the city of Rafah, the second in Khan Yunis. In both cases, no one was injured, reports ITAR-TASS.
The representative of the Israeli army confirmed the fact of the bombing, noting that it was a response to the rocket attack on the territory of the Jewish state, committed from the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening. According to him, the target of Israeli air strikes was an illegal arms dump and a “terrorist infrastructure facility”.
Released militants rocket exploded in the Negev desert. As a result of the attack there were no wounded. Israel blamed it on Hamas.
The situation in Libya. A group of armed people who identify themselves as former revolutionaries, yesterday tried to storm the building of the Libyan Interior Ministry in the capital Tripoli. This was announced at a press conference by Prime Minister Ali Zeidan Mohammed, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Pervin Mamed-zade.
Previously, these people surrounded the Foreign Ministry building and demanded that employees associated with the Gaddafi regime be dismissed.
According to eyewitnesses, the situation in Tripoli is tense, police posts are strengthened on the streets.
The protesters with machine guns that appeared in different parts of the capital in off-road vehicles threatened to continue the action until the conditions put forward by them were fulfilled. They require the adoption of a law that would prohibit functionaries from the time of Gaddafi to occupy key positions and leadership positions in the government of present Libya.
Let's talk about the territories. The President of Russia and the Prime Minister of Japan at the talks in Moscow will discuss the territorial problem, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and bilateral trade, economic and energy cooperation, reports RIA News" with reference to the Kremlin press service.
Shinzo Abe arrived in Russia yesterday with his first official visit in ten years. During the summit talks on Monday, it is planned to discuss the prospects for the development of the entire complex of bilateral cooperation, primarily in the trade, economic, investment, energy, humanitarian, and scientific and technical fields. “It is expected that a thorough exchange of views will be held on topical issues on the international agenda, including the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” the press service said.
As for the territorial "issue", on the eve of the visit, Abe said that he hoped "to give Russian-Japanese relations a new impetus" and "to continue negotiations to determine the ownership of the northern territories" (as the four southern islands of the Kuril Islands are called in Japan), "to solve the territorial issue and conclude a peace treaty between the two countries. "
Secretary General of the Japanese Government Yosyhide Suga confirmed the hopes of the Japanese side for a “new start of negotiations” on the territorial issue. “The territorial dispute that has been going on between the two countries since 1968 has not been a problem that could have been resolved in one visit,” he said, but expressed the hope that during the upcoming meeting a “new start for dialogue” would be given.
The press service of the Kremlin also said that during the visit a number of bilateral documents will be signed, aimed at increasing Russian-Japanese cooperation, expanding ties in the cultural, educational and other fields. As Sergey Lavrov clarified, the documents that are being prepared for "the closest contacts at the highest level will affect various areas of cooperation - from energy and transport to humanitarian issues."
The parties will sign an agreement to strengthen cooperation between the Russian Navy and the Japanese self-defense sea forces in the Arctic Ocean, the Sankey newspaper reported, citing sources in the Japanese government. In accordance with the agreement, the parties will be able to conduct joint search and rescue operations in the Arctic Ocean. Japan hopes that strengthening security cooperation will help bring the parties together on a territorial issue.
During the visit, a document will be signed establishing the cultural centers of Russia in Tokyo and Japan in Moscow. A representative office of the Japan Foundation is already operating in Moscow, and in Tokyo, Rossotrudnichestvo, which deal with issues of cultural and humanitarian exchange. "But now it is supposed to give them the legal status of cultural centers, which should significantly expand their opportunities in terms of cultural exchange between the two countries," said a representative of the Japanese embassy.
The situation on the Korean Peninsula in connection with the exacerbation of the nuclear problem will be at the center of the discussion of international problems at the talks.
Abe called it "incredibly regrettable that the repeated provocative actions of the DPRK against Japan and the international community have reached an unforgivable level."
Planned completion. Prior to 200, thousands of South Korean and 11 thousands of American troops participated in the annual Foal Eagle joint maneuvers of the United States and South Korea held since 1 in March. On the planned completion of the exercise reported today in Seoul, the combined military command of the two countries, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Vasily Golovnin.
Against the background of the “Foul Needles” maneuvers, the armed forces of South Korea and the United States conducted with Keyword from 11 to 25 in March, based on the extensive use of computer simulation techniques.
The training, as previously stated by the command of the combined armed forces, was aimed at increasing the capabilities to "repel the threat" from North Korea and were intended to be contained.
Pyongyang regarded the teachings as a practice of aggression against the DPRK. He did not rule out that maneuvers could be used for a real invasion.
The collapse of Hollywood is not close? For the last ten years, China has been ranked first in the world in terms of the growth rate of the film production market. Since 2002, as reported by Xinhua, the growth of this indicator annually was about 40 percent, reports from Beijing correspondent ITAR-TASS Ivan Kargapoltsev.
Today, the Celestial Empire reached the third place in the world in the production of film products, and also ranked second in terms of sales in the local market. In 2012, movie theaters in the PRC sold tickets totaling over 17 billion yuan (about 2,7 billion dollars), which is 30,18% more than in 2011 a year. 48,46% tickets were sold for domestic films.
True, despite the rapid development of the local cinema market, Chinese films occupy a smaller share in the profits from the sale of tickets, giving way to foreign films. In 2012, 893 was filmed in China, but they could not outrun 86 foreign films shown in the country in their box office.
According to the method of Munchhausen. Dmitry Zuev ("Voice of Russia") spoke about the methods of "rehabilitation" of the EU banking system.
Starting next year, employees of European banks will not receive exorbitant bonuses. The European Parliament adopted a law according to which the size of the bonus to top managers of banks should not exceed the base salary for the year. In exceptional cases, if the majority of the bank’s shareholders vote for this, two annual salaries are allowed. The law also provides for an increase in the capital reserves of banks in EU countries, which should increase their resilience in times of crisis. Only the UK is against the new rules.
Another anti-crisis measure is the extension of the Cyprus experience to all EU countries. Before writing off deposits, the losses of banks should be covered by shareholders and bondholders, and not from the state budget. This is opposed by France and Italy.
Large investors can only incur losses after they are written off from shareholders and bondholders. In the future, troubled banks should first take care of their recapitalization, then turn to shareholders and bondholders, and then to depositors.
Among the proposals of the European Commission are also written off from interbank deposits opened for a period of up to one month.
The plan may take effect from 2018 year.
It seems that by this time the European Union may no longer be.
News from Bank of Cyprus. This largest bank in Cyprus yesterday announced the completion of the exchange of deposits for shares. Thus, part of the deposits transferred to the authorized capital of the bank, reports correspondent RIA "Novosti" Gennady Melnik.
Only deposits exceeding 26 thousand Euros, including accrued interest, are subject to exchange for shares on 100 of March of this year. In addition, loans and other credit liabilities are excluded from the amount of deposits that are subject to "haircut". The remaining funds are defined as the “excess amount”.
37,5% “surplus amounts” were transferred to the share capital, they were converted into Class A shares at a nominal value of one euro and defined as the “initial deposit amount from deposits”. In addition, 22,5% of the "excess amount" of deposits is temporarily blocked. In the case of full or partial conversion into Class A shares, they will be defined as “additional deposit amounts”. Another 30% "excess" amount, according to a correspondent. RIA "Novosti", by decision of the authorities temporarily frozen.
In Greece, 15000 officials will be fired. The Greek parliament approved a law allowing the government to dismiss 2014 thousands of people in government by the end of 15. This reform was one of the conditions for the country to receive the next tranche of international financial assistance in the amount of 2 billion dollars "Vesti" with reference to Interfax.
The new law put an end to the practice of life-long consolidation of the workplace, which, according to critics, supported the “bloated” bureaucracy in Greece.
However, according to protesting activists, this law will aggravate the unemployment situation in the country. But the government believes that the new law will benefit the public service by allowing them to get rid of undisciplined workers and free up jobs for young and talented professionals.
By the end of June, 2013 will be fired around 2000 government employees. First of all, it is planned to dismiss those who committed disciplinary offenses.
In place of the dismissed will be recruited new employees. The new law will not lead to a decrease in the public sector - a different, parallel plan is aimed at this, according to which 2015 thousands of jobs will be reduced by the end of 150.
Palba in Italy. At the time of taking the oath by the new government of Italy in the presidential Quirinale Palace, a man opened fire on carabinieri in front of the Chigi government palace in Rome, reports RaiNews 24. According to journalists, the man who opened fire with a small-caliber pistol tried to escape, but was detained. He was dressed in a suit and approached unhindered the law enforcement officers who were on duty in the square near the Chigi Palace. One of the Carabinieri was wounded in the throat, the other in the head. A pregnant woman, who was on the square at the time of the accident, was slightly injured. According to doctors, the life of the wounded is out of danger, correspondent RIA "Novosti" Sergei Startsev.
According to information from law enforcement, we are talking about the Italian Luigi Preiti 1964, who was born with a mental illness and who had never had any problems with justice before. A criminal case was initiated against the detainee.
Currently, the entire area around the Italian government building is cordoned off by law enforcement. In Rome, strengthened the protection of all major public institutions.
Corr. RIA "Novosti" recalls that one of the leaders of the Democratic Party of Italy, Enrico Letta, formed a new government, which he introduced on Saturday to President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano. It is noted that a record number of women entered the government, and for the first time in stories countries in the ministerial chair of the village a black woman.
Lukashenko needs fighters. Soviet. The President of Belarus said that the republic’s armed forces need to supply modern Russian fighters. Such a statement, as reported "Lenta.ru" With reference to BELTA, he made 26 April, answering journalists' questions.
“I, as commander in chief, lack two dozen modern aircraft today,” comrade Lukashenka said. “We need a couple of dozen planes, and we only buy Soviet (now Russian) Su-27 and MiG-29 planes ... to ensure the inviolability of the borders of our state.”
The president linked this question with the planned deployment of a Russian air base in Belarus. According to him, the plans for the creation of the base allegedly envisage the transfer of Russian aircraft to the republic.
"Concerning aviation base, it may have sounded somewhat like a base, ”the head of the republic said on this occasion. “No, we are talking about deliveries to our Armed Forces (in what form, we will agree on whether it will be a base or we will put Russian fighter planes in existing Belarusian units), this issue is being discussed.”
Under what conditions the Belarusian leadership still expects to receive “a couple of dozen planes”, it remains unclear.
Ukraine has missed billions. Blame the grant democrats? On embezzlement of billions of euros allocated to the country under the European program "Eastern Partnership", said the leader of the Communist Party of Ukraine Petro Symonenko, speaking at a press conference in Kiev. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to "REGNUM".
According to TSN, since 2009, the EU has spent 2,8 billion euros for Ukraine and Moldova on the implementation of the Eastern Partnership program. The bulk of this amount (more than two billion euros) was allocated to assist Ukraine.
"Given the available information, there is every reason to assume that this amount was stolen under the guise of officials of the European Commission," says Symonenko.
According to him, the following scheme was used: the money was allocated to “approximate funds for the development of democracy”, and then “shared with the top-tier grant foodists in the field”.
The Communist Party intends to initiate a parliamentary investigation. She does not exclude that she may receive support from Moldova and the European Parliament. The Communist leader also demanded that the European Commission "stop allocating funds for programs on the forced European integration of Ukraine."
Speaking at a press conference, Comrade Simonenko was skeptical about the prospects for Ukraine’s European integration, expressing the opinion that joining the Customs and Eurasian Union with Russia should be a priority for the country.
Who is Timothy Hallett Tracy. As transmits RIA News" With reference to France Press, Venezuelan authorities formally charged the conspiracy of an American detained last week at Caracas airport on suspicion of involvement in organizing mass riots and working for foreign intelligence.
American Timothy Hallett Tracy, according to his friend, came to Venezuela to shoot a documentary about events in this country. Lawyer Tracy said that the work of the filmmaker "has nothing to do with the national security of the country."
But the authorities are convinced of the opposite: the American has been charged with criminal conspiracy, giving false testimony and using forged documents.
According to the lawyer, Tracy “didn’t work under cover,” he makes a film showing “the stories of individuals to show (to the audience) what psychological effects the disunity has on the person’s personality”.
American absurdity. Reports that the uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers - Ruslan - was associated with the CIA, "are absurd." This was stated by the former father-in-law Ruslan Tsarnaev and ex-agent of the American intelligence agency Graham Fuller, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Dmitry Zlodorev.
He said that his daughter Samantha "was married to Ruslan Tsarnaev for 3-4 years, of which the couple spent one year in Bishkek." According to him, they "divorced in 1999 year."
Fuller, who was a CIA officer in Turkey and held the post of deputy head of the National Intelligence Council of the United States, had already resigned from the intelligence agencies at the time of the wedding. “I don’t think that Ruslan could tell something valuable for intelligence, apart from the sad story about the deportation of his family from Chechnya to Central Asia under Stalin,” he told the network publication El Monitor.
According to him, Tsarnaev, now bearing the surname of Tsarni, "like all Chechens, was very concerned about the fate of his homeland." “However, I did not see that he was somehow particularly involved in politics. He missed his home, and after a divorce from time to time, he visited Central Asia, ”Fuller said.
Powerless list. The “Magnitsky List”, which was published by the United States, is “a legally indifferent fact” for Russia. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Justice of Russia Alexander Konovalov. The leaders of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation held a meeting with employees who fell under the scope of this list. This was described by Natalia Kovalenko ("Voice of Russia").
As the head of the Ministry of Justice Alexander Konovalov emphasized, foreign states have neither moral nor legal grounds to interfere in the sphere of activity of the Russian jurisdiction. This is our official position, he explained.
The death of a person during his stay in the remand prison is an emergency, in fact which is undergoing a service check. This check, thorough, immediate, was carried out after the death in the Moscow prison of Hermitage Capital’s British fund auditor Sergei Magnitsky. Her data was made public, and a number of employees were brought to disciplinary responsibility, Alexander Konovalov said.
The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, said: “No decisions of foreign states regarding our fellow citizens should and will not have any legal consequences for the citizens of our country. Therefore, for existing employees, career development or any other restrictions due to the announcement of the so-called these acts will have no practical perspective. ”
"Good Dad" Putin. "Inopressa" made a review of the Western press on the topic of the day - a discussion of the “Straight Line with Vladimir Putin”. Let us highlight some points - from paternalism to the “Russian trace” in the case of the Tsarnaev terrorists.
Vladimir Putin, who supports the image of a hardliner in the international arena, this time chose softer tones and expressions for the annual direct communication with the Russians, writes Hanna Beitzer from the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Putin thanked for the questions, joked and sprinkled numbers. As the author emphasizes, the Russian president tried to make “the impression of a strict but kind daddy listening to the requests and complaints of his completely different kids at dinner.”
The range of questions was wide: from the confusion with the transition to winter time to the criticism of the economic and political course of the government. The last question, says Beitzer, was asked by former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. According to the head of state, a valuable financier, who favors a turnaround of the Russian economy from oil dependence and natural resource extraction, explained why he refuses the president’s proposal to return to the government, and Putin jokingly called him a “net” and said that he “did not work wants".
The “straight line”, during which the president assured that the government puts the economy at the forefront, focused on Alexey Kudrin, writes The Financial Times. Kudrin - "a former finance minister who flirted with the opposition," his correspondent, Courtney Weaver, certifies.
The “straight line” strengthens Putin’s image as a “good king” who serves a country suffering from bad officials.
Today, Putin handed the microphone to Kudrin, and he outlined his concept of economic policy. “This gave rise to the rumors that the ex-minister is being prepared for a more important role,” writes the journalist. Former Prime Minister Kasyanov, now the leader of the opposition, predicted on Twitter that 1 May Kudrin will become deputy head of the presidential administration, and in September, prime minister. And according to expert Igor Bunin, Kudrin want to appoint to the government so that he becomes a counterweight to Medvedev and his Cabinet.
Answering the carefully selected questions, Vladimir Putin refuted the opinion on the return of Stalinism, drew the attention of Le Temps.
The Russian president managed to create the impression that he was in control of the political situation in the country. There were no outbreaks of anger and rude expressions. “Carefully speaking on all the topics covered, he tried to appear as the father of the nation. A series of simple and clearly rehearsed questions, frequent applause and the complete absence of objections greatly facilitated his task, ”the newspaper writes.
Speaking about relations with the United States, Putin moderated anti-American fervor only by accusing Washington of imperialism and blaming the American side for deteriorating relations due to the invasion of Iraq and the approval of the Magnitsky list. Having spared Europe, Putin confined himself to stating differences in moral standards.
The question of the poor condition of Russian roads was the reason for the surprising, according to the journalist, proposal: to use the labor of the unemployed to build roads, like “in Germany in the 1930-s”. Of course, the president did not mention either Hitler or the Todt organization, which used the forced labor of foreign workers.
Most of the questions related to social issues. The president diligently shifted responsibility for the failure to his subordinates, the newspaper notes.
“Sitting in the old Russian tradition, on the throne, like a good king,” writes the correspondent, “he threatened the governors and ministers with punishments if the government funds did not reach the goal, namely, mendicating categories of civil servants (teachers and medical staff). But whenever one of the TV viewers demanded that a particular minister or official be resigned, the president would not answer. ”
“Putin, Stalin, human rights, the CIA and Depardieu,” the journalist “Le nouvel Observateur” sounded like that in the title.
“The CIA is at the helm of the Russian economy! The reporter raised a curious topic. “There is an opinion that among the advisers of Anatoly Chubais, who became a symbol of economic reforms in Russia, were CIA employees.” Putin said this: “There is a lot of funny stuff there. For example, in the entourage of Anatoly Borisovich as staff advisors, as it turned out today, the staff of the CIA was working. But the funniest thing is that upon returning to the USA they were brought to court for the fact that they were enriched in the course of privatization in the Russian Federation in violation of the laws of their country. (...) Corruption, you know. "
"On Thursday, President Putin disagreed with the assumptions that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, suspected of being exploded at the marathon in Boston," became infected "with radicalism in the Russian North Caucasus, and said that the attack demonstrates why Russia adheres to such a hard line against the militants in this region, ”the article said in The Wall Street Journal.
“I was always outraged when our Western partners (...) our terrorists who committed atrocious, bloody, loathsome crimes on the territory of our country were called nothing other than“ rebels ”. And they almost never called them terrorists, ”Putin said.
“The Kremlin understates the importance of Tsarnaev’s connection with this region, pointing out that the brothers lived most of their lives abroad and most likely faced radical ideas in the United States,” American journalists note.
"According to Putin, he welcomes the increased cooperation with the United States in combating the threat posed by Islamist militants," the authors write.
Thus, we’ll add, Obama sent a clear signal: "Comrade president, there is a reboot!"
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