Saudis and Western companies. Supporters of the Syrian opposition held a resolution yesterday in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, imposing on Damascus the main responsibility for war crimes and human rights violations, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Oleg Zelenin.
Project co-authors: Bahrain, UK, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France. The resolution was supported by 123 countries.
They voted against: Russia, Iran, China, North Korea, Syria and eight more countries.
46 states (including India, Kazakhstan, Mali, South Africa) abstained.
The resolution notes the “inability of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic” to ensure the protection of the population or the safe delivery of humanitarian aid.
The involvement in the illegal actions of the rebels is reflected disproportionately: the opposition is only mentioned at the end of several paragraphs.
The penetration of armed groups into Syria was one-sided in the document. The resolution “strongly condemns the participation of all foreign combatants in the Syrian Arab Republic, including those on the side of the Syrian authorities, in particular the Hezbollah militants, and expresses deep concern that their participation exacerbates the already deteriorating human rights situation and the humanitarian situation. "
The document will be put to a vote at the plenary meeting of the GA until the end of the year.
There is not even need to comment, add on my own. Such a resolution is an obvious stage of the information war, covered by the authority of the UN. True, this authority is far from being one that is capable of covering up something ...
Friendship against Iran. The authorities of Israel and Saudi Arabia are preparing a joint plan of the military operation against Iran, reports "Sight" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
The military operation may follow if negotiations are reached in Geneva, to an insufficient extent, according to Israel and Saudi Arabia, imposing restrictions on Tehran's work in the field of nuclear technology, the British newspaper Sunday Times writes.
“The governments of Israel and Saudi Arabia are confident that international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program are not capable of significantly slowing Tehran’s nuclear warhead development,” the newspaper said. “Everything suggests that Riyadh has already agreed to fly Israeli aircraft in its airspace during a possible attack on Iran.”
“As soon as the Geneva agreement is signed, an armed operation will immediately be put on the agenda,” quotes the publication of the word of an unnamed high-ranking diplomat. “Saudi Arabia is outside of itself, it is ready to provide Israel with any necessary assistance.”
A number of Arab and Israeli media reports that the US president ignores phone calls from the Israeli Prime Minister. The reason is just the differences between the United States and Israel on the attitude towards the Iranian nuclear program. Obama has repeatedly refused to answer Netanyahu, transferring calls to the Secretary of State.
Okay, at least, not on the Minister of Defense, add on my own.
Nikita Sorokin ("Voice of Russia") interviewed experts on the Saudi-Israeli topic.
Information about the Saudi-Israeli consultations caused controversial opinions among experts. It’s hard to imagine the format of such a partnership, expert-orientalist of the Institute of Strategic Assessments Sergey Demidenko told Golos Rossii.
“Of course, the general Iranian threat to some extent unites these two states, but by no means so much as to conclude a certain strategic military alliance or an anti-Iran alliance through the special services. This alliance is incredible in principle, but if we begin to fantasize on this topic, then, of course, it will not cause any enthusiasm in other Arab countries. No country in the Arab world is ready to admit Israel. ”
However, the anti-Iranian alliance of Riyadh and Tel Aviv is not so unnatural, said Nikolai Surkov, assistant professor of the Department of Oriental Studies at MGIMO. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Rumors about contacts between Saudi Arabia and Israel on the Iranian issue went long ago, Surkov reminded.
“It’s hard to call an alliance, it’s rather some kind of coordination of efforts, because, of course, no official documents will be signed. Moreover, the neighbors of Saudi Arabia also see Iran as a threat, and, in principle, if it is possible to neutralize this Iranian nuclear threat with Israeli hands, then why not? ”
Surkov also noted that over the past 20 years, it was Saudi Arabia that did not hold a tough position on Israel. The Saudis talked about the need to contain Israel by political and diplomatic methods, but it was not a question of military confrontation.
Five bombs? The Israeli Prime Minister continues his tough policy against interim deals with Iran at the Geneva talks. Government officials point out that the amount of uranium enriched at a low level will be enough to transform it in a few weeks into higher grade uranium needed to create material from which you can make five atomic bombs, reports MIGnews.com with reference to "Bild".
Mr. Netanyahu said that in order to avoid reinforcing the sanctions, Iran must dismantle the centrifuges and destroy the plutonium reactor being built in Arak. “It is absolutely clear that such a deal is beneficial only to Iran and terrible for the rest of the world. Today the choice is not between a bad deal and military intervention. On the contrary, every day the economic pressure on Iran is growing, therefore, acting patiently and inexorably, you can conclude a profitable deal. It is necessary to increase the pressure and achieve an agreement that will allow the Iranian nuclear program to be stopped by peaceful means, ”Netanyahu said.
The prime minister is counting on Angela Merkel: after all, Germany is one of the members of the Six.
Nuclear talks will continue today, and today the Israeli Prime Minister will meet with the Russian president to discuss a “bad deal,” which Netanyahu constantly reminds of.
The terrorist attack in South Beirut. A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry accused Israel of an explosion in the area of the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut, reports MIGnews.com.
“This terrorist attack is the result of the inhuman activity of the Zionist enemy,” the spokesman said.
As MIGnews.com reminds, earlier the Al Jazeera channel reported that the Iranian ambassador in Beirut accused of organizing a double terrorist act outside the Israel embassy.
The ambassador was not injured as a result of the explosion, but two employees of the Iranian embassy and another 23 man were killed.
However, the responsibility for the double explosion at the Iranian embassy in Beirut was assumed by the Sunni group "Brigades of Abdullah Azzam". Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to France-Presse. The statement of the terrorists said that the attacks against Iran and Hezbollah will continue as long as they help Bashar Assad to fight against the Sunni uprising in his country.
As Lenta reminds, the Abdullah Azzam Brigade group, founded in 2009, is considered to be associated with Al-Qaeda. There are branches in several Islamic countries. The base is Lebanon.
Israeli Air Force attacked the Gaza Strip. The Israeli aviation attacked Palestinian militants in Gaza last night in response to rocket fire from them, the Israeli Defense Forces press service said. Writes about this RIA News".
The objectives of the bombing, according to the military, became armory a workshop and two "terrorist tunnels" in the southern part of the Palestinian enclave, as well as an "object used in terrorist activities in the north" of the Gaza Strip. “Direct hits have been confirmed,” according to an army press release.
Air strikes were a response to the rocket attack on a group of military personnel at the border who did not suffer casualties.
Army spokesman Peter Lerner said: “In the morning, Israeli soldiers who participated in anti-terrorism activities came under fire. Under no circumstances will the Israel Defense Forces tolerate attacks on its soldiers. ”
In Israel, modeled the training of the Third World War. The University of Tel Aviv held non-standard military exercises, which were attended by real military and politicians from several continents. The cybernetic attack on objects in the United States and in Israel claimed thousands of lives and brought Russia into the Third World War on the side of Syria, writes Stanislav Borzyakov ("Sight").
The scenario is as follows. The cyber attack against Israel paralyzed the work of state institutions and hospitals. Explosions thundered in Haifa and Tel Aviv, panic on the streets. Hezbollah launched a rocket attack on the Jewish state from Lebanon, they were supported by "colleagues" from the Gaza Strip (Hamas), who also captured several Israeli soldiers. Israel is fighting on two fronts at once. The greatest concern is the Syrian direction, where they act like Hezbollah, helping Assad, and al-Qaida, fighting against Assad and against Israel.
Cyber attack spread to the east coast of the United States. Trade on Wall Street is stopped, management is paralyzed, the largest airports are closed. Authorities declare a state of emergency. And then there is the diplomatic crisis: Russia and China refused to convene an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council - before “incontrovertible evidence” of a terrorist cyber attack would be presented.
Then, Russia nevertheless intervenes in the conflict to secure chemical weapons in Syria. A battalion of the Russian Armed Forces was deployed to Damascus, and flotilla with the S-300 on board it is moving towards the Syrian ports, intending to protect the republic from possible aggression by Israel.
Bottom line: the world is on the verge of World War III with the center in the Middle East.
True, after five hours of virtual warfare, the game was stopped. “If we didn’t stop, the whole region would be in flames,” said Haim Assa, an Israeli defense ministry consultant who designed the game.
In an interview with Defensenews, Assa stressed that the situation developed is based on realistic premises and meets the current level of NTP.
Former Commander of the Israeli Air Force, Major General Etan Ben-Elieh, who was offered the role of Minister of Defense of the Jewish state, noted that the responses of the Israeli side in the framework of the cyber war "were not always good enough." In terms of gathering irrefutable evidence, the Israeli team did not shine (it spent too much time).
But the American side managed to identify the sources of the cybernetic attack. At the same time, General Wesley Clark, who previously held the post of adviser to the head of the Pentagon on cyber security and led the NATO contingent in Kosovo, admitted that he had a hard time. In the game he played the role of the president of the United States.
Curiously, as part of his presidential duties, Clark refused to authorize the invasion of American troops into Iran. The Israeli "prime minister" played by former Mossad leader Amy Ayalon failed to convince the American "president" despite the fact that traces of cyber attacks led to Iran.
However, in the final it turned out that the main attackers and authors of the initial cybernetic attack were Ayman al-Zawahiri and his al-Qaeda. The purpose of the attack was this: to incite Israel and its allies on Hezbollah and Iran, and in the meantime to overthrow Bashar Assad. "Ayman al-Zawahiri" suggested that the suspicion will fall on the Shiites, and was not mistaken.
But the American side was not mistaken either, having discovered evidence of Iran’s guilt. Already Iran has been guilty of spreading cyber attacks on the US territory, and the attack was carried out with the help of stolen Israeli servers (in order to cast a shadow of suspicion on the Jewish state). In Defensenews, they noted that this move really baffled the players.
The Israeli command approved the plan for the invasion of Lebanon (al-Qaeda’s lead), but the developer stopped the game.
“Unlike the tactics adopted during the traditional war, in the case of a cybernetic attack, the best defense is defense,” commented the situation on “Pentagon Chief” Erez Kreiner (formerly Israeli security officer Shabak). “The model proposed to us emphasized the importance of cyber defense, which insures against the deterioration of the situation - the transition of a cyber war to a state of real war.”
60000 illegal immigrants expelled from Saudi Arabia. The Saudi authorities for two weeks expelled about 60 thousands of foreigners who were illegally in the territory of the kingdom, according to the Saudi news agency SPA. He writes about it correspondent RIA "News" Nadim Zuaui.
"The campaign against illegal immigrants will continue, it is not limited in time," said the head of the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Naif.
Saudi authorities, like a correspondent. RIA "News”, They are conducting a campaign for the employment of citizens of the country where the unemployment rate exceeds 10%.
The riots in Cairo. Egyptian police on Wednesday night used force to disperse demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square, reports RIA News" with reference to France Press.
Clashes in Cairo took place yesterday against the backdrop of a call from youth political organizations to organize mass rallies to mark the second anniversary of the tragic events nicknamed by the people “the events on Mohammed Mahmud Street”.
Two years ago, hundreds of activists of radical groups, demanding the withdrawal of military power, stormed the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for several days and got involved in clashes with security forces. More than 40 people died, hundreds were injured.
To disperse the crowd, law enforcement officers used tear gas. According to local media, disrespectful cries of one of the groups against the country's defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi served as a new pretext for clarifying the relations on the square.
Now the presence of the army and the police is strengthened in the Egyptian capital, squares and streets are blocked by armored vehicles.
Libya: the beginning of the end. Events in Libya are developing in a dangerous scenario. The impotence of the provisional authorities plunged the country into a new civil war. At the end of last week, about fifty residents of Tripoli died in clashes with former revolutionaries. Olga Kuznetsova (Kommersant) writes about the beginning of the end of the Libyan rule of technocrats.
“In recent days, on the streets of Tripoli, shooting has not subsided and a state of emergency is in place. His authorities were forced to announce after a fierce firefight, which killed up to fifty residents of the capital. Behind their death stands the group "Misurata Eagles", which two years ago participated in the overthrow of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, and is now officially included in the headquarters of the Libyan revolutionary forces, subordinate to the General National Congress (Transitional Parliament) of Libya. Demanding that revolutionaries leave the capital, several hundred residents of Tripoli on Friday went to their headquarters in the Gargur region. The demonstration quickly turned into an armed clash. After that, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan demanded that all armed groups "immediately leave the capital."
Militants may not follow the order of Ali Zeidan. The premier technocrat repeatedly demonstrated powerlessness to former revolutionaries. Looks like these people are aiming at seizing power.
In turn, the residents of Tripoli put forward an ultimatum to the authorities, stating that they would take up arms if the groups did not leave the capital, which had become a “powder keg”.
"Just the opposite". The United States does not intend to apologize to Afghanistan as part of the preparation of a security agreement that will allow US troops to be present in the country after 2014. This was stated by Advisor to the President of the United States on national security Susan Rice, transmits correspondent RIA "News" Peter Martynychev.
Earlier, the Afghan authorities said they had reached an agreement with Washington on a future agreement after they received assurances that the US president acknowledged the mistakes of the Americans during the hostilities.
In an interview with CNN, Rice said: “The United States does not need to apologize to Afghanistan. Just the opposite".
Rice, let's add on our own, as well as other American advisers and State Department employees, is easy to recognize by unforgettable directness. As for the “opposite,” it seems Karzai must apologize to Obama for something. Probably because his country, which the Americans are helping to build democracy since 2001, does not produce 100% opium raw materials in the world, but only 90.
There was another Afghan-American news.
Delayed until 2024 year? The White House and the State Department did not confirm reports that Afghanistan and the United States reached a final security agreement in the country after the withdrawal of American troops from there at the end of 2014. Earlier, media reports citing the Afghan authorities said that the US military presence in Afghanistan will continue until the 2024 year, reports "RT" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
White House spokesman Jay Carney reported that John Kerry and Hamid Karzai discussed the agreement in a telephone conversation on Tuesday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that the final version is not approved.
Is Saddam's super-weapon turned on by the Chinese? Military experts found two objects in the new satellite images of Chinese territory, presumably, long-range artillery. Ini may have similarities with Saddam Hussein's miracle weapons - “The Babylon Project,” writes Konstantin Kerubov ("Voice of Russia").
“The complex with two 33,5 and 24 meter-long guns mounted on a concrete base was installed in the desert to the north-west of the city of Baotou (Inner Mongolia, Suiyuan Province, China). It was first seen by experts back in the 2010 year, but new images dated July 2013 of the year confirmed that the objects seen were long-range artillery installations. ”
Under the assumption of “Jane's”, the observed weapon can also be the prototype of the “railgun” - a pulsed electrode accelerator of masses, capable of sending satellites into orbit. But it requires a powerful source of energy, and there is no such one next to the installation.
"The project" Babylon "meant the creation of guns with a barrel length of 30-40 meters. An artificial vacuum was created before the shot in the barrel. A projectile weighing several hundred kilograms flew out of it at a speed of 13000 km / h.
The guns seen in China have an 45,7 meter length.
Two hundred thousand poisonous dolls from China arrived in the USA. The US Customs Service confiscated more than two hundred thousand children's dolls brought from China, according to "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
The operation was conducted jointly with the Border Guard Service and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toys contain phthalates (salts and esters of phthalic acid), hazardous to health, and other chemical compounds whose import into the United States is prohibited.
Toxic toys were detained in different ports of the country: Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Norfolk, Memphis, Portland, etc.
South Korea is strengthening its defense. The Republic of Korea has strengthened the defense of its islands near the maritime border with the DPRK in the Yellow Sea. As stated by the representative of the military command, measures have been taken to repel possible provocations by Pyongyang. Told about it correspondent ITAR-TASS Vladimir Kutakhov.
The command of the North Korean army had previously strengthened its units and units of the “front line” with long-range artillery, the Yenhap agency reported.
"TEPKO" dismantles all nuclear power units. The operator of the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" corporation "Tokyo Electric Power" dismantles not only the four affected power units of the station, but also two other, technically sound, in a "cold stop" state, reports correspondent ITAR-TASS Vasily Golovnin.
As the correspondent reminds, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe appealed to TEPCO in September during a visit to Fukushima-1 with a demand to dismantle all power units of the emergency station. Corporation President Naomi Hirose promised to give an answer within a year.
As for the first four blocks, they were seriously damaged as a result of a tsunami hit, power outages and cooling systems. The three reactors melted nuclear fuel.
It will take at least forty years to disassemble and dispose of four power units.
Australia's slide As passed correspondent ITAR-TASS Pavel VanichkinIndonesia’s foreign minister, Marty Natalegawa, officially announced that his country has lowered its level of relations with Australia.
“The decline in the level of our relations has happened,” said the head of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry. - We have already made adjustments in various areas of cooperation. We will “close the tap” gradually, commensurate with our actions with the position of Australia and its response. ”
The head of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry warned: "We will continue to lower the level of our relations, and it depends on the Australians when this process stops."
As the correspondent reminds. ITAR-TASS, the answer that Indonesians want to get from Canberra, is associated with a spy scandal: the media reported on Australian special services tapping telephone conversations of the President of Indonesia and representatives of his closest circle in 2009.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused yesterday to apologize to Jakarta for the scandal.
“We should not expect Australia to apologize for the actions we have taken in the past or are taking now to protect our country,” said Abbott in parliament. “It is important that we use all available resources, including information, to help our friends and allies, and not to harm them.”
With regard to the response of Indonesia, the representative of the President Teuku Faizasia said that Jakarta expects "an explanation, not a speech in parliament, addressed to the internal audience."
And Marty Natalegava confirmed that the process of reviewing cooperation with Australia is now underway “in all spheres, and not only in the field of information and intelligence exchange”.
An economic miracle from Nicolas Maduro. The Venezuelan president promised to perform a new economic miracle after the National Assembly granted him special legislative powers. Thanks to this measure, presidential decrees will automatically acquire the status of laws, reports "RT" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
Legislative rights that will allow Maduro to adopt decrees without parliamentary approval will last for a year. Speaking at a rally in the capital, the President noted that, thanks to a series of measures taken by the government in recent days, for the first time in history Venezuela managed to reduce prices. Comrade Maduro promised that prices will never rise again because of the exorbitant appetites of the "corrupt bourgeoisie." “The authorities will restore order in the pricing system in such a way that the bourgeoisie does not profit from the fruits of the labor of ordinary people,” the president said.
Sadness of the Latvian Minister of Defense. Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks proposed to rename the monument to the Riga Liberators from the Nazis. He writes about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to "DELFI".
“I think that on May 9 we should not call this monument a Victory Monument,” the minister said. “This monument is nothing more than a“ soviet house ”, because next to it are people who still live in the Soviet Union and the Soviet system. Unfortunately, this is reality. ”
The minister also said that in Latvia, to his regret, not only Russians, but also many Latvians associate themselves with the Soviet Union. "Maybe 9 may not go to the" Sovkovyatnik ", but they live with the Soviet thinking, the relations of the Soviet system," he said.
Lenta reminds that earlier a proposal to rename the monument to Soviet soldiers was made by the VL — TB / LNNK nationalist bloc, which, together with Unity, is part of the ruling coalition.
The new name, as noted by the deputy Janis Dombrava, a representative of this block, should be thought up by historians and the public.
And the publicist Agris Liepins, as noted by the news agency REGNUM, on the pages of Latvijas avize offered to invent a nickname for the monument. One of the possible options is “Russian sharpening” (Liepins meant the bayonets of the Red Army men).
The mayor of Riga could not ignore such aggressive statements. Nickname, say? "Sovkovyatnik"?
As transmits "Lenta.ru", on his Facebook page, Neil Ushakov announced a contest for inventing a nickname for the Minister of Defense of Latvia.
The mayor of Riga promised that the authors of the ten best options will receive a small prize. Comrade Ushakov is a polite and well-mannered man: he asked not to send abusive characteristics.
The Minister of Defense has reportedly already received dozens of nicknames.
Vegetarian warriors. The command of the Norwegian Armed Forces plans to join the campaign against global climate change. How will the fight be organized? Every week for one day the soldiers ’diet will consist exclusively of vegetarian dishes, reports RIA News" with reference to France Press.
“This is a measure to protect our climate. The idea is to eat food that does not harm the environment, ”explained the representative of the command, Estein Quarving. He said that on this day the servicemen will eat vegetarian food, since its production causes less harm to the environment.
Fasting in the Norwegian troops announced Monday. The command expects to save up to 150 tons of meat annually.
According to a study by one of the Norwegian organizations that promote vegetarianism, for the life of the average citizen of the country eats 1147 chickens, 22 sheep, six cows and a little more than two and a half deer.
Today, activists are calling on fellow citizens to follow the lead of the army and refuse meat on Mondays. According to the UN, the share of livestock farms in global greenhouse gas emissions is about 18%.
London, Embassy of the Netherlands, "Other Russia". Yesterday in London, activists of the unregistered party “The Other Russia” threw flames and smoke bombs at the Dutch embassy. They demanded an investigation into the death of oppositionist Alexander Dolmatov. As the representative of the “Other Russia” Alexander Averin told Interfax, none of the protesters was detained. It is noted that activists of other left-wing organizations participated in the protest.
According to Averin, which lead "Vesti", the protesters demanded from the Netherlands to investigate the causes of Dolmatov's death and to pay compensation to the mother of the oppositionist. Also, the opposition demanded to punish the law enforcement authorities of Holland for the fact that Dolmatov was illegally placed in a deportation prison, where he died.
This is not the first opposition action about Dolmatov. During the visit of the royal couple of the Netherlands to Russia, they were pelted with tomatoes at the Moscow Conservatory. Protesters shouted: "Dolmatov's blood is on your hands!"
“Vesti” reminds that Alexander Dolmatov committed suicide at the deportation center in Rotterdam in mid-January. He feared persecution in the criminal case of unrest in Bolotnaya Square and asked for political asylum. His request was rejected: the authorities of the Netherlands considered that the risk for him if he returned to Russia was minimal.
The attack on Yahya Hassan. In Denmark, they attacked the poet Yahya Hassan, who in his works criticized Muslims. This is reported by the Danish newspaper «Jyllands-Posten» with reference to the official police statement. The attack was committed on the evening of November 18 at Copenhagen Central Station, when Hassan saw off his girlfriend on the train, reports "Lenta.ru".
Attacked the poet from behind. He was hit on the head several times. The attacker shouted that the young man was wrong, and therefore must die.
The offender was detained by employees of the Danish railways, who then handed him over to the police.
A man is 24 of the year, he is not a native of Denmark. Previously, he was tried for terrorism. He served time in prison, according to the Danish tabloid "BT". He has already been charged with assault.
As Lenta reminds, 18-year-old Yahya Hassan is the son of Palestinian immigrants who came to Denmark at the end of the 1980s. He is known for his debut collection of poems, in which he condemned the generation of his parents for not taking responsibility for the integration of their children into Danish society. Hassan had previously told the media that after the publication of the collection, he received daily threats from radical Muslims.
David Priestland on the threat to the “Putin regime.” Historian and writer David Priestland (“Financial Times”; the source of abbr. Translation - "Inopressa") believes that promoting xenophobia is a disastrous policy of Putin.
The growth of xenophobic attitudes is a serious threat not only to migrants, but also to the Putin regime: it prevents Putin from achieving his main goal - to return Russia to the status of a great power, the article says.
In the 2006 year, Putin gave way to business pressure and weakened immigration laws. As a result, today, up to 14% of the total population of the former Soviet Central Asian republics resides in Russia, the writer notes. “However, presidential policies are dictated not only by economic considerations,” continues Priestland. - Coupled with free trade, immigration is a central component of its efforts to maintain the dependence of the republics of the former USSR on Russia and to strengthen the informal “empire”.
According to Pristland, Putin’s inconsistent attitude to the issue of immigration is due to attempts to reconcile three different political projects: economic liberalization, quasi-imperialism and growing ethnic nationalism. Putin himself prefers the imperial project, but nationalism is more popular among the people.
“The conflict of imperial and ethnic nationalism is rooted in the past,” recalls the historian. “Both kings and Soviet commissars encouraged citizens to associate themselves with a centralized multinational state, but their views were often disputed by ethnic nationalists who claimed that countless ordinary Russians sacrificed themselves on the altar of the empire.”
Such a difference was reflected in the language, the author continues: populist nationalism uses the word “Russian”, but the word “Russian” is used to describe a multinational imperial state.
Putin is professing a “Rossysky” approach, but “Russky” nationalism will pose a growing threat to the Kremlin. “The president is particularly worried about Alexey Navalny, a charismatic oppositionist who combines attacks on corrupt officials and calls for market reforms with demands to restrict migration,” the author believes. “For the first time, Putin has encountered numerous opposition, which can find supporters not only among the educated segments of the population in the country's largest cities.”
What are the recommendations and predictions of the historian?
In order to neutralize the "Russian" nationalism, it is necessary to revive the economy of Russia and radically reform the authoritarian institutions of power. But the trouble: Putin, most likely, will not undertake either one or the other. He will continue to use both nationalisms at the same time, although it will become increasingly difficult to do.
“As he should remember,” the expert summarizes, “it was the ethnic nationalism of the Soviet republics that predetermined the fate of one of his predecessors, Mikhail Gorbachev, and the state of the USSR, which Putin still mourns.”
Migrants in Moscow: the situation escalates. The center of Moscow is experiencing the greatest burden due to the influx of migrants into the capital. Reported yesterday Interfax Vice Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov.
Also Pechatnikov noted that “not everything went smoothly” on the outskirts of the city. “In Moscow, the situation, primarily social, with irregular migrants has worsened,” he said, speaking at a meeting of the Presidential Human Rights Council.
According to him, only 200 of thousands of foreign citizens are lawfully located in Moscow, which corresponds to the quota, the rest are illegal immigrants.
Speaking with Interfax, the vice-mayor, among other things, said: "... migration has become such an acute social problem that we must introduce measures, if not punitive, then hard administration and control over people who come here illegally."
Earlier, Kommersant, citing data from the Federal Migration Service, reported that the largest concentration of migrants in the capital is observed in the city center, and not on the outskirts, as their residents believe.
For example, in the Tverskoy District, the number of legalized migrants exceeds the number of local residents, who, according to Rosstat, are slightly more than 73 thousand people. In the Meshchansky district, 79412 people are on migration registration, in Basmanny - 61394 people.
Discussion of the problem of migrants in the HRC coincided with a raid on migrants in the market “Gardener”. As Interfax was told in the metropolitan police, more than 2 people were taken to the offices as part of Operation Barrier-600. They will be checked for involvement in crimes.
Network "VKontakte" fell under blocking. Part of the resources of the social network "VKontakte" was blocked in Italy and Russia. The reasons are different: in Russia, the site has been blocked due to extremist content, and in Italy because of copyright infringement, reports Interfax.
Rostelecom blocked part of the social network resources by the decision of the Lefortovo Court, but yesterday it brought official apologies. On Tuesday, the provider restricted access to some of the VKontakte resources by IP addresses due to extremist materials, explaining that it does not have the “technical ability to block individual accounts”. Rostelecom stressed that it is against ridiculous blocking, and therefore interacts with RAEC and Roskomnadzor.
By decision of the court of Rome, the same social network for the illegal placement of cinema was blocked in Italy. On Monday, "VKontakte" was entered in the register of sites to be blocked. The lawsuit against the social network was filed by the film company Medusa Film, owned by the family of Silvio Berlusconi.
Bail of two million. The Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg yesterday released on bail of 2 million rubles a total of 12 Greenpeace activists detained for infiltrating the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Barents Sea, reports Interfax.
The court changed the measure of restraint for Brazilian Ana Paula Aminians Maciel, David Zeissmann of New Zealand, Tomasz Dzemyanchuk from Poland, Argentinean Miguel Hernan Perez Orsi and Camila Spezial from Poland, Canadian Paul Ruzhycki from Italy, Christian D'Allessandro, an Italian, in which he is a non-resident, and he is an Italian Christian D'Allessandro, and he is a non-resident; As soon as the amount of the deposit is transferred to the account of the investigative department, the Greenpeace members will be able to get out of custody.
Earlier, on Monday, the court decided to release on bail in 2 million rubles. three Russians: photographer Denis Sinyakov, Greenpeace spokesman Andrey Allahverdov and the ship's doctor Ekaterina Zaspa.
Medvedev go after Kudrin? For a long time, Russian leaders did not enter into correspondence controversy, writes Irina Wojciech (Utro.ru).
But the Prime Minister suddenly sharply criticized the presidential initiative: to return to law enforcement agencies the right to initiate tax matters. In response, the president criticized the prime minister, hinting: if he intends to continue in a similar vein, he risks going after the same dismissed Alexei Kudrin.
“However, in the near future, Medvedev can hardly be afraid of resigning: the unpopular pension and housing and communal services reform, for which the government should assume responsibility, has not been completed. Dismissing the prime minister makes sense following the results of a sharp increase in social discontent, making him responsible for serious economic difficulties, and they (if you look at the rate of slowdown in the national economy) are not far off. But the government can only be dismissed once, and “conversations in the line” is clearly the case. So Putin’s menacing shout seems to be addressed not only and not so much to Medvedev: large business and many economic officials (for example, the Ministry of Finance) opposed the transfer of the TFR of the right to initiate tax cases. They were simply reminded once again that loyalty is synonymous with professional suitability. ”
The key here is “by assigning him responsible for serious economic difficulties,” we add. D. Medvedev has long understood that his government has to “pay off” for Putin’s election populism: after all, there are no programs or promises or there is not enough money, the Pension Fund has a huge hole, small businesses are strangled with taxes and “social” exactions (in 2013) closed and continue to close tens of thousands of small enterprises). Moreover, the Kremlin does not stop at the “achievements”, but goes to other unpopular measures. In parallel with the pension "reform", science is finally falling apart in the country, wearing unhappy Soviet clothes, a miserable education, and the "profiters" from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade have already invented some thousand-rule patents for citizens who could be properly called a tax on the unemployed. All this is happening against the background of total permanent corruption.
"Care" Medvedev will be implemented when it is necessary to appoint the culprit in the economic fiasco of the state. The candidacy of the one who will answer for everything, right next to Putin. True, there is another scenario, not Putin’s: Medvedev publicly criticizes the president’s economic policy and will resign himself. Another question is whether Medvedev will want to leave the warm spot of the prime minister ahead of time ...
Unaccounted Pentagon. The Pentagon does not cope with the maintenance of financial records: an unknown amount of money is on the accounts of the structure, and unrecorded equipment is on the balance sheet, it transfers "RT".
A journalistic investigation conducted by Reuters revealed that, starting with 1996, 8,5 billion dollars from taxpayers allocated by the Congress to the Ministry of Defense were spent by the agency without reporting. The various structures of the Pentagon simply did not provide monthly expenditure reports.
No one knows how much of the 565 billion dollars allocated by Congress to the Pentagon was spent on the necessary procurement for the department. In addition, the Pentagon’s inability to track its own expenses has led to a lot of unnecessary spending. Various equipment remains in the warehouses of the Office after the expiration of its storage.
Obama's social ideas. Speaking in Washington at the annual “Summit of Top Business Persons” organized by the Wall Street Journal, Barack Obama called the main reason for the budget deficit in the US - the high cost of healthcare.
Obama noted that prices for medical care in the United States are much higher than in other countries. “The best way to solve budget problems is to make this system cheaper,” the president said.
In 2013, the budget deficit in the United States was 680 billion dollars, reminiscent of "Vesti" with reference to ITAR-TASS.
Alcoholic from Congress. Florida Republican Congressman Trey Reidel, detained by police for possession of cocaine, said on Facebook his intention to undergo treatment. This tells correspondent RIA "News" Peter Martynychev.
“I struggle with alcohol addiction, and this has led to an extremely irresponsible choice,” the congressman said in a statement.
The original statement about the "irresponsible choice", add from myself. Apparently, the congressman was trying to overcome the alcohol addiction by switching to cocaine.
America will listen. The collection of data on telephone calls by the American special services makes it possible to effectively fight against terrorism, said Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President of the United States for Homeland Security and the Fight against Terrorism, reports correspondent RIA "News" Peter Martynychev.
“While there is a public debate about leaks about intelligence activities, we should not forget about the important role of the intelligence community, including the National Security Agency, in the fight against terrorism. Intelligence programs save lives. They help disrupt the plans of terrorists abroad before they strike at our closest allies, ”said Monaco.
“We cannot afford to abandon this tool ... Although we are taking the necessary steps to revise intelligence programs to ensure proper control, we must also maintain the ability to protect our nation,” the presidential aide said.
Everything is clear, add on my own. It could not be otherwise: “Big Brother” was created not to listen to the citizens, but to listen to them.
Throw down on the killer. The magazine “Forbes” told about the appearance on the Internet of a resource whose users collect money for contract killings of politicians. The Murder Market site functions as a crowdfunding platform: each visitor can transfer a certain amount to a murder. On the activities of the site tells "Voice of Russia" with reference to the materials "Lenti.ru".
The correspondent of "Forbes" Andy Greenberg found out some details.
You can make a contribution using bitcoins. Access to the Assassination Market site is only possible through the Tor anonymous network.
The Homicide Market has been in operation for about four months. Several orders appeared on the site: users collect money for a killer for NSA head Keith Alexander, as well as US President Barack Obama.
But the most popular "lot" was the project of the assassination of Ben Bernanke - the main opponent of the spread of Bitcoins. The killer for this person collected about 124 bitcoins (almost 85 thousand dollars).
The alleged founder of the "Murder Market" contacted Forbes. He said that the site expects to raise enough funds and kill enough politicians to "make everyone afraid to hold any public office."
“As a result, the site will destroy all governments around the world. I believe that this will change the world and make it better, ”said the alleged creator of“ Market ”, signing with the pseudonym Kuwabatake Sanjuro (named after one of the samurai from the film“ Bodyguard ”Akira Kurosawa).
In the near future, "Military Review" will post material on the "Murder Market". Follow the publications.
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