May 28

Medvedev orders extension of foreign food ban through 2017:

Restrictions against countries that joined the anti-Russian sanctions will be prolonged till the end of 2017, announced Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He instructed the government to prepare the relevant documents.

“Our agricultural companies have repeatedly asked to continue the embargo on agricultural products from countries that had imposed sanctions against Russia or later joined them. I ordered draft proposals on extending the countermeasures not for a year but until the end of 2017,” Medvedev said while meeting with members of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) on Friday.

The Prime Minister added that Russian agricultural companies will get an opportunity for long-term investment planning which they have asked for.

Western countries have lost around $9.3 billion since the introduction of the Russian food ban, according to a report from the Russian government’s analytical center.

The United States and the European Union initially introduced anti-Russian sanctions in 2014 after Moscow was accused of supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine and annexing Crimea. Sanctions targeted Russia’s financial, energy, and defense sectors, as well as some government officials, businessmen, and public figures.

Moscow responded by imposing an embargo on agricultural produce, food and raw materials against countries that joined anti-Russian sanctions. Since then the sides have repeatedly broadened and extended the sanctions.

However, lately some European policymakers and businesses have become increasingly skeptical about the sanctions, pointing out that they have proven to be politically ineffective and economically harmful for both Russia and European countries.

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Feb 24

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Serbs protest government’s NATO deal, call to Russia for help:

Thousands of Serbs marched through the heart of Belgrade to the Russian embassy, in protest at a new co-operation agreement with NATO, and the death of two Serbian hostages during a US air strike in Libya.

Organized by the ultra-conservative, nationalist Zavet and Obraz movements, the march proceeded peacefully, as the demonstrators brandished portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin in military fatigues, and held placards with the slogan “Expel NATO ASAP.” One banner read “Putin for President,” another “Medvedev for PM,” in reference to the head of the Russian government, Dmitry Medvedev. Continue reading »

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Feb 13

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Russia’s Medvedev: We Are in ‘a New Cold War’:

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said his country is in a new Cold War with the U.S. and its allies, underscoring the tenuous level of trust that’s putting a day-old plan for a truce in Syria at risk.

The clash, with echoes of superpower rhetoric during the 20th century, played out at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday even as Russia, Europe and the U.S. say they’re seeking cooperation to end Syria’s civil war, resolve the armed standoff in eastern Ukraine and make progress toward lifting European economic sanctions against Russia. Continue reading »

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Feb 13

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Russia’s PM Medvedev Warns of New War if US, Arab Troops Invade Syria:

As Turkey and Saudi Arabia edge closer to sending ground forces into Syria at the behest of the United States, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that an escalation of the conflict could lead to another war in the world.

During an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, Medvedev warned of dire consequences if the United States and its allies abandon Syrian peace talks in favor of deploying ground forces.

“All ground operations, as a rule, lead to permanent wars,” he said. “Look at what is going on in Afghanistan and a number of other countries. I don’t even mention the ill-fated Libya.

“The Americans must consider — both the US president and our Arab partners — whether or not they want a permanent war.” Continue reading »

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Jun 02

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Medvedev promises symmetrical response if new anti-Russian sanctions are introduced (RT, June 2, 2015):

The Russian prime minister has warned EU officials that if they decide to tighten the regime of sanctions aimed against Russia, an equivalent reply would follow inevitably.

Our partners from the European Union will gather in July to discuss a number of decisions. And if they pass decisions concerning new sanctions against Russia we would give a symmetrical reply. If they won’t, we are going to remain on the positions that we currently have,” Tass quoted Medvedev as saying on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jan 30

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russia’s PM signs multibillion dollar anti-crisis plan (RT, Jan 28, 2015):

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a one-year anti-crisis plan designed to stabilize the economy. The document includes 60 measures and will cost at least $35 billion (2.3 trillion rubles).

The final cost hasn’t yet been calculated but the official statement published Wednesday shows that as for now the Government is going to spend about $35 billion, which also includes the $15 billion (one trillion ruble) bailout for Russian banks agreed last year. Continue reading »

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Jan 28

Medvedev Warns Of “Unlimited Reaction” If Russia Cut From SWIFT (ZeroHedge, Jan 27, 2015):

While nations around the world continue to de-dollarize, Russia signed into law its anti-crisis plan today (though details will not be released until tomorrow). Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, however, was quite vociferous in some of his threats, warning The West that the “Russian response – economically and otherwise – will know no limits” if Russia is cut off from the SWIFT payments system. Additionally, as Royce, the chairman of the House foreign affairs committee, explains Iran nuclear talks “appear to be stalemated,” just days after Iran completes its de-dollarization and news today, that Russia and Iran plan to create a mutual account for bilateral payments in national currencies. Continue reading »

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Jan 22

Russian Government Commission Opens Door for Ban on GMO Imports (Sustainable Pulse, Jan 20, 2015):

The Russian Government’s Commission on Legislative Activities has approved a bill introduced by the Ministry of Science and Education aimed at improving Russia’s regulation of genetic engineering.

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Source: government.ru

The bill imposes a ban on the cultivation and breeding of genetically modified plants and animals in Russia, except for when used in scientific research. Continue reading »

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Oct 30

Total War over the Petrodollar (Casey Research, Oct 27, 2014):

The conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Total SA’s chief executive, Christophe de Margerie, started the second the news broke of his death. Under mysterious circumstances in Moscow, his private jet collided with a snowplow just after midnight. De Margerie was the CEO of Total, France’s largest oil company.

He’d just attended a private meeting with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, at a time when the West’s relationship with Russia is fraught, to say the least.

One has better odds of being struck by lightning at an airport then a snow plow, or any other ground support vehicles hitting a plane and killing all inside the plane, in my opinion. And I say that as someone who’s familiar with airports, having worked at Vancouver International Airport when I was in university; I was the one who would bring the plane into its parking bay. Continue reading »

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Jul 15

Russia Bans Purchases of Foreign-Made Cars By Government

Russia Bans Purchases of Foreign-Made Cars By Government (The Moscow Times, July 14, 2014):

Federal and municipal governments were prohibited from buying foreign-made cars by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who said he hoped the decision would “help preserve necessary balance on the market.”

The state spends huge sums buying equipment, and “of course it is better if they go to domestic companies, not foreign producers,” Interfax quoted Medvedev as saying at a meeting with deputy prime ministers on Monday. Continue reading »

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Jul 07

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Russia Rushes To Seal Ukraine-Bypassing Gas Pipeline: Lavrov Pays Bulgaria A Visit (ZeroHedge, July 7, 2014):

As we remarked two weeks ago, when observing the recent developments surrounding the suddenly all-important South Stream gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine entirely, and instead traversing the Black Sea before crossing Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and terminating in the Austrian central European gas hub of Baumgarten, we said that all of Europe is suddenly focused on if and how Russia will make headway with a project that may be the most important one for not only Europe’s energy future but the impact Russia will continue to have over Germany et al. And of course, Ukraine. Because should Russia find a way to completely bypass Kiev as a traditional transit hub for Russian gas, it would make the country, and its ongoing civil war, completely irrelevant not only for Russia, but worse, for Europe, the IMF, and Ukraine’s staunch western “supporters and allies” as well.

South Stream Map

Showing just how Europe perceives the Russian “South Stream” threat was a comment from a recent NYT article, in which Günther Oettinger, Europe’s top energy official, was quoted as saying that the Ukraine crisis “has slowed down our progress on South Stream considerably… We can’t just give in to the Russians every time.” Alas, since the Russians control the all important gas, Europe has zero choice.

This explains why even as the western media finally remembered over the weekend there was a Ukraine civil war going on following an advance by the Kiev army to retake some rebel strongholds in the Donbas region, with some wondering what if anything Putin would do in retaliation, what Putin, or rather his envoy Sergei Lavrov were actually doing, was completely ignoring the Ukraine situation (where the West has long since conceded the loss of Crimea to the Kremlin) and instead focusing on securing the successful launch of the South Stream (remember: the second South Stream goes online, Ukraine becomes irrelevant). And since Russia already signed another historic agreement with Austria in June, which positioned the AAA-country (with some surprising emerging bank troubles subsequently) squarely against its fellow European peers, it was the turn of the other South Stream countries, namely Bulgaria. Continue reading »

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Jul 02

–  Russia Warns Of “Gas Crisis” By Fall, Blasts Poroshenko “Personally Responsible For New Deaths” (ZeroHedge, July 2, 2014):

While the USA has been oddly quiet since Ukraine’s President Poroshenko unilaterally ended the cease-fire, the Russians have not. This morning’s “anti-terrorist” shelling of East Ukraine buildings stirred Russia’s Prime Minister Medvedev to warn:

  • *MEDVEDEV SAYS POROSHENKO MADE MISTAKE ENDING CEASE-FIRE
  • *MEDVEDEV SAYS POROSHENKO PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR NEW DEATHS
  • *MEDVEDEV SAYS THERE MAY BE FULL FLEDGED GAS CRISIS BY FALL

Of course, Ukraine is ‘fixed’ – it must be: stocks are up. However, it appears a new round of violence (with little seeming room for negotiation) appears set to start as Ukraine moves ahead and Medvedev makes it clear there will be repercussions. Continue reading »

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Apr 15

Ukraine Launches Military Operation Against Separatists, Russian PM Says Country “Anticipating Civil War” (ZeroHedge, April 15, 2014):

Following last night’s protest in front of the Kiev parliament by Maidan faithful and others who had gotten sick and tired by their government doing absolutely nothing to preserve the cohesion of the Ukraine – both west and east – this morning acting president Turchynov, realizing he is between a rock and a hard place and suddenly his position is quite precarious, finally announced that he had issued an order to the country’s military to begin operations to retake government buildings seized by pro-Russia separatists in eastern areas.  Oleksandr Turchynov, also the parliament speaker, said the deployment had begun in the Donetsk region, where many of the approximately 10 towns affected by the protests are located.

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FT reports:

“Overnight, an antiterrorist operation began in the north of Donetsk,” Mr Turchynov said in parliament, one day after his deadline for the demonstrators to surrender passed. “But it will be phased, responsible and balanced. The purpose of the actions, I stress once again, is to protect the citizens of Ukraine.”

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Apr 07
Dmitry Medvedev attends meeting of deputies from Russian rural villages
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks at a meeting of United Russia deputies from Russian rural villages in Volgograd on April 5, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Shtukina)

Russia will not import GMO products – PM Medvedev (RT, April 6, 2014):

Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food.

Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements on Saturday.

“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,” he said.

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Apr 03

This just looks like more disinformation coming from Sorcha Faal (WhatDoesItMean.com).

 ‘Project Double Eagle’?

This is what comes up @Google:

Project Double Eagle

The elitists are really plotting how to best launch their New World Order …

Medvedev shows off sample coin of New ‘World Currency’ at G-8:

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… but before they can launch their NWO they want to create total chaos and destroy us utterly and totally.

The elitists usually play both sides of the chess board, ….

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… and actually they view the entire world as THEIR chess board …

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And if they even control one of the very few voices of sanity on the planet …

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… then we are indeed in big, big trouble.

Picture from the Satanic Bible
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This is a handsign of the devil worshippers (goat horns).

Horned Hand or The Mano Cornuto: this gesture is the Satanic salute, a sign of recognition between and allegiance of members of Satanism or other unholy groups.

Anton Lavey, Founder of the 'Church of Satan'
Anton Lavey, founder of the Church of Satan

So let’s all better be very careful who we trust.

We cannot wait for some party, group or messiah to change and save the world.

We have to do it ourselves, one step at the time…

… and we have to start with ourselves and with that we really will be changing the world.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”
– Lao Tzu

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
– Buddha

“If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn’t call it genius.”
– Michelangelo

“Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.”
– Richard Bach


Vladimir Putin

Furious Putin Orders “Project Double Eagle” To Destroy US, EU Economies (WhatDoesItMean.com):

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

In one of its most shocking reports since the beginning of the Ukrainian Crisis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) is warning today that President Putin has ordered the immediate implementation of “Project Double Eagle,” which when fully realized will cause all global energy supplies to be purchased in gold thus, in effect, ending the US Dollar reign as the global reverse currency and collapsing both the United States and European Union economies.

“Project Double Eagle,” this report says, calls for The Central Bank of the Russian Federation (CBR) to begin production of 5 Ruble Gold Coins containing .1244 Troy Ounces of .900 Pure Gold, with a diameter of 18mm, emblazoned with a shielded and crowned double eagle, and which will become the worlds alternative to both the US Dollar and Euro in purchasing energy supplies.

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Mar 05

Related info:

It Begins: Gazprom Warns European Gas ‘Supply Disruptions’ Possible#


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Ukraine Won’t Pay Russia For Gas, Has Billions In Obligations Due; Europe Promises Aid Money It Doesn’t Have (ZeroHedge, March 4, 2014):

About an hour ago, the head of Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom said on Wednesday that Ukraine had informed the company it could not pay for February gas deliveries in full, further adding to tensions between Moscow and Kiev. Alexei Miller said Ukraine’s total debt to Gazprom for gas deliveries was nearing $2 billion. “Our Ukrainian colleagues informed us that they would not be able to pay in full for February gas deliveries,” he told Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As reported by Reuters, Miller added that Ukraine managed to redeem only $10 million on Wednesday from a total debt of $1.529 billion. He said that Ukraine’s debt would rise by $440 million on March 7, a deadline for payments. In other words, as of this moment the Ukraine already owes Russia $2 billion, or about double what John Kerry announced to much fanfare, the US would provide the country with in terms of aid. And considering that yesterday Gazprom announed that beginning in April it would end the gas pricing discount to the Ukraine, which lowered the price of gas to $268.5 per 1,000 cubic metres from around $400, this accrual is only set to get bigger with every passing day, and very soon Ukraine may get no Russian gas at all which was and continues to be the biggest leverage Russia has over the country which nuclear power plants provide less than half of its electricity needs.

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Feb 25

Интервью Д.Медведева телекомпании CNN

Russia is not clear about situation in Ukraine, there is threat to our interests, our citizens’ life, health – Medvedev (Voice of Russia, Feb 24, 2014):

The recall of the Russian ambassador from Kiev means that Russia is not clear about situation in Ukraine, there is threat to our interests, our citizens’ life and health, Dmitry Medvedev said.

All legally binding agreements with Ukraine will be implemented – Medvedev

Russian will honor all the agreements it signed with Ukraine, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

“Those agreements which are legally binding must be honored. We are not cooperating with personalities or isolated individuals. These are inter-state relations,” Medvedev said in Sochi.

I don’t know where Azarov is – Medvedev

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Dec 14

Russia Stations Tactical, Nuclear-Capable Missiles Along Polish Border (ZeroHedge, Dec 14, 2013):

“Russia will deploy Iskander missile systems in its enclave in Kaliningrad to neutralize, if necessary, the anti-ballistic missile system in Europe.
Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president, November 2008 in his first presidential address to the Russian people

2013 was a year when Europe tried to reallign its primary source of natgas energy, from Gazpromia to Qatar, and failed. More importantly, it was a year in which Russia’s Vladimir Putin undisputedly won every foreign relations conflict that involved Russian national interests, to the sheer humiliation of both John Kerry and Francois Hollande. However, it seems the former KGB spy had a Plan B in case things escalated out of control, one that fits with what we wrote a few days ago when we reported that “Russia casually announces it will use nukes if attacked.” Namely, as Bloomberg reports citing Bild, Russia quietly stationed a double-digit number of SS-26 Stone, aka Iskander, tactical, nuclear-capable short-range missiles near the Polish border in a dramatic escalation to merely verbal threats issued as recently as a year ago.

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The range of the Iskander rockets:

Iskander Range

From Bloomberg:

  • Russia has stationed missiles with a range of about 500 kilometers in its Kaliningrad enclave and along its border with the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Germany’s Bild-Zeitung reports, citing defense officials it didn’t identify.
  • Satellite images show a “double-digit” amount of mobile units identified as SS-26 Stone in NATO code
  • Missiles were stationed within the past 12 months
  • SS-26 can carry conventional as well as nuclear warheads

In other words, Russia quietly has come through on its threat issued in April 2012, when it warned it would deploy Iskander missiles that could target US missile defense systems in Poland. From RIA at the time: Continue reading »

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Mar 25

Merkel “Very Happy”, Russian PM Furious: “The Stealing Of What Has Already Been Stolen Continues” (ZeroHedge, March 25, 2013):

First, it is Merkel’s turn, which last week was furious at Cyprus for daring to reject the first flawed Eurogroup plan impairing insured depositors, only to praise it for now… rejecting said plan. To wit: Chancellor Angela Merkel, “as well as the government, is very happy that the troika, the euro group and Cyprus were able to reach an agreement,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert says in Berlin. He added that difficulties will arise in the short term because of measures aimed to scale back Cyprus’s banking sector, “but in the long run it will lead to a healthier” industry. That remains to be seen, especially when factoring in the Russian response.Which wont be pleasant.

The official Russian line is one of a typical professional chess player – calm, cool, collected: Russia doesn’t see need to take any additional steps now, may still agree to restructure loan, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told reporters earlier. Shuvalov, unlike Merkel and ECB’s Mersch who sees nothing but green shoots (literally) everywhere in Europe, said that Russia is concerned Cyprus crisis may have negative effect on euro. The deputy PM says that he has no estimate for Russian losses in Cyprus but added that Russian money in Cyprus is “legal.”

The unofficial line comes from former president, and current PM and Putin mouthpiece, Dmitry Medvedev. From Reuters:

Moscow reacted with anger on Monday to a European Union bailout of Cyprus that will result in heavy losses for foreign depositors at the Mediterranean island’s banks, many of which are Russian.

The stealing of what has already been stolen continues,” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by news agencies as telling a meeting of government officials.

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Dec 09

Father Christmas, aliens, President Vladimir Putin’s lateness and police “jerks” – Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister, gave the nation his views on more than he intended on Friday.


Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister

Medvedev Makes Strange Off-Air Comments (Sky News, Dec 7, 2012)

Dmitry Medvedev muses on aliens and Vladimir Putin’s lateness (Telegraph, Dec 8, 2012):

Mr Medvedev let his guard down after an interview with five Russian television stations when he failed to realise the cameras were still rolling.

“I believe in Father Frost. But not too deeply. But anyway, you know, I’m not one of those people who are able to tell the kids that Father Frost does not exist,” he said in a jovial reply to a question about Russia’s equivalent of Santa Claus.

He went on to make an unflattering allusion to Putin’s frequent lateness for meetings.

“Colleagues, somebody should be extremely punctual, while somebody else is exhausting all the limits for being late,” he said, smiling wryly on a day when his mentor was more than an hour late for an event in southern Russia.

The comments touched off satire on the internet which is unlikely to help Mr Medvedev, whose star has waned since Mr Putin took over from him as president in May after a four-year interval.

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Mar 31


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Nov 24

Full must watch address to the public: for English closed captioning hit the CC button.

YouTube Added: 23.11.2011

Russia Retaliates Against US: Puts Radar Station On Combat Alert, Prepares To Take Out European Missile Defense Systems (ZeroHedge, Nov. 23, 2011):

Earlier today, we presented the latest developments in the escalating possibility of an imminent air (and potentially land) campaign targeting Syria by the “western world”, a move that would infuriate not only Iran, but also Russia and China, both of which have made it clear they would not sit idly by and let such an “aggression” stand. Now it is Russia’s turn to retaliate. Cutting straight to the chase – in a nationally televized appearance by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev: in response to what the Russian believes is an active incursion and a potential act of eventual aggression on behalf of NATO countries in Eastern Europe (and hence the US), he he said the following (7 minutes in): “First, I am instructing the Defense Ministry to immediately put the missile attack early warning radar station in Kaliningrad on combat alert. Second, protective cover of Russia’s strategic nuclear weapons, will be reinforced as a priority measure under the programme to develop out air and space defenses. Third, the new strategic ballistic missiles commissioned by the Strategic Missile Forces and the Navy will be equipped with advanced missile defense penetration systems and new highly-effective warheads. Fourth, I have instructed the Armed Forces to draw up measures for disabling missile defense system data and guidance systems if need beFifth, if the above measures prove insufficient, the Russian Federation will deploy modern offensive weapon systems in the west and south of the country, ensuring our ability to take out any part of the US missile defense system, in Europe. One step in this process will be to deploy Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad Region. Other measures to counter the European missile defense system will be drawn up and implemented as necessary. Furthermore, if the situation continues to develop not in Russia’s favor we reserve the right to discontinue further disarmament and arms control measures. Besides, given the intrinsic link between strategic offensive and defensive arms, conditions for our withdrawal from the New START Treaty could also arise.” That said, he concludes that Russia is still open to dialog. However, if Obama merely intends to bomb any nation at will, we are very much concerned that everything Medvedev has just threatened will be enacted. And exponentially more so when Putin comes back in charge. One thing is certain – Russia is not North Korea, and taking this speech for more empty jawboning is probably not the wisest option.

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Nov 24

The Russians immediately understood that the missile defense shield was aimed at them and was never about protecting Europe from Iran as it has been portrayed by MSM.

Update (Medvedev’s full must watch address to the public):

Russia Retaliates Against US: Puts Radar Station On Combat Alert, Prepares To Take Out European Missile Defense Systems


Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president embraced the fiery rhetoric of the Cold War threatening to target and if necessary destroy America’s planned European missile defence shield once it is built.


A Russian Topol-12M mobile nuclear missile

Dmitry Medvedev threatens US over planned missile defence shield (Telegraph, Nov. 23, 2011):

In what may be the most serious blow to US-Russia relations since President Barack Obama came to power, Mr Medvedev raised the prospect of Russia launching missile attacks on European Union member states such as Poland, Romania and Spain as well as Nato member Turkey.

“I have given the armed forces the task of drawing up plans to destroy the information and command and control systems of the (US/Nato) anti-missile shield,” he said.

“Our Nato partners are not for now showing any readiness to take our concerns about the architecture of the European missile shield into account, something which convinces us that their plans are aimed at Russia.” Upping the ante further, he said Russia’s anxiety was so great that it would reserve the right to tear up existing nuclear arms control treaties and halt talks about new treaties.

The White House immediately rebuffed Mr Medvedev, making it clear Washington would not be altering its plans in any way.

“We will not in any way limit or change our deployment plans in Europe,” said Tommy Vietor, a National Security Council spokesman. “In multiple channels, we have explained to Russian officials that the missile defence systems planned for deployment in Europe do not and cannot threaten Russia’s strategic deterrent.”

The shield that Russia objects to so strongly is designed to shoot down missiles from rogue states such as Iran but is years away from being operational. Turkey, Poland, Romania and Spain have all agreed to join what is a diluted version of a controversial plan first proposed by former President George W. Bush.

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Nov 08


Dmitry Medvedev

The German version of the RIA Novosti article sounds a ‘little’ different:

Medwedew: Kriegsrhetorik gegen Iran kann zu Katastrophe führen (RIA Novosti, Nov. 8, 2011):

Russlands Präsident Dmitri Medwedew hat Israel und weitere Staaten vor militaristischer Rhetorik im Streit um das iranische Atomprogramm gewarnt. „All das kann in einen Großkrieg enden, was für den Nahen Osten eine Katastrophe wäre“, sagte Medwedew am Dienstag in Berlin.

Großkrieg! (Groß = Big; Krieg = War)


Medvedev urges calm over Iran, warns of ‘catastrophe’ (RIA Novosti, Nov. 8, 2011):

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday said increasing anti-Iranian rhetoric could lead to a catastrophe in the Middle East.

A new International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear program will be released on Wednesday. Its details, some of which have been leaked, have prompted speculation over a possible military strike on Iran by Israel.

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Sep 29

Russia’s former finance chief attacks Kremlin over fake democracy (Telegraph, Sep. 27, 2011):

Russia’s ex-finance minister dealt a fresh blow to the Kremlin on Tuesday, disclosing that it had asked him to lead a fake political party but that he had refused to take part in the deception.

Firing a parting shot at the Kremlin a day after he was unceremoniously forced out of his job for public dissent, Alexei Kudrin became the latest prominent insider to blow the whistle on Russia’s democracy as Vladimir Putin prepares to controversially assume the presidency for a third time next year. Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s third richest man, recently denounced the entire political system as a cynically state-managed sham, while former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has repeatedly warned that the country is heading for a revolution unless it undertakes serious reform.

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Jun 19

Russia orders Stalin-era leather coats for Putin guards (AFP, June 10, 2011):

MOSCOW — Russia’s federal guard service, in charge of protecting President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, may soon sport black leather overcoats harking back to the era of Stalin’s purges. The elite service known by its Russian acronym FSO has launched a tender to purchase 60 leather trenchcoats on the official site for government purchases, instantly drawing tongue-in-cheek criticism from Russian bloggers.

Long leather trenchcoats are infamously associated with uniforms of Soviet NKVD secret police, worn by its low-ranking officers at the height of Stalin’s pre-war purges in the late 1930s.

The coats ordered by the FSO appear to be nearly identical to the NKVD coats, according to the tender documentation and images uploaded on the website zakupki.gov.ru last week.

The jet-black “light leather overcoat” as the item is described is meant for “high-ranking FSO officers” and features a belt and various insignia, including the image of the Russian two-headed eagle on every button.

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Jun 15

Flashback:

Rep. Ron Paul: War On Libya Totally Unconstitutional


Russian Space Oddity: Ground Control to Colonel Gaddafi (TIME, Jun 14, 2011):

When the U.S. and France asked Russia last month to help mediate the war in Libya, they were probably not expecting a self-proclaimed emissary of alien life to show up in Tripoli for a meeting with Muammar Gaddafi. But on Sunday evening, as NATO air strikes continued on the Libyan capital, the besieged Colonel took the time to entertain a Russian politician named Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, best known for his claims that extraterrestrials took him on a mystical tour of the galaxy in their spaceship in 1997. Far from convincing Gaddafi to step down, the visit seemed geared toward giving him a confidence boost – and an unlikely lesson in the game of kings.

For the past 15 years, Ilyumzhinov has also presided over the world chess federation, known as FIDE, which makes him the first head of an international body to meet with Gaddafi since the U.N.-backed bombing campaign against him began in March. In a video shown on Libyan television on Sunday night, Ilyumzhinov praises Gaddafi’s resilience. “It’s a great honor for me to be here to see that you are very well, healthy, because many people… gave wrong information,” he said in stilted English. (See what mediating in Libya could cost Medvedev.)

The two men then played a rather awkward game of chess. Allowed the first move, Gaddafi made a clumsy opening, nervously moving his pawn from F3 to F4, and Ilyumzhinov took the piece and moved it back for him. The game ended in a draw and a handshake for the cameras, after which Ilyumzhinov told reporters that Gaddafi had promised never to leave Libya, regardless of the West’s support for the rebels battling to overthrow him. The two-hour chat, Ilyumzhinov said, was held not in an underground bunker, where many western experts had presumed Gaddafi to be hiding, but in “one of the administrative buildings in the Libyan capital.”

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Mar 23

Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya are all being destroyed with depleted uranium.

It’s genocide …

Inhaled or ingested DU particles are highly toxic, and DU has been classified as an illegal weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.

“More than ten times the amount of radiation released during atmospheric testing [of nuclear bombs] has been released from DU weaponry since 1991,” said Leuren Moret, a U.S. nuclear scientist.

“The genetic future of the Iraqi people, for the most part, is destroyed. The environment now is completely radioactive.”

“Because DU has a half-life of 4.5 billion years, the Middle East will, for all practical purposes, be radioactive forever.”

… and a crusade:

Seymour Hersh: Many Within Joint Special Operations Command ‘Are All Members Of, Or At Least Supporters Of, Knights Of Malta’, ‘Many Of Them Are Members of Opus Dei’ … ‘It’s A Crusade, Literally’

Pulitzer Prize Winner Seymour Hersh And The Men Who Want Him Committed



Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends a signing of bilateral documents in Brdo, Slovenia, Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

MOSCOW – Russia’s two leaders are openly disagreeing over the U.N. resolution authorizing international military action against Libya, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin comparing it to the medieval crusades and President Dmitry Medvedev warning him to watch his use of words.

Their statements represented a rare open clash on foreign policy.

Putin, who served two terms as president and still dominates Russia’s politics, said the U.N. Security Council resolution was “flawed and inferior.”

“It allows everything and is reminiscent of a medieval call for a crusade,” Putin said Monday. “In fact, it allows intervention in a sovereign state.”

Hours later, Medvedev rebuked the prime minister: “We have to be absolutely accurate in our assessments. Under no circumstances is it acceptable to use expressions that essentially lead to a clash of civilizations such as crusades and so on.”

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Feb 17

Hmmh.


Vladimir Putin has had a lavish £600 million Italianate palace built for himself near a Black Sea resort with the proceeds of “corruption, bribery and theft”, a Russian businessman has alleged.


Set in 74 hectares of prime land near the Black Sea coast, the palace is reported to be almost eight million square feet  Photo: AFP/GETTY

The claim, made in a letter to Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, was boosted on Monday after the Novaya Gazeta newspaper obtained what it said was an authenticated copy of the original contract for the palace signed in 2005 by Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian presidential property manager. Mr Putin, now prime minister, was president at the time.

Set in 74 hectares of prime land near the Black Sea coast with its own vineyard, the palace is reported to be almost eight million square feet and has its own helipad. Other features include an indoor cinema, a summer amphitheatre, a casino, swimming pools, a gym and a clock tower. Sergei Kolesnikov, the businessman who claims the palace is Mr Putin’s, has likened the structure to a palace built for Russia’s Tsars outside St Petersburg. He said that the Russian prime minister had personally approved the design and materials.

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