The Propaganda War: Opposition Sings Kremlin Tune on Ukraine || By Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp


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The propaganda war in the Ukraine crisis has spawned a renewal Russian nationalism, with members of the opposition and the intellectual class suddenly praising President Putin. Many in Russia are accepting the Kremlin’s official line uncritically.

Perhaps Alexander Byvshev was a little naïve. Maybe he thought his small village was somehow a safe haven from the world of global politics. But how wrong he was.

 
Byvshev, a German teacher in the district of Orlov, recently opened up his local newspaper, Sarya, or “the dawn,” only to find his name featured in a prominent slot. “In these troubled times, when enemies outside the country are showing their teeth and preparing to take the leap of death, you can find people who would like to undermine Russia from within,” the newspaper wrote. “People like A. Byvshev.”

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Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia || By Robert Evans | Courtesy; Free NC


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Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia’s treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian.

Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions in another former Soviet republic comes at a highly sensitive moment.

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Spar Wars with Putin bringing America’s biggest clowns out on the world stage || By Judi McLeod


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Proletariat to Vladimir Putin: Banning U.S. Senators and officials from visiting Russia, including Sen. ‘Little Dick’ Durbin is a colossal waste of time.  Obama bought-and-paid-for senators and officials are far too busy working feverishly to bring down the United States of America to bother visiting Russia.

If it’s a socialist state you dream of for America, Obama’s already doing the job.

Since 2008, U.S. senators and Obama officials have had their very own ‘Land of the Czars’,  and the state of its health is getting more worrisome by day.

Holding world attention enrapt,  the ‘Spar Wars’ between America and Russia is mostly garish window dressing.

Were it not for Obama’s metrosexual signature, we could write Spar Wars off as “Boys will be boys”.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin may have hit the nail on the head when he accused President Barack Obama of being a “prankster”.  “I think some prankster prepared the draft of this Act of the US president.” (Twitter)

Obama is freezing the non-existing American assets of 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials,  banning them from using U.S. banks and banning their travel to the U.S.

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Beyond Ukraine: Russia’s Imperial Mess || By SPIEGEL Staff


Diplomatic Row Deepens As Crisis In Crimea Continues
Russia’s occupation of Crimea has violated international law and created a new crisis among world leaders. Now the EU and the US are fighting over the best means to address Russia’s reawakened expansionary ambitions.

Everything in Simferopol, the capital of the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, has suddenly changed. Shortly after noon on Thursday of last week, Cossacks from Russia sealed off the Crimean parliament building. The Russians, who had identified themselves as tourists a short time earlier, claimed that they were there to “check identification papers.” Now Russia’s white, blue and red flag flies above the building.

 

Two men accompany us as we walk up the steps to meet with the new premier of Crimea, who has taken over the office in a Moscow-backed coup. Under his leadership and with instructions from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimean lawmakers have just voted to join the Russian Federation. Their decision is to be sealed with a referendum scheduled for Sunday, March 16.

Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov, 41, a former businessman with a highly dubious reputation, tries to make a serious impression, but so far, he has been unsuccessful in his attempts to shed his reputation as an underworld figure nicknamed “Goblin.” Despite the Russian flag on display in the reception room, Aksyonov insists that rumors that he was installed by the Kremlin are nothing but lies. “The people here asked me to do it,” he says. But he knows that neither Kiev nor the West will accept the annexation of Crimea. “No one dictates anything to us,” he insists.
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Putin mocks the West and threatens to turn off gas supplies


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Russian leader says does not want ‘new cold war’ but threatens to disrupt European gas supplies

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Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts.

The Russian president said through his official spokesman that, despite deep disagreements with the West, he did not want a confrontation over Ukraine to spiral into a “new cold war”.

Nevertheless Dmitry Peskov ridiculed Western demands for direct talks between the Kremlin and the new Kiev government, claiming that the loss of credibility involved “puts a smile on our face”.

The remarks were broadcast during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, where the Ukrainian athlete carrying his national flag was given a loud…

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Obama slaps Putin with sanctions, restrictions on visas || By Dave Boyer


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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, far right, on stage after speaking on the importance of raising the minimum wage during an event at at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Obama traveled to Hartford, Conn., area to highlight the importance of raising the minimum wage and then will travel to Boston for a pair of Democratic fundraising. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama authorized sanctions Thursday against unspecified individuals responsible for “undermining” stability in Ukraine, where Russian troops have occupied a southern region of the country.

The White House said Mr. Obama signed an executive order authorizing sanctions against “individuals and entitities responsible” for threatening peace, security and “territorial integrity” in Ukraine.


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Press secretary Jay Carney said the action is intended as a “flexible tool” to allow the administration to sanction those most directly responsible for destabilizing the country, including Russia’s military intervention in the Crimean peninsula.

Ukraine Crisis: EU Concerned about Cost of Sanctions on Russia || By Gregor Peter Schmitz


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A Russian soldier at Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. Europe is trying to come up to a response to Russian aggression there.

Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has set off plenty of bluster and aggressive rhetoric in Europe. But many EU member states are skittish about the potential dangers of imposing punitive economic measures on Moscow.

Great Britain would very much like to penalize Russia for its encroachment on the Crimean Peninsula. But it should cost the UK as little as possible. That, it would appear, is London’s strategy for dealing with Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine — an approach made public through an embarrassing blunder on Monday. A freelance photographer snapped a picture of a classified document held by a government official as he entered Downing Street for consultations. The document outlined the potential punitive actions British Prime Minister David Cameron might take against Russia.

Britain should “be prepared to join other EU countries in imposing ‘visa restrictions/travel bans’ on Russian officials,” the paper advised. It added that Britain should “not support, for now, trade sanctions … or close London’s financial center to Russians.”

The message is clear: The British economy, which profits immensely from wealthy Russians, should be protected from potential fallout from the ongoing stand-off over Ukraine. Sanctions of some sort, it has become increasingly clear, will almost certainly be imposed, particularly with EU leaders gathering in Brussels on Thursday to develop a joint bloc response.

But the document photographed outside Downing Street reflects the deep wariness in the EU of the potential costs associated with punitive action against Moscow. Brussels wants to send a message, while preventing excessive backlash.

Tough Rhetoric

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Southern Pithy by Jeffrey Hardin


Obama makes Mr Blue Jeans threats against Putin, saying he’ll impose sanctions, and just 29 hours later the European Commission comes out and says it’s very unlikely they’ll impose sanctions against Russia! Another no back bone European style quick exit leaving Obama with his blue jeans tightly wrapped around his ankles…


Now!,  only to come back into the fray making even bigger braying asses of themselves!


Well, there you have it, an Obama WTH moment…No Surprise atoll, had they known that just in 2007 during Baraq’s eyes wide shut Senatorial the Russians threatened the Ukrainians that he would shut down their gas supplies when they began to make funny little threatening chirping noises towards Russia, and when the European Commission began to raise the black kettles lid with a little steam of their own, Putin said in his deepest Russian accent;

Shut Up Now, Or I Cut Your Frigged Gas Off!
c r i c k e t s >>>>>>>>>>>


Remember when Russia cut off Europe’s gas supplies during one of their worst winter storms in the 90s?!


These idiots are so daft and inept that it makes Carter look like a bloody Ronald Reagan in comparison!


OH! And by the way…Europe will never buck Putin lest they plan a Russian invasion of their own, for the simple reason that they suckle 48% of their natural gas off the teets of the Momma Russian Bear!


Even an Obama should have figured that one out!

SANCTIONS my arse, how pathetic a little man Obama truly is…
And how simplistically idiotic and insecure these Europeans are, just more baby rattler noises.


It’s no wonder that almost every city that Russian has marched through, there have been Pro-Russian ticker tape parades thrown for them, these people want to stay warm and they know that the Russian Bear is supplying that warm cozy snuggle me up feeling!~


All the whilst Mr Blue Jeans Babe, makes hollow threats to the celebratory madhatter media!