Bulgaria – targeted by Russian criminals and spies

What an F-16 wing looks like (Turkish Air Force)

What an F-16 wing looks like (Turkish Air Force) 

2015/04/11 • Military analysis

Just like Finland, Bulgaria is safe from war, but not because of the strength of its Armed Forces: Russia believes it can bribe Bulgaria to switch sides. Bulgaria is the prime example of how Russia uses a mix of economic, criminal, propaganda, and intelligence strategies to undermine a democratic government.

The most obvious attempt to corrupt Bulgaria was Russia’s obsession with building the commercially idiotic South Stream gas pipeline across the Black Sea. The only reason Russia literally wanted to sink € 10 billion into the sea was to give it economic leverage over Bulgaria. Additionally, South Stream, by bypassing Ukraine, was meant to increase Russia’s blackmail options against that nation and to advance Russia’s corruption of Greek, Serbian, Hungarian, and Austrian politics and economies by piping gas through these nations.

Luckily the European Commission insisted that it would never exempt Russia’s Gazprom from European Market rules, which would have required Gazprom to allow third-party gas producers the use of South Stream. Playing by the rules made the South Stream project uninteresting for the Russian regime since the intended corruption of Bulgaria and other EU countries thus became impossible. Consequently, Putin dropped the project on 1 December 2014.

With Russia’s Plan A foiled, Putin has approved the expansion and acceleration of Plan B, which calls for straw men with EU citizenship to buy up key assets of the Bulgarian economy: newspapers, TV-channels, banks, even ammunition factories are being bought by Westerners acting as straw men for shady Russians sanctioned by the EU for their direct involvement in financing and fanning the war in Ukraine. Usually Russia operates with more care, when corrupting EU members, but after South Stream failed Russia was in a hurry and journalists managed to uncover the charade.

The buying of strategic assets is made possible by the free and open EU markets and Russia’s use of EU citizens as straw men. Once again Russia abuses our free markets and our democratic systems to infiltrate our nations. This must be stopped. Bulgaria’s government should block the sale of strategic assets to Russia, and the EU should help Bulgaria strengthen its media laws to ensure Russian ownership of television channels will not result in unbridled propaganda.

Russia will also increase its propaganda aimed at Bulgarians massively. Most propaganda will focus on how Russia “won” Bulgaria’s independence in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78, which was just one of twelve Russo-Turkish wars fought by the Czars to expand their empire. Having seen how Russia abuses other nations’ national myths to create pro-Russian propaganda films, as e.g. the atrocious anti-Ukrainian Taras Bulba movie in 2009, I expect Russia to produce a film about the aforementioned Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78 soon. Such propaganda movies should be banned in the EU.

Russia will also increase its criminal and intelligence infiltration of Bulgaria, which both fall under the tasks of Russia’s FSB. Just like in Greece, Serbia, Cyprus and Montenegro, Russia will use a mix of dirty money, corruption, bribes, economic investments, cooperation with the local mafia, and classic intelligence work to infiltrate and then weaken state institutions. Therefore Bulgaria’s focus must be to improve and expand its anti-mafia and counterintelligence capabilities. Ideally other European nations and the American FBI will help Bulgaria in this field. Additionally, the United States should vastly expand its military presence in Bulgaria.

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Bulgarian T-72 and American M1A2 at Novo Selo

Currently the US Army is allowed to train up to 2,500 troops at a time at the jointly administered Novo Selo Range and use the Aitos Logistics Center to store equipment, while the US Air Force is allowed to use the Bezmer and Graf Ignatievo air bases for strategic transport. This year the American-Bulgarian defense agreement will renew automatically for another 10 years, but the US and Bulgaria should agree to permanently base US forces in Bulgaria. As a Russia gone completely mad is the only military threat to Bulgaria, all danger to Bulgaria emanates from across the Black Sea. Therefore there is no need to base US ground forces in Bulgaria, which should instead be based in Romania and Poland.

What truly would help strengthen the defense of Bulgaria, would be to move a US Fighter Wing with two squadrons of F-16C Block 50/52 fighters to Bezmer Air Base. Additionally the US should equip the Bulgarian air force with 24 used American F-16C/D Block 40/42 fighters as replacement for Bulgaria’s atrociously outdated Su-25 and MiG-29 jets. Block 40/42 fighters can be upgraded in Turkey via the US licensed Common Configuration Implementation Program to Block 50/52+ fighters, which is the F-16 variant flown by all of Bulgaria’s NATO neighbors: Greece 123 F-16C/D Block 50/52+ (and 32 F-16C/D Block 30), Turkey 217 F-16C/D Block 50+ (and 25 F-16C/D Block 30) and Romania 12 F-16AM/BM Block 15 MLU, which is a variant of the F-16C/D Block 52, but with a weaker engine. Basing an American F-16 wing in Bulgaria and helping Bulgaria to field an F-16 wing would provide NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) with 48 fighter jets capable of defeating all Russian air and naval attacks against Bulgaria and Romania.

While the aforementioned move of a US fighter wing to Bezmer will benefit Bulgaria most, it would also be an excellent strategic move for the US: by having a permanent base with all the needed infrastructure, support personnel, fuel and ammunition storage, maintenance crews, etc. at Bezmer, the US Air Force can strike all Middle East countries either directly with F-16 fighters based at Bezmer or with heavy bombers, which would be refueled by KC-10 or KV-135 aerial refueling aircraft based temporarily at Bezmer.

As for the Bulgarian Navy, there is not much need to expand it. Russia’s Black Sea fleet is much stronger than Bulgaria’s fleet, but American/Bulgarian F-16 fighters equipped with the newest AGM-84L Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and helped by the excellent and well-equipped Turkish air force can sink the entire Black Sea fleet in minutes if it ever comes close to NATO shores. Additionally Turkey’s Navy with its 13 submarines, 16 frigates and 14 corvettes is the strongest naval force in the Black Sea. And with quickly available Greek, French, Italian, Spanish, and American naval reinforcements, the only way Russia can save its rusty ships is by hiding them deep in Sevastopol Bay under the protection of the two S-300 anti-air missile regiments Russia has moved to the occupied Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Therefore the only action to be undertaken in regards to naval forces should be to have the US Navy establish a Naval Support Activity (NSA) base at Constanța in Romania. Unlike the US Army and the US Air Force, the US Navy already has a base in Romania, namely the Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu. NSF Deveselu is part of NATO’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) system based on the American Aegis Ashore BMD system. Adding a NSA base at Constanța would allow the US Navy to deploy destroyers and cruisers to the Black Sea and maintain, fuel and arm them at Constanța.

Last but not least, before turning to the Bulgarian Army, there are two more weapon systems Bulgaria should acquire for its Navy and Air Force: namely, three additional Eurocopter AS565MB Panther anti-submarine warfare helicopters and a modern air defense system. Almost the entire Bulgarian air defense inventory is junk that needs to be scrapped. The sole exception is the S-300P system, which Bulgaria should donate to Ukraine; just as it should donate its Su-25 and MiG-29 jets as soon as the F-16 jets arrive. As Bulgaria’s only open flank is towards the Black Sea, buying two battalions worth of Norwegian-American NASAMS 2 will be enough to defend its airspace against Russian air attacks.

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NASAMS 2 in action

But now to the Bulgarian Army, which is equipped entirely with Soviet junk. Truly, everything needs to be replaced. However before doing so, Bulgaria should restructure its army: the 2nd and 61st Mechanized Brigades should both lose the air-defense battalion and turn one of their mechanized infantry battalions into a reconnaissance battalion, while the 4th Artillery Regiment should be expanded into a light infantry brigade, which should include the airborne, mountain and independent infantry battalions of the Bulgarian Army. After the restructuring, Bulgaria would field a heavy mechanized, a medium wheeled mechanized, and a light infantry brigade, all structured in the same way as US Army brigades.

Along with the restructuring Bulgaria should move the entire wheeled mechanized brigade to its coast, with the light infantry and mechanized brigade remaining in the center of the country, where most of Bulgaria’s army is currently clustered around Plovdiv and Karlovo. Afterwards Bulgaria needs to buy everything for a modern army: main battle tanks, tracked and wheeled infantry fighting vehicles, modern artillery, anti-tank guided missiles, man portable air-defense systems, modern mortars, a new standard assault rifle, etc. etc. etc.

Luckily for Bulgaria there is no need to rush the modernization of its army as none of Bulgaria’s neighbors threatens Bulgaria ,and Russia for now thinks it can corrupt Bulgaria to join its side. As long as Russia believes in this mirage, Bulgaria should strive to receive American F-16, while upgrading its land forces and vigorously fighting Russia’s criminal, economic and intelligence invasion with improved national institutions. The only problem for Bulgaria is that its budget deficit is already at -3.0%, which is the limit allowed by European Union rules. However as personal and corporate income taxes are set at just 10%, Bulgaria should increase both modestly and make clear that the entire money raised this way will be used to improve its military preparedness.

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The EU’s Southern Gas Corridor

In the greater geopolitical game Bulgaria, along with Turkey, Romania and the EU should invest heavily into speeding up construction of the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) and finally building the Trans-Caspian (TCP) and Nabucco-West gas pipelines, thus connecting Europe’s gas market to the massive gas fields of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Besides massively reducing Europe’s dependency on Russian gas, these pipelines would free Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan from having to export their gas through Russia and Iran, respectively, and would allow Europe to connect to Iraqi, Iranian, Kuwaiti, Saudi Arabian, Qatari, Bahraini, and UAE gas fields in the future. After that, Europe would be completely independent of Russian gas imports, with the added benefit that as soon as the Trans-Caspian and Nabucco-West pipelines commence construction, all gas deals Putin offers Hungary, Turkey and Austria will go nowhere.

But while Finland, because of its strong military preparedness, and Bulgaria, because of its location and Russian-imagined “brotherly connection” to Russia, are safe from Russian attacks, Romania is an entirely different case: Russia has no imperial designs towards Romania, and Russia’s nationalist leaders do not care about Romania at all, but Romania is preparing to attack and destroy Russian forces in Ukraine.

Next: Why Romania will fight Russia

Edited by: Paula Chertok

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  • John Christmas

    This is an excellent article. I wish more blunt, honest talk was coming from the media. I hope the author considers a future article about Latvia, which has been a KGB money laundering center ever since “independence” in 1991. Latvia has no real democracy or rule-of-law because of a circle of KGB oligarchs that controls the government forcing intelligent Latvians to flee to other EU countries. The fact that Latvia is controlled by the KGB is not widely recognized because Western journalists like to make a false feel-good articles portraying the Latvian government as pro-NATO and anti-Putin.

    • https://ltcll.wordpress.com/ Catalin Traian Petrescu

      He wrote one about all the three Baltic States. It’s called ”peace is over for the baltic states”. Another article just as good as this. :)

    • puttypants

      John Christmas…you’ve just pointed out a problem almost all ex-soviet countries have. Ukraine seems to be trying to fix their oligarch situation just as fast as they can. It’s difficult because they have enough money to form their own armies. unfortunately, people forget about honor and everything else when they have families to support.

  • John Christmas

    I recommend LawlessLatvia (website, Twitter, Facebook) for info.

  • Andrei

    “…Romania is preparing to attack and destroy Russian forces in Ukraine.”
    That sounds a bit like wishful thinking. In Romania we`re pretty alert at what Russia is doing. That is true. After 40 years of Russian (CCCP)-induced Communism, after having those bastards conquer (several times) Bessarabia and deport the native Romanian population to Siberia and Kazakhstan and colonize it with Russophiles instead, after the genocide of the Romanian civilians (see Fantana Alba for instance), it`s pretty hard to see Russians as anything but bitter enemies. However nobody here is deluding themselves with the thought that we can take on Russia. Not on our own at least. The hate towards Russia (and what it stands for) is pretty real though…

    • Murf

      Andrei, may I ask what is the feeling of Romanians on reuniting with Moldova? I know the Soviets stole it from you prior to WWII.
      Is it in any way practical and/or desirable?
      On the surface it would seen like a good idea but I am in no way knowledgeable enough judge.
      Thoughts?

      • Andrei

        The vast majority of the Romanians on both sides of the border are for the 2 countries to reunite, at least in the EU if not in one country. It is both practical and desirable. Desirable because we are one nation. Practical because Republic of Moldova`s realities include corruption, communists and Russian puppeteers. Its unlikely that state will ever succeed on their own. The politicians there claim they are pro-EU but they are too scared to do something about it not to offend Putin. The Russian propaganda is also very strong in the Moldavian media. And I could go on and on…
        For Moldova to survive its imperious that Russians dont take Odessa because if that happens they will make junction with the Russian army from Transnistria brakaway region and that would be the end for Republic of Moldova. And that would be just the begging of the end for Ukraine as well and a real threat for the whole South-eastern NATO flank. Not to mention the economic issue of having Russia controlling the Danube discharging into the Black Sea. Its a rather grim scenario. Lets just hope we wont get to live through it.

        • Andrei

          Dont know if I should bother replying to you considering how eager is for you to insult others, for instance calling the article`s author names. Its pretty obvious you are a Russian troll (probably paid). We have a few of you in Romania as well. Poor specimens all of them, but its their choice I guess :)
          But ok lets make an exception. Not necessarily for you personally but for anybody else wondering why Romanians are so anti-Russian and pro-Americans.
          Im just going to give myself for an example. I was pretty anti-American mostly because the wars from Iraq, the bombardment of Serbia (which Im still not over – having the stupid yankees killing Europeans on European soil, and all that). It was Russia who changed all that. When you invade, first Georgia, and then Ukraine you become a threat to the whole region. Now everybody knows Russia is a bully.
          Who is going to defend us? Germany? The European Union? Yeah right. Its only the USA who is able and eager to do it.
          Do they have problems in their own country? Yes. We all do. Did they create problems elsewhere? Yes. They`re guilty of that as well.
          However I dont remember the last time USA invaded an Eastern European country. Wait. That never happened!
          Now lets think of how many Eastern European countries Russia has invaded. Am I right to say they invaded ALL of us? :)))
          Even in this precise moment in time they have invading forces in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.
          Enough said. Of course feel free to keep trolling telling everybody how disgusting USA is and how great Mother Russia is on the other side.

          Thing is we Romanians already know “Mother Russia” travels by tank…

          • canuke

            Wow, very well written, Andrei. Insightful and impossible to deny any of your points. Soooo, what about it, “US Militarism Sucks”? I’d say that Russian militarism sucks a whole lot more!

          • Murf

            Thanks Andrei It is nice to hear from the people in the other countries honest opinions.
            He loves to bitch about the US as a way to deflect from of his “Mother Russia”
            I am glad you are not buying into it.

        • puttypants

          What are the eastern and central european countries doing to help Ukraine? All those not wanting to be under the Russian yoke need to get together and form a joint defense in addition to doing business together. I’m worried about the EU. You’ve seen how little and how too late Germany, France and Great Britain have been in helping Ukraine. They won’t even allow them defensive weapons so they can help themselves better.

          • puttypants

            US Militarism Sucks…You are a shameless liar…Putlerites invaded Ukraine took over government offices…they thought they could take over Ukraine and Ukraine would do nothing about it like in Crimea. Any government in the world would try to stop a take over of their country by a foreign enemy. You are a shameless Putin liar. Kyivpost why are you allowing these trolls to tell their lies all over these sites? If this continues I will cancel my subscription and will encourage others around the world to do the same. It’s time these Putlerites and their lies were stopped. It’s one thing to have a difference of opinion but one can’t argue all the time with outright liars. And you have two big ones on your sites..michaelinlondon and US Mititarism Sucks.

          • kievjoy

            Don’t do that Puttypants, I like having a good laugh at the stupid things they say.

          • kievjoy

            It started out with less than 500 peaceful protesters, Yanokovitch sent in the Berkut to start beating them up, others sjoined in cos they were furious that Ukrainians weren’t allowed to have a peaceful protest, that’s when Yanokovitch started getting his security and the rest of the Berkut to start shooting to kill them. They then defended themselves in the only way they could, bricks and molotov cocktails. Yanokovitch then agreed to step down, but instead of that he ran with the poor my syndrome. You know this as well as Puttypants and I do, but prefer to post Putin’s propaganda. By the way, documentation has been found that proves Putin intended taking over Crimea and the East of Ukraine at least two months before this happened. Just happened to give him a good excuse.

          • kievjoy

            Yep, by which time Putin would have been controlling Ukraine. We’ve had freedom and we don’t want to loose it and many of the Berkut were Russian. We don’t use Roubles in Ukraine, but the Berkut were trying to change Roubles, NOT dollars.

          • kievjoy

            In that case, I suggest you get someone who can read and understand English properly instead of pretending to understand the language.

          • Andrew Chmilewsky

            Kievjoy…. that Ruso-mongol troll is DESPERATE for attention…. He even replied to things I posted long ago… He’s trying to make his quota. Just give them something like this…. change something a bit or add something and you can use it on the same page:

            PAID LYING RUSSO-MONGOLOIDOL HORDE TROLLS (with many accounts):

            Cut ‘n Paste this to have this ready in a doc file on your desktop, to alert people. Good for when you get sick of the LYING RUSSIAN TROLLS or “LRTs”.
            PAID LYING RUSSO-MONGOLOIDAL HORDE TROLLS (with many accounts):

            On those comments sections of articles about Ukraine and Russia? Wherever you get your news, and you see the COWARDLY, LYING, USUALLY ANON. RUSSIANS with “Western sounding” names frequently?

            Upon spotting a LYING RUSSIAN TROLL, don’t even waste time on those LYING RUSSIANS. They LIVE for it! And they’re getting PAID to lie. It’s “a Russian thing” to lie. Always has been. It’s cultural. From history on to any topic, THEY LIE. — Russians…. how it is. For an 8 hour shift, they get $36 a day (worth $18 now – and still going down) and a cheap lunch you wouldn’t give your dog. As the noted and great American wit and observer of Russia wrote:

            “Fish swim, birds fly, dogs bark, Russians lie.” – Dan Ramsey http://WWW.KyivPost.com commentator.

            LYING RUSSIAN TROLLS – all over the net. About all those lying, cowardly, anonymous Russian Trolls – fooling the suckers:

            RUSSIA IS A DYING NATION: SOME STATISTICS
            There are only 110 million ethnic Russians there and 30% of adult men are officially declared alcoholics. Two out of three ethnic Russian men were drunk while they died. The average life expectancy of a Russian male is less than 58 years. Here some data from the 2012 WHO report based on data filed by Russia’s statistical authorities. The numbers Khan Putin doesn’t want you to see!
            http://tinyurl.com/p8gwaay

            Russia’s top 100 lies about Ukraine (WITH PHOTO DOCUMENTATION)
            — by Julia Davis — BRILLIANT!
            (links to the first 20. 40, 60, 80 lies in the page below)
            http://www.examiner.com/list/russia-s-top-100-lies-about-ukraine

            Also check out Julia Davis’ FB page and give her a “like” and consider “following.” She covers U.S. news as well. — FAST, QUICK, BRIEF, TERSE!
            https://www.facebook.com/FilmMouse?fref=tl_fr_box

            Graphics:
            The Little Girl – Russian claims
            http://tinyurl.com/p45gh4b

            Russian Terrorists Using Ukrainian Children as Human Shields
            http://tinyurl.com/llpmcdw

            Putin’s Militants Torture & Kill Ukrainians: US Mass Media Keeps Silence (and they put it on Russian state tv!) (WARNING! GRAPHIC!)
            http://spectrumhr.org/?p=1983

            Evil Fat Russian Priest – caught at last!
            http://tinyurl.com/psqo4of

            Russian claims on Ukrainian Army
            http://tinyurl.com/n2yafxv

            Claim of Ukrainian morgue of dead civilians killed by army
            http://tinyurl.com/pgy5hoq

            Russian Terrorists Kill Animals
            http://tinyurl.com/qdedgn9

            The Opinion-Makers: How Russia Is Winning the Propaganda War
            SPIEGEL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL
            http://tinyurl.com/qysyqp7

            Documents Show How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America – BuzzFeed News
            http://tinyurl.com/lv9exl6

            The readers’ editor on… pro-Russia trolling below the line on Ukraine stories -Guardian moderators, who deal with 40,000 comments a day, believe there is
            an orchestrated pro-Kremlin campaign
            http://tinyurl.com/obud4d3

            Inside Putin’s Campaign Of Social Media Trolling And Faked Ukrainian Crimes
            http://tinyurl.com/lvcz87y

            Russian Propaganda Is Taking Over Online Comment Boards
            http://tinyurl.com/opsq64l

            Russia’s Online-Comment Propaganda Army
            http://tinyurl.com/n2z6ebe

            Russia’s information warriors are on the march – we must respond – The Daily Telegraph
            http://tinyurl.com/od92ub3
            —————————————–
            Internet Troll Operation Uncovered in St. Petersburg
            http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=100&story_id=38052
            —————————————–
            Russia’s 30-Ruble Army Emerges Again
            http://www.rferl.org/content/russia_30_ruble_army_emerges_again/24477703.html

          • kievjoy

            I know all that Andrew, but when I’m not too busy, I like a good laugh at some of the idiocy they put on. As I’ve said before, I’ve lived in Ukraine for 12 years. I particularly love the bit where Putin and Lavrov keep saying we’re committing genocide against the Russian speakers. If so my oldest three kids would be dead by now as would at least 80% of my village.

          • Andrew Chmilewsky

            I figured you would…. thought I’d merely give you a “ready cut n’ past tool to have handy and to make them STFU.

            Esp. when there are people who might not know that much or be as familiar with this stuff. What annoys me, is they (those nasty paid, Russo-mongolian trolls) prevent real communication, between real people. Which is part of their “job description”. To disrupt if nothing else.

            They are “annoying” Pat.

          • Guest

            Your story is NOT true. Go back to reading and find out how and why did CIA train Dmitry Yanosh and his Faschist and where the $5b went for “democratization”. As you all know, with Dmitry Yanosh in Rada, Ukraine has less chance to enter EU then an ice cube in hell!

          • kievjoy

            I was there, you obviously weren’t. Funny that EU countries are still signing for us to go into the EU.

          • kievjoy

            We’re expecting that, Putin, Lavrov and Zhirinovski have already said they would, plus London, Paris, Berlin and all the Baltic countries.

        • puttypants

          Putler troll. don’t even bother to address these idiots.

      • https://ltcll.wordpress.com/ Catalin Traian Petrescu

        In Romania about 60-70% of the population wants reunification. But across the Prut river there are some ”moldovan nationalists” and they do not agree to reunite with Romania. Don’t forget russian propaganda is more intense there. In nowdays Romania, russian propaganda is almost unexistent. And beside that there are russian, ukrainian and other minorities. They have split oppinions about this too.

        • https://ltcll.wordpress.com/ Catalin Traian Petrescu

          Police kill is illegal even in Russia from what I know. And as for Romania we have our own police system which is different from the one in USA, and is quite effective in preventing crimes. And you don’t see police killing people on the street everyday as far as I know so far. As for the ”cultural” issue, well, we have our own culture of importing other’s cultures, which I think it’s one of the most fascinating things about my country. A good example is how we ”imported” the french culture since the 18th or 19th century untill the soviet occupation. 😀

          • https://ltcll.wordpress.com/ Catalin Traian Petrescu

            ok

          • https://ltcll.wordpress.com/ Catalin Traian Petrescu

            okk

          • Guest

            Romania is a very nice Country and I am sure your police doesn’t dress like special force military and does not shoot or point automatic vepons at civilinas, which is what American Police is doing.

            It is hard to imagine that this surreal story does not originate in a nation run by a violent warlord (or maybe it does), but it actually comes from Florida, where Lucas Jewell, a resident of Gainesville noticed local members of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department were riding through town in a tank-like armored vehicle that appears to be a Lanco BearCat, an armored personnel carrier intended for military use.

            http://filmingcops.com/militarized-police-now-using-tanks-to-pull-over-citizens-on-american-soil/

          • https://ltcll.wordpress.com/ Catalin Traian Petrescu

            When Russians leave their country are they still doing it by tank?

          • https://ltcll.wordpress.com/ Catalin Traian Petrescu

            Dude, you are posting the same reply on two different accounts. Cut it out! Don’t you see nobody takes care about you? Walk the bear!

          • https://ltcll.wordpress.com/ Catalin Traian Petrescu

            great job for sharing this secret! thank you! thank you and don’t forget: today is the payment day! Putler told me personaly that today the first 5 ones who will get it will have a 100 rubble bonus. I got one. There are 4 more left, hurry up, bro!

        • Murf

          Any likely changes in attitude since the Ukraine business started.

          • https://ltcll.wordpress.com/ Catalin Traian Petrescu

            hope so!

        • puttypants

          us militarism sucks!! You’re a lying piece of crap that loves to exagerate faults in USA. USA is so terrible that half of Russia, Great Britain and other countries peoples have moved here. Hmm. I wonder how much immigration Russia gets?

          • Dean Venture

            If I wanted to hear the official troll line on these matters I’d go to Liveleaks, which is why I rarely go there anymore. Russian trolls have ruined it.

            Yes Russia is great. That’s why Russia has one of the highest alcohol related death rates in the world. It’s so great, half of the population would rather drink itself to death, which, given the decrease in vodka prices, the government encourages. Anyone older than 50 is too smart for their own good in Russia anyways. Putin likes young naive citizens he can mold through media and ‘education’. It isn’t so much education, but indoctrination, which is why it’s free in Russia.

            Want to see the Russian future? This was written when oil was still at $85 a barrel. It’s half that now, and if you think it’s going to go up any time soon to save your Russian wannabe empire, you’re mistaken. The Americans have plenty of spare capacity now to make sure that doesn’t happen until Russia learns to behave like a responsible global citizen or is sufficiently neutered to no longer pose a threat to it’s neighbours.

            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/11181297/Oil-slump-leaves-Russia-even-weaker-than-decaying-Soviet-Union.html

          • Andrew Chmilewsky

            Cut n’ Paste to have handy for the Paid, Lying Russo-mongoloidal Horde Trolls:

            http://WWW.KyivPost.com commentator “optionrider” wrote to a PAID, LYING Russo-mongolidal Horde Troll thusly:

            “You’ve just demonstrated what my friend, a new drug clinical trial monitoring coordinator told me after a few months long assignment in a clinical hospital in Moscow: “Russia isn’t a state; its the state of minds of its brainwashed population living in a parallel universe”.

            RUSSIA HAS MANY “FIRSTS” IN THE WORLD
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of homicides – 21.5 per 100,000 population;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of smoking by children and adolescents;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of the relative number of prisoners (720-780 per 100 thousand population);
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of bribes for admission to universities;
            – Russia ranks first in the world in terms of growth of tobacco;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of accidents on the roads;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of deaths from suicide among adolescents 15-19 years of age;
            – Russia ranks first in the number of plane crashes in the world;
            – Russia ranks first in the world in absolute magnitude of population decline;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of suicides among the elderly;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of divorces and children born out of wedlock;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of sexual offenses against children;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of children abandoned by their parents
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of mortality from diseases of the cardiovascular system;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of patients with diseases of the mind;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of human trafficking
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of abortions and maternal mortality
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of heroin (21% of world production)
            – Russia ranked first in the world for the consumption of alcohol and alcohol-containing products
            – Russia ranked first in the world in sales of spirits;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of growth in HIV-infected
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of aircraft accidents (13 times the average)
            – Russia ranks first in the world in number of billionaires, pursued by law enforcement agencies
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of accidents
            – Russia ranked first in the world in importing Chinese cars
            – Russia ranked first in the world in importing kangaroo meat from Australia
            – Russia ranks first in the world in volume of export of rough diamonds

        • canuke

          Blah, blah, blah, blah. Then please tell me why millions of Russians can’t wait, or already have moved to the US and Europe? And, all of your oligarchs have such nice places on the Mediterranean, London, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Hmmm, doesn’t quite add up.

          • canuke

            “Things are getting better in Russia”. Really?? If this was the case, I would expect a reverse flow TO Russia. It’s interesting to realize that I don’t think there was EVER any pressure for populations to migrate to Russia. It’s always been the other way around. There always has been, and continues to be an influx, either legally or illegally into the US. That has not abated. Keep dreaming about your house of cards. Won’t happen any time soon, either in the US or in Europe. They’ll get their houses in order.

        • Jack McColley

          Of course, you exagerate and lie. America does have incidents of police misconduct, some of it very bad, but it is all brought out in public, not hidden as in Russia. It is common knowledge that Russian police and FSB operatives use brute force to get confessions, arrest innocent people for political reasons, make people disappear, etc. none pf which happens in the USA. Your post reminds me of the 1960’s when Russian operatives would take pictures of some awful looking homes in Amertica and then tell their naive people it was typical of American living conditions. We have our flaws, but terrible actions of police are an exception, not common practice. In Russia, it is the rule, not the exception.

        • Murf

          As apposed to the abomination a that is the Russia’s Kleptocracy?

          • Jack McColley

            You are sick, out of touch with reality and obviously a paid troll. I’m not going to waste my time responding anymore. You live in a fantasy world controlled by a dictator who is worse than J.S.

          • Murf

            Only now they are investing 10% less, thanks to Putin’s stupidity. But hay! At least the military build up going full speed ahead.
            No sacrifice to great for Putin’s greater glory!

          • Andrew Chmilewsky

            Hi Murf…. Usually, with trolls, I’ll give them something like this — I keep it handy. Change a word or add, subtract… you can use it lots of times on the same page. They hate this. You can also use single elements or the graphics contained in some of the links. Like I said, they hate it. ======== Begin:

            PAID LYING RUSSO-MONGOLOIDOL HORDE TROLLS (with many accounts):

            Cut ‘n Paste this to have this ready in a doc file on your desktop, to alert people. Good for when you get sick of the LYING RUSSIAN TROLLS or “LRTs”.
            PAID LYING RUSSO-MONGOLOIDAL HORDE TROLLS (with many accounts):

            On those comments sections of articles about Ukraine and Russia? Wherever you get your news, and you see the COWARDLY, LYING, USUALLY ANON. RUSSIANS with “Western sounding” names frequently?

            Upon spotting a LYING RUSSIAN TROLL, don’t even waste time on those LYING RUSSIANS. They LIVE for it! And they’re getting PAID to lie. It’s “a Russian thing” to lie. Always has been. It’s cultural. From history on to any topic, THEY LIE. — Russians…. how it is. For an 8 hour shift, they get $36 a day (worth $18 now – and still going down) and a cheap lunch you wouldn’t give your dog. As the noted and great American wit and observer of Russia wrote:

            “Fish swim, birds fly, dogs bark, Russians lie.” – Dan Ramsey http://WWW.KyivPost.com commentator.

            LYING RUSSIAN TROLLS – all over the net. About all those lying, cowardly, anonymous Russian Trolls – fooling the suckers:

            RUSSIA IS A DYING NATION: SOME STATISTICS
            There are only 110 million ethnic Russians there and 30% of adult men are officially declared alcoholics. Two out of three ethnic Russian men were drunk while they died. The average life expectancy of a Russian male is less than 58 years. Here some data from the 2012 WHO report based on data filed by Russia’s statistical authorities. The numbers Khan Putin doesn’t want you to see!
            http://tinyurl.com/p8gwaay

            Russia’s top 100 lies about Ukraine (WITH PHOTO DOCUMENTATION)
            — by Julia Davis — BRILLIANT!
            (links to the first 20. 40, 60, 80 lies in the page below)
            http://www.examiner.com/list/russia-s-top-100-lies-about-ukraine

            Also check out Julia Davis’ FB page and give her a “like” and consider “following.” She covers U.S. news as well. — FAST, QUICK, BRIEF, TERSE!
            https://www.facebook.com/FilmMouse?fref=tl_fr_box

            Graphics:
            The Little Girl – Russian claims
            http://tinyurl.com/p45gh4b

            Russian Terrorists Using Ukrainian Children as Human Shields
            http://tinyurl.com/llpmcdw

            Putin’s Militants Torture & Kill Ukrainians: US Mass Media Keeps Silence (and they put it on Russian state tv!) (WARNING! GRAPHIC!)
            http://spectrumhr.org/?p=1983

            Evil Fat Russian Priest – caught at last!
            http://tinyurl.com/psqo4of

            Russian claims on Ukrainian Army
            http://tinyurl.com/n2yafxv

            Claim of Ukrainian morgue of dead civilians killed by army
            http://tinyurl.com/pgy5hoq

            Russian Terrorists Kill Animals
            http://tinyurl.com/qdedgn9

            The Opinion-Makers: How Russia Is Winning the Propaganda War
            SPIEGEL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL
            http://tinyurl.com/qysyqp7

            Documents Show How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America – BuzzFeed News
            http://tinyurl.com/lv9exl6

            The readers’ editor on… pro-Russia trolling below the line on Ukraine stories -Guardian moderators, who deal with 40,000 comments a day, believe there is
            an orchestrated pro-Kremlin campaign
            http://tinyurl.com/obud4d3

            Inside Putin’s Campaign Of Social Media Trolling And Faked Ukrainian Crimes
            http://tinyurl.com/lvcz87y

            Russian Propaganda Is Taking Over Online Comment Boards
            http://tinyurl.com/opsq64l

            Russia’s Online-Comment Propaganda Army
            http://tinyurl.com/n2z6ebe

            Russia’s information warriors are on the march – we must respond – The Daily Telegraph
            http://tinyurl.com/od92ub3
            —————————————–
            Internet Troll Operation Uncovered in St. Petersburg
            http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=100&story_id=38052
            —————————————–
            Russia’s 30-Ruble Army Emerges Again
            http://www.rferl.org/content/russia_30_ruble_army_emerges_again/24477703.html

          • Andrew Chmilewsky

            Really great with Russo-mongolians … :)

            Cut n’ Paste to have handy for the Paid, Lying Russo-mongoloidal Horde Trolls:

            http://WWW.KyivPost.com commentator “optionrider” wrote to a PAID, LYING Russo-mongolidal Horde Troll thusly:

            “You’ve just demonstrated what my friend, a new drug clinical trial monitoring coordinator told me after a few months long assignment in a clinical hospital in Moscow: “Russia isn’t a state; its the state of minds of its brainwashed population living in a parallel universe”.

            RUSSIA HAS MANY “FIRSTS” IN THE WORLD
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of homicides – 21.5 per 100,000 population;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of smoking by children and adolescents;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of the relative number of prisoners (720-780 per 100 thousand population);
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of bribes for admission to universities;
            – Russia ranks first in the world in terms of growth of tobacco;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of accidents on the roads;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of deaths from suicide among adolescents 15-19 years of age;
            – Russia ranks first in the number of plane crashes in the world;
            – Russia ranks first in the world in absolute magnitude of population decline;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of suicides among the elderly;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of divorces and children born out of wedlock;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of sexual offenses against children;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of children abandoned by their parents
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of mortality from diseases of the cardiovascular system;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of patients with diseases of the mind;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of human trafficking
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of abortions and maternal mortality
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of heroin (21% of world production)
            – Russia ranked first in the world for the consumption of alcohol and alcohol-containing products
            – Russia ranked first in the world in sales of spirits;
            – Russia ranked first in the world in terms of growth in HIV-infected
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of aircraft accidents (13 times the average)
            – Russia ranks first in the world in number of billionaires, pursued by law enforcement agencies
            – Russia ranked first in the world in the number of accidents
            – Russia ranked first in the world in importing Chinese cars
            – Russia ranked first in the world in importing kangaroo meat from Australia
            – Russia ranks first in the world in volume of export of rough diamonds

          • Murf

            Christ they suck at about everything.

          • Andrew Chmilewsky

            Yep, they “suck at about everything” is correct.

            They’ve had to “import” over the centuries, Germans, Ukrainians, Belarus, Poles … many others, and to interbreed.

            “Talent” is not a trait found in Finno-Ugric-mongoloidols, or Russo-mongolioidols if you wanna be “shorter” abut it — “they suck.”

        • Brent

          Or they can be choose to be shot in the back while under 24/7 surveillance by the FSB like Nemtsov…maybe Putin should hire O.J. to go look for the real murderers?

        • Nica Cristian

          There is no militarized police or criminality rising in Romania. In fact, there is a strong offensive against corruption and financial crimes. Many of once above-law politicians and “local barons” are now in jail or have made a step back from politics.

        • Enache Cosmin

          comunism alone killed more people in romania than usa killed with all its feminist wars after vietnam we have another system here people dont shoot themselfs neither police shoots people we dont have guns we dont want guns and we dont like guns

        • Andrei

          Re: US Militarism Sucks !!

          Jesus Christ, if this is the best that Kremlin paid propaganda can do, they’re in for a lot of trouble!

          As a Romanian, I can assure you we’re not falling for these retarded war-mongering, fear-inducing tricks. America might have its flaws, but its light years ahead of Russia. We had Russia for 40 years, now we’re with the EU / US, and we’re slowly going back to civilization.

          PLEASE, PLEASE, think about what you’re doing. Is this paid propaganda job what you want to do with your life? Spew hate until we get to war, and then generate horrible atrocities? I’m sure there are better ways for you to earn your rent!

      • Enache Cosmin

        if moldovians want reunification they are welcome if not nobody is going to say them nothing is their choice to do what is the best for them the thing is that there are no differences between us and them is practically the same people same behaviour language culture same faces

        • Enache Cosmin

          i detest russia and russians i must admit that but i am not against crimea going to russia BUT east mainland ukraine is another story where russia is doing one thing and that is war and invasion dont even bother to reply

    • Andrei

      “Michael”, a quick search on the net proves youre Russian. Bad attempt at trolling “mate” LOL. Interesting how theres so many Russians preaching about the Eastern way of living while they live in the “decadent” West, that if you do. The fact you pretend to appear as something else speaks volumes as well. Youre obviously a hypocrite. At least try to hide your origin better as not to look stupid as well.

      • Murf

        Boy he has got your number Mikey.
        Another member of your legion of fans.

        • Murf

          Your fans do know you want them to die in a nuclear war.
          Gluttons for punishment.

  • Scradje

    The last sentence in this article sort of jumps out off the page. Very interesting. It perhaps needs some explanation?

    • noclador

      I am currently writing that explanation.

      • Murf

        Love your articles noclador.
        Real insight to the military situation is hard to find at times. To much media and Troll blather.
        That last line had a rather “Stephen Spielberg” like cliffhanger feel to it.
        looking forward to it and a early thanks for your efforts.

    • puttypants

      America is a great country that your are jealous of . People live very well here. I think its unfortunate that Obama is in office and doesn’t honor USA commitments. However, Europeans for the next 50 years are still better off being allies with the USA. Remember, most Americans roots are still predominately European and will remain so for probably another 20-50 years. In the meantime if these eastern and central europeans are allowed the freedom from Russian intervention they maybe able to fix themselve. American politicians aren’t perfect but they’re also not criminals and thugs like Russians. At least you’ll get some law and order when dealing with Americans.

  • jamessimo1980

    Good article

  • Murf

    Many have worried that the Baltics are the next target of Putin’s aggression.
    Frankly I think it will Azerbaijan.
    The pipeline project is a direct threat to Putin’s hegemony over European gas.
    Strategically Azerbaijan is not apart of NATO. He has an ally in Armenia and a preexisting conflict in Nagorno-Kharabk(sp?). To the south he has strong support in Iran.
    Far more favorable circumstances than a direct threat to NATO.

  • Kruton

    Death to the Bolshevik child raping sociopath morons!

  • Todor Uzunov

    Well written article. Unfortunately the content will never get to the common people in my country, brainwashed for decades by the pro russian-communist propaganda.

    500 years Turkish and about a 100 years Russian dominance in Bulgaria in the last 6-7 centuries, pulled us from Europe more than enough away .

    Now, Bulgaria, as an EU member needs decades to build up a new mentality to its population, to changing the communist values with new more human western european values and standards.

    I wish it happen sooner and help from United States in any form, economic, military or other, to achieve all the goals in the article above, will be invaluable.

    I wish to say something about the continents here.

    I don’t know how many of engaged in the comments live or had been lived in United States but this crap that the police kill people on the street is addressed to people who don’t know anything about US.

    Millions of raped women in US by statistics. Yes, there are all kind of statistic in US.

    But, someone to have seen a russian statistic about raped women in USSR, in GULAG for instance, or today’s Russia? Someone to have ever seen a rusian statistic about raped women by the russian red armi, during the WWII? Someone to have seen at all, russian statistic about raped women in Russia?

    Or maybe it’s too insignificant to talk about rape, when there are even russian statistic about millions killed by the communists in GULAG and during the last century as a wholl.

    Only in my country during the WWII, with the beginning of the russian occupation, tens of thousands of people were killed or disappeared without trace in the first few months.

    What about the following years, someone will ask?

    Very simple, no statistics.

    • Murf

      Nice post Mikey (simplistic and not very astute but not your usual nonsense.) See you can think like a rational human being.
      When I posted something similar you usually come back with an emotionally stunted “only good american is a dead one,” or “nuc Washington.”
      Maybe it’s your wife posting for you?

      • Murf

        I have little good to say about a country that is backstabbing one of it’ s closest friends and allies. Nor do I have much good to say about those who support them. Or talk trash about the horrors of nuclear war.

  • Albena-Isabella Atan

    Impressive Article, compliments to the Author Mr. Thomas Theiner, will love to see more publications from him!

  • Enache Cosmin

    look at the ruso mongols down trolling and spaming what a disgrace what a sh.it nation full of sh.t pravda