“Russia now has more prostitutes than doctors, farmers and firemen combined” and other neglected Russian stories

Vladimir Putin at a staged photo shoot with models posing as brides, which was later presented to Russian and foreign media as Putin's random encounter with a group of real brides who charmed him to take some "selfies" while encircled by bodyguards. Red Square in Moscow, September 2016 (Image: TASS)

Vladimir Putin at a staged photo shoot with models posing as brides, which was later presented to Russian and foreign media as Putin's random encounter with a group of real brides who charmed him to take some "selfies" while encircled by bodyguards. Red Square in Moscow, September 2016 (Image: TASS) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

The flood of news stories from a country as large, diverse and strange as the Russian Federation often appears to be is far too large for anyone to keep up with. But there needs to be a way to mark those which can’t be discussed in detail but which are too indicative of broader developments to ignore.

Consequently, Windows on Eurasia each week presents a selection of these other and typically neglected stories at the end of each week. This is the 96th such compilation, and it is again a double issue with 26 from Russia and 13 from Russia’s neighbors. Even then, it is far from complete, but perhaps one or more of these stories will prove of broader interest.

1. Russians Search Online for Porn Three Times as Often as They Do for Putin

A new survey finds that when Russians go online, they search for pornography three times more often than they do for Putin. The study also found important regional differences in the kind of pornography residents of Russia like and in the length of time they spend at porn sites (snob.ru/selected/entry/127995 and lenta.ru/news/2017/08/12/porn_russia/).

The Putin “shirtless challenge” has spread across the Russian blogosphere with numerous people posting pictures of themselves in Putin poses (echo.msk.ru/blog/day_photo/2037342-echo/).

And Putin this week was compared with Mussolini and Nicholas II, comparisons he may not welcome (charter97.org/ru/news/2017/8/13/259620/ and newsland.com/community/3550/content/nikolai-vtoroi-putin-istoricheskie-paralleli/5958143). And it is entirely possible he might have been compared with Chingiz Khan had Russian media not censored the interview with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin (themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-translator-censors-putin-questions-during-game-of-thrones-with-george-martin-58676).

2. Russians Notice Trump Condemns Everyone Except Putin and Neo-Nazis

A Moscow newspaper has pointed out that US President Donald Trump is quick to attack and condemn everyone except Vladimir Putin and neo-Nazi extremists, implicitly suggesting a link between the two (ng.ru/politics/2017-08-16/3_7053_usa.html).

Meanwhile, the Russian media has distorted results from an international poll in order to claim that Trump is now less popular than the Kremlin leader (business-gazeta.ru/news/354683?utm_source=top24-news and themoscowtimes.com/news/how-russian-media-skewed-a-pew-poll-on-putin-58684).

3. Putin System Fraying at the Edges

Various news reports this week suggest that however powerful Putin remains, his system is beginning to fray at the edges with subordinates acting increasingly at odds with what he might prefer or in ways that will only land the Kremlin leader in greater difficulty.

Among these stories are the following:

  • Moscow sought to ignore or at least downgrade any commemoration of the 26th anniversary of the August 1991 reactionary coup against Mikhail Gorbachev (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=59959B067FCAA),
  • Sakha residents want “against all” brought back to ballots thereby reversing one of Putin’s innovations (regnum.ru/news/society/2310310.html),
  • Polls show that half of Rusisans think a current high profile court case is nothing but “a show trial” (meduza.io/news/2017/08/17/vtsiom-polovina-rossiyan-nazvala-protsess-nad-ulyukaevym-pokazatelnoy-aktsiey),
  • Russians are complaining openly that it is hard to get a government job without connections or bribes (kp.ru/daily/26717/3743426/) and that the only cuts in staffing are at the bottom of the pyramid and not those near the Kremlin (forum-msk.org/material/news/13560249.html),
  • The Accounting Chamber has found that more than a trillion rubles (16 billion US dollars) has disappeared without a trace from the government budget (newsland.com/community/4109/content/schetnaia-palata-iz-biudzheta-uteklo-bolshe-trilliona-rublei/5954314),
  • And most tellingly of all, Putin has been forced to warn government agencies not to think that their internal decisions can take precedence over Russian laws (lenta.ru/news/2017/08/16/pozavetam_stalina/).

4. A Virtual War has Broken Out Between ‘Last Soviet Fathers’ and First ‘Post-Soviet Children’

Underlying much of what is going on in Russia today, a virtual war has broken out between “the last Soviet fathers” who still rule the country and the first generation of “post-Soviet children” who don’t but who now form an increasing fraction of the population and will soon make up more than half, according to one Russian commentator (kp.ru/daily/26717.7/3742514/).

5. Russians’ Real Incomes a Third Less than Government Says

Russians’ real income is now a third less than the government says not only because inflation is much higher for those who live on their pay than those who don’t (rosbalt.ru/russia/2017/08/15/1638567.html and polit.ru/article/2017/08/16/romir/) but also and especially because wage arrears are accelerating at a rapid rate and Russians aren’t receiving the money they are supposed to (snob.ru/selected/entry/128022).

But even the official figures are bad: last month, Russians’ real income according to the government fell by more than three percent, continuing declines in all but one of the last 33 months, with no end in sight to that trend (rosbalt.ru/business/2017/08/17/1639278.html, regnum.ru/news/omy/2311575.html and gazeta.ru/business/2017/08/17/10836194.shtml).

Russians have only been able to maintain or even increase spending by living on credit cards or with microloans, something unsustainable for long because of stratospheric interest rates (enta.ru/articles/2017/08/18/microhell/, svpressa.ru/omy/article/178947/ and meduza.io/feature/2017/08/11/rossiyskiy-vvp-rekordno-vyros-neuzheli-krizis-zakonchilsya).

And there is no cushion: a third of Russians say they have no savings at all (echo.msk.ru/news/2037454-echo.html). Not surprisingly, they aren’t going out to eat as much as they did or buying as much champagne as a year ago (ura.news/news/1052300400 and ruskline.ru/news_rl/2017/08/15/rossiya_vyhodit_iz_alkogolnogo_moroka/).

None of this affects the ultrarich, however. Purchases by Russians of London property has risen 30 percent this year over last (newsland.com/community/5134/content/london-zovet-begstvo-bogatykh-rossiian-v-dorogie-goroda-zapada-usililos/5958730).

At the macro level as well, the news is anything but good:

  • Russian economic growth is slowing much faster than expected (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=59943EEE9C4AF),
  • Capital flight is accelerating again (rosbalt.ru/business/2017/08/18/1639479.html),
  • Calls to “de-dollarize” the Russian economy only highlight its weaknesses (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5994B 034BE033),
  • And Russian banks are beginning to be cut off from the SWIFT payments system (agonia-ru.com/archives/10514).

6. Russians’ Social Well-Being Now Below that of Philippinos

An international ranking of social well-being finds that Russians now rank below the Philippinos on that measure (newizv.ru/news/economy/17-08-2017/reyting-sotsialnogo-blagopoluchiya-rossiya-opustilas-nizhe-filippin), not only reflecting real problems in rural areas (newsland.com/community/4788/content/eksperty-soobshchili-o-roste-riska-bednosti-dlia-zhitelei-sel/5957676), but also in the major cities.

Moscow is now on the list of the top five cities of the world where life has become more uncomfortable over the last year (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5994570EE042D).

Social problems are mounting as a result: divorces are now running at more than 60 percent of new marriages (takiedela.ru/news/2017/08/13/braki-i-razvody/) and Russian women are paid only 72 percent on average what men are (newsland.com/community/4636/content/v-chem-oshibaiutsia-russkie-zhenshchiny/5958589).

But Russian companies are taking advantage of all Russians even so: Aeroflot says it won’t charge at least for now for coats being carried onto flights by passengers (republic.ru/posts/85824) but it has dramatically boosted fares for those traveling from the Far East to European portions of the country (regnum.ru/news/society/2311519.html).

7. In Moscow Today, Don’t Drink the Water or Even Breathe the Air

Water and air pollution in the Russian capital is now so severe that it is a health hazard, experts say (sobkorr.ru/news/599553EB01AE8.html and openrussia.org/notes/712575/).

Medical care is also deteriorating, not only because of Putin’s “optimization” campaign which is sparking complaints (7×7-journal.ru/anewsitem/97607 and lenta.ru/articles/2017/08/15/doc/) but also because studies show that Russian doctors are making ever more mistakes in diagnosis and treatment (svoboda.org/a/28679401.html). Many are turning away from the medical system altogether.

Sexually active young people aren’t engaging in safe sex and antibiotic resistant gonorrhea is spreading, although how far is obscured by the failure of the government to keep records (ura.news/articles/1036271800 and ng.ru//2017-08-16/8_7052_gonorea.html).

Others, no longer able to pay for ever more expensive medications are turning to alternative treatments which often mean they cannot be cured at all (newsland.com/community/7411/content/v-rf-lekarstva-dorozhaiut-bystree-chem-rastiot-infliatsiia/5958347 and takiedela.ru/news/2017/08/15/shansy-vylechit-rak/).

Not surprisingly, all this is pushing up mortality rates, and this year, the natural loss of the population has been four times greater than last year (newsland.com/community/4109/content/estestvennaia-ubyl-naseleniia-rossii-uskorilas-pochti-v-chetyre-raza/5958689).

8. All Residents of Non-Russian Republics have Moral Obligation to Titular Nations, Chuvash Writer Says

In wake of Putin’s words about language and his decision not to extend the power-sharing accord with Tatarstan, some in the republics are beginning to hit back. Anatoly Kibech, a distinguished Chuvash writer, says that “every resident” of a non-Russian republic, including ethnic Russians, has “a moral obligation” to support and even defer to the titular nation (idelreal.org/a/kazhdy-zhitel-chuvashii-v-moralnom-otnoshenii-obyazan-titulnoy-natsii/28675975.html).

The head of Bashkortostan has announced that no language teachers will be laid off, effectively freezing current instructional requirements in Bashkir (idelreal.org/a/28675296.html). And in Tatarstan, opinion is radicalizing about relations with Moscow, with some pushing even harder for their rights than they did earlier and thus highlighting one of the risks Putin took in deciding not to extend the agreement (rbc.ru/politics/11/08/2017/598db6239a7947c83a69eceb?from=main, newsland.com/community/5652/content/chem-grozit-otsutstvie-dogovora-mezhdu-rossiei-i-tatarstanom/5952536 and business-gazeta.ru/article/354271).

Meanwhile, among other news on the topic:

  • A new survey in the North Caucasus shows that corruption and economic decline are undermining ethnic relations there (caucasustimes.com/ru/opros-na-severnom-kavkaze-2017-korrupcija-i-uhudshenie-jekonomicheskogo-polozhenija-podryvaet-avtoritet-vlasti-v-regione/),
  • Controversy is swirling over a Russian effort to ban the public performance of the lezginka (nazaccent.ru/content/25047-aktivisty-potrebovali-otmenit-zapret-na-lezginku.html),
  • Family violence appears to be getting worse in Chechnya (takiedela.ru/2017/08/razvod-po-chechenski/),
  • Imams in Saratov oblast are learning Kazakh because one-third of the residents of that Russian region now are ethnic Kazakhs (islamsng.com/kaz/news/13064),
  • Troubles continue in two amalgamated non-Russian areas with Buryats from the former Agin district moving in large numbers to Buryatia (asiarussia.ru/news/17349/),
  • And a road that was never built, despite official promises, in Yamalo-Nenets, now needing repairs, an indication of massive Rusisan corruption there (https://ura.news/articles/1036271862).

9. For First Time Since 2012, Demand for Haj Places Exceeds Supply in Tatarstan

In an indication that the economic situation in Tatarstan is not as dire as it was and that interest in Islam is increasing in that Middle Volga republic, for the first time in five years, the number of Tatars seeking to go on the pilgrimage to Mecca this year exceeded the number Moscow had allocated to them (business-gazeta.ru/article/354239).

Meanwhile, in another religion story likely to cast a shadow on the future, Russian nationalists are denying that there was ever a mass murder of priests at the Butov polygon, a place the Moscow Patriarchate has devoted a great deal of effort to present as a monument to the victimization of religion under Stalin (newsland.com/community/129/content/feik-butovskogo-poligona-net-zhertv-i-dokazatelstv-rasstrelov/5952383).

10. Talk of Debt-Driven Regional Amalgamation Gains Ground in Urals

There was more talk this week that the mounting debts of federal subjects will force them to amalgamate into larger and presumably more economically viable units, thus restarting in an indirect way Putin’s effort in that regard (ura.news/articles/1036271859).

Other regional news included:

  • A report that a museum in Pskov ignored the city’s entire history until the time it was absorbed by Moscow (afterempire.info/2017/08/18/pskov/),
  • A second that civil society has degraded in Kaliningrad (fedpress.ru/article/1836300),
  • The rapid Ingermandlandization of toponomy in northwestern Russia (freeingria.org/2017/08/ingermanlandizatsiya-toponimiki-ingrii/),
  • And a third that residents in “New Moscow” will have significantly fewer rights than those living in the original city (newizv.ru/news/society/12-08-2017/nenash-gorod-zhiteli-novoy-moskvy-imeyut-menshe-prav-chem-obitateli-staroy-af64d40d-707d-452b-990a-f4235507d51d).

But perhaps the most important report was a fourth. It noted that in the capitals, those the regime doesn’t like are treated significantly less brutally than they are when they are in regions far from the center and thus out of the site of Western journalists and diplomats (newsland.com/community/129/content/v-peterburge-pederastov-razognali-pertsovymi-balonchikami-a-na-kubani-nagaikami/5958178).

11. Church and State Begin to Distance Themselves from Anti-Mathilda Movement

Both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian state distanced themselves this week from the leadership of the anti-Mathilda movement, with the former calling for prayers rather than protests and suggesting the movement was harming the church (nakanune.ru/news/2017/8/15/22479465/ and iarex.ru/articles/54400.html) and the latter threatening criminal prosecution of protest leaders (spektr.press/news/2017/08/15/poklonskoj-prigrozili-ugolovnoj-otvetstvennostyu/).

Other protest issues included:

  • The outing of the corruption wealth of Peskov’s son by Aleksey Navalny (themoscowtimes.com/articles/navalny-outs-kremlin-peskov-alleged-son-58689),
  • Conflicts over a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a Muslim republic (kavpolit.com/articles/v_stolitse_dagestane_projdet_aktsija_v_podderzhku-35324/),
  • Kalmyk protests over water shortages there (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/307849/ ), Cossack protests about land losses in Stavropol (kavpolit.com/articles/nezhelatelnyj_-35303/),
  • An attack on a gay pride march in St. Petersburg (zona.media/news/2017/08/12/pride-i-gaz),
  • And a convoy by veterans of the Soviet security services in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Cheka (politsovet.ru/56210-veterany-specsluzhb-ustroyat-patrioticheskiy-avtoprobeg-v-chest-stoletiya-chk.html).

Two other developments will provide new data in this area:

  • A photo expedition to a GULAG uranium mine (meduza.io/feature/2017/08/13/ostatki-uranovogo-lagerya-v-magadane-fotografii-iz-ekspeditsii-muzeya-istorii-gulaga)
  • And a new website, bigcasephoto.com, that promises to post photographs of those charged with extremism.

12. American Monument Dispute Adds to Russian Monuments War

A call by the mayor of Seattle mayor to take down a statue of Lenin at the same time as statues of Confederate leaders has sparked outrage among some Russians (forum-msk.org/material/news/13591250.html). But the American conflict is in no way as intense as the Russian one with fights over figures from tsarist grand dukes to Alexander Solzhenitsyn, all of which some say is splitting Russian society irreparably (rusk.ru/st.php?idar=78767, /newsland.com/community/4765/content/v-permi-ustanoviat-memorialnuiu-dosku-velikomu-kniaziu-mikhailu-romanovu/5956824 and rusk.ru/newsdata.php?idar=78756).

But in a lead article, the editors of Nezavisimaya gazeta argue that too much is being made of these disputes and others about history because Russians today aren’t interested about the past but only about their current problems (ng.ru/editorial/2017-08-18/2_7054_red.html).

13. Culture Minister Says Cover Harvest, Construction Projects Not Political Disputes

Russia’s culture minister has called on the media to stop focusing on political disputes and instead report about harvests and construction achievements, much as the Soviet media did (graniru.org/Culture/Cinema/m.263277.html).

Others too seem prepared to go back to Soviet approaches:

  • The head of Ingushetia calls for restoring censorship (polit.ru/news/2017/08/11/evkurov_matylda/),
  • And investigators announced there was no evidence of torture in a Krasnoyarsk prison despite more than 50 complaints from inmates (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=599542C6CC50F),
  • More journalists were beaten (echo.msk.ru/news/2036324-echo.html),
  • As was a Moscow opposition deputy (snob.ru/selected/entry/127904).

The authorities did report one move away from repression: the number of warnings issued to the media for using curse words has declined over the last year (graniru.org/Politics/Russia/Cabinet/m.263379.html).

14. Putin State No Longer Protecting Its Citizens, Gudkov Says

The Russian government is failing to fulfill its primary obligation to protect the lives of its citizens, opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov says (echo.msk.ru/blog/dgudkov/2036804-echo/).

Other developments with domestic security implications included:

  • Moscow is allowing the defense ministry to avoid paying for communal services (newsland.com/user/4297931848/content/dolzhna-da-ne-obiazana-minoborony-otkreshchivaetsia-ot-kommunalnykh-dolgov/5954873) and to seize land from the population (echo.msk.ru/news/2039102-echo.html),
  • More armed crimes are being committed (novayagazeta.ru/news/2017/08/18/134513-vooruzhennyy-muzhchina-ograbil-bank-v-ekaterinburge),
  • Officials often get handguns as rewards (kp.ru/daily/26717.7/3742485/),
  • The security services want officials to drop any use of foreign IT programs (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=599429C715458),
  • Fights are intensifying over defense ministry spending in the next several years (gordonua.com/news/worldnews/goldfarb-naseleniyu-vlasti-rf-obeshchayut-sokratit-rashody-na-oboronu-a-armii-rasskazyvayut-chto-budut-vypolnyat-finansovye-obyazatelstva-202882.html),
  • The defense ministry has had to concede that it did service some MREs that were contaminated to soldiers (rbc.ru/politics/11/08/2017/598c99a29a794752bcf2eb65?from=center_1), a
  • And reflecting Russia’s demographic problems, women are now in aviation training academies (newsland.com/community/5392/content/vpervye-v-istorii-rossii-kursantkami-aviauchilishcha-stanut-devushki/5952104).

15. Iranian-Russian Military Cooperation Continuing in Violation of UN Sanctions

Moscow and Tehran have continued to cooperate in the military industry in violation of UN sanctions, European papers report (rbc.ru/politics/13/08/2017/5990532d9a79472727b55913?from=main).

Meanwhile, India has shown itself ever less interested in purchasing Russian weapons (svpressa.ru/war21/article/179313/).

And Liliya Shevtsova notes that Russia has suffered the worst possible outcome of the North Korean conflict: it has been completely sidelined and ignored (15minut.org/articles/173276-to-chto-proishodit-sejchas-eto-realnyj-udar-po-pozvonochniku-rossijskogo-samoderzhaviya). That may be one of the reasons that prompted it to push the story, false, that Ukraine supplied missile components to Pyongyang.

16. More Sports Doping Scandals, Problems with World Cup Venues

More Russian athletes were exposed as having used illegal drugs and suspended or stripped of medals this week (politobzor.net/show-140854-doping-skandal-s-wada-novye-mery-ot-rf-i-neozhidannyy-povorot-s-meldoniem.html, themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-athletes-suspended-for-doping-58675 and meduza.io/news/2017/08/13/smeny-iz-rossii-zavoevali-pyat-medaley-na-chm-po-legkoy-atletike-oni-vystupayut-pod-neytralnym-flagom).

Russian athletes have also been forced to compete under neutral flags, offending many Russians but approved of by Dmitry Medvedev (newsland.com/community/7285/content/na-chempionate-mira-po-liogkoi-atletike-publichno-pytaiutsia-unizit-rossiiu/5953107, newsland.com/community/5652/content/dmitrii-medvedev-schitaet-dopustimym-otkaz-rossiiskikh-smenov-ot-flaga-svoei-strany/5953014 and newsland.com/community/5862/content/nichi-medali-kak-rossiia-pobezhdala-bez-flaga/5954471).

And there were additional reports that venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are far from ready (politobzor.net/show-140968-eto-uzhas-teper-zdes-zhit-zhiteli-peterburga-zhaluyutsya-na-zenit-arenu.html and regnum.ru/news/economy/2310863.html).

To try to get out of the doghouse on illegal doping, Moscow very publicly set up a new national anti-doping laboratory (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=599026164F7FC).

17. Russia Now has More Prostitutes than Doctors, Farmers and Firemen Combined

There are now well over one million prostitutes in the Russian Federation, a figure that is higher than the combined total of doctors, farmers, and firemen, official statistics show (snob.ru/selected/entry/128051).

18. Russia Viewed Positively by a Majority in Only Three Countries

Moscow devotes a lot of effort to claiming how much support it has abroad, but international polls show that it has a majority positive rating only in Greece, Vietnam and the Philippines. It may also garner that kind of support in repressive countries like North Korea but polls aren’t allowed in such places (rosbalt.ru/world/2017/08/16/1639031.html).

19. Russia ‘All the Same isn’t an African Country’

Most Russian discussions on where that country fits into the world either stress its uniqueness or its European ties, but a spate of comparisons with some of the most impoverished countries in sub-Saharan Africa, comparisons which often do not show Russia at an advantage, have let some Russians to insist that “all the same, Russia isn’t an African country” (newsland.com/community/4109/content/rossiia-vse-taki-ne-afrikanskaia-strana/5953000).

20. Lavrov Warns Washington Against Interfering in Upcoming Russian Presidential Vote

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that Washington must not interfere in the upcoming Russian presidential elections or it will face serious consequences. This has sparked new discussions about American assistance to Boris Yeltsin and his re-election effort in 1996 (newsland.com/community/5392/content/lavrov-rossiia-predosteregaet-ssha-ot-vmeshatelstva-v-nashi-vybory/5952025).

21. Moscow Warns Russians of Bubonic Plague in US

Russian propaganda efforts are becoming ever more hyperbolic, with health officials warning Russians against going to the US because of a supposed mass outbreak of Bubonic plague (spektr.press/news/2017/08/17/rospotrebnadzor-predupredil-rossiyan-o-bubonnoj-chume-v-ssha/).

Another propaganda creation, one so extreme that commentators have labelled it “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Part II,” circulated a completely made-up interview of a former British intelligence officer (rusmonitor.com/sionskie-protokoly-2-0-putinskikh-trollejj-razoblachili-s-falshivym-intervyu-byvshego-glavy-mi-6-o-zagovore-protiv-rossii.html).

22. Russians Favor Increasing Security over Boosting Prestige

A new poll shows that Russians believe that their government should pursue a foreign policy intended to boost their security rather than one that raises its prestige, exactly the opposite view to the one the Kremlin has sought to promote (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=59954FF93CF4C).

23. Zinovyev’s Widow Says Source of Russophobia is Russia Itself

Olga Zinovyeva, the widow of the novelist and essayist Aleksandr Zinovyev, says the source of Russophobia is to be found in Russia itself rather than in the machinations of elites in other countries (kp.ru/daily/26717.7/3742643/).

24. NKVD Sought Medicine to Make Soviet Leaders Immortal

A new study says that officers of the Soviet secret police sought to produce a drug that would allow Soviet leaders to live forever, a goal many have had and still have including perhaps some of the leaders of post-Soviet Russia (newsland.com/community/6635/content/alkhimiki-nvkd-bilis-nad-retseptom-bessmertiia-vozhdei-sssr/5952171).

25. First Load of Nuclear Waste Arrives in North Russia

Ecologists are worried that Russian actions to store nuclear waste in the Far North will have serious environmental consequences, a fear exacerbated by the fact that there are more than 18,000 nuclear objects left over from the Soviet period at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean (thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2017/08/first-load-nuclear-waste-andreeva-bay-arrives-mayak and http://bellona.ru/2017/08/14/tayni-glubin/).

26. Moscow Inspectors Thought They’d Find a Courtroom; Instead, They Found a Pool Hall

Inspectors from the Russian Accounting Chamber thought they would be inspecting a new court facility in the Yamal peninsula, but instead, they discovered that the money had been spent to build a pool hall (newsland.com/community/5652/content/schetnaia-palata-obnaruzhila-na-iamale-vmesto-zala-suda-biliardnuiu-komnatu/5954921).

And 13 more from countries in Russia’s neighborhood:

1. Last Lenin Statue Falls in Ukraine

Kyiv has declared victory on one segment of its struggle with the communist past: the last statue of Lenin has been removed and either destroyed or sent to the dump (http://www.centrasia.ru/news.php?st=1503034080 ).

2. Ukrainians Unfurl Largest Ever Independent Chechen Flag

Ukrainians and pro-independence Chechens joined together to unfurl the largest flag of Ichkeria in Kyiv’s Maidan Square, a symbolic act of support for the Chechen national cause and something certain to infuriate Moscow (qha.com.ua/ru/video/na-maidane-razvernuli-samii-bolshoi-v-mire-flag-ichkerii/5987/).

3. New Crimean Tatar Radio Begins Broadcasting

A new Ukrainian-backed Crimean Tatar station, Radio Hayat, has begun broadcasting to Russian-occupied Crimea from unoccupied Ukraine, thereby helping to break the information blockade the Russian authorities have sought to impose (qha.com.ua/ru/obschestvo/nachalos-veschanie-radio-hayat/177289/).

4. Russian Occupiers of Crimea Run Out of Gas – Literally

The Russian occupation forces in Ukraine’s Crimea have almost completely run out of gas for their vehicles, a symbolic indication of the problems those forces face in controlling the peninsula all the hoopla about it notwithstanding (dsnews.ua/politics/v-krymu-uzhe-pochti-net-benzina-15082017081500).

5. Lukashenka Wants to But Can’t Double Belarus Population

Alyaksandr Lukashenka says that he would like to see the population of Belarus double in the coming years, but the Belarusian leader is unlikely to be able to achieve his goal. Not only are many Belarusians seeking to escape his authoritarian rule by fleeing abroad, but fertility rates in Belarus are dropping rather than increasing as would be necessary (lenta.ru/articles/2017/08/13/rozhdaemost/).

6. Lukashenka Plans to Put Teachers in Uniform

The Belarusian leader is more likely to succeed with another of his projects: he wants to put teachers in his country in uniform, yet another authoritarian return to the past (charter97.org/ru/news/2017/8/12/259480/).

7. Alexiyevich Says Belarusian National Idea is Independent State with Its Own Language

Belarusian Nobelist Svetlana Alexiyevich says that the national idea of Belarusians is to have an independent state which uses its own language rather than the language of another (charter97.org/ru/news/2017/8/13/259621/).

8. Moscow Again Tries to Make an Issue of Latvia’s Latgale

Despite indications that it won’t be successful in doing so, Moscow appears to be again focusing on the impoverished region of southeastern Latvia, Latgale, whose people speak their own dialect or Russian rather than formal Latvian, as a possible wedge to be used against Riga (lenta.ru/articles/2017/08/18/latgalia/).

9. Some Armenians Want to Block Andranik Migranyan from Entering Their Country

A group of Armenians offended by the statements and actions of Andranik Migranyan, an ethnic Armenian who has become a Russian nationalist spokesman more Orthodox than the Patriarch in both Russia and the West, are seeking to have him put on a list of those who are not allowed to enter Armenia (ru.1in.am/1197264.html).

10. Four Latin Scripts for Kazakh Now Under Active Consideration

Scholars and officials in Astana are studying four possible Latin-based scripts for Kazakh which is now written in a Cyrillic alphabet but is slated to go over to Latin in the coming years (centrasia.ru/news.php?st=1502775720).

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has sought to calm Russian fears about this: he said this week that the alphabet change will affect only Kazakh and not Russian (ansar.ru/rfsng/nazarbaev-kazahstan-ne-otkazhetsya-ot-russkogo-yazyka-i-kirillicy).

11. Uzbekistan Opens Consulate in Vladivostok

Reflecting the increasing flow of Uzbek gastarbeiters not to Moscow and St. Petersburg but rather to the Russian Far East, Tashkent is opening a consulate general in Vladivostok (migrant.ferghana.ru/newslaw/во-владивостоке-откроется-генконсул.html).

12. Collapse of Social Lifts, Not Foreign Agents, Behind Islamist Radicalism in Central Asia

Russian and Central Asian experts say that economic problems and the lack of possibilities for upward social mobility among young people are playing a bigger role in the rise of Islamist radicalism in Central Asia than any combination of foreign influences (regnum.ru/news/polit/2310269.html).

13. Moscow Thinks Returning Migrants Can be Soft Power Resource for Russia in Central Asia

Russian observers are suggesting that Central Asians who have worked in Russia and then return to their homeland can serve as an instrument of “soft power” for Moscow because of their knowledge of Russian and Russian life (regnum.ru/news/economy/2309993.html). That contrasts with the observation of many that such returnees having been exposed to Russian xenophobia are even more hostile to Russia than they were before working there.

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  • Ihor Dawydiak

    “Moscow Inspectors Thought They’d Find A Courtroom; Instead, They Found A Pool Hall”. Too funny or somewhat pathetic or something in between? That would depend on an individual’s perspective. However, in all seriousness does this not send a message as to the attitudes of the locals living in a far flung isolated outpost located in the frigid north of the Yamal peninsula in Siberia. Should the misappropriation of funds that were used to build a pool hall instead of a court room be considered as a contempt of Russian laws when those same laws are determined by corrupt judges? On a somewhat different note, could the locals be blamed for being “practical” in providing the most minimum of entertainment in a region whereas Moscow could care less about their social deprivations? You be the judge.

    • veth

      More funny: Russian Army in Crimea has hardly gas…………………….

      • zorbatheturk

        Hilarious.

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      Here’s another beauty; “Moscow Warns Russians Of Bubonic Plague In US”. Well it might concern those same Russian zombies that believed that the MH17 that was shot down by Moscow’s military while flying over Russian occupied Eastern Donbas was actually the MH370 that disappeared off the west coast of Australia, it would have zero affect on those Russians who actually had the means and desire to visit the US. So why would any Kremlin backed group post such an absurdity? Would this not indicate that Moscow out of desperation has resorted to once again, “scrape the bottom of the barrel”?

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      I’d say it’s a bit of both- locals being practical in setting priorities for the use of limited funds, and at the same time showing contempt for what passes as “law” in Dwarfstan.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    “And Russian banks are beginning to be cut off from the SWIFT payments system (agonia-ru.com/archives/10514)”

    This could be the most significant development of all. So far only one relatively unimportant bank has been cut off, but it is sure to send shock waves throughout the Dwarfstanian banking system. Others may well follow, not least banks in the Crimea which were converted to money laundering facilities shorty after Dwarfstan’s illegal invasion and annexation- see the 2014 “Novaya Gazeta” article “Krimkesh”.

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      Agreed. The message sent to Putin was both subtle and diplomatic in order to allow him to retreat from his aggressive policies towards to Ukraine. Furthermore, the Russian dictator was put on notice that if he did not back down then the only alternative would be bankruptcy.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        The demented dwarf won’t back down, so it looks like it will be bankruptcy…….

        • laker48

          I share your opinion. He’s heading for another Pyrrhic victory of Dwarfstan. Cutting Dwarfstan off the global financial system controlled in 90% jointly by the US and the UK, plus selective limitations in accessing SWIFT would be similar to an economic nuclear strike. The second victim will be Germany hit by the ricochet sanctions.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            The demented dwarf wouldn’t dare hit Germany with ricochet sanctions. The only thing that would really harm Germany would be turning off the gas supply and that would backfire PDQ. First, no gas no cash- Germany wouldn’t pay a cent to Dwarfstan and that would bring the state budget crashing down. Second, with all the controversy surrounding Nordstream II it would give its opponents extra ammo and virtually guarantee its being abandoned. Not only that, Germany would switch to other gas suppliers.
            The dwarf could of course boycott all German goods, but that would harm Dwarfstan’s industry tremendously as it is heavily dependent on Germany, not least for spare parts which would then be No Longer Available.

            On second thought, the dwarf migt actually be stupid enough to do just that.

          • laker48

            I meant possible US sanctions to be levelled against any German and other EU-based companies participating in the Nord Stream II project.

          • Tchitcherine

            They deserve no better.

          • laker48

            Remember this:
            “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”
            – Winston Churchill

    • veth

      Dwarfstanian is running out of money for fake news agencies and the troll compagnies.

      The TV channel Life (formerly known as LifeNews), which is part of the news media holdings of Russian media tycoon Aram Gabrelyanov, stops its broadcasting, TASS reported citing a source in the holding company.

      Earlier, the news agency RBC reported that the media project planned to reduce news broadcasting, which would lead to a reduction in staff.

      “Only the site and our projects remain, of course. TV broadcasting will be completely discontinued. There will be a message to TV viewers on the frequency, [saying] that they should follow Life’s news on the website and through social networks,” the source said.

      He also specified that 90 people would be dismissed, while another 90 will remain working on streaming broadcasting.

      The publication FlashNord also reported that the channel will end broadcasting, and claimed that the station will be closed and all of its employees dismissed.

      The Internet publication LifeNews.ru was created in September 2009 under the auspices of the information and entertainment resource Life.ru. The resource positioned itself as a news tabloid.

      The television channel is known for distorting events and facts, and for its large collection of false reports.

      • Tchitcherine

        I’ve read Sputnik is to “cooperate” with chinese state-run Global Times- out of financial necessity?

        • laker48

          LOL!

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    15. “And Liliya Shevtsova notes that Russia has suffered the worst possible
    outcome of the North Korean conflict: it has been completely sidelined
    and ignored
    (15minut.org/articles/173276-to-chto-proishodit-sejchas-eto-realnyj-udar-popozvonochniku-rossijskogo-samoderzhaviya).
    That may be one of the reasons that prompted it to push the story,
    false, that Ukraine supplied missile components to Pyongyang.”

    This simply confirms reality. There are only two superpowers, the USA and China. Yes, Dwarfstan has more nukes than China. But its economy is a shambles, the country a midget economically despite its huge mineral wealth. It simply is no longer a superpower, and neither Washington nor Peking really need Moscow.

    • laker48

      Both the CIA, and MI5 and MI6 confirmed that it was most likely RuSSia that supplied the North Korean regime with both the blueprints and actual engines.

      • zorbatheturk

        RuSSia has also supplied the Norks with three generations of dictators: the Kim dynasty.

        • laker48

          RuSSia or China.

          • Oknemfrod

            It’s not in the nature of the Chinese to act that rashly. Russia it is.

          • laker48

            It’s in China’s best interest not to have a close US ally at its doorstep. Arming NK is in the best interest of China.

          • Oknemfrod

            Reasonable. But methinks China would risk much more if the US discovered with certainty that it supplied NK with nuclear weapons capable of reaching the US. China doesn’t have to do it to keep NK afloat as a buffer between itself and SK, does it?

          • laker48

            After slapping new sanctions on RuSSia and foreign entities doing business in RuSSia China has become desperate too.

          • zorbatheturk

            The Chongs would have got their nuclear start from Stalin back when they were besties before the big Sino-Soviet split. Of course these days China just steals its tech from America.

  • veth

    Kremlin gives Russian Ministry of Defense the right to seize land for its own needs

  • veth

    Russian court rejects Siemens’ plea to seize its turbines in Crimea – Reuters A Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary hearings next month, the court’s ruling showed on Sunday, according to Reuters.

    Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/economics/2090851-russian-court-rejects-siemens-plea-to-seize-its-turbines-in-crimea-reuters.html

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Did anybody expect anything else?

    • Oknemfrod

      No worries. Since Siemens won’t help install them and won’t provide maintenance, if the Russians themselves attempt to put the turbines in operation, they will soon seize anyway.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        I’m not convinced. I suspect Siemens management will find ways of helping Dwarfstan unofficially- e.g. parts officially intended for a power plant in, say, Krasnoyarsk according to the shipping documents, but to be forwarded to the Crimea after arrival at the Krasnoyarsk plant. Ditto for service engineers: they wil officially head to a plant in Siberia but in reality go to the Crimea. Once parts and engineers are in Dwarfstan they can be diverted anywhere.
        The only way to prevent that is by Adolfina imposing a total ban on Siemens having any dealings at all with Dwarfstan, but she’s too much a Rußlandknutschler to do that. The German Staatsanwalt hasn’t even started an investigation into possible (or rather probable) Siemens complicity in the “Kuban” gas turbine affair. Why not????

        • Tchitcherine

          In the end, it will most likely take the USA to bring Siemens to reason. A total ban on all economic activity in the US, freezing of all assets may be an excellently convincing argument.

        • Oknemfrod

          I doubt Siemens will risk anything of the kind now that they are being very closely watched. The illicit presence of their engineers in Crimea is all but impossible to conceal. Anyone with a cell phone camera can out them, and what then?

          • laker48

            Losses incurred after slapping US and Canadian sanctions on Siemens Canada and Siemens USA would render the company bankrupt.

          • zorbatheturk

            Not necessarily. It will be bailed out.

          • laker48

            LOL! By whom? Deutsche Bank that is almost $15 billion on the hook in the US?

          • Ihor Dawydiak

            Needless to say, there isn’t a single bank in Russia that could currently afford the luxury (financially or politically) to bail out Siemens should that case ever arise.

          • zorbatheturk

            RuSSian banks are crapovichsky.

          • zorbatheturk

            Don’t write Siemens off just yet.

          • laker48

            Deutsche Bank is being taken over by Chinese investors and Siemens will have to behave itself. It has its back against the wall.

          • zorbatheturk

            Good point.

          • Ihor Dawydiak

            That is correct. This entire affair has deteriorated from an economic scandal to a full blown political scandal. In addition, the worsening of relations between the US and Russia (ie. increased sanctions and the diplomatic row) would only increase American pressure on the German Government to ensure that Siemens properly abides by the economic sanctions that were leveled against Russia by the European Union.

  • Алексей Синяев

    Can’t stop laughing. …only 13 p……read name of this post carefully. ….and ask your self why……euromaidan…..

    • Oknemfrod

      If you cared to merely glance through the article or even its preamble, you’d know that it is about events and facts related to Russia.
      p.s. If you can’t stop laughing, it’s a serious medical condition. Seek help asap.

      • Алексей Синяев

        Don’t worry about my health. …and why you care about are problems. ……..? you don’t h

        • Oknemfrod

          First, I don’t know what “are problems” means. Second, it’s none of your business what this site publishes or on which topic. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it and/or wedge in a conversation between others with your diatribes.

          • Алексей Синяев

            First….don’t talk to me like that. …second….I read what I want to read…and don’t tell me what to do…..answer me one simple question. ….why ukrainians go and work in Russia. ..and why Ukraine don’t stop all businesses with us. …?

          • Ihor Dawydiak

            Why? Have you no understanding of the most basic economic laws of supply and demand? In any case, the not too distant future amount of trade between Russia and Ukraine will be reduced to a trickle if there is any trade at all. Why? Because Ukraine’s future lies with the European Union and the Western powers and not with Russia. Furthermore, it will be the entire fault of Putin’s regime that has led Russia to the verge of bankruptcy for without meaningful trade in today’s global economy, there can be no true prosperity.

          • Алексей Синяев

            I thought we in the war….or maybe I’m wrong. …? And I don’t care where you going and what you future is….I see you live in a blue dream and understand nothing in world economy. …good luck to you. …and by the way. …what’s smell of European gas look like. ?

          • laker48

            Who are “we”?

          • Ihor Dawydiak

            Kremtroll gas sniffers?

          • Scradje

            Ha! Excellent.

          • laker48

            LOL! :)

          • Oknemfrod

            How do you want me to talk to you? Like Russians do, i.e. interjecting an obscenity between every two words? Or using nothing but obscenities?Sorry, can’t do that, not my style.

            On the other note, “don’t have to” is not an imperative and hence not the same as “don’t”. Learn more English if you want to comprehend its intricacies and avoid falling into the trap of taking umbrage at misperceived offenses.

            Re: the question on the Ukrainians working in Russia, you’d better ask them – asking a US citizen makes no sense. (Yet if I were to venture a guess, I’d surmise that they’ve gone there to make money.) Ditto for the question why Ukraine won’t stop doing business with Russia: You need to ask people in Ukraine who regulate the things of this nature.

          • veth

            Ukraine export a lot of dead RUSSIAN SOLDIERS HAHAHA

          • laker48

            They actually re-export them after the date of “the best before …” :)

    • laker48

      Well, let’s wait and see who’s gonna have the last laugh. :)

      • veth

        The United States, in response to the reduction in the number of diplomatic mission employees in the Russian Federation, decided to suspend the procedure for issuing non-immigrant visas throughout Russia from August 23. This was reported on the website of the U.S. Embassy.

        “Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain suspended indefinitely. Currently scheduled appointments will be cancelled and applicants will be provided instructions on how to reschedule,” the message says.

        The procedure will be resumed in Moscow from September 1. In other regions it is suspended for an undetermined period.

        “Russia’s decision to reduce the United States’ diplomatic presence here calls into question Russia’s seriousness about pursuing better relations. We will maintain sufficient staff to carry out essential elements of our mission,” the message says.

        • Oknemfrod

          Unfortunately, the edict still allows the Russians to seek US visas in other countries. I’m afraid it doesn’t bode well for the US Embassy in Kyiv, which is sure to get besieged by “brothers”.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            I doubt it. Someone in St Petersburg will sooner travel to Helsinki or one of the Baltic capitals than Kyiv. They are closer and Kyiv is, after all, where the “evil junta” resides and Dwarfstanians won’t go there, terrified of being assaulted- or worse- by PS or Svoboda supporters. Those Dwarfstanians that want to visit the US will contact the embassy in Moscow rather than go abroad.
            Anyway, Ukrainian immigration can always send Dwarfstanians back without them being allowed to leave Borispil.

          • veth

            soon Russkies need visa to enter Ukraine anyhow, their militairy ID is not a visa under Ukranian LAW.

          • Oknemfrod

            Maybe, but if I’m not mistaken, to travel to Finland and the Baltic states they need a visa as well, and (unfortunately) they don’t need it to travel to Ukraine (yet).

          • laker48

            Ukrainian visas for Dwarfstanians are long overdue.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            It would make more sense for Dwarfstanians to go to Minsk rather than Kyiv- Lukashenko is still on (fairly) good terms with the dwarf.

          • laker48

            No matter what way around it the RuSSians choose, it’ll hit them quite hard.

          • zorbatheturk

            RuSSians should stay in RuSSia where they belong.

  • zorbatheturk

    One million prostitutes in the RuSSia? Ho ho ho!

    • laker48

      Not counting mail order brides. :)

      • ak47

        So there must be none left in nazi ukraine, apart from you of course. The stats show that the vast majority of prostitutes in Russia and across continental Europe are ukranian. It is hardly surprising since prostitutes are the only export the post coup mafia state has left. The entire nazi elite are prostituting themselves and their country to their overseas masters.

        • laker48

          “The stats show (…)”
          LOL! What stats? RuSSian trolls get desperate. :)

          • ak47

            Even the neo-nazi ukranian propaganda and Poroshenko and junta-run media can no ignore it. Eat this russophobic turd:
            “Украина вошла в лидеры по поставке в Европу секс-работниц” = “Ukraine is among leading suppliers of sex-workers into Europe”… outstripping Moldova and African countries.
            http://www.ua-reporter.com/novosti/58888

            http://podrobnosti.ua/614799-smi-kazhdaja-chetvertaja-prostitutka-v-evrope-ukrainka.html
            ” Каждая четвертая проститутка в Европе – украинка” = “Every forth prostitue in Europe – ukrainka”

            So it turns out that is is not I who is desperate but you and the pathetic cohort of low lives bottom feeding on lies on this trashy site.

          • laker48

            Well, RuSSian prostitutes hold the honourable second place after Ukrainian ones, but given the difficulties with obtaining Schengen visas by citizens of RuSSia, they’re probable leading the pack by sneaking through Ukraine or holding themselves out as Ukrainians. http://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/day-after-day/ukraine-among-top-five-suppliers-sex-slaves

          • ak47

            It is a given that a single cell organism like your vile self is not expected to have any It is self-respect, but I do to even consider anything Russia related in the ukranian nazi propaganda to be a semblance of truth. German Focus magazine published research last year which showed the opposite – ukranian prostitutes in Europe posing as Russian, mostly because they speak Russian. So I won’t deny you the pleasure of shagging a Russian speaking europenised ukranian whore for a sandwich and a fag.

          • laker48

            I don’t live in Europe, but in North America where I do live the most popular are RuSSian mail order brides. It’s a huge industry here.

          • ak47

            So you are a canadian hohol – a descendant of those remnant nazi war criminals aching to relive the crimes of your shamed forefathers. Given the decades of incessant brainwashing and hollywood propaganda tripe that north american ignorant population has been fed, all people from the former USSR are Russian to you. Let’s face it it will hardly do much good to the branding of these bride services to satisfy the lust of canadian and seppo pervs if they are called ukranian mail order brides. You may as well cal it prostitute service with gonorrhea.It just shows how ignorant, shallow and pathetic you are.

          • laker48

            So far, RuSSIan beggars can’t be choosers. Your gas station masquerading as a country cannot close its budget and within the next several months will run out of money and will see its peripheral conquest, especially in eastern Asia, rebelling and seceding from the Kremlin kleptocracy. They’ve already been much tighter connected to China and Japan than the Kremlin. https://mail-order-brides-websites.no1reviews.com/1RussianBrides.html

          • ak47

            So it appears I hit the nerve of a second generation nazi, hence the fart of a McCain bile laced depravity. Makes me feel goood.
            Amusing to see a zombified ape who most unlikely to be able to point out his own rotten country let alone China or Japan on a map, pontificating about money and conquests and Eastern Asia. Why not western Limpopopia? Save the embarrassment and savour the inglorious past of your criminal forefathers who escaped justice to the terrorist state you call home. As for conquests, the only beast who are bent on conquests are the anglo-saxon breed led by the terrorist states of dumberica, its NATO colonies and despotic Saudi and Qatari friends. You are the modern day nazis, invaders and destroyers of countries, mass murderers with impunity, coup and regime change midwives, nazi and terrorist sponsors.

          • laker48

            Putlerreich is, as the Texans say, “all hat, no cattle”.

          • ak47

            The terrorist states of dumerica is a swamp of dim witted cow boys, rednecks, hill billies and war mongering criminals.

          • laker48

            Well, it’s still the most powerful, multi-dimensional state and global superpower that contributes over 25% of global GDP, while RuSSian GDP is 60% of the State of California’s and 80% of the State of Texas’s.

          • ak47

            You epitomise the pervasive, medieval ignorance and jingoism hammered into the empty sculls of dumericans from birth. Your risible lies plucked out of your lard derriere shatter as they collide with reality. Your terrorist state is in terminal decline as the stats show.
            You are the https://www.statista.com/statistics/270267/united-states-share-of-global-gross-domestic-product-gdp/
            Your economy is a virtual bubble. All it takes to burst it is the Lehman type banking fraud of 2009 that left your all standing with holed pants around your GMO fed ankles. You stand on a mountan of debt $20trillion and counting. This is just state debt. combined company and household indebtedness is a staggering $430 trillion that can never be repaid. You are heading for a callamity, ukr seppo. So stop waving the flag.
            “Almost half of Americans die nearly broke” – USA Today
            https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/retirement/2017/06/02/almost-half-of-americans-die-nearly-broke/102312340/
            Half of you can’t find $400 if emergency struck.
            https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/
            Despite wasting more on weapons, violence, death and war more than many country’s GDP, you have no universal healthcare that Russians enjoy, or decent state education as you testify or basic access to facts and information, your risible propaganda does not count.
            You are the most evil empire that has ever existed on this planet and a chief terrorist state in the worlds of Chomsky – a leading political scientist, philosopher and world authority.
            http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/17/chomsky-says-us-is-world-s-biggest-terrorist
            http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/america-leading-terrorist-state-and-proud-it-141600556
            You have the inglorious title of being the only state to have used nuclear and chemical weapons to kill civilians en masse with impunity. Babies are still being born with defects in Japan and Vietnam where you used nuclear weapons and orange agent for mass murder. The same is happening in Serbia and Iraq from depleted uranium.
            You are no superpower and your only dimension is bluster and aggression. That hat and no cattle cobblers is exactly about you. You have lost every single war you started from Vietnam to Iraq (now mostly destroyed and occupied by your sponsored terrorists) to Afghanistan where after 16 years of indiscriminate bombing you have been humiliated by bearded goat herders in rubber flip flops and bed sheets, armed with Soviet AK47s. You are forced to negotiate with the Taliban whilst holed up in your walled compounds. Like criminal vultures you only attack defenceless countries after a campaign of demonisation, lies and blackmail to sell another war to your brainwashed population. You will have no chance against a modern, intelligent adversary like Russia. So propaganda, demonisation, bluster and blackmail is all you are capable of. The simple fact is that like all invaders you seppos simply lack courage and morale to fight and win. Everywhere you have stuck your filthy snout is left destroyed and war, in poverty, overrun by terrorists and neo nazis: Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan Syria, Yemen ate all living monuments to your crimes.

          • laker48

            LOL! So what? Your native shithole is still “all hat, no cattle” and will likely pass on to history as such after it collapses within not too distant time horizon. Can’t you “epitomise” that the brightest Russians work for the US and the always drunk RuSSian sovoks wait for the Putler government handouts in Putlerreich?

          • ak47

            This is what separates humans, yes me from bipedal beasts like you who so so what as your and your nation’s abhorrent crimes are laid bare in front of you.
            Unlike the cesspit you call home my country has existed for a thousand years and will do so for many more, whilst your hyped rotten empire built on blood, death and violence will repeat the fate of all evil empires from history.
            You seppos in fact are not meant to be on this planet as you are hell bent on destroying it. BWT, look up the meaning of “epitomise” dhead before you shove another GMO burger into your hole. We Russians have the front seats in the show to watch yet another evil empire’s “success” story ukranie go down the gutter after “democratised” and “liberated” Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan et al.

          • laker48

            Your shithole has existed as a Mongolian Golden Horde subdivision and joined the civilised world thanks to Kyivan Rus that baptised it in the 13th century. Muscovites still lived together with their pigs in their burrows more than three centuries after Kyivan Rus and Poland had become European powers.

          • ak47

            It is an interesting symptom of the daily mind fuuk to which you are subjected ukr seppo. Here is a free history lesson for ya, little brain dead ukr nazzi in a cowboy hat.

            Kievan Rus’ was known as the “land of the Rus'” (Old East Slavic: Рѹ́сьскаѧ землѧ, from the ethnonym Рѹ́сь; Greek: Ῥῶς; Arabic: الروس ar-Rus), in Greek as Ῥωσία, in Old French as Russie, Rossie, in Latin as Russia (with local German spelling variants Ruscia and Ruzzia), and from the 12th century also Ruthenia.[2] Various etymologies have been proposed, including Ruotsi, the Finnish designation for Sweden, and Ros, a tribe from the middle Dnieper valley region.[12] Kievskaya Rus, ruled by Prince Oleg (882-912) as the name states indeed was the ancient Russian state which grew to become the largest European power – Russian empire. As you see no state, peoples or land called ukraine existed until 1922 when Lenin formed a Ukranian SSR.
            Ukranian language was artificially created in 1794 by a Russian writer Ivan Kotlyarevsky. Yet indeed the Russians liberated Europe from the Golden Horde and later from the Ottoman Empire and then from the Nazi scourge and will do from the seppo tyrany you call home.

          • laker48

            No matter how you slice or dice it, Muscovite RuSSia is a post-Mongolian shithole that became an empire during the reign of tsar Peter the Great. It’s now in its final stage of decline that will be soon followed by its total disintegration. You’ll see this with your own eyes but, unfortunately, Ukraine won’t end up much better, as there’s a really high level of risk that after the implosion of RuSSia it’ll become a rogue mafia state destabilising its neighbours.

          • ak47

            Hey, seppo, you see how easy it is to drag you through mud. Slice and dice? I have indeed slides and diced your demented, ignorant BS. For cuuunt brains like you it is all the same Golden Horde, Kievan Rus, tsar and the rest of soundbites you’ve had pupped into your hate filled scull by tv. You seppos are a treasure trove for criminal psychologists.
            The only mafia state on this planet is the terrorist states of dumerica –
            invader and destroyer of nations. Whilst Russia develops, saves peoples and countries, you invade, destroy, murder, destabilize, threaten and blackmail. And in doing so you will implode yourselves, rotten guts and all. That will be a stench – end of seppostan.

          • laker48

            Any real arguments apart from insults and profanities, katsap genius? :) You’re beyond pathetic and I’m really sorry for your inferiority complexes.

          • ak47

            Plenty above, ukrop seppo, with no country and no honor. Real arguments, facts and truth aplenty in my posts, they simply do not get through the cloak of jingoistic indoctrination and hate as you have no intelligence, historic perspective, ability to appraise, basic decency or humanity, just like the rest of those who breathe the poisonous air in your country.

          • laker48

            Thank you for a such accurate description of pitiful yourself. I’m really sorry for you.

          • ak47

            Because you are a sorry son of a nazi b***t numbed to the pain and crimes inflicted by your forefathers and your country on rest of the world, which you and your state glorify.
            https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/13/the-great-leap-backward-americas-illegal-wars-on-the-world/

          • laker48
          • ak47

            You look gorgeous under Mr Putin, though not sure about the helmet. Your tin foil hat suits you better.

          • ak47

            Hey, canadian nazi-hohol. What is with the early hours trolling? Just doing a job?

          • zorbatheturk

            Do they ship them out via DHL or FedEx international parcel post? LOL.

    • veth

      Lavrov promises not to “take it out on American citizens” for suspending visa issuing
      The US suspended issuing non-immigrant visas all over Russia starting August 23

      TRUMP, THIS IS GREAT!

      • zorbatheturk

        Too many RuSSians in the US already, many of them moles or nogoodniks.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          Troll Screwie claims to live in the US, if true it would confirm your statement of them being moles or nogoodniks.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      According to the demented dwarf, Dwarfstanian prostitutes are the best in the world. But how would HE know, given his preference for little boys????

      • zorbatheturk

        Says a lot when the ONLY thing a RuSSian politician can be proud of is the hookers. The Krumlin also does a mean line in Stalin statues, which might have a market as garden ornaments in the RuSSian boonies, but the shipping charges are a killer. 6000 kms to Irkutsk in a truck piloted by a drunk called Yuri uses plenty of precious diesel fuel.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          No need to ship a Stalin statue 6000 kms. There are undoubtedly sculptors in Irkutsk who would accept an order for a statue of Pedo Putolini’s Great Hero and Shining Example.

          • zorbatheturk

            Only the Krumlin mass-produces them.

    • ak47

      So there must be none left in nazi ukraine, apart from you of course. The stats show that the vast majority of prostitutes in Russia and across continental Europe are ukranian. It is hardly surprising since prostitutes are the only export the post coup mafia state has left. The entire nazi elite are prostituting themselves and their country to their oversea masters.

      • zorbatheturk

        Your Na zi credentials are impeccable.

        • ak47

          Don’t be shy and wear your swastika with pride just as the illegal regime in Kiev does with hitler style torch lit processions, renaming of streets and towns in honour of nazi war criminals and even whole divisions like Galichina and Nachtingal (Soloviko in ukranian), same nazi style ethnic cleansing in Donbass and total ban on anyone or anything (actors, journalists, books, songs, symbols, etc) that opposes the nazi ideology. No use trying your nazi clothes on those who aim to destroy you.

          • zorbatheturk

            Your knowledge is astounding.

          • ak47

            Thank you, so is your ignorance and stupidity. You are welcome.

          • zorbatheturk

            Zeek.

          • ak47

            Have you had enough of Trollopov cleaning your pipe?

    • ak47

      It turns out most that ukrainka is synonymous with prostitute and these days the same goes for ukrainetz.

      “Украина вошла в лидеры по поставке в Европу секс-работниц” = “Ukraine is among leading suppliers of sex-workers into Europe”… outstripping Moldova and African countries.
      http://www.ua-reporter.com/novosti/58888

      http://podrobnosti.ua/614799-smi-kazhdaja-chetvertaja-prostitutka-v-evrope-ukrainka.html
      ” Каждая четвертая проститутка в Европе – украинка” = “Every forth prostitue in Europe – ukrainka”

  • Eolone

    First No. 11: “Both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian state distanced themselves this week from the leadership of the anti-Mathilda movement, with the former calling for prayers rather than protests….”

    Is the anti-Mathilda movement named after the movie? Re (Goble): http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.ru/2017/08/only-anti-war-movement-can-shatter.html

    Does the movement go beyond Russia?

  • laker48

    For Dwarfstan with love: http://murphyslaws.net/#laws

  • Mick Servian

    If this bottom of the barrel stuff makes u racist turds feel better then more power to you

    • laker48

      Both Dwarfstan and landlocked fascist Serbia breath their last, like it or not.