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Ahead of his working visit to China, Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the Chinese newspaper People’s Daily (Renmin Ribao).

APRIL 25, 2019

Question: In 2017 you attended the Belt and Road international forum. Could you share with us your impressions? What successes were achieved in the past two years in your opinion? And what are the areas we still have to work on? What topics are you interested in at the second forum?

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: In historical terms, the two years that have passed since the first Belt and Road international forum in Beijing are a short span of time. However, it is already clear that President Xi Jinping’s initiative is really opening up extensive opportunities for equitable partnership. Our Chinese friends take a creative approach to promoting international economic cooperation, and seek to contribute to consolidating interconnected relationships and ensuring sustainable development in the whole of Eurasia. Such a desire can only be welcomed.

Naturally, it is important for China to successfully promote this large-scale project. And all Eurasian states should stand to gain from participation in it. It should help them build up their economic potential, make them more competitive and increase their living standards. To achieve this it is necessary to take into account the interests of all partners and to promote the harmonisation of national programmes and development plans. It is necessary not only to trade but also to promote mutual investment and carry out joint infrastructure, transport, logistics and environmental projects; to encourage industrial and technological cooperation, scientific and academic exchanges, and step up people-to-people contacts.

Russia also has its own vision for the future of regional integration. Together with other member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) we are consistently searching for the optimal model of cooperation. I am referring to the plans to form the Greater Eurasian Partnership or, in other words, a broad network of regional integration associations developing in a coordinated way, based on the principles of equality, openness, mutual respect and consideration of each other’s interests. It is hard to overstate China’s role in this as Russia’s strategic partner. After all, the formation of Greater Eurasia essentially amounts to coupling the EAEU and the Belt and Road concept.

Question: You suggested coupling the EAEU with the Belt and Road initiative. Are you satisfied with the progress toward linking these two projects? What are your expectations in this regard?

Vladimir Putin: Indeed, in May 2015, President Xi Jinping and I agreed to link the construction of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt. This truly historic initiative was supported by the leaders of all the EAEU member states.

On May 17, 2018, the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the EAEU and China was signed as a follow-up to this initiative. We expect this document to enter into force within the next few months, and the parties will immediately begin to implement it.

Practical cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Government of the People's Republic of China will need to be put on solid footing and made systematic. Our top priority will be to set up a Joint Commission tasked with reviewing specific initiatives to couple the EAEU with China’s Belt and Road initiative. We believe that projects in transport, energy, environment, trade, finance and the digital economy will enjoy priority.

I am confident that following the upcoming 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, in which I plan to take part, the integration processes promoted by our countries in the Eurasian space will receive another powerful boost.

Question: You have met with President Xi Jinping many times and, as leaders, have mapped out important plans to develop Russian-Chinese relations. What is the role of meetings between the leaders in promoting bilateral relations?

Vladimir Putin: You correctly noted that I regularly meet with President Xi Jinping. I value the relations of friendship and mutual respect that have developed between us, which make it possible to build on bilateral cooperation in all areas from politics and trade to military-technical and humanitarian areas.

Of course, that kind of trust-based dialogue helps more effectively coordinate the positions of Russia and China on key issues of the international and regional agenda and jointly develop responses to the most pressing challenges of our time.

As I noted earlier, our next meeting will take place in Beijing quite soon. We will talk not only during the Belt and Road Forum, which I already mentioned, but will also hold talks as part of the bilateral meeting of the leaders of Russia and China. And we look forward to President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia this year.

Question: This year we mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Russia. What do you think about the level of our relations and the potential for their further development?

Vladimir Putin: It would be no exaggeration to say that our countries have approached this anniversary with relations the best they have been in their entire history. This is the result of meticulous and successful work over the past thirty years. Russia and China have fully normalised bilateral ties and raised them to the level of strategic partnership. They have resolved all sensitive issues, including the border one.

The further deepening of cooperation between the two states promises to be sustainable and long-term, because it is not opportunistic. This is entirely in the interests of our peoples and the tasks of maintaining international and regional security and stability.

The political dialogue between Russia and China is based on mutual trust and respect, and the fact that we always take each other’s approaches and positions into consideration. We have developed contacts at all levels – from the very top to the expert level. Our parliaments, public organisations and, of course, business communities are actively engaged in our common efforts.

Our military and military-technical cooperation points to the high level of trust. Russia and China hold regular joint exercises and share our accumulated experience in military development. Our cooperation on security and combatting terrorism and organised crime is making rapid headway.

We have managed to substantially increase our mutual trade. In 2018 it exceeded a record $100 billion. We are making consistent progress in investment, financial, energy and high-tech cooperation.

Importantly, ties between the regions of Russia and China are expanding. The current cross years of interregional cooperation will give an additional boost to these efforts.

We are paying significant attention to expanding people-to-people exchanges. Many projects have been carried out under the cross years. And, of course, “people’s diplomacy,” direct contacts between our citizens, young people, play a big role in strengthening the foundation of bilateral relations.

I am convinced that the potential of the Russia-China partnership is truly inexhaustible. Naturally, the forthcoming celebration of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations will further reveal this potential and deepen our friendly, mutually beneficial dialogue in all areas.

Question: China and Russia are two major modern powers. In what way, do you think, can Beijing and Moscow do more to exert a positive influence in order to overcome acute international challenges and maintain an equitable and fair world order?

Vladimir Putin: Russia-China foreign policy interaction is an important stabilising factor in international affairs, all the more so as our countries have overlapping or very close positions on the key issues of our time.

Unfortunately, some Western countries are claiming sole global leadership. They carelessly trample on the norms and principles of international law, resort to blackmail, sanctions and pressure, and try to force their values ​​and dubious ideals on entire countries and populations.

We are categorically opposed to such approaches. In order to improve the international situation and to form a more equitable and democratic global architecture, we will continue to closely coordinate Russia and China’s steps on important global and regional issues, and productively cooperate at leading multilateral venues such as the UN, G20, SCO, BRICS and APEC. At the same time, we remain open to cooperation and joint work with like-minded people, including everyone who is interested in promoting state-to-state communication on the unshakable foundation of the UN Charter and international law.

Question: The greatest number of tourists come to Russia from China. In addition to Moscow and St Petersburg, what other interesting destinations would you recommend that Chinese tourists see?

Vladimir Putin: Indeed, Chinese tourists are clearly in the lead among foreign tourists coming to Russia. Over the past five years, their number has almost doubled, increasing by 93 percent. Last year alone, about 1,700,000 Chinese tourists visited our country. It is our sincere pleasure to have them as guests.

Moscow and St Petersburg remain Chinese tourists’ favourite destinations. However, they want to see other Russian regions as well, including the famous Golden Ring in central Russia, the Urals and Siberia, the Russian Far East and the Caucasus. For example, more and more guests from China are going to Sochi, which, following the successful 2014 Winter Olympics, now boasts high-quality resort and sports infrastructure.

Russia is home to 29 sites included on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. This number puts Russia in the top 10 countries in the world. These sites include the cultural and historical ensembles of Novgorod, Sergiyev Posad, Kazan, Yaroslavl, Derbent, the white stone temples of Vladimir and Suzdal, Sviyazhsk, Kizhi Pogost, the Solovki historical and cultural complex and other works by our architects.

Nature has generously endowed Russia with gems such as the world’s deepest and cleanest lake, Baikal, the volcanoes and geysers of Kamchatka, the Golden Mountains of Altai, the forests of the Komi Republic, the Curonian Spit, Central Sikhote-Alin, the nature of Wrangel Island, the Lena River Pillars and the Putorana Plateau.

Visiting memorable sites connected with the history of the revolutionary movement and the lives of Soviet party and state leaders is another area of interest for Chinese tourists.

A region unlike any other, Crimea deserves special mention. In recent years, the tourism industry has been rapidly expanding on the peninsula. Extensive infrastructure is being created and new modern hotels and resorts are being built. All this, combined with the unfailing cordiality and hospitality of the locals, creates excellent opportunities for exciting and rewarding trips.

I will say it again for emphasis: we have plenty of places to see and enjoy, and I want to say once again to all our guests from the friendly nation of China – welcome to Russia!

Послание Президента Федеральному Собранию

Послание Путина Федеральному собранию. Главное

Путин рассказал о разработке ракеты "Циркон" и серийном производстве "Авангарда"

http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59863

На церемонии присутствуют члены Совета Федерации, депутаты Государственной Думы, члены Правительства, руководители Конституционного и Верховного судов, губернаторский корпус.

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В.Путин: Уважаемые члены Совета Федерации! Уважаемые депутаты Государственной Думы! Граждане России!

Сегодняшнее Послание сосредоточено прежде всего на вопросах нашего внутреннего социального и экономического развития. И особое внимание хотел бы уделить задачам, которые поставлены в майском указе, развёрнуты в национальных проектах. Их содержание и ориентиры отражают запросы и ожидания граждан страны. Национальные проекты построены вокруг человека, ради достижения нового качества жизни для всех поколений, которое может быть обеспечено только при динамичном развитии России.

Наши задачи носят долгосрочный характер. Но работать на стратегические цели необходимо уже сегодня. Время спрессовано, я говорил об этом многократно, вы это всё прекрасно знаете. Его запаса, запаса времени, на раскачку, на дальнейшие утряски и увязки, просто нет. Вообще, мы этот период, считаю, прошли – формирования задач и инструментов достижения целей. И абсолютно недопустимо отступать от намеченных рубежей. Да, они сложны, эти задачи. Но снижать планку конкретных ориентиров, размывать их – нельзя. Они сложные, как я уже сказал, эти задачи, требуют больших усилий с нашей стороны. Но они отвечают масштабу и скорости перемен в мире. Мы обязаны двигаться только вперёд, постоянно набирая темп этого движения.

Если же кто-то предпочитает работать по накатанной, не напрягаясь, избегать инициативы и ответственности, то лучше сразу уйти. Я уже слышу, что «там нельзя», «здесь слишком сложно», «там слишком высокая планка», «не получится». С такими настроениями лучше к снаряду не подходить.

Людей, кроме того, не обманешь. Они остро чувствуют лицемерие, неуважение к себе и любую несправедливость. Их мало интересует бюрократическая волокита, бумажная текучка. Для людей важно, что реально сделано и как это улучшает их жизнь, жизнь их семей. И не когда-нибудь, а сейчас. Мы не должны повторять ошибок прошлых десятилетий и ждать пришествия коммунизма. Нужно сейчас менять ситуацию к лучшему.

И потому работа исполнительной власти на всех уровнях должна быть слаженной, содержательной, энергичной. Задавать такой тон обязано Правительство России.

При этом хочу подчеркнуть и повторить: наши проекты развития – не федеральные и тем более не ведомственные. Они именно национальные. Их результаты должны быть видны в каждом субъекте Федерации, в каждом муниципалитете. Здесь, «на земле», реализуется основной массив конкретных задач.

Подчеркну: благодаря многолетнему общему труду и достигнутым результатам сейчас мы можем направить и сконцентрировать на целях развития колоссальные, во всяком случае для нашей страны колоссальные, финансовые ресурсы. Нам их никто не подарил. Мы не взяли их взаймы. Эти средства заработаны миллионами наших граждан – всей страной. Ими нужно распорядиться так, чтобы приумножить богатство России и благополучие российских семей.

Уже в ближайшее время, в этом году люди должны почувствовать реальные изменения к лучшему. Именно на основе мнения, оценок граждан в начале следующего года подведём первые итоги работы по национальным проектам. И сделаем соответствующие выводы о качестве и результатах работы всех уровней исполнительной власти.

Уважаемые коллеги!

Теперь – о наших задачах более конкретно. И прежде всего – о ключевой из них: о сбережении народа, а значит, о всемерной поддержке семей.

Для нашего общества, для многонационального народа именно семья, рождение детей, продолжение рода, уважение к старшим поколениям были и остаются мощным нравственным каркасом. Мы делали и будем делать всё для укрепления семейных ценностей. Это вопрос нашего будущего. Общая задача для государства, для гражданского общества, для религиозных организаций, политических партий и средств массовой информации.

Россия вошла сейчас в очень сложный демографический период. Рождаемость, как вы знаете, снижается. Уже говорил, что причины здесь чисто объективные. Они связаны с теми огромными людскими потерями, провалами, которые понесла наша страна в XX веке, во время Великой Отечественной войны и в драматичные годы после распада СССР. Но это не значит, что мы должны принять такую ситуацию, смириться с фактом. Конечно, нет.

Мы смогли переломить негативные демографические тенденции в начале 2000-х годов, а тогда страна была в очень сложном положении, тогда казалось, что это вообще сделать невозможно. Но мы это сделали, и убеждён, что вновь способны это сделать: на рубеже 2023–2024 годов добиться возобновления естественного прироста населения.

Сегодня хочу сказать о новом пакете уже подготовленных мер по поддержке семей.

Первое. Важно, чтобы рождение и воспитание детей не означало для семьи риска бедности, резкого снижения уровня благосостояния. Вы знаете, что у нас уже предусмотрены выплаты на первых и вторых детей в возрасте до полутора лет. На первого ребёнка выплаты идут из федерального бюджета. На второго ребёнка семья может получить выплаты из средств материнского капитала. Сумма выплаты зависит от прожиточного минимума ребёнка в конкретном регионе Федерации. От восьми тысяч рублей, скажем, в Белгородской области до 22 тысяч рублей в Чукотском автономном округе, а в среднем по стране это более 11 тысяч рублей на ребёнка в месяц. Сейчас такие выплаты получают семьи, чьи доходы не превышают полутора прожиточных минимумов на человека. Пора сделать следующий шаг.

Предлагаю с 1 января 2020 года поднять планку до двух прожиточных минимумов на члена семьи. Такие запросы есть у людей, мы видим их, напрямую в Администрацию Президента поступают. Это позволит практически в полтора раза увеличить число семей, которые получают право на дополнительные выплаты. Помощью государства смогут воспользоваться порядка 70 процентов семей, где рождаются первые и вторые дети.

Второе. Сегодня пособие по уходу за детьми с инвалидностью и за инвалидами с детства первой группы всего 5,5 тысячи рублей. Предлагаю уже с 1 июля текущего года повысить его до 10 тысяч рублей. Понимаю, конечно, что и это немного. И тем не менее такая мера станет дополнительной поддержкой для семей, где ребёнок нуждается в особой заботе.

Третье. Доходы российских семей, безусловно, должны расти. Это серьёзная, комплексная задача. Подробно о ней ещё скажу чуть ниже. Но нужны и решения прямого действия. И прежде всего должна быть снижена налоговая нагрузка на семью. Принцип должен быть очень простой: больше детей – меньше налог. Предлагаю увеличить федеральную льготу по налогу на недвижимое имущество для многодетных семей. Дополнительно освободить от налога: по 5 квадратных метров в квартире и по 7 квадратных метров в доме на каждого ребёнка.

Для примера, что это значит: сейчас налогом не облагаются 20 метров площади квартиры. Если в семье трое детей, то из-под налогообложения будет выведено ещё 15 метров. Что касается земельных участков, принадлежащих многодетным семьям, то предлагаю освободить от налога полностью 6 соток и, таким образом, полностью вывести из-под налогообложения наиболее распространённые по площади участки. Напомню, данную льготу мы уже предусмотрели для пенсионеров, а также для граждан предпенсионного возраста. Конечно, во многих субъектах Федерации действуют свои налоговые вычеты по земле и имуществу для многодетных семей. Но именно федеральный статус этой льготы гарантирует её применение повсеместно. Регионы прошу предложить дополнительные налоговые меры поддержки семей с детьми.

Четвёртое. Правительству и Центральному Банку нужно последовательно выдерживать линию на снижение ставок по ипотеке до 9 процентов, а затем – до 8 процентов и ниже, как это и установлено в майском указе. При этом особые меры поддержки мы должны предусмотреть для семей с детьми, разумеется. Напомню: с прошлого года для семей, в которых родился второй или последующий ребёнок, действует программа льготной ипотеки. Ставка для них – 6 процентов. Всё, что выше, субсидируется государством. Однако льготой воспользовались всего 4,5 тысячи семей. Возникает вопрос, почему. Значит, предложенные условия в чём-то людям не подходят. Но и понятно, в чём, понятно, почему. Семья, принимая решение о покупке жилья, строит, конечно, планы на длительную, среднесрочную как минимум перспективу, «вдолгую». А сейчас получается: взяли кредит, начали его погашать, и льгота заканчивается. Потому что ставка субсидируется только первые 3 или 5 лет кредита. Предлагаю установить льготу на весь срок действия ипотечного кредита.

Да, конечно, это потребует дополнительных денег, и немаленьких: в 2019 году – 7,6 миллиарда рублей, в 2020-м – 21,7 миллиарда рублей, 2021 году –30,6 миллиарда рублей. Но, по оценкам, программа может охватить 600 тысяч семей. Безусловно, надо эти деньги найти. Мы знаем, где их взять. Они у нас есть, и нужно их использовать на таких важнейших для нас направлениях.

И ещё одно решение прямого действия. С учётом устойчивости и стабильности макроэкономической ситуации в стране, роста доходов государства считаю возможным ввести дополнительную меру поддержки семей, где рождается третий и последующий ребёнок. А именно, напрямую из федерального бюджета оплатить, «погасить» за такую семью 450 тысяч рублей из её ипотечного кредита. При этом предлагаю запустить эту меру, что называется, задним числом – с 1 января 2019 года, пересчитать и предусмотреть для этого средства в бюджете текущего года.

Посмотрите, что у нас получится. Если сложить с материнским капиталом, который также можно направлять на погашение ипотеки, получается более 900 тысяч рублей. Во многих регионах это существенная часть стоимости квартиры. Обращаю внимание Правительства и депутатов Государственной Думы. Если потребуется, нужно будет внести соответствующие коррективы в бюджет. В 2019 году на это потребуется дополнительно 26,2 миллиарда рублей, в 2020-м –28,6 миллиарда рублей, в 2021-м –30,1 миллиарда рублей. Деньги большие. Надо их предусмотреть и использовать на этом важнейшем, как я уже сказал, направлении.

Необходимо предоставить семье возможность не только покупать готовое жильё, но и строить свой дом, на своей земле. Прошу Правительство совместно с Центральным банком разработать удобные и, главное, доступные финансовые инструменты для поддержки индивидуального жилищного строительства, поскольку эта сфера не охвачена сегодня ипотекой.

И конечно, справедливо должен рассчитываться налог на землю. Понятно, что может меняться кадастровая или рыночная стоимость объекта. Но в любом случае сумма налога не должна скакать, непредсказуемо меняться. Мы уже ограничили десятью процентами годовой рост налогового платежа для жилой недвижимости. Предлагаю установить такой же предел и для земельных участков.

Далее. Сегодня, когда строительные компании передают государству или муниципалитетам социальные объекты, они вынуждены ещё и заплатить с них налог на прибыль и НДС. Нужно освободить застройщиков от этого бремени, имею в виду в том числе и наши новации в строительной сфере, и тем самым стимулировать именно комплексное развитие наших городов и посёлков, когда рядом с жильём есть всё необходимое семье: и поликлиника, и школа, и спортивные площадки. Чтобы родители могли работать, учиться, быть счастливыми, получать удовольствие от отцовства и материнства.

Мы уже обеспечили практически повсеместную доступность детских садов, но до конца 2021 года нужно полностью решить проблему с яслями, создать в них не менее 270 тысяч новых мест, включая негосударственный сектор, причём 90 тысяч мест должно быть создано уже в этом году. Всего же за три года на эти цели должно быть направлено 147 миллиардов рублей из федерального и региональных бюджетов. Добавлю, что запись в ясли, в детский сад, оформление льгот, пособий, налоговых вычетов, о которых я уже говорил и которые, надеюсь, ещё мы с вами предложим, – всё это должно происходить без дополнительных заявлений, лишних бумажек и походов по инстанциям. До конца 2020 года предоставление всех ключевых государственных услуг следует перевести именно в проактивный формат, когда человеку достаточно выслать запрос на необходимую услугу, а остальное система должна сделать самостоятельно, автоматически.

Что хотел бы подчеркнуть. Предложенный сегодня пакет мер по поддержке семьи не должен быть исчерпывающим, он именно первоочередной. С учётом сложностей демографического вызова, с которым сталкивается Россия, будем и дальше наращивать ресурсы на этом направлении. Прошу вас всех, уважаемые коллеги: и Правительство, и Федеральное Собрание, – думать на эту тему и предлагать решения.

Уважаемые коллеги! Решение демографических проблем, рост продолжительности жизни, снижение смертности прямо связаны с преодолением бедности. Напомню, в 2000 году за её чертой находилось более 40 миллионов человек. Сейчас – около 19 миллионов, но и это слишком много, слишком много. А у нас была ситуация, когда это количество ушло к 15 миллионам, сейчас немножко опять подросло. Надо, безусловно, сосредоточить на этом наше внимание – на борьбе с этим явлением.

Причём серьёзные материальные проблемы испытывают ещё больше людей на самом деле, чем те, которые официально находятся за этой чертой. Они вынуждены экономить на самом необходимом – одежде, лекарствах, даже на еде. Среди тех, кто чаще всего сталкивается с бедностью, – многодетные, неполные семьи, семьи, где есть инвалиды, а также одинокие пенсионеры и люди, которые не могут найти достойную работу, хорошо оплачиваемую работу, потому что её просто нет или им не хватает квалификации.

Причин для бедности на самом деле – не только в нашей стране, в мире вообще – очень много, но она всегда буквально придавливает человека, лишает его жизненных перспектив. Государство должно помочь людям, помочь выйти из сложной жизненной ситуации. Опыт некоторых наших регионов показывает, что можно эффективно работать на этом направлении. Я назову эти регионы: это Калужская, Ульяновская, Томская, Вологодская, Нижегородская области, ряд других регионов России. Их опыт показывает, что работающим механизмом такой поддержки может стать социальный контракт, так называемый социальный контракт.

Как он действует, что это такое. Государство оказывает гражданам помощь в трудоустройстве, повышении квалификации. Предоставляет семье финансовые средства – кстати, приличные, речь идёт о десятках тысяч рублей – на организацию подсобного хозяйства или небольшого собственного дела. Подчеркну: для каждого предлагается индивидуальная программа поддержки, исходя из конкретной ситуации. При этом человек, который берёт эти ресурсы, одновременно берёт на себя определённые обязательства: пройти переобучение, найти в соответствии с этим работу, обеспечивать свою семью, детей устойчивым доходом. В мире такой механизм действует и работает достаточно эффективно. И для тех, кто действительно стремится изменить свою жизнь, социальный контракт даёт возможность сделать это.

По оценкам, за 5 лет такой поддержкой смогут воспользоваться более 9 миллионов человек. Поручаю Правительству уже начиная со следующего года на условиях софинансирования с регионами оказать содействие субъектам Федерации, которые активно внедряют практику социального контракта.

Далее. Сегодня многие граждане, семьи берут кредиты на различные цели, потребительские кредиты. Конечно, нужно понимать свою ответственность, рассчитывать силы, всё это понятно. Но в жизни может случиться всё и бывает всё: и потеря работы, и тяжёлая болезнь. И в этой ситуации загонять человека в тупик – последнее дело, да и бессмысленно даже с экономической точки зрения. Для защиты людей нужны дополнительные законодательные гарантии. Так, предлагаю предусмотреть «ипотечные каникулы» – мы недавно говорили об этом в Казани, – то есть отсрочку по платежам для граждан, которые лишились дохода. Дать им возможность сохранить своё единственное жильё, а кредит передвинуть, погасить позднее. Это непростая задача, здесь нужно подумать, как организовать эту работу так, чтобы и финансовым организациям не навредить, и человека поддержать. Но это можно сделать.

Также прошу Банк России и правоохранительные органы в кратчайшие сроки навести порядок на рынке микрокредитования, оградить людей от обмана, мошенничества и настоящего вымогательства подчас со стороны недобросовестных кредиторов.

Подчеркну: и в решении проблемы бедности, и в развитии системы социальной поддержки важно дойти до каждой нуждающейся семьи, разобраться в её проблемах. Ни в коем случае нельзя отказывать в помощи только потому, что жизненные обстоятельства человека «немного» где-то и как-то не вписываются в формальные критерии той или иной нашей программы.

И конечно, нужно щепетильно, внимательно относиться к каждой детали. В качестве примера, не очень хорошего примера для нашей работы, хочу сказать о следующем: в этом году были проиндексированы пенсии в рамках пенсионной реформы. Но если доход пенсионера превысил прожиточный минимум, то ему перестали выплачивать социальную доплату в прежнем размере, или вообще перестали, или снизили её. В результате прибавки к пенсии либо вообще нет, либо она оказалась гораздо меньше, чем человек ожидал. И многие люди с полным на то основанием чувствуют себя обманутыми. Многие здесь, в зале, наверное, понимают, о чём идёт речь. Мы ведь или из регионального, или из федерального бюджета доплачивали до так называемого прожиточного минимума пенсионера. Проиндексировали, и получилось, что прожиточный минимум сравнялся либо превысил. Перестали эти доплаты делать, вот и всё.

Необходимо было учесть все нюансы, однако этого сделано не было, а такого быть, конечно, не должно. Возникшую несправедливость, а это, безусловно, так и есть, надо немедленно устранить. Уже с текущего года индексация пенсий и ежемесячных денежных выплат должна осуществляться в любом случае сверх уровня прожиточного минимума пенсионера, который устанавливается ежегодно. То есть государство сначала, сперва должно довести пенсию до прожиточного минимума, а уже после этого проводить индексацию самой пенсии и ежемесячных денежных выплат. Выплаты за первые месяцы текущего года нужно пересчитать и доплатить людям те деньги, которые они недополучили.

И что особо хочу сейчас отметить: все, кто работает в социальной сфере, приходит на государственную или муниципальную службу решать насущные проблемы граждан, конечно же, должны соответствовать самым строгим профессиональным требованиям. Я думаю, что в основном так оно и есть. Конечно, это очень сложная работа, мы с вами понимаем, работа с людьми каждый день с утра до вечера – это сложная судьба на самом деле. Но если уж пришёл, то надо понимать, что не менее важно чувствовать, понимать людей, сопереживать им, знать их заботы и тревоги и тем более никогда не допускать высокомерного отношения, неуважения к гражданам ни в словах, ни в действиях. Я прошу помнить об этом всегда.

Уважаемые коллеги!

Следующая важная тема – здравоохранение. Знаю, что его нынешнее состояние, уровень доступности медицинской помощи, с одной стороны, вроде как растёт, и действительно растёт, но тем не менее многих граждан не устраивает. И понятно, с чем это связано. Ведь об этой системе, как правило, судят по первичному звену: поликлиникам, амбулаториям, фельдшерско-акушерским пунктам. Именно к их работе у людей больше всего претензий. Зачастую к нужному специалисту многодневная очередь, невозможно быстро и бесплатно пройти необходимое обследование, а в отдалённых населённых пунктах остаётся проблема даже попасть к медицинскому работнику, просто попасть на приём. Да, число фельдшерско-акушерских пунктов и мобильных медицинских комплексов растёт, однако там, где их до сих пор нет, человеку от общих, средних цифр не легче.

До конца 2020 года медицинская помощь должна стать доступной во всех, я хочу это подчеркнуть, именно во всех без исключения населённых пунктах России, для всех граждан, где бы они ни жили. Для справки хочу сказать, что уже за 2019–2020 годы должно быть построено и, надеюсь, будет построено и модернизировано ещё 1590 врачебных амбулаторий и фельдшерских пунктов.

Сейчас в ряде регионов реализуется проект «Бережливая поликлиника». В результате время ожидания в регистратуре, у кабинета врача в среднем сокращается в три-четыре раза. Я был в таких поликлиниках, работают очень здорово, очень хорошо. Гораздо лучшие условия создаются для людей с ограниченными возможностями, для родителей с детьми. Но таких поликлиник, к сожалению, пока очень мало, они скорее исключение, чем правило по стране в среднем. С учётом лучших региональных практик, а они, повторяю, есть, поручаю Правительству уже в этом году утвердить высокие стандарты бережливых поликлиник, принять правила их аттестации, а в следующем году совместно с регионами внедрить механизмы, которые мотивируют управленческий и медицинский персонал повышать качество работы. И в первую очередь уже в 2021 году нужно полностью перевести на новые стандарты все детские поликлиники. Обращаю внимание: дело не в том, чтобы появилась вывеска «Бережливая поликлиника». Главное, чтобы люди наконец почувствовали уважительное, по-настоящему бережное отношение к себе, к своему здоровью со стороны государства.

На повышение доступности медицинской помощи должна работать информатизация здравоохранения. В течение трёх лет надо отладить электронное взаимодействие между медицинскими учреждениями, аптеками, врачами и пациентами. Добавлю: обязательно нужно включить в общую цифровую сеть и организацию медико-социальной экспертизы, тем самым избавить наконец пожилых людей, инвалидов, семьи с детьми от очередей и сбора бессмысленных подчас справок.

Острый вопрос для первичного звена здравоохранения – это дефицит кадров. Здесь наряду с комплексным развитием медицинского образования нужны меры, которые дадут быстрый результат, быстрый эффект. В этой связи предлагаю снять возрастные ограничения для участников программы «Земский доктор», чтобы специалисты старше 50 лет также могли получить единовременную выплату при переезде на работу в сельскую местность или малый город: врачи – миллион рублей, фельдшеры – 500 тысяч рублей.

Далее. Сегодня самые сложные операции, используя новейшее оборудование, успешно делаются не только в федеральных, но и региональных клиниках и центрах. Однако наряду с этим крайне важна и эффективная реабилитация. У нас просто не было никогда такой системы, но нужно с чего-то начинать, и работа здесь предстоит большая. Давайте начнём с создания хотя бы двух детских реабилитационных центров мирового уровня, так же как мы делаем по перинатальным центрам, а затем будем двигаться дальше.

В Послании прошлого года предложил реализовать программу по борьбе с онкологическими заболеваниями. За ближайшие шесть лет направим на эти цели не менее 1 триллиона рублей. Речь об организации своевременного, эффективного и доступного лечения, о внедрении передовых технологий, которые в большинстве случаев позволяют помочь людям, заставляют отступить эту опасную болезнь. Сегодня с диагнозом, например, лейкоз выздоравливает более 80 процентов детей, при некоторых формах рака – более 90 процентов излечиваются. Ещё сравнительно недавно, в середине 90-х годов, болезнь была практически неизлечима, спасти удавалось не более 10–20 процентов заболевших детей. В России тогда не было ни технологий, ни возможностей. Во многих случаях выход был только один – обращаться в зарубежные клиники. Кто мог, тот обращался. Мы понимали весь трагизм этой ситуации и направили на развитие детской онкологической помощи, онкогематологии ресурсы, потенциал нашей науки, здравоохранения, работали очень активно с нашими друзьями из-за границы (некоторые врачи из Германии просто переехали в Москву, здесь проводили, и, наверное, проводят до сих пор, значительное время) и в целом добились результата. Будем продолжать эту работу, чтобы кардинально изменить ситуацию во всей системе онкологической помощи. Принципиальное значение здесь имеет ранняя диагностика. У нас фактически восстановлена система диспансеризации и регулярных профилактических осмотров. Они должны включать обследования на онкологические заболевания. Подчеркну, в обязательном порядке. Причём человеку нужно дать возможность дистанционно записаться на приём, выбрать удобное время для посещения поликлиники, включая вечерние часы и выходные дни, пройти осмотр без дополнительных формальностей.

Далее. Уже в ближайшие годы мы должны сформировать ряд новых направлений на стыке здравоохранения и социального обслуживания. Так, надо в корне изменить систему помощи людям, нуждающимся в долговременном уходе и в стационаре, и дома; настроить её на потребности конкретной семьи, конкретного человека; кому-то помочь в бытовых вопросах (привлечь патронажную службу, сиделку), а где-то обучить родственников медицинским и иным навыкам. Отработка этих индивидуальных принципов поддержки в прошлом году началась в Волгоградской, Костромской, Новгородской, Псковской, Рязанской и Тульской областях. За четыре года их нужно внедрить по всей стране.

Важнейший вопрос, который имеет не только медицинское, но и социальное, общественное, нравственное измерение, – это организация паллиативной помощи. По оценкам, в ней нуждаются до 800 тысяч человек, а волонтёры мне говорили, может быть, и миллион. В январе посещал, как вы знаете, детский хоспис в Петербурге, говорили о проблемах. Знаю, что вчера депутаты Государственной Думы во втором чтении приняли поправки в законодательство о паллиативной помощи. Прошу как можно быстрее завершить работу над законопроектом в целом. В дальнейшем посмотрим, как он действует на практике, и, при необходимости, оперативно внесём коррективы, обязательно учитывая позицию и волонтёров, о которых я только что упоминал, врачей, социальных работников, представителей общественных и религиозных объединений, благотворителей. Всех, кто давно – от сердца идёт это – занимается оказанием паллиативной помощи.

Уважаемые коллеги! Люди проявляют всё более высокие требования к вопросам экологической безопасности. И, пожалуй, самая болезненная тема – это ситуация с коммунальными отходами. Если вы помните, впервые она зазвучала у нас на одной из моих «Прямых линий». Да, так называемыми мусорными проблемами не занимались, может быть, сто лет, то есть никогда, на самом деле, не занимались. Многие полигоны переполнены, десятилетиями скапливались там эти отходы. Полигоны превратились в настоящие горы хлама вблизи жилых кварталов. Кстати говоря, тоже интересно, вы как выдавали разрешительную документацию на строительство жилых кварталов рядом с этими помойками и свалками? Кто об этом подумал? А должны были подумать. Обращаюсь к представителям власти всех уровней: делать вид, что ничего не происходит, уходить в сторону, отмахиваться от требований граждан – абсолютно недопустимо. Эти вопросы трудны, конечно, но ведь и трудные вопросы обязательно надо решать.

С этого года регионы начали переходить на новую систему обращения с твёрдыми коммунальными отходами. Но если всё сведётся к росту платы за вывоз мусора – это не работа, а профанация. Люди должны видеть, за что они платят немалые деньги и какие реальные изменения происходят. Нужно навести порядок в этой сфере, избавиться от мутных структур, которые не несут никакой ответственности, а только получают сверхприбыли, сваливая мусор, где и как придётся. Надо сформировать цивилизованную, безопасную систему обращения с отходами, их переработки и утилизации. Удивительно, но ещё год назад мне лично приходилось вмешиваться в некоторые вопросы. Несколько раз приходилось говорить и Министерству внутренних дел, и Прокуратуре. Вы знаете, удивительно, ещё раз хочу сказать, но почти ничего не двигалось, пока просто в явочном порядке дал команду выставить охрану там и никого не пускать. Только так работает, потому что вот эти мутные так называемые конторы, они на этом наживаются и, наживаясь на этом, неплохо обеспечивают своё благосостояние и свой так называемый бизнес прикрывают.

Я прошу Общероссийский народный фронт обеспечивать здесь действенный гражданский контроль, в том числе опираться на общественных экологических инспекторов. Их сигналы о любых нарушениях должны в обязательном порядке рассматриваться органами власти, вести к принятию конкретных мер. В ближайшие два года должны быть закрыты и рекультивированы 30 крупных проблемных свалок в черте городов, а за шесть лет – и все остальные. При этом надо повысить долю обработки отходов с сегодняшних 8–9 процентов до 60, чтобы не накапливать новые миллионы тонн мусора.

Необходимо переводить на более чистые экологические решения предприятия ЖКХ, энергетики, транспорта. В том числе призываю бизнес активнее участвовать в проектах по развитию рынка газомоторного топлива, инвестировать в создание сети заправок и топливных систем, использующих, в частности, сжиженный природный газ. У нас его достаточно, так, как ни в одной стране мира. Да, это вообще на самом деле непростой и финансово ёмкий проект, но нужно это делать, он принесёт результаты, принесёт результаты и по бизнесу, и людям.

Позитивный эффект от перехода промышленности на наилучшие доступные технологии, на строгие природоохранные стандарты должны почувствовать жители крупнейших индустриальных центров страны, и в первую очередь тех 12 городов, о которых я говорил ещё в Послании 2018 года. Эти города нужно наконец вывести из зоны настоящего экологического бедствия. За шесть лет объём загрязняющих выбросов в атмосферу здесь должен сократиться не менее чем на 20 процентов. А чтобы ни у кого не было соблазна уклоняться от решения такой задачи, нужно чётко установить ответственность в промышленных и других компаниях, обозначить их конкретные шаги, которые они обязаны предпринять для минимизации экологического ущерба, зафиксировать всё это в законе о квотировании выбросов. Я знаю, прекрасно знаю и понимаю, о чём там идёт речь. Знаю, что весьма влиятельные лоббисты стараются всячески притормозить этот законопроект. И аргументы мне хорошо известны: сохранение рабочих мест, сложная экономическая ситуация. Но так не может продолжаться бесконечно. Не может. Напомню, что при принятии подобных решений мы должны руководствоваться не корпоративными интересами, не интересами отдельных уважаемых людей и компаний, а интересами народа России. Прошу принять закон в весеннюю сессию, уважаемые коллеги.

Решение проблем в сфере экологии – это задача для нашей промышленности и науки, ответственность каждого из нас. Призываю самым активным образом включиться в эту работу и молодёжь. Мы должны передать будущим поколениям экологически благополучную страну, сохранить природный потенциал и заповедный фонд России. В этом году откроются новые национальные парки в республиках Дагестан, Коми и в Саха (Якутия), в Алтайском крае и Челябинской области. Но хочу заострить внимание: у многих особо охраняемых территорий границы до сих пор чётко не определены, режимы регулирования не соблюдаются. Поручаю Минприроды провести детальную ревизию. Все заповедные территории должны быть поставлены на кадастровый учёт. Кроме того, необходимо законодательно зафиксировать: в заповедниках возможен исключительно экологический туризм, без изъятия территорий, вырубок леса или капитального строительства. Надо, конечно, иметь в виду интересы людей, которые там проживают. Но надо решать это в комплексе.

Уважаемые коллеги! В лучших столичных и региональных вузах России растёт число студентов из небольших населённых пунктов, удалённых районов. По данным международных исследований, ученики наших начальных и старших классов добиваются хороших результатов и в гуманитарных, и в точных науках, да мы с вами это и видим по конкурсам, по различным универсиадам, которые проводятся в этой сфере. Всё это показатели качественных изменений в школьном образовании.

Однако при всех достижениях нельзя оставлять за скобками и очевидные проблемы в этой важнейшей сфере. Так, доля школ с современными условиями обучения выросла с 12 процентов в 2000 году (было всего 12 процентов) до 85 процентов в 2018-м. Но порядка 200 тысяч ребят всё ещё ходят в школы, где нет нормального отопления, водопровода и канализации. Да, это меньше полутора процентов школьников, но если родители видят, что их ребёнок учится в таких условиях, то все слова о справедливости, равных возможностях этих людей – что? – только раздражают. Обращаю внимание глав регионов, где есть ещё такие школы. За два года проблему нужно полностью решить, мы можем это сделать. Знаю, Правительство думает об этом, принимает определённые решения. Я вас прошу поддержать те регионы, где нет пока собственных возможностей.

Далее. Когда в 2006 году мы начали подключать школы к интернету, технологии были совершенно другими. Знаете, и тогда это казалось прорывом просто. Но это и было прорывом на самом деле, тогда это было очень здорово. Но сегодня эти технологии кажутся древними, и теперь перед нами уже задачи нового уровня. К концу 2021 года все школы России должны иметь не просто доступ в сеть, а высокоскоростной интернет. В 2006 году, напомню, при подключении школ к интернету ориентировались на скорость доступа в 128 килобит в секунду. Сейчас нужно 50 или 100 мегабит в секунду, то есть эта скорость должна вырасти минимум в 400 раз. Но именно это должно открыть ребятам доступ к урокам и лекциям известных преподавателей, конкурсам и к олимпиадам, позволит им существенно нарастить свои возможности, осуществлять совместные онлайн-проекты со сверстниками из других регионов Российской Федерации и из-за рубежа. Должно меняться и содержание образования. В государственных стандартах и программах важно отразить приоритеты научно-технологического развития страны, а в федеральные перечни школьных учебников включать действительно лучшие издания.

И конечно, важнейший вопрос – кадры. Сегодня уже говорил о расширении программы «Земский доктор». Предлагаю с 2020 года запустить аналогичную программу «Земский учитель», по которой единовременную выплату в размере миллиона рублей будут получать педагоги, которые захотят и переезжают работать в сёла и малые города.

Нам нужно последовательно укреплять общее пространство просвещения и культуры. Не позднее 2023 года заработают культурно-образовательные центры в Калининграде, Кемерово, Владивостоке и Севастополе. В них будут представлены наши ведущие музеи и театры, а также филиалы творческих вузов, где учебный процесс начнётся уже в следующем году. Запрос на насыщенную культурную жизнь очень большой, прежде всего в регионах, на местах. Здесь работает много увлечённых, талантливых людей, подлинных энтузиастов своего дела. Я предлагаю существенно расширить поддержку местных культурных инициатив – проектов, связанных с краеведением, народным творчеством, сохранением исторического наследия народов нашей страны, в том числе дополнительно направить на эти цели средства из Фонда президентских грантов. Кроме того, в рамках национального проекта «Культура» целевым образом выделим более 17 миллиардов рублей на строительство и реконструкцию сельских клубов и домов культуры и ещё более 6 миллиардов рублей – на поддержку центров культурного развития в малых городах России.

Напомню также, что медицинские и образовательные организации освобождены от налога на прибыль. Однако эта льгота заканчивается 1 января 2020 года. Предлагаю не только сделать её бессрочной, но и распространить на региональные и муниципальные музеи, театры и библиотеки. Это, кстати говоря, позволит им ежегодно экономить примерно 4 миллиарда рублей и направить их на своё развитие, на повышение зарплат сотрудников. И конечно, эта мера станет стимулом для частных инвестиций в культурные объекты на местах.

Уважаемые коллеги! Обращаю внимание глав субъектов Федерации: необходимо сохранить достигнутое соотношение оплаты труда специалистов образования, здравоохранения, культуры, других бюджетных сфер со средней зарплатой по экономике региона. Это очень важная вещь, коллеги. Я многократно, постоянно вам об этом говорю на встречах. Нельзя опускать эту планку. Но и зарплата по экономике должна расти, должна повышаться. У нас более 40 миллионов граждан – это бюджетники, военнослужащие, неработающие пенсионеры – получают фиксированные доходы, и они должны расти не ниже уровня инфляции. Я прошу Правительство учитывать это в своей работе.

Ещё более 70 миллионов человек трудится в промышленности, в сельском хозяйстве, в сфере услуг, ведут небольшой бизнес. Их доходы, благополучие, уверенность в будущем прямо связаны с ситуацией в экономике нашей страны. И чтобы добиться устойчивого повышения оплаты труда, в первую очередь нужна качественная занятость и свобода для предпринимательства, квалифицированные, хорошо оплачиваемые рабочие места во всех регионах страны и в традиционных, и в новых отраслях, в конечном итоге нужны высокие темпы экономического роста. Только так можно победить бедность, обеспечить стабильное, ощутимое повышение доходов граждан, это ключ к успеху. Уже в 2021 году темпы роста российской экономики должны превысить 3 процента, а в дальнейшем опережать мировые. Эту задачу никто не снимает.

Правительству и Центральному банку необходимо вновь войти в целевые показатели инфляции. Я уже об этом говорил, и мы, когда принимали соответствующие решения по наполнению финансовой «кубышки» для реализации национальных проектов, знали, что так и будет происходить. Это сегодня ожидаемый эффект. Но нужно, чтобы также ожидаемой была и нормализация этой ситуации. Такие возможности у нас есть. Правительству, Центральному банку, как я сказал, нужно войти в целевые показатели инфляции и в целом обеспечить благоприятные макроэкономические условия для роста. У нас мощная финансовая подушка безопасности.

Могу вас проинформировать, это приятная, хорошая информация. Впервые в истории наши резервы полностью покрывают внешний долг как государства, он у нас очень небольшой, так и коммерческого сектора. И эти деньги работают, в том числе в полном объёме поступают в российский бюджет доходы от размещения средств Фонда национального благосостояния. Поэтому я обращаюсь к тем коллегам, которые постоянно критиковали Правительство, финансовый, экономический блок: где деньги, куда мы их вкладываем. У нас есть задача – дорастить до определённого уровня и потом потихоньку, потихоньку использовать это, не раскачивая макроэкономическую ситуацию. Мы сейчас к этому подошли, мы начинаем это делать. Эти доходы от размещения поступают в федеральный бюджет. Совокупный доход от размещения средств ФНБ, зачисленный в бюджет 2018 года, составил 70,5 миллиарда рублей.

Для того чтобы выйти на высокие темпы роста, также нужно решить системные проблемы в экономике. Выделю здесь четыре приоритета.

Первое – это опережающий темп роста производительности труда, прежде всего на основе новых технологий и цифровизации, формирование конкурентоспособных отраслей и как результат – увеличение несырьевого экспорта более чем в полтора раза за шесть лет.

Второе – это улучшение делового климата и качества национальной юрисдикции, чтобы никто не убегал в другие юрисдикции за границу, чтобы у нас всё было надёжно и работало как часы. Рост объёма инвестиций уже в 2020 году должен увеличиться на 6–7 процентов. Достижение такого уровня станет одним из ключевых критериев оценки работы Правительства.

Третье – снятие инфраструктурных ограничений для развития экономики, для раскрытия потенциала наших регионов.

И четвёртое – подготовка современных кадров, разумеется, создание мощной научно-технологической базы.

На этих направлениях, на конкретных задачах позвольте остановиться чуть-чуть поподробнее.

В России сейчас формируется колоссальный гарантированный спрос на промышленную и высокотехнологичную продукцию. И это без преувеличения. Вот я хочу прямо употребить это слово. Исторические возможности для качественного роста российского бизнеса, для машино- и станкостроения, микроэлектроники, IT-индустрии, для других отраслей. Только в рамках национальных проектов планируются закупки медицинского, строительного оборудования, приборов, средств телекоммуникаций, систем для ЖКХ и транспорта объёмом порядка (вдумайтесь) 6 триллионов рублей. И эти ресурсы должны работать здесь, в России.

Обращаюсь к Правительству, регионам, представителям госкомпаний, которых вижу здесь, в этом зале. Конечно, надо покупать всё самое современное и подешевле. Естественно, все хотят быть и должны быть конкурентоспособными, но там, где возможно, опираться нужно на своего производителя, на отечественного. Надо их искать, даже вместе с ними работать. Конечно, должна быть конкурентная среда, но у нас уже есть инструменты поддержки именно своего производителя. Нужно не забывать про эти инструменты, использовать их.

Подчеркну, доступ к заказам должен быть равным (во всяком случае для своих, для национальных компаний), чтобы побеждали те, кто докажет свою состоятельность напряжённой работой и результатами, готовностью меняться, внедрять передовые технологии и повышать производительность труда, предлагать лучший, конкурентный товар.

Что касается оборонно-промышленного комплекса, то нужно использовать сегодняшние возможности для диверсификации, для наращивания выпуска гражданской продукции. Коллеги знают, о чём речь. Есть определённые цифры по годам. Надо кровь из носу выполнять эти задачи.

И конечно, сейчас время для смелых инициатив, для создания бизнесов и производств, для продвижения новых продуктов и услуг. Причём волна технологического развития позволяет расти, завоёвывать рынки очень быстро. У нас уже есть примеры успешных компаний, инновационных компаний. Нужно, чтобы их было намного больше, в том числе в таких сферах, как искусственный интеллект и обработка больших данных, интернет вещей, робототехника.

Поручаю Правительству сформировать максимально комфортные условия для частных инвестиций в технологические стартапы, нацелить на их поддержку институты развития. А парламентариев прошу оперативно принять законы, приоритетные для создания правовой среды новой, цифровой экономики, которые позволят заключать гражданские сделки и привлекать финансирование с использованием цифровых технологий, развивать электронную торговлю и сервисы. Всё наше законодательство нужно настроить на новую технологическую реальность. Оно, это законодательство, а точнее, они, эти законы, не должны ограничивать становление передовых перспективных отраслей, а должны помогать этому развитию.

Важнейший показатель роста эффективности и конкурентоспособности бизнеса – расширение экспорта, выход на внешние рынки. Хороший пример для этого, конечно, успехи отечественного сельского хозяйства. В 2018 году рост был 19,4 процента, экспорт составил 25,8 миллиарда долларов. В 2024 году это должно быть уже 45 миллиардов долларов. Кстати, мы не только являемся одним из крупнейших экспортёров пшеницы (в прошлом году объёмы её экспорта составили 44 миллиона тонн), у нас есть ещё одно весомое достижение, ещё как минимум одно. Благодаря разработкам российских учёных мы обеспечили свою независимость по семенам пшеницы. Специалисты подтвердят, насколько это критически важно. У России должен быть весь набор собственных передовых агротехнологий, доступных не только крупным, но и небольшим хозяйствам. Это вопрос практически национальной безопасности и успешной конкуренции на растущих рынках продовольствия.

Ключевым, долгосрочным фактором устойчивого роста сельского хозяйства, конечно же, должно стать повышение качества жизни людей, тех, кто трудится на селе. Я обращаю внимание Правительства, уже в этом году необходимо принять новую программу развития сельских территорий, и она должна заработать с 1 января 2020 года.

И ещё. Наше естественное преимущество (я думаю, что все с этим согласятся) – это огромные природные возможности, их нужно использовать для наращивания производства именно экологически чистой продукции. Поручаю Правительству создать защищённый бренд отечественной чистой, «зелёной» продукции, он должен подтверждать, что в её производстве используются только безопасные для здоровья человека технологии, заслужить гарантии высокого качества и на внутреннем, и на внешнем рынке. На внешнем пойдёт всё влёт, уверяю вас, там ничего чистого вообще не осталось, за границей.

Уважаемые коллеги, чтобы добиться тех масштабных целей, которые стоят перед страной, нам нужно избавляться от всего, что ограничивает свободу и инициативу предпринимательства. Добросовестный бизнес не должен постоянно ходить под статьёй, постоянно чувствовать риск уголовного или даже административного наказания. Уже обращал внимание на эту проблему в одном из Посланий, приводил соответствующие цифры. Ситуация, к сожалению, не сильно изменилась.

Сегодня почти половина дел (45 процентов), возбуждённых в отношении предпринимателей, прекращается, не доходя до суда. Что это значит? Это значит, что возбуждали кое-как или по непонятным соображениям. А что это значит на практике? В результате на одного предпринимателя, бизнес которого разваливается в этой связи, в среднем приходится 130 сотрудников, потерявших работу. Давайте вдумаемся в эту цифру, это становится серьёзной проблемой для экономики. Бизнес указывает на целый ряд проблем в законодательстве и правоприменительной практике. Согласен с тем, что нужно внимательно посмотреть на критерии, по которым все сотрудники той или иной компании только по факту совместной работы могут попасть под такой квалифицирующий признак, как группа лиц по предварительному сговору. Это вообще ерунда какая-то, но такое бывает, к сожалению. И это влечёт за собой более строгую меру пресечения на этапе следствия и более тяжёлое наказание позднее. Кроме того, при расследовании так называемых экономических уголовных дел нужно жёстко ограничивать поводы раз за разом продлевать сроки содержания под стражей. Сегодня это происходит порой без веских оснований, например, из-за того, что не хватает времени на проведение необходимых экспертиз или в результате затягивания следственных действий.

С Генеральным прокурором, с Председателем Верховного Суда мы говорили на этот счёт. Действительно, смотрите, человек сидит за решёткой, его ни разу в течение нескольких месяцев не вызывали на допрос. Прокурор спрашивает: «Почему на допрос не вызывали?» – «В отпуске был следователь», – отвечают. Там загрузка огромная, конечно, у следственных работников, в МВД – особенно, просто вал, и с этим тоже нужно что-то делать, надо посмотреть на это повнимательнее. Необходимо, может, и ресурсы дополнительные выделять, количество следователей увеличивать. Но как так? У него сидит человек за решёткой, а он в отпуск пошёл и за несколько месяцев ни разу на допрос не вызвал. Такого не должно быть, надо точно с этим разобраться. Я прошу Верховный Суд и Генеральную прокуратуру проанализировать ещё раз эти проблемы и представить соответствующие предложения.

Также деловым объединениям и Агентству стратегических инициатив предлагаю создать специальную цифровую платформу (они, собственно говоря, сами вышли с этой инициативой), с помощью которой предприниматели смогут не только сделать публичной информацию о давлении на бизнес, но, главное, добиться рассмотрения вопроса по существу.

Вы знаете, здесь обращаюсь к руководителям правоохранительных органов: не нужно этого пугаться. Это подспорье как раз для руководства этих органов, с тем чтобы руководящий состав на самом верхнем уровне оперативно, по-современному, объективно получал всю необходимую информацию для принятия соответствующих решений на ведомственном хотя бы уровне для начала. Я поручаю Правительству вместе с бизнес-сообществом проработать технологические решения и нормативную базу, которая позволит запустить этот механизм, а правоохранительным ведомствам – МВД, ФСБ, Генпрокуратуре, Следственному комитету – подготовить регламент работы с обращениями предпринимателей, включая четкие сроки их рассмотрения. И уже к концу года такая платформа должна начать действовать хотя бы в пилотном режиме.

Далее. Правительство предлагает серьезно пересмотреть правовую базу контрольно-надзорной деятельности. Это, безусловно, правильно, это нужно всячески поддержать. Но считаю, что этого даже мало. Надо пойти на более радикальные шаги. Давайте действительно подведем черту, и с 1 января 2021 года прекратим действие всех существующих в настоящее время нормативных актов в сфере контроля, надзора и ведомственные региональные приказы, письма и инструкции. За оставшиеся два года (два года есть впереди) при участии делового сообщества нужно обновить нормативную базу, сохранить только те документы, которые отвечают современным требованиям, остальные – сдать в архив.

Смотрите. Когда мы обсуждали эту тему, многие коллеги сказали, искренне сказали, реакция была такая: страшно. Действительно, знаете, страшно, и есть проблема. Это не так просто. Ведь там по некоторым направлениям, по некоторым ведомствам вот такие фолианты, вот такой толщины, они же десятилетиями накапливались, еще с советских времен многие работают, со времен «очаковских и покоренья Крыма». Но не 2014 год имею в виду, конечно. (Смех в зале.) Еще со времен Александра Сергеевича Грибоедова и раньше. И конечно, там столько всего отрегламентировано, столько понаписано. Но я, знаете, сомневаюсь, что даже сотрудники этих ведомств знают на 100 процентов, что там написано, поэтому нужно провести этот анализ за два года, не бояться этого, засучить рукава, сделать, провести эту работу и, действительно, оставить только то, и обновить по-современному то, что действительно нужно для организации работы.

Уважаемые коллеги! На базе передовых технологий нужно форсировать модернизацию инфраструктуры. Это имеет огромное значение для укрепления связанности страны, особенно это важно для нас, для страны с самой большой территорией в мире, с такой огромной территорией. Это имеет огромное значение для укрепления всего каркаса государства, для раскрытия потенциала территории, для роста экономики Российской Федерации.

В этом году начнется железнодорожное движение по Крымскому мосту, что даст мощный импульс. Кстати, спасибо и строителям, и железнодорожникам. Видели, уже сделан обход вокруг Краснодара и подход к этой транспортной развязке с Кавказского побережья. В этом году начнется железнодорожное движение по Крымскому мосту, как я уже сказал. Это даст возможность мощно развивать и Крым, и Севастополь. Но также на всем протяжении заработает скоростная автодорога Москва – Санкт-Петербург, а это новые возможности и для бизнеса, это новые рабочие места для жителей Новгородской, Тверской, Ленинградской и Московской областей.

За шесть лет по всей стране будет реконструировано более 60 аэропортов, в том числе строятся международные аэропортовые комплексы в Хабаровске, Южно-Сахалинске, Петропавловске-Камчатском. В 2025 году более чем в полтора раза (до 210 миллионов тонн) вырастет пропускная способность БАМа и Транссиба. Все это крайне важно для развития Сибири и Дальнего Востока.

Вновь повторю: все дальневосточные субъекты Федерации должны выйти на уровень выше среднероссийского по ключевым социально-экономическим показателям, по качеству жизни людей. Это общенациональная задача, это чрезвычайно важное направление нашей работы, стратегическое направление – Восточная Сибирь и Дальний восток. Надо постоянно иметь это в виду всем ведомствам.

В сентябре во Владивостоке обсудим, что каждое из федеральных ведомств сделало и делает для Дальнего Востока. Все наши планы строительства и модернизации автомобильных и железных дорог, морских портов, авиасообщений, систем связи нужно нацелить на развитие регионов, в том числе на повышение их туристической привлекательности.

Интерес к России, к нашей культуре, природе, историческим памятникам просто огромен. С учетом успешного опыта чемпионата мира по футболу предлагаю шире применять электронные визы, в целом подумать, как упростить визовые формальности для туристов, приезжающих в нашу страну.

Далее. Уже в текущем году необходимо принять генеральную схему развития инфраструктуры цифровой экономики, включая сети телекоммуникаций, мощности по хранению и обработке данных. И здесь также нужно смотреть вперед. Задача ближайших лет – организовать повсеместный доступ к высокоскоростному интернету, начать эксплуатацию систем связи пятого поколения, 5G.

Для настоящей революции в области связи, навигации, создания систем дистанционного зондирования земли необходимо кратно увеличить возможности нашей спутниковой группировки. Россия обладает для этого уникальными технологиями, но такие задачи требуют и качественного обновления всей космической отрасли. В том числе поручаю «Роскосмосу» совместно с Правительством Москвы – коллеги приходили ко мне, докладывали, хороший проект – сформировать Национальный космический центр. Он должен объединить основные профильные организации, конструкторские бюро и опытные производства, обеспечить проведение научных исследований и подготовку кадров.

Уважаемые коллеги! Мы видим, что глобальная конкуренция все больше смещается в область науки, технологий, образования. Еще недавно казалось невероятным, что Россия сможет совершить не просто прорыв, а высокотехнологичный прорыв в оборонной сфере. Это было трудно, сложно, многое приходилось восстанавливать или создавать буквально с нуля, идти действительно непроторенной дорогой, находить смелые и уникальные решения. И это сделали, сделали наши инженеры, рабочие, ученые, в том числе совсем молодые люди, которые выросли на этих проектах. Повторю, знаю все детали этой масштабной работы, и у меня есть все основания сказать, что создание, например, стратегического гиперзвукового планирующего крылатого блока системы «Авангард» соразмерно по своему значению запуску первого искусственного спутника Земли. И с точки зрения повышения обороноспособности, ну, прежде всего, конечно, с этой точки зрения, и безопасности страны, но и по своему влиянию на укрепление потенциала нашей науки, на формирование уникальных технологических заделов.

В свое время атомный оборонный проект дал стране атомную энергетику. Создание ракетного щита, которое началось, в том числе, и с запуска первого искусственного спутника Земли, позволило начать мирное освоение космоса. Сегодня те кадры, знания, компетенции, материалы, которые мы получили при разработке оружия нового поколения, нужно столь же результативно использовать в интересах гражданских сфер.

Сейчас нам предстоит осуществить новые амбициозные научно-технологические программы. Уже подписан Указ о генетических исследованиях, такую же масштабную программу национального уровня предлагаю запустить и в области искусственного интеллекта. В середине следующего десятилетия мы должны войти в число лидеров по этим научно-технологическим направлениям, которые, безусловно, будут определять будущее всего мира и будущее России.

Для реализации подобных проектов необходимо ускорить создание продвинутой научной инфраструктуры. Недавно, кстати, в Ленинградской области состоялся запуск установки класса «megascience» реактора «ПИК». В течение ближайших 20 лет он будет одним из самых мощных источников нейтронов в мире, позволит проводить уникальные исследования в области физики, биологии, химии, поможет разрабатывать новые лекарства, средства диагностики, новые материалы. Впервые за последние десятилетия на российских верфях будут заложены современные научно-исследовательские суда. Они смогут работать во всех стратегических районах, включая арктические моря и Антарктику, вести изучение шельфа, природных богатств Мирового океана.

Для мощного технологического развития нам нужно выстроить современную модель исследований и разработок. Именно для этого мы создаем в регионах научно-образовательные центры, которые призваны интегрировать все уровни образования, возможности научных организаций и бизнеса. В течение трех лет такие центры должны быть созданы в 15 субъектах Российской Федерации, в том числе первые пять – в этом году, три из них – в Тюменской, Белгородской областях и в Пермском крае – находятся в высокой степени готовности и в этом году должны быть запущены.

Нам необходимы специалисты, способные работать на передовых производствах, создавать и использовать прорывные технические решения. Для этого нужно обеспечить широкое внедрение обновленных учебных программ на всех уровнях профессионального образования, организовать подготовку кадров для тех отраслей, которые еще только формируются.

В конце августа в России состоится чемпионат мира WorldSkills по рабочим профессиям. Давайте пожелаем нашей команде успехов. Этот успех значим для повышения престижа рабочих профессий, рабочих специальностей. Опираясь на опыт движения WorldSkills, надо ускорить модернизацию среднего профессионального образования, в том числе уже к 2022 году переоснастить современным оборудованием более 2 тысяч мастерских в колледжах и техникумах.

Увлечение профессией, творчеством формируется еще в юные годы. За три предстоящих года за счет расширения сети детских технопарков, кванториумов, центров цифрового, естественно-научного, гуманитарного развития будет создано порядка миллиона новых мест в системе дополнительного образования. Оно должно быть доступно для всех детей.

Настоящим созвездием становится сочинский «Сириус». Планировалось, что основанные на его модели центры поддержки одаренных ребят появятся во всех регионах страны к 2024 году. Но коллеги говорят, что готовы сделать это и раньше, за два года. Такую работу на опережение можно только приветствовать. И считаю, что резервы для наращивания темпов есть в каждом национальном проекте. Рассчитываю, что наши компании, деловые сообщества будут активно присоединяться к проектам, таким как «Билет в будущее», благодаря которому школьники, начиная с шестого класса, смогут не только пройти профориентацию, но и получить практику на предприятиях, в научных центрах, на других площадках. Я вообще хочу обратить внимание молодежи. Ваш талант, энергия, креативные способности – в числе самых сильных конкурентных преимуществ в России. Мы это понимаем и очень ценим. И чтобы каждый молодой человек (студент, школьник) мог проявить себя, мы уже создали целую систему проектов и конкурсов личностного роста. Это так называемые «ПроеКТОриЯ», «Мой первый бизнес», «Я – профессионал», «Лидеры России» и многие другие. Хочу подчеркнуть: все это – обращаюсь опять к молодым людям – создается для того, чтобы вы использовали эти возможности. И призываю вас активно и смело пользоваться этим, дерзать, осуществлять свои мечты и планы, приносить пользу себе, своей семье, своей стране.

Уважаемые коллеги! Россия была и будет суверенным, независимым государством. Это просто аксиома. Она будет либо такой, либо вообще ее не будет. Для всех нас это должно быть понятно, мы должны это понимать и осознавать. Россия не может быть государством, если она не будет суверенной. Некоторые страны могут, Россия – нет.

Выстраивать отношения с нами значит находить совместные развязки, причем самых сложных вопросов, а не пытаться диктовать условия. Приоритеты нашей внешней политики абсолютно открыты: это укрепление доверия, борьба с общими для всего мира угрозами, расширение сотрудничества в экономике, торговле, образовании, культуре, науке и технологиях, снятие барьеров для общения между людьми. Именно на этой основе мы ведем работу в ООН, а также в Содружестве Независимых Государств, на площадках «Группы двадцати», БРИКС, Шанхайской организации сотрудничества. Считаем правильным активно углублять взаимодействие в рамках Союзного государства России и Белоруссии, включая более тесную координацию во внешнеполитической сфере, в экономике. Вместе с партнерами по интеграции продолжим формировать общие рынки и укреплять внешние связи Евразийского экономического союза. В том числе предстоит воплотить в жизнь уже принятые решения о сопряжении Евразэс с китайской инициативой «Один пояс, один путь» как пролог к созданию большого евразийского партнерства.

Наши равноправные взаимовыгодные отношения с Китаем сегодня служат важным стабилизирующим фактом в мировых делах, в обеспечении безопасности в Евразии, показывают пример плодотворного сотрудничества в экономике. Большое внимание уделяем раскрытию потенциала особо привилегированного стратегического партнерства с Индией. Продолжим развивать политический диалог и экономическое сотрудничество с Японией. Готовы к совместному поиску взаимоприемлемых условий для заключения мирного договора. Намерены углублять взаимодействия с Ассоциацией государств Юго-Восточной Азии. Надеемся также, что со стороны Евросоюза, ведущих стран Европы все-таки будут предприняты реальные шаги по восстановлению нормальных, политических и экономических отношений с Россией. Граждане этих стран заинтересованы в таком сотрудничестве с Россией, включая, конечно, крупные, да и мелкие, средние компании, вообще, бизнес европейских стран, что, безусловно, отвечало бы наших общим интересам.

Самым острым и обсуждаемым на сегодняшний день вопросом российско-американских отношений остается односторонний выход в США из Договора о ракетах средней и меньшей дальности. Поэтому вынужден, просто вынужден остановиться на этом чуть подробнее. Да, действительно, с момента заключения этого Договора в 1987 году произошли серьезные изменения в мире. Многие страны развивали и продолжают развивать данный вид вооружения, а Россия и США – нет, мы сами себя добровольно в этом ограничиваем. Такое положение дел, конечно же, может вызывать вопросы, понятно. Так, нужно было нашим американским партнерам так и сказать, сказать по-честному, а не использовать надуманные обвинения в адрес России для обоснования своего одностороннего выхода из Договора. Сделали бы лучше, как в 2002 году, из ПРО вышли, всё, в открытую, по-честному. Хорошо это или плохо – другой вопрос. Я считаю, что плохо. Но сделали так и все. И здесь надо было так поступить, именно по-честному. Как они действуют на самом деле? Сами все нарушают, а потом ищут оправдание и назначают виновных. Но еще и своих сателлитов мобилизуют: они так аккуратненько, но все-таки американцам подхрюкивают по этому вопросу. Сперва начали разработку и применение ракет средней дальности, присвоив им для отвода глаз наименование «ракеты-мишени» для целей ПРО. Затем приступили к развертыванию в Европе универсальных пусковых установок Mk-41, которые позволяют осуществить боевое применение крылатых ракет средней дальности «Томагавк».

Я говорю об этом только потому, и трачу свое и ваше время, что мы вынуждены отвечать на те обвинения, которые слышим в наш адрес. Но, сделав все это, о чем я сейчас сказал, США откровенно пренебрегли, демонстративно проигнорировали совокупность положений, предусмотренных статьями 4 и 6 Договора о ракетах средней и меньшей дальности. В частности, согласно пункту 1 статьи 4 Договора (я цитирую), «каждая из сторон ликвидирует свои ракеты средней дальности и пусковые установки таких ракет, чтобы ни у одной из сторон не имелось таких ракет и таких пусковых установок». В статье 6, пункт 1 говорится (зачитываю дословно): «По вступлении в силу настоящего Договора и в дальнейшем ни одна из сторон не производит никаких ракет средней дальности, не проводит летных испытаний таких ракет и не производит никаких ступеней для таких ракет и никаких пусковых установок таких ракет». Конец цитаты.

Запуская ракеты-мишени средней дальности и размещая в Румынии и Польше пусковые установки, пригодные для применения крылатых ракет «Томагавк», США эти требования договора прямо и грубо нарушили. Ну, сделали же это уже давно. В Румынии уже стоят эти пусковые установки, и ничего, вроде как ничего и не происходит. Странно прям. Для нас ничего странного нет, но люди-то должны это видеть и понимать.

Как мы оцениваем в этой связи ситуацию. Я уже говорил и хочу повторить: Россия не намерена – это очень важно, я повторяю это специально – Россия не намерена первой размещать подобные ракеты в Европе. Если же они действительно будут произведены и поставлены на европейский континент, а США такие планы имеют, во всяком случае, мы не слышали обратных заявлений, то это резко обострит ситуацию в сфере международной безопасности, создаст для России серьезные угрозы, ведь у некоторых классов этих ракет подлетное время до Москвы может составить до 10–12 минут. Это и есть очень серьезная угроза для нас. В таком случае мы будем вынуждены, я хочу это подчеркнуть, именно вынуждены, предусмотреть зеркальные и асимметричные действия. Что это значит.

Скажу уже сегодня прямо и открыто, чтобы никто нас потом ни в чем не упрекал, чтобы всем было заранее ясно, о чем здесь идет речь. Россия будет вынуждена создать и развернуть виды вооружений, которые могут быть использованы не только в отношении тех территорий, с которых для нас будет исходить соответствующая прямая угроза, но и в отношении тех территорий, где находятся центры принятия решений о применении угрожающих нам ракетных комплексов.

Что в этой связи важно, и здесь много новизны. По своим тактико-техническим данным, в том числе по подлетному времени до указанных центров управления, эти вооружения будут вполне соответствовать тем угрозам, которые направлены против России.

Знаем, как это сделать и реализуем эти планы немедленно, как только соответствующие угрозы для нас станут реальными. Не думаю, что международная обстановка сегодня такова, что требует дополнительного и безответственного обострения. Мы этого не хотим.

Что здесь хочу добавить? Американские коллеги уже пытались получить абсолютное военное превосходство с помощью глобальной ПРО. Нужно оставить подобные иллюзии. Ответ с нашей стороны всегда будет действенным и эффективным.

Работа по перспективным образцам и системам вооружений, о которых говорил в Послании прошлого года, продолжается – ритмично, без сбоев по плану. Началось серийное производство комплекса «Авангард», о котором сегодня уже упоминал. В этом году, как и планировалось, им будет оснащен первый полк РВСН. Проводится и цикл испытаний тяжелой, беспрецедентной по мощности межконтинентальной ракеты «Сармат». Лазерные установки «Пересвет» и авиационные комплексы с гиперзвуковыми ракетами «Кинжал» в режиме опытно-боевого дежурства подтвердили свои уникальные характеристики, личный состав получил опыт их эксплуатации. В декабре этого года все поставленные в Вооруженные Силы «Пересветы» заступят на боевое дежурство. Продолжится и работа по расширению инфраструктуры базирования самолетов МиГ-31, оснащенных ракетами «Кинжал». Успешно проходят испытания крылатая ракета неограниченной дальности с ядерной двигательной установкой «Буревестник», а также подводный неограниченной дальности беспилотный аппарат «Посейдон».

В этой связи хочу сделать одно важное замечание. Ранее об этом не говорилось, но сегодня можно сказать: уже весной этого года будет спущена на воду первая атомная подводная лодка – носитель этого беспилотного комплекса. Работа идет по плану.

Сегодня считаю возможным также официально проинформировать вас и еще об одной перспективной новинке. Помните, в прошлый раз я говорил: есть еще что сказать, пока рановато. Вот потихонечку так будем рассказывать, что у нас там в загашнике. Так вот еще об одной перспективной новинке, работа над которой идет успешно и в запланированные сроки, безусловно, будет завершена, а именно хочу сказать о гиперзвуковой ракете «Циркон» со скоростью полета около девяти махов, дальностью более тысячи километров, способной поражать как морские, так и наземные цели. Ее применение предусмотрено с морских носителей, серийных надводных кораблей и подводных лодок, в том числе уже произведенных и строящихся под ракетные комплексы высокоточного оружия «Калибр». То есть все это будет для нас незатратно.

В этой связи хочу подчеркнуть, что для защиты национальных интересов России на два-три года ранее сроков, установленных госпрограммой вооружения, Военно-Морскому Флоту России будут переданы семь новых многоцелевых подводных лодок, в ближайшее время будет заложено пять надводных кораблей дальней морской зоны, еще 16 кораблей такого класса будут введены в состав ВМФ до 2027 года.

Завершая тему одностороннего выхода США из Договора о ракетах средней и меньшей дальности, хотел бы сказать следующее. В последние годы США проводят на российском направлении политику, которую вряд ли можно назвать дружественной. Законные интересы России игнорируются, постоянно организуются разного рода антироссийские акции, абсолютно не спровоцированно, хочу это подчеркнуть, не спровоцированно с нашей стороны вводятся все новые и новые незаконные с точки зрения международного права санкции. Практически полностью и в одностороннем порядке демонтируется сложившаяся за последние десятилетия договорно-правовая база международной безопасности, и при этом Россию же называют чуть ли не главной угрозой для США.

Скажу прямо: это не правда. Россия хочет иметь полноценные, равноправные и дружеские отношения с США. Россия никому не угрожает, а все наши действия в сфере безопасности носят исключительно ответный, а значит, оборонительный характер. Мы не заинтересованы в конфронтации и не хотим ее, тем более с такой глобальной державой, как Соединенные Штаты Америки. Но, похоже, наши партнеры не замечают, как и какими темпами меняется мир, куда он движется. Они продолжают свою разрушительную и явно ошибочную политику. Вряд ли это соответствует интересам самих США. Но это не нам решать.

Мы видим, что имеем дело с деятельными, очень талантливыми людьми, однако среди правящего класса много и таких, кто излишне увлечен идеей своей исключительности и своего превосходства над всем остальным миром. Разумеется, их право думать так, как они хотят. Но считать-то они умеют? Умеют наверняка. Пусть посчитают дальность и скорость наших перспективных систем оружия. Мы просим только об этом: пусть сначала посчитают, а уже только после этого принимают решения, которые могут создать дополнительные серьезные угрозы для нашей страны и, разумеется, приведут к ответным действиям со стороны России, безопасность которой будет надежно и безусловно обеспечена.

Кстати, уже говорил и хочу повторить: мы готовы к переговорам по разоруженческой тематике, но стучаться в закрытую дверь больше не будем. Подождем, пока и наши партнеры созреют, осознают необходимость равноправного диалога по этой теме.

Мы продолжим развивать наши Вооруженные Силы, повышать интенсивность и качество боевой подготовки, в том числе с учетом опыта антитеррористической операции в Сирии. А его получили практически все командиры крупных соединений Сухопутных войск, силы специальных операций и военной полиции в части обеспечения, экипажи боевых кораблей, армейской, оперативно-тактической, стратегической и военно-транспортной авиации.

Хочу вновь подчеркнуть: для устойчивого и долгосрочного развития нам нужен мир. И вся работа по повышению обороноспособности имеет только одну цель: она направлена на обеспечение безопасности страны и наших граждан, чтобы никто не только не мог помыслить об агрессии против России, но даже о том, чтобы попытаться использовать методы силового давления в отношении нашей страны.

Уважаемые коллеги! Перед нами стоят масштабные задачи. Мы идем к их решению системно и последовательно, выстраивая такую модель социального, экономического развития, которая позволит обеспечить наилучшие условия для самореализации человека, а значит, дать достойные ответы на вызовы стремительно меняющегося мира, сохранить Россию как цивилизацию, основанную на собственной идентичности на многовековых традициях, на культуре наших народов, ценностях и наших традициях. Добиться поставленных целей мы сможем, разумеется, только объединяя усилия, только вместе, при сплоченности общества, готовности всех нас, всех граждан России достигать успехов в конкретных делах.

Такой солидарный настрой на перемены – всегда осознанный выбор самих людей. Они делают его, когда понимают, что развитие страны зависит именно от них, от результатов их труда, когда стремление быть нужным, полезным ценится и поддерживается, когда каждому находится дело по призванию и по душе и, главное, когда есть справедливость, широкое пространство для свободы и равных возможностей для работы, учебы, инициативы и новаторства.

Эти условия прорывного развития невозможно перевести в цифры и показатели, но именно они – консолидация общества, включенность граждан в дела страны, общая уверенность в наших силах – являются определяющими для достижения успехов. И этого успеха мы обязательно добьемся.

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Интервью сербским изданиям «Политика» и «Вечерние новости»

Интервью сербским изданиям «Политика» и «Вечерние новости»

В преддверии визита в Республику Сербия Владимир Путин ответил на вопросы сербских СМИ – газет «Политика» и «Вечерние новости».

Газета «Политика»

Вопрос: Сербию и Россию связывает многовековая историческая, культурная и религиозная близость, а также братство по оружию в двух мировых войнах. Перед нами стоят новые вызовы. Как Вы оцениваете наши актуальные отношения и перспективы их развития? Много говорится о новом газопроводе «Турецкий поток», есть ли здесь шанс и для нашей страны?

В.Путин: Прежде всего тепло приветствую всех читателей ежедневной газеты «Политика» – одного из старейших изданий, выпускаемых ныне не только в Сербии, но и на Балканах. И, пользуясь случаем, хочу поздравить граждан республики с прошедшими новогодними и рождественскими праздниками.

Действительно, как Вы отметили, в основе добрых отношений России и Сербии лежит многовековая искренняя дружба наших народов, духовное и культурное родство, общие страницы истории, в том числе героическая борьба против нацизма в годы Второй мировой войны. И в новом, XXI веке мы бережно храним и развиваем бесценные традиции доверия и сотрудничества. Такая готовность к тесному взаимодействию в политике, экономике, гуманитарной сфере нашла отражение в двусторонней Декларации о стратегическом партнёрстве, подписанной в мае 2013 года.

Сегодня двусторонние связи по всем направлениям находятся на подъёме. Растёт взаимный товарооборот: в 2017 году он составил 2 миллиарда долларов и в прошлом году продолжил увеличиваться. Российские капиталовложения в сербскую экономику превысили 4 миллиарда долларов. Взаимодействие с концерном «Газпромнефть» позволило компании «Нефтяная индустрия Сербии» выйти в лидеры энергетического рынка Балканского региона. С участием РЖД хорошими темпами идёт реконструкция и модернизация сербской железнодорожной инфраструктуры.

Последовательно совершенствуется договорно-правовая база взаимодействия. Развиваются контакты по линии парламентов и политических партий, общественных кругов, а также в сфере науки, образования и культуры. Российские специалисты участвуют в проекте возведения храма Святого Саввы в Белграде. Благодаря спонсорской поддержке наших предпринимателей главный купол этого величественного здания украшен мозаичной отделкой. Словом, убеждён, что именно такое плодотворное, многоплановое сотрудничество в полной мере отвечает коренным интересам народов России и Сербии.

Что касается «Турецкого потока», то его строительство осуществляется по намеченному графику. В ноябре прошлого года завершена укладка труб на морском участке, ведутся работы по его подключению к строящемуся терминалу на черноморском побережье Турции. Планируем полностью ввести газопровод в строй до конца 2019 года.

Отмечу, что сейчас «Газпром» прорабатывает разные варианты продолжения сухопутной транзитной нитки газопровода в европейском направлении. Один из них предусматривает транспортировку топлива по маршруту Болгария – Сербия – Венгрия с выходом на газораспределительный центр в австрийском Баумгартене. В этом случае Сербия будет не только использовать российский газ, но и обеспечивать его транзит. Разумеется, это принесёт ощутимую выгоду сербской экономике, позволит создать новые рабочие места, укрепит энергобезопасность вашей страны и в целом Центральной и Юго-Восточной Европы. Участию Сербии в проекте будет способствовать и подписанная в 2017 году с «Газпромом» «дорожная карта» модернизации и расширения национальной газотранспортной сети.

При окончательном утверждении маршрута поставок российского газа будет, конечно же, учитываться позиция Еврокомиссии. Мы полагаем, что заинтересованные в российском газе страны – члены ЕС должны получить от Евросоюза гарантии, что планы продолжения «Турецкого потока» не будут сорваны произвольным политическим решением Брюсселя.

Вопрос: В обстановке, когда отдельные государства региона вооружаются и происходит формирование так называемой армии Косово, может ли Сербия рассчитывать на поддержку России в дальнейшем укреплении оборонного потенциала, имея в виду нашу нейтральность и тот факт, что мы окружены государствами – членами НАТО?

В.Путин: Высоко оцениваем твёрдую приверженность сербского руководства курсу на сохранение нейтралитета страны. В то же время на протяжении многих лет мы помогаем укреплять обороноспособность Сербии: поставляем вооружения и военную технику, оказываем содействие в их ремонте и модернизации. Будем и дальше развивать военно-техническое сотрудничество.

Не скрою, что были удивлены достаточно пассивной реакцией Евросоюза на решение косовского «парламента» о трансформации Сил безопасности Косово в полноценную армию. Ведь очевидно, что подобный шаг воспринят проживающими в этой провинции сербами как прямая угроза их безопасности. И в целом он чреват серьёзными рисками обострения обстановки в регионе. Едва ли в интересах ЕС закрывать глаза на подобные односторонние акции, грубо нарушающие международное право, особенно если в Брюсселе рассчитывают и в дальнейшем выполнять свои посреднические обязанности в диалоге между Белградом и Приштиной.

Мы также неоднократно заявляли, что считаем курс на расширение НАТО пережитком «холодной войны», ошибочной и деструктивной военно-политической стратегией. Сегодня альянс пытается укрепить своё присутствие на Балканах. Однако тем самым он лишь воссоздаёт разделительные линии на европейском континенте, грубо нарушает принцип неделимости безопасности. Всё это в конечном счёте ведёт не к укреплению стабильности, а к снижению доверия и росту напряжённости в Европе.

Вопрос: Москва уже давно выступает с предложением создать новую архитектуру безопасности, но в последнее время мы наблюдаем в мире опасные тенденции, включая недавние заявления Вашингтона о выходе из ДРСМД. Как Вы считаете, что может быть решением для сохранения мира в условиях усиления локального и глобального напряжения?

В.Путин: Действительно, США фактически ведут линию на демонтаж системы международных соглашений в сфере контроля над вооружениями, которые связывают им руки в наращивании военного потенциала. Или пытаются выполнять их выборочно, то есть только в той части, которая отвечает их интересам. Заявление о намерении выйти из ДРСМД стало ещё одним звеном в длинной цепочке подобных действий. Очевидно, что последствия такой политики будут самыми негативными.

Разумеется, мы не собираемся закрывать глаза на развёртывание американских ракет, которые представляют прямую угрозу для нашей безопасности. Вынуждены будем принимать эффективные ответные меры. Однако Россия, как ответственная и здравомыслящая страна, не заинтересована в новой гонке вооружений. Несмотря на объявленное США намерение выйти из Договора, мы открыты для продолжения диалога по поиску путей его сохранения. В декабре направили американцам ряд конкретных предложений на этот счёт. Готовы к серьёзному разговору и по всей стратегической повестке между нашими странами.

Россия твёрдо и последовательно выступает за оздоровление международной обстановки в целом, которая, как Вы справедливо отметили, остаётся напряжённой. И добавлю – непредсказуемой. Причём во многом такое положение и сложилось из-за непрекращающихся односторонних, в том числе силовых действий США и ряда других западных государств. В результате усиливается общая атмосфера конфронтационности и недоверия.

Призываем западных коллег отказаться от методов шантажа, угроз и провокаций, уважать международное право, выстраивать межгосударственный диалог на принципах, зафиксированных в Уставе ООН. Именно в этом – ключ к сохранению мира, укреплению глобальной и региональной безопасности и стабильности.

В заключение хочу пожелать читателям газеты «Политика» и всему народу Сербии благополучия и успехов.

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Газета «Вечерние новости»

Вопрос: Интенсивное сотрудничество России с Сербией и Республикой Сербской вызывает раздражение на Западе, и особенно в Вашингтоне. Как Вы прокомментируете заявления западных политиков о том, что Россия является дестабилизирующим фактором на Балканах, и как Вы оцениваете отношения России с другими бывшими югославскими республиками?

В.Путин: Рад возможности обратиться к читателям «Вечерних новостей» – одной из самых популярных и влиятельных сербских газет, ответить на ваши вопросы и поделиться своими оценками.

Если говорить о ситуации на Балканах, то серьёзным дестабилизирующим фактором здесь является линия США и некоторых западных стран, направленная на закрепление своего доминирования в регионе. Ещё в 1999 году силы НАТО – без санкции ООН – в течение двух с половиной месяцев бомбили Югославию, насильственно отторгнув Автономный край Косово. А в 2008 году Вашингтон и его союзники поддержали нелегитимное провозглашение косовской независимости.

В 2017 году, вопреки мнению половины населения, в НАТО оказалась втянута Черногория. Референдум по этому вопросу проводить побоялись – в итоге страна переживает период политической нестабильности. В прошлом году для форсированного включения в состав НАТО Республики Македонии был даже запущен процесс принятия конституционных поправок и переименования этого государства, пересмотра основ македонской национальной идентичности. При этом проигнорирована воля македонских избирателей – референдум по изменению государственного наименования провалился, но давление извне продолжилось.

Наша страна, зная, понимая всю сложность Балкан, истории региона, всегда рассматривала его как пространство для конструктивного сотрудничества. И сегодня у России здесь много друзей, среди которых особое место занимает стратегический партнёр Сербия. Поэтому наш безусловный приоритет – это содействие укреплению региональной безопасности и стабильности. Мы выступаем за то, чтобы права и интересы балканских стран и народов уважались, чтобы соблюдалось международное право.

Взаимодействие с Республикой Сербской в составе Боснии и Герцеговины осуществляется на взаимовыгодной основе в строгом соответствии с Дейтонским мирным соглашением 1995 года. Мы и далее нацелены на реализацию как в Республике Сербской, так и на всей территории Боснии и Герцеговины проектов в энергетике, нефтепереработке и торговле горючим, банковской сфере, фармацевтике и других отраслях. В равной степени важным считаем продвижение совместных гуманитарных инициатив, учитывая растущий интерес боснийцев к русскому языку, российской культуре, получению образования в России.

Поступательно развиваются отношения со Словенией и Хорватией, несмотря на то, что диалог между Евросоюзом, членами которого они являются, и Россией переживает непростые времена. В прошлом году состоялось несколько встреч с хорватским руководством. Растёт товарооборот: со Словенией за три квартала 2018 года он повысился почти на 10 процентов, с Хорватией – на 27 процентов. В прошедшем году со Словенией успешно проведены «перекрёстные» Сезоны культуры, в Загребе организована крупная выставка Государственного Эрмитажа, приуроченная к 50-летию побратимских связей хорватской столицы с Санкт-Петербургом. Будем и дальше развивать отношения дружбы и доверия, которые, уверен, полностью отвечают интересам наших народов.

Вопрос: Сербская православная церковь встала на сторону Русской православной церкви на фоне церковного кризиса на Украине. При этом целый ряд стран оказывает влияние на патриарха Варфоломея и пытается добиться признания украинских «раскольников» православными поместными церквями. Что Вы думаете относительно дальнейшего развития событий?

В.Путин: Напомню читателям Вашей газеты, которые весьма обеспокоены сообщениями о расколе православного мира, но, возможно, не посвящены глубоко в ситуацию на Украине, о чём идёт речь.

15 декабря 2018 года украинское руководство, которое активно поддерживают США и Константинопольский патриархат, провело так называемый объединительный собор. На нём было провозглашено создание «Православной церкви Украины», и 6 января 2019 года патриарх Варфоломей подписал томос (указ) о её автокефалии. Таким образом, была сделана попытка легализовать под юрисдикцией Стамбула существующие на Украине раскольнические общины, что является грубым нарушением православных канонов.

Впрочем, это мало кого волнует и в руководстве Украины, и в США, поскольку новая церковная структура является исключительно политическим, светским проектом. Его главная цель – разделить народы России и Украины, посеять не только национальную, но религиозную рознь. Неслучайно в Киеве уже заявили об «окончательном обретении независимости от Москвы».

Повторю: ни о какой духовной жизни речь здесь не идёт – мы имеем дело с опасным и безответственным политиканством. Так же как нет речи и о самостоятельности «Православной церкви Украины». На деле она полностью подконтрольна Стамбулу. А вот крупнейшая на Украине каноническая Украинская православная церковь, которая за автокефалией к патриарху Варфоломею не обращалась, абсолютно независима в своих действиях. При этом она сохраняет исключительно каноническую связь с Русской православной церковью, но даже это вызывает нескрываемое раздражение у сегодняшнего киевского режима.

За это священников и мирян Украинской православной церкви преследуют, отбирают у них храмы и монастыри, а саму церковь пытаются лишить её законного наименования, что усиливает напряжённость и ведёт к ещё большему раздору в украинском обществе.

Очевидно, что руководство Украины не может не понимать, что попытки насильно загнать верующих в чужой храм чреваты серьёзными последствиями. И тем не менее оно готово жертвовать межконфессиональным согласием в стране ради того, чтобы провести предвыборную кампанию действующего президента Украины, построенную на поиске врагов, любыми путями сохранить власть.

Всё это видят в православном мире.

Разумеется, Россия не намерена вмешиваться в церковные процессы, тем более на территории соседнего суверенного государства. Но мы видим, какую опасность, в том числе и для мирового православия, представляют подобные эксперименты и грубое вмешательство государства в религиозную деятельность.

Вопрос: Перспективы экономического сотрудничества Москвы и Белграда в случае вступления Сербии в Евросоюз. Как это может отразиться на российских инвестициях в сербскую экономику?

В.Путин: Мы с уважением относимся к избранному сербским руководством курсу на вступление в ЕС. В отличие от западных партнёров не пытаемся ставить Белград перед искусственным выбором – либо вы с Россией, либо с Евросоюзом. Интеграционные процессы в нашем глобальном мире динамично развиваются, охватывают новые страны и объединения, создают перспективные конфигурации. Поэтому убеждены, что евроинтеграционные устремления Сербии, как и участие России в Евразийском экономическом союзе, не служат препятствием для наращивания нашего разнопланового сотрудничества.

Важно, что Россия и Сербия намерены продолжать укреплять взаимодействие в экономической и инвестиционной сферах. Этому призвано способствовать и готовящееся соглашение о свободной торговле между ЕврАзЭС и Сербией. Очередной раунд переговоров прошёл в Белграде совсем недавно – 10–11 января. Рассчитываем, что подписание этого документа состоится до конца текущего года и откроет качественно новые возможности для повышения эффективности и практической отдачи от совместной работы в экономической области.

В заключение хочу пожелать читателям газеты «Вечерние новости», всем гражданам дружественной Сербии мира и благополучия.

Yearly Live Question and Answer Session was a Mega-DOX of Name and Shame

June 08, 2018, Somehwere in the North of the Russian Federation

 https://vz.ru/politics/2018/6/7/926829.html

Путин ввел новый механизм влияния на чиновников

За почти 300 минут прямой линии Владимир Путин ответил на множество самых разных вопросов – от бытовых до концептуальных. Но впервые за все время проведения линии форма стала едва ли не важнее содержания – потому что новый формат ее проведения обозначил важный механизм реформирования управленческого класса.

На 16-ю прямую линию Владимир Путин пришел не один – в формате видеоконференции в ней приняла участие вся высшая номенклатура исполнительной власти. Были вице-премьеры и министры, губернаторы и главы госкорпораций. Перед началом разговора нам мельком показали мониторы с несколькими десятками «окон» – с дежурившими губернаторами и министрами.

Все годы проведения прямой линии продолжались сетования на то, что вот, президент в ручном режиме управляет страной, решает проблемы регионального, а то и местного уровня. Это были не совсем справедливые упреки – потому что одним из главных смыслов ее проведения как раз и было обучение руководителей разных уровней общению с народом, реакции на требования и претензии. Министры и губернаторы должны были увидеть, как нужно разговаривать с людьми. Искать способы решения, брать на себя ответственность или находить тех, кто сделает, объяснять причины уже принятых решений или невозможность осуществления того, что предлагают.

Этим Путин занимался почти два десятилетия – не в эфире, а в жизни руководителя страны. Но и в эфире «Прямой линии» тоже.

И вот теперь он решил объединить два формата – свои совещания с министрами и губернаторами и ответы на вопросы в ходе прямой линии. Получилось более чем поучительно и интересно.

Почему это произошло только сейчас? Потому что завершился важный этап обновления элиты – она еще далеко не та, какой хотелось бы народу и Путину, но уже вполне способна отвечать за сказанное и сделанное. Обновление губернаторского и управленческого корпуса шло все последние годы – и сейчас уже мало даже тех, кто был губернатором в нулевые годы.

При этом понятно, что и для опытных, и для новичков подобный формат общения непривычен. Одно дело – докладывать президенту на совещаниях или общаться с ним один на один, и совсем другое – отвечать на вопросы в прямом эфире на всю страну. Путин умеет публично объяснять свою позицию. Но обычным чиновникам, даже высокопоставленным, это часто делать нелегко – или они просто этого не умеют. Но требование слушать людей, разговаривать с ними, осмысленно отвечать на их претензии все эти годы было одной из главных установок, что Кремль давал всем уровням номенклатуры.

А теперь, с появлением нового формата прямой линии, риск показать свою некомпетентность или, что еще хуже, оторванность от народа вырос многократно – ведь говорить с людьми придется на глазах президента и с его участием. А Путин обладает очень хорошим чувством фальши – и больше всего на свете не любит, когда ему врут. А уж когда врут прилюдно...

Поэтому неслучайно, что с самого начала линии Путин несколько раз сказал о необходимости повышения персональной ответственности чиновников. Он, по сути, обращался не к телеаудитории, а к тем, кто был на конференц-связи с его «ставкой» в Гостином ряду:

Причем это двойная ответственность – перед людьми и перед президентом. Да, выбирают губернатора люди – но снимает его с должности, в случае утраты доверия, глава государства. Однако чтобы заслужить доверие Путина, глава региона должен не подобострастно поддакивать ему, не обещать все исполнить – а реально работать с людьми. И уважать их, видеть в каждом маленьком человеке конкретного индивидуума. Поэтому Путина, всегда подчеркнуто вежливого в разговоре с людьми, так покоробило слово «ней» из уст томского губернатора, пообещавшего встретиться с матерью троих детей, спрашивавшей про выделение многодетным бесплатной земли. «Не «ней», а с Натальей Николаевной», – поправил его президент.

При этом Путин не играет в популизм – не устраивает показательных порок, не идет на поводу у призывов устроить глобальную чистку. Вообще не демонизирует чиновничество – потому что по опыту работы с ним знает, что оно уже становится другим. Да, медленнее, чем всем хотелось бы, но становится.

Поэтому он и отказывается от популистского же требования репрессий –

«Мы не должны прибегать к крайним мерам, которые были в 30-е и 50-е годы. Нам надо раскрепостить людей, чтобы они максимально реализовали творческий потенциал. Это могут сделать только свободные люди. Мы в состоянии сделать это. Но надо всем сконцентрироваться на своем участке. Знаю, проблем много. Решение их сложно. Но мы сделаем это, если будем вместе».

При этом Путин не преуменьшает стоящие перед страной вызовы – сравнивая ситуацию с теми же 30-ми, он подчеркнул, что хотя прямой угрозы войны нет, но есть угроза самому существованию России:

«Безопасность вроде бы обеспечена, причем на длительную перспективу. У нас огромные территории, подготовленные люди, есть ресурсы. Но если мы отстанем в технологическом развитии, не обеспечим темпы роста экономики, внедрения новых технологий, если не сможем связать страну новыми дорогами, если не будем развивать инфраструктуру, если не будем уделять внимание образованию и здравоохранению, то мы можем отстать безвозвратно. Это поставит под вопрос наш суверенитет».

Вести страну в прорыв Путин будет, опираясь на народ – и тот управленческий класс, который он формирует.

Всероссийское селекторное совещание, летучка с президентом и народом – какое бы название ни осталось от нынешней прямой линии, понятно, что мы увидели новый инструмент управления номенклатурой. Более того – новый инструмент управления страной. Подобные «трехсторонние» совещания теперь наверняка станут традицией – их даже можно проводить чаще, чем раз в год, делая, например, тематическими (образование, ЖКХ) или региональными (в рамках федеральных округов). Вместо очередного совещания по вопросам развития Дальнего Востока или проблемам безработицы на Северном Кавказе можно будет провести прямую линию с президентом Путиным на эти темы. Персональная ответственность чиновников после этого вырастет очень заметно – как и скорость решения многих проблем.

Yearly Live Question and Answer Session with Vladimir Putin

https://vk.com/moskvaputinu

Live Yearly Phone In Taking Place Today at Noon - It is over. 4.5 Hours

Hero of Russia Award to Roman Nikolayevich Filipov Who Died Heroically in Syria

"This is for the guys!", he yelled as he pulled the pin on a grenade taking terrorists with him!

«Это вам за пацанов»: Что успел сказать летчик Су-25 Роман Филиппов перед смертью

February  07, 2018

https://nyka.livejournal.com/18946071.html

Владимир Путин посетил Волгоград в юбилей победы в Сталинградской битве

https://putinteam.ru/news/vladimir-putin-posetil-volgograd-v-yubiley-pobedy-v-stalingradskoy-bitve/

President Putin Censored by US Media, This is What They Cut Out

What NBC cut from Putin Interview от Джон Роблес на Rutube

President Putin Stands in the Rain Honoring the Fallen of the Great Patriotic War

INFO6802Jar2

2018 Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly - The Strategic Shift

http://www.jar2.com/Articles/Strategic_Shift.html

http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/56957

http://www.jar2.com/Files/Russia/PUTINSPEECH.txt

Сурков предложил назвать новое вооружение РФ "Гиви"

http://politinform.su/oruzhie-i-boevaya-tehnika/4-rossiyskoe-giperzvukovoe-oruzhie-uzhasnulo-ssha.html

http://3mv.ru/54026-54026-giperzvukovoe-oruzhie-rossii-legko-preodoleet-pro-ssha.html

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/56957

2014 Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly

2014 Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly

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2018 Presidential Election Highlights and News. Last Update: 05/10/2019 03:09 +0300

LAST UPDATE RUSSIAN STANDARD TIME:  05/10/2019 03:09 +0300

Сильный Президент - сильная Россия - Official 2018 Campaign Site

President Putin's Election Campaign  Site

Владимир Путин зарегистрирован кандидатом в президенты России

https://putinteam.ru/news/vladimir-putin-stal-kandidatom-v-prezidenty/

Инаугурация Путина 2018 можно смотрит на Первый канал.. 11.45

https://www.1tv.ru/news/issue/2018-05-07/

https://www.1tv.ru/news/issue/2018-05-07/09:00#2

Putin to be inaugurated for fourth term

UN Secretary General congratulates Putin on winning presidential election

Congratulations keep coming on Putin’s election win — Kremlin

В адрес Владимира Путина продолжают поступать поздравления с победой на выборах Президента Российской Федерации

Kim Jong-un congratulates Putin on his convincing win at presidential elections

European Commission president congratulates Putin on election win

Prime minister of Malaysia congratulates Putin on winning Russian presidential election

World leaders congratulate Putin on winning re-election

German president congratulates Putin on winning presidential election

CIS leaders congratulate Putin on winning presidential election

Belarusian leader congratulates Putin on convincing victory in presidential election

Venezuelan leader congratulates Putin on winning Russian presidential election

Chinese leader congratulates Putin on re-election

Kazakh leader congratulates Putin on winning presidential election

Cuban leader congratulates Putin on winning presidential election

Serbian president congratulates Putin on winning presidential election

President of Republika Srpska congratulates Putin on winning presidential election

Trump furious over leak of warning to not congratulate Putin

Shock horror! Trump congratulates Putin on election victory and media goes bananas

Kremlin mum on rumors that Trump’s advisers urged him not to congratulate Putin

Kremlin comments on Trump’s failure to congratulate Putin on re-election victory

Global media’s Russia bashing drove voters to rally around Putin, lawmaker says

Kiev barred Russians from voting on Ukrainian soil out of fear, says lower house speaker

Kremlin frets little about ungrounded reports over violations during voting — spokesman

Russian election chief comments on US statement about media employees’ observer status

CEC to announce official election outcome after considering all irregularities complaints

Путин заручился рекордной в истории России поддержкой избирателей

ЦИК России почти закончил подсчет голосов

Results of Russian elections indicate stability of democracy — French National Front

Putin secures victory in first round of Russian presidential election

More Russians voted overseas in 2018 presidential race than in previous elections

Press review: Putin cruises to landslide victory and Russia-UK feud strikes cultural ties

How Russians in Europe voted in 2018 presidential election

No serious cases of disorderly conduct reported at polls, Russian Interior Ministry says

Putin clinches nearly 71% of Moscow’s votes in Russian presidential election

Putin receives 76.66% of votes after 99.84% of ballots counted

Putin garners record amount of votes that tops all recent Russian presidential elections

Putin wins over 92% of vote in first Russian presidential election in Crimea

Election results at five ballot stations in three Russian regions annulled

Voter turnout for Russian presidential election exceeds 67%

Putin leads election in Washington consular district

Over 55 mln Russians vote for Putin in presidential election — election commission

Obsever comments on voting at Russian embassy in Washington

Russian Foreign Ministry points to unprecedented overseas voter turnout

Putin winning over 90% of votes at Russian presidential polls in Crimea and Sevastopol

Russian citizens overseas voted more actively than in 2012

Government reshuffles to follow inauguration — Putin

Putin thanks his supporters for their votes at Sunday’s presidential polls

Putin headed towards landslide victory

Putin leading Russian presidential polls with 73.11% after 30% of ballots counted

Putin leading in Russia’s presidential race with 72.53% after 25% of ballots counted

Voting concludes in Russia with last polling stations closing in Kaliningrad Region

Putin leading in Russia’s presidential race with 71.97% after 21.33% of ballots counted

Provocations recorded during Russian presidential vote in US, ambassador notes

В России завершились выборы президента РФ

Член ЦИК РФ сообщил, что явка на выборах президента РФ будет не менее 59,97%

Собянин: голосование в Москве прошло без существенных нарушений

В России завершились выборы президента РФ

Подведение итогов президентских выборов в РФ. Онлайн

Human rights chief: No violations capable of impacting presidential polls outcome reported

CEC member calls to inform UN chief about Ukraine’s denying access to voting for Russians

Voting at Russian presidential polls in US organized absolutely openly — ambassador

Voter turnout exceeds 59%

Russia’s Interior Ministry says cyber attack against vote counting system thwarted

OSCE PA urges Ukraine’s envoy to ensure Russians’ voting

Voter turnout for Russia’s presidential election reaches 52.97%

Избиратели в Чечне потеряли прежний энтузиазм

International observers confirm no violations at Crimean polls

Явка на выборах в некоторых регионах РФ почти в два раза превышает показатели 2012 года

Russia election under way: Secret of Putin's appeal

Voter turnout in Russia’s presidential election is currently 51.9%

Turnout in Russia’s presidential election in Moscow exceeds 40% as of 15:00

OSCE Tells Ukraine to facilitate the voting of Russians in the Russian Presidential Election

https://life.ru/t/8B2018/1098985/pa_obsie_prizvala_ukrainu_obiespiechit_gholosovaniie_rossiian_na_priezidientskikh_vyborakh

One violation involving fake bulletins in the city of Artyom in the Primorskaya Region

https://life.ru/8B2018/1098987/ghlava_komitieta_za_chistyie_vybory_bolshinstvo_soobshchienii_o_narushieniiakh_--_fieiki

Названа явка в ядерных городах России

Over one-third of Crimeans vote in Russia’s presidential election by noon

Chechen leader says no incidents reported during presidential election

Russian presidential election held without incidents in Syria

Russian election system’s work unaffected by hacker attack

International observers confident presidential election in Crimea will be in line with law

Over 45,000 Russians vote abroad in presidential election

Россияне в седьмой раз выбирают Главу государства

Передвижной театр приехал на избирательный участок в Биробиджане

Россиянка сходила на выборы и умерла

Москалькова отмечает высокую явку на выборах президента РФ

Около 30 тыс. моряков, находящихся в дальнем плавании, проголосовали на выборах президента

На Камчатке и Чукотке закрылись участки для голосования

Reports from all over Russia of extremely high turnout. We recall President Putin is running without a party, a testament to his popularity.

Явка на Дальнем Востоке и в Сибири превысила показатели 2012 года

Voter turnout in Russian presidential polls reaches 16.55%

Russian Central Election Commission repels DDoS attack against its website on election day

Russians not allowed access to vote in Lvov

Россиян не пустили голосовать во Львове

Путин назвал идеальный результат выборов

Путин проголосовал на выборах

В Крыму начались первые в истории выборы президента России

В Москве началось голосование на выборах президента

Over 97,000 ballot stations open for Russian presidential election

Russian citizens denied access to ballot station in embassy in Kiev

International observers from UK, US, Ukraine monitor elections in Crimea

No reports as of 11:00 of irregularities or provocations. Except in Kiev as expected.

Vladimir Putin casts his vote in Russian presidential election

Ballot stations open in Russia's westernmost Kaliningrad Region

Russia’s Far East beats record for highest voter turnout in presidential election

Crimea votes for first time in Russian presidential election

Ballot stations open in all Russian regions except for Kaliningrad

Russian presidential election 2018

Vladimir Putin the ‘Guiding Star’ shines bright in Russian election pop song [Video]

Russian envoy and head of election commission cast their votes in presidential election

Residents of eight Siberian regions start voting in Russian presidential election

Presidential election kicks off in Russia

Polling places open in Russia’s Sakha, Amur and Trans-Baikal Regions

Members of Antarctic station vote in Russian presidential election

Избирателей накормили по-президентски

В Волгоградской области вместе с выборами пройдет референдум о часовом поясе

Избиратели на выборах поборются за iPhone и гироскутер

Russia has paper ballots so there is no Soros voting machine manipulation possible!!

https://twitter.com/xyi_ugodali/status/975246432251686912

#PutinTeam

На митинг-концерт «Россия в моем сердце» пришли 60 000 человек

https://putinteam.ru/news/na-miting-kontsert-rossiya-v-moem-serdtse-prishli-60-000-chelovek/

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NEW President Putin 2018: A Letter to My So-Called Supporters

February 13, 2018 - Somewhere in the North of the Russian Federation

Dear Brainwashed Westerners, Fake Truthers and Neo-Liberal Russians,

         Let's cut the shit, put all of the niceties aside and get serious here for a minute while I still have a chance to get any kind of a message out! At the beginning of December I started showing support for President Putin on my site and on my social media such as Twitter. I immediately lost almost 20,000 followers and all my financial supporters from around the world who I thought supported my site and the truth. I also wrote articles bashing the so-called opposition based exclusively on facts and we exposed WADA and the OIC for the Anglo Saxon conspiracy that it is.

         The Anglo-Saxon conspiracy that is real and that is going on against Russia and the Russian people and in fact all cultures and language and cultural groups around the world, and make no mistake it seeks to enslave every nation with its New World Order. I have watched for over 20 years and fought and tried to inform the Russian people and people around the world but unfortunately there is no way one poor journalist and teacher can save the world, it is just not possible against the unlimited resources and wealth that they have.

           Here I have a special long withheld set of very harsh words for students of English (or any other foreign language for that matter) but especially English! I have watched as my career and my livelihood was taken away from me and watched as my former students became brainwashed empty husks of their former selves as they embraced and allowed themselves to be brainwashed by Western neo-liberalism, which is subtly promoted in all English language literature and teaching material. I will not to go into too much detail here, but it should be clear to any teacher or educational professional what I am talking about. The subtle, almost subliminal even neuro-cognitive programming that exists in all Cambridge, Oxford, McMillian and other "native" English teaching material, is a very important tool for brainwashing the children and the masses to bend to the will of the globalists and the Illuminati New World Order. However it is not just the material but the people who are pushing it that have caused me to lose my employment and to leave teaching even though I was a brilliant and popular teacher for almost two decades in the town where I used to live, I even had a student who came in second in a world English competition, but then everything became politicized and the attack on Russia began and I was not only not needed but blacklisted and not wanted because I am too anti-American! But regardless let me get to the point because nobody gives a crap about their old teacher and no one will support me because of their brainwashing, so I will tell you how it is and you remember my words. With every new language the brain changes, the passages of speech and even auditory information all mutate and change and developed in order to process the new information! This is exploited and manipulated by the Western programmers to force the student to believe information that may not agree with their real world cognitive experience and to foster a desire to submit to the programmers of their new language. Here is my WARNING for students of English and those who are in English environments: do not confuse learning the language with socio-political programming and do not allow yourself to be re-programmed with information that you know is morally, factually, historically or in any other way simply "wrong". DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THEY CARE ABOUT YOU OR YOUR COUNTRY!!! This I must say because it has become normal and accepted and part of the Anglo Programming to submit to the false and destructive ideology and brain-washing of the New World Order! Neo-Liberal false "values" of homosexuality, pedophilia, bestiality and sexual perversions and mental illnesses of every kind are not okay. Genocide on populations and endless war are  not okay! Destroying and homogenizing cultures and re-writing history are not okay! Palestine is real and destroying it for Khazaris is not okay! London is not the capital of the world and London Bankers controlling the world is not okay! Buying, recruiting, controlling and installing puppet governments around the world is not okay! And with that I end because with that my career and my life and my family were destroyed by the Neoliberal scum who run much of Russia, and that is definitely NOT okay! 

            So let me get back to why I was writing this in the first place and you can see my Russia Report for more of the details on the particular candidates. This is a message for all of you "Westerners" and Neoliberals who are supporting Western puppets and demonizing anyone who is against Putin. First off to all of my American ex-friends, you do not live here in Russia and who Russians choose for their leader is not your God-damned business!!! Am I clear???? Do you understand??? Or is your meddling in Russia's internal processes somehow justified by your belief in your own exceptionalism??? If that is the case see a psychiatrist!!! I am sick and tired of you demonizing Putin and acting like you know anything about Russia!!! You know nothing!!! And who is the President of Russia is not your damned business!!!!! Russia is the largest country in the world and has the right and the responsibility to be a world leader!!! Russian culture is moral and rich and beautiful and the Russian language is as well and have a right to be heard and experienced by all!!! If this were a civilized planet and not the Orientalist Satanic planet of the New World Order!!!

              Yes Russia has problems and I have problems with and have not been protected as I should have been from you and your minions and your CIA and your psychotic globalist leaders, but that is a Russian problem and it is not for you to meddle or decide so stop supporting and trying to install a president in Russia!!!!! In the last few weeks we have seen US support for a two time felon (Navalny) a cheap morally repugnant US copycat puppet girl who call Russians genetic garbage and a mafia boss who keeps billions of stolen dollars offshore and pretends to be a Communist to destroy the Communist Party of the Russian Federation from within. We have seen the slut go to Washington and the United Kingdom making speeches to promote sexual perversion and the breaking up of Russia and Russian Society, we have seen so called diplomats making statements supporting the fake Communist, we have seen nazi groups and others come together under US Color Revolution plans to support the offshore king and we have seen fake human rights mouthpieces come out in support of the two time felon, these are just a few of the small examples of US meddling in Russian elections. Stop meddling in Russian elections and if you are running to Cambridge or listening to Washington as to who the right president is for Russia and you are Russian why don't you go live there and enjoy your LGBTQPBD lifestyle? If you are from the West stop listening to their demonization of President Putin!!!! They demonize him the same way they demonized any leader who made their country strong and who they could not control!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at Gaddafi and Chavez!!!!

              Finally why do I support Putin? Unless you are in Russia it is not really your business and yes I have issues with his government one being that I can not even vote and for over 20 years can not get citizenship because of the Neoliberals!!! But that is not a problem with Putin!!! He is against the New World Order!!!!! He shares my "Christian values" and has the moral fiber that everyone in the West has forgotten about!!!! HE is the guarantor of the Russian Constitution and the Russian State and the Russian World and has done an amazing job of pulling Russia up off its knees and from the brink of New World Order destruction that Yeltsin almost brought about!!!! And that is all I am going to say!!! So those of you who have abandoned me only pretended to support the truth!!! To you truth a political whim!!!! Like Satanic pedophilia which you all pretended to be against to get your fake Zionist prostitute into office!! For me truth is truth and it can not be politicized and neither can genocide, pedophilia, aggressive war and nazism. No evil but be allowed to exist because it supports or is supported by your political leader!!!!! 

             I support Putin because he is a good man and I am against Trump because he is a Zionist whore, an elitist, a racist, a divider, a liar, a dangerous war criminal and conman who is a puppet to his Masonic Rothschild Zionist masters and this has directly affected Russia. So for those of you who have abandoned me and my family because I support Putin all I can say is do some research and I hope somehow the truth will get to you, but I seriously doubt it, your Cognitive Dissonance is too strong and you actually believe your so called leaders who are nothing but liars, cheats and manipulators. You are living in a false MOCKINGBIRD reality and you  have turned your back on one of the few people left in the world who will tell you the truth in order to defend they lies they are programming you with. I have tried to bring you the truth and you have all rejected it. SO go one with you and LEAVE RUSSIA AND PRESIDENT PUTIN ALONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

 On the left is you with your New World Order on the right is Russia and what Russia will become!!!! Good bye!!!!!

Sincerely,

John

P.S. I can not tell you all how sad I am that you have behaved this way towards me and my family. I counted on your support but your racism and your Putin phobia have proven that I was wrong in believing in any of you! Sure there are about 2 of you who this is not directed at but the rest of you are really the shits. I can see by the interest in my book about Ukraine that nobody wants the truth! Good bye!!!! And leave Putin alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JAR2

SEE RUSSIA REPORT http://www.jar2.com/Topics/Russia/The_Russia_Report_Second_Edition.html

President Putin 2018: Fighting for Russia, World Peace and Against the NWO

January 31, 2018, Somehwere in the North of the Russian Federation

Владимир Путин

Introduction

The unbelievably massive level and all encompassing campaign of Western Intelligence directed, orchestrated and choreographed disinformation and demonization operations currently going on against Russia, the Russian people, the Russian World and President Vladimir Putin are unprecedented in their breadth, scope,  cynicism, insidiousness and outright viciousness, entirely and wholly attributable to the modern day reality that the Western media, once the check and balance, has been completely taken over by the Military Industrial Intelligence Surveillance Complex, and what the psychotic genocidal lunatics running it, who think of war as a business opportunity are doing, is pushing for World War III with Russia! 

I read a lot every day, dozens of articles, hundreds of news items and the like and keep on top of world events as you can see by my site, and I can honestly say there is not one geo-political analyst or Russia watcher or any other "expert" for that matter, anywhere in the world outside of Russia who can comment honestly and knowingly about the situation here in the Russian Federation, and those few that may have been of any worth or promise, are all influenced by their Russophobic programmed bias or the editorial policies of their media outlets.

This reality you would think would make a journalist like me from Russia in demand, yet the Zionist controlled Anglo-Saxon Russophobic world media is not interested in the truth about Russia and they definitely do not want to hear anything good, or reasonable or honest about President Putin, and of course my clear Pro-Russia, Pro-Palestinian and Anti-US/NATO/NWO Imperialist position makes me unpublishable! Which leads me to another point that is just one of many horrific aspects of the disingenuous nature of the modern day MOCKINGBIRD CIA/Zionist controlled mass media, namely that the audience has now been programmed to only listen to someone they are told to listen to or who has been deemed by the MOCKINGBIRD controllers to have an opinion worthy of paying attention to. These "approved voices" even include individuals who appear to be anti-establishment, Anti-Zionist, Pro-Russia or independent but are all either Gatekeepers or parts of Limited Hangout Operations, such as outlets like the Intercept, WikiLeaks, Info Wars and others.

So where can one go for honest and impartial information about President Putin or Russia? I could toot my own horn and say visit JAR2 but I too am biased as I am Pro-Russian and Pro-Putin. That said it is important to underline that I will tell you this straight up and openly and have made a special point of commenting on these issues for the simple reason that in today's world it has very unfortunately become just as important to know who is saying something as it is what is being said and perhaps even more so. This is unfortunate because people are conditioned to believe only certain journalists who fit a certain profile and in todays paradigm that means only white and Pro-American. I am neither. 

Upcoming Elections

I will not pollute this page with the likes of some of the other so-called candidates, for that please see the Russia Report Edition 2, however I can say that there are absolutely no candidates (except Vladimir Zhirinovsky) who come anywhere near the caliber of President Putin, and the so-called "opposition" is nothing but a mockery.

Presidential race narrows down to eight candidates during registration stage

This is a shame because there are real and varied parties in Russia unlike the fake two party, oligarchy of the United States, and it would have been great to watch real debates from challengers with fresh ideas and plans for the country. However there is nothing new, different, exciting or even interesting, and as we have seen with the Western puppet put forward by the so-called Communist Party, the opposition, as I said, is a mockery. Except for Vladimir Zhirinovsky of course.

If you have not been paying attention or if you do not know Russian, as this will be nowhere in the Western MSM, the main "so-called" opponent to President Putin, the completely fraudulent Alexey Navalny, was hand-picked by the Council of Foreign Relations Globalist New World Order Cabal, years ago, and was recruited by the CIA at Yale and backed by Maurice Greenberg, the patriarch of the Greenberg clan (which gave us Edward Snowden). Greenberg is the owner of the WTC floors where the explosives were planted for the plane impact simulations and this is very important because as one of the architects he was responsible for protecting the 911 cash flows and was a proponent and supporter of Navalny as a Russian NWO puppet president. So you see the US and the CIA have been interfering and meddling in Russian elections since the '90s and it was even admitted that the CIA placed Yeltsin in power.

In any other country Navalny would be imprisoned or face a firing squad for treason. Let me tell you why and why he is not even eligible to run and knows it. He has admitted that his economic plan for the country comes from foreign "banksters", his ties to the CIA are clear and documented (even his pseudonym "Agent Freedom" is common knowledge), he has Latvian citizenship (which disqualifies him from running), he has two felony convictions, he has organized riots and mass unrest and he receives funding from a foreign government and foreign bodies, this has also been documented and proven! Foreign sponsorship and financing, felony convictions and foreign citizenship all disqualify him from running for president. So why does the West support him? Because his mission is to destabilize the situation in the country and discredit and delegitimize the Russian Government.

Navalny receives funding from the State Department and has never even had a real job. He is another fake like everything else the West seems to be producing, as he is called a lawyer, which he is not. He is not even a paralegal! He has been called a "blogger" which he is not, other than using social media to manipulate the masses and harm children he does nothing that could be called blogging or journalism. Please see my Russia Report for more on this but before I move on, if you are still doubtful ask yourself; would such a person last long in the US, or any other country for that matter? Would targeting minors to come to demonstrations be tolerated anywhere else? The reality about Navalny is that he has almost no support among voters but in order to try to keep his crowd numbers up so he can continue getting CIA black money and State Department grants, he has been targetting school children who are too ignorant of poltics to know better and believe him, to come to his rallies to inflate the crowds. So you see he is even lying and defrauding his Western paymasters which may end up with him on a bridge with a model if he keeps it up, as the CIA did to Nemtsov. 

With regard to this meddling I mentioned above let me underline one point that you may not be fully aware of when it comes to US Geopolitics and what I call the "lunatics" who are running US Foreign Policy. To understand better what the US Government is doing becomes clearer when you realize three very important facts, one is that there is no longer anything resembling Democracy in the USA and the US has been taken over by the Rothschild Criminal Cabal. Two is that the lunatics in power care absolutely nothing about the peoples of the world or about the people of the US and will support and promote and even arm and provide military support for any group that will advance their own interests and US Imperial ambitions be it outright nazis or head-chopping Wahhabi lunatics. The third point is the simplest to witness and understand, the US always blames other countries and leaders of doing exactly what they are doing or what they have orchestrated and they always repeat the same operations and tactics, which is why the US Ops in Russia in 2018 look very much like those of the 1980s. Again they are demonizing Stalin, promoting propaganda that everything is terrible, blaming the government and like Afghanistan have tried to pull Russia into what they want to be an endless armed conflict in Ukraine. All of these things are attempts to influence and bring Russia to its knees and under Rothschild control something which has been going on intensely for almost four years now.

Russia is under attack on every front: economically, socially, in the media, though international bodies and on the Internet and this meddling in the internal affairs of Russia, is again doing exactly what they blame Russia for. They want to destroy and divide Russia and make her weak.

Fighting the Western False Narrative and the Endless Russophobic Demonization

I am still trying to reach some people in the West with the truth even though it has come to the point where the Cognitive Dissonance in the Western mind is so strong that it is all but impossible to open anyone's eyes, especially about President Putin. I have watched my Twitter account lose over 10,000 followers since I started supporting Putin in the run up to the elections and the reaction has grown worse after placing the banner at the top of this page on my Twitter account. I am reminded of my own flesh and blood brother who is so brainwashed he thinks he is not a Taino Indian but rather a Jew and who refused to talk to me and blocked me when I told him some of the good things President Putin has done. This is just an example of what we are up against and what Putin and Russia have been up against!

 The Voice of Russia World Service was the most effective tool that Russia had to counter the false Western narrative, but the CIA were successful in getting it liquidated and now RT and the other outlets are completely and openly muzzled worldwide. So it is almost impossible to find any real information about Russia. This is compounded by the direct targeting of journalists, like myself, who would dare to speak out on the side of Putin or Russia. As I have seen by my supporters all abandoning me since I have started to support Putin more vocally in the run up to elections. If you are reading this then you are one of the few who actually seek out the truth and I thank you, or you are one of the Intel bastards who needs to silence the truth.

The western media and the western press have demonized Russia and President Putin to such an unbelievable extent that no matter what anyone says most people do not even listen, which is dangerous and quite tragic! Regardless, if you are reading this then you are probably looking for another point of view and the truth about President Putin and it is for you I am writing.

With regard to this demonization I would like to say from a personal level that I am truly disappointed and in fact degusted by people who I thought were my supporters but since I started more actively showing my support for Putin, they have all turned their backs on me. Like my own brother did, after not speaking to him for 24 years we got into an argument over Putin, whom he called every name in the book and then he blocked me on Facebook. The same thing with a supporter I had in Vermont, who wanted me to write that Putin was responsible for terrorist acts like the US does, when it is actually the CIA running almost all of the terrorists in the world. I think it is disgusting the level of double standards here. We are supposed to be tolerant and patient and listen to them and not insult the Zionist Rothschild whore that is Trump, which I have not done until very recently, yet as soon as we say anything good about Putin we are immediately Kremlin Agents and Propagandists and we are being forced to say what we are saying or he will have us killed and we are being terrorized into supporting him. The reality is that it is the Neo-Liberal Zionist American lovers in Russia who are trying to force people to accept and consent to their puppets. It is the Neo-Liberal Zionist scum who have destroyed my family, not a single Putin supporter among them. Having said that let me get back to the article. I just want you to know and be clear in the understanding that you are being lied to by your media! One more thing, just look at it this way, if Putin were not against the New World Order, like Poroshenko a known terrorist nazi, they would never say anything bad about him now would they? 

President Putin and Why He Should be Supported by Good People Everywhere

President Putin's slogan: "A Strong President - A Strong Russia" defines exactly why the "West" demonizes Putin and Russia so much, in the same way and for the same reason that Muammar Gaddafi, Hugo Chavez, Bashar al-Assad, Kim Jong-un and Saddam Hussein (to mention a few) were and are being demonized. They want destroyed, weak and unstable countries who are easy to control and are subservient and where they can establish bases and Central Banks and use as vassals and colonies and rape the resources. Russia will never be a US/NWO vassal no matter how many billions or trillions they spend on operations and President Putin is the current guarantor that this will not happen. For this reason alone, he is worthy of all of our support, for there are few in the world today who will stand up to the Luciferian New World Order.

Continued after a three day break.....

If you have been waiting for this I am sorry, I have been busy trying to promote my second book and I am also very filled with trepidation as I am fully and totally aware more than most people as to the importance of the upcoming elections in Russia.

I mentioned the New World Order in the paragraph above and that is the crux of the situation and the fight we are engaged in. I must and have to believe in President Putin otherwise the world and the future of humanity are done and gone forever. If you doubt or do not know about the Illuminati and the Luciferian New World Order they are trying to create please see my research on the subject http://www.jar2.com/Topics/NWO.html or do your own.

President Putin saved Russia from complete and total disaster and disintegration and those of us who remember the last dark days of Boris Yeltsin recall and understand this very very well. Those who know the plans of Brezhinsky and the like know about the plans to divide Russia up into 68 autonomous and independent regions, thus breaking up the Russian Federation into a geographically joined grouping of independent micro-states. 

Since that day Russia has continued to be attacked and the attacks have only grown worse by the day, yet Putin has managed to keep the country together and even advance the countries standing and condition, all the while dealing with internal and external enemies.

Internally I believe that President Putin still wants to fulfill his original plans for the Russian people, a plan that was pushed to the side by corrupt officials and the oligarchy and then the all out attack on Russia beginning with the 2014 Olympics and continuing to this day.

President Putin did not want an arms race with the West but he rose to it and the military has been modernized and upgraded. Infrastructure in Russia has improved 500% since the 1990s as have industrial output and agricultural and other forms of production, despite the corruption of the oligarchs who continue to fight innovation and refuse to invest in the future of Russia, preferring to enrich only themselves.

This corruption is the biggest obstacle facing President Putin, the Russian Security Services and the Russian people. It is a real and present danger that people see every single day and which western tools like Navalny try to exploit as they themselves seek to profit off the backs of the people. However President Putin has made great strides in dealing with this evil.

The flight of capital and returning stolen trillions has also been a major obstacle for President Putin but he has done everything possible to correct these problems, and has sincerely fought and won against the criminal oligarchy that was raping the country in the 90s and whose remnants continue their dirty deeds of undermining and attempting to sell out the country even today.

I could continue as there is so much more I could talk about regarding the internal social political situation is Russia, and I am sure I have more of a deeper and actually realistic understanding of all of the subtleties after living here for 25 years, but I will stop there as Russia is literally under attack and we are in a state of war, an undeclared war being fought on every front against Russia. Not only through the sanctions, the aggressive NATO surrounding of Russia and the internal CIA plants fighting to try to enter the office of president but also on a daily basis in the media and through economic and trade policies that affect the common people.

Russia is a deeply nuanced country and I am truly certain that no other leader, and certainly no idiot CIA plant like Navalny or Sobchak, could handle the country and keep it together. President Putin has managed to join and hold together multiple nationalities, religions and every social class and grouping you can think of and has managed to keep the country more or less morally and ethically clean from a non-New World Order, Satanic morality perspective, meaning he has not allowed the LGBTQPBD agenda of the New World Order to poison the minds of the Russian people, although they are constantly attempting to advance their Satanic Agenda in Russia.

In this regard President Putin holds real Christian values, which confuses white American racists, who think that Christian values means committing genocide and white supremacy. Putin hold REAL Christians values, not those of sinning Catholics and Evangelicals who seek to use religion to impose their will on others and commit every kind of sin from sodomy to greed only to go to church on Sunday when they pretend to be Christians. I suppose only Orthdox Christians know what real Christian values are.

Putin's Separation from Edinaya Rossiya

Something nobody in the West knows about is that President Putin is running this year without a party. This is a testament to the genuine love and respect the Russian people have for him. Something that the Western media will never understand or be able to create with their CIA MOCKINGBIRD operations and fake news and phony photo ops.

As I touched upon above President Putin had a plan, it was called "Plan Putin" or "Putin's Plan" when he first came to power, and this included dozens of steps to improve the socio-economic, political, educational and all other spheres effecting the lives of everyday Russians.

Due to the culture of corruption, and I am certain this is why President Putin left the Edinaya Rossiya Party, almost none of the steps carefully laid out by the President were ever carried out. Instead corrupt and self-serving party functionaries only used their positions to enrich themselves and make life better for themselves and their cronies and friends. Sure there were some improvements but the broad program of President Putin was never actually carried out, especially in the area of citizens rights and the rights of the less fortunate. However all Russians know that without Putin things would have gotten much much worse. 

Putin very carefully stated his over all plan for the next six years in a recent televised event and since this is mainly for a non-Russian audience I will summarize it for you without getting to much into the smaller endemic aspects that would take too long to explain and which would no doubt bore you. Most of you reading this will be no doubt more interested in President Putin's external policies and his plans at the international level which I will get into next.

Basically the plan is to build an advancing, growing and developing Russia that will keep moving forward of its own inertia no matter what forces try to stop it. I was saddened to hear this as to me it seemed that he was saying that in six years he will be gone and he wants Russia to continue advancing even without him. I may be wrong but that was the impression I got.

International Affairs

Russia is being attacked and demonized on ever single possible front you can imagine, and this has been going on at War level since 2014. It is sad and disgusting to the point of making me sick, to think of the Western lunatics who have corrupted and defiled even the idea of the Olympic Games and turned it into a geopolitical tool to weaken and attack Russia. You can read my opinion about the Olympics here: http://www.jar2.com/Topics/Olympics.html

If you recall in 2014 the West and the Zionists even had Bandar Bush threaten President Putin with terrorists attacks at the Sochi Games and US warships tried to enter the waters of the Black Sea, as if they were in their own territory.

As you have seen this year the Olympics have been turned into some sort of Satanic ritual to insult and demean Russia and in fact show that Russia has no sovereignty. Never in history that I recall has a country been forced to compete without their own flag. This was supposed to provoke President Putin and he surprised the West by saying Russian athletes can go if they want. To be honest he surprised me as well. Hopefully they have some surprise in store for the West. With regard to the Olympics and the doping I just want to say that we have exposed WADA and the IOC for the Intelligence controlled political operations that they are and that the Olympic Spirit of peace screams for the exclusion of the only country in the world today involved in 8 wars and occupying over 150 countries.

Many people have asked me about President Putin and his relationship towards Zionists and Muslims, and here he has also played three dimensional chess, balancing their interests with Russia's interests in a repectful manner.

President Putin will continue to work for peace and mutual relations based on mutual respect and the respect of other countries for the sovereignty of targeted nations like Syria. President Putin does not follow the New World Order Masonic directives or two-faced policies of the Zionists and the New World Order. I believe he made his position on Israel's illegal ambitions perfectly clear in Syria.

 President Putin and Russia have also been supportive allies of Shia Muslim and Shia Muslim countries such as Iran which is under attack by the Zionist Sunni-Wahhabi-US/NATO union.  

President Putin will continue building allianaces and strengthening the BRICS union and seeking a more realisitc multi-polar world, then the New World Order Rohschild owned alternative. 

One of President Putin's chief tasks is ending all foreign debt of Russia, namely the debt that Russia still owes the World Bank. Another in the economic front is moving away from the US petro dollar, along with China and the BRICS. Of course this is what has made him an "bad man" to the Rothschild's demonization and war machine.

President Putin will not allow Russia to lose it strategic nuclear or military strength and will counter NATO is ways NATO will not even comprehend if it continues its aggressive imperial expansion and invasions fo territories and countries (my words). 

Sanctions:

The Western sanctions are actually quite funny really because real Russian patriots who are advancing Russian interests do not have foreign bank accounts or engage in foreign travel or have real estate in foreign counries. So the US is actually sanctioning the very tratitors they need to destroy Russia. It is quite a joke really. But the US has their theft and their stealing of Russian property which is all that sanctions are. The legalized theft of wealth.

TO BE CONTINUED  OR NOT

At D-Day Putin Professional, Poroshenko Bows to the Queen

June 07, 2014 http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_06_07/At-D-Day-Putin-professional-Poroshenko-bows-to-the-Queen-3140/

President Vladimir Putin must be applauded, hailed and deeply respected for his statesmanship, his unwavering composure, his respect for protocol, his diplomacy and his iron self-control in maintaining his cool professionalism and business-like demeanor when being forced into what must have been a pressure cooker of historic proportions during the D-Day Celebrations in Normandy.

The leader of the largest country in the world clearly outclassed all of the gathered "royalty" in spite of, or perhaps due to, their united attempt to demonize and portray him as the "bad guy", when in fact the elephant in the room is that they are responsible for unleashing nazis in Europe and continue to attempt to legitimize an illegal coup and forces who are engaged in military operations against civilians.

Thus the gathering of heads of state for the 70th Anniversary D-Day Celebrations had an undercurrent of hypocrisy as leaders who backed an armed nazi coup d’état in Ukraine shook hands and patted each other on the back for a victory over Nazism that their countries only played a small part in while at times appearing to snub the leader of the one country that lost more people than all other countries combined and without whom Nazi Germany and the Third Reich would have conquered Europe.

The Big Lie and Alternative Reality

The alternative reality that they are so shamelessly promoting in the West with regard to Ukraine and Russia’s role in the conflict is so far removed from what is actually taking place that one can only come to the conclusion that the West is in fact channeling Goebbels and his big lie theory.

Thankfully the “celebrations” are over as there is no way that anyone could possibly have envied President Vladimir Putin for the position he was placed in, having to smile and be diplomatic with leaders who are actively engaged in sanctions and a campaign against Russia. It is difficult to stay indifferent especially when mindless propaganda rags like the Daily Mail publish headlines like “Putin the pariah…” and outright lies such as “Russia’s aggression towards Crimea” in their summaries of the events.

President Putin Comments on Poroshenko

The Voice of Russia reported that President Vladimir Putin expressed satisfaction with his meetings with western leaders in Deauville, Normandy: "Our meeting began the way a meeting usually begins - we sat down and began to talk about some of the acutest problems, both some international and bilateral problems. But the main subject was the problem of settling the situation in Ukraine," Putin told reporters.

"I cannot but welcome Mr. Poroshenko's position as to the need to immediately stop bloodshed in eastern Ukraine,"Putin told journalists in Deauville when asked to comment on outcomes of this conversation with Poroshenko on Friday.

"He has his plan on this account, but it's better to ask him, not me, what plan this is. He said in a nutshell about this, but it's one thing to say about this here, in France, and another to say it in his own country," President Putin said.

The Reality About Ukraine

Just in case you have not been informed about what is really happened in Ukraine or if you actually believe the lies that the western media is attempting to paint as reality please allow me to give you a quick rundown of what has transpired.

After stopping a US/NATO invasion of Syria, once again initiated by the US based on fabricated evidence, and holding what were assessed to be the best Winter Olympics in history, the US/NATO/EU activated a long planned operation to take over Ukraine.

Operation Ukraine (as I have labelled it) was decades in the planning and was carried out by the CIA and its front USAID with taxpayer funding and additional funds provided by billionaires George Soros and Pierre Omidyar as well as Exxon and Mobil Oil. Through the use of NGOs and endemic fascist neo nazi groups, in particular the Right Sector and followers of brutal nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, the United States of America was able to activate already existing Color Revolution infrastructure and bring about an armed coup d’état and the ouster of the democratically elected president and government of Ukraine.

US/NATO plans for the installation of first strike military infrastructure directed against Russia in Ukraine were at risk when the elected President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych was given an ultimatum by the US/NATO/EU to sign an association agreement and effectively cease relations with Russia and he refused.

The evidence shows that US State Department officials at the highest levels with the approval of US President Obama activated Operation Ukraine and chose the lineup of the post-coup government.

The coming to power of radical armed nazi and fascist grouping and armed military formations was not something that the majority of the Ukrainian people supported and the nazi junta’s refusal to listen to the people and their ensuing punitive military operations and pogroms led to the autonomous region of Crimea declaring independence and rejoining Russia as the population refused to live under a fascist junta. The punitive campaign by the junta against all of those opposed to them continued with hundreds being burned alive in Odessa, and dozens of pogroms and countless acts of violence against those opposed to the junta. This led the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions holding referendums on independence with at least 8 other regions being suppressed from doing the same.

Under these conditions the junta held a presidential election in which another oligarch was chosen as President of Ukraine, leaving the Ukrainian people in a worse condition than before the coup.

The elected oligarch Petr Poroshenko, after an election campaign where opponents of the coup were beaten, had their families attacked and threatened, and in the case of outspoken anti-junta candidate Oleg Tsaryov even had their homes burned down and were forced to pull out of the race, before even being inaugurated is guilty of war crimes and violating the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statutes in his continuing punitive military operations against civilians opposed to the junta in Kiev.

Despite the fact that there have been multiple official requests for a Russian peacekeeping operation to stop the bloodshed and the loss of civilians lives Russia has not intervened militarily in Ukraine but has attempted to facilitate a diplomatic and humanitarian resolution to the crisis.

Russia has now been forced to attempt to deal with the “president elect” as if he was the actual choice of the Ukrainian people, despite the fact that more than half of Ukraine did not even vote in the recent elections.

The Western Version

The West has used what is called DARVO in blaming the entire situation in Ukraine on Russia. (DARVO refers to a reaction that perpetrators of wrong doing, particularly sexual offenders, may display in response to being held accountable for their behavior. The perpetrator or offender may Deny the behavior, Attack the individual doing the confronting, and Reverse the roles of Victim and Offender such that the perpetrator assumes the victim role and turns the true victim into an alleged offender.)

According to the West Russia is an aggressor in Ukraine, there is no humanitarian catastrophe currently taking place as perhaps as many as tens of thousands of refugees flee Ukraine and the punitive military operations directed against entire regions, there is not an illegal military operation being waged against the civilians in the east of Ukraine and the president and the junta are legitimate holders of power.

The West also claims the people of Crimea do not have the right to self- determination because they decided to rejoin Russia. Had they decided to join the EU there is no doubt the legitimacy would be hailed around the world.

A Thousand Words

Having studied photographs and footage of the events at Normandy, because as they say a picture speaks a thousand words, several facts stood out which I feel might be worth mentioning. More than anything and this might fuel conspiracy theories and add fire to those who claim the New World Order is run by London Bankers as well as be an issue for those who claim to be American patriots, was the deference all of those gathered paid to the Queen of England (the person who owns more land than anyone else in the world).

Sure the Queen is a wonderful person and the UK did lose half a million people in WWII, but her central role at the event seemed odd to say the least. Of course no one is allowed to say anything about this but I thought it worth mentioning.

Yes France and the UK and the US all lost approximately 500 thousand men each and these heroes must be remembered but Russia lost what could be more than 28 million and in all fairness it was the Russian leader who should have been the guest of honor. But of course Russia’s “contribution” is always minimized in the West, a fact I have taken issue with many times in the past, and the West has its version of events that must be respected as well, I suppose.

The most stunning photograph for me was one of Poroshenko all but bowing in front of the Queen as he shakes her hand, appearing to have been led to the Queen by Obama, as Obama and all of the heads of state around the Queen looked down or pretended not to notice.

No matter that Poroshenko is engaged in military operations against his own civilians, no matter that he has not even been inaugurated as president, it is clear he is the West’s man in Kiev, and he can do no wrong.

In television footage Poroshenko for his part looked rather uncomfortable during a performance in honor of those who fought and died against nazism, perhaps he was wondering how his Banderavite supporters and Right Sector militias might react back home?

Prince Charles looked overly pleased to see Obama and after his Hitler comments with regard to Russia was completely unapologetic towards President Putin. Prince Charles continuously shot President Putin hard glances as he and his assembled “friends” attempted to stay separate from the Russian leader. I suppose making Hitler references while knowing that the nazis in Ukraine were let loose by your own “friends” might be cause to stay away from the target of your operation.

President Putin behaved in a completely statesman-like manner despite knowing that those amassed around him are bent on surrounding Russia with their missiles and have caused the single largest threat to Russia’s national security in this century.

A President for Peace

We will never know what the leaders actually said to each other but we can be certain that the language was hard and if President Putin is pleased, then we will probably soon see an end to the civil war raging in Ukraine.

While all of the leaders of countries waging war around the world, destabilizing governments and bent on the global expansion of their NATO infrastructure celebrated D-Day President Putin’s quiet dignity and record for fighting for peace and rule of law clearly are what made him stand out.

No amount of demonization or blame will change the fact that Operation Ukraine was a western project and Russia’s security is under attack, as NATO reneges on all deals and continues to expand to the east.

Despite everything President Putin continues to seek a diplomatic solution and continues to attempt to assist the Ukrainian people who are being attacked by their own military. I am certain that without a shot being fired, President Putin will find a solution to the crisis in Ukraine, even though it is not one Russia had any part in bringing about but which Russia is being forced to deal with.

On D-Day Never Forget the Great Patriotic Wars

June 06, 2014

When French President Francois Hollande invited President Vladimir Putin to take part in the 70th Anniversary D-Day Celebrations he stated: "We can have different views. But I didn't forget and will never forget that the Russian people lost millions of lives in World War II." The President of France must be commended for not forgetting, he is obviously one of the few western leaders who has not forgotten the lessons of history and one who is pragmatic and who connection with reality does not change with the perpetual political winds of change.

Against the backdrop of the events in Ukraine, where the West and its agents have unleashed Nazi and fascist forces bent on the destruction of Russians, the "Moskali" and anyone they can demonize as "pro-Russian", watching the West celebrate D-Day while at the same supporting Nazis in Kiev and ignoring war crimes being committed by fascists in Ukraine, one is left with the a sickening feeling and a lingering unease that something is completely and utterly wrong here.

Just yesterday, on the eve of D-Day 8,700 refugees fled the punitive military operations being waged on the populations in eastern Ukraine by the fascist junta who has vowed to clear out the east and found refuge in Russia. Yes, 8,700 women and children and innocent civilians fleeing those who would follow Nazi ideology and who are bent on nothing less than their total and complete annihilation. Their crime? Being in regions that are against the junta in Kiev. According to Pavel Astakhov, the Russian President’s Children’s Rights Ombudsman, some of the refugees recounted how a small boy was shot to death for wearing a St. George’s Ribbon.

The West however has suddenly become blind to Nazis, refugees, war crimes, democracy and the rights of people’s to self-determination, not to mention the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statutes. Not even the International Red Cross is admitting that there is a humanitarian disaster taking place in eastern Ukraine.

The US/NATO/EU through its nefarious instruments and organizations and with conscience knowledge of what it was doing brought about an armed coup d’état in Kiev and installed a puppet regime to bring about its geopolitical objectives. That illegal fascist junta has not conducted a mockery of what is being passed for as presidential elections and elected an oligarch sympathetic to their cause who continues to "clear the east" and will fast track Ukraine into allowing NATO to place its war machinery on Russia’s border.

I can try to be politically correct and diplomatic as some of our officials are at times when they refer to these monsters as "partners" and "colleagues" but my readers know that is not my style, and labeling such amoral murderous madmen and hypocrites as such is demeaning to the memory of everyone who died as a result of or fighting the first Nazi scourge. So how dare they celebrate a victory in a war that they only assisted in winning? How dare they blame Russia for unleashing Nazis in Ukraine and destabilizing the country because the people said no to NATO and an EU agreement? How dare they? Dare they may.

The West has completely forgotten the lessons that should have been learned from World War II and as it celebrates the landing at Normandy this is an incredibly sad development. Once again Russia is left to fight a fascist scourge.

The Great Patriotic War

Last February, when US propaganda outlet CNN, desecrated a great monument to the Great Patriotic War I wrote an article which is still being cited today in article written by a writer who is doing her utmost to demonize Russia and President Putin. In it I wrote about the real events of WWII, without the propaganda revisionism that is evident in the western educational system. I would like to share that with you once again because it is more than topical today.

Previous article by Robles: "… the American educational system and the US media promotes myths, institutionally implements omissions and spreads falsehoods about the Great Patriotic War, known in the West as World War II."

"To hide US collusion with the Nazis, even after the war when over 40,000 of them were given refuge in the US, and to glorify their own small effort in the war, Americans and many countries in the West are taught and continue to believe that it was the US and its "allies" that won World War II on the Western Front. Nowhere do American historical textbooks (and if I am wrong and some have been updated please e-mail me) fairly portray the effort of the USSR in winning the war on the Eastern Front. For it was won on the Eastern Front, the West's D-Day was for all intents and purposes a mopping up operation on the Western Front and mere support for the Soviet Forces."

"The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) lost more than 28 million people in their heroic effort to rid the world of the Nazi [sic] scourge and blood flowed all over its territory. In contrast the US lost about 400 thousand which is about how many Italy lost and less than half of what Yugoslavia lost but is still worthy of mentioning, but to say they won the war is an egregious lie and historical revisionism. Of which the US is clearly unapologetically guilty but which follows the endemic US belief that for some reason their lives are worth more than the lives of others. This belief is founded on their own exceptionalism, the genocidal nature of the basis of the "American" state, their endemic racism and their long history of enslavement and exploitation of other peoples."

"… for Americans war is an abstraction, something that happens to others, in faraway lands and to strange and "foreign" people. And this fact can be no more clearer than the American outcry when "American boys" start coming home in body bags or beautifully flag covered coffins. Rarely if ever is there an outcry if some poor Afghan family is droned into oblivion, this on the other hand is seen as normal."

"Americans have never faced and enemy on "their" territory (other than fighting the French, English and Spanish for stolen Indian lands) and they have never seen their cities destroyed, or their neighbors butchered, or their daughters raped, or their people slaughtered. Blood has never flown on their territory as it did in Belarus and Russia and all of Europe and as it is flowing in…"Ukraine.

President Putin attending Ceremonies

President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony later today commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. On June 3rd in Sochi, ahead of his visit to France, President Putin gave an interview to Radio Europe 1 and the TF1 TV channel. In it the President once again laid out the reality of the situation in Ukraine for the information ally challenged western audiences.

President Putin

President Putin did not call the Right Sector and the fascists who were brought to power Nazis, and like a true statesman he deferred to the organizers as "friends", but what he says must be repeated because in his words lies the truth, and the truth is that Russia has had nothing to do with what has occurred in Ukraine nor with what is happening there today. Russia is faced with an unprecedented attack on its security and a historic campaign of demonization as well as sanctions while once again faced with the task of fighting fascists. I am confident: Russia beat the Nazis once, Russia will beat them again.

"There was a conflict and that conflict arose because the former Ukrainian president refused to sign an association agreement with the EU…. We discussed this with our European partners. Instead of continuing the debates by legitimate and diplomatic means, our European friends and our friends from the United States supported the anti-constitutional armed coup. This is what happened. We did not cause this crisis to happen. We were against this course of events."

"The point is no one should be brought to power through an armed anti-constitutional coup, and this is especially true in post-Soviet space where government institutions are not fully mature. When it happened some people accepted the regime and were happy about it while other people, say, in eastern and southern Ukraine just won’t accept it. And it is vital to talk with the people who didn’t accept this change of power instead of sending tanks, as you said yourself, instead of firing missiles at civilians from the air and bombing non-military targets."

President Putin answered about false claims of Russian troops and advisors: "Proof? Why don’t they show it? The entire world remembers the US Secretary of State demonstrating the evidence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, waving around some test tube with washing powder in the UN Security Council. Eventually, the US troops invaded Iraq, Saddam Hussein was hanged and later it turned out there had never been any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. You know, it's one thing to say things and another to actually have evidence. I will tell you again: no Russian troops… There are no armed forces, no Russian 'instructors' in southeastern Ukraine and, there never were any."

President Putin also said: that Russia had never "annexed Ukraine"; that the Ukrainian government must now sit down and talk with their own people instead of using weapons, tanks, planes and helicopters; that joining [NATO] would cause a partial loss of sovereignty; that if Ukraine joins NATO, NATO's infrastructure will move directly towards the Russian border, which cannot leave us indifferent; that it is a delusion that Russian troops annexed Crimea; that under Article 1 of the UN Charter the Crimean people held a referendum and that in accordance with the expression of the will of people who live there, Crimea is now part of the Russian Federation and its constituent entity.

On US foreign policy: "Speaking of US policy, it's clear that the United States is pursuing the most aggressive and toughest policy to defend their own interests – at least, this is how the American leaders see it – and they do it persistently. There are basically no Russian troops abroad while US troops are everywhere. There are US military bases everywhere around the world and they are always involved in the fates of other countries even though they are thousands of kilometers away from US borders. So it is ironic that our US partners accuse us of breaching some of these rules."

A good friend of mine Michael John Smith, the last person convicted of spying for the Soviet Union in the World, and someone who is especially outraged by the support by the West of Nazis in Ukraine was kind enough to give his views on the twisting of history by the West when it comes to World War II.

Robles: Given the current situation in Ukraine and the fact that the Nazi junta is currently engaged in punitive military operations against the civilian population in what has been called by the "elected" president Petr Poroshenko an operation to "clear the eastern regions" and the continued demonization of Russia by the West, which is forced to deal with a real threat to its security and its people from western backed fascists, what is your impression of the D-Day celebrations currently under way in Normandy?

Smith: "Throughout the era following the Second World War it has always been presented through the media in the UK that the D-Day landings of June 6th 1944 were the start of the downfall of the Nazi regime. Children are taught at school that without the allied invasion of Normandy then Hitler would not have been defeated."

"Nobody will deny the heroic way in which American, British and other allied troops bravely fought their way off the Normandy beaches and battled against the Nazis as part of the Western Front. But that Western Front was in the planning stage for an awful long time, and those populations in countries occupied by Nazi troops were desperate to see an end to the war, and they had to wait many months for the allied forces to decide when to make their move. Some sceptics at the time even believed that the British and the Americans were waiting for Hitler to defeat the Soviet Union before they would make a move and open up a Western Front!"

"Because the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings is happening at this time, it concentrates our minds on their significance. One point that stands out as a distortion of history is that, whatever the significance of battles on the Western Front, it was really on the Eastern Front where the major part of the Second World War was won. Would any genuine military historian really concentrate all this attention on D-Day, when the facts tell us that millions more were fighting hundreds of miles away on the Eastern Front, and that it was the Soviet Army that defeated Hitler and the scourge of Nazism in Europe?"

"True history is telling what actually happened, and not some fiction that provides Hollywood with such blockbusters as Saving Private Ryan or The Longest Day, but then the USA always glorifies war as a beneficial experience. Perhaps it is considered more patriotic for a US audience to show Americans fighting Germans, when the real bloodbath had occurred among the Russian population facing the Nazi Blitzkrieg."

"What this D-Day celebration should be telling us is that we will never again accept fascist parties running countries around the world. This is something most normal people would support. However, we see those same Nazi style elements emerging and taking over in Ukraine in 2014, and the USA and other western governments praising them as democratic groups that should be encouraged. How dare these western governments lie to us about the true nature of the neo Nazi threat, festering away in modern Europe? Have our leaders, particularly Obama and Cameron, learned nothing from previous wars?"

"Instead of blaming Russia and President Putin for the troubles in Ukraine, the western powers assembled to celebrate D-Day should be turning their attention to promoting world peace and working together to stop a growing civil war in Ukraine. How can world leaders celebrate D-Day, 70 years ago, and yet turn a blind eye to the suffering of innocent civilians today in the heart of Europe?"

HISTORY

The Eastern Front: The Great Patriotic War

Given the record keeping of the day it is difficult to give an exact number of those killed on what is called the "Eastern Front" by the West and the Great Patriotic War by the USSR and Russia, but of the estimated up to 80 million deaths caused by the war between 28 to 40 million of those who perished were Russians and citizens of the USSR who died on the "Eastern Front". The war was fought between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, considered to be the principal belligerent powers.

Although no forces from the United Kingdom or the United States fought on the Eastern Front, they did provide material aid to the USSR in what was called a Lend-Lease Policy yet they failed to meet the specific quotas that had been agreed on. Some say this is due to the secret desire for Nazi Germany to defeat the USSR.

The war waged on for years and when Nazi Germany was almost defeated and the Soviet Union was moving closer to Berlin, the West engaged in a race to Berlin, afraid that Germany would become Soviet Territory. There are many who say that D-Day was very late in coming and that the allies were intentionally holding off to see if Hitler would defeat the USSR, but regardless there were brave men who died there and they did help in ending the war. But the fact is that the battles on the Eastern Front were what constituted the largest military confrontation in history and without which, as many in the US love to say, Europe would be speaking German.

The largest part of the Holocaust took place on the Eastern Front as well, where almost all of the concentration camps and ghettos were located. Almost all of the pogroms, death marches and mass deportations also took place here. The front also saw the most brutal fighting and the largest losses of life due to combat but also because of starvation, exposure, disease, and massacres.

The Great Patriotic War won WWII and resulted in the destruction of the Third Reich and an end to Nazi Germany’s ambition to clear Russia of its people for Lebensraum, in what I would call the Second Holocaust, the elimination of the Slavs. Let us not forget history even as it is being repeated today in what many are now chillingly calling Banderstan, where its government is trying to clear the eastern regions as collective punishment for being against their junta.

How dare the West let Nazis loose in Europe again, in a campaign against Russia! How dare the West blame Russia for anything that has happened in Ukraine when the evidence only shows they are at fault. How dare the West pretend that the Right Sector and Svoboda and the Banderavites under Yarosh are anything other than what they really are, Nazis and fascists. How dare the West claim victory in a war that Russia lost perhaps more than 100 people for every 1 the West lost.

Russia beat the Nazis once, Russia will do so again.

President Putin Signs Law Criminalizing nazi Revisionist Tactics

7 May, 2014 09:40

On Monday May 5, 2014 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin passed a Russian Federal Law "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation" aimed at opposing attempts to infringe on historical memory in relation to events that took place during World War II(the Great Patriotic War), according to the Kremlin. This is a clear sign to fascists worldwide.

The passing of the law shortly before the May 9th Victory Day celebrations (a bittersweet day when Russians remember the tens of millions who fell fighting the scourge of nazi Germany and joyfully celebrate the victory of Russia, the Red Army and the USSR over the nazi fascists) and against the backdrop of the events in Ukraine (where the US installed and backed fascist junta has mobilized the army and is employing armed paramilitary nazi Right Sector extremists to engage in what can only be described as a nazi "war of extermination" against those who refuse to be ruled by the degenerate followers of nazi SS stooge Stephan Bandera and grant legitimacy to the junta which violently overthrew the democratically elected government in February) has received a lot of attention worldwide, in particular with nazi glorifiers, white supremacists and Jewish groups.

According to the Kremlin"The new Federal Law makes it a criminal offence to deny facts recognized by the international military tribunal that judged and punished the major war criminals of the European Axis countries, approving the crimes this tribunal judged, and deliberately spreading false information about the Soviet Union's activities during World War II."

The brief summary wording of the law (the full text of which was not accessible at time of writing) has been posted on the Kremlin website and recognizes the findings of the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal and while not explicitly stating such as did a draft of the bill proposed in March of last year, would make Holocaust Denial a crime in the Russian Federation as this comes under "facts recognized by the international military tribunal".

Approving of the crimes the Nuremberg Tribunal judged and deliberately spreading false information about the USSR is not something that happens very often in Russia, but is more exemplified by the current junta in Ukraine including: Turchinov, Yatsenyuk, Tyganbok and the groups that brought them to power such as the Trident, the Right Sector and Svoboda.

These groups not only approve of the nazi crimes against the Jews but also glorify them and attempt to paint them as deeds of heroism. A madness we saw recently in Odessa when "Maidan Defense Forces" and their Right Sector brethren shot people who were trying to escape as they were burning them alive and screamed "Glory to Ukraine" every time someone jumped out of a window to escape the flames.

Events such as these make it clear that such laws are necessary, and although such nazi ideology and glorification are not common in Russia, the danger of extremism, xenophobia and racial hatred is always present in almost any culture.

Russia, which lost more people than any other country during the Great Patriotic War, officially the figure is said to be at approximately 28 million (but there are some studies and estimates that say as many as 40 million due to the chaotic state of record keeping at the time and the fact that many died of disease and related traumas away from the battlefield or were not recorded), is one of the last of the countries to pass such laws in Europe.

Countries in Europe with Holocaust denial laws (many of which participated in the Holocaust themselves) and similar nazi related laws include: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland. Israel also has strict laws regarding Holocaust Denial.

Russia did not have such laws in the past for the reason that other laws covering extremism, the outlawing of nazi groups and the like also for the most part covered specific crimes such as public incitement to hatred and the Holocaust Denial and because racial hatred was not a serious problem in Russia. Although some say there has been a trend towards xenophobia in Russia.

The absence of such laws before now may have caused many white supremacists and neo-nazis (not at all bright people to begin with) falsely believe that Russia in some way supported their twisted ideology. A common statement by skin heads and other xenophobes and racists on the white supremacist website Stormfront is that somehow President Putin must be sympathetic to their cause because he is "the white leader of a white country". They obviously recognize that President Putin is a strong, brave and no-nonsense leader and would surely love to have someone so intelligent and powerful on their side, and judging by the number of posts and comments on their site, their hopes have been dashed.

President Putin's position on racism, anti-Semitism, extremism and those who would spread racial and interethnic hatred have been clear from the very beginning and those who mistake his patriotism for Russia, as somehow a nationalist/racist thinking, are sadly mistaken.

White supremacists, anti-Semites, neo-nazis and those who attempt to glorify the horrendous deeds of the Third Reich believe that if they can prove one fact to be wrong, for example about the Holocaust, then they can unravel some huge conspiracy. However these attempts always fail miserably as exemplified by the attempt by Yuri Sergeev, the nazi junta's representative at the UN, whose first move was to deny the validity of the Nuremberg Trials and evidence by the USSR presented against the Banderavites. His crimes of denial, attempted rehabilitation of war criminal Bandera, approval of the horrific acts of the nazis, misrepresentation of the facts and the attempting spreading of lies about the USSR's role in the defeat of the nazi fascists, through the media and using his position in power would make him a prime candidate for prosecution in almost any European country and now in Russia.

The Kremlin: "Criminal penalties are increased if the above-mentioned activities are carried out by individuals using their official position or mass media, or by fabricating proof of accusations."

Statements by Russian officials that those responsible for ordering military operations against civilians will surely have to answer for their crimes, especially to the Ukrainian people, is now backed up by President Putin who has sent a clear message to all extremists and in particular those of the nazi tilt, that they will not find refuge or sympathy in Russia.

The Kremlin: "The Federal Law also makes it a criminal offence to publicly spread information on military and memorial commemorative dates related to Russia's defense that are clearly disrespectful of society, and publicly desecrate symbols of Russia's military glory. The Federal Law sets administrative liability for legal entities that commit these offences."

The last paragraph should clearly be a cause of concern for fascist groups, officials and organizations that are planning to launch events or attempt to blacken the celebrations planned for Victory Day, May 9th .

In summary the recent law passed by the President is necessary to protect society and the honorable memories of all of those who died defeating fascism. It is sad that such a law is necessary but the specter of fascism and historical revisionism has risen its head in Europe and in particular in certain former Soviet Republics and unfortunately Russia has to defend itself again against those who would re-write history and those who would spread fascism. Yet Russia beat the nazis once, and apparently Russia will have to play a decisive role in beating them again.

Once the nazi Bandera coup in Ukraine implodes and collapses as any sick gangrenous cancerous disease is bound to do and the Ukrainian people rise up and begin prosecuting the criminals pretending to be the leaders of the country. They can rest assured that they will find no refuge in Russia. So where can they run?

Well, the answer to that is quite simple; the US. For one the United States is fully 100% supporting nazis in Ukraine, has no laws against Holocaust Denial or historical revisionism, neo-nazis, the KKK and other scum are allowed to stage parades and hold public functions openly and what normal countries would classify as hate speech, whitewashing nazism and approving the Holocaust is allowed in the US. Because when it comes to nazis (and 40,000 thousand found refuge in the US after WWII and many got good jobs in the CIA and new identities) freedom of speech applies. I wonder how Israel feels about all this?

If I do not get chance to talk to you all before Victory Day I would just like to say: Glory to those who beat the nazi scourge, glory to those who stand against fascism today, glory to Mother Russia and the memories of all her fallen children known and unknown who perished so that we would could live. Glory to Russia's great military victories! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!

Happy Victory Day! Remember the fallen and don't forget what they died fighting against.

Opinion: Putin's Q&A Session was Brilliant, Sincere, Warm and Compassionate

17 April, 2014 19:49

Opinion: Putin's Q&A session was brilliant, sincere, warm and compassionate

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin conducted his yearly question and answer session with the public and citizens of Russia, this time spending approximately three hours and fifty minutes answering a wide range of questions in an impressive manner never once faltering or at a loss and citing facts, figures and details on everything from assisting a disabled man to obtain a home to the aggressive expansion of NATO to the East. This year the Kremlin added a the possibility of sending in video for those who wanted to ask the president questions, as well as text messages, e-mails, regular post, phone calls and submissions through the Internet.

Those calling up army in Kiev have lost it - President Putin

President Putin once again showed his keen and brilliant mind and his amazing ability to remember what to most of us would be minutiae citing, figures, quotes, dates, historical events and the like with ease. But what was more impressive and what no doubt makes him one of the most popular leaders in history and to the Russian people is his genuine compassion, sincerity the obvious fact that he has vision.

Ukraine

The continuing unrest in Ukraine was the most pressing issue for most of those who contacted the president, including those in the audience, and the president minced no words when expressing his position and thoughts on the issues surrounding the crisis.

Illegitimate

With regard to the junta in Kiev President Putin's assessment remains unchanged and he called those occupying positions of power after the armed coup d'état illegitimate. Although he did say that the Russian Government was still in contact, on the ministerial level, which such junta figures as Turchinov and Yatsenyuk.

Yanukovich and Elections

Although President Putin was critical of President Yanukovych's decision to leave Ukraine the President underlined the fact that Yanukovych is still the legitimate and legal president of Ukraine under the Ukrainian Constitution as he had not been impeached, stepped down or passed away.

Given the fact that Ukraine, in legal and constitutional terms, still has an acting president there can be no way that without changes to the Ukrainian Constitution that any rushed elections scheduled to be held in the country can yield results that can be called legitimate.

The president blasted the actions of the Right Sector "activists", and those occupying the Verkhovna Rada who are in collusion with them, for the attacks on those running for the office of President of Ukraine and underlined that under such conditions there can in no way be normal elections.

Mobilization of the Army

Commenting on the fact that the coup forces had mobilized the army against civilians in the east of Ukraine, President Putin became animated when recounting details about the mobilization of fighter jets, heavy artillery, tanks and heavily armed forces brandishing artillery and even flamethrowers, by repeatedly saying that those behind such moves had obviously gone off the reservation and had literally "lost it".

He underlined the utter hypocrisy of the calls by the neo-nazi coup for the civilian population to disarm by questioning why they did not ask the neo-nazi Right Sector insurrectionists to disarm as well.

Authorization to Use Force

President Putin reminded the audience that he still had the full authorization to deploy Russian forces in Ukraine but stated that he hoped that things would never come to that.

Gas

With regard to Julia Timoshenko President Putin recalled her statements to kill 8 million Russians in Ukraine with an atomic weapon and said he had had a normal business-like relationship with her and that she must have stated such things in a spate of emotion.

The president underlined the danger to gas deliveries to Europe through Ukraine and re-iterated the government's position with regard to gas prices delivers and the like to Ukraine, underlining the fact that Russia had supported Ukraine to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars during the last several decades.

Nations

The president underlined the shared history and brotherly relations between Ukraine and sympathized with the Ukrainian people. He gave a historical backdrop to the Right Sector and the nationalist fervor sweeping western Ukraine by detailing how western Ukraine had historically been belonged to various different countries and empires which caused an inherent schism in the minds of the people.

NATO

Popular Russian journalist and television personality and the Director General of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Dmitry Kiselyov asked President Putin about the expansion of NATO and the threat to Russia's national security that NATO poses. Mr. Kiselyov underlined the fact that NATO is attempting to expand into Ukraine which for many Russians is an issue that it becoming a real and present danger and one which more and more people are worried about.

Mr. Kiselyov dramatized the actions of Russia being surrounded by NATO and its military elements by telling the president that he felt like there were metaphorical hands attempting to choke him as NATO surrounded Russia with its missiles.

President Putin stated that NATO's so called Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense System (ABM) was nothing but part of a US first strike capability and underlined the fact that NATO had repeatedly refused to sign any sort of document stating that these weapons were not being deployed against Russia. He underlined NATO's refusal to cooperate with Russia on missile defense and stated that NATO's push into the Black Sea was inexcusable and that NATO's move into Ukraine was akin to Russia being pushed out of the region.

President Putin guaranteed that the Russian people should not be afraid and that Russia was capable and would do what it has to in order to guarantee the safety of Russia and its people.

CIA Agent Greenberg "Snowden"

President Putin answered a question from the second American to be given asylum in Russia (me being the first), Edward Snowden, by starting out by saying he was a spy for America and as a former intelligence officer himself would answer him in professional terms. Snowden asked the president if Russia was conducting mass surveillance on the Russian people to which President Putin quite frankly answered that the Russian security services were subject to strict legal controls and could only conduct such surveillance on individuals and with a warrant.

Social and Other Issues

When asked by a man from an area that had been devastated by recent flooding but was being rebuilt if the president could order roads built to the isolated village, the man who said he had a car but complained that there were no roads, evoked a rare show of humor for President Putin who responded that the question must be some sort of provocation.

President Putin spent part of the session choosing questions by himself and answered several questions from small children, pensioners and others. His answers were brilliant, sincere, warm and compassionate and to be honest it was remarkable to watch the most influential president on our planet speak so unpretentiously, compassionately and at the same time seriously and with genuine concern, to common people from all across the spectrum.

President Putin Reacts as Kiev Junta Threatens Russian Lives and Squashes Dissent

16 April, 08:18

President Putin reacts as Kiev junta threatens Russian lives and squashes dissent

Article with links and citations http://www.jar2.com/Articles/John_Robles_2014.html

The mob beatings, kidnappings and public humiliation of candidates for president in Ukraine are just the latest outrages being carried out by the western backed and coup installed neo nazi junta in Ukraine. The complete affront to all accepted civilized democratic principles is just another in a long line of horrific acts that have been carried out by the western backed neo nazi Right Sector thugs that the US brought to power in Ukraine. The US is directly responsible for causing the demon of fascism to once raise its head in Europe, yet Europe and the international community are for the most part silent and are instead engaged in a frenzied irrational campaign to demonize Russia.

As the Ukrainian army moves against its own civilian population the West is for the most part silent or in criminal collusion with the nazi junta in Kiev. Nowhere are there cries of outrage against the unprecedented moves by the illegitimate bandera nazi government to violently quash popular protests against their illegal reign. The banderavites (note: the followers of bandera were called extreme by the Nazi SS during World War) are continuing their thuggish Brownshirt reign of terror and now literally beating their opponents in an attempt to prevent all opposition to their illegal reign.

Candidates Beaten

On Tuesday two candidates for the office of president of Ukraine, were attacked and beaten by violent neo nazi mobs and the junta authorities which are suspected of ordering the attacks, as well as the West, are again silent. Oleg Tsaryov, a pro-federalization supporter, was brutally beaten by a group of banderavites in Kiev as he arrived to take part in the "Svoboda Slova" ("Freedom of Speech") talk show. He is now in critical condition. Unidentified attackers also blocked and damaged the vehicle of another presidential candidate, Mikhail Dobkin, who was filmed being hit by a barrage flour and green antiseptic solution. There were also unconfirmed television reports that Dobkin was kidnapped and taken to an undisclosed location.

The candidates were attempting to take part in the political process of their election campaigns and engage in televised debates, which is a normal healthy democratic process, and the violent way in which they were denied their rights as candidates forces one to recall the way the same yet more "civilized" tactic was used against Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala as they attempted to enter the grounds of the presidential debate site at Hofstra University in New York in October of 2012.

Army Deployed

Under the pretext of an "anti-terrorist operation" Oleksander Turchinov, the Right Sector's Maidan "president" added to his long list of crimes against the Ukrainian people by ordering the Ukrainian army to deploy against civilian demonstrators in the south eastern part of Ukraine. According to television reports he authorized the army to fire on unarmed protestors.

Turchinov himself placed in power by a violent Right Sector coup that forced the current legitimate president of Ukraine to flee the country in order to protect his life, is now attempting through the use of force to consolidate his power, stifle dissent and neutralize any possible opponents. Sitting in his echo chamber in the Verhovnaya Rada, where all dissenters are also beaten, Turchinov makes a mockery of the office of president as he attempts to subjugate the people and force the will of his illegitimate coalition on the populace of Ukraine.

His use of the term "anti-terrorist" is outrageous as he is describing civilian protestors and some who have taken over local government building. His own rise to power came as his Right Sector stormed and occupied the houses of government in Kiev as they continue to do. Turchinov, who resembles an aging skin head both in appearance and in the low brow level of his acidic rhetoric is attempting to maintain and consolidate his faltering grip on power and has placed his Right Sector nazi extremists in positions of power in the interior ministry, the judiciary, the economic bodies, the security services and the armed forces.

Yulia Timoshenko recently revealed the real thinking about what the Ukrainian junta wants to do with the 8 million Russians in Ukraine when she said they should all be killed and now we know how the Right Sector is planning to deal with the up to 96% of the Ukrainian population that does not want them in power. Turchinov's mobilization of the army of Ukraine against the population of the south east which is mainly composed of ethnic Russians and supporters of federalization is an almost unheard of act in modern times and is illegal under international law and the Ukrainian Constitution. This is why President of Ukraine Yanukovich never called for the Berkut Forces in Ukraine to take up arms, even in their own defense as they were being slaughtered by Right Sector killers. The absolute brazen impunity with which the Right Sector and Turchinov are operating can only be attested to the fact that they enjoy the full support of the CIA and Obama's government.

This mockery to all civilization was shortly to be outdone by the goon Turchinov himself when he had the unmitigated audacity to invite the United Nations and Ban Ki-Moon to take part in his illegal quashing of dissent. This outrageous affront and mockery of the United Nations, like the previous "official" statement by the junta's nazi UN representative which attempted to deny the legitimacy of the Nuremberg Trials once again shows the absolute illegality and illegitimacy of the Kiev junta yet the western media is silent or marching lock step and justifying the crimes being carried out by the Right Sector by demonizing the civilians as being pro-Russian "radicals". Some may be pro-Russian but being pro-Russian does not make you a terrorist, neither does calling for federalization which is the only way that Ukraine is going to remain intact.

The Right Sector's military solution to political dissent, which now includes reports of casualties among the unarmed civilian population is an outrage of historic proportions and must not be allowed to stand or be supported, even under the guise of Russophobia.

President Putin

President Putin is once again faced with a situation that is threatening the lives of ethnic Russians and is a direct threat to the security of the Russian Federation and is continuing to attempt to solve the crisis through the use of diplomacy and dialogue. A true statesman his behavior is in stark contrast to the "shock and awe" of Washington and the thuggish violence of the little US puppets in Kiev.

The Kremlin website reports that President Putin called UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon:"The conversation addressed the crisis in Ukraine, which has grown significantly worse due to the use of force initiated by the Kiev authorities in the southeast of the country."

"In particular, Mr. Putin stressed that the Russian side expects the United Nations and the international community to clearly condemn these anti-constitutional actions."

On Tuesday President Putin also spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "Mr. Putin and Ms Merkel exchanged views on the anti-constitutional course taken by the current authorities in Kiev to forcefully suppress protests in the southeast regions of Ukraine. The President of Russia noted that the sharp escalation of the conflict essentially puts the nation on the brink of civil war."

"The leaders of Russia and Germany stressed the vital importance of the four-party (Russia, EU, US, Ukraine) talks scheduled for April 17, 2014. Hope was expressed that the meeting in Geneva would send a clear signal to help take the situation in a peaceful direction."

"The President of Russia also pointed out the importance of resolving issues in stabilizing Ukraine’s economy and ensuring supplies and transit of Russian natural gas to Europe, which were raised in his message to the leaders of several European nations on April 10, 2014."

Russian Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry has also released several statements regarding the situation in Ukraine and has slammed the European Union for ignoring the beating of presidential candidates in Ukraine. "The European Union is completely ignoring the facts that Ukrainian presidential candidates were beaten and intimidated, which looks cynical, What proof do our European partners need in order to understand the degree of the impact from right wing extremists and first of all from Right Sector?"

Russian Public Chamber

The Russian Public Chamber also issued a statement over the latest illegal moves by the junta in Kiev and is preparing formal complaints to international bodies: "Russia’s Public Chamber is outraged by the massive violations of human rights in Ukraine and is preparing complaints to the European Court of Human Rights", a member of Russian Public Chamber Georgij Fedorov said.

"A lot of people have complained of human rights violations in Ukraine, such as a clamp down on freedom of speech, cases of unjustified dismissal, forced participation in public events, and assaults. Approximately every 20th appeal contained similar information," he said.

United Nations

The United Nations in Ukraine has admitted what I have been saying from the start, namely that there is a massive disinformation campaign be waged by the western media. Yet the UN continues to act as the glue that Victoria Nuland had said they would be and is following the US narrative including the denial that that the Maidan snipers were part of the Right Sector. The UN report also blames the unarmed Berkut Forces who were being burned alive, beaten to death with cement filled steel pipes and shot to death by snipers for an escalation to the conflict.

The UN unfortunately makes no mention of the nazi tactics of the Right Sector, nor do they publicize the very public Nuremberg Trial denial of the Right Sector junta representative in March.

“It is critical for the Government to prioritise respect for diversity, inclusivity and equal participation of all – including minorities – in political life,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

“Facts on the ground need to be established to help reduce the risk of radically different narratives being exploited for political ends. People need a reliable point of view to counter what has been widespread misinformation and also speech that aims to incite hatred on national, religious or racial grounds,” she added.

Ineffective and criminally compliant

US Mercenaries

More than 300 Greystone mercenaries are in Ukraine and are assisting the neo-nazi Right Sector in attempting to make sure the illegal US backed $5 billion puppet regime stay in power. Proving that the US is going to any measurer whatsoever and engaged in an extremely illegal and active covert operation to match its overt efforts to cement its illegal regime change operation in Ukraine the Director of CIA John Brennan flew to Ukraine to meet with his agents in Kiev underlining the porous communications infrastructure the CIA has in the country and apparently to order the crack down on "pro-Russian" demonstrators.

"With the illegal, coup d'etat installed government in Kiev about to engage in some very serious skull cracking to put down a mounting rebellion in Eastern Ukraine there have been some accounts that hired guns from corporate mercenary firms are augmenting the local paramilitary police forces. With the pushback against the US backed "Yats" regime and it's neo-Nazi shock troops it is imperative that a real version of the Euromaiden "revolution" not be allowed to take root to oust the stooges of the corporate global finance mafia."

and

"White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.

Previously, deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accused Brennan of ordering a crackdown on pro-Russian activists in the east of the country."

CIA Front USAID

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which is a front for the CIAand was expelled from the Russian Federation has an extremely long and sordid history in destabilizing governments, undermining democracy and a decades-long campaign of attempting to destabilize Russia and manipulate public opinion in line with their almost psychotic Russophobia and irrational relentless drive to demonize Russia: "The situation in Ukraine, however, is not entirely as the corporate media would have us believe. Wayne Madsen provides a look at the effort by the United States to destabilize not only Ukraine, but Russia. The crisis in the Ukraine provides an additional headache for Russia as it deals with terrorist threats on the eve of its hosting the Winter Olympics in Sochi."

The Ministry of Truth

Having thrown all journalistic ethics aside in an orgy of Russophobic demonization and denial of reality the western media continues to march lock step with the organizers and supporters of the CIA/NATO/EU/USAID/Soros coup d'état in Kiev and the western backed Right Sector. Were the army of any country activated and allowed to open fire on unarmed civilians the reactions would be outrage but the majority of the western media is justifying the actions of the fascists in Ukraine by throwing out the Russia card.

Unarmed peaceful demonstrators in eastern Ukraine who are calling for a legal democratic Ukrainian Government and the federalization of Ukraine because that is the only way that Ukraine will continue to exist as a state and the only way their voices can be heard are being demonized as: "pro-Russia separatists; pro-Russian forces; pro-Russian mob; locals holding Russian flags (OMG!!!); (the Guardian counters the 300 Blackwater mercenaries inforamation beautifully with this: 300 Russian forces had infiltrated neighbouring Luhansk); pro-Russian militants; Cossacks – paramilitary fighters; radical pro-Russia presidential candidate; pro-Russia separatist rebellions; Born in the USSR (OMG!!!); Russian sympathizers;

While the Right Sector of neo-nazi thugs and fascist extremists and the illegitimate thugs pretending to be a government are made out to be "normal": "military forces; anti-terrorist operation President Oleksandr Turchynov; Ukraine’s actions against pro-Russian militiamen in the country’s eastern region are justified; angry crowds; counter offensive; troops repeatedly opened fire; “Soon there will be no terrorists left in Donetsk or any other region,” Turchynov vowed; and on and on and on....

Finally Ban the US from Ukraine

It is a fact, no matter how much of an inconvenient truth it may be, that the United States of America under President Barrack Hussein Obama and the Zbignew Brzhinsky foreign policy establishment orchestrated an illegal regime change operation in Ukraine and destabilized the country to force the population to accept NATO, the conditions of an EU integration agreement, achieve corporate banking ends and attempt to reduce Russian influence in the region. The US used the worst nazi trash to bring about their operation and now the population is protesting and war has been declared on the general populace and anyone who dares to dissent.

Being as the United States of America and its agents and surrogates carried out an illegal regime change operation in Ukraine and are directly responsible for the death anddestabilization in Ukraine, it would be perfectly reasonable to bar the US from any participation in any activities regarding Ukraine, be they economic, political, military or even handing outdoughnuts on Maidan. In a perfect world the US, since they are responsible for destabilizing the country and for the deaths that have occurred, would be subject to paying restitution for the results of their geopolitical adventure. But of course no one is calling for these things.

Can you imagine if a violent homicidal gang robbed a house, raped all the people in it, stole everything they could carry off and then burned it down and then once they were identified were asked to join in the investigation? That is exactly what is happening in Ukraine.

Ukraine: Obama, CIA, and NATO Demonize Putin to Hide Their Crimes

April 13, 2014

US client states lock step on fascist coup in Ukraine: Putin forced to seek resolution

The process of reaching a peaceful political resolution to the western backed coup in Ukraine which will be of benefit to all of the people of Ukraine as the continuing crisis continues to deepen is being exacerbated by the continuous disgraceful and shameful coverage in the western media and continues to add to the threat of the country spiraling into complete lawlessness and anarchy. Russian President Vladimir Putin has written a letter to 18 European leaders detailing Russia's position and steps to a diplomatic resolution to the US instigated crisis but will Europe listen? Let's hope for cooler heads.

Western Media War Propaganda

The utter shamefulness of western media coverage in failing to report the facts in Ukraine and their continued demonization of Russia and President Vladimir Putin is disgraceful to watch as media outlets across the spectrum try to outdo each other in their sycophantic attempts at appeasing Washington and their almost mindless lock step promotion of what can only be described as war propaganda.

Recently the head of WikiLeaks Kristinn Hrafnsson put the coverage of the Ukraine crisis in this way: "when the barrels of guns are lifted, truth vanishes" and that describes almost perfectly what has happened. Be those guns the real guns of NATO, the secret guns that make up the arsenal of the CIA, the diplomatic guns of the US State Department, the economic guns of the US Federal Reserve, the IMF and the World Bank or the guns of the entire US corporate media USAID/NGO societal manipulation apparatus, it is not important the first casualty when the US decides to comes after you is truth.

Hrafnsson knows this as does anyone who has bravely stood up to the criminal cabal in that has been in power in the US for decades and has run the US Government with an iron grip since the events of 9-11. Truth is not important to the brutal and godless creatures in Washington and those in power pulling the strings.

Was truth important for the US machine when it came to Bradley Manning? Or was the truth an issue of importance to: the hundreds of innocent men being held in the illegal US torture dungeon at Guantanamo; the millions killed in illegal US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria (including 426 children who were murdered to bring about an invasion pretext), Edward Snowden; Victor Bout; Constantin Yaroshenko; Anonymous hactivists; Jeremy Hammond;Aaron Swartz, all of the lawyers defending whistelblowers, the Palestinians, now the Jews, Trayvon Martin and all of the other brave and innocent people who have suffered or had their very lives taken away at the hands of the imperial tyrannical US murder machine.

The Facts About the New Fourth Reich

You do reader are being lied to and manipulated and if you are complicit, even passively so, you may be complicit in bringing about World War III because this has become a matter of real debate even by the US right who will be more than happy to destroy the world because the chicken hawks and the American populace believe in their Prompt Global Strike systemand that they will survive a nuclear war. You may call it a conspiracy theory but the elites in Washington are ready, they have been preparing to call up martial law, hold the US populace in concentration camps like the FEMA camps in Alaska that can hold millions, and then hide their filthy elite carcasses in bunkers like the one under Denver international airport.

A conspiracy theory you say? All of the facts point to the existence of a new Fourth Reich yet the packaging is intentionally deceptive. Even the black president and the pro Israel neo-cons are all part of the design. Don't believe me? Look at the facts dear reader. And you can start with the true nature of the CIA and the fact that 400,000 nazi scientists and planners were given refuge in the United States of America after World War II and allowed to run rampant in the CIA and behind the scenes. MKULTRA is a good place to start, nazi-like eugenics programs in Puerto Rico is another and the neocon coup and the Project for a New American Century is another. Finally the home of the US elite navy seals is an open testament to the nazi reich.

The Facts About Ukraine

Those in the western media and the few brave journalists daring to question the official Washington line on the situation in Ukraine continue to say the situation is complicated, of course it appears that way due to all of the obfuscation by the US apparatus, but I argue that it is quite simple. The results and the Chaos Theory type waves resulting from the initial event are multi-layered and of the greatest complexity I agree, but again the core event is quite simple.

The US/CIA/NATO/EU staged, organized, funded and brought about a regime change operation in Ukraine using nazi Brownshirt thugs. That is the crux and the core truth in Ukraine and everything else can be taken from there.

The Brownshirts were used in the illegal coup d'état in order to bring a triumvirate of US puppets to power and that has been done to a point. I say to a point because no matter how much the US machine calls them the leaders or the government legitimate, they are not. Those in power in Kiev are a junta. They are illegitimate and even though in some cases Russia has been forced to deal with these puppets sans real officials to negotiate with, they continue to be an abomination and an affront to the word democracy. Even the international bankers and the heads of the financial bodies that could bailout Ukraine know these coup puppets are fly by night thugs with only their own interests in mind hence the lack of real financial aid to Ukraine.

After the coup in Ukraine the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were called into a state of high alert because the new regime in Kiev and the bellicose rhetoric of US/NATO posed a direct and present threat to the Russian Federation and the Russian people. The Russian Government and the Russian people unanimously gave the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin the full authority to use force if he deemed it necessary. He did not.

There was no invasion of Ukraine or Crimea. There were Russian troops in Crimea as part of the Black Sea Fleet who had been in the territory for over 2 decades under international legally binding agreements and they were placed on a level of alert but they were never activated against the population of Crimea or Ukraine and merely secured Russian facilities and maintained order and security around strategic locations. Even the reports in the West that the Russian army is amassed along the Ukrainian border ready to move into Ukraine and further into Europe (let alone that there are Russian forces in Ukraine) are false and utterly ridiculous.

The people of Crimea and the government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, of their own free will fulfilling a wish that has existed for decades, first declared independence from Ukraine and then in a democratic referendum decided to rejoin (yes dear reader REJOIN) the Russian Federation.

Protests now taking place all over Ukraine, and in particular Eastern Ukraine are not being funded or provoked in anyway by Russia. The popular protests are in response to the nazi Brownshirts who have taken power in Kiev. Yes dear reader, nazis are in power again in Europe, thanks to the US/NATO/EU and a black president who is signing off and leading everything. Yes Obama has brought nazi to power in Europe, and we thought a black president would bring us all social justice, rule of law and true democracy.

And finally, US strategy in Ukraine will fail for one reason. Ukraine is the mother of Rus and the people of Ukraine do not want Bandera nazis in power. The only way that US strategy will work is if they commit genocide on the pro-Russian population (something called for by the Right Sector and even Yulia Timoshenko).

Those are the key facts in Ukraine and almost everything they are presenting to you is a either an outright lie or war propaganda. Are you ready to die for neo-nazis in Ukraine dear western reader if your leaders continue to push for war against Russia? Is the US ready to sacrifice stability and prosperity in Europe and the lives of millions of Europeans to bring about its geopolitical objectives in Ukraine and Eastern Europe? Yes they are. Sitting across the pond they believe they are impervious to attack. Sitting disconnected in their expensive suburban mansions they believe what they unleash will never come home to bite them in the posterior. After all they have the US populace enslaved and on lock down and the security state is all powerful. Or so they think. Now you know the US supports nazis. Doesn't that bother anyone? It bothers me.

President Putin's Constructive Approach

Against this backdrop of a full frontal subversive attack on Russia and Eastern Europe by the US/NATO/CIA we have President Vladimir Putin trying to bring about a peaceful resolution to the situation and deal with the Machiavellian assault being waged directly against Russia and the world.

Russia's principled, peaceful and diplomatic approach in Syria and the rest of the world is being echoed in and around Ukraine and even though he has the full authority, the moral right and the upper hand to carry out a western style shock and awe cowboy military intervention in Ukraine to protect a country full of Russians and Russian speakers, President Putin does not.

On April 10th President Putin wrote a letter to 18 European leaders whose countries are dependent on Russian natural gas (one which was intercepted by the NSA/FVEY and even immediately responded to by the US State Department).

In the letter (the full text which is available on the Kremlin website) President Putin: points to the worsening economic situation in Ukraine; reiterates the fact that Ukraine's main trading partners are Russia and EU countries; underlines that all Russian attempts which include the participation of Ukraine are being sidelined by the West; derides western attempts to blame Russia for Ukraine's economic crisis amid calls to lower gas prices which were already at ridiculously low levels; lists the huge discounts that Ukraine has been receiving and the fact that Russia has maintained its contractual obligations under gas agreements from day one; reiterates that Russia has subsidized the government and economy of Ukraine for decades including the December 2013 loan of 3 billion US dollars and that Ukraine's real gas debt to Russia is now at $35.4 billion; blasts the EU for not offering Ukraine real support while using it as "... a source of raw foodstuffs, metal and mineral resources, and at the same time, as a market for selling its highly-processed ready-made commodities (machine engineering and chemicals), thereby creating a deficit";and the fact even though Ukraine continued to enjoy huge gas discounts in March they refuse to pay a single dime. All of these issues and the recent statements by "officials" in Kiev that they have no intention to pay Russia for gas was recently described by the president as intolerable.

Further President Putin details some of the measures that Russia will be forced to take as continuously supplying a recalcitrant Ukraine with billions of dollars of free gas is a condition that cannot go on much longer and that these conditions will affect the delivery of gas to Europe as there exists the very real threat that Ukraine (as it has done in the past) will begin siphoning off gas that is in transit through the Ukrainian section of the gas pipeline.

Finally the President very diplomatically underlines the fact that Russia's European partners have: "... unilaterally withdrawn from the concerted efforts to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, and even from holding consultations with the Russian side, leaves Russia no alternative",yet Russia is: "... prepared to participate in the effort to stabilize and restore Ukraine’s economy. However, not in a unilateral way, but on equal conditions with our European partner."

European Reaction: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

One of Russia's key western partners and perhaps the only leader who can really bring about a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been perhaps the staunchest ally of Russia in the West and is in an unenviable position which may be described as "a bridge between East and West". Ms. Merkel's diplomacy while attempting to deal with the US (which spies on her private communications) and continues to use Germany as another client state and maintaining normal and mutually beneficial business and economic relations with Russia are to be lauded. However there is much more that she could do and this would in no way hurt her political standing with the German populace which has grown weary of the US propaganda campaign against Russia.

Chancellor Angela Merkel undoubtedly knows the truth about the coup in Ukraine and surely the German connections of US puppet Vitaly Klitschko and in the end may decide to pursue a path that is in the best interests of German and European consumers and the maintaining of mutually beneficial business and trade relations.

In reality the US is asking Germany and Europe to cut off their own noses and close their eyes in order to support its illegal regime change operation in Ukraine. So far Europe has been subservient, but at the end of the day money talks and bullpucky walks, and perhaps on Monday when the EU leaders meet to discuss President Putin's letter Europe may finally stand up and say no to the American hegemon across the pond, but let's not hold our breath.

It is a good thing that Russia has such a cool-headed, diplomatic and wise leader. I for my part would have just shut off the gas long ago.

Finally

The irrational western media response and the continued failure of the media to fairly report on the western backed coup of Ukraine are another sign that the American people are living under tyranny. Attacks on journalists (including myself) for attempting to report the truth on the situation in Ukraine, the fact that the US Government is officially supporting and calling legitimate a nazi coup government and has brought fascists into power again in Europe and the fact that the US is provoking a scenario that may lead to World War III all show the true face of who is in power in Washington.

As a former US citizen whose citizenship was stripped for supporting Russia and protesting US illegality I challenge all my American readers to stand up and end the reign of illegality. I also challenge everyone who has taken an oath to protect the US Constitution to finally stand up and abide by that oath. Your government has been taken over and is no longer a representative of the American people or in any way abiding by the Constitution and they are ready to send you all off to die in another war to enrich the banksters. You attempted to rise with the Occupy Movement but that is not enough, given the lack of will or ability to cut off their free access to your tax dollars there may soon come a time when you will be forced to take up arms and unfortunately that time is coming soon. God help us all.

Finally I leave you with a plea to all stand up for peace and justice and with the words of Mario Savio: "There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"

President Putin is a Hope for the Oppressed - Part 3

Dr Živadin Jovanović Last Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia

11 April, 00:56 2014

http://www.jar2.com/Interviews/Zivadin_Jovanovic.html

http://www.jar2.biz/Audio/Zivadin_Jovanovic/140319_JOVANOVIC_PART_03.MP3

For the oppressed people of the world subjected to exploitation and the forces of imperial powers Russian President Vladimir Putin has become a real hope for a return of multi-polarity and the mutual respect of all nations. Decades of US imperial attempts at achieving global hegemony by force, illegal methods and endless aggressive war have had the reverse effect that the US global imperialists had hoped for. The main weapon for the US in its strategy was the use of aggressive war and regime change.

In Yugoslavia the US/NATO designed a blueprint to disguise aggressive war as humanitarian intervention and much of the world was fooled into believing it. Since then the US/NATO have destroyed countries with impunity. In the Voice of Russia's interview with the former Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia Živadin Jovanović he is asked his opinion of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This is John Robles, I'm speaking with Živadin Jovanović. This is John Robles, I'm speaking with ŽivadinJovanović. He is the former Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia and the Chairman of the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals. This is part three of a longer interview. You can find the rest of this interview on our website at voiceofrussia.com

Robles: Last comment if you could, sir, on Russian president Vladimir Putin. He, I think, is now what I would say a hope for many people all over the world who have been repressed, oppressed and subjected to Western colonialism, regime change operations etc. And many people in the world see him as someone who can bring about return to rule of law, to respect for international conventions, to respect for the Geneva Conventions, the United Nations and the real international community. If you could what is your opinion on Russian president Vladimir Putin?

Jovanović: A couple of years ago I was asked by your colleagues in Belgrade: "Why does the Serbian public like Putin so much?"

And I said: "Probably, because of the feeling that Serbia although it is a small country would like to have its own Putin".

Putin has become a symbol of dignity of nation, a symbol of a leader who doesn’t aim, in politics, from today to tomorrow, symbol of a politician of long term strategy and a long term perspective for Russia, for Europe and for the world.

And I think that he is widely respected what I can surely witness he is highly respected all over Serbia and in the region and exactly as a hope for more justice and more peace, stability, for hope for respect of law and basic conventions as you said, respect for the United Nations.

Therefore I think he first of all needs and I believe he enjoys full the support of Russia’s population and of countries surrounding Russia bit I think that his role should also be to encourage international bodies such as the Unied Nations, such as the OSCE and international forums to join forces for just world relations.

Russia is certainly a big power, she is already a superpower. Putin is certainly a leader opening the hopes not only the Russian population but of many oppressed peoples and countries all over the world that there is need to initiate movement and movement of all constructive and peace loving forces in the world and especially international bodies.

So that the other even formally accept this struggle for peace, dignity, equality and partnership.

Robles: Thank you very much, sir.

Jovanović: Thank you for inviting me although I believe there are many people who will speak their minds even with a greater wisdom than myself.

Robles: Thank you, sir. I really appreciate it.

Jovanović: Ok, bye bye.

Robles: Ok, thank you, sir, thank you sir. Good luck, good night.

You were listening to part 3 of an interview with ŽivadinJovanovic, the former Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia. He is also the Chairman of the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals. You can find the rest of this interview on our website at voiceofrussia.com. Thanks for listening and we wish you the best

Ukraine: Obama, CIA, and NATO Demonize Putin to Hide Their Crimes

March 14, 2014

The actions of the US Government since the installation of George Bush as president have been criminal both domestically, where they have effectively cancelled the US Constitution and even more so internationally, where they have flipped international law on its head, made a mockery of the Geneva Conventions, turned the United Nations into just another US Government rubber stamp and committed multiple crimes against humanity. 

Since 9-11 that criminality has grown more and more egregious as it becoming clearer and clearer with each passing day that the plans of the neocons for world domination and eternal American hegemony are doomed to failure and the very country they were pretending to be rising up, is actually being destroyed.

It is understandable that the neocons who usurped the US Government were able to get away with demonizing, invading and/or killing the presidents of Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and completely destroying the Middle East because these countries were isolated, had languages very few people outside of them spoke, had media with little international reach, had governments and leaders which were not technically democracies and were “pre-invasion” either forced to disarm or where never able to properly defend themselves to begin with. Ukraine and Russia are different stories.

At first I hoped that Americans themselves would rise up and challenge their government but they were cowed and dumbed down into submission. Then I kept hoping that the UN or the ICC and the Hague would finally do something. No luck. Finally I kept whimsically wishing the countries in the world would join together and put an end to the age of American illegality and genocide. But this also has not happened. apparently all of the countries in the world are so terrorized of the American mass killing war machine that they have unleashed on the world and so subverted by low brow knuckle dragging club wielding American influence that the world has proven impotent. So literally what it comes down to is one country and one leader, the Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin.

The fact that President Putin is the only leader who has stood up to them and perhaps the only one who can, is clear to the psychotic American neocons, of which Obama is one. These are lunatics who know nothing of wrong or right and live in their own sanitized little security bubbles seemingly unaware and completely uncaring as to the death, destruction and suffering their policies and actions have unleashed on the world and even on their own populace.

They have built up their machine, its gears grinding up the bones and bodies of their own people and spitting them out, to such an efficient level of interoperability, that there are no defining lines left between the neocons, those in the shadows playing them like marionettes in a theater of the insane in some Machiavellian comedy played out in the depths of one of Dante’s deepest infernos, the organs of power, the corporations and their media.

They have come to the point in their demonization of leaders and countries that they are delusional and at a point where it is no longer a case of the emperor having no clothes, but of the very same emperor insisting the rest of the obedient populace have no clothes and then executing them for being naked. This demonization of Russia and President Putin has taken on the quality of a cheap disgusting freak show played out to a captive audience chained to their chairs, eyes sewn open, forced to watch until blood pours from their orifices and their hearts stop.

The situation in Ukraine has shown that the western and US media are completely useless when it comes to the simple act of reporting the facts, no mention of a fair or balanced debate needed. That has long been a concept killed and buried by faux news and the original neocon usurpers.

Ukraine is the start of the big end game for the neocons, Russia has been their target from day one (and China) and Ukraine is the door they think they need to batter down to get in. Hence the totally over-the-top-lies and false reality that the US and their enslaved media have been pushing into the war weary overloaded minds of their audience.

The US Government, and their liar-in-chief Barrack Obama have been lying since day one (I would say they have made it an art if they were not so bad at it) but the lies surrounding Ukraine have been so many, so often repeated and so easy to disprove that it is difficult to keep up. Infowars dot com recently did a piece on the twisting of statements by President Putin with regard to Ukraine. I have also compiled several lists already which you can findHEREHERE, and HERE.

Quotes by President Putin

The first group are lies and misrepresentations regarding statements made by President Vladimir Putin and were compiled by John-Paul Leonard at infowars.com. Apparently the US State Department quotes President Putin and then spins their lies.

Putin: “The Rada is under the influence of extremists or terrorists.”

The Rada which was taken over in an armed coup, its elected leaders forced out at gunpoint, beaten and even killed is under the complete control of the thugs the CIA and the neocons hired to carry out their coup. Governors and the heads of all government bodies were chosen on a stage in Maidan Square in front of an audience exclusively made up of members of the junta. The government is illegitimate from top to bottom.

Lie: “The Rada is the most representative institution in Ukraine.”

Putin: “Kiev is trying to destabilize Crimea.”

There are reports of the “opposition” killing civilians trying to flee Ukraine for Crimea, burning buses filled with civilians, attempting to deliver trainloads and truckloads of weapons and even an attempted alliance with Muslim extremists who were supposed to assist in arming the Bandera nazis when they arrived in Crimea. Now there are also reports of terrorist attacks be called for by the Right Sector leader Dimitry Yarosh.

Lie: “Ukraine’s interim government has acted with restraint and sought dialogue.”

Putin: “There have been mass attacks on churches and synagogues in southern and eastern Ukraine.”

Lie: The US does not want to talk about that the same way they refuse to talk about attacks on Jews, Russians and ethnic minorities. Just like they refuse to talk about the endemic racism and the killing of their own minorities. Being as the neocons are so pro-Israel it would not be expedient for their audience to hear that the operatives in Ukraine are destroying Synagogues. Again Russia is having to defend Jews this time while they are being attacked by nazis hired by Zionist neocons elements in the US. The twisting of logic is intense.

Putin: “Russian bases are under threat.”

Lie: Russian military facilities were and remain secure.

Putin: “Ethnic Russians are under threat.”

The Right Sector and its leaders have openly called for hanging Russians, Jews, Poles and Blacks. Their first act was to outlaw the Russian language which is spoken by more than 89% of Ukrainians as language of daily usage. The Right Sector has also attempted to engage Chechen terrorists and Tatar separatists to wage a war of terror against Russians.

Lie: “Outside of Russian press and Russian state television, there are no credible reports of any ethnic Russians being under threat. The new Ukrainian government placed a priority on peace and reconciliation from the outset.”

Putin: “There is a humanitarian crisis and hundreds of thousands are fleeing Ukraine to Russia and seeking asylum. ”

The crisis has reached such a level that the Russian Government was forced to change immigration and naturalization policies to deal with the in-flow. It is a standard practice of the Right Sector to terrorize and invade homes forcing the owners to sign over deeds and titles to automobiles, humiliate and degrade people who they find disagreeable, including beating to death in public, pouring gasoline of entire busloads of passengers and setting them on fire, forcing people to sing the hymn of Ukraine and breaking limbs and killing people who cannot. Junta thugs regularly invade homes, hotels and stop people in the streets and destroy documents, falsely arrest and imprison and openly steal property. The campaign of terror on the populace is something right out of a nazis SS or SA handbook.

The nazi junta has now forbidden Russian and foreign journalists from entering Ukraine, has clamped down on the media and forbidden broadcasts in Russian and has made communications almost impossible.

Lie: “To date, there is absolutely no evidence of a humanitarian crisis.”

Putin: “Ukraine’s government is illegitimate. Yanukovych is still the legitimate leader of Ukraine.”

Under international law and the laws existing under the constitution of Ukraine, President Victor Yanukovich is still the President of Ukraine. He was not legally impeached or removed from office, his term did not expire and he did not pass away. Those are the legal means by which a president in Ukraine leaves office. Given the $5 billion dollars Victoria Nuland admitted the US has paid to overthrow the government there is no way that they can admit that it was an armed coup and that they are supporting and illegal nazi junta of puppets which is the reality.

Lie: “On March 4, President Putin himself acknowledged the reality that Yanukovych “has no political future.”

Putin: “The opposition failed to implement the February 21 agreement with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.”

President Yanukovich had 48 hours to sign the agreement. The junta raided his offices and his home and stormed the parliament within 24 of the terms being outlined. These actions by the nazi junta were in direct violation of the terms of the agreement which called for an immediate cease to all violence. Amid calls for his death and massive violence he was forced to go into hiding. Had he attempted appeared he would have been lynched. The junta continued storming the houses of government and with their campaign of terror unrestrained.

Lie: “Under the terms of the agreement, Yanukovych was to sign the enacting legislation within 24 hours and bring the crisis to a peaceful conclusion. Yanukovych refused to keep his end of the bargain.

Putin: “Russia’s actions fall within the scope of the 1997 Friendship Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.”

Like the agreement allowing for the Black Sea Fleet and the stationing of up to 25,000 Russian troops in Crimea this agreement was obviously never read by Washington or the State Department or interpreted by the same criminals who interpreted that the Geneva Conventions to mean that torture, indefinite detention and aggressive war are all legal. All of Russia’s actions in Ukraine have been done in compliance with all international and intra-national agreements treaties and laws.

The State Department also ignores that the Russian troops that are in Crimea have been there for decades, there is no invasion and has never been one. There has though been a request by the legitimate authorities in Crimea and by the legally recognized President of Ukraine for Russian intervention to secure peace and guarantee the safety and the security of the civilian population.

Lie: “The 1997 agreement requires Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Russia’s military actions in Ukraine, which have given them operational control of Crimea, are in clear violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

Putin: “Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets. It is “citizens’ defense groups,” not Russian forces, who have seized infrastructure and military facilities in Crimea.”

Lie: “Strong evidence suggests that members of Russian security services are at the heart of the highly organized anti-Ukraine forces in Crimea.”

This bald-faced blatant lie is probably one of the most egregious on so many levels. First it raises the bogey man of the KGB. Next it completely turns the situation on its head by comparing the paramilitary neo nazi Blackwater supported junta forces of the Right Sector who have been training for 10 years with full CIA and US support with fearful civilians and ex Berkut members, police and soldiers who had to flee when the country they were loyal to was overtaken.

Thanks to infowars for that. Although they have published some pretty demonizing stuff about Russia and fantasy KGB plots before, at least they are on the side of truth on Ukraine.

Finally the monster lies.

The snipers on Maidan were hired by the junta and the Trident.

The EU Agreement Obama is trying fast track through his temporary puppet junta gives the entire Russian gas pipeline to Exxon Oil.

The entire coup was a CIA engineered regime change.

Finally, it is all part of a neocon plan for NATO expansion into Russian space.

Will keep you updated.

Russia will not interfere in Ukraine – President Putin

29 January, 2014 07:40

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has completed a summit meeting between the Russian Federation and the European Union which President Putin has summarized as being constructive and held in an open and business-like manner. Moscow has given the summit positive marks on many fronts. According to the Kremlin the meeting was held at the request of the EU. The following report and commentary is by the VOR’s John Robles.

The meeting was held in a narrower format than usual at the request of the EU thus the issues that were discussed were fewer than would normally be expected. The most important outcome of the summit was the signing of a joint Russia-EU statement on combating terrorism, however European-Eurasian integration was high on the agenda as well the current crisis in Ukraine and security at the Sochi Olympics was also touched upon by the president and EU heads.

Eurasian EU integration

During the joint press conference after the summit which was held by President Vladimir Putin, Council of Europe President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, President Putin stated that the most important subjects covered were issues related to the bilateral Russia – EU agenda. According to the Kremlin website President Putin stated that with regard to bilateral issues the creation of an integrated space from Lisbon to the Pacific Coast was one of the most important topics covered.

President Putin: “The most important thing is that we had a very frank discussion of issues on our bilateral agenda. We discussed strategic goals and tasks of our cooperation, including prospects for the creation of a common economic and humanitarian space stretching from Lisbon to the Pacific coast, which my colleagues have already mentioned.”

President Putin underlined the importance of Russia – EU cooperation on many fronts including on trade where record levels are being maintained and continue to grow, now surpassing $410 million. He underlined the strategically important energy trade with the EU where the EU receives 24% of its gas and 27% of its oil from the Russian Federation. Bilateral investment is also continuing to rise according to the president, with EU investment in Russia already at the $288 billion level and Russian investment in the EU now at approximately $80 billion.

Both sides agree that integration is important and but President Putin said there should be more contact between the EU and Russia regarding the Eastern Partnership.

President Putin: "As concerns an agreement on our consultations regarding the Eastern Partnership, our European partners and we have agreed that this would be extremely useful," Putin said at a press conference following an EU-Russia summit in Brussels on Tuesday.” He also stated: "We have invited the European Union leadership to analyze the possibility of forming a free trade area between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union being set up by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan."

Sochi Olympics

President Putin said that Russia was grateful for the cooperation of “certain” EU countries in the area of security for the Sochi Olympics leaving the question open as to which countries were not cooperating. Despite that omission Russia – EU cooperation on security and terrorism continues to grow and is a stable ongoing effort that appears not to be affected by political, economic or other concerns. This unified position is important for guaranteeing the overall stability and security of mutual space. The European part of Russia being the largest “country” in Europe makes this area of cooperation vital.

Ukraine

With regard to the fluid and heightening level of the crisis in Ukraine President Putin was particularly candid but maintained a diplomatic stance particularly in the area of US/EU interference in Ukraine, an area where he could have blasted the EU but instead quietly chided those interfering in the internal crisis.

President Putin: "Concerning advice for Ukraine on what to do and how. I think the Ukrainian people can sort this out themselves. At least Russia will never interfere in this."

"I can only imagine how our European partners would have reacted if amid a crisis, say, in Greece or in Cyprus, our foreign minister had appeared at an anti-European rally and started making calls. We believe this is not very good in general, and, taking into consideration certain specifics of relations between Russia and Ukraine, this is simply unacceptable and impossible for us."

In televised comments given during the press conference on Russia’s Rossiya 24 news channel President Putin stated that Russia would forgive a $2.7 billion gas debt that Ukraine has, and that the further forgiveness of reduced charges for gas deliveries would be considered but that this will be more difficult.

It is again important to note that President Putin reiterated that Russia will not interfere in the affairs of Ukraine. Although Ukraine is perhaps Russia’s closest and historically important ally and friend and “interference” in the form of peacekeeping operations, for example, might be something that “should” occur and is in fact in Russia’s interest, this statement follows Russia’s steadfast policy and calls on other states to avoid interference in internal matters in other countries.

President Putin’s staunch position on non-interference, even when detrimental to Moscow, is a testament to his principles and the following of accepted laws, norms and international standards which Russia has repeatedly called on other states to also abide by. Thus President Putin and Moscow could never be accused of hypocrisy or double standards, something certain western powers have no problem with when it comes to their foreign policies.

President Putin also stated that “… the more outside interference there is the more problems it creates”,and this is entirely true when it comes to Ukraine as it is western meddling and support of the worst elements in Ukraine that has led to the current crisis.

In a candid moment the president let out a piece of information that has not been covered anywhere in the press but which characterizes the conflict in Ukraine for what it really is. President Putin described instances where a religious leader (who he did not name) was calling for Ukrainians to go to Kiev to destroy the government. The calls were so nationalistic in nature that President Putin said they have no place in a civilized society. Underlining the uncivilized nature of the Ukrainian “opposition”.

Apparently a religious leader is attempting to rally people to attack the government by stating through the use of racial epithets that: Black people, Russians and Jews should never be allowed to rule Ukraine.

This goes to the heart of what has occurred in Ukraine, where fascist, neo-nazi, nationalist and racist forces, after having received training, support and financing from the West, have joined together in what can only be described as an insurrection and a coordinated attempt to topple the democratically elected and legitimate government for the sole reason that the government chose to maintain ties with its historical ally Russia.

Armed and armored insurrectionists who set police on fire, kill law enforcement officers, storm and take government building, create havoc and terrorize the populace have proven long ago that they are no longer a reasonable opposition which must be supported. Their actions are a threat to the continuity of the state itself and their tactics have crossed into the area of terrorism for which there can only be one cure, liquidation. However the West continues to tell the Ukrainian Government not to use force, even though the only option those using force have left the government is an equal and entirely justified symmetrical response. Perhaps Ukraine, like the proverbial Russian Bear will slowly wake up and deal with the threat as it should be dealt with before it is allowed to destroy the state further, that is my opinion. President Putin put it thus: Let calls for the non use of force also apply to the opposition.

Have no doubt while Victoria Nuland may have handed out cookies and doughnuts to those aimed at toppling the government in Ukraine, the US and the West would never in a thousand years allow any anti-government forces to seize government building and escalate unrest to the level it has promoted in Ukraine. If anything analogous occurred in the US those responsible would almost no doubt no longer be alive to continue their activities.

President Vladimir Putin: A Force for Peace in Asia and the World

By John Robles, 13 November, 2013 06:30  

After completing a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam where literally scores of agreements and bilateral documents were signed, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin arrived in the Republic of Korea after receiving an official invitation from the President of South Korea Park Geun-hye. Steps by the Russian Federation to further develop mutually beneficial ties between the Russian Federation, the Koreas and the entire region point to.

The importance of the talks in Korea and the agreements that are expected to be signed as well as the significance of the president’s extremely successful official visit to Vietnam, where dozens of strategically important agreements were signed in almost all spheres, cannot be understated with regard to the geopolitical implications and global ramifications.

On the agenda of the visits is further economic integration which follows in the spirit of the BRICS and heightened integration projects being carried out by Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus (the Customs Union) and Russian plans towards deeper cooperation in Eurasia with the creation of a Eurasian Economic Union.

This economic shift away from the weakening paper based petro dollar and the US whose real debt is now said to be in the neighborhood of $205 trillion dollars, effectively making it bankrupt, is also coupled with a military and geopolitical shift away from US/NATO and their policies of force and acquisition of resources by nefarious means and the over throwing of governments and endless war.

With the positive economic growth of the BRICS countries and their policies based on mutually beneficial economic models promoting sustainable and realistic growth, forward thinking Eurasian and now even European economic powers are beginning to look towards the BRICS as an attractive alternative to the failed policies of the West.

The world has seen that endless war and force are unsustainable and with the recent events in Syria, as well as scores of other failures by the United States including multiple countries filing Crimes Against Humanity charges against the US in the Hague, has begun to shift their geopolitical weight towards the Russian Federation and President Putin, a leader who has proven beyond any doubt through continuous efforts that he stands for rule of law, peace, mutual respect, respect for sovereignty and the betterment of mankind.

Vietnam

President Vladimir Putin concluded talks with the President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang and other leaders in Hanoi on Tuesday as part of his whirlwind Asian tour and will be meeting with the President of South Korea Park Geun-hye on Wednesday.

Among the key agreements signed in Hanoi by President Putin and President Truong Tan Sang were a new military deal that will see Russia train Vietnamese navy and armed forces and increase the types of military equipment Russia will sell to Vietnam.

The meeting was extremely successful for both sides with new levels of cooperation between the two states now reaching new strategic levels in almost all spheres. Agreements, memoranda and deals were signed in dozens of fields including energy, oil exploration and modernization of Vietnam’s oil refinery, nuclear energy, ecology, healthcare and industry.

Among the other documents which were signed in the presence of Presidents Putin and Truong Tan Sang include agreements on: the transfer of sentenced persons, military cooperation, allowing Vietnamese citizens to attend institutions of higher learning in Russia, cooperation in technology and innovation and cooperation in the fields of geology and subsurface resource use.

Korea

After leaving Hanoi President Putin is scheduled to meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and gave an interview to South Korean media in an address to the Korean people on the eve of his visit.

One key area of great importance to the Korean people is the issue of Korean integration and President Putin called for this to be done peacefully and with the respect to the mutual wishes of all of the Korean people. With Russia’s good relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea President Putin may be one of the few leaders in the world who can truly assist the Koreas in finally uniting.

Interview with Korean media

Military Cooperation

In the interview granted to South Korean media President Putin outlined his vision for Korean/Russian cooperation and gave a positive assessment even in the area military technical cooperation: “The Republic of Korea has become one of our key partners in Asia, which is reflected not only in the growing trade and a solid diversification of our relations, but in the strong ties even in such sensitive areas, as military and technical cooperation.”

Six Party Talks

President Putin underlined the good relations that the Russian Federation has with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and underlined that this would help Russia in assisting in bringing about a resolution to the six-party talks on the DPRK’s nuclear program, a process which he said requires the good will of all sides.

President Putin: “… the composition of participants seems to be optimal, provided that there is good will on both sides, first of all, on the part of the DPRK, Republic of Korea and, as a matter of fact, of other participants in the process, and it is even more true as there are three nuclear powers among them (Russia, the USA and People’s Republic of China) - all this still gives me some optimism, and I very much hope that this mechanism will play a positive role in the future.”

Regarding the setting of preconditions with regard to the resumption of talks President Putin was quite candid in saying that all sides need to work together: “If we constantly set preconditions for the start of talks, they may never begin.”He also said: “… when we try to agree on some complex and sensitive issues and adopt an extremely tough attitude, give ultimatums, as a rule, this does not lead to the expected result.”

Russian Far East Korean Relations

When asked about prospects for the development of South Korean and Russian Far East relations President Putin stated that the prospects were good and were a priority for Russia: “I have already said that we have prospects for cooperation in various fields. These are engineering, space, transport machinery and transport infrastructure. The Russian Federation sets an objective to ensure accelerated and priority development of Siberian regions, especially the Eastern Siberia and the Far East.”

Regional Development

Regarding recent moves by the President of South Korea to develop the region and improve cooperation, in particular the "Eurasia Initiative" of President Park Geun-hye, President Putin stated that steps have already been taken: “… we have already taken certain practical steps aimed at its implementation – concerns linking the Trans-Korean and Trans-Siberian Railways in order to ensure quick, reliable, safe and rather low-cost transportation of goods between Asia and Europe. I believe this is a highly interesting joint project.”Regarding differences between the Koreas in this area: ”If South and North Koreas could agree to reconstruct the Trans-Korean Railway… this would be an important contribution to the realization of the program proposed by President Park Geun-hye.”

Economic Development

President Putin then brought up the planned creation of a Eurasian Economic Bloc and the integration of the Koreas into such an organization: “In this regard, I would also like to mention once again and to remind you of a major integration project which is being carried out by Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus – the Customs Union – and our plans to make the following step towards deeper cooperation and the creation of a Eurasian Economic Union. By now, several dozen countries have already shown interest in establishing cooperation with the Customs Union, including Vietnam.”

Oil Pipeline

The Korean reporter Kyusun Yeon then asked the President to clarify comments he had made at the recent OPEC Summit in Brunei regarding a pipeline to South Korea.As to how a pipeline could be built the President said that this was an area for the experts but added: “I believe this can be done in two ways: by building a pipeline system either buried on the ocean floor, or going through the territory of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and extending to South Korea, the Republic of Korea.”

Korean Unification

When asked about the unification of the two Koreas, a question that is very close to the hearts of all Koreans, President Putin stated that was vital for the people and that it had to be done through peaceful and mutually acceptable means: “We definitely support the aspiration of Koreans for national unification. It's a natural process. However, I take as point of departure that it should be exclusively peaceful and take into account the interests of the North, as well as of the South.”

“Nothing should be imposed on partners, otherwise the process will become destructive instead of having a positive outcome. And, on the contrary, if the partners' interests are respected with consideration for the obvious longing of the people – and I believe that every Korean in his or her heart thinks of a possible unification of the country irrespective of his or her political views – this process can be very fruitful, constructive and bring great and positive results for the international politics, ensuring security in the region, as well as for the economics of the rapidly developing region.”

President Putin added that such unification would be a positive for Russia: “Such process is positive for Russia. We welcome it taking into account those special considerations I've just told you about.”

When asked about being called the world’s most powerful person, President Putin was modest as usual: “ I prefer to pay less attention to such things. Again, if you pay too much attention to that it is going to influence the decision-making process. And this would be most regrettable.”

 Positive Force

President Putin continues to be a positive force for peace and for global development and his Asian trip surely is underlining Russia’s role in what has now, once again, become a healthy multi-polar world, something that could not have been brought about without the modest Russian leader.

President Putin spreads peace Nobel or not

2 October, 2013 22:08

Calls for the president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to receive the Nobel Peace Prize are growing around the world with support coming even from leaders of other countries who deserve the award as well in their own right.

The nomination was officially sent to the Nobel Committee on the 16th of September two days after President Putin reached an agreement in Geneva to bring Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. The request was received by the Committee on the 20th of September.

Part of the letter reads: “Being the leader of one of the leading nations of the world, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin makes efforts to maintain peace and tranquility not only on the territory of his own country but also actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet.”

The submission for the 2014 prize was made before the deadline for nominations which is in February.

According to the Nobel Committee the prize is awarded to: “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

The Geneva agreement put a stop to the US aggressors’ and Nobel Peace Prize holder Obama’s plans to bomb the sovereign country of Syria into oblivion. A plan with the officially repeated goal of eventually killing (forcibly removing) its leader and overthrowing its government and in support of US backed and imported Al-Qaeda affiliated groups who have been warring with the Syrian Government at the behest of their Washington masters.

One of the main sponsors of the request Russian icon Iosif Kobzon told the Interfax news agency: “Barack Obama is the man who has initiated and approved the United States’ aggressive actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, now he is preparing for an invasion into Syria. He bears this title nevertheless. Our president, who tries to stop the bloodshed and who tries to help the conflict situation with political dialogue, is in my view more worthy of this high title.”

According to RT supporters of the Russian initiated request include the Vice-President of the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation Beslan Kobakhiya, the head of the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation Georgy Trapeznikov and a supporter of an earlier request the president of the All-Russian Education Fund Sergey Komkov.

Although much is being made of the Noble Peace Prize many would say its reputation has been seriously tinged since the award was given and then not removed from US President Obama while he continues to engage in acts of aggressive war, maintain an illegal torture prison and continue with extra-judicial executions of innocent people worldwide and then the fact that last year it was given to the European Union for questionable reasons has also not served to maintain the prestige of this award.

President Putin, who is a humble man and not influenced by awards or prizes has not commented on the nomination, nor discussed it with anyone and his spokesman, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told the ITAR-TASS news agency: “The main criterion for the president is his satisfaction from the results of his work.”

This is not Mr. Putin’s first peace prize in 2011 he received the "Confucius Peace Prize," with President Putin’s stance on the Libyan uprising cited as one of the reasons for the committee’s decision.

In November 2011 Qiao Damo an organizer for the award said: "This April or May, Putin was against NATO's idea to bomb Libya and he appeared to the world in a peaceful manner. This year's peace prize was given to him because his act this year was outstanding in keeping world peace."

The President is a realist and knows the true nature of what he is against and fully understands that he has only temporarily stopped an out of control self-proclaimed “sole super power” from wiping out yet another country. His relentless efforts along with those of his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian Government have not wavered and by standing his ground when push came to shove and not allowing the country to be annexed by the West by caving in to threats of a terrorist attack with the full backing of the United States by Saudi Arabia, he has in that victory, returned to our fragile planet to a healthier state of multi-polarity and given hope to the world.

President Putin has done everything to maintain peace including Putin addressing average Americans and US officials directly in a New York Times op-ed headlined ”A Plea for Caution From Russia”. A brilliant yet incredibly humble move filling this particular writer with an even deeper admiration. The idea of the leader of the largest country on our planet publishing a plea, yes a plea, to the citizens of a country to attempt to forestall aggression and make the leaders see reason is truly an act of quiet heroism.

This responsible, serious and intelligent move caused the mad men calling for bombs to drop to stop dead in their tracks. Here was a leader they do not understand and demonize on a daily basis asking for them in a reasonable intelligent and adult manner to see reason and follow the rule of law.

The empty aggressive claims by Obama and the war-mongers in Washington paled in the light of such reason and they knew it. No matter how many time a drugged looking Kerry repeated “We know”. There was no support. The world is truly tired of war and killing, and like Obama knew when he received the peace prize he lied his way into receiving, the world can become formidable when it is united against you.

Another leader who also deserves the Nobel Peace Prize in my opinion is Bolivian President Evo Morales who has been the target of US imperialist aggression and has introduced moves to bring the Washington war machine to stand to account for its war crimes at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Morales a staunch anti-US imperialist has stated Obama deserves the Nobel War Prize and has spoken out in favor of President Putin’s nomination for the Peace Prize.

The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro also expressed support, saying that his actions saved the world from war in Syria.

"If someone in this historic moment deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, this will be President Vladimir Putin, who helped to stop a war that threatened Syrian people, "said Maduro during a speech.

Last Saturday, Maduro announced that this week the head of the Venezuelan Parliament Diosdado Cabello will pay an official visit to Moscow and will give a letter to the Russian leader which contains congratulations "for the role he is playing in establishing a new world of peace."

In closing I would like to add the following, the UN Charter Preamble states: “We the peoples of the United Nations determined; to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom….”

President Putin has been doing more to advance these ideals than almost any leader on Earth, while the US and its allies continue to wage war after illegal war, with their Nobel Peace Prize leader continuing aggression after aggression. Maybe President Putin has finally brought some sanity back into the world

President Putin Ends Russia/NATO ABM Cooperation (Right Before Ukraine Coup)

22 September, 2013 10:27 

President Putin ends Russia/NATO ABM cooperation

In another powerful and significant move for peace, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has cancelled a presidential order which in 2011, had set up an interdepartmental working group under the authority of the Russian Presidential Administration designed to develop ways to establish cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the sphere of 'missile defense'.

Sigh of relief

Many experts and NATO watchers familiar with the decree and the attempts by the Russian Federation to develop an equal partnership relationship with NATO on the basis of mutual respect and transparency may now breathe a collective sigh of relief that President Putin has finally run out of patience with the alliance.

The wisdom of the president can not be questioned after what many have been saying for years and dozens of failed attempts to develop a partnership with the alliance. These “failures” have been many fold and compounded by NATO own actions and have included NATO insistence on Like the proverbial Russian bear, President Putin has been slow to be provoked into action but once that action has been decided it is resolute.

Empty rhetoric

It was almost obvious from the outset that despite all of its rhetoric to the contrary, rhetoric that has proven time and time again to be as empty as the minds of those espousing it, that NATO had no intention of allowing the Russian Federation into its “fold” as an equal partner.

This total inability by NATO to adjust and modernize its strategic mission taking into account the contemporary realities of Russia as a leading European power interested in peace, rule of law and mutually beneficial cooperation, may be due to its inherent nature of being an organization that was designed, and whose only purpose was, to contain the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and/or that NATO has become a wholly owned global proxy for the attempted advancement of short-sighted, myopic US geopolitical military domination and American hegemony by force.

Failure of cooperation

Since the chaotic days at the end of the cold war the newly formed and struggling Russian Federation, rising from the ashes of the shattered and broken greatest power in the history of mankind, vainly attempted to find a way to cooperate, and at times it seemed to appease, its former Warsaw Pact adversary, one which should have been disbanded at the moment of the demise of the Soviet bloc. But unfortunately the lust for hegemony and global military domination and the new modus operandi of “advancement of interests by force” did not allow the West to dismantle their war and death machine.

This first occurred in Yugoslavia and Serbia, when NATO promised Russia to allow Russian peacekeepers, the when the time came for Russian boots on the ground quickly did an about face.

This slap in the face to Russia and Russian interests and allies then occurred many times again, as NATO was used to launch illegal wars of aggression and military adventures against country after country all over the world.

Then with what has been revealed to be the false “War on Terror” paradigm, when Russia on countless occasions attempted to cooperate express its will, Russia was spurned time and time again.

Lastly, we have seen that despite the new nature of Russia, as a growing democratic country, promoting peace and cooperation, NATO continued expanding to the east and in fact expanding globally and even into space, while at the same time surrounding Russia with missiles and military weapons, under the pretense of the bogey man of an attack from the equally demonized Islamic Republic of Iran.

Seeking to become an equal mutual partner in their Missile Shield, Russia attempted time and time again to work with NATO. However NATO locked out all attempts by Russia to participate and gain assurance that the missiles were not being placed to neutralize Russia itself.

Russia repeatedly asked for a written guarantee, in light of the track record by the West of proving their spoken guarantees mean nothing, something proven in Serbia and Kosovo, but one was never provided, let alone considered.

Russia attempted to introduce what was called the Sectoral Approach, a wise and carefully planned as well as effective “shield” strategy to protect both Europe and Russia itself, but was spurned at every turn.

Missile defense a Trojan horse for a first strike

It has been proven and is now part of the public record that the interceptor missiles and missile shield elements of the US and its NATO allies, the ones that have been surreptitiously placed to surround Russia, can be turned into first strike offensive weapons with almost the literal flick of a switch. These so-called “defensive” missiles are also largely capable of delivering nuclear payloads directly into the heart of Russia.

This can be further underlined by witnesses to US and NATO Missile Defense Shield tests and scientists knowledgeable in radar and the elements that make up the shield. As a “shield”, the US/NATO missile system is almost completely ineffective allowing more than 40% of missiles to pass unstopped and almost 100% ineffective against small missiles and shorter range weapons. It is a given that the designers of the system are aware of this. So why install the system? For a totally devastating and unanswerable first strike.

Peace

The victory for President Putin, the Russian Federation and peace in Syria has now proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that President Putin is a leader who truly honors and believes in peace, rule of law and transparency. Unlike the Nobel Peace Prize winning Obama, who attempts to continue policies of aggressive war, advancement of interests by force and personally approved extra-judicial execution by drone. President Putin has said he does not care about the Noble Peace Prize and in this he is sincere. He cares about peace.

New arms race

NATO’s relentless worldwide and eastward expansion have forced countries to build weapons to defend themselves, a right any sovereign nation has against the threat of an aggressor and has caused the world to enter a global arms race the likes of which make the Cold War seem like a training exercise.

Russia, China, Venezuela and North Korea in particular, have been forced to spend billions on defense and their militaries to counter the threat of NATO. And with the constant bellicose elements North Korea and other countries the US does not favor, have been forced to seek a nuclear deterrence. This has led to a much more dangerous world but has proven to be necessary after what the world witnessed was done to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya by the US and its NATO allies.

Arctic

US/NATO continue to attempt to advance their interests by force and to militarize once neutral and peaceful countries and regions, with the case of Scandinavian countries and even the Arctic. The attempted move into the Arctic by the US/NATO is clearly a strategy to obtain resources and territory by force. Something as illegal as its aggressive wars and the Bush Doctrine of preventive wars.

Russia’s new position in the world

Two recent events, one the refusal by President Putin to be swayed by the threat of terrorist acts by Saudi Prince Bandar with the “full backing of the United States, and two, the prevention of another aggressive attack on asovereign nation by US/NATO on Syria, have once again moved the world into the realm of being a healthy multi-polar place and have effectively put an end to US plans for “Global American Hegemony”, a fact admitted even by grand geopolitical chess architect Zbignew Brzhinky.

Warnings issued

Warning have been issued to Russia from many corners since the beginning of NATO’s eastward expansion. This includes the warnings that the the US/NATO shield can be quickly and seamlessly converted into deadly first strike architecture. So why would Russia continue in attempting to cooperate with a plan to surround itself with NATO missiles? The answers to that may be Machiavellian or they may be as simple as the fact that Russia was attempting to cooperate with the West until the very end, in a peaceful manner.

End of an era

With the very quiet repealing of the presidential order, dated April 25, 2012 officially establishing cooperation with NATO and titled: "On the Repeal of the Russian President's Order 'On the Special Representative of the Russian President for Missile Defense Interaction with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)'", President Vladimir Putin has officially put an end to the era where Russia attempted to appease and cooperate with its former foe NATO and has quietly, once again quietly asserted Russia’s own sovereignty and shown that Russia will stand on the side of peace, not only in word but by quiet dignified deed.

NATO continued shows of aggression

Meanwhile NATO will be holding war games a 30-second jet flight from the territory of the Russian Federation

Rule of law, morality and a return to multi-polarity - Putin at Valdai

22 September, 2013 10:27  

President Vladimir Putin had a very busy and successful past week on the heels of a successfully hosted G-20 Summit . The President has been key to averting another act of aggressive war by a certain western power, and for those efforts alone is truly worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize. President Putin took part in the yearly Valdai Discussion Club, an event where top experts and some of the sharpest minds from Russia and abroad meet in the context of a global dialogue about Russia.

At the 10th anniversary of the forum President Putin clearly showed he is a brilliant leader and statesman and why he was chosen by the Russian people as their president, his intelligent, forward thinking remarks covered everything from morality to the rule of international law to Syria as he laid out his views and his “roadmap” for the future of Russia and its interactions with a multi-polar world.

One of the biggest problems plaguing Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union is a unifying national idea or identity that applies to people of all walks of life and all political and ideological leanings. This problem has been one that has been difficult to address but at the same time pressing and urgent and the president and the forum did an excellent job in addressing this issue.

Another issue about which President Putin spoke was why patriotism is important for Russia. After years during which the country was being fragmented and the national pride of Russians was at an all time low after the collapse of the USSR, fortunately it is making a comeback.

In his opening comments president Putin touched upon many of the problems and challenges facing Russia today including that of mostly western ideology and “culture” which has eroded not only Russian society, but the world’s.

I have highlighted most of what was covered by President Putin and added some comments and invite you to read the entire transcript which we have published here and also to visit the site the president.

Erosion of Russian culture

In post Soviet Russia the nation is still searching for a tangible and unifying cultural and social idea and the amount of influence the ever changing world has had on Russia has made this particularly challenging.

President Putin said:“Today we need new strategies to preserve our identity in a rapidly changing world, a world that has become more open, transparent and interdependent. For us (and I am talking about Russians and Russia), questions about who we are and who we want to be are increasingly prominent in our society. We have left behind Soviet ideology, and there will be no return. It is evident that it is impossible to move forward without spiritual, cultural and national self-determination.”

On foreign influences

In reference to the ways other countries compete with Russia and each other and in contrast to the US model where their society is decimated, subjugated and oppressed while the military and monied interested attempt to completely dominate society and the geopolitical landscape President Putin stated that some countries forget the rule of law and even decency, undoubtedly referring to a certain western power.

“And today we see a new round of such competitions. Today their main focuses are economic-technological and ideological-informational. Military-political problems and general conditions are worsening. The world is sometimes forgoes not merely international law, but also basic decency. Every country has to have military, technological and economic strength, but nevertheless the main thing that will determine success is the quality of citizens, the quality of society: their intellectual, spiritual and moral strength. After all, in the end economic growth, prosperity and geopolitical influence are all derived from societal conditions,” said President Putin.

In reference to a national idea and profiteers such as Berezovsky

One problem Russia had after the collapse of the USSR was the lack of a national idea and President Putin commented on how this served the interests of those who wanted to pillage Russia.

“In addition, the lack of a national idea stemming from a national identity profited the quasi-colonial element of the elite – those determined to steal and remove capital, and who did not link their future to that of the country, the place where they earned their money,” said President Putin.

On attempts to force a western model on Russia

The failure of the west in reshaping Russia in their own image was due to the Russian people and not the state. This rejection was something the West tried to change through overt and covert efforts, such as through the influence of USAID and supporting an opposition which had only one agenda, to remove President Putin and the government, but their efforts failed due to the Russian people themselves. Something the West has failed to understand.

“A spontaneously constructed state and society does not work, and neither does mechanically copying other countries’ experiences. Such primitive borrowing and attempts to civilize Russia from abroad were not accepted by an absolute majority of our people. This is because the desire for independence and sovereignty in spiritual, ideological and foreign policy spheres is an integral part of our national character. Incidentally, such approaches have often failed in other nations too. The time when ready-made lifestyle models could be installed in foreign states like computer programs has passed,” said President Putin.

On accepting others and their differences

President Putin said it was important to listen to people with opposing views, to reject blind nationalism and racist models and be united by patriotism. True precepts of democracy and again something those in certain western countries should also follow.

President Putin stated: “All of us – so-called Neo-Slavophiles and Neo-Westernisers, statists and so-called liberals – all of society must work together to create common development goals. We need to break the habit of only listening to like-minded people, angrily – and even with hatred – rejecting any other point of view from the outset. You can’t flip or even kick the country's future like a football, plunging into unbridled nihilism, consumerism, criticism of anything and everything, or gloomy pessimism.”

“This means that liberals have to learn to talk with representatives of the left-wing and, conversely, that nationalists must remember that Russia was formed specifically as a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional country from its very inception. Nationalists must remember that by calling into question our multi-ethnic character, and exploiting the issue of Russian, Tatar, Caucasian, Siberian or any other nationalism or separatism, means that we are starting to destroy our genetic code. In effect, we will begin to destroy ourselves.”

Red lines

The president brought up the subject of “red lines that must not be crossed” but unlike some leaders did not do so as a threat to another sovereign power but as a matter of self-defense.

President Putin was very clear when he said: “Russia’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity are unconditional. These are red lines no one is allowed to cross. For all the differences in our views, debates about identity and about our national future are impossible unless their participants are patriotic. Of course I mean patriotism in the purest sense of the word.”

Opposition to Russia itself

Opposition to Russia as an entity and not to the government was a topic few have ever spoken about but the president touched upon this matter briefly:

“Too often in our nation's history, instead of opposition to the government we have been faced with opponents of Russia itself. I have already mentioned this; Pushkin also talked about it. And we know how it ended, with the demolition of the (Russian) state as such.”

On historical revisionism

There was a period after the collapse of the USSR where Soviet history was not taught in schools and even though the USSR was the greatest power in history people were being pushed by western agents to be ashamed of the Soviet period.

“We must be proud of our history, and we have things to be proud of. Our entire, uncensored history must be a part of Russian identity. Without recognising this it is impossible to establish mutual trust and allow society to move forward.”

On the degradation of morality in the West

Speaking about the decay in morality and the role that Christian values play in a healthy society, President Putin warned about the decay of morality in the West and the attempts to force that decay onto Russia. The implication is that Western Civilization is in decline.

“We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilization. They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious and even sexual.”

“They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships, belief in God with the belief in Satan. The excesses of political correctness have reached the point where people are seriously talking about registering political parties whose aim is to promote pedophilia. … And people are aggressively trying to export this model all over the world. I am convinced that this opens a direct path to degradation and primitivism, resulting in a profound demographic and moral crisis.”

“Without the values embedded in Christianity and other world religions, without the standards of morality that have taken shape over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity. We consider it natural and right to defend these values. One must respect every minority’s right to be different, but the rights of the majority must not be put into question.”

On a unipolar world

The president’s comments on multi-polarity and why one country must not be allowed to subjugate and control the rest of humanity were refreshing.

“At the same time we see attempts to somehow revive a standardized model of a unipolar world and to blur the institutions of international law and national sovereignty. Such a unipolar, standardized world does not require sovereign states; it requires vassals. In a historical sense this amounts to a rejection of one’s own identity, of the God-given diversity of the world.”

On rule of law

President Putin and the Russian Federation have proven and the record has shown that the rule of law and mutual respect are the true basis for successful international relations and that above all the states of the world must abide by international law.

“Russia agrees with those who believe that key decisions should be worked out on a collective basis, rather than at the discretion of and in the interests of certain countries or groups of countries. Russia believes that international law, not the right of the strong, must apply. And we believe that every country, every nation is not exceptional, but unique, original and benefits from equal rights, including the right to independently choose their own development path.”

“This is our conceptual outlook, and it follows from our own historical destiny and Russia's role in global politics. Our present position has deep historical roots. Russia itself has evolved on the basis of diversity, harmony and balance, and brings such a balance to the international stage.”

On multiculturalism

President Putin spoke about multiculturalism and why it has failed in the West but has succeeded and is in fact an import part of Russia, Russian society and Russian heritage.

“There is one more fundamental aspect to which I want to draw your attention. In Europe and some other countries so-called multiculturalism is in many respects a transplanted, artificial model that is now being questioned, for understandable reasons. This is because it is based on paying for the colonial past. It is no accident that today European politicians and public figures are increasingly talking about the failures of multiculturalism, and that they are not able to integrate foreign languages or foreign cultural elements into their societies.”

“Over the past centuries in Russia, which some have tried to label as the "prison of nations", not even the smallest ethnic group has disappeared. And they have retained not only their internal autonomy and cultural identity, but also their historical space. You know, I was interested to learn (I did not even know this) that in Soviet times (the authorities) paid such careful attention to this that virtually every small ethnic group had its own print publication, support for its language, and for its national literature. We should bring back and take on board much of what has been done in this respect.”

“Along with this the different cultures in Russia have the unique experience of mutual influence, mutual enrichment and mutual respect. This multiculturalism and multi-ethnicity lives in our historical consciousness, in our spirit and in our historical makeup. Our state was built in the course of a millennium on this organic model.”

“Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and other religions are an integral part of Russia’s identity, its historical heritage and the present-day lives of its citizens. The main task of the state, as enshrined in the Constitution, is to ensure equal rights for members of traditional religions and atheists, and the right to freedom of conscience for all citizens.”

“However, it is clearly impossible to identify oneself only through one’s ethnicity or religion in such a large nation with a multi-ethnic population. In order to maintain the nation’s unity, people must develop a civic identity on the basis of shared values, a patriotic consciousness, civic responsibility and solidarity, respect for the law, and a sense of responsibility for their homeland’s fate, without losing touch with their ethnic or religious roots.”

On the individual

Respect for the individual is one of the most noble goals of democracy and society and for me personally it was like a breath of fresh air to hear a world leader speak about this as it seems to have become a forgotten concept.

“Unfortunately, throughout our nation’s history, little value was given at times to individual human lives. Too often, people were seen simply as a means, rather than a goal and a mission for development. We no longer have that right and we cannot throw millions of human lives into the fire for the sake of development. We must treasure every individual. Russia’s main strength in this and future centuries will lie in its educated, creative, physically and spiritually healthy people, rather than natural resources.”

On education

While some countries are cutting and decimating their education systems to pay for more weapons and war President Putin made it clear that theis should not happen in Russia.

“The role of education is all the more important because in order to educate an individual, a patriot, we must restore the role of great Russian culture and literature. They must serve as the foundation for people’s personal identity, the source of their uniqueness and their basis for understanding the national idea.”

On Russian Federalism

Tackling one of the problems that is endemic to the largest country in the world, the president made it clear the development of the entire country is vital to keep it healthy and strong.

“Speaking of any kind of reforms, it is important to bear in mind that there is more to our nation than just Moscow and St Petersburg. In developing Russian federalism, we must rely on our own historical experience, using flexible and diverse models.”

“The Russian model of federalism has a great deal of potential built into it. It is imperative that we learn to use it competently, not forgetting its most important aspect: the development of the regions and their independence should create equal opportunities for all of our nation’s citizens, regardless of where they live, to eliminate inequalities in the economic and social development of Russia’s territory, thereby strengthening the nation’s unity.”

Importance of the Eurasian Union

As one of many growing economic, geopolitical, trade and regional unions that have begun to gain strength throughout the world, President Putin spoke about the Eurasian Union and why it is important for the development of the region. Another step toward multi-polarity in our diverse world.

“The future Eurasian Economic Union, which we have declared and which we have discussed extensively as of late, is not just a collection of mutually beneficial agreements. The Eurasian Union is a project for maintaining the identity of nations in the historical Eurasian space in a new century and in a new world. Eurasian integration is a chance for the entire post-Soviet space to become an independent centre for global development, rather than remaining on the outskirts of Europe and Asia.”

On Syrian chemical weapons attack

Having almost single-handedly stopped another act of aggressive war by a certain power which has revived the doctrine of preventive war, President Putin was very frank when speaking about the situation in Syria and what the proper steps should be to resolve the internal conflict in that country.

“ We have equal rights and equal responsibilities with all our colleagues involved in the discussion on Syria. This is not the first time I hear that I now carry a special responsibility. We all carry a special responsibility; we all carry it equally. …it became clear that chemical weapons had been used. But this was clear to us from the very beginning, and our experts agreed. The only thing that is unclear is who used it.”

“We have every reason to believe that this was a provocation. You know, it was clever and smart, but at the same time, the execution was primitive. They used an ancient, Soviet-made projectile, taken from the Syrian army’s armaments from a long time ago – it even had “Made in the USSR” printed on it. But this was not the first time chemical weapons were used in Syria. Why didn’t they investigate the previous instances?”

“This matter should be investigated as thoroughly as possible. If we finally get an answer, despite all obstacles, to the question of who did this, who committed this crime – and there is no question that it was a crime – then we will take the next step; we will then work with other UN Security Council colleagues to determine the culpability of those who committed this crime, together and in solidarity.”

“Second, on whether we will manage to convince Assad or not, I don’t know. So far it looks as though Syria has fully agreed to our proposal and is ready to act according to the plan that the international community is putting together, working through the UN. Russia and the USA, in the persons of Secretary of State Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov have already practically drafted the outlines of this plan. There is a special organization that will work together with the UN on this matter of eliminating chemical weapons. Syria has declared that it will join and that it indeed already considers itself to have joined the International Chemical Weapons Convention. These are practical steps that the Syrian government has already taken.”

“Let me just remind you about how these chemical weapons came about. Syria got itself chemical weapons as an alternative to Israel’s nuclear arsenal, as we know. What can be done about the various issues associated with proliferation and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction remains a very relevant question today, perhaps the most important issue of our time. If this situation gets out of control, like it once happened with gunpowder, the consequences will be unimaginable. We therefore need to strive towards nuclear-free status in particular parts of the world, especially in such volatile regions as the Middle East.”

On NATO expansion

After the collapse of the USSR and the subsequent dissolving of the Warsaw Pact under the promise by NATO that they would not expand, the world has seen the opposite and now NATO exists on almost every continent on earth in one or another. The NATO lie is one of history’s most wide reaching.

“… we were promised at one point that NATO would not expand beyond the former Federal Republic of Germany’s eastern border. That was a promise directly made to Gorbachev. True, it was not actually set out and written down. But where is NATO today, where is the border? We got cheated, to put it quite simply. That’s the whole story.”

On McCain, the refusal by the US to receive a Russian delegation and freedom of the press

After President Putin’s eloquent, informed and well received “Plea for Caution” in the New York Times, octogenarian right-wing US Senator John McCain, who recently spent hearings on an invasion of Syria playing on-line poker, attempted to “fight back” and only showcased American ignorance. President Putin was asked about McCain and graciously invited him to visit Russia and improve his knowledge.

“He (McCain) is not well-informed about our country. Actually, I would have been happy to see him here at the Valdai Club say, taking part in the discussions. As far as I know, our big television channels, the national channels, proposed that he come and take part in an open and honest discussion. There you have it, freedom of speech, freedom of the press. He is welcome to share his point of view with the whole country. In this respect, I can only express my regret that our American colleagues did not react to our parliamentarians’ proposal and refused to receive them in Washington for a discussion on Syria. Why did they do this? “

Using force outside of international law

The using of military force outside of the framework of the United Nations is illegal, and in fact is a Crime Against Peace. President Putin made this clear.

“The threat of the use of force and actual use of force are far from being a cure-all for international problems. Look at what we are actually talking about after all. We are forgetting the heart of the matter. We are talking about using force outside the framework of current international law. We’ve just been saying how the US Congress and Senate are discussing whether to use force or not. But it is not there that this matter should be discussed. It should be discussed in the UN Security Council. That is the heart of the issue. That is my first point.”

American “Democracy”

There is no true democracy in America, their system has failed.

President Putin said this: “It has happened twice in US history that the President of the United States was chosen by a majority in the electoral colleges, but with a minority of the actual voters. This is an obvious flaw in the electoral procedure, that is to say, a flaw at the very heart of American democracy.”

“As for what kind of government Russia should have, this is something for our citizens to decide, and not for our colleagues from abroad. We held an election a year ago, not so long ago, and the majority of Russia’s citizens voted for me.”

  'We have left behind Soviet ideology, and there will be no return' - Putin

21 September, 2013 13:31  

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The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin took part in the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club and spoke on some of the most important topics affecting Russia and the world today. One area that the president paid particular attention was the political and civil society landscape in the Russian Federation which is still undergoing changes and developing after the collapse of the USSR. The summit of the Valdai Club was especially important as it marked the 10 year anniversary of the forum. The session was attended by over 200 Russian and foreign experts, influential political and social leaders and leaders from many different fields of expertise. The 10th session was titled "Russia's Diversity for the Modern World".

The following are excerpts from the full transcript of the meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club courtesy of the Kremlin Press Service.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, friends, ladies and gentlemen, I hope that the place for your discussions, for our meetings is well chosen and that the timing is good. We are in the centre of Russia – not a geographical centre, but a spiritual one. [Novgorod Region] is a cradle of Russian statehood. Our outstanding historians believe and have analysed how the elements of Russian statehood came together right here. This is in the light of the fact that two great rivers – the Volkhov and Neva – acted as natural means of communication, providing a natural linkage at the time. And it was here that Russian statehood gradually began to emerge.

As has already been pointed out, this year the [Valdai] club has brought together an unprecedented list of participants: more than 200 Russian and foreign politicians, public and spiritual leaders, philosophers and cultural figures, people with very different, original and sometimes opposing views.

You have already been conferring here for a few days now, and I'll try not to bore you unduly. But nevertheless, I will allow myself to state my views on subjects that you have touched on during these discussions in one way or another. I am not only thinking about analysing Russian historical, cultural, and governance experiences. First and foremost, I am thinking of general debates, conversations about the future, strategies, and values, about the values underpinning our country’s development, how global processes will affect our national identity, what kind of twenty-first-century world we want to see, and what Russia, our country, can contribute to this world together with its partners.

Today we need new strategies to preserve our identity in a rapidly changing world, a world that has become more open, transparent and interdependent. This fact confronts virtually all countries and all peoples in one form or another: Russian, European, Chinese and American – the societies of virtually all countries. And naturally, including here in Valdai, we strive to better understand how our partners are attempting to meet this challenge, because we are meeting here with experts on Russia. But we proceed from the fact that our guests will state their views on the interaction and relationship between Russia and the countries that you represent.

For us (and I am talking about Russians and Russia), questions about who we are and who we want to be are increasingly prominent in our society. We have left behind Soviet ideology, and there will be no return. Proponents of fundamental conservatism who idealise pre-1917 Russia seem to be similarly far from reality, as are supporters of an extreme, western-style liberalism.

It is evident that it is impossible to move forward without spiritual, cultural and national self-determination. Without this we will not be able to withstand internal and external challenges, nor we will succeed in global competitions. And today we see a new round of such competitions. Today their main focuses are economic-technological and ideological-informational. Military-political problems and general conditions are worsening. The world is becoming more rigid, and sometimes forgoes not merely international law, but also basic decency.

[Every country] has to have military, technological and economic strength, but nevertheless the main thing that will determine success is the quality of citizens, the quality of society: their intellectual, spiritual and moral strength. After all, in the end economic growth, prosperity and geopolitical influence are all derived from societal conditions. They depend on whether the citizens of a given country consider themselves a nation, to what extent they identify with their own history, values and traditions, and whether they are united by common goals and responsibilities. In this sense, the question of finding and strengthening national identity really is fundamental for Russia.

Meanwhile, today Russia’s national identity is experiencing not only objective pressures stemming from globalisation, but also the consequences of the national catastrophes of the twentieth century, when we experienced the collapse of our state two different times. The result was a devastating blow to our nation’s cultural and spiritual codes; we were faced with the disruption of traditions and the consonance of history, with the demoralisation of society, with a deficit of trust and responsibility. These are the root causes of many pressing problems we face. After all, the question of responsibility for oneself, before society and the law, is something fundamental for both legal and everyday life.

After 1991 there was the illusion that a new national ideology, a development ideology, would simply appear by itself. The state, authorities, intellectual and political classes virtually rejected engaging in this work, all the more so since previous, semi-official ideology was hard to swallow. And in fact they were all simply afraid to even broach the subject. In addition, the lack of a national idea stemming from a national identity profited the quasi-colonial element of the elite – those determined to steal and remove capital, and who did not link their future to that of the country, the place where they earned their money.

Practice has shown that a new national idea does not simply appear, nor does it develop according to market rules. A spontaneously constructed state and society does not work, and neither does mechanically copying other countries’ experiences. Such primitive borrowing and attempts to civilize Russia from abroad were not accepted by an absolute majority of our people. This is because the desire for independence and sovereignty in spiritual, ideological and foreign policy spheres is an integral part of our national character. Incidentally, such approaches have often failed in other nations too. The time when ready-made lifestyle models could be installed in foreign states like computer programs has passed.

We also understand that identity and a national idea cannot be imposed from above, cannot be established on an ideological monopoly. Such a construction is very unstable and vulnerable; we know this from personal experience. It has no future in the modern world. We need historical creativity, a synthesis of the best national practices and ideas, an understanding of our cultural, spiritual and political traditions from different points of view, and to understand that [national identity] is not a rigid thing that will last forever, but rather a living organism. Only then will our identity be based on a solid foundation, be directed towards the future and not the past. This is the main argument demonstrating that a development ideology must be discussed by people who hold different views, and have different opinions about how and what to do to solve given problems.

All of us – so-called Neo-Slavophiles and Neo-Westernisers, statists and so-called liberals – all of society must work together to create common development goals. We need to break the habit of only listening to like-minded people, angrily – and even with hatred – rejecting any other point of view from the outset. You can’t flip or even kick the country's future like a football, plunging into unbridled nihilism, consumerism, criticism of anything and everything, or gloomy pessimism.

This means that liberals have to learn to talk with representatives of the left-wing and, conversely, that nationalists must remember that Russia was formed specifically as a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional country from its very inception. Nationalists must remember that by calling into question our multi-ethnic character, and exploiting the issue of Russian, Tatar, Caucasian, Siberian or any other nationalism or separatism, means that we are starting to destroy our genetic code. In effect, we will begin to destroy ourselves.

Russia’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity are unconditional. These are red lines no one is allowed to cross. For all the differences in our views, debates about identity and about our national future are impossible unless their participants are patriotic. Of course I mean patriotism in the purest sense of the word.

Too often in our nation's history, instead of opposition to the government we have been faced with opponents of Russia itself. I have already mentioned this; Pushkin also talked about it. And we know how it ended, with the demolition of the [Russian] state as such. There is virtually no Russian family that completely escaped the troubles of the past century. Questions about how to assess certain historical events still divide our country and society.

We need to heal these wounds, and repair the tissues of our historic fabric. We can no longer engage in self-deception, striking out unsightly or ideologically uncomfortable pages of our history, breaking links between generations, rushing to extremes, creating or debunking idols. It's time to stop only taking note of the bad in our history, and berating ourselves more than even our opponents would do. [Self-]criticism is necessary, but without a sense of self-worth, or love for our Fatherland, such criticism becomes humiliating and counterproductive.

We must be proud of our history, and we have things to be proud of. Our entire, uncensored history must be a part of Russian identity. Without recognising this it is impossible to establish mutual trust and allow society to move forward.

Another serious challenge to Russia's identity is linked to events taking place in the world. Here there are both foreign policy and moral aspects. We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilisation. They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious and even sexual. They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships, belief in God with the belief in Satan.

The excesses of political correctness have reached the point where people are seriously talking about registering political parties whose aim is to promote paedophilia. People in many European countries are embarrassed or afraid to talk about their religious affiliations. Holidays are abolished or even called something different; their essence is hidden away, as is their moral foundation. And people are aggressively trying to export this model all over the world. I am convinced that this opens a direct path to degradation and primitivism, resulting in a profound demographic and moral crisis.

What else but the loss of the ability to self-reproduce could act as the greatest testimony of the moral crisis facing a human society? Today almost all developed nations are no longer able to reproduce themselves, even with the help of migration. Without the values embedded in Christianity and other world religions, without the standards of morality that have taken shape over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity. We consider it natural and right to defend these values. One must respect every minority’s right to be different, but the rights of the majority must not be put into question.

At the same time we see attempts to somehow revive a standardized model of a unipolar world and to blur the institutions of international law and national sovereignty. Such a unipolar, standardized world does not require sovereign states; it requires vassals. In a historical sense this amounts to a rejection of one’s own identity, of the God-given diversity of the world.

Russia agrees with those who believe that key decisions should be worked out on a collective basis, rather than at the discretion of and in the interests of certain countries or groups of countries. Russia believes that international law, not the right of the strong, must apply. And we believe that every country, every nation is not exceptional, but unique, original and benefits from equal rights, including the right to independently choose their own development path.

This is our conceptual outlook, and it follows from our own historical destiny and Russia's role in global politics. Our present position has deep historical roots. Russia itself has evolved on the basis of diversity, harmony and balance, and brings such a balance to the international stage.

I want to remind you that the Congress of Vienna of 1815 and the agreements made at Yalta in 1945, taken with Russia’s very active participation, secured a lasting peace. Russia’s strength, the strength of a winning nation at those critical junctures, manifested itself as generosity and justice. And let us remember [the Treaty of] Versailles, concluded without Russia’s participation. Many experts, and I absolutely agree with them, believe that Versailles laid the foundation for the Second World War because the Treaty of Versailles was unfair to the German people: it imposed restrictions with which they could not cope, and the course of the next century became clear.

There is one more fundamental aspect to which I want to draw your attention. In Europe and some other countries so-called multiculturalism is in many respects a transplanted, artificial model that is now being questioned, for understandable reasons. This is because it is based on paying for the colonial past. It is no accident that today European politicians and public figures are increasingly talking about the failures of multiculturalism, and that they are not able to integrate foreign languages or foreign cultural elements into their societies.

Over the past centuries in Russia, which some have tried to label as the "prison of nations", not even the smallest ethnic group has disappeared. And they have retained not only their internal autonomy and cultural identity, but also their historical space. You know, I was interested to learn (I did not even know this) that in Soviet times [authorities] paid such careful attention to this that virtually every small ethnic group had its own print publication, support for its language, and for its national literature. We should bring back and take on board much of what has been done in this respect.

Along with this the different cultures in Russia have the unique experience of mutual influence, mutual enrichment and mutual respect. This multiculturalism and multi-ethnicity lives in our historical consciousness, in our spirit and in our historical makeup. Our state was built in the course of a millennium on this organic model.

Russia – as philosopher Konstantin Leontyev vividly put it – has always evolved in "blossoming complexity" as a state-civilization, reinforced by the Russian people, Russian language, Russian culture, Russian Orthodox Church and the country’s other traditional religions. It is precisely the state-civilization model that has shaped our state polity. It has always sought to flexibly accommodate the ethnic and religious specificity of particular territories, ensuring diversity in unity.

Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and other religions are an integral part of Russia’s identity, its historical heritage and the present-day lives of its citizens. The main task of the state, as enshrined in the Constitution, is to ensure equal rights for members of traditional religions and atheists, and the right to freedom of conscience for all citizens.

However, it is clearly impossible to identify oneself only through one’s ethnicity or religion in such a large nation with a multi-ethnic population. In order to maintain the nation’s unity, people must develop a civic identity on the basis of shared values, a patriotic consciousness, civic responsibility and solidarity, respect for the law, and a sense of responsibility for their homeland’s fate, without losing touch with their ethnic or religious roots.

There are broad discussions on how the ideology of national development will be structured politically and conceptually – including with your participation, colleagues. But I deeply believe that individuals’ personal, moral, intellectual and physical development must remain at the heart of our philosophy. Back at the start of the 1990s, Solzhenitsyn stated that the nation’s main goal should be to preserve the population after a very difficult 20th century. Today, we must admit that we have not yet fully overcome the negative demographic trends, although we have veered away from a dangerous decline in the national potential.

Unfortunately, throughout our nation’s history, little value was given at times to individual human lives. Too often, people were seen simply as a means, rather than a goal and a mission for development. We no longer have that right and we cannot throw millions of human lives into the fire for the sake of development. We must treasure every individual. Russia’s main strength in this and future centuries will lie in its educated, creative, physically and spiritually healthy people, rather than natural resources.

The role of education is all the more important because in order to educate an individual, a patriot, we must restore the role of great Russian culture and literature. They must serve as the foundation for people’s personal identity, the source of their uniqueness and their basis for understanding the national idea. Here, a great deal depends on the teaching community, which has been and remains a highly important guardian of nationwide values, ideas and philosophies. This community speaks the same language – the language of science, knowledge and education, despite the fact that it is spread out over an enormous territory, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok. In this way, the community of teachers, the educational community overall, in the broad sense of the word, binds the nation together. Supporting this community is one of the most important steps on the path toward a strong, flourishing Russia.

I want to stress again that without focusing our efforts on people’s education and health, creating mutual responsibility between the authorities and each individual, and establishing trust within society, we will be losers in the competition of history. Russia’s citizens must feel that they are the responsible owners of their country, region, hometown, property, belongings and their lives. A citizen is someone who is capable of independently managing his or her own affairs, freely cooperating with equals.

Local governments and self-regulated citizens’ organizations serve as the best school for civic consciousness. Of course, I’m referring to non-profits. Incidentally, one of the best Russian political traditions, the country council tradition, was also built on the principles of local government. A true civil society and a true, nationally-focused political elite, including the opposition with its own ideology, values and standards for good and evil – their own, rather than those dictated by the media or from abroad – can only grow through effective self-governing mechanisms. The government is prepared to trust self-regulating and self-governing associations, but we must know whom we are trusting. This is absolutely normal global practice, which is precisely why we have passed new legislation to increase the transparency of nongovernmental organizations.

Speaking of any kind of reforms, it is important to bear in mind that there is more to our nation than just Moscow and St Petersburg. In developing Russian federalism, we must rely on our own historical experience, using flexible and diverse models. The Russian model of federalism has a great deal of potential built into it. It is imperative that we learn to use it competently, not forgetting its most important aspect: the development of the regions and their independence should create equal opportunities for all of our nation’s citizens, regardless of where they live, to eliminate inequalities in the economic and social development of Russia’s territory, thereby strengthening the nation’s unity. Ultimately, this is a huge challenge because these territories’ development has been very unbalanced over the course of decades and even centuries.

I would like to touch on another topic. The 21st century promises to become the century of major changes, the era of the formation of major geopolitical zones, as well as financial and economic, cultural, civilisational, and military and political areas. That is why integrating with our neighbors is our absolute priority. The future Eurasian Economic Union, which we have declared and which we have discussed extensively as of late, is not just a collection of mutually beneficial agreements. The Eurasian Union is a project for maintaining the identity of nations in the historical Eurasian space in a new century and in a new world. Eurasian integration is a chance for the entire post-Soviet space to become an independent centre for global development, rather than remaining on the outskirts of Europe and Asia.

I want to stress that Eurasian integration will also be built on the principle of diversity. This is a union where everyone maintains their identity, their distinctive character and their political independence. Together with our partners, we will gradually implement this project, step by step. We expect that it will become our common input into maintaining diversity and stable global development.

Colleagues, the years after 1991 are often referred to as the post-Soviet era. We have lived through and overcome that turbulent, dramatic period. Russia has passed through these trials and tribulations and is returning to itself, to its own history, just as it did at other points in its history. After consolidating our national identity, strengthening our roots, and remaining open and receptive to the best ideas and practices of the East and the West, we must and will move forward.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Member of the Valdai Discussion Club advisory board Piotr Dutkiewicz: Mr. President, this is the tenth year that we are meeting with you here.

This is a unique platform and a unique format – there is nothing like it in the world. Thank you for these ten years of warm support for our club.

I have a two-part question concerning your article in The New York Times. It was an excellent idea and a brilliant article. Indeed, you are personally responsible for stopping the expansion and deepening of the Syrian conflict, which is an enormous achievement.

Question: who came up with this idea? Was it Lavrov, Shoigu, Peskov or someone else? And when did you discuss it for the first time with President Obama?

The second part of the question: it seems to me that you put yourself in a rather awkward position with this brilliant idea, this brilliant article, because you became a kind of hostage. You and Russia have taken on the burden of responsibility for the success of this agreement. You already have many detractors because they do not want to see major global policy to develop as a Putin and Obama duet. What happens if it doesn’t work?

Thank you.

Vladimir Putin: Thank you for your kind words.

My colleagues and I have always been pleased that there are people in the world interested in Russia, its history and its culture. Ten years ago, when I was told that these people would like to come to Russia, talk with us, engage in debate, and want to learn about our point of view on key issues in the development of the nation itself and its place in the world, well, naturally, we supported it immediately; I supported it and my colleagues supported it. I am very happy that over the last ten years, this platform has become even more prestigious compared to the first steps taken a decade ago. The interest in our nation is not waning; on the contrary, it is increasing and growing.

I want to respond to your words of gratitude in kind. I would like to thank all the experts on Russia who remain faithful to their love of our nation and their interest in our nation.

Now, regarding the article. I had this idea completely by chance. I saw that President Obama took the discussion on the possibility of attacking Syria to the Congress and Senate. I followed the course of that discussion and I just wanted to convey our position, my own position, to the people who will be forming their opinions on this issue, and to clarify it. Because unfortunately, the media often present various problems very one-sidedly, or simply stay completely silent.

So this was my idea; I called one of my aides and said that I would like to publish an article in an American newspaper – it didn’t matter which one, but one of the leading ones – so that this information would reach the readers, and dictated what I wanted to see written. You may have noticed that it does not contain anything I have not stated earlier, in various places in public. I have already talked about all of it in one way or another. So I just dictated it, and then when my colleagues put it together, I took a look. I didn’t like everything, so I rewrote and added a few things, gave it back to them, they worked on it some more and brought it to me again. I made some more changes and felt it was ready for publishing. We arranged through our partners that it would be in The New York Times; we came to an agreement with this respected publication that the article would be published without any cuts. If they didn’t like it, we could give it to another newspaper.

But I must give credit to the New York Times editors: they completely abided by our agreements and published everything as I wrote it. They even waived their usual requirements on the number of characters and words in the article; it was a little bit over the limit. They were going to submit it, but then one of my aides said, “President Obama is going to address the nation tomorrow. What if he announces that there won’t be any strikes, that they changed their minds? It’s better to wait.” I said, “Very well.” We waited, and the next morning, I was getting ready for work and I was given President Obama’s speech. I began to read it and realized that nothing had changed fundamentally, so I laid it aside without finishing it. But then I thought, “No, I need to read it to the end.” And when I read all of it, it became clear that my article was incomplete. As you understand, the matter at hand was America’s exceptionalism. So I picked up the article, and right then and there, I hand-wrote the last paragraph. I gave it to my colleagues, they passed it on to The New York Times, and there it was.

Now, concerning responsibility. You know, you are all very experienced, smart and clever people. Here is what I will say about Russia’s special responsibility. We have equal rights and equal responsibilities with all our colleagues involved in the discussion on Syria. This is not the first time I hear that I now carry a special responsibility. We all carry a special responsibility; we all carry it equally. If the attempt to resolve the problem by peaceful means is unsuccessful, that will be a tragedy. But we must investigate before we do take any other steps. My good friend Francois Fillon – we have known each other for a long time and have become friends during our years of working together – talked about how after the report was released by UN experts, it became clear that chemical weapons had been used. But this was clear to us from the very beginning, and our experts agreed. The only thing that is unclear is who used it.

We are constantly talking about responsibility on the part of Assad’s government, whether he used chemical weapons or not. But what if they were used by the opposition? Nobody is saying what we would then do with the opposition – but this, too, is an important question. We have every reason to believe that this was a provocation. You know, it was clever and smart, but at the same time, the execution was primitive. They used an ancient, Soviet-made projectile, taken from the Syrian army’s armaments from a long time ago – it even had “Made in the USSR” printed on it. But this was not the first time chemical weapons were used in Syria. Why didn’t they investigate the previous instances?

This matter should be investigated as thoroughly as possible. If we finally get an answer, despite all obstacles, to the question of who did this, who committed this crime – and there is no question that it was a crime – then we will take the next step; we will then work with other UN Security Council colleagues to determine the culpability of those who committed this crime, together and in solidarity.

Thank you.

Moderator Svetlana Mironyuk: They say that Senator McCain followed your example and published an article of his own in Pravda newspaper. He probably remembers from the Soviet years that Pravda was a well-known publication and the most popular newspaper in the country. True, a lot of time has passed and things have changed a bit since then, so it’s no longer true. I don’t know if you heard about this or not, Mr President.

Vladimir Putin: No, I didn’t know about it. I have met the senator before. He was in Munich when I made the speech there that went on to become so famous. Actually, there was nothing anti-American in that speech. I simply stated our position frankly and honestly, and there was nothing aggressive in what I said, if you only take a closer look. What I said then was that we were promised at one point that NATO would not expand beyond the former Federal Republic of Germany’s eastern border. That was a promise directly made to Gorbachev. True, it was not actually set out and written down. But where is NATO today, where is the border? We got cheated, to put it quite simply. That’s the whole story. But there’s nothing aggressive here. It’s more just a reluctance to admit to what I just said. But I didn’t say those words to offend anyone. I said them so that we would be able to lay everything before each other plain and clear and discuss the problems in an honest, open fashion. It’s easier to reach agreements this way. You shouldn’t keep things hidden.

The senator has his own views. I do think though that he is lacking information about our country. The fact that he chose to publish his article in Pravda – and he wanted after all to publish it in the most influential and widely read newspaper – suggests that he is lacking information. Pravda is a respected publication of the Communist Party, which is now in opposition, but it does not have very wide circulation around the country now. He wants to get his views across to as many people as possible, and so his choice simply suggests that he is not well-informed about our country.

Actually, I would have been happy to see him here at the Valdai Club say, taking part in the discussions. As far as I know, our big television channels, the national channels, proposed that he come and take part in an open and honest discussion. There you have it, freedom of speech, freedom of the press. He is welcome to share his point of view with the whole country and discuss things with his equals, with political analysts and politicians, members of the State Duma or the Federation Council.

In this respect, I can only express my regret that our American colleagues did not react to our parliamentarians’ proposal and refused to receive them in Washington for a discussion on Syria. Why did they do this? To be honest, I don’t see anything so bad about this proposal, which, on the contrary, seems to me of interest and the right thing to do. The more we actually discuss things directly with each other, the easier it will be to find solutions.

Svetlana Mironyuk: Thank you.

Are there more questions from the floor?

Let’s stick to the subjects if we can, so as not to jump from one topic to another.

Bridget Kendall, go ahead.

Diplomatic correspondent for the BBC Bridget Kendall: Thank you.

Again about Syria, Russia has been lauded for its achievement for bringing about a deal which looks as though it could lead to the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, all the more an achievement given that the Syrian government didn't admit it had them until very recently. Would you have been able to persuade President Assad to do this if there hadn't been a threat of American military strikes? In other words, did the threat of US military strikes actually play a rather useful role?

Vladimir Putin: Am I right in understanding that you are asking about whether it is the threat of military strikes that plays a part in Syria’s agreeing to have its weapons placed under control?

First, I’d like to ask you all to address your questions to everyone taking part in today’s discussion, so as not to turn this into a boring dialogue. If you permit, I will redirect your question to my colleagues and ask them to share their points of view on this issue.

The threat of the use of force and actual use of force are far from being a cure-all for international problems. Look at what we are actually talking about after all. We are forgetting the heart of the matter. We are talking about using force outside the framework of current international law. We’ve just been saying how the US Congress and Senate are discussing whether to use force or not. But it is not there that this matter should be discussed. It should be discussed in the UN Security Council. That is the heart of the issue. That is my first point.

Second, on whether we will manage to convince Assad or not, I don’t know. So far it looks as though Syria has fully agreed to our proposal and is ready to act according to the plan that the international community is putting together, working through the UN. Russia and the USA, in the persons of Secretary of State Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov have already practically drafted the outlines of this plan. There is a special organization that will work together with the UN on this matter of eliminating chemical weapons. Syria has declared that it will join and that it indeed already considers itself to have joined the International Chemical Weapons Convention. These are practical steps that the Syrian government has already taken. Will we succeed in taking the process through to completion? I cannot give a 100% guarantee. But what we have seen just lately, over these last few days, gives us hope that this is possible and will be done.

Let me just remind you about how these chemical weapons came about. Syria got itself chemical weapons as an alternative to Israel’s nuclear arsenal, as we know. What can be done about the various issues associated with proliferation and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction remains a very relevant question today, perhaps the most important issue of our time. If this situation gets out of control, like it once happened with gunpowder, the consequences will be unimaginable. We therefore need to strive towards nuclear-free status in particular parts of the world, especially in such volatile regions as the Middle East.

We need to be very careful in our action so as to give unconditional security guarantees for all participants in this process. After all, there are people in Israel itself who categorically oppose nuclear weapons. You remember the well-known case when a nuclear physicist was sent to prison, served his sentence and still continues to think that his position was right. Why? There is nothing anti-Israeli in his position. He is a Jew himself and a citizen of his country, but he simply believes that Israel’s technological superiority is such that the country does not need nuclear weapons. Israel is already technologically and militarily a long way ahead of the region’s other countries. But nuclear weapons only turn the country into a target and create foreign policy problems. In this respect, there is sense in the position of this nuclear physicist, who disclosed the existence of Israel’s nuclear weapons.

But to come back to your question about whether the plan will succeed or not, we hope that it will.

Svetlana Mironyuk: Mr. President, I suggest that since we have veered away from defense and security issues, we should give Mr. Rühe a chance to reply, ask a question, and express his opinion.

Mr. Rühe, you have the floor.

Former Defence Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Volker Rühe: Well, I wanted to speak about the young generation in this country.

First, I would like to begin – because I’ve been here from the beginning – to also compliment our Russian friends on the format of Valdai, the architects – because it would not be enough to call them organizers. What we have seen here, I call the culture of inclusiveness and a love of pluralism. And I can tell you, Mr. President, we are quite fascinated by the pluralistic voices from Russia, including very powerful statements by people that are in opposition to your politics, and I think this shows the strength of the country, that it was organized in this way.

I’ve never looked at Russia with the somewhat narrow eyes of a defense minister, you know this. I was first here in 1971, and Sergei Karaganov is a friend of mine since the late 1970s. We don’t look it, but it’s a fact of life. We have lived through SS-20 and Pershing.

And what I would like to say is, I came here as Defense Minister in 1995 and I went to St Petersburg. And I said, I don’t want to see any tanks or artillery, or any generals. I want to see the Mayor, Sobchak. And I got to know you also, you were part of his team. Why? He was a lighthouse for me, as a young member of parliament in West Germany, still in the divided Germany, and I think what he was doing was much more important than tanks and artillery, and it has proved to be this way. So it’s a lifelong interest in a neighbor. And we all, I believe, on this continent, are interested in a successful, modern Russia.

Now, the young generation. What I’ve seen – and of course it was very interesting for me to listen to his daughter, who is a powerful voice for the young generation, two days ago.

So what I’ve seen here, what I’ve seen in Russia is you have really an asset to the country, your young generation. They are very intelligent. They want to have a good education. They want to be more internationally connected. And they want to have a bigger say in the politics of your country. They are knocking at the doors of the Kremlin.

The young generation in my country, they also want to build their private lives, they are very much internationally connected. The doors to our Kremlins, which is the parliament and the government, are very open, but they don’t knock at it. They leave it to politicians because they think things have been arranged very well. And we are very sad that some of the very best just want to have a successful private life, but don’t engage in public life.

So my message really is, Russia can be proud of a young generation, even if there are political opponents that want to engage in public life, which is not the case in many of the west European countries. And I’ve said earlier in Russia also, we should give up this visa regime in the West, because that would enable hundreds of thousands of young Russians to come and see our life and our political system. But I must say, it would also change Russia, because once they have studied in Rome or in London or in Washington, because they’ll be forces of change, the necessary change in this country. But I think it would make the country also more competitive.

Now what has that to do with security? I think this is the best way to ensure security and to develop common points of view. And I’m very glad that this culture of Valdai, I don’t think there’s anything – I have been to many conferences, and also to Munich, but Munich is very narrow security-wise, there’s no conference like this in the world.

And also when we listen for four hours to your people about ideas and politics – we very often just talk from Monday to Thursday about our politics. It was very fascinating to see that the Russian speakers are much more interested in fundamental questions of society than we are, which is very much on the surface, what we are debating. So I think this is something to start from, but the real message is, I think it would be a great project of your third term to integrate this young generation when they’re knocking at the door of the Kremlin, because don’t forget, we want more people to knock at the doors of political power in the West, and you can be proud of these people. That’s my message.

Svetlana Mironyuk: Thank you, Mr. Rühe.

Other questions, please.

President and founder of the Center on Global interests in Washington Nikolai Zlobin: Good afternoon.

Everyone seems to be expecting me to ask you about 2018 and whether you will run for a new term. But I’m not going to ask that question. Everyone else I have put this question to so far have all said no though, so you might have to run anyway in the end, or else there won’t be anyone at all.

But I want to come back to a question we have already discussed. Unlike you, I did read McCain’s article. It should be said that it is not exactly a reply to your article, because it is really quite a personal article and not related to Syria. I think it is not very politically correct really, but that is my personal view.

Actually, he says there that no criticism of Putin is allowed in Russia. I’m here as a living example of someone who is always criticizing you. Even here at Valdai I have often argued with you, but I’m still here as you can see, alive and well. To be honest, I do not entirely agree with the things you said today either. But McCain says that the government Russia has today does not adequately represent Russian society, and that Russia deserves a different government.

In this respect I have a question. I know that relations between the public and the authorities is indeed one of Russia’s big problems, an old, historical problem. Before last year’s election, I recall that you said that there is perhaps a need to change the Constitution, change the relations between government and society, change the mutual responsibility, develop local government and so on. There was the very good idea too of bringing more young people into government. Sometimes I hear voices among the opposition saying that this government should be swept aside and that a new government is needed. You are now serving your third term as President. How do you view today the relations between government and society in Russia? Are you happy with these relations? What should be changed? Is the Constitution really the issue, or is McCain perhaps right in a way? I do not think his argument is correct. But what is your vision now, in the twenty-first century, of the relations between Russia’s highest authorities and society?

Thank you, Mr. President.

Vladimir Putin: You recall the words of one of the world’s outstanding political leaders, a former British Prime Minister, who said of democracy that it “is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried”. Probably then – not probably, but for certain – Russia does deserve a better quality of government. Is there an ideal form of government in other countries, including the one that you and Mr. McCain represent? This is a big question, a very big question, if we are talking about democracy.

It has happened twice in US history that the President of the United States was chosen by a majority in the electoral colleges, but with a minority of the actual voters. This is an obvious flaw in the electoral procedure, that is to say, a flaw at the very heart of American democracy. In other words, everyone has their own problems.

We perhaps have no fewer problems than you, and maybe even more, though this would only be natural. Russia has gone through the experience of rule under the tsars, then communism, then the disintegration of the 1990s. This has been a period of very difficult and complicated rebuilding. But it is very clear that Russia is on the road to democracy and is looking for its own ways to strengthen these democratic foundations. There is this very fact that for ten years now we have been getting together, debating, openly discussing, even when we used to meet behind closed doors, it all became public anyway. And this is not to mention the other aspects of our life.

As for what kind of government Russia should have, this is something for our citizens to decide, and not for our colleagues from abroad. We held an election a year ago, not so long ago, and the majority of Russia’s citizens voted for me. I base myself on this decision. That does not mean we can now sit on our laurels. I have to work on myself, and our institutions need to improve too. This is just what we are all doing.

Note that we have returned to holding gubernatorial elections in the regions. This practice is not so widespread in the world. Such elections are the practice in the United States, but India say, has a completely different procedure. Many countries do things very much their own way. Germany has its system, France has its way of doing things, and in Russia we have decided to elect regional governors by direct secret ballot.

 We have liberalized political parties’ activity. As a specialist on Russia, you know just how many new political parties took part in the regional elections. In many cases they achieved victory, and as far as I know, the winners of elections from these new political parties are here at Valdai too. The improvement process is therefore going ahead. I think it will never stop, because government organization, the political organization of society, and democratic procedures need to keep up more or less with a society’s current needs and demands, and society is developing and changing. The political system will change and develop with it.

President Putin and Diplomacy: an Example for the West to Follow

9 July, 08:00 2013 

Despite the fact that Edward Snowden had no connection to Russia and arrived in the country on his own will and has been treated well, the West has still jumped on the occasion to demonize and start parroting their usual talking points against Russia and President Vladimir Putin. The media bias in the West has once again reared its ugly head warranting another media-bias counter piece. This time the attack is in the Canadian media with the help of a young British writer attempting to make money by demonizing Russia.

I am always hopeful when a new book comes out in the West about Russia or Russian President Vladimir Putin, or a new expert on Russia makes the headlines, that there will be a balanced unbiased approach by an independent mind who really knows the nuances and the history of Russia, its politics and its President Vladimir Putin.

Unfortunately I have had those hopes dashed every time and the latest book on the topic and its author are no exception, which although at first appearing more balanced than previous efforts at defaming the President is nothing more than another, albeit more thinly disguised, effort to deride and criticize a leader who few in the West understand let alone have any true knowledge about.

The spin in an article by cbc.ca is evident right from the beginning when the writer attempts to portray statements regarding Edward Snowden by President Putin as somehow being an attempt to assure the world rather than the message that it quite literally was for Edward Snowden and those who are interested in making a loud yet for the most part empty sensation of the whistleblower and his revelations.

I say loud sensation because that is what it is and empty because unfortunately for all of the good intentions that Mr. Snowden and his supporters might have, and I would count myself among them, there is little his revelations have done, or quite predictably will do, in the U.S. with regard to changing policy or bringing about accountability or adherence to the rule of law or respect for the U.S. Constitution. When the power structure from the president on down all support the NSA and the illegal spying there can be no hope for change.

Although trying to present a credible argument about President Putin’s comments on Snowden there was no mention of Russian law or the Russian Constitution, under which Mr. Snowden is being allowed to remain in Russia, albeit in the transit zone at Sheremetyevo. Nor is it mentioned that Russia and the U.S. have no extradition treaty, and although the law is something U.S. President Obama may scoff at and bypass at his convenience, especially when it comes to the laws of other countries or at the international level, and this was no clearer than in U.S. requests to extradite Mr. Snowden or in the forced landing of the official aircraft of the President of Bolivia in Austria, there are actually leaders who respect the law, both internationally and inside their own countries and who bide by the constitutions they are sworn to protect. That is just for starters.

Another point that is glaringly missed is that President Putin has handled the whole Snowden affair, not with “assurances” or somehow bowing to the will of Washington, but with diplomacy, true honorable old fashioned diplomacy, something the West has all but forgotten even existed with their gun-in-your-face-sanction-slapping-methods of forcing the world to comply and bow to their will. Things President Putin has never even come remotely close to doing and for which he must be endlessly applauded.

The writer then attempts to imply that the deterioration of U.S. – Russian relations is somehow the fault of the Russian side of the equation and that the “reset” was something that was solely launched by Obama and has been “scuttled” by a different “approach” to the conflict in Syria and of course the “crackdown” on the opposition.

The spin in the article is mostly attempted by omission and the stating of fallacies as fact, so I will add some of the facts that the CBC left out. With regards to Syria: the Russian Federation’s position has always been, since day one, for a peaceful internal resolution to their internal conflict which respects the sovereignty of Syria.

“Sovereignty” yet another concept forgotten by the West and their endless meddling in countries worldwide. In Syria this is manipulation from without is characterized by the funding and arming of terrorists, the importing of the most violent elements, including mercenaries and cannibals and the continual search for a “Casus Belli” that the world will actually believe.

The articles mentions a “crackdown on the opposition” which must mean the requirement for foreign funded NGOs to be transparent and the few arrests on the West’s agent provocateurs that have been made and continue to receive endless exaggerated media attention as tools to demonize Russia. Unfortunately for the CBC they do not live in a country that is being targeted by everything the CIA and the nefarious Washington geopolitical planners can throw at it on every front. If they did they might change their tune.

The article also makes no mention of NATO global expansion or the fact that the U.S. and NATO are attempting to neutralize Russia and surround it with missiles and their ABM shield. But of course when you are on the safe end of the barrel it is hard to comprehend what it is like to be on the business end.

Almost laughable is the way the writer attempts to convince his readers that the 25 year-old-author he is using to back up his straw man arguments is a real expert by saying that: “Though only 25, Judah knows what he's talking about. The son of British correspondent Tim Judah, Ben Judah spent part of his childhood living in the Balkans in the 1990s.” If that makes him an expert then what am I? I am almost 50 and have lived in Russia for almost 20 years and… Okay… Whatever, never mind.

I will not bore you with the rest of the article but it takes no issue with the U.S. invasion of Libya or the brutal murder of its leader Muammar Gaddafi, calling it an intervention, nor with the fact that the Russian “opposition” was funded and promoted and directed right out of the U.S. Embassy. Nor does it take issue with the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia and the cold blooded slaughter of Russians that Russia was forced to stop.

The author who is questioned says that President Putin is somehow “harsh’ and “cruel” because he does not believe the lies of the West or that the West somehow has good intentions. President Putin has not invaded a single country, ordered a single extra-judicial execution nor is he involved in multiple aggressive wars or invasions, and lastly he is not spying on the world and maintaining an illegal offshore prison where he is holding hundreds of innocent men. If those are not true cruel and harsh things then what are?

I do thank the authors for the chance to set the record straight, perhaps having NATO missiles aimed at my neighbors, and U.S. paid agents on every corner makes me a little sensitive to Western bias but then again I guess it all depends on what end of the gun you are on.

Bandar Bush Threatened President Putin with Sochi Olympics Terrorist Attack if He Did Not Give Up on Syria - By John Robles

August 29, 2013 03:43

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Warning: What you are about to read will destroy any illusions you may have left as to who is really controlling the world and who is really using terror to bring about their own ends. It will also bring into question everything that has occurred in the world since 9-10-2001 and shed new light as to the intricacies of the relationships between the power elites in the United States and those who are funding and controlling them.

The truth goes to oil and it has its roots in the relationship between former CIA director George Bush Senior’s family and Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan also named “Bandar Bush” by the Bush clan. This story has implications on the events 9-11, Bush and his being placed into power, the entire War on Terror paradigm and the acts of aggressive war by the United States and its allies on Iraq and Afghanistan. It also affects everything from the entire Middle East upheaval, Sunni/Shia strife, the death of Hugo Chavez, the attack on the Boston Marathon, the death of Litvinenko, Princess Diana, terrorist attacks by Chechens and the true nature of al-Qaeda.

If this story takes off and is given the attention it deserves it may end the entire “War on Terror” and finally see an end to the wanton illegality being perpetuated by the West and it all boils down to a single conversation between Prince Bandar bin Sultan and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

The conversation between President Putin and the “Bushie” was apparently released to the Russian press and then made its rounds worldwide and gives a rare glimpse into the real conversations that take place between world leaders before the handshakes, smiles and photo opportunities. This one is particularly chilling and it is clear why it was released to press.

What is almost unbelievable is that it clearly shows, apart from what I mentioned above, who has been benefitting and working with the United States to destabilize the Middle East, who is assisting in controlling the terrorists that the United States is arming, funding and giving asylum to and why Israel has nothing to fear from the chaos around it. In this short snippet of conversation, everything has become clearer, almost crystal.

It is also important to note that Bandar Bush spoke with the full backing of the United States. So what is the bombshell? Well there are three main ones actually.

The first is an admission by the Bandar to Saudia Arabia’s and the United States support and knowledge of the true nature of the Muslim Brotherhood and the screaming hypocrisy with which they operate: “There are many common values and goals that bring us together, most notably the fight against terrorism and extremism all over the world. Russia, the US, the EU and the Saudis agree on promoting and consolidating international peace and security. The terrorist threat is growing in light of the phenomena spawned by the Arab Spring.” Here we must note it was the West which drove the Arab Spring.

He continued: “We have lost some regimes. And what we got in return were terrorist experiences, as evidenced by the experience of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the extremist groups in Libya.”

The second and most shocking is this: ”As an example, I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us, and they will not move in the Syrian territory’s direction without coordinating with us. These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role or influence in Syria’s political future.”

So Chechen terrorists, who supposedly carried out the attack in Boston and have killed hundreds of Russians including Russian police officers, are being controlled by the US and the Saudis? And what is more the Saudis and the US are admittedly controlling terrorists in Syria? And lastly this arrogant “Prince” has the audacity to threaten the president of the largest country in the world with terrorist attacks if he does not do his bidding?

Not only is this an admission that the United States and Saudi Arabia are state sponsors of terrorism, but they are actually using the terrorists themselves to do their bidding and as instruments to terrorize leaders into submission! This means they have become nothing more than terrorists themselves!

Bandar attempted at first to bribe President Putin with promises of oil and gas deals, arms purchases and more, to pull Russian support for Syria. He then moved on to the threats of attacks on the Olympics by the Saudi and US' terrorists.

President Putin responded by saying: “We know that you have supported the Chechen terrorist groups for a decade. And that support, which you have frankly talked about just now, is completely incompatible with the common objectives of fighting global terrorism that you mentioned. We are interested in developing friendly relations according to clear and strong principles. Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters.”

The Bushie, after failing in all attempts to get President Putin to pull his support for Assad then responded by saying: “… there is no escape from the military option (in Syria), because it is the only currently available choice given that the political settlement ended in stalemate. We believe that the Geneva II Conference will be very difficult in light of this raging situation.”

And today we are on the eve of an invasion because a terrorist Saudi Prince wants to protect the petro dollar and kill all Muslims who are not Sunnis.

 

Presidents Putin and Aliyev hold successful talks in Azerbaijan

14 August, 07:40  

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The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has completed an official visit to Azerbaijan during which he met with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. According to the Kremlin press service the main focus of the talks between the two leaders was the area of humanitarian cooperation, although a very broad range of issues were discussed and numerous documents signed covering matters from energy cooperation to intergovernmental agreements on search and rescue operations.

After talks between the two presidents delegations from both countries held talks during which they expanded on the topics already discussed by the leaders as well as other pressing and topical matters on the agenda, including the expansion of trade and economic cooperation, the development of joint energy projects and major issues of international and regional importance.

The Kremlin reports that among the major agreements that were signed were the following:

The signing of a number of agreements and documents, witnessed by the presidents, between Russia’s Rosneft oil company and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), including those covering the general terms and conditions for current and future oil deliveries and the expansion of cooperation.

The signing of relevant agreements under the framework of the Comprehensive Plan for Cooperation of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan for the period 2013-2015.

An agreement on cooperation in aviation search and rescue operations between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan

A construction agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan to build a road bridge across the river Samur.

And lastly agreements covering cooperation in the humanitarian sphere between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan until 2015.

The Kremlin press service reports that during the opening of talks President Putin stated in his address: “It’s been a long time since my last visit to Azerbaijan, which was in 2006. A lot of time has passed since then. Azerbaijan is changing rapidly and vigorously, it is a dynamic country that is developing very quickly. Its economic growth rate is one of the highest in the world. That’s impressive, and we wish our friends further successes.”

President Putin stated that Azerbaijan has one the highest economic growth rates in the world and wished Azerbaijan continuing success. He also pointed out that despite the current global economic crisis, trade between Russia and Azerbaijan grew as high as by 47%.

The President also stated some very impressive numbers among them being that over 500 Russian companies operate in Azerbaijan and that over 70 Russian regions continue to develop and enjoy mutually beneficial cooperation and agreement.

During the visit Presidents Putin and Aliyev paid a visit to a war ship of the Russian Caspian Flotilla called the Dagestan. The leaders listened to reports by the Caspian flotilla commander of the Russian Navy and the Navy of Azerbaijan, and then boarded the Dagestan.

Officials sources report that bilateral military and technical cooperation will be expanded, something that may not be pleasing for the United States as they were recently in talks regarding the placing of a NATO base in Azerbaijan during a seven day visit by the Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan to Washington.

Today we also discussed regional issues, particularly the issues of regional security issues related to the settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The President of Azerbaijan stated: “I believe that the relationship between Russia and Azerbaijan in the humanitarian sector can serve as an example. I should note again, in front of the press, as we said, in Azerbaijan there are 335 schools where teaching is carried out in Russian, of which 15 schools where teaching is purely in Russian, 27 in our universities is taught in Russian, and the number of pupils in secondary, vocational and higher education institutions, students in Russian, more than 100,000 people. This is an important indicator of the relationship that we experience in the Russian language, Russian culture, to the Russian literature. All the positive traditions of the past are carefully stored in Azerbaijan.”

West Infers Putin Sunk Cyprus to Distract from Obama Sinking the World

4 April,  2013 15:47  

With the world focused on the collapse of the Cyprus banking system and the seizing of depositor’s funds, an unprecedented move by western financial institutions, the demonization of Russia and President Putin by the West and its agents has once again taken off in full swing. This is necessary to hide the fact the West is in fact robbing Russian businessmen and Russian depositors of money that they in fact have no right to.

In an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times, the favorite avenue for demonizing Russia and a column I have taken to task in the past for their acidic fantasy-based hyperbolic Russophobic rhetoric and propagation of out-dated cold war stereotypes, an offshore writer bashes Russian business and demonizes President Putin blaming him and Russian oligarch’s for the Cyprus banking crisis. The piece is so provocative, lacking in balance and the majority of the points it makes are so far from reality it demands an answer.

The writer of this particular piece, Ben Judah, is apparently from Instanbul, Turkey, a fact that may point to the New York Times now farming out their vitriol to other countries. He begins his attack piece by deriding Russian Business, the demonization of which is clearly necessary amid the current scandal and as Russia is on the verge of becoming the new business hub of the modern world, a fact that has been assisted if not caused by the economic failure and the downfall of Europe and the West.

His piece starts: “The blue-glass skyscrapers of Moscow City (fragments of Russia’s boom-time dream) are visible from the Kremlin walls, within which there was once hope that those towers could supplant the West’s financial centers. When the sun sets behind them, you can see that many of the offices lie empty.”

First off and this is minor, the glass of the skyscrapers is not really blue and the offices are not visible as he states, unless one is hovering in a helicopter alongside them. Second calling them “fragments of Russia’s boom-time dream” and saying the many offices lie empty is completely disingenuous and detached from reality, for the simple reason that Moscow City is still under construction and the project is still in its inception phase. So strike one Mr. Judah.

I could contrast the former World Trade Center in New York and how those building had hundreds of offices which were empty, and how the building were condemned due to asbestos and then destroyed with people inside as a catalyst for the PNAC plan for global domination, and I would be basing such an assessment on facts, not fantasy, but I won’t go there.

His second paragraph begins his attack on Russia banking and financial practices, an attack which is nothing but conjecture and opinion parading as facts. Mr. Judah says: “In fact, the real hubs for Russian banking are in other countries. Moscow’s billionaires squirrel their fortunes abroad, and many businessmen register their companies as British, Dutch, Swiss or Cypriot — anything but Russian Whistle-blowers would have us believe that even President Vladimir V. Putin stashes his money offshore.”

Mr. Judah is obviously unaware of Russian legislation to stop the flight of capital from Russia, and ignores the fact western businessmen and billionaires, in particular Americans, are the world’s experts in hiding capital and escaping their share of the tax burden. We could talk about Swiss Banks and the thousands of “offshore tax havens” used by the West and how American companies outsource all of their work overseas because it is cheaper, as apparently the New York Times now does, but we won’t go there either will we?

As for Mr. Judah’s whistle blowers? First off too convenient, name one Mr. Judah, second off citing anonymous whistle blowers as a basis for accusations against the president of country is a cheap trick and third off where are the details and the facts?

In contrast I could write thousands of pages detailing the financial machinations of the United States, the manipulations of foreign markets, the undermining and taking over of foreign economies, the flight of capital from the United States, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the ongoing attempt to take over the world militarily which will lead to the eventual total demise of the U.S. and its allies as their military adventurism, more and more overstretches their ability to pay for it. We are seeing that today.

As for whistle blowers? Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Jeremy Hammond, are true individuals I could cite for starters, but we won’t go there right now, will we?

Mr. Judah says: “Russian money is frightened of Russia”, Russia has “crude capitalism”, “Mr. Putin never delivered secure property rights”, and “…Russian money is paranoid; since 2008 alone more than $350 billion in capital has fled the country.” I would like to know where he gets his figures. These statements are so obviously patently false when you look at projects like Moscow City, as Mr. Judah did, and Skolkovo, and hundreds of other massive ventures taking place all over Russia. And again there is Russian legislation banning the practice he mentions and Russia has in fact pursued criminals who have taken billions out of the country, criminals such as Boris Berezovsky, who are then given asylum and protected by the West. But we won’t go there either now will we? Nor will we mention the fact that even if the figure of $350 billion is correct, it pales to the trillions U.S. war profiteers have stolen from the American people since 9-11

He says; “These billions craved secrecy and security, and financial islands inside the European Union welcomed them”, ignoring the fact that by welcoming them these institutions to which he refers were taking part in illegal flight of capital from Russia and becoming fabulously rich.

He continues by claiming Cyprus was the most important offshore location for Russian money and by inference caused the collapse in the Cypriot banking sector. This is completely false, Russian money kept and is keeping much of the European economy viable, including that of Cyprus.

He says, “… its bloated banking sector was wrecked by a gigantic exposure to Greek bonds. To save Cyprus from bankruptcy, a decree from the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank (known as “the troika”) is now confronting depositors in Cypriot banks with the loss of as much as 60 percent of deposits greater than $100,000, alongside tough new capital controls.” This is closer to the truth but ignores the fact that taking 60% of deposits is in fact stealing the money of innocent depositors to pay for failed policies, something one might expect in a banana republic and not the EU.

The demonization by the New York Times and its writers of Russia, Russian businessmen, Russian oligarchs and President Putin in necessary for the West and for their financial manipulators in this case for one simple reason: as I said above, through the IMF, the EU and the ECB, they are literally “legally” robbing Russia and Russian businessmen of billions upon billions of dollars that they have no right to. That is the real story here.

The result of Western financial machinations in Cyprus will no doubt be felt well into the future. No doubt the “paranoid Russian money” will no longer be so readily at the disposal of the European and Western economies, already on the brink of total collapse, money which we have seen is keeping many major western financial entities afloat.

Another result may be the fleeing of monies from other countries as it becomes clear that western “safe havens” are not in fact safe, and that financial regulators can just come in and seize whatever monies they see fit when they need a short-sighted and quick “fix”.

Unlike the West, Russian businessmen and Russia will recover and the fiasco and the money grab in Cyprus are just more indicators that the West is faltering and on the brink of collapse. Perhaps now offshore monies will flow to other places, perhaps to Moscow City? Could be, you never know.

As for Obama, who I mentioned in my headline, the current global financial situation, one I would say is on the brink of collapse, is the responsibility of U.S. based and American controlled financial bodies, so in answer to Mr. Judah’s question, no President Putin did not sink Cyprus, the West did. I offer this question then for everyone to ponder in response: Did Obama Sink the World? Look around you, the answers to that question are everywhere.

The Economist's Rabid Hate of President Putin - By John Robles

1 February, 2013 01:54

The Economist and their rabid hate of President Putin

As the Olympic games approach the American media just cannot seem to get enough of demonizing Russia and rolling out their tired old stereotypes and continue to do so on such a scale that it should be getting ridiculous even for the people that the US media is apparently writing for, namely the under informed and non too worldly. One thing is sure however when the demonizing of other countries starts, especially Russia, you can have no doubt that there are serious problems at home and a distraction is desperately needed. Normally, as history has shown, a new humanitarian resource war is begun on some far off poor little country as was planned in Syria, but alas launching the Hellfires was not to be. So they pull out all of the old tired Cold War clichés and xenophobic stereotypes and sling the falsehoods, half-truths and lies like only the American Murdoch owned media can.

Why does it seem that Americans are obsessed with our President Vladimir Putin? Could it be that he is a strong leader whose policies and actions match his words? Or perhaps Americans really are sore because President Putin stopped the invasion of Syria? Maybe it is not the American people who hate Putin so much but the government controlled media, regardless if they are playing to their base or attempting to manipulate public opinion the latest hit by the Economist is truly in poor taste and playing to the lowest common denominator (no link sorry).

Apparently the Economist has lost all journalistic ethics if it ever had them with a new cover featuring a poor Photoshop job of a falling skater and President Putin. The photo and the article both have one thing in common they are full of fake “data”. It si quite remarkable, and extremely telling that the article in question is unauthored. It is nothing more than a hit piece that would be laughable if it weren’t for the fact that the American public might believe the false points it makes while being led into ignoring the catastrophe that is the Obama Administration and their own government.

The first sentence gives away the intention of the writer (anonymous) by saying Russia won a competition to “stage” the Olympics. Strange yet when the US does it they are “held” or “hosted”. The “writer” then improperly quotes President Putin and ridicules the fact that others “heed” Russia and that Mother Russia can “stand up for itself”. Could this be due to the end of US hegemony in much of the world? As for standing up for itself, sure the US only loves countries that are broken or weak and cannot defend themselves. If you doubt then why is it that the US always forces small countries to disarm and prove they have no weapons before moving in and destroying the country and killing the president? Kind of hard to do with Russia so of course they are indignant.

The “writer” then says the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has had a good year because the western organized and backed protests have somehow disappeared, failing to mention this was after NGOs were required to become transparent and show where their funds were coming from and USAID was expelled. Not to mentioned the failed color revolution plans of certain US functionaries that completely fell flat on their faces.

Yes the Russophobes and the lunatic fringe are angry, Russia is hosting what looks to be a very successful Olympics and the Russian economy is on the rise and Russia has made the world a multi-polar place again. They know the days of their empire are over and no matter how much they rattle their sabers and scream terrorism no one is really listening.

In the article the “writer” laments that the US missiles were not allowed to fly in Syria proving that he/she is obviously oblivious to the suffering that US missiles bring around the world and has obviously never seen the results of US “humanitarian” intervention as he/she derides and makes little of our president for preventing the US from destroying Syria.

The person (idiot) who wrote the thing thinks brokering peace and destroying chemical weapons is something bad and has the nerve to compare the US catastrophe and loss in Afghanistan with the assistance that was requested and then granted to that country by the USSR. He also obviously does not know that almost all Afghan infrastructure was built by the USSR and then destroyed by US/NATO. But that is okay fact don’t appear to be part of the debate in the American media.

The “writer” also has no idea what is really going on in Ukraine and does not have any idea that a country might make a sovereign decision and of its own will say no to America and the West. He/she derides the President of Russia on Ukraine because Europeans looked “flat-footed”, ignoring the fact that if they in fact did, they made themselves look that way themselves. As did Victoria Nuland handing out cookie to street hooligans. He/she obviously does not know the math either, Ukraine had a choice of $1 billion over 7 years by signing the EU deal or $100 billion over the same period by joining the Russian led Customs Union.

The “writer” derides President Putin for positive economic growth in Russia and even for raising standards of living and paid pensions. Simply shameless. He of course does not mention the desperate situation that his own president has brought about and the fact that Americans cannot even afford health care and the military industrial complex and big corporations want to steal Social Security from the old and Food Stamps from the poor and the lives of American have never been worse or more desperate with no outlook for the future.

The rest of the “article” is full of pseudo economic arguments that do not wash and are not even worth countering or repeating but the last one is rich and almost as good as the promotion of fracking described as how America will take over the world. The “writer” also ignores that recent American government shut down and that the paper that dollars are printed on are worth more than the figures on them and that the US is effectively bankrupt, well not effectively, literally, and has been for a long time, and not only economically but also morally.

As you see I have had the manners not to smear Obama. Every American already knows he is a complete failure and guilty of war crimes, why rub it in?

I will not publish my article anonymously and will even include my e-mail address:jar2@list.ru. Have a nice day. Really!

“They keep people in shackles and chains without trial or investigation, like in the Middle Ages” – Putin

17 December 2012, 22:34  

“They keep people in shackles and chains without trial or investigation, like in the Middle Ages” – Putin

With the passing of the Magnitsky Act the US has once again taken it upon itself to interfere in the internal sovereign workings and affairs of the Russian Federation and expanding their sanctimonious role as the world’s policeman, judge, jury and executioner. No matter what the US claims, and no matter what they say or how they attempt to gloss over and present the matter, the Magnitsky Act is at best a case of meddling into the affairs of a sovereign nation and at worst a hypocritical affront, provocation, attempt at stealing assets and at the same time a belittling of Russia, the Russian judiciary, and the Russian people.

Despite claims by some US officials that the Magnitsky Act is about human rights and that it is not anti-Russian, in reality the opposite is true, the act will not only arbitrarily affect Russian citizens and their "human rights" it also attempts to unilaterally punish the Russian Federation and impose sanctions on Russia and Russian nationals on the supposed pretext of a human rights violation in a case that is still under investigation and for which people have already been punished.

The US is indignant of course with Russia saying no to USAID and requiring NGOs to be transparent, there is little else they can do to demonize Russia other than passing internal laws like the Magnitsky Act, just another attempt at manipulating yet another country to bend to the US will.

Russian experts, Russia experts, politicians, pundits, organizations, diplomats, foreign relations experts, government officials, judicial bodies and organizations, commentators, analysts and even the president of the country all say one thing, the Magnitsky Act is anti-Russia and anti-Russian, so to say otherwise would require monumental arrogance and ignorance. 
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin put it best when he stated that US domestic politics are involved, because that is all it is about, you and I know that, it is all about appeasing the backward thinking yet powerful Russo-phobic right-wing lunatic fringe back in America.

Last Thursday the president stated that the death of Mr. Magnitsky was a tragedy and that the investigation into the case is not even over, this is no matter to the US right-wing proponents of the Magnitsky Act, they need to jump on some demonizing band-wagon and Magnitsky’s sad and tragic death fits the bill. It is telling that they could not find anything more damning.

Now if we look at the other side of the equation, there are many more things that not only Russia but the international community could sanction the US for, some example as stated by the president: "So nobody dies in their prisons, right? Maybe there are more [deaths] in theirs than in ours.” Yes president Putin, at least 4,150 in 2010.

Vladimir Putin: “…they haven't shut Guantanamo for eight years now. They keep people in shackles and chains without trial or investigation, like in the Middle Ages.” Yes president Putin and possibly thousands have died or been killed in the whole terror and secret arrest program. 
"These are people who open secret prisons and legalized torture to conduct investigations, and these people are now lecturing us about some of our failings?"

People who have also been guilty of state run executions, an out of control for-profit prison system, institutionalized police brutality, inhumane and ill-treatment of foreign nationals, torture, Guantanamo Bay prison, extraordinary rendition, human experimentation, aggressive war, extra-judicial executions and much much more. 

Yes President Putin and dear reader these are the same people who can not find anything else wrong with Russia than the sad and tragic death of a poor lawyer in custody who died because medical attention did not arrive on time. 

New York University Professor Steven Cohen has compared the adoption of the “Magnitsky Act” by US lawmakers with the aggressive behavior of a drunken street gang. The political analyst told the Voice of America in an interview that now the Congressmen are going to look for bad guys and punish them. He expects numerous lobbying groups to crop up around the “Magnitsky Act”, since oligarchs will clearly use such groups to square accounts, set up their rivals and take away the property that the rivals have in the United States. 

Russia will repond: “Russian lawmakers are to take up an amended version of an all-parties bill to impose financial and travel restrictions on American officials who were involved in abusing the rights of Russian citizens.”

"The Russian parliament is preparing to denounce the adoption agreement with the US, Liberal MP Yelena Afanasyeva has said. Lower-house State Duma is currently working on an amendment, she said.”

“The Russian parliament responded to the US Magnitsky List by approving the ‘black list’ of American officials to be banned from entering Russia. Given that the Russian Magnitsky List has been endorsed by all parliamentary factions, the bill will undoubtedly be passed into law by January 1st . Under the Russian bill, all US officials involved in breaching the rights of Russian nationals will become personae non grata. President Putin said earlier this week that the Russian response to the Magnitsky Act would be ‘appropriate, not disproportionate.”

Earlier I had suggested a war on terror list, the US is lucky the Russian Government did not go that route. That list would have had thousands of names on it. 

As for human rights other than US backed NGOs, in reality there are not many people in Russia looking for the US to solve any “human rights” problems in Russia and you can take that to the bank.

President Putin Protects Russian Interests: West Displeased

6 December 2012, 22:32  

After 19 years being denied entry into the WTO the West thought Russia would be a pushover once allowed in the “club.” Unfortunately for the West while they have been slipping further and further into an economic abyss of their own making, Russia has been growing economically, independent of the WTO. The West did not take serious repeated Russian statements that Russia would protect its interests while following WTO rules, they should have listened because in reality, Russia needs the WTO less than they need Russia.

Sadly it was to be expected but the total lack of respect not only for Russia as a country but again towards the President of the Russian Federation is enough to cause rage.

Many in the West were expecting that the entry of the Russia Federation into the World Trade Organization would mean huge profits and trade that would be unilaterally beneficial and allow them to make billions while dumping goods into the country of questionable quality and origin.

Again, sadly, they were expecting a country that was pliant and easy to manipulate and due to Russia’s almost 19 year battle to join the organization believed Russia would be the new kid on the block and a pushover, of course ignoring the repeated statements by Russian Officials that Russia would follow WTO rules and laws but would protect the interests of Russian companies and Russian consumers. Well Russia has done just that, and many in the West are not pleased.

The biased Western Press has jumped all over disagreements between the Russian Federation and has portrayed Russia as somehow being unfair and unjust and of course the media bias towards Russia is clear.

One media outlet in the West, the Financial Times, has had a long history of publishing unbalanced anti-Russian articles and has gone from one extreme to the other depending on which way the wind blows as long as the wind is carrying dirt onto Russia’s image.

In January of this year the Financial Times published a provocative piece titled “Nationalist‘ ghost at feast’ in Russia” claiming the opposition was being led by neo-nazi extremists. Their apologetic attitude towards convicted neo-nazis and nationalists is a matter worth further research, but for now suffice it to say that at the time the nationalists were against the government and a leading force in the opposition, according to the Financial Times

Now 11 months later, the Financial Times, in another article titled “Russian Justice”  says that President Putin is somehow using nationalism himself and this time it is a bad thing. So when nationalism is used against President Putin it is good and when it is supposedly used by President Putin it is bad and once again used as another tool to take stabs at the president. You can’t have it both ways.

Let me get back to the issue of the WTO and on another article by the Financial Times on that matter, as well as the views of many in Europe on Russian-European WTO disagreements as reflected in the Western Press. An article titled “Europe cools on Russia’s WTO accession” published today by the above organization is biased in many ways although it does cite officials and gives a basically sound argument the article is lacking in that it does not present all of the facts and does not present a fair portrait of the Russian side of the equation. The article also attempts to demean Vladimir Putin in the disrespectful tone that it speaks about the elected President of the Russian Federation.

The Financial Times and publications such as the Wall Street Journal are many times right on the front lines of demonizing Russia and President Putin for the sole reason that they serve the interests of the West and in particular and most importantly the serve the interests of big western money and that is what it is all about, the bottom line if you will.

President Putin has been a target of the West almost since day one. Why? Well the exact reasons are many and varied but in a nutshell because he has almost single-handedly pulled Russia up by its bootstraps, right out of the very depths of the hellacious-hell-of-near-anarchy that existed when he took office. That is a fact almost anyone would agree with. That’s number one. Why did this upset the West? Well because after the collapse of the Soviet Union, as the old saying goes, to the victor were supposed to go the spoils.

After the collapse the West had plans in place , ala Zbigniew Brzezinski, to divide and conquer, in particular the United States, a country founded on the genocide and stealing of the lands of the Indians, and these plans were completely and totally obliterated by Vladimir Putin. Much to the chagrin of the West President Putin has continued to protect and advance the interests of Russia and the Russian people, again, not good for the West.

Back to the article : taking no issue with the pompous grandstanding of the European Union trade commissioner, Karel De Gucht, and his threats against Russia that the clock is ticking and his almost open calls for a “Showdown at the O.K. Corral” against Vladimir Putin, the article is revealing in the attitude many in the West have as to their false perceptions of what Russia’s real posture should be when it comes to the WTO and what they really think about the Russian Federation.

The European optimism that the Financial Times claims has left Europe was only there for those who believed that a huge opportunity for exploitation had opened up. Sorry, not going to happen. People forget that Russia has shown positive economic growth on all fronts during the global economic crisis and has grown stronger economically as the world slides further and further into the economic abyss, and for all intents and purposes, Russia does not really need the WTO.

Issues that the WTO members have been upset about include dumping cheap genetically modified products onto the Russian market, sending Russian livestock that does not meet Russian standards, and lo-and-behold Russia has concerns about its ecology? Well imagine that.

The Financial Times claims Russia had “… entered the WTO without a clear idea of why it wants to belong to this club and it has no intention of participating in negotiations to free up trade, the prime purpose of the WTO.” Not true, Russia knew exactly why it wanted to enter the WTO and unfortunately those in the West were sadly mistaken when they believed the new kid on the block would be a pushover.

According to the Financial Times De Gucht also said “EU officials would demand answers when they stand ‘eyeball to eyeball’ with the Russian president during the summit” and that, “… he would be very interested to learn from Mr. Putin himself what he has on his mind.”

Perhaps Mr. De Gucht is going to learn the hard way that when push comes to shove, Russia just might shove right back, a wee tad harder than they could have possibly imagined.

President Putin Attacked by West on His Birthday

15 October 2012, 14:44  

This past week the western media just couldn’t seem to get enough of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Rather than having the common decency and respect for an elected leader, the media jackals chose to use the occasion of the president’s birthday to deride and undermine.

The attacks on President Putin ranged from small one page articles to whole exposés featuring abundant photos and even video. There were many but I have had to choose only a few.

The most insidious article was written by Matt Blake and Leon Watson at the UK’s Daily Mail, the article was so long and attempted to cover so much ground that one is left with the feeling that the writers not only hate or are jealous of the Russian leader but have some deeply personal vendetta against him.

They start by implying that 60 years is old for a third term president, false. Do a Google search for “age of presidents” if you disagree. These are the same people who gave kudos to John McCain who at 72 would have been the oldest first-term president in history. The fact that President Putin is popular with young people is also portrayed as something “bad” although in the West this is always something viewed as being a positive. All of this was just in the lead.

Further, the article contains such statements as: “… grip on power appeared as tight as ever,” is this an inference to the fact that despite concerted attempts by the West to cause Russians to question his legitimacy he is still as popular as ever or are they implying the president of Russia should not be in control of the country? Does anyone say these things about Obama or the Queen?

Then they state: “…continues to paint himself as an adventure-loving sex-symbol that oozes machismo” as well as, “…the ultimate ladies’ man, waited on by a gaggle of long-legged women”, such statements attack the president for his excellent health, love of sports, and popularity with the ladies. What is wrong with that? Should he be popular with young men? Perhaps the writers, two young men themselves, are jealous? Maybe even overly so?

The article blasts President Putin for being: “…a tireless and no-nonsense leader contemptuous of domestic and international criticism”, I suppose he should follow Bush’s lead and go on vacation for most of his term or listen to everyone and then become a “flip-flopper” as the West labels those who change their policies every time they are criticized?

Then we have: “…he brushed aside concerns the two-year jail sentence for punk bank Pussy Riot was too severe”, he properly did so as the sentence was the decision of the court. Is Obama asked every time someone innocent “accidently” gets executed in the United States about his opinion?

The writers then deride the president for his position that if someone wants to criticize government policies or the way things work, let them offer a responsible alternative, rather than what the Western funded opposition do, which is attack and deride and offer no concrete option or basis for their attacks which are solely aimed at causing a riff in Russian society and bringing into question the legitimacy of the government (a key ingredient for a “color” revolution). They take issue with the fact that: “…he welcomes opposing views, but that they should come from people willing to take responsibility for running the country.”

Further it only gets worse, they repeat the above groundless claims, in an apparent attempt at: “if you repeat a lie long enough it becomes true” and they cite a “wave of satire” which has hurt his “macho image”, something no one in Russia has seen, perhaps they know Russia better than Russians do?

The way the writers use the term “KGB Spy” as something terrible, is so cliché and cold-war that it is laughable. First off many western presidents and leaders have had ties to the CIA and Mi-5/6, yet they are never derided for it, secondly President Putin was a KGB Officer, not a “spy”! A spy is someone who passes information or performs other functions obtained under a false cover. Either they don’t know what a spy is, or they failed to do their homework.

The Guardian took issue with President Putin supporting the decision of the court in the case of Pussy Riot and played on the assumption that he has influence over court decision undermining the legitimacy of the Russian judiciary. They claim his popularity is dropping by citing unnamed and unknown polls.

Forbes once again, as the West loves to do, paints a picture of convicted serial tax-evader Mikhail Khodorkovsky as a “prisoner of conscience” and takes issue with his 12 year sentence. First of all for similar crimes in the US someone would no doubt be locked up for multiple life terms, second of all how in the world can someone convicted of the crimes he was convicted for be called a “prisoner of conscience”? Does this mean that all of us citizens of the world can stop paying taxes and gain the protection of Amnesty International? Please Louise!

Forbes also attacks President Putin and claims Khodorkovsky would have to get on his knees for a pardon, although President Putin generously said if Khodorkovsky files a petition for an appeal it would be looked at amicably. Forbes claiming that filing a petition for an appeal is the equivalent to “Khodorkovsky getting on his knees” is ignoring the fact that a petition is required in any case before there can be any chance of an appeal being granted by the president.

I wonder what the reaction in the West would be if we started attacking their presidents?

Benghazi: Putin Speaks Out, NATO Gears Up for Next Aggressive War

13 September 2012, 21:41  http://www.jar2.com/Topics/Libya.html

The details about the events leading up to and surrounding the killing of the US Ambassador in Benghazi continue to come in as the world’s press tries to make sense of it all. Details are coming in that the film, which is reported to have sparked the violence, may have been a carefully planned hoax. As we cannot support the desecration of the Orthodox Faith neither can we support the desecration of the Muslim Faith, but above all we cannot support the killing of innocent individuals.

Speaking to reporters in Sochi Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke out against the killing of the US Ambassador in Benghazi Libya: “We condemn this crime and offer our condolences to the victims' families. The safety of diplomats is protected by international conventions and if someone fails to recognize this, it means that they put themselves outside the framework of the law and outside the framework of modern civilization" President Putin said.

He also said that: "The religious feelings of people of all beliefs must be ‘handled very carefully’ and government reactions to religious provocation must be ‘tough and timely,’ otherwise the people who feel offended will take matters into their own hands to defend their interests and views.”

According to RIA-Novosti President Putin also used the opportunity to reiterate his argument that the West should not support popular uprisings against dictatorships in the Middle East because this could have unpredictable and hazardous consequences.

“We do not support any armed groups that attempt to resolve internal political problems by violent means.” Putin said. He added: “We do not understand these people’s final goals, and we are always worried about the possibility that if we support these armed groups, we could ultimately find ourselves in a deadlock situation. We fear that the region could fall into chaos and that is exactly what’s happening.”

Details about the film that led up to the events in Benghazi are becoming murkier and murkier. With investigative journalists all over the world discovering new details by the hour, the entire event looks like it may have all been secretly planned and orchestrated from beginning to end.

The first reports about what set off the events were of a two-hour film called "Innocence of Muslims" which was produced directed and written by one Sam Bacile, reportedly a California real estate developer and an Israeli Jew. Now things have changed, starting with the identity of the maker of the film, there are reports that nobody with such a name really exists, and there are reports from various sources that say he is not even Jewish and the whole Jewish angle was a provocation. Apparently what we do know is that the individual using the name Sam Bacile is an Egyptian, who speaks Arabic and English.

According to Yigal Palmor an official spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, speaking to the New York Times: "Nobody knows who he is, he is totally unknown in filmmaking circles in Israel, and anything he did: he is not doing it for Israel, or with Israel, or through Israel in any way." He also called the film’s maker "a complete loose cannon and an unspeakable idiot."

According to the Guardian many of the actors in the so-called “film” were tricked and lied to into thinking they were filming a simple desert saga and that much of the dialogue was dubbed in later. There is also doubt that a two hour film actually does exist and speculation that the entire work consists of only the trailer that has been posted on the internet. It appears that the whole thing may have been a hoax.

Hoax or not the results are real and blood has been shed and the Muslim world has once again been thrown into even more upheaval as if it really needed anymore.

The United States, which never charged anyone with carrying out 9-11, has reported that they already know that al-Qaeda was behind the attack. This is disturbing because the United States is reportedly using and supporting al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria and many other locations as they did in Libya when the US back-insurgents killed Muammar Gaddafi.

Apparently those who killed Ambassador Stevens knew of a US safe-house and attacked that as well, suggesting inside information which may have had to do with Steven’s reported task of liaising with insurgents, terrorist groups and possibly al-Qaeda operatives during the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. We should recall that Benghazi was the “base of operations” if you will in the invasion and overthrow of Libya. A fact which may have led to the US’ false sense of security in the city.

US Secretary of State Clinton was disbelieving saying she asked herself "how could this happen in a country we helped liberate and in a city we helped to save from destruction." A far cry from her now infamous “We came, we saw, he died!” comment on US television regarding the death of Muammar Gaddafi.

One of the groups being blamed, Ansar al Sharia – meaning Supporters of Islamic Law - which reportedly has ties to al-Qaeda, denies responsibility in the attack. Another group, known as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is also suspected in the attack.

The fact that Ambassador Stevens died of smoke inhalation, and was not shot, executed or decapitated suggests that the death may have been accidental but nevertheless this has had no influence on the US response.

The world wide reaction to the killing of Stevens is mixed and surprising for many. The solidarity with the US that was evident after 9-11 is long gone. Many blogs, social networking sites and websites are seeing an increase in the number of people who are against US policy and see this as a justified response to the brutal murder of Gaddafi and the continuing wars and meddling by the US in the Muslim world.

Many in Libya and Egypt are extremely displeased with the “democracy” they were promised after the fall of their leaders, as are many in the Arab Spring countries, where Islamic Fundamentalism is beginning to take a stronger hold over society as living and societal conditions continue to worsen.

The rioting and protests in Egypt over the film have died down but are continuing and there are fears that the anger and the outcry will spread throughout the Muslim World.

Official Washington has attempted to distance itself from the “film” which triggered the event and even with “Pastor” Terry Jones and his anti-Islamic hate speech, reaching the point that even General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Jones and asked him to withdraw his support for the film. Jones and his provocative Quran burning stunts have already been responsible for scores of deaths and riots, including the deaths of US servicemen in Afghanistan.

Official Moscow and the Russian Foreign Ministry support the fight against any kind of terrorism and have stated that this is a sign that the US and Moscow need to work closer in the fight against terrorism. Russia in no stranger to terrorism and the FSB and Russian Security Services have been extremely effective in preventing and thwarting hundreds of terrorist attacks by many of the same groups the US is fighting against.

According to NATO expert Rick Rozoff the “Alliance” is deploying two Aegis class destroyers off the coast of Libya as well as having already dispatched Marines to Benghazi and elsewhere in the nation. This includes the guided missile warship USS Laboon and the USS McFaul both equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles.

He wrote on his Stop NATO site that eight American Marines were flown into Benghazi by helicopter the day after the attack on the U.S. mission, with two of them being killed and two wounded in a fierce mortar attack on the building. Rozoff also wrote that the U.S. has deployed 50 members of the elite U.S. Marine Corps Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team to Libya.

Mr. Rozoff also wrote that: “… with NATO's military operations from the Balkans to Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, one armed conflict inevitable gives way to another and the Western military bloc continues to execute plans to expand into a global military strike force.”

American politicians have for the most part been neutral towards the current administration and have refrained from placing blame or pointing the finger, most that is except Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, who attempted to misconstrue statements made by the US Embassy in Cairo and gain political mileage from the event.

The statement in Cairo was released before the events and read read: "The embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."

Romney decided to take the statement out of context and say that the entire Obama Administration and the US Government were attempting to appease the terrorists and sympathize with them, recall the statement was released before the attacks in both Egypt and Benghazi.

Romney’s Tuesday night statement read: “I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

Many Republicans distanced themselves from the statement as it was an outright lie.

The Guardian quoted “a very senior Republican foreign policy hand" as saying “They were just trying to score a cheap news cycle hit based on the embassy statement and now it's just completely blown up, the statement was an ‘utter disaster’".

Putin-Obama Meeting and G-20 Summit

21 June 2012, 04:25

It was President Putin’s first big international event since being reelected to the post of President of the Russian Federation and the results were positive, productive and constructive.

It was President Putin’s first big international event since being reelected to the post of President of the Russian Federation and the results were positive, productive and constructive.

In a statement following the summit the Russian president answered questions from the press stating that overall he thought that the G-20 leaders came a step closer to mutual understanding, adding that they had worked together smoothly, constructively, fruitfully, and reached compromises.

This was reflected in the bilateral talks on the sidelines and in the G-20 working sessions, said President Putin. The Russian leader also stated that substantial discussion were held on reviving and stimulating economic growth, focusing particularly on the problems of global imbalances and how to reduce developed countries’ debt levels.

President Putin also said that one of the main results of the summit was the decision to increase the International Monetary Fund’s resource base by $430 billion.

There were many issues discussed both in the working sessions and on the sidelines, with the G-20 Leaders Declaration containing 85 points and being over 40 pages long.

Here are some other important points made by Russia’s leader:

On food security

“The working session also examined food security issues. Limited resources, climate change, and volatile raw materials prices are among the negative factors in this area. It is possible to stabilize the situation, including by concentrating efforts on resolving agriculture sector priorities.”

On Russia’s G-20 presidency and continuity

“The issues discussed in Los Cabos will remain on the agenda and develop further during Russia’s upcoming presidency of the G-20. We will ensure the group’s continuity and focus on discussing the problems that the G-20 was established to address.”

On Syria

“We think that no one has the right to decide for other peoples who should come to power and who should be removed from power. Yes, we know that part of Syria’s people, those represented by the armed opposition, want to see President Assad leave. Firstly, they do not represent the entire Syrian people. Secondly, the most important thing is not simply changing the regime itself, but ensuring that if it does change – and this should be achieved through constitutional means only, the bloodshed will then stop and peace will return to the country.”

On the U.S. missile network

“I think the missile defense issue will not be resolved regardless of whether Obama wins the election or not. The United States has been working on its own missile defense system for many years now, and I do not see anything for now that could change the situation. I think that real change in the situation would be possible only if the United States agreed to our proposal that Russia, the USA, and Europe all be equal participants in this process…”

On Jackson-Vanik

"The Jackson-Vanik amendment negatively affects Russian-US trade and economic relations. What more can I say? Our bilateral trade with the USA comes to $32 billion. This is nothing really, zero."

On the Magnitsky list

"As for the law connected to the Magnitsky tragedy, well, if they pass it they pass it. We do not think that this case requires such attention from Congress, but if restrictions are imposed on particular Russian citizens’ right to enter the USA, we will respond with similar restrictions on 'however many' American citizens’ rights to enter the Russian Federation. I do not know who needs all this and why, but if this goes ahead, so be it. This is not our choice."

On the G-20

“I think that more attention could be paid to the key issues the G-20 was established to address. I mentioned this at the start. In other words, the G-20 should focus more on the architecture of international financial relations and the global economy.”

Some reactions from the West

The body language and the seriousness of the demeanor of the presidents was the subject of a lot of the commentary in the American press and media. However both leaders said the atmosphere was businesslike and productive.

According to MSNBC the encounter between the President Putin and the US leader was chilly and cold, like a cold Moscow winter.

In a piece for the AFP, Stephen Collinson characterized the meeting as; “Obama embarking on what may be a treacherous presidential relationship”, a bold and completely negative interpretation. The same writer went on to call President Putin “the former KGB man”, as if this is something bad. Could we say the same thing about Bush Senior being the “former CIA man” as if this is something discrediting. President Putin served his country well, not something to deride him for.

The same writer also made it a point to chide President Putin for as he put it, “jealously guarding Russia's "great power status" and making no secret of his suspicions of the United States, blaming Washington for organizing anti-government protests in Moscow last year”, as if interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign nations is something to applaud and completely normal and standing up for your country something bad. Typical.

NPR’s coverage was more balanced stating, “President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Mexico on Monday. Their meeting comes at a low point in U.S.-Russia relations. Neither country wants a civil war in Syria, but they haven't figured out a way to work out the issue.”

The Voice of America was also more on the balanced side reporting that “U.S. President Barack Obama said tensions with Russia could be worked out following talks with the Russian president spanning a range of topics, including Syria, Iran and trade.”

The VOA characterized the relationship between the leaders as “prickly of late”, citing the U.S. leader’s pointed delay in making a customary congratulatory call to his Russian counterpart after being elected to the post of president. They also mentioned President Putin’s decision to stay home rather than attend a Group of Eight meeting Mr. Obama hosted at his presidential retreat near Washington.

USA Today, in a piece by Richard Wolf, made a point of the lack of smiles between the leaders and used the piece on the meeting to push false unconfirmed and dangerous accusations that Russia may be providing weapons to the Syrian regime so they can quote, “kill their own people”.

His basis was a report from Interfax that Russia was sending marines to protect a Russian base and Russian citizens, something completely normal and understandable. He also cited a Pentagon spokesman who spoke regarding the supposed weapons deliveries, once again showing the US hypocrisy when they have admitted to arming the rebels.

Such accusations are the basis for an armed intervention according to many experts watching the developments surrounding Syria, and historically we have seen this many times before when it comes to the West and their “humanitarian” interventions.

Overall the meeting between President Putin and Obama was professional, cordial and productive, but there is a lot of work ahead.

The opinions and views expressed here are the writer’s own.

On the Innauguration of President Putin in 2012

7 May 2012, 16:12

As the Russian Federation prepares to celebrate Victory in the Great Patriotic War a new dawn has come to Russia as the country inaugurated its new democratically elected president, a president elected in one of the most closely watched and one of the most unprecedentedly transparent elections  ever held in modern history.

As the Russian Federation prepares to celebrate Victory in the Great Patriotic War a new dawn has come to Russia as the country inaugurated its new democratically elected president, a president elected in one of the most closely watched and one of the most unprecedentedly transparent elections  ever held in modern history.

President Elect Putin, having previously been elected to two four year terms, will be the first Russian president to hold office for a six year term, something now mandated by the Russian Constitution. 

The world is also watching the events unfold here in Russia, and for many countries and many people the world over, it is also a new dawn. Many look to Russia and in particular to Vladimir Putin as the last hope to counter the global expansion and what many see as the subjugation and enslavement of the world by the culturally insensitive and morally destitute west and its surrogates.

As a genius in global politics and the leader of the largest country in the world Vladimir Putin is perhaps the only leader in the world who has the potential and the chance to return the world to its once multi-polar state, something that people all over the world are dreaming of as they become more and more disillusioned with the US and its fast food culture and policy of pre-emptive aggressive war and its blatant global military expansion.

Today when the symbols of presidential power, the presidential badge, copy of the constitution and the presidential standard were passed from President Dmitry Anatolevich Medvedev to President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Russia celebrated its young and vibrant democracy, a democracy more and more based on Russian ideals and a Russian model than that propagated by the West.

Despite the overall festive and positive mood in the country inauguration day has not passed without conflict as, on the eve, Western backed forces attempted to stage acts of provocation. Inauguration day is a day which must be respected for it is a day which embodies what in fact is democracy, the choosing of a leader by the popular vote of the people, for that is what has taken place in a fair and orderly manner.

The immensely popular Vladimir Putin has been chosen by the people again. A moral, upstanding, humble, intelligent, capable, strong and tireless leader with an immaculate political record, long term vision for Russia and the Russian people and the courage to draw the line when it is necessary, is now to run the largest country in the world once again and to lead it into a bright future and must be supported by all of us.  

I wish President Putin all the best as he takes his rightful office.

Have a great day wherever you may be.

Below is a short biography of President Putin courtesy of the President’s site.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born  on the 7th of October 1952 in Leningrad.

1960-68 studied at school #193, then school #281 and graduated in 1970. During his school years Putin proved himself to be a remarkable student especially when it came to studying languages. When he was 11 he entered a wrestling league, engaged in martial arts and judo. Putin became a master sportsman and a champion in Leningrad.

1970 entered juridical faculty of the Leningrad State University and graduated in 1975. He entered the Communist Party when he was a student and stayed its member till its prohibition in 1991.

1975-1990 worked in KGB in the First main directorate (foreign intelligence) and specialized in German-speaking countries.

Sometime around the end of ‘70s beginning of 1980s he graduated from the Moscow KGB Institute.

1981-87 worked in Germany (watched Russian students, controlled Socialistic Party of Germany, investigated anti-socialistic acts).

1987-90 worked as an assistant dean at LSU ( Leningrad State University) with international contacts (watched foreign students). Putin was a KGB resident at LSU.

1990 became a councilor of A. Sobchak, president of Lensovet (Leningrad Central Council).

1991 he was appointed as president of Exterior Contacts Committee (ECC) of the city hall. In the beginning of 1992 he was transferred into active reserve by the KGB.

1992 he became a vice-mayor of Saint-Petersburg still staying president of ECC.

1994, March. Putin was appointed as the first vice-president of the Saint-Petersburg government – president of the Exterior Contacts Committee.

1995, May. He was the chief of the organizational committee of the OHR’s (Our Home is Russia – political party) Saint-Petersburg section. In the summer of 1995 he managed OHR’s electoral campaign.

1996, He joined the Saint-Petersburg headquarters of the Russian movement of the social support of the President (RMSSP), which united organizations supporting the re-election of Boris Yeltsin.

In the spring of 1996 Putin worked with Sobchak’s electoral campaign. When Sobchak lost, Putin retired from all his positions. Soon he received an invitation from P. Borodin, one of the Yeltsin’s managers, to be his deputy. He accepted it and worked in this position from June of 1996 till March of 1997.

1997, March. Putin became vice-president of the President’s Administration. In June he retired from the OHR.

1998, July Putin was designated to the position of the director of FSB.

1998, March he became the secretary of the Security Council of Russia.

1998, August he became the chairman of the Government of the RF

1999, December – 2000, March he took over the duties of president of the Russian Federation from an ailing, and by then, completely ineffective Boris Yeltsin.

2000, March he became the President of Russia.

May 7, 2012 He became the president of the Russian Federation for a third term.

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