Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 27, 2017 19:40:06 GMT -5
Formin blasts US statement on Navalny as meddling in Russia’s internal affairs.
RT.com 27 Dec, 2017 10:13
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has described a statement in which the US State Department expressed concern over the fate of opposition activist Aleksey Navalny as interfering with Russia’s electoral process.
“This statement by the Department of State, which will surely not be the only one, is a direct interference both in the election process and in the internal affairs of our state,” Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page.
“The funniest thing about this statement is that it was made by the same people who have just labeled RT and Sputnik as foreign agents, who keep hounding Russian mass media outlets all over the world and allocate huge sums for ‘countering Russian propaganda,’” she added.
Zakharova’s comment was posted shortly after a spokesperson for the US Department of State, Noel Clay, told Russia’s TASS that Washington was “concerned” by the decision of the Russians Central Elections Commission, which on Monday rejected anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny’s application to join the 2018 presidential race.
Members of the commission founded their decision on the Russian law that forbids people with unserved lengthy prison sentences from participating as candidates in presidential polls. Navalny got his five-year suspended sentence in 2014 after being convicted as party to a $500,000 embezzlement scheme involving the international cosmetics company Yves Rocher. In August this year the suspended term was extended by another year. In addition, the activist is currently serving a five-year suspended sentence handed down in 2013 for a fraud scheme involving state-run timber company Kirovles.
Navalny has earlier warned that the rejection of his application for the election would trigger a “voters’ strike” and on Monday he called upon other would-be participants in the 2018 race to quit in protest. He also released a video message in which he promised not to dissolve the election headquarters, instead using it for the promotion of an election boycott and other ideas that could potentially undermine the voter turnout.
President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has told reporters that the Kremlin considered it necessary to study Navalny’s calls for a boycott and establish whether they are in line with the law.
TRADITION VS TRANSITION? Ft. Alexander Dugin, Russian Philosopher.
WorldsApaRT Dec 29, 2017
A Russian stand-up comic once remarked that Russia is a country with an unpredictable past, pointing to its recurring efforts to redefine itself through the reinterpretation of history. With less than three months to go until the presidential election and all candidates, including the incumbent, calling for change, will the discussion of the future finally replace the debates over history? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Alexander Dugin, Russian philosopher, and public intellectual.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 17, 2018 15:23:40 GMT -5
Putin Exposes U.S. Agent Navalny: Our American Friends Just Revealed Who Is Their Puppet.
Russia Insider Jan 13, 2018
Putin Jibes Americans: Thank you, dear American friends, for telling us whom you support. You better kept your mouth shut.
Meeting with heads of Russian print media and news agencies Ahead of Russian Press Day marked on January 13, Vladimir Putin met with heads of Russian print media and news agencies in the editorial office of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. The discussion focused on current professional issues. The President congratulated media representatives on their professional holiday.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 21, 2018 20:32:04 GMT -5
Yabloko founder Yavlinsky gathers enough signatures to face Putin in presidential race – activists.
RT.com 17 Jan, 2018 15:53
Activists from the opposition Yabloko party said they have gathered more than the required 100,000 signatures for veteran politician Grigory Yavlinsky to be registered as a candidate in the March 18 Russian presidential election.
The party has collected 105,000 signatures in support of Yavlinsky and isn’t planning to stop at that, Nikolay Rybakov, campaign head, told RBC. “Yabloko plans to gather 150,000 signatures and – after checking them through the Interior Ministry’s database – submit 105,000 sheets to the Central Election Commission,” he said.
According to Russian law, candidates from non-parliamentary parties have to provide 100,000 signatures to be registered in the election. The presidential hopefuls have until January 31 to submit their papers to the Central Election Commission.
Yavlinsky, who founded Yabloko back in 1993, told RBC that he estimated his chances of being registered as candidate at “fifty-fifty.” The 65-year-old took part in two presidential elections, in 1996 and 2000, but was disqualified from the race in 2012 after providing defective signatures.
If the opposition veteran’s participation in the vote is approved, he will become the third registered candidate in the 2018 election after the Communist Party’s Pavel Grudinin and Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. President Vladimir Putin, running for office as an independent, has already collected over 1 million signatures, although they are yet to be submitted.
Yavlinsky said that during his campaign he will "categorically deny” Putin's policies, which “led to isolation, stagnation of the economy and growing poverty, [and] deprived the citizens of any kind of rights.”
According to the Yabloko founder, even if he isn’t allowed to participate in the election, he won’t support the calls for boycott of the March 18 vote, led by opposition activist Aleksey Navalny. The opposition figure was denied registration as candidate over an unserved suspended prison sentence. The move would be futile as there’s no minimum voter turnout threshold in the Russian presidential election, Yavlinsky explained.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 27, 2018 16:24:43 GMT -5
The Russian Elections Are Right Around the Corner - Here What the Candidates Have to Say!
Vesti News Jan 27, 2018
And now, the news of the election campaign. All regional campaign offices of Vladimir Putin have finally been established. There are 85 of them, one office in every region. The candidates themselves are continuing to meet their voters.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 23, 2018 21:06:55 GMT -5
Russia to bar US monitors from March presidential election – deputy FM.
RT.com 22 Feb, 2018 10:57
US diplomats and staff of various American organizations will not be allowed to monitor the upcoming Russian presidential election, in reply to a similar ban issued by the US in 2016, the Russian deputy foreign minister has said.
“As for the American diplomats and workers of the offices of various US organizations in Russia, they will not be permitted to participate in this process [poll monitoring], considering the fact that during the 2016 elections in the US the staff of Russian organizations in the US were denied such an opportunity,” Sergey Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Thursday by Interfax.
The deputy minister also added that this would not apply to US citizens who work for the monitoring mission of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
In December 2017, Ryabkov told reporters that Russia had officially informed the US Department of State that, after considering the refusal to accept monitors from Russian diplomatic offices in the US, Moscow had decided to take reciprocal measures.
The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18. Eight candidates are taking part, including incumbent President Vladimir Putin, who is currently leading the popularity ratings by a wide margin. According to a study conducted by the state-run All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTSIOM) in mid-February, 69.5 percent of voters said they would support Putin if the election was held on the nearest weekend. Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin was second with 7.5 percent, Vladimir Zhirinovsky of the populist nationalist party LDPR was third with 5.3 percent, and Grigory Yavlinsky of the liberal party Yabloko came in fourth with 1.4 percent. Other contenders can count on the support of less than 1 percent of voters, according to the research.
In the same study, VTSIOM experts attempted to forecast the turnout level in the forthcoming election. They found that 81.1 percent of respondents declared their intention to participate in the polls, while 7.3 percent of respondents said they had no such plans and 10.6 percent told researchers that they had not yet decided on the issue.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 28, 2018 18:42:33 GMT -5
Slurs & water fly at Russian presidential debate as Lib Dem leader faces off with Sobchak.
RT.com 28 Feb, 2018 20:25
A presidential debate on Russian TV saw the nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky verbally assaulting socialite-turned-politician Kseniya Sobchak, who responded by pouring a glass of water over her rival.
A discussion focusing on Russia’s Armed Forces and other defense issues unexpectedly spiraled into bickering between the two political opponents during a speech from Sergey Baburin. Zhirinovsky, the leader of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, interrupted Baburin, provoking criticism from Sobchak, who called on him to calm down.
Her appeal, however, apparently had an opposite effect, as it only infuriated the veteran politician. “One should not have brought a fishwife from the street here. This is filth! It is ‘Dom-2’ [the House-2] where all the depravity is!” the politician shouted in a spat of anger, referring to a highly controversial reality TV show, which Sobchak once hosted. He then proceeded to denounce the magazine editor, TV host and socialite as a “dumb fool of a woman.”
Sobchak then responded with some jibes of her own, but she eventually decided to resort to an apparently more persuasive tool from her standpoint. She grabbed a glass of water and threw it in her opponent’s face. She also said she was using Zhirinovsky’s “own methods” while doing this. That move only led to another outburst of anger from Zhirinovsky, and eventually prompted the TV debate host to intervene and restore order.
Zhirinovsky, who is known for his often provocative remarks, is no stranger to controversy. On one occasion back in 1995, he scolded the then-Nizhny Novgorod governor, the late Boris Nemtsov, and threw a glass of juice at him only to get douched in return.
The Russian presidential elections are scheduled for March 18. The incumbent Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, is running for another term, competing against seven other contenders participating in the race. Apart from Zhirinovsky, who represents his Liberal Democratic party, and Sobchak, who positions herself as an option for those willing to fill the no-longer-existing ‘none of the above’ line on the ballot papers, the list of the candidates includes businessman Pavel Grudinin, who is backed by the largest opposition Communist Party, Boris Titov, a Russian business Ombudsman and head of the Party of Growth, and Grigory Yavlinsky, the liberal Yabloko Party co-founder, among others.
Last Edit: Mar 1, 2018 14:58:11 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Russia: Putin addressed supporters at mass rally in Moscow, leads anthem.
Ruptly Mar 3, 2018
Supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin held a mass rally at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Saturday, ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "I welcome everyone who gathered here for a rally for a strong Russia, but I want to greet not only those who are in the centre of Moscow today, but all our supporters, throughout this vast country, and there are many such people. That is hundreds of thousands, millions of people. And on this festive, sunny, frosty Moscow day, I want to say that we feel their breath, their elbows and their shoulders beside ours, because together we are a team. We are a team, are we not?"
SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "We have clear, noble goals. We want to make our country bright and future-oriented, because our ancestors lived here, we live here, and our children live and will live here as well as our grandchildren. We will do our best to make them happy. We will do this, yes? Instead of us and except for us, no one will do it, but if we do this, the next decades, the whole of the 21st century will pass under the sign of our bright victories. We will do this, yes?
Presidential candidate Sobchak faces backlash after ‘asking Ukraine’s permission to visit Crimea’
RT.com 7 Mar, 2018 10:48
Ksenia Sobchak’s claim that she requested permission from Ukraine to visit Crimea has caused outrage among Russian politicians, while the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry likened the move to schizophrenia.
“I have already sent a letter to the Ukrainian embassy and now we are waiting for their reply,” Sobchak said in a Tuesday interview with Echo Moskvy radio station. “If I ever travel to Crimea, I will do it through Ukrainian territory, I think this would be the right thing to do. If I get permission for entry through Ukrainian territory, I will go.”
The backlash from Russian politicians came almost immediately, forming a mixture of indignation and bewilderment. “The statement was probably based not on international law, but on PR and media strategies, because such a statement is simply rude in regard to the choice made by the people, the Crimean residents,” Russian MP and former chief prosecutor of Crimea, Natalya Poklonskaya, told Komsomolskaya Pravda radio.
MP Andrey Kozenko blasted Sobchak’s claims as hypocrisy. “I would like this presidential candidate to explain why she did not need any permission from Kiev when she visited Crimea in April 2014, but suddenly needed it now, when the election campaign is in full swing. Back then she published an article about her trip in which she called Crimea the liberated territory of the Russian Federation and Simferopol [the capital of Crimea] is called a Russian city,” the lawmaker said. Kozenko also suggested that Sobchak was simply attempting to incite conflict through her planned trip.
MP Ruslan Balbek, who worked in the Crimean government before taking a seat in the State Duma, said that Sobchak’s words could elicit a violent response from the Crimean population. “Ksenia Sobchak with her political views risks causing such an outrage in Crimea that the police would be forced to take her under protection,” he said.
Deputy speaker of the Crimean legislature, Yefim Fiks, told reporters that Sobchak should be removed from the presidential polls for her behavior. “It only causes bewilderment that a Russian presidential candidate, a person who intends to rule the whole country, does not know such elementary things, does not know the Russian Constitution in which the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are defined as subjects of the Russian Federation,” RIA Novosti quoted the politician as saying.
Events took an unexpected turn when comments of bewilderment also began to arrive from Kiev. In particular, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin tweeted that Sobchak’s behavior was akin to “political schizophrenia,” because she was requesting legal permission for a visit that is part of a campaign for a presidential election which the Ukrainian authorities view as illegal.
On Wednesday morning, Ukrainian news agency UNIAN quoted an unnamed “high-placed source” in the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow as saying that they had not received any messages from Sobchak so far.
It’s not the first time Sobchak has achieved notoriety through statements about Crimea. In October last year, shortly before officially embarking on her presidential campaign, she unambiguously revealed her position on the subject. “From the point of international law, Crimea is Ukrainian. Period. Let us move on with our conversation,” RIA Novosti quoted Sobchak as saying at a press conference. The candidate reiterated this stance in a November interview with CNN, calling the reunification of Crimea with Russia a violation of international law.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 15, 2018 14:37:20 GMT -5
‘They should seek treatment’: Election official blasts Deutsche Welle bid to influence Russian polls.
RT.com 15 Mar, 2018 10:22
A Central Election Commission member has described a recent set of instructions for protests at presidential polls, published on a German media website, as a blatant attempt to interfere with Russia’s internal affairs.
“They are trying to persuade our people not to take part in the elections. It is absolutely obvious that they are trying to influence the polls, to prevent people from going to ballot stations,” Sergey Sirotkin said, according to RIA Novosti.
The election official was commenting on an article titled “Five Strategies of Protest Behavior at the Russian Presidential Elections,” which was posted on the Russian-language website of German public news corporation Deutsche Welle (DW).
The article advised Russian voters to spoil their ballots, to take them home instead of casting them, or to shun the polls altogether. The authors also suggested that voters should apply to vote remotely and then not avail of the option, as well as voting for a candidate “that causes less negative emotions” in order to decrease the eventual winner’s margin of victory.
“What can be our reaction to these instructions? The best advice we can give them is to seek treatment. The elections will be held normally. We are ready for any provocation and we have prepared everything to ensure the free expression and the highest level of trust in results that the Central Election Commission will announce,” Sirotkin told reporters.
He said the recommendations released by DW showed a very low level of professionalism among their authors. “They are pushing people towards mistakes. What do they mean by taking a ballot home? If this ballot is used for the distortion of poll results, the person who carried it out of the station would be punished, and I doubt very much that they [DW journalists] would then speak in this person’s defense,” he said.
“Like hell they will succeed. I would advise them to give us no advice,” Sirotkin added.
Earlier this month, the Russian upper house Commission for Protection of State Sovereignty released a report stating that, in view of the March 18 presidential elections, foreign governments and groups had boosted funding to various Russian opposition movements and politicians. The Russian senators noted that a typical example of a campaign favored by foreign sponsors is the call for an elections boycott, spread by anti-corruption blogger-turned-political activist Alexey Navalny and his allies.
Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has told the commission that most of the attempts to influence Russian internal politics from the outside were made by the United States.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 15, 2018 18:50:23 GMT -5
How will she react if terrorists start butchering her citizens? She breaks down n cries just at mean words..
Russian reality star/presidential hopeful bursts into tears in live debate chaos (VIDEO)
RT.com 15 Mar, 2018 03:29
Socialite-turned-politician Ksenia Sobchak stormed out of a live TV presidential debate in tears after interruptions by fellow contestants, flamboyant Liberal Democratic leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and other candidates.
Tempers flared in the studio of Rossiya 1 channel near the end of the debate on Wednesday. When Sobchak, who positions herself as the opposition candidate “against all,” tried to deliver her 30-second address to the voters, she couldn’t get a word in edgewise because her opponents were heckling her.
“I demand my time to be returned to me,” she exclaimed at host Vladimir Solovyov. But Zhirinovsky used the remark as an opening for another attack, shouting: “Return her to the kindergarten and put her on a potty. Maybe the girl will feel better.”
Solovyov refused to intervene, citing debate rules. "Had it been my program, I would cut anyone off in order to let everyone have their say," he assured Sobchak, but said that the Central Elections Commission forbids the anchor from interfering with the debate.
“Those people are interrupting only me. They aren’t interrupting anybody else,“ Sobchak said, her voice starting to tremble. “This man (Zhirinovsky) badmouths me constantly – only me. The man calls me a w***e and a dirty witch at your program. And you allow this every time. I have my time assigned to me by law and this man constantly offends me.”
"I think it's horrible," the host said. "But such are the rules."
Zhirinovsky, meanwhile, continued his barrage. “Come on, start crying! Your mom will be here in an instant,” he said. The other candidates weighed in, with Maksim Shevchenko telling the voters: “Don’t believe those tears.” Eventually, Sobchak was forced to leave the studio, covering her face with her hands.
Ksenia Sobchak, who rose to fame as the host of the scandalous “Dom 2” reality TV show and used to be called the “Russian Paris Hilton,” has become the archrival of veteran nationalist leader Zhirinovsky in the run-up to the March 18 election. The 71-year-old refuses to treat the former socialite seriously and keeps mocking her at every debate.
In late February, Zhirinovsky, labelled Sobchak a “dumb fool of a woman,” among other unpleasant things, which brought her wrath down on him – as well as a glass of water to the face. A few days later, Sobchak was also doused with water in an apparent act of retribution by a man shouting: “This is for Zhirinovsky.”
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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To Ms. Yuliya Ryaskina Please place this email to concerning Managemen
Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5