Russia’s economy already crumbling, sanctions will finish it off

Russia's economy

When President Vladimir Putin solemnly addressed the Parliament in May, he didn’t speak only about Crimea, but also praised the Russian economy, which allegedly is so strong that even sanctions from the West cannot do it serious harm. The important event required a lot of important words, but an objective observer could not miss the fact that the Russian economy could be anything but not strong, stable and self-sufficient. Economic sanctions from the west certainly cannot destroy it, but they could have a grave impact on the relative prosperity of the Russian middle class, and perhaps even reduce the absolute prosperity of the richest Russians, who in recent years have bought apartments in London, Monaco, and Spain, and whose children have been studying at private schools in England or Switzerland. Continue reading

EuromaidanSOS: Sanctions are not enough!

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Appeal of Ukrainian civil society to the EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Luxemburg tomorrow.

As EuromaydanSOS noted on 12 April 2014, Russia started its invasion of mainland Ukraine, in a clear parallel to developments in Crimea. See the statement here.

Please take it seriously that these attacks on administrative buildings in Eastern Ukraine are conducted by well trained, coordinated armed personnel – these are NO spontaneous protesters. This video from Kramatorsk (Donetsk Region), for instance, shows how a trained commando with automatic rifles tries to overwhelm a police station, later brings a group of about 50 mobsters that are seemingly supposed to overtake the police station.

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The annexation of Crimea as Putin’s geopolitical triumph or self-imposed defeat 

putinVladimir Shlapentokh

Today’s world politics are largely dominated by Vladimir Putin, the authoritarian leader of a country with nuclear weapons and a tremendous amount of energy resources, and his desire to stay in power forever. Putin sees two forces endangering his ability to remain in power – the West and the Russian masses. Continue reading

Russia’s race for world domination starts in Ukraine

By Vitalii Usenko

world-map-with-new-europe-in-orange-color-small.jpgPresident Vladimir V. Putin of Russia reached out to President Obama on Friday, March 28, 2014 to discuss ideas about how to peacefully resolve the international standoff over Ukraine, a surprise move by Moscow to pull back from the brink of an escalated confrontation that has put Europe and much of the world on edge, The New York Times reports.

Officially, Putin called to discuss a US proposal for a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis, which US Secretary of State John Kerry presented to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.  Continue reading

Ukrainian politicians “sanctioned” by Crimea’s occupiers

Кримські окупанти ввели "санкції" проти майже 200 українських політиків

The occupiers of Crimea have initiated “sanctions” against some 200 Ukrainian politicians.

The Presidium of the self-proclaimed state council of Crimea has banned nearly 200 Ukrainian politicians from entering Crimea.

On Friday, March 21, a resolution was adopted regarding “persons engaged in anti-Crimean activities, whose presence on the territory of the republic is undesirable.” The resolution was a response to several decisions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Continue reading

Putin – may I be sanctioned?

Robert van Voren

On March 20, 2014, the world woke up to the shocking news that in his infinite wisdom Russia’s Putin had imposed sanctions on not less than nine US politicians. From now on, these hidden Banderovytes and anti-Semites would be barred from doing business in Russia, have assets in Russian banks, or visiting the places of the Gulag. Hell, they probably would not even be allowed to trade in Russian Rubles!

Most of the world was in shock; my overruling feeling was one of dismay. Yes, I am not a US politician, but over the past 35 years I have been actively involved in promoting bourgeois human rights in Russia and in territories that belong to the Russian “Lebensraum”. I have allowed myself to sink to the level of an anti-Soviet activist, and in 2003 gratefully accepted citizenship of the renegade state of Lithuania that in violation of international law considers itself to be independent from the Russian Imperium. Moreover, I have crossed all boundaries by calling Putinism the last phase of Sovietism, calling his government criminal and neo-fascist, and ridiculing the bravery of his compatriot politicians who have had the audacity to end subversive and extremist independent media, annul the presumption of innocence and ban the sale and import of lace underwear.  Continue reading

Careful Optimism or What Would Have Done (or Would Do) Ronald Reagan with the Situation in Crimea

8 March 2014

‘I am not going to start that World War III because of you”

General Michael Jackson (General’s response to the order to knock out Russian troops from the Pristina airport during the conflict in Kosovo in 1999)

“The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them”

The words attributed to Vladimir Lenin

Instead of an introduction

Before proceeding to the main issue of this publication, I would like to place some coordinates that will define how I see the situation around the Crimea in its international aspect.

When Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia in 2000, during his first inaugural speech he mentioned, among other things, the restoration of Russia as a great power. Currently in the theory of international relations such a Russia means one that dominates at least in its region – in this particular case we are talking about the Post-Soviet space. It means that implementing Putin’s idea to restore Russia as a great power would not be possible without reformatting the former Soviet Union region with the Kremlin’s exclusive right to veto strategic decisions of the former Soviet republics – the so-called reincarnation of “Brezhnev Doctrine”, but in a much narrower region compared to the communist era.

In fact, during his time in power Putin allocated lots of time and resources for this aim. And Ukraine had and still has a central place in such plans – successfully implementing the plan to establish informal control over our state would mean that Putin will be able to conquer other countries in the European part of the former Soviet Union, given the much lower potential of these countries compared to Ukraine. Therefore, it is clear that any attempt of the West (either through NATO enlargement – which according to Moscow is an openly hostile form of Western activity — or in a milder form of association agreements and free trade area with the EU) to reformat former Soviet space without Russia’s participation, arouses resistance. Therefore, confrontation is inevitable: this in fact we are seeing today. The only question is in the manifestations and forms – a cold war could escalate into something more active. Continue reading

A Positive Outlook on the Events in Crimea

ALL WILL BE WELL!

I decided to write this post because, on the one hand, being a specialist in the theory of intuition, I continuously receive questions: will there be a war? On the other hand, I see that the populace of Ukraine is getting massively neurotic: from the inspiration for Ukraine to the depression over the war with Russia. The Ukrainians are neurotic, and the Russians, I think, are psychotic: powerful patriotic rallying against the backdrop of a possible war with the fascists.  Just imagine, this is 70 years after the war is over [edit. WWII]. Continue reading

The USA is preparing new sanctions against the Russians, and Japan is thinking about the same.

images (1)The USA is ready to impose additional sanctions against Russia in connection with the annexation of the Crimea; they will affect a number of Russian oligarchs from Vladimir Putin’s surrounding. DW’s Russian service informs, referring to Reuters, that this has been reported by the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Carney believes that these measures will affect the Russian economy. He advised the investors to be careful with Russian stocks. Continue reading

March 17, 2014: US President Executive Order

March 17, 2014: US President Executive Order — Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/17/executive-order-blocking-property-additional-persons-contributing-situat