One-Pager on Latest Developments in Russia
NOTE: When I began these Sitreps 15 years ago, the idea was one page every week and I managed 40+ a year for years. But, some years ago I began to have trouble filling a page every week and shifted to every two weeks. In short, as Russia became more normal, it became less exciting. And, you may find it strange, but this is still the case: the big stories today are the Ukraine catastrophe, the West’s war against Russia and the Russian/Chinese response. But these are slow changing and every two weeks is frequent enough.
I haven’t been very regular because keeping a schedule is easier when working than in retirement. So, if I disappear from the aether, eg only three in the last two months, it’s not because I have stopped, but because greater leisure allows more travelling.
I am also doing much writing for Russia Insider: I am comfortably off so, pace Dr Johnson, I can write for page views.
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 20 November 2014
RUSSIA ISOLATED? Not at APEC – here’s the thousand word photo. And not at G20 either – BRICS had a happy meeting. The West and its tame media is seriously deluding itself with this Russia is isolated stuff.
NEW NWO. Russia bought 55 tonnes of gold in the last quarter. What’s that mean?
Meanwhile, an arms sale to China. Sberbank offers Yuans. Another huge gas deal. Increasing military cooperation. India-China. New financial instruments. Petrodollar. Russia-Pakistan. It marches. Who thought Ukraine would be so important?
NONSENSE. It’s never easy to pick the most idiotic anti-Russian rant but here’s the latest: “Putin’s Russia is one of the most loathsomely misogynistic countries in the world”.
But, it’s Russia, what do facts have to do with it?
Remember, it’s not that Russia was such a big market for the EU but that it was about the only one that was growing: Russia can substitute; the EU cannot. So why is Europe ruining itself in such a questionable cause?
RUSSIA A GOOD INVESTMENT? The famous Jim Rogers thinks so.
Give it a read, he’s made a lot of money going against the common view.
POROSHENKO GIVES THE GAME AWAY. Watch this short video: “Their children will hole up in basements”.
Why would they be in basements?
Because his government is shelling them, that’s why.
That’s what the West is supporting.
GORBACHEV. The West is not pleased: in Berlin for the celebrations, he bluntly said the world was on the edge of a new Cold War, and they should listen to what Putin said at Valdai. A
nd he supports Putin and the annexation of Crimea.
For what it’s worth, the US State Department’s files were just hacked. I don’t know; you decide.
Unfortunately (and maybe not by accident) this has obscured more radar evidence of military aircraft near it. (For those who think it’s open and shut, go to 6:11 on this CBC interview with one of the first OSCE people on the scene: you may be surprised at what you hear).
RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE! Someone added them up: 26 breathless headlines since February. And not a smidgeon of evidence. “If Russia had invaded, you wouldn’t have to ask; if you have to ask, it hasn’t.” Help, supplies, advice, very possible; formed combat units, no.
If, however, the US arms Kiev as McCain wants, then weapons will flow from Russia. But no “invasion” because the Donbass militias don’t need them: where they get weapons, their best weapons, how they win.
RUSSIAN INCURSIONS. Much about Russian ship and aircraft activity.
This is never mentioned: “In recent months, the number of NATO jets in the skies over our Eastern Allies has increased five times. We have deployed more ships in the Baltic and the Black Sea. And this year, we are conducting over 200 NATO and national exercises in Europe.”
Patrick Armstrong, Russia Insider