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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sat May 18, 2019 1:18 am

Won't open a Montenegro thread, so here it goes:
Montenegro opposition leaders jailed for pro-Russian coup plot

A Montenegrin court has handed jail sentences to 14 people, including opposition politicians, over an alleged Russia-backed coup plot. The judge said the plot was aimed at stopping Montenegro from joining NATO.

A court in Montenegro on Thursday sentenced opposition politicians to five years in jail over an alleged attempted plot to overthrow the government.

Despite a 19-month trial, details of the plan remain murky. The opposition has decried the prosecution and trial as a "witch hunt" aimed at preventing it from coming to power.

What we know about the case
  • Fourteen people stood accused of planning a violent coup with Russian help in 2016.
  • The defendants included two pro-Russian opposition leaders, Andrija Mandic and Milan Knezevic.
  • Two Russians, identified as secret service operatives, were convicted in absentia.
  • Prosecutors said the plotters were trying to prevent Montenegro from joining the NATO military alliance.
  • Moscow denied any involvement.
  • The politicians are expected to appeal the ruling
https://www.dw.com/en/montenegro-opposi ... a-48669347

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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue May 21, 2019 4:22 am

Wow.
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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Tue May 28, 2019 2:35 am

Russian Official Bodyslams Reporter Asking About Corruption, Faces Jail

A district head in Siberia is under investigation for body-slamming a state-run television journalist during an interview featuring questions about corruption allegations.

The Rossia 24 news channel showed Sergei Zaytsev, who heads the Shirinsky district in the republic of Khakasia, snatching the reporter’s microphone and throwing him to the ground. Zaytsev told local media that he had been provoked by the news crew when they questioned him about corruption linked to rebuilding efforts following deadly wildfires in 2015.



Russia’s Investigative Committee announced on Monday that it had opened a criminal case into Zaytsev following the incident. He faces up to six years behind bars on charges of “obstructing lawful professional journalistic activities.”
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/ ... ime-a65752

"State-run", that helps. :mrgreen:

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Re: Russia

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue May 28, 2019 2:37 am

I needed cheering up, so I re-posted this. :)

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Re: Russia

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Re: Russia

Post by Bruce » Wed May 29, 2019 10:28 am

In post Soviet Russia, mounted police ride each other.
Such potential!

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Re: Russia

Post by sparks » Wed May 29, 2019 9:46 pm

They really love their jobs!
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Re: Russia

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed May 29, 2019 10:00 pm

Those are indeed Russian police uniforms in the SFW teaser shot, but the pr0n video was produced in Bulgaria. :BigGrin3:
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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu May 30, 2019 4:01 am

Bruce wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 10:28 am
In post Soviet Russia, mounted police ride each other.
See, comrade, now we can eat the horses.

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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu May 30, 2019 9:47 am

One of the few things I kinda find charming about Soviet Russia is how people call each other "comrade". Do they still do that in Russia or was that just a communist thing?
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Re: Russia

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu May 30, 2019 11:52 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 9:47 am
One of the few things I kinda find charming about Soviet Russia is how people call each other "comrade". Do they still do that in Russia or was that just a communist thing?
Communist, and more generally socialist.

I don't find it charming.

In my father's day, members of the Socialist Workers Party called each other (but not Communists) comrade.

And Shachtmanites ditto (but not the other two).

My father had a record with this song on it (not the pictured album). 8)

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Re: Russia

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:57 am

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Re: Russia

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:52 pm

Not about Russia, but I'm putting it here anyway.

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On December 8, representatives from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine met in Brest, Belarus, and declared that the Soviet Union no longer existed. Four days later, on December 12, Russia abandoned the Union leaving only Kazakhstan as the sole member of the Soviet Union. This situation persisted for four days, before Kazakhstan officially seceded from the Union, becoming the last Soviet republic to declare independence.

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:59 am

Not Russia, but nearby:
In times of trouble, the Georgian government turns to Mother Mary

With a new state religious holiday, the ruling party is following a well-established pattern in Georgian politics by kowtowing to the church.

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Legend has it that after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Virgin Mary and the disciples drew lots in Jerusalem to pick the lands where they would spread the word of Christ. Mary drew Georgia. And although she never visited the country, the connection has become deeply woven into Georgia’s national narrative.

Poets, writers and singers across the centuries have beseeched Mother Mary to “spread the hem of her dress,” as a widely used phrase puts it, over Georgia to protect her lot. The trope is used heavily today both in church sermons and toasts at the dinner table. Some, especially younger people, even ironically use “the Lot” (წილხვედრი, Tsilkhvedri) as a nickname for Georgia, as in, “I’m back in the Lot next week.”

Now the special relationship between Mary and Georgia has been inscribed into law, as the government this month established a state holiday marking the Virgin’s selection of Georgia. The bill, floated by the church and made law by parliament on May 8, is seen in many quarters as yet more pandering to the devout – further blurring the line between church and state.

“It is important that we officially make Georgia a country allotted to Mother Mary,” said Sopo Kiladze, a member of the ruling Georgian Dream and the chair of the parliament’s Human Rights Committee, as she announced the amendment to the nation’s labor code.

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The government also allotted upwards of $300,000 on celebrations to be repeated annually on May 12; for this year’s inaugural celebrations the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture ordered that 200,000 icons and 200,000 leaflets be produced.
https://eurasianet.org/in-times-of-trou ... other-mary

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:00 am

Russian police detain more than 500 at protest over journalist

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained more than 500 people, including opposition politician Alexei Navalny, at a protest in Moscow on Wednesday calling for punishment for police officers involved in the alleged framing of a journalist.

Police abruptly dropped drug charges a day earlier against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, a rare U-turn by the authorities in the face of anger from his supporters who said he was targeted over his reporting.

Golunov, 36, known for exposing corruption among Moscow city officials, was detained by police last Thursday and accused of dealing drugs, an allegation he denied.

The crude way supporters said Golunov was set up and detained triggered an unusual show of media unity and an uncharacteristically swift reversal from authorities nervous about social unrest at a time when President Vladimir Putin already faces disquiet over living standards.

The authorities had hoped freeing Golunov and promising punishment for those who allegedly framed him would appease his supporters, but they decided to go ahead with a protest on Wednesday, a public holiday in Russia, regardless.

Reuters witnesses said well over 1,000 people marched through central Moscow, chanting "Russia will be free", "Russia without Putin" and "Down with the Tsar" as police warned them not to break the law and blocked access to certain streets.

Some of the protesters wore white T-shirts saying "I am/We are Ivan Golunov," the same slogan as a front page headline carried by Russia's three leading daily newspapers on Monday.
https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/ ... reddit.com

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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:35 pm


https://www.reddit.com/r/sports/comment ... troducing/

It's being pushed by Russia Today, so apparently government-approved.
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Post by Doctor X » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:43 am

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:34 am

Russian internet giant Yandex takes rare stand against state snooping

The primacy of Russia’s security state is beginning to crimp the global growth of the country’s information technology sector. That could foretell hard choices for the government over what it will prioritize.

In early June, when the FSB security agency gave Russian internet giant Yandex 10 days to surrender the encryption keys for its main services, the company appeared to balk. That is highly unusual in the security state that is Russia.

Under Russian law, internet companies have to provide access to state security services upon request, but Yandex said the keys that the FSB sought were a step too far, granting more than the law requires. In a further unusual step, a deputy prime minister backed Yandex publicly, arguing that the tech company – Russia's largest – must be protected. The debate highlights the tension between traditional security demands and the hopes of at least some state officials that Russia’s most important global company should not be hobbled by credibility-wrecking collaboration with secret services.

“The security services want more levers of control, and Yandex is going to be saddled with more obligations,” says Sarkis Darbinyan, who works for a digital media watchdog. “Many people are going to decide that Yandex can no longer be a safe service for the exchange of personal or comparative information. Users will leave.”
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/ ... e-snooping

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:11 am

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