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Re: Russia

Post by robinson » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:47 pm

Witness wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:25 pm
Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

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He added that there is "no infrastructure for a nuclear clean up" in the region.
https://news.yahoo.com/russia-launches- ... 36329.html
Here's some news. There is no infrastructure anywhere for a nuclear clean up, of any region.
You never know what's going to happen, then some shit happens nobody saw coming, then later somebody says they knew it was coming, then some new shit happens nobody saw coming, rinse and repeat

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Re: Russia

Post by Bruce » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:23 pm

So what. It's the arctic. If there's a spill, it will only impact Siberia, Canada, Alaska, and the Netherlands, and who cares about them?

Oh, and Svalbard.

Oh, wait! :shock:
Such potential!

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Re: Russia

Post by ed » Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:04 am

And greenland
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Re: Russia

Post by Bruce » Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:33 am

Dammit, Russia. It's like you WANT to pick a fight.
Such potential!

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:01 am

Have a drink, ya all!

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:29 am

US intel report says mysterious Russian explosion was triggered by recovery mission of nuclear-powered missile, not a test
  • A U.S. intelligence report says the mysterious explosion off Russia's northern coast occurred during a recovery mission to salvage the Kremlin's nuclear-powered missile from the ocean floor.
  • The mysterious explosion sparked fears that Russia had tested its nuclear-powered Burevestnik missile, also known as Skyfall.
  • CNBC learned last year of similar plans Moscow made to try to recover a nuclear-powered missile lost at sea.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/29/intel-s ... -test.html for the details.

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:42 am

Witness wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:25 pm
Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings
Phew:
Russia's first sea-borne nuclear power plant arrives to its base

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s first-floating nuclear power plant has arrived to its permanent base near an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska, Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom said on Saturday.

Developed by Rosatom, the plant, known as “Akademik Lomonosov”, set off on a 5,000 km (3,100 mile) journey on Aug. 23 through Arctic waters to reach the Chukotka region.

Rosatom said it aims to make the floating station operational by the year-end. It would become the world’s northernmost nuclear power station.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russ ... SKBN1VZ0CY




And in completely different news:
Russian activist saves data from police with drone

Sergey Boyko says he sent hard drives to a friend by drone when police banged at his door at 10:00 local time, to avoid them getting hold of the data.

The search was part of a nationwide crackdown on the opposition.

Around 200 raids have been carried out in the past few days after the ruling party suffered major losses in local elections in Moscow.

A YouTube video taken (in Russian) by a female companion shows Mr Boyko, who lives in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, releasing a drone from his flat in a tall apartment block as police wait to be let in.

Mr Boyko heads the local branch of the movement of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who campaigned for voters to defeat candidates of the United Russia party using tactical voting in Sunday's city council election.

The activists say the raids are a form of revenge by the authorities for the setbacks.
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49689833

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:07 pm

What's with Russia these days? :notsure:
Blast sparks fire at Russian laboratory housing smallpox virus

Facility know as Vector is one of only two sites holding virus, and also houses Ebola samples

A gas explosion has sparked a fire at a Russian laboratory complex stockpiling viruses ranging from smallpox to Ebola, authorities have said.

The State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology denied that the fire had exposed the public to the pathogens stored inside, some of the deadliest on Earth.

The blast took place during repairs to a fifth-floor sanitary inspection room at the facility – known as Vector – in Koltsovo, in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, the centre said on Monday. The site housed secret biological weapons research during the Soviet era and is now one of Russia’s main disease research centres.

One worker suffered third-degree burns after the blast, which blew out the glass in the building. The fire reportedly spread through the building’s ventilation system. A fire covering ​​30 square metres was later extinguished.

Russian authorities insisted that the room where the explosion occurred was not holding any biohazardous substances and that no structural damage was caused. The mayor of Koltsovo said that the laboratory did not contain any disease samples because of ongoing repair work.

The smallpox virus survives in two places on Earth: at Vector and at another high-security laboratory at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... lpox-virus

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:10 pm

Priests Air-Bomb Russian City With Holy Water To Stop All The ‘Drinking’ And ‘Fornication’

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Approximately 70 litres of the blessed water was poured through an open door of a plane on Wednesday (September 11), onto the city of Tver.

The move was part of the city’s battle against drinking and fornication, with priests reciting a prayer service after pouring the water.

The flight, which started from Zmeyevo airfield, has taken place every September since 2006 to mark the Russian Orthodox Church’s Day of Sobriety, local outlet Tvernews reported.

Father Alexander Goryachev boards the plane each year in an attempt to promote sobriety in the country, with footage of the flight showing him strapped into a harness so he didn’t accidentally fall from the aeroplane.

This year is the first time holy water was poured onto the city though, with the priest and local Bishop Savva deciding extra measures were needed to purge the city’s citizens of drunkenness and casual sex.

They were accompanied by the 19th century icon of the Inexhaustible Chalice, which the Orthodox Church believes can heal alcoholics and drug addicts.
https://www.unilad.co.uk/life/priests-a ... rnication/

"Inexhaustible Chalice", bad choice comrade, bad choice. :mrgreen:

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:12 am

Walrus sinks Russian Navy boat in the Arctic Ocean

London & Moscow (CNN) A walrus attacked and sunk a Russian Navy landing boat in the Arctic Ocean last week, with no one hurt in the incident.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the female animal was protecting its calves when it targeted the craft carrying researchers to the shore of Cape Geller in the Arctic.
Those on board were members of a joint expedition by the Northern Fleet -- Russia's naval fleet in the Arctic -- and the Russian Geographical Society (RGO).

The ministry said: "Serious troubles were avoided thanks to the clear and well-coordinated actions of the Northern Fleet servicemen, who were able to take the boat away from the animals without harming them."
The RGO explained in a statement that the boat had "sunk" but confirmed that everyone had reached shore safely.
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/24/worl ... index.html

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:51 am

Russian Bilbo (1976):

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Many more pics: https://www.laboiteverte.fr/illustratio ... bit/?l=sb1

The comrades also made a movie:



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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:47 am

Ukrainian politics:


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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:36 am

Russia Thinks Trump’s Syria Pullout Is Too Good to Be True

Moscow’s state-controlled media treat Trump as delusional. Putin, with condescending charity, says maybe he helped a little to defeat ISIS, but doubts the U.S. will ever get out.

U.S. President Donald Trump stunned the world Wednesday by announcing the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, declaring that the so-called Islamic State has been defeated. Planning for the “full” and “rapid” pullout already is under way, according to a U.S. defense official and an administration official quoted by CNN.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told state television Channel One that “a milestone” that might evolve from this decision is “a real prospect for a political solution.” But many Russian government officials, state media hosts and experts reacted to the news with cynical disbelief. It seemed too good to be true.

“Of course I support him [Trump] leaving,” said Semyon Bagdasarov, director of the Moscow-based Center for Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, appearing on the Russian state TV show “The Evening with Vladimir Soloviev.” Bagdasarov opined that the U.S. withdrawal would mean that massive oil reserves in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province would fall under Russian control. “I hope we’ll get it and not the Turks. Praise God, we thank him!”

Bagdasarov described the ultimate outcome of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria as “a total dream come true.” The host, Vladimir Soloviev, chimed in and predicted a massive picnic—“It will be a real celebration, in the best traditions!”

That said, the Russians are reluctant to take any of Trump’s announcements too seriously. Bagdasarov described Trump’s Syria declaration as “part of the delirium that is constantly coming over him.” Bagdasarov added, “He is an interesting guy, this is like a fiction novel. I feel bad for his poor defense minister, he’s struggling to keep up.”

Russian state media roundly mocked President Trump for his claimed defeat of ISIS in Syria.

The host of the Russian state TV program “60 Minutes” Evgeny Popov said: “Trump boldly and unceremoniously lied” about beating ISIS. “He didn’t defeat them – the Russian military did.” As for Trump’s promise of a complete withdrawal, Popov said: “I don’t believe it, we’ll see about that.”

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Semyon Bagdasarov pointed out that Trump seems to be unaware of the ongoing fight against ISIS that continues in real time. As for Trump’s announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, Bagdasarov says: “Forget about it... They aren’t going anywhere.”

Aleksei Kondratyev, a member of the Russian Upper House and the deputy chairman of the committee on defense and security, concurred with that assessment, stating: “Today, Trump simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed... They will do no such thing. They’ve been leaving Afghanistan for the last 20 years.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-th ... ref=author

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:28 pm

Lindsey Graham duped by Russian pranksters

'They got us,' Graham's office said of the August phone calls.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was duped into phone conversations with Russian pranksters posing as Turkish officials in August, his office confirmed to NBC News.

"We have been successful in stopping many efforts to prank Senator Graham and the office, but this one slipped through the cracks. They got him," Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop told NBC.

In recordings of the calls obtained by Politico, Graham bad-mouthed the same Kurdish allies he's accused President Donald Trump of betraying.

"Your YPG Kurdish problem is a big problem,” Graham told the pranksters, one of whom was claiming to be Turkey's defense minister, according to Politico. The reference was to Kurdish fighters who had been armed by the U.S. to combat ISIS.

"I told President Trump that Obama made a huge mistake in relying on the YPG Kurds,” Graham said, according to the report. "Everything I worried about has come true, and now we have to make sure Turkey is protected from this threat in Syria. I’m sympathetic to the YPG problem, and so is the president, quite frankly."

He also urged the "minister" to drop plans to use a Russian anti-aircraft system, the report said.

The pranksters — Russian shock jocks — got Graham back on the phone a few days later, and the South Carolina Republican told them he'd spoken to Trump about their call.

"We want a better relationship with Turkey. That’s exactly what he wants," Graham told them, according to the report.

"And this case involving the Turkish bank, he’s very sensitive to that," Graham continued. "The president wants to be helpful, within the limits of his power."
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politi ... s-n1064806

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:14 am

Vladimir Putin calls for 'reliable' Russian version of Wikipedia

President says user-edited site should be replaced with Big Russian Encyclopaedia

Vladimir Putin has called for the creation of a more “reliable” Russian version of Wikipedia.

The president told a Kremlin meeting on the future of the Russian language: “As for Wikipedia … it’s better to replace it with the new Big Russian Encyclopaedia in electronic form,” RIA Novosti news agency reported. “At least that will be reliable information, presented in a good, modern way.”

Putin was referring to a Russian encyclopaedia published between 2007 and 2014 in paper form.

The government plans to allocate nearly 1.7bn rubles (£20.7m) to developing a Russian online reference resource similar to Wikipedia in the next three years, according to government documents published in September.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... -wikipedia

Pravdapedia? :mrgreen:

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Re: Russia

Post by Grammatron » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:26 am

Putin just wants to prevent Fake News(TM) from influencing Russian elections.

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:31 pm

Russia Raided a Physics Institute. Kremlin Watchers Are Mystified.

The armed operation targeting scientists in Moscow prompted outrage and questions about over-the-top actions by the country’s increasingly aggressive security forces.

MOSCOW — The Lebedev Physics Institute in Moscow helped the Soviet Union detonate its first nuclear bomb, figured out how to build a hydrogen bomb and has stood for decades in the vanguard of Russian scientific achievement. Seven of its scientists have won Nobel Prizes.

So it came as a shock last week when, shortly before celebrations to mark the 85th anniversary of the illustrious institute’s founding, its halls were suddenly swarming with security officers wearing masks and armed with automatic weapons.

They searched the office of the institute’s director, Nikolai N. Kolachevsky, and questioned him for six hours about a supposed plot to export military-use glass windows. He later denounced the raid as a “masked show,” a phrase Russians use to describe increasingly over-the-top interventions by law enforcement agencies.

The operation set off another round of what in recent months has become a favorite, if depressing, parlor game for Russia’s intelligentsia: trying to figure out why “siloviki,” or “people of force” — security, intelligence and military officials — have been acting so strangely and in ways at odds with the stated policy goals of President Vladimir V. Putin.

It also provided a grim example of why, despite its scientific prowess, Russia has had such trouble diversifying its economy beyond just pulling oil, gas and other resources out of the ground. Mr. Putin has for years called on scientists to look beyond their books and laboratories, and use their world-class talents to help build a modern economy.

But those who try to do so run a serious risk of getting raided by masked men with guns. Cases tend to drag on for months or years, leaving the careers and nerves of suspects shredded, even if they are eventually exonerated.

That happened to Dmitri Trubitsyn, a former physicist who was arrested in 2017 in connection with a successful high-tech company he had set up in Siberia with fellow scientists. The case was finally closed more than a year later because of a lack of evidence to support accusations that he was running a criminal conspiracy to deceive regulators.

Meeting with security force commanders on Wednesday in the Kremlin, Mr. Putin praised the Federal Security Service — known as the F.S.B., the successor to the domestic arm of the Soviet-era K.G.B. — for its growing role in “Russia’s integrated security,” while conceding that law enforcement agencies needed to work on “strengthening public confidence in them.”

When they descended on the Lebedev Physics Institute last week, the security services carried out simultaneous raids on scientists and their family members. The main target of their investigation seems to have been Olga Kanorskaya, the daughter of a Lebedev scientist and the owner of a private company that, from an office she rented at the institute, built up a small business selling precision glassware.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/worl ... e=Homepage

Somebody forgot to pay the "rent"?

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:39 am

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Re: Russia

Post by Fid » Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:56 am

Kick ass garden gnomes
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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:56 am

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