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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:08 am Needs to be re-posted every so often. :)
I approve, but you could vary the pics.

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A New Front Opens in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Borscht

“A lot of things were taken away from Ukraine, but they will not take our borscht,” said a chef who is leading a drive to recognize the soup as a Ukrainian cultural heritage.

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BORSHCHIV, Ukraine — The roadside cafe is called Borscht, advertised with a gigantic beetroot red sign, leaving little doubt what people around here like to eat.

The fields are planted with beets. The town is named Borshchiv, which means “belonging to borscht.” It is just one of a dozen cities and villages in Ukraine named for borscht.

Given this clear commitment to borscht, Ukrainians wonder why the soup is commonly assumed to be Russian, a national dish of their archenemy.

Now a Ukrainian chef supported by the Ministry of Culture and Parliament is trying to set the record straight with an application to the United Nations’ cultural body, UNESCO, to list borscht as an intangible part of Ukraine’s cultural heritage.

“They can think whatever they like, but borscht is a Ukrainian soup,” said Olha Habro, a grandmother and well-practiced maker of borscht in Borshchiv.

Like the food fight between the Arabs and Israelis over who owns hummus, the dispute sadly divides two neighboring cultures over traditions that might have united them. Borscht is enjoyed in both Ukraine and Russia.

This conflict, though, comes with a twist. Even some Russian culinary historians and authoritative Soviet-era reference books on food place the origin of borscht in Ukraine. But after the Soviet Union broke up, Russia seemed to stake more of its own claim to the soup.

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In Western countries, borscht came to be viewed as Russian in part because of the tendency for many decades to conflate Russia, which was only one of the Soviet republics, with all things Soviet.

At home, many Soviet cookbooks identified borscht as Ukrainian, including an authoritative study of ethnic cooking published in 1978, “National Cuisines of Our People,” which listed six recipes, all from regions of Ukraine.

Even the Soviet classic cookbook, “The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food,” first published in 1939 under Stalin, does not describe borscht as Russian. It has only one recipe for the soup indicating a national origin, and that is for “Ukrainian borscht.” The others are specialized versions with mushrooms or low in fat, of unspecified origin.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/04/worl ... rscht.html
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Damn gorgeous photo. What vantage is it taken from, I wonder?
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gnome wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:39 pm Damn gorgeous photo. What vantage is it taken from, I wonder?
Sarah Palin's back yard.
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Russia is one of the few places I'd like to visit.
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Rob Lister wrote: Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:36 am
gnome wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:39 pm Damn gorgeous photo. What vantage is it taken from, I wonder?
Sarah Palin's back yard.
Unlike Palin, that will never get old.


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The lonely sands of Russia stretch far away.
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ed wrote: Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:21 am Russia is one of the few places I'd like to visit.
No. You wouldn't.
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Weather in Vladivostok:

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Witness wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:22 pm Weather in Valdivostok:

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Summer, then.
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Witness wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:22 pm Weather in Valdivostok:

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Perhaps connected to:

“years of Western economic sanctions have made the situation worse, and analysts say up to 12 million Russians drink cheap surrogate alcohol, including perfume, after shave, anti-freeze and window cleaner.”

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https://www.foxnews.com/world/russian-s ... petersburg

Russian scientist working on COVID-19 vaccine plummets to death in St. Petersburg

Occupational hazards such as these seem to be a little too comon.
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Russian agent 'tricked into detailing Navalny assassination bid'

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny duped a Russian FSB state agent into revealing details of an attack on him with the nerve agent Novichok, the investigative group Bellingcat reports.

Mr Navalny reportedly impersonated a security official to call the agent.

The agent, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, told him the Novichok had been placed in a pair of Mr Navalny's underpants.

Mr Navalny, who is still recovering in Berlin, posted a recording of the long conversation on his YouTube channel.

He collapsed on board a Russian airliner in August in the attack, which nearly proved fatal.

As part of Mr Navalny's ruse to elicit more details of the assassination attempt, Bellingcat says the call to Mr Kudryavtsev was set up to indicate it was coming from a Federal Security Service (FSB) landline.

In the conversation, Mr Navalny posed as a senior official seeking details for a report on the FSB operation.

Mr Kudryavtsev told him the swift response of the airline pilot and the emergency medical team in Omsk, Siberia - where Mr Navalny was first treated - could have been the reason for the failure to kill him.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55395683 for the rest.
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Witness wrote: Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:58 am
Russian agent 'tricked into detailing Navalny assassination bid'

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny duped a Russian FSB state agent into revealing details of an attack on him with the nerve agent Novichok, the investigative group Bellingcat reports.

Mr Navalny reportedly impersonated a security official to call the agent.

The agent, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, told him the Novichok had been placed in a pair of Mr Navalny's underpants.

Mr Navalny, who is still recovering in Berlin, posted a recording of the long conversation on his YouTube channel.

He collapsed on board a Russian airliner in August in the attack, which nearly proved fatal.

As part of Mr Navalny's ruse to elicit more details of the assassination attempt, Bellingcat says the call to Mr Kudryavtsev was set up to indicate it was coming from a Federal Security Service (FSB) landline.

In the conversation, Mr Navalny posed as a senior official seeking details for a report on the FSB operation.

Mr Kudryavtsev told him the swift response of the airline pilot and the emergency medical team in Omsk, Siberia - where Mr Navalny was first treated - could have been the reason for the failure to kill him.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55395683 for the rest.
Just a crazy story. Wonder what will now happen to Mr Kudryavtsev, who got tricked into confessing. Surely his fate will not be good. Otherwise we would never know the precise details of the poisoning. Putin explicitly denied they had anything to do with the poisoning saying Navalny would already be dead if it were them. They are much more embarrassed that they botched the assassination and looked incompetent than being caught doing the killing itself. Not that anyone in the know or even a moderate read of history had any doubt.
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Here is the you tube of Navalny getting the agent to talk:


Russian, with English subtitles.

The entire thing is just so unbelievable and underscores just how corrupt top to bottom the Russian government is.
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Lenin saved… by capitalism! Remote Russian region won’t tear down statue to Bolshevik icon because it’s too popular with tourists

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Russian troops leaving Germany:


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Lots more pics: https://englishrussia.com/2020/11/06/so ... g-germany/
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In other news Navalny went back to Moscow to get immediately arrested…
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Lots of protests in Russia (about Navalny).

https://old.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout ... tacked_by/


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Democrats would call this an insurrection.
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Protest in Krasnoyarsk.
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Monument to the (Siberian) Mosquito, Noyabrsk.
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Russia’s Yearly Mortality Surges 20% in 2020

Russia recorded a 19.6% year-on-year increase in deaths last year, figures published by the federal statistics service showed Monday.

Rosstat said a total of 2.12 million people died in 2020 — an increase of 323,000 compared to 2019, and the highest annual fatality count for at least 16 years.

Speaking earlier Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said 31% of the increase in deaths was due to the coronavirus. That assessment is based on a counting practice which runs counter to World Health Organization guidelines, by ignoring deaths where the coronavirus was present in a patient but not deemed to be the main cause of death.

Golikova’s announcement also contradicts statements made at the end of 2020, when she said the coronavirus accounted for at least 80% of Russia’s excess deaths.
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Met Lukashenko in Sotchi.
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You did?

Wait... that makes you...

... explains a lot!