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ikosmos ikosmos's picture

ah. What is best in life?

A fleet horse, the open steppe, the wind in your hair, a new thread, and a falcon at your wrist.

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Proof that Canada and Russia are very similar, especially when it comes to democratically elected leaders.

 

 

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Under Pressure Over Aleppo Siege, Russia Hints at Seeking Deal with U.S.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/world/middleeast/syria-aleppo-russia.html

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Aleppo is the Stalingrad of the liberation of Syria. The Western and Gulf State funded terrorists are being beaten to a pulp. No wonder the Western MSM is full of wailing, fabrications, and so on.

Syrian Endgame: The Battle for Aleppo and ‘Plan C’

The Russian AF, along with other regional allies, has literally saved Syria from the blessings of Western "civilization" so amply demonstrated in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and so on.

Timebandit

IIRC, Russia helped make a big mess of Afghanistan long before the West was there. Didn't they fight there for what, 10 years? It was their Vietnam.

Sean in Ottawa

Timebandit wrote:

IIRC, Russia helped make a big mess of Afghanistan long before the West was there. Didn't they fight there for what, 10 years? It was their Vietnam.

Interesting point but I think we should try to avoid seeing one cold war proxy conflict as related to one side and another to the other.

Both Vietnam and Afghanistan were Cold War conflicts. Worthy of note that both were on the border with the Communist side which leads to interesting questions about the dynamics of the US involvement in a state bordering on the other side.

The rationale for the Soviets in Afghanistan had as much to do with securing their border as it did with anything else. The Korean divide is also related to a border concern even today. China might have a lot fewer concerns bordering on a united Korean state if it were not for the US role in South Korea. It is quite possible that without the US being present, it is the North that would have collapsed as the Chinese would have been less motivated to retain it as a buffer state, no matter what it does. The chief function of North Korea for China is to keep the US military a little further away.

Timebandit

Right, okay. But the USSR propped up a regime in Afghanistan that got the ball rolling there - whether it was ultimately about securing their border or not. My point being that ikosmos has a habit of claiming utter purity on the part of the Russians and that is one instance where their hands are anything but clean.

Sean in Ottawa

Timebandit wrote:

Right, okay. But the USSR propped up a regime in Afghanistan that got the ball rolling there - whether it was ultimately about securing their border or not. My point being that ikosmos has a habit of claiming utter purity on the part of the Russians and that is one instance where their hands are anything but clean.

Ok I am with you there.

I don't accept the idea that one of these super powers is innocent and the other is not. They are all three bullies -- including China. I reserve my sympathy mostly for the small countries who are getting screwed time and again.

The game of choosing the least bad of nasty superpowers is not one I like to play.

My residual sympathy for China is as a developing country with a massive population that has seen desperation and needs a better standard of living but I am not about to pretend that it is a nice kid on the block either.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Timebandit wrote:
My point being that ikosmos has a habit of claiming utter purity on the part of the Russians and that is one instance where their hands are anything but clean.

What a steaming pile of animal droppings. My claim was that the Russian AF, along with regional allies (Iran, Hezbollah, and, of course, the Syrian Arab Army) has SAVED Syria from the millions of deaths, millions of displaced persons, and mass destruction of infrastructure ... which is the "blessing" that Western countries brought to Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan. There's no claim of "purity" or some shite.

This is simply a way for you to throw in a non sequitur and change the subject.

Timebandit

Right, got it. The blessings from Russia to Afghanistan were a steaming pile of animal droppings.

Not the phraseology that I'd have chosen, but paints the picture well enough.

ETA: Hold up, isn't Russia bombing Syria, too? So they're saving Syria by bombing Syria, but the West is destroying Syria by bombing Syria. Unless the Russian bombs are full of whipped cream and cotton candy, I'm guessing that there's a little soot on their hands now, too.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

What a waste of time arguing with supporters of terrorism in Syria. Too fukcing bad your much-loved jihadists are getting wiped out.

Aleppo. Stalingrad. And, while it's too soon to predict, it surely looks like the tide is turning.

Choke on it.

 

Timebandit

Not sure how you're drawing that conclusion. Assad's regime and Daesh are both beyond horrible. My point here, though, is that you can't demonize "the West" for bombing and then declare Russia the good guys for also bombing. It's one big, shitty mess and Russia's as culpable for complicating it as anyone.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Patrick Armstrong's usual brilliance.

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 18 AUGUST 2016

Armstrong's sober analysis, his balanced reporting about Russia, the concise way he summarizes the facts, allowing the reader to investigate for themselves to the degree that they wish - all of this makes his reports just gold mines of information.

And it's nice to see that it's a Canadian doing this. Chew slowly! This is the good stuff.

Here's just a little taste.


Sean in Ottawa

ikosmos wrote:

Patrick Armstrong's usual brilliance.

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 18 AUGUST 2016

Armstrong's sober analysis, his balanced reporting about Russia, the concise way he summarizes the facts, allowing the reader to investigate for themselves to the degree that they wish - all of this makes his reports just gold mines of information.

And it's nice to see that it's a Canadian doing this. Chew slowly! This is the good stuff.

Here's just a little taste.


Patrick's article on doping is written to an audience that presumably were already aware of the chronology of Stepanov. I think many people here and elsewhere may not have the benefit of that. The article acknowledges that she was central to doping and outlines her family connections to WADA but it assumes the readers already know the circumstances of her whistle blowing.

The way most of the media would have you understand it Stepanova had some crisis of conscience and blew the whistle on a doping scheme and then got punished for that.

Let's have a little closer look:

Stepanova is 30 years old. She was caught doping in 2013 and given a 2-year ban. A ban when you are 30 effectively ends your career. Stepanova was also not at the top of her sport anyway (the best she ever reached was a bronze medal at the Euro Athletics Indoor championship in 2011). When running she recieved prize money for a number of races. When caught the money had to be returned and her income dried up. She needed something to make money. She was involved in the documentary. WADA gave her family $30,000 to relocate to the United States). This was no crisis of conscience, she gave up no part of her athletic career as a whistle blower. It was already ended becuase she was caught.

So, in this context, you can see why she would not be allowed to compete.

By the way there is a translation of the Russian Olympic Committee response to the the WADA report -- might be good to ahve that here so I will copy that below:

“The accusations against Russian sports found in the report by Richard McLaren are so serious that a full investigation is needed, with input from all parties.  The Russian Olympic Committee has a policy of zero tolerance and supports the fight against doping.  It is ready to provide its full assistance and work together, as needed, with any international organization.

We wholeheartedly disagree with Mr. McLaren’s view that the possible banning of hundreds of clean Russian athletes from competition in the Olympic Games is an acceptable ‘unpleasant consequence’ of the charges contained in his report.

The charges being made are primarily based on statements by Grigory Rodchenkov.  This is solely based on testimony from someone who is at the epicenter of this criminal scheme, which is a blow not only to the careers and fates of a great many clean athletes, but also to the integrity of the entire international Olympic movement.

Russia has fought against doping and will continue to fight at the state level, steadily stiffening the penalties for any illegal activity of this type and enforcing a precept of inevitabile punishment.

The Russian Olympic Committee fully supports the harshest possible penalties against anyone who either uses banned drugs or encourages their use.

At the same time, the ROC – acting in full compliance with the Olympic Charter – will always protect the rights of clean athletes.  Those who throughout their careers – thanks to relentless training, talent, and willpower – strive to realize their Olympic dreams should not have their futures determined by the unfounded, unsubstantiated accusations and criminal acts of certain individuals.  For us this is a matter of principle.”

When it comes to punishing those found to have cheated, fair play makes sense but to include those who were never found to be guilty is a presumption of guilt that is repugnant.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

If my baseball team is caught cheating, from the manager on down, should everyone else make a special exception for the catcher, who had no part in it?

And if so, should s/he wear our disgraced team's uniform?

This isn't about rogue athletes, it's about a rogue nation.  Why should sanctions be at the individual level?

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Let's please stop with the nonsense that there was not widescale state sponsored doping going on in Russia

That's a given

Doping done on such a massive scale like was done in Russia, requires extraordinary penalties to try and stamp it out and if it means banning the entire country for a period of time so be it
Maybe then the clean athletes will put the pressure on Putin to clean up his act

Doug Woodard

Back in the USSR: did the West miss an opportunity after Stalin's death?

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/18/last-days-of-stalin-joshua...

 

Sean in Ottawa

Collective punishment is new. Widespread doping is not.

I don't see how you encourage compliance by punishing the innocent with the guilty or encourage fair play by treating the guilty no different from the innocent while providing no due process.

All of the allegations that are supported reference individuals and all can be sanctioned.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:
This isn't about rogue athletes, it's about a rogue nation.

Gotcha. This isn't about fairness. It's about bigotry by babblers - ethnic racism pure and simple.

Magoo, by such remarks, you have effectively made your arguments worthless. Well done.

Sean in Ottawa

Punishing the nation by going after the individuals is not being a good sport.

There are already sanctions against the country and there could even be some from the IOC without the simplistic banning of the athletes. Like not allowing them to host in 2028 as they seem interested in doing.

Going after athletes who have not been proven guilty stinks and is unjustified.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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Magoo, by such remarks, you have effectively made your arguments worthless. Well done.

Meh.  I'll leave it to the market to determine the worth of my arguments.

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Punishing the nation by going after the individuals is not being a good sport.

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Going after athletes who have not been proven guilty stinks and is unjustified.

So would allowing them to compete as "independents" have been sufficient, from the indvidual's point of view?  No flags, no anthems, no proud country... but an individual athlete competing?

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:
So would allowing them to compete as "independents" have been sufficient, from the indvidual's point of view?  No flags, no anthems, no proud country... but an individual athlete competing?

 

That's what WADA offered the Russian pole vaulter. "Fuck you", she said. And I can't blame her. Prove that someone has cheated, or STFU. This collective punishment ... that you have expressed your gushing enthusiasm for ... is just Nazi-like.

Christ, Magoo. Take your lumps and shut up.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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That's what WADA offered the Russian pole vaulter. "Fuck you", she said. And I can't blame her. Prove that someone has cheated, or STFU.

Didn't they prove that a whole COUNTRY cheated?

And isn't that who gets to sit it out if individual athletes compete independently?

Sorry, I thought this was about the athletes, and their dreams.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

No, they didn't prove shit, Magoo. Someone - who was already convicted of doping-related offences - after getting paid $30 K by WADA to move [and generously provided with a free lab in the good old USA] made unsubstantiated claims on the basis of which an entire track team was DSQ'd. 

McLaren is going to need a big hole to hide in. Once the lawsuits get through the courts, he's going to be using the cheap toiletpaper to get by.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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No, they didn't prove shit, Magoo. Someone - who was already convicted of doping-related offences - after getting paid $30 K by WADA to move [and generously provided with a free lab in the good old USA] made unsubstantiated claims on the basis of which an entire track team was DSQ'd.

You're telling me there was NO investigation?

Sean in Ottawa

Mr. Magoo wrote:

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Magoo, by such remarks, you have effectively made your arguments worthless. Well done.

Meh.  I'll leave it to the market to determine the worth of my arguments.

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Punishing the nation by going after the individuals is not being a good sport.

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Going after athletes who have not been proven guilty stinks and is unjustified.

So would allowing them to compete as "independents" have been sufficient, from the indvidual's point of view?  No flags, no anthems, no proud country... but an individual athlete competing?

I think that is a fair question. The issue would be how they get there-- if they cannot represent their country will their country pay. It might be reasonable to do what you suggest though becuase then it would be up to the country to decide and the athletes would blame them for it.

And this is the case with Kuwait athletes right now:

http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/rio-2016/the-ioc-banned-his-country-...

And when you think about it -- if they did this for Kuwait's athletes why not do the same for the Russian athletes?

If I were to speculate, I might say perhpas there were some conflicts of interest -- with the Russians not there other countries will get more medals.

Based on the fact that one set of sanctions with respect for individual athletes was picked for Kuwait it really makes you wonder why they could not do it for the Russians.

But there are other sanctions they could have had -- like the country posting bonds they would lose if later samples prove to be doped. 

But frankly the Russians have been embarassed by the scandal -- even making this public had an effect. So dealing with the individuals who were proven to be doping might have been enough.

The more I think about this the more unfair this handling seems to me.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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Based on the fact that one set of sanctions with respect for individual athletes was picked for Kuwait it really makes you wonder why they could not do it for the Russians.

I'm a bit confused here... isn't that basically what they did?  Even while allowing Russia (the country) to participate?  Because here's CBC's medal breakdown, as of a moment ago:

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But there are other sanctions they could have had -- like the country posting bonds they would lose if later samples prove to be doped.

Unless those bonds were billions of dollars each, all that would do is set a nice low price tag on cheating.

If it costs $30 to park in a downtown lot all day, but the fine for illegally parking right outside my office is $12, I'll go with the $12.

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But frankly the Russians have been embarassed by the scandal

They have?  Are you basing this on their public contrition?  Because I'm hearing all about lawsuits!  And revenge!!  If you feel that their tail is really between their legs then show us.

 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

OK, well, since you've decided to stick around, tell us about the "rogue nation" of Russia. Should they all just die or should some be allowed to live? And who decides? Maybe you could be in charge. Because freedom.

Timebandit

Are they dying for the Olympic games? Seems a little melodramatic, doesn't it?

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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Should they all just die or should some be allowed to live? And who decides?

Well, that escalated quickly.  I was just suggesting that I haven't really seen any evidence that Russia is at all embarrased by this.

What about you?  Are you embarrassed, on their behalf?  Or is it unanimous that a li'l doping is nothing to be embarrassed about?

Timebandit

They're dying of embarrassment? Or defiantly not dying of embarrassment?

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Sean in Ottawa

Mr. Magoo wrote:

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Based on the fact that one set of sanctions with respect for individual athletes was picked for Kuwait it really makes you wonder why they could not do it for the Russians.

I'm a bit confused here... isn't that basically what they did?  Even while allowing Russia (the country) to participate?  Because here's CBC's medal breakdown, as of a moment ago:

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But there are other sanctions they could have had -- like the country posting bonds they would lose if later samples prove to be doped.

Unless those bonds were billions of dollars each, all that would do is set a nice low price tag on cheating.

If it costs $30 to park in a downtown lot all day, but the fine for illegally parking right outside my office is $12, I'll go with the $12.

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But frankly the Russians have been embarassed by the scandal

They have?  Are you basing this on their public contrition?  Because I'm hearing all about lawsuits!  And revenge!!  If you feel that their tail is really between their legs then show us.

 

Right -- this has certainly been great publicity for them. The games are funded by countries in large part for world prestige and that has been compromised obviously.

Yes, I agree, when there are over-reactions you do create a reverse argument for victimhood and that has been done. They have mitigated the damage becuase of this case. However they ahve lost the benefit they could have had and the Sochi games were tarnished. You cannot make a good case for saying that they got away with it without consequence -- even if the innocent athletes had not been banned.

As for your picture and comment related to the fact that the Russians do have athletes there and did win medals, I have two options for for my response:

1) Assume that you are willing to bluster and argue about a story that you really have absolutely no clue about. And, that you really are completely unaware that the Russians were banned from both track and para-olympic events and that their medal count reflects the total tack ban.

or

2) Assume you really do know but that you argue as if facts just don't exist whether you are aware of them or not and you do this just for the sport of arguing no matter how ridiculous that is.

Or

I can make no assumption as to whether you know and argue as if you don't or don't know and pretend to know about what you argue. After all the difference between the two is very minor to me.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:
This isn't about rogue athletes, it's about a rogue nation.

(later) Well, that escalated quickly.

What am I supposed to think when you make bigoted remarks like the one upthread and just sail blithely along as though it's all fun and games? Obviously, you think you've done nothing wrong ... and bigoted remarks in that case are your substitute for argument.

 

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I was just suggesting that I haven't really seen any evidence that Russia is at all embarrased by this.

What is not reported in MSM here are: the steps that Federal Gov in Russia has already taken to address the serious doping issues; the public statements on same by the President; the fact that since the beginning of 2016, ALL testing has been done outside the country (in the UK); and so on.

You haven't seen any evidence because you haven't looked.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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As for your picture and comment related to the fact that the Russians do have athletes there and did win medals, I have two options for for my response:

1) Assume that you are willing to bluster and argue about a story that you really have absolutely no clue about. And, that you really are completely unaware that the Russians were banned from both track and para-olympic events and that their medal count reflects the total tack ban.

or

2) Assume you really do know but that you argue as if facts just don't exist whether you are aware of them or not and you do this just for the sport of arguing no matter how ridiculous that is.

3) Assume I'm pointing out that clearly, the IOC did do what they did for Kuwait:  sanction some athletes and not others

What's funny is that you seem to think I'm arguing without knowing the facts.  Perhaps you're aware that it wasn't the IOC who banned the Russian track team, it was track's governing body the IAAF.  The IOC even stated that any Russian track athletes cleared by the IAAF could compete under the Russian flag rather than as neutrals. 

And the IOC doesn't oversee the Paralympics, the IPC does. 

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What am I supposed to think when you make bigoted remarks

Feel free to "flag as offensive" then.  But seriously, didn't you start a thread called "The United States of Stupid"??

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ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Is Putin planning to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine?

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed a willingness to host Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for talks in Moscow, Egyptian media reported on Monday.

Sissi’s remarks came as Israeli and Palestinians officials reported unsuccessful efforts on the part of European officials to try and arrange a similar summit.

“The Russian president has informed me that he has invited Palestinian President [Abbas] and Prime Minister Netanyahu for a meeting in Moscow,” Sissi said.

“Egypt supports these efforts and both sides are urged to participate and respond positively to the initiative for the sake of finding light at the end of the tunnel for Palestinians and establishing their state alongside Israel.”

According to Sissi, “Egypt’s relationship with both sides, Israelis and the Palestinians, permit it to play a central role in the attempt to renew the diplomatic process.” Nonetheless, he said, Egypt cannot be solely responsible, but will rather be “that which convinces the sides that if peace will be attained light will shine on the entire region.”

Haaretz reports ...

Those sneaky, sneaky Russians! How dare they! Everyone "knows" the US is the "invaluable" country, without which nothing (of substance) can be done! Why didn't they ask for American "permission" ? Go to your room! Bad, bad Russians!

And what's that under your bed? A Russian! Hilary "McCarthy" Clinton says so!

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Russia claimed they killed An ISIS leader who was taken out by US drone.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/09/01/world/middleeast/russia-claims-cred...

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But Russia doesn't do wholesale sports doping sure they don't

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ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Shocking Russian "election" - controversy, interference by Putin, hacking, attacks on the vital bodily fluids of the precious liberals, endless and suspicious activities of the KGB ... I mean FSB (same thing!) ... disappeared journalists, broken fingernails of Western reporters ...

bwa ha ha ha. Just kidding. There's none of that shite. That's why the Western MSM is dead silent about elections in the Russian Federation.

Here’s why there’s a Western media blackout about Russia’s parliamentary elections

The contrast between the Russian elections and the two-ring circus in the USA is pretty noteworthy. Especially since everything wrong in the US is pretty well.... all together now ......Putin's fault !!!!!!"

I'm predicting a modest uptick for the Communists. It won't be reported on in the MSM. Because freedom.

swallow

The "blackout" - google news collction of Russia stories since yesterday (page one only):

Putin's 'United Russia' set to win elections despite public angerCNBC - ‎13 hours ago‎Despite the declining popularity of Putin's United Russia party – although not of Putin himself – it is still expected to win the 18 September elections to the lower chamber of parliament (the State Duma) and gain an absolute majority of mandates ... 4 Things to Watch in Russia's Parliamentary ElectionsWall Street Journal (blog) - ‎5 hours ago‎Stephen Sestanovich, a professor at Columbia University and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of “Maximalist: America in the World From Truman to Obama.” He is on Twitter: @ssestanovich. Russia holds parliamentary ... Russian elections: Trying to look democraticDeutsche Welle - ‎3 hours ago‎It has been a long time since such words were uttered in front of an audience of millions in Russia. The man's name is Vyacheslav Maltsev and he is a Russian parliamentary candidate for the liberal opposition People's Freedom Party (PARNAS) in ... Russia heads into parliamentary election with firm Putin gripBBC News - ‎10 hours ago‎Early voting is under way in Russia's parliamentary election, dominated by President Vladimir Putin's supporters. Most Russians will vote on Sunday but in the remotest regions ballots were cast early, in a country spanning 11 time zones. Evidence of ... Putin's Russia promises its fairest elections now that it's largely dismantled the oppositionPRI - ‎1 hour ago‎This Sunday, Russians head to the polls to elect a new parliament. The last time Russia held parliamentary elections, in 2011, opposition parties were banned from participating, and the results were marred by fraud. Tens of thousands went into the ... Putin Urges People to 'Vote For Russia' in ElectionNewsweek - ‎8 hours ago‎Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his country to go to the polls Sunday and “vote forRussia” in what he vows would be an election entirely decided by voters. Russia's parliamentaryelection, which also runs alongside governor elections in ... Putin calls on Russians to vote in parliamentary electionsRT - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎He also said he “counts on” Russian citizens' “responsible and reasonable civil position” as he urged people to vote. Putin said parliamentary elections are “a key event” and stressed that the composition of the new parliament will depend only on the ... Reading Between The Lines Of Russia's Duma ElectionsRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - ‎8 hours ago‎In a system of "managed" democracy such as Russia's, the importance of elections is not necessarily in their results but in how they are managed. “We are talking about a test for the entire system that manages the elections,” Moscow political analyst ... Russia's election: new rules, old facesFox News - ‎9 hours ago‎MOSCOW – Russia's weekend parliament elections take place under new rules that in principle could bring genuine opposition into the national legislature. But the Kremlin-backed United Russiaand the parties that almost always follow its lead are set ... Putin will make Russia's elections this Sunday the most tightly controlled in 16 years. Here's why.Washington Post - ‎13 hours ago‎The electoral protests of 2011-2012 shocked Vladimir Putin and the ruling United Russia party. And so this time, the Kremlin will leave nothing to chance. Its electoral process will be the most tightly controlled and carefully orchestrated in the ... Russia readies for nationwide Single Election DayRT - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎The lower house of the Russian parliament – the State Duma – is elected every five years. The Duma drafts and passes federal laws, sanctions the appointment of the prime minister by the president, and itself appoints several top state officials – such ... Russia goes to the polls. How much change can elections bring?Christian Science Monitor - ‎7 hours ago‎Earlier this year a widely trusted human rights crusader, Ella Pamfilova, was appointed to headRussia's Central Electoral Commission (CEC), which oversees the vote counting. She quickly moved to fire about a third of local election officials tainted ... What to expect from the 2016 Russian parliamentary electionsRussia Direct - ‎6 hours ago‎18, Russians will go to the polls to elect candidates for the lower chamber of the Russianparliament. Compared to parliamentary elections held five years ago, however, this year'selections appear to be very much a continuation of the status quo. Five ... The Russian woman who travels 500km to voteThe Guardian - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎Murad, 22, works in advertising in Pskov, in the north-west, and says if he did decide to vote, he might vote for United Russia. “I'm not a Russophobe – I love my country – but the electionsprocess is a farce. It comes down to choosing a lesser evil ... The new Red Scare? Russia ups role in world events, US electionsCNN - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎But Russia is commanding center stage in a presidential election for the first time in decades and President Vladimir Putin is being portrayed as a sinister puppeteer looming over the bitter contest between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican ... Russia's election remains far from truly freeFinancial Times - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎Five years have passed since the street protests that erupted following what were widely perceived as rigged parliamentary elections in Russia. But recent events have already made clear that anyone hoping that the next election to the Duma, Russia's ... Amid clampdown, Russian parliamentary election offers hope for oppositionUSA TODAY - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎MOSCOW — The Russian government is allowing more than a dozen opposition candidates to run in Sunday's parliamentary elections to give the appearance of political freedom at a time when other dissenters face a mounting crackdown. While their ... After nearly two decades in power, what next for Vladimir Putin - and Russia?Telegraph.co.uk - ‎8 hours ago‎Few people will expect any electoral upset when Russians go to the polls for parliamentaryelections on Sunday. With personal approval ratings of over 80 percent, a stranglehold on the media, and a pliant parliament and judiciary, Vladimir Putin's grip ... Putin's Party Maintains Tight Grip Over Russian Duma ElectionsNPR - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎Russians will go to the polls on Sunday to elect their lower house of parliament, the Duma. Accusations of blatant vote-rigging and fraud during the last vote in 2011 brought tens of thousands of protestors into the streets. The voting process on ... How to ListenRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎"I'm confident that [the elections] will be better than before because I know what we have done in the regions," Pamfilova said. "If I fail in this election, of course I will resign." The last time Russia held parliamentary elections, in 2011, Moscow ... United Russia set to rule the Duma after Sunday's electioneuronews - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎Euronews journalist Marina Ostrovskaya looks ahead to Russia's upcoming general election: “On Sunday Russia goes to the polls to elect a new parliament. Could the result change the political landscape and alter the balance of power in Russia?Joining us ... Why Duma Elections MatterRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - ‎14 hours ago‎Sure, they're fixed and they're falsified. Of course they're a far cry from free and fair. And yeah, their results are always painfully predictable. But elections to the Russian State Duma still matter. (The views expressed in this article do not ... Equal Conditions Created for All Candidates in Russia's ParliamentaryElectionsSputnik International - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Fair and equal conditions were created for all candidates in Russia'supcoming parliamentary elections, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Elections to the Russian State Duma are due to take place on Sunday. For Putin's United Russia, Another Election Victory is in the BagNewsweek - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎As I drove towards St. Petersburg on a recent trip, I couldn't miss the billboards featuring politicians running in the Russian parliamentary elections on Sunday. Their slogans promised they would stand by the people and represent their interests. Most ... Coercion and Corruption: Following Russia's 2016 Election Seasonbellingcat - ‎Sep 13, 2016‎Russia's parliamentary elections on September 18th come at a critical moment for Vladimir V. Putin, whose party, United Russia (Edinaya Rossiya), is losing popular support amid economic crisis. Though Putin himself has remained insulated from national ... Duma-day machineThe Economist - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎SINCE Russia's last parliamentary election in 2011, when widespread fraud triggered mass protests, millions of Russians have fallen into penury. Wages have plunged, and labour protests are on the rise. Vladimir Putin's forces are fighting openly in ... Russians will be voting on Sunday. Here's what you need to know.Washington Post - ‎9 hours ago‎Russian voters will elect 450 deputies to Russia's State Duma on Sunday, in the seventh electionfor the lower chamber of Russia's bicameral Federal Assembly since the legislature's founding in 1993. Large-scale protests followed the last federal ... Putin's Party Seen Topping Elections To Russia's ParliamentRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎Russians go to the polls this weekend to elect the 450 members of the federal parliament, the State Duma. The outcome of this vote is widely predicted to be similar to the last one in 2011 -- a win for President Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party. Russia parliamentary elections, September 2016BreakingNews.com - ‎Sep 15, 2016‎Legislative elections will be held in Russia on 18 September 2016, having been brought forward from 4 December. At stake are the 450 seats in the State Duma of the 7th convocation, the lower house of 

swallow

RT is there, but so is the Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, etc. etc. Not that their coverage will be "fair and balanced," but a "blackout" it ain't. 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Very impressive swallow. you've obviously done your homework. clap clap.

iyraste1313

It must be emphasized, despite all the talk of Putin´s managed election, that Russia is a federation of 88 entities, each of which send 2 elected delegates from their regional parliaments to the Council of the Federation, which does have considerable powers......

How much so, would be an interesting discussion!
Especially as some of us recognize the necessity of developing decentralized but federalized regional autonomy to regenerate a real democratic system....

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