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  • #kiev the new list of Russians you should Not have as businesspartners (sanction)

    BUSHMIN, Evgeni Viktorovich (a.k.a. BUSHMIN, Evgeny; a.k.a. BUSHMIN, Yevgeny); DOB 10 Oct 1958; POB Lopatino, Sergachiisky Region, Russia; Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation; Chairman of the Council of the Federation Budget and Financial Markets Committee (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    DZHABAROV, Vladimir Michailovich; DOB 29 Sep 1952; First Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    FURSENKO, Andrei Alexandrovich (a.k.a. FURSENKO, Andrei; a.k.a. FURSENKO, Andrey); DOB 17 Jul 1949; POB St. Petersburg, Russia; Aide to the President of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    GROMOV, Alexei; DOB 1960; POB Zagorsk (Sergiev, Posad), Moscow Region, Russia; First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office; First Deputy Head of Presidential Administration; First Deputy Presidential Chief of Staff (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    IVANOV, Sergei (a.k.a. IVANOV, Sergey); DOB 31 Jan 1953; POB St. Petersburg, Russia; Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    IVANOV, Victor Petrovich (a.k.a. IVANOV, Viktor); DOB 12 May 1950; alt. DOB 1952; POB Novgorod, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    KOHZIN, Vladimir Igorevich; DOB 28 Feb 1959; POB Troitsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    KOVALCHUK, Yuri Valentinovich (a.k.a. KOVALCHUK, Yury Valentinovich); DOB 25 Jul 1951; POB Saint Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    MIRONOV, Sergei Mikhailovich (a.k.a. MIRONOV, Sergei); DOB 14 Feb 1953; POB Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Member of the Council of the State Duma; Leader of A Just Russia Party; Member of the State Duma Committee on Housing Policy and Housing and Communal Services (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    NARYSHKIN, Sergey Yevgenyevich (a.k.a. NARYSHKIN, Sergei); DOB 27 Oct 1954; POB Saint Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    OZEROV, Viktor Alekseevich (a.k.a. OZEROV, Viktor Alexeyevich); DOB 05 Jan 1958; POB Abakan, Khakassia, Russia; Chairman of the Security and Defense Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    PANTELEEV, Oleg Evgenevich (a.k.a. PANTELEEV, Oleg); DOB 21 Jul 1952; POB Zhitnikovskoe, Kurgan Region, Russia; First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Parliamentary Issues (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    ROTENBERG, Arkady; DOB 15 Dec 1951; POB St. Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    ROTENBERG, Boris; DOB 03 Jan 1957; POB St. Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    RYZHKOV, Nikolai Ivanovich (a.k.a. RYZHKOV, Nikolai); DOB 28 Sep 1929; POB Duleevka, Donetsk Region, Ukraine; Senator in the Russian Upper House of Parliament; Member of the Committee for Federal Issues, Regional Politics and the North of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    SERGUN, Igor Dmitrievich; DOB 28 Mar 1957; Lieutenant General; Chief of the Main Directorate of the General Staff (GRU); Deputy Chief of the General Staff (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    TIMCHENKO, Gennady (a.k.a. TIMCHENKO, Gennadiy Nikolayevich; a.k.a. TIMCHENKO, Gennady Nikolayevich; a.k.a. TIMTCHENKO, Guennadi), Geneva, Switzerland; DOB 09 Nov 1952; POB Leninakan, Armenia; alt. POB Gyumri, Armenia; nationality Finland; alt. nationality Russia; alt. nationality Armenia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    TOTOONOV, Aleksandr Borisovich (a.k.a. TOTOONOV, Alexander; a.k.a. TOTOONOV, Alexander B.); DOB 03 Mar 1957; POB Ordzhonikidze, North Ossetia, Russia; alt. POB Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, Russia; Member of the Committee on Culture, Science, and Information, Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    YAKUNIN, Vladimir; DOB 30 Jun 1948; POB Vladimir Oblast, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    ZHELEZNYAK, Sergei Vladimirovich (a.k.a. ZHELEZNYAK, Sergei; a.k.a. ZHELEZNYAK, Sergey); DOB 30 Jul 1970; POB Saint Petersburg, Russia; Deputy Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

    The following entity has been added to OFAC's SDN List:

    BANK ROSSIYA (f.k.a. AKTSIONERNY BANK RUSSIAN FEDERATION), 2 Liter A Pl. Rastrelli, Saint Petersburg 191124, Russia; SWIFT/BIC ROSY RU 2P; Website; Email Address [UKRAINE2]

  • #kiev Mel brooks as Hitler : I just want peace, not war .... a piece of (of Ukraine, Latvia, Moldavia,....)

    and you can change this to  Latvia, Lituania, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine,....

    To Be or Not to Be - Mel Brooks - I Want Peace

    I don't want war.

    All I want is peace. Peace.


    A little piece of Poland

    A little piece of France

    A little piece of Portugal

    And Austria perchance

    A little slice of Turkey

    And all that that entails

    Und then a piece of England Scotland

    lreland and Wales

    A little nip of Norway

    A little spot of Greece

    A little hunk of Hungary

    Oh what a lovely feast

    A little bite of Belgium

    And now for some dessert

    Armenia Albania

    And Russia wouldn't hurt

  • #kiev and another flash point thanks to Russia, Latvia

    On March 9, Russia’s ambassador to Latvia raised eyebrows when he told a radio station Russia will grant citizenship to ethnic Russians in the country. Latvia told the West they could be the next country Putin feels he needs to protect.

    so first youi grant them citizenship

    than you incite them to come for their minority rights and subsidize this protest

    than they ask for more 'local federalized rights'

    than they size the local administration and ask to be part of Russia

    "Me ? I know nothing"


  • #kiev new possible flashpoint Serbs in Bosnia (thanks to Russia)

    Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has long resisted any efforts to centralize power in Sarajevo, predicting instead the country's eventual demise.


    He met Russia's ambassador to Bosnia, Aleksandar Bocan-Harcenko, on Tuesday and said the Serb Republic backed Sunday's referendum in Crimea on joining Russia as "legitimate and democratic", in accordance with international law and the U.N.-guaranteed right to self-determination, Bosnia's Fena news agency reported.


    As the Crimea crisis neared its climax last week, Dodik visited Moscow, where he was rewarded by Russian Patriarch Kirill for his efforts "to consolidate the unity of Orthodox nations".


    Ashdown noted an offer by Russia of a loan to Bosnia's Serb Republic to compensate for a freeze in funding to both of Bosnia's entities by the International Monetary Fund over stalled economic measures.


    Russia stepped in to help Ukraine's pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovich, with billions of dollars in aid after he spurned a deal on closer ties with the European Union in late November. Yanukovich was toppled by mass protests in February, precipitating Crimea's secession by referendum on Sunday.


    "The actions of offering an alternative loan ... to one of the (Bosnian) entities, the action of withdrawing support for a project to join Europe, it cannot have any other outcome but to encourage those who wish to see secessionism," Ashdown told reporters.

    back in time

  • Europe will now be able - just as the US - to close and sell troubled banks during the weekend

    Corien Wortmann-Kool, a lead negotiator for the parliament, said that under the new rules troubled banks could be dealt with "within a weekend" instead of the protracted process before that often undermined credibility in the EU's financial system.

    if you want to read the chaos of such negotiations (and the poor auditing and numberkeeping and riskcalculating) in the US during the crisis of 2008  read the book 'too big to fail'  flabbergasting

    hopefully they learn from that and do  not try to do it all over again

    as when they launched a new currency without all the infrastructure and institutions and controls that you would need when things go wrong

    it has been fixed along the way but it could have been the other way and it would have cost millions of Europeans much less trouble and hardship

  • #kiev as the whole geopolitical paradigma's are changing : the role of Cyprus

    The U.S. ambassador to Cyprus says an agreement to reunify the ethnically split island could ease the supply of newly-found offshore gas to Europe by allowing it to go through Turkey.


    John Koenig says that easier access to eastern Mediterranean gas deposits after a peace accord would help diversify Europe's energy sources and feed the needs of energy-hungry Turkey.


    In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Koenig said a peace deal could also boost bailed-out Cyprus' ailing economy, years before the Mediterranean island nation starts reaping its potential gas rewards.


    Turkey doesn't recognize Cyprus as a sovereign country. Cyprus was split into an internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

    now that everything is changing everybody can make deals they would before not dream of to do but in which everything could be coupled because

    * Europe and the US now need Turkey even more as partner so some kind of 'Union' or partnership is possible and if you are both member of linked to the same family the least one could do is stop fighting each other as if you are from two different worlds

    * the two parts of Cyprus can profit from their strategic location and from the enormous gasresources in the territorial waters around it who have now become even more strategically important (even if Russian gaz may be cheapier Europe can't be dependent on it anymore)

    * with all those funds that are not willing to go to Russia for some years, Turkey becomes an even more interesting market - even if there is some political opposition and turmoil

  • #kiev up to 25.000 people have intention to leave Crimea

    a broken state can not do that alone

    so the UN will have to come in or the Europeans

  • #kiev Ukranian websites start disabling comments to stop Russian trols and online fights

    maybe we should do it here also when flemish seperatists start trolling


  • #kiev Russian stockmarket lost all gains and a dollar costs 6 rubles more in a year

    look at his over a year (and look that trading itself has also been very intense lately)

    all the gains are gone

    and Putin is escalating the economic war as he has decided today to block nearly all agrarian products from the Ukraine, the main export product (no problem, Europe and Chinese are very interested in this enormous food reservoir for generations to come)


    over a year the difference is 6 roubles more for every dollar

    and the real increase began in january to 33 roubles and has now added another 3

    this means a lot if you have accounts in roubles or payments to do in dollars

  • #kiev transd the next possible flash point explained in one paragraph

    Why does Transnistria exist? In 1989 as the Soviet Union began to fray, nationalism was building in Moldova, with the majority Romanian-speaking population voicing its desire to be independent or united with Romania to the west. After the Latin alphabet was reintroduced after a few decades of hiatus under the Soviets, the Russian-speaking groups in Moldova, most of them ethnic Russians or Ukrainians populating the Transnistrian region, started to fear getting sidelined or worse, and declared their independence on Sept. 2, 1990. Chisinau’s attempts to assert its sovereignty over the area prompted sporadic shootouts with Transnistrian separatists that spilled over into outright conflict, with both sides supported militarily by Romania and Russia, respectively. After several hundred deaths, a ceasefire was declared in July 1992. The new quasi-state’s position just to the east of the Dniester River, from which it derives its name, made it easier for a garrison to be set up, barricading it from Moldova proper. Around 1,500 Russian peacekeepers have been stationed in the territory ever since, and now their presence is under the spotlight more than ever before.

    1. they have petitioned Putin to also become part of Russia

    2. Moldavia is in negotations with the European Union and is backed by Romania

    3. They are landlockedin and there is a small part of Ukranian territory between them and the coast, which is now totally closed off by Ukraine because they fear a Russian operation there. Moldavia and Ukraine have assembled new troops at the borders.

    4. It is internationally known as a bandit state of smugglers and weapon dealers where there is no jurisdiction at all (except their own corrupt one)

    5. a half a million people live on 1600 square miles

    even if we don't know where Putin's next step will be it is also important to know what Putin's next step here will be

  • #kiev is Russia dissidents are called jews and are prosecuted, not protected by the police

    reading a book about the rise of Hitler and it is also very clear that throughout the book the police intervened to protect the victims of the SA and the SS and after Kristalnacht emprisoned just thousands of social democrats and communists just because they were and were helped by the SA and SS

    with other words, there is no state anymore, the state has become the party and the party has become the state so if you are against that party you are against the state (or the state in which the state is) and so you have become not a danger against the party but against the state and as such you get the full power of the state against you even if you were only against the party


    so first you write a satirical posting on your facebook that becomes quite popular

    "write a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "We've learned that you want to send troops to Crimea to defend the rights of the Russian-speaking population," Romanenko typed. "In relation to that, we have a big request -- to send troops into Vologda. We all totally speak Russian here, and our rights are frequently violated."

    Romanenko went on to describe just some of the ills affecting Vologda residents -- poor medical care, sinking education standards, and agricultural stagnation. If Putin was intent on rescuing a foreign territory like Crimea from similar squalor, Romanenko reasoned, then surely he'd want to do the same in his own country.

    "You're planning to spend a lot of money to normalize life in Crimea," he hinted gingerly. "I hate to ask, but is there any chance you could spend that money on normalizing life in Vologda?"

    Than you are investigated

    "This week, Romanenko returned from a vacation to find he had been invited to a meeting with local prosecutors. Romanenko, whose bushy mustache covers a wide, playful grin, says he went out of "curiosity" -- and was shocked to realize his letter was being investigated for possible extremism at the request of the regional governor, Oleg Kuvshinnikov."

    and than you are isolated and marked

    "Romanenko's sense of well-being didn't last long. He went home to discover the door of his apartment had been covered with a swastika and the slogan "Stop Maidan," a reference to Ukraine's pro-democracy protests.
    "We called the police and they found leaflets in [my neighbors'] mailboxes that said: 'To the knowledge of the residents of this apartment block -- there is a Lviv scum living in your neighborhood who supports the West and the destruction of Ukraine, blah-blah. Beware! The apartment of Romanenko, a Ukrainian Jew, may be used as an undercover headquarters of Ukrainian "patriots."'"

    Russia's SeverInform news agency quoted an unnamed law enforcement official as explaining the attack by saying the population of Vologda was "almost unanimous" in its support for Putin's policy on Ukraine, and that the graffiti was a direct response to Romanenko's "cynical" stunt."

    note : this is different from the arrests that are now being done in Eastern Ukraine where plans are discovered to attack public buildings, organise chaos and riots, this is just a satirical facebook posting (that has gone viral)

  • #kiev still more than 100 activists missing in Kiev after abductions

    One month after Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown, Euromaidan activists are still searching for 183 missing Ukrainians who were lost in the chaos of battle and revolution. It hints at an unsettling truth: that the real death toll is unclear -- and that the circumstances of these disappearances may never be known.

    Faina fears the worst, but can't be sure of what happened. "We don't even have a gravestone. When you bury someone at least you can visit the cemetery," she says. "I don't know where to look for him or what to hope for. I don't know what I can do."

  • #kiev how to get confirmed that you are being bugged and taped in Russia like Verhofstadt

    simple by having the recordings being aired on TV as if they are real and being used in the propaganda war that Russia tries to wage against its own democratic press and dissidents

    "The report was broadcast by the NTV channel, owned by state-controlled gas giant Gazprom, late Wednesday, one day after President Vladimir Putin had warned over a "fifth column" in Russia after its taking of Crimea. The report, shown on the channel's "Emergency Incident" muck-raking documentary slot, accused Navalny of seeking money from European Parliament figures and meeting with the CIA.

    In the first part, it showed closed-circuit TV pictures of Putin's most vocal critic arriving at a Moscow hotel last year to meet senior European parliament MP and former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt.

    It claimed that the bugged conversation recorded in the hotel showed that Navalny was seeking financial backing from Verhofstadt. "You are interested not just in the future of Russian politics... We need a kind of practical help in the investigation," a voice said to be that of Navalny tells the Belgian politician. The television said a "concrete sum" was discussed but this was not mentioned in the recordings.

    The second recording was a tapped phone call in which a voice said to be that of Navalny is heard discussing a "journey to the CIA" although the context is not immediately clear. The television claimed that Navalny had been in touch with the CIA to make sure his name was not linked to money from foreign "sponsors".

    The broadcast was a clear attempt at smearing Navalny who has for years irked the Kremlin with in-depth corruption investigations into alleged hidden assets of the elite close to Putin.

    * the internal TV is being abused for espionage so important meetings should take place in diplomatic places

    * hotel rooms are bugged so you should meet in safe bunkers in diplomatic missions and all diplomatic missions should have these and should let them be used by their politicians and business men when doing highprofile negotiations. It is not because you think that you are doing nothing wrong to our standards that you are not doing the other people wrong by not taking the risks of espionage seriously enough

    * telephone calls are being tapped so you shouldn't use telephones for such important messages

    Naturally all this CIA stuff is nonsense and everybody knows it.

    ps British hotels are according to NSA documents also being bugged when there are important guests or meetings

    off course this could be a new business facility of such hotels

    I suppose Verhofstadt wanted more concrete information about these powerpersons in the shadows of the Kremlin. Because you can't put people on the list without information and in Russia it is not possible to publish all the information you have especially if you have already been in jail and are under house arrest and are being considered one of the most dangerous men for the regime. Even if he had no problem to speak about anticorruption at extreme nationalist meetings which makes it for the moment really hard for the liberals in Moscou to really support him totally.

    "Navalny's suggested sanctions list included billionaire businessmen Gennady Timchenko, Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, Yury Kovalchuk, Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov, Russian Railways head Vladimir Yakunin, Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin.


    The opposition leader, whose blog was recently blocked for presenting "extremist material," also urged the West to place sanctions against owners of pro-Kremlin media personalities and United Russia "apparatchiks."

  • #kiev why the Ukraine is so important for Europe, USA and Russia

    Zbigniew Brzezinski’s 1997 book, The Grand Chessboard in which he wrote, “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.”

    “However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.”

    He who controls the Ukraine controls Eurasia. He who controls Eurasia has influence and power over Europe.

    The question for Europe is now if we want Russia to have control and power over Europe.

    Seeing Putin now and what he is doing in Russia (which is not his own country but of all its citizens including those who don't agree with him at all)

    I'd rather live here than there.... as was the case during the Cold war.

    Nobody knew what the European Elections were about the 25th of May. It is about our democratic freedoms. Nobody knew what Nato was still about now. It is about protecting those freedoms from fear and anger (from Putin). Nobody knew what the Atlantic Partnership was still about. It is about having the freedom to not become too dependent on others and being blackmailed. Nobody knew why we needed an army in Europe or why we needed an European President and an European army with an effective European Foreign Policy that is not been decided by 27 people that are leaders somewhere at that moment.

    Now that the Euro is saved we can go back to the political foundations of our European Union.

    Now we know all these things again.

    Thank you Putin, we could never have done it without you

  • #kiev Clinton (president-to-be) understands what needs to be done now

    "It's an effort by Putin to rewrite the boundaries of post-World War II Europe," Clinton, also a former US first lady, told a conference organized by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, to applause.

    "I hope there's not another Cold War, obviously nobody wants to see that. Primarily, it's up to Putin."

    Clinton, who narrowly lost the Democratic nomination in 2008, added: "The rationale that Putin uses (in Crimea) -- that they were ethnic Russians, Russian speakers, that they've always been part of Russia -- it could be extended not only to other parts of Ukraine but also to other parts of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Transnistria.

    "There are a lot of places where there are ethnic Russians and Russian speakers."

    well she still has to run a campaign if she decides to go and in contrast to her husband her campaign was a chaos which was the main reason the lost the primaries (not on television but in the votingprocess in the Democratic party before which is mainly a question of organisation, organization and organization)

  • #turkey President dismissis paranoia of his prime minister

    Reading a book about how Hitler came to power. Sadly the German President at that time didn't have the same courage and didn't spoke out publicly so that moderate conservatiives would see the danger Hitler would pose.

    (not saying that Erdogan is Hitler but when politicians in power become Paranoid they become a danger to themselves and the nation)

    "President Abdullah Gul has dismissed suggestions that outside forces are conspiring against Turkey, openly contradicting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's assertions that a corruption scandal is part of a foreign-backed plot to undermine him.

    The graft inquiry swirling around Erdogan's government has grown into the biggest challenge of his 11-year-rule. He has repeatedly cast it as a scheme by political enemies at home and abroad to damage him ahead of March 30 local elections.

    "I don't accept allegations about foreign powers and I don't find them right ... I don't believe in these conspiracy theories as if there are some people trying to destroy Turkey," the Hurriyet newspaper quoted Gul as telling reporters during a visit to Denmark.

    "Of course Turkey has its long-standing opponents in the world. Certain groups have praised our work for the past 10 years... Now that they are criticizing us, why is this an issue? These types of comments are for third world countries," he said.