Tank Biathlon


Wuuups! Wrong pic….

Somebody’s been tinkering around with my login…


Now that’s more like it—A Chinese tank

Russian Aid Gets Through

Russian humanitarian aid for East Ukraine finally gets through. Kiev agrees and will guarantee the safety of the convoy. Russian, Ukrainian, OSCE and International Red Cross is overseeing the passage of the trucks. 

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Putin Moves His Troops Further Back?

Now, do you believe me when I say that there are not 40,000 troops on the border?

And still the Americans do not believe that Putin moved further back. Actually, the troops were moved back weeks ago.

Perhaps they should fly those U-2’s more today. And if they find something, then SHOW THEM.

The satellites won’t show the troops, the U-2 will, and the US have been flying these over Russia ever since.

But Russia still has the missiles that had shot one of these planes down before. (The Blackbird is not that stealthy)

American intelligence now starts to scratch their heads trying to opine what Putin is trying to do when he favors a delay of the Eastern Ukrainian referendum.

They don’t realize that Putin is giving them a way out and save face at the same time. Pull back the Kiev troops because there is no visible threat of aggression.

It will also prove whether Putin has direct control over the protesters or none at all.

The main idea is to get the UN over there and prove or disprove whether the US and EU will follow international rules.

This will also force the US to talk to the pro-Russian protesters in a real dialogue, no-holds-barred,

kind of  lets Putin off the hook and become an essential third-party observer only.


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(superlative thumbuppolitical savvy!)


Victory Day Parade

This is a one-hour long parade. The troops took 40 minutes to pass in review, and they are already in massed battalion formations. The planes passed over at the last part of the parade. To watch this, download it completely first to your computer.



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Arctic Oil


Gazprom opens new stage in development of Arctic oil industry

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21.04.2014 12:20

At the end of last week, Gazprom shipped the first batch of oil produced at Prirazlomnoye deposit – Russia’s only project for the development of hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic shelf.
The Chairman of the Board of JSC Gazprom, Alexey Miller, and the heads of relevant departments and subsidiaries of company contractors attended the event. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally gave a command to start the shipment.

The first batch made up 70 thousand tons. The batch will be delivered to consumers in the north-west of Europe. A while back, Gazprom ordered to build two tankers  for the project, Mikhail Ulyanov and Kirill Lavrov.

This year, it is planned to produce more than 300,000 tons of oil at the deposit.
The new sort of the Arctic oil produced on the Russian shelf, ARCO (Arctic Oil) entered the world market for the first time. The buyer is one of the largest energy companies in Europe; the product was sold under direct contract. The marketing of the new sort of ARCO was conducted among refiners in the North-West of Europe in the first quarter of 2014. After the volume of production at Prirazlomnoye deposit grows, a part of raw materials will be sold on the basis of long-term contracts.

The implementation of all manufacturing operations on the deposit – drilling, production, oil storage, preparation and shipment of finished products – is being provided by offshore ice-resistant fixed oil platform Prirazlomnaya. Design features of the oil rig completely exclude oil spill, storage and shipment in its production.

To pump finished product into tankers, a complex of direct shipment devices is used. The lock system activates in a maximum of seven seconds, which also helps to prevent oil spills. The platform is equipped with two of such mechanisms that are located on diagonally opposite sides on the platform – the south-western and north-eastern.

The place of shipment is selected depending on the direction and strength of the influence of natural factors – sea roughness, ice drift, currents and wind. Should the tanker move beyond the sector served by one complex, the tanker will be unmoored and moved to another system. To exclude inadvertent collision with the platform, the tankers are outfitted with dynamic positioning, which allows to keep vessels in place, despite the impact of wind and waves.

With Prirazlomnoye deposit in the Arctic shelf, Gazprom opened a new stage in the development of the Russian oil industry. First oil from Russia’s Arctic shelf, first oil from Prirazlomnoye deposit has been loaded and will be delivered to consumers. The first shipment also marked the start of the process to return investment in the Prirazlomnoye deposit, said Miller.

Prirazlomnoye field is an Arctic offshore oilfield located in the Pechora Sea, south of Novaya Zemlya, Russia. The field development is based on the single stationary Prirazlomnaya platform, which is the first Arctic-class ice-resistant oil platform in the world.

In September 2013, the oil platform found itself in the center of an international scandal with the participation of Greenpeace activists, who attempted to board the platform with a banner “Don’t kill the Arctic.” The activists were arrested, charged with piracy, but then released under amnesty law.




Appointing Heads of State

(I’m sure that if there be anybody or any group that has the right to legitimize new head of state and a new government in Ukraine, it would be the Russians; because they have been subsidizing the Ukrainian government for that long a time. check this out—-)


Russia can’t continue to prop up Ukraine’s faltering economy, and this responsibility should fall on the US and EU, which have recognized the authorities in Kiev but not yet given one dollar to support the economy, President Putin has said.

“The situation is – to put it kindly, strange. It’s known our  partners in Europe have recognized the legitimacy of the  government in Kiev, yet have done nothing to support Ukraine –   not even one dollar or one euro,” Putin said at a meeting  with government officials at his residence outside of Moscow.

“The Russian Federation doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of  the authorities in Kiev, but it keeps providing economic support  and subsidizing the economy of Ukraine with hundreds of millions  and billions of dollars. This situation can’t last  indefinitely,” Putin said.

  In December, Russia provided Ukraine with a $3 billion loan,  which was a part of a bigger $15 billion aid package agreed the same month. Russia also offered a 33  percent gas price discount that would have saved more than $7.5  billion.

  The head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde   said that Russia’s loan tranche last year was  vital for the collapsing Ukraine economy.

  In the meantime, the West hasn’t yet effectively provided any  money to Ukraine. The International Monetary Fund has agreed to provide Ukraine a bailout package of up to  $18 billion, but the details are still being worked out. The US  has also promised $1 billion in loan guarantees to  help the collapsing Ukraine economy.

Gassing over gas

  At the same meeting, Russia’s Ministry of Energy Alexander Novak  said that Ukraine’s debt to state monopoly Gazprom stands at   $2.238 billion.

  Ukraine has not paid for Russian gas since the beginning of 2013,  and with all discounts withdrawn it is now charged $485 per 1,000 cubic  meters of gas.

  This is a price Ukraine says it will not pay, claiming it is much  higher than most of the rest of Europe pays for Russian gas.

  President Putin also asked Gazprom to refrain from asking advance  payments from Ukraine, until further consultations are held.

“This certainly complies with the contract, but given the  difficult situation in Ukraine and the incompleteness of our  negotiations with the EU, I would ask the Government to hold off  on such measures [advance payments – RT] that appear in the  contract until additional consultations, if, of course, our  partners agree to such consultations.”

“If they don’t agree, we’ll act according to the existing  contract,” Putin added.

  Ukraine’s reserves of natural gas have dwindled to 6.5 billion  cubic meters which is not enough for the coming winter, Gazprom’s  Deputy Chairman Vitaly Markelov said at the meeting.

  Kiev will need 11.5 billion cubic meters to keep the lights on,  Markelov added.

  Ukraine’s overall debt to Russia, including the bill for gas, now  stands at $16.6 billion Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

“Three billion dollars is Ukraine’s debt, the accumulated gas  debt stands at $2.2 billion, and what we consider Russia’s   profit shortfall, at $11.4 billion, in  total, $16.6 billion.”

  Moscow turned off gas transit through Ukraine to Europe in the  winter of 2006 and 2009 after Kiev failed to pay its Gazprom  bill, leaving parts of Europe without energy during the winter  months. Moscow has accused Ukraine of siphoning off supplies  intended for Europe during these periods, an accusation Kiev  refutes.


The EU Grand Meeting

The G7 meet without Russia naturally, because the meeting is to organize against Russia.

Again, they are acting more like children than children.


Russian Troops in crimea?


Whether the troops without insignias are Russian or Crimean militia, we can compromise—

how about calling them Crimean militia trained by Russia and owe their loyalties to Russia?

The Western World Crisis


Stuck with glue on their pants, the western World’s Heads of State have benched themselves on their thrones. All because somebody started yapping about something which is none of his business.

The Ukrainian situation have bewildered them in that Russia is not actually moving in a belligerent manner. No shot has been fired.

With the Ukrainian commanders refusing to accept the opposition’s authority over them, the Ukrainian military becomes illegitimate also. If the Ukrainian opposition now in power mobilizes the Ukrainian Army and calls on reserves, there would be the problem of who is going to pay for the troops and their provisions.  Unless some country or countries are footing the bill. I did mention that in ten days, the Euro-Ukrainians will probably start starving.

Punish Russia? How? Sanctions of goods? Expelling from Western membership? Alienating Russia? perhaps withholding Macdonald’s Big Macs and Tim Horton’s coffee would cause Russia to say Uncle.

The Ukrainians have suffered a lot, most particularly in WWII, the Crimean War, and under Stalin.

It seems that these people have been used as a cannon fodder for these wars. Sad! But what has this got to do with the bungled EU trade deal and the big saber rattlings of get out or get punished tones?

Now the Western World is unable to dig up a semblance of a military force to back up their warnings. All they can do is have the UN mediate. Even this recourse they do not want to do, as expected.

Why don’t we just let the Russians and the Ukrainians negotiate this amongst themselves. Or maybe we are just scared that the Ukrainians and the Russians will be able to fix this problem without the help of the Western World.


Cooler Heads


The powers that be in the Ukrainian government continue baiting the western powers to come in and “rescue” the country, even feigning helplessness against the Goliath that is Russia.

In reality, Russian troops are in a defensive posture, even acting as enforcers against those who would foment trouble. The reason for this is that it could be wrongly interpreted that it was Russia who fired the first salvo and not some professional and paid trouble-starters.

Cooler heads, mainly Russian, prevail. Just don’t anybody fire a shot!

Even when Putin voiced out that he is not in the aggressive nor invading intentions, the US government continue warning Russia about aggression.

It is actually the West that is escalating the tension by these hollow warnings. If Ukraine and any other country moves against Crimea, it would mean a declaration of war against Russia. And for what, a trade deal with a sick country of Ukraine?

This posturizing from both sides should stop. Russia has a right to  be in Crimea and their being there is not an invasion. 15,000 troops may be correct and may be over that which is agreed upon by Ukraine and Russia. But since  Crimea (a portion of the state of Ukraine)  asked Russia for help, Russia can put as many troops in Crimea as needed.

If you ask me; and I know there’s a lot of you following this blog as shown by my stats; before the US makes a move against Russia, it should first reassure itself as to which side Germany stands. The key to this conflict may be in the hands of the Chancellor of Germany. This country will bear the brunt of any fighting, and any financial aid to Ukraine.

Adelina Sotnikova


Once in a while you find in the attic

a pleasant surprise

most particularly when in this while

she earns a prize.



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The Chemical Weapons Stockpile


The present situation in the Syrian Crisis just about eliminates the military strike on Syria, what with the talks between Kerry and his Russian counterpart going on in full blast.

What doubt that the Western Countries have regading Putin and Assad fulfilling their promises have now shifted their focus on Assad singly as not to be trusted.

Putin will see this destruction of the chemical weapons if only to save face. That, and the fact that he is in reality, afraid of the chemical weapons. Indeed these chemical weapons are proving to be more dreadful than the atom bomb. These chemicals do not have to be delivered by missiles, nor dropped from a plane, but simply disperse it manually into a crowd. This delivery is typical of terrorists and it will be a sad story should the terrorists get a hold of a lot of these chemical weapons.

Assad actually believes even before, that the terrosists have these chemical weapons and it is the terrorists who have been gassing the people. If this be so, then Assad does not really own the chemical weapons. It may be owned by a Middle East consortium who have used Syria as  a warehouse, and Assad as the warehouseman.

But the fact is; both Assad, and Russia, and America, are afraid that these chemicals may be used against them, hence the scramble to find and destroy them. It also appears that the rebels objectives are to secure these weapons for themselves.

A question then arises ; who owns these chemical weapons? Should Assad answer this question?

Citizen Without a Country…..


…..that’s what Edward Snowden is.

He is presently in a Russian airport transit zone which is a territory legitimately foreign to Russia.

He cannot move and he cannot be transported without legitimate papers.

So why doesn’t the U.S. send sherrifs  to pick him up? Some diplomatic rules are in the shelves preventing this action.

Ecuador will be risking a lot for giving him asylum papers because the U.S. will surely retaliate in one form or another. Ecuador has already given asylum to wikileaks founder, Assange. Probably some other country would give Snowden some papers to leave the Russian airport but he will ultimately land in Ecuador.

One big question is who is providing for his needs while in Russia?

Where is Snowden?


Where in the world is Edward Snowden?

It probably was a clever ruse to make his escape from Hongkong.

People guess that he is in Russia, Ecuador, China, or in any Latin American country hostile to the United States.

If he ends up either in Russia or China, then Russia would be China’s new trading partner to replace the US which has gradually decreased trade imports from China. Remember also that China might be needing some aircraft carrier parts.

But while everybody is thinking that he would board a plane to escape from Hongkong, he might have just traveled by land. After all, China has  more of the sophisticated installations of the superfast fiber-opticked internet.

This is wistful thinking. But the travel by land is the most secure way of escaping for the moment.

Where in the world is Edward Snowden?

Does one have to follow Carmen Sandiego to find out?


Syrian Conference


Syrian President Assad agrees to meet with Russia and the U.S. in a conference.

Assad might get the same deal as the Shah of Iran.

Remember the Shah of Iran?

Syrian Conflict


Russia keeps holding back the UN action against Assad by using its veto. It also keeps providing Syria with weapons and ammo.

Isn’t it about time when  someone should ask Russia why?

Censored in Russia



Sofia Rudyeva


Bahamas Miss Universe