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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Transdniestria Asks for Russian Accession… Are South Ossetia and Abkhazia Next? Gosduma Does a “Mass Moon” of the USA and the EU… Russia and Crimea Sign Accession Treaty

00 Crimea rally. Moscow 01. 19.03.14

Doloi Evromaidantsy! Doloi svini Amerikanskoe! Slava Rossiya! Slava naroda nashemu!

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On Tuesday, Vedomosti reported that Mikhail Burla, the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Transdniestria (VS PMR), asked RF Gosduma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin to consider drafting a law that would permit Transdniestria’s possible accession to Russia. The paper, which obtained a copy of the document, wrote, “This request was forwarded in response to A Just Russia Party’s bill that proposes simplifying the procedure for new territories’ accession to Russia, which would allow Russia to admit parts of foreign states without these states’ consent in the absence of ‘effective and legitimate leadership’ in them by referendum results or applications submitted by the authorities of these regions”.

Burla’s message also says that the bill drafted by A Just Russia Party permits only Crimea to become part of Russia, but it doesn’t apply to Transdniestria because one can’t describe the Moldovan authorities of Moldova as totally ineffective. Furthermore, Burla said that Transdniestria would have to hold an appropriate referendum abiding by Moldovan legislation, as the republic has its own laws. He also said that no Moldovan authorities that could ask to join Russia were now present in Transdniestria. Burla pointed up that 97.2 percent of voters chose to rejoin Russia during a referendum in Transdniestria in 2006. Meanwhile, A Just Russia withdrew their bill on 17 March, probably, for redraft. A Just Russia faction First Deputy Chairman Mikhail Yemelyanov told Vedomosti that his bloc would most likely resubmit the document after adjusting it to allow other territories finding themselves in critical situations to become part of Russia.

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What about South Ossetia and Abkhazia? Remember them? It looks as though the mother hen is calling the chicks home, and the chicks are flocking back! People see that Russia is a better place for them than in the kleptocratic and incompetently ruled successor states. The West fulminates and roars… and accomplishes nothing. The Russian-Chinese alliance is stronger than ever… due to America’s stupid and arrogant moves. The Amerikantsy are so greedy and short-sighted that they don’t realise that a “step back” now would pay handsome dividends in future (and it’s too late to do so now, the damage’s done).

BMD

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00 Crimea rally. Moscow 02. 19.03.14

Russia says “No” to fascism… America says “Yes”… Down with Bob Dreyfus of The Nation… you support neo-Nazi filth who stamp their boots full-force into the faces of the helpless (it shows you up as a neoliberal hypocrite and poseur). Dreyfus cackles his approval as fascists attack our culture, our language, and our faith… and he’s all too typical of Amerikantsy.

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Sergei Mironov, leader of the A Just Russia party said that he was proud to be on the American sanctions list, telling reporters on Tuesday, “I think that it’s great that they put me on this black list, it means that they’ve noticed my stance on the Crimea. It’s funny that they’ll ‘freeze accounts’. I want to respond by re-phrasing the phrase from The Golden Calf [famous satirical novel by Ilf and Petrov], ‘Keep looking, Shura, keep looking’. I don’t have such accounts; let them introduce sanctions as much as they want”. Mironov noted that the statement that the RF Gosduma will pass today on the Crimea could be a response to the sanctions, saying, “The world’s very interdependent”. For now, Mironov observed that it’s too early to say how Russia could react, although many want to know this. He responded to media reports on whether the Crimean referendum scenario would repeat in Transdniestria by warning that one shouldn’t jump ahead, saying, “We’ll react to facts, including legal facts, even though the example of the Crimea is very inspiring for many Russian people”.

Editor:

The figure of Ostap Bender, the conman at the centre of the novels The Twelve Chairs and The Golden Calf, is a quintessential figure in Russian pop culture. Russians have this as part of their “cultural DNA”. By using this simile, Mironov showed his utter contempt and absolute derision of the American action (giving it a Number One Bronx Cheer… he gave it the “Italian Salute” in spades), and the reporters picked it up without any prompting. In essence, Mironov mooned the Amerikantsy (and farted heartily for good measure), and all of Russia laughed with him, not at him.

BMD

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00 Crimea rally. Moscow 03. 19.03.14

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The RF Gosduma adopted a draft resolution “On the situation in the Crimea”, supported by 441 Deputies, one Deputy abstained from voting. The bill was put on the table yesterday on behalf of the leaders of all four Gosduma factions and Chairman Sergei Naryshkin. In its statement, the Gosduma expressed support of the desire of the Crimean people to reunite with Russia, “Welcoming the declaration of will of the people of Crimea voiced in the referendum of 16 March 2014 on the inclusion of the Republic of the Crimea (RK) and the Autonomous City of Sevastopol into the RF, the Gosduma proceeds from the fact that the public authorities, acting on the territory of the Crimea, would maintain the religious harmony and linguistic diversity of the Republic”. For their part, the deputies declared, “They’d contribute to the socio-economic development of the Crimea and the wellbeing of its population” during the transition period. “The Gosduma would help to ensure the safety of all persons in the territory of the Crimea, regardless of their citizenship, nationality, language, and religious affiliation, so that they could achieve their rights and freedoms”.

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00 Crimea rally. Moscow 04. 19.03.14

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The RF Gosduma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly, unanimously passed a statement in which they volunteered to be subject to American and EU sanctions imposed on individual Russian officials and lawmakers due to the referendum in the Crimea, saying, “We suggest that Mr Obama [US President Barack Obama] and EU bureaucrats put all the Gosduma deputies who voted for Crimea’s accession to Russia and for this resolution on the ‘black list’ of persons subject to American and EU sanctions”.

Editor:

The “sanctions” did have an effect… they united all Russians against the zapadniki interlopers! In short, the Gosduma “dropped trou” en masse and mooned the Americans… and laughed, to top it all off. That is, Russia doesn’t give a shit what the West thinks, and the RVSN protects them from any military incursions. Russia CAN turn the USA into a pile of smoking radioactive ash… that’s why the Anglo-Saxon Amerikantsy hate them. The Amerikantsy are juvenile bullies who love to threaten others, but demand total invulnerability for themselves. You see, the thought that we “inferior” Russians CAN strike at them infuriates them to no end… you see, they’re the “superior” people on the block, they were “born to rule”, and we were “born to be helots”. After all, America tolerated and defended slavery for 250 years, and its attitudes still linger in the American South (and in the Republican Party).

BMD

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00 Crimea rally. Moscow 05. 19.03.14

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On Tuesday, Yuri Ushakov, President Vladimir Putin’s top foreign policy aide ridiculed EU and US sanctions, slamming the visa bans and asset freezes imposed against Russian officials, saying that Moscow viewed them with irony and sarcasm. Interfax quoted him as saying, “You’ve heard the comments from my colleagues placed on the sanctions list. These sanctions are a bother; truly, they cause nothing but irony and even sarcasm”. Vladislav Surkov, another Kremlin aide, called the sanctions against him a “political Oscar”. Interfax noted that he said, “I believe these are very comfortable sanctions, I’m not experiencing any problems over them. This doesn’t disturb me. On the contrary, I’m proud of this, I believe that it’s a sort of political Oscar from America for a best supporting actor”. ITAR-TASS reported that Ushakov declined to say whether Russia would slap counter sanctions against the West.

Editor:

The smart thing for Russia to do is NOTHING. That’s right… NOTHING. You see, if it were to “sanction” John McCain and Marco Rubio, it’d just fire up the yahoo Know Nothing Republican base. Therefore, Russia should do NOTHING. In fact, it should let the comedians on Comedy Club do the “heavy lifting” (a waggish skit or two on Jolly Wits Club wouldn’t hurt either). The Amerikantsy rightwingers would bear Russian sanctions with pride, but jokes would infuriate them. Besides, Russia is in the right, here… we could show the world how truly mature human beings act. America’s shown the world how juvenile and brattish poseurs act… what a buncha maroons.

As the wolf said, Nu, Pogodi! (Just you wait!) They who laugh last, laugh best…

BMD

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00 Crimea rally. Moscow 06. 19.03.14

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Russia and Crimea signed a treaty of accession of the Republic of Crimea (RK) and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation following President Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly. President Putin said that the RK and the Autonomous City of Sevastopol are joining the Russian Federation (RF) as two separate federal subjects. The agreement would temporarily apply from the signature date and would take effect once ratified. According to the agreement, the RF guarantees all peoples inhabiting Crimea and Sevastopol the preservation of their native language and the creation of conditions for learning and developing it. On Tuesday, the Kremlin said that it now considers the RK part of the RF following the signing of the treaty. According to a report posted on the Kremlin website, “We regard the RK as accepted in the Russian Federation from the date of signing” the relevant treaty.

Russian, Ukrainian, and Crimean Tatar will be the official languages in the Crimea, according to a clause in the agreement between Russia and the RK. Elections for the RK and the Federal City of Sevastopol’s governing bodies will be on the second Sunday of September 2015, according to the treaty on the accession of the RK and Sevastopol to the RF and the formation of new entities within it. Before the elections, the RK State Soviet (GS RK) and the Sevastopol Gorsoviet would perform the functions of these government bodies. The treaty on the inclusion of Crimea in the RF envisions a transition period, which will last until 1 January 2015. The purpose of this transition period is to “settle all issues on the integration of the new federal subjects of the RF [the Republic of the Crimea and the Federal City of Sevastopol] in RF economic, financial, credit, and legal systems, and in the RF public administration system. Issues relating to conscription and military service in the territory of the RK and the Federal City of Sevastopol” would also be resolved during this transition period.

According to the treaty signed by the RF and Crimea on the inclusion of Crimea in Russia, Russian citizens conscripted in the RK and Sevastopol would serve their duty in these regions until 2016. Ukrainian citizens residing in the Crimea would become Russian citizens after the signing of an agreement admitting the RK and Sevastopol as parts of the RF, unless they express their wish to keep their current citizenship within a month. “As of the day of the admission of the RK to the RF and the formation of new RF federal subjects, Ukrainian citizens and non-citizens permanently residing in the RK and the Federal City of Sevastopol are recognised as Russian citizens”. Exceptions would be made for persons “who within one month from this day express their wish to keep their current (other than Russian) citizenship for themselves and their underage children or to remain persons without citizenship”.

Delimitation of maritime borders in the Black Sea and in the Sea of Azov following Crimea’s rejoining the RF would follow international law. The accession agreement between the RF and the RK clearly stated, “The delimitation of sea space in the Black Sea and in the Sea of Azov will follow international agreements signed by the RF and on the norms and principles of international law. The land border of the RK next to the Ukraine shall be deemed the RF border”. The agreement would temporarily apply from the date of signing and would come into full force from the date of ratification.

Editor:

There are two “Cities of Federal Status” in the RF now… Moscow and St Petersburg. The “cleanest” way to “English” this is “Federal City of (Moscow, St Petersburg, or Sevastopol)”. This new accession means that there are now three Cities of Federal Status. If Kiev were to join the RF (not an improbable event), it’d probably become the fourth such city… and may that event come quickly! The Mother of All Russian Cities deserves to be under its rightful flag… and cleansed of the neoliberal and fascist filth defiling it now (unfortunately, Yatsenyuk, Tyagnibok, and Turchinov will flee before justice catches up with them, Klichko will probably be dead, and Darlin’ Yuliya has already skipped off to the West… what does she know what we don’t?).

BMD

18 March 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_18/Transdniestria-seeks-Russian-law-that-might-allow-republic-to-join-Russia-newspaper-2229/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_18/Russian-blacklisted-diplomat-happy-to-be-on-US-sanctions-list-3217/

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_03_18/State-Duma-adopts-statement-on-situation-in-Republic-of-Crimea-6944/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_18/All-Russian-MPs-volunteer-to-be-subject-to-US-EU-sanctions-7889/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_18/Western-sanctions-against-Russian-officials-arouse-irony-and-sarcasm-Kremlin-9482/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_18/President-Putin-signs-treaty-of-joining-Crimea-Sevastopol-to-Russia-9079/

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Rogozin Sez Russia to Keep Peacekeepers in Transnistria until Conflict Settlement

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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin said that Russia would maintain its peacekeeping contingent in the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria) until Chișinău and Tiraspol agree on the status of the disputed self-proclaimed republic. Russia maintains a motorised infantry battalion in the region as part of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces (CPF), in addition to troops guarding several Soviet-era munitions depots. On Friday, Rogozin said at a meeting with Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) students, “As long as Russia retains its peacekeeping status on both sides of the Dniester, peace will prevail in the region. True, it’s an unrecognised republic, but at the same time there’s peace and security there”. Rogozin is Russia’s special presidential envoy for Transnistria.

The Russian-speaking province of Transnistria has maintained de facto independence from Moldova since a brief war in 1992 following the breakup of the USSR. Transnistria seeks full independence, whilst Moldova says it’ll only allow autonomy. The talks on the future of Transnistria using the “five-plus-two” format, involving Russia, the Ukraine, the OSCE, Moldova, and Transnistria, with the USA and the EU as observers, have stalled since February 2006. A joint peacekeeping force of Russian, Moldovan, and Transnistrian contingents is deployed in the region. Last year, Rogozin said that Russia’s planning to upgrade the military equipment of its peacekeeping contingent in Transnistria.

18 May 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130518/181216251/Russia-to-Ensure-Peace-in-Transdnestr-Until-Conflict-Settlement.html

Editor’s Note:

Rogozin is one of the most anti-American figures amongst the siloviki. He played a major role in the Battle of Stalingrad festivities earlier in the year, and he’s been making more public statements of late. In short, the recent arrest of Ryan Fogle was only another manifestation of Russia’s inexorable turn leftwards. Oligarchs beware… your time is running out (that’s why they’ve tried to squirrel funds abroad with the aid of Western corporate interests and intelligence operatives). In all countries, the leftists are the patriots; the rightwing business interests are anti-patriotic. Karl Marx WAS right… “Capital knows no homeland”.

Watch Rogozin… he hates America’s bogus money-grubbing non-culture and he hates the soulless oligarchs. He’s NOT alone in Russia…

BMD  

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Is This the Beginning of the End of Romania’s Russophobia?

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One wouldn’t call the relations between Bucharest and Moscow sunny, and it’s obvious that Romanian President Traian Băsescu played a major role in shaping the current situation. The Romanian leader has been memorable for his praise of Nazi criminals as well as his public statement that, in 1941, he would’ve given the order to attack the USSR. The actions and statements made by lower ranking officials seemed like “innocent mischief”, but they weren’t that innocent. Such positions of the Romanian leadership couldn’t go without political and economic consequences.

After the parliamentary opposition managed to form a majority and a coalition government, signs of an improvement in Romanian-Russian relations began to appear. Prime Minister Victor Ponta, unlike Băsescu, exhibits no signs of pathological Russophobia and even creates the impression of being a rational politician. However, some of the members in the new government still prefer to deal with Moscow by using derisory rhetoric. Titus Corlăţean, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, stands out in particular, having begun a tough and quite lengthy argument with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin. The Russian government’s desire to open a consulate on the territory of Transnistria served as the apple of discord.

In the context of the historically-complex relations between Moscow and Bucharest, the mere fact that a political faction won the parliamentary election with a huge majority of votes, and didn’t show aggressive Russophobia, can already be considered as a major step forward. Băsescu used all his power to give the domestic political struggle a geopolitical aspect; he used accusations that the opposition leaders were trying to push Romania from its pro-European and pro-American course as the basis of his party’s election campaign. It’s worth mentioning that, for the first time in the history of post-socialist Romania, the accused didn’t rush to make excuses regarding their alleged love for Russia, but counterattacked with a proposal to Romanian society to seriously consider the question, “Is it that bad to have good relations with Russia and China?”

Speaking on air on the most popular news TV channel, one of the leaders of the Social Liberal Union and the chairman of the Romanian parliament’s upper chamber, George-Crin-Laurenţiu Antonescu, stated that he wasn’t going to bring up the same arguments over and over to prove that he was a pro-European politician and that he found it necessary to once and for all end the rumours related to Romania’s geopolitical course, saying, “The USA has serious economic and political ties with Russia and China. Russia is Germany’s main economic and political partner. At the same time, Romania’s president wrote on Facebook, ‘Don’t vote for such and such because they will lead us towards Russia and China!’ The whole world is laughing at us! I don’t feel comfortable when I meet Russian and Chinese diplomats. We insult these countries by the mere fact of such public discussions”.

It’s possible that the economic crisis and the generational change in Romanian politics will lead to a more pragmatic attitude and less Russophobia in relations between Bucharest and Moscow. There’s a chance that the example given by the Western countries, which found ways to effectively cooperate with Russia, will encourage a new generation of Romanian politicians to search for ways to establish a mutually-beneficial dialogue by throwing aside the heavy-handed behaviour of their predecessors.

12 December 2012

Valentin Mândrăşescu

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_12/The-beginning-of-the-end-of-Romania-s-Russophobia/

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Moldovan Prime Minister Filat and Transnistrian President Shevchuk to go to Mount Athos to Pray and Discuss Political Issues

Transnistrian President Yevgeni Shevchuk (1968- ) and Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat (1969- )

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So, they met at a Julio Iglesias concert…

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And at another featuring Lara Fabian… they DO have good taste in music, these two…

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On Sunday morning, Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat and Transnistrian President Yevgeni Shevchuk flew in a private plane to Greece, where they’re going to visit Mount Athos. Sources told Interfax that Metropolitan Vladimir Kantaryan of Chișinău and all Moldova accompanied them to the airport. Igor Volnitchi, the Press Secretary for the Moldovan Prime Minister, informed Interfax, “The leaders of Moldova and Transnistria flew to Mount Athos on a private visit, to pray together at the ancient monasteries”. He said that during this trip, Filat and Shevchuk would also discuss “a possible settlement of the Transnistrian conflict and other topics of mutual interest”. Previously, Filat and Shevchuk met informally on several occasions, at football matches in Tiraspol, as well as concerts by Lara Fabian and Julio Iglesias in Chișinău.

16 July 2012

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=46397

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