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Friday, 21 November 2014

A Tale of Two Gold Reserves… Russian Goes UP… Ukrainian Goes DOWN…. Now, Which Economy is in the Shitter? BTW… Yatsenyuk Sez “Only Rogue States without International Support need Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves”

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During October 2014, the Bank of Russia reported that Russian international gold reserves increased 1.6 percent… to 37.6 million ounces (1,169.5 metric tons), compared to 37 million ounces as of 1 October. The monetary value of the gold reserves increased by 0.6 percent… up to 45.307 billion USD (2.07 trillion Roubles. 277.485 billion Renminbi. 2.8 trillion INR. 51.154 billion CAD. 52.033 billion AUD. 36.368 trillion Euros. 28.916 billion UK Pounds) from 45.016 billion USD (2.058 trillion Roubles. 275.703 billion Renminbi. 2.785 trillion INR. 50.825 billion CAD. 51.68 billion AUD. 36.134 billion Euros. 28.736 billion UK Pounds) at the beginning of September. The proportion of gold in international reserves rose to 10.57 percent from 9.91 percent. At the beginning of January, Russian international gold reserves amounted to 33.3 million ounces (1,036 tonnes). Thus, for the first nine months of 2014, Russian gold reserves rose 12.9 percent. The price of gold since the beginning of the year increased 13.3 percent. Increase in Russian gold stocks in 2013 was 8.1 percent (77.759 tons)… it increased to 33.3 million ounces from 30.8 million ounces. However, the monetary value of gold in reserves decreased by 21.2 percent to 39.99 billion USD (1.828 trillion Roubles. 244.92 billion Renminbi. 2.47 trillion INR. 45.288 billion CAD. 45.91 billion AUD. 32.1 billion Euros. 25.523 billion UK Pounds) from 51.039 billion USD. (2.332 trillion Roubles. 312.59 billion Renminbi. 3.146 trillion INR. 57.8 billion CAD. 58.59 billion AUD. 41.04 billion Euros. 32.57 billion UK Pounds). The proportion of gold in international reserves declined to 7.8 percent from 9.5 percent. In recent years, the physical volume of gold in international reserves (on 1 January) has steadily increased:

  • 2007: 402.0 tons
  • 2008: 450.0 tons
  • 2009:  519.0 tons
  • 2010:  637.6 tons
  • 2011:  789.9 tons
  • 2012:  883.2 tons
  • 2013:  958.0 tons

20 November 2014

Rossiya Segodnya

http://m.ria.ru/economy/20141120/1034325862.html

Editor:

Over seven years, Russian national gold reserves have increased almost three-fold. I’d say that CIA and Stratfor assessments that the Russian economy is in the shitter are a bit strident and off-base, wouldn’t you? It tells you much about ALL American assessments of Russia… it isn’t very good, is it? Remember, both Stratfor and Langley (especially, the former) have agendas that shape their “intelligence”… that DOES affect their “judgements” (to put it charitably).

BMD

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Recently, the news came out that there’s almost no gold left in the vaults of the National Bank of the Ukraine. This news came directly from the head of the Ukrainian National Bank, V А Gontareva. Where did the precious metal go? Gontareva didn’t specify where the gold suddenly disappeared to, but we know that the gold in the vaults is only about an eighth of what it should be. She said, “There’s a small amount of gold bullion, but it’s literally 1 percent of the gold reserves”. Zerohedge Edition found enough conspiracy theories, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t contain truth. Back in March 2014, the IMF stated that the gold reserves in the Central Bank of Ukraine as of February 2014 were 42.3 tons, i.e. 8 percent of the gold reserves. Curiously, at that time, the coup was in full swing, which means that the substantial amount of gold in reserve was due to the foresight of former President V F Yanukovich. Moreover, during the reign of that “hateful” Ukrainian President, gold reserves increased steadily and reached a record just before his overthrow. Earlier, Zerohedge reported on a strange event that occurred almost immediately after the coup. You can find the information presented below in many Ukrainian media sources. Zerohedge’s publication was from 7 March 2014.

Tonight, a plane took off for the USA from Borispol Airport loaded with the Ukrainian gold reserves. As reported by airport workers, at 02.00 MSK, an unmarked transport aircraft landed at the airport. According to Borispol staff, before it landed, four cars and two large trucks pulled up, all without licence-plates. About fifteen people in black uniforms, masks, and body armour got out of the cars. Some of them had machine guns. These people placed over forty heavy boxes in the plane. After this, some of the masked men boarded the plane. They carried out the loading in a rush. After the operation, the unmarked cars immediately left the runway, and the plane took off hastily. Those who saw this secretive “special operation” immediately alerted airport officials, from whom they received a strong recommendation “not to meddle in other people’s affairs”. Later, a newspaper asked a former senior government official, who said that, according to him, the “new leaders” of the Ukraine spirited away the entire Ukrainian gold reserve to the USA.

Of course, the accuracy of this story is virtually impossible to verify, and it’s even more difficult to get any official confirmation of the “flight” of the Ukrainian gold reserve across the ocean. Nevertheless, one can assume that the price for the “liberation” of the Ukraine was the transfer of the Ukraine’s gold to the Fed. In addition, Germany stores much of its gold reserves at the Fed. After the stunning announcement in January 2013 that the Bundesbank planned to repatriate 674 tons of gold stored now at the Fed and in the Central Bank of France, nothing happened. The reasons for this are likely to lie completely in politics, despite official statements to the contrary. We’ve already written on why Germany didn’t repatriate its gold at the Federal Reserve.

19 November 2014

Vesti Ekonomika

http://www.vestifinance.ru/articles/49614

Editor:

So… the USA stole the Ukrainian gold reserves… that means that it doesn’t view the long-term survival chances of the Uniate junta as being good. In short, the American neoliberals (both “liberals” and “conservatives”) are the same under the skin… they’re acquisitive bastards intent on winning at any cost. “We’ve got ours and to hell with you”. That goes for both John Kerry and Marco Rubio… for Chilly Hilly and Ted Cruz… and for Barack Obama and Wet Willy Romney. They’ve got your best interests at heart, dontcha know…

BMD

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A P Yatsenyuk said, “Only rogue states without international support need gold and foreign exchange reserves. The Ukraine isn’t one of them”.

20 November 2014

Donbass Tsentr

http://donbass.center/ukraina/2092-yacenyuk-zoloto-valyutnye-rezervy-nuzhny-tolko-stranam-izgoyam..html

Editor:

Now, that’s interesting… only rogue states need gold and foreign exchange reserves! Reflect on this… Langley and Stratfor take this crackbrained loon seriously. Crazy world, ain’t it?

BMD

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

14 October 2014. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky. We Have Long Arms!

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. We Have Long Arms! 2014

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This is Podvitsky’s commentary on the “resignation” of Valery Geletei, the so-called “Defence Minister of the Ukraine”. Geletei wasn’t a military man (unlike most Defence Ministers on the post-Soviet space)… he was only a policeman who protected political figures. Yushchenko made him a Colonel General! Fancy that… it didn’t save him from rustication during Yanukovich’s time. Doglike in loyalty… yes… competent in military affairs… no. He claimed that Russia invaded the Ukraine… that’s absurd… Russian offensive doctrine wasn’t followed and there were no discernible Russian forces on the ground. There WERE plenty of junta troops who switched sides and joined the patriots, though! One of Geletei’s more quaint outbursts was that he claimed that Russia used nuclear weapons against junta forces. Yes… he did threaten to invade the Crimea… you can see why Podvitsky pictured him as a madman in restraints.

“Off with their heads!” One expects the Jabberwocky and the Queen of Hearts in Kiev… it wouldn’t surprise anybody…

BMD

 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Poroshenko Raps Rada for Not Approving Extremist Agenda

00 Svoboda nazis. 22.03.14

THIS is what the Ukrainian junta stands for… and they have the gall to call others “terrorists”…

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Editor:

Note well that the USA in general and the Republican Party in particular approve of this dictatorial action of strongman Poroshenko. I’d say that it’s much too early to crow about anything… the junta forces are losing in Novorossiya, and there’s much civil disobedience in nominally junta-controlled areas. Remember, they called THREE mobilisations, and very few showed up. I believe that the junta is grasping at straws. I think that the junta bigs are preparing boltholes in the West, especially, in the USA and Canada. Look for Darlin’ Yuliya the Landshark at Saratoga next year… it’s the “August place to be”… and she’ll wanna hobnob with the Whitneys and the Mellons.

The Ukraine? God alone knows… and He’s not telling me (let alone clueless pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Rod Dreher, and Ann Coulter)…

BMD

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Junta strongman P A Poroshenko blasted the Rada, saying, “I don’t know how to work with the Rada, when half of it won’t vote to recognise the Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR) and Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) as terrorist organizations. I don’t know how to work with a parliament where the majority represents a ‘fifth column’ controlled from abroad, whole factions. The danger of this is only rising”. Poroshenko’s reference to a “fifth column” is a strong term. It originated in the Spanish Civil War, where Franco’s fascists literally sent a “fifth column“ of spies and provocateurs to try to capture Madrid from inside the city. Nowadays, the term has a wider usage; it refers to any group of people who undermine a larger group… such as a nation or a besieged city… from within.

On 22 July, the Rada voted to recognise the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash near Donetsk as a terrorist act, calling on the world to identify the DNR, which controls the area, and the LNR, as terrorist organisations. However, such a definition apparently failed to materialise in the Ukraine. On top of the humanitarian crisis in the east, the Ukraine suddenly plunged into political turmoil. The country faces snap elections after the ruling coalition collapsed on 24 July.

Poroshenko told the media he’d hold early elections, “despite the law” and “whatever the circumstances”. One of his main targets is the KPU, illegally outlawed when the coalition collapsed. The KPU was a vocal critic of many of the junta’s current policies, including the repressions in Novorossiya, the failure to investigate mass killings in Odessa and Kiev, and austerity measures demanded by the West as preconditions of IMF loans. On Friday night, Poroshenko boasted, “I’m proud that during my presidency the Communist faction ceased to exist”. He added that after the elections, he’d erase the party from “the Ukrainian political map”.

Experts see the shrinking political field in Kiev as an attempt to purge the leadership and shape a compliant parliament. John Laughland from the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris told us, “When they overthrew President V F Yanukovich on 21 February, the parliament voted back new powers in terms of going back to the 2004 constitution. Now, the new president, Poroshenko, discovers that this new constitution doesn’t suit him, so, he needs to purge the parliament, he needs to stigmatise people who don’t agree with his policies as fifth columnists”.

2 August 2014

RT

http://rt.com/news/177560-ukraine-poroshenko-terrorist-east/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

Thursday, 19 June 2014

19 June 2014. They Haven’t Changed their Spots… The Banderovtsy are STILL Murderous Racists

00 The Faithful Hound. 19.06.14

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The Banderovtsy have been murderous criminals from the outset. Look at what’s happening in Novorossiya and look at what happened in January on the Maidan. There’s no comparison… V F Yanukovich faced well-funded terrorists… the junta faces poor but unbowed patriots. V F Yanukovich showed restraint against a lawless mob following foreign orders… the junta shows no restraint in its brutality and violence towards freedom-loving people. I seem to see a difference, and the difference favours V F Yanukovich! Note well that the papist Uniates hated him for unchaining the canonical Church (and ending de facto favouritism towards Uniates and schismatical Orthodox). Don’t be misled by American and papist propaganda! They hated Yanukovich for his opposition to the Western rape of the Ukraine… the rape of its material riches by Western corporations, and the rape of its soul by papist Uniates cheered on by the Vatican, schismatical Orthodox cheered on by the Phanar, and American Protestant proselytisers cheered on by the USA.

People in the “Ukraine” are standing up… they’re saying NO to economic slavery under the EU… they’re saying NO to spiritual slavery under the Vatican, Phanar, and “Born Again” Nihilism. We, as Orthodox Christians, have a duty and obligation to stand by and with them. What do YOU say?

BMD

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