Russia: Tossing rice at the marriage of the oligarchs with the State
Everyone who has ever heard rice go snap, crackle, and pop! knows that eating the grain is good for your energy.
Blinken concedes war is lost-offers Kremlin Ukrainian demilitarization; Crimea, Donbas, Zaporozhye; and restriction of new tanks to Western Ukraine if there is no Russian offensive
David Ignatius (lead image, left) has been a career-long mouthpiece for the U.S. State Department. He has just been called in by the current Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) to convey an urgent new message to President Vladimir Putin, the Security Council, and the General Staff in Moscow.
Alexei Kudrin starts his run to succeed President Vladimir Putin
There were only two ways for Alexei Kudrin to become the president of Russia that he and the U.S. government have always wanted.
The U.S. signals readiness to launch nuclear strike against Russia
U.S. Navy announced that “General Michael ‘Erik’ Kurilla, commander of CENTCOM, conducted a visit aboard the USS West Virginia, a U.S. Navy Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine at an undisclosed location at sea in international waters in the Arabian Sea. Kurilla was joined on the USS West Virginia by Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet and NAVCENT.”
The Ukrainian m.o. for the Crimean Bridge attack-this is how the operation worked to the point of detonation
Two detailed reports appeared in Moscow describing precisely how the attack on the Crimean Bridge on October 8 was organised and carried out.
Lemons, mimosas, and Stalin’s shovel
The only Russian leader in a thousand years who was a genuine gardener and who allowed himself to be recorded with a shovel in his hand was Joseph Stalin (lead image, mid-1930s). Compared to Stalin, the honouring of the new British king Charles III as a gardener pales into imitativeness and pretension.
International Atomic Energy agency takes Ukraine side in war in September 15 vote, making UN Secretary-General Guterres either a liar or a fool
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) decided this week to take the side of Ukraine in the current war; blame Russia for the shelling of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP); and issue a demand for Russia to surrender the plant to the Kiev regime “to regain full control over all nuclear facilities within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders, including the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant.”
National champion or National chump-Oleg Deripaska and Vladimir Potanin try the Rusal-Norilsk nickel merger
In wars like the present one, politics on the home front cannot be permitted to give aid and comfort to the enemy. In the U.S. and NATO campaign, the Russian oligarchs and their businesses are targets and also weapons of the plan for regime change in the Kremlin.
The Oligarchs play their cards–that’s the loyalty card, the get out of jail free card, the rewards redemption card
The Russian regime-change theory motivating U.S. sanctions against the Russian oligarchs is that they will trigger a palace coup in which the oligarchs will arrange a bullet for President Vladimir Putin’s head, and in return the U.S. will give them back the keys to their yachts, mansions, and offshore bank accounts.
Naïve questions about Russia’s war economy
“Tell me, please, Grandpa,” the little boy asked the Red Army veteran, “what does a war economy mean and how is it different from now?”