Vladimir Putin's new plan for world domination

After Sochi and Crimea, the world

22 February 2014

9:00 AM

22 February 2014

9:00 AM

It’s been a generation or so since Russians were in the business of shaping the destiny of the world, and most of us have forgotten how good they used to be at it. For much of the last century Moscow fuelled — and often won — the West’s ideological and culture wars. In the 1930s, brilliant operatives like Willi Muenzenberg convinced ‘useful idiots’ to join anti-fascist organisations that were in reality fronts for the Soviet-backed Communist International. Even in the twilight years of the Soviet Union the KGB was highly successful at orchestrating nuclear disarmament movements and trade unionism across the West.

Now, after two decades in the economic basket, Russia is decisively back as an ideological force in the world — this time as a champion of conservative values. In his annual state of the nation speech to Russia’s parliament in December, Vladimir Putin assured conservatives around the world that Russia was ready and willing to stand up for ‘family values’ against a tide of liberal, western, pro-gay propaganda ‘that asks us to accept without question the equality of good and evil’. Russia, he promised, will ‘defend traditional values that have made up the spiritual and moral foundation of civilisation in every nation for thousands of years’. Crucially, Putin made it clear that his message was directed not only at Russians — who have already been protected from ‘promotion of non-traditional relationships’ by recent legislation — but for ‘more and more people across the world who support our position’.

He’s on to something. Ukraine’s near-revolutionary turmoil this week pits East versus West — but it’s also a culture war between social conservatives and social liberals. The forces against the government in Kiev tend to be aligned with the EU and modern ‘democratic values’, including gay rights; whereas government supporters tend to be more Russophile and their banners include ones that say ‘EURO = HOMO’. These are precisely the battle lines on which Putin has raised his conservative ideological standard.

A recent report by the Centre for Strategic Communications, a Kremlin-connected think tank, neatly summarised Putin’s ambition: it’s entitled ‘Putin: World Conservatism’s New Leader’. The report argues that large, silent majorities around the world favour traditional family values over feminism and gay rights — and that Putin is their natural leader. ‘The Kremlin apparently believes it has found the ultimate wedge issue to unite its supporters and divide its opponents, both in Russia and the West, and garner support in the developing world,’ says Radio Free Europe’s Brian Whitmore. ‘They seem to believe they have found the ideology that will return Russia to its rightful place as a great power with a messianic mission and the ability to win hearts and minds globally.’

Putin’s siren call has found support in some unexpected quarters. The conservative American commentator — and one-time arch anti-communist — Pat Buchanan was one of the architects of the Reagan-era ‘Moral Majority’ movement which heralded the rise of the Christian right as a political force. Now he’s full of praise for Putin’s ‘paleo-conservative moment’. The great ideological struggle of the 21st century will be between ‘conservatives and traditionalists in every country arrayed against the militant secularism of a multicultural and transnational elite’, Buchanan wrote in a recent blog post. ‘While much of American and western media dismiss him as an authoritarian and reactionary, a throwback, Putin may be seeing the future with more clarity than Americans.’ The Illinois-based World Congress of Families, an organisation that promotes family values, has already accepted an invitation to hold its eighth annual International Congress in Moscow. ‘Russia could be a great ally for conservatives, on issues like defending the family, abortions, even strengthening marriage and promoting more children,’ the Congress of Families managing director Larry Jacobs told the state-run RIA news agency.

But the Kremlin’s true target audience is not on the right-wing fringes of western politics but people in what was once called the Soviet sphere of influence in the former Soviet Union, Middle East and Africa. Russian diplomats and academics have taken a leading role in promoting an anti-gay-rights resolution in the United Nations’ Human Rights Council in Geneva, building a coalition of conservative nations behind a resolution declaring that human rights had to be subordinate to ‘traditional values and cultural sovereignty’. (In 2011 the US backed a resolution explicitly protecting sexual minorities under the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights — but Russia stepped in to lead the counteroffensive.) ‘Russia has been using this issue to develop a constituency in Muslim and African countries,’ says Mark Gevisser, an Open Society Fellow who is writing a book on the global debate on gay rights. ‘This brand of ideological moral conservatism was originally minted in the US. It is highly ironic that these countries are mounting an anti-western crusade using a western tool.’ Moscow plays on opposition to gay rights most effectively closer to home. Last November, when it looked like the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was close to signing an Association Agreement with the European Union, billboards appeared across the country warning that the ‘EU means legalising same-sex marriage’. The campaign was paid for by Ukraine’s Choice, a group associated with the Kremlin-connected politician and businessman Viktor Medvedchuk.

But Putin’s new mission goes deeper than political opportunism. Like the old Communist International, or Comintern, in its day, Moscow is again building an international ideological alliance. The Comintern sought to bring ‘progressives’ and left-wingers of every stripe into Moscow’s ideological big tent; Putin is pitching for moral leadership of all conservatives who dislike liberal values. And again, like the Comintern, Putin appears convinced that he is embarking on a world-historical mission. It’s certainly true that such a moral mission has deep roots in Russian history. Many previous occupants of the Kremlin have set themselves up as defenders of orthodoxy and autocracy — notably Nicholas I, the ‘gendarme of Europe’, and the arch-conservative Alexander III. Putin quoted the 19th-century conservative thinker Nikolai Berdyaev in his Duma speech. ‘The point of conservatism is not that it prevents movement forward and upward,’ Putin said, ‘but that it prevents movement backward and downward, into chaotic darkness and a return to a primitive state.’

It would be easy to dismiss Putin’s conservative Comintern as another Sochi-style vanity project if it weren’t for the fact that Russia’s hard power is growing in parallel with its soft power. For the first time in a generation Moscow called the shots on a major international diplomatic issue last year, when Sergei Lavrov’s plan to supervise Syria’s chemical weapons disarmament derailed US plans for military strikes on Damascus. Over recent years Moscow unsuccessfully backed local despots in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, and Libya — and they lost their heads, just like old Soviet clients from Afghanistan to Yugoslavia. But with Syria that run of failure is finally changing. Moscow’s diplomatic protection in the UN, backed by Russian weapons, intelligence and military expertise, finally means something again. If Harry Truman wanted to make the US the arsenal of democracy, then Putin seems to have a similar plan for Russia to be the arsenal of reaction.

There’s a third plank to Russia’s ambitious programme to shape the world in its image: an ongoing campaign to redesign the global architecture of the internet to allow more control by individual states. Since the foundation of the world wide web, its effective control centre has been at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — known as ICANN, the non-profit organisation that assigns internet addresses and traffic routes based in Los Angeles, California. Russia has long demanded that ICANN be moved out of the US — and has been quick to seize on the leaks of the National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s reports as a tool to topple the US from the moral high ground of internet user freedom and embarrass Washington.

Last November a delegation of Russian senators and Foreign Ministry officials paid an official visit to the US to complain to American service providers for failing to guarantee user privacy. They also renewed demands to reform ICANN. A logical enough demand, on the face of it, after Snowden’s revelations revealed deeply flawed oversight systems over America’s spies. But the problem with dismantling ICANN is that it could lead to an increase in the control allowed to individual states not only over their own internet space — which they have already — but over the entire world wide web. In other words, Russia could block someone it doesn’t like in Germany by invoking an anti-terror clause and shutting down opponents’ domain name server, or DNS, the basic address book of the internet. Without a DNS, web pages become unfindable and effectively disappear.

The issue of who controls the internet will be debated at a major international conference next year, the biggest such confab since 2005. Strategically, Russia has clearly set its sights on two goals: wresting control of the internet away from the US, and creating a new definition of ‘cyber-terrorism’ that’s as loose as its own legislation on ‘extremism’, which has recently been used to prosecute eco-activists, peaceful protestors, independent media outlets and gay activists. Russia’s suggestion is to shift control of the internet away from ICANN to the International Telecommunication Union or ITU, the United Nations agency responsible for co-ordinating global use of the radio spectrum and satellite orbits. The ITU’s basic charter guarantees freedom of access to the internet — except, crucially, in cases of cyber–terrorism. Over the last ten years Russia has tried three times in the UN and once in the Organisation on Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to push through resolutions on cyber terror on the internet. But such legislation has been opposed by the US and Europe because ‘the only practical implications of such a move would be to allow countries to suppress dissent,’ says Alexander Klimburg, an adviser on cyber security to the OSCE.

Conservative values, international diplomacy, the architecture of the internet: apparently diverse areas where Russia is exercising international influence. They are all united by a common theme, the same one that is trumpeted very plainly by the Sochi Games: Russia is back as a major global player, and doesn’t care how much it costs to show it. The scheme has feet of clay, of course, as does Putin’s rule itself, insofar as it is founded on sky-high energy prices which are already beginning to tumble under the assaults of cheap shale gas and alternative energy. But for the time being at least, Putin has the means and now the plan to project Russian power, both hard and soft, beyond Russia’s borders for the first time since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.


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  • rtj1211

    Name the last war initiated by the Russians away from their own borders.

    Name the last dozen initiated by the USA/UK/NATO axis in the past 50 years.

    I think it’s pretty clear who’s interested in global domination.

    • Tom

      War isn’t the only way of achieving domination.

    • Tom M

      As Tom says below (no relation) there are other ways to achieve domination. Rumania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, East Germany, Lithuania, Latvia etc All of whom were run from Moscow. Now tell me where in the world the USA/UK/NATO did anything comparable.

      • Baron

        But Tom M, the domination by the Soviets over all the countries you quote was agreed way back in 1945 in Yalta. Roosevelt & Winston gave a green light to the Georgian thug to control them. We, or rather the two Western powers to the deal, were complicit to the domination.

        • Weaver

          By the time of Yalta, Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe was de-facto assured. What exactly would you have done otherwise, in 1945?

          • Baron

            That’s not what we’re arguing about, Weaver. Short of starting another war against the victorious Red Army there was BA the West could do, you right.

            But Baron point was different. It was that the West consented to, endorsed, approved the takeover of Eastern Europe by Soviet Russia. That’s unarguable. Well, if that’s a fact, it’s rather disingenuous to blame just Soviet Russia for the takeover, we were on the deal, too, we should also share the blame for it.

          • Weaver

            OK….mmm…no, I think I still respectfully disagree, Baron.

            1) (Point of fact / semantics), To me “endorsed/ approved the takeover of Eastern Europe by Soviet Russia” is too strong a phrase to describe Western policy at Yalta (and certainly by Potsdam).

            I think it fairer to say the Western powers accepted and believed there would be a degee of Soviet influence on the composition of governments of Eastern Europe (as in the “napkin deal” etc). Specifically, that these governments would have to be minimally friendly to the Soviet Union, with restrictions on their armed forces and foreign policy. However, the west expected such governments to be broadly popularly based/elected, broadly liberal, and free to conduct their own affairs internally,

            In short, the West expected the settlement in the East to be akin to what happened in Finland or Austria. Not what actually happened across the great arc of the Iron Curtain.

            The development of Soviet tyranny in Eastern Europe 45-’48 genuinely surprised and upset Western capitals and public, especially the murder and suppression of democractic/trade union oppostion to communist rule. By the time Benes was killed there was a clear feeling of “Hey, this wasn’t our deal” in Western Capitals. You might argue this was naive, but I think it is clear the west in ’45 did NOT expect the settlement in the East to look like it did in ’48, let alone ’56.

            2) Moral argument: Third party acceptance of a crime is not, morally, anywhere near as bad as actually committing the crime in the first place.

            3) Moral argument: Bit of a nitpick, I’m afraid. Moral failure on one’s own part does not negate your ability to criticise others. “Tu Quoque” fallacy etc.



          • Baron

            Solid points, excellently argued from a position of knowledge, which always pleases, Weaver, and you right, viewing through a moral prism Baron’s take has not half a leg to stand on.

            But, but, but if those in the West who were in charge didn’t really know by 19456 what the Georgian thug was capable of, they were either blind, deaf or naive. Baron has to be hard pushed to believe they were any of it.

            The barbarian is still attached to the view that the Yalta settlement (where it all started) was an exercise in grand geopolitical world carving, and the mainly Slav speaking belt in mid-Europe was traded for whatever it was Winston and Roosevelt needed more than a chunk of land nobody cared much about anyway.

          • Weaver

            Thank you for the reply, Baron,

            I think you have a stronger position in saying that Western governments at the least must have known what they were getting into even if they didn’t “approve”.

            But….I think I’d stick my neck out and say Roosevelt and Hopkins were naive (Roosevelts last telegram is pretty much indicative of his attitude to Stalin, IMHO), and both were ailing men by the time of Yalta. They just weren’t focused on the matter.

            De Gaulle was not even at the table.

            Your strongest case seems to me with Churchill who did have some idea/foreboding. He perhaps hoped for better, but feared the worse. Hence his focus was on salvaging a minimum position in the Balkans (as a practical matter Stalin could have pushed further in SE Europe by military means than he did by agreement). In any event Churchill would be replaced by Bevin/Attlee, who were intelligent men and no fools for Stalin, but they had limited foreign policy experience and their focus was overwhelmingly domestic. The whole post-war settlement unfolded at an unfortunate time of turmoil and transition in western leadership.



        • Weaver

          Don’t wars of aggression on your borders count as much as far away?

          I mean, pace Godwin, Hitler only invaded adjacent countries…or countries that became adjacent once he’d digested his last victim.

        • Tom M

          Well I think you are stretching a point to say Stalin was given a “green light”. I think it would be more accurate to say we could have done nothing to stop it.
          One thing Staln wanted that he didn’t get was to send troops to “help” invade Japan. If he had done so then he had every intention of claiming part of Japan as he did in Europe. The Americans dropping the bpmb stuffed his plans for that.
          rtj1211 is framing the question to give him the answer he wants.

          • Baron

            Good point, Tom M, it is indeed stretching it.

            The Georgian thug was in a strong position not because of his foresight, strategic genius or anything else that he would have personally contributed to the war, but because of the heroism, the sacrifice, un unimaginable endurance of the Russian muzhik. It was the Russian unwashed who saved Europe from the Nazis last century, from the French adventurer the century before.

            Baron isn’t, has never been in Putin’s team, but the barbarian has nothing but an admiration for the Russian unwashed, believes Putin is as bad or as good as any other contemporary contender for the post. What those who criticize Putin forget is that the KGB was the only well run (in the Soviet term) institution the Russians had when the communist Gulag collapsed, and Putin doesn’t feel as the worst of the KGB lot. Trust Baron on this, he knows, he faced one of them in the Ljubjanka establsihment.

      • The American Jews have destroyed the Christian culture of the West.They especially hate White Southern Americans.In a majority Christian nation Christ is mocked daily by them on tv/movies/media while Judaism is mentioned with reverence.Funny part is most of them are atheists.But they use their religion as way to show us they are in control.America is not ruled by nor representative of the vast majority of its people.

        • Ron Todd


          • rodliddle

            Christ help us. It’s the KKK.

      • Prevan

        Guys, Stalin died 50 years ago. What you are talking about.

      • Trumpet Call

        East Germany, in the first few years of Occupation, was a better place to live then West Germany. It wasn’t until the Soviet’s offered increase food rations to East Germans if they joined the Communist Party, that America, UK and France, ended the death embargo of food imports into Germany, and allowed West Germany to rebuild. Before then, the Allies where planning on killing the Germans in their respective occupied zones, and splitting the land.

    • Weaver

      OK, I’ll bite. Georgia in 2008. Or doesn’t it count if your victim is your neighbour?

      • pp22pp

        The Georgians started that one and the Ossetians would rather be run from Moscow than Tblisi.

        • Anna

          Oh, really?! Prove it! Russia was bombing the villages of South Ossethia and Georgia wasn’t suppose to protect its population??
          How could all Russians be that sure about the innocence of their country every time they destroy and kill, do you really believe in that bullshit or you’re just pretending that you do? Open your eyes, all your neighbors just hate you (not to mention the coward Belorussians and Armenians, they just decided to obey). All others are just sick and tired of the Russian imperialistic ambitions and activities to build up the Soviet Union back!

          • pp22pp

            I am not Russian. I am English and all I really want to do is not get involved in the Ukraine or the Caucasus. And I travelled through Russia from Japan. I don’t believe the Soviet Empire is coming back. They have enough problems of their own. You can all hate each other as much as you like. I don’t care.

          • Anna

            Then just do not write what you don’t know, first get more information from the reliable sources and just after that write a comment on a website, Russians put a lot of fake information everywhere, it’s not necessary to help them. Being English you don’t really know what kind of evil Russian politicians are, only the neighbor countries are really aware of their views, goals and methods, we all experienced it many times, during centuries. Be more careful in your judgements, especially if you don’t care!

          • pp22pp

            Because our country is stable and prosperous (for now), people from your country are coming to it in large numbers. I count three Ukrainians among my circle of friends, two of whom speak Russian as their first language and one of whom doesn’t speak Ukrainian at all (she is from Odessa). Even the Ukrainian speakers agree that Georgia provoked that war. They are all intelligent people and they say that most politicians in both the Ukraine and Russia are corrupt. I consider them reliable sources. I don’t know you. So I don’t know if you are reliable or not. All that I do know is that I don’t want a show-down with Russia. If we have to have immigrants, Ukrainians are more acceptable than most, but all I really want is to be left alone. This is not our fight and I don’t have anything against Russians personally. I hate our own politicians for allowing a tidal wave of especially Islamic immigration into my country.

          • Anna

            1. I’m not Ukrainian.
            2. Three emigrated Ukrainians wouldn’t be the most competent and reliable sources about Russian-Georgian war. If you have an ambition of knowing something, at least read more about a topic.
            3. Now it’s clear why you’re so much anxious of what’s happening in Ukraine. All they want is to be free and not to have a Russian governed country again.
            4. The same problem has France nowadays, loads of immigrants from African and Arabic countries are really bothering them, but you both (England and France) should have been thinking about it when you were invading and mistreating your former colonies, now their descendants are coming to your countries and misusing your comfort and patience, fair enough! 😉
            5. Our stereotype about the modern English people characterize them as intelligent, smart and conscious people (who developed a lot, unlike to modern imperialistic nations which didn’t progress at all), so if you will give an example of being not enough fair and not enough informed and judgmental (in a wrong way), then what should we expect from the less developed and intelligent people?
            Good luck!

          • pp22pp

            You’re obviously not a native speaker of English. As a matter of interest, what is your native tongue?

          • Anna

            Obviously! None of non-native speakers speak English as you do (English people) and I don’t think it was worth to mention, unless you wanted to know where I come from :))
            Could have asked directly… My native language is Georgian 🙂

          • pp22pp

            1). I hope I did not offend you. You’re English is quite good.
            2). Seen from a distance, the Caucasus is a cauldron of ethnic hatred. The Beslan School Massacre, the war in Chechnya, the war in Ossetia, the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is living proof of why ethnic diversity is a bad thing. What is your view? I see this as my own country’s future.

          • Anna

            1. No, of course you didn’t offend me. Thank you.
            2. You probably won’t believe, if I will say that most of the Caucasian problems and conflicts have a Russian factor, it must be quite hard to understand for you, for Europeans, but as an example I would mention our region occupied by Russia, Abkhazia, where the antagonism between ethnic groups was slowly and methodically implemented and developed by the Russian government, which lead to a conflict and now formally it’s recognized by Russians as independent, but in fact the population is provided with the Russian passports (nowadays it’s impossible for the population not to have a Russian passport, because then they don’t get pensions and other “benefits” which are poor), so I think it’s clear how much independent they are and why 🙂
            Based on media or in terms of international politics the most important details and factors are usually not obvious and especially taking into consideration the Russian PR technologies based on lies and demagogic methods, everything seems a bit different for the foreign people, that’s why I started arguing with you yesterday. Of course it’s a bit naive to believe that politics will be based on true and fair methods lead by the honest and reliable persons, but at least I will try my best to make it more clear when it comes to my country.
            3. Again, another misunderstanding of the reality, caused by the misinterpretation by Russian sources: Yes, unfortunately Stalin and Shevardnadze were both Georgians. Shevardnadze was a typical Soviet-style corrupted person, during he’s presidential period in Nineties we experienced a stagnation, poverty and nothing positive and progressive has happened during that period, I was in a secondary school then, but I remember all the problems very well.
            Unlike to some homo-sovieticus category of Georgian population (which are mostly the elder generation, not very intelligent and conscious part of them) I am more than not proud of the fact that Stalin was from Georgia, I would prefer one of the most bloody persons in history not to have Georgian roots. But it didn’t really made him more generous to us compared to other Soviet countries. Georgian people were as much oppressed and suffered during the Soviet period, as all others. Father of my Grandma was also sentenced to Siberia for 10 years during the 1937 oppressions of Stalin, lots of people were oppressed during the all Soviet period, everyone who was too smart, to much individualistic, honest and not conformist, everyone who didn’t want to cooperate with the KGB, they were persecuted by the Soviet government. If you are really interested I would recommend to take a good course in Sovietology at the University, or online (if its available). I bet it will change your view and it will be different from the Russian version of the Soviet history, and believe me, nothing was really changed in their intentions and methods even today and I doubt it will change until Putin is there and the majority of the populations are Homo-sovieticuses 😉
            Sorry for a long comment and thanks for your attention!

          • pp22pp

            Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I already have a PhD in Asian history and I trust academics less than not at all. So, no, I won’t be doing any more courses, except possible for some in mathematics. (You can’t be ideological about Laplace transforms). I avoid reading academic history, if I can, and prefer to read original sources and literature. So I have read Lermontov in Russian and I sometimes read Russian and Persian newspapers. Is there a Georgian author who can give you a feel for the region from Georgian perspective. (I don’t read Georgian, I’m afraid).

          • Anna

            Haha, ok then, I understand your scepticism about the academics and partially share it, but in this case it’s a bit different. I did it myself a couple of years ago during my master study and a had an opportunity to read very interesting materials by the different scholars, writers and dissidents from the Soviet Union. The professor was from Netherlands, a person who was helping the Soviet dissidents for years with his colleagues, visiting the Soviet countries from time to time. He also had an access to the materials when the KGB archives was opened after the collapse of the Union. Unfortunately all the electronic materials are in my other notebook in Georgia (I’m not living there for some time), otherwise I would share it with pleasure.
            And right now I don’t remember some good authors whose works you could read in English, but I’m sure there are and I’ll search for them and let you know later, if you’ll be still interested.

          • Anna

            p.s. please, don’t get me wrong, but reading Russian newspapers seems to me the same as watching North Korean TV news and rely on them on what’s happening in the world :)) In comparison to the Russian media, academic history is nothing but the truth 🙂
            Anyway, thank you again for your attention, best wishes!

          • Boo

            u clearly dont understand the complexity of the geopolitical landscape surrounding russia and georgia, and from what you write its clear you actually dont really understanding anything at all

          • Giga Bedineishvili

            pp22pp, ‘seen from distance’ is the key phrase here. I’d add from a very very long distance. For you Chechnya, Georgia, Armenia, are all the same. Well they’re very different. Also, How does Stalin’s and Shevy’s nationality justify you’re argument that Georgians were not oppressed under USSR. Everybody was oppressed under USSR including Georgians. How about 100s of thousands sent to gulags and killed? How about not teaching Georgian history in schools properly and Georgian language being deprioritised. The list goes on and on. Russia’d been readying invasion in Georgia for years before 2008. We should’t be naive about Putin

          • Sergeym

            lies from beginning to end!

          • Aidan Taylor

            Your English is ‘quite good’ too. However your belief that ethnic diversity is a ‘bad thing’ is sadly irrelevant. Virtually every nation on the planet has a history of ethnic diversity to one degree or another. It’s already happened. It is neither a good thing nor a bad thing. It is part of the human condition. We mix, we mingle, we fight, we breed. Wanting ‘to be left alone’ is a forlorn hope unless you have a deserted island in mind.

          • pp22pp

            Tosh. Japan and Korea do very well with minimum immigration. And breeding with some of the lowest IQ groups on the planet will spell the end of our highly successful and creative civilization.

          • Anna

            p.s. “Russia has recognised South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent and has vowed to protect them. (!!!!)
            However, Georgia and the vast majority of the international community still views them as part of Georgia.

            Aid agencies say a refugee crisis continues in the region, with the Russian-backed authorities in South Ossetia refusing to allow tens of thousands of ethnic Georgians back to their homes in the region”.

            What do you think, regarding these results who was more interested in the war?
            I think an answer is obvious… 😉

          • Aidan Taylor

            And it is vital to be a native speaker of English because,,,?

          • Eugene Fishgalov

            Russia was not bombing bombing villages in South Ossethia. As to Georgia, it used its own cities as polygons for missile launches. Such military targets were naturally destroyed by Russians even if located in cities.

        • Giga Bedineishvili

          pp22pp – BS! How could Georgians “start a war” without crossing any borders?

      • Jacobi Coriolanus

        The legality of that war is debatable because Russia considers citizens of North Ossetia as members of their own country through a passport legal remedy that Medvedev hid behind. Georgia fired artillery on that area and so forth… but it still bordered Russia proper.

        • Anna

          Yes, unfortunately our former president was not patient enough not to react on a provocation and because of that formally it’s considered the war was started by Georgia, but in fact Russia was more than ready for a war long before August, everything was prepared for it, their tanks were waiting not far from the border, they’ve been just waiting for a mistake from the Georgian government and it happened, from my perspective it’s understandable, when your population is not safe any more and are running from their places and moving to other Georgian cities and towns, when the local people suffer because of your neighbors bad intentions, it’s hard not to react and wait until the international community pays attention to that and tries to help (usually it comes to expressing their concerns until hundreds of people die and then they start to react). So, it was a big mistake from the perspectives of politicians, but understandable from the perspectives of ordinary people…

          • Jacobi Coriolanus

            Sakashvilli didn’t realize how impotent Bush was at that time to support NATO allies and Georgians rightfully were concerned after committing the third highest number of military resources to Iraq about mutual defense. Its very difficult to see how the populations of the satellites still suffer divisions left from the Iron Curtain and how the West hasn’t always been reliable in maintaining the promise offered after ending communist totalitarianism.

          • pp22pp

            We should go about making promises we can’t keep. I for one do not want to see British soldiers coming back from the Caucasus in body bags. If as the Georgian lady above (Bedineishvili) insists, everyone was oppressed under communism, then the Russians should also be included among the victims of Communism. We should not therefore hate them for being communists in the past, any more than we should hate Georgians for being communists in the past. This is not our fight.

          • Jacobi Coriolanus

            I’d expect an Englishman to understand international treaties more than anyone else given your government has become two socialist Europhile parties and a Eurosceptic fringe.

            Georgia was applying for NATO membership at the time of the Ossetian incursion and in complying with that had committed the third highest deployment to Iraq after the US and the UK in order to fulfill their obligation. The other end of the deal, which is why NATO was founded to begin with, is that if the Soviets ever attacked a member country all others came together to defend them. Many think this is why Medvedev ordered this invasion to begin with to demonstrate Georgian membership WOULD be costly to NATO which already was committed extensively in Afghanistan.

            You also need to read history, such as things I’m guessing happened in your lifetime. The US donated BILLIONS to Russia during Perestroika and committed vast foodstuffs and medicines when the collapse of the Soviet economy led to widespread shortages and the virtual disappearance of their healthcare. The Russian people were treated extensively as “victims” of communism as you put it throughout the 90s when all their institutions were dysfunctional and oil prices were too low to fund the government.

            As far as the disputes being in the Caucasus not “being your fight” no one asked it to be, as usual the reconstruction of Eastern Europe once again fell on the shoulders of the US. Your prime minister has been too busy looking for much more deserving fights in Libya and Syria and our current idiot who claimed to have so much foreign savvy for “opposing Iraq” (and by opposing when he was running for Senate in heavily liberal Chicago which has a high population of blacks he took a safe route, and voted for the war’s funding every time until he started running for president and his paymasters at Moveon.org told him to stop) by taking a stance more moderate than Nick Griffin. Don’t worry about British dying in Tbilisi, just be glad you still have enough control over your own parliament away from Brussels that they aren’t dying in Damascus.

          • pp22pp

            1). I have read WAY to much history in my life. I wish I could have all those years back. I have a PhD in the subject.

            2). As an Englishman, I am now expected to beat my breast over an Empire that was dismantled before I was born.

            3). Of course the Russians are concerned about events in Ukraine and Georgia, but I traveled through the country on the way back from Japan and I find it hard to believe they are a credible threat to the peace of the world. They have enough problems of their own.

            4). And I vote UKIP. One of the reasons is that I do not wanted to be involved in an armed crusade to bring gay rights to the world

          • Jacobi Coriolanus

            I was being tongue in cheek about your knowledge of Yeltsin era Russia because I saw in an earlier comment where you mentioned your travels.

            I also hoped you picked up on the platitudes for your parliament maturing into a group more focused on repairing the multitude of domestic issues of your island rather than try to fight a proxy war with Iran (Assad being a Shi’ite Alawite and Quaddafi being the only North African supporter of the Ayatollah during the Iran-Iraq war… you might be one of the few others to figure out why NATO keeps supporting Al Qaeda in the Arab Spring).

            I don’t believe I ever stated Russia is a threat to world peace. They have been in demographic decline since 1961 and the economic creative chaos left from communism won’t be repaired just because oil has sold well in the last decade. The next decade will very well determine whether Russia is even the same country, much like Western Europe. Those Americans who insist on that childish view either know more than I do about the lack of nuclear capabilities in the US or just can’t get over fifty years of Cold War indoctrination. i was a child when the wall fell so while I heard a lot about it around kindergarten an adulthood drinking Vodka with some Russians and watching the Bondarchuk’s films and reading Tolstoy might have left me a tad naive and trusting.

            The best I can tell Ukrainians tend to want to be pro-Moscow and Georgians want to be pro-Washington, just not too much. Kazakhstan tried to play both sides to bad results. One of the downfalls of democracy is people don’t always vote the way the Pentagon wants, c’est la vie. We shouldn’t bully the whole world like we do to Gaza for holding a different viewpoint.

            I find Farage an interesting man and much more serious than his Rothbardian conspiratorial counterparts in the US. I hope the Tories don’t split the vote too much soon.

          • Jambo25

            Why was I not surprised that you now vote UKIP.

          • Anna

            Thanks a lot! I think it’s clear why I’m thankful 🙂

          • Jacobi Coriolanus

            Also if Putin wants to get saddled with Africa and the Indian sub-continent areas because they agree on religious definitions of gender roles he can have them. I’m rather tired of celebrities demanding our country continue to bankrupt itself while turning every urban area into Detroit while contradicting themselves while portraying Western Europe as utopia. One only needs to watch some European programming on occasion to know its anything but and has developed its social net on the back of our unsustainable world wide combined defense spending everyone hates so much.

    • Gordon Fraser

      Does long term ideological infiltration of Western institutions in order to bring about economic and cultural collapse count as war? If so the West is signing the surrender papers.

      • You miss the point,the Bolshevik Jews are now using America as their base to dominate.They despise Putin because he shut down their control of Russia.But they have really destroyed the morals and culture of Christian America.Now the tiny group of homos and sex change freaks are held up as role models.God help us and the youth.Millions of lost souls because of this vermin.

    • mrmoody1887

      When you have the life of a gold medal winning American male Olympian, married to a girl, who also has his child, being referred to as an “alternative lifestyle” you know exactly what the liberal left are trying to do with what remains of western civilization. Useful idiot or not, I’d rather be Putin’s than the useful idiot of Clinton or Blair or Cameron or Soros or Zuckerberg or Merkel or Hollande, ETC.

      T he western elites ARE the real threat to western civilization. When historians look back to this age, they will understand how destructive mass migration and multi-culturalism and political correctness really were to ordinary families and peoples of western civilization.

      • Ingenjören

        I tried to make sense of your fascist drivel, but failed. If you’re trying to push some kind of point, try to make it coherently.

        • Chris Bond

          Fascism was derived from Socialism. Mussolini was a socialist, but decided it was outdated, and built on it.
          So shut up, shut up and shut up with your stupid childish insults you socialist.

          • Samuel Kaine Wheeler

            Fascism is derived from Socialism in the same way cyanide is derived from peaches. By throwing all the sweetness away, smashing the core and refining the wreckage into poison.

          • Chris Bond

            Your fanaticism and ability to disregard reality do not impress me. So keep your lies to yourself. I have forgotten more about socialism then you know.

          • Samuel Kaine Wheeler

            If you’re going to trumpet your intellectual superiority it helps to spell ‘than’ correctly.

          • Prevan

            Exactly. It is like comparing an atomic bomb, the nuclear power station, giving people the light.

        • Prevan

          In the Soviet Union, hundreds of Nations lived together, all had the same rights. Were the places the kinks, but it is on the conscience of specific people, not the system itself.

        • Trumpet Call

          Fascism is the concept of “unity at all costs”, of the social and political strata(unity of the lower class, middle class and upper class. The person your replying to, is not advocating unity. He is advocating throwing the upper class under the bus, in favor of a foreign(Russian) upper class, that would give Western citizens a better deal.

      • geronimoooo4

        ramble ramble ramble
        the worrying part is that there seem to be 40 people who not understood this nonsense, but ‘liked’ it too…

        • Gareth Stone

          62 of us now…. or perhaps 62 net of detractors 🙂

      • I agree with your second point but to think that putin is the answer is absurd, if you really think that why don’t you go and live in russia then?

      • siv140174 .

        Nonsense, This is the territory that America needs. It stirs up ethnic discord and pushing Europe for war with Russia. By any means. End justifies the means! Boeing 777- who benefits ? A lot of thoughts about it….

    • Nick


    • Jacobi Coriolanus

      Definitely the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 unless you are counting the Uzbek Republic as a conglomerate in the confines of the Soviet Union. But you said Russians.

    • Baron John Arbuthnot Fisher

      Georgia, Chechnia, Czechoslovakia, Afghanistan etc etc etc.

      They’re far better at hiding their military action behind a closed media. Before that Poland, the Baltic States, Finnish Territories, Bukovina, Northern Iran, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Northern Norway, Korea, Manchuria.

      You don’t get to where Putin did in the KGB by hiding behind a curtain, even an iron one. He’s a serious expansionist, yet you ignore one crucial fact. NATO forces never occupy as if taking ownership.

    • RMM

      Say, a French politician (P. de Villierate, EU MP) says ordinary people in the EU love & admire Pres. Putin & wish their leaders would emulate him. Only politicians & media hate him (eng.kremlin.ru)
      Does anyone feels this true?

  • The Laughing Cavalier

    Putin’s idea of Russia has nothing to do with conservative or family values. Under his regime it has become a gangster state, a kleptocracy run by the few for the few.

    • Kitty MLB

      Indeed , questionable hooded characters wearing hobnail boots.
      Perhaps Russians spend a awful lot of time hiding away somewhere.

    • Tom Tom

      Yes sounds like so many – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Dubai, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Argentina, China, USA, UK, France, Ukraine, Spain, Greece, Syria, Turkey

      • Pip

        and the EU.

  • Kitty MLB

    As said elsewhere, how blood curding and absolutely spine chilling.
    I think we know what Putin’s view of Russia and the world are
    and its all very sinister.
    Russia, and the world have so many threats from these type of people now.
    unfortunately because of our weak leaders we remain vulnerable.

  • Nathan

    Interesting article, but I think that the author is in danger of transposing the international, ideological framework of the Cold War onto the present day.

    It’s very neat to interpret Putin’s reactionary policies as fitting into a new global ideology to counter the West, but from talking to ordinary Russians it doesn’t appear to ring true on the ground. Putin’s emphasis on family values is just a smokescreen to conceal the fact that his country has turned into a pariah state that embodies the most ugly aspects of capitalism, corporate racketeering and social inequality.

    • Chris Bond

      Putin knows the west is going to begining to implement “Gender Mainstreaming” and clearly sees it as a own goal of giant proportions. Hence the anti gay propaganda laws.

  • mahatmacoatmabag

    Putin is both the quintessential Fascist bully boy & most obvious suppressed closet Gay

    • global city

      Aye… and he just married his very own Nakita too!

      • mahatmacoatmabag

        so its rumoured, but he is still IMO a closet Gay

        • global city

          That’s what I meant. Remember when Elton married HIS little Nikita?

    • Cyril Sneer

      “Putin is both the quintessential Fascist bully boy & most obvious suppressed closet Gay”

      So those two descriptions of him are both derogatory then? Fascist and Gay eh, I guess they’re both much the same thing to you?

  • Chris Hobson

    Putin is the hope fo the world to eradictae this western liberal democratic hegemony.

    • Mahound

      We should join Putin in destroying cultural Marxism, Russia is a natural ally of the Western civilization increasingly under threat from folks in the White House.

  • Pip

    I suspect that the US/EU are playing a hand in this uprising. The Ukraine is split ethnically between the East which mostly wants to deal with Russia and the West which desires to join the EU, they are between a rock and a hard place and I can only hope they find a peaceful solution that is satisfactory for all Ukrainian’s and I hope the Foreign Interests interfering in this are identified are held to account.

  • Augustus

    After losing eastern Europe and the Baltic states to the West, Putin has no intention of giving up Ukraine, which is a crucial asset in Putin’s new imperialistic Euro-Asian policy. The problem of the pro-West activists in Ukraine is that beyond their sabre-rattling they are not going to do anything. The pro-Russian camp, on the other hand, could rely on Russia to provide a lot more, giving them an obvious advantage. Just as he did in the Syrian crisis and the Iranian nuclear issue Putin is going to succeed in dictating his will in this conflict as well. But what exactly have the Europeans or the Americans done so far for the sake of the pro-Western camp? And wasn’t Russia quite recently cited by EU officials as a ‘strategic partner’? What became of that?

    • global city

      Bloc on Bloc conflict…. always the biggest danger of the EU’s obsession with the ideology…. when Blocs collide, always inevitable.

  • zanzamander

    And while the West is fighting Putin to prevent his domination of the world (a fact that only exists in the Western minds), another dangerous reactionary force is actually on a footpath to conquer the world – Islam.

    Here’s the deal: US and its many European sycophants divert everyone’s attention by raising the specter of the evil Russian demagogue Putin. And while everybody else is fighting Putin, Islamists are given full access to takeover the West.

    US needs to keep the Cold War going and Islam to conquer.

    • Grunt

      To say there is only one front is to be naive

    • Jacobi Coriolanus

      The US war with Islamic elements is a lot hotter than it ever was against communists. The American government practically runs Saudi (or is it the other way around?) and at one time owned Egypt. Libya has suffered regime change for the worse and were it not for impatience Syria would also be in the hands of those who polluted Ramadi and Fallujah after the American blood spilled there to liberate it from Qutbism. The non-state of Kabul is protected from the tribal factions in the fiction of Afghanistan by NATO (spelled US surge) and the 51st state of Israel has done a lot to provoke the resurgence of Hezbollah in Lebanon as well as bite at mutual enemies in the unholy Shi’ite alliance of Damascus and Tehran. Its unfortunately Labour which lost the war to Islam, since Americans don’t really like Arabs and you won’t find too many concentrations in the US outside of Dearbourne or Dallas, and the latter is surrounded by the most xenophobic right wing Zionist nuts in North America.

    • Ingenjören

      It is fascinating that in order to push Islam as “The Great Threat” all other (actually plausible) threats must be ignored. The islamists can’t win squat, and why you cheer for them and pretend they’re the new big bad I can never understand, defaitist much?

  • The Laughing Cavalier
  • zanzamander

    US and EU have created this agitation in Ukraine as a payback for Putin’s help to Assad.

    • mahatmacoatmabag

      I’m surprised the UN hasn’t blamed it on Israel, like they do for everything else

  • Ishmael Whale

    Nature abhors a vacuum. Putin’s moves are a direct reaction to Obama’s withdrawal from the world. I saw him on TV last night and again he spoke of “crossing the line” in the Ukraine. We all thought that crossing a line meant a step that would draw a response however we now know that Obama uses that as slang for, I don’t like that.

    • mahatmacoatmabag

      ” Nature abhors a vacuum”
      tell Dyson about that

    • Perseus Slade

      Dead right, there is an ideological vacuum in the West
      that has destroyed its immune system.

  • Frank Horzabky

    Mr Mathews wrote:
    “The scheme has feet of clay, of course, as does Putin’s rule itself, insofar as it is founded on sky-high energy prices which are already beginning to tumble under the assaults of cheap shale gas and alternative energy. ”

    Nope. Energy prices will remain sky-high, unless the global economy collapses, as long as the Chinese and the Indian economies keep growing. Global petroleum production has been on a plateau since 2005-2006. It will decline for good before 2020. Shale gas and alternative energies won’t offset the decline of conventional oil.

    As for the derailment of the US plans for military strikes on Damascus, the fact that the US, British and French public opinions were overwhelmingly AGAINST those plans played a role. Otherwise, how can the US, the UK and France pretend to be democracies, if things as serious as war are decided by their respective Dear Leader acting alone?

    • Kaz Domanowski

      “Fact the US,British and French public opinions were against military strike on Syria confirms how influential is Russian/Putin propaganda.

      • pp22pp

        What propaganda? The Western media is fanatically anti-Russian. The carping snide coverage of Sochi has been demeaning.
        The problem is that the populous of the West no longer trusts it politicians or its median.
        We have joined the Russians in assuming that our leaders are liars and thieves.

      • pp22pp

        What propaganda? The Western media is fanatically anti-Russian. The carping snide coverage of Sochi has been demeaning.
        The problem is that the populous of the West no longer trusts it politicians or its median.
        We have joined the Russians in assuming that our leaders are liars and thieves.

      • Rascalndear

        You wish

  • Фиофан Заречный

    Интересная статья, но мне кажется вы сами создаете себе врага, чтобы потом его победить (карикатура на Путина, слова “режим Путина”).Может кто ответить на вопрос: Откуда у Путина столько власти? Версию о том, что Путин диктатор я уже слышал много раз и хотел бы услышать что-то еще.
    C уважением капитан КГБ А.Б.Навальный
    P.S: Простите за незнание английского языка, просто я учил китайский.
    P.P.S: Автор статьи куплен Путиным для того чтобы отвлечь вас от истинных целей России. На самом деле мы строим звезду смерти на обратной стороне луны, чтобы поработить землю.

    • Baron

      Just in case some of you don’t get exactly what Fiofan’s saying, here’s a very rough translation:

      An interesting piece, but I reckon you’ve created an enemy you can thrash later (Putin’s caricature, words like “Putin’s regime”). Perhaps you can answer a question: Where does Putin’s power comes from? The view Putin’s a dictator I’ve heard before, tell me something different.
      KGB Captain A B Navalny

      PS: Apologies for not knowing English, I’ve learnt Chinese.
      PPS: The author of the piece was bribed by Putin to divert your attention from the Russia’s real objective. As it happens, we’re building a death star on the other side of the moon to take over the earth.

      • Curnonsky

        Alexei Navalny is a well-known opponent of Putin’s who coined the phrase “party of crooks and thieves” to describe the current regime.

        • Baron

          Baron would like nothing more than a saint as President of Russia, but this, my blogging friend, ain’t doable, the Russian s have to do with what they can have, and what’s on offer doesn’t differ much. It’s mostly KGB men (Navalny’s one of them), and here you have little to choose from.

          It will take few generations before Russia can hope to get anywhere near a societal construct resembling the glory days of a Western democracy, Baron reckons.

          • Curnonsky

            If Navalny is KGB (really?) he is at least more intelligent than Putin, a third-rate thug elevated by the oligarchs to do their bidding who the KGB then used to insinuate themselves into lucrative positions of power.

            Putin’s success has been that, unlike his aimless Western counterparts he has always been clear on what he wants (money and power for himself, plus a return to superpower status for Russia).

            Once Russia’s oil starts to run out, and/or energy prices drop, things will start to get ugly for little Vlad and he will need all his judo skills to escape the usual fate of autocrats past their sell-by date.

          • Baron

            You reckon then he’s got around half a century to to run the land of the Russians?

    • mahatmacoatmabag

      Fiofan Zarechnyj, I ran your message to all deep cover Soviet agents in the UK through Google translate & it came up with this:

      ” Interesting article , but I think you make your own enemy , then to defeat him ( a caricature of Putin , the words ” Putin regime ” ) . Can anyone answer the question: How did Putin’s so much power ? Version that Putin dictator I’ve heard many times and would love to hear something else.
      C respect KGB captain A.B.Navalny
      PS: Sorry for the lack of English language , I just taught Chinese .
      PPS: The author bought Putin in order to distract you from the true goals of Russia . In fact, we are building a Death Star on the back side of the moon , to enslave the earth.”
      You are Ed Milibands soviet controller & I claim the £5 prize

    • pp22pp

      Funny. I like it.

  • Tony

    Why you are so afraid of our president?)) “Bloody regime, anti-gay, pussy-riot, world domination” – what else? Hey, guys, try to create smth real, not a holywood movie)

  • Mahound

    When I was a schoolboy the communists were in power in Moscow and East Berlin. Today the communists strike from their bases in Brussels, Washington, Hollywood, the media conglomerates in New York and Los Angeles, Wall Street, etc.

    • Ingenjören

      The communists of Wall Street? You don’t quite seem to understand what the word communist means.

      • Ann Coffey


  • Serious Man

    It was obvious that Putin and his criminal gang would eventually try to use what they understand as conservatism to win obscurantist hearts and minds at home and abroad but this plan is flawed and will eventually bring Russia down they way the opposite messianic idea – Communism – did in the 20th century but much sooner. One major difference is that Soviet Communists seemed to have believed in their messianism, Putin and his cronies do it just to stay in power, and it’s obvious to everyone. Then, the ‘family values’ are being promoted by a man who has just openly divorced with his wife. Who would take this nonsense seriously? Also, the ‘social conservatism’ is a dangerous thing for Putin himself to play with because this ideology is largely shared and promoted by his archenemies – Islamic radicals. It’s all quite unfortunate for the Russian people actually as we are again wasting time and resources on ambitions of some mediocre apparatchik with no vision for his country except for some vague and archaic notions of domination, power and money for himself and his friends. And by the way, Nikolay Berdyaev was not actually conservative, he was one of the leading Russian liberals expelled from the country by Communists. Putin does not care whom to quote as long as the quote serves his point as a sort of a mantra.

    • pp22pp

      We have rulers actively trying to destroy the place by turning it into a swamp full of Bangladeshis.

  • Hegelguy

    Putin has also praised Lenin and the USSR times without number. He lays all sides of the game.

    • Rascalndear

      Nicely put, if a bit simplistic for those of us who are Ukrainian and faced with the loss of our country…

  • mrsjosephinehydehartley

    To me, something

    “..that asks us to accept without question the equality of good and evil..”

    is the same as being ” damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”

    But I don’t think President Putin is actually having a go at people who are gay or feminist or even dissenting really. I think he’s just trying to articulate an impossibly pointless point, to many of us.

    • Rascalndear

      Tell that to the folks who have been jailed for protesting and the people who have been murdered for being openly gay, not to mention minorities.

  • Ilpalazzo

    We can gloat from across the sea, but I can’t imagine how extreme Russia’s going to change in the next few years. We took the Cold War to the desert and armed the mad neighbors. A couple decades of that is sure to drive the Russians mad. China’ll prolly join up with Russia to fend off the hordes.

  • Nick

    Leading a conservative movement doesn’t just mean resisting the chaos of the “nonjudgmental” judgement and chaos crowd. It also means standing up for liberty and truth, which a murderer like Putin hasn’t even shown any indication he wants to do. Its a sad day when conservatives have to look to Putin as the United States slowly abandons everything that made it great.

    Russia may some day be the light on the hill. Now it is still just the flames of hell in the distance.

    • The Laughing Cavalier

      Putin is not a conservative, he is the Chief Thief in a government of thieves.

      • Ann Coffey

        You’ve just described most governments.

    • Simon_in_London

      Liberty is a secondary value in traditionalist conservatism.

    • Ann Coffey

      “Murderer like Putin”? You obviously haven’t counted the 1.5 million people the US killed in Iraq. I haven’t yet seen Putin bomb a city like Fallujah with the banned substance, Napalm, as the US did. And who dropped A bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima? Who poisoned Vietnam with Agent Orange? Who has over 1,000 military bases around the world? Who is always meddling in other countries’ affairs? Not Putin or Russia, that’s for sure!

      If there are any “flames of hell” on the way I hope they consume the US first, and then move on to Israel.

      • Nick

        Where did they dig you up from? An old Nazi graveyard?

        You shall know them by who they hate.

      • Rascalndear

        Dear me, you certainly are not good at the numbers game… Ukraine lost 25 million people during Stalin’s 30-year regime (i.e., Russia, as Poutine is happy to remind us all), including several million starved to death and millions more sent to their deaths in the gulag (and that’s only Ukraine). I’d like to see you come up with something within 10% of that with the US for its entire history. btw, if you hate the US so much, go live in Russia. Puhleeeeze. They could use a cheerleader like you.

  • chairde

    You give way too much power to Putin. Right now he has an out of control fire at his doorstep and if he intervenes he will be embarrassed by the Russian Army’s incompetence. He also has a fire that he can’t put out in Syria. The Denonstrators in Russia will go ballistic if he invades Ukraine. His military is stretched thin with the veteran troops in Chenya far from Keiv. The best he can hope for is that the eastern part of Ukraine splits off to join Russia. The price of natural gas, his main income, is falling fast as the shale gas goes on the market. He is walking right into a trap. He doesn’t have enough manpower to fight on two fronts. If he were not weak the demonstrators would have already been crushed.

    • The Laughing Cavalier

      You are a tad optimistic but on the right track.

    • Simon_in_London

      He’s not going to invade Ukraine. Attacking other countries is more a US thing.

      • Rascalndear

        We’re not talking attacking. We’re talking taking away territory. Remind us all when the US last did that… or GB, or France, or Italy, or Spain… etc etc?

    • Cyril Sneer

      ” His military is stretched thin with the veteran troops in Chenya far from Keiv.”

      Um no. Chechnya does not require that many troops.

      “He doesn’t have enough manpower to fight on two fronts”

      What two fronts? This isn’t WW2 requiring millions of men on a frontline from Northern Europe down to the Caucasus.

      Too much hyperbole in your post.

      • Rascalndear

        Wait until China decides to take a little chunk of Siberia. Then Russia will understand how impossible it is to fight on two fronts. Germany couldn’t do it when it was between two fronts barely 1,000 km apart. Russia’s eastern front is about 6,000 km away… wooo hoooooo.

  • Question is whether ANY of us , the citizens of E.U. need some Millions of Ukraine workers in the E.U. ? I would say NO.

    But our CEOs need Ukraine and Russia.

    • anyway it is mainly an Internal Ukraine topic.

      But I think NWO will be complete when US+EU+Russia will be a one virtual country

    • Ann Coffey

      The Ukraine definitely doesn’t need the EU. Independent or with Russia, but not part of the EU gang of criminals controlled by the US. They’ll suck Ukraine dry and then dump it.

      • yeawn, indeed.

        2014-04-07 18:10 GMT+02:00 Disqus :

      • Rascalndear

        Unfortunately for you, most Ukrainians wouldn’t agree. You don’t think Russia is already trying to suck the place dry by charging triple the market rate for natural gas and paying below market for transit and rental of the Sevastopol port facilities? How about Russia invading and attempting to take away a nice big chunk of Ukrainian territory? Are you really thinking straight or just mouthing propaganda of some kind… Most people from the former soviet territories who have had a chance to visit the rest of Europe even once know where they want their futures to lie, and it’s not eastward. Many others who have never been there, but would like to, feel the same way.

  • mrmoody1887

    When you have the life of a gold medal winning American male Olympian, married to a girl, who also has his child, being referred to as an “alternative lifestyle” you know exactly what the liberal left are trying to do with what remains of western civilization. Useful idiot or not, I’d rather be Putin’s than the useful idiot of Clinton or Blair or Cameron or Soros or Gates or Zuckerberg or Merkel or Hollande, ETC.
    T he western elites ARE the real threat to western civilization. When historians look back to this age, they will understand how destructive mass migration and multi-culturalism and political correctness really were to ordinary families and peoples of western civilization.

  • I’ll side with Christian defender Putin over the Hollywood billionaire anti-Christian Jews any day of the week.The sick deviant Jews want everyone to go to Hell with them.They ruin youth by pushing homosexuality and sex change nonsense.Its almost unfathomable to believe what has been done to Europe and America by these people of pure evil.God bless you Putin,this American thinks you are a hero for Christ.Keep fighting!

    • Baron

      Are you sure you were facing in the right direction when you penned this rant, James?

  • Duncan Millar

    “Willi Muenzenberg convinced ‘useful idiots’ to join anti-fascist organisations that were in reality fronts for the Soviet-backed Communist International.” … bringing to mind the famous British spies Burgess, Blunt, and the fact that, ironically, they were both gay and the former later welcomed in the Soviet Union.

    • Hegelguy

      Good old Willi. At least he was anti-fascist.

  • sejam99

    “Willi Muenzenberg convinced ‘useful idiots’ to join anti-fascist organisations that were in reality fronts for the Soviet-backed Communist International.” … bringing to mind the famous British spies Burgess, Blunt, and the fact that, ironically, they were both gay and the former later welcomed in the Soviet Union.

  • Terry Field

    The momentum toward liberal and non-judgmental life has waned; partly because post imperial democrats are starting to die off, and partly because change is tedious.
    The world is set for amore conservative period; that i itself is no pity, but to be directed by The Hood is somewhat shaming.

  • Daniel Maris

    The Ukrainian people have just constructed the biggest V sign in history to Mr Putin…at the moment of his hubristic Winter Olympics “triumph” the little shorta*se finds himself humiliated by the rebellious cousins to the south…

    And this time – unlike in Georgia – I don’t think Putin can f them over.

    We shall see – but Ukraine is one hell of a meal for a tiger. I don’t think he’s up to it.

    • Jim King

      Actually he won in Ukraine maybe in the long run. The V in Ukraine is only half the country. The rest are Russian cultured Ukrainians that will lean closer to Russia.
      Also Crimea…now is asking to be annexed by Russia. I don’t think that will happen ..but no doubt Crimea will go independent(already partly is) and get protection form Russia. Same as Tiraspol does.

      • Rascalndear

        Opinion polls don’t substantiate your position. Moreover, only 17% of Ukrainian citizens are ethnic Russians, most of whom speak Ukrainian normally, even if not every day, and most of whom have no interest in changing countries. I mean, if someone likes France and wants to live there, he or she moves there, right? Same with any other country. So why is it that people who live in Ukraine but want to live in Russia want to have Russia come to them instead of moving there? What about the 40 million Ukrainians who want to live in Ukraine? Where are they supposed to move to, say what?

  • Simon_in_London

    If Putin is a social conservative, why does Russia Today criticise the West from a Left-Liberal perspective? I’ve never seen it promote conservative values.

    • Actually “conservative” seems a misleading term to describe Putin’s position. Putin continues to identify to some degree with the Soviet era, and given his KGB track record is nothing if not cynical. His accommodation of what he sees as the Russian way is mostly about canvasing popularity.

      Critics accuse the Kremlin of crafting the anti-gay bill but in fact it came through the Duma and reflects a general outlook that Putin finds it convenient to go along with. Putin may be many things… but he is not a rabid gay hater and doesn’t come close to the mindset of social issue conservatives in the US.

      It is misleading to apply terms that have clear cut cultural/political connotations in the West to Russia. For example opponents of Putin such as Alexey Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov hold views on topics such as immigration that aren’t exactly progressive. Nothing is quite the way it may seem. I think the view of Putin-as-conservative reflects the discontents of right-wing Americans with their current government and so they perhaps rather naïvely project a little too subjectively onto Vlad, who is mainly about political convenience on these matters.

      • Simon_in_London

        I think that’s right. He does want a strong Russia and to go down in history as a great Tsar. Some conservative values align with that, eg he wants Russians marrying and having children so he has a population to work with, and he has worked for that. This tends to make him less inimical to his subjects than many Western leaders. But his conservatism is fundamentally expedient towards a ‘greater’ goal.

        • Rascalndear

          Question is, is there such a thing as an ethnic Russian today? The intermingling with the Mongol hordes and the strongly oriental nature of Russian values to this day and the preference for authoritarian if not tyrannical government suggest that this is not really a Slavic culture at all…, i.e., not a European one.

          • Simon_in_London

            What are features of Slavic cultures?
            According to Huntington Russia is the centre of the Orthodox World civilisation, which is distinct from the Western civilisation. In terms of authoritarianism etc I get the impression this civilisation is clinal between Western and Oriental.

          • Ann Coffey

            Russia actually has over 100 languages so ethnically it is a very diverse country. German is spoken by almost a million people, and that’s not Slavic! Here’s a list of the languages spoken in Russia today: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_of_Russia

            I have an old European cookbook with countries listed in alphabetical order. Guess which country is listed under “R”?

          • Rascalndear


    • Азат Онгарбаев

      Cause it Russia Today, not Putin. Didn’t get it? In Russia even government media may other opinion. The best example is “Echo of Moscow”. Majority of opposite journalists work in this government company 😉 Does your govt channels can boast of it?

      • Simon_in_London

        Yes, in that our govt media is the BBC, which is left-liberal and criticises all British govts from a left-wing perspective. Eg they criticised the Labour govt 1997-2010 for not being left-liberal enough on social issues. RT does not criticise the Russian govt though, it criticises US, UK etc, mostly from a left-liberal perspective, occasionally from a Libertarian perspective. It just seems odd that it never appeals to a social conservative perspective.

    • Rascalndear

      RT never promotes any values at all other than the value of lying, bullshitting, and calling black white.

    • Rascalndear

      That’s because Putin doesn’t really believe in anything except what is useful for a particular purpose. 😀 ))))))

  • Prevan

    Everything you say here – an empty sound. A lot of words about. Russia is a multiethnic country. Millennium different peoples culture coexist on the same land. Conflicts between different ethnic groups emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Turn your head and think for whom it is advantageous to develop national discord. The United States and Europe are interested in the collapse of the relations that Russia has established thousands of years, so that different people could live in peace. All other countries always capture territories organized genocide. The U.S. is funding the nationalists to incite violence and in Georgia it was and Ukraine. Everywhere. But they all still come around.

    • Rascalndear

      Why don’t you ask ordinary Chechens, Buriats, Abkhazis, Ossetians, Dagestanis their real thoughts about Russia’s treatment of indigenous and “other” peoples… Make sure you don’t have a video recorder with you and that there aren’t
      any armed soldiers anywhere within a half-kilometer, tho. 😀 Then ask Georgians, Ukrainians, Latvians, Estonians… etc etc.

      • Prevan

        You would be very surprised by the result. In those countries that you have listed many ethnic Russians, sometimes up to 50%, in different regions in different ways. You will be surprised, but if a referendum on accession to Russia is likely that many will vote for:) This is not to mention the fact that many want closer ties with Russia, economic, and other too many things in common. Yes, Stalin was exiled to the Gulag, but communism as a whole was not so bad for millions of ordinary people. But you are not aware of. You people not hear or see. You have only official government view. You have no freedom of speech. If she (freedom of speech) ever You had.

        • Ann Coffey

          It’s like the “official government view” of Cuba. You only have to compare Cuba with other Caribbean islands that the US-style capitalism has taken over to see that Cubans are better off. Cubans may be poor in terms of being able to consume the unnecessary “stuff” we afford such a high degree of importance (to the extent that this is how we have erroneously come to measure wealth), but every single Cuban has a roof over their head, water, electricity, food, free school uniforms, free university education, and free medical, dental and orthodontic care. No one goes hungry and it is one of the few countries in the world where malnutrition is unknown. We in the West need to realize that we are manipulated by our governments to believe what they want us to believe.

          • Rascalndear

            This is not about Cuba, whoever you are. I bet you live in the US, despite your love of Cuba. Maybe you should put your money where your mouth is and go live in this wonderful country you seem so fond of. In fact, if all of those people who supposedly hate the US all over the internet but continue to live there would do so, the country might be a much better place to live in without so many whining malcontents who mostly don’t lift a finger to improve anything. I didn’t like living in the US so I left there. But I don’t bitch about it because my reasons had nothing to do with government and everything to do with my particular experience of the place.

        • Rascalndear

          Now you are talking complete nonsense. In Crimea, there was never more than 20-22% support for annexation with Russia. When Crimeans had a chance to vote in Dec. 1, 1991 wherther to stay with the USSR (Russia) or go with Ukraine, 57% of Sevastopol and 55% of Crimea voted in favor of Ukraine. Study history a little. Freedom of speech matters little when people are ignorant because they won’t have opinions based on knowledge, just on superstition and prejudice.

      • Prevan

        I’m Ukrainian;)

        • Rascalndear

          So am I, and Polish, Czech, German and Jewish. Take your pick.

      • Ann Coffey

        And then when you’ve done that, check out how Canada treats its native peoples. You might then take a trip to Australia where you will find even worse treatment of Aboriginals. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!

        And while you’re working on this, remember the 1.5 million Iraqis the USA and its Coalition of the Coerced killed in Iraq, not to mention the devastation it has caused in Afghanistan and North Africa, and the coups it is desperately trying to orchestrate in South American countries such as Venezuela.

        The USA has over 1,000 military bases around the world. How many does Russia have?

  • Азат Онгарбаев

    An american politicain complains to her friends about problems of her family:
    – My husband serves as a colonel in Iraq, My son serves as a captain in Afghanistan. And I have to travel around the world with lectures about aggressive Russian policy

  • Eugene Fishgalov

    Right in the first paragraph we see a revisionist sentiment against German anti-fascist movements in 1930s. What a scoundrel would write and publish that?

    • Rascalndear

      Take it easy. The author uses only one example of a soviet undercover guy. He makes no sweeping statements about ALL anti-fascist organizations.

      • Eugene Fishgalov

        What is meant by “undercover”? Willi Muenzenberg was openly and actively a communist. Is it a wonder that a communist would sympathise the USSR and seek for help from the USSR in his fight against nazis? And then a communist is backed by the Communist International – Wow! What a surprise! Who would know that?
        Calling “useful idiots” those who teamed up with left political forces to fight in a war, a war as much idealogical as real, against the ultra-right ideology of hatred is not just a sweeping statement, it’s definitely a scoundrel’s statement.

  • Eugene Fishgalov

    The article begins right away with a revisionist sentiment against German antifascists in 1930s. Then comes the statement that the Ukrainian opposition tends to support gay rights, and that now, when it’s crystal clear that Kiev is now controlled by the Right Sector, who is not just going to promote anti-gay-propaganda laws, but would rather kill everyone who doesn’t seem to comply with their view of a traditional Ukrainian.
    So better follow what this Russia-bashing is trying to orchestrate.

  • Chris Kimberley

    I wonder how this is intended by Putin to play with Islamic extremists, who have a similar fear of homosexuality and right wing beliefs on race and women

  • Three Friends

    As Adam Ferguson noted, “nations [and individuals] stumble upon establishments which are the result of human action but are not the result of human design”.

  • Macarena

    The pro-Russians are deceived by Putin.
    In political elections were a fraud
    denouncing people of Russia.

    The network is invaded by pro-communist
    radical, extreme radical left, trolls,
    and pro-Putin propaganda for war
    Case of Ukraine (Crimea).

    Alter metasearch results
    users when surfing, you can not
    change, and it does not modify the host file
    their personal device.

    A thought of revenge is perceived
    absurd about the issue of new government
    Ukraine, by radical pro-Putins
    extreme left, trolls, communists
    romantic, etc..

    You must use a safe alternative proxy
    to find information and uncontaminated
    So I’ve come to this site friend.

    Sanctions EU, USA, etc, will occur immediately
    Russia, because of Putin and his invasion
    in Ukraine.

    The maneuvers of the Russian base, are not such, is a real invasion
    of the Crimean peninsula.

  • SonnyJim

    Interesting article. What is Putin doing to stem the number of abortions? Russia averages 4.5 million a year, a dubious honour.
    Also FDR used the “arsenal of democracy” quote, not Truman.

  • taytelbaum

    Russia, still the arche- type of aristocracy in failed humans!

  • Blazenka Hudson-trograncic

    Putin wants the greater european area to be a prosperous christian collection of states with a family orientated old style conservatism, i hope he can turn back the filthy tide.

    • Rascalndear

      You are certainly living in a fantasyland… maybe he’ll invade Poland too and you will enjoy the pleasures of Russo-fascism right in your own living room? Putin fails to follow the first rule of Christianity: Do unto others as you would have others do onto you.

  • шт

    насчет контроля за интернетом! смешно! вы это китайцам расскажите и они вам дадут посасать свой китайский пиписька

    • Wroots

      Oh, please translate this into English! I tried Google Translate and it didn’t help. “about control over the Internet! funny! Chinese tell you this and they will give you your posasat Chinese pipiska.”

      ‘posasat Chinese pipiska’?

      • Rascalndear

        “suck their Chinese cock” sorry about the language, but it’s dirty slang, which is why puritanical (and retarded) google couldn’t do it…

        • Ann Coffey


  • Julia

    Here a lot of Georgians wrote and now I will write, I’m Russian.

    1) Abkhazia and South Ossetia have never been Georgian

    none of the post-Soviet countries like Georgia because after the collapse of he Soviet Union Georgia was given independence but not only got the territory of Georgian Soviet Republic but because of Georgians were always in power in Russian Empire and in USSR (Shevarnadze) Georgia took territories that was not Georgian: South Ossetia Soviet Republic and Abkhazia Soviet Republic. And people didn’t like it may because they have their own thousand year relations that not always were peaceful. So ( in english wikipedia you don’t have this information but it’s a huge gap and problem in understanding Georgian young democracy )

    2) Georgia was aimed to control new territories Abkhazia and South Ossetia by force and started a war with them right after Georgia became independent with South Ossetia in 1991-1992 and with Abkhazia 1992-1993. Did these nations ask for help? OF COURSE. Thousands of people died but no one listened to people from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Abkhazia and South Ossetia became states with limited recognition.

    3) Georgia started it’s way to democracy fostering relations with USA and EU. Its obvious that to join EU you shall join NATO first. So Saakashvili had to force Abkhazia and South Ossetia become part of Georgia and started war in 2008 right in the time when the Olympic games started in Beijing, he thought that Russia will not intervene.
    Abkhazia and South Ossetia asked Russia for help and also it’s not acceptable for Russia to have NATO-member country near its borders.

    none has forgotten in Russia that NATO had to be disestablished after the Warsaw Treaty Organization was disestablished. Hope there are materials in English so that everyone can check the Georgia-South-Ossetian war 1991-1992 and Georgia-Abkhazian was in 1992-1993, how people live there and why they better die than become Georgian territory

    • Rascalndear

      My dear, foolish anti-Georgian nutcase: Countries are clamoring to join NATO (including Georgia and Ukraine) precisely because RUSSIA won’t leave them in peace and let them do as they see fit for their own territory and their own people. Nobody has invaded neighbors and taken territory in Europe since Hitler did it in 1938. That should tell you something about who your leader resembles. As to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, they have been abandoned by Russia and the entire Caucasus region is a morass of poverty and degradation (not to mention continuous violence and criminality). If you think life is so good for them after Russia took these territories away, why don’t you go there and try living in Sukhumi, or Tskhinvali for six months and then write again about how lovely it is. Then visit Tbilisi and tell us how terrible life is in Georgia… 😀
      PS I’m not Georgian, Russian or American.

      • Julia

        hmm…u need to start learning history if u think u can write about it. Some examples of invasions that happened after Hitler…u victim of American propaganda…Cyprus by Turkey, Gibraltar by UK, South Ossetia and Abkhazia by Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia…
        PS no matter from where u r – stop watching TV and start reading books

        • Rascalndear

          None of the supposedly attacking countries you mentioned are in Europe and most of the territories attacked were also not in Europe. Kindly learn to read and read what is there, not what you THINK is there… I actually don’t watch TV. I read a lot, tho, and try not to make your mistake of misreading.

          Try reading this, re Gibraltar:

          Wiki: “An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession on behalf of the Habsburg pretender to the Spanish throne. The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain “in perpetuity” under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It was an important base for the Royal Navy; today its economy is based largely on tourism, online gaming, financial services, and shipping.

          “The sovereignty of Gibraltar is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations as Spain asserts a claim to the territory. Gibraltarians overwhelmingly rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty in a 1967 referendum and again in 2002. Under the Gibraltar constitution of 2006,
          Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the UK Government.”

          I think you also need to study arithmetic. 1704 is 234 years BEFORE Hitler annexed the Sudetenland. Note that Gibraltarians have rejected a return to Spain more than once. So much for “historic claims.”

          • Julia

            First, European countries haven’t been conducting independent policy since the ww2, only in times of de Gaulle , second u must also know geography if u think that Cyprus is not Europe and u shall not be writing under this post if u think that Georgia is not Europe and actually if Georgia is not Europe than how can she become member of eu and NATO? And the last but not the least – I feel that u strongly believe in the concept that there can be people dying And conflicts everywhere in the world but not in Europe- r u racist? And read more about 1967 not just copy-paste from Wikipedia- I strongly recommend u not to answer there is nothing u can talk about. Also there were brittish troops in civil war in Greece and of course the ussr troops invaded Czechoslovakia

          • Rascalndear

            You REALLY need to learn to properly read what people write before running off at the mouth. I said MOST of the territories attacked. It’s impossible to have a serious debate with someone who is incapable of hearing to what other people are saying but is just talking for the sake of talking. You also seem in capable of accepting that you have made serious mistakes in your arguments in terms of historical dates and events, so you keep raising issues that are outside of what is being talked about here as a distracting mechanism. Even your claim that there are “a lot of Georgians” writing in this forum is patently absurd, as many of the writers, like you, are actually Russians. I’d be surprised if there’s even one Georgian in the lot, actually. However, the main point being made in the original article is that Russia has turned into a rogue state that doesn’t believe it has to adhere to any of its international commitments or follow any international rules, and that is a major danger for all of Europe. Being Russian, of course, you could care less.

  • Gareth Stone

    I find it distressing to see ordinary people taken in by the neo-con line on all this, but it is gratifying, at least, to see thousands of professional neo-cons crying like little girls that things aren’t going their way any more. John McCain flipping out, seething, thinking about himself in the Whitehouse and how great it could all have been, how many invasions he could’ve squeezed into four years – that’s you lot in a nutshell.
    Just to confirm – you may fool enough people but you don’t fool everyone. We know that Putin’s crime is general non-compliance, and right now he’s reminding you that he really doesn’t have to do what you say. All that said, he’s still pretty weak. Anyway… time to switch tactics. You’re going to fund every internal opponent to the max, now, right? And a full-on media war, for decades if needs be… and ever-higher military budgets, of course. But it won’t work 🙂

  • Is Putin a New Hitler (in the making)?

  • Wroots

    Better be nice to Russia because the only way to get to the International Space Station is on a Soyuz flight.

  • Fido Shery

    Each of us should recognize that, in the fight for liberty, knowledge is our most potent weapon. Arm yourself: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Ula Oslove

    I don’t think Putin wants to take over the world but more like he wants to run his country. Why does everyone around the world want to get involved, there are people living in Russia too and the media doesn’t seem to want to hear their opinion. Russia is not a ghetto place to live in. The USA controls the mass media and what most people hear on the radio or see on TV is over the top. The internet is the worst in the hands of people who don’t study or dig deeper into history. USA government hates Russia for not allowing gay marriage but is not bothered making countries where killing gays is acceptable on the streets, a big deal. Why does it seem like if there was no politicians or governments, we all would get along just fine… but i guess that’s my optimistic thinking.

    • Ann Coffey

      The USA also despises Russia because Putin showed the world its incompetence by playing a brilliant game of chess in Syria and Crimea while they messed about playing war games and emitting war cries like kids in a sand box. If that had been the USA taking over Crimea the world would have been subjected to yet another display of military might, lies, hypocrisy, lack of restraint, bullying, aggression, and self-righteousness similar to that shock-and-awe video game they played in Iraq.

      War (preparing for, manufacturing weapons delivering systems and weapons of mass destruction, and building and maintaining over 1,000 military bases around the world) is the USA’s third largest industry. Go figure. Why else would it be in a country’s best interests to ensure that there is always a war going on somewhere in the world? Advertising (propaganda) is the first greatest money-maker, and fast food (McDonald’s, Burger Kind, etc.) is the second. What a country! It’s built on propaganda, junk food and war. We’d certainly all get along a whole lot better without the USA’s meddling in other countries affairs.

  • threadbarebridge

    the “democratic” west have few leaders one has to agree; russia at least has one, at the moment.

  • James Beil

    I don’t give a damn how opposed to social liberalism you are; if you value your liberty you should be dead-set against Mr.Putin’s aggression, and if it comes to it, heaven forbid, I’ll be signing up to defend mine.

    • Dan Heizinger

      Nope. Putin is right

  • Владимир Тектон

    Main matter of Ukrainian revolution is absolutely not the attitude to the gays, but it stand up mostly against corrupted system, because the bribes become unbearable burden to any sort of business in this country.

  • Wayne Besen

    We must stop these fascists from dragging the world back into the Dark Ages. Just as we defeated the forces of regression and hate in the Cold War, we will do so again. Under no circumstances must Putin and his evil cohort be allowed to succeed.

  • HAHA


  • Oleg Sherstiucoff

    Forchristsake the guy f@cks his own dog – one needn’t to analyse a psyco

  • This is a kike rag, disregard everything they say. Jews proved they’re no good when they came up with godless communism. They’re trying to incite a war with Putin because he snubbed them. He’s also a bornagain Christian, which to a jew is the ultimate betrayal. Jews are like a bunch of peeved, vindictive little junior highschool girls. That’s why they changed from a patriarchal society, as in the Old Testament, to a matrilineal society when demons began compiling The Book Of Baalzebub, also known as the talmud: http://talmudunmasked.com

  • Prof. L. Wessell

    I will write little. what Putin has promised given in the opening to this article is fully in accord with my values. I live in Germany, a “democratic ‘Party dictatorship'”. We are being managed into a homosexual, pansexual, anti-religious, oversexed (all of Europe is dying out including Germany though sexualizing society), anti-family, total welfare-ism, etc,, etc., etc. Each “etc.” is not without content–my list is long. I heard a talk in internet of two retired American generals who actually suggested that it might be time for the military to remove Obama. Frankly, I am open to the idea of rebellion. I hope that I have made it clear that I am alienated from modern secular society, so much so that the program promised by Putin (and he was approved in 2007 by Solzenitsyn personally) corresponds to my values. Alas, Putin is returning to an traditional Russian expansionsim (the current size is a result of expanding boarders) that alienates me (though I have spent much time in St. Petersburg, even sitting on a 6 foot bust of Lenin drinking cola). I have never had any trouble over 15 years in Russia. But I have never protested.

    Enough for now. I am not a rarity, but am a part of the European right, religiously interested. There is alienation about and for some of us parts of Putin’s ideas (particularly is discussions with the Russian Orthodox Church) exercise attraction. You readers may not like my values or my stance towards parts of Putin’s progamme, fine. But do take notice that such ideas are present and I am losing any allegiance to Europe or the USA.

    One evil policy in the USA is realizing is the genocide being applied to Americna Blacks. I challenge any and all of you to watch , 2+ hours wherein the genocide is traced that began in the 20s with Margret Sanger and eugenitics moving on to Planned Parenthood and Obama after passing through every president since Johnson. For an introduction consult to the current national and US foreign policy of population control consult . If you, my readers, fail to follow through, you are ethically remiss.

    In consideration of a fine article, Prof. Dr., Dr., Dr. Leonard Wessell

  • Virginia Jenkins

    Russia will Rule the World in 2015. Read “The Letters of Fatima “prediction.
    Listen to ” I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH BY:
    Martin Luther King Prediction of the Foreign Takeover of America!
    Americans prepare to speak Russian, write Russian, and hear Russian in America as a National Language. Americans still have the Confederate Flag Flying in America !
    Russia will have an easy attack invasion of America !
    I live in the Real America and I know of the Nature of Real Men of the World !
    The Global World Population of Planet Earth will never Accept Homosexuals as a Moral World Culture like THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA .
    Therefore the World Powers will attack, invade America to destruction to secure the Natural Order of Female and Male to Reproduce the Human Being Race to Continue with Family Values . America have no Family Values !

  • If it were the case of British people finding themselves populating the Russian homeland instead of Russians, would we not strive to garner our fair share of the international markets?
    With all the natural treasures under their soil as well as a strong nationalist government Russias’ ambitions to protect their borders and sovereignty and to trade as an equal on the world stage should be applauded not derided.

  • The following spectre of a most distasteful and dangerous world should draw applause from the EU including the haters from ex Soviet Bloc countries. Germany started some terrible wars and has been forgiven so now it is the turn of President Putin’s government to atone for its Russian imperial past. The tone in many forums seems to relish the thought of a war with Putin, as if he were a Punch & Judy character not a man with one finger on the trigger of a nuclear World War three.
    “The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, is a Washington-based think tank created in 1997. Above all else, PNAC desires and demands one thing: The establishment of a global American empire to bend the will of all nations”.

  • lus

    hahaha, Putin’s plan for world domination? Hey people, don’t buy this concept: it’s mind control propaganda. Let me explain a reality to you: nations are ruled by freemasonry and these are united by the same values, ethics and goals, therefore Obama and Putin and no enemies. What we see in politics, nationaly and internationally, is only theatre to make us believe the world is at war or in conflict. It’s these people at the top who create and generate conflicts and then most people, in their ignorance, follows them. Marxism, my friends, was created by jews and the r russian revolution was planned and financed by jewish bankers in new york (jacob schiff) !!! Only the jews have a plan for world domination; they called it ‘the great plan’, which all proeminent UN leaders have followed. The spiritual influences of the UN are all pagans and cabalists: helena blavatsky, alice bailey, teilhard de chardin, barbara hubbard, david spangler, robert muller or benjamin creme. The UN has inside it’s premises schools to spread pagan occult cabalistics ideologies called, ‘the arcane school’, which in turn gives instructions to it’s ‘triangles’ all over the world’ It even has an organization called ‘world goodwill’ which advocates this world domination by the cabalists, a new world order. Us gentiles, will have to obey ‘the seven laws of noah’, and disobedience to any of them carries punishment of decapitation, acording to what is recorded in judaism’s ‘sacred’ book, the babylonian talmud. George W. Bush sign an executive order to make the US follow the directives of these seven laws of noah; It’s commemorative day is ‘US’s education day’..If you don’t believe me, google it and research for yourself. These mad people are gonna use russia and china to invade europe and the west in order to create their utopic new world order. Remember that it has been the US, US jews, who always financed communist revolutions around the world, and communism didn’t die in 1989, it just changed names; One of the is, ‘sustainable communisties’, from the iconic 1992 UN agenda 21 on sustainable development.

  • Trumpet Call

    Anglo truly are a race of liars and psychopaths, always accusing their future victims of things they themselves(The Anglo’s) plan and think.