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Russia overwrites postwar borders

The international community’s attention is grabbed by Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin completed the annexation of Crimea and signed the peninsula into Russia. Russia concentrated over 100 000 of well-prepared troops along the border with Ukraine and carried largest military drills over the past 20 years. Massive military exercises with use of tactical weapons took place in the Baltic Sea near the borders of Poland and Lithuania. Latest Russian activity disclosed its intention to revise borders in Europe in unilateral way and to change post-WWII order in the world. Russia becomes more and more aggressive and unpredictable. Putin began border revision in a very symbolic place. It was Crimea where Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt drew Europe’s borders in the new post-war era. Today Crimea has become a place where Putin openly violates the UN Charter and the Helsinki final act. He breaks basic principles of modern European security. He uses tools of XX century – Hitler’s strategy and Gebbels-style propaganda. We can see how Russia builds the full analog of the Danzig’s corridor (so-called Putin’s corridor) which is important for hydrocarbons transit – the basis of Russian economy. Currently, with help of springboard in Crimea Russia begins expansion on the southeast territories of Ukraine. All this is accompanied by Putin’s statements that Crimea was all, Russia demanded and it doesn’t have claims to the rest of Ukrainian territory. Most likely, the capturing of southern regions of Ukraine will be followed by occupation of Moldova. Here Russia has excellent springboards for realization of its plans: unrecognized Transnistria, occupied by Russian armed forces and Gagauz Autonomy in the southern part of Moldova where the referendum for approaching the European Union has been conducted lately. Thus, after implementing its plans on Ukraine and Moldova occupation, Moscow will attempt to occupy gradually Georgia and other post-Soviet states, restoring the former Soviet Union “Empire of evil” status quo. However, that’s not all. Recently, there’s been more talks in Russia that in the near future it will occupy not only Ukraine and other CIS states but also Baltic states, Finland, Poland and even American Alaska. These occupational plans do not seem to be something fantastic with current aggressive Kremlin’s foreign policy and inactivity of the other world states. Actually, today we have another Caribbean crisis, which is called “Crimean”. But soon this crisis may spread all over the Europe and it will cause redivision of European geopolitical area. Without forcing European states to meet Kremlin’s geopolitical interests, Russia won’t become a world power. This is the main Putin’s objective – to be equal in rights, first of all, with the USA. The situation is serious and dangerous because of the West disability to counter Russian aggressive plans. The fact is the EU and the USA didn’t take real measures to support Ukraine. The formal sanctions imposed against Russia won’t be able to impact Moscow. On the other hand Putin has a firm intention to reestablish the USSR and to create a new world order. So, light sanctions of the West aren’t going to stop him. Meanwhile, military occupation and Russian forcible annexation of Crimea and the EU and the USA silent assent will give a real precedent for global revision of fixed borders around the World. Kosovo, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and now Crimea, all these destabilize the bases of international law making them dependent on the correlation of forces. read more: http://my.telegrap h.co.uk/jameswood/ jameswood/7/russia -overwrites-postwa r-borders/  (Mar 31, 2014 | post #1)

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Fascist paradoxes of Putin's Russia

It is common knowledge that delusions are usual tools of policy. The scale of policy determines the scale of delusion. However,lie in the political system of modern Russia is infinite, paradoxical and close to schizophrenia. What is Kremlin’s tricks and schizophrenia? The political system created by Putin identifies Russia as the main (and probably the only) fighter against fascism in the world, but in fact stays very similar to this regime. Nevertheless, Putin tries to persuade international community (or at least his closest allies) that Russia is the last bulwark of civilization in struggle with fascism (at the same time Kremlin continues internal terror in RF and constantly causes unrest in neighboring territories – in Georgian Ossetia, in Ukrainian Crimea). Madness of Putin’s regime became obvious after the relations of Kremlin and neo-fascistic organizations have been examined. Western right radicals substituted anticommunist and anti-Russian views for pure sympathy to Russia. There were times when friendship with Putin was normal activity among the leaders of traditional political parties with different ideology, such as Gerhard Schroder, Vaclav Claus and Silvio Berlusconi. Nowadays, Vladimir Putin is an idol forfar-right radicals all over the world. German neo Nazi admire Putin’s GDR period, which formed his personality; some of their parties have close ties with pro-Putin political forces. Italian National Front supports Russian law against homosexual propaganda and Putin’s successful intervening in saving of the Assad’s regime in Syria. Greek extreme-right Golden Dawn party announced its purpose to leave the EU and to integrate with Russia. In France, the National Front leader Marine Le Pen also promises to withdraw the country from NATO and to form trilateral union with Germany and Russia. In June her niece, one of the party leaders, had meeting with Alexey Pushkov - a man, loyal to Putin and the leader of Duma foreign committee. Marine herself met with the head of Duma Sergey Naryshkin and the Vice-Premier Dmitri Rogozyn (a former Russian representative to NATO, who was especially strict, expressing his opinion concerning the West). The experts discuss unconfirmed information concerning Russian government financing of the National Front. There’s even pro-Russian TV-channel, whose management is close to either French or Russians who sympathize with Putin. Neofascists share Putin’s ideas and try to ape him in everything. He proposes the model of authoritarianism construction behind the democracy facade. This is what Marcel van Herpen, The Cicero Foundation director concluded in his book “The Putinism: formation of ultra-right regime in Russia”, that became public among academicians. He admits resemblance of the post-Soviet Russia to Weimar Republic of the interwar Germany and regards events of the second half of 2000-s as transformation of Putin’s regime into fascist one. Although it goes only about combination of the fascism elements with system fundamentals – Bonapartism, again in the way of democratic facade, independence from economic bourgeoisie, the national proud cherishing, counting on the secret police and military ventures and with some kind of modernization led by the state. Like in the Berlusconism, the basics of Putinism are personal enrichment ethics, media control and utilization of the party without ideology as instrument of leadership. Among the fascist elements are exploitation of national renascence rhetoric, ultranationalism, aggressive foreign policy and imperialism, and this is not saying about pragmatic cooperation with clericals and the macho image of the Russian leader that is widely exploited by mass-media. All these suits the ultra-right wing but to what extent Putin can be considered as one of them rather than traditional conservative? “He combines both elements – says Andreas Umland, ultras and neofascists formations researcher. read more:http://irepor t.cnn.com/docs/DOC -1112424  (Mar 25, 2014 | post #1)

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Fascist paradoxes of Putin’s Russia

It is common knowledge that delusions are usual tools of policy. The scale of policy determines the scale of delusion. However,lie in the political system of modern Russia is infinite, paradoxical and close to schizophrenia. What is Kremlin’s tricks and schizophrenia? The political system created by Putin identifies Russia as the main (and probably the only) fighter against fascism in the world, but in fact stays very similar to this regime. Nevertheless, Putin tries to persuade international community (or at least his closest allies) that Russia is the last bulwark of civilization in struggle with fascism (at the same time Kremlin continues internal terror in RF and constantly causes unrest in neighboring territories – in Georgian Ossetia, in Ukrainian Crimea). Madness of Putin’s regime became obvious after the relations of Kremlin and neo-fascistic organizations have been examined. Western right radicals substituted anticommunist and anti-Russian views for pure sympathy to Russia. There were times when friendship with Putin was normal activity among the leaders of traditional political parties with different ideology, such as Gerhard Schroder, Vaclav Claus and Silvio Berlusconi. Nowadays, Vladimir Putin is an idol forfar-right radicals all over the world. German neo Nazi admire Putin’s GDR period, which formed his personality; some of their parties have close ties with pro-Putin political forces. Italian National Front supports Russian law against homosexual propaganda and Putin’s successful intervening in saving of the Assad’s regime in Syria. Greek extreme-right Golden Dawn party announced its purpose to leave the EU and to integrate with Russia. In France, the National Front leader Marine Le Pen also promises to withdraw the country from NATO and to form trilateral union with Germany and Russia. In June her niece, one of the party leaders, had meeting with Alexey Pushkov - a man, loyal to Putin and the leader of Duma foreign committee. Marine herself met with the head of Duma Sergey Naryshkin and the Vice-Premier Dmitri Rogozyn (a former Russian representative to NATO, who was especially strict, expressing his opinion concerning the West). The experts discuss unconfirmed information concerning Russian government financing of the National Front. There’s even pro-Russian TV-channel, whose management is close to either French or Russians who sympathize with Putin. Neofascists share Putin’s ideas and try to ape him in everything. He proposes the model of authoritarianism construction behind the democracy facade. This is what Marcel van Herpen, The Cicero Foundation director concluded in his book “The Putinism: formation of ultra-right regime in Russia”, that became public among academicians. He admits resemblance of the post-Soviet Russia to Weimar Republic of the interwar Germany and regards events of the second half of 2000-s as transformation of Putin’s regime into fascist one. Although it goes only about combination of the fascism elements with system fundamentals – Bonapartism, again in the way of democratic facade, independence from economic bourgeoisie, the national proud cherishing, counting on the secret police and military ventures and with some kind of modernization led by the state. Like in the Berlusconism, the basics of Putinism are personal enrichment ethics, media control and utilization of the party without ideology as instrument of leadership. Among the fascist elements are exploitation of national renascence rhetoric, ultranationalism, aggressive foreign policy and imperialism, and this is not saying about pragmatic cooperation with clericals and the macho image of the Russian leader that is widely exploited by mass-media. read more: http://www.allvoic es.com/contributed -news/16769830-fas cist-paradoxes-of- putins-russia  (Mar 25, 2014 | post #1)