Friday, October 7, 2016

I agree completely

Vladimir Putin’s Outlaw State

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD SEPT. 29, 2016

President Vladimir Putin is fast turning Russia into an outlaw nation. As one of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, his country shares a special responsibility to uphold international law. Yet, his behavior in Ukraine and Syria violates not only the rules intended to promote peace instead of conflict, but also common human decency. This bitter truth was driven home twice on Wednesday. An investigative team led by the Netherlands concluded that the surface-to-air missile system that shot down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine in July 2014, killing 298 on board, was sent from Russia to Russian-backed separatists and returned to Russia the same night.

Meanwhile, in Syria, Russian and Syrian warplanes knocked out two hospitals in the rebel-held sector of Aleppo as part of an assault that threatens the lives of 250,000 more people in a war that has already claimed some 500,000 Syrian lives. Russia has tried hard to pin the blame for the airline crash on Ukraine. But the new report, produced by prosecutors from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine, confirms earlier findings. It uses strict standards of evidence and meticulously documents not only the deployment of the Russian missile system that caused the disaster but also Moscow’s continuing cover-up....... 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/opinion/vladimir-putins-outlaw-state.html

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2014–15 Russian military intervention in Ukraine

In late February 2014, Russia began to send troops and military equipment into Ukraine following the February 2014 Ukrainian revolution and Euromaidan movement.[59][60][61][62] Starting with the 2014 Crimean crisis, soldiers of ambiguous affiliation began to take control of strategic positions and infrastructure within the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, which Russia then annexed.[63][64] Putin initially denied Russian troops interfered but then admitted in April that Russian troops had been active in Crimea and said this had laid the ground for the Crimean status referendum....... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014%E2%80%9315_Russian_military_intervention_in_Ukraine

Crimea Is Still Ukraine

The Russian annexation has robbed Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula of the right to live in their own state. By PETRO POROSHENKO March 19, 2015 4:40 p.m. ET One year ago, the Ukrainian territory of Crimea was illegally annexed by our neighbor and partner at the time, the Russian Federation. One year ago, as Russian special forces sacked the regional parliament and silenced dissenting voices, a farce referendum was held to position Moscow’s land grab behind a facade of legitimacy. I myself witnessed the illegal and shameful occupation, and never will I forget or excuse it. When I visited the Crimean capital of Simferopol to help negotiate a settlement one year ago, I saw many “little green men,” who were in fact heavily armed professional soldiers. Although they were masked and disguised, with their uniforms and markings altered, it was clear that every command for the occupation had come from one source: the Kremlin...... http://www.wsj.com/articles/petro-poroshenko-crimea-is-still-ukraine-1426797603

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Open letter to our Radical Party's comrades in Italy.

Dear Radical friends,

As you may know, Moscow’s authorities unlawfully prohibited nonviolent and peaceful action of protest (on Manezhnaya square) against future Putin’s inauguration. As you undoubtedly know, Putin’s “victory” on these elections was proclaimed officially, although the elections were not honest. The action will be performed by Russian oppositional activists from the different regions of Russian Federation on Manezhnaya square, in the very center of Moscow, at 7 o’clock p.m. of local time on May, 6.

We, Russian Nonviolent Radical Party’s (and\or “Free Radicals” libertarian movement’s) militants ask you to support Moscow’s action of May, 6 through picketing of Russian embassy in Rome on May, 6, or, if it will be impossible that day, on May, 7.

Thank you very much for your possible support.

Sincerely, -
Alex Moma
Serge Konstantinov
Oleg Vasiliev
Sergey Kostylyov
Maria Smirnova
Vsevolod Chernozub
Olga Antonova

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Until now, it is one of only two (this, and American 'Radio Liberty') Russian-speaking radios I am listening.

MOSCOW — The editor in chief of an influential Russian radio station recently rebuked by Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin for its biting criticism of the Kremlin stepped down from the station’s board of directors on Tuesday after its government-controlled owners announced changes in the board’s membership, including the removal of its only two independent members.

The editor, Aleksei A. Venediktov, said that he would remain in charge of the newsroom at the station, Ekho Moskvy, but that he would not remain on the nine-member board. The authorities said that politics were not involved in the decision to reshuffle the board, but the shake-up at the station, which is controlled by Russia’s government-owned natural gas monopoly, Gazprom, nevertheless sent a chill through the journalistic world here.......

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/world/europe/russia-radio-shake-up-follows-putin-criticism.html?_r=2&ref=media