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  #2905937 24-Apr-2022 08:31
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Ropata: Grand Deception: The Truth About Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Act and Anti-Russian Sanctions by Alex Krainer | Goodreads Make sure to read both books.


When the gangster Al Capone went on trail for tax evasion, the star witness was Fred Ries, ex-cash handler for Capone’s illegal gambling houses. Both were bad people.

Michael Cohen is a self-admitted fixer who served as an attorney for U.S. president Donald Trump from 2006 to 2018. He's the star witness against Trump's grand jury possible criminal conviction. Both are bad people.

Putin is a psychopath, and deserved to be demonized. The closer you are to Putin, the more likely you are to be a bad person.

The film "The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes" is probably more balanced.

Guardian:

"The film to be shown at the Newseum, called "The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes", was shot by Russian-born film-maker Andrei Nekrasov...

It had been scheduled to premiere at the European Parliament on the 27 April, but the showing was cancelled following complaints from Magnitsky’s relatives and former colleagues, as well as objections from European lawmakers.

Petras Austrevicius, a Lithuanian member of the European Parliament who also serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said the push to screen the film for the chamber was one of several moves 'by the Russian authorities' in order 'to weaken western confidence in its policy line” and secure a review of EU sanctions against Russia later this year.'
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Nekrasov has produced several films highly critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin. He was a friend of former Russian Federal Security Service officer Aleksandr Litvinenko, who was killed by a radioactive substance in London in 2006. His 2007 documentary about that case premiered at the Cannes film festival and was shown in Moscow at the Sakharov human rights organisation."


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  #2906069 24-Apr-2022 14:30
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The Washington Post - The Belarusian railway saboteurs who helped thwart Russia’s attack on Kyiv

 

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When Russian troops first streamed across the Belarusian border into Ukraine for what they had assumed would be a lightning assault on Kyiv, they were intending to rely on the region’s extensive rail network for supplies and reinforcements.

 

Starting in the earliest days of the invasion in February, a clandestine network of railway workers, hackers and dissident security forces went into action to disable or disrupt the railway links connecting Russia to Ukraine through Belarus, wreaking havoc on Russian supply lines.

 

The attacks were simple but effective, targeting the signal control cabinets essential to the functioning of the railways, members of the activist network said. 

 

For days on end, the movement of trains was paralyzed, forcing the Russians to attempt to resupply their troops by road and contributing to the snarl-up that stalled the infamous 40-mile military convoy north of Kyiv.

 





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  #2906189 24-Apr-2022 19:44
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There have been various recent videos of Putin showing him looking like Hitler did in footage from late 1944/1945, e.g. this one:

 

 

 

 

He's grasping the table for support and slumped back into his chair... anyone with a medical background want to comment? Is it just stress or something more long-term?

 

 

(There's been speculation about Putin and Parkinson's for some time which seems to be pure speculation, I'm just asking about that video and similar ones).

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neb: There have been various recent videos of Putin showing him looking like Hitler did in footage from late 1944/1945, e.g. this one: He's grasping the table for support and slumped back into his chair... anyone with a medical background want to comment? Is it just stress or something more long-term? (There's been speculation about Putin and Parkinson's for some time which seems to be pure speculation, I'm just asking about that video and similar ones).

 

 

 

There was speculation a while back that the puffiness in his cheeks could be a side effect of steroids,in which case he may have cancer.

 

 

 

I image Putin's doctor is more competent than Hitler's quack.


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  #2906224 24-Apr-2022 20:49
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He might be lucky enough to have cancer and Parkinsons, misery loves company.
Though all this would be such a closely guarded secret.

 

My own experience with older relatives, you go into hospital for one thing and find a few others.

 

He seems to shuffle at one point as though pushing himself back into the chair.
Of course with best of treatment this could take an awfully long time to make him 'have' to retire.

 

Shoigu being able to sit so close indicates he has been in isolation for a while.
So either he was unwell or just isolating.
Some have said that he was a top potential successor to Putin apparently
https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/other/sergei-shoigu-vladimir-putin-s-likely-successor/ss-AAUS4RI

 

 


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  #2906553 25-Apr-2022 17:00
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kingdragonfly:
Ropata: Grand Deception: The Truth About Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Act and Anti-Russian Sanctions by Alex Krainer | Goodreads Make sure to read both books.


When the gangster Al Capone went on trail for tax evasion, the star witness was Fred Ries, ex-cash handler for Capone’s illegal gambling houses. Both were bad people.

Michael Cohen is a self-admitted fixer who served as an attorney for U.S. president Donald Trump from 2006 to 2018. He's the star witness against Trump's grand jury possible criminal conviction. Both are bad people.

Putin is a psychopath, and deserved to be demonized. The closer you are to Putin, the more likely you are to be a bad person.

The film "The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes" is probably more balanced.

Guardian:

"The film to be shown at the Newseum, called "The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes", was shot by Russian-born film-maker Andrei Nekrasov...

It had been scheduled to premiere at the European Parliament on the 27 April, but the showing was cancelled following complaints from Magnitsky’s relatives and former colleagues, as well as objections from European lawmakers.

Petras Austrevicius, a Lithuanian member of the European Parliament who also serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said the push to screen the film for the chamber was one of several moves 'by the Russian authorities' in order 'to weaken western confidence in its policy line” and secure a review of EU sanctions against Russia later this year.'
...
Nekrasov has produced several films highly critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin. He was a friend of former Russian Federal Security Service officer Aleksandr Litvinenko, who was killed by a radioactive substance in London in 2006. His 2007 documentary about that case premiered at the Cannes film festival and was shown in Moscow at the Sakharov human rights organisation."

Thanks for this, watching now.

 

Without doubt, Putin is a terrible despot who should be shunned by the world. But in saying that, what do you guys think of the unashamed hypocrisy on show now with the Solomon Island issue? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/23/us-warns-solomon-islands-against-china-military-base-as-australian-mps-trade-blame. This is far from a border that could be a threat. Nato in UA would mean a 5 minute missile flight time to Moscow. I just find it hard to fathom the lies and Hypocrisy coming from the West. Here is a good watch that I haven't seen anyone thoroughly debunk any points from. https://youtu.be/pKcmNGvaDUs


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  #2906560 25-Apr-2022 17:26
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Ropata:

 

Thanks for this, watching now.

 

Without doubt, Putin is a terrible despot who should be shunned by the world. But in saying that, what do you guys think of the unashamed hypocrisy on show now with the Solomon Island issue? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/23/us-warns-solomon-islands-against-china-military-base-as-australian-mps-trade-blame. This is far from a border that could be a threat. Nato in UA would mean a 5 minute missile flight time to Moscow. I just find it hard to fathom the lies and Hypocrisy coming from the West. Here is a good watch that I haven't seen anyone thoroughly debunk any points from. https://youtu.be/pKcmNGvaDUs

 

 

I don’t see any hypocrisy. Is anyone threatening to attack the Solomon Islands? I would suspect the appropriate action would be that if the Chinese start to increase their military presence, the US would increase their presence, not attack the Solomon Islands and try to occupy their land by force.

 

I expect the Chinese have offered them big money, that Australia and NZ can’t complete with.

 

The threat is the Chinese could block access to NZ and Australia if allowed to do a military presence unopposed. And I’m not sure why but there seems to be a strategic advantage to who controls this area.

 

Edit add in link about being blocked off:

 

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/04/china-soloman-islands-deal-china-could-cut-new-zealand-australia-off-from-us-military-support-professor-anne-marie-brady.amp.html

 

 


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  #2906563 25-Apr-2022 17:51
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rugrat:

 

Ropata:

 

Thanks for this, watching now.

 

Without doubt, Putin is a terrible despot who should be shunned by the world. But in saying that, what do you guys think of the unashamed hypocrisy on show now with the Solomon Island issue? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/23/us-warns-solomon-islands-against-china-military-base-as-australian-mps-trade-blame. This is far from a border that could be a threat. Nato in UA would mean a 5 minute missile flight time to Moscow. I just find it hard to fathom the lies and Hypocrisy coming from the West. Here is a good watch that I haven't seen anyone thoroughly debunk any points from. https://youtu.be/pKcmNGvaDUs

 

 

I don’t see any hypocrisy. Is anyone threatening to attack the Solomon Islands? I would suspect the appropriate action would be that if the Chinese start to increase their military presence, the US would increase their presence, not attack the Solomon Islands and try to occupy their land by force.

 

I expect the Chinese have offered them big money, that Australia and NZ can’t complete with.

 

The threat is the Chinese could block access to NZ and Australia if allowed to do a military presence unopposed. And I’m not sure why but there seems to be a strategic advantage to who controls this area.

 

 

 

No Hypocrisy? So some countries demand complete security but some can't?


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  #2906567 25-Apr-2022 17:59
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Who does the Samoan Islands need complete security from?


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  #2906569 25-Apr-2022 18:01
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The Solomon Islands have a right to any allegiances it wants right?


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  #2906570 25-Apr-2022 18:02
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Yeah I think Solomons is a different topic entirely. Create a new topic if you want to go into it. It's all about relationships and balance.

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  #2906571 25-Apr-2022 18:06
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Ropata:

 

The Solomon Islands have a right to any allegiances it wants right?

 

 

What does this have to do with the appalling Russian atrocities in Ukraine? You sound like a troll trying to deflect from the real issue.

 

 





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  #2906574 25-Apr-2022 18:09
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gzt: Yeah I think Solomons is a different topic entirely. Create a new topic if you want to go into it. It's all about relationships and balance.
The topic is geopolitics and whether any state has the complete freedom to choose allegiances right? The Idea that Ukraine could choose to have rival military set up ballistic missiles 5 minutes flight from Moscow is why we have this mess. Realpolitik dictates that this is definitely not the case as The US knows all too well considering the Munro doctrine.


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  #2906575 25-Apr-2022 18:11
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Rikkitic:

Ropata:

The Solomon Islands have a right to any allegiances it wants right?

What does this have to do with the appalling Russian atrocities in Ukraine? You sound like a troll trying to deflect from the real issue.


No need for the name calling it's just a different topic that deserves its own discussion.

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