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Jura

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Jura

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There are certain factions that would want to wage war against Russia to the last Ukrainian . Indeed, there are reports of Ukrainian troops moving towards Crimea . Don't know what are they planning, but it doesn't look good .
Thud you perhaps can hear engines of Ukrainian tanks :) but what doesn't look good is (at least that's the impression I got in Russian Internet now) Russia's Putin sacks chief of staff Sergei Ivanov
Russian President Vladimir Putin has unexpectedly dismissed his chief of staff Sergei Ivanov.

Mr Ivanov has been part of Mr Putin's trusted inner circle for many years.

The 63-year-old has now been made a special representative for environmental and transport issues.

A statement from the Kremlin said that Mr Putin had "decreed to relieve Ivanov of his duties as head of the Russian presidential administration", but gave no reason.

Mr Ivanov's deputy since 2012, Anton Vaino, has been appointed as his successor.

Mr Vaino, 44, is a former diplomat.

Born in the Estonian capital Tallinn in 1972, he graduated from the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and served in the Tokyo embassy. Later he managed presidential protocol and government staff, the
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On being appointed, he told Mr Putin: "Thank you for your trust. I think the administration's most important task is to support your activity as head of state in terms of drafting laws and control over how your instructions are implemented."

Mr Putin told a Russian TV station on Friday that Mr Ivanov had asked to leave the post, and recommended that Mr Vaino should replace him.

This is a move that has mystified Moscow. Sergei Ivanov has long been one of Vladimir Putin's closest allies and, like him, served in the Soviet security service, the KGB.

As chief of staff he was one of the most powerful men in the country. In a meeting with President Putin shown on state television both men claimed that the chief of staff was stepping down at his own request.

But despite the smiles for the cameras, few here are convinced - especially now, just before parliamentary elections.

So is this the fall-out from some kind of power struggle? No-one knows yet. But the official claim - that a man once touted as a potential president, suddenly wanted to run Russia's environmental policy - has been met with great scepticism.

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In remarks to Mr Putin, quoted on the Kremlin website, Mr Ivanov said "it's true that in early 2012 I asked you, in a conversation, to entrust me with this very complicated post, even - you could say - troublesome post, for four years.

"Well, it turns out that I've been presidential chief of staff for four years and eight months."

Secret service ties
Mr Ivanov took up the post in December 2011. He served previously as a deputy prime minister and defence minister.

He is a member of the Russian Security Council and a former member of the KGB state security service, like Mr Putin.

In the late 1990s, when Mr Putin was head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), which replaced the KGB, Mr Ivanov was appointed as his deputy. When Mr Putin came to power,
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as one of the five people he trusted most.

It
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that Mr Ivanov might become president of Russia after Mr Putin's second term, as a third term for Mr Putin would have been unconstitutional.

But that post was taken by another close Putin ally,
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. Mr Putin became prime minister, before returning to the presidency just three-and-a-half years later.
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Jura

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"Fight": recent Russian war-in-Donbass song ... since I listened to it (I've said many times I like Propaganda :) I'll tell you my first impressions:
  • first of all, great performance
  • the song is "reconciling" I mean it doesn't contain any obvious "let's go to Kiev"
  • missed local accent
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(don't worry, am not turning into a music critic :)
 
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remember
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? if you don't, you may quit now :) but if you do:
he recently gave a long interview
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and I'll tell you what I think:
In the past I opposed likening of 2014 Donbass to 1938 Sudeten, but he says
(translated by me, not literally! and with the speed I type or so)
In 2014, when there was shortage of everything, I met our foreign [Western] partners many times, and I kept reminding them about
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told them their help's needed. But they patted my shoulder, saying Hold up there, we'll exert influence on Russia using diplomatic means. They constantly asked me not to show the force, not to declare a mobilization, generally, 'not to provoke Russia'. They made very clear if Russian Army invaded [parts of Ukraine other than Crimea], they wouldn't help us militarily.
and assuming he didn't make this up, it would be basically the status of Czechoslovakia in mid-September, 1938 (now I realized it's exactly 78 years ago when Chamberlain had been back from Berchtesgaden etc.), to follow was Munich (in two weeks; Czechoslovakia quit, but the country was gone about half of a year after anyway) / for Ukrainians: Minsk (after several months of fighting, but the story is of course unfinished ...
 

Jura

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Jan 11, 2015

Jura said:
... I'll try to follow "small beer"
EDIT examples:

Separatists' Field Commander "Batman" and his bodyguard ambushed, killed:
https://www.sinodefenceforum.com/uk...ws-reports-data-etc.t7103/page-35#post-321295

Separatists' Field Commander Mozgovoy survived the assassination attempt:
https://www.sinodefenceforum.com/uk...ws-reports-data-etc.t7103/page-95#post-330503

Separatists' Field Commander Mozgovoy assassinated:
https://www.sinodefenceforum.com/uk...s-reports-data-etc.t7103/page-110#post-342798

and this is from the older Ukraine-Thread (can't quote it directly):
Oct 15, 2014

... gazeta.ru informed about some rogue
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unit:
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Interestingly, their ataman (Павел Дремов according to gazeta.ru) seems to be the same Cossack who "openly accused Plotnicki of stealing THE HUMANITARIAN AID" ...
... Dryomov assassinated today:
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not sure if it's the same kind of "small beer" as above, and not sure where to put quotes in the following:
former Prime Minister of
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hanged himself tonight after he had been accused of organizing a coup:

more is in the related blog by "Cassad":
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