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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Thursday 05 May [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Thursday 05 May [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 2:57 am

THURSDAY

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News -
Putin's Russian nutters fire 13 times at the Ukrainian people. 2 soldiers wounded - mine.

Weather -
Another beautiful morning. Clear blue sky, sunshine. 16 at 10.00. High maybe around 20. Pleasant.

Footie -
Europa league. Shakhtar plan in Sevilla, Spain. 2-2 first leg. Going to be very difficult. The Spanish team have 2 away goals.
So Shakhtar need to score. other semifinal - Villareal travel to Liverpool, with a 1-0 lead.


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HQ: Militants fired in Donetsk and Mariupol directions

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 3:01 am

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/05/5/7107611/
Headquarters: Militants fired at Donetsk and Mariupol directions
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:51
During the last days the situation in the area of ​​ATO somewhat complicated, the militants violated 13 times previously set "mode complete silence."
The press center ATO Staff reports page on Facebook.
"More than half the cases of militants weapons falls on the dark", - the headquarters.
In Donetsk direction terrorists fired with small arms and grenade launchers strongholds Ukrainian forces in the area Avdeevki and Lugansk.
In Mariupol direction gunmen fired on strongholds of forces ATO near the granite and Novotroitsk with small arms and heavy machine guns.
Since the beginning of this period along the boundary line was quiet.
April 29th Trilateral contact group in Minsk agreed on the ceasefire in Donbas with the onset of Easter and May holidays.

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13 times. Increasing again.
Soon we will know if Putin has decided to call it a day, or if he intends for another few thousand people to die first.
Putin is a desperate psychotic dictator, so I expect the war to continue shortly, and for Putin to step up the shelling of Ukraine from occupied territory.

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New SACEUR to look into what weapons Ukraine needs for defense [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 3:11 am

http://www.unian.info/politics/1337429-new-saceur-to-look-into-what-weapons-ukraine-needs-for-defense.html#ad-image-0
The new Supreme Allied Commander Europe, [SACEUR] U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, is going to find out exactly what types of weapons Ukraine needs for its defense, according to an UNIAN correspondent reporting from a change of command ceremony outside SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Mons, Belgium.
"I do believe that we should support Ukraine with what they need to successfully defend their territory and their sovereignty. I’ll take a look at that as SACEUR specifically because I need to assess what weapons are best, what capabilities they can use, what capabilities are complimentary to their forces today," said Scaparrotti, answering the question of an UNIAN correspondent....
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Deeds speak louder than words.
My betting - new socks, but probably green. Camo.

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Ukraine reduces gas consumption by 13.6% over 4 mths [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 3:18 am

http://www.unian.info/economics/1337443-ukraine-reduces-gas-consumption-by-136-over-4-mths.html
Ukraine in January-April 2016 has reduced consumption of natural gas year-over-year by 13.6% - from 16,2 billion cubic meters down to 14 bcm, that’s according to the national gas transportation system operator, the state-owned Ukrtransgaz....
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My opinion.
Due in the main to the warmest winter I have ever known in Ukraine. I never once even put on my snow boots. Not once. Wore trainers right through the winter.
Gas consumption in 2015 winter was down 20%. So now - 30% down on the figure from say 3 years' ago. And knowing how much gas is subsidized, even now, in Ukraine, this will save the country billions of dollars.

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The Ukraine airforce are training

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 4:00 am

Observation -
I was, one minute ago, standing on the balcony, surveying the scene, and .... whooosh....
Looked like an Ukrainian military jet trainer to me. Quite low.
Good sign. New soldiers, young Ukrainians, training to fight against the Russian occupation of their land.

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Police explained the circumstances of the attack on journalists in Odessa (Ukrinform) [car accident dispute]

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 4:07 am

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http://www.ukrinform.ua/rubric-regions/2011862-policia-zasuvala-obstavini-napadu-na-zurnalistiv-v-odesi.html
The reason for an armed attack on employees in Odessa TV "Channel 7" May 3 was a dispute over a car accident involving a relative of one of the victims.
It is reported by Radio Liberty with reference to the press service of the Administration of the National Police in the Odessa area.
According to police, the day of the attack on workers channel a few hours earlier in Odessa Nissan Sunny car when reversing collided with a Honda car and drove away. Honda driver then he decided to find the owner of Nissan....

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In the area of ​​ATO two soldiers were wounded, tension near Mariupol - Staff

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 6:36 am

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/05/5/7107642/
In the area of ​​ATU wounding two soldiers, tension near Mariupol - Staff
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:46
One day in the area ATO because of fighting with Ukrainian troops nobody killed there but two soldiers were wounded.
This May 5 briefing on AP spokesman Alexander Motuzyanyk ATO.
According to the headquarters, injured due to antipersonnel mines undermine during the detection of explosive devices in the area s.Slavne Maryinsky district in Donetsk region.
"For the life of the military fighting Donetsk doctors" - said Motuzyanyk.
He also said that in the Donetsk direction of the main points of tension are areas in front Svetlodarsk arc and near Avdeevka, where the enemy in the night-time employed various systems grenade and small arms.
"In Mariupol direction the situation is somewhat more complicated enemy mines produced 20 82-mm mortar shells in the direction of Ukrainian position near Hnutovoho. A number of enemy armed provocations were recorded in Novotroickoe, Vodnaya, Granite and Shyrokyno" - said a spokesman for the AP.
"In Luhansk ceasefire remains exemplary," - said Motuzyanyk.

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ATO map for today at 00.00 hrs

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 6:39 am

link in post above - UP



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FIFA rankings - Ukraine [22nd]

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 6:52 am

http://www.champion.com.ua/football/2016/05/5/649984/
1 (1). Аргентина — 1532 Argentina
2 (2). Бельгія — 1456 Belgium
3 (3). Чилі — 1353 Chile
4 (4). Колумбія — 1337 Columbia
5 (5). Німеччина — 1309 Germany
6 (6). Іспанія — 1277 Spain
7 (7). Бразилія — 1261
8 (8 ). Португалія — 1184
9 (9). Уругвай — 1158
10 (10). Англія — 1069 England
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22 (22). Україна - 880 Ukraine
26 (26). Північна Ірландія - 825
27 (27). Польща - 821.
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Seems South American heavy to me. Germany must be in the top two in reality. And Spain in the top four - my opiniion.
England  10th - joke. But with a newer younger team they might not do too bad in 30 days' time. Euros. Pasmotrim!

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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, based on information received as of 19:30hrs, 3 May 2016

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 7:07 am

http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/238606
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In the morning hours, at a checkpoint in “DPR”-controlled Oktiabr (29km north-east of Mariupol), armed men did not allow the SMM to proceed further east after the SMM declined to present national passports of its members. The SMM informed the JCCC and left the area.
In the late morning, “DPR” members again denied the SMM passage through the aforementioned checkpoint, when the SMM refused to show national passports of its members. The SMM informed the JCCC.
Other restriction:
The SMM long-range UAV was subject to continuous jamming of its Global Positioning System while flying over “DPR”-controlled areas.

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Not the sort of equipment you can buy at KMart.
Putin doing everything he can to inhibit OSCE monitors.
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Kremlin to NATO: Resurgent Russia not a threat, but will defend its interests

Post by Admin on Thu May 05, 2016 7:30 am

"We have repeatedly said that a resurgent Russia is not a threat to anyone," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with journalists.

"But at the same time Russia certainly cannot ignore any actions that may pose a direct or potential threat to its national interests................

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Trump: I'd tell Putin "Don't do it again" (VIDEO)

Post by Admin on Thu May 05, 2016 7:50 am

"Lack of respect for the United States." That is how the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination Donald Trump commented on the repeated incidents involving Russian fighter jets provoking U.S. aircraft and ships.

Speaking to CNN Trump said he would immediately phone Russia's President Vladimir Putin if he were the president of the United States of America:

"I would call him and say, ‘Don't do it again," he stated........



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The head of the Russian Security Council called refugees from the Donbass criminal factor

Post by Admin on Thu May 05, 2016 8:50 am

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that the increase in the number of non-migrants, including refugees from Ukraine, became a contributing factor to the aggravation of the criminal situation in the Southern Federal District of Russia.

"It is noted the growth potential for conflict due to the increased load of the migration. The presence of almost 73 million unemployed refugees from Ukraine complicated criminal situation ", - Patrushev stated at the retreat meeting in Astrakhan.

He noted that the number of officially registered unemployed in the Southern Federal District has reached 70 thousand people, and the total wage arrears at the beginning of 2016 amounted to 142 million rubles, reports RIA "Novosti" .

"An effective solution to these issues will help to maintain social stability in the region", - said Patrushev.

As it is known, due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine more than one million people became refugees, resettled either in Russia or in other regions of Ukraine.

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Re: Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Thursday 05 May [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Odessite on Thu May 05, 2016 10:06 am

@Admin wrote:Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that the increase in the number of non-migrants, including refugees from Ukraine, became a contributing factor to the aggravation of the criminal situation in the Southern Federal District of Russia.

"It is noted the growth potential for conflict due to the increased load of the migration. The presence of almost 73 million unemployed refugees from Ukraine complicated criminal situation ", - Patrushev stated at the retreat meeting in Astrakhan.

He noted that the number of officially registered unemployed in the Southern Federal District has reached 70 thousand people, and the total wage arrears at the beginning of 2016 amounted to 142 million rubles, reports RIA "Novosti" .

"An effective solution to these issues will help to maintain social stability in the region", - said Patrushev.

As it is known, due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine more than one million people became refugees, resettled either in Russia or in other regions of Ukraine.

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"It is noted the growth potential for conflict due to the increased load of the migration. The presence of almost 73 million unemployed refugees from Ukraine complicated criminal situation ", - Patrushev stated at the retreat meeting in Astrakhan.

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Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 12:14 pm

Yeah Very Happy
Online mistranslation.
Наличие почти 73 тысяч нетрудоустроенных беженцев
73 thousand.

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OSCE drones spot large concentration of weaponry near Svitlodarsk in Donbas [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 12:18 pm

http://www.unian.info/war/1338052-osce-drones-spot-large-concentration-of-weaponry-near-svitlodarsk-in-donbas.html
...."When I see the so-called "LPR" [Luhansk People's Republic] bringing in heavy weapons into Luhansk city, I am, however, not entirely convinced that everyone understands the urgency involved. Everyone has a right to express their cultural and historical heritage, particularly when it comes to marking the 9 May Victory Day. Heavy weapons in the middle of a major city are not an honour; they are simply a violation of the Minsk accords and a threat to the people living in that area," he said....

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Russia to blame for non-fulfillment of Minsk accords, - Polish Foreign Ministry

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 12:24 pm

http://en.censor.net.ua/news/387382/russia_to_blame_for_nonfulfillment_of_minsk_accords_polish_foreign_ministry
.... Ukraine could not be blamed for non-fulfillment of the Minsk agreements, Waszczykowski said, because the main fault is Russia's. It's Russia who is not leaving the Donbas, it's Russia who does not stop firing in the Donbas, it's Russia who is not leaving Crimea, but bringing more Russian weapons to the peninsula, the Polish minister said. ...
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Ukraine Wheat Outlook Perks Up With `Marvelous' Crop Weather [Engl; Bloomb]

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 12:41 pm

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-04/ukraine-wheat-outlook-improving-as-crops-get-marvelous-weather
....Ukraine, one of the world’s top exporters, doesn’t have any extreme heat in the forecast for May, so conditions may remain good at least for the next few weeks, Adamenko said. The harvest usually starts in July.
"The weather is marvelous," Adamenko said by phone Wednesday. "We see optimum moisture conditions for early crops."...

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Need some more rain now. Had a little today where I am, but not a lot. Maybe tomorrow...

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List of 1541 mercenaries recruited to fight in the Donetsk region.

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 1:02 pm

https://psb4ukr.org/568418-568418/#more-568418
Список боевиков и наемников по Донецкой обл. (лето-осень 2014 года)
"I can convey to you the list of the 1541 blockbuster and mercenaries recruited through military enlistment offices in the occupied territory in the Donetsk region. Just help take the family "- he wrote in a letter to us. We have helped, although it was very difficult. He kept his word and a list of militants and mercenaries passed.
By the day of the victory over fascism we are listed in Purgatory. We are convinced that this is necessarily bring our victory over ruscism. We publish a list without any corrections or comments.

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Full list at link.
Паспорт РФ means Passport RF - Russian Federation.
A lot of people from Donetsk area. 2014, of course.
Список боевиков и наемников по Донецкой обл. (лето-осень 2014 года)
these are people recruited in Donetsk, I understand. Website is called "МИРОТВОРЕЦ". Well done!

In the first ten -

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More reforms done in two years after Maidan than in previous 20, - Ivan Mikloš

Post by Admin on Thu May 05, 2016 1:13 pm

More reforms have been implemented in Ukraine in the two years after Maidan than in 20 years prior to it.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, this was announced by co-chairman of the strategic advisers group on reform support in Ukraine Ivan Mikloš at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday, Censor.NET informs.

Read more: Polish reformer Balcerowicz appointed presidential envoy in Cabinet

More reforms have been implemented in Ukraine in the two years after Maidan than in 20 years prior to it, he said.

Mikloš also stressed that much more still needs to be done.

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Poland bans Russian propaganda journalist from entering Schengen zone - media

Post by Admin on Thu May 05, 2016 1:17 pm

Polish authorities have banned RIA Novosti “Rossiya Segodnya” journalist Leonid Sviridov from entering Poland and all other member states of the Schengen zone until December 2020, says the Russian journalist's lawyer Yaroslav Helstovsky, Latvia-based Meduza.io reported citing RIA Novosti.

Poland's Foreign Office has ruled that Leonid Sviridov's presence in Poland “violates the interests of the Polish state,” says Helstovsky, according to the report.

Rossiya Segodnya chief editor Margarita Simonyan says Sviridov will challenge the Polish court's decision via legal representatives in Poland (Sviridov was forced to leave Poland in December 2015)........

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The Daily Vertical: Putin Vs. The Law

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 1:20 pm

http://www.rferl.org/content/daily-vertical-putin-vs-the-law/27717312.html
....No matter how much hedging, no matter how much nuance, no matter how much rationalization, and no matter how much "whataboutism" you throw into the mix, it is getting increasingly difficult to ignore what is becoming completely obvious: The Putin regime is basically a crime syndicate masquerading as a state.
Assassinations. Embezzlement. Money laundering. Arms and narcotics trafficking.
These are just its tools of statecraft.....


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Tymchuk said the Kremlin will get rid of leaders "DNI / LC" Zakharchenko and carpentry

Post by Admin on Thu May 05, 2016 1:23 pm

MP from the "People's Front", the head of the group "Information Resistance" Dmitry Tymchuk believes that the Kremlin will get rid of leaders of the "DNR" and "LNR" Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky during the local elections in Donbas. He said this in an interview with "Commander in Chief" .

"I think the Kremlin will go to such steps, as he hopes, will squeeze out of the Ukraine agreed to hold local elections. Like, just the local elections will allow to show the real people's trust rating in these areas and select those who want the people in the course of a democratic expression of the will ", - predicts Tymchuk.

According to him, now such a change is unlikely to be.

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Russian Radio Journalist Found Murdered in Moscow Apartment [Engl; MT]

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 1:30 pm

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-radio-journalist-found-murdered-in-moscow-apartment/568162.html
Alexander Rubtsov, an editor at Natsionalnaya Sluzhba Novosti (NSN) — which prepares news content for radio stations — has been found murdered in his Moscow apartment, the news service reported Thursday....
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35. Journalist in Russia. Dangerous. Probably a higher death rate than being a mercenary.

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Russian Interior Ministry Buys 120 Portable Flame Rocket Launchers [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 1:33 pm

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....Russian news agency Interfax quoted Alexander Mikhailov, a retired Russian general and a veteran of the special services as saying that the flame rocket launchers were likely purchased for the newly created Russian National Guard.....
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Putin making sure that there is no "Maidan" in Russia.

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Ukraine War - Russian armed forces equipment rolling into Lugansk Ukraine

Post by Nelson on Thu May 05, 2016 1:40 pm

Опубликовано: 4 мая 2016 г.
Russian armed forces equipment rolling into Lugansk after crossing Russia – Ukraine border in the war zone of occupied Ukrainian territory


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Russian servicemen in Donbas going AWOL on large scale

Post by Admin on Thu May 05, 2016 7:44 pm

During the four past days, 53 Russian servicemen deserted their units, Ukraine army intelligence says May 5.

 “May 30, 3 Russian servicemen from the 7th infantry brigade in Debaltseve went AWOL.

May 2-3, 12 Russian servicemen of the 11th infantry regiment in Makiyivka left their positions and went toward the Ukraine-Russia border.

The same was done by 17 Russians serving in the 100th infantry brigade in Donetsk and 21 servicemen of the 3rd infantry brigade in Horlivka.

May 1-3, 17 Russian servicemen of the 9th storm marine regiment deployed in Novoazovsk  demanded the termination of their military service, Ukraine army intelligence says.

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Putin’s Support for Trump Seen Backfiring on Kremlin Leader

Post by Admin on Thu May 05, 2016 7:53 pm

By Paul Goble* for “Window on Eurasia”:

May 5 – During the Republican primaries, Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials praised Donald Trump as someone they understood and could do business with given that they have viewed the New York billionaire as part and parcel of the nationalist-populist wave that the Kremlin has long promoted in Western Europe.

But now that Trump has become the candidate presumptive in the general election, some Russian commentators are suggesting that Putin has misread the situation, that Trump could be an even bigger problem for him and Moscow than the presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and that the Kremlin should rethink its position.

In a comment for Deutsche Welle, Moscow commentator Igor Eidman suggests that the Kremlin should rethink its position given that in his view neither Trump nor right-wing populists will help Russia escape from its current international isolation (dw.com/ru/комментарий-поможет-ли-путину-трамп/a-19233582).

Others like Vitaly Portnikov are even blunter. The Kyiv commentator says that Moscow should recognize that if Trump were to become president, Russia would become “a victim of confrontation” with the US far more quickly than if Clinton won and that Putin just as certainly would end in the jail cell in the Hague (charter97.org/ru/news/2016/5/5/202867/).

The Putin elite both “fears isolation” but “doesn’t want to comply with the cultural and legal norms adopted in the Western world,” Eidman says. That leaves Moscow with only one choice: “change the West” and that is what Putin has decided to try to do, viewing the situation there as “favoring” such an outcome.

“The humanist and tolerant political culture” of most Western countries “is going through a crisis. The right-wing populist wave in Western countries has much in common with Putinism, including breaking out of the framework of the liberal political tradition and demonstrative violation of the unwritten rules of political correctness,” the Moscow commentator says

Those in the West who shared such Putinist values were until very recently “political marginals,” Eidman continues, but now they are competing “for the highest state posts, ranging from the Austrian Hofer to the American Trump.

“The policy of the Russian authorities has contributed to the growth of the popularity of these forces,” he says, because “the violation by Russia in the Crimean and Donbas conflicts of international legal norms shows the Western voter that in the contemporary world as was the case 100 years ago, the powerful are always right.”

That means that such voters need to choose “’strong personalities’ who can defend them from the side of ‘the aliens.’ The Kremlin shows the seductive example of a return to the ‘Hottentot’ political morality – it is good when I eat my neighbor and bad when my neighbor eats me, to nationalism, leadership cults, and the cult of force in politics.”

According to Eidman, “in a world where there is a President Putin, candidate Trump has greater chances for success.” And Moscow is “actively trying to use the right-wing populist wave” to bend the world to its will; and “the Kremlin apparently dreams of a world where [such leaders] would agree with Chinese about dividing the planet into spheres of influence.”

“It is not accidental,” the Moscow commentator says, “that Putin and Trump pay each other compliments. Much brings them together” given that “the typical Trump supporter is a far from young white male without a higher education and average or below average income” and who expresses his dissatisfaction against “racial minorities and immigrants.”.......................

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