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July 17, 2014

Here’s video of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that was reportedly shot down while in Ukranian airspace, near the Russian border. Around 295 people were on board. What an awful thing for this country to go through twice in six months.

12:13 // 3 months ago
May 7, 2014
We were told constantly about concerns over our troops near the Ukrainian border. We have pulled them back. Today they are not at the Ukrainian border but in places of regular exercises, at training grounds.
Vladimir Putin says that Russia has pulled its troops away from Ukraine’s border, which, if true, is likely to ease geopolitical concerns.
11:22 // 5 months ago
April 15, 2014
Blood has once again been spilt in Ukraine. The country is on the brink of civil war.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev • Assessing the current situation in Ukraine, which has escalated once again, as two pro-Russian separatists were wounded in an encounter with Ukranian military forces in Slaviansk. The comments come as a UN report suggests that Russia’s take on the situation in the country is a tad…exaggerated. ”Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread,” the report stated.
10:33 // 6 months ago
March 28, 2014
20:21 // 6 months ago
March 22, 2014

Russia’s financial systems not looking so hot at the moment. Wonder why?

  • 21% the decline in Russia’s stock market thus far this year, a market which will be facing even more pressure due to fresh sanctions on the country. Oh yeah, good luck trying to use your Visa or Mastercard, Russian bank customers. source
12:08 // 7 months ago
March 19, 2014
14:42 // 7 months ago
March 18, 2014
They cheated us again and again, made decisions behind our back, presenting us with completed facts. That’s the way it was with the expansion of NATO in the east, with the deployment of military infrastructure at our borders. They always told us the same thing: ‘Well, this doesn’t involve you.’
Russian President Vladimir Putin • During a 47-minute speech, delivered in front of hundreds of elected officials at the Grand Kremlin Palace, before signing a draft treaty to annex Crimea back into the Russian Federation. Putin repeatedly rebuked Western demands to remove itself from the ongoing situation in Ukraine, saying Russia’s actions followed the precedent set by NATO when Kosovo sought independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990’s. Though the decision is expected to draw additional sanctions from Western governments, few expect Putin to back down on the matter. source
15:44 // 7 months ago
March 6, 2014
14:43 // 7 months ago
March 5, 2014
When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.

RT reacts to Liz Wahl’s resignation

Welp; they’re not so happy.

22:32 // 7 months ago


A News anchor for RT quits live on the air over the network’s coverage of Russia’s military action in the Ukraine.

This is a bold move on her part. I know I’ve been critical of RT in the past, but I think that, as questionable as this coverage can be, they do represent something interesting about journalism—and I think that important thing they represent sort of shows in this. Could you imagine a CNN star quitting live on air because of serious ethical questions they had with the network? Probably not. CNN would do everything in its power to keep it hush-hush, as would Fox. The only thing I can compare this to is Keith Olbermann’s exit from MSNBC, but that was over far-less-lofty contract issues.

The image that RT shows the world is as skewed as everyone else, and it’s not necessarily a good skew. But there’s a degree of transparency at play, at least in this case, that’s admirable. (The next question: How loud did her boss yell at her after this? And will anyone else—say, Larry King or Thom Hartmann, the two most famous folks on the network these days—follow suit?)

(via antigovernmentextremist)

22:26 // 7 months ago