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LeoV

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Kick out al UN Russian diplomats, do an emergency meeting, kick Russia out.Or something like that.
Or do it the Russian way, arrest all of them on phony crimes.
 

LeoV

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This morning new missiles target apartment buildings.

The Russians attack residential houses at night/early morning when people are home. They struck the mall in daylight during shopping time. Attacked the railway station amidst the large evacuation flows. Hit drama theatre after rushing people to shelter there.

Bastards.
 

enigmatically2

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Kick out al UN Russian diplomats, do an emergency meeting, kick Russia out.Or something like that.
Or do it the Russian way, arrest all of them on phony crimes.
I previously suggested organising a meeting, and then clocking the traffic on the Ru diplomats way in. And if they aren't there in time to vote....
 

LeoV

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Ah, the Brics...

The international rule based cooperation is really under pressure.
If Russia accepts this law of unbridled imperialism, the UN is worthless as a tool for international cooperation.
But it is not only Russia, it has been hollowed out for decades.
 

dogwatch

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Ah, the Brics...

The international rule based cooperation is really under pressure.
If Russia accepts this law of unbridled imperialism, the UN is worthless as a tool for international cooperation.
But it is not only Russia, it has been hollowed out for decades.


UN is a deeply fucked-up organisation. And I really hate to agree with Trump on anything.
 

LeoV

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Russian government wants to introduce a law that would allow to make any business in Russia do literally whatever is demanded of them for the need of the war. Any hours, any price, any volume. https://sozd.duma.gov.ru/bill/155680-8#

Essentially, the government is saying - we don't have enough resources to keep up with this level of sanctions and fighting in Ukraine, we need to start making people/businesses act as if we have pronounced war without pronouncing it.

This is by far the biggest indicator of where Russian state is heading - reintroduction of Soviet-style command economy with elements of free market; with each passing month of fighting - war and its needs would dictate more and more of state's logic h/t
@petrkozlov
 

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Russian government wants to introduce a law that would allow to make any business in Russia do literally whatever is demanded of them for the need of the war. Any hours, any price, any volume. https://sozd.duma.gov.ru/bill/155680-8#

Essentially, the government is saying - we don't have enough resources to keep up with this level of sanctions and fighting in Ukraine, we need to start making people/businesses act as if we have pronounced war without pronouncing it.

This is by far the biggest indicator of where Russian state is heading - reintroduction of Soviet-style command economy with elements of free market; with each passing month of fighting - war and its needs would dictate more and more of state's logic h/t
@petrkozlov

As they go this route, it also shows a government which is pushing towards organizing itself solely for war. A regression to the ancient empires.
 

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Stingray~

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The USA has 'The Defense Production Act' at the president's disposal; no idea how comparable that really is.
 

"Russia seizes control of Sakhalin gas project, raises stakes with West"​

Of course. Is there anyone left who does not think that an important component of this war is the further accumulation of personal criminal wealth by Putin. This is his standard playbook.
1. Confiscate state and International assets
2. Pass ownership to entities fronted by henchmen and oligarchs in exchange for ownership stake by secret Putin entities.
3. Strike a deal with the original international owners that allows them back but Putin's offshore investment is left in place.
Siemens and all of the international energy companies have seen this time and again.

The mistake is to think that Putin cares about Russia except as how it is the sovereign platform for the wealthiest criminal enterprise in human history.
 

dogwatch

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Of course. Is there anyone left who does not think that an important component of this war is the further accumulation of personal criminal wealth by Putin.

I don't. He doesn't need personal wealth. A phone call by an aide to an oligarch is all that's needed to gain access to whatever goody he has in mind.
 
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Stingray~

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"Russia seizes control of Sakhalin gas project, raises stakes with West"​

From the link it sounds like Shell already announced they were pulling out. If Ru is taking over that share then while everything about the energy-supplies situation sucks, maybe it is best this way rather than, say, an Indian company buy into it.
 

dogwatch

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Review of new biography of Putin. I've a long backlog of planned reading but hope to get to it sometime. The review in itself is worth a read.


In his speech on the night of the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, which Philip Short describes as “pulsating with anger and resentment” at 30 years of Russian humiliation, Putin seethed: “They deceived us… they duped us like a con artist… the whole so-called western bloc, formed by the United States in its own image is… an empire of lies.” For those who dismiss the speech and the invasion that followed as the words and actions of a man gone mad, dying or out of contact with reality due to Covid isolation, this new biography should be compulsory reading.

As Short observes, however authoritarian and corrupt modern Russia may be, “national leaders invariably reflect the society from which they come, no matter how unpalatable that thought may be to the citizens”. While his people may have been as surprised as the rest of the world at the timing, the invasion hardly came out of the blue and many Russians, not all blinded by propaganda, support it. For as the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, commented a couple of weeks later: “This is not actually, or at least primarily… about Ukraine. It reflects the battle over what the world order will look like. Will it be a world in which the west will lead everyone with impunity and without question?”
 

LeoV

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2. Pass ownership to entities fronted by henchmen and oligarchs in exchange for ownership stake by secret Putin entities.
Russian Oligarchs Who Died Since 2022
1. Leonid Shulman: Gazprom Manager
2. Sergey Protosenya: Gazprom manager
3. Vladislav Avaev: Gazprombank vice-president
4. Vasily Melnikov: Cro-medical firm MedStom
5. Mikhail Watford: Gas&Oil industry
6. Alexander Tyulyakov: Gazprom Manager

It is a risk being a henchman.
https://twitter.com/Saida_Zahidova/status/1521149745183567873/photo/1
 




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