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March 14, 2015. Where is Vladimir? Read his activities from the news from the Kremlin feed below, or from Pravda. He has not been seen in public for 10 days, and I am hearing he may have had a stroke, or has cancer, or is hanging out with a possible newborn baby. Hm. The full range from life to death.
I hope he has gone to Ukraine and Crimea, and is privately working out how to remove Russian troops as soon as possible.

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Countries invade because they want war, world domination, to save inhabitants, or they want stuff. Like oil and gas. Which one is Russia? I don't know but I am listening to them. Above and below.
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Russia is the largest country in the world,  over 12 to 13% of land mass. It borders Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azebaijian, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea. Across the waters is Japan (the Sea of Okhotsk) and the USA (Bering Strait).

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USSR had seen other Chernobyl disasters
The Chernobyl nuclear explosion was undoubtedly one of the biggest tragedies that the Soviet Union had seen. Few in the world know that there were other major disasters in the USSR, the scale of which was just as mortifying. The Kyshtym accidentIt is also known as Chelyabinsk-40 accident. Today, this town is called Ozersk; it used to be a secret settlement during the times of the Soviet Union. It was the first man-made disaster that the USSR had seen. In 1957, an explosion of tanks with radioactive waste occurred at Mayak chemical factory. No one was injured as a result of the explosion. However, there were about 270,000 people living in the affected area. The military were evacuated first - they were attracted to liquidation works. Civilian people were evacuated two weeks later.A reserve called East-Ural Radioactive Trace was created on the site of the accident many years afterwards. The site is still closed to the public - the level of radiation there is still high.Krasnoye SormovoThe radioactive accident in Red Sormovo (Krasnoye Sormovo) occurred 16 years before the Chernobyl disaster - in 1970. The accident took place during hydraulic tests on a new nuclear submarine at the plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The reactor started up accidentally, and the Krasnoye Sormovo workshop was filled with radioactive vapors immediately. Twelve people were killed on the spot, about 200 others received a huge dose of radiation. The workshop was isolated from external environment, which made it possible to avoid the danger of radioactive contamination of the area. The work to liquidate the consequences of the accident took four months.Only 200 out of 1,000 employees of the factory had stayed alive by January 2012. All of them became first- and second-degree disabled individuals. Explosion at Baikonur CosmodromeMore than 100 people were killed as a result of the explosion that took place on Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1960.Shortly before the accident, Soviet engineers were developing a new intercontinental ballistic missile at the facility. Marshal Nedelin was supervising the tests as the chief commander of missile forces of the USSR. Many safety rules were violated as the team was in a rush to have the report ready for the anniversary of the October Revolution. At one point, the engine of the missile was launched earlier than expected, which caused fuel to explode. The information about this tragedy has long been classified.Kurenyovskaya tragedyThis tragedy took place in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1961. The causes of the accident started forming ten years earlier. The Kiev authorities decided to build a landfill of liquid waste from nearest factories and plants in Babi Yar. In 1961, the dam, which was holding the dump, burst, sending an avalanche of dirt 14 meters high and 20 meters wide. The avalanche turned as many as 81 buildings into ruins. Sixty-eight of those buildings were residential. About 1,500 people became homeless as a result of the disaster, about 200 were killed. The authorities decided not to distribute the information about the accident. The victims were buried quickly. Kiev disconnected itself from international communication the day when the tragedy occurred not to leak any information. These are just a few disasters that the USSR had seen in its history, but there were more.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:38:00 +0300

Russia considers selling S-35 fighter jets to Turkey
Russia is ready to supply Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to Turkey, if Ankara would like to buy them, Sergei Chemezov, the head of Rostec State Corporation said. Earlier, the United States excluded Turkey from the program for the procurement of F-35 fifth-generation fighter-bombers after Turkey purchased S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia."If our Turkish colleagues show their willingness, we are ready to look into the possibility to ship S-35," Chemezov said. On July 14, Russia delivered another batch of the elements of the S-400 air defense system to Turkey. Turkey plans to deploy the systems in October. The implementation of the contract worth $2.5 billion, which was signed in 2017, began last Friday and sparked sharp criticism from Washington.Later, White House representatives announced that Turkey's participation in the F-35 program was no longer possible. The Pentagon said Ankara would suffer $9 billion of losses. Turkey called the decision illegal.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:31:00 +0300

US senator cracks down on FaceApp that made him look too old
New York Senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer, believes that FaceApp photo-processing application developed by Russian company Wireless Lab is a threat to the national security of the United States. The politician expressed his opinion in a letter that he sent to the FBI and the US Federal Trade Commission.The senator published the document on Twitter. He wrote that millions of Americans who downloaded FaceApp had to give the company full and unconditional access to their personal photos and data."I have serious concerns regarding both the protection of the data that is being aggregated as well as whether users are aware of who may have access to it," his letter reads.In the letter, Schumer said that the privacy policy of the application does not answer the question of what happens to this data after a user deletes the app from their device. The senator is concerned that this level of access lets the company use images uploaded to FaceApp without user consent. Chuck Schumer is also worried about the fact that the developer's office is based in Russia. He asked the FBI to find out whether the data of millions of Americans, who uploaded their private information into FaceApp, could be in the hands of the Russian government or companies associated with it.FaceApp appeared in 2017. The application uses an artificial intelligence technology that can alter downloaded photos making people depicted on them younger or older. A user can also change their sex, hair color, or add tattoos and makeup to their photographic images. The interest in the application has recently grown globally thanks to the so-called FaceApp Challenge, when many celebrities and public figures also started publishing their "old" photos on social media. The viral application caused public concerns after programmer Joshua Nozzi mentioned hidden dangers of the photo editor. He said that FaceApp sends several photos from smartphone memory to its server, even if the user selected one. Later, TechCrunch reported that neither the staff of the publication, nor third-party experts found signs of background photo downloads.Meanwhile, FaceApp developers have responded to US Senator Chuck Schumer. They said that they store all downloaded user data in a cloud and promptly delete the information. The program downloads only the file that the user wants to edit, and most of the photos are deleted within 48 hours. They also said that all features of FaceApp are available without the need to log in to the system where the user is authenticated. Ninety-nine percent of users do not log in, and developers do not have access to their data.If desired, the user can delete their data from FaceApp. This can be done through "Settings - Support - Report an error", indicating "confidentiality" in the "subject" line.FaceApp developers assured that they neither sell nor transfer information about users to third parties. To crown it all, even though FaceApp's research and development team is located in Russia, the user data is not transmitted to Russia.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:17:00 +0300

Three nuclear units of Kalinin NPP in Central Russia shut down
Three nuclear units of four have been disconnected at the Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Tver Region in Central Russia."Due to the disconnection of one of current transformers on the 750-kilovolt open switchgear, the electric power line was disconnected. As a result, the first, the second and the fourth nuclear units of the Kalinin NPP were shut down," a source at Russia's EMERCOM said. Originally, it was reported that only two of the four nuclear power units were disconnected. The public information center of the NPP said that the radiation background was normal. No damage was caused to the equipment at the station. Earlier, news agencies reported that nuclear power units N1 and N2 at the Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant were shut down automatically due to a short circuit. EMERCOM later confirmed the information. Representatives of the Kalinin NPP also said that the nuclear units were to be switched on before July 19, after specialists find out the reasons of the incident. The Duty Dispatch Service of the town of Udomlya said that the fourth power unit was disconnected due to the rupture of the condenser seal of turbine No. 2.The Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant, built in 1984, is located in the north of the Tver region, 125 km from the city of Tver, on the southern side of Lake Udomlya. The NPP is 330 km far from Moscow and 400 km far from St. Petersburg. The station, which consists of four power units, provides electricity to Tver, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vladimir, Cherepovets. the station also transits high voltage electricity.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 10:35:00 +0300

The truth about Flight MH17 disaster over Ukraine will never be unveiled
Czech political scientist Marek Kyncl said in an interview with Parlamentní website that the work of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had nothing to do with professional criminological work. Speaking about the investigation into the crash of Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines over Ukraine in 2014, Marek Kyncl pointed out a few curious details. First of all, the serial number of the missile, which shot down the Boeing, indicated that the missile had been delivered to the military unit located on the territory of Ukraine. This is evidenced in the documents provided by the Russian side. Secondly, important witnesses to the case have never been interrogated. Some of them have either disappeared or died. Kyncl refers to Ukrainian flight dispatcher Anna Petrenko, who changed the course of the aircraft over the area where the hostilities took place. Shortly after the disaster, she went on an unpaid leave and disappeared without a trace. The air traffic data obtained by Ukrainian radar stations, as well as audio recordings of conversations between flight control officers had been kept secret, the expert said. Another important witness to the case is Colonel Ruslan Grinchak, the commander of the 164th radio-technical brigade that was operating in the area of the crash. Grinchak has not been interrogated either. According to Kyncl, this officer could provide important information about the tragedy, because during the Ukrainian Air Force exercise in Odessa in 2016, he said that one could  shoot down "another Malaysian Boeing."Another important witness is Vladislav Voloshin, a pilot and then deputy general director of the Nikolaev Airport. Voloshin flew a fighter jet to patrol the area where the Boeing was shot down. Voloshin reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest, Kyncl noted. Thirdly, the Americans did not provide any satellite photos even though there was a US satellite in the area of the crash site. To crown it all, photo and video materials that can be found on, as well as materials provided by non-governmental organizations, such as the Bellingcat Investigative Journalist Group, cannot be considered as evidence for the trial, the Czech expert believes. As for the suspects, whose names the JIT has recently announced, Marek Kyncl says that Igor Girkin-Strelkov at that time was the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the People's Republic of Donetsk, while Sergei Dubinsky was in charge of its intelligence service. Leonid Kharchenko served as an intelligence officer of the People's Republic of Donetsk and was a direct subordinate to Sergei Dubinsky. None of the suspects could work as air defense system operator. They could technically give an order to shoot down the aircraft, but it was not them, who launched the missile, the Czech political scientist noted.In his opinion, there is no reason, for which militants should be interested in the crash of a civilian aircraft. "The reasons, for which these people will be judged, will have little to do with the crash of the plane," Kyncl said. "The real culprits, as well as the cause of this crime, will most likely remain secret," Marek Kyncl said.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 18:54:00 +0300

Russia will collapse after Vladimir Putin's presidency ends
During the beginning of the 2000s, United Russia Party published a campaign leaflet that predicted the standard of living in the country in a few years. The average salary in Russia would be equal to $2,500 a month, while people would live in spacious houses (120 square meters per family). Vadim Gorshenin, the head of Pravda.Ru media holding, describes several options of how the situation may develop in Russia in the near future, after Vladimir Putin's presidency.Option oneThe presidential election will be canceled as unnecessary. The uselessness of the vote will consist in the fact that the successor will not gain enough support during his first term in the office. The country will develop according to the principle of historical spiral: it will develop, but we will find ourselves surrounded by unfriendly countries as was the case in 1930. China will turn its back on Russia as it will take everything from Russia by that time. Neighbouring countries will be lost because of Russia's foreign policy and paternalistic relations. Russia's budget will not be able to support them anymore. The Russian economy will develop according to the principle of "war communism." Social programs will be abolished, and it will be up to the able-bodied population to support children and the elderly.Russia will be running out of its oil reserves, while alternative energy will be on the rise in Europe. This will severely affect budget possibilities too. In order to save money, Russia will pull out from the Council of Europe, which will give the Russian authorities an opportunity to narrow the implementation of human rights.Option twoThe name of the third president after Vladimir Putin will be announced. He will be limited in power due to constitutional amendments and the transfer of powers to parliament.The State Duma will be fully elected by the majority principle, just like the Federation Council. Members of the Federation Council will act as representatives of regions in the center and take part in the management of power in regions. Amended principles of budget formation after 2024 towards greater funding for science and education, investments in technological development by reducing preferences for oil and gas companies will affect both military and civil areas of life. Other countries may take a different look at Russia, and this policy may eventually lead to what Trotsky and his followers dreamed of.The management staff will be dramatically reduced after the introduction of informational and other technologies. Everyone will only wonder why the number of jobs during modernization was decreasing, and the number of officials was growing. Option three The state of affairs in Russia after Vladimir Putin will look very much like that in Venezuela. People will rush from one political force to another. There will be no stability. The 1990s will return, and Russia will collapse into coalitions of "The Ural Republic", "The Far Eastern Republic" etc.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:16:00 +0300

Malaysia disappointed in Flight MH17 disaster investigation
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is concerned about the fact that the person, who shot down the passenger aircraft over the Donbas in the summer of 2014, has not been found yet. The prime minister said that even though the cause of the air crash - the missile - had been established, the person, who launched the missile, is still free. In June of 2019, Malaysia found the international investigation into the crash of Flight MH17 over the Donbas incomplete. Malaysian officials found no convincing evidence in the investigation. Prior to that, Mahathir Mohamad stated that it was a political investigation, the goal of which was to find ways to blame Russia for the disaster.The Boeing 777 passenger jetliner of Malaysia Airlines, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in the Donetsk region in July 2014. All 298 people on board were killed. The trial on the case of Flight MH17 crash is expected to take place in the spring of 2020.Meanwhile, Wilbert Paulissen, the head of the Joint Investigation Team, said that there were new witnesses in the investigation of the Boeing crash. At the same time, Fred Westerbeke, the chief prosecutor of the National Prosecutor Office of the Netherlands, said that he still could not disclose evidence of Russia's involvement in the MH17 disaster. The evidence will be provided only during the trial, which is scheduled to begin in March 2020.July 17, 2019 marks five years since the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. The international investigation group concluded that the plane was shot down from a Buk missile complex. Russia denies all accusations claiming that the JIT isolated Moscow from the investigation. At the same time, Ukraine is a full member of the process. According to Moscow, the JIT gives Ukraine an opportunity to fabricate evidence, as well as to minimise Ukraine's responsibility for not closing its air space during the time of the armed conflict.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:21:00 +0300

Let's launch the Half the Planet movement
Let's launch the Half the Planet movement  "Carpe diem, quam minumum credula postero" said Horace in his Odes. Seize the day, you know not what tomorrow brings. So, together, let's do it! Quintus Horatius Flaccus, 65 BC to 8 BC, the son of a freed slave, became one of Rome's greatest poets, known to us as Horace. It was he who penned the expression Carpe Diem (Seize the day, or take advantage of today), quam minimum credula postero (you know not what the future brings, or have the minimum faith in what is to come). As a member of the epicurean movement, Horace believed in cultivating what is good in the soul (and therefore leaving out what is unhealthy and unimportant).

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:16:00 +0300

How Russia made USA addicted to its nuclear fuel
The richest country in the world unexpectedly turned out to be an energy addict. To avoid withdrawals, the United States was forced to start purchasing enriched uranium from its sworn enemy - Russia.In 1938, German chemist Otto Hahn discovered the fission of the isotope of uranium-235 when it was bombarded with neutrons. The scientist discovered that the process produced an enormous amount of energy. The discovery triggered the development of atomic energy and atomic weapons around the world.The isotope of uranium-238 is the most common isotope of uranium found in nature, with a relative abundance of 99 percent. The rest accounts for uranium-235, about 0.72%. To use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, one needs to increase the percentage of uranium-235 in natural uranium to three or five percent to produce low-enriched uranium. To create atomic weapons, one needs to increase the number to 90-100% for highly-enriched uranium.There are two ways of uranium enrichment used nowadays - gas diffusion and centrifugal methods. The USA uses the gas diffusion technology. To give the reader a picture of the process, one can imagine sifting flour through a sieve, when larger fractions (particles) remain in the sieve, and the uniformity and quality of the flour increases. This process is similar to the gas diffusion method, when only uranium-235, which has three neutrons less, separates from uranium-238 in gaseous uranium hexafluoride through small cell membranes. The Soviet Union had originally used the same technology. In November 1957, the USSR launched its first centrifugal uranium-235 enrichment plant. The event was no less important than the launch of the first artificial satellite, sputnik, on October 4, 1957.In a centrifuge with uranium hexafluoride, the rotor accelerates from 1500 cycles per second, creating artificial gravity by centrifugal forces, and this gravity exceeds the force of Earth gravity many times.According to the law of gravity, the lighter uranium-235 remains in the center of the axis, while uranium-238 moves away to the walls of the centrifuge. This method is 50 times less expensive.The United States came to realize that the productivity was unprofitable. The Americans found it ineffective even for nuclear energy, let alone nuclear weapons. The Americans built the last gas diffusion unit in 1996. They were trying to develop a technology similar to that of the Soviet Union, but never managed to succeed. World Nuclear News (WNN) published an article in January 2019, in which it was said that the Americans had been trying to introduce such a technology, but could not move forward. To replenish energy costs, they had to buy low-enriched uranium from Russia. As many as 40 percent of eastern states in the USA receive their energy from nuclear power plants. The USA tried to build the centrifuge plant in Piketown, but the construction was stopped. During the 1990s, the USA concluded the HEU-LEU (highly-enriched uranium - low-enriched uranium) agreement with Russia in an effort to save money. In accordance with the deal, Russia supplies America with 500 tons of low-enriched uranium diluted from highly enriched uranium in nuclear missiles.In general, it was a lot cheaper for the USA to buy enriched uranium from Russia rather than to produce it at its own cost. In 2013, Russia's Rosatom acquired a 100% stake at Uranium One - the Canadian company that mines natural uranium and explores its deposits. The company owns uranium mines in Australia, Kazakhstan, South Africa and the United States. The United States thus supplies natural uranium to Russia via the Canadian Uranium One, because the Senate prohibits direct supplies. Russia then enriches it with its centrifuges and then sells it back to the USA.As a result, Russia receives money and continues to improve its installations (they have now been modernised to the tenth generation), while the USA receives its doses of fuel. Of course, the USA can find uranium suppliers in Europe. Yet, the cost of joint efforts with European countries would be at least 2.5 times higher than with Russia. To crown it all, the  production of enriched uranium in Russia is comparable to the production in all other countries combined.

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:48:00 +0300

US has three options to subdue Iran
By Imran Malik Continued. Read Part I of the article here The explosive strategic environment in the GMER simmers ominously. As a macabre foreplay of a devastating war, brinkmanship and the battle of coercions is on in real earnest. The US is mustering its military might in the Persian Gulf Region and so are the Iranians. Iran has further threatened to scrap the JCPOA and restart uranium enrichment operations breaching the 300 kg enriched uranium and the 3.67% uranium enrichment limits laid down for it. (Already done!). Once the later limit has been breached then ostensibly the breakout time - the period it would require to enrich enough weapons grade uranium for at least one nuclear warhead - will fall below a year. That portends very serious strategic implications and consequences. Furthermore, the Iranians threaten to block and/or mine the Hormuz Straits which will send the global oil prices through the stratosphere.

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:35:00 +0300