Russia Defaulted on its Debt

for the first time in a hundred years. Russia claims to have tried but the US and England have tightened the embargo on finance.

Russia still has $600 billion in gold and foreign currency, half in Russia and half unavailable outside the country. I think the international community should use the $300 billion they have to work on rebuilding Ukraine.

This kind of ruins Russia's credit rating for years. Russia was a poor country before the war. They mostly exported oil and gas. Oh, and G7 agreed on some sort of cap on what they will pay for Russian petro to keep Russia from profiting from it's war pushing up the price of oil.

Other than Russia making small territorial gains it's hard to say how the war is going. One would think that eventually the modern weapons Ukraine is receiving from the free world would give Ukraine an advantage, but who knows. Russia is using a lot of conventional artillery.

Today Russia used one of it's remaining accurate weapons, a missle, to hit a shopping area, what value that has I don't know.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russian-forces-turn-sights-lysychan...

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They could have paid off the debt easily, even after we stole $300 billion, but we blocked them from access to the financial system.
It's ironic that we feel it's ok to decide what to do with someone else's money, even after Afghanis starve by the thousands because of the billions we stole from them.

As for deciding how much we will pay for Russian gas and oil, that's not how capitalism works. What'll happen is India and China will buy Russian energy at a discount and then resell it to Europe at full price.

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@gjohnsit We give them much worse than the Venezuela treatment. We use economics to punish them for murdering tens of thousands and destroying multiple cities. When we are in a conflict with someone, and we have their money, we keep it. Yes we kept taliban money, they reneged on the peace agreement. We take yachts, we take bank accounts, we ought to just start arresting oligarchs but all of them have already left Russia anyway.

When Russia leaves Ukraine, we can consider what they should do for reparations, depending they might get some back, or maybe not.

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We use economics to punish them for murdering tens of thousands and destroying multiple cities.

Where is our economic punishment for destroying multiple cities and killing hundreds of thousands of people? We've done far worse than Russia (go ahead and challenge me on this, if you dare).

When we are in a conflict with someone

Hold that!! Who says we are in a conflict with Russia? Has there been a AUMF passed in Congress? Has Russia attacked a NATO member? Exactly what sort of conflict are you talking about?
This is important. You need to explain this.

, and we have their money, we keep it.

Under what laws? Exactly what banking law did Russia break? What American law did Russia break?
If you can't name the law then this is theft.

Yes we kept taliban money, they reneged on the peace agreement.

We invaded their nation, killed tens of thousands of civilians, committed countless war crimes, and now we are causing a famine that will kill thousands of children. Who is the bigger criminal? What is the moral thing to do here?

When Russia leaves Ukraine, we can consider what they should do for reparations, depending they might get some back, or maybe not.

So we are the world cop that tells other people what to do, while not living/acting by those same standards. Gee, do you think that might cause some resentment?

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@gjohnsit I have little time for ridiculousness. If you posed one nutty question I might reply but the wholesale crazy is too much. I work and have a life.

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I find it curious that Russia has oligarchs that have no say in their government whilst we only have billionaires who tell our government what they want them to do. Yeah Russian oligarchs once has a say in how things went, but that was right after the USSR collapsed and Clinton and his billionaire friends were robbing Russia blind until Putin put a stop to their thievery.

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Moscow has rejected the assertions and has accused Washington of trying to engineer an artificial default, explaining that the country is willing and able to service its foreign debt. The transition to ruble payments does not imply a debt default, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has stressed.

In May, the US ended a bond payment waiver that had allowed Moscow to service its debt in dollars. The Russian Finance Ministry subsequently said that, in order to defend its reputation as a reliable borrower, Russia would service its Eurobond obligations in the national currency, the ruble, if it were unable to pay in foreign currency.

If you owed the bank money and you paid it back, but they refused to take it would you accept being told that you are in default?

Good grief man. America owes $30 trillion and if anyone thinks that we have any intentions of paying it off needs to get their head examined. All this is going to do is make more countries run away from the US dollar. It’s already happening.

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@ban nock people have a negative opinion of Russia?
You don't say?

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@gjohnsit No actually people had a pretty good opinion of Russia. Look at the chart. Things took a dive when Russia started murdering Chechens, and Georgians, Russians, and now Ukrainians. Russia isn't much in the news until they invaded Ukraine in 14 to take part of the country, and now attempted to take the whole thing.

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Look at the chart. Things took a dive when Russia started murdering Chechens, and Georgians, Russians, and now Ukrainians.

Your chart starts at 2007. The Chechen wars started in the 1990's.
And like I said, there's been anti-Russia propaganda since long before I was born. It never stopped.
No small coincidence - Russia has always refused to bow down to the West.

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"Tourism in Russia has seen rapid growth since the late Soviet times, first domestic tourism and then international tourism as well. Rich cultural heritage and natural variety place Russia among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Not including Crimea, the country contains 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while many more are on UNESCO's tentative lists.[1]

Major tourist routes in Russia include a travel around the Golden Ring of ancient cities, cruises on the big rivers including the Volga, and long journeys on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Diverse regions and ethnic cultures of Russia offer different foods and souvenirs, and show a great variety of traditions, including Russian Maslenitsa, Tatar Sabantuy, or Siberian shamanist rituals. In 2013, Russia was visited by 33 million tourists, making it the ninth-most visited country in the world and the seventh-most visited in Europe.[2]"

"Russia has always refused to bow to the West". What do you mean by this? Look at all the US based companies that Russia welcomed into its economy that have now been forced to flee. Look at all the science that was shared between the two countries that is now is jeopardy. Russia hasn't even begun to see the effects of Putin's antiquated quest for dominionism in eastern Europe.

Here's a surprise.... people don't like rulers who turn neighboring countries into wastelands of devastation and despair. At least most people don't. Why do you think the US is so hated in the world? Putin has thrown us a cover gift.

But hey, we forced him to do it- right?

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"Russia has always refused to bow to the West". What do you mean by this?

there's Russia's refusal to adhere to Napoleon's continental system. The Crimean war. Bolshevism. The entire Cold War. Do I need to go on?

Russia hasn't even begun to see the effects of Putin's antiquated quest for dominionism in eastern Europe.

right. It isn't like NATO has ringed Russia with military bases.
Putin didn't need to invade Ukraine. But if you think surrounding Russia with military bases pointing missiles at them isn't going to make them paranoid then you don't understand Russia

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@gjohnsit Chart in my comments below. Year by year popularity of Russia as quantified by Pew.

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I guess they polled all the large economies that are also democracies. The countries where Russia was most liked have seen the largest declines. I know it's all a big conspiracy, and everyone in the world has somehow been hoodwinked with propaganda and lies and what not. And some beared blogger posting from a coffee shop in Poland has the true unvarnished true story, but still.

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@ban nock It isn't that the entire world has fallen victim to propaganda. Just the western alliance, all of who show up in your poll. What about the other 80% of the global population? How does China feel about Russia right now? Considering that America has made it clear that if we can topple Ru then we are coming for them next? And India? How might they feel? Considering they are getting Ru crude at 72$ per barrel while the west is paying nearly double? I bet they like their friendly neighbor.
And African nations that are about to get hit with famine due to western sanctions?
Russia is awash in cash right now. All of the western sanctions have just been one big shooting oneself in the foot party. Is there a new analogy to be made? Fish in a barrel shooting themselves in the foot? The more we sanction Ru the more commodity prices rise. The more commodity prices rise the better off commodity producing countries (Ru) are going to do. One day America will beg Russia to pay off these debts that they surely can afford to pay. Ru will just tell them "as soon as the sanctions are removed".

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@wouldsman Hard to say how people in a dictatorship think, remember, I lived in China. They have pretty strict censorship, and a few million in concentration camps.

Everyone loves cheap oil, and anyone buying from Russia can demand a discount. Because Russia can't sell it's oil for full price. There's an embargo.

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What proof do you have for the comment: "a few million in concentration camps"? I have been studying China since the early 1990's and I can categorically state you are completely wrong.

What is the purpose of this propaganda PSYOP about China you are spreading here?

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from oil and gas sales despite giving 'discounts' to friendly countries like India and China (so they don't suffer as much as the G7).

"Everyone loves cheap oil, and anyone buying from Russia can demand a discount. Because Russia can't sell it's oil for full price. There's an embargo."

Russia's Oil Profits Skyrocket Despite Embargo
Monday, 13 June 2022

Russia is making a killing from oil exports despite an embargo from the United States and most of Europe, and it is easily using the profits to finance its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, The New York Times reports.

The reason, the Times notes, is that oil prices have surged during the war, making Russia's profits higher now than they were a year ago even though it is selling its exports at 30% below international market prices.

Oil exports were 45% of Russia's overall revenue in 2021, according to figures from the International Energy Agency, and it still made enough in the first 100 days of the Ukraine invasion to more than replenish what it had spent on the war, the research group said.
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The best chance for your own personal survival, is knowing the underlying facts in this situation. You have fully digested the official narratives and the opinions of others — but these have left you with no sign of defensive strategy or advanced intelligence, and none of the factual constraints that come with foreknowledge.

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The following recitation of factual events can be an immense resource for those who would control their own destiny.

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The causes and consequences of the Ukraine war A lecture by John J. Mearsheimer. Streamed live on Jun 16, 2022.

In this lecture, Prof. Mearsheimer focuses on both the origins of the war in Ukraine and some of its most important consequences. He argues that the crisis is largely the result of the West’s efforts to turn Ukraine into a Western bulwark on Russia’s border. Russian leaders viewed that outcome as an existential threat that had to be thwarted. While Vladimir Putin is certainly responsible for invading Ukraine and for Russia’s conduct in the war, Prof. Mearsheimer states that he does not believe Putin is an expansionist bent on creating a greater Russia. Regarding the war’s consequences, the greatest danger is that the war will go on for months if not years, and that either NATO will get directly involved in the fighting or nuclear weapons will be used — or both. Furthermore, enormous damage has already been inflicted on Ukraine. A prolonged war is likely to wreak even more devastation on Ukraine.
Prof. John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago.
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@Pluto's Republic Rest of the world is uninformed and only conspiracy theorists know the truth? Na, I'll stay ignorant thanks.

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At least you’re aware and honest @ban nock about it!

Staying Ignorant, I mean.

Let us know how that works out for you

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https://www.amazon.com/Israel-Lobby-U-S-Foreign-Policy/dp/0374531501

But this statement is pretty weak...."He argues that the crisis is largely the result of the West’s efforts to turn Ukraine into a Western bulwark on Russia’s border. Russian leaders viewed that outcome as an existential threat that had to be thwarted. While Vladimir Putin is certainly responsible for invading Ukraine and for Russia’s conduct in the war, Prof. Mearsheimer states that he does not believe Putin is an expansionist bent on creating a greater Russia."

Russia has been just as interfering world wide as the US, particularly in the cyber world. The fact that the US and other countries were trying to nudge Ukraine towards aligning with the west is no different than Russia threatening Norway etc. against it. Or the heavy influence that Israel wages on our government to favor Israel. Ukraine is a sovereign country If it chooses a side, that is their right. And for Mearsheimer to wave away concern over Russia's expansionist yearnings after Crimea and now Ukraine, when that's just downright three monkeys stuff.

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The fact that the US and other countries were trying to nudge Ukraine towards aligning with the west is no different than Russia threatening Norway etc. against it.

Let’s just forget about Obama’s brutal coup in Ukraine in 2014 where his Nazi pals burned people alive because they weren’t in favor of the coup. I find it weird that people refuse to see how Ukraine has been killing its own citizens in the Donbas for the last 8 years and even though Zelensky won the election with over 70% of the vote because he promised to uphold the Minsk amendment. Instead over 40,000 Ukrainians have been killed since the agreement was signed. When he tried to tell the Nazis that we have been training and arming since the coup they told him to shut up or they would kill him. Plenty of mainstream media have written about that as well as the Nazi problem there. Lots of people have provided you with links that back this up, but apparently you just ignored them.

As for Ukraine having the right to let NATO put missiles in Ukraine no it doesn’t. They had treaties with Russia on that and Russia insists they be upheld.

America would not tolerate Russia overthrowing Mexico's government and giving them weapons to that could threaten its security so why should Russia have to allow it? If you don’t see how that’s a threat to them you are being willfully blind to it.

Cyber attacks? Can you link one that says Russia did it or are you talking about the DNC computer hack Hillary blamed on Russia? If so it never happened and the head of crowdstrike admitted it to Adam Schiff during a hearing in 2017, but Schiff kept lying about it until the proof was released.

This is a NATO proxy war with Russia and we have boots on the ground inside Ukraine. Biden lied when he said he wouldn’t do it and once again there is going to be a huge buildup of troops in Europe that they are doing which threatens Russia’s security. We should be in the streets over this, but instead most people have drunk the anti Russia koolaid they’ve been fed since Hillary lost. Sad that people know the government and media mouthpieces lies to them about why we must march off to war, but believe that this time is different. Democrats have been manufacturing consent for war against Russia and republicans have been playing along because the defense industries demand that they do.

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Once again refusing to debate facts and just a pithy remark. I guess that’s all you can do when you are wrong about things over and over. If you don’t bother to read responses you will remain ignorant.

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and arrogant claims of always being "right". So all you will get is responses from those who agree with you. It's a small world after all.

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Do you deny that we overthrew Ukraine’s government in 2014 and selected a president that would do our bidding?

Do you deny that Ukraine has been killing ethnic Russians in the Donbas since then?

Do you deny that there are some nasty Nazis embedded in Ukraine’s military and that they have our support?

Do you deny that putting NATO forces in countries surrounding Russia for the last 3 decades is a threat to their security? They’ve been doing that LONG before Russia went into Ukraine.

I am trying to get you to debate the facts, but instead you ignore what you want and pretend that you are a victim of people not playing nice with you. I’m not trying to be arrogant as you say and I have no problem being wrong as I often am. You post stuff you think is right and when others debate your facts you refuse to address them like you are now.

Or are you still waiting for the kitchen sink? How was that helpful?

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I'm not on a witness stand here. AND, in case you didn't read it carefully, I told you that you would get responses only from those who agree with you. Or maybe those who have the patience to wallow through all the tons of "facts" you throw at them all in one big narrative. That's not me either.

Oh, I noticed that you and your friend are doing your little loud whispering about me in the hallways. It's so childish. You expect me to respect your postings when you pull that stuff?

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Just say that you can’t refute the facts then instead of giving non answers like you did here again.

Oh, I noticed that you and your friend are doing your little loud whispering about me in the hallways. It's so childish. You expect me to respect your postings when you pull that stuff?

I’m not whispering. I’m calling out your refusal to debate the facts that you keep ignoring and that your opinions are based on propaganda and manufactured consent for hating Putin/Russia and for the NATO buildup instead of seeing how that is pushing the world towards nuclear war. Ukraine will not win this conflict even though we’ve been arming them for 8 years and throwing billions at them which mostly goes to the defense companies. The more weapons sent to Ukraine the longer this goes on and more people from both sides die. And Ukraine loses anyway and it’s all for what?

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...are even more compelling. But, in the end, I do not believe that informing Americans about their foreign wars is a good idea at all. I don't know how others here see it, but this is merely a tiny forum where we often discuss the elaborate historical and logistic details of world events, as we see it. We are not out recruiting participants. There is no reason to push the information we discuss upon others. The things we say will not change anything, Nor will it change the outcome of domestic elections.

In the many years I've been involved in geopolitics, I have never found it to be a topic worth discussing with most Americans. The geographical isolation of the US is a powerful force. It protects most Americans from the wrenching harshness of self-reflection. I have always been openly envious of this protection, which doesn't extend to me. It never has. In the US, domestic politics is the ticket! Political Party talk is always hot. That's where the energy is and where the media is focused. Thankfully, US domestic politics doesn't seem to stun and horrify the majority of Americans.

But it's not all fun and games for them, either. God knows, the challenges in the US are seriously daunting and intensifying, and I think Americans are feeling pretty stressed out about about it. I can't prove it, but I have a hunch that Americans, in their collective awareness, sense they cannot vote their way out of the political diminishing of their rights and wellbeing. And no one is going to rescue them if they are swallowed by the misery.

Ukraine is basically a featured event in the War of the Month Club that excites the "Russia Russia Russia" lobe of the American brain. In other US forums that I visit, I read the nuance-free reactions of outrage as a healthy form of stress relief. The commenters clearly feel some sense of empowerment or control over the events in Ukraine, a political control they do not feel when they face the rise of the American Taliban at home.

I say, let them savor the trembling righteousness of their inner warrior — as they hand over the last of this years' budget for infrastructure, climate mitigation, and Covid-related health care and social relief. They passed that $40 billion to the Military Industrial Complex, who promise the American people they will supply Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue fighting and dying for their freedom to host a NATO strike force on the Russian border — to be installed after they finish executing the population the ethnic Russian speakers who live in the area and pose a security threat to NATO. (I would never post this reality in the forums I visit.) I understand how much they know about the situation and what they are feeling — I generally pass along the reminder that this, too, shall pass.

And it will pass. Sooner than we think. No point in bringing up the fact that an identical proxy war is shaping up in China, with Taiwan playing the part of Ukraine. If Americans are truly blessed, they may never see it coming.

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Ukraine is nothing more that an event in the War of the Month Club event that excites the "Russia Russia Russia" lobe of the American brain.

Democrats told their own big lie about the Russia stolen 2016 election even though HerHeinous got 3 million more votes than Trump and too many people swallowed it hook, line and sinker and even after Mueller said that there was no evidence of Trump working with Russia people still believe he did. Democrats even dragged Mueller in front of them to clarify that he found no evidence and yet people still believe everything democrats told them. There’s that Goebbells line on propaganda…tell a big enough lie over and over and eventually people will believe it.

Democrats rode Trump’s buttocks for 2 years about his China xenophobia, but soon they will have to start manufacturing consent for war because they are pushing Taiwan into an attempt to break away from China. And I’m betting that those who were once against the China xenophobia will just forget about it and do what is expected of them. We’ve seen it happen time and time again.

Shitlibs are cheering that NATO is increasing its troop size in Europe instead of being horrified that it could lead to nuclear war. But it’s exciting their anti Russia lobes as you said so nicely. Smile

Shitlibs are only anti war when it’s republican presidents doing them. Obama lied about Libya and Syria just like Bush lied about Iraq and Afghanistan. And gosh darn it we couldn’t leave Afghanistan because of the women and children, but they don’t seem to have a problem with Biden starving those same women and children or leaving them with no money for earthquake recovery. Hell it’s hardly been covered on the media.

Americans should be telling Biden to try for peace with Russia because this time if war breaks out I doubt that our distance from Russia is going to be much good. Some insane and evil congress members think that we can just use smaller nuclear weapons and it won’t end life on earth. I don’t think we should take the chance, but they aren’t listening to me.

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I know you want to stay ignorant so please ignore this:

Yesterday I mentioned the burning shopping center in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, of which the Ukrainian president Zelensky falsely claimed that thousand people had been inside.
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/06/another-zelensky-lie-debunked-whit...

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by the Russian missile that destroyed a munitions warehouse located nearby.
Another stash of western supplied ordinance "hidden" in a residential area.
Zelensky lied and people died. The theme of this dirty little war.

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It was an asphalt factory. The mall received a direct hit. Sometimes having tons of security cameras in an area is beneficial. The Russians targeted the mall. The rest of their claims about the incident are false. Watch the video.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ukraine-news-video-debunk-russia-lies-missi...

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were moving away from the rancor, we see commenters accusing those they disagree with of being "ignorant".

This serves no one, particularly this "community".

Make your arguments, provide your evidence, take your stands, but please cut out the name calling.

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thereby opening the door.

Na, I'll stay ignorant thanks.

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From @ban nock

Thanks! Lol

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“We may not be able to change the system, but we can make the system irrelevant in our lives and in the lives of those around us.”—John Beckett

to do so because .... why, exactly? NATO has missiles pointed at his country?

It looks to me like Putin is proving to the world that NATO's concerns about Russia are justified. He is the aggressor. He attacked a sovereign country in an obscenely horrible manner, which continues daily. And now it appears that NATO's potential expansion is simply self defense.

He is quite ruthless, not only towards other countries, but towards his own people. His "strategic thinking" however, in terms of Ukraine, etc. is revealing that he actually is pretty dumb.

I feel sad for the Russian people. They will pay for this for generations.

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And now it appears that NATO's potential expansion is simply self defense.

What is your excuse for NATO expansion on to Russia’s borders for decades before Russia went into Ukraine? Gawd nothing like fixing the facts to suit your narrative.

Self defense? Good lord.

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an appalling lack of the historical background about was has occurred in Ukraine since it's government was overthrown by the US government in 2014!

So Russia didn't need to invade Ukraine, but it's OK to do so because .... why, exactly?

Here's part of that answer:

Ukrainian agony - The concealed war

Since mid-July 2014, our war correspondent team is still on site in the southeast of Ukraine – in the Donbass. We shot countless videos and scored over a thousand photos. The team of “Keep a close eye on by Mark Bartalmai” was the ONLY western and German team of journalists with the highest level of accreditation and therefore had access to many critical points in this civil war. Our materials are now being used in a documentary.

We made this documentary film from over 3 terabytes video that were filmed in several months on site.

It shows the different areas of the war in recounting episodes and individual stories – of civilians, soldiers and journalists. The focus is on the personal perspectives of each of the actors, supported by the recorded material, during and after the bombing of cities, battles and on people’s lives under war conditions in the middle of Europe.

The documentary is not an action movie. Rather, it lives from spoken word, by the voices of the people of the interviews and their impressions. Accompanied with sequences of events it draws a picture of the personal feelings of the participants – whether civilians, soldiers and journalists.

“Ukrainian Agony” is a silent film about the immense volume and violence of war. The propaganda has reached a new level of “quality”. Disinformation, concealment, half-truths up to outright lies are the “weapons” of certain Western media in this war – in an unprecedented degree.

He is quite ruthless, not only towards other countries, but towards his own people. His "strategic thinking" however, in terms of Ukraine, etc. is revealing that he actually is pretty dumb.

I feel sad for the Russian people. They will pay for this for generations.

The US installed government of Ukraine had become an existential threat to Russia. The Russian people realize this. Putin enjoys the support 83% of the Russian population.

Have you ever studied Russian history at all or are you just making suppositions from the current plethora of propaganda from western media?

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@CB

It’s easier for her to do that than actually learn what this conflict is about. It wouldn’t be hard for her to do since we have been putting them in front of her. I gave her this same information but she complained that I didn’t give her a kitchen sink for some reason.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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Russian Default Hurts The West—Not Russia 9.5 min

Just like the western sanctions backfired...

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

headline yesterday read, "Russia appears to have defaulted on debt payment for the fist time since 1918".
I am not a subscriber and couldn't read their dribble, but got enough from the headline that they did not say more than it merely appears to be fact, but not reported as fact.

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@on the cusp
Russia took over the repayment of ALL the lend-lease payments to the US and other western nations that had accrued to the various ex-Soviet countries from WWII.

The following shows that Russia, under Putin, has been one of the most fiscally responsible countries in the world (another is China under Xi!).

26 years on, Russia set to repay all Soviet Union's foreign debt
Mar 26, 2017

MOSCOW (AFP) - A quarter of a century after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia is finally set to pay off all the foreign debt it inherited from the vanished Communist empire.

Keen to establish a reputation of a reliable borrower - despite Western financial sanctions over the Ukraine conflict - Moscow announced last week it would pay off US$125.2 million (S$175.1 million) in Soviet-era debt to Bosnia-Herzegovina within 45 days.

The payment "completes the settlement of the external public debt of the former USSR, which is a historic event," said Russia's deputy finance minister Sergei Storchak.

In February, Moscow paid US$60.6 million to Macedonia.

After the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991, Russia assumed responsibility for its foreign debt of some US$70 billion.
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This commitment proved a painful burden in the 1990s as Russia faced catastrophic economic problems that culminated in a humiliating default on its foreign debt in 1998.

But in 2006 - thanks to a steady influx of petrodollars since the early 2000s - Russia was able to pay off its debts to 17 major creditor-countries in the so-called Paris Club.

A payment of more than US$20 billion - or 95 per cent of the value of all Soviet-era loans - was made eight years after the 1998 default.
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"It is politically important: Russia has paid off the USSR's debt to a country that no longer exists," said Mr Yuri Yudenkov, a professor at the Russian University of Economics and Public Administration.

"This is very important in terms of reputation: the ability to repay on time, the responsibility," he told AFP.
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Many analysts had warned that the sanctions imposed over Russia's actions in Ukraine could deplete the country's finances.

But the Kremlin has so far managed to maintain financial stability despite also being hit hard by the slump in oil prices.

Thanks to drastic cuts in public spending, Russia's budget deficit remained under control at just 3.6 per cent of GDP last year - and salaries, pensions, and social benefits continue to be paid out in the public sector.

The public debt stands at less than 15 per cent of GDP - much lower than in most Western countries.
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The US, with a long and sordid history of outright theft of many foreign nation's wealth, is now attempting to create a false default of Russia's foreign debt.

Russia forces its foreign creditors to accept rubles in a bank that is sanctioned
2022-06-23

Moscow denies suspending payments and transfers a debt of 233 million euros to an account blocked by the EU.

Either take it or leave it.

The Russian Ministry of Finance has for the first time paid a debt in rubles instead of paying with the originally agreed currencies and has transferred them to a financial institution subject to sanctions for the offensive on Ukraine.

If your creditors want to recover the money, they will have to open an account there and waive any future litigation as well.

"The obligations of the Government of the Russian Federation have been fulfilled by the Ministry of Finance in full," the agency announced in a statement.

Specifically, Moscow has transferred 12,510 million rubles, about 223 million euros, to the Russian National Settlement Deposit, an intermediary entity that was sanctioned by the European Union at the beginning of June, so it will not be able to operate with these sums with European banks.
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