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Upholding the rule of international law and defending Russia’s interests are as crucial to Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy today as they were 12 years ago.
Whatever the opponents of Vladimir Putin say about him, he is definitely a pragmatic and predictable leader. Unlike his rivals who sit on the side of revolutionary romanticism, Mr Putin knew exactly where he would lead his country in the world. “Even before the elections, he drew the red lines in foreign policy that Russia would never cross,” says Alexander Rahr, director of the Berthold Beitz Centre at the German Council on Foreign Relations.
“The president’s proposed foreign policy strategy
for Russia in the third
millennium consists of defending our national interests, rather than pandering to the interests of other countries,” explains Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation, adopted 12 years ago during Mr Putin’s first presidential term, identified four main national priorities. First was strengthening international security based on the creation of a pan-European security and co-operation system. Second was forming a new world order in which the partnership between the world’s major powers is based exclusively on equality and mutual respect. Third, the Russian Foreign Ministry was tasked with creating favourable conditions for Russia in terms of international economic relations. Fourth, Russia would seek respect for human rights at the international level. None of these items has lost any relevance today.
Tsar Martyr Nicholas II
Compiled by Father Nektarios Serfes
15 November 1998
Boise, Idaho U.S.A
Introduction by Father Nektarios Serfes:
There existed in Russia, at the time of His Imperial Majesty Tsar Nicholas II, a holy commonwealth. The Tsar himself was never placed outside the Church or “above the law”, but always within the Church and subject to the law of Christ. Such a righteous Father to his people was the last Tsar, Nicholas II. It now pleases our God to reveal Tsar Nicholas and those who suffered with him, to the Church and to the whole world.
An Orthodox monarch receives his authority from God, but by what means and in what manner does it come to him? Authority to govern in the Name of God and perform the highest earthly ministry descends upon a Tsar in the Sacrament of Anointing, at the time of his coronation. After the crowning he is told that “this visible and material adornment of thy head is to thee a manifest sign that the King of Glory, Christ, invisibly crowneth thee“. The Anointing takes place after the reading of the Gospel in the Divine Liturgy. The chief hierarch anoints the Tsar with Holy Chrism on the brow, the eyes, nostrils, lips, ears, breast, and hands, saying each time: “The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, Nicholas II received his authority through a Sacrament. The Holy Spirit was upon him. “By rejecting the Tsar, the people blasphemed the Sacrament and trampled upon the grace of God” (Illustration History of the Russian people).
Several prophecies were given during the time His Majesty Emperor Tsar Nicholas II and his family faced their tragic fate. Indeed, not only the Tsar, but also millions and millions of others who followed in the same footsteps towards holy martyrdom. His Eminence Metropolitan Philaret, of blessed memory, wrote the following: “Unwavering faithfulness to Christ shines forth especially clearly and victoriously in the struggle of those whom Christian antiquity called ‘witnesses’ (in Greek, martyros). This struggle of martyrdom is the struggle of those who gave witness of their faithfulness, devotion, and love for Christ by dying for Him, not sparing their own lives!”
The most relevant announcement from this week’s meeting in India of the countries’ leaders is likely to be plans for a joint development bank in the mold of the World Bank
Frank Jack Daniel & Brian Winter / Reuters
New Delhi: The Brics group of emerging world powerhouses – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – is expected to launch plans this week for a joint development bank and measures to bring their stock exchanges closer together.
Officials say the initiatives will take time as they need to sort out details. But they herald a new level of ambition for a bloc that brings together about half the world’s people. The Middle East and energy security will also be discussed, officials say.
Brazilian trade minister Fernando Pimentel (L-R), Russia’s economic development minister Elvira Nabiullina, India’s trade minister Anand Sharma, China’s minister of commerce Chen Deming and South African minister of trade and Industry Rob Davies, shake hands during a group photograph in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo / Reuters
The Bric acronym was coined in 2001 by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill, who was searching for a catchy way to encapsulate the broader shift in global economic growth towards emerging markets. South Africa joined the grouping in 2010 so that it became Brics.
The countries held their first summit in 2009 and have been criticised since as nothing more than an empty acronym as they struggle to find common cause from four different continents with radically different economies, systems of government and competing priorities.
The most relevant announcement from this week’s meeting in India of the countries’ leaders is likely to be plans for a joint development bank in the mold of the World Bank.
The initiative would allow the countries to pool resources for infrastructure improvements, and could also be used in the longer term as a vehicle for lending during global financial crises such as the one in Europe, officials say.
Brazilian trade minister Fernando Pimentel told reporters in Brasilia last week that the countries would sign a deal at the summit to study the creation of the bank.
Sudhir Vyas, a senior Indian foreign ministry official, told reporters on Monday that the Brics would have to determine how the bank would be structured and capitalised. Such an ambitious project would take time, he said.
“We don’t set up a bank every ordinary day,” he said.
Five nation stock index
A benchmark equity index derivative shared by the stock exchanges of the five Brics nations will be launched on Friday, the exchanges involved said earlier this month. They would be cross-listed, so can be bought in local currencies.
The leaders are also expected to sign agreements allowing their individual development banks to extend credit to other members in local currency, a step towards replacing the dollar as the main unit of trade between them.
A senior Indian government source said the Middle East and energy security will be high on the agenda, including Iran. The Russian ambassador in New Delhi said this week that a discussion on Syria would be among his country’s top priorities.
While the plenary session on Thursday is likely to focus on common ground, bilateral meetings could touch on more sensitive issues.
The exchange rate of China’s currency has sparked protests from countries, including Brazilian manufacturers, for being undervalued. Most member countries also face a slowdown in their economies.
“For different reasons, each of the (countries) has got some serious policy issues to deal with here that will determine whether they continue down the path we got everybody so excited about,” O’Neill said.
Despite the problems, the growth outlook is still better than in most of the developed world, meaning the Brics’ clout will likely keep growing. O’Neill predicts the bloc’s total GDP will be larger than the United States within three years and China’s economy alone will overtake the United States by 2027.
BY VOLUBRJOTR~still trying to be extra careful in validating this,nut I think it’s correct~jude
Keep in mind Vladimir Putin just paid off Rothschild debt.
Vladimir Putin, now in full control of Russia as Prime Minister, wishes to build a strong Christian nation. In a televised Christmas message on January 7 2008 Putin said:
— “The Russian Orthodox Church contributes to the promotion of moral values in society. One should not completely draw a line between the culture and the church. Of course by law in our country the church is separate from the state. But in the soul and the history of our people it’s all together. It always has been and always will be.”
Russia will make The United States reflect upon what they allowed Rothschild to do to their own country. So when you see protests against Vladimir now, keep in mind it is probably staged by The Rothschild’s trying to control Russia once again.
Document by intelligence company suggests Israel, Russia contracted deal several years ago under which Israel provided Russia with codes for UAVs it sold to Georgia in exchange for Iranian aerial defense system codes…
WikiLeaks has released an email exchange between employees of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence company, which reveals Israel and Russia made a deal to swap access codes for defense and surveillance equipment.
According to the leaked document, Israel gave Russia the “data link codes” for unmanned aerial vehicles that the Jewish state sold to Georgia, and in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Tor-M1 missile defense systems that Russia sold Iran.
In a document by a Stratfor employee dated February 2009 she says that she had met with a “Mexican source/friend” who told her that Israel and Russia had contracted a deal several years ago as part of which Israel provided Russia with codes of UAVs it had sold to Georgia. In exchange Moscow provided the Israelis with the codes for Iran’s Tor-M1 aerial defense systems.
The document suggests that the deal was signed before the Russia-Georgia war of August 2008 during which Russian forces invaded Georgia. At the time it was reported that Georgia was using Israel-made weapons.
It can also be understood from the document that the Georgians had at one point realized that their UAVs were compromised and were looking for a replacement for the Israeli made drones.
The Mexican source also addressed the S-300 aerial defense systems which Israel and the West have spent years trying to dissuade Russia from handing over to Tehran. The source said that Israel and Turkey were collaborating very closely in regards to the system and that since Russia sold them to Greece – Turkey’s longtime rival – Ankara has been busy tryinh to crack their codes.
He added that Ankara shared intelligence with Israel to make sure it has an edge over Iran should it get the systems from Russia.
[Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Moscow on Dec. 13, 2011]
The political clan system that Russian leader Vladimir Putin spent a decade building has fallen apart. Amid the disarray, Chechnya has been left without a manager in the Kremlin. Vladislav Surkov — himself half-Chechen — had served as Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s handler, but Surkov has been demoted and Kadyrov has indicated that he could step down as president. This jeopardizes Chechnya’s stability at an inconvenient time for Putin, who will have to work with numerous political players to maintain calm in the historically restive region.
With the Kremlin’s internal political system in disarray, many important Russian projects are being reassessed. No strong Kremlin figure, however, has been placed in charge of handling the volatile region of Chechnya. This puts pressure on the political and social stability of a previously war-torn region — and places its security situation in doubt — at a time when the Kremlin has other problems to address.
February 22, 2012
China has denied details from a South Korean media report over development projects in North Korea’s Rajin-Sonbong Special Economic Zone, also known as the Rason Special Economic Zone. Beijing has long been involved in the region and has admitted that it is co-developing Rason with Pyongyang. While the details are unclear, China has reason to invest in Rason — the port could help alleviate some of China’s logistical problems. North Korea is eager to accept the investment because economic uncertainty during a time of transition could be catastrophic for the new regime.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry denied allegations made in a Feb. 16 South Korean media report regarding its agreement with North Korea to jointly develop the Rajin-Sonbong Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a port area in northeast North Korea commonly referred to as the Rason Special Economic Zone.
According to the Yonhap news agency, Beijing agreed in late 2011 to invest about 19 billion yuan ($3 billion) into Rason, for which it would receive the lease of three piers for 50 years. Under the agreement, Beijing would also build an airfield, a thermal power plant and a 55-kilometer (34-mile) railway track connecting Rason to Tumen, China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed that the specific details of the report are untrue and that China and North Korea had agreed only in principle to develop the zone.
China has long exerted its economic influence in North Korea and has an interest in the strategically important Rason Special Economic Zone. Chinese involvement in Rason dates back to the 1990s, though Beijing increased its involvement considerably in 2005 when it secured the rights to one of the port’s piers. Beijing has been particularly involved over the past few years. While the details of the deal remain unknown, it is clear that Beijing has arranged to help Pyongyang develop Rason, possibly by connecting the remote port to northwest China. Such a development would revitalize the zone — to the benefit of both countries.
Importance of Rason
Rason’s importance to China cannot be understated. An ice-free port located 500 nautical miles (approximately 925 kilometers) from Japan’s Niigata port, Rason provides China’s northeastern provinces access to the Sea of Japan, from which goods can be moved more effectively into and out of northern China than from ports farther south on China’s east coast. In 2011, China moved 80,000 metric tons of coal through the facility in five shipments from January to September.
~the Russians are wise!!!…cars/trucks make for a better shield than human bodies loll~jude
MOSCOW | Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:32pm EST
(Reuters) – Critics of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin drove in their hundreds around central Moscow on Sunday in cars trailing white ribbons, a symbol of Russia’s protest movement, staging a mobile demonstration to demand fair elections.
Opposition leaders are trying to maintain momentum after tens of thousands of people angry over alleged election fraud and Putin’s plan to return to the Kremlin in a March vote turned out last month for the biggest protests of his 12-year rule.
“This has an important symbolic meaning. We have arrived at the stage when we don’t want to be vassals any more,” said opposition activist Ilya Ponomaryov, who picked up hitchhikers with white ribbons in his purple sedan.
Organizers said the demonstration also aimed to advertise protest marches planned for next Saturday, exactly one month before the March 4 presidential election.
“We want to show our unity. This is very visible. This is preparatory work for February 4, when there will be even more people than on Sakharov Avenue,” Ponomaryov said, referring to the site of a December 24 rally that drew tens of thousands.
Polls indicated Putin will regain the presidency, extending his rule for at least six more years. He was president from 2000-2008 and is widely believed to have been holding Russia’s reins for his protégé, President Dmitry Medvedev.
Some drivers resorted to white construction tape, printer paper, grocery bags and even white lace as they cruised around Moscow’s Garden Ring road. Organizers said more than 3,000 motorists took part, while police put the number at about 300.
In the minus 15 C (5 F) chill, many pedestrians applauded or waved white handkerchiefs from the sidewalks in solidarity. One vehicle had a life-sized straw figure with a picture of Putin’s face strapped to its hood.
Cars are a strong symbol not only of status but of personal freedom in Russia and the right to choice in a country where even ownership of a tiny Soviet-made Lada was a luxury in the communist era and foreign cars were virtually non-existent.
The protests, provoked by widespread suspicions of fraud favouring Putin’s ruling party in a December 4 parliamentary election, have revealed dismay among Russians.
Middle-class city dwellers in particular feel they have no say in politics and that Putin’s decision to return to the Kremlin was thrust upon them.
“We have to fight for our rights… We have to show our strength so that maybe people will see us and come to the February 4th protest,” said Nadezhda, 26, who works for a state TV station. Nadezhda, who declined to give her last name, said her station had told employees not to take part in Sunday’s protest.
“I feel cheated by the vote,” Yevgeny Starshov, 23, a student at a state school of public administration, said of the parliamentary election.
“We have to do something to change the country for the better, not through riots or some kind of revolution but through such peaceful demonstrations to fight for more fair elections.”
Thousands of Putin’s supporters rallied on Saturday in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, to back his election bid.
(Writing by Steve Gutterman; editing by David Stamp)
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Vladivostok takes part in a rally Saturday to protest what demonstrators say are violations in the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections. [An opposition activist]
MOSCOW—Tens of thousands took to the streets in cities across Russia on Saturday to protest alleged vote-rigging in what observers said were the largest antigovernment demonstrations in at least a decade.
The huge display of popular anger raised the pressure on the Kremlin, which has so far dismissed the postelection discontent as instigated by the U.S. to undermine the Kremlin.?? But there was no sign that the authorities were willing to even consider opponents’ demands for new elections or a full recount of the disputed Dec. 4 parliamentary vote.
Opposition leaders vowed to keep up the pressure with more demonstrations in a bid to disrupt Mr. Putin’s chances in March presidential elections, when he was planning to secure a six-year term in office.
One opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov wrote in Twitter late Saturday that “We will gather millions” at demonstrations planned for Dec. 17, 18 and 24. “Putin has no choice—in March everyone will see that the king has no clothes.”
The authorities did soften their approach to the protesters somewhat Saturday by giving permits for many of the demonstrations. In Moscow, tens of thousands gathered on Bolotnaya Square across the river from the Kremlin. With 17,000 police standing guard, the three-hour event went off peacefully, in contrast to protests earlier in the week that had ended in hundreds of detentions by police.
“We are here today because we are sick of lies,” said Konstantin Pekhotin, a 20-year-old student. “Yes, consider us gathering here a signal to the authorities,” his friend Andrei Ryabtsev, studying to be a customs officer, chimed in.