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    Putin Delves Back Into American Culture Warring

    In a speech to Russia's federal assembly, Putin tried to get the attention of right-wingers in countries allied with Ukraine.

    Feb. 21, by Josh Kovensky (Kovensky is based in New York. He previously worked for the Kyiv Post in Ukraine, covering politics, business, and corruption there)


    Compare Biden's Warsaw speech:

    Full video thread on Biden's historic speech in Warsaw, Poland

    — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 21, 2023



    A dangerous escalation you may say. But President Biden delivered a stack warning to Russia…

    “Let there be no doubt the United States commitment to Article 5 is Rock Solid”. The choice between chaos and stability, between building and destroying, and the brutal handling of the…

    — What About U ? (@petershoneye) February 21, 2023

    and a reminder

    DJT didn't understand how NATO works and Not only did Trump repeatedly undermine the alliance, but he also admitted he was ready to ignore Article 5 of the NATO treaty altogether.
    Trust in the US as an ally going down the drain wit DJT at the helm...

    — Lover of Nature (@grnbrggrn) February 20, 2023

    Zelensky's tweeted reaction to Biden's speech

    Also by Kovensky:

    Senator Jon Testor a week ago:

    Though I don't think WWIII is about to start, this chart is helpful as to the current situation:

    Italian newspaper Libero has created a nice wee graphic to give perspective of how the play board will look when WWIII inevitably starts.

    — The Real Joker (@EvilArthurFleck) February 6, 2023

    Edit to add: crosslinks to

    Lula Can't Tell Vladimir from Volodymyr


    ANC has lots of Russia sympathizers in its ranks

    oh my, what a surprise, NOT!

    has me thinking back to Bush-era blogosphere days, when Tankies (who weren't known by that name then) would use the word hegemon every other sentence, blissfully unaware how they had been heavily parodied already in art like Paddy Chayefsky's movie Network. Back then they didn't get that lingo from foreign-infiltrated social media, must have come from like Chomsky or Mao's Little Red Book....

    Rebecca Solnit's thoughts:

    see whole thread starting here


    DOH! (Ashamed to admit I didn't connect the two)

    They certainly would make up part of this 28%

    It's not just an American culture war, tho:

    Dresden was Pootie's old stomping ground.

    RU as China resource colony
    Vlad's led them to such great heights.


    Video from the scene of St Petersburg explosion. It took place during an event featuring pro-Russian military blogger from Donbas Maksim Fomin (Vladlen Tatarsky). He is dead, according to Dva Mayora TG channel. Over a dozen people injured.

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Moment of explosion

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Russian state broadcaster Vesti says the bomb was planted in a statuette which a young woman presented to Fomin (Tatarsky) during the event held at a cafe.

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Scenes inside the cafe destroyed by the blast

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Maksim Fomin served sentence for armed robbery at a Ukrainian prison in Donbas but the war that began in 2014 set him free. He reinvented himself as one of the most popular pro-Russian military bloggers. Pioneered the genre really. Very prolific - in writing and on video.

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Russian TG channels are now posting the photo of a woman who is alleged to have undertaken the bombing attack. With all the CCTV and face recognition equipment in big Russian cities, she stands few chances.

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Fomin was an off-putting character, but celebrating acts of terrorism and other violent events is against Twitter rules as well as laws in various countries. People/bots who are doing that in this thread should be reported.

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Fomin will be remembered by this remark at a Kremlin event: “We will kill and rob everyone we need to. Everything’s gonna be all right”.

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Video of Fomin seconds after receiving the statuette, in which the bomb was planted. It sounds like it was a gilded depiction of himself. “What a beautiful guy! A miner with a helmet”, he exclaims.

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Reaction from fellow Russian military blogger German Kulikovsky (Older than Edda): “Let the priests and monks pray for warrior Maksim… But we will be killing them day and night, months or - if necessary - years on end until victory”.

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Reaction from Ukrainian military blogger Yury Butusov: “Vladlen Tatarsky demonstrated that he hated Ukrainians more than any Russian. It is this hatred that tore him apart”.

    Fomin (Tatarsky) was Ukrainian citizen before the war.

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Official Ukrainian reaction - store under “it’s Russians who are pounding Donetsk”

    — Leonid ХВ Ragozin (@leonidragozin) April 2, 2023

    Bill Clinton clip on Russia and Ukraine:

    Earlier today an apparent AI-generated photo showed a fake explosion near the US Pentagon. The news was shared by Russian state-media RT on Twitter, which helped it go viral.

    It was also tweeted by a verified Twitter account called “BloombegFeed” which has now been suspended.…

    — Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) May 22, 2023

    FWIW, #RussiaIsCollapsing is trending on Twitter; you can go to the link to try to figure out why

    p.s. here's a good hint (not saying it's true, mind you)

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner paramilitary group, entered the courtyard of Russia’s southern military headquarters in Rostov-on-Don, seen in video verified by The Times

    from NYTimes Live on topic




    Kamil Galeev thread starts here

    What is happening in Russia?

    The mutiny is real. It is also unlikely to succeed. Most probable outcome is:

    1. The mutiny fails
    2. The regime stands (for a few months)
    3. Upon its suppression, regime becomes increasingly dysfunctional -> falls

    In other words, Kornilov putsch

    — Kamil Galeev (@kamilkazani) June 24, 2023


    Wagner Group families were threatened?

    Also, cholera outbreak?

    Other theories may have more viability

    Prigozhin sparks money xfer ;-)

    Ex-Ssoviet culture warring heats up

    Where's Pootie? 

    Huh, even Don Jr.!

    Putin playing with fire


    Russian voting hacks forgotten


    It's all a game, like Yugoslavia west vs east times.

    Putin joined the KGB in 1975, and in late 1984 was sent for special Moscow training. From 1985 to 1990 he then served in Dresden, East Germany as a liason to the Stasi, before resigning. Now watch this 1984 video clip (suggestion to ignore the actual tweeter of it)

    Dear Gen Z,

    Yuri #Bezmenov The Four Stages of #Communist #Ideological #Subversion (1984)#Leftists have fallen for this...and they don't even realize it!#Democrats #Politics #Woke #Biden #WEF #GreatReset #Globalists

    —  (@durant_cd) November 6, 2023


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