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CIA Chief reveals shocking news: Vladimir Putin is trying to make Russia great again

CIA Chief Mike Pompeo trotted out an old misquote about the Russian leader’s supposed intent to restore the USSR – but what did Putin really say?

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Who would have thought the Russian President would try and restore the glory and greatness of Russia!

CIA Chief Mike Pompeo just blew our minds with that revelation, proving to us that Vladimir Putin has been working for the Russians all along! That kind of deep analysis…that level of deductive reasoning…the grasp of common sense…it astonishes us all. I suppose that’s why they’re called the Central Intelligence Agency, it takes the most intelligent among us to discern that the Russian president could be up to something so surprising like restoring the glory of Russia.

“Our assessment of Vladimir Putin’s intentions has not changed. He continues to believe that the greatest misfortune of the 20th century was the fall of the Soviet Union. He intends to return the former USSR to greatness and glory. This is what he thinks about every day, that his re-election.”

The CIA directors magnum opus of intelligence analysis above appeared throughout the Russian media.

And here we thought Putin was trying to help make America great again. Well…I suppose the CIA just foiled the propaganda charade – now the whole world will know the Russian President is working for Russia. Who could have predicted that Putin would not only be colluding with Russia, but that he would even think about restoring her greatness and…*gasp*…her glory!

Ok, in all seriousness, Putin has indeed said the collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 21st century – and there is nothing wrong with that. He clarifies what he truly meant by that in this video:

There explains brilliantly in his own words what he truly meant, and his answer may surprise you. Before you criticize him for that, if you would even do that, you should hear him speak. It has nothing to do with Soviet-Communist nostalgia and everything to do with a humanitarian disaster which is still felt in our times, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Ukrainian-Russians in Donbass.

Not only did the collapse of the Soviet Union displace millions of people; overnight a multitude of people more than the population of some nations awoke to find themselves in a foreign country. Long before the Soviet Union existed, the Russian Empire ruled a vast territory from Finland to as far as the Afgan border. This land was hard bought with Russian blood, it has nothing to do with communism. In 19th century Uzbekistan for example, at the siege of Tashkent, it was a Russian Priest who was the first to vault the walls of the fortress, cross in hand, leading Russian troops to capture the Muslim citadel.

According to the Primary Chronicle of Saint Nestor, Russia began as a state called Rus’ whose first princes ruled from the city of Kiev, the modern capital of Ukraine. Kievan Rus’ existed on a common territory between Modern Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, and excluded lands which they now rule today. In the words of a Ukrainian Saint Lawrence of Chernigov (1950+), believed to be prophetic by Russian Orthodox Christians, the conflict in Ukraine, and the name itself was created by foreign powers in order to weaken the Russian peoples, and make them forget they are Russian.

Much of what Saint Lawrence prophecied has happened today, in the tragedies and ruins after the fall of the Soviet Union. Specifically, he said regarding the fall of the Soviet Union:

“When a little freedom appears, when the churches and monasteries are being opened and restored, then all false teaching will come out, and the demons … will fiercely take up arms against the Orthodox Russian Church. A godless authority will support these heretics, and therefore they will take churches away from the Orthodox and slaughter the faithful. The whole world will be amazed at his lawlessness and will be frightened. But all these slanders of the evil one and false teachings will disappear in Russia [Ukraine], and there will be One Orthodox Russian Church.”

His words perfectly describe the situation in Ukraine today even as he spoke them in the last century long before anyone pictured the Soviet Union falling anytime soon.

It is tragedies like the one in Ukraine, a result of the Soviet Union’s collapse, that created ruinous events for Christians as well as Communists. It divided the lands of Holy Rus’ as much as it ended the Soviet Empire, mostly because the Soviet Union was simply built atop the ancient Russian Empire.

Make no mistake, the Bolsheviks brutally persecuted the Church, but ideally, the violent atheism could have been internally removed by the Russian people, without the state itself collapsing, and with it causing millions of people to live destitute and broken. If only the Soviet people themselves made the reforms away from Godlessness, but stayed united, just as they were long before communism in the Russian Empire.

It could have saved all of Russia and the near abroad from becoming victim to the brutal capitalist Neo-Liberal raping and vandalism that occurred in the 1990’s, that was just as unscrupulous, Godless, and Russophobic as the Bolshevik terror prior.

It is this catastrophe, this prostitution to the west of the Russian nation which Putin laments, not communism. That period of Russian history was perhaps among the worst, together with the Tatar Yoke, the Time of Troubles, and the Bolshevik Revolution. That era is perfectly described by the painting of Glazunov: The Marketplace of Our Democracy:

And yes, the Russian President wants to restore the greatness and glory of Russia along the way…is that really so bad, or moreover, so surprising? Just don’t imply he is trying to revive communism – he’s not. He is trying to restore something much more ancient – Eternal Russia.

Eternal Russia – Glazunov

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Photos of swastika on Ukrainian mall stairway creates a stir [Video]

Ukrainian nationalist press in damage-control mode to explain away the Nazi sign, but they forgot the name of the street the mall is on.

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One of the aspects of news about Ukraine that does not make it past the gatekeepers of the American and Western news media is how a significant contingent of Ukrainian nationalists have espoused a sense of reverence for Nazis. The idea that this could even happen anywhere in the world in an open manner makes the claim seem too absurd to be taken seriously. Gone are the days when the Nazi swastika adorned streets and buildings in Europe. Right?

Well, maybe, wrong.

This was seen in Kyiv’s Gorodok (or Horodok, if you insist) Gallery, a shopping center in that city, located on Bandera Avenue.

The pro-nationalist news service UNIAN wasted no time going to press with their explanation of this incident, which admittedly may be accurate:

Children and teenagers who participated in the All-Ukrainian break dance festival held in the Kyiv-based Gorodok Gallery shopping mall were shocked to see a swastika image projected onto an LED staircase.

The mall administration apologized to visitors, explaining saying that their computer system had apparently been hacked.

“The administration and staff have no relation to whatever was projected onto the LED-staircase, and in no way does it support such [an] act. Now we are actively searching for those involved in the attack,” it said in a statement.

According to Gorodok Gallery’s administrative office, it was not the first time a cyber breach took place.

As reported earlier, Ukraine is believed to be a testing ground for cyberattacks, many of which are launched from Russia. Hackers have earlier targeted critical energy infrastructure, state institutions, banks, and large businesses.

This time, it appears, hackers aimed to feed the Kremlin’s narrative of “Nazis in power in Ukraine” and create a relevant hype-driving viral story for Russian media to spread it worldwide.

The Gorodok Gallery also apologized on its Facebook page and said that this was a result of hacking.

But what about the street that the mall is on? From the self-same Facebook page, this is what we see:


To translate, for those who do not read Ukrainian or Russian, the address says the following:

23 Steven Bandera Prospekt, Kyiv, Ukraine 04073

This street was formerly called “Moscow Avenue.” Big change, as we shall see.

Steven Bandera got his birthday designated as a national holiday in Ukraine last December. He is known in Ukraine’s history for one thing. According to the Jerusalem Post:

The street where the shopping mall is located is named for Stepan Bandera, a Ukrainian nationalist who briefly collaborated with Nazi Germany in its fight against Russia.

His troops are believed to have killed thousands of Jews.

Several Israeli papers picked this bit of news up, and of course, the reasons are understandable. However, for the West, it appears possible that this news event will largely go unnoticed, even by that great nation that is often called “Israel’s proxy”, the United States.

This is probably because for certain people in the US, there is a sense of desperation to mask the nature of events that are happening in Ukraine.

The usual fare of mainstream news for the West probably consists of things like “Putin’s military seizes innocent Ukrainian sailors in Kerch incident” or, “Ukraine’s Orthodox Church declared fully independent by Patriarch of Constantinople” (not that too many Americans know what a Constantinople even is, anyway), but the overriding narrative for the American people about this country is “Ukraine are the good guys, and Russia are the bad guys,” and this will not be pushed aside, even to accommodate the logical grievance of Israel to this incident.

If this article gets to Western papers at all, it will be the UNIAN line they adhere to, that evil pro-Russia hackers caused this stairway to have a swastika to provoke the idea that Ukraine somehow supports Naziism.

But UNIAN neglected to mention that the street name was recently changed to Stephan Bandera (in 2016), and no one appears to have hacked this. Nor does UNIAN talk about the Azov fighters that openly espoused much of the Nazi ideology. For nationalist Ukrainians, this is all for the greater good of getting rid of all things Russia.

A further sad fact about this is the near impossibility of getting assuredly honest and neutral information about this and other similar happenings. Both Ukrainian nationalists and Russian media agencies have dogs in the race, so to speak. They are both personally connected to these events. However, the Russian media cannot be discounted here, because they do offer a witness and perspective, probably the closest to any objective look at what is going on in Ukraine. We include a video of a “torchlight march” that took place in 2017 that featured such hypernationalist activity, which is not reported in the West.

More such reports are available, but this one seemed the best one to summarize the character of what is going on in the country.

While we do not know the motive and identities of whoever programmed the swastika, it cannot really be stated that this was just a random publicity stunt in a country that has no relationship with Nazi veneration.

The street the mall is on bears witness to that.

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Putin: If mid-range missiles deployed in Europe, Russia will station arms to strike decision centers

Putin: If US deploys mid-range missiles in Europe, Russia will be forced to respond.

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If the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Moscow will respond by stationing weapons aimed not only against missiles themselves, but also at command and control centers, from which a launch order would come.

The warning came from President Vladimir Putin, who announced Russia’s planned actions after the US withdraws from the INF Treaty – a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow which banned both sides form having ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles and developing relevant technology.

The US is set to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty in six months, which opens the possibility of once again deploying these missiles in Europe. Russia would see that as a major threat and respond with its own deployments, Putin said.

Intermediate-range missiles were banned and removed from Europe because they would leave a very short window of opportunity for the other side to decide whether to fire in retaliation after detecting a launch – mere minutes. This poses the threat of an accidental nuclear exchange triggered by a false launch warning, with the officer in charge having no time to double check.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy weapon systems, which can be used not only against the territories from which this direct threat would be projected, but also against those territories where decision centers are located, from which an order to use those weapons against us may come.” The Russian president, who was delivering a keynote address to the Russian parliament on Wednesday, did not elaborate on whether any counter-deployment would only target US command-and-control sites in Europe or would also include targets on American soil.

He did say the Russian weapon system in terms of flight times and other specifications would “correspond” to those targeting Russia.

“We know how to do it and we will implement those plans without a delay once the relevant threats against us materialize,”he said.

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Russia’s Lukoil Halts Oil Swaps In Venezuela After U.S. Sanctions

Under the new wide-ranging U.S. sanctions, Venezuela will not be able to import U.S. naphtha which it has typically used to dilute its heavy crude grades.

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Litasco, the international trading arm of Russia’s second-biggest oil producer Lukoil, stopped its oil swaps deals with Venezuela immediately after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry and state oil firm PDVSA, Lukoil’s chief executive Vagit Alekperov said at an investment forum in Russia.

Russia, which stands by Nicolas Maduro in the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis, has vowed to defend its interests in Venezuela—including oil interests—within the international law using “all mechanisms available to us.”

Because of Moscow’s support for Maduro, the international community and market analysts are closely watching the relationship of Russian oil companies with Venezuela.

“Litasco does not work with Venezuela. Before the restrictions were imposed, Litasco had operations to deliver oil products and to sell oil. There were swap operations. Today there are none, since the sanctions were imposed,” Lukoil’s Alekperov said at the Russian Investment Forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Another Russian oil producer, Gazprom Neft, however, does not see major risks for its oil business in Venezuela, the company’s chief executive officer Alexander Dyukov said at the same event.

Gazprom Neft has not supplied and does not supply oil products to Venezuela needed to dilute the thick heavy Venezuelan oil, Dyukov said, noting that the Latin American country hadn’t approached Gazprom Neft for possible supply of oil products for diluents.

Under the new wide-ranging U.S. sanctions, Venezuela will not be able to import U.S. naphtha which it has typically used to dilute its heavy crude grades. Analysts expect that a shortage of diluents could accelerate beginning this month the already steadily declining Venezuelan oil production and exports.

Venezuela’s crude oil production plunged by another 59,000 bpd from December 2018 to stand at just 1.106 million bpd in January 2019, OPEC’s secondary sources figures showed in the cartel’s closely watched Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) this week.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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