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Russian Presidential candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky releases election platform

Zhirinovsky is the only individual with uncontested access to the election to declare his candidacy and announce his platform

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Thus far, the only candidate with uncontested access to the 2018 Russian Presidential election to declare his candidacy is LDPR founder/leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Today, he released his policy platform on which he will contest the forthcoming election in March of next year.

Here is the statement from the LDPR in full:

Today, not everyone in Russia is satisfied with their lives. Low wages and unemployment, housing problems, a lack of social security, corrupt officials, impunity for criminals and a sense of historical injustice has had negative effects. Our citizens want a better deal for themselves, and it’s time to change a many things.

Better living:

–It is necessary to help those who are weaker. First of all, increase the allowance (benefits) to single mothers.

–All citizens of Russia should be connected to gas and only after this is done should Russia sell gas to foreign states.

–Oblige banks control the money of shareholders in housing, to pay the developer only work performed rather than on speculation

–Prohibit marriages of convenience. Children should only be born with the free will of both parents.

–Remove all restrictions on travel abroad due to any debts (currently some Russians are restricted from travelling if they have even small private debts)

Safe life:

–To eliminate crime, establish military courts in the whole country, as Peter Stolypin did in his time.

–Prohibit collection activities. Debt should be exacted by the Bailiffs Service not by privately instructed individuals.

–Protect the lodgings of single individuals without family support,

–Send youths who use cars in acts of hooliganism out of their cities

–Many diseases, for example, obesity, are associated with poor-quality products. It’s time to ban the import of GMOs

–Instantly prosecute those who import dangerous and harmful goods into Russia

Cultural life:

–The first law to be adopted is the protection of the Russian language. Remove all signs in foreign languages. Anyone who delays – immediately close the premises. Enact a penalty for each foreign word used in the mass media.

–It is time to radically change the information policy of the media. Negative information should not be more than 10% of over all media coverage. Family scandals, the division of children and property, the search of skeletons in the closet – all this has only negative consequences for society.

–Return all the historical names: Volgograd rename Stalingrad, because it is under this name that the city went down in history, Ulyanovsk – in Simbirsk, Kirov – in Vyatka, Noginsk – in Bogorodsk.

–Remove from the Kremlin all state (regional) institutions, leave the Kremlin as a historical and cultural asset of Russia.

Effective State:

–Enlarge the regions of Russia, connecting the neighbouring. For example, to unite the Moscow region and Moscow, Leningrad region and St. Petersburg, calling the region Petrograd region headed by Petrograd. As a result, there should remain 40 provinces, divided exclusively by geographical principle. No national regions (there the LDPR argues for an internal map of Russia based more on the pre-1917 guberniya than the Soviet and similar contemporary model)

–Abolish the Federation Council (upper house of Russian parliament). Only have a unicameral parliament.

–Reduce the number of State Duma deputies to 200 people, as well as the number of parliamentarians in all regional and local councils. This is all the bureaucracy that is necessary.

–Nationalise all major trading networks (business chains). Today’s prices are inflated between 2 and 3 times the market value.

–Block all fraudulent schemes in the trade.

–Conduct a denomination of the ruble. Remove two zeros, and the dollar will cost 60 kopecks(cents). We keep a quarter of our international reserves in the United States.

–Carry out a general amnesty, humanise the Criminal Code. In prisons, only murderers, robbers, drug dealers, big scammers and thieves should remain.

In the West, political power does not give officials material advantages, on the contrary – people outside of politics are  often richer. In Russia, power gives many privileges: apartments, cottages, cars, study in prestigious universities, access to elite medicine. It’s time to remove this vicious system.

–Citizens want to abolish the moratorium on the death penalty. We must meet them halfway on this issue.

Ideology:

–Our ideology and our main goal is the well-being of Russia and its citizens.

–Publish all secret archives.

–Return to the borders of the USSR: peacefully, through referendums. Most citizens in all the former union republics will happily return to the common state, because they used to live better.

–To abolish the political article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (anti-Russian article) and the 212th article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of the procedure for organizing rallies). We are for a free society.

–Bury the body of Lenin.

–Bring the organizers of “perestroika” to responsibility( those responsible for the gradual collapse Soviet Union)

–Return the imperial state symbols: the black and yellow-white flag, the hymn “God Save the Tsar!”, Set the eagles instead of the stars on the Kremlin towers, paint the Kremlin white and celebrate Russia Day on September 21 – the day of the reunification of the Russian princes in 862.

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Splendid and appropriate photo for this article.
The poster says “LDPR or endure further”, under a sign for Toilet ->

Adam, are you signalling that you have finally woken up to what a clown and deceiver Zhirinovsky is?

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Haha yes i noticed the photo too. Adam do have a sense of humour. Thefft & CIA should rally behind Zhirinovsky instead, that would be fun…

Mr. Costelol
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Don’t give them ideas, they’re desperate with the clowns they already possess.

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Quite the perpetual provocateur. Something smart, followed by something stupid. At least he’s balanced. 😉

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Many sensible and reasonable suggestions – although we cannot know whether they would be implemented or not. And some suggestions that fly in the face of reason. Perhaps the most obvious is the banning of foreign words! Would that extend to all the French and other Western words that had been incorporated into Russian before 1900? I remember how surprised I was to learn that the Russian word for “pencil” was “karandash” – I even dug into a drawer and pulled out my Swiss Caran d’Ache pen to make sure it was the same name. Of course, no patriotic Russian… Read more »

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Cultural life: –The first law to be adopted is the protection of the Russian language. Remove all signs in foreign languages. Anyone who delays – immediately close the premises. Enact a penalty for each foreign word used in the mass media. All Russian businesses use Business English even with their burgeoning trade with the Chinese. And then there’s the little matter of the World Cup as well as efforts to open up Russia to more tourists. Russian’s are very proud of their foreign language abilities and rightly so. What a burke, fortunately he will get nowhere near the presidency. Toilet… Read more »

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Some one needs to tell him he’s not presidential material in the slightest.

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zirinovski total alkoholic mosad ?

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Rod Rosenstein resigns from his post before President Trump can fire him

Rosenstein’s comments about secretly recording the President backfire, and resignation may throw the Mueller Russiagate probe into question.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The Washington Times broke the story that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resigned from his post. He submitted his resignation to Chief of Staff John Kelly.  At present the breaking story says the following:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is out at the Department of Justice.

Axios reported that Mr. Rosenstein verbally resigned to White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly, but CNN said that he is expecting to be fired.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Department of Justice spokeswoman, declined to comment on the reports.

Mr. Rosenstein’s departure immediately throws Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion probe into chaos.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation, leaving Mr. Rosenstein in charge.

President Trump mulled firing the No. 2 at the Department of Justice over the weekend.

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This report came after Fox News reported that the Deputy AG was summoned to the White House. Fox reported a little more detail:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is heading to the White House expecting to be fired, sources tell Fox News, in the wake of a report that he suggested wearing a wire against President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year.

This is a developing story, however one major factor that comes under consideration is the fate of Robert Mueller and his Russiagate investigation, which was authorized by Rosenstein. CNBC had this to say in their piece:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is resigning Monday, according to Axios, which cited a source familiar with the matter.

NBC News’ Pete Williams, however, reported that Rosenstein would not resign of his own accord, and that he will only depart if the White House fired him. He will refuse to resign if asked to do so, Williams added.

Rosenstein was at the White House when Williams reported this on the air. However, President Donald Trump is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Bloomberg later reported that the White House accepted Rosenstein’s resignation, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Rosenstein’s expected resignation will immediately raise questions about the fate of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

Rosenstein’s job security was called into question after The New York Times reported last week that the No. 2 DOJ official had discussed invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump, and had also talked about surreptitiously recording the president.

Rosenstein oversees the special counsel investigation, and has appointed Mueller to run the Russia probe last year, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the case.

The special counsel’s office declined to comment on the report.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Axios’ report. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry.

Trump has repeatedly blasted Mueller’s inquiry, which also is focused on possible collusion with Russia by members of the Trump campaign.

He has called the investigation a “witch hunt,” and has repeatedly vented frustration about Sessions’ recusal, which directly led to Mueller’s appointment by Rosenstein.

Rosenstein’s expected departure comes on the heels of a guilty plea by Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to conspiracy charges related to his consulting work in Ukraine, which predates his role on the campaign.

As part of the investigation, Mueller’s team has been locked in an ongoing back-and-forth with Trump’s legal team over an in-person interview with the president.

Trump’s lawyers, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have signaled that Trump is unwilling to sit for an interview, calling it a “perjury trap” and setting up a potential challenge for Mueller to subpoena the president.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

 

 

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European Council crushes Theresa May’s soft Brexit dream (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 116.

Alex Christoforou

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May hoped that the European Council was ready to see things her way, in terms of proceeding with a soft Brexit, which was essentially no Brexit at all…at least not the hard Brexit that was voted on in a democratic referendum approximately two years ago.

Much to May’s surprise, European Council President Donald Tusk delivered a death blow verdict for May’s Brexit, noting that EU leaders are in full agreement that Chequers plan for Brexit “will not work” because “it risks undermining the single market.”

Without a miracle compromise springing up come during the October summit, the UK will drift into the March 29, 2019 deadline without a deal and out of the European Union…which was initially what was voted for way back in 2016, leaving everyone asking, what the hell was May doing wasting Britain’s time and resources for two years, so as to return back to the hard Brexit terms she was charged with carrying forward after the 2016 referendum?

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss what was a disastrous EU summit in Salzburg for UK PM Theresa May, in what looks to be the final nail in May’s tenure as UK Prime Minister, as a hard Brexit now seems all but certain.

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Tusk was speaking at the end of an EU summit in Salzburg, where the leaders of the 27 remaining states in the bloc were discussing Brexit. He said that while there were “positive elements” in May’s Chequers plan, a deal that puts the single market at risk cannot be accepted.

“Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market,” Tusk said. He also said that he could not “exclude” the possibility that the UK could exit the EU in March with no deal.

May has been urging her European counterparts to accept her controversial Chequers plan which has split both the Conservative party and the broader UK population after it was thrashed out back in July. However, despite the painfully-slow negotiation process, which appears to have made little headway with just a few months left, the UK is set to leave the EU on March 29 2019 – with or without an exit deal.

The main sticking point that has emerged, and left May and the EU at loggerheads, has been how to avoid new checks on the Irish border. May has claimed that her proposals were the “only serious, credible” way to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland. She said during a press conference after the Salzburg meeting that she would not accept the EU’s “backstop” plan to avoid a Northern Ireland hard border. She said the UK would shortly be bringing forward its own proposals.

May also said that there was “a lot of hard work to be done,” adding that the UK was also preparing for the eventuality of having to leave the EU without a deal. Tusk, meanwhile, said that the upcoming October summit would be the “moment of truth” for reaching a deal, and that “if the conditions are there” another summit would be held in November to “formalize” it.

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Russia makes HUGE strides in drone technology

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The US and Israel are universally recognized leaders in the development and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Thousands of American and Israeli UAVs are operating across the world daily.

The US military has recently successfully tested an air-to-air missile to turn its MQ-9 Reaper drone into an effective long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance unmanned spy aircraft capable of air-to-surface as well as air-to-air missions. This is a major breakthrough. It’s not a secret that Russia has been lagging behind in UAV development. Now its seems to be going to change with tangible progress made to narrow the gap.

Very few nations boast drones capable of high-altitude long endurance (HALE) missions. Russia is to enter the club of the chosen. In late 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry awarded a HALE UAV contract to the Kazan-based Simonov design bureau.

This month, Russian Zvezda military news TV channel showed a video (below) of Altair (Altius) heavy drone prototype aircraft number “03”, going through its first flight test.

Propelled by two RED A03/V12 500hp high fuel efficiency diesel engines, each producing a capacity of 500 hp on takeoff, the 5-ton heavy vehicle with a wingspan of 28.5 meters boasts a maximum altitude of 12km and a range of 10,000km at a cruising speed of 150-250km/h.

Wingspan: about 30 meters. Maximum speed: up to 950 km/h. Flight endurance: 48 hours. Payload: two tons, which allows the creation of a strike version. The vehicle is able to autonomously take off and land or be guided by an operator from the ground.

The UAV can carry the usual range of optical and thermal sensors as well as synthetic-aperture ground-surveillance radar with the resolution of .1 meter at the range of 35km and 1 meter at the range of 125km. The communications equipment allows real-time data exchange.

Russia’s UAV program currently underway includes the development of a range of large, small, and mid-sized drones. The Orion-E medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV was unveiled at the MAKS 2017 air show. Its developer, Kronstadt Technologies, claims it could be modified for strike missions. The one-ton drone is going through testing now. The Orion-E is capable of automatic takeoff and landing.

It can fly continuously for 24 hours, carrying a surveillance payload of up to 200 kg to include a forward looking infra-red (FLIR) turret, synthetic aperture radar and high resolution cameras. The drone can reach a maximum altitude of 7,500 m. Its range is 250 km.

The Sukhoi design bureau is currently developing the Okhotnik (Hunter) strike drone with a range of about 3,500km. The drone made its maiden flight this year. In its current capacity, it has an anti-radar coating, and will store missiles and precision-guided bombs internally to avoid radar detection.

The Kazan-based Eniks Design Bureau is working on the small T-16 weaponized aerial vehicle able to carry 6 kg of payload.

The new Russian Korsar (Corsair) tactical surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be upgraded to receive an electronic warfare system. Its operational range will be increased from 150km to 250km. The drone was revealed at Victory Day military parade along with the Korsar unmanned combat helicopter version.

The rotary wing drone lacks the speed and altitude of the fixed wing variant, but has a great advantage of being able to operate without landing strips and can be sea-based. Both drones can carry guided and unguided munitions. The fixed-wing version can be armed with Ataka 9M120 missiles.

The first Russian helicopter-type unmanned aerial vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells was presented at the Army-2018 international forum. With the horizontal cruising speed of the drone up to 60 kph, the unmanned chopper can stay in the air at least 2.5 hours to conduct reconnaissance operations. Its payload is up to 5 kg.

Last November, the Kalashnikov Concern reported that it would start production of heavy unmanned aerial vehicles capable of carrying up to several tons of cargo and operating for several days at a time without needing to recharge.

All in all, the Russian military operate 1,900 drones on a daily basis. The multi-purpose Orlan-10 with a range of 600km has become a working horse that no military operation, including combat actions in Syria, can be conducted without. Maj. Gen. Alexander Novikov,
the head of the Russian General Staff’s Office for UAV Development, Russian drones performed over 23,000 flights, lasting 140,000 hours in total.

Russia’s State Armament Program for 2018-2027 puts the creation of armed UAVs at the top of priorities’ list. Looks like the effort begins to pay off. Russia is well on the way to become second to none in UAV capability.

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