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Every year, Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference where journalists from throughout the Russian Federation and the wider world gather to ask the Russian President questions on anything. Many of the questions are hostile, but Putin gives honest and often lengthy, detailed answers to each.

In 2014 for example, his press conference lasted nearly 4 hours in length.

But Putin  makes himself widely available to journalists from around the world the whole year round, not least at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Putin is generally one of most widely talkative major world leader when it comes to taking and answering questions from journalists.

At this year’s Economic Forum, Putin fronted a marathon 2 hour session that also featured his ally Prime Minister Modi of India, Moldovan President Igor Dodon, as well as Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern.

Hosting the lengthy Q and A was none other than professional Trump hater Megyn Kelly who has in the past expressed deeply hostile views towards Russia.

READ MORE: Vladimir Putin charms Megyn Kelly in St. Petersburg (Videos)

Her questions to Putin were often a reflection of the western mainstream media Russophobic narrative, yet Putin took it on in stride with his usual calm, collective confidence.

Throughout the duration of the Forum in Putin’s home town, the Russian President answered often difficult questions from journalists of all backgrounds and from all nations.

This may well be the crux of why western media figures and western leaders harbour such a disdain for Putin.

They dislike Putin not because he is bad but because he is so good. Putin is able to seamlessly shift from rattling off statistics about oil and gas production, to talking about regional issues in Russia, to the details of UN reports on the Middle East, to the economy of the EU, to the political situation in America, to China’s trade project One Belt–One Road, all without breaking a sweat.

What’s more is that he does it all without a script, teleprompter or any other ‘guidance’.

Many people in Europe lament that their countries are controlled by an un-elected Council of the European Union. Likewise, many are dismayed that America is now more controlled by the deep state than by elected officials, including the President.

In Russia this is not the case. Putin is in charge, he is democratically elected to be so and his command of Russian and global political issues is apparent. Even his adversaries can scarcely deny that Putin knows his stuff and is able to communicate it clearly and effectively.

Increasingly, western journalists and commentators are no longer able to utter an even semi-cohesive sentence without a script or weeks of preparation.

Putin does it as though it is easy.

Perhaps this is why Putin is hated by the west and loved by those who still are man enough to respect a real leader who can lead wisely and competently….all without a net.

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Isabella Jones

I agree – they hate him because he is good – very very good – at his job and that job has included kicking out the parasites who sought to turn Russia into their vassal in the 1990’s, it has included taking Russia from the edge of the drain to it’s present position on the world stage. But it’s more than that. They hate him because he is good, period. By which I mean a good man, a man of total integrity, high intelligence put to excellent use because guided by that integrity, and of enormous compassion, which means a… Read more »

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In this, of course, Putin reflects the nature of that greatest of all men, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who experienced exactly the same reaction from the jews, who were, are, and it seems always will be, liars, murderers, and thieves. My own belief is that Putin is hated by these people for precisely this reason; he has wrested control of his great nation from the jews, and has allowed Orthodox Christianity to once again fulfill its central place in the spiritual lives of the Russian people. http://russiafeed.com/putin-goes-to-church-after-meeting-macron/ And because of this, Russia is now the source… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Thank you for those links Tim. I’ll go look at them.

Dave K
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Dave K

Also, he is hated because he doesn’t kiss Zionist Jew ahss like most other western leaders. This is the main reason.

Antonakis Mamas Demetriou
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Antonakis Mamas Demetriou

Very nicely said Isabella you saved me the job of writing exactly the same
You certainly have an intelligent brain the western fake news can’t pull the wool over your eyes.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Thank you Antonakis, you’re very kind. I think all of us here are the same – we’re a group of “no wool pulled” people who come for mutual support and interest. Cheers.

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lickeyleaks

Putin is doing to the World what Nigel Farage did to Europe,exposing them for what they really are,CROOKS….

permopin
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permopin

Somehow, I find it hard to believe that western leaders hate Mr Putin. I would rather believe they are frustrated with their own failure to be just like Putin, unable to accept the reality that in the unlikely event they managed to come close, they could not live with being the second best.

Walter Dublanica
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It is simple ,you hate someone who outsmarts you as is the case of Putin outsmarting the western elite. Putin is on the side of PEACE and with that holds the best cards. Nobody ,even the western elites can seriously want war.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

This “hating” what the western leaders supposed to do is called: Western Values.

thnkfryrslf
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thnkfryrslf

I listened to Putin answer Megyn Kelly’s questions with great interest. Kelly’s questions were derived from the Wests MSM’s narrative and constant propaganda about Russia interfering with the US election, something Hillary is still stating. Putin with patience answered each ridiculous question and in so doing he explained what the real facts were and how and why the US needed to falsely demonize Russia. Now this is a man who has US-NATO military arms and troops throughout Eastern Europe, building up along the Russian border.All of this is being done alledgedly because the Baltic states, fear a Russian invasion.This is… Read more »

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I did notice that, despite her neoliberal indoctrination, Kelly was completely fascinated by Putin.
Given sufficient time, I suspect that she would learn to stand alongside the wonderful Zakharova, but sad to say, she has to return to that nest of thieves, murderers, and liars operating out of the so-called, but clearly no longer, United States.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Methinks, at that momen she saw and listened to a real leader of a great nation just answering her questions and leave her in her dignity as she was at that moment.
You could “feel” she was more and more coming in shock about the human being “Putin” in contrast to what the “homefront” is telling about this man, this great leader.
She will be in shock for a while and when she “wakes up”, might radically change her mind. IMO.

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my2Cents

Putin, solely by being himself, holds a mirror up to others and they see their reflection of incompetence or their corruption, and they don’t like it. When I first saw MK I wonder who in God’s name would have invited this former Fox nitwit to interview anyone (Putin) in St. Petersburg….Well in retrospect I believe Putin did it to make a point and to have MK ask the stupid questions as well as the silly accusations doing the rounds in Washington so he (Putin) could answer the West Loud and Clear once and for all.. It gave him a perfect… Read more »

strav
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strav

I vote for Vladimirovich in every australian elections always! Local state and federal! His the only politican and lavrov I’d vote for! Not the western garbage puppets!

Cristiano Barbaro
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Cristiano Barbaro

I love how Megyn Kelly is made to look like a fool. She asks the usual clichè anti Russian questions and Putin plays her like a fiddle with the truth!

rea
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rea

i agree putin the ebst world leader– now trump -putin are the best – make america great again–make rusia always great

dejavutoyou
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dejavutoyou

Just finished watching the interview between President Putin and Miss Kelly. It seems that Kelly was playing checkers, asking obvious questions to illicit a response from President Putin. President Putin on the other hand, appears to be tolerating her and her juvenile questions. Any American that is following the circus that is called an investigation should be able to see right through it. How could Russia effect the outcome of over 120,000,000 voters? The President was also asked if Russia had a dossier on President Trump. Of course they do BUT not the way that Kelly was stating it. It… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

They are afraid if Trump and Putin got together they could take back the would from evil hands.

CumExApostolatus
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LD
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LD

Putin is a good president because he loves his country as only a Russian can. He knows what war can do: 22 million deads in WO II…his father and brother amongst them. His presidency is not a job, it is a mission.

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Foreign Banks Are Embracing Russia’s Alternative To SWIFT, Moscow Says

Given its status as a major energy exporter, Russia has leverage that could help attract partners to its new SWIFT alternative.

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On Friday, one day after Russia and China pledged to reduce their reliance on the dollar by increasing the amount of bilateral trade conducted in rubles and yuan (a goal toward which much progress has already been made over the past three years), Russia’s Central Bank provided the latest update on Moscow’s alternative to US-dominated international payments network SWIFT.

Moscow started working on the project back in 2014, when international sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea inspired fears that the country’s largest banks would soon be cut off from SWIFT which, though it’s based in Belgium and claims to be politically neutral, is effectively controlled by the US Treasury.

Today, the Russian alternative, known as the System for Transfer of Financial Messages, has attracted a modest amount of support within the Russian business community, with 416 Russian companies having joined as of September, including the Russian Federal Treasury and large state corporations likeGazprom Neft and Rosneft.

And now, eight months after a senior Russian official advised that “our banks are ready to turn off SWIFT,” it appears the system has reached another milestone in its development: It’s ready to take on international partners in the quest to de-dollarize and end the US’s leverage over the international financial system. A Russian official advised that non-residents will begin joining the system “this year,” according to RT.

“Non-residents will start connecting to us this year. People are already turning to us,”said First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia Olga Skorobogatova. Earlier, the official said that by using the alternative payment system foreign firms would be able to do business with sanctioned Russian companies.

Turkey, China, India and others are among the countries that might be interested in a SWIFT alternative, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out in a speech earlier this month, the US’s willingness to blithely sanction countries from Iran to Venezuela and beyond will eventually rebound on the US economy by undermining the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency.

To be sure, the Russians aren’t the only ones building a SWIFT alternative to help avoid US sanctions. Russia and China, along with the European Union are launching an interbank payments network known as the Special Purpose Vehicle to help companies pursue “legitimate business with Iran” in defiance of US sanctions.

Given its status as a major energy exporter, Russia has leverage that could help attract partners to its new SWIFT alternative. For one, much of Europe is dependent on Russian natural gas and oil.

And as Russian trade with other US rivals increases, Moscow’s payments network will look increasingly attractive,particularly if buyers of Russian crude have no other alternatives to pay for their goods.

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The US is pulling out of a nuclear missile pact with Russia. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty requires both countries to eliminate their short and medium-range atomic missiles.

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If the US ditches the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), it could collapse the entire nuclear non-proliferation system, and bring nuclear war even closer, Russian officials warn.

By ending the INF, Washington risks creating a domino effect which could endanger other landmark deals like the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and collapse the existing non-proliferation mechanism as we know it, senior lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev said on Sunday.

The current iteration of the START treaty, which limits the deployment of all types of nuclear weapons, is due to expire in 2021. Kosachev, who chairs the Parliament’s Upper House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned that such an outcome pits mankind against “complete chaos in terms of nuclear weapons.”

“Now the US Western allies face a choice: either embarking on the same path, possibly leading to new war, or siding with common sense, at least for the sake of their self-preservation instinct.”

His remarks came after US President Donald Trump announced his intentions to “terminate” the INF, citing alleged violations of the deal by Russia.

Moscow has repeatedly denied undermining the treaty, pointing out that Trump has failed to produce any evidence of violations. Moreover, Russian officials insist that the deployment of US-made Mk 41 ground-based universal launching systems in Europe actually violates the agreement since the launchers are capable of firing mid-range cruise missiles.

Leonid Slutsky, who leads the Foreign Affairs Committee in parliament’s lower chamber, argued that Trump’s words are akin to placing “a huge mine under the whole disarmament process on the planet.”

The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The deal effectively bans the parties from having and developing short- and mid-range missiles of all types. According to the provisions, the US was obliged to destroy Pershing I and II launcher systems and BGM-109G Gryphon ground-launched cruise missiles. Moscow, meanwhile, pledged to remove the SS-20 and several other types of missiles from its nuclear arsenal.

Pershing missiles stationed in the US Army arsenal. © Hulton Archive / Getty Images ©

By scrapping the historic accord, Washington is trying to fulfill its “dream of a unipolar world,” a source within the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“This decision fits into the US policy of ditching the international agreements which impose equal obligations on it and its partners, and render the ‘exceptionalism’ concept vulnerable.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov denounced Trump’s threats as “blackmail” and said that Washington wants to dismantle the INF because it views the deal as a “problem” on its course for “total domination” in the military sphere.

The issue of nuclear arms treaties is too vital for national and global security to rush into hastily-made “emotional” decisions, the official explained. Russia is expecting to hear more on the US’ plans from Trump’s top security adviser, John Bolton, who is set to hold talks in Moscow tomorrow.

President Trump has been open about unilaterally pulling the US out of various international agreements if he deems them to be damaging to national interests. Earlier this year, Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program. All other signatories to the landmark agreement, including Russia, China, and the EU, decided to stick to the deal, while blasting Trump for leaving.

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Kiev ‘Patriarch’ prepares to seize Moscow properties in Ukraine

Although Constantinople besought the Kiev church to stop property seizures, they were ignored and used, or perhaps, complicit.

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The attack on the Eastern Orthodox Church, brought about by the US State Department and its proxies in Constantinople and Ukraine, is continuing. On October 20, 2018, the illegitimate “Kyiv (Kiev) Patriarchate”, led by Filaret Denisenko who is calling himself “Patriarch Filaret”, had a synodal meeting in which it changed the commemoration title of the leader of the church to include the Kyiv Caves and Pochaev Lavras.

This is a problem because Metropolitan Onuphry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church which is canonically accepted and acts as a very autonomous church under the Moscow Patriarchate has these places under his pastoral care.

This move takes place only one week after Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople unilaterally (and illegally) lifted the excommunications, depositions (removal from priestly ranks as punishment) and anathemas against Filaret and Makary that were imposed on them by the hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate.

These two censures are very serious matters in the Orthodox Church. Excommunication means that the person or church so considered cannot receive Holy Communion or any of the other Mysteries (called Sacraments in the West) in a neighboring local Orthodox Church. Anathema is even more serious, for this happens when a cleric disregards his excommunication and deposition (removal from the priesthood), and acts as a priest or a bishop anyway.

Filaret Denisenko received all these censures in 1992, and Patriarch Bartholomew accepted this decision at the time, as stated in a letter he sent to Moscow shortly after the censures. However, three years later, Patriarch Bartholomew received a group of Ukrainian autocephalist bishops called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA, who had been in communion with Filaret’s group. While this move may have been motivated by the factor of Bartholomew’s almost total isolation within Istanbul, Turkey, it is nonetheless non-canonical.

This year’s moves have far exceeded previous ones, though, and now the possibility for a real clash that could cost lives is raised. With Filaret’s “church” – really an agglomeration of Ukrainian ultranationalists and Neo-Nazis in the mix, plus millions of no doubt innocent Ukrainian faithful who are deluded about the problems of their church, challenging an existing arrangement regarding Ukraine and Russia’s two most holy sites, the results are not likely to be good at all.

Here is the report about today’s developments, reprinted in part from OrthoChristian.com:

Meeting today in Kiev, the Synod of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) has officially changed the title of its primate, “Patriarch” Philaret, to include the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras under his jurisdiction.

The primate’s new official title, as given on the site of the KP, is “His Holiness and Beatitude (name), Archbishop and Metropolitan of Kiev—Mother of the cities of Rus’, and Galicia, Patriarch of All Rus’-Ukraine, Svyaschenno-Archimandrite of the Holy Dormition Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras.”

…Thus, the KP Synod is declaring that “Patriarch” Philaret has jurisdiction over the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras, although they are canonically under the omophorion of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Philaret and his followers and nationalistic radicals have continually proclaimed that they will take the Lavras for themselves.

This claim to the ancient and venerable monasteries comes after the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it had removed the anathema placed upon Philaret by the Russian Orthodox Church and had restored him to his hierarchical office. Philaret was a metropolitan of the canonical Church, becoming patriarch in his schismatic organization.

Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate have clarified that they consider Philaret to be the “former Metropolitan of Kiev,” but he and his organization continue to consider him an active patriarch, with jurisdiction in Ukraine.

Constantinople’s statement also appealed to all in Ukraine to “avoid appropriation of churches, monasteries, and other properties,” which the Synod of the KP ignored in today’s decision.

The KP primate’s abbreviated title will be, “His Holiness (name), Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus’-Ukraine,” and the acceptable form for relations with other Local Churches is “His Beatitude Archbishop (name), Metropolitan of Kiev and All Rus’-Ukraine.”

The Russian Orthodox Church broke eucharistic communion and all relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate over this matter earlier this week. Of the fourteen local Orthodox Churches recognized the world over, twelve have expressed the viewpoint that Constantinople’s move was in violation of the canons of the Holy Orthodox Church. Only one local Church supported Constantinople wholeheartedly, and all jurisdictions except Constantinople have appealed for an interOrthodox Synod to address and solve the Ukrainian matter in a legitimate manner.

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