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(NPR)   You thought Republicans didn't like those got-dang forreners? Well, Russia just went ahead and declared that talking to them's a treason   (npr.org) divider line 57
    More: Scary, Republican, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia, President Vladimir Putin, human rights group, Federal Security Service, United Russia, Anna Chapman  
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2012-11-01 09:09:08 PM  

Frederf: Hobbies aside I prefer to judge the value of my leaders by their contributions to social policy.


Not by their skill with an AS-Val or Judo mastery? Are you some kind of lily-livered communist pussy?
 
2012-11-01 09:20:27 PM  

Stephen_Falken: kumanoki

PLEASE make up your mind.

"Putin is reigning in dissidence."
or
"Putin in reining in dissidents."


Yes.
 
2012-11-02 01:38:05 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Hell, the Republicans have declared talking to any Americans who aren't Republican as treason


I can guarantee you, nobody is happier about Romney's slide back into 1985 than Vladimir Putin. He'll be dancing a mad Cossack jig on the walls of the Kremlin if Romney is elected, because he'll have all the justification he needs to reinstate Stalinism like it was when he was a KGB agent. Putin NEEDS somebody who wants to re-start the Cold War--or at least gives the appearance of fearing Russia and thinking that everybody believes that Russia is gearing up for WWIII.

Bush would have done nicely; but Putin wasn't as solidly in power back then (Medvedev was, thank god for the rest of the world), so we got lucky, and Obama hasn't been the saber-rattler Putin needs to assure the Russian people that America wants to kill them all. Romney is. So if Romney is elected, you can count on Putin's enthusiastic support.
 
2012-11-02 10:29:58 AM  

BigNumber12: Supporters of the new law include Igor Korotchenko, a national security analyst and chairman of the public advisory council to Russia's Ministry of Defense.

Korotchenko has high praise for the American FBI, especially for its success in uncovering Russian spies such as Robert Hanson and Anna Chapman.

He says the effectiveness of America's intelligence agencies was further enhanced by the powers they were given after the 9/11 attacks.

Korotchenko says he simply wants Russia's Federal Security Service to have the same broad powers as its American counterpart.


Yikes.


This. The land of the Mongol Yoke, Ivan the Terrible and Stalin is taking lessons in authoritarianism from the Land of deh Freadums.
 
2012-11-02 02:23:56 PM  
"Foreigners", subby, "Foreigners". How did that get greenlit with such an obvious mispelling?
 
2012-11-02 03:37:38 PM  
Doesn't Putin realize that this could affect Russia's tourism industry by tens or even hundreds of dollars?
 
2012-11-03 06:57:03 PM  

BolshyGreatYarblocks: BigNumber12: Supporters of the new law include Igor Korotchenko, a national security analyst and chairman of the public advisory council to Russia's Ministry of Defense.

Korotchenko has high praise for the American FBI, especially for its success in uncovering Russian spies such as Robert Hanson and Anna Chapman.

He says the effectiveness of America's intelligence agencies was further enhanced by the powers they were given after the 9/11 attacks.

Korotchenko says he simply wants Russia's Federal Security Service to have the same broad powers as its American counterpart.


Yikes.

This. The land of the Mongol Yoke, Ivan the Terrible and Stalin is taking lessons in authoritarianism from the Land of deh Freadums.


So many people taken in by what they said. Russia's FSB is not much removed from their KGB predecessor and can do pretty much what they want with little, if any, judicial interference. They make Hoover's FBI look like complete civil-liberties wusses by comparison, and always have. Get a clue; the Russians say stuff like that to Western reporters because people like you are dumb enough to swallow it hook, line, and sinker.
 
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