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The former USSR is going insane

The Russian invasion of Ukraine opened the door, and we can all see how that is going. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been staring each other down for some time, and it's flaring up again. Kazakhstan has been dealing with internal strife, but is in a verbal conflict with Russia, refusing to support Russia's demands, supplying the West with fuel (through Azerbaijan) whiie bypassing Russia, and with China subtly warning Russia to stay away. Now, Kyrgystan and Tajikistan have opened fire on one another. I have a feeling Georgia is about to erupt, also. About the only ex-Soviet countries not fighting each other are the ones aligned with the West, who all see Russia as the common enemy. Russia has been reduced to asking Iran and North Korea for ammunition and weapons, as no one else will do it, and all their allies are fighting amongst themselves.

Xi and Putin met this week, with Xi not really giving Putin much verbal support, calling for "international stability and order" and treating Russia as a vassal state, with Putin acting very much like the weakest link. That had to be humiliating for Putin, but not much he can do about it.

Putin is such an idiot. All this chaos is going to spill over into Russia itself, which is having problems with oligarchs and high level officials falling out of windows and off boats, and such. Also, lots of internal attacks - seems like there have been a lot of careless smokers in Russia since the war broke out - as well as reported attacks on Putin himself. Also, Navalny has apparently disappeared from his prison, his lawyers went to see him a few days ago, and they were told "no such prisoner resides here". I expect to hear that he has been killed. EDIT: This is old info, he is being held in solitary most of the time and no on is permitted to see him or give or receive anything from him ... not that it is working: https://twitter.com/navalny/status/1570357379857793025

Perhaps we are seeing the Russian "Federation" starting to break up, and in any case, seems likely to be heading towards civil war, as other ethnic groups decide they want to be independent. The citizens of Moscow seem quite oblivious to what is going on, due to the complete contro of the media by the State, but at some point, that will break ... as suddenly as the offensive in Kharkiv.

Crazy times, but things are coming to a head. As bad as we have it here with Trump and his fellow Putin-ites (and have no doubt about it, Trump, Q, Fox, Brexit and much more are part of the larger Putin plan to destabilize and destroy the West), at least it's not as bad as it could be. With luck, maybe we can take Trump, Putin and the whole pile of garbage out to the toxic waste dump at once, and find a way to move forward. I'm hoping (with slim chance of it coming true) that whoever takes over from Putin decides to come clean on all of it, with the hopes of getting to rejoin the world community.

Anyone else get the feeling ...

we are about to see some arrests?

Liz Cheney. Tonight.

So, I'm curious

Where are all the promised posts apologizing for getting it completely wrong re: Merrick Garland, who is pulling off one of the most complex, multi-year investigations in history?

Asking for a friend.

Clearly Trump isn't bright enough ...

to know what documents to steal and which to return, while keeping others. This was clearly done to lilne his pockets and/or cover his enormous debts, so the docs had to have high value. Someone who understood what was what had to have selected them. *General* Flynn, looking at you.

Zelensky has upgraded his iron balls

To hardened tungsten ones. He visited the troops in the salient in the eastern part of the country, where the heaviest fighting is occurring. Slava Ukraini, indeed!


Rossiya-24 has been down for several hours

24/7 News/propaganda - Russia's Fox. Curiouser and curiouser. Also reports of oddball radio broadcasts. Anonymous or other hackers????? Who knows, and the Russians aren't talking.


A very good analysis of why we aren't told everything by the Ukrainian MOD

Just assume there is a LOT more going on than what we are hearing about, and further, a LOT of what we are hearing from NATO is disinformation and distraction away from what they are really doing and providing.

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malar informs:
☑️ Why can't you publicly speak or write about the fact that Ukraine is negotiating with someone about the supply of military equipment, weapons, ammunition and whatever for the Armed Forces?
Because the Russian Federation is doing its best to terminate the contracts.
☑️ why can't we talk about the fact that during the war deliveries have already taken place and we have something new?
Because the enemy immediately corrects his actions under new data.
☑️Why can't you call accurate addresses and recognizable descriptions of objects in which missiles were fired or missiles were missed - you all already know - because this is fixing fire for the enemy.
☑️why can't you publicly teach military objects (hospital is too, by the way, a military object), whereabouts of weapons, military equipment, personal warehouse?
Because the likelihood of the object being destroyed by the enemy increases dozens of times.
☑️why don't you have to publicly make fact checking statements and publications of security agencies and intelligence services during the war?
Cause this is a war. Believe that these statements pass a lot of foreign filters and if they are published, then it is necessary for the defense of the state. After victory - there will be inspiration, you'll understand.
☑️why don't you have to publicly and publicly doubt the decisions and information of the zsu? [Air defense]
Because zsu is the most informed about the situation on the front. And if you don't understand the decision, then you just don't know everything. Besides, military decisions cannot be made under the influence of public opinion - because they are professional decisions, it's just like in surgery.

Meanwhile in Russia

In Nizhnekamsk, Russia, workers at the Hemont plant staged a spontaneous strike.

Two oligarchs have spoken publicly agasint the war

This is not a good sign for Putin. Guaranteed a lot more are talking privately

Per Kyiv Independent:

"In his Telegram channel, industrial tycoon Oleg Deripaska wrote that peace talks between Russia and Ukraine must begin “as soon as possible!” Prior, Lviv-born Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman called Russia’s war “a tragedy.”

Putin's days are numbered and he knows it. His increasingly desparate actions will only result in a quicker realization by the people in Russia, especially the ones with money and guns, that he has to go. Sooner, rather than later
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