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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent

    Okay. We should stop this before the thread becomes about US party politics and not the Ukraine conflict.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent

    How do you start a joke about Vladimir Putin?


    With looking over your shoulder.

  • Westward_DriftWestward_Drift Posts: 2,885MI6 Agent

    And avoiding all food or drink...and being on the lookout for umbrella tips.

  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 4,014MI6 Agent

    and on the first floor with no windows in the room.

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  • 00730073 COPPosts: 904MI6 Agent
    "I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
    -Mr Arlington Beech
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,813MI6 Agent
    edited April 8

    It's not surprising as I suppose the Russians have been (small "r") republicans since 1917. 😉

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent

    But Russia was only democratic (small "d") for a short while. 😥

  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,813MI6 Agent

    I think we'll look back on the Yeltsin years as the only brief democratic highlight in Russian history and even that era saw the rise of the oligarchs and their unaccountable power and wealth.

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent

    Most Russians don't have good memories from the 90's and that's a shame. Who on earth thought of "capitalism in 500 days"? I suspect many thinks of chaos when they remember that decade, but that was because of the economy and not democracy.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent
    edited April 12

    This video tries to analyze how the war in Ukraine is going (April 8.) in the military sense. Of course I can't say if the video is correct, but it looks convinsing to me.

    "Who is winning?" - Mythbusting the Ukraine-Russia war - YouTube

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent

    It looks like the Swedish PM wants the country to join NATO. So does the government in Finland. Germany finally wants to meet the 2% military spending goal and many other NATO members are also beefing up their defence. Great job weakening NATO, Putin! 😁




  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 4,014MI6 Agent

    From the US, I must say that it's incredibly satisfying seeing the perceived solidarity between the EU countries.

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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent
    edited April 14


    It's the exact oposite of what Putin expected to happen. Putin didn't expect this either:



  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent

    Who's the best electrician in Russia?

    Putin. In a few weeks he's managed to isolate Russia completely!

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent

    Is this Ukrainian stamp comderating the sinking of the Russian war ship Moskva the first ever use of a one-fingered salute on an official stamp? 😁


  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent
    edited April 24

    Someone I know is reporting from Kiev for a major Norwegian newspaper. He's a brother of one of my best friends who didn't know until I asked him today. The journalist is also the son of my parent's former boss and a friend of theirs. He is reporting on horrible war crimes. I'm glad these things are being reported, and I hope he stays safe.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent
    edited April 27

    Russian FSB have arrested some Ukrainians for the attempted assassination of TV host (and major Putin propagandist) Vladimir Solovyov. Of course the apartement of the assassins was full of weapons, explosives, drugs and nazi paraphermalia. But why wasn't the door locked when the FSB came knocking in full SWAT gear, and why did an "assassin" just opened the door without even checking the peephole?

    It gets stranger, In this photo of suspicious stuff we see three copies of the video game Sims. Was a FSB agent told to bring three SIM cards along with the nazi stuff? 😂


    It gets stranger (and funnier). This hand written note says "signature unreadable" on the third line from the bottom. 🤣


    The whole story: Russia appears to confuse 'The Sims' for SIM cards in possible staged assassination attempt (nypost.com)

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent
    edited May 1

    "The Ukraine war from a Russian perspective", a podcast from CaspianReport. This channel explains geopolitics well - if you like that sort of thing.

    https://youtu.be/MkrLUFAcjH0

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent
    edited May 3

    Has anyome else noticed how combustable, or even explosive, huge Russian ammunition and petrol stores are? They seem to go BOOM at least weekly. I have no idea why, but these explosive fires seem to happen near Ukraine in the last couple of months. It's a mystery.


    12 hours ago in  Bogorodsky,


    Two days ago in Belgorod


    Seven days ago in Bryansk.




  • 00730073 COPPosts: 904MI6 Agent

    🤣

    "I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
    -Mr Arlington Beech
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,646MI6 Agent
    edited May 13

    I nominate the Russian Army Signals Corps to the Free Speech Award of 2022 for their role in spreading information about the Russian forces activities in Ukraine to everyone except the Russian people. Especially the Ukrainian miltary have found the Russian radio traffic to be very informative and helpful, but also internasjonal media and inteligence organisations are very grateful for the efforts of the Russian Signals Corps. They would be a worthy winner!

    🥇

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