Kiev Corruption – Arena Kiev http://arena-kiev.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:22:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://arena-kiev.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png Kiev Corruption – Arena Kiev http://arena-kiev.com/ 32 32 Kyiv and Moscow blame each other for power plant bombing – The Irish Times https://arena-kiev.com/kyiv-and-moscow-blame-each-other-for-power-plant-bombing-the-irish-times/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 17:48:45 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/kyiv-and-moscow-blame-each-other-for-power-plant-bombing-the-irish-times/ Kyiv and Moscow have accused each other of risking a nuclear incident by bombing Europe’s largest nuclear power plant amid heavy fighting in eastern and southern Ukraine and waves of blackouts from Russian shelling of the country’s national network. Ukrainian officials said at least one person was killed and three injured on Monday in the […]]]>

Kyiv and Moscow have accused each other of risking a nuclear incident by bombing Europe’s largest nuclear power plant amid heavy fighting in eastern and southern Ukraine and waves of blackouts from Russian shelling of the country’s national network.

Ukrainian officials said at least one person was killed and three injured on Monday in the bombardment of Kherson, where prosecutors said the discovery of several “torture chambers” believed to have been used by Russian troops before the Ukraine won’t liberate the city this month.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said its experts planned to inspect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, which is operated by Ukrainian personnel supervised by Russian troops who are seized the area in March.

The IAEA said station personnel reported that the weekend bombing damaged several parts of the facility, including “a radioactive waste and storage building, cooling pond sprinkler systems. . and a bridge between a reactor and its auxiliary buildings”.

IAEA Director Rafael Grossi said: “We were lucky that a potentially serious nuclear incident did not occur…Even though there was no direct impact on the main nuclear safety and security systems of the plant, the bombardment came dangerously close to them. We are talking about meters, not kilometers. Whoever bombs the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant takes enormous risks and gambles with the lives of many people. »

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told NATO’s parliamentary assembly via video link on Monday that “all our countries want to prevent any dangerous incident at our nuclear facilities… We all need guaranteed protection against Russian missiles and Russian sabotage of infrastructure”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the bombing of the Zaporizhzhia power plant – where all six reactors are currently shut down – “should be the IAEA’s greatest concern. We urge all countries in the world to use their influence to stop the Ukrainian armed forces from doing this.

Alexei Likhachev, head of Russian nuclear company Rosatom, said “the plant is at risk of a nuclear disaster and Kyiv clearly thinks a small nuclear incident would be acceptable.”

The occupation and subsequent closure of the Zaporizhzhia power plant has exacerbated an energy crisis in Ukraine caused by repeated Russian missile and drone strikes on its power plants, which have destroyed around 40% of the national grid.

Power outages for several hours a day are now the norm across much of Ukraine as winter sets in, and recently liberated Kherson has no electricity.

Ukrainian prosecutors said on Monday they found four places in Kherson where Russian forces allegedly tortured people during the eight-month occupation.

“We can end up without money. Without fuel. Without hot water. Without light. But not without freedom,” Zelenskiy said on Dignity and Freedom Day in Ukraine, which marks the 2003-4 and 2013-14 revolutions when pro-democracy and anti-corruption protesters defeated backed politicians by Russia.

“We will never forget all those who gave their lives for Ukraine. And we will never forgive all those who took their lives and wanted to deprive us of our freedom. But the bottom line is that no one has succeeded and no one will ever succeed,” Zelenskiy added.

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Frankfurt’s corrupt Social Democratic Party mayor ousted in referendum https://arena-kiev.com/frankfurts-corrupt-social-democratic-party-mayor-ousted-in-referendum/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 04:01:22 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/frankfurts-corrupt-social-democratic-party-mayor-ousted-in-referendum/ Last Friday was the last working day for Frankfurt German Mayor Peter Feldmann (Social Democratic Party, SPD). In a referendum on November 6, 95.1% of participating voters voted in favor of his impeachment. The necessary quorum of 30% of all eligible voters (152,455 votes) was more than met. Pierre Feldman [Photo by Frankforter / wikimedia […]]]>

Last Friday was the last working day for Frankfurt German Mayor Peter Feldmann (Social Democratic Party, SPD). In a referendum on November 6, 95.1% of participating voters voted in favor of his impeachment. The necessary quorum of 30% of all eligible voters (152,455 votes) was more than met.

Pierre Feldman [Photo by Frankforter / wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0]

More than 200,000 Frankfurt voters submitted ballots to remove Feldmann from the town hall. The impetus for this dismissal was Feldmann’s personal involvement in the corruption scandal involving Arbeiterwohlfahrt (Association of Welfare Workers, aka Awo), which brazenly raised funds at taxpayer expense. The ongoing lawsuits against Feldmann are just the tip of a multi-million dollar corruption iceberg.

In March, the prosecution filed a complaint against Feldmann for profiting from his office. The charges are based on the fact that his then-girlfriend and later wife were hired as the head of an Awo daycare center “for no objective reason”, received an unusually high salary and were granted a car. function. During the 2018 election campaign, the Awo also solicited donations for Feldmann, who, as town leader, “benevolently considered” the association’s interests in return.

Amid the ongoing court case, Feldmann’s impeachment in Sunday’s vote was prompted by a ‘broad alliance’ of the Greens, Christian Democrats (CDU), Liberals (FDP), Volt Party as well as of the SPD. The Left Party, the influential trade union IG Metall and the “left” Greens Jutta Ditfurth (ÖkoLinX – Ecological Left) opposed the referendum.

IG Metall Frankfurt’s top representative, Michael Erhardt (Left Party), said: “We trade unions have nothing to gain if he is no longer mayor. Nobody represents our subjects so strongly… Affordable housing, cheap public transport, free childcare. Who will do it?

This hypocritical and self-serving claim is based on two factors: Feldmann’s humble origins and his rise in social democratic networks, including IG Metall.

Peter Feldmann, born in 1958, spent his youth in Bonames Tower north of Frankfurt and graduated from the Ernst Reuter School. He then trained as a gardener in Israel before beginning his studies in political science in Marburg. At the age of nine he joined the youth organization SJD-The Falcons, at 18 he became a member of the youth organization SPD Young Socialists (Juso), at 30 he became president of Juso with a seat on the Frankfurt City Council.

He owes his ascent to the town hall only to the protection of the SPD and the Awo, which regularly offer him new appointments: sometimes at the head of a youth center or a home for the elderly, sometimes as adviser or in a specially created “staff post”. to prepare for his election campaign. Ten years ago, in March 2012, he won his electoral campaign with great promises: “Against child poverty and the housing shortage, for a liberal and cosmopolitan city”, etc. .

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Sunni imam brings hope to Iranians. IRGC killers arrested, captured – https://arena-kiev.com/sunni-imam-brings-hope-to-iranians-irgc-killers-arrested-captured/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 08:35:58 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/sunni-imam-brings-hope-to-iranians-irgc-killers-arrested-captured/ By shooting children in Iran, IRGC thugs have been captured. Who’s next? The Iranian people against oppression, corruption and inequality, created a revolution in 1979, and now. Clerics can be pioneers in this upheaval, said a revered Sunni cleric. ‘Oppression, corruption and inequality, the three things unfortunately happened,’ says 19-year-old Women-Life-Freedom event organizer. “They killed […]]]>

By shooting children in Iran, IRGC thugs have been captured. Who’s next?

The Iranian people against oppression, corruption and inequality, created a revolution in 1979, and now. Clerics can be pioneers in this upheaval, said a revered Sunni cleric.


‘Oppression, corruption and inequality, the three things unfortunately happened,’ says 19-year-old Women-Life-Freedom event organizer. “They killed some of us and we captured a few.”

Members of the IRGC or some facsimiles of this group are now being held prisoner in Iran by women – girls and women, according to more than 7 sources in Iran who say some shooters had uniforms, some didn’t.

“They were shooting at protesters in one of the provinces we protested inside and where the IRGC killed many people, including children. The [women] managed to climb through the interior stairwells to the roof and overwhelmed some and chased some men away, while capturing others,” says one protest organizer among dozens who all seem to be talking at once, who does not wish to be identified for obvious security reasons.

“If the Tehran Butcher wants to recover his assassins, he must release all 3,112 of our people, and in the event that it is more than that, he must release all of our people,” says Leila, named by her colleagues as the best spokesperson of the whole. Gen Z Women – Freedom of Life movement, with whom FPMag was able to communicate separately.

“We had to imprison [detain] some people inside the building when we rushed. They said we broke the doors. When we later found out they were unarmed and neutral, we let them go home, but took their credentials. We also confiscated the weapons of the killers on the roofs some who had uniforms and others who did not. We gave up arms to the two security guards who were assigned to our leadership group. It was these security guards who calmed everyone down and helped us release the neutral people who were local government bureaucrats who had nothing to do with shooting protesters. They weren’t plainclothes security guards, because the guards were checking. They were also the ones who fought with the men when we fell. Later we tried to help him, but it was too chaotic and we never found him. We believe he was taken away by his people,” Leila explained.

“The prisoners are very rude and rude and threaten us so we will wait one more day before they have nothing but water to drink. Those who did not throw their food at us will continue to be fed and separated. Apart from that, prisoners are treated with dignity according to the rules that our experts explain all the time [translated],” she continued.


The nightmares of Sistan-Balochistan


“In Sistan-Balochistan, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC Leila spoke, which is an official branch of the Iranian Armed Forces as if under the direct orders of the Ayatollah – they [IRGC] were shooting at people with war bullets. In a single day [30 September 2022] they killed 92 people, including 12 children. The men we caught, we charged them because they were shooting at us. It was self-defense. A local media said we were going to kill them but that’s definitely not true. We will exchange them for the liberation of our people. Otherwise, we will keep the IRGC or whatever they are forever until we give them to other people who want to get their secrets. We think one of them is a [officer] boss,” said another person in the group involved in the detention.

The source referenced by the province of Sistan and Baluchestan is the 2nd largest province in geographical size and probably the poorest of the 31 provinces of Iran. It is southeast of Iran, bordering Pakistan and Afghanista.

The capital city of Zahedan Shiite Imam Sajjad Shahraki, of the Moulay Motaqian Mosque, was reportedly murdered on Friday.

Ahmad Taheri, the police commander from Sistan-Balochistan province told reporters in the predominantly Sunni town of Zahedan, some of whom shared the material with FPMag’s Behar Abbasi.

Hope came alive on Friday

“We know that if we don’t ask permission before traveling, the authorities will create problems for us,” said Abdolhamid, the Friday prayer leader of the Sunni community of Zahedan in Sistan and Balochistan province, in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on January 24, 2018. Photo credit: CHRI. Art / Cropping Rosa Yamamoto / Women’s-perspective-magazine


Molavi of Baloch people in Iran, Abdelhamid Ishmaelzahia peaceful Hanafist and the top Sunni Islamic cleric in Iran who called for a referendum last Fridayduring his prayer sermon, once again firmly condemned the Repression of the Islamic Republic by sociopathic Iranian Baloch elites about women and children but said nothing about the planned prisoner exchange which, according to three sources, (who may or may not know for sure, so FPMag asked for confirmation), who said the cleric had been informed. One of the girls confirming the cleric was to be involved in the negotiations is a local Sunni and has good family connections, FPMag said.

Abdelhamid Ishmaelzahi enjoys the support of the overwhelming majority of Baluchis in Iran, who hail him as their Molavi, but he is subject to heavy restrictions, including travel to anywhere other than Tehran.

Iranian parliament

On Sunday, Iran’s parliament urged the judiciary to impose maximum sentences on protesters. Earlier in the parliamentary session, President Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf (Qalibaf) said that the main elements of Mossad, the CIA and their allied groups are behind the unrest in the country. Official photograph taken on July 12, 2020.


Many Iranian women are more skilled and talented than men


Speaking to the people of Zahedan, Before last Friday’s prayer, the Iranian Sunni leader said: “In 1979, the Iranian people rose up against tyranny, oppression, corruption and inequality and made a great revolution. The clerics were the pioneers of this great upheaval. The lack of freedom was the main reason for the popular uprising.


The prominent Iranian Sunni Hanafist scholar criticized the discriminatory treatment of women in Iran and said: “Discrimination against women was one of the biggest problems in the country before the 1979 revolution. Unfortunately, today, women of our country suffer from bigotry. I say this so that everyone knows where the root of the problem lies. Until the doctor is aware of the disease, there is nothing he can do.

Iran’s parliament is demanding that the judiciary impose tough penalties on protesters.

“Ethnic and religious minorities suffer of discrimination for so many years. They have always cried out against fanaticism. Sectarianism is against Islamic laws and the country’s constitution.

“Most of the protesters were confronted with discriminatory behavior. As men, women can go to university, study, do research and serve the community. Many women are more qualified and talented than men; these women deserve to get the status they deserve.

“The women are screaming; it is the result of discrimination and inequality towards them. Women have seen the wickedness in our society. While wearing the headscarf is an Iranian and Islamic culture, why do these women tear their headscarves and set them on fire? Who made these women angry? We need to ask ourselves these questions,” the imam said.

IRGC killings map now at 350Courtesy HRANNA Geographic distribution of protesters killed in the last 51 days up to November 6, 2022 in Iran.


One of 12 small children killed by the IRGC in Balochistan


(Toronto, Ontario) Surgeon Iman Taheri’s Requiem for Mona“The Tragedy of a Bullet”


November – 2022

  1. Withdraw Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women – (rinj.press)
  2. We don’t want an Islamic Republic, says Gen Z in Iran – (rinj.press)
  3. Tehran butcher Ebrahim Raisi doesn’t understand: GTFO – (rinj.press)
  4. Sunni imam brings hope to Iranians. IRGC killers arrested, captured – (rinj.press)

October – 2022

  1. 40 days since the death of the Angel of Freedom, Mahsa Amini, Iran is not a happy place – (rinj.press)
  2. “Angel of Freedom” – Mahsa Amini
  3. Khamenei, Raisi told by letter to flee Iran to exile. Time limit – (rinj.press)
  4. 43 years of violent Iranian oppression must end…
  5. RINJ Iranian women declare war on feminicides ordered by Khamenei –
  6. A great idea: naming a street, a square, a square, “Mahsa Amini”
  7. 5 Iran IRGC die while rescuing 15-year-old. She wants a change of regime
  8. Never Forget Mahsa Amini, Nika Shakarami, Asra Panahi Says Sobbing Iranian Schoolgirl
  9. Woman, life, freedom, antithesis of theocratic femicide
  10. Iran commits femicide over hijab as it mass murders Kurds
  11. Lionesses armed in Iran to stop rapists, killers and organ harvesters
  12. Epidemic: Depraved indifference to civilian life. 4 examples
  13. Child protester, raped by Ebrahim Raisi’s henchmen, cut open, her organs sold
  14. Iran subjugates its females. Ironically, women could save Iran
  15. We stand up for Mahsa Amini, say Gen Z women
  16. Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi order the killing of Gen Z Gals

September – 2022

  1. Iran and the United States have one thing in common, bombing Iraq as a diversion. Analysis.
  2. Ebrahim Raisi is the butcher of Tehran, author of theological feminicide
  3. Can only feminists stop femicide? Women’s NGO request.
  4. Accept women as equals. Valuing the female perspective say feminists
  5. Ebrahim Raisi’s response to women’s protests across Iran is draconian

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German Chancellor Scholz visits Athens, strikes tank deal with Greece https://arena-kiev.com/german-chancellor-scholz-visits-athens-strikes-tank-deal-with-greece/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 23:40:29 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/german-chancellor-scholz-visits-athens-strikes-tank-deal-with-greece/ A week ago, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Social Democrat, SPD) made his inaugural visit to Athens where he met Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the right-wing conservative Nea Dimokratia (ND) party. The talks, which took place against the backdrop of the proxy war between NATO and Russia in Ukraine, focused on closer cooperation between […]]]>

A week ago, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Social Democrat, SPD) made his inaugural visit to Athens where he met Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the right-wing conservative Nea Dimokratia (ND) party. The talks, which took place against the backdrop of the proxy war between NATO and Russia in Ukraine, focused on closer cooperation between the two countries in defense and energy policies. “In both areas, Greece could play a leading role in the future,” commented the TV news. Tagesschau.

The previous week, the first six German Marder tanks out of a total of 40 had arrived in Greece as part of the so-called “backfilling arrangements” to arm Ukraine. This involves Berlin supplying state-of-the-art weaponry to European states, which in turn send Soviet-style weapons to Ukraine. Athens has handed over 40 former BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles from stockpiles in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) to kyiv.

Marder tank type 1A3 [Photo by Sonaz / CC BY-SA 2.0]

The “traffic light” coalition of the SPD, Liberal Democrats (FDP) and Greens is using the Ukraine war for a global arms offensive. Under the slogan “the turning of the times”, it massively increased military spending and supplied arms and other materials to Ukraine. Since the spring, he has also been arranging “alternative arrangements” with other countries, which in addition to arming Ukraine allow him to push German arms deals throughout Europe.

Mitsotakis announced that the new Marder tanks will be stationed along the Evros River on the border with neighboring Turkey, of all places. “Our forces are working on the assumption that they will be most useful there,” he said, explaining the provocative move. Geopolitical tensions between NATO allies Turkey and Greece have further escalated with the war in Ukraine. Mutual threats and nationalist war rhetoric serve both sides to divert attention from the grave social crisis in the country.

Scholz gave the Greek government no direction as to where the tanks could be stationed. Even before his visit, he had supported Greece in an interview with the Greek daily Your Nea and criticized Turkey’s “military threats”. At the press conference in Athens, he kept a lower profile and called for “a dialogue based on international law”. For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan considers the interests of his regime to be threatened by the armament in Greece and calls for the demilitarization of the Aegean islands.

On October 28, the new German Marder tanks were displayed in the annual military parade marking the so-called Ochi Day. Greece’s National Day commemorates October 28, 1940, when the pro-Hitler dictatorship of Metaxas rejected an ultimatum from fascist Italy under Mussolini and called for national resistance.

The Greek ruling class often uses this holiday as an opportunity for nationalist propaganda. Chief of General Staff Konstantinos Floros addressed an open threat to Turkey in his speech ahead of the parade. As in 1940, he said, the “powerful” armed forces stood ready to silence anyone who “threatens, insults, derides or belittles” Greece.

These remarks by the highest military officers must also be understood as a warning to opponents of the internal war, who denounce chauvinistic patriotism and gigantic military expenditure at the expense of the education and health systems. Not so long ago, the working class was crushed under the yoke of the Greek military dictatorship (1967-1974).

In terms of energy policy, Greece could become a “more important hub for Europe” after the Russian gas supply is cut off, said Professor Kostas Lavdas, a political scientist at Panteion University in Athens. Tagesschau. He also mentioned the Eastmed gas pipeline project, which was currently not on the table, but which was “put back in reach due to the war in Ukraine”. The gas pipeline, which has not yet been built, is intended to transport natural gas and hydrogen from the Middle East to Greece and from there to Italy.

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For and against the Russian opposition https://arena-kiev.com/for-and-against-the-russian-opposition/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 04:01:00 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/for-and-against-the-russian-opposition/ Since the beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian war, a voice that has been strongly amplified in the West is that of the Russian liberal opposition. This is understandable, as many of its leaders are both admirable, relatable and intriguing. Many of these Russian liberals, both in the West and in Russia itself, are outspoken opponents of […]]]>

Since the beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian war, a voice that has been strongly amplified in the West is that of the Russian liberal opposition. This is understandable, as many of its leaders are both admirable, relatable and intriguing. Many of these Russian liberals, both in the West and in Russia itself, are outspoken opponents of the Russian invasion. Unfortunately, no matter how sympathetic Americans may find these opposition figures, our interests diverge.

Russians of all persuasions see Ukrainians as brothers living in the cradle of Russian civilization, Kievan Rus. For Russian liberals, failure to help Ukrainians – to provide them with the weapons they demand or to support their failing economy – is a moral failing. Never mind that many other wars are unfortunately breaking out in the world right now; it’s the one that counts. The liberal opposition sees an opportunity and a promise in the Ukrainian experience, and they are ready to push the conflict very far. On a wide variety of issues, I tend to agree with them, but when it comes to this war, their reasoning for its prolongation must be met with skepticism, and their motives must be scrutinized.

Russian liberals are not like American progressives. Ideologically, many belong to a pro-Enlightenment and pro-Westernizing group. More importantly, they are not virtue signallers. They cling bitterly to their ideals and, like Alexei Navalny, who returned to the country after being poisoned by a mysterious chemical agent to be imprisoned shortly after his arrival, often show remarkable courage.

The Russian opposition is like any other opposition: it is in conflict with the regime, and its members have excellent reasons to despise Putin. They did not, however, meet with much success. Boris Nemtsov and his colleagues failed to implement their programs in the 1990s and lost touch with ordinary Russians. In desperation, the liberal opposition allied itself with the nationalists. During the 2007 wave of protests, former chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov joined forces with National Bolshevik co-founder Eduard Limonov, but the union was unable to achieve tangible results.

The inability to move the country forward in a liberal democratic direction generates a real sense of frustration among liberals in Russia, not only with the regime but with the character of the nation itself. In a widely circulated essay in 2010, Yuri Nesterenko argued that Russia is predestined to reproduce totalitarian regimes because of the servile character of its people. Like many others, he left the country.

Ten years later, Russian liberals are watching the war in Ukraine and harboring dreams of revolution. Along with other Ukrainian boosters, they are practically salivate the idea of ​​a 2022 Bolshevik Revolution impersonator. But a minor force in the country’s politics, liberals remember the Bolsheviks were an extremely minority party that nevertheless managed to rise to the occasion as soldiers called up for World War I revolted and the Empire spun out of control . And so, like liberal policymakers in the West, they imagine that a combination external economic pressure and internal dissatisfaction with mobilization will lead to regime change.

The 2014 Maidan uprising came shortly after the unsuccessful 2011-2013 wave of anti-government protests in Russia. The Russian opposition saw the Ukrainians congregating in central Kyiv and quickly achieving their goals. “They turned out,” insisted Russian liberal media, because Ukrainians rejected the USSR and refuse be slaves. They are the good, freedom-loving Eastern Slavs, unlike, it is believed, the Putinist slaves of the East. Nevertheless, the thought goes on, if liberal democracy can happen in Ukraine, then it can also spread to Russia. After all, countries share a history, a culture, a mentality and, to a very large extent, a language.

For Russian liberals, a Ukrainian victory in the war with Russia is a prerequisite for a democratic Russia. Or, at the very least, it allows them to live vicariously through European Ukraine. The problems with this line of thinking are many. First, in recent memory, the Russian people have shown themselves to be perfectly capable of standing up for democracy if they wanted to. Above all, I am thinking of the spontaneous protests in Moscow when communist extremists tried to depose the last Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. Secondly, the success of the Ukrainian Maidan in 2014 can be attributed to the weakness of the then President, Viktor Yanukovych, who failed to contain the protests until it was too late, a luxury that the Russians don’t. Moreover, and perhaps more importantly, Ukraine’s success has been covered by fingerprintssuggesting that the liberal revolutionaries were not acting alone.

More importantly, a democratic society is not created by overthrowing a regime by force backed by roughly half the country. Democracy is nurtured by cultivating the basic institutions of civil society, which corrupt Ukraine notoriously lacks. For Russian liberals, the repressive nature of the Ukrainian regime is a huge blind spot. Ukraine operates, for example, with a semi-official kill list called Myrotvorets, on which it puts both foreigners and its own citizens. The list includes people who have expressed opinions outside the very narrowly defined approved range and who have acted in ways that Ukraine considers contrary to its interests. In 2015, shortly after being added to the database, dissident writer Oles Buzina and former parliamentarian Oleg Kalashnikov were murdered.

Ukraine is so vital to Russian interests that the threat of nuclear war may rightly enter into their calculations, just as we in America would feel for Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. This is why, for example, Kasparov recently fought with Elon Musk. Musk has offered, purely theoretically, a peace deal for Ukraine. The peace deal involved a territorial compromise that Musk said was inevitable and the only question was how many more lives will be lost before settlement. He also noted the prospect of nuclear weapons use, which for him was unthinkable.

Kasparov acknowledged the threat of nuclear war, but prioritized bringing Ukraine to war Goals and meet Ukrainian needs as defined by Ukraine:

The cost is enormous, but Ukraine pays this cost. So why are people sitting in the comfort of their Silicon Valley mansions telling Ukraine how to run its own business? This is moral idiocy and geopolitical blindness.

It’s neither. Rather, Musk’s view is not informed by an internal necessity to oppose Putin at all times. Musk does not seem to believe that Russia is an all-powerful hegemon threatening the world or that its moral worth is defined by the unconditional support of kyiv’s Slavic brothers.

If I had been unable to leave the former Soviet Union, I would have moved to Moscow or St. Petersburg and joined the ranks of their liberals. I would vote for Kasparov, I would rally for the freedom of Navalny and I would oppose war with Ukraine. And, since the mobilization was announced, if I had any sons of conscription age, I would also send them out of the country, just in case.

But I am a citizen of the United States and I have to think about the future of my American children. My country has different objectives and interests in this conflict, the main one of which should be to avoid an escalation that could lead to a nuclear crisis. The dim prospect of democracy in Eastern Europe justifies neither the risks of such an escalation nor the coming Bolshevik revolution. On issues ranging from Stalin’s legacy to government corruption, I find Russian liberal opinion to be correct. On the war in Ukraine, however, I see only competing interests and wishful thinking that borders on apocalyptic psychosis.

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Putin oversees training of Russian nuclear forces https://arena-kiev.com/putin-oversees-training-of-russian-nuclear-forces/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 19:51:23 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/putin-oversees-training-of-russian-nuclear-forces/ Russia’s Putin is urging his government to cut red tape to produce enough weapons and supplies to fuel the fighting in Ukraine, where a Western-armed Ukrainian counteroffensive has halted the Russians, as fighting enters its 245th day. During the Russian exercises, a land-based Yars intercontinental ballistic missile was tested from the northern Plesetsk launch site. […]]]>

Russia’s Putin is urging his government to cut red tape to produce enough weapons and supplies to fuel the fighting in Ukraine, where a Western-armed Ukrainian counteroffensive has halted the Russians, as fighting enters its 245th day.

During the Russian exercises, a land-based Yars intercontinental ballistic missile was tested from the northern Plesetsk launch site. (Reuters)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Putin monitors training firings of Russian nuclear forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin has overseen exercises by the country’s strategic nuclear forces involving multiple practice launches of ballistic and cruise missiles, in a show of force amid heightened tensions with the West over the conflict in Ukraine.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Putin that the exercise was intended to simulate a “massive nuclear strike” by Russia in retaliation for a nuclear attack on the country.

During the Russian exercises, a land-based Yars intercontinental ballistic missile was tested from the northern Plesetsk launch site. A Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea launched a Sineva ICBM at the Kura firing range in the far east of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Poland wary of potential nuclear threat from Russia

The Polish government is closely monitoring Russia’s movements in neighboring Ukraine to prepare for the Kremlin’s potential use of nuclear or chemical weapons, the central European country’s deputy defense minister said.

Marcin Ociepa told Polish state broadcaster TVP1 that the government believes Russian President Vladimir Putin “could use nuclear or chemical weapons” because his country’s forces are struggling in Ukraine and Poland “needs to be prepared. to all scenarios.

US sanctions target corruption and Russian operations in Moldova

The United States has imposed sanctions on individuals and entities involved in what it described as malicious Russian influence operations in Moldova as well as systemic corruption in the small Eastern European country.

Those sanctioned, a mix of Russian and Moldovan officials, include oligarchs “widely credited with capturing and corrupting Moldova’s political and economic institutions and those acting as instruments of Russia’s global influence campaign”, it said. the US Treasury Department said in a statement.

The designations also include former Moldovan member of parliament Vladimir Plahotniuc, who manipulated “key sectors of the Moldovan government, including law enforcement, electoral and judicial sectors”, the statement said. There was no immediate comment from Russia or Moldova.

Russians dig in to defend key city of Kherson, Ukrainian forces say

Crouching in a weed-choked irrigation canal, hidden from prowling enemy drones by overhanging trees, the Ukrainian soldier dismissed media reports that reclaiming the Russian port city of Kherson would be a walk in the park.

“They’ve got good defensive lines with deep trenches, and they’re sitting deep underground,” Vitalii said, holding an assault rifle and nodding towards the treeline where his enemies were bunked. “The Ukrainian armored forces must destroy these defensive lines.”

He and other members of the unit occupying positions north of Kherson that they saw Russian troops reinforcing their lines, aided by newly mobilized conscripts.

They reinforce their positions, in particular on the flanks. They think the deeper they go, the safer they’ll be.

A Ukrainian officer

Thousands have left Ukraine’s Kherson region: pro-Moscow official

At least 70,000 people have left their homes in Kherson province, southern Ukraine, in the space of a week, a Moscow-backed regional official said.

“I’m sure more than 70,000 people have left in a week since the crossings were organised,” Vladimir Saldo told a regional TV channel, referring to efforts by pro-Kremlin authorities in the region to move the inhabitants to the areas under Russian control on the left bank of the Dnipro river.

He added that the number could be higher as people could have used their own boats to cross the river instead of organized ferries.

Russian missile launch at Dnipro in Ukraine leaves 2 dead, 4 injured, governor says

A missile strike in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro killed two people and injured four as Russian strikes on various cities in Ukraine continued.

“A Russian missile that flew into the Dnipro killed two people. According to the information specified, four are injured. They are two women and two men. Everyone is in the hospital. Three are in poor condition,” Dnipropetrovsk Governor Valentin Reznichenko said on his Telegram account.

Russia says Shoigu discussed Ukraine’s alleged ‘dirty bomb’ threat with his Indian counterpart

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had a phone call with his Indian counterpart and raised Russia’s concerns over the possible use of a “dirty bomb” by Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense said. Shoigu.

This follows a series of calls Shoigu has held since Sunday on the same subject with NATO defense ministers.

Ukraine and its Western allies have dismissed Russia’s claim that kyiv is preparing to use a radioactive ‘dirty bomb’ and expressed concern that Moscow is using it as a pretext for further escalation of the war .

Ukraine assesses increased Russian strikes with US, UK and French advisers

Ukraine’s top presidential aide discussed the increasing intensity of Russian airstrikes on Ukrainian cities with US, UK and French advisers.

“Had telephone conversations with National Security Advisor to US President Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to UK Prime Minister Tim Barrow and Diplomatic Advisor to French President Emmanuel Bonne,” Andriy Yermak said in a tweet.

Yermak added that he briefed the three advisers on the latest situation on the ground, as well as the increasing intensity of Russian strikes on Ukrainian cities and critical infrastructure with missiles and drones.

Biden discussed Ukraine aid with Italian Prime Minister Meloni – White House

US President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and discussed their commitment to continue providing assistance to Ukraine, the White House said.

The Meloni government is Italy’s most right-wing administration since World War II and the former close ties between Moscow and two of its coalition partners have raised concerns among NATO allies.

Mercedes-Benz to sell Russian assets to local investor: ministry

German automaker Mercedes-Benz is set to sell its Russian assets to a local investor, Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry has announced, becoming the latest automaker to exit since Moscow sent troops to Ukraine.

“Mercedes-Benz intends to sell its shares in Russian subsidiaries to a local investor,” Avtodom, the ministry said in a Telegram statement.

Ukrainian official: No side is preparing to withdraw to Kherson

A senior Ukrainian official predicted that the “heaviest of battles” will be fought in the strategic southern province of Kherson, partially occupied by Russia, and said that the army in Moscow was sinking to face the advance of the Ukrainian forces.

“With Kherson, everything is clear. The Russians are rebuilding, strengthening their grouping there,” said Oleksiy Ares tovych, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“It means that no one is preparing to withdraw. On the contrary, the heaviest of battles will take place for Kherson,” according to Arestovitch, who did not specify when the battle could take place.

READ MORE: Russia notifies UN of Ukraine’s ‘dirty bomb’ plans

Biden and Sunak agree to support Ukraine

US President Joe Biden and Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed in talks to work together to support Ukraine, the White House has said.

The two leaders also reaffirmed the “special relationship” that exists between the United States and Britain, and said they would work together to advance global security and prosperity, the White House said in a reading of the conversation.

“Leaders agreed on the importance of working together to support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for its aggression,” the statement said.

For live updates from Tuesday, October 25, click here

Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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New stage of EU sanctions policy: extraterritorial measures https://arena-kiev.com/new-stage-of-eu-sanctions-policy-extraterritorial-measures/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 06:21:58 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/new-stage-of-eu-sanctions-policy-extraterritorial-measures/ When a nasty power play marks the end of a phenomenally successful politician’s career, it presents a painful sight. From all the UK press accounts of recent weeks, it was clear that the night of the long knives was approaching for the most photogenic Prime Minister Britain and Northern Ireland had ever produced – Liz […]]]>

When a nasty power play marks the end of a phenomenally successful politician’s career, it presents a painful sight. From all the UK press accounts of recent weeks, it was clear that the night of the long knives was approaching for the most photogenic Prime Minister Britain and Northern Ireland had ever produced – Liz Truss.

Enoch Powell, if I remember correctly, once said that the tragedy of most politicians is that they don’t know when to leave public life before the sun begins to set west on their careers. Indeed, Truss has invited herself to such an ignominious end to her magnificent political career.

Because, she should have known that in life, it is more important to be aware of your weaknesses than of your strengths. But she was driven by an inordinate ambition to slip into the shoes of Margaret Thatcher, when it was clear to all who looked at her controversial visit to Moscow in February, Truss was about to be denounced as an incompetent politician. Thinking back, she eagerly asked for an invitation from Moscow, eagerly seeking media headlines as a tough-talking diplomat, even as the storms gathered over Ukraine.

But then, Truss probably believes that success and skill aren’t necessarily linked, and that politics is all about packaging and marketing — or, just plain luck. She is right to think so. Boris Johnson had his uses for it. But Truss ignored that Britain is not just sick, but probably terminally ill, and that only a politician with a magic wand can lift the country out of its misery, and that it was no match for it. of the task.

The result is that a month into his premiership, Truss has proven the Elensky curse to be real. If she wanted to abandon her plan to drop the planned corporate tax increase from 19 to 25 percent, that was bad. But when she recanted, it was just as bad. The political atmosphere becomes sulphurous.

Sure, a day is a long day in politics, but on the face of it, Truss is a burnt-out affair and his days as prime minister are numbered. Attention has already turned to Rishi Sunak as his likely successor. Will it make a difference?

Sunak bears an uncanny resemblance to Barack Obama – a talkative, charismatic, well-educated globalist who would be accepted by the country’s permanent establishment as someone who can be trusted not to upset the apple basket. But is that all that is needed to pull Britain out of crisis mode?

A significant part of Britain’s difficulties today stem from Western sanctions against Russia. According to a Sunday Telegraph report, in mid-April British citizens were already campaigning against sanctions due to rising prices, particularly fuel prices. The Guardian newspaper also reported that there would be inflationary pressures and the economy would slow in the UK following the economic measures against Russia.

‘Shockwaves from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will slash UK living standards by £2,500 per household, lead to more lingering inflationary pressure and slow the economy next year, economists fear’ , wrote the newspaper in March.

Market confidence has plummeted, the value of the pound and government bonds are plummeting and the Bank of England is restless as investors fear the UK economy cannot secure £60billion of public debt sterling.

On the other hand, public spending must be reduced even at the risk of causing a wider social explosion. But how do you find tens of billions of pounds worth of denominations in just three weeks? Bond selling and a falling pound prompted the Bank of England to raise interest rates faster than expected, sending mortgage lending skyrocketing.

The catch is that if Sunak is indeed made prime minister, it will be the result of a palace coup and for the wrong reasons, especially his formidable skill at manipulation in the halls of power. Times wrote: “Top Tories discuss replacing Liz Truss with joint ticket of Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt as part of ‘coronation’ by MPs.”

“About ’20 to 30′ ex-ministers and backbenchers are trying to find a way for a ‘council of elders’ to tell Truss to step down.” The coup is being carried out almost openly by banks and asset managers around the world with growing hopes that the new team could restore confidence in the UK economy – when in reality it would satisfy the interests of the financial oligarchy.

If the trick doesn’t work or something goes wrong, there’s plan B — a general election. What is interesting is that if the opposition Labor wins – as may well be the case with current polling figures showing the Tories being reduced to just 85 seats, down from 356, and their worst away – the interests of the financial oligarchy remain completely safe in the hands of Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who can be trusted to serve global speculators and corporate boards. After the overthrow of Jeremy Corbyn, there was a complete purge of his herd of socialists.

It is a sad result. Recently, Al Jazeera presented a compelling report on the workings of internal party democracy within Labour, which shows “how party bureaucrats, whose nominal function is to serve the interests of the party, have attempted to undermine members sympathetic to Jeremy Corbyn, … the leader of the Labor from 2015 to 2020,… the party’s first unequivocal socialist leader since the 1980s, (who) rode a wave of popular discontent against the political establishment, standing on a platform of public ownership of key industries , a strengthened welfare state and an end to the austerity measures imposed by the Conservative government of the time.

Both in terms of class war at home and Britain’s war against Russia and China abroad, no serious change can be expected from regime change calibrated by the Deep State. The only silver lining is that Britain’s ability to fuel the war in Ukraine has drastically diminished as it fights its own battle for survival. With a standing army of 80,000 men – a quarter the size of Eritrea – Britain was punching well above its weight in Ukraine anyway.

The right thing to do is for the next British Prime Minister to go to Washington without delay and persuade President Biden to end this senseless war in Ukraine and lift the sanctions against Russia, which have bled the economies of the United Kingdom. and other European allies. The crux of the matter is that Europe’s prosperity was built on the availability of huge volumes of cheap and reliable energy supplies from Russia.

But it will be a bold – almost suicidal – act for Sunak or any British politician to take on the Deep State. Will Sunak be up to it? Left to his own devices, he never seemed enthusiastic about the war in Ukraine or the kyiv regime. So, will the Deep State take risks? Indeed, this is precisely where chances of Ben Wallace, the Secretary of Defense, would lie. A black horse trotting the path in the wasteland of British politics!

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Morning View: UK can’t stop China but can be wary of it https://arena-kiev.com/morning-view-uk-cant-stop-china-but-can-be-wary-of-it/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 19:21:08 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/morning-view-uk-cant-stop-china-but-can-be-wary-of-it/ morning view Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the acceleration of his country’s military development. He wants the country’s vast People’s Liberation Army to protect Chinese interests and Xi outlined the territorial claims over which the superpower will go to war. It’s predictable speech and consistent with the rhetoric of the past, but it’s […]]]>
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the acceleration of his country’s military development. He wants the country’s vast People’s Liberation Army to protect Chinese interests and Xi outlined the territorial claims over which the superpower will go to war.

It’s predictable speech and consistent with the rhetoric of the past, but it’s terrifying nonetheless because Beijing means it. China is communist is not such a thing in many ways.

There is nothing socialist about its economy that combines the worst of capitalism – corruption and destructive environmental development and gross inequality of wealth – with the worst of communism, tyranny and repression.

Now, China and Russia are moral allies in a doctrine of rule by force. India, which should be one of the great friends of the West, is currently keen to do business with these two dictatorships.

Meanwhile, much of Europe is still confused about China, as it was about Russia, wanting to trade with it while protesting its values.

In the latter case, this means that rich Germany still has to obtain gas supplies from the Moscow invaders for more than a quarter.

The UK was right to ban Huawei technology in UK 5G and ban Chinese input to our nuclear power plant for security reasons.

Western values ​​of democracy, freedom of speech and the rule of law are now in serious jeopardy. In Hong Kong, they are already removed.

Taiwan, another eastern outpost of these values, is next. A war there could make Ukraine’s horrific conflict look like a picnic.

There is little Britain can do to stop this physically, but it can use its cultural influence to form coalitions in defense of our spiritual allies, as it has done in support of Kyiv.

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Alternative to Biden’s national security plan | By Rizwan Ghani https://arena-kiev.com/alternative-to-bidens-national-security-plan-by-rizwan-ghani/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 20:49:38 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/alternative-to-bidens-national-security-plan-by-rizwan-ghani/ Alternative to Biden’s national security plan BIDEN’s China-Russia-centric national security (NS) plan is a divided worldview of America. Removed from reality, he is doomed to failure. Biden has designated India as his ally, but resurgent India will continue to run with hares and hunt with dogs (Trump’s Afghan Legacy, Pak Observer). Knowing Washington, the relationship […]]]>

Alternative to Biden’s national security plan

BIDEN’s China-Russia-centric national security (NS) plan is a divided worldview of America. Removed from reality, he is doomed to failure.

Biden has designated India as his ally, but resurgent India will continue to run with hares and hunt with dogs (Trump’s Afghan Legacy, Pak Observer).

Knowing Washington, the relationship would hit roadblocks sooner rather than later. America needs an alternative Asia-Pacific approach with China and Russia as friends so that India (Chanakya) escapes Machiavellian fate and everyone can benefit from the Asian century.

After the ME and Afghanistan, Europe was broken under the pretext of the war in Ukraine. No one can ignore the anti-NATO protests in Germany and France. Macron refuses to attack Russia even if Ukraine is attacked.

He has warned Biden (ECP) of nuclear Armageddon and opposes NATO seeking an independent Europe.

Merkel supported the pro-China view in her speech to the Kerr Foundation. This opens the door to collaboration with Asia instead of confrontation.

Biden relies on offensive policies to protect America’s vital business and security interests. Like its successive predecessors, they are doomed to historical failure.

Obama and Trump failed to secure Trans-Pacific Partnership agreements (November 13, 2016, The Guardian and January 23, 2017, NY Times).

America should also recognize China’s contribution to improving American living standards with cheap goods, buying American debt and creating jobs by sending millions of Chinese students to the United States. United.

By releasing ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in November, Biden is matching GoP America’s policy of eternal wars that he has promised to end his campaign trail.

Positive Russian economic forecasts show that alternative systems are working (IMF, Goldman Sachs and Economists).

Ukraine is a strategic miscalculation of the West with the UK and Europe its victims. The era of cheap energy in Europe is coming to an end as Russia redirects its energy infrastructure, including Siberia, to Asia.

If Europe fails to restart Nord Stream setups, the loss could be permanent. This is why America should respect Saudi Arabia for providing cheap oil for decades instead of blaming it for high oil prices while doing the same.

Saudi Arabia dismissed US criticism of OPEC+ quota cut decision (October 12, 2022 Bloomberg).

German minister criticizes US for “astronomical” natural gas prices (October 5, 2022, CNBC). Norway blamed Europe for high energy costs due to spot buying instead of long-term deals.

Without rebates for its European neighbors, Norway will earn $109 billion from its state-owned oil sector in 2022.

As part of a balanced approach, Washington should immediately maintain strong relations with Saudi Arabia, the other Gulf countries and Iran.

Ukraine was getting 30-40% cheap oil and gas from Russia as an energy hub that powered Europe and its economy.

Kyiv also received billions in return for running pipelines across the country and maintaining infrastructure.

It is corruption, incompetent leadership and foreign collaboration that have destroyed Ukraine and Europe.

America should play its part in ending Ukraine’s war for collective prosperity. The Minsk Agreement is a good starting point. All parties achieved their objectives.

Europe is divided. NATO has ended. Putin has expanded Russia, established a parallel financial system and secured a larger energy market in Asia, including China and India.

Delhi secured the removal of CAATSA (US sanctions), which allowed it to enter into trade, military and technological agreements with East and West.

India’s policies and shining numbers in the region are part of the US China Indo-Pacific policy.

Its megaprojects can yield good results if India can control corruption, preserve democracy and uphold the rule of law. Russian energy deals will help fund India’s national infrastructure mega projects.

India replaced Europe and Delhi subleased its defense and security to the West to build its economy, infrastructure and military. This policy should be for everyone. The American NSP can be modified positively.

Washington should respect the Asia-Pacific as well as its Western Hemisphere policy of non-interference and exclusive zone (Cuban Missile Crisis).

Or open its backwaters to the rest of the world, including China and Russia, just as it expects others to respect international maritime laws and waterways for global trade and supply chains.

Like America, everyone has a right to stand up, including China, Russia and Saudi Arabia. There are no restrictions on the size of the global economy.

It can accommodate everyone in terms of energy, jobs and technology. As the dominant power, America needs an NSP that promotes peace, prosperity and cooperation.

In the democratic era, there is no tolerance for wars, poverty and exploitation. It’s time to stop predatory infrastructure development deals like the East India Company that steal local resources, jobs, undermine democracies and promote wars.

It should be replaced by real progress in Africa, Asia and the West. Countries should be free to trade within the region and globally.

By ending divide and conquer policies, democracies can have a united, peaceful and prosperous world.

—The author is a senior political analyst based in Islamabad.

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