Russia Digested 23.11

November 23, 2017

Vladimir Putin has met with Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir today in Moscow. International Criminal Court has issued two warrants for arrest of the latter in 2009 and 2010 for war crimes, crimes against humanity and crime of genocide. Al-Bashir replied by stating that ICC has no authority to arrest him. Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov declined to answer the question whether this meeting means that Putin disagrees with orders issued by ICC. Anyway, who needs allies in international organizations? We have friends all over the world – Sudan and North Korea for starters.

Igor Plotnitsky, separatist leader of Luhansk People’s Republic, recognized officially by no one, has arrived in Moscow following an allegingly averted military coup. Russian writer Zakhar Prilepin, who became an influential figure in another separatist state in the East of Ukraine, People’s Republic of Donetsk, likewise recognized officially by no one, stated that he flew the same plane with Plotnitsky, flight Rostov-Moscow. Another example of Russia’s bad taste of allies. Although this situation is too reminiscent of Yanukovich’s flight back in February 2014. Perhaps there was a coup, and this was Plotnisky’s chance to escape.

Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, has proposed to finally bury Lenin. For those of you who don’t know, there is still a corpse lying right in the middle of Moscow, which you can look at on Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat and Sun from 10 A.M. till 1 P.M. Similar proposals came from the infamous Natalia Poklonskaya and Ksenia Sobchak, who recently entered the Presidential race. While leader of Russian Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, has expressed his deepest regret over the ladies’ proposition, he didn’t dare to critisize the Chechnya Head, as he is well aware Lenin is not the first one whom Kadyrov proposed to bury (and succeeded).

Speaking of Ksenia Sobchak, she will be put under investigation by Moscow Prosecutor Office for her words about Crimea – one of the pinpoints of her presidential campaign. In that regard her position is different not just from the usual placeholders (Zyuganov, Zhirinovsky and Mironov), but from other opposition leaders who entered the race (Navalny and Yavlynsky). While the former call the 2014 events Crimea Reunion, and the latter Crimea Annexation and call for a new referendum, Sobchak said there can be no discussion on referendum – Crimea is Ukrain, not Russia, and it was illegaly annexed. Whether that investigation will gain any weight, which is highly doubtful, remains to be seen.

Finally, on the latest Russian attempt to destroy Europe with a chemical weapon (it’s a joke). What seems to be a leak of ruthenium (Ru-106) has agitated European scientists since the end of September. First reports suggested a radioactive cloud reached France and Germany, then traces were found in Romania and few other East European countries. The trail then led to Ural Mountains in Russia, and recent investigations point to Mayak (“Beacon”) – nuclear waste storage and production of nuclear weapons components facility. Currently investigation is being conducted by Rosatom and Roshydromet (atom energy corporation and The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, accordingly). The effects on health will become evident in half a year – possibly a new wave of cancer disease. Considering president’s proposition to make already crumbling medicine partly charged, not many will survive the wave.


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