In A Fake Snowball Fight
Norwegian oil and gas workers normally don’t see anything more threatening than North Sea waves crashing against the steel legs of their offshore platforms
We know that Russia’s federal budget is cracking under the weight of sanctions and that the government is forced to use the National Welfare Fund to finance a ballooning deficit. But what’s happening to regional budgets? A short thread
By threatening to cut off uranium supplies, Moscow hopes to win many countries to its side in the confrontation with the West.
[...]In Hungary, Rosatom was going to build Paks-2 NPP mainly at the expense of a EUR 10 billion government loan. In Finland, during the construction of the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant worth 6.5 billion euros, the Russian state corporation assumed most of the financial risks, namely 5 billion euros. Half of those funds were supposed to come from the National Welfare Fund. Rosatom was unable to get any tax benefits or any other preferences but was ready to meet any conditions - just to build a nuclear power plant in Finland.
Still, Rosatom managed to pull off its most impressive feat of unprecedented generosity in Turkey. The Akkuyu NPP is being built there using an interest-free government loan of over 20 billion euros. The plant is being built according to the BOO (build-own-operate) principle. It is owned by a Turkish legal entity whose founders are companies based out of Russia. The Russian side will be involved in supporting the project at all stages: from design to decommissioning. The agreement was entered into without any financial obligations on the part of Turkey. The Russian budget will have to pay for everything: from the disposal of radioactive waste to the training of Turkish personnel in Russia and the decommissioning of the reactors. All this may cost approximately the same amount as the construction of the NPP. The consequences of an accident, if it ever occurs, will also have to be managed with Russian taxpayers' money, and in such event the sum may turn out to be infinitely large.
Not surprisingly, Ankara did not join the sanctions against Russia and also abstained from voting to suspend Russia's powers in the Council of Europe. Bangladesh, where Russia is also building the Ruppur nuclear power plant, also condemned the sanctions.
At the same time, the construction of Akkuyu will substantially increase Turkey's dependency on Russia for decades. When launched, the nuclear power plant will meet about 10 percent of the energy needs of the entire republic, while Ankara also receives half of the required amount of gas from Russia. According to the head of Rosatom, the state corporation plans to stay in Turkey for a period of up to 100 years.
The paramilitary group Rusich is one of multiple Russian far-right and neo-Nazi organizations that have fought in the war in Ukraine. Because it’s not an official part of the Russian Armed Forces, Rusich has had to find alternative ways of funding its members’ military equipment and medical needs — and has found the perfect solution in cryptocurrency. Meduza special correspondent Lilia Yapparova explains how Russian white supremacists have used the blockchain Ethereum to siphon money from a Ukrainian charity foundation — and how they’ve encouraged other Russian fighters to use crypto to extort money from the families of murdered POWs.
It is strange - in a lot of ways it seems like he is copying Hitler to the dot. Did he not read the book till the end?An article from The Guardian about how Russia is trying to indoctrinate young Russians with a youth paramilitary group (which is publicized & supported by a famous Russian gymnast, Nikita Nagornyy). It’s all such obvious echoes of Hitler Youth from the 1930s.
An article from The Guardian about how Russia is trying to indoctrinate young Russians with a youth paramilitary group (which is publicized & supported by a famous Russian gymnast, Nikita Nagornyy). It’s all such obvious echoes of Hitler Youth from the 1930s.
Yulia Kuliyeva, only 19 and already a commissar, sat at a desk and quizzed each young person who sat opposite her, testing for ideological fitness to participate in summer camp.
“Tell me, what achievements of Putin’s policy can you name?” she asked, referring to Russia’s president since 2000, Vladimir V. Putin.
“Well, it’s the stabilization in the economy,” the girl answered. “Pensions were raised.”
“Putin’s Generation” is growing up with a diet of anti-European and anti-American sentiment that could deepen the social and political divides between Russia and the West for decades to come.
It is strange - in a lot of ways it seems like he is copying Hitler to the dot. Did he not read the book till the end?
This little video is truly incredible. I recommend everybody watch it several times, to let it sink in. It says so much about why Russia is losing this war. A short thread.
Thank you. I've never heard a thing about Mikhail Voskresensky. Very interesting person, charming, sharp. Happy he made it out.The video is only in Russian, alas (but worth a watch if one understands the language; it is much more detailed than the article); the article is from the Atlantic.
It is about Mikhail Voskresensky, one of the most famous Russian pianists and pedagogues, the Chair of Moscow Conservatory Piano department, and his quest at the age of 87 to leave the country.
Россию покинул еще один выдающийся представитель музыкальной элиты – известный пианист и профессор Московской консерватории Михаил Воскресенский. Несмотря на...www.youtube.com