In Series 1, Putin survived the Russian Constitution rule limiting Presidents to two terms by an adroit disappearance stage left and reappearance from stage right. He is now in the first part of a second two-term Presidency before, presumably, temporarily disappearing stage left again.
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The author points out that Churchill, explaining why he defended the stockpiling of food within Britain, while millions died of starvation in Bengal, told his private secretary that 'the Hindus were a foul race, protected by their mere pullulation from the doom that is their due.' Pullulation, Mukerjee notes, means rapid breeding.
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Well you are right there string in that we do not agree! There are plenty of leaders who are comfortably off - our own Prime Minister for example and many others so why people pinpoint Putin is still odd.
Quote from: rjhowie on 2014-05-24, 13:46:42Well you are right there string in that we do not agree! There are plenty of leaders who are comfortably off - our own Prime Minister for example and many others so why people pinpoint Putin is still odd.40 billion (if true) is beyond rich, but that's beside the point; I am pointing out a possible intent of the ratcheting sanctions.
40 billion (if true) is beyond rich, but that's beside the point;
I think Donetsk will be the turning point in his ambition(s).Annex it and he leaves no doubt, leave it as is and cause further doubt regarding his ambition.
Russia's lower house of parliament has passed a law requiring internet companies to store Russian citizens' personal data inside the country.The Kremlin says the move is for data protection but critics fear it is aimed at muzzling social networks like Twitter and Facebook.The Russian government is thought to be seeking greater access to user data.Social networks were widely used by protesters opposing President Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012.Analysts say there are fears that Russia may be seeking to create a closed and censored version of the internet within its borders.The new bill must still be approved by the upper chamber and President Putin before it becomes law..........
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