Putin on the Ritz

Blogs are funny in that certain key words (tags) will generate traffic for reasons unknown. Yesterday saw a spike in traffic for Lyudmila Putin. (Folks were googling this post.) And before I had read that Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyud were getting a divorce, I knew she would be in the news for some reason. Turns out, ol’ Vlad’s got a thing for Alina Kabayeva. He’s been Putin on the ritz for her…

Keep Calm and Visit Cyprus

Keep Calm and Visit CyprusAs for the question of Cyprus and Russia and Capitalism and whatever we are calling the current economic system in Russia, Ex Bootneck shares some rather interesting facts:

The Capitalists will sell us the rope on which we hang them; so said Vladimir Lenin.

His current successor Vladimir Putin has now started to knot the rope ready to throw over the nearest Carob tree in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, which has always been the Russian intention for its long-term game plan for the Greek Cypriot side of the Island.

The world took its eye of communist Russia when the USSR fell as it opened its arms to capitalism and free trade. Except, it wasn’t really the capitalism that we in the free West understood. Perhaps a better word to describe their adaptation would be ‘capitommunism’ with a sprinkling of fraud?

(As practiced by the Peoples Republic of China perhaps)?

Imagine the following if you will…

Prior to the ‘collapse’, Mother Russia (USSR) skilfully maintained a Cold War bluff as the country slowly and gradually headed towards starvation and its own implosion, literally. Its crumbling infrastructure as well as the decline of its war machine, along with the moral of its troops, was a disaster waiting to happen.

(Had any such war been declared, the West would have had to feed millions of civilians & POW’s, as well as prop up the country with ‘$£€’ billions perhaps ‘£$ €’ trillions in aid).

To recover from its near death rattle, it was vital that the newly formed ‘capitommunist’ Russian Federation built up its coffers slowly, which also allowed it to plan its long-term strategy. It also allowed those in power to conduct smash & grab operations for their own personal benefit.

(Whilst doing so they planned and initiated full-blown conflicts around their own borders, for the rest of the world to see creating a confused fog. Thus forcing the West to focus and bankrupt them selves fighting escalating follow on wars in obscure, non-Christian countries)?

History has shown that the West tends to peek over the hill to study the view in the valley below. Its strategic plan is initiated with the view that the more money you throw at the problem early on, the easier it will be to resolve. All planned for the short term; in and out fast, without bogging down its armed forces. The reality of this is… it is never so!

Mother Russia knows what the view is like as they prepared it, they channelled the problem to the West by planting misinformed intelligence within the valley; they use the valley conflict as a block, stop, and hold tactic, which allows them to develop and advance their long-term strategy elsewhere. Very cost effective on their behalf.

Mean while, the people on the streets within the Western world, place absolute blind faith in their leaders and politician’s, as well as their intelligence agencies. In turn their leaders & Intelligence agencies know that when they screw up and drop the ball (as they so often do) they can fall back on the professionalism and dedication of their military, who will sacrifice their all in their determination to pick up the ball and carry on with the game. The people cheer, and the leaders stand proud, saying, “I did that for you”!

I digress!

The harsh cold breeze that we have all been feeling these past few years over here in Europe; has not been felt at all by our close American allies, as the distance is too great to reach the mighty US shoreline. Had it reached it would have been ignored anyway, as ‘Barry’ has turned his back on Europe to focus elsewhere, which will prove to be a big mistake in the long run.

The cold breeze in question has a sinister undertone. It is actually the advance weather front of a new bitter Cold War, the threat of which could be countered, if dealt with quickly it would also prove to be cost effective.

(Approx €25 Billion from the West, split proportionality will keep Vlad Putin & Mother Russia out of Cyprus).

Cyprus provides the perfect platform for gathering military Intelligence around the Middle East, as well as offers long term-established airfields and sea bases for the use of Western military powers. It is a true intelligence godsend that benefits the Western world immensely.

In my own humble opinion;

The Greek Cypriot side of Cyprus is the Islands sewer inlet-outlet; the tide ebbs and flows just like the three-hour flight pattern of ‘business’ aircraft to and from Russia.
Its effluent is a ‘spooks’ paradise, as the island is a Mecca for multi-cultural visitors of influence who visit often to sample forbidden fruits not tolerated by their own society. Down right dirty rotten plans are hatched by the same groups with the intention of damaging Western infrastructure.

You can buy anything in Cyprus, the saying goes, from a villa on the beach to the entire country.

You can buy anything in Cyprus, the saying goes, from a villa on the beach to the entire country.

(And of interest for NavyOne. The Greek Cypriots have a lot in common with their Russian friends, such as a shared orthodox religious faith and the Cyrillic alphabet).

The Russian oligarchs have been made welcome with open arms by the Cypriot Government and the countries banks, with no questions asked about ‘dirty’ money being deposited into their accounts (as well as no visa required and automatic EU residency for any one buying a property over € 300 K).

It is estimated that over half of the € 60 Billion in the Cypriot banking system belongs to Russian ‘business’ people (that’s without taking into account what the Russian Mafia has in place). Putrid Putin would like to see his countries ‘black’ money returned to Mother Russia’s pot, as its illegal siphoning has weakened his base economy and slowed down his military building program.

Because of this the Russian authorities are reverting back to the old-ways of the old-days… They have resorted to blackmail, beatings, shootings, and the down right framing of ‘innocent’ businessmen whose property and funds are claimed back by the state.

As mentioned in NavyOne’s opener:
Today in London one of the UK’s most famous oligarchs, Boris Berezovsky, was found dead having committed ‘suicide’. In the past Boris stood up against Putin and declared him a crook, and recently provided irrefutable evidence in the London Law Courts confirming this. He also pushed a political movement for decent Russian citizens to stand up against Putin, and his Government. Boris had previously escaped numerous assassination attempts here in the UK, his death will send a powerful shock wave right across the Mediterranean, even if it ‘was’ an accidental shaving cut from ear to ear!

High profile Russian oligarchs living in Europe who refuse to return home to ‘discuss’ their financial affairs, are being murdered by ‘unknown’ hit men. This activity does not go unnoticed by those dwelling in Cyprus, after all, if Putin can conduct such hits in London, then the Russian mega rich in living in lazy Cyprus can expect the same, but on a far grander scale.

There have been a number of high-profile Russians who have suddenly died on UK soil.
*A Russian businessman linked as a witness to a high-profile corruption scandal was found dead near his home in Weybridge in November last year. A very fit Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, collapsed on a road whilst out running, toxicology reports into his death proved inconclusive! Perepilichnyy had allegedly been giving evidence to Swiss investigators about Russian fraud involving Swiss-based bank accounts.

*Reports connected Perepilichnyy to Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer for London-based Hermitage Capital Management, who died on remand in a Moscow prison after allegedly uncovering a web of corruption involving Russian tax officials.

*A Russian businessman was gunned down in broad daylight in April 2012 outside London’s Canary Wharf when an unknown hit-man sprayed him with bullets. One theory is that the businessman was shot because he knew too much about a 2009 gun attack on a Russian banker in Moscow.

*Before these two deaths came the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB officer, in 2006. Litvinenko had fled to Britain with evidence that gangs linked to Russia’s leadership were plotting the murder of Boris Berezovsky. He fell ill after meeting a KGB officer and his associate at the Millennium Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square. (a spot of Plutonium in a tea pot is not a designer drink).

What, may you ask, has any of this got to do with Putin & Cyprus?

Well!
Putin requires a sea base in the Mediterranean, as he can no longer rely upon the floating port service of its only ally in Crimean waters, Syria.

(From which the sinister Russian ‘Mil Intel’ services, the ‘GRU’, operate their clandestine op’s from).

Putin is also pumping Billions into building up the Russian surface fleet, which he wishes to place into a Crimean port to protect future Gazprom exploration rigs and its investments in and around the Med. And what better place to carry influence if he brings Cyprus out of bankruptcy?

Keep Calm and Visit CyprusHe can even offer the loan to the Government as a ‘grace and free interest favour’ for expelling the British and the US out of the country. The islands capability of a Middle East listening/gathering station is the icing on the cake. Not to mention the huge gas reserves being exploited on the southern Mediterranean Sea range, which Cyprus is unable to fund due to its critical financial state.

(Which occurred due to its heavy investment into the Greek business economy that collapsed. That was ‘allegedly’ influenced by Russian investment advisors ~ whoopsy)!

The following link from the Daily Mail provides an insight and gives a flavour of events.

I Visited a Russian Sub and All I Got Was…

Vlad the Inhaler had a conference call with the crew of the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear submarine, which houses 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles. He also received this stylish shirt in an on-board MWR, white-elephant gift exchange:

President Vladimir Putin, center, receives a navy t-shirt as a gift, on board a navy ship in Severomorsk, Russia, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Russian Navy's commander-in-chief Viktor Chirkov is at left, and Vladislav Malakhovsky, captain of the Peter the Great nuclear powered cruiser is at right.

President Vladimir Putin receives a navy t-shirt as a gift, on board a navy ship in Severomorsk, Russia, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Russian Navy’s commander-in-chief Viktor Chirkov is at left, and Vladislav Malakhovsky, captain of the Peter the Great nuclear powered cruiser is at right.

Eyes Right

This picture took me by surprise. Are Russian civilians really standing at attention for Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila Putin? I wonder what he is thinking. Actually, I can guess what he is pondering. I wonder what Lyudmila is thinking:

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila Putin walk after an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, May 7, 2012.

A Russian Boy on a Bike

Pictures have meaning, they are powerful. Imagine Tiananmen Square without the tanks and that lone student. In a similar vein, regarding Putin’s presidency, look at this young boy facing down the cops on his bike:

Dear Astronauts of the Space Station,

Astronauts,

I am going to switch to normal blogging for ease of communication with our more earthly readers. Can we talk about the International Space Station, your current home? Word in our atmosphere is: you are in big trouble in little Milky Way come mid-November.

International Space Station, Not made of LEGOs

Astronauts will abandon the International Space Station, probably in mid-November, if rocket engine problems that doomed a Russian cargo ship last week are not diagnosed and fixed.

Even if unoccupied, the space station can be operated by controllers on the ground indefinitely and would not be in immediate danger of falling out of orbit.

Three Russian astronauts, two Americans and a Japanese are living on the space station.

Yikes, what got us into such a predicament? One reason: Vladimir Putin (aka: The Hairless Bear) and his Ruskies can’t get all of their rubles in one sock:

Oopsie doopsie Comrade. We are staying in Siberia, and not the Motel 6 (мотель шесть), but in Motel Gulagiski

On Aug. 24, Russia’s Progress 44 cargo vessel crashed in Siberia after the third stage of its Soyuz rocket failed. That rocket is similar to the one NASA and other space agencies depend on to loft astronauts, raising doubts about whether the issue could be fixed in time for a new crew to get to the station before its three remaining residents depart for Earth on Nov. 22.

Headlines from the Muscovite music mag Popski indicate that the Britney Spears song Ooops, I Did It Again enjoyed brisk sales after the disaster. . .

Space issues appear to be a world-wide phenomenon. Even the Red Dragon can’t figure out the right music to play after its launch two weeks ago:

The lift-off was flawless. The orbit immaculate.

But while China’s leaders were celebrating the triumphant launch of Tiangong-1 space lab on Thursday, viewers of state television footage were treated to a bizarre choice of soundtrack: America the Beautiful.

America the Beautiful, China’s Official Space Song

Or was that a subtle (like a jackhammer), Eastern poke at the cloddish West?

Not that our space program is any better. Unfortunately, we have to deal with shenanigans like the one alluded to above with an asterisk*, regarding Lisa Nowak.

Why do we stress cultural outreach over replacing the Space Shuttle with a more advanced vehicle to travel to Mars and beyond? (Please don’t try to tell me that a capsule is more advanced.)

Who is this wacky Nowak person? Glad you inquired, her boyfriend was in the news recently and her story bears repeating. Especially for Junior Officers, as a classic, textbook case in what not to do.

Ensign Bobby, Lieutenant Sophomore Grade (LTSG) Betty: put down your sextants and listen carefully.

First and foremost, Ms. Nowak is United States Naval Academy graduate. As in the USNA or the Academy. Yes Ensign Bobby, we can refer to it as Canoe U. And she was once a Captain in the United States Navy and a former NASA astronaut.

Why former astronaut? Good question, LTSG Betty. From her no-wak-apedia entry:

Lisa Nowak, Academy Grad

According to police reports, Nowak drove from Houston to Orlando, Florida, on February 4–5, 2007. She packed latex gloves, a black wig, aBB pistol and ammunition, pepper spray, a hooded tan trench coat, a 2-pound drilling hammer, black gloves, rubber tubing, plastic garbage bags, approximately US $585 in cash, her computer, an 8-inch (20 cm) Gerber folding knife and several other items before driving the 900 miles (1,400 km) to Florida.

Early police reports indicated she wore diapers during the trip, but she later denied wearing them.

On February 5, 2007, Nowak went to the Orlando International Airport, waited for about an hour in the baggage claim, and then proceeded to the airport parking lot, where she located and confronted Shipman, who had just arrived from Houston by plane.

Lisa Nowak, Ring-knocker

So our space program is in shambles and we have to deal with the above drama. So what happened to Ms. Yes-wack? She was drummed out:

Capt. Lisa Nowak will retire with an “other than honorable” discharge and her pay grade will be knocked down one rank, Assistant Secretary of Navy Juan Garcia said in a statement.

Nowak’s conduct “fell well short” of what is expected of Navy officers and she “demonstrated a complete disregard for the well-being of a fellow service member,” Garcia said.

A Dependable Love Triangle (of terrible haircuts): Nowak, Shipman, and Oefelein

As for Commander Nowak’s love interest, Commander Bill Oefelein, he married the lovely Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, whose Wikipedia page has been mysteriously wiped clean. And he was in the news several weeks ago for possibly saving a big-time biff in Alaska:

Oefelein and Shipman are now married and living in Anchorage, according to Florida attorney Kepler Funk, who has represented Shipman in the past.

In the Sept. 15 crash, Oefelein managed to skillfully steer the stalled small floatplane into some alder bushes and land without any injuries near Judd Lake, about 50 miles northwest of Anchorage. None of the three on board was injured, but the six-seat Regal Air plane was heavily damaged when it went down in a swampy area of alder bushes about 200 feet from the lake.

A friend of the Commander searches for answers on the Lisa she knew.

I can rant and rave about declining standards. But, I will let the facts sit. All in all, Ms. Nowak has issues and requires professional help. Not as a punchline, which she has dependably become.

And perhaps this post can be construed as mean, but shame is a powerful motivator to our incoming junior officers. And Ms. Nowak forgot that her actions have ramifications. She was a Captain, an astronaut, and a representative of our country, after all. Oh, did I mention she’s an Academy grad? A ring-knocker?

Vladimir Putin, Lover

Vladimir Putin, Lover, Drudge Report Centerfold Boy

Vlad the Impala, that Chevy of Russia, is back in the news. And to oblige, Matt Drudge gave him some Drudge Report love this morning.

First though, I had better explain why (strictly metaphorically speaking) Mr Putin is the Impala of the Russian Federation, or Россия as I like to call her.

The Impala has lingered upon the American carscape since 1958. It is a long, grand, and distinctive fellow. Few other vehicles have had a run quite that long in our history. Sure Corvettes, you may say, are seared into our national consciousness. But Vlad Putin is no Corvette. He is a slow to warm, 327 cu in (5.4 L) Turbo Fire V8′d Impala.

Vladimir Putin, 72 Impala

So Putin, like the Impala, has clung on. Sure, he has undergone a little cosmetic update here and there. Of course, Putin’s updates have been strictly in title only.

He is not a student of the Lindsay Lohan, Cher, make-my-face-look-like a duck, or a goldfish, school of cosmetic surgery. (Despite what his schoolhouse picture looks like, below.) His cosmetic updates have been titular: President to Prime Minister and then back to President.

What, say you, has got Matt Drudge, and (by extension) the rest of the rational world, in such a tizzy? This, my comrades:

Russia’s spy agency is waging a massive undercover campaign of harassment against British and American diplomats, as well as other targets, using deniable “psychological” techniques developed by the KGB, a new book reveals.

Vladimir Putin, naturally lipped, non-collagen injected

The federal security service (FSB) operation involves breaking into the private homes of western diplomats – a method the US state department describes as “home intrusions”. Typically the agents move around personal items, open windows and set alarms in an attempt to demoralise and intimidate their targets.

The FSB operation includes the bugging of private apartments, widespread phone tapping, physical surveillance, and email interception. Its victims include local Russian staff working for western embassies, opposition activists, human rights workers and journalists.

Vladimir Putin campaigning

Ach, what is a little spying among amigos? Harassment shows you love, right? Da, Comrade? You decadent Americans need to be monitored. Vodka for all of my friends! (Yikes, I just broke Blogging Convention #462: do not mix languages within a paragraph. Each new language must be introduced in a new sectional paragraph.) (Does anyone know the translation of amigo into Russian? Not comrade, but something a little warmer.)

Vlad the Impala, has also turned his cannons internally. Señor Drudge added this shocking (absolutely shocking) link for our Chevy:

Vladimir Putin wrestling girls

Masked police on Thursday entered the Moscow headquarters of a bank part-owned by a billionaire oligarch and leader of a liberal political party that is contesting elections in December.

Uh oh. This is not good. What may have brought about such a little visit:

Vladimir Putin in his b’day suit (NSFW if clicked)

But the incident provoked fears among the party that it was intended as a warning to Mr Prokhorov, who earlier this summer became the first Russian oligarch to enter politics since 2003, bringing an end to an unwritten pact between Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, and big business that tycoons should stay out of politics.

Well Mellow Jihadis, that is all for our pictorial and word-orial post on Vlad “the Impala” Putin. As usual, send us your tips, insights, little morsels of brilliance. For we shall publish (or at least digest) the tastiest. . .