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Russia Hysteria
#41
Now Cult-owned Visa and Mastercard suspend operations in Russia after Cult-owned PayPal as Great Cancellation of Putin continues

Card payment giants Visa and Mastercard will suspend operations in Russia, becoming the latest major firms to join the business freeze-out of Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
Mastercard said that ‘noting the unprecedented nature of the current conflict and the uncertain economic environment,’ it had ‘decided to suspend our network services in Russia.’
Visa, for its part, said that ‘effective immediately’ it would ‘work with its clients and partners within Russia to cease all Visa transactions over the coming days.’
Visa cards issued by financial institutions outside of Russia will no longer work in Russia, the company said in a statement.
Their announcement came after several major tech companies and retailers shut down their operations in Russia amid a ‘Great Cancellation’ of Vladimir Putin.
Samsung Electronics suspended shipments to Russia over ‘geopolitical developments’, the firm said on Saturday.
The South Korean tech giant is the world’s biggest memory chip maker and the leading smartphone seller in Russia.
‘Due to current geopolitical developments, shipments to Russia have been suspended,’ Samsung said in a statement. ‘We continue to actively monitor this complex situation to determine our next steps.’
Sberbank Rossii PAO, Russia’s largest lender, on Saturday said sanctions announced by Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc would not affect users of the cards it issues in Russia, Tass news agency reported.
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#42
Ukraine war: Roman Abramovich sanctioned by UK

Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government as part of its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
He is one of seven oligarchs to be hit with fresh sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans.
The list also includes billionaires Igor Sechin and Oleg Deripaska, both seen as allies of Vladimir Putin.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “there can be no safe havens” for those who have supported the invasion.
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Chelsea FC cannot sell any more tickets for games, its merchandise shop will be closed, and it will be unable to buy or sell players on the transfer market.
The government said it would issue a special licence that allows fixtures to be fulfilled, staff to be paid and existing ticket holders to attend matches.
Ministers have come under pressure to sanction Mr Abramovich, who said he had made the “difficult decision” to sell Chelsea FC earlier this month.
The football club is among the assets frozen as part of the sanctions against Mr Abramovich and its sale has now been stalled.

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#43
Has the West Got a Leg to Stand On When it Complains of Putin’s Disregard for International Law and Other Moral Norms?

We’re publishing a guest post by Adrian Brown, a former Royal Australian Air Force Legal Officer, about whether it’s reasonable to expect Russia to be constrained by moral norms, particularly in light of the failure of Britain and the United States to always observe those norms themselves when the national interest is at stake.
If you’re anything like me, the sooner you forget the sight of Ukraine asking the UN Security Council, chaired by Russia with its power of veto, to vote for a motion demanding that Russia stop its invasion and withdraw its troops, the better. The UN reported that several of its members described Russia’s veto as “inevitable but deplorable”. It’s hard to imagine anything more enervating.
Russia is in clear breach of Article 2(4) of the UN Charter. Although the ICC has opened a war crimes investigation, Russia has withdrawn from the underlying treaty and is not subject to its jurisdiction. Before you rush to judgement, the United States has withdrawn too. Russia’s indifference to international law is best illustrated by its appeal to Article 51 of the UN Charter which deals with the right to self-defence. Token at best, mockery at worst. We all know that, without an independent enforcement mechanism, treaties are not like contracts in a rule-of-law based jurisdiction, and international law more generally contains a strong voluntary element.
We often hear experts say that Russia only understands hard power. But before we give up on international law, norms, and other constraints, it’s worth asking whether there is any basis for believing that a state is constrained by moral standards and, to the extent that the West has breached those standards itself, we can demand that Russia complies with them.
The sceptical analysis of Russia’s invasion restates the doctrine that foreign policy should only be concerned with a state’s interests and not with morality. It often suggests that Russia’s interests include ensuring that Ukraine does not join NATO. The West’s response to the invasion, driven in part by moral outrage, is naïve, misguided and even irresponsible. Instead, Western states should have dispassionately examined whether confronting Russia served their interests. If it did not, they should have looked the other way.
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#44
How to Destroy Russia. 2019 Rand Corporation Report: “Overextending and Unbalancing Russia”

Below is the review article of Manlio Dinucci published on May 25, 2019, which provides a summary of a Rand Report entitled: Overextending and Unbalancing Russia.
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Force the adversary to expand recklessly in order to unbalance him, and then destroy him. This is not the description of a judo hold, but a plan against Russia elaborated by the Rand Corporation, the most influential think tank in the USA. With a staff of thousands of experts, Rand presents itself as the world’s most reliable source for Intelligence and political analysis for the leaders of the United States and their allies.
The Rand Corp prides itself on having contributed to the elaboration of the long-term strategy which enabled the United States to win the Cold War, by forcing the Soviet Union to consume its own economic resources in the strategic confrontation.
It is this model which was the inspiration for the new plan, Overextending and Unbalancing Russia, published by Rand [1].
CLICK TO ACCESS the complete document of RAND May 2019
According to their analysts, Russia remains a powerful adversary for the United States in certain fundamental sectors. To handle this opposition, the USA and their allies will have to pursue a joint long-term strategy which exploits Russia’s vulnerabilities. So Rand analyses the various means with which to unbalance Russia, indicating for each the probabilities of success, the benefits, the cost, and the risks for the USA.
Rand analysts estimate that Russia’s greatest vulnerability is that of its economy, due to its heavy dependency on oil and gas exports. The income from these exports can be reduced by strengthening sanctions and increasing the energy exports of the United States. The goal is to oblige Europe to diminish its importation of Russian natural gas, and replace it by liquefied natural gas transported by sea from other countries.
Another way of destabilising the Russian economy in the long run is to encourage the emigration of qualified personnel, particularly young Russians with a high level of education.
In the ideological and information sectors, it would be necessary to encourage internal contestation and at the same time, to undermine Russia’s image on the exterior, by excluding it from international forums and boycotting the international sporting events that it organises.
In the geopolitical sector, arming Ukraine would enable the USA to exploit the central point of Russia’s exterior vulnerability, but this would have to be carefully calculated in order to hold Russia under pressure without slipping into a major conflict, which it would win.
In the military sector, the USA could enjoy high benefits, with low costs and risks, by increasing the number of land-based troops from the NATO countries working in an anti-Russian function.
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#45
Ukraine – Geopolitical Pivot

Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine is yet another exposure of the centuries-old struggle for domination over Central and Eastern Europe. Germany and Russia were expanding into these fertile lands for centuries, with support of another hidden power – the City of London.
To understand the network of core alliances and how and why the City of London merchant elites had been financing Germany and Russia (Imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet Russia), it is necessary to look into history. The lack of accountability of the financial and corporate elites of the City of London (and City’s American branch Washington D.C.) which had been financing regime leaders and military-industrial complexes in the past century, especially before World War II, had once again created conditions for a war in Europe. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent sanctioning of Russia by the world community is now steadily revealing this hidden network of business alliances that emboldened Vladimir Putin to threaten the security and welfare of European nations, in particular those of Central and Eastern Europe.
British MP and geographer, Halford J. Mackinder, stated in his 1904 famous publication “The Geographical Pivot of History” that control of Eastern Europe was critical for the “Heartland” of “World-Island”. In 1915, German liberal politician, Friedrich Naumann, came up with a concept of Mitteleuropa, that was meant to be colonial territory of the German Reich. Decades later, sovietologist and geostrategist, Zbigniew Brzezinski, once a National Security Adviser to US President Jimmy Carter, stated in his 1997 book – The Grand Chessboard – that Ukraine is “geopolitical pivot” and that “without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian Empire”. All these geopolitical concepts pointed to Ukraine and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe as pivotal in the games of Great Powers and those who are propping them behind the scenes…
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