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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    ^Perhaps you should know that the Crimea - beside the historical facts connecting it to Russia - had been and still is - an autonomous republic. If you know what "autonomous" means.

    BTW, to get a "full control" of a country it can be achieved by an invasion with thousands of deaths - as we know so many cases from the present times - and/or by other peaceful means... What style do you prefer?

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    [QUOTE=harrybarracuda;3871104]Lovely shot of the former Stasi enforcer.


    Absolutely,..the ^ man is dangerous,..but only to people who have not the wisdom of minding their own business.


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    Loved by his citizens and many others around the world.

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    ^It's interesting to see in the various forums that there are much more (Western) people who are expressing their consent and praise of Putin's actions/dealing than a number of people cursing Trump and his Melody Boys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Loved by his citizens

    Arf.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    ^It's interesting to see in the various forums that there are much more (Western) people who are expressing their consent and praise of Putin's actions/dealing than a number of people cursing

    Trump and his Melody Boys...
    I, for one, neither consent to, nor praise Putin's actions/dealings, in any way, shape or form.

    However, I do have an abiding respect for the man,...due to his (no-nonsense) Presidential demeanour,...

    together with his quiet, intelligent manner of representing the Russian people,...before the global community.
    Last edited by TuskegeeBen; 14-12-2018 at 01:05 AM.

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    ^My contact with Russian citizens is obviously limited. Speaking less Russian that Thai.

    All I can report is what little I have had with Russians, in Thailand, have reinforced my understanding that they are behind him 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    ^My contact with Russian citizens is obviously limited. Speaking less Russian that Thai.

    All I can report is what little I have had with Russians, in Thailand, have reinforced my understanding that they are behind him 100%.
    They're the ones looking to launder money through condos you fool.


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    Harry, Ant, Stroller, and a few others are a goldmine of clever comebacks and funny insults.

    This thread is absolutely bonkers. Between the "Putin is a Just God" bunch and the more rational realpolitik posters, it's entertainment at a fine level.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith View Post
    Harry, Ant, Stroller, and a few others are a goldmine of clever comebacks and funny insults.

    This thread is absolutely bonkers. Between the "Putin is a Just God" bunch and the more rational realpolitik posters, it's entertainment at a fine level.

    Indeed,...A spot on observation

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    Russia shifts $100bn of its reserves into yuan, yen & euro in a great dollar dump
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    The Central Bank of Russia has moved further away from reliance on the US dollar and has axed its share in the country’s foreign reserves to a historic low, transferring about $100 billion into euro, Japanese yen and Chinese yuan.

    The share of the US currency in Russia’s international reserves portfolio has dramatically decreased in just three months between March and June 2018, from 43.7 percent to a new low of 21.9 percent, according to the Central Bank’s latest quarterly report, which is issued with a six-month lag.

    The money pulled from the dollar reserves was redistributed to increase the share of the euro to 32 percent and the share of Chinese yuan to 14.7 percent. Another 14.7 percent of the portfolio was invested in other currencies, including the British pound (6.3 percent), Japanese yen (4.5 percent), as well as Canadian (2.3 percent) and Australian (1 percent) dollars.

    The Central Bank's total assets in foreign currencies and gold increased by $40.4 billion from July 2017 to June 2018, reaching $458.1 billion.

    Russia began its unprecedented dumping of US Treasury bonds in April and May of last year, amid a rise in tensions between the United States and Russia. The massive $81 billion spring sell-off coincided with the US’s sanctioning of Russian businessmen, companies and government officials.

    The Kremlin has openly stated that American sanctions and pressure are forcing Russia to find alternative settlement currencies to the US dollar to ensure the security of the country’s economy. Other countries, such as China and Iran, are also pursuing steps to challenge the greenback’s dominance in global trade.

    https://www.rt.com/business/448441-r...s-dollar-dump/

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuskegeeBen View Post
    I, for one, neither consent to, nor praise Putin's actions/dealings, in any way, shape or form.

    However, I do have an abiding respect for the man,...due to his (no-nonsense) Presidential demeanour,...

    together with his quiet, intelligent manner of representing the Russian people,...before the global community.
    Hell ya hi is a leader of a dominating country (even some wont recognize that)and presents himself as such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by global View Post
    Hell ya hi is a leader of a dominating country (even some wont recognize that)and presents himself as such.
    Not sure about "leader", "owner" is probably a better word.

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    https://www.jta.org/2014/03/11/globa...ve-or-politics

    “Putin may be good for Jews, but he’s bad for Russia,” said Michael Edelstein, a lecturer at Moscow State University and a journalist for the L’chaim Jewish newspaper.

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