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    Putin: Western Intel Services Aiming to Destabilize Russia

    President Vladimir Putin said Western intelligence services have set it as their goal to destabilize Russia especially during upcoming elections, according to the Kremlin’s website.

    In a speech Thursday in Moscow before top officials of the Federal Security Service, he said non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and politicized groups will take the lead in this effort.

    “[We are seeing that] to attain their goals, Western intelligence services are unceasingly using civic non-governmental organizations and politicized associations, above all to discredit the government and destabilize the domestic situation in Russia, whereby operations are already planned for the upcoming 2016-2018 election campaigns,” Putin told officials of the KGB successor agency, according to a transcript of his speech posted by the Kremlin.

    Russia is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections in 2016, followed by a presidential poll in 2018, in which Putin could seek a fourth term as president.

    Putin added that for these reasons, “the Russian government will continue to monitor NGOs for their sources of foreign financing, ascertaining that their activities are in line with their statutory objectives, so that we can take steps in response to any violations.”

    Lauding the efforts of Russian counter-intelligence services, Putin said that last year alone they helped uncover and thwart the activities of more than 300 spies and agents.

    But he said the government is always open to “constructive criticism.”

    “We always listen to constructive criticism of the authorities' action or lack of action at any level and this dialogue is always useful and simply necessary,” he said. "But it would be pointless to have debates with those who take orders from an outsider, in the interest of... another country,” he added.

    Following protests against his rule in 2012, Putin approved a law requiring NGOs engaged in “political activity” to register as “foreign agents,” and provide regular reports on their work and funding sources.

    Putin claimed that a variety of "tools" are being used to "contain" Russia, ranging from "attempts at political isolation and economic pressure" to a large-scale "information war" and the "tools of special services."

    He also cited NATO's decision to "ramp up its infrastructure" on Russia's borders, pointing specifically to the Western military alliance's creation of a "rapid reaction force" in Europe.

    Putin also condemned what he called "attempts to disrupt nuclear parity," pointing to U.S. plans to create or expand missile defense systems and a worldwide "global strike system" based on precision-guided weapons, and to deploy space-based weapons systems.

    He told the FSB that attempts to "frighten" the country "will never succeed," adding that it has always had and will always have "an adequate response" to "all external and internal threats."

    The Russian President has more than once expressed concern about the West attempting to orchestrate in Russia a “color revolution” — a reference to popular uprisings akin to those that occurred in Ukraine and Georgia.

    Putin: Western Intel Services Aiming to Destabilize Russia

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    Hardly news.

    Considering that Putin enjoys a much higher rate of domestic approval than any western leader, I would suggest the hawkish Nato types should pull their damn heads in. Is it an unstated wish of the US hawks to irrevocably damage the EU economy, I have to wonder.

    What 'benefit' would be gained from destabilising Russia by instigating or backing a minority lead revolution, or even a coup? (not that they could succesfully do so anyway)
    What 'benefit' was gained by destabilising Ukraine (leading to economic collapse & spiralling debt, the loss of Crimea, and civil war in the east), or Syria (leading to Isis, and a major human rights catastrophe)? Both are abject failures. Neither 'revolution' enjoyed broad national support either, rather minority regional and factional support.

    As usual, the adults in the room are the Germans. I suppose they learnt the lessons of WW2 well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Hardly news.

    Considering that Putin enjoys a much higher rate of domestic approval than any western leader
    That can happen when you are in complete control of the numbers.


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    Can also happen when outside influences try and mess around with your country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Considering that Putin enjoys a much higher rate of domestic approval than any western leader
    Anytime a leader of a nation state has an approval rating of 90% I would be alarmed. That is blind servitude on the level of North Korea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Hornblower View Post
    Can also happen when outside influences try and mess around with your country.

    By default.
    It's a way of life for some circles.

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    ^^True, but lets face it- our little adventures in Ukraine have only bolstered his popularity at home. Vlad might even be quietly thanking us, given the plunge in oil prices & the ruble. Much like maggie had reason to thank the argie bargies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    our little adventures in Ukraine have only bolstered his popularity at home.
    Maybe so but his base is easily ginned up as all a Russian needs is a steady supply of Wodka.

    Are you one of those who deny that the Russians are in Donbass? At the very leasy they are supplying equipment right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Are you one of those who deny that the Russians are in Donbass?
    No- there are definitely Russians there, but I don't know if they are officially Russian Army, or volunteers.
    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    At the very leasy they are supplying equipment right?
    Reckon so. Doubt they've supplied as much equipment as the hopeless Ukrainian Army has surrendered though.

    Talking of supplying equipment, this looks ominous-

    U.S. Ships 50 Abrams Tanks to Ukraine: Europeans Are Furious



    .... Since the time when America first mentioned the possibility of sending armored vehicles to Ukraine, now seems to be the time passing from words to deeds.
    The leader of the Austrian Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, has posted on Facebook photos showing the first American tanks (approximately 50) traveling to Ukraine.
    Strache thinks these are Bradley tanks [NOTE from Eric Zuesse: Actually, these look to me more like Abrams tanks], entering Austria [from Germany] through Linz. If this interpretation is true, then America would be starting to break, at least formally, the agreements signed by Ukraine and Russia in Minsk., entering Austria [from Germany] through Linz. If this interpretation is true, then America would be starting to break, at least formally, the agreements signed by Ukraine and Russia in Minsk.
    U.S. Ships 50 Abrams Tanks to Ukraine: Europeans Are Furious Washington's Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Considering that Putin enjoys a much higher rate of domestic approval than any western leader
    Anytime a leader of a nation state has an approval rating of 90% I would be alarmed. That is blind servitude on the level of North Korea.
    Don't be silly, North Korea prides itself on a 99% approval raring . . . because 100% wouldn't be believable

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Considering that Putin enjoys a much higher rate of domestic approval than any western leader
    Anytime a leader of a nation state has an approval rating of 90% I would be alarmed. That is blind servitude on the level of North Korea.
    Obama supporters wouldn't have complained if he'd hit those heights, would they?
    I guess you might not be so alarmed if a leader has the "correct (lefty) views".
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1F2i0rYMj8

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo
    Obama supporters wouldn't have complained if he'd hit those heights, would they?
    He wouldnt' have, though, would he. You're building a strawman argument to prove some point that doesn't exist.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo
    I guess you might not be so alarmed if a leader has the "correct (lefty) views".
    You seem to know snubbs so very well . . . share with us how

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