Monthly Archives: December 2014

EU File: Fascism resurgent amidst Eurocrisis: Italian police infiltrate neo-fascist New Order Vanguard, arrest 14 members, including ex-cop ringleader, Stefano Manni stockpiled arms, planned assassinations of politicians, judges, attacks against tax agency, state railway, police stations; 31 other persons under investigation for extremist political activities; original New Order banned in 1973, after carrying out campaign of violence; national unemployment rate of 13.2%, youth jobless rate of 43.4%, economic stagnation push segments of Italian society, including south, to far right; poll says one third of Italians back Kremlin-funded Northern League, anti-EU/anti-immigrant Matteo Salvini compared to France’s Marine Le Pen, visits Moscow in Oct., confers with United Russia leadership, urges strong Italo-Russian friendship

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The Moscow Leninists cover all the bases. Merry Christmas. We’ll be back in the New Year.

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Snap multi-branch exercise in Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave mobilizes 9,000 troops Dec. 5-10, numerous aerial encounters between NATO, Russian warplanes leave Baltic states jittery; ITAR-TASS: “The exercise involved units of missile troops, artillery, mechanized infantry, airborne troops, marine forces, units of reconnaissance, communications, logistics, as well as combat and military transport aircraft, helicopters and ships of the Baltic Fleet”; People’s Liberation Army Navy heading for Mediterranean Sea as Russia, Red China plan maneuvers for Pacific Ocean, Med in 2015; Moscow-Beijing Axis’ “one clenched fist” inaugurated with first Peace Mission exercise in 2005, Sino-Soviet military drills unheard of during Cold War, fake ideological split

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Flashback: “Power politics: China, Russia, and Peace Mission 2005” (source)

EU/USSR2/Middle East Files: Russia implements drastic interest rate hike to stabilize ruble, offset effects of Saudi Arabia’s oil war against Iran, global crude price collapse, protects Putin’s ambitious remilitarization program, covert war against Ukraine, funding for Euro-fascists; 1) Saudis refuse to cut production, Iran’s Rouhani lashes back: “Iran and people of the region will not forget such conspiracies, or in other words, treachery against the interests of the Muslim world”; 2) new truce holds between Ukrainian army, Moscow-backed separatists in Donbass, DPR/LPR insurgents withdraw heavy weapons from front line; 3) National Front chief Marine Le Pen admits France’s most popular party accepted €9 million loan from First Czech-Russian Bank, French weekly: FN leaders regularly confer with Russia’s ambassador in Paris; 4) Russian loans also extended to Greece’s violent Golden Dawn, Hungary’s Jew/Roma-hating Jobbik, Austria’s Freedom Party, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang, Italy’s N. League

During the Cold War, Soviet Russia funded Western Europe’s communist parties. Now the Moscow Leninists fund the European far right with the same intent, the convergence of East (i.e., Eurasian Union) and West (i.e., European Union), within the context of a revived worldwide communist federation. Viva Golitsyn!

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Communist Bloc Military Updates: Stockholm: Russian combat jet, without active transponder, nearly collided with airliner en route from Copenhagen to Poznan on Dec. 12; NATO’s Dec. 7 encounter with 6 Russian strategic bombers over Baltic Sea included veritable Russian air armada, 22 additional combat aircraft accompanied Bears, Backfires; ex-Soviet Lithuania bumped up army’s alert level in response; NATO Sec.-Gen. Stoltenberg comments on “unprecedented” surge in Russian military aviation in region: Undeclared flights have jumped threefold since 2013, to more than 100 annual interceptions; NATO replies to Russian aggression in SE Ukraine, Crimea, launches new command in Bavaria, Very High Readiness Joint Task Force carries out Trident Lance 2014 exercise, mobilizes 3,700 troops to repel simulated attack against ex-Soviet Estonia

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Navy denies media reports armed marines seized control of French-built helicopter carrier after Nov. 14 deadline passed without formal transfer, describes alleged takeover “extraordinary invention”; 400 Russian sailors arrived at W. French port of Montoir-de-Bretagne in June, trained aboard Vladivostok ahead of planned handover; French President Hollande, citing Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, suspended transfer on Nov. 25, French shipbuilder DCNS confirms theft of warship computers, communications software prior to this date, no sensitive data taken; second Mistral-class ship bound for Russian Navy, Sevastopol, floated out of dry dock in late Nov.; Dep. PM Rogozin expresses Moscow’s annoyance with Paris: “The stern section of Mistral was made . . . in St. Petersburg. . . . [I]f they want to keep the ship, we will have to tear away its stern section and get it back to use it in other ships”

EU/USSR2 Files: Kremlin sends 1,200 tons of Christmas cheer (i.e., weapons, troops?) to Ukrainian rebels, “humanitarian” convoy of 130 trucks arrives in Donbass; 60 Russian aid trucks slated to show up in Moldova’s pro-Russia breakaway region of Transnistria (via Ukraine land route?), “President” Shevchuk in Moscow early Oct., supports integration with Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), opposes Chisinau’s Association Agreement with EU; Moldova’s pro-Moscow Communists contest validity of Nov. 28 election after PCRM, Socialists scoop 38% of vote but not enough to prevent pro-EU government from renewing coalition; President Sargsyan signs union treaty, Armenia to join Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan in formation of EEU on Jan 1., 2015; Russian Communist MP attends CP of Armenia congress in Yerevan, Taysayev claims new bloc “communist project”: “This is our program as we call on the leaders of our countries to seek closer integration, establish the Eurasian Union, the Customs Union. We do not doubt that a new Union of friendly peoples will be created”; SBU chief Nalivaichenko backs ban against CP of Ukraine, Holodomor denial, French Communists decry Kiev’s anti-communist measures

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Red China’s jet-powered, cruise missile-armed strategic bombers menace Japanese islands of Okinawa, Miyako on Dec. 6, occurs amidst joint PLAAF-PLAN drills in W. Pacific, Cold War-era H6K planes capable of threatening US bases in Japan, Guam; Portuguese fighter jets under NATO command intercept sortie of four Russian “Bear,” two “Backfire” bombers over Baltic Sea on Dec. 7, occurs amidst spike in recent months of Russian Air Force flights near NATO, NORAD peripheries; Canadian fighter pilots scramble to intercept two Russian Tu-95s over Beaufort Sea on Dec. 8, while CF-18s based out of Lithuania repel 2 Russian long-range bombers in violation of Baltic country’s airspace; ahead of mid-Nov. Serbo-Russian military drill, Serbian analyst scoffs at claim Russian “emergency situations center” near S. city of Nis a military base

EU/USSR2 Files: Belgrade, Budapest walk tightrope between Moscow and Brussels: Russia pulls plug on South Stream pipeline, reroutes LNG through Turkey, Putin informs Serbian counterpart Nikolic, but reaffirms countries’ friendship (i.e., opposition to Kosovo independence); follows Putin’s Oct. state visit to EU candidate Serbia, first-ever Serbo-Russian military exercise near Belgrade, 6 Russian Ilyushin-76s disgorged troops, equipment “under veil of secrecy”; Serbian DM Gasic downplays SREM-2014’s overt threat toward NATO, retired Yugoslav general: “The [Serbian] army is not exclusively facing West right now”; Russian, Serbian air forces to hold joint tactical aviation drills in 2015; Russia to add 2 reactors to Hungary’s Soviet-era Paks NPP under US$12.4 billion deal, Hungarian PM Orban chummy with Putin

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russian military conducts drills near border of insurgency-wracked Ukraine, Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30M2 fighter jets operating out of former Ukrainian base in occupied Crimea; Russian paratroopers carry out practice drops, combat planes drop armored vehicles over N. Serbia, near NATO member Croatia as Moscow, Belgrade hold unprecedented joint live-fire drills in mid-Nov.; Serbia, Croatia part of Communist Yugoslavia until 1992; Ukrainian Armed Forces spokesperson: Up to 10,000 Russian troops fighting alongside 22,000 insurgents, mercs in Donbass; NATO Sec.-Gen. Stoltenberg: “We see a significant military buildup in and around Ukraine… large transfers of Russian advanced weapons, equipment and military personnel to violent separatists”; Russia’s Central Military District to carry out “large-scale” drills in 2015; Russian Navy vice admiral to oversee transfer of helicopter carrier Vladivostok from France, Moscow warns Paris to abide by terms of contract in spite of Ukraine conflict

Russian Soldiers in France

Pictured above: Russian sailors stand in formation in front of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok at the STX Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, on November 25, 2014.

Reports concerning the sale, or non-sale, of two French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia vary from month to month. However, Moscow is determined to collect its hardware. No doubt, in the end, the Ministry of Surrender in Paris will comply.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Battle for control of Donetsk’s international airport rages on as Kiev’s ATO says Russian special forces aiding separatists in months-long siege, Spetsnaz retreat with “significant losses” after weekend assault, shelling from both sides continues; Ukrainian government forces unable to hold 409-kilometer stretch of border with Russia, Kremlin rotating regular troops, mercenaries in and out of Ukraine, still shipping weapons to Donbass rebels; “terrorists” defy farcical cease-fire, use artillery, MRLs to hit army positions 41 times overnight throughout Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts; Ukrainian troops build anti-tank defenses along border with Russian-occupied Crimea; Russian warships training in North Sea, enter English Channel, anchor in France’s Bay of the Seine; Rada elects new speaker after Oct. 26 election, Grojsman allied with pro-West President Poroshenko

Ukrainian flags are pictured at Donetsk airport

Pictured above: Holding out against Kremlin-backed separatists, Ukrainian troops fly the flag over the shattered terminal of Donetsk’s Sergei Prokofiev International Airport, on September 1, 2014.

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Flashback: Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) 45th Special Purpose (Spetsnaz) Regiment spearheads takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula on February 27, 2014 (source)