Category: SAKER

Making sense of Russian political ambiguities

THE SAKER—There are roughly two camps vying for power inside the Kremlin: I call them the Atlantic Integrationists and the Eurasian Sovereignists. The former group is a pure product of the 1990s. We can think of them as “liberals”, IMF/Washington Consensus/WTO/WB types; folks who came to power thanks to the regime of oligarchs which ran Russia from about 1990 to 2000 and which was both deeply pro-American and which had extremely close ties to Israel and the various political Jewish and Zionist organizations in the West. The latter group is primarily a product of the armed forces and the security services. The “bridge” between the two is, by the way, the Russian military industrial complex in which both groups are represented.

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Putin Overwhelmingly Triumphant on Sunday

STEPEHN LENDMAN—Western accusations of ballot-box stuffing and other irregularities are fake. International monitors said Sunday voting proceeded smoothly. According to Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC), over 1,500 international monitors from 115 countries observed voting procedures – around 600 from OECD nations. The CEC instituted extra transparency-enhancing measures, including live video in every polling station – 97,027 nationwide to assure proper oversight and accountability. A CEC call center with hundreds of operators were on duty to respond rapidly to any irregularities.

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Russian Presidential Elections: boring, useless and necessary?

THE SAKER—Switzerland is probably one of the comparatively most democratic countries out there, but mostly what we see is that western democracies are run by gangs of oligarchs and bureaucrats who have almost nothing in common with the people they are supposed to represent. As for the USA, for decades now every time the people voted for “A” they always got “non-A” as a result. It is almost comical.

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Making sense of the Russian 5th generation fighters in Syria

THE SAKER—The biggest problem for the Russians is that they already have an array of extremely successful combat aircraft, especially the Su-35S and the formidable Su-34. Should Russia deploy more of these or should she place huge resources into a new very complex and advanced aircraft? Most Russian analysts would probably agree that Russia needs to be able to deploy some minimal number of real 5th generation combat aircraft, but they would probably disagree on what exactly that minimal number ought to be.

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How far can the Americans be pushed?

GHASSAN KADI—The 1st of March 2018 Putin speech will in the future be seen as a turning point. Even though President Putin did not mention electronic jamming devices and other Russian military technology that America is well and truly behind in, he will be seen in history as the first ever non-American leader to put American military on notice by saying to American policy makers that Russia is militarily more advanced than America in both defense and attack.

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