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meanboysfromkremlin:

alleydetour:

meanboysfromkremlin:

alleydetour:

what the poster said? “Slavik is so young, and young Nashi go ahead”? But why it is “СУРКОВ НЕ МЕШАЮТ”? I mean, why not “Сурков не мешает” or “сурки не мешают”?
my God, I don’t know how to describe Russian grammar in English, 

its the difference between do not and does not
не мешают: do not interfere (surkov “you” do not interfere?)
не мешает: does not interfere (he does not interfere?) 
at least i think so i dont even speak russian. the poster refers to what surkov has to do with nashi when he’s an old fart

em…..no, the difference is, не мешает means (he/she) does not interfere, and не мешают means (they) do not interfere, if the author want to express “you do not interfere”, the phrase should be “мешаете”(plural) or “мешаешь”(single), so I don’t understand what it means, the subject is Slava? or Nashi? or just a satire, like a designed error to call him “marmots”?

i may not understand russian grammar but you do not understand english grammar. english use dont with i, you, we and they. does not refers to he she or it. the writer is most likely refers to you(не мешают) as surkov, asking surkov if he interferes with nashi or not. i dont know what you dont understand about this. 

In Russian the verb should match its subject precisely, I mean, if you want to use “interfere”, in Russian it is “мешать”, you should say:
single: Я мешаю (I interfere) / Ты мешаешь (you interfere)/ Он мешает (He interferes)
plural: Мы мешаем (we interfere) / Вы мешаете (you interfere) / Они мешают (they interfere)
So when the poster uses мешают, it means “they”, what I do not understand is what the “they” refer to. “Сурков” is in its nominative here, if we regard it as a surname which referring to a man, if the sentence means someone interfere Surkov, it should be spelled as “Суркова”. Or, if we understand the word as the plural form of “Сурок”, the plural form means marmots’, something of marmots, in general it needs another word as the sentence’s subject. 
In short, I guess the fault of grammar is intended, but I don’t understand what it expresses.

meanboysfromkremlin:

alleydetour:

meanboysfromkremlin:

alleydetour:

what the poster said? “Slavik is so young, and young Nashi go ahead”? But why it is “СУРКОВ НЕ МЕШАЮТ”? I mean, why not “Сурков не мешает” or “сурки не мешают”?

my God, I don’t know how to describe Russian grammar in English, 

its the difference between do not and does not

не мешают: do not interfere (surkov “you” do not interfere?)

не мешает: does not interfere (he does not interfere?) 

at least i think so i dont even speak russian. the poster refers to what surkov has to do with nashi when he’s an old fart

em…..no, the difference is, не мешает means (he/she) does not interfere, and не мешают means (they) do not interfere, if the author want to express “you do not interfere”, the phrase should be “мешаете”(plural) or “мешаешь”(single), so I don’t understand what it means, the subject is Slava? or Nashi? or just a satire, like a designed error to call him “marmots”?

may not understand russian grammar but you do not understand english grammar. english use dont with i, you, we and they. does not refers to he she or it. the writer is most likely refers to you(не мешают) as surkov, asking surkov if he interferes with nashi or not. i dont know what you dont understand about this. 

In Russian the verb should match its subject precisely, I mean, if you want to use “interfere”, in Russian it is “мешать”, you should say:

single: Я мешаю (I interfere) / Ты мешаешь (you interfere)/ Он мешает (He interferes)

plural: Мы мешаем (we interfere) / Вы мешаете (you interfere) / Они мешают (they interfere)

So when the poster uses мешают, it means “they”, what I do not understand is what the “they” refer to. “Сурков” is in its nominative here, if we regard it as a surname which referring to a man, if the sentence means someone interfere Surkov, it should be spelled as “Суркова”. Or, if we understand the word as the plural form of “Сурок”, the plural form means marmots’, something of marmots, in general it needs another word as the sentence’s subject. 

In short, I guess the fault of grammar is intended, but I don’t understand what it expresses.

meanboysfromkremlin:

alleydetour:

what the poster said? “Slavik is so young, and young Nashi go ahead”? But why it is “СУРКОВ НЕ МЕШАЮТ”? I mean, why not “Сурков не мешает” or “сурки не мешают”?
my God, I don’t know how to describe Russian grammar in English, 

its the difference between do not and does not
не мешают: do not interfere (surkov “you” do not interfere?)
не мешает: does not interfere (he does not interfere?) 
at least i think so i dont even speak russian. the poster refers to what surkov has to do with nashi when he’s an old fart

em…..no, the difference is, не мешает means (he/she) does not interfere, and не мешают means (they) do not interfere, if the author want to express “you do not interfere”, the phrase should be “мешаете”(plural) or “мешаешь”(single), so I don’t understand what it means, the subject is Slava? or Nashi? or just a satire, like a designed error to call him “marmots”?

meanboysfromkremlin:

alleydetour:

what the poster said? “Slavik is so young, and young Nashi go ahead”? But why it is “СУРКОВ НЕ МЕШАЮТ”? I mean, why not “Сурков не мешает” or “сурки не мешают”?

my God, I don’t know how to describe Russian grammar in English, 

its the difference between do not and does not

не мешают: do not interfere (surkov “you” do not interfere?)

не мешает: does not interfere (he does not interfere?) 

at least i think so i dont even speak russian. the poster refers to what surkov has to do with nashi when he’s an old fart

em…..no, the difference is, не мешает means (he/she) does not interfere, and не мешают means (they) do not interfere, if the author want to express “you do not interfere”, the phrase should be “мешаете”(plural) or “мешаешь”(single), so I don’t understand what it means, the subject is Slava? or Nashi? or just a satire, like a designed error to call him “marmots”?

xieweijia33:

chef-becker:

One anecdote about Putin’s Kremlin reveals a tantalising glimpse of what it is to be a presidential adviser. Putin himself receives briefing information on printed sheets inside red folders; he very rarely uses the internet. According to one source, requirements for his briefing notes have changed significantly in recent months. The president now demands notes on any topic to be no more than three pages long and written in type no smaller than 18 point.

shanghaigirl

Far from finding this a problem, Putin relishes this, according to the source. “He likes it when his subordinates fight each other; he feels it makes him stronger.”

Reading the emails and internal documents of the Kremlin has given the group a unique insight into the way Russia is run, said Shaltai, who described Putin as a man “without human emotions”, who is nevertheless a genuine patriot with a belief that his rule is the best thing for Russia.

"I think he has been in power too long. He has grown detached. He really is like a tsar. Below him people are fighting amongst themselves, but they are too scared to disagree with him. He does not have friends in the normal sense. There may be people he likes, but he is extremely paranoid."

"Putin is a conservative," says a former Kremlin official who knows him personally. "Making dramatic decisions is not his style. He is good with speaking aggressively, and is not ‘politically correct’ in the western sense. But with his actions, he has never been a fan of dramatic moves. This is why the last few months have been so surprising."

The last sentence doesn’t make sense.

Perhaps he indeed did not want to show his dramatic decision, but his logic was in an alternative universe so the world thought he was crazy.

meanboysfromkremlin:

i swear in that moment we were all kolesnikov

meanboysfromkremlin:

i swear in that moment we were all kolesnikov

what the poster said? “Slavik is so young, and young Nashi go ahead”? But why it is “СУРКОВ НЕ МЕШАЮТ”? I mean, why not “Сурков не мешает” or “сурки не мешают”?
my God, I don’t know how to describe Russian grammar in English, 

what the poster said? “Slavik is so young, and young Nashi go ahead”? But why it is “СУРКОВ НЕ МЕШАЮТ”? I mean, why not “Сурков не мешает” or “сурки не мешают”?

my God, I don’t know how to describe Russian grammar in English, 

meanboysfromkremlin:

u r dumb

wow!

meanboysfromkremlin:

u r dumb

wow!

meanboysfromkremlin:

alleydetour:

Today, the vast majority of the patriotic public tends to blame all the troubles of “Novorussia” othis person.

I want to know Kurginyan’s role in the whole event, he is Slava’s ally? or just an excuse for blame him?

tbh i don’t trust anything Kurginyan said about Surkov. why? because his “theory” is no more than a conspiracy one. he has no proof. he has no facts. he has technically nothing but the public already hating Surkov and accepting to blame him for all the faults Russia has done in Ukraine. not to mention Kurginyan is an ultra-nationalist scumbag who claims to work with the separist rebels. 

“Surkov and Co. do not need a right-wing Novorossiya, with a nationalist taint, which some figures are trying to lend to the image of Strelkov, who openly supports Putin and has not advanced any projects of a state name for himself, although this intention of seizing Rostov and marching on Moscow has been ascribed to him – total and obvious nonsense.

People like Surkov find people like Akhmetov, Medvedchuk, Tsarev much more kindred, which in the event of the creation of a ‘Donetsk Transdnestria’ will be delegated local authority. Leaders from the people, like Mozgovoy or Gubarev will hardly be allowed to make key decisions – such people frighten those who have grown accustomed to ‘resolving’ everything in a close circle of ‘their own people.” 

^^this is just nonsense. surkov created the russian ultranationalists and they are still out there and Putin benefits from them. i wont blame JUST surkov for the bolotnaya protests back then. he was (again) the “sacrifice” to calm the public

do we have proof that Surkov worked on Ukraine? more or less. people of the USA, Eu etc surely has proof to put him high on their santions list. 

what did Surkov exactly done in ukraine? who knows for sure? we can only guess how his alleged negotiations went bad with Yanukovich. what about after? did he organized the rebel’s group against the ukrainian government? thewhy are the rebels out of hands now? but we know he fucked up in the first place.

Dugin who’s also an ultranationalist claims that Surkov is working against Putin and is a CIA agent. sure he is

also, i believe surkov is a smart man. he’s reasonable and loves tactics. he will not start working against putin just now. Putin is being attacked from ”outside” but he still stands stable in as russia’s leader. why betray him now? if he did, why wasn’t he fired after maidan? 

Thanks!

I don’t know whether you have read the materials about Surkov was marginalized from ukrainian issues after February, at that time Novaya Gazeta and some analysts(i.e. Sergei Markov) said the actual leader had been replaced, and, we know, at March Surkov published the story titled “без неба”, a satire on Putin’s ultra-nationalist Russia. 

Of course, I know his “Nashi” could be regarded as the origin of russian nationalist groups, but Surkov has done several contradictory deeds. At June when Dugin firstly claimed Surkov should be responsible for the lack of supports of DNR, Borodai ever said Surkov was their friend, but now, Borodai has disappeared, and Dugin still claimed Surkov is the sixth column, and Strelkov and Murid joined Dugin together.

For me, Kurginyan is an unknown figure, Is he a ultra-nationalist? a supporter for East Ukraine’s unrest? It is said that he visited Donetsk at early July, but what he want to do? Need some further resources in English_(:з」∠)_

Today, the vast majority of the patriotic public tends to blame all the troubles of “Novorussia” othis person.

I want to know Kurginyan’s role in the whole event, he is Slava’s ally? or just an excuse for blame him?

xieweijia33
the photo you mentioned……Are you sure the child is Tima? 

xieweijia33

the photo you mentioned……Are you sure the child is Tima? 

chef-becker:

xieweijia33

So I listened to it and holy fuck you were right. Here are my notes:

Has Putin “retreated into a Kremlin of the mind”?

Mark argues that Putin is surrounded by what is essentially yes-men, friends and advisers who don’t speak of reality nor question him. According to Ben Putin regularly reads international press clippings. According to Kolesnikov Putin doesn’t trust those around him and is always looking out for the truth. Which of these interpretations are correct. Has Putin closed himself off to a world where he only sees what he wants to see? Or is he a fully informed KGB agent always one step ahead?

It’s true that he is isolated. He keeps a sheltered life for protection against assassination attempts. But I don’t think he’s isolated from information. I would argue that it’s not a lack of information that is driving his actions. I think he just sides with those more conservative or Siloviki-approved options because of the position he’s put himself in. He kept Kudrin around (although that’s a complex issue in itself) after all.

Does Putin have a God complex?

Is he driven by a holy mission to turn Russia into a great country? A lot of people have been explaining Putin’s actions in terms of establishing his legacy. In his last big speech back in December he pretty much spelled out for us the ideology of his 3rd term: Russia has become a great country so let’s show the world. But does Putin really believe in a great Russia? Does he actually want to help his country? Or is this use of nationalism just his latest tactic?

Putin thinks he’s special, but his deep paranoia keeps him grounded. Somewhat. I don’t believe for one moment that he is actually trying to create a great country. I firmly believe he is motivated by greed and fear. He’s doing his best to maintain status quo so that he can stay in power and keep his associates happy. I think he has a great fear of his “friends” turning on him. He’s afraid of having the same fate of Indira Ghandi. He’s afraid of his friends ratting him out and exposing all the secrets. This is a very selfish, vain, and greedy man. He couldn’t care less about the well-being of the general population. He only seeks to keep them distracted so they don’t catch on to his crimes.

The Kolesnikov piece…

I think it was meant to be a threat. It was a warning for the mercenaries to get their shit together. I think Ben/Mark are right when they suggest at the beginning of the conflict Putin sought to scoop up all of Eastern Ukraine. It’s no longer going as plan and the mercenaries are really fucking up. He’ll back them as long as he can turn the news into decent propaganda. I don’t know what will happen but I don’t think it will be much different from the Georgia incident. The decision he makes won’t be for the sake of ideology. He will take the path that provides him the best propaganda material.

Is Putin the type to “lock himself in the bunker”?

Not exactly. He is motivated by greed and power. He is not a man of ideology. Russia is a sinking ship and Putin is going to stay on it BUT only to take advantage of the situation. I think he’s aware that he can’t fix what troubles Russia (bcs all of the issues are caused by the Putin System, that is its fault), so he’ll help himself to the pot while he still can.

Is Ukraine Putin’s end?

I think it’s really apparent that Putin’s fucked up domestically. Ukraine is his undoing. He took Crimea to boost nationalism and flood the country with propaganda. Crimea was an opportunity for him to cement his public support base. It pissed off the West enough so that the consequences (sanctions) provided an excuse/reason for the shitty economy he had no solution for. It also gave his friends new sources for theft. The economy won’t recover from this any time soon. He’ll probably turn to Chinese banks as suggested but those are poor poor alternatives to European funding sources. Plus the theft in relation to funding Crimea projects and “let’s become independent from the West” projects will divert funding to much needed sectors. This will only add to the discontent (inflation, unemployment, poor lending rates etc.).

So I agree that Putin is in a corner. But I agree with Mark in that they’re saying he’s dangerous ^domestically, not internationally.

Putin’s apparent laziness…

I liked Ben’s last question but I think it’s a little unfair of him to criticize Putin’s morning habits. Moscow is 8 hours ahead of D.C. Moscow is 3 hours ahead of London. Moscow is 2 hours ahead of Berlin. If Putin woke up at 6 am like most of world leaders it would almost be wasted time because the rest of the world (or rather the most important political/economic centers to Moscow) is still asleep. Putin’s late rising puts him mentally in the same timezone as his peers.

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I enjoyed Ben’s comments about public sentiment in Eastern Ukraine. It’s true that in Ukraine there exists ethnic/linguistic divides, but I think it’s become apparent that this diversity is not really significant. The Kremlin based the invasion on the idea more people in the East would support them. We’re finding that most people have fled. Most of the “rebel militia” is actually hired mercenaries and Russian Security agents and there’s no real significant local presence. Plus, you have to remember shortly after the Crimean referendum we found out that the % of voters was low and that of those who voted very few voted in favor of the referendum. The invasion is going sour because the Kremlin underestimated local support. And I think we need to stop portraying Ukraine as a dichotomy of sorts.

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I found it really interesting how Ben referred to Shuvalov as “the real Prime Minister.”

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I hated Mark’s final comments. I’d like to see his evidence on why he thinks Putin has physically/intellectually/politically abstracted himself from Moscow. And I don’t think Putin is a “weak monarch.” In his first two terms he appeared absolutely formidable because he was still cracking down on society and creating his power base. He used those terms to tame the elite. He’s still controlling them. It just doesn’t appear that way because he’s already done all the hard work.

Mark and Brian really need to get over their need to compare Russia with G7 countries. Russia is not like other countries. They need to accept the fact that Russia has its own political system, and to effectively analyze this system they need to take it on its own and not in a comparison.

um…..about Kudrin, I notice that Kudrin’s suggestions and worries have no influence on Putin, as well as on recent policies. Kudrin repeatedly impressed his concerns, but the reality is the reality. Russia is isolating itself, politically and economically.(Just as Putin is isolated from the world).

There are some analyses about Kolesnikov’s article, given that Putin’s popularity increased constantly, someone believe Putin would go ahead, not give up, I am agree with Brian the statement could be considered as a sign of compromise, because of the lack of reason that make the Kremlin intentionally show the posture. But there are a variety of pressure on Putin’s choice, his ultra-nationalist supporters would push him ahead, his propagandists have prepared the certain scenario for him, with his order.

As for the block of information, I guess reading Western media, distrusting his subordinates and no one said any truth to him could co-exist in the Kremlin?