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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 02:06:53 PM EST
Earlier flight ... business jet ... today a jet crashed between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Plane crashes in Russia: Prigozhin was also on board

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 05:34:18 PM EST
Gen Sergei Surovikin, has reportedly lost his job as air force chief | BBC News |

For several months Gen Surovikin was in charge of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine but he has not been seen since the Wagner mutiny in June.

During the hours that Wagner mercenaries marched towards Moscow on 24 June, Gen Surovikin appeared in a video appealing to them to return to base.

But his awkward performance was later compared to a hostage-style video. The general was known to have good relations with Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who reserved his loathing for other figures in the defence hierarchy.

In the weeks after the June revolt, there were unconfirmed reports by Russian military bloggers that Gen Surovikin had been detained for questioning. But officials denied he was being held in a pre-trial detention centre and one retired general said that he was merely "resting" and unavailable.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 05:44:37 PM EST
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Using a double for personal safety ⁉️

Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin presumed dead after Russia plane crash | BBC News |

Tass news agency said the plane, an Embraer Legacy belonging to Prigozhin, caught fire on hitting the ground.

The aircraft had been in the air for less than half an hour, it added.

An investigation has been launched into the crash and emergency services are searching the scene.

Another news agency, Ria, said eight bodies had been recovered.

Grey Zone reported that a second business jet owned by Prigozhin landed safely in the Moscow region.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 07:31:32 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 07:35:42 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 24th, 2023 at 07:30:27 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 24th, 2023 at 04:31:49 AM EST
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The Pirates' Press is reporting everything that has not occurred at the summit, as is the custom—since 2009. MSM has tilled the soil of "so-called" Global South grievances, sowed a couple plots of futility, and they're gonna irrigate 'em, so to speak, until this season of G7 EXISTENTIAL CRISES have gone to seed or IMF value chain bankruptcy is complete. Whichever occurs first.

F24, for instance, put the NIGER CRISIS on life-support in order to dedicate today's headline reportage to the villain PRIGOZHIN's purported violent end—not over the Sahel air space, but Russia's.

The situation is patently psychotic.

One might never know that TV BRICS took control of The Narrative™, political education, and knowledge transfer among members of the so-called global supply chain "hosting" critical materials and arbitrage opportunities that advanced economies covet. The schedule is intense.

by Cat on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 10:48:43 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 10:50:24 PM EST
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• BRICS leaders weighing expanding bloc
• Dozens of nations have expressed interest in joining
• Expansion could add clout to grouping
• Long-standing divisions resurfacing


by Cat on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 10:55:44 PM EST
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Brics is now a motley crew of failing states, 24 Aug

To: BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA, AR, IR, EG, ET, SA, AE; DZ*, BO*, ID*, BD*, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, KZ*, TN*, TR*

* observer, dialogue, or applicant member

by Cat on Thu Aug 24th, 2023 at 01:19:24 PM EST
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wapoo bloomberg | BRICS Shows It's Little More Than a Meaningless Acronym, 25 Aug
...As it happened, their doings and sayings ranged from the semi-farcical to the meaningless. According to a leading South African news website, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to leave his aircraft on arrival in South Africa because the host, President Cyril Ramaphosa, wasn't at the airport to welcome him. China's Xi Jinping inexplicably failed to deliver a scheduled speech at an opening event where the other leaders spoke, including Russian President Vladimir Putin on video link....
by Cat on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 11:42:19 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 11:09:49 PM EST
From Kazan link ...

The authorities of the republic should form an organising committee to be led by the head of Tatarstan ...

Just to highlight, Zelenskyy and your foreign mercenaries need not bother about Crimea ... we are liberated. 🤣

Thwarting Kremlin Attacks by Tatars, French and Germans

... the GDP per capita of Tataristan is greater than the European Ukraine.

Interesting ...

Putin's Russia: rich, powerful, unpredictable and malicious
by Jerome a Paris Mon Jan 9th, 2006

Jerome quoted a reporter for the Economist ... some quick rebuttals explains much about today's state of affairs in the EU ... the split between East and West or New and Old has been plastered over with universal Russophobia.

Edward Lucas: The sick party line on Eastern Europe

Few more quotes from from quick googling of Lucas are below. It's even funny to read his dire predictions on Russia in 2000/2001. To me he looks patented Russophobe, consistently highly negative of Russia.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 24th, 2023 at 06:34:59 AM EST
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a blind eye w/e 20 May
and other notes on Ukraine's ancient cosmopolitan homeland
Kazan the Capital of Muslim Republic of Tatarstan
by Cat on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 07:27:18 PM EST
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"Democracy" heading into uncharted waters.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 09:36:38 PM EST
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Rumour has it Egypt, Ethiopia, and Argentina have also joined BRICS+.

The new initials can be re-arranged into the sentence "EU BE A CRISIS"

Posted by: Browser | Aug 24 2023 14:03 utc | 3

by Cat on Thu Aug 24th, 2023 at 04:55:47 PM EST
BRICS with the six new additions now spells: US BE ICIER, SI?

Posted by: Andrews | Aug 24 2023 20:58 utc | 67

by Cat on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 12:04:37 AM EST
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Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference (24.08.23)
Prensa Latina: The presidents of China and Cuba held a meeting at the BRICS summit. Cuba holds the presidency of the G77 plus China. What comments do you have about this meeting?
Wang Wenbin: On the afternoon of August 23 local time, President Xi Jinping met with Cuban President Díaz-Canel on the sidelines of the BRICS leaders' meeting in Johannesburg. President Xi recalled that President Díaz-Canel paid a successful state visit to China last November, when they reached a broad consensus on further deepening China-Cuba ties in the new era and agreed to work together to build a China-Cuba community with a shared future. With the joint efforts of both sides, the consensus is being effectively implemented....
by Cat on Thu Aug 24th, 2023 at 09:57:34 PM EST

The truth is out there. BRIC XV Summit, 24 July 2023
by Cat on Thu Aug 24th, 2023 at 10:16:35 PM EST
Young diplomats discuss multipolarity in Kazan, Russia
...The 6th Global Forum of Young Diplomats has concluded in the Russian city of Kazan, where participants signed a joint document stressing the importance of advancing efforts to build a fair, polycentric world.

The event, which took place in the capital of Russia's Republic of Tatarstan between August 17 and 21 [2023], was attended by some 130 diplomats from the 40 nations of the former Soviet Union, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the organizers said in a statement on Wednesday. The guests included ambassadors and foreign ministry representatives.

The forum was organized by the Council of Young Diplomats of the Russian Foreign Ministry, with the assistance of Tatarstan's Youth Ministry, the Academy of Youth Diplomacy NGO, and the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. The theme of this year's gathering was "Diplomacy in a New Multipolar World."...

tvbrics | BRICS Business Incubator helps to organise your business in the five countries - VIDEO
Participants of the BRICS Business Incubator held in Omsk [RU] got acquainted with each other in an informal atmosphere. It gathered more than 100 people. Businessmen, investors, and representatives of business associations from the [f]ive [founder] countries, as well as from the Central Asian region, discussed which projects would receive their support for starting a business in the BRICS countries. The experts selected 25 out of more than 300 applications for participation in the programme.

These included construction of low-cost housing, nanorobots for the treatment of atherosclerosis, and other developments. The first co-operation agreements have already been signed.

by Cat on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 07:41:19 PM EST
The West reacts to plans for enlargement | DW News |

Perhaps the US really doesn't see the BRICS plans as a serious threat. Or perhaps downplaying the group's intention to bring in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Argentina is simply political strategy. At any rate, US national security advisor Jake Sullivan has said that the BRICS bloc is not a geopolitical rival to the United States because their interests are too different.

The White House is clearly trying not to rock the boat. No one has denounced the initiative as an open attack on American global supremacy. A State Department spokesman said that, in order to maintain global peace and security, the US "will continue to work with our partners and allies in bilateral, regional and multilateral fora ...The US reiterates its belief that countries may choose the partners and groupings with whom they will associate."

US Hegemony and Its Perils | MFA China - Feb. 20, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 26th, 2023 at 03:57:39 PM EST
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