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[l] at 6/19/24 10:36am
When the news of the crash of Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter arrived, the first thing that came to mind for anyone with a modicum of critical thinking was: "Is it Israel's doing?" This is an absolutely legitimate speculation. However, the journalists and commentators who work directly or indirectly for the imperialist propaganda apparatus categorically dismiss it. This is pure hypocrisy. It is they themselves who love to make the most idiotic speculations about everything - when it suits their bosses, of course. When Evgeny Prigozhin's helicopter crashed, for example, the first speculation made by these propagandists was that the Russian government was responsible. After all, the former Wagner Group leader had spoken out against Vladimir Putin. That was the great fact that underpinned the logic of this argument. He was an opponent of Putin, so Putin would most likely have ordered his elimination. Even if he had reconciled and received a pardon from the Russian president, even if the helicopter had crashed near the Ukrainian border and the Russians had assured him that it was Ukrainian sabotage.

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[l] at 6/11/24 9:58am
Vladimir Zelensky was elected president of Ukraine in 2019 promising an end to hostilities against the country's rebel regions and the normalisation of relations with Russia. Ukraine had been in civil war for five years, triggered by the deployment of army troops against the populations of Donetsk and Lugansk after they rebelled against the coup d'état that overthrew an elected president and imposed a dictatorship on the country. Neo-Nazi massacres These two regions, which have an ethnic Russian majority, had been the worst affected by the coup. Viktor Yanukovich, the overthrown president, had received the majority of votes in the Donbass, in the south-east of Ukraine, where a large part of the population is Russian. One of the new regime's first measures was to ban the Russian language from the education system: previously ethnic Russians had the right to be educated in their own language, now a language alien to them has been imposed on them. The broadcasting of radio and TV programmes in the Russian language was banned. Demonstrations were called with slogans such as ‘Yanukovych is our president!’. To quell discontent, the new regime sent in troops accompanied by neo-Nazi paramilitaries, causing massacres such as the House of Trade Unions in May 2014 in Odessa, where around 50 opponents were burned alive. The inhabitants of Donetsk and Lugansk responded by organising people's militias and holding referendums where the majority decided to secede from Ukraine because they didn't want to be subjected to a hostile regime that oppressed them and had already suppressed the anti-Golpist movement in Odessa and Kharkov by force. Then war broke out. Political parties banned When Zelensky came to power, the dictatorship had already been consolidated. Opposition parties such as the Party of Regions (the largest in the country until the coup) and the Communist Party (the second largest) could neither organise freely nor take part in elections. Donbass citizens who refused to recognise the new regime were already officially considered terrorists and those who fell prisoner were tortured and killed. Alexander Kharitonov was arrested. Lyubov Korsakova had to flee to Russia, where she was still the victim of an assassination attempt. I spoke to both of them in 2022. They are just two of thousands of victims of repression in the Donbass. Around 15,000 people have died as a result of Kiev's aggression since 2014.

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[l] at 6/7/24 9:28am
Leaders who view humanity less than in equal human status are extremely naive about their own nature of being a human — lacking moral, spiritual and intellectual act of balancing the consciousness" or engaged in competitive numbers games to elevate their own image in global power and influence over others. They use dynamics of absolutism and aggressive behavior to manipulate the weak and helpless people. "Man (human being) was created by God in the best possible mould”, explains the Divine narrative but human diversity is a natural phenomenon and its consequences are far beyond the conception of right and wrong or virtue and vice. People and nations strive to compete for triumph and glory implying varied methods of political power, media propaganda, psychological and other weapons of mass destruction. Ironically, human minds with normal consciousness would not pursue tyranny, aggressive behavior, killings and destruction of other nations, cultures and civilizations. It is the abnormal mind, political power, greed, and hatred and sometimes ethnic supremacy that makes them to act irrationally and abnormally worst than wild beasts. The living Earth maintains 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen to support all forms of life and technology on this planet. We hold moral and spiritual solidarity as a foundation of the sanctity of life and unanimity of mankind. All human beings are composed of material and spiritual factors to flourish life. If they breathe oxygen and their hearts beat, God is there. Is there an individualistic psychological, moral and spiritual problem of balancing act with PM Netyanhu and President Joe Biden to act normally for an immediate ceasefire and peace in Gaza? Both have unique characteristics to be analyzed and reflected for being indifferent to peace and supportive of war on Gaza and killings of almost 36,000 or more innocent people and some 15,000 children and women and reportedly some 14, 000 children and women still buried in various locations of Gaza. If Netanyahu claims some morality-how treacherous it is used to bomb places of worship, hospitals and make the Gazan civilians starve for several months. Biden in a US Presidential election year and Netanyahu for his own political survival appear to be competing for glory and success by using wrong thinking, wrong methods and for the wrong reasons. Wars and bombing and destruction of mankind do not produce peace and societal harmony, be it in Israel, Palestine or the US.

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[l] at 6/6/24 9:56am
Artificial Intelligence is supposed to help us but the lack of reasoning it engenders means future generations will be less intelligent. Use it or lose it. This certainly applies to languages, and to everything else. The recent news that tomorrow’s generation of children will be less intelligent than their parents’ generation is alarming and brings several issues into play. Nothing new Firstly, this is nothing new. Even today with our modern technology we do not understand how Ancient Romans managed some of their engineering feats and those of us who read ancient texts discover that thousands of years ago, people were far more advanced than we might imagine, building bridges across wide fast-flowing rivers (London), having names for planets which were supposed to be discovered in the 18th and 19th centuries (Babylon), marvelling at water clocks chiming the hour (Rome) for instance. Examine the quality of Roman mosaics from the 1st century BC and compare them with those of the 3rd century AD and you see a clear deterioration.

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[l] at 6/6/24 9:50am
Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with the heads of world news agencies, said that the Americans would get rid of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in about a year, after he fulfills a number of their demands. Kyiv will first be forced to lower the mobilization age to 18 years. "Then they will get rid of Zelensky. All this must be done first, because this is not an easy task. The law must be adopted and certain steps must be taken. We are now in June 2024. To do all this, it seems to me, one needs a year. Until spring, until the beginning of at least next year, they will tolerate him, and when he does everything, they will say: "Goodbye.”" Putin said.

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[l] at 6/6/24 9:10am
Escort services at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in 2024 may reach up to three million rubles (about $34,000) per week, "depending on qualification,” an escort industry worker told Fontanka publication. "It all depends on the interest and on qualifications of the performer, if one may call it that. The price may reach two and a half and three million [rubles],” an unnamed woman said. There are many of those who want to order an escort service at the forum in 2024. The unnamed speaker did not agree that demand exceeds supply this year.

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[l] at 6/6/24 6:50am
The version about the contract nature of the murder that was committed in Moscow on June 6 has found no confirmation, representatives for the Investigative Committee of Russia said. The priority motive for the crime is a personal conflict between the suspect and the victim. It is believed that the conflict between the two men arose against the background of jealousy. The killer was identified as 35-year-old Andrei Demin, and the victim — 34-year-old IT specialist Konstantin Balishansky. The men reportedly developed a conflict because of a woman. Demin and Balishansky knew each other before. They had previously worked together at Mediasystem Group, owned by businessman Andrei Balishansky, the father of the victim.

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[l] at 6/6/24 5:36am
On June 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with heads of international news agencies as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Journalists from the USA, Germany, Spain, France, China, Japan and several other countries took part in the meeting. Putin's statements at the meeting made numerous headlines in world media. This is the first time, when Putin spoke to foreign journalists since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine. Below are some of the main theses from Putin's statements that he made during his conversation with foreign journalists. "We have shown ourselves and the whole world that not only we talk about the need to protect our interests, but we are doing it and will continue doing it. Everyone will have to take this into account," Putin said.

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[l] at 6/6/24 4:39am
On the morning of June 6, two trams collided on Logovaya Highway in the city of Kemerovo. One of them had brake failures while traveling down a steep section of the road. As a result of the impact, the vehicle's cabin was flattened, the driver received multiple fractures. A video also appeared online showing passengers falling out of the tram as it was speeding down along the rails onto a busy roadway. The number of those hurt in the tram collision in Kemerovo has increased to 109. One person died of injuries, Assistant Minister of Health of Russia Alexey Kuznetsov said, TASS reports. According to him, seven children were among the wounded. Nineteen people were hospitalized, four of them remain in serious condition.

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[l] at 6/6/24 4:08am
The police are looking for the attacker who shot a man on Alexei Sviridov Street in Moscow on June 6. The killer was wearing black clothes — black pants, jacket and cap. He attacked the victim in the area of ​​the children's playground. After the first shot, the victim started feeling, but the killer chased the man and finished him off. The victim was 34-year-old Konstantin Balishansky, who worked as a system administrator in a multimedia company. The deceased was the son of the head of Mediasystem Group company, Andrei Balishansky. The company provides multimedia equipment, LED and LCD screens for large exhibitions and events.

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[l] at 6/6/24 3:47am
In Moscow, an unknown individual armed with a machine gun opened fire on passers-by, Baza Telegram channel reports. According to the publication, the incident happened on Alexey Sviridov Street. One person was hurt. The police are looking for the shooter. The victim was later identified as 34-year-old Konstantin Balishansky. He was the son of Andrei Balishansky, the head of Mediasystem Group, Shot Telegram channel says.

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[l] at 6/5/24 12:01pm
A black winter awaits Ukraine. Cities will turn into "dark spots" unsuitable for life. Ukrainians need to get accustomed to living in dark and cold, The Financial Times wrote. The Russian forces have destroyed Ukraine's energy system. It is believed that Ukrainian customers will be able to have electricity in their homes only for a couple of hours during the day by January. "This is our new normal," a Kiev official told the newspaper, commenting on emergency blackouts in the capital.

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[l] at 6/5/24 10:25am
Russian citizens may soon be able to purchase llama meat at grocery stores. Bolivia submitted a request for llama meat supplies to Russia, RIA Novosti reports. Javier Suarez, the director of Bolivia's national service for phytosanitary control and food safety said that he held a meeting with the Russian delegation. Bolivian and Russian officials agreed to continue beef exports from Bolivia. The parties also agreed to consider exports of camelid meat from Bolivia, the official said. Bolivian llama meat is high quality and low in cholesterol. The quantity of camelid animals in Bolivia is sufficient both for domestic and export markets. There are about 4 million camelids in the South American nation, including llamas and alpacas, the head of the phytosanitary service noted.

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[l] at 6/5/24 9:30am
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky could be annihilated under certain circumstances, State Duma deputy Anatoly Wasserman said this in an interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets publication. According to Wasserman, the issue of Zelensky's physical elimination is connected with the results of the US presidential election. The Ukrainian leader should worry if former head of the White House Donald Trump wins the vote, he believes. USA's sitting President Joe Biden may want to eliminate Zelensky before Trump takes office, because the head of Ukraine "knows too much” about Joe Biden's and Hunter Biden's activities in Ukraine, Anatoly Wasserman believes.

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[l] at 6/5/24 9:01am
The special military operation will complete in 2024 with the Russian forces defeating the Armed Forces of Ukraine completely, deputy head of the Main Military-Political Directorate of the General Staff Apti Alaudinov said, TASS reports. According to Alaudinov, Russia will be able to destroy the forces that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have recently collected. Russia has a serious military resource, he added. "I am not moving away from what I said before: I believe that this [2024] year will end with Russia's victory," the officer said.

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[l] at 6/5/24 5:50am
A group of Indian students went swimming in the Volkhov River in Veliky Novgorod. Four people were carried away by the strong current; rescuers found the body of one of the dead. Rescuers who arrived at the scene found out that five people went swimming in the area of ​​the pedestrian bridge over the Volkhov River. The location is not intended for swimming. The students were carried away by the strong current. Eyewitnesses tried to save the young people, but one woman and three men drowned. One student was rescued immediately. Rescuers found the body of another young man and continue searching for three others.

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[l] at 6/5/24 5:32am
Russia's automobile giant AvtoVAZ unveiled its new car, the Lada Iskra. The new car was premiered to the public at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). The Lada Iskra is a car that AvtoVAZ positions as a budget model. According to AvtoVAZ, the Lada Iskra will take a niche between the Vesta and Granta families. Outwardly, the Iskra is reminiscent of the Vesta model. The new model will be released as a sedan, a hatchback and an all-terrain hatchback.

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[l] at 6/5/24 4:24am
An Iranian national was fined in Moscow for wearing a T-shirt with the image of the coat of arms and flag of Ukraine. The man said that he purchased the T-shirt on the Internet, but he did not understand what was depicted on it. The court ordered the man to pay the fine of 50,000 rubles ($560). The court also ruled to destroy the shirt, RBC reports. The Iranian citizen was fined in the case of disseminating deliberately false information about the Russian army. He wore a Balenciaga T-shirt with the flag of Ukraine on it in the city center, the press service of Moscow courts of general jurisdiction said. Citizen of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hossi Khidari was found guilty of violating Part 1 of Art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation. He committed public actions discrediting the use of the Russian Armed Forces, the press service clarified.

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[l] at 6/5/24 4:01am
Alena Polyn aka Elena Sulikova, a woman who starred in the Battle of Psychics TV show and headed the Empire of Most Powerful Witches organisation, was arrested in the Moscow region. She is suspected of fraud, extremism and insulting the feelings of believers, RIA Novosti reports. The woman is suspected of selling "extremist literature containing calls for violence against clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church” and publishing videos "containing statements degrading the religious feelings of believers,” the Investigative Committee said. Empire of Most Powerful Witches was founded in 2015. The organisation sells courses of witchcraft and ritual paraphernalia. It also raises money for the needs of the Russian military, the Kommersant said.

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[l] at 6/4/24 9:52am
An RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle of US Air Force was on a reconnaissance mission over the Black Sea on June 4, 2024. While patrolling the area off the coast of Crimea, the drone disappeared from maps and subsequently changed its route. The US reconnaissance drone with tail number 10-2045 and call sign FORTE12 took off from Sigonella airbase in Sicily, Italy. According to Flightradar24, the drone gained altitude and flew through the airspace of Greece and Bulgaria and headed towards the south-eastern part of the Black Sea. The drone circled at an altitude of 15.5 kilometres above neutral waters to conduct reconnaissance activities in the zone of the special military operation zone and the southern coast of the Crimean peninsula. These are routine operations that the US military conduct in the region.

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[l] at 6/4/24 5:33am
Russian President Vladimir Putin may respond to the decision of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to send military instructors to Ukraine, columnist Lee Hockstader wrote for The Washington Post. France's NATO allies are not ready for direct confrontation with Russia. The French society is not prepared for such decisions either, he believes. Hockstader believes Putin may decide to strike the French military to humiliate Macron, who is known to be one of the most aggressively anti-Russian Western leaders. France remains one of the leading arms manufacturers, but it is still unclear what the country can offer to the Ukrainian military. French arms supplies to Ukraine are smaller than those of other NATO allies despite Macron's tough rhetoric.

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