Tag Archives: Russia

Russia | Russophobia and the Logic of Imperialism

As it stands today, the U.S./NATO imperialist bloc has its eyes set primarily on two countries: Russia and China. While NATO imperial terror, including economic sanctions and military action, in countries such as Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and North Korea constitute exploitative projects in their own right, they also function to encircle Russia and China. Given the importance of Russia as an object of imperial desire, clarity on the character of Russia is imperative in order to understand the current economic and political crisis of imperialism.

Russia | Russia Preps for Epic Split With Global Banking Cartel by Dumping US Dollar for Gold

by Claire Bernish
In short, Russia has plans to abandon central banks and the dollar — if, indeed, shit hits the fan.
Russia isn’t alone — the move away from the much-maligned, Western-centric international banking cartels toward a system less dependent on massive banks comprises a new plan for BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and their allies to vacate the almighty dollar and assert independence.
For Putin, the bulk issue pertains to the Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, system — which allows for speedy and secure financial transfers worldwide — and threats from the United States and its allies to cut Russian banks from access.
“In layman’s terms,” Matthew Allen reports, “SWIFT allows for fast and (allegedly) secure international financial transfers. In fifty years when you are able to use your Bank of America debit card on the Moon (for a low fee of 2,000 moon rubles), it will be because of SWIFT or a system similar to it.”
Economists have repeatedly warned of possible perils in eliminating Russia from the SWIFT system, but in 2014 — when the U.S. imposed sanctions against Moscow — Putin decided not to take any chances and began working on a system more insular and secure for the country and its allies.
Ewald Nowotny, policymaker for the European Central Bank, warned in 2015 cutting Russia out of SWIFT would be “very problematic because it could perhaps undermine confidence in this system,” and, were that to occur, it “could of course affect all companies that do business in Russia.”
Indeed, a recent report boasts any effort to oust Russia from SWIFT would have little effect on the nation’s financial situation, stating,

“If the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is shut down in Russia, the country’s banking system will not crash, according to Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina. Russia has a substitute.
“‘There were threats that we can be disconnected from SWIFT. We have finished working on our own payment system, and if something happens, all operations in SWIFT format will work inside the country. We have created an alternative,’ Nabiullina said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

“She also added that 90 percent of ATMs in Russia are ready to accept the Mir payment system, a domestic version of Visa and MasterCard.”
Reports in January 2016 revealed some 330 Russian banks had moved to the nation’s alternative to SWIFT — SPFS, the ‘system for transfer of financial messages.’
Additionally, “Moscow and Beijing took another step towards de-dollarization with the opening of a yuan clearing bank in Russia. And earlier this month Russia’s Central Bank opened its first-ever foreign branch in Beijing to allow for better communication between Russian and Chinese financial authorities,” Russia Insider reports.
“The financial regulatory authorities of China and Russia have signed a series of major agreements, which marks a new level of financial cooperation,” asserted Dmitry Skobelkin, deputy head of the Russian Central Bank.

Russia | On monarchist propaganda in modern Russia

One hundred years ago, in February (March – new style) 1917, the history of the Russian Empire ended. The fall of the monarchy was not the result of someone’s undercover intrigue, activities of foreign intelligence services or conspiratorial secret societies. Autocracy in Russia rotted at all levels, and became a brake on the further development of society. The majority of the Russian people made a decisive choice in favor of a republican form of government. Our ancestors refused the “bragging rights” to be someone’s subjects and became known by the proud word “citizens.”

Russia | Wreckage of crashed Russian Tu-154 plane recovered

MOSCOW — Divers have recovered the wreckage of the Russian Tu-154 aircraft that crashed Sunday into the Black Sea after take off from the resort city of Sochi, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.

The divers have already raised to the surface two elements of the steering unit, which have been identified by their serial numbers as those belonging to the crashed plane, the ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Russia | 64 members of world-renowned Alexandrov army band missing in Tu-154 crash

Most of the passengers on the Tu-154 plane that crashed after taking off from Sochi were members of the world-famous Alexandrov Ensemble army choir, en route to Syria to perform at the Latakia airbase.

Its immensely rich and varied repertoire of over 2,000 numbers found the key to the hearts of many people from different generations.