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#18641 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 0145 AM

To put that in perspective, 13 years ago 30 million Russians lived abroad.

 

https://www.rferl.org/a/1066475.html


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 0216 AM

To put that in perspective, 13 years ago 30 million Russians lived abroad.

 

https://www.rferl.org/a/1066475.html

It is another case - as this Russians were not fresh migrants, but people abandoned  in own houses  when USSR collapsed - so they suddenly found themselves living in "foreign countries".


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 0436 AM

https://en.wikipedia...ora#cite_note-3

reporting 137 million native speakers within the Russian federation as of 2010, out of 167 million native speakers worldwide. Lewis, M. Paul, Gary F. Simons, and Charles D. Fennig (eds.). 2014. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Seventeenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International

 

Granted not ALL of those will be Russian, but considering Russia considered everyone in Donbass to be pro Russian then its not unreasonable to consider them all as a lump. The point is, there is as many Russian native speakers OUTSIDE the federation than inside. And it exceeds that of Ukraine expats if those figures are correct.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 0907 AM

Oh come on, Stuart, did you compare populations?


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 1030 AM

Fair one, but then Russia hasnt been invaded by any of its neighbours has it?


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 1717 PM

Fair one, but then Russia hasnt been invaded by any of its neighbours has it?

If we take popular point of view considering economic migrants as “invaders” (see https://www.dawn.com...cess-says-trumpfor reference) , Russia as world’s No.2 migrants destination (https://sputniknews.com/russia/20130912183384782-Russia-Has-Second-Largest-Number-of-Immigrants--UN-Study/ ) is invaded. Note many of this migrants moving to Russia are exactly the same “Ukrainians” Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Klimkin is speaking about –while Russia is creating fast track for granting them Rus citizenship.

    
  Let me again explain basic difference between Russians abandoned across former Soviet Union when administrative regions became independent states in 1991, and people voting with their feet away from modern Ukraine: majority of Russians who lived abroad were not Russian citizens who migrated abroad, but often lived for generations in places they were abandoned (for example Cossacks cut away by border in what became Northern Kazakhstan).  In contrast with that, most of Ukrainians now abroad  are fresh economic migrants who see no future in Ukraine, or just want better paid jobs.
See more data here https://blogs.elenas...ns-live-abroad/
https://blogs.elenas...ve-work-abroad/
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Posted 06 August 2019 - 1739 PM

 

 

A bit of a follow-up to the Bloomberg story on crowdsourcing roman put up recently:

 

 

Improvised Optical Equipment in the Donbass

 

Amongst the many types of equipment in service with pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine – whether received from Russia or captured from Ukrainian stocks – communications equipment and optics have been in short supply.  These items, notable mostly in their shortage, have been important to the war effort, and lamented for their absence. Many separatist and pro-separatist bloggers commenting online have made it known that rebel forces experience continuous shortages of all manner of support equipment. Where large-scale supplies could not be acquired by the separatists via ‘conventional’ channels, separatist forces and their supporters had been forced to seek alternatives, purchased by their civilian supporters or acquired via online crowdfunding. In some cases, such alternatives have included craft-produced solutions.

 

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Figure 1.1 Improvised Trench Periscopes

 

One such item is trench periscopes. Reports from separatist fighters of an increased use of snipers and other long-range small arms engagements by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (whether true, or merely rumours) have led to an increased demand for this equipment. As such, the pro-separatist organisation KCPN (the ‘Coordination Centre for Supporting Novorossiya’), has organised the production of improvised trench periscopes in Moscow and their shipping, by those same volunteers, to separatist fighters near Luhansk.

 

Once a sufficient quantity of supplies has been amassed in Russia, pro-separatist volunteers will then place them on a private vehicle (a van or small truck), and embark on a journey over the Russian-Ukrainian border and towards one of the capitals of the breakaway republics, and from there, to the positions of the various separatist units.

 

 

 

Now this periscope type is in process of improvement -3D printed components to be used to make it more simple to make and repair. But it is already quite cheap for life-saving equipment, users are happy.
“The quality of the optics mounted in these periscopes varies, and claims of monoculars with x13 magnification have been made in pro-Russian sites.”  -that is wrong in two ways  1)Quality is quite good  and no single faulty unit was found among dozens of monoculars installed 2) x13 is producer claim, reality is two times lower I think.

    
If you like more details on this periscope, here is article in Russian  featuring some earlier types (as type described by is product of evolution)
Early types https://kenigtiger.l...om/1868425.html
Delivery https://kenigtiger.l...om/1926143.html
On positions https://kenigtiger.l...om/1935481.html

 

“a standardised wooden ‘turret’ mount” – it I not standartised  mount but simple trial plywood model (only limited number produced) designed to test this design idea  in combat conditions before proceeding to steel versions (at least, hope for it one day it would be all-steel) that would provide real safety for observer.

P.S. Thank you for sharing it!

 

Now some photos made available by pro-Rus volunteers of this new generation of “garage high-tech” cyberpunk trench periscopes with 3D printed components
  Mirror holders (prior to mirrors itself added)
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printing process
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installed
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Fully assembled periscope in 360 degree rotating roof installation, unfortunately still plywood, not armor)
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see https://kenigtiger.l...om/1988866.htmlfor more photos


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Posted 06 August 2019 - 1820 PM

5 Years today since MH17 was shot down.

 

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“They used old satellite images and claimed it was from July and photoshopped some missile launchers out of it and in others had photoshopped missile launchers into it. They wanted to make the case that Ukraine was moving missile launchers about but we could prove that these images had been faked. 

“The most horrifying thing is that 298 people had just died and two days later they are publishing all these fakes and lying to the world about it, which I think tells you everything you need to know about Russia’s involvement in it.”

Interesting you are complaining about some imagined “Russian fakes” while ignoring real SBU\pro-Ukr fakes that are now part of so called “international investigation”
     Documentary about that (also featuring some previously untold aspects of Malaysian activity behind the scene, de-facto against the will of Western powers)


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 2039 PM

Some town hall like building in Kiev:

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Posted Today, 12:33 AM

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.....Then on June 20, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the decision to charge the four was a political plot against Russia.

He said Malaysia was not convinced by the JIT’s findings and demanded that the investigators provide proof that the Russians were behind the shooting.

The action plan stated that if the JIT's report was flawed, there was a need to formulate alternative measures.

Dr Chandra claimed that a new investigation to redress the "irregularities" of the JIT investigation was required, given the evidence – detailed by presenters in the first three sessions of the conference – had been ignored by the JIT.


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Posted Today, 07:20 AM

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