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#2781 Roman Alymov

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 1427 PM

 

 Thanks God this people are no more Russian burden to carry - now they are free to play their ethnic games on own expense, and it is question of time they discover they are actually in the middle of nowhere as old Soviet infrastructure decaying while new Russian infrastructure making their ports and rail redundant. I see no reason to put them on our back again. If they are your responsibility - you could feed them if you want, but now UK is leaving EU indicating your will to feed nations somewhere far away is limited

 

 

as i look out of my window at the moment i look at (probably part ukrainian) working crews finishing replacing my village central heating pipes. beacuse the old soviet system built in the end of 1980´s was built upon the usual soviet pohhuizm and was probably leading contributor to global warming.  :)​ new central heating will also run on wood pellets since it´s cheaper and is not dependent on highly risky supplier as russia.

and heat price is 25% lower. 

 

Thank you for providing this picture of what was once heavy industry and science region of USSR transforming itself into ethnic village paradise, with wood pellets replacing nuclear power stations and NG. May be it is what locals want, but i personally can't name it progress. Still, we are lucky it is not our problem anymore. But let me point out two things in your description:
1) "the old soviet system built in the end of 1980´s was built upon the usual soviet pohhuizm" (for our international audience, " pohhuizm" could be translated as "f* off style") was still good enough to last almost 40 years - quite a good result for metal central heating pipes. Of course modern plastic-covered pipes with modern insulation like ones used now in Russia to upgrade old systems are far better in saving energy, but it is still unclear what would happen to them in 40 years;
2) Note evil USSR provided village in Soviet Estonia with central heating, while many villages in Central Russia were still using firewood. That is one of practical indication of how USSR was sponsoring regions least deserving it on expense of core regions. Now this policy is gone.

 

 

lord knows they deserve it, after finishing most important projects , like worlds largest cathedrals and patriot parks , they can finally turn their eyes to minor problems, like spending 12,2 billion roubles building in-door WC-s in russian schools. https://www.interfax.ru/russia/678568   :P​ 

 

For those who can't read Russian - this article is not exactly about "in-door WCs" but about upgrading WCs to modern standards. According to this article, 5.2% of Russian schools are not connected to sewage network - but it is normal for village/small city conditions to have own sewage for the building. Taking into account some of Russian schools are located in settlements only helicopter could reach for most of the year, this percentage is surprisingly low.


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#2782 Roman Alymov

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 1437 PM

and for the west - if we can keep the peace here for the next 20-30 years, the most problems of the baltic states will go away. local russians by that time will be 2 generations separated from russia and their numbers and percentage  will drop by natural causes to more normal levels.

What "normal level" for ethnic Russians is set in your country? Do you also have "normal level" for Jews, for example? )


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#2783 bd1

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 1601 PM

roman , you see 

 

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Venelaste suhtarv Eesti rahvastikus[muuda | muuda lähteteksti]
Aasta % all. 1881 3,30%   1897 4,00%   1922 3,70%   1934 8,20%   1959 20,07%   1970 24,68%   1979 27,91%   1989 30,33%   1997 28,20% [9] 2000 25,63%   2011 24,80%   2012 25,30% [8] 2013 25,22%   2014 25,39%   2015 25,15%   2016 25,10%   2017 25,10%   2018 24,93%  

looking around the world , around 10% seems to be around the number when everybody seems to get around nicely. 20% and agressive neighbourly media campaigns, not so good anymore. i don´t think we get to the 10% in this century, but 15 would be probably more manageable. 

 

as for the separatist issue, this seems to be mainly capital Tallinn issue, because most russians living in east estonia travel to russia more (to buy cheap gas and stuff) and see life in pskov and leningrad oblast and thank probably their god for NOT living there. in capital Tallinn, russians watch russian TV-news and believe some stuff on their news. 


Edited by bd1, 14 November 2019 - 1602 PM.

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#2784 BansheeOne

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 1317 PM

Interestingly, though maybe not surprisingly, the Swedes bother about NATO's capabilities to reinforce their Baltic neighborhood.

2 December

NATO needs to improve its reinforcement capability

If Russia attacks the Baltic States and Poland, NATO needs to be able to quickly support the forces already in place by moving units from other member states. An FOI study reveals not only several weaknesses in NATOs capability to conduct reinforcement operations, but also how the alliance is working to rectify the problem.


Since Russias aggression against Ukraine in 2014, NATO has focused on strengthening its defence capability in the Baltics and Poland so as to deter Russia from attacking. NATOs current posture in these countries, in addition to the latters respective national forces, is comprised of a limited forward presence that depends on rapid reinforcement in the event of a crisis. The forward-deployed units consist, among other things, of battalion-sized battlegroups on rotation from other member countries. Moreover, the USA carries out bilateral rotations of American forces to Central and Eastern Europe.

FOI was commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Defence to examine NATOs capability to deploy forces. There are currently several practical, legal, and infrastructural obstacles to efficient reinforcement operations to and within Europe, but which NATO is striving to address. On the one hand, parts of Europes transport infrastructure are unable to support heavy military equipment, while on the other hand the creation of new staffs has led to ambiguities regarding areas of responsibility. NATO also has a problem making quick decisions.

"A number of measures have been undertaken to speed up decision-making; for example, NATO has tried to improve intelligence-sharing between member countries and to get them to agree on what constitutes the start of a crisis, so that preparations for deployment of forces can be made at an early stage. But still more needs to be done", says FOIs researcher Eva Hagström Frisell, one of the authors of the report.

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https://www.foi.se/e...capability.html

Edited by BansheeOne, 07 December 2019 - 1319 PM.

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#2785 Leo Niehorster

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 0412 AM

Really, criticism is good if it helps improve the matter, but remember:  Sweden in not a member of NATO.


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#2786 Daan

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 0458 AM

This report was likely commissioned to improve Sweden's own planning in case of Russian aggression towards the Baltic states.


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